413 Oct 10, Nicias, Athens
politician (Peace of Nicias), killed at about age 57.
680 Oct 10, Imam Hussein,
grandson of prophet Mohammed, was beheaded. He was killed by rival
Muslim forces on the Karbala plain in modern day Iraq. He then
became a saint to Shiite Muslims. Traditionalists and radical
guerrillas alike commemorate his martyrdom as the ceremony of
Ashura. The 10-day mourning period during the holy month of Muharram
commemorates the deaths of Caliph Ali’s male relatives by Sunnis
from Iraq. Shiites went on to believe that new leaders should be
descendants of Mohammad and Ali. Sunnis went on to vest power in a
body of Muslim scholars called the ulema.
3/16/02, p.A14)(SFC, 2/24/06, p.A15)
732 Oct 10, At Tours, France,
Charles Martel killed Yemenite general Abd el-Rahman and halted the
Muslim invasion of Europe. Islam's westward spread was stopped by
the Franks at the Battle of Tours (also known as the Battle of
1582 Oct 10, 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, Mar 1990)
1631 Oct 10, A Saxon army
1659 Oct 10, Able Janszoon
Tasman, navigator, died at about 56. He discovered Tasmania.
(WUD, 1994 p.1455)(MC, 10/10/01)
1684 Oct 10, Jean Antoine
Watteau (d.1721), French rococo painter, was born.
(WUD, 1994 p.1614)(AAP, 1964)(MC, 10/10/01)
1713 Oct 10, Johann Ludwig
Krebs, composer, was born. [see Oct 12]
1731 Oct 10, Henry Cavendish,
English physicist, was born. He later discovered hydrogen.
(HN, 10/10/98)(MC, 10/10/01)
1733 Oct 10, France declared
war on Austria over the question of Polish succession.
1738 Oct 10, Benjamin West,
painter (Death of General Wolfe), was born.
1758 Oct 10, Jean Pierre
Chouteau, French fur trader, early St. Louis settler and "father of
Oklahoma" was born in New Orleans.
1780 Oct 10, A Great Hurricane
killed 20,000 to 30,000 in Caribbean.
1789 Oct 10, In Versailles
France, Joseph Guillotin said the most humane way of carrying out a
death sentence is decapitation by a single blow of a blade.
1789 Oct 10, Pierre-Louis
Couperin, composer, died at 34.
1793 Oct 10, The rebellious
French city of Lyons surrendered to Revolutionary troops.
1794 Oct 10, The Russian Army
under Gen’l. Alexander Suvorov took Warsaw and captured Tadeus
Kosciusko at Maciejowice. T. Vavzeckis was became the new commander
of the revolutionary forces.
(Voruta #27-28, 7/1996, p.5)(HN, 10/10/98)
1802 Oct 10, The 1st non-Indian
settlement in Oklahoma was made.
1813 Oct 10, Composer Giuseppe
Verdi was born in Le Roncole, Italy.
(HFA, '96, p.40)(AP, 10/10/97)(HN, 10/10/98)
1845 Oct 10, The U.S. Naval
Academy opened in Annapolis, Md., with fifty midshipmen students and
(AP, 10/10/97)(HN, 10/10/98)(MC, 10/10/01)
1846 Oct 10, Alexis the
Tocqueville wrote about the "Algerian problem."
1846 Oct 10, Neptune's moon
Triton was discovered by William Lassell. [see Sep 23]
1848 Oct 10, The Galena &
Chicago Union Railroad’s first locomotive, 12-year-old wood-burner
called the Pioneer, began to pull cars laden with construction
supplies and workers over the advancing line of the Galena &
Chicago Union Railroad.
1863 Oct 10, The first
telegraph line to Denver was completed.
1863 Oct 10, The Skirmish at
Blue Springs, Tennessee, resulted in 166 casualties.
1865 Oct 10, Raffaele Merry del
Val, Spanish cardinal, was born.
1865 Oct 10, John Wesley Hyatt
patented a new method for manufacturing billiard balls. He used
melted glue and cloth as an alternative to the ivory balls in use,
but his 1st products did not work well. [see Apr 6, 1869]
(MC, 10/10/01)(ON, 11/03, p.3)
1868 Oct 10, Cuba revolted for
independence against Spain. This was the first day of open rebellion
for liberty, which was led by the man who is now known as the
"Father of Cuba," Carlos Manuel de Cespedes.
1870 Oct 10, In South Carolina
Republican Gov. Robert Scott (1826-1900) was re-elected, on the
strength of the black vote, enraging members of the Ku Klux Klan. A
wave of terror began the following day.
1872 Oct 10, William Henry
Seward (b.1801), former Gov. of New York (1839-1842) and American
Sec. of State from 1861-1869, died in Auburn, NY. He had arranged
the purchase of Alaska for the United States. In 2012 Walter Stahr
authored “Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensable Man."
1876 Oct 10, Walter Niemann,
composer, was born.
1877 Oct 10, Lt. Col. George
Armstrong Custer was buried at West Point in New York.
1885 Oct 10, Mary Newton (12),
the daughter of US Army Engineer under Lt. Col. John Newton
(1823-1895) triggered a 2nd huge blast to clear Flood Rock in the
Hell Gate channel of the East River. Mill Rock Island was formed by
joining two rocks with debris from the demolition. The Flood Rock
detonation held the record as the largest deliberately planned
explosion until the Trinity atomic blast in 1945.
(ON, 2/08, p.10)
1886 Oct 10, The tuxedo dinner
jacket made its American debut at the autumn ball in Tuxedo Park,
1896 Oct 10, The New York Times
Book Review started as the “Saturday Review of Books and Art." The
9-page first issue, established by Adolph S. Ochs as a standalone
supplement, included an article about Oscar Wilde’s experience in
prison and another about department stores posing a threat to
(NY Times, 1/26/21)
1899 Oct 10, I.R. Johnson
patented the bicycle frame.
1900 Oct 10, Helen Brown (later
Helen Hayes, d.1993), American actress, was born in Washington, D.C.
Her Tony Awards include: Best Dramatic Actress in 1947 for "Happy
Birthday", and again in 1958 for "Time Remembered". Her talents were
recognized on movie screens (Hayes appeared in films as early as
1927) as she received an Academy Award for Best Actress for her
first major role: "The Sin of Madelon Claudet" in 1931, and forty
years later for Best Supporting Actress in "Airport." "The truth
(is) that there is only one terminal dignity— love. And the story of
a love is not important—what is important is that one is capable of
love. It is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity."
(HN, 10/10/98)(AP, 10/10/00)(MC, 10/10/01)
1901 Oct 10, Alberto Giacometti
(d.1966), sculptor and painter, was born in Borgonovo, Switzerland.
He was later quoted saying "there is less reality in the work of
contemporary sculptors than in tin soldiers in toy shop windows."
His biography was written by David Sylvester and titled: "Looking At
Giacometti." Another biography by James Lord was titled:
"Giacometti: A Biography."
(SFC, 5/12/96, p.BR-4)(WSJ, 9/30/96, p.A14)(HN,
10/10/01)(WSJ, 12/19/01, p.A16)
1903 Oct 10, Emmeline Pankhurst
(1858-1928), British suffragist, and her daughter Christabel (23)
founder the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU).
1908 Oct 10, The Chicago Cubs
won Game 1 of the World Series with a 10-6 victory over the Detroit
Tigers at Bennett Park.
1911 Oct 10, California voters
approved amendments by Republican Gov. Hiram Johnson that included
the recall, initiative and referendum process as part of his
progressive reform package. Almost 2/3 of 178,115 voters affirmed
the amendments. Voters granted women the right to vote in state and
local elections. It was the 6th state of the union to pass suffrage.
The initiative process was set up so that once passed, initiatives
could not be undone except by another vote of the people.
(SFC, 5/18/98, p.A7)(SFC, 12/27/99, p.A10)(SSFC,
8/3/03, p.D1)(SSFC, 10/5/03, p.E3)(SSFC, 10/10/04, p.E1)(SSFC,
1911 Oct 10, San Francisco
voters defeated an amendment on “Votes for Women" by some 12,000
votes. Charges of corruption and ballot abuse were cited. The
amendment passed state-wide.
(SSFC, 10/10/04, p.E1)(SSFC, 10/9/11, DB p.42)
1910 Oct 10, A "Write your
Congressman" postcard campaign was launched. Throughout the State,
postcards were distributed so people would sent them to out-of-state
friends and relatives, urging them to write their local Congressman
to support San Francisco’s bid for permission to hold the
celebration of the completion of the Panama Canal in SF in 1915.
(SFC, 10/10, 1910)
1911 Oct 10, Sir Robert Borden
(1854-1937) began serving as Canada's prime minister and continued
to 1920. In 2011 his image was placed on the front of a Canadian
1911 Oct 10-1911 Oct 14,
Revolution in China began with a bomb explosion in Wuchang, Hubei
province, and the discovery of revolutionary headquarters in Hankow.
Revolutionaries under Sun Yat-sen (aka Sun Zhongshan) overthrew
China's Manchu dynasty. The revolutionary movement spread rapidly
through west and southern China, forcing the abdication of the last
Ch'ing emperor, six-year-old Henry Pu-Yi. He was interned in Russia
and China for 14 years after WW II and later worked as a gardener.
By October 26, the Chinese Republic would be proclaimed, and on
December 4, Premier Yuan Shih-K'ai would sign a truce with rebel
general Li Yuan-hung. The Revolution declared that the art housed in
the Forbidden City was to be for the public. The day became a
holiday known as Double 10 or national Day.
(WSJ, 12/29/95, p.A-11)(SFC, 7/1/97, p.A8)(AP,
10/10/97)(SFC, 10/10/98, p.A21)(HN, 10/10/98)(Econ, 12/22/12,
p.68)(Econ, 11/5/16, p.38)
1913 Oct 10, Panama Canal was
completed when President Woodrow Wilson triggered a blast which
exploded the Gamboa Dike by pressing an electric button at the White
House in Washington, D.C.
1916 Oct 10, Antonio Sant’Elia
(b.1888), Italian architect, was killed during the Eighth Battle of
the Isonzo. He was a key member of the Futurist movement in
(Econ, 2/22/14, p.71)
1917 Oct 10, Thelonious Monk
(d.1982), jazz pianist and composer, was born. He eventually moved
to New York City where he played at various nightclubs throughout
the 40s. He began recording more in the 1950s, usually with small
groups, gaining more notoriety, but his musical influence on his
fellow musicians was already considerable, including such jazz
artists as George Russell and Randy Weston. Jazz pianist and
prolific composer Thelonious Monk, one of the early bebop musicians
of the 1940s, stopped touring and recording in the early 70s,
leaving such jazz standards as "Straight, No Chaser" and " ‘Round
1918 Oct 10, While President
Woodrow Wilson was attempting to establish "peace without victory"
with Germany, the German UB-123 torpedoed RMS Leinster, a civilian
mail and passenger ferry, off the coast of Ireland. Leinster was
usually escorted by a Royal Air Force airship as a precaution, but
on October 10, 1918, the ferry set out alone. Leinster was sunk; 564
passengers and crewmen perished, many of them American and Allied
troops. After Leinster, the Germans lost their chance for an easy
1920 Oct 10, The Carinthian
Plebiscite determined the border between Austria and the newly
formed Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes.
1924 Oct 10, James Clavell,
novelist, was born. His books included "Shogun" and "Noble House."
1924 Oct 10, Edward D. Wood Jr,
director (Plan 9 from Outer Space), was born in Poughkeepsie, NY.
1925 Oct 10, James Buchanon
Duke, the founder of the American Tobacco Company (Lucky Strikes),
died leaving Doris Duke (1924-1993), his only daughter, to inherit
his $125 million tobacco estate.
1930 Oct 10, Harold Pinter,
British playwright (Homecoming, Servant), was born.
(HN, 10/10/98)(MC, 10/10/01)
1931 Oct 10, William Walton's
"Belshazzar's Feast," premiered in Leeds.
1932 Oct 10, Dnjepr Dam in
USSR, the world's biggest, was put into operation.
1933 Oct 10, At Rio de Janeiro,
nations of the Western Hemisphere signed a non-aggression and
1933 Oct 10, The 1st synthetic
detergent, "Dreft" by Procter & Gamble, went on sale.
1935 Oct 10, "Porgy and Bess"
debuted at the Alvin Theater on Broadway in New York City. George
Gershwin composed the music based on a 1925 novel by Dubose Heyward.
(SFEM, 10/5/97, p.4)(AP, 10/10/97)
1938 Oct 10, Germany completed
its annexation of Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland.
1939 Oct 10, Lithuania signed a
treaty that allowed a soviet garrison of 20,000 troops to be
stationed in the country in return for Vilnius and other regions
with a population of 600,000.
(DrEE, 10/12/96, p.3)(DrEE, 10/26/96, p.4)
1940 Oct 10, General Fulgencio
Batista (1901-1973) began serving a 4-year term as Cuba's 14th
1941 Oct 10, German U-boat
torpedoes hit the US destroyer Kearney.
1941 Oct 10, Soviet troops
halted the German advance on Moscow.
1942 Oct 10, 1,300 Austrian
Jews were transported to Theresienstadt.
1943 Oct 10, Chiang Kai-shek
took the oath of office as president of China.
1944 Oct 10, The US took
Okinawa. [see Jun 21, 1945]
1945 Oct 10, The Workers' Party
of Korea (North Korea) was officially founded.
1946 Oct 10, Ben Vereen, actor
and dancer (Pippin, Roots, Webster), was born in Miami, Fla.
1947 Oct 10, The Rodgers' and
Hammerstein's musical "Allegro," premiered in NYC.
1948 Oct 10, Carlos Prio became
Cuba’s last democratically elected president. He was ousted by
Batista in 1952.
1951 Oct 10, The New York
Yankees won the World Series at home, defeating the New York Giants
in game six by a score of 4-3.
1954 Oct 10, Ho Chi Minh
entered Hanoi in Vietnam after French troops withdraw.
1956 Oct 10, The New York
Yankees won the World Series, defeating the Brooklyn Dodgers, 9-0,
in Game 7 at Ebbets Field.
1957 Oct 10, President Dwight
D. Eisenhower apologized to Komla Agbeli Gbdemah, the finance
minister of Ghana, after the official had been refused service in a
Dover, Del., restaurant.
1957 Oct 10, The Milwaukee
Braves won the World Series, defeating the New York Yankees in Game
1957 Oct 10, The TV series
"Zorro," starring Guy Williams as the masked hero, debuted on ABC.
1958 Oct 10, The private-eye
series "77 Sunset Strip" premiered on ABC-TV. The hour-length
American television private detective series, created by Roy
Huggins, starred Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Roger Smith, and Edd Byrnes.
1959 Oct 10, Pan American
became the first to offer regular flights around world.
1960 Oct 10, A cyclone hit and
tidal wave the Gulf of Bengal and killed about 6,000 in East
1960 Oct 10, The Russian Mars
1960A Probe failed to reach Earth orbit.
(SFC, 11/19/96, p.B1)
1961 Oct 10, On Tristan de
Cunha in the South Atlantic the eruption of Queen Mary's Peak forced
the evacuation of the entire population of 264 individuals.
1963 Oct 10, A dam burst in
Italy, and over 3,000 died. [see Sep 9, Oct 9]
1964 Oct 10, The XVIII Olympiad
opened in Tokyo, Japan. The summer Olympics closing ceremonies were
held on Oct 24.
1965 Oct 10, Ronald Reagan
spoke at Coalinga Junior College and called for an official
declaration of war in Vietnam.
(SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F5)
1965 Oct 10, The "Vinland Map"
was introduced by Yale University as being the 1st known map of
America, drawn about 1440 by Norse explorer Lief Eriksson.
1966 Oct 10, U.S. Forces
launched Operation Robin, in Hoa Province south of Saigon in South
Vietnam, to provide road security between villages.
1967 Oct 10, The Outer Space
Treaty, which prohibits the placing of weapons of mass destruction
on the moon or elsewhere in space, entered into force.
1967 Oct 10, Sargent Johnson
(b.1888), Boston-born and SF-based African-American painter and
1967 Oct 10, The body of Che
Guevara was laid out at the Lord of Malta Hospital in Villegrande,
Bolivia, 300 miles from the site of capture. The next day his body
vanished. His body was found in a common grave on Jun 28, 1997. Two
biographies were later written: "Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life,"
by Jon Lee Anderson, and "Companero: The Life and Times of Che
Guevara by Jorge G. Castaneda.
(SFC, 5/12/96, Z1p.1)(SFEC, 7/13/97, p.A10)(WSJ,
1967 Oct 10, Brendan Behan's
"Borstal Boy," premiered in Dublin.
1970 Oct 10, Former Illinois
Secretary of State Paul Powell (b.1902) died. Investigators soon
found nearly half a million dollars in cash and checks, from
unsuspecting drivers paying for their license plates, crammed into
shoe boxes inside his hotel room.
1970 Oct 10, In the October
Crisis Quebec Provincial Labor Minister Pierre Laporte and the
British trade commissioner James Cross were kidnapped by the
left-wing, nationalist Front de Liberation du Quebec, Quebec
Liberation Front (FLQ), a militant separatist group. Laporte's body
was found about a week later. Mr. Cross was released but Mr. LaPorte
was found dead strangled in the trunk of a car. The Canadian
government refused to pay a ransom. Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau
responded by suspending civil liberties in Quebec and invoking the
War Measures Act, and sending over 1,000 troops to the
(SFC, 10/3/96, p.C6)(SFC, 11/22/96, p.A20)(AP,
1970 Oct 10, The South Pacific
island of Fiji became independent after nearly a century of British
rule. Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara (d.2004) became Fiji's first prime
minister. Fiji’s military at this time numbered about 200.
(SFC, 7/1/97, p.A9)(AP, 10/10/97)(AP,
4/19/04)(WSJ, 9/29/07, p.A6)
1970 Oct 10, Edouard Daladier
(b.1884), 3 time premier of France (1933, 1934, 1938-40), died.
1973 Oct 10, US Vice President
Spiro T. Agnew (1918-1996), accused of accepting bribes, pleaded no
contest (nolo contendere) to one count of federal income tax
evasion, and resigned his office. Agnew was the first US Vice
President to resign in disgrace and was later convicted and
sentenced to three years probation and fined $10,000. President
Richard Nixon named Gerald Ford as the new VP.
(TMC, 1994, p.1973)(SFC, 9/18/96, p.A7)(AP,
1975 Oct 10, August Dvorak
(b.1894), educational psychologist, died. In the 1930s he and his
brother-in-law, Dr. William Dealey, designed a keyboard layout that
was much superior to the QWERTY keyboard.
1976 Oct 10, In New Jersey the
Meadowlands' Giant's Stadium opened with an NFL game between the
Giants and Dallas Cowboys.
1978 Oct 10, President Carter
signed a bill authorizing the Susan B. Anthony dollar coin.
1979 Oct 10, Paul Paray
(b.1886), French composer, died at age 93. He was the resident
conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (1951-1962) for more
than a decade.
1979 Oct 10, In Poland an
explosion killed 34 miners at the Dymitrow mine in Bytom. This
matched Poland’s worst mining accident in 1974.
1980 Oct 10, The Martin Luther
King, Jr. Historic Site, a 23 acre area in Atlanta, Ga., listed as a
National Historic Landmark on May 5, 1977, was made a National
Historic Site by the US Department of the Interior. The area where
Dr. King was entombed is located on Freedom Plaza and surrounded by
the Freedom Hall Complex of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for
Nonviolent Social Change, Inc.
1980 Oct 10, Some 4,500 died
when a pair of earthquakes struck NW Algeria. In 1983 the “El-Asnam
Algeria Earthquake of October 10, 1980 a Reconnaissance and
Engineering Report" was published.
1980 Oct 10, In North Korea Kim
Jong Il's status as the country's future leader was made public at
the Workers' Party congress, where he takes up other top positions.
1980 Oct 10, The UN Convention
on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) was concluded in Geneva and
entered into force in December 1983. It seeks to prohibit or
restrict the use of certain conventional weapons which are
considered excessively injurious or that have indiscriminate
effects. It was updated to cover land mines in May, 1996. The
process continued into 2007 to include cluster bombs.
p.67)(SFC, 5/4/96, p.A-9)(WSJ, 5/31/96, p.A13)
1981 Oct 10, Funeral services
were held in Cairo for Egyptian leader Anwar Sadat, who had been
assassinated by Muslim extremists.
1982 Oct 10, In Bolivia Hernan
Siles Zuazo (1914-1996) became president again and served to 1985.
His presidency restored democracy after 18 years of harsh military
(SFC, 8/8/96, p.A22)(AP,
1982 Oct 10, Pope John Paul II
canonized Rev. M. Kolbe (1894-1941), a Polish Franciscan friar. The
controversial racist priest had volunteered to die in place of
another inmate at Auschwitz concentration camp.
1982 Oct 10, US imposed
sanctions against Poland for banning Solidarity trade union.
1983 Oct 10, Israel's 20th
government was formed by Yitzhak Shamir.
1985 Oct 10, U.S. fighter jets
forced an Egyptian plane carrying the hijackers of the Italian
cruise ship Achille Lauro to land in Italy, where the gunmen were
taken into custody.
1985 Oct 10, Actor Yul Brynner
died of lung cancer in NYC at age 65.
1985 Oct 10, Orson Welles (70),
actor-director, died of a heart attack in Los Angeles. In 1972
Joseph McBride authored “Orson Welles," in 1989 Frank Brady authored
“Citizen Welles: A Biography of Orson Welles." In 2006 Simon Callow
authored “Orson Welles: Hello American," the 2nd volume of a 3-part
1987 Oct 10, The Rev. Jesse
Jackson formally launched his bid for the Democratic presidential
nomination in Raleigh, N.C.
1989 Oct 10, South African
President F.W. de Klerk announced that eight prominent political
prisoners, including African National Congress official Walter
Sisulu, would be unconditionally freed, but that Nelson Mandela
would remain imprisoned.
1990 Oct 10, The Oakland A’s
swept to the American League pennant and their third straight World
Series by defeating the Boston Red Sox, 3-to-1.
1990 Oct 10, The space shuttle
"Discovery" landed safely at Edwards Air Force Base in California,
ending a virtually flawless four-day mission.
1991 Oct 10, The US Senate
Judiciary Committee prepared to re-open the confirmation hearing of
Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, accused of sexual harassment
by former aide Anita Hill.
1992 Oct 10, Iraq released U.S.
munitions expert Clinton Hall, two days after he'd been taken
prisoner in the demilitarized zone separating Iraq and Kuwait.
1993 Oct 10, In Greece, the
Panhellenic Socialist Movement, led by Andreas Papandreou, won a
solid majority of seats in parliamentary elections. A handful of
dissidents brought down a modernizing ND government in a row over
(SFC, 6/23/96, p.B6)(AP, 10/10/98)(Econ, 9/22/07,
1993 Oct 10, Thousands of
Somalis demonstrated in the capital of Mogadishu to support warlord
Mohamed Farrah Aidid, an event that coincided with the arrival of
special U.S. envoy Robert Oakley.
1993 Oct 10, In South Korea the
Seohae ferry sank killing 292 people.
1994 Oct 10, Americans Alfred
G. Gilman and Martin Rodbell won the Nobel Prize in medicine.
1994 Oct 10, Anna Hauptmann
(95), wife of Lindbergh baby kidnapper Bruno, died in New Holland,
1994 Oct 10, Lt. Gen. Raoul
Cedras resigned as commander-in-chief of Haiti's armed forces and
pledged to leave the country.
1994 Oct 10, Iraq announced it
was withdrawing its forces from the Kuwaiti border; seeing no signs
of a pullback, President Clinton dispatched 350 additional aircraft
to the region.
1995 Oct 10, World chess
champion Garry Kasparov won a month-long championship match against
1995 Oct 10, The Nobel Prize in
Economic Science was awarded to Robert E. Lucas of the Univ. of
Chicago for his theory of "rational expectations." He demonstrated
how people’s fears and expectations can frustrate policymakers’
efforts to shape the economy.
(WSJ, 10/11/95, p. A-1)(AP, 10/10/00)
1995 Oct 10, The Nobel Prize in
chemistry was won by Mario Molina of MIT, Sherwood Rowland
(1927-2012) of UC Irvine, & Dutch scientist Paul Crutzen for the
study of Earth's ozone layer and their controversial work warning
that gases once used in spray cans and other items were eating away
Earth’s ozone layer.
(WSJ, 10/11/95, p. A-1)(AP, 10/11/00)(SFC,
1995 Oct 10, The Nobel physics
prize went to Martin Perl of Stanford and Frederick Reines (d.1998
at 80) of UC Irvine for discovering the subatomic neutrino particle.
Perl helped discover the tau lepton in 1975, a particle that
resembles an electron but is 30,000 times heavier.
(WSJ, 10/11/95, p. A-1)(SFC, 5/1/97, p.A7)(SFC,
1995 Oct 10, Israel began a
West Bank pullback and freed hundreds of Palestinian prisoners.
1995 Oct 10, Paolo Gucci (64),
Italian entrepreneur and accessories designer, died.
1996 Oct 10, President Clinton
joined Vice President Gore in Knoxville, Tenn., where the president
moved to broaden the sweep of the Internet at 100 universities,
national labs and other federal institutions. Republican
presidential nominee Bob Dole hosted a rally in Cincinnati that
featured his running mate, Jack Kemp, and retired General Colin
1996 Oct 10, In Afghanistan
three military commanders formed a pact against the Taliban. Gen’l.
Rashid Dostum, Ahmad Shah Massoud and Abdul Karim Khalily held 10
northern provinces against 19 held by the Taliban.
(SFC, 10/11/96, p.A16)
1996 Oct 10, In Bolivia the
government reached an agreement with landowners and Indian leaders
on a land reform bill. Large landowners received a 50% tax reduction
in return for their support. More than 20,000 Indians had staged
daily protests over the last 2 weeks. Under the law land could only
revert to the state if its owners failed to pay the land tax.
(SFC, 10/11/96, p.A17)(Econ, 9/23/06, p.41)
1996 Oct 10, In India today the
reborn [from Tibet] Drepung Loseling Monastery in Karnataka state
houses about 2,500 Buddhist monks.
(SFC, 10/10/96, p.E1)
1996 Oct 10, It was reported
that Mexico has the highest rate of deforestation in the world with
2.5 million acres of forest and jungle felled each year.
(SFC, 10/10/96, p.A12)
1996 Oct 10, The LRA abducted
139 girls from a Catholic school run by Italian nuns. One nun
managed to plead for the release of 109 girls but the rebels kept
30, ignoring pleas from Pope John Paul II and other world leaders.
In 2014 Susan Minot authored “Thirty Girls," a fictional account
based on the girls kept as captives for as long as 13 years.
(SFC, 5/25/98, p.A10)(SSFC, 3/16/14, p.F5)
1996 Oct 10, Armed men killed
50-60 civilians in eastern Zaire in the village of Bambu in the
Masisi region. The Banyamulenge immigrated to eastern Zaire from
Rwanda decades ago.
(SFC, 10/12/96, p.A11)
1997 Oct 10, The Nobel Peace
Prize was awarded to Jody Williams and the Int’l. Campaign to Ban
Land Mines (ICBL). There were an estimated 100 million
anti-personnel mines buried around the world that killed or wounded
some 26,000 people each year.
(SFC, 10/11/97, p.A9)(AP, 10/10/98)
1997 Oct 10, Bob Dylan was
awarded the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize. It consisted of a silver
medallion and a cash stipend.
(SFC, 10/11/97, p.E3)
1997 Oct 10, Defying the
Republican Congress a second time, President Clinton vetoed a ban on
certain late-term abortion procedures.
1997 Oct 10, An Argentine DC-9
with 75 people crashed in Uruguay. All 74 were killed when the plane
crashed during a torrential rainstorm.
(SFC, 10/11/97, p.A10)(SFC, 10/12/97, p.A16)
1997 Oct 10, Bosnian Serb
nationalists won a narrow victory in the Sept. Brcko municipal
elections. A Muslim party coalition won 14 of 24 seats in Mostar. An
int’l. supervisor, US diplomat Robert Farrand, issued an order that
the municipal administration in Brcko must reflect the prewar
multiethnic composition, and that this would extend to the police
and the judiciary.
(SFC, 10/11/97, p.A9)
1997 Oct 10, In Cuba Fidel
Castro was re-elected president at the close of the 5th national
congress. His brother Raul was re-elected as 2nd in command.
(SFC, 10/12/97, p.A19)
1997 Oct 10, In France Prime
Minister Lionel Jospin proposed a law to cut the workweek to 35
hours from 39 as a means to create jobs by Jan 1, 2000.
(SFC, 10/11/97, p.A9)
1997 Oct 10, In North Korea Kim
Jong Il was scheduled to be formally named as the general secretary
of the Workers Party.
(SFC, 9/23/97, p.A12)
1997 Oct 10, In Kenya riot
police beat up opposition members of parliament while Pres. Moi gave
a speech on "Moi Day," marking 19 years in power.
(SFC, 10/11/97, p.A10)
1997 Oct 10, In South Koreas
the ruling party accused Kim Dae Jung, the leading opposition
contender, of taking $15 million in bribes from some top businesses.
The ruling party was trailing badly in the polls.
(SFC, 10/11/97, p.A10)
1997 Oct 10, In Spain Adolfo
Scilingo of Argentina was jailed after appearing to voluntarily
testify on his crimes. He admitted to hurling 30 prisoners from
airplanes during the "dirty war."
(SFC, 1/1/98, p.A18)
1998 Oct 10, David Sheldon
Boone (46), a former Pentagon analyst, was arrested for selling top
defense secrets to the former Soviet Union. He was lured back to the
US from Germany.
(WSJ, 10/14/98, p.A1)
1998 Oct 10, Clark Clifford
(91), former Defense Secretary and presidential counselor, died.
(SFEC, 10/11/98, p.A2)(AP, 10/10/99)
1998 Oct 10, In Congo Tutsi
rebels shot down a Boeing 727 Lignes Aeriennes Congolaises airliner
following takeoff from Kindu. Airline officials said there were 38
passengers, mostly women and children. Rebels claimed the passengers
were soldiers. 41 people were killed.
(SFEC, 10/11/98, p.A15)(AP, 6/11/13)
1998 Oct 10, In Mexico Gustavo
Petricioli Iturbe, a former treasury secretary and ambassador to the
US, died at age 70.
(SFEC, 10/11/98, p.D10)
1999 Oct 10, In Texas 6 college
students of Texas A-and-M University were killed just after midnight
as they got out of their cars for a party at Tau Kappa Epsilon in
College Station. The driver of a pickup had fallen asleep.
(SFC, 10/11/99, p.A3)(AP, 10/10/00)
1999 Oct 10, Windsor, Nova
Scotia, Canada, held its first pumpkin regatta on Lake Pesaquid.
Danny Dill, son of Howard Dill, had proposed the pumpkin boating
event to help the town capitalize on its history as the birthplace
of giant pumpkin growing. In the 1970s Howard Dill had engineered
mammoth pumpkins and patented the seed as Dill’s Atlantic Giant.
(WSJ, 10/20/07, p.A1)(http://tinyurl.com/3y5me4)
1999 Sep 10, It was reported
that Canada has 339 species in serious danger of disappearing and no
federal legislation for protection of endangered animals.
(SFC, 9/10/99, p.D4)
1999 Oct 10, Portugal’s
governing Socialist Party was returned to power by a comfortable
margin in a general election.
2000 Oct 10, The Nobel Prize in
physics was awarded to Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments, co-inventor
of the computer chip, Herbert Kroemer (72) of UC Santa Barbara and
Zhores Alferov (70) of Russia for work in high-speed transistors and
(SFC, 10/11/00, p.A1,6)
2000 Oct 10, The Nobel Prize in
chemistry was awarded to Alan Heeger (64) of UC Santa Barbara, Alan
MacDiarmed (73) of Univ. of Pennsylvania, and Hideki Shirakawa (64)
of the Univ. of Tsukuba for their work in modifying plastics to
(SFC, 10/11/00, p.A6)(Econ, 9/16/06, p.89)
2000 Oct 10, Pres. Clinton met
with Vice Marshal Jo Myong Rok, the most senior North Korean
official to ever visit the US.
(WSJ, 10/10/00, p.A1)
2000 Oct 10, Minnesota’s Rep.
Bruce Vento, a 12-term liberal Democrat, died at age 60. He
championed environmental and homeless causes. The Bruce Vento Nature
Sanctuary in St. Paul was named in his honor.
(SFC, 10/12/00, p.C2)(LP, Spring 2006, p.25)
2000 Oct 10, In Ethiopia Prime
Minister Meles Zenawi was re-elected by acclamation in parliament to
another 5-year term.
(SFC, 10/11/00, p.A14)
2000 Oct 10, In the Philippines
15 Abu Sayyaf rebels surrendered in Talipao town on Jolo Island. 129
guerrillas were reported killed and 53 captured during the recent
assault on Jolo.
(SFC, 10/11/00, p.A4)
2000 Oct 10, In Sri Lanka at
least 5 people were killed in violence during parliamentary
elections. Kumaratunga’s People’s Alliance led the voting over the
United National Party with 107 seats to 89 in the 225-seat
(WSJ, 10/11/00, p.A1)(SFC, 10/12/00, p.A16)(SFC,
2000 Oct 10, In Sri Lanka
Sirimavo Bandaranaike, the 1st woman in the world to serve as a
prime minister, died at age 84 just after voting in elections.
(SFC, 10/11/00, p.A24)
2000 Oct 10, In Zimbabwe Pres.
Mugabe pardoned offenders for thousands of politically motivated
crimes committed between Jan 1 and July 31.
(SFC, 10/11/00, p.A14)
2001 Oct 10, The Nobel Prize in
Chemistry was awarded to K. Barry Sharpless of Scripps Research,
William S. Knowles of St. Louis and Ryoji Noyori of Nagoya Univ. for
their work in developing catalysts to produce compounds of specific
(SFC, 10/11/01, p.A21)(WSJ, 10/11/01, p.A1)
2001 Oct 10, The Nobel Prize in
Economics was awarded to George Akerlof of UC Berkeley, Michael
Spence of Stanford, and Joseph Stiglitz of Columbia Univ. Akerlof
won in part for his classic paper explaining how, if sellers know
more than buyers, markets may fail.
(SFC, 10/11/01, p.D1)(Econ, 3/28/09, p.88)
2001 Oct 10, U.S. jets pounded
the Afghan capital of Kabul.
2001 Oct 10, An unmanned US spy
plane was lost over southern Iraq, the 3rd since Aug 27.
(WSJ, 10/11/01, p.A1)
2001 Oct 10, President Bush
unveiled a list of 22 most-wanted terrorists, including Osama bin
Laden and associates. The FBI issued a list of 22 most wanted
terrorists dating back to 1985 with rewards up to $5 million for
tips that prevent attacks or lead to arrests.
(AP, 10/10/02)(SFC, 10/11/01, p.A3)
2001 Oct 10. Rep. Nancy Pelosi
of California was elected House Democratic Whip, the No. 2 House
Democratic leader and the highest post ever held by a woman in
(WSJ, 10/11/01, p.A1)(AP, 10/10/02)
2001 Oct 10, In Florida a 3rd
case of anthrax was identified in a 35-year-old woman who worked in
the same office as Robert Stevens. The strain was reported to match
one from Iowa in the 1950s commonly used by lab researchers.
(SFC, 10/11/01, p.A4,5)
2001 Oct 10, Tornadoes hit the
US plains and caused heavy damage in Oklahoma and Nebraska.
(SFC, 10/11/01, p.C16)
2001 Oct 10, In Alaska a small
plane crashed following takeoff from Dillingham. 10 people were
killed in the Cessna 208 Caravan.
(SFC, 10/11/01, p.A21)
2001 Oct 10, US warplanes
struck an ammunition dump at the edge of Kandahar and secondary
explosions left some civilian casualties.
(SFC, 10/15/01, p.A3)
2001 Oct 10, In China a state
court sentenced over a dozen key officials in Shenyang for
(SFC, 10/11/01, p.C2)
2001 Oct 10, In Colombia AUC
paramilitary massacred 24 men in the village of Buga. The bodies of
6 fishermen were recovered near Cartagena, where they had been
kidnapped earlier in the week. A cab driver, who drove outside news
correspondents, was also slain.
(SFC, 10/12/01, p.D2)(WSJ, 10/12/01, p.A1)
2001 Oct 10, The EU and leaders
of several African nations agreed on a "Marshall Plan for Africa" to
combat poverty and disease and allow access to markets in the
(SFC, 10/11/01, p.C2)
2001 Oct 10, The 56-member
Organization of Islamic Conference, called by Iran, issued a
communique that sidestepped US action in Afghanistan: "The
conference rejected the targeting of any Islamic or Arab state under
the pretext of fighting terrorism."
(SFC, 10/11/01, p.A7)
2001 Oct 10, In Sri Lanka Pres.
Kumaratunga dissolved parliament and set elections for Dec 5 after
defections left her coalition in the minority.
(WSJ, 10/11/01, p.A1)
2001 Oct 10, Turkey granted the
government the authority to send troops overseas and to allow
foreign troops to be stationed on its soil.
(SFC, 10/11/01, p.A7)
2002 Oct 10, Imre Kertesz (72),
a Hungarian novelist and secular Jew, won the Nobel Prize for
literature. His books included "Fiasco" (1988) and "Kaddish for a
Child Not Born" (1990).
(SFC, 10/11/02, p.A2)(SFC, 12/5/02, p.E5)
2002 Oct 10, The US Congress
gave Pres. Bush authorization to use armed forces against Iraq. The
House voted 296-133 in favor.
(SFC, 10/11/02, p.A1)(WSJ, 10/11/02, p.A1)
2002 Oct 10, Two executives
who'd overseen WorldCom's financial record-keeping pleaded guilty to
charges stemming from a federal probe of the company's accounting
2002 Oct 10, Allied planes
bombed radar and missile sites in the southern no-fly zone over
Iraq, targeting President Saddam Hussein's air defenses for the
third time this week.
2002 Oct 10, The DJIA
rose 247 to 7,533.95. Nasdaq rose 49 to 1,163.
(SFC, 10/11/02, p.B1)
2002 Oct 10, Bernard Ridder Jr.
(85), former St. Paul, Minn., newspaper executive, died in
California. He was the head or Ridder Publications when it merged
with the Knight group in 1974.
(SFC, 10/11/02, p.A24)
2002 Oct 10, In Algeria Prime
Minister Ali Benflis' party swept local elections, with voting in
the restive Berber region marred by a boycott, riots and attacks on
police officers. The National Liberation Front gained control of 668
out of 1,541 town councils and took 43 of 48 district councils.
2002 Oct 10, The United
Nations' highest judicial body ruled in favor of Cameroon in a
border dispute with Nigeria, giving it possession of an oil-rich
peninsula in the Gulf of Guinea.
2002 Oct 10, China sent Zhu
Xiaohua (53), its most senior financial official nabbed for
corruption, to jail for 15 years, but spared him the executioner's
bullet after he confessed to taking bribes prosecutors knew nothing
2002 Oct 10, Pakistan held
elections under emergency laws imposed by General Musharraf in 1999.
4 people were killed and at least 42 wounded in clashes at several
polling stations during an election meant to return the country to
civilian rule. A party loyal to President Pervez Musharraf emerged
on top in elections which were dismissed as flawed by EU observers.
The United Action Forum, a coalition of 6 Islamist parties, won 51
of 272 seats and secured control of 2 of 4 provincial assemblies.
The PPP won at least 70 of the seats. All the Islamist parties
combined won 11% of the popular vote.
(Reuters, 10/12/02)(SFC, 10/12/02, p.A8)(WSJ,
10/11/02, p.A10)(Econ, 11/17/07, p.50)
2002 Oct 10, A Palestinian
suicide bomber killed a woman and wounded 12 other people by blowing
himself up near a bus in Israel, but the driver and passengers
prevented a higher death toll by stopping him boarding.
2002 Oct 10, In the southern
Philippines a bomb ripped through a bus terminal in Kidapawan City
in North Cotobato province, killed 6 people and wounding 2 dozen in
the latest of a series of bomb attacks in the violence-hit region.
(Reuters, 10/10/02)(SFC, 10/12/02, p.A11)
2002 Oct 10, In Venezuela
hundreds of thousands marched through Caracas calling for the ouster
of Pres. Chavez.
(WSJ, 10/11/02, p.A10)
2003 Oct 10, Human rights
activist Shirin Ebadi (56) won the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize. It was
the first peace prize for an Iranian, and first for a Muslim woman.
2003 Oct 10, Conservative
commentator Rush Limbaugh announced during his syndicated radio show
that he was addicted to painkillers and was checking into a rehab
2003 Oct 10, In southern
Afghanistan 41 Taliban militants escaped from prison by digging a
30-foot-long tunnel with apparent help from officials.
2003 Oct 10, A Central African
Republic national forum recommended posthumous forgiveness for
despot Jean-Bedel Bokassa (d.1996), whose 13-year rule (1966-1979)
ruined the country. The vote followed an apology by Bokassa's son
Jean-Serge (31). About 60 legitimate children of Bokassa had
mandated one of their number, Jean-Serge Bokassa, to sit as a
delegate in a reconciliation forum called the "National Dialogue."
There, he asked "forgiveness for the wrong" done by his father and
called for his rehabilitation because he had helped to build the
(SFC, 10/11/03, p.A2)(AFP, 12/3/10)
2003 Oct 10, Near Genova,
Colombia, suspected leftist guerrillas gunned down two candidates
for upcoming state and mayoral elections. Police found the bodies of
Jairo Gomez, a mayoral contender in the city of Genova, and Julio
Cesar Castennanos, the next day.
2003 Oct 10, Former Guyana vice
president and first lady Viola Burnham (72) died after a prolonged
battle with cancer. She served as vice president and deputy PM from
2003 Oct 10, In Sadr City,
Iraq, 2 Americans and 2 Iraqis were killed in a gunfight.
(SFC, 10/11/03, p.A12)
2003 Oct 10, Israel sent dozens
of tanks into a Gaza refugee camp to destroy tunnels allegedly used
by Palestinians to smuggle weapons. Israeli forces killed seven
Palestinians, including an eight-year-old boy, in the Gaza Strip.
(AP, 10/10/03)(Reuters, 10/10/03)
2003 Oct 10, It was reported
that members of an elite Mexican army unit have deserted and formed
a drug gang, using their military training to launch a violent
battle for control of Nuevo Laredo. An estimated 31 of 350 members
of the Special Air Mobile Force Group, posted to the border state of
Tamaulipas in the 1990s, had deserted and joined the drug turf war.
2003 Oct 10, Morocco's king
announced plans to grant new rights to women regarding marriage and
divorce, reforms aimed at modernizing Moroccan society.
2003 Oct 10, In Peru a
passenger bus plunged off a 1,000-foot cliff in the Andes mountains,
killing at least 30 people and wounding 17.
2003 Oct 10, Spain's new
Madrid-Leida bullet train made its maiden journey. The train had an
average speed of 108 mph, with a peak of 124 mph. This was slower
than the intended average speed of 186 mph with peaks of 217 mph.
2004 Oct 10, Christopher Reeve
(52), "Superman" actor who turned personal tragedy into a public
crusade, died in Mount Kisco, NY, of complications from an
infection. Reeve became a quadriplegic after a May 1995 horse riding
(Econ, 10/16/04, p.83)(AP, 10/10/05)
2004 Oct 10, Ken Caminiti (41),
the National League's 1996 most valuable player who later admitted
using steroids during his major league baseball career, died in New
2004 Oct 10, PM Paul Martin of
Canada arrived in Russia for two days of talks with Russian leaders.
2004 Oct 10, In eastern Congo 2
boat accidents on Lake Kivu killed 68 people.
2004 Oct 10, Gerard
Pierre-Charles (b.1935), a prominent Haitian intellectual and
politician, died of heart failure in Cuba, where he was receiving
emergency treatment for a lung infection. Pierre-Charles was an
economist, who wrote at least 16 books, and a longtime communist
whose ideology shifted toward the center after the fall of the
2004 Oct 10, In India at least
62 bodies were recovered after flash floods in Assam state, taking
the death toll from fresh flooding in the past three days to 88.
2004 Oct 10, Defense Secretary
Donald H. Rumsfeld visited Iraq. In Baghdad 2 car bombs shook the
capital in quick succession, killing at least 11 people, including
an American soldier, and wounding 16.
(AP, 10/10/04)(WSJ, 10/11/04, p.A1)
2004 Oct 10, Iraq's Ministry of
Science and Technology told the UN nuclear agency that 377 tons of
explosives had disappeared from the Al-Qaqaa facility. The Iraqis
say the materials were stolen after the April 9, 2003, fall of
Baghdad because of a lack of security.
2004 Oct 10, An Israeli
aircraft fired a missile at a home near a Hamas stronghold in the
Jebaliya refugee camp, killing one civilian and wounding 8 other
2004 Oct 10, Libyan officials
said police have arrested 17 non-Libyans suspected of being al-Qaida
members who entered this North African country illegally.
2004 Oct 10, In Pakistan a
suicide attacker detonated a bomb at a Shiite mosque in the eastern
city of Lahore, leaving at least four people dead.
2004 Oct 10, In
Karachayevo-Cherkessia, a Russian republic north of Abkhazia, 7
businessmen were killed and their bodies thrown down a mine. The men
disappeared after being summoned to a meeting at a cottage belonging
to Ali Kaitov, son-in-law of regional Pres. Mustafa Batdyev. On Nov
9 a crowd stormed the local government building in Cherkessk.
(AP, 11/9/04)(Econ, 2/12/05, p.21)
2004 Oct 10, Members of
Somalia’s transitional parliament elected Col. Abdullahi Yusuf (70)
as interim president.
(SFC, 10/11/04, p.A3)
2005 Oct 10, President Bush
dined in the French Quarter of New Orleans and stayed in a luxury
hotel to showcase progress in hurricane-battered city, which was
reported to be turning its attention to removing and scrapping some
200,000 cars, abandoned and waterlogged from Hurricane Katrina.
(SFC, 10/10/05, p.A5)(AP, 10/10/06)
2005 Oct 10, Eight American
helicopters that will carry supplies and rescue teams to remote
areas hit by a weekend earthquake landed in Pakistan as the US
pledged $50 million for relief in a gesture that officials hope will
show sometimes skeptical Pakistanis that Washington is a true ally.
Pakistan said up to 40,000 people were feared dead in the weekend
earthquake, as frustration over the slow rescue effort turned to
anger and scattered looting.
(AP, 10/10/05)(AFP, 10/10/05)
2005 Oct 10, In Half Moon Bay,
Ca., Joel Holland, a retired Washington state firefighter, won the
annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off, presenting a
gigantic pumpkin that weighed 1,229 pounds. This matched his winner
in 2004. The contest here began in 1974.
(AP, 10/10/05)(SFC, 10/10/06, p.B3)
2005 Oct 10, Robert J. Aumann
of Israel and Thomas C. Schelling of the Univ. of Maryland won the
2005 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for their work in
game theory that explains political and economic conflicts, arms
races and even preventing warfare.
2005 Oct 10, Intel introduced
its Xeon, a dual-core processor. AMD unveiled its dual-core Opteron
(SFC, 10/11/05, p.E1)
2005 Oct 10, Refco Inc., a
futures trading company that went public August 11, ousted CEO
Phillip Bennett after discovering that a firm he controlled owed
Refco $430 million. Bennett repaid the cash the same day. Bennett
was arrested the next day and charged with securities fraud on Oct
12. Refco field for bankruptcy on Oct 17.
(SFC, 10/11/05, p.E12)(SFC, 10/13/05, p.C1)(Econ,
10/15/05, p.79)(WSJ, 7/3/06, p.A1)
2005 Oct 10, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber killed a former militia commander and two others in
Kandahar. Police later thwarted a second such attack in the same
city when a man blew himself up as he fled the officers.
2005 Oct 10, In southern
Afghanistan suspected Taliban rebels ambushed a police convoy
traveling on a mountain road in Helmand province, killing 19
officers in the deadliest attack ever on the fledgling police force.
2 suicide bombers, one of whom was identified as an Arab, killed
three people and wounded eight in Kandahar.
2005 Oct 10, In Afghanistan US
warplanes killed 10 suspected rebels in Uruzgan province.
2005 Oct 10, Election officials
said Armen Keshishian, the mayor of Nor-Achin a small Armenian town
jailed on murder charges, was re-elected to his post. Keshishian has
been charged in the Sept. 24 shooting death of Ashot Mkhitarian, the
head of a local electric utility. The pistol that allegedly killed
the utility chief had been presented to Keshishian by PM Andranik
Markarian. Keshishian will govern his town from behind bars pending
2005 Oct 10, Shinka Manova, a
high-ranking Bulgarian customs official, was slain in Sofia. He was
allegedly protecting the smuggling business of the mafia.
2005 Oct 10, Clashes broke
between Colombian police and Indians protesting a planned free trade
accord with the US, leaving one Indian dead and at least 15 wounded.
2005 Oct 10, Conservative
leader Angela Merkel said she had reached a "good and fair" deal
that will make her Germany's first female chancellor in a
power-sharing agreement that would end Gerhard Schroeder's seven
years in office.
2005 Oct 10, The US formally
handed Rhein-Main Air Base over to the German government, ending a
60-year stay during which the sprawling field was a hub of activity
for American forces facing Soviet bloc troops and Mideast tensions.
2005 Oct 10, Guatemalan
officials said they would abandon communities buried by landslides
and declare them mass graveyards as reports of devastation trickled
in from some of the more than 100 communities cut off from the
outside world after killer mudslides.
2005 Oct 10, India and Pakistan
set aside their often-bitter rivalry when Islamabad accepted an
offer of aid for earthquake victims.
2005 Oct 10, Indonesia said it
will test its stock of bird flu vaccine after a corruption scandal
involving production of sub-standard doses.
2005 Oct 10, An Iraqi official
said an arrest warrant has been issued for Hazem Shaalam, a former
Iraqi defense minister, accused of corruption and abuse of power
while working in the previous interim government, which was
installed by the United States last year.
2005 Oct 10, In Iraq insurgents
launched a new salvo of attacks five days ahead of a crucial
constitutional referendum, killing at least 12 Iraqis and a US
soldier with suicide car bombs, roadside explosives and drive-by
2005 Oct 10, Israeli forces
caught a 14-year-old boy whom militants tried to push into becoming
a suicide bomber.
2005 Oct 10, Japan's space
agency conducted a test flight of a supersonic jet prototype in the
2005 Oct 10, Morocco began
deporting would-be immigrants, with a flight carrying 140 Senegalese
taking off for Dakar after hundreds of Africans stormed razor-wire
border fences in recent weeks.
2005 Oct 10, The final count in
Poland's presidential election confirmed that the pro-market
lawmaker Donald Tusk won more votes than conservative Warsaw Mayor
Lech Kaczynski, but fell short of a majority needed for an outright
victory in a first round of balloting.
2005 Oct 10, The Anatolia news
agency said a suspect in a bombing plot against Israeli ships in
Turkey earlier gave $50,000 to people accused of carrying out a
series of bombings in Istanbul that killed 60 people in 2003,
according to testimony from Burhan Kus, a suspect submitted by
prosecutors to a court.
2005 Oct 10, Apolo Milton Obote
(b.1924), former head of Uganda, died in South Africa. He led Uganda
from 1966-1971, when he was overthrown in a coup by Idi Amin, and
from 1980-1985 following disputed general elections.
2006 Oct 10, The Bush
administration rejected anew direct talks with North Korea in the
wake of the communist country's nuclear test, and suggested it was
possible the test was something less than it appeared.
2006 Oct 10, The Diocese of
Davenport, Iowa, became the 4th Catholic diocese in the US to file
for bankruptcy amid the clergy abuse scandal, following the
Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon, and the dioceses of Tucson, Arizona
and Spokane, Washington. Since 2004, the Diocese of Davenport has
paid more than $10.5 million to resolve dozens of claims filed
against priests, including a $9 million settlement reached with 37
victims. The lawsuits accused 11 priests of sexually assaulting
children since the 1950s and blamed church leaders for covering it
up. The cost of the Catholic sex abuse cases nationwide has risen to
about $1.5 billion since 1950, according to figures compiled from
studies by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.
2006 Oct 10, Northrup Grumman
confirmed a $12.5 million contract to equip US jets with
(SFC, 10/12/06, p.A4)
2006 Oct 10, In Afghanistan a
bomb struck a police bus in Kabul, wounding more than a dozen
2006 Oct 10, In Bolivia strikes
and demonstrations brought La Paz to a standstill. The independent
mining cooperatives said they were breaking their alliance with
(Econ, 10/14/06, p.40)
2006 Oct 10, Britain’s Man
Booker Prize was won by Indian writer Kiran Desai (35) for “The
Inheritance of Loss," a cross-continental saga that moves from the
Himalayas to NYC.
(SFC, 10/11/06, p.A16)
2006 Oct 10, China, which holds
the key to whether tough UN sanctions will be imposed for North
Korea's nuclear test, warned its ally that the detonation would harm
relations, but called on the UN to use "positive and appropriate
2006 Oct 10, Cheung Yan (49),
founder and chairwoman of Chinese paper packager Nine Dragons Paper
(Holdings) Ltd., topped a list of China's richest people for the
first time, elbowing past two-time leader Huang Guangyu of GOME
Electrical Appliances and a coterie of CEOs at old-economy
government enterprises. Cheung, born in northeastern China's
Heilongjiang province and now a Los Angeles native, began building
her fortune in 1985, when she set up a waste-paper trading business
in Hong Kong.
2006 Oct 10, A World Health
Organization official said Egypt has detected its first human case
of the highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu virus since May in an
Egyptian woman who raised ducks from her home.
2006 Oct 10, The US Embassy in
Haiti said the US has partially lifted a 15-year-old arms embargo,
allowing Haiti to buy weapons for police battling violent, and often
better armed, street gangs.
2006 Oct 10, India's Central
Bureau of Investigations (CBI) raided the homes and offices of
defense agents in five cities in connection with four separate cases
of alleged illegal payoffs involving Israel, Russia and South
2006 Oct 10, India’s Supreme
Court ordered wildlife authorities in New Delhi to catch hundreds of
Rhesus macaque monkeys and relocated them thousands of miles away in
the jungles of Madhya Pradesh state.
(SFC, 10/12/06, p.A2)
2006 Oct 10, Iraq's government
forged ahead with a plan aimed at ending sectarian attacks, even as
a bombing in the capital killed 10 people. Officials said that all
security checkpoints in Baghdad would soon be manned by an equal
number of Shiite and Sunni Arab troops to ensure the security forces
do not allow sectarian attacks. Officials discovered the mutilated
bodes of 60 men in the last 24-hours.
2006 Oct 10, Israeli soldiers
shot and killed a Palestinian militant who infiltrated from the Gaza
Strip into southern Israel wearing a bomb belt.
2006 Oct 10, A draft UN report
said smugglers in the Ivory Coast were violating a UN ban on diamond
sales, illegally exporting the gems to neighboring countries for
2006 Oct 10, Liberia's truth
commission began taking public testimony.
2006 Oct 10, The government of
Libya reached an agreement with One Laptop per Child, an American
nonprofit group, to provide inexpensive laptop computers to all of
its schoolchildren. The $250 million deal would provide the nation
with 1.2 million computers, a server in each school, a team of
technical advisers, satellite internet service and other
2006 Oct 10, Nigeria charged
six people, including men from Ireland, Israel and Romania, with
illegally obtaining classified defense documents. Nigerians with
assault rifles overran a navy base, taking several troops hostage,
and occupied a nearby oil facility belonging to a subsidiary of
Royal Dutch Shell PLC.
(AP, 10/10/06)(AP, 10/11/06)
2006 Oct 10, In Norway a
charter plane caught fire and skidded off the runway while landing
at Stord Airport.
2006 Oct 10, Palestine’s
militant Hamas group rejected key elements of a Qatari proposal to
forge a power-sharing government with the rival Fatah group that
would recognize Israel's right to exist and force militants to
2006 Oct 10, In the Philippines
a bomb exploded in the town of Makilala on the southern island of
Mindanao during a celebration to mark the town's 52nd anniversary.
12 people were killed and at least 42 injured. 5 people were injured
when a bomb planted by suspected Muslim extremists exploded in the
busy market of Tacurong City.
2006 Oct 10, In Russia
Alexander Plokhin (58), the head of a branch of a state-controlled
bank, was fatally shot in Moscow, the latest in a series of apparent
2006 Oct 10, The Sudanese
government and eastern rebels signed a power sharing agreement in
the Eritrean capital Asmara after months of peace talks. Under
Eritrean mediation, Khartoum and the Eastern Front signed a
ceasefire agreement on June 19 and pledged to work for a
comprehensive settlement of their dispute.
2006 Oct 10, The World Food
Program (WFP) said nearly a quarter of a million people in Sudan's
Darfur region cannot access U.N. food rations due to fighting.
2006 Oct 10, Tens of thousands
of protesters, many dressed in red to show their anger, demanded
that Taiwan's president step down over a series of corruption
2006 Oct 10, Vietnam's
communist party chief Nong Duc Manh arrived in Laos at the start of
a four-day visit in a country where Vietnam still exerts
2007 Oct 10, The US House
Foreign Affairs Committee voted 27-21 to label as genocide the
deaths of Armenians a century ago at the end of the Ottoman Empire.
The Bush administration planned to pressure Democratic leaders not
to schedule a vote, though it is expected to pass.
2007 Oct 10, California Gov.
Schwarzenegger signed a law termination investment by the state’s
pension funds in companies doing business with Iran. He also signed
a bill that will give California motorists fines of up to $100 next
year if they are caught smoking in cars with minors, making their
state the third to protect children in vehicles from secondhand
(AP, 10/11/07)(Econ, 10/20/07, p.42)
2007 Oct 10, Robert Levy (64),
mayor of Atlantic City, NJ, resigned. He had gone missing for 2
weeks after being accused of lying about his military record.
(SFC, 10/11/07, p.A6)
2007 Oct 10, Boeing Co. said
its new 787 Dreamliner faces a delay of at least 6 months.
Executives said the first plane would be delivered in late Nov. or
Dec., 2008, rather than May.
(WSJ, 10/11/07, p.A1)
2007 Oct 10, Thousands of
Chrysler LLC autoworkers walked off the job after the automaker and
the United Auto Workers union failed to reach a tentative contract
agreement before a union-imposed deadline. Hours later negotiators
reached a tentative agreement.
(AP, 10/10/07)(WSJ, 10/11/07, p.A3)
2007 Oct 10, In Cleveland,
Ohio, Asa H. Coon (14), armed with two revolvers, opened fire at the
SuccessTech Academy alternative school, wounding two students and
two teachers before fatally shooting himself. He had a history of
mental problems and was known for cursing at teachers and bickering
with students. Coon, who was white, stood out in the predominantly
black school for dressing in a Goth style, wearing a black trench
coat, black boots, a dog collar and chains.
(AP, 10/11/07)(SFC, 10/11/07, p.A6)
2007 Oct 10, James Robbins
(1942), former CEO of Cox Communications (1995-2005), died of
(WSJ, 10/13/07, p.A7)
2007 Oct 10, Gerhard Ertl of
Germany won the 2007 Nobel Prize in chemistry for studies of
chemical reactions on solid surfaces, which are key to understanding
questions like how pollution eats away at the ozone layer.
2007 Oct 10, Rudolf
Blechschmidt, a German engineer, and four Afghans taken hostage on
July 18 were freed in exchange for six Taliban fighters. Wardak
province district chief Mohammad Nahim later changed his statement
saying five imprisoned criminals had been freed. NATO-led and Afghan
troops clashed overnight with Taliban fighters in southern
Afghanistan, leaving eight suspected militants dead and three
2007 Oct 10, The African Union
imposed sanctions on leaders of the rebellious Comoro island of
Anjouan in a bid to coerce them into holding fresh elections.
2007 Oct 10, Austrian
authorities arrested a Turkish-born man (76) suspected of fatally
shooting a younger Turkish associate (58) and slicing off the
victim's penis in what investigators called an "honor killing."
2007 Oct 10, Ministers from
Azerbaijan, Georgia, Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine signed a deal to
build an oil pipeline linking the Black and Baltic seas.
(WSJ, 10/11/07, p.A18)
2007 Oct 10, Brazil's Supreme
Court denied a Lebanese request to extradite a fugitive banker
accused of a multimillion-dollar bank fraud and wanted for
questioning in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister
Rafik Hariri. Rana Koleilat was given eight days to leave the
country once her passport is returned. She was jailed on fraud
charges in Lebanon in 2004, but fled the country. She was arrested
in Sao Paulo on March 12, 2006.
2007 Oct 10, In Brazil a truck
coming down a hill plowed into rescue workers and gawkers at the
site of an earlier collision, a double accident that killed least 28
people and injured 90.
2007 Oct 10, Ontario's Liberal
Party won a second term heading Canada's most populous province.
2007 Oct 10, Some 30 Tibetan
exiles protesting Chinese religious policies stormed the Chinese
Embassy in New Delhi, with several breaching the front gate and
chaining themselves to the flag pole inside.
2007 Oct 10, In Colombia police
clashed with hundreds of protesters who blocked roads and burned
trucks in demonstrations called by unions, farmers and indigenous
groups who accuse the government of ties to right-wing militias.
2007 Oct 10, A roadside bomb
targeted a US military convoy in Baghdad, killing an Iraqi bystander
and wounding three others. In northern Iraq, a suicide bomber
slammed his minibus into blast walls at the offices of a key Kurdish
political party, killing a party official and a guard, and wounding
five other guards. A parked car bomb exploded near a market in
Saddam's hometown of Tikrit, 80 miles north of Baghdad, killing a
policeman and a civilian, and wounding another policeman and three
civilians. Two Americans soldiers killed in a mortar attack at Camp
Victory and 35 other people were wounded.
(AP, 10/9/07)(AP, 10/13/07)
2007 Oct 10, Police in Japan
arrested Kazunari Saito (33), who ran an Internet suicide site, for
allegedly killing a woman who paid him to do so. He allegedly gave
Sayaka Nishizawa (21) sleeping pills and suffocated her in April.
Nishizawa had contacted the suspect through an Internet suicide site
he hosted and paid him $1,700.
2007 Oct 10, A Myanmar exile
group, made up of former political prisoners, said authorities had
recently informed the family of Win Shwe (42), that he had died
during interrogation in the central Myanmar region of Sagaing. He
and five colleagues were arrested on Sept. 26. The Assistance
Association for Political Prisoners said that at least seven people
have been arrested in the past two days in Yangon, including Hla Myo
Naung (39), a leader of the '88 Generation Students.
2007 Oct 10, A Nigerian
electoral court annulled the election of Ibrahim Idris, the governor
of the central Kogi State, following a complaint by his opponent,
Abubakar Audu, that he had been unfairly excluded from the April
2007 Oct 10, Police in the
eastern Polish town of Kazimierz Dolny pushed their way into a
convent and evicted about 65 rebellious ex-nuns, arresting the
mother superior and a monk who had occupied the complex with them
illegally for two years. The women had taken over the building in a
rebellion against the Vatican, which had ordered the replacement of
their mother superior, Jadwiga Ligocka.
2007 Oct 10, A spokeswoman for
Other Russia said Russian electoral officials have barred the vocal
opposition alliance from participating in December parliamentary
elections. Election commission chief Vladimir Churov said Other
Russia was barred because it was not registered as a political
2007 Oct 10, A Russian rocket
blasted off from Kazakhstan's Baikonur launch pad, carrying 3
astronauts to the international space station. Sheikh Muszaphar
Shukor, an orthopedic surgeon and university lecturer from Kuala
Lumpur, left Earth alongside Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and
American astronaut Peggy Whitson. Shukor was selected from among
11,000 Malaysian candidates to fly aboard the ISS in a deal his
government arranged with Russia as part of a $1 billion purchase of
Russian fighter jets. Whitson will be the first woman to command the
(Reuters, 9/20/07)(AP, 10/10/07)(SFC, 10/11/07,
2007 Oct 10, The criminal court
in Rwanda’s southern Rusizi district handed down a life sentence to
Emmanuel Bagambiki, now living in Belgium, who was governor of
Cyangugu during the 1994 genocide. The International Criminal
Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) had acquitted him on war crimes and
genocide charges in February 2004, confirming the ruling on appeal
in February 2006.
2007 Oct 10, Two suspects were
remanded in custody by a South African court in connection with the
murders of ten women whose bodies were found dumped in sugarcane
2007 Oct 10, Taiwan held a
National Day military parade for the first time since it halted such
displays of war-fighting prowess in 1991 to ease tensions with rival
2007 Oct 10, It was reported
that Turkey had begun shelling suspected Kurdish rebel camps across
the border in northern Iraq. The government appeared unlikely to
move toward sending ground troops until next week.
2007 Oct 10, Zimbabwe said it
will import 30,000 tons of wheat from its neighbors in a bid to ease
widespread bread shortages of bread. The human rights group Women of
Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) said Zimbabwean security forces routinely
torture and sexually abuse women opposed to President Robert
(AFP, 10/10/07)(Reuters, 10/10/07)
2008 Oct 10, G7 leaders
confronted a financial system in shambles as they gathered in
Washington with panic selling in the stock markets, credit frozen
solid and the world teetering on recession. US Treasury Secretary
Hank Paulson said the government will buy direct stakes in banks to
stem a global financial collapse. G7 ministers announced a 5-point
plant to support financial institutions.
(Reuters, 10/10/08)(SFC, 10/11/08, p.A1)
2008 Oct 10, Global stocks dove
head first to five-year lows at the end of a brutal week as even the
traditional safe-havens of gold and government bonds suffered as
fear-stricken investors sought refuge in cash. The DJIA fell 128 to
close at 8451.19 in its most volatile day ever as the Dow swung 1019
points during the day. Oil on the NY mercantile Exchange fell over
10% to close at $77.70 a barrel, its lowest level in over a year.
(Reuters, 10/10/08)(SFC, 10/11/08, p.C1)(WSJ,
2008 Oct 10, The US and India
signed a pact allowing American firms to sell nuclear technology to
(WSJ, 10/11/08, p.A1)
2008 Oct 10, Alaska released a
report in which a legislative investigator found that Gov. Palin had
violated state ethics laws and abused her power by trying to have
her former brother-in-law fired as a state trooper.
2008 Oct 10, In Los Angeles
Leland Wong (51), a former city commissioner (2002-2004) under Mayor
James Hahn, was sentenced to 5 years in prison and ordered to pay
about $139,000 in restitution for accepting bribes from companies
seeking city business.
(SSFC, 10/12/08, p.B7)
2008 Oct 10, The Connecticut
Supreme Court voted 4-3 to give gay and lesbian couples the right to
marry ruling that civil unions fell short of giving them full
equality. It became the 3rd state to legalize such unions.
(SFC, 10/11/08, p.A6)(WSJ, 10/11/08, p.A7)
2008 Oct 10, Ed Jew, former San
Francisco supervisor, pleaded guilty to one count each of mail
fraud, bribery and extortion as part of a scheme to shakedown
Chinese immigrant owners of tapioca drink shops in the sunset
District for $84,000 in bribes. In 2009 he was sentenced to 64
months in federal prison.
(SFC, 10/11/08, p.B1)(SFC, 4/4/09, p.A1)
2008 Oct 10, Jim Benson
(b.1945), software entrepreneur and founder of SpaceDev (1997),
died. He had hoped to build rockets to colonize asteroids.
(WSJ, 10/18/08, p.A10)
2008 Oct 10, NATO defense
ministers authorized their troops in Afghanistan to attack drug
barons blamed for pumping up to US$100 million (euro74 million) a
year into the coffers of resurgent Taliban fighters.
2008 Oct 10, The London stock
market plunged by almost 10.0 percent again, after fresh falls on
Wall Street, as investors continued to fret over the worldwide
2008 Oct 10, Canada’s Finance
Minister Jim Flaherty said Canada plans to buy up to C$25 billion in
insured mortgages to help cushion banks from the global financial
crisis and address a "scarcity" of private-sector lending.
2008 Oct 10, Chile's President,
Michelle Bachelet, signed law 20.299 making October 31st a new
annual public holiday to coincide with Reformation Day and to be
called "Día Nacional de las Iglesias Evangélicas y
Protestantes". The date marked the 1517 posting by Martin
Luther of his 95 thesis in Wittenberg, Germany.
(http://tinyurl.com/62uhnt)(Econ, 11/8/08, p.52)
2008 Oct 10, A state news
report said Beijing will ban half of its 3.4 million cars from the
roads during periods of very heavy pollution. A crane at a
construction site next to a kindergarten collapsed in Zibo city,
Shandong province, killing five children.
2008 Oct 10, Congo's President
Joseph Kabila named Budget Minister Adolphe Muzito (51) as the new
prime minister following the resignation of 83-year-old Antoine
2008 Oct 10, Finland's
ex-president Martti Ahtisaari won the Nobel Peace Prize for his
efforts to build a lasting peace from Africa and Asia to Europe and
the Middle East. The Norwegian Nobel Committee said it honored
Ahtisaari for important efforts over more than three decades to
resolve international conflicts.
2008 Oct 10, In Iraq Diyar
Abbas Ahmed (28), a Kurdish journalist, was gunned down in Kirkuk. A
New York-based journalists' group said it was the 136th killing of a
reporter since the US-led invasion of Iraq five years ago. A car
bomb exploded in a market in southern Baghdad killing at least 14
people. Bombings and shooting around the country killed 24 people.
(AP, 10/11/08)(SFC, 10/11/08, p.A3)
2008 Oct 10, Police in Srinagar
shot and killed two people and at least four protesters were
wounded, as thousands of Muslims took to the streets of Indian
Kashmir to protest the visit of India's prime minister.
2008 Oct 10, The Libyan news
agency JANA said Libya will withdraw $7 billion of assets in Swiss
banks, cut economic ties with Switzerland and stop supplying it with
oil to protest against poor treatment of Libyan diplomats and
2008 Oct 10, Mexico's central
bank auctioned foreign reserves in 3 auctions in an increasingly
aggressive bid to push the peso stronger. In all, the bank sold off
2008 Oct 10, In Mexico
authorities in Tijuana reported that a total of 91 people had been
killed in a wave of gangland homicides since Sept. 26.
2008 Oct 10, A suicide bomber
drove his car into an anti-Taliban tribal council meeting in
northwest Pakistan, killing at least 30 people, the second suicide
bombing in as many days. The bomber blew himself up when around 500
members of Alizai tribe were gathered to draw up a strategy as part
of government-backed efforts to drive out militants from tribal
areas. Angry Pakistani tribesmen traded fire with Taliban militants
and demolished their houses in a northwestern tribal region
following the car suicide attack.
(AP, 10/10/08)(Reuters, 10/11/08)
2008 Oct 10, Peru’s President
Alan Garcia accepted the resignation of his entire Cabinet without
naming replacements in response to an oil kickbacks scandal.
2008 Oct 10, Portugal's
Parliament voted by a large majority against proposals to allow
same-sex marriages in the mostly Roman Catholic country.
2008 Oct 10, In Qatar the Doha
Center for Media Freedom opened under the leadership of Robert
Menard of France. Menard had previously led the Paris-based
Reporters Without Borders.
(Econ, 5/16/09, p.52)(http://tinyurl.com/rxkzzh)
2008 Oct 10, Serbia expelled
the Macedonian ambassador, reflecting its fury over the recognition
of Kosovo's independence by its closest neighbors.
2008 Oct 10, Singapore’s
economy fell into recession for the first time in 6 years leading
the city-state’s central bank to ease monetary policy and warn of
more struggle to come.
(WSJ, 10/11/08, p.A10)
2008 Oct 10, Armed pirates off
Somalia hijacked a Greek chemical tanker with a crew of 20 flying a
2008 Oct 10, Spain's government
insisted that a 30 billion euros ($41 billion) fund it will use to
buy assets from banks starved for liquidity will have zero cost for
2008 Oct 10, Heinz Imhof, known
as the Father of Syngenta, died, He orchestrated the 2000 merger of
the crop-protection and seeds divisions of Switzerland’s Novartis AG
and Anglo-Swedish Astra-Zeneca PLC, creating Sygenta, the biggest
agrichemical business in the world.
(WSJ, 11/8/08, p.A6)
2008 Oct 10, A Swedish court
sentenced Chilean tenor Ernesto "Tito" Beltran (43) to two years and
six months in prison for raping an 18-year-old nanny and molesting a
7-year-old girl. The appeals court in Goteborg upheld a previous
rape conviction, but overturned an acquittal in the molestation
2008 Oct 10, Leaders of Thai
anti-government protests were granted bail after surrendering to
police and immediately vowed new rallies, raising fears of mounting
turmoil days after deadly street clashes. At least 22 people were
killed and 24 others injured when a bus packed with passengers
crashed in eastern Thailand.
2008 Oct 10, Ukraine's PM Yulia
Tymoshenko said there will be no early parliamentary elections,
defying a presidential decree and raising the stakes in her fierce
political battle with the president. She said Ukraine has no money
for an early election and predicted that parliament will not pass
the necessary legislation.
2008 Oct 10, The UN urged Congo
and Rwanda to hold talks to avoid a war after Kinshasa accused its
eastern neighbor of sending troops over the border to back Congolese
2008 Oct 10, Yemeni officials
and the UN refugee agency said about 100 migrants from Somalia were
missing and feared drowned in the treacherous waters off the coast
of Yemen after smugglers forced them overboard 3 miles off Yemen’s
coast. 47 were believed to have survived.
(AP, 10/10/08)(SFC, 10/11/08, p.A10)
2008 Oct 10, Zimbabwe's
political rivals agreed to seek renewed mediation from former South
African President Thabo Mbeki to try to end deadlock over posts in a
2009 Oct 10, Christy Harp of
Jackson township, Ohio, won the Ohio Valley Giant Pumpkin Growers
annual weigh-off with a world record 1,725-pound Atlantic giant
(SSFC, 10/11/09, p.A14)
2009 Oct 10, In Idaho a bus
carrying a high school marching band went off of I-15 killing one
adult and injuring several students.
(SSFC, 10/11/09, p.A9)
2009 Oct 10, In Louisiana 2
Cessna 150s, each carrying 2 people, collided near Pineville
Regional Airport, killing 2 and injuring 2.
(SSFC, 10/11/09, p.A6)
2009 Oct 10, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb killed the district police chief and district governor
of Shah Khil in Paktika province. A US service member died of wounds
suffered in a bombing in southern Afghanistan. In Helmand province
the Afghan army killed four insurgents in Garmser district. In
eastern Khost province, a police car was struck by a roadside bomb
but none of its passengers was injured. However, shrapnel also hit a
nearby car, killing a 12-year-old girl and wounding three other
(Reuters, 10/10/09)(AP, 10/10/09)(AFP, 10/11/09)
2009 Oct 10, Argentina's Senate
overwhelmingly approved a law that transformed the nation's media
landscape. President Cristina Kirchner said she would sign it
immediately. The new law preserved two-thirds of the radio and TV
spectrum for noncommercial stations, and required channels to use
more Argentine content. It also forced Grupo Clarin, the country's
leading media company, to sell off many of its properties.
2009 Oct 10, Armenia and Turkey
signed a deal in Switzerland to establish diplomatic ties ending a
century of enmity. To take effect, the agreements must be ratified
by the Turkish and Armenian parliaments, but it faced stiff
opposition in both countries.
2009 Oct 10, British police in
fluorescent jackets stood between hundreds of anti-Islam protesters
and anti-racist counter-demonstrators in Manchester, arresting 48
people in a bid to keep the peace.
2009 Oct 10, In Cambodia an
overloaded river ferry capsized on its way to a Buddhist ceremony in
Kratie province, killing 17 passengers in a tributary of the Mekong
2009 Oct 10, China, Japan and
South Korea held a 3-way summit in Beijing.
(Econ, 10/10/09, p.43)
2009 Oct 10, A Chinese court
sentenced a man to death for his role in the June 26 toy factory
brawl that sparked riots in western Xinjiang region that left almost
200 dead. Xinhua News said Xiao Jianhua was given death and Xu Qiqi
was given life in prison on charges of intentionally harming others.
Their names suggest they are members of the Han majority.
2009 Oct 10, Ethiopian PM Meles
Zenawi accused Eritrea of sowing havoc in the region as Addis Ababa
reiterated calls for sanctions over Asmara's alleged support for
2009 Oct 10, The French
military fired on pirates in the Indian Ocean to protect two tuna
2009 Oct 10, In Guatemala City
gunmen opened fire on a patrol car killing one police officer and
wounding 3 others. Assailants attacked another squad car hours later
in the capital, wounding three officers.
2009 Oct 10, Honduras' interim
leaders put in place new rules that threatened broadcasters with
closure for airing reports that "attack national security," further
restricting media freedom following the closure of two opposition
2009 Oct 10, Iran’s ISNA news
agency reported that 3 defendants in the mass trial of opposition
figures accused of fueling the country's postelection unrest have
been sentenced to death. Two of them were convicted of membership in
a monarchist group seeking to topple Iran's Islamic Republic and
restore a monarchy. A third defendant was convicted of having ties
to a terrorist group for his alleged links to the People's
2009 Oct 10, It was reported
that local Iraqi authorities have outlawed alcohol in the province
of Najaf, home to the holiest Shiite city, saying it contradicts the
principles of Islam. The Najaf provincial council's decision
followed a similar measure taken in August by authorities in Basra.
2009 Oct 10, Japan said it has
suspended beef shipments from an American meatpacking plant after
finding cattle parts banned under an agreement to prevent the spread
of mad cow disease. The suspension only affected Tyson's factory in
Lexington, Nebraska, one of 46 meatpacking plants approved to export
beef to Japan.
2009 Oct 10, Madagascar's
outgoing prime minister refused to quit, endangering a power-sharing
agreement brokered by mediators to keep peace on the island. Monja
Roindefo said he does not acknowledge the mediators' appointment on
Oct 6 of Eugene Mangalaza as a prime minister in the transitional
government. Members of the transitional government confirmed Eugene
(AP, 10/10/09)(AP, 10/11/09)
2009 Oct 10, Mexico’s President
Felipe Calderon dispatched over 1,000 federal policemen to occupy
the offices of Luz y Fuerza del Centro, the state-owned electricity
distributor for Mexico City and its surroundings. The Federal
Electricity Commission, which provides service to the rest of the
country, took over for Luz y Fuerza, which had been established in
1994 by presidential decree. The company’s fat salaries and pensions
cost the government some $3 billion a year and lost 30% of its power
thru illicit connections and technical failures.
(Econ, 10/17/09, p.50)
2009 Oct 10, In Pakistan 5
militants took hostages after they and about four other assailants
attacked the army headquarters in Rawalpindi, killing six soldiers,
including a brigadier and a lieutenant colonel.
2009 Oct 10, Polish President
Lech Kaczynski signed the EU’s reform treaty, the Lisbon Treaty,
into law, leaving the Czech Republic as the only country still to
ratify the document.
2009 Oct 10, Stephen Gately
(33), a singer with the Irish boy band Boyzone, died while visiting
Spain’s island of Mallorca. He made headlines a decade ago when he
came out as gay. An autopsy revealed that he died of excess fluid in
his lungs due to acute pulmonary edema.
(AP, 10/11/09)(AFP, 10/13/09)
2009 Oct 10, Zimbabwe's central
bank chief said the government has frozen Nestle's local accounts
and ordered an audit after Nestle stopped buying milk from a farm
owned by President Robert Mugabe's wife.
2010 Oct 10, Virgin Galactic’s
space tourism rocket, SpaceShip Two, achieved its first solo glide
flight. Manned by 2 pilots it flew for 11 minutes before landing in
(SFC, 10/11/10, p.A5)(Econ, 10/16/10, p.100)
2010 Oct 10, In Chandler,
Arizona, Martin Alejandro Cota-Monroy's body was found in a suburban
Phoenix apartment, his severed head a couple feet away. Detectives
suspected that Cota-Monroy's killing was punishment for stealing
drugs. A police report on Feb 2, 2011, said that Cota-Monroy stole
400 pounds of marijuana and some meth from the PEI-Estatales/El
Chapo drug trafficking organization. Cota-Monroy told the cartel
that the Border Patrol had seized the drugs, but the cartel learned
the truth and hired men to kidnap and kill him in Nogales, Mexico.
Cota-Monroy fled to the Phoenix area, leading the cartel to hire
assassins to go to Arizona, befriend Cota-Monroy and kill him. One
man, Crisantos Moroyoqui, was later charged in the killing, and
three others were believed to have fled to Mexico.
(AP, 10/30/10)(AP, 3/3/11)
2010 Oct 10, Solomon Burke
(b.1940), the larger-than-life "King of Rock and Soul," died at
Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport. The Philadelphia-born singer was
revered as one of music's greatest vocalists but never reached the
level of fame of those he influenced. He joined Atlantic in 1960 and
went on to record a string of hits in a decade with the label. He
wrote "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" in 1964 and it was later
featured in the Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi movie "The Blues
2010 Oct 10, Dame Joan
Sutherland (83), renowned Australian opera soprano, died at her home
(SFC, 10/12/10, p.C3)
2010 Oct 10, The Afghan
government named former President Burhanuddin Rabbani as the chief
of a new peace council tasked with talking to insurgent groups. A
roadside bomb killed 5 members of a family in Paktia province. 2
NATO troops were killed by a roadside bomb in the south. A suicide
bomber blew up his vehicle near a military convoy, killing a child
and wounding two other people in Khost province.
2010 Oct 10, The 10/10/10 event
known as the "Global Work Party" kicked off in Australia and New
Zealand before spinning its way across the globe with events in 188
countries. Environmental campaigners planted trees, collected
rubbish and rallied against pollution for what organizers aimed to
make the world's biggest day of climate-change activism.
2010 Oct 10, In Austria the
far-right anti-immigration Freedom party drew 27% of the vote in
local elections in Vienna giving them 28 seats in the regional
(SFC, 10/11/10, p.A2)
2010 Oct 10, In Bangladesh a
speeding bus veered off the road and into the water. Many of some 50
passengers swam to safety after the crash. 11 bodies were soon
recovered and the search continued for more.
2010 Oct 10, In the Central
African Republic rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) abducted
a number of girls during an attack on the town of Birao. at least 5
people were taken by the rebels, who retreated when government
troops arrived on the scene.
2010 Oct 10, In China the wife
of construction worker Luo Yanquan (36) was taken kicking and
screaming from their home by more than a dozen people and detained
in a clinic for three days by family planning officials, then taken
to a hospital and injected with a drug that killed her baby. Xiao
Aiying (36) delivered the dead baby on Oct 14.
2010 Oct 10, Curacao, St
Maarten, Bonaire, Saba and St Eustatius were scheduled to go their
own ways. The former Dutch Caribbean colonies of Curacao and St.
Maarten became autonomous countries within the Kingdom of the
Netherlands in a change of constitutional status dissolving the
(Econ, 5/1/10, p.38)(Reuters, 10/10/10)
2010 Oct 10, A Hungarian
official said the wall of a reservoir filled with caustic red sludge
will inevitably collapse and unleash a new deluge of red sludge that
could flow about a half-mile (1 km) to the north.
2010 Oct 10, In India a boat
carrying dozens of farm workers capsized on the flooded Ganges River
killing at least 22 people.
(SFC, 10/11/10, p.A2)
2010 Oct 10, Iranian Sunni
rebels said they had kidnapped a nuclear scientist and would publish
secrets he knows about Iran's nuclear program unless 200 political
prisoners were released.
2010 Oct 10, Iran arrested two
German nationals in Tabriz as they approached the home of Sakineh
Mohammadi Ashtiani, a woman whose sentence of death-by-stoning on an
adultery conviction has drawn international condemnation. Ashtiani's
son, Sajjad Qaderzadeh, and lawyer Houtan Kian were arrested along
with two the German nationals, who were seeking to interview the
son. On Feb 5, 2012, reporter Marcus Hellwig told the Sunday
newspaper Bild am Sonntag that he was regularly beaten up during the
first 10 "brutal" days in captivity until a German diplomat
intervened. German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle traveled to
Tehran for a rare meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad. Westerwelle brought Hellwig and his German photographer
Jens Koch home after 5 months imprisonment.
(AP, 10/12/10)(AP, 11/4/10)(AP, 2/5/12)
2010 Oct 10, Israel's Cabinet
approved a bill that would require new citizens to pledge a loyalty
oath to a "Jewish and democratic" state, language that triggered
charges of racism from Arab lawmakers who see it as undermining the
rights of the country's Arab minority.
2010 Oct 10, In Kyrgyzstan
about 56% of eligible voters turned out to elect a new and empowered
parliament with the right to approve a government and appoint a
prime minister. The nationalist Ata-Zhurt party, which opposed the
new constitution, pulled ahead with around 8.6 percent of eligible
votes. The Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan, trailed in second
place with 8.2 percent of the eligible vote.
(AP, 10/10/10)(AP, 10/11/10)(Econ, 10/16/10,
2010 Oct 10, Kim Jong Un (26),
the youngest son of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il (68), joined his
father at a massive military parade in his most public appearance
since being unveiled as the nation's next leader. South Korean
activists also sent some 20,000 leaflets packed with $1 bills and
CDs carrying anti-Kim Jong Un rap songs floating across the border
in hopes of reaching ordinary North Koreans.
2010 Oct 10, Norwegian oil firm
Statoil is expanding further its shale gas operations in the United
States, saying it has created a joint venture with Canada's Talisman
to acquire acreage on the Eagle Ford prospect in Texas for $1.325
2010 Oct 10, Pakistan reopened
a key border crossing to NATO supply convoys heading into
Afghanistan, ending an 11-day blockade imposed after a US helicopter
strike killed two Pakistani soldiers.
2010 Oct 10, In Serbia a gay
rights parade in Belgrade descended into violence as thousands of
police deployed to protect marchers clashed with gangs of anti-gay
protesters, sparking riots, injuries and dozens of arrests.
2010 Oct 10, Somali pirates
seized the Panama-flagged Izumi, a Japanese-owned cargo ship with 20
Filipino crew members onboard. The Izumi was released on Feb 25,
(AP, 10/11/10)(AP, 2/28/11)
2010 Oct 10, In South Korea
Hwang Jang-yop (87), the key architect of North Korea's isolationist
state policy, was found dead at his Seoul residence. He once
mentored authoritarian leader Kim Jong Il before defecting to South
Korea in 1997.
2010 Oct 10, Some 7,200 South
Korean and foreign couples exchanged or reaffirmed marriage vows in
the Unification Church's second mass wedding this year.
2010 Oct 10, In Yemen 2
attackers on a motorbike in the southern town of Zinjibar gunned
down, Ghazi al-Samawi, a criminal investigations officer who was
featured on an Al-Qaeda hit list of policemen to be killed.
2011 Oct 10, The Nobel Memorial
Prize in Economic Sciences was awarded Americans Thomas Sargent and
Christopher Sims won for their research on cause and effect in the
2011 Oct 10, In California a
1,704 pumpkin won a prize of $11,224 in the annual Half Moon Bay
Pumpkin Festival. Leonardo Urena’s pumpkin set a state record, but
was 106 pounds short of a world record set in 2010 by a Wisconsin
(SFC, 10/11/11, p.C1)
2011 Oct 10, In Oakland, Ca.,
anti-Wall Street protesters began their Occupy Oakland encampment in
front of city hall at Frank Ogawa Plaza.
(SFC, 11/14/11, p.A9)
2011 Oct 10, In eastern
Afghanistan 6 civilians died in twin explosions in the Dangam
district of Kunar province. NATO said one of its service members
died in the south.
(AFP, 10/10/11)(AP, 10/10/11)
2011 Oct 10, In Angola a Luanda
court gave William Tonet, editor of the newspaper Folha 8, five days
to pay 10 million kwanzas ($106,000, 77,000 euro) in damages or
spend a year in jail for a 2008 article in which he had accused
three generals of the Angolan Armed Forces of self-enrichment and
power abuse. Over the next week supporters raised $50,000 to pay the
2011 Oct 10, In Australia Bryn
Martin (64) disappeared while swimming toward a buoy off Perth
city's central Cottesloe Beach. Officials suspected that a shark
attack killed Martin.
2011 Oct 10, Bangladesh's main
opposition launched a protest campaign in which 3,000 cars drive en
masse around the country to demand that the government resigns.
2011 Oct 10, The World Bank
said that it had put on hold a $1.2 billion loan for a huge bridge
in Bangladesh amid allegations of corruption in the bidding process.
2011 Oct 10, It was reported
that Bolivia's government is giving school teachers free laptops
with a stenciled image of a smiling President Evo Morales on the
back of each computer. The government is handing out 130,000 Lenovo
laptops worth more than $50 million.
2011 Oct 10, The $5 million Mo
Ibrahim award for good leadership in Africa, withheld the previous
two years because of a lack of qualified candidates, was bestowed to
Cape Verde's former Pres. Pedro Verona Pires (77) for promoting
democracy and development on his archipelago.
2011 Oct 10, A global
disruption of BlackBerry services began and continued for 3 days. 4
days later Canada-based Research In Motion was still working to
clear a backlog of delayed messages, hoping to control the damage to
2011 Oct 10, China suspended
shipping through Southeast Asia's Golden Triangle after Oct 5
attacks by suspected drug traffickers on two Chinese cargo ships
left 13 people dead or missing on the Mekong River.
2011 Oct 10, In Egypt small
skirmishes broke out again in Cairo outside the Coptic hospital
where many of the Christian victims were taken the night before.
Several hundred Christians pelted police with rocks as the screams
of grieving women rang out from inside the hospital.
2011 Oct 10, In Germany an
arson attack on Berlin's busy central train station was thwarted
after railway employees discovered a device set to explode. The
tabloid Bild reported that a leftist group calling itself the "Hekla
Reception Committee — Initiative for more Eruptions in Society," in
an apparent reference to Iceland's Hekla volcano, claimed
responsibility. It said this was a protest against Germany's
military engagement in Afghanistan.
2011 Oct 10, In Haiti an
official with Doctors Without Borders said the number of cholera
cases seen in Port-au-Prince has jumped about threefold in recent
2011 Oct 10, India's largest
car maker Maruti Suzuki called for authorities to evict 1,500
striking workers who have seized control of one of its plants, amid
allegations of sabotage and violence. The workers began staging a
sit-in strike at its Manesar factory in northern Haryana state on
2011 Oct 10, Indonesian police
shot and killed one protester and wounded another as they clashed
with striking workers at a mine run by US company Freeport McMoran.
The clash erupted when police tried to stop more than 1,000 workers,
who began their strike on September 15, from entering a facility at
the Grasberg mining complex.
2011 Oct 10, In Iraq a string
of explosions targeting security officials killed at least 10 people
in western Baghdad.
(SFC, 10/11/11, p.A2)
2011 Oct 10, An Irish court
ordered independent opposition politician Mick Wallace to repay
almost 20 million euros (£17.4 million) in bank loans, raising the
possibility that the builder could face bankruptcy and have to quit
2011 Oct 10, Kuwaiti exports
and imports were disrupted as over 3,000 customs officers went on
strike demanding better pay and threatening to halt oil exports.
2011 Oct 10, In Israel nearly
300 residents at hospitals failed to turn up to work and hundreds
more were poised to resign later the same day in a dispute over pay
2011 Oct 10, Mexican marines
said they have seized more than 4 tons of marijuana, arrested 36
cartel members and killed 11 others during five days of raids
through the violent border state of Tamaulipas.
2011 Oct 10, In Morocco some 50
imams protested in the capital over tight controls on their
preaching, the first time such a demonstration has been allowed to
go forward. The imams said their demands included higher salaries,
permission to give their own sermons and to be consulted on matters
of religion and law.
2011 Oct 10, In the Gaza Strip
at least one person has been killed in an explosion along the
northern border with Israel. Israeli army officials believed the
blast was set off by two militants who were trying to plant a bomb.
2011 Oct 10, Philippine army
troops battled communist guerrillas in a running gunbattle that
killed eight rebels and a soldier in the mountainous north, in the
latest flare-up in the 42-year insurgency despite on-and-off peace
2011 Oct 10, An undersea
telecommunications table landed in Sierra Leone, part of a 17,000-km
fiber optic line that aims to connect countries along the west
African coast to Europe.
2011 Oct 10, In Somalia heavy
fighting broke out in Mogadishu after pro-government forces attacked
militant positions. At least 8 civilians and one AU soldier were
killed in the fighting. This followed what the African Union force
said were the deaths a day earlier of at least 12 Somali civilians
because of militants' mortars.
2011 Oct 10, Pirates of Somalia
attacked the Italian cargo ship Montecristo carrying a crew of 23.
US and British Navy ships freed the ship and 11 pirates were
2011 Oct 10, South Africa
launched its census count, with officials pleading for residents in
the crime-plagued nation to open their often formidably barricaded
doors to teams of yellow-shirted enumerators.
2011 Oct 10, In Sudan attackers
killed three UNAMID peacekeepers and wounded six others near the Zam
Zam displaced persons camp in North Darfur. One assailant was
2011 Oct 10, Turkish air raids
in northern Iraq reportedly killed 7 Kurdish rebels including three
2011 Oct 10, The UN issued a
74-page report that found that detainees in 47 facilities in 24
provinces run by the Afghan National Police and the Directorate of
Security suffered interrogation techniques that constituted torture
under both international and Afghan law.
2011 Oct 10, In Zimbabwe the
Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, handed over a report to
President Robert Mugabe detailing incidents of intimidation.
2012 Oct 10, US Defense
Secretary Leon Panetta said the United States has sent 150 military
troops to the Jordan-Syria border to bolster that country's military
capabilities in the event that violence escalates along its border
(AP, 10/10/12)(SFC, 10/11/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 10, In Arizona US
Border Patrol agents in Nogales opened fire on a group of people
throwing rocks at agents from across the border. An autopsy
showed that Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez (16) was shot at
least eight times. In 2014 the mother of the teen sued the agency
saying he was walking home with his girlfriend when he was hit in
the back by 10 bullets. On Sep 23, 2015, agent Lonnie Swartz was
charged with second-degree murder. In 2018 Swartz was acquitted of
second-degree murder. On Nov. 21, 2018, an Arizona jury found Swartz
not guilty of involuntary manslaughter, but did not come to a
decision on voluntary manslaughter.
(SFC, 7/30/14, p.E3)(SFC, 9/25/15, p.A9)(SFC,
8/8/18, p.A4)(SFC, 11/22/18, p.A8)
2012 Oct 10, The city of
Oakland, Ca., filed suit to stop the federal government from seizing
and closing down one of its largest medical marijuana dispensaries.
(SFC, 10/11/12, p.C1)
2012 Oct 10, Former US Peace
Corps volunteer Jesse Osmun apologized for sexually abusing young
girls in South Africa before he was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
He had provided support to people affected by the AIDS virus.
(SFC, 10/11/12, p.A4)
2012 Oct 10, In Florida a
section of a parking garage collapsed at Miami-Dade College killing
(SFC, 10/11/12, p.A4)
2012 Oct 10, In South Carolina
a 3-judge panel upheld a state law requiring voters to present photo
identification, but delayed enforcement until next year.
(SFC, 10/11/12, p.A4)
2012 Oct 10, In Texas Jonathan
Green (44) was executed for killing a 12-year-old girl over a decade
ago. Lawyers had argued that he was mentally ill.
(SFC, 10/11/12, p.A4)
2012 Oct 10, Brazil’s Supreme
Court voted to convict Jose Dirceu (66), the chief of staff of
former Pres. Lula, of corruption. Two other former Workers’ Party
men were also convicted.
(Economist, 10/13/12, p.46)
2012 Oct 10, Canadian naval
intelligence officer Sub-Lieutenant Jeffrey Paul Delisle (41)
pleaded guilty to handing over secrets to a foreign country. He had
been selling secrets to the Russians for about $3,000 a month.
(Reuters, 10/10/12)(SFC, 10/11/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 10, In Canada Amanda
Michelle Todd (b.1996) committed suicide at her home in Port
Coquitlam, British Columbia. Prior to her death, Todd had posted a
video on YouTube in which she used a series of flash cards to tell
her experience of being blackmailed, bullied and physically
assaulted. A stranger had convinced Todd to bare her breasts on
camera. The individual later blackmailed her with threats to expose
the topless photo to her friends unless she gave a "show". On April
17 Canadian police confirmed an arrest has been made in the
Netherlands in the case.
2012 Oct 10, An Egyptian court
acquitted 24 loyalists of ousted President Hosni Mubarak who had
been accused of organizing one of the most dramatic attacks on
protesters during last year's uprising, the "Camel Battle," in which
assailants on horses and camels charged into crowds in Cairo's
Tahrir Square. The Feb. 2, 2011 assault left nearly a dozen people
2012 Oct 10, In southern Egypt
Abu Bakar, a teacher in Luxor province, punished two 12-year-old
schoolgirls for not wearing the Muslim headscarf by cutting their
hair. On Nov 6 Bakar was given a 6-month suspended sentence for
childe abuse and fined $8.
(AP, 10/17/12)(AP, 11/6/12)
2012 Oct 10, A deal to create a
European defense and aerospace giant to rival Boeing Co. collapsed
when Britain's BAE Systems and EADS NV called off their merger
discussions because of conflicting interests between the British,
French and German governments.
2012 Oct 10, Germany’s Cabinet
approved a law allowing male circumcision under medical supervision.
Parliament still needed to pass the legislation.
(SFC, 10/11/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 10, An Iraqi official
says the government has decided to stop paying the salary of the
country's fugitive Sunni Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, a month
after he was sentenced to death for terrorism-related crimes.
2012 Oct 10, Toyota recalled
7.43 million cars, trucks and SUVs worldwide to fix faulty power
window switches that can cause fires. This was the largest recall in
Toyota's 75-year history.
2012 Oct 10, Jordan's King
Abdullah II appointed Abdullah Ensour, a veteran independent
politician, as his new caretaker prime minister ahead of
parliamentary elections. The new parliament will choose the next
2012 Oct 10, In northern
Nigeria gunmen outside of Kano shot dead two officers of the Federal
Road Safety Corps, a federal traffic agency. The officials had been
on a routine assignment checking vehicles. Officials said gunmen
killed 14 people belonging to a Christian ethnic group in Plateau
state, in the region in the Riyom local government area. The dead
included three children and their mother. Near the local airport
gunmen opened fire on a car killing two Christians.
2012 Oct 10, In Pakistan US
drones killed 5 people.
2012 Oct 10, Russia said it had
no intention to automatically extend a 20-year old deal with the
United States helping secure the nation's nuclear stockpiles, a move
that comes amid a growing isolationist streak in Kremlin policy. The
deal expires in 2013 without a major overhaul.
2012 Oct 10, In Russia a Moscow
court freed Yekaterina Samutsevich, one of the 3 jailed Pussy Riot
band members, because she had been thrown out of the cathedral by
guards before she could remove her guitar from its case.
(SFC, 10/11/12, p.A3)
2012 Oct 10, The Spanish Red
Cross launched its first-ever campaign for donations to help
Spaniards hit by economic crisis, in a sign of how needy this nation
2012 Oct 10, A Syrian Air A320
from Moscow that was forced to land in Ankara. Turkish state-run
television TRT reported the next day that the passenger plane was
carrying military communications equipment. Damascus branded the
incident piracy amid growing tensions between the two countries. The
plane's 37 passengers and crew were allowed to continue to Damascus
after several hours, without the cargo.
2012 Oct 10, Turkey's military
chief vowed day to respond with more force to any further shelling
from Syria, keeping up the pressure on its southern neighbor a day
after NATO said it stood ready to defend Turkey.
2013 Oct 10, California
Attorney General Kamala Harris sued Corinthian Colleges, the owners
of Everest, Heald, WyoTech and other facilites accusing them of
lying about job-placement rates and misrepresenting programs.
(http://tinyurl.com/q4ou5z7)(SFC, 6/20/14, p.D3)
2013 Oct 10, In Michigan former
Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in prison
(SFC, 10/11/13, p.A6)
2013 Oct 10, Scott Carpenter
(88), the 2nd American astronaut to orbit the Earth (1962), died in
(SFC, 10/11/13, p.A5)
2013 Oct 10, In southeastern
Virginia 4 people from Florida were killed when their small plane
crashed in the Great Dismal Swamp.
(SSFC, 10/13/13, p.A7)
2013 Oct 10, More than 700
Australian police swooped on the Hells Angels in a series of
heavily-armed raids, seizing guns, drugs and cash, as authorities
intensify a crackdown on biker gangs linked to organized crime.
2013 Oct 10, A Bahraini court
sentenced 18 Shiites to between five and seven years in prison after
they were convicted of attacking a police station.
2013 Oct 10, Former Belgian PM
Wilfried Martens (77) died overnight. Martens was prime minister
from April 1979 to April 1981 and from December 1981 to March 1992,
leading a total of nine governments. He was one of the architects of
Belgium's federal division and a long-time leading figure in the
2013 Oct 10, Britain confirmed
that Liberia's former president and warlord Charles Taylor is to
serve out his 50-year prison sentence for war crimes in a British
2013 Oct 10, Short story master
Alice Munro (82), who captures the everyday lives and epiphanies of
men and women in rural Canada with elegant and precise prose, won
the Nobel Prize in literature.
(AP, 10/10/13)(SFC, 10/11/13, p.A3)
2013 Oct 10, In Egypt a suicide
bomber drove his explosives-laden car into a checkpoint outside
el-Arish in the Sinai Peninsula and detonated it, killing 3 soldiers
and a policeman.
2013 Oct 10, In western Finland
Thursday a 16-year-old boy stabbed and seriously injured four people
at a vocational training college in Oulu. Three of the victims were
women under the age of 20 and the fourth was the school's caretaker,
a 21-year-old man.
2013 Oct 10, In Germany
pressure grew on Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst (53) of Limburg
in Hesse state, a German-Romanian Catholic bishop under fire for
building an extravagant multi-million-euro residential complex when
prosecutors alleged that he also lied under oath.
2013 Oct 10, In India cricket
star Sachin Tendulkar, one of the world’s richest sportsmen,
announced his retirement.
(Econ, 10/19/13, p.48)
2013 Oct 10, Iran’s
semi-official FARS news agency said an armed group has killed five
members of the elite Revolutionary Guards in a Kurdish area near the
2013 Oct 10, Iraq's prime
minister said his country has signed a $6 billion contract with
Swiss company Satarem to build and run an oil refinery in the
southern province of Maysan.
2013 Oct 10, The Special
Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague published an arrest warrant for a
fifth suspect in the 2005 bombing on the Beirut waterfront that
killed Lebanese prime minister Rafik al-Hariri and 21 others, almost
tipping the country into civil war. The court said judges had
secretly indicted Hassan Habib Merhi on July 31 but had given the
Lebanese government time to attempt to arrest the suspect before
making the warrant public.
2013 Oct 10, Iraq’s justice
ministry said 42 "terrorism" convicts were executed over the past
week, defying international condemnation of its extensive use of the
2013 Oct 10, Kenyans demanded
justice after three men accused of brutally gang raping a school
girl (16) and dumping her in a pit latrine were ordered to cut grass
2013 Oct 10, Libyan PM Ali
Zidan was abducted by gunmen who snatched him from his hotel and
held him for several hours in apparent retaliation for a US special
forces raid that captured an al-Qaida suspect in the capital last
2013 Oct 10, Myanmar took a
long-coveted role as chairman of ASEAN, the regional grouping of
2013 Oct 10, In Nigeria armed
gunmen, suspected to be cattle rustlers, killed 10 members of one
family before six of the gunmen were shot dead by security forces in
central Plateau state.
2013 Oct 10, North Korea’s sate
media confirmed the removal of a hard-line general as its military
(SFC, 10/11/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 10, Pakistani teenager
Malala Yousafzai, shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning
for education for girls, won the European Union's annual human
rights award, beating fugitive US intelligence analyst Edward
2013 Oct 10, In southwestern
Pakistan a bomb exploded outside a police station in a crowded
market in Quetta, killing at least 6 people.
2013 Oct 10, A retrospective of
the art of Damien Hirst opened in Doha, Qatar featuring 93 works.
(Econ, 10/19/13, p.86)
2013 Oct 10, Saudi authorities
beheaded a citizen in the western province of Taif after he was
convicted of shooting dead another man.
2013 Oct 10, In Syria fighting
flared between Syrian Sunni rebels and foreign militias on the
southern edge of Damascus.
2013 Oct 10, The UN Security
Council voted unanimously to extend the mandate of the NATO-led
force in Afghanistan for the last time before it hands over total
responsibility for security to Afghan forces at the end of 2014.
2013 Oct 10, The Venezuelan
navy detained the crew of an oil exploration vessel operated by
US-based Anadarko Petroleum in waters disputed by the Guyana and
Venezuela. The RV Teknik Perdana and its crew were released on Oct
(AP, 10/11/13)(Reuters, 10/15/13)
2014 Oct 10, President Barack
Obama declared large parts of the San Gabriel Mountains near Los
Angeles as a national monument.
2014 Oct 10, The US Navy took
control of a new missile defense base in southern Romania, one of
two European land-based interceptor sites for a NATO missile shield
that Russia strongly opposes.
2014 Oct 10, A Los Angeles
County judge threw out the murder conviction of Susan Mellon who has
spent over 17 years behind bars for a crime the he said she did not
(SFC, 10/11/14, p.A11)
2014 Oct 10, In San Francisco
Cecilia Lam (35) was shot by Cedric Young Jr. (29) and died three
days later. She had called police 4 times over the last two days
reporting that her former boyfriend had a gun and had tried to
poison her. On August 12 Lam’s family sued the city saying police
failed to take proper action.
(SFC, 8/13/15, p.D4)
2014 Oct 10, The US Supreme
Court said same sex marriages can go ahead in Idaho.
(SFC, 10/11/14, p.A10)
2014 Oct 10, A US federal judge
in North Carolina struck down the state’s gay marriage ban.
(SFC, 10/11/14, p.A10)
2014 Oct 10, The US Justice
Dept. said Extendicare Health Services Inc., a nursing home chain,
has agreed to pay $38 million to resolve allegations that it billed
Medicare for substandard care at nearly three dozen facilities
around the country.
(SFC, 10/11/14, p.A8)
2014 Oct 10, Taliban attack
survivor Malala Yousafzai (17) became the youngest Nobel winner ever
as she and Kailash Satyarthi (b.1954) of India won the Nobel Peace
Prize for working to protect children from slavery, extremism and
child labor at great risk to their own lives.
2014 Oct 10, Algeria said
soldiers have killed 4 gunmen during anti-militant operations. 3
suspected militants were killed today in the area of Bouria, 120 km
(75 miles) east of Algiers. The fourth militant was killed in a
separate raid a day earlier in the Tiaret region.
2014 Oct 10, Britain's anti-EU
UK Independence Party won its first seat in the House of Commons,
sending jitters through PM David Cameron's Conservatives months
before what is likely to be a tight general election.
2014 Oct 10, In China days of
heavy smog shrouding northern swathes of the country pushed
pollution to more than 20 times recommended limits, despite
government promises to tackle environmental blight.
2014 Oct 10, Pavel Landovsky
(78), a Czech actor, anti-communist dissident and a friend of late
president and playwright Vaclav Havel, died in Prague. Landovsky
appeared in numerous movies, including "Closely Watched Trains," the
Academy Award winner for the best foreign language film in 1967.
2014 Oct 10, Egyptian security
arrested 40 supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi's
Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo and Egypt's second city Alexandria
2014 Oct 10, In Hong Kong
thousands of protesters poured into a main road for a pro-democracy
rally, reviving a civil disobedience movement a day after the
government called off talks with student leaders.
2014 Oct 10, In Iraq Islamic
State group fighters executed 9 people in two northern towns on
suspicion of ties to anti-jihadist Sunni organizations. Raad
al-Azzawi, a cameraman for Iraq's Salahuddin Television, was killed
by militants in the city of Tikrit.
(AFP, 10/10/14)(AP, 10/11/14)
2014 Oct 10, In Italy at least
one person died when flood waters swept through the northwestern
city of Genoa following unexpectedly heavy overnight rain.
2014 Oct 10, Liberian lawmakers
rejected a proposal the grant Pres. Sirleaf the power to further
restrict movement and public gatherings and to confiscate property
in the fight against Ebola as the WHO raised the death toll to 4,033
confirmed deaths, mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
(SFC, 10/11/14, p.A2)
2014 Oct 10, North and South
Korea traded machine-gun and rifle fire after South Korean activists
released anti-Pyongyang propaganda balloons across the border.
2014 Oct 10, In Pakistan a
stampede at an anti-government rally in Multan city, Punjab
province, killed 7 supporters of Imran Khan, the country's famous
former cricketer, now opposition politician.
2014 Oct 10, A Puerto Rico
court ruled that a deal calling for the US territory's government to
repay $230 million in overpaid taxes to Doral Financial Corp., one
of the island's biggest banks, is valid.
2014 Oct 10, A South Korea
coast guardsman fatally shot the captain of a Chinese fishing vessel
who resisted the inspection of his ship for suspected illegal
2014 Oct 10, In Syria militants
fought deeper into the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani in full view of
Turkish tanks that have done nothing to intervene. At least 31
people have been killed in three days of riots and street violence
across Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast.
2015 Oct 10, In Australia
hundreds of protesters faced off with left-wing opponents in a
standoff over plans to build a mosque in the rural town of Bendigo,
2015 Oct 10, In Chad 37 people
were killed in a triple bombing targeting a market and refugee camp
in the village of Baga Sola. Security sources blamed Nigeria's Boko
Haram Islamist group.
(Reuters, 10/10/15)(AFP, 10/12/15)
2015 Oct 10, China vowed to
continue building in disputed reefs of the South China Sea.
2015 Oct 10, In eastern China a
liquefied gas container exploded in a restaurant, causing a fire and
killing 17 people in Wuhu city, Anhui province.
2015 Oct 10, Tens of thousands
of supporters of Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso took to
the streets of the capital Brazzaville to back his controversial bid
to change the constitution in order to remain in power.
2015 Oct 10, Egypt signed a
deal with France to buy two Mistral warships originally ordered by
Russia as French PM Manuel Valls began an Arab tour.
2015 Oct 10, In Germany
hundreds of thousands of people marched in Berlin in protest against
a planned free trade deal between Europe and the United States that
they say is anti-democratic and will lower food safety, labor and
2015 Oct 10, Iran conducted a
medium-range ballistic missle test that was capable of delivering a
nuclear weapon. The US soon accused Iran of violating a UN Security
Council resolution adopted on June 9, 2010.
(SFC, 10/17/15, p.A3)
2015 Oct 10, In Iraq a series
of attacks around Baghdad killed 8 people and wounded nearly two
2015 Oct 10, In Iraq thousands
of people took to the streets of several towns in the Kurdistan
region, urging its long-time president Massud Barzani to step down.
2015 Oct 10, In Ireland 9
people, including an infant, died in a fire at a Dublin mobile home
camp for native Gypsies.
2015 Oct 10, Israeli security
forces shot dead 2 Palestinians aged 12 and 15 in protests along
Gaza's border fence. The Palestinian Prisoner Club said Israeli
security forces have arrested approximately 400 Palestinians since
the October 1 outbreak of violence in the occupied West Bank and
annexed east Jerusalem. A Palestinian teen stabbed two Jews before
being shot dead by police by the Damascus Gate in east Jerusalem.
Hours later Palestinian Kafr A (19) stabbed two police officers at
the same location before being shot dead by security forces.
(Reuters, 10/10/15)(AFP, 10/10/15)
2015 Oct 10, A Nigerian Air
Force fighter jet on a bombing mission against Boko Haram crashed in
a windstorm in the country's northeast, killing the pilot.
2015 Oct 10, North Korea marked
the 70th anniversary of its ruling Workers' Party with a massive
military parade overseen by leader Kim Jong Un, who said his country
was ready to fight any war waged by the United States.
2015 Oct 10, Russia said it had
stepped up its bombing campaign against Islamic State militants in
Syria, while local observers said several of the air strikes had hit
areas in western Syria where the hardline group has little presence.
2015 Oct 10, In South Korea
Iranian director Hadi Mohaghegh's "Immortal" and "Walnut Tree" from
Kazakhstan's Yerlan Nurmukhambetov were named the winners of the New
Currents award for first- and second-time filmmakers at the 20th
Busan International Film Festival.
2015 Oct 10, Spanish police
said they have broken up a human trafficking ring and arrested 89
Chinese and Pakistani citizens who were alleged members.
2015 Oct 10, Sudanese President
Omar Hassan al-Bashir formally reopened talks with rebel and
opposition groups but only one significant opposition party showed
up, and he urged them to halt a boycott on dialogue in return for a
2015 Oct 10, In Turkey as many
as 128 people were killed when two suspected suicide bombers hit a
rally of pro-Kurdish and leftist activists outside Ankara's main
train station, in the deadliest attack of its kind on Turkish soil.
On Oct 16 authorities raised the toll to 102. Hours after the
bombing, the PKK ordered its fighters to halt operations in Turkey
unless they faced attack. Turkey targeted the Islamic State in
investigations of the bombing.
(AP, 10/11/15)(Reuters, 10/11/15)(AP, 10/16/15)
2015 Oct 10, In Yemen Al-Qaeda
claimed to have killed 4 men suspected of practicing witchcraft and
sorcery in an area controlled by the jihadists.
2016 Oct 10, US-based academics
Oliver Hart of Harvard, a British-American economist and MIT’s Bengt
Holmstrom of Finland, won the Nobel Economics Prize for
groundbreaking research on contract theory that has helped design
insurance policies, executive pay and even prison management.
2016 Oct 10, In Afghanistan a
suspected car bomb killed 14 people including 10 police officers
amid increased Taliban attacks on Lashkar Gah, the besieged capital
of Helmand province.
2016 Oct 10, A Cambodian court
sentenced opposition lawmaker Um Sam An, who has been a strong
critic of the government's handling of demarcating the border with
neighboring Vietnam, to 2 1/2 years in prison for online postings he
2016 Oct 10, Chinese
authorities unveiled plans to let companies give equity in
themselves to banks to pay down soaring debt levels that economists
warn might hamper the country's already slowing growth.
2016 Oct 10, In eastern China
22 people were killed in the collapse of a group of decrepit homes
on the outskirts of the city of Wenzhou.
(AP, 10/10/16)(AP, 10/11/16)
2016 Oct 10, Iraq's federal
court ruled that PM Haider al-Abadi's move to abolish the largely
ceremonial posts of the country's vice president and deputy prime
minister is unconstitutional.
2016 Oct 10, Royal Dutch Shell
confirmed that it had signed an initial deal with Iran's National
Petrochemical Company, paving the way for its return to the Islamic
2016 Oct 10, In Russia the
Basmanny District Court ruled that the Novaya Gazeta report linking
Rosneft Chairman Igor Sechin to the St. Princess Olga yacht was
untrue. The newspaper used social media and ship tracking data to
allege that Sechin was the yacht's possible owner. Novaya Gazeta
says it will appeal the court's ruling.
2016 Oct 10, Russia's defence
ministry said that the country was poised to transform its naval
facility in the Syrian port city of Tartus into a permanent base.
2016 Oct 10, South African
police clashed with student protesters demanding free education at
the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) which had reopened after
demonstrations forced its closure last week.
2016 Oct 10, In Turkey Russia’s
President Vladimir Putin met counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in
Istanbul, pushing forward ambitious joint energy projects on his
first visit to Turkey since a crisis in ties. Erdogan and Putin
reached a deal to proceed on the Turkish Stream project to carry
Russian natural gas to Turkey and on to the EU.
(AFP, 10/10/16)(SFC, 10/11/16,
2016 Oct 10, In Vietnam blogger
Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh (37), known as "Me Nam" (Mother Mushroom), was
held in her home city of Nha Trang in the central province of Khanh
Hoa for running "propaganda" against the state. Her reports included
one about civilians dying in police custody.
2016 Oct 10, Yemen's Houthi
movement launched a ballistic missile deep into Saudi Arabia. Two
missiles were also fired from Houthi-held territory at the USS
Mason. The Houthis denied firing at the US ship. On Oct 12 two more
missiles were fired at the USS Mason but neither got near the ship.
(Reuters, 10/10/16)(SFC, 10/13/16, p.A2)
2017 Oct 10, In California
firefighters battling 15 wildfires that have killed at least 11
people and destroyed hundreds of buildings in the Napa and Sonoma
wine region welcomed a drop in winds and an expected layer of cool,
moist fog. About 1,500 homes and commercial buildings were destroyed
as tens of thousands of acres had gone up in flames since the
2017 Oct 10, Allegations poured
out against Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein in on-the-record
reports that detailed claims of sexual abuse from 13 women between
1990 and 2015. Weinstein’s wife announced she was leaving her
husband. The next day Britain’s film academy said it has suspended
Weinstein over the multiple accusations. On Oct 14 the Academy of
Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences expelled Weinstein.
(SFC, 10/11/17, p.A5)(SFC, 10/12/17, p.A2)(SSFC,
2017 Oct 10, Utah police
Officer Jeff Payne was fired after being seen on video roughly
handcuffing Nurse Alex Wubbels and dragging her from a hospital
because she refused to allow a blood draw per hospital policy. Nurse
Wubbels later reached a $500,000 settlement with Salt Lake City and
the university that runs the hospital.
(SFC, 10/11/17, p.A7)(SFC, 11/1/17, p.A5)
2017 Oct 10, In Brazil some 500
soldiers, some in armored vehicles, swept into Rio de Janeiro's
Rocinha favela to support a police raid after gun fights broke out
between rival drug gangs.
2017 Oct 10, British defense
company BAE Systems said it is cutting almost 2,000 jobs in its
military, maritime and intelligence services amid a slowdown in
orders for its Typhoon fighter jets.
2017 Oct 10, European Union
lawmakers gave broad support to a law that could end the City of
London's global dominance in clearing euro-denominated financial
contracts after Brexit.
2017 Oct 10, In France more
than 100,000 public sector workers angered by Pres. Emmanuel
Macron's plans to freeze their pay and eliminate jobs went on
strike, amplifying opposition to the president's cost-cutting,
2017 Oct 10, The Greek
parliament passed a law to make it easier for people to change their
legally recognized gender, a move that angered the Church but was
welcomed as long-overdue by human rights groups.
2017 Oct 10, Iraq's Oil
Ministry ordered the restoration of an oil pipeline from the city of
Kirkuk to Turkey that would bypass the country's northern Kurdish
region in the wake of the area's pro-independence referendum.
2017 Oct 10, In Kenya gunmen
killed two female employees of a university in Ukunda, near Mombasa
on Kenya's Indian Ocean coast in a suspected extremist attack.
Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga shocked the country by
withdrawing his candidacy for the Oct 26 presidential election
ordered by the Supreme Court, saying the election commission has not
made changes to avoid the "irregularities and illegalities" cited in
the nullified August vote.
2017 Oct 10, In Kosovo about
300 people marched through Pristina at the first gay pride parade in
the strongly conservative country which has a large Muslim majority.
2017 Oct 10, Liberia held
presidential elections. 2.18 million registered voters chose from a
crowded field of 20 presidential candidates. Voters will also elect
73 seats in the lower chamber, the House of Representatives.
2017 Oct 10, Myanmar launched
its first bid to improve relations between Buddhists and Muslims
since an eruption of deadly violence in August inflamed communal
tension and triggered an exodus of some 520,000 Muslims to
Bangladesh. Inter-faith prayers were held at a stadium in Yangon,
with Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, Christians and others.
2017 Oct 10, The Netherlands'
new center-right, four-party coalition led by PM Mark Rutte
published its policy blueprint for the coming four years, including
everything from a raft of tax cuts to an experiment with
state-sanctioned cannabis plantations. It included plans to shut all
coal-fired power plants by the year 2030.
(AP, 10/10/17)(Reuters, 10/10/17)
2017 Oct 10, Philippine troops
recovered 22 bodies of suspected Muslim extremists and dozens of
homemade bombs from two buildings that were retaken in one of the
final government assaults to end an Islamic State group-inspired
siege in Marawi city. The discovery brought the death toll in the
siege, which was launched May 23, to more than a thousand people,
including 802 militants.
2017 Oct 10, Russia said it had
dropped accusations against CNN International of violating Russian
media law and the US channel could continue broadcasting in Russia.
2017 Oct 10, Catalan
separatists signed what they called a declaration of independence
from Spain. Regional leader Carles Puigdemont said he would delay
implementing it for several weeks to give dialogue a chance.
(SFC, 10/11/17, p.A2)
2017 Oct 10, In Syria a Russian
military jet crashed while taking off from the Hmeymim air base in
an incident that killed its two-man crew.
2017 Oct 10, Thai authorities
arrested two Chinese citizens suspected of smuggling rhinoceros
horns worth about $300,000 through Bangkok's main airport.
2017 Oct 10, Turkish President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan held talks with Serbia's president as Ankara
stepped up efforts to increase its clout in the Balkans.
2017 Oct 10, Turkey’s President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed that Turkish officials would boycott the
US ambassador to Ankara, stepping up one of the worst rows in
decades between the two NATO allies.
2017 Oct 10, Turkey’s police
launched operations in seven provinces to catch 70 active duty
officers, from the air force, navy, army, and gendarmerie, over
suspected links to cleric Fethullah Gulen's movement. Police in
Ankara used tear gas to disperse crowds hoping to commemorate the
second anniversary of a terror attack that killed 102 people.
2017 Oct 10, Vietnam's flag
carrier and Air France signed an agreement to deepen their
cooperation to tap the growing travel market between Vietnam and
2018 Oct 10, A new damning US
congressional report concluded China is undertaking unprecedented
repression of its ethnic minorities including Muslim Uighurs, with
authoritarian tactics potentially constituting "crimes against
humanity" as human rights conditions deteriorate.
2018 Oct 10, The US Justice
Dept. approved the $69 billion merger betrween CVS Health, a
pharmaceutical retailer, and the Aetna insurance company.
(SFC, 10/11/18, p.D1)
2018 Oct 10, Former NYC Mayor
Michael Bloomberg said he has re-registered as a Democrat, eyeing a
possible presidential run against Pres. Donald Trump.
(SFC, 10/11/18, p.A8)
2018 Oct 10, Category 4
Hurricane Michael made landfall on the Florida Panhandle and charged
into Georgia leaving at least three people dead. By Oct. 28 the
death toll over the storm's path from Florida to Virginia reached 45
with 35 dead in Florida.
(AP, 10/10/18)(SFC, 10/11/18, p.A6)(SFC,
10/12/18, p.A5)(SFC, 10/29/18, p.A5)
2018 Oct 10, Father Louis
Brouillard (97) died in Minnesota. He was removed from public
ministry in 1985, but continued to receive a stipend from the
church. In 2016 he signed a sworn statement admitting to sexually
abusing at least 20 children in Guam. In 2019 more than 220 former
altar boys, students and Boy Scouts were suing the US territory's
Catholic archdiocese over sexual assaults by 35 clergy, teachers and
2018 Oct 10, US stocks plundged
to their worst loss in eight months. The DJIA fell 831 points.
NASDAQ fell 315.97, its biggest loss in over two years.
(SFC, 10/11/18, p.D1)
2018 Oct 10, Sears Holdings
nosedived after the Wall Street Journal reported that the struggling
retailer hired an advisory firm to prepare a bankruptcy filing that
could come within days. The stock fell 38.5 percent to 36 cents in
morning trading. It was more than $40 five years ago.
2018 Oct 10, It was reported
that lack of markets led officials to suspend recycling programs in
Gouldsboro, Maine; DeBary, Florida; Franklin, New Hampshire; and
Adrian Township, Michigan. Programs have been scaled back in
Flagstaff, Arizona; La Crosse, Wisconsin; and Kankakee, Illinois.
2018 Oct 10, A Bangladeshi
court sentenced 19 people to death and the son of the opposition
leader to life imprisonment over a deadly 2004 attack at a political
rally held by current PM Sheikh Hasina. Tarique Rahman was tried in
absentia as he is living in exile in London.
(AP, 10/10/18)(Reuters, 10/10/18)
2018 Oct 10, Prosecutors in
Brazil said Paulo Guedes, the chief economic advisor to far-right
presidential front-runner Jair Bolsonaro, is under a federal
investigation for alleged fraud tied to the pension funds of major
2018 Oct 10, A British court
lifted an order granting anonymity to Zamira Hajiyeva (55), the wife
of former International Bank of Azerbaijan chairman Jahangir
Hajiyev, who was sentenced to 15 years in jail in his home country
in 2016 for fraud and embezzlement. A court has ordered her to
explain where she got the money to also buy an 11.5 million pound
($15 million) London home close to Harrods and a golf course outside
the city worth 10.5 million pounds ($14 million).
2018 Oct 10, Egyptian police
detained Abdullah Morsi (25), the youngest son of jailed former
president Mohammed Morsi, without giving a reason. The family feared
he'll be held indefinitely.
2018 Oct 10, Egypt said that
inflation jumped to 15.4 percent last month, a rise of more than two
percentage points over the previous month and the highest level
since eight months ago.
2018 Oct 10, In Ethiopia a
group of "disgruntled" elite soldiers, who had been sent to quell
bloody ethnic clashes on the capital's outskirts, marched on PM Abiy
Ahmed's office to protest low salaries. PM Ahmed listened to the
grievances, reprimanded them for the wrong procedure they followed
to express those grievances, but concluded the meeting with a
promise to meet properly in the near future.
2018 Oct 10, France's highest
court overturned an appeals court ruling that required around 1,700
women around the world to pay back compensation they received over
rupture-prone breast implants. The decision means that the
years-long case must be retried.
2018 Oct 10, In northern India
an express train partially derailed, killing five passengers and
injuring dozens more in Uttar Pradesh state.
2018 Oct 10, Indonesia's
disaster agency said the death toll from the double disaster on
Sept. 28 has risen to 2,045, with most of the fatalities in the
coastal city of Palu. More than 80,000 people were living in
temporary shelters or otherwise displaced.
2018 Oct 10, Jerusalem
Magistrates Court awarded three 17-year-old girls 45,000 shekels
($12,426.48), plus costs and lawyers' fees for the cancellation of a
concert by singer Lorde in Tel Aviv in June. The case arose from an
open letter that activists Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab wrote
to Lorde, a New Zealander, on the web site "thespinoff.co.nz" last
December urging her to call off her planned concert.
2018 Oct 10, In Kenya 50 people
were killed when a bus travelling between Nairobi and the western
city of Kisumu swerved off the road coming down a slope.
2018 Oct 10, In Kosovo hundreds
of people took part in a gay parade in Pristina, demanding "freedom"
and "equal rights" in the patriarchal and Muslim majority country.
2018 Oct 10, A Libyan official
said a mass grave containing 75 bodies has been found near the
former jihadist bastion of Sirte. The find was made "a few days ago"
and the bodies were believed to be of Islamic State (IS) group
2018 Oct 10, It was reported
that four of the five members of Maldives' Elections Commission have
fled the country because of threats from supporters of outgoing
President Yameen Abdul Gayoom, who accused them of rigging last
month's presidential election in favor of the opposition candidate.
2018 Oct 10, Three senior
journalists at Myanmar's largest private newspaper were remanded in
custody after handing themselves in to police, facing accusations of
causing "fear or alarm" following a complaint from the Yangon
2018 Oct 10, A bakery run by a
Christian family in Northern Ireland won a landmark case in
Britain's highest court over its refusal to make a cake decorated
with the words "Support Gay Marriage". The Supreme Court upheld the
owners' appeal against a May decision that found them guilty of
discriminating against gay rights activist Gareth Lee.
2018 Oct 10, Former Peruvian
presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori was detained in Lima as part
of a money-maundering investigation.
(SFC, 10/11/18, p.A2)
2018 Oct 10, Poland's Pres.
Andrzej Duda swore in 27 new Supreme Court judges, stepping up the
conflict over control of the judiciary and ignoring another top
court that said the appointments should be suspended pending an
opinion by EU judges.
2018 Oct 10, A report
commissioned by South Africa's central bank was published. It found
at least 1.9 billion rand ($130 million) had been siphoned illegally
from VBS, a failed local bank that bailed out former president Jacob
Zuma after a corruption scandal. The report said one of the
beneficiaries was Brian Shivambu, who received 16 million rand of
"looted" funds from VBS. Brian Shivambu is the younger brother of
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Deputy President Floyd Shivambu.
2018 Oct 10, Switzerland's high
court upheld the acquittal of Rudolf Elmer, a former bank
accountant, who handed over confidential client information to
WikiLeaks in 2008, ruling he wasn't bound by the country's strict
banking secrecy laws at the time. The court ruled that prosecutors
cannot extend Swiss banking secrecy rules to all corners of the
globe to pursue whistleblowers and other leakers at foreign
(AP, 10/10/18)(Reuters, 10/10/18)
2018 Oct 10, In a National Day
address Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen called on China not to be a
"source of conflict" and pledged to boost the island's defenses
against Beijing's military threats.
2018 Oct 10, In Thailand
Panthongtae Shinawatra, the son of former PM Thaksin Shinawatra, was
indicted on charges of laundering 10 million baht ($303,500) linked
to a 2015 corruption case involving Krungthai Bank.
2018 Oct 10, A pro-government
Turkish daily published preliminary evidence from investigators it
said identified a 15-member Saudi intelligence team involved in the
unexplained disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
2018 Oct 10, The Turkish coast
guard said eight people died after a boat filled with migrants sank
off the western coast of Turkey and another 25 were missing.
2018 Oct 10, The UN said that
the number of Afghans killed or wounded by air strikes rose 39
percent in the first nine months of 2018. At least 8,050 Afghan
civilians were killed or wounded in the first nine months of 2018.
The United States is the only foreign force known to carry out air
strikes in Afghanistan.
(AFP, 10/10/18)(AP, 10/10/18)
2018 Oct 10, The UN urged
warring parties in Syria to allow basic health service deliveries to
tens of thousands of increasingly desperate Syrians trapped in the
desert near the Jordanian border. UNICEF said two babies without
access to hospitals had died in the past 48 hours near the Rukban
2019 Oct 10, President Trump
turned on his erstwhile favorite news channel, Fox News, in a pair
of tweets touched off by a new Fox News poll that found a majority
of Americans want to see him impeached and removed from office.
(Yahoo News, 10/10/19)
2019 Oct 10, US President
Donald Trump confirmed that al Qaeda's top bomb-maker, Ibrahim
Hassan al-Asiri, believed to be the mastermind behind the failed
bombing of a US-bound airliner in 2009, has been killed. A White
House statement said that that al-Asiri was killed in 2017 in a
United States counter-terrorism operation in Yemen.
2019 Oct 10, The US Treasury
sanctioned three members of the Gupta family, friends of former
South African President Jacob Zuma who are accused of
influence-peddling, and their business associate for their
involvement in alleged corruption.
2019 Oct 10, A US Drought
Monitor report said nearly 56 million US residents are now living in
drought conditions in parts of 16 Southern states.
(SFC, 10/11/19, p.A6)
2019 Oct 10, The US National
Audubon Society said two-thirds of bird species in North America,
already disappearing at an alarming rate, face extinction unless
immediate action is taken to slow the rate of climate change.
2019 Oct 10, Austrian writer
Peter Handke (76) won the 2019 Nobel Prize for Literature and Polish
author Olga Tokarczuk (57) was named as the 2018 winner after a
sexual assault scandal led to last year's award being postponed.
2019 Oct 10, Bosnia's two rival
autonomous regions adopted a joint four-year program of
socio-economic reforms in a rare display of unity to boost growth
and competitiveness in line with EU recommendations.
2019 Oct 10, In eastern Congo
DRC a cargo plane carrying presidential staff crashed, and all eight
passengers and crew were feared dead.
2019 Oct 10, The family of Alaa
Abdel-Fattah, a leading Egyptian pro-democracy activist, said that
he was beaten, threatened and stripped to his underwear while in
custody. Abdel-Fattah was arrested amid a recent clampdown following
2019 Oct 10, Egyptian security
forces shot and killed a militant in the Mediterranean coastal city
of el-Arish, before he could detonate his explosive-laden belt.
2019 Oct 10, The European Union
says that the Turkish offensive in Kurdish-held areas of Syria is
setting back any hope for progress toward ending the conflict.
2019 Oct 10, The Paris-based
World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said France has detected
a low-pathogenic H5 bird flu virus on a duck farm in the center of
2019 Oct 10, In western
Indonesia a knife-wielding man, suspected of belonging to a radical
Islamic greoup, wounded security minister Wiranto and another
(SFC, 10/11/19, p.A2)
2019 Oct 10, Iraqi intelligence
officials said the US will hand over nearly 50 Islamic State
members, who were transferred from Syria in recent days.
(SFC, 10/11/19, p.A2)
2019 Oct 10, Japan-based Nissan
said it will begin making the next-generation Juke vehicle at
Britain’s biggest car plant on Oct. 14, just over two weeks before a
possible no-deal Brexit which the industry has warned could bring
production to a halt. Nissan warned that a no-deal Brexit tariffs of
10% on vehicles would be unsustainable for Nissan in Europe, where
it runs Britain's biggest car factory.
2019 Oct 10, North Korea
threatened again to resume nuclear and long-range missile tests,
accusing the US of having instigated some members of the UN Security
Council to condemn its recent weapons tests.
2019 Oct 10, Romanian PM
Viorica Dancila's center-left government collapsed after losing a
no-confidence vote in parliament, raising the prospect of prolonged
political uncertainty due to a fragmented opposition.
2019 Oct 10, Rwanda's Pres.
Paul Kagame pardoned and ordered the release of 52 young women who
were jailed for having or assisting with abortions. The owmen were
to be released on Oct. 12.
(SFC, 10/12/19, p.A2)
2019 Oct 10, Sudan appointed a
woman as the head of its judiciary for the first time in the history
of the Arab Muslim country. Taj-Elsir Ali, a former prosecutor and
lawyer, was named as the public prosecutor.
2019 Oct 10, Turkey pressed its
assault against US-allied Kurdish forces in northern Syria for a
second day, pounding the region with airstrikes and an artillery
bombardment that raised columns of black smoke in a border town and
sent panicked civilians scrambling to get out.
2019 Oct 10, Turkey's president
Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to send "millions" of Syrian
refugees to Europe in response to criticism of his military
offensive into Kurdish-controlled northern Syria.
(The Telegraph, 10/10/19)
2019 Oct 10, Turkish police
launched criminal investigations of Kurdish lawmakers and detained
dozens of people for using social media to question the military's
cross border incursion into Syria, in a crackdown against those who
criticized the assault.
2019 Oct 10, A Turkish
provincial governor's office said two children and their mother have
been killed by mortar fire from Syria into Turkey. This followed a
separate announcement from neighboring Sanliurfa province, where a
9-month-old boy, a girl (11) and an adult male were killed in mortar
attacks. The Turkish Defense ministry tweeted that it hit targets in
Syria in retaliation.
2019 Oct 10, Uganda announced
plans for a bill that would impose the death penalty on homosexuals,
saying the legislation would curb a rise in unnatural sex in the
east African nation.
2019 Oct 10, Ukrainian
President Volodymyr Zelensky threatened to call off a summit with
Russian leader Vladimir Putin if all sides do not agree on plans to
pull out troops from the east.
2019 Oct 10, Ukraine's
president insisted that he faced "no blackmail" from President
Donald Trump in their phone call that led to an impeachment inquiry,
distancing himself from the US political drama and trying to claw
back his own credibility.
2019 Oct 10, The UN refugee
agency says tens of thousands of civilians in Syria are on the move
to escape the fighting and seek safety amid a Turkish offensive into
the area. The Kurdish Hawar news agency said an attack on the road
leading to the border town of Tal Abyad killed three people and
wounded several others.
2019 Oct 10, The Vatican said
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of New York Bishop John
Jenik (75), who has been accused of abusing a teenage boy in the
(SFC, 10/11/19, p.A6)
2020 Oct 10, California to
date had 849,527 cases of coronavirus and 16,504 deaths. The SF Bay
Area had 107,668 cases and 1,643 deaths. Total cases nationwide
reached over 7,696,917 with the death toll at
2020 Oct 10, In Colorado Lee
Keltner (49) was fatally shot during dueling protests by left-wing
and right-wing groups in Denver. Security guard Matthew Dolloff (30)
was booked into jail for investigation of first-degree murder
following the clash near the city's Civic Center Park.
(Reuters, 10/10/20)(AP, 10/12/20)
2020 Oct 10, Missouri reported
5,066 new coronavirus cases and 27 more deaths. Total confirmed
cases reached 144,230 with 2,422 deaths.
(SFC, 10/12/20, p.A4)
2020 Oct 10, Former New Jersey
Gov. Chris Christie said he has been discharged from a New Jersey
hospital where he spent a week, following his announcement that he
had contracted the coronavirus.
2020 Oct 10, New Mexico
reported a record 488 new cases of the coronavirus and three deaths.
Total fatalities passed 900.
(SSFC, 10/11/20, p.A7)
2020 Oct 10, A federal judge in
Pennsylvania emphatically rejected the Trump campaign’s attempt to
limit the availability of drop boxes, saying that Republicans had
failed to make the case that their use could lead to fraud.
2020 Oct 10, A US federal
appeals court issued a temporary stay that allows the Republican
governor of Texas to continue limiting counties to a single drop-off
site for absentee ballots in the Nov. 3 presidential election.
2020 Oct 10, In Washington
state human remains were found this morning in a secluded wooded
area near Snohomish during a search for Kenna Harris (25) of Monroe,
missing since March 31.
(NBC News, 10/11/20)
2020 Oct 10, Armenia and
Azerbaijan agreed to a Russia-brokered cease-fire in
Nagorno-Karabakh starting at noon, after two weeks of heavy fighting
that marked the worst outbreak of hostilities in the separatist
region in more than a quarter-century. Shortly after the truce took
force, the Armenian military accused Azerbaijan of shelling the area
near the town of Kapan in southeastern Armenia, killing one
(AP, 10/10/20)(SFC, 10/10/20, p.A2)
2020 Oct 10, Belarus'
authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko visited a prison to
talk to opposition activists, who have been jailed for challenging
his re-election that was widely seen as manipulated and triggered
two months of protests.
2020 Oct 10, Brazil registered
559 additional coronavirus deaths over the last 24 hours and 26,749
new cases. It has now registered 5,082,637 confirmed cases and
150,198 total deaths.
2020 Oct 10, The Red Cross said
more than 1,000 migrants from Senegal and The Gambia have arrived in
the Spanish Canary Islands over the last 48 hours. Between January
and the end of July this year, 3,269 migrants made the crossing from
West Africa to the Canary Islands.
2020 Oct 10, It was reported
that the Tuber app launched this week in China allows access to some
content on Western social media sites long banned domestically such
as YouTube, marking the first product by a major Chinese tech firm
that helps internet users bypass the Great Firewall.
2020 Oct 10, In Colombia a
judge ruled that former Pres. Alvaro Uribe be freed from house
arrest while he is investigated for possible witness tampering.
(SSFC, 10/11/20, p.A2)
2020 Oct 10, Coronavirus cases
in Colombia topped 900,000, as deaths from COVID-19 closed in on
2020 Oct 10, It was reported
that Egypt’s Pres. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has ratified a maritime
deal setting its Mediterranean Sea boundary with Greece and
demarcating an exclusive economic zone for oil and gas drilling
rights, in a move that has angered Turkey.
2020 Oct 10, The French health
ministry reported 26,896 new infections, taking the cumulative total
to 718,873 since the start of the year. The number of deaths from
the virus increased by 54 to 32,684.
2020 Oct 10, Hong Kong police
said they have arrested nine people on suspicion of providing funds
and other assistance to a group of 12 who sought to flee the
territory by boat in August, but were intercepted by Chinese
(SSFC, 10/11/20, p.A2)
2020 Oct 10, Iran's President
Hassan Rouhani announced fines for breaches of health regulations in
Tehran after daily coronavirus infections hit a record high this
week. The virus in Iran has now killed more than 28,000 people and
infected more than 496,000.
2020 Oct 10, Ireland reported
1,012 new cases of COVID-19, the highest number in a day since the
start of the pandemic and almost double the average for the past
2020 Oct 10, Tens of thousands
of Israelis calling on PM Benjamin Netanyahu to resign demonstrated
across the country this evening, saying he is unfit to rule while on
trial for corruption charges and accusing him of mismanaging the
nation’s coronavirus crisis.
2020 Oct 10, Authorities in
Kyrgyzstan arrested former president Almazbek Atambayev, banned
rallies and imposed a curfew in Bishkek, seeking to end a week of
turmoil sparked by a disputed parliamentary election. Atambayev was
arrested on charges of organizing riots.
2020 Oct 10, In Myanmar new
coronavirus exceeded 2,000 for the first time. the 2,158 cases
raised that total to 26,064 since March with 598 total deaths.
(SSFC, 10/11/20, p.A7)
2020 Oct 10, North Korea showed
off a gigantic new intercontinental ballistic missile that analysts
described as the biggest of its kind in the world, as the
nuclear-armed country defied the coronavirus threat with thousands
of maskless troops taking part in a military parade.
2020 Oct 10, Poland announced
new measures to curb the coronavirus pandemic after reporting record
infections for a fifth straight day, but it stopped short of
introducing mandatory distance learning for schools.
2020 Oct 10, Portugal reported
1,646 new cases of coronavirus, the highest daily figure since the
start of the pandemic. The country has seen a total of 85,574
coronavirus cases and 2,067 deaths.
2020 Oct 10, In Russia police
in a far eastern city of Khabarovsk detained several dozen
protesters, the first such crackdown since rallies against the
arrest of the provincial governor started three months ago. Police
didn't intervene while thousands of protesters marched across the
city, but later detained about 30 demonstrators when they set up
tents on the central square.
2020 Oct 10, It was reported
that Singapore ride hailing app Grab has grown into the country's
most popular mobile wallet with over 60 bank tie-ups.
(Econ., 10/10/20, p.62)
2020 Oct 10, It was reported
that fires in war-torn Syria have killed two people and left dozens
suffering from breathing problems over the past two days. Wildfires
around the Middle East triggered by a heatwave hitting forced
thousands of people to leave their homes and detonated landmines
along the Lebanon-Israel border.
2020 Oct 10, Ukraine's national
security council said a total of 256,266 coronavirus cases had been
registered in Ukraine as of today, with 4,887 deaths. Daily virus
deaths exceeded 100 for the first time since the epidemic began,
jumping to 108.
2020 Oct 10, Pope Francis
issued an urgent call to action to defend the planet and help the
poor in his second TED talk.