1492 Oct 11, Rodrigo de Triana,
a sailor on the Pinta, sighted land (the Bahamas) on the horizon.
1521 Oct 11, Pope Leo X titled
King Henry VIII of England "Defender of the Faith" in recognition of
his writings in support of the Catholic Church. Henry had penned a
defense of the seven Catholic Sacraments in response to Martin
Luther‘s Protestant reform movement. By 1534, Henry had broken
completely with the Catholic Church, and the Pope‘s authority in
England was abolished.
(TL-MB, p.12)(HNQ, 8/12/00)(MC, 10/11/01)
1531 Oct 11, The Catholics
defeated the Protestants at Kappel during Switzerland’s second civil
1531 Oct 11, Huldrych Zwingli,
Swiss church reformer (Zwinglian), died. Ulrich Zwingli, Swiss
Protestant reformer, was killed in the Swiss civil war between the
Protestant and Catholic cantons.
(TL-MB, 1988, p.14)(MC, 10/11/01)
1540 Oct 11, Charles V of Milan
put his son Philip in control.
1582 Oct 11, This day was one
of ten skipped to bring the calendar into sync. by order of the
Council of Trent. Oct 5-14 were dropped.
(K.I.-365D, p.97)(NG, March 1990)
1661 Oct 11, Melchior de
Polignac, French diplomat (Anti-Lucretius), was born.
1689 Oct 11, Peter the Great
became tsar of Russia.
1708 Oct 11, Ehrenfried Walther
von Tschirnhaus (b.1651), German physicist, died. Three days after
Von Tschirnhaus’s death, there was a burglary at his house and,
according to a report by Böttger, a small piece of porcelain was
stolen. This report suggests that Böttger himself recognized that
Von Tschirnhaus already knew how to make porcelain, a key piece of
evidence that Von Tschirnhaus and not Böttger was the inventor of
1721 Oct 11, Edward Colston
(b.1636), English merchant, died in Surrey, England. He was involved
in the slave trade as a member of the Royal African Company, which
held a monopoly on the English trade in African slaves.
1726 Oct 11, Benjamin Franklin
returned to Philadelphia from England.
1727 Oct 11, George II was
crowned as king of England.
1745 Oct 11, The Leyden jar,
capable of storing static electricity, was invented by German cleric
Ewald Georg von Kleist. Also about this time Dutch scientist Pieter
van Musschenbroek of Leiden (Leyden) independently came up with the
1759 Oct 11, Mason Weems,
preacher (Episcopalian clergyman), was born. He was a noted seller
of books where he would fictionalize history in stories like the one
he wrote of George Washington in the book, "Life of Washington".
People loved his fictionalized stories and often believed that they
were true. One famous story which is not true is the story of
Washington chopping down the cherry tree and the famous quote on not
telling a lie.
1776 Oct 11, C. Randle painted:
"A View of the New England Arm’d Vessels on Valcure Bay on Lake
Champlain." It depicted the fleet of Benedict Arnold just before the
Battle of Valcour Island on this day. The fleet was defeated but it
slowed the British advance from Canada.
(SFC, 7/1/97, p.A3)
1776 Oct 11, The naval Battle
of Valcour Island on Lake Champlain was fought during the American
Revolution. American forces led by Gen. Benedict Arnold suffered
heavy losses, but managed to stall the British.
1779 Oct 11, Polish nobleman
General Casimir Pulaski died two days after being mortally wounded
while fighting for American independence during the Revolutionary
War Battle of Savannah, Ga. Brig. Gen. Casimir Pulaski had come to
America in 1777. In 2005 an attempt to confirm his remains using DNA
(AH, 10/04, p.15)(AP, 6/24/05)(AP, 10/11/07)
1795 Oct 11, In gratitude for
putting down a rebellion in the streets of Paris, France's National
Convention appointed Napoleon Bonaparte second in command of the
Army of the Interior.
1809 Oct 11, Meriwether Lewis
committed suicide at 35.
1811 Oct 11, The first
steam-powered ferryboat, the Juliana, was put into operation between
New York City and Hoboken, N.J.
1820 Oct 11, Sir George
Williams, founder of the YMCA, was born.
1837 Oct 11, Samuel Wesley,
composer (Exultate Deo), died at 71.
1844 Oct 11, Henry John Heinz,
manufacturer, founder of H.J. Heinz Co., was born.
1861 Oct 11, Battle of
Dumfries, Va., at Quantico Creek.
1862 Oct 11, The Confederate
Congress in Richmond passed a draft law allowing anyone owning 20 or
more slaves to be exempt from military service. This law confirmed
many southerners opinion that they were in a ‘rich man’s war and a
poor man’s fight.’
1863 Oct 11, Skirmish at
Rheatown, Henderson's Mill, Tennessee.
1864 Oct 11, Slavery was
abolished in Maryland.
1865 Oct 11, President Johnson
paroled CSA VP Alexander Stephens.
1867 Oct 11, Carlos Glidden and
Samuel Soule applied for a patent on their new direct action
typewriter. Christopher Latham Sholes (1819-1890), Carlos Glidden
(1834-1877) and Samuel Soule had invented the typewriter in the
1860s. Charles E. Weller coined the phrase "Now is the time for all
good men to come to the aid of the party" to check out the first
typewriter built in Milwaukee.
(ON, 12/10, p.7)(SFC, 1/29/97, Z1 p.2)(SFEC,
3/22/98, Z1 p.8)
1868 Oct 11, Thomas Edison
patented his 1st invention, an electric voice machine.
1871 Oct 11, The Great Chicago
Fire was finally extinguished after 3 days. Over 300 were killed.
[see Oct 8]
1872 Oct 11, Harlan Fiske
Stone, Supreme Court (1925-41) Chief Justice (41-46), was born in
1877 Oct 11, Outlaw Wild Bill
Longley, who killed at least a dozen men, was hanged, but it took
two tries; on the first try, the rope slipped and his knees drug the
1881 Oct 11, David Houston
patented roll film for cameras.
1884 Oct 11, Anna Eleanor
Roosevelt, the niece of President Theodore Roosevelt and wife of
President Franklin Roosevelt, was born in New York City. Orphaned as
a child, she grew up shy and insecure. She was 1st lady from
(HN, 10/11/98) (HNPD, 10/11/99)(MC, 10/11/01)
1885 Oct 11, Francois Mauriac,
Nobel Prize-winning novelist (1952), was born.
1887 Oct 11, Willie Hoppe,
billiards champion, was born.
1887 Oct 11, A. Miles patented
1890 Oct 11, The Daughters of
the American Revolution (DAR) was founded in Washington, D.C.
1891 Oct 11, Charles Stewart
Parnell (d.Oct 6) was buried in Ireland.
1896 Oct 11, Richard Etheridge
(d.1900) and his life-saving team rescued the hurricane survivors of
the E.S. Newman on Pea Island, North Carolina. Pea Island later
became part of Hatteras Island.
(ON, 1/02, p.2)
1896 Oct 11, Anton Bruckner
(b.1824), Austrian composer (Te Deum, Wagner Symphony), died at 72.
1896 Oct 11, Chinese agents
tricked Sun Yat-sen (1866-1925), Chinese revolutionary, into
entering the Chinese Legation in London. They planned to ship him
secretly back to China where a reward for his arrest amounted to
half a million dollars. The story was made public by the London
press and the Legation was forced to release him. In 1911 Sun
Yat-sen played an important role in the overthrow of the Qing
dynasty and came to be revered as the “Father of Modern
(ON, 10/08, p.7)
1899 Oct 11, Byron Bancroft
Johnson, president of baseball’s Western League, renamed it as the
(ON, 6/09, p.11)
1899 Oct 11, South African
Boars, settlers from the Netherlands, declared war on Great Britain.
In the Boer War Dutch settlers of the South African Republic (the
Traansvaal) under Pres. Paul Kruger and the Orange Free State
refused to accept English rule in southern Africa. The Boers were
the predominately Dutch inhabitants of the two republics, which had
gained their independence from Great Britain in the 1850s. Years of
tensions between British settlers and the Boer governments exploded
into war. Eventual British victory resulted in the Boer republics
becoming colonies of the British Empire and in 1910 part of the
Union of South Africa.
(V.D.-H.K.p.289)(HNQ, 7/12/99)(SFC, 10/8/99,
1906 Oct 11, The San Francisco
school board ordered the segregation of Oriental schoolchildren,
inciting Japanese outrage. To counter local prejudice David Starr
Jordan, Stanford’s 1st president, David Pike Bowie, a San Mateo
Japanophile, and Japanese General Consul Kisaburo Ueno soon formed a
chapter of the Japan Society to foster bilateral understanding. The
order was later rescinded at the behest of President Theodore
Roosevelt, who promised to curb future Japanese immigration to the
United States. In 2017 the SF school board voted to rescind the
(HN, 10/11/98)(SFC, 10/29/05, p.B7)(AP,
10/11/06)(SFC, 1/23/17, p.C1)
1907 Oct 11, The freighter
Cyprus foundered during a storm on Lake Superior, while on its
second voyage hauling iron ore from Superior, Wis., to Buffalo, NY.
All but one of the Cyprus' 23 crew members died. The 420-foot
shipwreck was found in 2007, 8 miles north of Deer Park, Mich.,
where a single survivor had reached shore. The ship was built in
Lorain, Ohio, and launched on Aug. 17, 1907.
1910 Oct 11, Joseph Alsop,
American journalist, was born.
1910 Oct 11, Buffalo Bill’s
Wild West and Pawnee Bill’s Far East combined shows arrived in San
Francisco. They set up on 8 acres at 12th and Market with a big
arena and 22 tents. This was part of Col. William Cody’s farewell
(SSFC, 10/3/10, DB p.50)
1910 Oct 11, The San Francisco
Rotary Club offered a $10,000 prize to the aviator who first flies
from SF to New York.
(SSFC, 10/10/10, DB p.50)
1915 Oct 11, A Bulgarian anti
Serbian offensive began.
1918 Oct 11, Jerome Robbins
(d.1998), choreographer, was born as Jerome Wilson Rabinowitz. He
won an Oscar for “West Side Story" (1980).
1918 Oct 11, San Francisco
health authorities reported 1101 cases of influenza as well as 32
deaths. They put the recent total 4,824 cases and 99 deaths.
(SSFC, 10/14/18, DB p.46)
1918 Oct 11, Archibald M.
Willard (b.1836), American artist, died in Ohio. His paintings
included “Spirit of ’76" (1876).
1919 Oct 11, Art Blakey, jazz
drummer, was born.
1919 Oct 11, The 1st
transcontinental air race ended.
1919 Oct 11, KLM Royal Dutch
Airlines made its debut and served a pre-packaged dinner, believed
to be the 1st in-flight meal, on a flight between London and Paris.
(SSFC, 12/14/03, p.D2)(WSJ, 5/31/08, p.A12)
1925 Oct 11, Elmore Leonard, US
writer (Glitz, Mr. Majestyk, Touch, 52 Pick-Up), was born.
1929 Oct 11, Sean O'Casey's
"Silver Tassle," premiered in London.
1931 Oct 11, Some 100,000
extreme right Germans formed the "Harzburger Front."
1932 Oct 11, The first American
political telecast took place as the Democratic National Committee
sponsored a program from a CBS television studio in NYC.
1935 Oct 11, In San Francisco 5
tons of molten glass escaped from a break in a 300-ton furnace at
the 15th and Folsom streets plant of Owens-Illinois Co. An emergency
pit caught most of the escaping glass.
(SSFC, 10/10/10, DB p.50)
1935 Oct 11, The League of
Nations met and voted 50 to 4 (Austria, Hungary, Italy and Albania
opposed) to condemn Italy for the attack on Ethiopia.
1939 Oct 11, Albert Einstein
wrote his famous letter to FDR about the potential of the atomic
bomb. Einstein, a long time pacifist, was concerned that the Nazis
would get the bomb first. In the letter, Einstein argued the
scientific feasibility of atomic weapons, and urged the need for
development of a US atomic program. The physicists Leo Szilard,
Eugene Wigner, and Edward Teller, who were profoundly disturbed by
the lack of American atomic action, had enlisted the aid of the
Nobel prize-winner Einstein in the summer of 1939, hoping that a
letter from such a renowned scientist would persuade Roosevelt into
1942 Oct 11, In the World War
II Battle of Cape Esperance in the Solomon Islands, U.S. cruisers
and destroyers decisively defeated a Japanese task force in a night
(AP, 10/11/97)(HN, 10/11/98)
1943 Oct 11, The US submarine
Wahoo, Under the command of Dudley "Mush" Morton, was sunk by the
Japanese navy as it returned from its seventh patrol. All 79 crewmen
died. In 2006 Russian divers found the wreckage in the La Perouse
1943 Oct 11, San Francisco
acquired its first Negro policeman. William Glenn (45), former Navy
civil guard, was hired for the duration of the war and for six month
(SSFC, 10/7/18, DB p.46)
1945 Oct 11, Negotiations
between Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek and Communist leader Mao
Tse-tung broke down. Nationalist and Communist troops were soon
engaged in a civil war.
1947 Oct 11, The vision of a
Friendship Train appeared in American thought and history in the
columns and broadcasts of Drew Pearson. The train traveled across
America to collect food that would be shipped overseas to help
European countries recover from World War II.
1948 Oct 11, The musical comedy
"Where's Charley?," starring Ray Bolger and featuring songs by Frank
Loesser, opened at St James Theater NYC for 792 performances.
(AP, 10/11/98)(MC, 10/11/01)
1950 Oct 11, The Federal
Communications Commission authorized the Columbia Broadcasting
System (CBS) to begin commercial color TV broadcasts.
1955 Oct 11, All Peron feast
days were abolished in Argentina.
1958 Oct 11, The lunar probe
Pioneer 1 was launched; it failed to go as far as planned, fell back
to Earth, and burned up in the atmosphere.
1960 Oct 11, In Cuba bank
president Ernesto Guevara offered sugar magnate Julio Lobo
leadership of Cuba's sugar industry in exchange for keeping one of
his 14 mills and home. Mr. Lobo declined the offer.
(WSJ, 3/11/99, p.A1)
1960 Oct 11, A hurricane
ravaged East Pakistan and some 6,000 died.
1961 Oct 11, Leonard "Chico"
Marx, comedian (Marx Brothers), died at 74.
1962 Oct 11, The US Trade
Expansion Act was enacted under Pres. Kennedy. It included a federal
program called the Trade Adjusted Assistance (TAA), which offered
superior unemployment benefits to US manufacturing and farm workers
who lose jobs due to imports or production shifts out of country.
p.A1)(Econ, 7/2/11, p.23)
1962 Oct 11, The TV
series "McHale's Navy" (1962-66) premiered and featured Ernest
Borgnine (1917-2012) as a Navy officer.
1962 Oct 11, Pope John XXIII
convened the first session of the Roman Catholic Church's 21st
Ecumenical Council, also known as Vatican II, with a call for
Christian unity. This was the largest gathering of the Roman
Catholic hierarchy in history. Among delegate-observers were
representatives of major Protestant denominations, in itself a sign
of sweeping change. He declared its purpose to be “aggiornamento,"
an “updating" that would be a pastoral response to the needs of the
modern world. It allowed for vernacular languages in the Liturgy and
continued to 1965, when it published Gaudium et Spes, the Pastoral
Constitution on the Church in the Modern World.
(CU, 6/87)(AP, 10/11/97)(HN, 10/11/98)
1963 Oct 11, A US National
Security Action memorandum that recommended plans to withdraw 1,000
US Military personnel by the end of the year was approved. The memo
followed McNamara’s return from a trip to South Vietnam.
(SFC, 7/25/97, p.A2)
1963 Oct 11, Jean Cocteau,
French author (La Voie Humaine), surrealist poet, artist and film
director, died at 73. His lover Lean Marais later published a
biography of Cocteau called "L’Inconcevable Jean Cocteau." In 2003
Claude Arnaud authored the biography "Jean Cocteau."
(SFC, 11/10/98, p.A24)(SFC, 10/6/03, p.D8)
1963 Oct 11, Johan Nordstrom
(b.1871), Swedish immigrant and co-founder of the Nordstrom
department store chain, died in Seattle.
1963 Oct 11, Edith Piaf
(b.1915), French singer (No, I don't regret anything), died of
cancer. In 2007 the biopic film “La Vie en Rose," with Marion
Cotillard as Piaf, was produced. In 2011 Carolyn Burke authored “No
Regrets: The Life of Edith Piaf."
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%89dith_Piaf)(SSFC, 4/3/11, p.G5)
1965 Oct 11, Dorothy Lange
(b.1895), American photographer, died in San Francisco. She is best
known for her Depression-era work for the Farm Security
Administration (FSA). In 2009 Linda Gordon authored “Dorothy Lange:
A Life Beyond Limits."
1968 Oct 11, Apollo 7, The
first manned Apollo mission, was launched from Cape Kennedy with
astronauts Wally Schirra, Donn Fulton Eisele and R. Walter
Cunningham aboard. It made 163 orbits in 260 hours.
1968 Oct 11, In San Francisco
Private Richard Bunch (19) was shot and killed by a guard at the
(SSFC, 10/14/18, DB p.46)
1968 Oct 11, In Panama Pres.
Arnulfo Arias was ousted in a coup by Gen’l. Omar Torrijos. Arias
was the founder of Panama's special security system and opened the
vote to women before he was ousted.
(WUD, 1994, p.1687)(SFC, 1/2/97, p.A20)(SFC,
1971 Oct 11, Switzerland
established diplomatic relations with North Vietnam.
1972 Oct 11, There was an
attempted prison escape at the Washington DC jail. In 1975
Appellants Frank Gorham, Jr., and Otis D. Wilkerson were indicted,
along with co-defendants Meltonia Fields and Linda Ewing, on counts
of conspiracy, introducing contraband into a penal institution,
armed kidnapping, and armed robbery, and both appellants were
indicted individually on counts of attempted escape and escape from
custody. The charges grew out of appellants' abortive attempt to
escape from the D.C. jail on October 11, 1972, and their successful
escape two weeks later.
1972 Oct 11, In Turkey the
National Salvation Party formed as the successor of the banned
National Order Party (Milli Nizam Partisi, MNP). Necmettin Erbakan
returned home to take leadership.
1972 Oct 11, A French mission
in Vietnam was destroyed by a U.S. bombing raid.
1975 Oct 11, The TV show
"Saturday Night Live" made its debut with guest host George Carlin.
Writer Michael O’Donoghue (d.1994) made his debut. In 1998 Dennis
Perrin published "Mr. Mike: The Life and Work of Michael
O’Donoghue." Don Pardo (1918-2014) began his stint as the announcing
voice of SNL.
(SFEC, 8/23/98, BR p.12)(AP, 10/11/99)(SFC,
1975 Oct 11, Bill Clinton
married Hillary Rodham in Fayetteville, Ark.
(SFEC, 3/28/99, Par p.4)
1976 Oct 11, The US Toxic
Substances Control Act became law with an effective date of January
1979 Oct 11, Allan McLeod
Cormack and Godfrey Newbold Hounsfield won Nobel Prize for medicine
for developing CAT scan.
1980 Oct 11, In northern
California Cynthia Moreland (18) and fiance Richard Stowers (19)
were shot to death on Mount Wittenburg in the Point Reyes National
Seashore. David Joseph Carpenter was arrested in May 1981. In 1984
he was convicted of 2 murders in Santa Cruz and sentenced to death.
In 1988 he was convicted of 4 killings in Marin County and again
sentenced to death.
(SFC, 2/24/10, p.A7)
1982 Oct 11, The Mary Rose,
English Tudor flagship of Henry VIII, was raised at Portsmouth,
England. It had sank after launching in 1545.
1983 Oct 11, The last hand
cranked telephones in the US went out of service as 440 telephone
customers in Bryant Pond, Maine, were switched over to direct dial.
1984 Oct 11, August Wilson's
"Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," premiered in NYC.
1984 Oct 11, Space shuttle
Challenger astronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan (b.1951) became the first
American woman to walk in space.
1985 Oct 11, President Reagan’s
ban on the importation of South African Krugerrands went into
1985 Oct 11, Alex Odeh,
regional director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
(ADC), was killed by a bomb blast in Santa Ana, Calif.
1986 Oct 11, President Reagan
and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev opened two days of talks
concerning arms control and human rights in Reykjavik, Iceland.
1987 Oct 11, Some 200,000
homosexual rights activists marched through Washington DC to demand
protection from discrimination and more federal money for AIDS
research and treatment. The AIDS Memorial Quilt had its inaugural
presentation. In 2000 Cleve Jones and Jeff Dawson authored
“Stitching a Revolution, The making of an AIDS Activist."
(AP, 10/11/97)(SFEC, 6/18/00, BR p.5)(MC,
1988 Oct 11, China agreed to
the opening of an Israeli Scientific Exchange office in Beijing.
1989 Oct 11, The US House
narrowly approved an amendment to an appropriations bill that would
restore Medicaid for abortions in cases of rape or incest. President
Bush later vetoed the bill, and the veto was upheld.
1989 Oct 11, In California
Cathy Paternoster (32) was shot and killed and her boyfriend Carl
Fuerst (41) was wounded outside their Spring Valley Lake home. In
2009 Eric Fagan (74) was arrested in connection with the killing of
Paternoster, his girlfriend’s daugher. Police said Fagan had killed
Cathy Paternoster so that her mother, Betty Paternoster, could gain
custody of her 3 granddaughters.
1990 Oct 11, The Center for
Urban Archaeology opened in NYC South Street Seaport Museum.
1990 Oct 11, The first flight
of the X-31 took place. The collaborative US-German Rockwell-MBB
X-31 Enhanced Fighter Maneuverability program was designed to test
fighter thrust vectoring technology.
1990 Oct 11, Octavio Paz was
named the winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, the first
Mexican writer so honored.
(SFC, 4/20/98, p.A17)(AP, 10/11/00)
1990 Oct 11, About 60-thousand
people rallied in Prague, Czechoslovakia, in support of a government
proposal to seize all Communist Party property without compensation.
1991 Oct 11, Televangelist
Jimmy Swaggart was seen hustling a prostitute.
1991 Oct 11, Testifying before
the Senate Judiciary Committee, law professor Anita Hill accused
Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexually harassing her;
Thomas reappeared before the panel to denounce the proceedings as a
(HN, 10/11/98)(AP, 10/11/01)
1991 Oct 11, Comedian Redd Foxx
died in Los Angeles at age 68.
1992 Oct 11, President Bush,
Democrat Bill Clinton and independent candidate Ross Perot met for
the first of three debates, this one held at Washington University
in St. Louis.
1993 Oct 11, In Haiti,
army-backed toughs prevented American troops from landing as part of
a U.N. peace mission and drove away U.S. diplomats waiting to greet
1993 Oct 11, In Norway William
Nygaard was seriously wounded when he was shot three times in the
back near his home in Oslo. Police believed this was linked to the
1989 publication of the Norwegian version of Salman Rushdie's "The
Satanic Verses" by a publishing house that Nygaard ran. In 2018
police formally accused several foreign nationals over the attack,
thus preventing the statute of limitations from closing the case.
1993 Oct 11, Yasser Arafat won
endorsement for his peace accord with Israel from the Palestine
1994 Oct 11, U.S. troops in
Haiti took over the National Palace.
1994 Oct 11, The Colorado
Supreme Court declared the state's anti-gay rights measure
1994 Oct 11, Iraqi troops began
moving north, away from the Kuwaiti border.
1995 Oct 11, Americans Mario
Molina and Sherwood Rowland and Dutch scientist Paul Crutzen won the
Nobel Prize in chemistry for their controversial work warning that
gases once used in spray cans and other items were eating away
Earth’s ozone layer.
1995 Oct 11, Ten Republican
presidential candidates used their first televised forum to politely
compete for support in the New Hampshire primary.
1995 Oct 11, O.J. Simpson
backed out of his live interview with NBC Dateline just hours before
1995 Oct 11, In Bosnia a
cease-fire was declared.
(WSJ, 6/11/96, p.A14)
1996 Oct 11, In Operation
Global Sea US officials arrested 34 members of a drug trafficking
network operated primarily by Nigerian women. Jumoke Kafayat
Majekodunmi, aka Kafi, used a women’s clothing store in Chicago as
the center of operations.
(SFC, 10/12/96, p.A3)
1996 Oct 11, US FBI agents
arrested 7 in West Virginia for plotting to bomb the national
fingerprinting records facility in Charleston.
(SFC, 10/12/96, p.A1)
1996 Oct 11, The Nobel Peace
Prize was awarded to Roman Catholic Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes
Belo of East Timor and Jose Ramos-Horta, in exile in Australia, for
their work to end oppression and violence in East Timor.
(SFC, 10/12/96, p.A1) (AP, 10/11/97)
1996 Oct 11, Time Warner
completed its $7.6 billion acquisition of Turner Broadcasting.
(WSJ, 1/2/97, p.R2)
1996 Oct 11, In Angola the UN
extended the 7,200 peacekeeping mission for 2 months. The Security
Council threatened sanctions against UNITA which has delayed
integrating 26,000 fighters into the national army and interfered
with UN activities.
(SFC, 10/12/96, p.A11)
1996 Oct 11, In China seven
people were executed for selling women. An additional 54 were given
suspended death sentences. 334 women were rescued from being sold
into marriage or prostitution where the going rate was $240-$360.
(SFC, 10/12/96, p.A11)
1996 Oct 11, Wang Dan,
prominent student leader of the Tiananmen Square demonstrations in
1989, was charged with conspiracy to overthrow the government. He
has been in detention for the last 17 months.
(SFEC, 10/13/96, p.A18)
1996 Oct 11, In Germany the
parliament voted to reduce the 656 seats of the Bundestag, lower
house, to 598 seats after elections in 2002.
(SFC, 10/12/96, p.A11)
1996 Oct 11, Zapatista
Commander Ramona, a 4 foot 4 inch Tzotzil Indian, arrived in Mexico
City to plead the rebel cause.
(SFC, 10/15/96, p.A10)
1996 Oct 11, In South Africa
former defense minister Magnus Malan and other members of the
military hierarchy were acquitted of charges in the massacre of 13
people in 1987. Judge Hugo said that evidence showed that Inkatha’s
leader, Zulu Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi, had in 1996 secretly
requested assistance from apartheid leaders for a paramilitary force
against political rivals but that the prosecution had not shown
sufficient evidence against the defendants.
(SFC, 10/12/96, p.A10)
1997 Oct 11, President Clinton
blamed pop culture for glamorizing illegal drug use as he heralded a
new $195 million anti-drug ad campaign during his weekly radio
1997 Oct 11, Wes Gallagher
(86), retired Associated Press chief, died in Santa Barbara, Calif.
1997 Oct 11, In Australia a
photograph titled “Piss Christ" at the National Gallery of Victoria
in Melbourne by Andres Serrano (47) was damaged when an attacker
wrenched it from the wall. The photograph depicted Jesus immersed in
urine. The next day an 18-year-old attacked the work with a hammer
while a companion diverted attention by pulling other pieces off the
(SFC, 10/14/97, p.B5)
1997 Oct 11, Authorities
reported no survivors from the overnight crash of an Argentine
jetliner in Uruguay, which killed all 74 people on board.
1998 Oct 11, Pope John Paul II
bestowed sainthood on Edith Stein, a Jewish-born woman who became a
Catholic nun and was executed by Nazis in the gas chambers of
Auschwitz in 1942.
(SFC, 10/12/98, p.A1)(AP, 10/11/99)
1998 Oct 11, Richard Holbrooke
met again with Pres. Milosevic in an effort to avoid NATO attacks on
Serbia due to the Serb stand on Kosovo.
(SFC, 10/12/98, p.A8)
1998 Oct 11, In Afghanistan the
Taliban battled opposition forces for the 2nd day in the northeast
(SFC, 10/12/98, p.A12)
1998 Oct 11, In Azerbaijan
Pres. Heydar Aliyev (75) was re-elected for another 5 year term with
76% of the vote. His nearest rival, Etibar Mamedov, won 12%.
(SFC, 10/12/98, p.A12)(WSJ, 10/16/98, p.A1)
1998 Oct 11, In Bosnia forensic
experts began exhuming 274 bodies in the village of Donja Glumina.
They were believed to be Bosnian Muslims killed in Srebrenica by
Serbs in Jul 1995.
(SFC, 10/12/98, p.A8)
1998 Oct 11, In Congo Kindu
fell to the rebels supported by Rwanda and Uganda.
(SFC, 10/14/98, p.C2)
1998 Oct 11, In Greece populist
Athens Mayor Dimitris Avramopoulos was expected to win a 2nd four
year term. The Socialists were expected to maintain their grip on
(SFC, 10/12/98, p.A10)
1999 Oct 11, Dr. Guenter
Blobel, a German American researcher of Rockefeller Univ., was
awarded the Nobel Prize for medicine or physiology for his work on
how the body puts addresses on individual proteins so that they
arrive at a correct location.
(SFC, 10/12/99, p.A3)(WSJ, 10/12/99, p.A1)
1999 Oct 11, Gov. Davis signed
a California bill that required set a nurse-to-patient ratio of 1:6
beginning Jan 1, 2004. It was the 1st such law in the US. The ratio
was to go to 1:5 in 2005.
(WSJ, 10/12/99, p.AA1)(SFC, 3/4/05, p.A1)
1999 Oct 11, In Chechnya more
people fled Russian attacks and Moscow rebuffed a peace overture and
demanded that Islamic militants be handed over before any peace
(WSJ, 10/12/99, p.A1)
1999 Oct 11, In Paris riot
police used tear gas against egg-throwing chefs, who demanded that
the government lift a 20.6% tax on restaurant meals.
(SFC, 10/12/99, p.A1)
1999 Oct 11, In Indonesia the
acting attorney general announced that he was halting a yearlong
investigation into alleged corruption by former Pres. Suharto due to
insufficient evidence for prosecution.
(SFC, 10/12/99, p.A10)
1999 Oct 11, Israel confirmed
that some 400 Jews from Cuba were brought to Israel over the last 5
years in a secret operation.
(SFC, 10/12/99, p.A8)
1999 Oct 11, In Kosovo a UN
employee, Valentin Krumov (38) of Bulgaria, was beaten and shot to
death by a group of ethnic Albanian teenagers in Pristina.
(SFC, 10/13/99, p.A10)
1999 Oct 11, In Portugal the
Socialist Party returned to power with a 44% vote in the elections
giving them 111 seats in the 230 seat Assembly. The Social Democrats
won 32% and got 79 seats.
(SFC, 10/11/99, p.A16)
1999 Oct 11, South Africa and
the European Union signed a free-trade pact.
(SFC, 10/12/99, p.C16)
2000 Oct 11, The Nobel Prize in
economics went to Daniel McFadden (63) of UC Berkeley for developing
ways of analyzing consumer decisions and to James Heckman of Univ.
of Chicago for developing techniques to strip out hidden biases in
studies of the labor force. Heckman won for work on teasing out
cause and effect from messy, real-world data.
(SFC, 10/12/00, p.A1)(Econ., 5/16/20, p.21)
2000 Oct 11, Pres. Clinton
agreed to sign legislation to lift the embargo on food sales to
Cuba. It also provided aid to drought-stricken farmers and allowed
the import of US-made drugs that are sold cheaper in other
(SFC, 10/12/00, p.A7)
2000 Oct 11, Bush and Gore
engaged in their 2nd debate at Wake Forest in North Carolina. They
spent the first half politely discussing foreign policy, and the
second half clashing over domestic issues.
(SFC, 10/12/00, p.A1)(AP, 10/11/01)
2000 Oct 11, The shuttle
Discovery with a crew of 7 lifted off from Cape Canaveral for an
11-day mission to the Int’l. Space Station. It marked the shuttle
fleet’s 100th mission.
(SFC, 10/12/00, p.A3)(WSJ, 10/12/00, p.A1)
2000 Oct 11, Celera Genomics
announced the completion of the mapping of the lab mouse’s genome.
(WSJ, 10/12/00, p.A1)
2000 Oct 11, Palestinians
continued to riot in Gaza and the West Bank and the death toll
(SFC, 10/12/00, p.A1)
2000 Oct 11, In Venezuela tens
of thousands of oil workers went on strike for higher wages.
(SFC, 10/12/00, p.A16)
2001 Oct 11, Vidiadhar S,
Naipaul (b.1932), Trinidad-born English novelist, won the Nobel
Prize in Literature. His books included: “A House for Mr. Biswas,"
“Guerrillas" (1975), “Among the Believers" (1981), and “The Enigma
of Arrival" (1987).
(SFC, 10/12/01, p.C1)(WSJ, 10/12/01, p.A1,W17)
2001 Oct 11, In his first
prime-time news conference since taking office, President George W.
Bush offered the Taliban a chance to stop America's punishing
assaults on Afghanistan by turning over suspected terror mastermind
Osama bin Laden.
2001 Oct 11, The FBI warned
that new acts of terrorism could target Americans over the next few
(SFC, 10/12/01, p.A1)
2001 Oct 11, The Bush
administration asked newspapers not to publish full transcripts of
messages from Osama bin Laden due to the possibility of coded
(SFC, 10/12/01, p.A17)
2001 Oct 11, In NYC Mayor
Giuliani rejected a $10 million donation from Saudi Prince Alwaleed
Bin Talal due to an attached press release that said the US should
re-examine its policies in the Middle East and adopt a more balanced
stance toward the Palestinian cause.
(SFC, 10/12/01, p.A3)
2001 Oct 11, The Pentagon
confirmed the 1st US death in Operation Freedom. Air Force Sgt.
Evander Earl Andrews was killed in a fork lift accident in Qatar.
(SFC, 10/12/01, p.A16)(SFC, 10/20/01, p.A8)
2001 Oct 11, Tom Wales (49), a
Seattle federal prosecutor, was gunned down in his home office.
(SFC, 10/20/01, p.A17)
2001 Oct 11, Abdul Salam Zaeem,
Afghan ambassador to Pakistan, said US bombing in Afghanistan killed
some 100 noncombatants in the Torghar region near Jalalabad. The
total civilian casualties since Oct 7 was estimated at 170.
(SFC, 10/12/01, p.A13)
2001 Oct 11, In Afghanistan
that Northern Alliance claimed to have taken the central province of
Gur and the provincial capital Chaghcharan. American bombing
reportedly killed as many as 200 civilians in Karam and Jalalabad.
(SFC, 10/12/01, p.A13)(SFC, 10/13/01, p.A1,9)
2001 Oct 11, In Colombia AUC
paramilitary shot and killed 5 men in the town of Samaniego.
(SFC, 10/13/01, p.C1)
2001 Oct 11, The French highest
appellate court ruled that Pres. Chirac is immune from criminal
prosecution for corruption charges for his years as mayor of Paris,
but only while still in office.
(SFC, 12/30/01, p.D7)
2001 Oct 11, In Kuwait Luc
Ethier, a Canadian employed at the Ahmad al-Jaber airbase, was shot
and killed in Fahaheel. Ethier’s wife was also shot.
(SFC, 10/12/01, p.A15)
2001 Oct 11, In Macedonia
police found a cache of arms in an area held by ethnic Albanian
(WSJ, 10/12/01, p.A1)
2001 Oct 11, A Palestinian
militant blew himself up while trying to plant a bomb along a West
Bank road used by Israelis.
(SFC, 10/12/01, p.D3)
2002 Oct 11, Former US Pres.
Carter won the Nobel Peace prize.
(SFC, 10/12/02, p.A1)
2002 Oct 11, The Senate joined
the House in approving, 77-23, the use of America's military might
2002 Oct 11, Kenneth Bridges
(53) was shot and killed in Spotsylvania, Va., the 8th victim of the
DC area sniper. In 2004 Lee Boyd Malvo (19) in a plea bargain
accepted life in prison for the murder of Bridges.
(SFC, 10/12/02, p.A1)(SSFC, 10/12/02, p.A4)(SFC,
2002 Oct 11, In Burlingame,
Ca., 4 bank robbers killed Alice Martel (34), the Wells Fargo bank
manager, and fled with about $4,000. Seti Scanlon (24), Sikai Fano
Telea (26), Manny Liu (25) and Amu Wynn (26) were all soon arrested.
Scanlon was convicted of murder in 2004 and sentenced to life in
prison. In 2005 Telea was sentenced to life in prison. Wynn was
sentenced 40 years to life. Liu, the driver, was sentenced to 36
years and 4 months after a plea bargain.
(SFC, 10/12/02, p.A1)(SFC, 11/4/02, p.A17)(SFC,
11/11/02, p.A17)(SFC, 7/13/05, p.B4)
2002 Oct 11, In Wisconsin 10
people were killed in a crash on I-43 that involved over 2 dozen
vehicles north of Milwaukee.
(SFC, 10/12/02, p.A4)
2002 Oct 11, In Vantaa,
Finland, a blast in the Myyrmanni shopping mall of suburban Helsinki
killed 7 people, including chemistry student Petri Gerdt (19), the
suspected bomber. 80 others were injured.
(AP, 10/12/02)(SSFC, 10/12/02, p.A20)(SFC,
2002 Oct 11, The Philippine
military reported that marines clashed with Abu Sayyaf rebels on
Jolo Island and at least 11 soldiers were killed.
(SSFC, 10/12/02, p.A20)
2003 Oct 11, Clerks for three
major supermarket chains in Southern California began a
four-and-a-half-month strike after negotiations with store officials
2003 Oct 11, A team of 18
doctors in Dallas, Texas, began a complicated separation surgery in
an attempt to give Ahmed and Mohamed Ibrahim, 2-year-old conjoined
twins from Egypt, a chance at independent lives. The 34-hour went
(AP, 10/11/03)(SSFC, 10/11/03, p.A2)(SFC,
2003 Oct 11, Ivan A. Getting
(91), a Cold War scientist who conceived the Global Positioning
Satellite system, died in Coronado, Calif.
2003 Oct 11, Bolivia’s Pres.
Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada and two of his ministers, Carlos Sanchez
Berzain and Jorge Berindoague, signed Supreme Decree No. 27209
directing the military to break up demonstrations that blocked fuel
truck access to the city of La Paz.
2003 Oct 11, In China the 16th
Communist Party Congress began in Beijing. The 4-day meeting
included debates on reforms toward private property, a more stable
legal system and measures to encourage private investments.
(SSFC, 10/11/03, p.A3)
2003 Oct 11, It was reported
that a worsening drought in Fiji has caused thousands of people to
lose water supplies, with large parts of Suva receiving water by
(SSFC, 10/11/03, p.C10)
2003 Oct 11, The French
government and its main opposition joined in supporting school
officials who expelled two sisters for refusing to remove
traditional Islamic headscarves in class.
2003 Oct 11, Israeli forces
killed a Palestinian and razed dozens of homes in a Gaza Strip
refugee camp as Israeli opposition politicians and Palestinian
officials sought to revive peace talks.
(AP, 10/11/03)(Reuters, 10/11/03)
2003 Oct 11, In Italy
4-month-old twin Greek girls joined at the temple were successfully
separated after a 13 hour operation at a Rome hospital.
(AP, 10/12/03)(SFC, 10/15/03, p.A2)
2003 Oct 11, A Lebanese woman
gave birth to sextuplets, four girls and two boys.
2003 Oct 11, In Malaysia
delegates from Islamic nations gathered in the new administrative
capital of Putrajaya with Iraq as a center piece of discussion.
(SSFC, 10/11/03, p.A3)
2003 Oct 11, In Nepal at least
3 policemen and 35 Maoist rebels were killed in an overnight battle
as the rebels resumed attacks on government forces after a 9-day
2004 Oct 11, Pres. Bush
proclaimed Oct 11 as Columbus Day. In 1968 Pres. Johnson had set
Columbus Day, previously celebrated on Oct. 12, to be held on the
2nd Monday of October.
2004 Oct 11, Edward C. Prescott
(63), an American, and Finn E. Kydland (60), a Norwegian, won the
2004 Nobel Memorial Prize in economics for shedding light on how
government policies and actions affect economies around the world.
In a 1977 paper they demonstrated the importance of credibility in
(AP, 10/11/04)(Econ, 10/16/04, p.74)
2004 Oct 11, Light crude oil
for November closed in NYC at a record $53.64 per barrel.
(SFC, 10/12/04, p.E12)
2004 Oct 11, The main
opposition candidate in Afghanistan's first-ever presidential
election backed off a boycott of the vote, saying he would accept
the formation of an independent commission to look into alleged
2004 Oct 11, Voters in Cameroon
elected Pres. Paul Biya (71) to another 7-year term amid allegations
2004 Oct 11, The European Union
ended 11 years of sanctions against Libya and eased an arms embargo
to reward the North African country for giving up plans to develop
weapons of mass destruction.
2004 Oct 11-12, Records at
Haiti’s Port-au-Prince hospital showed 17 people with gunshot wounds
died, eight of them in the Cite Soleil seaside slum.
2004 Oct 11, In Iraq followers
of radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr trickled in to police stations in
Baghdad's Sadr City district to hand in weapons. Two soldiers from
Task Force Baghdad were killed and five wounded in a rocket attack
in southern Baghdad.
2004 Oct 11, An Arabic language
television station broadcast video showing three hooded gunmen
threatening to behead a Turkish hostage within three days unless the
Americans release all Iraqi prisoners and all Turks leave Iraq.
2004 Oct 11, An Israeli
aircraft fired a missile at a house in the southern Gaza town of
Rafah, wounding five people, including a top Islamic Jihad leader.
2004 Oct 11, In Nigeria a
nationwide strike to protest fuel price hikes shut down Lagos.
2004 Oct 11, A Swiss
paleontologist said hundreds of dinosaur prints dating back 152
million years have been discovered in the Jura mountains in the
northwest of Switzerland.
2005 Oct 11, The US Army Corps
of Engineers said it had finished pumping out the New Orleans
metropolitan area, which was flooded by Hurricane Katrina six weeks
earlier and then was swamped again by Hurricane Rita.
2005 Oct 11, Google unveiled
Google.org, an umbrella organization for its philanthropic plans,
committing nearly $1 billion to help solve problems including
poverty and environmental destruction.
(SFC, 10/12/05, p.C1)
2005 Oct 11, In Zabul province
US-led coalition and Afghan forces killed two Chechens and a
Pakistani who were fighting alongside Taliban rebels.
2005 Oct 11,
In Afghanistan suspected Taliban ambushed a convoy and killed
2005 Oct 11, Authorities in
Brazil declared part of the Amazon River a disaster area after a
drought left the levels of parts of the river too low for
2005 Oct 11, The British
government said it will pay unspecified compensation for injuries
and damage caused when its army stormed a police station in the
southern Iraqi city of Basra last month to release two soldiers.
2005 Oct 11, British police
arrested 19 people on human smuggling charges. Authorities said the
multi-national organization had illegally brought tens of thousands
of Turkish Kurds into Britain in recent years.
(SFC, 10/12/05, p.A3)
2005 Oct 11, Arthur Seldon
(89), British intellectual architect of Blairism and Thatcherism,
died. Antony Fisher, founder of the Institute of Economic Affairs,
hired Seldon as editorial director in 1958.
(Econ, 10/22/05, p.90)
2005 Oct 11, China's ruling
party said communist leaders have approved an economic plan aimed at
easing the growing and politically explosive gap between its rich
2005 Oct 11, Colombia's navy
seized $188 million worth of cocaine, believed to have belonged to
rebels, that was hidden in underground chambers next to a river deep
in southwestern jungles.
2005 Oct 11, In Egypt some
3,000 Islamists students staged a demonstration at Cairo Univ. to
press for increased freedom on campus and free and fair union
elections next month.
2005 Oct 11, Haiti's highest
court ruled that Dumarsais Simeus, a Haitian-born U.S. businessman,
may run for president. Simeus said this marked a turning point in
the roles expatriate Haitians could play in their homeland.
2005 Oct 11, Diplomats said
Iran has signaled it is ready to compromise on granting access to
sites linked to possible work on nuclear weapons and other demands
from the UN atomic watchdog agency to try to avoid referral to the
2005 Oct 11, Insurgents
determined to wreck Iraq's constitutional referendum killed more
than 40 people and wounded dozens in a series of attacks, including
a suicide car bomb that ripped apart a crowded market in a town near
the Syrian border.
2005 Oct 11, In Iraq an IED
killed 2 US soldiers in Ramadi.
(WSJ, 10/12/05, p.A1)
2005 Oct 11, Irish author John
Banville beat higher profile favorites to become the surprise winner
of Britain's prestigious Booker Prize for fiction. His 14th novel
"The Sea" was described by the judges as "a masterly study of grief,
memory and love recollected".
(AP, 10/11/05)(Econ, 10/15/05, p.91)
2005 Oct 11, Israeli forces
disguised as vegetable vendors in Tsurif captured Ibrahim Ighnimat
(47), a senior Hamas operative, who had been on the run for eight
2005 Oct 11, Japan's powerful
lower house of parliament approved a plan to privatize the country's
vast postal system.
2005 Oct 11, Liberia held
presidential elections. 22 candidates included an international
soccer star, two former warlords and a Harvard-educated woman.
Election officials using battery-powered lanterns counted ballots
through the night from the country's first postwar polls. Ex-soccer
star George Weah led 21 rivals.
(AP, 10/11/05)(Reuters, 10/11/05)(WSJ, 10/12/05,
2005 Oct 11, It was reported
that a serial killer, dubbed the "Mataviejitas," or "Little Old Lady
Killer," was stalking Mexico City. The killer was said to wear
women's clothes and strangled and battered old ladies in their
2005 Oct 11, In Pakistan
survivors scuffled over the badly needed food, the first large-scale
aid to make it overland to the devastated city of Muzaffarabad.
Officials estimated that the death toll would surpass 35,000.
2005 Oct 11-2005 Oct 12, Polish
customs officials seized at least 8 million cigarettes apparently
destined for the British market in a coordinated sweep in two
cities. The cigarettes, mostly low-quality Ukrainian-made, were to
2005 Oct 11, US millionaire
scientist Gregory Olsen and a two-man, Russian-American crew
returned from the international space station to Earth in a swift,
bone-jarring descent in Kazakhstan.
2005 Oct 11, South Korea raised
interest rates .25% for the 1st time in 3 years to 3.5%.
(WSJ, 10/12/05, p.A14)
2005 Oct 11, A Turkish company
signed an agreement to build a $360 million power station in
southern Israel. An Israeli Cabinet minister praised such deals as
examples of strengthening ties between the Muslim and Jewish
2006 Oct 11, The charge of
treason was used for the first time in the US war on terrorism,
filed against Adam Yehiye Gadahn, who'd appeared in propaganda
videos for al-Qaida.
2006 Oct 11, In Chicago
businessman Antoin Rezko (51), top advisor and fund-raiser for
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, was indicted for scheming to collect
kickbacks from companies doing business with the state. The fraud
scheme included political contributor Stuart Levine and other
(SFC, 10/12/06, p.A4)
2006 Oct 11, Top executives of
Cnet Networks and McAfee Inc. were ousted over their involvement in
the widening stock-options backdating scandal.
(SFC, 10/12/06, p.A1)
2006 Oct 11, The US FDA
approved Avastin, made by Genentech, to help fight lung cancer.
(SFC, 10/12/06, p.C1)
2006 Oct 11, A small plane,
carrying New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle (b.1972) and instructor
Tyler Stanger, crashed into a 50-story condominium tower on
Manhattan's Upper East Side killing both men. It was not clear who
was at the controls.
(AP, 10/12/06)(SFC, 10/13/06, p.A12)
2006 Oct 11, Ruth Kelly,
British communities minister said the government will now fund only
those Muslim organizations that fight extremism and defend national
values as part of a "fundamental" shift toward such groups.
2006 Oct 11, China’s 347
central committee members ended a 4-day annual meeting. They charted
a course to repair some of the social and environmental damage left
by more than 2 decades of economic growth and approved a document on
building a harmonious China by 2020.
(WSJ, 10/12/06, p.A8)(Econ, 10/21/06, p.51)
2006 Oct 11, Amnesty
International said at least 11,000 children in Congo are still in
the hands of armed groups or unaccounted for three years after the
end of a war in which they were captured and forced to fight.
2006 Oct 11, Benito Martinez
Abrogan (120), Haitian-born Cuban laborer, died. His birthdate was
uncertain, but it was believed that he was the oldest man in the
(Econ, 10/21/06, p.97)
2006 Oct 11, In the Dominican
Republic Resort tycoon Howard "Butch" Kerzner was killed along with
three others when a helicopter they were traveling in crashed into a
building on the north coast.
2006 Oct 11, In northeastern
France a passenger train collided with an oncoming freight train,
killing at least five people and injuring 16.
2006 Oct 11, India’s PM
Manmohan Singh received an honorary law doctorate from the elite
University of Cambridge. The doctorate was conferred on him by
2006 Oct 11, Indonesia
apologized to Singapore and Malaysia for the choking haze over both
countries and agreed to convene a meeting of regional environment
ministers to tackle the problem. This was the worst smog since 1997
and 1998, when tens of thousands of people were hospitalized.
(AP, 10/11/06)(Econ, 10/14/06, p.47)
2006 Oct 11, The
Shiite-dominated parliament passed a law allowing the formation of
federal regions in Iraq, despite opposition from Sunni lawmakers and
some Shiites who say it will dismember the country and fuel
sectarian violence. A controversial new study said nearly 655,000
Iraqis have died because of the war, suggesting a far higher death
toll than other estimates. More than 2,660 Iraqi civilians were
killed in the capital in September according to figures from the
Iraqi Health Ministry. Insurgents hit an ammunition dump on a US
base in Baghdad with a mortar round, setting off fiery explosions
through the night that shook buildings miles away. Renewed attacks
killed at least 14 people, primarily in Baghdad.
2006 Oct 11, Israeli forces
killed Abdullah Mansour (31), a militant in the Al Aqsa Martyrs'
Brigades, in the course of an overnight arrest raid.
2006 Oct 11, Israel inaugurated
its first horse racetrack.
2006 Oct 11, Edmund Daukoru,
Nigerian oil minister and OPEC president, said OPEC has agreed to
trim global oil production by 1 million barrels a day to boost
prices, and its members were discussing how to share the cut.
Nigerian security sources said armed youths have released dozens of
Nigerian employees of the oil company Shell and its subcontractors,
but around 15 workers were still being held at a flow station in the
restive Niger Delta.
(AP, 10/11/06)(AFP, 10/11/06)
2006 Oct 11, North Korea
threatened more nuclear tests saying additional sanctions imposed on
it would be considered an act of war. Japan imposed a total ban on
North Korean imports and said ships from the impoverished nation
were prohibited from entering Japanese ports as punishment for its
apparent nuclear test.
2006 Oct 11, In Sri Lanka 72
army troops, including eight officers, were killed and 515 wounded
in fighting in the northern peninsula of Jaffna. The army claimed
200 rebels were killed, a figure dismissed by the Liberation Tigers
of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The Tigers said only 10 of its fighters were
killed. The government toll reached 129 in the country’s worst
battle since 2002.
(AP, 10/12/06)(WSJ, 10/13/06, p.A1)
2007 Oct 11, The Bush
administration reported that the federal budget deficit had fallen
to $162.8 billion in the just-completed budget year, the lowest
amount of red ink in five years.
2007 Oct 11, The environmental
group U.S. PIRG reported that over half of all industrial and
municipal facilities across the US dumped more sewage and other
pollutants in the nation’s waterways than allowed under the 1972
Clean Water Act.
(SFC, 10/12/07, p.A1)
2007 Oct 11, Campaign for Safe
Cosmetics, a US consumer rights group, said more than half the
lipsticks it had tested were found to contain lead and some popular
brands including Cover Girl, L'Oreal and Christian Dior had more
lead than others.
2007 Oct 11, Cold
medicines for babies and toddlers were pulled off shelves amid
concerns about unintentional overdoses.
2007 Oct 11, Sri Chinmoy
(b.1931), Indian-born spiritual leader, died in Jamaica, Queens,
NYC. He had emigrated to NYC in 1964.
(SSFC, 10/14/07, p.B6)
2007 Oct 11, Doris Lessing,
British author of dozens of works from short stories to science
fiction, including the classic "The Golden Notebook," won the Nobel
Prize for literature. She was praised by the judges for her
"skepticism, fire and visionary power."
2007 Oct 11, Werner von Trapp
(91), a member of the Austrian family made famous by the musical
"The Sound of Music," died in Waitsfield, Vt.
2007 Oct 11, The Canadian
dollar hit a three-decade high versus the US dollar as the greenback
remained under broad selling pressure due to expectations of more
Federal Reserve interest rate cuts.
2007 Oct 11, Rebel leader
Laurent Nkunda in eastern Congo called for a cease-fire as the army
said the death toll from five days of clashes had risen to 122.
2007 Oct 11, In India 2
worshippers were killed and nearly a dozen injured in a bomb attack
near a revered Islamic shrine in the northern state of Rajasthan. A
bus carrying Hindu pilgrims fell into a river in a remote part of
northern India, killing at least 41 people.
2007 Oct 11, Clashes between
suspected al-Qaida gunmen and police at checkpoints near Baqouba
killed at least one officer and wounded two others. East of Baqouba,
suspected al-Qaida gunmen took control overnight of 5 Sunni
villages, killing 6 people. Gunmen killed 5 Iraqi civilians and
wounded four in a morning attack on a minibus making its way from
Khalis to Kirkuk. An ophthalmologist, the son of the local head of
the Sunni Iraqi Islamic Party, was shot to death in Mosul. Six main
Iraqi insurgent groups announced the formation of a "political
council" aimed at "liberating" Iraq from US occupation in a video on
Al-Jazeera television. A US ground and air assault targeting
al-Qaida in Iraq northwest of Baghdad killed 15 civilians, six women
and nine children, as well as 19 suspected insurgents.
(AP, 10/11/07)(AP, 10/12/07)
2007 Oct 11, A World Health
Organization official said 69 children in northern Nigeria
contracted polio following vaccination against the disease. Peter
Eriki indicated that around 10 percent of the Nigerian population
has dodged the vaccination campaign. The new outbreak was caused by
the mutation of a vaccine's virus.
(AFP, 10/12/07)(AP, 8/14/09)
2007 Oct 11, A suicide bomber
in Somalia drove a pickup filled with explosives into an army base
killing himself and 2 other people.
(WSJ, 10/12/07, p.A1)
2007 Oct 11, South Africa's
central bank chief Tito Mboweni announced the key lending rate is to
increase by half a percentage point to 10.5% to ward off a threat of
2007 Oct 11, Southern Sudan's
former rebels suspended participation in the central government,
accusing it of failing to abide by a peace deal in a dispute that
threatens a rare success in the troubled nation.
2007 Oct 11, Turkey swiftly
condemned a US House panel's approval of a bill describing the World
War I-era mass killings of Armenians as genocide, and newspapers
blasted the measure on their front pages. Turkey also recalled its
ambassador to Washington and warned of serious repercussions if
Congress labels the killing of Armenians by Turks a century ago as
(AP, 10/11/07)(AP, 10/12/07)
2007 Oct 11, Pope Benedict XVI
appealed to South Koreans' "inherent moral sensibility" to reject
embryonic stem cell research and human cloning after the country
decided to let embryonic stem cell research resume.
2007 Oct 11, Eleven of
Zimbabwe's last remaining white farmers lost a bid to stay on their
farms while appealing the orders and are to be tried for defying
government eviction notices.
2008 Oct 11, President Bush met
with foreign financial officials and pledged a global response to
the credit crisis that will lead toward a "path of stability and
2008 Oct 11, The Bush
administration removed North Korea from a terrorism blacklist as
North Korea agreed to all US nuclear inspection demands. The
breakthrough is intended to salvage a faltering disarmament accord
before President Bush leaves office in January.
2008 Oct 11, Afghan Pres.
Karzai named Muhammad Hanif Atmar (40) as his interior minister in a
Cabinet reshuffle aimed to curb high-level corruption. In
Afghanistan about 40 militants more were killed as a three-day
operation wound up in the Nad Ali district of Helmand province.
Atmar was a former official in Afghanistan’s communist-era secret
(AFP, 10/12/08)(SSFC, 10/12/08, p.A7)
2008 Oct 11, It was reported
that the population of adult hake fish off Argentina’s coast has
declined by 70% in the past 20 years. Skippers reportedly paid some
$2-3 million in bribes to inspectors and routinely underreported
(Econ, 10/11/08, p.53)
2008 Oct 11, Austrian
politician Joerg Haider (b.1950) died in a car accident while
speeding drunk. His far-right rhetoric at times sounded sympathetic
to the Nazis and contemptuous of Jews and led to months of
international isolation for the Alpine republic. At the time of his
death, Haider was governor of the province of Carinthia and leader
of the Alliance for the Future of Austria, a party he formed after
breaking away from the far right Freedom Party in 2005.
(AP, 10/11/08)(Econ, 10/18/08, p.99)
2008 Oct 11, A strong
earthquake hit Chechnya and other parts of Russia's North Caucasus,
killing at least 13 people and damaging scores of hospitals, schools
and other buildings.
(AP, 10/11/08)(SFC, 10/18/08, p.B6)
2008 Oct 11, India's PM Singh
launched Kashmir's first train service, the fruit of an eight-year
project that overcame tough terrain and rebel strife, on a visit
overshadowed by violence. Shops, businesses and schools were shut to
protest Singh’s visit.
(AFP, 10/11/08)(AP, 10/12/08)
2008 Oct 11, In Acre, Israel,
police said rioters torched two empty apartments owned by Arabs in a
predominantly Jewish neighborhood. 12 people were put into custody
for rioting and eight under house arrest.
2008 Oct 11, Italian security
forces including army paratroops arrested seven members of the
Camorra mafia believed linked to the killing of African immigrants
near Naples last month.
2008 Oct 11, In Mexico gunmen
killed six young men at a family party in the gang-plagued border
city of Ciudad Juarez. In Tijuana federal police arrested seven
reputed members of a cell of the Arellano Felix drug cartel,
including a city police officer.
2008 Oct 11, Hurricane Norbert
hit Mexico as a Category 1 storm and left 4 people dead in the Baha
peninsula and Sonora state.
(SFC, 10/18/08, p.B6)
2008 Oct 11, US missile strikes
in Pakistan's northwest killed five people, but none was believed to
be a foreign al-Qaida fighter.
2008 Oct 11, Peru’s President
Alan Garcia announced that he has appointed Yehude Simon (61), a
leftist governor, to become the chief Cabinet minister, a day after
the minister's predecessor resigned along with 16 colleagues amid a
brewing oil-kickbacks scandal.
2008 Oct 11, Russia launched a
ballistic missile from a submarine in a record flight of over 7,100
miles, hitting a target in the middle of the Pacific Ocean for the
first time. Russian TV showed what it said was the Sineva missile
launching from the submarine Tula.
2008 Oct 11, In Sri Lanka
fighting around Kilinochchi killed 26 rebels and two soldiers in two
separate clashes. Other battles in Welioya and Vavuniya killed four
2008 Oct 11, In Sudan Abu Bakr
Kadu, a Sudan Liberation Movement-Unity commander, said 23 civilians
had died after Janjaweed Arab militia assaulted villages over 3 days
in the Muhagiriya area of southern Darfur. He also said 28 Janjaweed
2008 Oct 11, Thailand's
embattled PM Somchai Wongsawat, indicated that he may resign in the
wake of fierce anti-government protests earlier this week that left
two people dead and hundreds injured. Thousands of supporters of the
ruling coalition gathered on the outskirts of Bangkok in a show of
strength, two days ahead of a planned major protest by a group
hoping to topple the elected government.
2008 Oct 11, Turkish warplanes
and artillery bombed dozens of Kurdish rebel targets overnight in
northern Iraq following an escalation in rebel attacks.
2008 Oct 11, Zimbabwe’s state
Herald newspaper published a list from the official government
gazette giving the ruling ZANU-PF party 14 ministries, including the
key portfolios of defense, home and foreign affairs, justice, media,
mines and land. This would allow 83-year-old Mugabe to retain his
iron grip on power. Opposition party spokesman Nelson Chamisa said
it was a "midnight ambush style of attack" and meant the proposed
national unity government was now in jeopardy.
2009 Oct 11, Thousands of gay
and lesbian activists marched from the White House to the Capitol,
demanding that President Barack Obama keep his promises to allow
gays to serve openly in the military and allow same-sex marriages.
2009 Oct 11, California Gov.
Schwarzenegger signed the Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Act to
provide legal aid to low-income residents. The modern movement to
offer legal services to low-income people was spearheaded by Sargent
Shriver in 1966, aided by the American Bar Association.
2009 Oct 11, California Senate
Bill 94 was enacted into law making it illegal in California for any
person or business to demand, charge, or collect any advance or
upfront fee for loan modification work or services.
2009 Oct 11, Afghan and US
forces killed 16 insurgents in an overnight operation in eastern
2009 Oct 11, In eastern
Bangladesh Rasu Miah (40), who was being questioned about a theft,
surprised a court by confessing to killing 11 women in the past
three years after a woman refused to marry him. Miah told a
magistrate in his home town of Chandpur that 15 years ago he decided
to kill at least 101 women after a woman he loved refused to marry
2009 Oct 11, In Brazil an
intense fire broke out in a slum in Sao Paulo, South America's
largest city, sending residents running across rooftops to escape
2009 Oct 11, Alan Peters (76),
British master furniture maker, died.
(Econ, 11/7/09, p.80)
2009 Oct 11, Chinese state
media reported that more than 50,000 people in southern Guangdong
province are suffering from water shortages as a spreading drought
has left farmers' fields dry and cracked.
2009 Oct 11, In Iraq a series
of bombings killed at least 19 people and wounded 60 in Ramadi,
2009 Oct 11, The Irish National
Liberation Army (INLA), an IRA splinter group responsible for some
of the most notorious killings of the Northern Ireland conflict,
renounced violence and signaled it could hand over weapons soon to
2009 Oct 11, Pakistani
commandos freed dozens of hostages held by militants at the army's
own headquarters in Rawalpindi, ending a bloody, 22-hour drama that
embarrassed the nation's military as it plans a new offensive
against al-Qaida and the Taliban. The standoff killed 23 people
including 9 militants and 14 others. 42 hostages were freed. The
military launched two airstrikes on suspected militant targets in
South Waziristan, ending a five day lull in attacks there and
killing at least five militants. In 2011 a military court found
seven men guilty of involvement in the Rawalpindi attack and
sentenced one of them, a retired soldier, to death.
(AP, 10/11/09)(AP, 10/12/09)(AP, 8/13/11)
2009 Oct 11, In the southern
Philippines 6 gunmen, believed to be Islamic militants, kidnapped
Michael Sinnott, a 78-year-old Irish priest near Pagadian. They
later demanded $2 million for his release. Sinnott was freed on Nov
12. Irish and Filipino authorities said neither country paid any of
the kidnappers' $2 million ransom demand.
(AFP, 10/11/09)(AP, 10/31/09)(AP, 11/12/09)
2009 Oct 11, The United Russia
party won an overwhelming victory in more than 7,000 local elections
in 75 of Russia's 83 regions. In Moscow, the party won all but three
seats on the 35-member city council. United Russia served as a power
base for PM Vladimir Putin, who has not ruled out a return to the
presidency in 2012.
2009 Oct 11, The Russian Soyuz
capsule carrying Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte and two
other space travelers landed safely in Kazakhstan, ending the
entertainment tycoon's mirthful space odyssey.
2009 Oct 11, Four Sudanese who
face the death penalty for killing a US diplomat dismissed their
defense team, denounced the trial as political and labeled the
United States murderers of Muslims. John Granville (33), who worked
for the US Agency for International Development, and his driver,
Abdelrahman Abbas Rahama (39), were killed Jan 1, 2008.
2009 Oct 11, In Thailand
thousands of supporters of deposed PM Thaksin Shinawatra, all in red
shirts, rallied in Bangkok to demand the government step down and
call fresh elections.
2009 Oct 11, Turkish PM Erdogan
called on Armenia to withdraw from the disputed enclave of
Nagorno-Karabakh, saying that a deal to establish diplomatic ties,
signed a day earlier, cannot come into force until that happens.
2009 Oct 11, Pope Benedict XVI
canonized five new saints, including Father Damien, a 19th-century
priest who worked with leprosy patients on a Hawaiian island;
Zygmunt Szcezesny Felinski, a 19th-century Polish bishop who
defended the Catholic faith during the years of the Russian
annexation; Spaniards Francisco Coll y Guitart, who founded an order
of Dominicans in the 19th century, and Rafael Arniaz Baron, who
renounced an affluent lifestyle at age 22 to live a humble life in a
strict monastery and dedicate himself to prayer; and Jeanne Jugan
(d.1879), a French nun, who helped found the Little Sisters of the
2009 Oct 11, In Venezuela 12
men were kidnapped from a field where they were playing soccer. On
Oct 25 the bodies of 10 of the men, most of them Colombians, were
found with multiple spots in western Tachira state. A single
survivor, Manuel Cortez (19) of Colombia, was shot in the neck.
2010 Oct 11, Two Americans and
a British-Cypriot economist won the 2010 Nobel economics prize for
developing a theory that helps explain why many people can remain
unemployed despite a large number of job vacancies. Federal Reserve
board nominee Peter Diamond was honored along with Dale Mortensen
and Christopher Pissarides for their analysis of the obstacles that
prevent buyers and sellers from efficiently pairing up in markets.
2010 Oct 11, President Obama
signed a major NASA act that turns his vision for US space
exploration of asteroids and Mars into law.
2010 Oct 11, The San Francisco
Giants beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 at Turner Field to clinch the
National League Championship Series.
(SFC, 10/12/10, p.A1)
2010 Oct 11, Microsoft unveiled
a new mobile phone operating system as it seeks to regain ground
lost to the iPhone, Blackberry and devices powered by Google's
2010 Oct 11, In Afghanistan a
coalition airstrike killed Taliban commander Shirin Agha and another
militant in northern Kunduz province.
2010 Oct 11, Al Arabiya TV said
Al Qaeda's north African arm wants a repeal of a ban on the Muslim
face veil in France, the release of militants and 7 million euros to
free hostages who include five French. Al Qaeda in the Islamic
Maghreb (AQIM) is holding seven foreigners in the Sahara desert
after kidnapping them last month.
2010 Oct 11, The emir of Kuwait
arrived in Algeria for a two-day visit on the latest step of a north
2010 Oct 11, Queen Elizabeth
named a new British cruise ship the Queen Elizabeth. British
monarchs have launched seven merchant ships bearing royal names
since the Queen Mary in 1934. The newest vessel is the third named
2010 Oct 11, Officials said
Canadian troops are being forced to pull out of a military base in
the United Arab Emirates that supports their mission in Afghanistan
amid an ongoing dispute over airline landing rights.
2010 Oct 11, China blocked
European diplomats from meeting with the wife of the jailed Nobel
Peace Prize winner, cut off her phone communication and canceled
meetings with Norwegian officials, acting on its fury over the
2010 Oct 11, Chinese state
media reported that more than 440,000 people have been evacuated in
Hainan after the heaviest rains for decades inundated 90 percent of
the Chinese island in the South China Sea.
2010 Oct 11, Dubai media
reported that a key suspect in the killing of a Hamas operative in
Dubai on Jan 19 has been arrested abroad but details of the capture
are secret. The arrest took place in a Western country about two
2010 Oct 11, Callixte
Mbarushimana, a Rwandan leader of the FDLR rebel group, was arrested
in Paris on charges of leading rebels accused of mass rapes and
killings in Congo. The International Criminal Court said he is
charged with 11 counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes,
including killings, rape, persecution based on gender and extensive
destruction of property committed by the FDLR during most of 2009.
2010 Oct 11, The rights group
EG Justice said in a statement that a letter signed by 125 African
scholars and human rights defenders has denounced the UNESCO-Obiang
Nguema Mbasogo Prize for Research in the Life Sciences, a prize
named for the president of Equatorial Guinea. Mbasogo seized power
more than 30 years ago and has been accused of human rights
violations including unlawful killings, torture, and arbitrary
2010 Oct 11, Hungary took over
control of the Hungarian Aluminum Production and Trade Company
(MAL). PM Orban said that Zoltan Bakonyi, the managing director of
MAL, has been arrested. Bakonyi’s father, Arpad Bakonyi, had played
a central role in the privatization of the country’s aluminum
industry and remained its largest shareholder.
(SFC, 10/12/10, p.A3)
2010 Oct 11, Krishna Poonia won
India's first Commonwealth Games athletics gold medal in 52 years
when she led a stunning host nation clean sweep in the women's
2010 Oct 11, Iran's Supreme
Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a decree paving the way for a
state takeover of Islamic Azad University, the country's largest
private university, in a crushing blow to the nation's moderates.
Khamenei's decree declared the university's 2009 endowment, which
keeps it financially independent, to be religiously illegitimate and
therefore null and void.
2010 Oct 11, In Iraq gunmen
wearing military uniforms raided the homes of several anti-al-Qaida
Sunni fighters. They killed four men in an execution-style slaying
and left 2 wounded before dawn near the town of Youssifiyah.
2010 Oct 11, Irish police
uncovered a major arms and explosives cache hidden in a wood in
County Louth. The find included a machine gun, bomb-making equipment
and assorted ammunition. They described it as a significant blow to
2010 Oct 11, The Israeli
government endorsed a bill requiring a national referendum be held
before any withdrawal from occupied east Jerusalem or the Golan
Heights. PM Netanyahu spelled out recognition of Israel as a Jewish
state as his price for a renewal of a ban on construction in the
occupied West Bank. The offer was rejected out of hand by the
Palestinians, who said it had "nothing to do with the peace
(AFP, 10/11/10)(AFP, 10/12/10)
2010 Oct 11, In Mexico 8 police
officers were killed in an ambush in Sinaloa state. In Tijuana
police found the decapitated bodies of two men hung by their feet
off a bridge. Their heads were found in a car abandoned on the
2010 Oct 11, A Nigerian
official said scores of slum residents in Lagos have been left
homeless by flooding from the Ogun River following last month's
opening of a dam.
2010 Oct 11, In northern
Nigeria suspected members of a radical Islamic sect set a police
station ablaze, wounding three officers in an attack similar to one
that sparked rioting and a government crackdown that left 700 dead
2010 Oct 11, North Korea’s Kim
Jong Nam, the casino-loving eldest son of Kim Jong Il, said he
opposes a hereditary transfer of power to his youngest half-brother.
Analysts say Kim Jong Nam spends so much time outside his native
land that his opinion carries little weight. He spoke to Japan's TV
Asahi in an interview from Beijing.
2010 Oct 11, Russia's ruling
party swept regional elections in several provinces this weekend,
easily maintaining its grip on power, according to early returns.
2010 Oct 11, Russian
researchers said traces of a previously unknown Bronze Age
civilization have been discovered in the peaks of the Caucasus
Mountains thanks to aerial photographs taken 40 years ago. the
civilization dated from the 16th to the 14th centuries BC, high in
the mountains south of Kislovodsk.
2010 Oct 11, Somali pirates
kidnapped Said Mohamed Rage, fisheries minister of the regional
Puntland government. A soldier guarding the minister was killed and
a civilian wounded. Pirates ambushed Rage's convoy because they
thought he wanted to expel them from their bases. Rage was freed 2
(AP, 10/12/10)(AP, 10/13/10)
2010 Oct 11, In Yemen 2 bombs,
timed to go off one after the other, killed two people and injured
12 others in San’a.
2011 Oct 11, Senate Republicans
voted to kill the $447 billion White House jobs bill despite weeks
of barnstorming by President Barack Obama across the country. 46
Republicans joined with two Democrats to delay the plan. Republicans
opposed the measure over its spending to stimulate the economy and
its tax surcharge on millionaires.
2011 Oct 11, Washington
acknowledged for the first time that it is waging "war" against
militants in Pakistan.
2011 Oct 11, In Boston more
than 50 protesters from the Occupy Boston movement were arrested
after they ignored warnings to move from a downtown greenway near
where they have been camped out for more than a week.
2011 Oct 11, Dave Dawes (47), a
shift supervisor at a food producer, and his partner Angela Dawes, a
charity shop volunteer, were the only winners of €uroMillions
Britain's third-largest lottery jackpot, worth 116 million euros or
2011 Oct 11, In Cuba Amado
Fakhre, a British citizen and head of the Coral Capital investment
fund, was detained by security agents. His company owned Havana’s
poshest hotel in partnership with the government and hoped to win a
$400 million contract to build homes around a golf course.
(Econ, 11/12/11, p.46)(Econ, 5/25/13, p.36)
2011 Oct 11, Egypt's finance
minister and deputy prime minister resigned in protest over the
government's handling of deadly weekend protests that left 27 dead,
most of them Coptic Christians. Some 20,000 mourners chanted slogans
denouncing the ruling military during a funeral procession overnight
for 17 Christians killed in the Cairo protest.
(AP, 10/11/11)(AP, 10/25/11)
2011 Oct 11, German Chancellor
Angela Merkel met with her Vietnamese counterpart, PM Nguyen Tan
Dung, as part of a two-day visit to boost trade ties with the
2011 Oct 11, In Germany an
attempted arson attack on a railway link in Berlin with three
separate explosives devices was thwarted. It was the third in two
days targeting railway operations in and around the capital.
2011 Oct 11, Israel and Hamas
announced that Sgt. Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier abducted to
Gaza five years ago, would be swapped for about 1,000 Palestinians
held by Israel and accused of militant activity. The next morning
the Israeli Cabinet endorsed the Egyptian-brokered deal in a 26-3
vote. Shalit was expected to return via Egypt by Oct 19.
(AP, 10/11/11)(AP, 10/12/11)(AFP, 10/13/11)
2011 Oct 11, Italy’s defense
minister said armed forces can be deployed on Italian ships sailing
in dangerous waters and that ship owners requesting the service
would need to reimburse the ministry.
2011 Oct 11, Two Italians, who
say they were sexually abused by priests, completed a 19-day,
340-mile (550-km) protest march to the Vatican and tried
unsuccessfully to obtain an audience with the pope.
2011 Oct 11, Kosovo's foreign
minister said Kuwait has recognized Kosovo's 2008 declaration of
independence from Serbia.
2011 Oct 11, Liberia held
presidential elections. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (72), recent
Nobel Peace Prize winner, faced 15 opposition candidates including
soccer star George Weah. Sirleaf took 44% of the vote, with Tubman,
a former diplomat, at 31%. Turnout was 71.4%. With 31% voting for
her challenger, Sirleaf would need No. 3 Prince Johnson's
endorsement to win the upcoming runoff.
(AP, 10/11/11)(AP, 10/13/11)(AFP, 10/17/11)
2011 Oct 11, In Libya new
regime fighters seized the police headquarters in the center of
Moamer Kadhafi's hometown Sirte as they moved against the
strongman's remaining diehards.
2011 Oct 11, Mexican marines in
the violent border state of Tamaulipas found the body of Cesar
Davila Garcia, the alleged top accountant for the Gulf Cartel drug
2011 Oct 11, Myanmar's newly
elected civilian government announced it will release 6,359
prisoners in an amnesty that could help patch up the country's human
rights record and normalize relations with Western nations. Only 200
turned out to be political prisoners.
(AP, 10/11/11)(Econ, 10/15/11, p.52)
2011 Oct 11, Myanmar’s
government signed legislation allowing the establishment of trade
2011 Oct 11, New Zealand
declared its worst maritime pollution disaster, as oil gushed into a
pristine bay from the Rena, a stranded container ship being pounded
in heavy seas.
2011 Oct 11, Nigeria's secret
police said 3 additional suspects, including a banker, have been
arrested over two car bombings on the Oct 1, 2010, Independence Day
in Abuja, which killed at least 12 people.
2011 Oct 11, Pakistan PM Yousuf
Raza Gilani pledged to create thousands of jobs in
insurgency-wracked Baluchistan as he admitted past neglect of the
region had fuelled its troubles. 2 people were killed in Baluchistan
province when gunmen torched an oil tanker carrying fuel for NATO
troops in Afghanistan.
2011 Oct 11, Palestinian leader
Mahmud Abbas, on a Latin American swing to drum up support for his
bid to gain UN state recognition, failed to secure support from
Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos. Abbas continued on to
Venezuela to meet with Pres. Chavez.
2011 Oct 11, Slovakia’s
government fell when Parliament failed to approve more powers for an
EU bailout fund in a vote tied to a confidence vote in Radicova's
1-year-old government. The vote failed because a coalition partner
refused to support it. The parliament rejected a bill that would
have strengthened the powers of the regional rescue fund to help
bail out strapped economies in the eurozone. Outgoing PM Iveta
Radicova and her main opponent said they will work to try to get the
bill through Parliament.
(AP, 10/12/11)(AP, 10/14/11)
2011 Oct 11, Syrian security
forces mounted an offensive in Homs where 7 people were reported
(SFC, 10/12/11, p.A2)
2011 Oct 11, Thailand workers
raced to complete three critical flood walls with only one or two
days to go before the already swollen river that winds through the
capital bursts its banks. Nationwide flooding has already killed
nearly 270 people. A preliminary estimate by the central bank showed
economic losses from flooding that began in late July range from
baht 60 billion to baht 80 billion ($1.9 billion to $2.6 billion).
2011 Oct 11, Ukraine's former
PM Yulia Tymoshenko (50) was sentenced to 7 years in prison on
charges of abuse of office in signing a gas deal with Russia, a
verdict immediately condemned by the European Union as politically
motivated. The sentence also included a 3-year ban on public office
and a fine of $190 million.
(AP, 10/11/11)(Econ, 10/15/11, p.59)
2011 Oct 11, UNICEF, the UN
children's agency, warned that the west and central Africa region is
facing one of the worst cholera epidemics in its history, with over
85,000 cases reported leading to 2,466 deaths this year. The most
significant increases were in Chad, Cameroon, and in western
Democratic Republic of Congo.
2012 Oct 11, Guan Moye
(b.1955), aka Mo Yan, became the first Chinese writer to win the
literature Nobel Prize. He is best known in the West for "Red
Sorghum", which portrays the hardships endured by farmers in the
early years of communist rule and was made in a film directed by
(AP, 10/12/12)(Econ, 10/20/12, p.42)
2012 Oct 11, The Obama
administration declared the ultra-violent street gang MS-13 to be an
international criminal group, an unprecedented crackdown targeting
the finances of the sprawling US and Central American gang infamous
for hacking and stabbing victims with machetes.
2012 Oct 11, A former US
government official said US authorities believe that Iranian-based
hackers were responsible for cyberattacks that devastated Persian
Gulf oil and gas companies. Just hours later, Defense Secretary Leon
Panetta said the cyberthreat from Iran has grown, and he declared
that the Pentagon is prepared to take action if American is
threatened by a computer-based assault.
2012 Oct 11, Joe Biden and
Republican Paul Ryan squabbled over the economy, taxes, Medicare and
more in a contentious, interruption-filled vice-president’s debate
steered by Martha Radatz of ABC at Centre College in Danville, Ky.
(AP, 10/11/12)(SFC, 10/12/12, p.A1)
2012 Oct 11, In Alabama River
Falls Mayor Mary Ella Hixon (91) pleaded guilty to transferring
$201,610 of town money to other people in the past three years. She
was sentenced to 5 years in prison, which was suspended because of
her age, and ordered to repay the money.
(SFC, 10/12/12, p.A4)
2012 Oct 11, A batch of newly
designed $100 bills, that aren't going into circulation until next
year, was stolen from a plane that arrived at Philadelphia
International Airport around 10:25 a.m. from Dallas. The Benjamins
are easy to spot. The new bills have sophisticated elements to
thwart counterfeiters, like a disappearing Liberty Bell in an orange
inkwell and a bright blue security ribbon.
2012 Oct 11, In Texas 3 people
were killed in a helicopter crash some 80 miles west of Austin.
(SFC, 10/13/12, p.A4)
2012 Oct 11, International
investors put a $20 million price tag on an Argentine navy training
ship after a judge in Ghana ruled that the ARA Libertad cannot set
sail until the South American country settles claims for unpaid
2012 Oct 11, British military
police arrested seven Royal Marines on suspicion of murder. The
arrests relate to an incident in Afghanistan in 2011. The incident
followed an engagement with an insurgent and there were no civilians
2012 Oct 11, Britain asked
Jordan to pardon radical Islamist preacher Abu Qatada (51) because
evidence used to convict him of terrorism there was obtained through
torture. The Palestinian-born Jordanian cleric, whose real name is
Omar Mahmoud Mohammed Othman, has been convicted in absentia in
Jordan over bomb plots and faces retrial if extradited.
2012 Oct 11, In France a court
in Creteil, outside Paris, sentenced 4 of 14 men accused of rape to
prison terms, although most of the time was suspended. The longest
term any will serve is a year. French women's organizations decried
the acquittals and lenient sentences for the gang raping two teenage
girls more than a decade ago.
2012 Oct 11, Guatemala
prosecutors said they have detained 8 army privates and a colonel on
allegations of extrajudicial killings by opening fire on a peaceful
protests last week that killed 8 people and wounded 34.
(SFC, 10/12/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 11, Indian police said
they have arrested three Muslim militants suspected of planning
terror attacks in New Delhi during a major Hindu festival season
that starts later this month. The three suspects, members of the
Indian Mujahideen, were arrested in New Delhi over the past two
weeks and were said to be responsible for several small explosions
in the western city of Pune in August in which one person was
2012 Oct 11, In Iraq Abeer Ali
(5) was abducted while her family attended a wedding in Zubair. Her
body was found 12 hours later in an empty lot, bearing similar signs
of trauma to Banin Haider, who was raped and killed in the same area
on Aug 16. Abeer was strangled with a shoelace. The suspected
kidnapper phoned nine friends and invited them to take part in the
rape. So far, eight people have been arrested and have confessed.
All of those arrested in the two cases were drug addicts under the
influence at the time of the crimes.
2012 Oct 11, Nigerian farmers
asked a Dutch court to rule that oil company Shell is liable for
poisoning their fish ponds and farmland with leaking pipelines.
Royal Dutch Shell PLC long argued that the case, which was launched
in 2008, should be heard in Nigeria.
2012 Oct 11, In Pakistan US
drones fired four missiles at a compound of a militant commander in
the northwestern Orakzai tribal region, killing 16 militants. A pair
of bombings in Baluchistan province killed 10 civilians and three
security personnel. Gunmen kidnapped a retired Pakistani army
brigadier who was working under contract with the country's
intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence, on the
outskirts of Islamabad, shortly after the officer left his home for
work. The officer's driver resisted and was shot and killed.
2012 Oct 11, Somali pirates
released the MV Free Goddess, a Liberian-flagged Greek-owned ship
and its crew of 21 Filipinos, following a payment of a $2.3 million
ransom. They were held hostage for eight months. Pirates still held
six ships and 156 crew members.
2012 Oct 11, It was reported
that upgrades for South African President Jacob Zuma's rural private
home will cost more than $23 million in taxpayer money.
2012 Oct 11, In South Africa
striking miners killed one man by setting him on fire while another
was shot and seriously wounded in rekindled labor unrest that saw
police firing tear gas and rubber bullets near an Anglo American
Platinum (Amplats) mine.
2012 Oct 11, Four UN agencies
called on India to take action against child marriages on the first
Int’l. Day of the Girl Child.
(SFC, 10/12/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 11, In Yemen a masked
gunman assassinated a Yemeni security official who worked for the US
Embassy in a drive-by shooting near his home in Sanaa.
2013 Oct 11, The US Air Force
fired Maj. Gen. Michael Carey, the senior officer in charge of its
nuclear missiles. A pending investigation was said to be related to
(SFC, 10/12/13, p.A6)
2013 Oct 11, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown approved 11 firearms measures designed to tighten
controls on ownership, storage and types of weapons and ammunition
available in the state. They included a ban on lead hunting
(SFC, 10/12/13, p.A1)
2013 Oct 11, In the SF Bay Area
Hayward police arrested 13 people and seized nearly $4 million worth
of marijuana after raiding homes in San Leandro, Hayward and San
(SFC, 10/12/13, p.C4)
2013 Oct 11, In Michigan Bobby
Ferguson, a friend of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, was
sentenced to 21 years in prison for his role in widespread
(SFC, 10/12/13, p.A9)
2013 Oct 11, Two Utah Boy Scout
leaders pushed a large rock off a rock formation at Goblin Valley
State Park. Glenn Taylor and Dave Hall said it was loose and feared
it was dangerous. They soon faced possible criminal charges and were
removed from their posts a Boy Scout leaders.
(SFC, 10/22/13, p.A6)
2013 Oct 11, In Brazil an
official report disclosed that the powerful PCC prison gang runs a
nationwide criminal business worth $60 million a year with
operations extending into neighboring Bolivia and Paraguay.
2013 Oct 11, Shares in
newly-privatized Royal Mail soared on their stock market debut,
bolstering criticism that the company — which traces its
five-century history back to King Henry VIII — was undervalued by
the British government.
2013 Oct 11, In Central African
Republic clashes broke out between security forces sent from Bangui
to Bomboro, and the 'anti-balaka' self-defence group," leaving 6
dead among the ranks of the vigilante.
2013 Oct 11, The Egyptian coast
guard rescued 72 Palestinians, 40 Syrians and 4 Egyptians when a
boat carrying illegal migrants and Syrian refugees sank off Egypt's
northern coast. 12 people died.
2013 Oct 11, France's
constitutional council upheld a ban on the energy extraction process
known as fracking, two days after the European Parliament voted to
require full environmental reports from companies that want to
establish hydraulic fracturing sites.
2013 Oct 11, A French court
convicted 26 members of three Croatian Roma families of forcing
children to carry out more than 100 robberies in European countries.
2013 Oct 11, In India tens of
thousands fled their homes in eastern coastal areas and moved to
shelters, bracing for Cyclone Phailin.
2013 Oct 11, Alitalia’s board
of directors approved a €500m salvage package. €300m would come from
fresh capital and €200m from new credit lines. The government
planned to involve the state-owned postal service in the rescue.
(Econ, 10/19/13, p.56)
2013 Oct 11, In Italy
Erich Priebke (100), a former Nazi SS captain, died. He had been
sentenced to life in prison for his role in in the 1944 massacre of
335 civilians by Nazi forces at the Ardeatine Caves outside Rome.
(AP, 10/11/13)(Econ, 10/26/13, p.102)
2013 Oct 11, In Japan a fire
ripped through a hospital as patients slept killing 10 elderly
people. This prompted government demands for safety reviews across
2013 Oct 11, Lebanese singer
and composer Wadih Safi (92) died. His strong, clear voice propelled
him to fame throughout the Arab world.
2013 Oct 11, In central Mali a
boat carrying hundreds of passengers along the Niger River capsized.
Only 210 survivors, of an estimated 400 people aboard, were counted.
By Oct 19 the body count reached 72.
(AP, 10/12/13)(AP, 10/19/13)
2013 Oct 11, An overloaded
migrant boat went down off Malta. The next day about 200 shocked
survivors were plucked from the sea. Over 30 lives were lost in the
latest deadly migrant tragedy to hit the Mediterranean.
2013 Oct 11, In central Nigeria
17 people died and 10 others were injured when the buses in which
they were travelling collided with a tanker lorry.
2013 Oct 11, The Norwegian
Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to the Organization
for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons as the global watchdog
worked to destroy Syria's stockpiles of nerve gas and other
2013 Oct 11, Suspected
Palestinian militants bludgeoned to death retired army colonel Sarya
Ofer in the third killing of Israelis in the West Bank within as
many weeks. Three suspects were arreted the next day.
(AFP, 10/11/13)(AFP, 10/13/13)
2013 Oct 11, A Panamanian
official said two Cuban fighter jets seized from a North Korean ship
in July were in perfect condition to operate and the 15 plane
engines that were found along with them were relatively new and
could be used as replacements.
2013 Oct 11, In southeastern
Peru a makeshift bus carrying 51 Quechua Indians back from a party
plunged off a cliff into a river, killing everyone on board,
including 14 children.
2013 Oct 11, In Spain former
Formula 1 reserve driver Maria de Villota (33) was found dead in a
hotel room in Seville.
2013 Oct 11, In Sudan some 150
pro-democracy activists and Islamists protested outside Khartoum's
Grand Mosque after Friday prayers in the latest of a wave of
2013 Oct 11, In Sudan a Zambian
military observer with UNAMID was killed by unidentified assailants
in El Fasher, North Darfur state.
2013 Oct 11, Syrian air force
warplanes bombarded rebel-held targets close to a major chemical
weapons facility in fighting that highlights the perils facing an
international mission to eliminate President Bashar al-Assad's
2013 Oct 11, Tunisian security
forces and suspected jihadists clashed near Mount Chaambi, a
stronghold of militants linked to Al-Qaeda, in the Kasserine area
near the Algerian border.
2013 Oct 11, In southern Yemen
a suspected al Qaeda militant blew himself up in a market in Lahj
province, killing himself and wounding 4. Security officials said
militants on a motorcycle have shot and killed an army colonel in
the eastern town of Mukalla.
(Reuters, 10/11/13)(AP, 10/11/13)
2014 Oct 11, In San Francisco
the new US assault ship, the America, was officially enetered into
service as part of Fleet Week celebrations.
(SSFC, 10/12/14, p.C1)
2014 Oct 11, In St. Louis,
Missouri, thousands gathered for a 2nd day of organized rallies and
marches to protest the death of Michael Brown and other fatal police
police shootings in the St. Louis area and nationwide.
(SSFC, 10/12/14, p.A9)
2014 Oct 11, A health worker in
Texas at the hospital treating the first person diagnosed with Ebola
in the United States tested positive for the deadly virus, raising
fresh worries about the spread of the disease beyond West Africa.
2014 Oct 11, In southern
Afghanistan a Taliban suicide bomber struck a police headquarters,
killing one policeman and wounding three. Gunmen killed two Afghan
truck drivers on a road in the country's east.
2014 Oct 11, Algerian troops
killed 5 more suspected militants in the eastern Bouira region where
they have been tracking an al Qaeda splinter group that killed a
2014 Oct 11, Belgium's King
Philippe swore in a center-right government under the leadership of
Francophone free-market liberal Charles Michel (38), ending a
(AP, 10/11/14)(Econ, 10/11/14, p.64)
2014 Oct 11, Cameroon
authorities said 27 hostages seized by militant group Boko Haram in
May and July have been released, including 10 Chinese workers and
the wife of Cameroon's vice-prime minister.
2014 Oct 11, China’s social
media began reporting that authorities have ordered books by
Chinese-American scholar Yu Ying-shih to be removed from sale, as
Beijing expresses its displeasure with writers showing support for
pro-democracy movements in Hong Kong and elsewhere.
2014 Oct 11, In northwestern
China a landslide buried a dormitory for highway construction
workers as they slept inside, killing 19 and injuring two others in
2014 Oct 11, In Egypt a Cairo
court convicted Mohammed el-Beltagy, a leading Muslim Brotherhood
figure, and two other Islamists and sentenced them to 15 years in
prison each on charges of torturing a man during the 2011 protests
against then-President Hosni Mubarak.
2014 Oct 11, Germany, one of
the countries that suspended aid to Malawi after a massive 2013
public sector graft scandal, said it has granted the impoverished
southern African nation $25 million to conduct an audit into the
2014 Oct 11, Ten people died
and a dozen were missing after a small boat collided with a ship off
Guinea's southern coast and capsized.
2014 Oct 11, Hong Kong students
leading pro-democracy protests issued an open letter to Chinese
President Xi Jinping, urging him to consider political reforms in
the city and blaming the city's unpopular leader for the
demonstrations. Thousands of people returned for sit-ins in Hong
Kong's main protest zone.
2014 Oct 11, India and Pakistan
exchanged gunfire across the Kashmir frontier, ending a pause in
fighting that has already killed 17 civilians.
2014 Oct 11, In Iran a police
airplane crashed outside the provincial capital of Zahedan killing
all 7 people aboard.
(SSFC, 10/12/14, p.A4)
2014 Oct 11, In Iraq a series
of car bomb attacks killed at least 45 people in Shiite-majority
areas of Baghdad. 4 Iraqi soldiers died in a friendly-fire incident
in the town of Udaim. The US military launched airstrikes north and
west of Baghdad, hitting a small Islamic State fighting unit and
destroying armed vehicles. Britain participated in the airstrikes.
2014 Oct 11, Kurdish forces
defending Kobani urged a US-led coalition to escalate air strikes on
Islamic State fighters who controlled more than a third of the
Syrian town at the border with Turkey. 36 jihadi fighters were
reportedly killed in Kobani.
(Reuters, 10/11/14)(AP, 10/12/14)
2014 Oct 11, In Mexico Guerrero
state Gov. Angel Aguirre said some of the bodies recovered from
clandestine graves last weekend did not match the 43 young people
who went missing on Sep 25.
(SSFC, 10/12/14, p.A4)
2014 Oct 11, In norhtern Mexico
two gunmen walked into a radio station and killed Atilano Roman
Tirado, a local activist, while he was broadcasting his weekly radio
program. Tirado was the leader of a group of farmers demanding
compensation for lands flooded by dam construction several years
2014 Oct 11, In the Philippines
Jeffrey Laude (26), a Filipino cross-dresser, was reportedly killed
by a member of the US military. On Oct 18 the government served a
subpoena for Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton and four other
Marines sought as witnesses to the death of Laude.
(SFC, 10/14/14, p.A2)(SFC, 10/18/14, p.A2)
2014 Oct 11, In Spain three
more people were under observation for Ebola in a Madrid hospital,
boosting the number being monitored for symptoms to 16. A nursing
assistant infected with the virus remained in serious but stable
2014 Oct 11, Thai authorities
arrested 53 Rohingya migrants and two suspected Thai traffickers en
route to neighboring Malaysia. Myanmar views its population of
roughly 800,000 Rohingya -- described by the UN as one of the most
persecuted minorities in the world -- as illegal Bangladeshi
immigrants, and denies them citizenship.
2014 Oct 11, The Ukrainian army
said that its positions had been attacked overnight in Donetsk and
Lugansk regions. Shelling in the regions killed 5 people over the
past 24 hours in the latest deadly violations of a ceasefire.
2014 Oct 11, Two Yemeni
soldiers were killed when a roadside bomb exploded in the restive
southeastern province of Hadramawt.
2015 Oct 11, In New York state
two teenage brothers were beaten by family and Word of Life church
members in New Hartford to get them to confess their sins. Lucas
Leonard (19) died of his injuries and Christorpher (17) was
hospitalized. The borther’s parents were later charged with
(SFC, 10/15/15, p.A7)
2015 Oct 11, In Tennessee
off-duty Memphis police officer Terence Olridge (31) died after
being shot multiple times while responding to a call about a
shooting at a home in the suburb of Cordova. A male suspect was
taken in custody.
(SFC, 10/12/15, p.A5)
2015 Oct 11, Mobile Internet
sites faced a new threat as millions download ad-blockers to their
phones and tablets, removing pesky adverts but potentially wiping
out billions of dollars in advertising revenue.
2015 Oct 11, In Afghanistan an
explosion targeted a NATO military convoy in Kabul, wounding three
2015 Oct 11, Belarus held
presidential elections. Authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko
faced no serious competition and was expected easily to win a fifth
term. Lukashenko won 83.5 percent of the vote.
(AP, 10/11/15)(AP, 10/12/15)
2015 Oct 11, In northern
Cameroon twin blasts by female suicide bombers killed at least 9
people in Kangaleri village.
2015 Oct 11, Guineans flocked
to the polls to choose their president, shrugging off deadly
pre-election violence. Incumbent President Alpha Conde was tipped to
win a second term. Guinea's main opposition party alleged widespread
fraud in the country's presidential vote. On Oct 17 the electoral
commission said President Alpha Conde won re-election with around 58
percent of votes cast.
(AFP, 10/11/15)(AP, 10/12/15)(Reuters, 10/17/15)
2015 Oct 11, India said that
the Maldives leader has committed to an "India first" policy in
talks with its external affairs minister.
2015 Oct 11, In western
Indonesia a helicopter carrying five people went missing shortly
after takeoff from Samosir island in Toba Lake. On Oct 13 a survivor
was found floating on plants in Toba Lake and told rescuers the four
other people on board also survived by jumping before the craft hit
(AP, 10/12/15)(AP, 10/13/15)
2015 Oct 11, Iran said
Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian (39), who has been detained
in Iran for more than a year, has been convicted on charges
including espionage. The ruling was eligible for appeal within 20
2015 Oct 11, Iran state media
reported the successful test fire of a new guided long-range
ballistic surface-to-surface missile. It was the first such a test
since Iran and world powers reach a historical nuclear deal.
2015 Oct 11, Iraqi air forces
reportedly bombed the convoy of the terrorist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
while he was heading to Karabla to attend a meeting with Daesh
commanders. Several senior figures from Islamic State were killed in
the air strike. A coalition led by the United States conducted 18
air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq.
(Reuters, 10/11/15)(Reuters, 10/12/15)
2015 Oct 11, An Israeli air
strike in the Gaza Strip in response to rocket fire killed a
pregnant woman and her toddler. Palestinian Ahmed Sharake (13) was
killed during clashes in Ramallah.
(AFP, 10/11/15)(AFP, 10/12/15)
2015 Oct 11, Thousands of
Lebanese rallied at the presidential palace outside Beirut in a show
of support for Christian politician Michel Aoun, pressing their
demand for him to fill the presidency vacant for over a year.
2015 Oct 11, Libya's rival
parliament and government rejected a UN-proposed peace deal
installing a national unity government.
2015 Oct 11, Nepal's parliament
elected Communist party leader Khadga Prasad Oli (63) as the new
prime minister, thrusting him into the center of daunting
(AP, 10/11/15)(SFC, 10/12/15, p.A2)
2015 Oct 11, Pakistanis began
voting in a closely contested by-election seen as a referendum on PM
Nawaz Sharif's rule.
2015 Oct 11, Russian President
Vladimir Putin met with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed
al-Nahyan to discuss security in the Middle East and the conflict in
2015 Oct 11, Russian police
arrested several terror suspects some of whom were said to have been
trained by the Islamic State. A device with eleven pounds of
explosives was found in a Moscow apartment.
(SFC, 10/13/15, p.A4)
2015 Oct 11, Russian war planes
pounded Syrian rebels unaffiliated with Islamic State, helping
Moscow's ally Bashar al-Assad reclaim territory and dealing a fresh
setback to the strategy of Washington and its allies. A senior
Hezbollah commander was killed in the battle while fighting on the
Syrian government's behalf.
2015 Oct 11, South Africa said
it plans to leave the International Criminal Court (ICC). The
government faced criticism for ignoring a court order to arrest
Sudan's president earlier this year.
2015 Oct 11, In Thailand an
angry crowd hurled homemade fire bombs and torched vehicles at a
police station overnight on the resort island of Phuket to protest
the deaths of two young men who died in a motorcycle crash while
being chased by police.
2015 Oct 11, Thousands of
people took to the streets of Ankara to denounce the government of
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after it said 95 people were killed
in twin suspected suicide bombings on a peace rally a day earlier.
Turkey's pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), one of the
groups that called the peace rally, issued a statement claiming the
actual toll was far higher at 128, giving the names of 120 victims.
2 Turkish soldiers were reported killed during clashes with PKK
militants in the Senkaya district of Erzurum province. The Turkish
army said it killed at least 49 Kurdish rebels in a series of air
strikes on the group's bases in northern Iraq as well as
southeastern Diyarbakir province.
2016 Oct 11, The US death toll
from Hurricane Matthew rose to 34 with half the deaths in North
Carolina. Thousands more people in the state were urged to evacuate
as high waters from the hurricane pushed downstream. Damages in
North Carolina from Matthew were later estimated at $1.5 billion.
(SFC, 10/12/16, p.A5)(SFC, 10/17/16, p.A4)
2016 Oct 11, Afghan officials
said hundreds of commandos have been deployed backed by NATO air
strikes in Lashkar Gah to drive Taliban insurgents from the southern
city after the militants killed 14 people a day earlier in a
coordinated attack. A mass shooting killed at least 18 worshippers
at a shrine in Kabul, raising fears of sectarian violence after a
string of attacks on the country's Shi'ite minority. The Islamic
State soon claimed responsibility.
(AFP, 10/11/16)(Reuters, 10/12/16)
2016 Oct 11, In China police in
Beijing blocked off streets near a major military building, as
hundreds of people wearing green camouflage uniforms chanted and
waved national flags to protest against the loss of their posts.
2016 Oct 11, Ethiopian PM
Hailemariam Desalegn said his government wants to reform an
electoral system which has excluded the opposition, in response to
months of bloody protests.
2016 Oct 11, South African riot
police fought stone-throwing students for a second consecutive day
at the University of the Witwatersrand amid national calls by
demonstrators for free higher education. It was reported that
President Jacob Zuma has formed a ministerial team to help bring an
end the weeks of clashes.
2016 Oct 11, Shares in South
Korea-based Samsung Electronics tumbled after the company junked its
Note 7 smartphone. Samsung told customers to stop using their Galaxy
Note 7 devices and called a halt to worldwide sales as US officials
warned the handsets could blow up.
2016 Oct 11, In Switzerland the
annual Martin Ennals Award was bestowed to imprisoned Chinese Muslim
minority economics professor Ilham Tohti (46), shining new attention
on a case that has brought strong international condemnation. Tohti
was jailed for life two years ago for campaigning for the rights of
the Muslim Uighur people. The award, founded in 1994, is bestowed by
10 rights groups including Amnesty International and Human Rights
(AP, 10/11/16)(Reuters, 10/11/16)
2016 Oct 11, In Syria regime
ally Russia carried out its heaviest strikes in days on Aleppo. The
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 12 people, among them four
children, were killed in raids in the Bustan al-Qasr and Fardos
neighborhoods. At least five children were killed in rebel fire on a
school in the southern city of Daraa.
2017 Oct 11, In California
firefighters battling wildfires in the wine country faced the
prospect of new outbreaks as winds were forecast to return. Blazes
have killed at least 17 people and destroyed 2,000 homes and
2017 Oct 11, The Chicago-based
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced the 24
fellows and recipients of the so-called genius grants. They will
each receive $625,000 over five years to spend any way they choose.
2017 Oct 11, In Florida Monica
Hoffa (32) was shot and killed in the Tampa area.
(SFC, 11/30/17, p.A6)
2017 Oct 11, In southern Ohio
authorities found three adults dead in a trailer home. Soon after
the body of Devin Holston (7) was also found. On Oct 13 police
arrested suspect Arron Lawson (23) near Ironton, 12 miles south of
the trailer home.
(SFC, 10/14/17, p.A6)
2017 Oct 11, Fatima Goss
Graves, president of the Washington-based National Women’s Law
Center, announced the formation of the Legal Network of Gender
(SFC, 10/12/17, p.A5)
2017 Oct 11, The Boy Scouts of
America announced plans to admit girls into the cub scouts starting
next year and to establish a new program for older girls using the
same curriculum as the Boy Scouts.
(SFC, 10/12/17, p.A6)
2017 Oct 11, Albania's
president turned down a request from his Kosovo counterpart Hashim
Thaci to issue Albanian passports for citizens in neighboring
Kosovo, the only nation in Europe excluded from a visa-free European
2017 Oct 11, Congo DRC’s
electoral commission said an election to replace President Joseph
Kabila cannot take place before April 2019, a delay that the
opposition said would cause an impatient population to "take matters
into its own hands".
2017 Oct 11, In Ethiopia six
people were left dead in the Oromia region following antigovernment
(SFC, 10/13/17, p.A2)
2017 Oct 11, The European Union
said it will not transfer a final tranche of loans worth 28 million
euros ($33 million) to support Moldovan justice reforms as
authorities have showed insufficient commitment to reforming the
2017 Oct 11, A Paris judge
handed down jail terms of up to seven years to protesters who
attacked and torched a police car with two officers inside. Swiss
national Joachim Landwehr, who is on the run and was tried in
absentia, was sentenced to seven years for throwing a smoke bomb
into the car during the attack in May 2016. Six others were also
convicted for their part in the attack.
2017 Oct 11, Hong Kong barred
British human rights activist Benedict Rogers, who is deputy
chairman of the Conservative Party's human rights commission, from
visiting the semi-autonomous Chinese city. Rogers has criticized the
jailing of democracy campaigners in Hong Kong.
2017 Oct 11, India’s Supreme
Court ruled that having sexual intercourse with a wife younger than
18 is rape. A 2011 government census indicated that the percentage
of below-18 marriages in India was as high as 47%.
(SFC, 10/13/17, p.A3)
2017 Oct 11, An Iraqi court
ordered the arrest of senior Kurdish officials responsible for
organizing an independence referendum. A court in east Baghdad
issued warrants against the chairman of the vote's organizing
commission Hendren Saleh and two other members.
2017 Oct 11, The Italian
government won the first of three confidence votes on a fiercely
contested electoral law that would allow the formation of
multi-party coalitions before the ballot, a factor likely to hurt
2017 Oct 11, In Kashmir two
Indian air force commandos and two rebels were killed in a fierce
gunbattle following an anti-militant operation in northern Hajin
2017 Oct 11, In Kenya police
used tear gas to disperse thousands of opposition protesters who
regrouped outside the election commission's offices in Nairobi and
demanded reforms. A judge ruled that a minor opposition candidate
can run for president in this month's election. Lawmakers approved
amendments to the electoral law that have been criticized by the
opposition and Western diplomats.
017 Oct 11, In Myanmar Rohingya
Muslim villagers cut off from food and threatened by Buddhist
neighbors in Rakhine state received their first substantial food
supplies in months after international pressure on the government to
2017 Oct 11, Pakistan's
electoral commission barred from contesting elections the Milli
Muslim League (MML), a new political party backed by Islamist Hafiz
Saeed, who has a $10 million US bounty on his head.
2017 Oct 11, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte announced that Russia would donate defense
hardware to support the military's fight against pro-Islamic State
2017 Oct 11, In the Philippines
police killed three men in a poor Manila neighborhood in what they
said was self-defense during a legitimate anti-drug operation.
Security camera footage and eyewitness testimony published by
Reuters Nov. 27 contradicted the police report and suggested they
may have executed the three men.
2017 Oct 11, Portugal said it
has charged former socialist prime minister Jose Socrates following
a three-year corruption probe, which revealed he may have taken
bribes of wine worth millions of euros. Socrates was indicted on 31
bribery charges and other crimes, including money laundering, tax
fraud and falsification of documents.
2017 Oct 11, Russia’s domestic
security agency said it has detained six people in Crimea accused of
involvement in an extremist organization, a move described by one of
the suspects' lawyer as part of Moscow's crackdown on the Crimean
2017 Oct 11, Spanish PM Mariano
Rajoy threatened to impose direct rule on Catalonia following its
disputed independence referendum. Rajoy took the first step toward
suspending Catalonia's political autonomy and ruling the region
directly to thwart a push for independence. He demanded that the
regional government clarify whether it now considered itself
independent following a speech by Catalan president Carles
Puigdemont the previous evening.
(AFP, 10/11/17)(AP, 10/11/17)
2017 Oct 11, In Syria three men
blew themselves up near the police headquarters in central Damascus.
The blasts killed two people and injured six others.
2017 Oct 11, In Syria the
US-led coalition battling the Islamic State group said that it won't
accept a negotiated withdrawal for hundreds of IS militants holed up
in Raqqa. An estimated 4,000 civilians remained trapped in the city.
2017 Oct 11, In Turkey an
explosion in a storage tank at the Tupras refinery killed four
people in the western province of Izmir. Authorities the next day
detained seven people over the blast, of which four have been
formally arrested and three released on probation.
2017 Oct 11, Ukraine's
anti-corruption bureau said it had detained a deputy defense
minister and another top military official for allegedly embezzling
millions in state funding through an illegal oil-purchase scheme.
2017 Oct 11, Pope Francis
accepted the resignation of Bishop Hubertus Leteng (58) of
Indonesia's Ruteng diocese. Leteng resigned following reports that
he had a mistress and siphoned off more than $100,000 in church
2017 Oct 11, Yemeni police
arrested 10 members of a local Muslim Brotherhood affiliate in the
southern city of Aden, following a roadside bombing that killed a
cleric with ties to the United Arab Emirates.
2018 Oct 11, US President
Donald Trump blamed "crazy" policies of the Federal Reserve for
contributing to financial market turmoil. European stock markets
fell as economic strains and a drastic downturn in Asia spooked
investors, but Wall Street managed to put a halt on its sharp fall
seen the previous day, the worst since February.
2018 Oct 11, US President
Donald Trump said he was wary of halting arms sales to Saudi Arabia
over the case as the key US ally would just shift its weapons
purchases to Russia and China. Major US defense contractors were
concerned that lawmakers angered by the disappearance of a Saudi
journalist in Turkey will block further arms deals with Saudi
2018 Oct 11, Arkansas' highest
court upheld a voter ID law that is nearly identical to a
restriction struck down by the court four years ago.
(SFC, 10/12/18, p.A5)
2018 Oct 11, In the SF Bay Area
Rodney Halbower (70), a man called the Gypsy Hill Killer, was
sentenced to two life sentences for the rape and murder of two
teenage Peninsula women in 1976.
(SFC, 10/12/18, p.C1)
2018 Oct 11, At least 15 Afghan
border police were killed battling Taliban insurgents, as fighting
continues ahead of this month's elections, with 21 Taliban killed in
an operation in Wardak, west of the capital Kabul. In the north four
civilians were killed when a Taliban car bomb targeting an election
campaign headquarters in Faryab province exploded prematurely.
Several Taliban fighters were also killed.
(Reuters, 10/11/18)(AP, 10/12/18)
2018 Oct 11, Belgian
authorities charged five people in relation to a massive financial
fraud and match-fixing probe into soccer.
2018 Oct 11, Bosnian Muslim
wartime commander Atif Dudakovic (65) and 16 senior members of his
unit were charged with carrying out atrocities against Serbs in
western Bosnia during the 1992-95 war.
2018 Oct 11, An Egyptian
military court sentenced 17 Islamic militants to death for
involvement in deadly attacks on Christians in December 2016 and
plotting twin suicide bombings in churches in Alexandria and Tanta,
on Palm Sunday in April 2017. The court in Alexandria also issued
life sentences to 19 defendants and sentenced another nine to 15
years in prison on terror-related charges.
2018 Oct 11, In France scuba
divers found two people dead inside an upended car lolling on a
beach after torrential rains wrought havoc along the Riviera coast
2018 Oct 11, In eastern India
Cyclone Titli (Butterfly) damaged homes and blew down trees and
power poles, where nine people were killed and about 300,000 forced
to move to higher ground.
(AP, 10/11/18)(SFC, 10/12/18, p.A2)
2018 Oct 11, In Indonesia
leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
reaffirmed their commitment to open trading systems that have
underpinned their economic growth. The leaders met in Bali, on the
sidelines of the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund
and World Bank.
2018 Oct 11, Israel destroyed a
cross-border tunnel running from the Gaza Strip into Israeli
territory, which it said was dug by the Palestinian Hamas group with
the aim of carrying out attacks.
2018 Oct 11, Italian PM
Giuseppe Conte visited Ethiopia. He was expected to discuss
migration, a sensitive topic in Italy, as well as investment
opportunities in Ethiopia.
2018 Oct 11, Tokyo's famous
fish market reopened at a new location but retained its most famous
tradition: the tuna auction at the waterfront Toyosu facility.
2018 Oct 11, Manan Wani, a
Kashmiri scholar-turned rebel leader, and his colleague were killed
in a gunbattle with Indian troops.
2018 Oct 11, The An-Nahar
daily, one of Lebanon's leading newspapers, printed a blank issue to
protest the country's long-running political gridlock and the
failure to form a government five months after elections.
2018 Oct 11, Libyan authorities
said they have found a mass grave believed to contain the bodies of
75 Islamic State fighters near the coastal city of Sirte, formerly
the main North African stronghold of the extremist group. A resident
reported the grave about a month ago on his farm in al-Daheir
2018 Oct 11, Malaysia's new
government said it will abolish the death penalty for all crimes and
halt all pending executions.
2018 Oct 11, The Maldives
Supreme Court said it would examine President Abdulla Yameen's
petition to annul his September election defeat despite
international pressure on the strongman leader to go quietly.
2018 Oct 11, Mexican
authorities in Guerrero state said Marines have found the skeletal
remains of six men in illegal burial pits inside a house in the
resort of Acapulco.
2018 Oct 11, In northern Mexico
three levels of a shopping mall collapsed killing at least seven men
in Monterrey. Work was being carried without the necessary licenses.
(SFC, 10/13/18, p.A2)
2018 Oct 11, In Poland an
official of the Supreme Administrative Court confirmed that the
court had now ruled in favor of the lesbian parents of a Polish boy
and have been given the right to register him in Poland as their
2018 Oct 11, The two-man
US-Russian crew of a Soyuz spacecraft en route to the International
Space Station was forced to make a dramatic emergency landing in
Kazakhstan when their rocket failed in mid-air. The rocket
malfunctioned two minutes after liftoff, forcing its two-man crew of
Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin to make an
emergency landing. Investigators later said the rocket failure was
caused by a sensor that was damaged during assembly at the
Soviet-era cosmodrome at Baikonur.
(Reuters, 10/11/18)(Reuters, 10/8/19)
2018 Oct 11, Saudi Arabia's new
high-speed railway opened to the public, whisking Muslim pilgrims
and other travelers between Mecca and Medina, Islam's holiest
2018 Oct 11, In eastern Syria
US-backed fighters braved a sandstorm to battle the Islamic State
group in heavy clashes that killed several fighters on both sides.
The fighting began a day earlier and killed at least 10 US-allied
fighters, with the fate of 35 others unknown. 18 IS militants were
2018 Oct 11, Relief workers and
refugees said thousands of Syrians stranded on Jordan's border with
Syria are running out of food as routes leading to their camp are
closed by the Syrian army and Jordan is blocking aid deliveries.
2018 Oct 11, In Tanzania
Mohammed Dewji (43), Africa's youngest billionaire, was snatched as
he entered the gym of a hotel in Dar es Salaam. Dewji heads the MeTL
Group which operates in about 10 countries with interests in
agriculture to insurance, transport, logistics and the food
2018 Oct 11, Thai authorities
convicted 70 Pakistani asylum seekers of staying illegally in
Thailand despite their protestations that they face persecution if
they are sent home, as police intensified a crackdown on illegal
2018 Oct 11, In eastern Uganda
at least 34 people died in mudslides triggered by torrential rains
in the district of Bududa. Wanjenwa village was wrecked by a torrent
of rocks carried down river by the deluge. The death toll soon rose
(AP, 10/12/18)(AFP, 10/14/18)
2018 Oct 11, In Yemen
unidentified men snatched Abdullah Yahia al-Ayolofi from a market in
a district called al-Jarraf in Sanaa on Thursday. Al-Ayolofi, a
convert to Bahaism, has been outspoken about Houthi abuses against
Bahai followers. His whereabouts remain unknown.
2018 Oct 11, Zimbabwe police
arrested dozens of trade union members and activists ahead of a
planned protest in the capital over the worst economic crisis in a
decade. Police arrested Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions members in
Harare and the cities of Mutare and Masvingo. The government banned
the protest, citing an ongoing cholera outbreak. The arrested Trade
union leaders and scores of activists were released on bail over the
next two days.
(AP, 10/11/18)(AP, 10/13/18)
2019 Oct 11, Donald Trump named
State Department number two John Sullivan to be the US ambassador to
Russia, making the veteran Republican a key player in the US
president's complicated relationship with Moscow.
2019 Oct 11, The US and Chinese
reached a tentative agreement in principle regarding trade. The
Trump administration said it is suspending added tariffs on $250
billion in chinese imports and China agreed to buy $40 to $50
billion in US farm products.
(SFC, 10/12/19, p.D1)
2019 Oct 11, The Pentagon
announced it was bolstering US forces in Saudi Arabia after Riyadh
asked for reinforcements following the September 14
drone-and-missile attack on Saudi oil plants which Washington blames
2019 Oct 11, Former US
Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch told House impeachment
investigators that Pres. Trump had pressured the State Department to
oust her from her post and get her out of the country.
(SFC, 10/12/19, p.A6)
2019 Oct 11, A US federal
judges in California and New York halted Pres. Trump's plans to deny
legal status and work permist to noncitizens who accept public
benefits, like foodstamps and Medicaid.
(SFC, 10/12/19, p.A7)
2019 Oct 11, California Gov.
Gavin Newsom signed AB2, a bill requiring that public universities
provide abortion pills on campus.
(SFC, 10/12/19, p.C1)
2019 Oct 11, A divided federal
appeals court said Ohio cannot enforce a 2017 law banning abortions
when medical tests show that a fetus has Down syndrome.
2019 Oct 11, In Boston Peter
Jan Sartorio (53), the owner of a California frozen foods company,
was ordered to perform 250 hours of community service and pay a
$9,500 fine for paying $15,000 to rig his daughter's college
entrance exam in a widespread admissions scandal.
2019 Oct 11, Indiana state
trooper Peter R. Stephan (27) was killed in a car crash in
Tippecanoe County while he was headed to help another trooper.
2019 Oct 11, Uber said it would
buy a majority stake in online grocery provider Cornershop as the
ride-hailing giant moves to expand its fast-growing delivery service
into the grocery store market. Santiago-based Cornershop operates in
Mexico, Chile, Canada and Peru, but Chief Executive Oskar
Hjertonsson said the deal would allow it to deliver groceries "in
many more countries around the world".
2019 Oct 11, NASA announced the
death of the world's first spacewalker, Russian cosmonaut Alexei
Leonov (85). His 12-minute spacewalk on March 18, 1965, preceded the
first US spacewalk by Ed White by less than three months.
2019 Oct 11, Int'l. space
station astronauts ventured out on their second spacewalk this week
to swap more batteries.
2019 Oct 11, In northern
Burkina Faso armed men stormed the grand mosque in the vilage of
Salmossi, killing at least 16 people and wounding two others.
(SFC, 10/14/19, p.A2)
2019 Oct 11, Chinese President
Xi Jinping arrived in India for meetings with PM Narendra Modi at a
time of tensions over Beijing's support for Pakistan in opposing
India's downgrading of Kashmir's semi-autonomy and continuing
restrictions on the disputed region.
2019 Oct 11, Ethiopian PM Abiy
Ahmed won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for his peacemaking efforts
which ended two decades of hostility with longtime enemy Eritrea.
2019 Oct 11, EU governments
threatened sanctions against Turkey over its offensive in Syria,
angrily rejecting President Tayyip Erdogan's warning that he would
"open the gates" and send 3.6 million refugees to Europe if they did
not back him.
2019 Oct 11, In Hong Kong
hundreds of mask-wearing pro-democracy protesters marched through
the central business district, occupying a main thoroughfare and
disrupting traffic as the Chinese-ruled city braced for another
weekend of unrest.
2019 Oct 11, Iran claimed that
its oil tanker Sabiti was been struck with two missiles off the
coast of Saudi Arabia, however the incident was shrouded in mystery.
There was no independent evidence to suggest the vessel had been
(The Telegraph, 10/11/19)(AP, 10/12/19)
2019 Oct 11, Israel said it has
asked Russia to show leniency to an Israeli tourist arrested on drug
charges and has rejected an apparent swap involving a detained
Russian national subject to extradition to the US. Naama Issachar
(26) was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison today after
being arrested at Moscow's international airport in April.
2019 Oct 11, In Nigeria global
ride-hailing firm Uber Technologies Inc launched a pilot test of a
boat service in Lagos to attract commuters seeking to avoid the
megacity's notoriously congested roads.
2019 Oct 11, Russian President
Vladimir Putin expressed concern over Ankara’s military campaign
into northeast Syria, compounding a volatile week marked by an
international backlash to the Turkish incursion.
2019 Oct 11, The World Health
Organization said it has launched a vaccination campaign in two
southeastern provinces in Sudan to contain a cholera outbreak
following flash floods that swept the country in late August.
2019 Oct 11, Thailand army
chief General Apirat Kongsompong strongly criticized opposition
politicians and academics. He accused them of colluding to brainwash
and mobilize young people and of having "communist" ideas to
overthrow the monarchy.
2019 Oct 11, Turkey's state-run
news agency said two more civilians have been killed in a mortar
attack on a Turkish border town while another person died of wounds
from a similar attack a day earlier. Turkey's interior minister said
that 121 people have been detained for social media posts critical
of its military offensive into Kurdish-held northeastern Syria.
2019 Oct 11, Turkish forces
pushed deeper into northeastern Syria, the third day of Ankara's
cross-border offensive against Syrian Kurdish fighters. At least six
civilians have been killed in Turkey and seven civilians in Syria
since Ankara this week launched the air and ground operation.
2019 Oct 11, World Health
Organization (WHO) experts said measles is staging a devastating
comeback in epidemics across the world as the virus exploits
dangerous gaps in vaccination coverage.
2019 Oct 11, Today marked the
eighth annual International Day of the Girl, a UN observance that
focuses attention and resources on the fight for girls’ rights and
2019 Oct 11, A Zimbabwean court
ordered doctors on a 40-day strike over pay to return to work within
48 hours, after a ruling that their boycott was illegal.