312 cOct 27, Prior to a battle
between Constantine and Maxentius, Constantine experienced a vision
of Christ that ordered him to ornament the shields of his soldiers
with the Greek letters chi and rho, the monogram for Christ.
Constantine won the battle and attributed his success to Christ. He
became emperor of the West and an advocate of Christianity. [see Oct
(MH, 12/96)(CU, 6/87)
1430 Oct 27, Vytautas the Great
(b.1350), the ruler of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania (1392–1430)
which chiefly encompassed the Lithuanians and Ruthenians, died. He
had been preparing for coronation but Polish forces interrupted the
arrival of his crown to Trakus. He began to ride to Vilnius but fell
from his horse and was returned to Trakus where he died at the age
of 80. He was also the Prince of Hrodna (1370–1382) and the Prince
of Lutsk (1387–1389), postulated king of Hussites.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vytautas)(H of L,
1439 Oct 27, Albrecht II von
Habsburg (42), king of Bohemia, Hungary and Germany, died.
1505 Oct 27, The Grand Duke of
Moscow, Ivan III (also known as "Ivan the Great"), died; he was
succeeded by his son, Vasily III (Basil III). Vasily's son, Ivan IV,
later became the first czar of Russia, "Ivan the Terrible."
(TL-MB, 1988, p.9)(AP, 10/27/05)
1523 Oct 27, English troops
occupied Montalidier, France.
1553 Oct 27, Michael Servetus
(b.1511), Spanish theologian and physician, was burnt for heresy in
Geneva, Switzerland. His last book "Christianismi Restitutio"
included a chapter on the pulmonary circulation of blood. In 2002
Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone authored "Out of the Flames." [see
(HN, 10/27/98)(WSJ, 9/18/02, p.D8)(WSJ, 1/18/08,
1612 Oct 27, A Polish army
which invaded Russia capitulated to Prince Dimitri Pojarski and his
1644 Oct 27, The 2nd Battle at
Newbury: King Charles I beat parliamentary armies.
1651 Oct 27, English troops
occupied Limerick, Ireland.
1688 Oct 27, King James II
fired premier Robert Spencer.
1702 Oct 27, English troops
plundered St. Augustine, Florida.
1728 Oct 27, Captain James Cook
(d.1779), explorer, was born in a small village near Middlesbrough,
Yorkshire. His discoveries included the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii).
1782 Oct 27, Niccolo Paganini
(d.1840), composer and violin virtuoso, was born in Genoa, Italy. He
was both syphilitic and consumptive since early manhood and died of
TB in Nice.
(WP, 1951, p.21)(MC, 10/27/01)
1787 Oct 27, The first of the
Federalist Papers, a series of 77 essays calling for ratification of
the U.S. Constitution, was published in a New York newspaper. The
essays by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay were
written under the pseudonym “Publius" and later published as "The
Federalist Papers." The original plan was to write a total of 25
essays, the work divided evenly among the three men. In the end they
wrote 85 essays in the span of six months. Jay wrote five, Madison
wrote 29, Hamilton wrote the remaining 51.
1795 Oct 27, The United States
and Spain signed the Treaty of San Lorenzo (also known as Pinckney's
Treaty), which provided for free navigation of the Mississippi
River. [see Oct 26]
1806 Oct 27, Emperor Napoleon
1809 Oct 27, President James
Madison ordered the annexation of the western part of West Florida.
Settlers there had rebelled against Spanish authority.
1810 Oct 27, US annexed West
Florida from Spain.
1811 Oct 27, Isaac Merrit
Singer, inventor of a practical home sewing machine, was born.
(HN, 10/27/98)(MC, 10/27/01)
1858 Oct 27, Theodore
Roosevelt, 26th president of the United States (1901-1909) who was
the namesake of the “Teddy" bear, was born in New York City in a
townhouse at 28 East 20th Street. Today a reconstruction of the
house is a National Historic Site and open to the public. The 26th
president of the U.S., Roosevelt died on January 6, 1919. He wrote
the 4-volume “The Winning of the West." In 1996 The American
Experience series broadcast a 4-hr. TV special that covered his
life. His pursuit of boxing left him blind in one eye. He put 230
million acres of land under federal protection. "Death is always and
under all circumstances a tragedy, for if it is not, then it means
that life itself has become one."
(WSJ, 9/30/96, p.A14)(SFC, 10/4/96, p.C13)(AP,
10/27/97)(WSJ, 12/18/97, p.A20)(HN, 10/27/98)(HNQ, 11/18/98) (AP,
1858 Oct 27, Theodore
Roosevelt’s words, “The only one who makes no mistakes is one who
never does anything," were inscribed on the New York City home where
he was born. The Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic
Site is located at 28 E. 20th Street in Manhattan, www.nps.gov/thrb.
1862 Oct 27, A Confederate
force was routed at the Battle of Labadieville, near Bayou Lafourche
in Louisiana. John Howard Payne's haunting 'Home, Sweet Home' was
the Civil War soldier's favorite song.
1864 Oct 27, Battle of Boydton
Plank Road, Va. (Burgess' Mill, Southside Railroad).
1864 Oct 27, Battle of Fair
1864 Oct 27, Battle of
1864 Oct 27, Confederate ship
Albemarle was torpedoed and sank.
1864 Oct 27, Siege of
1867 Oct 27, Garibaldi marched
1870 Oct 27, The French
fortress of Metz surrendered to the Prussian Army.
1871 Oct 27, Boss Tweed
(William Macy Tweed), Democratic leader of Tammany Hall, was
indicted on charges of fraud and grand larceny after NY Times
exposed his corruption. The conviction were overturned but civil
charges sent him to prison.
(MC, 10/27/01)(Arch, 7/02, p.24)
1873 Oct 27, Farmer Joseph F.
Glidden applied for a patent on barbed wire. Glidden eventually
received five patents and is generally considered the inventor of
barbed wire. [see Nov 24, 1874] Joseph Glidden and Isaac Ellwood
formed a company in De Kalb, Illinois to manufacture barbed wire, an
essential product of old West. Patents on barbed wire were granted
as early as 1867, but Glidden was the first to devise a commercially
viable way of producing it after seeing a sample of barbed wire at a
fair in 1873. Glidden and Ellwood’s product greatly increased the
use of barbed wire to protect crops and livestock from roaming
cattle. Open ranges dramatically dwindled in the face of new fencing
over the next two decades.
(HN, 10/27/98)(HNQ, 2/12/01)
1873 Oct 27, Emily Post
(d.1960), authority on social behavior and writer, was born into
high society in Baltimore. Md.
(WSJ, 10/16/08, p.A13)
1880 Oct 27, Theodore Roosevelt
(22) married his first wife, Alice Hathaway Lee.
1891 Oct 27, D. B. Downing,
inventor, was awarded a patent for the street letter box, i.e.
1893 Oct 27, Hurricane hit the
US coast between Savannah, Ga., and Charleston, SC.
1893 Oct 27, Gustav Mahler
(1860-1911), Austrian composer, conducted a revised version of his
First Symphony at Hamburg's Ludwig Konzerthaus, still in its
1904 Oct 28, In NYC the City
Hall station subway station opened. The station closed in 1945 when
subway cars moved their doors to the center, because this created a
dangerous gap between the exit point on the train and the platform.
1907 Oct 27, Union Station in
Washington, D.C., opened.
1907 Oct 27, The first trial in
the Eulenberg Affair ended in Germany. Prince Philip Eulenberg was
an aristocrat and former diplomat who was an old friend of the
Kaiser's. Others were jealous of Eulenberg's position. Maximilian
Harden, editor of the magazine Die Zunkunft, began to print a series
of articles in the fall of 1906 which alleged that Eulenberg and
other highly placed men were homosexuals.
1910 Oct 27, Fred de Cordova,
film and TV producer (Tonight Show), was born.
1913 Oct 27, Pres. Wilson said
US will never attack another country.
1914 Oct 27, Dylan Thomas,
British poet and author whose works included “Portrait of the Artist
as a Young Dog," was born in Swansea, Wales.
(AP, 10/27/97)(HN, 10/27/98)
1914 Oct 27, The British
battleship Audacious was sunk by a mine.
1916 Oct 27, The 1st published
reference to "jazz" appeared in Variety.
1917 Oct 27, 20,000 women
marched in a suffrage parade in New York.
1919 Oct 27, The Axeman of New
Orleans claimed last victim.
1920 Oct 27, League of Nations
moved headquarters in Geneva.
1922 Oct 27, The first US
annual celebration of Navy Day took place.
1922 Oct 27, In Italy, liberal
Luigi Facta's cabinet resigned after threats from Mussolini that
"either the government will be given to us or we will seize it by
marching on Rome." Mussolini called for a general mobilization of
1923 Oct 27, Roy Lichtenstein
(d.1997), ‘pop art’ painter, was born.
(SFC, 9/30/97, p.A7)(HN, 10/27/00)
1925 Oct 27, Warren M.
Christopher, US, lawyer and minister of Foreign affairs (1993-2001),
1925 Oct 27, Water skis were
patented by Fred Waller.
1927 Oct 27, Ruby Dee, actress
and civil rights activist who starred in the Broadway hit “South
Pacific" and the movie “A Raisin in the Sun," was born.
1927 Oct 27, Fox Movie-tone
news, the first sound news film, was released.
1932 Oct 27, Sylvia Plath
(d.1963), poet and novelist (Colossus, 3 Women, Bell Jar), was born.
(SFC, 1/19/98, p.A10)(HN, 10/27/00)
1934 Oct 27, Frederick Barclay,
British hotel magnate and multi-millionaire, was born.
1938 Oct 27, Du Pont announced
a name for its new synthetic yarn: nylon. [see Oct 26]
1939 Oct 27, John Cleese,
actor-writer, was born. He is best known for comedy productions
“Monty Python" and “Fawlty Towers."
1940 Oct 27, Maxine Hong
Kingston, writer, was born. Her work included “The Woman Warrior"
and “China Men."
1940 Oct 27, The 1939 New York
World’s Fair officially closed. In 2010 James Mauro authored
“Twilight at the world of tomorrow: Genius, Madness, Murder, and the
1939 World’s Fair on the Brink of War."
1941 Oct 27, In a broadcast to
the nation on Navy Day, President Franklin Roosevelt declared:
"America has been attacked, the shooting has started." He did not
ask for full-scale war yet, realizing that many Americans were not
yet ready for such a step.
(HN, 10/27/98)(AP, 10/27/99)
1941 Oct 27, The Chicago Daily
Tribune dismissed the possibility of war with Japan, editorializing,
“She cannot attack us. That is a military impossibility. Even our
base at Hawaii is beyond the effective striking power of her fleet."
1941 Oct 27, Nazis directed the
evacuation of the gypsy ghetto in Belgrade.
1942 Oct 27, In the 5th day of
battle at El Alamein: heavy battles and Australians advanced.
1942 Oct 27, In Starachowice,
Poland, Nazi soldiers separated out weak Jews from the strong. The
strong were sent to work and the weak were sent to the extermination
camp at Treblinka.
(WSJ, 11/25/03, p.A1)
1944 Oct 27, Tito reached free
1946 Oct 27, Peter Martins,
Danish dancer and choreographer, was born.
1947 Oct 27, "You Bet Your
Life," starring Groucho Marx, premiered on ABC Radio. The show was
transferred to TV on NBC in 1950 and lasted until 1961.
(SFC, 6/5/97, p.A26)(AP, 10/27/97)
1947 Oct 27, The Hindu
maharajah of Muslim-majority Kashmir joined India. The accession,
not recognized by Pakistan, led to a war.
(SSFC, 12/30/01, p.A22)(SFC, 6/8/02, p.A20)
1950 Oct 27, Fran Leibowitz,
writer, was born. Her work included “Metropolitan Life" and “Social
1954 Oct 27, Walt Disney's
first television program, titled "Disneyland" after his yet-to-be
completed theme park, premiered on ABC. "Davy Crockett, Indian
Fighter" was possibly the first miniseries.
10/27/97)(http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0046593/)(SFEC, 5/24/98, DB
1954 Oct 27, Pres. Eisenhower
offered aid to S. Vietnam Pres. Ngo Dinh Diem.
1956 Oct 27, A Franco-German
agreement was signed to transfer the Saar Basin to West Germany.
France, Germany and Luxembourg agreed to canalize the Moselle River,
connecting the steel industry with the Ruhr Valley. The Saar Treaty
established that Saarland should be allowed to rejoin Germany. This
took place on Jan 1, 1957.
1958 Oct 27, In Pakistan Field
Marshal Muhammad Ayub Khan carried out the country’s first military
coup. He announced that "our ultimate aim is to restore democracy
but of the type that people can understand." Corruption had become
so widespread within the national and civic systems of
administration that Ayub Khan was welcomed as a national hero by the
people. This launched more than a decade of military rule.
p.A15)(SFEC, 11/21/99, p.A22)
1960 Oct 27, Singer Ben E. King
recorded "Spanish Harlem" and "Stand By Me."
1961 Oct 27, The USS
Constellation, a Kitty Hawk-class supercarrier, was commissioned
with Captain T. J. Walker in command.
1961 Oct 27, The 1st Saturn
launch vehicle made an unmanned flight test.
1961 Oct 27, Outer Mongolia and
Mauritania become the 102nd and 103rd members of UN.
1962 Oct 27, "Beyond the
Fringe" opened at John Golden Theater NYC for 673 performances. It
starred Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Jonathan Miller and Alan Bennett.
1962 Oct 27, Fatso Marco (56),
comedian (Milton Berle Show), died.
1962 Oct 27, Soviet Premier
Nikita Khrushchev offered to remove Soviet missile bases in Cuba if
the U.S. removed its missile bases in Turkey. It was later learned
that JFK had secretly offered this option to Khrushchev.
(HN, 10/27/98)(MC, 10/27/01)(NPR, 2002)
1962 Oct 27, With its batteries
running low, Soviet submarine B-59/C-19 was forced to surface and
headed east. Although surrounded by US ships, submarine captain
Vitali Savitsky realizes that they are not in a "state of war; one
of the destroyers has a lively band playing jazz. The Cony
communicates with it via flashing lights; Savitsky identifies the
submarine as "Ship X" ("Korablx") and declines assistance. B-59
identifies itself to other nearby ships as "Prinavlyet" (by the
U.S.S. Murray), and "Prosnablavst" (by the Bache and the Barry).
Aircraft illuminate and photograph it.
1964 Oct 27, Singers Sonny and
Cher wed. Cher wore bell-bottoms.
1964 Oct 27, Congo rebel leader
Christopher Gbenye held 60 Americans and 800 Belgians.
1966 Oct 27, Walt Disney laid
out his vision for 27,400 acres of land he had secretly acquired in
central Florida, to include a theme park, industrial park and an
airport. Disney died two months later and the plan was shelved. In
1971 Walt Disney World opened on the land.
(Econ, 12/24/16, p.41)
1966 Oct 27, The UN deprived
South Africa of Namibia.
1967 Oct 27, 4 people from
Baltimore poured blood on selective service records.
1968 Oct 27, The 19th Olympic
games closed at Mexico City, Mexico.
1968 Oct 27, In London there
was a massive anti-Vietnam war demonstration.
(WUD, 1994, p.1687)
1968 Oct 27, Lisa Meitner
(b.1878), Austrian-born Swedish physicist, died in England. During
the war while in hiding from Hitler in Sweden, she analyzed and
understood for its significance the work of Otto Hahn who in 1944
was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on nuclear
(MT, 10/94, letters,
1970 Oct 27, President Richard
Nixon signed the Controlled Substance Act into law. The CSA
classified marijuana, heroin and LSD as “schedule I," drugs with no
accepted medical use. People arrested for drug offences then rose
from an initial 416,000 per year to 1,890,000 per year in 2007.
Psilocybin and psilocyn were also scheduled under the CSA as
Schedule I drugs, the mushrooms themselves are not scheduled. The
CSA implemented the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic drugs.
Cocaine was first listed in the US Controlled Substances Act. Until
that point, the use of cocaine was open and rarely prosecuted in the
US due to the moral and physical debates commonly discussed.
2/8/05, p.D7) (Econ, 12/15/07, p.38)(Econ, 2/23/13,
1972 Oct 27, The US Noise
Control Act of 1972, Public Law 92-574, allowed states or US
territories to set noise-control laws.
(SFC, 1/3/02, p.A5)(http://tinyurl.com/5usyxa)
1972 Oct 27, Federal
legislation established the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in
the Bay Area of SF. The park was expanded from 870 acres in 1948 to
6,300 acres by 1972.
6/27/99, Z1 p.1,4)(SFCM, 4/25/04, p.18)
1974 Oct 27, "Don't Bother Me,
I Can't Cope" closed at the Edison Theater in NYC after 1065
1974 Oct 27, Chantal Langlace
of France ran a female world record marathon (2:46:24).
1977 Oct 27, James M. Cain
(b.1892), member of the "hard-boiled" school of crime fiction of the
1930s and 1940s, died in Maryland. Three of his novels, “The Postman
Always Rings Twice" (1934), “Double Indemnity" (1936), and Mildred
Pierce" (1941), were made into classics of the American screen.
1978 Oct 27, Egyptian President
Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin were named
winners of the Nobel Peace Prize for their progress toward achieving
a Middle East accord.
1980 Oct 27, Brendan "The Dark"
Hughes (1948-2008), a senior IRA commander, led a hunger strike at
Northern Ireland’s Maze Prison that lasted 53 days.
1980 Oct 27, Steve Peregrin
Took (b.1949), English musician (T-Rex) born as Stephen Ross Porter,
died when he choked on a cocktail cherry.
1981 Oct 27, In an incident
that became known as “Whiskey-on-the-rocks" Soviet Whiskey-class
submarine S-363, ran aground near Karlskrona, a Swedish naval base.
Sweden designated it U137.
1982 Oct 27, China announced
its population at 1 billion people plus.
1985 Oct 27, Billy Martin was
fired by Yankees for the 4th time.
1985 Oct 27, Hurricane Juan
ravaged US Gulf states and east coast and 49 died.
1986 Oct 27, The US Congress
gave new life to the 1863 False Claims Act when it promised big
payouts for citizens who blew the whistle on firms that defrauded
1986 Oct 27, The New York Mets
won the World Series, coming from behind to defeat the Boston Red
Sox, 8-5, in Game 7 played at Shea Stadium.
1986 Oct 27, Reforms
transformed the closed shop London stock exchange. New ways of
trading shares came into effect and the day became remembered as the
(Econ, 10/21/06, p.83)
1987 Oct 27, South Korean
voters overwhelmingly approved a new constitution, establishing
direct presidential elections and other democratic reforms.
1987 Oct 27, Associated Press
correspondent Terry Anderson, a hostage in Lebanon, spent his 40th
birthday in captivity.
1988 Oct 27, The government of
the Soviet Union unveiled an $804 billion budget containing a
deficit of $58 billion that officials blamed on past mistakes.
1989 Oct 27, The third game of
the World Series, delayed by the Northern California earthquake, was
played at Candlestick Park. The Oakland A's defeated the San
Francisco Giants, 13-7.
1990 Oct 27, The US Senate gave
final legislative approval to a record package of taxes and spending
cuts, hours after the House approved the plan.
1990 Oct 27, Death claimed
bandleader Xavier Cugat at age 90.
1990 Oct 27, Elliott Roosevelt
(80), son of FDR, died.
1991 Oct 27, The Minnesota
Twins won the World Series, beating the Atlanta Braves 1-0 in the
bottom of the 10th inning in the seventh and deciding game.
1992 Oct 27, The government
reported that the U.S. gross domestic product grew at an
inflation-adjusted annual rate of 2.7 percent in the third quarter
1992 Oct 27, In Oil City,
Pennsylvania, Shauna Howe (11) was kidnapped while walking home from
a pre-Halloween party. Her battered body was found 3 days later. For
every year afterward, the City Council voted to allow
trick-or-treating in the afternoon only. In 2004 a witness came
forward and police turned to DNA evidence. Two brothers were
arrested and convicted of murder and sexual assault. A third man
pleaded guilty to murder. In 2008 the city council voted to allow
Halloween back to night hours.
1992 Oct 27, Friends of Queen
Elizabeth II staged an elaborate celebration for the 40th
anniversary of her ascension to the British throne.
1993 Oct 27, President Clinton
presented a revised version of his health care reform plan to
Congress, urging its passage within a year.
1993 Oct 27, Brush fires raged
across Southern California, destroying several hundred homes.
1994 Oct 27, In the first trip
to Syria by an American president in 20 years, Pres. Clinton met
with Syrian President Hafez Assad before heading to Jerusalem to
meet with Israeli officials.
1995 Oct 27, The Smithsonian’s
National Zoological Park in Washington unveiled an exhibition called
Think Tank. The exhibit demonstrated learning and thinking by live
(NH, 8/96, p.26)
1995 Oct 27, William Kreutzer,
US Army sergeant, opened fire on a field of 1300 soldiers at Fort
Bragg, NC. He killed a fellow 82nd Airborne soldier, Major Stephen
Badger and wounded several others. Defense lawyers in 1996 pleaded
that he suffered from depression. He was convicted of pre-meditated
murder on 6/11/96. The next day he was sentenced to death. His death
sentence was later overturned. In 2009 Kreutzer pleaded guilty under
a deal that could get him life in prison at most.
(SFC, 6/11/96, p.A2)(SFC, 6/12/96, p.A2)(SFC,
6/13/96, p.A2)(AP, 10/27/05)(SFC, 3/12/09, p.A6)
1995 Oct 27, Thousands rallied
in Montreal for national unity three days before a referendum on
whether Quebec should secede.
1995 Oct 27, Former South
Korean Pres. Roh Tae Woo confessed that he had created and
maintained a political slush fund. Prosecutors had accused him of
amassing some $492 million in secret accounts.
(SFC, 8/26/96, p.A11)
1996 Oct 27, U.S. envoy Dennis
Ross shuttled between Jerusalem and the Palestinians' Gaza Strip
headquarters, trying to finesse a deal to start an overdue Israeli
withdrawal from Hebron.
1996 Oct 27, In Bulgaria the
anti-communist opposition candidate, Petar Stoyanov, led the
elections against Ivan Marazov with 44% vs. 27%.
(SFC, 10/28/96, p.A10)
1996 Oct 27, In Cambodia the
king reversed his decision for amnesty after students issued a
warning of increased national insecurity.
(SFC, 10/28/96, p.A10)
1996 Oct 27, In Egypt a
12-story apartment building collapsed in Heliopolis, a suburb of
Cairo and at least 2 people were killed. The death toll reached 50
and many were still missing. The owner had illegally added the last
(SFC, 10/28/96, p.A9)(SFC, 10/30/96, p.A8)(SFC,
1996 Oct 27, In Malta the
opposition socialist leader, Alfred Sant, won elections that could
return his Labor Party back to power after 16 years. His party has
opposed the push to join the European Union. He was sworn in as
prime minister by Pres. Ugo Mifsud Bonnici, a former minister of the
defeated Nationalist Party.
(SFC, 10/28/96, p.A10)(SFC, 10/29/96, p.A8)
1996 Oct 27, In Mexico the EPR
announced the end of a cease-fire with the federal government.
(SFC, 11/2/96, p.A9)
1997 Oct 27, The Dow Jones
industrial average tumbled 554.26 points, 7.18%, to 7161 forcing the
stock market to shut down for the first time since the 1981
assassination attempt on President Reagan.
(WSJ, 10/28/97, p.A1)(AP, 10/27/98)
1997 Oct 27, US released a
redesigned $50 bill.
1997 Oct 27, Authorities in
Chautauqua County, N.Y., said Nushawn Williams (20), an HIV-positive
man who allegedly traded drugs for sex with young women and teens,
had infected a number of them with the AIDS virus. Later 48 partners
were identified and 13 women and girls tested positive.
(SFC, 8/20/98, p.A5)(AP, 10/27/98)
1997 Oct 27, Intel Corp bought
the chip manufacturing operations of Digital Equipment for $700
1997 Oct 27, Microsoft argued
it should be "free from government interference."
1997 Oct 27, Researchers from
the Univ. of Mich. reported that they found a hormone to stimulate
the growth of the myelin sheath that surrounds nerves.
(SFC, 10/28/97, p.A2)
1997 Oct 27, In Algeria some
15,000 supporters of the Socialist Forces Front marched to protest
fraud in the elections.
(SFC, 10/28/97, p.A10)
1997 Oct 27, Britain concluded
a 54-nation Commonwealth meeting.
(WSJ, 10/28/97, p.A1)
1997 Oct 27, British Defense
Sec. George Robertson announced that women soldiers would be allowed
to serve as engineers and gunners under battle conditions.
(SFC, 10/28/97, p.A10)
1997 Oct 27, In Canada teachers
in Ontario walked out in protest against budget cuts.
(WSJ, 10/28/97, p.A1)
1997 Oct 27, In the Comoros the
island of Anjouan held a referendum to re-unite with France and
voters overwhelmingly approved the measure. France refused to accept
1997 Oct 27, In Zambia there
was a coup attempt by against Pres. Frederick Chiluba.
(SFC, 10/28/97, p.A10)
1998 Oct 27, Pres. Clinton
signed the Curt Flood Act to override the 1922 Supreme Court ruling
that exempted baseball from antitrust laws. The new act revoked the
exemption only for labor relations.
(SFC, 10/28/98, p.A2)
1998 Oct 27, Hurricane Mitch
cut through the western Caribbean, pummeling coastal Honduras and
Belize; the storm caused several thousand deaths in Central America
in the days that followed.
1998 Oct 27, In Brazil Pres.
Cardoso pledged to cut $7 billion from the federal budget next year.
The debt roll over was expected to be $333 billion.
(SFC, 10/28/98, p.A12)
1998 Oct 27, In Canada the
National Post began operations as a new national daily under the
control of media tycoon Conrad Black.
(WSJ, 10/26/98, p.A15)
1998 Oct 27, In England Ian
McEwan was awarded the $34,000 Booker prize for his novel
“Amsterdam." A funeral brings together the former lovers of a dead
woman, two of whom gang up on a third. The work includes a detailed
look at the workings of professional music and journalism.
(SFC, 10/28/98, p.E3)(WSJ, 10/23/98, p.W12)
1998 Oct 27, In Germany Gerhard
Schroeder was confirmed as chancellor.
(WSJ, 10/27/98, p.A1)
1998 Oct 27, Palestinian
security forces arrested 2 gunmen in the West Bank who reportedly
confessed to the killing of Danny Vargas as well as the murder of
another Israeli on Oct 13.
(SFC, 10/28/98, p.A11)
1998 Oct 27, Serb forces drew
back from former Kosovo battlefronts, holding off the immediate
threat of NATO airstrikes.
1999 Oct 27, The New York
Yankees won their second straight World Series sweep, defeating the
Atlanta Braves in game four, 4-to-1.
(SFC, 10/28/99, p.A1)(AP, 10/27/00)
1999 Oct 27, The Clinton
administration authorized the first direct military training for
opponents of Iraqi Pres. Saddam Hussein.
(SFC, 10/28/99, p.A13)
1999 Oct 27, The US federal
budget surplus was put at $122.7 billion in 1998, marking the first
back-to-back surpluses since the 1950’s.
(SFC, 10/28/99, p.A6)(AP, 10/27/00)
1999 Oct 27, In the first
debate of the Democratic presidential race, Al Gore sought to stem
his decline in the polls by attacking rival Bill Bradley’s health
care and spending plans.
1999 Oct 27, In Afghanistan
opposition soldiers advanced on Mazar-e-Sharif following the
desertion of a Taliban commander and 500 men.
(SFC, 10/28/99, p.D14)
1999 Oct 27, In Armenia gunmen
burst into the parliament and killed Prime Minister Vazgen Sarkisian
and 7 other officials. They then took a number of hostages and
declared their intent to topple the government.
(SFC, 10/28/99, p.A1)
1999 Oct 27, In Chechnya
Russian warplanes and artillery closed in on Grozny and 100 people
were killed and some 200 wounded.
(SFC, 10/28/99, p.A12)
1999 Oct 27, In China members
of the Falun Gong continued to descend on Beijing in an effort to
press the government to reverse its condemnation.
(SFC, 10/28/99, p.A12)
1999 Oct 27, In Indonesia
Marzuki Darusman, the new attorney general, announced a new
corruption inquiry into former Pres. Suharto.
(SFC, 10/28/99, p.D14)
1999 Oct 27, In Kazakstan a
Proton-K booster rocket with a Russian communications satellite
crashed during takeoff at the Baikonur cosmodrome and all launches
(SFC, 10/29/99, p.D3)
1999 Oct 27, In Pec, Kosovo,
Albanians attacked a convoy of Serbs trying to leave the province
and set vehicles afire. Several Serbs were missing.
(WSJ, 10/28/99, p.A1)
1999 Oct 27, In Lithuania Prime
Minister Rolandas Paksas resigned in protest over the Cabinet’s 11-3
vote in favor of the sale of Mazeikiai Oil to US based Williams
Int'l. Williams spent $75 million for a 33% stake and operating
control of the gas refinery at Mazeikiai. Williams transferred its
interest to a Russian firm.
(SFC, 10/28/99, p.D14)(WSJ, 8/2/01, p.A10)(Econ,
1999 Oct 27, Serb police seized
a large cache of forged dinars and claimed that a US sponsored
"monetary coup" was foiled.
(WSJ, 10/28/99, p.A1)
2000 Oct 27, Canadian
authorities arrested the men they say masterminded the 1985 bombing
of an Air India jumbo jet near Ireland that claimed the lives of all
329 people aboard. The men were acquitted at trial in March 2005.
2000 Oct 27, In China the state
media reported that auditors had found over $11 billion in
mismanaged funds in government offices and businesses.
(SFC, 10/28/00, p.A14)
2000 Oct 27, In Ivory Coast the
bodies of 57 young men were found outside Abidjan. Ouattara claimed
the men were members of his Rally of the Republicans party and were
killed by paramilitary police. 8 gendarmes were acquitted in 2001
due to lack of evidence.
(SFEC, 10/29/00, p.A22)(SFC, 8/4/01, p.A10)
2000 Oct 27, Palestinians
clashed with Israelis in a “Day of Rage" and 4 were killed with 150
(SFC, 10/28/00, p.A12)
2000 Oct 27, In Taiwan Pres.
Chen Shui Bian halted construction of a 4th nuclear power plant near
Kungliao. The $5.5 bil project was one-third complete.
(SFC, 10/28/00, p.A14)
2000 Oct 27, Pres. Kostunica
applied for Yugoslavia’s membership in the United Nations.
(SFC, 10/28/00, p.A14)
2001 Oct 27, The Arizona
Diamondbacks defeated the New York Yankees in game one of the World
2001 Oct 27, In Washington, the
search for deadly anthrax widened to thousands of businesses and 30
mail distribution centers.
2001 Oct 27, US warplanes hit
frontline Taliban positions in the heaviest attacks to date. 10
people were reported killed from an errant bomb in the village of
Ghanikhel in Kapisa province.
(SSFC, 10/28/01, p.A3)
2001 Oct 27, Brian Robinson
(40) of San Jose became the 1st person to hike the 3 major National
Scenic Trails, 7,400 miles in 22 states, in a calendar year when he
reached the northern terminus of the 2,168 mile Appalachian Trail
atop Maine’s Mount Katahdin. He had already hiked the Pacific Crest
Trail, 2,645 miles, and the Continental Divide Trail, 2,588 miles.
(SSFC, 10/28/01, p.A19)(SSFC, 12/2/01, p.E1)
2001 Oct 27, Over 5000
volunteers headed into Afghanistan from Temergarah, Pakistan, to
help fight a holy war against the US.
(SSFC, 10/28/01, p.A14)
2001 Oct 27, Ruue Lubbers, the
UN refugee chief, said some 150,000 Afghans had crossed into
Pakistan in recent weeks.
(SSFC, 10/28/01, p.A8)
2001 Oct 27, Israel called off
a planned withdrawal from Palestinian territory citing a handful of
(SSFC, 10/28/01, p.A16)
2001 Oct 27, In Kashmir Islamic
rebels fought Indian troops in several areas and at least 21 people
(SSFC, 10/28/01, p.A20)
2001 Oct 27, Jamil Qasim Saeed
Mohammed (27), a Yemeni microbiology student, was turned over to US
authorities in Pakistan. He was said to be an active al Qaeda member
and was suspected of involvement in the Oct 12, 2000 bombing of the
Cole in Aden.
(SSFC, 10/28/01, p.A13)
2002 Oct 27, The Anaheim Angels
beat the SF Giants in the 7th game of the baseball World Series 4-1.
(SFC, 10/28/02, p.A1)
2002 Oct 27, Emmitt Smith broke
the NFL career rushing yardage record held by the late Walter
2002 Oct 27, The Australian
government listed the militant Islamic network Jemaah Islamiyah as a
2002 Oct 27, In Brazil Luiz
Inacio Lula da Silva (57) won elections with 61% of the runoff vote.
He reiterated that his administration would honor Brazil's $230
billion foreign debt, but said lending institutions and the
international community "must know that we cannot have people
suffering from hunger every day."
2002 Oct 27, A fierce storm
pummeled Europe with deadly gale-force winds, killing 34 people and
leaving hundreds of thousands without electricity.
(AP, 10/28/02)(WSJ, 10/29/02, p.A1)
2002 Oct 27, In India
separatist guerrillas in Assam state killed 22 villagers. Members of
the National Democratic Front of Bodoland operated out of bases in
Bhutan. The 10-year insurgency has left over 10,000 dead.
(SFC, 10/28/02, p.A7)
2002 Oct 27, Kashmir's new
ruling coalition vowed to release political prisoners and probe
custodial deaths as a first step to end a separatist revolt.
2002 Oct 27, A Kosovo mayor was
killed with 2 guards by allies of a rival ethnic Albanian party.
(WSJ, 10/28/02, p.A1)
2002 Oct 27, Kurdish rebels
clashed with Turkish soldiers in the mainly Kurdish southeast,
leaving an insurgent dead and five soldiers wounded.
2002 Oct 27, A Palestinian
suicide bomber blew up as Israeli soldiers were shooting him,
killing three people and himself at a gas station just outside
Ariel, one of the largest Jewish settlements in the West Bank. The
18 people injured included several soldiers. Hours later, Israeli
troops shot and killed two armed Palestinian militants in the nearby
Palestinian city of Nablus
2002 Oct 27, Polish voters
chose mayors directly for the first time since the end of communism
in local elections seen as a tests of popularity for the year-old
2002 Oct 27, In Sicily Mount
Etna began spewing thick clouds of ash and magma.
2002 Oct 27, Togo held
parliamentary elections that were boycotted by major opposition
parties but contested by 14 smaller groups.
2003 Oct 27, A new US stamp
dedicated to Theodore Geisel (d.1991), creator of Dr. Seuss, was
introduced at the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden in
(SFC, 10/16/03, p.E13)
2003 Oct 27, Rod Roddy (66),
the flamboyantly dressed announcer on the TV game show "The Price is
Right" for nearly 20 years, died in LA.
2003 Oct 27, Walter Edward
Washington (88), former Washington, D.C. Mayor died.
2003 Oct 27, Bank of America
Corp. said it agreed to buy FleetBoston Financial Corp. for nearly
$47 billion in stock, creating the second-largest U.S. bank.
2003 Oct 27, The southern
California fires crossed into Mexico. The death toll climbed to 15
and damages were estimated to top $500 million.
(SFC, 10/28/03, p.A1)(WSJ, 10/28/03, p.A1)
2003 Oct 27, Millions of
Muslims across Asia began the fasting month of Ramadan.
2003 Oct 27, In Brazil the 22nd
Socialist International Congress opened. Some 600 delegates from
more than 100 political parties met under the 52-year-old Socialist
International's motto: "For a more human society. For a world more
fair and just."
2003 Oct 27, In Burundi
fighting between government soldiers and Hutu rebels has forced more
than 5,000 people to flee their homes in the hills surrounding the
capital of Bujumbura.
2003 Oct 27, In Haiti police
raided Raboteau, a slain gang leader's seaside slum, and arrested a
dozen of his cronies in retaliation for a police station attack the
day before. At least one person was killed.
2003 Oct 27, In Iraq suicide
car bombers on the 1st day of Ramadan struck the international Red
Cross headquarters and three police stations across Baghdad, killing
43 people and wounding at least 224.
(AP, 10/27/03)(SFC, 10/28/03, p.A1)(WSJ, 4/19/04,
2003 Oct 27, Hezbollah
guerrillas shelled Israeli positions in southern Lebanon for the
first time in two months, wounding an Israeli soldier and triggering
Israeli airstrikes and artillery fire. The Israeli positions
were in Chebaa Farms, which Lebanon and Syria say belongs to
Lebanon. The UN says the area is Syrian and that Syria and Israel
should negotiate its fate. Israel captured the Chebaa Farms area
from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war
(AP, 10/27/03)(AP, 10/30/03)
2003 Oct 27, Prosecutors in the
Netherlands said Momir Nikolic (48), a Bosnian Serb captain who
admitted participating in the mass killing of more than 7,000 Muslim
boys and men in Srebrenica, should serve up to 20 years in
prison. Nikolic accepted that he was on duty when 80-100
prisoners were decapitated and their corpses loaded onto trucks on
July 12, 1995. In 2006 a UN appeals court reduced his 27-year
sentence to 20 years.
(AP, 10/28/03)(AP, 3/8/06)
2003 Oct 27, UN police and
NATO-led peacekeepers near Pristina, Serbia, arrested 5 former
ethnic Albanian rebels for alleged war crimes in Kosovo.
2003 Oct 27, The weekend arrest
of Russia's oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky, sparked a plunge in
Russian share prices.
2004 Oct 27, The Boston Red Sox
won the World Series over the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0 in game 4. It
was Boston's sixth championship, but the first after 86 years of
2004 Oct 27, It was reported
that Stefan Jaronski, a Montana researcher, had found that canola
oil combined with a fungus can be used to get rid of grasshoppers.
(USAT, 10/27/04, p.6D)
2005 Oct 27, New York City's
subway system marked its 100th anniversary.
2005 Oct 27, Bandleader Lester
Lanin died in New York at age 97.
2004 Oct 27-31, Violent clashes
in a village in central China killed 7 people and injured 42. Police
imposed martial law in Langchenggang, Zhongmou County, in Henan
province after the fighting between hundreds of rioters that pitted
Muslim Chinese against non-Muslims.
(AP, 11/1/04)(WSJ, 11/2/04, p.A1)
2004 Oct 27, It was reported
that a coalition of small leftist political groups in Chile has sued
Pres. Bush and other US government officials for the abuses against
prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
2004 Oct 27, The Egyptian
government approved the creation of a political party headed by a
young ambitious lawyer, in only the third time that a new party was
authorized there in almost three decades. Al-Ghad became Egypt's
2004 Oct 27, Nigeria's
state-owned news agency reported that an outbreak of measles in a
remote Nigerian village had killed a dozen people. Sub-Saharan
Africa accounts for 500,000 deaths from measles every year.
2004 Oct 27, An ailing Yasser
Arafat collapsed, was unconscious for about 10 minutes and remained
in a serious condition.
2004 Oct 27, In Russia the
Kyoto Protocol overcame its final legislative hurdle when the upper
house of parliament ratified the global climate pact and sent it on
to Pres. Vladimir Putin to sign.
2005 Oct 27, President Bush
abandoned his push to put loyalist Harriet Miers on the Supreme
Court and promised a quick replacement. Harriet Miers withdrew her
nomination to the Supreme Court after three weeks of brutal
criticism from fellow conservatives.
2005 Oct 27, Pres. Bush visited
Florida and took a look at the damage from Hurricane Wilma as the
death toll rose to 14. Some 2 million homes and businesses were
still without power.
(SFC, 10/28/05, p.A9)
2005 Oct 27, It was reported
that he Pentagon’s DARPA branch had given 15 institutions and
companies $9.5 million in grants for research on artificial
intelligence in the 1st year of its Biologically-Inspired Cognitive
(SFC, 10/27/05, p.A7)
2005 Oct 27, Tom Noe, a coin
dealer already embroiled in an Ohio state government scandal, was
charged with funneling $45,400 to other people to contribute to
President Bush's re-election campaign in an attempt to skirt a
$2,000 limit on individual contributions. In 2006 Noe was sentenced
to 2 years and 3 months in prison and fined $136,200 for the illegal
contributions. He still faced trial for embezzlement.
(AP, 10/28/05)(SFC, 9/13/06, p.A4)
2005 Oct 27, US anti-trust
lawyers cleared the $16 billion merger of AT&T and SBC
Communications as well as the $8.5 billion purchase of MCI by
Verizon. SBC said it will adopt the AT&T name.
(SFC, 10/28/05, p.C1)
2005 Oct 27, Exxon Mobil Corp.,
the world's largest publicly traded oil company, said high oil and
natural-gas prices helped its third-quarter profit surge almost 75
percent to $9.92 billion, the largest quarterly profit for a U.S.
2005 Oct 27, It was reported
that WorldCom reached a $651 million litigation settlement, nearly
all of which would be paid by the company’s former investment banks.
(WSJ, 10/27/05, p.A3)
2005 Oct 27, The 18-month
Independent Inquiry Committee under former US Federal Reserve
chairman Paul Volcker issued a final 623-page report on corruption
in the UN oil-for-food program. It claimed that between 1997 and
2003 the Iraqi government sold $64 billion of oil to 248 companies
and bought $34.5 billion worth of humanitarian goods. The report
accused more than 2,200 companies from some 40 countries of
colluding with Saddam's regime to bilk the humanitarian program in
Iraq of $1.8 billion.
(AP, 10/27/05)(Econ, 10/29/05, p.28)(AP, 1/26/08)
2005 Oct 27, In SF Grimes
Poznikov (59), the former “Human Jukebox" of Fisherman’s Wharf, died
from alcohol poisoning. He was found dead of alcohol poisoning on a
sidewalk near Highway 101.
(SFC, 11/1/05, p.B5)(SFC, 2/12/11, p.A8)
2005 Oct 27, Afghan officials
welcomed the extradition of 14 suspected Taliban members from
neighboring Pakistan, saying they hoped the move would mark a new
era of cooperation.
2005 Oct 27, A Brazilian
congressional panel voted overwhelmingly to submit former
presidential aide Jose Dirceu to impeachment proceedings over his
alleged involvement in a corruption scandal.
2005 Oct 27, In Denmark 4 young
Muslims were arrested for helping to supply weapons and explosives
for a planned terror attack in Europe. They helped two main suspects
in Bosnia get hold of weapons and explosives with the aim of
committing a terror act. In 2007 a Danish court convicted Abdul
Basit Abu-Lifa (17) and sentenced him to 7 years in jail. In 2008
Elias Ibn Hsain was acquitted on charges that he took part.
(AP, 8/24/06)(AP, 2/16/07)
2005 Oct 27, A team of European
students launched SSETI Express, a low-Earth orbiting spacecraft.
The Student Space Exploration and Technology Initiative was
established by the European Space Agency to boost interest in space
(Econ, 10/29/05, p.84)
2005 Oct 27, In France
teenagers Bouna Traore (15) and Zyed Benna (17) died by
electrocution after they scaled the wall of an electrical relay
station and touched a transformer in the Paris suburb of
Clichy-sous-Bois. Local youths blamed the police for the deaths and
exploded in anger. The boys allegedly thought they were being chased
by police, but authorities denied that was the case. In 2010 two
French police officers faced trial accused of failing to save the
lives of two teens. On May 18, 2015, officers Sebastien Gaillemin
and Stephanie Klein, accused of "non-assistance to individuals in
danger," were cleared of the charges.
(AP, 10/31/05)(AP, 10/22/10)(AFP, 5/18/15)
2005 Oct 27, In Honk Kong the
IPO of China Construction Bank raised $8 billion from foreign
investors for a 12% stake. Ahead of the float CCB sold a 9% stake to
Bank of America and a 5.1% stake to Temasek, a Singapore investment
(Econ, 10/29/05, p.71)
2005 Oct 27, Iran launched its
Sina-1 satellite from the Plesetsk launch pad in northern Russia, a
major step in the country's long-term ambitions. Sina-1 gave Iran a
limited space reconnaissance capability over the entire Middle East,
2005 Oct 27, More than 2,000
companies paid about $1.8 billion in illicit kickbacks and
surcharges to Saddam Hussein's government through extensive
manipulation of the UN oil-for-food program in Iraq, according to
key findings of a UN-backed investigation obtained by The Associated
2005 Oct 27, Some 200 Shiite
militiamen loyal to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr clashed with
Sunni militants in fighting that killed over 20 people in Medayna,
45 miles northeast of Baghdad.
(AP, 10/27/05)(AP, 11/7/05)
2005 Oct 27, Israeli troops
entered the West Bank town of Jenin and witnesses said they arrested
a local leader of Islamic Jihad, pushing forward with an offensive
against the Palestinian militant group following a suicide bombing
that killed five Israelis.
2005 Oct 27, Israeli forces
fired missiles in a Gaza refugee camp after nightfall, killing two
people including a leading Islamic Jihad militant.
2005 Oct 27, Latvian lawmakers
endorsed a new code of ethics designed to burnish the legislature's
reputation that would prohibit deputies swearing and smoking in
2005 Oct 27, The Mexican
government announced that former "bracero" guest workers, who
labored in the United States between the 1942 and 1964, will get a
one-time payment of about $3,500. The aging workers, who have
protested for years, described the payment as insulting and said it
should be at least $9,175.
(AP, 10/27/05)(SFC, 10/28/05, p.A22)
2005 Oct 27, In the Netherlands
a fire roared through a prison complex at Amsterdam's Schiphol
Airport, killing 11 illegal immigrants awaiting deportation and
injuring 15 other people.
2005 Oct 27, Nigerian security
forces said they have detained three of the country's most powerful
militant leaders, as part of an apparent crackdown on the separatist
forces threatening to tear the country apart.
2005 Oct 27, The WHO reported
that tetanus has killed 22 people and lack of food or shelter could
threaten thousands more survivors of Pakistan's massive earthquake.
2005 Oct 27, South Africa said
the G8, the world's richest nations, should allow duty- and
quota-free access to all products from poor countries without
demanding anything back as part of a deal on global trade.
2005 Oct 27, Vietnam issued its
1st overseas government bond. Demand pushed the size from $500
million to $750 million with a yield of 7.125%.
(Econ, 11/5/05, p.82)
2006 Oct 27, President Bush
said the United States did not torture prisoners, trying to calm a
controversy created when Vice President Dick Cheney embraced the
suggestion that a "dunk in water" might be useful to get terrorist
suspects to talk.
2006 Oct 27, A new US
congressional study said Russia surpassed the US in 2005 as the
world leader in weapons deals with the developing world.
(SSFC, 10/29/06, p.A19)
2006 Oct 27, In Missouri the St
Louis Cardinals won the World Series by beating the Detroit Tigers
4-2 in game 5, claiming their first MLB crown in 24 years.
2006 Oct 27, The old US Mint in
SF held a ceremonial minting of silver coins. A portion of the
proceeds of sales from silver dollars and $5 gold pieces will help
turn the 132-year-old structure into a history museum.
(SFC, 10/28/06, p.B1)
2006 Oct 27, Raijon Daniels (8)
died in Richmond, Ca. His mother, Teresa Marie Moses (23), was
arrested on felony charges of torture and child endangerment after
the child’s body was found to be covered with chemical and rope
burns, sores and other injuries all over his body. In 2009 a judge
ruled that Moses was not guilty by reason of insanity.
(SFC, 11/2/06, p.B3)(SFC, 11/17/09, p.C2)
2006 Oct 27, In Sacramento,
Ca., Deputy Jeffrey Mitchell (38) was shot and killed following an
early morning traffic stop. A van matching the one he stopped was
found that evening in the Consumnes River with 2 dead occupants.
(SFC, 10/28/06, p.B2)
2006 Oct 27, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside blast ripped through a vehicle, killing 14
villagers and wounding three as they traveled to a provincial
capital for holiday celebrations.
2006 Oct 27, Australia gave the
green light to the southern hemisphere's largest wind farm, the
country's 2nd major project aimed at reducing greenhouse gas
emissions announced this week.
2006 Oct 27, Bangladesh's
5-year coalition between the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and
its Islamist allies expired. PM Begun Khaleda Zia, preparing
to hand over power to an interim administration ahead of elections,
called for maintaining peace, as thousands of rival political
activists clashed in Dhaka.
(AP, 10/27/06)(Econ, 11/4/06, p.49)
2006 Oct 27, In Chile former
dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet was indicted for abuses at Villa
Grimaldi, one of his regime's most infamous secret prisons, where
President Michelle Bachelet and her mother were once held and
2006 Oct 27, China’s biggest
bank, the Industrial & Commercial Bank of China, went public and
raised a record $19.1 billion with an option to increase to $21.9
billion. The previous IPO record was in 1998 by NIT DoCoMo for $18.4
(SFC, 10/28/06, p.C1)
2006 Oct 27, The Czech
Republic's center-right Civic Democratic Party won 14 seats and
gained a simple majority in runoff elections for parliament's upper
2006 Oct 27, Eritrea rejected a
UN accusation that its recent movement of troops near the border
with Ethiopia represented a "major breach" of a cease-fire agreement
between the two countries.
2006 Oct 27, In Fiji the
dysfunctional parliament was dissolved.
(Econ, 12/9/06, p.50)
2006 Oct 27, French President
Jacques Chirac called for closer ties with China in
telecommunications, nuclear power and other fields after Airbus's
decision to open a Chinese aircraft assembly line.
2006 Oct 27, In France 6 police
officers suffered minor injuries and 25 people were arrested in
scattered violence across the country on the first anniversary of
the start of nationwide riots.
2006 Oct 27, Xavier Niel (39),
one of France's most high-profile Internet entrepreneurs, was handed
a suspended jail sentence for embezzling funds from a sex shop that
served as a front for prostitution. He was also fined 250,000 euros
($320,000) for embezzling money from the Roxane sex shop in the
eastern city of Strasbourg.
2006 Oct 27, Germany's Defense
Minister Franz Josef Jung said the military has suspended two
soldiers from duty in connection with photos of service members
posing with skulls in Afghanistan. Pictures taken in early 2003
showed soldiers posing with a skull on the hood of their vehicle and
one soldier holding the skull next to his exposed genitals.
2006 Oct 27, Hundreds of
protesters marched peacefully through Haiti's largest slum to demand
the withdrawal of UN peacekeepers, accusing the troops of killing
civilians during gunbattles with street gangs.
2006 Oct 27, Iraq’s embattled
PM Nouri al-Maliki and President Bush in a video conference agreed
to expedite the hand-over of full control of Iraq's army to the
government as they seek to quell the insurgency and sectarian
bloodshed. Iraq a five-day trend toward diminished violence
continued. Attacks typically rose during Ramadan, in part because
some Muslims believe dying during the holiday bestows additional
blessings in the afterlife. The US military announced the death of a
Marine in restive Anbar province west of Baghdad.
(AP, 10/27/06)(AP, 10/28/06)
2006 Oct 27, Israeli army raids
in the northern West Bank killed 3 Palestinians.
2006 Oct 27, The US agreed to
return to Japan part of the airspace used by the military near
Tokyo, allowing civilian planes to reduce flight times and cut
costs. The handover will take place by September 2008 before an
expansion at Tokyo's Haneda airport.
2006 Oct 27, It was reported
that a new mobile phone in Japan can recognize its owner. The P903i
from NTT DoCoMo automatically locks when the person gets too far
away from it and can be found via satellite navigation if it goes
2006 Oct 27, In Oaxaca, Mexico,
Bradley Roland Will (36), a US journalist and two Mexican men were
shot to death. The clashes occurred as leftist protesters barricaded
streets as part of a five-month-old campaign to oust the governor.
In 2008 two supporters of a protest movement in southern Mexico were
arrested for the fatal shooting of the US journalist. Officials said
Juan Manuel Martinez, was the gunman, and Octavio Perez was an
accomplice who helped cover up the crime. Eight other alleged
accomplices were still sought. In 2010 Juan Martinez Moreno was
cleared by a federal court.
(AP, 10/28/06)(Econ, 11/4/06, p.48)(AP,
2006 Oct 27, Ghulam Ishaq Khan
(91), who became Pakistan's president in 1988 after the death of his
predecessor in a plane crash, died following a bout of pneumonia.
2006 Oct 27, Swiss officials
said authorities have found enough evidence to seek a full
investigation into allegations the CIA was trying to obtain personal
details of about 500 labor union members, most of them Arabs.
2006 Oct 27, The UN said it is
sending a mission to Chad and the Central African Republic to look
at operations to curb the escalating violence and help protect
hundreds of thousands of civilians.
2007 Oct 27,
The Bush administration and NY state cut a deal to create a
new generation of super-secure driver’s licenses, which would also
allow illegal immigrants to get a version.
(SSFC, 10/28/07, p.A6)
2007 Oct 27,
In San Francisco thousands of people called for a swift end to
the war in Iraq as they marched through downtown, chanting and
carrying signs that read: "Wall Street Gets Rich, Iraqis and GIs
Die" or "Drop Tuition Not Bombs."
2007 Oct 27, Despite
significant dissent among some of its workers, United Auto Workers
members narrowly passed a four-year contract agreement with Chrysler
2007 Oct 27, A suicide bomber
wearing an Afghan security uniform detonated his explosives at the
entrance to a combined US-Afghan base, killing four Afghan soldiers
and a civilian. In Helmand province Taliban militants killed three
Afghan police who had been trying to prevent them from carrying out
a kidnapping. The militants successfully kidnapped an Afghan man
during the gunbattle. US-led coalition forces killed about 80
Taliban fighters during a six-hour battle outside a
Taliban-controlled town near Musa Qala in southern Helmand province.
(AP, 10/27/07)(AP, 10/28/07)(SSFC, 10/28/07,
2007 Oct 27, Algerian security
sources said the army killed 17 Islamist rebels during security
operations in the east of the country over three days this week.
2007 Oct 27, Mai Mai militia
leader and army deserter Kibamba Kasereka said he had surrendered to
the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo's
restive Nord-Kivu province, agreeing to calls to disarm his forces.
2007 Oct 27, Queues of
frustrated, angry passengers built up at main French airports as Air
France cancelled scores of flights on the third day of a strike by
2007 Oct 27, In eastern India
Naxalite rebels opened fire on a crowd of revelers at a festival,
killing a politician's son and 17 other people in Jharkhand state.
2007 Oct 27, Iraqi troops found
17 decomposed bodies of unidentified men near the restive city of
Baquba in a grim reminder of sustained sectarian bloodletting, as 12
other people were killed in the country. Gunmen wearing military
uniforms abducted the police chief of the town of Muqdadiyah in
Diyala and his seven bodyguards. In Basra a local elections official
was gunned down in front of his house. US forces seized a Shiite
fighter and shot dead two others, accusing them of ignoring cleric
Moqtada al-Sadr's order to freeze militia's activities.
(AFP, 10/27/07)(AP, 10/28/07)
2007 Oct 27, In Somalia
insurgents and government-allied forces battled with machine guns,
mortars and rocket-propelled grenades in the heaviest fighting to
hit Mogadishu for months, leaving at least seven people dead and
dozens others wounded.
2007 Oct 27, An official of the
Vietnamese embassy to South Africa was shot and seriously injured in
a robbery at his Pretoria residence.
2007 Oct 27, Sudan's government
and some rebel groups began talks in Libya to end 4-1/2 years of
conflict in Darfur. Sudan's government committed to a cease-fire in
Darfur, but mediators and journalists outnumbered the few rebels who
did not boycott the UN-sponsored negotiations, reducing hopes for an
end to the fighting. According to 2 rebel factions Sudan’s
government attacked the Jabel Moun area along the Chad-Sudan border.
(Reuters, 10/27/07)(AP, 10/28/07)(Reuters,
2008 Oct 27, A Washington DC
jury found Alaska’s Sen. Stevens guilty on seven counts of trying to
hide more than $250,000 in free home renovations and other gifts
from a wealthy oil contractor. Stevens, who first entered the Senate
in 1968, faced Alaska's voters in upcoming elections as a convicted
felon. On April 1, 2009, the US Justice Dept. dropped charges
against Stevens, saying prosecutors’ mistakes forced the move.
(AP, 10/28/08)(WSJ, 4/2/09, p.A1)
2008 Oct 27, An FBI spokesman
said 642 arrests in 29 cities were made last week during a 3-day
sting operation, Operation Cross Country II, focusing on people who
forced teens into prostitution. 100 adults were arrested in the SF
(SFC, 10/28/08, p.B1)
2008 Oct 27, A US officials
announced that Francisco Celaya Carrilo, a Mexican immigration
officer, had been caught in Arizona with 170 pounds of marijuana.
(SFC, 10/28/08, p.A11)
2008 Oct 27, The DJIA fell 203
to 8,175.77, a 5½ year low.
(SFC, 10/28/08, p.A1)
2008 Oct 27, In northern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber wearing a police uniform blew himself
up inside a police station, killing 2 American soldiers and 2
Afghans in Baghlan province. The Taliban claimed responsibility.
Insurgents downed a US helicopter in Wardak province. Crew members
survived and were rescued.
(AP, 10/27/08)(SFC, 10/28/08, p.A8)(AFP, 11/9/08)
2008 Oct 27, Thousands of
civilians threw rocks at four UN offices in eastern Congo, venting
outrage at the organization's inability to protect them from rebel
forces advancing on the provincial capital of Goma.
2008 Oct 27, In Ethiopia 19
people were killed when the bus they were traveling in hit a wall
after its wheels snapped off some 200 kilometers (124 miles) south
of Addis Ababa. Turbo Tumo, who represented Ethiopia at the 1996
Atlanta Olympics, was among those killed.
2008 Oct 27, Georgia's Pres.
Saakashvili dismissed PM Vladimir Gurgenizde and recommended Grigol
Mgaloblishvili (35), the country's ambassador to Turkey, as his
replacement. Saakashvili said Gurgenizde would now head a government
2008 Oct 27, In Iraq US forces
killed 5 assailants in the eastern district of New Baghdad. A
roadside bomb exploded later in the same district killing 3
civilians. A car bomb in Baghdad killed a doctor and his friend. A
car bomb in Tuz Khormato killed an Iraqi soldier.
(SFC, 10/28/08, p.A8)(SFC, 10/28/08, p.A8)
2008 Oct 27, Mexican
prosecutors said a major drug cartel has infiltrated the Mexican
attorney general's office and may have paid a spy inside the US
Embassy for details of DEA operations. 5 officials of the attorney
general’s organized crime unit were arrested on allegations they
served as informants for the Beltran-Leyva Cartel.
(AP, 10/27/08)(SFC, 10/28/08, p.A11)
2008 Oct 27, A West African
court ordered Niger to pay compensation to Hadijatou Mani (24), who
was sold into slavery at age 12 and held for a decade. She had been
forced to work as a domestic servant and a sexual slave until 2005.
(SFC, 10/28/08, p.A4)
2008 Oct 27, It was reported
that a new study, released last week, has found dangerous levels of
toxic metals in produce grown on Vieques Island, Puerto Rico,
formerly used as a Navy bombing range, despite US government claims
that the soil there is safe.
2008 Oct 27, In Somalia Aisha
Ibrahim Duhulow, a 13-year-old girl who said she had been raped, was
stoned to death in Kismayo after being accused of adultery by
2008 Oct 27, In central Sudan
kidnappers killed 4 Chinese oil workers out of nine they had been
holding hostage for more than a week. A local leader in troubled
South Kordofan state, where the hostages were abducted and killed,
said the Chinese died as a result of fighting between the Sudanese
army and the kidnappers. The next day 3 bodies and 3 wounded were
flown to Khartoum. A 4th body was found on Oct 29. The last 2 were
reported found Oct 31, one alive and one dead.
(AFP, 10/28/08)(AFP, 10/29/08)(AP,
2008 Oct 27, Leaders of a
Southern African bloc gathered in Zimbabwe to press President Robert
Mugabe and the main opposition leader to break an impasse on forming
a unity government.
2009 Oct 27, President Barack
Obama formally renewed US sanctions on Sudan under his new strategy
of keeping up pressure while offering incentives to the Khartoum
government. Robert Cabelly (61), a former State Department employee
and US lobbyist, was charged with violating Sudanese sanctions
regulations, acting as an unregistered agent of a foreign power,
money laundering, passport fraud and making false statements.
(Reuters, 10/27/09)(AP, 10/28/09)
2009 Oct 27, The NY Times
reported that the brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been
getting regular payments from the Central Intelligence Agency. The
paper said Ahmed Wali Karzai is a suspected player in Afghanistan's
opium trade and has been paid by the CIA over the past eight years
for services that included helping to recruit an Afghan paramilitary
force that operates at the CIA's direction in and around the
southern city of Kandahar. Ahmed Wali Karzai denied reports that he
has received regular payments from the CIA for much of the past
(Reuters, 10/28/09)(AP, 10/28/09)
2009 Oct 27, Stanko Grmovsek
(40) a Canadian man, pleaded guilty to US and Canadian criminal
charges stemming from a 14-year insider trading scheme, a day after
his alleged accomplice, Bay Street lawyer Gil Cornblum, apparently
2009 Oct 27, Four months after
Michael Jackson's death, red carpets were rolled out for 18
simultaneous screenings on five continents for "This Is It," culled
from more than 100 hours of footage taken from rehearsals for the
pop icon's comeback.
2009 Oct 27, Authorities
indefinitely closed the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge after a rod
and a metal brace erected last month during an emergency repair job
fell onto the bridge's westbound lanes, startling a pair of drivers
who collided with the debris and leaving hundreds of others stranded
in their cars during the evening commute. Over 5,000 pounds of metal
crashed down onto traffic, totaling a couple of cars but leaving the
drivers largely unscathed. The bridge remained closed thru the
(AP, 10/28/09)(SSFC, 11/1/09, p.A1)
2009 Oct 27, Prof. August
Coppola, creator of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Tactile Dome,
died in Los Angeles. Coppola, a former trustee of the California
State Univ. system, cofounded CSU’s Summer Arts Program in 1985, and
was instrumental in pushing the SF Board of Education in 1992 for a
High School of the Arts.
(SFC, 11/4/09, p.C7)
2009 Oct 27, In Afghanistan 8
US troops died in "multiple, complex" bomb attacks in the south. One
Afghan civilian was also killed, and several other troops were
wounded and taken to a nearby medical facility.
2009 Oct 27, Algeria and
Britain signed a new defense agreement. An embassy spokeswoman said
"This outline agreement aims to regularize cooperation between the
two countries in defense matters, particularly the training of
Algerian officers in Great Britain."
2009 Oct 27, A jury in the
British Virgin Islands convicted dive shop owner David Swain of
drowning his wife, Shelley Tyre (46) during a 1999 scuba-diving trip
in what prosecutors called a near perfect murder. Authorities
charged Swain with murder after a 2006 civil trial in Rhode Island
found him responsible for his wife's death. That jury awarded Tyre's
family $3.5 million, but Swain filed for bankruptcy and has not paid
the sum. On Nov 10 a judge sentenced Swain to 25 years in jail. In
2011 Swain walked free after judges with the Eastern Caribbean
Supreme Court of Appeal found problems with the jury instructions
during the 2009 trial.
(AP, 10/28/09)(AP, 11/10/09)(AP, 9/29/11)
2009 Oct 27, In Canada 2
coyotes attacked and killed Taylor Mitchell (19), a
singer-songwriter from Toronto, as she hiked alone in Cape Breton
Highlands National Park in Nova Scotia.
(SFC, 10/29/09, p.A2)
2009 Oct 27, A Paris court
convicted the French branch of the Church of Scientology of fraud
and fined it more than euro600,000 ($900,000), but stopped short of
banning the group as prosecutors had demanded.
(AP, 10/27/09)(SFC, 10/28/09, p.A4)
2009 Oct 27, In Greece gunmen
on a motorcycle fired on a suburban Athens police station with
automatic weapons, wounding six police officers.
2009 Oct 27, Greek authorities
said 3 adults and 5 children drowned in the eastern Aegean Sea when
a small boat carrying 17 illegal immigrants from Afghanistan hit
rocks near the shore and sank.
2009 Oct 27, US-based Human
Rights Watch said the Sept. 28 massacre by Guinean troops of at
least 150 people and the rapes of dozens of women at a pro-democracy
rally in Guinea were premeditated, and that rapes of kidnapped women
continued for days.
2009 Oct 27, Iran’s state
television says Iran will agree to the "general framework" of a
UN-drafted plan to ship enriched uranium out of the country for
processing, but will seek "important changes" in the deal.
2009 Oct 27, Amnesty
International issued a report accusing Israel of pumping
disproportionate amounts of drinking water from the Mountain Aquifer
it controls in the West Bank, depriving local Palestinians of their
2009 Oct 27, An Italian appeals
court upheld the conviction of British lawyer David Mills for
accepting a bribe to lie in court to protect Silvio Berlusconi. A
lower court found Mills guilty of corruption in May and sentenced
him to 4 1/2 years. In 2010 Italy’s highest court overturned a
guilty verdict against Mills, ruling that the stature of limitations
(AP, 10/27/09)(SFC, 2/26/10, p.A2)
2009 Oct 27, The Japanese
destroyer JS Kurama collided with the South Korean container ship
Carina Star in the Kanmon Strait near the southern main island of
Kyushu and both were engulfed in flames.
2009 Oct 27, Lebanon-based
militants launched a rocket into northern Israel hitting near the
Israeli town of Kiryat Shemona. The attack drew a rapid response
from Israeli artillery, which shelled the launch area. No casualties
were reported on either side.
2009 Oct 27, A Lithuanian
lawmaker said there is no evidence that US airplanes with al-Qaida
suspects ever landed in the Baltic country. A recent report by ABC
News claimed the CIA had a secret prison in Vilnius from September
2004 through November 2005.
2009 Oct 27, Mexican police
arrested Abel Valadez Oribe (32), who they say headed the operations
of the "La Familia" drug cartel in the western state of Michoacan.
Police found dismembered remains of a man in plastic bags by the
side of a road in Uruapan, another city in Michoacan. In Tijuana a
teenage girl (15) was killed by a stray bullet during a shootout
between police and gunmen. Reporters in Tijuana were invited by
military officials to a private, industrial property about 100 feet
south of San Diego's Otay Mesa border crossing where Mexican
soldiers discovered a secret tunnel complete with electricity and an
air supply that may have been planned for smuggling migrants or
drugs under the US border into San Diego. 4 police officers were
killed by assailants who opened fired on them during a traffic stop
in the central Mexico city of Puebla.
(AP, 10/27/09)(AP, 10/28/09)
2009 Oct 27, At The Hague
Radovan Karadzic boycotted his UN trial for a second day while
prosecutors began outlining their genocide case against the former
Bosnian Serb leader.
2009 Oct 27, In Nigeria the
78-year-old father of ex-Central Bank of Nigeria governor Charles
Soludo was seized from his home. He was released on Nov 4. Soludo,
who left office in June, was last month controversially nominated
candidate for the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) for
upcoming state governorship elections. Aggrieved aspirants contested
the nomination in the courts.
2009 Oct 27, Pakistan's army
pushed deeper into a Taliban sanctuary close to the Afghan border,
claiming to have killed 42 militants in the latest stage of an
offensive against extremists blamed for relentless attacks in recent
weeks. Authorities announced the arrest of the alleged mastermind
behind two recent bombings in the main northwest city of Peshawar.
2009 Oct 27, A UN official said
more than 300,000 children under the age of five die of preventable
diseases each year in Sudan, almost a third of them before they
reach the age of one month.
2009 Oct 27, Zimbabwe's PM
Morgan Tsvangirai and ministers drawn from his MDC party boycotted a
cabinet meeting led by Pres. Mugabe for the second time in as many
weeks. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) confirmed
that it will be sending its politics, defense and security body on a
fact-finding mission to Harare. The bloc mediated the unity pact
that underpins the government.
2009 Oct 27, Venezuela’s
President Hugo Chavez said two Colombian spies have been captured
and will go on trail for conducting espionage within his country.
Colombia's security agency denied sending any agents into Venezuela.
2010 Oct 27, US officials said
the Obama administration has granted a waiver allowing Chad,
CongoDRC, Sudan and Yemen to continue receiving US military aid
despite their use of child soldiers. Officials said cutting off aid
would do more damage than good.
(SFC, 10/28/10, p.A2)
2010 Oct 27, Farooque Ahmed, a
Pakistani-born Virginia man, was arrested and charged with trying to
help people posing as Al-Qaida operatives to bomb Washington-area
subway stations. The plot was a bombing ruse by the FBI who
monitored his activities the whole time. On April 11, 2011, Ahmed
pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 23 years in prison.
(SFC, 10/28/10, p.A8)(SFC, 4/12/11, p.A4)
2010 Oct 27, The SF Giants
battered the Texas Rangers 11-7 in Game 1 of the World Series.
2010 Oct 27, Elon Musk
officially unveiled a new Tesla sign for the former Nummi plant in
Fremont, Ca., where the new electric Tesla cars will be
(SFC, 10/28/10, p.A11)
2010 Oct 27, BrightSource
Energy of Oakland, Ca., broke ground on its Ivanpah Solar Electric
Generating System in the Mohave Desert. Plant operator NRG Energy
Inc. agreed to invest $300 million into the $2 billion project. On
April 11, 2011, BrightSource finalized $1.6 billion in loans for the
(SFC, 10/28/10, p.D1)(Econ, 4/16/11, p.69)
2010 Oct 27, In San Diego, Ca.,
police officer Christopher Wilson (50) was fatally shot as officers
tried to serve warrants on Holim Lee (30). Hours later Lee was found
dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. His girlfriend,
Lucky Xayasene (27) was also fatally shot. Wilson died of his wounds
the next day.
(SFC, 11/1/10, p.A6)
2010 Oct 27, In Michigan police
Raymond R. Bush (38) and Taylor E. Manley, a 15-year-old girl he
knew, dead in a van in a cemetery, hours after the man was to appear
in court on charges alleging he sexually assaulted the girl.
2010 Oct 27, Lisa Blount (53),
actress and Oscar-winning filmmaker, was found dead in her home in
Little Rock, Ark. Blount received a Golden Globe nomination for her
supporting turn as the best friend of Debra Winger's character in
"An Officer and a Gentleman" (1982). Her other credits included
"Prince of Darkness" (1987) and "Great Balls of Fire!" (1989).
2010 Oct 27, Actress Denise
Borino-Quinn (46), who unexpectedly won a TV role as a mafia wife on
"The Sopranos," died of liver cancer in New Jersey.
2010 Oct 27, Al-Qaida leader
Osama bin Laden threatens in a new audio tape to kill French
citizens to avenge their country's support for the US-led war in
Afghanistan and a new law that will ban face-covering Muslim veils.
2010 Oct 27, President Karzai
said Afghanistan will extend a deadline for private security firms
to disband through early next year in a face-saving compromise that
could preserve foreign reconstruction projects worth billions of
dollars. A roof collapsed at an Afghan wedding party, killing
more than 40 women and children in Warchi village of Jalga district
of Baghlan province. The international military coalition said nine
insurgents were killed in a battle in the southern province.
(AP, 10/27/10)(AFP, 10/27/10)
2010 Oct 27, Nestor Kirchner
(60), former Argentine President (2003-2007) and the husband of
current leader Cristina Fernandez, died after suffering from heart
2010 Oct 27, Croatian PM
Jadranka Kosor survived a no-confidence vote in Parliament, with the
opposition complaining about Croatia's economic decline and
corruption in the upper echelons of her party. Parliament voted 79
to 62 in Kosor's support, 15 votes short of what was needed to oust
her in the 151-seat chamber.
2010 Oct 27, The French
Parliament passed Pres. Sarkozy’s pension bill raising the minimum
retirement age to 62 from 60, and the full-pension age to 67 from
65. Most French oil refineries were set to start outbound deliveries
of fuel as work stoppages ended at two plants, further easing a
strike movement that has led to pump shortages across France.
(Reuters, 10/27/10)(SFC, 10/28/10, p.A2)
2010 Oct 27, In Indonesia
helicopters with emergency supplies finally landed on the remote
islands slammed by a tsunami that killed over 400 people. Elsewhere
in the archipelago the toll from a volcanic eruption rose to 30,
including the mountain's spiritual caretaker.
(AP, 10/26/10)(AP, 10/29/10)
2010 Oct 27, In Iraq a bomb
blast near a Sunni religious organization in Baghdad killed two
security guards. Elsewhere in Baghdad, a bomb hidden in a pickup
truck exploded, killing the driver and injuring three passers-by.
2010 Oct 27, Japan offered $2
billion in aid to help developing nations reach species-preserving
goals that are being debated at a UN conference, a move that could
jolt the stalled talks forward.
2010 Oct 27, Jewish settlers
said Israel's defense minister is holding up construction on 4,300
apartments that could be built immediately in the West Bank. Dozens
of Jewish extremists hoisting Israeli flags defiantly marched
through the Arab-Israeli town of Umm el-Fahm, chanting "death to
terrorists" and touching off clashes between rock-hurling residents
and police who quelled them with tear gas. An Israeli court
convicted Amir Makhoul, a prominent Arab-Israeli activist, of spying
for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah in a plea bargain that
will send him to prison for up to 10 years.
2010 Oct 27, Kenya's foreign
minister Moses Wetangula said he is resigning to allow
investigations into allegations of a multimillion dollar scandal
involving five Kenyan embassies in Africa, Europe and Asia.
2010 Oct 27, In Mexico gunmen
killed 15 people at a car wash in Tepic, Nayarit state, where
drug-gang violence has risen this year. It was the third massacre in
Mexico in less than a week. A Chihuahua state police officer was
killed in his Ciudad Juarez home.
2010 Oct 27, Scientists said a
new type of snub-nosed monkey has been found in a remote forested
region of northern Myanmar, which is under threat from logging and a
Chinese dam project.
2010 Oct 27, Nigerian officials
allowed journalists to see the 107 mm rockets, rifle rounds and
other weapons seized at Apapa Port. Authorities said the shipment
also contained grenades, explosives, mortars and possibly rocket
launchers. However, journalists visiting the holding yard just
inside of the port's main gate did not see those weapons. the
manifest for the weapons described the shipment as "packages of
glasswool and pallets of stone." The next day customs officials said
the shipment of 13 containers came from a ship that had just left
India and investigators continued to trace the weapons' origins.
(AP, 10/27/10)(AP, 10/28/10)
2010 Oct 27, In Pakistan
suspected US drones fired missiles at a house and a vehicle in a
militant-infested area of North Waziristan, killing seven people. A
bomb planted on a motorcycle exploded as a member of a militia drove
up to a market in the village of Qamberkhel in the Khyber tribal
region, wounding the militiaman and five other people in the
vehicle. A bomb apparently targeting a police patrol in Baluchistan
province killed two civilians and wounded 9 other people, including
four police officers.
2010 Oct 27, Romania government
survived a no-confidence, as some 30,000 people demonstrated in
Bucharest against the nation's wage cuts and austerity measures.
(AP, 10/27/10)(SFC, 10/28/10, p.A2)
2010 Oct 27, In Somalia
al-Shabab executed two girls by firing squad for spying for
government soldiers. Ayan Mohamed Jama (18) and Huriyo Ibrahim (15)
were brought before hundreds of residents. Ten masked men opened
fire on the girls, who were blindfolded, soon after the sentencing.
2010 Oct 27, South Korea's Red
Cross said North Korea is demanding that South Korea resume
large-scale food aid and joint economic projects in return for
regular reunions of family members separated by the Korean War more
than a half century ago.
2010 Oct 27, Thailand
authorities said heavy downpours that caused rivers to burst have
killed 57 people in nearly two weeks of flooding.
2010 Oct 27, UAR Sheik Saqr bin
Mohammed Al Qasimi (b.1918), a ruler of Ras the al Khaimah emirate
and one of the world's longest-reigning monarchs, died.
2010 Oct 27, A Yemeni court
charged Sharif Mobley (26), an American of Somali descent, with the
murder of a Yemeni soldier and the wounding of another during a
failed escape attempt. He had been arrested for suspected al-Qaida
2011 Oct 27, The US Treasury
Department announced it is imposing sanctions on Martin Guadencio
Avendano (42), the owner of a Mexican racetrack and car dealership,
along with his two brothers, for alleged involvement with the
Sinaloa drug cartel.
2011 Oct 27, In Illinois John
L. Wilson, Jr (38), stabbed Kelli O’Laughlin (14), and fled with a
bowl of foreign coins, the girl’s Ipod Touch, and her cell phone.
She had walked in on Wilson, who had broken into her family’s home
in Indian Head Park, Cook County. Wilson’s arrest was announced on
2011 Oct 27, In Indiana 7 of 10
people in a minivan full of relatives were killed when their vehicle
hit a deer and then was slammed from behind by a semitrailer about
10 miles east of South Bend. Burials were planned in their home
country of Ecuador.
(SFC, 10/29/11, p.A5)(SSFC, 10/30/11, p.A11)
2011 Oct 27, In Oakland, Ca.,
Occupy Oakland protesters moved to reclaim the Frank Ogawa Plaza
outside City Hall following the police raid on Oct 25.
(SFC, 10/28/11, p.A15)
2011 Oct 27, Levy Izhak
Rosenbaum of New York admitted in federal court in Trenton, NJ, that
he had brokered 3 illegal kidney transplants for New Jersey
customers in exchange for payments of $120,000 or more. Experts said
this was the first US case of black-market organ trafficking in the
(SFC, 10/28/11, p.A9)
2011 Oct 27, In Oregon the last
ton of mustard gas at Umatilla was incinerated leaving the US with
just 3 of 9 original chemical weapons storage sites, the last of
which is scheduled for full disposal by 2023.
(SFC, 10/28/11, p.A12)
2011 Oct 27, In Afghanistan
insurgents attacked a US-run civilian and military base with
rocket-propelled grenades and guns in a brazen early afternoon
assault in Kandahar city. Two attackers were killed. Earlier in the
day, a 13-year-old girl died from injuries sustained after her
family's home was struck by an insurgent's missile in Kandahar
province's Zhari district. A suicide attacker in a car struck a NATO
convoy. At least one civilian was killed in the blast in Kandahar’s
Panjwai district. An Afghan policeman was killed when his vehicle
hit a roadside bomb in Farah province.
2011 Oct 27, In Brazil Indian
rights activists said hundreds of people have peacefully occupied
the construction site of the $11 billion Belo Monte hydroelectric
dam in Para state.
2011 Oct 27, China’s state
media said hundreds of angry home buyers have launched a series of
protests in the commercial hub of Shanghai this week, as owners
decried falling prices for their properties.
2011 Oct 27, In Egypt Ilan
Grapel (27), an Israeli held by Egypt since June 12 on espionage
charges, was freed in exchange for 25 Egyptian citizens, mostly
Bedouin residents of Sinai charged with smuggling.
(SFC, 10/28/11, p.A4)
2011 Oct 27, Five Arab Spring
activists won the European parliament's Sakharov prize awarded to
campaigners for freedom. They include Mohamed Bouazizi of Tunisia,
awarded posthumously, Egyptian militant Asmaa Mahfouz, Libyan
dissident Ahmed al-Zubair Ahmed al-Sanusi, Syrian lawyer Razan
Zeitouneh and Syrian cartoonist Ali Farzat.
2011 Oct 27, France's nuclear
monitor said that the amount of cesium 137 that leaked into the
Pacific from the Fukushima disaster was the greatest single nuclear
contamination of the sea ever seen.
2011 Oct 27, A German court in
Cologne sentenced art forger Wolfgang Beltracchi (60) to 6 years in
jail for painting 14 works, which were sold as masterpieces for at
least $14 million. His three accomplices received a total of 9 years
in jail. The court dropped investigations into at least 40 more
suspected fakes because of statutes of limitations.
(SFC, 10/28/11, p.A2)(SFC, 11/10/11, p.A8)
2011 Oct 27, In Iraq two
blasts, which took place at a music store in a Shiite neighborhood
in Baghdad, killed at least 32 people and wounded 71 others. Among
the dead were 8 security officers, including an army lieutenant
colonel, 4 women and at least 8 children.
2011 Oct 27, Israeli police
said vandals have cut down 20 olive trees belonging to a Palestinian
family in Jerusalem, with a note at the scene implying it might have
been a Jewish extremist act against Arabs.
2011 Oct 27, Italian soldiers
and civilian rescue workers battled knee-deep mud as they searched
for survivors after flash floods and mudslides inundated picturesque
villages around coastal areas of Liguria and Tuscany. At least 9
people died and 6 others were missing.
2011 Oct 27, Pope Benedict XVI
joined Buddhist monks, Islamic scholars, Yoruba leaders and a
handful of agnostics in Assisi making a communal call for peace,
insisting that religion must never be used as a pretext for war or
terrorism. The event commemorated the 25th anniversary of a daylong
prayer for peace here called by Pope John Paul II in 1986.
2011 Oct 27, Kenyan troops
clashed heavily with Shebab fighters in southern Somalia, the latest
battle since an unprecedented military incursion 12 days ago, while
four people were killed in a rocket attack in northern Kenya.
2011 Oct 27, Pakistani
officials said two US drone strikes killed at least 10 militants in
Waziristan, including the brother of a local Taliban commander who
sends fighters across the border to fight Americans in Afghanistan.
2011 Oct 27, Saudi Arabia's
powerful interior minister, Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz (78), was
named the new heir to the throne in a royal decree read out on state
2011 Oct 27, In Senegal 2
people were killed and 22 injured in the village of Fanaye, where
people attacked each other with sticks and machetes in a dispute
over the project which will see 20,000 hectares given to an Italian
investor to cultivate sweet potatoes for the production of biofuels.
2011 Oct 27, In Senegal Paul
Nsapu, secretary-general of International Federation for Human
Rights, was detained at Dakar's airport upon arrival. FIDH said he
was detained to prevent him from speaking at a press conference for
the annual report of the protection of human rights.
2011 Oct 27, Young South
Africans, led by Julius Malema, brought their frustration over
poverty and joblessness to the streets, responding to a call by the
tough-talking youth leader of the governing ANC who has clashed with
older party leaders over economic policy.
2011 Oct 27, In Sri Lanka
Mohamed Niyas, a Muslim astrologer, was taken away in a white van by
a group of gun-toting men. His brutalized body was found 3 weeks
2011 Oct 27, Tens of thousands
of Syrians held a mass rally in Latakia in support of embattled
President Bashar Assad, but the regime's crackdown on dissent
continued in opposition areas as security forces killed at least
four people. Oil Minister Sufian Allaw acknowledged Damascus was
having difficulty selling its oil after the European Union banned
oil imports from Syria. Syrian troops were seen planting mines along
a region bordering northern Lebanon in a bid to stem weapons
(AP, 10/27/11)(AFP, 10/27/11)
2011 Oct 27, In Thailand
thousands of Bangkok residents flocked to bus, rail and air
terminals while heavy traffic snaked out of the sprawling Thai
capital in an exodus from a mass of approaching floodwater. By
month’s end the flooding left more than 381 people dead and millions
of homes and livelihoods damaged.
(AFP, 10/27/11)(SFC, 10/31/11, p.A2)
2011 Oct 27, Uruguay's Congress
approved a measure revoking amnesty for officials charged with human
rights abuses during a period of military dictatorship. Uruguay's
Supreme Court will decide whether lifting the amnesty is
2011 Oct 27, Venezuelan
lawmakers approved measures that expand rent controls and require
landlords to offer to sell their properties to any renters who have
been living in a home for more than 20 years.
2011 Oct 27, Yemeni security
forces heavily deployed in Sanaa allowed a massive anti-regime rally
to cross the capital without intervening, for the first time since
2012 Oct 27, Rafael Prieto
(48), a senior US secret service agent, committed suicide. This was
in the wake of an embarrassing prostitution scandal in April
involving 13 agents and officers during a presidential trip to
Colombia. For nearly six years the married father had kept his
extramarital affair with a Mexican woman a secret from the agency.
2012 Oct 27, William Harsh,
California painter, died at his home in Benicia.
(SFC, 11/10/12, p.E2)(http://tinyurl.com/bkxccly)
2012 Oct 27, Ecuador’s Pres.
Rafael Correa announced plans to give a bigger share of bank profits
to the country's poor. Under his plan, taxes would go up on bank
holdings abroad and an excise tax on financial services would
increase, with the proceeds used to increase lump-sum payments for
single mothers, the elderly poor and other needy Ecuadoreans.
2012 Oct 27, In France several
hundred striking Air France workers, protesting a restructure plan
to cut 10% of the work force, clashed with police at Paris’
Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport.
(SSFC, 10/28/12, p.A3)
2012 Oct 27, In Greece Costas
Vaxevanis, publisher of Hot Doc magazine, printed a list of 2,059
Greek depositors at a bank in Switzerland. The list, dating from
2007, was allegedly given to the Greek government by French
officials in 2010. Vaxevanis was arrested, faced trial and was
acquitted. On Oct 8, 2013, he appeared in court again to stand trial
again for violating privacy laws.
(SFC, 10/29/12, p.A2)(Econ, 11/3/12,
2012 Oct 27, Indonesia's
anti-terror squad arrested 11 people over the last 24 hours
suspected of planning a range of attacks on domestic and foreign
targets including the US and Australian embassies. The suspects
belonged to a new group called the Sunni Movement for Indonesian
Society, or HASMI.
2012 Oct 27, An Indonesia
conservationist said that and orangutan, recently shot with an air
rifle, has been rescued in the Indonesian part of Borneo. Rescuers
worked to remove 104 pellets from her body. In 2011 conservationists
found that villagers living on the Indonesian side of Borneo killed
at least 750 endangered orangutans in a year, some to protect crops
from being raided and others for their meat.
2012 Oct 27, In Iraq a bombing
near playing children and other insurgent strikes killed 40 people,
challenging government efforts to promote a sense of stability by
preventing attacks during a major Muslim holiday.
(AP, 10/27/12)(AP, 10/28/12)
2012 Oct 27, Several Russian
opposition leaders were detained in Moscow while protesting what
they say was the torture of a fellow activist.
2012 Oct 27, Mikhail Prokhorov,
the billionaire New Jersey Nets owner and former Russian
presidential candidate, said he's leaving business to focus
full-time on politics, returning to the political arena after
remaining silent through a five-month Kremlin crackdown on the
2012 Oct 27, South African
police fired rubber bullets at striking miners at the Anglo American
Platinum mine in Rustenburg as the company announced it had agreed
to reinstate 12,000 South African workers dismissed earlier this
month for staging illegal strikes. Some of the miners had vowed not
to return to work until their wage demands were met.
2012 Oct 27, Sri Lanka
authorities arrested 14 people accused of hijacking a fishing boat
and throwing its crew into the sea. Two fishermen were rescued by
other ships. 3 other crew members have not been found.
(SSFC, 10/28/12, p.A3)
2012 Oct 27, Syrian warplanes
bombed a building in a suburb of the capital Damascus in the first
airstrike since an internationally mediated cease-fire went into
effect. 8 people were reported killed and many others wounded in the
airstrike in Arbeen.
2013 Oct 27, Leonard Herzenberg
(80), a Stanford geneticist, died at Stanford Univ. Hospital. He won
Japan’s Kyoto Prize in 2006 for his invention of a cell sorter
instrument, the fluorescence activated cell sorter (FACS).
(SFC, 11/15/13, p.D3)
2013 Oct 27, Lou Reed (b.1942),
rock guitarist and singer, died in Southampton, NY. He formed and
led the Velvet Underground from 1965-1970. His songs included “Walk
on the Wild Side." He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame in 1996.
(SFC, 10/28/13, p.A10)(Econ, 11/2/13, p.98)
2013 Oct 27, In eastern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed 18 people, mostly women, who were
travelling to a wedding party by minibus.
2013 Oct 27, Argentine held
midterm elections. President Cristina Kirchner's Front for Victory
(FPV) won 33% of the vote for the lower house of Congress and
narrowly retained a majority in both houses.
(AFP, 10/28/13)(Econ, 11/2/13, p.40)
2013 Oct 27, In Bangladesh
police and backers of the ruling party clashed with opposition
supporters, leaving at least 5 people dead and scores injured in
different parts of the country as opposition parties tried to
enforce a three-day nationwide general strike.
2013 Oct 27, The Congolese army
said it had recaptured two more towns and was heading for the rebel
stronghold of Rutshuru in a third day of fighting. A Tanzanian
officer with UN forces operating alongside government troops was
killed in fighting with rebels.
(Reuters, 10/27/13)(AFP, 10/27/13)
2013 Oct 27, Dubai opened
passenger operations at its second airport, Al-Maktoum
International, touted to be the world's largest once it is
2013 Oct 27, Georgia voted for
a new president in an election that will bring the curtain down on
Mikheil Saakashvili's decade-long rule but is unlikely to end
political uncertainty in the former Soviet republic. Former
university rector Giorgi Margvelashvili won 62% of the vote.
(Reuters, 10/27/13)(AP, 10/28/13)
2013 Oct 27, In India a series
of small bomb blasts killed 6 people and injured dozens in Patna,
Bihar state, just before a speech by Narendra Modi of the Hindu
nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party at a campaign rally.
Investigators believed the Indian Mujahedeen, an outlawed Islamic
group, was responsible.
(AP, 10/27/13)(AFP, 10/28/13)(SFC, 10/29/13,
2013 Oct 27, In Iraq a new wave
of car bombs hit Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad and a suicide
bomber targeted soldiers in Mosul in attacks that killed at least 66
across the country.
(AP, 10/27/13)(SFC, 10/28/13, p.A3)
2013 Oct 27, Japan's PM Shinzo
Abe warned China against forcibly changing the regional balance of
power, as reports said Tokyo had scrambled fighter jets in response
to Chinese military aircraft flying near Okinawa.
2013 Oct 27, In Mexico 5 men
were killed and power was cut to hundreds of thousands following
clashes between vigilantes and the Knights Templar drug cartel in
(SFC, 10/29/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 27, Police in the
Philippines said at least 22 candidates and political supporters
have been killed in election-related violence over the last month.
Balloting was set to begin on Oct 28.
(SFC, 10/28/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 27, In Romania
thousands of ethnic Hungarians held rallies in 14 communities of
Transylvania to demand autonomy in the areas where they live.
2013 Oct 27, In Russia some 5
thousand people marched through central Moscow in a new protest at
President Vladimir Putin's rule and a judicial crackdown against
(AFP, 10/27/13)(SFC, 10/28/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 27, Saudi police
detained Tariq al-Mubarak, a columnist who supported ending his
country's ban on women driving.
2013 Oct 27, In Spain several
thousand people gathered in downtown Madrid to protest the release
from jail of Basque separatists, convicted of attacks but freed
under a European Court of Human Rights ruling.
2013 Oct 27, Hundreds of
Sudanese in the disputed border region of Abyei voted in a
referendum that they hope will decide whether they join Sudan or
South Sudan. Voting ended on Oct 29. Abyei residents chose
overwhelmingly to join South Sudan in the unofficial referendum.
Only one of the two ethnic groups (the Ngok Dinka) living in the
area voted in the poll, which is not recognized by either Khartoum
(AP, 10/27/13)(AP, 10/31/13)
2013 Oct 27, In central Syria a
rocket smashed into the home of a family in the embattled Christian
town of Sadad, killing 5 people as al-Qaida-linked rebels and
soldiers clashed for control.
2013 Oct 27, Okot Odhiambo, an
alleged deputy army commander in the Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army,
died. He was indicted in 2005 on 10 charges including murder,
enslavement and using child soldiers. DNA evidence later confirmed
2014 Oct 27, The US government
announced guidelines for medical workers returning back from West
(SFC, 10/28/14, p.A7)
2014 Oct 27, SF Mayor Ed Lee
signed a law legalizing Airbnb and other short-term home rentals in
San Francisco. Opponents promised to organize a ballot initiative
against the measure.
(SFC, 10/28/14, p.C3)
2014 Oct 27, In Afghanistan at
least 7 people were killed when a group of Taliban militants
attacked a court in the northern city of Kunduz. One Taliban fighter
detonated his car loaded with explosives and 3 were killed by
2014 Oct 27, In Afghanistan the
last British troops were flown out of Camp Bastion in Helmand
province. 453 of their compatriots had died during Britain’s 13-year
(Econ, 11/1/14, p.55)
2014 Oct 27, In southeastern
Brazil a truck loaded with vegetable oil collided head-on with a bus
full of high school students, killing 11 people, most of them
teenagers near the city of Ibitinga.
2014 Oct 27, China and Vietnam
agreed to use an existing border dispute mechanism to find a
solution to a territorial dispute in the South China Sea, saying
they did not want it to affect relations.
2014 Oct 27, China’s Xinhua
news agency reported that private clubs in historical buildings,
parks and other public facilities have been banned because they were
hindering the fight against corruption.
2014 Oct 27, In Estonia a boy
(15) shot and killed a teacher (53) of German in Paalalinna school
in the town Viljandi. The weapon was registered to the father of the
2014 Oct 27, In France the new
Fondation Louis Vuitton museum, designed by Frank Gehry, opened in
(Econ, 10/11/14, p.90)
2014 Oct 27, In Germany workers
at Amazon.com were on strike again as a union pushed its demands in
a long-running wage dispute with the American online retailer.
2014 Oct 27, An official said
Israel has given the go-ahead for plans to build over 1,000 new
Jewish settler homes in annexed east Jerusalem.
2014 Oct 27, In Iraq a suicide
bomber killed at least 27 Shi'ite militiamen on the outskirts of
Jurf al-Sakhar after security forces pushed Islamic State militants
out of the area over the weekend. Islamic State militants attacked
soldiers, policemen and Shi'ite militiamen in the town of
al-Mansuriyah, northeast of Baghdad killing 6 members of the Iraqi
2014 Oct 27, A floating natural
gas terminal, built by South Korea, arrived in the Lithuanian port
of Klaipeda, in a move by the Baltic country to further reduce its
reliance on energy supplies from Russia. The $330 million
"Independence", owned by Norway's Hoegh LNG and leased to
Lithuania's SC Klaipedos Nafta terminal operator, will be able to
provide 4 billion cubic meters (141 billion cubic feet) of gas a
year when it becomes operational in January.
2014 Oct 27, Mexico arrested 4
people including two drug gang members on suspicion of direct
involvement in the disappearance of the 43 students over a month ago
in Iguala. Prosecutors said authorities have found another mass
grave in the nearby town of Cocula.
2014 Oct 27, In northeastern
Nigeria suspected Boko Haram gunmen killed several people in a
village in Kukawa, Borno state. Police initially intercepted and
engaged the insurgents on the outskirts of the town but were forced
to retreat because of the gunmen's superior firepower.
2014 Oct 27, Pakistani military
jets and helicopters destroyed nine hideouts of militants in two
separate airstrikes killing 33 militants in an ongoing offensive in
the North Waziristan tribal region.
2014 Oct 27, In Spain 51
people, including six sitting mayors, were arrested for bribery and
(Econ, 11/8/14, p.55)
2014 Oct 27, In Syria members
of the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front and other rebel factions launched
simultaneous attacks on army checkpoints and the governor's office
in the northwest, triggering hours-long clashes that left 19 troops
and rebels dead.
2014 Oct 27, UN chief Ban
Ki-moon announced at the start of a visit to Ethiopia that the EU
and several regional development banks have pledged $8 billion in
development aid for projects across eight countries in the Horn of
Africa. Countries targeted are Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya,
Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Uganda.
(AFP, 10/27/14)(AP, 10/27/14)
2014 Oct 27, Yemeni security
officials said fighting between Shiite Houthi rebels and an
influential tribe in the town of Radda killed at least 250 people
over three days.
2015 Oct 27, The United States
defied China by sending a warship close to artificial islands the
rising Asian power is building in disputed waters, prompting Beijing
furiously to denounce what it called a threat to its sovereignty.
2015 Oct 27, The United States
and its allies carried out 14 air strikes against Islamic State in
2015 Oct 27, Walgreens Boots
Alliance Inc. agreed to acquire Rite Aid Corp. for $9.42 billion in
cash. Including debt the deal was valued at $17.2 billion.
(SFC, 10/28/15, p.C4)
2015 Oct 27, The Taliban
encouraged aid groups to help victims of the massive earthquake in
northern Afghanistan and Pakistan as rescuers struggled to form a
clear picture of the damage caused by the disaster as the death toll
2015 Oct 27, Congolese
opposition leaders called for "civil disobedience" to pressure the
government into withdrawing a planned constitutional amendment
enabling President Denis Sassou Nguesso to extend his three-decade
2015 Oct 27, Egyptians voted in
run-off elections for more than 200 parliamentary seats in which no
clear winner emerged in the first round of polls, with candidates
loyal to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi widely expected to dominate.
2015 Oct 27, In Indonesia 12
miners were buried under a landslide while digging illegally at a
state-run gold mine on the main island of Java.
2015 Oct 27, American-Israeli
educator Richard Lakin (76), wounded in a Palestinian stabbing and
shooting attack on a Jerusalem bus on Oct 13, died of his injuries.
His death raised to 11 the number of Israelis killed in Palestinian
2015 Oct 27, Kosovo took a step
towards possible European Union membership, signing a trade and
political pact with Brussels less than a decade after unilaterally
declaring independence from Serbia.
2015 Oct 27, In Libya a
helicopter with 23 people on board crashed near Tripoli but the
cause was unclear.
2015 Oct 27, The Maldives
adopted new anti-terror legislation. Opposition politicians claimed
one purpose of it was to intimidate government critics.
(Econ, 10/31/15, p.40)
2015 Oct 27, Nigerian troops
freed 338 people, almost all of them women and children, held by
Boko Haram Islamists near the group's Sambisa forest stronghold.
Troops killed 30 suspected jihadists and seized a cache of arms and
ammunition in the area.
2015 Oct 27, Nigeria's state
oil firm NNPC started auctioning annual crude grades on live
television and vowed to cut contract holders by a third as part of a
drive to boost transparency at an institution hit by corruption.
2015 Oct 27, Qatar's emir,
Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, approved a new law overseeing the
sponsorship system, which currently only allows workers to leave the
country with the approval of their employer, as well as rules that
allow workers to switch jobs. Rights groups the next day dismissed
as a "sham" the long-awaited reforms.
2015 Oct 27, In Spain Catalan
separatists launched their so-called roadmap for independence,
offering a declaration in the regional parliament to split from
Spain, which PM Mariano Rajoy has vowed to block.
2015 Oct 27, The Syrian
presidency said political initiatives could not work in Syria before
terrorism had been wiped out, sticking by its long-held position on
how to end the war after its Russian allies called for new
2015 Oct 27, Turkish
authorities took over the management of 22 companies including
newspapers and TV stations linked to a US-based cleric and
arch-enemy of President Tayyip Erdogan, intensifying a crackdown
days ahead of an election. Police used tear gas to disperse hundreds
of people protesting against the government's move to seize control
of Koza-Ipek Holding.
(Reuters, 10/27/15)(AP, 10/27/15)
2015 Oct 27, The UN said more
than 700,000 refugees and migrants have reached Europe's
Mediterranean shores so far this year, amid the continent's worst
migration crisis since World War II.
2015 Oct 27, In Vietnam a court
in Hanoi sentenced six executives of a state-owned railway
corporation to up to 12 years in prison after convicting them of
corruption involving a Japan-funded railway project.
2016 Oct 27, The US Justice
Department charged 61 defendants at home and abroad in connection
with a call center operation that officials say is based in India.
Authorities served nine warrants in eight states and arrested 20
people in the international fraud and money laundering scheme
investigation on five call center groups.
2016 Oct 27, The US Coast Guard
delivered more than 39,000 pounds of cocaine to San Diego that were
confiscated in 25 separate busts off the coasts of Central and South
America over the past fiscal year.
(SFC, 10/29/16, p.A6)
2016 Oct 27, Senior officials
from the United States, Japan and South Korea agreed to step up
pressure on North Korea as they stick to their goal of persuading
the communist state to abandon its nuclear weapons.
2016 Oct 27, In the Central
African Republic clashes between elements of the anti-Balaka and
ex-Seleka caused 15 deaths and a number of wounded in Bambari.
(Reuters, 10/29/16)(SSFC, 10/30/16, p.A4)
2016 Oct 27, ZTO Express, a
China-based delivery company, raised $1.4 billion in an IPO on the
New York Stock Exchange, the largest offering this year. The stock
closed down 15% at $16.75.
(SSFC, 10/30/16, p.D2)
2016 Oct 27, China's Communist
Party elevated President Xi Jinping to the position of "core"
leader, underscoring his clout and strengthening his dominance ahead
of a reshuffle in the top ranks next year.
2016 Oct 27, EU governments put
10 more people under sanctions over the crisis in Syria, targeting
high-ranking military officials and senior figures linked to
President Bashar al-Assad.
2016 Oct 27, In Indonesia a
Jakarta court sentenced Jessica Kumala Wongso (28), accused of
killing former classmate Wayan Mirna Salihin last January with
cyanide-laced coffee, to 20 years in prison, in a dramatic climax to
a trial that was broadcast live and became a national spectacle.
2016 Oct 27, The United States
said up to 900 Islamic State group jihadists have been killed in the
offensive to retake Iraq's Mosul, as camps around the city filled
with fleeing civilians.
2016 Oct 27, Two Yazidi women
who survived a nightmare ordeal of kidnapping, rape and slavery at
the hands of Islamic State jihadists won the European Parliament's
prestigious Sakharov human rights prize. Yazidis are followers of an
ancient religion with more than half a million believers
concentrated in northern Iraq.
2016 Oct 27, The Pakistani
government banned all political meetings, rallies and protests in
the capital, Islamabad, ahead of a planned opposition march against
PM Nawaz Sharif on Nov. 2. The ban, which also applies to the
adjacent garrison city of Rawalpindi, will remain in force for two
2016 Oct 27, The provincial
court of Pakistan's Sindh province ordered police and the area's
excise department to start closing all shops selling alcohol.
2016 Oct 27, In Syria at least
8 people were killed in government shelling on Douma, a rebel-held
suburb Damascus. At least 6 children were killed and 15 injured in
rebel rocket attacks in the government-held west of Aleppo city.
(AP, 10/27/16)(AFP, 10/27/16)
2016 Oct 27, In eastern Ukraine
six people died in clashes between government forces and pro-Russian
insurgents, the highest death toll since international peace talks
held 10 days ago.
2017 Oct 27, US Pres. Donald
Trump said he is approving the recommendation of Interior Sec. Ryan
Zinke to shrink Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante national
monuments in Utah along with Nevada’s Gold Butte and Oregon’s
(SFC, 10/28/17, p.A4)
2017 Oct 27, The Washington
Free Beacon, a conservative website with strong ties to the
Republican establishment, confirmed it originally retained the
political research firm Fusion GPS to scour then-candidate Trump's
background for negative information. the Democratic National
Committee continued funding Fusion's work after the original GOP
source lost interest.
2017 Oct 27, In the SF Bay Area
seven members of the Broad Day Klap gang were arrested under
simultaneous search warrants. Another gang member was arrested in
jackson, Miss. Officials later said their investigation is ongoing
and expected the arrest of 26 additional suspects.
(SFC, 12/21/17, p.D2)
2017 Oct 27, It was reported
that the New Hampshire College and University Council has reached
out to the Chinese University of Hong Kong for more information
after it became the winning bidder for the former Daniel Webster
College campus for nearly $12 million.
2017 Oct 27, In Virginia
Mohamad Khweis (27 was sentenced to 20 years in prison after being
convicted on terrorism charges. He had traveled to Islamic State
territory in Iraq and Syria to join militants there, but never took
up arms and escaped after a few months.
(SSFC, 10/29/17, p.A8)
2017 Oct 27, In Afghanistan a
US helicopter crashed in Logar province south of Kabul late today.
Chief Warrant Officer Jacob Sims (36) died the next day as a result
of injuries. Six others were wounded.
(Reuters, 10/28/17)(SFC, 10/30/17, p.A5)
2017 Oct 27, In Bahrain a
roadside bomb has killed a police officer and wounded eight others.
Shiite militants applauded the attack and attributed it to the
Mukhtar Brigade, a little-known group.
2017 Oct 27, Burundi became the
first country to withdraw from the International Criminal Court.
Officials said the court's prosecutor will move ahead with an
examination of the East African nation's deadly political turmoil.
2017 Oct 27, In China Vlada
Dzyuba (14), a Russian model, died after working on a photo shoot in
Yiwu, about 300 km (186 miles) south of Shanghai. A Chinese modeling
agency that hired the girl denied media reports that a "slave
contract" contributed to the teen's sudden death.
2017 Oct 27, Crimean Tatar
activists Ilmi Umerov and Ahtem Chiygoz, released from Russian
custody on Oct. 25, arrived in Ukraine said they would travel back
to the annexed peninsula and campaign for the freedom of other
political prisoners and the return of Crimea to Ukraine.
2017 Oct 27, Egyptian security
forces killed 13 militants in a shootout in the New Valley province
in the country's western desert.
2017 Oct 27, A French court
handed Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue (48), the son of Equatorial
Guinea's president, a suspended sentence of three years in prison
for embezzling millions in public money, in the first of several
planned trials in France of foreign figures allegedly thriving on
2017 Oct 27, Air Berlin,
Germany's second-biggest airline, ended operations after 38 years
with an evening Munich-to-Berlin flight.
2017 Oct 27, Iraqi PM Haider
al-Abadi ordered a 24-hour suspension of military operations against
Kurdish forces in northern Iraq. The Kurdistan Regional Government
(KRG) said Iraqi forces and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have reached
an agreement to stop fighting in northern Iraq, although the status
of any ceasefire remained unclear.
(Reuters, 10/27/17)(Reuters, 10/29/17)
2017 Oct 27, In western Kenya
one person was shot dead as opposition supporters protested plans to
stage a poll on Oct. 28 in four western counties where voting had
been blocked by election-day unrest. A local media tally said
President Uhuru Kenyatta has won over 96 percent of the votes
counted so far from the re-run election.
(AFP, 10/27/17)(4, 10/27/17)
2017 Oct 27, In Myanmar two
Baptist leaders were sentenced to prison on charges of supporting
ethnic minority rebels in the war-torn northeast, in a trial slammed
by rights groups as a cover-up for alleged military abuses.
2017 Oct 27, In Myanmar
reporters Lau Hon Meng from Singapore and Mok Choy Lin from Malaysia
were arrested in Naypyidaw for flying a drone over a parliament
building while on assignment for Turkish state broadcaster TRT.
2017 Oct 27, In Pakistan
assailants riding on motorcycles attacked outspoken journalist Ahmad
Noorani in Islamabad, leaving him badly hurt with head injuries.
2017 Oct 27, In Pakistan
unidentified kidnappers bundled Mohammad Nabi Ahmadi, the deputy
governor of Afghanistan's northwestern province of Kunar, into a car
in Peshawar and took him away.
2017 Oct 27, Palestinian
Tawfeeq Abu Naeem, Hamas' head of security in Gaza and a strong
supporter of the reconciliation deal, was lightly wounded when his
car exploded outside a mosque.
2017 Oct 27, The late
Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos was commemorated with a
national stamp to mark the 100th anniversary of his birth on
September 11, as part of a series of stamps marking presidents'
2017 Oct 27, In South Africa
two white farmers, who were filmed pushing a wailing black man into
a coffin, were sentenced to jail for attempted murder, assault and
kidnapping. Theo Jackson, sentenced to 14 years, and Willem
Oosthuizen, sentenced to 11 years, had pleaded not guilty. They said
they had caught Mlotshwa trespassing on their farm in possession of
stolen copper cables. The defense then said it would lodge their
appeal directly to the Supreme Court of Appeal, saying that the
sentence was too harsh, since no one had been killed.
2017 Oct 27, Catalan lawmakers
voted to declare independence from Spain. The upper house of Spain's
parliament authorized the government of PM Mariano Rajoy to rule
Catalonia directly from Madrid, minutes after the region declared
(AFP, 10/27/17)(Reuters, 10/27/17)
2017 Oct 27, Tanzania deported
three South African lawyers arrested last week for "promoting
homosexuality". They were amongst a group of 13 people, including a
Ugandan and Tanzanians, who were arrested Oct. 24 at the Peacock
hotel in Dar es Salaam.
2017 Oct 27, UN human rights
investigators, after a first mission to Bangladesh, said Rohingya
refugees fleeing Myanmar have testified that a "consistent,
methodical pattern" of killings, torture, rape and arson is taking
2017 Oct 27, The UN's food
assistance agency said Myanmar's government has given the go-ahead
for it to resume operations in northern Rakhine state after a
2017 Oct 27, The UN condemned
the "deliberate starvation of civilians" as a war tactic following
the release of "shocking" images showing severely malnourished
children in an area near Damascus besieged by Syria's military.
2018 Oct 27, In Ohio former US
Sec. of State Colin Powell marked the grand opening of the new
National Veterans Museum and Memorial in Columbus. The museum was
the vision of late US Sen. John Glenn.
(SSFC, 10/28/18, p.A10)
2018 Oct 27, In Pittsburgh,
Pa., Robert Bowers (46) killed eight men and three women inside the
Tree of Life Synagogue during worship services before a tactical
police team shot and wounded him. Bowers told officers afterward
that Jews were committing genocide and that he wanted them all to
2018 Oct 27, Afghanistan held
parliamentary elections in the southern province of Kandahar, a week
late because of the assassination of the provincial police chief by
Taliban insurgents. At least five people were killed and 15 more
wounded when a suicide bomber detonated a car packed with explosives
outside a police compound in central province of Wardak.
2018 Oct 27, In Australia
protesters rallied in Sydney and Melbourne calling for an end to the
country's controversial South Pacific detention centers which house
refugees who try to reach Australia by boat. Particular focus was
directed toward the wellbeing of children on the tiny island nation
of Nauru. More than 1,400 people are being held on the
Australian-run detention centers on Nauru and Papua New Guinea, some
2018 Oct 27, Former Catalan
president Carles Puigdemont launched a new party, as he tries to
rally separatists from his base in Belgium.
2018 Oct 27, In central England
Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, a Thai tycoon and owner of the Leicester
City soccer club, was among five people on board a helicopter that
crashed and then exploded after a Premier League match. Vichai was
the fifth-richest person in Thailand with an estimated net worth of
2018 Oct 27, Cameroon's Vision
4 TV station, thought to be close to the government, erroneously
reported that Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba had died. Days
later the privately held station was barred from broadcasting for
six months in neighboring Gabon. Libreville authorities said Bongo
(59) is in hospital in Saudi Arabia suffering from exhaustion.
2018 Oct 27, China's first
attempt to deploy a privately developed rocket capable of carrying a
satellite failed. Beijing-based Landspace said that the first and
second stage of its ZQ-1 rocket worked normally but something went
wrong with the third stage.
2018 Oct 27, In CongoDRC tens
of thousands rallied in support of Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary,
President Joseph Kabila's preferred successor, two months before an
election that could mark the country's first democratic transition
2018 Oct 27, Gabon began voting
in the second round of legislative elections with the party of
President Ali Bongo, whose family has ruled the country for nearly
50 years, coasting towards victory.
2018 Oct 27, In western Germany
protesters blocked a railway line leading to a large strip coal mine
near Cologne that has become a cause celebre for environmentalists
amid plans to clear part of a neighboring forest to expand the
2018 Oct 27, In southern India
protesters set fire to a Hindu religious center in Kerala state for
supporting a Supreme Court decision allowing women of menstruating
age at one of the world's largest Hindu pilgrimage sites.
2018 Oct 27, In central India
at least four Indian paramilitary soldiers were killed in a powerful
land mine blast triggered by Maoist rebels in their stronghold in
2018 Oct 27, In eastern India
seven elephants in search of food were electrocuted after coming in
contact with loosely hanging electric wires in Orissa state.
2018 Oct 27, In Italy thousands
of protesters rallied in the center of Rome over the capital's
decrepit infrastructure, as the legal woes of its mayor whetted
political appetites on the far right. Demonstrators said Virginia
Raggi, the city's first female mayor, was responsible for Rome's
pitiful transport service and woeful garbage collection.
2018 Oct 27, Kashmiris observed
'Black Day' across Pakistan and other parts of the world including
in Pakistan's zone of the disputed Himalayan region to mark the
Indian occupation dating back to 1947.
2018 Oct 27, Hundreds of
Mexican federal officers carrying plastic shields blocked a Central
American caravan from advancing toward the United States, after a
group of several thousand migrants turned down the chance to apply
for refugee status and obtain a Mexican offer of benefits.
2018 Oct 27, In Morocco the
tents and belongings of some 1,000 migrants were destroyed by a fire
late today, the third at the camp since July 2017.
2018 Oct 27, In Nigeria three
members of the IMN (IMN) were killed during protests in Abuja. The
IMN has staged a series of demonstrations demanding the release of
leader Zakzaky, who has been detained since bloody clashes broke out
in the northern city of Zaria in 2015.
2018 Oct 27, Pirates off the
coast of Nigeria struck the MV Pomerania Sky, a container ship bound
for the Nigerian port of Onne and abducted 11 of the crew, including
8 from Poland.
2018 Oct 27, Pakistan's top
court reinstated a ban on the broadcast of Indian TV content
following a petition from local producers.
2018 Oct 27, Palestinian
militants said they would halt attacks into Israel from the Gaza
Strip after they fired the heaviest rocket salvoes across the border
since August. Israel said its fighter jets struck dozens of targets
across Gaza and accused Iranian forces in Damascus of orchestrating
(Reuters, 10/27/18)(AP, 10/27/18)
2018 Oct 27, Pakistani police
Officer Tahir Khan Dawar disappeared and was presumed abducted by
militants. Photographs purporting to show his badly beaten and
tortured body surfaced on social media Nov. 14. The body was later
found in Afghanistan's volatile Nangarhar province and handed over
to Pakistani authorities.
2018 Oct 27, Sri Lanka's
president suspended parliament even as ousted PM Ranil
Wickremesinghe, fired the previous day, claimed he has majority
support, adding to a growing political crisis in the South Asian
2018 Oct 27, In eastern Syria
members of the Islamic State group killed at least 40 US-backed
Syrian fighters, captured several alive and regained areas they lost
earlier this month over the last 24 hours in Deir el-Zour province
near the border with Iraq.
2018 Oct 27, In Taiwan tens of
thousands of people gathered in Taipei for the city's annual gay
pride parade ahead of referendums next month that will determine
whether same-sex marriages will be recognized on the island.
2018 Oct 27, It was reported
that Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has appointed new governors to
39 of the country's 81 provinces.
2018 Oct 27, The leaders of
Turkey, Russia, France and Germany met to try to find a political
solution to Syria's devastating civil war, provide access to
humanitarian aid and salvage a fragile ceasefire in the country's
last major rebel-held bastion.
2019 Oct 27, It was confirmed
that Sabrina de Sousa, a former US spy pardoned by Italy in
connection with the CIA kidnapping of a terrorism suspect in Milan,
has fled from Italy to the United States fearing for her safety.
Sousa is one of 26 people convicted by Italy in absentia over the
2003 abduction of Egyptian cleric Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, but the
only one to spend any time in prison for the operation, in which she
2019 Oct 27, The US Air Force
X-37B landed at NASA's Kennedy Space Center following a 780-day
mission. The solar-powered plane was flown by remote control without
(SFC, 8/30/19, p.A5)
2019 Oct 27, Authorities in
Northern California ordered 180,000 residents to flee their homes as
historic winds fueled a wildfire in the wine country, while
electricity was shut off for millions of people in an effort to
prevent more fires.
2019 Oct 27, A Texas deputy
located a woman's remains in a shallow grave on Padre Island, near
Corpus Christi. The next day a man's body was discovered beneath the
first body. The bodies were later identified as a missing New
Hampshire couple James Butler (48) and Michelle Butler (46).
2019 Oct 27, Argentines headed
to the polls, after a year of twists and turns in a dramatic
election race that has been chastening for conservative President
Mauricio Macri, who trails well behind Peronist rival Alberto
Fernandez in opinion polls. Alberto Fernandez, an hour after his
election win, called for Brazil’s left-wing legend Luiz Inacio Lula
Da Silva to be freed from prison.
(Reuters, 10/27/19)(AP, 10/28/19)
2019 Oct 27, Australia’s most
notorious serial killer, who murdered at least seven people
including two British tourists, has died in prison. Ivan Milat was
convicted in 1996 of the murders of seven backpackers. Milat, who
inspired the horror film Wolf Creek, was successfully prosecuted in
part due to the testimony of British backpacker Paul Onions, who
escaped from the murderer in 1990.
(The Telegraph, 10/27/19)
2019 Oct 27, British police
said three people arrested in connection with the investigation into
the death of 39 people in a truck container have been released on
2019 Oct 27, French auction
house Acteon said "Christ Mocked," a long-lost painting by 13th
century Italian master Cimabue, found earlier this year in the
kitchen of an elderly French woman, was sold for 24 million euros
($26.6 million), more than four times the pre-auction estimate.
2019 Oct 27, Germans in the
eastern state of Thuringia voted in an election in which the
far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) sought to build on successes
in two other regional votes last month and to beat Chancellor Angela
Merkel's conservatives. Bjoern Hoecke led the anti-immigrant,
anti-Muslim Alternative for Germany (AfD) party to double its score
from the previous election in 2014 to 23.4 percent in the
ex-communist Thuringia state, knocking Chancellor Angela Merkel's
CDU party off second spot. The ex-Communist Left Party of Gov. Bodo
Ramelow won 30.1% of the vote.
(Reuters, 10/27/19)(AFP, 10/28/19)(SFC, 10/28/19,
2019 Oct 27, Hong Kong police
said anti-government protesters set fire to shops and hurled petrol
bombs, after riot police fired tear gas, water cannon and rubber
bullets to disperse thousands in the Tsim Sha Tsui harbor-front
2019 Oct 27, Iraq said that its
National Intelligence Service found Islamic State leader Abu Bakr
al-Baghdadi's location and provided it to the United States.
2019 Oct 27, Iraqi
anti-government protesters remained in Baghdad's central Tahrir
Square after a night of clashes with security forces who failed to
evict them. Elite counterterrorism forces and state-backed militias
meanwhile deployed across the capital to protect political party
offices and militia headquarters. Security forces dressed in black
arrested 13 activists in Nasiriyah.
2019 Oct 27, The Kurdish-led
Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said they had worked with the United
States on a "successful" operation against Islamic State, in an
apparent reference to reports that IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is
believed to have been killed in a US military operation in Syria.
2019 Oct 27, The Kurdish-led
Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said it had agreed to withdraw more
than 30 km (19 miles) from the Turkish border, an announcement
welcomed by Damascus which said Turkey should now end its
"aggression" in northeast Syria.
2019 Oct 27, Thousands of
Lebanese formed a human chain along highways and coastal roads in a
show of solidarity with anti-government protests.
2019 Oct 27, It was reported
that volunteer searchers in Mexico have found 12 skeletons and one
decomposed body in a shallow pit near the resort of Puerto Penasco.
(SSFC, 10/27/19, p.A4)
2019 Oct 27, Mozambique's
National Election Commission (CNE) said incumbent President Filipe
Nyusi has won a landslide victory in the Oct. 15 election it was
hoped would calm tensions in a nation soon to become a top global
gas exporter, but has instead stoked divisions as opposition parties
2019 Oct 27, In Myanmar the
Arakan Army said government troops sunk several boats carrying
dozens of soldiers and police officers taken hostage by the rebels a
day earlier. Many deaths were reported.
2019 Oct 27, North Korea said
it's running out of patience with the United States over what it
described as hostile policies and unilateral disarmament demands,
and warned that a close personal relationship between the leaders
alone wouldn't be enough to prevent nuclear diplomacy from
2019 Oct 27, In Spain tens of
thousands of people marched in Barcelona to protest the separatist
movement in the northeastern Catalonia region that has created
Spain's worst political crisis in decades.
2019 Oct 27, Uruguayans headed
out to vote in the South American country's general election, with
the liberal coalition that has ruled for more than 14 years facing
its toughest challenge yet from a resurgent conservative right.
Neither candidate managed an outright win. Daniel Martinez of the
ruling Broad Front had 37.5% support and Luis Lacalle Pou of the
National Party had 29% support.
(Reuters, 10/27/19)(SFC, 10/29/19, p.A2)