Return to home306 Oct 28,
Marcus Aurelius Valerius Maxentius was proclaimed emperor of Rome.
312 Oct 28, Constantine
the Great defeated Marcus Aurelius Valerius Maxentius at the Mulvian
Bridge. Constantine’s smaller army (about 50,000 strong) won a
decisive victory there; while fleeing, Maxentius drowned in the
river. Constantine was instantly converted when he saw a cross in
the sky, with the inscription "In hoc signo vincit" ("In this sign
you shall conquer"). [see Oct 27]
(HN, 10/28/98)(DoW, 1999, P.398)
969 Oct 28, After a prolonged
siege, the Byzantines ended 300 years of Arab rule in Antioch.
1017 Oct 28, Henry III, Roman
Catholic German emperor (1046-56), was born.
1216 Oct 28, Henry III of
England (9) was crowned. Regent William Marshal led him to agree to
the demands made by the barons at Runnymede. Prince Louis,
repudiated by the barons, returned to France.
(HN, 10/28/98)(ON, 7/04, p.2)(Econ, 12/20/14,
1492 Oct 28, Christopher
Columbus discovered Cuba and claimed it for Spain.
1510 Oct 28, Francisco Borgia
was born. He was the grandson of debauched Pope Alexander VI, and
became a theologian and saint.
1595 Oct 28, Battle at
Giurgevo: Zsigmond Bathory of Transylvania beat the Turks.
1627 Oct 28, Djehangir
(Jahangir), great mogul of India, died.
1628 Oct 28, After a
fifteen-month siege, the Huguenot town of La Rochelle surrendered to
Cardinal Richelieu's Catholic forces. John Tradescant, an English
gardener who accompanied Duke George Villiers to rescue the
Huguenots, had designed siege trenches prior to the surrender.
(HN, 10/28/98)(MC, 10/28/01)(WSJ, 4/3/08, p.B19)
1636 Oct 28, The General Court
of Massachusetts passed a legislative act establishing Harvard
College in Cambridge, Mass. It was the first corporation in the US.
Harvard Univ. was named after John Harvard who bequeathed books to
the Univ. that included “The Christian Warfare Against the Devil
World and Flesh" by John Downame. Englishman George Downing was the
first graduate. London’s Downing St. was named after him. [see Sep
(SFEC, 6/28/98, Z1 p.8)(HN, 10/28/98)(SFEC,
12/6/98, Z1p.10)(AP, 10/28/07)
1646 Oct 28, The 1st Protestant
church assembly for Indians took place in Massachusetts.
1701 Oct 28, William
Penn presented a Charter of Privileges for the Province of
Pennsylvania during his 2nd and last visit to the colony. Among its
provisions was one establishing total religious freedom and
tolerance to those who wanted to live in peace in the colony. It
remained as Pennsylvania's constitution until the outbreak of the
American Revolution (1775-1783).
1704 Oct 28, John Locke
(b.1632), English philosopher, Oxford academic and medical
researcher, died. He authored 2 treatises on government.
1746 Oct 28, A tsunami caused
by the Lima–Callao earthquake destroyed the entire port of Callao.
Lima was almost completely destroyed by the earthquake that killed
1,141. The tsunami killed 5-6 thousand people.
1768 Oct 28, Germans and
Acadians joined French Creoles in their armed revolt against the
Spanish governor of New Orleans.
1768 Oct 28, Michel Blavet
(68), French court flautist and composer, died.
1776 Oct 28, The Battle of
White Plains was fought during the Revolutionary War, resulting in a
limited British victory. Washington retreated to NJ.
1790 Oct 28, NY gave up claims
to Vermont for $30,000.
1793 Oct 28, Eliphalet
Remington, US gun maker, was born.
1793 Oct 28, Eli Whitney
applied for a patent on the cotton gin, a machine which cleaned the
tight-clinging seeds from short-staple cotton easily and
effectively--a job which was previously done by hand. The patent was
granted the following March.
(AP, 10/28/97)(HN, 10/28/98)
1802 Oct 28, The 34-gun Spanish
frigate Juno, enroute back to Spain from Mexico [Puerto Rico], ran
into a storm off the coast of Virginia. Captain Don Juan Ignacio
Bustillo perished along with 425 men, women and children and an
estimated half-billion dollars in treasure. A boy from the wreck
survived on Assateague Island and was named James Alone. He later
changed his name to James Lunn. Many Chincoteague islanders later
traced their descent to James.
(USAT, 5/7/98, p.9A)(WSJ, 7/17/98, p.A1)(SFC,
1818 Oct 28, Abigail Adams,
wife of former Pres. John Adams, died. In 1975 some 200 letters of
Abigail Adams were published as “The Book of Abigail and John."
1818 Oct 28, Ivan Turgenev
(d.1883), Russian novelist, poet, playwright (Fathers & Sons),
was born. [see Nov 9]
1846 Oct 28, Auguste Escoffier,
king of chefs and chef of kings, was born.
1858 Oct 28, Rowland Hussey
Macy opened his first New York store at Sixth Avenue and 14th Street
1863 Oct 28-29, In a
rare night attack, Confederates under Gen. James Longstreet attacked
a Federal force near Chattanooga in the Battle of Wauhatchie,
Tennessee. Longstreet hoped to cut the Federal supply line, the
“cracker line," but failed. The principal commanders were: Maj. Gen.
Joseph Hooker [US] and Brig. Gen. Micah Jenkins [CS]. Estimated
causalities: 828 total (US 420; CS 408).
1864 Oct 28, Battle at Fair
Oaks, Virginia, ended after 1554 casualties.
1875 Oct 28, Gilbert Grosvenor,
editor, was born. He turned the National Geographic Society’s
irregularly published pamphlet into a periodical with a circulation
of nearly two million.
1880 Oct 28, San Francisco held
a referendum on whether "The Awakening" by French artist Gabriel
Guay (1848-1923) should be open for public view. An exhibit of a
nude painting at the 15th Mechanic’s Fair triggered the referendum
and 12,808 people bought tickets to the fair on the day of the vote,
which passed in favor in a landslide.
(SFC, 3/7/15, p.C2)(http://tinyurl.com/p5g2v8v)
1886 Oct 28, The Statue of
Liberty on Liberty Island, formerly Bedloe's Island, in New York
Harbor, a gift from the people of France, was dedicated by President
Cleveland. It was designed by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi and
originally named Liberty Enlightening the World. It was erected at
the entrance of New York harbor as a symbol of freedom to welcome
immigrants and others from around the world and became a monument to
republicanism and to the amity between the French and American
nations. The 225-ton statue arrived in 214 packing cases in June
1885 and was assembled on an American-built pedestal, the money for
which was largely raised by Joseph Pulitzer. Lady Liberty, holding
up her torch at the entrance of the harbor, remains one of America's
most recognized monuments. Later the poem “New Colossus" by Emma
Lazarus was placed at the base. The island was renamed by Pres.
(WUD, 1994, p.1389)(WSJ, 7/26/96, p.A9)(THC,
4/10/97)(AP, 10/28/97) (HNPD, 10/28/98)(HN, 10/28/98)(MC, 10/28/01)
1891 Oct 28, An earthquake
struck Mino-Owari, Japan, and killed 7,300.
1893 Oct 28, Peter Ilyich
Tchaikovsky conducted the first public performance of his Symphony
Number Six in B minor ("Pathetique") in St. Petersburg, Russia, just
nine days before his death.
1896 Oct 28, Howard Hansen,
composer, was born in Wahoo, Nebraska. He became the director of the
Eastman School of music.
(HN, 10/28/00)(MC, 10/28/01)
1897 Oct 28, Hans Speidel, Nazi
chief-staff and NATO-supreme commander, was born.
1901 Oct 28, Race riots,
sparked by Booker T. Washington's visit to the White House, killed
1903 Oct 28, Evelyn Waugh
(d.1966), English novelist, was born in London. Waugh served in WWII
as a SAS Commando. He wrote "Decline and Fall" and "Brideshead
Revisited." "News is what a chap who doesn't care much about
anything wants to read. And it's only news until he's read it. After
that it's dead."
(AP, 3/29/99)(HN, 10/28/99)(MC, 10/28/01)
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.
1904 Oct 28, The St. Louis,
Missouri, police tried a new investigation method--fingerprints.
1907 Oct 28, Edith Head,
fashion designer for MGM, was born.
1909 Oct 28, Francis Bacon,
English artist, was born. He painted expressionist portraits.
1910 Oct 28, Francis Bacon
(d.1992), English artist who painted expressionist portraits, was
born in Dublin to English parents. He had no formal training as an
artist. After earning a modest reputation in the 1920s as a
modernist interior designer, he began oil painting in 1929. He first
established himself as a major in 1944, when his now-famous triptych
Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion was exhibited
at London’s Tate Gallery. Birth year also given as 1909.
(HN, 10/28/98)(MIA, www, 1999)(SFEC, 5/30/99, DB
1912 Oct 28, Richard Doll,
English epidemiologist, was born. He established a link between
tobacco smoke and cancer.
1913 Oct 28, The "Krazy Kat"
comic strip by George Herriman (1880-1944) debuted as a daily comic
strip in the New York Evening Journal.
1914 Oct 28, Jonas Salk, US
physician and virologist, was born in NYC. He developed the first
safe and effective vaccine against polio.
(HN, 10/28/98)(AH, 10/04, p.15)
1914 Oct 28, George Eastman
announced the invention of the color photographic process.
1914 Oct 28, The German cruiser
Emden, disguised as a British ship, steamed into Penang Harbor near
Malaya and sank the Russian light cruiser Zhemchug.
1915 Oct 28, Richard Strauss'
Alpine Symphony premiered in Berlin.
1918 Oct 28, The Czechoslovak
National Congress in Prague proclaimed the independence of
1919 Oct 28, Congress passed
the National Prohibition Act, or Volstead Act, over President
Wilson's veto. It was named after its promoter, Congressman Andrew
J. Volstead, and provided enforcement guidelines for the Prohibition
Amendment which had been ratified January 29.
(AP, 10/28/97)(HN, 10/28/98)
1922 Oct 28, The 1st
coast-to-coast radio broadcast of a football game. WEAF in New York
broadcast the first collegiate football game to be heard across the
US. Princeton played against the University of Chicago at Stagg
Field in Chicago, Illinois. Telephone lines transmitted the game to
New York City, where the radio transmission started. Queensboro
Realty Co. paid $100 for 10 minutes of air time. (Princeton 21,
1922 Oct 28, Fascism came to
Italy as Benito Mussolini took control of the government.
1925 Oct 28, Leonard Starr,
comic strip cartoonist (Little Orphan Annie), was born.
1927 Oct 28, Cleo Laine,
actress and singer (Flesh to a Tiger), was born in Middlesex,
1927 Oct 28, Pan Am Airways
launched the first scheduled international flight. Pan Am was
founded this year as a mail carrier to Havana by Juan Terry Trippe.
In 2000 Barnaby Conrad III authored "Pan Am: An Aviation Legend."
(HN, 10/28/98)(SFEM, 2/13/00, p.30)
1927 Oct 28, Josip Broz (Tito)
began a 7 months jail sentence in Croatia.
1929 Oct 28, Universal Pictures
joined with Transcontinental Air Transport to offer moving pictures
for air passengers bound for California.
(SFC, 10/29/04, p.F11)
1929 Oct 28, The DJIA dropped
12.8%. Dow Jones plummeted 38.33 pts (13%) to 260.64. Just before
the Great Crash the Ladies Home Journal proclaimed: "Everyone Ought
to Be Rich."
(WSJ, 9/9/96, p.A1)(SFC, 10/17/97, p.B2)
1934 Oct 28, In Redwood City,
Ca., a crowd of 20,000 people gathered at the temporary Pulgas Water
Temple to witness the first Sierra water begin to empty into Crystal
Springs Lake. The Pulgas Water Temple near the Crystal Springs
Reservoir was modeled after the Sunol Water Temple designed by
Willis Polk. This marked the end of the 20-year SF water project led
by engineer Michael O'Shaugnessy (d.10/18/34) [see Oct 12].
(SFC, 12/19/96, p.A21)(SFC, 9/27/97, p.A24)(Ind,
1936 Oct 28, President
Roosevelt rededicated the Statue of Liberty on its 50th anniversary.
1938 Oct 28, There was a
farewell parade of International Brigade in Barcelona, Spain.
1939 Oct 28, Anti-German
demonstrations and strikes took place in Czechoslovakia.
1939 Oct 28, A Spitfire shot
down a German Heinkel-111 over Scotland.
1940 Oct 28, Greece said no to
an ultimatum from Benito Mussolini who demanded that PM Metaxas
allow the Italian army free passage to enter and occupy strategic
sites in Greece unopposed. Italy invaded Greece, launching six
divisions on four fronts from Albania, which it had occupied the
previous year. Greece successfully resisted Italy's attack. From
1942 Greeks celebrated From 1942 Greeks celebrated October 28 as Ohi
Day (No Day).
1940 Oct 28, A meeting between
Hitler and Mussolini took place in Florence.
1942 Oct 28, The 6th day of the
battle at El Alamein. British offensive under Montgomery.
1943 Oct 28, The German U-220
1944 Oct 28, Dennis Franz,
actor (NYPD Blue), was born in Maywood, Ill.
1944 Oct 28, The first B-29
Superfortress bomber mission flew from the airfields in the Mariana
Islands in a strike against the Japanese base at Truk.
Oct 28, The last Nazi transport of Jews to the gas chambers of
Auschwitz-Birkenau was sent from Theresienstadt.
1946 Oct 28, German rocket
engineers began work in the USSR.
1948 Oct 28, Flag of Israel was
1949 Oct 28, Eugenie Anderson
became the 1st woman US ambassador. She was posted to Denmark.
(HFA, ‘96, p.40)(MC, 10/28/01)
1953 Oct 28, Red Barber
resigned as Dodger sportscaster to join Yankees.
1954 Oct 28, Ernest Hemingway
received news that he was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature.
Poor health prevented him from going to Stockholm to receive it.
(TMC, 1994, p.1954)(AH, 10/04, p.15)
1955 Oct 28, William Gates, the
chairman and CEO of Microsoft Corporation, the world’s largest
software firm, was born.
1958 Oct 28, The Samuel Beckett
play "Krapp's Last Tape" premiered in London.
(AP, 10/28/08)(SFEC, 10/15/00, DB p.50)
1958 Oct 28, The Roman Catholic
patriarch of Venice, Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, was elected Pope,
taking the name John XXIII.
1960 Oct 28, In a note to the
OAS (Organization of American States), the United States charged
that Cuba had been receiving substantial quantities of arms and
numbers of military technicians" from the Soviet bloc.
1961 Oct 28, Ground was broken
for Municipal (Shea) Stadium for NY Mets.
1962 Oct 28, Soviet leader
Nikita Khrushchev informed the United States that he had ordered the
dismantling of Soviet missile bases in Cuba. Radio Moscow reported
nuclear missiles in Cuba deactivated. Kennedy and Khrushchev agreed
on a formula to end the Cuban missile crisis: the Russians would
dismantle their bases and the United States would publicly promise
not to invade Cuba.
(AP, 10/28/97)(HN, 10/22/98)(HNPD, 10/22/98)(MC,
1963 Oct 28, In NYC the
demolition of Penn Station, completed in 1910, began.
1964 Oct 28, Dr. Timothy Leary
(44) and Dr. Richard Alper (33), fired from Harvard Univ. for
experimenting with LSD, spoke in San Francisco and said two
generations hence everyone may be taking LSD weekly to increase
(SSFC, 10/26/14, DB p.42)
1965 Oct 28, The Gateway Arch
(630' (190m) high), designed by Eero Saarinen, was completed in St
1965 Oct 28, Pope Paul VI
issued a decree, Nostra Aetate, absolving Jews of collective guilt
for the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
(AP, 10/28/99)(SFC, 3/11/06, p.B10)
1968 Oct 28, Pres. Johnson
named Robert Komer (d.2000 at 78) as ambassador to Turkey. Komer had
served Johnson as head of the "pacification" program in Vietnam,
which used information and propaganda to gain political and social
control of south Vietnam.
1968 Oct 28, In SF the first
eviction notices were served to the 196 tenants of the International
Hotel. This led to a 9-year struggle that resulted in their forced
eviction on Aug 4, 1977. The property had been taken over five
months earlier by the Milton Myers Company under Pres. Walter
8/19/07, p.B1)(SSFC, 11/25/18, p.46)
1970 Oct 28, In Canada Gerald
Regan (b.1928) became premier of Nova Scotia and continued to 1978.
In 1995 charges were filed that he sexually assaulted 2 girls (14)
in 1956 and another young woman (18) in 1969. He was tried in 1998
at age 70. He was acquitted by a jury as 19 other women came forward
with charges of sexual assault.
(SFC, 12/17/98, p.C9)(SFEC, 12/20/98,
1974 Oct 28, A US law banned
discrimination of sex or marital status in credit application.
1974 Oct 28, Missionaries Mark
Fischer (19) of Milwaukee, Wis., and Gary Darley (20) of Simi
Valley, Calif., disappeared in Austin, Texas. Their bodies were
never found. Robert Elmer Kleasen, taxidermist, was convicted for
their murder and sentenced to death in 1975, but was released after
2 years due to a faulty search warrant. He moved to Britain and in
2001 was convicted again based on DNA evidence, but died in 2003
while awaiting possible extradition.
1976 Oct 28, Former Nixon aide
John D. Ehrlichman entered a federal prison camp in Safford, Ariz.,
to begin serving his sentence for Watergate-related convictions.
1980 Oct 28, President Carter
and Republican presidential nominee Ronald Reagan faced off in a
nationally broadcast, 90-minute debate in Cleveland.
1980 Oct 28, Susan Jordan (15)
of Riverside, Ca., was raped and murdered by Albert Greenwood Brown.
In 2010 Brown (56) was scheduled to be executed.
1980 Oct 28, Canada’s federal
government under Pierre Trudeau introduced a national energy
program, which forced Alberta to sell its oil to Canadians at below
market prices. The policy was dismantled in 1984.
(Econ, 12/3/05, Survey
1981 Oct 28, The US Senate
voted for the sale of AWACS to Saudi Arabia. Fred Dutton
(1923-2005), Washington counsel and lobbyist for Saudi Arabia,
helped get US congressional approval for a 2nd major arms sale to
(http://tinyurl.com/98qre)(SFC, 6/28/05, p.B5)
1982 Oct 28, The Spanish
Socialist Workers’ Party won the elections and Felipe Gonzalez
(b.1942) became prime minister. He served 4 successive mandates and
stepped down as head of the party in 1997.
1983 Oct 28, US forces led by
Vice Adm. Joseph Metcalf III took control of Grenada 3 days after
invading the island. Deputy PM Bernard Coard, leader of the
rebellion, was captured. The fighting left 19 Americans dead along
with 45 Grenadans.
(SFC, 3/12/07, p.B4)
1985 Oct 28, Singer Whitney
Houston (1963-2012) performed before a sellout crowd at Carnegie
1985 Oct 28, John Walker, the
leader of the so-called "Walker family spy ring," pleaded guilty to
giving U-S Navy secrets to the Soviet Union.
1985 Oct 28, In Sierra Leone
Pres. Siaka Stevens retired from office at the end of his term.
After pressuring all other potential successors to step aside,
Major-General Joseph Saidu Momoh was sworn in as the new President
of the Republic.
1986 Oct 28, The Statue of
Liberty turned 100 years old. The true centennial of the Statue of
Liberty was celebrated in New York with ceremonies that were modest
compared with the hoopla of "Liberty Weekend" the previous July.
(TMC, 1994, p.1986)(AP, 10/28/06)
1987 Oct 28, During a debate in
Houston that included the six Republican presidential contenders,
Vice President George Bush argued that as President Reagan's
"co-pilot," he knew how to "land the plane in a storm."
1988 Oct 28, A French
pharmaceutical company that manufactured the abortion pill RU-486
announced it would resume distribution on command of the French
1989 Oct 28, The Oakland A's
won the earthquake-interrupted World Series, completing a four-game
sweep of the San Francisco Giants.
1989 Oct 28, Twenty people were
killed in the crash of a commuter plane on the island of Hawaii.
1990 Oct 28, In a surprise
move, Iraq said it was halting gasoline rationing imposed earlier in
response to global economic sanctions.
1991 Oct 28, Two days before
the start of a Middle East peace conference in Madrid, Spain,
President George H.W. Bush sought to lower expectations for a
dramatic breakthrough, saying there was a “long, long way to go."
1991 Oct 28, The Andrea Gail, a
72-foot swordfish boat from Gloucester, Mass., disappeared off the
coast of Nova Scotia. Six fishermen were lost. In 1997 Sebastian
Junger authored "The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the
Sea." A film version followed in 2000.
1992 Oct 28, Less than a week
before Election Day, President Bush continued to emphasize that
voters could not trust Bill Clinton in the White House; for his
part, Clinton accused Bush of abusing the powers of the presidency.
1992 Oct 28, The US
Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was enacted.
It banned betting on sports with exemptions to Delaware, Nevada,
Oregon and Montana.
(Econ, 9/26/09, p.42)(http://tinyurl.com/yenf89a)
1993 Oct 28, Doris Duke
(b.1912), the only child of American Tobacco founder James Buchanon,
died. She left a fortune to her butler, Bernard Lafferty (d.1996).
She left $1.2 billion to her Doris Duke Charitable Foundation which
took over management of her Shangri La home in Hawaii. In 2002 it
opened as a museum to promote Middle Eastern art and culture. The
foundation also bestowed her trove of Southeast Asian artifacts to
the Asian Art museum in San Francisco.
p.G5)(SFC, 10/24/09, p.E1)
1993 Oct 28, A US CIA report
mentioned FRAPH and Emmanuel Constant in connection with the killing
of Justice Minister Guy Mallory. The report says the Haitian junta’s
chief of staff, Gen. Philippe Biamby and his associates coordinated
(SFEC, 10/13/96, p.A15)
1993 Oct 28, Ousted Haitian
President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, speaking at the United Nations,
called for a trade blockade to Haiti to force out its military
1994 Oct 28, President Clinton
visited Kuwait, where he praised U.S. ground forces sent in response
to an Iraqi threat, and all but promised the troops they'd be home
1995 Oct 28, The Atlanta Braves
defeated the Cleveland Indians, 1-0, to win the World Series in Game
1995 Oct 28, The US Senate
approved a GOP package of spending slashes and tax reductions,
1995 Oct 28, An 18-wheel truck
plunged over an embankment outside Washington DC and spilled 100
gallons of sulfuric acid onto I-95. The driver, Tom Billings, had
(WSJ, 5/6/96, p.B-1)
1996 Oct 28, Richard Jewell,
cleared of committing the Olympic park bombing, held a news
conference in Atlanta in which he thanked his mother for standing by
him and lashed out at reporters and investigators who had depicted
him as the bomber.
1996 Oct 28, Comedian Morey
Amsterdam died in Los Angeles at age 81.
1997 Oct 28, The NBA announced
that two women were selected to serve as referees. This was the
first time that women would work as officials in any all-male
American professional sport.
(SFC, 10/29/97, p.A1)
1997 Oct 28, A day after
plunging 554 points, the stock market roared back, posting a
337-point recovery, with more than one billion shares traded. The
4.71% point gain was the largest ever.
(WSJ, 10/29/97, p.A1)(AP, 10/28/98)
1997 Oct 28, In England the
Financial Services Authority (FSA) came into being for the oversight
of financial institutions.
(Econ, 10/20/07, SR
1997 Oct 28, In South Africa
the First National Branch in Pretoria was robbed of $2,500. Mzwakhe
Mbuli, a renowned "people's poet," and 2 suspects were arrested
shortly after the robbery. Mbuli was convicted in 1999, but claimed
that he was framed due to his knowledge of government officials
involved in drug smuggling. He was given a 13-year jail term.
(SFC, 3/30/99, p.F3)(SFC, 4/23/99, p.D3)
1998 Oct 28, Ted Hughes,
British poet, died at age 68. His work included 35 books of poems, 3
works of prose, 2 opera libretti, and 4 stage plays. In 2007
Christopher Reid edited “Letters of Ted Hughes." In 2015 Jonathan
Bate authored “Ted Hughes: The Unauthorized Life."
(SFC, 10/30/98, p.A17)(Econ, 11/24/07, p.90)
1998 Oct 28, In Botswana the
life expectancy was reported to have dropped from 61 in 1993 to 47
to the AIDS epidemic.
(SFC, 10/28/98, p.A12)
1998 Oct 28, Brazil unveiled an
$84 million austerity package that included a tax on government
(SFC, 10/29/98, p.A14)
1998 Oct 28, Britain’s High
Court ruled that Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet could not be
tried in England for anything he did in Chile. Pinochet was still
held pending an appeal. The House of Lords later overturned the
decision, saying Pinochet's arrest could stand. Pinochet was
eventually allowed to return to Chile, where a court later held that
he could not face charges because of his deteriorating health and
mental condition. Pinochet died in 2006.
(SFC, 10/29/98, p.A1)(AP, 10/28/08)
1998 Oct 28, In Burundi 34
people were killed south of the capital.
(SFC, 10/29/98, p.A14)
1998 Oct 28, In China the new
$400 million Wanjiazhai dam on the Yellow River was to begin
producing hydroelectric power.
(SFC, 10/23/98, p.D5)
1998 Oct 28, Colombian Pres.
Pastrana met with Pres. Clinton in Washington and agreed to expand
the fight against drugs.
(SFC, 10/29/98, p.A14)
1998 Oct 28, In Indonesia some
8,000 students staged a sit-in in Jakarta and demanded the B.J.
Habibie step down.
(SFC, 10/29/98, p.A14)
1998 Oct 28, In Israel a bomb
aimed at a busload of school children exploded in the Gaza Strip and
2 people were killed.
(SFC, 10/29/98, p.A15)
1998 Oct 28, Four Slovak
opposition parties formed a centre-right coalition government under
(SFC, 10/29/98, p.A14)(Econ, 3/27/04, p.52)
1998 Oct 28, In South Africa
the 3,500 page report of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee was
formally handed over from Desmond Tutu to Pres. Mandela. It was
based on years of testimony from the people who ran the 1960-1994
white-government and their victims.
(SFC, 10/29/98, p.A13)(WSJ, 10/30/98, p.A1)
1998 Oct 28, The Inter-American
Development Bank approved a $400 million loan to help Venezuela
adopt economic reforms while battling the effects of low oil
(WSJ, 10/29/98, p.A13)
1998 Oct 28, In Zimbabwe it was
reported that 1 in 5 adults was infected with the AIDS virus.
(SFC, 10/28/98, p.A12)
1999 Oct 28, Five Republican
presidential hopefuls debated such issues as abortion, health care
and taxes in their second meeting in less than a week; once again,
front-runner George W. Bush was absent from the gathering in New
1999 Oct 28, The House passed,
218-to-211, the last spending bill of the year, which President
Clinton said he would veto.
1999 Oct 28, Two Navy Blue
Angel aviators, Kieron O'Connor (35) and Kevin Colling (32), were
killed when their F/A-18 Hornet crashed during a training flight
near Moody Air Force Base in Georgia. 23 pilots have died at shows
or training since the group was formed in 1946.
(SFC, 10/29/99, p.A3)(WSJ, 10/29/99, p.A1)
1999 Oct 28, Harvard Medical
School reported that drug resistant TB had been found in 104
countries and required $1 billion for control. In Russia some
100,000 inmates had TB with 40% drug-resistant.
(SFC, 10/29/99, p.A9)
1999 Oct 28, In Armenia the
assassins of the prime minister surrendered following negotiations
with Pres. Robert Kocharian. Nairi Unanian, his younger brother
Karen, their uncle Vram Galstian were 3 of the 5 arrested.
(SFC, 10/28/99, p.A1)(SFC, 10/29/99, p.A14)
1999 Oct 28, China Netcom Corp.
began operations. It was formed earlier in the year by several
government agencies as a competitor to the state-owned telecom
monopoly, China Telecom Corp. Jiang Mianheng, the son of Jiang
Zemin, was one of the 5-member board of directors.
(WSJ, 10/28/99, p.A21)(WSJ, 11/1/99, p.A1)
1999 Oct 28, In Kashmir
separatist militants fired 6 rocket-propelled grenades at the main
government building in the capital and 3 people were killed and 28
(SFC, 10/29/99, p.D3)
1999 Oct 28, Mauritania
established full diplomatic relations with Israel.
(SFC, 10/29/99, p.D3)
1999 Oct 28, Russian soldiers
battled Chechen fighters for control of Yastrebinaya Hill, which
overlooked Grozny. Chechen Pres. Makhashev said that 223 civilians
had been killed in the last 2 days.
(SFC, 10/29/99, p.D4)
1999 Oct 28, In Yemen 3
Americans, Marta R. Colburn and her parents, were freed after being
held for 2 days by tribesmen, who demanded the release of 25
suspects held for an attack on an oil pipeline.
(SFC, 10/28/99, p.A12)
2000 Oct 28, In Kosovo
municipal elections were held. Ibrahim Rugova declared victory for
his League for a Democratic Kosovo and won 21 of 27 contested
(SFEC, 10/29/00, p.A17)(SFC, 10/29/00, p.A1)(SFC,
2000 Oct 28, David Trimble,
leader of Northern Ireland's biggest Protestant party, narrowly won
a crucial party battle, keeping alive the province's power-sharing
2000 Oct 28, Palestinians
clashed with Israeli troops and at least 29 were wounded.
(SFEC, 10/29/00, p.A18)
2001 Oct 28, The Arizona
Diamondbacks gained a 2-0 lead in the World Series, defeating the
New York Yankees 4-0.
2001 Oct 28, The families of
people killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack gathered in New York
for a memorial service filled with prayer and song.
2001 Oct 28, The CDC reported a
13th case of anthrax in a New Jersey postal worker. Spores were
found at the mail center in Landover, Md.
(SFC, 10/29/01, p.A1)
2001 Oct 28, United Airlines
replaced embattled chairman and chief executive James Goodwin with
board member John Creighton.
2001 Oct 28, In California
Jeffrey Fontana (24), a rookie police officer, was shot and killed
during an apparent traffic stop in San Jose’s Almaden Valley
neighborhood. DeShawn Lee Campbell (22) was suspected in the murder.
Campbell was caught Nov 7. In 2009 Campbell, a mentally disabled
man, was convicted of 2nd degree murder and sentenced to life in
(SFC, 10/29/01, p.A1)(SFC, 10/30/01, p.A13)(SFC,
11/8/01, p.A21)(SFC, 8/8/09, p.C2)
2001 Oct 28, The US expanded
air strikes over Afghanistan and hit targets in Kabul,
Mazar-e-Sharif, Herat, Jalalabad, Kandahar and near the Tajik
border. 13 civilians, including 4 children, were reported killed in
(SFC, 10/29/01, p.A1)
2001 Oct 28, Israel pulled out
of Bethlehem and Beit Jala. In Hadera suspected Palestinian gunmen
sprayed gunfire and killed 4 women along a main boulevard before
they were shot dead by police. Drive by shooters killed an Israeli
soldier near the northern West Bank frontier.
(SFC, 10/29/01, p.A9)
2001 Oct 28, In Pakistan gunmen
attacked St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Bahawalpur and shot to
death at least 16 people. In Quetta a bomb on a bus killed 3
passengers. 13 Islamic militants were arrested in connection with
(SFC, 10/29/01, p.A1,8)(WSJ, 10/31/01, p.A1)
2001 Oct 28, In Zamboanga,
Philippines, a bomb exploded at a food court and at least 6 people
were killed. Abu Sayyaf rebels were blamed.
(SFC, 10/29/01, p.A9)
2001 Oct 28, In Somalia PM Ali
Khalif Galaydh lost a no-confidence vote after a tenure of 13
months. Pres. Abdiqasim Salad Hassan prepared to nominate a new PM.
(SFC, 10/29/01, p.A9)
2002 Oct 28, In Arizona Robert
Flores (41), a failing nursing student, shot and killed 3 professors
and then himself at the College of Nursing in Tucson.
(SFC, 10/28/02, p.A4)
2002 Oct 28, Chechen President
Aslan Maskhadov is prepared to hold unconditional talks with the
Russian leadership to find a political solution to the bloody
conflict in Chechnya, his envoy said.
2002 Oct 28, It was reported
that 200 farms in China tap 7,000 live, caged bears for their bile
in an excruciating process. Owners slice into the bears to milk bile
from their gall bladder with a tube. Bear bile is viewed as a
panacea in traditional Chinese medicine. Many bears do not survive
the initial operation and few live longer than 10 years, less than
half the average life expectancy.
2002 Oct 28, In Colombia a car
bomb set in front of a school killed 2 police officers and wounded
11 others, just hours before President Alvaro Uribe visited Arauca.
2002 Oct 28, In Jordan an
assassin pumped eight shots into Laurence Foley (62), an employee of
the US Agency for International Development, outside his home in the
first known killing of a Western envoy in Amman. 2 suspects were
arrested Dec 14. Abu Musab Zarqawi was suspected in the murder. In
2009 a military court convicted Al-Qaida militant Mohammed Ahmed
Youssef al-Jaghbeer in a retrial for the murder of Foley and
sentenced him to death.
(AP, 10/28/02)(WSJ, 12/16/02, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/10/04,
p.A8)(SFC, 7/14/09, p.A2)
2002 Oct 28, Russian President
Vladimir Putin led a national day of mourning as relatives and
friends grieved for the more than 100 captives who died in the siege
at a Moscow theater.
2002 Oct 28, Zimbabwe's ruling
party won a sweeping victory in a parliamentary by-election. The
opposition said that the vote was rigged and swayed by violence and
2003 Oct 28, The US Senate
approved Utah's Gov. Mike Leavitt as head of the EPA.
(SFC, 10/29/03, p.A3)
2003 Oct 28, Ohio truck driver
Iyman Faris (b.1969) was sentenced in federal court to 20 years in
prison for aiding and abetting al-Qaida by scoping out the Brooklyn
Bridge as part of a plot to cut through cables that support it. In
2018 a federal judge ruled that the government can't strip the
Pakistani-born terrorist of his US citizenship.
2003 Oct 28, The seven
astronauts who died in the February 1 Columbia shuttle disaster were
honored with the unveiling of their names carved into the national
Space Mirror Memorial.
2003 Oct 28, In SF it was
announced that the Helen Diller Family Foundation would make a $35
million donation to the new cancer research center of UCSF at
Mission Bay. The new 5-story Diller Building, designed by
Uruguay-born architect, Rafael Vinoly, opened in 2009.
(SFC, 10/28/03, p.B1)(SFC, 6/2/09, p.E8)
2003 Oct 28, Wells Fargo
announced a new Identity Theft Assistance Center.
(SFC, 10/29/03, p.B1)
2003 Oct 28, Southern
California fires covered 600,000 acres. The death toll climbed to
20. Some 11,467 firefighters covered the blazes. Arson was suspected
in most of the 10 fires. Firefighters saved hundreds of homes in the
San Fernando Valley from California's deadliest wildfires in more
than a decade. In 2009 Rickie Lee Fowler (28) was indicted on murder
and arson charges for a 2003 wildfire that destroyed nearly 1,000
homes in San Bernadino County. On Jan 28, 2013, Fowler was given the
(SFC, 10/29/03, p.A1)(AP, 10/28/08)(SFC,
10/21/09, p.A4)(SFC, 1/29/13, p.A4)
2003 Oct 28, It was reported
that Forbes Magazine had estimated Yasser Arafat's fortune at some
$300 million, with much of it controlled by adviser Mohammed Rachid.
(SFC, 10/28/03, p.A3)
2003 Oct 28, A Soyuz space
capsule with 3 astronauts from the International Space Station
landed in Kazakhstan.
(SFC, 10/28/03, p.A1)
2003 Oct 28, Australia and New
Zealand said they will start withdrawing troops from the Solomon
Islands, claiming success in a mission to restore law and order.
2003 Oct 28, Chechen rebels
killed 8 Russian soldiers in a series of attacks.
(WSJ, 10/29/03, p.A1)
2003 Oct 28, Czech Independence
Day. Cathrin Schauer published her book “Children Walk the Streets,"
a chronicle of child prostitution along the Czech-German border.
(WPR, 3/04, p.45)
2003 Oct 28, Former Guatemala
paramilitary fighters released four journalists and three other
hostages after the government promised to pay the ex-soldiers for
their services during the 36-year civil war.
2003 Oct 28, In Iraq a car bomb
exploded near a police station on a major street in the tense city
of Fallujah, killing at least four people.
2003 Oct 28, In Iraq 2 American
soldiers were killed when their Abrams battle tank was damaged by
resistance fighters 45 miles north of Baghdad. Total US deaths reach
115 and surpassed the 114 killed during the initial war Mar 20-May
2003 Oct 28, In southern Iraq 7
Ukrainian peacekeepers were wounded when militants attacked their
patrol. 1,650 Ukrainian troops served in the Polish-led
2003 Oct 28, Japan's Sony Corp.
said it would cut 20,000 workers and reduce costs by $3 billion over
the next 4 years.
(SFC, 10/29/03, p.B3)
2003 Oct 28, In Mexico City
high-level officials of the Organization of American States ended
two day of talks with a new security agenda.
2003 Oct 28, In central Nepal
rebels attacked a police station, killing at least 8 people.
2003 Oct 28, Joan Perucho (82),
judge, novelist and art critic, died in Barcelona.
(SFC, 10/31/03, p.A25)
2003 Oct 28, In western Sudan a
helicopter transporting troops crashed, killing 19 members of the
armed forces and a university student.
2004 Oct 28, Fox News Channel's
Bill O'Reilly (55) settled a harassment lawsuit brought by Andrea
Mackris (33), a former Fox producer, who accused him of graphically
discussing sex with her.
2004 Oct 28, The US law Check
21, that allowed banks to transfer facsimiles of checks
electronically, was scheduled to take effect.
(WSJ, 1/26/04, p.A1)
2004 Oct 28, Boston Red Sox
fans turned out by the tens of thousands near historic Fenway Park
to celebrate their World Series champion team, the city's first
2004 Oct 28, AMD released its
new $185 personal Internet Communicator for consumers in developing
(SFC, 10/28/04, p.C3)
2004 Oct 28, A breakaway
Taliban group abducted three foreign UN workers from Kabul because
they assisted Afghanistan's "fake election" and threatened to kill
them if a rescue mission was launched.
2004 Oct 28, Amar Saifi, one of
North Africa's most wanted Islamic militant leaders, was taken into
custody in Algeria. The No. 2 leader of the Salafists is accused in
the kidnapping of 32 European tourists last year.
(Reuters, 10/29/04)(WSJ, 10/29/04, p.A1)
2004 Oct 28, Cambodia's King
Norodom Sihamoni, the 51-year-old son of former king Norodom
Sihanouk, was formally sworn in as monarch.
2004 Oct 28, China's central
bank raised interest rates for the first time in 9 years in a
surprise move that was aimed at guiding a heated economy onto a path
of slower growth. The rate increase .25% to 5.6%.
(Reuters, 10/28/04)(Econ, 11/6/04, p.12)
2004 Oct 28, China and Iran
signed a memorandum of understanding for an oil and gas agreement
worth tens of billions of dollars.
(WSJ, 11/1/04, p.A1)
2004 Oct 28, For the 13th
straight year, the U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly urged the
United States to end its more than four decade trade embargo against
2004 Oct 28, An armed group
claimed in a video to have obtained a large amount of explosives
missing from a munitions depot facility in Iraq and threatened to
use them against foreign troops.
2004 Oct 28, Militants released
a grisly video that showed the killing of 11 Iraqi troops held
hostage for days, beheading one, then shooting the others
execution-style. Another group released a video of a kidnapped
Polish woman, demanding Warsaw pull its troops from Iraq.
2004 Oct 28, A survey of deaths
in Iraqi households estimates that as many as 100,000 more people
may have died throughout the country in the 18 months after the U.S.
invasion than would be expected based on the death rate before the
2004 Oct 28, Latvia's
government resigned after lawmakers refused to pass the 2005 budget
that had been proposed by PM Indulis Emsis.
(AP, 10/28/04)(WSJ, 10/29/04, p.A13)
2004 Oct 28, Five policemen
working for Nigeria's anti-drug enforcement agency were among 7
people killed by a mob that mistook them for armed robbers in a
remote northern village.
2004 Oct 28, In western Siberia
13 coal miners died after an explosion ripped through a coal mine.
2004 Oct 28, A contingent of 50
Nigerian soldiers arrived in Darfur, Sudan, aboard a US military
plane, the first of 3,000 extra African Union troops deployed to
monitor a shaky cease-fire.
2004 Oct 28, In southern
Thailand a bomb exploded outside a bar, killing two people and
2005 Oct 28, US prosecutor
Patrick Fitzgerald released a 22-page indictment with five charges
against I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby Jr. regarding the Valerie Plame
case. They carried a total maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and
$1.25 million in fines. It portrayed Libby as a serial liar who
recklessly mishandled national security secrets. Libby immediately
resigned as top aide to VP Cheney.
(AP, 10/29/05)(SFC, 10/29/05, p.A1)(WSJ,
2005 Oct 28, US Ambassador
Thomas Schieffer said the US plans to reduce the number of American
troops in Okinawa and the rest of Japan.
2005 Oct 28, The Alaska Supreme
Court ruled that it is unconstitutional to bar benefits to the
same-sex partners of public employees.
(SFC, 10/29/05, p.A3)
2005 Oct 28, Delta Air Lines,
in bankruptcy since Sep 14, said that it will discontinue its
2-year-old, low-cost carrier Song and will absorb the unit into its
(SFC, 10/29/05, p.C2)
2005 Oct 28, Rice University
professor Richard Smalley (62), who shared a 1996 Nobel Prize in
chemistry for the discovery of "buckyballs," died in Houston of
(AP, 10/28/05)(Econ, 11/12/05, p.91)
2005 Oct 28, Hazelyn Francis
(66), the president of the Antigua and Barbuda senate, was raped
during an assault in her home.
2005 Oct 28, In Argentina
indigenous leaders from around the Americas met in Buenos Aires to
draft a declaration of rights to present to world leaders at next
week's Summit of the Americas.
2005 Oct 28, China's President
Hu Jintao flew to North Korea to meet with reclusive leader Kim Jong
Il ahead of new nuclear talks and was greeted by cheering crowds of
thousands on a rare visit by a leader of the North's last major
2005 Oct 28, The UN Security
Council voted unanimously to extend the 16,700-member UN
peacekeeping mission in Congo for a year and add 300 troops.
2005 Oct 28, The EU offered to
reduce average agricultural tariffs by 46 percent, its steepest ever
farm tariff cuts, in a proposal aimed at breaking a deadlock in
world trade talks.
2005 Oct 28, Raymond Hains
(b.1926), French Nouveau Realiste artist, died in Paris. In 1960 he
joined with other artists to found the Nouveau Realistes, whose
emergence came to be seen as the beginning of French Pop Art.
(SFC, 11/15/05, p.B5)
2005 Oct 28, Guyanese lawmakers
voted to raise the age of female sexual consent from 13 years old to
16, despite months of lobbying from groups who said the age should
have been 18.
2005 Oct 28, Tens of thousands
of Iranians staged anti-Israel demonstrations across the country,
repeating calls by their ultraconservative President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad for the destruction of the Jewish state.
2005 Oct 28, An Italian court
held the first in a series of closed-door hearings to decide whether
to indict Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and 13 others for alleged
fraud at his family's broadcaster Mediaset.
2005 Oct 28, Police in Sicily
said they have arrested two suspected mobsters accused of plotting
to murder a judge with a car bomb.
2005 Oct 28, Japan's government
said basing a US nuclear-powered warship in Japanese waters for the
first time will boost stability in East Asia, hailing an agreement
even as it drew protests from the community that will host the
2005 Oct 28, It was reported
that the poppy crop in Laos has been reduced 73% over the last 5
years and that the number of opium addicts has shrunk from 63,000 in
1998 to 21,000. The UN drug office said yaaba, an amphetamine
produced in illegal factories in Burma, was becoming the drug of
choice for young people.
(SFC, 10/28/05, p.A11)
2005 Oct 28, Mexico became the
100th country to ratify the treaty founding the world's first
permanent war crimes tribunal, which the United States has opposed.
2005 Oct 28, A general strike
shut down schools, businesses and transportation in Kathmandu in a
protest of new laws restricting the media for criticizing Nepal's
2005 Oct 28, North and South
Korea opened their first joint office to promote trade across the
heavily militarized border, just as Pyongyang is feuding with a
South Korean company about business in the North.
2005 Oct 28, A Philippine court
sentenced to death an Indonesian and two Filipino Muslim militants
for their roles in the bombing of a Manila bus.
2005 Oct 28, Saudi Arabia was
given a green light to join the World Trade Organization, in time to
participate in December's crucial ministerial summit in Hong Kong.
2005 Oct 28, In South Africa
former President Nelson Mandela launched the first edition of a
series of comic books about his life aimed at encouraging young
South Africans to read.
2005 Oct 28, A top military
officer said Syria has increased military posts and patrols along
its border with Iraq and stopped thousands of infiltrators from
entering into the war-torn country.
2005 Oct 28, Egyptian Pres.
Hosni Mubarak held unexpected talks with his beleaguered Syrian
counterpart Bashar Assad to discuss Damascus' crisis with the West
over the killing of a former Lebanese leader.
2005 Oct 28, The US joined with
the UN, Russia and the EU in demanding Syria immediately close the
offices of Islamic Jihad in Damascus and prevent use of its
territory for terror actions.
2005 Oct 28, The UN food agency
warned that at least 1.7 million Zambians need food, and the
situation is deteriorating rapidly.
2006 Oct 28, President Bush
spoke by video conference with Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki as he sought
to reaffirm support for the Iraqi leader.
2006 Oct 28, David M. Walker,
the comptroller general of the United States, warned that if the US
government conducts business as usual over the next few decades, a
national debt that is already $8.5 trillion could reach $46 trillion
or more, adjusted for inflation. That's almost as much as the total
net worth of every person in America.
2006 Oct 28, In Jerseyville,
Ill., a teenager carrying a Bible and shouting "I want Jesus" was
shot twice with a police stun gun and died the next day at a St.
2006 Oct 28, Arnold Auerbach
(89), legendary coach of the Boston Celtics basketball team, died of
a heart attack in Washington DC.
(SSFC, 10/29/06, p.C1)
2006 Oct 28, In southern
Afghanistan NATO and Afghan troops killed 70 suspected militants who
attacked a military base in Uruzgan province. A roadside blast
killed one NATO soldier and wounded 8 others. Three National
Geographic TV crew members were also hurt in a roadside bomb blast.
(AP, 10/29/06)(AP, 11/2/06)
2006 Oct 28, In Bangladesh at
least 9 people died and about 500 were wounded in political riots
after the man due to take over as interim leader withdrew just hours
before taking the oath.
2006 Oct 28, Chad accused
Sudan's air force of bombarding four towns along its eastern
frontier and said its armed forces were ready to repel further
2006 Oct 28, An explosion
inside a western China coal mine trapped and killed 14 miners and
burned six others.
2006 Oct 28, In France
marauding youths torched hundreds of vehicles overnight and into the
day. In Marseilles Mama Galledou (26) was on the bus with some 10
other passengers when it was forcibly boarded by at least three
teenagers wearing hoods. They doused the inside of the vehicle with
flammable liquid and set it on fire before running away. Galledou
was badly burnt and on the verge of death.
2006 Oct 28, Iraqi soldiers,
backed by American forces, raided an insurgent hide-out near Baghdad
at dawn, killing 15 fighters and capturing eight. In a separate raid
south of Baghdad an insurgent dressed as a woman was killed when he
opened fire on American soldiers who had rounded up 10 comrades. A
rocket hit an outdoor market in southern Baghdad, killing one person
and wounding 35. A bomb exploded in a minibus in the capital's east,
killing one and wounding nine. 9 Iraqi soldiers were kidnapped on
the increasingly dangerous highway linking Baghdad with Kirkuk. In
Baqouba police said they had found two bodies of apparent sectarian
violence in the city's central al-Mu'allimeen district. A third body
was pulled from the Diyala river. Police reported the shooting
deaths of two men in a Baqouba market. A US Marine was killed in
fighting in Anbar province raising the death toll among US service
members this month to 100.
(AP, 10/28/06)(AP, 10/30/06)
2006 Oct 28, In the
Indian-controlled section of Kashmir 3 Indian border guards and 18
civilians were injured when suspected Islamic rebels hurled a
grenade in a busy market.
2006 Oct 28, In Jamaica Trevor
Berbick (51), the last boxer to fight the legendary Muhammad Ali,
was found dead in a churchyard near his home in Norwich. On Nov 3
police charged two men, one a nephew of Berbick, with murdering the
former world heavyweight boxing champion. In 2007 a jury found
Harold Berbick (21) guilty of murder and Kenton Gordon (19) guilty
of manslaughter in the killing of the former boxer.
(AP, 11/4/06)(AP, 12/21/07)
2006 Oct 28, Mexico’s President
Vicente Fox announced he was sending federal police into the
violence-wracked southern state capital of Oaxaca after a US
journalist and two Mexican men were shot to death. The bodies of 3
state police officers, one of whom had been decapitated, were found
in a sport utility vehicle abandoned outside the resort city of
(AP, 10/28/06)(AP, 10/28/06)
2006 Oct 28, In western Nepal
an overcrowded bus plunged off a mountain road, leaving at least 42
people dead and 45 injured.
2006 Oct 28, Russian
authorities said dozens of people have died and more than 1,000
received hospital treatment in a wave of alcohol poisoning that is
sweeping the country.
2006 Oct 28, The Millionaire
Fair, founded by Yves Gijrath, opened in Moscow. It was first held
in Amsterdam in 2002.
2006 Oct 28, In Pakistan some
5,000 pro-Taliban tribesmen held an anti-America rally in a remote
tribal region near the Afghan border, vowing to keep waging a holy
war against "infidels."
2006 Oct 28, Serbia began a
weekend referendum on a proposed constitution that reasserts the
nation's claim to the Kosovo region, whose status is under
negotiation at international talks.
2006 Oct 28, In Sri Lanka
suspected Tamil Tiger rebels fatally shot a government soldier and
wounded six police officers in two bomb attacks as peace talks began
2007 Oct 28, In Denver the
Boston Red Sox swept to their second World Series title in four
years with a 4-3 win over the Colorado Rockies in Game 4.
2007 Oct 28, Iowa Democrats
voted to move their leadoff precinct caucuses to Jan 3. Republicans
had picked the same date earlier this month.
(SFC, 10/30/07, p.A5)
2007 Oct 28, In Joliet,
Illinois, Stacy Peterson (23), the current wife of police officer
Drew Peterson, was last seen. On Nov 10 state police said Peterson
is no longer a person of interest in the disappearance but a
suspect. A coroner's jury ruled the 2004 death of Kathleen Savio,
Peterson's third wife, an accident. On Nov 17 former NYC chief
medical examiner Dr. Michael Baden analyzed Kathleen Savio's remains
and concluded she died after a struggle. In 2008 Dr. Larry W. Blum
said in an autopsy report that Kathleen Savio died by drowning and
her death was ruled a homicide. In 2009 Peterson (55) was arrested
during a traffic stop and faced murder charges.
(AP, 11/10/07)(AP, 11/17/07)(AP, 2/22/08)(AP,
2007 Oct 28, A beach house
erupted into a storm of fire and smoke in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. Six
of the seven students killed attended the University of South
2007 Oct 28, In NYC
orthodontist Daniel Malakov was shot and killed when he too his
daughter for an arranged meeting with his former wife, Mazoltuv
Borukhova. Police soon charged Borukhova with hiring a cousin by
marriage to kill Malakov. In 2011 Janet Malcolm authored “Iphigenia
in Forest Hills: Anatomy of a Murder Trial.
2007 Oct 28,
Porter Wagoner (80), country singer, died. He was known for a
string of country hits in the '60s, perennial appearances at the
Grand Ole Opry in his trademark rhinestone suits, and for launching
the career of Dolly Parton. The Missouri-born Wagoner signed with
RCA Records in 1955 and joined the Opry in 1957. His syndicated TV
show, "The Porter Wagoner Show," ran for 21 years, beginning in
2007 Oct 28,
A six-hour battle in southern Afghanistan left over 50 Taliban
fighters killed or wounded in Uruzgan province. In the east,
coalition forces raided a compound suspected of housing al-Qaida
facilitators, killing several militants in Kunar province.
2007 Oct 28, In Argentina
Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, the other half of the power couple
credited with the country’s rebound from an economic collapse,
overshadowed 13 rivals as voting opened in Argentina's presidential
elections. Cristina Fernandez, claimed victory in the country's
presidential election; she became the first woman elected to the
(AP, 10/28/07)(AP, 10/28/08)
2007 Oct 28,
Nordin Benallal, a Belgian inmate, made a dramatic escape from
jail for the fourth time after his armed accomplices landed in the
prison grounds in a hijacked helicopter. On landing, the helicopter
was crowded by other prisoners, making takeoff impossible and
causing it to crash. Benallal and his cohorts then briefly seized
two prison warders as hostages and fled in a car parked nearby.
2007 Oct 28, In London a media
report said US financial services group GMAC will lead a rescue bid
for stricken bank Northern Rock.
2007 Oct 28, Bulgarians voted
in municipal elections that attracted a record number of candidates
given the scheduled influx of millions of euros in EU funding over
the next few years. The vote will prove a mid-term test for the
ruling centre-left coalition government of PM Sergey Stanishev.
2007 Oct 28, In Dubai thousands
of South Asian construction workers went on strike over harsh
working conditions in the latest threat to a spectacular building
boom already endangered by a falling currency and labor shortage.
2007 Oct 28,
Tens of thousands of impoverished Indians arrived in New Delhi
ending a monthlong march to draw attention to the plight of those
dispossessed of their land by recent economic development.
2007 Oct 28, In Baghdad 10
Sunni and Shiite tribal leaders who joined forces against al-Qaida
were abducted. One sheik was soon found shot to death. Shehab
Mohammad al-Hiti (27), editor for the fledgling weekly Baghdad
al-Youm, was killed in Baghdad. A car bomb ripped through a Kirkuk
bus terminal that serves travelers to Iraq's Kurdish region, killing
eight people and wounding 26. Gunmen sprayed a car carrying five
bodyguards of the head of local Sunni Endowments department in the
turbulent city of Basra, killing one of them and injuring the rest.
(AP, 10/28/07)(SFC, 10/29/07, p.A9)(AP, 10/29/07)
2007 Oct 28, Israel began
cutting vital fuel shipments to the Gaza Strip, following through on
a promise to step up pressure on the area's Hamas rulers in response
to months of Palestinian rocket attacks.
2007 Oct 28, At least 15
migrants drowned in the waters off the Italian coast in two separate
incidents, including the disintegration of a boat that spilled more
than 100 passengers into rough seas.
2007 Oct 28, In northwestern
Pakistan security forces backed by helicopter gunships militant
hideouts in the mountains of the district. Over 60 militants died in
the fierce fighting.
(AP, 10/29/07)(SFC, 10/30/07, p.A8)
2007 Oct 28, Puerto Rican and
US archaeologists said they have found the best-preserved
pre-Columbian site in the Caribbean, which could shed light on
virtually every aspect of Indian life in the region. Artifacts of
Taino or pre-Taino people dated from 600 A.D. to 1500 A.D.
2007 Oct 28, The USS Porter, a
guided missile destroyer, fired on and destroyed two pirate boats
tied to the Golden Nori, a hijacked Japanese-flagged chemical
tanker. The ship was carrying a load of benzene off the coast of
2007 Oct 28, UN-brokered peace
talks ground to a halt, with officials saying there could be no key
steps until the fighters decided how to negotiate with the Sudanese
2007 Oct 28, Turkish troops
killed some 20 Kurdish guerrillas in fighting in eastern Tunceli
province. Turkey's PM Erdogan called for unity between Turks and
Kurds against the rebels.
(Reuters, 10/28/07)(AP, 10/29/07)(WSJ, 10/29/07,
2007 Oct 28, The Vatican staged
its largest mass beatification ceremony ever, putting 498 victims
(1934-1937) of religious persecution before and during Spain's civil
war on the path to possible sainthood.
2008 Oct 28, The DJIA rose
889.35 to 9,065.12, its 2nd biggest gain in the Dow’s history.
(SFC, 10/29/08, p.A1)
2008 Oct 28, In Anaheim, Ca., a
newlywed, killed by police after he stepped outside his home to
confront suspected burglars, was shot in a case of mistaken
identity. Julian Alexander died after being shot twice in the chest
by a police officer who was chasing four burglary suspects.
2008 Oct 28, Kwame Kilpatrick
(38), former Detroit mayor, was sent to jail for 4 months for his
part in a sex-and-text scandal.
(SFC, 10/29/08, p.A4)
2008 Oct 28, Google along with
the Association of American Publishers and the Authors Guild
announced a settlement regarding the use of copyrighted book
material. Google agreed to pay $125 million to start the Books
Rights Registry, resolve legal fees and deal with other issues
relating to authors and online book use.
(SFC, 10/29/08, p.C1)
2008 Oct 28, In California Bill
Martin (65), Mendocino realist painter and art teacher, died. His 3
books included “Paintings “1969-1979."
(SFC, 11/13/08, p.B4)
2008 Oct 28, Afghan and
Pakistani leaders vowed to seek dialogue with Taliban insurgents,
saying the "door is now open" for reconciliation.
2008 Oct 28, Ricardo Claro
(b.1934), Chilean industrialist, died. His industrial empire
stretched from shipping (CSAV) to media to wine (Santa Rita). In
1974 he announced to the world, on behalf of the Pinochet
government, that Chile was once again open for business.
(WSJ, 11/8/08, p.A6)
2008 Oct 28, Amnesty
International urged the United States and other nations to halt
military aid to Colombia until it stems a rise in killings of
noncombatants by security forces and heeds other UN prescriptions
for ending its long-running internal conflict.
2008 Oct 28, Rebels vowing to
take Congo's eastern provincial capital of 600,000 people advanced
toward Goma as Congolese troops and UN tanks retreated, while tens
of thousands fled to a makeshift shelter.
2008 Oct 28, Iceland’s PM Geir
Haarde said his country needs about $6 billion in loans to recover
from the financial meltdown, just as the country's central bank
separately hiked its interest rates by a massive 6 percentage points
(AP, 10/28/08)(WSJ, 10/29/08, p.A10)
2008 Oct 28, In Iraq 4 police
officers were killed in a drive-by shooting in the northern city of
Mosul and three civilians were killed in a separate Baghdad bombing.
2008 Oct 28, Voters turned out
in strength to choose the Maldives' first democratically-elected
president in a run-off between Asia's longest serving leader and a
former political prisoner. Nasheed won 54% of the vote to Gayoom's
46%, according to provisional results from the nation's elections
(AP, 10/28/08)(AP, 10/29/08)
2008 Oct 28, Mexico's Congress
passed a watered-down energy industry reform that enables private
contractors to participate in the state-owned oil business but won't
likely draw enough investment to reverse declining production.
2008 Oct 28, Namibia sold more
than seven tons of ivory for $1.1 million, in the first legal
auction of elephant tusks in nearly a decade, exclusively for
Chinese and Japanese buyers.
2008 Oct 28, Pakistani
President Asif Ali Zardari announced government awards for US
Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden and Republican
Senator Richard Lugar. Biden and Lugar in July introduced a
bipartisan US aid plan which calls for $1.5 billion per year in
non-military spending to support economic development in Pakistan.
2008 Oct 28, In Peru police and
protesters clashed violently at a blockaded bridge in the province
of Moquegua leaving 71 injured.
2008 Oct 28, A Moscow jury said
Alexei Frenkel (36), former chairman of VIP Bank, ordered the
September, 2006, murder of Andrei Kozlov (41), a Central Bank
official. 3 Ukrainians were found guilty of the killing. A 4th
Ukrainian and 2 people from Moscow were found guilty as accessories
to the murder.
(WSJ, 10/29/08, p.A14)
2008 Oct 28, The bodies of
Russian Otto Messmer and Victor Betancourt of Ecuador were found in
their Moscow apartment at the Jesuit Moscow headquarters. Several
days later, police announced a 38-year-old man had confessed to the
killings but gave few details. In 2009 a federal Investigative
Committee announced the man had been drinking with Betancourt, and
when Betancourt suggested they have sex, the man bludgeoned
Betancourt with a dumbbell. The man allegedly killed Messmer later
to cover up the first killing.
2008 Oct 28, In Serbia Miladin
Kovacevic (21) was detained on suspicion that he "inflicted severe
bodily harm" on Bryan Steinhauer during the fight in a bar in
upstate New York last May. Steinhauer (22) only recently emerged
from a coma. In 2010 prosecutors filed assault charges against
Kovacevic. The beating left Steinhauer with skull fractures and a
severe brain injury.
(AP, 10/28/08)(AP, 3/2/10)
2008 Oct 28-2009 Oct 29, In
northern Somalia 5 suicide car bombs attacks killed 28 people in
Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland, and in Bosasso, Puntland.
Somali authorities arrested Cleric Sheik Mohamed Ismail in
connection with the attacks. Shirwa Ahmed, one of the suicide
bombers, was an American citizen and former resident of Minnesota.
(AP, 10/30/08)(SFC, 10/30/08, p.A4)(Econ,
2008 Oct 28, South Korean
officials said a North Korean soldier has defected for the 2nd time
in a decade.
2008 Oct 28, In Sri Lanka the
Tamil Tigers' rudimentary air force bombed a power station on the
outskirts of Colombo. The bombing damaged some turbines at the power
station. A worker hospitalized after the attack died the next day.
2008 Oct 28, The Syrian
government ordered that an American school and a US cultural center
in Damascus be closed in response to a deadly raid by US helicopters
near the Syrian border with Iraq.
2008 Oct 28, Turkey's warplanes
and artillery struck Kurdish rebel targets inside northern Iraq.
2008 Oct 28, Zimbabwe’s
opposition issued an urgent call for a regional summit after talks
aimed at breaking a political deadlock with Pres. Mugabe’s party
(SFC, 10/29/08, p.A6)
2009 Oct 28, President Barack
Obama signed a defense bill into law containing a new provision to
pay Taliban fighters who renounce the insurgency. The defense also
bill killed some costly weapons projects and expanded war efforts.
In a major civil rights change, the law also made it a federal hate
crime to assault people based on sexual orientation.
(Reuters, 10/27/09)(AP, 10/29/09)
2009 Oct 28, In Alabama a
federal jury convicted Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford on charges of
accepting bribes in exchange for funnelling $7.1 million in bond
business to an investment banker.
(SFC, 10/29/09, p.A6)
2009 Oct 28, In Anchorage Bill
Allen, an oil services executive at the heart of a federal
investigation of corruption in Alaska, was sentenced to 3 years in
prison and fine $750,000.
(SFC, 10/29/09, p.A6)
2009 Oct 28, A San Francisco
judge ordered the closure of Pink Diamonds, a Tenderloin strip club,
a directed its operator, Damone H. smith, to pay at least $688,500
in fines after he violated a court order to bring the club into
compliance with local and state laws.
(SFC, 10/29/09, p.D1)
2009 Oct 28, US federal agents
in Dearborn, Michigan, arrested several members of a radical Sunni
Islam group on charges that included conspiracy to sell stolen goods
and the illegal possession and sale of firearms. Luqman Ameen
Abddullah (53), a Muslim prayer leader, was shot and killed with 21
gunshot wounds after he refused to surrender and fired a
weapon. He had not been charged with a crime. An investigation
into the killing was opened in 2010.
(SFC, 10/29/09, p.A6)(SFC, 2/3/10,
2009 Oct 28, NASA launched its
327-foot Ares I-X, its new prototype moon rocket, skyward from Cape
Canaveral on a suborbital test flight at a cost of $445 million.
(SFC, 10/29/09, p.A7)
2009 Oct 28, In Afghanistan
Taliban militants wearing suicide vests and police uniforms stormed
a guest house used by UN staff in the heart of Kabul. 11 people were
killed, including 5 UN staff, 3 attackers, 2 security guards and an
Afghan civilian. Liberian election worker Yah Lydia Wonyene (47) was
one of the five UN staffers killed. It was the biggest in a series
of attacks intended to undermine next month's presidential runoff
election. The assault included rocket attacks at the presidential
palace and the city's main luxury hotel. Two NATO members were
killed in bomb blasts in the south, including one American.
(AP, 10/28/09)(AP, 10/29/09)(AP, 11/22/09)
2009 Oct 28, Britain’s PM
Gordon Brown welcomed Indian President Pratibha Patil on the second
day of her state visit which he said showed growing ties between the
2009 Oct 28, The UN mission to
Congo (MONUC) said Congolese soldiers killed their unit commander
when he ordered them not to steal and pillage in eastern Democratic
Republic of Congo. The men involved were former Mai-Mai militia
members from the Congolese Resistance Patriots movement (PARECO) who
recently became part of the army.
2009 Oct 28, Angela Merkel was
sworn for a second term as German chancellor, a month after her
party won national elections.
2009 Oct 28, Germany's Lutheran
Church elected Margot Kaessmann (51), the first woman to lead the
2009 Oct 28, In Guinea tens of
thousands of workers went on strike to mark the one-month
anniversary of a massacre in which troops fatally shot pro-democracy
demonstrators and raped women in broad daylight. 10 people who
announced they were taking part in a hunger strike were arrested.
The next day they were taken to a restaurant where they were forced
to eat under threat of death. The 10 hunger strikers were released
on Oct 30, after being detained inside a shipping crate with
(AP, 10/28/09)(AP, 10/30/09)
2009 Oct 28, Ayatollah Ali
Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, said that questioning the results
of Iran's June presidential election is a crime.
2009 Oct 28, Kurdish President
Massoud Barzani said the Kurds would not accept a proposed "special
status," referring to distinct voting rules specifically for Kirkuk
in Iraq's January election, which Kurds say would favor other
2009 Oct 28, Kuwait's highest
court ruled that women lawmakers are not obliged by law to wear the
headscarf, a blow to Muslim fundamentalists who want to fully impose
Islamic Sharia law in this small oil-rich state.
2009 Oct 28, Lebanese troops
found and dismantled four rockets near the border with Israel, a day
after a brief flare-up across the tense boundary.
2009 Oct 28, Mozambique held
elections. President Armando Guebuza was expected to retain power
and move to attract more foreign investors. On Nov 2 President
Armando Guebuza was declared the "landslide" winner by two election
monitoring groups. Frelimo, the ruling party since independence in
1975, had received 71% of the vote with 89% of polling stations
reporting. On Nov 11 election officials said President Armando
Guebuza won the landslide re-election with 75% of the vote. On Nov
17 the main opposition Renamo party said the ruling party stuffed
ballot boxes and expelled opposition monitors from polling stations
to help it win the presidential election.
(Reuters, 10/28/09)(AFP, 11/2/09)(AFP,
2009 Oct 28, Norway’s central
bank became the first in Europe to tighten, raising its policy rate
to 1.5% from 1.25%.
(Econ, 11/7/09, p.70)
2009 Oct 28, In northwestern
Pakistan a car bomb tore through a busy market in Peshawar, killing
105 people, mostly women and children. US Secretary of State Hillary
Rodham Clinton visited the country and pledged American support for
its campaign against Islamist militants.
(AP, 10/28/09)(AP, 10/29/09)
2009 Oct 28, In Rwanda Dismas
Mukeshabatware, a member of Radio Rwanda's renowned Indamutsa
theatre troupe, was sentenced on charges of murdering a woman and
her three children in 1994 in the southern town of Butare. On Dec 16
he was acquitted on appeal.
2009 Oct 28, Somalia’s PM Omar
Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke said that many countries are fishing
illegally in Somali waters and have pushed formerly profitable
Somali fishermen into the pirate trade. "We estimate that the value
of the fish being taken from our waters is perhaps hundreds of
millions of dollars." 5 people were killed in fighting after
insurgents sent mortars toward the airport as the president was
(AP, 10/28/09)(AP, 10/31/09)
2009 Oct 28, Somali pirates
exchanged fire with a French fishing vessel. They sped away, but
were soon stopped by a Spanish naval helicopter. 7 pirates were
detained on the German naval vessel, FGS Karlsruhe.
2009 Oct 28, In Thailand
suspected Muslim insurgents shot and killed two Buddhist civilians
in separate drive-by attacks in the insurgency-plagued south.
2009 Oct 28, The UN said
Zimbabwe's government has blocked a visit by Manfred Nowak, the UN’s
torture investigator who was to examine alleged attacks on
opposition activists by ruling party supporters.
2010 Oct 28, A White House
panel said that Halliburton Co. used flawed cement in BP Plc's
doomed Gulf of Mexico well, which could have contributed to the
blowout that sparked the worst offshore oil spill in US history.
Halliburton had run a series of tests that showed the material was
unstable in the weeks before the April 20 explosion on the Deepwater
Horizon rig. An interim report BP issued in September said
Halliburton used an "unstable" cement mixture that allowed
hydrocarbons to flow up the drill pipe and onto the floor of the
rig, where they ignited.
2010 Oct 28, US federal
regulators said Verizon Wireless has agreed to pay $25 million to
the US government and at least $52.8 million in refunds to customers
who inadvertently racked up data charges on their phones over the
last three years.
2010 Oct 28, The SF Giants at
home won game 2 of the world series, 9-0, over the Texas Rangers.
(SFC, 10/29/10, p.A1)
2010 Oct 28, Nvidia Corp. said
China’s National University of Defense Technology has designed the
world’s fastest supercomputer. Its Tianhe-1A set a performance
record of 2.507 petaflops per second.
(SFC, 10/29/10, p.C5)
2010 Oct 28, The
Washington-based nonprofit, the National Association of Clean Air
Act Agencies, surveyed the states on whether they would be ready to
comply with the new EPA rules by the Jan 2, 2011, deadline. In a new
report the association said 49 states have either changed their laws
to allow regulation of greenhouse gases or will allow the EPA to
issue permits. Texas is doing neither.
2010 Oct 28, James MacArthur
(b.1937), stage and screen actor, died. He played "Danno" in the
original version of television's "Hawaii Five-O" (1968-1980). His
breakout role was in the 1957 "Climax!" television series production
of "The Young Stranger," in which he starred as the 17-year-old son
of a movie executive who has a run-in with the law.
2010 Oct 28, US microchip giant
Intel said it plans to team up with Taiwan to set up a multi-million
dollar Internet computing research laboratory.
2010 Oct 28, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb targeting the car of a district police
chief killed three police officers in Zabul province. A NATO
airstrike killed a Taliban leader and another militant in southern
Zabul province as he was showing his fighters a new anti-aircraft
heavy machine gun mounted on the back of his vehicle. Militants shot
and killed a government official in charge of the water supply in
Dand district of Kandahar province as he was walking near his home.
A NATO service member died following a bomb attack in southern
Afghanistan. In Khost province a NATO airstrike killed one insurgent
believed to be a senior leader of the Haqqani network. In
neighboring Mando Zayi district of Khost, one civilian was killed
and two others were wounded in fighting. US and Russian special
forces and Afghan police ended an operation raiding 4 drug labs in
an unprecedented collaborative military operation, destroying some
$56 million worth of heroin in Nangarhar province. Months earlier
Russia had provided US officials in Kabul with the coordinates of
175 laboratories where heroin is processed but the US failed to act.
A NATO helicopter killed more than 20 insurgents after it was fired
on during an operation in Kandahar province.
(AP, 10/28/10)(AP, 10/29/10)(AP, 10/31/10)
2010 Oct 28, In Bahrain more
than two dozen Shiite Muslims accused of plotting against the Sunni
rulers described abuses including beatings and electric shocks at a
trial observed by US envoys.
2010 Oct 28, Bangladesh police
said arrested 20 members of the country’s largest Islamic party and
seized homemade bombs from a house where they were holding a
2010 Oct 28, In China Guo
Xianliang, an engineer from the southern province of Yunnan,
disappeared while on a business trip in the southern city of
Guangzhou. He had been handing out fliers on the streets and in
public parks there. Police told Guo's wife on Nov 2 that Guo had
been criminally detained.
2010 Oct 28, In China 4
driverless vehicles arrived at the Shanghai Expo ending an 8,000
mile test drive from Italy.
(SFC, 10/29/10, p.A2)
2010 Oct 28, Liang Congjie
(78), historian and modern China’s first environmentalist, died. In
1994 he and 3 colleagues founded Friends of Nature, China’s first
legal NGO and the first committed to protecting the country’s
(Econ, 11/20/10, p.100)
2010 Oct 28, In France further
strikes disrupted rail and air transport, but the broader protest
over plans to raise the retirement age appeared to be waning a day
after parliament adopted pension reform legislation.
2010 Oct 28, A French
helicopter crashed in Antarctica during rough weather conditions
killing all 4 aboard. The downed AS350 Squirrel helicopter was
operated in Antarctica from the French research vessel, L'Astrolabe,
which was currently icebound about 230 miles (370 km) northeast of
the Dumont-d'Urville station.
(AP, 10/29/10)(AP, 10/30/10)
2010 Oct 28, Former Greenland
premier Jonathan Motzfeldt (72) died. He had spearheaded a drive for
more self-rule and opposed US bases on the semi-autonomous Danish
territory. Motzfeldt led the Arctic island's government between
1979-1991 and again between 1997-2002 and is considered one of the
founding fathers of its home rule agreement with Denmark.
2010 Oct 28, Guinea officials
said thousands of people from the Peul ethnic group have been forced
to flee their homes in ethnic clashes ahead of the country's
upcoming presidential election, overshadowing a looming poll in a
country that has never succeeded in freely electing its leader.
2010 Oct 28, Indonesia's Mount
Merapi erupted for the second time in a week, blasting vast plumes
of ash into the sky, as the death toll from the initial eruption and
a tsunami that hit remote western islands reached 377.
2010 Oct 28, Ali Shakouri-rad,
a leader of the Islamic Iran Participation Front and former MP, was
freed on bail, two weeks after his arrest for what Tehran prosecutor
Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi termed "security reasons." On Dec 9 he was
sent back to jail for "propagating against the regime and spreading
2010 Oct 28, In Iraq a suicide
bomber blew up his car outside a police checkpoint in Mosul, killing
one policeman and injuring seven. In Baghdad small bombs stuck on
cars owned by ranking police officials killed one and wounded
2010 Oct 28, Israeli officials
said that the military-grade armaments seized at a shipping terminal
in Nigeria came from Iran and were bound for the Hamas-controlled
Gaza Strip. On Oct 30 an international shipping company said the
weapons cache originally came from Iran. Last week, the Iranian
shipper filed a request for the containers to be picked up again and
this time shipped to the West African nation of Gambia. On Feb 1,
2011, Azim Aghajani of Iran and his alleged accomplice, Nigerian
national Usman Abbas Jega, both maintained their innocence against
three charges over the shipment.
(AP, 10/28/10)(AP, 10/30/10)(AP, 2/1/11)
2010 Oct 28, Ehud Netzer (76),
leading Israeli archaeologist, died of injuries suffered in a fall
at an excavation at the King Herod-era site near Bethlehem.
2010 Oct 28, Kuwait's court of
appeals upheld the acquittal of eight nationals, two of them tried
in absentia, of charges of forming an Al-Qaeda cell and plotting
attacks against a US military base. Five of the men were arrested in
August last year while a sixth suspect was already serving a life
sentence for a 2002 attack on the US military in Kuwait that killed
an American soldier. The accused said that purported confessions
presented to the court had been extracted under torture.
2010 Oct 28, Sheik Hassan
Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, called on all Lebanese to
boycott the UN tribunal investigating the 2005 assassination of a
former prime minister, saying all information gathered by the team
was being sent to Israel. He spoke a day after a crowd of women
attacked two UN investigators and a Lebanese interpreter as they
gathered evidence at a private gynecology clinic in Beirut. He
confirmed that the wives and relatives of Hezbollah commanders and
officials were among the clinic's patients. A 13-year-old boy was
killed and four other people wounded in a grenade blast outside a
scrap metal yard in northern Lebanon's Nahr al-Bared camp.
(AP, 10/29/10)(AFP, 12/25/10)
2010 Oct 28, In Mexico gunmen
killed 6 young men in a gritty neighborhood of Mexico City. Gunmen
ambushed a convoy of 5 police vehicles in Jalisco state, killing 9
officers and leaving one missing. In Zapopan, a suburb of the
Jalisco state capital of Guadalajara, two boys (2) and 3 other
people were wounded by grenade fragments during an attack on a
private home. The United States delivered three mobile X-ray
inspection vehicles to Mexico as part of the Merida Initiative
anti-drug aid plan. Francisco Javier Gomez Meza, the director of the
Puente Grande prison, was arrested for alleged ties to drug gangs.
(AP, 10/28/10)(AP, 10/29/10)
2010 Oct 28, In Karachi,
Pakistan, gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on a Japanese consular
vehicle, wounding two local employees and underscoring the fragile
security in the country. An American missile strike killed 7
suspected militants in North Waziristan.
2010 Oct 28, In Yemen clashes
between Shiite rebels and a pro-government tribe in the northern
mountains killed a tribesman and two rebels.
2011 Oct 28, The United States
acknowledged it was flying drones out of Ethiopia under a
counter-terrorism campaign in the Horn of Africa but said the
aircraft were unarmed and not carrying out raids.
2011 Oct 28, In San Diego, Ca.,
police arrested 51 people who occupied the Civic Center Plaza and
Children's Park for three weeks. Occupy San Diego protesters vowed
to return to the civic plaza behind City Hall.
2011 Oct 28, In San Francisco
Rachael Marie Smith was sentenced to 2 years behind bars for
swindling 18 potential apartment renters out of $110,000. Smith was
also ordered to repay the stolen money.
(SFC, 10/29/11, p.C2)
2011 Oct 28, In Tennessee 29
Occupy Nashville protesters were arrested in a pre-dawn raid. Many
returned to the Legislative Plaza the same evening and remained
through a 10 p.m. curfew. Troopers arrested 26 people this time. All
were charged with trespassing. Magistrate Tom Nelson told troopers
delivering the protesters to jail that he could "find no authority
anywhere for anyone to authorize a curfew anywhere on Legislative
2011 Oct 28, In eastern
Afghanistan insurgents attacked a convoy of Afghan and international
troops, starting a firefight that left about 30 militants dead in
Nangarhar province. In the south a NATO service member was killed in
a roadside bombing in Kandahar province. A civilian car struck a
roadside bomb in Nangarhar province's Khogyani district, killing two
men, a woman and a child.
2011 Oct 28, In Bosnia Mevlid
Jasarevic, a man from the Muslim-dominated region of Serbia, fired
with an automatic weapon outside the US Embassy in what authorities
called a terrorist attack. Police in southern Serbia soon detained
15 people suspected of belonging to an extremist Islamic sect.
2011 Oct 28, St. Paul’s
Cathedral reopened after a weeklong closure triggered by protest
against economic inequality and corporate greed. The City of London
Corporation said it was launching legal action on the grounds that
the protest is an "unreasonable user of the highway." Scores of
tents are pitched on the pedestrianized square in front of the
cathedral and near a footpath alongside the building.
2011 Oct 28, Commonwealth
leaders agreed to drop rules that give sons precedence as heir to
the throne and bar anyone in line for the crown from marrying a
Roman Catholic. The agreement came on the sidelines of a
Commonwealth summit presided over by the Queen in the west
Australian city of Perth. Current succession rules, dating back to
1688 and 1700, were designed to ensure a Protestant monarchy, and
bar anyone in line to the throne from marrying a Catholic.
2011 Oct 28, Chile's Hudson
Volcano released three huge columns of steam and ash that combined
in a cloud more than 3 miles (5 km) high.
2011 Oct 28, China blocked
online access to news of riots by thousands of people who clashed
with police in an eastern manufacturing city in what began as a
protest over taxes.
2011 Oct 28, In Egypt several
thousand protesters in Cairo called on the ruling military to
promptly transfer power to a civilian government and exclude old
regime figures from politics. Protesters clashed with soldiers and
police in Cairo after a funeral procession for a man a rights group
claims died from police torture after he was caught smuggling a
mobile phone chip into his cell.
2011 Oct 28, Committee of
Ministers of the Council of Europe opened Medicrime convention for
signature. It aimed to punish drug counterfeiters and speed
information sharing. As of 2012 it was signed by 18 European
countries, but ratified only by Ukraine.
2011 Oct 28, In Greece
thousands of anti-austerity protesters in Thessaloniki forced the
cancellation of an annual military parade commemorating the nation's
entry into World War II.
2011 Oct 28, India’s government
said the rate of suicides in the country is increasing and that more
than 15 people kill themselves every hour.
(SFC, 10/29/11, p.A2)
2011 Oct 28, In southern Iran
an explosion at a state-run oil field killed a worker and injured
three others. A refinery in central Iran was hit by a fire.
2011 Oct 28, Ireland held
presidential elections. Michael D. Higgins (70), a champion of
Palestinian rights and a member of junior coalition partner Labour
Party, was ahead in most voting tallies across the country. Labor
candidate Higgins won with nearly 57 percent of votes, clear of
nearest rival, businessman Sean Gallagher.
(Reuters, 10/28/11)(AP, 10/29/11)
2011 Oct 28, In central Jamaica
an 8-year-old girl’s throat was slashed and her mother seriously
wounded in an attack at their home. Officers looked to speak with
the girl's father.
2011 Oct 28, In Mexico at least
21 people were killed in three shootouts between soldiers and gunmen
and a fight between rival drug gangs. This included 15 in Michoacan
and 6 in Sinaloa.
2011 Oct 28, A Moroccan court
convicted all defendants for their role in the April 28 cafe bombing
that killed 17 people, mostly tourists, sentencing Adel al-Othmani,
the chief suspect, to death. All the defendants protested their
2011 Oct 28, Myanmar police
filed charges against seven people who staged a peaceful protest
against alleged unfair confiscation of their land, which comes as
the outside world watches the government's stated commitment to
democratic reforms. Those charged included labor rights lawyer Pho
Phyu, who was with more than 30 farmers who staged a sit-in a day
earlier in front of the government housing department in Yangon.
2011 Oct 28, NATO allies
formally agreed to end the seven-month mission in Libya Oct 31.
2011 Oct 28, In Nigeria hackers
calling themselves NaijaCyberHacktivists hit the website of the top
anti-corruption agency over a government official suggesting tighter
2011 Oct 28, Nigeria's military
seized a ship laden with 5,000 tons of stolen oil amid rising cases
of crude theft in one of the world's main oil producing regions.
2011 Oct 28, In Pakistan some
2,000 people demonstrated outside the country's parliament to demand
an end to US drone strikes, claiming they kill more innocent
civilians than Taliban and Al-Qaeda leaders.
2011 Oct 28, A Pakistani court
issued an arrest warrant for former president Pervez Musharraf and
former PM Shaukat Aziz over the killing of Nawab Akbar Bugti, a
Baluch rebel leader in August 2006. The operation also killed at
least 7 soldiers and 17 tribal insurgents.
2011 Oct 28, A 6.9-magnitude
quake just off the central coast of Peru. Peruvian authorities said
134 homes were destroyed and 103 people treated at hospitals for
2011 Oct 28, The Philippine
government said it will seize three Manila properties belonging to
flamboyant former first lady Imelda Marcos as payment for money she
embezzled nearly three decades ago.
2011 Oct 28, South Korea's
parliament approved a tougher law against sex crimes, inspired in
part by a recent movie based on a real-life case of sexually abused
2011 Oct 28, In Spain a man in
Valencia went on a stabbing rampage at his apartment building,
killing three people and seriously injuring at least two others. The
man was arrested, but a motive for the attack was not given.
2011 Oct 28, Syrian security
forces reportedly killed at least 40 people. Authorities disrupted
telephone and Internet service in restive areas during mass protests
calling for the downfall of President Bashar Assad's regime.
Activists called for a no-fly zone to protect civilians and soldiers
deserting the army.
(AFP, 10/28/11)(AP, 10/28/11)(AP, 10/29/11)
2011 Oct 28, The UN refugee
agency said fresh aerial bombings in Sudan's border Blue Nile state
are sending more refugees fleeing to Ethiopia, with 2,000 arriving
in the last four days.
2011 Oct 28, In Yemen a car
bomb near Aden killed Ali al-Haddi, the head of the anti-terror
force in restive southern Abyan province. Demonstrations raged
around the country. A 28-year-old woman was reported killed in
crossfire in Sanaa during a gunbattle between opposing sides.
2012 Oct 28, In Detroit,
Michigan, the SF Giants won the World Series beating the Detroit
Tigers 4-3 in a 4-game sweep.
(SFC, 10/29/12, p.A1)
2012 Oct 28, London police
arrested one-time pop star Gary Glitter as part of an investigation
into allegations of child sex abuse by the late BBC presenter Jimmy
Savile. Glitter, born Paul Gadd, shot to fame in the early 1970s
with the hit "Rock and Roll". He has long been dogged by child sex
accusations. He was convicted of abusing two girls in Vietnam in
2006 and has been jailed in that country.
2012 Oct 28, Millions of
Chileans voted in nationwide municipal elections that could set the
stage for next year's presidential race.
2012 Oct 28, The local Chinese
government in Ningbo relented and agreed that a petrochemical
factory would not be expanded, only to see the protesters refuse to
halt their demonstration.
2012 Oct 28, French police
arrested Izaskun Lesaka (37) and another suspected ETA member,
Joseba Iturbide Ochoteco (35), in a hotel in Macon. Police said
Lesaka was considered one of ETA's top three leaders and that police
also seized abundant computer equipment and a stolen car with false
2012 Oct 28, In Iraq twin
bombings near a market southeast of Baghdad killed three people and
wounded eight others in Madain.
2012 Oct 28, An Israeli
airstrike strike into the Gaza Strip killed one Palestinian man and
wounded another. Five rockets and mortars had struck southern Israel
by early morning.
2012 Oct 28, Lithuanians cast
ballots in the second-round of national elections in a tight race.
The main opposition Social Democrats won 38 seats and announced
plans to form a left-leaning coalition with the 3rd place Labor
party (29 seats) and 4th place Order and Justice Party (11 seats).
The conservative Homeland Union of PM Kubilius won 33 seats.
(AP, 10/28/12)(SFC, 10/30/12, p.A3)(Econ,
2012 Oct 28, Victims of
Myanmar's latest explosion of Muslim-Buddhist violence fled to
already packed displacement camps along the country's western coast,
with a top UN official saying the unrest has forced more than 22,000
people from their homes.
2012 Oct 28, In northern
Nigeria a suicide bomber rammed an SUV loaded with explosives into a
Catholic church holding Mass, killing at least 7 people and wounding
more than 100 others in Kaduna. The attack sparked reprisal killings
in the city.
2012 Oct 28, In northwestern
Pakistan a powerful bomb went off outside the shrine of Sunni Muslim
saint Kaka Sahib in the town of Nowshehra, killing at least four
2012 Oct 28, A Russian vessel
with a nine-person crew and 700 tons of gold ore onboard went
missing in stormy seas off Russia's Pacific Coast. The ship sent a
distress call as it was sailing from the coastal town of Neran to
Feklistov Island in the Sea of Okhotsk.
2012 Oct 28, Somali journalist
Mohamed Mohamud Turyare, a reporter at Shabelle radio, died of
wounds following an attacked by gunmen last week. This brought the
number of journalists killed in targeted attacks in Somalia this
year to 17.
2012 Oct 28, Syrian warplanes
and artillery struck rebellious suburbs east of Damascus, while
rebels attacked regime positions elsewhere near Damascus. The
violence marred the third day of what was meant to be a four-day
holiday truce. At least 150 people were reported killed.
(AP, 10/28/12)(AP, 10/29/12)
2012 Oct 28, Ukrainians voted
in an election that was expected to maintain President Viktor
Yanukovych's parliamentary majority, despite his rollback on
democracy during nearly three years in power. An exit poll showed
Yanukovych's Party of Regions ahead with some 28.1 percent of the
vote. Tymoshenko's Fatherland party was poised to get about 25
percent of the proportional vote, while the Udar (Punch) led by
world boxing champion Vitali Klitschko was set to get around 15
(AP, 10/28/12)(AP, 10/29/12)
2012 Oct 28, In northern Yemen
a suspected US drone airstrike targeted al-Qaida militants in a
house in Saada province, killing 3 people, two of them said to be
Saudis. Saeed al-Shihri, a Saudi national who fought in Afghanistan
and spent six years in the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, was
wounded in the attack. On Jan 24 a security official said al-Shihri,
Al-Qaida's No. 2 in Yemen, had died from wounds suffered in the
(AP, 10/28/12)(AP, 1/24/13)
2013 Oct 28, The Obama
administration granted a 6-week extension until March 31 for
Americans to sign up for health care coverage and avoid tax
(SFC, 10/29/13, p.A4)
2013 Oct 28, The governors of
California, Oregon and Washington states along with the premier of
British Columbia agreed to coordinate greenhouse gas reduction
(SFC, 10/29/13, p.A1)
2013 Oct 28, Los Angeles police
said body parts believed to be from the same woman have been found
at two water treatment plants in the LA area.
2013 Oct 28, Scientists said
they have documented for the first time that an Asian carp species
has successfully reproduced within the Great Lakes watershed, an
ominous development in the struggle to slam the door on the hungry
invaders that could threaten native fish.
2013 Oct 28, A US federal judge
determined that new Texas abortion restrictions place an
unconstitutional burden on women seeking to end a pregnancy, a
ruling that keeps open dozens of abortion clinics across the state
while officials appeal.
2013 Oct 28, In Texas 5 people
were killed during a rapid series of attacks in Terrell. Charles
Everett Brownlow Jr. (36), the son of one of the victims, was
arrested early the next day.
(AP, 10/29/13)(SFC, 10/30/13, p.A6)
2013 Oct 28, Bangladesh police
said at least 15 people have been killed and hundreds wounded as the
2nd day of an opposition strike demanded elections be held under a
2013 Oct 28, In Brazil one
person was injured and 90 detained while trucks and buses were
torched in Sao Paulo late today in renewed violence after police
fatally shot a 17-year-old boy.
2013 Oct 28, British security
group G4S denied that its workers had electrocuted and drugged
prisoners at South Africa's Mangaung prison, the maximum security
facility it ran before the government stepped in to restore order
earlier this month.
2013 Oct 28, A major storm,
dubbed the St Jude storm, lashed southern Britain, the Netherlands
and parts of France, knocking down trees, flooding low areas and
causing travel chaos. 5 deaths were reported.
2013 Oct 28, In China a sport
utility vehicle plowed through a crowd in Tiananmen Square before
crashing and catching fire, killing the 3 occupants and 2 tourists
and injuring 38 visitors and security officers. The SUV was driven
by Usmen Hasan, a man whose name suggested he is an ethnic Uighur.
His wife and mother were also with him in the car, along with
devices filled with gasoline. China blamed the attack on the East
Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM). Eight people connected with the
incident were soon arrested with help from the Xinjiang government.
(AP, 10/28/13)(Reuters, 10/29/13)(AP,
10/30/13)(Econ, 11/9/13, p.50)(SSFC, 6/1/14, p.A5)
2013 Oct 28, The Congolese
army, who one year ago abandoned their posts and fled in the face of
an advancing rebel army, succeeded on in taking back Rumangabo, the
fifth, rebel-held town.
2013 Oct 28, In Egypt gunmen
killed 3 policemen at a security checkpoint north of Cairo.
2013 Oct 28, A Georgian court
convicted former defense minister Bacho Akhalaia and ordered him
sent to prison, in another blow for outgoing President Mikhail
Saakashvili the day after a presidential election that was won by
2013 Oct 28, Israeli warplanes
raided the northern Gaza Strip after militants fired rockets over
the border. Israel readied to free a new batch of long-term
2013 Oct 28, In Kenya a
petition campaign demanding justice topped a million signatures
after three men accused of brutally gang raping a Kenyan schoolgirl
in June were ordered to cut grass as punishment.
2013 Oct 28, Lebanon's army
began deploying in Tripoli following a week of bloodshed in which 14
have people died and more than 80 were wounded. Two more people died
Tripoli in fighting between supporters and opponents of Syrian
President Bashar al-Assad and the Lebanese army.
(AFP, 10/28/13)(Reuters, 10/28/13)
2013 Oct 28, In Libya gunmen
stole over $50 million after attacking a van belonging to the
Central Bank on a road along the Mediterranean coast.
2013 Oct 28, Niger police said
dozens of migrants to Algeria from Niger died of thirst in the
desert south of the Sahara after their vehicle broke down. 19
2013 Oct 28, Pakistani police
said a young man has stabbed at least 25 women since Oct 6 in the
small town of Chichawatni, Punjab province. Many women and girls
were afraid to leave their homes.
2013 Oct 28, In Poland Tadeusz
Mazowiecki (b.1927), Eastern Europe's first democratic prime
minister after communism, died. He was a key adviser to Poland's
Solidarity freedom movement and UN human rights envoy to Bosnia in
2013 Oct 28, Saudi Arabia said
one more person has died from a new respiratory virus related to
SARS, bringing to 52 the number of deaths in the kingdom at the
center of the outbreak.
2013 Oct 28, In Somalia Ibrahim
Ali Abdi (aka Anta-Anta), a top suicide bomb-maker for Shebab
rebels, was among 3 people killed in a drone strike on a vehicle.
2013 Oct 28, A South African
court began sentencing 20 right-wing extremists convicted of high
treason for a plot to kill Nelson Mandela and drive blacks out of
2013 Oct 28, A Spanish
newspaper published a document that it said shows the US National
Security Agency spied on more than 60 million phone calls in Spain
in one month alone — the latest revelation about alleged massive US
spying on allies.
2013 Oct 28, In northern Spain
6 miners died and five others were injured after a gas leak at a
coal mine at the Santa Lucia mine near the town of Pola de Gordon.
2013 Oct 28, In Sudan 9
university professors, many of them activists, were detained during
a campus raid, hours after President Omar al-Bashir spoke of
political dialogue and reform. They were all released the next day.
(AFP, 10/29/13)(AP, 10/30/13)
2013 Oct 28, Syrian government
forces retook Sadad, a Christian town north of Damascus, from
al-Qaida-linked rebels who seized control of part of it a week ago,
touching off fierce clashes.
2013 Oct 28, Thailand rubber
farmers took to the streets again to demand that the government buy
their produce at prices higher than the market, rejecting a subsidy
offered last month and threatening violence if their demands are not
2013 Oct 28, Turkish police
fired water cannon and teargas to break up a protest by around 2,000
people outside an Ankara court over the handling of the trial of a
policeman accused of killing a demonstrator earlier this year.
Officer Ahmet Sahbaz is accused of killing Ethem Sarisuluk, shot
dead June 1 during a wave of nationwide anti-government
2014 Oct 28, An unmanned US
supply rocket exploded shortly after lifting off from the Wallops
Flight Facility launch pad in Virginia, the first disaster since
NASA turned to private operators to run cargo to the Int’l. Space
Station. The 14-story Antares rocket was built and launched by
Orbital Sciences Corp.
(Reuters, 10/29/14)(Econ, 11/1/14, p.75)
2014 Oct 28, General Motors
said it is moving production of a critical component in the
Chevrolet Volt from Mexico to Michigan.
2014 Oct 28, In Concord, North
Carolina, the Swiss company Alevo opened a factory for manufacturing
batteries to be used by power-grid operators.
(Econ, 12/6/14, TQ p.14)
2014 Oct 28, Afghanistan's
President Ashraf Ghani began a 4-day visit to China. Ghani met
President Xi Jinping in Beijing and pledged to help China fight
2014 Oct 28, It was reported
that Australia is suspending entry visas for people from
Ebola-affected countries in West Africa in an attempt to keep out
2014 Oct 28, A Bahraini court
banned the Gulf state's main opposition movement for three months,
just weeks before a parliamentary election the group had already
said it would boycott.
2014 Oct 28, Botswana President
Ian Khama, a retired general and the son of independence leader
Seretse Khama, was sworn in beginning a second term after the ruling
party won an election last week.
2014 Oct 28, Burkina Faso
police used tear gas to disperse an opposition protest in the
capital, as tensions increase ahead of a vote this week on whether
the country's longtime president can seek another term.
2014 Oct 28, Cambodian police
arrested Michael Edward Harris, identified by media there as a US
Army deserter wanted in the US for offenses involving child
pornography and possible related crimes. Sgt. Harris entered
Cambodia on Jan. 17 after earlier skipping bail in Florida.
2014 Oct 28, China's Communist
Party published a lengthy resolution calling for an extensive and
profound revolution in the way the country is governed. Endorsed by
the Central Committee five days earlier it pledged to speed up
legislation to fight corruption and make it tougher for officials to
exert control over the judiciary. State media said prosecutors have
indicted Xu Caihou, former deputy chairman of the ruling Communist
Party's powerful Central Military Commission, on bribery charges.
China's top prosecuting body said that whistleblowers who expose
corruption and other wrongdoing would receive legal protection
(Reuters, 10/28/14)(AP, 10/28/14)(Econ, 11/1/14,
2014 Oct 28, The European Court
of Human Rights in London ruled that Stephen Gough’s rights were not
violated by repeated arrests and convictions for being naked in
public. Gough (55), a former Royal Marine nicknamed the “Naked
Rambler," has twice walked the length of Britain naked with frequent
arrests, court appearances and jail time.
(SFC, 10/29/14, p.A2)
2014 Oct 28, In Hungary tens of
thousands of protesters marched in Budapest against a plan by the
government to tax Internet use from 2015. This was the 2nd big rally
in three days.
(SFC, 10/29/14, p.A2)
2014 Oct 28, Off India’s west
coast a boat taking tourists on a dolphin-sighting trip capsized,
killing three Russian women.
2014 Oct 28, Iraqi peshmerga
fighters left Iraq for the besieged Syrian town of Kobani to help
fellow Kurds in their battle against Islamic State militants. US
forces staged four air strikes on Islamic State militants in Syria
and allies joined in nine strikes on the group in Iraq.
2014 Oct 28, Israeli defense
sources said Israel plans to buy a second batch of Lockheed Martin's
F-35 stealth fighter jets, bringing the total number it has on order
to about 44.
2014 Oct 28, Italy's President
Giorgio Napolitano gave unprecedented testimony in a major trial
that accuses the state of holding secret talks with the Sicilian
Mafia in the 1990s.
2014 Oct 28, Japanese and North
Korean officials held talks in Pyongyang for the first time in 10
years, meeting to assess progress into North Korea's investigation
into the fates of Japanese citizens who were abducted in the 1970s
2014 Oct 28, In southwest Japan
the town of Satsumasendai became the first to approve the restart of
a nuclear power station.
2014 Oct 28, Polish President
Bronislaw Komorowski and Israeli President Reuven Rivli joined
Holocaust survivors for a ceremony to open a multimedia museum that
tells the 1,000-year history of Jewish life in Poland. The POLIN
Museum of the History of Polish Jews opened in 2013 and is located
at the site that once was the center of the Warsaw Ghetto.
(AP, 10/28/14)(Econ, 4/9/15, p.55)
2014 Oct 28, In southern Turkey
a coal mine collapsed, trapping 18 workers underground at the Has
Sekerler mine near the town of Ermenek in Karaman province. The
bodies of the last 5 miners were recovered on Dec 4.
(AP, 10/28/14)(AP, 12/4/14)
2014 Oct 28, In Zimbabwe
patients waited in long queues while others were being turned away
at state hospitals as hundreds of doctors staged a strike to press
for higher pay.
2015 Oct 28, Former House
speaker Dennis Hastert (73), once second in line to the US
presidency, pleaded guilty to making illegal bank transactions,
allegedly for hush-money payouts.
2015 Oct 28, In Afghanistan
Taliban insurgents overran the district capital of Darqand in Takhar
province, one of the northern provinces hit by a powerful earthquake
2015 Oct 28, African Union
investigators discovered mass graves in South Sudan and found
evidence of horrific crimes, including forced cannibalism, according
to a long-awaited report. Investigators found that the conflict
began on Dec. 15, 2013, as a skirmish broke out between Dinka and
Nuer soldiers of the presidential guard following political tension
between Kiir and Machar, who had been fired as Kiir's deputy the
2015 Oct 28, Australia’s Troy
Resources Limited said it plans to open a large gold mine in
upcoming weeks at the mine in the Puruni region in western Guyana.
2015 Oct 28, Austria said it
would build a fence along its border with fellow EU state Slovenia
to "control" the migrant influx, in what would be the first barrier
between two members of the passport-free Schengen zone.
2015 Oct 28, Colombian
President Juan Manuel Santos offered to declare a bilateral
ceasefire with the FARC guerrillas from January 1, which would mark
a major breakthrough in peace talks.
2015 Oct 28, Germany's Interior
Minister Thomas de Maiziere said the rising number of Afghan asylum
seekers was "unacceptable", as he urged young citizens of the south
Asian nation to stay at home and rebuild their homeland.
2015 Oct 28, At least 29 people
died and 274 people were rescued when a wooden boat they were on
literally fell apart in rough seas off the Greek island of Lesbos.
(Reuters, 10/30/15)(SFC, 10/31/15, p.A2)
2015 Oct 28, An Indonesian
minister said the death toll from acrid haze blanketing parts of the
country has climbed to 19.
2015 Oct 28, Iran said Foreign
Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and three of his deputies will attend
multilateral talks on Oct 29 in Vienna aimed at resolving the
conflict in Syria. Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, the European Union and
France also said they would attend the talks.
2015 Oct 28, The United States
and its allies conducted 13 air strikes against Islamic State
militants in Iraq.
2015 Oct 28, An Italian court
rejected Tunisia's extradition request for Abdelmajid Touil, a
Moroccan arrested on suspicion of involvement in a deadly museum
attack, because he risks the death penalty.
2015 Oct 28, Nepal's parliament
elected communist lawmaker Bidhya Bhandari as the country's first
2015 Oct 28, In southeastern
Niger suspected Boko Haram militants killed at least 14 people in an
overnight attack on the village of Ala in the Diffa region.
2015 Oct 28, The Pakistani
documentary film “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness",
directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, was released. Its worldwide
premiere was on HBO on March 7, 2016. It was about honor killings in
Pakistan and won an Oscar.
(http://tinyurl.com/hujbky5)(Econ, 7/23/16, p.32)
2015 Oct 28, The tiny Pacific
island nation of Palau created a vast marine sanctuary the size of
Spain, banning fishing across the bulk of its waters to preserve the
ocean for future generations.
2015 Oct 28, A Palestinian in
the occupied West Bank city of Hebron attempted to stab an Israeli
soldier and was shot dead.
2015 Oct 28, Russia said its
air force flew 71 sorties over Syria in the last two days, carrying
out 118 strikes on militant targets.
2015 Oct 28, South African
police fired stun grenades and arrested one student in clashes at
Johannesburg's University of the Witwatersrand, as country-wide
protests for free tertiary education entered a third week.
2015 Oct 28, Tanzania's
opposition presidential candidate Edward Lowassa called for a
recount of the Oct 25 election for the presidency, citing voting
irregularities in the East African nation's tightest elections in
more than five decades. Earlier, the vote in Tanzania's
semi-autonomous Zanzibar archipelago was annulled after the election
commission there cited gross violations.
2015 Oct 28, In Turkey Istanbul
police used tear gas in a dawn raid on the headquarters of Koza-Ipek
Holding, a major media company linked to a government critic,
enforcing a court order to seize the business just days before
Turkey holds a national election. Riot police firing tear gas and
water cannon stormed two opposition-linked television stations and
forced them off air.
(AP, 10/28/15)(AFP, 10/28/15)
2015 Oct 28, In Yemen warplanes
from a Saudi-led alliance bombed the Iran-allied Houthi movement
throughout Yemen and dropped weapons for its allies battling the
group in the southwestern city of Taiz. Militants bombed a local
college in the southern city of Aden, following previous threats
against the school.
(Reuters, 10/28/15)(AP, 10/28/15)
2016 Oct 28, Zcash, a new
crypto-currency, made its debut. The new digital currency was based
on the Bitcoin code.
(Econ, 10/29/16, p.65)
2016 Oct 28, In eastern
Afghanistan an airstrike hit the home of a Taliban commander in
Nangarhar province and caused several civilian casualties. The US
strike targeted the home of Mawlawi Mohammad Alam, a Taliban
commander in the Sherzad district.
2016 Oct 28, In the Central
African Republic clashes between militia groups killed six gendarmes
and four civilians.
2016 Oct 28, Egypt's health
ministry said 12 people have died and dozens were injured as heavy
rain battered several cities across the country.
2016 Oct 28, Crowds of mostly
young Iranians attended the march near the ancient city of
Pasargadae in central province of Fars to celebrate the day
unofficially marked in the Iranian calendar as Cyrus Day. On Oct 31
prosecutor Ali Salehi said the main leaders and organizers of the
gathering have been arrested.
2016 Oct 28, In Kashmir
soldiers from India and Pakistan continued to shell villages and
border posts. An Indian paramilitary officer said a civilian and a
soldier were killed by Pakistani firing.
2016 Oct 28, Lebanese singer
and composer Melham Barakat (71) died at a Beirut hospital. He was
highly esteemed and popular across the region. His most popular
songs included "Two Moons at my Door," and "Habibi Inta (You are my
2016 Oct 28, In the Maldives
six ruling party lawmakers defected to work with the opposition in
the party's first open split and a major challenge to President
Yameen Abdul Gayoom's rule.
2016 Oct 28, In Morocco
Mouhcine Fikri (31) was crushed to death in a rubbish truck in
Al-Hoceima, located in the northern Rif region, as he reportedly
tried to protest against a municipal worker seizing and destroying
his wares. An image of his inert body -- head and arm sticking out
from under the lorry's crushing mechanism -- went viral on social
media, sparking calls for protests nationwide including in the
capital Rabat. 11 people soon faced manslaughter or forgery charges
in the investigation of Fikri’s death.
(AFP, 10/31/16)(AP, 11/1/16)(Econ 7/8/17, p.42)
2016 Oct 28, Myanmar's
government said that a pregnant foreign woman has been diagnosed
with the country's first case of Zika, a mosquito-borne virus linked
to birth defects.
2016 Oct 28, Pakistani riot
police clashed with stone-throwing supporters of
cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan who rallied in the capital in
defiance of a government-imposed ban on demonstrations.
2016 Oct 28, A Palestinian
attacked Israeli troops with his car late today and then with a
knife in the occupied West Bank before being shot and seriously
2016 Oct 28, South Africa said
it has detected its first outbreak of Tomato Leaf Miner, a pest
originally from South America which can ruin tomato and potato
crops. Tomato Leaf Miner spread from South America to Europe in 2006
and has since moved southward through Africa and Asia. It has been
reported in Kenya and Tanzania and was detected in Zambia in
2016 Oct 28, Syrian rebels
including jihadists began a counter-attack against the army and its
allies aiming to break a weeks-long siege on eastern Aleppo. The
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based war monitor,
said more than 15 civilians had been killed and 100 wounded by rebel
shelling of government-held western Aleppo.
2016 Oct 28, The UN human
rights office said Islamic State forces in Iraq have abducted tens
of thousands of men, women and children from areas around Mosul and
are using them as "human shields" in strategic sites in the city as
Iraqi troops advance.
2016 Oct 28, The UN General
Assembly voted Russia off the Human Rights Council.
(SFC, 10/29/16, p.A2)
2016 Oct 28, In Venezuela a
12-hour work stoppage came as the opposition stepped up its campaign
to force embattled socialist Pres. Maduro from office after
electoral authorities canceled a recall referendum seeking his
2016 Oct 28, Yemen's Shiite
rebels and their allies fired a ballistic missile deep into Saudi
Arabia in an overnight strike that they said had targeted an
international airport while the kingdom claimed that it flew toward
the holy Muslim city of Mecca.
2017 Oct 28, In southern
California inmate Jason Kohr (36) was found missing from a prison in
Lancaster, Los Angeles County.
(SFC, 10/31/17, p.A6)
2017 Oct 28, The Los Angeles
Times reported that more than 200 people in Los Angeles County have
contracted the West Nile virus this year and that 17 have died.
(SSFC, 10/29/17, p.A6)
2017 Oct 28, In Afghanistan
Taliban fighters killed nine policemen and wounded two others
stationed at checkpoints in Ghazni, the capital of Ghazni province.
Twelve of the militants were killed and four wounded.
2017 Oct 28, Britain's ministry
of defense has confirmed that nine British sailors assigned to a
nuclear submarine have been discharged from the Royal Navy after
they tested positive for using cocaine while docked in the US.
(AFP, 10/28/17)(Reuters, 10/28/17)
2017 Oct 28, British budget
airline easyJet said it has reached an agreement with Air Berlin to
buy parts of the bankrupt German airline as part of a 40-million
euro ($46 million) deal.
2017 Oct 28, The G5 Sahel force
(Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Niger and Mauritania), backed by France
and the United States, launched its campaign to counter escalating
Islamist insurgencies amid growing unrest.
2017 Oct 28, Cambodia police
deported 61 Chinese nationals wanted in China on suspicion of
extorting money over the internet and by phone. Taiwan's government
said 19 of them were from Taiwan, and that it had lodged a strong
protest with China about the deportations.
2017 Oct 28, China appointed Li
Xi as the new top official for the southern export powerhouse
province of Guangdong. Sources said former leader Hu Chunhua is
likely to be promoted to a vice premier.
2017 Oct 28, Tropical Storm
Selma made landfall on the coast of El Salvador near the Central
American nation's capital, bringing strong winds, heavy rains and
dangerous ocean swells.
2017 Oct 28, Greek police
arrested a 29-year-old suspect in a bomb attack last May on Lucas
Papademos, one of the country's former prime ministers (2011-2012).
2017 Oct 28, Icelanders voted
for the third time in four years as the nation tried to shake off
the latest political crisis on an island roiled by divisions since
its economy was ravaged by the global financial crisis. Conservative
PM Bjarni Benediktsson (47) won the snap election despite a string
of scandals. He was named last year in the "Panama Papers" worldwide
tax-evasion leaks. His Independence Party won 16 seats in the
63-seat parliament. The Left Green Movement finished second with
(AP, 10/28/17)(AFP, 10/29/17)(SFC, 10/30/17,
2017 Oct 28, Indonesian police
said that the inferno at a firework factory near Jakarta that killed
48 people on Oct. 26 was started by sparks from a welder's torch.
2017 Oct 28, Kenyans who
boycotted a repeat presidential election voiced relief on after
authorities indefinitely delayed further attempts to hold the vote
in some opposition areas due to the risk of violence. President
Uhuru Kenyatta has won more than 97 percent of votes counted so far.
2017 Oct 28, The state-run
Global New Light of Myanmar (GNLM) newspaper said it had
"incorrectly stated that UN-Habitat had agreed with the Union
government to provide technical assistance in building housings for
displaced people in northern Rakhine." Union officials said that the
issue is still under negotiation.
2017 Oct 28, In Nepal a
passenger bus heading toward Kathmandu veered off a key highway
early today, killing at least 31 people and injuring 15.
2017 Oct 28, In Somalia a
suspected suicide car bomb exploded outside the Nasa-Hablod hotel in
Mogadishu, killing at least two people and wounding more than eight.
Gunfire continued at the site.
2017 Oct 28, Spanish PM Mariano
Rajoy took drastic measures to quash secession, deposing the
Catalonia’s leaders and dissolving its parliament. Rajoy also called
December 21 elections for the region. Secessionist leader Carles
Puigdemont stood defiant against Madrid's moves to depose him,
urging "democratic resistance" to direct rule imposed in a bid to
stop the region breaking away from Spain.
(AFP, 10/28/17)(AFP, 10/29/17)
2017 Oct 28, In Taipei, Taiwan,
tens of thousands marched in Asia's largest gay pride parade, the
first since Taiwan's top court ruled in favor of gay marriage.
2017 Oct 28, Turkey arrested 49
alleged members of the Islamic State group, some of whom were
suspected of planning an attack the next day on celebrations for the
94th anniversary of Republic Day.
2017 Oct 28, In southern Yemen
Sheikh Adel Al Shehri, a Salafist imam, was shot dead by gunmen in
Aden, which is dominated by local forces backed by the UAE.
2018 Oct 28, In Los Angeles the
Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 5 of the
World Series to win the series 4 games to 1. Manager Alex Cora
capped off one of the greatest runs by a first-year skipper in
leading Boston to the World Series championship.
2018 Oct 28, IBM said it has
agreed to buy software maker Red Hat Inc. for $33.4 billion, its
biggest ever acquisition to date.
(SFC, 10/29/18, p.D1)
2018 Oct 28, William J. Murtagh
(b.1923), the first keeper of the US National Register of Historic
Places, died in Florida. He authored the first leading textbook on
historical preservation: "The History and Theory of Preservation in
(SFC, 11/7/18, p.C3)
2018 Oct 28, In Abu Dhabi
Israel's national anthem was played at a judo tournament after one
of its athletes won gold in what was thought to be a first in the
2018 Oct 28, In Albania
Konstantinos Kacifa died in an exchange of gunfire with police
during an event to celebrate Greece's entry in World War II against
Italy. He initially shot in the air, apparently as a celebratory
gesture, but later fired at approaching police cars.
2018 Oct 28, Brazil held
presidential elections. Voters were picking between far-right
Congressman Jair Bolsonaro and former Sao Paulo Mayor Fernando
Haddad. Bolsonaro (63) won 55 percent of the run-off vote.
(AP, 10/28/18)(AFP, 10/29/18)
2018 Oct 28, Japan Airlines
pilot Katsutoshi Jitsukawa (42) was arrested after the driver of a
Heathrow Airport crew bus smelled alcohol and reported it to
security officials. Tests later found the first officer had 189
milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood in his system,
almost 10 times the 20 milligrams limit for a pilot.
2018 Oct 28, Cameroon
authorities have released around 50 opposition supporters detained
in Douala a day earlier, but also arrested others in Yaounde.
2018 Oct 28, In southwestern
China 15 people were killed after the bus to plunged off a high
bridge into the Yangtze River in the western city of Chongqing. A
surveillance camera later showed that a fight between a bus driver
and a passenger who missed her stop caused the bus to plunge off the
(AP, 10/28/18)(AP, 11/2/18)(AP, 11/4/18)
2018 Oct 28, The Czech Republic
marked 100 years since the creation of Czechoslovakia with the
biggest military parade in its post-communist history, highlighting
a weekend of celebrations.
2018 Oct 28, Georgians voted
for a new president. Former foreign minister Salome Zurabishvili,
supported by the ruling Georgian Dream party, was in a close contest
with opposition leader Grigol Vashadze, also a former foreign
minister. The election went to a run-off after no candidate won the
first round. Salome Zurabishvili (66) narrowly led with 38.64
percent of the vote against 37.73 percent for opposition leader
(AFP, 10/28/18)(AFP, 10/29/18)
2018 Oct 28, Indonesia's
anti-graft agency said it has arrested seven people, including a
senior executive of palm firm Sinar Mas Agro Resources and
Technology, in connection with a bribery case.
2018 Oct 28, Iran sold oil to
private buyers through its energy exchange for the first time, as
part of its efforts to counter the imminent return of US sanctions.
2018 Oct 28, In Italy former
party sympathizers set fire to the 5-Star flag in the southern town
of Melendugno to protest at the government's decision to endorse the
Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) that will bring Azeri gas into Italy
via their coastline.
2018 Oct 28, In Japan visiting
Indian PM Narendra Modi met with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe at a resort
area near Mount Fuji reaffirming their ties amid growing worries
about trade and regional stability.
2018 Oct 28, Mexican voters in
a referendum rejected the completion of a new, partly constructed
Mexico City airport by a 70 to 29 percent margin. This effectively
ended the $13 billion project that was already one-third built.
(SFC, 10/30/18, p.A2)
2018 Oct 28, A long-awaited
reform of Qatar's controversial exit visa system, which requires
foreign workers to obtain their bosses' permission to leave the
country, came into force.
2018 Oct 28, Pakistan's
President Arif Alvi says the country will not establishing ties with
Israel and that it supports the Palestinians because the Gaza Strip
has also faced "unprecedented atrocities" like Kashmir.
2018 Oct 28, It was reported
that traces of oil have been found along Pakistan's coastline near
Karachi. Leakage from an underwater pipeline was suspected and a
nearby refinery was ordered to suspend operations.
(SFC, 10/29/18, p.A2)
2018 Oct 28, Palestinian Yahya
al-Hassanat (37) died two days after suffering gunshot wounds in
clashes on the Israel-Gaza border. The death raised to seven the
number of Palestinians killed as a result of the Oct. 26 clashes
when thousands again approached the border fence.
2018 Oct 28, Three Palestinian
boys were killed in an Israeli air strike at the Gaza frontier.
Israel said it targeted Palestinians trying to blow up part of the
2018 Oct 28, Philippine Pres.
Rodrigo Duterte put the Bureau of Customs temporarily under military
control after two large shipments of illegal drugs slipped past the
agency through the port of Manila.
2018 Oct 28, In Sri Lanka a
constitutional crisis gripping the country since the president's
shock dismissal of PM Ranil Wickremesinghe erupted into violence,
with a man shot dead and two others injured in Colombo. Pres.
Maithripala Sirisena said that the main reason he decided to sack
his prime minister was the alleged involvement of a Cabinet minister
in a plot to assassinate him.
(AFP, 10/28/18)(AP, 10/28/18)
2018 Oct 28, Syrian officials,
foreign archeologists and restoration specialists attended the
reopening ceremony of Syria's National Museum in the heart of
Damascus, more than six years after the prominent institution was
shut down and emptied as the country's civil war encroached on the
2018 Oct 28, In Syria 72 SDF
fighters were reported killed over the last three days as the
Islamic State took advantage of a sandstorm that hampered coalition
air cover and dispatched suicide bombers as part of their fightback.
2018 Oct 28, The Turkish army
struck Kurdish targets in northern Syria east of the Euphrates
River. Artillery strikes hit positions belonging to the Syrian
Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in Zor Moghar.
2018 Oct 28, At the Vatican
Pope Francis ended a month-long meeting on the theme of Catholic
youth. He told young people that in order to be good members of the
Church they should not be obsessed with "doctrinal formulae" but
blend its rules with social activism to help those in need.