Return to homeFor Asia History: https://www.asiaobserver.org/category/news/on-this-day-in-asian-history c100AD Oct 31, The pagan
Celts of Britain and Ireland celebrated Samhain on October 31 as the
end of the season of the sun and the beginning of the season of
darkness. It was believed that on this day the souls of the dead
revisited their homes. Bonfires were lit to chase away evil spirits.
When the Romans conquered Britain in the first century A.D., their
fall harvest festival, Poloma Day, mixed with the traditions of
Samhain to form a major fall festival at the end of October.
802 Oct 31, Empress Irene was
driven out of Byzantium.
834 Oct 31, This evening became
All Hallow’s Eve with the establishment of Nov 1 as Feast of All
Saints by Pope Gregory IV.
(SFC, 10/31/01, p.C2)
1345 Oct 31, Ferdinand I, the
wise one, king of Portugal (built navy), was born.
Oct 31, Johannes VIII Palaeologus (b.1390), Emperor of Byzantium,
1517 Oct 31, Martin Luther
nailed his Ninety-five Thesis to the door of the Wittenberg Palace
All Saints’ Church. He grew to believe in faith alone as man’s link
to the justice of God, and therefore denied the need for the vast
infrastructure of the Church. This event signaled the beginning of
the Protestant Reformation in Germany and Protestantism in general,
shattering the external structure of the medieval church and at the
same time reviving the religious consciousness of Europe. Martin
Luther (1483-1546) was born in Eisleben, Germany. He was a monk in
the Catholic Church until 1517, when he founded the Lutheran Church.
(V.D.-H.K.p.163)(CU, 6/87)(SFC, 7/21/97,
p.A11)(AP, 10/31/97)(AP, 10/31/97) (HN, 10/31/98)
1541 Oct 31, "The Last
Judgement" by Michelangelo on the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel
at Rome was officially unveiled. It is one of the largest paintings
in the world.
(TL-MB, 1988, p.16)(OG)
1620 Oct 31, John Evelyn
(d.1706), British diarist (Life of Mrs. Godolphin), was born. He was
a meditative and sententious English diarist.
(WSJ, 6/2/99, p.A24)(MC, 10/31/01)
1632 Oct 31, [Johannes] Jan
Vermeer (d.1675), tavern keeper and Dutch painter (Procuress,
Astronomer), was born in Delft. Only 35 of his pictures are known to
survive. These include: "Girl With a Pearl Earring" (1665-1666),
"The Little Street" (1657), "Saint Praxedis" (1655), "Allegory of
Faith" (1671) and "The Artist in His Studio." His wife was Catharina
(WSJ, 11/15/95, p.A-20)(AAP, 1964)(WUD, 1994,
1723 Oct 31, Cosimo III de'
Medici (81), ruler of Florence (1670-1723), died.
1765 Oct 31, Duke of
Cumberland, English politician and general, died. He butchered Scots
at Culloden. [see Oct 20]
1780 Oct 31, The HMS Ontario
was lost with barely a trace and as many as 130 people aboard during
a gale on Lake Ontario. In 2008 explorers found the 22-gun British
warship. Canadian author Arthur Britton Smith chronicled the history
of the HMS Ontario in a 1997 book, "The Legend of the Lake."
1793 Oct 31, Execution of 21
Girondins (moderates) in Paris, stepping up the Reign of Terror.
Pierre V. Vergniaud (40), French politician and elegant, impassioned
orator of Girondins, was guillotined.
1795 Oct 31, John Keats
(d.1821), English poet, was born in London.
(WUD, 1994, p.781) (AP, 10/31/97)(HN, 10/31/98)
1802 Oct 31, Benoit Fourneyron,
inventor of the water turbine, was born.
1803 Oct 31, Congress ratified
the purchase of the entire Louisiana area in North America, which
added territory to the United States for 13 subsequent states.
1815 Oct 31, Sir Humphrey Davy
of London patented miner's safety lamp.
1831 Oct 31, Daniel Butterfield
(d.1901), Major General (Union volunteers), was born.
1831 Oct 31, Nat Turner, rebel
slave, was caught by Mr. Benjamin Phipps and locked up in Jerusalem,
Va. Thomas Gray, his court appointed attorney, spent 3 days talking
to Turner and compiled his notes into "The Confessions of Nat
Turner," which were published in 1969.
(ON, 10/99, p.10)
1835 Oct 31, Adelbert Ames
(d.1933), Bvt Major General (Union Army), was born.
1835 Oct 31, J.F.W. Adolf
Ritter von Baeyer, German chemist (Nobel 1905), was born.
1837 Oct 31, The collision of
river boats Monmouth & Trement on Mississippi left 300 dead.
1838 Oct 31, A mob of about 200
attacked a Mormon camp in Missouri, killing 20 men, women and
1846 Oct 31, Heavy snows
trapped the Donner party in the eastern Sierras near what is now
1858 Oct 31, Jeanie Johnston, a
triple-masted barque, sank in the middle of the Atlantic with a load
of timber. The crew was rescued by a Dutch ship. She was built in
Quebec City for the Donovan family of Tralee. She was the best known
of the "famine ships" that carried Irish refugees to the New World
during the potato famine and returned with timber and food. A copy
of the ship, built in Ireland, was scheduled for completion in 2000.
(SFC, 7/26/99, p.A8,10)
1860 Oct 31, Juliette Low,
founder of the Girl Scouts, was born.
1864 Oct 31, Nevada became the
36th state under a proclamation signed by Pres. Lincoln.
(AP, 10/31/97)(LVRJ, 11/1/97, p.1B)(HN, 10/31/98)
Oct 31, William Parson (b.1800), 3rd Earl of Rosse and maker of
large telescopes, died. Parsons, an Irish astronomer, built the
largest reflecting telescope of the 19th century. He learned to
polish metal mirrors (1827) and spent the next few years building a
36-inch telescope. He later completed a giant 72-inch telescope
(1845) which he named "Leviathan," It remained the largest ever
built until decades after his death. He was the first to resolve the
spiral shape of objects, previously seen as only clouds, which were
much later identified as galaxies independent of our own Milky Way
galaxy and millions of light-years away. His first such sighting was
made in 1845, and by 1850 he had discovered 13 more. In 1848, he
found and named the Crab Nebula (he thought it resembled a crab), by
which name it is still known.
1870 Oct 31, Upon the receipt
of news that the Government of National Defense had decided to start
negotiations with the Prussians, Paris workers and revolutionary
sections of the National Guard rose up in revolt, led by Blanqui.
They seized the Hotel de Ville (City Hall) and set up their
revolutionary government, the Committee of Public Safety, headed by
Blanqui. Flourens prevented any members of the Government of
National Defense from being shot, as had been demanded by one of the
1876 Oct 31, In India’s Megna
River Delta a tidal wave caused by a cyclone flooded the river delta
and the city of Backergunge. Some areas became covered with 40 feet
of water. 100,000 people drowned and another 100,000 were reported
to have perished from subsequent diseases caused by polluted water.
1887 Oct 31, Chiang Kai-Shek,
Chinese Nationalist, was born.
1887 Oct 31, Rimsky-Korsakov's
"Capricio Espagnol," premiered in St Petersburg.
1895 Oct 31, Basil H. Liddell
Hart, English military historian and publicist, was born.
1896 Oct 31, Ethel Waters,
actress and blues singer, was born. She first performed "Stormy
Weather" and stared in "The Member of the Wedding" and "Pinkie," was
1902 Oct 31, Carlos Drummond de
Andrade, Brazilian poet, journalist and short story writer, was
1906 Oct 31, Louise Talma,
composer (Summer Sounds), was born in Arcachon, France.
1906 Oct 31, George Bernard
Shaw's "Caesar & Cleopatra," premiered in NYC.
1914 Oct 31, Great Britain and
France declared war on Turkey. [see Nov 5]
1911 Oct 31, Prof. John J.
Montgomery (b.1858) died when his glider crashed on his 56th flight
at the Evergreen College campus south of San Jose.
(GenIV, Winter 04/05)
1917 Oct 31, William H. McNeil,
historian, was born. His work include "The Rise of the West."
1917 Oct 31, Eugene O'Neill's
"In the Zone," premiered in NYC.
1918 Oct 31, In the worst
global epidemic of the century, influenza (an acute, contagious
respiratory viral infection) had been spreading around the world
since May. Before it ended in 1919 some 20 million people were
killed worldwide, about twice as many as World War I, with about
500-600,000 of them in the US. October was the deadliest month and
about 195,000 died with 21,000 dead the 1st week. It was estimated
that 20-40 million people died worldwide. In 1998 the TV show "The
American Experience" documented the tragedy: "Influenza 1918." Dr.
Alfred Crosby wrote "America’s Forgotten Pandemic: The Influenza of
1918." [see 1918-1919]
(MT, Fall. ‘97, p.11)(SFC, 2/9/98, p.E1)(WSJ,
2/9/98, p.A16)(HN, 10/31/99)
1918 Oct 31, Egon Schiele (28),
Viennese artist, died in the flu epidemic. He produced some 3,000
drawings and 300 paintings in about 12 years.
(SFC, 10/13/97, p.E3)(MC, 10/31/01)
1918 Oct 31, Stephen Tisza,
Hungarian PM (-1917), was assassinated by soldiers.
1920 Oct 31, Dick Francis,
jockey and detective writer (Whip Hand, High Stakes), was born in
1922 Oct 31, Norodom Sihanouk
(d.2012), 2-time king (1941-1955 and 1993-2004), president and
premier of Cambodia, was born.
1922 Oct 31, Karel & Josef
Capek's "World We Live In," premiered in NYC.
1922 Oct 31, Mussolini was made
prime minister of Italy. He centralized all power in himself as
leader of the Fascist party and attempted to create an Italian
empire, ultimately in alliance with Hitler's Germany.
1925 Oct 31, Charles Moore,
influential post-modern architect, was born.
1925 Oct 31, Contract bridge
was introduced by Harold Stirling Vanderbilt on board the S.S.
Finland in the Panama Canal.
1926 Oct 31, Magician Harry
Houdini died in Detroit of gangrene and peritonitis resulting from a
1927 Oct 31, In San Francisco
the M-Ocean View streetcar line was extended through the Twin Peaks
Tunnel to Market Street and the Ferries, at the foot of Market
(METNA News, Aug 2015, p.1)
1930 Oct 31, Michael Collins,
U.S. astronaut, was born.
1931 Oct 31, Dan Rather, news
anchor (CBS Evening News, 60 Minutes), was born in Wharton Texas.
1936 Oct 31, The Literary
Digest published a poll that predicted that Alfred Landon, the
governor of Kansas, would win over Pres. Roosevelt with 57% of the
popular vote. Landon lost all but two states to Roosevelt.
1937 Oct 31, Michael Landon,
actor (Bonanza, Highway to Heaven), was born in Forest Hills, NY.
1937 Oct 31, Tom Paxton, folk
singer and songwriter (Forest Lawn), was born in Chicago.
1937 Oct 31, Spanish government
moved from Valencia to Barcelona.
1938 Oct 31, The day after his
"War of the Worlds" broadcast had panicked radio listeners, Orson
Welles expressed "deep regret" but also bewilderment that anyone had
thought the simulated Martian invasion was real.
1939 Oct 31, 27 U boats were
sunk this month (135,000 ton).
1939 Oct 31, Otto Rank,
[Rosenfeld], Austria psychoanalyst (Trauma of Geburt), died.
1940 Oct 31, 63 U boats were
sunk this month (325,000 ton).
1940 Oct 31, In the Battle of
Britain, the German and British duel for control of English Channel,
1940 Oct 31, This was the
deadline for Warsaw Jews to move into the Warsaw Ghetto.
1941 Oct 31, The Mt. Rushmore
sculpture was completed after 14 years of work. [see 1927]
(HFA, '96, p.40)(HN, 10/31/01)
1941 Oct 31, The US Navy
destroyer "Reuben James" was torpedoed by a German U-boat off
Iceland, killing 115, even though the United States had not yet
entered World War II.
1941 Oct 31, 13 U boats were
sunk this month (62,000 ton).
1942 Oct 31, David Ogden
Stiers, actor (Winchester-M*A*S*H, Doc), was born in Peoria, Ill.
1942 Oct 31, 94 U boats were
sunk this month (619,000 ton).
1942 Oct 31, The 9th day in
battle at El Alamein (Egypt).
1943 Oct 31, Max Reinhardt,
Austrian stage manager (Turandot), died.
1944 Oct 31, Kinky Friedman,
country rocker (Ride 'em Jewboy), was born in Palestine, Tx.
1948 Oct 31, By this
date some 20 people died and 6,000 were made ill by smog from steel
and zinc plants in Donora, Pennsylvania. Between October 26 and
October 31, 1948, an air inversion trapped fluoride effluent from
the Zinc Works. In three days, 18 people died. After the inversion
lifted, another 50 died. Hundreds more finished the rest of their
lives with damaged lungs and hearts. Both plants closed in 1966. In
2002, “When Smoke Ran Like Water" was published by Devra Davis.
1950 Oct 31, John Candy,
comedian (SCTV, Uncle Buck), was born in Ontario, Canada.
1952 Oct 31, The Stratford
Shakespearean Festival of Canada was incorporated as a legal entity.
It was organized by Tom Patterson. The 1st performance opened Jul
(WSJ, 7/18/02, p.D10)
1952 Oct 31, A CIA report,
declassified in 2005, said ex-Colonel Hattori Takushiro (1901-1960)
had led plans since the beginning of July for a coup d'etat against
Japan’s PM Yoshida Shigeru. Hattori’s colleague Masanobu Tsuji
talked the group out of the coup.
(SFC, 3/1/07, p.A11)
1953 Oct 31, Alice Eastwood
(94), curator of botany at the California Academy of Sciences in SF,
(SFC, 10/31/03, p.E2)
Oct 31, The Algerian Revolution (1954-1962) against the French
began. Algerian Muslims of the Front de Libération National (FLN),
began open warfare against French rule in Algeria. [see Nov 1]
(DoW, 1999, p.10)
1955 Oct 31, William "Billy"
Woodward, Jr. (b.1920), heir to the Hanover National Bank fortune
(later Manufacturer's Hanover), the Belair Estate and stud farm and
legacy, and a leading figure in racing circles, was shot to death by
his wife, Ann. In 1985 Dominick Dunne (1925-2009) authored “The Two
Mrs. Grenvilles," based on the Woodward murder case. The book was
turned into a television movie in 1987.
Oct 31, Britain's Princess Margaret ended weeks of speculation by
announcing she would not marry Royal Air Force Captain Peter
Townsend because he had been divorced.
1956 Oct 31, President Dwight
D. Eisenhower praised the promise by Moscow made the previous day of
major concessions to Hungarians in revolt as "the dawning of a new
day" in Eastern Europe. Anti-government demonstrations in Budapest a
week earlier had forced a reshuffling of the Hungarian government
and demands that the new government denounce the Warsaw Pact and
seek liberation from Soviet domination. [see Nov 4]
1956 Oct 31, Rear Admiral G.J.
Dufek became the first person to land an airplane at the South Pole.
1956 Oct 31, Great Britain and
France attempted to take over the Suez Canal. They bombed Egyptian
(WUD, 1994, p.1685)(TOH, 1982, p.1956)
1957 Oct 31, Jamaica, a
musical, opened on Broadway at Imperial Theater. The book was by Yip
Harburg and Fred Saidy, lyrics by Harburg, and music by Harold
Arlen. Lena Horne (1917-2010) starred in the musical. It continued
for 558 performances.
1959 Oct 31, A former U.S.
Marine from Fort Worth, Texas, Lee Harvey Oswald, announced in
Moscow that he would never return to the United States.
1959 Oct 31, The USSR and Egypt
signed contracts for building the Aswan Dam.
1961 Oct 31, A US Federal judge
ruled that Birmingham, Alabama, laws against integrated playing
fields were illegal.
1961 Oct 31, Augustus Edwin
John (b.1878), Welsh painter, draughtsman, and etcher, died. For a
short time around 1910, he was an important exponent of
Post-Impressionism in England. In 1974 Michael Holroyd authored the
biography: “Augustus John."
(WSJ, 1/21/07, p.P9)
1962 Oct 31, Bobby Pickett
(1938-2007) made a one-time hit with “Monster Mash," as it reached
No. 1 on Halloween.
(SFC, 4/27/07, p.B9)
1963 Oct 31, J. Edgar Hoover's
last meeting with President John F Kennedy.
1963 Ocr 31, In San Francisco
the Black Cat café, located in the Canessa Building at 708-710
Montgomery St., closed down for the last time as the state Supreme
Court refused to hear its case and lower courts refused to reinstate
its liquor license because it catered to homosexuals.
(SFC, 11/15/14, p.C2)
1963 Oct 31, On Halloween night
leaking propane gas exploded and killed 64 at the "Holiday on Ice"
show at the Indiana State Fair Grounds in Indianapolis.
1967 Oct 31, Nguyen Van Thieu
took the oath of office as the first president of South Vietnam's
1968 Oct 31, President Johnson
announced a halt to all US bombing of North Vietnam, effective the
next morning, saying he hoped for fruitful peace negotiations.
1968 Oct 31, Liu Shaoqi
(1898-1968), president of China since 1959, was ousted.
1971 Oct 31, Saigon began the
release of 1,938 Hanoi POW’s.
1971 Oct 31, On the east coast
of India a tidal wave and cyclone on Orissa killed more than 15,000
(WUD, 1994, p. 1688)
1974 Oct 31, Suspected Bundy
victim Laura Aime disappeared in Utah.
1978 Oct 31, The US Pregnancy
Discrimination Act was passed making it illegal to fire women for
being pregnant or having a child. It amended Title VII of the Civil
Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit sex discrimination on the basis of
(Econ, 11/19/11, SR p.9)
1979 Oct 31, The US
Archeological Resources Protection Act, on behalf of endangered
antiquities, became law.
Oct 31, A US DC-10, flown by Western Airlines, crashed at Mexico
City when it struck a vehicle and 74 were killed.
1980 Oct 31, In Iran Reza
Pahlavi, eldest son of the late shah, proclaimed himself the
rightful successor to the Peacock Throne.
1981 Oct 31, In Georgia (US) a
Jane Doe murder victim remained nameless after her body was
discovered in a cornfield in Dixie on Halloween. George Newsome was
arrested shortly after the murder and police found the rope that had
been used to strangle the girl in a motor home he owned. Newsome
died in 1988, but never revealed the identity of his victim. In 2020
she was identified through DNA testing as Shirlene Cheryl Hammack.
(ABC News, 1/10/20)
1982 Oct 31, The Nehemiah
housing plan in New York broke ground in Brownsville. It was
fathered by I.D. Robbins (1910-1996) and consisted of low-cost,
3-bedroom brick townhouses that sold for $39,000. The plan was
helped by the Industrial Areas Foundation established by the Chicago
housing advocate Saul Alinsky.
1982 Oct 31, Pope John Paul II
became the 1st pontiff to visit Spain.
1984 Oct 31, The oil tanker
Puerto Rican exploded in the Gulf of the Farallones off the coast of
San Francisco spilling 2 million gallons of oil as the ship caught
fire. A bomb was believed to have caused the blast 10 miles west of
the Golden Gate Bridge. The inferno left one man dead. On Nov 18 a
360-foot remnant of the 600-foot tanker was towed to San Francisco
Bay. There was no leakage of some 2.7 million gallons of lube oil in
11/15/09, DB p.46)
1984 Oct 31, In Decatur,
Illinois, 2 young girls were assaulted and killed. In 2009 DNA
evidence revealed that Melvin Johnson (d.2003) was the murderer.
(SFC, 2/12/09, p.A4)
1984 Oct 31, Indian Prime
Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated near her residence in New
Delhi by two Sikh members of her bodyguard. This sparked Hindu-Sikh
clashes across the country. Four days of anti-Sikh rioting followed
in India. The government said more than 2,700 people, mostly Sikhs,
were killed, while newspapers and human-rights groups put the death
toll between 10,000 and 17,000. In 2002 Katherine Frank authored the
(SFEC, 8/3/97, p.A15)(AP,
10/31/97)(http://tinyurl.com/ypb6kl)(WSJ, 2/13/02, p.A18)
1987 Oct 31, Noburo Takeshita,
leader of Japan's Liberal Democratic Party, was elected party
president in his first official step toward replacing Prime Minister
1987 Oct 31, Joseph Campbell
(b.1904), American writer and professor of mythology, died in Hawaii
at age 83.
1988 Oct 31, John
Houseman (86), actor (Paper Chase), died.
1988 Oct 31, In Lebanon the
kidnappers of American hostage Terry Anderson released a videotape
in which The Associated Press correspondent accused the Reagan
administration of blocking his release.
1989 Oct 31, President Bush
announced he and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev would hold an
early December summit aboard ships in the Mediterranean near Malta.
1990 Oct 31, During a campaign
swing in suburban Washington, President Bush said "I have had it"
with the way Iraq was treating American diplomats and hostages, but
added he had no timetable for deciding on a possible military
1991 Oct 31, Theatrical
producer Joseph Papp died in New York at age 70.
1991 Oct 31, On the second day
of the Middle East peace conference in Madrid, Spain, Israeli Prime
Minister Yitzhak Shamir and Arab delegates clashed bitterly over
1992 Oct 31, Roman Catholic
church rehabilitated Galileo Galilei after 359 years. Galileo was
tortured and imprisoned by the Holy Office during the Inquisition,
and was forced to recant his heretical views that the earth and
planets revolve around the Sun. Pope John Paul II acknowledged that
the church had erred in condemning Galileo. [see 1984]
1992 Oct 31, It was announced
that five American nuns in Liberia had been shot to death near the
capital Monrovia; the killings were blamed on rebels loyal to
1993 Oct 31, In Oregon 7 men
robbed the Oki Semiconductor facility in Portland of microchips
valued at several million dollars. There were convicted in 2001 and
4 of the men were sentenced to prison terms in 2002.
(SFC, 6/29/02, p.A16)
1993 Oct 31, Germany
unemployment hit a country record of 3.5 million.
1993 Oct 31, Federico Fellini,
Italian film director, died in Rome at age 73. He made some 24 films
including "La Strada," "La Dolce Vita," "8 1/2," and "Amarcord"
through the 50’s and 60’s.
(WSJ, 4/19/95, p.A-14) (AP, 10/31/98)
1993 Oct 31, Actor River
Phoenix died in Los Angeles at age 23.
1994 Oct 31, An American Eagle
French-built ATR-72, en route from Indianapolis to Chicago, crashed
in Roselawn, Ind., and killed 68 people. In 1997 American Airlines
and 7 other companies settled a suit filed by relatives for $110
(SFC, 9/23/97, p.A4)(AP, 10/31/97)
1995 Oct 31, Stung by defeat in
the secession referendum, Quebec Premier Jacques Parizeau said he
would resign as head of the bitterly divided province at year’s end.
1996 Oct 31, In Pontiac, Mich.,
Dr. Jack Kevorkian was charged with assisting three suicides since
June 1996. He was later acquitted.
1996 Oct 31, In Pontiac, Mich.,
Jenny Jones testified at the trial of one of her talk show guests,
Jonathan Schmitz, who was accused of killing another guest, Scott
Amedure in March, 1995.
1996 Oct 31, A grand jury
indicted a number of corrupt officials in Kansas City, Missouri. As
members of the Port Authority charged with assigning licenses to
riverboat gambling establishments, they accepted a $250,000 bribe in
1993 from Hilton Hotels Corp. Named in the indictments were Michelle
Lathan, Elbert Anderson (chmn. of the Port Authority), James Ramsey,
and a family friend of Anderson's, Charles Maurice Herron.
1996 Oct 31, In Brazil a
Dutch-made Fokker-100, TAM Regional Airlines Flight 402, crashed
after take-off from Sao Paulo into the streets of Vila Santa
Catarina. All 96 people on board and three on the ground were
(SFC, 11/1/96, p.A18)(AP, 10/31/97)
1996 Oct 31, An outbreak of the
Ebola virus killed at least 17 people. It was the 4th outbreak in
Africa since 1995.
(SFC, 11/1/96, p.A21)(SFEC, 11/10/96, p.T5)
1997 Oct 31, The US announced a
plan to increase spending over the next decade to $1 billion per
year to clear the world of land mines that threaten civilian
populations by 2010.
(SFC, 11/1/97, p.A3)
1997 Oct 31, Chinese President
Jiang Zemin rang the bell at the New York Stock Exchange to open the
1997 Oct 31, British au pair
Louise Woodward received a mandatory life sentence, a day after a
jury in Cambridge, Mass., convicted her of second-degree murder in
the death of 8-month-old Matthew Eappen. The verdict was later
reduced to manslaughter, and Woodward was set free.
1997 Oct 31, The FBI began an
investigation into the use of pepper spray by law authorities in
Humboldt County, California, after a video tape showed the spray
applied directly to the eyes of protestors.
(SFC, 11/1/97, p.A1)
1997 Oct 31, Indonesia was
awarded a $23 billion economic rescue package by the Int’l. Monetary
Fund. Japan and Singapore promised an additional 5 million each and
the US promised an additional $3 billion in loans to be used in case
the $23 billion was insufficient to stabilize the situation.
(SFC, 11/1/97, p.D1)(SFEC, 11/2/97, p.A18)
1997 Oct 31, Letsie III (34)
was crowned king of Lesotho, a figurehead position.
(LVRJ, 11/1/97, p.14A)(SFC, 9/22/98, p.A7)
1997 Oct 31, Jerzy Buzek (57),
a chemical engineering professor, became PM of Poland and served
until Oct 19, 2001.
1997 Oct 31, Russia’s lower
house ratified a global ban on chemical weapons. After the Duma it
goes to the Federation Council for approval. The upper house
approved the ban Nov 5.
(SFC, 11/1/97, p.A8)(SFC, 11/6/97, p.C3)
1998 Oct 31, A genetic study
was released suggesting President Thomas Jefferson fathered at least
one child by his slave Sally Hemings.
1998 Oct 31, The US and Israel
signed a strategic cooperation agreement to protect the Jewish state
from ballistic missiles.
(SFEC, 11/1/98, p.A23)
1998 Oct 31, Abe Hirschfeld,
New York real estate magnate, handed Paula Jones a $1 million check
to cash for settlement of the sexual harassment case against Pres.
(SFEC, 11/1/98, p.A4)
1998 Oct 31, Stephanie Condon
(14) vanished while babysitting a cousin's twins in Riddle, Oregon.
Her remains were found in 2009 in Glide, Ore., about 30 miles from
Riddle. Dale Wayne Hill, was arrested in Dayton, Nev., on March 25,
2009, on a charge of failure to register as a felon. He was the last
person known to have seen her alive.
1998 Oct 31, In Congo it was
reported that a lightning bolt killed all 11 members of a soccer
team in eastern Kasai province.
(SFC, 10/31/98, p.A8)
1998 Oct 31, Iraq said that it
was suspending all cooperation with int’l. arms inspectors and would
close down their long-term monitoring operations in response to a
Security Council rejection of demands that a review of its relations
with the UN should automatically result in a lifting of sanctions.
The move condemned by the Security Council.
(SFEC, 11/1/98, p.A21)(AP, 10/31/99)
1998 Oct 31, In Northern
Ireland Brian Service (35) was killed in Belfast. Later the Red Hand
Defenders claimed responsibility. A red-colored hand is the
traditional symbol of the province of Ulster.
(SFC, 11/2/98, p.A14)
1998 Oct 31, In Pakistan the
government planned to use direct rule in Karachi, where near daily
violence this year has left 750 people dead.
(SFEC, 11/1/98, p.A16)
1998 Oct 31, In Russia the
government approved an economic plan that centered on tax cuts, bank
rescues, state intervention and printing more rubles.
(SFEC, 11/1/98, p.A21)
1999 Oct 31, Jesse Martin of
Australia became the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe,
sailing solo, non-stop and unsupported. He sailed from Melbourne,
Australia, on December 8, 1998 aged 18 years 104 days and returned
on October 31 1999, taking 327 days 12 hours 52 minutes.
1999 Oct 31, The pagan Celts of
Britain and Ireland celebrated Samhain on October 31 as the end of
the season of the sun and the beginning of the season of darkness.
It was believed that on this day the souls of the dead revisited
their homes. Bonfires were lit to chase away evil spirits. When the
Romans conquered Britain in the first century A.D., their fall
harvest festival, Poloma Day, mixed with the traditions of Samhain
to form a major fall festival at the end of October.
1999 Oct 31, An EgyptAir
jetliner, Flight 990, enroute from New York to Cairo crashed off
Nantucket Island and all 217 people aboard were killed. Captains
Ahmed al-Habashy and Raouf Noureldin were at the controls. Relief
pilot Gamil al-Batouti (59), the father of five, was suspected to
have caused the crash. In 2002 the National Transportation Safety
Board reported that el-Batouty was solely responsible for the crash.
(SFC, 11/1/99, p.A1)(SFC, 11/16/99, p.A3)(SFC,
11/17/99, p.A1)(SFC, 11/18/99, p.C5)(SFC, 3/15/02, p.A3)
1999 Oct 31, In East Timor the
last 900 Indonesian soldiers departed. Indonesian forces had burned
about 80% of East Timor’s government buildings and infrastructure
following the vote for independence.
(SFEC, 10/31/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 6/10/04, p.A1)
1999 Oct 31, In Augsburg,
Germany, leaders of the Roman Catholic and modern Lutheran Churches
signed the Augsburg Accord, a "Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of
Justification," in a step toward reconciliation. The accord gave
weight to the Lutheran position on salvation through faith and
embraced the Catholic ethic of earthly service.
(SFC, 11/1/99, p.A11,12)
1999 Oct 31, In Macedonia
elections Tito Petkovski, representing the former communist Social
Democratic Party, led with 38% of the vote vs. Boris Trajkovski
(VMRO) with 24.6%. A runoff was scheduled in 2 weeks.
(SFC, 11/2/99, p.A14)
1999 cOct 31, In Sudan 25
Sudanese fighters were massacred by rival militiamen when they
arrived for talks with Paulino Matep at Benitu
(SFC, 11/4/99, p.A18)
1999 Oct 31, In Ukraine
elections were held and Pres. Kuchma was favored. Kuchma came in 1st
with 36.5% of the vote vs. Communist leader Petro Symonenko with
22.2%. A runoff was scheduled in 2 weeks.
(WSJ, 10/29/99, p.A1)(SFC, 11/1/99, p.A13)(SFC,
1999 Oct 31, In Uruguay Tabare
Vazquez, the former mayor of Montevideo, led the presidential vote
with 38% against 31% for Jorge Batlle of the ruling Colorado Party.
A runoff Nov 28 runoff was planned.
(SFC, 11/1/99, p.A13)
2000 Oct 31, American astronaut
Bill Shepherd and Yuri Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalev of Russia
rocketed into orbit aboard a Soyuz rocket for the Int’l. Space
Station for a 4-month stay. They would become the first residents of
the international space station.
2000 Oct 31, Ring Lardner Jr.,
a Hollywood screenwriter, died at age 85. He was one of the
Hollywood Ten, who were blacklisted in the 1947 McCarthy hearings.
(SFC, 11/2/00, p.a23)
2000 Oct 31, Samuel R. Pierce
Jr. (78), former US Housing Secretary, died.
2000 Oct 31, In Angola a
Russian Antonov 26 charter plane burst into flames after takeoff and
all 48 people aboard were killed. Unita rebels later claimed
(SFC, 11/2/00, p.A13)(WSJ, 11/3/00, p.A1)
2000 Oct 31, In Germany the
Expo 2000 closed in Hanover.
(WSJ, 6/29/00, p.A24)
2000 Oct 31, In Jerusalem
Yasser Arafat called for renewed resistance. At least 4 Palestinians
were killed along the eastern Gaza Strip.
(SFC, 11/1/00, p.A16)
2000 Oct 31, An Italian cargo
ship sank in the English Channel with 6,000 tons of chemicals that
included the toxic styrene, a known carcinogen, along with isopropyl
alcohol and methyl ethyl ketone.
(SFC, 11/1/00, p.A17)
2000 Oct 31, A Singapore
Airlines Boeing 747-400 jet crashed on takeoff from Taiwan as
Typhoon Xangsane approached. Flight SQ006 was bound for Los Angeles.
The plane apparently hit construction equipment on a closed runway.
The airlines announced a $400,000 payment to victim’s families after
admitting to pilot error. 83 people were killed when the pilots took
off on the wrong runway. The pilots were not prosecuted.
(WSJ, 11/1/00, p.A1)(SFC, 11/3/00, p.A16)(SFEC,
11/5/00, p.A1)(AP, 6/14/02)
2001 October 31, The New York
Yankees played the Arizona Diamondbacks in game four of the World
Series; the game ended just a few minutes after midnight as Derek
Jeter hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift
the Yankees over the Diamondbacks 4-3 and tie the Series at two
2001 Oct 31, US bombing in
Afghanistan was reported to be the heaviest in the 4-week campaign.
(SFC, 11/1/01, p.A1)
2001 Oct 31, The US Commerce
Dept. reported a 3rd quarter 0.4% annualized fall in the GDP. The
decline marked an end to 33 straight quarters of economic growth.
(SFC, 11/1/01, p.A1)(WSJ, 11/1/01, p.A1)
2001 Oct 31, The Bush
administration said it would adopt stricter arsenic standard for
drinking water as proposed in the final days of the Clinton
(SFC, 11/1/01, p.A13)
2001 Oct 31, The Bush
administration said the Saudi government has issued an order to
freeze assets of people and groups suspected of links to terrorism.
(SFC, 11/1/01, p.A5)
2001 Oct 31, Attorney Gen. John
Ashcroft announced plans to block hostile foreigners from entering
(SFC, 11/1/01, p.A10)
2001 Oct 31, The US Consulate
in Lahore, Pakistan, received a letter that was later confirmed to
(SFC, 11/7/01, p.A10)
2001 October 31, Former
Symbionese Liberation Army fugitive Sara Jane Olson pleaded guilty
to 2 felony accounts in Los Angeles to the attempted murder of
police officers from activities with the Symbionese Liberation Army
in 1975. She was later sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.
(SFC, 11/1/01, p.A1)(AP, 10/31/02)
2001 October 31, Microsoft and
the Justice Department reached a tentative agreement to settle the
historic antitrust case against the software giant.
2001 Oct 31, In Connecticut
Joseph Ganim (42), the mayor of Bridgeport, was charged in a federal
racketeering indictment with soliciting over $425,000 in bribes.
(SFC, 11/1/01, p.C2)
2001 Oct 31, The SEC inquiry
into Enron Corp. became a formal investigation.
(SFC, 1/16/02, p.A12)
2001 Oct 31, Halloween this
year came with a blue moon, the 2nd full moon of the month.
(SFC, 10/31/01, p.C2)
2001 Oct 31, Kathy Nguyen (61),
a NYC hospital worker, died of anthrax. She was the 4th person to
perish in a spreading wave of bioterrorism. The source of infection
remained a mystery.
(SFC, 11/1/01, p.A1)(AP, 10/31/02)
2001 October 31, Cold War arms
negotiator Paul C. Warnke died at age 81.
2001 Oct 31, An Israeli
helicopter missile in Hebron killed Jamil Jadallah, a senior Hamas
member. 5 other Palestinians were also killed in West Bank attacks.
(SFC, 11/1/01, p.A13)
2001 Oct 31, In Pakistan Pres.
Musharraf ordered the arrest of anyone using a mosque loudspeaker
for anything other than the traditional call to prayer. He also
banned the use of mosques to "spread sectarian hatred."
(SFC, 11/1/01, p.A3)
2001 Oct 31, In Peru Congress
unanimously approved embezzlement charges against former Pres.
(SFC, 11/1/01, p.C7)
2002 Oct 31, The US enacted the
Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA) as a
replacement for the similar Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA). It
granted duty-free access to a wide range of exports from Bolivia,
Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.
2002 Oct 31/Nov 1, Inmates at
San Quentin performed the verse drama "John Brown's Body" by Stephen
Vincent Benet under the direction of Joseph De Francesca.
(SFC, 11/19/02, p.D1)(EW)
2002 Oct 31, Authorities
charged the two Washington sniper suspects John Allen Muhammad and
Lee Boyd Malvo with murder in a Louisiana attack that came just two
days after a similar slaying in Alabama.
2002 Oct 31, The Securities and
Exchange Commission ordered an investigation into allegations that
Chairman Harvey Pitt had concealed information on the corporate ties
of William Webster. Pitt and Webster both ended up resigning.
(AP, 10/31/03)(AP, 10/31/07)
2002 Oct 31, The Central
African Republic claimed to have put down a coup attempt by rebels
backing an ousted army chief of staff.
2002 Oct 31, Chechen rebels
killed six Russian servicemen, a Chechen policeman and a local
administrator, as Russian forces intensified searches for rebels in
the wake of the Moscow theater siege.
2002 Oct 31, In Greece Michalis
Stasinopoulos (99), a legal scholar who challenged Greece's 1967-74
military dictatorship and served as president after it collapsed,
2002 Oct 31, A strong
earthquake rocked central and southern Italy, trapping about 50
children in a school in San Giuliano di Puglia after the building's
roof collapsed. The death reached at least 28.
(AP, 10/31/02)(AP, 11/1/02)
2002 Oct 31, Velupillai
Prabhakaran, the reclusive leader of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger
guerrillas, was sentenced in absentia to 200 years' jail, as
government and rebel officials began talks in Thailand to try to end
19 years of war.
2003 Oct 31, A new e-mail
virus, "Mimail.C.," started spreading to corporate computers and is
headed for home computers, but computer security experts said they
expect the outbreak to wind down over the weekend.
2003 Oct 31, In California
lawyer Gerald Curry was shot 5 times by William Strier outside a
courthouse in San Fernando Valley. The shooting was caught on
videotape by crews covering actor Robert Blake's murder case in Van
Nuys. In 2006 Strier (66) was convicted of attempted murder and
sentenced to life in prison plus 25 years.
(SFC, 1/21/06, p.B2)(AP, 10/31/08)
2003 Oct 31, In SF Victor Bach
(71) was killed at his Mission District office, Western Plumbing and
Heating on Halloween. His wife was later charged with defrauding the
business and a trust account that he was overseeing. In 2008 Kathy
Bach (57) was convicted of 13-theft related charges for defrauding
her husband’s business and a private trust that he oversaw.
(SFC, 3/16/05, p.B4)(SFC, 11/18/08, p.B2)
2003 Oct 31, Bethany Hamilton,
teen surfing star, lost her left arm in a shark attack off Kauai,
2003 Oct 31, The EPA rejected
new restrictions on weed-killer atrazine. It was suspected of
causing mutations in frogs.
(WSJ, 11/3/03, p.A1)
2003 Oct 31, Richard E.
Neustadt (84), the noted presidential adviser, scholar and historian
who was a founder of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, died in
England. His 1960 book "Presidential Power: The Politics of
Leadership," offered insight into government decision-making.
(AP, 11/2/03)(Econ, 11/15/03, p.81)
2003 Oct 31, Fighting between
Afghan soldiers and police in a tense province in southern
Afghanistan killed two military commanders and up to eight
2003 Oct 31, Thousands of
Argentines banged pots and pans on street corners and apartment
balconies across the capital to protest rising crime.
2003 Oct 31, Ilham Aliev was
inaugurated as Azerbaijan's new president, succeeding his ailing
father as leader of the oil-rich former Soviet republic.
2003 Oct 31, A wildlife expert
said a rabies outbreak is threatening the few hundred remaining
Ethiopian wolves, one of the world's rarest animals.
2003 Oct 31, Kamato Hongo
(116), a Japanese woman believed to have been the world's oldest
2003 Oct 31, Abdullah Ahmad
Badawi became Malaysia's first new prime minister in a generation,
succeeding Mahathir Mohamad.
2003 Oct 31, Taiwan's Pres.
Chen Shui-bian took his campaign for a new constitution to New York,
as Taiwanese media widely reported protests by Beijing supporters
against his visit. He described his campaign for a new constitution
as an effort to increase government efficiency.
2003 Oct 31, The UN General
Assembly adopted the United Nations Convention against Corruption
and requested that the Secretary-General designate the UN Office on
Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as secretariat for the Convention’s
Conference of States Parties (resolution 58/4).
2004 Oct 31, In the closing
hours of their bitter campaign, President Bush and challenger Sen.
John Kerry charged through the critical battlegrounds of Florida and
Ohio, with promises to keep America safe.
2004 Oct 31, In Brazil Pres.
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva suffered major defeats in an electoral
test of his ruling party's influence. Silva’s PT Party won in 11 of
the 23 cities where it fielded candidates. Jose Serra won the
mayoral election in Sao Paulo over Marta Suplicy.
(AP, 11/1/04)(Econ, 1/29/05, p.35)
2004 Oct 31, In Chechnya a car
bomb exploded outside Grozny’s main hospital, injuring 17 people.
2004 Oct 31, In Chile voters
gave strong support to the center-left government of President
Ricardo Lagos in nationwide municipal elections.
2004 Oct 31, Iran's parliament
unanimously approved the outline of a bill that would require the
government to resume uranium enrichment.
2004 Oct 31, In Iraq a rocket
attack in Tikrit killed 15 Iraqis and wounded 8.
(SFC, 11/1/04, p.A1)
2004 Oct 31, In Italy unusually
high tides sent sea water sweeping through Venice, covering 80
percent of the city by afternoon.
2004 Oct 31, Japan condemned
the beheading of a Japanese hostage in Iraq as a despicable act of
terrorism and vowed to keep its troops in the country on their
2004 Oct 31, African and Asian
leaders opened a two-day conference in Tokyo to spur trade and
investment between the two regions. The gathering is a follow-up
meeting of the Third Tokyo International Conference on African
Development (TICAD III) held last year and is co-hosted by Japan,
the World Bank. TICAD, a Japanese initiative, was started in 1993 to
raise international support for African development and has been
held every five years.
2004 Oct 31, In Nigeria unions
declared the top oil multinational here, Royal Dutch/Shell, "an
enemy of the Nigerian people" and called a Nov. 16 nationwide
2004 Oct 31, Ukrainians cast
ballots in a presidential vote. The opposition complained of
violations just hours into the polling. Key contenders included
pro-Russian PM Viktor Yanukovych and former PM Viktor Yushchenko, a
reformist candidate. Yushchenko won by .5%, but failed to get a
majority setting up a runoff vote for Nov 21. Observers from NATO
and Europe said the balloting did not meet democratic standards.
(AP, 10/31/04)(AP, 11/1/04)(WSJ, 11/19/04, p.A12)
2004 Oct 31, In Uruguay
elections socialist Tabare Vazquez (65), a cancer specialist and
former mayor of Montevideo, won Uruguay's presidential election,
becoming the nation's first leftist leader. Voters also called for
all water resources to be put under state administration. Some 20%
of the country’s work force was employed by the state.
(AP, 10/31/04)(SFC, 11/1/04, p.A2)(WSJ, 11/5/04,
2004 Oct 31, In Venezuela
candidates backed by President Hugo Chavez swept all but two of 23
governorships in regional elections.
2005 Oct 31, President Bush
nominated veteran judge Samuel Alito in a bid to reshape the Supreme
Court and mollify his conservative allies. Ready-to-rumble Democrats
warned that Alito may be an extremist who would curb abortion
2005 Oct 31, The US Supreme
Court declined to hear an appeal by, Thomas Huckaby, a Tennessee man
who was charged by NY state for taxes on all of his income derived
from his employer in NY.
(WSJ, 11/1/05, p.D1)
2005 Oct 31, It was reported
that US Sec. of Defense Donald Rumsfeld held a stake in Gilead
Sciences valued at between $5 million and $25 million, according to
federal financial disclosures filed by Rumsfeld. Tamiflu is
manufactured and marketed by Swiss pharma giant Roche. Gilead
receives a royalty from Roche equaling about 10% of sales. Former
Secretary of State George Shultz, who is on Gilead's board, has sold
more than $7 million worth of Gilead since the beginning of 2005.
Rumsfeld recused himself from any decisions involving Gilead when he
left Gilead and became Secretary of Defense.
2005 Oct 31, A transit strike
in Philadelphia brought the city’s buses, subways and trolleys to a
(SFC, 11/1/05, p.A3)
2005 Oct 31, In SF some 30,000
people gathered in the Castro district for the annual Halloween
(SFC, 11/1/05, p.B2)
2005 Oct 31, BSkyB and Vodafone
announced that a quarter of a million subscribers to Vodafone's
third-generation (3G) telecommunications service were now able to
watch on their mobiles live news and sports provided by satellite
2005 Oct 31, Chiron Corp., a
biotech operation in Emeryville, Ca., merged with the Swiss firm
Novartis. Novartis paid $5.1 billion for Chiron.
(SFC, 11/1/05, p.D1)
2005 Oct 31, It was reported
that Pluto has three moons, not one, according to new images from
the Hubble Space Telescope suggest. The two new moons were named Nix
and Hydra. Pluto, discovered as the ninth planet in 1930, was
thought to be alone until its moon Charon was spotted in 1978. Two
more moons were discovered in 2011 and 2012.
(AP, 11/1/05)(Econ, 7/11/15, p.70)
2005 Oct 31, In Brazil a man
accused of torturing and killing five people was killed in a Sao
Paulo shantytown gunfight with police who were trying to arrest him.
Celso Alencar dos Santos (33) and an accomplice allegedly killed
five members of the Yonekura family in September, when the family
returned to Brazil with thousands of dollars they had saved while
living for six years in Japan.
2005 Oct 31, China's Pres. Hu
Jintao arrived in Vietnam on a mission to expand booming trade ties
between the communist nations.
2005 Oct 31, Hundreds of
government troops backed by U.N. peacekeepers began flushing heavily
armed Rwandan rebels from eastern Congo, destroying insurgent camps
and sending smoke rising above the restive region.
2005 Oct 31, Farmers brought
California vegetables, North Carolina turkeys and Arkansas rice to
Cuba's annual trade fair, showing that Americans are still hungry
for the communist country's market despite U.S. rules that make
2005 Oct 31, A UN-sanctioned
panel investigating human rights violations during Indonesia's
bloody 24-year occupation of East Timor presented its findings to
the country's president.
2005 Oct 31, French rower
Emmanuel Coindre ended a landmark 129-day solo voyage across the
Pacific Ocean between Japan and the United States, setting a new
record, according to his team.
2005 Oct 31, The US military
said 6 American soldiers were killed in two bombings, making October
one of the deadliest months for U.S. troops in Iraq this year. A car
bomb exploded in a commercial district of Basra, killing at least 20
with 40 injured.
(AP, 10/31/05)(AP, 11/1/05)(SFC, 11/1/05, p.A3)
2005 Oct 31, Japanese PM
Junichiro Koizumi named a new Cabinet, putting outspoken
conservatives, and potential successors, in top positions and
retaining his economic team.
2005 Oct 31, Okinawa's governor
told Japan's central government that a plan to build a U.S. heliport
on the southern island as part of a realignment of the American
military presence there was unacceptable.
2005 Oct 31, A Myanmar court
sentenced a lawyer to seven years in prison for advising a group of
farmers to file grievances with the International Labor
2005 Oct 31, Polish President
Aleksander Kwasniewski has officially named a minority conservative
government headed by Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz.
2005 Oct 31, President Vladimir
Putin said he won't seek a third term in 2008, but vowed not to
allow "destabilization" in Russia following the vote, leaving the
door open for drastic action in the event of a crisis.
2005 Oct 31, A new survey
reported that more than half of Russians think everyone in power is
dishonest, from the president and parliament, to government and the
courts. Transparency International recently ranked Russia joint
126th on its list of cleanest countries, on a par with Sierra Leone,
Niger and Albania.
2005 Oct 31, The Spanish
telecommunications company Telefonica announced an agreed $31.5
billion takeover of mobile-phone operator O2, to be paid in cash.
(Econ, 11/5/05, p.65)
2005 Oct 31, UN envoy Jan Pronk
condemned the killing of 2 deminers contracted to the United Nations
in southern Sudan in an ambush by suspected Ugandan rebels.
2005 Oct 31, A UN resolution
sponsored by the US, France and Britain demanded that Syria assist
fully with a probe into the February killing of former Lebanese
leader Hariri. The P-5 ambassadors (the five permanent council
nations) from the US, Russia, China, Britain and France, conducted
intense negotiations to try to reach agreement on the resolution.
(WSJ, 11/1/05, p.A1)(AP, 11/3/05)
2005 Oct 31, Live news
broadcasts began on a new Latin American TV station backed by
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as an alternative to large
corporate media outlets.
2006 Oct 31, President George
W. Bush ordered that assets be frozen of dissident general Laurent
Nkunda and six others considered by the White House to be
destabilizing forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
2006 Oct 31, NASA agreed to
dispatch a shuttle on a repair mission to keep the Hubble Space
Telescope in operation until at least 2013.
(WSJ, 11/1/06, p.A1)
2006 Oct 31, In Long Beach,
Ca., 9 African-American youths accosted and severely beat 3 white
women in a racially charged attack on Halloween night. In 2007 a
judge ruled the attack a hate crime and the 9 youths were convicted
in juvenile court in Long Beach, Calif.
(SFC, 1/27/07, p.A3)(AP, 1/26/08)
2006 Oct 31, In SF gunfire
broke out between two groups at a massive Halloween street party in
the city's Castro district, wounding at least 10 people, including
2006 Oct 31, Bechtel Corp.’s
last government contract in Iraq expired. During its 3 years of work
there 52 employees were killed.
(SFC, 11/1/06, p.A1)
2006 Oct 31, Enrico’s Sidewalk
Café in SF’s North Beach district closed after negotiations for a
new lease collapsed. Enrico Banducci had opened it in 1958.
(SFC, 11/1/06, p.B5)
2006 Oct 31, In Roanoke,
Virginia, Sheriff Frank Cassell and 12 of his uniformed employees
were indicted in a racketeering case that claims drugs seized from
criminals were being resold, sometimes out of a sergeant's home.
2006 Oct 31, In Reno, Nev., a
fire at the Mizpah Hotel killed 12 people. Valerie Moore (47), a
casino cook, was arrested the next day for starting the fire.
(SFC, 11/2/06, p.A4)(AP, 11/5/06)(SFC, 11/6/06,
2006 Oct 31, A leading
researcher said large species of coral that form underwater reefs
and create rich habitat for marine life are disappearing from around
the U.S. Virgin Islands, Jamaica and elsewhere in the Caribbean.
2006 Oct 31, Researchers
reported that elephants recognize themselves in mirrors.
(SFC, 11/1/06, p.A4)
2006 Oct 31, In eastern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed 3 NATO soldiers. A suicide
bombing in southern Ghazni province's Taliban-dominated Ander
district killed one policeman. Polio cases were reported to be on
the rise along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
(AFP, 10/31/06)(WSJ, 11/1/06, p.A1)
2006 Oct 31, Australia pointed
an accusing finger at China and India as major polluters as it
refused to ratify the Kyoto Protocol on climate change despite a
major new report warning of impending catastrophe.
2006 Oct 31, President Evo
Morales backed off his plan to nationalize Bolivia's mining
industry, saying that his government can't afford it for now but he
still wants to eventually recover control of the nation's mineral
2006 Oct 31, Britain unveiled
plans to regulate Internet gambling and said it opposed the US
government's banning of the industry.
2006 Oct 31, A joint British
and Lebanese initiative in London launched the world's first
qualification covering all aspects of Islamic finance. The Islamic
Finance Qualification (IFQ) was developed by British industry body
the Securities and Investment Institute (SII) and Lebanese business
school Ecole Superieure des Affaires.
2006 Oct 31, Cambodian police
said an American police officer, killed himself while in custody in
the capital. Donald Rene Ramirez of SF was accused of sexually
abusing a 14-year-old girl. Ramirez had been going on vacation to
Asia for at least 2 decades.
(AP, 10/31/06)(SSFC, 11/5/06, p.B1)
2006 Oct 31, In Canada Finance
Minister Jim Flaherty shocked markets when he announced plans to tax
income trusts. Flaherty signaled concern that the flow of
conversions to income trusts could become an uncontrollable torrent
that would damage the economy and erode government revenues. Income
trusts were first set up in the mid-1980s by property and energy
companies who chose to pass profits to investors and thus avoid
corporate income tax.
(AP, 10/31/06)(Econ, 11/4/06, p.86)
2006 Oct 31, A small clash
between ethnic Arab and ethnic African villagers along Chad's border
with Darfur escalated into a large-scale attack in which Arabs
killed 128 Africans. The fight broke out in Amtiman in southeastern
Chad between two small groups after a member of one group insulted
2006 Oct 31, China's
legislature barred all but the nation's highest court from approving
death sentences, a move that state media called the country's
biggest change to capital punishment in more than 20 years. In
northwest Gansu province gas exploded in a coal mine, killing about
2006 Oct 31, Scientists
reported that the Fujian-strain of H5N1 avian influenza has become
dominant in southern China.
(SFC, 10/31/06, p.A2)
2006 Oct 31, A parliament
speaker said Egypt it will amend its constitution to make it easier
for candidates to run for president, part of long-delayed political
reforms that President Hosni Mubarak plans to carry out next year.
Talaat Sadat (52), the nephew of Egypt's late President Anwar Sadat,
was sentenced to a year in prison for defaming Egypt's armed forces,
after saying in an interview that Egyptian generals had masterminded
his uncle's assassination.
2006 Oct 31, In Ethiopia 4 days
of devastating floods along the eastern border killed dozens of
people and prowling crocodiles hampered rescue efforts as rain
continued to fall.
2006 Oct 31, France's Defense
Minister ordered that 105 secret intelligence reports be handed over
to a judge investigating allegations that Paris helped Rwanda's
former Hutu government massacre ethnic Tutsis in a 1994 genocide.
2006 Oct 31, India's central
bank warned of overheating and juggled interest rates in a mid-term
policy review aimed at keeping prices in check. In southern India a
passenger train crashed into an auto-rickshaw at an unmanned rail
crossing, killing all 18 people in the rickshaw.
(AFP, 10/31/06)(AP, 11/1/06)
2006 Oct 31, Al-Sadr ordered
Sadr City closed to the Iraqi government until US troops lifted what
he called their "siege" of the neighborhood. US troops abandoned
checkpoints around Sadr City on orders from Prime Minister Nouri
al-Maliki. Iraqi state television presenter, Sherin Hamid, and her
driver were found dead in central Baghdad, a day after they were
abducted by gunmen. 3 people were killed and five injured by a car
bomb in Sadr City. At least three Iraqi policemen were also reported
killed in Baghdad and Fallujah. The bodies of five unidentified
people, including a woman, were found dumped in eastern Baghdad. 5
more bodies in similar condition were floating in the Tigris River
near Suwayrah. The morgue in the town of Kut reported receiving 10
bodies, including those of five people allegedly killed by US forces
in a raid on a house in the Shejeriyah area. In Baqouba unidentified
gunmen killed 3 people in a downtown market and attacked a police
patrol, killing one officer and injuring two others. 5 bodies were
found in the Abu Seida district, 25 kilometers northeast of the
city. More than 40 Shiites were abducted along a dangerous highway
just north of Baghdad near the town of Tarmiyah. At least 8 other
people were either found dead or slain in new attacks. A suicide
bombing at a wedding party in Baghdad killed 23, including 9
children. Haidar Muhsin, an Iraqi translator with US forces, was
shot dead in front of his home in Diwaniyah. US troops killed five
suspected insurgents and detained one during a raid in Baghdad. The
US military announced the deaths of two soldiers in fighting in the
Baghdad area, one from small arms fire, the other from a roadside
(AP, 10/31/06)(AP, 11/1/06)(AP, 11/2/06)
2006 Oct 31, Italy said it
would beef up security in Naples by adding 1,000 patrol officers and
surveillance cameras amid an upsurge of slayings around a city
already known for street violence and organized crime.
2006 Oct 31, PM Shinzo Abe said
Japan will continue assisting Equatorial Guinea in its efforts to
promote democracy. Abe made the pledge during a 45-minute meeting
with Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema in Tokyo.
2006 Oct 31, In Kuwait an Iraqi
government spokesman said Iraq needs around $100 billion in the next
four to five years to recover and rebuild its infrastructure at the
opening of an international aid meeting.
2006 Oct 31, In Mexico youths
roamed the streets of Oaxaca tossing gasoline bombs, hijacking
vehicles and vowing to keep fighting for the state governor's
ouster. Congress urged the governor to resign and leftist leaders
urged national support for the movement.
2006 Oct 31, North Korea agreed
to rejoin six-nation nuclear disarmament talks in a surprise
2006 Oct 31, In Pakistan an
appeals court overturned the convictions of four terror suspects in
a 2002 car bombing outside the US Consulate in Karachi that killed
14 Pakistanis. Some 15,000 bearded men wearing turbans burned
effigies of US President George W. Bush and shouted "Death to
Musharraf" in the troubled Bajaur tribal region, which borders
2006 Oct 31, In South Africa
P.W. Botha (b.1916), the apartheid-era leader (1978-1989) who
resisted pressure to release Nelson Mandela from prison in the
2006 Oct 31, Attacks in West
Darfur, Sudan, killed at least 63 people, half of them children.
Some 300 to 500 Arab militiamen on horseback raided at least eight
villages as well as the Hajlija IDP camp.
2006 Oct 31, Flooding from
torrential rains killed 22 people across Turkey, including 14 who
died when a minibus carrying wedding guests was swept away.
2006 Oct 31, Typhoon Cimaron
headed toward eastern Vietnam after leaving at least 15 dead in
landslides and flooding in the northern Philippines.
2007 Oct 31,
Pres. Bush signed into law a measure barring states from
levying taxes on Internet access through 2014.
(SFC, 11/1/07, p.C2)
2007 Oct 31,
The US acknowledged that it had undertaken military moves
against Kurdish rebels in Iraq, including spy planes and providing
Turkey with more intelligence.
(WSJ, 11/1/07, p.A1)
2007 Oct 31,
The US Federal Reserve cut interest rates by a quarter point
to 4.5%. The DJIA rose 137.54 to 13,930.01. Nasdaq rose 42.41 to
2,859. Oil futures rose to a new record high closing at $94.53 per
barrel on the NY mercantile Exchange. Gold traded above $800 an
ounce for the first time since 1980.
(SFC, 11/1/07, p.C1)(WSJ, 11/1/07, p.C1)(AP,
2007 Oct 31, In California
Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona faced arraignment on seven
counts, including conspiracy, mail fraud and witness tampering,
according to a sweeping indictment unsealed a day earlier. Carona
and others allegedly accepted $350,000 in gifts and cash in exchange
for political favors in a scheme that began as early as 1998, the
year he was first elected.
2007 Oct 31, In Alameda, Ca.,
Ichinkhorloo Bayarsaikhan (15) was shot in the back and killed in a
robbery attempt by a group of teenage boys. She had been out with
some 10 friends on Halloween when they were accosted at Washington
Park. Quochuy Tran (16), the suspected shooter, was arrested Nov 7
and 5 others were picked up the next day. 3 boys arrested earlier in
the week were released. On Dec 14 three teenage boys were convicted
in juvenile court of first degree murder. Charges were still pending
against 3 others. On Jan 25 Tran was sentenced to 7 years. His
younger brother (15) and another boy (13) were sentenced to a
wilderness camp for 2 years. In 2010 Quochuy Tran was tried as an
adult and sentenced to 50 years to life in prison for first degree
(SFC, 11/2/07, p.A1)(SFC, 11/14/07, p.B5)(SFC,
12/15/07, p.B1)(SFC, 1/26/08, p.B3)(SFC, 8/21/10, p.C2)
2007 Oct 31,
San Francisco energy officials approved a new $230 million
power plant near Potrero Hill, which would let it close an older,
dirtier plant nearby.
(SFC, 11/1/07, p.C1)
2007 Oct 31, Physicists at UC
Berkeley said they had produced the world’s smallest radio out of a
single carbon nanotube, 10,000 times thinner than human hair. They
had it play “Layla" by Derek and the Dominos and said it could also
function as a transmitter.
(SFC, 11/1/07, p.C1)
2007 Oct 31,
In Hawaii state lawmakers voted to allow the new inter-island
ferry to resume service. The Superferry law overrode court decisions
requiring an environmental study.
(SFC, 11/1/07, p.A4)
2007 Oct 31, Officials said
Afghan, US and Canadian troops have surrounded a pocket of some 250
Taliban fighters who have commandeered people's homes in villages
just outside Kandahar. In western Farah province six police officers
were killed and two others wounded, and 14 Afghan army troops were
missing after clashes with Taliban militants. A nighttime raid in
eastern Afghanistan by Afghan troops with US support sparked a
gunbattle that killed three people, including two children.
(AP, 10/31/07)(AP, 11/1/07)(AP, 11/3/07)
2007 Oct 31, In London King
Abdullah of Saudi Arabia met PM Gordon Brown to discuss Middle East
issues and counter-terrorism, amid a swirl of protests.
2007 Oct 31, China's worst fuel
crisis in two years spread to the capital and other inland areas,
and one man was killed in a brawl at a petrol station queue, upping
pressure on the government to intervene.
2007 Oct 31, In Dubai more than
4,000 south Asian workers who had been jailed since a weekend labor
strike were released, in an incident that has highlighted labor
tensions in this booming city.
2007 Oct 31,
Authorities said French police had arrested 20 suspects as
part of a Europe-wide crackdown on child pornography over the
2007 Oct 31, Alcatel-Lucent,
the struggling French-US telecommunications equipment maker,
announced it would cut an additional 4,000 jobs by 2009 as it
unveiled a sharp third quarter net loss.
2007 Oct 31, The Iraqi
government rejected the findings of a US oversight panel that a dam
near the northern city of Mosul is on the verge of a collapse that
could cause flooding along the Tigris River "all the way to
Baghdad." US helicopters opened fire after a ground patrol came
under attack southeast of Baghdad, and Iraqi police said three
officers were killed and one wounded in the strike. Two American
soldiers were killed by an explosion near their vehicle in Iraq's
northern Ninevah province.
(AP, 10/31/07)(AP, 11/1/07)
2007 Oct 31, More than 100
Buddhist monks marched in northern Myanmar for nearly an hour, the
first public demonstration since the government's deadly crackdown
last month on pro-democracy protesters.
2007 Oct 31, In southern
Nigeria one navy officer was killed and four other naval personnel
injured in an overnight attack on a vessel protecting a Shell
2007 Oct 31, Pakistan military
helicopter gunships strafed Islamic militant positions in the
northwestern Swat Valley as a shaky truce collapsed.
2007 Oct 31, A bomb ripped
through a passenger bus in the central Russian city of Togliatti,
killing eight people and injuring 48. Togliatti is a city on the
Volga River known as the headquarters of Russia's largest carmaker,
AvtoVAZ, which returned to state control in 2005. The city has a
reputation for gang violence as varying groups have competed for
control over the lucrative factory.
2007 Oct 31, Spanish lawmakers
passed historic legislation condemning Gen. Francisco Franco's coup
and nearly 40-year fascist dictatorship, brushing aside complaints
from the conservative opposition that the bill would reopen old
divides. 3 lead defendants in the 2004 Madrid terror bombings that
killed 191 people were convicted of murder by the Spanish court.
Four other top suspects were acquitted of murder but convicted of
lesser charges. In all 21 of the 28 defendants were convicted. The
law of "historical memory" aimed to remove fascist symbols from
public buildings and recognize the mistreatment of of Franco's
(AP, 10/31/07)(Econ., 9/19/20, p.50)
2007 Oct 31, The Turkish army
said it killed 15 Kurdish separatists near the Iraqi border, as
ministers discussed possible economic sanctions against Iraq's
autonomous Kurdish government.
2008 Oct 31, Pres. Bush signed
an executive order restoring the Libyan government’s immunity from
terror-related lawsuits and dismissing pending compensation cases in
response to Libya’s payment of $1.5 billion into a fund to
compensate the families of victims the 1986 bombing of a German
disco and the 1988 Pan Am bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland.
(SFC, 11/1/08, p.A3)
2008 Oct 31, A jury of US
military officers at Guantanamo's second war-crimes trial reached a
verdict that could put Ali Hamza al-Bahlul, Osama bin Laden's
alleged "media secretary" and video maker, in prison for life.
Announcement of the decision was postponed to Nov 3.
2008 Oct 31, J.P. Morgan Chase
& Co. launched a plan to modify the terms of $70 billion in
mortgages for borrowers who were either behind on their payments or
soon could be. As many as 400,000 borrowers could be moved into
lower rate mortgages.
(WSJ, 11/1/08, p.A1)
2008 Oct 31, Airship Ventures
began operating zeppelin flights from Moffett field in Mountain
View, Ca. Passenger tickets were set at $495 per person for one hour
and $950 for 2 hours.
(SFC, 10/28/08, p.A1)
2008 Oct 31, VeraSun Energy,
one of America’s biggest ethanol producers, filed for bankruptcy
after being caught in the gyrations of the prices of corn and
(Econ, 11/8/08, p.79)
2008 Oct 31, The Leakey
Foundation awarded its Leakey Prize to American primatologist Jane
Goodall and Japanese scientist Toshidada Nishida for their work with
(SFC, 10/30/08, p.B1)
2008 Oct 31, Satoshi Nakamoto,
a pseudonymous cryptography buff, unveiled a project he dubbed
bitcoin, a new electronic cash system that’s fully peer-to-peer,
with no trusted third party.
(Econ, 5/9/15, SR p.16)
2008 Oct 31, Studs Terkel
(b.1912), Chicago radio personality and writer, died. His books
included “The Good War," which won a Pulitzer Prize in 1984.
(SFC, 11/1/08, p.A2)
2008 Oct 31, In eastern
Afghanistan a series of operations by US forces targeted an al-Qaida
leader and a bomb-making cell, killing 19 militants in Nangarhar and
Khost provinces. Taliban spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, said the
militant group has released two aid workers from Bangladesh whom
they had kidnapped in Ghazni province late last month.
2008 Oct 31, Brazil's state-run
oil company signed an agreement to explore for oil in deep Caribbean
waters north of Cuba that officials in Havana say could contain 20
billion barrels of crude.
2008 Oct 31, Petrofac evacuated
56 non-essential workers from the North Sea Heather Alpha oil rig
after a reports of 10-20 ton oil spill.
2008 Oct 31, Top British
filmmaker Danny Boyle's new Mumbai-based film "Slumdog Millionaire"
won rave reviews after its screening at the close of the London Film
2008 Oct 31, Middle East
investors will own up to one third of Barclays Plc after Abu Dhabi
and Qatar provided most of 7.3 billion pounds ($12.1 billion) raised
by the bank to repair damage from the global financial crisis and
avoid taking UK government rescue funds.
2008 Oct 31, Heavily-armed
pirates swarmed aboard an oil industry support vessel working off
the coast of Cameroon and kidnapped 10 of 15 crew members, including
six Frenchmen. A man claiming to represent a rebel group opposed to
Cameroon's takeover of the Bakassi Peninsula warned the hostages
would be killed unless Cameroonian officials agreed to reopen the
2008 Oct 31, In Canada an
explosion damaged a natural gas wellhead in the same area of
northeast British Columbia where two pipelines have been bombed this
2008 Oct 31, In southern China
a truck driver killed 4 people and injured 20 by driving into a
crowd of high school students coming out of class. The male driver
was shot dead by police after the incident in the city of Zhuhai in
2008 Oct 31, Thousands of
war-weary refugees set out on foot for their homes in eastern Congo,
taking advantage of a cease-fire as American and UN envoys joined
efforts there to find a political solution to the region's
2008 Oct 31, In southern Egypt
tourist bus overturned, killing six Belgian tourists and injuring 26
other Belgian passengers.
2008 Oct 31, Israeli settlers
clashed with Israeli police and Palestinians in the West Bank town
of Hebron following the overnight demolition of an unauthorized
settler outpost. Israelis from across the political spectrum slammed
a decision to air the first-ever television interview with Yigal
Amir (43), the extremist Jew who assassinated PM Yitzhak Rabin in
(AP, 10/31/08)(AFP, 10/31/08)
2008 Oct 31, In Japan an essay
by Gen. Toshio Tamogami, head of Japan’s air force, was published.
He had won a competition for best essay denying Japan’s wartime role
as an aggressor and sponsor of atrocities. The contest was sponsored
by Toshio Motoya, the head of a hotel chain. Within hours of
publication Gen. Toshio Tamogami was out of a job.
(Econ, 11/8/08, p.57)
2008 Oct 31, Libyan leader
Muammar Gaddafi, starting his first visit to post-Soviet Russia,
planned to discuss opening a Russian naval base in Libya to
counterbalance US interests in the region.
2008 Oct 31, In Mexico police
arrested Antonio Galarza, the reputed leader of the violent Gulf
drug cartel for the border city of Reynosa, in the northern city of
Monterrey on suspicion of weapons violations and organized crime.
2008 Oct 31, A suspected US
drone aircraft fired missiles into a house in Mir Ali town in
Pakistan's North Waziristan region on the Afghan border. Al-Qaida
member Abu Kasha Iraqi was among those killed. Abu Jihad al-Masri,
described by the US as al-Qaida’s propaganda chief, was among 3
people killed when a missile hit their truck. A second house was
hit, killing 12 including suspected foreign militants in Kari Kot in
South Waziristan. 29 people were reported killed in the 2 attacks. A
suicide bomber attacked the convoy of a regional police chief,
killing 3 police officers and 5 civilians in Mardan in the North
West Frontier Province.
(AP, 10/31/08)(AFP, 11/1/08)(SFC, 11/1/08, p.A3)
2008 Oct 31, Gunmen in
Peshawar, Pakistan, kidnapped Zia ul-Haq Ahadi, the brother of
Afghanistan's finance minister, while he was walking to his mother's
home after praying at a mosque. Ahadi, a businessman who lives in
Afghanistan, was in Peshawar to visit his mother.
2008 Oct 31, Spain approved a
measure to let descendants of people who fled into exile after its
1936-39 Civil War apply for Spanish citizenship. The government said
it believes up to 500,000 children and grandchildren of such emigres
are eligible. The government says 300,000 of those people live in
2009 Oct 31, Pres. Obama hosted
a Halloween party at the White House for children of military
personnel and White House administrators. In 2012 New York Times
correspondent Jodi Kantor, tells of the first Halloween party in
2009 Oct 31, In Mendota, Ca.,
searchers found the body of Alex Mercado (4) stuffed into a clothes
dryer. Raul Renato Castro (14) later told investigators that he
drowned his neighbor in a bathtub and then hid the body in a dryer
because the child was going to reveal that the teen had molested
(SFC, 11/5/09, p.C3)
2009 Oct 31, In Seattle, Wa.,
gunfire on a police patrol car killed police officer Timothy Brenton
(39). He became the first city police officer killed in the line of
duty since 2006. On Nov 6 suspect Christopher Monfort was shot by
police as he drew a gun on officers investigating the death of
Brenton. Monfort was in serious condition following surgery.
(SFC, 11/2/09, p.A5)(SSFC, 11/8/09, p.A14)
2009 Oct 31, US Secretary of
State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with Palestinian President Mahmoud
Abbas and aides in the Gulf emirate of Abu Dhabi before flying to
Israel, where she is expected to meet senior Israeli officials in a
push to restart peace negotiations. A senior Palestinian official
said the Palestinians are unlikely to resume negotiations if Israel
does not halt Jewish settlement building. After the talks Clinton
called for an unconditional resumption of peace talks and welcomed
Israel's offer for a slowdown in settlement activity.
(AP, 10/31/09)(AP, 11/1/09)
2009 Oct 31, Amrullah Saleh,
Afghanistan’s intelligence chief, said authorities have arrested
eight people, including one in Saudi Arabia, in connection with this
week's deadly attack on a guest house used by UN employees. He said
those arrested claimed the assailants came from Pakistan's Swat
Valley. In southern Helmand province a British soldier was killed in
an explosion. An American died of wounds suffered from a bomb
(AP, 10/31/09)(AFP, 11/1/09)(AP, 11/1/09)
2009 Oct 31, A British
government official said the Royal Bank of Scotland, Northern Rock,
and Lloyds Banking Group are to sell off as many as 700 branches in
the next few years in exchange for the public aid they received
during the economic meltdown.
2009 Oct 31, In Canada 2 men
sought by the FBI and linked to a Detroit Muslim leader killed by US
authorities were arrested in Windsor, Ontario. Mohammad Al-Sahli
(33) and Yassir Ali Kahn (30) were wanted by the FBI for conspiracy
to commit federal crimes.
2009 Oct 31, China's
legislature removed Zhou Ji (63), the country's unpopular education
minister, amid a corruption scandal in a city he used to oversee and
widespread public dissatisfaction with the education system.
2009 Oct 31, Qian Xuesen
(b.1911), a rocket scientist known as the father of China's space
technology program, died in Beijing. Qian left for the US after
winning a scholarship to graduate school in 1936. He studied at MIT
and later at the California Institute of Technology, where he helped
start the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Qian, also known as Tsien
Hsue-shen, was regarded as one of the brightest minds in the new
field of aeronautics before returning to China in 1955, driven out
of the US at the height of anticommunist fervor.
2009 Oct 31, In Guatemala
gunmen killed one prison guard and wounded four others outside a
prison in Guatemala City.
2009 Oct 31, Senior Iranian
lawmakers rejected a UN-backed plan to ship much of the country's
uranium abroad for further enrichment, raising further doubts about
the likelihood Tehran will finally approve the deal.
2009 Oct 31, Italian police
arrested one of the country's most wanted mafia fugitives after
tearing down a wall in a dawn raid at a chicken farm near Naples
where he had built a hideout. Salvatore Russo (51), the head of a
Camorra clan carrying his name, had been sentenced to life in prison
for homicide and links to organized crime and was on the run since
2009 Oct 31, In Mexico Mayor
Mauricio Fernandez told cheering supporters in San Pedro Garza
Garcia, near Monterrey, that "Black Saldana, who apparently is the
one who was asking for my head, was found dead today in Mexico
City." Hours later Mexican officials found four bound bodies in a
sport utility vehicle with hand-lettered messages identifying the
dead men as kidnappers. Hector “Black" Soldana was not identified
for another 2 days. Fernandez later said US authorities had tipped
him off that somebody intercepted cartel communications and learned
Saldana was planning to kill him, and he said unspecified
intelligence sources told him Saldana was dead hours before the
bodies were found.
(AP, 11/2/09)(AP, 11/3/09)
2009 Oct 31, Pakistani soldiers
closed in on two major Taliban strongholds in South Waziristan, as
government jets pounded insurgent hide-outs and the prime minister
said the country had no choice but to defeat the militants.
Pakistani jets bombed three hide-outs of Taliban leader Hakimullah
Mehsud in the Orkazai tribal region, killing at least 8 militants
and wounding several others. Another airstrike, about 40 miles
(70km) from the first and near the Afghan border, killed 7 militants
in the Kurram tribal region. The army said government soldiers had
killed a total of 33 militants over the past 24 hours, discovered a
factory for making roadside bombs and seized a handful of weapons. 7
paramilitary soldiers driving through the Khyber tribal area were
killed in a roadside bomb planted by suspected Taliban militants. In
Karachi police arrested 3 suspected militants and seized 30
kilograms (65 pounds) of explosives and other weaponry.
2009 Oct 31, In Playa Blanca,
Panama, 2 teenage boys wounded an American and a Russian tourist in
a botched robbery attempt. Police announced the arrest of the 2
teenagers on Nov 3.
2009 Oct 31, In the Philippines
Typhoon Mirinae, the 4th since late September, battered Manila and
surrounding provinces, sending residents of one town clambering onto
rooftops to escape rising waters. 20 people wee left dead with east
(AP, 10/31/09)(AP, 11/1/09)
2009 Oct 31, A Russian news
agency reported that Moscow plans to buy a French amphibious assault
ship, the first such purchase from a NATO country, as the Kremlin
seeks to reaffirm Russia's global reach.
2009 Oct 31, Ahmed Gadaf, a
self-described spokesman for Somali pirates, said that boats from
other countries are plundering Somalia's fish-rich waters.
2009 Oct 31, The Ukrainian
government ordered schools nationwide to close for 3 weeks due to
swine flu, which has left 33 people dead. Public gatherings were
also banned and restrictions on travel were imposed to stop the
spread of the virus.
(SSFC, 11/1/09, p.A6)
2009 Oct 31, The Vatican said
it will admit married Anglican priests to the Catholic priesthood
case by case. In no case could a married man become a bishop, and
the new rules would exclude any married Anglican bishop from
retaining that post.
2010 Oct 31, A US military
judge, under a plea bargain, sentencing Omar Khadr (24) to eight
more years in custody for war crimes. The young Canadian had
admitted to five war crimes charges, including killing a US soldier
in Afghanistan. The sentence called for him to stay at the
Guantanamo prison another year before he can ask Canada's government
to allow him to return to his homeland to serve out his sentence or
seek early release on parole.
2010 Oct 31, In Texas the SF
Giants won game 4 of the World Series 4-0 against the Texas Rangers
putting them up 3 games to 1.
(SFC, 11/1/10, p.A1)
2010 Oct 31, Theodore Sorenson
(b.1928), special counsel to Pres. John F. Kennedy, died in NY. His
memoir “Counselor" was published in 2008.
(SFC, 11/1/10, p.C8)
2010 Oct 31, Afghan militants
attacked a convoy carrying supplies for the police, Education
Ministry, and the UN's World Food Program in western Nimroz
province. Six militants were killed and one policeman was wounded in
the gunbattle. A two-day battle over a bomb-making factory in
Reg-i-Khan Nishin district ended with NATO and Afghan troops killing
(AP, 10/31/10)(AP, 11/1/10)
2010 Oct 31, Brazil held
elections. Dilma Rousseff (62), the hand-picked candidate of Pres.
Lula da Silva was the heavy favorite to replace him in the runoff
election. Dilma Rousseff was elected over centrist rival Jose Serra
56 percent to 44 percent and will be the first woman to direct Latin
America's biggest nation.
(AP, 10/31/10)(AP, 11/1/10)
2010 Oct 31, China wrapped up
its record-breaking World Expo with a lavish display of national
pride, as organizers of the mammoth event pledged to continue
pursuing more sustainable, balanced growth. Over 72 million visitors
surpassed the record 1970 fair in Osaka, Japan, which drew 64
(AP, 10/31/10)(SFC, 11/1/10, p.D2)
2010 Oct 31, A French airliner
landed at Baghdad International Airport, becoming one of the first
passenger planes to fly into the Iraqi capital direct from western
Europe since the Gulf War and opening a potential new route to
stronger international business ties.
2010 Oct 31, In Iraq an al
Qaeda attack left 68 people dead including 46 hostages, 7 police and
5 attackers, at the Sayidat al-Nejat Syriac Christian cathedral (Our
Lady of Salvation) in Baghdad. The attack ended with police storming
the church to free more than 100 hostages. Officials said most of
the casualties were killed or wounded when the security forces
raided the place and that the attack was aimed at driving the
Christian minority out of the country. Al-Qaida cited the cases of 2
Egyptian women, wives of Coptic priests, who had converted to Islam
in order to get away from their abusive husbands. On August 2, 2011,
a Baghdad court convicted 3 Iraqis and sentenced them to death for
their role in the church siege. A fourth man was sentenced to 20
years in prison.
(Reuters, 11/1/10)(AFP, 11/1/10)(SFC, 12/27/10,
2010 Oct 31, Ivory Coast held a
long-awaited presidential election, the first since civil war
erupted in 2002 and split the world's leading cocoa producer in
half. Pres. Laurent Gbagbo won 38% followed by 32% for Alassane
Ouattara, the main opposition leader. Former Pres. Henri Konan Bedie
came in third with 25% and later endorsed Ouattara in a run-off, set
for Nov 28.
(AP, 10/31/10)(AP, 11/3/10)(SFC, 11/3/10,
2010 Oct 31, Japan’s PM Naoto
Kan said Vietnam has chosen Japan as a partner to mine rare earth
metals and develop nuclear power.
(SFC, 11/1/10, p.A2)
2010 Oct 31, In Kenya a
suspected elephant poacher was killed on the outskirts of Meru
National Park. 2 suspected poachers were killed last week in Tsavo
National Park following the poaching deaths of 4 other elephants.
2010 Oct 31, Mexican police
found the missing rental car of Canadian businessman Daniel Dion
just north of the state capital of Chilpancingo. It was found
completely burned with a corpse in the trunk. Dion was last seen
about a week ago in Acapulco. Edgar Lopez (35) of El Paso, Texas,
was killed along with two Mexican men when gunmen opened fire on a
group standing outside a house in Ciudad Juarez.
(AP, 10/31/10)(AP, 11/2/10)
2010 Oct 31, Niger voters
weighed in on a new constitution that would impose presidential term
limits and pardon members of a military junta that seized power
earlier this year. The country's new constitution passed with 90
percent of the vote.
(AP, 10/31/10)(AP, 11/3/10)
2010 Oct 31, Walid Husayin
(26), a Palestinian blogger, was arrested in the West Bank. He had
set off an uproar in the Arab world by sarcastically claiming he was
God and hurling insults at the Prophet Muhammad. He was caught in a
sting that used Facebook to track him down. Husayin later posted the
letter on his blog in hopes of winning release.
(AP, 11/12/10)(AP, 12/6/10)
2010 Oct 31, Saudi Arabia's top
government-sanctioned board of senior Islamic clerics endorsed a
fatwa that calls for a ban on female vendors because it violates the
kingdom's strict segregation of the sexes.
2010 Oct 31, Somalia's
parliament approved Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, a Somali-American as
the country's prime minister.
2010 Oct 31, Sudan shut the
Khartoum office of Radio Dabanga, whose reports on Darfur have
angered it, and arrested 13 staff from the radio station and a
rights group that shares its offices. 9 journalists and four HAND
activists were detained during the weekend raids.
2010 Oct 31, Tanzania's ruling
party, which has been in power for close to half a century, faced an
energized opposition in national elections, following corruption
scandals that have undermined the government's popularity. On Nov 5
election officials said Tanzania's Pres. Jakaya Kikwete won a 2nd
term in office with 61% of the vote. In Zanzibar Ali Mohammed Shein
(62) won the election with 50.1% of the vote. He was sworn in as
president on Nov 3.
(AP, 10/31/10)(AP, 11/3/10)(AP, 11/6/10)
2010 Oct 31, In Turkey a
suspected suicide bomber wounded 15 officers and 17 civilians in
Istanbul's main square, as an extended unilateral ceasefire by the
separatist PKK came to an end. The radical Kurdistan Freedom Falcons
(TAK) later claimed responsibility.
(AFP, 10/31/10)(AP, 11/1/10)(AFP, 11/4/10)
2010 Oct 31, Ukraine voted for
local councils and mayors in an election which should provide the
first real clues to Pres. Yanukovich's standing at home since his
election last February. Exit polls said Yanukovych’s swept elections
to regional councils throughout the country.
(Reuters, 10/31/10)(AP, 11/1/10)
2010 Oct 31, Venezuela's Pres.
Chavez ordered the nationalization of local steel company Sidetur in
the latest of several recent government takeovers.
2011 Oct 31, Arizona law
enforcement officials said a massive drug smuggling ring has been
broken up. Over the past month 76 people were arrested linked to the
Sinaloa drug cartel, which over the last 5 years had generated over
$2 billion by smuggling cocaine, heroin and marijuana into the US.
(SFC, 11/1/11, p.A7)
2011 Oct 31, An Arizona jury
found Mark Goudeau (47), identified as the Phoenix area Baseline
Killer, guilty of murdering 9 people in the summer of 2006. On Dec
30 Goudeau was sentenced to death.
(SFC, 11/1/11, p.A6)(SFC, 12/1/11, p.A10)
2011 Oct 31, MF Global, a New
York brokerage firm run by former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, filed
for bankruptcy. Corzine (64), a former co-CEO at Goldman Sachs,
resigned on Nov 4 amid regulatory probes.
2011 Oct 31, In Afghanistan
insurgents driving a suicide truck bomb and attacking on foot killed
five people, including three UN employees, near the offices of the
UN's refugee agency in the Kandahar city. Afghan forces and the
militants exchanged fire for nearly seven hours before the militants
2011 Oct 31, Algiers
inaugurated its long-awaited underground metro system amid much
fanfare after three decades of work interrupted by an oil crisis and
a civil war. Work for Africa's second metro after Cairo began in
earnest in 1982.
2011 Oct 31, An Australian
court ended the strikes and employee lockout that had abruptly
grounded Qantas Airways and stranded tens of thousands of passengers
worldwide. The government referred the dispute to Fair Work
Australia, which ordered both sides into 21 days of talks.
(AP, 10/31/11)(Econ, 11/5/11, p.75)
2011 Oct 31, Bangladesh
wildlife officials said Bangladesh will declare three river areas in
its southwest as dolphin sanctuaries, in a bid to protect the
country's population of endangered freshwater cetaceans.
2011 Oct 31, The head of
British intelligence agency GCHQ warned of a "disturbing" rise in
cyber attacks on the country's government and industry systems which
he said risked damaging the economy.
2011 Oct 31, EDF Energy
submitted its application to build the first new nuclear power plant
in Britain, the country's Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC)
confirmed in a statement.
2011 Oct 31, China, Laos,
Myanmar and Thailand signed a regional security agreement pledging
to share intelligence and to engage in joint patrols along a stretch
of the Mekong between China and the Golden Triangle.
(Econ, 11/19/11, p.45)
2011 Oct 31, Colombia’s
President Juan Manuel Santos dissolved the scandal-plagued DAS
domestic intelligence agency, saying its employees will be
transferred to other state offices.
2011 Oct 31, More than 3,000
Egyptians marched through downtown Cairo, protesting the military's
arrest of Alaa Abdel-Fattah, a prominent blogger-activist, in the
latest sign of discontent with the ruling generals' managing of the
2011 Oct 31, In India Samdup
Taso (83), the last Lepcha priest in Sikkim, died. This left the
Lepchas without a spiritual leader to offer prayers to Kanchenjunga,
the world's third-highest mountain, which is revered as Sikkim's
2011 Oct 31, Israeli aircraft
struck the southern Gaza Strip targeting rocket-launching militants.
Palestinian officials reported that two men were found dead in the
area. The Israeli military said its aircraft attacked a squad that
had just fired a rocket into Israel.
2011 Oct 31, Israeli Committee
Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) submitted complaints to three UN
Special Reporters, demanding they launch an investigation into the
legality of Israel's policy in the eastern sector of Jerusalem,
which it occupied in 1967 and later annexed, a move never recognized
by the rest of the world. The group's report "No Home, No Homeland"
accuses Israel of making it almost impossible for Palestinians to
obtain building permits.
2011 Oct 31, Japan and Vietnam
agreed to move ahead with a plan to export Japanese nuclear
technology to build reactors in Vietnam despite Japan's ongoing
nuclear crisis. PM Yoshihiko Noda and his Vietnamese counterpart
Nguyen Tan Dung also agreed to jointly mine rare earth minerals in
2011 Oct 31, Kenya and Somalia
called for other nations to help in their fight against Islamist
(SFC, 11/1/11, p.A3)
2011 Oct 31, Libya's interim
leadership chose Abdel-Rahim al-Keeb, an electronics engineer from
Tripoli, as the country's new prime minister.
2011 Oct 31, NATO’s
Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen arrived in Tripoli for talks
with Libya's interim leaders before NATO operations end at midnight
today. The NATO 7-month air campaign left at least 40 civilians
(AP, 10/31/11)(SSFC, 12/18/11, p.A13)
2011 Oct 31, Mexican soldiers
seized 2 catapults and 1.4 tons (1.3 metric tons of marijuana)
during a raid in Agua Prieta, across the border from Douglas,
2011 Oct 31, In Mexico a light
airplane taking off from the border city of Tijuana crashed into an
auto repair shop near a street market, killing three people and
setting fire to several cars.
2011 Oct 31, Ali Saibou (71),
former president of Niger (1987-1993) died in the capital Niamey. He
brought multi-party politics to the west African country.
2011 Oct 31, The Palestinians
were admitted to UNESCO as full members in a vote at the UN cultural
body's general assembly in Paris. The resolution was adopted by 107
countries, 14 countries voted against and 52 abstained, bringing
member states to 195.
2011 Oct 31, Somali pirates
captured a Greek chemical tanker and were commandeering it to a
hideout in the north of the war-torn country. The MT Liquid Velvet
had 21 Filipinos and one Greek sailor on board.
2011 Oct 31, Hundreds of
SPLM-North rebels were killed in clashes with the Sudanese army in
South Kordofan, Sudan's only oil producing state where the army is
2011 Oct 31, A Tunisian court
was reported to have issued an international arrest warrant against
Suha Arafat (48), the widow of the late Palestinian leader Yasser
Arafat over alleged corruption. The case appeared to be connected to
a school she founded in 2006 with the wife of the ousted Pres. Ben
Ali. She was stripped of her Tunisian citizenship in 2007 following
a dispute with the former ruling family and currently lives in
(AFP, 11/1/11)(SFC, 11/1/11, p.A2)
2011 Oct 31, Ugandan opposition
leader Kizza Besigye was arrested as he set off from his home with
around 20 supporters to walk the 14 km (seven miles) into Kampala's
center. Earlier this year he launched a "walk-to-work" protest over
high living costs.
2011 Oct 31, The UN marked the
world population reaching 7 billion amid fears of how the planet
2011 Oct 31, Zimbabwe state
media said President Robert Mugabe has warned Switzerland he would
"reciprocate" after his wife and top officials were denied visas to
attend a UN meeting in that country.
2011 Oct 31, In Zimbabwe a $430
million fund was launched with the help of the EU and UNICEF to give
children and pregnant women free medical care at public hospitals.
2012 Oct 31, In San Francisco
an estimated one million-plus people turned out to celebrate the SF
Giants World Series victory parade.
(SFC, 11/1/12, p.A1)
2012 Oct 31, Argentina’s
lawmakers passed legislation that lowered the voting age from 18 to
(SFC, 11/2/12, p.A4)
2012 Oct 31, Brazil’s military
said it has confiscated 4 tons of drugs, 5 dozen vehicles and 200
boats used by drug traffickers in a 3-week operation along borders
with Bolivia and Peru.
(SFC, 11/1/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 31, Former British
cabinet minister Lord Hazeltine (79) published a report demanding a
new British industrial policy.
(Econ, 11/3/12, p.57)
2012 Oct 31, In Colombia a
suitcase bomb exploded near a town square where 5,000 children were
celebrating Halloween, killing two suspected FARC bombers and
injuring 37 people, including two boys who were hospitalized in
2012 Oct 31, A tropical storm
slammed into southern India, bringing heavy rain and a storm surge
and displacing 150,000 people. Six deaths were reported in India and
2012 Oct 31, The kaleme.org
reported that 9 Iranian women have started a hunger strike after
female guards at Evin prison in northern Tehran carried out
unannounced inspections that included body searches, beating and
verbal insults of the prisoners.
2012 Oct 31, Italian architect
Gae Aulenti (84) died at her home in Milan. Her work included the
1986 makeover of a Parisian train station into the Musee D’Orsay as
well as the 2003 makeover of San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum.
(SSFC, 11/4/12, p.C12)
2012 Oct 31, A top a top Kenyan
official said more than 2,700 African Union troops from Uganda have
died in Somalia. About three dozen Kenyan forces have died there
over the last year.
2012 Oct 31, Libya's Congress
endorsed the new government formed by PM Ali Zidan. It included
Foreign Minister Ali al-Alouji and the Minister of Religious
Endowment who both served under Gadhafi.
2012 Oct 31, Spanish
infrastructure company Ferrovial said an arm of China's sovereign
wealth fund has taken a 10 percent stake in the holding company
controlling Britain's largest airport Heathrow.
2012 Oct 31, Syrian warplanes
pounded opposition strongholds around Damascus and in the north, as
President Bashar Assad's forces intensified airstrikes against
rebels seeking to topple him. Activists said 116 were killed
nationwide in airstrikes, artillery shelling and fighting. This
included 41 people killed in Aleppo and 35 in the suburbs of
(AP, 10/31/12)(AP, 11/1/12)
2012 Oct 31, In southern
Thailand a school teacher and his 11-year-old son were shot dead.
(Econ, 1/19/13, p.44)
2013 Oct 31, The nation’s
largest landfill, a 630-acre site 20 miles east of LA, closed as a
permit for the sited expired. Garbage from the county’s 88 cities
will eventually be put on trains and taken to an abandoned gold mine
over 200 miles away.
(SFC, 11/1/13, p.D5)
2013 Oct 31, A US federal
appeals court ruled that most of Texas’ tough new abortion
restrictions can take effect immediately.
(SFC, 11/1/13, p.A7)
2013 Oct 31, In central Texas
flash floods following heavy rains killed two men in the Austin
(SFC, 11/1/13, p.A10)
2013 Oct 31, In Britain
television cameras were allowed into one of the highest courts for
the first time, hailed as a landmark move towards open justice while
still protecting the rights of vulnerable witnesses.
2013 Oct 30, In Brazil oil
giant OGX, once the jewel in the EBX crown, was forced to file for
bankruptcy protection after debt-restructuring talks with its
creditors failed. Eike Batista's debt-ridden EBX empire appeared to
be on its last legs as the Brazilian magnate desperately tried to
sell assets and lure investment to keep his sinking ship afloat.
2013 Oct 30, Barclays,
Britain's second-largest bank, revealed that it was the subject of
an investigation by regulators in Britain and other countries over
"possible attempts to manipulate certain benchmark currency exchange
rates." Six traders were soon suspended amid an investigation into
whether international currency markets were rigged.
2013 Oct 31, In London
Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif told British Deputy PM Nick Clegg that his
country had started talks with the Pakistani Taliban.
2013 Oct 31, Calls for the
resignation of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford intensified after police said
they had obtained a video that appears to show him smoking a crack
pipe, discovered in a massive surveillance operation of a friend who
is suspected of supplying the mayor with drugs.
2013 Oct 31, Chinese state
media said the last county in China to be accessible by modern land
transport was finally linked up to the rest of the country with a
new 117-km road that has taken decades to build. The 19,000 people
of deeply isolated Medog in southeastern Tibet have until now had to
depend on horses for land travel and trade.
2013 Oct 31, A Ghana
immigration official said 46 more foreigners, suspected of illegal
gold mining, have been arreested in the last week, including 43
Chinese, two Indians and an American.
2013 Oct 31, In Greece
thousands of protesters clogged Athens to demonstrate against a new
property tax. The anger was registered across society, with
retirees, disabled groups, shipyard workers and high school teachers
among those taking part.
2013 Oct 31, In Indonesia tens
of thousands of workers went on strike across the country as its
citizens seek a greater share of the spoils from stellar growth.
2013 Oct 31, In Iraq twin car
bombs north of Baghdad killed 6 people, while attacks elsewhere in
the country left 6 others dead.
2013 Oct 31, Israel’s Haaretz
newspaper reported the government is planning to move ahead with
another 3,360 new settler homes in the West Bank, quoting an MP from
the ruling rightwing Likud party.
2013 Oct 31, Italian police
said they have busted an international ring of former special forces
agents hired to "recover" children involved in custody battles who
were spirited across borders by one of their parents.
2013 Oct 31, Kenya MPs voted to
set up and appoint a new Communications and Multimedia Appeals
Tribunal with the teeth to impose penalties of up to 20 million
Kenyan shillings (173,000 euros, $234,000) on offenders and even bar
journalists from working.
2013 Oct 31, Kenyan warplanes
destroyed a Shebab rebel camp in southern Somalia used to train
gunmen who attacked Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall in September.
2013 Oct 31, Mexico’s President
Enrique Pena Nieto launched a campaign against the country’s obesity
epidemic, urging his countrymen to exercise more as Congress passed
special taxes on junk food and sodas. Mexico's Congress passed a
package of measures aimed at bolstering the country's weak tax
revenues, but only after watering down a plan that is expected to
have a moderate impact at best.
(AFP, 11/1/13)(Reuters, 10/31/13)
2013 Oct 31, Niger authorities
said rescuers have found the bodies of 92 migrants, most of them
women and children, strewn across the Sahara desert after their
vehicles broke down and they died of thirst.
2013 Oct 31, In Nigeria dozens
of Boko Haram gunmen riding on motorcycles and in pickup trucks
stormed Bama town in Borno state, killing 27 people and razing some
2013 Oct 31, In Pakistan a US
drone strike targeting a militant compound killed 3 insurgents in
2013 Oct 31, Palestinian
security sources said Israel's army arrested four suspects from the
Islamic Jihad movement overnight, in the second such arrest
operation this week. A Palestinian rock thrower was killed as
Israeli troops entered Qabatiya in northern West Bank.
(AFP, 10/31/13)(SFC, 11/1/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 31, Peru's President
Ollanta Humala swore in Cesar Villanueva, a widely praised regional
politician, as his 4th prime minister in a Cabinet reshuffle, but
retained his finance minister despite rumors he might quit.
2013 Oct 31, In Portugal Lisbon
subway workers walked off the job for the fifth time this year to
protest government austerity measures being enacted in return for
Portugal's 2011 bailout.
2013 Oct 31, A Moscow court
revoked the registration of web-based news agency Rosbalt for
posting videos it said contained profane language, including a clip
by punk band Pussy Riot.
2013 Oct 31, In Sudan the
pan-Arab satellite channel Sky News Arabia reopened its bureau in
Khartoum after a one-month suspension that authorities imposed
during anti-regime protests.
2013 Oct 31, The Organization
for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said Syria has destroyed
critical equipment for producing chemical weapons and poison gas
munitions. Fierce clashes raged in the north, close to one of the
sites where toxic agents are believed to be stored.
2013 Oct 31, Thai
anti-government protesters returned to the streets of Bangkok as
parliament debated a political amnesty which opponents fear will
"whitewash" past abuses and allow ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra
2013 Oct 31, Venezuela seized
control of two oil rigs owned by a unit of Houston-based Superior
Energy Services after the company shut them down because the state
oil monopoly was months behind on payments.
2013 Oct 31, In northern Yemen
the death toll from a Houthi Shi'ite attack on a mountain town held
by their Salafi Sunni Muslim rivals rose to 24 as the two sides
fought for a second day in Damaj. Suspected Al-Qaeda gunmen shot
dead two soldiers and a civilian in an attack on an army checkpoint
in the southern province of Abyan.
(Reuters, 10/31/13)(AFP, 10/31/13)
2014 Oct 31, The US Treasury
blacklisted Aung Thaun, a hard-line lawmaker of Myanmar's ruling
party, accusing him of undermining political and economic reforms.
2014 Oct 31, In California
Susan Su (44) of Pleasanton was sentenced to 198 months behind bars,
forfeit $5.6 million and pay $904,000 in restitution for operating
the fake Tri-Valley Univ. She used it as a front for foreign
students seeking to establish US immigration status.
(SFC, 11/5/14, p.E2)
2014 Oct 31, A Virgin Galactic
SpaceShipTwo blew apart over southern California after being
released from a carrier aircraft killing one pilot, Michael Alsbury
(39) and seriously injuring the other, Peter Siebold (43). The
suborbital vehicle was undergoing its first powered test flight
since January over the Mojave Desert.
(Reuters, 10/31/14)(SFC, 11/3/14, p.A7)
2014 Oct 31, In southern
California 3 girls (13) were killed while trick-or-treating when
they were struck by a hit-and-run driver in Santa Ana. On Nov 2
Jaquinn Bell (31) of Orange was arrested for the hit-and-run.
(Reuters, 10/31/14)(SFC, 11/2/14, p.A6)(SFC,
2014 Oct 31, John Shields Jr.
(b.1932), a former CEO of Trader Joe’s, died in southern California.
Under his tenure (1988-2001) the chain expanded from 27 to 174
stores. The chain had been founded as pronto markets by Joe
Coulombe, a fraternity brother of Shields at Stanford.
(SSFC, 11/9/14, p.C8)
2014 Oct 31, A Maine court
restricted movements of nurse Kaci Hickox who defied voluntary Ebola
quarantine by taking a bike ride. The temporary order allowed her to
engage in what the judge called "non-congregate public activities"
like walking or jogging in the park but instructs her to maintain a
3-foot (1 meter) distance from other people.
2014 Oct 31, Three US soldiers
stationed at the Fort Hood Army post in central Texas pleaded guilty
to smuggling immigrants into the US.
2014 Oct 31, In Australia the
Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources
(CCAMLR) wound up a 10-day meeting in Hobart without the consensus
needed for a deal to conserve and manage the marine ecosystems in
the Southern Ocean. China and Russia thwarted an international
attempt to create the world’s largest ocean sanctuary in Antarctica.
2014 Oct 31, Burkina Faso
President Blaise Compaore announced his resignation in a statement
and called for a 90-day transition to "free and transparent"
elections in the West African country. General Honore Traore said
that he had taken charge. Compaore fled with his family in a heavily
armed convoy to Ivory Coast amid violent protests seeking his
(Reuters, 10/31/14)(AP, 11/2/14)(Econ, 11/8/14,
2014 Oct 31, In China a senior
prosecutor said investigators have found more than 200 million yuan
($33 million) in cash at the home of an energy official accused of
receiving bribes, in the country's largest cash seizure ever. The
cash was seized at the home of Wei Pengyuan, deputy chief of the
coal bureau under the National Energy Administration.
2014 Oct 31, A man in
southeastern China slashed a first-grader to death and severely
injured two others in Luojia village, Jiangxi province.
2014 Oct 31, In China Han Lei
(40), a man who killed a two-year-old girl after a row with her
mother over a parking space in Beijing in July, 2012, was executed.
2014 Oct 31, In northeast
CongoDRC a crowd stoned to death a young man before burning and
eating his corpse in Beni. The man aroused suspicion on a bus when
passengers discovered he could not speak the local Swahili language
and that he was carrying a machete.
2014 Oct 31, The Czech
Republic's Parliament approved a government plan to keep up to 350
troops in Afghanistan for at least two more years. The troops will
not be used for combat.
2014 Oct 31, The EU said it
will take another step towards normal relations with Zimbabwe by
ending restrictions on aid, paving the way for 234 million euros
($293 million) of new funding.
2014 Oct 31, Hungary's PM
Viktor Orban said that the government would suspend a planned tax on
Internet use and reconsider the matter next year.
2014 Oct 31, Iran’s Grand
Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani called on the government to rush to the aid
of Sunni tribes battling Islamic State, after the militant group
executed at least 220 tribesmen west of Baghdad this week.
2014 Oct 31, In Iraq a series
of bomb attacks struck marketplaces near Baghdad, killing at least
19 people. Security forces recaptured parts of Beiji, a Sunni oil
town north of Baghdad, from Islamic State militants.
(AP, 10/31/14)(SFC, 11/3/14, p.A5)
2014 Oct 31, Iraq’s Islamic
State group extremists lined up and shot dead at least 50 Al Bu Nimr
tribesmen and women in Ras al-Maa village, Anbar province. 35
corpses were found on the outskirts of Ramadi.
(AP, 11/1/14)(Reuters, 11/1/14)
2014 Oct 31, In southern Israel
rocket fired from Gaza hit the Eshkol area. Israel soon closed two
border crossings with Gaza in response.
2014 Oct 31, Italy confirmed
the end of its search and rescue operation "Mare Nostrum", which has
saved the lives of tens of thousands of boat migrants in the
2014 Oct 31, The Bank of Japan
unexpectedly announced a new stimulus package to boost the country's
struggling economy. The announcement came after economic data showed
that Japan's economy remained in the doldrums following a sales tax
hike in April.
2014 Oct 31, A Mexican judge
order the release of Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi (26), an
Afghanistan veteran who suffers from PTSD, after 214 days spent in
jail. The Florida man said he got lost on a California freeway ramp
that sent him across the border with no way to turn back. He was
arrested for carrying loaded guns.
2014 Oct 31, In Nigeria a car
bomb exploded at a crowded bus stop in the northeast city of Gombe.
At least 10 people were killed and several wounded near the end of
the morning rush hour. Vigilantes in the Borno town of Biu said they
and troops had decapitated 41 Boko Haram fighters who were planning
a raid in the village of Sabon Gari.
(AP, 10/31/14)(AFP, 11/6/14)
2014 Oct 31, In a new video
Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Nigeria's Islamic extremists, said
that more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls have all been converted to
Islam and married off. He also denied there is a cease-fire with the
2014 Oct 31, Russia’s Gazprom
said it may restart gas supply to Ukraine as soon as next week if
Kiev pays $2.2 billion worth of debt and pre-payments, under a deal
that is also vital to ensure deliveries to Europe.
2014 Oct 31, Russia's central
bank raised its main interest rate 1.5% to 9.5% in its latest
attempt to shore up the plummeting national currency.
2014 Oct 31, Doctors Without
Borders (MSF) said Ebola has wiped out whole villages in Sierra
Leone and may have caused many more deaths than the nearly 5,000
official global toll.
2014 Oct 31, Sudanese soldiers
attacked the village of Tabit in the Darfur region. In an apparent
2-day rampage over the disappearance of one of their own they
reportedly raped some 200 women. An official UNAMID statement found
no evidence of such crimes. An internal UNAMID report said people
were warned not to talk. On Feb 11, 2015, a new Human Rights Watch
report, based on more than 130 interviews, said girls as young as 10
were raped by Sudanese army forces, and that some women and girls
were assaulted multiple times and in front of their families.
(Econ, 12/6/14, p.62)(AP, 2/11/15)
2014 Oct 31, In Syria US-led
air strikes hit Islamic State positions around the border town of
Kobani in an apparent bid to pave the way for heavily-armed Kurdish
peshmerga forces to enter from neighboring Turkey.
2014 Oct 31, Ukrainian PM
Arseny Yatseniuk said Ukraine would guarantee deliveries of gas
through its territory to Europe to make sure Moscow had no room for
2014 Oct 31, In Yemen Shiite
rebels attacked the headquarters of Sunni Al-Islah party in the
southwestern city of Ibb, triggering violence in which 3 people
died. Shiite rebel leader Abdulmalik al-Huthi told President
Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi that if he did not form a new government within
10 days a "national salvation council" would take its place.
2015 Oct 31, The US pledged
nearly $100 million in fresh aid to support the Syrian opposition as
Western and Arab officials gathered in Bahrain for the Manama
Dialogue security conference.
(SSFC, 11/1/15, p.A4)
2015 Oct 31, The US-led
coalition conducted nine air strikes against Islamic State targets
in Syria and 16 in Iraq. Air strikes by Turkish and US aircraft in
Syria killed more than 50 Islamic State militants and wounded around
2015 Oct 31, In Colorado police
shot down a gunman in Colorado Springs after he shot and killed 23
(SSFC, 11/1/15, p.A8)
2015 Oct 31, Texas authorities
said at least six people have died in storms that lashed parts of
the state with heavy rains.
2015 Oct 31, In Bangladesh
Faysal Arefin Deepan, a publisher of slain online critic of
religious militancy Avijit Roy, was hacked to death in Dhaka hours
after similar attacks on two secular writers and another publisher
in the majority-Muslim country.
(Reuters, 10/31/15)(Econ, 11/7/15, p.36)
2015 Oct 31, Egypt's
prosecution referred to trial the editor-in-chief for Egypt's top
literary magazine and writer Ahmed Naji for publishing sexually
explicit material and allegedly violating public morals.
2015 Oct 31, Israeli security
forces shot and killed a Palestinian (18) who ran at them with a
knife in the occupied West Bank.
2015 Oct 31, It was reported
that Nigeria's army has begun posting a photographic collage of 100
wanted Boko Haram militants that features the shadowy leader whom
they claim to have killed on at least three occasions.
2015 Oct 31, In Pakistan 11
people were killed when rival political parties fired on each other
in local elections in the Khairpur district of the southern province
of Sindh, which held the polls along with the central Punjab
2015 Oct 31, In the southern
Philippines 15 people, including 6 children, died in a fire at a
market in Zamboanga city.
(AP, 10/31/15)(SSFC, 11/1/15, p.A5)
2015 Oct 31, In Romania an
overnight fire in a Bucharest nightclub killed at least 27 people
and injured 184 during a rock concert that featured fireworks used
indoors. 146 people remained in hospital from the Colectiv Club
fire. By Mar 14, 2016, the death toll rose to 64 as another victim
died from their burns. A suicide victim more than 18 months later
raised the death toll to 65. In 2021 the Romanian movie
“Collective," nominated for two Oscars, follows a team of
investigative journalists searching for the truth in the wake of the
(Reuters, 10/31/15)(Reuters, 11/3/15)(AP,
2015 Oct 31, A Russian airliner
carrying 224 passengers and crew crashed in Egypt's Sinai peninsula
after losing radar contact and plummeting from its cruising
altitude, killing all aboard. The Airbus A321 was operated by
Russian airline Kogalymavia under the brand name Metrojet. Egyptian
security sources said early investigations suggested the plane
crashed due to a technical fault. A militant group affiliated to
Islamic State in Egypt claimed responsibility for the downing of the
2015 Oct 31, South Korean
President Park Geun-hye met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to
discuss trade issues, a day before their three-way summit with
Japanese PM Shinzo Abe that aims to repair relations strained by
historical and territorial matters.
2015 Oct 31, In Taiwan tens of
thousands marched in Taipei in Asia's biggest gay pride parade, with
many hoping presidential elections next year bring to power a
pro-gay government that will legalize same-sex marriage.
2015 Oct 31, In Yemen overnight
clashes left 19 rebels and 14 Popular Resistance fighters dead in
several southern provinces as Saudi-led coalition aircraft targeted
the Iran-backed insurgents.
2015 Oct 31, In Zanzibar two
small blasts rocked streets but caused no casualties, in the latest
unrest following the annulment of polls on the semi-autonomous
2016 Oct 31, President Barack
Obama extended US sanctions on Sudan for another year as of November
3, saying Khartoum's policies remained an "extraordinary threat" to
the national security of the United States.
(AFP, 11/1/16)(Econ, 12/3/16, p.40)
2016 Oct 31, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide attack devastated a gathering of local elders
in Jalalabad, Nangarhar province. The Islamic State claimed
responsibility for the attack. Afghan officials said four people
were killed and seven wounded, while a statement from Islamic State
said 15 "apostates" were killed and 25 wounded.
2016 Oct 31, In southern Brazil
a bus and a tanker truck filled with milk burst into flames when
they collided, killing 20 people and injuring at least 10 near
Cafezal do Sul in Parana state.
2016 Oct 31, China said it will
invest 946.3 billion yuan ($140 billion) by 2020 to relocate its
poorest citizens from remote, inland regions to more developed
2016 Oct 31, China's Foreign
Ministry confirmed a decision to allow Philippine fishermen access
to a disputed shoal following a visit to Beijing by the Philippine
2016 Oct 31, In western China a
gas explosion ripped through the privately owned Jinshangou coal
mine killing 33 miners in the Chongqing region. Two miners were
(AP, 10/31/16)(SFC, 11/2/16, p.A2)
2016 Oct 31, In Egypt militants
attacked the same Bir el-Abd army checkpoint in Sinai where 12
soldiers were killed earlier this month, this time leaving one
2016 Oct 31, Egypt's Health
Ministry said recent floods have killed 26 people and injured 72
others across the country.
2016 Oct 31, French Defence
Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that France would be ready to
intervene in Central African Republic if necessary, despite ending
its peacekeeping mission in its former colony.
2016 Oct 31, In Indonesia a
cargo plane carrying four people was reported missing in a remote,
mountainous area of easternmost Papua province.
2016 Oct 31, Iraqi troops
entered the Karama district of the Islamic State stronghold of
Mosul, their first advance into the city itself after two weeks of
fighting in the surrounding area to dislodge the militants. The
Islamic State executed 50 people for desertion at the Ghazlani
military base in Mosul.
(Reuters, 10/31/16)(Reuters, 11/4/16)
2016 Oct 31, The Lebanese
parliament elected former army commander Michel Aoun as president,
ending a 29-month presidential vacuum as part of a political deal
that is expected to make Sunni Muslim leader Saad al-Hariri prime
2016 Oct 31, In Morocco about
220 African migrants forced their way through a barbed wire fence
into Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta, clashing with Spanish
police who tried to prevent them from crossing the border.
2016 Oct 31, Pakistani police
launched a nation-wide crackdown overnight, arresting at least 1,500
supporters of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan ahead of an
opposition rally planned later this week in Islamabad.
2016 Oct 31, Pakistan's Supreme
Court stayed the execution of a mentally ill prisoner whose hanging
was to take place later this week. Imdad Ali (50), convicted of
murdering a religious scholar in 2001, was diagnosed with
schizophrenia in 2008.
2016 Oct 31, South African
prosecutors dropped fraud charges against Finance Minister Pravin
Gordhan and two former tax officials, reversing a decision that was
criticized by many South Africans and deepened concern about the
country's struggling economy and alleged government mismanagement.
2016 Oct 31, In South Korea
Choi Soon-sil, the woman at the center of a scandal roiling South
Korea, met prosecutors examining whether she used her close ties to
President Park Geun-hye to pull government strings from the shadows
and amass an illicit fortune. Using a common expression of deep
repentance she said: "I committed a sin that deserves death."
2016 Oct 31, In Spain PM
Mariano Rajoy took his oath as leader of the new conservative
government — an administration that is in a minority in parliament
and could have difficulty passing laws.
2016 Oct 31, Syria's army said
the Nusra Front and what the army called other terrorist groups had
killed 84 people, mostly women and children, in Aleppo during the
past three days, in a bombardment that included chemical weapons and
2016 Oct 31, Turkish police
detained the chief editor and at least 12 senior staff of Turkey's
opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper, in a widening crackdown on
2016 Oct 31, Venezuela’s
government and opposition leaders agreed to continue a
Vatican-backed dialogue following initial talks meant to ease an
escalating political standoff taking place against the backdrop of a
worsening economic crisis.
2017 Oct 31, The US Treasury's
Office of Foreign Assets Control published an amendment which bans
US entities from helping sanctioned Russian oil companies in
exploration or production for deepwater, Arctic offshore, or shale
projects anywhere in the world.
2017 Oct 31, The US
Environmental Protection Agency announced it will bar certain
scientists from serving on its independent advisory boards, a move
critics say could open the way to more industry-friendly advisors on
2017 Oct 31, California
officials said the northern Tubbs Fire has been contained. The blaze
had destroyed 5,600 buildings homes and killed 24 people. A day
earlier crews reached full containment on the Nuns Fire, which
burned 56,556 acres and killed two people. The Pocket Fire was also
contained. The state’s northern fires left 43 people dead. In 2019
invetigators said the Tubbs Fire was caused by faulty equipment at a
home in Calistoga.
(SFC, 11/1/17, p.D4)(SFC, 1/25/19, p.A1)
2017 Oct 31, In NYC Uzbek
driver Sayfullo Saipov (29) mowed down pedestrians and cyclists
along a busy bike path in lower Manhattan, near the World Trade
Center, killing eight people, including a young Belgian and five
Argentines. Police shot Saipov in the abdomen after he crashed into
a school bus and exited his rented pickup truck.
2017 Oct 31, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber struck near the US Embassy in Kabul, killing five
people in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.
2017 Oct 31, In Argentina a
strike by workers of its two largest airlines caused the
cancellation of dozens of flights and the grounding of tens of
thousands of passengers. Unions representing state-run carrier
Aerolineas Argentinas and sister company Austral Lineas Aereas
demanded a 26 percent salary hike in line with the inflation rate.
2017 Oct 31, Austrian police
and customs officials found 400,000 ecstasy tablets worth millions
of euros in a truck headed to Istanbul from Amsterdam. The driver
was taken in custody. An accomplice in Germany was also arrested and
a search continued for other suspects.
2017 Oct 31, A Bahraini court
sentenced 10 men to life imprisonment and revoked their citizenship
on charges of forming a terrorist cell and plotting attacks.
2017 Oct 31, Four Rohingya
Muslims, a man, woman and two children, drowned when a small wooden
fishing boat carrying dozens of refugees fleeing ethnic violence in
Myanmar capsized off the Bangladesh coast.
2017 Oct 31, In Belgium
Catalonia's ousted leader Carles Puigdemont agreed to the Dec. 21
snap election called by Spain's central government when it took
control of the region to stop it breaking away, but he said the
fight for independence would go on.
2017 Oct 31, Bosnia extradited
Mirsad Kandic to the US. The alleged Islamic State group supporter
from Kosovo, suspected of supplying the IS with suicide vests as
well as weapons, has been sought for years by the US.
2017 Oct 31, Tangshan, China's
top steelmaking city, announced plans to temporarily halve its iron
production capacity from mid-November until mid-March as local
authorities step up efforts to fight winter smog.
2017 Oct 31, Egyptian military
air strikes destroyed three vehicles loaded with weapons, ammunition
and explosives, and killed a "large number" of militants in the
western desert. Four civilians were reported killed when a mortar
shell hit their tractor in el-Arish.
(AP, 10/31/17)(SFC, 11/1/17, p.A2)
2017 Oct 31, In Eritrea at
least 28 people were killed in two days of rare protests in Asmara.
More than 100 people were injured in the protests that began a day
earlier and escalated today.
2017 Oct 31, German police
arrested a Syrian (19) suspected of planning an Islamist-motivated
bomb attack in Germany with the aim of killing as many people as
possible. Yamen A. was arrested in the early hours in the
northeastern town of Schwerin.
2017 Oct 31, In Indonesia a
magnitude-6.3 quake was centered about 32 km (20 miles)
west-southwest of Hila, a town on Ambon, the main island in Maluku.
2017 Oct 31, The head of Iran’s
paramilitary Revolutionary Guard said supreme leader Ayatollah Ali
Khamenei has restricted the range of ballistic missiles manufactured
in the country to 2,000 km (1,240 miles).
2017 Oct 31, Japanese
broadcaster TV Asahi said a tunnel at North Korea's nuclear test
site collapsed after Pyongyang's sixth atomic test on September 3,
possibly killing more than 200 people.
2017 Oct 31, Kenyan opposition
leader Raila Odinga harshly criticized an election rerun in which
President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner, saying it should
be scrapped in favor of yet another vote and that the opposition
would continue to protest in the streets.
2017 Oct 31, A Kenyan court
released a man whom police had called the prime suspect in the
murder of his estranged Australian wife. Gabrielle Maina was shot
dead by armed men riding a motorbike as she walked near her home in
Nairobi, earlier this month.
2017 Oct 31, Norway's Statoil
said it aims to sign a power purchase agreement with a US utility to
develop an offshore wind power project off New York toward the end
2017 Oct 31, In Pakistan Aasia
Bibi (21) appeared before a judge on murder charges after she
allegedly poisoned her husband’s milk last week. 17 other people
were inadvertently when her mother used the tainted milk to make a
(http://tinyurl.com/y8nrc9h7)(SFC, 11/2/17, p.A4)
2017 Oct 31, In Papua New
Guinea hundreds of asylum-seekers refused to leave an Australian
detention camp that authorities closed, citing fears for their
safety, despite food, water and electricity being cut off on Manus
2017 Oct 31, The Russian
submarine “Veliky Novgorod" launched three "Kalibr" missiles at
Islamic State targets in Syria's Deir al-Zor province.
2017 Oct 31, In Syria at least
four schoolchildren were among eight people killed in regime
shelling in Eastern Ghouta.
2018 Oct 31, Willie McCovey
(80), the Hall of Fame first baseman who spent 10 of his 22
major-league seasons with the SF Giants, died at Stanford Hospital.
(SFC, 11/1/18, p.A1)
2018 Oct 31, An Afghan army
helicopter crashed in bad weather in the western Farah province,
killing all 25 people on board.
2018 Oct 31, Albanian police
said they have arrested five people suspected of trafficking
migrants from Greece to Montenegro following a months-long
2018 Oct 31, The Austrian
government said that it won't sign a global compact to promote safe
and orderly migration, citing concerns about national sovereignty as
it joined neighboring Hungary in shunning the agreement. The Global
Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration was approved in July
by all 193 member nations except the United States, which backed out
(AP, 10/31/18)(Reuters, 10/31/18)
2018 Oct 31, In Belgium unions
and management found agreement to end a six-day strike by baggage
handlers that has disrupted flights to and from the main airport for
part of the autumn holiday season.
2018 Oct 31, About 2,000
migrants began walking north from El Salvador's capital, the latest
of several groups trying to reach the United States, even as
President Donald Trump increases pressure to halt the flow of
2018 Oct 31, In Greece John
Macris (46), a Greek-Australian married to a model who appeared on a
Greek reality TV show, was shot and killed as he left his home in
Voula in his car this evening in a seaside suburb of Athens.
Australian media have described Macris as having been involved in
Sydney's organized crime scene.
2018 Oct 31, Iceland's Foreign
Ministry said Icelandic citizens in Britain and British citizens in
Iceland will keep their residence rights after Brexit, even in the
case of no deal with the European Union.
2018 Oct 31, India's PM
Narendra Modi unveiled a towering bronze statue of Sardar
Vallabhbhai Patel, a key independence leader being promoted as a
national icon in the ruling party's campaign ahead of next year's
2018 Oct 31, Iraq's Shi'ite
paramilitaries, also known as the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF),
said in a statement that they had killed two IS commanders in the
border area who were responsible for an attack last week on
US-backed Syrian Kurdish forces along the Iraq-Syria border.
2018 Oct 31, An operation in
northern Iraq by American and Iraqi forces killed around 20 IS
fighters in the Makhmour Mountains.
2018 Oct 31, Italian news
agency ANSA reported that prosecutors were focusing on whether the
remains found in an annex of the Holy See's embassy in Rome could be
linked either to Mirella Gregori, or to Emanuela Orlandi, two
15-year-old girls who went missing in 1983.
2018 Oct 31, Mexico's Supreme
Court issued two more rulings in individual cases establishing a
precedent that a blanket prohibition on recreational marijuana use
(SFC, 11/1/18, p.A2)
2018 Oct 31, Millions of people
in Mexico City prepared to be without water for at least four days
as authorities began maintenance work on one of the major supply
systems. The system won't return to full capacity until November 8.
2018 Oct 31, In northeast
Nigeria suspected members of the Islamist Boko Haram insurgency
killed at least 15 people late today in an attack on a group of
2018 Oct 31, In Norway
Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen (68) married to a real estate and
energy magnate, disappeared from her home in Lorenskog. Ten weeks
later police said a ransom demand for $10.3 million in
cryptocurrency has been received for the missing woman.
2018 Oct 31, Pakistan's top
court acquitted a Christian woman who was sentenced to death under
the country's controversial blasphemy law, a landmark ruling that
sparked protests by hard-line Islamists and raised fears of
violence. Asia Bibi had been on death row since 2010.
2018 Oct 31, In the northern
Philippines rescuers pulled out four bodies and four survivors, but
at least 19 others remained missing after a massive Typhoon Yutu
triggered landslide crashed down on two government buildings.
2018 Oct 31, Russia opened an
investigation into suspected terrorism after a 17-year-old youth
blew himself up in the lobby of an office belonging to Russia's
Federal Security Service (FSB) in the northern city of Arkhangelsk.
On Nov. 6 a Moscow court arrested a 14-year-old boy believed to be
linked to the bomb attack.
(Reuters, 10/31/18)(AP, 11/6/18)
2018 Oct 31, In South Africa
Patricia De Lille (67), the mayor of Cape Town, resigned amid a
bitter dispute roiling the country's main opposition in the runup to
2019 elections. Her seven-year tenure has been marred by allegations
of corruption and financial mismanagement that have threatened to
tarnish Cape Town's reputation.
2018 Oct 31, In South Sudan
opposition leader Riek Machar returned to Juba to take part in a
nationwide peace celebration after fleeing South Sudan more than two
years ago. To further reinforce the peace deal, President Salva Kiir
ordered the release of a jailed advisor to Machar, and a spokesman
to his rebel group.
(AP, 10/31/18)(Reuters, 10/31/18)
2018 Oct 31, Sweden offered to
host talks between Yemen's warring parties as Washington called for
an urgent halt to hostilities and the UN special envoy ramped up
efforts to revive discussions that failed nearly two months ago.
2018 Oct 31, A Syrian medical
official said a new mass grave was discovered in the northern city
of Raqqa that until last year was a stronghold and the de facto
capital of IS. The new mass grave includes more than 1,500 bodies
who were killed by airstrikes of the US-led coalition that gave
cover to US-backed Syrian fighters who captured Raqqa from IS in
October last year.
2018 Oct 31, In Tanzania Dar es
Salaam's administrative chief Paul Makonda said that a special
committee would seek to identify and punish homosexuals, prostitutes
and online fraudsters in the city from this week.
2018 Oct 31, Venezuela named
Army General Manuel Cristophe as the new chief of its state
intelligence agency, following the death of a politician in custody
that was officially ruled a suicide but critics called a murder.
Cristopher replaced outgoing Sebin chief Gustavo Gonzalez.
2019 Oct 31, President Donald
Trump tweeted that he was changing his primary residence from NYC to
(NY Times, 11/2/19)
2019 Oct 31, The US House of
Representatives passed a resolution to establish formal procedures
for the ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Trump’s alleged
political interference in foreign aid to Ukraine.
(Yahoo News, 10/31/19)
2019 Oct 31, The United States
extended its sanctions on Iran by taking aim at its construction
sector, which Washington linked to the country's Revolutionary
2019 Oct 31, US federal
prosecutors charged a 12th United Auto Workers official with alleged
corruption. Union official Edward Robinson was accused of conspiring
with colleagues to embezzle more than $1.5 million in union money to
fuel "lavish lifestyles," and to defraud the US.
(The Week, 11/1/19)
2019 Oct 31, The US State
Department warned that it had seen indications of Russian
"influence" on recent unrest in Chile, where two weeks of protests
and riots have rocked the administration of President Sebastian
2019 Oct 31, The US military
says its first batch of mechanized armored vehicles have arrived in
southeast Syria, where they are to take part in securing oil fields
and fighting remnants of the Islamic State group. The speaker in the
audio also confirmed the death of Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, a close
aide of al-Baghdadi and a spokesman for the group since 2016.
2019 Oct 31, California
officials said the northern Kincade wildfire in Sonoma County, that
forced the evacuation of more than 180,000, people is now 60%
contained and has not increased in size in the last 24 hours. More
wildfires ignited near Los Angeles, destroying homes and forcing
evacuations, as the region faced a second day of gusting desert
winds that have fanned flames and displaced thousands of people.
(AP, 10/31/19)(Reuters, 10/31/19)
2019 Oct 31, In the SF Bay Area
a shooting at a party in Orinda left four people dead. The party was
held in a mansion rented through AirBnB. A fifth victim died the
(CBS News, 11/2/19)
2019 Oct 31, Chicago Mayor Lori
Lightfoot called on the city's teacher's union to embrace a "spirit
of compromise" as a strike that has kept 300,000 public students
away from school extended into an 11th day, despite a tentative
2019 Oct 31, Memphis,
Tennessee, store clerk Anwar Ghazali (30) was sentenced to 22 years
in prison for fatally shooting Dorian Harris (17) who had shoplifted
a beer on March 29, 2018.
(NY Times, 11/1/19)
2019 Oct 31, Altria Inc took a
$4.5 billion hit from its investment in embattled
electronic-cigarette maker Juul Labs Inc, the latest setback for the
startup as a regulatory crackdown on vaping threatens to upend the
2019 Oct 31, Fiat Chrysler and
Peugeot owner PSA said they plan to join forces in a 50-50 share
merger to create the world's fourth-largest automaker, seeking scale
to cope with costly new technologies and slowing global demand.
2019 Oct 31, Abu Hamza
al-Qurayshi, the new spokesman for the Islamic State, identified the
successor of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi
al-Qurayshi — tracing his lineage, like al-Baghdadi, to the Prophet
Muhammad's Quraysh tribe.
2019 Oct 31, In Ethiopia a
spokeswoman for PM Abiy Ahmed said at least 78 people were killed
during protests last week over the treatment of prominent activist
2019 Oct 31, The European
Medicines Agency (EMA) said Pfizer Inc's rheumatoid arthritis drug
Xeljanz could increase the risk of blood clots in the lungs and in
2019 Oct 31, The French-based
Sanofi company slashed the price of a key anti-tuberculosis drug
boosting the battle against the world's deadliest infectious
disease, as a new treatment was also set to begin extensive testing.
2019 Oct 31, Hong Kong police
fired tear gas to break up masked anti-government protesters
mingling with Halloween revelers in fancy dress near the upmarket
club district of Lan Kwai Fong after a standoff lasting hours.
2019 Oct 31, India formally
implemented legislation approved by Parliament in August that
removed Indian-controlled Kashmir's semi-autonomous status and
begins direct federal rule of the disputed area.
(SFC, 11/1/19, p.A2)
2019 Oct 31, A World Trade
Organization (WTO) panel ruled that Indian export subsidies are
prohibited and should be removed, upholding a complaint brought by
the United States.
2019 Oct 31, In Indonesia
Mukhlis bin Muhammad (46), a member of the Aceh Ulema Council (MPU),
was caned 28 times in a public park by a religious officer for
adultery in Aceh province. The woman he had the sexual relationship
with was flogged, also in public, receiving 23 lashes.
2019 Oct 31, Iraq's President
Barham Salih called for the drafting of a new election law and said
he would approve early elections once it is enacted, bowing to
anti-government protesters while insisting that the sweeping changes
they are demanding be carried out in a constitutional way.
2019 Oct 31, Israeli forces
rearrested former Palestinian lawmaker Khalida Jarrar (57) from her
home in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Jarrar, a senior official
with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, was released
in February from 20 months of administrative detention.
2019 Oct 31, Japan's justice
minister Katsuyuki Kawai resigned over election payment allegations
involving his wife, also a lawmaker, and about his own reported
(SFC, 11/1/19, p.A2)
2019 Oct 31, Lebanese security
forces struggled to open some roads as protesters continued their
civil disobedience campaign in support of nationwide anti-government
2019 Oct 31, It was reported
that the recent transfer of hundreds of elephants to Malawi's
largest wildlife reserve has led to residents falling ill from
sleeping sickness, a parasitic disease spread by testse flies, a
companion of the elephants.
(SFC, 8/31/19, p.A2)
2019 Oct 31, North Korea fired
two short-range projectiles, as nuclear talks between Pyongyang and
Washington remained at a deadlock.
2019 Oct 31, In Pakistan a fire
swept through a train in Punjab province killing at least 74 people.
Passengers said it took nearly 20 minutes for the train to stop.
(SFC, 11/1/19, p.A4)
2019 Oct 31, In the Philippines
another strong earthquake, the third this month, killed five people
in Cotabato province.
(SFC, 11/1/19, p.A2)
2019 Oct 31, In Spain five men
were acquitted of a 2016 rape on the grounds that their 14-year-old
victim had been unconscious at the time. The Barcelona-based court
ruled that the men were guilty of the lesser crime of sexual abuse
and sentenced them to 10-12 years and fined them 12,000 euros
2019 Oct 31, Turkey's Anadolu
news agency said an appeals court ruled for the release of
Republican People's Party ex-legislator Eren Erdem. He was sentenced
to more than four years in prison in March, accused of supporting
US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen.
2019 Oct 31, Ukraine's
parliament approved a bill that criminalizes state officials
illegally enriching themselves. Ukraine had passed a law
criminalizing illicit enrichment in 2015 but the constitutional
court overturned the law in February.
2019 Oct 31, Ukraine and NATO
issued a joint statement committing to uphold minority rights in
Ukraine, a step welcomed by the Hungarian authorities who had
threatened to block Kiev's NATO membership over the issue.
2019 Oct 31, Three United
Nations agencies warned that record 45 million people across
southern Africa face severe food shortages in the next six months,
with around a quarter of them currently enduring drought-induced
"crisis" food insecurity.
2019 Oct 31, The UN Security
Council voted unanimously to keep the joint UN-African Union
peacekeeping force in Darfur for another year in hopes the new
civilian-led transitional government can restore peace.
2019 Oct 31, The Armed Conflict
Location & Event Data Project, or ACLED, said Yemen's civil war
has killed more than 100,000 people since 2015.
2020 Oct 31, Pres. Donald Trump
declared that 1 November will be marked nationwide as a “National
Day of Remembrance for Americans Killed by Illegal Aliens".
(The Independent, 10/31/20)
2020 Oct 31, Dr. Scott W.
Atlas, the White House coronavirus adviser, appeared on a Russian
state-sponsored news show that has been instrumental in an effort by
the Russian government to spread false health information during the
pandemic. Atlas apologized the next day for appearing on the show,
but not for the content of the interview, where he continued a
pattern as Mr. Trump’s adviser of downplaying the severity of the
2020 Oct 31, California to
date had 928,862 cases of coronavirus and 17,627 deaths. The SF Bay
Area had 118,260 cases and 1,780 deaths. Total cases nationwide
reached over 9,053,220 with the death toll at
2020 Oct 31, Armenia’s PM Nikol
Pashinian urged Russia to consider providing security assistance to
end the fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh, the biggest escalation in
the decades-long conflict between his country and Azerbaijan. The
request came as Azerbaijani troops forged deeper into
Nagorno-Karabakh and both sides accused each of breaking a mutual
pledge not to target residential areas hours after it was made.
2020 Oct 31, Austria announced
a nighttime curfew and the closure of cafes, bars and restaurants to
all but take-away service as a surge in coronavirus infections
threatened to overwhelm its hospitals.
2020 Oct 31, Sean Connery (90),
cinema’s first James Bond, died overnight in Nassau, the Bahamas,
where he had a home. Connery was the top box-office star in both
Britain and the United States in 1965 after the success of “From
Russia With Love" (1963), “Goldfinger" (1964) and “Thunderball"
(1965). But he grew tired of playing Bond after the fifth film in
the series, “You Only Live Twice" (1967), and was replaced by George
Lazenby. In 1967 he directed "The Bowler and the Bunnet." Connery
also starred in "The Man Who Would Be King" (1975) and "The
Untouchables" (1987), for which he won his only Oscar.
(NY Times, 10/31/20)(Econ., 11/7/20, p.80)
2020 Oct 31, Britain announced
expansive new restrictions that effectively establish a national
lockdown to try to keep their hospitals from being overwhelmed amid
vast second-wave surges in coronavirus infections.
(NY Times, 10/31/20)
2020 Oct 31, In Canada a man
dressed in medieval clothing and armed with a Japanese sword killed
two people and injuring five others on Halloween near the historic
Château Frontenac hotel in Quebec City. Suspect Carl Girouard (24)
was arrested on Nov. 1.
(AP, 11/1/20)(SFC, 11/2/20, p.A2)
2020 Oct 31, China suspended
imports from FIREXPA S.A., an Ecuadorian seafood product
manufacturer, after the novel coronavirus was found on the packaging
of a batch of imported frozen fish, according to a notice by the
General Administration of Customs.
2020 Oct 31, Eritrea's
government declared that Ethiopia's Tigrayan People's Liberation
Front (TPLF) was "on its deathbed".
(Econ., 11/7/20, p.41)
2020 Oct 31, In France a Greek
Orthodox priest was shot outside his church in the city of Lyon, and
police hunted for the assailant. The priest was taken to a local
hospital with life-threatening injuries after being hit in the
2020 Oct 31, In Germany a first
case of African swine fever (ASF) was reported found in a wild boar
in the eastern region of Saxony. This brought the total number of
confirmed cases to 117 since the first one on Sept. 10.
2020 Oct 31, In Germany the new
Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt opened, nine years late and
far above its original budget. Ground was broken for BER in 2006.
(SSFC, 11/1/20, p.A6)(Econ., 10/17/20, p.45)
2020 Oct 31, In Iran total
COVID-19 deaths rose by 386 over the past 24 hours to reach 34,864.
Total cases rose by 7,820 to 612,772. Police said weddings, wakes
and conferences will be banned in Tehran until further notice as the
Middle East’s hardest-hit nation battles a third wave of COVID-19.
2020 Oct 31, Iraqi security
forces cleared out sit-in tents from Baghdad's central square that
has been the epicenter of the anti-government protest movement, a
year after the eruption of demonstrations against corruption led to
months of clashes with authorities across the country.
2020 Oct 31, Thousands of
Israelis protested in Jerusalem in the latest weekly demonstration
against PM Benjamin Netanyahu, his handling of the coronavirus
crisis and the corruption charges he faces.
2020 Oct 31, Ivory Coast began
its controversial presidential election. At least two people were
killed during the vote. Several polling stations were ransacked in
opposition strongholds and election materials were burned. Riots had
broken out in August after President Alassane Ouattara said he would
run again following the sudden death of his preferred successor.
(AP, 10/31/20)(AP, 11/1/20)
2020 Oct 31, The Dutch
government put on hold its plan to bail out KLM, the Dutch arm of
Air France, after pilots rejected a wage-freeze until 2025.
2020 Oct 31, In Niger US
special forces rescued American citizen Philipe Nathan Walton, who
was abducted earlier this week.
2020 Oct 31, Portugal's
government announced new lockdown restrictions from Nov. 4 for most
of the country, telling people to stay at home except for outings
for work, school or shopping, and ordering companies to switch to
2020 Oct 31, Slovakia launched
a huge logistical operation to test most of its population over the
weekend to reverse a rise in the pandemic.
2020 Oct 31, Tanzania's two
main opposition parties demanded fresh elections, after denouncing
last week's presidential vote as fraudulent.