Today in History - October 14
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0530 Oct 14,
Dioscurus, anti-Pope (530), died.
1066 Oct 14, King Harold and
his army locked into a massive shield wall and faced Duke William,
William the Conqueror, and his mounted knights near the town of
Hastings, Battle of Hastings. Duke William planned a three point
attack plan that included a) heavy archery b) attack by foot
soldiers c) attack by mounted knights at any weak point of defense.
The bloody battle gave the name Sen Lac Hill to the battle site. The
Normans won out after Harold was killed by a fluke arrow. This
placed William on the throne of England.
(AP, 10/14/97)(HN, 10/14/98)
1536 Oct 14, Garcilaso de la
Vega, Spanish poet and diplomat, died in battle.
1542 Oct 14, Abul-Fath
Djalal-ud-Din, 3rd Mogul emperor of India (1556-1605), was born.
1582 Oct 14, This day was one
of ten skipped to bring the calendar into sync. by order of the
Council of Trent. Oct 5-14 were dropped.
(K.I.-365D, p.97)(NG, March 1990, J. Boslough)
1585 Oct 14, Heinrich Schutz,
German royal chaplain master and composer (Daphne), was born. [see
1586 Oct 14, Mary, Queen of
Scots, went on trial in England, accused of committing treason
against Queen Elizabeth the First. Mary was beheaded in February
1628 Oct 14, Iacopo Nigreti
(b.~1548-50), prolific and facile Venetian Mannerist painter, died.
He is best known as Jacopo Palma il Giovane or simply Palma Giovane
("Young Palma"). His paintings included “Yael Killing Sisera,” a
depiction of the Book of Judges Biblical story of the heroine, Yael
of Jael, who killed Sisera to deliver Israel from the troops of king
Jabin. She was the wife of Heber the Kenite.
1631 Oct 14, The ship Our Lady
of Juncal set sail from the Gulf coast port of Veracruz, as part of
a 19-ship fleet bearing described only as "a valuable shipment of
the goods obtained by the king's ministers to feed the Spanish
empire." Most of the fleet never made it.
1633 Oct 14, James II Stuart,
king of England and Scotland (James VII) (1685-88), was born.
1644 Oct 14, William Penn,
founder of Pennsylvania, or Penn's Woods, was born.
1651 Oct 14, Laws were passed
in Massachusetts forbidding the poor to adopt excessive styles of
1705 Oct 14, The English Navy
captured Barcelona in Spain.
1734 Oct 14, Francis Lightfoot
Lee, US farmer and signer of the Declaration of Independence), was
1773 Oct 14, Britain's East
India Company tea ships' cargo was burned at Annapolis, Md.
1806 Oct 14, The forces of
French Emperor Napoleon I defeated the Prussians in the twin battles
of Jena and Auerstadt.
1809 Oct 14, The Treaty of
Schönbrunn, also known as the Treaty of Vienna, ended hostilities
between France and Austria. This treaty ended the Fifth Coalition
during the Napoleonic Wars.
(PC, 1992 ed,
1832 Oct 14, Blackfeet Indians
attacked American Fur Company trappers near Montana’s Jefferson
River, killing one.
1871 Oct 14, Alexander von
Zemlinsky (d.1942), composer (Schneeman), was born in Vienna,
Austria. His work included “Frulingsbegrabnis” (a cantata from
1897), “Die Seejunbfrau” (1902-1903), “Eine Florentinische Tragodie”
(an opera from 1914-1915), “Symphonic Songs” (1929), and “Der Zwerg”
(The Dwarf, an opera from 1921) and 7 other operas.
(WSJ, 6/11/98, p.A20)(MC, 10/14/01)
1871 Oct 8-14, In Peshtigo,
Wisc., over 1,200 people were killed in the nation’s worst forest
fire, which burned across six counties and into Michigan.
(WSJ, 9/13/01, p.B11)(MC, 10/8/01)
1877 Oct 14, A storm in the Bay
of Biscay caused the British pontoon ship Cleopatra, carrying
the obelisk of Alexandria, to tilt precariously in the sea. 6 seamen
from the tow ship Olga died as they tried to assist the men on the
(ON, 6/20/11, p.10)
1880 Oct 14, Apache leader
Victorio was slain in Mexico by the Mexican army. [see Oct 15]
(HN, 10/14/98)(MC, 10/14/01)
1882 Oct 14, Eamon DeValera,
Taoiseach and President of Ireland (1937-48, 51-54, 57-59), was born
1884 Oct 14, Transparent
paper-strip photographic film was patented by George Eastman. He had
invented a flexible paper-backed film that could be wound on
rollers. To encourage amateur photography and film sales, Eastman
developed a simple black box camera that cost $25 and came already
loaded with a 100-exposure roll of film. When the roll was used up,
the entire No. 1 Kodak camera was shipped back to Eastman's factory
for developing and reloading, at a cost of only $10. Eastman's
photographic improvements proved successful, with 13,000 cameras
sold in 1888. The roll holder was designed by William Hall Walker.
Eastman renamed his corporation the Eastman Dry Plate and Film
(HN, 7/12/99)(HN, 10/14/00)(ON, 3/05, p.11)
1888 Oct 14, Katherine
Mansfield, short story writer, was born.
1890 Oct 14, Dwight D.
Eisenhower, 34th president of the United States (1953-1961), was
born in Denison, Texas.
(AP, 10/14/97)(HN, 10/14/98)
1894 Oct 14, e.e. cummings
(d.1962), American poet, was born. "To be nobody but myself -- in a
world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody
else -- means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can
fight, and never stop fighting."
(AP, 10/14/98)(HN, 10/14/98)
1896 Oct 14, Lilian Gish,
American actress, was born.
1899 Oct 14, Morning Post
reporter Winston Churchill departed for South Africa. Shortly after
his arrival he was caught in an ambush and taken prisoner in
Pretoria from whence he escaped. In 1999 his granddaughter Celia
Sandys authored "Churchill: Wanted Dead Or Alive."
(WSJ, 12/29/99, p.A12)(MC, 10/14/01)
1901 Oct 14, Justin Huntly
McCarthy's "If I Were King," premiered in NYC (Francois Villon).
1905 Oct 14, Eugene Fodor,
Hungarian-born travel writer, was born.
1906 Oct 14, Hannah Arendt,
historian (Origins of Totalitarianism), was born in Germany.
1908 Oct 14, The E.M. Forster
novel "A Room With a View" was first published.
1908 Oct 14, The Chicago Cubs
won the World Series as they defeated the Detroit Tigers in Game 5,
2-0, at Bennett Park.
1911 Oct 14, Le Duc Tho
(d.1990), North Vietnamese representative at Paris peace talk
(1970-72), was born. He declined the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973.
(AP, 10/16/98)(MC, 10/14/01)
1911 Oct 14, John Marshall
Harlan (b.1833), US Supreme Court Justice, died after serving 34
years. A memoir written by his wife, Malvina, was later discovered
and published in 2002: "Some Memories of a Long Life (1854-1911)"
1911 Oct 14, Revolution in
China began with a bomb explosion and the discovery of revolutionary
headquarters in Hankow. The revolutionary movement spread rapidly
through west and southern China, forcing the abdication of the last
Ch'ing emperor, six-year-old Henry Pu-Yi. [see Oct 10]
1912 Oct 14, Theodore
Roosevelt, former president and the Bull Moose Party candidate, was
shot at close range by anarchist William Schrenk while greeting the
public in front of the Hotel Gilpatrick in Milwaukee while
campaigning for the presidency. He was saved by the papers in his
breast pocket and still managed to give a 90 minute address in
Milwaukee after requesting his audience to be quiet because “there
is a bullet in my body.” Schrenk was captured and uttered the now
famous words “any man looking for a third term ought to be shot."
(WSJ, 8/5/96, p.A10)(AP, 10/14/97)(WSJ, 8/5/96,
p.A10)(HN, 10/14/98)(MC, 10/14/01)
1913 Oct 14, An explosion in a
coal mine in Cardiff, Wales, killed 439.
1914 Oct 14, The Health Dept.
of San Francisco’s reported on the petition of the Jones Draying Co.
that its stable at 847 Harrison, where 35 horses are kept, should be
cleaned and whitewashed. The manager maintained that cobwebs helped
control flies much better than whitewash.
(SSFC, 10/12/14, p.42)
1916 Oct 14, C. Everett Koop,
U.S. Surgeon General (1981-1989), was born.
(HN, 10/14/00)(MC, 10/14/01)
1918 Oct 14, In France the
American 32nd division was sent to engage German troops on the Dame
Marie, while the 5th and 42nd Divisions under Gen. Douglas MacArthur
swept in pincer movements to occupy Cote de Chatillon. The
objectives were taken in 3 days of tough fighting. In 2008 Robert H.
Ferrell authored “The Question of MacArthur’s Reputation: Cote de
Chatillon, October 14-16, 1918.”
(WSJ, 11/24/08, p.A17)
1922 Oct 14, The 1st automated
telephones began service at the Pennsylvania exchange in NYC.
1926 Oct 14, Son Thomas, blues
guitarist and singer, was born.
1926 Oct 14, The book
"Winnie-the-Pooh" by Alan Alexander Milne (d.1956) was released.
Milne wrote this and other stories, centering the tales around his
little son, Christopher Robin, and Christopher's stuffed animals,
like the honey-loving Pooh Bear, Eeyore (the donkey), Piglet and
Tigger. The geography was based on real places in 14,000 acres of
Ashdown Forest, in the northwest corner of East Sussex, England.
(Hem., 8/96, p.107)(MC, 10/14/01)
1927 Oct 14, Roger Moore, actor
(Alaskans, Maverick, Saint, 007), was born in London, England.
1930 Oct 14, Robert Parker, US
saxophonist and soul singer (Barefootin'), was born.
1930 Oct 14, Singer Ethel
Merman stuns the audience when she held a high C for sixteen bars
while singing "I Got Rhythm" during her Broadway debut in Gershwin's
1933 Oct 14, The Geneva
disarmament conference broke up as Germany proclaimed withdrawal
from the disarmament initiative, as well as from the League of
Nations, effective October 23.
(AP, 10/14/97)(HN, 10/14/98)
1938 Oct 14, John Dean III,
former White House counsel (Watergate figure), was born.
1938 Oct 14, Nazis planned
Jewish ghettos for all major cities.
1939 Oct 14, Ralph Lauren,
fashion designer (Chaps), was born.
1939 Oct 14, The German U-47,
commanded by Kapitan Gunther Prien, sank the British battleship HMS
Royal Oak at Scapa Flow, Scotland, and 833 people were killed. This
prompted Churchill to order the creation of concrete barriers at the
eastern entrance of Scapa Flow.
1941 Oct 14, The 1st mass
deportations took place at Kovno, Lodz, Minsk & Riga.
1943 Oct 14, US 8th Air Force
lost 60 B-17 bombers during assault on Schweinfurt.
1943 Oct 14, In Germany Rev.
Max Josef Metzger was sentenced to death for treason by Roland
Freisler, chief judge of the Nazi’s People’s Court. He had written a
letter to the British government that denounced the Nazis and called
for a German state based on Christian democratic and legal
principles. He was exonerated by a Berlin court in 1997
(SFC, 5/3/97, p.A10)
1943 Oct 14, Some 300 of 600
prisoners escaped from the Nazi’s Sobibor death camp in Poland.
Alexander Pechersky, a Russian officer of Jewish origin, roused his
fellow prisoners to rebellion. The event was later documented in the
book "Escape from Sobibor" by Richard Rashke (1982) and the film of
the same name with Alan Arkin. Josef Vallaster, an Austrian guard,
was among 11 SS officers and 11 Ukrainians killed in the escape.
Most of the escaped prisoners were killed as they fled. Only 50
prisoners survived the war. Vallaster had operated the motor that
funneled gas into Sobibor’s shower rooms. After the uprising at
Sobibor, the Nazis shut it down and leveled it to the ground,
replanting over it to cover their tracks.
(SFC, 7/11/03, p.A19)(SSFC, 2/17/08, p.A8)(AP,
1944 Oct 14, Allied troops
landed in Corfu, Greece.
1944 Oct 14, German Field
Marshal Rommel (52), suspected of complicity in the July 20th plot
against Hitler, was visited at home by two of Hitler's staff and
given the choice of public trial or suicide by poison. He chose
suicide and it was announced that he died of wounds.
(AP, 10/14/97)(HN, 10/14/98)
1945 Oct 14, British Chief
Justice Geoffrey Lawrence was elected president of the Int’l.
Military Tribunal for the trial of war criminals at Nuremberg.
Drexel A. Sprecher (d.2006), a prosecutor during the trial, later
edited the official 15-volume work on the 4-year trial.
(http://tinyurl.com/pnk7h)(SFC, 4/11/06, p.B5)
1947 Oct 14, Air Force test
pilot Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager (24) flew the experimental Bell X-1
[Bell XS-1] rocket plane aircraft and broke the sound barrier to
Mach 1.07 for the first time over Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.,
which was then called Muroc Army Air Field. The area has the largest
dry lake bed in the world, a 44-square mile area known as Rogers
Lake. Suspended from the belly of a Boeing B-29, Glamorous Glennis
was dropped at 10:26 a.m. from a height of 20,000 feet. Yeager (who
had broken two ribs in a riding accident the night before) fired the
four rocket motor chambers in pairs, breaking through the sound
barrier as he increased airspeed to almost 700 mph and climbed to an
altitude of 43,000 feet. The XS-1 remained at supersonic speeds for
20.5 seconds, with none of the buffeting that characterized
high-speed subsonic flight. The 14-minute flight was Yeager's ninth
since being named primary pilot in June 1947. The Air Force and the
National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (the forerunner of NASA)
did not make the event public until Jun 10, 1948.
(SFC, 8/5/96, p.A3)(SFC, 10/13/97, p.A7)(AP,
1948 Oct 14, Large scale
fighting took place between Israel and Egypt.
1949 Oct 14, Leaders of the
American Communist Party were convicted of conspiracy to advocate
the violent overthrow of the US government. They were sentenced with
fines and imprisonment.
(EWH, 1968, p.1207)(MC, 10/14/01)
1949 Oct 14, Pat Valentino
(1920-2008), SF boxer, was knocked out by Ezzard Charles in the 8th
round at the Cow Palace in a boxing heavy-weight match before a
crowd of 19,950.
(SFC, 8/8/08, p.B5)
1949 Oct 14, The Chinese Red
army occupied Canton.
1949 Oct 14, In Czechoslovakia
the government assumed full control over Church affairs and required
all clergy to swear an oath of loyalty to the state. Most of the
lower clergy complied.
(EWH, 1968, p.1187)
1950 Oct 14, In Washington
state westbound traffic opened on the new fortified bridge over the
Tacoma Narrows. The new design was approved after a model passed
wind tunnel tests designed by engineering Prof. Frederick Burt
1950 Oct 14, Chinese Communist
Forces began to infiltrate the North Korean Army.
1950 Oct 14, Rev. Sun Young
Moon was liberated from Hung Nam prison (Korea).
1951 Oct 14, The Organization
of Central American States formed.
1953 Oct 14, Ike promised to
fire as communists any federal workers taking the 5th amendment.
1953 Oct 14, Ariel Sharon, who
had formed the elite Israeli commando unit "101" to fight
Palestinian guerrillas, led it in a raid against the Jordanian
village of Qibya killing some 70 civilians.
(SFC, 10/10/98, p.A8)(Econ, 12/16/06,
1954 Oct 14, American Samoa
Government's vessel Manu'atele sighted William Willis's raft The
Seven Little Sisters, and towed it into Pago Pago Harbor. William
Willis (1893-1968) sailed a raft from Peru to Samoa. In 2006 T.R.
Pearson authored “Seaworthy: Adrift With William Willis in the
Golden Age of Rafting.”
1954 Oct 14, An Israeli act of
revenge in Qibiya, Jordan, killed 53.
1955 Oct 14, A new US Navy
6-story, windowless structure was dedicated at the SF Naval Shipyard
at Hunters Point, Ca. The $8 million laboratory was to be devoted
exclusively to the development of defense against radiation.
(SFC, 4/8/05, p.F2)
1956 Oct 14, Charles Ives'
overture "Robert Browning," premiered in NYC.
1957 Oct 14, Lester Bowles
Pearson (1897-1972, former president of the UN General Assembly
(1952-1953) and later Canadian PM (1963-1968) won the Nobel Peace
Prize for his role in defusing the Suez crisis.
1958 Oct 14, Paul Osborn's
"World of Suzie Wong," premiered in NYC.
1958 Oct 14, Brendan Behan's
"Hostage," premiered in London.
1959 Oct 14, Errol Flynn
(b.1909), Tasmania-born US actor, died of heart attack in Vancouver,
BC. His death ended a 2-year romance with Beverly Aadland (17). They
had appeared together in 3 films. His autobiography, “My Wicked,
Wicked Ways,” was published shortly after his death and contains
humorous anecdotes about Hollywood. According to one literary
critic, the book "remains one of the most compelling and appalling
autobiographies written by a Hollywood star.”
10/18/09, DB p.46)(SFC, 3/29/14, p.C4)
1960 Oct 14, The idea of a
Peace Corps was first suggested by Democratic presidential candidate
John F. Kennedy to an audience of students at the University of
1961 Oct 14, "How to Succeed in
Business" opened at 46th St NYC for 1415 performances.
1962 Oct 14, The CIA U-2
mission detected Soviet ballistic missiles in Cuba. Air Force pilot
Maj. Richard Heyser and CIA contract pilot James Barnes Jr. (d.1999
at 70) identified missile sites in separate flights.
(SFC, 9/17/97, p.A3)(SFC, 7/13/99, p.A19)
1964 Oct 14, Civil rights
leader Rev. Martin Luther King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for
advocating a policy of non-violence.
(SFC, 10/3/96, p.C6)(AP, 10/14/97)(HN, 10/14/98)
1964 Oct 14, Philips began
experimenting with color TV.
1966 Oct 14, 175 US airplanes
bombed North Vietnam.
1966 Oct 14, The World Bank’s
International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)
came into force. It was established under the Convention on the
Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of
1968 Oct 14, The Beatles "White
Album" was completed at the Abbey Road Studios.
1968 Oct 14, The first live
telecast from a manned US spacecraft was sent from Apollo 7.
1970 Oct 14, San Francisco’s
Golden Gate Park Conservatory was added to the National Register of
1973 Oct 14, US Air Force
"Operation Nickel Grass" began resupply missions to Israel for a
full month, until November 14.
1973 Oct 14, In Thailand
thousands demonstrated against the military dictatorship and some 77
people were killed.
1973 Oct 14, In Turkey the CHP
replaced the AP as the most popular party, although it did not
achieve a parliamentary majority. The CHP and MSP formed a coalition
government under Bulent Ecevit. The National Salvation won 11.8% of
votes in general elections, winning 48 seats in the 450-member
1975 Oct 14, South Africans
secretly launched Operation Savannah when the first of several South
African columns (task force Zulu) crossed into Angola from Namibia.
1976 Oct 14, Deborah Gardner
(23) was stabbed (22 times) to death in Tonga by Dennis Priven (24),
a fellow Peace Corps volunteer. In 2004 Philip Weiss authored
“American Taboo: A Murder in the Peace Corps.”
1977 Oct 14, Bing Crosby
(b.1903), singer and actor, died on a golf course outside Madrid at
age 74. In 2001 Gary Giddins authored “Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of
Dreams: The Early Years: 1903-1940.”
(SFC, 11/2/96, p.E4)(AP, 10/14/97)(SSFC, 1/21/01,
1979 Oct 14, In Washington, DC,
some 100,000 gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and supporters marched in
celebration of gay pride and demanded equal rights for homosexuals
under the law.
(SFC, 10/15/04, p.F13)
1980 Oct 14, Pres. Carter
signed the Staggers Act, which deregulated the railroads and allowed
them to set their own prices.
(WSJ, 6/18/96, p.A17)(Econ, 10/30/04,
1980 Oct 14, Republican
presidential nominee Ronald Reagan promised that, if elected, he
would name a woman to the US Supreme Court. He later nominated Judge
Sandra Day O’Connor of Arizona.
1980 Oct 14, Hambrecht &
Quist took Genentech Corp. public at $35 per share which soared to
close at $89 per share.
(SFC, 6/22/96, p.D1)(http://tinyurl.com/3y3m9r)
1981 Oct 14, Hosni Mubarak, the
new president of Egypt, was sworn in to succeed the assassinated
Anwar Sadat. Mubarak pledged loyalty to Sadat's policies.
1982 Oct 14, Some 6,000
Unification church couples were wed in Korea.
1983 Oct 14, Cecil Parkinson,
British Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, resigned
following a highly publicized extra-marital affair.
(Econ, 10/22/05, p.62)(http://tinyurl.com/bfvue)
1986 Oct 14, California
Lottery’s first online computer game, Lotto 6/49, began to run.
(SSFC, 10/9/11, DB p.42)
1986 Oct 14, Holocaust survivor
and human rights advocate Elie Wiesel in the US was named winner of
the Nobel Peace Prize.
(SFC, 10/12/96, p.A13)(AP, 10/14/97)
1987 Oct 14, A real-life drama
began in Midland, Texas, as 18-month-old Jessica McClure slid 22
feet down an abandoned well at a private day care center. Hundreds
of rescuers worked 58 hours to free her.
1988 Oct 14, The US government
reported that wholesale prices had risen a moderate 0.4% in
1989 Oct 14, Colombia
extradited three suspected drug traffickers to the United States as
part of a war on the cocaine cartel.
1990 Oct 14, Leonard Bernstein
(b.1918), American composer and conductor, died in New York City. In
2009 Barry Seldes authored “Leonard Bernstein: The Political Life of
an American Musician.”
(AP, 10/14/97)(Econ, 5/30/09, p.85)
1991 Oct 14, Burmese opposition
leader Aung San Suu Kyi was named winner of the Nobel Peace Prize
for her non-violent promotion of democracy. Her award was accepted
by her husband, Michael Aris (d.1999 at 53) and their sons. A
collection of her writings is titled "Freedom From Fear."
(SFC, 5/22/96, p.C-1)(SFEC, 3/28/99, p.D6)(AP,
1992 Oct 14, The Nobel Prize
for chemistry went to American Rudolph A. Marcus; the prize for
physics went to George Charpak of France.
1992 Oct 14, Russia's worst
serial killer, Andrei Chikatilo, was convicted of mutilating and
killing 52 women and children. He was executed in 1994.
1993 Oct 14, U.S. helicopter
pilot Michael Durant and a Nigerian peacekeeper were freed by Somali
fighters loyal to Mohamed Farrah Aidid.
1993 Oct 14, In Haiti, gunmen
assassinated Justice Minister Guy Malary, a supporter of ousted
President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
(SFEC, 10/13/96, p.A15)(AP, 10/14/98)
1994 Oct 14, The Nobel Peace
Prize was awarded to PLO leader Yasser Arafat, Israeli Prime
Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres.
(SFC, 10/12/96, p.A13)(AP, 10/14/99)
1994 Oct 14, Nobel
Prize-winning writer Naguib Mahfouz (1911-2006) was stabbed several
times in the neck by a 21-year-old assailant on a Cairo street.
Muslim militants were blamed in the attack. The wound resulted in
the paralysis of his writing hand.
(WSJ, 2/20/98, p.A16)(AP, 10/14/04)
1994 Oct 14, Israeli soldier
Nachshon Wachsman, kidnapped on Oct 9, was killed when Israeli
commandos raided the hideout of Islamic militants in Jerusalem. An
Israeli soldier and 3 kidnappers were also killed in the ensuing
firefight. In 2006 his family files suit against Iran for providing
training and support to Hamas. In 2009 a US judge awarded a $25
million settlement to the family.
(AP, 10/14/99)(SFC, 3/28/09, p.A9)
1995 Oct 14, The Atlanta Braves
won the National League pennant by beating the Cincinnati Reds,
6-to-0, to complete a four-game sweep.
1995 Oct 14, In Mississippi
Rhonda Hatten Griffis (28), a mother of two, was found dead at her
home in Petal. Larry Matthew Puckett, a local landscaper, was
convicted of her murder in 1996 and sentenced to death. Puckett said
it was David Griffis who murdered his wife with the club after
accusing her of having an affair. Puckett (35) was executed on March
(SFC, 3/21/12, p.A5)(http://tinyurl.com/7nsuodd)
1995 Oct 14, An armed gunman
seized a bus carrying South Korean tourists in Moscow’s Red Square.
Commandos stormed the bus the next day, killing the gunman and
freeing four remaining hostages.
1996 Oct 14, Pop singer Madonna
gave birth to a daughter, Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon.
1996 Oct 14, The Dow Jones
industrial average closed above 6,000 for the first time, ending the
day at 6,010.
(WSJ, 12/16/96, p.C1)(AP, 10/14/97)
1996 Oct 14, In the US the
Archer Daniels Midland Co. agreed to pay an anti-trust fine of $100
million and plead guilty to two charges of price fixing on lysine
and citric acid.
(SFC, 10/15/96, p.A3)(AP, 10/14/97)
1996 Oct 14, In Bolivia
bilateral agreements with the US held that 12,000 to 19,000 acres of
coca production be eradicated. Failure to do so would cause a
suspension of foreign aid and approval of funds from agencies such
as the World Bank.
(SFC, 10/14/96, p.A13)
1997 Oct 14, The Booker Prize
for literature went to Indian writer Arundhati Roy for her book:
“The God of Small Things.”
(SFC, 10/15/97, p.D4)
1997 Oct 14, The nominal world
premiere of the symphonic poem “Standing Stone” by Paul McCartney
was performed by the London Symphony Orchestra and chorus at Royal
(WSJ, 11/18/97, p.A20)
1997 Oct 14, The Florida
Marlins won the National League championship, defeating the Atlanta
Braves 7-4 in game six.
1997 Oct 14, Ray Fred Smith
(78) and Perry L. Adkinson (68) were awarded the World Food Prize
for their work on integrated pest management (IPM).
(SFC, 10/15/97, p.A15)
1997 Oct 14, Myron Scholes of
Stanford, and Robert Merton of Harvard won the Nobel Prize in
Economics for their work on valuing stock options and other
(SFC, 10/15/97, p.A1)(AP, 10/14/98)
1997 Oct 14, Pres. Clinton met
with Brazil’s Pres. Cardoso. They signed an agreement for a
partnership to improve education cooperation and a $10 million US
contribution to improve conservation in the Amazon.
(SFC, 10/15/97, p.C4)
1997 Oct 14, The US Supreme
Court rejected the appeals of those who sought to block the Oregon
voter approved law on assisted suicide.
(SFC, 10/15/97, p.A1)
1997 Oct 14, Harold Robbins,
novelist, died at age 81 in Palm Springs, Calif. He wrote
“adventure” and “desperation” novels that included: “Never Love a
Stranger,” “Carpetbaggers,” Dreams Die First,” “Spellbinder,” “Never
Leave Me,” “The Raiders,” and “The Betsy.”
(SFC, 10/15/97, p.C4)(AP, 10/14/98)
1997 Oct 14, In Algeria 54
people were massacred near the main oil and gas center. Four leading
human rights organizations called on world leaders to take steps to
halt the crises in Algeria.
(SFC, 10/15/97, p.C2)
1997 Oct 14, In Chile an
earthquake that measured 6.8 left 8 dead and 100 injured.
(SFC, 10/15/97, p.C3)(WSJ, 10/16/97, p.A1)
1997 Oct 14, Aydin Dikmen (60),
Turkish art dealer, was arrested in Germany for selling antiquities
plundered from Cyprus since 1974.
1997 Oct 14, In the Republic of
Congo Pres. Lissouba fled the presidential palace in Brazzaville.
Premier Bernard Kolelas fled the Republic of Congo when militia
fighters loyal to Sassou-Nguesso toppled President Pascal Lissouba.
(SFC, 10/16/97, p.A13)(AP, 10/14/05)
1997 Oct 14, In Rwanda
assailants killed 37 people and wounded 14 in the Mutura commune
northwest of Kigali.
(SFC, 10/16/97, p.A14)
1997 Oct 14, In Spain a
separatist guerrilla group killed a policeman while trying to bomb
the new Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Jose Maria Aguirre was killed
when he helped foil the ETA attack. One of three gunmen, Kepa
Arronnategui, was captured.
(SFC, 10/16/97, p.A14)(SFC, 10/18/97, p.A10)
1997 Oct 14, On St. Kitts
legislators from Nevis voted to withdraw from the federation with
(SFC, 10/15/97, p.C3)
1998 Oct 14, Amartya K. Sen
(64), a philosophy and economics researcher from India, won the
Nobel Prize in Economics for his work in exploring the causes of
poverty and famine. He had just left Harvard Univ. to take over
Trinity College in Cambridge, England.
(SFC, 10/15/98, p.A2)(WSJ, 10/15/98, p.B1)
1998 Oct 14, The San Diego
Padres won the National League championship over the Atlanta Braves,
5-0, in Game 6 of their championship series.
(WSJ, 10/15/98, p.A1)(AP, 10/14/99)
1998 Oct 14, The UN for a 7th
year called for an end to the US economic embargo against Cuba. Only
the US and Israel cast negative votes.
(SFC, 10/15/98, p.C4)
1998 Oct 14, Cleveland Amory,
author and animal rights pioneer, died at age 81 in Manhattan. His
work included the trilogy on social history: “The Proper
Bostonians,” “The Last Resorts,” and “Who Killed Society.”
(SFC, 10/16/98, p.D4)(AP, 10/14/99)
1998 Oct 14, Frankie Yankovic
(83), the Polka King from Cleveland, died in Tampa, Fla. He played a
Slovenian-style polka on the accordion with clarinet and saxophone
as opposed to the Polish style which uses the accordion with
trumpets and has a faster beat. His hits included “In Heaven There
Is No Beer.”
(SFC, 10/15/98, p.C6)(AP, 10/14/99)
1998 Oct 14, In Canada the
finance minister said that the first budget surplus in 28 years
would be used to pay down debt, reduce taxes, and invest in health
(WSJ, 10/15/98, p.A1)
1998 Oct 14, China and Taiwan
held their first talks since 1993 and said they were working toward
(SFC, 10/15/98, p.A12)
1998 Oct 14, In Colombia Saul
Albaraz (29), a journalist, was shot to death in Medellin.
(SFC, 10/16/98, p.D3)
1998 Oct 14, Germany’s new
government proposed to scrap the 1913 citizenship law based on blood
ties. The coalition agreed to promote controlled distribution of
heroin to long-term addicts and to work for expanded rights for gay
(SFC, 10/15/98, p.A13)
1998 Oct 14, In the Philippines
Typhoon Zeb killed 21 people and forced some 31,000 from their
homes. The death toll went up to 70. It moved on to Taiwan where 20
people were killed and Japan where 12 died.
(SFC, 10/15/98, p.C4)(WSJ, 10/19/98, p.A1)
1998 Oct 14, In Russia Premier
Primakov said that the government has created a $600 million
emergency food reserve.
(WSJ, 10/15/98, p.A1)
1998 Oct 14, In Serbia police
shut down the Danas newspaper, as well as the independent Dvevni
Telegraph in Belgrade. NATO positioned warplanes in Italy for a
(SFC, 10/15/98, p.A12)
1998 Oct 14, In Turkey the
draft budget was unveiled and it was admitted that IMF targets would
not be reached. Inflation for 1999 was targeted to 35% after
reaching 100% in early 1998. 1998 growth was measured at 4.5%.
(WSJ, 10/15/98, p.A20)
1998 Oct 14, In Zimbabwe Pres.
Robert Mugabe that he will meet with Kabila to discuss support
against the rebels in Congo.
(SFC, 10/15/98, p.A15)
1999 Oct 14, President Clinton
accused Senate Republicans of recklessness and irresponsibility for
defeating the nuclear test ban treaty, and pledged the United States
would refrain from testing despite the treaty’s rejection.
1999 Oct 14, At Cape Canaveral,
Florida, Launch Complex 41, built in 1945, was destroyed to make way
for Atlas V rockets.
(SFC, 10/15/99, p.A3)
1999 Oct 14, Hurricane Irene
drenched Cuba and proceeded to the Florida keys.
(SFC, 10/15/99, p.D4)
1999 Oct 14, In Bosnia 4 NATO
soldiers were injured as they attempted to seize weapons in the
divided city of Mostar.
(SFC, 10/15/99, p.D3)
1999 Oct 14, In Chechnya the
Russians pressed an offensive below the Terek River as the Chechens
rallied in Grozny.
(WSJ, 10/15/99, p.A1)
1999 Oct 14, In Indonesia Pres.
Habibie gave a speech lauding his accomplishments as security forces
fought back demonstrators.
(SFC, 10/15/99, p.A14)
1999 Oct 14, Israel released
151 Palestinian prisoners as part of the interim peace accord signed
(SFC, 10/15/99, p.D3)
1999 Oct 14, Japan’s Sumitomo
and Sakura Banks announced merger plans. In 2001 they fused into
(WSJ, 10/15/99, p.A10)(Econ, 5/20/06, Survey
1999 Oct 14, Former Tanzanian
Pres. Julius Nyerere (77) died in London from a massive stroke. He
was called Mwalimu, the Swahili word for teacher.
(SFC, 10/14/99, p.A14)(SFC, 10/15/99, p.D7)
2000 Oct 14, Angelo Perez
Baraquio (24), Miss Hawaii, was crowned Miss America in Atlanta
(SFEC, 10/15/00, p.A2)
2000 Oct 14, Six San Francisco
Bay Area people associated with the Flying Doctors aid group were
killed when their plane crashed in Ensenada, Mexico.
(SFEC, 10/15/00, p.A1)
2000 Oct 14, In Belarus
parliamentary elections were held. Authorities hand-picked most
candidates and those with known anti-Lukoshenko views were barred
from running. The average salary in Belarus was $50 per month.
(SFEC, 10/15/00, p.A22)
2000 Oct 14, In Indonesia
police arrested Alip Agung Suwondo, Pres. Wassid’s masseur, on
suspicion of trying to steal $4 million in state funds.
(SFC, 10/16/00, p.F8)
2000 Oct 14, Philippine troops
arrested 36 suspected supporters of Abu Sayyaf rebels and 6 others
surrendered on Jolo Island.
(SFC, 10/16/00, p.F8)
2000 Oct 14, A London-bound
Saudi jetliner was hijacked with over 100 people. It was taken to
Syria and then landed in Baghdad where the 2 hijackers were
(SFEC, 10/15/00, p.A10)(AP, 10/14/01)
2000 Oct 14, In Somalia Pres.
Abdiqasim Salad Hassan returned from Djibouti.
(SFC, 10/16/00, p.F8)
2000 Oct 14, In Switzerland a
mudslide in the Alpine village of Gondo left 18 people missing. 13
people were killed.
(SFEC, 10/15/00, p.A20)(AP, 10/14/01)
2000 Oct 14, In Uganda it was
reported that at least 35 people of the northern Gulu district had
died in recent weeks of a hemorrhagic fever possibly caused by the
Ebola or Marburg virus.
(SFC, 10/14/00, p.A16)(SFC, 10/18/00, p.A12)
2001 Oct 14, President George
W. Bush sternly rejected a Taliban offer to discuss handing over
Osama bin Laden to a third country, saying, "They must have not
heard. There's no negotiations."
(SFC, 10/15/01, p.A1)(AP, 10/14/02)
2001 Oct 14, US warplanes hit
Afghanistan targets around Kabul and knocked out the overseas
telephone exchange. Bombs also hit the cities of Mazar-e-Sharif,
Kandahar, Jalalabad and Heart. Abu Baseer al-Masri, al Qaeda fighter
and Egyptian militant, was killed near Jalalabad.
(SFC, 10/15/01, p.A8)(SFC, 10/19/01, p.A3)
2001 Oct 14, Unions in
Minnesota reached a deal with the state to end a walkout by some
23,000 government workers.
(SFC, 10/15/01, p.E3)
2001 Oct 14, In Argentina
Elections for Congress were held. Rev. Luis Farinello led the Social
Pole Party with an anti-globalization message. The midterm elections
handed a decisive defeat to Pres. Fernando de la Rua’s coalition.
The Peronist Party led nationwide results.
(SFC, 10/12/01, p.D4)(SFC, 10/15/01, p.E3)
2001 Oct 14, An Israeli sniper
shot and killed Abed Rahman Hamad, a Hamas leader, hours before the
government announced that it would withdraw troops from Hebron and
ease Palestinian travel restrictions.
(SFC, 10/15/01, p.E2)
2001 Oct 14, In Nigeria weekend
anti-American protests left 13-200 people dead in Kano.
(SFC, 10/15/01, p.A5)(WSJ, 10/15/01, p.A1)
2001 Oct 14, In Pakistan
thousands of Muslims clashed with police in Jacobabad and at least 1
protester was killed.
(SFC, 10/15/01, p.A3)
2002 Oct 14, The SF Giants won
the National League Championship with a 2-1 victory over the St.
(SFC, 10/15/02, p.A1)
2002 Oct 14, President Bush
called recent attacks in Kuwait, Indonesia and Yemen part of a grim
pattern of terror, and said, "We've got a long way to go" to defeat
Osama bin Laden's global network.
2002 Oct 14, In New Mexico VP
Cheney met with representatives of Bajagua, a start-up waste
processing firm targeting waste water in Tijuana, Mexico. Waste from
Tijuana flowed into San Diego County and its Tijuana River estuary.
Bajagua spent $585,000 in lobbying efforts from 2001-2006. Estimates
of costs to the US ranged from $580-780 million. A 1999
environmental impact statement called the Bajagua plan not feasible.
(WSJ, 1/27/06, p.A15)
2002 Oct 14, Linda Franklin
(47) of Arlington, Va., was shot in the head and killed as she and
her husband loaded packages into their car outside a Home Depot at
the Seven Corners Shopping Center. She had worked as an analyst for
(SFC, 10/15/02, p.A1)(AP, 10/15/02)
2002 Oct 14, Britain suspended
Northern Ireland's power-sharing government after a spying row threw
the fledgling peace process into its worst political crisis since
the Good Friday peace accord was signed in 1998.
2002 Oct 14, A Costa Rica
investment operation called The Brothers Fund (Ofinter Foreign
Exchange SA) collapsed and siblings Luis Enrique (63) and Osvaldo
Villalobos (58) were held responsible.
(WSJ, 12/13/02, p.A1)
2002 Oct 14, Gen. Adel Labib,
gov. of Qena Province in southern Egypt, ordered a ban on shisha
(water pipe) smoking.
(SSFC, 10/27/02, p.F7)
2002 Oct 14, Israeli troops
killed 2 Islamic Jihad militants outside Jenin.
(WSJ, 10/15/02, p.A1)
2002 Oct 14, In Kenya Pres. Moi
anointed Uhurru Kenyatta (41), the son of former 1st Pres. Jomo
Kenyatta, as his successor. Tens of thousands gathered to protest
(SFC, 10/15/02, p.A9)
2002 Oct 14, In Serbia Pres.
Kostunica protested that some 630,000 ghost voters inflated the
number of voters.
(SFC, 10/15/02, p.A8)
2003 Oct 14, In Game Six of the
National League Championship Series, a Cubs fan inadvertently
deflected a foul ball away from the outstretched glove of Chicago
outfielder Moises Alou; the Florida Marlins, down 3-0 at the time,
rallied to win the game and went on to win Game 7 and advance to the
World Series, where they beat the New York Yankees.
2003 Oct 14, The US vetoed a
U.N. Security Council resolution that would have condemned Israel
for building a barrier that cut into the West Bank.
2003 Oct 14, John Allen
Muhammad pleaded innocent to murder as the first trial in the deadly
Washington-area sniper rampage got under way in Virginia Beach, Va.
Muhammad was later convicted and sentenced to death for killing Dean
2003 Oct 14, It was reported
that Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers proposed an elevator
reaching 62,000 miles into the sky to launch payloads into space.
2003 Oct 14, Ben Metcalfe, the
1st chairman of the Greenpeace Foundation (1970), died in BC,
(SSFC, 10/19/03, p.A31)
2003 Oct 14, Afghan soldiers
backed by U.S. troops and helicopters killed 7 Taliban and captured
12 others during a 2-day raid in southern Afghanistan.
2003 Oct 14, In Bolivia
demonstrations called for the resignation of Pres. Gonzalo Sanchez
de Lozada and the death toll grew to 50 after 4 days of clashes.
30,000 marched in La Paz.
(SFC, 10/15/03, p.A11)(Econ, 10/18/03, p.38)
2003 Oct 14, China's ruling
communists closed a secretive 4-day meeting aimed at pushing ahead
with market reforms and said a revision to the country's
constitution had been endorsed.
2003 Oct 14, In St. Marc,
Haiti, protesters hurled rocks at police and blocked streets with
flaming tire barricades for a 2nd day, demanding President
Jean-Bertrand Aristide's resignation.
2003 Oct 14, Across Honduras
thousands of protesters blocked streets and burned tires to demand
the government not renew a debt-payment agreement with the IMF.
2003 Oct 14, In Baghdad a
suicide bomber detonated a car packed with explosives near the
Turkish Embassy, killing the driver and wounding more than a dozen
2003 Oct 14, In Liberia
businessman Gyude Bryant was sworn in as leader of the post-war
government, taking up a 2-year term.
2003 Oct 14, In Riyadh, Saudi
Arabia, hundreds took to the streets demanding reforms, the first
large-scale protest in this conservative kingdom where
demonstrations are illegal.
2004 Oct 14, The US Treasury
reported that the federal deficit surged to $413 billion in 2004.
(SFC, 10/15/04, p.A3)
2004 Oct 14, New York State
Attorney General Eliot Spitzer announced the initiation of a civil
action against Marsh & McLennan, a US insurance brokerage firm,
alleging impropriety in the steering of clients to insurers with
whom the company maintained payoff agreements, and for soliciting
rigged bids for insurance contracts from the insurers. The firm
later apologized and paid $850 million in compensation.
p.C1)(WSJ, 10/28/04, p.C1)(Econ, 4/10/10, p.70)
2004 Oct 14, General Motors
Europe said it plans to shed 12,000 jobs, almost 20 percent of its
work force, in order to halt chronic losses.
2004 Oct 14, Google Inc.
introduced a program that quickly scours hard drives for documents,
e-mails, instant messages and past Web searches.
2004 Oct 14, Light crude oil
for November closed in NYC at a record $54.76 per barrel.
(SFC, 10/15/04, p.C1)
2004 Oct 14, The US Army
announced that up to 28 U.S. soldiers face possible criminal charges
in connection with the deaths of two prisoners at an American-run
prison in Afghanistan two years ago.
2004 Oct 14, In southern
Afghanistan a homemade bomb killed 2 American soldiers and wounded 3
2004 Oct 14, In Brazil Pres. da
Silva signed an executive order permitting farmers to plant
genetically modified soybeans.
(SFC, 10/16/04, p.A3)
2004 Oct 14, In Cambodia Prince
Norodom Sihamoni, retiring King Norodom Sihanouk's son, a former
ballet dancer and U.N. cultural ambassador, was officially confirmed
to succeed his father on the throne.
2004 Oct 14, In Chile Cardinal
Juan Francisco Fresno (90) died. He played a key role in efforts to
restore democracy in Chile during the military dictatorship of Gen.
2004 Oct 14, German Chancellor
Gerhard Schroeder arrived in Libya for an official visit during
which he is to hold talks with Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi.
2004 Oct 14, Insurgents struck
deep inside Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, setting off
bombs at a market and a popular cafe that killed at least 10 people,
including four Americans.
2004 Oct 14, In Iraq up to 19
members of the 343rd Quartermaster Company were detained for
refusing to deliver fuel under conditions that they deemed unsafe.
(SFC, 10/16/04, p.A1)
2004 Oct 14, A video that
appeared on an Islamic Web site showed militants in Iraq beheading a
man identified as a kidnapped Turkish driver.
2004 Oct 14, Israel’s PM Ariel
Sharon said all 8,200 Jewish settlers will be pulled out of the Gaza
Strip starting next summer.
2004 Oct 14, The Muslim fasting
month of Ramadan began.
(SFC, 10/14/04, p.A3)
2004 Oct 14, Nigerian unions
called off a general strike which had jeopardized oil supplies from
the world's seventh largest exporter for four days.
2004 Oct 14, Pakistan's lower
house of parliament passed a bill to allow President Pervez
Musharraf to stay on as army chief despite his pledge to give up the
job by the end of the year.
2004 Oct 14, Pakistani special
forces attacked kidnappers holding two Chinese engineers near the
Afghan border, killing all five of the al-Qaida-linked militants.
One of the hostages was killed in the raid, while the other
2004 Oct 14, Thousands of
Paraguayans took to the streets to protest increasing crime, spurred
on the two high-profile kidnappings.
2005 Oct 14, The US Treasury
Department reported that the federal deficit hit $319 billion for
the budget year just ended, down from the previous year, but still
the third highest.
2005 Oct 14, Rain fell for an
eighth straight day around the waterlogged Northeast US, pushing
people from their homes in the middle of the night and leaving train
tracks littered with fallen trees.
2005 Oct 14, Dernae Wysinger
(22) and his 2-year-old son were shot to death in San Francisco’s
Potrero Hill district. Police soon issued an arrest warrant for
suspect Joseph Stevens (22). This marked the 64th and 65th homicides
in SF this year. In 2007 Stevens (23) was convicted for the murders,
which were apparently done in retaliation for another slaying.
(SSFC, 10/16/05, p.B1)(SFC, 3/21/07, p.B3)
2005 Oct 14, Blond, blue-eyed
British actor Daniel Craig was named the new James Bond.
2005 Oct 14, Insurgents staged
a series of attacks, killing a pro-government cleric, two police and
blowing up eight fuel tankers parked outside a US-led coalition base
in southern Afghanistan.
2005 Oct 14, Bulgaria adopted a
new penal procedure to remedy a judiciary system that has been
criticized for failing to jail well-known criminals.
2005 Oct 14, Lucio Gutierrez,
former Ecuador president who was ousted from office, returned to
Ecuador in a bid to regain power, but he was arrested moments after
his plane landed.
2005 Oct 14, Sunni insurgents
launched five attacks against the largest Sunni Arab political party
on the eve of Iraq's crucial referendum, bombing and burning offices
and the home of one of its leaders in retaliation after the group
dropped its opposition to the draft constitution.
2005 Oct 14, Italy's culture
industry pledged to shut down theaters, cinemas and cancel concerts
throughout the country for the day to protest planned cuts to the
2005 Oct 14, Italy’s Alitalia
airline, 62.3% owned by the government, approved a revised corporate
plan for 2005-2008.
(Econ, 10/22/05, p.70)
2005 Oct 14, Dutch police
detained seven suspects in an anti-terrorism operation in three
cities, including the capital, aimed at thwarting a suspected plot
to attack politicians and a government building.
2005 Oct 14, A consortium led
by South Africa’s Sheltam Trade Close won the privatization bid for
the rail line linking Mombassa, Kenya, and Kampala, Uganda.
Nicknamed since 1895 as the “lunatic express,” it was renamed the
Rift Valley Railways.
(Econ, 10/22/05, p.68)
2005 Oct 14, In Nicaragua
Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega announced that he has broken a
political pact with opponents of President Enrique Bolanos, a move
that could end a political crisis that threatened the country's
2005 Oct 14, Palestinian leader
Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Jordan for talks with King Abdullah II.
2005 Oct 14, In Nalchik Russian
security forces in an armored personnel carrier smashed through the
wall of a store to rescue two hostages held by suspected Islamic
militants as authorities tried to clear out the last pockets of
rebel resistance after more than a day of fighting that killed 139
people including 92 militants.
(AP, 10/14/05)(WSJ, 10/17/05, p.A1)(Econ,
2005 Oct 14, Somalia's PM Ali
Mohamed Gedi called on neighboring countries to send warships to
patrol his nation's waters after pirates seized a 3rd cargo vessel
delivering food aid.
2005 Oct 14, At the
Ibero-American Summit in Spain UN Sec.-General Kofi Annan called for
greater progress in trade talks on farming.
2005 Oct 14, A Turkish court
convicted two brothers for the "honor killing" of their sister and
sentenced one to life in prison and the other to more than 11 years
2005 Oct 14, President Viktor
Yushchenko dismissed Ukraine's top prosecutor less than a week after
he launched investigations against a presidential ally, deepening
the confusion in the former Soviet republic.
2005 Oct 14, A researcher said
bird flu virus found in a Vietnamese girl was resistant to the main
drug that's being stockpiled in case of a pandemic, a sign that it's
important to keep a second drug on hand as well.
2006 Oct 14, Pres. Bush
dedicated the new $30 million US Air Force Memorial in Arlington,
Va. The memorial, designed to evoke the “bomb-burst maneuver of the
Thunderbirds, was the last major work of architect James Ingo Freed
(SSFC, 10/15/06, p.A16)
2006 Oct 14, The Detroit Tigers
won the American League baseball pennant race in 4 games over
(SSFC, 10/15/06, p.A1)
2006 Oct 14, Freddy Fender
(b.1937), Tex-Mex singer born as Baldemar Huerta, died in San
Benito, Texas. His hit songs included “Wasted Days and Wasted
Nights” and “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” (1975).
(SFC, 10/16/06, p.B6)
2006 Oct 14, Former US Rep.
Gerry Studds (69) died at Boston Medical Center, several days after
he collapsed while walking his dog. He was the first openly gay
person elected to Congress (1972-1997).
2006 Oct 14, In Bonaparte,
Iowa, Shawn Bentler (22) killed his parents and 3 sisters (14,15,17)
at their home.
(SFC, 10/16/06, p.A13)(AP, 10/14/07)
2006 Oct 14, In southern
Afghanistan Gabriele Torsello, an Italian freelance photographer,
and his Afghan translator were abducted were abducted by five armed
men. In eastern Afghanistan a roadside bomb exploded outside a
provincial governor's compound. The governor was not hurt but
another official was killed.
(AP, 10/14/06)(AP, 10/15/06)
2006 Oct 14, French leader
Jacques Chirac told Turkish PM Tayyip Erdogan he is sorry French
lawmakers approved a bill making it a crime to deny Armenians were
victims of genocide at the hands of Ottoman Turks.
2006 Oct 14, in southwestern
Germany 2 female US soldiers died after they were hit by a train at
Neckarsteinach station, east of Heidelberg.
2006 Oct 14, Thousands of
low-caste Hindus converted to Buddhism and Christianity on in
protest against new laws in several Indian states that make such
changes of religion difficult.
2006 Oct 14, A spokesman said
the ministry in charge of Iraq's police force will change top
commanders and has already fired some 3,000 employees accused of
corruption or rights abuses. Suspected Shiite militiamen killed at
least 27 Sunni Arabs in Balad in apparent retaliation for the
slayings of 17 Shiites, whose decapitated bodies were found in an
orchard on the town's outskirts a day earlier. South of Baghdad
three women and four men were killed in drive-by shootings in the
predominantly Shiite village of Wahda. A US Marine was killed in
combat in Anbar province. 3 US soldiers died in a roadside bombing
south of Baghdad.
(AP, 10/14/06)(AFP, 10/14/06)(AP, 10/15/06)(SSFC,
2006 Oct 14, Israeli troops
killed six Palestinian gunmen in airstrikes in the Gaza Strip and
set up a makeshift detention center just outside the territory.
2006 Oct 14, Two Italian
tourists, freed in Libya after being kidnapped in August in Niger,
denounced their captors as bandits and said they were mistreated
during their ordeal.
2006 Oct 14, The UN election
chief in Ivory Coast said the war-divided nation's long-delayed vote
would be postponed for another year and should be held before
2006 Oct 14, In Mexico at least
one man opened fire on protesters manning a roadblock in Oaxaca
paralyzed by months of conflict, killing one demonstrator and
2006 Oct 14, In northwestern
Spain vandals freed over 15,000 minks from breeding farms.
(SFC, 10/16/06, p.A3)
2006 Oct 14, The Sudanese
government signed a peace deal with a group of rebels from eastern
Sudan, ending a deadly strife that has been overshadowed by the
conflict in the country's western Darfur region.
2006 Oct 14, Maria Borelius,
Sweden's trade minister, resigned over allegations of tax evasion
after just one week in office, saying media pressure has made her
2006 Oct 14, Thailand's
military-installed premier Surayud Chulanont visited Vientiane on
the first stop of a weekend tour aimed at reassuring neighbors Laos
and Cambodia that Bangkok won't pull any more surprises.
2006 Oct 14, Ukrainian
nationalist fighters who battled both Soviet and Nazi forces during
World War II rallied in their country's capital, demanding the same
financial and moral recognition as Red Army veterans.
2006 Oct 14, The UN Security
Council gave unanimous approval to sanctions against North Korea for
its purported nuclear test. The US-sponsored resolution demanded
that North Korea eliminate nuclear weapons, but expressly rules out
military action against the country.
2007 Oct 14, US Secretary of
State Condoleezza Rice opened an intense round of Mideast shuttle
2007 Oct 14, In California Gov.
Schwarzenegger signed legislation banning toys that contain toxic
plastic softeners, i.e. phthalates, becoming the first state in the
US to do so.
(SFC, 10/16/07, p.A1)
2007 Oct 14, In southern
Afghanistan a mother who tried to stop her son from carrying out a
suicide bomb attack triggered an explosion in the family's home that
killed the would-be bomber, his mother and three siblings.
2007 Oct 14, In Canada Robert
Dziekanski (b.1967) died after being tasered five times by the Royal
Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) at Vancouver International Airport
hours after he had arrived from Poland as a new immigrant. In 2010
the RCMP apologized as part of an out-of-court settlement with the
mother of Dziekanski.
2007 Oct 14, In Egypt at least
six people drowned and 15 others were reported missing after the
gangplank on their Nile ferry collapsed.
2007 Oct 14, In a northern
Indian an explosion ripped through a crowded cinema, killing at
least five people in the industrial city of Ludhiana. The area
around the Shingar Cinema has a large Muslim population. At least 12
Hindu devotees were trampled to death on a narrow path crowded by
thousands heading to a temple in western India. Another eight people
(Reuters, 10/14/07)(AP, 10/14/07)
2007 Oct 14, A parked car bomb
struck worshippers heading to a Shiite mosque in Baghdad, killing at
least 10 people with 18 injured as Iraqis celebrated the end of
Ramadan. An Iraqi soldier was killed and four others were wounded
when a roadside bomb targeted their patrol in Khan Bani Saad, just
northeast of Baghdad. Near the southern town of Hilla, a police
officer was fatally shot by gunmen from a speeding car. Salih Saif
Aldin (32), an Iraqi journalist who was shot while on assignment for
The Washington Post in Baghdad. A US soldier died from a roadside
bomb during combat operations in southern Baghdad.
(AP, 10/14/07)(SFC, 10/15/07, p.A14)
2007 Oct 14, In Italy
projections showed Rome's mayor overwhelmingly winning a nationwide
primary to become the leader of a new center-left party and the
probable candidate for premier against conservative billionaire
Silvio Berlusconi in the next general election.
2007 Oct 14, Myanmar's ruling
junta restored Internet access but kept foreign news sites blocked,
partially easing its crackdown as a UN envoy headed to Asia to
convey the world's demands for democratic reforms in the country.
2007 Oct 14, Indian PM Manmohan
Singh arrived in the Nigerian capital Abuja in the first state visit
by an Indian premier to the oil-rich west African state in 45 years.
2007 Oct 14, Serb and Kosovo
Albanian officials agreed on a new round of talks later this month
to try to break a deadlock over the future of the breakaway Serb
2007 Oct 14, Former rebels from
south Sudan delivered a letter to Khartoum detailing their demands
for resolving a crisis sparked by the southerners' pullout from the
2007 Oct 14, Togolese voted in
legislative elections that no opposition members boycotted for the
first time in nearly a decade, a hopeful sign for democracy in this
West African nation that has been ruled by one family for 40 years.
2007 Oct 14, Opiyo Makasi,
reported to be an operations and logistics commander of Uganda's
Lord's Resistance Army, gave himself up along with his wife and they
were transferred to Kinshasa, DRC. On Oct 25 Congolese authorities
handed him to the UN peacekeeping mission in Congo (MONUC), which
should prepare his eventual return to Uganda.
(AP, 10/23/07)(AP, 10/25/07)
2008 Oct 14, President Bush
announced a $250 billion plan by the government to directly buy
shares in 9 of the nation's leading banks, saying the drastic steps
were "not intended to take over the free market but to preserve it."
Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker said the US housing
sector faced more losses and the economy was in recession even as
authorities moved to stabilize the financial system.
(Reuters, 10/14/08)(AP, 10/14/08)(WSJ, 10/14/08,
2008 Oct 14, The US Treasury
revised the 2008 fiscal deficit to $455 billion, as opposed to the
$389 billion projected in July. The national debt, at 38% of GDP,
was well below the 1990s peak of 49%.
(Econ, 10/18/08, p.41)(Econ, 10/25/08, p.40)
2008 Oct 14, Key lending rates
between banks in the US and Europe continued to fall slowly in
response to combined pledges from governments to inject money into
banks and guarantee their debt. But rates remained abnormally high,
a sign of the stress in the world financial system.
2008 Oct 14, A wildfire in
northern Los Angeles covered 13,285 acres.
(SFC, 10/15/08, p.B6)
2008 Oct 14, Ohio executed
Richard Cooey (41), a 5-foot-7, 267-pound double murderer (1986),
who had argued that his obesity made death by lethal injection
2008 Oct 14, Gray wolves in the
northern US Rocky Mountains returned to the endangered species list,
thanks to a court victory by environmental groups over the US
government [see Mar 28, 2008].
2008 Oct 14, Reymundo Guerra,
sheriff of rural Starr County, Texas, next to the Mexican border,
was arrested at his office after being indicted on charges alleging
he was involved in a large-scale cocaine and marijuana smuggling
2008 Oct 14, In eastern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb blast killed three NATO soldiers. In the
south, a bomb attack apparently intended for NATO troops exploded
against an Afghan minivan in Uruzgan province, killing nine
civilians. Dost Mohammad Arighistani, head of the government's labor
and social affairs department for the southern province of Kandahar,
was killed in his car with his bodyguard as he traveled to work.
Taliban militants attacked police checkpoints ringing Lashkar Gah.
18 militants were killed and three police wounded. 6 policemen died
after a shootout among officers inside a police checkpoint about 15
miles north of Lashkar Gah.
(AP, 10/14/08)(AFP, 10/14/08)(AP, 10/15/08)
2008 Oct 14, The prosecution
office of Bosnia's war crimes court said it ordered the arrest of
Milorad Skrbic, 48; Milorad Radakovic, 46; Gordan Djuric, 40; and
Ljubisa Cetic, 39, for allegedly having participated in 1992 in the
wartime execution of 200 civilians.
2008 Oct 14, Indian author
Aravind Adiga (b.1974) won the 2008 Booker Prize with his first
novel: “The White Tiger.” The book follows Balram Halwai, the son of
a rickshaw puller, who dreams of better things than life as teashop
worker and driver.
2008 Oct 14, Burundi said it
has completed its deployment of another 850 soldiers to Somalia,
bringing to about 3,400 the total number of African Union
peacekeepers stationed there. Burundi had already deployed some 850
soldiers to Somalia as part of AMISOM (African mission in Somalia).
2008 Oct 14, Canadians voted in
an election. Conservative PM Stephen Harper, the first Western
leader to face the electorate since the start of the international
economic meltdown, won reelection with a bolstered minority
government. Some 59.1% of eligible Canadian voters went to the
polls, breaking the previous record low turnout of just under 61% in
2004. The Liberal share of the popular vote fell to 26%.
(AP, 10/14/08)(Reuters, 10/15/08)(Econ, 10/18/08,
2008 Oct 14, China unveiled a
plan to achieve universal health care. The plan hoped to cover 90%
of the population within 2 years and achieve universal health care
by 2020. State media reported that a ginseng injection contaminated
by bacteria caused the deaths of three people using the medicine to
treat thrombosis and heart disease.
2008 Oct 14, The UN said
intense fighting between the Congolese army and Ugandan rebels have
forced over 50,000 people to flee their homes in the north-eastern
Democratic Republic of the Congo's Ituri region.
2008 Oct 14, Egyptian police
shot dead an African migrant and wounded another as they tried to
cross illegally into Israel.
2008 Oct 14, An Ethiopian
minister said his country urgently needs US$265 million to feed 6.4
million people affected by drought.
2008 Oct 14, Iceland's blue
chip stocks plunged 77 percent when trading reopened on after a near
week-long suspension and an official delegation from the island
sought Russian help in saving the economy from collapse.
2008 Oct 14, In north and
northeastern India a series of road accidents killed at least 48
people and injured another 64. 43 of the dead died in 2 bus crashes.
2008 Oct 14, The Israeli
military troops in the West Bank shot a Palestinian as he prepared
to lob a blazing Molotov cocktail into a Jewish settlement north of
Jerusalem. Troops found another 10 firebombs at the scene ready to
2008 Oct 14, North Korea
resumed steps to disable its nuclear reactor under renewed
monitoring, after a deal with Washington to save the disarmament
process from collapse.
2008 Oct 14, The Hamas
government announced that it will not permit thousands of striking
teachers to return to their jobs, further heightening tensions with
its political rivals in the West Bank. Despite the August 24 strike,
Hamas kept schools running and hired some 2,200 new teachers and
2008 Oct 14, The Philippine
Supreme Court threw out a proposed accord to grant minority Muslims
expanded autonomy after Christian protests and renewed fighting
convinced the government to abandon the deal. The accord would have
expanded an existing six-province Muslim autonomous region in
Mindanao, subject to the agreement of local residents.
2008 Oct 14, Off the Somali
coast a Panamanian-flagged vessel and its 11 crew members, nine
Syrians and two Somalis, were freed after a gunbattle in which one
Puntland soldier was killed and three wounded. The 10 pirates, who
had held the ship since Oct 9, surrendered when they ran out of
2008 Oct 14, The World
Conservation Congress ended in Barcelona, Spain. The meeting was
awash in gloomy forecasts.
(Econ, 10/18/08, p.68)
2008 Oct 14, In Sri Lanka
government forces pounded rebel defenses with airstrikes and ground
assaults. Heavy fighting across the north killed 49 Tamil Tiger
fighters and 7 soldiers. TamilNet reported that 3 soldiers were
killed in the government–controlled east.
(AP, 10/15/08)(SFC, 10/15/08, p.A5)
2008 Oct 14, Syria established
diplomatic relations with Lebanon, ending six decades of
non-recognition of its neighbor's sovereignty in an apparent bid to
curry favor with the West as it pursues indirect peace talks with
2008 Oct 14, The UN Security
Council voted unanimously to renew its peacekeeping mission in Haiti
for another year.
2009 Oct 14, President Barack
Obama called for a second round of $250 stimulus payments for
seniors, veterans, retired railroad workers and people with
disabilities. The payments would be equal to about a 2% increase for
the average Social Security recipient, who will not receive a cost
of living increase next year. Obama visited New Orleans and listened
to continued fallout from Hurricane Katrina.
(AP, 10/15/09)(SFC, 10/16/09, p.A16)
2009 Oct 14, US Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton wrapped up a European tour by calling on
Russia to uphold human rights and prevent attacks on activists who
challenge the Kremlin.
2009 Oct 14, The IRS filed a
lien with the Alameda County recorder’s office naming Oakland, Ca.,
Mayor Ron Dellums (73), who failed to pay taxes over a 3-year
period. A lien was also filed in Washington, DC, on Oct 22, where
Dellums and his wife owned a house in the Foxhall Crescent
(SFC, 11/4/09, p.A1)
2009 Oct 14, In San Francisco a
Safeway truck flopped across 4 lanes of the upper Bay Bridge at the
new s-curve, tying up traffic for hours. The CHP had already logged
20 accidents eastbound on the curve and 8 accidents westbound since
it opened on Sep 8.
(SFC, 10/14/09, p.A1)
2009 Oct 14, Bruce Wasserstein
(b.1947), CEO of Lazard Lt., died. He took Lazard Freres. & Co.
public (2005) and became CEO of the company in May 2005.
2009 Oct 14, Armenian President
Serzh Sarkisian arrived in Turkey to attend a World Cup football
game as the two nations pressed ahead with painstaking efforts to
overcome a bloody history.
2009 Oct 14, British PM Gordon
Brown ordered hundreds more troops to Afghanistan, pledging to
bolster the international effort on the condition that Britain's
allies also do their fair share to support the war effort. He said
Britain's overall contribution would rise to 9,500 troops, an
increase of about 500.
2009 Oct 14, A security summit
between China, Russia and their Central Asian neighbors wrapped up
in Beijing with vague promises to deepen economic cooperation but no
public mention of regional flashpoints like Afghanistan.
2009 Oct 14, A hot air balloon
crashed in a southern Chinese resort town with dramatic limestone
formations, killing four Dutch tourists.
2009 Oct 14, The Democratic
Republic of Congo said it had agreed with Angola to halt tit-for-tat
expulsions of each other's citizens as victims told of being
subjected to brutal rapes and lootings when they were thrown out by
2009 Oct 14, In Iraq a
government spokesman said the PM has suspended classes and banned
political activities at one of Baghdad's leading universities
following student protests on campus. Attacks took place in Baghdad
and the holy Shiite city of Karbala, where three bombs exploded near
simultaneously. At least 12 people were killed and more than 50
(AP, 10/14/09)(AP, 10/15/09)
2009 Oct 14, Israeli military
aircraft struck two smuggling tunnels along the Gaza Strip border in
response to a rocket fired by Palestinian militants the previous
day. Gaza health officials said four people were slightly injured in
2009 Oct 14, Israel's foreign
minister has ordered ministry officials to summon Turkey's
ambassador in Israel and protest to him over a Turkish TV series
that reportedly portrays Israeli soldiers murdering children.
2009 Oct 14, Mexico’s Supreme
Court ruled that the governor of southern Oaxaca state is
responsible for rights abuses during 2006 protests that paralyzed
Oaxaca and left least a dozen people dead.
2009 Oct 14, Pakistani jets
pounded suspected militant hide-outs along the Afghan border.
Officials said some 200,000 civilians have fled South Waziristan in
anticipation of an expected military offensive. Estimates of the
population there hover around 500,000.
2009 Oct 14, In Paraguay human
rights activists gained access to a dictatorship-era military
archive that appears to contain long-held secrets about Paraguay's
persecution of opponents during Alfredo Stroessner's 1954-1989 rule.
2009 Oct 14, In Puerto Rico
labor unions called for an island-wide strike and a march near the
capital to protest government layoffs in Puerto Rico, where more
than 20,000 public employees have been dismissed as the island
struggles to pull out of a three-year recession.
2009 Oct 14, In South Korea
Rev. Sun Myung Moon (89) married thousands of couples in the
Unification Church's largest mass wedding in a decade and
potentially the last for the leader. More than 20,000 people
gathered at Sun Moon University campus in Asan, south of Seoul, for
the "blessing ceremony" while some 20,000 more joined simultaneous
ceremonies in the US, Brazil, Australia and elsewhere. The spectacle
came as Moon, the church's controversial founder, moved to hand
day-to-day leadership over to his 3 sons and daughter.
2009 Oct 14, Dozens of Russian
lawmakers staged a rare walkout from parliament to protest what they
and independent monitors describe as rigged local elections across
2009 Oct 14, It was reported
that Swiss researchers have found that Alpine glaciers melting under
the impact of climate change are releasing highly toxic pollutants
that had been absorbed by the ice for decades.
2009 Oct 14, A Zimbabwe court
ordered ministerial nominee Roy Bennett, a close aide to PM Morgan
Tsvangirai, back to jail until his terrorism trial begins next week.
Bennett was accused of possessing arms for the purposes of banditry,
terrorism and inciting acts of insurgency.
2010 Oct 14, On the Arizona and
Nevada border a soaring bypass bridge high above the Colorado River
near Hoover Dam was dedicated after nearly eight years and $240
million worth of work. The bridge, which officially opens next week,
is named for former Nevada Gov. Mike O'Callaghan and Pat Tillman.
2010 Oct 14, Regulators in New
York approved Verizon's request to stop mass-printing residential
phone books. There, the company estimates it will save about 3,575
tons of paper per year and conserve the energy associated with
printing, binding and distributing the directories. The company's
August request with Virginia regulators was estimated to save about
1,640 tons of paper annually.
2010 Oct 14, Antinette Keller
(18), a Northern Illinois University freshman from Plainfield, Ill.,
was last seen as she left for a walk in a 150-acre nature preserve
in DeKalb, Ill. Her body was found on Oct 23 in a heavily wooded
area of Prairie Park in DeKalb.
2010 Oct 14, Benoit Mandelbrot
(b.1924), the father of fractal geometry, died in Cambridge, Mass.
His seminal book, “The Fractal Geometry of Nature,” was published in
1982. He was born to a Lithuanian Jewish family in Warsaw. In 1936
his family fled the Nazis, first to Paris and then to the south of
France, where he tended horses and fixed tools. In 2012 His wife
completed his memoir: “The Fractalist: Memoir of a Scientific
10/23/10, p.106)(Econ, 10/27/12, p.84)
2010 Oct 14, Afghan officials
requested NATO's support in smoothing new peace efforts with the
Taliban, including by halting military operations in areas where
reconciliation talks could take place. 7 NATO soldiers were killed
in separate bomb attacks, bringing to 586 the total number of
personnel killed so far this year. ISAF said 13 civilians had been
killed in militant attacks over the past week, including nine who
died in a single IED blast.
(AFP, 10/14/10)(Reuters, 10/14/10)
2010 Oct 14, Australian police
seized half-a-ton of cocaine from a luxury yacht in one of the
country's largest ever hauls of the drug. 3 Australians were charged
in connection with the yacht seizure.
2010 Oct 14, British actor
Simon MacCorkindale (58), who starred on British television in
"Casualty" and in the United States in "Falcon Crest," died in
London of bowel cancer. His film roles include the murderer Simon
Doyle in "Death on the Nile" in 1977 and as Philip FitzRoyce in
"Jaws 3-D" ("Jaws III").
2010 Oct 14, Margot Wallstrom,
the UN special representative for sexual violence in armed conflict,
told the 15-nation Security Council that a man known as "Colonel
Serafim" was among those believed to be responsible for the rape of
over 300 people. She also said Congolese government troops are
raping, killing and looting civilians in the same area of eastern
Congo where militias carried out mass rapes over two months ago.
(AP, 10/14/10)(AP, 10/14/10)
2010 Oct 14, Rival Cypriot
leaders opened a new crossing point linking the ethnically split
island's Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities, offering a boost to
plodding reunification talks.
2010 Oct 14, In India the
Commonwealth Games ended after 11 days of fiery competition that
went some way to mending the damage done to Indian pride and
prestige tarnished by the chaotic buildup to the event.
2010 Oct 14, In Iraq a roadside
bomb hit the car of Abdul Karim al-Mohammadawi, a prominent member
of the Sunni-backed Iraqiya alliance, killing four people and
wounding six others, including the politician.
2010 Oct 14, In Madagascar
conservationists said a new species of carnivorous mammal, likely
highly endangered, has been discovered in the wetlands of Lake
Alaotra, the largest expanse of fresh water on the Indian Ocean
island. It has been baptized Durrell's vontsira (Salanoia durelli)
after the late British naturalist Gerald Durrell, who led
conservation projects in Madagascar.
2010 Oct 14, In Mali a 2-day
meeting of the G8 countries, looking at how to counter the threat
posed by Islamic militants in northwest Africa, concluded. An
al-Qaida-linked group was currently holding five French citizens and
two others hostage in the area. The meeting brought together
counterterrorism experts in the G8's Counter Terrorism Action Group
as well as participants from African countries in the region, the
United Nations and regional bodies.
2010 Oct 14, In Mexico the W
Radio station broadcast what it described as a telephone
conversation between federal lawmaker Cesar Godoy and one of
Mexico's biggest drug lords. W Radio said the alleged conversation
took place last year between Godoy and La Familia cartel leader
Servando Gomez, known as "La Tuta." In it Godoy and Gomez express
support for each other and discuss bribing a reporter. Mexican
marines battled suspected drug cartel gunmen whose allies erected at
least a dozen roadblocks in the northeastern city of Monterrey. One
marine and three gunmen were killed.
(AP, 10/14/10)(AP, 10/15/10)
2010 Oct 14, Mozambique state
radio said a court in has sentenced two men to 20 years in prison
each for mutilating a 12-year-old boy and trying to sell his body
parts to a witchdoctor. The report said the two men, the boy's uncle
and another, held the boy down, cut out his eyes and removed his
genitals, intending to sell them to a Malawian witchdoctor. The boy
2010 Oct 14, Khagendra Thapa
Magar, a Nepalese fruit seller’s son, was named the world’s shortest
man as he turned 18 years old. He measured 26.4 inches.
(SFC, 10/15/10, p.A2)
2010 Oct 14, Dutch Queen
Beatrix swore in her country's new right-wing minority Cabinet,
ushering in a new era of budgetary austerity and tighter immigration
2010 Oct 14, In Nigeria gunmen
in the southern delta kidnapped, Lakshmi Tombush, the principal of a
school sponsored by Exxon, and killed 2 police officers in a
firefight. Gunmen attacked a police roadblock northern Bauchi state
and two policemen were killed. Police officers recovered Tombush on
(SFC, 10/15/10, p.A2)(AFP, 10/15/10)(AP,
2010 Oct 14, Asian Development
Bank (ADB) and World Bank said Pakistan's floods caused an estimated
$9.7 billion in damage to the country's infrastructure, farms and
2010 Oct 14, Somalia’s Pres.
Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed named Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, a Somali
American, as the new prime minister. In western Somalia masked
gunmen abducted a Briton, Frans Barnard, and a Somali working for
aid agency Save the Children from a compound in town of Adado. The
Somali worker was soon released. Barnard was released on Oct 20.
(SFC, 10/15/10, p.A2)(AP, 10/15/10)(AP, 10/20/10)
2010 Oct 14, A senior Sudanese
official said it is impossible to hold a referendum on the future of
the north-south border region of Abyei as planned. Dirdiri Ahmed, a
member of Sudan's northern ruling party, said that
internationally-mediated talks over Abyei failed to yield an
agreement on who is eligible to vote in the region.
2010 Oct 14, Taiwan's
government reported plans to allow sex workers to set up small
businesses in the latest change to laws that had once forced the
huge industry underground. Prostitution was legal only in Taiwan’s
capital, Taipei, until 1997 when the city authorities made it a
criminal offence to be a prostitute though not to patronize one. In
2009 it stopped punishing sex workers. Estimates from activists put
the number of people involved in sex-related jobs in Taiwan at
2010 Oct 14, In south Yemen a
police chief was shot dead during a protest marking the 47th
anniversary of the launch of its uprising against British colonial
rule. Abdullah al-Baham was shot in the head in Mudia in Abyan
province. The attack by suspected al-Qaida militants triggered a
series of clashes between soldiers and militants that killed eight
people, mostly government troops.
(AFP, 10/14/10)(AP, 10/15/10)
2011 Oct 14, California’s top
prosecutor said 103 gang suspects have been arrested over the last 3
days under various charges as part of operation garlic press.
Charges included drug sales and possession of firearms and stolen
(SFC, 10/15/11, p.C1)
2011 Oct 14, Kansas City's
Catholic Bishop Robert Finn became the highest-ranking US Catholic
official indicted on a charge of failing to protect children after
he and his diocese waited five months to tell police about hundreds
of images of child pornography discovered on a priest's computer.
The indictment, handed down Oct. 6, was sealed because Finn was out
of the country.
2011 Oct 14, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide attacker blew up an explosives-packed car
while it was being inspected at a border police checkpoint that had
been set up because of a warning of an imminent attack. 3 officers
and one civilian were killed. NATO and Afghan forces killed 13
insurgents in an overnight operation targeting local Taliban
leaders. One police officer was killed in the operation. 3 NATO
service members were killed in separate attacks. Violence left at
least 30 dead across Afghanistan.
(AP, 10/14/11)(AP, 10/15/11)
2011 Oct 14, An Austrian court
found right-wing politician Gerhard Kurzmann not guilty of charges
of incitement for posting a video game called "Moschee Baba," that
required players to target and stop mosques, minarets and muezzins
as they appear on a screen.
2011 Oct 14, Britain's defense
minister Liam Fox quit his post after days of allegations about the
influence-peddling of a close personal friend who joined key visits
overseas and posed as an unofficial aide. PM David Cameron appointed
Philip Hammond as the new defense minister.
(AP, 10/14/11)(Reuters, 10/15/11)
2011 Oct 14, A British pilot
(29) and his passenger (40) died in the crash of their small plane
2011 Oct 14, A Chinese air
force JH-7 jet crashed at an air show outside the northern city of
Xi'an, leaving one of the pilots missing and presumed dead.
2011 Oct 14, Cuban dissident
Laura Pollan (63) died. She had founded the opposition group Ladies
in White in 2003 following the arrest of her husband. For nearly a
decade the group staged weekly protest marches with other wives of
political prisoners to press for their release.
(AP, 10/14/11)(Econ, 10/29/11, p.110)
2011 Oct 14, In Germany
Greenpeace launched a new Rainbow Warrior. The $33 million schooner
replaces its battered 50-year-old boat, which saw numerous
encounters with whalers, seal hunters and illegal loggers. The first
Rainbow Warrior was sunk by French intelligence agents in a New
Zealand harbor in 1985 for opposing nuclear testing. The second
Rainbow Warrior was retired this year to become a hospital ship in
2011 Oct 14, Heavy rains
generated by a low-pressure system hammered Central America for a
third day. Mudslides and swollen rivers have already killed 36
people. At least 21 people have been killed in Guatemala, 6 in
Honduras, and 4 in Nicaragua.
2011 Oct 14, In Honduras masked
gunmen opened fire on four luxury SUVs as they left the parking lot
the San Pedro Sula airport in the north, killing six men and
wounding another three. Authorities say Mexico's Sinaloa and Zetas
drug cartels operate cocaine-trafficking routes in northern and
2011 Oct 14, In India Uttar
Pradesh chief minister Mayawati (55), a powerful politician known as
the "Dalit Queen," opened a huge memorial complex to herself and
other low-caste icons as opponents slammed her extravagance. The
vast sums Mayawati has spent on marble, granite and sandstone statue
parks, scattered around the poverty-hit state, has appalled critics.
2011 Oct 14, Israel unveiled
plans to build 2,610 units on disputed Jerusalem land. The project
would nearly cut Arab neighborhoods of East Jerusalem from West Bank
(SFC, 10/15/11, p.A2)
2011 Oct 14, Japan's Olympus
Corp fired Michael Woodford (51), its CEO and president, blaming the
Briton in unusually blunt terms for trying to shake up 92 years of
the firm's management culture. The 30-year Olympus veteran only
became president in April and CEO this month with glowing reports on
2011 Oct 14, Libya's new regime
forces launched an intensive assault on two areas of fallen
strongman Moamer Kadhafi's hometown of Sirte, bombarding his
diehards with artillery, mortars and rockets. At least four people
were killed and 46 wounded. Pro-Kadhafi gunmen took on fighters
loyal to the National Transitional Council (NTC) in Abu Salim, a
district around 10 km (six miles) south of Tripoli city center. 2
Kadhafi loyalists and one NTC fighter were killed while another 30
people were wounded.
2011 Oct 14, Malawi agreed to
allow back into the country new Zambian President Michael Sata, who
had been deported four years ago while still head of the Zambian
opposition. Malawi also agreed to allow back Britain's ambassador,
who was expelled in April after criticizing President Bingu wa
2011 Oct 14, In northeastern
Nigeria suspected members of the Boko Haram radical Muslim sect shot
and killed a policeman in Maiduguri.
2011 Oct 14, In northwestern
Pakistan a US drone strike killed four militants, the third such
attack in 48 hours. The strike killed three Egyptians linked to the
Haqqani network, including one who played a key role in handling the
militant group's finances.
(AFP, 10/14/11)(AP, 10/16/11)
2011 Oct 14, Puerto Rico's
Corrections Department said it plans to dismiss 97 officers and
suspend more than 100 others who face charges of drug consumption,
contraband smuggling and unjustified absences.
2011 Oct 14, Slovak President
Ivan Gasparovic said he will dismiss PM Iveta Radicova's coalition
government. It had lost a parliamentary confidence vote on Oct 11.
2011 Oct 14, Somali lawmaker
Mohamed Ananug lost his legs in a bomb blast whilst driving a car in
2011 Oct 14, Syrian forces
killed 11 people as they fired on rallies supporting army defectors
opposed to a crackdown that the UN said has killed more than 3,000
people. Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights,
warned that the unrelenting crackdown by the government of President
Bashar Assad could worsen unless further action is taken.
(AP, 10/14/11)(AP, 10/15/11)
2011 Oct 14, Tunisian
extremists fire-bombed the home of a TV station chief, hours after
militants protesting its broadcast of a film they say violated
Islamic values clashed with police in the streets of Tunis.
2011 Oct 14, In Venezuela
activists reported that inmates at Tocuyito prison took more than 50
guards and other prison workers hostage. 25 were released on Oct 23.
15 more were released on Oct 24. Twelve remaining prison employees,
mostly women, were released on Oct 25 after authorities vowed to
transfer hundreds of prisoners to another facility.
(AP, 10/24/11)(AP, 10/25/11)
2011 Oct 14, An American drone
strike in southern Yemen killed 9 al-Qaida-linked militants,
including Egyptian-born Ibrahim al-Banna, the media chief for the
group's Yemeni branch, and Abdul-Rahman al-Awlaki (21), the son of a
prominent US-born cleric slain in a similar attack last month. On
Oct 31 Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula denied the death of its
(AP, 10/15/11)(AFP, 10/30/11)
2011 Oct 14, Zambia's new
President Michael Sata vowed to beef up anti-corruption laws and to
investigate allegations of wrongdoing by the previous government, in
his first address to parliament.
2012 Oct 14, The US CDC said 15
people have died and 205 people in 14 states have now been infected
meningitis traced to contaminated steroid shots mixed by a pharmacy
in Framingham, Mass.
(SFC, 10/15/12, p.A4)
2012 Oct 14, Arlen Specter
(b.1930), Pennsylvania's longest-serving US senator and prominent
Republican moderate in Congress, died at his home in Philadelphia.
(AP, 10/15/12)(SFC, 10/15/12, p.A4)
2012 Oct 14, Afghan
counternarcotics police poured gasoline on more than 24 tons of
narcotics and other illegal substances, then set the pile ablaze on
the outskirts of Kabul.
2012 Oct 14, In Algeria Inalg
Bekkai Boualem, also known as Khaled El Mig, the head of external
relations for AQIM, was killed. Over the next two weeks, four other
suspected AQIM militants were ambushed and killed by security forces
following tipoffs from the local Berber population in the Kabylie
2012 Oct 14, Austrian daredevil
Felix Baumgartner plummeted into the record books, breaking the mark
for highest-ever skydive after leaping from a balloon more than 24
miles above New Mexico and going supersonic at Mach 1.24, or 833.9
(SFC, 10/15/12, p.A5)
2012 Oct 14, Belgium held
municipal elections. Early results showed widespread gains for a
separatist party that is seeking autonomy for the wealthy
Dutch-speaking region of northern Flanders.
2012 Oct 14, Nicholas Mockford
(60), a British national and executive for ExxonMobil living in
Belgium, was shot dead as he left an Italian restaurant in
Neder-over-Heembeek. Helmeted assailants escaping on a motorcycle.
2012 Oct 14, Britain's Ministry
of Defense said five Royal Marines have been charged with murder
over a death in Afghanistan last year. They are the first British
troops to be charged with murder in the country since deployments
began in 2001.
2012 Oct 14, In Colombia a FARC
bomb killed a man and his 3-year-old son.
(Econ, 10/20/12, p.35)
2012 Oct 14, Iranian officials
denied any role in recent online attacks against oil and gas
companies in the Persian Gulf and denounced American allegations of
an Iranian link to the Shamoon virus that hit Saudi state oil
company Aramco and Qatari natural gas producer RasGas.
(SFC, 10/15/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 14, Israeli aircraft
struck militants planning a rocket attack in the Gaza Strip. The
airstrikes killed three more militants.
2012 Oct 14, Libya's Congress
elected Ali Zidan (b.1950), a human rights lawyer, as interim prime
minister, a week after his predecessor was sacked for failing to
present a Cabinet line-up that political factions could agree on.
Zidan was a diplomat under Gadhafi before defecting in the 1980s and
joining Libya's oldest opposition movement, National Front for the
Salvation of Libya, from Geneva where he lived.
2012 Oct 14, Lithuanians dealt
a double-blow to the incumbent conservative government in national
elections by handing a victory to opposition leftists and populists.
In a referendum nearly two-thirds of voters in the nation of 3
million rejected the idea of a new nuclear facility that could have
made the country a net energy exporter.
2012 Oct 14, Montenegro held
elections. The Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) led by Milo
(Econ, 10/20/12, p.50)
2012 Oct 14, In Niger men in
two Toyota pickup trucks pulled up to a guesthouse in the town of
Dakoro and seized 6 aid workers, 5 from Nigeria and one from Chad.
The abductors were believed to be elements of AQIM. 5 workers were
freed on Nov 3. Their colleague Aime Soulembaye had died of wounds
received during the attack.
(AP, 10/15/12)(AP, 11/3/12)
2012 Oct 14, In northern
Nigeria gunmen attacked Dogon Dawa village in Kaduna state killing
at least 30 people. The attacked appeared to be between Muslim
farmers and Muslim nomadic cattlemen. In Benue state herdsmen burned
a village of the Christian Tiv people. Police blamed the killings on
land disputes between the two groups.
(SFC, 10/15/12, p.A2)(AP, 10/17/12)
2012 Oct 14, In Pakistan over
100 militants attacked a police station in the northwest near
Peshawar, killing six policemen. Two of the killed policemen were
2012 Oct 14, In Pakistan tens
of thousands rallied in Karachi in support of Malala Yousufzai, a
14-year-old girl who was shot and critically wounded by the Taliban
for promoting girls' education and criticizing the militant group.
2012 Oct 14, Russia held local
elections. President Vladimir Putin's loyalists swept to victory in
most local election races that were marred by opposition claims of
(AP, 10/14/12)(AP, 10/15/12)
2012 Oct 14, Syrian gunmen
fired on a bus transporting workers to a blanket factory, killing
four and wounding eight. Syrian refugee Mustafa Ali Kassim (24) died
of shrapnel wounds inflicted when the Syrian army opened fire at his
group of 229 Syrian refugees while crossing a border fence into
Jordan before dawn. U.S.-based Human Right Watch said it has
obtained new evidence that Syrian troops are using cluster bombs —
widely banned munitions that pose a grave risk to civilians because
they burst into bomblets over large areas and often linger on the
ground, detonating only when touched.
2012 Oct 14, Turkish Foreign
Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced that Turkey is barring Syrian
civilian flights from Turkey's airspace, a day after Syria issued
such a ban for Turkish commercial aircraft.
2013 Oct 14, Three Americans
won the Nobel prize for economics for developing methods to study
trends in stock, bond and house prices. Eugene Fama (74) showed in
the 1960s how hard it is to predict markets in the short run; Robert
Shiller (67) two decades later showed how it can be done in the long
run; Lars Peter Hansen (60) developed a statistical method to test
theories of asset pricing.
2013 Oct 14, It was announced
that the $5 million Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African
Leadership, the world's biggest individual prize, has no winner for
the fourth time in five years.
2013 Oct 14, Antigua and
Barbuda PM Baldwin Spencer said citizenship will be sold to int’l.
investors. Applications were already being accepted.
(SFC, 10/15/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 14, Australia’s Rio
Tinto said the annual sale of its rare pink-hued diamonds attracted
unprecedented interest with at least two of the stones fetching
record prices of over $2 million.
2013 Oct 14, China said it
would give rewards amounting to 5 billion yuan ($816.91 million) for
curbing air pollution in six regions where the problem is serious,
underscoring government concern about a source of public anger.
2013 Oct 14, French President
Francois Hollande, on a visit to South Africa, announced the signing
with South Africa of a $2-billion pact for a thermal power plant in
2013 Oct 14, French authorities
detained Davit Kezerashvili, a former Georgian defence minister,
wanted in his homeland on corruption charges. Kezerashvili, who also
headed the financial police, was charged in January with taking a
bribe of $12 million (nine million euros) to facilitate alcohol
smuggling in the ex-Soviet nation.
2013 Oct 14, Germany blocked
the introduction of tougher EU emissions rules for cars. A week
earlier Chancellor Angela Merkel's party received a large donation
from three major BMW shareholders.
2013 Oct 14, The Indian coast
guard rescued 17 sailors whose cargo ship sank during Cyclone
Phailin. At least 43 people were killed by the storm.
(AP, 10/14/13)(SSFC, 10/20/13, p.A4)
2013 Oct 14, A large blast
exploded near a Libyan Islamist stronghold east of Tripoli, killing
at least two people.
2013 Oct 14, A Malaysian court
ruled that a Christian newspaper may not use the word "Allah" to
refer to God, a landmark decision on an issue that has fanned
religious tension and raised questions over minority rights in the
mainly Muslim country.
2013 Oct 14, In the Philippines
more than 1.5 million people converged on Manila for a powerful
Christian sect's evangelical event, causing traffic chaos that shut
down large parts of the megacity. The gathering of the secretive and
politically influential Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) forced
all schools and some government offices to close.
2013 Oct 14, Russian police
swept through a vegetable warehouse earlier targeted by rioters,
rounding up over a thousand migrant workers, checking their
documents and loading them onto waiting vans to be investigated for
criminal activity on the southern outskirts of Moscow.
2013 Oct 14, In Saudi Arabia
some 2 million Muslims from nearly 200 countries gathered around
Mount Arafat at the start of the annual hajj pilgrimage.
2013 Oct 14, In Syria a car
bombing in Darkoush, a rebel-held northwestern town, killed at least
27 people and wounded dozens, setting cars on fire and sending
people running in panic.
2013 Oct 14, In Syria a 40-foot
bronze statue of Jesus went up on the Cherubim mountain, apparently
under cover of a truce among three factions in the country's civil
2014 Oct 14, The US Supreme
Court blocked Texas from enforcing key parts of a 2013 law that
would close all but eight of the state’s abortion clinics.
(SFC, 10/15/14, p.A9)
2014 Oct 14, Facebook founder
Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan donated $25 million to
the CDC Foundation to help fight Ebola.
(SFC, 10/15/14, p.A1)
2014 Oct 14, In North Carolina
Patrick Cannon (49), the former mayor of Charlotte, was sentenced to
almost four years in jail for taking bribes from undercover federal
(SFC, 10/15/14, p.A9)
2014 Oct 14, In Texas a federal
appeals court temporarily rein stated the state’s voter ID law.
(SFC, 10/15/14, p.A9)
2014 Oct 14, The price of Brent
crude oil fell $4 to $85 a barrel. Its price had peaked in June at
$15 per barrel.
(Econ, 10/18/14, p.73)
2014 Oct 14, In Afghanistan 2
civilians were killed in a roadside bomb blast in Kabul. A car
bombing during a local security force operation In Khost province
left 3 suicide bombers and 8 soldiers dead. In Helmand province
gunmen ambushed and killed Nad Ali district chief Mohammad Anwar
Khan and his guard. Anis Haqqani, a brother of the Haqqani network's
leader, and Hafiz Rashid, who allegedly helped equip suicide bombers
and select targets for attacks, were detained in Khost province in a
special Afghan operation.
(AP, 10/14/14)(AP, 10/15/14)(AP, 10/16/14)
2014 Oct 14, Bahraini
authorities ordered pro-democracy activist Zainab al-Khawaja to be
detained for questioning for seven days after a judge accused her of
insulting King Hamad by tearing up his picture.
2014 Oct 14, Brazilian police
in Rio de Janeiro said they have arrested 47 people in an operation
to dismantle a ring of illegal abortion clinics following the recent
deaths of two women who sought to end their pregnancies. Police said
arrest warrants have been issued for another 28 people suspected of
being part of the ring.
2014 Oct 14, British
counterterrorism police arrested six people in raids across southern
England reflecting heightened concern that the rise of the Islamic
State has helped foment Jihadism.
(SFC, 10/15/14, p.A2)
2014 Oct 14, In southwest China
8 people died in a clash between construction workers and villagers
in Jinning county, Yunnan province, over a land dispute. 4 of the
construction workers were burned to death.
(Reuters, 10/15/14)(SFC, 10/17/14, p.A2)
2014 Oct 14, In the Czech Rep.
a woman, diagnosed with schizophrenia, stabbed a male student (16)
to death and wounded two girls and a police negotiator in a rampage
at a secondary school in Zdar nad Sazavou. The woman had already
stabbed a teacher in an elementary school canteen full of children
near Ostrava in May 2012.
2014 Oct 14, French Foreign
Minister Laurent Fabius and South African Tina Joematt Pettersson
signed an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in nuclear
energy development which is necessary for any commercial deal.
2014 Oct 14, Hundreds of Hong
Kong police used sledgehammers and chainsaws to tear down barricades
erected by pro-democracy protesters near government offices and the
financial center, reopening a major road for the first time in two
2014 Oct 14, The WTO said India
broke World Trade Organization rules by blocking US poultry imports
because of unsubstantiated bird flu fears.
2014 Oct 14, In Iraq a suicide
car bomb killed at least 18 people and wounded 51 others at a
checkpoint entrance to the Shi'ite neighborhood of Kadhimiya in
Baghdad. Another roadside bomb blew up on a busy street in al-Qahira
district of northern Baghdad, killing three passersby.
2014 Oct 14, Israel opened the
border to the first post-war truckloads of rebuilding material for
2014 Oct 14, The Liberian
government threatened to fire doctors and nurses who are on strike
demanding danger money to care for Ebola patients in the country
worst hit by the epidemic.
2014 Oct 14, Mexican
authorities said none of the bodies recently found in five mass
graves in Guerrero state belonged to 43 college students missing
since Sep 26.
(SFC, 10/16/14, p.A2)
2014 Oct 14, In Nepal a
snowstorm and avalanche in the Himalayas killed at least 39 trekkers
and guides, on the popular Annapurna hiking route. 3 yak herders
were also reported killed in another avalanche while grazing their
animals. Rescue operations ended on Oct 20 with 407 people brought
(AFP, 10/15/14)(AFP, 10/18/14)(AP, 10/20/14)
2014 Oct 14, In Saudi Arabia a
US national was shot dead and another wounded in Riyadh. Police
later shot and wounded an assailant and then arrested him.
2014 Oct 14, At least 10 Syrian
soldiers were killed in clashes with Islamic State group jihadists
in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor. At least 12 people killed in
Syrian regime air strikes on the Ain Tarma area outside the capital
Damascus. The regime also carried out air strikes against Irbin,
where at least 5 people were killed.
2014 Oct 14, In Tanzania 2
women were hacked to death by men who accused them of casting spells
that made them sexually impotent in the village of Ihugi, Shinyanga
2014 Oct 14, Thailand's Cabinet
approved a ban on the import of hookah-style water pipes and
electronic cigarettes, copying a similar move by neighboring
Cambodia earlier this year.
2014 Oct 14, In Ukraine 7
civilians died and 17 were injured when shells exploded near a
funeral procession in a suburb of the eastern city of Mariupol. 7
soldiers had died over the last 24 hours as forces outside the city
were attacked with artillery from the east. Clashes broke out
between demonstrators and police in front of the parliament in Kiev
as deputies inside repeatedly voted down proposals to recognize a
contentious World War II-era Ukrainian partisan group as national
2014 Oct 14, In Yemen Shiite
rebels seized the strategic port city of Hudeida to widen their
fast-expanding zone of control. Shiite rebels clashed with Al-Qaeda
militants in Rada (Raad), leaving 12 dead.
(AFP, 10/14/14)(AFP, 10/15/14)
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