1323 Oct 16, Amadeus V the
Great, count of Flanders and Savoy, died at 74.
1384 Oct 16, The Polish
princess Hedwig was crowned King Jadwiga (d.1399) at age 10. She was
crowned as king to make it clear that she was a ruler, not a
p.A10)(SSFC, 10/2/11, p.N4)
1492 Oct 16, Columbus' fleet
anchored at "Fernandina" (Long Island, Bahamas).
1551 Oct 16, Edward Seymour,
Duke of Somerset, was re-arrested.
1553 Oct 16, Lucas Cranach the
elder (b.1472), German painter and graphic artist, died at 81. His
work included "Madonna and Child in a Landscape."
(TL-MB, 1988, p.13)(WUD, 1994,
1555 Oct 16, Hugh Latimer (80),
Protestant royal chaplain of Anne Boleyn, was burned at stake at
Oxford for heresy under the Catholic rule of Mary, half-sister of
1555 Oct 16, Nicholas Ridley,
Protestant English theologian and bishop of Rochester, was burned at
Oxford for heresy under the Catholic rule of Mary, half-sister of
1590 Oct 16, Carlo Gesualdo
(~1566-1613), prince of Venosa, murdered his bride and her lover
after catching them in flagrante delicto. In 1995 Werner Herzog
covered this in his purported documentary “Death for Five Voices."
In 2010 Glenn Watkins authored “The Gesualdo Hex: Music, Myth, and
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlo_Gesualdo)(Econ, 1/23/10, p.79)
1594 Oct 16, William Allen
(62), English cardinal and founder of the seminary of Douai, died.
1621 Oct 16, Jan Pieterszoon
Sweelinck, organist and composer, died at about 59.
1679 Oct 16, Jan Dismas
Zelenka, composer, was born.
1701 Oct 16, Yale University
was founded as The Collegiate School of Kilingworth, Connecticut by
Congregationalists who considered Harvard too liberal. [see Oct 9]
1708 Oct 16, Albrecht von
Haller, Swiss experimental physiologist, was born.
1710 Oct 16, British troops
occupied Port Royal, Nova Scotia.
1758 Oct 16, Noah Webster
(d.1843), US teacher lexicographer and publisher, was born in
Hartford, Conn. He wrote the “American Dictionary of the English
(AHD, 1971, p.1452)(AP, 10/16/08)
1793 Oct 16, During the French
Revolution, Marie Antoinette was beheaded. Prosecutors claimed she
had sexually abused her son and financially abused the French
Monarchy. In mourning for her husband, Louis XVI, who had been
guillotined the previous January, clad in rags, her once-dazzling
locks shorn by the executioner's assistant, she even suffered the
indignity of a crude sketch by the great French painter, Jacques
Louis David. Antoinette bore herself with a regal indifference to
her martyrdom. Madame Tussaud used her severed head as a model for
her wax bust death mask. In 2001 Antonia Fraser authored "Marie
Antoinette: The Journey."
(SFEC, 11/17/96, p.T5)(AP, 10/16/97)(WSJ,
1797 Oct 16, Lord Cardigan,
leader of the famed Light Brigade which was decimated in the Crimean
War, who eventually had a jacket named after him, was born.
1810 Oct 16, Rabbi Nachman
(b.1772) of Bratslav died and was buried in Uman, Ukraine. Nachman
was renowned for his mystical interpretations of Jewish texts and
his belief that higher spirituality could be achieved through a
combination of prayer, meditation and good deeds. On his deathbed,
he is said to have promised to be an advocate for anyone who would
come and pray beside his tomb.
1813 Oct 16-19, In the Battle
at Leipzig (aka Battle of the Nations) Napoleon faced Prussia,
Austria and Russia and suffered one of his worst defeats.
(DoW, 1999, p.325)
1821 Oct 16, Albert Franz
Doppler, composer, was born.
1825 Oct 16, Thomas Turpin
Crittenden (d.1905), Brig. Gen. (Union volunteers), was born.
1829 Oct 16, In Boston, Mass.,
the Tremont House, designed by Isaiah Rogers, opened as a hotel and
continued to about 1895. The four-story, neoclassical building was
the first modern hotel in America.
1834 Oct 16, In London the
Houses of Parliament caught fire and many historic documents were
burned. Artist J.M.W. Turner created two oil paintings of the
burning of the Houses of Parliament.
1846 Oct 16, Sulphurous ether
was first administered in public at the Massachusetts General
Hospital in Boston by dentist Dr. William Thomas Green Morton during
an operation performed by Dr. John Collins Warren. Morton was the
1st to take public credit for the use of ether in a medical
procedure and applied for a patent on its use, which was later
nullified. In 2001 Julie M. Fenster authored “Ether Day," an account
of Dr. Morton and ether. [see Sep 30] Oliver Wendall Holmes son
suggested that that the procedure be called “Anesthesia."
(WSJ, 8/21/01, p.A17)(ON, 10/20/11, p.10)
1847 Oct 16, Charlotte Bronte's
book "Jane Eyre" was published by Smith, Elder & Co. under the
pen name Currer Bell. In 2017 John Pfordresher authored “The Secret
History of Jane Eyre: How Charlotte Bronte Wrote her Masterpiece."
1848 Oct 16, The 1st US
homeopathic medical college opened in Pennsylvania.
1849 Oct 16, George Washington
Williams, historian, clergyman and politician, was born.
1854 Oct 16, Abraham Lincoln
delivered a speech in Peoria, Ill., part of a series against
legislation proposed by Sen. Stephen Douglas that would allow
settlers to decide the status of slavery in Kansas and Nebraska. In
2008 Lewis E. Lehrman authored “Lincoln at Peoria: The Turning
(WSJ, 7/26/08, p.W9)
1854 Oct 16, Oscar Wilde (born
as Fingal O'Flahertie Wills, d.1900), dramatist, poet, novelist and
critic, was born in Dublin. His work included “The Picture of Dorian
Gray." "Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write
it." [see 1856-1900]
(HN, 10/16/98)(AP, 2/16/99)(MC, 10/16/01)
1859 Oct 16, On Sunday evening
radical abolitionist John Brown and a tiny army of five black and 13
white supporters seized the Federal arsenal at Harper's Ferry,
Virginia (now West Virginia). Convinced that local slaves would rise
up behind him, Brown planned to establish a new republic of
fugitives in the Appalachian Mountains. Brown's plans immediately
went awry when the expected slave rebellion did not happen and the
townspeople trapped Brown's men inside the engine house at the
Federal arsenal. Within 24 hours, Brown and his four surviving men
were captured by a force of 90 U.S. Marines under the command of Lt.
Col. Robert E. Lee, pictured here. Brown, quickly convicted of
criminal conspiracy and treason and sentenced to death, was hanged
on December 2, 1859. As he went to the gallows, Brown handed a note
to one of his guards: "I, John Brown, am now quite certain that the
crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with
blood." The incident is the backdrop for George MacDonald Fraser’s
novel "Flashman and the Angel of the Lord." Brown was convicted and
executed at Charlestown for treason against the state of Virginia.
In 2011 Tony Horwitz authored “John Brown and the Raid That Sparked
the Civil War."
(WSJ, 4/10/95, p. A-16)(AP, 10/16/97)(HNPD,
10/16/98)(HNQ, 2/3/00)(SSFC, 10/30/11, p.F4)
1861 Oct 16, The Confederacy
started selling postage stamps.
1863 Oct 16, Grant was given
command of Union forces in West. [see Oct 17]
1868 Oct 16, Denmark ended its
involvement in India by selling the rights to the Nicobar Islands to
(SFC, 11/3/11, p.A2)
1869 Oct 16, A hotel in Boston
became the 1st to have indoor plumbing.
1880 Oct 16, Edward Wolff,
composer, died at 64.
1886 Oct 16, David Ben-Gurion
(d.1973), Israeli statesman, was born in Plonsk, Poland. He was the
1st PM of Israel and served from 1948-53 and in 1955.
(HN, 10/16/00)(MC, 10/16/01)
1888 Oct 16, Eugene O'Neill
(d.1953), Nobel Prize-winning playwright (1936), was born in NYC.
His work includes “A Long Day's Journey Into Night" and “The Iceman
(AP, 11/27/97)(HN, 10/16/00)(MC, 10/16/01)
1890 Oct 16, Michael Collins
(d.1922), Irish revolutionist, was born.
1891 Oct 16, The "Baltimore
Crisis" was triggered by the stabbing of two United States Navy
sailors from USS Baltimore in front of the "True Blue Saloon" in
Valparaíso. The United States government demanded an apology. Chile
ended the episode when it apologized and paid a $75,000 indemnity.
1898 Oct 16, William O.
Douglas, 81st U.S. Supreme Court Justice (1939-75), was born.
(HN, 10/16/00)(MC, 10/16/01)
1901 Oct 16, President Theodore
Roosevelt incited controversy by inviting black leader Booker T.
Washington to the White House.
1904 Oct 16, The Russian Baltic
fleet under Rear-Admiral Zinovi Rozhestvensky departed to lift the
Japanese blockade at Port Arthur, Manchuria.
(ON, 5/04, p.6)
1906 Oct 16, Cleanth Brooks,
Kentucky-born writer and educator, was born.
1908 Oct 16, The first airplane
flight in England was made at Farnsborough, by Samuel Cody, a U.S.
1914 Oct 16, In San Francisco
the last spike of the Overfair Railway was driven for the 1915
Panama-Pacific Exposition. The miniature rail project to carry
visitors around the fair was led by Oakland millionaire Louis Mac
Dermot (d.1948). In 1979 Albert Smith, railroad buff and graduate of
Cal Poly, acquired the Overfair steam locomotives, after inheriting
Orchard Supply Hardware, and set them up on his Swanton Pacific
Ranch. The ranch and railroad were left to Cal Poly following
Smith’s death in 1993.
(SFC, 12/29/14, p.C2)
1915 Oct 16, San Francisco’s
Panama-Pacific Expo celebrated “Tobacco Day." A “pipe of peace"
festival took place in the Court of the Universe.
(SSFC, 10/11/15, p.54)
1915 Oct 16, Great Britain
declared war on Bulgaria.
1916 Oct 16, Margaret Higgins
Sanger opened the first birth control clinic at 46 Amboy St. in
Brooklyn. She spent 30 days in jail when she opened America's first
birth control clinic. Sanger coined the term "birth control" and
made the cause a worldwide movement. After opening her clinic in
Brooklyn, she was jailed for creating a public nuisance. Born in
Corning, New York, on September 14, 1883, Sanger died in 1966.
(AP, 10/16/97)(HNQ, 9/11/98)
1916 Oct 16, The Philippine
Commission was abolished and the Philippine Legislature was
inaugurated. It consisted of the Senate and the House of
Representatives. Native legislators were 1st elected but the US
governors general remained in charge for years.
1918 Oct 16, Felix Arndt,
composer, died at 29.
1919 Oct 16, Kathleen Winsor,
writer, was born. Her work includes “Forever Amber."
1923 Oct 16, Walt Disney and
his brother Roy O. Disney founded The Disney Company.
(MC, 10/16/01)(WSJ, 2/13/04, p.A8)
1923 Oct 16, John Harwood
patented a self-winding watch in Switzerland.
1925 Oct 16, Angela Lansbury,
actress (Jessica-Murder She Wrote), was born in London, England.
1925 Oct 16, The Texas School
Board prohibited the teaching of evolution.
1926 Oct 16, A troop ship sank
in the Yangtze River killing 1,200.
1927 Oct 16, Günter Grass,
novelist, playwright, painter and sculptor, was born in Danzig,
Germany. He is best known for his first novel “The Tin Drum."
(HN, 10/1/00)(MC, 10/16/01)
1928 Oct 16, Benjamin Strong
(b.1872), American economist and 14-year head of the US Federal
Reserve of New York, died in NYC.
1930 Oct 16, Dan Pagis,
Romanian-born Israeli poet, was born.
1932 Oct 16, Henry Jay Lewis,
conductor and bass player (LA Philharmonic 1955-59), was born in LA,
1934 Oct 16, Mao Tse-tung
decided to abandon his base in Kiangsi due to attacks from Chiang
Kai-shek's Nationalists. With his pregnant wife and about 30,000 Red
Army troops, he set out on the "Long March." In late 1935, with
8,000 survivors, he reached Hanoi in northwest China, and
established Chinese Communist headquarters. In 2006 Andrew McEwen
and Ed Jocelyn authored “The Long March: The Story Behind the
Legendary Journey That Made Mao’s China." Also in 2006 Sun Shuyun
authored “The Long March."
1938 Oct 16, Billy the Kid, a
ballet by Aaron Copland, opened in Chicago.
1938 Oct 16, In San Francisco
the new Aquatic Park was officially opened at the end of Polk St.
and Van Ness Ave after 7 years of work and $1 million in costs.
(SSFC, 9/22/13, DB p.46)
1939 Oct 16, The comedy "The
Man Who Came to Dinner," by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, opened
(AP, 10/16/99)(WSJ, 8/2/00, p.A20)
1939 Oct 16, Charlotte Maxeke
(b.1871), South African social worker and activist, died in
Johannesburg. She was the first black South African woman to receive
a college degree (Ohio’s Wilberforce University, 1901).
1940 Oct 16, Benjamin O. Davis
became the U.S. Army’s first African American Brigadier General.
1940 Oct 16, The 1st lottery
for US WW II draftees was held; #158 drawn 1st.
1940 Oct 16, The Warsaw Ghetto
was formed by Nazi SS troops.
1941 Oct 16, Germany advanced
within 60 miles of Moscow.
1941 Oct 16, Antanas Gustaitis
(b.1898), Lithuanian aviation engineer, was shot to death in Moscow.
He had designed 9 ANBO airplanes.
1942 Oct 16, The ballet
"Rodeo," with music by Aaron Copland and choreography by Agnes de
Mille, premiered at New York's Metropolitan Opera House.
1942 Oct 16, In India a cyclone
devastated Bengal and about 40,000 lives were lost.
1943 Oct 16, Chicago Mayor
Edward J. Kelly officially opened the city’s new subway system
during a ceremony at the State and Madison street station.
1943 Oct 16, In Italy the Nazi
SS police and Waffen SS began rounding up the Jews of Rome. There
was an anti Jewish riot in Rome as the Jewish quarter was surrounded
by Nazis, and Jews were evacuated to Auschwitz. Pope Pius XII made
no public protest, though he did send some messages of disapproval
through intermediaries. In total, nearly 8,000 Italian Jews died in
concentration camps in World War II.
(WSJ, 10/18/99, p.A46)(AFP, 10/27/18)
1944 Oct 16, In Hungary the
Horthy government fell as Adolf Eichmann returned to Budapest and
immediately ordered the resumption of the Jewish deportation
program. Ferenc Szalasi (1897-1946) became the prime minister.
1944 Oct 16, Ferencz Szalasi,
leader of the extremist right-wing organization Arrow Cross, was put
in charge of the Hungary by the occupying Germans when the Hungarian
government sought an armistice with the Soviet Union. Thousands of
Jews from Budapest were murdered on the banks of the Danube as the
pro-Nazi Arrow Cross party took power. In 2019 divers from ZAKA,
Israeli volunteer group, began scanning the bottom of the Danube
with an underwater sonar near a Budapest bridge where some remains
were recovered several years earlier.
(HNQ, 5/7/99)(Reuters, 1/15/19)
1946 Oct 16, Ten Nazi war
criminals condemned during the Nuremberg trials were hanged. The
defendants included: Luftwaffe commander Hermann Göring, who was
sentenced to death but committed suicide the morning of the
execution; former deputy Führer Rudolph Hess, sentenced to life
imprisonment; Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop, hanged; head
of the armed forces high command Wilhelm Keitel, hanged; writer and
"philosopher" of National Socialism Alfred Rosenberg; U-boat Admiral
Karl Dönitz, 10-year imprisonment; Grand Admiral Erich Raeder, life
imprisonment; Hitler Youth leader Baldur von Shirach, 20-year
imprisonment; procurer of slave labor Fritz Sauckel, hanged; and
Alfred Jodl, chief of staff of the German high command, hanged. The
hanging was badly botched as most Nazis slowly strangle to death.
Also hanged were: Hans Frank, Governor-General of occupied Poland;
Wilhelm Frick, Hitler's Minister of the Interior; Julius Streicher,
rabid anti-Semite editor of Der Sturmer; Arthur Seyss-Inquart (54),
Nazi leader of occupied Holland; Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Austrian Nazi
and SS leader.
(AP, 10/16/97)(HN, 10/16/98)(HNPD, 10/20/99)
1947 Oct 16, Balys Sruoga,
Lithuanian writer, died. He wrote many dramatic works poetry during
his life, but his best known work is the novel "The Forest of Gods"
(Dievų miškas), based on his own life experiences as a prisoner in
Nazi German concentration camps, where he was sent in March 1943
together with other forty-seven Lithuanian intellectuals.
1948 Oct 16, Moscow Jews held a
demonstration honoring Israeli ambassador Golda Meir.
1951 Oct 16, Pakistan’s PM
Liaquat Ali Khan (b.1896), son of a Punjabi prince, was assassinated
in Rawalpindi, ushering in a period of political instability.
1953 Oct 16, Fidel Castro in
Havana was sentenced to 15 years.
1957 Oct 16, Britain's Queen
Elizabeth II and Prince Philip began a visit to the United States
with a stopover at the site of the Jamestown settlement in Virginia.
1958 Oct 16, Tim Robbins, West
Covina, Ca., actor (Bull Durham, Shawshank Redemption), was born.
1962 Oct 16, The Cuban missile
crisis began as President Kennedy was informed that reconnaissance
photographs had revealed the presence of missile bases in Cuba.
1964 Oct 16, The New York
Yankees fired manager Yogi Berra one day after their World Series
loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.
1964 Oct 16, Harold Wilson
(d.1995) of the Labor Party assumed office as prime minister of
Britain, succeeding Conservative Sir Alec Douglas-Home. Wilson’s
Labor government took over from Harold MacMillan’s Conservatives.
The election was about 13 wasted Tory years and Wilson’s promised
“white heat of technology".
(AP, 10/16/99)(WSJ, 7/26/00, p.A26)(Econ,
1964 Oct 16, Red China
detonated its first atomic bomb, codenamed "596," on the Lop Nur
Test Ground, and became the world's 4th nuclear power.
(TMC, 1994, p.1964)(AP, 10/16/07)
1965 Oct 16, The world’s first
acid rock dance was held at Longshoreman’s Hall. Top band on the
bill was the Charlatan’s with Dan Hicks, a house band from the Red
Dog Saloon in Virginia City. The Jefferson Airplane also made its
first concert appearance. Alton Kelley (1940-2008) and 3 other
people, under the name Family Dog, staged the dance concert.
1966 Oct 16, Joan Baez and 123
other anti-draft protestors were arrested in Oakland.
1968 Oct 16, American athletes
Tommie Smith and John Carlos (23) sparked controversy at the Mexico
City Olympics by giving "black power" salutes during a victory
ceremony after they'd won gold and bronze medals in the 200-meter
race. In 2011 John Carlos with Dave Zirin authored “The John Carlos
Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World."
(AP, 10/16/08)(SSFC, 10/9/11, p.G4)
1969 Oct 16, The New York Mets
capped a miraculous season, winning the World Series in Game 5, a
5-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.
1971 Oct 16, H. Rap Brown
(b.1943) was captured following a shootout with police in NYC. He
was charged with inciting a riot and carrying a gun across state
lines. Brown converted to Islam in jail and became Jamil Abdullah
1972 Oct 16, A small plane
disappeared during a flight from Anchorage to Juneau. On board were
Thomas Hale Boggs Sr. (b.1914), US Congressman from Louisiana,
Representative Nick Begich of Alaska, Begich’s aide Russell Brown
and the pilot, Don Jonz. House Resolution 1 of January 3, 1973,
officially recognized Boggs's presumed death and opened the way for
a special election. Boggs’s wife, Lindy Boggs, (1916-2013), won the
special election and served to 1991.
1973 Oct 16, Henry Kissinger,
US Secretary of State (1973-77), and Le Duc Tho were named winners
of the Nobel Peace Prize; however, the Vietnamese official declined
1973 Oct 16, Maynard Jackson
(1938-2003) was the elected 1st black mayor of Atlanta.
1973 Oct 16, Gene Krupa
(b.1909), US jazz and big band drummer, died.
1973 Oct 16, OPEC, the Arab
oil-producing nations, announced they would begin cutting back on
oil exports to Western nations and Japan. The next day, the five
Arab members of the OPEC committee were joined in Kuwait by the oil
ministers of Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, and Syria. The result
was a total embargo that lasted until March 1974 and caused oil
prices to quadruple.
10/17/97)(WSJ, 7/28/03, p.A8)
1975 Oct 16, In East Timor five
Australian journalists were killed when Indonesian troops overran
the border town of Balibo. A 6th died weeks later when Jakarta
launched a full-scale assault on Dili. In 2009 the film “Balibo," by
Australian director Rob Connolly, depicted the killings.
1975 Oct 16, Vittorio Gui
(b.1885), Italian composer (Batture d'aspetto), died.
1976 Oct 16, In Alabama Sheryl
Lynn Payton (24) was abducted, raped and murdered. In 1977 Thomas
Whisenhant (29) was convicted after he confessed to her murder and
that of 2 other convenience store clerks. Whisenhant's original
conviction was overturned by the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals.
He was convicted again at a retrial in 1981. On May 27, 2010,
Whisenhant was executed by lethal injection.
(http://tinyurl.com/39dbsea)(SFC, 5/28/10, p.A8)
1978 Oct 16, The College of
Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church chose Cardinal Wojtyla (58),
Archbishop of Cracow, to become Pope. He took the name John Paul II.
The first non-Italian since Adrian VI of Utrecht died in 1523.
(AP, 10/16/97)(HN, 10/16/98)
1978 Oct 16, An attempted coup
against President Ali Abdullah Saleh of North Yemen was crushed.
1981 Oct 16, Harvey Fierstein's
"Torch Song Trilogy," premiered off-Broadway in NYC.
1981 Oct 16, William Holden
(b.1918), actor (Network), died at 63.
1981 Oct 16, Israeli war hero
Moshe Dayan died in Tel Aviv at age 66.
1982 Oct 16, Hans Selye
(b.1907), pioneering Austrian-Canadian endocrinologist of Hungarian
origin, died in Montreal, Canada. Selye conceptualized the
physiology of stress as having two components: a set of responses
which he called the "general adaptation syndrome", and the
development of a pathological state from ongoing, unrelieved
1982 Oct 16, Mario del Monaco
(b.1915), Italian opera singer, died of kidney disease.
1983 Oct 16, George Liberace
(b.1911), American violinist, died. He was the older brother of
Liberace (1919-1987), the famed pianist.
1984 Oct 16, In France Gregory
Villemin (4) was found drowned in the Vologne River in the eastern
Vosges region with his hands and feet tied. A suspect identified as
“the Crow" was never caught. On June 16, 2017, The great aunt and
uncle of boy were charged with his kidnapping, raising hopes that a
case that has gripped the country could finally be solved.
Jacqueline Jacob (72) and her husband Marcel Jacob (71) were
arrested on June 14 following handwriting analysis of an anonymous
threatening letter sent to Gregory's father in 1983.
(SFC, 6/15/00, p.C3)(AFP, 6/16/17)
1984 Oct 16, Desmond Tutu,
black Anglican Archbishop in South Africa, won the Nobel Peace Prize
for his decades of non-violent struggle for racial equality.
(SFC, 6/23/96, BR, p.32)(AP, 10/16/04)
1985 Oct 16, Intel introduced
its 32-bit 80386 microcomputer chip.
1986 Oct 16, The US government
closed down due to budget problems.
1986 Oct 16, Arthur Grumiaux
(b.1921), Belgian violinist, died at 65.
1986 Oct 16, Ron Arad, an
Israeli airman, was the navigator in a plane that was shot down
while bombing a Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon. He was
reportedly handed over to a Lebanese Shiite group led by Mustafa
Dirani. In 2004 it was reported that Arad died in 1996, sometime
after he was handed by Lebanese fighters to their Iranian sponsors.
In 2008 a Hezbollah report said Arad had escaped from a holding cell
in 1988 and probably died while trying to make his way home through
(SFEC, 11/17/96, p.A14)(AP,
1987 Oct 16, A 58 1/2-hour
drama in Midland, Texas, ended happily as rescuers freed Jessica
McClure, an 18-month-old girl trapped in an abandoned well.
1987 Oct 16, 175-kph winds
caused a blackout in London and much of southern England. At least
13 people died.
1987 Oct 16, In the Persian
Gulf, an Iranian missile hit a re-flagged Kuwaiti ship in the first
direct attack on the tanker fleet guarded by the U.S.
1988 Oct 16, The Los Angeles
Dodgers shut out the Oakland A's, 6-0, in game two of the World
1988 Oct 16, Rescue workers
near Point Barrow, Alaska, continued their efforts to save three
California gray whales trapped in Arctic Ocean ice [see Oct 26].
1989 Oct 16, President Bush
signed an order cutting federal programs by $16.1 billion under the
Gramm-Rudman budget-reduction law.
1990 Oct 16, The Cincinnati
Reds beat the Oakland A’s 7-to-0 in game one of the World Series.
1990 Oct 16, US forces reached
200,000 in Persian Gulf.
1990 Oct 16, Comedian Steve
Martin and his wife, actress Victoria Tennant, visited American GI’s
in Saudi Arabia.
1990 Oct 16, Soviet President
Mikhail S. Gorbachev submitted to the Soviet legislature a
scaled-back plan to transform the Soviet economy to a free-market
1991 Oct 16, In Killeen, Texas,
George Jo Hennard (35) crashed his pickup truck into a Luby's
Cafeteria and opened fire, killing 23 people before taking his own
life. Another 20 people were wounded.
(AP, 10/16/97)(SFC, 4/17/07, p.A8)
1992 Oct 16, The Nobel Peace
prize was awarded to Rigoberta Menchu, a Guatemalan Indian who spoke
on behalf of indigenous people and victims of government repression.
1993 Oct 16, The Toronto Blue
Jays defeated the Philadelphia Phillies, 8-5, in game one of the
1993 Oct 16, The U.N. Security
Council endorsed the deployment of U.S. warships to block arms and
oil shipments to Haiti in an attempt to increase pressure on Haiti's
1994 Oct 16, Heavy rains began
drenching southeast Texas, resulting in floods that left 20 dead and
forced 14,000 from their homes in 35 counties.
1994 Oct 16, German Chancellor
Helmut Kohl was elected to a fourth term.
1995 Oct 16, A vast throng of
black men gathered in Washington D.C. for the "Million Man March,"
"A Day of Atonement," led by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
(AP, 10/16/97)(HN, 10/16/98)
1995 Oct 16, In California the
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory released a $450,000 story
that said leaks from underground gas storage tanks were not as bad
as once believed. The tests did not include the effects of MTBE in
leaking into ground water.
(SFC, 9/15/97, p.A9)
1995 Oct 16, Ethnic riots
continued for a second day in Nairobi, capital of Kenya, between the
Luos and the Nubians.
(WSJ, 10/17/95, A1)
1995 Oct 16, Bosnian Serb
leader Karadzic fired four generals for battlefield losses. Appeals
were made to Serbian leader Milosevic for protection.
(WSJ, 10/17/95, A1)
1995 Oct 16-18, Richard
Holbrooke and other international mediators met in Moscow and
traveled to the main capitals of the former Yugoslavia. The US named
the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, as the site for
the peace talks.
(SFC, 10/16/97, p.A12)
1996 Oct 16, The “Day of
Atonement" rally, a one year commemoration of the million-man-march,
was led by Louis Farrakhan near the UN in New York and about 25
(SFC, 10/17/96, A3)
1996 Oct 16, Republican Bob
Dole challenged President Clinton's ethics and honesty in their
1996 Oct 16, In Australia it
was reported that fossilized footprints of a stegosaurus dinosaur
were discovered stolen last week from Aboriginal grounds near
(SFC, 10/16/96, p.A10)
1996 Oct 16, In Australia the
Senate called for self-determination in East Timor and supported
independence from Jakarta. The government had earlier recognized the
incorporation of East Timor into Indonesia.
(SFC, 10/17/96, A11)
1996 Oct 16, The Council of
Europe, a promoter of democracy and human rights admitted Croatia as
its 40th member.
(SFC, 10/17/96, A11)
1996 Oct 16, In Egypt two
girls, 4 & 3, died from bleeding after being circumcised at
their homes by a government doctor.
(SFC, 10/17/96, A11)
1996 Oct 16, Soccer fans at a
World Cup qualifying match trying to squeeze into Mateo Flores
National Stadium in Guatemala City stampeded, killing  84
people. 180 were injured.
(SFC, 10/17/96, A1)(AP, 10/16/97)
1996 Oct 16, In Somalia an
agreement was reached by faction leaders Hussein Aidid, Ali Mahdi
Mohamed and Ali Hassan Osman Atto, to implement a peace accord.
(SFC, 10/17/96, A11)
1997 Oct 16, Pres. Clinton
designated Argentina a “non-NATO ally" during a speech in Buenos
(SFC, 10/17/97, p.A25)
1997 Oct 16, US doctors
reported that a Georgia woman (39) was first to give birth using a
frozen egg in the US. The egg was supplied by a woman (29) and had
been frozen for 25 months before it was thawed and fertilized.
(SFC, 10/17/97, p.A3)(AP, 10/16/98)
1997 Oct 16, In Humboldt
County, Ca., 4 protestors staged a sit-in in the office of
Republican Representative Frank Riggs in Eureka. Sheriff’s deputies
applied pepper spray directly to the eyes of the protestors using
cotton swabs and Q-tips.
(SFC, 10/31/97, p.A15)
1997 Oct 16, James A. Michener,
American novelist, died at 90 in Texas. He wrote some 47 books that
began with “Tales of the South Pacific" in 1947.
(SFC, 10/17/97, p.A1,17)(AP, 10/16/98)
1997 Oct 16, It was reported
that the US Agency for Int’l. Development donated $1 million to
Bosnian Serb Pres. Biljana Plavsic for reconstruction in Banja Luka.
(SFC, 10/16/97, p.A14)
1997 Oct 16, Bosnian Serb
hard-liners launched a guerrilla-style TV broadcast and attacked the
West’s efforts to silence them.
(SFC, 10/17/97, p.D2)
1998 Oct 16, The Nobel Peace
Prize was awarded to John Hume, head of the Irish Catholic Social
Democratic and Labor Party, and to David Trimble, leader of the
Protestant Ulster Unionist Party.
(SFEC, 10/18/98, p.D1)(AP, 10/16/99)
1998 Oct 16, Congress passed
legislation to extend copyrights for corporations to 95 years from
75, and for individuals to 70 years after death, rather than 50. It
became known as the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act. In 2003
the Supreme Court upheld the extension.
(SFC, 10/17/98, p.A1)(NW, 10/21/02, p.40)(SFC,
1998 Oct 16, It was reported
that a growing number of lobsters in Maine were being found sick and
dying from undetermined causes.
(SFC, 10/17/98, p.C1)
1998 Oct 16, In Brazil imports
exceeded exports by over 4% of the economy and the inflation rate
exceeded that of the US. This indicated that the real was overpriced
and that devaluation was needed.
(WSJ, 10/16/98, p.A1)
1998 Oct 16, After receiving a
Spanish extradition warrant, British police arrested former Chilean
dictator Augusto Pinochet in London for questioning about
allegations that he had murdered Spanish citizens during his years
in power. Pinochet was held for 16 months as courts decided whether
he could be extradited to Spain; he was allowed in 2000 to return to
Chile, where a court later held that he could not face charges
because of his deteriorating health and mental condition.
1998 Oct 16, In Colombia red
ants, called “crazy ants" by farmers in the Santander and Boyaca
provinces, had destroyed some 10,000 acres of crops and threatened
an additional 100,000 acres.
(SFC, 10/17/98, p.C1)
1998 Oct 16, In the Republic of
Congo a court indicted 100 members of the recently ousted government
on charges of assassination, torture, rape, fraud and theft.
(SFC, 10/17/98, p.A14)
1998 Oct 16, It was reported
that Bobi Ladawa Mobutu, wife of Mobutu Sese Seko, and son, Nazanga,
had established a Mobutu Family Foundation to carry out charitable
programs in the US and Africa for young Africans. The former
dictator was believed to have taken $10 billion from the Congo.
(SFC, 10/16/98, p.A14)
1998 Oct 16, Lawmakers in
Ecuador and Peru agreed to let their border dispute be resolved by
the US, Brazil, Chile and Argentina.
(SFC, 10/17/98, p.A14)
1998 Oct 16, In Haiti a former
judge, Luckner Pierrex, was arrested for the 1982 slaying of
journalist Richard Brisson.
(SFC, 10/20/98, p.C12)
1998 Oct 16, In Italy Massimo
D’Alema, head of the Democratic Left Party, was asked by Pres.
Scalfaro to form a new government.
(SFC, 10/17/98, p.A13)
1998 Oct 16, In Japan the Diet
approved laws to pump $517 billion in public money into the
country’s cash-strapped banks.
(SFC, 10/17/98, p.A14)
1998 Oct 16, It was reported
that fires in Russia were burning in the Sikhote-Alin wildlife
reserve and threatened Siberian tigers of which only an estimated
(SFC, 10/17/98, p.C1)
1998 Oct 16, Serbian Pres.
Milosevic was given an additional 10 days to withdraw forces from
Kosovo and comply with UN demands.
(SFC, 10/17/98, p.A1)
1999 Oct 16, A New York Air
National Guard plane rescued Dr. Jerri Nielsen from a South Pole
research center after she’d spent five months isolated by the
Antarctic winter, which forced her to treat herself for a breast
1999 Oct 16, Hurricane Irene
rumbled up the East Coast.
1999 Oct 16, A 7.0 earthquake,
centered near Joshua Tree, Ca., struck in the Mohave Desert. An
Amtrak train was derailed, but there were no deaths.
(SFEC, 10/17/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 10/18/99, p.A1)
1999 Oct 16, Jean Shepherd,
radio personality, died in Sanibel, Florida, at age 78. His
syndicated PBS TV programs included "Jean Shepherd's America" and
(SFEC, 10/17/99, p.D10)(AP, 10/16/00)
1999 Oct 16, In Afghanistan the
Taliban rejected the UN ultimatum to surrender Osama bin Laden and
castigated the UN for threatening sanctions.
(SFEC, 10/17/99, p.A22)
1999 Oct 16, The 1st graduate
class of the Kosovo Police Service School was honored in Pristina.
(SFEC, 10/17/99, p.A21)
2000 Oct 16, The New York Mets
beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-to-0 to win the National League
championship series four games to one.
2000 Oct 16, President Clinton
launched a fresh effort to try to cool Middle East tensions at an
emergency summit in Egypt that included Israeli and Palestinian
leaders, as well as the leaders of Egypt and Jordan and U.N.
Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
2000 Oct 16, Louis Farrakhan
planned a one million family march in Washington to seek spiritual
strength and political empowerment. Thousands gathered in the
National Mall to celebrate the American family.
(SFC, 10/14/00, p.A3)(SFC, 10/17/00, p.A3)
2000 Oct 16, Missouri Gov. Mel
Carnahan, his son, Roger Carnahan, and chief of staff Chris Sifford
were killed in a plane crash near St. Louis. Roger Carnahan piloted
the twin-engine Cessna in stormy weather.
(SFC, 10/17/00, p.A1)(SFC, 10/18/00, p.A3)
2000 Oct 16, The Chinese press
endorsed the building of a $12 billion river project to divert water
from the Yangtze north to the Yellow River.
(SFC, 10/19/00, p.C3)
2000 Oct 16, A Middle East
summit was planned to begin at Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt. Violent
demonstrations continued in the West Bank and Gaza and 2
Palestinians were killed.
(SFEC, 10/15/00, p.A1)(SFC, 10/17/00, p.A13)
2000 Oct 16, Israel announced
the kidnapping by Hizbullah of Elchanan Tannenbaum (b.1946), a
colonel in Israel’s reserves. He was kidnapped in Dubai and taken to
Lebanon. Tannenbaum was released in January 2004 as part of a
prisoner swap with Hezbollah. The swap exchanged 435 prisoners held
by Israel in return for Tannenbaum's release and the return of the
bodies of 3 soldiers killed during an ambush along the
2000 Oct 16, In Lagos, Nigeria,
over 100 people died in clashes between Hausas and Yorubas. Most of
the dead were believed to be Hausas.
(SFC, 10/17/00, p.A16)(WSJ, 10/18/00, p.A1)(SFC,
2000 Oct 16, Milosevic allies
agreed to share power until elections. A German newspaper reported
that the Milosevic family had $100 million in foreign accounts with
some of the money from drug trafficking. Swiss authorities had
already frozen 100 bank accounts worth $57 million linked to
Milosevic and his allies.
(WSJ, 10/17/00, p.A1)(SFC, 10/21/00, p.A12)
2000 Oct 16, In Spain Col.
Antonio Munoz Carinanos (58), a military doctor, was killed in
Seville by 3 suspected Basque gunmen. 2 suspects were arrested.
(WSJ, 10/17/00, p.A1)(SFC, 10/18/00, p.A26)
2000 Oct 16, Hundreds rampaged
in eastern Harare over food prices. Opposition leaders called for
the resignation of Pres. Mugabe.
(SFC, 10/17/00, p.A16)(SFC, 10/18/00, p.A26)
2001 Oct 16, A wing of the US
Senate building was closed following confirmation that a letter to
Sen. Tom Daschle, D-S.D., carried anthrax. It was later found that
the anthrax contained the additive bentonite to enhance suspension
in air. 12 Senate offices were closed as hundreds of staffers
underwent anthrax tests.
(SFC, 10/17/01, p.A1)(SFC, 10/25/01, p.A1)(WSJ,
10/26/01, p.A1)(AP, 10/16/02)
2001 Oct 16, Over 100 aircraft
struck targets in Afghanistan and 2 gunships fired on Taliban and al
Qaeda troops. U.S. bombs struck the Red Cross compound in
Afghanistan, injuring a guard.
(WSJ, 10/17/01, p.A1)(AP, 10/16/02)
2001 Oct 16, It was reported
that the US strategy in the bombing of Afghanistan was failing
because it contradicted a Pashtun code of honor known as
Pashtunwali. Central to the code is nang, where death is taught to
be preferable to a life without honor. A 2nd tenet called badal,
revenge, taught that only way to redeem honor is to avenge it. A 3rd
tenet called melmastiya, hospitality, was exploited by Osama bin
Laden as a guest in the country.
(SFC, 10/16/01, p.A17)
2001 Oct 16, US Customs at JFK
found $140,763 in the luggage of Basam Nahshal who was bound for
Yemen. A 2nd man Ali Alfatimi claimed the money was his and was
being smuggled to Yemen as part of his travel business.
(SFC, 10/20/01, p.A5)
2001 Oct 16, Robert Durst
failed to appear for a court hearing in the dismemberment death of
Morris Black (71) in Galveston, Texas. Durst was also a suspect in
the Dec, 2000, shooting death of author Susan Berman. In 1982
Kathleen Durst (29) had disappeared after spending a weekend at the
family cottage in South Salem. Robert Durst, her husband, reported
her missing Feb 5. Durst was arrested Nov 30, 2001, in Bethlehem,
Pa., for shoplifting. A Texas jury acquitted Durst of Black's murder
(SFC, 10/13/01, p.A15)(SFC, 12/1/01, p.A3)(SFC,
2001 Oct 16, Enron Corp.
reported a 3rd quarter loss of $618 million and reduced shareholder
equity by $1.2 billion to account for transactions involving limited
(SSFC, 1/20/02, p.A18)
2001 Oct 16, Etta Jones (72),
jazz vocalist, died in Manhattan.
(SFC, 10/18/01, p.A21)
2001 Oct 16, In Israel PM
Sharon said he would accept the creation of a Palestinian state if
Israeli security needs were met.
(WSJ, 10/17/01, p.A1)
2001 Oct 16, It was reported
that flooding in North Korea had killed at least 81 people and
damaged vast amounts of cropland over the last week. This portended
an 8th year of food shortages.
(WSJ, 10/16/01, p.A1)
2002 Oct 16, President Bush
signed a congressional resolution authorizing war against Iraq.
2002 Oct 16, A Bush
administration official reported that North Korea had told the
United States it has a secret nuclear weapons program in violation
of a 1994 agreement signed with the Clinton administration.
(AP, 10/16/02)(SFC, 10/17/02, p.A1)
2002 Oct 16, The US offered a
compromise proposal at the UN that called for serious consequences
if Iraq does not comply with weapons inspections.
(SFC, 10/17/02, p.A1)
2002 Oct 16, In Baltimore
Angela Dawson (36) burned to death with 4 of her children after a
drug pusher, Darrell Brooks (21), set fire to her home. Carnell
Dawson Sr. (43) died from his burns Oct 23.
(SFC, 10/18/02, p.A3)(SFC, 10/24/02, p.A6)
2002 Oct 16, In Colombia more
than 1,000 police and soldiers backed by helicopter gunships stormed
Comuna 13, a violence-plagued neighborhood in Medellin, exchanging
heavy fire with leftist rebels. Authorities said at least nine
people were killed, including a 16-year-old boy. In 2009 Diego
Fernando Murillo, a Colombian warlord awaiting sentencing in New
York City after pleading guilty to drug-trafficking charges, said
former army chief Gen. Mario Montoya mounted the joint operation
with his illegal, far-right militia.
(AP, 10/16/02)(SFC, 10/17/02,
2002 Oct 16, Egypt inaugurated
the new $230 million Bibliotheca Alexandrina, a modern version of
the ancient library known for a freedom of thought and expression
lacking in today's Middle East. It was funded mostly by Iraq, the
UAR and Saudi Arabia. The planned capacity was 4 million books.
(SFC, 5/30/02, p.D11)(AP, 10/16/02)
2002 Oct 16, Rebels controlling
the northern half of Ivory Coast agreed to a truce with the
government they attempted to overthrow.
2002 Oct 16, In Jamaica Prime
Minister P.J. Patterson's party became the country's first leader
elected to three straight terms. Jamaicans turned out in large
numbers to vote despite pelting rains and concerns of violence in an
election they hoped would revive a sagging economy and ease
2002 Oct 16, The Dutch
government collapsed amid infighting in the List party.
(WSJ, 10/17/02, p.A1)
2002 Oct 16, Paraguay's vice
president Julio Cesar Franco resigned after months of political
feuding, to meet a deadline to run for the presidency.
2003 Oct 16, The New York
Yankees won the American League Championship Series, defeating the
Boston Red Sox 6-5 in Game 7.
2003 Oct 16, Pres. Bush met
with Calif. Gov-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger during a stopover at the
start of a weeklong trip to Asia and Australia.
(ST, 10/17/03, p.A5)
2003 Oct 16, The Bridgeport,
Conn. Diocese announced a $21 million settlement with 40 people who
said they had been molested by priests when they were children.
(SFC, 10/17/03, p.A7)
2003 Oct 16, Alan Mulally, CEO
of Boeing, announced that production of the Boeing 757 would end in
(ST, 10/17/03, p.A1)
2003 Oct 16, In Azerbaijan
rioting protesters clashed with police in the capital, Baku, after
Ilham Aliev was elected to succeed his father as president. At least
2 people were reported killed. The vote was marred by fraud. Closest
rival Isa Gambar had 11% of the vote.
(AP, 10/16/03)(SFC, 10/16/03, p.A3)(ST, 10/17/03,
2003 Oct 16, Canada's 2
conservative parties agreed to unite to give the governing Liberal
Party a competitive race in 2004 national elections.
(SFC, 10/17/03, p.A3)
2003 Oct 16, In northern
Colombia suspected paramilitary gunmen shot and killed Esperanza
Amaris (40), a women's rights activist.
2003 Oct 16, Iraqi police
backed by American tanks forced out the renegade Sadr City council.
(WSJ, 10/20/03, p.A9)
22003 Oct 16, In Iraq 3
American soldiers were killed during a clash at a Shiite Muslim
cleric's headquarters in Karbala.
2003 Oct 16, Laos and Thailand
signed a pact aimed at stamping out border attacks by unknown
(ST, 10/17/03, p.A13)
2003 Oct 16, Malaysian Prime
Minister Mahathir Mohamad told a summit of Islamic leaders that
"Jews rule the world by proxy" and the world's 1.3 billion Muslims
should unite, using nonviolent means for a "final victory."
2003 Oct 16, Palestinian police
arrested 7 suspects in Jebaliya for a deadly attack on US diplomats,
briefly exchanging fire with the militants during a nighttime raid.
The suspects were members of the Popular Resistance Committees, a
group of dozens of armed men from various factions, former members
of the security forces and disgruntled followers of Yasser Arafat.
(AP, 10/16/03)(WSJ, 10/17/03, p.A1)
2003 Oct 16,
The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution aimed at
attracting aid to stabilize Iraq and putting it on the road to
independence. The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI)
was established by a UN Security Council resolution, at the request
of the Iraqi government, and the mission was expanded four years
2003 Oct 16, Pope John Paul II
celebrated his 25th anniversary, reaching a milestone matched by
only three of his predecessors.
2004 Oct 16, In Arizona a
stolen truck filled with suspected illegal immigrants sped away from
deputies and rolled over at a busy intersection near an Army post,
causing an 11-car crash that killed six people and seriously injured
2004 Oct 16, Pierre Salinger
(79), who served as press secretary to US presidents Kennedy and
Johnson, died of a heart attack near his home in Le Thon, France.
2004 Oct 16, Congo Pres. Joseph
Kabila visited northeastern territory formerly held by rebels. The
army claimed to have retaken a village near Zambia and killed at
least 20 militiamen.
2004 Oct 16, In India the
ruling Congress party won power in Maharashtra, a victory that will
boost the fortunes of Italian-born Sonia Gandhi's party and
strengthen PM Manmohan Singh's minority national coalition.
2004 Oct 16, In Iraq a Fallujah
delegation offered to resume peace talks with the government if the
US ceases attacks against the city and releases the chief
negotiator. 2 US Army helicopters crashed in Baghdad and 2 soldiers
(AP, 10/16/04)(SSFC, 10/17/04, p.A3)
2004 Oct 16, Russia’s Soyuz
spacecraft was forced to manually dock with the international space
station after it closed in on the station at a dangerously high
2004 Oct 16, Saudi security
forces captured four suspected militants in the Khaleej neighborhood
2005 Oct 16, The Chicago White
Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-3 to win the American League
Championship Series in five games, their first pennant since 1959.
2005 Oct 16, In Wisconsin a bus
carrying Chippewa Falls High School students home from a band
competition collided with a semi truck, killing five passengers near
2005 Oct 16, In SF Andre
Daniels (31) was robbed and his wife was raped at 73 Brookdale Ave,
in the Sunnyside housing project in Visitacion Valley. Daniels
identified Laron Lewis (26) as one of the assailants and a tip led
police to Damien Ramond (23). On May 20, 2007, Daniels was shot and
killed outside his unit at the Alice Griffith project in the Bayview
district. His death doomed the sexual assault case against Lewis and
(SSFC, 11/23/08, p.A14)
2005 Oct 16, Elmer "Len"
Dresslar Jr. (80), the booming voice of the Jolly Green Giant, died.
2005 Oct 16, Gordon Lee
(b.1933), child actor who played Porky in the “Our Gang" shorts
(Little Rascals), died in Minneapolis, Min. Porky was the little
brother of Spanky McFarland.
(SFC, 10/22/05, p.B5)
2005 Oct 16, Barrington Moore
(b.1913), American political sociologist, died. His work included
“Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in
the Making of the Modern World" (1966). This included his famous
statement "No bourgeoisie, no democracy."
2005 Oct 16, Afghanistan's
election authority announced final results for two of the country's
34 provinces as hundreds of protestors blocked roads in two key
cities alleging fraud in the count. Officials said election
authorities have fired about 50 employees for suspected fraud in
last month's legislative polls. About 3% of votes, have been taken
out of the counting process because of suspicions that they were
(AP, 10/16/05)(AFP, 10/16/05)
2005 Oct 16, In Argentina a
fire apparently set by rebellious inmates swept through a prison
southeast of Buenos Aires, killing at least 17 inmates.
2005 Oct 16, Britain’s Sunday
Telegraph said satellite broadcaster BSkyB will muscle in on the
lucrative Internet broadband market by announcing next week the
takeover of Easynet, the London-listed telecoms company.
2005 Oct 16, In China top US
economic officials, led by Treasury Secretary John Snow and Federal
Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, began talks with their Chinese
counterparts on rancorous economic issues, including Beijing's
currency controls and its huge and growing trade surplus. This is
the 17th meeting of the U.S.-China Joint Economic Commission since
the forum was founded in 1979 to thrash out economic issues.
2005 Oct 16, Iraq's
constitution seemed assured of passage despite strong opposition
from Sunni Arabs, who voted in surprisingly high numbers in an
effort to stop it.
2005 Oct 16, Italy held
primaries to select the center-left's candidate to challenge
conservative Premier Silvio Berlusconi in next year's election.
Former Italian premier Romano Prodi made a sweeping victory in a
(AP, 10/16/05)(AP, 10/17/05)
2005 Oct 16, In Italy
center-left politician Francesco Fortugno was shot as he voted in a
nationwide primary in the small Calabrian town of Locri. In March
2006 police arrested 5 suspects in Reggio Calabria.
(AP, 10/22/05)(AP, 3/21/06)
2005 Oct 16, A Japanese
newspaper reported that the US and Japan have reached a basic
agreement on relocating two US military bases on the southern island
of Okinawa, where the US presence has frequently provoked protests.
2005 Oct 16, Palestinian gunmen
killed three Israelis and wounded five in drive-by attacks near
2005 Oct 16, Alexander
Slesarev, a Russian businessman believed to be the true owner of
Sodbiznesbank, was shot to death outside Moscow along with his wife
and young daughter.
2005 Oct 16, Rebels and
Sudanese forces clashed in North Darfur with artillery fire killing
a number of civilians.
2005 Oct 16, Polish television
broadcast a recorded interview with Pope Benedict XVI, who said that
he planned to visit Poland, the homeland of his predecessor, John
Paul II (it's believed to be the first TV interview by a pope).
2005 Oct 16, In Syria a
pro-democracy group issued the Damascus Declaration for Democratic
National Change. The group came to be called the Damascus
2005 Oct 16, In Tanzania 4
British tourists and a Canadian pilot who were killed in a weekend
plane crash in the western part of the country.
2005 Oct 16, In southern
Thailand about 20 suspected Muslim separatists stormed a monastery,
hacked an elderly Buddhist monk to death and fatally shot two temple
2006 Oct 16, President Bush
personally assured Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki by phone that he had set
no timetable for pulling troops out of Iraq.
2006 Oct 16, A lawyer said
Lester Crawford, former US Food and Drug Administration Commissioner
who resigned last year, will plead guilty to two counts of
misdemeanor over his ownership of stock in companies regulated by
2006 Oct 16, Lynne Stewart, a
firebrand civil rights lawyer, was sentenced in New York to 28
months in prison for helping an imprisoned terrorist sheik
communicate with his followers on the outside.
2006 Oct 16, The US Defense
Dept. said that it would resume mandatory anthrax immunizations for
military personnel serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and South Korea.
(SFC, 10/17/06, p.A11)
2006 Oct 16, California’s Gov.
Schwarzenegger announced that he was planning to set up an
emissions-trading scheme between California and other states to try
to curb the output of greenhouse gases.
(Econ, 10/21/06, p.14)
2006 Oct 16, In southeast Texas
heavy rains and a tornado left 3 people dead.
(WSJ, 10/17/06, p.A1)
2006 Oct 16, Suicide bombers
struck in Afghanistan's two main cities, killing three civilians and
wounding six. Elsewhere, seven suspected militants died in fighting
with coalition and NATO forces.
2006 Oct 16, Australia said it
will ban North Korean ships from entering its ports, toughening its
response to the North's reported nuclear test.
2006 Oct 16, Queen Elizabeth II
kicked off her first-ever visit to the Baltic states as Lithuania’s
PM Gediminas Kirkilas welcomed the British monarch to the northern
2006 Oct 16, The biggest
underwater gas pipeline in the world, transporting gas from Norway
750 miles (1,200 kilometers) under the North Sea to Britain, was
officially opened by PM Tony Blair and PM Jens Stoltenberg.
Construction of the pipeline by Norwegian firm Hydro began in 2004.
The Langeled pipeline is expected to supply one fifth of Britain's
total gas requirements in the coming decades.
2006 Oct 16, In northern China
a fire in a coal mine trapped 28 miners.
2006 Oct 16, A US-based rights
group accused soldiers in Congo's postwar, national-unity army of
abducting civilians and forcing them to serve as personal attendants
and mine workers in the troubled Central African country.
2006 Oct 16, In Costa Rica
several operators of Internet gambling sites known as "sportsbooks"
say their businesses will not be significantly affected by a new US
law prohibiting bank and credit card payments to the sites.
2006 Oct 16, Egypt's President
Hosni Mubarak and Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi held talks on how to
resolve the Darfur crisis in Sudan without intervention from outside
2006 Oct 16, The UN accused
Eritrea of moving 1,500 troops and 14 tanks into a buffer zone
established after a 2 1/2-year border war with Ethiopia in "a major
breach" of a cease-fire agreement reached in 2000.
2006 Oct 16, Guatemala topped
Venezuela in the first round of voting for a UN Security Council
seat, but it failed to get the necessary two-thirds majority to win
a two-year term on the decision-making body. The 192-nation General
Assembly elected South Africa, Indonesia, Italy and Belgium for the
four other open seats in a secret ballot. 10 rounds of voting failed
to anoint a winner to fill the spot reserved for Latin America.
(AP, 10/16/06)(AP, 10/17/06)
2006 Oct 16, In central
Indonesia an unidentified gunman killed a Christian priest, where
religious tensions have been mounting since the executions last
month of three Roman Catholic militants.
2006 Oct 16, Saddam Hussein
issued an open letter, saying Iraq's "liberation is at hand" and
calling for an end to sectarian killings. The brother of the
prosecutor in his genocide trial was shot to death at home, the
latest death linked to proceedings against the deposed leader.
Unidentified gunmen in police uniforms hijacked 13 civilian cars and
abducted their occupants at a checkpoint outside Balad after the
post had shut down for the night. Sunnis fleeing Balad across the
Tigris River to Duluiyah said Shiite police in the city had teamed
up with death squads who killed at least 74 Sunnis. A pair of
roadside bombs exploded near a bank in central Baghdad, killing a
policeman, while the bullet-riddled bodies of eight men were found
dumped around the Iraqi capital overnight. Across Iraq bombings and
shootings killed at least 32 people, including 10 who died in
shootings in the predominantly Shiite city of Basra. In Karmah a
roadside bomb killed five Iraqi soldiers as their convoy passed
through the town. Gunmen stormed into the house of a Shiite family
in Balad Ruz, 45 miles northeast of Baghdad before dawn, killing the
mother and four adult sons and injuring the father. 708 Iraqis have
been reported killed in war-related violence this month, or more
than 44 a day.
(AP, 10/16/06)(AP, 10/17/06)
2006 Oct 16, Cocoa farmers
across Ivory Coast went on strike, holding back their crops to
protest low retail prices and high export taxes in a move that could
affect the world market.
2006 Oct 16, In Moldova an
appeals court overturned a guilty verdict against the former defense
minister, clearing him of charges he sold 21 fighter planes too
cheaply to the US. Valeriu Pasat, who was defense minister from 1997
to 1999 and head of the country's spy services from 1999 to 2002,
claimed the case against him was politically motivated because of
his support for a movement opposed to Communist President Vladimir
2006 Oct 16, In central Myanmar
Thet Win Aung (34), who had been serving a 59-year sentence since
1998 after protesting for educational reform, died in jail.
2006 Oct 16, In Nigeria
legislators in southwest Ekiti state voted to remove Gov. Ayo Fayose
on after finding him guilty of siphoning state funds into personal
bank accounts and receiving kickbacks.
2006 Oct 16, Eight Pakistanis
released from US detention facilities in Afghanistan and Guantanamo
Bay, Cuba, returned home.
2006 Oct 16, In Peru former
President Valentin Paniagua (69) died. The unassuming former law
professor shepherded Peru back to democracy as interim president
following the 2000 collapse of Alberto Fujimori's autocratic regime.
Paniagua governed Peru from November 2000 to July 2001.
2006 Oct 16, Russia demanded
that the US lift sanctions against two Russian companies accused of
making deals with Iran involving sensitive technology and hinted
that a US refusal could affect negotiations on a U.N. sanctions
resolution against Tehran.
2006 Oct 16, The business chief
of Russian state news agency Itar-Tass was found knifed to death at
his flat in central Moscow. Police in Russia’s North Caucasus region
of Ingushetia arrested rights activists and violently broke up a
rally in memory of slain reporter Anna Politkovskaya.
(AP, 10/16/06)(Reuters, 10/16/06)
2006 Oct 16, In Sri Lanka Tamil
rebels rammed a truck packed with explosives into a convoy of
military buses, killing at least 103 people and wounding 150 more in
one of the deadliest insurgent attacks since the 2002 cease-fire.
2006 Oct 16, Sweden’s Culture
Minister Cecilia Stego Chilo issued a statement saying she could not
carry out her duties after it was revealed that she evaded taxes by
paying a nanny under the table and failed to pay her mandatory TV
license fee. Surveys showed about one-third of Swedes have bought
"black market services," mostly for cleaning, painting or carpentry
jobs. Hiring a cleaner legally costs around $40 an hour, including
taxes, while a black market hire will do the job for less than $14,
(AP, 10/16/06)(AP, 10/20/06)
2007 Oct 16,
President Bush and the Dalai Lama met with a ceremony planned
for tomorrow to award the spiritual leader the Congressional Gold
Medal. China warned that the events are bad for US-Chinese ties.
2007 Oct 16, In California a
blinding sandstorm north of Los Angeles caused a pileup of some 15
vehicles leaving at least 2 people dead and 16 injured.
(SFC, 10/17/07, p.B4)
2007 Oct 16, The Oakland, Ca.,
the City Council adopted an ordnance banning smoking in ATM lines,
parks, bus stops and municipal golf courses.
(SFC, 10/17/07, p.B1)
2007 Oct 16, Oil prices reached
another record high closing at 87.61 per barrel in the NY Mercantile
(SFC, 10/17/07, p.C1)
2007 Oct 16, A Taliban ambush
on a police patrol in southern Afghanistan left one officer dead and
four others wounded.
2007 Oct 16, Barbara West
Dainton (96), believed to be one of the last two survivors from the
sinking of the Titanic in 1912, died in Camborne, England.
2007 Oct 16, British actress
Deborah Kerr (b.1921) died. She shared one of cinema's most famous
kisses with Burt Lancaster in "From Here to Eternity" (1953). Her
many films included “The King and I" with Yul Brynner.
(AP, 10/18/07)(SFC, 10/19/07, p.A11)
2007 Oct 16,
Burundi's last active rebel group said it will shun a weekend
meeting to put the central African nation's derailed peace process
back on track as the South African mediator was biased.
2007 Oct 16,
Chad's government declared a state of emergency along its
eastern border with Sudan's Darfur and in its remote desert north to
tackle a fresh flare-up of ethnic violence that killed at least 20
2007 Oct 16, A boat from
Guatemala with over 20 migrants capsized. Mexican authorities by the
end of the week recovered the bodies of 15 migrants. The vessel was
believed to be carrying more than 20 people. There were 2 survivors.
2007 Oct 16,
A study in Hong Kong reportedly found that Lupeol, a compound
in fruits like mangoes, grapes and strawberries, appears to be
effective in killing and curbing the spread of cancer cells in the
head and neck.
2007 Oct 16,
India and Nigeria reaffirmed their stance in favor of UN
Security Council reform and signed up to a slew of cooperation
agreements on day two of a state visit to Nigeria by Indian PM
2007 Oct 16, India's PM
Manmohan Singh raised fresh doubts about a landmark nuclear energy
accord with the US, telling President Bush that his government is
having "certain difficulties" finalizing the deal, which has faced
mounting domestic opposition.
2007 Oct 16, In
Iran Russian leader Vladimir Putin met his Iranian
counterpart and implicitly warned the US not to use a former Soviet
republic to stage an attack on Iran. He also said nations should not
pursue oil pipeline projects that are not backed by regional powers.
2007 Oct 16,
A car bomb exploded near an Iraqi army checkpoint in Baghdad,
killing at least six people and wounding 25.
2007 Oct 16, Anne Enright,
Irish author, won the Man Booker prize for her novel “The
(SFC, 10/17/07, p.A2)
2007 Oct 16,
Japan, Myanmar's largest aid donor, said it had canceled a
multimillion dollar grant to protest the military-ruled nation's
crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators.
2007 Oct 16, Libya, a former
pariah state condemned by the U.S. as a sponsor of terrorism, won a
seat on the UN Security Council without opposition from the Bush
2007 Oct 16, In Myanmar
relatives said 5 pro-democracy activists had been sentenced to long
(WSJ, 10/17/07, p.A1)
2007 Oct 16, A revolt at a
Russian prison for minors, in the Sverdlovsk region in the Ural
Mountains, swelled into a mass uprising that left two people dead
and buildings gutted before guards and riot police restored order.
2007 Oct 16, In Sudan 2 truck
drivers working for the UN's World Food Program were killed in an
ambush near the South Darfur town of Ed Daien. A 3rd was killed on
2008 Oct 16, Pres. George W.
Bush signed the 315-page Rail Safety Improvement Act. The bill
introduced a new rail safety system called Positive Train Control
2008 Oct 16, The US FDA said it
would open its first office in China before the end of the year.
Over 60 FDA would be placed world-wide over the next year.
(SFC, 10/17/08, p.A4)
2008 Oct 16, Nasdaq filed with
the SEC to temporarily suspend rules to remove securities trading
below a dollar. The Sec approved the change effective this day.
(SFC, 10/25/08, p.C1)
2008 Oct 16, The annual TED
prize was awarded to Sylvia Earl, Deep ocean explorer; Jill Cornell
Tarter, astronomer; and Jose Antonio Abreu, classical music maestro.
(SFC, 10/17/08, p.C3)
2008 Oct 16, Hawaii state
officials said they will stop giving health coverage to the 2,000
children enrolled by Nov. 1, but private partner Hawaii Medical
Service Association will pay to extend their coverage through the
end of the year without government support. Hawaii lawmakers had
approved the health plan in 2007 as a way to ensure every child can
get basic medical help.
2008 Oct 16, The Hubble Space
Telescope went into the final stages of recovery after NASA
successfully bypassed a faulty computer and resurrected an
18-year-old spare from orbital hibernation.
2008 Oct 16, Edie Adams
(b.1927), actress and singer, died. The blonde beauty had won a Tony
Award for bringing Daisy Mae to life on Broadway and played the
television foil to her husband, comedian Ernie Kovacs.
2008 Oct 16, In southern
Afghanistan an insurgent's rocket hit Lashkar Gah, capital of the
world's largest opium producing region, killing a civilian and
wounding five other people. An Afghan policeman killed a US soldier
on foot patrol in Paktika province and a second international troop
was killed by a mortar in another "possible friendly fire" incident.
Air strikes in the Nad Ali district of Helmand province reportedly
killed 17 civilians. 18 insurgents were killed in fighting in Kunar
(AP, 10/16/08)(AFP, 10/16/08)(SFC, 10/18/08,
2008 Oct 16, Brazil's President
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva arrived in Mozambique to launch a project
to make anti-AIDS drugs in the southern African country.
2008 Oct 16, Around one million
Burundian children under the age of five suffer chronic
malnutrition, the UN food agency announced as it marked World Food
Day in the tiny central African nation.
2008 Oct 16, Cambodia and
Thailand agreed to joint patrols of disputed border areas after
deadly clashes, but made little progress toward resolving their
long-standing territorial spat.
2008 Oct 16, Canadian police
said a bomb damaged a natural gas pipeline in British Columbia,
describing the overnight attack as the second of its kind in the
same area in a week.
2008 Oct 16, In Dubai a British
couple was sentenced to three months in jail in a case that has
caused controversy because the two were charged in July with having
sex on the beach. The Dubai Court of Appeals upheld the guilty
verdict but dropped the prison sentences for Michelle Palmer and
Vince Acors, though it ruled the couple must still be deported from
the United Arab Emirates and pay a fine of about $272 each.
(AP, 10/15/08)(AP, 11/25/08)
2008 Oct 16, The European
Commission announced 15 million euros (20 million dollars) of
emergency food aid for victims of drought and soaring food prices in
five east African countries. The biggest share will go to Ethiopia
and Somalia and smaller amounts to Kenya, Uganda and Djibouti.
2008 Oct 16, The European
Central Bank extended emergency loans to Hungary’s central bank. The
ECB said it will lend up to $6.75 billion.
(SFC, 10/17/08, p.A5)
2008 Oct 16, The International
Committee of the Red Cross said Iran and Iraq have signed an
agreement to trace missing persons from the war between the two
countries. About 1 million people died in the eight-year war that
began when Saddam Hussein launched an attack on Iran in 1980.
2008 Oct 16, A heavy sandstorm
turned Iraq's capital into a pinkish haze, sending dozens of people
to the hospital with respiratory problems and delaying a number of
international flights. The US military detained 2 more suspected
insurgents in raids targeting al-Qaida in Iraq's leadership in the
northern Iraqi city of Mosul. A US soldier was killed in Diyala
(AP, 10/16/08)(SFC, 10/15/08, p.A9)
2008 Oct 16, Israeli troops
shot and killed a Palestinian man in Kufr Malek, a village near
Ramallah. An army patrol spotted three men carrying firebombs and
troops shot one man after the trio ignored warning shots. The other
two escaped. A Palestinian man died in a Ramallah hospital a day
after being shot by troops in the nearby Jelazoun refugee camp.
2008 Oct 16, Italian police
arrested Antonio Pelle (46), an alleged fugitive mobster, believed
to be the head of an organized crime clan involved in the slaying of
six people in Germany last year. His family was involved in a feud
that led to the Aug. 15, 2007 killing of six Italians outside a
restaurant in Duisburg, Germany.
2008 Oct 16, In Kenya violence
re-started between the Murule and Garre in Mandera town triggered by
need for space for 920 families displaced by flash floods. A
security operation was then set up to intervene following a request
by the area members of parliament when the conflict took a
cross-border dimension with one clan getting support from Al-Shabaab
militants from Somalia. In 2009 Human Rights Watch issued a 51-page
report, called "Bring the Gun or You'll Die," saying Kenyan security
forces tortured hundreds of civilians and raped at least a dozen
women during a three-day operation to disarm militias in the Mandera
2008 Oct 16, Authorities in
Malaysia and Singapore said they will guarantee all foreign currency
and local currency bank deposits.
(WSJ, 10/17/08, p.A5)
2008 Oct 16, An influential
council of Malaysia's state rulers warned people not to question the
supremacy of Islam or the special privileges enjoyed by the
country's ethnic Malay majority.
2008 Oct 16, In Mexico six
people were lined up and gunned down outside a business in the
border city of Ciudad Juarez.
2008 Oct 16, Pirates in
southern Nigeria seized eight fishing vessels with a total of 96
crew and later threatened to seriously harm them if ransom is not
2008 Oct 16, The Pakistani
rupee dropped to more than 82 to the dollar, continuing a slide that
has seen it lose more than 30% of its value this year. A suspected
US missile strike killed a purported foreign militant in South
Waziristan, a tribal area considered a haven for the Taliban and
al-Qaida. A suicide bombing in the Swat Valley left four security
personnel dead. In Bajur 7 militants were killed by plane and
helicopter gunship attacks.
(AP, 10/16/08)(SFC, 10/17/08, p.A4)
2008 Oct 16, In Somalia at
least 23 people were killed in Mogadishu when insurgents attacked
camps housing African Union and Ethiopian troops, triggering heavy
2008 Oct 16, Somali pirates
released 22 sailors they kidnapped on Sep 10, after the South Korean
ship owner paid a ransom. Koo Ja-Woo, an executive director of J and
J Trust, which owns the ship, said his company paid an unspecified
sum to the pirates through a foreign middleman with experience in
dealing with the seizure of ships.
2008 Oct 16, Spain's leading
judge agreed to investigate the disappearances of tens thousands of
people during the 1936-39 civil war and the ensuing Franco
dictatorship, many of whom are believed to be buried in mass graves.
Spanish police arrested 13 men accused of harboring Islamic
extremists and helping them flee the country, including several
suspects in the Madrid terror bombings of 2004.
(AFP, 10/16/08)(AP, 10/16/08)
2008 Oct 16, Sri Lankan troops
captured the rebel-held town of Maniyakkulam, in the island's north
following heavy fighting that killed a large group of guerrillas.
2008 Oct 16, Sudanese President
Omar al-Beshir launched his "people's initiative" for peace in
Darfur with an elaborate ceremony attended by regional dignitaries
but no rebels involved in fighting.
2008 Oct 16, Switzerland
launched a massive recapitalization of UBS AG saying it will invest
$5.3 billion in UBS in return for a 9% stake.
(WSJ, 10/17/08, p.A3)
2008 Oct 16, Hurricane Omar
passed the Virgin Islands overnight leaving oil spills in St. Croix
as 40 boats sank or washed ashore.
2009 Oct 16, President Barack
Obama signed the Kerry-Lugar-Berman bill, a 7.5 billion dollar aid
package for Pakistan, after the US Congress acted to placate critics
in the strife-torn nation who warned it violated Pakistani
sovereignty. The aid legislation insisted that the civilian
government of Pakistan control the army.
(AFP, 10/16/09)(Econ, 1/2/10, p.33)(Econ,
2/11/12, SR p.7)
2009 Oct 16, US federal
prosecutors unveiled a broad criminal case against billionaire hedge
fund manager Raj Rajaratnam, head of Galleon Partners in Manhattan,
and 5 others accused of netting over $20 million by trading based on
insider information. Investigators had used wiretaps to gain
evidence. The trial of Rajaratnam opened on March 8, 2011, as the
case grew to involved 22.
(SFC, 10/17/09, p.D1)(Econ, 3/5/11, p.83)
2009 Oct 16, Two US civil and
constitutional rights groups called for Keith Bardwell, a justice of
the peace in Louisiana, to resign for refusing to issue a marriage
license to an interracial couple. Bardwell held that most
interracial marriages failed and had told the couple to go seek
another justice of the peace.
(SFC, 10/17/09, p.A4)
2009 Oct 16, In Daly City, Ca.,
a 5-day event to help struggling borrowers drew thousands to the Cow
Palace to the Save the Dream tour sponsored by the Neighborhood
Assistance Corp. of America, a non-profit aimed at helping people
modify their home loans.
(SFC, 10/17/09, p.A1)
2009 Oct 16, Bank of America
Corp. said it lost more than $2.2 billion in the third quarter as
loan losses kept rising, providing further evidence that consumers
are still struggling to pay their bills. The nation's second-largest
bank said it wrote down loans on its books by almost $10 billion
during the July-September period, up almost $1 billion from the
2009 Oct 16, Four Afghans,
including at least two civilians, died during a firefight between
militants and a joint international-Afghan force in Ghazni province.
IED bomb attacks claimed the lives of 3 US soldiers. An air strike
killed 20 militants in Urgun district, in southern Paktika province.
5 militants were killed in an Afghan army commando operation in the
Gereshk district of Helmand province. In Sangin district, also in
Helmand, one Afghan soldier was killed and another injured during a
(AP, 10/16/09) (AP, 10/17/09)
2009 Oct 16, In Australia 5
Muslim men were convicted of plotting the country’s largest
terrorist conspiracy as part of a bid to force the government to
change its policy on Middle East conflicts. The men, aged 25-44,
were arrested in a series of raids on their homes in 2005. On Feb
15, 2010, the 5 men were sentenced to 23 to 28 years in prison for
stockpiling explosive chemicals and firearms for terrorist attacks
on unspecified targets.
(AP, 10/16/09)(AP, 2/15/10)
2009 Oct 16, Bosnia's war
crimes court jailed Milorad Trbic (51), a former Serb army captain,
for 30 years for killing dozens and taking part in the persecution
and detention of thousands during the July, 1995, Srebrenica
massacre of some 8,000 Muslims. The court acquitted Trbic of
genocide charges due to lack of evidence.
2009 Oct 16, Botswana held
parliamentary elections. On Oct 18 the independent electoral
commission announced that the governing party, which has been in
power for more than four decades, once again swept the elections.
The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) won 45 out of the 57 seats. This
paved the way for legislators to select incumbent President Seretse
Ian Khama to continue as leader of the world's largest
2009 Oct 16, Queen Elizabeth II
formally opened Britain's new Supreme Court in a ceremony attended
by several US Supreme Court justices.
2009 Oct 16, Canada detained
the rusting merchant vessel named Ocean Lady, believed to be trying
to smuggle 76 migrants from Sri Lanka onto its Pacific coast at
2009 Oct 16, In China former
university professor and judge Guo Quan was sentenced to 10 years in
prison for "subversion of state power" by a court in eastern Jiangsu
2009 Oct 16, The European
Commission called for sharp cuts in cod quotas, up to 25% in some
areas, saying the prized fish is sliding toward commercial
extinction in several historic Atlantic fishing grounds.
2009 Oct 16, French farmers
struggling with slumping grain prices blanketed the Champs-Elysees
with bales of hay and set them ablaze, and blocked highways around
the country as they demanded government help.
2009 Oct 16, In Guinea 2
cabinet ministers resigned and France urged its citizens to leave
the former French colony as armed attacks increased in the aftermath
of a bloody rally last month where soldiers fired on pro-democracy
2009 Oct 16, In southern India
a blaze erupted at a fireworks warehouse in Pallipat near Chennai,
killing at least 32 people and injuring 10 others as millions of
Hindus prepared to celebrate Deepavali, the festival of lights.
2009 Oct 16, In northern Iraq a
suicide bomber opened fire on worshippers during prayers at a mosque
in Tal Afar and then blew himself up after running out of
ammunition, killing at least 15 people. 65 were wounded in the
attack. A government aide said Mohammed al-Dayni, a Sunni lawmaker
accused of being an insurgent ringleader, has been detained in
(AP, 10/16/09)(AP, 10/17/09)
2009 Oct 16, Eight countries
called on Tokyo to allow divorced foreign parents access to their
children living in Japan and to sign a treaty against international
parental child abductions.
2009 Oct 16, Kosovo's
authorities said they have demarcated a disputed border with
Macedonia, a scene of tensions in the past.
2009 Oct 16, Libya's Oea
newspaper said Saif al-Islam, the reform-minded son of Libyan leader
Muammar Gaddafi, has been named overall coordinator of a grouping of
the country's most influential tribal, political and business
2009 Oct 16, A Mexican
government report said the use of cocaine doubled in Mexico over the
last six years, partly because the drug became more available in the
country. The Mexican navy enacted new rules prohibiting sailors from
shooting at vehicles that try to evade land checkpoints unless they
are fired on or feel that their lives or others' are in danger.
2009 Oct 16, Nigeria’s
anti-graft agency EFCC arrested two sacked bank chiefs and a senior
stockbroker for alleged fraud running into several millions of
dollars. EFCC said the former managing director of Bank PHB, Francis
Atuche, Charles Ojo of Finbank and Peter Ololo of Falcon Securities
would be prosecuted for alleged fraud and granting loans without
2009 Oct 16, In northern
Nigeria the toll in a cholera outbreak rose to 149 with 52 more
deaths recorded. The disease was first reported on September 10 in
Gwoza local government on the border with Cameroon from where it
spread to six other districts.
2009 Oct 16, The girlfriend of
a Northern Ireland police officer was slightly injured when a bomb
exploded under her car in Belfast, sparking fears of a resurgence of
2009 Oct 16, In northwestern
Pakistan 3 suicide attackers, including a woman, attacked a police
station in Peshawar city, killing 13 people, including 3 police
officers, 2 women and 2 children. Army airstrikes killed a dozen
suspected militants in South Waziristan ahead of an expected ground
2009 Oct 16, A Russian court
sentenced an army sergeant to nine years in jail for passing on
information to Georgia during the time of its war with Russia.
Aleksandar Georgijevic, a Serbian national, was jailed for 8 years
for attempting to collect information on a number of Russian
military projects in 1998.
2009 Oct 15, Somali pirates
seized the Kota Wajar, a Singapore-flagged container ship, in the
Indian Ocean about 300 miles (480km) north of the Seychelles
2009 Oct 16, A top southern
Sudanese official said former enemies in north and south Sudan have
reached agreement on details for a key referendum on the south’s
full independence. Clashes broke out in the remote border region
between southern Sudan and north-west Kenya. At least three Kenyan
soldiers were reported killed in cross border raids. An officer was
killed when security forces tracked down raiders in south Darfur,
shooting dead two of the attackers in an exchange of fire. Two
officers were killed a day earlier as up to four men raided a
guesthouse in the south Darfur town of Kass.
(AFP, 10/16/09)(AFP, 10/17/09)(Reuters, 10/17/09)
2009 Oct 16, The UN Human
Rights Council voted to endorse a Gaza war crimes report and send it
to the Security Council, possibly setting up international
prosecution of Israelis and Palestinians accused of war crimes.
2009 Oct 16, Zimbabwe PM Morgan
Tsvangirai suspended cooperation with President Robert Mugabe's
"dishonest and unreliable" camp but said he will not quit the unity
government. The snub was sparked by the renewed detention of
Tsvangirai's top aide Roy Bennett.
2010 Oct 16, In Afghanistan a
bomb blast struck the police headquarters in the southern city of
Kandahar, killing one civilian and wounding 4 others. Two Taliban
commanders, identified as Kaka Abdul Khaliq and Kako, were killed in
an operation in Kandahar's Zhari district. Taliban fighter, Mullah
Rahmatullah, was captured in the raid. Afghan and American troops
made an air assault on the horn of Panjwai, a Taliban base. A
motorized rickshaw carrying explosives was detonated behind police
headquarters in Kandahar killing one bystander. Insurgents attacked
an oil tanker on the other side of the city. The resulting explosion
killed one civilian.
(AP, 10/16/10)(AP, 10/17/10)(SSFC, 10/17/10,
2010 Oct 16, Armenia's
president has opened an aerial tramway that the country claims is
the world's longest. The tramway across the Vorotan River gorge in
the country's south spans 5.7 km (3.5 miles), longer than the 4.5 km
(2.8 mile) Sandia Peak Tramway in New Mexico, known as the world's
longest passenger tramway. The $45 million tramway links the highway
from the capital of Yerevan with the 9th century Tatev Monastery.
2010 Oct 16, In Belarus
visiting Pres. Chavez of Venezuela promised that Belarusian
refineries, the backbone of the country's economy, would see no oil
shortages for the next 200 years.
2010 Oct 16, Thousands of
Chinese marched in the streets in sometimes violent protests against
Japan and its claim to disputed islands. Thousands of protesters
marched through Tokyo to demonstrate against what they called
China's invasion of disputed islands that both countries claim.
Beijing expressed "deep concern" at anti-China protests by Japanese
nationalists over a diplomatic spat centered on a group of disputed
(AP, 10/16/10)(Reuters, 10/16/10)(AFP, 10/16/10)
2010 Oct 16, In central China
rescuers battled dangerous levels of gas, tons of coal dust and the
risk of falling rocks as they worked to free 11 miners trapped by an
explosion at a mine. 26 miners were confirmed killed at the
state-run Pingyu Coal & Electric Co. Ltd mine.
(AP, 10/16/10)(AP, 10/17/10)
2010 Oct 16, In China Li Qiming
(22) reportedly hit two students with his car at a university campus
in the northern province of Hebei. Chen Xiaofeng (20) was killed.
The drunk man shouted "sue me if you dare" when a crowd stopped him
from fleeing. On Oct 26 state media reported that Qiming, the son of
a senior police officer, was arrested after the incident sparked
outrage on the Internet. The young woman’s father, Chen Guangqian,
said on Nov 18 that Li Gang gave him 460,000 yuan, or more than
$69,250. On Jan 30 Qiming was sentenced to six years in prison.
(AFP, 10/26/10)(AP, 11/18/10)(AP, 1/30/11)
2010 Oct 16, In France diesel
and jet fuel supplies were running low in parts of the country as
workers took to the streets for another nationwide protest against
President Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to raise the retirement age to 62.
2010 Oct 16, German Chancellor
Angela Merkel told a meeting of young members of her conservative
Christian Democratic Union that while immigrants are welcome, they
must learn the language and accept the country's cultural norms.
"This multicultural approach, saying that we simply live side by
side and live happily with each other has failed. Utterly failed."
2010 Oct 16, German Economy
Minister Rainer Bruederle said Germany will help Japan gain access
to vital rare earth minerals which are being withheld by China in a
2010 Oct 16, Iranian local
media reported that a judge has ordered the amputation of the hand
of a man (21) who confessed to robbing a candy shop. The ruling came
days after authorities amputated the hand of another man convicted
of theft in the northeastern city of Mashhad.
2010 Oct 16, In Mexico gunmen
in the border city of Ciudad Juarez killed a local official and his
son. Rito Grado Serrano was regional president of the community of
El Porvenir outside Ciudad Juarez but lived with his family in
2010 Oct 16, In Mexico the body
of Lane Gilbert (46) of Marin County, Ca., was discovered in a lot
behind a police station in Santa Maria Coyotepec, a town southwest
of Oaxaca City. He had suffered multiple machete wounds. Gilbert was
last seen leaving his home in San Andres Huayapan on Aug 27.
2010 Oct 16, A Nigerian army
spokesman said soldiers have arrested this month about 100 suspected
kidnappers and armed robbers in the southeastern state of Abia,
including a Roman Catholic priest. Nigerian investigators raided a
Lagos home of Charles Okah, the brother of former militant group
leader Henry Okah, taking him into custody over his alleged role in
funding the Oct 1 bombings that struck independence anniversary
celebrations in Abuja.
(AFP, 10/16/10)(AP, 10/17/10)
2010 Oct 16, North Korea said
it is willing to resume six-nation nuclear disarmament talks but
would not be "hasty" because the US and some other parties were not
ready. North Korean media threatened a "1,000-fold" military buildup
as the US ruled out lifting sanctions to try to coax the North into
resuming talks aimed at its nuclear weapons programs.
(AP, 10/16/10)(AFP, 10/16/10)
2010 Oct 16, Russia’s
state-owned RIA news agency reported that flooding in the southern
region of Krasnodar has killed 11 people with three missing.
2011 Oct 16, In Washington DC
thousands of people spanning all ages and races honored the legacy
of the nation's foremost civil rights leader during the formal
dedication of the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.
2011 Oct 16, Elouise Cobell
(b.1945), treasurer of the Black Feet tribe, died in Montana. She
had tenaciously pursued a lawsuit that accused the federal
government of cheating American Indians out of more than a century’s
worth of royalties.
(SFC, 10/18/11, p.A6)
2011 Oct 16, In Nevada British
IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon (33) died after a horrific 15-car crash
at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway which left the motor sports world in
2011 Oct 16, Houston-based
Kinder Morgan agreed to buy El Paso Corp. for $21.1 billion. This
will make Kinder the nation’s largest operator of natural gas
(SFC, 10/17/11, p.A5)
2011 Oct 16, Afghan police shot
dead three suicide bombers attempting to target mayoral offices in
Gardez. A car bomb set up for the attack blew up, killing one
2011 Oct 16, Internationally
acclaimed Algerian author Boualem Sansal (62) received the annual
German Book Trade Peace Prize and said that people everywhere were
rising up against dictatorship.
2011 Oct 16, Angolan police
arrested at least five people during a protest in support of a
rapper critical of the government. Some 100 young people protested
the disappearance of 5,000 out of the 20,000 copies of Brigadeiro 10
Pacote's new album which were to be sold at a launch. The album
calls on President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos, who has been in power
since 1979, to step down.
(AFP, 10/17/11)(AFP, 10/17/11)
2011 Oct 16, Bolivians voted
for 56 judgeships on the top 4 tribunals, including the supreme and
constitutional courts. Unofficial partial results indicated that
most Bolivians cast invalid ballots in what would be a stinging
rebuke for President Evo Morales. Only 40.5% of the judicial votes
were valid; 41% were spoiled and 18.5% were blank.
(AP, 10/17/11)(Econ, 1/7/12, p.31)
2011 Oct 16, The Arab League
called an emergency meeting in Cairo to discuss whether to suspend
Syria. The Arab League said that it would make contact with the
Damascus government and a raft of opposition groups with the aim of
launching "national dialogue within the seat of the Arab League and
under its guidance within 15 days." Security forces opened fire on a
funeral for a slain activist in the east. Security forces arrested
at least 44 people in the capital's suburbs in house-to-house raids.
The Observatory for Human Rights in Syria said 923 people from Homs
have been arrested in the past week.
(AP, 10/16/11)(AFP, 10/17/11)
2011 Oct 16, Several hundred
protesters spent the night overnight outside St Paul's Cathedral in
London's financial district, as the anti-capitalism demonstration
entered its second day.
2011 Oct 16, In France Francois
Hollande was elected head of the Socialist Party by a margin of 58%
to 43% over Martine Aubry.
(Econ, 10/22/11, p.61)
2011 Oct 16, Guinea’s
government announced an increase in the price of diesel and petrol
from 7,500 to 9,500 francs ($1.37) per liter, double the price from
10 months ago. An overwhelming majority of the Guinean population
lives in poverty despite the country's rich mineral wealth from
bauxite, iron and gold.
2011 Oct 16, Hong Kong's iconic
1.8km cross-harbor swimming race made its return after a 33-year
suspension forced by pollution and heavy traffic on the famous
waterway. The tradition dating back to 1906 was halted in 1978 as
water quality deteriorated.
2011 Oct 16, In Iraq hundreds
rallied in the disputed town of Khanaqin to demand the reversal of a
central government ruling barring the flag of the autonomous Kurdish
region in official buildings.
2011 Oct 16, Israel released
the names of the first 477 Palestinian prisoners to be exchanged for
Staff Sgt. Gilad Schalit.
(SFC, 10/17/11, p.A4)
2011 Oct 16, Kenyan military
forces moved into southern Somalia, a day after top Kenyan defense
officials said the country has the right to defend itself after a
rash of militant kidnappings of Europeans inside Kenya.
2011 Oct 16, Kenya police
arrested two British men (18), one of Pakistani origin and the other
of Somali origin, in the resort town of Lamu on suspicion of trying
to join Somali militants. Police said the men would be deported.
Mohamed Mohamed Abdallah, of Somali descent, and Iqbal Shahzad, of
Pakistani descent were deported to Britain on Oct 26. British
authorities arrested them under terrorism laws and then freed them
six hours later.
(AP, 10/18/11)(AFP, 10/20/11)
2011 Oct 16, Libyan fighters
were reported looting Moammar Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte, alongside
fierce battles to drive out loyalists of the fugitive leader. Two
fighters were killed and 70 wounded in fierce fighting.
(AP, 10/16/11)(AFP, 10/16/11)
2011 Oct 16, Scientists at the
Vietnam-based Wellcome Trust Major Overseas Program and the Oxford
University Clinical Research units in Kathmandu and Ho Chi Minh City
announced they had combined cutting-edge gene sequencing technology
with Google Earth to accurately map the spread of typhoid in
Kathmandu for the first time.
2011 Oct 16, In Nigeria four
people died after a blast rocked a police base in the town of Kwami
just north of the state capital of Gombe. 3 suspected Boko Haram
members entered the Maiduguri home of Borno state Rep. Modu Bintube
and shot him in the chest and head with Kalashnikovs.
2011 Oct 16, In the Philippines
Emmanuel Ponce (55), shot his wife, three of his children and their
maid with a pistol while having breakfast in Talisay town, Cebu
province, and then killed himself. He spared his favorite daughter
2011 Oct 16, In Yemen 4
demonstrators and two soldiers of the armored division were killed
in Sanaa. One protester was killed in Taez when government troops
opened fire on demonstrators also calling for Saleh's resignation. 8
more people were killed and 27 wounded in night time street battles
in Sanaa between Saleh loyalists and opponents.
(AFP, 10/16/11)(AFP, 10/18/11)
2012 Oct 16, President Barack
Obama and Mitt Romney held their 2nd debate at New York's Hofstra
University. Obama gained ground on Republican rival Mitt Romney for
the third straight day, leading 46% to 43%, according to the
Reuters/Ipsos daily tracking poll.
2012 Oct 16, In Michigan a
shooting spree began that targeted moving cars around the suburbs of
Detroit. On Nov 5 police arrested a suspect in Wixom after 24
shootings over a 100-mile-long crime scene.
(SFC, 11/7/12, p.A5)
2012 Oct 16, A gunman in a van
shot and critically wounded a female Canadian border officer at the
main crossing between Washington state and British Columbia, then
immediately killed himself.
2012 Oct 16, The US CDC said
the number of people linked to the meningitis outbreak has climbed
to 233 in 15 states. It has been traced to contaminated steroid
shots mixed by a pharmacy in Framingham, Mass.
(SFC, 10/17/12, p.A6)
2012 Oct 16, The $8 million,
72-foot catamaran of Oracle Team USA flipped on the SF Bay during a
training run for the 2013 America’s Cup. It drifted out under the
Golden Gate Bridge before being recovered.
(SFC, 10/18/12, p.A1)
2012 Oct 16, Afghanistan's
security service denied claims that a suicide bomber who killed two
American troops and four Afghans on Oct 13 was a member of the
country's intelligence agency.
2012 Oct 16, Britain's Home
Secretary Theresa May said computer hacker Gary McKinnon (46),
accused by the United States of causing more than $700,000 damage to
US military systems, will not be extradited because of the high risk
he could kill himself. McKinnon, arrested in 2005, has Asperger's
Syndrome and has said he was looking for evidence of UFOs. In
December British authorities opted not to charge McKinnon.
(AP, 10/16/12)(AP, 12/14/12)
2012 Oct 16, British writer
Hilary Mantel won the Booker literary prize for a 2nd time with her
Tudor saga “Bring Up the Bodies," the 2nd of a planned trilogy about
Thomas Cromwell. Her first part of the trilogy, “Wolf Hall," won in
2009. In 2020 Mantel published the final volume of her trilogy: "The
Mirror and the Light."
(SFC, 10/17/12, p.A2)(Econ., 2/29/20, p.66)
2012 Oct 16, Nature published a
paper in which a team from Geneva Univ. claimed to have found an
Earth-sized planet orbiting a star called Alpha Centauri B. The
planet was aid to complete its orbit every 3.2 Earth days.
(Econ, 10/20/12, p.72)
2012 Oct 16, The Cuban
government announced that it will no longer require islanders to
apply for an exit visa, eliminating a much-loathed bureaucratic
procedure that has been a major impediment for many seeking to
travel overseas. Effective Jan. 13, and beginning on that date
islanders will only have to show their passport and a visa from the
country they are traveling to.
2012 Oct 16, Egypt's most
prestigious court lashed out at an Islamist-led panel tasked with
writing the country's new constitution, saying proposed provisions
undercut its mandate and keep it under the president's power.
2012 Oct 16, In Iraq a string
of insurgent attacks killed eight people. This included three car
bombs in Kirkuk that left 3 dead and 23 wounded. Gunmen in a
speeding car attacked an army check point in the city of Tuz
Khormato outside Kirkuk, killing two soldiers. Gunmen fatally shot
two brothers who are members of the anti-al-Qaida group known as
Sahwa, after breaking into their house in Samarra. In Baghdad gunmen
staged a drive-by shooting against a civilian car in a southern
suburb, killing an army officer and wounding three others.
2012 Oct 16, In Japan two US
sailors were arrested for the alleged rape of a Japanese woman on
(SFC, 10/18/12, p.A2)
2012 Oct 16, In Rotterdam,
Netherlands, thieves grabbed seven paintings from the Kunsthal
gallery of works by celebrated artists including Pablo Picasso,
Claude Monet and Henri Matisse and vanished into the night. The
paintings were estimated to be worth roughly $100 million if sold at
(AP, 10/17/12)(AP, 10/18/12)
2012 Oct 16, Russia's PM Dmitry
Medvedev declared war on tobacco, calling for a ban on tobacco
advertising, an end to smoking in public and a rise in the price of
2012 Oct 16, In Serbia England
players and officials were attacked by their Serbian opponents and
racially abused by home fans moments after a 1-0 win over Serbia in
a European Under-21 playoff.
2012 Oct 16, Sudan said that
fighting in two states along its disputed border with South Sudan
has left over 600 people dead over the past 16 months.
2012 Oct 16, The Syrian
military unleashed heavy artillery bombardments and airstrikes
targeting rebel strongholds in Idlib and Aleppo provinces, killing
at least 90 people. There were 343,871 Syrians formally registered
as refugees or being helped by the UN refugee agency. The vast
majority of them have found refuge in neighboring Iraq, Jordan,
Lebanon and Turkey.
2012 Oct 16, In Tunisia 5
masked men stormed into the shrine of Sayyeda Aicha Manoubia, a 13th
century holy woman, near the capital Tunis that had previously been
threatened by religious conservatives and set it on fire.
2012 Oct 16, The UN's Food and
Agricultural Organization marked World Food Day, a day dedicated to
highlighting the importance of global food security. It said one in
eight people around the world goes to bed hungry every night.
2012 Oct 16, In Yemen a gunman
on a motorcycle assassinated Gen. Khaled al-Hashim, a senior
intelligence officer, in Sanaa in a drive-by shooting. Al-Hashim was
one of a number of Iraqi military experts hired by Yemen after the
fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. Security officials said a suicide
bomber has attacked a checkpoint manned by civilian fighters outside
a southern town, killing six.
2013 Oct 16, The US Congress,
with hours to go before the government reached its $16.7 trillion
debt limit, approved a deal to end a government shutdown, but only
permits the Treasury to borrow through Feb 7 and fund government
through Jan 15. The 16-day shutdown of US National Parks cost the
parks and surrounding communities an estimated $44 million in lost
visitor spending. A 2014 report said five states lost over $20
million in the shutdown.
(AP, 10/17/13)(SFC, 3/5/14, p.A6)
2013 Oct 16, Newark, NJ,
Democratic Mayor Cory Booker (44) won a special election to
represent the state in the US Senate.
(SFC, 10/16/13, p.A7)
2013 Oct 16, A boat with more
than dozen people, including Jamaicans and Haitians, capsized off
the coast of South Florida. 4 women died and 11 people were taken
into custody. On May 15 Bahamian national Naaman Davis pleaded
guilty in Miami federal court to charges of smuggling. He was paid
to drive the migrant-filled boat and was drinking rum and smoking
crack-cocaine the night it capsized.
(SFC, 10/16/13, p.A7)(AP, 5/16/14)
2013 Oct 16, Washington became
the 2nd state to adopt rules for the recreational sale of marijuana.
Initiative 522, a measure requiring retail outlets to label
genetically modified (GM) food, failed. A $15 minimum wage was
approved in SeaTac, a suburb of Seattle.
p.A12)(http://tinyurl.com/o7zmnsa)(Econ, 11/9/13, p.35)
2013 Oct 16, Chinese state
media reported that an Australian tourist and 3 Tibetans died in an
avalanche on Mt. Everest.
(SFC, 10/16/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 16, Indian police in
the holiday resort state of Goa arrested Gary Baird (45), a British
man, after their biggest ever drugs seizure, worth 20.5 million
rupees (330,000 dollars, 205,000 pounds). Baird was arrested for
illegally possessing more than four kg of amphetamine.
2013 Oct 16, In Japan Typhoon
Wipha caused deadly mudslides that buried people and destroyed homes
on Izu Oshima island leaving at least 24 people dead. A woman
from Tokyo died after falling into a river and being washed 10 km
downriver to Yokohama.
(AP, 10/16/13)(AP, 10/17/13)(AFP, 10/18/13)
2013 Oct 16, Kenya wildlife
officials said they will place microchips in the horn of every rhino
in the country in a bid to stamp out a surge in poaching the
2013 Oct 16, A Lao Airlines
flight from Vientiane to Pakse in southern Laos crashed and killed
all 49 aboard.
(AP, 10/16/13)(AP, 10/17/13)
2013 Oct 16, In northwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber killed 8 people in Dera Ismail Khan,
including a provincial government minister.
2013 Oct 16, An earthquake with
a magnitude of 7.1 struck off the coast of Papua New Guinea.
2013 Oct 16, A Russian court
suspended a five-year prison sentence for top opposition leader
Alexei Navalny, but upheld his conviction for theft that will
prevent him from running in future elections.
2013 Oct 16, In Russia a
migrant worker was found stabbed to death in a Moscow neighborhood
rocked this week by race riots, in what a community leader suggested
was a revenge attack for the killing of an ethnic Russian.
2013 Oct 16, In Syria 21,
including 4 children and 6 women, were killed when a minibus hit a
mine in the southern town of Noa. Syrian activists said that two
days of heavy clashes between Kurdish fighters and al-Qaida-linked
rebels in the northeast have killed at least 41 on both sides.
(Reuters, 10/16/13)(AP, 10/16/13)
2014 Oct 16, In Michigan
lawyers said the city of Detroit will demolish the Joe Louis Arena,
home of the Red Wings hockey team, and give the land to creditor
Financial Guarantee Insurance (FGIC) for development as part of a
major settlement in the city’s bankruptcy case.
(SFC, 10/17/14, p.A6)
2014 Oct 16, Argentina launched
its first domestically built communications satellite.
2014 Oct 16, Brazilian police
captured Tiago Rocha (26), a man who soon confessed to 39 murders.
Police linked a gun found in the home of the suspect to the killings
of at least six women this year.
2014 Oct 16, Cameroon’s army
killed 107 Boko Haram fighters over the last 24 hours as at least 30
civilians were murdered by the guerrilla group, which fled back over
the border to Nigeria.
2014 Oct 16, Alipay was
rebranded as Ant Financial, a Chinese financial services company
that enabled payments by customers who use Alibaba’s e-commerce
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant_Financial)(Econ, 8/19/17, p.57)
2014 Oct 16, In eastern
CongoDRC assailants hacked or stabbed 26 victims to death in the
overnight onslaught in Beni. Civil society groups in the North-Kivu
region said the attack was carried out by the Allied Democratic
Forces, a Ugandan rebel group.
2014 Oct 16, In the Dominican
Rep. a bus carrying hotel workers crashed into a truck, killing at
least 8 people and injuring more than a dozen near the popular
tourist zone of Punta Cana.
2014 Oct 16, In Egypt 3 police
conscripts were killed in a rocket-propelled grenade attack in the
2014 Oct 16, EU judges struck
down anti-terrorism sanctions against the Tamil Tigers that were
imposed by the EU inm 2006 but said that the assets of the Sri
Lankan group should remain frozen for the time being.
2014 Oct 16, Hong Kong police
used pepper spray to stop protesters from blocking a major road the
office of Leung Chun-ying amid public anger over the police beating
and kicking a protester. Chun-ying sought to defuse tension with
pro-democracy protesters, saying he hopes the two sides can talk
2014 Oct 16, Indian Prime
Minister Narendra Modi announced a series of labor reforms aimed at
transforming Asia's third-largest economy into an international
2014 Oct 16, In Iraq car bomb
attacks and a mortar strike mainly targeting Shi'ite areas of
northern Baghdad killed at least 50 people and wounded dozens.
(Reuters, 10/16/14)(SFC, 10/17/14, p.A2)
2014 Oct 16, An Italian appeals
court said Silvio Berlusconi paid a teenage nightclub dancer for sex
but there is no proof he knew her age at the time, explaining its
decision to overturn the former prime minister's "bunga bunga"
2014 Oct 16, In northern Mali
clashes between armed groups and pro-government militias killed at
least 6 people near Gao.
2014 Oct 16, Mexican
authorities arrested Sidronio Casarrubias, the "maximum leader" of a
drug gang accused of colluding with crooked police in the
disappearance of 43 college students.
2014 Oct 16, Pakistani jet
fighters struck five militant hideouts in the northwestern Khyber
tribal region, killing at least 21 insurgents.
2014 Oct 16, A Paraguayan
journalist was shot to death in a northern area that is a hotbed for
drugs and arms trafficking.
2014 Oct 16, Saudi Arabia’s
health ministry said it is seeing "sporadic" cases of the Middle
East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), which has killed
324 people in the country since 2012.
2014 Oct 16, In Serbia Russian
President Vladimir Putin was guest of honour at a military parade in
Belgrade to mark 70 years since the city's liberation by the Red
2014 Oct 16, South African
power utility Eskom [ESCJ.UL] said it has plugged its wind farm into
the national grid, the first major step in a drive to reduce heavy
reliance on coal to power Africa's most advanced economy.
2014 Oct 16, In eastern Ukraine
11 soldiers went missing in action after getting caught in an ambush
in Smile, Lugansk region, while another 3 were killed in fighting.
2014 Oct 16, In Yemen suspected
al-Qaida militants overran a security base in the al-Adeen area in
Ebb province south of Sanaa, killing 3 policemen before fleeing to
2015 Oct 16, The US Interior
Department announced it is canceling future oil lease sales and will
not extend current leases in Arctic waters off Alaska's northern
2015 Oct 16, A US jury ordered
Apple Inc to pay the University of Wisconsin-Madison's patent
licensing arm more than $234 million in damages for incorporating
its microchip technology into some of the company's iPhones and
iPads without permission. Apple had faced up to $862 million in
damages after a US jury found the iPhone maker used technology owned
by the University of Wisconsin-Madison's licensing arm without
2015 Oct 16, California
regulators closed 33 more oil company wells that had injected
wastewater into potentially drinkable aquifers protected by federal
(SFC, 10/17/15, p.A1)
2015 Oct 16, Hawaii Gov. David
Ige declared a state of emergency to accelerate efforts to provide
housing and other services to the homeless.
2015 Oct 16, Irwin Schiff (87),
America’s loudest tax protester, died. Schiff had stopped paying his
federal income taxes from 1974 on the chief ground that it was
unconstitutional. His books included the New York Times bestseller
“How Anyone Can Stop Paying Income Taxes" (1982).
(Econ, 10/31/15, p.86)
2015 Oct 16, China hosted
Southeast Asian defense ministers in an effort to burnish its
reputation in a region wary of its territorial ambitions.
2015 Oct 16, Officials from
China and a domestic consortium signed an agreement to build the
first high-speed rail line in Indonesia. The deal was estimated at
2015 Oct 16, The UN said a
measles outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo's copper-mining
southeast has killed 428 people and infected about 30,000 since the
start of the year.
2015 Oct 16, In France
executives of ten of the world's largest oil and gas companies
decided not to take a common position on the price of carbon because
of differences among the groups' members.
2015 Oct 16, German newsweekly
Der Spiegel reported that Germany's winning bid for the 2006 World
Cup was aided by bribes paid to FIFA executive committee members.
2015 Oct 16, Four migrants, the
oldest of them a young woman of 16, drowned and three other people
were missing after their rubber boat capsized off the Aegean island
of Kalymnos late today.
2015 Oct 16, The World Health
Organization says there were two new cases of Ebola in Guinea this
week, ending two consecutive weeks in West Africa when no cases of
the devastating disease were reported.
2015 Oct 16, Hungary said it
will close down its border with Croatia, where it has built a
razor-wire fence, to the free flow of migrants at midnight. Croatia
said it has a plan to manage the flow of migrants agreed with
Slovenia that it will start implementing when Hungary seals off the
(AP, 10/16/15)(Reuters, 10/16/15)
2015 Oct 16, In India a cooking
gas cylinder blast killed at least 8 people in a small hotel in
2015 Oct 16, In India a
two-and-a-half-year-old girl was abducted from a religious event in
west Delhi by two men and raped before being dumped in a park near
her home. In a separate incident on the other side of the city, a
five-year-old was lured to a neighbor's house and raped by three
men. Police the next day arrested three men for raping the
5-year-old. On Oct 18 police arrested two teenagers for allegedly
raping the toddler in New Delhi.
(AFP, 10/17/15)(AP, 10/18/15)
2015 Oct 16, Iraqi forces
defused booby traps and hunted down holdout jihadists in the
strategic Baiji area as part of their biggest advance against the
Islamic State group in months.
2015 Oct 16, Italian police
reported finding more than 20 tons of hashish with an estimated
street value of 200 million euros ($230 million) hidden in the hull
of a cargo ship. They spent more than 18 days searching before
finally finding the drugs. The ship's captain and nine crew members,
all Syrian, were arrested.
2015 Oct 16, Lebanese militant
group Hezbollah fired rockets and mortars at what it said were
Islamic State fighters near the Syrian border, killing 5 of them.
2015 Oct 16, Tripoli's
government named the two new Libyan suspects in the Lockerbie
bombing investigation as Abdullah al-Senussi, the former spy chief
of ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi, and a second man, Mohammed Abu
2015 Oct 16, Mexican soldiers
detained Angel Eduardo Prado Rodriguez, alias "Ciclon 7," before
dawn without a shot fired in the northern border city of Matamoros.
2015 Oct 16, Mexican
authorities said fugitive drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman
eluded an operation to recapture him in recent days, injuring his
leg and face. Recent raids have reportedly occurred in Durango and
2015 Oct 16, In Nigeria 4 women
suicide bombers blew themselves up when challenged by soldiers as
they tried to enter Maiduguri, killing at least 18 people and
themselves. The attack came just hours after two bombs exploded near
a mosque, killing at least 30 people.
2015 Oct 16, Palestinians set
fire to a Jewish shrine in the occupied West Bank, believed to house
the tomb of Joseph. An attacker disguised as a journalist stabbed an
Israeli soldier. Violence also broke out in the Gaza Strip when
Palestinians approached the border fence with Israel. Two
Palestinians died after being shot by the Israeli military in the
(Reuters, 10/16/15)(AFP, 10/16/15)(SFC, 10/17/15,
2015 Oct 16, The Russian
parliament voted to sanction an arrest in absentia of Ilya
Ponomarev, the sole lawmaker who voted against the annexation of
Crimea last year. Ponomarev, who is currently in the United States,
is suspected of embezzlement related to his work for a state-funded
technological foundation. He said the motion is a politically
motivated attempt to kick him out of parliament.
2015 Oct 16, In Saudi Arabia a
suspect with an automatic weapon opened fire at a Shiite meeting
hall in Qatif city, Eastern Province, killing 5 people and wounding
nine more. A group calling itself Islamic State-Bahrain Province
said one of its "soldiers", Shughaa al-Dosari, attacked a Shiite
infidel temple with an automatic weapon.
2015 Oct 16, Switzerland's
attorney general said authorities have charged four Iraqi men with
planning attacks and helping Islamic State smuggle followers into
Europe. Three of the men have been in custody since their arrest in
2015 Oct 16, In Syria Denis
Cuspert, also known by his artist name Deso Dogg, was killed in a US
air strike. He used to rap in Berlin and was one of the most famous
Western fighters for the IS extremist group.
2015 Oct 16, Turkey shot down a
drone in an incident highlighting the dangers of multiple air combat
operations over Syria. Russian warplanes hit areas in support of the
Syrian army's offensive south of Aleppo, around 35 km (20 miles)
from the Turkish border.
2015 Oct 16, UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked World Food Day with a visit to
the Milan Expo World's Fair, which is focused on food security and
2015 Oct 16, UN experts said
the Islamic State group is paying supporters up to $10,000 for each
person that they recruit to wage jihad in Syria and Iraq.
2015 Oct 16, A court in central
Vietnam sentenced seven people to up to life in prison for
defrauding families of Vietnam War soldiers by moving unidentified
war dead into fake graves and claiming to have found their kin.
2015 Oct 16, In Yemen an
Emirati officer was killed in a drive-by shooting in the southern
port city of Aden, the sixth assassination of pro-government troop
leaders and officials in recent weeks. Shiite Houthi rebels drove
pro-government troops out of southern Bayda province following two
months of heavy fighting.
(AP, 10/17/15)(SFC, 10/17/15, p.A2)
2016 Oct 16, Afghan authorities
burned around five tons of heroin, hashish, drug-making chemicals
and alcohol in a show of their commitment to curbing drug
2016 Oct 16, In Brazil a prison
riot in the far northern state of Roraima left 25 inmates killed and
women visitors taken hostage. Seven of the dead were beheaded and
six burned to death.
2016 Oct 16, The European Space
Agency dispatched an experimental probe on the final leg of its
quest to land on Mars, part of a mission aimed at exploring the red
planet's atmosphere and searching for signs of life. The ExoMars
mission was a joint endeavor by Europe’s and Russia’s space
(AP, 10/16/16)(Econ, 10/22/16, p.71)
2016 Oct 16, In Indonesia more
than 100 multi-colored paragliders filled the sky over Bali island,
as they set a new world record for the largest number of gliders
flying at the same time.
2016 Oct 16, The Iraqi army
dropped tens of thousands of leaflets over Mosul before dawn,
warning residents an offensive to recapture the city from Islamic
State was in its final stages of preparation. A suicide bomber
struck a gathering of Shiite mourners in Baghdad, killing at least 4
people and wounding another 12.
(Reuters, 10/16/16)(AP, 10/16/16)
2016 Oct 16, Lebanon's largest
Christian party rallied thousands of its supporters to push for the
election of its leader, former Army Gen. Michel Aoun, as president.
2016 Oct 16, In Montenegro a
coup attempt included plans to assassinate the pro-Western PM Milo
Djukanovic because of his government's bid to join NATO.
2016 Oct 16, South African
police raided a university student residence in Johannesburg early
today, arresting Mcebo Dlamini, a leader of sometimes violent
protests for free education who caused an outcry last year when he
declared admiration for Adolf Hitler.
2016 Oct 16, In Spain about
3,500 dogs of all breeds and sizes ran through the streets Madrid
with their owners in the fifth edition of the "Perroton," or
Dogathon, a yearly event that seeks to raise awareness about animal
cruelty and encourage dog adoptions.
2016 Oct 16, In Syria
Turkish-backed Syrian opposition forces captured the town of Dabiq
from the Islamic State group as government forces reversed recent
rebel advances in the center of the country.
2016 Oct 16, In eastern Ukraine
Arseny Pavlov (33), a prominent Russian separatist commander known
as “Motorola," was assassinated in Donetsk. His allies accused the
Ukrainian government forces of murdering him to try to destabilize
an already fragile ceasefire. Four armed masked men claimed
responsibility for the killing in a video uploaded to the Internet.
They appeared alongside a flag belonging to a pro-Ukrainian neo-Nazi
2017 Oct 16, US Army Sergeant
Bowe Bergdahl (31), accused of endangering fellow soldiers who
searched for him after he walked off his combat outpost in
Afghanistan in 2009 and was captured by the Taliban, pleaded guilty
to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.
2017 Oct 16, Ahmad Khan Rahami
(Rahimi), an Afghan-born American suspect (28) jailed in connection
with weekend bombings in New York and New Jersey, was convicted on
all eight charges related to planting two pressure-cooker bombs on
NYC streets in Sept., 2016, that left 30 people injured.
(SFC, 10/17/17, p.A7)
2017 Oct 16, In California the
Bear Fire started in the Santa Cruz mountains and threatened about
(SFC, 10/18/17, p.A8)
2017 Oct 16, Thousands of new
Rohingya refugees crossed the border into Bangladesh from Myanmar.
An overcrowded boat carrying refugees capsized in the Bay of Bengal
near a Bangladeshi fishing village, killing 12 people, including six
children. Up to 65 people were on board, almost half of them
(Reuters, 10/16/17)(AP, 10/16/17)
2017 Oct 16, Roy Dotrice (94),
a veteran British actor, died at his London home. He was known for
his role as Leopold Mozart in the Oscar-winning film "Amadeus" and
his many theater and TV roles.
2017 Oct 16, Croatian police
arrested six former senior executives Agrokor [AGROK.UL] during a
series of police raids in an investigation into alleged financial
irregularities at the heavily indebted food and retail conglomerate.
2017 Oct 16, It was reported
that the average price for newly built apartments in Prague reached
some 92,600 koruna ($4,240) per square meter this year, up from
75,600 a year ago, a growth rate that the Czech Rep. central bank
says it higher than anywhere else in Europe.
2017 Oct 16, In Egypt three
policemen, one security guard and a civilian were killed and a
number of other people injured in an attack by militants on a bank
branch in Arish in North Sinai province.
2017 Oct 16, The EU reaffirmed
its support for a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers
despite sharp criticism of the accord by President Donald Trump, and
it urged US lawmakers not to reimpose sanctions on Tehran.
2017 Oct 16, European observers
said vote-buying and significant procedural problems marred
Kyrgyzstan's presidential vote, though they praised the move towards
an orderly transfer of power in the volatile ex-Soviet state.
Sooronbai Jeenbekov, a protege of the outgoing president, won the
elections with 55 percent, a stronger result than the near tie polls
2017 Oct 16, A Berlin court
sentenced Ursula Haverbeck (88) to six months in prison for denying
the Holocaust and for inciting hatred. A court in North
Rhine-Westphalia last summer gave her a 10-month prison sentence for
the same charges. She avoided going to jail by appealing the
2017 Oct 16, Guam's territorial
veterinarian said the island has four animal control officers who
field as many as 30 stray dog calls daily. A draft bill crafted by
the island's Stray Dog Committee aimed at decreasing Guam's stray
dog population by 75 percent over the next 18 months, part of a plan
to reduce the island's population of about 25,000 stray dogs, about
one stray dog for every seven residents.
2017 Oct 16, Hungary said it
will "block and boycott" all attempts to draw Ukraine more deeply
into the European Union unless Kiev changes a new education law that
rolls back options for schools to teach lessons in languages other
2017 Oct 16, Iraqi government
forces captured the Kurdish-held city of Kirkuk, responding to a
Kurdish vote on independence with a bold lightning strike that
transforms the balance of power in the country. Several Peshmerga
and members of the Iraqi forces were reported killed in an overnight
clash south of Kirkuk. At least 25 Kurdish fighters were killed in
the clashes. Kirkuk is of the most ethnically and religiously
diverse cities in Iraq and located just outside the autonomous
(Reuters, 10/16/17)(AP, 10/17/17)
2017 Oct 16, Iraqi forces
pillaged and torched Kurdish districts in the multi-ethnic town of
Tuz Khurmatu following clashes with Kurdish fighters. Locals later
said at least 11 civilians were killed in "indiscriminate attacks"
as heavy weaponry was used in densely-populated areas of the city.
2017 Oct 16, Trading sources
said Iraq's Kurdistan has shut down some 350,000 barrels per day
(bpd) of production from major fields Bai Hassan and Avana due to
security concerns after a flare-up in tensions with the central
government. Iraq said it was considering using security forces to
prevent Kurdistan from shutting down output from the oil area of
2017 Oct 16, Hurricane Ophelia
hit Ireland leaving three people dead, 120,000 homes and businesses
without power and every school in the country closed. Ophelia was
downgraded to a storm before it hit the Irish coast but nonetheless
(AFP, 10/16/17)(AP, 10/17/17)
2017 Oct 16, Israeli
authorities approved permits for 31 settler homes in Hebron in the
occupied West Bank, the first such approvals for the flashpoint city
2017 Oct 16, Israel's military
carried out an air strike on an anti-aircraft battery in Syria after
it fired toward its planes, while vowing it sought no further
escalation in the war-torn country.
2017 Oct 16, Kenya police shot
dead a street vendor as opposition supporters held demonstrations
calling for electoral reform. Human Rights Watch said as many as 67
people have died across the East African nation after President
Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election was announced.
2017 Oct 16, Talks between
representatives of rival authorities in strife-torn Libya hit a new
snag after a parliamentary delegation suspended its participation in
the UN-backed discussions hosted by Tunisia.
2017 Oct 16, Maltese journalist
Caruana Galizia was killed by a car bomb near her home. Her death
came four months after PM Joseph Muscat won a landslide victory in
elections that were called early after she accused his wife of
taking kickbacks from Azerbaijan's ruling family and hiding the cash
in a secret Panama bank account.
2017 Oct 16, Mexican
authorities said running series of gunbattles caused at least 11
deaths over the weekend in the northern border state of Tamaulipas.
2017 Oct 16, In the
Philippines, Isnilon Hapilon and Omarkhayam Maute, two surviving
leaders of the siege in Marawi, were killed in a gunbattle as troops
retook the last area held by militants.
(SFC, 10/16/17, p.A2)
2017 Oct 16, In Portugal at
least 32 people have died in fires which have ravaged forests in the
north and center of the country over the past 24 hours.
2017 Oct 16, Russia’s President
Vladimir Putin signed a decree imposing restrictions on North Korea
in order to comply with a UN Security Council resolution introduced
in response to Pyongyang's missile tests in late 2016.
2017 Oct 16, In Somalia The US
resumed its fight against extremist group al-Shabab with a drone
strike. The United States has about 400 troops in Somalia.
2017 Oct 16, The Spanish
government said Catalan authorities must drop a bid for independence
by Oct. 19, moving closer to imposing direct rule over the region
after its leader missed an initial deadline to back down.
2017 Oct 16, Spain’s PM Mariano
Rajoy said that arsonists were to blame for most of the deadly
wildfires raging in northwestern Spain.
2017 Oct 16, In Syria SDF
fighters marched toward a hospital and stadium in Raqqa under the
cover of airstrikes by the US-led coalition as scores of civilians
trickled out of the IS-held part of the city.
2017 Oct 16, Turkey announced
that it is closing its airspace to flights to and from Iraq's
semi-autonomous Kurdish region and have Baghdad take control of the
Iraqi side of its main border crossing.
(AP, 10/16/17)(Reuters, 10/16/17)
2017 Oct 16, Turkey’s interior
ministry said security forces detained 1,210 people over the last
week for suspected links to militant groups or last year's failed
2017 Oct 16, Two Turkish
soldiers were killed in the southeastern province of Hakkari after
an improvised explosive device detonated.
2017 Oct 16, Pope Francis
marked the UN’s World Food Day by calling for governments to work
together to tackle the problems of hunger, global warming and
(SFC, 10/17/17, p.A2)
2017 Oct 16, Venezuela's
opposition refused to recognize a surprise win for the ruling
socialists in weekend regional elections. On Oct 18 the National
Electoral Council said socialist contenders swept 18 of the 23
governor offices at stake. The opposition had been widely expected
to win a majority of the races and contested the results.
(Reuters, 10/16/17)(AP, 10/17/17)
2018 Oct 16, US President
Donald Trump threatened to withdraw funding and aid from Honduras if
it does not stop a caravan of people that is heading to the United
2018 Oct 16, The US Treasury
Department slapped sanctions on a network of more than 20 businesses
it said had financial links to the Basij paramilitary group, which
enforces internal security in Iran.
2018 Oct 16, Alaska's Lt. Gov.
Byron Mallott resigned for making unspecified innappropriate
comments, imperiling the re-election of Gov. Bill Walker.
(SFC, 10/18/18, p.A6)
2018 Oct 16, In Nevada Dennis
Hof (72), Republican nominee to the state Assembly, died overnight
at his Love Branch Brothel, just outside Pahrump. On Nov. 6 voters
chose Hoff over Lesia Romanov for the 36th Assembly District.
Officials planned to appoint a Republican to take his place.
(SFC, 10/17/18, p.A5)(SFC, 11/8/18, p.A8)
2018 Oct 16, Around 200
deputies kept Algeria's parliament locked up for several hours in a
protest action to press demands for the house speaker to step down.
Said Bouhadja, president of the lower house, has since late
September resisted calls to resign over charges of "mismanagement,
exaggerated and illicit expenses and dubious recruitment".
2018 Oct 16, The US Treasury
Department slapped sanctions on a network of more than 20 businesses
it said had financial links to the Basij paramilitary group, which
enforces internal security in Iran.
2018 Oct 16, London police
arrested eight people suspected of being part of an international
human trafficking gang with ties to Romania.
2018 Oct 16, China
characterized its mass internment of Muslims as a push to bring into
the "modern, civilized" world a destitute people who are easily led
astray — a depiction that analysts said bore troubling colonial
2018 Oct 16, A Chinese maker of
rabies vaccine was fined $1.3 billion for falsifying production
records in a scandal that prompted a nationwide crackdown on the
industry. Changchun Changsheng Life Sciences Ltd. also was stripped
of its production licenses for vaccines and drugs.
2018 Oct 16, Chinese state
media reported that Gen. Fang Fenghui was expelled and stripped of
his rank. He now faces a court martial on corruption allegations.
Fang, formerly chief of the PLA's joint staff department, dropped
out of public view last year, shortly after an August 2017 meeting
with the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps Gen.
2018 Oct 16, Egypt extended its
state of emergency for another three months.
2018 Oct 16, Ethiopia's PM Abiy
Ahmed created a new Ministry of Peace and handed half the posts in
his cabinet to women in a sweeping cabinet reshuffle as he sought to
tackle a wave of ethnic violence.
2018 Oct 16, Ethiopia released
some 1,100 of the youth from a military camp after a monthlong
detention in which the federal police commissioner said they were
"brainwashed." The youths had rallied to condemn killings of ethnic
minorities on the outskirts of Addis Ababa.
2018 Oct 16, In India tensions
rose at the Sabarimala hill temple in Kerala state before an
expected face-off between women of menstrual age who can enter for
the first time in centuries and conservative Hindu groups who want
to stop them.
2018 Oct 16, Local council
elections ended in Indian-controlled Kashmir, with most voters
staying away in Muslim-dominated areas of the disputed region. The
overall voting percentage for all four phases in the Kashmir valley,
the heartland of anti-India dissent, was less than 6 percent.
2018 Oct 16, It was reported
that Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has
arrested nine people, including a top district government official
and a company director, in a bribery investigation linked to the
Lippo Group's $21 billion Meikarta real estate project near Jakarta.
2018 Oct 16, At least 10
Iranian security personnel including Revolutionary Guards were
kidnapped on the border with Pakistan, and a separatist group that
claimed responsibility described the act as revenge for oppression
of Sunni Muslims. The kidnapped security personnel were reportedly
unconscious at the time. Reports followed that they had eaten
drugged food and that infiltrators helped with the abduction to
(Reuters, 10/16/18)(Reuters, 10/17/18)
2018 Oct 16, The rival Koreas
and the US-led United Nations Command met to discuss efforts to
disarm a military zone the rivals control within their shared border
under a peace agreement between the two countries.
2018 Oct 16, In Morocco a
shuttle train linking Rabat to a town farther north on the Atlantic
coast derailed, killing at least seven people and injuring dozens.
The train was traveling at more than twice the speed limit on the
part of the track where it derailed.
(AP, 10/16/18)(Reuters, 10/23/18)
2018 Oct 16, In the Netherlands
former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed for a sense of
urgency as he launched the Global Commission on Adaptation that aims
to accelerate and expand ways the world can prepare for climate
2018 Oct 16, In Pakistan at
least 15 people, mostly women and schoolgirls, were killed in two
separate road accidents.
2018 Oct 16, In Pakistan the
sons of suspected drug dealer Musarrat Iqbal, arrested in the
country's northwest, killed local reporter Sohail Khan, who wrote
about their father's case. Khan was the second Kay-2 journalist to
be killed in just over a year in Haripur.
2018 Oct 16, Security guards
aboard the Hong Kong-flagged MV KSL freighter repelled an attack by
pirates in a gunbattle 340 nautical miles off Somalia's coast.
2018 Oct 16, It was reported
that Spain's bishops have set up a commission on child sex abuse in
the Catholic Church, in preparation for meeting next year called by
Pope Francis to cope with a spreading sexual abuse crisis.
2018 Oct 16, It was reported
that Swiss glaciers have lost 2.5 percent of their volume this year.
2018 Oct 16, The UN refugee
agency expressed concern over Angola's expulsion of some 200,000
Congolese in the past two weeks, saying it would create a
(SFC, 10/17/18, p.A2)
2018 Oct 16, In Yemen Alain
Goma, a French citizen who had been held captive since June by
Houthi forces, was freed.
2019 Oct 16, Pres. Donald Trump
met with Italy's president.
2019 Oct 16, President Donald
Trump said US troops are "largely out" of a region of Syria where
Turkish forces are attacking Kurdish fighters. Trump declared the US
has no stake in defending the Kurdish fighters who died by the
thousands as America's partners against IS extremists. Hours later,
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats walked out of a
meeting at the White House, accusing him of having a "meltdown".
(AP, 10/16/19)(AP, 10/17/19)
2019 Oct 16, In the US 129
House Republicans joined every House Democrat to pass a nonbonding
resolution condemning President Trump's abrupt withdrawal of US
forces from northeastern Syria, paving the way for Turkey to invade
and slaughter America's Kurdish allies.
(The Week, 10/18/19)
2019 Oct 16, Two US fighter
jets launched airstrikes to destroy ammunition that was left behind
when American forces left a cement factory south of Kobani, Syria.
2019 Oct 16, It was reported
that US Federal prosecutors have shut down the "largest dark web
child porn marketplace" and charged Jong Woo Son (23) of South Korea
with running it. The site, called "Welcome to Video," was shut down
in March 2018, years after it was first founded in June 2015. Korean
law enforcement raided his home and found servers hosting the site
in his bedroom in March 2018.
2019 Oct 16, California state
officials shut down the Contra Costa County fuel storage facility of
NuStar Energy in Crockett, following the explosion and fire two days
earlier at the site.
(SFC, 10/17/1, p.A1)
2019 Oct 15, In northern
California the Napa County Board of Supervisors voted to
indefinitely ban all commercial cannabis activites in unincorporated
areas, including the growing, processing and selling of pot in
(SFC, 10/17/19, p.D1)
2019 Oct 16, In Florida Marissa
Mowry (28),a former live-in nanny, pleaded guilty to sexual battery.
She had started relations with a boy when he was 11 and their son
was now five.
(SFC, 10/19/19, p.A5)
2019 Oct 16, Chicago Public
Schools, the third-largest system in the United States, canceled
classes for 361,000 students, ahead of a strike deadline set by the
teachers who are locked in protracted labor negotiations.
2019 Oct 16, Las Vegas police
said the body of a woman missing for five months has been found
encased in concrete in the desert and that a suspect has been
arrested. Christopher Prestipino (45) was arrested on Oct. 11 on
suspicion of murder, kidnapping and conspiracy to commit murder.
Lisa Mort (31) was also arrested for allegedly helping to conceal
2019 Oct 15, The US Supreme
Court shut down South Carolina's attempt to complete the Mixed Oxide
Fuel Fabrication Facility at the Savannah River site near Aiken. The
government has already spent $8 billion on the nuclear fuel
(SFC, 10/16/19, p.A5)
2019 Oct 16, General Motors and
the autoworkers' union said they have reached a tentative agreement
on a labor contract that could end a monthlong strike.
(SFC, 10/17/19, p.D1)
2019 Oct 16, The UK Supreme
Court ruled that judge Claire Gilham should be allowed to take her
case to an employment tribunal because excluding her from
whistleblowing protection rules would breach her human rights. The
district judge said she was bullied, victimized and suffered a
breakdown after raising concerns about the dangers of government
cuts to legal services.
2019 Oct 16, Burundi reported
that more than 40 people have been arrested since penalties for
black market trading were increased last month.
2019 Oct 16, A Paris zoo
showcased a mysterious new organism, dubbed the "blob", a yellowish
unicellular small living being which looks like a fungus but acts
like an animal. The blob has almost 720 sexes, can move without legs
or wings and heals itself in two minutes if cut in half.
2019 Oct 16, In Guinea hospital
staff in Conakry said security forces have killed at least nine
people this week during demonstrations against a possible change to
the constitution that could let President Alpha Conde seek a third
2019 Oct 16, Hong Kong leader
Carrie Lam had to abandon her policy speech because of jeering
lawmakers. She then broadcast the annual address via a video link
after the rowdy scenes in the Legislative Council.
2019 Oct 16, Indian and
Pakistan troops traded fire in the disputed Kashmir region killing
four civilians and wounding nearly a dozen others.
(SFC, 10/17/19, p.A2)
2019 Oct 16, Iran's
semi-official Tasnim news agency is reporting that President Hassan
Rouhani's brother. Hossein Fereidoun, has begun serving a five-year
prison sentence on bribery charges.
2019 Oct 16, Kenya's opened a
$1.5 billion Chinese-built railway line linking Nairobi to Naivasha,
despite delays in building an industrial park in the Rift Valley
town to encourage freight.
2019 Oct 16, In Libya gunmen
killed two women and three children of the same family while they
were driving on a highway near the capital, Tripoli.
2019 Oct 16, Burmese (Myanmar)
fishermen spotted a total of 23 sacks of crystal meth floating in
the Andaman Sea and mistook it for a deodorant substance. Police the
next day combed a beach and found an additional two sacks of the
same substance - bringing the total to 691 kg (1,500 pounds) which
would be worth about $20.2 million.
(The Telegraph, 10/20/19)
2019 Oct 16, Police in the
Dutch city of The Hague closed its central parliament square to keep
out farmers protesting over what they see as attempts to blame them
for nitrogen pollution.
2019 Oct 16, Nigerian police
freed about 500 men and boys from a northern Islamic school in
Katsina where some had been chained to walls, molested and beaten.
2019 Oct 16, Several families
of Palestinians detainees imprisoned by Saudi Arabia held a rare
protest in Gaza, calling on the kingdom to free them. Hamas
officials said Saudi authorities intensified a crackdown on the
Islamist group's supporters in the kingdom this year, rounding up
dozens of Palestinian doctors, engineers and traders across the
2019 Oct 16, The Peruvian
government authorized the intervention of the armed forces and
police to unblock access to one of the country's largest copper
mines, after owner Chinese miner MMG Ltd said it may have to cease
production at the site.
2019 Oct 16, A magnitude 6.4
earthquake struck the southern Philippines, killing at least one
child and injuring more than two dozen other people.
2019 Oct 16, In Saudi Arabia 35
pilgrims were killed in a bus crash near the city of Mecca.
2019 Oct 16, Turkey's Foreign
Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says his country won't be affected by
"sanctions and threats" over its military incursion into northeast
2019 Oct 16, The UN Special
Envoy for Syria said there must be a cessation of hostilities
between Turkish troops and Kurdish fighters as the world is
"extremely alarmed by the humanitarian consequences of the crisis".
2020 Oct 16, US President
Donald Trump approved California's request for additional wildfire
recovery relief, reversing his administration's earlier denial after
intervention from the state's governor and a key Republican
2020 Oct 16, The US National
Institutes of Health (NIH) said it has started a late-stage trial to
evaluate if immune-modulating therapies from three drug makers can
help reduce the need for ventilators for COVID-19 patients and
shorten their hospital stay. The NIH said it has selected three
agents for the study: Johnson & Johnson unit Janssen Research's
Remicade, Bristol Myers Squibb's Orencia and Abbvie Inc's
experimental drug cenicriviroc.
2020 Oct 16, In California
rapper Fontrell Antonio Baines (31), aka known as Nuke Bizzle, was
arrested for an alleged unemployment benefits fraud scheme — after
he had boasted about that type of fraud in a YouTube music video.
Bizzle allegedly applied for $1.2 million in jobless benefits and
used stolen identities.
(NBC News, 10/18/20)
2020 Oct 16, California to
date had 869,722 cases of coronavirus and 16,856 deaths. The SF Bay
Area had 110,320 cases and 1,667 deaths. Total cases nationwide
reached over 8,039,642 with the death toll at
2020 Oct 16, In Florida three
men died and one was injured in an early morning shooting sparked by
a confrontation at a warehouse in Orlando used by a motorcycle club.
(SFC, 10/17/20, p.A4)
2020 Oct 16, Michigan said it
will prohibit the open carrying of firearms at polling stations,
clerk's offices and other places where absentee ballots are
tabulated to prevent voter intimidation.
2020 Oct 16, The Michigan Court
of Appeals said that absentee ballots must arrive by Election Day to
be counted, blocking a 14-day extension that had been ordered by a
2020 Oct 16, North Dakota
confirmed 877 new cases of the coronavirus and 18 more deaths. In
total the state has confirmed 30,000 cases and 388 deaths.
(SSFC, 10/18/20, p.A9)
2020 Oct 16, A Texas state
judge in Travis County issued an injunction blocking enforcement of
Gov. Greg Abbott's Oct. 1 order limiting counties to one mail-in
ballot drop-off location.
(SFC, 10/17/20, p.A4)
2020 Oct 16, It was reported
that federal authorities in Utah have charged 21 white supremacist
gang members and associates with distributing drugs and firearms
around the state.
(NY Daily News, 10/16/20)
2020 Oct 16, In Texas arson
investigator Lemuel Bruce (44) and an arson suspect were killed
during a shootout early today in Houston after the investigator
pursued the suspect.
2020 Oct 16, The Taliban said
they have agreed to suspend attacks in southern Afghanistan that
have displaced thousands this week — but only after the Americans
promised to halt all strikes and night raids in keeping with the
peace agreement the US signed with the insurgents in February.
2020 Oct 16, Azerbaijani
authorities accused Armenia of expanding the conflict over
Nagorno-Karabakh by shelling a different region in Azerbaijan, a
claim rejected by Armenian officials. Armenia, in turn, charged that
the Azerbaijani troops executed two Armenian war prisoners.
2020 Oct 16, Bosnia's new
COVID-19 infections hit a record high for the third day in a row
with 621 cases. Authorities warned that the healthcare system could
collapse if the trend continued. The country of around 3.3 million
people has so far recorded 32,845 cases of the coronavirus with 980
2020 Oct 16, British PM Boris
Johnson's spokesman said talks to agree a Brexit trade deal with the
European Union are over, saying there was no point carrying on
unless the bloc fundamentally changed its stance.
2020 Oct 16, UK data showed
that a further 136 people died within 28 days of testing positive
for coronavirus, bringing the total official toll to 43,429.
2020 Oct 16, GlaxoSmithKline
Plc said an injection of its cabotegravir drug given every two
months, in combination with Johnson & Johnson's rilpivirine, was
recommended for approval to treat HIV infections by a panel of the
European health regulator.
2020 Oct 16, The government of
Burkina Faso said at least 20 people were killed, injured or remain
missing after attacks this week by extremist rebels on three
villages in the country's Sahel region.
2020 Oct 16, China defended its
Confucius Institutes as apolitical facilitators of cultural and
language exchange following scathing political attacks from the
2020 Oct 16, Croatia reported
1,131 COVID-19 cases, the first time the Adriatic country of four
million people has exceeded 1,000 infections a day. Croatia has
recorded 23,665 cases so far with 345 deaths.
2020 Oct 16, Denmark convicted
two suspected neo-Nazis, members of the Nordic Resistance Movement,
of desecrating Jewish graves last year, as well as other acts of
vandalism and racism.
(SSFC, 10/18/20, p.A5)
2020 Oct 16, The European Union
imposed sanctions on seven ministers recently appointed to the
Syrian government, blaming them for playing a role in the continued
crackdown on civilians in the war-ravaged country.
2020 Oct 16, In France history
teacher Samuel Paty (47) was beheaded in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine. A
Chechen refugee (18), unknown to intelligence services, posted a
grisly claim of responsibility on social media minutes after the
attack. The suspect was shot dead about 600 meters (yards) from
where Paty died. Police arrested nine suspects.
(AP, 10/17/20)(Econ., 10/24/20, p.82)
2020 Oct 16, Germany said one
more case of African swine fever (ASF) has been found in the wild
boar population in Brandenburg. That brings the number of confirmed
cases to 70 since the first on Sept. 10.
2020 Oct 16, Greece recorded
508 new confirmed coronavirus infections, topping the 500 daily mark
for the first time, as health authorities urged compliance with mask
wearing and social distancing.
2020 Oct 16, In Guinea the
minister of defence issued a statement saying that a group of
soldiers had entered a military camp in Kindia, a city 130km (80
miles) east of the capital Conakry, and killed its commander, Col
2020 Oct 16, In Hungary the
number of deaths caused by the coronavirus hit a record 33. Total
cases reached 41,732 with 1,085 deaths.
(SFC, 10/17/20, p.A6)
2020 Oct 16, Japan-based
Fujifilm Holdings Corp said it was seeking approval for its flu drug
Avigan as a treatment for COVID-19 in Japan, a move that comes after
a late-stage study showed reduced recovery time for patients with
2020 Oct 16, Kyrgyzstan's PM
Sadyr Zhaparov (Japarov) became the acting head of state in the wake
of Pres. Sooronbai Jeenbekov's resignation.
(SFC, 10/17/20, p.A2)(Econ., 10/17/20, p.33)
2020 Oct 16, It was reported
that experts in Mexico this week have detected more than 2,000
pre-Hispanic ruins or clusters of artifacts along the proposed route
of the controversial "Maya Train" project on the Yucatan peninsula.
(SFC, 10/16/20, p.A2)
2020 Oct 16, Nicaragua's
National Assembly approved a law that would give the government of
Pres. Daniel Ortega more power to monitor people, businesses and
organizations that receive funding from abroad.
(SFC, 10/17/20, p.A2)
2020 Oct 16, Nigerian protests
against police brutality continued for the ninth day, with
demonstrators fending off attacks from gangs suspected to be backed
by the police, warnings from the Nigerian military, and a government
order to stop because of COVID-19.
2020 Oct 16, Poland reported a
new daily record of 132 coronavirus-related deaths and counted 7,705
new confirmed cases, amid fears the pandemic is testing the
country's supply of hospital beds and ventilators.
2020 Oct 16, Russian President
Vladimir Putin made a strong call to save the last existing nuclear
arms control pact between his country and the United States,
proposing to extend it at least for one year. The United States
called President Vladimir Putin's proposal for an unconditional
one-year extension a non-starter.
(AP, 10/16/20)(AFP, 10/16/20)
2020 Oct 16, Russia reported a
record high of 15,150 new cases in the previous 24 hours, including
5,049 in the capital Moscow. The Kremlin said it was worried by a
record surge in COVID-19 cases but that the situation was still
under control. Russia has the world's fourth highest infection
2020 Oct 16, Serbia ordered
mandatory wearing of masks at all times outside the home and
introduced other measures to deal with the spread of coronavirus.
Serbia has so far reported 35,454 cases and 770 fatalities, with 203
new cases reported a day earlier.
2020 Oct 16, Slovakia reported
2,075 new daily cases of the novel coronavirus, meaning the country
now has one of the fastest infection rates in Europe. This brought
the total in the country of 5.5 million to 26,300 since March. 71
people have died.
2020 Oct 16, Slovenia reported
a record number of daily coronavirus infections, reaching 834 cases
in the last 24 hours.
2020 Oct 16, Spanish
pharmaceutical company PharmaMar said a clinical trial of its cancer
drug Aplidin to treat adult patients with COVID-19 was successful
and it now aims to start phase III trials.
2020 Oct 16, In Spain some
1,000 hospitality workers rallied in Barcelona's Old City to protest
against a 15-day shutdown of bars and restaurants ordered by the
Catalan regional government to contain a surge in COVID-19
2020 Oct 16, Swiss drugmaker
Novartis grabbed a key European panel's recommendation for its
prospective cholesterol drug Leqvio, clearing the way for its
approval in the next couple of months.
2020 Oct 16, Switzerland
reported another daily record of 3,105 new coronavirus cases as a
second wave of infection gripped the country. The public health
agency reported a total of 74,422 confirmed cases in Switzerland and
neighboring principality Liechtenstein. The death toll rose by five
people to 1,823.
2020 Oct 16, Riot police in
Thailand cracked down on thousands of student-led protesters who
rallied in Bangkok in defiance of a strict state of emergency, while
PM Prayuth Chan-ocha rejected calls for his resignation.
2020 Oct 16, A senior Turkish
government official said a man has been arrested suspected of spying
on Arab dissidents in Turkey on behalf of the United Arab Emirates.
2020 Oct 16, Turkey's military
test-fired its Russian made S-4000 air defense system.
(SSFC, 10/18/20, p.A5)
2020 Oct 16, It was reported
that rescuers in Vietnam have recovered the bodies of 11 army
personnel and two other people who were buried in a landslide while
trying to reach victims of a separate landslide in Thua Thien-Hue
province. Flooding in central Vietnam has killed at least 36 people
since last week.
(SFC, 10/17/20, p.A2)
2020 Oct 16, A large study led
by the World Health Organization suggested that the antiviral drug
remdesivir did not help hospitalized COVID-19 patients, in contrast
to an earlier study that made the medicine a standard of care in the
United States and many other countries.
2020 Oct 16, Yemen’s warring
sides completed a major, UN-brokered prisoner swap, a development
that could revive the country’s stalled peace process after more
than five years of grinding conflict.