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1990 Oct 12
The UN Security Council voted unanimously to condemn Israel’s security forces for killing 17 Palestinian demonstrators on the Temple Mount.
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1990 Oct 12
Wolfgang Schauble (b.1942), German politician, was the target of an assassination attempt by Dieter Kaufmann, who fired 3 shots at Schäuble after an election campaign event in Oppenau. Schauble was left paralyzed from the waist down. In 2009 he was appointed finance minister under Chancellor Angel Merkel.
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1991 Oct 12
Testifying for a second day on sexual harassment charges leveled by law professor Anita Hill, Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas told the Senate Judiciary Committee he'd "rather die than withdraw," and repeated his denial of Hill's allegations.
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1992 Oct 12
A 5.8 earthquake hit Cairo and at least 510 people died.
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1992 Oct 12
In Texas Mike Piperis (46), co-owner of U&I Restaurant in Corpus Christi, and Anthony Staton (31), a cook, were murdered. Martin E. Gurule was convicted for the murder and sentenced to death. Gurule’s girlfriend, Malisa Smith, was also convicted, and sentenced to 25 years in prison.
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1992 Oct 12
Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico began a microwave search for occupied planets.
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1993 Oct 12
The Toronto Blue Jays won their second straight American League pennant, defeating the Chicago White Sox in six games.
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1993 Oct 12
Hundreds of militant right-wingers in Haiti cheered as an American warship retreated in a major setback for a U.N. mission to restore democracy.
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1994 Oct 12
American Clifford G. Shull and Canadian Bertram N. Brockhouse won the Nobel physics prize; American George A. Olah won the Nobel chemistry prize.
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1994 Oct 12
The Magellan space probe ended its four-year mapping mission of Venus, plunging into the planet's atmosphere.
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1994 Oct 12
Panama granted political asylum to ousted Haitian military leader Raoul Cedras.
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1995 Oct 12
After a 2-day delay, a cease-fire in Bosnia went into effect a minute after midnight. Fighting continued over contested towns in northwest Bosnia.
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1995 Oct 12
After a 2-day delay, the US-brokered cease-fire in Bosnia-Herzegovina went into effect a minute after midnight. Fighting continued over contested towns in northwest Bosnia.
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1996 Oct 12
Ecuador’s Pres. Abdala Bucaram released his debut Rock ‘n’ Roll CD this week: "A Madman in Love."
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1996 Oct 12
President Clinton signed into law the Water Resources Development Act, which authorized federal water projects across the country.
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1996 Oct 12
Thousands of Hispanic Americans marched in Washington to push for simplified citizenship procedures and a seven-dollar minimum wage.
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1996 Oct 12
Followers of Sri Chimnoy, dedicated to int'l. peace and freedom through physical fitness, hung a brass plaque with a free verse poem in an alcove the lobby of the Statue of Liberty.
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1996 Oct 12
In Ecuador Pres. Abdala Bucaram released his debut Rock ‘n’ Roll CD this week: "A Madman in Love."
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1996 Oct 12
In New Zealand elections voters delivered a split verdict on conservative rule. Jenny Shipley was made prime minister and ruled for 2 years.

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1996 Oct 12
Theodore Miriung, head of the Bougainville Transitional Government of Papua, New Guinea, was assassinated.
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1997 Oct 12
Angolan troops backed the rebels in an offensive around southern cities. Rebels surrounded Brazzaville and Gen’l. Jean-Marie Tiaffou urged government troops to surrender. There were reports that Angola’s UNITA rebels were backing Pres. Lissouba.
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1997 Oct 12
Elections were scheduled by Pres. Plavsic.
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1997 Oct 12
In the Republic of Congo Angolan troops backed the rebels in an offensive around southern cities. Rebels surrounded Brazzaville and Gen’l. Jean-Marie Tiaffou urged government troops to surrender. There were reports that Angola’s UNITA rebels were backing Pres. Lissouba.
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1997 Oct 12
Pres. Clinton met Pres. Rafael Caldera of Venezuela on the first stop of his trip to South America. It was reported that Venezuela handles some 100 metric tons of cocaine and 10 metric tons of heroin from Colombia to the US.
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1997 Oct 12
In SF a rock concert organized by Chet Helms was planned in Golden Gate Park to commemorate the 30-year anniversary of the "Be-In." [see 1/14/67] An estimated 10,000 people gathered for the concert.
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1997 Oct 12
John Denver (53), singer and songwriter, died after his Long-EZ aircraft crashed into the ocean near Monterey, Ca. He was born as Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. and came to prominence as a member of the Chad Mitchell Trio. He wrote the song "Leavin’ on a Jet Plane," that became a hit for Peter, Paul and Mary.
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1997 Oct 12
In Bosnia elections were scheduled by Pres. Plavsic.
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1997 Oct 12
In Jerusalem an Arab toddler received the heart of a Jewish boy killed in a bicycle-auto accident.
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1997 Oct 12
Georgia police Officer John Sowa was killed and another officer was wounded while responding to a domestic violence call in Atlanta. Gregory Paul Lawler (44) was later convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Lawler was executed on October 19, 2016.
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1998 Oct 12
Canada planned to begin discussion with Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Liechtenstein for the first trans-Atlantic free-trade pact.
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1998 Oct 12
A record 974-pound pumpkin won the Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay, Ca. It was raised from an Atlantic Giant seed by Lincoln Mettler of Eatonville, Wa.
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1998 Oct 12
The Nobel Prize in medicine was awarded to 3 Americans, Robert F. Furchgott (82), Louis Ignarro (57) and Ferid Murad (62), for their work on nitric oxide gas in biochemical functions in the human body.
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1998 Oct 12
An American law protecting sea turtles was overturned by an appeals panel of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
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1998 Oct 12
Matthew Shepard (21), a gay student at the University of Wyoming, died in fort Collins, Colorado, five days after he was beaten and lashed to a fence; two men were charged with his murder. Russell Henderson later pleaded guilty to murder and kidnapping; a second suspect, Aaron McKinney, was convicted of felony murder, kidnapping and aggravated robbery. McKinney was sentenced to 2 life terms.
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1998 Oct 12
In France thousands of high-school students demonstrated for more teachers and school equipment.
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1998 Oct 12
In Iran the Khordad Foundation raised its reward for the killing of Salman Rushdie to $2.8 million.
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1998 Oct 12
In Japan the parliament approved banking legislation that would allow the government to nationalize failing banks.
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1998 Oct 12
A protest was planned at the Mexican border against plans to put low-level radioactive waste at Sierra Blanca in Texas, 16 miles from the border. This appeared to be in violation of the 1983 La Paz Treaty in which the US and Mexico agreed to reduce pollution within 60 miles of their common frontier.
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1998 Oct 12
In Sierra Leone a military court condemned 34 officers to death for their participation in a 1997 coup.
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1998 Oct 12
Yugoslav Pres. Milosevic agreed to withdraw troops from Kosovo and allow int’l. verification as NATO prepared to authorize air strikes if he does not comply.
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1998 Oct 12
In Santa Monica, Ca., Horst Fietze, a German tourist, was killed by robbers as he strolled with his wife on an ocean promenade. In 2009 Paul Carpenter (31), a suspect in the murder, was arrested in Jamaica. Three others had already been convicted and sentenced for their roles in the killing.
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1999 Oct 12
The 3rd place Austrian People's Party refused to revive a coalition with the Social Democrats.
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1999 Oct 12
The world population was projected to reach 6 billion. This day was declared by the UN as the Day of 6 Billion. The designated 6 billionth baby was born in Bosnia.
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1999 Oct 12
In Burundi Hutu rebels attacked a UN humanitarian convoy and killed 9 people at the Muzye refugee camp in Rutana.
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1999 Oct 12
Ahmed H. Zewail, an Egyptian chemist at the California Inst. of Tech., won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for finding a way to freeze-frame the private matings of molecules using ultra fast laser probes.
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1999 Oct 12
Professors Gerardus 't Hooft and Martinus J.G. Veltman of the Netherlands won the Nobel Prize in Physics for the invention of mathematical tools to calculate properties of fundamental particles. From 1981 to his retirement in 1997, Veltman was an active member of the Univ. of Michigan physics department.

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1999 Oct 12
It was reported that Calvin Klein would soon begin marketing "dirty jeans" for as much as $78 retail.
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1999 Oct 12
Wilt Chamberlain, basketball legend and Hall-of-Famer Wilt "The Stilt," died at age 63 in Bel Air, Ca.
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1999 Oct 12
In Hong Kong it was reported that a $2.6 billion Cyberport was to be developed beginning in 2001.
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1999 Oct 12
In Pakistan Gen'l. Pervez Musharraf led a military coup after PM Shariff tried to fire him and replace him with Gen'l. Zia Uddin. Musharraf avoided martial law and left the parliament intact. Sharif refused to let a passenger plane land in Karachi with 198 people aboard that included Gen. Musharraf. The coup cut short a Pakistani commando operation set up by the CIA to get Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan. In 2009 the Pakistani Supreme Court acquitted Sharif of hijacking charges.
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1999 Oct 12
Bjorn Soderberg (b.1958), a member of a Swedish far-left union, was shot and killed. Prosecutors said the killing was revenge for the Soderberg's public denouncement of a co-worker who belonged to a neo-Nazi organization. In 2000 three men, including Hampus Hellekant, were convicted in the fatal shooting. Hellekant served 7 years in prison and in 2007 was admitted to the medical school of the Karolinska institute under the name Karl Svensson. He was expelled after 4 months when his former identity was revealed.
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2000 Oct 12
The Nobel Prize in literature was won by Gao Xingjian (60), an exiled Chinese writer living in Paris. His novels include "Soul Mountain," based on a 1986 walking tour along the Yangtze River.
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2000 Oct 12
In Ecuador suspected Columbian FARC guerrillas kidnapped 5 Americans and 5 other foreign oil workers, hijacked a helicopter, and crossed back to Columbia. It was later suspected that the kidnappers were Ecuadoran criminals rather than Colombian guerrillas.
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2000 Oct 12
A US Navy destroyer, the USS Cole, refueling in Yemen suffered an enormous explosion in what appeared to be a terrorist attack. Initial reports had at least 6 sailors killed with 11 missing. The death toll was revised to 17. The 8,600-ton Cole was returned to the US aboard the Norwegian ship Blue Marlin. In 2001 a video tape by "Al-Sahab Productions" circulated among Muslim militants with footage of the bombed vessel. The Cole returned to active duty in 2003 following $250 million in repairs. In 2007 Walid Muhammad bin Attash told a military tribunal at Guantanamo that he was responsible for organizing the Cole attack as well as the 1998 bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. In 2014 Abd al-Rahm al Nashiri (49) of Saudi Arabia faced trial for orchestrating the bombing.
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2000 Oct 12
Pres. Clinton lifted key economic sanctions against Serbia.
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2000 Oct 12
North Korea’s Vice-Marshal Jo Myong Rok presented Pres. Clinton with a personal invitation from Pres. Kim to visit Pyongyang. The Clinton administration and North Korea issued a joint communique asserting a decision to "fundamentally improve" their relations.
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2000 Oct 12
The DJIA fell 379.21 (3.6%) to 10,034, while the NASDAQ fell 93.81 (3%) to 3074 in response to the Middle East crises.
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2000 Oct 12
In Chechnya a car bomb exploded outside a Grozny police stations and at least 10 people were killed.
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2000 Oct 12
The Palestinian Authority released hundreds of prisoners including senior Islamic militants.
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2000 Oct 12
A mob of Palestinians beat at least 2 Israeli reserve soldiers to death. Israeli helicopters fired missiles at targets in Gaza in retaliation. Two reservist soldiers, Cpl. Vadim Norjitz (33) and Yossi Avrahami (38) were on their way to their army base in the West Bank in October 2000 but took a wrong turn and ended up in Ramallah. Israel later arrested at least four suspects in the killing. In 2007 a 5th suspect, Ayman Zaban, was caught in an upscale neighborhood of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.
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