a October 04:
2002 In Los Angeles a Superior Court jury awards $28 billion in punitive damages to Betty Bullock, 64 [photo, not recent, below], of Newport Beach, who started smoking when she was 17 and was diagnosed in 2001 with lung cancer that has since spread to her liver. She sued Philip Morris Inc. for fraud and negligence. In September 2002, the jury ordered the tobacco company to pay Bullock $750'000 in economic damages and $100'000 for pain and suffering. Philip Morris (MO) has 2.11 billion shares, so the award amounts to $13.27 per share, which it is not likely to pay, as it will undoubtedly get it reversed on appeal.
On the New York Stock Exchange, MO sags from its previous close of $39.50 to an intraday low of $36.25 and closes at $36.59. Its 5~year price chart [>>>] makes it look like an anti-bubble stock. It traded as low as $18.94 on 14 February 2000, a time when bubble stocks were nearing their peaks. MO traded generally higher from then on until a high of $57.80 on 05 June 2002.
2002 Human world chess champion Kramnik, with Black, and computer program Deep Fritz, with White, draw the 1st of the 8 games in their match of 04, 06, 08, 10, 13, 15, 17, and 19 October 2002. 1. e4 e5 / 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 / 4. 0-0 Nxe4 / 5. d4 Nd6 / 6.Bxc6 dxc6 / 7. dxe5 Nf5 / 8. Qxd8+ Kxd8 / 9. Nc3 h6 / 10. b3 Ke8 / 11. Bb2 Be7 / 11...a5 / 12. Rad1 a5 / 13.a4 13...h5 / 14.Ne2 Be6 / 15.c4 Rd8 / 16. h3 b6 / 17. Nfd4 Nxd4 / 18. Nxd4 c5 / 19. Nxe6 fxe6 / 20. Rxd8+ Kxd8 / 21. Bc1 Kc8 / 22. Rd1 Rd8 / 23. Rxd8+ Kxd8 / 24. g4 g6 / 25. h4 – hxg4 / 26. Bg5 Bxg5 / 27. hxg5 – Ke8 / 28. Kg2 and the draw is agreed.
2001 Make no mistake about it (one of G.W. Bush's favorite expressions).. In a speech at the Labor Department, US President Bush (Jr.) says that America will be tough and resolute to defeat terrorists so future generations can live in peace. "And there is no doubt in my mind, not one doubt in my mind, that we will fail," he adds,.then goes on to say: "Failure is not a part of our vocabulary. This great nation will lead the world and we will be successful."
2001 Bin Laden is captured in the Rio de Janeiro suburb of Barra da Tijuca. It takes 8 firemen to subdue him and take him into custody from the backyard of housemaid Neilda Luzia da Costa, who had phoned for help alerted by her bitch's barking at Bin Laden who had just swallowed her puppy. The 3-meter boa was named Bin Laden because he was so difficult to capture and also because he is the main suspect in a number of cases of missing pets in the neighborhood.
2001 This year's IgNobel Prizes are awarded in the following fields:
Peter Barss of McGill University, for his impactful medical report "Injuries Due to Falling Coconuts."
David Schmidt of the University of Massachusetts for his partial solution to the question of why shower curtains billow inwards.
Buck Weimer of Pueblo, Colorado for inventing Under-Ease, airtight underwear with a replaceable charcoal filter that removes bad-smelling gases before they escape.
Joel Slemrod, of the University of Michigan Business School, and Wojciech Kopczuk, of University of British Columbia, for their conclusion that people find a way to postpone their deaths if that would qualify them for a lower rate on the inheritance tax.
John Richards of Boston, England, founder of The Apostrophe Protection Society, for his efforts to protect, promote, and defend the differences between plural and possessive.
Lawrence W. Sherman of Miami University, Ohio, for his influential research report "An Ecological Study of Glee in Small Groups of Preschool Children."
Dr. Jack and Rexella Van Impe of Jack Van Impe Ministries, Rochester Hills, Michigan, for their discovery that black holes fulfill all the technical requirements to be the location of Hell.
Viliumas Malinauskus of Grutas, Lithuania, for creating the amusement park known as "Stalin World"
Awarded jointly to John Keogh of Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia, for patenting the wheel in the year 2001, and to the Australian Patent Office for granting him Innovation Patent #2001100012.
Chittaranjan Andrade and B.S. Srihari of the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, India, for their probing medical discovery that nose picking is a common activity among adolescents.
2000 Amid fresh bloodshed in the West Bank and Gaza, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright brought Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat together for talks in Paris.
2000 In an apparent attempt to buy time for Slobodan Milosevic, Yugoslavia's highest court invalidated parts of the presidential election after thousands of opposition supporters forced police to back off from seizing a strikebound mine
1999 Russia tightens 'security zone' around Chechnya (CNN)
1998 Fernando Henrique Cardoso, resulta nuevamente ganador de las elecciones presidenciales de Brasil.
1990 EE.UU. y la URSS acuerdan un drástico desarme convencional en Europa.
1990 Regional elections held, in what was East Germany.
1990 For the first time in nearly six decades, German lawmakers meet in the Reichstag in Berlin, for the first meeting of reunified Germany's parliament.
| 1988 Pillsbury stock soars $18.37 to $57.37 on takeover
1988 Amnistía Internacional revela en un informe el lamentable panorama mundial de los derechos humanos a los 40 años de la Declaración Universal.
1988 Entra en vigor la Constitución que proclama a Brasil como República Federal.
1985 Henry G Perry completes 157 day, 22'565 km bicycle tour of Australia
1985 Shite Muslims claim to have killed hostage William Buckley
1984 US govt closes down due to budget problems
1983 Se declara una huelga general en Argentina.
1983 Richard Noble reaches record 1019 km/h in jet-powered car
1981 Ali Jamenei, elegido presidente de Irán en sustitución de Muhammad Ali Rajai.
1979 España ratifica el Convenio de Derechos Humanos.
1978 Funeral services held for Pope John Paul I
1976 In Gregg v. Georgia, the US Supreme Court lifts the ban on the death sentence in murder cases. This restores the legality of capital punishment, which had not been practiced since 1967. The first execution following this ruling was Gary Gilmore in 1977.
1976 US Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz resigns due to telling a joke about Blacks.
1972 Judge John Sirca imposes a gag order on the Watergate break-in case.
1968 Cambodia admits that the Viet Cong use it for sanctuary.
1966 Proclamación de la independencia de Lesotho, antiguo Basutoland, que permanece en la Commonwealth.
| 1965 Paul VI arrives in New York City, making him the
first pope in history to visit the US. While speaking at the UN, Paul published
a document exonerating the Jews of all blame in the death of Christ.
1963 La empresa Chrysler International aporta 1000 millones de pesetas para asociarse con Barreiros y producir en España los automóviles Dodge-Dart.
1958 5th French republic established
1958 The first transatlantic passenger jetliner service is begun by British Overseas Airways Corp. with flights between London and New York.
| 1950 Evacuación de la guarnición de Cao Bang en Vietnam.
| 1946 Jurados de raza blanca del estado de Tennessee
absuelven a 23 de los 25 acusados negros de haber participado en desordenes
1946 Harry S. Truman solicita del primer ministro británico Attlee que autorice inmediatamente la inmigración judía a Palestina.
1945 El general Douglas MacArthur, comandante supremo de las fuerzas estadounidenses en Japón, proclama la ley de libertades civiles en ese país.
1945 Début du procès de Pierre Laval, qui fut à la tête du gouvernement de Vichy et qui a déclaré le 22 juin 1941 "Je souhaite la victoire de l'Allemagne parce que, sans elle, le bolchevisme demain s'installerait partout ". Les Américains l'ont arrêté à Innsbruck, en Autriche et l'ont livré au gouvernement français. Il est condamné à mort sans appel et sera fusillé le 15 octobre. Entre-temps, il aura tenté de se suicider.
1939 Repli total des forces françaises de la Sarre
1934 En España se constituye un gobierno presidido por Alejandro Lerroux García.
1933 Alejandro Lerroux García presenta a la cámara la dimisión del gobierno español.
1922 Casos de peste bubónica en Barcelona.
1921 La Sociedad de Naciones rechaza acudir en ayuda de Rusia, y atribuye el hambre que azota ese país a su dirección política bolchevique.
1918 Abdicación del zar Fernando I de Bulgaria a favor de su hijo Boris I.
1918 Primer gobierno alemán responsable ante el Reichstag.
1914 The first German Zeppelin raid on London.
1913 El Parlamento peruano aprueba una modificación en la constitución referente a la tolerancia de las sectas separadas de la iglesia católica.
1910 Portugal becomes a republic, King Manuel II flees to England
1908 Las manifestaciones a favor del sufragio universal conllevan enfrentamientos con la policía en Budapest.
1905 Orville Wright pilots the first flight longer than 30 minutes. It lasts 33 minutes, 17 seconds and covers 34 km. Los hermanos Wright realizan en Dayton realizan un vuelo de más de media hora de duración.
1904 Holanda y Portugal firman un Tratado que fija las fronteras de la isla indonesia de Timor.
1900 Start of Sherlock Holmes Case Book adventure The Problem of Thor Bridge
1890 Robert Koch recomienda la tuberculina como medicamento tras un experimento que demuestra que una segunda infección de tuberculosis no produce ningún efecto en animales que ya estaban infectados por la enfermedad.
1883 Orient Express' 1st run, linking Turkey to Europe by rail.
1874 Kiowa leader Satanta, known as "the Orator of the Plains," surrenders in Darlington, Texas. He is later sent to the state penitentiary, where he commits suicide October 11, 1878
1862 Battle of Corinth ends
1861 The Union ship USS South Carolina captures two Confederate blockade runners outside of New Orleans, Louisiana.
1827 Une escadre française bloque le port d'Alger pour obliger le dey à faire des excuses.. A la lecture du rapport d'avril du consul de France Deval : 1. il s'est rendu à la convocation du dey, exaspéré qu'une ancienne dette datant du temps du Directoire contractée à son égard par deux commerçants livournais n'ait toujours pas été payée, 2. à trois reprises le dey a alors frappé celui-ci à l'aide de son chasse-mouches. Le ministre des Affaires étrangères Villèle a exigé que des excuses soient faites à la France. Le dey a refusé.
1824 Mexico becomes a republic
1795 General Napoléon Bonaparte leads the rout of counterrevolutionaries in the streets of Paris, beginning his rise to power.
1766 El navegante francés Louis Antoine de Bougainville accede a dejar las Malvinas a cargo de la Capitanía General de Buenos Aires tras aceptar de España una fuerte suma de dinero.
1693 El general francés Nicolas Catinat pasa de nuevo a la ofensiva y derrota a Víctor Andrés II, duque de Saboya, en la batalla de la Marsaille (o la Marsiglia).
1636 The General Court of the Plymouth Colony institutes a legal code, the first composed in North America. It guarantees citizens a trial by jury and stipulates that all laws are to be made with the consent of the freemen of the colony.
1582 Last day of the Julian calendar in Italy, many Catholic countries.
1535 María Tudor, hija de Enrique VIII y de Catalina de Aragón, es coronada reina de Inglaterra.
1511 Fernando el Católico se une con los Estados Pontificios y con Venecia en la llamada Liga Santa para frenar la creciente hegemonía francesa en Italia.
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2003 _ Mark Biano, 30; his wife Naomi Biano, 30; Zvi Bahat, 35; two Christian Israeli Arabs from the Wadi Nisnas neighborhood: Osama Najar, 28; and Matan Askarkabi, 31; Ze’ev Almog, 71; his wife Ruth Almog, 70; their son Moshe Almog, 43; his son Tomer Almog, 9; and his sister's son, Asaf Staier (or Assaf Shteier), 11; and ; all 10 from Haifa
_ Bruria Zer-Aviv, 54; her son Bezalel Zer-Aviv, 30; his wife Keren Zer-Aviv 29 [their photos >]; and their two children Liran Zer-Aviv, 4; Noya Zer-Aviv, 14 months girl; all 5 from Kibbutz Yagur
_ Sherbel Matar, 23; and his cousin Hana Francis, 39 man; both from Fassouta, Christian Arab town near Haifa;
_ Irena Sofrin, from Kiryat Bialik; _ Nir Regev, 25, from Netanya;
and Hanadi Taysir Jaradat, 29, Islamic Jihad woman suicide bomber,
in Israel, at Maxim's Restaurant on Ha'Haganah Boulevard at the southern entrance to Haifa, at 14:15 (11:15 UT). . Mark Biano was the municipal reporter for a Haifa cable TV newsmagazine, Naomi Biano was a computer instructor; they married in 2001. Ze'ev Almog had been commander of the Israeli Navi submarine Livyatan, and commander of the Acre naval training base. Hana Francis was a waiter at Maxim's where Sherbel Matar, nephew of the owners, also worked, as did George Matar, 57, who is injured and would die on 15 October 2003. Matan Askarkabi (or Matanes Karachbi) was the restaurant's security guard since 8 months previous. Some 45 persons are injured, including Moshe Almog's other two children, aged 4 and 11, and his sister Galit, the mother of dead Asaf Staier. — A family restaurant frequented by Arabs and Jews, Maxim’s was founded in 1963 by Jewish Shabtai Tayar and his Christian Arab partners, Salim Matar and Abu Sharval. — Hanadi's brother Salah Jaradat and a cousin, both Islamic Jihad militants, were killed in June 2003 by Israeli troops. The Jaradat home in Jenin, West Bank, is razed by Israeli troops early on 05 October 2003.
2003 Sirhan Sirhan, 20, and Mohammed Yusuf Amin, 9, shot in Tul Karm, West Bank, by the Israeli police assassination unit Yamam, whose target was Sirhan, Fatah terrorist who murdered five persons at Kibbutz Metzer in November 2002
2002 Wang Jiaxiong, on completing the first ever bicycle jump over the Great Wall of China by missing the 76-meter long landing pad, as he was unable to control his trajectory and to remain on the bicycle. The take-off ramp was 35 meters high. Wang was from Shaanxi province. [Wang a few seconds before death >]
2002 Mohammed Ali Zeid, 15, Palestinian, by Israeli soldiers firing at stone-throwing kids in a West Bank village.
2002 Condor, hatched on 11 April 2002, found dead on a ledge in the Los Padres National Forest, California. It was from the first condor egg in 18 years to be laid and hatched in the wild. Its father, Condor-W0, missing for almost three weeks, is also believed to be dead. Its mother is Condor-R8. Another young condor, hatched soon after this one, would be found dead on 15 October 2002.
2001 All 67 passengers and 11 crew members aboard. a Tupolev 154 airliner flying from Tel Aviv to Siberia, which explodes in flight at 10'000 m and crashes in pieces into the Black Sea 183 km off the Russian coastal city of Adler on the border with Georgia. As a safety precaution Israel stops all flights out of Tel Aviv, and allows inbound flights only if they are already in the air. Most of the passengers were recent Russian immigrants to Israel, going to visit family for a Jewish holiday. It is later determined that the plane had been brought down by an S-200 missile fired mistakenly by Ukrainian forces during military exercises.
2001 Mohammed Sharbati, 28, Palestinian, by Israeli army gunfire, near the central market of Hebron.
2001 Three Israelis and a Palestinian disguised as an Israeli soldier, who shoots up a bus station in Afula, Israel.. Two policemen shoot the Palestinian. 14 Israelis are injured.
2000 Violeta Friedman, escritora venezolana de origen húngaro
2000 Michael Smith, físico estadounidense, Nobel de Química 1993.
2000 Salahu Samaïla, Abou Ousmane, Moukaï Alidou, Abou Mamadou, by bomb explosion as they prepare to board a bus in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, to return home to Niger, as there is a campaign to expel foreign workers. The are from 20 to 42 years of age. Seven others from Niger are injured, four very gravely.
1999 Mariano Rubio Jiménez, político español, gobernador del Banco de España.
1999 Bernard Buffet, French painter, etcher, lithographer, designer and occasional sculptor, born on 10 July 1928. MORE ON BUFFET AT ART 4 OCTOBER with links to many images.
1994 Ageeb Sami Yacoub and Ameer Sami Yacoub, Egyptian Christians who refuse to pay itawa (protection money) to Muslims are tied up and murdered in cold blood.
1993 Eighteen US soldiers, in an urban attack (started on 3 October) in Mogadishu, Somalia. American law enforcement, intelligence and national security officials are divided as to whether, as a federal indictment charges, Osama bin Laden and his adherents helped train and arm the men who killed the US troops
1991 Leonard C. Odell, 83, wrote 7000 Burma Shave poems.
1987 Jean Anouilh, dramaturgo francés.
1985: 34 reclusos, en Peru, en un motín promovido por la organización guerrillera maoísta Sendero Luminoso.
1976 Juan María Araluce Villar, los dos policías de su escolta, y el chófer, asesinados por ETA. Araluce Villar era consejero del Reino y presidente de la Diputación de Guipúzcoa.
1974 Robert Lee Moore, Texan mathematician born on 14 November 1882, prejudiced against women, Jews, and especially Blacks, whom he refused to teach. Others he taught successfully by his Moore Method, until forced to retire in 1968 (a victim of prejudice against the old) from the University of Texas at Austin, where he had taught since 1920. Author of Foundations of point set topology (1932).
1973 Hermann Kober, Jewish German English mathematician born in 1888. He worked on special functions, functional analysis (“Kober's Theorem”), approximation theory, and the theory of functions of a real variable.
1947 Max Karl Ernst Ludwig Planck, German Nobel Prize-winning physicist (1918) who originated quantum theory, mathematician. Planck was born on 23 April 1858.
1944 Alfred Emanuel Smith, four times Governor of New York State and first Catholic candidate of a major party (Democrat) for the US Presidency (1928). He was born on 30 December 1873.
1933 Adolfo Tommasi, Italian artist born on 25 January 1851.
1912 General Zeledon, Nicaraguan opponent of US occupation, is executed
1904 Frederic Auguste Bertholdi French sculptor ("Statue of Liberty")
1903 Otto Weininger, author. WEININGER ONLINE: Sex and Character
1902 Lionel Johnson, author. LIONEL JOHNSON ONLINE: The Art of Thomas Hardy (archive format)
1890 Catherine Booth, of cancer, the "Mother of the Salvation Army." She persuaded her husband, William, to make women an integral part of the Salvation Army leadership and movement and herself preached.
1851 Manuel de Godoy y Álvarez de Faria, político español, valido de Carlos IV.
1816 François Guillaume Ménageot, French painter born on 09 July 1744. — more
1677 Isaak van Ruisdael (or Ruysdael) , Dutch painter born in 1599.
1672 Abraham Lambertsz Jacobsz van den Tempel, Dutch painter born in 1622 or 1623. — more
1669 Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, Dutch painter, born on 15 July 1606, known as the "painter of the soul" for his unsurpassed Christian art. MORE ON REMBRANDT AT ART 4 OCTOBER with links to many images.
1660 Francesco Albani, Italian painter and draftsman born on 17 March 1578.
which occurred on an October 04:
2001 The eServer p690, code-named Regatta, is introduced by IBM, which promises better performance and reliability at half the cost of other Unix servers. Prices start at $450'000. The announcement comes less than a week after Sun introduced its top-of-the-line server, the Sun Fire 15K. Regatta borrows from mainframes such features as self-healing technologies that solve problems automatically and chips that employ mainframe designs. The Power4 chip contains 174 million transistors, 10 times more than contemporary desktop PC microprocessors. It operates at 125 gigabytes of data per second.
1960 The first communications satellite with signal reception and transmission equipment is launched.
1935 Hitoshi Kumano-Go, Japanese mathematician who died on 24 August 1982. Author of Pseudo Differential Operators (1974), Partial differential equations (1978).
1933 Miodrag Djuric Dado, Montenegrin painter and printmaker, active in France.
1928 Alvin Toffler, writer and futurist.
1919 René Marques, Puerto Rican playwright and short story writer.
1916 Vitaly Lazarevich Ginzburg. [Sept. 21 Julian], in Moscow. He grew up to be a Soviet physicist and astrophysicist whose research ranged over superconductivity, theories of radio-wave propagation, radio astronomy, and the origin of cosmic rays.
1906 Mary Celine Fasenmyer, Pennsylvanian Sister of Mercy, mathematician who died on 27 Dec 1996.
1891 Henri Gaudier(~Brzeska), French sculptor and draftsman who died on 05 June 1915. pionero de la escultura moderna.
1882 (03 Oct?) Auguste Elisée Chabaud, French painter, sculptor, and writer, who died on 23 May 1955.
1880 Damon Runyon, journalist and short story writer (Guys & Dolls-based on his work)
1880 Juan March Ordinas, empresario y financiero español.
1879 Edward Murray East, botanist whose research led to the development of hybrid corn.
1872 (03 Oct?) Henri-Jacques-Édouard Evenepoel, Belgian painter and printmaker who died on 27 December 1899.
1862 Edward L. Stratemeyer, American writer of popular juvenile fiction, whose Stratemeyer Literary Syndicate (1906-84) produced such books as the Rover Boys series, the Hardy Boys series, the Tom Swift series, the Bobbsey Twins series, and the Nancy Drew series. He died on 10 May 1930. Afterwards his company was largely directed by his daughter, Harriet Stratemeyer Adams (1893-1982). STRATEMEYER ONLINE: Edward: True to Himself: or, Roger Strong's Struggle for Place (1900)
1861 Frederic Sackrider Remington, US painter, specialized in the US West, who died on 26 December 1909. [instead of a saddle, he used a sack?] MORE ON REMINGTON AT ART 4 OCTOBER with links to many images.
1860 Sidney Paget, illustrated Sherlock Holmes adventures
1851 Francesco Paolo Michetti, Italian painter who died on 05 March 1929.
1841 John Joseph Enneking, US painter who died on 17 November 1916.
1837 Mary Elizabeth Braddon, (married as Mrs Maxwell, used pseudonyms Ada Buisson; Babington White) author. BRADDON ONLINE: Lady Audley's Secret volume 1, volume 2, volume 3, contributor to Lady Audley's Secret: An Original Version of Miss Braddon's Popular Novel
1832 Josef Munsch, Austrian artist who died on 28 February 1896.
1832 Constant Mayer, French artist who died on 12 May 1911.
1814 Jean-François Millet, French Barbizon painter who died on 20 January 1875. MORE ON MILLET AT ART 4 OCTOBER with links to many images.
1808 Karl Friedrich Heinrich Werner, German artist who died on 10 January 1894.
1797 Félix Savary, French mathematician, astronomer, physicist, who died on 15 July 1841. He worked on electromagnetism and electrodynamics; he wrote Mémoire sur l'application du calcul aux phenomènes élecro-dynamique (1823). He proved Savary's theorem on the curvature of a roulette (curve traced out by a point on a curve which rolls on another curve). He wrote on the rotation of magnets, applied the laws of gravity to determine the orbits of double stars in close orbit round each other (1827), and studied the intensity of magnetism through an electrical discharge (1827).
1787 François Guizot. Cet historien, professeur à la Sorbonne deviendra homme d'État et académicien, membre de trois académies sur cinq de l'Institut. Grand rival de Thiers, il est ministre de la Justice sous Louis Philippe. Il devient chef de gouvernement en 1847. Son opposition aux revendications des libéraux provoquera la Révolution de 1848.
1759 Louis François Antoine Arbogast, Alsatian mathematician who died on 18 April 1803.
1720 Giovanni-Battista Piranesi, Italian etcher, engraver, designer, architect, archaeologist, and theorist, who died on 09 November 1778. — more
1657 “l'abbate Ciccio” Francesco Solimena, Italian artist who died on 05 April 1747. — more
1626 Richard Cromwell, Lord Protector” [dictator, actually: he asked not, he axed] of England (1658-1659) 1657 Portrait of Oliver Cromwell by Samuel Cooper
1607 Francisco de Rojas Zorrilla, dramaturgo español.
1535 The Coverdale Bible, an early version in the English language, is completed being printed.
1535 La ciudad de Sincelejo, Colombia, es fundada por colonizadores españoles.
1515 Lucas Cranach II “the younger”, German painter and designer of woodcuts, who died on 25 January 1586. — more
1462 Francisco Roldán Jiménez, expedicionario y navegante español.
1289 Louis X (the Stubborn) king of France (1314-1316)