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| On an October 21:
2002 Before the opening of the NASDAQ, Stericycle (SCRL) announces that it has agreed to acquire waste management company Scherer Healthcare (SCHR) for $8.57 per share. SCHR shares surge from their previous close of $3.75 to an intraday high of $8.60 and close at $8.45. They had traded as low as $2.81 as recently as 01 October 2002, and $0.63 on 26 October 1998, but, in the last 5 years at least, never higher than $5.06 (04 May 1998). [5~year price chart >(when I get back my main computer whose power supply burned out early on 21 Oct 2002)] SCRL shares rise from their previous close of $34.50 to close at $36.01.
2002 In the morning a passer-by notices the bumper of the car sticking out of a bog by a road in County Wicklow, Ireland. When the car, which is upside down, is dragged out, inside is found Lisa Landau, 39, who, thanks to an air pocket, has survived for 34 hours since her car swerved in to the bog in the evening of 19 October. off a road in County Wicklow south of Dublin on Saturday night and sank. She has to be treated for pneumonia. She had a mobile phone, but it was disabled by water as the car sank. Landau is an English a horse-riding instructor and showjumper who has lived in Ireland for 11 years. [After she recovers, she might consider trading horse-riding lessons for driving lessons.]
| 2002 In Lüdenhausen, Germany, after midnight, Mimi
the black-and-white cat is in the kitchen doing whatever cats do at that
time of the night, and somehow switches on an electric oven, which ignites
papers stacked next to it. Mimi then saves the family, awaking it by miaowing
loudly and pushing heavy objects on the floor.
2002 The British General Medical Council, considering that surgeon Dr. Mohannad Al-Fallouji's conduct "has rightly been described as bizarre," tells him: "In view of your behavior toward patients and colleagues there are no conditions which would enable the Committee to conclude that you could safely resume practice." Dr. Al-Fallouji made lewd remarks to female colleagues and occasionally groped them. He wrote nasty and deliberately misleading references about junior doctors. He also sent a flirtatious card to a young female patient, trying to arrange a date without her parents finding out. He had a habit of informing patients they had cancer in a manner that was "abrupt, insensitive, rude and below a reasonable professional standard.". For example he had told a patient "you have cancer, I have asthma, we all have to die some time." He informed a patient who had been told she may have gallstones "words to the effect that she had a malignant cancer and that she should feel privileged that she had time to prepare for her death and make a will."
2002 Police in Lice, in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast, arrest Abdulmelik Firat for speaking Kurdish while campaigning for the 03 November 2002 general election. Turkish election laws bar politicians from campaigning in languages other than Turkish. Turkey recently lifted bans on broadcasting and education in Kurdish in a bid to meet European Union human rights standards. Ankara has been pressing the European Union to set a date for the start of negotiations on Turkish membership, but the bloc has said Ankara must prove it is implementing human rights reforms before it can start membership talks. Firat is a well-known politician in the regional capital Diyarbakir and is expected to attract a large number of votes as an independent candidate. The pro-Kurdish Democratic People's Party (DEHAP) is also expected to poll well in Diyarbakir. Firat is released later in the day after a judge rules that Firat had only greeted voters in Kurdish, not made a campaign speech.
| 2001 At its weekly meeting in Gaza, the Palestinian
National Security Council outlaws the Popular Front for the Liberation of
Palestine, which had said that its men killed Israeli Cabinet minister Rehavam
Zeevi on 17 October 2001, in revenge for Israel's assassination of the PFLP
leader Mustafa Zibri by a 27 August 2001 missile attack. Israel said it
targeted Zibri because he had organized car bombings carried out by the
2001 Unidos en Casa Elian opens in Miami's Little Havana. It is, now transformed into a museum, the house of shipwreck survivor Elian González's great uncle Delfín Gonzalez, now 67, where the boy lived for five months of 1999-2000 during a widely publicized international custody dispute, and where he reached his 6th birthday on 06 December 1999. A terrified Elian was snatched from the home by armed US Border Patrol agents in a pre-dawn raid on 22 April 2000.
2000 Fifteen Arab leaders convened in Cairo, Egypt, for their first summit in four years; the Libyan delegation walked out, angry over signs the summit would stop short of calling for breaking ties with Israel.
1997 Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com said they had agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by Barnes and Noble in May. The suit, filed the same day that Barnes and Noble unveiled its site and the day before Amazon.com's initial public offering, claimed that Amazon falsely advertised itself as "the world's largest bookstore. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed
1996 US President Clinton's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on homosexuals in the military survived its first Supreme Court test.
1996 Arnoldo Alemán claims victory over Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua's presidential election.
1991 Former California Governor Jerry Brown announces his presidential candidacy.
1989 Buck Helm found alive after being buried 4 days, in SF earthquake
1988 Ferdinand & Imelda Marcos indicted on racketeering charges
1987 Senate debate begins rejecting Robert Bork's Supreme Ct nomination
1986 US President Ronald Reagan signs a bill intenteded to reduce the budget deficit by $11.7 billion.
1983 The United States sends a ten-ship task force to Grenada.
1976 The Nobel Prize for Literature is announced to go to Saul Bellow, the first US author thus honored since John Steinbeck in 1962. MORE
1971 US President Nixon nominates Lewis F. Powell and William H. Rehnquist to the US Supreme Court., following resignations of Justices Hugo Black & John Harlan
1969 Bloodless coup in Somalia (National Day)
1960 Fourth and final TV debate between Vice President Richard M. Nixon, the Republican presidential candidate, and Senator John F. Kennedy, Democratic candidate.
1952 Jomo Kenyatta is arrested on charges of having directed the Mau Mau movement. Despite government efforts to portray Kenyatta's trial as a criminal case, it received worldwide publicity as a political proceeding
1950 Chinese forces occupy Tibet
1950 North Korean Premier Kim Il-Sung establishes a new capital at Sinuiju on the Yalu River opposite the Chinese City of Antung.
1948 To demonstrate high-speed radio fax, capable of one million words per minute, Radio Corporation of America transmits all 1047 pages of the novel Gone with the Wind from a radio station to the Library of Congress. The 5 km transmission takes 2 minutes 21 seconds.
1942 Eight American and British officers land from a submarine on an Algerian beach to take measure of Vichy French attitude towards the Operation Torch landings
1939 As war heats up with Germany, the British war cabinet holds its first meeting in the underground war room in London.
1912 The Bulgarian Third Army, enters Turkey, from its encampment at Yamboli, Bulgaria. War was declared on October 17
1904 Panamanians clash with US Marines in Panama in a brief uprising.
1902 Following a five month walk-off, which required intervention by an official arbitration committee, the striking members of the United Mine Workers agree to terms with anthracite mine bosses.
1790 The Tricolor is chosen as the official flag of France.
1692 William Penn was deposed as Governor of Pennsylvania. His overtures of gratefulness to James II for permitting religious freedom for dissenters of the Church of England led William and Mary to charge Penn with being a papist.
1529 The Pope names Henry VIII of England Defender of the Faith after defending the seven sacraments against Luther.
1520 Magellan enters the strait which bears his name
0686 Conon begins his reign as Pope
--2137 -BC- First recorded total eclipse of the sun, China.
which occurred on an October 21:
1831 Nat Turner and 19 associates, hanged
1765 cavaliere Giovanni-Paolo Pannini, Italian neoclassical painter born in 1691.. MORE ON PANNINI AT ART 4 OCTOBER with links to images.
0310 St Eusebius, Pope
which occurred on an October 21:
1959 The Guggenheim Museum's building, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, opens in New York City. . MORE ON THE GUGGENHEIM AT ART 4 OCTOBER
1952 Patti Davis aka Patricia Ann Reagan, (author: House of Secrets, Bondage, Angels Don't Die about her father), daughter of US President Ronald Reagan and 1st lady, Nancy Davis Reagan--who, both divorced, married 7 months earlier, in March 1952) In 1995, however, Patti wrote an extraordinary book about her father, called "". Even according to Reagan's OWN daughter, Patti (Davis) Reagan in her book, "The Way I See It" she described her parents, to paraphrase her as, "BIZARRE LIARS. capitalism has no room for compassion and benevolence towards the poor and the needy.(A prominent example in our time of such a thinking was the U. S. President Ronald Reagan. Patti Davis, Reagan's daughter, blamed her father's policies for fostering homelessness in the United States; she ridiculed her father's anecdotes about "welfare cheats" and his view that people are "homeless by choice. See Globe & Mail, 21 September 21 1990.)
1950 Ronald E McNair Lake City SC, astr (STS 41B, 51L-Challenger disaster)
1949 Benjamin Netanyahu, who would be an Israeli Prime Minister.
1940 Frances FitzGerald NYC, journalist/author (Fire in the Lake)
1940 For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway's novel, is published.
1929 Ursula K. LeGuin American science fiction writer (The Left Hand of Darkness, Lathe of Heaven) 1929 - Ursula LeGuin (author: The Wind's Twelve Quarters, A Wizard of Earthsea, Left Hand of Darkness)
1914 Martin Gardner Scientific American math & puzzles columnist
1893 Ferrar, mathematician
1892 James L Kelso, American Presbyterian archaeologist. He participated in digs at the biblical sites of Debir, Bethel and Jericho, and authored the text "Ceramic Vocabulary of the O.T.
1879 Gunnar Widforss, Swedish-born early California Impressionist painter, who died on 30 November 1934. — link to an image.
1864 Eugène Jules Joseph Laermans, Belgian painter who died on 22 February 1940.
1855 Guccia, mathematician
1842 Francisco Masriera y Manovens, Spanish artist who died on 15 March 1902.
1833 Alfred Bernhard Nobel Stockholm, created dynamite & Peace (and Literature, Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, but not Economics which came years later, funded by a bank in honor of Nobel) Prizes
1826 Lemuel Maynard Wiles, US artist who died on 28 January 1905. Relative? of Irving R. Wiles (1861~1948)?
1823 Enrico Betti, mathematician
1813 Louis Gabriel Bourbon~Leblanc, French artist who died in 1902.
1811 François Geoffroy Roux, French painter who died in 1882. — links to three images
1808 Samuel Francis Smith, US Baptist clergyman . Credited with writing over 100 hymns, Smith is best remembered as the author of "America" ("My Country, 'Tis of Thee"), written at age 23, while a student at Andover Seminary.
1687 Nicolas (I) Bernoulli, mathematician
1680 La Comédie Française naît d'un décret de Louis XIV. Elle rassemble plusieurs troupes de théâtre rivales: celles du Marais, de l'Hôtel de Bourgogne, et de Molière. Elle a d'abord vocation à concurrencer la comédie italienne alors très en vogue.
1650 Jean Bart, marin, à Dunkerque.
1581 Domenico Zampieri il Domenichino, Italian artist who died on 06 April 1641. MORE ON DOMENICHINO AT ART 4 OCTOBER with links to images.