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2002 After having suffered on the New York Stock Exchange a precipitous drop from a $42.41 intraday high on 30 September to a $14.75 intraday low on 08 October, the stock of TXU Corporation is downgraded (better late than never?) by Morgan Stanley from Equal-weight to Underweight and by CSFB from Neutral to Underperform. Standard & Poor's lowers its long-term corporate credit rating on TXU to BBB from BBB+. TXU cuts its quarterly from 60 to 12.5 cents per share and announces that its European operations are for sale. From its recovery close of $18.75 in the previous session, TXU falls to an intraday low of $10.10 and closes at $12.94. 39 million of its 278 million shares are traded. TXU had traded as high as $57.05 as recently as 24 April 2002. [5~year price chart >]. TXU is a holding company which through its subsidiaries engages in the generation, purchase and distribution of electricity; the processing, transmission and distribution of natural gas; and power development and telecommunications.
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2002 (Monday) After a trial that lasted from 06 December 2001 to June 2002, late on Friday 11 October 2002 a US District Judge unexpectedly found that generic drug manufacturers Andrx, Genpharm (a Canadian affiliate of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany), and Cheminor (a division of Dr Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd., RDY, based in India) infringed on two patents (230 and 505) for the manufacture of the heartburn medicine omeprazole, held by AstraZeneca PLC which sells it under the name Prilosec (for a total of $5.7 billion in 2001). Andrx Corporation (ADRX) is downgraded by Wachovia Securities from Strong Buy to Buy, by CIBC World Markets from Sector Outperform to Sector Underperform, and by CSFB from Neutral to Underperform. On the AMEX, ADRX shares fall from their previous close of $19.99 to an intraday low of $10.75 and close at $12.00. 19 million of its 71 million shares are traded. It had traded as high as $76.52 on 06 December 2001 and $95.38 on 04 September 2000. [< 5~year price chart]. — AstraZeneca Group (AZN) in upgraded by JP Morgan from Underweight to Neutral, by Bear Stearns from Underperform to Peer Perform, by Goldman Sachs from Market Perform to Market Outperform. AZN shares, on the New York Stock Exchange, rise from their previous close of $32.55 to an intraday hih of $37.98 and close at $36.60. — On the New York Stock Exchange, the RDY American Depositary Receipts decline from their previous close of $17.48 to an intraday low of $15.35 and close at $15.45.SRZ price chart — The judge found that KUDco, a unit of Germany's Schwarz Pharma (SRZ), didn't infringe on AstraZeneca's patents. WestLB stuft Schwarz Pharma von Neutral auf Buy. Shares of Schwarz Pharma, on the German XETRA, rise from their previous close of €10.40 to an intraday high of €19.35 and close at €18.70. not far from their 11 March 2002 high of €19.25. [3~year price chart >]

2002 Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, prefect of the Vatican's Congregation of Bishops
to Bishop Wilton D. Gregory, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, concerning the US bishops' request for recognitio of policy for dealing with sexual abusers in the clergy.

2001 Midterm elections in Argentina for all 72 Senate seats, half of the Chamber of Deputies' 257 seats, and places in most of the 23 provincial legislatures.
2001 Jürgen Habermas, 72, German philosopher and sociologist, is awarded the Peace Prize of the German Booktraders' Association, in Frankfurt, Germany.— Major Works of Habermas in English: Knowledge and Human Interests — Toward a Rational Society — Theory and Practice — Communication and the Evolution of Society — Legitimation Crisis — Justification and Application: Remarks on Discourse Ethics — Philosophical-Political Profiles — The Theory of Communicative Action, Volume One: Reason and the Rationalization of Society — Autonomy and Solidarity — The Theory of Communicative Action, Volume Two: The Critique of Functionalist Reason — The Philosophical Discourse of Modernity — On the Logic of the Social Sciences — The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere: An Inquiry into a Category of Bourgeois Society — Moral Consciousness and Communicative Action — Postmetaphysical Thinking: Philosophical Essays
2001 Delta Flight 458 from Atlanta to Newark, New Jersey, is diverted to Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, and passengers are taken off the flight while officials investigate a report of two "Middle Eastern men" making threats in a foreign tongue. It turns out to be two Orthodox Jews who were peacefully praying.
2000 Two hijackers seize a London-bound Saudi Arabian Airlines jetliner carrying more than 100 people, taking it first to Syria and then to Baghdad, Iraq, where the hijackers surrender peacefully.

1996 Viacom and Sprint to offer online content
      Viacom and Sprint announce that they will jointly develop and distribute online media products. Although Viacom had announced a year earlier that it would provide content, including online programs relating to Star Trek and Entertainment Weekly, through the Microsoft Network's proprietary online system, the Web was quickly becoming a more desirable place for content providers to offer their information. Many content providers found they preferred creating in-house Web sites to providing content through online services because they had more control over the content and visual presentation of the material.
1996 Archer Daniels Midland Co. said it would plead guilty to two charges and pay $100 million to settle a federal price-fixing case.
1996 The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 6000 for the first time (at 6010).
1996 Chrysler Corporation announces that it had record net earnings of $680 million for the third quarter. Not only were 1996 sales of RAM pickup trucks way up, but company officials managed to keep the factory lines rolling by making a labor deal with the United Auto Workers. Chrysler's stock makes a $1.00 gain, to a close of $32.75.
1991 The Nobel Peace Prize to Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar human rights activist.
      The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 1991 to Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar (Burma) for her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights.
1987 At 3309 Tanner Drive, Midland, Texas, while visiting her sister, Reba “Cissy” McClure, 18, leaves her daughter Jessica, 1-1/2 year, in the backyard while she answers the phone. At 09:30 Jessica falls 7m down a well 20 cm wide. Under intense TV coverage, rescue crews and citizen volunteers would dig a shaft parallel to the one that trapped Jessica. After 58 hours of work by many rescue workers, paramedic Robert O’Donnell would wriggle into the passageway, put a protective wrapping on Jessica and get her out.
1986 Concentration camp survivor Elie Wiesel, 58, wins Nobel Peace Prize.
     The Norwegian Nobel Committee in Oslo has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2001 to Elie Wiesel, lecturer and author of some 30 books with a commitment, which originated in the sufferings of the Jewish people, and has been widened to embrace all repressed peoples and races. .
1982 6000 Unification church couples wed in Korea
1979 Homosexuals march on Washington         ^top^
      Over 100'000 homosexuals, lesbians, bisexuals, and supporters march on Washington, D.C., celebrating "gay pride" and demanding equal rights for homosexuals under the law. The first national homosexual rights march comes ten years after New York City's Stonewall Riot provided a symbolic beginning for the homosexual civil rights movement. In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, a police raid of the Stonewall Inn--a gay club on New York City's Christopher Street--turned violent as patrons and local sympathizers began rioting against the police. Although the police were justified in raiding the club, which was serving liquor without a license among other violations, New York's homosexuals had grown weary of the police department's targeting of homosexual clubs, the majority of which had already been closed.
      The crowd on the street watched quietly as Stonewall's employees were arrested, but then three drag queens and a lesbian were forced into the paddy wagon, and the mob began throwing coins and then bottles at the police. The officers were forced to take shelter in the establishment, and two policemen were slightly injured before reinforcements arrived to disperse the crowd. However, the protest expanded into the neighboring downtown streets, and order was not returned until the deployment of New York's riot police. The Stonewall Riot was followed by several days of demonstrations in New York, and was the impetus for the formation of the Gay Liberation Front among other gay, lesbian, and bisexual civil rights organizations.
1975 US President Ford escapes injury when his limousine is struck broadside
1969 Race riots in Springfield, Massachusetts.
1968 Vietnam: GIs to Vietnam for involuntary 2nd tours         ^top^
     US Defense Department officials announce that the Army and Marines will be sending about 24,000 men back to Vietnam for involuntary second tours because of the length of the war, high turnover of personnel resulting from the one year of duty, and the tight supply of experienced soldiers. This decision had an extremely negative impact on troop morale and the combat readiness of US forces elsewhere in the world as troops were transferred to meet the increased personnel requirements in Vietnam.
1968 1st live telecast from a manned US spacecraft (Apollo 7)
1968 Gruener & Watson (US) set scuba depth record (133 m) in Bahamas
1968 J.R. Hines of US runs 100 m in world record 9.95 sec
1964 M.L. King wins Nobel Peace Prize         ^top^
      African-American civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is announced as the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, for his non-violent resistance to racial prejudice in America. At thirty-five years of age, the Georgia-born minister is the youngest person ever to receive the award. During his acceptance speech, given in December in Oslo, Norway, King explains the potency of his peaceful movement: "I accept this award in behalf of a civil rights movement which is moving with determination and a majestic scorn for risk and danger to establish a reign of freedom and a rule of justice... Negroes of the United States, following the people of India, have demonstrated that nonviolence is not sterile passivity, but a powerful moral force which makes for social transformation.” After the ceremony, King donates the award, valued at $54'600, to the civil rights movement.
1964 Vietnam: Khrushchev ousted as premier of USSR         ^top^
      Nikita Khrushchev is ousted as both premier of the Soviet Union and chief of the Communist Party after 10 years in power. He was succeeded as head of the Communist Party by his former protégé Leonid Brezhnev, who would eventually become the chief of state as well. The new Soviet leadership increased military aid to the North Vietnamese without trying to persuade them to attempt a negotiated end to hostilities. With this support and no external pressure to negotiate, the North Vietnamese leadership was free to carry on the war as they saw fit.
1964 Vietnam: US planes to escort Laotian bombers bombing VC routes         ^top^
     US aircraft are permitted to fly with Laotian planes on operations against Communist movements along the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos. After considerable pressure from both Laos and the US Air Force, the Pentagon authorized the Yankee Team jets to fly cover with the Laotian Air Force T-28s that were bombing the trails and installations used by the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troops making their way into Laos. The US jets protected the Laotian planes from North Vietnamese MiGs attacks.
1962 The Cuban Missile Crisis begins         ^top^
    On orders from US President Kennedy, who suspected that the Soviet defensive missiles detected in Cuba on 29 September might be joined by offensive ones, a high-altitude U-2 spy plane, piloted by Richard Heyser, takes off from Texas and overflies Cuba. When he lands in Florida, a one-star general is there to receive the film, a sure sign that there's something urgent.
   The crisis will bring the United States and the Soviet Union to the brink of nuclear conflict. Photographs taken by spy planes offered incontrovertible evidence that Soviet-made medium-range missiles in Cuba — capable of carrying nuclear warheads — were now stationed in a country 150 km off the US coast.
      Tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union over Cuba had been steadily increasing since the failed April 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion, in which Cuban refugees, armed and trained by the United States, landed in Cuba and attempted to overthrow the government of Fidel Castro. Though the invasion did not succeed, Castro was convinced that the United States would try again, and set out to get more military assistance from the Soviet Union. During the next year, the number of Soviet advisors in Cuba rose to more than 20'000. Rumors began that Russia was also moving missiles and strategic bombers onto the island.
      Russian leader Nikita Khrushchev may have decided to so dramatically up the stakes in the Cold War for several reasons. He may have believed that the United States was indeed going to invade Cuba and provided the weapons as a deterrent. Facing criticism at home from more hard-line members of the Soviet communist hierarchy, he may have thought a tough stand might win him support. Khrushchev also had always resented that US nuclear missiles were stationed near the Soviet Union (in Turkey, for example), and putting missiles in Cuba might have been his way of redressing the imbalance.
      Two days after the pictures were taken, after being developed and analyzed by intelligence officers, they were presented to President Kennedy. During the next two weeks, the United States and the Soviet Union would come as close to nuclear war as they ever had, and a fearful world awaited the outcome.
1960 The idea of a Peace Corps was first suggested by US Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy to an audience of students at the University of Michigan
1958 Malagasy Republic becomes autonomous republic in French Community
1953 Ike promises to fire as Red any federal worker taking 5th amendment
1950 Rev Sun Young Moon liberated from Hung Nam prison
1950 Chinese Communist Forces begin to infiltrate the North Korean Army.
1949 14 US Communist Party leaders convicted of sedition
1947 Air Force test pilot Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager, in the experimental Bell X-One rocket plane over Edwards Air Force Base in California, makes 1st supersonic flight (Mach 1.015)
1944 Athens liberated by Allies         ^top^
      During World War II, Athens, the capital of Greece, is liberated the day after the Second British Parachute Brigade descended on the city. Eleven days before a British task force commanded by Admiral T. H. Trowbridge made the first Allied landfall at Patras, liberating the city of Corinth and surrounding areas with the assistance of British air support and the National Democratic Greek Army (EDES). Greece had been in Axis hands since German and Italian forces defeated tough Greek opposition in 1941, prompting the establishment of two underground Greek resistance groups--the EDES and the Committee of the People's Army (ELAS). After Britain completed its liberation of Greece in early November, the communist ELAS turns its guns on the liberators, capturing a large portion of Athens and Piraeus before two British squadrons arrive from the Italian front and suppress the Communist uprising.
1943 NBC Blue Network sold, becomes ABS radio (later renamed ABC)         ^top^
     In the 1940s, long before the days of "must-see TV," NBC was a radio network and its big star was Jack Benny. NBC was made up of two separate units, the Red Network and the Blue Network, which were created in 1928 to better manage the company's increasing number of radio affiliates. By 1938, the Red Network was producing roughly 75 percent of NBC's commercial shows. A few years later, the Federal Trade Commission, wary of monopolies taking over the industry, mandated that companies would no longer be allowed to control more than one network. NBC was forced to sell one of its divisions and, of course, chose the weaker Blue Network to put on the auction block. On October 14, 1943, Edward J. Noble, who had already earned millions from sales of his popular "Lifesavers" candy, bought the network, promptly renaming it American Broadcasting Systems. A year later, Noble changed the name again, this time to what has become a more familiar title, the American Broadcasting Company, Inc.(ABC)
1939 Torpillage du Royal Oak à Scapa Flow par des sous-marins allemands
1933 The Geneva disarmament conference breaks up as Germany proclaims withdrawal from the disarmament initiative, as well as from the League of Nations, effective October 23. This begins German policy of independent action in foreign affairs.
1922 1st automated telephones-Pennsylvania exchange in NYC
1922 Lieutenant Lester James Maitland breaks the 200-mile-per-hour airplane speed barrier at the national airplane meet held at Selfridge Field in Mount Clemens, Michigan. Maitland flies a Curtiss pursuit plane with a 375-horsepower engine at a speed of 216.1 miles-per-hour for thirty miles.
1920 Part of Petsamo province ceded by Soviet Union to Finland
1912 Theodore Roosevelt shot in Milwaukee         ^top^
      Before a campaign speech in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Theodore Roosevelt, the presidential candidate for the Progressive Party, is shot at close range by anarchist William Schrenk while greeting the public in front of the Hotel Gilpatrick. Schrenk's thirty-two caliber bullet, aimed directly at Roosevelt's heart, fails to mortally wound the former president because its force is slowed by a bundle of manuscript in the breast pocket of Roosevelt's heavy coat--a manuscript containing Roosevelt's evening speech. Schrenk, who is immediately detained, admits to the crime and reportedly offers as his motive that "any man looking for a third term ought to be shot.”
      Roosevelt, who suffers only a flesh wound from the attack, goes on to deliver his scheduled speech with the bullet still in his body. After a few words, the former "Rough Rider" pulls the torn and blood-stained manuscript from his breast pocket and declares: "You see, it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose.” After speaking for nearly another hour, Roosevelt, weakened by his wound, collapses, and is rushed to the hospital where the bullet is removed.
      Despite his vigorous "Bull Moose" party campaign, Roosevelt, who already served as president of the United States from 1901 to 1909, is defeated by Democrat Woodrow Wilson in November. Shrank was deemed insane and committed to a mental hospital, where he died in 1943. [George William SHRANK 7 Jul 1876 - 21 Aug 1934 BIRTH: 7 Jul 1876 DEATH: 21 Aug 1934 BURIAL: Fort Smith,,AR ]
     Theodore Roosevelt was born in New York on 27 October 1858 and died on 06 January 1919. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906. He is the author of over 40 books.
"Won't replace the bicycle"1899 "The horseless carriage will never come into common use.”         ^top^
      In the early days of the automobile, many doubted that owning a "horseless carriage" would ever be within the reach of an average citizen. Indeed, some critics of the noisy and expensive invention went so far as to prophesize its eventual demise once the wealthy got over the novelty of owing one. On this day the Literary Digest declared that "the ordinary horseless carriage is at present a luxury for the wealthy; and although its price will probably fall in the future, it will never, of course, come into common use as a bicycle.” But what critics of the automobile failed to foresee were the types of revolutionary manufacturing techniques that would be developed by Henry Ford (13 Jul 1863 – 07 Apr 1947) and others. Less than a decade after the Literary Digest predicted that the automobile would remain a luxury of the wealthy, Ford revolutionized the automotive industry with his affordable Model T built for the average American. Ford was able to keep the price down by retaining control of all raw materials, and by employing revolutionary mass production methods. When it was first introduced, the "tin Lizzy" cost only $850 and seated two people, and by the time it was discontinued in 1927, nearly fifteen million Model Ts had been sold.
1867 15th and last Tokugawa Shogun resigns in Japan
1843 British arrest Irish nationalist Daniel O'Connell for conspiracy
Victor Hugo1822 Victor Hugo marries         ^top^
      Victor Hugo marries Adèle Foucher, his childhood sweetheart. The pair will have numerous children, and the marriage will survive notorious infidelities on both sides. The marriage got off to an ominous start, however, when Hugo's brother suffered a nervous breakdown at the wedding breakfast.
[Hugo's photograph by Nadar (Gaspard-Félix Tournachon) >]
      [bad link] Victor Hugo was born in Besançon on 26 February 1802, the son of one of Napoléon's officers. While still a teenager, Victor decided to become a writer. Although he studied law, he also founded a literary review to which he and other emerging writers published their work. Hugo published his first collection of poetry the same year as his marriage. It won him a pension from Louis XVIII.
Victor Hufo      In 1823, Hugo published his first novel, Han d'Islande. About this time, he began meeting regularly with a group of Romantics. His 1827 play, Cromwell, embraced the tenets of Romanticism, which he laid out in the play's preface. The following year, despite a contract to begin work on a novel called Notre Dame de Paris, he set to work on two plays. The first, Marion de Lorme (1829), was censored for its candid portrayal of a courtesan purified by love. The second, Hernani ou L'honneur castillan, became the touchstone for a bitter and protracted debate between French Classicists and Romantics.
[< etching by Rodin]
      On 15 January 1831, Hugo finally completed Notre-Dame de Paris, which pleaded for an aesthetic that would tolerate the imperfect, the grotesque. The book also had a simpler agenda: to increase appreciation of old Gothic structures, which had become the object of vandalism and neglect
      In the 1830s, Hugo wrote numerous plays, many of which were written as vehicles for the actress Juliette Drouet, with whom Hugo was romantically connected starting in 1833. In 1841, Hugo was elected to the prestigious Académie Française, but two years later he lost his beloved daughter and her husband when they were drowned in an accident. His expressed his profound grief in a poetry collection called Les Contemplations (1856). Hugo was forced to flee France when Napoléon III came to power; he did not return for 20 years. While still in exile, he completed Les Misérables (1862), which became a hit in France and abroad. He returned to Paris during the Franco-Prussian War and was hailed a national hero. Hugo's writing spanned more than six decades, and he was given a national funeral and buried in the Pantheon after his 22 May 1885 death .
  • Hernani ou L'honneur castillan : drame, [Paris, Français, 25 février 1830]
  • Le télégraphe : satire
  • Odes et poésies diverses
  • Lucrèce Borgia : drame, [Paris, Porte-Saint-Martin, 2 février 1833]
  • Marie Tudor
  • Napoléon le Petit
  • Les travailleurs de la mer. Tome premier
  • Les travailleurs de la mer. Tome deuxième
  • Les travailleurs de la mer. Tome troisième
  • Han d'Islande
  • Notre-Dame de Paris
  • Notre-Dame de Paris
  • Les Misérables. [Tome V à IX]
  • Les Misérables. [Tome V à IX]
  • Les Misérables. [Tome V à IX]
  • Les Misérables. [Tome V à IX]
  • Les Misérables. [Tome V à IX]
  • Les travailleurs de la mer. [Tome X-XI]
  • Les travailleurs de la mer. [Tome X-XI]
  • L'homme qui rit. [Tome XII-XIII]
  • L'homme qui rit. [Tome XII-XIII]
  • Quatre-vingt-treize. [Tome XIV]
  • Ruy Blas
  • Les Contemplations
  • Les Miserables volume I
  • volume II
  • volume III
  • volume IV
  • volume V
  • Les Miserables (complete: 3.2 MB)
  • The Memoirs of Victor Hugo
  • Notre-Dame de Paris
  • Notre Dame de Paris
  • 1806 Battle of Auerstadt--French beat Prussians — Napoléon Bonaparte crushes the Prussian army at Jena, Germany.
    1774 1st Continental Congress is 1st to declare colonial rights (Phila)
    1773 Britain's East India Company tea ships' cargo is burned at Annapolis, Md.
    1735 Methodist pioneer John Wesley first sets sail to America, to minister to the Indians under Georgia Governor Oglethorpe. On this same date, Wesley begins keeping his famous, 55-year-long journal, whose last entry would be dated 24 October 1790.
    1705 The English Navy captures Barcelona in Spain.
    1656 The first punitive legislation in Massachusetts against Quakers is enacted. (The marriage of church-and-state in Puritanism made them regard the ritual-free Quakers as spiritually apostate and politically subversive).
    1651 Laws are passed in Massachusetts forbidding the poor to adopt excessive styles of dress.
    1586 Mary Queen of Scots on trial for alleged conspiracy against Elizabeth.
    Route 50Deaths which occurred on an October 14:
    Linda Franklin2002 Linda Gail Franklin, 47, by a single .223-caliber bullet from high-powered rifle “X”, at 21:15, in the parking of a Home Depot at the Seven Corners shopping center near Falls Church, Virginia, 10 km from Washington DC. Police immediately close for three hours neighboring higways backing up traffic more than 15 km, but do not find trace of the killer [photo: Route 50, shopping center in background >]. Linda Franklin [< photo] was with her computer network engineer husband Ted, loading purchases into their car. She was a breast cancer survivor undergoing physical therapy for a 2001 double mastectomy. Since shortly after the FBI National Infrastructure Protection Center was created in 1998, she was an intelligence operations specialist there. — Eight previous rifle “X” killings and two woundings have occured since 02 October. About 400 FBI agents, trainees and counter-terrorism agents have been assigned to the case. Organized terrorism should be suspected, in my opinion, considering how successful those killings are in causing media overcoverage and police overreaction, thus disrupting the Washington area and resulting in enormous economic loss.
    2002 Daniela Nunzi, 49, and Antonio Schilirò, 51, her husband, an ex army sergeant, who, in the evening, stabs her to death and then himself, after a discussion about her drug-addicted son (in prison for misdemeanors), in via Marforio 20, quartiere periferico del Casilino, Roma.
    2001 Abed-Rahman Hamad, shot on the roof of his house Qalqilya, West Bank by the border with Israel and the West Bank. Shortly after the killing, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's office released a statement saying Hamad, regional leader of the militant Islamic group Hamas, was responsible for directing deadly attacks in Israel, including the 01 June 2001 suicide attack at a Tel Aviv disco that killed 22, mostly Israeli teen-agers.
    2000: 13 persons by a mudslide caused by heavy rains in the Swiss Alpine village of Gondo.
    2000 Patrick March and 17 other young men, shot dead by pipeline guards in Nigeria.        ^top^
          Eighteen youths from Olugbobiri in the Apoi/Olodiama local government area of Bayelsa State, Nigeria, are shot dead by military men guarding oil installations in the area. The guards allege that the youths were attempting to shut down flow station belonging to Agip. About 49 youths in all were said to have stormed the flow station in three boats. The militarymen opened fire on them, sinking one of the boats. But an indigene of the community who spoke anonymity said the youths were not on a sabotage mission at the flow station but going to Koloama for a play. “We had hardly headed for the site of the flow station when we were bombarded with gunfire. The driver of the first speed boat lost control after he was shot and so the boat capsized with its occupants," he said.
          Four of the wounded youths were rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa but one of them gave up the ghost before they could reach the hospital. the deceased called Patrick March was said to be the only son of his aged parents. The others who survived but in critical condition were identified as Adaka Boro Obe, 26, Imomotimi Maclord 25 and Opobo Frederick 20. Sympathisers from the community were still making frantic effort to transfer the wounded boys to Port Harcourt to get adequate medical treatments as resident doctors are currently on strike. The secretary of the community, Mr. Geofrey Ukuta, described the incident as shocking. Efforts to get the comment of the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Nyanabo Agboji was futile as he was said to be on sick leave but an officer on condition of anonymity confirmed the presence of some wounded youths but could not confirm the number of those killed. --// Vanguard Daily 001019
    1997 Harold Robbins, 81, US novelist.
    1995 Bernard Safran, US Canadian Contemporary Realist painter born on 03 June 1924, one of the few real artists alive after 1933. — links to biography and images.
    1990 Leonard Bernstein, 72, conductor, composer (West Side Story)
    1983 US Marine peacekeeper Sgt Allen Soifert killed by sniper in Beirut
    1977 Bing Crosby, 74, of a heart attack, in Madrid, Spain
    1971 Two persons killed in Memphis racial disturbances
    1959 Errol Flynn actor
    1956 Jules Richard, mathematician
    Rommel1944 Erwin Rommel, 52, forced suicide.        ^top^
          German Field Marshall Rommel [photo >], nicknamed "the Desert Fox," is given the option of facing a public trial for treason, as a co-conspirator in the plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, or taking cyanide. He chooses the latter.
         Rommel was born in 1891 in Wurttenberg, Germany, the son of a teacher. Although not descended from military men, the newly unified German empire made it fashionable to choose a military career, which young Rommel did, becoming an officer cadet. During World War I, he showed himself to be a natural leader with unnatural courage, fighting in France, Romania, and Italy.
          Following the war, he pursued a teaching career in German military academies, writing a textbook, Infantry Attacks, that was well regarded. At the outbreak of World War II, Rommel was given command of the troops that guarded Hitler's headquarters, a disappointment for a man used to fighting on the front lines with the infantry. But in early 1940, he was given his chance to put to use his gifts, when he was given command of the 7th Panzer Division. Although a novice as far as mechanized forces were concerned, he soon mastered the advantages and proved his leadership abilities again in the German offensive against the French channel coast in May.
          In early 1941, Rommel was given control of the troops sent to North Africa to aid Germany's ailing ally, Italy, in maintaining its position in Libya. It is here, in the deserts of North Africa, that Rommel earned his vaunted reputation, as well as his nickname (he became known for his "fox-like" sneak attacks).
          Winning significant victories against the British, whom he begrudgingly admired, Rommel nevertheless became weary of this theater of operations; he wanted to go back to Europe. It wasn't until a second battle to take el-Alamein in Egypt went against him that the "invincible" general was finally called home back to Europe. Hitler put Rommel back in northern France, to guard against an Allied invasion. Rommel's suggestions for the precautions necessary to repel an enemy invasion were not heeded, and he began to lose confidence in Hitler and Germany's ability to win the war.
          When Rommel was approached by friends to agree to head the German government in the event of Hitler's overthrow, he agreed--although there was no explicit talk of assassination, which he found abhorrent. D-Day was launched, and Rommel's prediction of disaster for Germany's position played itself out. Still, Hitler would not consider negotiations with the Allies.
          Rommel ended up in the hospital after his car was attacked by British bombers and he was forced off the road. Meanwhile, details of the failed assassination plot had come to Hitler's attention, including Rommel's contact with the conspirators. As Rommel was convalescing in his home at Herrlingen, two generals visited and offered him his choice--trial or suicide. Rommel told his wife and son what had transpired, and that he had chosen to take the cyanide capsules the generals had provided. The German government gave Rommel a state funeral. His death was attributed to war wounds.
    Erwin Rommel, Generalfeldmarschall im II. Weltkrieg.
          Geboren am 15.11.1891 in Heidenheim a. d. Brenz, verstorben am 14.10.1944 in Herrlingen bei Ulm.
          Erwin Rommel trat nach der Schulbildung eine militärische Ausbildung und Laufbahn an. Nachdem er sich schon im Ersten Weltkrieg durch seine Fähigkeiten ausgezeichnet hatte, wurde er im Zweiten Weltkrieg zum populärsten Heerführer Deutschlands. Sogar seinen Gegnern nötigte er einen gewissen Respekt ab.
          Rommel begrüßte die Machtübernahme der Nationalsozialisten, da er sich von ihnen eine Revision des Versailler Vertrages erhoffte. In der Konkurrenzsituation der Wehrmacht zu den nationalsozialistischen Schutzstaffeln unterstützte er nachdrücklich die Armee. 1934 bestand er darauf, dass die SS bei einer Aufstellung hinter der Wehrmacht marschierte.
          Rommel hatte in seiner Eigenschaft als Befehlshaber des Führerbegleitkommandos und mit Beginn des Zweiten Weltkrieges als Kommandeur des Führerhauptquartiers Positionen mit direktem Zugang zu Hitler.
          1940 nahm er am Frankreichfeldzug teil und machte sich als Kommandeur der "Gespensterdivision" einen Namen. Er wurde mit dem Ritterkreuz ausgezeichnet.
          In Afrika stieg er als "Wüstenfuchs" zur Legendenfigur auf. 1941 erhielt er den Oberbefehl für das deutsche Afrikakorps in Libyen und eroberte das Gebiet von den Briten zurück. Im Juni 1942 wurde Rommel zum Generalfeldmarschall ernannt. Er rückte bis El Alamein vor und wurde in Deutschland als Kriegsheld gefeiert. Ende 1942 musste er der britischen 8. Armee und ihrem neuen Oberbefehlshaber Montgomery, deren Materialüberlegenheit auch nicht durch sein taktisches Geschick auszugleichen war, aus Libyen weichen. Im März 1943 verließ er Nordafrika.
          Nach der Landung der Alliierten in Sizilien übernahm er zunächst das Kommando in Norditalien und wurde dann mit den Verteidigungsmaßnahmen an der französischen Atlantikküste beauftragt. Im Sommer 1944 wurde Rommel bei einem Tieffliegerangriff in der Normandie schwer verletzt.
          Sein Versuch Hitler von der Tatsache zu überzeugen, dass der Krieg nicht mehr zu gewinnen sei, führte dazu, dass Hitler sich von ihm distanzierte. Nach dem Attentat von Wehrmachtsangehörigen an Hitler am 20.7.1944 wurde Rommel öffentlich beschuldigt an der Verschwörung beteiligt gewesen zu sein. Er wurde zum Selbstmord gezwungen.
    1917 Mata Hari, a Paris exotic dancer and courtesan, is executed by the French after being (falsely, in all probability) convicted of passing military secrets to the Germans.
    1917 Nathaniel Hone II, Irish artist born on 26 October 1831. — more
    1875 Anton van Isendyck, Belgian artist born on 13 January 1801.
    1870 Georg Bergmann, German artist born on 06 April 1819.
    1863 Rebs and Yanks at the Battle of Bristoe Station         ^top^
          Confederate General Robert E. Lee attempts to drive the Union army out of Virginia but fails when an outnumbered Union force repels the attacking Rebels in the Battle of Bristoe Station. In September 1863, two corps from the Union Army of the Potomac moved to Tennessee to reinforce the army of General William Rosecrans after his loss at the Battle of Chickamauga on September 19 and 20. When Lee heard of this, he suspected that the diminished Yankee army in Virginia was vulnerable. Lee was still outnumbered nearly two to one, but if he could place his army between the main Union force and Washington, D.C., the Confederates could relieve pressure on Virginia by forcing the Yankees closer to Washington.
          On October 10, Lee moved his troops from their defenses along the Rapidan River and attempted to turn the Army of the Potomac's right flank. Union commander General George Meade was alerted to Lee's movement, and he quickly drew his army closer to Washington. The aggressive Lee realized that he had a chance to cut the Union army up piecemeal during the withdrawal.
          Confederate General Ambrose P. Hill spotted Yankees from General George Sykes's Fifth Corps near Bristoe Station on the afternoon of October 14. Thinking this was the rear of the Union army, Hill attacked and began driving the Federals away in disarray. The Confederates were surprised by the sudden appearance of Union General Gouverneur K. Warren's Second Corps. Warren's men were returning from a small battle at Auburn, Virginia, earlier that morning. Hill decided to attack this new force as well, but the Yankees were well protected by a railroad cut.
          In a very short engagement, the Confederates suffered 1400 men killed, wounded, and captured, while the Union lost only 546. "Bury these poor men," Lee somberly told Hill, "and let us say no more about it." The Union army was driven back 60 km from its original positions, and the Confederates destroyed a large section of the Orange and Alexandria Railroad, a key Union supply line. Nonetheless, the gains were temporary. The next month, Meade drove Lee back behind the Rapidan River.
    1857 Johan-Christian-Clausen Dahl, Norwegian painter born on 24 February 1788. — MORE ON DAHL AT ART “4” OCTOBER with links to images.
    1844 Jan Baptiste de Jonghe, Flemish artist born on 08 January 1785. — more with links to two images.
    1832 A trapper, by Blackfeet Indians attacking American Fur Company trappers near Montana's Jefferson River.
    1669 Domenico Fiasella “il Sarzana” (or Sarazana), Italian artist born in 1589 or 1586.
    1066 King Harold II of England, and many other soldiers, at the Battle of Hastings, where William of Normandy becomes the Conqueror.
          King Harold II of England is defeated by the Norman forces of William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings, fought on Senlac Hill, seven miles from Hastings, England. At the end of the bloody, all-day battle, Harold was killed--shot in the eye with an arrow, according to legend--and his forces were destroyed. He was the last Anglo-Saxon king of England.
          Just over two weeks before, William, the duke of Normandy, had invaded England, claiming his right to the English throne. In 1051, William is believed to have visited England and met with his cousin Edward the Confessor, the childless English king. According to Norman historians, Edward promised to make William his heir. On his deathbed, however, Edward granted the kingdom to Harold Godwine, head of the leading noble family in England and more powerful than the king himself. In January 1066, King Edward died, and Harold Godwine was proclaimed King Harold II. William immediately disputed his claim.
         On 28 September 1066, William landed in England at Pevensey, on Britain's southeast coast, with approximately 7000 soldiers and cavalry. Seizing Pevensey, he then marched to Hastings, where he paused to organize his forces. On October 13, Harold arrived near Hastings with his army, and the next day William led his forces out to give battle.
          After his victory at the Battle of Hastings, William marched on London and received the city's submission. On Christmas Day, 1066, he was crowned the first Norman king of England, in Westminster Abbey, and the Anglo-Saxon phase of English history came to an end. French became the language of the king's court and gradually blended with the Anglo-Saxon tongue to give birth to modern English. William I proved an effective king of England, and the "Domesday Book," a great census of the lands and people of England, was among his notable achievements. Upon the death of William I in 1087, his son, William Rufus, became William II, the second Norman king of England.
    0530 Dioscorus, anti-Pope         ^top^
         Originally a deacon of the Church of Alexandria, Dioscorus was adopted into the ranks of the Roman clergy, and by his commanding abilities soon acquired considerable influence in the Church of Rome. Under Pope Symmachus he was sent to Ravenna on an important mission to Theodoric the Goth, and later, under Pope Hormisdas, served with great distinction as papal apocrisiarius, or legate, to the court of Justinian at Constantinople. During the pontificate of Felix IV he became the recognized head of the Byzantine party — a party in Rome which opposed the growing influence and power of a rival faction, the Gothic, to which the pope inclined.
          Before his death in September 530, Pope Saint Felix IV, fearing a contest for the papacy between Roman and Gothic factions, in the presence of several of his clergy and of a number of Roman Senators and patricians, had proclaimed his aged archdeacon Boniface as his successor and threatened with excommunication those refusing to recognize and obey Boniface as validly chosen pope.
          On Felix's death Boniface assumed succession as Boniface II, but 60 out of perhaps about 70 Roman priests refused to accept him and elected Dioscorus. They feared the undue influence in papal affairs of the Ostrogothic King Athalaric, whose grandfather, Theodoric I, had helped to elect Pope Felix IV, a circumstance rendering more odious the latter's nomination of Boniface.
          Both popes were consecrated on 22 September 530, Boniface in the Basilica of Julius, and Dioscorus in the Lateran. The Roman Church was thus involved in the seventh anti-papal schism. Fortunately it endured but twenty-two days, for Dioscorus died on 14 October 530, leaving Boniface in possession. The previous antipopes were Hippolytus (3rd century), Novatian (251), Felix II (355-365), Ursicinus or Ursinus (366-367, against pope Sant Damasus I), Eulalius (418-419, against pope Saint Boniface I), and Laurentius (498-501, against pope Saint Symmachus)
         In December 530 Boniface II soon convened a Roman synod and presented a decree anathematizing his late rival to which he secured the signatures of the priests who had been Dioscorus's partisans Each of these expressed regret for their participation in the irregular election and pledged future obedience. Boniface reconciled many by his mild, conciliatory administration; but some resentment remained, for he seems not to have been tendered a formal election by those who, despite their submission, had impugned the validly of his nomination; and five years later a pope of their choice, Saint Agapetus I, solemnly burned the anathema against Dioscorus.
    Births which occurred on an October 14:
    1983 The Inclusive Language Lectionary is issued by the National Council of Churches. In it, scripture readings are translated to omit or blur gender references. God is thus called "Father and Mother" or "the One"; and "mankind" was replaced by "humanity" or "humankind.” The translation would prove shortlived.
    1938 John W. Dean III, White House counsel, Watergate figure
    1916 C. Everett Koop, US Surgeon General.(1981-89)
    1906 Hannah Arendt Germany, historian (Origins of Totalitarianism)
    1905 Eugene Fodor, Hungarian-born travel writer.
    1894 (Edward Estlin) e. e. cummings, Cambridge Mass, poet (Tulips & Chimneys), playwright (Him, Santa Claus); writer (The Enormous Room). He died on 03 September 1962.
    1890 Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower Denison, Tx (R) 5-star US army general: Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in World War II; 34th US President (1953-1961) He died on 28 March 1969.
    1888 Katherine Mansfield New Zealand, short story writer (Aloe, Garden Party)
    1884 Transparent paper-strip photographic film is patented by George Eastman.
    1882 Eamon DeValera, NY, Irish politician and patriot; prime minister (1932-1948; 1951-1954) and president (1957-1959). He died on 29 August 1975.
    1868 Padoa, mathematician
    1867 Masaoka Shiki Japan, haiku & tanka poet/diarist (Salt Water Ballads)
    1857 Elwood Haynes, in Portland, Indiana, inventor, automotive pioneer, built one of 1st US autos .        ^top^
          After training as an engineer and a chemist at John Hopkins University, Haynes returned to his native Indiana and began experimenting on a carriage powered by an internal engine. In 1894, he completed construction on one of America's earliest automobiles, a one-horsepower, one-cylinder vehicle, and on Independence Day of that year drove it through the streets of Kokomo, Indiana, on its trial run. Today, this automobile is preserved in the Smithsonian Institution as the oldest US automobile in existence. For the next few decades, Haynes continued to make improvements to the new science of automobile manufacturing, including a successful carburetor, the first use of aluminum in automobile engines, and the first muffler. Haynes died on 13 April 1925.
    1824 Adolphe Joseph Thomas Monticelli, Marseille painter who died on 29 June 1886. — MORE ON MONTICELLI AT ART “4” OCTOBER with links to images.
    Simson line1808 Simon Saint-Jean, French painter, specialized in still life and flowers, who died on 03 July 1860. — MORE ON SAINT~JEAN AT ART “4” OCTOBER with links to images.
    1801 Plateau, mathematician.
    1784 Ferdinand VII, Spanish king from 1808 until his 29 September 1833 death.
    1722 Johann Heinrich Tischbein, German artist who died on 22 August 1789. — MEHR ÜBER TISCHBEIN AM ART “4” OCTOBER with links to images.
    1712 George Grenville, English first lord of the Treasury (1763-65). He died on 13 November 1770.
    1687 Robert Simson, Scottish mathematician who died on 01 October 1768. He worked mostly at restoring the work of the early Greek geometers, such as Euclid and Apollonius of Perga. The Simson line is erroneously named after him; it appears nowhere in his work, but is due to a theorem of William Wallace: If P is a point on the circle circumscribed to a triangle, the feet of the perpendiculars to the three side of the triangle lie on a straight line, the Simson line. [diagram >]
    1644 William Penn, English Quaker leader and founder of Pennsylvania as a haven for Quakers. He died on 30 July 1718.
    1633 James II king of England (1685-88) who died on 06 September 1701.
    1618 Sir Peter Lely (original name Pieter van der Faes), Dutch English Baroque portrait painter known for his Van Dyck-influenced likenesses of the mid-17th-century English aristocracy.. He died in 1680. — MORE ON LELY AT ART “4” OCTOBER with links to images.
    1593 Cornelis Janssens van Ceulen, Dutch artist who died in 1664 or 1665. — MORE ON JANSSENS AT ART “4” OCTOBER with links to images.
    Holidays and Celebrations: Bangladesh: Durga Puja / Malagasy Rep : Independence Day (1958) / Maryland: Peggy Stewart Day-US sinks ship against taxes (1774) / Peo's Dem Rep of Yemen (South Yemen) : Independence Day (1962) /
    World Standards Day

         Each year on 14 October, the members of ISO, the IEC and ITU celebrate World Standards Day, which is a means of paying tribute to the collaborative efforts of the thousands of experts worldwide who develop the voluntary technical agreements that are published as international standards.
         The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) group government authorities, representatives of industry, research institutes, universities and consumers, and other experts, to reach a consensus on worldwide standards in almost all realms of human endeavour, from aircraft and space vehicles to basic units of measurement and test methods. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is an agency of the United Nations which has among its aims the extension of the benefits of new telecommunication technologies to all the world's inhabitants and facilitation of the worldwide standardization of telecommunications.

    Religious Observances Orth : Protection (Intercession) of Mary (10/1 OS) / RC : St Callistus I, pope (217-222), martyr (opt) / Ang : St Teresa of Avila

    VIDENTE — dentista falando sobre seu trabalho
    Thoughts for the day :“He who falls in love with himself, will have no rivals.”
    “He who falls in love with his rivals, will have no self.”
    “He who falls by himself, will have no need of rivals.”
    “He who falls in love with no one, will have no rivals.”
    “There's no one... no one, loves you like yourself.” —
    Brendan Behan
    “Those who can -- do. Those who can't -- teach.” —
    H. L. Mencken
    “Those who can't teach — administrate.”
    “Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” —
    Mark Twain
    “The worst lesson that can be taught a man is to rely upon others and to whine over his sufferings.” --
    Theodore Roosevelt in American Ideals. [Most men can do it without being taught]
    “No man is happy if he does not work.” -- in Addresses and Messages of Theodore Roosevelt. [Does that work for you?] [“What about women?” you ask...read on]
    “No woman is happy if her man does not work.” — in Wrong Addresses and Misdirected Messages of You~Know~Who
    “ No man is happier than the one who makes others believe that no man is happy if he does not work.”
    “No man is happy if he does all the work.”
    “All work and no pay makes a man think he is doing a woman's job.”
    “Are you looking for work, or are you looking for a paycheck?”
    “A lot of people quit looking for work as soon as they find a job.” —
    Zig Ziglar
    “Will Work For Food. Will Work Harder For Booze.”
    [what the sign ought to say]
    “Jack D. Booze & Co. — Help Wanted.”
    [the ad that would appear if the above sign became popular — the D is for Daniel]
    “No man is happy if he does not work at it.”
    “It's not work if it makes you happy.”
    Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are inalienable rights. Work is not mentioned.”
    “I like work: it fascinates me, I can sit and look at it for hours.” —
    Jerome K. Jerome
    “Work is overrated.” —
    Paige Nankivil
    Work is a four-letter word.”
    [and so are four and word]
    “To think is to speak low. To speak is to think aloud.” — F. Max Mueller, German philologist (1823-1900)
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