October 2006 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 2 Charles Carl Roberts murders five schoolgirls in a shooting incident at an Amish school in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania; he then commits suicide.

CommunicationHistoric Communication

Oct 4 WikiLeaks is launched, created by internet activist Julian Assange

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange
Wikileaks founder
Julian Assange
  • Oct 9 North Korea conducts its first nuclear test, with an estimated yield of between 0.4-2 kilotons
  • Oct 13 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to banker Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank for their microlending practises
  • Oct 17 The United States population reaches 300 million
  • Oct 22 Panama Canal expansion proposal is approved by 77.8% of voters in a National referendum held in Panama
  • Oct 23 "The Black Parade" 3rd studio album by My Chemical Romance is released
  • Oct 24 Justice Rutherford of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice struck down the "motive clause", an important part of the Canadian Anti-Terrorism Act
  • Oct 24 MESSENGER spacecraft performs a Venus flyby
  • Oct 28 Funeral service for the peace of the executed at Bykivnia forest, outside of Kiev, Ukraine, with reburial of 817 Ukrainian civilians (out of some 100,000) executed by Bolsheviks at Bykivnia in 1930s - early 1940s.

Weddings in History

  • Oct 20 "Liberty X" member Michelle Heaton (27) weds Pop Idol's Andy Scott-Lee (26) in Hertfordshire, England

Deaths in History

  • Oct 1 Jerald Tanner, American religious activist (b. 1938)
  • Oct 2 Helen Chenoweth-Hage, American politician (b. 1938)
  • Oct 2 Paul Halmos, Hungarian-born American mathematician (b. 1916)
  • Oct 3 Alberto Ramento, Filipina bishop (b. 1937)
  • Oct 3 John Crank, British mathematician (b. 1913)
  • Oct 3 Peter Norman, Australian track star (b. 1942)
  • Oct 4 Oskar Pastior, Romanian-born German writer, dies at 78
  • Oct 5 Antonio Peña, Mexican founder of lucha libre promotion AAA (b. 1953)
  • Oct 6 Wilson Tucker, American writer (b. 1914)
  • Oct 6 Alex L. Shigo, American Biologist and Plant Pathologist, dies at 76
  • Oct 7 Anna Politkovskaya, Russian journalist (b. 1958)
  • Oct 9 Raymond Noorda, American co-founder and long time CEO of Novell (b. 1924)
  • Oct 10 Michael John Rogers, English ornithologist (b. 1932)
  • Oct 10 Ian Scott, Canadian politician (b. 1934)
  • Oct 11 Howard Kerzner, Chief Executive Officer of Kerzner International (b. 1964)
  • Oct 11 Benito Martínez, Cuban who claimed to be the oldest person, died mildly ironically. Family didn't mourn - mostly dead also. (b. ?1880)
  • Oct 13 Wang Guangmei, Chinese first lady (b. 1921)
  • Oct 14 Maurice Grosse, British paranormal investigator (b. 1919)
  • Oct 14 Nancy Lynn, American aviator (b. 1956)
  • Oct 14 Gerry Studds, American politician (b. 1937)
  • Oct 16 Valentín Paniagua Corazao, Ex President of Peru (b. 1936)
  • Oct 18 Mario Francesco Cardinal Pompedda (b. 1929)
  • Oct 19 James Glennon, American cinematographer (b. 1942)
  • Oct 23 Lebo Mathosa, South African entertainer (b. 1977)
  • Oct 24 Enolia McMillan, American civil rights activist (b. 1904)
  • Oct 24 William Montgomery Watt, Islamic studies scholar, orientalist and historian (b. 1909)
  • Oct 26 Pontus Hultén, Swedish art collector and museum director (b. 1924)
  • Oct 27 Brad Will, American anarchist and independent journalist (b. 1970)
  • Oct 29 Mohammadu Maccido, 18th Sultan of Sokoto (b. 1928)
  • Oct 30 Junji Kinoshita, Japanese playwright (b. 1914)
  • Oct 30 Clifford Geertz, American anthropologist (b. 1926)

Person of interestP. W. Botha

Oct 31 P. W. Botha, President of South Africa (1984-89) and Prime Minister (19778-84), dies at 90

President of South Africa P. W. Botha
President of South Africa
P. W. Botha