Oct 5, The Conference of York began in the trial against Mary Stuart.

Oct 5, Grandma Prisbrey, born as Thresie (Tressa) Luella Schaefer (1896), died in California. During her life she constructed her bottle village in Simi Valley including 3 bottle structures to house her collection of 17,000 pencils. In 1981 the site was named a California State Historical Landmark and in 1996 was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Oct 5, In Somalia Annalena Tonelli (60), an Italian aid worker who dedicated 33 years of her life to helping Somalis, was shot and killed outside the hospital she founded to treat tuberculosis patients.



Oct 5, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visited Baghdad, where she warned Iraqi leaders that they had limited time to settle their differences. A car bomb exploded in the mainly Shiite neighborhood of Hurriyah in Baghdad, killing two people and wounding two more. Another bomb struck a group of laborers waiting for work at a downtown square in the capital, killing two and wounding 26. Bombings and shooting in and around Baqouba left seven dead. Mohammed Ridha Mohammed, a Kurdish lawmaker, was kidnapped and shot, Shiite militias were held responsible for his killing. Mohammed was a member of the Islamic Group, a conservative Sunni party in the Kurdish Alliance. One person was killed and four wounded in a double bombing outside a neighbourhood power generator in Baghdad’s Qahira district. Police found the bodies of five men in their 30s, the apparent victims of sectarian death squads, their hands and feet bound and signs of torture on their bodies. Police found 7 bodies floating in the area of Suwayrah. Gunmen killed Naseer Shamil (37), a former Iraqi national volleyball player and a Shiite, in his shop in Baghdad. One American soldier with the 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, died near Beiji.

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Oct 5, Marion Jones (31), three-time Olympic gold medalist, pleaded guilty in White Plains, NY, to lying to federal investigators when she denied using performance-enhancing drugs, and announced her retirement. Jones said she took steroids from September 2000 to July 2001 and said she was told by her then-coach Trevor Graham that she was taking flaxseed oil when it was actually “the clear.” Jones also pleaded guilty to a second count of lying to investigators about her association with a check-fraud scheme.

Oct 5, A woman appeared on Syrian state television claiming that she is the young Syrian, Zainab al-Hosni, who was widely reported to have been beheaded and mutilated by security agents while in custody last month. Amnesty International issued a statement saying; “If the body was not that of Zainab al-Hosni, then clearly the Syrian authorities need to disclose whose it was, the cause and circumstances of the death, and why Zainab al-Hosni’s family were informed that she was the victim.”

Oct 5, In Colorado fifth-grader Jessica Ridgeway (10) never showed up at a nearby park where she was supposed to meet friends for the one-mile walk to her elementary school. On Oct 10 her body was found in an Arvada, Colo., park, just a few miles from where she went missing. On Oct 23 police arrested Austin Reed Sigg (17) in connection with the murder. Sigg confessed to killing Ridgeway.

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