Oct 10, San Francisco voters defeated an amendment on “Votes for Women” by some 12,000 votes. Charges of corruption and ballot abuse were cited. The amendment passed state-wide.

Oct 10, In Sri Lanka, Sirimavo Bandaranaike, the 1st woman in the world to serve as a Prime Minister, died at age 84 just after voting in elections.

Oct 10, In Sri Lanka President Kumaratunga dissolved parliament and set elections for Dec 5 after defections left her coalition in the minority.

Oct 10, A Palestinian suicide bomber killed a woman and wounded 12 other people by blowing himself up near a bus in Israel, but the driver and passengers prevented a higher death toll by stopping him from boarding.

Oct 10, Human rights activist Shirin Ebadi (56) won the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize. It was the first peace prize for an Iranian, and first for a Muslim woman.




Oct 10, Former Guyana Vice President and First Lady, Viola Burnham (72), died after a prolonged battle with cancer. She served as Vice President and Deputy Prime Minister from 1985-1991.

Oct 10, Conservative leader, Angela Merkel, said she had reached a “good and fair” deal that will make her Germany’s first female Chancellor in a power-sharing agreement that would end Gerhard Schroeder’s seven years in office.

Oct 10, Cheung Yan (49), founder and chairman of Chinese paper packager, Nine Dragons Paper (Holdings) Ltd., topped a list of China’s richest people for the first time, elbowing past two-time leader Huang Guangyu of GOME Electrical Appliances and a coterie of CEOs at old-economy government enterprises. Cheung, born in northeastern China’s Heilongjiang province and now a Los Angeles native, began building her fortune in 1985, when she set up a waste-paper trading business in Hong Kong.

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Oct 10, Two suspects were remanded in custody by a South African court in connection with the murders of ten women whose bodies were found dumped in sugarcane fields.




Oct 10, Dame Joan Sutherland (83), renowned Australian opera soprano, died at her home in Switzerland.

Oct 10, The Afghan government named former President Burhanuddin Rabbani as the chief of a new peace council tasked with talking to insurgent groups. A roadside bomb killed 5 members of a family in Paktia province. 2 NATO troops were killed by a roadside bomb in the south. A suicide bomber blew up his vehicle near a military convoy, killing a child and wounding two other people in Khost province.

Oct 10, In Russia a Moscow court freed Yekaterina Samutsevich, one of the 3 jailed Pussy Riot band members, because she had been thrown out of the cathedral by guards before she could remove her guitar from its case.


Oct 10, In San Francisco Cecilia Lam (35), was shot by Cedric Young Jr. (29) and died three days later. She had called police 4 times over the last two days reporting that her former boyfriend had a gun and had tried to poison her. On August 12, Lam’s family sued the city saying police failed to take proper action.

Oct 10, Taliban attack survivor Malala Yousafzai (17,) became the youngest Nobel winner ever as she and Kailash Satyarthi (b.1954) of India won the Nobel Peace Prize for working to protect children from slavery, extremism and child labor at great risk to their own lives.

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