Oct 12, The 1st women’s medical school, the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, opened.


Oct 12, Mary Meyer, lover to John F. Kennedy up to his assassination, was brutally murdered on a walking path by the Potomac River. Her story is told in a 1996 book by John Davis “JFK and Mary Pinchot Meyer: A Tale of Two Murdered Lovers.” In 1998 Nina Burleigh authored “A Very Private Woman: The Life and Unsolved Murder of Presidential Mistress Mary Meyer.



Oct 12, Nancy Spungen (b.1958), girlfriend of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious, was found dead on the bathroom floor of their NYC hotel room. She had bled to death from a single stab wound to the abdomen.

Oct 12, Dolma Tsering won the first Miss Tibet beauty pageant, an event its organizers said would reinforce Tibetan identity.



Oct 12, Joan Kroc (75), widow of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, died near San Diego. On Nov 6 it was announced that she had left over $200 million for National Public Radio.



Oct 12, In China Ma Yong (43), was arrested and accused of robbing and killing 12 women in southern China over a five-month period, preying on job seekers in the boomtown of Shenzhen. Duan Zhiqun (20), his female partner, was arrested Oct 23.

Oct 12, Germany won the Women’s Soccer World Cup 2-1 over Sweden in the eighth minute of overtime.



Oct 12, Madonna and her husband took custody of a motherless 1-year-old boy in Malawi after a judge granted her an 18-month interim order to take David Banda out of the country. The next day Madonna jetted out of Malawi, leaving behind the 13-month-old boy she planned to adopt. The swift granting of the interim order angered some rights groups which called upon the Malawian government to put the order on hold in the interests of the child’s future. Banda left Malawi on a small private jet Oct16.

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Oct 12, In Norristown, Pa., Michele Cossey (46), the mother of a 14-year-old who authorities say had a cache of guns, knives and explosive devices in his bedroom for a possible school attack, was charged with buying her son 3 weapons. Authorities said the teenager felt bullied and tried to recruit another boy for a possible attack at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School.




Oct 12, Yoani Sanchez, a Cuban blogger, was denied government permission to travel to New York to receive a top journalism prize. She has become an international sensation for offering frank criticism of her country’s communist system. In May, Cuban authorities had denied Sanchez permission to fly to Madrid to accept the Ortega y Gasset Prize in digital journalism for creating her Generation Y blog (2007), which gets more than 1 million hits a month. Around the same time, Time magazine deemed Sanchez one of the world’s 100 most influential people.


Oct 12, Alejandrina Gisselle Guzman Salazar (31), the daughter of one of the world’s most sought-after drug lords, was arrested at San Diego’s San Ysidro port of entry and charged with fraud and misuse of visas, permits and other documents. Her father is Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, leader of Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel.

Oct 12, In Texas Elizabeth Escalona of Dallas was sentenced to 99 years in prison after she pleaded guilty beating her daughter (2) and gluing the girl’s hands to a wall as she struggled with potty training.

Oct 12, In Botswana a judge nullified a customary law that denied women the right to inherit a family home, a decision seen as a crucial step forward for women’s rights in the southern African country.

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