Today in history


Oct 14, Mary, Queen of Scots, went on trial in England, accused of committing treason against Queen Elizabeth the First. Mary was beheaded in February 1587.

Oct 14, Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, was named winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for her non-violent promotion of democracy. Her award was accepted by her husband, Michael Aris (d.1999 at 53) and their sons. A collection of her writings is titled “Freedom from Fear.”

Oct 14, The Booker Prize for literature went to Indian writer Arundhati Roy, for her book: “The God of Small Things.”


Oct 14, Linda Franklin (47) of Arlington, Va., was shot in the head and killed as she and her husband loaded packages into their car outside a Home Depot at the Seven Corners Shopping Center. She had worked as an analyst for the FBI.


Oct 14, A researcher said bird flu virus found in a Vietnamese girl was resistant to the main drug that’s being stockpiled in case of a pandemic, a sign that it’s important to keep a second drug on hand as well.


Oct 14, In Southern Afghanistan a mother who tried to stop her son from carrying out a suicide bomb attack triggered an explosion in the family’s home that killed the would-be bomber, his mother and three siblings.

Oct 14, Antinette Keller (18), a Northern Illinois University freshman from Plainfield, Ill., was last seen as she left for a walk in a 150-acre nature preserve in DeKalb, Ill. Her body was found on Oct 23 in a heavily wooded area of Prairie Park in DeKalb.

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Oct 14, In Pakistan tens of thousands rallied in Karachi in support of Malala Yousufzai, a 14-year-old girl who was shot and critically wounded by the Taliban for promoting girls’ education and criticizing the militant group.



Oct 14, In the Czech Rep. a woman, diagnosed with schizophrenia, stabbed a male student (16) to death and wounded two girls and a police negotiator in a rampage at a secondary school in Zdar nad Sazavou. The woman had already stabbed a teacher in an elementary school canteen full of children near Ostrava in May 2012.





Oct 14, In Tanzania 2 women were hacked to death by men who accused them of casting spells that made them sexually impotent in the village of Ihugi, Shinyanga province.


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