Wednesday 5 October 2011
It was Wednesday, under the sign of Libra. The US president was Barack Obama (Democratic). In that special week of October people in US were listening to Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5.
Hugo, directed by Martin Scorsese, was one of the most viewed movies released in 2011
while The Help by Kathryn Stockett was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened that day: find out below..
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- Arab Spring:
- At least three people are killed and 22 injured after Yemeni Army troops shell opposition forces in the southern province of Taiz. (Xinhua)
- In eastern Saudi Arabia near the Persian Gulf, police open fire on protesters as public unrest intensifies. (''The Independent'')
- NYSE Euronext and Deutsche Boerse AG, two exchange operating concerns planning a merger, receive a statement of objections to that merger from the European Union's business regulators. (NYSE Euronext)
- Various American labor unions, including the CWA and the ATU, join the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in New York City. (Reuters)
- Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple Inc., dies of pancreatic cancer. (Forbes)
- In Thailand, more than 200 people are killed by floods during a severe monsoon season, with 58 of the country's 77 provinces affected. (ABC News Australia)
- A container ship runs aground on a reef off the coast of Tauranga, New Zealand, causing a large oil spill into the Bay of Plenty and affecting wildlife. (Television New Zealand)
- In the Mekong River massacre, two Chinese cargo boats are hijacked and 13 crew members murdered in the Golden Triangle region of Southeast Asia. (BBC)
- German prosecutors reopen hundreds of investigations into Nazi concentration camp guards, following the successful prosecution of retired U.S. autoworker John Demjanjuk for his role at the Sobibor extermination camp in Poland during World War II. (AP via ABC News America)
- Three people are killed in a workplace shooting in Cupertino, California. (''Mercury Times'')
- A strike by Greek public sector workers leads to the closure of transport services, schools and most public hospitals, with thousands of people protesting against government austerity measures in Athens. (Reuters)
- Luis Fortuño, the Governor of the US Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, submits a plan for a two-part referendum to change the islands's status. (AP via ''Atlanta Journal Constitution'')
- The Governor of the US state of Alabama, Robert Bentley, orders flags on state government buildings to fly at half-mast following the death of civil rights leader Fred Shuttlesworth. (''Birmingham News'')
- The former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin announces that she will not put her name forward as a Republican candidate for the 2012 presidential election. (BBC)
- Israeli scientist Daniel Shechtman wins the 2011 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for the discovery of quasicrystals. (AP via ''The Star'')
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