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October 30
2019

Sport Recreation

The Washington Nationals baseball team defeated the Houston Astros in the final game to win the World Series 4-3. It was the first title for the U.S. capital since the Washington Senators franchise won in 1924

October 30
2016

Disasters Accidents Riots

A powerful 6.6-magnitude earthquake rocked central Italy, injuring at least 20 people in the strongest tremor in over 30 years, and the fourth major earthquake to hit the region since August, when 300 people died

October 30
2009

Deaths

French anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss died aged 100; his studies of indigenous peoples transformed Western understanding of the nature of human civilisation

October 30
2009

People

Former French President Jacques Chirac was ordered to stand trial on corruption charges committed while he was mayor of Paris in the early 1990s. Chirac, 77, denied any wrongdoing

October 30
2008

Crime Espionage Terrorism

A series of bomb blasts in Assam, India, killed over 80 people and injured more than 470. At least 10 confirmed blasts took place but reports indicated there could have been as many as 18. They were the deadliest ever terror attacks in Assam, which had endured major ethnic violence since the early 1980s

October 30
2007

Society Law Politics

Six French aid workers and three journalists were charged with child abduction in Chad after trying to fly 103 orphans to Europe. Seven Spanish flight crew and two Chadians were also charged as accomplices

October 30
2006

Society Law Politics

Bulgaria’s pro-Western president Georgi Parvanov won an easy victory in a runoff election against maverick ultranationalist Volen Siderov, who was critical of Parvanov’s successful effort to lead the former communist nation into the European Union. Parvanov became the first Bulgarian president to win re-election since the fall of communism in 1989 and was set to formally preside over the country joining the EU on January 1, 2007

October 30
2006

Military

Pakistani army helicopters killed around 80 suspected militants in a dawn attack on a madrassa run by a pro-Taliban commander wanted for harbouring al-Qaeda fighters. The madrassa, or religious school, was located in the Bajaur tribal region bordering Afghanistan, and was believed to be being used as a militant training camp

October 30
2006

Disasters Accidents Riots

Super Typhoon Cimaron, the strongest storm to hit the Philippines in eight years, killed at least 19 people and caused at least $9 million in damage

October 30
2002

Society, Law & Politics

The IRA suspended contact with the international decommissioning body following the suspension of devolution in Northern Ireland

October 30
2000

Crime Espionage Terrorism

Three people, including a Supreme Court judge, were killed and dozens more were injured when the Basque separatist organisation ETA exploded a powerful car bomb in the heart of Madrid at the height of the morning rush hour

October 30
1998

Disasters Accidents Riots

At least 60 teenagers, mostly immigrants from Macedonia, in former Yugoslavia, were killed when fire broke out at a disco in Stockholm, Sweden

October 30
1998

Everyday Life

Large areas of England and Wales were under water as Britain’s wettest October for 10 years caused extensive flooding

October 30
1997

People

In a shock verdict at her U.S. trial, British nanny Louise Woodward was found guilty of the murder of nine-month-old Matthew Eappen, triggering protests in both England and America

October 30
1996

People

Wang Dan, one of the student leaders of the protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989, was jailed for 11 years for subversion