Oct 10, Helen Brown (later Helen Hayes, d.1993), American actress, was born in Washington, D.C. Her Tony Awards include: Best Dramatic Actress in 1947 for “Happy Birthday”, and again in 1958 for “Time Remembered”. Her talents were recognized on movie screens (Hayes appeared in films as early as 1927) as she received an Academy Award for Best Actress for her first major role: “The Sin of Madelon Claudet” in 1931, and forty years later for Best Supporting Actress in “Airport.” “The truth (is) that there is only one terminal dignity— love. And the story of a love is not important—what is important is that one is capable of love. It is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity.”
Oct 10, Emmeline Pankhurst (1858-1928), British suffragist, and her daughter Christabel (23) founder the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU).
Oct 10, Anna Hauptmann (95), wife of Lindbergh baby kidnapper Bruno, died in New Holland, Pennsylvania.
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, Former Guyana vice president and first lady Viola Burnham (72) died after a prolonged battle with cancer. She served as vice president and deputy PM 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, Dame Joan Sutherland (83), renowned Australian opera soprano, died at her home in Switzerland.
Oct 10, In China the wife of construction worker Luo Yanquan (36) was taken kicking and screaming from their home by more than a dozen people and detained in a clinic for three days by family planning officials, then taken to a hospital and injected with a drug that killed her baby. Xiao Aiying (36) delivered the dead baby on Oct 14.
Oct 10, In Canada Amanda Michelle Todd (b.1996) committed suicide at her home in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia. Prior to her death, Todd had posted a video on YouTube in which she used a series of flash cards to tell her experience of being blackmailed, bullied and physically assaulted. A stranger had convinced Todd to bare her breasts on camera. The individual later blackmailed her with threats to expose the topless photo to her friends unless she gave a “show”. On April 17 Canadian police confirmed an arrest has been made in the Netherlands in the case.
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.