Our World in a week: Oct. 18

Colin Powell dies at age 84

Powell died on Oct. 18 from COVID complications and other health issues.  

  • Powell was the first Black US secretary of state from 2001 to 2005.
  • He was a leader in several Republican administrations that helped shape American foreign policy.
  • Powell had multiple myeloma, a cancer that suppresses the body’s immune system. 
  • Powell’s family noted to Facebook that he was fully vaccinated.
  • President Biden commented on his friendship with Powell calling him a “dear friend and a patriot.” 
  • Powell helped start the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at the City College of New York.

More information about Powell’s death and his major accomplishments:



5,300 year old mummy reveals history behind tattoos 

Ötzi the Iceman, discovered by German tourists 30 years ago in the Italian Alps, is Europe’s most famous mummy.

  • Ötzi was found decorated with 61 tattoos preserved by the glacier climate.
  • Historians believe these tattoos were an ancient treatment for pain.
  • The tattoos were found around the lower back, knees, wrists and ankles.
  • Ötzi was a significant find for those who study global history of tattoos. It allowed them to further their research on the meaning of the tattoos.

More information on the significance of these tattoos.



Mt. Aso in Japan erupts

A volcano in southern Japan erupted on Wed. releasing mass amounts of smoke threatening nearby towns.

  • The Japanese Meteorological Agency issued a warning for two towns in Kumamoto.
  • The Japanese Government is still looking for information on the recent eruption.


‘The Snooze Bus’

Hong Kong created a bus ride for people to sleep on.

  • Hong Kong’s travel agency came up with the idea of the Snooze Bus when the industry took a halt from Covid-19.
  • Passengers can take a five hour ride on the bus where the main focus is to nap.

Watch the video on the Snooze Bus here: