An explosion outside a prominent post office in Rome causes damage to a car; however, no injuries or deaths have been reported. A preliminary investigation indicated it was most likely “a demonstrative act, showing that it could be done”.
Activists affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement, which opposes economic inequality and corporate greed, take to the streets in numerous cities worldwide, including Sydney, Rome, Bucharest, Taipei, Tokyo, Toronto, Berlin, and Madrid, in a day of coordinated mass protests.
74-year-old Prime Minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi tells a blasphemous joke about Jews to emergency workers dealing with the 2009 L'Aquila earthquake, causing upset to the Vatican. Berlusconi describes it as "just a laugh" he "made in private, not offensive and not a sin."