Today in History - November 2

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  All Soul's Day for Roman Catholics. El Dia de los Muertes, Day of the Dead for Mexicans.
 (WSJ, 11/2/98, p.B1)

1164        Nov 2, Thomas Becket, the archbishop of Canterbury, fled England and landed in Flanders.
    (ON, 8/20/11, p.2)

1483          Nov 2, Henry Stafford (b.1454), earl of Buckingham and constable of England, was beheaded at Salisbury for his rebellion against King Richard III (1452-1485).
    (DoW, 1999, p.71)

1570        Nov 2, A tidal wave in the North Sea destroyed the sea walls from Holland to Jutland. Over a thousand people are killed.
    (HN, 11/2/98)(

1648        Nov 2, 12,000 Jews were massacred by Chmielnicki hordes in Narol Podlia (Ukraine). Cossack Bogdan Chmielnicki led the pogrom in quest of Ukrainian independence from the Polish nobility, who employed Jews to collect taxes.
    (PCh, 1992, p.241)(MC, 11/2/01)

1697        Nov 2, Constantine Huygens Jr, poet, painter and cartoonist, was buried.
    (MC, 11/2/01)

1734        Nov 2, Daniel Boone, American frontiersman, was born.
    (HFA, '96, p.18)(HN, 11/2/98)

1739        Nov 2, Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf, composer, was born.
    (MC, 11/2/01)

1749        Nov 2, The English Ohio Trade Company formed its 1st trade post.
    (MC, 11/2/01)

1755        Nov 2, Marie Antoinette (d.1793), Queen of France, was born. She was the daughter of Maria Theresa and Francis I; and wife of Louis XVI in 1770 and thus Queen of France. She was arrested by the Revolutionary Tribunal and beheaded on Oct. 15.
    (CFA, '96, p.58)(HN, 11/2/98)

1772        Nov 2, The first Committees of Correspondence were formed in Massachusetts under Samuel Adams.
    (HN, 11/2/98)

1783        Nov 2, Gen. George Washington issued his "Farewell Address to the Army" near Princeton, N.J.
    (AP, 11/2/97)

1789        Nov 2, The property of the Church in France was taken away by the state.
    (HN, 11/2/98)

1795        Nov 2, James Knox Polk, the 11th president of the United States, was born in Mecklenburg County, N.C.
    (AP, 11/2/97)(HN, 11/2/98)

1810        Nov 2, Andrew Atkinson Humphreys (d.1883), Mjr. Gen. (Union volunteers), was born.
    (MC, 11/2/01)

1813          Nov 2, Treaty of Fulda. After the Battle of Leipzig (Oct 16-19) King Frederick I of Württemberg (1754-1816) deserted Napoleon’s waning fortunes. By a treaty made with Klemens Wenzel Nepomuk Lothar von Metternich (1773-1858) at Fulda, Hessen, Germany he secured the confirmation of his royal title and of his recent acquisitions of territory, while his troops marched with those of the allies into France.
    (DoW, 1999, p.325)

1815        Nov 2, George Boole (d.1864), English-Irish mathematician and logician (Boolean algebra), was born.
    (WUD, 1994, p.170)(SFC, 12/2/97, p.C3)(MC, 11/2/01)

1822        Nov 2, The USRC Louisiana along with USS Peacock and the Royal Navy schooner HMS Speedwell captured five pirate vessels off Havana, Cuba.

1824        Nov 2, Popular presidential vote was 1st recorded; Jackson beat J.Q. Adams. Gen. Jackson won the popular vote followed by John Quincy Adams, William Crawford and Henry Clay. Jackson won 99 electoral votes, Adams won 84, Crawford won 41 and Clay won 37. Crawford, Treasury secretary, was accused of malfeasance. Henry Clay was denounced for passing days gambling and nights in a brothel. Clay convinced his supporters in congress to vote for Adams. The House of Representatives chose John Quincy Adams, who chose Clay for vice president. A furious Jackson proceeded to help found the Democratic Party.
    (WSJ, 10/8/96, p.A22)(WSJ, 11/9/00, p.A26)(WSJ, 12/11/00, p.A18)(MC, 11/2/01)

1841          Nov 2, Following the British occupation of Kabul during the 1st Afghan War (1839-1842), Afghans revolted and murdered British envoy, Lt. Col. Sir Alexander Burnes (1805-1841) and some 23 others. By Jan 1842 the British army decided to withdraw with its 4,500 Anglo-Indian troops and 10,000 camp followers. The column was wiped out by Ghilzai tribesmen with their long-barreled rifles called jezails.
    (WSJ, 8/25/98, p.A14)(HN, 11/2/98)(

1851          Nov 2, Louis Napoleon staged a coup and took power in France as Napoleon III of the Second Empire.
    (WSJ, 2/10/98, p.A16)(DoW, 1999, p182)

1852        Nov 2, Franklin Pierce was elected US president over Gen’l. Winfield Scott, who ran as a Whig. In 1852, the U.S. Congress passed a resolution giving Scott the pay and rank of a lieutenant general. Scott, not Ulysses S. Grant, was the first to hold this rank since George Washington. William R. King was elected vice-president.
    (SFC, 10/22/96, p.E8)(

1857        Nov 2, Joseph F.F. Babinski, Polish-French neurologist (Babinski reflex), was born.
    (MC, 11/2/01)

1858        Nov 2, In Illinois Abraham Lincoln won 4,085 more popular votes for the Senate than did Sen. Stephen Douglas; however Illinois senators were elected by the state legislatures and Douglas won reelection there by 8 votes.
    (ON, 4/08, p.3)

1865        Nov 2, Warren Gamaliel Harding, the 29th president of the United States (1921-1923), was born near Corsica, Ohio.
    (SFEC, 1/12/97, Z3 p.4)(AP, 11/2/97)

1869        Nov 2, Sheriff Wild Bill Hickok lost his reelection bid in Ellis County, Kan.
    (HN, 11/2/98)

1878        Nov 2, Edward Scripps (1854-1926) and John Scripps Sweeney founded the Penny Press. Ellen Scripps helped her younger half brother, Edward W. Scripps, begin his Penny Press in Cleveland, Ohio. She gave financial support and contributed articles and columns to the Penny Press while continuing her work for the Detroit Evening News.

1880        Nov 2, James A. Garfield was elected 20th president. During the Civil War, Garfield was a commander at the bloody fight at Chickamauga. The election was close, with Republican James Garfield getting 48.27% to Democrat Winfield Hancock‘s 48.25% and a difference of less than 2,000 votes! Garfield was shot by a disgruntled office seeker four months into his presidency.
    (HN, 11/2/98)(HNQ, 11//00)

1882        Nov 2, Newly elected John Poe replaced Pat Garrett as sheriff of Lincoln County, New Mexico Territory.
    (HN, 11/2/98)

1885        Nov 2, Harlow Shapley, astronomer, was born. He discovered the Sun is not at the center of the galaxy.
    (HN, 11/2/00)

1887          Nov 2, Jenny Lind (b.1820), known as the Swedish Nightingale, soprano, died in London, England.

1889        Nov 2, North Dakota was made the 39th state.
    (AP, 11/2/97)(HN, 11/2/98)
1889        Nov 2, South Dakota is made the 40th state.
    (AP, 11/2/97)(HN, 11/2/98)

1895        Nov 2, In San Francisco the Chutes amusement park first opened on Haight Street, featuring the shoot-the-chutes water slide. It relocated to Fulton Street and 10th Avenue in 1902 and was extremely popular right after the 1906 earthquake and fire, because it was the only amusement park and theater that survived. In the post-quake years, Fillmore Street became the entertainment area, with numerous nickelodeons and other attractions. The Chutes on Fulton Street closed after New Years Eve, 1908, and reopened on Fillmore and Turk Streets on July 14, 1909, but without the shoot-the-chutes. The New Chutes offered a host of other amusement attractions and soon built a first class vaudeville Theater, where in 1910, Sophie Tucker revived her career after being black-balled by Flo Ziegfeld back in New York. The New Chutes would burn on the Memorial Day weekend of the opening of the Summer season, on May 29, 1911, the same weekend that Dreamland at Coney Island would be destroyed on the other side of the continent. The theater was saved, but the entire wooden Chutes amusement park was destroyed and never reopened.
    (AJSF, Vol. 14. No. 2, Winter, 2003)
1892        Nov 2, Lawmen surrounded outlaws Ned Christie and Arch Wolf near Tahlequah, Indian Country (present-day Oklahoma). It would take dynamite and a cannon to dislodge the two from their cabin.
    (HN, 11/2/98)

1898          Nov 2, Theodor Herzl, founder (1897) of modern political National Zionism, arrived in Jerusalem to promote his World Zionist Organization. Zionism maintains that the Jewish people constitute a nation and are entitled to a national homeland.

1901        Nov 2, Paul Ford, actor (Phil Silvers Show), was born in Baltimore, Md.
    (MC, 11/2/01)

1903        Nov 2, The Daily Mirror of London began operating as the first tabloid newspaper.
    (WSJ, 12/29/07, p.A8)(

1906        Nov 2, Luchino Visconti, film director, was born in Milan, Italy. His work included “Obsession" and “Death in Venice."
    (HN, 11/2/00)(AP, 11/2/06)

1913        Nov 2, American actor Burt Lancaster, was born.
    (HN, 11/2/98)

1914        Nov 2, Ray Walston, actor (My Favorite Martian, Damn Yankees, Picket Fences), was born in New Orleans, La.
    (MC, 11/2/01)
1914        Nov 2, Victor Herbert’s “Only Girl," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 11/2/01)
1914        Nov 2, Great Britain annexed Cyprus.
    (MC, 11/2/01)
1914        Nov 2, Russia declared war with Turkey.
    (HN, 11/2/98)

1915        Nov 2, San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific Expo celebrated San Francisco day and drew an estimated 348,472 people, equal to about 70% of the city’s population.
    (SFC, 10/31/15, p.C1)

1916        Nov 2, France reconquered Ft Vaux, Verdun.
    (MC, 11/2/01)

1917          Nov 2, In the Lansing-Ishii Agreement the US recognized Japan's privileges in China. US Sec. of State Robert Lansing and Viscount Ishii Kikujiro of Japan, a special envoy to Washington, worked to resolve tensions and conflicts between Japan and the US during WW I. The Lansing-Ishii Agreement was formally annulled in April 1923. Japan and the U.S. continued to disagree on their respective roles in the Pacific.
1917        Nov 2, British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour, in what became known as the Balfour Declaration, expressed support for a "national home" for the Jews of Palestine. It encouraged Jewish immigration to Israel in the decade after WW I.
    (SFC, 10/18/96, C8)(AP, 11/2/97)

1920        Nov 2, Warren G. Harding was elected 29th president. He defeated James Cox, governor of Ohio, and his VP running mate Franklin Delano Roosevelt (38).
    (SFC, 10/13/99, p.E7)(AH, 10/04, p.50)
1920        Nov 2, The first radio broadcast of presidential elections in the United States were made by radio. Westinghouse had built radio station KDKA on its factory roof in Pittsburgh and was among the first to broadcast returns from the Harding-Cox presidential election. 8MK, the first US station owned by a newspaper (the Detroit News), also broadcast the election returns.
    (, 1/12/98, p.A19)(HN, 11/2/98)(AP, 11/2/99)
1920          Nov 2, Of the sixty-eight women who signed the Declaration of Sentiments at Seneca Falls in 1848, only one, Charlotte Woodward Pierce (1830-1921), lived to see that day.
1920        Nov 2, In Ocoee, Fla., on election day gunfire erupted after 2 black men tried to vote. By the next day a number of residents, black and white, lay dead.
    (WSJ, 10/30/98, p.A1)

1921        Nov 2, Fernando Correia de Oliveira, composer, was born.
    (MC, 11/2/01)
1921        Nov 2, Eugene O'Neill's "Anna Christie," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 11/2/01)
1921        Nov 2, Margaret Sanger and Mary Ware Dennett formed the American Birth Control League.
    (HN, 11/2/98)

1922        Nov 2, Australian Qantas airways began service.
1922        Nov 2, English archeologist Charles Leonard Woolley began excavating the ancient Mesopotamian city of Ur, located between Baghdad and the Persian Gulf.
    (ON, 8/20/11, p.7)

1923        Nov 2, US Navy aviator, H.J. Brown, set new world speed record of 259 mph in a Curtiss racer.
    (HN, 11/2/98)
1923        Nov 2, Bloody street fights took place in Aachen. The pro-French separatists were driven out.
    (MC, 11/2/01)

1924        Nov 2, Sunday Express published the 1st British crossword puzzle.
    (MC, 11/2/01)

1926        Nov 2, Air Commerce Act was passed providing federal aid for airlines and airports.
    (HN, 11/2/98)

1927        Nov 2, In San Francisco prohibition agents raided a brewery at 1407 San Bruno Ave. with nearly 2,000 gallons of beer brewing in 4 500-gallon vats.
    (SFC, 11/1/02, p.E7)
1927        Nov 2, Vermont began experiencing 3 days of severe flooding. Floods took out 1285 bridges, miles and miles of roads and railroads, and countless homes and buildings. 84 people died in the flood, including Lt. Governor S. Hollister Jackson.

1928        Nov 2, L. Stokovski conducted the premiere of Dmitri Shostakovitch's 1st Symphony, in Phila.
    (MC, 11/2/01)

1929        Nov 2, Richard Taylor, Nobel Prize-winning physicist, was born. He proved the existence of quarks.
    (HN, 11/2/00)

1930        Nov 2, Haile Selassie was crowned emperor of Ethiopia. His coronation was taken as a sign by Jamaicans, who became known as Rastafarians, from the term Ras Tafari, a title held by Selassie. Ras Tafari crowned Haile Selassie I, 225th emperor of Solmonic Dynasty.
    (AP, 11/2/97)(SFC, 12/4/00, p.A12)(

1932        Nov 2, Melvin Schwartz, physicist, was born. He won the Nobel Prize for work on neutrinos.
    (HN, 11/2/00)

1934        Nov 2, In San Francisco a fight for control of the beer market expanded as brewers matched the prices of Humboldt Brewery at $1 a case of 24 pints.
    (SSFC, 11/1/09, DB p.42)
1934        Nov 2, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, and Connie Mack headlined the roster of 15 stars who visited Japan to display their baseball skills.

1936          Nov 2, Rose Elizabeth Bird (d.1999), future California Supreme Court Justice, was born on a chicken farm in Arizona.
1936        Nov 2, The first high-definition public television transmissions began from Alexandra Palace in north London by the BBC.
    (HN, 11/2/98)(MC, 11/2/01)

1938        Nov 2, Germany gave southern Slovakia to Hungary.
    (WUD, 1994, p.1682)

1941        Nov 2, German troops occupied Rostov.
    (MC, 11/2/01)

1942        Nov 2, Lt. General Dwight D. Eisenhower arrived in Gibraltar to set up an American command post for the invasion of North Africa, Operation Torch.
    (HN, 11/2/98)
1942        Nov 2, An amphibious PBY-5A aircraft foundered in rough weather, in the waters surrounding what is now the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve in the eastern Gulf of Saint Lawrence. The plane was based at Presqu'Ile, Maine, in the US, and serviced an airfield in the village of Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan, Quebec. Four of the crew escaped the flooding plane and were rescued by local fishermen rowing out from shore in open boats in rough seas. Five others perished, trapped inside. In 1941 and 1942, the US had constructed a series of airfields in Eastern Canada to ferry aircraft to Allied air forces in Northern Europe, as part of the so-called "Crimson Route." Wreckage of the downed plane was found in 2009. In 2012 remains of the other crew members were recovered.
    (AFP, 8/7/09)(SFC, 7/31/12, p.A2)
1942        Nov 2, 11th day of battle at El Alamein, Egypt: British made an assault on Tel el Aqqaqir. Montgomery defeated Rommel in battle of Alamein Egypt.
    (MC, 11/2/01)

1943        Nov 2, The Battle of Empress Augusta Bay in Bougainville ended in U.S. Navy victory over Japan.
    (HN, 11/2/98)
1943        Nov 2, Jewish ghetto of Riga, Latvia, was destroyed.
    (MC, 11/2/01)

1944        Nov 2, Patrice Chereau, actor (Danton) and director ("The Ring" at Bayreuth), was born.
    (MC, 11/2/01)

1946        Nov 2, Giuseppe Sinopoli, conductor, was born in Venice, Italy.
    (MC, 11/2/01)

1947        Nov 2, Howard Hughes piloted his huge wooden airplane, known as the Spruce Goose, on its only flight, which lasted 70 sec. over Long Beach Harbor in California. The plane had an 8-story tail and a 320-foot wingspan. It was designed to take seven hundred soldiers into battle. The plane had a wing span longer than a football field, and was powered by 8 engines and was crafted out of 200 tons of plywood. The war ended before the plane was deployed, but Hughes proved the Spruce Goose's was air-worthy.
    (AP, 11/2/97)(SFC, 7/29/98, p.A20)(HN, 11/2/98)(MC, 11/2/01)
1947        Nov 2, Jawaharlal Nehru said: "We have declared that the fate of Kashmir is ultimately to be decided by the people. That pledge we have given, and the Maharaja has supported it not only to the people of Kashmir but the world. We will not, and cannot back out of it. We are prepared when peace and law and order have been established to have a referendum held under international auspices like the United Nations. We want it to be a fair and just reference to the people, and we shall accept their verdict. I can imagine no fairer and juster offer."

1948        Nov 2, President Truman was elected 33rd president in an upset. He won re-election by a narrow margin over Republican challenger Thomas E. Dewey. The Chicago Daily Tribune had been so sure of Dewey's victory that they had printed front-page "Dewey Defeats Truman" articles before the final results were in. Truman defeated Dewey by 2.2 million popular votes and 114 electoral votes. During the presidential election campaign, almost everyone expected New York Governor Thomas E. Dewey to win and few had faith in a victory for incumbent Harry S. Truman. While Truman went on a "whistle stop" tour across the United States, giving more than 350 speeches, Dewey's confident campaign was more reserved. Prof. Frank Kofsky later wrote "Harry Truman and the War Scare of 1948." Henry Wallace was the candidate for the Progressive Party. In 2000 Zachary Karabell authored "The Last Campaign: How Harry Truman Won the 1948 Election."
    (AP, 11/2/97)(SFC, 11/26/97, p.C6)(SFC, 10/12/98, p.A17)(HN, 11/2/98)(HNPD, 11/2/98)(SFEC, 5/14/00, BR p.5)

1950        Nov 2, George Bernard Shaw (b.1856), Irish-born, English dramatist (Pygmalion), critic and social reformer, died. Michael Holroyd later authored a 3-volume biography of Shaw.
    (V.D.-H.K.p.237)(HN, 7/26/98)(SFEC, 3/5/00, DB p.4)

1952        Nov 2, Dixie Lee Crosby (40), wife of Bing Crosby, died in Hollywood from cancer.
    (SFC, 11/1/02, p.E7)
1952        Nov 2,    In Britain Derek Bentley (19) and Christopher Craig (16) tried to break into a warehouse in South London. Craig shot and killed Police Constable Sidney Miles. Bentley, who had the mental age of 11, was hanged in Jan., 1953, for his role in the murder of the police officer and Craig went to prison for 10 years. The 1991 film “Let Him Have It" was based on the story of Bentley as was the Elvis Costello song “Let Him Dangle." Bentley’s conviction was overturned in 1998.
    (SFC, 7/31/98, p.A16,18)

1953        Nov 2, Pakistan became an Islamic republic.
    (MC, 11/2/01)

1954         Nov 2, Strom Thurmond (1902-2003) of South Carolina became the 1st US senator elected by write-in vote.
1954        Nov 2, Andrei Y. Vishinsky (b. 1883) died. Jacob A. Malik succeeded him as the chief Soviet delegate to the UN and as First Deputy Foreign Minister of the USSR.
    (WUD, 1994, p.1685)

1955        Nov 2, Dr. Willis E. Lamb (1913-2008) of Stanford Univ. and Dr. Polykarp Kusch of Columbia Univ. were named co-winners of the Nobel Prize in physics. They came up with complementary discoveries in nuclear physics in 1947.
    (SFC, 10/28/05, p.F3)(SFC, 5/23/08, p.B10)
1955        Nov 2, Clarton-Schwerdt and Schaffer discovered the polio virus.
    (MC, 11/2/01)
1955        Nov 2, David Ben-Gurion formed an Israeli govt.
    (MC, 11/2/01)

1956        Nov 2, Hungary appealed for UN assistance against Soviet invasion. The Soviets chose Janos Kadar to form a counter-government.
1956        Nov 2, Gaza was occupied by the Israeli army and evacuated in March 1957.
1956        Nov 2, The UN passed an American resolution, 64 to 5, for a ceasefire at the Suez Canal in Egypt. The General Assembly took up a Canadian suggestion for an emergency force to monitor the ceasefire. The UN Emergency Force (UNEF) became the first “blue hat" UN peacekeepers.
    (Econ, 7/29/06, p.24)(
1956        Nov 2, Jacob Weinberg (77), composer, died.
    (MC, 11/2/01)

1957        Nov 2, The 1st titanium mill opened in Toronto, Ohio.
    (MC, 11/2/01)

1959        Nov 2, Charles Van Doren admitted to a House subcommittee that he had the questions and answers in advance of his appearances on the NBC-TV game show "Twenty-One."
    (AP, 11/2/97)(HN, 11/2/98)
1959        Nov 2, Britain opened the first section of the M1 motorway. The Watford Gap motorway service station opened the same day.
    (Econ, 1/5/13, p.43)(

1960        Nov 2, Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy told an audience of 20,000 at the Cow Palace in Daly City, Ca., that the US should establish a Peace Corps. The idea was first presented 3 weeks earlier at the Univ. of Michigan.
1960        Nov 2, A British jury determined that Lady Chatterly's Lover by D.H. Lawrence is not obscene. It had been published by Penguin Books.
    (HN, 11/2/00)(MC, 11/2/01)
1960        Nov 2, Dimitri Mitropoulos (64), Greek-US conductor and composer, died.
    (MC, 11/2/01)

1961        Nov 2, James Thurber (b.1894), humorist (The Male Animal), died at age 66. In 1975 Burton Bernstein authored "Thurber: A Biography." In 2003 Harrison Kinney and Rosemary A. Thurber edited "The Thurber Letters."
    (MC, 11/2/01)(WSJ, 8/1/03, p.W10)

1962        Nov 2, Pres. Kennedy reported that Soviet missile bases in Cuba were being dismantled.
    (HN, 10/22/98)

1963        Nov 1-2, South Vietnamese President Ngo Dihn Diem and his brother were assassinated in a military coup. Coup leader Duong Van Minh explained that "They had to be killed… Pres. Diem was too much respected among simple, gullible people in the countryside." A 3rd brother was later tricked into surrendering to US forces and was turned over to coup leaders and killed by firing squad.
    (AP, 11/2/97)(HN, 11/2/98)(SFEM, 4/11/99, p.42)(SFEC, 4/23/00, p.A19)

1964        Nov 2, Faisal ibn Abdul Aziz Al Saud succeeded his older brother Saud bin Abdul Aziz as king of Saudi Arabia.

1972        Nov 2, In Seattle, Wa., ground was officially broken for the new Kingdome. It was completed in 1976. It was destroyed Mar 26, 2000.

1976        Nov 2, Former Georgia Gov. (James Earl) Jimmy Carter defeated Republican incumbent Gerald R. Ford, becoming the 39th president and the first from the Deep South since the Civil War.
    (AP, 11/2/97)(HN, 11/2/98)
1976        Nov 2, Voters in California rejected Prop. 14, an initiative that proposed to add to the state constitution the funding provisions and rights of organizers (UFW) to enter farm fields to talk to workers. Opposition to the initiative was run by the Dolphin Group, an influential lobbying firm.
    (SFEM, 4/13/97, p.28)
1976        Nov 2, Tom Tancredo was elected to Colorado’s state house as a member of a group called “The Crazies" due to their fervent opposition to taxes.
    (, 4/8/06, p.36)
1976        Nov 2, New Jersey voters approved gambling for Atlantic City.
    (NG, 8/04, p.96)
1976        Nov 2, In Utah Orrin Hatch defeated 18-year incumbent Senator Frank Moss.
    (SFC, 2/3/03, p.B4)
1976        Nov 2, In West Virginia’s race for governor Democrat Jay Rockefeller (b.1937) defeated former Gov. Cecil Underwood (1956-1960). Rockefeller was re-elected in 1980.
    (SFC, 11/25/08, p.B4)(

1979        Nov 2, Peter Shaffer's play "Amadeus," premiered in London.
1979        Nov 2, Black militant Joanne Chesimard escaped from a New Jersey prison, where she was serving a life sentence for the 1973 slaying of a New Jersey state trooper. Chesimard moved to Cuba, was granted asylum in 1984, and lived there as Assata Shakur. In 2013 she was added to the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List.
    (AP, 11/2/99)(SFC, 5/3/13, p.A6)

1983        Nov 2, President Reagan signed a bill establishing a federal holiday on the third Monday of January in honor of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
    (AP, 11/2/98)(HN, 11/2/98)

1984        Nov 2, Paul Cosner disappeared from the SF Bay Area following a planned sale of a 1980 Honda Prelude at his Marin Motors. The car was identified Jun 2, 1985 in the hands of Leonard Lake and Charles Ng. As many as 25 people were believed killed by Lake and Ng at a compound in Calaveras County, Ca.
    (SFC, 10/25/98, p.A5)
1984        Nov 2, Velma Barfield (b.1932), convicted of the fatal poisoning of her boyfriend, was put to death by injection in Raleigh, N.C. She was the first woman executed in the United States since 1962.
    (AP, 11/2/99)(

1986        Nov 2, Mike Tyson (20) knocked out Trevor Berbick and won the WBC title to become the youngest heavyweight champion in history.
    (SFC, 2/6/99, p.A13)
1986        Nov 2, Kidnappers in Lebanon released American hospital administrator David Jacobsen after holding him for 17 months.
    (AP, 11/2/06)

1987        Nov 2, Reagan administration officials said Defense Sec. Caspar Weinberger (70) has decided to resign as his wife suffered from cancer. Under Weinberger defense spending jumped from $180.7 billion in 1982 to $274 billion in fiscal 1987.
    (SSFC, 10/28/12, p.46)
1987        Nov 2, In Florida Robert Henry killed two female co-workers at the Cloth World store in Deerfield Beech. Henry (55) was executed on March 20, 2014.
    (SFC, 3/21/14, p.A7)
1987        Nov 2, Zhao Ziyang was appointed head of China's Communist Party, succeeding his mentor, Deng Xiaoping.
    (AP, 11/2/97)
1987        Nov 2, In Peru during the All Souls holiday a 20 person raiding party of the Maoist Shining path attacked the mountain community of Lucanas. They burned down the municipal hall and several stores and then dragged a local political leader and 7 merchants from their homes and stoned them to death.
    (WSJ, 6/12/97, p.A12)

1988        Nov 2, A computer worm, named Morris, unleashed by a Cornell University graduate student began replicating, clogging thousands of computers around the country, but causing no real damage. The virus infected an estimated 6,000 university and military computers over the Internet.
    (AP, 11/2/98)(SFC, 9/3/07, p.C3)

1989        Nov 2, President Bush and congressional Republicans dropped their Capitol Hill quest for a cut in the capital gains tax.
    (AP, 11/2/99)
1989        Nov 2, Sister Diana Ortiz was raped and tortured in Guatemala. She claimed that a man called Allejandro appeared in charge and that he spoke colloquial English and spoke of contacts with the US Embassy. The US government has denied any connection.
    (SFC, 5/4/96, p.A-6)(SFC, 5/7/96, p.A-10)

1990        Nov 2, The White House announced that President Bush planned to spend Thanksgiving with American GI’s in Saudi Arabia.
    (AP, 11/2/00)

1991        Nov 2, Rev. Jesse Jackson, who had run for the presidency in 1984 and 1988, announced he would not be a candidate in 1992.
    (HN, 11/2/01)
1991        Nov 2, Chechnya proclaimed independence following the collapse of the Soviet Union.
    (SSFC, 11/10/02, p.A11)

1992        Nov 2, On Election Day eve 1992, President Bush and Democratic challenger Bill Clinton stumped at a furious pace in several states.
    (AP, 11/2/97)
1992        Nov 2, Movie producer Hal Roach died in Los Angeles at age 100.
    (AP, 11/2/97)
1992        Nov 2, The 1st test flight of Airbus A330 was flown by engineering test pilots Etienne Tarnowski and Udo Günzel.

1993        Nov 2, The US Senate called for full disclosure of Sen. Bob Packwood's diaries as part of a probe into allegations of sexual harassment and possible criminal wrongdoing by the Oregon Republican.
    (AP, 11/2/98)
1993        Nov 2, Rudolph Giuliani (R) was elected the 107th mayor of NYC. Giuliani defeated New York’s first black mayor, David Dinkins. He became the first Republican mayor in 2 decades and the city’s 107th.
    (SFC, 8/15/97, p.A3)(SFC, 1/2/98, p.A3)(MC, 11/2/01)
1993        Nov 2, Christie Todd Whitman (R) was elected 1st woman governor of NJ.
1993        Nov 2, Fires in Southern California pushed through areas of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, burning 35,000 acres and 200 homes.
    (AP, 11/2/98)
1993        Nov 2, Leon Theremin (97), physicist and inventor of the eerie-sounding theremin instrument, died.
    (ON, 11/01, p.8)

1994        Nov 2, A jury in Pensacola, Fla., convicted Paul Hill of murder for the July 29 shotgun slayings of an abortion provider and his bodyguard; Hill was sentenced to death. He became the first person to be executed for killing an abortion provider when he was killed by electrocution on September 3, 2003 at the age of 49 at the Florida State Prison in Raiford, Florida.
    (AP, 11/2/99)(
1994        Nov 2, In Durunka, Egypt, more than 475 people were killed when fuel carried by floodwaters ignited.
    (AP, 11/2/99)

1995        Nov 2, Daiwa Bank was expelled from the US after it was learned that it tried to cover-up illicit trades by bond trader Toshihide Iguchi who lost some $1.1 billion between 1984-1995. Mr. Iguchi was later sentenced to 4 years in prison and fined nearly $2.6 million.
    (WSJ, 1/8/97, p.A14)(AP, 11/2/00)
1995        Nov 2, A man claiming to have a bomb hijacked a school bus with 13 learning-disabled children aboard. He led authorities around Miami-area highways for an hour and a-half before being fatally shot by police.
    (AP, 11/2/00)
1995        Nov 2, In Colombia Alvaro Gomez Hurtado, head of the main opposition Conservative Party, was assassinated. In 1998 former Colonel Bernardo Ruiz was charged with the murder.
    (SFC, 10/31/98, p.A13)

1996        Nov 2, A tentative labor contract was reached between General Motors and the United Auto Workers, averting a national strike.
    (AP, 11/2/97)
1996        Nov 2, Some 160,000 Beja people faced famine in northern Sudan because of a 2-year draught in the region.
    (SFC, 11/2/96, p.A18)

1997        Nov 2, A labor agreement between Amtrak and maintenance workers averted a possible national passenger rail strike.
    (AP, 11/2/98)
1997        Nov 2, Iraq barred two American weapons experts from entering the country, the second such refusal in a week. The UN decided to send a 3-man delegation to Iraq remind Sadam of his obligation to comply with council resolutions.
    (SFC, 11/3/97, p.A1) (AP, 11/2/98)
1997        Nov 2, In France 250,000 union truckers began a strike over pay and work hours. Huge traffic pile-ups resulted.
    (SFC, 11/4/97, p.A12)
1997        Nov 2, In Sri Lanka the military bombed a ship unloading weapons for the Tamil Tigers and 60 people were reported killed.
    (SFC, 11/4/97, p.A12)

1998        Nov 2, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates took center stage at his company's antitrust trial, appearing on videotape inside a federal courtroom in Washington.
    (AP, 11/2/99)
1998        Nov 2, The death toll from Hurricane Mitch continued to rise with 174 killed in El Salvador, 100 in Guatemala, 0ver 1,500 in Nicaragua and over 5,500 in Honduras. Central American officials estimated more than 7,000 people had died in floods and mudslides triggered by Hurricane Mitch.
    (SFC, 11/3/98, p.A1,11)(AP, 11/2/99)
1998        Nov 2, In Guinea-Bissau the government and rebels signed an agreement to end the 5-month civil war.
    (SFC, 11/3/98, p.C12)
1998        Nov 2, Israel and Palestine agreed to delay their interim peace agreement to allow approval by the Israeli cabinet and parliament.
    (SFC, 11/3/98, p.A8)
1998        Nov 2, In Malaysia the sex-and-politics trial of Anwar Ibrahim began.
    (SFC, 11/2/98, p.A14)
1998        Nov 2, Mohammed Hashim Bakhtiari, the brother-in-law of former slain Afghan President Najibullah, was shot and killed in northwest Pakistan. Bakhtiari was returning to his home in a posh suburb of Peshawar when assailants opened fire with automatic rifles, police said. No one took responsibility for the killing.
    (SFC, 11/3/98, p.C12)(AP, 11/2/98)
1998        Nov 2, In Thailand 6 Buddhist worshippers were killed and dozens injured when 3 giant ceremonial incense sticks collapsed at the Phra Pathom Pagoda.
    (SFC, 11/2/98, p.A16)

1999        Nov 2, Pres. Clinton met with Ehud Barak and Yasser Arafat in Oslo to revitalize the Middle East peace process.
    (SFC, 11/3/99, p.A12)
1999        Nov 2, Republicans pushed the year’s last and biggest spending bill through Congress toward a sure veto by President Clinton.
    (AP, 11/2/00)
1999        Nov 2, Republicans took control of the Virginia General Assembly for the first time with 52 of 100 seats.
    (SFC, 11/3/99, p.A17)
1999        Nov 2, In San Francisco elections Willie Brown led with 38.7% of the vote and Supervisor Tom Ammiano came in 2nd with 25.4%. Terence Hallinan led over Bill Fazio. A Dec 14 runoff was scheduled for both mayor and district attorney. SF voters backed Proposition F, a ban on ATM surcharges, and the banks quickly sued to keep the fees. The $299 million bond measure to rebuild Laguna Honda passed and seismic retrofit for the Central Freeway (Prop J) was undetermined as was the plan to tear down the Central Freeway (Prop I). Voters approved an ordnance making it harder for property owners to evict tenants (Prop G). In 2003 a judge weakened the Prop G ordnance. Voters passed a proposition to keep the Transbay Terminal where it is and make sure that Caltrain is extended into the terminal’s basement.
    (SFC, 11/3/99, p.A1)(SFC, 11/4/99, p.A1,21)(SFC, 11/5/99, p.A1,18)(SFC, 5/3/03, p.A17)(SFC, 8/7/07, p.A6)
1999        Nov 2, In Honolulu, Hawaii, Xerox repairman Byran Uyesugi (40) killed 7 people at Xerox company offices. There was no apparent motive. He was convicted of 1st degree murder in 2000 and sentenced to life in prison.
    (SFC, 11/3/99, p.A1,14)(SFC, 6/13/00, p.A11)(AP, 11/2/00)
1999        Nov 2, Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon named former Argentine Pres. Leopoldo Galtieri in an indictment along with 95 other military officers, who presided over the "Dirty War" from 1976-1983.
    (SFC, 11/3/99, p.C3)
1999        Nov 2, In France the Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the finance minister, resigned in a corruption scandal.
    (SFC, 11/3/99, p.C3)
1999        Nov 2, In India the death toll mounted from the cyclone in Orissa state with disease, lawlessness and vandalism on the rise. There was no power in the capital of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack was in ruins.
    (SFC, 11/3/99, p.C2)
1999        Nov 2, In Indonesia some 10,000 people in Aceh province took to the streets in Meulaboh calling for independence.
    (SFC, 11/3/99, p.C5)
1999        Nov 2, In southeastern Iraq a missile hit the Habib camp of the dissident Mujahedeen-e Khalq (MEK) near the border. At least 5 people were killed and Iran was blamed for the attack.
    (SFC, 11/4/99, p.A18)
1999        Nov 2, Israel resumed attacks against Lebanon with 5 missiles at mountain targets at Jabal al-Daher.
    (SFC, 11/3/99, p.C5)
1999        Nov 2, In Panama suspected Colombian rebels hijacked 2 helicopters.
    (SFC, 11/3/99, p.C2)
1999        Nov 2, In Romania dozens of orphaned and homeless teenagers protested and urged the government to provide jobs and housing.
    (SFC, 11/3/99, p.C5)

2000        Nov 2, The Alameda County DA charged 4 Oakland, Ca., police officers, known as "The Riders," with 48 felonies that included charges of beating suspects and planting evidence. In 2003 a court acquitted the officers of misconduct charges. A retrial began in 2004. In 2005 a 2nd trial ended in a mistrial.
    (SFC, 11/2/00, p.A1)(SFC, 10/1/03, p.A1)(SFC, 11/2/04, p.B5)(SFC, 5/20/05, p.B1)
2000        Nov 2, A US and British air strike in southern Iraq wounded 3 people.
    (SFC, 11/3/00, p.A18)
2000        Nov 2, It was reported that 82 species of marine and estuarine fish in the waters off of Canada, Mexico and the US were in danger of extinction due to over fishing and habitat destruction.
    (SFC, 11/2/00, p.A8)
2000        Nov 2, An American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts became the first residents of the international space station, christening it “Alpha" at the start of their four-month mission.
    (AP, 11/2/02)
2000        Nov 2, In Fiji some 40 soldiers of the Counter Revolutionary Warfare unit attempted to take over the main military base at Suva. 8 people were killed. Most of the renegade soldiers were soon captured.
    (SFC, 11/4/00, p.A14)
2000        Nov 2, In India Irom Chanu Sharmila, a poet known as the “Iron Lady," began a fast unto death as a protest to the killing of 10 Manipuris by paramilitary troops. To end her fast she demanded the repeal of the Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA), which has allowed the army to detain, and sometimes kill, north-easterners with impunity.
    (Econ, 11/7/09, p.43)
2000        Nov 2, In Jerusalem a car bomb killed 2 Israelis on a day when a cease-fire, worked out between Arafat and Shimon Peres, was to be announced.
    (SFC, 11/3/00, p.A16)
2000        Nov 2, In the Philippines Pres. Estrada offered to let voters decide his future in a referendum as more members of his cabinet resigned.
    (SFC, 11/3/00, p.A18)

2001        Nov 2, President George W. Bush, saying the war in Afghanistan was unraveling Osama bin Laden's terrorist network, chided critics for clamoring for more action, and said the U.S. military campaign would not pause for the Muslim holiday of Ramadan.
    (SFC, 11/3/01, p.A1)(AP, 11/2/02)
2001        Nov 2, The US government reported that the nation's unemployment rate had shot up to 5.4 percent in October and that the US lost 415,000 jobs during the month of October.
    (SFC, 11/3/01, p.A1)(AP, 11/2/02)
2001        Nov 2, A classified memo to Congress notified lawmakers that the Bush administration planned a $400 million arms deal with Egypt that included 53 Harpoon Block II surface-to-surface satellite guided missiles.
    (SFC, 11/27/01, p.A5)
2001        Nov 2, The Bush administration imposed stringent financial sanctions on Hamas, Hezbollah and 20 other suspected terrorist groups.
    (SFC, 11/3/01, p.A5)
2001        Nov 2, The US Justice Dept. announced a tentative settlement with Microsoft Corp in an anti-trust suit.
    (SFC, 12/30/01, p.D8)
2001        Nov 2, A US helicopter crashed due to weather in northern Afghanistan. 4 crew members were injured and retrieved by another helicopter.
    (SFC, 11/3/01, p.A6)
2001        Nov 2, A 17th case of anthrax was reported in a NY Post employee.
    (SFC, 11/3/01, p.A3)
2001        Nov 2, NYC firefighters and police engaged in a scuffle as firefighters protested a limit to the number of firefighters working to retrieve their dead at the WTC disaster site.
    (SFC, 11/3/01, p.A3)
2001        Nov 2, Estimated of the WTC dead dropped to 4,396. [see Dec 19]
    (SFC, 11/3/01, p.A3)
2001        Nov 2, It was reported that Ibrahim Bah, a Libyan-trained former Senegalese rebel, lived in Burkina Faso and selected diamond dealers to handle deals in Liberia between rebels from Sierra Leone and the al Qaeda network.
    (SFC, 11/2/01, p.A8)
2001        Nov 2, In El Salvador gunmen killed 10 people in San Salvador in a suspected drug trade execution.
    (SFC, 11/3/01, p.C2)
2001        Nov 2, In Kashmir Indian forces killed at least 25 suspected Islamic militants who tried to cross over to Pakistan.
    (SFC, 11/3/01, p.C2)
2001        Nov 2, In Pakistan some 500,000 Muslims gathered In Raiwind, Punjab, for the annual Tablighi Ijtimah (Congregation of Preaching). Their movement was founded in 1950 in India.
    (SFC, 11/3/01, p.A7)

2002        Nov 2, Pres. Bush called Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein a "dangerous man" with links to terrorist networks, and said that UN inspections for weapons of mass destruction were critical.
    (AP, 11/2/03)
2002        Nov 2, Gay Games VI opened in Sydney, Australia, before some 40,000 spectators.
    (SSFC, 11/3/02, p.A13)
2002        Nov 2, In Burundi at least 15,000 people have fled their homes as fighting between the army and rebels escalated despite peace talks.
    (AP, 11/2/02)
2002        Nov 2, In the Czech Republic the opposition center-right Civic Democratic Party won 9 Senate seats in elections for 26 of 81 seats, costing the governing coalition its majority in Parliament's upper house in a result that could influence the choice of a successor to President Vaclav Havel.
    (AP, 11/3/02)
2002        Nov 2, In Indonesia a powerful earthquake struck near Sumatra island and killed at least two people, injured scores and left more than 5,000 people on a nearby island homeless.
    (Reuters, 11/3/02)
2002        Nov 2, In Kashmir Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, head of the People's Democratic Party, was sworn in as chief minister after 2 rifle grenades were thrown at his home. 16 people were killed in violence that followed.
    (SSFC, 11/3/02, p.A10)(WSJ, 11/4/02, p.A1) 
2002        Nov 2, Kuwait closed the office of Al-Jazeera, the Arab world's most popular satellite TV network, claiming it was "not objective."
    (AP, 11/3/02)
2002        Nov 2, Rex Mwanawasa (43), the brother of Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa, was found dead in a hotel room in Pretoria.
    (AP, 11/3/02)

2003        Nov 2, The US Episcopal Church consecrated V. Gene Robinson as bishop in New Hampshire, making him the first openly gay man to rise to that rank in any of the world's major Christian bodies.
    (AP, 11/3/03)
2003        Nov 2, The NYC Marathon was won by Martin Lel of Kenya in 2:10:30; Margaret Okayo of Kenya won the women's title in 2:22:31, a course record.
    (WSJ, 11/4/02, p.A1)
2003        Nov 2, Frank McCloskey (64), who represented Indiana's 8th District in Congress (1983-1995), died in Bloomington.
    (SFC, 11/4/03, p.A21)
2003        Nov 2, Burundi's president and main rebel leader signed a peace agreement, but efforts to end the decade-long civil war were threatened by renewed fighting between Tutsi-dominated government troops and other Hutu rebels.
    (AP, 11/2/03)
2003        Nov 2, Colombian troops killed Luis Alexis Castellanos Garzon a FARC regional rebel commander, the fifth guerrilla leader slain in less than a month.
    (AP, 11/4/03)
2003        Nov 2, In Havana, Cuba, 71 American firms from 18 states and Puerto Rico opened trade fair displays under an exception in a 42-year US trade embargo.
    (AP, 11/2/03)
2003        Nov 2, Georgia held parliamentary elections and opinion polls said the opposition would take control unless there was massive fraud. Parliamentary candidates allied with Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze held a slim lead in elections that European monitors said were marred by irregularities.
    (SFC, 11/3/03, p.A3)(AP, 11/4/03)
2003        Nov 2, In Hong Kong Robert Kissel, a Merrill Lynch investment banker, was killed. Nancy Kissel was soon accused of drugging her husband with a milkshake laced with sedatives before fatally beating him on the head with a metal ornament. In 2005 Kissel testified that the day her 40-year-old husband died, he told her he was divorcing her and taking their 3 children. She said that during an argument, he hit her with a baseball bat and she struck him with a metal statue with human figurines. In 2007 Joe McGinniss authored “Never Enough," a non-fiction account of the crime. In 2010 Hong Kong's highest court overturned her murder conviction and ordered that she be retried. On March 25, 2011, Nancy Kissel was convicted of murder for a 2nd time. The unanimous verdict carried an automatic life sentence.
    (AP, 6/8/05)(AP, 8/4/05)(WSJ, 12/27/07, p.D7)(AP, 2/11/10)(AP, 3/25/11)
2003        Nov 2, On Indonesia's Sumatra island flash floods swept through a popular tourist resort, killing 66 people, five of them foreigners, and leaving dozens missing.
    (AP, 11/3/03)
2003        Nov 2, In central Iraq insurgents shot down a US Chinook helicopter as it carried troops headed for R&R, killing 16 soldiers and wounding 21. Attacks on US troops reached 33 a day.
    (SSFC, 11/2/03, p.A1)(AP, 11/2/08)
2003        Nov 2, More than 6,000 Palestinian laborers crossed into Israel from the Gaza Strip on as Israel slightly eased restrictions that had prevented them from reaching their workplaces for more than a month.
    (AP, 11/2/03)

2004        Nov 2, In US presidential elections a federal appeals court cleared the way for political parties to send in people to challenge voters' eligibility at Ohio polling places. US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens allowed Republicans to challenge voter qualifications at the polls in Ohio. Pres. Bush won the elections spending an estimated $5.20 for each of his votes.
    (AP, 11/2/04)(Econ, 9/27/08, p.50)
2004        Nov 2, Arizona voters passed Prop. 200 aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration. It required proof of citizenship before receipt of public benefits or voting.
    (SFC, 11/5/04, p.A4)(Econ, 10/21/06, p.32)
2004        Nov 2, Mike Easley (D) was elected governor of North Carolina. Pres. Bush carried the state with 56.3% of the vote. Voting problems plagued the state and impacted local races. A machine in Carteret County lost 4,438 votes.
    (SFC, 11/4/04, p.A18)(SFC, 11/13/04, p.A6)
2004        Nov 2, Gay marriage curbs won in all 11 US states where they were on ballots.
    (WSJ, 11/3/04, p.A1)
2004        Nov 2, Mitchell Daniels (R) was elected governor of Indiana with 53% of the vote.
    (SFC, 11/4/04, p.A18)(Econ, 8/21/10, p.21)
2004        Nov 2, John Kerry carried Wisconsin by 11,400 votes.
    (Econ, 9/13/08, p.39)
2004        Nov 2, Afghan fighting killed at least 11 as troops tried to disarm southern militias.
    (WSJ, 11/3/04, p.A1)
2004        Nov 2, It was reported that some 3,000 Arab intellectuals had signed a petition calling for an int’l. court to try Muslim clerics who encourage terrorism.
    (SFC, 11/2/04, p.A3)
2004        Nov 2, More than 3,000 workers walked out of 22 UPM-Kymmene forest industry plants throughout Finland, in a 24-hour strike to protest the timber and paper products company's planned layoffs and closures.
    (AP, 11/2/04)
2004        Nov 2, State-run Indian Oil Corp (IOC), the country's largest refiner, said it had signed an agreement with Iran's Petropars to bid for a $3 billion project to develop a gas field and set up a liquefaction plant in Iran.
    (AP, 11/2/04)
2004        Nov 2, A car bomb exploded near the Ministry of Education in a busy Baghdad commercial area, killing at least eight people and wounding 29 others. A car bomb in Mosul killed 4 civilians. Insurgents blew up a northern oil export pipeline.
    (AP, 11/2/04)(SFC, 11/3/04, p.A3)
2004        Nov 2, Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh (47), the great-grandnephew of the painter Vincent, was shot and stabbed to death on an Amsterdam street after receiving death threats over “Submission," a movie he made criticizing the treatment of women under Islam. A death threat to a Dutch politician was found pinned with a knife to Gogh’s body by his Islamic attacker. Somali-born Ayaan Hirsi Ali collaborated with Van Gogh on the film. In January prosecutors said Mohammed Bouyeri (26), the alleged killer of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh, ignored his victim's pleas for mercy and calmly shot him at close range before slitting his throat. In his trial in July, 2005, Bouyeri said he killed van Gogh for insulting God. In 2006 Ian Buruma authored “Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance," an account of the van Gogh murder.
    (AP, 1/26/05)(SFC, 7/13/05, p.A10)(WSJ, 9/9/06, p.P8)(Econ, 9/2/06, p.74)
2004        Nov 2, Puerto Rico's delegate to the US Congress clung to an extremely narrow lead in the race for governor against former Gov. Pedro Rossello, who promised to fight for statehood.
    (AP, 11/3/04)
2004        Nov 2, Shares in Russia's No. 1 oil producer, Yukos, plummeted on news that tax authorities had served the company with fresh back tax bills for nearly $10 billion US, bringing the company's total tax debt to some $17.6 billion.
    (AP, 11/2/04)
2004        Nov 2, In Thailand Jaran Torae, a local Buddhist official, was beheaded by suspected Muslim insurgents as revenge for the deaths of 85 rioters last week.
    (AP, 11/2/04)
2004        Nov 2, Sheik Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (86), United Arab Emirates President, died. Sheik Zayed became the ruler of Abu Dhabi, the largest and wealthiest emirate, in 1966, four years after the emirate first began exporting the oil it just discovered off its shores. He left behind 19 sons including 4 brothers known as the Bani Fatima, whose mother was a favorite wife of Zayed. Eldest son Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed (b.1947) succeeded his father.
    (AP, 11/3/04)(Econ, 11/20/04, p.90)(Econ, 9/27/08, p.64)

2005        Nov 2, The Bush administration released details of its potential flu pandemic strategy, saying a pandemic that hit the United States would force cities to ration scarce drugs and vaccine and house the sick in hotels or schools if hospitals were to overflow.
    (AP, 11/2/06)
2005        Nov 2, The Washington Post reported that the CIA has been hiding and interrogating al Qaeda captives at a secret facility in Eastern Europe as part of a covert global prison system that has included sites in 8 countries and was set up after the September 11, 2001, attacks.
    (AP, 11/2/05)
2005        Nov 2, In California authorities arrested Jeanson James Ancheta (20) for conspiracy to cause damage to a computer, accessing a computer to conduct fraud and money laundering among other charges. He had used robot viruses to commandeer machines to “disseminate spam, hawk fake goods, and send “phishing" emails to steal bank and other personal information." Ancheta faced a maximum of 50 years in prison.
    (WSJ, 11/7/05, p.B3)
2005        Nov 2, In Florida 2 men pleaded guilty to organizing a Cuban smuggling trip that ended when their speedboat capsized and a 6-year-old boy drowned on Oct 12.
    (AP, 11/2/05)
2005        Nov 2, An e-mail statement purportedly by Taliban commander Mullah Omar, urged the insurgents in Afghanistan not to end their armed struggle.
    (AP, 11/2/05)
2005        Nov 2, In Argentina thousands opposed to Pres. Bush held a massive rally at a basketball arena just days before he arrives at Mar del Plata for the Summit of the Americas.
    (AP, 11/2/05)
2005        Nov 2, The Asia Pacific Trade Agreement held its 1st Ministerial Council session in Thailand. This replaced the Bangkok Agreement signed in 1975. Members included Bangladesh, China, India, Republic of Korea, Lao People's Democratic Republic and Sri Lanka. ESCAP, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, functioned as the secretariat for the Agreement.
2005        Nov 2, In Britain Cabinet minister David Blunkett resigned. He acknowledged that his business dealings had breached ministerial guidelines and that his position as work and pensions secretary had become untenable.
    (AP, 11/2/05)
2005        Nov 2, China’s government made public the results of a 2-month investigation into conflicts of interest in the coal industry and found that 4,578 government officials illegally held stakes in coal mines, where corruption and other abuses contributed to thousands of deaths each year.
    (WSJ, 11/3/05, p.A10)
2005        Nov 2, Chinese scientists said they had gathered evidence that shows a giant object in the center of our galaxy is a super-massive black hole.
    (Reuters, 11/3/05)
2005        Nov 2, Police in the troubled Russian region of Dagestan killed Makhach Mamashev, a militant leader, and detained eight fighters in an operation near the Chechen border.
    (AP, 11/3/05)
2005        Nov 2, In Ethiopia clashes between police and protesters erupted in gunfire and grenade explosions, with police killing at least 33 people during a second day of renewed protests of disputed elections.
    (AP, 11/2/05)
2005        Nov 2, Deutsche Telekom AG, Europe's biggest phone company, said that it plans to cut 32,000 jobs from its payroll in Germany in the next three years, 25,000 at its main operations and 7,000 from a staffing agency subsidiary.
    (AP, 11/2/05)
2005        Nov 2, Haiti's interim government filed a federal lawsuit against former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, accusing him of stealing millions from the Haitian treasury and state-owned telephone company.
    (AP, 11/3/05)
2005        Nov 2, Iran's government said it was removing 40 ambassadors and senior diplomats, including supporters of warmer ties with the West, from their posts in a shake-up that comes as the Islamic republic takes a more confrontational international stance. Thousands of Iranians burned flags and chanted slogans against Israel and the US in the largest demonstration in years outside the former US Embassy in Tehran. Nov 4 marked the 26th anniversary of the 1979 embassy seizure.
    (AP, 11/2/05)
2005        Nov 2, Iraq's defense minister invited officers of Saddam Hussein's army up to the rank of major to join the new Iraqi army, an overture to disaffected Sunni Arab ex-soldiers, many of whom joined the insurgency after the Americans abolished the armed forces in 2003. A US soldier was killed by a roadside bomb during combat operations in Ramadi.
    (AP, 11/2/05)(AP, 11/3/05)
2005        Nov 2, Four US troops were killed, two in a helicopter crash, and two from a roadside bomb, as American ground forces fought insurgents around the city of Ramadi. At least 23 people were killed and 46 were wounded when a car bomb exploded outside a Shiite Muslim mosque in the Iraqi town of Musayyib.
    (AP, 11/2/05)(Reuters, 11/2/05)
2005        Nov 2, In Kashmir 5 people including a suicide bomber were killed and more than a dozen wounded in a car bomb blast in the Nowgam area on the outskirts of Srinagar. "The car bomb is our first gift to Ghulam Nabi Azad," who was to be sworn is as the Kashmir's new chief minister, said Abu Qudama, spokesman for Jaish-e-Mohammed.
    (AP, 11/2/05)
2005        Nov 2, Police in Northern Ireland arrested a 30-year-old man in Belfast a day after two others were taken into custody in the city of Kilcoo in relation to last year's $47 million bank robbery.
    (AP, 11/2/05)
2005        Nov 2, Pakistan army's disaster relief chief said the official death toll in Pakistan from the Oct. 8 earthquake jumped to more than 73,000, with about the same number listed as severely injured.
    (AP, 11/2/05)
2005        Nov 2, Syrian President Bashar Assad gave amnesty to 190 political prisoners to mark the Muslim feast of Eid al-Fitr.
    (AP, 11/2/05)
2005        Nov 2, In southern Thailand several bombs exploded in Narathiwat, killing one attacker and knocking out electricity.
    (AP, 11/2/05)

2006        Nov 2, In Denver, Colo., Rev. Ted Haggard, a leading evangelist and outspoken opponent of gay marriage, gave up his post as president of the National Association of Evangelicals while a church panel investigates allegations he paid a man for sex. Haggard later confessed he was guilty of sexual immorality.
    (AP, 11/3/06)(AP, 11/2/07)
2006        Nov 2, In Tennessee 81% of voters approved a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in the state.
    (SFC, 6/27/15, p.A13)
2006        Nov 2, The Jackson Pollock painting “No. 5 1948" was reportedly sold for a record $140 million. David Geffen, entertainment mogul sold the work to David Martinez, a Mexican financier.
    (SFC, 11/3/06, p.A10)
2006        Nov 2, NASA lost contact with the Mars Global Surveyor following a successful 10-year mapping mission. Investigators in 2007 said a command sent to a wrong computer address caused a cascade of events that led to loss of power.
    (, 4/14/07, p.A5)
2006        Nov 2, In Afghanistan a NATO airstrike in Helmand province killed nine militants and wounded 30. Militants attacked an Afghan army patrol in the eastern province of Laghman, killing one solider and injuring three. British Corporal Daniel James, an interpreter to Lieutenant General David Richards, allegedly passed secrets to "the enemy," believed to be Iran. James faced initial court proceedings in London in December. Richards was the commander of NATO troops in Afghanistan.
    (AP, 11/4/06)(AFP, 12/27/06)
2006        Nov 2, Algerian rebels shot dead 8 soldiers in an ambush in the heaviest reported government losses for seven months in the north African country's lingering political violence.
    (Reuters, 11/4/06)
2006        Nov 2, In Colombia a jeep carrying explosives blew up south of Bogota, killing two passengers and probably preempting a leftist rebel attack.
    (AP, 11/3/06)
2006        Nov 2, Thousands returned to the polls in a northeast Congo town and recast ballots destroyed in rioting that followed the weekend presidential runoff.
    (AP, 11/2/06)
2006        Nov 2, Commonwealth Secretary General Don McKinnon warned Fiji's military commander against a coup after the commander said that the Pacific island nation could be sliding towards "bloodshed."
    (AFP, 11/2/06)
2006        Nov 2, Hundreds of euro bills in Germany have mysteriously disintegrated in the last several months, apparently due to exposure to sulfuric acid.
    (AFP, 11/2/06)
2006        Nov 2, India's army chief has ordered an investigation into a string of recent incidents of soldiers fatally shooting their colleagues in India's insurgency-wracked portion of Kashmir. There have been at least four cases over the past 10 days of distraught soldiers in Kashmir shooting colleagues to death, then committing suicide.
    (AP, 11/2/06)
2006        Nov 2, Iran successfully test-fired three new models of sea missiles in a show of force to assert its military capacities in the Gulf.
    (AP, 11/3/06)
2006        Nov 2, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said on a trip to France that it would take his country two or three years to set up its own security forces and send U.S.-led troops home. Gunmen killed Jassim al-Asadi, the Shiite dean of Baghdad University's school of administration and economics, along with his wife and son. Abdul-Majid Ismail Khalil, an Iraqi journalist who was kidnapped Oct 18, was found dead. A motorcycle rigged with explosives blew up in a crowded market in Baghdad's Shiite Sadr City district, killing at least seven people and wounding 45. Attacks across the country left 45 Iraqis dead. 3 US soldiers died when the vehicle they were riding in was struck by a roadside bomb in eastern Baghdad. One Marine died from injuries "due to enemy action" in Anbar province.
    (AP, 11/2/06)(AP, 11/3/06)(WSJ, 11/3/06, p.A1)
2006        Nov 2, Israeli helicopter gunships, tanks and ground troops tightened their grip on Beit Hanoun, a northern Gaza town they overran a day before. 9 Palestinians were killed in Israel's biggest push in months to stop militant rocket fire.
    (AP, 11/2/06)(SFC, 11/3/06, p.A22)(WSJ, 11/3/06, p.A1)
2006        Nov 2, In Mexico, protesters besieging Oaxaca City forced federal police to retreat from the gates of the state university after six hours of pitched fighting and the rector's call for an end to the government "attack."
    (AP, 11/3/06)
2006        Nov 2, Authorities in Nigeria named Muhammadu Sada Abubakar III (50), an army colonel, as the country's top Muslim leader, replacing his brother Muhammadu Maccido, the Sultan of Sokoto, who died in a plane crash last weekend. Armed gunmen seized two expatriate oil workers, an American and a Briton, during a raid on a Norwegian oil services ship off Nigeria's southern coast.
    (AP, 11/2/06)
2006        Nov 2, In the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta a car bomb exploded near the police chief's headquarters, killing two policemen and wounding four other people.
    (AP, 11/2/06)
2006        Nov 2, Russia's state-controlled natural gas monopoly said that it would more than double the price it charges Georgia, further heightening tensions between the ex-Soviet neighbors.
    (AP, 11/2/06)
2006        Nov 2, Russia and China indicated that they will not support a draft UN resolution imposing tough sanctions on Iran for its refusal to halt its nuclear enrichment program.
    (AP, 11/2/06)
2006        Nov 2, Senegal moved closer to bringing Hissene Habre, a former Chadian dictator accused of war crimes, to justice after the government announced that local laws would be revised and a special commission formed to organize and oversee his trial.
    (AP, 11/3/06)
2006        Nov 2, Sri Lankan war planes pounded suspected Tamil Tiger targets for a third straight day after the defense ministry said the guerrillas were preparing for a major offensive. A military bomb attack inside the rebel political capital of Kilinochchi hit a house, killing five people.
    (AFP, 11/3/06)
2006        Nov 2, In St. Maarten 4 French nationals were convicted of beating two gay American tourists on Guadeloupe and were sentenced to between six months and six years in prison.
    (AP, 11/2/06)
2006        Nov 2, The UN management chief said an investigation into corruption was "at full throttle" and he urged anyone with relevant information to cooperate.
    (AP, 11/3/06)

2007        Nov 2, Speaking at a graduation ceremony at Fort Jackson, S.C., President Bush said US military deaths had fallen to their lowest levels in 19 months and the Iraqi people were slowly "taking back their country" in the wake of the American troop buildup there.
    (AP, 11/2/08)
2007        Nov 2, Michael Mukasey drew closer to becoming attorney general after two key Senate Democrats, Charles Schumer and Dianne Feinstein, said they would vote for him despite his refusal to say whether waterboarding was torture.
    (AP, 11/2/08)
2007        Nov 2, Gold futures at the NY Mercantile Exchange set a contract high of $805.70, its highest level since the $873 contract high reached in January 1980.
    (WSJ, 11/3/07, p.B3)
2007        Nov 2, A new study, issued by the Forum for Collaborative HIV Research, said drug-resistant tuberculosis and HIV have merged into a double-barreled epidemic that is sweeping across sub-Saharan Africa and threatening global efforts to eradicate both diseases.
    (AFP, 11/2/07)
2007        Nov 2, In southern Afghanistan a US-led coalition soldier and an Afghan soldier were killed in clashes with insurgents.
    (AP, 11/2/07)
2007        Nov 2, In England a massive fire at a vegetable packing warehouse in Atherstone On Stour, near Stratford-upon-Avon, left one fire fighter dead and 3 missing.
    (AFP, 11/3/07)
2007        Nov 2, Iraqi police found only six bodies dumped in three Iraqi cities, and no reports of shootings or bombings. The prime minister of Iraq's northern Kurdish region condemned attacks by Kurdish rebel fighters inside Turkey and said he hopes a weekend summit in Istanbul will reduce the threat of Turkish military strikes inside Iraq.
    (AP, 11/2/07)(AP, 11/3/07)
2007        Nov 2, Italy began deporting Romanians with criminal records in response to a streak of violent crime blamed on immigrants. In Rome up to 10 people wearing motorcycle helmets attacked a group of Romanians with knives, metal bars and sticks in the parking lot of a supermarket. Three Romanians were injured. As part of the crackdown, bulldozers in Rome for a second day knocked down shantytowns where thousands of foreigners lived without permits.
    (AP, 11/3/07)
2007        Nov 2, In Italy Meredith Kercher (21), a British university student, was found dead with her throat slashed in the bedroom of a house in the central city of Perugia. A week later 3 suspects in the murder were remanded in custody by an Italian investigating magistrate. On Nov 19 police in Perugia identified a 4th suspect as Rudy Hermann Guede, an Ivory Coast native. Guede was arrested in Germany the next day and DNA evidence confirmed that he had sex with Kercher the night she was stabbed. In 2009 roommate Amanda Knox, of Seattle, Wa., was convicted and sentenced to 26 years in prison. The court also convicted Knox's co-defendant and former boyfriend, Italian Raffaele Sollecito, and gave him a 25-year jail term for the murder. Rudy Hermann Guede, an Ivory Coast citizen, had already been convicted in the murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison.
    (AP, 11/2/07)(AFP, 11/10/07)(AP, 11/19/07)(AP, 11/22/07)(AP, 12/5/09)
2007        Nov 2, A UN helicopter crashed on a routine flight in northern Liberia, killing two crew members and leaving a third missing.
    (AP, 11/2/07)
2007        Nov 2, Rescuers in boats and helicopters worked to evacuate people stranded by a flood the president called "one of the worst natural disasters" to hit Mexico. A week of heavy rains caused rivers to overflow, leaving 70 percent of the Gulf state of Tabasco underwater. Gov. Andres Granier estimated the damage at $5 billion. The death toll reached to about 25.
    (AP, 11/2/07)(Econ, 11/10/07, p.45)
2007        Nov 2, A Nigerian court sentenced Omoniyi Sanlola (25), a university student, to 34 years in jail for forging US Postal Service money orders. The judge handed him one-year terms for each count, to run concurrently.
    (AFP, 11/3/07)
2007        Nov 2, Pakistan International Airlines had to cancel 40 percent of its international and domestic flights after aircraft engineers went on mass sick leave in a protest over pay. A missile strike on a pro-Taliban militant camp in Pakistan's tribal belt killed 10 people, as rebels in another area paraded 48 men said to be troops captured during fierce clashes.
    (AFP, 11/2/07)
2007        Nov 2, Igor Moiseyev (101), called the king of folk dance, died in Moscow. In 1937 he founded the Moiseyev Dance Company which went on to inspire folk dance companies in many other countries.
    (SFC, 11/3/07, p.B5)
2007        Nov 2, A Sri Lankan airstrike pounded a meeting of top rebel leaders, killing S.P. Thamilselvan, the head of the Tamil Tigers' political wing and five others in an attack seen as a major victory for the government in its long fight with the guerrillas.
    (AP, 11/2/07)(Econ, 1/31/09, p.49)
2007        Nov 2, Sudan’s President Omar al-Beshir reached agreement with southern leader Salva Kiir, who is also first vice president, that all provisions of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement would now be implemented by the end of the year.
    (AFP, 11/3/07)
 2007        Nov 2, Venezuela's pro-government National Assembly overwhelmingly approved constitutional reforms that would greatly expand the power of President Hugo Chavez and permit him to run for re-election indefinitely.
    (AP, 11/2/07)

2008        Nov 2, Opus, a politically beleaguered penguin created by cartoonist Berkeley Breathed, appeared in the Sunday comics for the last time.
    (SFC, 10/27/08, p.E1)
2008        Nov 2, Paula Radcliffe defended her title at the NYC marathon to become the second woman to win the race three times. Marilson Gomes dos Santos of Brazil won the men's race for the second time in three years.
2008        Nov 2, In southern California police in Long Beach found 5 people shot to death in a homeless encampment in the shadow of the San Diego Freeway.
    (SFC, 11/4/08, p.A2)
2008        Nov 2, The leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to intensify talks to end a 20-year conflict over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.
    (AP, 11/2/08)
2008        Nov 2, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko greeted visiting Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and said he hopes to boost ties between their countries.
    (AP, 11/2/08)
2008        Nov 2, British PM Gordon Brown said he is confident that Saudi Arabia will contribute to the International Monetary Fund's bailout reserves after he promised business leaders in the Gulf that they would have a say in any future new world economic order.
    (AP, 11/2/08)
2008        Nov 2, China opened the final session of the Canton Fair, the country's biggest trade show, amid complaints that attendance has been dismal because of the financial crisis clobbering the nation's biggest export markets in the US and Europe. In southwest China at least 40 were killed after mudslides engulfed several villages.
    (AP, 11/2/08)(AFP, 11/2/08)(AP, 11/4/08)
2008        Nov 2, Dubai Port World (DP World) said it has agreed on a deal to run the cargo terminal in the Algerian port Djendjen. The port, which opened in 1993, is the most commercially important in Algeria.
    (AFP, 11/2/08)
2008        Nov 2, Ahmed Al-Mirghani (67) former head of Sudan’s last democratically elected government (1986-1989), died in Egypt. In 1989 a military coup led by current President Omar al-Bashir unseated him.
    (AP, 11/3/08)
2008        Nov 2, In Guyana American pilots James Barker and Chris Paris and Canadian technician Patrick Murphy were doing uranium survey work for Prometheus Resources Guyana Inc., a subsidiary of U308 Corporation of Toronto, Canada, when the plane went missing.
    (AP, 11/18/08)
2008        Nov 2, Iranian authorities arrested Hossein Derakhshan (b.1975), a well-known Canadian-Iranian blogger. In 2010 he was sentenced to almost 20 years in prison.
    (Econ, 10/23/10, p.60)(
2008        Nov 2, Israel’s Cabinet decided to ratchet up law enforcement measures directed at extremist settlers. It also decided to halt government funding for the some 100 outposts built by settlers.
    (AP, 11/3/08)
2008        Nov 2, Mexican prosecutors said 11 policemen have been shot to death near Mexico City in a three-day string of drug-gang attacks. In Tijuana, across the border from San Diego, California, police found two decapitated bodies wrapped in blankets in a vacant lot.
    (AP, 11/2/08)
2008        Nov 2, The Moroccan government banned an issue of the French magazine L'Express International, claiming it insults Islam in articles exploring the relationship between that religion and Christianity.
    (AP, 11/3/08)
2008        Nov 2, In Pakistan a suicide bomber detonated his vehicle at a checkpoint at Zalai Fort in South Waziristan killing 8 troops.
    (SFC, 11/3/08, p.A11)
2008        Nov 2, A week of flooding triggered by torrential rains in northern and central Vietnam killed some 92 people, 22 of them in the capital Hanoi hit by the worst flooding in 35 years.
    (Reuters, 11/2/08)(AP, 11/3/08)(AP, 11/5/08)
2008        Nov 2, The bodies of 60 Somali and Ethiopian migrants washed up on the shores of southern Yemen over the last three days.
    (AP, 11/3/08)
2008        Nov 2, Veteran diplomat Rupiah Banda (72) was sworn in as the new president of Zambia following a narrow and disputed victory over a populist rival in an election forced by the death of the country's former leader.
    (AP, 11/2/08)

2009        Nov 2, President Barack Obama thanked German Chancellor Angela Merkel for her country's "sacrifice" in keeping forces in Afghanistan, noting she was being honored as the first German leader to address a joint session of Congress.
    (AP, 11/3/09)
2009        Nov 2, The new US Navy assault ship New York arrived at Pier 88. The 684 foot, $1 billion ship was included 7½ tons of steel in its hull from the World Trade Center.
    (SFC, 11/3/09, p.A11)
2009        Nov 2, Traffic opened on the SF Bay Bridge after 6 days of emergency structural repair. Engineers expected that it would be closed again in few months for a permanent fix.
    (SFC, 11/3/09, p.A1)
2009        Nov 2, Afghanistan's election commission proclaimed President Hamid Karzai the victor of the country's tumultuous ballot. The cancellation of the runoff vote came one day after former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah announced he was pulling out of the Nov. 7 vote. The commission had the authority to make the decision because the Afghan constitution only allows for a runoff between two candidates.
    (AP, 11/2/09)
2009        Nov 2, In Brazil some 1.5 million evangelical Christians joined the annual "March for Jesus," an event sponsored by a church whose leaders recently returned after being imprisoned in the US for money smuggling.
    (AP, 11/3/09)
2009        Nov 2, A top UN official announced that the UN has withdrawn its support for Congolese army units operating in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, accusing its soldiers of killing 62 civilians.
    (AFP, 11/2/09)
2009        Nov 2, French-born writer Marie Ndiaye (b.1967) won France's top literary prize for "Three Strong Women," her moving tale of the struggles of women in Europe and Africa. She was born in Pithiviers, to a French mother and a Senegalese father and currently lived in Berlin.
    (AP, 11/2/09)
2009        Nov 2, The International Monetary Fund said it has sold 200 metric tons of gold worth $6.7 billion to India's central bank as part of an effort to shore up IMF finances and increase low-cost lending to developing countries. The purchase put gold at 6% of India’s reserves and helped push the price of gold to over $1,100 a troy ounce.
    (AP, 11/3/09)(Econ, 11/14/09, p.86)
2009        Nov 2, In Iraq an American soldier died of noncombat related injuries.
    (AP, 11/3/09)
2009        Nov 2, In Japan it was revealed that PM Yukio Hatoyama had failed to declare some $800,000 in income from stock sales. He already faced flak for falsified fundraising reports.
    (SSFC, 11/8/09, p.A10)
2009        Nov 2, In Kashmir the bodies of 2 senior rebels, mauled to death by a wild bear, were recovered. Police said they were members of the region's most powerful group, Hizbul Mujahedin and had been active in Indian Kashmir for more than six years.
    (AFP, 11/3/09)
2009        Nov 2, In Mali the burned debris of a Boeing cargo plane was discovered on Nov. 2 in the Gao region. It was assumed to have landed on a clandestine landing strip and either failed to take off again or was destroyed on purpose. Ample traces of cocaine were found on board. Drug smugglers had flown the plane from Venezuela, unloaded it and torched it. In 2010 it was reported that drug smugglers were buying old jets and flying them across the Atlantic to feed Europe’s growing coke habit.
    (AP, 12/3/09)(SFC, 11/16/10, p.A6)
2009        Nov 2, In Mexico El Tiempo de Durango journalist Jose Bladimir Antuna was kidnapped in the morning. Authorities found his body the same night in a vacant lot in the Durango state capital, about 400 miles southwest of Laredo, Texas. The bodies of three men with bullet and knife wounds were found by relatives in the southern state of Guerrero.
    (AP, 11/4/09)
2009        Nov 2, In Pakistan a suicide bomber killed 35 people outside a bank in Rawalpindi, as the UN said spreading violence has forced it to start pulling out some expatriate staff and suspend long-term development work in areas along the Afghan border. Hours after the first blast, another suicide bomber struck in Lahore, exploding a car at a police checkpoint as officers went to search it. At least 7 policemen were injured and two were in critical condition. Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas said the army had captured the town of Kaniguram, one of the Taliban's bases, and killed 12 more militants in the past 24 hours of the offensive.
    (AP, 11/2/09)
2009        Nov 2, Panama's government said it is building four air and sea monitoring stations on its Pacific coast to fight trafficking of drugs, weapons and migrants. Assistant Interior Minister Alejandro Garuz said the sites will be manned by the national police, border agents and other government agencies.
    (AP, 11/2/09)
2009        Nov 2, In the central Philippines a fire swept through a residential building as people slept in a slum community, killing 16 residents including women and children.
    (AP, 11/2/09)
2009        Nov 2, In Russia Shabattai Kalmanovitch (60), a prominent businessman, was shot dead in Moscow. He had been convicted in Israel in 1987 of being a KGB spy.
    (SFC, 11/3/09, p.A2)
2009        Nov 2, The Swiss government said it has handed banking documents over to Argentina in a $25 million dollar corruption probe linked to former President Carlos Menem and French defense company Thales.
    (AP, 11/2/09)
2009        Nov 2, A Thai official said about half of Thailand's national lawmakers are taking advantage of a new government plan allowing them to purchase guns at a discount and receive a license to carry them anywhere.
    (AP, 11/2/09)
2009        Nov 2, In Venezuela a lone gunman approached Gustavo Gonzalez, a member of the Copei opposition party, at a restaurant, fatally shot the politician in the head and fled on a motorcycle driven by an accomplice. 2 National Guard soldiers were shot multiple times at a roadside checkpoint near the border with Colombia. Prosecutors believed the troops were attacked by four men on two motorcycles. Johan Manuel Mora Rodriguez (20) was detained at a National Guard checkpoint near where the killings occurred in western Tachira state.
    (AP, 11/3/09)
2009        Nov 2, Tropical Storm Mirinae slammed into Vietnam's central coast, unleashing heavy rains and winds and forcing more than 80,000 people to evacuate before losing steam as it moved inland. The storm killed at least 98 people. Mirinae also killed two people in Cambodia and left 19 people dead and three missing in the Philippines.
    (AP, 11/2/09)(AP, 11/3/09)(AFP, 11/5/09)

2010        Nov 2, The US held mid-term elections. Early returns showed the GOP picked up at least 60 House seats and led for four more, far in excess of what was needed for a majority. About two dozen races remained too close to call. Republicans also gained at least six Senate seats, and tea party favorites Paul in Kentucky, Mike Lee in Utah and Marco Rubio in Florida were among their winners. Nevada Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid kept his seat.
    (AP, 11/3/10)
2010        Nov 2, Iowa (Terry Branstad), Kansas (Sam Brownback), Maine (Paul LePage), Michigan (Rick Snyder), New Mexico (Susana Martinez), Ohio (John Kasich), Oklahoma (Mary Fallin), Pennsylvania (Tom Corbett), Tennessee (Bill Haslam), Wisconsin (Scott Walker), Wyoming (Matt Mead) all replaced the Democratic governors with Republicans. Snyder (R) defeated Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) by bragging about his managerial skills.
    (Econ, 11/6/10, p.45)
2010        Nov 2, Arizona voters by a narrow margin approved a measure to legalize medical marijuana.
    (SSFC, 11/14/10, p.A14)
2010        Nov 2, In California federal agents arrested Adam Gitschlag, a retired US Marine, for allegedly selling illegal assault weapons to members of Florencia 13, a Los Angeles street gang. On Nov 8 ATF agents arrested 2 more retired Marines associated with Gitschlag, and 2 others for smuggling machine guns from Iraq.
    (SFC, 11/10/10, p.A8)
2010        Nov 2, In California Jerry Brown defeated Meg Whitman (54%-41%) in his bid for a comeback to the governor's office he occupied for two terms more than a quarter-century ago. California Sen. Barbara Boxer was elected to a fourth term, overcoming a challenge from Carly Fiorina.
    (AP, 11/3/10)(SFC, 11/4/10, p.A1)
2010        Nov 2, Nikki Haley (38) won election as governor of South Carolina, the first Indian-American female governor in US history. The Tea Party-backed Republican candidate won 51% of the vote against Democratic state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, who received 47%.
    (AP, 11/7/10)
2010        Nov 2, The US attorney’s office indicted 3 San Diego residents on charges of conspiring to provide money to Al Shabab, a terrorist group in Somalia.
    (SFC, 11/3/10, p.A5)
2010        Nov 2, California voters rejected Proposition 19 declining to make their state the nation's first to legalize marijuana use and sales, heeding warnings of legal chaos and that pot smokers would get behind the wheel and show up to work while high. Voters approved Prop. 25 to allow lawmakers to pass a budget with a simple majority vote.
    (AP, 11/3/10)(SFC, 11/3/10, p.A17)
2010        Nov 2, Missouri passed the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act. The state was home to 1,462 licensed commercial dog breeders. A newly elected legislature soon gutted the meat of the proposition.
    (Econ, 11/13/10, p.36)(Econ, 5/14/11, p.20)
2010        Nov 2, Oklahoma voters approved a measure that would forbid judges from considering international law or Islamic law when deciding cases. The "Save Our State Amendment" was approved by 70 percent of state voters. A federal judge in Oklahoma City issued a court order in November 2010 barring the measure from taking effect. On Jan 10, 2012, a federal appeals court upheld an injunction against the voter-approved ban on Islamic law in Oklahoma, saying it likely violated the US Constitution by discriminating against religion.
    (SFC, 11/4/10, p.A9)(AP, 1/11/12)(AP, 1/10/12)
2010        Nov 2, Oregon Democrat Gov. John Kitzhaber won a historic third term.
    (SFC, 11/4/10, p.A9)
2010        Nov 2, San Francisco’s Mayor Gavin Newsom was elected as state lieutenant governor.
    (AP, 11/4/10)
2010        Nov 2, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors passed a law that cracks down on the popular practice of giving away free toys with unhealthy restaurant meals for children. The law, which would take effect on December 1, would allow toys to be given away with kids' meals that have less than 600 calories, contain fruits and vegetables, and include beverages without excessive fat or sugar. Mayor Newsom vetoed the measure on Nov 13. On Nov 23 the board overrode the veto.
    (Reuters, 11/3/10)(, 11/24/10, p.C1)
2010        Nov 2, US motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson said it will open an assembly plant in India next year to meet demand for its luxury two-wheelers in the country's booming economy.
    (AFP, 11/2/10)
2010        Nov 2, Oracle Corp. announced an agreement to buy Art Technology Group, a provider of e-commerce services, for $1 billion in cash.
    (SFC, 11/3/10, p.D1)
2010        Nov 2, In southern Afghanistan a NATO service member died after an insurgent attack.
    (AP, 11/2/10)
2010        Nov 2, Algeria’s interior minister Dahou Ould Kablia said that Algeria will resume a policy of arming people to reinforce the fight against terrorism in the north African country.
    (AP, 11/3/10)
2010        Nov 2, BP lifted its estimate of the likely cost of its Gulf of Mexico oil spill to $40 billion, denting profits, but its underlying performance beat all expectations on higher refining margins and a lower tax rate.
    (Reuters, 11/2/10)
2010        Nov 2, Britain and France vowed to work hand-in-glove as their leaders ushered in an unprecedented era of defense cooperation by agreeing to create a joint force and share nuclear test facilities.
    (AP, 11/2/10)
2010        Nov 2, Reprieve, a London-based legal advocacy group opposed to the death penalty, filed suit to try to prevent a British company from exporting a drug that could be used in the execution of an American inmate.
    (AP, 11/2/10)
2010        Nov 2, In Greece bombs exploded at the Swiss and Russian embassies in Athens. Police then found explosive devices at the Bulgarian Embassy and one addressed to the Dutch embassy at a central Athens courier company, where German embassy had returned a suspicious package.
    (AP, 11/2/10)
2010        Nov 2, India's central bank raised key interest rates for the sixth time this year to contain persistently high inflation, another sign of the gulf between fast growing emerging Asian economies and tepid growth in the developed world.
    (AP, 11/2/10)
2010        Nov 2, In Iraq Shiite Baghdad neighborhoods were targeted in a series of bombings and mortar strikes that took place over the span of about an hour. In Sadr City 21 people were killed by car bomb near a market. In 12 other neighborhoods at least 55 more were killed. In total some 91 people were killed and some 232 people were wounded. The Islamic State of Iraq, an umbrella group that includes al-Qaida in Iraq and other Sunni insurgent factions, soon claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 11/3/10)(SFC, 11/3/10, p.A3)(AP, 11/4/10)(AP, 11/5/10)
2010        Nov 2, Israel's military intelligence chief said Iran possesses enough enriched uranium to build one nuclear bomb and soon will have enough to produce a second.
    (AP, 11/3/10)
2010        Nov 2, In Mexico 4 men were shot dead in the Pacific port city of Acapulco and at least 18 others were killed elsewhere in the latest gang-style violence. Eder Diaz (23) a student across the border at the Univ. of Texas at El Paso, was attacked along with classmate Manuel Acosta (25). Acosta was killed at the scene, while Diaz died the next day at a Juarez hospital.
    (AFP, 11/3/10)(AP, 11/3/10)
2010        Nov 2, Myanmar election authorities canceled voting in Nov 7 elections in 12 more village tracts in six constituencies in Kayah state, where restive ethnic minorities are dominant. The commission in September announced the cancellation of voting in about 300 village tracts in 33 townships where restive ethnic minorities are dominant. Six armed ethnic groups in Myanmar forged an agreement to join forces, fearing they will be attacked by the regime after the elections. The "landmark deal" was struck in the Thai-Myanmar town of Mae Hong Son and included organizations from the Karen, Karenni, Chin, Kachin, Mon and Shan minorities.
    (AP, 11/2/10)(AP, 11/4/10)
2010        Nov 2, Russia said Pres. Medvedev planned more trips to a group of islands seized by the Soviet Union from Japan at the end of World War Two, deepening a serious rift with Tokyo.
    (Reuters, 11/2/10)
2010        Nov 2, Thailand battled to rescue thousands of people stranded in their homes after flash floods, several meters deep in places, swept through a southern city, cutting power and communications. The floodwaters swamped vast areas of southern Thailand and inundated its largest city killing 12 people. The death toll from across the country soon passed 120.
    (AFP, 11/2/10)(AP, 11/4/10)
2010        Nov 2, In Venezuela President Hugo Chavez and his Colombian counterpart Juan Manuel Santos signed a string of accords seeking to improve relations despite ideological differences and recent bitter disputes.
    (AP, 11/2/10)(AFP, 11/3/10)
2010        Nov 2, State Vietnam News said blogger Le Nguyen Huong Tra (35), who blogged as Co Gai Do Long, has been detained for "infringing on the interests of the state" after she criticized a security official and his family.
    (AFP, 11/2/10)
2010        Nov 2, Yemen put Anwar al-Awlaki, a US-born radical cleric, on trial in absentia, accusing him and two other men of plotting to kill foreigners and being members of al-Qaida.
    (AP, 11/2/10)

2011        Nov 2, In NYC a jury convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout of seeking to make millions by selling heavy weaponry to a terror group so that it could attack US forces helping the Colombia government.
    (SFC, 11/3/11, p.A6)
2011        Nov 2, Police used tear gas and “flash bang" grenades on a large crowd of demonstrators that lit a massive bonfire in the streets of downtown Oakland, Calif., in a conflict following a day of action that saw the city’s port closed after demonstrators blocked it.
    (AP, 11/3/11)
2011        Nov 2, The US FDA said it has approved the Sapien heart valve made by Edwards Lifesciences, which can be threaded into place through a major artery from the leg to the heart. The study was soon halted after 5 of 34 patients getting Sapien died.
    (SFC, 11/3/11, p.A6)(SFC, 11/9/11, p.D4)
2011        Nov 2, NATO said it is pouring extra resources to set up an Afghan force to take over from private security firms after a report showed the Afghans are unlikely to be ready for the planned disbanding of private security companies in March.
    (AP, 11/2/11)
2011        Nov 2, An Argentine court convicted Colombian model Angie Sanclemente (31) of trafficking cocaine from Argentina to Europe. She was sentenced to six years and eight months in prison. Her Argentine boyfriend, Nicolas Gualco, and his uncle were given the same sentence following the guilty verdicts.
    (AP, 11/2/11)
2011        Nov 2, In Argentina a bus crash killed six schoolgirls and two teachers and injured 35 people. Witnesses reported that the driver of a bus carrying students and teachers was listening to music over earphones when he crossed in front of a train. The driver jumped from the bus to save himself and left his passengers behind.
    (AP, 11/3/11)
2011        Nov 2, Fazle Hasan Abed, the founder of an anti-poverty group in Bangladesh (BRAC) received the $500,000 education prize awarded by Qatar's Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.
    (AP, 11/2/11)
2011        Nov 2, Bangladesh and Russia signed a deal to build a nuclear power plant in the energy-starved South Asian nation.
    (AP, 11/2/11)
2011        Nov 2, UK shale gas firm Cuadrilla Resources said exploration work triggered small tremors at its drill site near Blackpool in northwest England earlier this year, as activists scaled a rig protesting against its gas recovery methods.
    (Reuters, 11/2/11)
2011        Nov 2, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange lost his appeal against extradition to Sweden to answer sex crime allegations, but said he will now consider whether to take his protracted fight to Britain's highest court.
    (AP, 11/2/11)
2011        Nov 2, Josip Boljkovac (89), Croatia's former interior minister (1990-1991), was arrested over accusations that he ordered mass killings of anti-communists soon after the end of World War II. He and two other former ranking Croatian officials have been under investigation for alleged murders in 1945 and 1946 of soldiers and sympathizers of Croatia's Ustasha Nazi puppet regime that ruled during the war.
    (AP, 11/2/11)
2011        Nov 2, An Egyptian government newspaper reported that the justice ministry has agreed to a constitutional amendment to allow millions of Egyptians living abroad to vote in parliamentary elections. An estimated 8 million Egyptians lived abroad, many of them in other Arab countries, out of a total population of 80 million. The ruling generals announced the pardon of 334 civilians who were sentenced in military tribunals since the uprising that toppled Pres. Mubarek.
    (AFP, 11/2/11)(SFC, 11/3/11, p.A2)
2011        Nov 2, Arab foreign ministers met anew in Cairo to step up pressure on Syria to end nearly eight months of deadly violence. Gunmen stormed a factory in Syria’s province of Homs killing 10 workers while security forces shot dead 4 civilians in several Homs neighborhoods. Damascus pledged to withdraw its forces from protest centers under a plan put forth by the Arab league. Not timetable was set.
    (AFP, 11/2/11)(AFP, 11/3/11)
2011        Nov 2, France's PM Sarkozy condemned an apparent overnight arson attack that destroyed the offices of Charlie Hebdo (Charb) weekly, satirical French newspaper that had "invited" the Prophet Muhammad as a guest editor this week.
    (AP, 11/2/11)
2011        Nov 2, Transparency Int’l., a Berlin-based campaigning group, published an update of its 2008 Bribe Payers Index. Russia and China scored worst. The index ranked 28 countries accounting for 80% of global trade and investment.
    (Econ, 11/5/11, p.72)
2011        Nov 2, In Iraq a triple bombing in the southern oil port city of Basra killed seven people sitting at nearby cafes.
    (AP, 11/3/11)
2011        Nov 2, Israel's education ministry said it has shut down a religious high school in an ultranationalist settlement in the West Bank and has cut off funding to an adult seminary there, saying students and staff have been involved in violence against Palestinians and the Israeli military.
    (AP, 11/2/11)
2011        Nov 2, Ivory Coast Ivory, the world's biggest cocoa producer, said it will reintroduce minimum price guarantees for farmers after a decade of liberalization in the sector.
    (AFP, 11/3/11)
2011        Nov 2, Japan restarted its first nuclear reactor since the Fukushima disaster in March, in a boost to its beleaguered atomic power industry faced with a deeply skeptical public.
    (AFP, 11/2/11)
2011        Nov 2, Kenyan military spokesman Maj. Emmanuel Chirchir said that military planes would target and attack weapons flown into the Somali town of Baidoa so they cannot be used. A July UN report said illicit flights with weapons or fighters for Somali militants could be originating from Eritrea, Yemen or the United Arab Emirates. The report also said Eritrea gives about $80,000 a month to al-Shabab-linked individuals in Nairobi.
    (AP, 11/2/11)
2011        Nov 2, Madagascar's new PM Omer Beriziky (61) took office as part of a deal meant to take the Indian Ocean island nation towards elections after years of political crisis.
    (AFP, 11/2/11)
2011        Nov 2, Mexican Mayor Ricardo Guzman (45) of La Piedad, Michoacan state, was shot dead while campaigning for President Felipe Calderon's sister in her run for the governorship. 3 women, a teenage girl and a 7-year-old boy were killed when gunmen ambushed them as they were riding in a pickup truck on a dirt road in the town of El Rosario, Sinaloa state.
    (AP, 11/2/11)(AP, 11/3/11)
2011        Nov 2, Mozambique state media said lynch mobs killed two people over the weekend accused of being witches. Police reportedly arrested six people for the killings.
    (AFP, 11/2/11)
2011        Nov 2, The Pakistani cabinet approved a proposal granting India the status of "most favored nation" in a move towards normalizing trade relations between the two nuclear-armed arch rivals. The decision reciprocates India's move to grant MFN status to Pakistan in 1996.
    (AFP, 11/2/11)
2011        Nov 2, In Pakistan a bomb attack wounded 13 people, targeting Malik Taj, an influential Khyber tribal elder, on the outskirts of the northwestern city of Peshawar.
    (AFP, 11/2/11)
2011        Nov 2, The Philippines, one of the world's largest labor exporters, announced a ban on the deployment of workers to 41 countries, including war-torn Afghanistan and booming India, where Filipino officials say there are inadequate protections against labor abuse. Nearly 10 percent of the Philippine population of 94 million work abroad.
    (AP, 11/2/11)
2011        Nov 2, Police in Puerto Rico reportedly stopped an erratic driver and seized $500,000 in cash during the routine traffic stop.
    (AP, 11/2/11)
2011        Nov 2, A Syrian security official said Syria has arrested Wael Abbas, a top suspect in the kidnapping of 7 Estonians, freed four months after their abduction in Lebanon, and handed him over to Beirut.
    (AFP, 11/2/11)
2011        Nov 2, The Thai government said the flood disaster has now killed 427 people, an increase of 42 from the figure reported a day earlier. While drowning was the most common cause of death, dozens have also been electrocuted. Suspected Muslim insurgents in southern Thailand killed six civilians in a bomb attack on their vehicle in the south.
    (AFP, 11/2/11)(AP, 11/2/11)
2011        Nov 2, In Turkey regional leaders pledged to find ways to improve security and economic development in Afghanistan as international combat forces prepared to leave by the end of 2014. Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his Pakistani counterpart, Asif Ali Zardari, discussed a joint inquiry into the Sept. 20 killing by a suicide bomber of Burhanuddin Rabbani, a former Afghan president and peace council leader.
    (AP, 11/2/11)
2011        Nov 2, In Venezuela inmates rioting at a jail attacked other prisoners, killing 8, and took 5 police officers hostage inside the jail in the city of San Cristobal, capital of Tachira state.
    (AP, 11/3/11)
2011        Nov 2, In Yemen at least 10 people were killed and 43 others wounded in renewed clashes between government forces and tribesmen in Taez.
    (AFP, 11/2/11)

2012        Nov 2, Frustration grew for residents of Northeast states hit by superstorm Sandy as the death toll reached 102, millions were still without power and tempers frayed at a lack of fuel and guidance on when life might return to normal.
    (Reuters, 11/2/12)
2012        Nov 2, In Afghanistan 4 Afghan police officers were shot dead in southern Helmand province in an insider attack by their colleagues.
    (AP, 11/2/12)
2012        Nov 2, Australia’s Foreign Minister Bob Carr announced that Australia will spend over $104 million over the next four years to help reduce deaths from malaria in the Asia-Pacific region.
    (SFC, 11/3/12, p.A2)
2012        Nov 2, In Brazil Father Marcelo Rossi, a Latin Grammy-nominated singer, inaugurated the Mother of God sanctuary in Sao Paulo. The not-yet-finished structure will seat 6,000 people and have standing room for 14,000 more.
    (AP, 11/3/12)   
2012        Nov 2, Bankrupt tycoon Sean Quinn (65), once Ireland's richest man and a celebrated self-made billionaire, was sent to jail for nine weeks after a judge found him guilty of stripping foreign assets from his crumbling business empire in violation of court orders.
    (AP, 11/4/12)
2012        Nov 2, In Kenya a separatist leader said the Mombasa Republican Council will not allow the coast to take part in general elections in March if their succession demands are not met.
    (AP, 11/2/12)
2012        Nov 2, In Nigeria retired Gen. Mamman Shuwa was shot dead at his home in Maiduguri by gunmen suspected to be the Islamist extremists. A guest in the house was also killed.
    (AP, 11/2/12)   
2012        Nov 2, In Pakistan gunmen opened fire on a bus outside a small fuel station in Khuzdar, Baluchistan province, igniting a massive blaze that burned 18 people to death.
    (AP, 11/2/12)
2012        Nov 2, In  Poland a prosecutor said a woman, identified only as Beata Z. (41), has been arrested on suspicion of killing at least five of her newborn babies.
    (AP, 11/2/12)
2012        Nov 2, In South Africa low cost 1Time Airline said that all of its operations have been grounded with immediate effect after it applied for business liquidation.
    (AP, 11/3/12)
2012        Nov 2, In South Africa AngloGold Ashanti said it has suspended operations at two mines after hundreds of workers staged a sit-in over pay.
    (AP, 11/2/12)
2012        Nov 2, In South Korea an international team of scientists confirmed that a 5.5-ton elephant named Koshik at the Everland Zoo can reproduce five Korean words by tucking his trunk inside his mouth to modulate sound. Koshik emerged as a star among animal enthusiasts and children in South Korea after Everland Zoo claimed in 2006 that he could imitate words, two years after his trainers noticed the phenomenon.
    (AP, 11/2/12)
2012        Nov 2, In Sudan's Darfur region an alleged attack killed 10 people. The Sudanese military blocked a UN convoy from reaching the area of the alleged attack to gather information on the incident.
    (AP, 11/4/12)

2013        Nov 2, Clifford Nass (b.1958), a Standfor Univ. sociologist, died following a hike near Lake Tahoe. He had warned of chronic multitasking following his experiences as a freshman, residence hall dorm dad.
    (SFC, 11/8/13, p.D7)
2013        Nov 2, In Georgia, the burned body of Emani Moss, a 10-year-old girl, was found in a trash can at an apartment complex near Atlanta. Her father, Eman Moss, and stepmother, Tiffany Moss, were soon charged with felony murder.
    (SSFC, 11/3/13, p.A10)
2013        Nov 2, In Michigan Theodore Wafer (54) of Dearborn Heights shot and killed Renisha McBride (19), a black woman, as she apparently knocked his door following a car accident. On Nov 15 Wafer was charged with 2nd degree murder. On Aug 7 he was convicted of 2nd degree murder.
    (SFC, 11/16/13, p.A7)(SFC, 8/8/14, p.A8)
2013        Nov 2, Jacqui Park, an Australian media rights activist, accused Sri Lankan officials of a "witch-hunt" against local journalists as she arrived back in Sydney after being detained in Colombo for two days.
    (AFP, 11/2/13)
2013        Nov 2, Brazil’s O Estado de S. Paulo newspaper said President Dilma Rousseff will allow state-run oil company Petróleo Brasileiro SA to increase domestic fuel prices "two or three times" a year through the use of a formula without triggering significant consumer price gains.
    (Reuters, 11/2/13)
2013        Nov 2, Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported that spy agencies in Germany, France, Spain and Sweden are carrying out mass surveillance of online and phone traffic in collaboration with Britain, according to documents leaked by Edward Snowden.
    (AFP, 11/2/13)
2013        Nov 2, China, the only country that still systematically takes organs from executed prisoners for use in transplant operations, said it plans to end the controversial practice by the middle of next year.
    (Reuters, 11/2/13)
2013        Nov 2, Cuba closed dozens of home-based movie theaters and reaffirmed its plans to end the private sale of imported goods as communist authorities pressed for "order, discipline and obedience" in the growing small business sector.
    (Reuters, 11/2/13)
2013        Nov 2, Europe's heaviest-ever cargo carrier to the International Space Station burned up in Earth's atmosphere in a controlled manoeuver after a five-month mission. It was filled with about six tons of garbage and waste produced on board the ISS.
    (AFP, 11/2/13)
2013        Nov 2, French riot police fired tear gas at thousands of demonstrators in the north-west, after some protesters hurled stones and iron bars at them in a rally against a controversial green tax and layoffs.
    (AFP, 11/2/13)
2013        Nov 2, Georgia's PM Bidzina Ivanishvili named Interior Minister Irakly Garibashvili (31) as his successor. Under changes to the constitution that will this month transfer many of the president's responsibilities to the prime minister, Garibashvili will become the country's most powerful politician.
    (Reuters, 11/2/13)
2013        Nov 2, In southern India a train struck and killed 8 people in Andhra Pradesh state.
    (SSFC, 11/3/13, p.A3)
2013        Nov 2, Iran arrested the head of reformist daily Bahar, Saeed Pourazizi, for publishing an article seen by critics as questioning the beliefs of Shia Islam.
    (AFP, 11/3/13)
2013        Nov 2, An Iranian media website said China has agreed to finance $20 billion in development projects in Iran using oil money not transferred to the Islamic Republic because of international sanctions.
    (AP, 11/2/13)
2013        Nov 2, In northern Iraq militants bombed a major oil pipeline in Nineveh province, disabling it and forcing pumping to be suspended.
    (AFP, 11/2/13)
2013        Nov 2, Meeting in Tokyo Japan and Russia held their first joint defense and foreign ministers' meeting and agreed to boost security cooperation in the Asia-Pacific as they both warily watch neighboring China's rising influence. Japan and Russia have never signed a treaty to mark the end of World War II because of a territorial dispute.
    (Reuters, 11/2/13)
2013        Nov 2, Kenya's chief justice said he has ordered "immediate action" over a case where men accused of brutally gang raping a schoolgirl last June were ordered to cut grass as punishment.
    (AFP, 11/2/13)
2013        Nov 2, In Libya a soldier was killed by a mine in Benghazi.
    (Reuters, 11/3/13)
2013        Nov 2, In Mali two French journalists were snatched by gunmen in the northern town of Kidal. Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon of Radio France Internationale were grabbed by armed men in a 4x4 just after finishing an interview with the acting head of the rebel National Movement for the Liberation of the Azawad (NMLA). Their bodies were dumped a dozen km outside the town.
    (Reuters, 11/2/13)(AP, 11/3/13)
2013        Nov 2, Niger said it has detained 100 migrants crossing the Sahara to Algeria, in a crackdown on illegal migration after 92 people died trying to make the same journey.
    (AFP, 11/2/13)
2013        Nov 2, In northeast Nigeria suspected Islamic militants attacked a wedding convoy and killed more than 30 people including the groom.
    (AP, 11/3/13)
2013        Nov 2, In eastern Nigeria at least 24 people died during a stampede at the Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Uke, Anambra state.
    (Reuters, 11/3/13)
2013        Nov 2, The Pakistani Taliban voted to promote their number two commander, Khan Said, also known as Sajna, to replace leader Hakimullah Mehsud who was killed in a strike by a US drone.
    (Reuters, 11/2/13)
2013        Nov 2, Syria's air force struck Sbeineh south of Damascus, as loyalists pressed a fierce bid to crush rebel bastions around the capital. Rebels launched a counteroffensive in Aleppo.
    (AP, 11/2/13)(SSFC, 11/10/13, p.A9)
2013        Nov 2, In northern Yemen Shi'ite Muslim Houthi rebels pressed their offensive against Damaj held by their Sunni Muslim Salafi rivals, bringing the total death toll in four days of sectarian clashes to 55.
    (Reuters, 11/2/13)

2014        Nov 2, In Afghanistan a gunman attacked Deputy Gov. Abdul Qadeem Patyall, shooting at him through the window of a classroom at Kandahar University. Attacks killed 4 other people as the country marked Ashura, major Shiite holiday.
    (AP, 11/3/14)
2014        Nov 2, A Bahraini court freed prominent Shiite activist Nabeel Rajab but barred him from travel until his trial resumes over remarks on Twitter deemed insulting to public institutions.
    (AFP, 11/2/14)
2014        Nov 2, A special tribunal in Bangladesh sentenced to death Mir Quashem Ali (62), a senior leader of the country's largest Islamist party, the second death sentence in a week for mass killings during the nation's 1971 independence war against Pakistan.
    (AP, 11/2/14)
2014        Nov 2, In Burkina Faso gunfire erupted outside the headquarters of state television as an opposition politician tried to announce she was in control of the West African country that was plunged into chaos days earlier after the president was forced out. The army took over the national television headquarters. At least one protester was shot dead.
    (AP, 11/2/14)(AFP, 11/2/14)(Econ, 11/8/14, p.52)
2014        Nov 2, China’s state media said China has successfully tested a self-developed laser defense system against small-scale low-altitude drones.
    (Reuters, 11/2/14)
2014        Nov 2, Hong Kong police questioned British financier Rurik George Caton Jutting (29), who worked for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, after the grisly discovery a day earlier of two female corpses, including one in a suitcase, in his apartment. Jutting was charged with two counts of murder.
    (AFP, 11/2/14)(SFC, 11/6/14, p.A3)
2014        Nov 2, Indian authorities set fire to a stockpile of tiger skins, elephant tusks, rhino horns and other illegal animal parts in an effort to discourage wildlife smuggling in South Asia.
    (AP, 11/2/14)
2014        Nov 2, In Iran Ghoncheh Ghavami (25), an Iranian-British woman detained last June 20 while trying to attend a men's volleyball game in Iran, was found guilty of spreading propaganda against the ruling system and sentenced to a year in prison. Charges against her were reported dropped on April 2, 2015, as a court waived the remaining seven months of her sentence.
    (AP, 11/2/14)(AP, 4/2/15)
2014        Nov 2, Iraq's Human Rights Ministry said the number of Al Bu Nimr tribe people killed by Islamic State is 322. A car bomb in central Baghdad killed at least 8 Shi'ite pilgrims.
    (Reuters, 11/2/14)(AP, 11/3/14)(SFC, 11/3/14, p.A5)
2014        Nov 2, Kenya's Pres. Uhuru Kenyatta ordered all guns and attackers be turned over to authorities in the North Rift region after raiders killed 22 police a day earlier. Troops shot and killed 6 machete-wielding attackers who tried to gain entry into a barracks on the coast.
    (AP, 11/2/14)
2014        Nov 2, Two Malian soldiers were killed and four wounded by an improvised bomb in the nation's restive northern desert.
    (AFP, 11/3/14)
2014        Nov 2, In Montenegro, a staunchly conservative Balkan country seeking EU membership, about 200 gay activists marched peacefully protected by hundreds of riot police.
    (AP, 11/2/14)
2014        Nov 2, In Pakistan a least 60 people were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up near a restaurant at Wagah on the Pakistani-Indian border. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility.
    (Reuters, 11/2/14)(AP, 11/3/14)
2014        Nov 2, In the southern Philippines Abu Sayyaf gunmen killed 6 soldiers who were guarding a road project that has been delayed by militant attacks in Basilan province.
    (AP, 11/2/14)
2014        Nov 2, Romanians voted to elect a new leader as President Traian Basescu steps down after 10 years. PM Victor Ponta won the first round of the presidential election with 40.3%. Klaus Iohannis, an ethnic German mayor backed by two center-right parties took 30.4%.  A run-off vote will take place on Nov 16.
    (AP, 11/2/14)(Reuters, 11/3/14)
2014        Nov 2, Sierra Leone confirmed that a fifth doctor has tested positive. The other four all have died from the virus that has killed nearly 5,000 across West Africa.
    (AP, 11/2/14)
2014        Nov 2, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said nearly 2,000 people have died in Syrian prisons of torture, starvation and lack of medical treatment so far this year. Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front seized a town and several villages in Idlib province overnight.
    (AFP, 11/2/14)
2014        Nov 2, In Syria US military forces staged seven air strikes on Islamic State targets over the last 24 hours and were joined by allies in two more attacks in Iraq.
    (Reuters, 11/2/14)
2014        Nov 2, Separatists in eastern Ukraine held elections condemned by Kiev and Western governments, but backed by Russia, as Ukrainian claims of "intensive" troop movements across the Russian border cast new doubts over a truce. Ukrainian authorities announced the deaths of 3 more soldiers and seven more wounded. Alexander Zakharchenko, the rebel leader in Donetsk, claimed an easy victory. The head of the separatists in Luhansk region, Igor Plotnitsky, won by a similarly large margin.
    (AFP, 11/2/14)(AP, 11/3/14)
2014        Nov 2, The UN's panel on climate science said climate change is happening, it's almost entirely man's fault and limiting its impacts may require reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero this century.
    (AP, 11/2/14)
2014        Nov 2, Former Yugoslav Gen. Veljko Kadijevic (88), who was accused of war crimes in Croatia and who fled to Russia in 2001 to avoid testifying at a UN tribunal, died in Moscow.
    (AP, 11/3/14)

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