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39AD Nov 3,
Lucan, Latin poet (Bellum Civile), was born in Cordova, Spain.
361 Nov 3, Flavius Julius
Constantius II (44), the 1st Byzantine Emperor, died. Flavius
Claudius Julianus, Julian the Apostate, succeeded Constantius and
tried to make paganism the official religion of the empire.
(V.D.-H.K.p.92)(PCh, 1992, p.48)(MC, 11/3/01)
644 Nov 3, Umar of Arabia, the
2nd Caliph of Islam, was stabbed by Abu Lulu while leading the
morning prayers at Medina. He died 4 days later on Nov 7. On his
deathbed Umar named a council to choose the next caliph. The council
appointed Uthman. Uthman continued to expand the Muslim empire.
1394 Nov 3, Jews were expelled
from France by Charles VI. The order, signed on Yom Kippur, was
enforced on November 3. Jews continued to live in Lyons and papal
possessions such as Pugnon. [see Sep 17, 1394]
1470 Nov 3, Edward V, King of
England (Apr 9-Jun 25 1483), was born. [see Nov 1]
1493 Nov 3, Christopher
Columbus discovered the Caribbee Isles (Dominica) during his second
expedition. He and his crew of 1,500 built the town of La Isabela on
the northern coast of the Dominican Republic. It was abandoned
within 5 years due in part to poor relations with the Taino Indians.
This area was part of the chiefdom of Higuey.
1529 Nov 3, The first
Reformation Parliament for five years opened in London, England and
the Commons put forward bills against abuses amongst the clergy and
in the church courts.
(HN, 11/3/99)(MC, 11/3/01)
1534 Nov 3, English Parliament
passed Act of Supremacy, making King Henry VIII head of the English
church, a role formerly held by the Pope. Henry VIII was declared
"the only supreme head in Earth of the Church of England." He
suppressed the monasteries, ordered Bibles burned and renounced
papal jurisdiction. He issued the Act of Supremacy which signified a
break with the Catholic Church of Rome.
(WSJ, 9/12/96, p.A14)(SFEC, 6/11/00, p.A30)(WSJ,
1587 Nov 3, Samuel Scheidt,
composer, was born.
1639 Nov 3, Martinus de Porres
(69), Peru saint (patron of social justice), died.
1640 Nov 3, English Long
1679 Nov 3, A great panic
occurred in Europe over the close approach of a comet.
1711 Nov 3, Ferdinand Tobias
Richter (60), composer, died.
Nov 3, In the Pacification Treaty of Warsaw Czar Peter the Great
(1672-1725) guaranteed Saxon monarch August I's (1682-1718) Polish
(DoW, 1999, p.373)
Nov 3, Georg Friedrich Handel underwent eye surgery to remove a
cataract by William Bromfield, Surgeon to the Princess of Wales, to
restore his sight. The operation was only a short-term success.
1760 Nov 3, Following the
Russian capture of Berlin, Frederick II of Prussia defeated the
Austrians at the Battle of Torgau (Germany).
1762 Nov 3, Spain acquired
Louisiana. [see Dec 3]
1783 Nov 3, Washington ordered
the Continental Army disbanded from its cantonment at New Windsor,
NY, where it had remained since defeating Cornwallis in 1781.
Nov 3, Gen. St. Clair moved his force of approximately 1,400 men to
some high ground on the upper Wabash River. St. Clair was looking
for the forces of Michikinikwa (Chief Little Turtle 1752-1812), who
had recently defeated Gen. Josiah Harmar’s (1753-1813) army. St.
Clair deployed only minimal sentry positions. [see Nov 4]
(DoW, 1999, p.168)
1793 Nov 3, Stephen Fuller
Austin was born. He colonized Texas.
1794 Nov 3, William Cullen
Bryant, poet and journalist, was born.
1794 Nov 3, Thomas Paine was
released from a Parisian jail with help from the American ambassador
James Monroe. He had been arrested in 1893 for not endorsing the
execution of Louis XVI and thus offending the Robespierre faction.
While in prison Paine began writing his "The Age of Reason"
1796 Nov 3, John Adams was
elected president. [see Dec 7]
1801 Nov 3, Karl Baedeker
(d.1859), German publisher, was born. He became well known for
travel guides. His 1835 “Travel on the Rhine” is widely considered
as the 1st modern guidebook.
(HN, 11/3/00)(SSFC, 11/30/02, p.C3)
1801 Nov 3, Vincenzo Bellini,
Italian opera composer (La Sonnambula, Norma), was born.
1803 Nov 3, Henri Moreau,
composer (75), died.
1813 Nov 3, American troops
destroy the Indian village of Tallushatchee in the Mississippi
Valley. US troops under Gen Coffee destroyed an Indian village at
(HN, 11/3/99)(MC, 11/3/01)
1815 Nov 3, Adrien Louis Victor
Boieldieu, composer, was born.
1816 Nov 3, Jubal Anderson
Early (d.1891), Lt. General (Confederate Army), was born.
1831 Nov 3, Ignatius Donnelly
(d.1901), American social reformer, was born. Donnelly was an
important scholar of the mythical continent of Atlantis. In 1882 he
wrote “Atlantis: The Antediluvian World.”
(SFEC, 7/26/98, BR p.3)(HN, 11/3/99)
1839 Nov 3, The first Opium War
between China and Britain broke out in and around Guangzhou and
continued to 1942. Lin Zexu, a Qing official, started the Opium War
when he ordered the dumping of 3 million pounds of Western-owned
opium into the sea. 2 British frigates engaged several Chinese
junks. In 2011 Julia Lovell authored “The Opium War: Drugs, Dreams,
and the Making of China.”
(SFC, 6/10/97, p.D4)(AP, 11/3/97)(SSFC, 8/30/09,
p.A21)(Econ, 10/29/11, p.99)
1862 Nov 3, There was a battle
between gunboats at Bayou Teche, Louisiana.
1868 Nov 3, Republican Ulysses
S. Grant was elected 18th president. He won the election over
Democrat Horatio Seymour (1810-1886), two-time governor of NY
(1853-54 and 1863-64), by 27,000 votes. Seymour ran fairly close to
Ulysses Grant in the popular vote, but was defeated decisively in
the electoral vote by a count of 214 to 80. Grant used the 1867
typewriter phrase "Now is the time for all good men to come to the
aid of the party" for his campaign.
3/22/98, Z1 p.8)(WSJ, 2/17/99, p.A22)
1870 Nov 3, Laura Fair (33)
shot and killed Alexander Parker Crittenden (47) as he was about to
depart an Oakland, Ca., ferry with his wife and son. They had been
carrying a long-term adulterous affair in which Crittenden had lied
from the start Fair (d.1919) was initially found guilty and
sentenced to death, but was freed on appeal by reason of temporary
insanity. In 2013 Carole Haber authored “The Trials of Laura Fair:
Sex Murder and Insanity in the Victorian West.”
(SFC, 6/28/14, p.C1)
1883 Nov 3, U.S. Supreme Court
declared American Indians to be "dependent aliens."
1883 Nov 3, Race riots took
place in Danville, Virginia, and 4 blacks were killed.
1883 Nov 3, A poorly trained
Egyptian army, led by British General William Hicks, marched toward
El Obeid in the Sudan--straight into a Mahdist ambush and massacre.
1885 Nov 3, Tacoma, Wa.,
vigilantes drove out Chinese residents and burned their homes and
1888 Nov 3, In London Jack the
Ripper murdered his last victim. In 2002 Patricia Cornwell, crime
writer, reported that Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942), English
Impressionist painter, was Jack the Ripper. [see Oct 30]
(WSJ, 9/27/01, p.A16)(MC, 11/3/01)(SSFC, 2/24/02,
1889 Nov 3, In Ethiopia Emperor
Menelik II (1844-1913) began ruling as emperor, fending off the
encroachments of European powers.
1891 Nov 3, Louis L. Bonaparte
(78), English-French linguist and senator, died.
1896 Nov 3, Republican William
McKinley was elected 25th president. He defeated Democrat William
Jennings Bryan for the presidency. McKinley and Garret Hobart
supported the gold standard while The Democrats supported the free
coinage of silver. Marcus Hanna, an Ohio industrialist, led the
fund-raising for McKinley and personally underwrote the cost of
winning this 1st modern presidential campaign. In 1929 Thomas Beer
authored a biography of Hanna.
(AP, 11/3/97)(SFC, 10/28/98, Z1 p.7)(HN,
11/3/98)(WSJ, 3/24/04, p.B1)
1896 Nov 3, J.H. Hunter
patented portable weighing scales.
1897 Nov 3, David Schwarz of
Austria crashed his 156-foot aluminum powered airship with 2
propellers on its maiden flight.
(ON, 3/03, p.11)
1900 Nov 3, The first
automobile show in the United States opened at Madison Square Garden
in New York under the auspices of the Automobile Club of America.
1901 Nov 3, Andre Malraux,
French novelist and art historian, was born. His work included
1901 Nov 3, Leopold III, King
of Belgium, was born.
1903 Nov 3, Walker Evans,
photographer, was born.
1903 Nov 3, There was a
Revolution in Panama composed of Panamanian fired departments and
some 500 Colombian mercenary troops purchased for some $100,000 by
Philippe Bunau-Varilla’s Panama Canal Company. The US created Panama
so that a canal could be built and maintained
(HFA, '96, p.42)(SFC, 6/2/97, p.A8)(AP,
11/3/97)(ON, 1/00, p.2)
1908 Nov 3, Republican William
Howard Taft was elected the 27th president, outpolling William
(AP, 11/3/97)(HN, 11/3/98)
1909 Nov 3, James "Scotty"
Reston, New York Times reporter, editor and columnist, was born in
(HN, 11/3/00)(MC, 11/3/01)
1912 Nov 3, Alfredo Stroessner
(d.2006), dictator of Paraguay (1954-89), was born.
(SFC, 8/17/06, p.A10)
1912 Nov 3, The first all metal
plane was flown near Issy, France, by pilots Ponche and Prinard.
1918 Nov 3, Russell Long
(d.2003), U.S. senator from Louisiana, was born.
(HN, 11/3/98)(SFC, 5/10/03, p.A13)
1918 Nov 3, The
Austro-Hungarian Empire dissolved.
1918 Nov 3, There was a mutiny
of the German fleet at Kiel. This was the first act leading to
German's capitulation in World War I.
1920 Nov 3, Oodgeroo Noonuccal
[Kath Walker], Australian Aboriginal poet, was born.
1920 Nov 3, "Emperor Jones"
opened at Provincetown Theater.
1921 Nov 3, Charles Bronson
(d.2003), [Buchinsky], actor (Death Wish, Dirty Dozen), was born in
(SFC, 9/1/03, p.A2)
1921 Nov 3, Milk drivers on
strike dumped thousands of gallons of milk on New York City streets.
Nov 3, Annie Oakley (b.1860), US sharp shooting star, died at
Greenville, Ohio. Chief Sitting Bull nicknamed her “Little Miss Sure
Shot” when she was a member of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.
1927 Nov 3, Rodgers' &
Hart's musical "Connecticut Yankee," premiered in NYC.
1930 Nov 3, Getulio Vargas
(1883-1954) seized power in Brazil on the grounds of election fraud.
He soon put a moratorium on pension payments. From 1930-1934, he was
provisional president and dictator. From 1934-1937, he was
congressionally elected president. From 1937-1945, he was dictator
with the backing of the revolutionary coalition. From 1951 to 1954,
he was popularly elected president.
1931 Nov 3, The 1st
commercially produced synthetic rubber was manufactured. [see Nov 1]
1935 Nov 3, Jeremy Brett, actor
(Adventures of Sherlock Holmes), was born in Berkswell, England.
1935 Nov 3, Left-wing groups in
France formed the Socialist and Republican Union.
1936 Nov 3, President
Roosevelt, the 32nd president, was re-elected for second term in a
landslide over Republican challenger Alfred M. "Alf" Landon. Landon
ran on a “wrong-headed” economic program. Roosevelt received 60.8%
of the popular vote and an astounding 98.5% of the Electoral College
defeating Republican Alfred Landon, the governor of Kansas. In terms
of winning the largest percentage of electoral votes, the
presidential election of 1936 was the biggest landslide of the 20th
(TMC, 1994, p.1936)(SFC, 8/23/96, p.A28)(AP,
11/3/97)(HN, 11/3/98)(HNQ, 11/7/00)
1939 Nov 3, Terrence McNally,
playwright (Bad Habits, Master Class), was born in St. Petersburg,
1941 Nov 3, Hirohito's accord
on Yamamoto's attack plan on Pearl Harbor failed.
1942 Nov 3, Martin Cruz Smith,
novelist, was born. His work included “Gorky Park.”
1942 Nov 3, The 12th day of
battle at El Alamein (Egypt): Scottish assault.
1943 Nov 3, William Reid (died
2001 at 79), RAF bomber pilot, flew his badly damaged Lancaster
bomber on a bombing mission to a ball-bearing factory in Dusseldorf,
Germany, and managed to return the crippled plane to England.
(SFC, 12/15/01, p.A25)
1943 Nov 3, SS and police units
shot at least 6,000 Jewish inmates of the Trawniki and Dorohucza
1943 Nov 3-1943 Nov 4, In
Poland the 2-day "Operation Harvest" at the Majdanek concentration
camp executed men, women and children. Nazi officer Alfons
Goetzfried later admitted to having personally shot 500 people. Over
42,000 people, mostly Jews, were killed in the operation. In 1999
Alfons Goetzfrid (79) was convicted for assisting in the murders of
17,000 Jews at the camp. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
During the so-called "Mission Harvest Festival" massacres tens of
thousands of Jews in the district of Lublin were shot by Nazi
officers. Among them were members of Erich Steidtmann’s Hamburg
Polizeibataillon 101 company. In 2010 prosecutors reopened an
investigation on Steidtmann’s role in the massacre.
(SFC, 3/5/98, p.A14)(SFC, 5/21/99, p.D2)(AP,
1944 Nov 3, Pro-German
government of Hungary fled.
1946 Nov 3, Emperor Hirohito
proclaimed a new Japanese constitution. It became effective on May
1948 Nov 3, The Chicago Tribune
printed the headline "Dewey defeats Truman." Later votes threw the
election in the opposite direction. And later editions of other
papers ran pictures showing Truman holding up the Tribune and
grinning ear to ear.
1949 Nov 3, Solomon R.
Guggenheim (88), US art collector, died.
1952 Nov 3, David Ho,
virologist, AIDS researcher, was born.
1952 Nov 3, Egypt protested
German retribution payments to Israel.
1954 Nov 3, The film "Godzilla,
King of the Monsters" was released. It was produced by Japan’s Toho
Co., headed by Tomoyuki Tanaka (d.1997). Godzilla went on to star in
(SFC, 4/3/97, p.C2)(MC, 11/3/01)
1954 Nov 3, Henri E.B. Matisse
(b.1869), French painter and sculptor (Dance II), died. In 1998
Hilary Spurling published "The Unknown Matisse," a work that covered
the years 1869-1908. An end volume was planned. In 1999 John Russell
published "Matisse: Father and Son" and John O'Brian published
"Ruthless Hedonism: The American Reception of Matisse." In 2005
Hilary Spurling authored “Matisse the Master: A Life of Henry
Matisse, Volume Two.
(WSJ, 7/5/96, p.A5)(WSJ, 10/27/98, p.A20)(SFEC,
8/8/99, BR p.6)(Econ, 3/12/05, p.79)
1955 Nov 3, The 1st
crystallized virus was announced.
1955 Nov 3, An Alabama woman
was bruised by a meteor.
1955 Nov 3, Argentine
ex-president Peron arrived in Nicaragua.
1956 Nov 3, "Wizard of Oz" was
1st televised (CBS-TV).
1957 Nov 3, Canada fired up the
National Research Universal (NRU) nuclear reactor near Ottawa. The
200 MWt reactor began producing medical and industrial
radioisotopes, including molybdenum-99, a critical isotope used for
1957 Nov 3, The Soviet Union
launched into orbit Sputnik Two, the second manmade satellite; a dog
on board named Laika, the first animal in space, was sacrificed in
the experiment. Sputnik 2 remained in orbit another 162 days before
burning up. Safe reentry process had not yet been developed.
(TMC, 1994, p.1957)(AP, 11/3/97)(HN, 11/3/98)
1957 Nov 3, Wilhelm Reich
(b.1897), Austria-born psychoanalyst, died in the US. His work was
based on the sexual energy in people that he called "Orgone." In
1999 Farrar, Straus & Giroux published: "American Odyssey:
Letters and Journals 1940-1947."
1959 Nov 3, Pres. Eisenhower
laid the cornerstone for the CIA headquarters building in Langley,
(SFC, 9/17/97, p.A3)
1959 Nov 3, Ben-Gurion's
Mapai-party won Israeli parliamentary election.
1960 Nov 3, Tammy Grimes'
"Unsinkable Molly Brown," premiered in NYC.
1960 Nov 3, The first Arhoolie
LP (Long Play, 33 1/3 rpm record) arrived from the pressing plant:
250 copies of Mance Lipscomb’s “Texas Sharecropper and Songster.”
Chris Strachwitz founded Arhoolie Records in Berkeley, Ca.
1960 Nov 3, Felix
Houphouet-Boigny (b.1905) began to rule Ivory Coast as president.
1961 Nov 3, President John F.
Kennedy established the US Agency for International Development
(USAID). [see Sep 4]
1961 Nov 3, New Braunfels,
Texas, began hosting its Wurstfest, an annual sausage festival, to
drum up business for local merchants. The festival was set to always
begin on the Friday before the first Monday in November. By 2007 the
1 day festival had expanded to 10 days with well over 100,000
(SSFC, 10/7/07, p.D8)
1963 Nov 3, San Francisco
police arrested 48 protesters at Mel’s Drive-In at 3355 Geary Blvd.
They claimed that Mel’s, owned by Supervisor Harold Dobbs, refuses
to hire Negroes for non-menial jobs.
(SSFC, 11/3/13, DB p.42)
1964 Nov 3, President Johnson
soundly defeated Republican challenger Barry Goldwater to win a
White House term as the 36th president. Johnson won over 61% of the
vote with 486 electoral votes to Goldwater’s 52.
(AP, 11/3/97)(SFC, 5/30/98, p.A3) (HN, 11/3/98)
1964 Nov 3, Robert Kennedy was
elected senator from New York.
1964 Nov 3, Philadelphia voters
approved $25 million to build a new sports stadium.
1968 Nov 3, In Greece thousands
of people demonstrated against the fascist junta as ex-premier
Georgios Papandreou is buried.
1969 Nov 3, Pres. Nixon
elaborated his Nixon Doctrine in a televised speech. He stated that
the US henceforth expected its Asian allies to take care of their
own military defense. At the end of the speech, Nixon asked for the
support of the "great silent majority" of Americans. This was the
start of the "Vietnamization" of the Vietnam War. The Doctrine
argued for the pursuit of peace through a partnership with American
allies [see Jul 25, 1969].
1969 Nov 3, The Arab League
brokered a deal in Cairo that gave the PLO in Lebanon refugee camps
freedom of government interference. They reached an agreement that
effectively endorsed PLO freedom of action in Lebanon to recruit,
arm, train, and employ fighters against Israel. The Lebanese Army
protected their bases and supply lines.
1970 Nov 3, President Nixon
delivered a speech to explain why American troops in Vietnam had
invaded the neutral country of Cambodia.
1970 Nov 3, California Gov.
Reagan won a 2nd term. He defeated Jesse Unruh.
(SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F7)
1970 Nov 3, Rev. Robert Drinan
(1920-2007), a Jesuit priest, was elected US congressman from
Massachusetts. He later became the 1st member of Congress to call
for the impeachment of Pres. Nixon due to the administration’s
undeclared war in Cambodia.
1970 Nov 3, Salvador Allende
was inaugurated as president of Chile. He was elected with 36% of
the vote, only 40,000 ahead of the candidate of the right.
(AP, 11/3/97)(WSJ, 10/30/98, p.A19)
1970 Nov 3, King Peter II
Karadjordjevic of Yugoslavia died in a hospital in Denver, Colorado.
He had been forced into exile three weeks after his country was
invaded by Nazi Germany. He was buried in the Liberty Easter Serbian
Orthodox Monastery in Liberty, Illinois. He was the 1st European
king or queen to die and be buried in the US. In 2013 his remains,
and those of his wife, mother and brother, were interred in the
family tomb at St. George church in Oplenac, central Serbia.
1970 Nov 3, An Australian
bomber crashed in Vietnam near the Laos border. The bodies of Flying
Officer Michael Herbert (24) and navigator, Pilot Officer Robert
Carver (24), were listed as missing until their remains were
discovered in 2009. They were the last of Australia’s Vietnam era
1971 Nov 3, The Clint Eastwood
film "Play Misty For Me" premiered in NYC.
1975 Nov 3, Queen Elizabeth
formally began the operation of the UK's first North Sea oil
pipeline at a ceremony in Scotland.
1978 Nov 3, Dominica gained
independence from Britain.
(SFC, 7/1/97, p.A9)
1979 Nov 3, Five radicals were
killed when gunfire erupted during an anti-Ku Klux Klan
demonstration in Greensboro, N.C., after a caravan of Klansmen and
Nazis had driven into the area. Named 'The Greensboro Massacre', the
five marchers were shot to death in broad daylight and another 8
1979 Nov 3, John McGinest, a
drug dealer, was killed by a shotgun blast in Long Beach, Ca. Thomas
Goldstein (30), a college student who lived nearby, was convicted of
the murder following the testimony of Eddy Fink, a jailhouse
informant coached by police. Goldstein was freed in 2004 after
judges on an appeal panel concluded he was wrongly convicted. In
2010 Goldstein settled for a $7.95 million payment.
(SFC, 4/15/08, p.A4)(SFC, 8/13/10, p.C4)
1979 Nov 3, Raffaele Bendandi
(b.1893), Italian seismologist, died. he believed earthquakes were
the result of the combined movements of the planets, the moon and
the sun and were perfectly predictable. In 1923 he forecast a quake
would hit the central Adriatic region of the Marches on January 2
the following year. He was wrong by two days.
1981 Nov 3, In Milpitas, Ca.,
Anthony Jacques Broussard, a high school student (16), strangled and
killed Marcy Conrad, his girl friend (14), dumped her body on a
river bank and gave tours to his friends, who never reported the
crime. The 1986 film "River's Edge" was later made based on the
murder. On December 3, 1982 Broussard was sentenced in a San Jose,
California court to 25 years to life for the strangulation death of
Conrad. He was to be eligible for parole after 16 years and 8 months
(SFC, 5/10/03, p.A1)(http://tinyurl.com/32kdam)
1981 Nov 3, H.C. Westermann
(b.1922), sculptor, died. His work, which included "Memorial to the
Idea of Man if He Was an Idea" (1958), was laced with dark humor.
(WSJ, 4/18/02, p.D7)(http://tinyurl.com/3dxl4t)
1982 Nov 3, In Afghanistan a
Soviet tank engine exploded in the Salang Tunnel and 178 Soviet
soldiers were killed along with as many as 800 Afghans.
1983 Nov 3, Jesse Jackson
announced his candidacy for the office of President of the United
1984 Nov 3, In India some 2,733
people died nationwide over the last 3 days from attacks on Sikhs
after Gandhi was shot dead. The bodyguards who killed her sought
revenge for her decision to send the army to flush Sikh separatists
out of the Golden Temple in Amritsar.
1986 Nov 3, "Ash-Shiraa," a
pro-Syrian Lebanese magazine, broke the story of U.S. arms sales to
Iran, a revelation that escalated into the Iran-Contra affair.
1987 Nov 3, On Wall Street,
after five consecutive gains, the Dow Jones industrial average
closed down 50.56 points, ending the day at 1,963.53.
1988 Nov 3, Talk-show host
Geraldo Rivera's nose was broken as Roy Innis brawled with skinheads
at TV taping.
1988 Nov 3, Israeli Prime
Minister Yitzhak Shamir, whose Likud bloc won a narrow victory in
parliamentary elections, began meeting with representatives of
religious and rightist parties, seeking support for a coalition
1988 Nov 3, The Soviet Union
agreed to allow the teaching of Hebrew.
1989 Nov 3, East German leader
Egon Krenz delivered a nationally broadcast speech in which he
promised sweeping economic and political reforms and called on East
Germans to stay.
1990 Nov 3, Secretary of State
James A. Baker the Third embarked on a fast-paced tour of seven
countries to “lay the foundation” for possible military action
1990 Nov 3, The Kryptos
sculpture, created by sculptor Jim Sanborn, was dedicated in the
courtyard of the CIA headquarters in Virginia.
1990 Nov 3, Mary Martin
(b.1913), Broadway musical actress, died in Rancho Mirage,
California. Her roles included Peter Pan.
1991 Nov 3, Israeli and
Palestinian representatives held their first-ever face-to-face talks
in Madrid, Spain.
1991 Nov 3, Hooded men with
automatic weapons with silencers burst into the inner patio of a
downtown Lima tenement and killed 15 people at a barbecue, including
an 8-year-old boy. The Colina death squad run by Vladimiro
Montesinos was suspected. In 2001 the attorney general asked
Congress to pursue homicide charges against former Pres. Fujimori
for the murders. In 2008 two survivors of the attack testified at
the murder trial of former President Alberto Fujimori.
(SFC, 5/25/01, p.A16)(AP, 1/4/08)
1991 Nov 3, Syria opened its
first one-on-one meeting with Israel in 43 years.
1992 Nov 3, Bill Clinton,
governor of Arkansas, was elected as the 42nd president of the
United States, defeating President Bush, who won 38% of the popular
vote. Clinton won Ohio by 2 percentage points.
(AP, 11/3/97)(HN, 11/3/98)(SSFC, 4/29/01,
p.D1)(Econ, 8/2/08, p.31)
1992 Nov 3, In Illinois
Democrat Carol Moseley-Braun became the first black woman elected to
the U.S. Senate. She lost her Senate seat in 1998.
(AP, 11/3/97)(HN, 11/4/98)
1993 Nov 3, President Clinton
joined his wife, Hillary, in attacking the health insurance
industry. The lobby, accused by the first lady of lying, unveiled a
new TV ad repeating there must be a "better way" than the Clinton
health care reform plan.
1994 Nov 3, Susan Smith of
Union (23), S.C., was arrested for drowning her two young sons, nine
days after claiming the children had been abducted by a black
carjacker. She was convicted on July 22, 1995, of murdering her two
sons, aged 3 and 14 months, when she drove her car into a local
lake. She was later sentenced to life in prison. Smith will be
eligible for parole on November 4, 2024, after serving a minimum of
thirty years. She is currently incarcerated at Leath Correctional
Institution, near Greenwood, South Carolina.
1994 Nov 3, Twelve jurors were
seated at the O.J. Simpson trial in Los Angeles.
1994 Nov 3, The space shuttle
Atlantis blasted into orbit on a mission to survey Earth's ozone
1994 Nov 3, There was a total
solar eclipse in South America (4m23s).
1995 Nov 3, President Clinton
dedicated a memorial at Arlington National Cemetery to the 270
victims of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.
1995 Nov 3, The US Labor
Department reported the nation’s unemployment rate had edged down to
five-point-five percent in October, a seven-month low.
1995 Nov 3, Typhoon Angela
killed at least 500 people in the northern Philippines and 200 were
reported missing. Winds hit the main island of Luzon at 167 mph.
Typhoon “Angela” ripped through the Philippines, killing more than
(WSJ, 11/6/95, p.A-1)(AP, 11/3/00)
1996 Nov 3, Paul Tatum, US
businessman, was assassinated on the steps of a Moscow subway
station in what his relatives suspect was a contract slaying by the
Russian Mafia. He was in a long-running fight to gain control of the
(WSJ, 11/4/96, p.A1)(SFC, 11/5/96, p.A8)(AP,
1996 Nov 3, In Bulgaria in
presidential elections Petar Stoyanov, 44, won with 61.9% of the
(SFC, 11/4/96, p.A11)
1996 Nov 3, Jean-Bedel Bokassa
(75), former self-proclaimed emperor (1967-1979) of the Central
African Republic, died. He was called "the Ogre of Berengo."
(SFC, 11/4/96, p.A22)(MC, 11/3/01)(SSFC, 5/4/03,
1996 Nov 3, In Romania the
opposition party won parliamentary elections ending control by
(WSJ, 11/4/96, p.A1)
1996 Nov 3, In Turkey Abdulah
Catli, a convicted heroin smuggler and terror suspect; Husseyin
Kocadag, a security official and deputy police chief in Istanbul;
and Gonca Us, a gangster mistress, were killed in a car crash in
Susurluk. Sedat Bucak, member of parliament and head of a Kurdish
clan that received funds for providing guards to fight separatist
Kurds, was injured in the same vehicle. The event came to be known
as the Susurluk scandal.
(SFC, 12/10/96, p.A10)(WSJ, 1/26/98, p.A16)
1996 Nov 3, Yevhen Shcherban,
Ukrainian businessman and politician, and his wife were assassinated
at Donetsk Airport by several men posing as police officers.
Prosecutors have stated the murder was intended to eliminate
competition for control of Ukraine’s natural gas industry. In 2002,
eight men were arrested and tried for the murder. All of them were
found guilty, with three receiving life sentences.
1997 Nov 3, The Supreme Court
let California’s Prop. 209 stand and ended affirmative action in the
state. It prohibits state and local governments from using race and
gender based preferences in education, contracting and hiring.
(SFC, 11/4/97, p.A1)(AP, 11/3/98)(Econ, 12/2/06,
1997 Nov 3, Opening statements
were presented in the Oklahoma City bombing trial of Terry Nichols.
1997 Nov 3, The Union Pacific
Railroad was in a log jam in the LA area and shippers were diverting
vessels to other ports.
(SFC, 11/4/97, p.A3)
1997 Nov 3, Chinese President
Jiang Zemin left the United States after an eight-day visit.
1997 Nov 3, In the Cook Islands
some 20 people were missing after a cyclone struck. Typhoon Martin
killed at least 5 people.
(WSJ, 11/4/97, p.A1)(SFC, 11/8/97, p.A16)
1997 Nov 3, In Thailand Prime
Minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh announced that he would step down
later in the week. Stock and currency markets rallied on the news.
(SFC, 11/4/97, p.A8)
1997 Nov 3, In Vietnam typhoon
Linda swept across the south and left almost 100 people dead. As
many as a thousand were missing in fishing boats. The death toll
reached at least 3,406.
(SFC, 11/4/97, p.A8)(SFC, 11/5/97, p.A14)(WSJ,
1998 Nov 3, In national
elections, Democrats gained five House seats, trimming the
1998 Nov 3, Arkansas Gov. Mike
Huckabee (b.1955) was elected in a landslide.
1998 Nov 3, In California Gray
Davis was elected governor over Dan Lungren and Barbara Boxer
retained her Senate seat from Mat Fong. Prop. 5, the Indian casino
gambling issue, also won.
(SFC, 11/4/98, p.A1)
1998 Nov 3, In Minnesota Jesse
“The Body” Ventura, a former wrestler, was elected governor.
(SFC, 11/4/98, p.A3)
1998 Nov 3, The medical
marijuana issue was passed by voters in 4 states. The results from
the District of Columbia were not released.
(SFC, 11/4/98, p.A3)
1998 Nov 3, In Arkansas City,
Kansas, a broken levee on the Walnut River flooded the town and
forced some 2,000 people from their homes.
(SFC, 11/4/98, p.A10)
1998 Nov 3, San Francisco
voters again endorsed the idea of district supervisors. Tom Ammiano
led the Supervisor votes followed by Gavin Newsom, Mabel Teng, Mark
Leno and Amos Brown. Voters approved Prop. E, which called for the
demolition of the Central Freeway east of Market St.
(SFC, 11/4/98, p.A19)(SFC, 11/6/98, p.A21)(SSFC,
1998 Nov 3, The death toll from
Hurricane Mitch grew to 9,000 in Honduras.
1998 Nov 3, In Congo troops
opened fire at a soccer match in Kinshasa and 4 people were killed.
(WSJ, 11/4/98, p.A1)
1998 Nov 3, In Spain Prime
Minister Jose Aznar authorized preliminary talks with the Basque
(SFC, 11/4/98, p.A12)
1999 Nov 3, In Laramie,
Wyoming, Aaron McKinney (22) was convicted of murder in the October
6-7, 1998, beating of gay Wyoming college student Matthew Shepard
(21). Shepard died on October 12, 1998, at Poudre Valley Hospital in
Fort Collins, Colorado. McKinney and Russell Henderson, who pleaded
guilty to kidnapping and murder, were sentenced to life in prison.
McKinney had faced the possibility of being sentenced to death by
lethal injection. A deal was reached after Shepard’s parents agreed
to accept two life terms in prison for their son’s killer.
1999 Nov 3, In Seattle a gunman
killed 2 men, wounded 2 others at the Northlake Shipyard building
and then escaped into a nearby residential area.
(SFC, 11/4/99, p.A3)
1999 Nov 3, In Guatemala 2
campaigners for Alfonso Portillo Cabrera were killed by gunmen.
(SFC, 11/4/99, p.A18)
1999 Nov 3, Kashmiri guerrillas
killed an army major and 5 others at Indian army headquarters in
(SFC, 11/4/99, p.A18)
1999 Nov 3, In Vietnam storms
caused massive flooding in Quang Nam province and 150,000 homes were
under water. The Citadel at Hue was under 10 feet of water.
(SFC, 11/4/99, p.A18)
1999 Nov 3, In Zambia Wazi
Kaunda (47), the son of Kenneth Kaunda, was shot and killed by 4
gunmen at his front gate in Lusaka. Kaunda was a senior official in
the opposition National Independence Party.
(SFC, 11/5/99, p.A17)
2000 Nov 3, Four days before
Election Day, Texas Gov. George W. Bush found himself being peppered
with questions about the revelation that he'd been arrested for
driving under the influence in 1976. Bush supporters accused
Democrats of “dirty tricks,” prompting a denial of involvement from
Vice President Al Gore's campaign. Tom Connolly, a Portland, Maine,
lawyer, said he was the source of the disclosure.
2000 Nov 3, Five people died in
central Texas over the last 2 days in car accidents due to flooding.
(SFEC, 11/5/00, p.A7)
2000 Nov 3, UN officials
brokered a deal between the rebels of Afghanistan and the Taliban to
begin talks to end the civil war.
(SFC, 11/4/00, p.A14)
2000 Nov 3, In Indonesia Hutomo
Mandala Putra (Tommy Suharto) went missing after prosecutors issued
a warrant for his arrest.
(SFC, 11/4/00, p.A14)
2000 Nov 3, Swiss authorities
froze about $50 million in bank accounts tied to Vladimiro
Montesinos, the ex-spy chief of Peru.
(SFC, 11/4/00, p.A13)
2001 Nov 3, The Arizona
Diamondbacks beat the New York Yankees 15-2 to tie up the World
Series at three games apiece.
2001 Nov 3, Arkansas beat
Mississippi 58-56 in seven overtimes in the longest NCAA college
football game in history, one that lasted four hours and 14 minutes.
2001 Nov 3, U.S. Defense
Secretary Donald Rumsfeld met with his Russian counterpart in Moscow
to discuss nuclear arsenal cuts, American plans for a missile
defense system, and U.S.-Russian cooperation in the campaign against
terror. The visit was part of a 4-day tour with stops in Uzbekistan,
Tajikistan, Pakistan and India.
(SSFC, 11/4/01, p.A10)(AP, 11/3/02)
2001 Nov 3, US planes staged
continuous bombing against Taliban positions in Samangan province
and the Northern Alliance pressed toward Mazar-e-Sharif.
(SSFC, 11/4/01, p.A1)
2001 Nov 3, In the Central
African Republic presidential guard units fought soldiers loyal to
the former army chief of staff a day after government forces tried
to arrest the ousted general.
(WSJ, 11/5/01, p.A1)
2001 Nov 3, In Colombia FARC
fighters besieged the town of Paujil and killed 3 police officers. 8
truck drivers were abducted in Casanare province at a roadblock and
3 technicians in the same region.
(SFC, 11/5/01, p.A13)
2001 Nov 3, The Al-Jazeera TV
network broadcast a videotape from Osama bin Laden. He portrayed
that attacks against Afghanistan as a war against Islam and
denounced Arab leaders who cooperate with the UN for peace
negotiations saying that amounted to a renunciation of Islam.
(SSFC, 11/4/01, p.A5,8)
2001 Nov 3, In Singapore the
ruling party won a large majority in general elections. The People’s
Action Party of PM Goh Chok Tong got 75% of the vote.
(SSFC, 11/4/01, p.A17)
2002 Nov 3, Kit Armstrong (10),
pianist and sophomore at a Utah college, performed before a sold out
audience at Stanford's Dinkelspiel Auditorium.
(SFC, 11/4/02, p.D1)
2002 Nov 3, The NYC marathon
was won by Rodgers Rop of Kenya in 2:08:06; Joyce Chepchumba of
Kenya won the women's title in 2:25:55.
(WSJ, 11/4/02, p.A1)
2002 Nov 3, A 7.9 earthquake
hit Alaska 90 miles south of Fairbanks.
(SFC, 11/4/02, p.A2)
2002 Nov 3, Actor Jonathan
Harris (87) died in Encino, California.
2002 Nov 3, In Afghanistan
Pres. Karzai fired over 15 provincial officials for abuse of
authority, corruption and narcotics trafficking.
(SFC, 11/4/02, p.A10)
2002 Nov 3, In Argentina
Leonardo Bertulazzi (51) was arrested. He was believed to be head of
logistics for the Red Brigades, which is blamed for the kidnapping
and assassination of former Italian prime minister Aldo Moro in
2002 Nov 3, Lonnie Donegan
(71), British musician, died. His hits included "Does Your Chewing
Gum Lose its Flavor on the Bed Post Overnight" and "Rock Island
Line" which inspired John Lennon and George Harrison.
(SFC, 11/6/02, p.A34)
2002 Nov 3, Chechen rebels shot
down a Russian military helicopter, killing nine servicemen, after
Moscow said its forces had launched new military action to crush
attempts by the guerrillas to stage "new acts of terror."
2002 Nov 3, Dzhumber Lezhava
returned to Tbilisi, Georgia, ending a nine-year trip around the
world by bicycle.
2002 Nov 3, In India police
killed 2 members of Lashkar-i-Taiba during a gunbattle at a New
Delhi shopping center.
(SFC, 11/4/02, p.A7)
2002 Nov 3, A moderate
earthquake jolted northern Pakistan, killing 17 people and injuring
30, many of them critically.
(AP, 11/3/02)(Reuters, 11/4/02)
2002 Nov 3, Saudi Arabia said
it would not permit bases on its soil in an attack against Iraq and
would not grant flyover rights to US military planes even if the UN
sanctions an invasion. Prince Saud later said a final decision had
not been made.
(SFC, 11/4/02, p.A3)(SFC, 11/5/02, p.A7)
2002 Nov 3, In Turkey the
Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party (AK) won a
parliamentary majority in elections (34.2%), the first time in 15
years that any party has been in a position to govern alone. The
party pledged to wipe out corruption. It also pledged to maintain
the nation's pro-Western stance, quickly moving to soothe worries
that this crucial U.S. ally would undergo a radical shift toward
Islam; Republican People's Party (social democrats): 19.4%; True
Path Party (center-rightist): 9.5%; National Action Party
(nationalists): 8.3%. About 90% of incumbent members of parliament
(AP, 11/4/02)(SFC, 11/4/02, p.A1)(SFC, 11/15/02,
p.J6)(Econ, 7/25/05, p.44)
2002 Nov 3, In northwest Yemen
6 al-Qaida suspects were killed when the car they were traveling in
was struck by a missile from a US Predator drone. Qaed Salim Sinan
al-Harithi, a suspected al-Qaida leader, was among the dead along
with Kamal Derwish, a member of the Lackawanna, NY, sleeper cell.
Militant Abdel-Raouf Naseeb escaped this attack, but was killed by a
drone strike on Dec 24, 2012.
(SFC, 11/5/02, p.A1)(SFC, 11/6/02, p.A15)(SFC,
11/9/02, p.A3)(AP, 11/3/03)(AP, 12/24/12)
2003 Nov 3, The US Congress
voted its final approval for $87.5 billion for U.S. military
operations and aid in Iraq and Afghanistan.
2003 Nov 3, The FDA issued
draft guidelines outlining when drug companies must submit
information on how medicines affect people differently depending on
their genetic makeup.
(WSJ, 11/3/03, p.B1)
2003 Nov 3, A US court
settlement gave Linda Tripp $595,000 from the Defense Dept. to
settle claims that officials leaked personal information. Tripp had
secretly taped Monica Lewinsky's confessions of a sexual affair with
(SFC, 11/4/03, p.A3)
2003 Nov 3, Afghanistan
unveiled a post-Taliban draft constitution.
2003 Nov 3, It was reported
from Burundi that a decade of civil war as well as fighting in
neighboring Congo had decimated the once 300-strong herd of hippos
whose habitat is the marshy Ruzizi River that flows from the
northern end of Lake Tanganyika. In August, the World Wildlife Fund
warned that 185 miles to the north, only 1,300 hippos of the 29,000
recorded 30 years ago remained in and around Lake Edward.
2003 Nov 3, In China Yang Zhiya
(Yang Xinhai, Yang Xinhua), an ex-convict dumped by his girlfriend,
was arrested in northern Hebei province for the stabbing murders of
67 people and 23 rapes. Xinhai was sentenced to death on Feb 1,
2004. He was executed Feb 14.
(AP, 11/15/03)(AP, 2/1/04)(AP, 2/14/04)
2003 Nov 3, Rasul Gamzatov,
Dagestan poet, died in Moscow. He wrote in Avar, a language spoken
by some 500,000 people in Dagestan. He also wrote the prose work "My
(SFC, 11/4/03, p.A21)
2003 Nov 3, The EU condemned
lingering anti-Jewish bias it said was reflected in a new survey,
which found that many Europeans see Israel as a threat to world
2003 Nov 3, Israel's Minister
of the Environment said the Dead Sea is dying, and only a major
engineering effort can save it.
2003 Nov 3, A suicide bomber,
Sabih Abu Saud (16), blew himself up near an army checkpoint in the
West Bank, killing himself but causing no other casualties.
(AP, 11/3/03)(SFC, 11/4/03, p.A10)
2003 Nov 3, Russia's richest
man, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, already jailed on fraud and tax evasion
charges, resigned as head of the Russian oil giant Yukos.
2003 Nov 3, Saudi police
battled militants in the streets of the holy city of Mecca, killing
two of the suspects and uncovering a large cache of weapons. Police
arrested six al-Qaida suspects.
(AP, 11/3/03)(AP, 11/4/03)
2003 Nov 3, Spanish authorities
closed the border with the British colony of Gibraltar before the
arrival of a virus-stricken cruise ship carrying some 2,000
passengers. More than 400 passengers on the ship fell ill with a
norovirus after the ship left Southampton, England, for a
Mediterranean voyage on Oct. 20.
2004 Nov 3, President Bush's
campaign declared victory over Democratic Sen. John Kerry and
claimed a second term in the White House, but Kerry refused to
concede until all ballots were counted in the undecided state of
Ohio. John Kerry conceded defeat to President Bush in make-or-break
Ohio rather than launch a legal fight reminiscent of the contentious
Florida recount of four years earlier. Bush won more votes than any
other president in American history.
(Reuters, 11/3/04)(AP, 11/3/05)(Econ, 8/18/07,
2004 Nov 3, Republicans
tightened their grip on the US Senate adding 4 seats to hold 55.
Democratic Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota lost to Rep. John
(AP, 11/3/04)(WSJ, 11/4/04, p.A1)
2004 Nov 3, Former U.S. Army
Sgt. Charles Jenkins (64) pleaded guilty to abandoning his unit in
1965 and aiding the enemy by teaching English to North Korean
military officer cadets. Jenkins was convicted and sentenced to 30
days in jail for desertion.
2004 Nov 3, A Houston jury
convicted 4 former Merrill Lynch executives and a former mid-level
Enron Corp, executive for a 1999 bogus sale of power plants off the
coast of Nigeria.
(SFC, 11/4/04, p.C3)
2004 Nov 3, Jeremy Jaynes of
North Carolina became the first person in the US to be convicted of
a felony for sending unsolicited bulk email. He was charged in
Virginia because his emails went through an AOL server there. In
2008 the Virginia Supreme Court declared the state’s antispam law
unconstitutional and reversed Jaynes’ conviction.
2004 Nov 3, A National Guard
F-16 fighter plane mistakenly fired off 25 rounds of ammunition at
the Little Egg Harbor Intermediate School in South New Jersey on
2004 Nov 3, Hamid Karzai was
officially declared the winner of Afghanistan's first-ever
presidential election after a 3-week probe into vote fraud found no
grounds to invalidate his triumph.
2004 Nov 3, British scientists
reported an 89% decline since the 1970s in stocks of Antarctic
krill, vital food for marine animals.
(WSJ, 11/4/04, p.A1)
2004 Nov 3, Hungary said it
will withdraw its 300 non-combat troops from Iraq by March 31.
2004 Nov 3, Indian troops
killed five Islamic militants in a fierce gunbattle in
insurgency-hit Kashmir after the rebels barricaded themselves inside
2004 Nov 3, Gunmen abducted a
Lebanese-American contractor who worked with the U.S. Army from his
Baghdad home. 4 Jordanian truck drivers were seized by assailants in
a separate kidnapping. Gunmen also killed an Oil Ministry official,
Hussein Ali al-Fattal, in a driveby shooting.
2004 Nov 3, Liberia's three
former warring factions jointly announced they had disarmed and
disbanded their forces, marking a milestone in a quest for peace in
this battered West African nation after nearly 15 years of war.
2004 Nov 3, Puerto Rico's
delegate to the U.S. Congress, who favors the island's current
status as a U.S. commonwealth, claimed victory in a gubernatorial
race so close that a recount has been ordered.
2005 Nov 3, Vice President Dick
Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis Libby, pleaded not guilty
to a five-count felony indictment in the CIA leak case.
2005 Nov 3, The US released 5
Guantanamo detainees to Kuwait. About 500 captives remained at the
(WSJ, 11/4/05, p.A1)
2005 Nov 3, A state-court in
Atlantic City, New Jersey, found Merck not liable for injuries to an
Idaho man taking Vioxx who had a heart attack. Merck faced some
2,750 more suits in New Jersey, where the company is based.
(WSJ, 11/4/05, p.A1)
2005 Nov 3, Matthew Limon (23)
was released after spending five years in prison following the Oct.
21 Kansas Supreme Court ruling that determined it was
unconstitutional to punish underage sex between homosexuals more
harshly than between heterosexuals.
2005 Nov 3, In Texas convicted
killed Charles Victor Thompson (35) escaped from Harris County Jail.
He was captured Nov 6 in Shreveport, La., drunk and talking on a pay
phone. Thompson had been sentenced to death for the murder of his
ex-girlfriend and her lover in 1998.
(SSFC, 11/6/05, p.A8)(AP, 11/7/05)
2005 Nov 3, The Environmental
Investigation Agency, a London-based environmental watchdog said US
businesses are unwittingly importing illegal Honduran wood,
contributing to deforestation, corruption and social strife in the
Latin American country.
2005 Nov 3, Leaders from
across the Americas headed to Argentina in another attempt to end
Latin America's chronic poverty, with Washington promoting
liberalized trade and opponents fearful that it will allow
corporations to dominate the poor.
2005 Nov 3, R.C. Gorman
(b.1931), Navajo artist, died in Albuquerque, NM. He was dubbed “the
Picasso of American Indian Art” by the NY Times.
(SFC, 11/4/05, p.B6)
2005 Nov 3, Kevin Henry (39),
of Albion, Ca., was murdered by Nathan McWilliams (22) and Trevor
Conley (23) of Ukiah, Ca., near Lake Mendocino following use of
crystal methamphetamine. In 2007 Conley and McWilliams were
sentenced 15 years to life in prison.
(SFCM, 1/20/08, p.17)
2005 Nov 3, North Korea's
abduction of Japanese citizens decades ago took center stage at the
opening of talks in Beijing between the former bitter enemies.
2005 Nov 3, In Ethiopia police
shot and killed three people and wounded 12 others in a fourth day
of protests against disputed parliamentary elections.
2005 Nov 3, European Union
officials said they would investigate a report that the CIA set up
secret jails in Eastern Europe to interrogate top al-Qaida suspects.
The international Red Cross also said it asked the US to let a
representative visit detainees if such a facility exists. At least
10 nations denied that the prisons were in their territory. Human
Rights Watch in New York said it has evidence indicating the CIA
transported suspected terrorists captured in Afghanistan to Poland
2005 Nov 3, Rioting youths shot
at police and firefighters after burning car dealerships and public
buses and hurling rocks at commuter trains. France's government
faced growing pressure to curb the violence, fueled by anger over
poor conditions in suburban Paris housing projects.
2005 Nov 3, In Haiti
demonstrators marched out of two slums and across the capital in
support of former Pres. Rene Preval's bid to regain the presidency
in Dec elections.
2005 Nov 3, The al-Qaida in
Iraq militant group said that it has sentenced to death two Moroccan
embassy employees kidnapped last month in Iraq, the insurgents'
latest attempt to scare Arab nations from sending diplomats.
2005 Nov 3, Israeli soldiers
shot and critically wounded a 13-year-old Palestinian boy who threw
stones at troops patrolling Jenin. The boy died Nov 5. The parents
of the Palestinian boy donated his organs to three Israeli children
waiting for transplants.
(AP, 11/3/05)(AP, 11/5/05)(AP, 11/7/05)
2005 Nov 3, Pakistan reported
that its agents killed one suspected al-Qaida terrorist in a raid in
Quetta and arrested, Mustafa Setmarian Nasar, a Syrian and top
al-Qaida operative sought by the US under a $5 million reward. The
slain suspect was a Saudi named Shaikh Ali Mohammed al-Salim who had
been living with Mustafa Setmarian Nasar, also known as Abu Musab
al-Suri, who allegedly had a role in the March 11, 2004, Madrid
mass-transit bombings. Al-Suri was the author of a 1,600-page opus
titled: “The Call to Global Islamic Resistance.”
(AP, 11/3/05)(AP, 5/2/06)(Econ, 7/14/07,
p.30)(Econ, 2/16/13, p.62)
2005 Nov 3, In the Philippines
the Asian Development Bank warned that a flu pandemic could kill 3
million people in Asia, trigger economic carnage in the region worth
almost $300 billion and push the world into a recession.
2005 Nov 3, Thailand's
government imposed martial law in two Muslim-dominated districts of
its insurgency-wracked south, a day after Islamic separatists staged
a new show of strength with bombings that blacked out a provincial
2006 Nov 3, US Rep. Bob Ney,
R-Ohio, who had pleaded guilty in the Jack Abramoff
influence-peddling investigation, resigned from Congress.
2006 Nov 3, The US Labor Dept.
said the jobless rate fell last month to 4.4%, a 5 year low.
(WSJ, 11/4/06, p.A1)
2006 Nov 3, The film “Borat:
Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of
Kazakhstan” opened nationwide in the US.
2006 Nov 3, US and Canadian
researchers reported that the world's fish and seafood could
disappear by 2048 as overfishing and pollution destroy ocean
ecosystems at an accelerating pace.
2006 Nov 3, The UN weather
agency said heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached
a record high in 2005 and are still increasing.
2006 Nov 3, In Afghanistan NATO
troops backed by warplanes launched a raid north of Kabul, hitting a
compound with eight to 10 suspected Taliban fighters inside in the
Tagab Valley, some 40 miles northeast of Kabul. Taliban fighters
attacked a supply convoy heading to a NATO base in Khost province,
killing two Pakistani drivers and wounding an Afghan driver.
Gabriele Torsello, Italian photojournalist, was released after being
held three weeks by abductors who demanded the withdrawal of Italian
troops from the country.
(AP, 11/3/06)(AP, 11/4/06)
2006 Nov 3, Ben Bradshaw,
Britain’s Fisheries Minister, responded to a major report warning
that stocks could be wiped out by 2048 by ruling out a complete ban
on cod fishing. Bradshaw said that the UK had already taken action
by clamping down on illegal fishing and setting fishing quotas.
2006 Nov 3, Barclays said it
will to pay 144 million dollars to settle litigation arising from
the collapse of US energy trading firm Enron in 2001.
2006 Nov 3, In Chad rebels
intent on toppling Pres. Francois Bozize took the town of Birao.
They appeared to be operating out of the Darfur region of Sudan.
(Econ, 11/11/06, p.54)
2006 Nov 3, Leaders of more
than 40 African nations converged on Beijing for a summit at which
China will seek to bolster its influence on the resource-rich but
economically backward continent.
2006 Nov 3, Egyptian police
found more than 3,000 pounds of explosives buried in two caches in
the Sinai desert, one of them near the Palestinian-controlled Gaza
2006 Nov 3, French conductor
Paul Mauriat (81), whose arrangement of "Love is Blue" topped US
charts in the 1960s, died in Perpignan, France.
2006 Nov 3, In Guatemala
toddler Anyeli Hernandez Rodriguez (b.2004) was snatched. She was
later adopted by a Missouri couple. As of 2012 the US would not
return the girl because the two countries only signed the Hague
Abduction Convention on Jan 1, 2008. The girl left Guatemala on Dec.
(SFC, 5/15/12, p.A2)(http://tinyurl.com/btkmzc6)
2006 Nov 3, In New Delhi,
India, the Bush administration won international approval for US
farmers to use some 5,900 tons of methyl bromide to kill soil pests
in 2008. In 2004 the ozone destroying pesticide was banned by
treaty, except for uses deemed critical.
(SFC, 11/4/06, p.A3)
2006 Nov 3, In Iraq spiraling
violence included the discovery of 56 bodies in Baghdad bearing
signs of torture. US troops acting on intelligence reports raided a
building in Mahmoudiya killing 13 suspected insurgents.
2006 Nov 3, Sultan Mizan Zainal
Abidin (44), a sultan in northeastern Malaysia, was elected the
country's next constitutional monarch under a unique system where
traditional state rulers take turns on the throne for five years.
Mizan, whose state has significant offshore oil and gas resources,
will assume the throne on Dec. 13 as Malaysia's 13th Yang di-Pertuan
Agong, the Malay title of the monarch.
2006 Nov 3, In Mexico Andres
Manuel Lopez Obrador, who refused to accept an election tribunal's
decision that his opponent narrowly won the presidential election,
named his "resistance" government Cabinet.
2006 Nov 3, In northwestern
Pakistan thousands of tribesmen protested a Pakistani airstrike that
killed 80 people at an Islamic school. The seminary was run by
fugitive cleric Liaquat Hussain, whom officials said was an
associate of al-Qaida's No. 2 leader Ayman al-Zawahri. Hussain was
killed in the airstrike. A strike closed shops and halted public
transport in Khar, the Bajur tribal region's main town.
2006 Nov 3, Hundreds of
Palestinian women in robes and headscarves streamed into a Gaza
combat zone to help free gunmen besieged by Israeli troops at a
mosque. Two women who came under fire were killed and at least 10
wounded, but some gunmen managed to escape. The 3-day Israeli
offensive killed 35 Palestinians.
(AP, 11/4/06)(WSJ, 11/4/06, p.A1)
2006 Nov 3, Latin American and
Caribbean nations unanimously endorsed Panama for a seat on the UN
Security Council after Guatemala and Venezuela agreed to withdraw to
break a deadlock that dragged on through 47 votes in the General
2006 Nov 3, Russia proposed
major amendments to a European draft resolution on Iran, saying it
wants sanctions limited to measures that will keep Tehran from
developing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles while keeping the
door open for negotiations.
2006 Nov 3, In Taiwan
prosecutors said they have enough evidence to indict President Chen
Shui-bian on corruption charges in connection with his handling of a
secret diplomatic fund, increasing the pressure on him to resign.
Prosecutors charged Wu Shu-chen, the president’s wife, with
embezzling $450,000 from a fund used for secret diplomacy.
(AP, 11/3/06)(Econ, 11/11/06, p.48)
2006 Nov 3, Sudanese President
Omar al-Bashir said that his government will not relent on its
rejection of UN peacekeeping troops for Darfur. Rebels accused
Khartoum of remobilizing Arab militia after suffering two military
defeats on the Sudan-Chad border.
2006 Nov 3, In Uruguay UN
Secretary-General Kofi Annan praised leaders at the 16th annual
Iberoamerican summit for resolving to make progress on growing
illegal immigration in an increasingly mobile world community.
2007 Nov 3, Agricultural giant
Cargill Inc. said it is recalling over 1 million pounds of ground
beef distributed in the United States because of possible E. Coli
2007 Nov 3, Spacewalker Scott
Parazynski fixed a ripped solar energy panel on the international
space station in a difficult and dangerous emergency procedure that
allowed the crew to extend the wing to its full length.
2007 Nov 3, Boss, a robotic
Chevrolet Tahoe from Carnegie Mellon Univ., won the annual DARPA
sponsored race in San Bernadino County, Ca. 6 of 11 starting
vehicles finished the 10-mile race, designed to simulate a town. No
car finished the first race in 2004.
(Econ, 11/10/07, p.100)
2007 Nov 3, United Auto Workers
agreed to a tentative contract with Ford Motor Co.
2007 Nov 3, Eighteen big rigs
were involved in the massive pileup on Highway 99 just south of
Fresno, Ca., as patches of dense fog obscured visibility on the
heavily traveled roadway. More than 100 cars and trucks crashed,
killing at least two people and injuring dozens more.
2007 Nov 3, Abu Dhabi began
work on building the world's first Ferrari theme park, another step
in the Gulf emirate's ambition to become a global centre for
leisure, sport and culture.
2007 Nov 3, German Chancellor
Angela Merkel made her first visit to Afghanistan and said Berlin
would increase efforts to strengthen the Afghan police.
2007 Nov 3, Egypt's ruling
party appointed President Hosni Mubarak's son to an important new
committee in a move seen as further paving the way for the younger
Mubarak to succeed his father.
2007 Nov 3, In Indonesia
continuous tremors beneath the Mount Kelud volcano, in the heart of
densely populated Java island, became so strong that they could no
longer be read on seismological instruments, leading scientists to
evacuate their posts and warn that an eruption appeared to have
occurred. It was a false alarm but next day the volcano spewed ash.
(AP, 11/3/07)(Reuters, 11/4/07)
2007 Nov 3, Two Iraqi officers
were killed and one was wounded in three separate attacks south of
Baghdad. The Basra police chief escaped an apparent assassination
attempt. Iraqi troops discovered 22 bodies in a mass grave in the
Lake Tharthar area northwest of Baghdad during a joint operation
with US troops. It was the second mass grave found in the area in
less than a month. The US military said that a female soldier was
killed by a roadside bomb south of Baghdad, at least the 90th woman
service member to die since the start of the Iraq war.
(AP, 11/3/07)(AP, 11/7/07)
2007 Nov 3, Al-Qaida's No. 2
figure harshly criticized Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in a new
audio tape, accusing him of being an enemy of Islam and threatening
a wave of attacks against the North African country because it
improved relations with the US.
2007 Nov 3, Je Yell Kim, a
Canadian Christian aid worker who provided dental care for North
Koreans in the northeast part of the country, was taken into custody
by authorities on charges of violating national security. Kim was
released in late Jan 2008.
2007 Nov 3, Pakistan’s
President Gen. Pervez Musharraf launched his 2nd coup and declared a
state of emergency ahead of a crucial Supreme Court decision on
whether to overturn his recent election win and amid rising Islamic
militant violence. Eight Supreme Court judges immediately rejected
the emergency, which suspended the current constitution.
(AP, 11/3/07)(Econ, 11/10/07, p.31)
2007 Nov 3, In Russia some
1,500 people, half of them pensioners, marched through St.
Petersburg chanting anti-Kremlin slogans and banging saucepans in
protest against rising food prices.
2007 Nov 3, Some 5,000 Turkish
Kurds protested against a military incursion into Iraq, saying such
a move would enflame ethnic tensions in the region and plunge the
local economy into ruin. Iraq said it was ready to hunt down and
arrest Kurdish guerrilla leaders responsible for cross-border raids
into Turkey in an effort to avert a major incursion by the Turkish
(AFP, 11/3/07)(Reuters, 11/3/07)
2008 Nov 3, Ali Hamza al-Bahlul
(39), an aide to Osama bin Laden who refused to defend himself at
his Guantanamo war crimes trial, was convicted of three
terrorism-related charges and was sentenced to life in prison. In
2015 a US federal appeals court ruled that the conspiracy case
against Bahlul was legally flawed because conspiracy is not a war
(AP, 11/3/08)(AP, 11/4/08)(SFC, 6/13/15, p.A4)
2008 Nov 3, Circuit City Stores
Inc. said it is closing about 20 percent of its US stores, cutting
thousands of jobs, in an effort to return the nation's No. 2
consumer electronics retailer to profitability. The closure of 155
US stores would put as many as 7,300 employees out of work.
(AP, 11/3/08)(SFC, 11/4/08, p.D1)
2008 Nov 3, In southern
Afghanistan 37 civilians, including women and children, were killed
in international air strikes that hit Wach Baghtu village in Shah
Wali Kot district of Kandahar. 26 insurgents were also reported
killed. In Afghanistan gunmen abducted Dany Egreteau (32), a French
aid worker in Kabul, and shot dead an Afghan man who tried to rescue
him. The Taliban said it was not involved. Afghan and coalition
troops seized 40 tons of hashish during a raid in Nawa Kili village
in southern Kandahar province.
(AFP, 11/3/08)(AP, 11/3/08)(AFP, 11/5/08)(AP,
2008 Nov 3, In Bangladesh Pres.
Iajuddin Ahmed signed an order sending the army back to the
barracks, drawing to an end the state of emergency that began Jan
(Econ, 11/8/08, p.58)
2008 Nov 3, Two of Brazil’s
largest banks agreed to merge in a move to buttress the country’s
financial system. Itau Holding Financeira SA will purchase its
smaller rival Uniao de Bancos Brasileiros SA.
(WSJ, 11/4/08, p.C1)
2008 Nov 3, UK Financial
Investments (UKFI) was set up to mange the British government’s
stakes in rescued banks. John Kingman, a Treasury executive, was
placed in charge.
(Econ, 3/7/09, p.64)
2008 Nov 3, In Iraq PM Nouri
al-Maliki pledged to protect Iraq's Christian minority, which has
faced a spate of attacks this month in the northern city of Mosul.
Parliament approved legislation restoring guaranteed seats on
provincial councils to Christians and other small religious
communities, the last major hurdle to holding provincial elections
next year. A string of bombings in Baghdad and Baqouba killed nine
people and wounded at least 33 others.
2008 Nov 3, General David
Petraeus, the US commander running the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,
held talks with Pakistani leaders who told him to stop US strikes on
militants in Pakistani territory.
2008 Nov 3, The Scottish
government approved controversial plans by US tycoon Donald Trump to
build a huge luxury golf resort on the country's east coast.
2008 Nov 3, Spain's government,
grappling with soaring unemployment and an economy buffeted by the
global credit crunch, announced a plan to help families make
mortgage payments and reward businesses that hire.
2008 Nov 3, Chen Yunlin, the
most senior Chinese official to visit Taiwan since the end of a
civil war 60 years ago, arrived in Taipei on a charter flight from
Beijing for talks on strengthening economic ties, as supporters of
independence for the island staged demonstrations and planned mass
protest rallies against his visit.
2008 Nov 3, Zimbabwean
officials say they have sold almost 4 tons of ivory for over
$450,000 and the money will go to the country's cash-strapped
2009 Nov 3, The US began a new
policy of engagement with Myanmar's ruling military junta, sending
two senior diplomats for the highest-level visit in more than a
2009 Nov 3, Democrats suffered
humiliating gubernatorial losses in traditionally Democratic New
Jersey and in Virginia. In New Jersey Chris Christie still defeated
Gov. Jon Corzine by 4 points — the largest victory by a New Jersey
Republican in nearly a quarter-century. In Virginia Bob McDonnell
cruised to an easy victory in the governor’s race, leading a sweep
of the state’s three top offices that decisively ended a string of
Democratic victories in the state.
2009 Nov 3, In California
Democrat John Garamendi (64) won the US House seat vacated by Rep.
Ellen Tauscher, who has taken an arms control job in the State Dept.
(SFC, 11/6/09, p.A10)
2009 Nov 3, Voters in Maine
repealed a state law that would have allowed same-sex couples to
wed. Gay marriage has now lost in all 31 states in which it has been
put to a popular vote.
2009 Nov 3, NYC voters gave a
narrow win to Mayor Michael Bloomberg over Bill Thompson. Bloomberg
was reckoned to have spent some $100 million to win his 3rd term.
(Econ, 11/7/09, p.30)
2009 Nov 3, In North Dakota 3
female Dickinson State Univ. softball players were found dead after
their sport utility vehicle went into a pond on a farm during a
stargazing trip on Nov 1. Authorities said they likely drove
straight into the water in the dark.
2009 Nov 3, In Philadelphia,
Pa., transit workers went on strike after rejecting a proposed
contract that included an 11.5% wage increase over 5 years.
(SFC, 11/4/09, p.A6)
2009 Nov 3, Warren Buffett's
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. agreed to buy Burlington Northern Santa Fe
Corp., making a $34 billion bet on the future of the US economy.
Berkshire already owned over a fifth of BNSF and took on about $10
billion of Burlington debt bringing the size of the deal to $44
(AP, 11/3/09)(SFC, 11/4/09, p.D1)
2009 Nov 3, New Jersey-based
Johnson & Johnson, the world’s largest health products company,
said it will cut over 7,000 jobs due to lagging demand amid the
(SFC, 11/4/09, p.D2)
2009 Nov 3, Afghanistan's Pres.
Karzai welcomed his new term, by reaching out to opponents and
promising to banish the corruption that has undermined his
administration. In northern Kunduz province, Afghan and
international troops have been fighting for two days to take the
Taliban-held town of Ghor Tapa. About 200 insurgents were holed up
in the town, including foreign fighters, mostly Chechens. 11
insurgents and one Afghan soldier were killed. A "rogue" Afghan
policeman gunned down five British soldiers at a checkpoint in
Helmand province, fuelling growing questions about the Afghan
(AP, 11/3/09)(AFP, 11/4/09)
2009 Nov 3, African countries
boycotted meetings at UN climate talks in Barcelona, saying that
industrial countries had set carbon-cutting targets too low for
reducing global greenhouse gas emissions.
2009 Nov 3, Britain pressed
ahead with a fresh wave of restructuring in its crisis-ravaged
banking system, as Lloyds Banking Group PLC sought at least 21
billion pounds ($34.2 billion) through a record share issue and debt
swap. World stock markets mostly fell amid renewed concerns about
the banking sector after Britain's Royal Bank of Scotland PLC got
more government help and Switzerland's UBS AG booked another massive
2009 Nov 3, The British
government said survivors of the Darfur conflict will no longer be
deported from Britain, after concerns about a deterioration in
conditions in the Sudanese capital. The Home Office said asylum
seekers will have the right to remain in Britain for up to five
years, or until the situation improves in Sudan.
2009 Nov 3, In China a woman
called the "godmother" of a mafia-style gang in the southern city of
Chongqing was sentenced to 18 years in prison for running
underground casinos and bribing government officials.
2009 Nov 3, Senior Lord's
Resistance Army commander Charles Arop, who was implicated in
leading a massacre on Christmas Day that killed at least 143
Congolese, surrendered to the Ugandan military stationed in the
northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
2009 Nov 3, Czech President
Vaclav Klaus signed the EU reform treaty, completing the
ratification process of a charter designed to transform Europe into
a more unified and powerful global player.
2009 Nov 3, In Equatorial
Guinea Simon Mann (57), a British coup-plotter, and four South
African mercenaries, pardoned for attempting the overthrow the
government of the tiny oil-rich African nation, were freed from
prison. Mann, who was born into a world of wealth and privilege, had
been serving a 35-year sentence in Equatorial Guinea for the 2004
2009 Nov 3, Europe's court of
human rights ruled the display of crucifixes in Italian public
schools violates religious and education freedoms under the
continent's rights convention. The court ordered Italy to pay a
$7,390 fine to a mother who has fought for 8 years to have
crucifixes removed from public school classrooms. The Vatican
denounced the ruling.
(AP, 11/3/09)(SFC, 11/4/09, p.A2)
2009 Nov 3, Nokia Siemens
Networks, a joint venture between Finland's Nokia Corp. and Siemens
AG of Germany, said it will lay off up to 5,700 workers globally as
part of a move to cut annual costs by euro500 million ($740
2009 Nov 3, Claude Levi-Strauss
(b.1908), Brussels-born French intellectual, died. He was widely
considered the father of modern anthropology for work that included
theories about commonalities between tribal and industrial
societies. His books included literary and anthropological classics
such as "Tristes Tropiques" (1955), “La Pensee Sauvage” (1962)
published in English as "The Savage Mind" (1963), and "The Raw and
the Cooked" (1964).
(AP, 11/3/09)(Econ, 11/14/09, p.106)
2009 Nov 3, Mexican police and
soldiers killed Miguel Angel Meneses, a federal agent driving one of
three cars that ignored orders to stop in Chihuahua, triggering a
chase and gunbattle. Federal police and navy personnel shot to death
a top Zetas cartel suspect in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz. The
navy said suspect Braulio Arellano Dominguez was the reputed leader
of the Zetas, a gang of hit men tied to the Gulf Cartel.
(AP, 11/4/09)(AP, 11/7/09)
2009 Nov 3, Maj. Gen. Amos
Yadlin, Israel’s military intelligence chief, said Hamas militants
in Gaza have successfully test-fired an Iranian rocket able to reach
Israel's largest urban center. He said the rocket could fly 37 miles
(60km), and strike metropolitan Tel Aviv.
2009 Nov 3, In Morocco US
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced a package of measures
designed to help businesses and non-governmental groups around the
Muslim world. Clinton made the announcement at the sixth Forum for
the Future conference in Marrakech, which she attended for two days.
2009 Nov 3, Mozambique's main
opposition party claimed that polls that gave a landslide victory to
the southern African country's ruling party were rigged.
2009 Nov 3, North Korea said it
has reprocessed 8,000 spent nuclear fuel rods and extracted enough
plutonium to bolster its atomic stockpile, raising the stakes in an
apparent effort to push the US into direct negotiations.
2009 Nov 3, In Pakistan a
passenger train smashed into a cargo train on the edge of Karachi
killing 16 people, including women and children. The army announced
that 21 militants had been killed in the past 24 hours in South
Waziristan and that government forces were continuing to press into
Taliban territory. Militant leader Hakimullah Mehsud spoke to his
followers in a speech broadcast over a wireless radio network. Of
those who do run away, he warned, "Such people will go to hell."
(AFP, 11/3/09)(AP, 11/5/09)
2009 Nov 3, In the Philippines
government troops attacked an Abu Sayyaf camp in the rebels'
southern stronghold before dawn, triggering a five-hour clash in
which five of the al-Qaida-linked militants were killed and one
government militiaman was wounded.
2009 Nov 3, Rwanda said it has
urged the UN to list the Rwandan Hutu rebel group operating in
eastern Congo as a terrorist organization.
2009 Nov 3, Francisco Ayala
(103), Spanish novelist and sociologist, died in Madrid. He was one
of Spain's leading scholars and had gone into exile during the
country's decades of dictatorship. Ayala published his first book,
"Tragicomedia de un hombre sin espiritu" (Tragicomedy of a Man
Without Spirit), in 1925. The collapse of moral order and the
hopelessness of human relations are also common themes in
pessimistic and satirical novels such as "Muertes de Perro" (Death
as a Way of Life) and "El Jardin de Las Delicias" (Garden of
2009 Nov 3, Unidentified gunmen
infiltrated from Yemen and attacked Saudi security guards patrolling
the Mount Dokhan border area. 3 senior security men were killed.
(AP, 11/5/09)(Econ, 11/7/09, p.47)
2010 Nov 3, The United States
announced that it is bolstering its presence in Afghanistan with a
500 million dollar expansion of its Kabul embassy and the
construction of two consulates. Taliban militants carried out two
attacks against Afghan security forces, targeting a police station
and a border patrol in strikes that left nine people dead. NATO said
insurgents killed one service member in the north, while a roadside
bomb killed another in the south. A coalition airstrike killed 5
militants planting a roadside bomb in Khost province.
(AFP, 11/3/10)(AP, 11/3/10)(AP, 11/4/10)
2010 Nov 3, The United States
officially designated Jundallah, shadowy Sunni rebel group, a
foreign terrorist organization, blaming it for a series of attacks
2010 Nov 3, The US Federal
Reserve announced a 2nd round of quantitative easing (QE2) to
invigorate the economy by buying $600 billion more in Treasury bonds
between now and next June in order to drive down interest rates on
mortgages and other debt.
(SFC, 11/4/10, p.C1)(Econ, 11/6/10, p.89)
2010 Nov 3, The US Securities
and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted that unlicensed high-frequency
traders will no longer be able to gain unfettered or "naked" access
to public markets.
2010 Nov 3, In Colorado Richard
Paul (34) was arrested and federal agents seized five pounds of C-4
military explosives from his home in Durango. In Las Vegas Andrew
Kaufman (36) was arrested. In San Diego Navy SEAL Nicholas Bickle
(33) was arrested. They were accused of conspiring to smuggle and
sell weapons to an undercover federal agent in Nevada and Colorado.
Bickle, his close friend Paul, and their associate Kaufman allegedly
sold machine guns for $1,300 to $2,400 each, and handguns for $300
to an undercover federal agent who told them they would be shipped
2010 Nov 3, Federal authorities
in San Diego said they have made one of the largest marijuana
seizures in the United States, confiscating more than 20 tons of pot
that was smuggled into the country through an underground tunnel
connecting warehouses on either side of California's border with
2010 Nov 3, A federal judge in
Reno ordered 6 months of prison time for 2 men who admitted to
shooting wild horses while drinking and leaving them to die.
(SFC, 11/4/10, p.A9)
2010 Nov 3, In San Francisco
tens of thousands of baseball fans flocked downtown to toast the SF
Giants' World Series championship and see their hometown heroes take
a victory lap in a ticker-tape parade.
2010 Nov 3, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Studios Inc, one of Hollywood's most storied film studios, filed for
bankruptcy protection after struggling for years to reduce its debt
2010 Nov 3, Australian
Treasurer Wayne Swan vowed to crack down on "arrogant" banks in an
extraordinary attack as major lenders face mounting anger over
rising interest rates and fees.
2010 Nov 3, Cuban President
Raul Castro joined an American archbishop and other Roman Catholic
leaders to open a national seminary on the outskirts Havana, the
first religious construction on the communist-run island in more
than a half century.
2010 Nov 3, The Czech
Parliament approved a government plan to increase the number of
Czech troops in Afghanistan during the next two years. It allows the
deployment of up to 720 service members in Afghanistan in 2011, and
up to 640 in 2012. The current mandate was no more than 535.
2010 Nov 3, A Paris appeals
court said Callixte Mbarushimana could be extradited to the court in
the Hague, Netherlands, but only on condition that he not be later
sent to Rwanda. Rwanda has the death penalty, which France opposes.
2010 Nov 3, Greece stopped all
airborne parcels headed overseas and screened thousands of packages
in an attempt to stop a spate of bombings blamed on Greek militants
targeting diplomatic missions and European leaders.
2010 Nov 3, Purushottama Lal
(81), Indian poet and publisher, died. He published some 3,500
titles of Indian writers in English.
(Econ, 11/13/10, p.105)
2010 Nov 3, Israel suspended a
special strategic dialogue with London as long as Israeli officials
visiting Britain face possible arrest for suspected war crimes
against Palestinians. The two countries announced the dialogue two
years ago to boost relations. But Israel put them on hold at the
beginning of the year after former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni
canceled a trip to London for fear of arrest.
2010 Nov 3, In Kashmir two
clashes broke out in Srinagar between police and stone-throwing
youths chanting pro-independence slogans. Police said government
forces have killed seven suspected Muslim rebels in four gunbattles
2010 Nov 3, In Mexico police
recovered 18 bodies from a mass grave announced in a YouTube
posting, a video saying the victims were from a tourist group
kidnapped in Acapulco a month ago. In the video two men say they
killed the "Michoacanos" in an act of revenge against La Familia, a
powerful drug cartel based in Michoacan state. Two bodies reported
in the tip were found wearing the same clothes as the pair seen in
the video and were lying on top of the mass the grave.
2010 Nov 3, Northern Nigeria
began deporting hundreds of illegal immigrants from neighboring
Niger, Chad and Cameroon amid tight security and military patrols
over a series of attacks blamed on an Islamist sect. Immigration
officials said they were deported some 700 illegal immigrants to
prevent them from casting votes in next year's presidential
(AFP, 11/4/10)(AP, 11/4/10)
2010 Nov 3, In Pakistan a US
drone attack targeted Islamist fighters in North Waziristan, killing
four militants and blowing their vehicle into a fireball. In
neighboring South Waziristan, a Pakistan army soldier was killed and
two others wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle.
2010 Nov 3, A car exploded
outside the police headquarters of Gaza's Hamas rulers, killing a
Palestinian militant (27) and wounding a second man. Ihab Ghussein,
spokesman for the Hamas-controlled Interior Ministry. The Israeli
military said the target was Mohammed Namnam (25) of the Army of
2010 Nov 3, Viktor Chernomyrdin
(72), former Russian prime minister (1992-1998), died. He served as
the country was throwing off communism and developing as a market
2010 Nov 3, Serbia declared a
state of emergency in the area around Kraljevo after a 5.3
earthquake rattled its central region, killing at least two people
and injuring 50 others.
2010 Nov 3, Slovakia’s
government agreed to deploy up to 348 service members in the
NATO-force in Afghanistan next year, up from the current 299. The
decision still needed parliamentary approval.
2010 Nov 3, Somali pirates
seized the Aly Zoulfecar, a Comoros-flagged ship, en route to the
Tanzanian port city of Dar es Salaam with 29 people on board.
2010 Nov 3, Sudanese
intelligence agents arrested Gaafar al-Subki, a Darfuri journalist
working for one the country's leading independent newspapers,
As-Sahafa. Darfur rebels clashed with government troops in South
Darfur, marking a resumption of fighting after heavy rains had
largely subdued hostilities in Sudan's war-torn west.
(AFP, 11/3/10)(Reuters, 11/4/10)
2011 Nov 3, US Republicans in
the Senate dealt President Barack Obama the third in a string of
defeats on his stimulus-style jobs agenda, blocking a $60 billion
measure for building and repairing infrastructure like roads and
2011 Nov 3, The US Dept. of
Energy reported that the world pumped some 564 million tons more of
carbon into the air in 2010 than it did in 2009, a 6% increase.
(SFC, 11/4/11, p.A3)
2011 Nov 3, Two Afghan guards
were killed when suicide bombers and attackers besieged the offices
of a logistics firm working with NATO forces outside Herat city. 5
insurgents died in the attack.
(AFP, 11/3/11)(SFC, 11/4/11, p.A4)
2011 Nov 3, It was reported
that the discovery of a single sauropod vertebra on James Ross
Island in Antarctica reveals that these behemoths, which included
Diplodocus, Brachiosaurus and Apatosaurus, lived on the continent
about 100 million years ago.
2011 Nov 3, GlaxoSmithKline Plc
said it has agreed in principle to settle several long-standing
disputes with the US government over the way it marketed and
developed drugs, at a cost of $3 billion (1 billion pound), which is
covered by existing provisions. It includes a Department of Justice
investigation into the company's controversial diabetes drug
Avandia, which has been linked to heart risks.
2011 Nov 3, Chinese state media
reported that a Buddhist nun, identified as Qiu Xiang (35), has died
after setting herself on fire, in the 11th case of self-immolation
among Tibetans in western China in recent months.
2011 Nov 3, Chinese rescuers
began battling against the clock to save coal miners trapped
underground in Henan province after a sudden explosion of rocks
killed 8 of their colleagues. The rock burst in Henan happened
moments after a 2.9 magnitude earthquake shook Sanmenxia city, where
the mine is located. 52 miners were rescued over the next 2 days.
Day later 2 miners died from their wounds raising the death toll to
(AP, 11/4/11)(AP, 11/5/11)(AFP, 11/8/11)
2011 Nov 3, Ivar Noergaard
(89), former Danish Economy Minister, died. He had negotiated his
country's 1973 entry into the European Union.
2011 Nov 3, Egypt's military
rulers triggered a new public outcry with a proposal that critics
saw as an attempt to enshrine a supreme political role for
themselves in a new constitution.
2011 Nov 3, French President
Nicolas Sarkozy branded Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu "a liar" in a
private conversation with US President Barack Obama that was
accidentally broadcast to journalists during the G20 summit in
2011 Nov 3, Officials close to
the Greek PM Papandreou said he has scrapped his plan to hold a
referendum on the latest European debt deal for Greece after the
main opposition leader said would back it. A spokesman for Greece's
government says it is prepared to discuss an opposition demand for
the creation of a transitional government to approve the latest
European bailout deal and secure the next installment of rescue
loans for the country.
2011 Nov 3, In Iraq a pair of
near-simultaneous bombings killed 5 security guards who were waiting
in line to pick up their paychecks outside an Iraqi military base
near Baqouba. 26 people were wounded. The dead all were members of
Sahwa, or Awakening Councils, Sunni militia that sided with US
forces against al-Qaida in a major turning point of the war. A
roadside bomb exploded in Baghdad's neighborhood of Karradah,
killing two passers-by. Police who rushed to the scene were hit with
a second blast, killing two policemen and wounding three others. An
American service member was killed while conducting military
operations in northern Iraq.
(AP, 11/3/11)(AP, 11/4/11)(AFP, 11/5/11)
2011 Nov 3, Top UN envoy to
Iraq, Martin Kobler, offered to broker the peaceful closing of out
of Camp Ashraf, a camp of Iranian exiles, before the government in
Baghdad forces its residents out at the end of the year.
2011 Nov 3, Catholic Ireland
announced that it is closing its embassy to the Vatican. Dublin's
foreign ministry said the embassy was being closed because "it
yields no economic return" and that relations would be continued
with an ambassador in Dublin.
2011 Nov 3, Malaysia’s deputy
national police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said a decision to halt the
three-year-old "Seksualiti Merdeka" (Sexuality Freedom) festival set
for November 9-13 has come after Muslims called for it to be banned.
Organizers slammed the move as proof of the repression homosexuals
face in the socially conservative Muslim country.
2011 Nov 3, In Mexico groups of
heavily armed men fired hundreds of shots at each other in the
streets of the border city of Ciudad Juarez, leaving at least six
2011 Nov 3, In central Nigeria
an attack took place on a church in Tabak, a village near Zonkwa,
Kaduna state, leaving 2 people dead and 12 others were injured.
Residents angered by the attack rioted into the next day.
2011 Nov 3, In Northern Ireland
Liam Adams (56), a brother of Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams, was sent
to jail after he was arraigned on 18 charges of raping and
indecently assaulting one of his daughters. He had fled Belfast in
2008 after police charged him with repeatedly abusing his daughter
Aine when she was aged 4 to 10.
2011 Nov 3, Pakistan cricket
authorities said they were more determined to eradicate corruption
from the game after three of their key players were sentenced in
London to jail in a corruption case. Former Test captain Salman Butt
received 30 months, fast bowler Mohammad Asif received one year in
jail and Mohammad Aamer (19) was jailed for six months.
2011 Nov 3, In Pakistan a
suspected US drone fired two missiles at a house in the North
Waziristan tribal region, killing two insurgents from the Haqqani
2011 Nov 3, Palestinians said
Israel has carried out its threat to suspend transfer of tax
payments totaling some $100 million to the Palestinians Authority to
protest this week's admission of Palestine to the United Nations'
cultural agency. 2 Palestinian men were reported killed in clashes
with Israeli forces.
2011 Nov 3, The Philippine
government and Muslim rebels agreed to continue peace talks despite
the Oct 18 clashes that killed 19 soldiers in a southern province.
2011 Nov 3, Saudi authorities
said nearly 2.5 million Muslims have gathered in Mecca ahead of the
annual 5-day hajj pilgrimage, which begins Nov 5.
2011 Nov 3, Somali pirates
freed the MV Blida an Algerian-owned ship with 25 crew members
onboard after 10 months of captivity. The Blida was seized on Jan 1.
2011 Nov 3, Wildlife group WWF
said rhino poaching in South Africa has hit a new record high, with
341 of the animals lost to poachers so far this year as black-market
demand for rhino horn soars.
2011 Nov 3, South Korean police
fired water cannons to disperse more than 2,000 protesters who were
trying to break into the National Assembly as lawmakers debated a
free trade deal with the United States. Protesters said the free
trade agreement would subjugate South Korea's economy and ruin their
2011 Nov 3, Sudan said its army
has captured the key rebel stronghold of Kurmuk in the country's
war-torn border state of Blue Nile.
2011 Nov 3, Syrian troops
killed at least 18 people in a security crackdown in Homs.
2011 Nov 3, Ugandan militiamen,
known as ADF-NALU, launched an overnight attack on a military base
in Mukakira, eastern Congo, in an attempt to free detained leaders.
Nine of the attackers were killed, along with two Congolese
2011 Nov 3, In Vietnam an
Interpol meeting in Hanoi unveiled a campaign to help save the
world's last wild tigers in the 13 Asian countries where they still
exist, winning praise from conservationists.
2011 Nov 3, Human Rights Watch
said Chinese mining companies in Zambia ignore labor protections,
demanding up to 18 hours of labor a day and flouting health and
2011 Nov 3, The Zimbabwean
government, the United Nations and other Western donors launched an
$85 million education fund aimed at improving education in the
country's secondary schools.
2012 Nov 3, Authorities in
Atlanta, Georgia, said a 2-year-old girl was killed and her infant
brother wounded after someone fired gunshots through the door of a
home as they slept alongside their grandmother.
2012 Nov 3, In Atlanta,
Georgia, a police helicopter searching for a runaway boy (9) hit a
power line pole and crashed killing ttwo offices. The boy was found
wnadering on a street a couple of hours after the crash.
(SFC, 11/5/12, p.A4)
2012 Nov 3, In Afghanistan
Rahmatullah Khan, district police chief in Kandahar province, died
while trying to reach a police outpost under Taliban attack.
2012 Nov 3, In Burkina Faso
representatives of an al-Qaida-linked group that controls northern
Mali arrived for talks with President Blaise Compaore, who is trying
to mediate a solution to the conflict in the west African nation. A
second delegation traveled to Algeria for talks with regional
2012 Nov 3, Cuba denounced the
American diplomatic mission on the island for what it called
subversive activities designed to undermine the government of Raul
Castro. US officials acknowledged that the US Interests Section in
Havana does regularly offer free courses in using the Internet to
Cubans who want to sign up.
2012 Nov 3, In Egypt suspected
Islamic militants ambushed police in the northern Sinai Peninsula
killing three in El-Arish.
(SSFC, 11/4/12, p.A4)
2012 Nov 3, Egypt’s antiquities
ministry says that Czech archaeologists have unearthed the
4,500-year-old tomb of a Pharaonic princess south of Cairo. Princess
Shert Nebti's burial site is surrounded by the tombs of four high
officials from the Fifth Dynasty dating to around 2,500 BC in the
Abu Sir complex near the famed step pyramid of Saqqara.
2012 Nov 3, Indonesian
anti-terrorism forces shot and killed an alleged militant and
arrested another in a predawn raid in Central Sulawesi province.
2012 Nov 3, In Iran an
explosion from a land mine left over from the Iran-Iraq war of the
1980s killed six people and injured one. The explosion happened
during a minesweeping operation near the town of Marivan.
2012 Nov 3, In Iran opposition
blogger Sattar Beheshti (35) died while under police custody. On Nov
12 Iran's state prosecutor confirmed that he had died in police
custody and that wounds were found on his body. 3 interrogators
involved in the case were arrested. In August 2014 a policeman
convicted of killing Beheshti was sentenced to 3 years in jail,
another two in exile plus 74 lashes.
(AP, 11/12/12)(AP, 12/1/12)(SFC, 8/8/14, p.A2)
2012 Nov 3, Iraqi insurgents
gunned down three soldiers at a checkpoint in
Taji, 20 km from Baghdad.
2012 Nov 3, In northwest
Pakistan a Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up near a vehicle
carrying the regional head of a government-allied militia, killing
him and five others in the Buner district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
province. Fateh Khan, the head of the local anti-Taliban militia,
was killed along with three guards and two passers-by.
2012 Nov 3, In Somalia a
security guard died while fending off suicide bombers who were
trying to storm into a popular Mogadishu restaurant.
2012 Nov 3, Syrian rebels
launched a dawn assault on Taftanaz airbase, a strategic site in the
north of the country, trying to disrupt strikes by warplanes and
helicopters that pound rebel-held towns and give the regime of Pres.
Bashar Assad a major edge in the civil war.
2013 Nov 3, Bill Schumacher
(b.1937), former Mayor of Daly City, Ca. (1978-1979), died in Palm
2013 Nov 3, Hackers claiming
links to international activist group Anonymous (Anonymous Indonesia
and Anonymous Philippines) defaced dozens of websites belonging to
Australian businesses and Philippine government agencies.
2013 Nov 3, The head of
Bahrain's main opposition group, Ali Salman, was charged with
insulting authorities through an exhibition that showed alleged
abuses against anti-government protesters. A court sentenced four
Shi'ite Muslims to life and six others to 15 years in jail on
charges of setting up a militant cell linked to Iran's Revolutionary
Guard that aimed at assassinating public figures in Bahrain.
(AP, 11/3/13)(Reuters, 11/4/13)(SFC, 11/4/13,
2013 Nov 3, A Bangladesh war
crimes court convicted and sentenced to death in absentia two men
accused of committing atrocities during the country's war of
independence from Pakistan in 1971. Britain-based Muslim leader
Chowdhury Mueen Uddin and Ashrafuzzaman Khan, a US citizen, were
found guilty of the torture and murder of 18 intellectuals during
2013 Nov 3, A Bolivian plane
carrying 18 people crashed while trying to land during bad weather
in Riberalta, killing 8 passengers and injuring the others on board.
2013 Nov 3, China's ruling
Communist Party announced the removal of the military chief of
restive Xinjiang from the region's governing council, following an
Oct 28 car crash in Beijing's Tiananmen Square blamed on Islamist
militants from Xinjiang.
2013 Nov 3, Colombia police
said US and Colombian anti-drugs agents cooperated in a massive bust
in the southern Caribbean that led to the confiscation of 1,450
kilos of cocaine. Four Venezuelans and a Colombian were detained in
2013 Nov 3, Democratic Republic
of Congo's M23 rebels declared a ceasefire in their fight with the
army, in a move they hope will advance peace talks with the
2013 Nov 3, In Egypt gunmen
killed two policemen near Ismailia on the west bank of the Suez
2013 Nov 3, The Greek
government backed away from allowing retailers to trade on any
Sunday after opposition from small retailers and the Orthodox
Church. The government says more Sunday shopping would boost retail
sales in a country struggling to pull itself out of a six-year
2013 Nov 3, Indonesia’s Mount
Sinabung volcano erupted for the third time in as many months on the
western island of Sumatra, forcing hundreds of villagers to
2013 Nov 3, In Kosovo violence
and low turnout in elections underscored the deep divisions in the
territory and dealt a blow to Belgrade, which had sought to further
its EU membership bid by urging ethnic Serbs to vote peacefully.
2013 Nov 3, A Kuwaiti newspaper
reported that a Kuwaiti woman was arrested in Saudi Arabia for
trying to drive her father to hospital.
2013 Nov 3, In Libya 16 people
were wounded in clashes at a prison in Kuafiya prison, Benghazi.
2013 Nov 3, In Mexico 13 people
were killed in shootouts around the northeastern city of Matamoros
in one of the worst recent outbreaks of violence in an area ravaged
by drug gangs.
2013 Nov 3, A boat carrying at
least 70 Muslim Rohingya capsized and sank off the western coast of
Myanmar. Only eight survivors were found.
2013 Nov 3, North Korea
publicly executed around 80 people, many for watching smuggled South
Korean TV shows. A South Korean newspaper reported the executions on
2013 Nov 3, In South Africa 6
people were killed when residents of a township on the outskirts of
Johannesburg attacked a group of suspected gang members. Attackers
gunned down a former senior union official at platinum producer
Lonmin, stoking political and industrial tensions in the nation’s
volatile platinum belt.
(AFP, 11/3/13)(Reuters, 11/6/13)
2013 Nov 3, In Thailand at
least 6 passengers including three foreigners died after a tourist
ferry sank off the Thai resort of Pattaya.
2013 Nov 3, In northern Yemen
at least 3 people were killed in fighting between rival Muslim
clans, bringing the death toll from five days of clashes to 58 as
the government tried to broker a ceasefire.
2014 Nov 3, The US Air Force
fired two commanders and disciplined a third for lapses and
misbehavior at intercontinental ballistic missile bases in North
Dakota and Wyoming.
(SFC, 11/5/14, p.A7)
2014 Nov 3, In NYC the
1,776-foot One World Trade Center opened for business on the site
where the WTC twin towers were decimated in terrorist attacks in
(SFC, 11/4/14, p.A4)
2014 Nov 3, In Massachusetts
Tom Magliozzi (b.1937), the elder brother of NPR’s “Car Talk”
brothers, died. Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers, began their
radio show on WBUR, Boston’s NPR affiliate, in 1977 and went
national in 1987. They stopped taping live in 2012.
(SFC, 11/4/14, p.C3)
2014 Nov 3, Bangladesh's
Supreme Court upheld the death sentence of Mohammad Qamaruzzaman
(62), a senior Islamist leader convicted by a special tribunal last
year for his role in mass killings and other atrocities during the
country's 1971 independence war against Pakistan.
2014 Nov 3, A Bulgarian woman
(39) was rushed to hospital after setting fire to herself outside
the president's office, as Pres. Rosen Plevneliev discussed the
formation of a new government following an inconclusive election
2014 Nov 3, Burkina Faso's
interim President Isaac Zida said that the army would quickly cede
power to a transitional government headed by a consensual leader.
2014 Nov 3, In China a bus
rolled over on Shanghai’s Donghai Bridge, one of the longest
cross-sea bridges in the world, killing six people and injuring 43
2014 Nov 3, Indonesia began
issuing cards to give the poor access to three programs that
included health care, education and cash handouts.
(Econ, 1/10/15, p.54)
2014 Nov 3, In Iraq Islamic
State militants executed at 29 men, 4 women and 3 children of the Al
Bu Nimr tribe in Ras al-Maa, Anbar province.
(SFC, 11/4/14, p.A2)
2014 Nov 3, Israel approved
plans for some 500 new settler homes in occupied east Jerusalem.
Israeli police arrested at least 23 Palestinians in east Jerusalem
overnight and today, in the latest crackdown after months of violent
clashes in the city.
2014 Nov 3, Israel's parliament
passed a law aimed at limiting the practice employed in the past of
releasing Palestinians convicted of killing Israelis to promote
2014 Nov 3, In northwestern
Kenya 4 more refugees were killed, bringing the total number of
people killed over the past week to 8. Violence at the Kakuma camps
were sparked by reports of the attempted rape of a young refugee
girl on Oct 28.
2014 Nov 3, In Libya heavy
fighting broke out near the seaport of the eastern Benghazi city as
the army, backed by forces loyal to a former general, attacked
2014 Nov 3, In northeast
Nigeria a suicide bomber killed himself and 32 people in a
procession of Shi'ite Muslims marking the ritual of Ashoura in
Potiskum, Yobe state. In central Kogi state gunmen using explosives
blew their way into a prison overnight in the city of Lokoja,
killing one person and freeing 145 inmates.
(Reuters, 11/3/14)(SFC, 11/4/14, p.A2)
2014 Nov 3, In Saudi Arabia
gunmen shot dead at least 6 people in eastern al-Ahsa district.
Local residents said it was an attack on Shi'ite Muslim worshippers.
(Reuters, 11/4/14)(AFP, 11/5/14)
2014 Nov 3, In Sierra Leone Dr.
Godfrey George, medical superintendent of Kambia Government
Hospital, died overnight becoming the 5th local doctor to die of
2014 Nov 3, In Switzerland the
bodies of 3 Portuguese citizens were discovered near a train station
in the Swiss Alps town of Wilderswill, amid reports of a
2014 Nov 3, The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said 8 men were beheaded last week and
their bodies hung on makeshift crucifixes in Albu Kamal, Deir Ezzor
province. IS jihadists also decapitated another 3 men, again hanging
their corpses from crosses in the city of Deir Ezzor.
2014 Nov 3, The militant
Islamic State group released 93 Syrian Kurds it captured in February
as they made their way from northern Syria to neighboring Iraq. A
day later Human Rights Watch said Islamic State militants had forced
children as young as 14 to watch videos of beheadings and beat them
with cables during six months of captivity.
2014 Nov 3, The United States
targeted Islamic State militants with five air strikes in Syria and
nine in Iraq over the last 24 hours.
2014 Nov 3, In Thailand Hans
Fredrik Lennart Neij (36), one of the founders of popular
file-sharing website The Pirate Bay, was arrested under an Interpol
warrant as crossed into Thailand from Laos. Neij, along with other
Pirate Bay co-founders, was convicted of aiding copyright
infringement by a court in Sweden in 2009. He fled the country after
being released on bail.
2014 Nov 3, Turkish rescuers
pulled 24 bodies from the sea at the mouth of Istanbul's Bosphorus
strait and rescued seven people after the sinking of a boat carrying
migrants including children. The capsized boat was loaded with 42
illegal migrants from Afghan and Syria.
(Reuters, 11/3/14)(SFC, 11/4/14, p.A2)
2014 Nov 3, Venezuela’s
President Nicolas Maduro said a 15% boost of the minimum wage will
take effect in December to protect workers' salaries from inflation
running at more than 60 percent a year. It follows a 30 percent
boost in April and a 10 percent hike in January. The move came a
week after Maduro boosted military salaries by 45 percent.
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