Today in History - November 9
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694 Nov 9,
Spanish King Egica accused Jews of aiding Moslems and sentenced them
1520 Nov 9, Swedish King
Christian II executed 600 nobles.
1526 Nov 9, Jews were expelled
from Pressburg, Hungary, by Maria of Hapsburg.
1541 Nov 9, Queen Catharine
Howard was confined in the London Tower.
1580 Nov 9, Spanish troops
landed in Ireland.
1623 Nov 9, William Camden
(72), English historian: Brittania Annales, died.
1681 Nov 9, Hungarian
parliament promised Protestants freedom of religion.
1731 Nov 9, Benjamin Banneker
was born in Maryland and grew up a free black man. From his farm
near Baltimore, Banneker spent much of his time studying the stars.
Although he lacked much of a formal education, he taught himself
with borrowed books and became a noted mathematician, astronomer and
inventor. Carving its gears with a pocket knife, he built a wooden
clock in 1770 that was believed to have been the first built in
America. Banneker began publishing scientific almanacs in 1791 after
accurately predicting a solar eclipse. President George Washington
appointed him to the District of Columbia Commission in 1789 to help
survey the new capital city of Washington, D.C. Banneker, who died
in 1806, also corresponded with Thomas Jefferson about his views
1760 Nov 9, Henri-Philippe
Gerard, composer, was born.
1778 Nov 9, Giovanni Battista
Piranesi (58), Italian etcher, died.
1799 Nov 9, Napoleon Bonaparte
instigated coup of 18 Brumaire and declared himself dictator, 1st
consul, of France.
(HN, 11/9/98)(Econ, 9/20/14, p.77)
1801 Nov 9, Gail Borden
(d.1874), inventor of condensed milk, was born in New York.
(ON, 5/04, p.4)(Internet)
1801 Nov 9, Carl Philipp
Stamitz, composer, died.
1802 Nov 9, Elijah P. Lovejoy,
American newspaper publisher and abolitionist, was born.
1812 Nov 9, Paul Abadie, French
master builder (renovated Notre Dame), was born.
1817 Nov 9, Edward Richard
Sprigg Canby, Major General (Union volunteers), was born.
1818 Nov 9, Ivan Turgenev,
Russian author, was born. His work includes “Fathers and Sons” and
“A Month in the Country.”
1821 Nov 9, The 1st US pharmacy
college held 1st classes in Philadelphia.
1825 Nov 9, Ambrose Powell Hill
(d.1865), Lt Gen (Confederate 3rd Army Corp), was born.
1841 Nov 9, Edward VII, King of
England, was born. He succeeded his mother Victoria and served from
1848 Nov 9, The first U.S. Post
Office in California opened in San Francisco at Clay and Pike
streets. At that time there were only about 15,000 European settlers
living in the state.
1850 Nov 9, Lewis Lewin, German
toxicologist and father of psycho-pharmacology, was born.
1853 Nov 9, Stanford White,
architect, was born. His designs include Madison Square Garden and
1854 Nov 9, Franz Liszt's
1857 Nov 9, Atlantic Monthly
magazine was 1st published.
1858 Nov 9, NY Symphony
Orchestra made its 1st performance.
1861 Nov 9, During the Civil
War, soldiers of the Illinois 11th, 18th, and 29th Regiments, after
forcing the Confederates south, set up camp in Bloomfield, Missouri.
Upon finding the newspaper office empty, they decided to print a
newspaper for their expedition, relating the troop's activities.
They called it the Stars and Stripes.
1862 Nov 9, General US Grant
issued orders to bar Jews from serving under him. The order was
1864 Nov 9, Sherman designed
his "March to the Sea."
1872 Nov 9, Fire destroyed
nearly 800 buildings in Boston.
1818 Nov 9, Ivan Turgenev,
Russian author, was born. His work includes “Fathers and Sons” and
“A Month in the Country.” [see Oct 28]
1886 Nov 9, Ed Wynn, actor and
comedian, was born.
1895 Nov 9, In San Francisco
some 20 police officers marched down Sixth Street to the shantytown
known as Dumpville. All the crude dwelling were raised and all that
was combustible was burned.
(SFC, 10/24/15, p.C2)
1898 Nov 9, Some white people
in Wilmington, NC, issued a White Declaration of Independence,
proclaiming "that we will no longer be ruled ... by men of African
1900 Nov 9, Russia completed
its occupation of Manchuria.
1903 Nov 9, Gregory Pincus,
inventor (birth control pill), was born.
1904 Nov 9, 1st airplane flight
to last more than 5 minutes.
1905 Nov 9, Erika Mann,
German-US author (Other Germany) and daughter of Thomas Mann, was
1906 Nov 9, President Theodore
Roosevelt left Washington D.C. for a 17 day trip to Panama and
Puerto Rico, becoming the first president to make an official visit
outside of the US. His trip popularized the Panama hat, a product
actually made in Ecuador and shipped since the 1840s to prospective
gold diggers in Panama. The toquilla straw hats had been made in
Ecuador as long ago as the 17th century.
(HN, 11/9/98)(Econ, 7/19/14, p.33)
1906 Nov 9, Arthur Rudolph,
Nazi-turned-American rocket engineer, was born.
1910 Nov 9, France, Spain,
Norway, Belgium, Germany, Russia, and Great Britain established
diplomatic relations with the new republic of Portugal.
1912 Nov 9, The football team
of Pennsylvania’s Carlisle Indian School, with running back Jim
Thorpe, defeated the Army team, with Dwight D. Eisenhower as
linebacker, 27-6. In 2007 Sally Jenkins authored “The Real
Americans: The Team That Changed a Game, a People, a Nation.”
1913 Nov 9, Storm "Freshwater
Fury" sank 8 ore-carriers on Great Lakes.
1914 Nov 9, Lt. Captain
Hellmuth Karl von Mucke (1892-1957) led a squad of men in 3 small
boats from the German cruiser Emden to destroy the British telegraph
station at Direction Island in the Cocos archipelago. Separated from
the Emden von Mucke commandeered the old schooner Ayesha and led his
men to Padang, where he sunk the Ayesha and took command of the
German merchant SS Choising. They reached Yemen on Jan 8, 1915.
(ON, 4/05, p.4)
1914 Nov 9, The Australian
light cruiser HMAS Sydney wrecked the German cruiser Emden, forcing
her to beach on a reef on North Keeling Island in the Indian Ocean.
1918 Nov 9, Florence Chadwick,
swimmer (Hall of Fame 1970), was born in San Diego, Calif.
1918 Nov 9, Spiro Agnew (d.Sep
17, 1996) was born. He later became governor of Maryland and 39th
vice-president of the US under Nixon (1968-1973) until convicted of
(SFC, 9/18/96, p.A7)(HN, 11/9/98)
1918 Nov 9, Choi Hong Hi
(d.2002), one of the founders of the South Korean Army (1946), was
born in North Korea. He developed the tae kwon do (to kick with the
foot, to strike with the fist, art) martial arts style in the 1940s
and named it in 1955.
(SFC, 7/2/02, p.A17)
1918 Nov 9, Germany was
proclaimed a republic. Kaiser Wilhelm II announced that he would
abdicate. Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands offered him political
asylum and there he lived until his death in 1941.
(AP, 11/9/97)(Econ, 10/25/14, p.85)
1918 Nov 9, Guillaume
Apollinaire (38), [Kostrowitsky], French poet (Alcools), died.
1921 Nov 9, In Italy Mussolini
formed the Partito Nazionalista Fascista.
1923 Nov 9, Dorothy Dandridge,
actress, singer and dancer (Porgy and Bess), was born in Cleveland,
1923 Nov 9, James Schuyler,
poet, novelist and playwright, was born.
1924 Nov 9, Robert Frank,
photographer, was born.
1925 Nov 9, German Nazis formed
the SS (Schutzstaffel- elite special forces).
1928 Nov 9, Anne Sexton
(d.1974), Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, was born. “In a dream you are
(AP, 6/5/00)(HN, 11/9/00)
1932 Nov 9, Nadya Aliluieva
(30), wife of Joseph Stalin, died.
1933 Nov 9, The Civil Works
Administration was created as a short term program designed to carry
the nation over a critical winter while other programs such as the
Federal Emergency Relief Administration were being planned and
1934 Nov 9, Carl Sagan,
American astronomer and writer, was born in Brooklyn. He was
instrumental in robotic space exploration and who made Cosmos, a
documentary about the universe.
1935 Nov 9, United Mine Workers
president John L. Lewis and other labor leaders formed the Committee
for Industrial Organization. The Committee for Industrial
Organization (CIO, later renamed Congress of Industrial
Organizations) was formed to expand industrial unionism.
(AP, 11/9/97)(HN, 11/9/98)
1935 Nov 9, Japanese troops
invaded Shanghai, China.
1936 Nov 9, Mary Travers, folk
singer (Peter Paul & Mary), was born in Louisville, Ky.
1936 Nov 9, In China Ruth
Harkness and her party found a 3-lb giant panda cub, eyes not yet
open, in a hollow tree. They named the cub Su-Lin - Chinese for
"something very cute."
1938 Nov 9, Maurice Bavaud
(25), a Swiss theology student, failed in his attempt to shoot
Hitler at a Nazi parade in Munich. Switzerland, which followed a
policy of neutrality toward Germany before and during World War II,
failed to intervene on Bavaud's behalf, and he was guillotined in
May, 1941, in Berlin's notorious Ploetzensee prison.
1938 Nov 9, Kristallnacht took
place in Germany. Nazi leaders heard that a Jew had shot Ernst vom
Rath, a German diplomat in Paris, and ordered reprisals. Nazis
killed 35 Jews, arrested thousands and destroyed Jewish synagogues,
homes and stores throughout Germany and Austria in what became known
as Kristallnacht. 30,000 Jews were sent to concentration camps. The
event is depicted by Peter Gay in his 1998 book "My German
(AP, 11/9/97)(WSJ, 11/3/98, p.A20)(SFC, 11/10/98,
p.A12)(SSFC, 11/10/13, DB p.46)
1939 Nov 9, "Ninotchka," with
Greta Garbo premiered.
1939 Nov 9, Nobel for physics
was awarded to Ernest O. Lawrence for his work on the cyclotron.
1939 Nov 9, In the
Venlo-incident, German Abwehr killed 2 English agents.
1942 Nov 9, Transport #44
departed with French Jews to Nazi Germany.
1943 Nov 9, Bernhard
Lichtenberg (67), German clergyman and antifascist, died.
1944 Nov 9, Red Cross won the
Nobel peace prize.
1944 Nov 9, The 455-foot Red
Oak Victory ship was launched from Richmond, Ca. It was named after
an Iowa town with the highest number of casualties per capita in WW
II. The Victory ships were successors of the Liberty ships.
(SFC, 9/16/98, p.A20)
1945 Nov 9, FBI agents staked
out a house in Berkeley, Ca., to watch George Eltenton, a suspected
Soviet spy. In 1946 Eltenton admitted that he had tried to obtain
secret data on Berkeley’s radiation lab. Eltenton moved to Britain
(SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F2)
1946 Nov 9, Pres. Truman ended
a wage and price freeze.
1951 Nov 9, Sigmund Romberg
(64), Hungarian-US composer (Blossom Time), died.
Nov 9, Chaim Weizmann (b.1874), Russian-born bio-chemist and 1st
president of Israel (1949-1952), died.
1953 Nov 9, The Supreme Court
upheld a 1922 ruling that major league baseball did not come within
the scope of federal antitrust laws. President Clinton later signed
a bill overturning the labor relations aspect of the antitrust
1953 Nov 9, Welsh author-poet
Dylan Thomas died in New York at age 39 during his poetry-reading
blitz of the US. In 1955 John Malcolm Brinnin (d.1998 at 81), the
man who brought Thomas to America, published "Dylan Thomas in
(SFEC, 5/25/97, p.T5)(AP, 11/9/97)(SFC, 6/29/98,
1955 Nov 9, Michael Gazzo's
"Hatful of Rain," premiered in NYC.
1961 Nov 9, Paddy Chayefsky's
"Gideon," premiered in NYC.
1963 Nov 9, Twin disasters
struck Japan as some 450 miners were killed in a coal-dust
explosion, and 160 people died in a train crash.
1965 Nov 9, Roger Allen LaPorte
a 22 year old former seminarian and a member of the Catholic worker
movement, immolated himself at the United Nations in New York City
in protest of the Vietnam War.
1965 Nov 9, A major power
failure hit the East Coast of the US. New York City experienced a
major blackout just after 5:30 PM. In the great Northeast blackout
several US states and parts of Canada were hit by a series of power
failures lasting up to 13 1/2 hours. Nine Northeastern states and
parts of Canada went dark in the worst power failure in history,
when a switch at a station near Niagara Falls failed.
(HFA, '96, p.42)(SFE, 10/1/95, Z1, p.10)(AP,
1967 Nov 9, Rolling Stone
Magazine, co-founded by Jann Wenner in SF, published its debut issue
with a press run of 40,000 copies. Ralph J. Gleason, SF jazz critic,
helped Wenner fund the 1st issue. In 1998 "Rolling Stone: The
Complete Covers 1967-1997" was edited by Holly George-Warren. In
1977 the company moved its headquarters to NYC.
(SFC, 10/28/97, p.E1)(SFEC, 6/21/98, BR
p.12)(SFC, 12/23/04, p.E16)(SFC, 4/18/09, p.C1)
1967 Nov 9, NASA (National
Aeronautics and Space Administration) launched Apollo 4 into orbit
from Cape Kennedy with the first successful test of a Saturn V
(AP, 11/9/97)(HN, 11/9/98)
1970 Nov 9, Charles De Gaulle
(b.1890), former French president (1959-1969), died. In 1996 Daniel
Mahoney published "De Gaulle: Statesmanship, Grandeur, and Modern
Democracy." Michel Droit (d.2000 at 77) authored the 5-volume
“Man of Destiny” (1972), widely regarded as the most thorough
examination of de Gaulle’s life and work.
(AP, 11/9/97)(WSJ, 1/19/98,
1972 Nov 9, The "Trail of
Broken Treaties" caravan, an Indian protest, ended in vandalism and
chaos at the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington, D.C. The story
is told in the 1996 book "Like A Hurricane, The Indian Movement From
Alcatraz to Wounded Knee" by Paul Chaat Smith and Robert Allen
(SFEC, 1/5/97, BR
1976 Nov 9, Smokey the Bear
(26) died at the Washington DC National Zoo.
1976 Nov 9, The UN General
Assembly approved ten resolutions condemning apartheid in South
Africa, including one characterizing the white-ruled government as
1978 Nov 9, The US Congress
enacted a Gas Policy Act as part of broader legislation known as the
National Energy Act (NEA).
1979 Nov 9, Robert Taylor
(d.2002), British forester, allegedly encountered a UFO in the woods
of Dechmont Law. He took police to the scene 2 days later and
evidence was gathered that gave some support to his claims.
(Econ, 3/31/07, p.95)
1981 Nov 9, In Mauritania the
1980 decree by Pres. Haidalla outlawing slavery was translated into
law, however the legislation failed to criminalize it.
1983 Nov 9, Alfred Heineken,
beer brewer from Amsterdam, was kidnapped and held for a ransom of
more than $10 million. Heineken was freed Nov 30. Cor van Houton,
the kidnapper, was shot to death in 2003.
(HN, 11/9/98)(AP, 1/24/03)
1984 Nov 9, The Vietnam
Veterans statue, “Three Soldiers” by Frederick Hart (1943-1999), was
unveiled in Washington DC on Veterans Day.
(http://www.440.com/twtd/archives/nov09.html)(SFC, 8/18/99, p.C4)
1985 Nov 9, Gary Kasparov
became the world chess champion. He was born in 1963 in Azerbaijan
to an Armenian mother and a Jewish father.
1986 Nov 9, Israel said it was
holding Mordechai Vanunu, a former nuclear technician who had
vanished after providing information to a British newspaper about
Israel's nuclear weapons program. Vanunu was convicted of treason
and sentenced to 18 years in prison. Mordechai Vanunu was later
convicted of giving data on Israel’s nuclear program to a newspaper
and put into solitary confinement until Mar 12, 1988.
(WSJ, 3/13/98, p.A1)(AP, 11/9/99)
1987 Nov 9, Senate Minority
Leader Bob Dole formally announced a bid for the Republican
presidential nomination during a visit to his hometown of Russell,
1988 Nov 9, John N. Mitchell
(b.1913), former Attorney General under Pres. Nixon, died in
Washington. He was a major figure in the Watergate scandal and
served 19 months at a federal prison in Alabama (1977-1979) for his
role in the scandal. In 2008 James Rosen authored “The Strong Man:
John Mitchell and the Secrets of Watergate.”
(AP, 1/19/98)(AP, 11/9/02)(WSJ, 5/24/08, p.W8)
1989 Nov 9, The Berlin Wall
broke open after East German bureaucrat Guenter Schabowski
(1929-2015) pulled a sheet of paper from his pocket and read out a
decree stating that visas would be freely granted to those wanting
to travel outside or leave the Stalinist state. Joyous Germans
danced atop the Berlin Wall. Over its 28-year history at least 136
people were confirmed killed trying to cross the Wall into West
Berlin, according to official figures. However, a prominent victims'
group claimed that more than 200 people were killed trying to flee
from East to West Berlin. Peter Wyden in this year authored "Wall:
The Inside Story of Divided Berlin." In 2004 William F. Buckley
authored "The Fall of the Berlin Wall." In 2014 Mary Elise Sarotte
authored “The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall.”
5/30/96, p.A12)(AP, 11/9/97)(SSFC, 6/24/01, p.A27)(WSJ, 3/18/04,
p.D10)(Econ, 9/27/08, p.25)(Econ, 11/8/14, p.83)(AFP, 11/1/15)
1989 Nov 9, Turgut Ozal became
the 8th president of Turkey elected by the Grand National Assembly
1990 Nov 9, Soviet President
Mikhail S. Gorbachev signed a historic non-aggression treaty with
Germany, winning praise from German leaders in Bonn for his role in
the peaceful fall of the Berlin Wall.
1991 Nov 9, President Bush
returned from a four-day European trip that included a NATO summit.
1991 Nov 9, Police in Hong Kong
forcibly repatriated 59 Vietnamese boat people, carrying them onto a
1991 Nov 9, Singer-actor Yves
Montand died near Paris at age 70. His body was exhumed in 1998 for
DNA tests in a paternity suit filed by Aurore Drossard (22).
(SFC, 3/13/98, p.A17)(AP, 11/9/01)
1992 Nov 9, Visiting London,
Russian President Boris Yeltsin appealed for help in rescheduling
his country's debt, and urged British businesses to invest.
1992 Nov 9, Charles
Fraser-Smith, English inventor (man who never was), died. He was the
gadget-designing genius on whom the character "Q" in the James Bond
novels and movies was modeled.
1993 Nov 9, Vice President Al
Gore and Ross Perot debated the North American Free Trade Agreement
on CNN's Larry King Live.
1993 Nov 9, Edward J. Rollins,
who had managed New Jersey Governor-elect Christine Todd Whitman's
campaign, set off a furor by asserting New Jersey Republicans had
paid money to curb black voter turnout, a claim denied by Whitman
and later retracted by Rollins.
1993 Nov 9, In Bosnia after two
days of concentrated cannon fire at point-blank range, the bridge at
Mostar finally collapsed into the river. Bosnian Serb armed militia
(BSA) fired on a school in Sarajevo and 9 children died.
1994 Nov 9, A day after
Republicans won majorities in both the House and Senate, President
Clinton and the GOP pledged cooperation, even as they started
forming battle lines over irreconcilable differences.
1995 Nov 9, In a pair of
telephone interviews, O.J. Simpson told Associated Press reporter
Linda Deutsch that people have supported rather than shunned him
since his acquittal, and that he has learned that fame and wealth
are illusions: “The only thing that endures is character.”
1995 Nov 9, Yasser Arafat made
a secret trip to Israel to offer condolences to the widow of
assassinated PM Rabin.
(SFC, 11/11/04, p.A18)
1996 Nov 9, Evander Holyfield
upset Mike Tyson to win the WBA heavyweight title in an 11-round
fight in Las Vegas.
1996 Nov 9, President Clinton
used his weekly radio address to condemn the decision of the
nation's distillers to end their voluntary ban on airing hard-liquor
ads, calling it "simply irresponsible."
1997 Nov 9, Poet Anthony Hecht,
74, received the $100,000 1997 Tanning Prize given by the Academy of
American Poets. His works include: “Flight Among the Tombs,” The
Transparent Man,” “The Venetian Vespers,” and “Millions of Strange
(SFEC, 11/10/97, p.E3)
1997 Nov 9, A Boeing 707
jetliner carrying First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton was forced to
return to Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington after a sensor
indicated an engine fire, which turned out to be a false alarm. Mrs.
Clinton left the following day for a tour of Central Asia.
1997 Nov 9, In Alaska a family
of 7 and the pilot of a commuter plane died in a crash in Barrow.
(SFEC, 11/10/97, p.A4)
1997 Nov 9, In Lansdowne, Pa.,
some 200 people picketed in front of the home of Jonas Stelmokas
(81) to protest delays to his deportation. He was accused of being a
former member of the Lithuanian police force that helped Nazis kill
Jews during WW II.
(SFEC, 11/10/97, p.A4)
1997 Nov 9, Carl Hempel
(b.1905), German-born philosopher, died in New Jersey. His work
included “The Function of General Laws in History” (1942). He is
also remembered for formulating the raven paradox, also called
1997 Nov 9, In Algeria
attackers disguised as policemen slit the throats of 28 civilians in
2 separate attacks in the northwest.
(SFEC, 11/10/97, p.A13)
1997 Nov 9, In Thailand former
Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai formed a new government with a
coalition of 8 parties.
(SFEC, 11/10/97, p.A12)
1998 Nov 9, The age of digital
and interactive TV opened with a PBS documentary special, "Chihuly
Over Venice." This was the first high definition digital TV
(SFC, 9/2/98, Z1 p.6) (AP,
1998 Nov 9, A federal judge in
New York approved the richest antitrust settlement in U.S. history,
a promise by leading brokerage firms to pay $1.03 billion to
investors who had sued over a price-rigging scheme for stocks listed
on the Nasdaq market.
1998 Nov 9, US customs
officials found 1,600 pounds of cocaine on one of Bogota’s C-130 in
Florida. Colombia’s air force chief resigned the next day.
(WSJ, 11/11/98, p.A1)
1998 Nov 9, In Bangladesh a
general strike began and police clashed with strikers. An alliance
of 7 opposition parties protested alleged attempts by police to kill
their leader, Khaleda Zia.
(SFC, 11/11/98, p.D4)
1998 Nov 9, The Human Rights
Act 1998, an Act of the Westminster Parliament, made the European
Convention on Human Rights part of the law of all parts of the UK.
It did not come fully into effect until 2 October 2000.
1999 Nov 9, The flight data
recorder from EgyptAir Flight 990 was recovered from the Atlantic
Ocean and shipped to a National Transportation Safety Board
laboratory in Washington.
1999 Nov 9, In Congo government
forces bombed Nkembe. Rebel spokesman Kien-Kiey Mulumba said he
would no longer honor the peace accord after the government killed
100 civilians in 4 days of fighting.
(SFC, 11/10/99, p.A14)(SFC, 11/12/99, p.D2)
1999 Nov 9, With fireworks,
concerts and a huge party at the landmark Brandenburg Gate, Germany
celebrated the tenth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
1999 Nov 9, In Mexico a TAESA
DC-9 jet exploded in flight near Uruapan and all 18 people onboard
(SFC, 11/10/99, p.A14)
1999 Nov 9, Russia’s PM
Vladimir Putin named Dmitry Medvedev first deputy chief of staff to
(WSJ, 2/28/08, p.A14)
1999 Nov 9, In Sri Lanka Pres.
Chandrika Kumaratunga said 4,000 people were driven from their homes
by the rebels and that the military had suffered 101 dead and 743
(SFC, 11/10/99, p.A14)
1999 Nov 9, In Tanzania Mikaeli
Muhimana, an ex-Rwandan official in Kibuye, was arrested in Dar es
Salaam for his role in the 1994 slaughter of Tutsis.
(SFC, 11/10/99, p.A13)
2000 Nov 9, George W. Bush's
lead over Al Gore in all-or-nothing Florida slipped beneath 300
votes in a suspense-filled recount, as Democrats threw the
presidential election to the courts, claiming “an injustice
unparalleled in our history.”
2000 Nov 9, Pres. Clinton met
with Yasser Arafat in Washington in an effort to end the bloodshed
between Israel and Palestine.
(SFC, 11/10/00, p.A16)
2000 Nov 9, Pres. Clinton
established the 293,000-acre Vermillion Cliffs in northern Arizona
as a national monument. He also ordered 661,000 acres of federal
land added to the 54,400-acre craters of the Moon National Monument
in central Idaho.
(SFC, 11/10/00, p.A6)
2000 Nov 9, William Leonard
Pickard (55) and Clyde Apperson (45) of California were indicted by
a grand jury in Kansas City for running a massive LSD laboratory
inside a decommissioned nuclear missile silo in Wamego, Ka. Leonard
was sentenced on November 25, 2003 to two concurrent life sentences
without parole. Apperson was sentenced on November 24, 2003 to 30
years of imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
2000 Nov 9, It was reported
that Cancer drug tests showed that endostatin cut blood to tumors.
It was also reported that statin cholesterol drugs might cut the
risk of dementia as in Alzheimer’s disease.
(WSJ, 11/10/00, p.A1)
2000 Nov 9, Hundreds of
thousands of Germans marched to condemn a wave of right-wing
violence in an “Uprising of the Upright.”
(SFC, 11/10/00, p.A16)
2000 Nov 9, In India
Uttarakhand state was carved out of Himalayan and adjoining
districts of Uttar Pradesh, becoming the 27th state of the Republic
2000 Nov 9, Israeli helicopter
gunships fired missiles at a Palestinian vehicle and killed Fatah
militia leader Hussein Abayat along with 2 nearby women.
(SFC, 11/10/00, p.A1)
2000 Nov 9, In Kosovo 4 Gypsies
were killed in an ambush.
(WSJ, 11/10/00, p.A1)
2000 Nov 9, Mozambique
police killed 10 opposition demonstrators in Maputo. In Montepuez
Renamo opposition supporters stormed a prison and freed 93 inmates.
7 police officers and 18 civilians died in election protests.
(SFC, 11/10/00, p.D2)(SFC, 11/24/00, p.D4)
2000 Nov 9, In Russia the
government announced plans to shrink the 3 million member armed
forces by 600,000.
(SFC, 11/10/00, p.D6)
2001 Nov 9, A federal panel
ordered Amtrak to come up with a liquidation plan.
(SFC, 11/10/01, p.A12)
2001 Nov 9, The US Federal
Election Committee voted 6-0 to recognize the Green Party as a
(SSFC, 11/11/01, p.A15)
2001 Nov 9, In Afghanistan
Northern Alliance forces under Gen. Rashid Dostum claimed the
capture of Mazar-e-Sharif. Looting and killings were reported.
(SFC, 11/10/01, p.A1)(SFC, 11/12/01, p.A3)(SFC,
2001 Nov 9, Hutu rebels in
Burundi abducted 80 teenage boys and 4 teachers from 3 schools in
Ruyigi. Forced recruitment was believed to be the reason. Hundreds
of youths escaped and at least 3 were left dead.
(WSJ, 11/8/01, p.A1)(WSJ, 11/12/01, p.A1)
2001 Nov 9, An Israeli settler
was shot and killed in her car and a Palestinian was shot and killed
as he approached an Israeli army position. In Gaza a 12-year-old
Palestinian boy was wounded and died 3 days later.
(SFC, 11/10/01, p.A12)(SFC, 11/13/01, p.A14)
2001 Nov 9, Jordan’s King
Abdullah II said his country would consider sending troops to
Afghanistan to help the anti-terrorism coalition.
(SFC, 11/10/01, p.A3)
2001 Nov 9, In Morocco
negotiators of over 160 countries reached agreement on a climate
control treaty and set mandatory targets for reducing greenhouse gas
(SFC, 11/10/01, p.A12)
2001 Nov 9, A Pakistani
newspaper published a Nov 7 interview with Osama bin Laden in which
he claimed to have chemical and nuclear weapons.
(SFC, 11/10/01, p.A5)
2001 Nov 9, In Pakistan police
in Dera Ghazi Khan shot and killed 4 protesters during a strike
called by extremist religious parties.
(SFC, 11/10/01, p.A5)
2001 Nov 9, A WTO meeting was
scheduled to start in Qatar. A Sep 27 blueprint called for
concessions from the US, EU and Japan in opening markets for
textiles, steel and agriculture.
(WSJ, 9/28/01, p.A12)
2002 Nov 9, President Bush said
in his radio address that Saddam Hussein faced a final test to
surrender weapons of mass destruction.
2003 Nov 9, In California
Shirley Muldowney (63), 3-time Top Fuel champion, ended her 30-year
racing career with a loss in the 2nd round of the Auto Club NHRA
Finals at Pomona Raceway.
2002 Nov 9, Allan Chu (17) of
Saratoga, Ca., won top honors in a Siemens Westinghouse competition
for his work on a new algorithm to compress Internet data.
(SFC, 11/12/02, p.A17)
2002 Nov 9, In London Rabah
Chehaj-Bias (21), Karim Kadouri (33) Rabah Kadre (35) were arrested
and charged under the Terrorism Act with possessing materials for
the "preparation, instigation or commission" of terrorism.
2002 Nov 9, In Colombia a
teenager (17) hurled a grenade at a bar in Medellin, killing two
people and injuring 18 others.
2002 Nov 9, Iyad Sawalha, a
senior member of the militant Islamic Jihad group, was killed in an
overnight army operation in the West Bank.
2002 Nov 9, Some 450,000
marched through Florence in a protest against globalization and U.S.
policy in Iraq.
2002 Nov 9, A dry winter and a
wet summer ravaged Italy's grapevines, causing the worst harvest in
half a century. Some regions were spared the disasters, like
the area in Tuscany where Chianti is produced and parts of southern
2002 Nov 9, Singapore
opposition leader Chee Soon Juan was released from prison after
serving 5 weeks for trying to hold a May Day rally without a permit
at the entrance to the grounds of the President's official
2003 Nov 9, Endpcnoise.com, a
Vancouver, Washington-based custom outlet, was reported to
specialize in creating nearly silent PCs. These PCs can drop their
noise levels to 25 or 26 decibels, while a human's lowest hearing
threshold is generally considered to be about 20 decibels. A busy
road is about 80 decibels and a quiet bedroom at night is about 30
2003 Nov 9, Art Carney (b.1918)
died in Chester, Conn. He played Jackie Gleason's sewer worker pal
Ed Norton in the TV classic "The Honeymooners" and went on to win
the 1974 Oscar for best actor in "Harry and Tonto."
(AP, 11/11/03)(SFC, 11/12/03, p.A2)
2003 Nov 9, Gordon Onslow (90),
abstract painter, died in Inverness, Ca.
(SFC, 11/13/03, p.A19)
2003 Nov 9, In Sao Paulo,
Brazil, 87 inmates attempted a prison escape through a 390-foot
tunnel. 48 were captured and 8 died when the tunnel collapsed.
2003 Nov 9, Martha Lucia
Ramirez, Colombia's first woman defense minister, resigned and she
refused to take questions from reporters.
2003 Nov 9, Guatemala held
presidential elections. Polls showed that former Guatemala City
Mayor Oscar Berger (57) was statistically tied with center-left
engineer Alvaro Colom (52).
2003 Nov 9, In central Iran a
crowded bus collided with a truck and a second truck then smashed
into the wreckage of the two vehicles, killing 36 people and
wounding 7 others.
2003 Nov 9, In Iraq a US
military police soldier was killed in a rocket-propelled grenade
attack south of Baghdad. In Sadr City Muhanad al-Kaabi, a
US-appointed district chairman, was shot dead following an argument
with a US soldier guarding his council's headquarters.
(AP, 11/10/03)(WSJ, 11/12/03, p.A16)
2003 Nov 9, Israel's Cabinet
narrowly approved a hotly contested prisoner swap with Lebanese
Hezbollah guerrillas, by a 12-11 vote.
2003 Nov 9, Japanese PM
Junichiro Koizumi's ruling bloc won a majority in the country's
parliamentary elections. The opposition made big gains, narrowing
the ruling coalition's majority on parliament and dampening its
hopes for a strong mandate to carry out ambitious economic and
(AP, 11/9/03)(AP, 11/9/08)
2003 Nov 9, In Mauritania armed
security forces arrested Mohamed Ould Khouna Haidalla, the top
losing challenger from presidential elections in this Arab-dominated
desert nation, detaining him after an overnight standoff at his
2003 Nov 9, Palestinian PM
Ahmed Qureia announced the formation of a Cabinet and said he will
present it to parliament this week. It left Yasser Arafat in control
of security forces.
2003 Nov 9, Former Gov. Pedro
Rossello won Puerto Rico's pro-statehood nomination for governor in
a primary, clearing the way for him to run again in the territory's
elections next year.
2003 Nov 9, In South Korea
labor activists and students battled riot police in one of the most
violent protests in years. Dozens were injured. Protesters,
estimated by police at 35,000 and by the labor confederation at
100,000, rallied in central Seoul to protest damages lawsuits that
managers have filed against union leaders accused of staging illegal
2003 Nov 9, Pope John Paul II
in St. Peter's Square beatified two Spaniards, an Italian, a Belgian
and a Frenchwoman.
2003 Nov 9, I was reported that
Tuvalu officials were searching nearby islands for relocation due to
rising sea water. They planned to use some $45 million acquired by
selling the .tv internet suffix.
(SSFC, 11/9/03, p.C6)
2004 Nov 9, Kenny Chesney won
the US Country Music Association album of the year award for "When
The Sun Goes Down" as well as entertainer of the year.
2004 Nov 9, Baseball star Roger
Clemens won his record seventh Cy Young Award.
2004 Nov 9, US Attorney Gen’l.
John Ashcroft and Commerce Sec. Don Evans resigned their posts with
the Bush administration.
(SFC, 11/10/04, p.A1)
2004 Nov 9, It was reported
that repeated injections of paromomycin, a low cost antibiotic,
could cure the parasitic disease black fever, also known as visceral
(SFC, 11/9/04, p.A6)
2004 Nov 9, Iris Chang
(b.1968), author of the 1997 book "The Rape of Nanking: The
Forgotten Holocaust of WW II," died by suicide in California. In
2007 Paula Kamen authored “Finding Iris Chang: Friendship, Ambition
and the Loss of an Extraordinary Mind.” In 2011 Her mother Ying-Ying
Change authored “The Woman Who Could Not Forget: Iris Change Before
and Beyond The Rape of Nanking.”
(Econ, 11/27/04, p.91)(SFCM, 4/17/05, p.5)(SSFC,
11/11/07, p.M1)(SSFC, 5/15/11, p.G1)
2004 Nov 9, Ed Kemmer (b.1921),
TV star, died at Roosevelt Hospital in NYC. He played the heroic
Cmdr. Buzz Corry on the 1950s children's science-fiction television
program “Space Patrol.” After “Space Patrol,” Kemmer broke the
heroic mold by playing villains in episodes of “Perry Mason,”
“Gunsmoke,” and “Maverick.” He spent 19 years as a regular on “The
Edge of Night,” “As the World Turns,” “All My Children,” “Guiding
Light,” and other soaps.
(SFC, 11/17/04, p.B8)
2004 Nov 9, Iraqi authorities
imposed the first nighttime curfew in more than a year on Baghdad
and surrounding areas. US Army and Marine units thrust through the
center of the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah, fighting bands of
guerrillas in the streets and conducting house-to-house searches on
the 2nd day of a major offensive. Some US artillery used white
phosphorous rounds that melted skin. At least 10 American and 2
Iraqi soldiers were killed in the assault. In 2008 a civilian jury
acquitted former Marine Jose Luis Nazario Jr. of voluntary
manslaughter in the killings of 4 unarmed Iraqi detainees during the
Fallujah battle. In 2009 Marine Sgt. Ryan Weemer was acquitted of
murder charges in the killing of an unarmed detainee in Fallujah.
(AP, 11/9/04)(SFC, 11/10/04, p.A1,14)(AP,
8/29/08)(SFC, 4/10/09, p.A6)
2004 Nov 9, In a backlash over
the Fallujah assault the Iraqi Islamic Party withdrew from the
interim government and a leading group of Sunni clerics called for
Iraqis to boycott nationwide elections.
(SFC, 11/10/04, p.A15)
2004 Nov 9, Israeli troops shot
and killed two Palestinians who entered an unauthorized area in the
Gaza Strip. Israeli troops in Nablus clashed with stone throwing
youths, shooting dead a 22-year-old man and seriously wounding
2004 Nov 9, In Ivory Coast
French soldiers killed at least 7 Gbagbo loyalists in a presidential
(WSJ, 11/10/04, p.A1)
2004 Nov 9, In Slovenia Janez
Jansa (b.1956) took office as prime minister. He continued in office
2004 Nov 9, Sudan's government
and rebels agreed to sign fresh accords meant to stop hostilities in
2004 Nov 9, Stieg Larsson
(b.1954), Swedish novelist, died of a heart attack. By 2009 his “The
Millennium Trilogy,” published posthumously, had sold more than 12
million copies around the world. The books centered on the heroine
Lisbeth Salander, a tattooed bisexual waif with autistic tendencies,
a profound distrust of authority, as well as astonishing computer
skills and physical courage. The first book in the trilogy, “The
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” was released as a film in 2010.
2005 Nov 9, Carolina's Erik
Cole became the first player in NHL history to be awarded two
penalty shots in one game. Cole scored on the first, helping the
Hurricanes defeat Buffalo 5-3.
2005 Nov 9, US oil executives
testified before Congress that their huge profits were justified,
but got a skeptical reaction from lawmakers.
2005 Nov 9, Rebels killed seven
police officers and abducted two after ambushing them on a road in
southern Afghanistan. The bodies of two villagers, abducted 2 days
earlier, were found beheaded.
2005 Nov 9, Argentine
prosecutors said a Hezbollah militant has been identified as the
suicide bomber who flattened a Jewish community center in 1994,
killing 85 people in Argentina's worst terrorist attack. Hussein
Berro, a 21-year-old Lebanese citizen who "belonged to Hezbollah,"
was driving the van packed with explosives July 18, 1994. He was
identified by friends and relatives in Detroit, Mich., from a
2005 Nov 9, In Azerbaijan Pres.
Ilham Aliev fired two regional governors for interfering with the
count from last weekend's parliamentary elections.
2005 Nov 9, Thousands of people
rallied in Baku, Azerbaijan, to demand free elections, answering a
call by the opposition movement following weekend parliamentary
balloting that international observers said was flawed.
2005 Nov 9, In Belgium over
half a dozen fires were reported in several cities, including the
capital of Brussels, in the 4th day of vandal attacks, most of which
remained minor. No injuries were reported, and several people were
taken into custody for questioning by police.
2005 Nov 9, Britain’s House of
Commons defeated a crucial provision of the government’s latest
anti-terrorism bill, handing PM Tony Blair his 1st Commons defeat
since he came to power.
(SFC, 11/10/05, p.A12)
2005 Nov 9, In Canada Vancouver
Mayor Philip Owen added his name to the list of those who believe
that marijuana should be decriminalized.
2005 Nov 9, Chinese President
Hu Jintao met Prime Minister Tony Blair as business leaders signed
$1.3 billion in contracts and human rights protesters demonstrated
outside Blair's office.
2005 Nov 9, Europe's first
mission to Venus was successfully launched from the Baikonur
cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and emitted a first signal at the start of
its 163-day journey to the turbulent planet. The Venus Express aimed
to arrive in April 2006.
(AFP, 11/9/05)(Econ, 11/12/05, p.85)(Econ,
2005 Nov 9, Egyptians cast
ballots in their most robustly contested parliamentary election in
more than 50 years, but no one expected the vote to unseat the
long-dominant party of President Hosni Mubarak.
2005 Nov 9, Ethiopia’s PM Meles
Zenawi said that opposition leaders and newspaper editors under
detention will face treason charges, which carry the death penalty
in Ethiopia, for their alleged roles in protests last week in which
at least 46 people were killed.
2005 Nov 9, France's storm of
rioting lost strength with a drop of nearly half in the number of
car burnings. But looters and vandals still defied a state of
emergency with attacks on stores, a newspaper warehouse and a subway
2005 Nov 9, K.R. Narayanan
(85), former president of India (1997-2002), died. He was the first
"untouchable" from India's pernicious caste system to occupy the
office in a validation of the nation's democratic roots.
(AP, 11/9/05)(Econ, 11/26/05, p.100)
2005 Nov 9, Azahari bin Husin,
one of southeast Asia's most-wanted terrorist suspects, was believed
to have been killed when an elite Indonesian anti-terrorism unit
stormed a suspected militant hideout on Java. He was accused of
plotting a series of deadly bombings in Bali.
2005 Nov 9, Muriel Degauque, a
Belgian national married to a Moroccan man, detonated explosives
strapped to her body in a failed attack against US troops.
2005 Nov 9, An employee of the
Sudanese embassy in Iraq was shot dead by armed men who opened fire
on his car in the west of Baghdad.
2005 Nov 9, Archeologists
reported that 2 lines of an alphabet have been found inscribed in a
stone in Israel, offering what some scholars say is the most solid
evidence yet that the ancient Israelites were literate as early as
the 10th century B.C. The stone was found in July, on the final day
of a five-week dig at Tel Zayit, about 30 miles south of Tel Aviv.
2005 Nov 9, Japanese
electronics makers Toshiba Corp. and NEC Electronics Corp. announced
they will jointly develop technology to produce next-generation
semiconductors that are smaller, faster, more efficient and less
2005 Nov 9, Suicide bombers In
Jordan carried out nearly simultaneous attacks on three U.S.-based
hotels in the capital of Amman in what appeared to be an al-Qaida
assault. 2 Americans were among at least 59 people killed and 115
(AP, 11/10/05)(WSJ, 11/11/05, p.A1)
2005 Nov 9, Mexico reported
that consumer prices fell to a record low in October and that
inflation was rapidly approaching the central bank’s target of 3%.
(WSJ, 11/9/05, p.A15)
2005 Nov 9, Negotiators trying
to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear ambitions focused on
the contentious details of how the North will disarm and what it
will get in exchange, with the U.S. and North Korean delegations
holding a separate meeting.
2005 Nov 9, In Semdinli,
Turkey, 2 government intelligence officers and a PKK informant were
caught trying to blow up a bookshop owned by a PKK sympathizer. The
affair was said to have been organized by the “deep state,” a
shadowy coalition of rogue officers and bureaucrats whose powers
were being sapped by EU-inspired laws.
(Econ, 4/15/06, p.54)(Econ, 1/27/07, p.52)
2006 Nov 9, Champion figure
skater Michelle Kwan was appointed America's first public diplomacy
envoy by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
2006 Nov 9, Virginia Republican
Sen. George Allen conceded his defeat to Democrat James Web. Sen.
Conrad Burns conceded the Montana Senate race to Democrat Jon
(SFC, 11/10/06, p.A17)
2006 Nov 9, The Nevada Supreme
Court upheld a Las Vegas city regulation barring erotic dancers from
raunchy physical contact with their customers, in a ruling that runs
counter to the gambling city's sinful reputation.
2006 Nov 9, Perrigo Co., a
major manufacturer of acetaminophen sold by Wal-Mart, CVS, Safeway
and more than 100 other retailers, recalled 11 million bottles of
the widely used pain-relieving pills after discovering some were
contaminated with metal fragments.
2006 Nov 9, Ed Bradley (1941),
former CBS newsman and 60 Minutes journalist, died in NYC of
(SFC, 11/10/06, p.A15)
2006 Nov 9, Afghan and US
troops detained six people, four Afghans, an Arab and a Pakistani in
the city of Khost. Later reports said the detainees included Abu
Nasir al-Qahtani, one of four Arab al-Qaida operatives who escaped
from the US prison in Bagram in July 2005.
(AP, 11/9/06)(AP, 11/13/06)
2006 Nov 9, In Algeria 7
members of the security forces were killed in an ambush during a
cleanup operation in a forest used as a hideout by Islamic
extremists, and 13 others were injured, four of them seriously.
2006 Nov 9, The Economist
Magazine presented its annual Innovation Awards. Winners included
Marvin Caruthers for the development of automated DNA synthesis;
Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom of Skype for the development of
Internet file-sharing and telephony using peer-to-peer technology;
Johannes Poulsen for the commercialization of wind energy; Pierre
Omidyar for the development of electronic marketplace technology;
Hernando de Soto for the promotion of property rights and economic
development; Sam Pitroda for pioneering India’s communications
revolution; and Nicolas Hayek (1928-2010) for revitalizing the Swiss
(Econ, 12/2/06, TQ p.16)(SFC, 6/30/10, p.C5)
2006 Nov 9, In southern China
police armed with shields, clubs and attack dogs fired tear gas on
thousands of villagers protesting what they called a land grab by
officials of Sanzhou village in Guangdong province.
2006 Nov 9, Colombia's Supreme
Court ordered three legislators arrested for their alleged ties to
the country's far-right paramilitaries.
2006 Nov 9, Markus Wolf (83),
who outwitted the West as communist East Germany's long-serving
spymaster, died. Wolf served under Erich Mielke, the hated Stasi
chief, from 1956 until the fall of the Berlin Wall. Wolf detailed a
string of his sagas in his 1997 book "Memoirs of a Spymaster."
(AP, 11/9/06)(Econ, 11/18/06, p.90)
2006 Nov 9, Iraq’s health
minister estimated that 150,000 civilians have been killed in the 3
½ year war. Nearly simultaneous car bombs struck two markets in
predominantly Shiite areas of Baghdad, killing at least 16 people,
as many Iraqis cheered the resignation of US Defense Secretary
Donald Rumsfeld. Iraqi soldiers descended on a building in the city
of Rawah, 175 miles northwest of Baghdad, where they arrested local
al-Qaida commander Abu Muhayyam al-Masri, whose name is a pseudonym
meaning, "the Egyptian." 2 aides, Abu Issam al-Libi, or "the
Libyan," and Abu Zaid al-Suri, "the Syrian," were also arrested,
along with 9 other members of the cell. 3 unidentified bodies were
found in Muqdadiyah. 2 US soldiers and a Marine were killed,
bringing the number of Americans who have died in the country so far
this month to 23.
(AP, 11/9/06)(AP, 11/10/06)(SFC, 11/10/06, p.A20)
2006 Nov 9, Police arrested 50
people across central Italy to break up an organization that
allegedly transported cocaine and heroin from Africa to Europe using
couriers who swallowed drug-filled pellets.
2006 Nov 9, Kyrgyzstan's
President Kurmanbek Bakiyev signed an amended constitution limiting
his own powers in a bid to defuse the deepest political crisis this
Central Asian nation has experienced since the 2005 uprising that
carried him to power.
2006 Nov 9, Mexico City's
assembly passed legislation to legally recognize gay civil unions in
the capital, the first such vote by a legislative body in the
history of the conservative country.
2006 Nov 9, In Mozambique a
regional governor said more than 4,500 foreigners, mostly from
Tanzania, have been expelled for clandestinely mining gold close to
its northern border with Tanzania.
2006 Nov 9, In Nigeria at least
6 hostages escaped from an oil facility where they had been held
along with dozens of other people since armed men raided the
Italian-run pumping station earlier this week.
2006 Nov 9, The UN ranked
Norway as the best country to live in for a sixth consecutive year,
prompting the country's aid minister to tell Norwegians to stop
whining about wanting more.
2006 Nov 9, In Pakistan's part
of Kashmir 5 high-school students who mistook a bomblet for a toy
were fatally wounded when the explosive went off as they played with
it in a field.
2006 Nov 9, Russia’s Supreme
Court overturned the acquittal of three suspects in the killing of
US journalist Paul Klebnikov (2004). The court ordered a new trial
with a new judge.
2006 Nov 9, In Rwanda
Theophister Mukakibibi, a Catholic nun, was sentenced to 30 years in
jail for helping militias kill hundreds of people hiding in a
hospital during the 1994 genocide.
2006 Nov 9, In Sri Lanka at
least 9 vessels were destroyed in a naval clash between Tamil rebels
and Sri Lanka's navy off the northern coast. Rebels claimed they
killed 26 sailors and captured four others.
2006 Nov 9, In southern
Thailand 8 bombs exploded almost simultaneously at car and
motorcycle showrooms, wounding nine people.
2007 Nov 9, In Washington, DC,
Michael Mukasey, a retired federal judge, was sworn in as the 81st
US Attorney General.
(SFC, 11/10/07, p.A3)
2007 Nov 9, Former New York
City police commissioner Bernard Kerik (52) surrendered to face
federal corruption charges, in what could prove to be an ongoing
embarrassment for presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani. The indictment
alleges Kerik made false statements to the White House and other
federal officials during his failed bid to head the Homeland
Security department. The investigation of Kerik arose from
allegations that, while a city official, he accepted $165,000 in
renovations to his Bronx apartment, paid for by a mob-connected
construction company that sought his help in winning city contracts.
2007 Nov 9, Merck & Co.
said it will pay $4.85 billion to end thousands of state and federal
lawsuits over its painkiller Vioxx in one of the largest drug
2007 Nov 9, In Newton County,
Missouri, David Spears (24) and another, unnamed, 24-year-old man,
were arrested in the death of Rowan Ford. Rowan had been missing
since Nov 3. Her body was found on private land about 10 miles south
of the girl's hometown of Stella.
2007 Nov 9, A British soldier
serving in Afghanistan was killed after the vehicle he was traveling
in came off a road and rolled over a bridge. 6 US and 2 Afghan
troops were killed when insurgents ambushed their foot patrol in the
high mountains of eastern Nuristan province. The attack, the most
lethal against American forces this year, put US troop deaths to at
least 101 this year making 2007 the deadliest for US troops in
Afghanistan since the 2001 invasion. In 2014 platoon radio operator
Kyle J. White was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during
the ambush in Nuristan.
(AP, 11/9/07)(AFP, 11/10/07)(SFC, 4/16/14, p.A6)
2007 Nov 9, A Belgian pilot and
three Spanish flight crew were set free by authorities in Chad who
had accused them of complicity in a plot to kidnap 103 children and
take them to France for adoption.
2007 Nov 9, In Kumba, Cameroon,
one person died and five were injured after security forces fired on
a crowd protesting after a two-week-long power cut. Locals had taken
to the streets to protest the arrest of four high school students
following an earlier demonstration.
2007 Nov 9, China froze exports
of the "Aqua Dots" bead toy, following recalls of the potentially
toxic toy in the United States and Australia.
2007 Nov 9, China Merchant
Bank, the country’s 6th largest bank, became the 3rd Chinese bank to
win permission to open a branch in NYC.
(Econ, 11/17/07, p.90)
2007 Nov 9, Egyptian border
guards opened fire on Hana Mohamed (24) of Eritrea after she failed
to heed their warnings to stop south of the Rafah border crossing.
The young woman bled to death after being shot in the legs.
2007 Nov 9, Finland said it
will raise the minimum age for buying guns from 15 to 18 in the wake
of the Nov 7 rampage by a teenage student.
(SFC, 11/10/07, p.A3)
2007 Nov 9, Georgian opposition
leaders said they would end streets protests against President
Mikhail Saakashvili after he called for an early presidential
election for January.
2007 Nov 9, In Ingushetia a
special operation to capture alleged terrorists left a child dead
after soldiers fired on a family of five.
(Econ, 11/29/08, SR p.16)
2007 Nov 9, Former insurgents,
who turned against al-Qaida in Iraq, launched an attack against the
terror group near Samarra and killed 18 of its members, asking the
US military to stay away while the battle raged. The US military
released nine Iranians from custody in Iraq, including two accused
of being members of an elite force suspected of arming Shiite
extremists. It said they were no longer considered security risks.
(AP, 11/9/07)(AP, 11/10/07)
2007 Nov 9, Pakistani police
placed opposition leader Benazir Bhutto under house arrest,
uncoiling barbed wire in front of her Islamabad villa, and
reportedly rounding up thousands of her supporters to block a mass
protest against emergency rule. A suicide bombing at a government
minister's home in the northwestern city of Peshawar killed four
2007 Nov 9, Saudi authorities
beheaded Saudi citizen Khalaf al-Anzi in Riyadh for kidnapping and
raping a teenager.
2007 Nov 9, In Somalia
witnesses and doctors said heavy fighting between insurgents and
Ethiopian troops backing Somalia's shaky government has killed 50
people and wounded 100 others in the past 24 hours.
2007 Nov 9, Turkey's parliament
approved a bill allowing for the construction of nuclear power
plants in the country, despite opposition from environmental groups.
2008 Nov 9, In a record bailout
of a private company the US government scraped its original $123
billion plan to rescue troubled insurance giant American
International Group (AIG) and replaced it with a new $150 billion
financial package, including $40 billion for partial ownership.
(AP, 11/10/08)(WSJ, 11/10/08, p.A1)
2008 Nov 9, Health experts
presented findings of a study, called Jupiter, that found Crestor, a
cholesterol drug made by AstraZeneca, reduced the risk of
heart-related death, heart attacks and other serious cardiac
problems by 44%.
(WSJ, 11/10/08, p.B1)
2008 Nov 9, In Louisiana
Raymond "Chuck" Foster, 44, shot and killed an Oklahoma woman, who
was lured over the Internet to take part in a Ku Klux Klan
initiation, after a fight broke out when she asked to be taken back
to town. The group tried to cover it up by dumping her body on a
rural roadside and setting her belongings aflame. Foster, the local
Klan leader was soon in jail on a second-degree murder charge, and
seven others were charged with trying to help conceal the crime.
2008 Nov 9, A Taliban suicide
attacker rammed a bomb-filled minivan into a NATO military convoy in
Afghanistan, killing two Spanish soldiers and critically wounding
another. Officials said US coalition forces killed 14 militants who
fired on them in Khost province. The province's governor, Arsallah
Jamal, said the 14 men were civilian construction workers and were
2008 Nov 9, A Bahrain-based
Islamic investment bank unveiled plans for a five-billion-dollar
energy sector business hub at Sabratha, Libya.
2008 Nov 9, In Sao Paulo,
Brazil, finance ministers from 20 leading nations (G20) agreed to
boost emerging economies’ role in negotiations to overhaul the
international financial system.
(SFC, 11/10/08, p.D1)
2008 Nov 9, Troubled neighbors
Chad and Sudan exchanged ambassadors, six months after diplomatic
ties were ruptured over tit-for-tat accusations of support for armed
2008 Nov 9, China announced a
$586 billion stimulus package in its biggest move to stop the global
financial crisis from hitting the world's fourth-largest economy.
2008 Nov 9, Doctors struggled
to contain an outbreak of cholera in a sprawling refugee camp near
Congo's eastern provincial capital of Goma, as new fighting ignited
fears that infected patients could scatter and launch an epidemic.
2008 Nov 9, Hurricane Paloma
leveled hundreds of homes along Cuba's southern coast before rapidly
losing steam over land, weakening from a dangerous Category 4 storm
into a tropical depression in less than a day.
2008 Nov 9, Egyptian
authorities denied entry to one of Osama bin Laden's sons and put
him on a plane to Qatar, becoming the third country to reject the
self-proclaimed "ambassador for peace." Omar Osama bin Laden (27)
and his British wife, Zaina Alsabah (52), arrived at Cairo
International Airport over the weekend after he unsuccessfully tried
to seek political asylum in Spain.
2008 Nov 9, Rose Kabuye, Rwanda
Pres. Kagame's chief of protocol, was arrested at Frankfurt airport
on an international warrant issued in 2006 by French anti-terrorism
judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere.
2008 Nov 9, Indonesia boosted
security after three Islamic militants (Imam Samudra, 38, and
brothers Amrozi Nurhasyim, 47, and Ali Ghufron, 48) were executed
for the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people. Emotional
supporters thronged ambulances carrying their caskets through narrow
streets, some calling for revenge.
2008 Nov 9, In Iraq a female
suicide bomber blew herself up at a hospital west of Baghdad,
killing three people and injuring five others. 2 women and a
10-year-old girl were killed in the attack in Amiriyat al-Fallujah
near Fallujah. A roadside bomb in Mosul killed 3 Iraqi soldiers and
wounded 4 others. A bomb attached to a bike in Khalis killed at
least 2 people.
(AP, 11/9/08)(SFC, 11/10/08, p.A12)
2008 Nov 9, Israel and the
Palestinians pledged to continue peace talks that President Bush
launched last year even though a possible deal won't be reached
until after he leaves office.
2008 Nov 9, Pakistani
airstrikes pounded suspected insurgent hide-outs in the Bajur tribal
region bordering Afghanistan, killing 13 alleged militants. A
remote-controlled bomb planted on a motorcycle killed a passer-by
and wounded five others in a market in Sui town in southwest
2008 Nov 9, Southern African
leaders opened a regional summit on Zimbabwe, hoping to break a
deadlock over the allocation of cabinet posts which has prevented
formation of a power-sharing government.
2008 Nov 9, Taiwan’s central
bank cut its key interest rate for the 4th time in less than 8
weeks. The cut was .25%.
(WSJ, 11/10/08, p.A13)
2008 Nov 9, Kuo Te-tsai (42), a
Taiwanese drug trafficker, was arrested at a Thai beach resort with
229 pounds of heroin worth millions of dollars in a joint operation
by American, Taiwanese and Thai drug enforcement authorities.
2008 Nov 9, Zimbabwe's
neighbors failed to break an impasse on forming a unity government,
prompting opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai to appeal to the
African Union to step in.
2009 Nov 9, Pennsylvania Gov.
Ed Rendell said the Philadelphia transit strike has ended and that
system would be up and running for the morning commute.
(SFC, 11/9/09, p.A8)
2009 Nov 9, Tahir Sheikh Fakhar
(56) of Hayward, Ca., was killed early this morning when the big rig
he was driving went off the SF Bay Bridge new S curve, plunging 200
feet onto Yerba Buena Island.
(SFC, 11/10/09, p.A1)(SFC, 11/11/09, p.A1)
2009 Nov 9, US giant Kraft
Foods launched a hostile 9.8-billion-pound takeover bid for Cadbury
which the British confectioner rejected.
2009 Nov 9, General Motors said
that it would invest C$90 million ($85.1 million) to expand a joint
venture plant in Canada where it builds the Chevrolet Equinox and
GMC Terrain crossovers.
2009 Nov 9, The Afghan Ministry
of Public Health said that 710 of the 779 cases of H1N1 reported
since early July have been among Afghan, US and Italian troops. The
11 people who have died from the virus were all Afghans, including
2009 Nov 9, NATO said that 700
members of the Afghan security forces and 50 international troops
were involved in a clearing operation in northern Afghanistan. NATO
said Afghan and foreign troops have killed more than 130 insurgents,
including 8 Taliban commanders, in six days of fierce fighting
during a major offensive in the Charhar Dara district in Kunduz.
2009 Nov 9, In eastern Chad a
French Red Cross staff member was abducted by several armed men,
close to the border with Sudan. Laurent Maurice was freed in Sudan
on Feb 6.
(AFP, 11/10/09)(AP, 2/7/10)
2009 Nov 9, China said it had
put to death nine people over deadly ethnic unrest in its
far-western Xinjiang region, the first executions since the rioting
2009 Nov 9, In China Hu Shuli,
the founder and editor of the 11-year-old Caijing financial
magazine, resigned. He had tackled tough subjects and his departure
cast doubts over greater media independence.
(SFC, 11/10/09, p.A2)
2009 Nov 9, In Colombia at
least nine soldiers were killed and four wounded in combat with
leftist rebels in a mountainous western region.
2009 Nov 9, In central
Indonesia 6.7 undersea earthquake killed one person, injured dozens
and damaged hundreds of houses on remote Sumbawa Island. Local
officials said torrential rains have triggered a series of
landslides on Sulawesi island, killing at least 14 residents and
burying many more.
2009 Nov 9, Lebanon’s PM Saad
Hariri formed Cabinet that included the militant group Hezbollah and
its allies, ending a months long deadlock.
(SFC, 11/10/09, p.A2)
2009 Nov 9, In Malawi two
opposition leaders were convicted of sedition and inciting violence
while campaigning. A judge sentenced each to 20 months in prison
with hard labor. These were the first sedition convictions since the
late dictator Hastings Kamuzu Banda's 1963-1994 rule.
2009 Nov 9, In Mexico gunmen
burst into an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting and opened fire in a
violence-plagued Chihuahua City, killing one person and wounding
four others. In the Pacific coast state of Colima state police
captured Aaron Lopez Garcia (31), a violent gang member who was one
of America's 15 most wanted fugitives by US Marshals.
2009 Nov 9, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber in a rickshaw detonated his explosives near a group
of policemen at an intersection on the main road that circles
Peshawar, killing 3 people. A roadside bomb killed two paramilitary
troops and wounded a third in Salarzai town in the Bajur tribal
region. Militants shot and killed a senior police officer in the
main town of Khar as he was leaving his office. Fighter jets pounded
militant hide-outs in three villages in the Kurram tribal region,
killing eight suspected fighters.
2009 Nov 9, In Saudi Arabia Ali
Sibat (49), a Lebanese psychic who made predictions on a satellite
TV channel from his home in Beirut, was sentenced to death for
practicing witchcraft. He was arrested by religious police in Medina
during a pilgrimage there in May, 2008. In 2010 Saudi authorities
said Sibat would not be beheaded. A 3-judge panel said that there
was not enough evidence that Sibat's actions harmed others. They
ordered the case to be retried in a Medina court and recommended
that the sentence be commuted and that Sibat be deported.
(AP, 11/25/09)(AP, 4/21/10)(AP, 11/13/10)
2009 Nov 9, The EU Naval Force
said pirates in two skiffs fired automatic weapons and
rocket-propelled grenades at the Hong Kong-flagged BW Lion about
1,000 miles (1,600 km) east of the Somali coast. The ship avoided
the attack and no casualties were reported. Some 14 Somali pirates
seized a Yemeni fishing boat, the Al Hilal or Al Halil.
(AP, 11/9/09)(AP, 11/11/09)
2010 Nov 9, President Barack
Obama arrived in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation.
He voiced support for Pres. Yudhoyono's efforts to nurture a rapidly
growing society even in a time when Indonesia has been hit by
earthquakes, a tsunami, and now a volcanic eruption. He also
expressed deep concern that Israelis and Palestinians aren't making
the "extra effort" to secure a breakthrough for achieving Middle
2010 Nov 9, Chevron Corp. said
it will buy Atlas Energy for $4.3 billion giving it a big stake in
natural gas from underground shale formations.
(SFC, 11/10/10, p.D1)
2010 Nov 9, The $60 Activision
Blizzard video game “Call of Duty: Black Ops” was released. It raked
in a record $360 million in the first 24 hours of sales and $650
million in the first 5 days.
(SFC, 11/12/10, p.D3)(Econ, 12/10/11, SR p.3)
2010 Nov 9, Afghan security
forces arrested a member of the deadly Haqqani network and three
other associates after ordering the plane flying him to Saudi Arabia
to return to the capital. A NATO service member was killed in a bomb
attack in the south. In the eastern province of Paktia, militants
killed the chief of Shewak district by blowing up his car with a
roadside bomb. NATO announced the capture of a senior Taliban leader
responsible for attacks in the Dand and Panjwai districts of
Kandahar province, as well as another Taliban member linked to
multiple bombings in the provincial capital. In Zabul province
Afghan and coalition forces captured a Taliban insurgent responsible
for moving weapons and coordinating attacks in the Shahjoy district.
4 policemen were killed in an ambush as they were driving through
Imam Sahib district along the border with Tajikistan. A NATO service
member was killed by a bomb blast in the south.
(AP, 11/9/10)(AP, 11/10/10)
2010 Nov 9, Bangladesh said it
would cap the annual interest rate for microfinance institutions at
(Econ, 11/20/10, p.84)
2010 Nov 9, Brazilian President
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva began a 2-day visit to Mozambique,
focusing on education and health care in his last trip to Africa
before leaving office.
2010 Nov 9, In Brazil
authorities negotiated an end to a rebellion in an overcrowded
prison in the northeastern state of Maranhao after fighting between
rival gangs left 18 inmates dead, including six who were
2010 Nov 9, Londoners Tom
Freeman (26) and Katherine Doyle (26), after having their
application to form a civil partnership rejected by officials at
their local town hall in Islington, north London, said they will go
to court to win the right. They were being backed by gay rights
activists, who hope a ruling that allows straight couples the right
to a civil partnership would mean, in turn, that gay couples have
the right to wed.
2010 Nov 9, China signaled its
intention to drain excess cash from its financial system by
unexpectedly raising the yield on bills at a central bank auction
and announcing new rules to curb hot money inflows.
2010 Nov 9, The WHO said a
polio outbreak in the Congo Republic affected 201 people and caused
104 deaths in the last two weeks. The government in Brazzaville has
declared an emergency and announced plans to vaccinate the entire
(SFC, 11/10/10, p.A2)
2010 Nov 9, Ethiopia's Ogaden
rebels said they had killed more than 200 soldiers in a string of
successful military operations since the beginning of October, a
claim promptly ridiculed by the government.
2010 Nov 9, France's
constitutional watchdog ruled that the bill raising the minimum
retirement age to 62 is perfectly legal, marking a political victory
for Pres. Sarkozy.
2010 Nov 9, French detained 5
people (ages 25-30) suspected of a role in a network that allegedly
sends French citizens to the tribal zone bordering Pakistan and
Afghanistan to train for war. 2 of the five were detained at Charles
de Gaulle airport, north of Paris, on their return from Egypt on Nov
8. Three others were picked up in Paris today. A woman was soon
released. On Nov 13 four men were charged with "criminal association
linked to a terrorist enterprise."
(AP, 11/9/10)(AP, 11/13/10)
2010 Nov 9, France's highest
court authorized a probe into the assets of three African heads of
state, after two rights groups' alleged that the leaders laundered
money through French villas, cars and bank accounts. The probe will
target Gabon's late leader Omar Bongo, the Republic of Congo's
President Denis Sassou-Nguesso and President Teodoro Obiang of
2010 Nov 9, India’s ruling
Congress party sacked 2 officials, Suresh Kalmadi and Ashoka Chavan,
over graft relating to the Commonwealth Games.
(Econ, 11/27/10, p.50)
2010 Nov 9, Ireland's human
rights watchdog appealed to the government to investigate the abuse
of women and girls in prison-style Catholic laundries, an issue left
unresolved by state probes into scandals inside other church-run
institutions. The so-called Magdalene Laundries, a network of 10
workhouses, operated in independent Ireland from the 1920s to the
2010 Nov 9, Jordanians lined up
to cast ballots for a new parliament in a vote that was dominated by
anger at Israel over stalled peace talks and widespread frustration
over an economic crisis. Loyalists of King Abdullah II won a
majority of seats in the next parliament. The Islamist opposition
boycotted the elections in protest of electoral laws they said were
unfair. Votes in the capital carried only a quarter of the weight as
ones cast in the hinterlands.
(AP, 11/9/10)(AP, 11/10/10)(Econ, 11/6/10, p.60)
2010 Nov 9, A judge in Kenya's
second-highest court said that the country does not have
jurisdiction to try pirates if attacks have taken place outside
Kenya's waters, a decision that could harm US and international
efforts to have pirates tried in East Africa.
2010 Nov 9, In Mexico members
of the Inter American Press Association concluded a four-day
assembly in Merida and issued a report citing concerns that both
government censorship and organized crime pose threats to
journalists in the region.
2010 Nov 9, In Mexico a
one-page letter allegedly signed by "La Familia Michoacana" drug
cartel was dropped in the streets of some mountain towns in the
western state of Michoacan. It also showed up as a banner above an
overpass and was sent as an e-mail to reporters. The letter offered
to dissolve the gang if the government promises to protect citizens
2010 Nov 9, Mexican bread maker
Grupo Bimbo, the world’s largest bread maker, said it has agreed to
buy Sara Lee Corp.’s North American bakery business for $959 million
to boost sales outside Mexico.
(SFC, 11/10/10, p.D4)
2010 Nov 9, About 20,000
refugees from Myanmar headed home after fleeing to Thailand as
fighting followed a general election that is certain to keep
Myanmar's military and its allies in power.
2010 Nov 9, Nigerian
authorities announced 23 new arrests announced, bringing the number
of suspected Boko Haram sect members in police custody to 128.
2010 Nov 9, Representatives of
Hamas and the Fatah party of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas
started a meeting in Damascus for reconciliation talks.
2010 Nov 9, Turkey’s Pres.
Abdullah Gul received this year’s Chatham House prize from Britain’s
(Econ, 11/13/10, p.60)
2010 Nov 9, The United Arab
Emirates said it will force Canadians to get a visa to travel to the
Persian Gulf federation as of Jan 2, as ties soured between the
once-close countries. Emirati officials have ratcheted up the
pressure on Ottawa after failing to secure additional landing rights
for their growing government-backed airlines.
2010 Nov 9, A UN report
suggesting North Korea may have supplied Syria, Iran and Myanmar
with banned nuclear technology headed to the Security Council. The
latest report by the so-called Panel of Experts on Pyongyang's
compliance with UN sanctions was delivered to the Security Council's
North Korea sanctions committee in May, but did not move for nearly
six months due to Chinese objections.
2011 Nov 9, US federal
officials said an Eastern European pack of cyber thieves, known as
the Rove group, hijacked at least four million computers in over 100
countries, including at least half a million computers in the US, to
make off with $14 million in "illegitimate income" before they were
caught. The accused hackers, six Estonian nationals and a Russian
national, rerouted the internet traffic illegally on the infected
computers for the last four years in order to reap profits from
internet advertisement deals.
2011 Nov 9, The DJIA fell 389
points as Italy’s borrowing costs soared and talks collapsed in
Greece on forming a new government.
(SFC, 11/10/11, p.D1)
2011 Nov 9, Alabama's Jefferson
County, with debts of $4.2 billion, filed for bankruptcy court
protection in the biggest municipal bankruptcy in US history.
(Reuters, 11/10/11)(Econ, 12/3/11, p.89)
2011 Nov 9, In Berkeley, Ca., 7
people were arrested as police broke up student efforts to build an
Occupy encampment on campus.
(SFC, 11/10/11, p.C1)
2011 Nov 9, In Florida two
offshore powerboat racers died after their catamaran went airborne
at high speed at the opening of the Key West World Championship.
(SFC, 11/10/11, p.A10)
2011 Nov 9, In Belize Larry
Johnson (68), a retired chiropractor from New Mexico, was killed
during a home invasion at the Iguana Creek Resort he owned, 60 miles
west of Belize City. Police soon detained several people for
2011 Nov 9, A Brazilian court
said the construction of the Belo Monte dam can proceed without
additional consultation with indigenous communities.
(SFC, 11/10/11, p.A2)
2011 Nov 9, Thousands of
students marched through London in the latest display of anger
against the government's austerity measures, with large numbers of
police aiming to prevent a repeat of violence and rioting seen last
2011 Nov 9, An independent
report recommended the Ealing Abbey monastery should no longer be
allowed to run St. Benedict's School, a London Roman Catholic school
where pupils were physically and sexually abused over several
decades. Former St. Benedict's headmaster, the Rev. David Pearce,
was jailed in 2009 for abusing boys at the school over a 35-year
2011 Nov 9, In India a court
sentenced 31 Hindus to life imprisonment for killing dozens of
Muslims by setting a building on fire in early 2002 during one of
India's worst rounds of communal violence.
2011 Nov 9, President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad vowed that Iran won't retreat "one iota" from its
nuclear program, denying claims that it seeks atomic weapons. Key
ally Russia gave the Islamic Republic a major boost, rejecting
tighter sanctions despite a UN watchdog report detailing suspected
2011 Nov 9, Iraq's PM Nuri
al-Maliki called on members of Saddam Hussein's former Baath party
to declare their rejection of the party in writing, and threatened
prosecution if they do not.
2011 Nov 9, Israeli warplanes
raided the Gaza Strip after a rocket was fired at southern Israel.
Three Palestinian cars were set ablaze overnight in the West Bank
village of Beit Omar near Hebron and a house sprayed with graffiti.
Hardline Jewish settlers have adopted what they call a "price tag"
policy under which they have attacked mainly Palestinians and their
property in response to Israeli government measures against
2011 Nov 9, Financial markets
pounded Italy sending a clear message that they want Premier Silvio
Berlusconi out immediately despite his plan to stick around a little
2011 Nov 9, Japan’s Toyota
Motor Corp. said it is recalling about 550,000 vehicles worldwide,
mostly in the United States, for problems that could make it harder
to steer. Toyota has received a total of 79 reports about the defect
dating back to 2007, but there have been no reports of accidents or
injuries related to the problems.
2011 Nov 9, In Mexico the
decapitated body of a man was left at the same monument in Nuevo
Laredo where the corpse of a woman, purportedly killed in
retaliation for her postings on an anti-crime website, had been left
previously. A photo of the scene indicates the man was killed for
reporting criminals on social media sites. The naked bodies of six
men and a woman were found on an outdoor basketball court outside
the city of Durango. In Acapulco police found the decapitated bodies
of a man and a woman inside an abandoned taxi. Soldiers in Culiacan
detained Ovidio Limon Sanchez (48), a top operator for the powerful
Sinaloa drug cartel.
(AP, 11/9/11)(AP, 11/10/11)
2011 Nov 9, Human Rights Watch
released an investigative report that accused the Mexican government
of torture, forced disappearances and extra-judicial killings in its
war against organized crime. HRW presented evidence of the police
and army’s role in 24 extrajudicial killings, 39 disappearances and
170 cases of torture since December 2006.
(AP, 11/9/11)(Econ, 11/12/11, p.46)
2011 Nov 9, In Nigeria
organizers said secret police in Nigeria have detained Wale Ajani,
who was helping organize a planned hunger strike over the possible
removal of fuel subsidies. In the northeast suspected members of the
Boko Haram radical Muslim sect killed two civilians in a police
station blast in Mainok.
(AP, 11/9/11)(AP, 11/10/11)
2011 Nov 9, Shell said a
pipeline fire in southern Nigeria has caused a cut in oil production
in the country, with a spill also reported in connection with the
2011 Nov 9, A Russian space
probe aiming to land on a Mars moon was stuck circling the Earth
after equipment failure. Scientists raced to fire up its engines
before the whole thing came crashing down. The unmanned
Phobos-Ground craft was successfully launched by a Zenit-2 booster
rocket just after midnight. On Dec 2 the European Space Agency said
it had abandoned efforts to contact the probe.
(AP, 11/9/11)(SFC, 12/3/11, p.A2)
2011 Nov 9, In Somalia several
armed and masked men shot to death a Somali deputy in front of his
house in the capital Mogadishu.
2011 Nov 9, Syrian troops
killed 16 civilians as they pressed their bloody crackdown on
dissent, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Protesters
threw eggs at a four-man delegation of the Syrian National
Coordination Committee (NCC), headed by Hassan Abdul-Azim, as they
tried to enter the Arab League's headquarters in downtown Cairo. The
Syria-based National Coordination Committee is a rival to the
broad-based Syrian National Council group that was announced in
Turkey in October and rejects all forms of contact with the regime
under the current crackdown.
(AFP, 11/9/11)(AP, 11/9/11)(AFP, 11/10/11)
2011 Nov 9, Tanzanian
opposition leader Freeman Mbowe surrendered to police. Mbowe, who
heads the CHADEMA party, and scores of supporters staged a Nov 7
demonstration in the northern town of Arusha demanding the release
of one of its officials and that President Jakaya Kikwete step down.
2011 Nov 9, In eastern Turkey
another earthquake, measuring 5.7, struck 9 miles (16km) south of
Van. A Japanese aid worker was among 39 people killed by the
earthquake. All the fatalities occurred in the Bayram Hotel and the
low-budget Aslan Hotel. It hit the same region slammed by an Oct. 23
temblor that left 600 people dead.
(AP, 11/10/11)(AP, 11/11/11)(AP, 11/13/11)
2011 Nov 9, In Venezuela
Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (24), who had just
finished his rookie season, was seized from his home in the town of
Santa Ines by kidnappers. Ramos was reported rescued on Nov 11.
(AP, 11/10/11)(AP, 11/11/11)
2012 Nov 9, David Petraeus, the
retired four-star general renowned for taking charge of the military
campaigns in Iraq and then Afghanistan, abruptly resigned as
director of the CIA, admitting to an extramarital affair. Petraeus
carried on the affair with his biographer and reserve Army officer
2012 Nov 9, In Colorado police
officer James Davies (35) died after he was shot by another officer
while responding to a crime scene in Lakewood, a Denver suburb.
(SFC, 11/10/12, p.A4)
2012 Nov 9, In Texas a federal
indictment named 34 members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas for
crimes that included murder, kidnapping, arson, gambling and drug
trafficking. Dozens of members were arrested.
(SFC, 11/10/12, p.A4)
2012 Nov 9, In eastern
Afghanistan a NATO service member was killed in an insurgent attack.
Another died as a result of a non-battle related injury in the
2012 Nov 9, An Algerian
military cargo plane crashed in southern France with six people
aboard. The plane returning to Algeria carried five military
personnel and one official of the Algerian national bank.
2012 Nov 9, The Australian
government said it has abandoned its 5-year-old pledge to mandate a
filter blocking child pornography and other objectionable Internet
content. Instead service providers have agreed to block a list of
(SFC, 11/9/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 9, Britain’s PM David
Cameron announced that Justin Welby (56), ordained in 1992 with a
background in the oil industry and in conflict resolution, has been
appointed succeed Rowan Williams as the next Archbishop of
2012 Nov 9, PM David Cameron's
government announced that Britain will halt all aid spending in
India in 2015 in a significant shift in relations between the
emerging economic giant and its former colonial ruler.
2012 Nov 9, In China Wang Yang,
a senior Communist Party leader, said asset disclosure for Chinese
officials is likely to be slowly phased in over time, as the
government grapples with the fraught task of rooting out the
corruption that has fed widespread public anger.
2012 Nov 9, The Congolese army
attacked M23 rebel positions, ending a two-month ceasefire. The next
day an M23 spokesman said 10 civilians were killed when government
forces fired on the rebel base in Kitagoma, in eastern Congo.
2012 Nov 9, In Egypt over
10,000 ultraconservative Muslims demonstrated in downtown Cairo to
demand that the new constitution be based on the rulings of Islamic
law, or Shariah.
2012 Nov 9, Negotiations over
next year's European Union budget collapsed after a dispute between
member states and the European Commission over a shortfall in the
2012 Nov 9, Guinea treasury
chief Aissatou Boiro was gunned down as she was driving home in
Conakry. She had launched an investigation into the loss of 13
million francs ($1.8 million) which went missing from the state
coffers. On Dec 28 officials said they had arrested two suspects in
(AP, 11/11/12)(AP, 12/28/12)
2012 Nov 9, Mexican prosecutors
charged 14 federal police officers with trying to kill two CIA
agents and a Mexican navy captain in an August 24 ambush south of
2012 Nov 9, In Myanmar a tanker
train exploded some 500 miles north of Rangoon killing 25 people and
injuring over 90 others. Dozens had rushed to skim fuel from
overturned carriages before the blast.
(SSFC, 11/11/12, p.A9)
2012 Nov 9, New Zealand's
government said that it would not sign on for a second stage of the
Kyoto Protocol climate treaty, a stance that angered
environmentalists and political opponents. Climate change minister
Tim Groser said the country would be better served in the future by
joining the US, China and others in a nonbinding climate pledge
under the United Nations Framework Convention. The Kyoto 2 treaty
will run from 2013 to 2020.
2012 Nov 9, A Polish university
researcher driven by nationalistic and anti-Semitic hatred was
arrested for planning to detonate a four-ton bomb in front of the
Parliament building in Warsaw with the president, prime minister,
government ministers and lawmakers inside.
2012 Nov 9, In Qatar Syria's
main opposition group in exile elected George Sabra, a left-wing
veteran dissident born into a Christian family, as its new
2012 Nov 9, South African
police with bulldozers destroyed homes in Lenasia township that
authorities say were constructed on illegally sold land, despite
efforts by protesters to stop the demolition. About 7 houses were
demolished by midday, bringing to about 44 the number of houses
destroyed since last week.
2012 Nov 9, A South Africa
court sentenced a Thai national to 40 years in prison for selling
rhino horns. Chumlong Lemtongthai had pleaded guilty to 59 charges
on Nov 5. At least 458 of South Africa's endangered rhinos have been
illegally killed this year.
2012 Nov 9, In Spain Amaia
Egana (53) threw herself from her fourth-floor balcony as bailiffs
arrived to repossess her flat. PM Mariano Rajoy said government will
aim to fast track reforms to halt evictions related to mortgage.
2012 Nov 9, In Sri Lanka a
shootout between rioting prisoners and security forces at the
Welikada prison in Colombo killed at least 27 inmates. Police
arrested five prisoners who had managed to escape and were searching
for others. The opposition described the deaths as a cold-blooded
(AP, 11/10/12)(SFC, 11/12/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 9, Syria's president
said in an interview broadcast that his country is not in a state of
civil war, and that he has no regrets about any decisions he has
made since the uprising against him began nearly 20 months ago. UN
officials said at least 11,000 Syrian refugees have fled their
country over the last 24 hours, including some 9,000 to Turkey and
the rest to Jordan and Lebanon.
2012 Nov 9, Turkey's state-run
agency said a group of Syrian soldiers, including two generals and
11 colonels, have fled to Turkey with their families.
2012 Nov 9, In Turkey the
office for the governor for Hakkari province said as many as 42
Kurdish rebels have been killed in the past three days in operations
that were backed by airpower.
2012 Nov 9, A UN plan to
provide $836 million in emergency aid to Syrians battered by their
nation's civil war ran into funding problems despite an additional
US donation of $34 million.
2013 Nov 9, The American navy
christened a new aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald Ford, a colossal
ship plagued by equally huge cost overruns, at a time of growing
2013 Nov 9, In Texas at least
two people were killed and 22 hurt in a shooting at a house party
packed with young adults in Cypress, a suburb of Houston. On Nov 11
Willie Young (21) and Randy Stewart (18) were arrested in relation
to the shootings.
(AFP, 11/10/13)(SFC, 11/12/13, p.A4)
2013 Nov 9, The opposition
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) announced another 84-hour
nationwide strike, starting Nov 10, after police arrested BNP
leaders, triggering violent protests across the country.
2013 Nov 9, China's ruling
Communist Party began its Third Plenum, a key 4-day meeting to
dictate the direction of the world's second-biggest economy for the
2013 Nov 9, Oil-rich Equatorial
Guinea said it would block an agreement between central African
countries to allow people from the region to circulate freely, due
to fears it would be flooded with immigrants.
2013 Nov 9, In Indonesia 13
people died when an Indonesian army helicopter carrying construction
workers to build a military outpost crashed in the jungles of
2013 Nov 9, World powers and
Iran held a third day of crunch talks on Tehran's nuclear program.
France's foreign minister said Iran's refusal to suspend work on a
plutonium-producing reactor and downgrade its stockpile of
higher-enriched uranium was standing in the way of an interim
agreement to curb Tehran's nuclear program in return for easing of
(AFP, 11/9/13)(AP, 11/9/13)
2013 Nov 9, In Libya gunmen
shot dead 2 policemen in Benghazi and state attorney Mohammed
Khalifa al-Naas was killed when a bomb blew up his car in Darna, an
Islamist militant stronghold.
2013 Nov 9, The Maldives voted
to elect a new leader for their budding democracy. Mohamed Nasheed,
the country's first democratically elected leader who first came to
power in 2008 after 30 years of one-man rule, won the first round of
voting but failed to win a clear majority.
(AP, 11/9/13)(Reuters, 11/10/13)
2013 Nov 9, Niger’s PM Brigi
Rafini said about one million of his people were facing severe food
shortages due to poor harvests after a drought and flooding.
2013 Nov 9, In central Nigeria
gunmen attacked five farming villages in Benue State. Police the
next day said Fulani cattle herdsmen killing six Tiv people and
burned many houses. Local media said 36 people were killed in the
mayhem. In the north shootouts killed 2 soldiers and 5 suspected
Islamic extremist insurgents in Kano.
(AFP, 11/10/13)(AP, 11/10/13)
2013 Nov 9, In Russia Gabriela
Isler (25) of Venezuela was crowned in the Miss Universe pageant at
an exhibition hall on Moscow's outskirts.
2013 Nov 9, A tropical cyclone
hit Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region. As many as 300 people
were feared dead. Hundreds remained unaccounted for as the
government and declared a natural disaster emergency.
(Reuters, 11/11/13)(AFP, 11/13/13)
2013 Nov 9, About 2,000 South
African mineworkers staged an underground sit-in at Northam
Platinum's Dechaba mine, saying they will not leave until a fired
union leader is reinstated. The strikers were safely brought to the
surface on Sunday night, Nov 10.
(Reuters, 11/10/13)(AFP, 11/11/13)
2013 Nov 9, In Syria Islamist
rebels retook most of a military base in the north from forces loyal
to President Bashar al-Assad after two days of fighting in which at
least 60 people have been killed.
2014 Nov 9, NYC’s biggest
subway hub opened in lower Manhattan. The $1.4 billion Fulton
Center, a vital link to the new World Trade Center, will accommodate
up to 300,000 daily riders.
(SFC, 11/10/14, p.A5)
2014 Nov 9, A Lear 36 Executive
Jet crashed on approach to the island of Grand Bahama killing all 9
people on board, including a prominent Christian minister and his
2014 Nov 9, In Brazil a driver
in Sao Paulo lost control of his car and ran over 15 people standing
on a sidewalk after leaving a church service. At least two people
were critically hurt as the driver fled the scene. Substances that
appeared to be cocaine and marijuana were found in the abandoned
2014 Nov 9, Chinese President
Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin promised
ever-closer cooperation as they met for the 10th time in less than
two years. They signed agreements to boost energy cooperation,
including an understanding to develop a second major route to supply
the Chinese side with Russian gas following an initial $400 billion
deal in May.
2014 Nov 9, Colombia's FARC
rebels captured soldiers Paulo Cesar Rivera and Jonathan Andres
Diaz, in the eastern department of Arauca during a military
2014 Nov 9, India’s PM Narendra
Modi appointed 21 new ministers to his 66-member cabinet. Jarring
with his pledge to clean up politics seven of the new ministers
2014 Nov 9, Iraqi military
forces reached the center of the northern city of Baiji to try to
break an Islamic State siege of the country's biggest refinery
nearby, triggering fierce clashes with the militants.
2014 Nov 9, In Spain some 1.9
million Catalans, out of 6.3m eligible, voted in a symbolic
referendum on independence. About 80 percent backed secession, with
a turnout of about 37 percent.
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2014 Nov 9, In Syria 5 nuclear
scientists were killed in a machine gun ambush outside Damascus. One
of the men was an Iranian nuclear technician. Syrian rebels working
for Israel were blamed.
(SFC, 11/11/14, p.A4)
2014 Nov 9, In Syria at least
21 people were killed and around 100 wounded overnight when regime
army planes bombed al-Bab, a town controlled by Islamic State
militants northeast of Aleppo.
2014 Nov 9, Monitors said that
that officials in a predominantly Kurdish province of northeastern
Syria have issued a women's rights decree, in an apparent rebuke to
the hardline views of Islamic State insurgents who have advanced in
2014 Nov 9, East Ukraine's
rebel stronghold Donetsk was pummeled by the heaviest shelling in a
month, and the OSCE said it spotted an armored column of troops
without insignia in rebel territory that Kiev said proved Moscow had
sent reinforcements. 3 Ukrainian soldiers were reported killed in
the past 24 hours and a further 13 injured.
2014 Nov 9, Yemen's new cabinet
was sworn in despite calls by former autocratic president Ali
Abdullah Saleh and Shiite militias allied to him for it to be
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