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Nov 11, Flavius Valerius Severus, compassionate
emperor of Rome (306-07), died.
397 Nov 11, Martinus (81), (St
Martin), Roman bishop of Tours, died. [see Nov 8]
511 Nov 11, Clovis (45), king
of Salische France and founder of Merovingians, died. [see Nov 27]
1050 Nov 11, Henry IV, Holy
Roman Emperor, was born.
1158 Nov 11, Emperor Frederik I
Barbarossa declared himself ruler of North Italy.
1417 Nov 11, Martin V was
elected pope and was regarded as the legitimate pontiff by the
church as a whole.
1493 Nov 11, The island of St.
Martin was sighted and named by Columbus, though the explorer never
landed there. The Dutch and French agreed to divide control of the
island in 1648, but often clashed over where the border should be
until a final pact in 1817.
1572 Nov 11, A supernova was
observed in constellation known as Cassiopeia. Tycho Brahe, Danish
astronomer, discovered a nova in the constellation of Cassiopeia. It
is described in detail in his book "De Nova Stella." The light
eventually became as bright as Venus and could be seen for two weeks
in broad daylight. After 16 months, it disappeared.
1620 Nov 11, Pilgrims aboard
the Mayflower, anchored off Massachusetts, signed a compact calling
for a "body politick." 102 Pilgrims stepped ashore. 41 men signed
the compact calling themselves Saints and others Strangers. One
passenger died enroute and 2 were born during the passage. Their
military commander was Miles Standish. In 1945 George Willison
authored "Saints and Strangers." In 2006 Nathaniel Philbrick
authored “Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community and War."
(AP, 11/11/97)(SFEM, 11/15/98, p.8,23)(AM, 11/00,
p.17)(Econ, 5/6/06, p.82)
1640 Nov 11, John Pym, earl of
Strafford, was locked in Tower of London.
1647 Nov 11, Massachusetts
passed the 1st US compulsory school attendance law.
1690 Nov 11, Gerhard Hoffmann,
composer, was born.
1696 Nov 11, Andrea Zani,
composer, was born.
1714 Nov 11, A highway in Bronx
was laid out. It was later renamed East 233rd Street.
1725 Nov 11, Georg F. Handel's
opera "Tamerlano," premiered in London.
1744 Nov 11, Abigail Smith
Adams, 2nd 1st lady (1797-1801), was born.
1745 Nov 11, Bonnie Prince
Charlie's army entered England.
1771 Nov 11, Ephraim McDowell,
surgeon (pioneered abdominal surgery), was born.
Nov 11, British redcoats, Tory rangers and Seneca Indians in central
New York state killed more than 40 people in the Cherry Valley
Massacre. A regiment of 800 Tory rangers under Butler (1752-1781)
and 500 Native forces under the Mohawk war chief Joseph Brant
(1742-1807), fell upon the settlement, killing 47, including 32
noncombatants, mostly by tomahawk.
1790 Nov 11, Chrysanthemums
were introduced into England from China.
1794 Nov 11, The Treaty of
Canandaigua was signed at Canandaigua, New York, by fifty sachems
and war chiefs representing the Grand Council of the Six Nations of
the Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) Confederacy (including the Cayuga,
Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca and Tuscarora tribes), and by
Timothy Pickering, official agent of President George
Washington. The Canandaigua Treaty, a Treaty Between the
United States of America and the Tribes of Indians Called the Six
Nations, was signed.
1821 Nov 11, Fyodor
Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (d.1881), Russian novelist who wrote “Crime
and Punishment" and “The Brothers Karamazov," was born. “Originality
and a feeling of one’s own dignity are achieved only through work
(AP, 12/9/97)(HN, 11/11/98)
1831 Nov 11, Nat Turner was
hanged and skinned in Southampton county, Va. Hysteria surrounded
this rebellion and over 200 slaves, some as far away as North
Carolina, were murdered by whites in fear of a generalized uprising.
A martyr to the anti-slavery cause, Turner's actions had the adverse
effect of virtually ending all abolitionist activities in the south
before the Civil War.
Nov 11, Alvan Clark of Cambridge, Massachusetts, patented a
telescope. Clark, a portrait painter interested in astronomy, had
made several small lenses and mirrors as a hobby. The fact that he
could detect the small residual errors in one of the best lenses
Europe could offer convinced him that he could make them as well.
After he gained a reputation in Europe the American orders started
to come in. The Alvin Clark Company became one of the foremost
producers of some of the largest lenses for telescopes in the
1855 Nov 11, Soren A.
Kierkegaard (b.1813), Danish philosopher and theologian, died. In
2005 Joakim Garff authored “Søren A. Kierkegaard: A Biography."
1855 Nov 11, The 6.9 Ansei Edo
earthquake hit near Tokyo, Japan. Some 8,000 casualties resulted
with about 14,000 structures destroyed.
1862 Nov 11, Verdi's Opera "La
Forza Del Destino" premiered in St Petersburg, Russia.
Nov 11, Sherman's troops destroyed Rome, Georgia. Gen. Sherman
(1820-1891) ordered Gen. John Murray Corse’s (1835-1893) troops to
destroy Rome, Georgia, and “everything that could be useful to an
Nov 11, Dr. Mary Edward Walker, 1st Army female surgeon, was awarded
the Medal of Honor by Pres. Andrew Johnson for her work as a field
doctor, for outstanding service at the Battle of Bull Run, the
Battle of Chickamauga, the Battle of Atlanta, and as a Confederate
prisoner of war in Richmond, Va. Her medal was rescinded 1917 along
with 910 others, but restored by President Carter June 10, 1977.
(SFC, 7/17/96, p.E10)(HNQ,
1869 Nov 11, Victor Emmanuel
III, king of Italy (1900-46) and Ethiopia, was born.
Nov 11, Lucretia Mott (née Lucretia Coffin b.1793), US Quaker, died
in Abingdon, Kansas. She co-sponsored the First Woman's Rights
Convention in 1848 at Seneca Falls, NY.
1880 Nov 11, In Australia Ned
Kelly (b.1855), outlaw, was hanged. The day before he died Kelly
wrote to the governor of the jail asking "permission for my friends
to have my body that they might bury it in consecrated ground."
Kelly was hanged at the Old Melbourne Gaol but documents show his
remains and those of 32 other executed prisoners were exhumed and
reburied at Pentridge Prison in 1929. In 2011 his headless remains
were identified using a DNA sample taken from Melbourne teacher
Leigh Olver, Kelly's sister Ellen's great-grandson. In 2011
Victorian state attorney general Robert Clark decided to return his
bullet-ridden bones to his descendants so they could meet his last
(WSJ, 9/21/00, p.A8)(SSFC, 1/14/01, BR p.6)(AP,
3/9/08)(AFP, 9/1/11)(AFP, 11/9/11)
1883 Nov 11, Ernest Ansermet,
conductor, was born in Vevey, Switzerland.
1885 Nov 11, George Patton,
U.S. Army commander in World War II, was born.
1887 Nov 11, Albert Parsons,
August Spies, Adolph Fisher and George Engel were hanged for their
participation in the May 4, 1886, Chicago Haymarket riot. As the
noose was placed around his neck, Spies shouted out: "There will be
a time when our silence will be more powerful than the voices you
1889 Nov 11, Washington became
the 42nd state of the US.
(HFA, '96, p.18)(AP, 11/11/97)
1890 Nov 11, D. McCree patented
a portable fire escape.
1896 Nov 11, Charles "Lucky"
Luciano, NYC Mafia gangster, was born in Sicily.
1898 Nov 11, Rene Clair, French
film director, was born.
1899 Nov 11,
Stuart-Rubens-Boyd-Jones' "Floradora," premiered in London.
1901 Nov 11, Maurice Ravel
composition "Jeux d'eau" premiered.
1904 Nov 11, Alger Hiss, State
Department official who hid papers in a pumpkin, was born.
1909 Nov 11, Robert Ryan, actor
(Billy Budd, Dirty Dozen, Longest Day), was born in Chicago.
1909 Nov 11, Construction began
on the naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.
1909 Nov 11, J.M. Synge's
"Tinker's Wedding," premiered in London.
1912 Nov 11, Joseph Wieniawski
(75), composer, died.
1914 Nov 11, Howard Fast,
screenwriter (Rachel & the Stranger, Spartacus), was born in
1915 Nov 11, William Proxmire,
US Senator-D-Wi, 1957-88 (Golden Fleece Awards), was born.
1917 Nov 11, Lydia Kamekeha
Lili’uokalani, the last queen of the Hawaiian Islands, died. She
wrote the song “Aloha ‘Oe" and the book “Hawaii’s Story By Hawaii’s
(WUD, 1994, p.830)(ON, 11/02, p.7)
1918 Nov 11, At ten minutes
past five in the morning, German and Allied negotiators placed the
final signatures on the armistice that would end World War I six
hours later. After the signing, French General Ferdinand Foch sent
all Allied commanders the following message: "Hostilities will cease
on the entire [Western] front November 11 at 11:00 a.m." Even as the
hour approached 9 of 16 commanders of US divisions on the Western
Front ordered a final assault that left an additional 11,000
casualties. Although the Allies had not invaded Germany and there
was no clear military victory, the Germans were forced to sign the
armistice because of insurmountable problems. German troops, pushed
past their limits of endurance by five years of fighting, faced a
fresh stream of well-equipped American soldiers. Germany's allies,
Austria-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire and Bulgaria, had already ceased
fighting and mutinies increased as German soldiers and sailors
refused to carry out suicidal missions. Food shortages, both at home
and at the front, had reached crisis levels. The costs of the First
World War were astronomical with 7.5 million dead and more than 35
million total casualties. The US Armistice Day holiday was changed
to Veteran’s Day after the Korean War. It was celebrated as
“Veteran’s Day" for the first time in the US in Emporia, Kansas, on
November 11, 1953. In 2004 Joseph E. Persico authored “Eleventh
Month, Eleventh Day, Eleventh Hour: Armistice Day, 1918, World War I
and Its Violent Climax."
(SFC, 11/9/96, p.A16)(SFC, 11/8/97, p.A11)(HNPD,
11/11/98)(SFC, 12/28/04, p.D1)
1918 Nov 11, The Second Polish
Republic declared its independence.
(SFC, 11/13/96, p.C2)(AP, 11/11/08)
1919 Nov 11, The first
2-minutes’ silence was observed in Britain to commemorate those who
died in the Great War.
1921 Nov 11, President Harding
dedicated the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National
Cemetery. The unknown soldier was buried in Virginia’s Arlington
National Cemetery on Armistice Day. He had been taken from an
American cemetery in France.
(SFC, 5/27/96, p.B8)(AP, 11/11/97) (HN, 11/11/98)
1922 Nov 11, Kurt Vonnegut,
American author who wrote “Slaughterhouse Five," was born.
1922 Nov 11, Canada’s Vernon
McKenzie urged fighting U.S. propaganda with taxes on U.S.
1923 Nov 11, Eternal flame was
lit for the tomb of unknown solder at the Arc de Triomphe, Paris.
1925 Nov 11, Jonathan Winters,
comedian, was born.
1925 Nov 11, Louis Armstrong
recorded 1st of Hot Five & Hot Seven recordings. [see Nov 12]
1925 Nov 11, Robert Milliken
announced the discovery of cosmic rays.
1928 Nov 11, Carlos Fuentes,
Mexican novelist, was born.
1929 Nov 11, The Ambassador
Bridge, linking Detroit, Michigan, to Windsor, Ontario, Canada, was
completed and opened for traffic 4 days later. It became the longest
suspension bridge in the world, exceeding by 100 feet the
Philadelphia-Camden Bridge completed in 1926.
1933 Nov 11, The first of the
great dust storms of the 1930s hit North Dakota.
1935 Nov 11, Albert Anderson
and Orvil Anderson set a new altitude record in South Dakota, when
they floated to 74,000 feet in a balloon.
1937 Nov 11, Messerschmidt
ME-109V13 flew to a world record 610.4 kph.
1938 Nov 11, Mary Mallon, also
known as “Typhoid Mary," died of a stroke on North Brother Island.
She had been quarantined there since 1915 after spreading typhus for
years while working as a cook in the New York area.
(AH, 2/06, p.26)
1938 Nov 11, German and
Austrian Jews suffered 1 billion Mark damage in the Nov 9 Nazi
Kristallnacht; Jews forced to wear Star of David.
1938 Nov 11, Ismet Inonu
(b.1884) became president of the Turkish republic on the death of
Kemal Ataturk. He continued in office until 1950.
(WUD, 1994, p.1682)
1940 Nov 11, Willys unveiled
its General Purpose vehicle, the "Jeep." The Willys Quad, featuring
4-wheel drive, was one entry in a US government competition for a
small military utility vehicle.
(MC, 11/11/01)(WSJ, 9/16/05, p.W12)
1940 Nov 11, Blizzard struck
midwestern US killing over 100.
1940 Nov 11, Britain’s Royal
Navy attacked the Italian fleet at Taranto.
1942 Nov 11, 745 French Jews
were deported to Auschwitz.
1942 Nov 11, French warrant
officer Marcel Bigeard (1916-2010) escaped from German captivity,
made his way to Senegal, in what was then French West Africa, and
was commissioned into Gen. Charles de Gaulle’s Free French Forces.
1942 Nov 11, Germany completed
its occupation of France.
1943 Nov 11, In Lebanon the
French voiced their dissent by arresting Bishara al-Khuri and most
of the government. An insurrection, British diplomatic efforts
and one more crisis in 1945 finally left the government restored.
Nov 11, Private Eddie Slovik was convicted of desertion and
sentenced to death for refusing to join his unit in the European
Theater of Operations. [see Jan 31, 1945]
1945 Nov 11, Jerome Kern (60),
US composer (Sally, Leave it to Jane), died.
1953 Nov 11, The Polio virus
was identified and photographed for the first time in Cambridge,
1955 Nov 11, Jigme Singye
Wangchuk was born. He became king of Bhutan in 1972.
(SSFC, 3/17/02, p.C10)(www.worldwhoswho.com)
1959 Nov 11, The 1st episode of
"Rocky & His Friends" aired on TV.
1961 Nov 11, Congolese soldiers
murdered 13 Italian UN pilots.
1961 Nov 11, Molotov, Malenkov
& Kaganovich were kicked out of Russia's communist party.
1961 Nov 11, Stalingrad was
1964 Nov 11, Murray Schisgal's
"Luv," premiered in NYC.
1965 Nov 11, Rhodesia (later
Zimbabwe) under PM Ian D. Smith (d.2007) proclaimed its independence
(AP, 11/11/97)(SFC, 11/23/07, p.B14)
1966 Nov 11, Methodist Church
and Evangelical United Brethren Church united as United Methodist
1966 Nov 11, Gemini 12 blasted
off from Cape Kennedy, Fla., with astronauts James A. Lovell and
Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Jr.
(AP, 11/11/97)(HN, 11/11/98)
1968 Nov 11, The Maldives
became a republic for a 2nd time with Ibrahim Naseer (Nasir) as
1970 Nov 11, Stevie Wonder sang
"Heaven Help Us All" on the Johnny Cash show.
1971 Nov 11, Neil Simon's
"Prisoner of Second Avenue," premiered in NYC.
1972 Nov 11, The US Army turned
over its base at Long Binh to the South Vietnamese army, symbolizing
the end of direct US military involvement in the Vietnam War.
1973 Nov 11, Israel and Egypt
signed a cease-fire.
1973 Nov 11, The Soviet Union
was kicked out of World Cup soccer for refusing to play Chile.
1974 Nov 11, Burton Richter and
Samuel Ting found reported evidence for a fourth quark.
(NG, May 1985, J. Boslough, p.
1975 Nov 11, Angola proclaimed
independence from Portugal. Civil war began following the 14-year
fight for independence. The Movement for the Liberation of Angola
(MPLA) proclaimed unilateral independence. Jonas Savimbi led UNITA
and the FLNA was backed by Zaire.
(SFC, 6/20/96, p.A10)(SFC, 12/26/98, p.A12)(SFC,
1975 Nov 11, Sir John Kerr,
Australia’s governor-general, fired PM Edward Gough Whitlam. He was
the 1st elected PM removed in 200 years.
1975 Nov 11, In India the
Shillong Accord was an agreement signed between the Government of
India and Nagaland's underground government to accept the supremacy
of Constitution of India without condition, surrender their arms and
renounce their demand for the secession of Nagaland from India.
1976 Nov 11, Alexander Calder
(78), US sculptor, died. He invented the mobile as a new format for
sculpture. He also designed toys, jewelry, some wallpaper and
decorated DC-8s for Braniff Airlines. David Bourdon (d.1998 at 63)
wrote a study of Calder in 1980.
(SFC, 11/15/97, p.C1,6)(SFC, 4/4/98, p.A24)(MC,
1976 Nov 11, In Argentina
journalist Claudio Adur (26) disappeared. This marked the beginning
of a large number of journalists who disappearing following the
March military coup.
1978 Nov 11, Veteran's Day,
originally know as Armistice Day, became a national US holiday in
1938. It was changed back by Congress in this year to this day
rather than the 4th Monday of October, which had been set in 1968.
(SFC, 11/12/99, p.A21)
1981 Nov 11, Stuntman Dan
Goodwin scaled the outside of the 100-story John Hancock Center in
Chicago in nearly six hours.
1982 Nov 11, Susan Cooper's and
Hume Cronyn's "Foxfire," premiered in NYC.
1982 Nov 11, Space shuttle
Columbia launched for its first operational flight. The 4-man crew
successfully used a remote manipulator arm.
1982 Nov 11, West German
authorities captured Brigitte Mohnhaupt, a member of the Red Army
Faction, as she went to an arms cache in woods near Frankfurt. She
was convicted in 1985 of involvement in nine murders, including
those of West German chief federal prosecutor Siegfried Buback and
of Hanns-Martin Schleyer, the head of the country's industry
federation. Mohnhaupt (57) was released in 2007 after serving 24
years of a life sentence.
1982 Nov 11, Solidarity leader
Lech Walesa (b.1943) was let out of jail in Poland.
1983 Nov 11, President Reagan
became the first U.S. chief executive to address the Diet, Japan's
1984 Nov 11, The Rev. Martin
Luther King Sr. (84), father of slain civil rights leader Martin
Luther King Jr., died in Atlanta.
1987 Nov 11, Following the
failure of two Supreme Court nominations, President Reagan announced
his choice of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who went on to win
1987 Nov 11, Vincent Van Gogh’s
painting "Irises" was bought from the estate of Joan Whitney Payson
by Alan Bond, an Australian businessman, for $53.9 million at
Sotheby’s in New York.
(HN, 11/11/98)(Econ, 11/18/06, p.79)
1987 Nov 11, Boris Yeltsin
(1931-2007), who had criticized the slow pace of Soviet leader
Mikhail Gorbachev's reforms, was dismissed as Moscow Communist Party
chief for criticizing the slow pace of reform.
1988 Nov 11, Oldest known
insect fossils (390 million yrs) was reported in Science.
1988 Nov 11, Police in
Sacramento, Calif., found the first of seven bodies buried on the
grounds of a boardinghouse. Landlady Dorothea Puente (d.2011 at 82)
later charged in the deaths of 9 people; she was convicted of 3
murders and sentenced to life in prison in 1993.
(AP, 11/11/98)(SSFC, 1/13/02, p.A21)(SFC,
1989 Nov 11, In a telephone
conversation with West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, East German
leader Egon Krenz ruled out any possibility reunification.
1990 Nov 11, Stormie Jones, the
world’s first heart-liver transplant recipient, died at a Pittsburgh
hospital at age 13.
1991 Nov 11, The United States
stationed its first diplomat in Cambodia in 16 years to help the
war-shocked nation arrange democratic elections.
1992 Nov 11, By letter, Russian
President Boris Yeltsin told U.S. senators that Americans had been
held in prison camps after World War II and some were "summarily
executed," but that others were still living in his country
1992 Nov 11, The Anglican
Church and the Church of England voted to ordain women as priests.
1993 Nov 11, A bronze statue
honoring the more than 11,000 American women who had served in the
Vietnam War was dedicated in Washington, D.C.
1993 Nov 11, In Sri Lanka Tamil
Tiger forces overran Pooneryn army camp. Some 600 servicemen were
killed or captured. The army put the rebel death toll at 500.
(SFC, 7/24/96, p.A9)
1994 Nov 11, President Clinton
set out for an Asian trade conference.
1994 Nov 11, Bill Gates,
founder of Microsoft Corp., purchased a 72-page document by Leonardo
da Vinci that he renamed the “Codex Leicester" for $30.8 million.
The work was written in backwards-mirror with illustrations of the
author’s theories on the movement of water and air.
(WSJ, 5/14/96, p.A-18)(NH, 5/97, p.11)
1994 Nov 11, Eddie Polec (16),
a Fox Chase high school student, died after being clubbed to death
by students of Abington High School. On March 20, 1996, Carlo
Johnson (20) and Bou Khathavong (18) – believed by prosecutors to be
the ring leaders in the assault, although neither beat Polec –
received maximum five- to 10-year sentences for conspiracy.
Prosecutors believe the two organized the rumble and provided the
baseball bats. Anthony Rienzi and Nick Pinero, both 18, were
sentenced to the maximum 15- to 30-year terms for third-degree
murder and conspiracy. Thomas Crook (19) sobbed and apologized to
his family before receiving 14.5 years to 30 years on the same
charges. Dawan Alexander (18) who was convicted of manslaughter for
kicking Polec, received an eight- to 20-year term. Seventh defendant
Kevin Convey (19) had pleaded guilty earlier to third-degree murder
in exchange for testifying against the others. In February he had
been sentenced to five to 20 years. In 2000 Bryn Freedman and
William Knoedelseder authored "In Eddie’s Name: One Family’s Triumph
(SFEC, 5/14/00, BR
1994 Nov 11, A suicide bomber
killed three soldiers at an Israeli military checkpoint in Gaza. The
Islamic Jihad took responsibility.
1995 Nov 11, With a partial
government shutdown looming, President Clinton and Republican
congressional leaders clashed over Medicare and bickered over who to
include in compromise budget talks.
1995 Nov 11, Charles Scribner
Jr. (b.1921), publisher, died.
1995 Nov 11, Choi Jong, a South
Korean adventurer, began a walking trip across the Sahara Desert
from Nouakchott, Mauritania.
(SFC, 6/8/96, p.A12)
1995 Nov 11, In Sri Lanka 2
rebel suicide bombers killed 15 people in Colombo in an unsuccessful
attack on army headquarters.
(SFC, 7/24/96, p.A9)
1996 Nov 11, The Army reported
getting nearly 2,000 calls to a hot line set up after revelations of
a sex scandal at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. Meanwhile,
a Pentagon official said the Army was ready to take action in
another case of alleged sexual misconduct at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.
1996 Nov 11, Phan Thi Kim Phuc
laid a wreath at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington. John
Plummer, Vietnam era helicopter pilot, met with Phan Thi Kim at the
Vietnam Memorial in Washington in reconciliation. Phan Thi Kim had
suffered severe napalm burns after a napalm bombing of her village
in Jun 1972.
(SFC, 11/12/96, p.A3)(SFEC, 4/13/97, p.A1,12)(AP,
1996 Nov 11, An explosion
occurred at the Texaco oil refinery near Los Angeles harbor. No
injuries were reported.
(SFC, 11/12/96, p.A9)
1996 Nov 11, In the Czech
Republic Stanislav Devaty, chief of the secret service, resigned
after being accused of spying on government officials. He denied the
(SFC, 11/12/96, p.A12)
1996 Nov 11, Gen’l. Roberto
Letona, the Guatemalan military attaché in Washington, was ordered
home after being linked to the Moreno smuggling operation that
cheated the government out of some $2.7 billion in taxes and duties
over 15 years.
(SFC, 11/12/96, p.A12)
1996 Nov 11, In Guatemala Pres.
Alvaro Arzu and the rebel alliance separately announced a peace
agreement to be signed Dec 29.
(SFC, 11/12/96, p.A13)
1996 Nov 11, Poland’s return to
independence after WW I was celebrated and hundreds of skinheads and
right-wing activists staged demonstrations against Jews and
(SFC, 11/13/96, p.C2)
1997 Nov 11, Retired Gen. Colin
Powell announced he would not seek the Republican presidential
nomination or any other office in 2000, saying he lacked "the
passion" for political life.
1997 Nov 11, Photography giant
Eastman Kodak announced it was cutting 10,000 jobs because of fierce
competition from Japan's Fuji Photo Film Co.
1997 Nov 11, The EU high court
upheld hiring and promotional preferences for women.
(SFC, 11/12/97, p.C2)
1997 Nov 11, In the Dominican
Republic troops clashed with marchers at the start of a general
strike and one demonstrator was left dead. The strike was called to
protest low wages, power outages, closed schools and closed
(WSJ, 11/12/97, p.A1)
1997 Nov 11, In Pakistan 4
American oil company employees and their driver were shot dead in
Karachi. It was believed to be a retaliation for the conviction of
Amil Kasi for the 1993 murder of 2 CIA employees. [see Nov 12]
(SFC, 11/12/97, p.C14)
1998 Nov 11, President Clinton
ordered warships, planes and troops to the Persian Gulf as he laid
out his case for a possible attack on Iraq. Iraq, meanwhile, showed
no sign of backing down on its refusal to deal with U.N. weapons
1998 Nov 11, It was reported
that the Packard Foundation planned to dispense $375 million over
the next 5 years to slow population growth.
(SFC, 11/11/98, p.A8)
1998 Nov 11, It was reported
that Pfizer and the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation initiated a $66
million effort to attack trachoma, a disease of the eye caused by
chlamydia. A one-gram dose of zithromax given once a year would
treat the disease. Focus was to be on Ghana, Mali, Morocco, Tanzania
(SFC, 11/11/98, p.D6)
1998 Nov 11, Argentina and
Kazakhstan pledged to abide by the treaty to cut emissions of gases
that cause global warming. This put a crack in a united front of
developing nations opposed to cuts before 2012.
(WSJ, 11/12/98, p.A1)
1998 Nov 11, Carlos Cabal
Peniche (42), accused of making some $700 million in loans from his
banks to companies he owned, was arrested in Melbourne, Australia.
He had vanished from Mexico in 1994 just days before his Grupo
Financiera Cremi-Union was seized by the government for fraud and
(SFC, 11/12/98, p.C18)
1998 Nov 11, China and the UN
planned to sign an agreement to turn the Lop Nur nuclear test site
into a sanctuary for Bactrian camels. The barren area is about the
size of Germany.
(SFEC, 11/8/98, p.A13)
1998 Nov 11, Israel’s
government narrowly ratified a land-for-peace agreement with
conditions that included alteration of the PLO charter to strike
calls for Israel’s destruction.
(WSJ, 11/12/98, p.A1)(AP, 11/11/08)
1998 Nov 11, In Turkey a
businessman linked to organized crime said that Prime Minister
Yilmaz rigged the privatization of a state-run bank in his favor.
This led to a no-confidence motion by the Republican People’s Party
of the ruling coalition.
(SFC, 11/13/98, p.A16)
1998 Nov 11, A one-day general
strike was held in Zimbabwe and soldiers killed one protestor.
(WSJ, 11/12/98, p.A1)
1999 Nov 11, The computer virus
dubbed Bubbleboy was reported to spread through electronic mail
(WSJ, 11/11/99, p.A1)
1999 Nov 11, Argentine
journalist Jacobo Timerman died in Buenos Aires at age 76.
1999 Nov 11, A car bomb ripped
through a Bogota commercial district, killing at least eight people,
but President Andres Pastrana defiantly signed extradition orders
for three suspected drug traffickers.
(SFC, 11/12/99, p.A16)(WSJ, 11/12/99, p.A1)(AP,
1999 Nov 11, In Britain the
House of Lords voted to strip hereditary peers of their 700-year-old
right to sit in Parliament's Upper House. 92 peers still kept seats
under a compromise.
(WSJ, 11/12/99, p.A1)
1999 Nov 11, In India a bomb
exploded on a passenger train traveling from Jammu to New Delhi and
14 people were killed with 50 injured.
(SFC, 11/12/99, p.D2)
1999 Nov 11, In Foggia, Italy,
a 6-story apartment building collapsed from structural flaws and
over 50 people were feared dead. An investigation blamed the
collapse on cheap materials and slipshod construction.
(SFC, 11/12/99, p.A16)(AP, 11/11/00)
1999 Nov 11, In Malaysia Prime
Minister Mahathir dissolved parliament and planned early elections
(SFC, 11/11/99, p.A24)
1999 Nov 11, Javed Iqbal (40)
killed his 87th victim, Mohammad Imran (15). Iqbal dissolved the
bodies in vats of chemicals and left photos and notes that described
his victims. The story became public in Dec. when his killings
reached 100 and he made his story public. Iqbal surrendered in
Lahore, Pakistan, on Dec 30. He was found strangled with bed sheets
in his cell on Oct 7, 2001.
(SFC, 12/7/99, p.B2)(WSJ, 12/31/99, p.A1)(WSJ,
2000 Nov 11, Pres. Clinton led
groundbreaking ceremonies in Washington DC for the National WW II
(AH, 4/01, p.14)
2000 Nov 11, Republicans went
to court, seeking an order to block manual recounts from continuing
in Florida's razor-thin presidential election.
2000 Nov 11, Lennox Lewis won a
unanimous 12-round decision over David Tua in Las Vegas to retain
his WBC and IBF heavyweight titles.
2000 Nov 11, In Austria a fire
consumed a cable car crammed with skiers and snowboarders in an
Alpine tunnel at Kitzsteinhorn mountain near Kaprun. 155 people,
mostly children and teenagers, were killed. In 2008 a settlement
provided relatives of the people who died a share of euro13.9
million (US$21.5 million) in compensation.
(WSJ, 11/15/00, p.A1)(WSJ, 11/16/00, p.A1)(AP,
2000 Nov 11, General elections
were held in Bosnia.
(SFEC, 11/12/00, p.A24)
2000 Nov 11, A Dagestan
Airlines jet was hijacked. The Russian plane was forced to and in
Israel with 58 people aboard. Pres. Barak, enroute to Washington,
returned to handle the crises. The hijacker surrendered and the
plane was returned to Moscow.
(SFEC, 11/12/00, p.A22)(SFC, 11/13/00, p.A12)
2000 Nov 11, Fighting in the
West Bank left 8 Palestinians dead along with 1 Israeli soldier.
(SFEC, 11/12/00, p.A19)
2000 Nov 11, In Indonesia at
least 27 people were killed when police cracked down on tens of
thousands of protestors in Aceh.
(WSJ, 11/13/00, p.A1)
2000 Nov 11, In Lebanon two
4-story apartment buildings collapsed and at least 9 people were
killed and 27 injured.
(SFEC, 11/12/00, p.A19)(SFC, 11/13/00, p.A14)
2001 Nov 11, The US costs for
the war in Afghanistan were estimated at $1 billion a month.
(SFC, 11/12/01, p.A4)
2001 Nov 11, In Afghanistan
Northern Alliance forces with help from US warplanes and advisers
captured Taloqan and some 200 Taliban were reported killed. Local
warlords accepted a payment to change allegiance.
(SFC, 11/10/01, p.A1)(SFC, 11/12/01, p.A3)(SFC,
2001 Nov 11, Two French radio
reporters and a German magazine journalist were killed when they
came under Taliban fire in Afghanistan.
2001 Nov 11, A 36-hour storm
hit Algeria and 337 people were reported killed. It was the worst
flooding in 20 years. The death toll reached 580.
(SFC, 11/12/01, p.A12)(WSJ, 11/12/01, p.A1)(SFC,
2001 Nov 11, In Indonesia Theys
Eluay (64), an independence movement leader in Irian Jaya, was found
strangled in his wrecked car and riots erupted. He had spent the
previous evening at dinner with local army commanders. In 2003 7
members of the Indonesia special forces were convicted for
involvement in the murder. Their maximum sentence was 31/2 years.
(SFC, 11/12/01, p.A12)(SFC, 11/27/01, p.A3)(SFC,
2001 Nov 11, In Mexico Lazaro
Cardena of the leftist PRD won 42% of the votes for governor in
Michoacan state vs. 37% Alfredo Anaya of the PRI.
(SFC, 11/13/01, p.A14)
2001 Nov 11, A Pakistani
newspaper (Ausaf) published the second part of an interview in which
Osama bin Laden was quoted as saying he had nothing to do with the
anthrax attacks in the United States, and declared he would never
allow himself to be captured.
2001 Nov 11, Taiwan officially
joined the WTO after ministers in Qatar approved its membership.
(SSFC, 11/11/01, p.A14)
2002 Nov 11, Bill Gates of
Microsoft pledged $100 million to fight AIDS in India.
(SFC, 11/12/02, p.A11)
2002 Nov 11, A two-seat crop
sprayer crammed with eight members of a Cuban family, including a
baby, landed at the Key West airport in an apparent bid for asylum
by those aboard.
2002 Nov 11, In Afghanistan
police shot and killed at least 2 students during protests over poor
housing conditions at a dormitory in Kabul.
(SFC, 11/12/02, p.A11)(SFC, 11/12/02, p.A16)
2002 Nov 11, In the CAR a
baggage-laden roof of an overloaded river taxi near Kouango
collapsed on passengers, crushing 58 people.
2002 Nov 11, Jorge Enrique
Jimenez, one of Latin America's leading bishops, was kidnapped along
with Rev. Desiderio Orejuela as they went to hold a religious
service in central Colombia.
2002 Nov 11, Colombian soldiers
killed 4 members of a right-wing paramilitary group and seven
leftist rebels during fighting in separate incidents.
2002 Nov 11, Pres. Joseph
Kabila has suspended every official accused in a U.N. report on the
plunder of Congo's gold, diamond and other riches.
2002 Nov 11, Iraqi lawmakers
denounced a new UN resolution on weapons inspections as dishonest,
provocative and worthy of rejection. But the Iraqi parliament said
it ultimately would trust whatever President Saddam Hussein decided.
2002 Nov 11, Islamic militants
in Kashmir killed 13 police in a bomb attack.
(WSJ, 11/12/02, p.A1)
2002 Nov 11, Nepal security
forces killed at least 10 rebels as guerrillas called for a 30day
(WSJ, 11/12/02, p.A1)
2002 Nov 11, In the Philippines
a Fokker passenger plane, trailing smoke from its left engine,
plunged into Manila Bay shortly after taking off from Manila, with
18 of the 34 people aboard killed or missing and presumed dead.
2002 Nov 11, Russian troops
ambushed Chechen rebels near Grozhny and 6 guerrillas were reported
killed. [see Apr 29, 2004]
(WSJ, 11/12/02, p.A1)
2002 Nov 11, UN
Secretary-General Kofi Annan presented Greek and Turkish Cypriots
with a plan to unite their divided island into a single country
modeled on Switzerland, with two equal states.
2002 Nov 11, Border police in
Zimbabwe shot and killed Richard Gilman (58), a Connecticut man who
was on a humanitarian mission in Africa.
2002 Nov 11, Zimbabwean
journalist and publisher Mark Chavunduka (37), whose arrest and
subsequent torture helped expose his government's increasing
repression of dissent, died after a prolonged illness.
2003 Nov 11, President Bush's
top foreign advisers summoned L. Paul Bremer, Iraq's U.S.
administrator, for hurried White House talks focused on their
growing frustrations with the Iraqi Governing Council and a logjam
in transferring political power to Iraqis.
2003 Nov 11, It was reported
that gene scientists had determined that a genetic variation helped
slowed the creation of bad cholesterol and helped explain why some
people lived longer. [see 1974]
(WSJ, 11/11/03, p.A1)
2003 Nov 11, Toronto's Roy
Halladay won the American League Cy Young Award.
2003 Nov 11, In Galveston,
Texas, Robert A. Durst, NY multimillionaire who admitted to
butchering his neighbor Morris Black, was acquitted of the man's
(SFC, 11/12/03, p.A1)
2003 Nov 11, An Afghan soldier
fired on a coalition convoy at a checkpoint in southern Afghanistan,
killing 1 Romanian soldier and wounding a convoy member before
2003 Nov 11, The British
government said it wants to introduce compulsory identity cards to
protect against illegal immigration, welfare fraud and terrorism.
Implementation is years away.
2003 Nov 11, In Beijing former
President Clinton called on China and the US to overcome their
differences on trade, saying the two powers must learn to work
together to conquer common threats like AIDS, terrorism and global
2003 Nov 11, Colombia's housing
and environment minister stepped down, becoming the 3rd member of
President Alvaro Uribe's Cabinet forced out in a week.
2003 Nov 11, The commander of
the Colombian National Police and five other senior police officers
resigned following evidence that the lawmen in Medellin dined in the
most exclusive restaurants, bought expensive jewelry and staged
lavish parties, all on government money.
2003 Nov 11, In Colombia a
radio talk show host was shot dead outside her home in the coastal
city of Santa Marta.
2003 Nov 11, Dominican Republic
police fired rubber bullets at rock-throwing protesters during a
general strike. At least 6 people were reported killed and 60
2003 Nov 11, In Iraq US troops
opened fire on a truck carrying live chickens near the tense town of
Fallujah, killing 5 civilians aboard the vehicle, including a father
and his two sons.
2003 Nov 11, In Iraq an
explosion on a road frequently used by British troops killed 6
civilians in Basra. The military detained about 20 people suspected
of links to al-Qaida.
2003 Nov 11, The Kurdish
guerrilla group that battled the Turkish army for some 15 years
announced that it was dissolving itself and was planning to form a
new group that would likely would pursue Kurdish rights through
negotiations. The Kurdistan Workers Party changed its name to the
Congress for Freedom and Democracy in Kurdistan, or KADEK, last
2003 Nov 11, Maldives Pres.
Maumoon Abdul Gayoom (65) was sworn in for a record sixth term,
becoming the longest-serving head of state in Asia.
2003 Nov 11, Mexican diplomat
Adolfo Aguilar Zinser (1949-2005), gave a speech to students at
Mexico City's Ibero-American University, in which he claimed that
the political and intellectual class of the United States sees
Mexico as "a country whose position is that of a back yard" (patio
trasero) and that Washington was only interested in "a relationship
of convenience and subordination" and "a weekend fling" (un noviazgo
de fin de semana). President Fox requested his resignation on 18
2004 Nov 11, Delta Air Line
pilots accepted over $1 billion in annual pay cuts and agreed to
forgo raises through 2009.
(SFC, 11/12/04, p.C2)
2004 Nov 11, It was reported
that Beijing this month cancelled its bicycle registration
requirements, a move viewed by the state press as highlighting the
nation's full fledged entry into "car society" and the demise of the
bicycle as a "transportation tool."
2004 Nov 11, It was reported
that large swathes of southern and eastern China are in the grip of
their worst drought in more than 50 years, prompting calls from the
countries top leaders for better management of water conservation.
2004 Nov 11, Indian PM Manmohan
Singh announced a reduction in troops in disputed Kashmir in a fresh
initiative to push forward a fraying peace process with Pakistan.
2004 Nov 11, Iraqi security
forces, backed by US troops, arrested Sheik Mahdi al-Sumaidaei, a
hardline Sunni cleric and about two dozen others, after a raid of
his Baghdad mosque uncovered weapons caches along with photographs
of recent attacks on American troops. In Mosul guerrillas attacked
at least five police stations and political party offices there in
what could be a bid to relieve pressure on their allies in Fallujah.
2004 Nov 11, US and Iraqi
forces, backed by an air and artillery barrage, launched a major
attack into the southern half of Fallujah squeezing Sunni fighters
into a smaller and smaller cordon. The military estimated 600
insurgents killed thus far in the offensive. Insurgents in Mosul
overwhelmed several police stations and clashed with U.S. and Iraqi
2004 Nov 11, Israeli police
commandos stormed a Jerusalem church compound and arrested nuclear
whistle blower Mordechai Vanunu for allegedly revealing classified
information, seven months after he completed an 18-year prison
sentence for treason.
2004 Nov 11, Israeli troops,
backed by tanks and helicopter gunships raided a Gaza Strip town,
killing 3 Palestinians and wounding at least 9 others.
2004 Nov 11, Lithuanian
lawmakers ratified the newly signed EU constitution, making one of
the bloc's newest members the first country to approve the historic
2004 Nov 11, Yasser Arafat
(75), Palestinian leader, died in Paris. He triumphantly forced his
people's plight into the world spotlight but failed to achieve his
lifelong quest for statehood. Arafat's body was flown back to the
Mideast for funeral services in Egypt. Internment was to be in
(AP, 11/11/04)(SFC, 11/11/04, p.A1)
2004 Nov 11, Mahmoud Abbas, a
former PM and veteran peace negotiator, was elected chairman of the
Palestine Liberation Organization. Rauhi Fattouh, Palestinian
parliament speaker, was set to serve as president until elections in
about 60 days.
(AP, 11/11/04)(WSJ, 11/11/04, p.A1)
2005 Nov 11, President Bush
strongly rebuked congressional critics of his Iraq war policy,
accusing them of being "deeply irresponsible."
2005 Nov 11, A new poll said
most Americans say they aren't impressed by the ethics and honesty
of the Bush administration, already under scrutiny for its
justifications for an unpopular war in Iraq and its role in the leak
of a covert CIA officer's identity.
2005 Nov 11, Students in
Kalamazoo, Mich., learned that an anonymous group of benefactors
will offer scholarships for at least the next 13 years to nearly all
Kalamazoo high school graduates, good at any of Michigan’s public
universities or colleges.
(SFC, 11/12/05, p.A2)
2005 Nov 11, Scientists
reported the discovery of an appetite suppressing hormone,
obestatin, that counters the appetite boosting hormone ghrelin.
(SFC, 11/11/05, p.A7)
2005 Nov 11, A scientific
partnership in high-tech cloning between US and South Korean
researchers broke up over the ethics of obtaining human egg cells.
(WSJ, 11/14/05, p.B1)
2005 Nov 11, It was reported
that a rare 1,400-pound meteorite was recently discovered seven feet
underground in southern Kansas by Steve Arnold of Kingston, Ark., in
an area long known for producing prized space rocks.
2005 Nov 11, Peter Drucker
(b.1909), Austria-born management visionary, died in California. His
39 books included “The Effective Executive" (1966). In 2007
Elizabeth Haas Edersheim authored “The Definitive Drucker."
(SFC, 11/12/05, p.B5)(WSJ, 11/14/05, p.B1)(WSJ,
2005 Nov 11, In Afghanistan
militants pulled Namatullah Yusuf Zai, a deputy provincial governor,
from his car and shot him dead. Militants also killed a former
district chief while he prayed in a mosque in Helmand province.
2005 Nov 11, In Afghanistan a
Pakistani-owned plane carrying cargo for the US-led coalition
crashed into mountains near Kabul, killing at least eight people.
2005 Nov 11, In an elaborate,
nationally televised gala at a Beijing sports arena to mark the
1,000-day countdown until the Games, senior Chinese leaders
introduced their Olympic mascots: cartoon renditions of a panda,
fish, Tibetan antelope, swallow and the Olympic flame, each one the
color of one of the Olympic rings.
2005 Nov 11, In Beijing the US
and North Korea urged each other to make concessions as a round of
six-nation talks aimed at ending the North's nuclear programs
concluded with no sign of progress or a date to meet again.
2005 Nov 11, Colombia's highest
court approved a law that clears the way for popular President
Alvaro Uribe to run for a second term next year.
2005 Nov 11, In Colombia a man
in a wheelchair who hijacked a Colombian airliner using hand
grenades was sentenced to eight years of house arrest.
2005 Nov 11, Forces tightened
security in central Paris, stationing riot police and bomb squads
along the Champs-Elysees as more than two weeks of arson and
vandalism persisted near the French capital.
2005 Nov 11, Germany's biggest
political parties reached a deal to form a coalition government,
sealing an accord that makes Angela Merkel the nation's first female
2005 Nov 11, Automaker
DaimlerChrysler AG ended its ill-fated involvement with Japan's
Mitsubishi Motors Co., selling its 12.4 percent stake in the company
to Goldman Sachs for an undisclosed price.
2005 Nov 11, US Secretary of
State Condoleezza Rice, on a surprise visit to Iraq, pressed for
unity among the country's religious factions. In Baghdad gunmen
opened fire on the compound of the Embassy of Oman, killing two
people and wounding two others. 3 Iraqi police officers were killed
when their vehicle was ambushed near Baqouba, 35 miles northeast of
(AP, 11/11/05)(AP, 11/11/06)
2005 Nov 11, Al-Qaida in Iraq
claimed that four Iraqis, including a husband and wife, carried out
the Nov 9 suicide bombings against three Amman hotels, and police
arrested 120 Jordanians and Iraqis in the hunt for anyone who might
have aided them.
2005 Nov 11, An Internet report
said Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, the highest ranking leader still
at-large from Saddam Hussein's regime, died. The report was not
(AP, 11/12/05)(AP, 11/13/05)
2005 Nov 11, An Italian
prosecutor said that the Milan prosecutor's office has asked for the
extradition of 22 purported CIA operatives in the kidnapping of an
Egyptian cleric in 2003.
2005 Nov 11, An Italian
newspaper reported that a long-awaited Vatican document, to be
released Nov 29, says practicing gays, those with "deeply rooted"
homosexual tendencies or those who support gay culture cannot be
admitted to the priesthood.
2005 Nov 11, The Japanese
government announced that Yoshifumi Nishikawa, the former president
of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp., will lead preparation of the
privatization of Japan's mammoth postal corporation. The
privatization begins October 2007.
2005 Nov 11, In Jordan
Moustapha Akkad, the Syrian-born producer of the "Halloween" horror
films, died from wounds sustained in the triple hotel bombings.
2005 Nov 11, Police fired on a
rally in Mombasa against Kenya's draft constitution, fatally
wounding four men. Police broke up the rally because President Mwai
Kibaki, who has supported the proposed constitution ahead of a
referendum on Nov. 21, was visiting the port city at the time.
2005 Nov 11, In Kuwait an
agricultural official said the deadly strain of bird flu has been
detected in a flamingo, the first known outbreak of the virus in the
2005 Nov 11, Mexican agents
arrested Ricardo Garcia Urquiza, a former medical student, who
seized control of the remnants of the Juarez cartel.
2005 Nov 11, In Morocco police
arrested 17 members of a terrorist network, including two former
prisoners at the U.S. base in Guantanamo, Cuba. At least some of the
suspects were linked to al-Qaida in Iraq.
2005 Nov 11, In Russia a senior
prosecutor said Rasul Kudayev, who was held at the US military
prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, has been detained on suspicion of
involvement in the Oct 13 attacks on police in southern Russia. He
was said to have been involved in preparing and carrying out attacks
on government and law enforcement offices in Nalchik.
2005 Nov 11, The World Trade
Organization (WTO) approved Saudi Arabia's bid to become the 149th
member of the global group, winding up a 12-year negotiating process
slowed by the country's participation in the Arab League boycott of
2005 Nov 11, The Hague war
crimes tribunal turned up the heat on Serbia, telling it to deliver
top fugitive Ratko Mladic by the end of this year or face
2005 Nov 11, Zimbabwean war
veterans demanded that US ambassador Christopher Dell leave the
country, accusing him of trying to cause unrest and threatening to
demonstrate against him if he stays.
2006 Nov 11, President Bush
marked Veterans Day at Arlington National Cemetery by praising US
troops who had fought oppression around the world, yet spoke only
briefly about Iraq, where US commanders were re-evaluating strategy.
2006 Nov 11, The US vetoed a UN
Security Council draft resolution that sought to condemn an Israeli
military offensive in the Gaza Strip and demand Israeli troops pull
out of the territory.
2006 Nov 11, Bangladesh
authorities banned demonstrations and barricades ahead of a deadline
set by a 14-party political alliance for the removal of the chief
election commissioner over allegations of bias.
2006 Nov 11, It was reported
that British scientists had invented an artificial stomach at a cost
of $1.8 million.
(SFC, 11/11/06, p.A6)
2006 Nov 11, In Beijing, China,
demonstrators angry at a crackdown on dogs staged a noisy protest,
decrying police killings of dogs and new limits on pet ownership.
2006 Nov 11, At this time about
35% of Bermuda’s population was white.
(Econ, 11/11/06, p.46)
2006 Nov 11, In Congo gunfire
and explosions boomed through Kinshasa in a new round of fighting
between forces loyal to two presidential candidates awaiting the
results of a runoff election meant to secure an end to years of war.
2006 Nov 11, In Haiti 2 UN
peacekeepers from Jordan were shot to death in Port-au-Prince after
coming under attack by gunmen. Jordan counted about 1,500 troops in
the force of some 8,800 peacekeepers. Nine peacekeepers have been
killed since the force arrived in June 2004.
2006 Nov 11, Tyler Walker
Williams, a US citizen and a student of India's national language
Hindi, became the first foreigner to win a student election at
India's prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University after mounting a
campaign critical of US foreign policy.
2006 Nov 11, In Iraq a pair of
car bombs tore through a downtown shopping district in the capital,
killing 8 people, while a Slovak and Polish soldier were reported
killed overnight by a roadside bomb south of the capital. Police
special forces said they killed two suspected insurgents and
arrested 10 others during an overnight search for those behind a
suicide bombing a day earlier that killed six Iraqi soldiers in Tal
Afar. A suicide bomber drove a car rigged with explosives into the
police station in the northern town of Zaganya, killing the police
chief, setting four vehicles on fire, and badly damaging the
building. In Baqouba a staffer with the local agriculture
directorate, Zuhair Hussein Alwan, was shot and killed. 2 bodies
that had been bound and shot in the head and chest were pulled from
the Tigris River in Suwayrah. At least 52 people were killed or
found dead across Iraq. 3 US soldiers were killed in combat in Anbar
(AP, 11/11/06)(SSFC, 11/12/06, p.A5)(AP,
2006 Nov 11, In Italy police
arrested 3 more thieves plaguing the railways for weeks by stealing
copper electrical conductors from the tracks. Among the 22 suspects
arrested since Oct 15 were 18 Romanians, three Italians and the one
man from Mali.
2006 Nov 11, Sony Corp.
launched its new PlayStation 3 (PS3) in Japan.
(Econ, 11/18/06, p.63)
2006 Nov 11, In Lebanon 5
Shiite ministers backed by Hezbollah resigned from the government.
PM Fuad Saniora refused to acknowledge the resignation.
(SSFC, 11/12/06, p.A21)
2006 Nov 11, In Myanmar senior
UN official Ibrahim Gambari met detained opposition leader Aung San
Suu Kyi and the ruling junta's top leader.
2006 Nov 11, Palestinian
students filled schools that had been empty for months, happily
greeting friends as classes resumed after a 70-day teachers' strike
that interrupted studies across the West Bank and Gaza.
2006 Nov 11, Sudanese armed
forces deliberately attacked civilians in western Darfur killing 11,
including a woman burnt to death in her home. African Union sources
later claimed 30 people were killed and 40 injured, blaming
Khartoum-backed Janjaweed militia.
(Reuters, 11/13/06)(AFP, 11/24/06)
2007 Nov 11, Marking his fifth
Veterans Day since the invasion of Iraq, President Bush honored US
troops past and present at a tearful ceremony in Texas.
2007 Nov 11, The new War
Memorial Community Center at 6655 Mission St. in Daly City, Ca.,
held its grand opening. The structure included the new John Daly
2007 Nov 11, Delbert Mann,
television and film director, died in Los Angeles. His films
included “Marty" (1955) and “That Touch of Mink" (1962).
(SFC, 11/13/07, p.D9)
2007 Nov 11, Animal rights
activists attacked as inhumane an Australian state government's
plans to shoot more than 10,000 wild horses to protect the
2007 Nov 11, In western
Afghanistan unknown gunmen on motorbikes shot dead six
pro-government tribal elders as they headed to a prayer service. In
southern Afghanistan a suicide attacker on foot blew himself up near
a NATO convoy in Helmand province, seriously wounding 3 civilians,
while two separate attacks left 3 policeman dead elsewhere in the
country. US-led coalition troops battling suspected militants in the
Garmser district of Helmand lobbed a grenade that destroyed a house
and killed 15 militants as well as a woman and two children. A
service member with the US-led coalition died of wounds suffered
during a gun battle a day earlier near the Tagab Valley of Kapisa
(AFP, 11/11/07)(AP, 11/11/07)(AP, 11/12/07)
2007 Nov 11, In France Jessica
Davies (28), the niece of multi-millionaire junior defense minister
Quentin Davies, plunged a knife into Olivier Mugnier (24), a young
Frenchman she picked up in an Irish bar. Mugnier died in her Paris
suburb flat, an hour after police arrived. He had been stabbed twice
in the upper chest. Her trial opened on Dec 11, 2010.
2007 Nov 11, Israeli police
raided more than 20 government buildings and private offices,
searching for evidence in a series of criminal investigations of
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
2007 Nov 11, In Italy a police
officer accidentally shot and killed a soccer fan while trying to
break up a fight by a Tuscan highway between supporters of rival
teams. Enraged by the killing, hundreds of fans rioted in Rome,
attacking a police station.
2007 Nov 11, Libya began
enforcing new regulations demanding an Arabic translation of
passports for visitors. A Libyan aviation official said the measures
were in response to a decision to prevent Libyans with visas for the
EU's Schengen border-free zone from entering certain European
countries, notably France and Britain.
2007 Nov 11, Proton, Malaysia’s
national car maker, said it planned to team up with companies in
Iran and Turkey to produce "Islamic cars" for the global market.
2007 Nov 11, The major Northern
Ireland Protestant paramilitary group, the Ulster Defense
Association, announced it was formally renouncing violence, but a
commander said the group would not surrender its weapons to
international disarmament officials.
2007 Nov 11, Pakistan's
military ruler said elections would be held by January but set no
time limit on emergency rule that has suspended citizens' rights,
claiming it was essential for fighting terrorism and ensuring a free
and fair vote.
2007 Nov 11, A severe storm
broke the Volganeft-139, a small Russian oil tanker, in two in the
Strait of Kerch, spilling at least 560,000 gallons of fuel into the
strait between the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea. A Russian official
said it was an "environmental disaster." 8 seamen were left missing.
Two freighters nearby also sank under 18-foot waves in storm. As
many as 10 ships sank or ran aground in the area.
(AP, 11/11/07)(Reuters, 11/12/07)(SFC, 11/12/07,
2007 Nov 11, Tens of thousands
of South Korean farmers and workers clashed with riot police at a
massive rally against a free trade agreement with the United States.
2008 Nov 11, Tim Lincecum,
pitcher for the SF Giants, was named winner of the Cy Young Award.
(SFC, 11/12/08, p.A1)
2008 Nov 11, Suspected Taliban
militants kidnapped Shamsudin Agha, a religious leader in western in
Farah province, after he criticized the use of suicide attacks as a
weapon of war in the country. Authorities recovered Agha's body the
2008 Nov 11, Bolivian officials
said they have formally asked the US to extradite former President
Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada, who ordered a military crackdown on 2003
riots in which at least 60 people died.
2008 Nov 11, Jack Scott (85),
former British TV sitcom star (On the Buses), died.
(Econ, 12/6/08, p.109)
2008 Nov 11, At least 13
soldiers were killed in an ambush by rebels at Kabo, near the
Central African Republic's border with Chad, 400 kilometers (250
miles) north of Bangui.
2008 Nov 11, The UN reported
that hundreds of Congolese soldiers rampaged through several
villages in eastern Congo raping women and pillaging homes as they
pulled back ahead of a feared rebel advance.
(SFC, 11/12/08, p.A7)
2008 Nov 11, Egypt's chief
archaeologist has announced the discovery of a 4,300-year-old
pyramid in Saqqara, the sprawling necropolis and burial site of the
rulers of ancient Memphis. The new pyramid is the 118th discovered
so far in Egypt.
2008 Nov 11, Armed Bedouin
attacked a security checkpoint in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula and seized
11 policemen in a restive area near the border with Israel. The
Bedouin tribesmen were angered by a police shooting a day earlier
that killed a suspected Bedouin smuggler in the area.
2008 Nov 11, French police
arrested 10 people, described as anarchists, suspected for the
recent sabotaging of high-speed trains. In 5 instances since late
October iron rods were jammed into power cables in order to hold up
(WSJ, 11/12/08, p.A12)
2008 Nov 11, The Imams Bridge
in north Baghdad reopened. It had closed 3 years ago after a
stampede during a Shiite procession killed almost 1,000 people. A
pair of roadside bombs exploded in quick succession in east Baghdad
during the morning rush hour, killing 3 people and wounding 14
others. An Internet monitoring service said 10 Iraqi insurgent
groups have agreed to escalate attacks against US and Iraqi forces
to derail the proposed US-Iraqi security agreement. Hajji Hammadi, a
leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, was killed. He was blamed in the April,
2004, abduction and murder of Army reservist Staff Sgt. Matt Maupin
of Batavia, Ohio.
(AP, 11/11/08)(AP, 11/12/08)(AP, 11/20/08)
2008 Nov 11, Rabbi Meir Porush,
an ultra-Orthodox rabbi, faced off against Nir Barkat (49), a
secular businessman, in Jerusalem's mayoral race. Nir Barkat, a
former paratroops officer, won the election with 52% support.
(AP, 11/11/08)(AP, 11/12/08)
2008 Nov 11, Mohamed Nasheed
took the oath of office as the Maldives' first democratically
elected president. He now leads the flattest nation on Earth, with
an average height of 2.3 meters (7 feet) above sea level, and one
considered particularly vulnerable to the perils of global climate
change and rising sea levels.
2008 Nov 11, In Mexico 21
police were arrested in the northern border city of Tijuana on
suspicion of working with criminal gangs. The body of a 28-year-old
man was dumped in an empty lot in the beach resort of Rosarito,
2008 Nov 11, Myanmar sentenced
23 activists, including 5 Buddhist monks arrested during anti-junta
protests last year to 65 years each in jail, in what rights groups
branded a fresh attempt to stifle dissent. Min Ko Naing, considered
as one of Myanmar's top activists, was among those sentenced.
(AP, 11/11/08)(AFP, 11/14/08)(AFP, 11/15/08)
2008 Nov 11, A Nigerian appeal
court sacked the governor of the southern state of Edo following
complaints of vote irregularities and declared his opponent the
2008 Nov 11, Pakistan’s
military said at least 11 Taliban militants were killed and two
soldiers wounded in gunfights with troops in the northwestern Swat
valley, rocked by a violent campaign to introduce Islamic law. A
suicide bomber blew himself up outside the Peshawar Sports Complex,
hosting athletes from around the country, killing at least two
2008 Nov 11, Russia’s central
bank widened its target band for the currency’s rate against the
dollar by about 1% in each direction. Weeks of rigid defense had
fueled a $112 billion decline in reserves. The central bank also
raised interest rate by 1% in an effort to keep money from flowing
out of the country.
(WSJ, 11/12/08, p.A8)
2008 Nov 11, Rwanda expelled
the German ambassador and Pres. Kagame declared that Germany
violated his country's sovereignty when it arrested one of his aides
in connection with an attack that set off Rwanda's 1994 genocide.
2008 Nov 11, Swedish truck and
bus maker Volvo AB said it will lay off nearly 1,000 staff at its
powertrain unit in Sweden and the United States as the global
financial crisis continues to weigh on the demand for heavy
2008 Nov 11, In Taiwan former
Pres. Chen Sui-bian was detained by police after prosecutors sought
his formal arrest on corruption and money laundering charges. He was
later taken to hospital complaining that police had roughed him up.
(SFC, 11/12/08, p.A4)
2008 Nov 11, Uruguay's Senate
voted to depenalize abortion during the first trimester, a rare step
in a Latin American nation. President Tabare Vasquez vetoed the
measure on Nov 14.
(AP, 11/11/08)(AP, 11/14/08)
2008 Nov 11, In Zimbabwe riot
police beat dozens of students and pro-democracy activists marching
through Harare to demand a new government to tackle the country's
worsening economic and political crisis.
2009 Nov 11, Andy Warhol’s 1962
painting “200 One Dollar Bills" sold for a record $43.8 million at a
Sotheby’s auction in NYC.
(SFC, 11/13/09, p.F8)
2009 Nov 11, Hewlett-Packard
Co. said it will acquire 3Com Corp. in a $2.7 billion deal that
would put HP in direct competition with Cisco Systems in networking
(SFC, 11/12/09, p.A1)
2009 Nov 11, Scientists in
South Africa said that a newly discovered dinosaur species that
roamed the Earth about 200 million years ago may help explain how
the creatures evolved into the largest animals on land. The Aardonyx
celestae was a 23-foot- (7-meter-) long small-headed herbivore with
a huge barrel of a chest. The species walked on its hind legs but
could drop to all fours.
2009 Nov 11, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber on a motorcycle detonated his explosives near a NATO
military convoy in the province of Zabul, killing a man and a woman
and wounding another three passers-by.
2009 Nov 11, The Australian
Capital Territory, home to the nation's parliament, became the first
Australian region to legalize civil partnership ceremonies for
same-sex couples, in a move supporters hoped would spark national
2009 Nov 11, Brazil emerged
from a widespread power outage that plunged its major cities and at
least nine states into darkness for over 2 hours, prompting security
fears and concern from residents about another black eye for a
country hosting the 2016 Olympic Games. Transmission problems had
knocked one of the world's biggest hydroelectric dams offline.
2009 Nov 11, The British Home
Office said DNA of innocent people arrested then cleared without
charge will be held by the government for no more than six years.
2009 Nov 11, Cypriots gave a
guarded response to Britain's offer to hand back half its remaining
three percent of Cyprus's landmass if rival sides on the ethnically
split island reach a peace deal.
2009 Nov 11, The leaders of
France and Germany appeared together at a ceremony in Paris, for the
first time since World War I, to commemorate the end of the
conflict, saying it is now time to celebrate their countries'
reconciliation and friendship.
2009 Nov 11, In Ghana the roof
of an illegal gold mine collapsed killing 15 people, including 13
women, in one of the worst mining disasters to hit the African
(AFP, 11/12/09)(SFC, 11/13/09, p.A2)
2009 Nov 11, Iran executed
Ehsan Fattahian (28), a Kurdish activist, at a prison in Sanandaj.
He was a member of the Party of Free Life in Kurdistan, a militant
group outlawed by Iran.
(SFC, 11/12/09, p.A2)
2009 Nov 11, The Israeli
military released a series of documents and photos it said proved
Iran was behind a massive shipment of weapons Israel's navy
commandos intercepted last week. Among the arms Israel says it found
aboard the vessel were 9,000 mortar bombs, 3,000 Katyusha rockets,
3,000 gun shells, 20,000 grenades and over a half million rounds of
small arms ammunition.
2009 Nov 11, An Italian company
that helped build a communications satellite for Iran said there are
no plans to launch it, denying an announcement made in Tehran this
2009 Nov 11, In Mexico reporter
Maria Esther Aguilar, who wrote about organized crime, disappeared
in western Michoacan state.
2009 Nov 11, Forbes Magazine
named drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, a fugitive reputed to be
hiding in the mountains of northern Mexico, to its list of the 67
"World's Most Powerful People." Business groups in the Mexican
border city of Ciudad Juarez said they are calling for UN
peacekeepers to quell the drug-related violence that has given their
city one of the highest homicide rates in the world.
2009 Nov 11, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb killed nine security officers close to the Afghan
border. Some 12 hours earlier, dozens of militants armed with
automatic weapons and rocket launchers attacked a security outpost
in the same Mohmand region, killing two soldiers and wounding three
others. The army responded by shelling militant positions there,
killing 10 suspected fighters.
2009 Nov 11, In Somalia gunmen
in Bossaso killed High Court Judge Mohamed Abdi Aware, a top judge
who had sentenced many pirates and human traffickers to long jail
terms. 3 men were arrested the next day over the killing. Puntland
legislator Ibrahim Ilmi Warsame was also shot dead as he sat in a
restaurant with friends.
2009 Nov 11, In Sudan 11 people
were killed in fighting in southern Jonglei state in clashes between
the Dinka and Shilluk ethnic groups.
2009 Nov 11, In Tanzania a
landslide followed a night of heavy rains and killed 11 children and
9 adults near Mt. Kilimanjaro.
2009 Nov 11, Venezuelan
authorities destroyed more than 30,000 illegal firearms as part of
an effort to combat soaring crime. The government stopped releasing
complete annual murder figures in 2005, but in 2008 the Justice
Ministry said homicides averaged 152 a week, or roughly 7,900 for 12
2010 Nov 11, In Yale, Michigan,
two men, dressed in Halloween masks, climbed through a window into a
home around midnight and attacked a couple as they slept in
their bed. Paul Skinner (47) managed to chase the suspects out of
the home before collapsing from multiple knife wounds. His wife Mara
Skinner (44) suffered more than 20 stab wounds and a punctured lung.
On Nov 14 police arrested Tia Marie-Mitchell Skinner (17), her
18-year-old boyfriend Jonathan Kurtz and James Preston (18). They
were charged with murder, attempted murder and conspiracy.
2010 Nov 11, The Afghan
election commission said that it had opened an investigation into
allegations that a top government official pressured an election
worker to rig the results of the parliamentary ballot in western
Afghanistan. At least 15 insurgents were killed by in a fierce round
of fighting in Helmand province. 2 Taliban bomb makers were captured
in an area of Kandahar province near the Pakistan border.
(AP, 11/11/10)(AP, 11/12/10)
2010 Nov 11, International and
Brazilian human rights organizations submitted a formal petition to
the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), denouncing
grave and imminent violations upon the rights of indigenous and
riverine communities affected by the construction of Belo Monte Dam
on the Xingu River in the Brazilian Amazon.
2010 Nov 11, The British
government unveiled plans to stop handouts for up to three years to
jobless who refuse work, in the biggest shake-up in the history of
the welfare state, a day after violent protests rocked London.
2010 Nov 11, In Britain an
18th-century Chinese porcelain vase, sold by a family clearing out a
deceased relative's house in a suburb of London, went to a Chinese
buyer for 51.6 million pounds ($83 million), more than 40 times the
pre-sale estimate and a record for a Chinese work of art. The price
included 20% in fees.
2010 Nov 11, China said it has
toughened rare earth export rules to allow only producers that meet
environmental protection laws and international standards to ship
the precious elements out of the country.
2010 Nov 11, In Dagestan
shootouts across the capital of Makhachkala killed at least six
policemen and four suspected militants.
2010 Nov 11, In Egypt Muslim
Brotherhood lawyer Abdel Moneim Abdel Maqsud said 31 of the group's
members were detained in the port city of Ismailia over the last 24
hours, including the three candidates for the district.
2010 Nov 11, An EU indictment
revealed that at least 9 people, including former Kosovo senior
health ministry official Ilir Rrecaj, were suspected of involvement
in an international network that falsely promised poor people
payment for their kidneys and then sold the organs for as much as
euro100,000 ($137,000). Five Kosovo nationals, Turkish doctor Yusuf
Sonmez and Moshe Harel, an Israeli citizen, were listed as wanted by
(AP, 11/12/10)(SFC, 11/13/10, p.A2)
2010 Nov 11, In Iraq Shi'ite
Nuri al-Maliki was re-nominated as prime minister. Lawmakers from
the Sunni-backed Iraqiya alliance of former PM Iyad Allawi walked
out of the parliamentary session. Parliament met for only the 2nd
time since the inconclusive March 7 election, electing Jalal
Talabani, a Kurd, as president and Iraqiya lawmaker Osama
al-Nujaifi, a Sunni, as speaker.
2010 Nov 11, Israeli police and
stone-throwing youths clashed for a third day running in the Arab
neighborhood of Issawiya in occupied east Jerusalem.
2010 Nov 11, Israel's
government told its citizens to immediately leave Egypt's Sinai
desert because of a kidnapping threat from the Army of Islam. A day
later Egyptian security officials said they had and confiscated
explosives this week and arrested 20-25 members of a cell planning
to attack Israelis and international forces in Sinai.
(AFP, 11/11/10)(AFP, 11/12/10)
2010 Nov 11, In Madagascar
police detained three politicians who have called for boycotting a
constitutional referendum scheduled next week.
2010 Nov 11, In Nicaragua Jason
Puracal, a former American Peace Corp worker, was working in his San
Juan del Sur real estate office when National Police agents burst in
without a warrant. On Aug 29, 2011, Judge Kriguer Alberto Artola
Narvaez ruled that Puracal was guilty of money laundering, and said
in a sentencing document that the American's bank accounts had
registered deposits and withdrawals of large sums of money. His case
was on appeal.
2010 Nov 11, A Nigerian
government report identified Iranians Azimi Agajany and Sayed Akbar
Tahmaesebi as the men who organized a shipment of arms through a
Tehran-based company called International Trading and General
Construction. The arms containers sat at Lagos' busy Apapa port from
July until Oct. 26, when Nigerian security agents carried out a raid
and discovered the weapons inside.
2010 Nov 11, In Pakistan a
massive explosion ripped through a security compound on a busy
commercial street in Karachi, killing at least 20 people and
injuring more than 100.
(Reuters, 11/11/10)(SFC, 11/12/10, p.A4)
2010 Nov 11, A Russian paper
said the head of Russia's deep cover US spying operations betrayed
the network and defected, potentially giving the West one of its
biggest intelligence coups since the end of the Cold War. Kommersant
named the man as Col. Shcherbakov and said he had left Russia days
before US authorities announced the spy ring arrests on June 28.
2010 Nov 11, In Serbia a law
restricting smoking went into effect. Cafes and restaurants were
required to provide nonsmoking areas. Smoking was banned in offices
and public areas.
(SFC, 11/12/10, p.A2)
2010 Nov 11, Somali pirates
overran the Panamanian-flagged MV Hannibal II, a chemical tanker,
capturing the vessel and 31 crew members. The hijacking took place
nearly 900 nautical miles east of the Horn of Africa, which is
closer to India than Somalia. In December one crew member was
evacuated for possible appendicitis. The Hannibal II and 30 crew
members were released in March 2011.
(AP, 11/11/10)(AP, 3/17/11)
2010 Nov 11, A 2-day G20
economic summit opened in Seoul, South Korea, with President Barack
Obama and fellow world leaders sharply divided over currency and
trade policies. They hoped to address 3 major concerns: a) the
dominance of the dollar as a reserve currency and America’s
management of it; b) the problem of vast foreign exchange reserves,
particularly in emerging countries; c) The scale and volatility of
(AP, 11/11/10)(Econ, 11/6/10, p.85)
2010 Nov 11, A woman (41) made
her way to South Korea from North Korea becoming the 20,000th
defector to do so. The last 10,000 came over the last 3 years.
(Econ, 11/20/10, p.50)
2010 Nov 11, In Sudan a Tarco
Airline Russian-built Antonov 26 carrying 36-38 people crashed on
landing in the western Darfur region killing at least 6 and wounding
(AP, 11/11/10)(AFP, 11/12/10)
2010 Nov 11, The WHO said a
rare parasitic disease has killed 260 people in southern Sudan in
the past year, a figure that is threatening to double in the coming
months. Kala azar, or visceral leishmaniasis, is a rare tropical
disease contracted by the bite of a sand fly.
2010 Nov 11, Taiwan's Supreme
Court cut ex-leader Chen Shui-bian's prison sentence for corruption
in a land deal to 11 years, in its first ruling on the island's most
high-profile graft scandal.
2011 Nov 11, The Crystal
Bridges Museum of American Art, designed by architect Moshe Safdie,
opened in Bentonville, Ark., with a $1.2 billion endowment from the
Walton Family Foundation.
(Econ, 11/12/11, p.100)
2011 Nov 11, In Michigan a
decade-old organization known as TheCall, that counts Islam among
the ills facing the nation, began a 24-hour prayer rally at Ford
Field in Detroit, an with one of the largest Muslim communities in
the United States. Leaders of TheCall believed a satanic spirit is
shaping all parts of US society, and it must be challenged through
intensive Christian prayer and fasting.
2011 Nov 11, William Aramony
(84), former president of the United Way of America charity, died in
Virginia. He had resigned in 1992 and was convicted in 1995 for
misusing funds to support a lavish lifestyle and a teenage mistress.
(SFC, 11/15/11, p.A10)
2011 Nov 11, In Afghanistan a
mother and daughter were killed in their home in Ghazni city by
armed men who apparently accused them of "immoral activities."
Afghan police arrested two men in connection with the case. A NATO
soldier was killed in an insurgent attack in the south.
2011 Nov 11, Australian police
seized about 660 pounds (300 kg) of cocaine from a yacht at the
northeastern coastal town of Bundaberg. Police said the yacht was
crewed by Ivan Maria Ramos Valea (35) and Julia Maria Boada
Fernandez (37), who were both arrested. Two other Spanish citizens,
Miguel Angel Sanchez Barrocal (38) and Jose Herrero-Calvo (39) were
also arrested in Bundaberg.
2011 Nov 11, The Austria-based
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said very low levels of
radiation, which are higher than normal but don't seem to pose a
health hazard, are being registered in the Czech Republic and
elsewhere in Europe.
2011 Nov 11, A British judge
sentenced Steven Cardwell, a British man, to at least 11 years in
prison for selling handguns smuggled into the country by Steven
Greenoe, a former US Marine.
2011 Nov 11, EMI, the
London-based record label that for 80 years brought the world
everyone from the Beatles and Queen to Coldplay and Katy Perry, was
chopped up and will be sold in pieces, with Vivendi's Universal
Music Group winning EMI's recorded music auction with a $1.9 billion
(1.1 billion pounds) offer. A consortium led by Japan's Sony said it
won the auction for EMI's music publishing operations in a deal
valued at $2.2 billion. For EMI owner Citigroup Inc, which took
control of the record label after its previous owner, Guy Hands'
buyout shop Terra Firma, defaulted on loans owed to the investment
bank, the deal value approached the break-even level.
2011 Nov 11, Cameroon’s
National Anti-Corruption Commission (Conac) said in its first
report, since its creation by President Paul Biya in 2006, that 45
million euros ($62 million) had gone missing from the public works
ministry, the general treasury and the maize industry. Those
figures came from an investigation CONAC conducted in 2009.
(AFP, 11/11/11)(AFP, 4/17/12)
2011 Nov 11, Ahmad Rezaei, the
son of prominent Iranian conservative Mohsen Rezaei, died in Dubai's
Gloria Hotel in an apparent suicide. Prior to his return to Iran in
2005, Ahmad Rezaei had lived in the United States and openly
criticized Tehran's rulers. His father had run against President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009.
2011 Nov 11, French Pres.
Sarkozy presided over the traditional Armistice Day ceremony, which
marks 93 years since fighting in WWI came to an end. He lay a wreath
at the tomb of the unknown soldier under Paris' Arc de Triomphe and
lit a flame, but strayed from convention by declaring Nov. 11 a day
to remember the dead from all of France's wars.
2011 Nov 11, Haitian Culture
Minister Choiseul Henriquez (51), a former journalist and newly
appointed, died of a brain hemorrhage while in Canada.
2011 Nov 11, Indonesia opened
the 26th Southeast Asian Games with more than 6,000 athletes from 11
countries participating in the biennial games.
2011 Nov 11, Israeli soldiers
manning a West Bank checkpoint mistakenly shot and killed an Israeli
2011 Nov 11, Italy sped a
package of reforms toward approval and prepared to hand its
dysfunctional government over to a technocrat, who Europe hopes can
save the country from going broke. Financial markets around the
world rallied in relief. Mario Monti, a distinguished economist, was
expected to succeed PM Berlusconi.
2011 Nov 11, Kenyan military
and Somali government forces killed 4 al-Shabab members.
2011 Nov 11, Senior Kosovo
politician Fatmir Limaj, a former ethnic Albanian rebel commander,
and eight other defendants went on trial for allegedly torturing and
executing Serb prisoners during the 1998-99 Kosovo war.
2011 Nov 11, A Lebanese man had
a leg blown off after stepping on a mine planted hours earlier by
Syrian troops along Lebanon's northern border.
2011 Nov 11, Liberia's
opposition leader Winston Tubman said he was willing to work with
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf after disputed polls left the
war-scarred nation more divided than ever.
2011 Nov 11, In Libya 2 people
were killed in connection to a dispute between rival militias near
Tripoli, amid rising concern about the uncontrolled ownership of
2011 Nov 11, Mexico’s Interior
Secretary Francisco Blake Mora (45) was killed in a helicopter
crash, a stunning mishap too odd for some Mexicans to accept as an
accident. Mora was appointed in June 2010, the 4th interior
secretary since Calderon was elected five years ago. The crash of
the Super Puma helicopter, part of the presidential fleet, also
killed the undersecretary for legal affairs and human rights, Felipe
Zamora, two other interior officials, the chief of Blake Mora's
security detail and three crew members.
2011 Nov 11, Niger President
Mahamadou Issoufou, during a visit to South Africa, said his
government has decided to grant Moamer Kadhafi's son Saadi asylum
for humanitarian reasons, adding that his brother Seif al-Islam is
not in the country. He also said Niger's army has clashed repeatedly
with arms traffickers from neighboring Libya.
(AFP, 11/11/11)(AP, 11/11/11)
2011 Nov 11, Polish police
arrested 210 people during Independence Day marches that turned
violent, and that nearly half of them were Germans. 40 police
officers were injured and 14 police cars destroyed. Far-right
protesters, football hooligans and anarchists from Germany were
2011 Nov 11, Qatar-based Al
Jazeera opened its 2nd foreign language station broadcasting in
Serbo-Croatian from Bosnia. English broadcasts began in 2006.
(Econ, 11/12/11, p.58)
2011 Nov 11, Solomon Islands’
PM Danny Philip resigned to avoid a no confidence motion following
allegations of misappropriation of aid from Taiwan. Gordon Darcy
Lilo (b.1965) replaced him on Nov 16.
2011 Nov 11, South Africa's
former finance minister Trevor Manuel unveiled a plan to end poverty
by creating 11 million jobs by 2030.
2011 Nov 11, Sri Lanka’s new
law to nationalize "under utilized" private firms came into effect.
Opposition and press said it could shatter investor confidence and
push the country into authoritarian rule.
2011 Nov 11, Swaziland said it
will delay paying salaries to civil servants by up to two weeks, as
the kingdom's financial crisis deepens.
2011 Nov 11, In Syria at least
14 people were killed in violence, most of them in the restive city
of Homs, as Human Rights Watch accused the regime of crimes against
2011 Nov 11, Ugandan police
arrested George Kiberu (35), a taxi dispatcher, for “abusing the
presidency" after he built a pigsty out of old election posters
featuring images of Pres. Yoweri Museveni.
(SSFC, 11/13/11, p.A6)
2011 Nov 11, The UN atomic
agency (IAEA) shared satellite images, letters and diagrams with 35
nations as it sought to underpin its case that Iran apparently
worked secretly on developing a nuclear weapon.
2011 Nov 11, In Yemen forces
loyal to President Abdullah Saleh shelled the country's second
largest city Taez, killing 15 people, among them two women and a
(AFP, 11/11/11)(AP, 11/12/11)
2011 Nov 11, Zimbabwean
President Robert Mugabe and PM Morgan Tsvangirai called for peace in
the wake of attacks on the premier's party, as tensions rise with
expectations for elections next year.
2012 Nov 11, In Afghanistan a
gunman wearing an Afghan army uniform shot and killed a member of
the US-led coalition forces in Helmand province. 11 Afghan civilians
were killed by land mines in explosions in the east and south.
2012 Nov 11, Afghan forces of
killed at least four Pakistani civilians in a cross-border shelling
attack. Pakistani intelligence officials and a local resident put
the death toll at five, four men and a child.
2012 Nov 11, In Belize Gregory
Viant Faull, an expatriot American from Florida, was found shot dead
at his beach front home in San Pedro Town on Ambergris Caye. Police
said John McAfee (67), founder of the McAfee anti-virus software,
was a person of interst in the case.
(SFC, 11/13/12, p.A1)
2012 Nov 11, Ireland's PM Enda
Kenny laid a wreath in Enniskillen to honor fallen soldiers at a
British Remembrance Day service for the first time, the latest
gesture of reconciliation between historic foes. Deputy Prime
Minister Eamon Gilmore became the first Irish minister to attend a
Remembrance Day service at Belfast City Hall, laying a wreath at the
2012 Nov 11, Israeli aircraft
struck the Gaza Strip, killing a Palestinian man, as militants
bombarded the Jewish state with rockets and mortars in a fierce
second day of fighting.
2012 Nov 11, Israel was drawn
into the Syrian civil war for the first time, firing warning shots
into the neighboring country after a stray mortar shell from across
the border hit an Israeli military post in the Golan Heights. Syrian
army forces backed by helicopter gunships and artillery attacked a
border area with Turkey after rebels captured the Ras al-Ayn
2012 Nov 11, A Jordanian
criminal court sentenced the kingdom's ex-intelligence chief to 13
years and three months in prison for embezzlement of public funds,
money laundering and abuse of office. The court also demanded in
court that Mohammed al-Dahabi pay 21 million Jordanian dinars ($29.6
million) in fines to the state and return money he allegedly
laundered and embezzled during his 2005-2008 tenure.
2012 Nov 11, In southern
Lebanon shooting between Sunni and Shiite Muslim gunmen killed three
people and wounded at least five in the port city of Sidon.
2012 Nov 11, West African
nations (ECOWAS) agreed to send some 3,000 troops to help Mali wrest
back control of its northern half, which was seized by
al-Qaida-linked fighters more than six months ago.
2012 Nov 11, Northern Myanmar
was struck by a magnitude-6.8 earthquake, collapsing a bridge and a
gold mine, damaging several old Buddhist pagodas and leaving as many
as 12 people feared dead.
2012 Nov 11, Royal Dutch Shell
PLC said it has shut down a pipeline in Nigeria's oil-rich southern
delta after finding leaks it blamed on oil thieves.
2012 Nov 11, In Qatar
Syrian anti-government groups struck a deal under intense
international pressure to form a new 63-member opposition
leadership. The delegates elected Islamic preacher Maath al-Khatib
president of the new coalition. Leading opposition figures Riad Seif
and Suheir Atassi were elected vice presidents. The new leadership
will be called the Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and
(AP, 11/11/12)(Econ, 11/17/12, p.47)
2012 Nov 11, Slovenians voted
for a president, hoping whoever wins will boost the prospects of the
small, economically struggling country. Competing were incumbent
President Danilo Turk (60), former PM Borut Pahor (49) and ruling
center-right coalition candidate, Milan Zver (50). No candidate
appeared to win an outright majority and a runoff was expected next
month between Turk and Pahor.
(AP, 11/11/12)(AP, 11/12/12)
2012 Nov 11, In South Africa
thieves posing as eager art students with their teacher stole more
than $2 million worth of paintings from the Pretoria Art Museum in a
daring armed robbery. On Nov 13 police officers found four of the
missing five pieces of art in a private cemetery in Port Elizabeth,
hundreds of miles away from where they had been stolen.
(AP, 11/12/12)(AP, 11/13/12)
2013 Nov 11, In Pennsylvania
Troy LaFerrara was stabbed to death. His body was found the next day
in an alley in Sunbury. He had responded to an online ad for
companionship in exchange for money and was stabbed to death a day
earlier. On Dec 6 Elytte Barbour (22) and wife Miranda (18) were
arrested. The couple, married for three weeks, said they had wanted
to kill someone together. On Sep 18, 2014, the Barbours were
sentenced to life in prison.
(SSFC, 12/8/13, p.A12)(SFC, 9/19/14, p.A6)
2013 Nov 11, In Texas 3 people
were killed when their single-engine plane crashed into a lakebed
(SFC, 11/12/13, p.A4)
2013 Nov 11, Drugs group Shire,
based in Scotland, said that it has agreed to buy US-based rare
disease specialist ViroPharma for about $4.2 billion (3.1 billion
euros) in cash.
2013 Nov 11, Britain said it
has revived diplomatic relations with Iran and appointed a
non-resident charge d'affaires, two years after an angry mob
ransacked the British embassy in Tehran. Iran appointed a new charge
d'affaires to Britain to revive diplomatic ties.
2013 Nov 11, Struggling
low-cost British airline Flybe said it plans to axe another 500 jobs
as it pursues a round of cost-cutting measures.
2013 Nov 11, Cambodian police
arrested Russian real estate tycoon Sergei Polonsky (40) for the
second time this year and said they planned to extradite him at
Moscow's request to face embezzlement charges there.
2013 Nov 11, The International
Court of Justice said a 1962 ruling by its judges gave Cambodia
sovereignty over the Preah Vihear promontory and Thailand is now
obligated to withdraw any military or police forces stationed there.
Cambodia thus held sovereignty over a 1,000-year-old Khmer temple on
the disputed promontory.
2013 Nov 11, The EU and United
States began a second round of talks on the world's largest
free-trade accord despite damaging revelations of US spying on its
2013 Nov 11, The European Space
Agency says one of its research satellites re-entered the Earth's
atmosphere early today on an orbit that passed over Siberia, the
western Pacific Ocean, the eastern Indian Ocean and Antarctica. The
Gravity field and Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) was launched in
2009. Most of the 2,425 lb satellite disintegrated, but about 25%
slammed into the Atlantic Ocean a few hundred miles from the
(AP, 11/11/13)(SFC, 11/12/13, p.A2)
2013 Nov 11, French authorities
filed preliminary charges against Bob Dylan over a 2012 interview in
which he is quoted comparing Croatians to Nazis and the Ku Klux
2013 Nov 11, Iran and the UN
nuclear watchdog agreed on a "roadmap for cooperation" over Tehran's
controversial atomic drive, as the US accused Iran of scuttling
efforts to end the deadlock.
2013 Nov 11, In Iraq attacks
north of Baghdad killed 5 people. Police found two corpses bearing
signs of torture, a scene reminiscent of the country's all-out
sectarian war. Gunmen seized a power plant in Anbar province,
handcuffed the guards and bombed the facility, leaving the
surrounding town of Kubaisa without electricity. In Fallujah police
shot dead 2 militants wearing suicide vests, including one who was
driving a vehicle rigged with explosives, at the entrance to a
2013 Nov 11, Liberian officials
said their Drug Enforcement Agency has arrested the head of the
presidential motorcade over the weekend for allegedly using an
official vehicle to smuggle 297 kg (654 pounds) of marijuana into
Liberia from neighboring Sierra Leone.
2013 Nov 11, Mexican officials
said authorities have detained a former US soldier (32) accused of
leading a gang of kidnappers in northern Mexico. He carried two
identities -- Luis Ricardo Gonzalez Garcia and Javier Aguirre
Cardenas, and was accused of ordering the September 25 kidnapping of
Jorge Luis Martinez Martinez, the 70-year-old father of the mayor of
the town of Zuazua.
2013 Nov 11, Morocco unveiled
details of an "exceptional operation" to give official papers to
some of its 25,000-40,000 illegal immigrants from sub-Saharan
Africa, many of whom hope to reach Europe.
2013 Nov 11, Hamas marine
forces in Gaza foiled an attempt by residents to smuggle a car from
Egypt, signaling a new area of illicit trade as the Egyptian army
cracks down on border tunnels.
2013 Nov 11, Authorities in the
Philippines said at least 9.7 million people in 41 provinces were
affected by Typhoon Haiyan, aka Typhoon Yolanda. Presidential
spokesman Edwin Lacierda said "we pray" that the death toll is less
(AP, 11/11/13)(Econ, 11/23/13, p.46)
2013 Nov 11, In Poland
thousands of delegates from nations and environment organizations
from around the world opened two weeks of United Nations climate
talks meant to lay the groundwork for a new pact to fight global
2013 Nov 11, Violence marred
Polish independence day as ultra-nationalist rioters went on the
rampage outside the Russian embassy in Warsaw, igniting a diplomatic
row with Moscow.
2013 Nov 11, A Russian space
capsule carrying the Sochi Olympic torch and three astronauts
returned to Earth from the International Space Station in a flawless
landing on the steppes of Kazakhstan.
2013 Nov 11, Senegalese police
detained five women accused of violating the country's anti-gay law,
highlighting increased pressure on suspected lesbians in the deeply
conservative West African nation. The five women were soon charged
under the country's anti-gay law that imposes prison sentences of up
to five years for homosexual acts.
(AP, 11/12/13)(AP, 11/14/13)
2013 Nov 11, In South Africa 29
people died and several others were injured after a bus collided
with a truck in eastern Mpumalanga province.
2013 Nov 11, In Spain cartons,
plastic bottles and other litter piled up in the streets of Madrid
as an open-ended strike by street-sweepers against layoffs and pay
cuts entered the seventh day.
2013 Nov 11, Syria's main
opposition grouping said it was willing to attend peace talks on the
condition that President Bashar al-Assad transfer power and be
excluded from any transition process. 5 children were killed and 27
people wounded when mortar rounds hit a school in Damascus.
2013 Nov 11, In Tunisia a man
(32) from a poor neighbourhood of Tunis set himself on fire outside
a government building and was rushed to a specialist medical clinic.
The man was reportedly a victim of deprived social circumstances,
suffered psychological problems, and had tried to kill himself late
last month by leaping from an electricity pylon.
2013 Nov 11, In Vietnam a
weakened Typhoon Haiyan landed in the northern province of Quang
Ninh. Some 14 people were killed, but all of them during the course
of storm preparations.
2014 Nov 11, In Afghanistan two
senior officials of an Afghan bank that collapsed in 2010 beneath
almost $1 billion in debt were sentenced in a Kabul court to 15
years prison each for embezzlement and fraud. The court also ordered
the assets of Mahmood Karzai and Hasin Fahim, brothers respectively
of the former president and deputy president, along with 17 other
defendants, frozen until their debts are repaid.
2014 Nov 11, The armed forces
of Azerbaijan shot down and destroyed an Armenian military
helicopter in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Azerbaijan said its
forces shot down the Russian-made Mi-24 helicopter gunship after it
tried to attack its positions.
2014 Nov 11, China’s Pres. Xi
Jinping said an Asia-Pacific summit has endorsed a Beijing-backed
route towards a vast free trade area in the region.
2014 Nov 11, Greek police said
a man (48) was arrested in Karyes, administrative center of Mount
Athos, the 1,000-year-old Greek Orthodox monastic community. The
former accountant of an eastern Athens municipality was convicted in
absentia in 2011 of involvement in embezzling 9 million euros, fraud
and forgery. He had passed himself off as a novice monk for the last
2014 Nov 11, Israeli troops
shot dead a Palestinian (21) during clashes in the occupied West
2014 Nov 11, In northern Italy
the regions of Tuscany, Liguria, Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna were all
badly affected by torrential rain and flooding. An elderly couple
was believed to be buried under a mudslide.
2014 Nov 11, Kyrgyzstan
President Almazbek Atambayev, who has completed a tour seeking help
from neighboring countries, said that he obtained a preliminary
agreement for gas-rich Turkmenistan to supply up to 1 billion
kilowatt hours annually. Kazakhstan last week agreed to provide 1.4
billion kilowatt hours per year, around one-fifth of Kyrgyzstan's
2014 Nov 11, In northwest
Pakistan a US drone strike reportedly killed 6 suspected militants
in North Waziristan. Dr. Sarbaland, also called Abu Khalid, and
Major Sheikh Adil Abdul Qadus, a former Pakistani army major, were
killed in the strike. Sarbaland's two young sons were also killed.
(AP, 11/11/14)(SFC, 11/12/14, p.A2)(Reuters,
2014 Nov 11, In southern
Pakistan a head-on collision between a passenger bus and a truck on
a highway killed 58 people.
2014 Nov 11, In Poland police
in Warsaw used water cannon to push back several hundred masked men
who broke away from a far-right march and threw stones and flares at
lines of riot police. Nationalist groups march through Warsaw each
year to mark the anniversary of independence, but for the fourth
year in a row the procession turned violent.
2014 Nov 11, Sierra Leone said
it was holding a journalist at the Pademba Road prison, built for
324 inmates but currently houses around 1,200, because he had
accused the government of provoking the kind of unrest seen in
Burkina Faso through mismanagement of the Ebola crisis. David Tam
Baryoh was arrested a week ago on the orders of President Ernest Bai
2014 Nov 11, In South Africa a
parliamentary committee released the findings of its investigation
in the upgrades of Pres. Zuma’s personal home which cleared the
2014 Nov 11, In South Korea the
captain of the Sewol ferry that capsized in April killing 304
passengers was jailed for 36 years after a court found him guilty of
negligence, but was acquitted of homicide. The court convicted the
ship's chief engineer of homicide for not aiding two injured fellow
crew members and sentenced him to 30 years in prison. 13 surviving
crew members of the ferry were found guilty of various charges,
including negligence, and handed down prison terms ranging from five
to 20 years.
2014 Nov 11, In Spain Artur
Mas, the head of Catalonia's regional government, proposed that PM
Mariano Rajoy establish a permanent dialogue over Catalan
independence and raft of measures to boost its economy.
2014 Nov 11, Spain’s police
targeted more than 30 suspects across the country in raids on an
alleged bribery racket implicating public officials.
2014 Nov 11, Syrian Kurds
backed by fighters from northern Iraq gained ground towards breaking
the siege of the Syrian border town of Kobani but are drawing heavy
fire from Islamic State insurgents and have yet to win back control.
2014 Nov 11, Thai police banned
a British journalist's book about politics in Thailand for
"defaming" the monarchy, in a country with one of the world's
strictest lese majeste laws. The sale and distribution of "A Kingdom
in Crisis" by freelance journalist and author Andrew MacGregor
Marshall, formerly based in Bangkok, was banned in Thailand a month
after it was published by London-based Zed Books.
2014 Nov 11, In eastern Ukraine
Heavy shelling resumed around the pro-Russian separatist stronghold