Today in History - November 12
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954 Nov 12,
Lotharius became king of France.
1035 Nov 12, King Canute
(b.994) died at age 39. He was king of Denmark, England and Norway
(HN, 11/12/98)(MC, 11/12/01)
1276 Nov 12, Suspicious of the
intentions of Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, the Prince of Wales, English
King Edward I resolved to invade Wales. Edward decided to force
Llywelyn ap Gruffydd into submission. Edward was aided by Llywelyn‘s
brother Daffydd ap Gruffydd and Prince Gruffydd ap Gwenwynwyn of
Powys—both of whom Llywelyn had expelled for plotting his
(HNQ, 7/14/00)(HN, 11/12/00)
1493 Nov 12, Christopher
Columbus discovered the island of Redonda during his second
expedition. It was about 34 miles WSW of Antigua.
1499 Nov 12, Perkin Warbeck,
Flemish sailor, was hanged for conspiring to escape from the tower
of London with the imprisoned earl of Warwick. [see Nov 23]
(PCh, 1992, p.162)
1595 Nov 12, John Hawkins (63),
English navigator and treasurer of the Navy, died.
1602 Nov 12, The Vizcaino
expedition held Mass on the feast day of San Diego de Alcala. He
named the California landing port after the saint.
(SFC, 11/13/02, p.A8)
1715 Nov 12, Forces of King
George I fought a rebel army at Preston, Lancashire. The rebels were
defeated as government reinforcements arrived the next day. 1468
rebels, including over 1000 Scots, were taken prisoner.
1755 Nov 12, Gerhard JD von
Scharnhorst, Prussian military minister of War (1807-10), was born.
1756 Nov 12, Teedyuscung, a
Lenape Indian, spoke with Gov. Denny at Easton, Pa., to discuss
(ON, 1/03, p.6)
1775 Nov 12, General Washington
forbade the enlistment of blacks.
1775 Nov 12, US Gen. Montgomery
began his siege of St. John’s and brought about the surrender of 600
(ON, 3/00, p.6)
1779 Nov 12, A group of 20
slaves who had fought in the war submitted a petition to the New
Hampshire General Assembly, while the war was still being fought.
Lawmakers decided the time was not right. 6 of the slaves were later
freed. In 2013 a state Senate committee recommended that the state
posthumously emancipate 14 of the slaves who died in bondage. On
June 7, 2013, they were granted posthumous emancipation when Gov.
Maggie Hassan signed a largely symbolic bill that supporters hope
will encourage future generations to pursue social justice.
(SFC, 3/7/13, p.A5)(AP, 6/7/13)
1793 Nov 12, Jean-Sylvain
Bailley (53), French astronomer and mayor of Paris, was guillotined.
1813 Nov 12, J. H. St. John de
Crevecouer, French explorer and writer, died. He had spent more than
half of his life in the New World and contributed two important
concepts to the American consciousness. The first is the idea of the
"American Adam," that there is something different, unique, special,
or new about these people called "Americans." The second idea is
that of the "melting pot," that people's "American-ness" transcends
their ethnic, cultural, or religious backgrounds.
1815 Nov 12, Elizabeth Cady
Stanton, a social reformer and militant feminist, was born in
Johnstown, New York, and graduated from the Troy Female Seminary in
1832. She worked closely with Susan B. Anthony and served as
president of the National Woman Suffrage Association. She died on
October 26, 1902. She said, “The male element is a destructive
force” in an address to the Women’s Suffrage Convention in
Washington, D.C. in 1868.
(AP, 11/12/97)(HNQ, 5/17/98)
1817 Nov 12, Mirza Hoseyn 'Ali
Nuri (Baha' Ullah), founder of the Baha'i faith, was born.
1833 Nov 12, Aleksandr
Porfirievich Borodin (d.1887), physician, chemist, composer (Prince
Igor), was born in Russia. His work included the "Sunless" and
the opera “Prince Igor,’ which was left incomplete.
(SFEC, 6/27/99, p.T11)(WSJ, 2/6/00, p.A16)(MC,
11/12/01)(LGC, 1970, p.338)
1840 Nov 12, Auguste Rodin,
French sculptor who created “The Kiss,” was born.
1859 Nov 12, The first
flying-trapeze circus act was performed by Jules Leotard at the
Circus Napoleon in Paris. He designed the garment that bears his
(HN, 11/12/00)(MC, 11/12/01)
1863 Nov 12, Confederate
General James Longstreet arrived at Loudon, Tennessee to assist the
attack on Union General Ambrose Burnside’s troops at Knoxville.
1866 Nov 12, Sun Yat-Sen
(d.1925), Chinese statesman and revolutionary leader, was born
(trad) to a Christian peasant near Macao. He attended an Anglican
grammar school in Hawaii, and went on to graduate from Hong Kong
School of Medicine in 1892. While there he became involved in
revolutionary activities and was forced to leave China in 1895. He
organized a revolutionary secret society in 1905. In 1911 he
returned to China after a successful revolution in the south and
became provisional president of a republican government there before
stepping aside for Yuan Shih-k'ai. Sun formed the nationalist
Kuomintang party in 1912. "To understand is hard. Once one
understands, action is easy."
(HFA, '96, p.18)(AP, 6/22/97)(HNQ, 6/3/98)
1867 Nov 12, Mount Vesuvius
1889 Nov 12, DeWitt Wallace,
founder of Reader’s Digest (1921), was born in St Paul, Minn.
(HN, 11/12/00)(MC, 11/12/01)
Nov 12, A World Fair, the Great Exposition in Paris, closed. 50
million visitors attended the fair, which included Art Nouveau
architecture, furniture, jewelry, ceramics, posters, glass,
textiles, and metalwork. Jewelry by René Lalique was also exhibited
at the fair. [see Apr 14]
1903 Nov 12, The Lebaudy
brothers of France set an air-travel distance record of 34 miles in
1908 Nov 12, Harry Blackmun
(d.1999), later Supreme Court Justice, was born in Nashville, Ill.,
and grew up in St. Paul, Minn.
(SFC, 3/5/99, p.A15)(AP, 11/12/08)
1910 Nov 12, In the 1st movie
stunt a man jumped into the Hudson river from a burning balloon.
1911 Nov 12, Buck Clayton, jazz
trumpeter, was born.
1911 Nov 12, In Chicago two
people froze to death. The temperature had dropped 61 degrees
(SFEC, 10/19/97, Z1 p.2)
1912 Nov 12, Robert Scott's
diary and dead body were found in Antarctica.
1912 Nov 12, Jose Canalejas Y
Mendez (b.1854), premier of Spain, was assassinated by anarchist
1917 Nov 12, Joseph Coors, CEO
of Adolph Coors Co Brewery, was born.
1918 Nov 12, Emperor Karl of
Austria-Hungary abdicated and Austria became a republic.
1920 Nov 12, Baseball got its
first "czar" as Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis was elected
commissioner of the American and National Leagues. Landis became the
first commissioner of baseball, a position he held until his death
in 1944. Replacing the powerless three-man National Baseball
Commission, Landis was given almost dictatorial powers and charged
by the owners with cleaning up the game, which had been rocked by
scandal when eight Chicago White Sox players were accused of
throwing the 1919 World Series. The players' 1921 conspiracy trial
ended with acquittal for lack of hard evidence, but Landis needed to
reassure fans of baseball's integrity. The eight White Sox,
including "Shoeless" Joe Jackson and Oscar "Happy" Felsh, were
barred from baseball for life.
(AP, 11/12/97)(HNPD, 11/12/98)
1921 Nov 12, Representatives of
nine nations gathered for the start of the Washington Conference for
Limitation of Armaments.
1922 Nov 12, Charlotte MacLeod,
mystery writer, was born. (Rest You Merry, Maid of Honor).
1923 Nov 12, Adolf Hitler was
arrested for his Nov 8 attempted German coup.
(HN, 11/12/98)(MC, 11/12/01)
1925 Nov 12, The first
recording of Louis Armstrong's "Hot Fives" was made. [see Nov 11]
(WSJ, 1/14/00, p.W2)
1927 Nov 12, New York’s Holland
Tunnel officially opened. It connected NY to New Jersey. [see Nov
(HN, 11/12/98)(MC, 11/12/01)
1927 Nov 12, Notre Dame's
Fighting Irish changed their blue jerseys for green.
1927 Nov 12, Canada was
admitted to the League of Nations.
1927 Nov 12, Josef Stalin
became the undisputed ruler of the Soviet Union as Leon Trotsky was
expelled from the Communist Party.
1928 Nov 12, The ocean liner
Vestris sank off the Virginia Cape with 328 aboard, killing 111.
1929 Nov 12, Grace Kelly,
American actress and Princess of Monaco, was born.
(HFA, ‘96, p. 42)(HN, 11/12/98)
1929 Nov 12, In NYC the cap was
put on the framework of George Ohrstrom’s building at 40 Wall
Street, establishing its height at 925 feet.
(ON, 12/08, p.11)
1931 Nov 12, Maple Leaf Gardens
opened in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as the new home of the Maple
Leafs of the National Hockey League.
1931 Nov 12, The
Sibelius-Ashton ballet "Lady of Shalott," premiered in London.
1933 Nov 12, In Germany 92% of
votes went to National Socialists in the First Reichstag elections
in the one-party state.
1933 Nov 12, In the Kashgar
region Uyghur separatists declared the short-lived and
self-proclaimed East Turkestan Republic (ETR), using the term "East
Turkestan" to emphasize the state's break from China and new
anti-China orientation. East Turkestan referred to the Tarim Basin
in the southwestern part of Xinjiang province of the Qing Dynasty.
(Econ, 12/3/05, p.39)(Econ, 8/18/12,
1934 Nov 12, Charles Manson,
[No Name Maddox], mass murderer, was born in Cincinnati, Oh.
1936 Nov 12, The San
Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opened. It cost $78 million and was the
longest bridge ever attempted. 23 men died during its construction.
(SFC, 11/11/96, p.A13)(SFEC, 5/2/99, Z1 p.5)
1936 Nov 12, In San Francisco
Charlie Low opened Low’s Chinese Village at 702 Grant Ave. This was
SF Chinatown’s first cocktail bar.
(SFC, 1/10/15, p.C2)
1938 Nov 12, Hermann Goering
announced he favored Madagascar as a Jewish homeland.
1938 Nov 12, Mexico agreed to
compensate the U.S. for land seizures.
1939 Nov 12, Lucia Popp,
soprano (Die Zauberflote), was born in Uhorsk Ves, Czechoslovakia.
1939 Nov 12, Jews in Lodz
Poland were ordered to wear yellow star of David.
1940 Nov 12, Walt Disney
1940 Nov 12, Blizzard struck
the Midwest. 154 died including 69 on a boat on the Great Lakes.
1941 Nov 12, Madame Lillian
Evanti and Mary Cardwell Dawson established the National Negro Opera
1941 Nov 12, Germany's drive to
take Moscow halted.
1942 Nov 12, The World War II
naval Battle of Guadalcanal began. The Allies eventually won a major
victory over the Japanese. The battle was described by Ira Wolfert
in news reports and his 1943 book "Battle for the Solomons."
(SFC, 11/28/97, p.B8)(AP, 11/12/07)
1944 Nov 12, U.S. fighters
wiped out a Japanese convoy near Leyte, consisting of six
destroyers, four transports, and 8,000 troops.
1944 Nov 12, The RAF sank the
German battleship Tirpitz at Troms Fjord, Norway. Great Britain so
feared the Tripitz, that any hint of its use caused escort ships to
flee their convoys.
(HN, 11/12/98)(MC, 11/12/01)
1945 Nov 12, Tracy Kidder,
writer, was born. (Among Schoolchildren, Old Friends).
1945 Nov 12, Neil Percival
Young, musician, singer and songwriter, was born in Toronto. His
rock groups later included “Buffalo Springfield,” “Crosby, Stills,
Nash and Young” and “Crazy Horse.” In 2002 Jimmy McDonough authored:
“Shakey: Neil Young’s Biography.”
(SSFC, 5/12/02, p.M1)(MC, 11/12/01)
1945 Nov 12, Cordell Hull
(d.1955) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in founding
the United Nations. Hull served as secretary of state in the
Franklin Roosevelt Administration (1933-1944) longer than any other
individual. Hull, born in Tennessee in 1871, had been a U.S. senator
prior to his appointment by Roosevelt.
(HNQ, 7/6/98)(MC, 11/12/01)
1946 Nov 12, Walt Disney's
"Song Of South" released.
1946 Nov 12, 1st "autobank"
(banking by car) opened (Chicago).
1947 Nov 12, Hans van Meegeren
(1889-12947), Dutch painter and forger, was tried for forgery and
convicted of “obtaining money by deception” and “appending false
names and signatures with the intent to deceive.” He was given the
minimum sentence of one year and then the court petitioned Queen
Wilhelmina that he be pardoned, but he died 6 weeks later.
(ON, 12/07, p.12)
Nov 12, Baroness Emmuska Orczy (b.1865), Hungarian-born British
author (“Scarlet Pimpernel” 1905), died in London, England.
1948 Nov 12, Hideki Tojo,
former Japanese premier and military dictator through World War II,
and several other World War II Japanese leaders were sentenced to
death by an international war crimes tribunal. In 1998 a film about
Gen’. Tojo was produced titled: “Pride, the Fateful Moment.”
(HFA, '96, p.20)(AHD, p.1351) (AP, 11/12/97)
(WSJ, 4/30/98, p.A15) (HN, 11/12/98)
1948 Nov 12, Umberto Giordano
(81), composer (Andrea Chenier), died.
1951 Nov 12, "Paint Your Wagon"
opened at Shubert Theater NYC for 289 performances.
1951 Nov 12, The U.S. Eighth
Army in Korea was ordered to cease offensive operations and begin an
1953 Nov 12, US district Judge
Grim ruled the NFL can black out TV home games.
1953 Nov 12, David Ben-Gurion,
resigned as premier of Israel.
1954 Nov 12, Ellis Island
closed after processing more than 20 million immigrants since
opening in New York Harbor in 1892.
1956 Nov 12, Largest observed
iceberg, 208 by 60 miles, was 1st sighted.
1958 Nov 12, Warren Harding
(d.2002 at 77), Wayne Merry and George Whitmore scaled the "nose" of
El Capitan in California’s Yosemite Valley. They had spent 47 days
of climbing over 16 months to reach the top of the 2,900 foot cliff.
In 1970 Harding and Dean Caldwell spent 27 days climbing another
route up El Capitan. Harding later authored "Downward Bound."
(SFC, 3/9/02, p.A24)(SSFC, 11/9/08, p.B6)
1960 Nov 12, Discoverer XVII
was launched into orbit from California’s Vandenberg AFB. The
Discoverer Program (1959-1962) was a ruse to conceal the Corona
Program, a series of photoreconnaissance spy satellites. Corona was
the first photoreconnaissance program, and a precursor of the
military and civilian space imaging programs of today.
1960 Nov 12, A coup against
South Vietnam president Ngo Dinh Diem failed.
1961 Nov 12, Nadia Comaneci,
[Gheorghe], Romanian gymnast (1st 10/Olymp-gold-1976), was born.
1965 Nov 12, Ferdinand Marcos
was elected president of Philippines.
1968 Nov 12, Sammy Sosa,
baseball outfielder (Chicago Cubs), was born in the Dominican
1968 Nov 12, The US Supreme
Court in Epperson v. Arkansas voided an Arkansas law banning the
teaching of evolution in public schools.
1969 Nov 12, Free-lance
reporter Seymour Hersh first broke the story of the Mar 16, 1968,
massacre at My Lai. The US Army admitted to the massacre of
civilians at My Lai and announced an investigation of Lt William
Calley. The number of civilians who were killed numbered at least
100. Lt. Calley was later found guilty of murder, and sentenced to
life imprisonment at hard labor. Calley was the only person ever
charged in connection with the events at My Lai. The nation was
shocked and divided by the claims from Calley that he was following
orders and that he was a scapegoat. President Richard Nixon in 1971
ordered him released from prison and placed under house arrest, and
finally a federal judge threw out all charges against Calley and
ordered him freed. Although the charges were later re-instated on
appeal, he served no more jail time for the massacre at My Lai.
1970 Nov 12, A 240 KPH cyclone
hit East Pakistan (Bangladesh) [see Nov 13].
1970 Nov 12, Hafez al-Assad
(1930-2000), Syrian defense minister, had his opponents arrested and
took full control of Syria.
1971 Nov 12, Pres. Nixon
announced that he would withdraw 45,000 more troops from Vietnam by
(WUD, 1994, p. 1688)(HN, 11/12/98)
Nov 12, Rudolf Friml (b.1859), Czech-US composer (“Indian Love
Call,” “The Donkey Serenade”), died in Los Angeles, California.
1974 Nov 12, South Africa was
suspended from UN General Assembly over racial policies.
1975 Nov 12, Supreme Court
Justice William O. Douglas retired because of failing health, ending
a record 36-and-a-half-year term.
1977 Nov 12, New Orleans
elected its first black mayor, Ernest "Dutch" Morial, the winner of
1979 Nov 12, President Carter
announced an immediate halt to all imports of Iranian oil and
freezes Iranian assets in US. Executive Order 12170 halted oil
imports from Iran.
1980 Nov 12, The US space probe
Voyager 1 came within 77,000 miles of Saturn.
1981 Nov 12, The Double Eagle V
landed in California 84 hours and 31 minutes following its Nov 10
launch in Japan. It was the 1st balloon to cross the Pacific ocean.
Rocky Aoki (1938-2008), founder of the Benihana steakhouse (1964),
was part of the crew.
(http://www.benihana.com/ballooning_history.asp)(SFC, 7/12/08, p.B5)
1982 Nov 12, Yuri V. Andropov
was elected to succeed the late Leonid I. Brezhnev as general
secretary of the Soviet Communist Party's Central Committee.
1984 Nov 12, Space shuttle
astronauts Dale Gardner and Joe Allen snared a wandering satellite
in history's first space salvage. The Palapa B-2 satellite was
secured in Discovery's cargo bay for return to Earth.
1985 Nov 12, Xavier Suarez was
elected Miami's first Cuban-American mayor (1985-1993).
(SFC, 12/13/97, p.A9)(AP, 11/12/03)
1985 Nov 12, The Unabomber
mailed a pipe bomb to Prof. James V. McConnell of Ann Arbor, Mich. 3
days later research assistant Nick Suing opened the package and was
injured by the exploding bomb.
(WP, 6/29/96, p.A3)(SFEC, 11/9/97, Z1 p.4)
1987 Nov 12, The American
Medical Association issued a policy statement saying it was
unethical for a doctor to refuse to treat someone solely because
that person had AIDS or was HIV-positive.
1987 Nov 12, Heavy snow closed
schools from DC to Maine.
1988 Nov 12, The Palestine
National Council, the legislative body of the PLO, opened a four-day
meeting in Algiers, during which delegates proclaimed an independent
1989 Nov 12, The Broadway
musical "Grand Hotel," written by George Forrest and Robert Wright,
opened at the Martin Beck Theater for 1018 performances. William A.
Drake's 1932 screenplay was based on his own play adaptation of
Vicki Baum's novel Menschen im Hotel.
1989 Nov 12, Abortion rights
advocates rallied in cities across the country, including
1989 Nov 12, A triple
conjunction of Neptune and Saturn took place.
1990 Nov 12, Actress Eve Arden
died in Beverly Hills, California, at age 82.
1990 Nov 12, Japanese Emperor
Akihito formally assumed the Chrysanthemum Throne.
1991 Nov 12, Robert Gates was
sworn in as CIA director.
1991 Nov 12, Soviet leader
Mikhail S. Gorbachev told a news conference he'd been warned by
President George H.W. Bush and other U.S. officials that a revolt
was brewing before hard-liners staged their coup, but that he had
discounted their information.
1991 Nov 12, Indonesian troops
under Lt. Gen’l. Sintong Panjaitan killed numerous people in the
Santa Cruz Cemetery of Dili, East Timor. The massacre of over 270
civilians, gathered at the funeral of a young man killed 2 weeks
earlier, by Indonesian troops was witnessed by reporter Allan Nairn.
Nairn was arrested, beaten and banned from the country.
(SFC, 11/26/97, p.C2)(SFC, 3/17/98, p.B10)(SFC,
1992 Nov 12, In his first
formal post-election news conference, President-elect Clinton
presented a detailed blueprint for action once he took office, and
promised his administration would have the strictest ethical
guidelines in history.
1993 Nov 12, Singer Michael
Jackson canceled a world tour, citing a dependence on painkillers.
1993 Nov 12, Cardinal Joseph
Bernardin of Chicago was accused by a former pre-seminary student of
sexual abuse supposedly committed more than a decade earlier. (The
accuser, Steven J. Cook, later withdrew his charge).
1993 Nov 12, Former Nixon White
House chief of staff H.R. Haldeman died in Santa Barbara, Calif., at
1994 Nov 12, President Clinton
arrived in the Philippines to open a campaign for free trade in Asia
and to commemorate World War II Allied victories in the Pacific.
1994 Nov 12, Wilma Rudolph,
Olympic gold medalist in track and field, died in Nashville, Tenn.,
at age 54.
1995 Nov 12, CBS replaced a
special whistle blowing interview with Jeffrey Wigand, a former
tobacco company scientist, with a watered down version of the story.
The 1999 film "The Insider" was a dramatization of the incident.
(SFEC, 10/24/99, DB p.54)
1995 Nov 12, The space shuttle
“Atlantis” blasted off on a mission to dock with the Russian space
1995 Nov 12, Israel’s ruling
Labor Party unanimously approved Shimon Peres as its new leader,
replacing slain Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
1996 Nov 12, In Pontiac, Mich.,
Jonathan Schmitz, a guest on "The Jenny Jones Show," was convicted
of second-degree murder for shooting Scott Amedure, a gay man who'd
revealed a crush on Schmitz during a taping of the program. Schmitz
was later sentenced to up to 50 years in prison.
1996 Nov 12, Albert Dunlap (aka
“Chain-Saw Al”) announced the cut of 6,000 employees (50%) from
Sunbeam Corp. as part of a corporate restructure. Sunbeam later
overstated earnings and nearly collapsed after a series of
accounting scandals under Dunlap, who paid $15 million to settle a
(WSJ, 11/13/96, p.B1)(WSJ, 7/10/02, p.A8)
1996 Nov 12, Near New Delhi,
India, a Saudi Arabian Boeing 747 with 312 passengers crashed into a
Kazak Airlines Ilyushin Il-76 with 39 people in midair. It marked
the worst midair collision in aviation history and the 3rd deadliest
air crash. Investigators later claimed the Ilyushin II-76 failed to
maintain its assigned altitude. All 349 passengers and crew were
(SFC, 11/13/96, p.A1)(SFC, 5/14/97, p.A12)(AP,
11/12/97)(WSJ, 11/13/01, p.A14)
1996 Nov 12, Canada agreed to
lead a multinational force to aid the refugees in Zaire.
(WSJ, 11/13/96, p.A1)
1996 Nov 12, In Croatia a
building in Mostar, renovated under contract with the European
Union, was taken over and adopted as the High Court of the Croatian
Republic of Herceg-Bosna. It was supposed to have been Mostar’s City
Hall under joint administration by Croats and Muslims.
(SFC, 12/4/96, p.C3)
1996 Nov 12, A Middle East
economic summit began in Cairo, Egypt.
(SFC, 11/13/96, p.C2)
1996 Nov 12, A 6.4 earthquake
hit Peru centered in the Pacific Ocean about 83 miles west of Nazca,
235 miles southeast of Lima. About 17 people were killed and some
1500 injured in the 7.7 earthquake.
(SFC, 11/13/96, p.A10)(SSFC, 6/24/01, p.A16)
1997 Nov 12, Jury selection
began in Sacramento, Calif., in the trial of accused Unabomber
(WSJ, 11/12/97, p.A20) (AP, 11/12/98)
1997 Nov 12, In Denver
policeman Bruce VanderJagt was killed in a shootout with a member of
the Denver Skins. The suspect then killed himself with the officer’s
(SFC, 11/29/97, p.A3)
1997 Nov 12, Ramzi Yousef was
convicted in New York of masterminding the 1993 bombing of the World
1997 Nov 12, From Brazil it was
reported that the government has launched an austerity package that
will raise prices and taxes and lead to the dismissal of some 33,000
(WSJ, 11/12/97, p.A1)
1997 Nov 12, In Columbia it was
reported that the high court had recently ruled that the Convivir
associations, right wing vigilante groups promoting security, were
legal. There were an estimated 5,500 employees and 300,000
(SFC, 11/12/97, p.A9)
1997 Nov 12, Four U.S.
businessmen and a Pakistani were killed by gunmen in Karachi,
Pakistan, apparently in retaliation for the murder conviction of Mir
Aimal Kasi in the shooting deaths of two CIA employees. [see Nov 11]
1997 Nov 12, In Russia
lawmakers in the Saratov region passed the first land-sale law.
(WSJ, 11/13/97, p.A1)
1997 Nov 12, The UN resolution
1137 imposed mild new sanctions on Iraq. A travel ban on Iraqi
officials who interfere with weapons inspections was set by a
unanimous Security Council vote.
(WSJ, 11/13/97, p.A1)(SFC, 9/24/02, p.A12)
1998 Nov 12, The 23rd American
Indian Film Festival opened in SF.
(SFC, 11/11/98, p.E1)
1998 Nov 12, Pres. Clinton
signed a UN accord on global warming. It still needed to be ratified
(SFC, 11/13/98, p.A3)
1998 Nov 12, Lewis Merletti,
head of the Secret Service, quit his position to coordinate security
for the Cleveland Browns football team.
(WSJ, 11/12/98, p.A1)
1998 Nov 12, Chicago Mayor
Richard M. Daley filed a $433 million lawsuit against the firearms
industry, declaring that it had created a public nuisance by
flooding the streets with weapons deliberately marketed to
criminals. A judge dismissed the lawsuit in 2000; an appeals court
ruled in 2002 that the city of Chicago could proceed; but the
Illinois Supreme Court dismissed the lawsuit in 2004.
(SFC, 11/13/98, p.A4)(AP, 11/12/08)
1998 Nov 12, Eight Arab states
declared that Iraq would be held responsible for any consequences
from its stopping the work of UN arms inspectors.
(SFC, 11/13/98, p.A1)
1998 Nov 12, In China a Hong
Kong mob boss was sentenced to death for kidnapping and arms
smuggling. Cheung Tze-keung, aka the “big Spender,” led a gang that
was convicted of smuggling guns, 7 armed robberies of Hong Kong gold
stores and the theft of 277 tons of steel in Shenzhen. 4 accomplices
were also sentenced to death.
(SFC, 11/13/98, p.D4)
1998 Nov 12, Israel gave the
go-ahead to a housing project on a Jerusalem hilltop called Har
Homa. The area is known as Jabal Abu Ghneim to the Palestinians and
was an area under dispute.
(SFC, 11/13/98, p.A16)
1998 Nov 12, In Indonesia
troops opened fire with rubber bullets on student demonstrators. One
police officer was killed and over 120 people were injured.
(SFC, 11/13/98, p.A16)
1998 Nov 12, In Italy Abdullah
Ocalan, head of the Kurd PKK, was arrested in Rome.
(SFC, 11/14/98, p.A11)
1999 Nov 12, Pres. Clinton
signed a measure knocking down Depression-era barriers and allowing
banks, investment firms and insurance companies to sell each other’s
products. Clinton signed into law the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, which
repealed the Glass-Steagall Act and strengthened the separation of
commerce and financial services.
(SFC, 11/13/99, p.D1)(Econ, 9/3/05, p.65)
1999 Nov 12, In Chechnya
Russian forces took control of Gudermes and proposed to move the
capital there from Grozny.
(SFC, 11/13/99, p.A10)
1999 Nov 12, In Pakistan
several explosions near American structures struck in downtown
Islamabad and injured 6 people. It was speculated that Taliban
supporters were linked to the blasts.
(SFC, 11/12/99, p.D2)(SFC, 11/13/99, p.A10)
1999 Nov 12, In Serbia a World
Food Program flight from Rome crashed in northern Kosovo and all 24
aboard were killed. The plane was a propeller-driven ATR-42.
(SFC, 11/13/99, p.A10)
1999 Nov 12, In Turkey a 7.2
[7.1] earthquake was centered at Duzce. At least 834 people were
killed and 3000 injured. Damage from the last 2 quakes was later
estimated at $10-25 billion.
(SFC, 11/13/99, p.A1)(SFEC, 11/14/99, p.A1)(SFC,
11/15/99, p.A14)(WSJ, 11/17/99, p.A1)(SFC, 4/28/00, p.D6)(AP,
2000 Nov 12, On the eve of a
federal court hearing on the Florida presidential election,
advocates for George W. Bush and Al Gore previewed their legal
strategies, with Democrats justifying painstaking recounts and
Republicans saying the practice could result in political “mischief”
and human error.
2000 Nov 12, Pres. Clinton met
with Ehud Barak in an effort to end Arab-Israeli fighting. Meanwhile
one Palestinian youth was killed in Gaza.
(SFC, 11/13/00, p.A1)
2000 Nov 12, In Florida Palm
Beach election officials decided to recount all county votes, some
425,000, by hand.
(SFEC, 11/12/00, p.1)
2000 Nov 12, Leah Rabin, an
outspoken campaigner for Mideast peace following the 1995
assassination of her husband, former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak
Rabin, died at age 72.
2000 Nov 12, Uganda confirmed a
new case of Ebola in Masindi, the 3rd district to confirm the deadly
(SFC, 11/13/00, p.A14)
2001 Nov 12, American Airlines
Flight 587, bound for the Dominican Republic, crashed in Belle
Harbor in the Far Rockaway district of Queens just after takeoff
from JFK Airport. All 260 crew and passengers were killed as well as
5 people on the ground. The A300-600 plane appeared to have fallen
apart. The vertical tail section cracked off when composite fittings
failed possibly due to turbulence from a preceding 747. In 2004 a
safety board said the pilot’s “unnecessary and excessive“use of the
rudder contributed to the crash.
(SFC, 11/14/01, p.A14)(SFC, 11/15/01, p.A19)(SFC,
10/27/04, p.A3)(AP, 11/12/05)
2001 Nov 12, Carrie Donovan
(73), the flamboyant fashion editor with the outsized glasses who
had a second career touting T-shirts and cargo pants in Old Navy
commercials, died in New York.
2001 Nov 12, In Afghanistan
Taliban forces abandoned Kabul and Northern Alliance forces moved in
to the capital. The Taliban took with them 8 foreign aid workers.
There were reports of looting and summary executions. 3 European
journalists died in the fighting.
(SFC, 11/13/01, p.A1,2,15)(WSJ, 11/13/01, p.A1)
2001 Nov 12, Israeli tanks and
troops raided the West Bank village of Tel and killed Muhammed
Reihan (25), a Hamas member. 45 residents were detained.
(SFC, 11/13/01, p.A14)
2001 Nov 12, In Macedonia 3
policemen were killed in fighting following the seizure of hostages
by ethnic Albanians near Tetovo in response to a police raid.
(WSJ, 11/13/01, p.A1)
2001 Nov 12, Typhoon Lingling
hit Vietnam and 18 people were reported killed.
(SFC, 11/13/01, p.A14)
2001 Nov 12, In Zimbabwe the
government banned 1000 farmers from cultivating their fields and
gave them 3 months to vacate their homes as part of a “fast track”
land redistribution plan.
(SFC, 11/13/01, p.A14)
2002 Nov 12, Former FBI
Director William Webster resigned under pressure as head of a
special accounting oversight board created by Congress to rebuild
public confidence shaken by a cascade of business scandals.
2002 Nov 12, An Arab TV station
broadcast an audiotape of Osama bin Laden, a voice that US counter
terrorism officials said is probably authentic. The message praised
terrorist strikes in Bali and Moscow and threatened Western nations
over any attack on Iraq.
(AP, 11/13/02)(AP, 11/12/07)
2002 Nov 12, China's Communist
Party congress held a preliminary vote for a new crop of leaders
expected to replace President Jiang Zemin and other party chieftains
2002 Nov 12, In Egypt a court
sentenced Mohammed el-Wakil, the news director of a state-owned
television station, to 18 years of hard labor in prison on bribery
and drug charges.
2002 Nov 12, An explosion at a
private ammunition warehouse in an eastern German town killed at
least three people.
2002 Nov 12, Thousands of
Iranian students ignored official warnings and demonstrated for the
fourth day running against a dissident's death sentence and to
demand freedom of speech and political reform.
2002 Nov 12, The Nigerian navy
raided a village in the swamps of the Niger Delta killing five
people after attackers from the village robbed a ChevronTexaco oil
2002 Nov 12, Clashes between
Venezuelan troops and supporters of President Hugo Chavez killed one
person, wounded 20 and prompted an appeal for peace from the head of
the Organization of American States.
2003 Nov 12, President Bush and
his top foreign advisers reviewed new strategies to speed the
transfer of political power in Iraq.
2003 Nov 12, US Senators began
a 40-hour marathon session over the Democrat's refusal to confirm
several of Pres. Bush's judicial nominees.
(SFC, 11/13/03, p.A1)
2003 Nov 12, Research showed
that Pfizer's drug Lipitor lowered LDL cholesterol levels.
(SFC, 11/13/03, p.A1)
2003 Nov 12, Actor Jonathan
Brandis (27) died in Los Angeles.
2003 Nov 12, Penny Singleton
(b.1908), film actress born as Dorothy McNulty, died. She played in
28 movies and was the voice of Blondie on radio (1939-1950). She was
also the voice of Jane Jetson in the futuristic TV cartoon.
(SFC, 11/15/03, p.A23)
2003 Nov 12, In Argentina
thunderstorms swept across the country, causing widespread damage
and at least 12 deaths from accidents, falling trees and
2003 Nov 12, In Colombia Gen.
Jorge Enrique Mora, commander of the armed forces, became the latest
senior official to quit his post. President Alvaro Uribe chose an
old friend, Jorge Alberto Uribe, as the new defense minister.
2003 Nov 12, A convoy carrying
radioactive waste from a French reprocessing plant reached a storage
site in northern Germany.
2003 Nov 12, In Iraq a suicide
truck bomber attacked the headquarters of Italy's paramilitary
police in Nasiriyah, killing 31 people, including 18 Italians, and
possibly trapping others.
(AP, 11/12/03)(AP, 11/13/03)
2003 Nov 12, Imelda Ortiz
Abdala, a former Mexican consul to Lebanon, was arrested on charges
of helping a smuggling ring move Arab migrants into the United
States from Mexico. Federal agents over the previous 2 days arrested
alleged ring leader Salim Boughader Mucharrafille along with alleged
collaborators Melissa Ataja Valdez and Orlando Alfaro, in Tijuana.
Ortiz Abdala was released in Feb 2005 after Foreign Relations
Department officials testified that she acted properly and was never
in a position to authorize visas on her own, according to Mexican
(AP, 11/13/03)(AP, 7/15/05)
2003 Nov 12, Palestinian leader
Yasser Arafat swore in a new Palestinian Cabinet.
2004 Nov 12, Pres. Bush met
with British PM Tony Blair and pledged to revive the deadlocked
peace process in the Middle East.
(SFC, 11/13/04, p.A1)
2004 Nov 12, John McLaughlin,
deputy director of the CIA, resigned after a series of
confrontations over the past week between senior operations
officials and Patrick Murray, the CIA Director Porter J. Goss's new
chief of staff. The riff left the agency in turmoil.
(SFC, 11/13/04, p.A6)
2004 Nov 12, US Sec of State
Colin Powell (67) submitted a Friday letter of resignation, but it
was not made public until after the weekend.
2004 Nov 12, A jury in Redwood
City, Ca., convicted Scott Peterson (32) of 1st degree murder of his
pregnant wife and dumping her body in San Francisco Bay in Dec 2002
in what prosecutors portrayed as a cold-blooded attempt to escape
marriage and fatherhood for the bachelor life. He was also convicted
of 2nd degree murder for the unborn child.
(AP, 11/12/04)(SFC, 11/13/04, p.A1)
2004 Nov 12, Former President
Gerald R. Ford attended groundbreaking ceremonies at the Univ. of
Michigan for the new home of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public
(SFC, 12/27/06, p.A11)
2004 Nov 12, It was reported
that Japan and China owned about a quarter of outstanding US
Treasury debt. They held $723 and $172 billion respectively.
(WSJ, 11/12/04, p.C4)
2004 Nov 12, Scientists said
that a new Glaxo vaccine could prevent most cases of cervical
2004 Nov 12, In southern
Colombia suspected Marxist rebels gunned down Mario Canal (43), a
state attorney, who had been prosecuting captured guerrilla
2004 Nov 12, Dutch police
raided a suspected Kurdish separatist training camp in a small
village in the southern Netherlands, arresting 29 people. 38 members
of the group were arrested nationwide. Jason Walters threw a hand
grenade and injured several police officers in a standoff at a
barricaded house in The Hague. Walters was one of 7 men later
convicted for belonging to a terrorist group associated with
Mohammed Bouyeri, who killed filmmaker Theo van Gogh on Nov 2. In
2008 Their conviction was overturned, but a 15-year sentence against
Walters was upheld. The court also reduced the sentence for Ismail
Aknikh, who was with Walters during the standoff, from 13 years to
(AFP, 11/12/04)(SFC, 11/13/04, p.A18)(AP,
2004 Nov 12, In El Salvador US
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld awarded bronze stars to six
soldiers who fought in Iraq, and he praised the tiny nation for
being the only Latin American country to have kept its troops there.
2004 Nov 12, It was reported
that the French government plans to merge Airbus parent EADS with
Thales, the country's largest defense company, to create a new
European giant to rival Boeing Co.
2004 Nov 12, A strong
earthquake rocked parts of eastern Indonesia injuring 40 and
damaging hundreds of buildings. Six people on the island of Alor
(WSJ, 11/12/04, p.A1)
2004 Nov 12, In Iraq a
gunbattle broke out in Mosul between gunmen and guards at the main
headquarters of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan. Guards killed six
attackers and captured four others before the rest fled.
2004 Nov 12, Mexico and a US
environmental group agreed on a plan to protect 370,000 acres of
tropical forest on the Yucatan Peninsula. Officials said it was the
largest conservation project in the country's history.
2004 Nov 12, Pres. Enrique
Bolanos told US Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld that Nicaragua
would completely eliminate a stockpile of hundreds of surface-to-air
missiles with no expectation of compensation from the US.
2004 Nov 12, Nigerian President
Olusegun Obasanjo attempted to calm labor discontent ahead of a
planned general strike, saying he would order the reduction of
2004 Nov 12, Kings, princes and
presidents from across the world paid a last tribute to Yasser
Arafat at a military funeral in Cairo. Arafat was interned in
Ramallah before a sea of mourners.
(AP, 11/12/04)(SFC, 11/13/04, p.A17)
2004 Nov 12, In the northern
Philippines a passenger train derailed and tumbled down a ravine
killing at least 10 people and injuring nearly 120 others.
2005 Nov 12, Tornadoes hit
central Iowa and left one person dead.
(SSFC, 11/13/05, p.A13)
2005 Nov 12, The results of
Afghanistan's landmark legislative elections in September were
finalized after eight weeks of counting slowed by allegations of
fraud, and observers said supporters of President Hamid Karzai
appeared to be in the majority.
2005 Nov 12, Africa Union
leaders from Algeria, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and
Senegal met in Abuja for a 2-day summit titled: "Africa and the
challenges of the global order: Desirability of union government,"
with the leaders discussing the broad principles of integration.
2005 Nov 12, In Bahrain a
US-backed Mideast democracy and development summit, the Forum for
the Future, ended in rancor despite adoption of two initiatives that
are part of President Bush's push to expand political freedom in a
region dominated by monarchies and effective single-party rule. The
organization was established in 2004 by the G8, several Western
European countries and 22 Middle Eastern and North African nations
to foster reform in the region.
(AP, 11/12/05)(SSFC, 11/13/05, p.A3)
2005 Nov 12, In Dhaka,
Bangladesh, a 2-day summit aimed to alleviate poverty and boost
trade and cooperation among Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives,
Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The South Asian Association for
Regional Cooperation (SAARC) leaders called for greater cooperation
within the region to deal with the aftermath of disasters like the
Kashmir earthquake and last year's devastating tsunami. SAARC agreed
to accept Afghanistan as its 8th member.
(AFP, 11/12/05)(Econ, 11/19/05, p.44)
2005 Nov 12, In Dhaka,
Bangladesh, Nepal’s King Gyanendra, who sacked his elected
government earlier this year, repeated a pledge to hold
parliamentary elections in 2007 and urged his country's Maoist
rebels to put down their arms.
2005 Nov 12, In Egypt hundreds
of Sudanese refugees staging a sit-in outside UN offices in Cairo
began a hunger strike to press their case for asylum.
2005 Nov 12, Ethiopia said it
has released another 1,721 people detained in a massive round-up
during clashes between police and protesters earlier this month
which left at least 42 people dead.
2005 Nov 12, Some 3,000 police
fanned out around Paris to prevent any attempts to attack
high-profile targets such as the Eiffel Tower after a 16th straight
night of unrest and arson.
2005 Nov 12, UN
Secretary-General Kofi Annan met with Iraqi leaders to call for
reconciliation ahead of upcoming elections.
2005 Nov 12, At least four
people were killed and 24 wounded when a car bomb exploded near a
busy vegetable market in southeastern Baghdad.
2005 Nov 12, In Iraq 2 U.S.
Marines were killed in combat and an American soldier died in a
2005 Nov 12, Japan’s Hayabusa
probe successfully released its Minerva surface-exploring robot, but
Minerva appeared to start drifting away from the asteroid's surface.
The space agency said it is targeting actual landings on the
potato-shaped asteroid Itokawa on Nov. 19 and Nov. 25. The asteroid
was named after Hideo Itokawa, founder of Japan’s space program.
Hayabusa was the 1st spacecraft to use an ion engine as its main
(AP, 11/13/05)(Econ, 11/26/05, p.94)
2005 Nov 12, Jordan's deputy
premier said 3 "non-Jordanian" suicide bombers belonging to al-Qaida
in Iraq carried out Amman's triple hotel attacks that killed at
least 57 people.
2005 Nov 12, In Kazakhstan
Zamanbek Nurkadilov (61), an outspoken critic of President Nursultan
Nazarbayev was found shot to death in his home.
2005 Nov 12, North Korea stood
by its demand for aid in exchange for shutting down a
plutonium-producing nuclear reactor, saying it won't act until
Washington offers concessions.
2005 Nov 12, In Yemen masked
attackers stabbed and wounded outspoken journalist Nabil Sabaie (27)
on one of the capital's main streets. Newspapers in recent months
have stepped up reports on Yemen's rampant corruption, identifying
ministers and other officials allegedly involved in stealing state
money. They also have increasingly scrutinized Pres. Saleh, his
family and the country's powerful military.
2006 Nov 12, Gerald R. Ford
surpassed Ronald Reagan as the longest-lived US president at 93
years and 121 days.
2006 Nov 12, In Hawaii retired
Los Angeles police detective Dan DeJarnette (59) said he found his
wife (56) lying on a lava embankment near their house. In 2013 he
pleaded guilty to her murder on Big Island.
(SFC, 3/26/13, p.A7)(http://tinyurl.com/c3vz895)
2006 Nov 12, In eastern
Afghanistan Paktika governor Muhammad Akram Khoplwak said more than
60 Taliban fighters were killed in 6 days of fighting. Chechen and
Arab fighters were among the dead.
2006 Nov 12, The Australian
government denied that a new security pact with Indonesia means that
it would be party to the suppression of Indonesian separatists. The
new agreement was to be signed Nov 13 on the Indonesian resort
island of Lombok.
2006 Nov 12, In Bangladesh a 14
party alliance led by the Awami League began a 4-day strike that
paralyzed the country. Thousands of protesters demanding electoral
reforms targeted major transport links, attacking trains and other
vehicles and leaving at least one person dead.
(AP, 11/12/06)(SFC, 11/16/06, p.A3)(Econ,
2006 Nov 12, In central Chile a
bus carrying members of a military band skidded off a precipice in
the rain and fell into the Tucapel River, killing 19 people and
2006 Nov 12, In southwest China
8 miners had died in a coal mine flood in Guizhou province. In
northern China 34 miners were killed by an explosion in a coal mine
in Shanxi province.
2006 Nov 12, Voters in the
breakaway Georgian province of South Ossetia declared overwhelming
backing for its independence drive in a referendum that underlined a
sharp split between Russia and the West and is likely to increase
tensions in the Caucasus region. A similar 1992 referendum
proclaiming the province's independence went unnoticed by the
international community, leaving it in limbo.
(AP, 11/12/06)(AP, 11/13/06)
2006 Nov 12, Iraqi PM Nouri
al-Maliki rebuked lawmakers for putting party and sectarian loyalty
ahead of Iraq's stability, and said he was planning a sweeping
Cabinet reshuffle on a day when at least 150 Iraqis died. A pair of
suicide bombs ripped through a crowd of would-be police recruits in
Baghdad, killing at least 35. 50 bodies found behind a regional
electrical company in Baqouba, and 25 others found scattered
throughout Baghdad. 5 people were killed in drive-by shootings in
Baqouba. In Baghdad police Brig. Abdul-Mutalib Hassan was shot to
death as he left home. Hassan was head of a unit in charge of
registering vehicles that is widely seen as corrupt. Sunni gunmen
near Latifiyah murdered 10 Shiite passengers before taking about 50
captives. 4 British soldiers were killed and three seriously wounded
in an attack on a patrol boat in Basra.
(AP, 11/12/06)(WSJ, 11/13/06, p.A1)
2006 Nov 12, Israeli PM Ehud
Olmert began a five-day trip to the United States. Israeli forces
killed a Palestinian teenager in northern Gaza.
2006 Nov 12, Palestinian
foreign minister Mahmud Zahar told fellow ministers at an Arab
League emergency meeting in Cairo that the costs of rebuilding the
north Gaza town of Beit Hanun after deadly Israeli shelling amounts
to 50 million dollars. Arab countries decided to lift the financial
blockade on Palestinians in response to a US veto on a UN Security
Council draft resolution condemning Israel's military offensive in
the Gaza Strip. The Hamas-led Palestinian government agreed to an
international peace conference with Israel.
(AP, 11/12/06)(AP, 11/13/06)
2006 Nov 12, Heavy fighting
erupted in central Somalia, a day after the transitional government
rejected a peace initiative with the country's Islamic movement.
2006 Nov 12, In Singapore
student Ang Chuang Yang (16) broke the Guinness World Record for the
shortest time needed to type a 160-character SMS (short message
service) message after whizzing through the task in less than 42
seconds in a competition.
2006 Nov 12, Spanish farmers
led a flock of hundreds of bleating sheep through downtown Madrid in
a protest urging the protection of ancient grazing routes threatened
by urban sprawl.
2006 Nov 12, Jan Egeland, the
UN's top humanitarian official, helicoptered to a jungle clearing to
meet with Joseph Kony, a Ugandan rebel leader accused of war crimes,
but he failed to secure freedom for women and children held captive
by the insurgent group. Kony denied that his forces are holding
2007 Nov 12, The Dow Jones
industrial average closed below 13,000 for first time since August
2007 Nov 12, Ryan Braun won the
NL Rookie of the Year award in one of the closest votes, while
Dustin Pedroia ran away with the AL honor.
2007 Nov 12, It was reported
that a donor had given a staggering $100 million to the Erie
Community Foundation in Pennsylvania, and all of the charities would
receive a share.
2007 Nov 12, Constellation
Brands said it will pay $885 million for the US wine business of
Fortune Brands, which includes the Geyser Peak, Wild Horse, Buena
Vista Carneros and Gary Farrell labels. The deal also included 1,500
acres of vineyards in Sonoma and Napa counties.
(SFC, 11/13/07, p.B1)
2007 Nov 12, IBM said it would
buy Canada's Cognos Inc for $5 billion, snapping up the last of the
major makers of business intelligence software.
2007 Nov 12, Nymex Holdings
Inc., the parent company of the New York Mercantile Exchange, said
it will buy a 15.1 percent stake in the Norwegian financial
derivatives exchange Imarex ASA for about $52 million.
2007 Nov 12, A new study said
US researchers have developed a method of producing hydrogen gas
from biodegradable organic material, potentially providing an
abundant source of this clean-burning fuel. The method used by
engineers at Pennsylvania State University combines
electron-generating bacteria and a small electrical charge in a
microbial fuel cell to produce hydrogen gas.
2007 Nov 12, Ira Levin (78),
author, died in Manhattan. His work included the best-selling horror
and suspense novels "Rosemary's Baby" (1967), "The Stepford Wives"
(1972), and "The Boys from Brazil" (1976), all later made into
popular films. Levin also wrote for the stage, including "No Time
for Sergeants," starring a young Andy Griffith, and the long-running
"Deathtrap." Both were later adapted to the screen.
2007 Nov 12, Lester Ziffren,
former news reporter and screenwriter, died in Manhattan. In 1936
Ziffren was the first to report the start of the Spanish Civil War.
(WSJ, 11/24/07, p.A8)
2007 Nov 12, Voters cast the
first ballots in Australia's elections as a new opinion poll showed
conservative PM John Howard heading for a landslide defeat.
2007 Nov 12, In Cambodia Ieng
Sary and Ieng Thirith, the ex-foreign minister of the Khmer Rouge
regime and his wife, were arrested on charges of crimes against
humanity. Ieng Sary was sentenced to death in absentia in August
1979, eight months after a Vietnam-led resistance movement overthrew
the Khmer Rouge regime. In 1996 the king rewarded Ieng Sary with an
amnesty for breaking away from his comrades-in-arms.
2007 Nov 12, An unknown armed
group killed 19 Cameroonian soldiers in Bakassi, a border region
handed back to Cameroon by Nigeria last year.
2007 Nov 12, China released
data that said its trade surplus had jumped to a new all-time
monthly high in October, despite government pledges to restrain
export growth and adding to pressure for action on trade barriers
2007 Nov 12, The Egyptian
Initiative for Personal Rights and New York’s Human Rights Watch
released a report saying the Egyptian government refuses to
recognize minority religions and Christian converts in official
(SFC, 11/16/07, p.A25)(www.eipr.org/en/)
2007 Nov 12, IUCN, a
Geneva-based conservation group, said the world's smallest bear
species faces extinction because of deforestation and poaching in
its Southeast Asian home. The sun bear, whose habitat stretches from
India to Indonesia, has been classified as vulnerable by the World
2007 Nov 12, In Baghdad an
Iraqi taxi driver was shot dead by a private security guard
protecting a convoy driving through the city. Tal Afar Mayor Gen.
Najim Abdullah said Iraqi soldiers killed four men in clashes that
lasted throughout the night after a tribal chieftain was killed in
front of his village's mosque. The US military said Rocket and
mortar attacks in Iraq have decreased to their lowest levels in more
than 21 months.
2007 Nov 12, A Nigerian
official said security agents have arrested several men who
allegedly had materials for making explosives. Evidence has linked
them to the al-Qaida terror network.
2007 Nov 12, Hamas security
forces opened fire at a rally by the rival Fatah movement
commemorating Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. 7 people were killed
and 85 wounded in the bloodiest day of intra-Palestinian fighting
since Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip in June.
(AP, 11/12/07)(AP, 11/13/07)
2007 Nov 12, Pakistani
opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was placed under house arrest for
the second time in four days ahead of a planned march to protest
2007 Nov 12, Alexander
Tkachyov, governor of Russia’s Krasnodar region, said more than
30,000 birds and countless fish have been killed in an "ecological
catastrophe" wrought by thousands of tons of oil from a tanker that
broke apart in a heavy storm near the Black Sea. 3 bodies washed
ashore and 20 sailors remained missing after the sinking of at least
(AP, 11/12/07)(SFC, 11/13/07, p.A10)
2007 Nov 12, Airbus said it was
building a custom, 380 VIP double-decker jet for Saudi Prince
Alwaleed bin Talal with a price tag of over $320 million.
2007 Nov 12, In South Korea the
Catholic Priests' Association for Justice (CPAJ) disclosed the names
of 3 former and incumbent prosecutors, who have received money
regularly from Samsung Group. CPAJ urged the prosecution to
investigate the conglomerate's alleged bribery, slush fund creation,
and other irregularities.
(Econ, 12/1/07, p.58)
2007 Nov 12, A Darfur rebel
group freed five workers, including two foreigners, taken hostage in
a rare attack on a Sudanese oil installation almost three weeks ago.
2007 Nov 12, UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said deploying a UN peacekeeping
operation to Somalia is not realistic or viable given the
war-wracked African country’s security situation, the intensifying
insurgency and the lack of progress towards any political
2008 Nov 12, The Department of
the Treasury and the Federal Reserve Board announced the release of
a joint final rule to implement the Unlawful Internet Gambling
Enforcement Act of 2006. The act made it illegal for financial
institutions to transfer funds between punters and online gambling
sites. Compliance was required by Dec 1, 2009.
2008 Nov 12, The Supreme Court
lifted restrictions on the Navy's use of sonar in training exercises
off the California coast, a defeat for environmental groups who say
the sonar can harm whales.
2008 Nov 12, US prosecutors
charged Raoul Weil, a senior executive of Swiss bank UBS AG, of
helping some 20,000 rich clients evade federal income taxes on
assets of some $20 billion from 2002-2007. In 2014 a federal court
in Florida acquitted Mr. Weil.
(WSJ, 11/13/08, p.A1)(Econ, 11/8/14, p.76)
2008 Nov 12, A judge cleared
the way for gay marriage to begin in Connecticut, a victory for
advocates stung by California's referendum that banned same-sex
unions in that state.
2008 Nov 12, LCD makers LG
Display of South Korea, Sharp of Japan, and Chunghwa Picture tubes
of Taiwan pleaded guilty to US charges of price fixing and will pay
fines totaling $585 million.
(WSJ, 11/13/08, p.B3)
2008 Nov 12, In Fort
Lauderdale, Florida, sophomore Teah Wimberly (15) shot Amanda
Collette at Dillard High School, then walked to a seafood restaurant
to call authorities and turn herself in.
2008 Nov 12, Mitch Mitchell
(61), English drummer for the legendary Jimi Hendrix Experience of
the 1960s and the group's last surviving member, was found dead in
his hotel room in Portland, Oregon, the last stop on the West Coast
part of a tour.
(AP, 11/13/08)(SFC, 11/13/08, p.B4)
2008 Nov 12, Walter Gabrielson
(1935), California artist, died, His 1993 self-published
autobiography was titled “Persistence.”
(SSFC, 11/16/08, p.B6)
2008 Nov 12, In Afghanistan a
bomb-filled tanker exploded outside the office of the provincial
council in Kandahar, killing six people and wounding 42. Two British
troops were killed in an explosion in southern Helmand province. Men
squirted the acid from water bottles onto three groups of students
and teachers walking to school in Kandahar. Some of the girls
received burns only on their school uniforms but others will have
scars on their faces. On Nov 25 officials announced the arrest of 10
Taliban militants involved in the acid attack.
(AP, 11/12/08)(AP, 11/13/08)(AP, 11/14/08)(AP,
2008 Nov 12, Algeria's
parliament overwhelmingly approved constitutional amendments that
abolish presidential term limits, paving the way for President
Abdelaziz Bouteflika to seek a third term in spring elections.
2008 Nov 12, Angola announced
it is mobilizing troops to send to neighboring Congo, heightening
fears that the fighting in this central African nation will engulf
other countries in the region. North of Kibati the bodies of two
dead government soldiers lay in the center of the road beside a
2008 Nov 12, A Sidney court
sentenced an Australian woman to 22 months periodic detention for
assisting in the suicide of her longtime partner, an Alzheimer's
sufferer who had been rejected for a legal euthanasia in
2008 Nov 12, The Canadian
government announced a series of steps to improve the availability
of long-term credit including the purchase of C$50 billion ($40
billion) more in insured mortgages from banks.
2008 Nov 12, China launched a
50-day campaign against unlicensed taxis in Beijing.
(WSJ, 11/14/08, p.A10)
2008 Nov 12, In Colombia the
investment company Proyecciones DRFE (Dinero Rapido Facil Efectivo -
Easy Money, Fast Cash) collapsed in Narino state leaving investors
in the pyramid scheme with losses estimated at some $270 million.
Investors took to the streets on rumors that owner Carlos Alfredo
Suarez had fled the country. At least 2 people died in ensuing
riots. A week later Panama extradited David Murcia Guzman, the
president of DMG Group, suspected of running the country's biggest
pyramid scheme. On Mar 13, 2009, the government announced it had
recovered just $20.5 million, which would be distributed equally
among some 214,000 investors, who would receive about $96 each. On
Dec 16 Murcia was sentenced to 30 years and 8 months in prison for a
money-laundering conviction and was fined $12.5 million. He is
expected to be extradited to the US soon on money-laundering
p.A9)(Econ, 11/22/08, p.49)(SFC, 3/14/09, p.A2)(SFC, 10/14/09,
2008 Nov 12, Germany's biggest
industrial union secured a 4.2 percent pay rise over 18 months for
the nation's manufacturing workers in a deal that averted an all-out
2008 Nov 12, In Germany Dr.
Gero Huetter said his 42-year-old patient, an American living in
Berlin who was not identified, had been infected with the AIDS virus
for more than a decade. But 20 months after undergoing a transplant
of genetically selected bone marrow, he no longer shows signs of
carrying the virus.
2008 Nov 12, Hong Kong
officials said they had found elevated levels of melamine in fish
feed from China’s Fuzhou Haima Feed Co.
(WSJ, 11/13/08, p.A13)
2008 Nov 12, Indonesian health
officials said test results from two laboratories in the capital
came back positive confirming that a girl (15) died of bird flu last
2008 Nov 12, Iran successfully
test-fired the Sajjil, a new generation of long range
surface-to-surface missile using solid fuel, making them more
accurate than its predecessors. It had a range of about 1,200 miles
2008 Nov 12, In Iraq a series
of bombings shook Baghdad for the third straight day, killing at
least 11 people and wounding about 60. In Mosul unidentified gunmen
killed two sisters from a Christian family as they were waiting in
front of their house for a ride to work. Barzan Mohammed Abdullah,
an Iraqi soldier, opened fire on US troops after a quarrel broke out
in Mosul, killing two American soldiers and wounding six in a
military compound before he was shot to death.
(AP, 11/12/08)(SFC, 11/13/08, p.A3)
2008 Nov 12, Israeli troops and
Palestinian militants fought with missiles and mortars along the
Gaza-Israel border, raising new concerns that an increasingly shaky
five-month-old truce might collapse. Four Hamas militants were
killed in the exchange, and the Hamas military wing said it would
2008 Nov 12, The United States
says it has shipped 50,000 metric tons of heavy fuel oil to North
Korea as part of a nuclear disarmament deal. The fuel is scheduled
to arrive in the North in late November and early December. North
Korea said that it won't allow outside inspectors to take samples
from its main nuclear complex to verify the communist regime's
accounting of past nuclear activities.
2008 Nov 12, North Korea's
powerful military announced it will shut the country's border with
the South on Dec. 1, a marked escalation of threats against Seoul's
new conservative government at a time of heightened tension on the
2008 Nov 12, In Pakistan
Stephen Vance, a US development worker, and his driver were shot
dead in Peshawar. 3 security forces died when a suicide bomber
rammed his explosives-laden vehicle at the gate of government school
for boys in the northwestern village of Subhan Khwar, 22 miles north
2008 Nov 12, In Somalia the
Islamist al-Shabab militia, that the US calls a terror organization,
seized Merka, a key port town, giving it control of most of southern
Somalia and sidelining the weak government.
2008 Nov 12, In South African a
truck carrying workers collided with another truck, killing 23
people and injuring nine.
2008 Nov 12, Sudanese President
Omar Hassan al-Bashir, facing a possible indictment by the
International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes in Darfur,
announced a ceasefire in the region.
2008 Nov 12, Pirates
commandeered the Karagol, a Turkish chemical tanker, off the coast
of Yemen. 14 Turkish personnel were aboard the tanker. The Russian
frigate Neustrashimy and the British frigate Cumberland foiled
pirates who fired automatic weapons toward a Danish ship and twice
tried to seize it in the Gulf of Aden. The Karagol was released on
Jan 12, 2009.
(AP, 11/12/08)(AP, 1/13/09)
2008 Nov 12, Zimbabwe's main
opposition said it would not join a new government with President
Robert Mugabe until unresolved power-sharing issues were ironed out.
2009 Nov 12, US prosecutors
filed a civil complaint in federal court against the Alavi
Foundation, seeking the forfeiture of more than $500 million in
assets. The Muslim nonprofit organization, suspected to have Iranian
links, held assets including bank accounts; Islamic centers
consisting of schools and mosques in New York, Maryland, California
and Houston; more than 100 acres in Virginia; and a 36-story
Manhattan office tower.
2009 Nov 12, The IMF issued new
rules for financial assets that will be optional from this year and
mandatory from 2013.
(Econ, 11/14/09, p.88)
2009 Nov 12, The Atlantic
seaboard was drenched in rain from Tropical Storm Ida. 3 deaths were
reported in Virginia and one in North Carolina.
(SFC, 11/13/09, p.A8)
2009 Nov 12, Afghanistan
exported 12 tons of apples to India and touted the shipment as a key
step in exploring much-needed international markets for its
2009 Nov 12, In Bolivia
authorities said that evaporation blamed on global warming has
reduced Lake Titicaca, one of the world's highest navigable lakes,
to its lowest level since 1949.
2009 Nov 12, British Airways
PLC and Spanish airline Iberia SA confirmed they are holding
separate board meetings about a long-awaited merger, responding to
feverish speculation that has sent the companies' shares soaring.
2009 Nov 12, In Honduras
assailants fired an anti-tank grenade toward the building housing
ballots for the upcoming Nov 29 Honduran presidential elections,
which are taking place under the shadow of a four-month crisis
caused by a coup. The grenade overshot its target.
2009 Nov 12, Italy's top
security official said that authorities have smashed an
international terror cell with the arrest in Italy and elsewhere in
Europe of 17 Algerians who were raising money to finance terrorism.
2009 Nov 12, In Norway thieves
stole a valuable artwork by Edvard Munch from an Oslo art dealer in
downtown Oslo. One or more thieves stole "Historien" (History) from
2009 Nov 12, A Norwegian
freelance journalist kidnapped on Nov 5 in eastern Afghanistan was
released along with his Afghan interpreter. Paal Refsdal was in
Afghanistan filming a documentary for the Norwegian production
(AP, 11/12/09)(SFC, 11/13/09, p.A2)
2009 Nov 12, In Pakistan stiff
Taliban resistance killed at least 17 government soldiers in the
military's deadliest day since launching its offensive in South
Waziristan. At least 15 soldiers were killed in clashes, while a
roadside bomb killed two soldiers in Sararogha area further east.
Gunmen shot dead Abu Al-Hasan Jaffry, a Pakistani spokesman for the
Iranian consulate, at point blank range as he set off for work in
Peshawar. The army said that 22 militants were killed in South
Waziristan, which would bring to 524 the number reported dead since
the fight began.
2009 Nov 12, Peruvian media
reported that air force officer Victor Ariza (45) was arrested last
month for allegedly spying for Chile. Peruvian President Alan Garcia
soon accused Chile of assaulting Peru's sovereignty, throwing his
weight behind allegations that Chile paid a Peruvian military
officer to spy. Chilean Foreign Minister Mariano Fernandez denied
2009 Nov 12, Russia’s Pres.
Medvedev called on his country to shed its dependence on exports of
raw materials and to adopt a more pragmatic foreign policy aimed at
attracting investment and promoting growth.
(SFC, 11/13/09, p.A5)
2009 Nov 12, In Rwanda a
passenger plane with a recent history of technical problems crashed
into an airport VIP lounge Kigali, killing one passenger. The
CRJ-100 aircraft was leased from Kenya's Jetlink.
2009 Nov 12, Spain created its
bank bailout fund, the FROB, with a potential capacity of €99
2010 Nov 12, The US Supreme
Court allowed the Pentagon to continue preventing openly gay people
from serving in the military while a federal appeals court reviews
the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
2010 Nov 12, The California
state Dept. of Education reported 50.4% of the state’s public
schools students identified themselves as Latino. 27% identified
themselves as white, 9% as Asian and 7% as black.
(SFC, 11/13/10, p.A1)
2010 Nov 12, In Afghanistan a
suicide car bomber targeted foreign forces in Kabul but the device
detonated early, slightly injuring an Afghan soldier and a NATO
service member. An ISAF soldier died after an attack by militant
fighters in the east of the country. 15 militants were detained
during three overnight operations targeting Taliban leaders across
(AFP, 11/12/10)(AP, 11/12/10)
2010 Nov 12, British detectives
investigating the 2009 theft of nearly 300 brightly colored stuffed
birds from the Natural History Museum in Tring arrested Edwin Rist
(22), a US citizen.
2010 Nov 12, Canada and India
launched talks on a free trade deal they said could boost gross
domestic product in each nation by C$6 billion ($5.9 billion) a year
and increase existing trade flows by 50 percent.
2010 Nov 12, The UN asked for
$164 million to fight the cholera outbreak in Haiti, as the death
toll reached 724 with 10 of the deaths and 278 cases in the capital
2010 Nov 12, Italy's opposition
presented a no-confidence motion against Premier Silvio Berlusconi,
setting the stage for a showdown in parliament that could spell the
end of the government.
2010 Nov 12, A Lebanese
military court convicted Omar Bakri Mohammed, a radical Muslim
cleric, of terrorism charges and sentenced him in absentia to life
in prison. Bakri was among 54 people sentenced as part of ongoing
trials of militants who fought deadly clashes with the Lebanese army
in 2007. Bakri lived in Britain for 20 years where he headed the
now-disbanded radical Islamist group al-Muhajiroun. He left Britain
for Lebanon in 2005 and the British government barred him from
2010 Nov 12, Morelos state
prosecutor said soldiers are hunting a 12-year-old suspected drug
gang hitman accused of helping wage a gruesome turf war in central
Mexico. 2 housewives this week took over the running of the police
near Ciudad Juarez in Chihuahua state, after no one else applied for
the dangerous job. Olga Herrera (43), a mother of five, was
appointed police chief in the town of Villa Luz, while Veronica Rios
will be in charge of the police department in the town of El Vergel,
both just south of Ciudad Juarez.
2010 Nov 12, An ally of
pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi said an order for her release
has been signed by Myanmar's ruling generals, as hundreds of
supporters gathered at her political party headquarters and near her
residence in anticipation.
2010 Nov 12, Philippine
President Benigno Aquino III lashed out at the US and five other
Western allies for issuing what he said were unverified warnings of
a possible terrorist attack in the Southeast Asian nation at a time
when it is trying to bolster its lackluster tourism industry.
2010 Nov 12, Henryk Mikolaj
Gorecki (76), Polish classical composer, died following a serious
illness in Katowice. Gorecki was best known for his Symphony 3
"Sorrowful Songs," which was published in the US in 1994 and became
a best-seller, with more than one million copies sold.
2010 Nov 12, In South Korea
leaders of the G20 major economies refused to back a US push to make
China boost its currency's value, keeping alive a dispute that
raises fears of a global trade war amid criticism that cheap Chinese
exports are costing American jobs.
2010 Nov 12, A South Korean spy
plane crashed during routine training and its two pilots were killed
in the 2nd military accident to strike South Korea while it hosted
the G20 summit.
2010 Nov 12, North Sudan's
military bombed a disputed north-south border area, but a Southern
Sudan army spokesman said the bombing was not a provocation.
Casualties were said to be in the single digits.
2010 Nov 12, After weeks of
delays due to Chinese objections, the UN Security Council received a
report on violations of the arms embargo in Sudan's western Darfur
region that infuriated Beijing. The confidential report said
Khartoum committed multiple breaches of the embargo and China has
done little to ensure its weaponry is not used in Darfur.
2011 Nov 12, Pres. Obama
gathered with leaders of 20 other nations of the Asia-Pacific
Economic Cooperation forum meeting in Hawaii. Obama’s trip was part
of a 9-day trip that would include visits to aus Obama’s trip was
part of a 9-day trip that would include visits to Australia and
(SFC, 11/14/11, p.A7)
2011 Nov 12, It was reported
that the US Guantanamo Bay Naval Base is costing taxpayers $800,000
annually for each of the 171 captives currently held there.
(SFC, 11/12/11, p.A2)
2011 Nov 12, In eastern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb destroyed a car, killing nine civilians,
including a woman and a child in Laghman province. In the south
gunmen shot and killed a village elder in the Khash Rod district of
2011 Nov 12, African Union
officials said AU troops fighting al-Qaida-linked Islamists in the
failed state of Somalia have a $10 million funding gap which has
delayed the deployment of reinforcements and lifesaving equipment.
2011 Nov 12, In Australia 22
sperm whales and 2 minke whales died after getting stranded near
Ocean Beach, Tasmania. Rescuers over the next 2 days saved two huge
sperm whales stranded at Macquarie Harbor. Another died and a 4th
remained stranded as weather worsened.
(AFP, 11/14/11)(AP, 11/15/11)
2011 Nov 12, The Bahraini
interior ministry announced that four members of a cell planning
attacks were detained in Qatar and turned over to Manama, while a
fifth suspect was arrested in Bahrain. The Sunni-ruled Arab
monarchies of the Gulf have repeatedly accused mainly Shiite Iran of
meddling in their internal affairs.
2011 Nov 12, Egyptian police
arrested Abdel-Halim Hassan Heneidi, a militant leader, in the
northern Sinai town of el-Arish.
2011 Nov 12, In Egypt Jeff
Francois, a Canadian tourist, died of a gunshot wounds He was shot
on Nov 9 when members of a feuding family opened fire on his car
when his driver refused to stop at an illegal checkpoint in the town
2011 Nov 12, EU foreign policy
chief Catherine Ashton officially opened a delegation in Tripoli
before holding talks with Libya's interim leaders as the bloc moved
to cement relations.
2011 Nov 12, French Foreign
Minister Alain Juppe vowed to help Nigeria in its fight against
extremist groups as the country faces an intensifying Islamist
insurgency. Nigeria is France's biggest trading partner in
2011 Nov 12, In Germany some
9,000 people rallied in Frankfurt near the EU’s Central Bank office
calling for an end to excesses of financial speculation and urging
the government to dismantle big banks.
(SSFC, 11/13/11, p.A8)
2011 Nov 12, In Iran an
accidental explosion at a Revolutionary Guard ammunition depot west
of Tehran killed at least 36 soldiers. Brig. Gen. Hassan Moqaddam, a
top commander of Iran’s ballistic missile program, was among those
(AP, 11/12/11)(SSFC, 11/13/11, p.A6)(SFC,
11/14/11, p.A2)(AP, 11/17/11)
2011 Nov 12, Italy’s PM
Berlusconi resigned after lawmakers rushed through a budget bill
seen as the first step toward winning back investor confidence.
(SSFC, 11/13/11, p.A8)
2011 Nov 12, A Kenyan official
said more than 30 Kenya-based members of Somalia's top militant
group have accepted a police amnesty and are providing information
to help Kenyan police secure the country against threatened suicide
attacks by the group. Kenyan and Somali government troops killed
nine members of an al-Qaida-linked militant group they were pursuing
(AP, 11/12/11)(AP, 11/13/11)
2011 Nov 12, In Kazakhstan a
radical Islamist, identified only as Kariyev, killed 7 people,
including 5 law enforcement officers, in a rampage the southern city
of Taraz. The suspect blew himself up as officers moved in to arrest
2011 Nov 12, Nigeria evacuated
from Mali 104 of its citizens, mostly women, either made to work as
"sexual slaves" or suspected of involvement in human trafficking.
2011 Nov 12, In Pakistan four
intelligence officials were killed during a raid on a militant
hideout in the country's east. Some militants were killed or
captured in the raid in Jellum district. Hafiz Gul Bahadur, a
Pakistani militant commander close to the Afghan border, threatened
to abandon an unofficial peace deal with the government because of
American missile strikes and shelling by the Pakistani army.
2011 Nov 12, Puerto Rico
reported that 983 people have been killed so far this year, equal to
the number of killings reported for all of last year when the US
Caribbean territory marked its second highest number of slayings
ever. A record 995 people were killed in 1994 in this island of 4
2011 Nov 12, In Somalia 3
refugees queuing for food were killed in crossfire when corrupt
Somali government security forces tried to loot aid supplies in
2011 Nov 12, In South Africa
renowned cricket writer Peter Roebuck (55) was about to be detained
over the alleged sexual assault of a Zimbabwean man when he plunged
to his death.
2011 Nov 12, South Korea
dispatched patrol boats and a helicopter for 8 missing crewmen after
a fishing boat collided with a freighter and sank off its
2011 Nov 12, Global aid
organization Oxfam said it has withdrawn 22 staff from South Sudan's
Upper Nile state because of escalating violence along the newly
independent country's tense border with the north.
2011 Nov 12, In Sudan an
alliance of rebel groups committed to regime change said that a key
Darfur rebel movement had joined them, as they convened for a second
meeting in the Nuba Mountains.
2011 Nov 12, The 22-member Arab
League voted to suspend Syria and warned the regime could face
sanctions if it does not end its bloody crackdown against
anti-government protesters. The decision was a symbolic blow to a
nation that prides itself on being a powerhouse of Arab nationalism.
18 countries agreed to the suspension, scheduled to take effect on
2011 Nov 12, Turkish commandos
in civilian clothes slipped onto the Kartepe, a hijacked passenger
ferry, and posed as hostages before fatally shooting a suspected
Kurdish rebel carrying explosives in a 12-hour drama that ended
2011 Nov 12, In Yemen fierce
clashes erupted in Taez as protesters in the capital Sanaa condemned
international silence in the face of a government crackdown. Armed
tribesmen, who have thrown their support behind the protest
movement, clashed with government troops in the Hassab district of
2012 Nov 12, The Top500 website
namedTitan, a computer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, as the
world’s faster supercomputer.
(Econ, 11/17/12, p.74)
2012 Nov 12, In Afghanistan an
international military coalition service member was been killed in
an insurgent attack in the country's east.
2012 Nov 12, Brazil’s high
court sentenced Jose Dirceu, the former chief of staff of former
Pres. Lula da Silva, to nearly 11 years in prison for orchestrating
a vast vote-buying scheme.
(SFC, 11/13/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 12, British MPs
criticised executives of Starbucks, Google and Amazon for not paying
more tax in Britain and Amazon said it had received a $252 million
(159 million pounds) demand for back taxes from France. A Reuters
report last month showed that Starbucks had paid no corporation, or
income, tax in the UK in the past three years and had paid only 8.6
million pounds since 1998.
2012 Nov 12, British judges
ruled that Abu Qatada, a radical Islamist cleric described by
prosecutors as a key al-Qaida operative in Europe, cannot be
deported from Britain to Jordan to face terrorism charges. Britain's
Special Immigration Appeals Commission said it was not convinced
that Jordan would guarantee Abu Qatada a fair trial.
2012 Nov 12, Helen Boaden, the
head of news at the BBC, stepped aside after a program falsely
accusing a former senior politician of child abuse sparked one of
the worst crises in the publicly-funded broadcaster's 90-year
history. Boaden and her deputy Stephen Mitchell stepped aside
pending a review of why editors spiked the report last year on
Savile, who has been accused of abusing children on BBC premises.
2012 Nov 12, In China a
24-year-old Tibetan man set himself on fire at a prayer ceremony in
Tongren county in western Qinghai province, becoming the seventh
person in six days to self-immolate in the region.
2012 Nov 12, EU ministers
agreed to giver Greece two more years to reform its economy, but
failed to agree how to get the country’s bailout program back on
(SFC, 11/13/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 12, Greek lawmakers
approved the country’s 2013 austerity budget by a 167-128 vote in
the 300-member Parliament.
(SFC, 11/12/12, p.A4)
2012 Nov 12, An Israeli tank
scored a "direct hit" on a Syrian armored vehicle after a mortar
shell landed on Israeli-held territory in the Golan Heights, in the
first direct confrontation between the countries since the Syrian
uprising broke out, sharpening fears that Israel could be drawn into
the civil war next door.
2012 Nov 12, A new Irish
Republican Army faction in Northern Ireland claimed responsibility
for its first killing and defended the bloodshed as a necessary act
of vengeance. The group said its members shot to death David Black
on Nov 1 because he worked as a guard at Northern Ireland's
top-security Maghaberry prison.
2012 Nov 12, Palestinian
militants in Gaza launched 10 rockets into southern Israel by
midday, including one that struck the yard of a house. The barrage
ramped up pressure on the Israeli government to stage a large-scale
operation aimed at stopping the persistent attacks.
2012 Nov 12, Spain’s major
banks agreed to suspend evictions for two years of the most
financially vulnerable homeowners.
(SFC, 11/13/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 12, A Syrian fighter
jet bombed a rebel-held area near the Turkish border, killing at
least six people and wounding a dozen others. One rocket-propelled
grenade landed in Turkey. A Syrian helicopter bombed rebel positions
in an area further south of Ras al-Ayn and the rebels could be heard
responding with machine guns.
2012 Nov 12, Zimbabwe
government opened a conference on the diamond trade in Victoria
Falls. Partnership Africa Canada, an organization leading the
campaign against conflict diamonds, reported that at least $2
billion worth of diamonds have been stolen from Zimbabwe’s eastern
diamond fields and have enriched President Robert Mugabe's ruling
circle, international gem dealers and criminals.
2013 Nov 12, In NYC a 1969
painting by Francis Bacon set a world record for the most expensive
artwork ever sold at a Christie’s auction. “Three Studies of Lucian
Freud” sold for $142,405,000.
(SFC, 11/13/13, p.A6)
2013 Nov 12, In Bangladesh riot
police fired tear gas to battle thousands of stone-throwing garment
workers who rampaged through two industrial towns during a protest
over wages that closed at least 200 factories and left dozens of
2013 Nov 12, Mavis Batey
(b.1921), a renowned British code-breaker during WWII, died.
(SFC, 11/29/13, p.C4)
2013 Nov 12, British composer
John Tavener (69) died. His spiritually inspired music was performed
at the funeral of Princess Diana. He was best known for works
including "The Whale", which was released in the late 1960s by the
Beatles' record label Apple.
2013 Nov 12, Bulgaria's premier
and president issued a joint appeal against xenophobia following a
number of racist incidents as the EU's poorest country struggles
with an influx of Syrian refugees. Protesters tried to blockade the
parliament, clashing with police as they demanded the country's
left-leaning government resign and early elections be called.
(AFP, 11/12/13)(AP, 11/12/13)
2013 Nov 12, In Cambodia a
woman was shot dead and several people injured as riot police used
live rounds, rubber bullets and teargas in clashes with protesting
2013 Nov 12, A company owned by
Canada's Gabriel Resources said it still hopes to start digging for
gold in Romania in 2014, despite a negative vote by a parliamentary
2013 Nov 12, Mylene Paquette
(35) of Quebec, Canada, made history by becoming the first North
American to make a west-to-east solo crossing of the Atlantic by
2013 Nov 12, China's Communist
Party promised to deepen economic reforms to give the market a
"decisive" role in allocating resources at the end of a
closely-watched meeting. A document on reforms was approved but not
made public until Nov 15.
(AFP, 11/12/13)(Econ, 11/23/13, p.47)
2013 Nov 12, China, Cuba,
Russia and Saudi Arabia won seats on the UN Human Rights Council,
despite fierce international criticism of their records.
2013 Nov 12, In Cyprus the
largest haul of looted, centuries-old church icons, frescoes and
mosaics ever repatriated were officially welcomed after a nearly
four-decade journey. Police discovered the religious treasures in a
1997 raid on the apartment of Turkish art dealer Aydin Dikmen in
2013 Nov 12, Egypt's
3-month-old state of emergency ended today after a court ruling.
Military and security officials held off from impleneting the ruling
amid worries of protests by supporters of deposed Pres. Morsi.
Egyptian police fired tear gas at student supporters of Morsi, who
were protesting at the university in the Nile Delta town of
(AP, 11/12/13)(Reuters, 11/12/13)(SFC, 11/13/13,
2013 Nov 12, The
Strasbourg-based Council of Europe, a leading human rights body,
urged President Vladimir Putin to overhaul Russia's creaking
judicial system, long criticized as vulnerable to political meddling
and as an obstacle to business.
2013 Nov 12, Settlement
watchdog Peace Now said Israel plans to build 20,000 new settler
homes in the West Bank. PM Netanyahu publicly forced Housing
Minister Uri Ariel, who had approved the plans, to back down after
drawing US condemnation for a settlement project the Palestinians
warned would end a fragile peace process
(AFP, 11/12/13)(AFP, 11/13/13)
2013 Nov 12, Jordan's largest
daily, the government-owned Al-Rai, and its sister newspaper
suspended publication after staff held a one-day strike in protest
at state "interference."
2013 Nov 12, In Lebanon Sunni
sheikh Saadeddine Ghiyeh, a cleric close to the Syrian regime of
President Bashar al-Assad, was shot dead in the northern town of
2013 Nov 12, Philippine troops
killed two armed insurgents who attacked an aid convoy en route to
typhoon-devastated Tacloban. Thousands of typhoon survivors swarmed
the Tacloban airport seeking a flight out, but only a few hundred
made it. Mobs overran a rice warehouse 24 km from Tacloban, setting
off a wall collapse that killed 8 people and carting off thousands
of sacks of the grain.
(AFP, 11/12/13)(AP, 11/12/13)(AP, 11/13/13)
2013 Nov 12, A Russian court in
Moscow froze the assets of protest leader Alexei Navalny as part of
an investigation into alleged fraud and money laundering by him and
his brother Oleg.
2013 Nov 12, The Sao Tome
government and Chinese representatives signed an agreement to
open a trade mission to promote projects in Sao Tome and Principe,
16 years after it broke off relations over the tiny Central African
island nation's diplomatic recognition of Taiwan.
2013 Nov 12, Saudi media said 3
Eritrean military officers have asked for political asylum in Saudi
Arabia after Saudi air force jets forced their aircraft to land in
the southern part of the kingdom.
2013 Nov 12, In Saudi Arabia
thousands of Africans, mostly Ethiopians, surrendered to authorities
for a second day Ethiopia announced the death of three citizens
during clashes in the Gulf kingdom.
2013 Nov 12, Singapore charged
a 35-year-old man suspected of hacking a website linked to the prime
2013 Nov 12, Thousands of
Sudanese demanded the removal of a local police chief, on the third
day of unrest sparked by an attack on a female student. Unrest began
Nov 10 after an attack on the young woman, which led crowds to burn
the local market.
2013 Nov 12, Syrian troops
clashed with rebels on the southern outskirts of Damascus. The
Syrian National Coalition named a provisional government for
(AP, 11/12/13)(Reuters, 11/12/13)
2013 Nov 12, Thai premier
Yingluck Shinawatra appealed for anti-government groups to end
ongoing street protests after the parliamentary defeat of an amnesty
bill failed to defuse political tensions.
2013 Nov 12, In Tunisia special
forces units from the National Guard killed a suspected militant and
arrested eight others in an early morning operation deep in the
desert south of the country.
2013 Nov 12, A new report by
the UN Development Program said Latin America is the most unsafe
region in the world.
(SSFC, 11/17/13, p.A4)
2013 Nov 12, Yemen convicted
nine men for arms smuggling after their ship was intercepted in the
country's territorial waters in January, sentencing them with up to
10 years in prison for smuggling Iranian-made weapons. Ringleader,
identified as Hameed Dahash, was tried in absentia and sentenced to
2014 Nov 12, A US federal judge
struck down South Carolina’s same-sex marriage ban as
unconstitutional, but gave the state a week to appeal.
(SFC, 11/13/14, p.A6)
2014 Nov 12, Global regulators
announced $4.3 billion in fines against six major US and European
banks for attempting to manipulate foreign exchange markets. UBS,
Royal Bank of Scotland, JPMorgan, Citigroup, HSBC and Bank of
America were nabbed tinkering with a widely used benchmark for
(AFP, 11/12/14)(Econ, 11/15/14, p.78)
2014 Nov 12, British police
arrested 13 people in the Manchester area in an investigation of an
alleged trafficking ring which tricked women into visiting Britain,
then sold them into forced marriages.
2014 Nov 12, Cambodia agreed to
raise the minimum wage in its important clothing industry by 28
percent to $128 a month, falling short of labor unions' $140
2014 Nov 12, China and the
United States agreed to new limits on carbon emissions starting in
2025, but the pledge by the world's two biggest polluters appears to
be more politically significant than substantive.
2014 Nov 12, Europe’s Rosetta
spacecraft released its Philae lander toward the icy, dusty surface
of a speeding comet. Rosetta was launched a decade ago to study the
4-km-wide (2.5-mile-wide) 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet. Philae
bounced and came to rest in the shadow of a cliff, posing a
potential problem for its solar panels. Data was sent for about 60
hours before the solar batteries were depleted. On June 13, 2015,
Philae began sending more data as the solar panels recharged.
(AP, 11/12/14)(AP, 11/13/14)(Econ, 11/22/14,
p.76)(SFC, 6/15/15, p.A3)
2014 Nov 12, In central India
furious protesters took to the streets of Raipur, Chhattisgarh
state, smashing up cars and demanding the chief minister resign, as
the death toll from a mass government-run sterilization program rose
2014 Nov 12, Iraqi PM Haider
al-Abadi shook up the country's military, relieving 26 army officers
from their command, retiring 10 others and appointing 18 new
commanders. Three bombings in and around Baghdad killed at least 17
people and wounded nearly 40.
2014 Nov 12, Israeli
authorities gave preliminary approval for construction of 200 new
homes in a Jewish area of east Jerusalem, which the Palestinians
claim as their capital.
2014 Nov 12, In Italy floods
continued to engulf northern parts of the country as heavy rain
continued. A landslide killed one man.
2014 Nov 12, Malian authorities
reported two new deaths from Ebola that are not believed to be
linked to the nation's only other known case. A day earlier Mali had
reported no new cases since Oct 24.
(AP, 11/12/14)(SFC, 11/12/14, p.A2)
2014 Nov 12, In Mozambique
Mohamed Bachir Suleman, a wealthy businessman accused by the US
government in 2010 of being an international drug trafficker, was
kidnapped by four men with assault rifles in the parking lot of a
shopping mall that he owns in Maputo. Police rescued Suleman on Dec
19. He believed his kidnappers were Zimbabwean and South African
(AP, 11/14/14)(AP, 12/20/14)(AFP, 12/21/14)
2014 Nov 12, Netherlands
authorities announced the arrest of 12 people with suspected links
to militant Islamists.
2014 Nov 12, In Nigeria a
female suicide bomber blew herself up at a teacher training college
in Kontagora, killing at least one other person in the second such
attack on an educational institution this week.
2014 Nov 12, Pakistan's
military carried out a "precise" airstrike against a militant
stronghold in the country's tribal region near the Afghan border,
killing 19 militants.
2014 Nov 12, In South Africa
opposition parties released their own report on the upgrades of
Pres. Zuma’s personal home calling for Zuma to be removed from
office. They also demanded a criminal investigation and that Zuma
pay back a portion of the more than $20 million in state funds used
to improve his rural homestead in Nkandla in the Kwazulu-Natal
2014 Nov 12, South Korea's
Hyundai Heavy Industries said it had signed a $1.94 billion deal to
build offshore oil and gas processing platforms in the United Arab
2014 Nov 12, Spanish PM Mariano
Rajoy urged Catalonia to seek a constitutional reform to resolve its
political problems with Madrid but he ruled out talks on a possible
referendum on independence.
2014 Nov 12, Sudanese warplanes
reportedly bombed South Sudan, wounding six civilians in areas
bordering war zone regions where Khartoum was trying to crush rebel
2014 Nov 12, A Swedish official
in Kiruna said a bus driver has been sacked for forcing black people
off her bus, highlighting lingering xenophobia in a country
traditionally known for tolerance.
2014 Nov 12, Turkey's national
election board said it has penalized the state-run broadcaster for
favoring President Tayyip Erdogan in its coverage of the country's
first popular vote for head of state.
2014 Nov 12, Members of the
nationalist Turkish Youth Union attacked three US sailors on a
crowded street in Istanbul, shouting "Yankee go home", throwing
paint and trying to pull hoods over their heads. Twelve people were
detained but released by an Istanbul court the next day.
2014 Nov 12, The UN’s Office on
Drugs and Crime said opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan has hit
a record high this year and accounted for 90% of the world’s heroin
(SFC, 11/13/14, p.A2)
2014 Nov 12, In central Yemen
at least 33 people were reported killed in fighting in the past two
days between Shi'ite Muslim Houthi fighters trying to expand their
control and Sunni tribes allied with al Qaeda. In southern Shabwa
province a US drone destroyed a Hilux truck carrying at least 7
militants on their way to an attack in the city of Azzan.
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