Today in History - November 13
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867 Nov 13,
Pope Nicholas I (the Great) died at age 67. He served from 858-867.
1002 Nov 13, English king
Ethelred II launched a massacre of Danish settlers.
1312 Nov 13, Edward III, King
of England (1327-77), was born. He later raped the countess of
1460 Nov 13, Prince Henry the
Navigator (b.1394), Portuguese prince and patron of explorers, died.
1474 Nov 13, In the
Swiss-Burgundian Wars, Swiss infantry shattered the army of Charles
the Bold at Hericourt near Belfort, countering his march to
1493 Nov 13, Columbus sighted
Saba, North Leeward Islands (Netherland Antilles).
1553 Nov 13, English Lady Jane
Grey and the bishop Cranmer were accused of high treason.
1642 Nov 13, Battle at Turnham
Green, London: King Charles I vs. English parliament.
1687 Nov 13, Nell [Eleanor]
Gwyn (37), mistress of Charles II of England, died.
1715 Nov 13, The pro-James
Francis Edward Stuart rebellion surrendered following the battle at
1715 Nov 13, The English fought
the Scots at the Battle of Sheriffmuir in Scotland. The battle was
inconclusive with both sides claiming victory. However in strategic
terms Argyll had halted the Jacobite advance.
1718 Nov 13, John Montagu
(d.1792), fourth Earl of Sandwich and purported inventor of the
sandwich, was born. In 2012 the town of Sandwich staged a dramatic
re-enactment of the moment when the earl was said to have invented
the sandwich, to mark the 250th anniversary of the bread-based
1770 Nov 13, George Grenville
(58), British premier (1763-65), Stamp Act, died.
1775 Nov 13, American forces
under Gen. Richard Montgomery captured Montreal. This was part of a
two-pronged attack on Canada, with the goal of capturing Quebec
entrusted to Benedict Arnold, who was leading a 1,100 man force
through a hurricane ravaged Maine wilderness. In 2006 Thomas A.
Desjardin authored “Through A Howling Wilderness,” an account of
Arnold’s march to Quebec.
(AP, 11/13/97)(WSJ, 5/12/06, p.W5)
1779 Nov 13, Thomas Chippendale
(61), English furniture maker, died.
1789 Nov 13, Benjamin Franklin
wrote a letter to a friend in which he said, "In this world nothing
can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."
1792 Nov 13, Edward John
Trelawney, traveler and author (Adventure of a Younger Son), friend
of Byron and Shelley, was born in England.
1806 Nov 13, The 14,110-foot
Pike's Peak was discovered, but not climbed, by Lieutenant Zebulon
Montgomery Pike during an expedition to locate the source of the
Mississippi. Explorations by Lt. Zebulon Pike and Kit Carson mapped
out much of the state. [see Nov 15]
(HN, 11/13/98)(Time, 1990s Almanac CD)
1806 Nov 13, Emilija
Pliateryte, Lithuanian rebel leader, was born in Vilnius, Lithuania.
In 1831 she organized a rebel detachment in Dusetos with her cousin
Cesar Pliateris (1810-1869) and both took an active part in the
uprising. [see Dec 23, 1831]
1809 Nov 13, John A.B.
Dahlgren, US Union Lt Adm and inventor (Civil war Dahlgren cannon),
1814 Nov 13, Joseph Hooker
(d.1879), Major General (Union volunteers), was born.
1829 Nov 13, Sam Patch (~23),
stunt diver, dove 125 feet from a platform at the Genesee Falls on
Friday the 13th in Rochester, NY. His body was found the following
March in the Genesee River ice. In 2003 Paul E. Johnson authored
"Sam Patch, the Famous Jumper."
(ON, 4/02, p.6)(SSFC, 6/15/03,
1830 Nov 13, Oliver Wendell
Holmes published "Old Ironsides."
1833 Nov 13, Edwin Thomas
Booth, actor (Hamlet), was born.
1835 Nov 13, Texans officially
proclaimed Independence from Mexico, and called itself the Lone Star
Republic, after its flag, until its admission to the Union in 1845.
In 2001 Randy Roberts and James S. Olson authored "A Line in the
Sand," a narrative of the Texas drive for independence.
(HN, 11/13/98)(WSJ, 2/9/00, p.W6)
1838 Nov 13, Joseph F. Smith,
6th president of Mormon church, was born.
1843 Nov 13, Mt. Rainier in
Washington State erupted.
1849 Nov 13, Voters approved
the California state constitution 12,061 to 811. The original
Constitution was drafted and signed on 19 hand-written pages of an
animal-skin document. At the constitutional convention 48 delegates
met in San Jose. This was criticized by the state’s first daily
newspaper, the Alta California, as a location among the coyotes. The
"Legislature of a thousand drinks" established a code of laws and a
judicial system, elected 2 senators and voted to relocate to
Vallejo. The constitution abolished slavery but barred blacks from
voting, holding public office and testifying in court against
whites. John Bidwell was elected to the state Senate.
(WSJ, 6/11/97, p.CA1)(SFEC, 1/11/98, DB
p.41)(SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W26)(SFEC, 9/20/98, Z1 p.4)(SFC, 10/14/99,
p.A27)(SFC, 4/21/07, p.B5)
1850 Nov 13, Robert Lewis
Stevenson (d.1894), novelist, was born in Scotland. His books
included: "Treasure Island" and "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and
Mr. Hyde." In 1996 R.C. Terry edited and published “Robert Louis
Stevenson: Interviews and Recollections."
(Smith., 8/95, p.54)(SFC, 9/1/96, Par. p.12)(HN,
1851 Nov 13, The
London-to-Paris telegraph opened.
1854 Nov 13, George Whitfield
Chadwick, composer, was born in Lowell, Mass.
1854 Nov 13, The "New Era" ship
sank off New Jersey coast. The New Era, an emigrant ship of 1328
tons, was recently built in Bath, Maine, and this was her first
voyage. She sailed on September 28 and was nearly two months on the
way. There were 425 on board, nearly all German. 40 were lost on the
trip from cholera. There were 385 passengers and crew when the ship
struck. 163 were saved. The cargo consisted of 500 tons of chalk,
dry goods and hardware. The ship was insured for $60,000 in
Philadelphia, $60,000 in Boston, $25,000 in Bath and $6,000 in New
1856 Nov 13, Louis Brandeis
(d.1941), was born. He became the first Jewish member to sit on the
US Supreme Court.
(HN, 11/13/00)(AP, 10/5/99)
1860 Nov 13, South Carolina’s
legislature called a special convention to discuss secession from
1862 Nov 13, Lewis Carroll
wrote in his diary, "Began writing the fairy-tale of Alice—I hope to
finish it by Christmas."
1865 Nov 13, PT Barnum's New
American museum opened in Bridgeport, Conn.
1868 Nov 13, Italian composer
Gioacchino Antonio Rossini (b.1792) died in France. His work
included 39 operas as well as sacred music, chamber music, songs,
and some instrumental and piano pieces. His opera "La Donna del
Lago" (1819) was based on the Walter Scott romance "The Lady of the
1878 Nov 13, New Mexico
Governor Lew Wallace offered amnesty to many participants of the
Lincoln County War, but not to gunfighter Billy the Kid.
1893 Nov 13, Queen
Lili’uokalani met with Albert Willis, the new US Minister to Hawaii,
and refused pardon for the Provisional Government.
(ON, 11/02, p.7)
1895 Nov 13, 1st shipment of
canned pineapple from Hawaii.
1897 Nov 13, The first metal
dirigible was flown from Tempelhof Field in Berlin.
1903 Nov 13, Camille Pissarro
(b.1830), French impressionist born in St. Thomas, Dutch West
Indies, died in Paris.
1907 Nov 13, The 1st helicopter
was piloted by French engineer Paul Cornu (1881-1944). The copter
hovered a foot off the ground for 20 seconds [see Apr 12, 1905].
1908 Nov 13, In SF the
corruption trial of Abe Reuf was interrupted by the shooting of
Assistant District Attorney Francis J. Heney by Morris Haas, an
ex-convict whom Heney had offended in a former graft trial. Heney
was expected to survive. Haas committed suicide 2 days later.
(SSFC, 11/9/08, DB p.58)
1909 Nov 13, Eugene Ionesco,
Romanian-born dramatist, was born. His work included "The Bald
Soprano" and "Rhinoceros." [see Nov 26]
1909 Nov 13, In Pennsylvania
the Cherry Mine disaster killed 259 men and boys. In 2002 Karen
Tintori authored “Trapped: The 1909 Cherry Mine Disaster.”
1914 Nov 13, The brassiere,
invented by Caresse Crosby, was patented by Mary Phelps Jacob.
(HN, 11/13/00)(MC, 11/13/01)
1918 Nov 13, Soviet Russia
annulled the Brest-Litovsk peace treaty.
1921 Nov 13, "Sheik," starring
Rudolph Valentino, was released.
1922 Nov 13, Black Renaissance
began in Harlem, NY.
1922 Nov 13, George Cohan's
musical "Little Nellie Kelly," premiered in NYC.
1927 Nov 13, The Holland Tunnel
opened to the public, linking New York City and New Jersey beneath
the Hudson River. [see Nov 12]
(TMC, 1994, p.1927)(AP, 11/13/97)
1933 Nov 13, The 1st modern
sit-down strike began with Hormel meat packers in Austin, Minn.
1935 Nov 13, Anti-British riots
took place in Egypt.
1937 Nov 13, NBC formed the
first full-sized symphony orchestra exclusively for radio
broadcasting for Arturo Toscanini.
(AP, 11/13/98)(MC, 11/13/01)
1937 Nov 13, Edward Wutke (36),
a convicted murderer serving a 27-year sentence at Alcatraz prison,
became the first suicide in the history of the rock. He slashed his
jugular vein with a tiny pencil sharpener blade attached to the
handle of a safety razor.
(SSFC, 11/11/12, p.46)
1938 Nov 13, Jean Seberg,
actress (Breathless, Paint Your Wagon), was born in Marshalltown,
1940 Nov 13, The Walt Disney
animated movie "Fantasia" had its world premiere in New York.
1940 Nov 13, U.S. Supreme Court
ruled in Hansberry v. Lee that African Americans cannot be barred
from white neighborhoods.
1941 Nov 13, A German U-boat,
the U-81 torpedoed Great Britain's premier aircraft carrier, the HMS
Ark Royal. The ship sank the next day.
1942 Nov 13, US Pres. Roosevelt
signed a measure lowering the minimum draft age from 21 to 18.
1942 Nov 13, Lt. Gen. Dwight D.
Eisenhower flew to Algeria to conclude an agreement with French
Admiral Jean Darlan. The Admiral was assassinated soon after.
1942 Nov 13, A 3-day between
Japanese and US naval forces took place off Guadalcanal Island in
the Solomon Island chain. Rear Adm. Daniel Callaghan, aboard the San
Francisco heavy cruiser and Capt. Cassin Young, the ships commanding
officer were killed, but the US Navy won the battle.
(SFC, 12/11/12, p.C3)
1945 Nov 13, Charles de Gaulle
was elected president of France.
1946 Nov 13, The 1st artificial
snow was produced from a natural cloud at Mt. Greylock, Mass.
1949 Nov 13, Whoopi Goldberg,
[Caryn Johnson], actress (Color Purple, Burglar, Ghost), was born in
1952 Nov 13, False fingernails
were 1st sold.
1952 Nov 13, Harvard’s Paul
Zoll was the first to use electric shock to treat cardiac arrest.
1952 Nov 13, Margaret Wise
Brown (d.1952), author of "Goodnight Moon," a children’s bedtime
story, died suddenly in France from an embolism following surgery
for an ovarian cyst. In 1992 Leonard Marcus authored her biography
"Awakened by the Moon."
(WSJ, 9/8/00, p.A6)
1956 Nov 13, The U.S. Supreme
Court struck down the Alabama bus segregation law. The Supreme Court
struck down laws calling for racial segregation on public buses.
(AP, 11/13/97)(HN, 11/13/98)
1960 Nov 13, Sammy Davis Jr.
married Swedish actress May Britt.
1960 Nov 13, Fire in movie
theater killed 152 children in Amude, Spain.
1964 Nov 13, Pope Paul VI gave
a tiara to the poor.
1965 Nov 13, Director Kenneth
Tynan said "Fuck" on BBC.
1965 Nov 13, San Francisco’s
new Playboy Club opened at 736 Montgomery St.
(SFC, 11/7/15, DB p.50)
1965 Nov 13, The ship "Yarmouth
Castle" burned and sank off Bahamas, killing 89.
1969 Nov 13, Speaking in Des
Moines, Iowa, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew accused network
television news departments of bias and distortion, and urged
viewers to lodge complaints.
1970 Nov 13, The Bhola Cyclone
killed an estimated 300,000 in East Pakistan (Bangladesh). The
highest loss of life and destruction occurred on the low lying
islands of the Ganges Delta south of Dhaka. In particular the island
and district of Bhola, where casualties may have exceeded 100,000
alone, with the towns of Charfasson and Tazumuddin being devastated.
The city of Chittagong was also badly affected. The official death
toll was put at 150,000, with 100,000 people missing. However many
estimates put the true figure as high as 500,000.
1970 Nov 13, Bessie Braddock
(b.1899), British Labour politician, died. She was known as an
ardent socialist and fiery campaigner, nicknamed 'Battling Bessie',
her special interests included maternity, child welfare and youth
1971 Nov 13, The U.S. space
probe Mariner 9 went into orbit around Mars. NASA's Mariner 9
circled Mars and revealed dried beds of rivers that flowed billions
of years ago.
(SFC, 8/7/96, p.A9)(TMC, 1994, p.1971)(AP,
1973 Nov 13, Brian Stanley
Johnson (b.1933), British avant-garde novelist, died by suicide. In
2005 Jonathan Coe authored “Like a Fiery Elephant: The story of B.S.
1973 Nov 13, Bruno Maderna
(53), Italian-born composer and conductor (Satyricon), died in
1973 Nov 13, Elsa Schiaparelli
(b.1890), Italian fashion designer, died in France. In 2014 Meryle
Secrest authored “Elsa Schiaparelli: A Biography.”
1974 Nov 13, Karen Silkwood, a
technician and union activist at the Kerr-McGee Cimarron plutonium
plant near Crescent, Okla., was killed in a car crash while on her
way to meet a reporter.
1974 Nov 13, In Amityville, NY,
6 members of the DeFeo family were shot and killed in their home.
Ronald DeFeo Jr., the oldest son, was convicted of the murders. A
year later George Lutz (1947-2006) and his family moved into the
Long Island house at 112 Ocean Ave. and stayed for 28 days before
being driven out by the alleged spirits of the DeFeos. In 1977 Jay
Anson authored “The Amityville Horror.” In 1979 the book was turned
into a movie, which was remade in 2005. In 1979 Austrian-born
paranormal investigator Hans Holzer (d.2009 at 89) authored “Murder
in Amityville,” which formed the basis for the 1982 film “Amityville
II: The Possession.” In 1977 Holzer and medium Ethel Johnson-Myers
allegedly channeled the spirit of a Shinnecock Indian chief, who
said the house stood on an ancient Indian burial ground.
p.B6)(www.warrens.net/amityvill.htm)(SFC, 5/2/09, p.B4)
1974 Nov 13, Vittorio de Sica
(b.1902), Italian film actor and director, died in France.
1974 Nov 13, Yasser Arafat
addressed the UN General Assembly on behalf of Palestine.
(SFC, 11/11/04, p.A18)
1977 Nov 13, The comic strip
"Li'l Abner" appeared in newspapers for the last time as creator Al
Capp (1909-1979) retired. He had started the strip 1934.
1979 Nov 13, Former California
Gov. Ronald Reagan announced in New York his candidacy for the
Republican presidential nomination.
1980 Nov 13, A military coup
led by Joao Bernardo Viera deposed President Luis Cabral of the
Republic of Guinea-Bissau.
1982 Nov 13, The Vietnam
Veterans Memorial was dedicated after the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Fund had chosen Maya Ying Lin's design. Lin was an architecture
student at Yale University when she submitted her proposal for the
memorial, to be built in Washington D.C.'s Constitution Gardens as a
tribute to those who served in the Vietnam War. In her proposal,
shown above, Lin described "a long, polished, black stone wall,
emerging from and receding into the earth," which would include the
names of all the military personnel who had died or remained
missing. According to Lin, "these names, seemingly infinite in
number, [would] convey the sense of overwhelming numbers, while
unifying these individuals into a whole.
(AP, 11/13/97)(HNPD, 11/13/98)
1982 Nov 13, The Viking 1 Mars
Lander ended communications. The 2 Viking Landers transmitted over
1400 images. Many of these images are also available from NSSDC
online and as photographic products.
1984 Nov 13, In San Francisco
the body of Masataka Kobayashi, chef and co-owner of the Masa’s
restaurant on Bush Street, was found dead at his Knob Hill
apartment. His restaurant became an immediate sensation when it
opened in 1983.
(SSFC, 11/8/09, DB p.46)
1985 Nov 13, Some 23,000
residents of Armero, Colombia, died when a mudslide, triggered by
the Nevado del Ruiz volcano, buried the city under 30 feet of mud.
(PacDisc. Spring/’96, p.27)(AP, 11/13/97)(SFEC,
1986 Nov 13, President Reagan
publicly acknowledged that the US had sent "defensive weapons and
spare parts" to Iran in an attempt to improve relations, but denied
the shipments were part of a deal aimed at freeing hostages in
1986 Nov 13, Rudolf Schock
(b.1915), German opera and operetta singer, died.
1987 Nov 13, Nicaraguan
President Daniel Ortega unveiled an 11-point proposal in Washington
for a cease-fire that called for the Contra rebels to lay down their
weapons and accept an amnesty.
1988 Nov 13, Former
Czechoslovakia leader Alexander Dubcek received an honorary degree
in Italy, the first time he was allowed outside his country in 18
1988 Nov 13, Antal Dorati (82),
Hungarian-US conductor and composer, died.
1989 Nov 13, Polish labor
leader Lech Walesa received the Medal of Freedom from President Bush
during a White House ceremony.
1990 Nov 13, Secretary of State
James A. Baker III told reporters in Hamilton, Bermuda, the Persian
Gulf crisis threatened world recession and the loss of American
jobs. Members of Congress demanded a larger role in US Gulf policy
following President Bush’s decision to send more US troops to the
1991 Nov 13, The US House of
Representatives approved a Senate-passed bill guaranteeing many
workers up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for family emergencies.
1992 Nov 13, Riddick Bowe won
the undisputed heavyweight boxing title in Las Vegas with a
unanimous decision over Evander Holyfield.
1993 Nov 13, President Clinton
used his weekly radio address to make yet another pitch for the
North American Free Trade Agreement, then flew to Memphis, Tenn.,
where he delivered an anti-crime speech to black ministers at the
Temple Church of God in Christ.
1993 Nov 13, In Peru military
officers attempted another coup against Pres. Fujimori.
1994 Nov 13, President Clinton,
visiting the Philippines, sought to assure world leaders that his
party's severe losses in midterm elections wouldn't undercut his
1994 Nov 13, SF police officer
James Guelff was shot and killed by Vic Lee Boutwell, who was then
killed by other officers. Robert Pinckney, who tried to stop the
gunman, was beaten up by the police, who mistook him for a cap
killer. A compensative settlement was reached in 1998. A heavily
armed gunman traded fire with San Francisco police, hitting two
police officers, a paramedic and another person before being killed.
(SFC, 2/12/98, p.A26)(AP, 11/13/99)
1994 Nov 13, Sweden voted to
join the European Union.
1995 Nov 13, The US government
braced for imminent partial shutdown as President Clinton vetoed one
budget bill and prepared to reject another in a fiscal standoff with
1995 Nov 13, A car bomb killed
7 people, including five Americans, and injured about 60 at a
military training facility in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
(WSJ, 10/14/95, p.A-1)(SFC, 6/27/96, p.A10)(SFEC,
11/10/96, p.T5)(AP, 11/13/00)
1996 Nov 13, An all-white jury
in Pittsburgh acquitted a suburban police officer, John Vojtas, in
the death of black motorist Jonny Gammage in a verdict that angered
1996 Nov 13, Sgt. Loren B.
Taylor, a drill sergeant who'd had sex with three women recruits at
Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., was given five months in prison and a
bad-conduct discharge in the first sentencing of the burgeoning Army
1996 Nov 13, A grand jury in
St. Petersburg, Fla., declined to indict a white policeman, Jim
Knight, who had shot black motorist TyRon Lewis to death the
previous month; the decision prompted angry mobs to return to the
(SFC, 11/14/96, p.A3)(AP, 11/13/97)
1996 Nov 13, In Algeria
militants slit the throats of 12 people outside Blida, 30 miles
south of Algiers. Ten of the victims were of the same family.
(SFC, 11/14/96, p.A12)
1997 Nov 13, "Lion King,"
opened at New Amsterdam Theater, NYC. It was based on the Disney
1997 Nov 13, Hillary Clinton
visited in Bukhara, Uzbekistan.
(SFC, 11/14/97, p.D2)
1997 Nov 13, US Congress voted
against a plan to authorize payments to the UN that was linked to an
(SFC, 11/15/97, p.A12)
1997 Nov 13, In Brazil a judge
ordered 153 police officers and 9 senior officials to stand trial
for the killing of 19 landless peasants in 1966.
(SFC, 11/14/97, p.D3)
1997 Nov 13, In Costa Rica Max
Dalton (78), an American-born rancher, was killed in a confrontation
with squatters on his 10-acre ranch in Golfito. Squatters in the
region have "confiscated" the holdings of more than 2 dozen
Americans in the region.
(WSJ, 12/12/97, p.A19)
1997 Nov 13, In Germany
parliament amended the 1950 Federal Benefits Law to exclude veterans
of disability rights if they violated "principles of humanity of the
law" during the Third Reich.
(SFC, 11/14/97, p.D3)
1997 Nov 13, Iraq expelled 6
Americans on a UN weapons inspection team. The United Nations
decided to withdraw all weapons inspectors from Iraq after Saddam
Hussein ordered Americans on the U.N. team out.
(SFC, 11/14/97, p.A1)(SFC, 2/24/98, p.A9)(AP,
1998 Nov 13, Pres. Clinton,
without admitting guilt, agreed to pay Paula Jones $850,000 to
settle her sexual harassment suit. In 1999 Jones accepted to receive
$200,000 with the rest going for lawyer fees. This ended the
four-year legal battle over her sexual harassment lawsuit that
spurred impeachment proceedings against him.
(SFC, 11/14/98, p.A1)(SFC, 3/5/99, p.A6)(AP,
1998 Nov 13, Pres. Clinton and
the IMF announced a $41.5 billion loan package for Brazil.
(SFC, 11/14/98, p.A10)
1998 Nov 13, In California
Cyndi Vanderheiden (b.1973) was last seen at a bar in Linden, Ca.
Her car was found the next day but her body was not found. A jury
later determined that she was raped and killed by Loren Herzog and
Wesley Shermantine, later dubbed the “Speed Freak Killers.” Their
murder spree lasted for 15 years. Shermantine and Herzog were later
sentenced to death, but in 2010 Herzog was freed.
1998 Nov 13, In Cambodia the
warring political parties agreed to form a coalition government led
by Hun Sen. Opposition leader Prince Norodom Ranariddh will become
president of the National Assembly.
(SFC, 11/14/98, p.A10)
1998 Nov 13, Near Hong Kong 2
oil tankers collided and left a 6-mile oil slick near the Pearl
River delta that threatened the local rare pink dolphins.
(SFC, 11/21/98, p.A6)
1998 Nov 13, In Indonesia
student protests continued and 12 people were reported killed.
Meanwhile the legislative assembly approved new elections for next
year and an investigation into past corruption. A half dozen were
killed and scores wounded in what soon came to be called Black
(SFC, 11/14/98, p.A10)(SFC, 11/16/98, p.A12)
1998 Nov 13, In Iran a village
was leveled in Fars province and 5 people were killed after 5 strong
earthquakes hit the area.
(SFC, 11/21/98, p.A6)
1998 Nov 13, In the Netherlands
the cabinet approved a plan to let homosexuals adopt Dutch children
by Jan 1, 2000.
(SFEC, 11/15/98, p.A20)
1999 Nov 13, Lennox Lewis
became the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, winning a
unanimous decision over Evander Holyfield in Las Vegas.
1999 Nov 13, The Navy recovered
the cockpit voice recorder from EgyptAir Flight 990, which crashed
into the Atlantic Ocean October 31st with the loss of all 217 people
1999 Nov 13, Donald Mills, last
surviving member of the singing Mills Brothers, died in Los Angeles
at age 84.
1999 Nov 13, Heavy rains in
southeastern France caused mudslides that left at least 22 people
dead in the Tarn Aude, Eastern Pyranees and Herault regions.
(SFEC, 11/14/99, p.A15)
1999 Nov 13, In Athens, Greece,
thousands protested an upcoming visit by Pres. Clinton whose planned
visit was shortened to 1 day.
(SFEC, 11/14/99, p.A22)
1999 Nov 13, Peru and Chile
signed an agreement to end a 120-year territorial dispute. Peru was
granted the exclusive use of a pier in the Chilean port of Arica.
(SFEC, 11/14/99, p.A22)
2000 Nov 13, Joe Mullen and
Denis Savard were among those inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
2000 Nov 13, The vote count in
Florida was set to conclude though absentee ballots remained.
Lawyers for George W. Bush failed to win a court order barring
manual recounts of ballots in Florida. Florida Secretary of State
Katherine Harris announced she would end the recounting at 5 p.m.
the next day - prompting an immediate appeal by lawyers for Al Gore.
(WSJ, 11/13/00, p.A1)(AP, 11/13/01)
2000 Nov 13, The US government
declared the wild Atlantic salmon an endangered species.
(SFC, 11/14/00, p.A7)
2000 Nov 13, Two US F-16
military jets collided over waters off of northern Japan. One pilot
was rescued and the other was missing.
(SFC, 11/13/00, p.A14)
2000 Nov 13, In India about
1000 people demonstrated in New Delhi against the building of some
3,000 dams across the Narmada Valley and 3 Indian states.
(SFC, 11/14/00, p.A17)
2000 Nov 13, Palestinian gunmen
attacked inside Israeli controlled areas of the West Bank and Gaza
and killed 4 Israelis. Elsewhere 4 Palestinians were also killed
over the day. Fatah called for the expulsion of Israelis from Gaza
and the West Bank.
(SFC, 11/14/00, p.A16)(WSJ, 11/14/00, p.A1)
2000 Nov 13, In the Philippines
the House of Representatives approved an impeachment trial to
address corruption charges against Pres. Estrada.
(SFC, 11/14/00, p.A1)
2001 Nov 13, Pres. Bush issued
an order to try int’l. terrorists by a special military tribunal.
(SFC, 11/14/01, p.A1)
2001 Nov 13, President Bush and
Russian President Vladimir Putin met at the White House, where they
pledged to slash Cold War-era nuclear arsenals by two-thirds but
remained at odds over American plans to develop a missile defense
(SFC, 11/14/01, p.A1)(AP, 11/13/02)
2001 Nov 13, Bishop Wilton
Gregory was elected the first black president of the U.S. Conference
of Catholic Bishops.
2001 Nov 13, US warplanes hit
Taliban convoys leaving Kabul. The Al Jazeera office in Kabul was
bombed. Kabul residents rejoiced at the departure of the Taliban.
The Northern Alliance retreated at Kunduz when a suspected surrender
turned into an attack. Some $5.3 million vanished from the Central
Bank Mille in Kabul.
(SFC, 11/14/01, p.A1,2,3)(WSJ, 12/4/01, p.A15)
2001 Nov 13, Eight foreign aid
workers, two Americans, two Australians and four Germans, held
captive in Afghanistan for three months were freed from a prison by
2001 Nov 13, An anthrax tainted
letter was received by a pediatrician in Santiago. It was postmarked
from Switzerland and marked for return to Florida. It was actually
mailed from NY through a NY-based subsidiary of the Swiss Post
office. The letter was later believed to have been contaminated in a
(SFC, 11/23/01, p.A4)(SFC, 11/24/01, p.A9)(WSJ,
11/28/01, p.A4)(WSJ, 11/29/01, p.A1)
2001 Nov 13, Spanish police
arrested 11 people with suspected links to Osama bin Laden.
(SFC, 11/14/01, p.A6)
2002 Nov 13, U.S. Roman
Catholic bishops overwhelmingly approved a compromise sex abuse
policy after the Vatican demanded they make changes to balance
fairness to priests with compassion for victims.
2002 Nov 13, Irv Rubin (57),
Jewish Defense League leader, died nine days after what federal
authorities said was a suicide attempt in jail.
2002 Nov 13, Some 200 people
were feared dead after 19 boats disappeared in a storm off
(WSJ, 11/14/02, p.A1)
2002 Nov 13, Delegates to
China's Communist Party Congress confirmed that Jiang Zemin would
step down as party chief and make way for a new generation of
leaders this week.
2002 Nov 13, Claiming Iraq was
seeking the "path of peace," Saddam Hussein's government agreed to
the return of international weapons inspectors.
2002 Nov 13, Philippine Muslim
gunmen linked to the al Qaeda network have demanded a ransom of 16
million pesos ($300,000) for their seven Indonesian and Filipino
hostages kidnapped in June and August.
2002 Nov 13, The
Bahamian-registered Prestige, with 85,000 tons of oil, sprang a leak
during a storm off the coast of Spain. Some 3,300 tons leaked and
began reaching the coast of Spain after a few days.
2002 Nov 13, Rebels in northern
Uganda attacked three villages, hacking and clubbing nine people to
2002 Nov 13, A U.N. body voted
to restrict the international trade of bigleaf mahogany, sea horses
and 26 species of sea turtles, but failed to pass legislation to
protect two species of threatened sharks.
2003 Nov 13, Pres. Bush said
the US wants Iraqis to take more responsibility for governing their
troubled country and said coalition forces are determined to prevail
2003 Nov 13, The US Energy Dept
reported that Dr. Craig Venter and colleagues had assembled a
bacteriophage containing 5,386 DNA base pairs.
(SFC, 11/14/03, p.A7)
2003 Nov 13, Alabama Chief
Justice Roy Moore, who had refused to remove his granite Ten
Commandments monument from the state courthouse, was thrown off the
bench by a judicial ethics panel for having "placed himself above
2003 Nov 13, Eric Gagne of the
Los Angeles Dodgers won the National League Cy Young Award.
2003 Nov 13, Baseball officials
said 5% of anonymous samples showed steroids present, triggering
mandatory tests next year.
(WSJ, 11/14/03, p.A1)
2003 Nov 13, Dana Stubblefield,
SF 49er defensive lineman, made false statements to an IRS agent
just days before drug tests showed he had taken steroids. In 2008 he
pleaded guilty to lying about his use of performance-enhancing
drugs. He was the first football player prosecuted in the BALCO
(SFC, 1/19/08, p.B1)
2003 Nov 13, Cocaine was
reported to generate as much as $500 million of Bolivia's $8.5
billion economic output. Nearly 30,000 acres of coca production was
allowed for domestic use.
(WSJ, 11/13/03, p.A14)
2003 Nov 13, In Haiti hundreds
of government opponents protested in Port-au-Prince, calling for the
resignation of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide because of deepening
poverty and insecurity in the Caribbean country.
2003 Nov 13, Mitoyo Kawate, a
114-year-old Japanese woman who just weeks ago assumed the title of
the world's oldest person, died. The oldest person is now Charlotte
Benkner, of North Lima, Ohio, born Nov. 16, 1889.
2003 Nov 13, Palestinian and
Israeli officials said they expect their leaders to meet for peace
talks, possibly within 10 days.
2003 Nov 13, Svetozar Marovic,
Serbia-Montenegro's president, apologized in Sarajevo for the pain
his country inflicted upon Bosnia during the 1992-95 war.
2003 Nov 13, Serbia dissolved
its parliament and announced early elections, signaling the collapse
of the government three years after the ouster of Slobodan
Milosevic. PM Zoran Zivkovic to agree, under pressure from political
defectors and Milosevic supporters, to set a new parliamentary vote
for Dec. 28, a year ahead of schedule.
2003 Nov 13, In central Vietnam
Tropical Storm Nepartak triggered floods and landslides that killed
at least 49 people.
2004 Nov 13, At least 5,500
residents of St. Croix, the largest of the US Virgin Islands, have
signed a petition asking Congress to make the island its own U.S.
2004 Nov 13, Harry Lampert
(88), the illustrator who created the DC Comics superhero 'The
Flash' (1940) and later became known for his instructional books on
(AP, 11/14/04)(SFC, 11/17/04, p.B8)
2004 Nov 13, Russell Jones,
better know as rapper O.D.B. (old dirty bastard) died at age 35
inside a NYC recording studio.
(SFC, 11/15/04, p.B3)
2004 Nov 13, Severe storms sank
one ship and drove two aground near Algiers port, killing three
seamen. About 20 sailors remained missing.
2004 Nov 13, Australian police
arrested two men and seized three million ecstasy tablets that the
pair is accused of importing from Poland hidden inside a bakery
2004 Nov 13, The new Lord Mayor
of London, Michael Savory, paraded through the streets of the
British capital in a traditional pomp-filled pageant. The mayor's
one-year term consists mainly of acting as an ambassador for
Europe's dominant financial centre.
2004 Nov 13, Egypt released 200
Islamic militants to mark Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadean fests.
Egypt newspapers reported that some 700 members of the al-Gama'a
al-Islamiya had been released from prison in recent days. The
Islamist group fought the government in the 1990s but has since
(Reuters, 11/14/04)(AP, 11/15/04)
2004 Nov 13, In New Delhi,
India, a stampede at the main railway station killed at least five
people and injured seven.
2004 Nov 13, US troops launched
a major attack against insurgent holdouts in southern Fallujah. The
US Army diverted an infantry battalion from Fallujah and sent them
back to Mosul after an uprising there by insurgents. Video was
recorded of a US Marine shooting an unarmed Iraqi prisoner in a
(AP, 11/13/04)(SFC, 11/16/04, p.A9)
2004 Nov 13, Pakistan said its
army has demolished several terrorist hideouts and killed 30 to 40
militants in South Waziristan in an effort to capture foreign
fighters and Pakistani militant leader Abdullah Mehsud.
2004 Nov 13, A 61-year-old
German engineer, Gotthard L., was arrested in Switzerland on an
international warrant on suspicion that he helped Libya's past
efforts to build a nuclear bomb.
2004 Nov 13, In Thailand's
Muslim-majority south a 60-year-old Buddhist man was killed and at
least 13 people injured in the 2 latest two bomb blasts. 5 bombs hit
in the last 24-hours.
2004 Nov 13, A Zimbabwe
newspaper reported that the annual rate of inflation last month
dropped to 209%, edging closer to a year-end target of 150% from a
peak of 622.8% in Jan.
2005 Nov 13, Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice, in Jerusalem, strongly rebuked Iran's leadership,
saying "no civilized nation" can call for the annihilation of
another, a reference to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's
remark that Israel should be "wiped off the map."
2005 Nov 13, Time magazine
picked South Korea’s Snuppy, the first cloned dog, as the most
amazing invention of 2005. In Dec Dr. Hwang Woo Suk’s stem cell work
was discredited and doubt was cast on the cloning of Snuppy.
(AP, 11/13/05)(WSJ, 12/24/05, p.A1)
2005 Nov 13, It was reported
that within days after Hurricane Katrina hit, Lily Duke managed to
do what other relief agencies couldn't: get food and water to her
neighbors in New Orleans. Since then she's expanded her network,
distributing medicine, packaged lunches and bags of ice to as many
as 20,000 people a day.
2005 Nov 13, Koch Industries, a
private conglomerate in Kansas, agreed to buy Georgia-Pacific for
$13.2 billion, making it America’s biggest privately owned company.
(Econ, 11/19/05, p.67)
2005 Nov 13, In Lititz,
Pennsylvania, David G. Ludwig (18) killed 14-year-old Kara Beth
Borden's parents, Michael F. and Cathryn Lee Borden, after they and
their daughter argued about her curfew. David and Kara were arrested
Nov 14 in Indiana following a police chase and crash. On June 14,
2006, Ludwig agreed to a plea deal and was sentenced to two terms of
life imprisonment without chance of parole.
(AP, 11/14/05)(SFC, 11/15/05,
2005 Nov 13, Vine Deloria Jr.
(72), American Indian historian and activist, died.
2005 Nov 13, Dorothy Law Nolte
(b.1924), author of a famous parenting poem, died in California. In
1998 she authored “Children Learn What They Live,” which expanded on
her 1954 poem, originally written for the Torrance Herald.
(SFC, 11/14/05, p.B3)
2005 Nov 13, Around 20,000
opposition supporters demonstrated on the outskirts of the Azeri
capital Baku to demand that the government resign if it refuses to
re-run parliamentary elections held a week ago.
2005 Nov 13, In Bangladesh
Indian PM Manmohan Singh told the closing session of the 13th South
Asian Association for Regional Cooperation summit that Afghanistan
is to join SAARC.
2005 Nov 13, Belgium said it
registered its worst night in a week of attacks on vehicles
apparently inspired by French events, with 29 cars, trucks and buses
torched around the country.
2005 Nov 13, In Belize Julia
Armstrong Minard (20), daughter of the late Lawrence Minard, a
former managing editor of Forbes magazine and founding editor of
Forbes Global magazine, was found dead in the Mayan town of Indian
Creek. Police on Nov 17 charged Agripo Ical (19) with killing
2005 Nov 13, China's President
Hu Jintao has arrived in Spain for the final leg of a European trip
dominated by trade, but was again set to be dogged by protests over
his country's human rights record.
2005 Nov 13, In China's
northeast a series of explosions at a chemical plant in Jilin,
Xinhua, killed five people, left dozens hospitalized and forced more
than 10,000 others to flee their homes fearing contamination and
more blasts. Benzene leaked into the Songhua River and forced
officials to close the water supply to Harbin. News of the leak was
kept secret for days.
(AP, 11/14/05)(AP, 11/25/05)
2005 Nov 13, In France police
took 212 people into custody overnight. Rioters pelted police with
stones in the historic heart of Lyon, and youths rammed a burning
car into a center for retirees in southern France in a 17th night of
urban violence. The French insurance industry estimated damages so
far at $235 million including $23 million for damage to cars.
(AP, 11/13/05)(SSFC, 11/13/05, p.A19)
2005 Nov 13, Indian police
claimed a breakthrough in the Oct. 29 triple bombings in New Delhi
after arresting an alleged Kashmiri conspirator, and said they have
valuable information that could lead to the capture of four others,
including the bombers.
2005 Nov 13, Some 1,100 Iraqi
lawyers issued a statement on withdrawing from Saddam Hussein's
defense team, citing insufficient protection following the slayings
of two peers representing co-defendants of the ousted Iraqi leader.
Sunni Arab leaders demanded that U.S. and Iraqi troops suspend
military operations in heavily Sunni areas, accusing the Shiite-led
government of trying to divide the nation ahead of next month's
2005 Nov 13, In Dublin,
Ireland, 2 men wearing bulletproof vests were shot to death at
point-blank range in what police said was the latest bloodshed in a
five-year turf war between drug-dealing gangs. The attack raised to
18 the number of gun killings within Ireland's criminal underworld
2005 Nov 13, Jordanian security
forces arrested Sajida Ubarak Atrous al-Rishawi (35), an Iraqi
woman, whose husband is suspected of blowing up one of three Amman
hotels. Al-Rishawi confessed on television to trying to blow herself
up with her husband in one of the three Nov. 9 suicide attacks in
Amman. This followed a tip off by an al-Qaida claim that a
husband-and-wife team participated in the attacks that killed 57
other people. Her husband was Ali Hussein Ali Shamari. The 2 other
bombers were identified as Rawad Jassem Mohammed Abed (23) and Safaa
Mohammed Ali (23). The bombers were from Fallujah.
(AP, 11/13/05)(SFC, 11/14/05, p.A3)
2005 Nov 13, In northeastern
Pakistan a bus with 50 people on board plunged into a river gorge in
the quake-stricken area.
2005 Nov 13, Prince Saud
al-Faisal, Saudi Arabia's foreign minister, said he is less worried
that US policies in Iraq will bring on a civil war there, and
pledged anew to contribute $1 billion for rebuilding that
war-ravaged country's shattered infrastructure.
2006 Nov 13, President Bush met
with the bipartisan Iraq Study Group and promised to work with the
incoming Democratic majority toward "common objectives." At the same
time, Bush renewed his opposition to any timetable for withdrawing
US troops. Bush also led a ceremonial groundbreaking on the National
Mall for a memorial dedicated to civil rights leader Martin Luther
(SFC, 11/14/06, p.A1)(AP, 11/13/07)
2006 Nov 13, The Bush
administration said immigrants arrested in the US may be held
indefinitely on suspicion of terrorism and may not challenge their
imprisonment in civilian courts.
2006 Nov 13, The commander of
the US Pacific Fleet began a visit to China in a trip aimed at
strengthening ties between the two navies and gaining insight into
the Asian power's military buildup.
2006 Nov 13, In Bangladesh
baton-wielding police clashed with thousands of demonstrators who
threw stones and smashed vehicles during protests demanding
2006 Nov 13, Chad declared a
state of emergency in three eastern regions where ethnic clashes
have left as many as 200 people dead and raised fears that Sudan's
Darfur conflict is spilling across the border.
2006 Nov 13, The China Daily
reported that Zhou Shengxian, the head of China’s State
Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA), said that the
degradation of China's environment is reaching a critical point
where health and social stability are under threat.
2006 Nov 13, France said it
will aid the Central African Republic's army with logistics and
aerial reconnaissance in its fight against rebels in the northeast
of the country.
2006 Nov 13, Sectarian violence
across Iraq left 43 people dead. A bomb tore through in a minibus in
a largely Shiite Baghdad neighborhood, killing at least 20 people
and wounding 18. Gunmen killed at least 10 people, including a
television cameraman, a city councilman and a Sunni sheik, in
executions and assassinations around Iraq. US forces raided the
homes of followers of radical anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada
al-Sadr. Police put the death toll at five, though an aide to the
cleric said nine people were killed.
(AP, 11/13/06)(SFC, 11/14/06, p.A17)
2006 Nov 13, The Lebanese
government approved a UN draft setting up an international tribunal
to try suspects in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik
Hariri. A London-based Arabic newspaper said Al-Qaida has
purportedly issued a statement threatening to topple Lebanon's
"corrupt" Western-backed government.
2006 Nov 13, The US signed a
461 million dollar aid "compact" with Mali to finance a giant
irrigation project and expand the international airport in the
poverty-stricken African nation.
2006 Nov 13, In Nigeria Joshua
Dariye (49), the beleaguered governor of troubled Plateau State, was
impeached by state legislators after being accused of corruption.
Nigeria's anti-graft commission, the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC), issued a statement saying it was seeking both
Dariye and Ayodele Fayose (46), the impeached former governor of
southwest Ekiti State. The EFCC said recently that it was
investigating 31 state governors out of a total of 36 for
2006 Nov 13, Norwegian
government and industry officials said Norwegian hunters killed 546
minke whales this year, falling far short of their commercial
whaling quota because bad weather spoiled much of the season.
2006 Nov 13, Lawmakers from an
Islamic coalition ruling Pakistan's deeply conservative northwest
approved a law to set up a Taliban-style department to suppress
2006 Nov 13, A senior Hamas
official confirmed that the militant Palestinian group and the Fatah
faction have agreed on naming Mohammed Shabir to head the next
Palestinian unity government.
2006 Nov 13, Senegal’s
President Abdoulaye Wade received a letter from Sudan President Omar
al-Bashir that accepted some sort of UN intervention.
2006 Nov 13, In South Africa up
to 20 people were killed near Cape Town when a train smashed into a
truck carrying farm workers.
2006 Nov 13, In eastern Sri
Lanka 4 Tamil Tiger rebels were killed in a firefight.
2006 Nov 13, UN
Secretary-General Kofi Annan said that any effort to stop growing
violence between Islamic and Western societies must include an end
to the Arab-Israeli conflict.
2006 Nov 13, The UN said it has
pledged about $77 million in personnel and equipment to help the
overwhelmed African Union force in Darfur as Sudan blocks the world
body from sending its own peacekeepers to the war-torn region.
2006 Nov 13, Vietnam deported
Nguyen Thuong "Cuc" Foshee (58), an American woman who was convicted
last week on terrorism charges for plotting to seize radio airwaves
to call for an uprising against the communist government. The US
removed Vietnam from a blacklist of countries that suppress
(AP, 11/12/06)(Econ, 11/18/06, p.44)
2007 Nov 13, CC Sabathia won
the AL Cy Young Award to become the first Cleveland pitcher in 35
years to earn the honor.
2007 Nov 13, Officials said New
York Gov. Eliot Spitzer has decided to abandon a plan to issue
driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.
2007 Nov 13, The SF Board of
Supervisors voted to issue municipal identification cards to city
residents, regardless of their legal status. They also voted to
double the amount of money available to candidates running for
(SFC, 11/14/07, p.B1)
2007 Nov 13, In Las Vegas the
New Frontier casino, opened in 1942, was imploded to make way for a
$5 billion megaresort. It earned historical notations by becoming
the Strip's first theme casino and hosting Elvis Presley's debut in
the city. Phil Ruffin sold the 34.5-acre site to Elad, owned by
Israeli billionaire Yitzhak Tshuva, for $1.24 billion in May. Ruffin
had bought the Frontier in 1997 for $165 million and quickly settled
a nearly 6 1/2-year strike by 550 hotel workers, one of the longest
job actions in US history.
2007 Nov 13, Afghan and US-led
coalition forces clashed with militants in southern Afghanistan and
called in airstrikes that killed dozens of insurgents.
2007 Nov 13, Britain’s
government said an outbreak of bird flu in eastern England is the
deadly H5N1 strain of the disease. A two-mile protection zone and a
six-mile surveillance zone were created around the infected farm in
(AP, 11/13/07)(Econ, 11/17/07, p.67)
2007 Nov 13, The British Virgin
Islands told the US there is overwhelming evidence that Leonid
Reiman, Russia’s Telecommunications Minister owns much of Russia’s
telecom industry through an offshore fund.
(WSJ, 11/14/07, p.A1)
2007 Nov 13, Thousands of
refugees fled camps in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo's
violent North Kivu province after the army said Tutsi-dominated
insurgents attacked its positions nearby.
2007 Nov 13, Voting began in
Denmark's national election, with polls showing that the
center-right government needs a new ally to stay in power despite a
strong economy and low unemployment. Danes re-elected the governing
coalition to a third term, endorsing its economic and tough
immigration policies. Fogh Rasmussen’s blue block won 90 seats, just
enough for a majority. The New Alliance Party of Naser Khader won
just 5 seats. Pia Kjaersgaard’s far-right Danish People’s party won
(AP, 11/13/07)(Econ, 11/17/07, p.59)
2007 Nov 13, French rail
workers went on a nine-day strike over President Nicolas Sarkozy's
bid to strip away labor protections.
2007 Nov 13, Diplomats said
Iran has met a key demand of the UN nuclear agency, handing over
long-sought blueprints showing how to mold uranium metal into the
shape of warheads.
2007 Nov 13, In Iraq at least 9
Iraqis were killed, including a policeman and his 13-year-old son in
a drive-by shooting.
2007 Nov 13, Shimon Peres
became the 1st Israeli president to address the parliament of a
Muslim government when he spoke to Turkish deputies.
(Econ, 11/17/07, p.60)
2007 Nov 13, Researchers in
Kenya unveiled a 10-million-year-old jaw bone they believe belonged
to a new species of great ape that could be the last common ancestor
of gorillas, chimpanzees and humans. A Kenyan and Japanese team
found the fragment, dating back to between 9.8 and 9.88 million
years, in 2005 along with 11 teeth. The fossils were unearthed in
volcanic mud flow deposits in the northern Nakali region of Kenya.
2007 Nov 13, Opposition leader
Benazir Bhutto called on Pakistan's President Gen. Pervez Musharraf
to resign and ruled out serving under him in a future government
after she was placed under house arrest for the second time in five
days. Bhutto’s plan for a “long march” from Lahore to Islamabad was
foiled by her house arrest.
(AP, 11/13/07)(Econ, 11/17/07, p.50)
2007 Nov 13, A bomb exploded at
an entrance of the Philippine House of Representatives, killing Rep.
Wahab Akbar, his driver and a staff person.
2007 Nov 13, Journalists said
the Somali government has shut down three independent radio stations
in two days, as troops backed by Ethiopian soldiers continued to
battle Islamic insurgents in the shrapnel-strewn streets of the
2007 Nov 13, Two cartoonists
who depicted Spain's crown prince having sex with his wife were
convicted of insulting the heir to the throne and were fined $4,370
2007 Nov 13, Six breakaway
factions from one of Darfur's biggest rebel groups and two other
insurgent forces said they had united under one banner, in a rare
but tentative show of unity in the troubled region.
2007 Nov 13, Turkish helicopter
gunships attacked abandoned villages inside Iraq, the first such
airstrike since border tensions have escalated in recent months.
Kurdish guerrillas killed four Turkish soldiers in a clash in
2007 Nov 13, In a letter to the
UN Security Council, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon nominated
Canadian prosecutor Daniel Bellemare to lead the UN investigation
into the 2005 killing of former Lebanese PM Rafik al-Hariri.
2007 Nov 13, In Uzbekistan the
body of Fitrat Salakhiddinov (40), a prisoner convicted of Islamic
extremism, was delivered to his family with signs of torture.
2008 Nov 13, The US government
said the number of newly laid-off individuals seeking unemployment
benefits has jumped to a seven-year high.
2008 Nov 13, The US Mint was
scheduled to issue the Van Buren dollar coin, the 8th of its
presidential dollar series.
(WSJ, 12/27/07, p.D6)
2008 Nov 13, US Federal health
officials slapped a sweeping detention order on dozens of imported
foods from China, from snacks and drinks to chocolates and candies.
The agency said the action was needed as a precaution to keep out
foods contaminated with the industrial chemical melamine, which can
cause serious kidney problems.
2008 Nov 13, Police in
Richmond, Ca., arrested 18 people in connection with a crackdown on
the Deep Central (Deep C) gang. Officials served 43 arrest warrants
in Richmond as well as other Bay Area and Sacramento counties
wrapping up a yearlong investigation by California drug agents.
(SFC, 11/14/08, p.B5)
2008 Nov 13, In Afghanistan a
suicide car bomber struck a US patrol, killing eight Afghan
civilians and one US soldier and wounding 74 civilians in Nangarhar
province. US troops killed four al-Qaida-linked militants during a
raid in eastern Afghanistan.
(AP, 11/14/08)(SFC, 11/14/08, p.A14)
2008 Nov 13, In Chile
authorities said public health services failed to tell 512 people
that they tested positive for HIV. Private-sector health services
also fell down, failing to inform an estimated 1,700 people that
tests show them carrying the AIDS virus.
2008 Nov 13, China signed an
agreement in Geneva to loosen controls on financial news providers
in an out-of-court settlement of a dispute with the US, the EU and
2008 Nov 13, The European Union
proposed plans to toughen up rules covering taxes on foreign
accounts in an effort to stop tax evasion which has been endemic in
some EU nations.
2008 Nov 13, The 38th Chess
Olympiad started in Dresden, Germany. It included 146 teams in the
open division, often referred to as the men's division although it
includes a few women. The separate women's division included 111
2008 Nov 13, An American
soldier died of a noncombat cause in western Iraq. A civilian cargo
aircraft crashed in the desert south of Fallujah.
(AP, 11/14/08)(AP, 11/13/08)
2008 Nov 13, In Mauritania the
military junta that ousted President Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi
released him in response to international pressure.
2008 Nov 13, In Mexico Armando
Rodriguez, a crime reporter in the border city of Juarez, was
killed, adding to dozens of journalist deaths in a country where
newspapers are so fearful, many refuse to cover drug violence. With
his death, 24 journalists have been killed in Mexico since 2000, at
least seven of them in direct reprisal for their reports on crime,
and seven others have disappeared since 2005.
2008 Nov 13, Mexico City Health
Secretary Armando Ahued said that the government will start handing
out doses of one or two Viagra, Levitra or Cialis pills on Dec. 1.
2008 Nov 13, Pakistan announced
that China had offered it a $500 million aid package.
(WSJ, 11/14/08, p.A10)
2008 Nov 13, In northwestern
Pakistan gunmen kidnapped Hashmatullah Atharzadeh, an Iranian
diplomat, and killed his local guard. Peshawar’s police chief
Suleman Shah said the spate of killings and abductions was in
reaction to the military operations against insurgents in the
adjoining tribal belt. Iranian intelligence agents freed Atharzadeh
in late March, 2010.
(AFP, 11/13/08)(AP, 3/30/10)
2008 Nov 13, Myanmar courts
handed down sentences of between six and eight years for 4 Buddhist
monks and two to 16 years for members of Nobel Peace Prize winner
Aung San Suu Kyi's party for involvement in last year's massive
protests against the military junta. 14 more activists from the NLD
were sentenced the next day at different courts in Yangon for
between two to 16 years, all in relation to last year's protests.
2008 Nov 13, Gaza militants
fired a new barrage of rockets and mortars at Israeli border areas,
prompting Israel to bar planned food and fuel shipments to
Palestinian civilians hurt by the unraveling of a five-month-old
2008 Nov 13, In Thailand
assailants hurled explosives at vendors protesting a rent increase
by new managers of a government-owned market in Bangkok, wounding 13
2008 Nov 13, Vietnam's premier
pledged to probe a corruption case in which Japanese businessmen
have admitted bribing a Vietnamese official in the latest scandal
involving a foreign aid-funded road project.
2009 Nov 13, President Barack
Obama met with Japanese PM Yukio Hatoyama on his first major trip to
Asia. He emphasized cooperation and opened with a warning to North
Korea that there will be tough, unified action by the US and its
Asian partners if the Koreans fail to abandon their nuclear weapons
programs. Obama and Hatoyama agreed to joint efforts to realize a
nuclear weapons-free world.
(AP, 11/13/09)(SFC, 11/13/09, p.A4)
2009 Nov 13, In Berkeley, Ca.,
Zoelina Williams (23) was found beaten and fatally shot at Aquatic
Park. Her son Jashon (17 months) was missing. Curtis Martin III
(38), a convicted killer, was arrested later the same day. On Nov 15
Jashon’s body was found in the waters of Berkeley Marina. In
2012 Martin was sentenced to life in prison.
(SSFC, 11/15/09, p.A12)(SFC, 11/16/09, p.A1)(SFC,
2009 Nov 13, Ohio became the
first US state to adopt a procedure for lethal injections that uses
just one drug, thiopental sodium.
(SFC, 11/14/09, p.A4)
2009 Nov 13, The United States'
first marijuana cafe opened in Portland, Oregon, posing an early
test of the Obama administration's move to relax policing of medical
use of the drug.
2009 Nov 13, NASA said a
"significant amount" of frozen water has been found on the moon
heralding a giant leap forward in space exploration and boosting
hopes of a permanent lunar base.
2009 Nov 13, Former New Mexico
Gov. Bruce King (85) died. The folksy cattle rancher served more
time as governor than anyone else and became an institution in state
politics. King was a Democrat who served three terms that spanned
three decades. He was in office in 1971-74, 1979-82 and 1991-94.
2009 Nov 13, In Afghanistan
NATO-led troops mistakenly killed a female civilian during an
operation against militants in eastern Zabul province.
2009 Nov 13, British
adventurers Mick Dawson and Chris Martin completed a 189-day record
voyage, begun on May 8, rowing their 23-foot, Kevlar boat across the
Pacific from Choshi, Japan, to San Francisco.
(SFC, 11/14/09, p.A1)
2009 Nov 13, Chechen leader
Ramzan Kadyrov said security forces had killed up to 20 Islamist
rebels in a helicopter attack near the capital Grozny.
2009 Nov 13, China’s Civil
Affairs Ministry said unusually early snow storms in north-central
China have claimed 40 lives, caused thousands of buildings to
collapse and destroyed almost 500,000 acres (200,000 hectares) of
2009 Nov 13, In Dagestan, east
of Chechnya, a bomb blast at a village cemetery killed three
civilians, the widow, sister and daughter of a police officer who
was among the victims of nearly daily attacks on law enforcement
authorities in the province.
2009 Nov 13, The French
government said its navy has seized 3 boats of Somalia’s coast and
detained 12 suspected pirates, while seizing an arsenal including
assault rifles and rocket launchers.
(SFC, 11/14/09, p.A2)
2009 Nov 13, In Ingushetia,
west of Chechnya, three suspected militants who opened fire at a
police checkpoint were shot and killed.
2009 Nov 13, India officials
said all elephants living in Indian zoos and circuses will be moved
to wildlife parks and game sanctuaries where the animals can graze
2009 Nov 13, Israeli troops
killed a Palestinian man along the Gaza Strip border, but the
circumstances of the incident were unclear.
2009 Nov 13, In Mexico a
7-year-old boy, three women and a university professor were among 15
people killed in 6 separate incidents in the border city of Ciudad
2009 Nov 13, Moroccan
authorities detained a Western Sahara activist close to the
Polisario Front rebels, Aminatou Haidar, in the disputed territory's
main city. Haidar, the winner of several human rights awards, was
arrested on her arrival in Laayoune from Spain's Canary Islands.
Immigration officials immediately sent her back to Spain’s Canary
Islands after confiscating her passport. She used her Spanish
residency permit to re-enter the country and began a hunger strike
in Laayoune at midnight on Nov 15.
(AFP, 11/13/09)(AFP, 11/21/09)
2009 Nov 13, In Morocco
journalists Rachid Nini and Said Laajal were sentenced to 3 months
and 2 months in prison for publishing "false information" about a
drug trafficking ring. Their newspaper report concerned the
dismantling on August 17 of a major drug smuggling ring, named
"Triha" after its alleged boss, who was part of a group of 15 drug
barons arrested in 2008 in a crackdown across Morocco. Both
journalists were released on Dec 5, 2009.
2009 Nov 13, The Dutch
government announced to bring the polluter-pays principle into the
home garage. As of 2012 rather than an annual road tax for their
cars, drivers will pay a few cents for every kilometer on the road,
in a plan aimed at breaking chronic traffic jams and cutting carbon
2009 Nov 13, In Pakistan an
early morning attack killed 10 people and devastated much of the
northwestern headquarters of Pakistan's spy agency in Peshawar city.
About an hour later, a second suicide car bomber attacked a police
station farther south, killing six people. The military reported the
loss of 12 soldiers over the last 24 hours, one of its largest
single-day losses since the campaign in South Waziristan began.
Attackers fired rockets at a group of tankers near the southwestern
city of Quetta that were delivering fuel to US and NATO troops. One
driver was killed and five tankers were torched.
2009 Nov 13, Philippine Pres.
Gloria Macapagal signed a bill criminalizing all forms of torture
and prohibiting state authorities from using secret detention
(SFC, 11/14/09, p.A2)
2009 Nov 13, In Puerto Rico the
dismembered body of college student Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado (19)
was discovered along a road in the interior town of Cayey. Lopez was
widely known as a volunteer for organizations advocating HIV
prevention and gay rights. Suspect Juan Martinez Matos (26), was
soon arrested and allegedly confessed to killing Lopez and
mutilating his body. He was charged with first-degree murder and
weapons violations and jailed on $4 million bond.
2009 Nov 13, In Russia huge
explosions and fire ripped through a naval munitions facility in the
Ulyanovsk province for hours, killing two firefighters and prompting
the evacuation of thousands of civilians nearby. 11 civilians and
military personnel were unaccounted for.
2009 Nov 13, In Russia
prosecutors said police have arrested three homeless people
suspected of eating a 25-year-old man they had butchered and selling
other bits of the corpse to a local kebab house. Parts of a human
body had been found near a bus stop in the outskirts of the Russian
city of Perm, 1,150 km (720 miles) east of Moscow.
2009 Nov 13, A Somali man was
arrested by African Union peacekeeping troops before a Daallo
Airlines flight took off from Mogadishu. It was scheduled to travel
from Mogadishu to the northern Somali city of Hargeisa, then to
Djibouti and Dubai. The man was carrying powdered chemicals, liquid
and a syringe that could have caused an explosion. The case bore
chilling similarities to a later Dec 25 terrorist plot to blow up a
2009 Nov 13, South Africa’s
President Jacob Zuma said police do not have a "license to kill," a
day after his deputy police minister urged officers to "shoot the
bastards" in fighting criminals.
2009 Nov 13, Turkey's
government announced new measures aimed at reconciling with minority
Kurds and ending a 25-year-old insurgency, but there was no mention
of the sweeping amnesty sought by Kurdish rebels.
2009 Nov 13, Uganda’s army
clashed with tribesmen who were stealing cattle in the volatile
northeastern region. Two soldiers were wounded and 15 cows were
killed in two clashes on Nov. 13 and Nov. 17. The army killed 34
tribesmen in the clashes.
2009 Nov 13, A UN official said
an agreement has been reached for sweeping anti-corruption reviews
on how countries account for their public assets. The pact came
after talks in Qatar's capital, Doha, between the United Nations,
World Bank and watchdog groups.
2010 Nov 13, US President
Barack Obama used a Pacific Rim summit to press China on its flood
of exports aided by a cheap yuan, but President Hu Jintao said
Beijing would make reforms at its own pace.
2010 Nov 13, In Texas Manny
Pacquiao, boxer and Filipino congressman, cemented his claim to
being the best fighter in the world by dominating the bigger but
slower Antonio Margarito of Mexico. Pacquiao earned a guaranteed $15
2010 Nov 13, In California a
gold Honda Accord tried to pass a group of motorcycles and caused a
Dodge car to lose control on two-lane Route 98, a desert highway
near Ocotillo, triggering a crash that killed five people and
injured six others. Authorities were looking for the driver of the
Accord. The driver of the dodge was arrested on suspicion of driving
under the influence.
(AP, 11/14/10)(SFC, 11/15/10, p.A8)
2010 Nov 13, In Erie, Pa., an
apparent suicide-murder by a father (29) left the mother and 2
(SSFC, 11/14/10, p.A14)
2010 Nov 13, In eastern
Afghanistan a group of would-be suicide bombers tried to storm a
major NATO base on the edge of Jalalabad city, but were repelled
before they could enter. Six insurgents were killed, including two
who were wearing bomb-laden suicide vests. Insurgents in the same
area set fire to a NATO fuel convoy. The truck drivers quickly fled
and the insurgents set 12 tankers ablaze A bomb hidden in a
motorbike also exploded on a busy street in the Imam Sahib district
of the northern province of Kunduz, killing 10 people. Insurgents
killed 3 coalition service members in an attack in the south.
(AP, 11/13/10)(AP, 11/14/10)
2010 Nov 13, Afghan diplomat
Abdul Khaliq Farahi was freed in eastern Afghanistan in a joint
effort by officials from Afghanistan and Pakistan and returned to
Kabul. He was seized by gunmen on Sep 22, 2008, in the Pakistani
city of Peshawar.
2010 Nov 13, In Bangladesh at
least three people were killed and five, including a lawmaker of the
ruling party, injured in a suicide bomb attack near Khustia. Police
in Dhaka swung batons to disperse hundreds of activists protesting a
government bid to evict opposition leader Khaleda Zia from the
military-owned house she has lived in for nearly 30 years.
(Reuters, 11/13/10)(AP, 11/13/10)
2010 Nov 13, In Belize a small
plane made a bold midnight landing on a highway to drop off cocaine.
Authorities seized 2 tons of cocaine and also detained five officers
thought to have cordoned off a section of the road so the
twin-engine Beechcraft could land. Authorities found 80 bales of
cocaine in a village near the highway.
2010 Nov 13, Costa Rica boasted
of a "diplomatic victory" in its border spat with Nicaragua after
the Organization of American States approved a resolution calling
for removal of soldiers and security forces from a disputed area
along the San Juan River.
2010 Nov 13, In Cuba the first
of 13 remaining Cuban dissidents jailed since 2003 was released from
prison and returned to his home in the capital, a strong signal the
government intends to release all of the men despite their refusal
to go into exile.
2010 Nov 13, In Germany a fire
at the Karlsruhe zoo killed 26 animals including Shetland ponies,
goats, sheep and a llama.
2010 Nov 13, Iranian
authorities detained lawyers Maryam Kianersi, Maryam Karbasi and
Sara Sabaghian on their return home from Turkey. All three are women
and were among signatories of an open letter in September that
called for the release of prominent human rights lawyer Nasrin
Sotoudeh. Two other lawyers related to the three were also detained.
Kianersi and Rosa Gharachorlu were released on Nov 19.
(AP, 11/14/10)(Reuters, 11/14/10)(AP, 11/20/10)
2010 Nov 13, In Iraq the
Sunni-backed Iraqiya political bloc said it will join efforts to
produce a national unity government, backing away from a threat to
boycott parliament. Lawmakers approved an agreement to bring all of
Iraq's feuding political blocs into a new government.
(AP, 11/13/10)(AP, 11/14/10)
2010 Nov 13, In Japan thousands
of demonstrators waving Japanese flags and shouting anti-China
slogans marched against Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit for an
economic summit that comes as a territorial dispute strains ties
between the Asian giants.
2010 Nov 13, Japan's PM Naoto
Kan strongly protested Russian Pres. Medvedev's Nov 1 visit to the
disputed island of Kunashiri and said in a meeting on the sidelines
of a Pacific Rim leaders' conference that the two nations must build
mutual trust. Pres. Obama attended the 2-day APEC summit in
(AP, 11/13/10)(Econ, 11/13/10, p.48)
2010 Nov 13, Myanmar's military
government freed its archrival, democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi
(65), after her latest term of detention expired. Several thousand
jubilant supporters streamed to her residence.
2010 Nov 13, A Nigerian soldier
was killed and another wounded in a suspected attack by a radical
Muslim sect in northeastern Borno state. The assailants fired a
Kalashnikov rifle at the soldiers from a motorbike. Gunmen burst
into a burial vigil outside the oil city of Port Harcourt, firing
shots and kidnapping 4 people.
(AP, 11/14/10)(AFP, 11/14/10)
2010 Nov 13, In Pakistan a
suspected US missile strike hit a Taliban stronghold in North
Waziristan, killing five alleged militants as they traveled in a
vehicle. At least three of the dead were believed to be foreigners.
Thousands of people protesting the killing of a tribal elder by
unknown gunmen in Chaman district of southwest Pakistan attacked a
NATO supply convoy, setting four oil tankers on fire. Security
forces killed six militants in clashes in the Swat Valley after
militants attacked a security checkpoint near Shakar Dara.
(AP, 11/13/10)(AP, 11/14/10)
2010 Nov 13, In South Africa
Anni Dewani (28), a British tourist, was found dead after being
abducted by armed men in Cape Town just days after she and her new
British husband, Shrien Dewani, arrived for a holiday. By Nov 18 two
suspects, both 26, were arrested. A 3rd suspect (31) was arrested on
Nov 20. On Dec 7 a court heard allegations that her husband had
connived with a taxi driver to stage a robbery and have his wife
(AFP, 11/14/10)(AP, 11/18/10)(AP, 11/21/10)(AFP,
2010 Nov 13, In Spain thousands
of people demonstrated in Madrid against Morocco's recent crackdown
that has left at least 10 people dead in the former Spanish colony
of Western Sahara in northwestern Africa.
2010 Nov 13, In Western Sahara
a statement from the prosecution services in the territory's main
town of Laayoune said 67 people accused of crimes against the
security forces and destruction of public and private property had
been arrested, seven of whom had been cleared.
2010 Nov 13, Saudi Arabia’s
first metro transit system, officially the Al Mashaaer Al
Muqaddassah Metro, opened in Mecca.
(Econ, 1/5/13, p.50)
2010 Nov 13, Sudanese Pres.
al-Bashir left Khartoum for the annual hajj in Mecca, despite an
outstanding arrest warrant issued for al-Bashir by the International
Criminal Court for alleged war crimes, crimes against humanity and
genocide in Darfur.
2010 Nov 13, In Venezuela
thousands of supporters of President Hugo Chavez filled a downtown
Caracas avenue to demonstrate their backing for the socialist
leader's crackdown on allegedly crooked real-estate and construction
companies. Chavez ordered the expropriation of six residential
complexes and "the temporary occupation" of eight gated communities
in Caracas and other cities more than a week ago, arguing that real
estate and construction companies were unjustly boosting prices.
2011 Nov 13, In Portland,
Oregon, several hundred protesters, some wearing goggles and gas
masks, marched past authorities in a downtown street, hours after
riot police forced Occupy Portland demonstrators out of a pair of
weeks-old encampments in nearby parks. Mayor Sam Adams had ordered
that the camp shut down, citing unhealthy conditions and the
encampment's attraction of drug users and thieves.
2011 Nov 13, In Brazil More
than 3,000 police and soldiers backed by armored personnel carriers
raced into Rio’s biggest slum before dawn, quickly gaining control
of the Rocinha shantytown ruled for decades by a heavily armed drug
gang. The city of Rio de Janeiro has more than 1,000 shantytowns
where about one-third of its 6 million people live.
2011 Nov 13, Emirates Airlines
launched the Dubai Airshow with a record $18-billion order for 50
Boeing 777s, giving the US company a flying start on its European
rival Airbus at the prestigious event.
2011 Nov 13, Egyptian security
forces arrested Mohammed Eid Muslih Hamad, aka "El-Tihi," in the
northern Sinai town of el-Arish. Officials said he was the leader of
an al-Qaida-inspired group in the Sinai peninsula that was behind
attacks on police and on a gas pipeline that transports fuel to
Israel and Jordan.
2011 Nov 13, Equatorial
Guinea's main opposition withdrew its agents from polling stations
to protest against irregularities as the country voted in a
referendum on a new constitution. If approved, the constitution
would be amended to impose presidential term limits, but the text
does not make clear whether Obiang will have to step down when his
term ends in 2016. The referendum also created a new vice president
position, a job many believe is earmarked for Obiang's son. 97% of
people voted in favor of measures that limit presidents to two terms
in office. The new constitution did not make clear whether Obiang
could stay in power until 2030.
(AFP, 11/13/11)(AP, 11/14/11)(AFP, 11/16/11)
2011 Nov 13, German police
arrested a new suspect, Holger G. (37), following the discovery of
an extremist group, labeled the National Socialist Underground,
believed to have killed 10 people in what the country's top security
official called "a new form of far right terrorism." Prosecutors
suspect the “Zwickau cell,” which was discovered only last week, of
having murdered eight people of Turkish origin, one Greek national
and a German policewoman over the past decade.
(AP, 11/13/11)(Econ, 2/4/12, p.54)
2011 Nov 13, Italy’s Pres.
Giorgio Napolitano asked Mario Monti, a former European
commissioner, to become prime minister.
(Econ, 11/19/11, p.53)
2011 Nov 13, Kuwait said it has
boosted its oil output to above three million barrels per day. The
oil minister warned that any cut in crude production would send
world prices soaring.
2011 Nov 13, In Libya rival
militias clashed on the outskirts of Tripoli for a fourth day, the
most sustained violence since the capture and killing of Moammar
Gadhafi last month. The fighting has left at least four people dead
since late last week. A local commander of fighters from Tripoli,
said gunmen from Zawiya and Warshefana were fighting for control of
a camp midway between the capital of Tripoli and Zawiya.
2011 Nov 13, A Malawi high
court official said some 14 local sex workers arrested by police and
forced to undergo HIV tests two years ago have sued the government
for "unfair action and violating their privacy." The sex workers
were charged for trading in sex while having a sexually transmitted
disease. They were fined $7 (K1,200) and set free. About 14% of the
country's 13 million citizens are infected with HIV.
2011 Nov 13, Mexico’s Michoacan
state held elections for governor. The former ruling party won the
race after a campaign marred by drug-cartel threats and violence,
defeating President Felipe Calderon's sister and building momentum
for its drive to take back the presidency next year. Fausto Vallejo
Figueroa of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) won 35% over
Luisa Maria Calderon (PAN) at 33%.
(AP, 11/14/11)(SFC, 11/15/11, p.A4)
2011 Nov 13, Mexican soldiers
searching vehicles for hidden drugs found 140 Central Americans
crammed into a tractor-trailer rig in Chiapas. Police found the
bodies of six bricklayers who were working on a new elementary
school in the northern state of Chihuahua. Two of them were
mutilated. Mexican officials arrested Juan Gabriel Orozco Favela, a
drug dealer who controlled smuggling routes and ran a campaign of
murder and intimidation for the Knights Templar drug cartel.
(AP, 11/14/11)(AP, 11/15/11)
2011 Nov 13, In Mexico norteno
singer Diego Rivas was shot dead in Culiacan, Sinaloa state, joining
a list of murdered musicians famous for chronicling the cartel
lifestyle in folk songs.
2011 Nov 13, Anglo-Dutch oil
giant Shell reported a fresh spill from a key delivery pipeline in
southern Nigeria, but said it has contained the leak.
2011 Nov 13, In northwest
Pakistan a bomb blast killed six people in remote Mastak town. Two
members of an anti-Taliban militia are among those killed.
2011 Nov 13, In Qatar energy
ministers of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) met to prepare
for a first summit of the 12-member group which is to discuss prices
and coordination. The meeting welcomed Oman as the newest member of
the forum. Other members included Algeria, Bolivia, Egypt,
Equatorial Guinea, Iran, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Russia, Trinidad and
Tobago, and Venezuela. Kazakhstan, Norway and the Netherlands were
2011 Nov 13, In Somalia
explosions in Afgoye, a heavily populated corridor along a main road
leading out of the Somali capital, came during a meeting of Islamist
insurgent leaders as the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab militia fought to
defend itself on two fronts. None of the militant leaders were
believed to have been killed and no one claimed responsibility for
2011 Nov 13, Voters in
Georgia's breakaway republic of South Ossetia chose a new president
for the first time since Georgia and Russia fought a brief war over
control of the territory in 2008. South Ossetia has been led since
2001 by Eduard Kokoiti, who has served two terms as president and is
now stepping down. Among those favored to succeed him is Anatoly
Bibilov, who heads South Ossetia's emergencies services and has the
support of Russia's dominant pro-Kremlin party. Anatoly Bibilov and
former education minister Alla Dzhioyeva each won about 25 percent
of the vote forcing a runoff in two weeks.
(AP, 11/13/11)(AP, 11/14/11)
2011 Nov 13, In Syria tens of
thousands of government supporters poured into the streets to
protest an Arab League vote to suspend the country's membership, as
Turkey sent planes to evacuate diplomatic staff and their families
after a night of attacks on embassies. Activists reporting at least
11 people killed in shootings by security forces in several parts of
2011 Nov 13, The death toll
from Thailand's worst floods in half a century reached 536, and
authorities told more residents of Bangkok to evacuate their
2011 Nov 13, Turkish warplanes
bombed the Qandil border area in Iraqi Kurdistan for about an hour.
2011 Nov 13, Yemeni government
forces and allied tribesmen killed ten militants in attacks around
the country, as visiting UN envoy Jamal Benomar met with embattled
President Ali Abdullah Saleh to push for a solution to the country's
2012 Nov 13, The career of Gen.
John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, was put in jeopardy
due to the investigation of the David Petraeus sex scandal. The
Pentagon said that Allen is under investigation for alleged
"inappropriate communications" with Jill Kelley, the woman who is
said to have received threatening emails from Petraeus' paramour.
2012 Nov 13, The Pentagon said
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has demoted Gen. William "Kip" Ward,
the former head of US Africa Command, who was accused of spending
thousands of dollars on lavish travel and other unauthorized
2012 Nov 13, Motor Trend
magazine named Tesla Model S its 2013 Car of the Year, the first
time a non-gasoline powered vehicle received the honor.
(ABC News, 11/14/12)
2012 Nov 13, Jack Gilbert
(b.1925), American lyrical poet, died in Berkeley.
(SFC, 11/14/12, p.C3)
2012 Nov 13, In Afghanistan at
least four rockets were fired into Kabul, killing one man and
injuring three other people.
2012 Nov 13, British Petty
officer Edward Devenney (30), from Northern Ireland, pleaded guilty
at the Old Bailey to a charge of misconduct in public office,
relating to the alleged theft of passwords and computer programmes
used to encrypt secret information.
2012 Nov 13, Peter Ball (80), a
former Church of England bishop was arrested in western England on
suspicion of sexually assaulting boys as young as 12 in the late
1980s and early 1990s. A 2nd man, a retired Anglican priest aged 67,
was detained in Sussex on suspicion of separate offences against two
teenage boys in 1981 and 1983.
2012 Nov 13, In eastern China
Yao Defen (39), the world's tallest woman at 7 feet and 7 inches,
died at her home in Anhui province.
2012 Nov 13, In France Thierry
Tilly (48), arrested in Switzerland in 2009, was sentenced to eight
years in prison. His manipulation of the de Vedrines family has led
to comparisons to the Russian mystic Rasputin's legendary influence
over the tsar.
2012 Nov 13, France became the
first Western country to formally recognize Syria's newly formed
opposition coalition as the sole legitimate representative of the
2012 Nov 13, Indonesia’s
Constitutional Court said parts of the country’s 2001 oil-and-gas
law were unconstitutional. The court dissolved BPMgas, the state
(Econ, 11/24/12, p.72)
2012 Nov 13, One Israeli
airstrike and one Gaza rocket were fired today. A Gaza militant died
of wounds sustained in an Israeli airstrike from two days earlier.
2012 Nov 13, In Jordan tensions
rose late in the day after the government announced it was raising
prices for cooking and heating gas by 54% to reduce a massive budget
deficit and secure a $2 billion loan from the International Monetary
2012 Nov 13, In South Africa
police arrested a man (25) at O.R. Tambo Int’l. Airport who had
swallowed 220 polished diamonds in an attempt to smuggle them out of
(SFC, 11/15/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 13, In Switzerland
Christie's auctioned off the Archduke Joseph Diamond for nearly
$21.5 million, a world auction record price per carat for a
2012 Nov 13, The World Health
Organization reported that a yellow fever outbreak in Sudan's Darfur
region has killed 107 people in the last six weeks, warning that the
disease could spread all over the country.
2012 Nov 13, Syria's air force
bombed a rebel-held region near the border with Turkey for a second
day, killing at least one person and wounding three others.
2012 Nov 13, The United Arab
Emirates (UAR) set stricter Internet monitoring and enforcement
codes giving authorities wider leeway to crack down on Web activists
for offenses such as mocking the country’s rules or calling for
(SFC, 11/14/12, p.A3)
2012 Nov 13, The UN General
Assembly voted overwhelmingly to condemn the US commercial, economic
and financial embargo against Cuba for the 21st year in a row. The
final tally was 188-3, with Israel and Palau joining the United
2013 Nov 13, The US State
Department said it has designated two Nigerian militant groups, Boko
Haram and Ansaru, as foreign terrorist organizations to help US and
other law enforcement agencies investigate and prosecute suspects
associated with the two extremist networks.
2013 Nov 13, In California 4
Marines were killed at Camp Pendleton during a training exercise. A
grenade was later believed to have set off an explosion of
unexploded rounds in a demolition pit.
(SFC, 3/7/14, p.D4)
2013 Nov 13, NYSE Euronext
became part of Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), a 13-year-old outfit
based in Atlanta, Georgia.
(Econ, 11/16/13, p.79)
2013 Nov 13, Hawaii’s Gov. Neil
Abercrombie signed a bill legalyzing same-sex marriage one day after
the state Senate approved the bill with a 19-to-4 vote.
(SFC, 11/13/13, p.A6)(SFC, 11/14/13, p.A9)
2013 Nov 13, A prized 1963 Andy
Warhol painting, titled “Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster),” sold
for $105 million at an acution in NYC. This was a new record for a
(SFC, 11/14/13, p.A9)
2013 Nov 13, Fugitive
eco-activist Paul Watson (62) said in France that green warriors
were being classed as "terrorists" and accused Japan of coercing
other countries into making demands for his arrest. The
Canadian-born founder of Sea Shepherd, a marine conservation
organisation, arrived in California on October 28, more than a year
after fleeing arrest in Germany. Watson said he was in talks to seek
refuge in France, the only country apart from the United States
where he said he expects a fair trial.
2013 Nov 13, In Afghanistan
roadside bombings in the restive south and west killed 3 boys.
2013 Nov 13, The Afrobarometer
survey, a poll of Africans in 34 countries across the continent,
found that nearly one-third of people have been forced to pay bribes
including for medical treatment. Sierra Leone fared the worst
overall when it came to bribes, with 63 percent of respondents
saying they'd paid up at least once in the previous year. Morocco
and Guinea came next, each with 57 percent.
2013 Nov 13, Former Australian
prime minister Kevin Rudd announced an end to his chequered
political career, quitting politics two months after being ousted
from office by Tony Abbott.
2013 Nov 13, In Bangladesh
violent protests shuttered some 250 garment factories near the
capital Dhaka, as thousands of workers demanded higher wages.
2013 Nov 13, In Brazil the
remains of Joao Goulart, ousted as president ahead of the 1964-85
military dictatorship, were exhumed to determine if he was poisoned.
2013 Nov 13, The Bank of
England said Britain's economic recovery "has finally taken hold,"
as it upgraded its growth forecasts despite headwinds from the
eurozone debt crisis.
2013 Nov 13, Gunmen in Cameroon
kidnapped Georges Vandenbeusch, a French priest working in the
lawless northern region. Vandenbeusch was released on Dec 31.
(Reuters, 11/14/13)(AP, 12/31/13)
2013 Nov 13, Deposed Egyptian
President Mohamed Mursi said, in a leter read by his lawyer, that he
was kidnapped by the Republican Guard on July 2, the day before the
army announced his removal, and was later held at a naval base for
four months. Morsi accused the military chief who deposed him of
treason. A police armored personnel carrier ran over a pro-Mursi
student who was protesting outside a state-run university in the
southern city of Assiut. A court sentenced 12 supporters of deposed
Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to 17 years in prison for taking
part in a violent student-led protest.
(Reuters, 11/13/13)(AP, 11/13/13)(AFP, 11/14/13)
2013 Nov 13, In Iraq at least
27 people were killed in bomb attacks targeting Iraqi police and
pilgrims. Gunmen in Fallujah assassinated the city’s mayor.
(AFP, 11/13/13)(SFC, 11/14/13, p.A2)
2013 Nov 13, Israeli
soldier Eden Atias (19) died after a Palestinian youth (16)
stabbed him on board a bus in the north of the country.
2013 Nov 13, Japan's finance
minister pledged to crack down on lenders that fail to sever links
with organized crime as lawmakers grilled him over mob loans by
banks and other financial institutions.
2013 Nov 13, Kuwait said it has
discovered its first case of the MERS coronavirus for a citizen who
is in "critical condition." Later in the day Kuwait reported its 2nd
case for a man who just returned from abroad.
(AFP, 11/13/13)(AFP, 11/14/13)
2013 Nov 13, Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas said his peace negotiators had resigned over
the lack of progress in US-brokered statehood talks clouded by
Israeli settlement building.
2013 Nov 13, The Gaza-based
Palestinian Center for Human Rights said Hamas has arrested and
tortured dozens of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip over the past few
weeks on political grounds. One of the blockaded enclave's largest
waste water treatment plants stopped for lack of fuel.
(AFP, 11/13/13)(Reuters, 11/14/13)
2013 Nov 8, Typhoon Haiyan, one
of the strongest storms on record, slammed into six central
Philippine islands. As many as 10,000 people were believed dead just
in Tacloban, Leyte Island, as one of the worst storms ever recorded
unleashed ferocious winds and giant waves that washed away homes.
The death toll was later put at about 6,00 with about 1,800 missing.
(AP, 11/8/13)(AFP, 11/9/13)(AP, 11/10/13)(Econ,
2013 Nov 13, In Russia
protesters threw firecrackers at the Polish embassy in Moscow in
response to a similar attack on the Russian mission in Warsaw,
further straining ties between countries with a history of troubled
2013 Nov 13, In Saudi Arabia
Ethiopia’s ambassador in Riyadh said some 23,000 Ethiopians have
handed themselves in since Saudi authorities clamped down on illegal
foreign workers 10 days ago. A Sudanese man was killed in a second
flare of clashes since Nov 9 between Saudi riot police, citizens and
foreign workers in Riyadh.
(AFP, 11/13/13)(Reuters, 11/13/13)
2013 Nov 13, In Sri Lanka
British television journalists, who have reported on war crimes
allegations in Sri Lanka, were stopped from reaching the north of
the country by some 100 pro-government demonstrators who blocked
2013 Nov 13, In Switzerland an
enormous diamond known as "The Pink Star" sold for more than $83
million at auction in Geneva. Sotheby's said the sale is the highest
price ever paid for a gemstone at auction.
2013 Nov 13, In Syria forces
loyal to President Assad captured a suburb of Damascus, part of a
broader advance that has brought him major gains south of the
capital before proposed international peace talks. A mortar round
slammed into a mainly-Christian sector of Damascus killing 2 people
and wounding seven. Activists said Kurdish militias have seized
another seven villages in the northeast.
(Reuters, 11/13/13)(AFP, 11/13/13)
2013 Nov 13, Turkey's
parliament lifted a ban on women lawmakers wearing trousers in the
assembly, in a further liberalization of dress rules following a
landmark decision to allow female deputies to wear the Islamic
2013 Nov 13, More than one-half
of the editorial staff at the Ukrainian edition of Forbes quit to
protest what they say is censorship imposed by the new management.
They resigned after the new chief editor rejected a previously
approved project to investigate a top government official, First
Deputy PM Serhiy Arbuzov, an ally of the president.
2013 Nov 13, The UN said opium
poppy cultivation in Afghanistan has reached a record high as
farmers seek to "insure" themselves ahead of NATO forces' withdrawal
2013 Nov 13, The WHO said some
21 nations in the Middle East and nearby regions have jointly made
the eradication of polio an emergency priority and recognized that
Pakistan is a key part of the problem.
2013 Nov 13, Zambia's
anti-graft police said they had arrested a regional police chief who
is suspected of receiving illicit gifts from a gemstone mining
company. Copperbelt Province police boss Mary Tembo (53) was accused
of receiving a Toyota Coroll from Grizzly Mining Limited and
registering it in her name earlier this year.
2014 Nov 13, US President
Barack Obama met with democracy heroine Aung San Suu Kyi and other
Myanmar lawmakers as he sought to turn around the Southeast Asian
nation's "backsliding" on much celebrated political reforms.
2014 Nov 13, US Pres. Barack
Obama, in Myanmar for the East Asian summit, held his first formal
meeting with Vietnamese PM Nguyen Tan Dong.
2014 Nov 13, The US Government
Accountability Office said federally run schools for American Indian
children have misspent millions of dollars. The Bureau of Indian
Education fun by the Interior Dept. overseas some 180 schools for
about 41,000 students.
(SFC, 11/13/14, p.A11)
2014 Nov 13, In San Francisco
drug dealer and informant Cesar Hernandez told a court that SF
police officers paid him cash and drugs as long as he cooperated
with them. On trial were officers Edmond Robles and Sgt Ian
Furminger. Officer Reynaldo Vargas pleaded guilty last month to
felony charges and agreed to testify against his former colleagues.
(SFC, 11/13/14, p.D11)
2014 Nov 13, Florida executed
Chadwick Banks (43) for killing his sleeping wife and raping his
young stepdaughter 22 years earlier.
(SFC, 11/13/14, p.A8)
2014 Nov 13, Massey Energy CEO
Don Blankenship was indicted for conspiring to violate health and
safety standards in relation to the April 5, 2010, West Virginia
mine explosion that left 29 people dead.
(SFC, 11/14/14, p.A8)
2014 Nov 13, Berkshire Hathaway
announced a deal to acquire the Duracell battery unit of PG&E in
exchange for stock that has appreciated allowing the company to
avoid capital gains.
(SFC, 11/14/14, p.C3)
2014 Nov 13, In Australia more
than 400 protesters stuck their heads in the sand on Bondi Beach,
mocking the government's reluctance to put climate change on the
agenda of a G20 summit this weekend.
2014 Nov 13, A Bangladesh
tribunal sentenced fugitive opposition leader M.A. Zahid Hossain
Khokon to death for his role in killing people and other crimes
during the nation’s 1971 independence war. Khokon was believed to be
living in Sweden.
(SFC, 11/13/14, p.A2)
2014 Nov 13, Bosnia police
arrested 11 people on suspicion of fighting alongside Islamist
militants in Syria and Iraq.
2014 Nov 13, Brazilian police
in Rio de janeiro arrested Phillip John Smith (40), a convicted
pedophile and murderer from New Zealand, after a week on the run
from New Zealand. He remained in Brazilian custody pending his
return to New Zealand.
2014 Nov 13, A British woman,
Amal El-Wahabi (28), who tried to send 20,000 euros ($25,000) to her
husband fighting with Islamic State (IS) group in Syria, was jailed
for 28 months and seven days.
2014 Nov 13, Kakha Bendukidze
(58), the author of liberal reforms that overhauled Georgia's
post-Soviet economy, died in London where he was recovering from
heart surgery. In May he was appointed adviser to Ukrainian
President Petro Poroshenko who is pushing for liberal reforms.
Bendukidze had retired from public service in 2009 to invest in
education and found the Free University in Tbilisi which went on to
become the country's leading institution.
2014 Nov 13, Colombia police
arrested Peru's No. 1 fugitive. Businessman Rodolfo Orellana was
accused of amassing a fortune through money laundering of over $200
2014 Nov 13, In Egypt Islamic
militants set up roadblocks and killed five policemen and soldiers
the restive northern Sinai Peninsula, where authorities have
declared a state of emergency following a major attack that killed
31 troops last month.
2014 Nov 13, Eight northern
European nations (Britain, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia,
Lithuania, Norway, Sweden) agreed to step up cooperation to counter
an increase in Moscow's military activity that has included a
tripling of NATO intercepts of Russian jets this year.
2014 Nov 13, In France hundreds
of students barricaded school entrances across Paris and
demonstrated in protests against alleged police brutality, just as a
major union of police officers staged its own rally to demand more
personnel and equipment.
2014 Nov 13, Alexander
Grothendieck (86), French mathematician, died. He was an opinionated
and reclusive giant of 20th-century mathematics who shunned
accolades and supported pacifist and environmental causes. In 1966,
he was awarded the Fields Medal, but refused to travel to Moscow to
accept it for political reasons.
2014 Nov 13, A German court
convicted four men of being members of or supporting al Qaeda and
planning a potentially lethal attack on German soil, handing them
jail sentences of up to nine years.
2014 Nov 13, German police said
authorities have seized 2.9 tons of a chemical used to produce
crystal meth in an operation that brought 15 arrests in Germany and
the Czech Republic.
2014 Nov 13, India won US
support for its food stockpiling scheme, rescuing the World Trade
Organization from paralysis and giving new Prime Minister Narendra
Modi a victory without major concessions.
2014 Nov 13, In Italy a Milan
appeals court reduced the sentences of three former aides to Silvio
Berlusconi for their roles in procuring prostitutes for the
ex-premier's infamous "bunga bunga" parties.
2014 Nov 13, Liberia's Pres.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said she is lifting a state of emergency
imposed to control an Ebola outbreak that has ravaged the country
but added that the move does not mean the outbreak is over.
2014 Nov 13, Researchers said a
dinosaur tooth found in Malaysia is at least 140 million years old
and belongs to a new species within the "bird-hipped" Ornithischian
2014 Nov 13, Amnesty
International urged Mauritania to end "harassment, intimidation and
repression" of anti-slavery activists, following a number of
2014 Nov 13, Morocco's interior
ministry said police have arrested four French nationals in the city
of Marrakesh and Western Sahara’s Laayoune, who it said were linked
to terrorist groups.
2014 Nov 13, Speaking in
Myanmar China's PM Li Keqiang proposed a friendship treaty with
Southeast Asian countries (ASEAN) and offered $20 billion in loans
but held firm on the line that Beijing will only settle South China
Sea disputes directly with other claimants.
2014 Nov 13, In Nigeria 3
servicemen were killed in a military helicopter crash in the restive
northeast. The aircraft involved was a ground attack helicopter on
an armed patrol in Adamawa state. Islamic extremists seized Chibok,
forcing thousands of residents to flee from the northeast town from
which the insurgents kidnapped nearly 300 schoolgirls in April.
(AFP, 11/14/14)(AP, 11/14/14)
2014 Nov 13, In Portugal police
detained 11 people, including the head of the border agency. Police
suspected that some properties bought to obtain a golden visa may
have gone for less than the required €500,000 minimum. On Nov 16
interior minister Miguel Macedo resigned.
(Econ, 11/22/14, p.48)
2014 Nov 13, In Syria a US
strike targeted the Khorasan group near the town of Harem, Idlib
province. The US says the group is a special cell within al-Qaida's
Syrian branch — known as the Nusra Front.
2014 Nov 13, A website
affiliated with the Islamic State group said IS leader Abu Bakr
al-Baghdadi has ordered the terror organization to start minting
gold, silver and copper coins for its own currency, the Islamic
2014 Nov 13, Turkey said it
will issue work permits for some of the 1.5 million Syrian war
refugees it is hosting, dismissing fears it would harm local
2014 Nov 13, Ukraine's
representative to the OSCE security and rights body told an Austrian
newspaper it was now hardly possible to speak of a ceasefire, citing
2,400 alleged breaches of the truce by rebels. He said 4 Ukrainian
servicemen had been killed in the past 24 hours.
2014 Nov 13, Yemeni Houthis
endorsed a new government in Sanaa to replace the one they had
forced to step down. They had complained for years of discrimination
against their northern homeland. Heavy Huthi shelling of a northern
district of the central town of Rada killed 5 women late today and
displaced thousands. 30 Huthis were also killed in the fighting
(AP, 11/14/14)(AP, 11/14/14)
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