Today in History - November 14
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565 Nov 14,
Justinian I, [Petrus Sabbatius], Byzantine emperor (527-565), died
at age 83.
976 Nov 14, T'ai tsu, emperor
of China and founder of Sung-dynasty, died.
1180 Nov 14, Laurcan O'Toole
(b.1128), Archbishop of Dublin (1161-1180), died in France. His name
was later anglicized to Laurence O'Toole. He was canonized only
forty-five years after his death.
1263 Nov 14, Alexander Nevski
(43), Russian ruler (1252-63), died.
1380 Nov 14, King Charles VI of
France was crowned at age 12.
1501 Nov 14, Arthur Tudor
married Katherine of Aragon. [see Oct 15]
1524 Nov 14, Pizarro began his
1st great expedition, near Colombia.
1625 Nov 14, Giulio C.
Procaccini, Italian sculptor and painter, died.
1650 Nov 14, William III, King
of England (1689-1702), was born. [see Nov 4]
1666 Nov 14, Samuel Pepys
reported the on 1st blood transfusion, which was between dogs.
(HFA, '96, p.42)(MC, 11/14/01)
1716 Nov 14, Gottfried W.
Leibniz (Leibnitz b.1646), German philosopher and theologian, died.
In 2005 Matthew Stewart authored “The Courtier and the Heretic:
Leibniz, Spinoza, and the Fate of God in the Modern World.
1719 Nov 14, Johann Georg
Leopold Mozart, composer, was born.
1732 Nov 14, 1st US
professional librarian, Louis Timothee, was hired in Phila.
1765 Nov 14, Robert Fulton,
inventor, was born. His steamboat, the Clermont, made its 1st voyage
on Aug 17, 1807.
(HN, 11/14/98)(WSJ, 7/27/04, p.D10)
1774 Nov 14, Gaspare Luigi
Pacifico Spontini, composer, was born.
1778 Nov 14, Johann Nepomuk
Hummel, composer, was born.
1805 Nov 14, Fanny Cecilia
Mendelssohn Hensel (d.1847), composer, was born in Hamburg, Germany.
1805 Nov 14, Napoleon took
control of Vienna, Austria.
1812 Nov 14, As Napoleon
Bonaparte's army retreated form Moscow, temperatures dropped to 20
degrees below zero. Michel Ney defended the Napoleon‘s rear during
the retreat from Moscow and was called by Napoleon "The bravest of
the brave." He rejoined Napoleon during the Hundred Days and the
Waterloo campaign. After Napoleon‘s defeat, he was found guilty of
treason and shot. It was later suggested that many soldiers died
because their tin coat buttons deteriorated in the extreme cold.
(HN, 11/14/99)(HNQ, 9/21/00)(SSFC, 6/8/03, p.M2)
1831 Nov 14, Ignaz Joseph
Pleyel (74), Austrian composer and piano builder, died.
1832 Nov 14, Charles Carroll
(95), large landowner and signer Declaration of Independence, died.
1832 Nov 14, The first
streetcar, a horse-drawn vehicle called the John Mason, went into
operation in New York City on 4th Avenue between Prince & 14th
(AP, 11/14/97)(MC, 11/14/01)
1833 Nov 14, Charles Darwin
departed by horse to Montevideo.
1834 Nov 14, William Thomson
entered Glasgow Univ. at 10 yrs 4 months.
1840 Nov 14, Claude Monet
(d.1926), French Impressionist painter, was born. He is best known
for his late work done at Giverney, northwest of Paris after 1890.
He came up with the idea of series pictures, which feature a single
subject shown again and again under varying conditions of light and
weather. He studied in Paris with Charles Gleyre, a Swiss academic
painter, and there met Frederic Bazille, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and
Alfred Sisley. Together they developed open-air painting which came
to be known as Impressionism.
(WSJ, 7/25/95, p.A-10)(HN, 11/14/98)
1842 Nov 14, Walter Williams
(d.1959), claimed to be last survivor of Civil War, was born.
1851 Nov 14, Herman Melville’s
novel "Moby Dick" was published in the US. The 1st publication was
in London on October 18.
1863 Nov 14, Leo H.A. Baekeland
(d.1944), Belgian-US chemist (bakelite), was born.
1863 Nov 14, Gen Nathan Bedford
Forrest was assigned to command of West Tennessee.
1863 Nov 14, There was a
skirmish at Danville, Mississippi.
1881 Nov 14, Charles J. Guiteau
went on trial for assassinating President Garfield. Guiteau was
convicted and hanged the following year.
1882 Nov 14, Billy Clairborne,
a survivor of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral, lost his life in a
shoot-out with Buckskin Frank Leslie.
1887 Nov 14, Bernhard
Paumgartner, musicologist, conductor, composer, was born in Austria.
1889 Nov 14, Jawaharlal Nehru
(d.1964), Indian nationalist leader (1947-1964), was born. "A man
who is afraid will do anything."
(AP, 9/27/97)(HN, 11/14/00)(MC, 11/14/01)
1889 Nov 14, Nellie Bly, the
pen name of journalist Elizabeth Cochran, sailed from New York to
begin her record-breaking 24,899-mile trip around the world--a
journey that would end on January 25, 1890. Cochran had become a
reporter for the Pittsburgh Dispatch at age 18 and adopted the pen
name "Nellie Bly" from a popular song by Stephen Foster. Her
six-month series of stories from Mexico attracted the attention of
Joseph Pulitzer and, in 1887, she went to work for Pulitzer's New
York World. Feigning insanity, Nellie once had herself committed to
the Blackwell's Island mental hospital and then wrote an expose that
brought about needed reforms. The around-the-world trip originated
in an attempt to beat the Jules Verne's fictional hero Phineas
Fogg's 80-day journey. Millions of people followed the adventures of
the plucky reporter through stories posted back to the World at
every stop. Tremendous celebrations greeted Nellie when she arrived
in New York. Her trip lasted 72 days, six hours and eleven
minutes--a record that would stand until the Graf Zeppelin circled
the globe in 20 days, four hours and fourteen minutes in 1929.
(AP, 11/14/97)(HNPD, 11/14/98)
Nov 14, Mamie G. Doud Eisenhower (d.1969), 1st lady (1953-61) of
Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969), was born in Boone, Iowa.
1900 Nov 14, Aaron Copeland
(d.1990), American composer, was born in New York City. His works
include "Billy the Kidd," "Appalachian Spring" and "Fanfare for the
(DrEE, 9/28/96, p.1)(HN, 11/14/99)
1905 Nov 14, David Belasco's
"Girl of Golden West," premiered in NYC.
1906 Nov 14, Louise Brooks,
silent film star, was born. She became a symbol of the 1920s
1907 Nov 14, Astrid Lindgren
(d.2002), children's writer, was born near Vimmerby, Sweden. Her
books included “Pippi Longstocking.”
(SFC, 1/29/02, p.A17)(AP, 11/14/07)
1907 Nov 14, William Steig,
children author ("Shrek"), was born in New York.
1908 Nov 14, Joseph McCarthy
was born. He became an anti-Communist Senator from Wisconsin who
gave the name “McCarthyism” to his communist witch-hunts. In 1999
William F. Buckley Jr. published "The Redhunter," a historical novel
about Joe McCarthy.
(HN, 11/14/98)(WSJ, 7/22/99, p.A24)
1908 Nov 14, Harrison
Sallisbury, journalist for The New York Times, was born.
1908 Nov 14, Oscar Strauss'
musical "The Chocolate Soldier," premiered in Vienna.
1908 Nov 14, Albert Einstein
presented his quantum theory of light.
1909 Nov 14, In San Francisco
Yee Yup was shot down by Gee Gong, a former employee in the laundry
of the dead man. The On Yicks have now killed 4 members of the Yee
family, while the Yee family have but one death to their credit. It
was feared that the murder would escalate family rivalries in
(SSFC, 11/15/09, DB p.46)
1910 Nov 14, Lieutenant Eugene
Ely, U.S. Navy, was the first to take off in an airplane from the
deck of a ship. He flew from the Birmingham at Hampton Roads to
Norfolk. It was a Curtiss plane flown by Eugene Ely, a company
exhibition pilot, that made the first successful takeoff from a Navy
1912 Nov 14, Barbara Hutton,
heiress (Woolworth), was born.
1915 Nov 14, Booker T.
Washington (b.1856), Black American educator, died in Tuskegee,
Alabama. The former slave later founded the Tuskegee Institute
(1881). Booker Taliaferro Washington later became the 1st black on a
US postage stamp. His autobiography "Up From Slavery" was listed in
1999 as the 3rd best work of non-fiction in the English language in
the 20th century by the Modern Library. In 2009 Robert J. Norrell
authored “Up From History: The Life of Booker T. Washington.”
(AP, 5/5/97)(HN, 4/5/99)(SFC, 4/29/99, p.C5)(WSJ,
1918 Nov 14, Republic of
Czechoslovakia was created with T.G. Masaryk as president. [see Aug
1919 Nov 14, Red Army captured
1921 Nov 14, The Cherokee
Indians asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review their claim to 1
million acres of land in Texas.
1922 Nov 14, Boutros Boutros
Ghali, Egyptian secretary-general of UN (1992-), was.
1922 Nov 14, The British
Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, began the first daily radio
broadcasts from Marconi House. The company was formed with a
commercial mission to sell radio sets. General manager John Reith
(33), Scottish engineer, envisaged an independent British
broadcaster able to educate, inform and entertain the whole nation,
free from political interference and commercial pressure.
1924 Nov 14, Leonid B. Kogan,
violinist (Lenin Prize-1952), was born in Dnepropetrovsk, Russia.
1928 Nov 14, Leonie Rysanek,
dramatic soprano (Vienna Munich State Opera, Met Opera), was born.
1930 Nov 14, Edward H White II,
San Antonio Texas, Lt Col USAF, astronaut (Gemini 4), was born.
1930 Nov 14, Right-wing
militarists attempted to assassinate Japanese Premier Hamagushi.
1934 Nov 14, In San Francisco a
fire started when water backed up into the AJ Clark Trucking Co.
warehouse and penetrated hundreds of sacks of unslaked lime. 21
firemen suffered burn injuries.
(SSFC, 11/15/09, DB p.46)
1935 Nov 14, The United Kingdom
general election resulted in a large, albeit reduced, majority for
the National Government led by Stanley Baldwin of the Conservative
Party. Ballwin regained the premiership for a 3rd time. The
Labour Party made large gains over their very poor showing at the
1931 general election, and registered their highest ever share of
the vote up until this point winning 154 seats.
1935 Nov 14, Nazis stripped
German Jews of their citizenship. [see Sep 15]
1935 Nov 14, King Hussein ibn
Talal I of Jordan was born in Amman to Prince Talal bin Abdullah and
princess Zein al-Sharaf bint Jamil of the Hashemite dynasty.
(SFEC, 11/15/98, p.A19)(SFEC, 2/7/99, p.A22)(AP,
1935 Nov 14, Manuel Luis Quezon
was sworn in as the first Filipino president, as the Commonwealth of
Philippines was inaugurated. Pres. Roosevelt proclaimed the
Philippine Islands a free commonwealth.
(HN, 11/14/98)(AP, 11/14/97)
1939 Nov 14, Wendy (Walter)
Carlos, composer (Switched on Bach), was born in Pawtucket, RI.
1940 Nov 14, Coventry, England,
was devastated by German bombers in the worst air raid of World War
II, killing 1,000.
(AP, 11/14/97)(HN, 11/14/98)
1942 Nov 14, American planes
sank Japan's battleship Hiei (Heiei) following the Battle of
Guadalcanal. 188 of her crew were lost.
1942 Nov 14, Last Vichy French
troops in Algeria surrendered.
1943 Nov 14, Leonard Bernstein,
the 25-year-old assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic,
made his debut with the orchestra as he filled in for the ailing
Bruno Walter during a nationally broadcast concert.
1943 Nov 14, An American
torpedo was mistakenly fired at the U.S. battleship Iowa, which was
carrying President Roosevelt and his joint chiefs to the Tehran
conference; the torpedo exploded harmlessly in the Iowa's wake.
1944 Nov 14, Tommy Dorsey and
Orchestra recorded "Opus No. 1" for RCA Victor.
1945 Nov 14, H. Lindsay &
R. Crouse "State of the Union," premiered in NYC.
1946 Nov 14, Manuel de Falla
(69), Spanish composer (Vita Breve, Atl ntida), died.
1948 Nov 14, Charles, Prince of
Wales and heir to the throne of England, was born.
1951 Nov 14, United States and
Yugoslavia signed a military aid pact.
1951 Nov 14, French
paratroopers captured Hoa Binh, Vietnam.
1954 Nov 14, Egyptian Pres.
Naguib was fired and a state of emergency declared. Lt. Col. Gamal
Abdel Nasser (1918-1970), chairman of the RCC, took command.
1955 Nov 14, Robert E. Sherwood
(59), dramatist (Abe Lincoln in Illinois), died.
1956 Nov 14, The Hungarian
revolt was put down.
1960 Nov 14, President Dwight
Eisenhower ordered U.S. naval units into the Caribbean after
Guatemala and Nicaragua charged Castro with starting uprisings.
1960 Nov 14, New Orleans
integrated two all white schools. Ruby Bridges, a 6-year-old black
girl, entered a previously all-white school flanked by 4 federal
marshals before a phalanx of angry racists. A 1998 Disney movie
“Ruby Bridges” portrayed the event, which was captured by Norman
Rockwell in his painting: “The Problem We all Live With.”
(WSJ, 1/8/98, p.A7)(HN, 11/14/98)
1960 Nov 14, 2 passenger trains
collided at high-speed killing 110 in Czech.
1960 Nov 14, OPEC (Organization
of Petroleum Exporting Countries), formed.
1961 Nov 14, President Kennedy
increased the number of American advisors in Vietnam from 1,000 to
1962 Nov 14, Laura San Giacoma,
actress (Pretty Woman, Vital Signs), was born in Danville, NJ.
1963 Nov 14, Greece freed
hundreds who were jailed in the Communist uprising of 1944- 1950.
1963 Nov 14, Iceland got a new
island when a volcano pushed its way up out of the sea five miles
off the southern coast.
1964 Nov 14, "Oliver!" closed
at Imperial Theater NYC after 774 performances.
1964 Nov 14, The U.S. First
Cavalry Division battled with the North Vietnamese Army in the Ia
Drang Valley, the first ground combat for American troops.
1965 Nov 14, US government sent
90,000 soldiers to Vietnam.
1965 Nov 14, Bruce Crandall
(32) flew through a gantlet of enemy fire, taking ammunition in and
wounded Americans out of the Battle at Ia Drang Valley, one of the
fiercest battles of the Vietnam War. Crandall's actions were
depicted in the Hollywood movie "We Were Soldiers," adapted from the
book "We Were Soldiers Once ... And Young." In 2007 he was awarded a
Medal of Honor.
1967 Nov 14, Barney Kilgore
(b.1908), WSJ columnist and Chairman of Dow Jones & Co., died.
He is credited as the visionary who made The Wall Street Journal
into a national newspaper. In 2009 Richard J. Tofel authored
“Restless Genius: Barney Kilgore, The Wall Street Journal, and the
Invention of Modern Journalism.”
1968 Nov 14, In the US
"National Turn in Your Draft Card Day" featured draft card burning
as the Vietnam death toll approached 30,000 and US troop strength in
Vietnam reached its peak of 550,000.
1968 Nov 14, In Connecticut
Yale University announced its plan to go co-ed.
1969 Nov 14, The United States
launched Apollo 12 for the moon from Cape Kennedy.
(AP, 11/14/97)(HN, 11/14/98)
1970 Nov 14, The Marshall
Univ. football team of Huntington, West Virginia, was wiped out in
air crash of a Southern Airways DC-9 at Kenova, WV. All 75 people on
board were killed.
1971 Nov 14, In Egypt Shenouda
III (b.1923) became the Coptic Orthodox Pope and the 116th successor
to Saint Mark the Evangelist.
1972 Nov 14, The Dow Jones
Industrial Average closed above 1,000 for the first time, ending the
day at 1,003.16.
(HFA, '96, p.18)(AP, 11/14/97)
1973 Nov 14, Britain's Princess
Anne married Capt. Mark Phillips in Westminster Abbey. However, they
divorced in 1992, and Anne re-married.
1977 Nov 14, Swami Srila
Prabhupada, the founder of the Hare Krishna Hindu sect, died. He
passed succession to 11 separate disciples.
1981 Nov 14, In Egypt the
weight of Lake Nasser unexpectedly triggered earthquakes, such as
the 5.2 magnitude quake on Nov 14, 1981.
(NG, May 1985, p.603)(http://tinyurl.com/349x3j)
1984 Nov 14, The Space Shuttle
Discovery crew rescued a second satellite.
1986 Nov 14, The White House
acknowledged CIA role in secretly shipping weapons to Iran.
1986 Nov 14, The Securities and
Exchange Commission imposed a record $100 million penalty against
inside-trader Ivan F. Boesky and barred him from working again in
the securities industry.
1987 Nov 14, A bomb hidden in a
box of chocolates exploded in the lobby of Beirut's American
University Hospital, killing seven people, including the woman who
was carrying it.
Nov 14, Pieter Menten (b.1899), Dutch war criminal, died at an old
people's home in Loosbroek, southern Netherlands.
1987 Nov 14, Ali Saibou
(1940-2011) began serving as the 3rd president of Niger succeeding
the deceased Seyni Kountche. He continued to 1993 and brought
multi-party politics to the west African country.
1988 Nov 14, The TV series
“Murphy Brown” featured Candice Bergen working as an investigative
journalist and producer of a TV news magazine. The show continued to
(LSA, Spring, 2009,
1988 Nov 14, Israeli President
Chaim Herzog formally asked Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir to form a
1989 Nov 14, The U.S. Navy,
alarmed over a recent string of serious accidents, ordered an
unprecedented 48-hour stand-down.
1990 Nov 14, President Bush
told congressional leaders he had no immediate plans to go to war in
the Persian Gulf.
1990 Nov 14, Simon and Schuster
announced it had dropped plans to publish the controversial Bret
Easton Ellis novel “American Psycho.”
1990 Nov 14, British journalist
commentator Malcolm Muggeridge (b.1903) died in Sussex, England.
Richard Ingrams authored: "Muggeridge: The Biography" (1996).
(WSJ, 4/17/96, p.A-18) (AP,
1991 Nov 14, U.S. and British
authorities announced indictments against two Libyan intelligence
officials in connection with the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.
1991 Nov 14, Tony Richardson
(63), British director (Tom Jones), died of AIDS.
1991 Nov 14, Cambodian Prince
Norodom Sihanouk returned to his homeland after 13 years of exile.
1992 Nov 14, As preparations
for the presidential transition continued, President-elect Clinton
told reporters in Little Rock, Ark., that a compromise on a
line-item veto proposed by House Speaker Thomas Foley could prove
1993 Nov 14, Don Shula became
the winningest coach in NFL history.
1993 Nov 14, Residents of
Puerto Rico voted in a plebiscite to maintain the island's existing
U.S. commonwealth status, derailing the efforts of those favoring
1994 Nov 14, President Clinton,
in Indonesia, met one-on-one with the leaders of China, Japan and
South Korea, winning pledges to keep the pressure on North Korea to
freeze its nuclear weapons program.
1994 Nov 14, U.S. experts
visited North Korea's main nuclear complex for the first time under
an accord aimed at opening such sites to outside inspections.
1994 Nov 14, The 1st trains for
public ran in Channel Tunnel under the English Channel.
1994 Nov 14, In the Czech
Republic the TV station Nova began its first commercial broadcast in
Eastern Europe with the film “Sophie’s Choice.”
(WSJ, 4/30/97, p.A1)
1994 Nov 14, Heavy rains and
flooding from Tropical Storm Gordon swept across Haiti, killing
several hundred people.
1995 Nov 14, US Representative
Enid Greene Waldholtz (Republican, Utah) filed for divorce from her
husband, Joe, who was under federal investigation for possible
campaign financing improprieties. Joe Waldholtz spent 22 months in
1995 Nov 14, Jack Finney (84),
author (Body Snatchers, Time and Again), died of pneumonia.
1995 Nov 14, In Liberia
extra-judicial killings left 7 soldiers dead. In 2012 a US
immigration judge ordered George Boley (62), the former leader of
the Liberian Peace Council, out of the country in upstate New York
citing "credible reports" that Boley authorized the executions of
seven of his soldiers on this day.
1995 Nov 14-1995 Nov 20, The US
government instituted a partial shutdown, closing national parks and
museums while government offices operated with skeleton crews.
(SFC, 9/12/98, p.A12)(AP,
1996 Nov 14, The first General
Motors electric automobile, the EV1, was produced in Lansing, Mich.
Its range was estimated at 70-90 miles before recharge.
(WSJ, 11/15/96, p.A12)
1996 Nov 14, Cardinal Joseph
Bernardin, the senior Roman Catholic prelate in the United States
and leader of Chicago's 2.3 million Catholics, died at his home at
age 68, surrounded by family and friends.
(SFC, 11/15/96, p.C7)(AP, 11/14/97)
1996 Nov 14, In Algeria
militants slit the throats of 18 more people. 11 in Ain-Dema and 7
in Douar Zemala.
(SFC, 11/15/96, p.A18)
1996 Nov 14, In Guatemala
villagers in Momostenango broke into the town jail where 4 men were
jailed on charges of assault and robbery of bus passengers. They
were beat, doused with gasoline and burned to death. It was later
learned that the victims were 2 artists, a dentist, and a minister
from a neighboring state hunting rabbits.
(SFEC, 12/1/96, p.T9)(SFC, 12/3/96, p.E1)
1996 Nov 14, In Mexico PRI
deputies approved the rewritten “all-party accords” that had been
initially designed to stem their power.
(SFC, 11/16/96, p.A11)
1996 Nov 14, Armed men
surrounded the Mugunga refugee camp in eastern Zaire and began
shooting indiscriminately at its inhabitants as they huddled for
safety or tried to flee. Hundreds of men, women and children died
over a three-day period, according to eyewitnesses and forensic
evidence later gathered from mass graves.
1997 Nov 14, Pres. Clinton
signed a bill containing $250 million to buy 7,500 acres in the
headwaters forest of northern California. The agreement with Charles
Hurwitz was revised in 1998 and protection was tentatively
established for 12 of 13 stands of redwoods and Pacific Lumber was
to be allowed to log one grove.
(SFC, 11/15/97, p.A3)(SFC, 2/28/98, p.A1)
1997 Nov 14, A US federal court
ruled that spent reactor fuel must be accepted by the Energy Dept.
beginning no later than Jan 31, even though no disposal site yet
exists. Financial penalties could result.
(WSJ, 11/17/97, p.A1)
1997 Nov 14, A jury in Fairfax,
Va., decided that Pakistani national Mir Aimal Kasi should get the
death penalty for gunning down two CIA employees outside agency
headquarters. Kasi was sentenced to death in January 1998. He was
executed Nov 14, 2002.
1997 Nov 14, Sara Lister,
assistant secretary of the Army for manpower and reserve affairs,
resigned in the wake of political pressure after she called Marines
"extremists" and mocked their uniforms as "checkerboard fancy."
1997 Nov 14, In Cameroon Pres.
Paul Biya launched a campaign to fight millions of locusts in the
northern part of the country where crops were already decimated by
drought, animal and birds.
(SFC, 11/15/97, p.A20)
1997 Nov 14, The Hong Kong
stock market was down 30% over the last month.
(SFEC, 11/16/97, p.A24)
1997 Nov 14, In Russia Pres.
Yeltsin fired deputy chief of staff Alexander Kozakov due to a
$90,000 advance payment for a book on the history of state owned
property sales. Kozakov presided over relations between the Kremlin
and local governments. He was expected to keep his position as
chairman of the board of Gazprom. The following day he fired 2 more
ministers, privatization chief Maxim Boiko and Federal Bankruptcy
Commission chief Pyotr Mostovoi.
(SFC, 11/15/97, p.A12)(SFEC, 11/16/97, p.A22)
1997 Nov 14, In Zimbabwe the
dollar, stock market and economy all crashed over concerns about
payoffs to former guerrillas and the consequences of seizing 1,480
mostly white-owned farms. Zimbabwe’s currency plunged a record 72%,
an episode later regarded as the precursor of its subsequent
(SFC, 1/26/98, p.A12)(AFP, 11/10/07)
1998 Nov 14, The US tobacco
industry agreed to a $260 billion settlement of state’s claims for
public health costs due to smoking. In 2002 W. Kip Viscusi authored
“Smoke-Filled Rooms and Martha Derthick authored “Up In Smoke,” an
examination of the Master Settlement Agreement (MSA), negotiated
among the tobacco companies, tort lawyers and state attorneys
(SFEC, 11/15/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 6/6/02, p.D7)
1998 Nov 14, In Oceanside, Ca.,
Matthew Cecchi (9) was killed in a restroom by a knife slash to the
neck. Brandon Wilson (20), a drifter from Wisconsin, was picked up
within days and admitted to the murder. A jury in 1999 recommended
that Wilson be executed. Wilson was sentenced to death Nov 4. On Nov
17, 2011, Wilson was found hanging in his death row cell at San
(SFC, 11/19/98, p.C6)(SFC, 10/7/99, p.A3)(SFC,
11/5/99, p.A6)(Reuters, 11/17/11)
1998 Nov 14, In Argentina
negotiators from 150 countries agreed to set a 2 year deadline for
adopting operational rules of the Kyoto Protocol for cutting
emissions of industrial waste gases that were believed to cause
(SFEC, 11/15/98, p.A21)
1998 Nov 14, In Jakarta
residents of poor neighborhoods attacked shopping malls, banks, car
dealerships and Chinese-owned shops. Troops took action to quell the
rioting and one police officer was reported killed.
(SFEC, 11/15/98, p.A23)
1998 Nov 14, Iraq backed down
and agreed to submit to UN weapons inspections as US forces were
poised for attack.
(SFEC, 11/15/98, p.A1)(AP, 11/14/99)
1998 Nov 14, In Malaysia
thousands gathered to criticize Prime Minister Mahathir as world
leaders gathered for the 6th APEC forum.
(SFEC, 11/15/98, p.A17)
1999 Nov 14, Democrat Bill
Bradley took center court at New York’s Madison Square Garden for a
$1.5 million presidential campaign fund-raiser that featured his old
Knick teammates and former basketball rivals.
1999 Nov 14, Pres. Clinton flew
to Turkey for talks on Cyprus.
(SFC, 11/15/99, p.A14)
1999 Nov 14, UN sanctions
against Afghanistan went into effect following the Taliban refusal
to turn over Osama bin Laden. Int'l. flights were banned and
overseas assets were frozen.
(SFEC, 11/14/99, p.A14)
1999 Nov 14, In Columbia the
3rd bomb blast in a week injured a worker at El Tiempo newspaper in
(SFC, 11/16/99, p.E4)
1999 Nov 14, In Macedonia Boris
Trajkovsky (43) of the right centrist VMRO DPMNE party was the
winner in a runoff election with 53% of the vote. Some 35,000 people
later protested the results.
(SFC, 11/19/99, p.D2)
1999 Nov 14, Pakistan was
suspended from the Commonwealth of former British-ruled nations over
the military regime's refusal to set a timeline for elections.
(WSJ, 11/15/99, p.A1)
1999 Nov 14, In the Philippines
Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebels clashed with soldiers on
Mindanao and 2 people were killed in Tibao.
(SFC, 11/15/99, p.A19)
1999 cNov 14, In Sri Lanka a
bomb injured 34 people at an opposition rally for Ranil
(WSJ, 11/15/99, p.A1)
1999 Nov 14, In Ukraine Pres.
Kuchma won a 2nd term by a 56% margin over Petro Symonenko with 97%
of the ballots counted.
(SFC, 11/15/99, p.A17)
2000 Nov 14, Florida Secretary
of State Katherine Harris certified George W. Bush's fragile
300-vote lead over Al Gore, hours after a judge refused to lift a 5
p.m. deadline; however, the judge gave Harris the authority to
accept or reject follow-up manual recount totals.
(SFC, 11/15/00, p.A1)(AP, 11/14/01)
2000 Nov 14, MP3.com agreed to
pay $53.4 million in damages to Universal Music Group.
(SFC, 11/15/00, p.A1)
2000 Nov 14, Pioneering CBS
Radio newsman Robert Trout died in New York at age 91.
2000 Nov 14, In Indonesia some
50,000 rallied for independence in Aceh.
(SFC, 11/15/00, p.B2)
2000 Nov 14, In Iraq a bomb
killed 6 people in Irbil.
(SFC, 11/17/00, p.D6)
2000 Nov 14, Israeli troops
shot dead 3 Palestinian teenagers (13-19) and a man was killed after
settlers threw rocks at his car.
(SFC, 11/15/00, p.A12)
2000 Nov 14, In the Philippines
some 20,000 marched in Manila for the ouster of Pres. Estrada.
(SFC, 11/15/00, p.A12)
2001 Nov 14, Jonathan Franzan
won the national Book Award in fiction for "The Corrections." Andrew
Solomon, gay psychiatrist, won the non-fiction award for "The
Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression."
(SFC, 11/15/01, p.A2)(Econ, 12/22/12, p.132)
2001 Nov 14, Pres. Bush
nominated Sean O’Keefe, deputy director of the Office of Management
and Budget, to head NASA.
(SFC, 11/15/01, p.A20)
2001 Nov 14, Pres. Bush
welcomed Pres. Putin to his Prairie Chapel Ranch. They continued
their talks a day after the two leaders agreed at the White House to
reduce their countries' nuclear stockpiles.
(SFC, 11/15/01, p.A20)(AP, 11/14/02)
2001 Nov 14, Attorney Gen.
Ashcroft unveiled an overhaul of the INS. Law enforcement and
service operations would be split.
(SFC, 11/15/01, p.A13)
2001 Nov 14, The Microsoft
Xbox, a video game player, went on sale for $299.
(SFC, 11/14/01, p.D1)
2001 Nov 14, The rout of the
Taliban in Afghanistan accelerated with the Islamic militia losing
control of Jalalabad in the east, once-loyal Pashtun tribesmen
joining in the revolt in the south, and many of their fighters
fleeing into the mountains to evade U.S. airstrikes.
2001 Nov 14, The Northern
Alliance pushed toward Kunduz and Kandahar. 8 Western relief workers
were rescued including 2 Americans. Mohammed Atef, a top al Qaeda
military strategist, was believed killed by a bomb near Kabul. US
air strikes at Gardez killed 23 civilians.
(SFC, 11/15/01, p.A1)(SFC, 11/17/01, p.A3)(SSFC,
2001 Nov 14, The UN Security
Council approved a resolution to fill the political vacuum in
Afghanistan and to provide security in areas freed by anti-Taliban
(SFC, 11/15/01, p.A5)
2001 Nov 14, Britain pledged
5,000 more troops to Afghanistan in addition to 4,500 already in the
(SFC, 11/15/01, p.A9)
2001 Nov 14, Palestinian police
arrested a top Islamic Jihad militant and sparked an anti-Arafat
protest in Jenin.
(WSJ, 11/15/01, p.A1)
2001 Nov 14, In Doha, Qatar,
142 nations agreed to launch a new round of world trade (WTO) talks
in negotiations that went 24 hours past the scheduled end. The
centerpiece of the round was freer trade in farm goods.
(WSJ, 11/15/01, p.A1)(Econ, 9/20/03, p.11)(Econ,
10/11/08, SR p.30)
2001 Nov 14, In Stavropol,
Russia, 5 men convicted of plotting bomb attacks, were sentenced
9-15 years in prison. All 5 were said to have attended terrorist
camps in Chechnya run by an associate of Osama bin Laden.
(WSJ, 11/15/01, p.A22)
2002 Nov 14, Nancy Pelosi
became the 1st woman to lead a party in the US Congress after
Democrats voted 177-29 in support of the liberal from SF. Robert
Menendez of New Jersey was elected as caucus chairman, the highest
post ever held by an Hispanic
(SFC, 11/15/02, p.A1)
2002 Nov 14, The New England
Journal of Medicine reported a study that found C-reactive protein
(CRP) to be a major trigger of heart attacks.
(SFC, 11/14/02, p.A1)
2002 Nov 14, Pakistani Aimal
Khan Kasi (Kansi) was put to death by injection at a prison in
Jarratt, Va., for the slayings of two CIA employees in 1993. [see
Nov 14, 1997]
(AP, 11/14/03)(Econ, 3/10/07, TQ p.29)
2002 Nov 14, Eddie Bracken
(87), actor-comedian died in Montclair, N.J.
2002 Nov 14, Argentina will not
fully meet an $809 million World Bank debt payment deadline,
resulting in a multilateral debt default that will likely cut off
one of its last avenues to aid.
2002 Nov 14, Australia added
four more Islamic groups to its list of banned "terrorist"
organizations and said that anyone linked to the groups and living
in Australia would be targeted by police and security forces.
2002 Nov 14, In Sydney,
Australia, some 1,000 protesters demonstrated against globalization
and a possible war with Iraq, and blocked downtown intersections in
defiance of a ban on mass street gatherings imposed for a two-day
mini-summit of the World Trade Organization.
2002 Nov 14, The British
government hardened its position against fire fighters who walked
off their jobs and left the country to rely on soldiers answering
alarms in antiquated military trucks. Three elderly people died in
house fires on the first night of the strike.
2002 Nov 14, Chinese Communist
Party chief Jiang Zemin ushered in a new generation of leaders under
Hu Jintao in the first orderly succession since the party took power
2002 Nov 14, Israeli troops
captured the alleged mastermind of a shooting attack on an Israeli
kibbutz in his West Bank hideout, and seized suspected weapons
makers in the deepest raid into Gaza City in two years.
2002 Nov 14, In Panevezys,
Lithuania, LNK TV sponsored a Miss Captivity Pageant with 8
finalists from the local women's prison. Kristina (21) won $1,150 in
the contest that was broadcast nationally the next day.
(SFC, 11/29/02, p.K10)
2002 Nov 14, In Nepal thousands
of Maoist rebels stormed two remote towns, fighting pitched battles
with security forces in which at least 118 people were killed.
2002 Nov 14, Diplomats from the
United States, European Union, South Korea and Japan decided to cut
off the shipments of oil to North Korea in response to its violation
of a 1994 nuclear agreement.
2002 Nov 14, In Singapore the
7th Asian Congress of Sexology opened.
2002 Nov 14, Pope John Paul II
made a historic speech to Italy's parliament, urging Italians to
work for world peace, uphold their Christian values and have more
2003 Nov 14, The Bush
administration announced that it intends to hand over sovereignty to
the Iraqis by June 30, 2004.
(SSFC, 4/11/04, p.A22)
2003 Nov 14, The White House
honored winners of the National Medal for the Humanities.
(SFC, 11/14/03, p.I10)
2003 Nov 14, John Kerry became
the second Democratic hopeful to opt out of public financing for his
presidential run, following the example of rival Howard Dean.
2003 Nov 14, In Pittsburgh,
Pa., a 3rd person died from an outbreak of hepatitis A that infected
nearly 600 people. They all had recently eaten at a Chi-Chi's
Mexican mall restaurant. Green onions were blamed for the outbreak.
(SFC, 11/15/03, p.A3)(AP, 11/16/03)(SFC,
2003 Nov 14, Paul Martin
completed his 13-year ascent to the top of Canadian politics,
claiming the leadership of the governing Liberal Party to guarantee
he will succeed Jean Chretien, who is retiring as prime minister.
2003 Nov 14, China and India
began 1st ever joint naval exercises.
(SFC, 11/13/03, p.A7)
2003 Nov 14, In Colombia some
800 members of the Cacique Nutibara block of the AUC paramilitary
said they would lay down their arms on Nov 25.
(SFC, 11/15/03, p.A3)
2003 Nov 14, In Greece gay
protesters smooched in public to demonstrate against Greek TV
regulators who fined a station $116,000 for broadcasting a scene of
two men kissing.
2003 Nov 14, In Haiti riot
police fired tear gas at thousands of rock-throwing protesters as a
demonstration against President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was
overpowered by throngs of supporters of the Haitian leader.
2003 Nov 14, Near Tikrit, Iraq,
an Apache helicopter attacked and killed 7 people believed to have
been preparing a rocket attack on a US base.
2003 Nov 14, In Israel 4 former
security chiefs warned that the country is headed for disaster
unless PM Ariel Sharon reverses course and moves to settle the
conflict with the Palestinians.
2003 Nov 14, In southern Russia
an explosion apparently caused by a remote-controlled bomb ripped
through a house, killing 4 Interior Ministry soldiers and wounding
at least 8.
2003 Nov 14, Maj. Gen. Paul
Rwarakabije, the leader of a rebel group that includes fighters who
participated in Rwanda's 1994 genocide surrendered to Rwandan
2004 Nov 14, Usher was honored
with four trophies at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles,
including favorite male soul-R&B artist, best pop-rock album,
best pop-rock artist and best soul-R&B album.
2004 Nov 14, It was reported
that since 2002 the dollar has lost about 20% against a broad basket
of currencies and over 40% against the euro.
(SSFC, 11/14/04, p.A1)
2004 Nov 14, Religious figures
and Cuban government officials in Havana laid down the first stone
of what will become the island's first-ever Russian Orthodox church.
2004 Nov 14, The US military
occupied Fallujah after six days of fighting. The military said 31
Americans have been killed in the siege. US Marines found the
mutilated body of what they believe was a Western woman during a
sweep of a street in central Fallujah.
2004 Nov 14, Israel's military
said it will stop allowing Palestinian security forces in the West
Bank to carry weapons in public within the next 24 hours.
2004 Nov 14, Gunmen in the Gaza
Strip fired weapons near Mahmoud Abbas (69) and left 2 security men
dead. Palestinian officials scheduled Jan. 9, 2005, for presidential
(AP, 11/14/04)(SFC, 11/15/04, p.A3)
2004 Nov 14, A powerful South
Korean labor union said hundreds of thousands of its members will
strike from next week against a bill that aims to curb union
militancy and allow companies to hire more temporary workers.
2005 Nov 14, President Bush
hurled new arguments against Iraq war critics as he headed for Asia,
accusing some Democrats of "sending mixed signals to our troops and
2005 Nov 14, Alex Rodriguez of
the New York Yankees won his second American League Most Valuable
Player award in three seasons.
2005 Nov 14, AOL and Warner
Bros. announced plans to create a broadband network called In2TV to
streamcast old TV shows beginning in early 2006. They planned 2
minutes of advertising for each half hour.
(SFC, 11/15/05, p.C2)
2005 Nov 14, Host Marriott
Corp. said it had agreed to pay about $4.04 billion to acquire a
portfolio of 38 luxury and upscale hotels from Starwood Hotels and
Resorts Worldwide Inc.
2005 Nov 14, In Afghanistan 2
separate suicide attackers rammed cars laden with explosives into
vehicles belonging to NATO-led peacekeepers in Kabul, killing at
least one German soldier, 7 Afghans and wounding 11 other people.
(AP, 11/14/05)(WSJ, 11/16/05, p.A1)
2005 Nov 14, President Ilham
Aliev fired a third regional governor for alleged interference in
Azerbaijan's parliamentary elections, reacting sternly to Western
charges of voting irregularities.
2005 Nov 14, In Bangladesh 2
senior assistant judges of lower courts were killed and four others,
including the bomber himself, were injured in a bomb attack in the
southern district of Jhalakati. In 2006 a court sentenced Siddiq ul
Islam (aka Bangla Bhai) and Abdur Rahman to death by hanging for the
(Econ, 6/3/06, p.40)
2005 Nov 14, Archbishop Geraldo
do Espirito Santo Avila (76), the head of the Brazilian Archdiocese
for the Military Services, died of cancer.
2005 Nov 14, The Economist
presented its annual awards to innovators in 7 categories. The
winners were: Bioscience: Herbert Boyer, co-founder of Genentech,
and Stanley Cohen, Stanford Prof. of Genetics; Computing and
communications: Sergey Brin and Larry Page , co-founders of Google;
Energy and the environment: Stanford Ovshinsky, president and chief
scientist for Energy conversion Devices; Social and economic
innovation: Victoria Hale, CEO of Institute for OneWorldHealth;
Business process innovation: Alpheus Bingham, chairman of
InnoCentive, an online forum for solution seekers; Consumer
products: the iPod team at Apple Corp.; No boundaries: Fujio
Masuoka, professor at Tohoku Univ. for the invention of flash
(Econ, 12/10/05, TQ p.15)
2005 Nov 14, Retired Gen.
Manuel Contreras (79), the head of Chile's secret police under Gen.
Augusto Pinochet, was sentenced to three years in prison for the
1976 killing of Julia Retamal, a teacher opposed to the dictator's
regime. Contreras was already serving a 12-year sentence for a
2005 Nov 14, China reported a
new case of bird flu in poultry in the country's east, its ninth
outbreak since Oct. 19.
2005 Nov 14, It was reported
that Liu Qibing, a trader handling Chinese strategic commodity
reserves, had shorted some 100k to 200k tons of copper. Copper
prices moved up in response.
(Econ, 11/19/05, p.81)
2005 Nov 14, Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger arrived in China on a six-day mission to promote
California products and encourage Chinese officials to crack down on
the piracy of copyrighted music, movies and software.
2005 Nov 14, Hundreds of
Colombian television actors and workers marched through the streets
to protest a proposed free trade deal with the US that they claim
could hurt the local TV industry.
2005 Nov 14, EU Council
decision Nr. 2005/815/EB officially gave Vilnius, Lithuania, and
Linz, Austria, status as a European Capital of Culture for the year
2005 Nov 14, The French
government approved a bill to extend a state of emergency for 3
months, giving itself more policing tools to stop the country's
worst civil unrest since the 1960s. Some 271 cars were burned
(AP, 11/14/05)(SFC, 11/14/05, p.A10)
2005 Nov 14, Angela Merkel's
Christian Democratic party overwhelmingly approved a coalition
agreement with the Social Democrats that will make her Germany's
first woman chancellor.
2005 Nov 14, It was reported
that India's top oil exploration firm, Oil & Natural Gas Corp.,
and the world's largest steel maker, the Netherlands-based Mittal
Group, planned to build an oil refinery in Nigeria. They offered to
invest another $6 billion in building a power plant and railroads
2005 Nov 14, Iraqi and US
troops, trying to stem the flow of insurgent fighters from Syria,
launched a dawn assault on a border town killing some 50 militants.
This continued Operation Steel curtain begun on Nov 5. Police in
Baghdad said a car bomb detonated near one of their patrols outside
a gate leading into the fortified Green Zone, killing two South
(AP, 11/14/05)(SFC, 11/15/05, p.A3)
2005 Nov 14, Six people were
killed and 30 wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near two coaches
in the western Iraqi city of Ramadi.
2005 Nov 14, A UN report said
the Iraqi army and multinational forces violated international law
during military operations in western Iraq last month by arresting
doctors and occupying medical facilities.
2005 Nov 14, Israeli troops
killed Amjad Hanawi (34), a senior Hamas militant, during an early
raid and arrest attempt in Nablus.
2005 Nov 14, In Kashmir a
gunbattle erupted in the main business district of Srinagar after
Muslim militants attacked a police compound, killing two civilians
and two soldiers and injuring six civilians.
2005 Nov 14, Mexico said it
will sever diplomatic ties with Venezuela if Pres. Chavez doesn't
apologize for warning Mexican leader Vicente Fox: "Don't mess with
me." Mexico and Venezuela called their ambassadors home in a sharp
dispute between presidents Hugo Chavez and Vicente Fox over the
latter's relations with Washington.
(AP, 11/14/05)(AP, 11/15/05)
2005 Nov 14, In northern
Nigeria 12 children were trampled to death as panicked pupils fled
what they thought was a fire in their school at Kaduna.
2005 Nov 14, Russia and
Uzbekistan signed a far-reaching treaty opening the way for a
Russian military deployment in the Central Asian nation that evicted
U.S. forces and bristled at Western criticism of the brutal
suppression of a May uprising.
2005 Nov 14, It was reported
that a consortium led by Saudi Arabia's Oger Telecom has signed a
deal to take a majority stake in state-owned telecommunications
company Turk Telekom, sealing Turkey's largest privatization worth
6.55 billion dollars. Oger Telecom, part of the Oger group owned by
the family of slain former Lebanese PM Rafiq Hariri, had won the
tender for the 55% stake in July, in partnership with Italian
operator Telecom Italia.
2005 Nov 14, Spanish court
officials said the National Court has received a prosecutor's report
on allegations that the CIA used an airport on the Spanish island of
Mallorca for a program of covert transfers of terror suspects. The
114-page report was submitted in July.
2005 Nov 14, Sri Lanka awarded
long-term resident and British science fiction writer Arthur C.
Clarke its highest civilian award for his contributions to science
and technology and his commitment to his adopted country.
2005 Nov 14, Mudslides killed
two fishermen and destroyed seven homes as heavy rains brought by a
tropical depression overflowed river banks and made roads impassable
in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
2005 Nov 14, In Tanzania
Calixte Kalimanzira, a man who served as Rwanda's interior minister
during the slaughter of more than half a million people in 1994,
pleaded not guilty to three counts of genocide and crimes against
2005 Nov 14, In Uganda
opposition leader Kizza Besigye was arrested and charged with
treason, which carries the death penalty, concealment of treason and
rape. His supporters rioted and clashed with security forces for two
days, leaving at least one man dead.
2005 Nov 14, Uzbekistan's
highest court convicted 15 men of organizing a May uprising that
ended when troops fired into the crowd, killing more than 180
people. They were sentenced to prison terms of up to 20 years.
2006 Nov 14, President Bush
left the White House on a state visit to Vietnam.
2006 Nov 14, US Sen. Harry
Reid, a moderate Nevada Democrat, was elected by colleagues as US
Senate majority leader for the 110th Congress that will convene in
2006 Nov 14, A new report by
the independent Combating Terrorism Center at West Point said the
scholarly work of a group of Saudi and Jordanian clerics exerted
more influence on the jihadist movement than al Qaida leaders.
(SFC, 11/15/06, p.A16)
2006 Nov 14, US Commerce
Secretary Carlos Gutierrez urged Beijing to toughen a crackdown on
pirated goods and other copyright infringements, saying failure to
do so could fuel an American backlash against trade with China.
2006 Nov 14, Brandon Webb of
the Arizona Diamondbacks won a wide-open race for the NL Cy Young
2006 Nov 14, The SF Board of
Education voted 4-2 to phase out the JROTC from schools over the
next two years because of the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell"
policy regarding gay service members. The SF Board of Supervisors
mandated foot patrols by city police, in a 9-2 vote overriding a
veto by Mayor Newsom. The board also voted to ban the use of plastic
foam to-go containers by city restaurants and to effectively
decriminalize the use, sale and cultivation of marijuana by adults.
(AP, 11/15/06)(SFC, 11/15/06, p.B1)
2006 Nov 14, Honda unveiled the
hydrogen powered Honda FCX in Monterey, Ca. Hondo planned to produce
fuel cell cars within 2 years.
(SFC, 11/15/06, p.A1)
2006 Nov 14, Intel launched its
first computer chips with four processing cores.
2006 Nov 14, In Brazil Ana
Carolina Reston (21), an anorexic model who weighed only 88 pounds,
died of generalized infection. Reston had worked in China, Turkey,
Mexico and Japan for several modeling agencies.
2006 Nov 14, China’s ambassador
to India set off a flap by reaffirming claim to India’s northeastern
Arunachal Pradesh state on the eve of President Hu Jintao’s visit to
(WSJ, 11/15/06, p.A1)(Econ, 11/18/06, p.43)
2006 Nov 14, Nearly complete
results give incumbent Joseph Kabila an insurmountable lead in
Congo's presidential runoff, but his opponent, Jean-Pierre Bemba,
2006 Nov 14, Eighteen Egyptians
were killed when a public bus and a truck collided on a highway
south of Cairo.
2006 Nov 14, Civil rights
groups filed a suit with German prosecutors seeking war crimes
charges against outgoing Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for
alleged abuse of detainees at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo prisons.
2006 Nov 14, Nuclear-armed
India and Pakistan resumed peace talks with alleged
Pakistan-sponsored terrorism high on the agenda as a car bomb
exploded in revolt-hit Indian Kashmir, injuring 16 people.
2006 Nov 14, Gunmen dressed as
police commandos kidnapped up to 150 staff and visitors in a
lightning raid on a Baghdad higher education office. Some 70 people
were released the following day, but the fate of dozens remains
unknown. The district police chief and 5 aides were soon arrested
for aiding the plot. Attacks, bombings and sectarian murders left at
least 117 Iraqis dead. In the day's worst violence, 21 people were
killed and 25 injured in a car bombing targeting traffic along a
highway toward the Shiite slum of Sadr City. At least 31 Iraqis were
killed in clashes in the western city of Ramadi, where US ground
troops and warplanes have conducted a series of operations over
recent days targeting Sunni insurgents. 4 US troops, a soldier and
three Marines, were killed in combat in Anbar Province. 2 US
soldiers died when their vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb in
northwest Baghdad. A US soldier was killed by small-arms fire during
an operation in Baghdad.
(AP, 11/15/06)(WSJ, 11/15/06, p.A1)(AP,
2006 Nov 14, The UN called
Lebanon's approval of an international tribunal for the suspected
killers of former PM Rafik Hariri "an important step" toward
fulfilling the requirements of a Security Council resolution.
2006 Nov 14, The ninth Chief of
Defense Forces' conference opened in Malaysia. It brought together
officials from 23 nations including the United States, France,
Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea.
2006 Nov 14, Second-grader Saul
Arellano, a US citizen, appeared in Mexico's 500-member Chamber of
Deputies to plead for help in lobbying Washington to stop the
deportation of his mother, an illegal immigrant who has taken refuge
in a Chicago church. His efforts paid off with a resolution calling
on the US Congress to suspend the deportation of Elvira Arellano
(31) and any other illegal immigrant parents of US citizens. US
officials said there is no right to sanctuary in a church under US
law, and nothing to prevent them from arresting Elvira Arellano, who
has lived at the church since Aug. 15, the day she was supposed to
surrender for deportation.
2006 Nov 14, The South African
parliament approved new legislation recognizing gay marriages, a
first for a continent where homosexuality is largely taboo.
2006 Nov 14, In Sri Lanka 3
soldiers were killed when Tamil Tiger rebels detonated a bomb in the
northern district of Vavuniya. Another soldier was killed in a
similar blast in the Jaffna peninsula.
2006 Nov 14, In Ukraine Bohdan
Datsko, director of a Christmas tree ornament factory, was shot to
death in the western city of Lviv in what authorities said was the
second attack on an executive there in less than a month.
2007 Nov 14, Michael Mukasey
took a ceremonial oath as the new US Attorney General.
2007 Nov 14, A US congressional
advisory panel said that Chinese espionage posed "the single
greatest risk" to US technology, and called for efforts to protect
industrial secrets and computer networks.
2007 Nov 14, A justice of the
peace ordered O.J. Simpson to stand trial on kidnapping and armed
robbery charges stemming from a confrontation with memorabilia
dealers in a Las Vegas casino hotel room. Simpson and a co-defendant
were convicted in October, 2008.
2007 Nov 14, A sculpture by
Jeff Koons of a stainless steel heart hanging from a golden bow sold
for $23.6 million, becoming the most expensive piece by a living
artist ever auctioned.
2007 Nov 14, Merril Lynch
picked John Thain, boss of NYSE Euronext, to replace Sam O’Neal, who
walked out following enormous writedowns on mortgage-linked
(Econ, 11/17/07, p.90)
2007 Nov 14, Chevron agreed to
pay $30 million to settle charges that it made illegal kickbacks to
Iraq for oil purchased in 2001 and 2002 under the UN oil-for-food
(SFC, 11/15/07, p.C1)
2007 Nov 14, A US-led team from
Oregon said they had created the world's first cloned embryo from a
monkey, in work that could spur cloning of human cells for use in
(AFP, 11/14/07)(WSJ, 11/15/07, p.A1)
2007 Nov 14, In Texas Joe Horn
(62) shot and killed two suspected burglars, with bags in hand,
crawling out of windows from his neighbor's home in the Houston
suburb of Pasadena. In 2008 a jury acquitted Horn of murder.
2007 Nov 14, In Afghanistan’s
Helmand province coalition forces killed several militants with
gunfire and airstrikes. Five rebel fighters were killed in a clash
in Uruzgan province.
(AP, 11/15/07)(AP, 11/16/07)
2007 Nov 14, AGRA, a foundation
set up in 2006 by former UN secretary general Kofi Annan to aid
African farmers, named agricultural expert Amos Namanga Ngongi from
Cameroon as its first president.
2007 Nov 14, Abdelhamid
Sadaoui, also known as Abou El Haythem, was killed and another
Islamist wounded during clashes with the Algerian army in the
restive northeastern Kabylia region. Sadaoui was believed to be the
treasurer of Al-Qaeda's North African branch.
2007 Nov 14, Labor party leader
Kevin Rudd, the man tipped to become Australia's next prime
minister, officially launched his pitch for office with pledges to
withdraw combat troops from Iraq and usher in an "education
2007 Nov 14, The final stage of
the cross-Channel high-speed rail service opened for business from
the newly rebuilt St. Pancras station in London.
(SFC, 11/28/07, p.E2)(www.raileurope.com)
2007 Nov 14, Burundi's
President Pierre Nkurunziza announced a new unity cabinet drawing
members from two leading opposition groups in a bid to end months of
political deadlock in the troubled African nation.
2007 Nov 14, In Chile a 7.7
magnitude quake, centered near the desert village of Quillagua in
the foothills of the Andes, killed at least 2 people.
2007 Nov 14, Guo Feixiong, a
Chinese dissident lawyer, was sentenced to five years in prison
after publishing a book about a political scandal and helping
villagers lead a campaign to unseat local officials accused of
corruption. Feixiong (also known as Yang Maodong), convicted of
alleged illegal business activity, was also fined US$5,300 in a
district court in Guangzhou.
2007 Nov 14, China’s state
media said the amount of sewage dumped into the Yangtze River rose 3
percent last year to a record level. An early morning blaze at a
foot massage parlor killed at least 11 people in northern China.
2007 Nov 14, The EU reached an
accord with the East African Community (EAC) states of Burundi,
Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. They will enjoy duty free, quota
free access to the EU for all products, except sugar and rice, from
January 1. Originally established in 1967, the EAC collapsed a
decade later amid diverging economic philosophies. It was
resurrected in 2000 as Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda agreed to create
an EU-style common market for their 90 million citizens. Rwanda and
Burundi became members in July this year.
(AP, 11/17/07)(Econ, 9/5/09, p.52)
2007 Nov 14, In France striking
transportation workers cut train service and forced Parisians to
walk, bike or skate to work in a pivotal standoff with President
Nicolas Sarkozy over his bid to pare down labor protections.
2007 Nov 14, A French court
approved the handover to a UN court of Dominique Ntawukuriryayo
(65), a Rwandan 1994 genocide suspect accused of coordinating the
massacre of up to 25,000 people in one incident.
2007 Nov 14, German train
drivers began a new 62-hour strike on freight services that industry
and the government fear could have a dramatic impact on Europe's
2007 Nov 14, The official IRNA
news agency reported that Hossein Mousavian, Iran's former senior
nuclear negotiator, has been charged with passing classified
information to foreigners, including the British Embassy.
2007 Nov 14, Iraqi troops
seized the west Baghdad headquarters of the Association of Muslim
Scholars, a powerful Sunni Muslim group. Two bombs exploded on
opposite sides of Baghdad, killing at least three civilians. Clashes
were under way in two villages, one Shiite and one mixed, east of
Baqouba. Five people were killed, two civilians and three al-Qaida
members, and six others injured in the fighting. A leader of a Sunni
group formed to resist al-Qaida in Iraq claimed that US troops
mistakenly killed dozens of his fighters during a 12-hour battle
north of Baghdad. He said he tried repeatedly to call the Americans
and tell them they were fighting "their friends.” US military
officials said American troops killed 24 fighters and captured 16 in
a battle in the same area. Penetrators were used in an attack
against a US Stryker vehicle near an entrance to the Green Zone,
killing an American soldier and wounding five others. 2 Iraqi
civilians also were killed. A US soldier was killed in an explosion
in Diyala province that wounded four other soldiers.
(AP, 11/14/07)(AP, 11/15/07)
2007 Nov 14, A broad electoral
reform that infuriated Mexico's broadcast industry by barring
political parties from buying radio and television advertisements
2007 Nov 14, Myanmar's military
junta arrested three more activists, surging ahead with a crackdown
even as it hosted a UN human rights investigator and insisted that
all arrests had stopped.
2007 Nov 14, NATO defense
chiefs chose Italian Adm. Giampaolo Di Paola as head of the
alliance's military committee.
2007 Nov 14, The prime
ministers of North and South Korea met for the first time in 15
years, hoping to extend the detente fostered by the second-ever
summit of their leaders last month with new South Korean investment
in the impoverished North.
2007 Nov 14, President Gen.
Pervez Musharraf said he expects to step down as army chief by the
end of November and begin a new presidential term as a civilian,
warning that Pakistan risked chaos if he gave into opposition
demands to resign. In the northwest 33 insurgents were reported
killed when the military pounded their positions with helicopter
gunships and artillery.
(AP, 11/14/07)(AFP, 11/15/07)
2007 Nov 14, In Poland members
of the 460-member lower house, or Sejm, agreed to make April 13 an
annual "Day of Remembrance of Victims of the Katyn Crime,” for more
than 14,000 Polish officers who were captured at the start of World
War II and killed by Soviet secret police in the Katyn forest.
2007 Nov 14, A Saudi court
sentenced a woman (19) who had been gang raped to six months in jail
and 200 lashes, more than doubling her initial penalty for being in
the car of a man who was not a relative. The court also roughly
doubled prison sentences for the seven men convicted of raping the
woman. Their new sentences range from two to nine years. The court
also banned the lawyer from defending her, confiscated his license
to practice law and summoned him to a disciplinary hearing later
2007 Nov 14, An explosion at
the Tajik presidential palace killed a guard in what officials
called a terror attack.
2008 Nov 14, The US Army
promoted its first woman, Ann Dunwoody, to the rank of four-star
(WSJ, 11/15/08, p.A1)
2008 Nov 14, Space shuttle
Endeavour and 7 astronauts made a night time launch and raced toward
the international space station for a home makeover job.
2008 Nov 14, In the SF Bay Area
police arrested 17 more people as part of a federal drug
investigation targeting members of the Project Trojans street gang
in North Richmond, San Pablo, Antioch and El Sobrante.
(SFC, 11/15/08, p.B2)
2008 Nov 14, In Iowa police
again arrested Sholom Rubashkin, former chief executive of
Agriprocessors Inc., a Postville slaughterhouse, on new charges of
bank fraud. In 2010 Rubashkin (51) was sentenced to 27 years in
prison and ordered to pay $27 million in restitution for his
conviction on fraud charges.
(WSJ, 11/15/08, p.A2)(SFC, 6/22/10, p.A4)
2008 Nov 14, In California
firefighters and a squadron of aircraft launched a desperate
daylight attack to push back a wind-whipped wildfire that destroyed
210 homes and forced thousands to evacuate near Santa Barbara. The
fire was later traced to a bonfire out at a tea garden by a group of
young adults, who thought they had put the fire. Further south a
wildfire broke out in the foothill community of Sylmar on the edge
of the Angeles National Forest and quickly spread across 2,600
acres. By the next day it tore through the city's northern
foothills, sending thousands of residents fleeing in the dark,
forcing a hospital to evacuate and destroying an untold number of
(AP, 11/14/08)(AP, 11/15/08)(SFC, 11/19/08, p.A4)
2008 Nov 14, In Santa Clara,
Ca., Jing Hua Wu (47), recently laid off, shot and killed 3 people
at SiPort Inc., including CEO Sid Agrawal and Brian Pugh, the vice
president of operations.
(SFC, 11/15/08, p.A1)
2008 Nov 14, Irving Gertz
(1915), movie composer, died. He composed or contributed to over 200
scores for horror, sci-fi and Westerns, which included such films as
“It Came from Outer Space” (1953) and “Gun for a Coward” (1957).
(SFC, 11/24/08, p.B3)
2008 Nov 14, In Afghanistan US
forces grabbed a "key insurgent leader" in a joint raid with Afghan
police in a village in eastern Ghazni province. Coalition forces
also killed 10 militants in a strike against a bomb-making cell in
the eastern Paktia province.
2008 Nov 14, Azerbaijan
lawmakers voted 86-1 to back President Ilham Aliev's request to
withdraw the 150 troops serving as part of the US-led coalition in
2008 Nov 14, The EU said that
the 15 countries that use the euro are officially in a recession, as
their economies shrank for a second straight quarter because of the
world financial crisis and sinking demand.
2008 Nov 14, Nearly half of Air
France's flights were grounded by a pilots' strike expected to last
through the weekend.
2008 Nov 14, An Indian probe
landed on the moon, in a milestone for the country's 45-year-old
2008 Nov 14, In India suspected
Maoist insurgents triggered landmine blasts to scare away voters in
Chhattisgarh state, killing 2 people.
(WSJ, 11/15/08, p.A6)
2008 Nov 14, In India the
Kuber, a 45-foot fishing boat, left port at Porbandar with a crew of
5 men. It was soon hijacked by terrorists from Pakistan, who used it
to reach Mumbai for the attacks that began late Nov 26. The crew
were all killed, including lead crewman Amar Narayan Singh (45), who
was found with his throat slashed.
(WSJ, 12/2/08, p.A6)
2008 Nov 14, In Indonesia 5
people were killed and 14 were feared dead after a landslide
triggered by heavy rain crushed scores of houses in West Java.
2008 Nov 14, Iraq's national
security advisor said all British troops will be out of Iraq by the
end of next year.
2008 Nov 14, In Mexico 2
bullet-ridden bodies were found at the foot of a monument in Ciudad
Juarez, across from El Paso, Texas, one of them partially stuffed
into a large pot. Four scuba divers died while performing
maintenance in an aqueduct that supplies Mexico City.
(AP, 11/14/08)(AP, 11/16/08)
2008 Nov 14, In Myanmar
journalist Ein Khaing Oo, who had been detained for five months, was
sentenced to two years in prison for her coverage of a protest over
the lack of government relief for victims of a devastating cyclone.
She was convicted in a closed-door trial on charges of "disturbing
2008 Nov 14, In Nigeria 22
Filipinos were arrested by a joint army-navy patrol on the Warri
River with the vessel MT Akuada laden with its cargo of 12,500
metric tons of crude oil. On Feb 20, 2009, 13 Filipinos were
sentenced to five years each or a fine of one million naira (6,800
dollars) for stealing crude oil from the Niger delta.
2008 Nov 14, In Pakistan a
Japanese and an Afghan journalist were shot in the frontier city of
Peshawar, the third attack on foreigners in three days. Motoki
Yotsukura from the Asahi Shimbun newspaper was wounded in the leg.
Abdul Sami Yousafzai, was more seriously hurt. Missiles apparently
fired by US unmanned aircraft in North Waziristan killed at least 12
people, including 9 militants.
(AP, 11/14/08)(AFP, 11/14/08)(WSJ, 11/15/08,
2008 Nov 14, Palestinian
militants attacked Ashkelon in southern Israel with rocket fire.
They also unleashed rockets at nearby Sderot, where rescue services
said one person was lightly wounded by shrapnel. The barrages
followed an earlier strike by Israeli aircraft targeting militants
firing rockets in northern Gaza. Israel kept the crossings into Gaza
sealed for a tenth straight day, forcing the UN to suspend its food
aid distribution to 750,000 Gaza residents.
2008 Nov 14, Russian lawmakers
gave preliminary approval for extending presidential terms from four
years to six, a move observers say could pave the way for Vladimir
Putin to return to the presidency.
2008 Nov 14, Thailand former PM
Thaksin and his wife, Pojaman, who married in 1976, divorced at the
Thai consul general's office in Hong Kong. A political observer
suggested the divorce could have been aimed at protecting the
family's considerable assets, which are mostly held in Pojaman's
2008 Nov 14, Zimbabwe's main
opposition party said that it will not join a unity government with
Pres. Mugabe until the rivals resolve their differences over a
2009 Nov 14, Pres. Obama spoke
in Tokyo and then flew to Singapore for a 21-nation summit of
Asia-Pacific leaders. In his Tokyo speech Pres. Obama declared the
United States a "nation of the Pacific and reached out warmly to
China, applauding Beijing's robust strides as a burgeoning economic
2009 Nov 14, In North Carolina
the Fayetteville Police Department said Antoinette Nicole Davis, the
mother of Shaniya Davis (5), faced a child abuse charge involving
prostitution as well as filing a false police report. The child
hadn't been seen since Nov 10, when surveillance footage showed
Mario Andrette McNeill carrying Shaniya into a hotel room. He was
arrested and charged with kidnapping on Nov 13. The body of Shaniya
Davis was found on Nov 16 in woods 30 miles from Fayetteville. She
had been sexually assaulted and asphyxiated on Nov 10, the day her
mother reported her missing.
(AP, 11/15/09)(SFC, 11/17/09, p.A26)(SFC,
2009 Nov 14, In Riverside
County, Ca., Maysam Barbar and daughter Tamara (6) were found dead
in their Perris home. Suspect Michael Barbar, the husband and
stepfather, was arrested the next day in Deming, NM.
(SFC, 11/16/09, p.A6)
2009 Nov 14, In Lassen County,
Ca., a medical Aerospatiale AS350 helicopter crashed near the Nevada
state line killing all three crew members. They were returning to
Susanville after dropping off a patient in Reno.
(SSFC, 11/15/09, p.A12)
2009 Nov 14, In Afghanistan an
armed woman died during a clash with insurgents in Shindand district
of western Herat province. The district governor, said three
civilian members of one family were killed and three children
wounded. Four Taliban militants were also said to have been killed
in the clash.
2009 Nov 14, Three would-be
migrants drowned, one was rescued and 10 were missing off the
Algerian coast after their boats sank on their way to Europe.
2009 Nov 14, It was reported
that Chinese officials are being told to dump their mistresses,
avoid hostess bars, and shun extravagances as part of the Communist
party's efforts to clamp down on the corruption that is threatening
its rule and sullying its reputation.
2009 Nov 14, Colombia’s
government 4 soldiers from Venezuela's National Guard captured in
Colombian territory will be repatriated in a bid to ease tensions
between the South American neighbors. The Colombian navy intercepted
the men Nov 13 in El Aceitico along the border.
2009 Nov 14, Ethiopian ONLF
rebels fighting for independence for a region with potentially
significant oil and gas reserves said they had captured seven towns
near the border with neighboring Somalia.
2009 Nov 14, In western India a
speeding train derailed, killing at least nine people and injuring
more than 80 in Jaipur, Rajasthan state.
(AP, 11/14/09)(SSFC, 11/15/09, p.A6)
2009 Nov 14, Indian troops shot
dead five suspected Islamic militants as they tried to enter Indian
Kashmir from the Pakistani side of the disputed state.
2009 Nov 14, In Iran local
newspapers reported that the government has formed a special unit to
monitor Web sites and fight Internet crimes, in a clear attack on an
opposition that relies almost exclusively on online means to
broadcast its message.
2009 Nov 14, A Jordanian
citizen died after being beaten by police, the second time this
week, casting a rare spotlight on the nation's US-trained security
forces, that may also have worked as proxy jailers for the CIA.
Fakhri Kreishan (47) died two days after slipping into a coma caused
by a severe beating to the head due to a clash between police and
residents in the southern city of Maan. Sadem al-Saud (20) died Nov
7, three weeks after he was put into a coma by a beating
administered during an interrogation in an Amman police station.
2009 Nov 14, Nigeria's
president held "frank and fruitful" talks with former oil rebel
leaders in an effort to end the conflict in the Niger Delta region.
2009 Nov 14, Tomaz Humar (40),
a veteran Slovenian climber, was found dead on Langtang Lirung in
the Nepalese Himalayas days after he was injured and stranded on the
23,710-foot (7,227m) mountain.
2009 Nov 14, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber blew up his explosives-filled car at a police
checkpoint in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, killing
himself and at least 12 people. In the northwestern Swat valley,
troops killed 13 insurgents in two separate gunfights.
(AFP, 11/14/09)(SSFC, 11/15/09, p.A8)
2009 Nov 14, In Moscow Magnus
Carlsen (18) of Norway became the new No. 1 chess player in the
world with a tournament victory over Peter Leko of Hungary.
(SSFC, 11/15/09, p.A6)
2009 Nov 14, In South Africa a
civilian pilot was killed when his fighter jet crashed shortly
before he was to participate in an air show near Bredasdorp, about
200 km west of Cape Town.
2009 Nov 14, In South Africa
Kavisha Seevnarain (26) was carjacked and then forced at gunpoint to
go to ATMs to take out money. She was then thrown off a 200-foot
tall bridge south of Durban and survived with seven broken ribs and
a fractured pelvis.
2009 Nov 14, In South Korea at
least ten people, including eight Japanese tourists, were killed and
six others injured in a blaze at an indoor shooting range in Busan.
2009 Nov 14, Sweden held a
solemn ceremony at Stockholm's Museum of National Antiquities for
the return of 23 skulls taken from the native Hawaiian community.
Five of the skulls will be returned by the museum. They were brought
to Sweden by a Swedish scientist in the 1880s after he took part in
a trip around the world. The other 17 skulls will be returned by
Stockholm's medical university Karolinska Institutet.
2010 Nov 14, NY Gov. David
Patterson announced an agreement with Phusion Products to stop
shipments into NY state of Four Loko, a caffeinated alcoholic drink
already banned in 4 states.
(SFC, 11/15/10, p.A8)
2010 Nov 14, Path, a
photo-sharing startup, emerged from stealth mode. It was founded by
former Facebook executive Dave Morin and Napster creator Shawn
(SFC, 11/16/10, p.D3)
2010 Nov 14, Delvonte Tisdale
(16) apparently fell from the sky after stowing away in an
airplane’s wheel well at the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport
in Charlotte, NC. His mutilated body was found in a Boston suburb.
(SFC, 12/11/10, p.A4)(http://tinyurl.com/2dmblgm)
2010 Nov 14, In Afghanistan a
series of bomb blasts and insurgents attacks killed 11 people across
the country, including five NATO service members and three Afghan
police taking part in Operation Bulldog Bite in Kunar province. A
total of 7 ISAF troops were killed today.
(AP, 11/14/10)(Reuters, 11/18/10)
2010 Nov 14, Bangladesh police
fired tear gas and rubber bullets and swung batons to break up
demonstrations in Dhaka as the opposition party enforced a
nationwide general strike to protest the eviction of its leader from
a military-owned house.
2010 Nov 14, In Brazil a gay
youth, Douglas Igor Marques Luiz (19), was shot by men in military
uniforms in Rio de Janeiro following mammoth gay pride parade. 2
sergeants were arrested on Nov 18. An army statement says one of the
suspects acknowledged shooting Luiz.
(AP, 11/17/10)(AP, 11/18/10)
2010 Nov 14, In China a court
convicted Cheng Jianping (46) of "disturbing social order" after she
added a few words to a message written by her fiance, Hua Chunhui,
whose Twitter post mocked anti-Japanese protesters. On Nov 16
Amnesty Int’l. urged the government to release Cheng, saying she
could be the first Chinese citizen to become "a prisoner of
conscience on the basis of a single tweet."
2010 Nov 14, In the Central
African Republic soldiers opened fire to disperse angry
demonstrators protesting the death of a youth, wounding at least
2010 Nov 14, In France an early
morning fire in a building housing immigrant workers in Dijon killed
seven people, including two who jumped from the windows to try to
escape. Some 90 other people were injured, of whom 11 are in
2010 Nov 14, Authorities in
Hong Kong detained the Decretive, a Maltese-flagged container
vessel, over a debt dispute with several European banks. The target
of the dispute is the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines
(IRISL), the guarantor of bank loans which funded the Decretive's
construction in 2008. Loan defaults totaled 268 million US dollars.
2010 Nov 14, In Indonesia
rescuers digging through several feet of ash discovered nine more
bodies on the slopes of Mount Merapi, whose explosive eruption a
week ago buried whole villages. Confirmation of more deaths trickled
in and the toll from a series of blasts at the volcano rose to at
2010 Nov 14, Iranian officials
reported that Iran’s Entekhab Industrial Group has signed a contract
sealing its acquisition of South Korea's Daewoo Electronics for some
$518 million. Daewoo was set up in the 1960s and became one of the
biggest companies in the world before it disintegrated in financial
disarray in the 1990s. Its shipbuilding and auto units are now
independent companies in their own right.
2010 Nov 14, Israel’s Cabinet
approved a proposal to allow 8,000 Ethiopians of Jewish descent to
move to the Jewish state. The would-be immigrants are the last
recognized members of the Falashmura, a community whose ancestors
converted from Judaism to Christianity about 100 years ago.
2010 Nov 14, Japan and Peru
said they have reached an agreement on a free-trade deal. The
21-member Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) group ended their
summit in Japan with pledges to press ahead with moves toward freer
trade, with an eventual goal of a region-wide free trade zone.
(AFP, 11/14/10)(AP, 11/14/10)
2010 Nov 14, In Lebanon radical
Muslim cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed was arrested at his home in
Tripoli two days after a military court sentenced him in absentia to
life in prison in a terrorism trial.
2010 Nov 14, In Mexico a
powerful explosion killed five Canadian tourists and two Mexican
workers at the 4-year-old Grand Riviera Princess hotel on the posh
Riviera Maya. A build up of swamp gas under the foundation was first
suspected. Evidence later pointed to a gas line leak.
(AP, 11/15/10)(SFC, 11/17/10, p.A2)(AP, 12/15/10)
2010 Nov 14, In Mexico gunmen
burst into a bar called "Desesperados" in the Mexican border city of
Ciudad Juarez and opened fire, killing five people and wounding nine
others. Assailants also killed the Gerardo Ortiz, the Chihuahua
state's prisons director, and his son in a second attack in the
area. Police in Acapulco found the bound, bullet-ridden bodies of
five men on the outskirts of the city. In Guerrero state detectives
reported they had found the bodies of two more men buried in a
clandestine gave in a coconut grove where 18 bodies had been
unearthed last week.
2010 Nov 14, In army-ruled
Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi called for freedom of
speech, urged thousands of supporters to stand up for their rights,
and indicated she may urge the West to end sanctions.
2010 Nov 14, A Nigerian army
spokesman said its special joint military force has arrested 449
suspected kidnappers in four oil-producing states in the Niger Delta
in under 7 weeks. Gunmen attacked an offshore facility operated by
Exxon Mobil off the southern coast. 8 people were missing following
the raid that knocked out 45,000 barrels per day of condensate
(AFP, 11/14/10)(AFP, 11/15/10)(Reuters, 11/16/10)
2010 Nov 14, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber apparently targeting a militant commander from a
rival faction attacked a vegetable market on the Afghan border,
wounding 9 people.
2010 Nov 14, An estimated 2.5-3
million Muslims began the annual hajj pilgrimage. The total number
of tourists to Mecca and Medina, home to the prophet Muhammad, is
expected to rise from about 12 million to almost 17 million by 2025.
The Saudi Arabia government's commission for tourism and antiquities
said revenue from tourism this year would reach $17.6 billion and
double by 2015.
2010 Nov 14, Sri Lanka
officials said they are probing allegations that one of its
nationals, a housemaid identified as D.M. Chandima employed in
Jordan, was forced to swallow nails, in the third case involving
alleged torture in three months.
2010 Nov 14, In Zimbabwe a
report in the Standard Newspaper said retired police and war
veterans are being recalled to direct operations during elections.
Reporter Nqodani Ndlovu was arrested on Nov 17 on charges of
criminal defamation. He was granted bail on Nov 26 after his lawyer
went to the High Court to enforce an earlier magistrate’s decision.
(AP, 11/18/10)(AFP, 11/27/10)
2011 Nov 14, It was reported
that the Navajo Nation, the largest American Indian tribe, plans to
issue its first bonds in a $120 million offering to finance some 50
projects on its 27,000-square-mile reservation in Arizona, New
Mexico and Utah.
(SFC, 11/14/11, p.D4)
2011 Nov 14, In Oakland, Ca.,
some 1,000 Occupy Oakland protesters returned to Frank Ogawa Plaza
hours after being evicted by police. They were allowed to gather
with no camping. An estimated $500,000 was spent for outside
officers to assist Oakland police.
(SFC, 11/15/11, p.A1)
2011 Nov 14, In Texas Barry
Walter Bujol Jr., accused of attempting to sneak out of the US with
restricted military documents, money and equipment in order to join
Al-Qaida, was convicted in federal court in Houston.
(SFC, 11/15/11, p.A10)
2011 Nov 14, In Afghanistan a
suspected suicide bomber carrying a bag of explosives was shot dead
in Kabul near the site of a major meeting of Afghan elders set to
discuss relations with the US.
2011 Nov 14, Brazil’s Federal
Register noted that the government for the first time has granted a
foreign citizen the right to live permanently in the country based
on a same-sex relationship with a Brazilian citizen.
2011 Nov 14, Canada released a
new C$100 bill made of plastic, its first step in replacing an
entire series of banknotes to thwart counterfeiters and persuade
retailers it's safe to accept big bills. Canada is the first to add
a metallic hologram that is especially difficult to fake. Plastic
notes, nearly impervious to liquids, stains, tearing or
wear-and-tear, were pioneered by the Reserve Bank of Australia in
2011 Nov 14, In northwestern
China an explosion in a restaurant, likely caused by a natural gas
leak, killed at least 7 people and injured another 31 in Xi'an,
capital of Shaanxi province.
2011 Nov 14, Egyptian security
forces arrested Abdel Karim Mohammed Ahmed and Ahmed Salem Awad of
the radical Islamist Al-Takfeer wal Hijra during a sweep in the
north Sinai town of El-Arish.
2011 Nov 14, EU foreign
ministers decided to impose additional sanctions on 18 Syrians in
response to the killings of protesters by Syrian President Bashar
Assad's regime. The sanctions also include suspending the
disbursement of European Investment Bank loans.
2011 Nov 14, German prosecutors
formally arrested Beate Z. (36), a woman suspected of co-founding a
far-right terror organization that authorities say murdered 10
people, amid mounting criticism of security authorities for their
failure to act sooner. She turned herself in last week.
2011 Nov 14, It was reported
that villagers living on the Indonesian side of Borneo killed at
least 750 endangered orangutans in a year, some to protect crops
from being raided and others for their meat, a new survey shows. The
information was based on interviews with 6983 people between April
2008 and September 2009.
2011 Nov 14, Israeli Cabinet
ministers decided to hold on to some $100 million in taxes owed to
the Palestinians, an official said, despite warnings from Israel's
Defense Ministry that the measure could threaten the stability of
the Palestinian government in the West Bank. A Hamas naval policeman
was killed and 7 others wounded in an Israeli airstrike on their
building in the northern Gaza Strip.
2011 Nov 14, Jordan's King
Abdullah II said Syria’s Pres. Assad should step down for the good
of his country, the first Arab leader to publicly make such a call.
2011 Nov 14, Two Russians and
an American blasted off from Kazakhstan to the ISS orbiting
laboratory on a Soyuz-FG rocket, Russia's first manned mission since
the failed launch of the unmanned Progress supply ship in August
temporarily grounded its Soyuz rockets.
2011 Nov 14, A Kenya government
statement said PM Raila Odinga asked Israeli President Shimon Peres
for assistance in building the capacity of the Kenyan police to deal
with attacks by al-Shabab militants.
2011 Nov 14, Kuwait-based
leasing company ALAFCO signed an agreement with Airbus to buy 50
A320neo aircraft, valued at $4.6 billion at list price, the two
sides announced at Dubai Airshow.
2011 Nov 14, Maritime New
Zealand said salvage crews have finished pumping 1,454 tons of oil
from the Rena, grounded on Oct 5, and were removing the last of
1,280 containers that remained on board.
(SFC, 11/14/11, p.A2)
2011 Nov 14, Pakistan's
telecommunications authority sent a letter ordering cell phone
companies to block text messages containing what it perceives to be
obscenities. It also sent a list of more than 1,500 English and Urdu
words that were to be blocked. The order was part of the regulator's
attempt to block spam messages.
2011 Nov 14, Four Pakistani
paramilitary soldiers were killed when militants attacked their
convoy in the northwestern tribal district of Khyber. In neighboring
Mohmand district, security forces said they killed four militants
and wounded five others who were later arrested, as the group tried
to enter Pakistan from across the unmarked border in Afghanistan.
2011 Nov 14, Puerto Rico police
captured drug smuggler Carlos Morales Davila between Puerto Rico and
the island of Vieques. He was expected to be extradited to Miami.
2011 Nov 14, In southern Syria
34 soldiers and security forces were gunned down by suspected army
defectors in Daraa. As many as 90 people killed across the country.
2012 Nov 14, California held
its first carbon auction under the new state cap-and-trade system.
The median bid was $12.96 and all 23.1 million permits for use in
the coming year were sold.
(SFC, 11/20/12, p.A1,13)
2012 Nov 14, The film “Daly
City: Growing Up In America” premiered at the Century 20 Daly City
2012 Nov 14, Voestalpine Metal
Forming, a division of an Austrian steel company, broke ground on a
$62 million facility in Bartown County, Georgia. Tax credits and
incentives helped close the deal.
(Econ, 4/27/13, p.27)
2012 Nov 14, In Illinois Rita
Crundwell, comptroller of Dixon, pleaded guilty to siphoning over
$53 million since she began handling the town’s finances in the
1908s. On Feb 14, 2013, Crundwell was sentenced to nearly 20 years
(SFC, 11/15/12, p.A8)(SFC, 2/15/13, p.A6)
2012 Nov 14, In Rhode Island
Anthony L. DiNunzio, acting head of the New England Mafia, was
sentenced to 6½ years in prison for shaking down local strip clubs
for protection money.
(SFC, 11/15/12, p.A8)
2012 Nov 14, Afghan police say
Taliban insurgents have shot and killed two young Afghan men who
were working as translators for NATO forces in Logar province.
2012 Nov 14, Australia
announced that it will host two US space surveillance systems as
part of closer military ties agreed at a bilateral security summit.
2012 Nov 14, In Brazil the
Justice Ministry authorized sending a top figure of the Primeiro
Comando da Capital (PCC), a prison-based gang, to a maximum security
prison in Roraima state, 900 miles (1,450 km) to the northwest in
the Amazon. Sao Paulo has seen nearly 150 homicides over the past
two weeks and 94 police executed this year in violence linked to the
(AP, 11/15/12)(Econ, 11/17/12, p.33)
2012 Nov 14, In Cameroon
security officers detained four environmental activists opposed to
the establishment of an oil palm plantation by Herakles Farms, a
2012 Nov 14, China’s President
Hu Jintao stepped aside as ruling party leader to clear the way for
Vice President Xi Jinping to take the helm as part of only the
second orderly transfer of power in 63 years of Communist rule.
2012 Nov 14, A United Nations
report said that while international attention centers on the M23
rebels, other armed groups in eastern Congo have killed more than
260 civilians since April.
2012 Nov 14, Workers across the
European Union sought to present a united front against rampant
unemployment and government spending cuts with a string of strikes
and demonstrations across the region. In Belgium a 24-hour rail
stoppage and scattered strikes through the south of the nation
disrupted daily life. A Spanish strike shut down most schools and
while hospitals operated with a skeleton staff. In Portugal the
second general strike in eight months left commuters stranded as
trains ground to a virtual halt.
2012 Nov 14, On France’s island
of Corsica Jacques Nacer, a shopkeeper and chief of Corsica's
chamber of commerce, was killed. He was the second high-profile
killing on the island in a month.
2012 Nov 14, In Iraq insurgents
unleashed a new wave of bombings across the country targeting
security forces and civilians. At least 20 people were killed and
over 100 wounded in the latest challenge to government efforts to
promote a sense of stability.
(AP, 11/14/12)(SFC, 11/15/12, p.A7)
2012 Nov 14, The debate over
legalizing abortion in Ireland flared after the government confirmed
Savita Halappanavar, a miscarrying Indian woman suffering from blood
poisoning, was refused a quick termination of her pregnancy and died
on Oct 28 in an Irish hospital.
2012 Nov 14, An Israeli
airstrike killed Ahmed Jabari, commander of the military wing of
Gaza's Hamas rulers. More than 65 rockets landed in southern Israel.
Israel hit the Gaza Strip with more than 50 airstrikes. Hamas police
said airstrikes hit targets in Gaza City, Khan Younis and Rafah. A
total of 15 Palestinians, including 7 civilians, were killed and
more than 100 people wounded, according to Palestinian officials.
Among the dead were 3 children. A March 6, 2013, UN report said Omar
al-Masharawi, age 11 months, was killed by an errant Palestinian
(AP, 11/14/12)(AP, 11/15/12)(AP, 3/11/13)
2012 Nov 14, The Israeli
defense minister says "almost all" Syrian villages near the frontier
with Israel have fallen into rebel hands.
2012 Nov 14, Ivory Coast
President Alassane Ouattara dissolved his Cabinet on over an
apparent feud between member parties of his governing coalition.
2012 Nov 14, Hundreds of
Jordanians poured into the streets of several cities for a second
day, burning tires and pelting riot police with stones to protest a
government decision to lift fuel subsidies and raise prices.
Jordanian teachers went on strike to protest price hikes. Gunmen
attacked two police stations and one attacker was killed.
2012 Nov 14, Nigeria said it
has terminated a $24 million electricity contract with Canada's
state-owned Manitoba Hydro, in a setback for plans to privatize a
moribund power sector that is holding back economic growth.
2012 Nov 14, Pakistan freed at
least seven Taliban prisoners at the request of the Afghan
government and agreed to free many more, in a move meant to help
jumpstart a shaky peace process with the militant group in
(AP, 11/14/12)(SFC, 11/16/12, p.A3)
2012 Nov 14, A new law
expanding Russia's definition of treason took effect today. Under
the new law, anyone possessing information deemed secret — whether a
politician, a journalist, an environmentalist or a union leader —
could potentially be jailed for up to 20 years for
2012 Nov 14, In South Africa
television images showed protesters overturn a police truck and set
fires in the streets in a town in the Western Cape. Workers have
been protesting their wages, saying they want a minimum wage of $17
a day. Currently, workers make about half that amount a day.
2012 Nov 14, In Syria regime
jet fighters targeted the rebellious suburbs of Damascus. Heavy
clashes between rebel units and Assad's troops were ongoing in the
northern city of Aleppo. Syrian troops used aircraft and artillery
in an attempt to dislodge rebels from a town next to the border with
2012 Nov 14, Uganda confirmed a
new Ebola outbreak in a district 40 miles from Kampala. Scores of
Ugandans were isolated the next day to prevent its spread.
(SFC, 11/16/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 14, Venezuelan
authorities deported Daniel Barrera, a prominent drug-trafficking
suspect, to Colombia, nearly two months after his capture at a
payphone in an operation aided by Colombian and US authorities.
2013 Nov 14, Pres. Barack Obama
admitted he deserved to be "slapped around" over the chaotic debut
of his health care law, and pledged to work hard to restore
confidence in his reeling presidency.
2013 Nov 14, Donald Sachtleben
(55), a former FBI agent, was sentenced to more than three years in
prison for disclosing confidential national security information
about a foiled bomb plot to an Associated Press reporter. He had
worked for the FBI from 1983 until 2008 as a bomb technician and,
after his retirement, was hired as a security contractor.
2013 Nov 14, US officials in
Colorado destroyed over six tons of confiscated ivory tusks,
carvings and jewelry, accumulated over the last 25 years at the
National Wildlife Property Repository.
(SFC, 11/15/13, p.A7)
2013 Nov 14, A Boston, Mass.,
judge sentenced gangster James “Whitey” Bulger to two consecutive
life terms plus five years for an array of crimes including murder
(SFC, 11/15/13, p.A7)
2013 Nov 14, In Ohio a jury
convicted Bobby Thompson (67) on all 23 counts in a $100 million,
cross-country Navy veterans charity fraud case. Authorities said he
is Harvard trained attorney John Donald Cody, who disappeared in
2010 and was arrested last year in Portland, Ore.
(SFC, 11/15/13, p.A7)
2013 Nov 14, Google Inc and
private equity firm KKR & Co LP said they are investing $400
million in six solar power plants in California and Arizona.
2013 Nov 14, A 20-year program
to convert highly enriched uranium from dismantled Russian nuclear
weapons into fuel for US power plants ended with the final shipment
loaded at the port of St. Petersburg, Russia.
(SFC, 11/15/13, p.A2)
2013 Nov 14, Albania's
government faced a growing chorus of opposition to a US request that
it take on the job of dismantling Syria's chemical weapons.
2013 Nov 14, Bangladeshi
garment factory owners said they had agreed to a proposed 77 percent
rise in the minimum wage, but police used teargas and rubber bullets
to break up new protests by stone-throwing workers calling for a
2013 Nov 14, Brazilian
government figures showed that deforestation in the Amazon increased
by nearly a third over the past year.
2013 Nov 14, Egypt's foreign
minister sought to downplay speculation of a major foreign policy
shift, saying during a rare top-level Russian visit that Cairo wants
to boost ties with Moscow and not replace the United States as its
key ally. The defence ministers of Russia and Egypt held discussions
on military collaboration between their countries.
(AP, 11/14/13)(AFP, 11/14/13)
2013 Nov 14, In El Salvador
armed men broke into the offices of the Probusqueda Association for
Missing Children, a nonprofit agency that works to locate children
missing from the country’s civil war, and set fire to the group's
archives. Probusqueda said earlier this year that it had documented
at least a dozen cases of children stolen by members the military
during the 1980-92 war between the Salvadoran government and leftist
2013 Nov 14, EU officials
welcomed the end of bailout support for Spain and Ireland, saying
that showed the effectiveness of more than four years of efforts to
cut excessive government debt.
2013 Nov 14, A French
commercial court ordered TUeV Rheinland, a German product-testing
company, to pay damages to more than 1,600 women and six
distributors after ruling that it failed to properly check silicone
breast implants that turned out to be prone to leakage.
2013 Nov 14, Gambia’s Pres.
Yahya Jammeh announced a break off of diplomatic relations with
Taiwan after 18 years. The move was greeted with "shock and regret"
by Taipei, which is now recognised by just 22 nations.
2013 Nov 14, Christian Wulff
became Germany's first post-war president to go on trial, charged
with corruption for accepting some 700 euros for a hotel stay and
meals during an Oktoberfest beer festival when he was a state
2013 Nov 14, Karlheinz
Schreiber (70), a Canadian-German arms industry lobbyist, was
convicted in Berlin of tax evasion and sentenced to six and half
years. He played a role in a scandal that propelled Chancellor
Angela Merkel to power.
2013 Nov 14, In Iraq a suicide
attacker and twin bomb blasts targeted Shiites marking a somber
religious ritual, killing 47 people and wounded more than 100. This
included 32 people killed by a suicide bomber at an Ashura event in
(AP, 11/14/13)(SFC, 11/15/13, p.A4)
2013 Nov 14, Israeli aircraft
bombed two rocket launchers in the Gaza Strip, hours after
Palestinian militants had fired mortars into Israel.
2013 Nov 14, A new poll in
Kenya found that 67 percent of 2,060 Kenyans surveyed think that
President Uhuru Kenyatta should attend his trial at the
International Criminal Court. Kenyatta faces charges related to
accusations he helped orchestrate the country's 2007-08 postelection
violence that saw more than 1,000 people killed.
2013 Nov 14, In Lebanon Hassan
Nasralla, the leader of the militant Hezbollah group, showed up at a
Shiite religious ceremony in southern Beirut, vowing to keep his
fighters in neighboring Syria as long as needed to shore up
President Bashar Assad's struggle against Syria's rebels.
2013 Nov 14, In Libya attacks
in Benghazi killed an air force chaplain, a former police officer
and a soldier.
2013 Nov 14, In Morocco foreign
ministers from countries across the Sahel and Maghreb gathered in
Rabat to look for ways to boost border security and confront
Islamist linked-violence plaguing the vast desert region.
2013 Nov 14, Nigerian forces
reportedly killed 9 militants in the Damboa region of Borno state.
2013 Nov 14, In the Philippines
a US aircraft carrier "strike group" started unloading food and
water to the typhoon-ravaged central Philippines, as President
Benigno Aquino faced mounting pressure to speed up the distribution
2013 Nov 14, In Serbia Miroslav
Miskovi, one of the Balkans' richest men, went on trial in a
high-profile case. He faced up to 10 years in jail if found guilty
on charges of fraud and tax evasion.
2013 Nov 14, Singapore for the
first time lifted the death penalty given to a drug trafficker,
commuting his sentence to life in prison and 15 strokes of the cane.
2013 Nov 14, A Sri Lanka court
banned protests in Colombo until the end of the Commonwealth summit,
explaining that the move was intended to prevent traffic jams. Pres.
Mahinda Rajapaks lashed out at reporters and critics who questioned
his nation's human rights record.
2013 Nov 14, In Sudan friendly
fire killed five members of the Sudanese security forces in South
Kordofan state, as troops battled an insurgency.
2013 Nov 14, In Sudan a number
of Chadian troops in a joint force with Sudan were killed battling
tribal fighters in the troubled Darfur region.
2013 Nov 14, In Syria twin
bombings and mortar fire killed 3 people and wounded 22 near the
famed Ummayad mosque in Damascus. A Syrian rebel commander in a main
Islamist brigade was killed and two others were injured in an air
strike by Assad's forces on Aleppo.
(AFP, 11/14/13)(Reuters, 11/14/13)
2013 Nov 14, A video posted on
the Internet showed two members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the
Levant (ISIL) holding up a bearded man's head before a crowd in
Aleppo in northern Syria. ISIL later admitted the rebel had been
killed by mistake and said it had arrested one of its men, a
Tunisian, for decapitating him.
2013 Nov 14, A Uganda
government tribunal declared Erias Lukwago, the lord mayor of
Kampala, guilty of abuse of office, incompetence and misconduct. He
faced being kicked out office. Lukwago is a political opponent of
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, who has controlled Uganda since
1986, and the mayor linked the president to his conviction.
2013 Nov 14, Venezuelan
President Nicolas Maduro said that authorities had arrested more
than 100 "bourgeois" businessmen in a crackdown on alleged
price-gouging since the weekend. Venezuela's legislature gave
initial backing to a measure granting extraordinary powers over the
economy to President Maduro.
(Reuters, 11/14/13)(AFP, 11/15/13)
2014 Nov 14, President Barack
Obama pledged a $3 billion US contribution to an international fund
to help poor countries cope with the effects of climate change.
2014 Nov 14, The US Energy
Dept. said that it has signed a $450 million deal to build the
fastest supercomputers in the owrld for its national laboratories in
Livermore, Ca., and Oak Ridge, Tenn.
(SSFC, 11/16/14, p.C1)
2014 Nov 14, Ford Motor Co.
agreed to recall more 2004 and 2005 Ranger small pickup trucks after
a July 27 crash in Malaysia because their air bags are similar to
the one that caused a woman's death.
2014 Nov 14, Virgin America
shares began trading in an IPO priced at $23. Shares began trading
at $24 and closed the day at $30 per share.
(SFC, 11/15/14, p.D1)
2014 Nov 14, Jane M. Byrne
(b.1934), Chicago’s 1st woman mayor (1979-1983), died. In 1994 she
authored “My Chicago.”
(SSFC, 11/16/14, p.C8)
2014 Nov 14, Afghanistan's new
President Ashraf Ghani visited Pakistan's military headquarters in a
sign of warming ties after more than a decade of mutual distrust
between the two US allies.
2014 Nov 14, In northern
Afghanistan a NATO service member was shot and killed by insurgents.
2014 Nov 14, A Botswana judge
overturned a government ban on a gay rights lobbying group. Justice
Terrence Rannoane ruled that the Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of
Botswana (LEGABIBO) would be allowed to register and campaign for
changes to anti-gay legislation but reiterated that it was still
illegal to engage in homosexual acts.
2014 Nov 14, Police in Brazil
arrested Renato Duque, the former director of services of the
state-run oil company Petrobras, for his alleged role in a
money-laundering scheme as authorities conduct a widening probe of
corruption involving the company.
2014 Nov 14, In northeastern
Brazil a jury in Olinda delivered sentences of 20-23 years in prison
for three people, arrested in 2012, convicted of killing two women,
eating parts of their bodies and using some of their flesh to make
and sell stuffed pastries.
2014 Nov 14, In Chad twenty
nine aides to ousted dictator Hissene Habre went on trial before a
special court in N'djamena charged with mass murder and torture
during his rule in the 1980s.
2014 Nov 14, In the Czech Rep.
a powerful tremor killed 3 men working in a coal mine of the OKD
mining company in Karvina.
2014 Nov 14, Equatorial Guinea
was chosen to host the 2015 African Cup of Nations in place of
2014 Nov 14, Indian news
reported that police have arrested Ramesh Mahawar, the director of
Mahawar Pharma Pvt Ltd. The firm allegedly supplied medication to
women in a mass sterilization that left 13 dead. Mahawar’s son was
also arrested. A senior official said the deaths may have been
caused by antibiotic pills contaminated with rat poison.
(AP, 11/14/14)(SFC, 11/15/14, p.A2)
2014 Nov 14, Iraqi forces
recaptured the strategic oil town of Baiji in a significant victory
over the Islamic State group.
2014 Nov 14, In the
Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir 2 suspected rebels and a
civilian were killed in a fierce overnight gunbattle.
2014 Nov 14, Lebanon’s
government handed down life sentences to 4 Islamist prisoners, while
a fifth was sentenced to death in absentia.
2014 Nov 14, Nigerian officials
said about 200 vigilantes and hunters armed with home-made guns,
spears, clubs, bows and arrows, and machetes had taken back Mubi,
Adamawa state, from Boko Haram rebels. Officials said the retreating
fighters had invaded Hong, 50 km (30 miles) south on the way towards
Yola, and Gombi, to the northwest of Mubi.
2014 Nov 14, Philippine troops
clashed with Islamist Abu Sayya militants on remote Jolo Island. 9
rebels and 5 soldiers were killed in the first major encounter since
the army launched an offensive almost a month ago.
2014 Nov 14, Senegal partially
reopened air and sea borders with Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone,
countries worst hit by the Ebola virus.
2014 Nov 14, Sierra Leone
authorities freed journalist David Tam-Baryoh arrested 11 days ago
for making supposedly disparaging comments about the country's
effort to fight Ebola.
2014 Nov 14, In Syria armed
clashes erupted in Douma after hungry residents stormed food
warehouses belonging to an Islamist rebel group. Residents said the
Army of Islam only distributes food and medical supplies to its
2014 Nov 14, UN investigators
said Islamic State commanders are liable for war crimes on a
"massive scale" in northeast Syria where they spread terror by
beheading, stoning and shooting civilians and captured fighters.
2014 Nov 14, At the Vatican
three members of the Femen group appeared on St Peter's square
wearing only leather mini-skirts and flower garlands in their hair
in what they described as a protest over Pope Francis's upcoming
visit to the European Parliament.
2014 Nov 14, Vietnam launched
an IPO for a 3.5% stake in Vietnam Airlines. No foreign invester
participated in the offer.
(Econ, 11/22/14, p.58)
2014 Nov 14, Yemeni Shi'ite
Muslim Houthi fighters backed by government forces drove the local
wing of al Qaeda from one of its last strongholds in central Yemen
in intense fighting. At least 25 Houthis and 10 Ansar al-Sharia and
tribal fighters had in the fighting that began a day earlier.
2015 Nov 14, In Indiana Lonny
Jordan Hatland (20), a reserve officer with the Muncie Police
Department, was arrested for sexually and physically assaulting a
juvenile girl and coercing her into having sex with other men.
2015 Nov 14, In Baltimore, Ma.,
the number of homicides for the year reached 305.
(Econ, 11/21/15, p.30)
2015 Nov 14, In Afghanistan
Helmand Governor Mirza Khan Rahimi said at least 65 Afghan soldiers
have defected to the Taliban, taking their weapons and equipment
with them and 88 have been killed in days of heavy fighting in the
2015 Nov 14, In Afghanistan a
drone strike in Nangarhar province killed 12 Taliban. The dead
included 3 Afghans and 9 foreigners. When Afghan officials refer to
foreigners they usually mean Pakistanis.
2015 Nov 14, Costa Rica said it
was giving temporary visas to a group of about 1,000 stranded,
penniless Cubans, telling them they had one week to cross the
country and continue their journey toward the United States.
2015 Nov 14, In France a
high-speed train derailed into the Marne au Rhin canal during a test
run near Strasbourg. At least 11 people were killed and 5 were
(AFP, 11/15/15)(SSFC, 11/15/15, p.A3)
2015 Nov 14, The Islamic State
group claimed responsibility for a wave of attacks in Paris that
killed 127 people.
2015 Nov 14, Israeli troops
razed the West Bank homes of four Palestinians accused of attacking
Israelis, pressing ahead with a controversial policy of punitive
demolitions after weeks of deadly unrest. In Hebron 19 Palestinians
were hospitalized after being shot in clashes with Israeli security
2015 Nov 14, In South Korea
tens of thousands marched in central Seoul with diverse grievances
against the government. Police detained at least 50 people.
(SSFC, 11/15/15, p.A3)
2015 Nov 14, In Spain some
10,000 personnel of the Civl Guard marched in Madrid demanding
better employment conditions and workers’ rights.
(SSFC, 11/15/15, p.A3)
2015 Nov 14, Syrian President
Bashar al-Assad said that French policy had contributed to the
"spread of terrorism" that culminated in attacks claimed by the
Islamic State group which killed 128 people in Paris.
2015 Nov 14, Syria's al Qaeda
offshoot, the Nusra Front, said it had captured three Lebanese
Hezbollah fighters in northern Syria.
2015 Nov 14, Turkish security
forces killed 4 suspected IS militants near the Syrian border in the
southeastern province of Gaziantep.
2016 Nov 14, Gwen Ifill
(b.1955), PBS journalist, died of cancer. She and Judy Woodruff were
named co-anchors of the PBS “NewsHour” in 2013.
(SFC, 11/15/16, p.A9)
2016 Nov 14, In central
California David Machado (36) shot sheriff’s Deputy Dennis Wallace
(53) twice in the head outside the city of Hughson. Hours later
Machado was arrested when he tried to steal a woman’s purse in
(SFC, 11/14/16, p.A12)
2016 Nov 14, The Int’l.
Criminal Court's chief prosecutor said in a report that US forces in
Afghanistan may have committed the war crime of torture when
interrogating detainees, opening the possibility of Americans being
prosecuted even though their country is not a member of the court.
The report added that CIA operatives may have subjected at least 27
detainees in Afghanistan, Poland, Romania and Lithuania to "torture,
cruel treatment, outrages upon personal dignity and/or rape" between
December 2002 and March 2008.
2016 Nov 13, In Egypt Magdy
Maken (53), a fish cart vendor, was arrested late today after an
altercation with a policeman. After beating him in the street the
Coptic Christian was taken to a police station in Cairo's
middle-class neighborhood of el-Ameriyah. Hours later, his lifeless
body was brought to a nearby hospital with "torture marks." In
December ten policemen were charged with torturing Magdy Makain.
(AP, 11/18/16)(Reuters, 12/18/16)
2016 Nov 14, In Iraq suicide
bombers targeted Fallujah and Karbala killing at least 6 people in
(SFC, 11/15/16, p.A3)
2016 Nov 14, In southern Libya
senior al-Qaida leader Abu Talha al-Hassnawi was reportedly killed
in a late-night drone strike that hit his home in Sabha. He was
previously said to have been a leading member of al-Qaida's
affiliate in Syria.
2016 Nov 14, Some 135 people
were drowned or lost when a dinghy sank off the coast of Libya.
2016 Nov 14, Malaysian
opposition lawmaker Rafizi Ramli was sentenced to 18 months in jail
for releasing one page of a classified document on the 1MDB
controversial state investment fund.
(SFC, 11/15/16, p.A2)
2016 Nov 14, Pakistan’s
military said Indian troops fired on its soldiers in Kashmir killing
seven and prompting return fire.
(SFC, 11/15/16, p.A2)
2016 Nov 14, South Korea-based
Samsung said it would pay $8 billion for Harman, a firm in Stamford,
Conn., that makes internet connected audio, information and security
systems for cars. The deal was the largest for Samsung to date.
(Econ, 11/19/16, p.57)
2016 Nov 14, In northern Syria
Turkish warplanes struck Islamic State positions near al-Bab as
Syrian-backed opposition fighters inched closer to the town. Air
strikes and shelling killed at least three people.
(SFC, 11/15/16, p.A3)
2017 Nov 14, Three UCLA
basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting
were on a plane back to Los Angeles. Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen
Hill and Cody Riley were detained in Hangzhou last week for
questioning following allegations of shoplifting.
2017 Nov 14, In northern
California Kevin Janson Neal (44) killed four people and wounded ten
others in Tehama County. Neal had killed his wife the night before.
Sheriff’s officials later concluded that Neal died from a
self-inflicted gunshot wound during a shootout with police.
(SFC, 11/15/17, p.A1)(SFC, 11/18/17, p.C4)(SSFC,
2017 Nov 14, Florida police
searched for a possible serial killer after a fourth person was shot
dead in the Seminole heights neighborhood of Tampa. A 10-day spree
last month left three people dead.
(SFC, 11/15/17, p.A5)
2017 Nov 14, A Miami judge
sentenced Michael Hegarty of Ireland to 18 months in US prison for
the international smuggling of a cup carved from the horn of an
2017 Nov 14, In NYC former
Argentine marketing executive Alejandro Burzaco told a jury that
soccer official Julio Grondona (d.2014) claimed in several
conversations that he was owed millions of dollars for his 2010 vote
as a member of FIFA's executive committee that helped Qatar land the
soccer's most prestigious tournament.
2017 Nov 14, New York state
said more than 160 of its utility workers and nearly 100 utility
vehicles have arrived in Puerto Rico to help the US territory
restore its power grid in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
2017 Nov 14, In Afghanistan as
many as 70 police officers and five soldiers were killed in a series
of attacks overnight by Taliban who reportedly used night vision
technology on at least 15 police posts in Kandahar province near the
Helmand province border.
(SFC, 11/15/17, p.A3)
2017 Nov 14, Brazil's
statistics agency said there were 2.79 million births in 2016, a 5
percent decrease from the year prior. The birth rate has fallen by
its fastest rate in nearly three decades after the Zika and
microcephaly crisis of 2016.
2017 Nov 14, Brazil’s
government said Germany and Britain will provide a combined $153
million to expand programs to fight climate change and deforestation
in the Amazon rainforest.
2017 Nov 14, Britain's
competition regulator said it has given the green light to
supermarket giant Tesco's Â£3.7-billion takeover of wholesaler
2017 Nov 14, French prosecutors
said HSBC Private Bank, a Swiss unit of banking giant HSBC, has
agreed to pay 300 million euros ($352 million) to avoid going to
trial in France for enabling tax fraud.
2017 Nov 14, Airbnb said hosts
in central Paris can now only rent out their homes for up to 120
nights a year, a new cap introduced to comply with city regulations.
2017 Nov 14, Greece declared a
state of emergency on the island of Symi after a sudden downpour
swept cars into the sea, damaged homes and cut off electricity and
2017 Nov 14, Hundreds of Hong
Kong soccer fans booed and jeered the Chinese national anthem at an
Asia Cup qualifier match in defiance of Communist Party rulers in
2017 Nov 14, Iranian officials
called off rescue operations, saying there was little chance of
finding more survivors from the 7.3 magnitude earthquake that shook
parts of western Iran on Nov 12, killing at least 530 people.
2017 Nov 14, The Italian
diocese of Como defended its decision to ordain a seminarian accused
in a book and an investigative TV report of having engaged in gay
sex with a fellow teenager while both studied at the Vatican's youth
2017 Nov 14, In Kuwait Turkish
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held talks with Emir Sheikh Sabah
al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, as a crisis that has split Qatar from its Gulf
neighbors entered its sixth month.
2017 Nov 14, In the Netherlands
Human rights lawyers presented evidence to International Criminal
Court prosecutors alleging that forces loyal to Field Marshal
Khalifa Hifter, a key player in Libya's ongoing power struggle, are
responsible for crimes including murder, torture and persecution.
2017 Nov 14, A Pakistani
anti-corruption court issued an arrest warrant for Finance Minister
Ishaq Dar after the veteran politician failed to turn up for several
2017 Nov 14, Pakistani police
arrested dozens of members of a hard-line Islamist party that has
blocked a main entrance to Islamabad since last week, in the latest
confrontation between religious activists and authorities.
Supporters of the Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan party blame minister
Zahid Hamid for changes to an electoral oath that it says amounts to
2017 Nov 14, It was reported
that Pakistan’s white-backed vulture is facing extinction. Its
population has been devastated by the use of industrial drugs to
breed the cattle whose carcasses they traditionally feed on.
Diclofenac, used as a painkiller by livestock breeders, was banned
in neighboring India in 2006 after it was also blamed for destroying
the vulture population there.
2017 Nov 14, Panamanian
President Juan Carlos Varela departed on his first official visit to
China after establishing diplomatic ties with the country five
2017 Nov 14, Philippines
President Rodrigo Duterte attacked Canada's Justin Trudeau at the
end of a summit of Asian and Western nations for raising questions
about his war on drugs, a topic skirted by other leaders, including
US President Donald Trump.
2017 Nov 14, Russia's top
domestic security agency detained 69 suspected members of an
outlawed Islamic group during a raid near Moscow.
2017 Nov 14, Human Rights Watch
said Russian authorities have intensified a crackdown on Crimean
Tatars in an apparent bid to silence dissent on the Black Sea
(SFC, 11/16/17, p.A2)
2017 Nov 14, A Serbian court
issued suspended prison sentences for four suspects and acquitted
three others who were tried in the 2008 torching of the US embassy
in Belgrade after a rally against Kosovo's declaration of
2017 Nov 14, In Somalia the
United States military carried out an air strike against al Shabaab,
an al Qaeda-linked Islamist insurgency that wants to topple the
U.N.-backed government. Several militants were reported killed.
2017 Nov 14, A judge of South
Sudan's Supreme Court resigned, saying a lack of independence from
the executive had turned the judiciary into a "mockery" and
complaining of poor working conditions. All of South Sudan's judges
went on a five-month strike in May over poor pay.
2017 Nov 14, Tanzania offered a
reward of 10 million shillings ($4,500) for the arrest of a former
chief accountant of its anti-graft watchdog, part of a new drive to
root out corruption. Former chief accountant, Godfrey Gugai, was on
the run after his assets were frozen in May as part of a graft
2017 Nov 14, At the Vatican the
scandal-marred Legion of Christ Roman Catholic religious order
admitted it had offshore companies in Caribbean tax havens, but said
none was used for illegal activities. The Legion said it closed and
liquidated all offshore corporations, and currently doesn't have any
money deposited offshore.
2017 Nov 14, Rebel authorities
in Yemen said that a Saudi-led air strike had destroyed a navigation
station at Sanaa international airport, which is critical to
receiving already limited aid shipments.
2017 Nov 14, Zimbabwe was on
edge as armored personnel carriers were seen outside the capital a
day after the army commander threatened to "step in" to calm
political tensions over the president's firing of his deputy.
2018 Nov 14, The US Customs and
Border Protection announced that it has awarded a $167 million
contract to build 8 miles (13 km) of border wall in south Texas.
2018 Nov 14, It was reported
that US federal disease experts have confirmed 90 cases of
sudden-onset paralysis, almost all in children, this year. The
illness called acute flaccid myelitis was first widely reported in
(SFC, 11/14/18, p.C6)
2018 Nov 14, California's state
Supreme Court rejected an appeal by AC Transit of a jury's $15.3
million damage award to a Richmond woman whose spine was fractured
after a bus careened over a speed bump in a school zone in San Pablo
in August 2011. Unpaid damages plus interest now totaled $20.1
(SFC, 11/19/18, p.C1)
2018 Nov 14, In California
riots Pleasant Valley State Prison and Avenal State Prison, both in
Fresno County, involved hundreds of inmates and sent 11 to the
(SFC, 11/15/18, p.A7)
2018 Nov 14, In San Francisco
Bart Kylstra (52), the CEO of Rio Mobility, was found dead in a
mixed use building on the 1000 block of Market. Kuk Kim (28), the
chief operating oficer of the company, was booked the next day on
suspicion of murder.
(SSFC, 11/18/18, p.C2)
2018 Nov 14, In northern
California the death toll from Camp Fire in Butte County rose to 56
with 130 people still missing.
(SFC, 11/15/18, p.A1)
2018 Nov 14, Afghan officials
said thousands of members of the mainly Shi'ite Hazara ethnic
minority have fled their homes in the central province of Ghazni as
the Taliban pressed into two previously safe districts.
2018 Nov 14, Bangladesh
authorities said they are ready to begin repatriating some of the
more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled from army-led
violence in Myanmar since last year, but refugees scheduled to leave
said they would refuse to go because of fears for their safety.
2018 Nov 14, Bangladesh police
fired rubber bullets and tear gas at opposition party supporters in
the capital Dhaka as tension soared weeks before a general election.
2018 Nov 14, British PM Theresa
May defended her anguished draft divorce deal with the EU before
rowdy lawmakers and a splintered cabinet that threatens to fall
apart. Brexit supporters and opponents rallied near PM Theresa May's
Downing Street office. The cabinet endorsed the draft to end
Britain's four decades in the bloc, a nearly 600-page, dense legal
text that is far from certain to pass in the UK parliament.
(AFP, 11/14/18)(Reuters, 11/15/18)
2018 Nov 14, The British
government says it will cut the maximum stake on electronic slot
machines from 100 pounds ($130) to 2 pounds ($2.60) in April —
reversing an unpopular decision to delay the move.
2018 Nov 14, Cameroon's
military said at least 30 separatists have been killed in two days
of intense fighting in the turbulent English-speaking North West
region. The mayor of Nwa, a local council in the same region, was
found dead. He was believed to have been killed by separatists.
2018 Nov 14, Cuba said it would
pull 8,517 of its doctors from Brazil after the South American
nation’s President-elect Jair Bolsonaro questioned their training
and demanded changes to their contracts.
(Reuters, 11/14/18)(SFC, 6/12/19, p.A3)
2018 Nov 14, EU lawmakers said
European arms were stoking the conflict in Yemen, where a Saudi
Arabia-led coalition is battling Iran-backed Houthi rebels.
2018 Nov 14, In Fiji PM Voreqe
Bainimarama and his FijiFirst party were headed for a convincing
election win early today as votes were tallied.
2018 Nov 14, The French
government attempted to head off planned protests over rising fuel
costs by announcing a series of measures to help poorer families pay
2018 Nov 14, Reporters Without
Borders (RSF) said freedom of the press is being eroded in Gabon,
after the government suspended a newspaper for commenting on the
hospitalization of President Ali Bongo.
2018 Nov 14, Police in India
said a monkey has snatched a 12-day-old boy from his mother and
killed him in Runkata town on the outskirts of Agra.
2018 Nov 14, Iran's state media
reported the hanging of two financial traders convicted of
stockpiling gold coins and profiteering during a currency crisis.
(SFC, 11/15/18, p.A2)
2018 Nov 14, Israeli Defence
Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced his resignation on and called
for early elections after a sharp disagreement over a Gaza ceasefire
deal, throwing the government into turmoil.
2018 Nov 14, Italian borrowing
costs nudged higher after the populist government resubmitted draft
budget proposals without the significant changes sought by the
2018 Nov 14, The leader of
Latvia's New Conservative Party, Janis Bordans, abandoned his
attempt to form a government after three potential coalition
partners pulled out of talks. The president nominated Bordans as
prime minister last week and gave him a deadline of Nov. 21 to form
a government after October's vote, which delivered a fragmented
parliament of seven parties.
2018 Nov 14, Christian rivals
from the Lebanese civil war, Samir Geagea and Suleiman Frangieh,
shook hands with each other, marking a formal reconciliation to end
more than four decades of enmity.
2018 Nov 14, In Libya dozens of
migrants have barricaded themselves in a container ship in the port
city of Misrata for the past five days, after being picked up at
sea, and refuse to disembark, saying Libya is too dangerous for
2018 Nov 14, Malaysia's
anti-graft agency said the wife of ex-PM Najib Razak will face new
corruption charges, along with two former government officials and a
2018 Nov 14, In Mexico 398 more
migrants arrived at in Tijuana after more than a month's journey to
reach the US border.
(SFC, 11/15/18, p.A2)
2018 Nov 14, Palestinian Nawaf
al-Aatar (20) was killed by Israeli fire in the border area of the
northern Gaza Strip. A Gazan security source said he was fishing at
the time near the border fence.
2018 Nov 14, A knife wielding
Palestinian sneaked into a Jerusalem police station late today and
wounded four police officers before he was shot and captured.
(SFC, 11/16/18, p.A2)
2018 Nov 14, In Papua New
Guinea the APEC grouping of nations that includes the US and China
held its lavish annual leaders' meeting in the country that can
least afford it.
2018 Nov 14, Lawmakers in
Romania approved a bill that would cancel wiretap evidence used to
prosecute past corruption cases and could wipe out hundreds of
convictions, including that of the head of the ruling Social
2018 Nov 14, Meeting in
Singapore Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Japan's PM Shinzo
Abe agreed to step up the pace of talks to end a decades-old
2018 Nov 14, In Singapore
leaders of Southeast Asian nations again pushed back an agreement on
a pan-Asian free trade deal amid a whirlwind of diplomacy at their
annual summit. Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong said a final agreement
will be delayed until 2019.
2018 Nov 14, Sri Lanka's
Parliament passed the no-confidence motion against recently
appointed PM Mahinda Rajapaksa and his government with the backing
of 122 of the 225 lawmakers in a voice vote, followed by a signed
2018 Nov 14, A court sentenced
Turkish journalist Ali Unal to 19 years in jail on a charge of being
a leader in the network accused of carrying out a failed coup in
July 2016. Unal was chief writer at the now-defunct Zaman newspaper.
2018 Nov 14, A Turkish court
sentenced a German citizen to more than six years in jail on
terrorism charges. State news said Saide Inac, a singer who also
goes by the name Hozen Cane, was sentenced to six years and three
months in jail for her membership in an armed terrorist
2018 Nov 14, Ukraine's PM
Volodymyr Groisman accused local officials of causing a crisis that
has left hundreds of thousands without heating in freezing weather.
2018 Nov 14, The UN Security
Council unanimously voted to lift a nearly decade-old arms embargo
and targeted sanctions on Eritrea after a rapprochement with
Ethiopia and thawing of relations with Djibouti.
2018 Nov 14, In Yemen
pro-government forces were "ordered" to stop their assault against
the Iran-linked Huthi rebels until further notice, as the United
Arab Emirates, a key member of the pro-government coalition, threw
its weight behind "early" UN peace talks in Sweden.
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