Return to home1177 Nov 18,
Saladin marched north from Egypt with 26,000 light cavalry intent on
capturing the Kingdom of Jerusalem.
1307 Nov 18, William Tell shot
an apple off his son's head.
1421 Nov 18, Southern sea
flooded 72 villages, killing 10,000 in Netherlands.
1477 Nov 18, William Claxton
published the first dated book printed in England. “Dictes &
Sayengis of the Phylosophers," by Earl Rivers. It was a translation
from the French. [see 1473/1474]
1497 Nov 18, Vasco da Gama
reached the Cape of Good Hope.
1527 Nov 18, Luca Cambiaso,
Italian painter and sculptor, was born.
1626 Nov 18, Pope Urban VIII
consecrated St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome. Construction had begun in
(HN, 11/18/98)(SSFC, 2/18/07, p.A2)
1678 Nov 18, Giovanni Maria
Bononcini (36), composer, died.
1680 Nov 18, Jean-Baptiste
Loeillet, composer, was born.
1718 Nov 18, Voltaire's
"Oedipe" premiered in Paris.
1736 Nov 18, Carl Friedrich
Christian Fasch, composer, was born.
1745 Nov 18, Bonnie Prince
Charlie's troops occupied Carlisle. [see Nov 29]
1776 Nov 18, Hessians captured
Ft Lee, NJ.
1786 Nov 18, Karl Maria
Friedrich Ernst von Weber, German composer (Der Freischutz), was
1787 Nov 18, Louis-Jacques
Daguerre, French painter (daguerreotype), was born.
1787 Nov 18, Sojourner Truth,
abolitionist and feminist, was born. [see Nov 19]
1787 Nov 18, The 1st Unitarian
minister in US was ordained in Boston.
1789 Nov 18, Louis Jacques
Daguerre (d.1851), French painter, physicist and photography
pioneer, was born. He invented the process of setting the impression
on a light-sensitive, silver-coated metallic plate and developed by
mercury vapor. See contrasting info 1765-1833, Nicephore Niepce,
(AHD, 1971, p.332)(HN, 11/18/00)
1803 Nov 18, The Battle of
Vertieres was fought. Jean-Jacques Dessalines (b.1758), Haitian
rebel leader, led his army to decisive victory over the French with
his slogan "Cut off their heads and burn down their houses."
‘96, p.42)(AP, 4/7/03)
1804 Nov 18, Palver Purim
(Feast of Lots) was 1st celebrated to commemorate miraculous escape.
The Jewish festival marked the deliverance of the Jews in Persia
(WUD, 1994 p.1167)(MC, 11/18/01)
1810 Nov 18, Asa Gray (d.1888),
American botanist, was born. He wrote “Gray's Manual."
1820 Nov 18, U.S. Navy Capt.
Nathaniel B. Palmer discovered the frozen continent of Antarctica.
1824 Nov 18, Franz Sigel
(d.1902), Major General (Union volunteers), was born.
1836 Nov 18, William S. Gilbert
(d.1911), English playwright, librettist and humorist, was born. He
was one half of Gilbert & Sullivan. "Life is a joke that's
1841 Nov 18, Georg Chistoph
Grosheim (77), composer, died.
1848 Nov 18, In San Francisco
the Californian and the California Star newspapers merged and began
publishing under Edward Kemble (19) as The Star and Californian.
(PI, 8/8/98, p.5)(SFC, 7/19/14, p.C1)
1860 Nov 18, Ignacy Jan
Paderewski (d.1941), composer and 3rd prime minister of Poland
(1919), was born.
1861 Nov 18, The first
provisional meeting of the Confederate Congress was held in
1861 Nov 18, Poet and
abolitionist Julia Ward Howe (inset) accompanied her husband, Dr.
Samuel Howe, to Fort Griffin, Virginia, to review Union troops
defending the capital. The ceremony was cut short when the Federals
were forced to give chase to a nearby party of Confederates. Dr. and
Mrs. Howe returned to their Washington hotel, but Mrs. Howe awoke in
the early morning hours with "long lines" of a poem in her mind. She
rose in darkness and wrote six stanzas of The Battle Hymn of the
Republic on her husband's stationery based on chapter 63 of the Old
Testament’s Book of Isaiah. In February 1862, The Atlantic Monthly
printed the poem for a $5 payment. Soon troops all over the North
were singing the stirring words to the popular tune of John Brown's
Body, which had been composed in 1852.
(HNPD, 11/20/98)(HNQ, 5/21/02)
1865 Nov 18, Mark Twain's first
story "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" was
published in the New York Saturday Press. Biologists later thought
that the frog named Dan’l Webster by Twain was a California
red-legged frog and currently endangered.
(SFC, 5/18/96, p.A-6)(HN, 11/18/00)
1870 Nov 18, Dorthea Dix,
pseudonym for Elizabeth Gilman, who wrote syndicated advice, was
1874 Nov 18, Clarence Day,
American writer, was born in NYC. His work included “Life with
(HN, 11/18/00)(MC, 11/18/01)
1882 Nov 18, Amelita
Galli-Curci, Italian operatic soprano, was born.
1882 Nov 18, Jacques Maritain,
French Catholic philosopher (exponent of St Thomas), was born.
1883 Nov 18, Antonin Dvorak's
"Hussite Overture," premiered.
1883 Nov 18, The United States
and Canada adopted a system of Standard Time zones. The railroad
companies got together and established standard railroad time to
increase safety and surmount complex scheduling on local times. This
put an end to “God’s time."
(HFA, '96, p.18)(NG, March 1990, p.115)(AP,
11/18/97)(WSJ, 3/31/05, p.D8)
1883 Nov 18, Wilhelm Siemens,
German-British physicist (steam engine), died.
1886 Nov 18, Chester A. Arthur
(56), 21st president of the United States (1881-1885), died in New
1894 Nov 18, 1st Sunday
newspaper color comic section published in the NY World.
1899 Nov 18, Music conductor
Eugene Ormandy was born in Budapest, Hungary.
1900 Nov 18, Dr. Howard
Thurman, theologian and first African American to hold a full time
position at Boston University, was born.
1901 Nov 18, George Horatio
Gallup, American journalist and statistician, was born in Jefferson,
(HN, 11/18/98)(MC, 11/18/01)
1901 Nov 18, The 2nd
Hay-Pauncefote Treaty was signed. The U.S. was given extensive
rights by Britain for building and operating a canal through Central
1902 Nov 18, Brooklyn toymaker
Morris Michton named the teddy bear after Teddy Roosevelt.
1903 Nov 18, The
Hay-Bunau-Varilla Treaty was signed, granting the United States a
strip of land across the Isthmus of Panama and the right to build
and fortify the Panama Canal. Building an interoceanic canal was not
a new idea at the turn of the 20th century, but U.S. acquisition of
California in 1848 and territories in the Pacific and the Caribbean
after the Spanish-American War made the canal crucial to American
foreign policy. In January 1903, the Hay-Herran Treaty with
Columbia--Panama was a part of Columbia--would have given the United
States the land and the right to build a canal across Panama, but
Columbia refused to ratify the treaty. Subsequently, Panamanian
rebels--encouraged by American agents--rose against Columbia on
November 3, 1903. After a one-day coup, in which an American warship
offshore prevented Columbia from quelling the revolt and the only
casualty was a donkey, Panama declared her independence. A jubilant
President Theodore Roosevelt, pictured here at a Panama Canal
construction site, recognized the new republic three days later. The
Panama Canal, a cornerstone of Roosevelt's aggressive foreign
policy, was completed in 10 years.
1905 Nov 18, George Bernard
Shaw's "Major Barbara," premiered in London.
1905 Nov 18, The Norwegian
Parliament elected Prince Charles of Denmark to be the next King of
Norway. Prince Charles took the name Haakon VII.
1906 Nov 18, Anarchists bombed
Rome’s St. Peter’s Cathedral.
1908 Nov 18, Imogene Coca
d.2001), later co-star with Sid Caesar of the 1950s "Your Show of
Shows" TV program, was born in Philadelphia.
(SSFC, 6/3/01, p.A29)(AP, 11/18/08)
1909 Nov 18, John Herndon
Mercer [Johnny Mercer] (d.1976), songwriter, was born in Savannah,
Ga. John Herndon Mercer died on Jun 25, 1976, and was buried in
Boneventure Cemetery in Savannah, Ga.
(SFEC, 11/30/97, p.T5)(HN, 11/18/00)
1909 Nov 18, US invaded
Nicaragua and later overthrew Pres Zelaya.
1911 Nov 18, Alfred Binet,
French child psychologist, died.
1912 Nov 18, Cholera broke out
1916 Nov 18, Gen. Douglas Haig
finally called off 1st Battle of the Somme in Europe.
1919 Nov 18, H. Tierney's and
J. McCarthy's musical "Irene," premiered in NYC.
1921 Nov 18, New York City
considered varying work hours to avoid long traffic jams.
1922 Nov 18, Marcel Proust
(b.1871), French author (Recherche du Temps Perdu), died at 51. His
masterpiece was “Remembrance of Things Past." In 1998 it was turned
into a comic book series. In 1998 Alain de Botton published the
whimsical "How Proust Can Save Your Life." In 1999 Edmund White
wrote the biography "Marcel Proust." The major biography by John
Yves Taddie was scheduled to appear in English in 1999. In 2000
Roger Shattuck authored “Proust’s Way." William C. Carter authored
“Marcel Proust: A Life."
(SFC, 9/16/98, p.A10)(SFEC, 1/17/99, BR
p.3)(SFEC, 9/3/00, BR p.3)(MC, 11/18/01)
1923 Nov 18, Alan Shepard, the
first American astronaut in space, was born in East Derry, NH.
(HN, 11/18/98)(MC, 11/18/01)
1928 Nov 18, Walt Disney’s
"Steamboat Willie," starring Mickey Mouse, premiered at the Colony
Theater in NYC. It was the first successful sound-synchronized
(TMC, 1994, p.1928)(AP, 11/18/97)
1929 Nov 18, Dr. Vladimir K.
Zworykin demonstrated the "kinescope."
1929 Nov 18, A large quake in
Atlantic broke the Transatlantic cable in 28 places.
1929 Nov 18, Stalin sent troops
1930 Nov 18, The musical
"Smiles" with Bob Hope and Fred Astaire premiered in NYC.
1936 Nov 18, The main span of
the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco was joined.
1936 Nov 18, Germany and Italy
recognized the Spanish government of Francisco Franco.
1939 Nov 18, Margaret Atwood,
Canadian writer, was born. Her books included “The Edible Woman" and
“The Handmaid's Tale."
1939 Nov 18, The Irish
Republican Army exploded three bombs in Picadilly Circus.
1939 Nov 18, The Netherland
KNSM passenger ship Simon Bolivar hit a German mine and 86 died.
1941 Nov 18, British troops
opened an attack on Tobruk, North Africa.
1941 Nov 18, Mussolini's forces
left Abyssinia (Ethiopia).
1942 Nov 18, Jeffrey Siegel,
pianist (Chicago Symph), was born in Chicago Ill.
1942 Nov 18, Thornton Wilder's
"Skin of our Teeth," premiered in NYC.
1942 Nov 18, An AT-7 Beechcraft
military training plane crashed in the Mendel Glacier in
California’s Kings Canyon National Park. The 4-member training
flight left Mather Field in Sacramento, Ca., and was never heard
from again. On Sep 24, 1947, a hiker discovered wreckage of the
plane on a glacier in Kings Canyon. On Oct 16, 2005, a climber on
the Mendel Glacier discovered a body believed to be one of the crew
members. He was later identified as Leo M. Mustonen (22) of
Brainerd, Minn. The others were John M. Mortenson (25) of Moscow,
Idaho, William R. Gamber (23) of Fayette, Ohio, and Ernest G. Munn
of St. Clairsville, Ohio. A 2nd body was found under receding snow
in 2007 and was identified Ernest G. Munn.
(SFC, 10/20/05, p.A14)(SSFC, 10/23/05, p.B2)(SFC,
11/12/05, p.A1)(SFC, 2/9/06, p.A4)(SFC, 8/21/07, p.B2)(SFC, 3/10/08,
1943 Nov 18, 444 British
bombers attacked Berlin.
1943 Nov 18, U-211 sank in the
1949 Nov 18, Jackie Robinson of
the Brooklyn Dodgers was named the National League's Most Valuable
1949 Nov 18, The U.S. Air Force
grounded B-29s after two crashes and 23 deaths in three days.
1950 Nov 18, Bureau of Mines
disclosed its first production of oil from coal in practical
1950 Nov 18, South Korea Pres.
Syngman Rhee was forced to end mass executions.
1951 Nov 18, "See it Now"
premiered on TV.
1951 Nov 18, Chuck Connors,
former Cubs 1st baseman and future TV star of Rifleman, became the
1st player to oppose the major league draft.
1951 Nov 18, Two 4-engine
Korean airlift planes collided above Oakland Municipal Airport. One
plane crashed and the crew of 3 were killed. The other made an
emergency landing at SFO.
(SFC, 11/16/01, WB p.G4)
1951 Nov 18, British troops
occupied Ismailiya, Egypt. [see Jan 20, 1952]
1955 Nov 18, Bell X-2 rocket
plane was taken up for its 1st powered flight.
1957 Nov 18, Antonin Novotny
(1904-1975) was appointed president of Czechoslovakia and served to
1958 Nov 18, The cargo
freighter SS Carl D. Bradley sank during a storm in Lake Michigan,
claiming 33 of the 35 lives on board.
1958 Nov 18, The 1st true
reservoir in Jerusalem opened.
1959 Nov 18, "Ben-Hur," the
Biblical-era movie spectacle starring Charlton Heston, had its world
premiere in New York.
1961 Nov 18, JFK sent 18,000
military "advisors" to South Vietnam.
1962 Nov 18, Niels Bohr (77),
Danish physicist (atom, Nobel 1922), died.
1964 Nov 18, FBI Director J.
Edgar Hoover described civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. as
"the most notorious liar in the country" for accusing FBI agents in
Georgia of failing to act on complaints filed by blacks.
1965 Nov 18, Henry A. Wallace
(77), VP (1941-45) and founder (Progressive Party), died.
1966 Nov 18, US Roman Catholic
bishops did away with the rule against eating meat on Fridays
outside of Lent.
1966 Nov 18, Jean Peugeot,
French auto manufacturer, died.
1968 Nov 18, Soviets recovered
the Zond 6 spacecraft after a flight around the moon.
1969 Nov 18, Financier Joseph
Kennedy (b.1888), patriarch of the Kennedy family, died at Hyannis
Port, Mass. He had served as the first chairman of the SEC
(1934-1935) and as the US ambassador to the United Kingdom
(1938-1940). In 2012 David Nasaw authored “The Patriarch: The
Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy."
1970 Nov 18, US President
Richard Nixon requested Congress to approve $155 million in
supplemental aid for the Cambodian government. $85 million was later
allocated for military assistance. Cambodia’s PM Lon Nol (1913-1985)
had officially invited the US to extend the war in Vietnam into
Cambodia to wreck the Ho Chi Minh supply trail.
1970 Nov 18, Warren Harding
(d.2002 at 77) and Dean Caldwell scaled a new route up El Capitan in
Yosemite Valley after a 27 days effort. Harding 1st scaled El
Capitan in 1958.
(SFC, 3/9/02, p.A24)
1971 Nov 18, The US federal
Airborne-Hunting Act prohibited shooting animals from planes without
1973 Nov 18, The Greek regime
called an emergency crisis due to mass protests.
1975 Nov 18, Black Panther
leader Eldridge Cleaver (1935-1998) returned to US to face assault
charges from 1958.
1976 Nov 18, Man Ray (b.1890),
American Dada artist, died. He was born as Emmanuel Radnitsky in
Philadelphia and spent much of his time in France. His relationship
with photographer Lee Miller inspired both his painting and her
p.A16)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_Ray)(SFC, 7/14/12, p.E2)
1976 Nov 18, Spain's parliament
approved a bill to establish a democracy after 37 years of
1978 Nov 18, In Jonestown,
Guyana, California Rep. Leo J. Ryan and four other people,
investigating the Jim Jones cult, were killed by members of the
Peoples Temple. Greg Robinson, a SF Examiner photographer, Don
Harris, NBC correspondent, Bob Brown, NBC cameraman, and Patricia
Parks, a temple defector, were shot dead. Congressional aide Jackie
Speier survived 5 bullets. The killings were followed by a night of
mass murder and suicide. 918 people died at Jonestown, including 260
children. In 1982 John Jacobs and Tim Reiterman authored "Raven: The
Untold Story of the Rev. Jim Jones and His People." In 2010 Laura
Johnston Kohl authored “Jonestown Survivor: An Insider’s Look." In
2011 survivors unveiled a memorial at Evergreen Cemetery in Oakland,
Ca., with the names of all the dead.
11/17/96, p.22)(AP, 11/18/97)(SFEC, 11/8/98, p.A18)(SFC, 5/25/00,
p.C2)(SSFC, 11/16/03, p.D1)(http://tinyurl.com/4ync97m)(SFC,
1979 Nov 18, Ayatollah Khomeini
said the rest of the US hostages may be tried as spies if the Shah
is not released.
1981 Nov 18, In Los Angeles
Kazuyoshi Miura and his wife (28), visitors from Japan, were shot in
a downtown parking lot. His wife went into a coma and later died in
Japan. In 1985 Miura was arrested on suspicion of assaulting his
wife for insurance money and in 1994 he was convicted of murder. In
1998 a Japanese high court overturned the sentence. In 2008 Miura
was arrested in Saipan. He was extradited to the US and committed
suicide by hanging on Oct 10, 4 days prior to arraignment on murder
conspiracy charges. He was 61.
(SSFC, 2/24/08, p.B3)(SFC, 10/15/08, p.B4)
1981 Nov 18, Achilles G.
Rizzoli (b.1896), SF architectural visionary, died. He created a
2,600 page illustrated philosophical tract. The first book on his
art by Jo Farb Hernandez, John Beardsley and Roger Cardinal was
published in 1997: "A.G. Rizzoli: Architect of Magnificent Visions."
His apparent architectural drawings were "symbolizations" of people
3/22/98, DB p.9)(SFEC, 4/12/98, p.D5)(SFC, 9/7/13, p.C1)
1983 Nov 18, In Ohio Jenean
Brown (19) went missing. Her body was found 36 hours later
outside Toledo. She had been beaten and nearly decapitated. In 2013
DNA tests linked Andrew Gustafson (56) to her murder. In 2014
Gustafson pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and rape and
was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
(SFC, 12/23/14, p.A5)(http://tinyurl.com/lrsnwx3)
1983 Nov 18, Argentina
announced its ability to produce enriched uranium for nuclear
1984 Nov 18, The Soviets helped
deliver U.S. wheat during the Ethiopian famine.
1985 Nov 18, Bill Watterson’s
comic strip Calvin and Hobbes began a 10-year run that ended Dec 31,
1995. In 2005 Watterson published his 3-volume set: The complete
Calvin and Hobbes."
1985 Nov 18, Hai Vo of San
Francisco won $2 million in the California state lottery. He had
purchased his winning ticket with state welfare benefits.
(SSFC, 11/14/10, DB p.50)
1987 Nov 18, The congressional
Iran-Contra committees issued their final report, saying President
Reagan bore "ultimate responsibility" for wrongdoing by his aides.
1987 Nov 18, CBS Inc. announced
it had agreed to sell its records division to Sony Corp. for about
1987 Nov 18, Thirty-one people
died in a fire at King's Cross, London's busiest subway station.
1988 Nov 18, President Reagan
signed legislation creating a Cabinet-level drug czar and providing
the death penalty for drug traffickers who kill.
1989 Nov 18, Pennsylvania
became the 1st state to restrict abortions after Supreme Court gave
states the right to do so.
1989 Nov 18, Longshoreman Buck
Helm died at a hospital in Oakland, almost a month after he was
pulled from a section of the Nimitz Freeway flattened by the
northern California earthquake.
1990 Nov 18, President Bush
began a series of meetings in Paris with allied leaders aimed at
solidifying support for his Persian Gulf policies.
1990 Nov 18, In Iraq Saddam
offered to free an estimated 2,000 men held in Kuwait.
1990 Nov 18, Soviet President
Mikhail S. Gorbachev met at the Vatican with Pope John Paul the
Second, who said all possible efforts should be made to avoid war in
the Persian Gulf.
1991 Nov 18, Vukovar, capital
of eastern Slavonia, fell to the Serbs. They removed some 260
wounded Croat patients, hospital staff and political activists
sheltered in the Vukovar hospital and took them to the village of
Ovcara where most were shot and buried. On Mar 26, 1996 Slavko
Dokmanovic, the Serb mayor of Vukovar, was indicted for his role in
the incident. Investigators began uncovering bodies from the mass
grave in Sep, 1996. In Oct, 1996, a mass grave of about 100 bodies
was uncovered. When Serbs captured eastern Slavonia most of its
68,000 Croat residents were displaced to other parts of Croatia. In
1998 Dokmanovic hanged himself in jail at the Hague. In 1998 the
book "The Graves: Srebrenica and Vukovar" was published with
photographs by Gilles Peress and text by Eric Stover. In 1999
Vukovar returned to Croatian control.
(SFC, 9/12/96, p.A13)(SFC, 10/3/96, p.A14)(SFC,
4/11/97, p.A12)(SFC, 6/28/97, p.A10)(SFC, 6/30/98, p.A8)(SFEC,
12/20/98, BR p.6)(Econ, 11/29/03, p.47)
1991 Nov 18, France deported
Marlon Brando's daughter Cheyenne (21) to Tahiti to face charges of
acting as an accomplice in the killing of her lover last year.
1991 Nov 18, Shiite Muslim
kidnappers in Lebanon freed Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite and
Thomas Sutherland, the American dean of agriculture at the American
University of Beirut.
1992 Nov 18, "Malcolm X" with
Denzel Washington premiered in US.
1992 Nov 18, President-elect
Clinton began a two-day whirlwind visit to the nation's capital by
meeting with President Bush.
1992 Nov 18, Dorothy Kirsten
(82), US soprano, died in Los Angeles from stroke. Her 1982
autobiography was titled “A Time to Sing."
1993 Nov 18, The U.S. House of
Representatives joined the Senate in approving legislation aimed at
protecting abortion facilities, staff and patients.
1993 Nov 18, American Airlines
flight attendants went on strike. They ended their job action four
1993 Nov 18, Representatives of
21 South African political parties approved a new constitution.
1994 Nov 18, "Star Trek VII
1994 Nov 18, The Commerce
Department reported that America's trade deficit worsened to $10.13
billion in September.
1994 Nov 18, Cabell "Cab"
Calloway III (b.1907), American jazz singer and bandleader, died in
Hockessin, Del., at age 86.
1994 Nov 18, Fifteen people
were killed and more than 150 wounded when Palestinian police opened
fire on rioting worshippers outside a mosque in the Gaza Strip.
1995 Nov 18, With no relief in
sight from a budget impasse that forced a partial federal shutdown,
the House rebelled against Republican leaders during a raucous
Saturday session and voted to oppose formally adjourning the chamber
until Monday. GOP leaders put the chamber into recess anyway.
1995 Nov 18, Mike Foster was
elected as the 53rd governor of Louisiana.
1996 Nov 18, Harold James
Nicholson, former CIA station chief, was arrested for espionage. He
was said to have started passing information to Russia from Kuala
Lumpur, Malaysia, in June of 1994 and collected [more than $120,000]
as much as $180,000. Nicholson later pleaded guilty to espionage and
was sentenced to 23 1/2 years in prison. He was spared a life
sentence for cooperating with investigators.
(SFC, 11/19/96, p.A1)(SFC, 11/22/96, p.A20)(AP,
1996 Nov 18, In Belarus Prime
Minister Mikhail Chigir resigned and 75 of 199 lawmakers signed
petitions to impeach president Lukashenko.
(SFC, 11/19/96, p.A13)
1996 Nov 18, In Moldova Pres.
Mircea Snegur and Parliament Speaker Petru Lucinschi went into 2nd
round elections. Voters seemed to seek a diminished relationship
with Russia and closer ties with Romania.
(SFC, 11/19/96, p.A14)
1996 Nov 18, Rwandan troops
descended on the Chimanga refugee camp in eastern Zaire (later
CongoDRC) and opened fire killing some 500 refugees.
(Econ, 9/4/10, p.51)(http://tinyurl.com/29j5mmv)
1996 Nov 18, In Thailand
Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, former defense minister, led the New
Aspiration Party to victory in elections and recruited 5 other
parties to form a coalition government.
(SFC, 11/19/96, p.A15)
1997 Nov 18, Charles Frazier
won the National Book Award for his novel “Cold Mountain." The
best-seller was about a Confederate soldier trying to return to his
North Carolina home.
(USAT, 11/19/97, p.22A)(SFC, 4/9/02, p.D2)
1997 Nov 18, The FBI officially
pulled out of the probe into the TWA Flight 800 disaster, saying the
explosion that destroyed the Boeing 747, killing all 230 people
aboard, was not caused by a criminal act.
1997 Nov 18, In the US First
Union Corp. announced the purchase of CoreStates Financial Corp. for
1997 Nov 18, The Willem de
Kooning painting, "Two Standing Women," sold for $4,182,500.
1997 Nov 18, In India a school
bus plunged into the Yamuna River in New Delhi and at least 30
children were killed and another 20 missing. The driver was reported
to be racing another bus.
(SFC, 11/19/97, p.A14)
1997 Nov 18, Holocaust
survivors from Latvia received the first checks from a $200 million
fund set up by Swiss banks. Individual survivors were to each
(SFC, 11/19/97, p.C4)
1997 Nov 18, In Russia Tariq
Aziz and Pres. Yeltsin worked on a peaceful resolution to the UN
weapons inspection crises and announced a plan.
(SFC, 11/19/97, p.A19)
1997 Nov 18, In Taiwan Chen
Chin-hsing held a South African embassy official and his family
hostage and demanded the release of his wife and brother-in-law.
(SFC, 11/19/97, p.C3)
1997 Nov 18, In Tajikistan
Karine Mane of France, a UN worker for the High Commissioner for
refugees, was kidnapped along with Franck Janier-Dubry in Dushanbe.
(SFC, 12/1/97, p.A13)
1998 Nov 18, Alice McDermott
won the National Book Award in fiction for her novel “Charming
Billy." The non-fiction prize went to Edward Ball for his “slaves in
the Family." Gerald Stern won in the poetry category.
(SFC, 11/19/98, p.E3)
1998 Nov 18, The GOP nominated
Bob Livingston of Louisiana to replace Newt Gingrich as speaker, and
for the 1st time elected an African-American, Oklahoma’s J.C. Watts,
to their leadership. Livingston, however, resigned from the House
before he could take over the speakership after admitting to marital
(SFC, 11/19/98, p.A1)(AP, 11/18/99)
1998 Nov 18, In Jakarta
thousands marched in continuing protests. It was also reported that
students were killed the previous week with live bullets. The
military had insisted that only plastic and blank ammunition was
(SFC, 11/19/98, p.C3)
1998 Nov 18, Frederick McPhail
(27), a graduate student from NYU, was found dead in a car in Mexico
City. In 1999 13 current and former police officers were arrested as
suspects in a gang that robbed and kidnapped tourists. In 2000 6
former police officers received sentences as long as 98 years for
the death of McPhail, whom they robbed and forced to drink a bottle
(SFC, 2/1/99, p.A7)
1998 Nov 18, Serbian Pres.
Milan Milutinovic rejected a US blueprint for the future of Kosovo,
saying that it gave too much power to the ethnic Albanians.
(SFC, 11/19/98, p.A12)
1998 Nov 18, The Swedish bank
Skandinavska Enskilda acquired a 32% stake in Esti Uhispank of
Estonia, as well as a 36% stake in Latvia’s Latvijas Unibanka.
Skandinavska Enskilda, controlled by the Wallenberg family, was also
negotiating a deal to acquire interest in Vilniaus Bank of
(WSJ, 11/19/98, p.A16)
1999 Nov 18, Pres. Clinton at a
conference in Turkey of the Organization for Security and
Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) urged Pres. Yeltsin to stop the bombing
and rocket attacks in Chechnya.
(SFC, 11/19/99, p.A1)
1999 Nov 18, US Congress
approved a $385 billion compromise spending bill. It included funds
to pay UN dues and restored $12 billion worth of cuts in the
(SFC, 11/19/99, p.A3)
1999 Nov 18, A jury in Jasper,
Texas, convicted Shawn Allen Berry of murder for his role in the
dragging death of James Byrd Junior, but spared him the death
1999 Nov 18, The US Sacagawea
"Golden Dollar" coin went into full production.
(WSJ, 11/19/99, p.C15)
1999 Nov 18, In College
Station, Texas, a pyramid of logs for a traditional football bonfire
collapsed and killed 11 students of Texas A&M University. One of
28 injured died the next day.
(SFC, 11/19/99, p.A1)
1999 Nov 18, Paul Bowles,
author and composer, died in Tangiers at age 88. His written work
included the novel "The Sheltering Sky," which was made into a 1990
film. He also wrote "Let It Come Down," "The Spider's House" and "Up
Above the World." His music included a "Sonata for Oboe and
(SFC, 11/19/99, p.D8)(WSJ, 11/23/99, p.A22)
1999 Nov 18, In Afghanistan
Taliban fighter planes bombed the opposition held Panjshir Valley
and at least 13 people were killed and 64 wounded.
(SFC, 11/19/99, p.D2)
1999 Nov 18, In Brazil
assailants broke into a house in Sao Vicente and shot 8 people to
death, 2 men, 3 boys and 3 women.
(SFC, 11/19/99, p.A21)
1999 Nov 18, The UN high
commissioner for refugees, Sadako Ogata, visited Chechen refugee
camps in Ingushetia. Some 215,000 refugees had fled Russian attacks.
(SFC, 11/19/99, p.A18)
1999 Nov 18, In the southern
Philippines fighting between government troops and separatist rebels
left at least 32 dead.
(SFC, 11/19/99, p.D2)
2000 Nov 18, In Florida the
absentee ballot count raised Gov. Bush’s lead over Al Gore to 930
votes. George W. Bush's campaign fiercely attacked the
hand-recounting of votes in Florida's presidential election,
depicting a process riddled with human error and Democratic bias; Al
Gore's lawyers defended the effort in papers filed with the state
(SFEC, 11/19/00, p.A1)(AP, 11/18/01)
2000 Nov 18, Some 2000 women
from 19 Arab countries met in Cairo to push for improved status in
their male-dominated societies.
(SFEC, 11/19/00, p.C16)
2000 Nov 18, A Palestinian
police officer sneaked into a Jewish settlement in Gaza and shot
dead an Israeli soldier. He wounded 2 others before he was killed.
(SFEC, 11/19/00, p.A14)
2000 Nov 18, Ivan Shchur (34),
a Russian merchant seaman, was rescued from the barge Meridian,
after being adrift in Arctic ice floes for over 3 weeks.
(SFEC, 11/19/00, p.A14)
2001 Nov 18, In Georgia
thousands demonstrated outside Fort Benning during the annual march
to the post to protest the School of the Americas training for Latin
(SFC, 11/19/01, p.A15)
2001 Nov 18, Phillips Petroleum
and Conoco Inc. announced they were merging in a $35 billion deal
that created the third-largest U.S. oil and gas company.
(SFC, 11/19/01, p.A13)(AP, 11/18/02)
2001 Nov 18, The IMF and World
Bank ended their meeting in Ottawa and made a call for increasing
aid to developing countries.
(SFC, 11/19/01, p.A15)
2001 Nov 18, Northern Alliance
leaders agreed to join UN sponsored talks to form a new government.
Haji Qadir formed a new alliance to govern Jalalabad. US planes
continued strikes around Kunduz and Kandahar. US strikes on a
Taliban convoy were later considered as a marking point for the
downfall of the Taliban.
(SFC, 11/19/01, p.A1,3)(SFC, 1/2/02, p.A6)
2001 Nov 18, In London some
15,000 people of the Stop the War coalition demonstrated against
US-led bombing in Afghanistan.
(SFC, 11/19/01, p.A4)
2001 Nov 18, In Bulgaria
Socialist Georgi Parvanov (44) won 53% of the presidential vote
against incumbent Petar Stoyanov. This signaled discontent with the
pace of reforms of PM Simeon Saxcoburggotski.
(SFC, 11/19/01, p.A14)(WSJ, 11/19/01, p.A1)
2001 Nov 18, Russia dropped all
conditions and opened talks with Chechnya.
(SFC, 11/19/01, p.A15)
2001 Nov 18, In Spain 8 men,
Soldiers of Allah, detained last week were reported to be members of
the al Qaeda network and to have played a role in the Sep 11
(SFC, 11/19/01, p.A5)(SFC, 11/20/01, p.A7)
2002 Nov 18, A US federal
review court expanded the government's power to use wiretaps and
searches to prosecute suspected terrorists and spies.
(SFC, 11/19/02, p.A1)
2002 Nov 18, James Coburn (74),
film actor, died. His films included "Our Man Flint" and "The
(SFC, 11/19/02, p.A2)
2002 Nov 18, It was reported
that Dubai was constructing the $5.5 billion Palm Island resort
project, scheduled for completion in 2006. The $4.9 billion
Dubailand tourist city included 45 theme parks, sports centers and
(WSJ, 11/18/02, p.A1)(Econ, 12/6/03, p.42)
2002 Nov 18, The Greek Cypriot
government said it accepted "as a basis for negotiations" a U.N.
plan for the reunification of the divided eastern Mediterranean
2002 Nov 18, In India a rebel
land mine killed at least 20 people in a bus in Andhra Pradesh
state. The leftist People's War Group was blamed.
(SFC, 11/19/02, p.A10)
2002 Nov 18, UN inspectors
returned to Iraq after a 4-year hiatus to resume the search for
weapons of mass destruction.
2002 Nov 18, Zimbabwe banned
citizens from swearing or making offensive gestures during the
passage of Pres. Mugabe's motorcades.
(WSJ, 11/19/02, p.A1)
2003 Nov 18, Pres. Bush brought
a forceful defense of the Iraq invasion to skeptical Britons,
arguing that history proves war is sometimes necessary when certain
values are threatened.
2003 Nov 18, California Gov.
Schwarzenegger laid out a plan for a $15 billion bond issue to ease
the state budget crises.
(WSJ, 11/19/03, p.A1)
2003 Nov 18, A judge in
Modesto, Calif., ordered Scott Peterson to stand trial for the
killing of his wife, Laci, and their unborn son. Peterson was later
convicted and sentenced to death.
2003 Nov 18, Barry Bonds won
his record sixth National League MVP award.
2003 Nov 18, The Massachusetts
Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that a ban on same sex marriage is illegal.
Lawmakers were given 180 days to allow gay marriages.
(SFC, 11/19/03, p.A1)(WSJ, 11/19/03, p.A1)
2003 Nov 18, Some 30 Taliban
guerrillas attacked a road checkpoint in southern Afghanistan,
killing three militiamen and wounding two others. The UN refugee
agency began pulling foreign staff out of Afghanistan after the
killing of French worker.
(AP, 11/19/03)(AP, 11/18/04)
2003 Nov 18, A Palestinian
gunman, his rifle wrapped in a prayer mat, walked to a West Bank
checkpoint and killed two Israeli soldiers at close range.
2003 Nov 18, The UN war crimes
tribunal issued an indictment against former Croatian Serb leader
Milan Babic on five counts of war crimes for a campaign of ethnic
cleansing in the Krajina region of Croatia early in the Balkan wars.
(AP, 11/18/03)(WSJ, 11/19/03, p.A1)
2003 Nov 18, In Zimbabwe police
broke up demonstrations across the country against President Robert
Mugabe's autocratic rule, arresting nearly 90 protesters, including
14 leaders of Zimbabwe's main labor federation.
2004 Nov 18, In Little Rock,
Ark., an estimated 30,000 guests attended the opening of the Clinton
Presidential Center, a 30-acre, $165 million glass-and-steel home of
artifacts and documents gathered during Clinton's eight years in the
(AP, 11/18/04)(Econ, 11/13/04, p.36)
2004 Nov 18, The US government
reported a possible case of mad cow disease.
(SFC, 11/19/04, p.A3)
2004 Nov 18, US Army doctors
said some 100 soldiers wounded in the Mideast and Afghanistan had
come down with rare, treatment resistant blood infections.
(WSJ, 11/19/04, p.A1)
2004 Nov 18, FDA officer David
Graham identified 5 drugs with dangerous side effects: Crestor to
lower cholesterol, Meridia for weight loss, Bextra for pain,
Accutane for acne, and Serevent for asthma.
(SFC, 11/19/04, p.A1)
2004 Nov 18, Genentech and its
partners announced FDA approval of the experimental lung cancer
(SFC, 11/19/04, p.A3)
2004 Nov 18, Former Ku Klux
Klansman Bobby Frank Cherry (74), who was convicted of killing four
black girls in a racially motivated bombing of a Birmingham, Ala.,
church in 1963, died in prison.
2004 Nov 18, Cy Coleman (75),
composer, died in NYC. His Broadway musicals included “wildcat"
(1960), “Sweet Charity" (1966) and “I Love My Wife" (1977).
(SFC, 11/20/04, p.B6)
2004 Nov 18, A UN report said
opium and heroin production in Afghanistan had rocketed to near
record levels. It accounted for over 60% of Afghan GDP and 87% of
(SFC, 11/19/04, p.A1)(WSJ, 11/19/04, p.A1)
2004 Nov 18, Britain outlawed
fox hunting in England and Wales as elected legislators used the
1949 Parliament Act to win a dramatic standoff with the House of
Lords to ban the popular country sport.
(AP, 11/18/04)(SFC, 11/19/04, p.A2)
2004 Nov 18, A woman (48)
became the first person in Chilean history to file for divorce.
2004 Nov 18, Insurgents
detonated a car bomb near a US military convoy in Baghdad and a
roadside bomb exploded at a job recruiting center in the northern
city of Kirkuk, in attacks that killed four people.
2004 Nov 18, US troops
discovered four decapitated bodies and captured dozens of militants
during operations to purge northern Mosul of insurgents.
2004 Nov 18, Israeli troops
killed three Egyptian policemen mistaken for Palestinian militants
along the Gaza-Egypt border.
2004 Nov 18, The Macedonian
parliament accepted the resignation of PM Hari Kostov and his
cabinet, leaving President Branko Crvenkovski 10 days to select a
2004 Nov 18, Myanmar's military
government said it had begun releasing thousands of prisoners who
may have been wrongly imprisoned by a recently disbanded military
2004 Nov 18, A survey said
Swiss teenagers smoke more cannabis than their peers in every other
2004 Nov 18, The UN Security
Council opened an extraordinary two-day session in Nairobi, the
first outside its New York headquarters in 14 years. Sudan topped
the agenda. Great Lakes regional foreign ministers approved a pact
for greater cross-border cooperation and confidence-building. It was
due to be adopted at a summit in Dar es Salaam.
(AP, 11/18/04)(AP, 11/19/04)
2005 Nov 18, The
Republican-controlled House spurned a call for an immediate pullout
of troops from Iraq in a 403-3 vote hastily arranged by the GOP that
Democrats denounced as politically motivated.
2005 Nov 18, The US Senate
voted to extend $60 billion in tax cuts for individuals and
businesses but added a $5 billion tax on big oil companies, drawing
a veto threat from the White House. Congress voted itself a $3,100
pay raise. Pres. Bush signed the raise into law 2 weeks later.
(Reuters, 11/19/05)(SFC, 12/6/05, p.A3)
2005 Nov 18, US officials said
that US and Canadian police have arrested 291 people in a major drug
bust that was given unprecedented cooperation by Vietnamese agents.
The 2-year operation covered ecstasy, which was shipped into Canada
in powder form, turned into pills and then smuggled across the
border along with massive amounts of marijuana.
2005 Nov 18, In Washington DC
Michael Scanlon (35) was charged with conspiring with former
lobbyist Jack Abramoff to bribe government officials and bilk
millions of dollars from Indian tribes. In March, 2002, Ohio Rep.
Robert Ney agreed to back legislative language to benefit the Tigua
tribe of El Paso, Texas, a client of Abramoff and Scanlon.
(SFC, 11/19/05, p.A3)
2005 Nov 18, A civil jury in
Florida ruled 10-2 that Robert Blake (72), former “Baretta" TV star,
intentionally caused the 2001 death of Bonny Lee Bakley, and ordered
him to pay her children $30 million.
(SFC, 11/19/05, p.A2)
2005 Nov 18, A federal jury in
Tennessee held that Nicolas Carranza (72), a former Salvadoran
colonel, was responsible for murder and torture during the 1980s
civil war in El Salvador and ordered him to pay $6 million in
damages to his accusers.
(SFC, 11/19/05, p.A5)
2005 Nov 18, Scott Winfield
Davis (40), was arrested in Palo Alto, Ca., for the 1996 Atlanta
shooting death of David Coffin Jr., heir to a Connecticut family
that founded the Dexter Corp. Initial charges against Davis were
dropped in 1998 due to insufficient evidence. David Coffin Jr. On
December 4, 2006, a jury in Fulton County, Georgia, found Davis
guilty on all counts of malice murder and felony murder.
2005 Nov 18, In Pennsylvania an
oil painting by Jackson Pollock and a silkscreen by Andy Warhol were
stolen from the Everhart Museum by thieves who shattered a glass
door in the back of the building. The thieves had disappeared by the
time police arrived, four minutes after the alarm sounded at 2:30
2005 Nov 18, Ford Motor Co.,
said it plans to eliminate 4,000 salaried jobs, or 10% of its North
American white-collar work force, as part of a larger restructuring
2005 Nov 18, Cisco Systems Inc.
agreed to acquire the cable TV technology company Scientific-Atlanta
Inc. for about $6.9 billion in a move that would create a one-stop
shop, and market leader, in distributing television to living rooms
over the Internet.
2005 Nov 18, Swiss Reinsurance
Co., the world's second-largest reinsurer, said it will acquire most
of General Electric Co.'s insurance unit for $6.8 billion in cash
2005 Nov 18, Tropical Storm
Gamma, the 24th storm of the busiest hurricane season on record,
formed off the coast of Central America, and forecasters said it
could threaten Florida by the beginning of next week.
2005 Nov 18, The relationship
of star anise to bird flu was documented by Peter S. Goodman in an
article for the Washington Post.
2005 Nov 18, Scientists
reported that a single gene in mice, which controlled the production
of a protein called stathmin, can turn cautious animals into daring
(SFC, 11/18/05, p.A2)
2005 Nov 18, In Afghanistan a
Portuguese soldier was killed and three others were wounded when an
explosion struck their vehicles outside Kabul.
2005 Nov 18, In Bradford,
England, a gang of men shot and killed Sharon Beshenivsky (38), an
unarmed policewoman, and wounded another. Police arrested six people
in connection with the crime. In October 2006 Muzzaker Imtiaz Shah
(25), one of 5 men due to be tried, admitted the killing. In 2007
Mustaf Jama (27) was arrested in Somalia and flown back to Britain
to face charges related to the murder. Five people were already
convicted in connection with Beshenivsky's death.
(AP, 11/19/05)(AFP, 10/11/06)(AFP, 11/2/07)
2005 Nov 18, In Canada
officials said a strain of H5 bird flu was found in a duck on a
commercial farm in British Columbia's Fraser Valley. Tests soon
confirmed that the strain was nonlethal.
(AP, 11/19/05)(WSJ, 11/21/05, p.A1)
2005 Nov 18, China and Chile
signed a free-trade agreement on behalf of their nations, the first
between China and a Latin American country.
2005 Nov 18, In Colombia
Indians who have seized control of 18 large farms vowed to stage
protests across the country after land reform talks with President
Alvaro Uribe ended without any agreements.
2005 Nov 18, Conservative
leader Angela Merkel took a last step toward becoming Germany's
first female chancellor when she and other party officials signed a
hard-won agreement to form a left-right coalition government.
2005 Nov 18, In Honduras Herlan
Colindres (16), a street gang member implicated in 17 killings
including a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent, escaped from
a juvenile prison for the fifth time in three years, just as he
2005 Nov 18, In eastern Iraq
suicide bombers killed at least 75 worshippers at two mosques
including 2 suicide bombers who detonated themselves inside a Shiite
mosque in Khanaqin, a town near the Iranian border, killing at least
35 people. In Baghdad two car bombs targeted a hotel housing foreign
journalists and killed eight Iraqis.
(AP, 11/18/05)(AP, 11/19/05)(SFC, 11/19/05, p.A1)
2005 Nov 18, An Italian judge
who refuses to hear cases because there are crucifixes in the
nation's courtrooms was convicted of failing to carry out his
official duties and sentenced to seven months in jail.
2005 Nov 18, In Kuwait a bus
carrying US troops overturned, killing one American soldier and
injuring 19 others.
2005 Nov 18, A Dutch television
show claimed to have knocked down a chain of 4,155,476 dominoes in a
new world record, but organizers conceded the event was overshadowed
by the earlier shooting of an errant sparrow. The bird caused some
23,000 dominoes to fall on Nov 14. The record was later adjusted to
4,002,146 after a legal expert ruled that a person had illegally
caused 153,340 dominoes to fall.
(AP, 11/18/05)(SFC, 11/23/05,
2005 Nov 18, In Gaza 2 rival
clans and Palestinian police exchanged fire in a dispute over land
in the area of a former Israeli settlement, killing Naef Astal (17)
and wounding 5 people.
2005 Nov 18, Peru’s government
renewed a state of emergency in several isolated jungle and highland
provinces amid reports of leftist rebel activity.
2005 Nov 18, A Russian UN
official accused of money laundering was released on $500,000 bail
posted by his government. Vladimir Kuznetsov (48), who chaired the
powerful UN budget oversight committee, had been jailed since Sept.
1 on charges that he conspired with a UN procurement officer to
launder hundreds of thousands of dollars from foreign companies
seeking contracts with the world body.
2005 Nov 18, An election
official said PM Mahinda Rajapakse, a hard-liner toward Tamil
rebels, won Sri Lanka's presidential election by a narrow margin.
Suspected separatist rebels in Akkaraipattu tossed grenades into a
Mosque during morning prayers, killing at least four Muslim
worshippers. Rajapakse later appointed his 3 brothers to run
(AP, 11/18/05)(Econ, 6/9/07, p.26)
2005 Nov 18, South Korean riot
police used high pressure hoses to hold back protesters chanting
anti-Bush slogans from the site of the APEC summit at Busan.
(WSJ, 11/19/05, p.A1)
2005 Nov 18, South Korea
announced plans to pull a third of its troops out of Iraq, a day
after President Bush met with his South Korean counterpart and
praised him as a staunch ally in the Iraq conflict.
2005 Nov 18, Turkey’s energy
minister said oil from a U.S.-backed Caspian pipeline has crossed
the Turkish border from Georgia on its way to a Mediterranean port
for where it will be exported to the West.
2005 Nov 18, In Turkey a bomb
placed in a trash can exploded near a fairground in Istanbul,
killing one person and injuring 12.
2006 Nov 18, President Bush
lobbied world leaders in Vietnam and lined up support for pressuring
North Korea to prove it is serious about dismantling its nuclear
weapons program. Asia-Pacific leaders put their political muscle
behind the drive to free up global trade, but they struggled to find
common ground on how best to tackle the North Korea nuclear crisis.
2006 Nov 18, Tom Cruise and
Katie Holmes exchanged wedding vows in a glowing 15th-century castle
in the medieval lakeside town of Bracciano, Italy.
2006 Nov 18, Algerian President
Abdelaziz Bouteflika appealed for private investment in the North
African country as he opened the 10th congress of Arab businessmen
2006 Nov 18, In Australia
police on horseback and wielding batons clashed with rock- and
bottle-throwing demonstrators outside a G-20 meeting of some the
world's top financial officials, turning what had been promised as a
peaceful rally against poverty into running street skirmishes.
2006 Nov 18, Bangladesh's main
opposition announced it would form a grand alliance with other major
political parties to force the ouster of a controversial election
chief and pave the way for "fair" elections.
2006 Nov 18, In Belgium Els Van
Doren (38) smashed into a back garden from some 4,500 meters because
both her main and reserve parachutes failed to open after she jumped
from a plane with Els Clottemans (26), their lover, Dutchman Marcel
Somers, and another man. In 2010 Els Clottemans went on trial
charged with the murder of her fellow skydiver and love rival. She
was convicted and jailed for 30 years for killing her rival.
(AP, 9/24/10)(AFP, 10/21/10)
2006 Nov 18, British PM Tony
Blair arrived in Pakistan for talks with President Pervez Musharraf
on how to defeat a resurgent Taliban, pool counter-terrorist
intelligence and tackle militancy in Pakistan's religious schools.
2006 Nov 18, In southern China
police in Dongzhou dispersed a crowd and freed 8 hostages held
captive for a week by villagers angry about the detention of a local
activist. In eastern China a stampede on a stairwell killed six
children and injured 11 at Tutang Middle School in Jiangxi
province's Duchang County.
(AP, 11/18/06)(AP, 11/19/06)
2006 Nov 18, Jean-Pierre Bemba,
the former rebel who lost Congo's presidential elections, filed a
lawsuit at the Supreme Court to challenge the vote count as dozens
of his supporters marched through downtown Kinshasa.
2006 Nov 18, Gabonese President
Omar Bongo said in a statement that the Central African Economic and
Monetary Community (CEMAC) had "acceded to a request from the
Central African Republic authorities to intervene in securing
conflict zones." CEMAC's members include the Central African
Republic, Chad, Gabon, Congo, Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea.
2006 Nov 18, Iraqi forces
searching for four American security contractors and an Austrian,
who were kidnapped in southern Iraq, detained about 200 suspected
insurgents. Islamic Companies, a previously unknown group, claimed
responsibility for the kidnapping, according to an Iranian-run
Arabic-language satellite news station. US military killed 11
insurgents and detained 24 suspected ones in raids in and around the
Iraqi cities of Tikrit, Baqouba, Hit, Youssifiyah and Baghdad. Ten
people were killed, including three policemen shot by insurgents in
Diyala province. Police found 23 corpses in Iraq, including 20 in
Baghdad. Britain's Treasury chief Gordon Brown, who is expected to
replace PM Tony Blair as Britain's leader next year, made an
unannounced visit to Iraq to meet with Iraqi officials and British
(AP, 11/18/06)(AP, 11/19/06)
2006 Nov 18, Avigdor Lieberman,
Israel's new deputy prime minister, said Israel should ignore
moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, wipe out the Hamas
leadership and walk away from the U.S.-backed "road map" peace plan.
2006 Nov 18, Italian Premier
Romano Prodi won a key confidence vote in the Chamber of Deputies on
the center-left government's planned 2007 budget, which included
heavily protested tax increases and spending cuts.
2006 Nov 18, The Mexican
government released a long-awaited report that for the first time
officially blamed "the highest command levels" of three former
presidencies for the massacres, tortures and slayings of hundreds of
leftists from the 1960s to the 1980s. In Michoacan state at least
three of 10 lawyers being held hostage by inmates were killed after
police raided the Mil Cumbres prison in Morelia to try to rescue
2006 Nov 18, Movladi Baisarov,
the former head of one of Chechnya's shadowy security forces, was
fatally shot in Moscow by law enforcement officers who were trying
to detain him on suspicion of abductions and killings in the
violence-plagued southern region.
2006 Nov 18, In Sri Lanka a sea
battle, a bomb blast and gunfire killed at least 23 people, a day
after the rebels denounced a government call to disarm as a joke.
2006 Nov 18, Sudanese Foreign
Minister Lam Akol told reporters "We did not agree to the deployment
of hybrid United Nations-African Union forces in Darfur, as was
declared by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan after the Addis Ababa
consultative meeting." He said the Sudanese delegation agreed only
on UN technical units to back up the AU forces in Darfur.
2006 Nov 18, Soldiers and
police from New Zealand arrived in the Tongan capital to help
restore order after mobs demanding democratic reforms destroyed much
of the capital in unprecedented rioting that left at least eight
2007 Nov 18, Chris Daughtry's
band won favorite pop-rock album for "Daughtry," as well as
breakthrough artist and adult contemporary artist at the American
2007 Nov 18, Detroit pushed
past St. Louis to become the nation's most dangerous city, according
to a private research group's controversial analysis of annual FBI
crime statistics. Flint, Mich., ranked 3rd and Oakland, Ca., ranked
(AP, 11/19/07)(SFC, 11/19/07, p.A3)
2007 Nov 18, The Jesuit order
of the Roman Catholic Church in Oregon agreed to pay $50 million to
110 Eskimos to settle claims of sexual abuse in Alaska.
(SFC, 11/19/07, p.A3)(Reuters, 11/19/07)
2007 Nov 18, Greenpeace said an
international commission designed to protect bluefin tuna stocks has
effectively increased the fishing quota for 2008 from what was
already an "unsustainable" level. Greenpeace said the annual meeting
of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic
Tunas (ICCAT), held in Turkey had approved a nearly 1,000-ton
increase in the 2008 catch.
2007 Nov 18, A new Afghanistan
Human Development Report said Afghanistan is fifth last on a global
index of human development, despite billions of dollars in aid and
help since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001. Police shot and
killed two suspected Taliban militants as they approached a police
checkpoint on a motorbike. In southern Helmand province, Taliban
militants attacked a police checkpoint, killing two officers and
wounding four others.
(AP, 11/18/07)(AFP, 11/18/07)(AP, 11/19/07)
2007 Nov 18, The death toll
from a cyclone that devastated Bangladesh has surpassed 2,200, as
rescuers struggled through blocked paths to reach hundreds of
thousands of survivors awaiting aid in wrecked homes and flooded
fields. The head of the country's Red Crescent Society said up to
5,000 to 10,000 people are believed to have died in the cyclone.
(AP, 11/18/07)(AFP, 11/18/07)
2007 Nov 18, British ambassador
Andrew Anderson said Algeria has formally demanded the extradition
from Britain of former Algerian bank chief Rafik Khalifa, sentenced
to life over a massive embezzlement scandal.
2007 Nov 18, MTV Arabia, an
Arab version of the pop-culture channel, began broadcasting from
2007 Nov 18, Separatist rebels
said Ethiopia's air force has been "carpet-bombing" villages and
nomadic settlements in its oil- and gas-rich Ogaden region, leaving
a trail of casualties.
2007 Nov 18, German prosecutors
filed terrorism charges against a Moroccan man, identified as
Abdelali M. (25), was accused of helping recruit foreign fighters
for al-Qaida in Iraq. He was arrested in Sweden in March and handed
over to Germany in May.
2007 Nov 18, Three members of
Iraq's Olympic soccer team and their assistant coach left the team
during a trip to Australia and are seeking asylum in the country.
2007 Nov 18, Bombs planted
along Iraq's roads and in a parked car killed at least four people
in separate attacks. In Baghdad a car bomb targeting an
undersecretary finance minister, killed 10 bystanders. 4 homicide
victims were found in Baghdad. Two Iraqis were killed and four
wounded in an incident involving a US military convoy in southern
Muthanna province. Local officials said the soldiers had opened fire
randomly and destroyed a truckload of sheep. In Baquba 3 US soldiers
were killed in a suicide bombing that also left 3 children dead and
(AP, 11/18/07)(AP, 11/19/07)(SFC, 11/19/07,
2007 Nov 18, In Italy former
Premier Silvio Berlusconi announced the creation of a new political
party, saying the time felt right because his supporters had
gathered so many signatures calling for the ouster of Premier Romano
2007 Nov 18, A defiant Japan
embarked on its largest whaling expedition in decades, targeting
protected humpbacks for the first time since the 1960s despite
international opposition. 4 ships headed for the waters off
Antarctica, resuming a hunt that was cut short by a deadly fire last
February that crippled the fleet's mother ship. An anti-whaling
protest boat awaited the fleet offshore.
2007 Nov 18, In Kuwait a US
soldier was killed and another was seriously injured in a road
2007 Nov 18, In Nigeria’s
northern Kano state supporters of rival political parties clashed
over the results of local government elections, leaving six people
dead and dozens behind bars.
2007 Nov 18, President Gen.
Pervez Musharraf's government dismissed a last-ditch US call to end
emergency rule, a day after a visit by Deputy Secretary of State
John Negroponte. Security officials and state media reported that
fighting between rival Sunni and Shiite Muslims in the northwestern
tribal belt has claimed at least 90 lives.
(AP, 11/18/07)(AP, 11/18/08)
2007 Nov 18, In eastern Saudi
Arabia an explosion and fire on a gas pipeline killed 40 workers.
The cause of the fire was an accident during maintenance work and
Aramco said it did not expect a disruption in gas supplies.
(AP, 11/18/07)(AP, 11/20/07)
2007 Nov 18, Two Sudanese
journalists from the independent Al-Sudani newspaper were jailed
after refusing to pay a fine for an article about the arrest of
2007 Nov 18, A methane blast
ripped through a coal mine in eastern Ukraine, killing 101 workers.
In 2008 the head of an investigative commission said negligence by
coal mine managers eager to ratchet up output led to a methane blast
in Ukraine's deadliest mining disaster since the Soviet breakup.
(AP, 11/18/07)(AP, 11/19/07)(AP, 1/25/08)
2008 Nov 18, The chief
executives of Detroit’s Big Three automakers appeared before the US
Senate Banking Committee along with the head of the UAW union to
plea for financial aid under the current economic crises.
(WSJ, 11/19/08, p.A1)
2008 Nov 18, A judge in Georgia
sentenced 25-year-old Rico Todriquez Wright to spend the next 20
years in prison after his victim mentioned a hip hop confession to
police. Wright shot a man twice and felt so good about it, the
rapper wrote a song describing the shooting and calling out the
victim by name.
2008 Nov 18, George C. Chesbro,
US writer, died. His 27 novels included a detective series featuring
Mongo, a dwarf detective. “Shadow of a Broken Man" (1977) starred
Mongo and proved to be Chesbro’s breakout hit.
(SFC, 11/27/08, p.B8)
2008 Nov 18, In Afghanistan
insurgents in western Farah province ambushed an Afghan army supply
convoy, killing five troops and wounding five others.
2008 Nov 18, Belgian brewing
giant InBev announced it had completed the takeover of
Anheuser-Busch to create the world's biggest brewer. Beijing agreed
to Belgium-based InBev SA's takeover of Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc.'s
Chinese operations as part of their global merger, but limited
future acquisitions on anti-monopoly grounds.
2008 Nov 18, A Cambodian monk
(17) was arrested for raping a British woman (39) while taking her
on a tour of a cave in the northwestern Sampov mountains near his
Buddhist temple. The monk also allegedly stole $55 and a cell phone
from the woman.
2008 Nov 18, Demoralized
Congolese government troops, retreating before eastern rebels,
clashed with their own local militia allies who tried to make them
stand and fight after the armed forces chief was replaced.
2008 Nov 18, Separate bands of
pirates seized a Thai fishing trawler with 16 crew members and an
Iranian cargo vessel with a crew of 25 in the Gulf of Aden. Pirates
on the trawler then apparently fired on the Indian naval frigate
Tabar. The Indians, believing the trawler to be a pirate "mother
ship," returned fire turning the Ekawat Nava 5 into a massive
fireball and killing 14 of the 15 crew as well as the pirates. The
Tabar then chased two attack boats into the night. A surviving
sailor spent six days adrift in the shark-infested ocean before
another ship picked him up. The Iranian vessel was released on Jan
(AP, 11/19/08)(AP, 11/26/08)(SFC, 11/26/08,
p.A3)(AP, 1/10/09)(AP, 6/5/09)
2008 Nov 18, Grand Ayatollah
Ali al-Sistani. Iraq's top Shiite cleric, said that the US-Iraqi
security pact would only be viable if the country's main political
groups backed it and it restored the country's full sovereignty.
Iraqi lawmakers loyal to Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr disrupted a
parliamentary debate ahead of a Nov. 24 vote on a US-Iraqi security
agreement that would keep American troops in Iraq for three more
years. An alleged senior member of Iran's elite security forces
suspected of funneling arms into Iraq was detained by Iraqi police
at Baghdad International Airport while he was trying to leave the
country. The man was released on Nov 21.
(AP, 11/18/08)(AP, 11/19/08)(AP, 11/23/08)
2008 Nov 18, Israeli tanks
forged into the southern Gaza Strip, drawing mortar fire from
Palestinian militants and intensifying violence that has chipped
away at a tenuous cease-fire. Israeli seamen boarded a Palestinian
fishing boat and arrested one of Gaza's foreign supporters and five
Palestinian fishermen. The foreigner was identified as Andrew Muncie
2008 Nov 18, John Key (47)
became New Zealand's conservative new prime minister and underscored
the economy as his top priority.
(AP, 11/18/08)(Econ, 11/15/08, p.51)
2008 Nov 18, Northern Ireland's
leaders announced a deal allowing power-sharing cabinet meetings to
resume in the British province for the first time in over four
2008 Nov 18, Italian
authorities in Sicily seized assets worth euro700 million ($885
million) from Giuseppe Grigoli, a supermarket chain owner, suspected
of letting the Mafia use his businesses to launder money.
2008 Nov 18, In Japan Takehiko
Yamaguchi (66) and his wife Michiko (61) were found dead near the
doorway of their home in Saitama, just outside Tokyo. Evidence
showed the pair had been stabbed repeatedly. On Nov 22 Takeshi
Koizumi (46) turned himself in to police saying that he had killed
the retired vice health minister. Authorities later said they
suspected the attacks were connected to the ministry's mishandling
of millions of pension records, a debacle that has drawn intense ire
from the public, many of whom lost their retirement funds as a
result. It was later reported that Koizumi accused the ministry of
killing his childhood pet dog.
(AP, 11/23/08)(AP, 11/24/08)
2008 Nov 18, Thousands of
supporters of Nicaragua's leftist ruling party armed with rocks
tried to block an opposition march on the capital to protest alleged
vote fraud, setting off clashes that injured at least five people.
2008 Nov 18, Pakistani security
forces in the Kabal area of the Swat valley killed seven militants.
In another incident in the valley's Kanju area, insurgents ambushed
an army convoy, killing a soldier.
2008 Nov 18, Owners of a Saudi
oil supertanker hijacked by Somali pirates grappled with how to
respond, as navies patrolling the region said they would not
intervene to stop or free the captured vessel.
2008 Nov 18, Spanish artist
Miquel Barcelo unveiled his lavish, $23 million ceiling painting at
the European headquarters of the United Nations in Switzerland, a
project that has evoked controversy over its hefty price tag.
2008 Nov 18, Spain's most
famous judge abandoned a drive for a symbolic indictment of the late
Gen. Francisco Franco and his regime, dropping a probe into
atrocities committed during and after the country's ruinous civil
2008 Nov 18, Sri Lankan naval
forces backed by helicopter gunships attacked a group of rebel
boats, sinking two and killing six Tamil Tiger sailors. Sri Lankan
air force jets bombed a rebel training camp in the north as ground
forces waged new battles with Tamil Tiger rebels across the front
(AP, 11/18/08)(AP, 11/19/08)
2008 Nov 18, In Zimbabwe riot
police prevented striking doctors and nurses from protesting against
the collapsing health care system, which lacks even basic drugs amid
a rapid spread of cholera in the country.
2009 Nov 18, The United States
attended a meeting of the International Criminal Court's management
board at The Hague for the first time in a sign it has stopped
shunning the world's only permanent war crimes tribunal.
2009 Nov 18, US District Judge
Stanwood Duval ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers' failure to
properly maintain a navigation channel led to massive flooding in
Hurricane Katrina. The ruling gave more than 100,000 other
individuals, businesses and government entities a better shot at
claiming damages. The ruling was the "first time ever the Army Corps
has been held liable for damages for a major catastrophe that it
2009 Nov 18, A San Francisco
federal judge reduced the 9-year sentence of Pavel Lazarenko (56), a
former prime minister of Ukraine (1996-1997), by 11 months. The
judge also imposed a $9 million fine and nearly $26 million in
forfeitures to the US government, including the value of his sold
Novato mansion. Lazarenko was sentenced in 2006 for money laundering
and other charges. He was said to have amassed a $250 million
fortune in extortions following Ukraine’s independence in 1992.
(SFC, 11/17/09, p.C2)
2009 Nov 18, California’s
Legislative Analyst Office reported that the state will face a $20.7
billion deficit next year.
(SFC, 11/19/09, p.A1)
2009 Nov 18, In NYC the 60th
annual Book Awards honored Gore Vidal with its lifetime achievement
award. David Eggers won the Literarian Award. Colum McCann won the
fiction prize for his novel “Let the Great world Spin." T.J. Styles
won the nonfiction award for “The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of
(SFC, 11/20/09, p.F8)
2009 Nov 18, In Texas Danielle
Simpson (30) was executed by lethal injection for the Jan, 2000,
abduction and slaying of Geraldine Davidson (84). Simpson became the
22nd prisoner executed in Texas this year.
2009 Nov 18, Artist Jean-Claude
Denat de Guillebon (b.1935), the Morocco-born wife of environmental
artist Christo, died in NYC. Her Bulgarian-born husband was born
that same day as she was. They had met in Paris in 1958.
(SFC, 11/21/09, p.C3)
2009 Nov 18, Hillary Rodham
Clinton, on her first trip to Afghanistan as US secretary of state,
said that President Hamid Karzai's inauguration provides a new
chance for him to strengthen government accountability and take
tangible steps to improve the lives of Afghan citizens.
2009 Nov 18, Argentina's
Congress, valuing truth over the right to privacy, authorized the
forced extraction of DNA from people who may have been born to
political prisoners slain a quarter-century ago, even when they
don't want to know their birth parents.
2009 Nov 18, Australian PM
Kevin Rudd voiced "concerns" about the Church of Scientology after a
senator detailed explosive allegations including torture,
imprisonment and coerced abortions.
2009 Nov 18, China's health
minister said his country is vaccinating 1.5 million people a day
against swine flu, part of a mammoth effort to reach nearly 7
percent of inhabitants of the world's most populous country by
2009 Nov 18, Egyptian fans were
attacked after Algeria won (1-0) a make-or-break World Cup
qualifying game in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, and offices of
Egyptian companies in Algeria were ransacked after a matchup in
Cairo over the weekend.
(AP, 11/19/09)(Econ, 11/28/09, p.52)
2009 Nov 18, In France a 2-day
Congress of the International Association of Francophone Mayors
opened in Paris. The mayors jeered a speech by PM Francois Fillon
and denounced an effort to emasculate local power.
2009 Nov 18, Germany said it
will extend its mission in Afghanistan for another year, despite the
growing unpopularity of the war at home.
2009 Nov 18, Guyana unveiled a
simple, white stone plaque with little fanfare at the jungle
clearing where more than 900 members of the cult led by the American
preacher Jim Jones died in a night of mass murder and suicide on
Nov. 18, 1978.
2009 Nov 18, Iran's foreign
minister said his country would not export its enriched uranium for
further processing, brushing aside the latest UN plan aimed at
preventing Tehran from potentially building nuclear weapons.
2009 Nov 18, In Italy the head
of a UN food agency expressed regret that an anti-hunger summit
failed to result in precise promises of funding, and critics said
the meeting had only thrown crumbs to the world's 1 billion people
without enough to eat.
2009 Nov 18, Islamic
authorities in Malaysia charged a popular Muslim scholar with
delivering an illegal lecture in what critics considered an attempt
by conservative clerics to silence a leading moderate preacher. Asri
Zainul Abidin (38) has cultivated strong support among young people
in the Muslim-majority country for criticizing what he called
overzealous efforts by Islamic officials to clamp down on immoral
2009 Nov 18, In Mozambique
testimony in the highest-level corruption trial in the country’s
history implicated ruling party Frelimo as a beneficiary of
embezzled funds. Former Mozambican airports company finance director
Antenor Pereira, a defendant in the trial, testified that Frelimo
had received some of the $1.7 million allegedly stolen from the
2009 Nov 18, The Gaza-based
Waad charity, headed by the interior minister of the militant Hamas
group, offered $1.4 million to any Arab citizen of Israel who
abducts an Israeli soldier.
2009 Nov 18, Qatar hosted what
it billed as the ceremonial launch of Darfur peace talks, but
neither Sudanese government nor rebel representatives took part.
2009 Nov 18, Somali pirates
attacked the Maersk Alabama for the second time in seven months,
though private guards on board the US-flagged ship repelled the
attack with gunfire and a high-decibel noise device.
2009 Nov 18, South African
police fired rubber bullets to disperse a mob who attacked shacks
belonging to hundreds of migrants following several days of tension.
Up to 2,700 Zimbabwean asylum seekers have set up a temporary
"safety camp" in a rural South African town following attacks on
their shacks in a dispute over jobs.
2009 Nov 18, South Korean auto
giant Hyundai said it would roll out another new small car in India
as it jostles with rivals for a larger slice of the fast-growing
2009 Nov 18, Swedish museum
officials returned the remains of five indigenous Maori people to
New Zealand as part of a broader move in Europe to repatriate
remains taken from burial grounds.
2009 Nov 18, In Uganda a new 12
million dollar family planning drive was launched in Kampala
highlighting how Obama administration funding has revamped a
contraception drive in Africa and developing states. Uganda,
Ethiopia, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania and Kenya will share in the
12-million dollar funding, but international organizations still
have to persuade certain African governments that it is in their
interest to curb population growth.
2010 Nov 18, It was reported
that about 39 percent of Americans said marriage was becoming
obsolete. The sentiment followed US census data released in
September that showed marriages hit an all-time low of 52 percent
for adults 18 and over.
2010 Nov 18, New York Attorney
Gen’l. Andrew Cuomo filed two lawsuits against Steven Rattner,
former head of Pres. Obama’s auto task force, alleging he paid
kickbacks to obtain $150 million from a large state pension fund to
be invested in Quadrangle Group. Rattner agreed to a settlement with
the SEC to pay $6.2 million and accept a 2-year ban on associating
with any investment advisor or broker dealer.
(SFC, 11/19/10, p.A7)
2010 Nov 18, In southern
California police arrested George Djura Jakubec (54), a Serbian
emigre, after finding large quantities of explosive ingredients,
including PETN, at his home in Escondido. On June 13, 2011, Jakubec
was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
(SFC, 11/27/10, p.A7)(SFC, 6/14/11, p.A4)
2010 Nov 18, General Motors
stock rose sharply as the icon of American manufacturing returned to
life as a publicly traded company. The share price would needs to
rise above $50 for the US government to get all its bailout money
2010 Nov 18, Afghan troops and
the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) wrapped
up the four-day operation in the Pech River valley of volatile Kunar
province. Reports said Operation Bulldog Bite may have killed more
than 40 insurgents.
2010 Nov 18, FIFA, the Int’l.
Football Federation, banned and fined 4 African officials from
involvement in the sport for breaches of trust. They included Amos
Adamu of Nigeria, and 3 others from Botswana, Mali and Tunisia.
Reynald Temarii, president of the Oceania Football Confederation,
was also banned and fined.
2010 Nov 18, Australian
officials said they would deport Gabe Watson, an American man
convicted in the 2003 death of his wife on a scuba-diving honeymoon
after US officials pledged not to seek the death penalty if he is
convicted again at home.
2010 Nov 18, Brazil’s federal
police said they have dismantled an international human-trafficking
ring that provided fake passports to Brazilians wanting to migrate
illegally to the US.
2010 Nov 18, In Germany Samuel
Kunz (89), one of the world's most-wanted Nazi suspects, died near
Bonn. He was under indictment on allegations he was involved in
killing hundreds of thousands of Jews at a concentration camp in
occupied Poland. Kunz was indicted in July on ten counts of murder
and 430,000 counts of accessory to murder on allegations he trained
at the SS Trawniki camp in occupied Poland and was sent from there
to the Belzec death camp as a guard from January 1942 through July
2010 Nov 18, India's Supreme
Court issued a sharp and rare rebuke of PM Manmohan Singh, demanding
he explain why the government took a year to investigate a
cell-phone licensing scandal that cost the country billions of
2010 Nov 18, Southern Israel
received 2 mortar shells fired from the Gaza Strip. There were no
casualties or damage.
2010 Nov 18, Moroccan dissident
Abraham Serfaty (b.1926), one of a tiny minority of Jews in
predominantly Muslim Morocco, died. He was imprisoned and exiled by
French colonial rulers in 1952 and again by Morocco's independent
government in the 1970s for plotting against the state. The Rabat
government forced him into exile in France in 1991. He returned home
10 years later.
2010 Nov 18, Nigeria's drug
enforcement found and seized 286 pounds (130 kg) of high-quality
heroin, destined for Europe, hidden inside a shipment of auto parts
sent from Iran.
(AP, 11/19/10)(AFP, 11/20/10)
2010 Nov 18, The Norwegian
Nobel Committee Russia, Kazakhstan, Cuba, Morocco, Iraq and China
have declined to attend the December 10 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony
for jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo. 16 more countries had not
replied by the committee's extended deadline. An award spokesman
said the Nobel Peace Prize may not be handed out this year because
no one from imprisoned Liu Xiaobo's family is likely to attend the
2010 Nov 18, In Saudi Arabia
rain soaked crowds of Muslim pilgrims and lightning flashed as they
performed some of the final rituals of the annual hajj, stoning
symbols of the devil and circling the Kaaba, Islam's holiest site.
2010 Nov 18, Swedish
prosecutors was permission to seek an int’l. arrest warrant for
Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks, on allegations of rape
and other sexual offenses.
(SFC, 11/19/10, p.A4)
2011 Nov 18, US Congress lifted
a 5-year-old ban on funding horse meat inspections in a spending
bill Pres. Obama signed into law to keep the government afloat until
mid-December. The last US slaughterhouse that butchered horses
closed in 2007 in Illinois. Animal welfare activists have warned of
massive public outcry in any town where a slaughterhouse may open.
2011 Nov 18, The US FCC
released details of an order directing $4.5 billion a year from
universal service and inter-carrier-compensation systems into a new
connect America Fund (CAF) to give rural Americans access to high
speed internet connections over the next 6 years.
(Econ, 12/3/11, p.42)
2011 Nov 18, The LA Times
reported that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange County,
California is buying Robert Schuller's celebrated Protestant Crystal
Cathedral megachurch for $57.5 million. On June 9, 2012, Bishop Tod
Brown renamed it as Christ Cathedral.
2011 Nov 18, An officer at
California’s UC Davis calmly pepper-sprayed a line of several
sitting protesters as onlookers shrieked and screamed out for the
officer to stop. The next day video of the incident surfaced online.
The chancellor of the University of California described the video
images as "chilling" and said she was forming a task force to
investigate even as a faculty group called for her resignation.
2011 Nov 18, In Nevada a fire
swept through an upscale community in the sierra foothills in
southwest Reno destroying 32 homes. Nearly 10,000 people were forced
to evacuate the area.
(SSFC, 11/20/11, p.A16)
2011 Nov 18, New York
authorities said an ambitious and organized identity-theft ring
recruited waiters at steakhouses and other high-end restaurants to
steal diners' credit-card information, then used it for luxury
shopping sprees. 28 people were indicted on racketeering and other
(AP, 11/18/11)(SFC, 11/19/11, p.A5)
2011 Nov 18, In NYC hundreds of
Muslims marched to police headquarters to protest a decade of police
infiltrating mosques and spying on Muslim neighborhoods.
(SFC, 11/19/11, p.A5)
2011 Nov 18, Findings detailed
in today’s issue of the journal Science tell how scientists have
devised ultra-lightweight, low-density metallic lattices with
orderly structures. These possess higher levels of stiffness,
strength and conductivity of conventional forms of their parent
2011 Nov 18, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb exploded near a playground, killing four children and
wounding six. A group of aid agencies warned that more than 2
million people are facing food shortages in northern Afghanistan
after a drought and the situation could get even worse if winter
snows cut off access to remote regions. A roadside bomb killed a
member of the NATO-led military force in the south.
2011 Nov 18, In Australia 4
people died as fires ravaged a nursing home in Sydney's suburban
Quakers Hill neighborhood. A 5th died the next day and Nurse Roger
Dean (35), who said he rescued patients from a fire, was charged
with murder. On May 27, 2013 Dean pleaded guilty to murdering 11
elderly people by setting fire to their nursing home. On Aug 31,
2013, Dean was sentenced to life in prison.
(AP, 11/19/11)(SFC, 5/28/13, p.A2)(AP, 8/1/13)
2011 Nov 18, In Austria the US
and its Western allies bluntly accused Iran of deceiving the world
and declared it could no longer dismiss evidence it is working
secretly on making nuclear arms.
2011 Nov 18, In Bahrain
thousands of Shiite-led protesters calling for greater rights
streamed into an area outside the capital Manama.
2011 Nov 18, Pope Benedict XVI
arrived in Benin, marking his second visit to Africa in a heartland
of voodoo and warning against "unconditional submission" to the laws
of the market and finance.
2011 Nov 18, Brazil's Pres.
Dilma Rousseff signed a law establishing a truth commission to
investigate human rights abuses by the military regime that ruled
Latin America's biggest country from 1964 to 1985.
2011 Nov 18, Brazil's
environmental protection agency said nearly 110,000 gallons of oil
may have spilled into the Atlantic Ocean because of a leak at an
offshore Chevron drilling site. Chevron had said that only 16,800 to
27,300 gallons in total leaked into the ocean.
2011 Nov 18, In western Brazil
gunmen executed a chief of the Kaiowa-Guarani Indian tribe and
disappeared with his body. More than 40 "hooded and heavily armed"
gunmen raided the Tekoha Guaiviry village in Mato Grosso do Sul
state and fatally shot chief Nisio Gomes. It appeared that the
gunmen were hired by local ranchers seeking to intimidate and expel
the tribe from land that both sides claim as their own.
2011 Nov 18, Protesters facing
a legal battle over the right to stay camped outside St. Paul's
Cathedral said they have taken over a building owned by the UBS bank
in east London.
2011 Nov 18, In London Munir
Patel (22), the first person to be convicted under new bribery laws,
was jailed. He was given three years in prison for bribery offences
and six years for misconduct in a public office, with the sentences
to run concurrently. Patel had helped at least 53 individuals evade
prosecution for driving offences.
2011 Nov 18, Tens of thousands
of Egyptians, dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood, rallied in
Cairo's Tahrir square to protest against what they say are attempts
by the country's military rulers to designate themselves as the
guardians of a new Egypt. It was one of the largest rallies in Egypt
in recent months.
2011 Nov 18, The European
Commission said an extra 10 million euros ($13.5 million) in
humanitarian funding will go on addressing "major shortfalls" in
food in the Sahel region. The crisis is affecting 7 million people
in Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Nigeria.
2011 Nov 18, In Germany a
52-vehicle pileup on the A31 autobahn near the town of Gronau in the
northwest left three people dead and 35 injured.
2011 Nov 18, Greece predicted
that its budget deficit will fall sharply next year and insisted
that no fresh austerity measures will be needed to plug a hole in
this year's finances.
2011 Nov 18, India's Reliance
Industries and British giant BP announced the creation of an equal
joint venture firm to source and market natural gas in India.
2011 Nov 18, Indonesia’s Lion
Air said it is planning to buy 230 planes from Boeing Co. The list
price of $21.7 billion will be paid over 12 years though bank
2011 Nov 18, In eastern
Indonesia gunmen killed a mining company guard and wounded two
policemen in a patrol car near the large Freeport-McMoRan gold mine.
2011 Nov 18, In Iraq bombs
targeting security personnel killed 9 people including 5 family
members of a policeman in Saqlawiyah and 4 people in the Baghdad
suburb of Abu Graib.
2011 Nov 18, More than 1,000
Jordanians marched after Muslim weekly prayers in a protest called
by opposition Islamists pushing for political reform and an end to
2011 Nov 18, In Kazakhstan US
Embassy spokesman Jon Larsen said the Peace Corps will be leaving
the country. Volunteers posted messages online linking the move to
rapes and other attacks. The Peace Corps has sent around 1,000
volunteers to serve in the country since it started operations there
2011 Nov 18, Moammar Gadhafi's
son Seif al-Islam (39), the only wanted member of the ousted ruling
family to remain at large, was captured as he traveled with aides in
a convoy in Libya's southern desert. He was captured by
revolutionary forces from the mountain town of Zintan who had been
tracking him for days.
2011 Nov 18, Myanmar's main
opposition party, led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, decided to
rejoin politics and register for future elections, signaling its
confidence in recent reforms by the military-aligned government.
2011 Nov 18, Nigeria
established its first sovereign wealth fund hoping to curb the
plunder of oil revenues.
(Econ, 11/12/11, p.56)
2011 Nov 18, In northeast
Nigeria two soldiers and a child were killed after members of a
radical Muslim sect ambushed them in Maiduguri. Two officers were
killed after gunmen blew up a police station in central Nigeria and
attacked a bank branch in Kabba.
(AP, 11/19/11)(AP, 11/20/11)
2011 Nov 18, A ship was
attacked off the Nigeria coast near a Chevron offshore oil field and
3 people abducted.
2011 Nov 18, Amnesty
International reported that South Sudan has released two journalists
without charge who were detained for weeks for criticizing President
Salva Kiir’s family. Ngor Garang, editor-in-chief of Destiny
newspaper, and reporter Dengdit Ayok were arrested in Juba at the
beginning of this month after Ayok wrote an opinion article accusing
the president of "staining his patriotism" by allowing his daughter
to marry an Ethiopian man.
2011 Nov 18, Syria said it has
agreed "in principle" to allow an observer mission into the country,
as security forces killed at least 16 anti-government protesters and
France called for tough UN Security Council action.
(AP, 11/18/11)(AP, 11/19/11)
2011 Nov 18, The UN downgraded
famine declarations in three Somali regions, but warned the crisis
remains the worst in the world with nearly 250,000 people facing
2012 Nov 18, President Barack
Obama began his 3-day Asian tour in Thailand.
2012 Nov 18, In Cambodia Asean
leaders decided to ask China to start formal talks "as soon as
possible" on crafting a legally binding accord aimed at preventing
an outbreak of violence in disputed South China Sea territories.
ASEAN leaders also adopted a human rights declaration despite
last-minute calls for a postponement by critics.
2012 Nov 18, In eastern
CongoDRC a Rwandan-backed rebel group advanced to within 3 km (1.8
miles) of Goma, a crucial provincial capital, marking the first time
that rebels have come this close since 2008.
2012 Nov 18, Iran held a
conference to reconcile Syria's government with some 200 opposition
members and Syria's National Reconciliation Minister Ali Haidar to
end the country's civil war.
2012 Nov 18, In Iraq a suicide
car bomber drove his explosive-laden car into a police check point
in the town of Khalis, killing two civilians and one policeman. 16
other people were wounded.
2012 Nov 18, An Israeli envoy
held talks with Egyptian officials on a ceasefire in his country's
offensive on Gaza. Militants continued their barrage of rocket fire,
firing more than two dozen at Israel. Palestinian medical officials
said at least 11 civilians, including women and young children, were
killed in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City. The deaths brought to
66 the number of Palestinians killed in Israel's Gaza offensive,
including 32 civilians.
(AP, 11/18/12)(Reuters, 11/18/12)
2012 Nov 18, The Wii U,
Nintendo’s newest games console, was released in the US. Release in
Europe was set for Nov 30 and in Japan for Dec 8.
(Econ, 12/1/12, p.73)
2012 Nov 18, A Jordanian
official said the country's military prosecutor has charged 89
activists with inciting violent revolt, after protests over price
hikes swept through the US-allied kingdom last week.
2012 Nov 18, In Kenya an
explosion on a bus in Nairobi killed 7 people and wounded 29. A UN
Security official at the scene of the explosion said the blast was
caused by an improvised explosive device.
(AP, 11/18/12)(AP, 11/19/12)
2012 Nov 18, In Mozambique
pilots and crew members at the national airline went on strike,
grounding the carrier.
2012 Nov 18, Myanmar State
television said that President Thein Sein had ordered 66 detainees
released, but it was not clear whether any political prisoners would
be among them. This was ahead of a historic visit to the country by
President Barack Obama on Nov 19.
2012 Nov 18, In central Nigeria
a Christian vigilante group killed a Muslim resident who insisted on
going through their illegal checkpoint, triggering riots that have
left at least four people dead in Ibi.
2012 Nov 18, A group of 13
extremist Islamist factions in Syria rejected the country's new
opposition coalition, saying in a video statement they have formed
an "Islamic state" in the embattled city of Aleppo to underline that
they want nothing to do with the Western-backed bloc.
2012 Nov 18, Syrian rebels took
over a large military base in the country's north, carting off
tanks, armored vehicles and truck-loads of munitions.
2013 Nov 18, In NYC five people
were arrested following a global "cyber heist" in which hackers
stole $45 million by overriding the cash withdrawal limits of
prepaid debit cards. Officials said the cyber-ring managed to steal
$45 million in late 2012 and early 2013 by manipulating the limits
of prepaid debit cards from Abu Dhabi-based National Bank of Ras
Al-Khaimah and Bank Muscat of Oman.
2013 Nov 18, Almost 800,000
homes and businesses in the US Midwest and Ontario, Canada, were
without power following severe thunderstorms. Michigan was the
hardest-hit state with more than 540,000 customers out.
2013 Nov 18, NASA launched the
MAVEN spacecraft (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution) atop an
Atlas V-41 rocket at Cape Canaveral.
(SFC, 11/19/13, p.A7)
2013 Nov 18, In Afghanistan two
separate roadside bombs killed 9 children. Police stopped a tractor
hauling roadside bombs near the border with Pakistan. A shooting set
off the bombs, killing the driver and a second person on the
2013 Nov 18, Britain's Labour
Party suspended Paul Flowers, the former chairman of Co-operative
bank, after a video emerged in which he is allegedly caught buying
2013 Nov 18, In London female
serial killer Joanna Dennehy (30) admitted murdering three men and
dumping their bodies in ditches. Their bodies were found in March
and April riddled with stab wounds.
2013 Nov 18, In Canada the City
Council of Toronto stripped Mayor Rob Ford (44) of his meaningful
powers following a heated debate.
(SFC, 11/19/13, p.A2)
2013 Nov 18, Egypt's interim PM
Hazem el-Beblawi inaugurated the start of what is to be a memorial
to protesters killed in the country's revolutionary turmoil in the
center of famed Tahrir Square.
2013 Nov 18, In Egypt a train
slammed into at least three vehicles, including a truck, crossing
the tracks near the village of Dahshur. 26 people were killed and 28
2013 Nov 18, In Paris, France,
a gunman opened fire in the lobby of the Liberation newspaper
office, gravely wounding a photographer's assistant before fleeing.
Soon afterward, shots were fired at the headquarters of a major
French bank west of Paris, and a gunman briefly took a man hostage
nearby. Suspect Abdelhakim Dekhar (48) was found Nov 19 after a
tipoff. Police found him in a "semi-conscious state" after an
attempt to kill himself with medication.
(AP, 11/18/13)(AP, 11/21/13)
2013 Nov 18, A German court
said the embattled "bling bishop" Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst has
settled a case over lying under oath with a 20,000-euro ($27,000)
2013 Nov 18, A German probe
into the July 23, 1944, reprisal attack at Chlaniow, Poland,
implicated Michael Karkoc (94), a retired Minnesota carpenter, as
commander of the Nazi SS-led unit in the attack. In 2014 Germany’s
highest court ruled that Germany has jurisdiction in the case.
11/18/13)(SFC, 5/23/14, p.A2)
2013 Nov 18, In Haiti police
fired tear gas in the two main cities to disperse thousands of
protesters demanding better living conditions and the resignation of
President Michel Martelly.
2013 Nov 18, Iran unveiled its
Fotros drone, a missile-equipped drone with a range of 2,000 km
(1,200 miles) and a flight time of 16 to 30 hours.
2013 Nov 18, Attacks across
Iraq killed 8 people.
2013 Nov 18, Israel's fraud
squad questioned former chief Ashkenazi rabbi Yona Metzger on
charges of taking bribes, fraud, breach of trust, obstructing
justice and witness tampering. Police said the national fraud unit
put the sums related to the suspected felonies at millions of
2013 Nov 18, Israeli court
documents disclosed the government has secretly detained Samer
al-Baraq, a suspected al-Qaeda biological weapons expert, for more
than three years, after the man appealed to the Israeli Supreme
Court to free him.
2013 Nov 18, Twitter users in
Kuwait and the UAE received prison terms, in the latest sign of
widening crackdowns in the region on social media for posts
considered offensive or against state security.
2013 Nov 18, In Libya
convoys of the military deployed in the capital city of Tripoli to
force out militiamen from Misrata. Deputy intelligence chief Mustafa
Nuh was freed by his abductors a day after they seized him near
(AP, 11/18/13)(AFP, 11/18/13)
2013 Nov 18, Mauritanian police
crushed a protest by hundreds of youths demanding a boycott of
upcoming elections, wounding several.
2013 Nov 18, Pakistan moved to
put former military dictator Pervez Musharraf on trial for treason
for suspending the constitution and declaring a state of emergency
while he was in power. Sectarian violence spread after clashes
between minority Shi'ite and majority Sunni Muslims near Islamabad
prompted the government to impose a curfew and block mobile phone
services over the weekend.
2013 Nov 18, Russia hosted
Syrian and Iranian delegations for separate rounds of talks in a
renewed diplomatic push for a Syrian peace conference in which
Moscow says Tehran must also play a role.
2013 Nov 18, A Russian court in
Saint Petersburg released on bail one of the 30 Greenpeace
crewmembers arrested for an Arctic protest, the first of the
activists to be freed. Yekaterina Zaspa, a Russian doctor with the
Arctic Sunrise icebreaker, was released. Two courts in the city said
bail would be granted to three Russian activists but ordered
Australian activist Colin Russell to remain in pre-trial detention
until February 24.
(AFP, 11/18/13)(AFP, 11/19/13)
2013 Nov 18, The head of
Russia's state-controlled industrial holding company said Moscow has
signed a deal to provide Egypt with air defense missile systems.
2013 Nov 18, A Tatarstan
airlines flight from Moscow crashed in Kazan, killing all 44
passengers and six crew in a blaze that left little of the Boeing
2013 Nov 18, Syrian rebel
leader Abdul-Qadir Saleh (34), founder of the Liwa al-Tawhid
Brigade, died in Turkey of wounds sustained during a strike by
government forces last week. Clashes continued around Qara.
(AP, 11/18/13)(Econ, 11/23/13, p.51)
2013 Nov 18, Uganda police
arrested Kampala Mayor Erias Lukwago for disobeying orders to cancel
a public rally of supporters.
2014 Nov 18, A South Dakota a
girl (8) was attacked and killed by a pack of dogs on the Pine Ridge
Indian Reservation. Oglala Sioux officials rounded up a horse
trailer full of dogs and killed them on Nov 20.
(SFC, 11/22/14, p.A5)
2014 Nov 18, In Afghanistan a
Taliban suicide bomber and two gunmen targeted a foreigners'
compound in Kabul early today, killing 4 people. In eastern Khost
province a woman died when the van she was travelling in hit a
2014 Nov 18, In Albania
flooding killed 3 people, after torrential rain caused power and
water supply cuts and closed schools in the west and south of the
2014 Nov 18, British lawmakers
in parliament's lower House of Commons voted to overhaul the
400-year-old "beer tie", under which publicans purchase alcohol
exclusively from their parent company in return for reduced rent.
2014 Nov 18, In China villagers
in Sanjiang township, part of Haikou City near the northern coast of
Hainan Island, clashed with police and smashed vehicles after the
local government began construction on a center to house patients
with leprosy and sexually transmitted diseases. Construction on the
facility was suspended pending talks to eliminate misunderstandings.
2014 Nov 18, Human Rights Watch
said CongoDRC police committed abuses in "Operation Likofi," a
three-month drive launched last November to quash an upsurge in
armed robbery and other crimes by small gangs, known as kuluna. The
report said police killed at least 51 young men and teenage boys
when they were unarmed, outside their homes, or in open markets, for
maximum intimidation effect.
2014 Nov 18, The UN said
widespread violence has forced more than 71,000 people to flee their
homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Katanga region in the
past three months alone.
2014 Nov 18, In Egypt 7
civilians and 3 militants were killed in an exchange of fire between
militants and the army in North Sinai.
(SFC, 11/19/14, p.A2)
2014 Nov 18, In western
Honduras the bodies of Maria Jose Alvarado (19) and her sister Sofia
(23) were found buried near a river in the mountainous region of
Santa Barbara. Maria was found murdered just days before she was due
to compete in the Miss World pageant in London. She and her sister
had been missing since Nov 13, when they were seen leaving a party
in Santa Barbara. Her boyfriend Plutarco Ruiz confessed to killing
the sisters and led authorities to the bodies.
2014 Nov 18, Hong Kong police,
enforcing a court order, cleared some of the pro-democracy protester
barricades from in front of an office building near the government
(Econ, 11/22/14, p.40)
2014 Nov 18, In northern India
hundreds of armed supporters of controversial guru Rampal Maharaj
(63) clashed with baton-wielding riot police who tried to storm his
fortified ashram and arrest him for using women and children as
human shields outside Hisar city, Haryana state.
2014 Nov 18, In Ivory Coast
former rebels now serving in the army erected barricades and blocked
streets outside barracks across the country in protest over unpaid
benefits and bonuses.
2014 Nov 18, Japanese PM Shinzo
Abe said that he would call an early election to seek a fresh
mandate for his economic policies, and postpone an unpopular sales
tax rise, a day after data showed the economy had slipped back into
2014 Nov 18, Japan slashed its
whale catch target in the Antarctic by two-thirds in a bid to resume
its annual whale hunt, which an international court ruled must stop.
2014 Nov 18, In Mexico Angelica
Rivera, the wife of Pres. Enrique Pena Nieto, said she had financed
the purchase of an opulent home from earnings of $10 million in
2010, the year her contract ended with the Mexican Televisa network.
(SFC, 11/20/14, p.A5)
2014 Nov 18, Two Palestinians
armed with a meat cleaver and a gun killed 4 worshippers in a
Jerusalem synagogue before being shot dead by police. Hours later a
police officer died of his wounds. PM Netanyahu ordered authorities
to destroy the homes of the attackers.
(Reuters, 11/18/14)(AP, 11/18/14)(SFC, 11/19/14,
2014 Nov 18, Saudi press
reported that a court has found eight men guilty of involvement in a
series of deadly attacks against foreigners in 2004, among them an
assault that killed a BBC cameraman and paralyzed the news
2014 Nov 18, Spain’s parliament
overwhelmingly approved a symbolic resolution that recognizes a
(SFC, 11/19/14, p.A2)
2014 Nov 18, Sri Lanka's main
party of Buddhist monks announced it was quitting President Mahinda
Rajapakse's government in protest at his failure to loosen his grip
on power before a re-election bid.
2014 Nov 18, A Syrian military
airstrike killed at least 13 people, including children, and wounded
another 20 in the northern province of Aleppo after striking a
neighborhood with crude bombs. Kurds captured six IS-controlled
buildings in Kobani and confiscated a large amount of weapons and
(AP, 11/18/14)(AP, 11/19/14)
2014 Nov 18, Thailand's
military-installed Cabinet approved a bill curbing public gatherings
after years of political demonstrations led to violence and often
paralyzed the country's capital.
2014 Nov 18, Thai Web radio
host Kathawut Boonpitak was sentenced to five years in prison, in
the first verdict by a military court in cases involving alleged
defamation of the country's monarchy.
2014 Nov 18, The UN General
Assembly’s human rights committee approved a resolution that urges
the Security Council to refer North Korea’s harsh human rights
situation to the Int’l. Criminal Court.
(SFC, 11/19/14, p.A4)
2014 Nov 18, Venezuela’s Pres.
Maduro used expiring decree powers to put in place 28 new measures,
including a luxury tax, increased protection for young workers, and
the establishment of new economic development zones.
2014 Nov 18, Jailed Venezuelan
opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez said he will skip his own trial to
draw attention to a United Nations request for his freedom. Lopez
has been jailed since February for his role in the street
demonstrations that shook the socialist country earlier this year.
2014 Nov 18, In Yemen a car
bombing killed Sadeq Mansur, a leading member of the powerful Sunni
Al-Islah party, whose supporters have been battling Shiite militias.