Today in History - November 19
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World Toilet Day. It was created in 2001 to raise
global awareness of the daily struggle for proper sanitation.
(Econ, 11/24/12, p.68)(http://www.worldtoiletday.org/)
Nov 19, Anastasius II, Pope (496-98), (Dante Inferno XI, 8-9), died.
1493 Nov 19, Christopher
Columbus discovered Puerto Rico on his 2nd voyage.
1521 Nov 19, Battle at Milan:
Emperor Charles V's Spanish, German, and papal troops beat France
and occupied Milan. An eight year war between France and the Holy
Roman Emp., Charles V, began after the French supported rebels in
(TL-MB, 1988, p.12)(MC, 11/19/01)
1530 Nov 19, Augsburg Emperor
Karel I demanded the Edict of Worms.
1600 Nov 19, Charles I of
England was born. Charles I, ruled Great Britain from 1625-1649. He
was executed by Parliament in 1649.
(WUD, 1994, p.249)(HN, 11/19/98)
1620 Nov 19, The Pilgrims
reached Cape Cod.
1630 Nov 19, Johann Hermann
Schein (44), German composer (Opella Nova), died.
1696 Nov 19, Louis Tocque,
French painter, was born.
1703 Nov 19, The “Man in the
Iron Mask,” a prisoner in Bastille prison in Paris, died.
1709 Nov 19, Pierre Leclair,
composer, was born.
1752 Nov 19, George Rogers
Clark, frontier military leader in Revolutionary War, was born.
1770 Nov 19, Albert Bertel
Thorvaldsen, sculptor (Dying Lion), was born in Copenhagen, Denmark.
1793 Nov 19, The Jacobin Club
was formed in Paris. Robespierre (1758-1794), Jacobin leader:
“Terror is nothing but justice, prompt, severe and inflexible.”
(SSFC, 10/28/01, p.C5)(MC, 11/19/01)
1794 Nov 19, The United States
and Britain signed the Jay Treaty, which resolved some issues left
over from the Revolutionary War. This was the 1st US extradition
(AP, 11/19/97)(MC, 11/19/01)
1797 Nov 19, Sojourner Truth
(d.1883), abolitionist and women's rights advocate, was born.
“Religion without humanity is a poor human stuff.” [see Nov 18]
(HN, 11/19/98)(AP, 10/29/00)
1798 Nov 19, Theobald Wolfe
Tone, Irish nationalist (United Irishmen), died.
(MC, 11/19/01)(WSJ, 9/12/02, p.D8)
1805 Nov 19, Ferdinand de
Lesseps, French diplomat and engineer (built Suez Canal), was born.
1828 Nov 19, Franz Schubert
(b.1797), Austrian composer, died of syphilis in Vienna. His work
included the C-Major Symphony, string quartets, 3 piano sonatas, and
the C-Major String Quartet. Schubert’s song cycle "Schwanengesang"
was published posthumously in 1829. Otto Erich Deutsch catalogued
his work [hence the "D" numbers] and wrote a documentary biography.
In 1997 Brian Newbould wrote "Schubert: The Music and the Man."
(SFEC, 2/2/97, DB. p.32)(WSJ, 4/16/97,
p.A16)(WSJ, 5/13/97, p.A21)
1831 Nov 19, James A. Garfield
(d.1881) the 20th Pres. of the US, was born in Orange Township,
(WUD, 1994, p.584)(AP, 11/19/08)
1835 Nov 19, Fitzhugh Lee
(d.1905), Major General (Confederate Army), was born.
1850 Nov 19, Lord Tennyson
became the British poet laureate.
1859 Nov 19, Mikhail Mikhayl
Ippolitov-Ivanov, Russian musician (Armenian Rhapsody), was born.
1861 Nov 19, Julia Ward Howe
wrote "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" while visiting Union troops
near Washington. [see Nov 18]
1863 Nov 19, President Lincoln
delivered the Gettysburg Address as he dedicated a national cemetery
at the site of the Civil War battlefield in Pennsylvania. Lincoln
had been asked to deliver a few "appropriate remarks" to the crowd
at the dedication of the National Cemetery at the site of the Battle
of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. His address was almost ignored in the
wake of the lengthy oration by main speaker Edwin Everett, the
former governor of Massachusetts. In fact, Lincoln's speech was over
before many in the crowd were even aware that he was speaking.
Lincoln concluded his speech with this vow: "We here highly resolve
that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation, under
God, shall have a new birth of freedom; and that government of the
people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the
11/19/97)(ON, 8/07, p.1)
1864 Nov 19, Confederate
commander Nathan Bedford Forrest joined Gen. Hood at Gunter’s
Landing on the Tennessee River in northern Alabama.
(AH, 10/02, p.41)
1866 Nov 19, The sailing ship
Coya, a Welsh coal ship out of Sidney with passengers bound for SF,
wrecked near Pigeon Point, Ca. 26 people perished and 3 survived.
(SFC, 8/10/02, p.A13)
1868 Nov 19, William Sidney
Mount (b.1807), American genre painter, died. His work included:
“Eel Spearing at Setauket” (1845).
1873 Nov 19, James Reed and two
accomplices robbed the Watt Grayson family of $30,000 in the Choctaw
1874 Nov 19, Karl Adrian
Wohlfart, composer, was born.
1874 Nov 19, William Marcy
"Boss" Tweed of Tammany Hall (NYC) was convicted of defrauding city
of $6M and sentenced to 12 years' imprisonment.
1885 Nov 19, Bulgarians, led by
Stefan Stambolov, repulsed a larger Serbian invasion force at
1887 Nov 19, Start of Sherlock
Holmes "Adventure of Dying Detective."
1887 Nov 19, Emma Lazarus (38),
US poet ("Give us your tired & poor"), died in NYC.
1895 Nov 19, Frederick E.
Blaisdell patented the pencil.
1896 Nov 19, Start of Sherlock
Holmes "Adventure of Sussex Vampire."
1897 Nov 19, The Great "City
Fire" in London.
1899 Nov 19, Allen Tate,
Southern novelist, poet and critic, was born.
1900 Nov 19, Anna Seghers,
[Netty Radvanyi-Reiling], German author (7th Cross), was born.
1901 Nov 19, Louis Kahn
(d.1974), architect, was born in Saarama, Estonia. His designs
included the capital building of Bangladesh, completed in 1983.
1903 Nov 19, Carrie Nation
attempted to address Senate.
1905 Nov 19, Tommy Dorsey, band
leader, was born in Shenandoah, Pa.
1905 Nov 19, 100 people drowned
in the English Channel as the steamer Hilda sank.
1911 Nov 19, New York received
the first Marconi wireless transmission from Italy.
1915 Nov 19, Billy Strayhorn
(d.1967), composer, arranger and pianist, was born. He wrote "Take
the A Train."
1915 Nov 19, Joe Hill (b.1879),
labor leader and songwriter, was executed for murder. Joe Hill
(Joseph Hillstrom) was executed after being convicted of killing two
men in a holdup in Salt Lake City in 1914. He claimed the charges
against him were trumped up and won worldwide support, including
that of President Woodrow Wilson. Nevertheless, Hill was tried,
convicted and executed by firing squad. Hill, born Joel Haggelund in
Sweden in 1879, went to the United States in 1902 and soon joined
the revolutionary Industrial Workers of the World (the Wobblies). In
2011 William Adler authored “The Man Who Never Died: The Life,
Times, and Legacy of Joe Hill.”
1/7/01, p.A21)(Econ, 8/6/11, p.73)
1915 Nov 19, The Allies asked
China to join the entente against the Central Powers.
1917 Nov 19, Indira Gandhi was
born in Allahabad. She served as prime minister of India from 1967
to 1977 and 1978 to 1984, when she was assassinated by her own
(HN, 11/19/00)(AP, 11/19/07)
1919 Nov 19, The US Senate
rejected the Treaty of Versailles by a vote of 55 in favor to 39
against, short of the two-thirds majority needed for ratification.
1919 Nov 19, Gillo Pontecorvo
(d.2006) was born in Pisa, Italy. He one of 10 children of a wealthy
Jewish industrialist and grew up to become a prominent film maker.
(SFC, 10/14/06, p.B5)
1921 Nov 19, Roy Campanella,
baseball star, was born.
1923 Nov 19, Oklahoma Governor
Walton was ousted by state senate for anti-Ku Klux Klan measures.
1924 Nov 19, Sir Lee Stack, the
Sirdar and Governor-General of the Sudan, was assassinated. This and
subsequent British demands, which Egypt’s PM Zaghloul felt to be
unacceptable, led Zaghloul to resign and to play no further role in
1926 Nov 19, Trotsky and
Zinoviev were expelled from Politburo in the USSR.
1928 Nov 19, The 1st issue of
Time magazine featured Japanese Emperor Hirohito on cover.
1930 Nov 19, Bob Mathias,
decathlon athlete (Olympics-gold-48), was born in Tulare, Calif.
1931 Nov 19, Xu Zhimo (34),
Chinese poet, was killed in a plane crash while flying from Nanjing
to Beijing. He left behind four collections of verse and several
volumes of translations from various languages. His poem “On Leaving
Cambridge” made famous a willow tree on the ground’s of King’s
1932 Nov 19, Shaft and Thyssen
demanded that Hitler become German chancellor.
1936 Nov 19, Dick Cavett, talk
show host, was born Kearney, Neb.
1936 Nov 19, German Luftwaffe
bombed Madrid and continued bombing to Nov 23.
1938 Nov 19, Ted Turner,
broadcasting mogul, owner of the Atlanta Braves, America's Cup
winner, was born in Cincinnati.
1940 Nov 19, A German air raid
on Birmingham failed.
1941 Nov 19, The ship HMAS
Sydney was sunk off the west coast of Australia in a battle with the
German raider Kormoran, with the loss of all 645 on board. The
Kormoran also sank, but 318 of the German vessel's crew of 397 were
rescued. The 9,500 ton Kormoran had been disguised as a Dutch
merchant ship when it opened fire on the Sydney. The government
banned all media from reporting the news for 12 days as it scrambled
to explain what happened. In March, 2008, the wrecks of the Kormoran
and the Sydney were found. In 2009 a military inquiry said Navy
Capt. Joseph Burnett made "errors of judgment" in the tragedy.
(AFP, 8/10/07)(AP, 3/16/08)(Reuters, 4/8/08)(AP,
1942 Nov 19, Calvin Klein,
fashion designer (Calvin Klein Jeans, CK), was born in Bronx, NYC.
1942 Nov 19, Sharon Olds, poet,
was born. Her work included “The Dead and The Living” and “The Gold
1942 Nov 19, Bruno Schulz
(b.1892), Polish writer and graphic artist, was shot dead by a
German officer, a rival of his German protector. In 1992 Theatre de
Complicite created their play “The Street of Crocodiles” based on
the life and work of Schulz.
1942 Nov 19, During World War
II, Russian forces launched their winter offensive against the
Germans along the Don front. Soviet forces took the offensive at
(AP, 11/19/97)(HN, 11/19/98)
1943 Nov 19, U-536 sank in
1947 Nov 19, A 200" mirror
arrived at Mt. Palomar observatory.
1949 Nov 19, Ahmad Rashad,
[Bobby Moore], NFL receiver (Minn Vikings) and sportscaster, was
1949 Nov 19, James Ensor
(b.1860), Belgian artist, died. His paintings included “”The
Scandalized Masks” (1883), "Ensor and General Leman Discussing
Painting" (1890), and “Skeletons Fighting Over a Pickled Herring”
(WSJ, 6/5/01, p.A23)(Econ, 7/4/09,
1949 Nov 19, Prince Ranier III
was crowned 30th Monarch of Monaco, six months after he succeeded
his grandfather, Prince Louis the Second. Rainier III came to power
and saw the future in banking, real estate and a more diverse
economy with industries such as pharmaceuticals and plastics.
(SFC, 1/8/97, p.C1)(HN, 11/19/98)(AP, 11/19/00)
1952 Nov 19, Scandinavian
Airlines opened a commercial route from Canada to Europe.
1953 Nov 19, US Supreme Court
rules (7-2) that baseball is a sport not a business.
1953 Nov 19, US VP Richard
Nixon visited Hanoi in Vietnam.
1955 Nov 19, William F. Buckley
Jr. (1925-2008) published the first issue of the National Review a
conservative political journal. In 1995 its circulation reached
250,000. A biography of Buckley titled "William F. Buckley, Jr.:
Patron Saint of the Conservatives" was written by John B. Judis in
(WSJ, 11/10/95, p.A-14)(SFC, 2/28/08, p.A2)
1959 Nov 19, Ford Motor Co.
announced it was halting production of the unpopular Edsel. Ford
discontinued the Edsel after selling less than 110,000 cars.
(WSJ, 6/19/96, Adv. Supl)(AP, 11/19/97)
1962 Nov 19, S.N. Behrman's
"Lord Pengo," premiered in NYC.
1962 Nov 19, Fidel Castro
accepted the removal of Soviet weapons.
1967 Nov 19, In Vietnam,
the Tiger Force, an elite US Army unit of the 101st Airborne
Division, achieved their 327th kill. The unit had killed hundreds of
civilians in Hanh Thien, a Central Highland area, over the last
seven months. US Army Lt. Col. Gerald Morse had called for 327 kills
to match the name of the 327th infantry regiment. In 2006 Michael
Sallah and Mitch Weiss authored “Tiger Force: A True Story of Men
and War.” It was based on secret documents from Henry Tufts
(d.2002), former head of the Army’s Criminal Investigations Command
(AP, 10/25/03)(SSFC, 5/14/06, p.M1)
1968 Nov 19, In Mali a coup
deposed Pres. Modibo Keita (1915-1977), the country’s first
1969 Nov 19, Apollo 12
astronauts Charles Conrad and Alan Bean made man's second landing on
the moon and became the 3rd and 4th humans there.
(AP, 11/19/97)(HN, 11/19/98)
1969 Nov 19, The Benny Hill
Show premiered in Britain. It ran on Thames Television (ITV) from
1972 Nov 19, Willy Brandt's SPD
won West German elections. Willy Brandt was the 1st German
chancellor to seek early elections via a vote of confidence.
(http://tinyurl.com/bs7oe)(Econ, 6/11/05, p.49)
1973 Nov 19, Saudi Arabia,
Libya and other Arab states proclaimed a total ban on oil exports to
the United States. Gasoline prices quadrupled from twenty-five cents
per gallon to over one dollar. The New York stock market took its
sharpest drop in 19 years.
1975 Nov 19, Elizabeth Taylor
(b.1912), English writer, died of cancer. Her work included 12
novels and 5 short story collections.
1976 Nov 19, Patty Hearst was
freed on $1.5 million bail. She returned to her family’s home at
1001 California St.
(HN, 11/19/98)(SFC, 11/16/01, WB p.G4)
1976 Nov 19, George Harrison
(1943-2001) released his album "Thirty Three & 1/3."
1977 Nov 17, The "Elephant
Man," by Bernard Pomerance (b.1940), premiered in London.
1977 Nov 19, The Libyan flag
was adopted, after Libya left the Federation of Arabs Republic,
which consisted of Libya, Egypt and Syria.
1977 Nov 19, Egyptian Pres.
Anwar Sadat became the first Arab leader to visit Israel. Peace
talks began in the Middle East with Sadat going to Israel.
(TMC, 1994, p.1977)(AP, 11/19/97)
1977 Nov 19, A cyclone and
tidal wave hit Andhra Pradesh, India. Entire villages were submerged
by tidal waves with an estimated 10-20 thousand people killed.
11/1/99, p.A11)(AP, 11/21/02)
1980 Nov 19, The film "Heaven's
Gate," directed by Michael Cimino, was released.
1980 Nov 19, The musical
“Dunbar” won the Best Musical of the Year at the Audelco Awards
ceremony in NYC. It was based on poet Paul Laurence Dunbar.
(SFC, 11/18/05, p.F2)
1980 Nov 19, CBS TV banned
Calvin Klein's jean ad featuring Brooke Shields (b.1965).
1981 Nov 19, US Steel agreed to
pay $6.3 million for Marathon Oil.
1982 Nov 19, An antenna tower
collapsed during construction in Missouri City, Texas, and 5 riggers
1983 Nov 19, Angela Bugay (5)
was abducted in Antioch, Ca., [see Nov 26].
(SFC, 5/29/02, p.A18)
1984 Nov 19, Near Mexico City,
Mexico, 5 million liters of liquefied butane exploded at a storage
facility killing some 500 people.
(HSAB, 1994, p.46)(AP, 11/19/07)
1985 Nov 19, Herb Gardner's
"I'm Not Rappaport," premiered in NYC.
1985 Nov 19, President Reagan
and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev met for the first time as
they began their summit in Geneva.
1985 Nov 19, Stepin Fetchit
(83), born as Lincoln Perry, 1st black film star, died of pneumonia.
His films included “Miracle in Harlem” (1948). In 2005 Mel Watkins
authored “Stepin Fetchit: The Life and Times of Lincoln Perry.”
1987 Nov 19, Congressional
budget negotiators finished all but the final details of a two-year,
$75 billion deficit reduction pact, but not in time to avert
spending cuts mandated by the Gramm-Rudman Act.
1987 Nov 19, Christopher
Wilmarth (b.1943), minimalist sculptor, died of suicide in Brooklyn.
His work used glass, steel and bronze to explore translucency and
the textural effects of the materials.
1988 Nov 19, Michaela Joy
Garecht (9) was kidnapped outside a market in Hayward, Ca., and has
not been seen since.
1988 Nov 19, Shipping heiress
Christina Onassis (37) died in Buenos Aires of pulmonary edema. Her
4th marriage to Thierry Roussel had recently broken up.
(SFEC, 11/16/97, Par p.2)(AP, 11/19/98)
1988 Nov 19, Benazir Bhutto was
elected Prime Minister of Pakistan.
(SFC, 1/30/97, p.A9)
1989 Nov 19, Funeral services
were held in El Salvador for six Jesuit priests slain by uniformed
1990 Nov 19, The pop duo Milli
Vanilli were stripped of their Grammy Award because other singers
had lent their voices to the "Girl You Know It's True" album.
1990 Nov 19, Leaders of 16 NATO
members and the remaining six Warsaw Pact nations signed treaties in
Paris making sweeping cuts in conventional arms throughout Europe
and pledging non-aggression toward one another. The Treaty on
Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) was signed by the United
States and 21 other NATO and WTO countries at a CSCE summit in
1991 Nov 19, The U.S. House of
Representatives sustained President Bush's veto of a bill that would
have lifted his ban on federally financed abortion counseling.
1992 Nov 19, President-elect
Clinton paid a call on Congress.
1992 Nov 19, President Bush's
mother, Dorothy, died in Greenwich, Conn., at age 91.
1993 Nov 19, President Clinton
met in Seattle with Chinese President Jiang Zemin.
1993 Nov 19, The U.S. Senate
approved a sweeping $22.3 billion anti-crime measure.
1993 Nov 19, Kenneth Burke
(b.1897), American writer and critic, died. In 2005 David R.
Godine/Black Sparrow published “Here & Elsewhere: The Collected
Fiction of Kenneth Burke.”
1994 Nov 19, The U.N. Security
Council, anxious to stop Serb attacks on the "safe area" of Bihac in
northwest Bosnia, authorized NATO to bomb rebel Serb forces striking
from neighboring Croatia.
1994 Nov 19, Julian Symons
(b.1912)), British detective writer (Death's Darkest Face), died.
1995 Nov 19, The Clinton
administration and Republican congressional leaders reached a deal
to end a six-day budget standoff and resulting partial government
1995 Nov 19, A suicide bomber
self-destructed in the Egyptian embassy in Islamabad and killed 15
others. 59 were wounded. Islamic militants opposed to the Cairo
regime claimed responsibility.
(WSJ, 11/20/95, p.A-1)(MC, 11/19/01)
1995 Nov 19, In Poland former
Communist Alexander Kwasniewski won the presidency by a narrow
margin over Pres. Walesa with 51.7% of the vote.
(WSJ, 11/7/95, p.A-1)(WSJ, 11/21/95, p.A-1)
1996 Nov 19, The US voted alone
against the other 14 members of the UN Security Council against the
re-election of Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali.
(SFC, 11/20/96, p.C2s)(AP, 11/19/97)
1996 Nov 19, Robert Citron,
former treasurer of Orange County, was sentenced to a year in jail
and fined $100,000.
(WSJ, 1/2/97, p.R2)
1996 Nov 19, A federal judge
ruled in favor of CSX in its acquisition of Conrail.
(WSJ, 1/2/97, p.R2)
1996 Nov 19, The space shuttle
Columbia lifted off with the oldest crew member to date, 61-year-old
1996 Nov 19, Fourteen people
were killed when a commuter plane collided with a private plane at
Baldwin Municipal Airport in Quincy, Ill.
(SFC, 11/20/96, p.A4)(AP, 11/19/97)
1996 Nov 19, In Bosnia the
Muslim-Croat government fired Deputy Defense Minister Hasan Cengic.
His ties to Iran interfered with a $100 million US disbursement of
arms. He was replaced by an executive order of Kresimir Zubak,
president of the Muslim-Croat federation.
(SFC, 11/20/96, p.C6)
1996 Nov 19, Two Israeli border
policemen were arrested after a videotape showed them beating and
kicking Palestinian laborers.
(SFC, 11/20/96, p.C2)
1996 Nov 19, In Romania Victor
Ciorbea, mayor of Bucharest, was named by the Peasant Party the next
(SFC, 11/20/96, p.C4)
1996 Nov 19, In Yugoslavia the
Zajedno (Together) opposition coalition claimed victory in 44
municipalities across Serbia.
(SFC, 11/20/96, p.C2)
1997 Nov 19, In Iowa seamstress
Bobbi McCaughey gave birth to 4 boys and three girls, septuplets,
the 2nd such birth in the US. She had used the fertility drug
(SFC, 11/20/97, p.A1)(AP, 11/19/98)
1997 Nov 19, In Denver Oumar
Dia, a black man, was gunned down at a bus stop, and a nurse,
Jeannie Vanvelkinburgh, who tried to help him, was shot in the back
and left paralyzed. One of 2 suspects was arrested and described
himself as a skinhead and said that he shot Dia because he was
(SFC, 11/29/97, p.A3)
1997 Nov 19, The space shuttle
Columbia zoomed into orbit on a two-week science mission.
(SFC, 11/20/97, p.A8) (AP, 11/19/98)
1997 Nov 19, In Texas Michael
Eugene Sharp became the 35th condemned killer to be put to death
this year. He used the Internet to distribute his last words. He had
abducted a woman and her 2 young daughters, sexually abused them,
and fatally stabbed the mother and youngest daughter.
(SFC, 11/20/97, p.A3)
1997 Nov 19, 45,000 Canadian
postal workers went on strike after Canada Post ordered staffing
(WSJ, 11/20/97, p.A1)
1997 Nov 19, In India a car
bomb exploded in Hyderabad at a gala kickoff for a new movie and 23
people were killed. Police suspected rivals of producer Paritala
Ravi, who is also a lawmaker in Andhra Pradesh state.
(SFC, 11/20/97, p.B7)
1997 Nov 19, In Israel a Jewish
seminary student was killed and another wounded near the Damascus
Gate in the Muslim quarter of Jerusalem’s walled Old City.
(SFC, 11/20/97, p.B7)
1997 Nov 19, In Mexico members
of the elite Zorro police unit protested the arrest of their
comrades for the Sep 8 killing of 6 youths. They ended their
standoff after 14 hours and allowed the questioning of 14 officers.
(SFC, 11/20/97, p.B2)(SFC, 11/21/97, p.D6)
1997 Nov 19, Edmundo Tasinnari,
head of the Mexico City anti-kidnapping unit, and Humberto Salgado,
his deputy, were kidnapped with their driver. The driver was later
found beaten and wandering in a daze.
(SFC, 11/26/97, p.C5)
1997 Nov 19, In Taiwan Chen
Chin-hsing surrendered to police after releasing his hostages in
(SFC, 11/20/97, p.B7)
1998 Nov 19, Pres. Clinton
began a 5-day trip to Asia and in Japan suggested that current
efforts to end an 8-year economic downturn may not be enough.
(SFC, 11/20/98, p.A16)
1998 Nov 19, The US Air Force
tested the Centurion flying wing, a 206-foot battery powered robotic
craft. Solar panels were planned to replace the batteries.
(SFC, 11/20/98, p.A7)
1998 Nov 19, Independent
Counsel Kenneth Starr laid out his evidence for the impeachment
hearings against Pres. Clinton. He defended his investigation under
withering questions from Democrats, during a daylong appearance
before the House Judiciary Committee.
(SFC, 11/20/98, p.A1,3) (AP, 11/19/99)
1998 Nov 19, Alan Pakula (70),
film director, was killed in a car crash on Long Island Expressway
after a metal bar crashed through his windshield causing him to
crash into a fence. He had made 23 movies, 4 as a writer, 18 as a
producer, and 16 as a director.
(SFC, 11/20/98, p.C10)(SFEC, 4/25/99, Par p.18)
1998 Nov 19, A Van Gogh
self-portrait sold at auction for $71.5 million.
(WSJ, 11/20/98, p.A1)
1998 Nov 19, In Israel the
Cabinet voted 7 to 5 to go ahead with a troop withdrawal from
Palestinian land in the West Bank, and to free 250 Palestinian
(SFC, 11/20/98, p.A16)(WSJ, 11/20/98, p.A1)
1998 Nov 19, Turkey arrested
the head of the main legal Kurdish party.
(WSJ, 11/20/98, p.A1)
1999 Nov 19, In Greece some
10,000 people demonstrated as Pres. Clinton rode through Athens
under tight security and proclaimed a “profound and enduring
friendship.” The Greek government ran into a storm of opposition and
media criticism for failing to prevent a rampage through Athens by
leftists hostile to visiting President Clinton.
(SFC, 11/20/99, p.A1)(Excite, 11/20/99)(AP,
1999 Nov 19, In Bolivia a 5-day
Conference of American Armies ended. Discussions centered on new
roles for the Latin armies such as defending democracy, fighting
poverty and eradicating drug smuggling.
(SFC, 11/20/99, p.C1)
1999 Nov 19, In Germany
officials announced an amnesty program for some 20,000 foreigners
seeking asylum. A cut off date of Jul 1, 1993 was set for eligible
(SFC, 11/20/99, p.A12)
1999 Nov 19, In Ramallah, West
Bank (Reuters), Israeli security forces fired tear gas and
rubber-coated metal bullets at stone-throwing Palestinians demanding
the release of Palestinian prisoners from Israel's jails.
1999 Nov 19, In Hyderabad,
India (Reuters), an outbreak of Japanese encephalitis has killed 133
people, all of them children, in the southern Indian state of Andhra
Pradesh, health officials said after reporting 10 new deaths.
1999 Nov 19, In Lahore,
Pakistan (Reuters), an explosion ripped through a market in Lahore,
the capital of Punjab province, on Saturday, killing at least three
people and injuring 12, rescue workers said.
1999 Nov 19, In Turkey the
54-nation summit of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in
Europe (OSCE) closed with a treaty that restricted the number of
tanks, planes and artillery of every army across Europe.
(SFC, 11/20/99, p.A10)
2000 Nov 19, Pres. Clinton
ended his historic 3-day visit to Vietnam.
(SFC, 11/20/00, p.A1)(AP, 11/19/01)
2000 Nov 19, US negotiators at
the Hague agreed to limit the use of forest projects to reach
targets for green house gases at global warming talks aimed writing
the fine print for the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.
(SFC, 11/20/00, p.A8)
2000 Nov 19, Attorney Charles
Ruff, who represented President Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky
scandal and his impeachment trial, died in Washington, D.C., at age
2000 Nov 19, In Austria 4
skiers died in avalanches in the Tyrol.
(SFC, 11/20/00, p.A10)
2000 Nov 19, In Chechnya 7
Russian soldiers were killed and 10 wounded in some 2 dozen attacks
by Chechen rebels.
(SFC, 11/20/00, p.A10)
2000 Nov 19, In Colombia
weekend clashes with leftist rebels left at least 28 dead.
(WSJ, 11/20/00, p.A1)
2000 Nov 19, India announced a
1-month unilateral cease-fire in Kashmir.
(SFC, 11/20/00, p.A9)
2000 Nov 19, Israeli troops
killed a 14-year-old stone thrower in Gaza. One other Palestinian
was killed and 9 wounded.
(SFC, 11/20/00, p.A8)
2000 Nov 19, In Jordan an
Israeli envoy was wounded in an apparent assassination attempt.
(SFC, 11/20/00, p.A8)
2000 Nov 19, In Tokyo Peru’s
Pres. Fujimori said he would resign within 48 hours.
(SFC, 11/20/00, p.A1)
2001 Nov 19, Barry Bonds became
the first baseball player to win four Most Valuable Player Awards.
2001 Nov 19, Pres. Bush signed
airport security legislation that required programs for the
inspection of air travel checked baggage within 60 days. "Safety
comes first." It included a requirement for security screeners to be
US citizens within a year.
(SFC, 11/20/01, p.A1)(WSJ, 11/20/01, p.A1)(SFC,
1/18/02, p.A16)(SSFC, 12/7/03, p.D6)
2001 Nov 19, The United States
accused Iraq and North Korea of developing germ warfare programs.
2001 Nov 19, 4 foreign
journalists and their Afghan guide were killed in an ambush between
Jalalabad and Kabul: Harry Burton of Australia (Reuters), Azizullah
Haidari, Afghan photographer (Reuters), Julio Fuentes of Spain (El
Mundo, Madrid), and Maria Grazia Cutuli of Italy (Corriere della
Sera, Milan). In 2004 Afghan judges sentenced Reza Khan to death for
his role in the ambush. Khan said he was under orders from militia
commander Mohammed Agha.
(SFC, 11/20/01, p.A3)(SSFC, 11/21/04, p.A10)
2001 Nov 19, It was reported
that 400 Afghan Taliban soldiers were killed while trying to defect
last week. Gen. Dostum led Northern Alliance troops in the area.
Defectors continued to stream out of Kunduz as US war planes
continued to bomb Taliban positions.
(SFC, 11/19/01, p.A1)(SFC, 5/1/02, p.A12)
2001 Nov 19, Some Taliban began
secret negotiations for the surrender of Kandahar. They said outside
forces had taken over their movement and named: the int’l. drug
mafia, int’l. terrorists, the puritanical Wahabi school of Sunni
Islam, and Pakistan intelligence.
(SSFC, 11/25/01, p.A3)
2001 Nov 19, In Colombia the
right-wing AUC militia said that it held 6 mayors hostage in
Antioquia state. The mayors were released Nov 20.
(SFC, 11/20/01, p.A17)
2001 Nov 19, Egypt and Syria
confirmed the extradition of Rifai Ahmed Taha, a former aide to
Osama bin Laden, from Syria to Egypt.
(SFC, 11/20/01, p.A12)
2001 Nov 19, In the Philippines
Moro rebels attacked the army near Jolo town. 4 soldiers were killed
along with 51 rebels in a counterattack.
(SFC, 11/20/01, p.A17)
2001 Nov 19, A Russian airliner
crashed 90 miles north of Moscow and all 24 on board were killed.
The Ilyushin-18 was chartered by Israero and was from the Siberian
city of Khatanga.
(WSJ, 11/20/01, p.A1)
2002 Nov 19, It was reported
that Ruth Lilly (87), great-grandchild of pharmaceutical magnate Eli
Lilly, had given Poetry Magazine, founded in Chicago in 1912, a $100
(SFC, 11/19/02, p.A3)
2002 Nov 19, The US Senate
voted 90-9 to create a Homeland Security Department.
2002 Nov 19, The US Dept. of
Energy awarded IBM a contract to develop a 100 teraflop computer
(ASCI Purple), the estimated speed of the human brain. This followed
the recent development of a Japanese NEC computer that was clocked
at 36.5 teraflops, trillions of floating point operations a second,
more than 4 times the fastest US computer. Completion was expected
(WSJ, 11/19/02, p.B1)
2002 Nov 19, It was reported
that the Holland America cruise ship Amsterdam was in its 4th week
of battling the Norwalk gastrointestinal virus.
(WSJ, 11/19/02, p.B1)
2002 Nov 19, It was reported
that Ken Thomson, billionaire media baron and Canada's richest man,
will donate his C$300 million ($190 million) art collection to the
Art Gallery of Ontario.
2002 Nov 19, In Red Bluff, Ca.,
police officer David Mobilio (31) was shot to death at a gas
station. On Nov 25 Andrew Hampton McCrae (23), an ex-soldier and
drifter, posted a message on the Internet admitting the murder. On
Nov 26 McCrae was arrested in Concord, NH.
(SFC, 11/27/02, p.A1)
2002 Nov 19, Singer Michael
Jackson made an appearance outside his Berlin hotel and briefly held
his youngest child, Prince Michael II, over a fourth-floor balcony
in front of dozens of fans waiting below.
2002 Nov 19, UN weapons
inspectors wrapped up a two-day visit to Iraq.
2002 Nov 19, Italian newspapers
reported that the 'ndrangheta, the Calabrian version of the Sicilian
Mafia, received 3 percent of the multimillion dollar contracts for
work on stretches of the highway that passed through their
2002 Nov 19, In Mozambique
Manuel dos Santos Fernandes told Judge Augusto Paulino that he and
two of his fellow accused had killed top investigative journalist
Carlos Cardoso in return for a promise of $20,000 from President
Joaquim Chissano's son Nhimpine.
2002 Nov 19, Five Palestinians
died when Israeli soldiers swept through the West Bank town of
Tulkarem, one a leading militant and another a teenager who had
climbed on top of an Israeli armored vehicle.
2002 Nov 19, The Prestige oil
tanker, carrying 20 million gallons of fuel oil, broke in two and
sank in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Spain. It leaked up to
1.02 million gallons of oil and threatened a spill nearly twice as
big as the Exxon Valdez in 1989. Leakage continued at some 33,000
gallons per day and could drain until 2006. Spain later put the
estimated cost of the Prestige oil tanker spill at least $1.05
billion. In 2013 a judge acquitted crew members and a top maritime
official of causing the massive oil spill. The Greek captain (78) of
the Prestige was sentenced to nine months in prison for resisting
attempts to tow the wreck away from shore before it spilled its
(AP, 11/19/02)(WSJ, 12/11/02, p.A1)(AP,
2003 Nov 19, Shirley Hazzard
won the US National Book Award for her novel "The Great Fire." The
non-fiction prize went to Prof. Carlos Eire of Yale for "Waiting for
Snow in Havana," a memoir of his family living under Castro in Cuba.
(SFC, 11/20/03, p.A2)
2003 Nov 19, In London, Pres.
Bush urged Europe to put aside bitter war disagreements with the US
and work to build democracy in Iraq or risk turning the nation over
2003 Nov 19, A US-Canadian
investigation found that the Aug. 14 blackout should have been
contained by operators at Ohio's FirstEnergy Corporation.
Investigators also faulted Midwest regional monitors.
2003 Nov 19, The 2-year-old
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) held a banquet at the
Grand Hyatt in Washington DC that cost $461,745 for some 600
honorees and as many guests.
(SFC, 10/15/04, p.A7)
2003 Nov 19, An American guided
missile frigate sailed into Ho Chi Minh City flying the US and
Vietnamese flags, becoming the first US warship to dock in the
communist country since the Vietnam War.
2003 Nov 19, Rebel holdouts in
Burundi clashed with government troops in a capital slum, killing 11
people, mainly noncombatants caught in the crossfire.
2003 Nov 19, In Canada Justice
Minister Martin Cauchon has ordered fugitive banker Rakesh Saxena to
surrender to Thailand to face allegations that he looted a Bangkok
2003 Nov 19, In Ramadi, Iraq, a
car bomb exploded late outside the home of a pro-American tribal
leader, killing one child.
2003 Nov 19, A Jordanian truck
driver fired on a crowd of tourists crossing into Israel, killing
one and wounding four, in an attack near the Red Sea resort of
Eilat. The gunman was killed by Israeli security personnel.
2003 Nov 19, South Africa said
it would provide free AIDS drugs.
(WSJ, 1/2/04, p.R12)
2003 Nov 19, Turkish
authorities arrested six people in connection with the suicide
bombings of two Istanbul synagogues.
2004 Nov 19, Federal Reserve
Chairman Alan Greenspan warned about spiraling deficits and the
impact on the declining dollar. The Dow Jones fell 115 to 10456.9.
(SFC, 11/20/04, p.C1)
2004 Nov 19, In Auburn Hills,
Mich., players and fans exchanged punches in one of the worst NBA
brawls ever. Indiana Pacers’ Ron Artest and Stephen Jackson charged
into the stands and fought with fans and forced an early end to the
Pacers' 97-82 win over the Pistons win with 45.9 seconds left.
2004 Nov 19, Police in
Abington, Pennsylvania, arrested Michael Cornelius Burke Jr. (38)
for the assault and rape of 2 girls ages 10 & 13. In Apr 2006
Burke pleaded guilty but failed to show up for sentencing. In 2009
Burke was arrested in Mexico’s in central Veracruz state.
2004 Nov 19, Intel Corp., the
world's largest computer chip maker, said it would spend $40 million
to expand in the southern Indian city of Bangalore over the next two
2004 Nov 19, Martin Edward
Malia, historian and leading specialist on Russia who taught at the
University of California, Berkeley, for more than three decades,
died. “History’s Locomotives,” his last book, was published
posthumously in 2006.
2004 Nov 19, Terry Melcher
(62), record producer and son of Doris Day, died. He co-wrote the
Beach Boy song “Kokomo” and produced his mother’s “The Doris Day
2004 Nov 19, APEC, the
Asia-Pacific Economic cooperation summit, opened in Chile.
(Econ, 11/20/04, p.40)
2004 Nov 19, Cuba and Panama
agreed to restore consular relations, taking a step toward renewal
of full diplomatic ties at a meeting on the sidelines of an
2004 Nov 19, Iraqi forces,
backed by US soldiers, stormed one of the major Sunni Muslim mosques
in Baghdad after Friday prayers, opening fire and killing at least 3
people. A suicide car bomber rammed into a police patrol in Baghdad,
killing one policeman.
2004 Nov 19, Israel’s Yediot
Ahronot newspaper published photos of Israeli soldiers posing with
dead Palestinians. Allegations of abuse followed.
(SFC, 11/20/04, p.A16)
2004 Nov 19, Myanmar's junta
freed Student democracy leader Min Ko Naing, the nation's number two
political prisoner, as part of a release of 3,937 inmates. After 15
years in jail he became head of the “88 Generation students’ Group.”
(AFP, 11/20/04)(Econ, 8/25/07, p.39)
2004 Nov 19, Rebel officials
and the Sudanese government committed themselves to ending the
21-year civil war in southern Sudan before January, signing an
agreement at a special meeting of the UN Security Council in Kenya.
2004 Nov 19, UN Secretary
General Kofi Annan urged leaders of Africa's blood-soaked Great
Lakes region to implement a peace plan that could herald a "new era"
for millions of Africans.
2004 Nov 19, In Caracas a truck
owned by a prosecutor pressing charges against supporters of
Venezuela's failed 2002 coup exploded. Prosecutor Danilo Anderson
was inside. In 2005 a court convicted 3 men in the murder of
Anderson, who had been investigating opponents of Pres. Chavez and
sentenced them to up to 30 years in prison. In 2008 Giovanny
Vasquez, a star witness, recanted his testimony saying he testified
against suspects after receiving $500,000 from a government
(AP, 11/19/04)(AP, 12/21/05)(AP, 4/9/08)
2005 Nov 19, Bush and other
Pacific Rim leaders in South Korea urged Europe to show new
flexibility on farm subsidies, an issue that has stalled global
trade negotiations. The 21 APEC leaders promised to boost
cooperation on fighting terrorism and preparing for a possible flu
pandemic. They endorsed a roadmap for lifting trade barriers across
APEC member countries and launched an initiative to protect
(AP, 11/19/05)(SFC, 11/19/05, p.A8)
2005 Nov 19, President Bush
arrived in Beijing for talks with Chinese leaders following the APEC
meeting in South Korea. A US official said China will buy 70 Boeing
737 airliners as President Bush arrived on a visit expected to
include discussion of Beijing's surging trade surplus with the US.
(AP, 11/19/05)(AP, 11/19/06)
2005 Nov 19, Tropical Storm
Gamma deluged the coast of Central America.
2005 Nov 19, Thousands of
people gathered in a Baku square as Azerbaijan's opposition parties
protested against disputed parliamentary elections, the latest rally
in a campaign that has made little headway.
2005 Nov 19, Brazil's president
ordered the intelligence service to make dictatorship-era documents
public by the end of the year.
2005 Nov 19, In Cairo, Egypt,
Shiite and Kurdish delegates stormed out of an Iraqi reconciliation
conference, halting the effort to patch over ethnic and religious
fault lines threatening to drag the country into a full civil war.
2005 Nov 19, India and Pakistan
opened their disputed border in Kashmir for the first time in 58
years, a temporary measure to allow divided families to check on
each other after the region's devastating earthquake.
2005 Nov 19, A car bomb
exploded among shoppers at an outdoor market in a mostly Shiite
neighborhood in southeast Baghdad, killing 13 people and wounding
about 20 others. A suicide bomber detonated his car in a crowd of
Shiite mourners north of Baghdad, killing at least 50 people. 5 US
soldiers were killed and 5 others were wounded in a pair of roadside
bombings in northern Iraq. An ambush on a joint US-Iraqi patrol
northwest of Baghdad left 15 civilians, 8 insurgents and a US Marine
dead from a roadside bomb and the firefight that followed. It was
later reported that Marines killed 24 civilians including women and
children in retaliation for the death of a Marine in a roadside
bombing in Haditha. In 2006 four Marines were charged with murder
and 4 officers were charged with crimes related to their alleged
failure to investigate and report the slayings. The four Marines
charged with murder for the Haditha deaths were: Staff Sgt. Frank D.
Wuterich; Sgt. Sanick P. Dela Cruz; Lance Cpl. Justin L. Sharratt;
and Lance Cpl. Stephen B. Tatum. In 2007 murder charges were dropped
against Dela Cruz after he agreed to provide testimony in the case.
All charges against Sharratt and Stone were dropped on Aug 9. In
2008 charges of involuntary manslaughter against Tatum were dropped.
In 2008 Charges against Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani, who was accused
of failing to investigate the killings, were also dismissed. In 2012
Wuterich pleaded guilty to dereliction of duty and was sentenced to
3 months confinement. Under the plea deal he was discharged under
(AP, 11/20/05)(Econ, 6/3/06, p.27)(SFC, 12/22/06,
p.A1)(AP, 1/6/07)(SFC, 4/18/07, p.A9)(SFC, 8/10/07, p.A7)(SFC,
3/29/08, p.A3)(WSJ, 6/18/08, p.A2)(SFC, 1/24/12, p.A4)(SFC, 2/22/12,
2005 Nov 19, Iraqi and US
forces raided a farmhouse in northern Iraq at dawn, searching for
suspected members of al-Qaida in Iraq. Eight insurgents and four
Iraqi policemen were killed. In Mosul 2 US soldiers were killed by
(AP, 11/19/05)(SFC, 11/23/05, p.A3)
2005 Nov 19, Pope Benedict XVI
and Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi discussed relations between
the Catholic Church and Italy, amid accusations that the church
interferes in the country's domestic affairs.
2005 Nov 19, It was reported
that the Nipah virus, naturally found in bats, had moved to
Malaysian pigs. It killed about 40% of the 265 people it had
(Econ, 11/19/05, p.85)
2005 Nov 19, Prince Albert II
formally ascended to Monaco's throne in ceremonies that mixed royal
pomp with an emotional remembrance for his late father, Rainier III.
2005 Nov 19, In Peru Fernando
Zevallos, the founder of an airline that was Peru's largest until he
landed on Washington's list of "drug kingpins," was arrested on
cocaine trafficking and homicide charges.
2005 Nov 19, Sudanese troops
and rebels clashed in the western Darfur region clashed and a rebel
group said 14 civilians and eight insurgents had been killed in the
past 48 hours.
2005 Nov 19, Pope Benedict XVI
curbed the independence of Franciscan friars running the famed St.
Francis Basilica in Assisi, decreeing they must now get permission
for their activities from the local bishop.
2006 Nov 19, President Bush in
Vietnam sought Chinese President Hu Jintao's help on dual fronts,
aiming to rein in North Korea's nuclear ambitions and encourage the
Chinese people to buy more US goods. Pacific Rim leaders urged North
Korea to take concrete steps to live up to its commitments to stop
developing nuclear weapons.
2006 Nov 19, Henry Kissinger,
former US Secretary of State, said in a television interview that
military victory is no longer possible in Iraq.
2006 Nov 19, In Denver,
Colorado, tens of thousands of people turned out for a celebration
to welcome the city's newest addition to its mass transit system: a
train. The new 19-mile-long commuter rail line, projected to carry
at least 38,000 passengers each day, officially opened.
2006 Nov 19, Blackstone Group,
a US private-equity firm, bid a record $36-billion, including debt,
to buyout Equity Office Properties Trust.
2006 Nov 19, Nintendo's new Wii
video game console debuted, the final entrant in the three-way
scramble for dominance in the $30 billion global game market.
2006 Nov 19, Jeremy Slate (80),
TV and film actor, died in Los Angeles.
2006 Nov 19, In Bolivia 6
governors of 9 departments announced a break with central
government. The 2 main opposition parties walked out of the Senate,
leaving it inquorate. The governors opposed moves by Pres. Morales
to centralize power, a bill to scrutinize governors’ accounts, and
details of voting power of a new Constituent Assembly.
(Econ, 11/25/06, p.38)
2006 Nov 19, Fellow dissidents
said Col. Alexander Litvinenko, a former KGB and Federal Security
Service (FSB) poisoned in Britain and now gravely ill and under
guard in the hospital, may have been targeted for his outspoken
criticism of former colleagues in Moscow. He accused his country's
secret service agency of staging apartment-house bombings in 1999
that killed more than 300 people in Russia and sparked the second
war in Chechnya.
2006 Nov 19, British PM Tony
Blair acknowledged the West had changed strategy in the fight
against terrorism, telling Pakistan's president that brokering a
broad Mideast peace deal was now as crucial as using force to battle
2006 Nov 19, India successfully
test-fired a medium-range nuclear-capable missile, days after its
rival Pakistan launched a similar missile.
2006 Nov 19, Iran’s official
Islamic Republic News Agency reported that President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad has demanded more ties with North Korea and urged for
nuclear disarmament in Korean peninsula.
2006 Nov 19, In Iraq Syria's
foreign minister called for a timetable for the withdrawal of
American forces to help end Iraq's sectarian bloodbath, in a
groundbreaking diplomatic mission that came amid increasing calls
for the US to seek cooperation from Syria and Iran. A suicide bomber
in a minivan lured day laborers to his vehicle with promises of a
job then blew it up, killing 22 people and wounding 44 in the mainly
Shiite southern city of Hillah. At least 112 people were killed
2006 Nov 19, An Israeli
aircraft fired a missile at a car traveling in Gaza City, wounding 6
people, including two Hamas militants. Militants from the ruling
Islamic group Hamas fired two rockets from the Gaza Strip at the
Israeli town of Sderot. Israel canceled airstrikes on the houses of
Gaza militants after Palestinians formed human shields around them.
(AP, 11/19/06)(WSJ, 11/20/06, p.A1)
2006 Nov 19, Japan's PM Shinzo
Abe, fresh after his first Asia-Pacific summit, kicked off his
official visit to Vietnam as business chiefs unveiled plans to
invest more than 700 million dollars.
2006 Nov 19, In Lebanon Sheik
Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah's leader, urged his followers to prepare
for mass demonstrations to topple the government if it ignores the
militant group's demand to form a national unity coalition.
2006 Nov 19, Mauritanians voted
for a national parliament in the first election since a military
junta seized control in 2005.
2006 Nov 19, In Mexico a public
defender died of his injuries after being shot by inmates who took a
group of lawyers hostage near the central Mexican city of Morelia,
bringing the death toll in the incident to five.
2006 Nov 19, Mexican Gen.
Francisco Quiros, imprisoned for drug trafficking and implicated in
the disappearance of leftists during Mexico's "dirty war," died from
cancer. In 2005 a judge ordered Quiros arrested for the 1974
kidnapping of singer Rosendo Radilla, who disappeared after being
seized by soldiers at a roadblock.
2006 Nov 19, In northeastern
Nicaragua a giant tree fell on an evangelical church while Rev.
Larry Wayne Poll (64), an American pastor, was delivering his
sermon, killing 11 people including the clergyman.
2006 Nov 19, In Pakistan the
decapitated body of Maulana Hashim Khan (45) was found. Militants
had beheaded the Islamic school teacher, accusing him of spying for
the US in North Waziristan.
2006 Nov 19, Lima's mayor Luis
Castaneda was returned to office in nationwide regional elections
expected to give major gains to independents as Peruvians shunned
traditional political parties.
2006 Nov 19, Russia and the US
signed a key trade agreement, removing the last major obstacle in
Moscow's 13-year journey to join the World Trade Organization.
2006 Nov 19, It was reported
that Terracom was building a fiber optic network throughout Rwanda’s
11,000 square miles. An Internet connection in Kigali was now
available for $70 per month, down from $1500 5 years ago.
(SSFC, 11/19/06, p.G6)
2006 Nov 19, In Somalia Islamic
fighters used land mines and ambushed an 80-vehicle Ethiopian
military convoy headed to Baidoa killing 6 soldiers and injuring 20.
(SFC, 11/20/06, p.A3)
2006 Nov 19, Darfur rebels said
the Sudanese government has launched a major offensive in North
Darfur despite an agreement to hold new talks among all parties to
2006 Nov 19, Zimbabwean
President Robert Mugabe left on a four-day state visit to Iran to
beef up trade and political ties.
2007 Nov 19, President Bush
announced that Fran Townsend, the leading White House-based
terrorism adviser, was stepping down.
2007 Nov 19, The US and Russia
announced an agreement on how to safely dispose 34 metric tons of
Russian weapons-grade plutonium.
(SFC, 11/20/07, p.A11)
2007 Nov 19, Researchers said
the number of Americans in prison has risen eight-fold since 1970,
with little impact on crime but at great cost to taxpayers and
society. This was part of a report produced by the JFA Institute, a
Washington criminal-justice research group, calling for a major
2007 Nov 19, California Sec. of
State Debra Bowen sued Election Systems and Software, a Nebraska
voting machine company, for allegedly selling nearly 1,000
uncertified machines to San Francisco and 4 other counties. Bowen
sought reimbursements of nearly $15 million.
(SFC, 11/20/07, p.D1)
2007 Nov 19, Amazon.com began
selling its Kindle electronic book reader, the size of a paperback,
for $399. It was able to hold 200 volumes.
(WSJ, 11/20/07, p.B1)(Econ, 10/25/08, SR p.11)
2007 Nov 19, The FBI reported
hate crime incidents rose nearly 8 percent in 2006.
2007 Nov 19, Milo Radulovich
(81), the Air Force Reserve lieutenant championed by CBS newsman
Edward R. Murrow when the military threatened to decommission him
during the anti-communist crackdown of the 1950s, died in Vallejo,
2007 Nov 19, Actor Dick Wilson
(91), who played the fussy, mustachioed grocer who told customers,
"Please, don't squeeze the Charmin," died in Woodland Hills, Calif.
2007 Nov 19, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber struck outside a governor's residence, killing six
policemen and wounding 14 people in southwestern Nimroz province.
Gov. Ghulam Dastagir Azad said his son was among those killed.
2007 Nov 19, The death toll
from the Nov 15 cyclone in Bangladesh passed 3,100, and officials
said that number could reach 10,000 once rescuers get to outlying
2007 Nov 19, In Cambodia a
UN-backed tribunal arrested Khieu Samphan (76), the former Khmer
Rouge head of state. He was the fifth senior official of the brutal
regime to be rounded up ahead of a long-delayed genocide trial. In
his book "Reflection on Cambodian History Up to the Era of
Democratic Kampuchea," which was released last week, Khieu Samphan
says the Khmer Rouge only wanted what was best for Cambodia.
2007 Nov 19, It was reported
that Chinese regulators in recent weeks have ordered commercial
banks to freeze lending through the end of the year. PM Wen Jiabao
acknowledged that vast amounts of currency were flowing out of China
through illegal channels. This followed the recent arrest of To Ling
(43), a Hong Kong resident, whose black market foreign exchange
business handled transactions worth more than $1 million a day.
(WSJ, 11/19/07, p.A1)(Econ, 11/24/07, p.78)
2007 Nov 19, In France a "large
majority" of rail workers voted to keep up the train strike.
2007 Nov 19, In Iraq 3 officers
were killed in an ambush on their checkpoint northeast of Baghdad.
Ten people, most of them women and children, were wounded when a car
bomb exploded in front of a police officer's house farther north in
Albu-Jawari village, on the northern outskirts of Beiji. Muntadhar
al-Zaidi (28), an Iraqi television reporter who was kidnapped in
Baghdad last week, was freed. In Baghdad a convoy belonging to
Almco, a US-contracted Dubai firm, was involved in a shooting that
left a woman wounded. Iraqi troops detained 43 contract workers.
(AP, 11/19/07)(SFC, 11/20/07, p.A15)
2007 Nov 19, The Israeli
Cabinet approved the release of 441 Palestinian prisoners in a
gesture to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, but stopped short of
US demands to halt West Bank settlement construction before a
crucial Mideast conference.
2007 Nov 19, International
Mideast envoy Tony Blair announced four economic projects designed
to create thousands of jobs for Palestinians and bolster peace
efforts with Israel.
2007 Nov 19, Pakistan’s Supreme
Court, hand-picked by President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, swiftly
dismissed legal challenges to his continued rule, opening the way
for him to serve another five-year term, this time solely as a
2007 Nov 19, Uzbekistan's
electoral commission said Pres. Karimov (69) has registered as a
candidate in next month's election, even though the constitution
bars him from seeking a third consecutive term.
2007 Nov 19, Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez made his fourth trip to Iran in two years, as
the two countries sought to strengthen ties while their leaders
exhort the international community to resist US policies.
2007 Nov 19, President Robert
Mugabe's government published a draft bill forcing mining firms to
transfer majority shareholdings to local owners, including giving
the Zimbabwe government a free 25 percent stake.
2008 Nov 19, FBI agent Sam
Hicks was shot and killed while serving a warrant at a home near
Pittsburgh, during a roundup of drug suspects in the greater
Pittsburgh area. Christina Korbe was charged with homicide. Her
husband, Robert Korbe, was one of 35 people charged in a 27-count
(AP, 11/19/08)(SFC, 11/20/08, p.A4)
2008 Nov 19, The US DJIA fell
to levels not seen since 2003. the DJIA closed down 427.47 at
(SFC, 11/20/08, p.C1)
2008 Nov 19, In NYC the
Triborough Bridge was renamed the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge.
(SFC, 11/20/08, p.A4)
2008 Nov 19, The US Coast Guard
suspended its search for roughly 90 migrants feared dead after their
makeshift boat apparently sank in an often-stormy stretch of water
between the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. The boat left the
southeastern Dominican Republic on the night of Nov 12 and a woman
whose boyfriend was on the boat alerted authorities that it was
missing on Nov 16.
2008 Nov 19, The New Jersey
Office of the Attorney General said online dating service eHarmony
has agreed to create a new website for gays and lesbians as part of
a settlement with a gay man in New Jersey.
2008 Nov 19, California state
and federal officials said they have seized 5.2 million marijuana
plants from public and private land during this year’s growing
season, half of which were grown in California.
(SFC, 11/20/08, p.B8)
2008 Nov 19, NASA flight
controllers were revamping plans for the remaining spacewalks
planned during space shuttle Endeavour's visit to the international
space station, after astronaut Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper lost a
crucial tool bag floating out to space during a repair trip. NASA
put the value of the tools at $100,000.
(AP, 11/19/08)(SFC, 11/20/08, p.A2)
2008 Nov 19, In Miami, Florida,
police arrived to find Abraham Biggs (19) dead in his father's bed
12 hours after the Broward College student first declared on a Web
site that he hated himself and planned to die. It was only then that
the Web feed stopped. Some users told investigators they did not
take him seriously because he had threatened suicide on the site
2008 Nov 19, John Hayes,
Hollywood screenwriter, died in New Hampshire. His work included
“Peyton Place” (1957) and Alfred Hitchcock’s classic “Rear Window”
(SFC, 11/25/08, p.B4)
2008 Nov 19, The British
government announced plans to make it illegal to pay for sex with
women forced into prostitution and to name men who solicit sex on
the streets, measures that prostitutes say will put more women at
2008 Nov 19, Chinese President
Hu Jintao promised Cuba at least $78 million in donations, credit
and hurricane relief. Hu also met with a thin-looking Fidel Castro
before leaving for the Asia-Pacific economic summit in Peru. China
agreed to donate $8 million to Cuba and extend the second, $70
million phase of $350 million in previously agreed-upon credit to
renovate Cuban hospitals.
2008 Nov 19, China and Peru
signed a free trade agreement.
(Econ, 11/29/08, p.42)
2008 Nov 19, In China Huang
Guangyu, founder and chairman of GOME Electrical Appliances, was
detained for insider trading in shares of Shandong Jintai Group, a
pharmaceutical company controlled by his brother. On Feb 12, 2010,
authorities announced charges of insider trading and bribery.
(Econ, 11/29/08, p.69)(Econ, 2/20/10, p.64)
2008 Nov 19, Georgia and Russia
held their first major, mediated talks since their August war.
(WSJ, 11/20/08, p.A1)
2008 Nov 19, Germany extradited
to France Rose Kabuye (47), chief of protocol to Rwandan President
Paul Kagame, over an assassination triggering the 1994 genocide,
amid mass anti-European protests in Kigali. Some European
investigators feared that Kabuye deliberately delivered herself to
German authorities so her lawyers could gain access to the case
files prepared against her and other Kagame allies.
2008 Nov 19, Germany chemical
company BASF SE said it is temporarily closing 80 plants worldwide
due to slumping demand and cutting production at 100 more, including
facilities in Texas and Louisiana. Some 20,000 workers are affected.
2008 Nov 19, In Haiti Max Cosci
of Doctors Without Borders said at least 26 children had died over a
two-week period in the remote, southeastern area of Baie d'Orange.
The UN World Food Program says it is sending medical and food aid to
2008 Nov 19, The IMF approved a
two-year, $2.1 billion support program for Iceland designed to
restore confidence and stabilize the country's shattered economy.
2008 Nov 19, Iran's official
news agency said Iranian border guards have killed several Kurdish
separatists in a shootout in the western part of the country. The
gunmen were said to be part of the Kurdish separatist group, known
as the PEJAK, the Iranian wing of the Kurdistan Workers' Party
2008 Nov 19, A court in
military-ruled Myanmar sentenced a student activist to 6 1/2 years
in jail, a week after his father received a 65-year prison term for
his own political activities and a decade after his grandfather died
in custody. Di Nyein Lin was one of three student activists
sentenced by a court in a suburb of Yangon for various offenses,
including causing public alarm and insulting religion.
2008 Nov 19, In Pakistan gunmen
shot and killed Ameer Faisal Alvi, a retired Pakistani army general,
and his driver on the outskirts of capital, Islamabad. Alvi had led
military operations against insurgents in the tribal regions. A
suspected American missile bombarded a village in Bannu district,
deep inside Pakistani territory, marking what appears to be the
first time the US has struck beyond the tribal belt bordering
Afghanistan. Six alleged militants were killed including Abdullah
Azam al-Saudi, a senior member of Osama bin Laden's terror network.
(AP, 11/19/08)(AFP, 11/19/08)
2008 Nov 19, Philippine health
officials said at least two people have died and more than 1,500 are
in hospital following a suspected outbreak of cholera in the
2008 Nov 19, Vladimir
Kuznetsov, a former UN diplomat convicted in the US of money
laundering and fraud, arrived in Moscow and will serve the last 16
months of his sentence in a Russian prison. Kuznetsov once chaired
the UN's powerful budget oversight committee.
2008 Nov 19, Spanish doctors
reported the successful transplant to a woman of a new windpipe with
tissue grown from her own stem cells, eliminating the need for
2008 Nov 19, The UN asked for
$7 billion (5.5 billion euros) to fund its humanitarian work around
the world in 2009, almost double last year's appeal as a result of
soaring food prices and crises in Africa, among other factors. The
UN's food agency will slim down its bureaucracy, work to cut costs
and make investments that will improve efficiency as part of a
reform plan adopted by member nations.
2008 Nov 19, The World Food
Program said that it has signed a new food aid deal to allow the UN
agency to provide 350,000 tons of grain to millions in Zimbabwe.
2009 Nov 19, In Las Vegas Manny
Pacquiao of the Philippines demolished Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto to
become the only man in history to win seven titles in as many weight
2009 Nov 19, A US congressional
advisory panel said that Chinese spies are aggressively stealing
American secrets to use in building Beijing's military and economic
2009 Nov 19, US air travelers
scrambled to revise their travel plans after an FAA computer glitch
caused widespread cancellations and delays for the second time in 15
2009 Nov 19, California
Attorney General Jerry Brown issued an opinion that the salaries of
legislators and other elected officials can be cut in the middle of
their terms. The decision was expected to save the state $2.8
million next year. UC regents passed a 32% tuition increase despite
protests by angry students.
(SFC, 11/20/09, p.C1)(SFC, 11/20/09, p.C2)
2009 Nov 19, In San Francisco
former McKesson Corp. Chairman Charles McCall was convicted by a
federal jury of 5 felonies for inflating the revenues of HBO &
Co., a medical software company, before McKesson acquired it for
$13.9 billion in January 1999.
2009 Nov 19, In Silicon Valley,
California, the Tech Awards, a humanitarian program recognizing
technological solutions aimed at worldwide challenges, honored 5
winners for their work in the environment, economic development,
education, equality and health.
(SFC, 11/20/09, p.D1)
2009 Nov 19, Google unveiled
its new Chrome operating system for an always-connected netbook.
(SFC, 11/20/09, p.D1)
2009 Nov 19, US bank J.P.
Morgan Chase & Co. said it has bought full control of J.P.
Morgan Cazenove in a 1 billion pound ($1.67 billion) deal with its
joint venture partner, the venerable London financial house Cazenove
2009 Nov 19, Tim Lincecum (25)
of the San Francisco giants won the Cy Young Award, baseball’s
highest honor for pitching, for a 2nd consecutive season. He
apologized for his Oct 30 arrest for marijuana possession. He had
already agreed to a plea deal and a $250 fine for the 3.3 grams of
marijuana found during a stop for speeding just north of the Oregon
(SFC, 11/20/09, p.A1)
2009 Nov 19, Texas executed
Robert Lee Thompson (34), for his role in a fatal store holdup 13
years earlier. Triggerman Sammy Butler had gunned store clerk
Mansoor Bhai Rahim but received a life sentence. Thompson was the 23
inmate executed in Texas this year.
(SFC, 11/20/09, p.A7)
2009 Nov 19, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai pledged in his inauguration speech that Afghanistan
will prosecute corrupt officials and control its own security within
five years. A suicide bomber targeting an Afghan security forces
convoy in Uruzgan province killed 10 civilians and wounded another
13. Two US service members were killed in an explosion in Zabul
2009 Nov 19, Herman Van Rompuy,
Belgium's Prime Minister and former economist, was named the
European Union's first permanent President. Baroness Catherine
Ashton, Britain's European Commissioner, was appointed as the EU’s
Foreign Minister-designate, with the unwieldy title of High
Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.
2009 Nov 19, Bolivian police
busted five cocaine labs and arrested two people in a remote Indian
village after a confrontation in which an officer was shot.
2009 Nov 19, The European
Commission signed a 677 million euro (one billion dollar) deal in
Brussels to help Nigeria tackle challenges in its restive
oil-producing region, promoting peace.
2009 Nov 19, An Ethiopian court
convicted 26 people who were accused of taking part in an alleged
coup plot earlier this year and acquitted five others.
2009 Nov 19, In France South
Korean model Daul Kim (20), a fashion week regular in New York,
Milan and Paris, was been found hanged in her Paris apartment.
2009 Nov 19, In India thousands
of sugar cane farmers staged a massive demonstration in New Delhi,
halting traffic as they demanded higher prices for the crop.
2009 Nov 19, In eastern India a
passenger train derailed after Maoist rebels blew up a key track in
Jharkhand state, killing two people and injuring at least 30 others.
2009 Nov 19, Israeli aircraft
struck a weapons-manufacturing facility and two smuggling tunnels in
the southern Gaza Strip, in response to recent rocket attacks on
2009 Nov 19, Four whaling ships
left Japan for a five-month hunt in the Southern Ocean, using a
loophole in an international moratorium that allows their killing
for lethal "research."
2009 Nov 19, From Lebanon the
militant Hezbollah group said that Sheik Hassan Nasrallah has been
re-elected as the group's leader for a sixth term.
2009 Nov 19, In northwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a courthouse in
Peshawar, killing 19 people. The bomb explosion occurred hours after
missiles fired from a suspected US drone killed three suspected
militants in Shana Khuwara village in North Waziristan. 5 Pakistani
troops and six militants were killed in a gunbattle at a security
outpost to the north in the Bajur tribal region.
(AP, 11/19/09)(AP, 11/20/09)
2009 Nov 19, Peruvian police
said a gang in the Peruvian jungle has been killing people and
draining fat from the corpses to sell on the black market for use in
cosmetics, although medical experts say they doubt a major market
for fat exists.
2009 Nov 19, Russia's
Constitutional Court effectively outlawed the death penalty, saying
a moratorium on capital punishment should remain in force until the
nation fully bans executions.
2009 Nov 19, In Russia a gunman
killed Rev. Daniil Sysoyev, a Russian Orthodox priest, in his Moscow
church and seriously wounded the reverend's assistant.
2009 Nov 19, In South Korea
President Barack Obama said a US envoy would visit North Korea early
next month, as he joined South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak in
urging the communist state back to nuclear talks.
2009 Nov 19, Venezuelan
authorities captured Magally Moreno (39), a former Colombian
official, wanted for collaborating with outlawed right-wing
paramilitary fighters. Moreno was wanted by Colombian authorities on
charges of aggravated homicide and Interpol had called for her
2009 Nov 19, Zimbabwe’s
government said security forces have started withdrawing from the
country's eastern diamond fields to meet Kimberley Process reforms
over human rights abuses.
2010 Nov 19, The opera “Billy
Blythe” opened in Little Rock, Arkansas. It was created by Bonnie
Montgomery and Britt Barber and focused on one day in the life of
teenager and later US Pres. Bill Clinton.
(Econ, 11/27/10, p.41)
2010 Nov 19, US President
Barack Obama lifted a ban on US aid and government assistance for
Sudan to allow computers to be exported into the country ahead of a
2010 Nov 19, Jack Camp (67), a
federal judge in Atlanta, pleaded guilty to two drug related
charges. He had been arrested on charges that he bought and used
drugs with a stripper.
(SFC, 11/20/10, p.A5)
2010 Nov 19, In Maryland Corey
Ausby (16) was beaten while walking through a Baltimore
neighborhood. In 2012 a trial opened for brothers Eliyahu (24) and
Avi Werdesheim (21). Charging documents said they pulled up next to
the black teenager in a vehicle, then got out and "surrounded him."
The passenger threw the teen to the ground and the driver hit him in
the head with a hand-held radio and patted him down. On May 3
Eliyahu was convicted of false imprisonment and 2nd degree assault.
His brother was acquitted.
(AP, 4/23/12)(SFC, 5/4/12, p.A7)
2010 Nov 19, NYC officials said
over 10,000 workers, exposed to toxic dust following the 9/11 fall
of the world Trade Center, have ended a legal fight with the city
and joined a settlement worth at least $625 million.
(SFC, 11/20/10, p.A5)
2010 Nov 19, Texas businessman
Samir Mahmoud Itani (51), head of American Grocers ltd., agreed to
pay $15 million to settle allegations of defrauding the government
by selling old relabeled food to the military to supply soldiers in
(SFC, 11/20/10, p.A5)
2010 Nov 19, In California
PG&E announced that it is prepared to buy homes and farms in the
Mohave Desert town of Hinkley threatened by chromium 6 laced
(SFC, 11/20/10, p.A1)
2010 Nov 19, The Los Angeles
Auto Show opened. Fiat, now associated with Chrysler, introduced its
tiny Fiat 500. Fiat sales in America would begin in January,
following a 27-year absence.
(Econ, 11/27/10, p.69)
2010 Nov 19, In southern
Afghanistan a NATO soldier was killed in a bomb attack as leaders
met in Portugal to determine the future of the alliance's
mission. ISAF reported the capture of a leader from the
hardline, Pakistan-based Haqqani network in eastern Khost province.
In Baghlan a joint force targeted a series of compounds and captured
another key Haqqani figure, who served as a liaison between the
network and Taliban operatives in northern Afghanistan. Six of his
associates were taken into custody as well. In Kunar province ISAF
troops killed three civilians and wounded four others during
fighting with militants.
(AP, 11/19/10)(AFP, 11/20/10)
2010 Nov 19, China ordered
lenders to lock up more of their money at the central bank for the
second time in two weeks, stepping up its battle to pull excess cash
out of the economy before inflation has a chance to take off.
2010 Nov 19, In Egypt at least
100 members of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood were arrested
across the country less than 10 days ahead of legislative elections.
2010 Nov 19, French Pres.
Sarkozy, infuriated by reports linking him to an investigation into
possible kickbacks to French politicians in the 1990s, lashed out
“off the record” at a journalist in Lisbon and said he could just as
easily accuse him of being a pedophile.
2010 Nov 19, Indonesian
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said that an inquiry will be
launched into a female migrant's suspicious death in Saudi Arabia.
Kikim Komalasari, who had worked in Abha city in Saudi Arabia since
June 2009, had died from abuse. She was from Cianjur in West Java
2010 Nov 19, In Iraq 4
Jordanians of Palestinian origin from Zarqa were killed while
fighting American troops. The men were all in their 20s and 30s and
with the exception of one, had served jail terms in Jordan for
plotting anti-American terror attacks.
2010 Nov 19, Israel's military
condemned the publication of names and photographs of 200 Israeli
soldiers on a website that called them "war criminals." It was put
up earlier this week by anonymous activists in Britain and hosted by
a US-based Web service, which took it down by today citing "breach
of terms." Militants in Gaza fired rockets at southern Israel,
causing no casualties. Retaliatory Israeli air strikes wounded five.
2010 Nov 19, In Mexico the
bodies of two men were found hanging from the Los Alamos bridge in
2010 Nov 19, NATO leaders began
a 2-day meeting in Portugal. A top official said it will start
drawing down its troops in Afghanistan next July and its combat role
in the war-torn nation will end by 2014 or earlier so security can
be turned over to the Afghans. NATO leaders planned to approve a new
10-year vision for NATO.
(AP, 11/19/10)(Reuters, 11/19/10)
2010 Nov 19, In New Zealand an
explosion ripped through the country’s largest coal mine with about
30 people underground. Five workers, dazed and slightly injured,
stumbled to the surface, while 29 were missing. Fears over poisonous
and combustible gases were preventing rescuers from entering the
(AP, 11/19/10)(AP, 11/20/10)
2010 Nov 19, The Nigerian army
arrested a militant leader and 62 of his followers suspected of
involvement in a string of recent kidnappings of oil workers,
including foreigners. Gunmen suspected of being members of Boko
Haram, an Islamist sect behind a deadly uprising last year, shot
dead three worshippers at a mosque in the northern city of
2010 Nov 19, In Pakistan
suspected US missiles destroyed a moving vehicle in North
Waziristan, killing four alleged militants inside it.
2010 Nov 19, In the Republic of
Congo 8 countries signed a convention to limit the spread of weapons
in central Africa, but three countries opted out. The Republic of
Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Chad, Angola, Sao Tome
and Principe, Central African Republic and Cameroon all signed.
Burundi, Equatorial Guinea and Rwanda did not sign.
2010 Nov 19, Thai police found
the remains of almost 1,700 illegally aborted fetuses hidden at a
Buddhist temple in Bangkok as the full extent of the grisly
discovery emerged. Thousands of anti-government demonstrators took
to the streets of Bangkok, peacefully marking the six-month
anniversary of the military's crackdown on their protest.
(AFP, 11/19/10)(AP, 11/19/10)
2010 Nov 19, A UN General
Assembly committee passed resolutions condemning human rights
violations in Iran, North Korea and Myanmar, provoking a furious
reaction from their delegations. The committee passed the resolution
by 80 votes to 44, with 57 abstentions.
2010 Nov 19, The world's
cardinals met at the Vatican to discuss religious freedom, sex abuse
by clergy and other issues amid a new dispute with China over an
illicit ordination that threatens delicate relations between the
2011 Nov 19, Jose Pimentel
(27), a Muslim convert and al-Qaida sympathizer, was arrested for
allegedly making bombs in New York City. He was inspired by radical
cleric Anwar Awlaki and was allegedly plotting to attack US
servicemen and police officers.
2011 Nov 19, Thousands of
people gathered at the Wisconsin capitol to demand a recall of
Republican Governor Scott Walker, whose controversial and successful
drive to limit public unions last winter sparked the biggest
protests in the state since the Vietnam War.
2011 Nov 19, I. Michael Heyman
(81), former chancellor of UC Berkeley (1980-1990) and former head
of the Smithsonian Institute (1994-1999), died in Berkeley.
(SFC, 11/22/11, p.C4)
2011 Nov 19, Robert Champion
(26), a Florida A&M drum major, died after he was beaten to
death on a bus by fellow students in a hazing ritual. On May 2,
2012, thirteen students were charged with felony and misdemeanor
offenses related to his death. On Sep 18, 2015, Florida A&M
settled a wrongful death suit for $1.1 million and an apology.
(SFC, 5/3/12, p.A6)(SFC, 9/18/15, p.A5)
2011 Nov 19, A traditional
Afghan national assembly endorsed President Hamid Karzai's decision
to negotiate a long-term security pact with the US but imposed some
conditions, including an end to unpopular night raids by military
forces searching for insurgents.
2011 Nov 19, Azeri snipers
fired into the disputed breakaway enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh
killing one Armenian soldier. A 2nd soldier was killed the next day.
2011 Nov 19, In Bahrain Ali
Youssef Bagdar (16) died in the early morning after a police vehicle
ran him over during a demonstration in the Juffair area of Manama.
Dozens were wounded when security forces attacked a funeral
procession for the 16-year-old boy.
(AP, 11/19/11)(AP, 11/20/11)
2011 Nov 19, In Benin Pope
Benedict XVI called on Africa's leaders to stop depriving their
people of hope and to govern responsibly, just hours before he
planned to unveil an 87-page pastoral guide for the continent.
2011 Nov 19, In Bhutan a
Climate Summit for a Living Himalayas was held in Bhutan's capital
Thimphu. India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Bhutan agreed to cooperate on
energy, water, food and biodiversity issues.
2011 Nov 19, China’s Premier
Wen Jiabao told US President Barack Obama that China would increase
the flexibility of the yuan while stressing that reforms had already
had an effect. The spoke on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit in
2011 Nov 19, In eastern China
14 workers were killed in an explosion at a chemical plant.
2011 Nov 19, Egyptian police
fired rubber bullets and tear gas in clashes with protesters on as
they broke up a sit-in organized by people injured during the Arab
Spring, triggering a heated skirmish. Two protesters were killed.
(AFP, 11/19/11)(SSFC, 11/20/11, p.A6)
2011 Nov 19, Several hundred
Ethiopian troops crossed into southern and central Somalia, local
elders said, but Addis Ababa dismissed the reports as "absolutely
2011 Nov 19, Israeli researcher
Dror Etkes said 375 acres from the Palestinian village of Bardaleh
have been annexed to the Israeli Kibbutz Meirav.
2011 Nov 19, Japan’s the new
Institute of Science and Technology was inaugurated as a graduate
university in Okinawa.
(Econ, 11/19/11, p.91)
2011 Nov 19, In Nepal
government monitors began asking 19,000 former rebels whether they
will join the army or leave with cash to start new lives, five years
after ending their insurgency to join a peace process.
2011 Nov 18, In the Philippines
police arrested former Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on charges of
electoral fraud. Police allowed her to remain in hospital for health
(SFC, 11/19/11, p.A2)
2011 Nov 19, Syrian troops
stormed the town of Shezar in the central province of Hama and the
restive Jabal al-Zawiya region near the Turkish border in search of
regime opponents. At least 15 people were killed.
(AP, 11/19/11)(SSFC, 11/20/11, p.A10)
2011 Nov 19, Thailand's Premier
Yingluck Shinawatra declared central Bangkok safe from the kingdom's
devastating floods, as the death toll passed 600 and President
Barack Obama vowed the US will give whatever help it can.
2011 Nov 19, In Tunisia the
three parties making up the new ruling coalition divided up the top
government jobs between them. Ennahda's Hamadi Jebali will become
prime minister. Congress for the Republic party leader Moncef
Marzouki will become president. The leader of the left of center
Ettakatol, or forum, party will become speaker of the assembly.
2011 Nov 19, In Turkey
delegates at an international conservation meeting agreed on a
measure mandating that silky sharks accidentally caught in fishing
gear be released back into the sea alive. The 48-member
International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas
(ICCAT) failed to reach consensus on other threatened shark species.
To fight illegal fishing, ICCAT members decided that vessels
measuring 12 meters or more, instead of the previous 20 meters or
more, would be inspected on arrival to port.
2012 Nov 19, President Barack
Obama made a 6-hour stop in Myanmar. In a notable detour from US
policy, the president referred to Burma as Myanmar in his talks with
President Thein Sein. Obama then became the first US president to
set foot in Cambodia, a country once known for its Khmer Rouge
2012 Nov 19, Hostess Brands Inc
agreed in court to enter private mediation with its lenders and
leaders of a striking union to try to avert the liquidation of the
maker of Twinkies snack cakes and Wonder Bread.
2012 Nov 19, Warren Rudman
(1930), former Republican senator from New Hampshire (1980-1992),
died in Washington, DC.
(SFC, 11/21/12, p.A8)
2012 Nov 19, In Rhode Island
Charles Moreau, the former mayor of Central Falls. Pleaded guilty to
accepting gifts from a supporter who received a lucrative city
(SFC, 11/20/12, p.A8)
2012 Nov 19, A spokesman for
Afghan Pres, Karzai told reporters that more than 70 detainees
continue to be held by the Americans despite being ordered released
by Afghan courts.
2012 Nov 19, Colombia's main
rebel group announced a unilateral cease-fire as it began
much-anticipated peace talks, but the Bogota government responded
that it would continue military operations.
2012 Nov 19, The International
Court of Justice ruled that a group of tiny islands in the western
Caribbean belongs to Colombia, but also granted Nicaragua control of
a large swath of the surrounding sea and seabed that could hold oil
2012 Nov 19, In Cuba the rebel
former seminarian known as Ivan Marquez and government
representative Humberto de la Calle, a sage veteran of Colombian
politics, sat down in Havana to negotiate in earnest an end
Colombia's stubborn five-decade-old conflict. Their talks were
inaugurated in Norway last month.
2012 Nov 19, French oil firm
Total SA said it has sold a stake in an offshore oil field in
Nigeria for $2.5 billion to Chinese state oil company Sinopec Corp.
The cash deal required approval by Nigerian authorities.
2012 Nov 19, In India at least
17 people were killed in the eastern state of Bihar. The accident
happened when a bamboo bridge collapsed on the banks of Ganges river
where Hindu devotees were offering prayers as part of the annual
2012 Nov 19, Israeli aircraft
struck crowded areas in the Gaza Strip, driving up the Palestinian
death toll to 94 and devastating several homes belonging to one
clan. Hamas fighters have fired hundreds of rockets into Israel in
the current round of fighting, including 75 today. The new
airstrikes came as Egypt was trying to broker a cease-fire, with the
help of Turkey and Qatar.
2012 Nov 19, A report issued by
New York-based Human Rights Watch accused Ivory Coast's military of
undertaking a swift, brutal and illegal campaign of arbitrary arrest
and detention in response to some of the most significant violence
since last year's election crisis.
2012 Nov 19, Police in Kenya
fired bullets into the air and tear gas into the streets to stop two
groups from clashing. 3 Kenyan soldiers were killed.
(AP, 11/19/12)(AP, 11/20/12)
2012 Nov 19, In northern Mali
fighting resumed between Islamist extremists and Tuareg secular
2012 Nov 19, In Morocco the
48-member int’l. organization of fishing countries voted to keep
strict limits on catching Atlantic blue fin tuna.
(SFC, 11/20/12, p.A7)
2012 Nov 19, The International
Court of Justice ruled that a group of tiny islands in the western
Caribbean belongs to Colombia, but also granted Nicaragua control of
a large swath of the surrounding sea and seabed that could hold oil
reserves. The ICJ awarded Nicaragua fishing and oil rights in waters
that Colombians have considered theirs since 1928.
(AP, 11/20/12)(Econ, 11/9/13, p.43)
2012 Nov 19, In northern
Nigeria two road accidents that took place an hour apart claimed 25
2012 Nov 19, In northwest
Pakistan a female suicide bomber detonated her explosives near the
convoy of a former leader of the country's largest Islamist party.
Qazi Husain Ahmad, the former chief of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan,
escaped unhurt from the attack in the Mohmand tribal region. Three
of his aides were wounded.
2012 Nov 19, The UN said Sudan
has begun a massive vaccination campaign to immunize3 2.4 million
people against an outbreak of yellow fever in the Darfur region.
(SFC, 11/20/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 19, In Tajikistan
Inobat Yakubova told the respected Tajik newspaper Asia-Plus that
her son (12) was picked up in late August while at the home of his
Arabic language tutor, who is suspected of being a member of banned
Islamist group Hizb-ut-Tah. She said security services held him for
three days and beat him to coerce details on individuals detained on
2012 Nov 19, A Zimbabwe court
ordered breakaway Anglican Bishop Nolbert Kunonga to return church
property he seized after his excommunication in 2007.
2013 Nov 19, JPMorgan Chase
reached a $13 billion deal with the US Justice Dept. ending a probe
into the bank’s sale of mortgage bonds.
(SFC, 11/20/13, p.C2)
2013 Nov 19, The US National
Rifle Association (NRA) sued San Francisco claiming the city
violated the constitutional right to possess guns for self defense
with a new ordnance banning possession of magazines that can hold
more than 10 rounds.
(SFC, 11/20/13, p.D3)
2013 Nov 19, Florida Rep. Henry
Radel (37) was charged with cocaine possession following a “buy and
bust” operation. The next day Radel pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor
charge of cocaine possession and was sentenced to a year of
probation. He admitted to purchasing 3.5 grams of cocaine from an
undercover officer Oct. 29 in Washington. Radel resigned on Jan 27,
(SFC, 11/20/13, p.A6)(AP, 1/27/14)
2013 Nov 19, NYC Mayor Michael
Bloomberg signed legislation banning the sale of tobacco products to
anyone under the age of 21.
(SFC, 11/20/13, p.A6)
2013 Nov 19, Virginia state
Sen. Creigh Deeds (55) suffered stab wounds at his home inflicted by
his son, Gus Deeds (24), who was found dead from apparently a
self-inflicted gunshot wound.
(SFC, 11/20/13, p.A8)
2013 Nov 19, Orbital Sciences
launched a rocket from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia
carrying 29 small satellites and launched them into a low-Earth
orbit. Thirty hours later Kosmotros, a Russian-joint venture,
carried 32 satellites into a similar orbit.
(Econ, 6/7/14, TQ p.18)
2013 Nov 19, Celebrations for
Algeria's victory over Burkina Faso that sent the country's soccer
team to the 2014 World Cup finals left 12 people dead and some 240
2013 Nov 19, Bosnia's state war
crimes court said it had freed 10 convicted war criminals and would
give them new trials after the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR)
ruled their legal rights had been violated.
2013 Nov 19, Britain’s Oxford
Univ. Press declared “selfie,” a smart phone self-pportrait, the
2013 word of the year. Use of the word dated back to at least 2002.
(SFC, 11/20/13, p.A3)
2013 Nov 19, British biochemist
Frederick Sanger (b.1918) died. He twice won the Nobel Prize in
chemistry (1958 & 1980) and was a pioneer of genome sequencing.
2013 Nov 19, In the Central
African Republic heavy fighting erupted near Bouca between the
Muslim Seleka rebels who have carried out attacks and massacres
throughout the northwest in recent months and members of Christian
self-defense militias that have arisen amid the violence. About
2,000 people have sought refuge in a Catholic mission in the area.
2013 Nov 19, Hundreds of
Egyptians gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square to commemorate the
deaths of protesters killed two years ago and call for the
army-backed government to adopt reforms.
2013 Nov 19, The European
Union's parliament finally approved the first spending cut in the
history of the 28-nation group.
2013 Nov 19, France, Germany
and other European countries formed a "drone users club" to develop
a rival to the US and Israeli pilotless aircraft that dominate the
2013 Nov 19, In France a small
plane crashed in the central Burgundy region, killing six people.
2013 Nov 19, Ghanaian
authorities impounded the Guyana-registered MV ATIYAH and arrested
the five when they discovered it was carrying 400 kilos (880 pounds)
of cocaine worth around $50 million. On Nov 22 four citizens of
Guyana and one Ghanaian pleaded guilty to charges related to the
seizure of a ship.
2013 Nov 19, In northeastern
Guinea at least 12 illegal miners were killed and several left
missing after a landslide at a goldmine owned by the Ashanti
2013 Nov 19, Hundreds of
Iranians including university students and members of the country's
Jewish community rallied in support of the Islamic Republic's
disputed nuclear program on the eve of the resumption of talks with
2013 Nov 19, Italian declared
authorities declared a state of emergency in Sardinia as Cyclone
Cleopatra dropped 450mm of rain in an hour and a half overnight. 16
people were reported dead.
(Reuters, 11/19/13)(AFP, 11/19/13)(Reuters,
2013 Nov 19, In Lebanon 2
suicide bombers detonated explosions outside the Iranian Embassy in
a mainly Shiite district of Beirut, killing 23 people, including the
Iranian cultural attaché, apparently in retaliation for the Lebanese
group Hezbollah's support of Syrian President Assad.
2013 Nov 19, Libyan protesters
again took to the streets of Tripoli, repeating their call for the
country's recalcitrant militias to leave the capital after a militia
attack on a similar protest killed 47 and wounded more than 500 last
2013 Nov 19, Mexican journalist
and author Elena Poniatowska won the 2013 Cervantes Prize, the
Spanish-speaking world's highest literary honor.
2013 Nov 19, Millions of
Nepalis defied low expectations and threats of violence to vote in
elections seen as crucial in stabilising the country and breaking
its political deadlock seven years after a civil war ended. The
Nepali Congress led by Sushil Koirala narrowly won the elections. A
bombing in Kathmandu injured three children.
(AFP, 11/19/13)(Econ, 3/8/14, p.44)
2013 Nov 19, Norway's military
intelligence chief said his country carries out surveillance on
millions of phone calls in conflict areas around the world and
shares that data with allies, including the United States.
2013 Nov 19, In Pakistan a
Shi'ite professor at the University of Gujrat and his driver were
shot dead in the latest incident in a wave of spiraling sectarian
violence in the nuclear-armed country.
2013 Nov 19, In Poland 18
people were detained on suspicion of large scale corruption. They
included current and former state officials.
(SFC, 11/20/13, p.A2)
2013 Nov 19, In Somalia
al-Qaida-linked Shebab militants detonated a car bomb at the
entrance to a police station in Beledweyne near the Somalia-Ethiopia
border, then opened fire with assault rifles and rocket-propelled
grenades, an attack that left at least 28 people dead.
2013 Nov 19, Russian courts
granted bail to seven foreign Greenpeace activists detained for an
oil drilling protest, bringing to 10 the number released over the
last days and raising hopes of a solution to a case which has raised
2013 Nov 19, In South Africa a
shopping mall under construction partially collapsed, killing one
person and injuring 29 in Tongaat, near Durban.
2013 Nov 19, Spain's National
Court said it has issued arrest orders for former Chinese president
Jiang Zemin and four other Chinese officials as part of a probe into
alleged genocide by China against Tibet.
2013 Nov 19, Syrian government
troops captured Qara, a key town near the Lebanese border from
rebels, days after launching a broad offensive in the mountainous
2013 Nov 19, Vietnam officials
said the death toll from flooding, due to heavy rains that began Nov
14, has risen to 41.
(SFC, 11/20/13, p.A4)
2013 Nov 19, In Yemen a
suspected US airstrike killed 3 alleged al-Qaida militants in
Hadramawt province. Two men from Australia and New Zealand were also
killed in the strike.
(AP, 11/19/13)(AP, 4/15/14)
2014 Nov 19, A US federal judge
overturned Montana’s ban on same-sex marriage. The state’s first
legal same-sex marriage took place the next day in Helena.
(SFC, 11/21/14, p.A6)
2014 Nov 19, Mike Nichols (83),
American film and stage director and producer, died. He was born in
Berlin (1931) as Mikhail Igor Peschkowsky. His 11 films included
“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” (1966), “The Graduate” (1967) and
(SFC, 11/21/14, p.A1)
2014 Nov 19, In Afghanistan a
compound housing foreigners on the outskirts of Kabul came under
2014 Nov 19, Argentina’s lower
house of Congress approved a measure ruling that all public
transportation must display a sign saying “Las Malvina son
Argentinas” (The Falklands are Argentine), after getting approval
from the Senate.
(SFC, 11/21/14, p.A2)
2014 Nov 19, The British
government banned controversial US-based "pick-up artist" Julien
Blanc from entering the country after nearly 160,000 people signed a
petition accusing him of encouraging "physical and emotional abuse".
2014 Nov 19, Several thousand
students took to the streets of central London to protest against
tuition fee increases and education budget cuts.
2014 Nov 19, Burkina Faso's
transitional government named Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida as prime
minister, four days after he restored the country's constitution
under pressure from the African Union and the West.
2014 Nov 19, Chinese officials
announced limits on growth in energy consumption aimed at making the
country less dependent on coal.
2014 Nov 19, In eastern China
an overloaded makeshift school bus collided with a truck, killing 11
kindergarteners and the bus driver.
2014 Nov 19, Hong Kong police
arrested at least 6 people after dozens of demonstrators attempted
to break into the legislature overnight.
(SFC, 11/20/14, p.A4)
2014 Nov 19, Northern India
police arrested Sant Rampal (63), a controversial religious leader,
at his sprawling ashram in Haryana state, ending a days-long
standoff in which 6 people died and hundreds were injured. Rampal
and 38 others have been charged with murder and other offenses after
a violent clash between his supporters and another group killed one
person in July 2006.
2014 Nov 19, Indonesian
authorities said two endangered Sumatran elephants were found dead
this week near a palm oil plantation in the Tebo district of Jambi
province on Sumatra island. Authorities believed they were killed by
2014 Nov 19, In northern Iraq
French Rafale jets struck Islamic State targets alongside coalition
planes near Kirkuk to help breach the group's frontlines. France
said it was sending six fighter jets to Jordan to ramp up its
2014 Nov 19, In Iraq Radwan
Taleb al-Hamdouni, described as the Islamic State leader in Mosul,
was killed with his driver when their car was hit by an air strike
in a western district of the city.
2014 Nov 19, Iraqi Kurdish
forces launched a new offensive targeting Islamic State group
extremists as a suicide bomber killed at least five people in Irbil,
the Kurds' regional capital.
2014 Nov 19, Israel’s Jerusalem
municipality said it approved the construction of 78 new homes for
Jewish settlers in two neighborhoods of occupied Arab east
Jerusalem. The east Jerusalem home of a Palestinian Abdel-Rahman
al-Shalloudi, who carried out a deadly attack On Oct 22, was
(AFP, 11/19/14)(AP, 11/19/14)(Econ, 11/22/14,
2014 Nov 19, Italy’s Court of
Cassation threw out a conviction against Stephan Schmidheiny, a
Swiss businessman, for some 3,000 asbestos-related deaths blamed on
contamination from the Swiss Eternit construction company. The
statute of limitations started ticking in 1986 when Eternit closed
its four Italian plants.
2014 Nov 19, In Japan
millionair Chisako Kakehi (67) was arrested on suspicion of
poisoning her husband with cyanide as it emerged six former partners
had already died.
2014 Nov 19, Kosovo’s Pres.
Jahjaga said PM Hashim Thaci’s Democratic Party and Isa Mustafa’s
Democratic League have pledged to form a coalition government,
ending five months of political fighting.
(SFC, 11/20/14, p.A2)
2014 Nov 19, In Malawi about
500 schoolchildren broke classroom windows and damaged cars to
protest a strike by their teachers in the commercial capital,
2014 Nov 19, Myanmar's army
launched a new offensive against ethnic Kachin rebels in the steep
hills around their headquarters on the Chinese border, killing over
20 people in a mortar attack and skirmishes that lasted the whole
2014 Nov 19, In Nigeria Boko
Haram militants reportedly killed about 45 people in the Azaya Kura
village in Borno state as they carted away food and livestock.
(SFC, 11/21/14, p.A2)
2014 Nov 19, A Pakistani court
sentenced four men to death for bludgeoning to death Farzana Parveen
(25), a pregnant woman, last May in the center of Lahore for
marrying against her family's wishes.
(AFP, 11/19/14)(SFC, 11/20/14, p.A2)
2014 Nov 19, Russia urged
Ukraine's leaders to talk directly to separatists to end the
conflict in the east, but Kiev rejected the call and told Moscow to
stop "playing games" aimed at legitimizing "terrorists".
2014 Nov 19, Saudi Arabia
executed Salih bin Yateem bin Salih al-Qarni. He had donned women's
clothing in a bid to escape after shooting dead a soldier and police
2014 Nov 19, The Solomon
Islands held a general election.
(Econ, 12/13/14, p.43)
2014 Nov 19, A Spanish court
ordered popular folk singer Isabel Pantoja (58) to jail after her
appeals against a two-year sentence for money laundering were
rejected. She was found guilty of laundering money for Julian Munoz,
a former boyfriend and one-time mayor of Marbella.
2014 Nov 19, In Spain
Fitz-James Stuart y Silva (b.1926), the Duchess of Alba, died.
Forbes recently estimated her wealth to be in the region of 2.8
billion euros ($3.5 billion). Her more than 40 titles made her the
world's most titled noble.
2014 Nov 19, Sri Lankan
President Mahinda Rajapaksa pardoned five Indian fishermen who were
sentenced to death last month for smuggling narcotics. The fishermen
denied the charges.
2014 Nov 19, In Switzerland
scientists at CERN, the world's largest smasher, said they have
discovered two new subatomic particles never seen before that could
widen our understanding of the universe. The new particles, which
were predicted to exist, are both baryons made from three quarks
bound together by a strong force.
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