Return to homeWorld Television Day. The UN General Assembly
proclaimed 21 November as World Television Day (through resolution
51/205 of 17 December 1996).
(Econ, 11/24/12, p.68)(http://www.un.org/en/events/televisionday/) 496AD Nov 21, Pope
Gelasius, an African by birth or descent, died. He changed the
mid-February lottery rules for young Roman men so that they drew
names of Catholic Saints to emulate instead of young girls for play.
The Lupercalia pagan rite had been revived to bring good luck to the
city following a plague. He named Feb 14 as St. Valentine’s Day.
(PTA, 1980, p.98)(SFEM, 2/9/97, p.11)(SSFC,
2/11/01, DB p.40)
1272 Nov 21, Edward I was
proclaimed King of England.
1492 Nov 21, Pinta under Martin
Pinzon separated from Columbus' fleet.
1555 Nov 21, Georgius Bauer
(b.1494), German mineralogist (Agricola), died. His full description
of mining, smelting, and chemistry in "De Re Metallica," was
published in Basel in 1556. In it he described the hazards of
mining, including occupational diseases such as "difficulty in
breathing and destruction of the lungs." It was still the major
source on the state of technology in the Middle Ages. In 1912 it was
translated by Herbert Hoover, mining engineer and future US
p.R25)(WSJ, 7/29/06, p.P8)
1579 Nov 21, Thomas Gresham
(b.1519), English merchant and financier, died. He worked for King
Edward VI of England and for Edward's half-sister Queen Elizabeth I
of England. Gresham’s Law: "Bad money drives out good." Gresham's
law is commonly stated as: "When there is a legal tender currency,
bad money drives good money out of circulation." Or, more
accurately, "Money overvalued by the State will drive money
undervalued by the State out of circulation."
1620 Nov 21, Leaders of the
Mayflower expedition framed the “Mayflower Compact," designed to
bolster unity among the settlers. The Pilgrims reached Provincetown
(HN, 11/21/98)(MC, 11/21/01)
1654 Nov 21, Richard Johnson, a
free black, was granted 550 acres in Virginia.
1692 Nov 21, Carlo Fragoni,
Italian poet, was born.
1694 Nov 21, Francois Marie
Arouet Voltaire (d.1778), French philosopher, historian, dramatist
and essayist, was born. Born to middle class parents, he later
attended the Jesuit college of Louis-le-Grand in Paris. The
environment exposed him to the world of society and the arts. After
the success of his tragedy “Oedipe" in 1718, he was pronounced the
successor to the great dramatist Racine. He adopted the pen name
Voltaire, though its exact origins and meaning are uncertain. The
author of “Candide" (1759) and the “Philosophical Dictionary"
(1764), Voltaire's works often attacked injustice and intolerance
and epitomized the Age of Enlightenment. He wrote that "Self-love
resembles the instrument by which we perpetuate the species. It is
necessary, it is dear to us, it gives us pleasure and it has to be
concealed." "All styles are good except the tiresome sort." “Love
truth, but pardon error." "The great errors of the past are useful
in many ways. One cannot remind oneself too often of crimes and
disasters. These, no matter what people say, can be forestalled."
S.G. Tellentyre said on Voltaire: “I disapprove of what you say, but
I will defend to the death your right to say it."
(WUD, 1994, p.1600) (G&M,
2/1/96, p.A-22)(AP, 7/17/97)(SFEC, 1/4/98, Z1p.8)(HNQ,
10/1/98)(SFEC, 10/11/98, Z1 p.8)(HN, 11/21/98)(HNQ, 11/8/00)
1695 Nov 21, Henry Purcell
(36), English composer (Indian Queen), died.
1710 Nov 21, Barnardo Pasquini
(72), composer, died.
1783 Nov 21, Jean-Francois
Pilatre de Rozier (1754-1785) and the Marquis d’Arlandes made the
first free-flight ascent in a balloon, to over 500 feet, in Paris.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre_Romain)(NPub, 2002, p.2)
1785 Nov 21, William Beaumont,
surgeon, was born. He later studied digestion by peering through a
natural opening of the stomach wall in a young Indian in Prairie du
1787 Nov 21, Samuel Cunard
(d.1865), founder of the 1st regular Atlantic steamship line, was
born in Canada.
(MC, 11/21/01)(WSJ, 7/1/03, p.D8)
1789 Nov 21, North Carolina
became the 12th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
(AP, 11/21/97)(HN, 11/21/98)
1794 Nov 21, Honolulu Harbor
1806 Nov 21, In the Decree of
Berlin Emperor Napoleon banned all trade with England.
1811 Nov 21, Heinrich W. von
Kleist (34), German playwright, died.
1817 Nov 21, Richard Brooke
Garnett (d1863), Brig General (Confederate Army), was born. He died
1818 Nov 21, Frenchman Hipolito
Bouchard and Englishman Peter Corney led a 2-ship attack against the
presidio at Monterey, Ca. Gov. Pablo de Sola and his soldiers and
families fled as some 400 rebels pulled to shore. The presidio was
ransacked and burned. Bouchard and Corney days later plundered
Mission San Juan Capistrano and the rancho at El Refugio.
(SFC, 10/10/03, p.B3)
1818 Nov 21, Russia's Czar
Alexander I petitioned for a Jewish state in Palestine.
1834 Nov 21, HMS Beagle
anchored at Bay of San Carlos, Chile.
1837 Nov 21, Thomas Morris of
Australia skipped rope 22,806 times.
1847 Nov 21, Steamer "Phoenix"
was lost on Lake Michigan. 200 people were killed.
1848 Nov 21, The John C.
Fremont expedition, in search of a railroad route across the Rocky
Mountains, reached Pueblo, Colorado. There Fremont hired Bill
Williams (61), a mountaineer with 40 years experience.
(ON, 12/06, p.5)
1848 Nov 21, Alfred de Musset's
"Andre del Sarto," premiered in Paris.
1852 Nov 21, Duke Univ.,
founded in 1838 as Union Institute in NC, was chartered as Normal
1855 Nov 21, Franklin Colman, a
pro-slavery Missourian, gunned down Charles Dow, a Free Stater from
Ohio, near Lawrence, Kansas.
1859 Nov 21, Shoin Yoshida
(1830), Japanese intellectual who inspired Meiji reformers, died.
“Once a man’s will is set, he can triumph through any obstacle."
1864 Nov 21, Confederate
General John Bell Hood launched the Franklin-Nashville Campaign into
Tennessee from northern Alabama. Hood led the Confederate Army of
Tennessee in its offensive into Tennessee, which was decisively
broken in the battles of Franklin and Nashville. Hood, a graduate of
West Point, had been in the U.S. Cavalry until the Civil War broke
out. He was seriously wounded attacking Little Round Top during the
Battle of Gettysburg and later lost a leg at Chickamauga in
September of that year. In 1864, he was appointed a Lieutenant
General under Joseph E. Johnston‘s command in defense of Atlanta. In
July, Confederate president Jefferson Davis put Hood in command who
promptly attacked Sherman‘s Union army and was repulsed. Hood then
attempted a long march to the north and west to assault Sherman‘s
rear and ran into Union Army of the Cumberland. The November Battle
of Franklin and December Battle of Nashville decisively defeated
Hood‘s Army which was harassed and almost destroyed in its retreat.
Hood‘s own request to end his command was granted the following
month. After the war he lived in New Orleans.
1864 Nov 21-22, Battle at
1871 Nov 21, Moses F. Gale
patented a cigar lighter in NYC.
1871 Nov 21, The 1st human
cannonball, Emilio Onra, was fired from a cannon.
1877 Nov 21, Inventor Thomas A.
Edison announced the invention of his phonograph.
1886 Nov 21, Harold G.
Nicolson, English diplomat and author (Good Behavior), was born.
1888 Nov 21, Adolph Arthur
“Harpo" Marx, American comedian, one of the Marx brothers, was born.
The inventive American pantomimist never spoke a line in his many
movies, which he starred in alongside his brothers.
1898 Nov 21, Rene Magritte
(d.1967), Belgian surrealist painter, was born. His work includes
“Golconda." In 1998 a collection of his work was edited by Giselle
Ollinger-Zinque and Frederik Leen. It included his Surrealist
paintings as well as his wallpaper designs, illustrated music
scores, advertising posters, and photographs from his amateur films.
(WUD, 1994, p.863)(WSJ, 12/3/98, p.W4)(HN,
1899 Nov 21, Vice President
Garret A. Hobart, serving under President McKinley, died in
Paterson, N.J., at age 55.
1901 Nov 21, Richard Strauss'
opera "Feuersnot," premiered in Dresden.
1904 Nov 21, Coleman Hawkins,
jazz saxophonist, was born.
1904 Nov 21, Motorized
omnibuses replaced horse-drawn cars in Paris.
1906 Nov 21, In San Juan,
President Theodore Roosevelt pledged citizenship for Puerto Rican
1906 Nov 21, China prohibited
1907 Nov 21, Jim Bishop, author
(The Day Lincoln was Shot), was born.
1907 Nov 21, The Cunard liner
Mauritania set a new speed record for steamship travel, 624 nautical
miles in a one day run.
1907 Nov 21, Gaetano Braga
(78), composer, died.
1908 Nov 21, Elizabeth G.
Speare, writer of historical novels for children, was born.
1911 Nov 21, Suffragettes
stormed Parliament in London. All were arrested and all chose prison
1915 Nov 21, The HMS Endurance,
under Sir Ernest Shackleton and his 27 man crew, sank in the Weddell
Sea of Antarctica. The whole crew escaped on 3 lifeboats that
included the “James Caird." They drifted for 5 months and when the
ice broke rowed to Elephant Island. Shackleton then rowed the Caird
for 800 miles with 5 men to South Georgia Island and returned to
pick up the 21 men left behind. Frank Hurley captured the sinking on
35-mm movie film. In 1933 F.A. Worsely, the captain of the
Endurance, authored “Shackleton’s Boat Journey." In 1999 Caroline
Alexander authored “The Endurance."
(WSJ, 4/2/98, p.B1,15)(SFEC, 1/24/99, BR
p.6)(WSJ, 4/16/99, p.W14)(ON, 5/00, p.10)(WSJ, 4/28/07, p.P8)
1916 Nov 21, The HMHS
Britannic, the sister ship of the Titanic, sank in the Kea Channel
off Greece after being hit by a mine or a torpedo. 30 people in
lifeboats died from the suction of the sinking ship. The Britannic,
launched in 1914 from the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast,
Ireland, included an additional expansion joint due to design update
following the sinking of the Titanic in 1912.
1916 Nov 21, Franz Jozef I,
King of Austria and Hungary, died.
1917 Nov 21, German ace Rudolf
von Eschwege was killed over Macedonia when he attacked a
booby-trapped observation balloon packed with explosives.
1917 Nov 21, Maxim Gorki called
Lenin a blind fanatic and unthinking adventurer.
1918 Nov 21, The last German
troops left Alsace-Lorraine, France.
1918 Nov 21, Two German
ammunition trains exploded in Hamont, Belgium and 1,750 died.
1918 Nov 21, Polish soldiers
organized a pogrom against Jews of Galicia, Poland.
1920 Nov 21, Stan “The Man"
Musial, Hall of Fame baseball player for the St. Louis Cardinals,
1920 Nov 21, Mussolini's squad
began terror and 11 died in Bologna, Italy.
1921 Nov 21, Geza Anda,
Hungarian-Swiss pianist, was born.
1921 Nov 21, The 1st mid-air
refueling was done by hand over Long Beach on a Curtiss JN-4.
(SSFC, 12/14/03, p.D2)
1922 Nov 21, Rebecca L. Felton
of Georgia was sworn in as the first woman to serve in the U.S.
1925 Nov 21, Three-time
All-American Harold "Red" Grange played his last football game for
the University of Illinois and joined the Chicago Bears less than a
week later on Thanksgiving Day. Grange was the most glamorous and
well-known football player of the 1920s. In one collegiate game
against Michigan in 1924, Grange ran for 402 yards and five
touchdowns. Known as the "Galloping Ghost" for his spectacular
broken-field running, the Wheaton, Illinois, native drew huge crowds
during a 17-game barnstorming tour with the Bears in late 1925. He
is credited with establishing professional football as a popular
spectator sport. Red Grange died at the age of 87 on January 28,
1927 Nov 21, Picketing strikers
at the Columbine Mine in northern Colorado were fired on by state
police; six miners were killed.
1929 Nov 21, Marilyn French,
novelist and critic, was born. Her work includes “The Women's Room."
1930 Nov 21, In Indonesia lava
began flowing as the Mount Merapi volcano erupted. 13 villages were
destroyed and some 1369 people were killed by pyroclastic flows.
1934 Nov 21, The Cole Porter
musical “Anything Goes," starring Ethel Merman as Reno Sweeney,
premiered at New York's Alvin Theatre.
(HN, 11/21/00)(AP, 11/21/04)
1934 Nov 21, A court ruled
Gloria Vanderbilt unfit for custody of her daughter.
1937 Nov 21, Marlo Thomas, film
and TV actress, was born in Detroit, Mich. In 1980 she married Phil
(SSFC, 11/21/04, Par p.28)
1938 Nov 21, Nazi forces
occupied western Czechoslovakia and declared its people German
citizens. This annexation of Sudetenland was the first major
belligerent action by Hitler. The allies chose to sit still for it
in return for a promise of "peace in our time," which Hitler later
1938 Nov 21, Leopold Godowsky
(68), pianist and composer, died.
1941 Nov 21, Juliet Mills,
actress (Nanny & the Professor, QB VII), was born in London
1942 Nov 21, Tweety Bird,
cartoon character, was born.
1942 Nov 21, The
Alaska-Canadian Highway across Canada was formally opened.
(HFA, ‘96, p.42)(AP, 11/21/97)
1945 Nov 21, Goldie Hawn,
Takoma Park, Md., actress (Laugh-in, Private Benjamin), was born.
1945 Nov 21, General Motors
workers went on strike.
1945 Nov 21, The last residents
of the US Japanese-American internment left their camps.
(SFEC, 4/13/97, Z1 p.6)
1945 Nov 21, Robert Benchley
(56), US humorist (My 10 Years in a Quandary), died.
1945 Nov 21, Bummy Davis
(b.1920 as Albert Davidoff), former middleweight boxer turned thug,
died after taking on 2 hoodlums in Brooklyn, NY. In 1951 W.C. Heinz
wrote "Brownsville Bum," an account of the Bummy Davis tragedy for
True Magazine. In 2003 Ron Ross authored Bummy Davis vs. Murder,
(WSJ, 3/5/08, p.D9)(www.ronross.us/reviews.html)
1949 Nov 21, The UN Assembly
decided for the eventual independence of Italy’s former colonies. In
the meantime they remained under UN supervision. United Nations
granted Libya its independence in the year 1952.
(EWH, 1968, p.1176)(HN, 11/21/98)
1953 Nov 21, The "Piltdown
Man," discovered in 1912, was proved to be a hoax. Paleontologist
Kenneth Oakley and anatomists Joseph S. Weiner and Wilfred Le Gros
Clark reexamined the bones from the 1912 Piltdown man and found
unmistakable signs of forgery.
(MC, 11/21/01)(PacDisc. Spring/’96, p.16)
1955 Nov 21, Argentina asked
Panama for the return of ex-president Peron.
1957 Nov 21, A student strike
began at the Central Univ. of Venezuela (UCV) against the electoral
fraud of the dictatorship of Marcos Perez Jimenez. This soon led his
1958 Nov 21, Mel Ott (49),
Baseball Hall-of-Famer, died in New Orleans.
1958 Nov 21, A Soviet-East
German commission met in East Berlin to discuss the transfer to East
German control of Soviet functions and end its occupation status in
1959 Nov 21, Jack Benny on
violin and Richard Nixon on piano played their famed duet.
1962 Nov 21, China agreed to a
cease-fire on India-China border.
1963 Nov 21, President Kennedy
and his wife, Jacqueline, began a two-day tour of Texas.
1963 Nov 21, Robert Stroud,
"bird man of Alcatraz", died at the federal prison in Springfield,
Mo. His canary studies were done at Leavenworth, Kansas, and
included the book "Stroud’s Digest of Diseases of Birds." He also
worked on a critical history of the US prison system (Looking
(AHHT, 10/02, p.22)(SSFC, 9/22/02,
1963 Nov 21, Roman Catholic
Vatican Council authorized the use of vernacular instead of Latin in
1963 Nov 21, India launched its
first rocket from Thumba in Kerala state.
1964 Nov 21, The upper level of
New York's Verrazano Narrows Bridge, which connected Brooklyn and
Staten Island, was opened. Designed by Swiss émigré Othmar Ammann,
it was the world's longest suspension bridge at the time. It was.
(AP, 11/21/07)(WSJ, 6/5/03, p.D8)
1967 Nov 21, President Lyndon
B. Johnson signed the Air Quality Act, allotting $428 million for
the fight against pollution.
(HN, 11/21/98)(AP, 11/21/07)
1969 Nov 21, The Senate voted
down the nomination of Clement F. Haynsworth to the Supreme Court,
the first time since 1930 that a candidate for the nation's highest
court was rejected.
1970 Nov 21, US Army Special
Forces raided the Son Tay prison camp in North Vietnam but found no
prisoners. It would be later learned that the POWs had been
relocated to Dong Hoi, on July 14. The POWs were moved because the
well in the compound had dried up and the nearby Song Con River had
begun to overflow its banks. This flooding problem, not a security
leak, resulted in the prisoners being transported to Dong Hoi to a
new prison nicknamed "Camp Faith." US planes conduct widespread
bombing raids in North Vietnam.
1973 Nov 21, President Nixon's
attorney, J. Fred Buzhardt, revealed the existence of an 18 1/2-
minute gap in one of the White House tape recordings related to
1974 Nov 21, The Freedom of
Information Act was passed by Congress over Pres. Ford's veto.
1976 Nov 21, Syrian army
completed its final phase of occupation of Lebanon.
1977 Nov 21, The 1st commercial
flight of the Anglo-French Concorde jet was from London to Bahrain.
1979 Nov 21, A mob attacked the
US Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, killing two Americans.
1980 Nov 21, An estimated 83
million TV viewers tuned in to the CBS prime-time soap opera
“Dallas" to find out “who shot J.R." It turned out to be Kristin
Shephard, played by Mary Crosby.
(SFC, 9/9/96, p.A26)(SFEC, 12/12/99, p.B10)(AP,
1980 Nov 21, In California
Michael Morganti (20) of Clovis, a partially disabled man, was
buried alive to cover up a $500 burglary committed by David Weidert
(17). In 1984 a life sentence for Weidert was reduced to 25 years to
life. In 2015 Gov. Jerry Brown blocked parole for Weidert.
1980 Nov 21, In Las Vegas 87
people died in a fire at the MGM Grand Hotel-Casino.
1982 Nov 21, In Sri Lanka the
first Tiger activist to be killed by security forces was shot and
wounded and died a few days later on November 27.
1983 Nov 21, "Doonesbury"
opened at Biltmore Theater in NYC for 104 performances.
1985 Nov 21, Former U.S. Navy
intelligence analyst Jonathan Jay Pollard was arrested, and accused
of spying for Israel. Pollard was sentenced to life in prison in
(AP, 11/21/97)(WSJ, 1/28/98, p.A18)(SFC, 3/1/00,
1985 Nov 21, Yonkers, NY, was
found guilty of intentional discrimination in its housing and
1986 Nov 21, The US Justice
Department began the inquiry into the National Security Council in
what became known as the Iran-Contra scandal; Lt. Col. Oliver North
shredded important documents. Albert Hakim (d.2003) was the
financial person behind the arms-for-hostages deal.
(HN, 11/21/01)(SFC, 4/29/03, A21)
1987 Nov 21, An eight-day siege
began at a detention center in Oakdale, La., as Cuban detainees,
alarmed over the possibility of being returned to Cuba, seized the
facility and took hostages.
1987 Nov 21, James E. Folsom
(79), former 2-term governor of Alabama (1947-1951 and 1955-59),
1987 Nov 21, In South Korea
riot police stood guard to prevent violence by rival supporters as
presidential candidates traded charges of corruption and cruelty.
1988 Nov 21, President-elect
George Bush announced he was retaining Dick Thornburgh as attorney
general and Lauro Cavazos as education secretary, and appointing
Richard Darman budget director.
1988 Nov 21, Canada's
Progressive Conservative Party, led by Prime Minister Brian
Mulroney, won the country's general election.
1989 Nov 21, A law banning
smoking on most domestic flights signed by President Bush.
1989 Nov 21, The proceedings of
Britain's House of Commons were televised live for the first time.
1990 Nov 21, President Bush
arrived in Saudi Arabia, where he conferred with Saudi King Fahd and
Kuwait’s exiled emir.
1990 Nov 21, Junk-bond
financier Michael R. Milken, who had pleaded guilty to six felony
counts, was sentenced by a federal judge in New York to ten years in
prison. He served two.
1991 Nov 21, President Bush
signed a civil rights bill, then sought to calm a storm of
controversy by withdrawing a tentative order to end government
hiring preferences for blacks and women.
1991 Nov 21, The U.N. Security
Council chose Boutros Boutros-Ghali of Egypt to succeed Javier Perez
de Cuellar of Peru as the new Secretary-General.
(SFC, 6/22/96, p.A13)(AP, 11/21/97)
1992 Nov 21, Sen. Bob Packwood,
R-Ore., issued an apology but refused to discuss allegations that
he'd made unwelcome sexual advances toward 10 women over the years.
1993 Nov 21, The U.S. House of
Representatives voted against making the District of Columbia the
51st state, 277-153.
1993 Nov 21, Actor Bill Bixby
died in Century City, Calif., at age 59.
1993 Nov 21, The Neo-fascist
MSI won 36% of municipal elections in Rome.
1993 Nov 21, Three former
Panamanian soldiers were found guilty of involvement in the
previously unsolved 1971 murder of Hector Gallego, a Colombian Roman
1994 Nov 21, Sen. Jesse Helms,
R-N.C., remarked in a newspaper interview that President Clinton
"better have a bodyguard" if he were to visit North Carolina; Helms
later called his comment a mistake.
1994 Nov 21, NATO retaliated
for repeated Serb attacks on a U.N. safe haven by bombing an
airfield in a Serb-controlled section of Croatia.
1995 Nov 21, The Dow Jones
Industrials in the US closed above 5000 for the first time to
(WSJ, 11/22/95, p.A-1)(AP, 11/21/97)
1995 Nov 21, The Dayton Peace
Accord, was initialed by the leaders of Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia.
US Sec. of State, Warren Christopher and chief mediator Richard
Holbrooke manage to keep the parties talking for over 3 weeks to
reach this agreement to end three and a-half years of ethnic
fighting in Bosnia-Herzegovina. One year deployment of 20,000 US
troops as one-third of a NATO peace keeping force was estimated to
cost about $1.5 bil. The US also planned to contribute $600 mil over
three years to help rebuild Bosnia.
(WSJ, 11/22/95, p.A1,3)(SFC, 10/6/00, p.A19)(AP,
1995 Nov 21, In Mississippi
Patty Milliken (38) disappeared after walking out of the Majik Mart
convenience store where she worked to have a cigarette with William
Mitchell in Biloxi. Mitchell was convicted of murder in 1998 and was
executed on March 22, 2012.
(SFC, 3/23/12, p.A7)(http://tinyurl.com/7wbfdsx)
1995 Nov 21, Former Nazi Capt.
Erich Priebke was extradited from Argentina to Italy to face trial
for his role in the Ardeatine Caves massacre. A court found him
guilty in 1996 but released him because too much time had elapsed
since the crime. There was a major uproar and he was again arrested
and a 1997 trial convicted him and co-defendant Major Karl Hass.
Priebke was sentenced to 5 years in prison. Hass was convicted but
released due to mitigating circumstances. face charges in the
massacre of 335 Italian civilians in Nazi-occupied Rome.
(AP, 3/23/97)(WSJ, 10/3/95, p.A-21) (WSJ,
11/21/95, p.A-1)(SFC, 7/23/97, p.A9)
1995 Nov 21, France detonated a
fourth underground nuclear blast at its test site in the South
1995 Nov 21, Israel granted
citizenship to jailed US spy Jonathan Jay Pollard.
1996 Nov 21, In the northwest
US heavy storms left at least 8 dead.
(SFC, 11/21/96, p.A7)
1996 Nov 21, Thirty-three
people were killed, and more than 100 injured, when an explosion
blamed on leaking gas ripped through a six-story building in San
Juan, Puerto Rico.
1996 Nov 21, From Turkey Yasar
Kemal, author, sought asylum in Sweden. He had been convicted by a
Turkish court of defending Kurd’s rights.
(SFC, 11/22/96, p.A22)
1997 Nov 21, "The Food and Drug
Administration Act of 1997" was signed into law by President
Clinton. The new law was designed to enhance the product development
and review process; streamline the way the Agency regulates medical
devices; simplify enforcement procedures; and move the Agency toward
greater use of national and international standards. The law gave
the FDA new powers to speed the approval of drugs to combat a host
of killer diseases, including cancer and AIDS.
(PR, NPTH, 6/4/98)(AP, 11/21/98)
1997 Nov 21, It was reported
that physicists led by Norman Rostoker (73) had designed a compact,
boron-fueled fusion reactor that used high-speed particles to
(SFC, 11/21/97, p.A26)
1997 Nov 21, In West Virginia a
house fire in Weston left 5 children dead. It was later discovered
that the fire had been intentionally set for an insurance claim. In
1998 parents Janette Ables and Barbara and Ricky Brown were indicted
on 15 counts.
(SFC, 12/12/97, p.B10)(SFC, 9/18/98, p.A3)
1997 Nov 21, From Brazil it was
reported that new legislation would limit public employees to a
total compensation of $12,000 per month. Also proposed was the
elimination of job protection that could cost 280,000 civil servants
(SFC, 11/21/97, p.A16)
1997 Nov 21, In Bogota,
Columbia, suspected right-wing paramilitaries killed at least 14
people. Later near Urrao a suspected death squad killed 7 people
including a Communist boss.
(WSJ, 11/24/97, p.A1)
1997 Nov 21, U.N. arms
inspectors returned to Iraq after Saddam Hussein's three-week
standoff with the United Nations over the presence of Americans on
1997 Nov 21, In Somalia five UN
and European aid workers were kidnapped by fighters of the Wasangeli
subclan in apparent retaliation for the seizure of a Palestinian
businessman by a rival subclan, the Marjeteen, earlier in the day.
(SFC, 11/24/97, p.A12)
1997 Nov 21, From South Korea
it was reported that 6 people were arrested for spying for North
Korea. Separately the government decided to seek $60 billion from
the IMF to bail out of its economic crises.
(SFC, 11/21/97, p.D2,6)
1998 Nov 21, President Clinton,
visiting South Korea, warned North Korea to forsake nuclear weapons
and urged the North to seize a "historic opportunity" for peace with
1998 Nov 21, Isao Okawa,
chairman of CSK Corp., and Sega Enterprises, donated $27 million to
MIT for the creation of a center for children founded on the belief
that new digital technology will drive fundamental changes in
(SFC, 11/23/98, p.A5)
1998 Nov 21, Rail workers in
southern France extended their strike for the 12th day. A
Europe-wide rail strike was planned for Nov 27.
(SFEC, 11/22/98, p.A26)
1998 Nov 21, In Indonesia Pres.
Habibie ordered a new corruption inquiry into former autocrat
(SFEC, 11/22/98, p.A24)
1998 Nov 21, Italian officials
released Kurdish separatist leader Abdullah Ocalan, the head of the
Kurdistan Workers' Party, the main Kurdish rebel group.
1998 Nov 21, From Mexico it was
reported that hundreds of people had been evacuated from villages
near Volcano de Fuego, which threatened to erupt within days.
(SFC, 11/21/98, p.A6)
1998 Nov 21, In Russia it was
reported that an icy storm claimed 13 lives in Moscow over the last
(SFC, 11/21/98, p.A6)
1999 Nov 21, President Clinton,
speaking at a conference in Florence, Italy, called on prosperous
nations to spread global wealth by helping poor countries with
Internet hookups, cell phones, debt relief and small loans.
1999 Nov 21, The Bill and
Melinda Gates Foundation announced a $26 million donation to UNICEF
for the elimination of tetanus.
(SFEC, 11/21/99, p.A2)
1999 Nov 21, Some 3,000 of
8,000 demonstrators crossed onto the Fort Benning army base in
Georgia to protest against the School of the Americas and the 10
year anniversary of Jesuit priests killed in El Salvador by soldiers
trained at the school.
(SFC, 11/22/99, p.A2)
1999 Nov 21, Quentin Crisp
(born as Denis Pratt), writer, performer and raconteur, died in
Manchester, England, at age 90. His books included "The Naked Civil
Servant," "How to Become a Virgin" and "New York Diaries."
(SFC, 11/22/99, p.C4)
1999 Nov 21, Afghanistan and
Iran resumed trade following recently imposed UN restrictions on
(SFC, 11/22/99, p.A14)
1999 Nov 21, In Chechnya some
5,000 rebels barricaded themselves in Grozny in preparation for a
(SFC, 11/22/99, p.A12)
1999 Nov 21, In Colombia Jaime
Orlando Lara (30) was extradited to the US for smuggling heroine to
the US. He was the first drug offender to be extradited since 1990.
(SFC, 11/22/99, p.A12)
1999 Nov 21, In Jordan King
Abdullah pardoned 25 Hamas members and expelled 4 of them to Qatar.
Jordanian authorities expelled Khalid Mishal, Ibrahim Ghawsha, and
two other members to Qatar; released the remaining detainees; and
announced that the HAMAS offices would remain closed permanently.
Charges against the HAMAS officials included possession of weapons
and explosives for use in illegal acts.
(SFC, 11/22/99, p.A13)(Econ, 10/10/09,
1999 Nov 21, In South Korea
thousands of workers gathered in Seoul and demanded a reduction of
the workweek from 44 to 40 hours. They also protested government
plans to privatize state-run power, gas and financial firms.
(SFC, 11/22/99, p.A13)
2000 Nov 21, Pres. Clinton
agreed not to punish China for exporting missile components to Iran
and Pakistan after China promised to end future technological
cooperations with countries seeking to develop missile weaponry.
(SFC, 11/22/00, p.A20)
2000 Nov 21, In a setback for
George W. Bush, the Florida Supreme Court granted Al Gore's request
to keep the presidential recounts going; Democrats were jubilant,
Republicans bitter and angry. The Florida Supreme Court issued a
42-page unanimous decision that called for the recount in 3 counties
to continue and that results be posted no later than 9 a.m. Nov 27.
(SFC, 11/22/00, p.A1)(AP, 11/21/01)
2000 Nov 21, Research published
in a British medical journal showed children who use mobile phones
risk suffering memory loss, sleeping disorders and headaches. The
study said that those younger than 18 are more vulnerable to cell
phone radiation because their immune systems are less robust.
2000 Nov 21, In Bosnia final
election results were released. Hard-line nationalists won support
among the Serbs and Croats. Mirko Sarovic was declared the winner of
the Bosnian Serb republic over prime minister Milorad Dodik.
(SFC, 11/22/00, p.C5)(SFC, 11/24/00, p.D8)
2000 Nov 21, Egypt recalled its
envoy from Israel to protest the bombings in Gaza.
(SFC, 11/22/00, p.A18)
2000 Nov 21, In Egypt at least
11 people were left dead after robbers escaped with $361,000 from
the National Bank of Egypt in Maragha following a gun battle with
(SFC, 11/22/00, p.C6)
2000 Nov 21, An Israeli
motorist was wounded and a Palestinian was killed in the Gaza Strip.
(WSJ, 11/22/00, p.A1)
2000 Nov 21, In Peru the
legislature refused to accept the resignation of Pres. Fujimori and
ousted him for moral incapacity.
(SFC, 11/22/00, p.A18)
2000 Nov 21, In Serbia Slobodan
Milosevic was declared the only candidate for head of the Socialist
(SFC, 11/22/00, p.A19)
2000 Nov 21, In Spain Ernest
Lluch (63), a former government minister, was killed by suspected
ETA gunmen in a Barcelona suburb.
(SFC, 11/22/00, p.C6)
2001 Nov 21, Tiger Woods won
his 4th consecutive PGA Grand Slam with a win at Poipu Bay in
(SFC, 12/30/01, p.D8)
2001 Nov 21, Florida disbarred
F. Lee Bailey (68) for payment in a 1994 drug case that was supposed
to go to the government.
(SFC, 11/22/01, p.A20)
2001 Nov 21, A series of 100
waves broke over Maverick’s Reef in Half Moon Bay, Ca.
(SFC, 1/31/07, p.A1)
2001 Nov 21, Ottilie W.
Lundgren (94) of Oxford, Conn., died of inhalational anthrax in a
case that baffled investigators.
(SFC, 11/21/01, p.A10)(AP, 11/21/02)
2001 Nov 21,
Actor-turned-author Gardner McKay died in Honolulu at age 69.
2001 Nov 21, In Afghanistan the
Taliban in Kandahar pledged to continue their fight.
(SFC, 11/22/01, p.A1)
2001 Nov 21, India border
forces in Kashmir killed at least 12 suspected Islamic guerrillas
trying to cross a cease-fire line with Pakistan.
(SFC, 11/22/01, p.A21)
2001 Nov 21, Nepal's Maoist
rebel leader Prachanda (b.1954), the name means fierce, announced a
withdrawal from a 4-month cease-fire agreement. Attacks on police
stations and government installations quickly followed.
(SFC, 11/24/01, p.A12)(Econ, 8/23/08,
2002 Nov 21, The United States
and the Philippines signed a controversial agreement which would
allow U.S. forces to use the Asian country as a supply point for
2002 Nov 21, A US-led
consortium said it is suspending construction of 2 new nuclear
reactors in North Korea.
(SFC, 6/28/08, p.A3)
2002 Nov 21, The US National
Book Awards were presented. Robert A. Caro won the non-fiction award
for "Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson;" the fiction
award went to Julia Glass for "Three Junes;" the poetry award was
won by Ruth Stone for "In the Next Galaxy."
(SFC, 11/21/02, p.A2)
2002 Nov 21, Intensive cleaning
began aboard the cruise ship Disney Magic after over 100 passengers
fell sick from an unknown stomach virus.
(SFC, 11/23/02, p.A2)
2002 Nov 21, Merck published a
study of vaccine that prevents cervical cancers caused by human
papilloma virus (HPV) that could be available by 2006.
(WSJ, 11/21/02, p.A1)(SFC, 11/21/02, p.A1)
2002 Nov 21, The International
Monetary Fund agreed to Argentina's request to postpone for a year a
$141 million loan payment due the next day.
2002 Nov 21, In Australia
speaker Jonathan Hunt ruled that "knitting is permitted in the house
but is not permitted from the minister's chair." Retired lawmaker
Marilyn Waring admitted to knitting 32 garments during 9 years in
Parliament. She said in her autobiography it was the only productive
thing she had accomplished in the debating chamber.
2002 Nov 21, The 19 NATO
leaders demanded that Iraq "fully and immediately" comply with a UN
resolution to disarm. It was at the NATO Summit in Prague that the
NATO Response Force initiative was announced together with the other
major military transformation initiatives, the Prague Capabilities
Commitment and the fundamental revision of the NATO military command
structure. The NRF concept was approved by Ministers of Defense in
June 2003 in Brussels.
2002 Nov 21, The Baltic nations
of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania joined former communist states
Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia as the next wave of NATO
2002 Nov 21, Al-Qaida leader
Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the network's chief of operations in the
Persian Gulf, was reported to have been captured earlier in the
month. The Saudi of Yemeni descent was captured in Dubai and flown
to a CIA prison in Afghanistan and then onto Thailand where he was
waterboarded and interrogated. He had allegedly planned the Oct 12,
2000, attack on the US Navy destroyer Cole.
(AP, 11/21/02)(SFC, 9/29/11, p.A2)
2002 Nov 21, In Indonesia Imam
Samudra (35), the suspected mastermind of last month's devastating
Bali bombings was arrested near Jakarta.
2002 Nov 21, A Palestinian man
wearing a bomb belt blew himself up on a Jerusalem city bus packed
with high school students and soldiers, killing 11 passengers and
wounding dozens in a morning rush hour attack. Four of the victims
were aged 8 to 16.
2002 Nov 21, Prince Takamado, a
member of the Japanese imperial household known for his love of
sports, died after collapsing while playing squash.
2002 Nov 21, In Sidon, Lebanon,
Bonnie Witherall (31), an American missionary, was shot and killed
at a Christian center that provides medical care and aid to
2002 Nov 21, In Kaduna,
Nigeria, protesters set fire to cars and churches in the during
demonstrations over a newspaper article suggesting Islam's founding
prophet might have chosen a wife from among contestants in the Miss
World beauty pageant in Nigeria. Witnesses said at least four people
were stabbed and burned to death. Some 200 people died in ensuing
riots and the writer of the article was forced to flee to Norway.
(AP, 11/21/02)(Econ, 4/30/11, p.72)
2002 Nov 21, In Pakistan Mir
Zafarullah Khan Jamali, a moderate government loyalist, was elected
(SFC, 11/22/02, p.A11)
2002 Nov 21, In northern
Pakistan a 5.5 earthquake hit the Gilgit region and at least 25
people were killed.
(SFC, 11/22/02, p.A18)
2003 Nov 21, Health officials
said a deadly outbreak of hepatitis A at a Chi-Chi's Mexican
restaurant in suburban Pittsburgh was probably caused by green
onions from Mexico.
2003 Nov 21, The Air Force
conducted a 2nd test of the "Mother of All Bombs," officially the
Massive Ordnance Air Blast, in Florida. It was 1st tested Mar 11.
2003 Nov 21, In northern
Afghanistan at least 60 suspected Taliban and Taliban sympathizers
were released from Shibergan jail in Jawzjan province.
2003 Nov 21, In Bolivia
assailants shot and killed Jessica Nicole Borda (22), the daughter
of an American consular official, during a carjacking attempt in the
eastern city of Santa Cruz.
2003 Nov 21, In Brazil Pres.
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva pledged to provide homesteads for 400,000
poor farm families by 2006. His Bolsa Familia plan merged 4 income
transfer programs into one with payments to the poorest families of
up to 95 reais ($33) a month. By 2008 some 11 million families
received benefits under the plan.
(Econ, 10/25/03, p.35)(AP, 11/22/03)(Econ,
2003 Nov 21, In Colombia Rev.
Jose Rubin Rodriguez, a Catholic priest who was missing for a week,
was found shot to death. The army captured a suspected rebel who it
says coordinated the kidnapping of eight foreign backpackers two
2003 Nov 21, More than a dozen
rockets fired from donkey carts slammed into Iraq's Oil Ministry and
two downtown Baghdad hotels used by foreign journalists and civilian
2003 Nov 21, Peru's Pres.
Toledo apologized for the 70,000 deaths from the country's 20-year
battle with the Shining Path insurgency, and promised to punish
officers that a scathing report blamed for many of the worst abuses.
2004 Nov 21, President Bush,
trying to mend relations with Latin America, pledged during an
economic summit in Chile to make a fresh push for stalled
2004 Nov 21, Donald Trump's
casino empire filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
2004 Nov 21, The NBA suspended
Indiana's Ron Artest for the rest of the season following a brawl
that broke out at the end of a game against the Detroit Pistons.
2004 Nov 21, A trespassing deer
hunter in northern Wisconsin opened fire on other hunters when they
asked him to leave, killing 5 and wounding 3. Another hunter died
the next day. Police arrested Chai Soua Vang, a Hmong man of St.
Paul Minn., for killing 6 hunters. In 2005 Vang (36) was convicted
of 1st degree murder and sentenced to 6 life terms.
(AP, 11/22/04)(WSJ, 11/23/04, p.A1)(SFC, 11/9/05,
2004 Nov 21, US led troops
mounted overnight raids on suspected al-Qaida compounds in eastern
Afghanistan, killing four people and detaining several others.
2004 Nov 21, Scientists began
releasing water from Glen Canyon Dam to flood the Grand Canyon in a
5-day effort to restore the Colorado river ecosystem.
(SFC, 11/22/04, p.A2)
2004 Nov 21, In Chile
Asia-Pacific leaders wrapped up an annual summit dominated by US
President George W. Bush's core security agenda.
2004 Nov 21, In northern China
a Bombardier CRJ-200 passenger plane crashed in an ice-covered lake
seconds after takeoff, killing all 54 people aboard and one person
on the ground after an apparent midair explosion.
(AP, 11/21/04)(WSJ, 11/22/04, p.A1)
2004 Nov 21, Iraq's Electoral
Commission set national elections for January 30.
2004 Nov 21, In southern Israel
swarms of locusts devoured lawns and palm trees.
2004 Nov 21, At least 66 Maoist
rebels and 10 government troopers were killed in an overnight clash
in Nepal's far-western Pandon village.
2004 Nov 21, Ukrainians cast
ballots in a presidential run-off.
2005 Nov 21, President Bush,
the first US chief executive to visit Mongolia, saluted Mongolia's
"fearless warriors" for helping his embattled effort to establish
democracy in the heart of the Middle East.
2005 Nov 21, The US federal
Centers for Disease Control said a man from Great Britain has been
diagnosed with the human form of mad cow disease, the 2nd documented
US case of the illness.
2005 Nov 21, Camden, NJ, was
named the most dangerous city in the USA for the 2nd year in a row
by the Morgan Quitno, a Kansa-based publishing and research company.
(SFC, 11/21/05, p.A2)
2005 Nov 21, In New Mexico,
police arrested Monsignor Dale Fushek (53), former vicar gen’l. of
the Phoenix Roman Catholic Diocese, on sex charges involving boys
and young men. On May 22, 2006, three of the 10 misdemeanor counts
were dismissed at the request of the prosecution. On December 5,
2006, the lawsuit filed on January 27, 2005, was settled by the
Diocese of Phoenix for $100,000. The settlement does not imply any
admission of guilt, according to the Diocesan attorney Mike Haran.
The case was dismissed with prejudice, which means it cannot be
2005 Nov 21, General Motors
Corp. said it will eliminate 30,000 jobs and close nine North
American assembly, stamping and powertrain plants by 2008 as part of
an effort to get production in line with demand and position the
world's biggest automaker to start making money again after
absorbing nearly $4 billion in losses so far this year.
2005 Nov 21, Intel Corp. and
Micron Tech. announced plans to form a joint venture, IM Flash
Technologies LLC, to make flash memory for consumer tech gadgets.
(SFC, 11/22/05, p.C1)
2005 Nov 21, Hugh Sidey (78),
Time magazine political columnist, died in Paris.
2005 Nov 21, British
authorities said Diepreye Alamieyeseigha (1953), the governor of
Nigeria’s oil-rich state Bayelsa, has skipped bail and returned
home. He had been arrested and charged in Britain for laundering
2005 Nov 21, China ordered
already strict anti-bird flu measures tightened following two new
outbreaks in poultry, while Romania said it would destroy 2,000 farm
birds after finding the virus in hens and North Korea tightened
2005 Nov 21, In Egypt ballot
results showed that the banned Muslim Brotherhood won about a
quarter of the parliamentary seats open in the second round of
balloting despite widespread violence that marred the voting.
(Reuters, 11/21/05)(AP, 11/22/05)
2005 Nov 21, In Egypt Iraqi
leaders backed a Sunni call for a timetable for the withdrawal of
U.S.-led forces and said Iraq's opposition had a "legitimate right"
of resistance. The announcement concluded a reconciliation
conference backed by the Arab League.
(AP, 11/22/05)(SFC, 11/22/05, p.A1)(WSJ,
2005 Nov 21, Egyptian forces
shot dead Salem Khadr al-Shnub, a Bedouin leader in the Sinai
peninsula. He was wanted over his suspected involvement in a string
of deadly bombings in the area. Two of Shnub's relatives, Sallam
Sweilam and Sallam Sallam Sweilam, were also killed in the clashes.
2005 Nov 21, EU foreign
ministers authorized the start of negotiations on an agreement to
prepare Bosnia for EU membership a decade after the Balkan nation
was ravaged by Europe's worst fighting since World War II. Leaders
of Bosnia's three major ethnic groups signed an accord designed to
unify the Balkans by remaking the government's constitutional
(AP, 11/21/05)(AP, 11/22/05)
2005 Nov 21, EU defense
ministers adopted a plan to open up their $35 billion arms industry
to increased cross-border competition within the 25-nation bloc, a
landmark move designed to cut costs for tight military budgets.
2005 Nov 21, France's PM
Villepin pledged to find more jobs for youths from poor suburbs,
where unrest continued to simmer and a high school guard suffered a
fatal heart attack trying to extinguish blazing cars.
2005 Nov 21, US forces
mistakenly fired on a civilian vehicle outside an American base in a
city north of Baghdad, killing 5 people, including 2 children.
Gunmen in Tarmiya killed 4 police officers. In Basra gunmen killed a
Sunni cleric. A US soldier was killed by a roadside bomb near
(AP, 11/21/05)(SFC, 11/22/05, p.A13)(SFC,
2005 Nov 21, PM Ariel Sharon
asked Israel's president to dissolve parliament, pushing for a quick
March election just hours after deciding to leave his hard-line
Likud Party and to form a new centrist party.
2005 Nov 21, Kenya held a
referendum on the country’s 1st proper constitution since
independence. Voters divided into 2 factions over the referendum:
bananas called for a yes vote and oranges said no. Voters rejected
the new constitution (57-43%), supported by Pres. Kibaki, the most
serious political setback since he was elected nearly 3 years ago.
(AP, 11/22/05)(Econ, 11/26/05, p.58)
2005 Nov 21, Hezbollah
guerrillas in Lebanon fired mortars and rockets at Israeli troops in
a disputed border area, the first clash between the two sides in
five months. 4 Hezbollah guerrillas were killed in raids meant to
capture Israeli troops along the Lebanon border.
(AP, 11/21/05)(WSJ, 11/22/05, p.A1)
2005 Nov 21, The leaders of
Russia and Japan said the settlement of a 60-year-old dispute that
kept their nations from formally ending their World War II
hostilities requires closer economic cooperation and patient
trust-building as Tokyo backed Moscow's bid to join the World Trade
2005 Nov 21, Moscow police
launched operation “Counterfeit," a citywide sting operations aimed
at shutting down producers and sellers of counterfeit music, movies
and software, in the latest clampdown on rampant piracy that
threatens Russia's bid to join the WTO.
2005 Nov 21, Turkey's prime
minister rushed to the overwhelmingly Kurdish southeast and urged
calm after weeks of rioting, vowing that his government would
investigate charges that security forces, and not Kurdish
guerrillas, were behind a recent fatal bombing.
2005 Nov 21, A UN count of HIV
infections around the world topped 40.3 million.
(SFC, 11/22/05, p.A1)
2005 Nov 21, In Venezuela Pres.
Chavez pledged to help build a natural gas pipeline stretching from
Venezuela to Argentina during talks with Argentine leader Nestor
2005 Nov 21, In Yemen a
tribesman threatened to kill two Swiss tourists he kidnapped if the
government uses force to free them. Hasan Ahmed al-Dhamen said that
he would kill his two hostages, a man and a woman, if security
forces tried to raid his hide-out.
2005 Nov 21, Zimbabwe's
state-owned national airline grounded its entire fleet after running
out of fuel as the southern African country's economy continues to
2006 Nov 21, The US
Environmental Protection Agency announced that pesticides can be
applied over and near bodies of water without a permit under the
federal Clean Water Act.
2006 Nov 21, In Atlanta, Ga.,
Kathryn Johnston (92) was shot to death by police after she fired at
narcotics investigators as they stormed her house in a no-knock
raid. In 2007 2 officers pleaded guilty to killing Johnston. One of
the officers had planted marijuana there as part of a cover story.
In 2009 a judge sentenced 3 former Atlanta police officers to prison
for their role in the botched raid.
(AP, 11/22/06)(SFC, 4/27/07, p.A4)(SFC, 2/25/09,
2006 Nov 21, An Australian
government report said Australia should use its uranium to fuel its
own nuclear power industry and curb greenhouse gas emissions.
Australia held 38% of the world’s low cost uranium reserves.
(Econ, 11/25/06, p.59)
2006 Nov 21, In Austria
diplomats said most of the 35 nations at a key meeting of the UN
nuclear watchdog agency have agreed to deny Iran technical aid for a
2006 Nov 21, The UN Security
Council voted to extend the EU peacekeeping force in Bosnia for a
year, welcoming "tangible signs" of the Balkan nation's progress
toward EU membership.
2006 Nov 21, Cambodian PM Hun
Sen, other senior officials and South Korea’s President Roh Moo-Hyun
arrived in Siem Reap, the gateway to the famed Angkor temple
complex, to kick off the Angkor-Gyeongju Culture Expo, a joint
cultural festival that runs through January 2007.
2006 Nov 21, In northeastern
China a bus carrying primary school students plunged off a bridge,
killing eight of the children and injuring 39.
2006 Nov 21, Gunfire and street
fights erupted outside Congo's supreme court and a blaze swept
through the building as hearings began over fraud allegations in a
presidential election meant to bring lasting peace. Bosange Mbaka, a
reporter with the Kinshasa-based newspaper Mambenga, was arrested
while covering a supreme court hearing in Kinshasa. In May 2007
media rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) called for his
(AP, 11/21/06)(AFP, 5/21/07)
2006 Nov 21, In Paris, France,
nations representing half the world's population signed a
long-awaited, $12.8 billion pact for a nuclear fusion reactor that
could revolutionize global energy use for future generations. The
International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project by
the US, the EU, China, India, Russia, Japan and South Korea will
attempt to combat global warming by harnessing the fusion that runs
the sun, creating an alternative to polluting fossil fuels. The
project under the direction of Kaname Ikeda of Japan will be built
in Cadarache in the southern French region of Provence and is
expected to create about 10,000 jobs and take about eight years to
build. The project was first proposed by Mikhail Gorbachev in 1985.
(AP, 11/21/06)(Econ, 11/25/06, p.61)
2006 Nov 21, Iraq restored
diplomatic relations with Syria as part of a wider regional effort
to clamp off violence in Iraq. Iraqi and US forces raided Baghdad's
Sadr City and detained seven militia members, including one believed
to have information about an American soldier kidnapped last month.
A young boy and two other people were killed in the early morning
raid. A US soldier died of a non-hostile injuries north of Baghdad.
(AP, 11/21/06)(AP, 11/22/06)
2006 Nov 21, Israel's Supreme
Court ordered the government to recognize same-sex marriages
2006 Nov 21, The Israeli
military launched a three-pronged offensive in the northern Gaza
Strip, killing a top Hamas commander in its latest operation against
Palestinian rocket squads. An elderly Palestinian woman died in a
gunbattle between troops and militants. Two Italian aid workers were
kidnapped in the Gaza Strip. Both were released within 24 hours.
(AP, 11/21/06)(AP, 11/22/06)
2006 Nov 21, In Lebanon
prominent anti-Syrian Christian politician Pierre Gemayel was
assassinated in a suburb of Beirut.
2006 Nov 21, Arab and African
leaders in Libya agreed to work together to end the crisis in the
Darfur region of Sudan.
2006 Nov 21, Roberto Marcos
Garcia (50), chief reporter for the weekly Testimonio crime magazine
in Mexico’s port city of Veracruz, was toppled from his motorcycle
and run over by unidentified assailants who then shot him at close
2006 Nov 21, Nepal's government
and rebels signed a peace deal to end a decade-long insurgency,
paving the way for the guerrillas to join the country's interim
2006 Nov 21, In Nicaragua Doris
Jimenez (25) was murdered in San Juan. Her boyfriend Eric Volz (27),
an American real estate broker working in Managua, was convicted of
her murder despite evidence that placed him in Managua at the time
her death. In early 2007 Volz began a 30 year sentence as he waited
for an appeal.
(WSJ, 3/17/07, p.A14)
2006 Nov 21, In Quetta,
Pakistan, police arrested 39 Afghans suspected of being Taliban
fighters. An Islamist group insisted the detainees were only
2006 Nov 21, In southern Poland
23 coal miners were killed in an explosion at the Halemba mine.
2006 Nov 21, Konstantin
Meshcheryakov, co-owner of a small Russian private bank, was gunned
down in an apparent contract killing in central Moscow.
Spetssetstroibank with offices in Moscow and St. Petersburg opened
2006 Nov 21, The UN said an
estimated 4.3 million people were infected with HIV, the virus that
causes AIDS, in the last 12 months. The UNAIDS report estimated that
the total number of people infected with HIV stood between 34-47
(http://tinyurl.com/tajka)(Econ, 11/25/06, p.84)
2007 Nov 21, Michigan’s Gov.
Jennifer Granholm issued an order that bars discrimination against
state workers based on their "gender identity or expression," which
protects the rights of those who behave, dress or identify as
members of the opposite sex.
2007 Nov 21, New Hampshire set
its presidential primary to Jan 8, claiming its traditional spot as
the nation’s first primary.
(SFC, 11/22/07, p.A4)
2007 Nov 21, Officials in the
US announced the recall of more than a half-million pieces of
Chinese-made children's jewelry contaminated with lead.
2007 Nov 21, Herbert Saffir
(b.1917), an engineer who created the five-category system used to
describe hurricane strength, died. Saffir began working on an
intensity scale in 1969 as part of a United Nations project.
Saffir's scale was expanded by former National Hurricane Center
director Robert H. Simpson and became known as the Saffir-Simpson
scale in the 1970s.
2007 Nov 21, Aruba authorities
announced they had re-arrested Dutch student Joran van der Sloot and
two Surinamese brothers, Satish and Deepak Kalpoe, on suspicion of
involvement in voluntary manslaughter and causing serious bodily
harm that resulted in the 2005 death of Natalee Holloway.
2007 Nov 21, The presidents of
Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey launched the construction of a
railroad that will link ex-Soviet republics in the Caucasus and
Central Asia with Europe, bypassing Russia.
2007 Nov 21, PM Gordon Brown
tried to reassure Britons their personal details were safe after the
one of the biggest security breaches in the country's history left
millions of people exposed to identity theft and bank fraud.
2007 Nov 21, Canada’s
government set aside 25 million acres of wilderness in the Northwest
Territories for conservation.
(SFC, 11/22/07, p.A3)
2007 Nov 21, Chile’s Supreme
Court threw out embezzlement indictments against former dictator
Gen. Augusto Pinochet's widow and four of his children, who had been
accused of misuse of state funds related to multimillion-dollar
overseas bank accounts.
(SFC, 11/22/07, p.A3)
2007 Nov 21, Colombia's
government said it was canceling Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's
mediation role with leftist rebels in a possible hostage swap,
dealing a blow to efforts to free three kidnapped US contractors and
a former presidential candidate.
2007 Nov 21, Costa Rica's
president signed into law a free trade agreement (CAFTA) with its
Central American neighbors, the United States and the Dominican
Republic. Costa Ricans voted for the trade deal in a national
referendum, moving it forward. But then it became stalled again as
congress squabbled over the enabling legislation dealing with 13
different aspects of the deal. In late 2008 lawmakers overcame the
final intellectual-property hurdle by allowing schools and
universities to copy some materials and by reducing prison time for
those guilty of selling pirated goods.
(AP, 11/22/07)(AP, 11/11/08)
2007 Nov 21, A French judge
filed preliminary charges against former President Jacques Chirac in
a probe of suspicions that people were given fake jobs while he was
mayor of Paris (1977-1995). Some 10,000 people, mainly tobacco
sellers, marched through Paris to protest a smoking ban in cafes as
of Jan 1. Coordinated acts of sabotage struck France's high-speed
trains, causing further delays to services already widely disrupted
by strikes, just as talks were opening to coax unions into ending
(AP, 11/21/07)(AP, 11/22/07)(Econ, 11/24/07,
2007 Nov 21, Two British
teenagers (16) faced up to three years in jail after a Ghanaian
court found them guilty of smuggling 6 kg (13 lbs) of cocaine. The
teenagers, who pleaded not guilty, had told British TV they were
tricked into carrying the bags by male acquaintances in Ghana and
Britain and did not know their content. In 2008 the 2 girls were
sentenced to one year in jail to include time already served. They
were released on July 17, 2008.
(Reuters, 11/21/07)(AP, 1/23/08)(AFP, 7/17/08)
2007 Nov 21, In Hungary several
trade unions and civic groups held a series of strikes and protests
against the Socialist-led government's plans to privatize health
insurance and close some railway lines.
2007 Nov 21, India and the
International Atomic Energy Agency agreed to start negotiations on
putting Indian reactors under IAEA safeguards, clearing a key hurdle
to closing a US-Indian nuclear supply pact. Dozens of soldiers
marched through Calcutta and police imposed a curfew to try to quell
riots that erupted after protesters alleged government brutality.
(Reuters, 11/21/07)(AP, 11/21/07)
2007 Nov 21, A suicide car bomb
exploded at a police checkpoint guarding a courthouse in Ramadi,
killing at least six people in the largest attack on Anbar
province's capital in months. Iraqi security forces found 40
decomposed bodies, including women and children, north of Ramadi
near Lake Tharthar in an area controlled until recently by al-Qaida
in Iraq. A police officer was killed in a drive-by shooting in
central Kut. The US military said six suspected militants were
killed and 10 captured in two days of raids across central and
(AP, 11/21/07)(AP, 11/22/07)
2007 Nov 21, Owners of the only
salmon farm in Northern Ireland said they have lost their entire
population of more than 100,000 fish, worth some $2 million, to a
jellyfish attack. Pelagia nocticula, popularly known as the mauve
stinger, is noted for its purplish night-time glow and its
propensity for terrorizing bathers in the warmer Mediterranean Sea.
Until the past decade, the mauve stinger has rarely been spotted so
far north in British or Irish waters, and scientists cite this as
evidence of global warming.
2007 Nov 21, Pakistan asked a
key international forum comprising Britain and its former colonies
to delay a decision on whether to suspend it from the Commonwealth.
Law Minister Afzal Hayder said the government had freed 5,634
political activists and anti-government lawyers, including cricketer
Imran Kahn. 623 people remained in government custody. The army said
security forces attacked mountaintop positions of pro-Taliban
militants in the Swat region of northwestern Pakistan, leaving 40
2007 Nov 21, In Senegal street
vendors protesting an attempt to clear them from the center of Dakar
clashed with police, throwing rocks at officers who fired tear gas
to disperse the crowd. Last week, Senegal's security forces began
clearing the capital's intersections of hawkers and beggars under a
presidential decree aimed at bringing some order to Dakar's clogged
2007 Nov 21, Ishmael Beah (27),
a former child soldier and survivor of Sierra Leone's civil war, was
appointed UNICEF's first Advocate for Children Affected by War.
2007 Nov 21, A South African
police officer died when a helicopter carrying 14 police officers
and five air force officials crashed near the border with Lesotho.
2007 Nov 21, In northern Sri
Lanka soldiers killed nine Tamil Tiger rebels in several clashes.
2007 Nov 21, In southern
Thailand unidentified gunmen killed four local government employees
in the same district where a prominent political party leader was
2007 Nov 21, The UN Security
Council extended the EU's peacekeeping force in Bosnia for a year,
citing the Balkan nation's "very limited progress" towards EU
membership and its failure to implement key reforms.
2007 Nov 21, The UN Security
Council welcomed a deal signed by Congo and Rwanda to forcibly
disarm Rwandan Hutu rebels in Congo in an effort to reduce tensions
between the central African neighbors.
2007 Nov 21, In Venezuela tens
of thousands of President Hugo Chavez's supporters filled the
streets to back his proposed constitutional changes, while
anti-government student leaders announced a bold plan to march on
the presidential palace.
2007 Nov 21, More than 60
migrants drowned when their boat capsized off Yemen during an
attempt to flee their war torn homeland of Somalia.
2008 Nov 21, The DJIA rose
494.13 to close at 8,046.42 following news that Pres.-elect Obama
would likely pick Timothy Geithner, chief of the New York Federal
Reserve, as the next Treasury secretary.
(SFC, 11/22/08, p.C1)
2008 Nov 21, The Nebraska
Legislature voted 43-5 to make abandonment of children legal only
for infants up to 30 days old. Gov. Dave Heinemen signed the
emergency bill effective after midnight.
(SFC, 11/22/08, p.A2)
2008 Nov 21, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber rammed the gate of an army base in the southern
province of Zabul, killing three civilians and seriously wounding
four Afghan soldiers. A man was killed after being interrogated by
the Taliban leadership. US-led troops shot and killed a civilian in
Khost when the vehicle he was in came too close to a patrol. 8
wedding-goers were killed when two or three grenades were thrown
into the men's section of the wedding in the northern province of
(AP, 11/21/08)(AFP, 11/22/08)
2008 Nov 21, Mario Ferreyra
(63), an ex-Argentine police commander, committed suicide in front
of rolling television cameras as he was about to be arrested for
alleged human rights violations during the country's dictatorship.
2008 Nov 21, Canada and
Colombia signed a free trade agreement, hoping to boost investment
and trade flows at a time of global economic instability.
2008 Nov 21, Chinese
authorities destroyed the home of leading rights activist Ni Yulan
in front of her distraught husband who pleaded with the government
to release her from jail. Chen Daojun, a writer and journalist who
was arrested after protesting against a power plant in southwest
China, was sentenced to three years in prison on charges of
subverting state power.
2008 Nov 21, In eastern Congo
armed men shot and killed a 20-year-old woman at the Kibati refugee
camp where thousands of displaced people live in constant fear,
caught between soldiers and rebels. Armed men also forced families
there out of their huts and looted them. Didace Namujimbo, a
journalist working for a UN-backed radio station, was shot dead in
(AP, 11/21/08)(AP, 11/22/08)
2008 Nov 21, Ethiopia’s
government said the death toll from floods in southeastern Ethiopia
has risen to 17 and more than 100,000 people have been left
2008 Nov 21, German security
officials said they are dropping the pursuit of a ban on Scientology
after finding insufficient evidence of illegal activity.
2008 Nov 21, Germany banned
Hezbollah's Lebanon-based satellite television station on grounds
that it violates the country's constitution.
2008 Nov 21, In Iraq thousands
of followers of a radical Shiite cleric protested a proposed
US-Iraqi security deal, burning an effigy of President George W.
Bush in the same square where Iraqis beat a toppled Saddam Hussein
statue five years ago.
2008 Nov 21, A shootout between
Lebanese soldiers and a group of gunmen in the northern port city of
Tripoli left one of the gunmen dead and two wounded.
2008 Nov 21, In Mexico Attorney
General Eduardo Medina Mora told reporters that Noe Ramirez,
Mexico’s former drug czar, accepted $450,000 from drug traffickers,
and that cartel leaders offered to pay him monthly for alerting them
to planned police operations. In 2013 the case against Ramirez was
dropped due to lack of evidence. In Tijuana 3 gunmen burst into the
Bar Utopia, a bar popular with university students and opened fire.
2 men and a woman died instantly and 3 others died the next day.
(AP, 11/21/08)(AP, 11/22/08)(AP, 4/24/13)
2008 Nov 21, Courts in
military-ruled Myanmar handed long prison sentences to a prominent
Buddhist monk and Zarganar, a popular comedian active in the
country's pro-democracy movement, rounding out two weeks of an
intensive judicial crackdown on activists.
2008 Nov 21, Amsterdam said it
will order the closure of dozens of coffee shops that sell cannabis
near schools in accordance with new legislation.
2008 Nov 21, In northwestern
Pakistan a bomb killed eight mourners at the funeral of Shiite
cleric Allama Nazir Shah Naqvi, who was fatally shot earlier in the
(AP, 11/21/08)(SFC, 11/22/08, p.A3)
2008 Nov 21, Vadim Pokrovsky,
Russia's anti-AIDS coordinator, said the number of registered HIV
cases is growing 10 percent a year despite increased government
funding. He said that the actual number of people with HIV was
likely higher than 1 million.
2008 Nov 21, Somali security
forces and Islamic insurgents engaged in one of the fiercest
gunbattles in recent weeks in Mogadishu, killing at least 17 people
and wounding six.
2008 Nov 21, Somali pirates
released a hijacked Greek-owned tanker with all 19 crew safe and the
oil cargo intact. The Liberian-flagged tanker MV Genius had been
seized on Sept. 26. The ship's management company said a ransom was
paid but did not say how much.
2008 Nov 21, Zimbabwe refused
to let former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan, ex-US President Jimmy
Carter and rights advocate Graca Machel to visit the impoverished
African country for a humanitarian mission. They came as members of
The Elders group, formed by former South African President Nelson
Mandela to foster peace and tackle world conflicts.
2009 Nov 21, Th US Senate voted
60-39 to open debate on the health care bill. The vote was hailed a
victory for Pres. Obama, but final passage of the legislation was
far from certain.
2009 Nov 21, In Afghanistan a
rocket hit outside the luxury Serena Hotel in Kabul, wounding two
people. NATO took command of the training of the Afghan army and
police to consolidate efforts on building an effective security
force, a vital precondition for the withdrawal of foreign troops.
(AP, 11/21/09)(Reuters, 11/21/09)
2009 Nov 21, Australia issued
"catastrophic" alerts after record-breaking temperatures and wild
lightning storms sparked more than 100 fires across the country.
2009 Nov 21, The University of
East Anglia, in eastern England, said computer hackers have broken
into a server at a well-respected climate change research center and
posted hundreds of private e-mails and documents online, stoking
debate over whether some scientists have overstated the case for
man-made climate change. More than a decade of correspondence
between leading British and US scientists was included in about
1,000 e-mails and 3,000 documents posted on Web sites following the
security breach last week.
2009 Nov 21, In northern China
a gas explosion tore through the state-run Xinxing coal mine in
Heilongjiang province, killing at least 107 people with 2 missing.
(AP, 11/21/09)(AP, 11/22/09)(AP, 11/25/09)
2009 Nov 21, Indonesian
authorities picked up Abdul Basir Latip, a co-founder of the Al
Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf extremist group, at Jakarta airport for
using a false passport.
2009 Nov 21, Italian police
arrested a Pakistani father and son accused of helping fund and
providing logistical support for last year's terrorist attacks in
Mumbai, India. The day before the attacks began on Nov. 26 they
allegedly sent money using a stolen identity to a US company to
activate Internet phone accounts used by the attackers and their
2009 Nov 21, In Northern
Ireland a car containing a 400-pound (180kg) device, crashed through
barriers outside the Belfast headquarters of the province's policing
supervision board and partially exploded. Elsewhere, police
exchanged shots with paramilitaries in a border village and 3 people
2009 Nov 21, In Pakistani
Kashmir 3 suspected Taliban militants blew themselves up as police
2009 Nov 21, Hamas announced
that it has reached an agreement with other militant groups in Gaza
to stop firing rockets at southern Israeli towns to prevent
2009 Nov 21, Russia’s PM
Vladimir Putin pledged to widen the country’s anti-crisis aid
package with a car scrappage scheme and mortgage support to jolt the
economy out of the worst recession in 15 years. President Dmitry
Medvedev sharply criticized officials in the ruling Kremlin-backed
party for manipulating recent regional votes, saying it must learn
to win fairly.
2009 Nov 21, Russian spaceship
designer Konstantin Feoktistov (83), the only non-Communist space
traveler in the history of the Soviet space program, died. In 1964,
he traveled aboard the Voskhod spaceship as part of the first group
space flight in history.
2009 Nov 21, Saudi health
officials announced the first deaths from swine flu of this year's
annual pilgrimage to Mecca, as four pilgrims succumbed to the
disease soon after arriving in Saudi Arabia.
2009 Nov 21, Sri Lanka said it
would grant free movement to the remaining war-displaced civilians
held in internment camps, meeting a key demand of the international
community. The government reiterated it would complete the
resettlement of civilians by the end of January.
2009 Nov 21, In Sudan Silva
Kashif (16), a girl from south Sudan, was arrested convicted and
lashed 50 times after a Khartoum judge ruled her knee-length skirt
was indecent. Her mother, Jenty Doro, later said she planned to sue
the police who made the arrest and the judge who imposed the
sentence, as her daughter was underage and a Christian.
(Reuters, 11/27/09)(AFP, 11/28/09)
2010 Nov 21, A national US
study by CQ Press found St. Louis as the nation's most dangerous
city in 2009, overtaking Camden, NJ. Detroit, Flint, Mich., and
Oakland, Calif., rounded out the top five. For the second straight
year, the safest city with more than 75,000 residents was Colonie,
2010 Nov 21, In Afghanistan 3
civilians were killed by a roadside bomb in Kandahar province. Small
arms fire and a rocket attack killed the police chief of Musa Khel
district of Khost province. ISAF said more than 20 militants were
killed in air strikes and fighting, mainly in the restive south. The
watchdog panel charged with rooting out fraud in the recent
parliamentary election disqualified 19 candidates who had been
announced as winners in preliminary results. A man working on a
stream clearing project in Kandahar province was killed by an
unknown gunman in front of his children in Zhari district. 7 were
killed, two were wounded and four were captured during a clearing
operation that ended in Herat province. In northern Kunduz province,
insurgents attacked a checkpoint set up by a local police force,
sparking heavy fighting. Two of the local police were killed, along
with 17 of the attackers. A NATO service member died in an insurgent
attack in southern Afghanistan.
(AFP, 11/21/10)(AP, 11/21/10)(AP, 11/22/10)(AP,
2010 Nov 21, in Afghanistan US
Marine Cpl. William Carpenter took a blow fram a grenade to save a
fellow Marine in Helmand province and was severely wounded. In 2014
Pres. Obama awarded him the Medal of Honor.
(SFC, 6/20/14, p.A6)
2010 Nov 21, Burkina Faso held
presidential elections. President Blaise Compaore (59), a former
army captain, was expected to win as he faced an opposition so
divided it could not mount a unified campaign to fight him
effectively at the polls. State media suggested Compaore won at
least 80% of the peaceful vote.
(AP, 11/21/10)(Econ, 11/27/10, p.58)
2010 Nov 21, In China water
flooded a small coal mine, trapping 28 people as they did safety
work to expand the mine's capacity. 13 workers escaped and rescue
work was continuing for the 28 missing at the Batian mine in the
southwestern province of Sichuan. 29 miners were rescued on Nov 22.
(AP, 11/21/10)(Econ, 11/27/10, p.51)
2010 Nov 21, In Indonesia the
death toll from the Mount Merapi volcano rose to 304 after more
victims succumbed to severe burns and illnesses.
(SFC, 11/22/10, p.A2)
2010 Nov 21, Iranian newspapers
reported that Pres. Ahmadinejad said the best age for girls to get
married was between 16 and 18. The Iranian intelligence ministry
said its security forces have killed two "terrorists" in clashes in
the Kurdish-populated western city of Sanandaj.
(Reuters, 11/21/10)(AFP, 11/21/10)
2010 Nov 21, Ireland became the
second European country to ask for a multibillion euro emergency
loan to help stabilize its debt-ridden banks. Finance Minister Brian
Lenihan (1959-2011) recommended to a cabinet meeting that the
government should apply for a financial bailout program from the EU
and the IMF.
2010 Nov 21, In Israel 2
workers were killed and two others were in critical condition in a
Haifa hospital after inhaling poisonous material from an accidental
leak at the country's oil refinery.
2010 Nov 21, In Mexico Silverio
Cavazos Ceballos (41), the former governor of the Pacific state of
Colima (2005-2009), was shot dead by a group of armed men. Police
mounting an operation to find the killers came across a doctor in an
area near the crime. He was startled by officers and began to run
away. They shot him dead when he ignored orders to stop.
(AP, 11/21/10)(AP, 11/22/10)
2010 Nov 21, In Pakistan 4
suspected US missiles slammed into a house in North Waziristan,
killing six people. The dead included 3 militants and 3 local
tribesmen harboring them.
2010 Nov 21, Palestinian
president Mahmud Abbas said that he will not return to the
negotiating table with Israel without a settlement freeze that
includes annexed Arab east Jerusalem. Thousands of young Jewish
settlers held a mass demonstration outside Israeli PM Benjamin
Netanyahu's offices in Jerusalem in protest at plans for a new ban
on settlement building.
2010 Nov 21, Poles voted in
local elections expected to reward the government's reluctance to
trim the welfare state in the EU's largest new member, the only one
in Europe to avoid a recession.
2010 Nov 21, A global tiger
summit meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, approved a wide-ranging
program with the goal of doubling the world's tiger population in
the wild by 2022 backed by governments of the 13 countries that
still have tiger populations: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China,
India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam
and Russia. Experts said wild tigers could become extinct in 12
years if countries where they still roam fail to take quick action
to protect their habitats and step up the fight against poaching.
2010 Nov 21, In central Somalia
at least 13 people were killed in heavy clashes that began a day
earlier between armed groups fighting for control of villages.
2011 Nov 21, The US approved
extra curbs on Iran’s banking system and oil industry in an ongoing
effort to thwart the country’s nuclear program.
(SFC, 12/1/11, p.A3)
2011 Nov 21, US Congress'
super-committee conceded ignominious defeat in its quest to conquer
a government debt that stands at a staggering $15 trillion, unable
to overcome deep and enduring political divisions over taxes and
spending. Their failure to cut at least $1.2 trillion was set to
trigger automatic spending cuts.
(AP, 11/21/11)(SFC, 11/22/11, p.A6)
2011 Nov 21, Arizona police
arrested Jerice Hunter, the mother of missing Jhessye Shockley (5),
on child abuse charges "directly related" to the girl, and said they
don't believe they'll find the child alive. Jhessye was last seen
Oct. 11 after Hunter said she went out for an errand and left the
girl in the care of three older siblings.
2011 Nov 21, Robert Burke (43),
a former elementary school principal in Dubuque, Iowa, was sentenced
to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of
producing child pornography involving students at his school. Burke
was also fined $25,000.
2011 Nov 21, An Argentine air
force Piper P-28 Dakota collided with a civilian plane being used
for flight school training as both were nearing the small airport in
the town of Mercedes. 2 people were killed when the civilian plane
2011 Nov 21, Armenia said it
will retaliate for the weekend killings of two ethnic Armenian
soldiers by Azeri snipers who fired into a disputed breakaway
2011 Nov 21, Authorities in
Bahrain said prosecutors have charged 20 members of the security
forces for alleged abuse of protesters during a Shiite-led uprising
against the Gulf kingdom's Sunni rulers.
2011 Nov 21, The International
Monetary Fund urged Bangladesh to tighten monetary policy further to
fight runaway inflation and warned that economic growth could
undershoot the government's expectations.
2011 Nov 21, Brazil’s Ministry
of the Environment, IBAMA, said it will fine Chevron Corp. nearly
$28 million for the Nov 7 oil spill off the coast of Rio de Janeiro
state. In December an additional $5.6 million was added for poor
(SSFC, 11/27/11, p.A10)(Econ, 12/31/11, p.23)
2011 Nov 21, Britain’s PM David
Cameron and deputy PM Nick Clegg launched a scheme to support
first-time home buyers through a scheme enabling them to take out
95% mortgages. They will pledged an extra £50 million on top of the
£100 million from this year's budget towards an initiative to
refurbish empty homes.
2011 Nov 21, Burundi security
forces shot dead 18 "armed bandits" in clashes in the eastern
province of Cankuzo, part of a new rebellion based in Ruvubu
2011 Nov 21, A Canadian judge
upheld an order to evict protesters camped in a downtown Toronto
park, giving the Occupy Toronto movement until midnight to vacate
the park it has held for more than a month.
2011 Nov 21, Colombia’s
National Police Director Oscar Naranjo said 14 members of a gang led
by Daniel Barrera (aka Loco), one of the country's most wanted drug
trafficking suspects, were detained over the weekend in Bogota,
Barranquilla and Cartagena.
2011 Nov 21, The World Health
Organization said 5,000 cases of Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD) have
already been reported this year in Djibouti compared to 2,000 in
2010. Djibouti reported two deaths since October and 127 new cases
2011 Nov 21, Egyptian security
forces fired tear gas and clashed with several thousand protesters
in Cairo's Tahrir Square in the third straight day of violence that
has turned into the most sustained challenge yet to the rule of
Egypt's military. 19 more people were killed over night raising the
death toll to 24 since the violence began on Nov 19. Egypt's
military-appointed cabinet of civilian officials announced its
resignation late in the day, but state television quoted a SCAF
source as saying this was rejected by the military. 3 American
students (Derrik Sweeney (19) of Georgetown University, Luke Gates
(21) of Indiana University student, and Gregory Porter (19) of
Drexel University student) accused of throwing firebombs, were among
those arrested. They were ordered released on Nov 24.
(AP, 11/21/11)(AFP, 11/22/11)(SFC, 11/23/11,
2011 Nov 21, In India lawmakers
in Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, voted to support a
call for it to be split into four smaller states. State Chief
Minister Mayawati’s idea is to create four new states called
Purvanchal, Bundelkhand, Paschim Pradesh and Awadh Pradesh. The
final decision was up to the Congress party-led central government.
2011 Nov 21, The New
Delhi-based Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) said in a report
released today that 1,504 people died in police custody and 12,727
in judicial custody across the country between 2001 and 2010.
2011 Nov 21, Jordan's King
Abdullah II paid a rare visit to the West Bank to show support for
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
2011 Nov 21, In Libya Abdullah
Al-Senoussi, Moammar Gadhafi's intelligence chief, was captured
alive by revolutionary fighters not far from where Gadhafi's son was
seized a day earlier.
2011 Nov 21, Madagascar
announced a 35-member cabinet unveiled by consensus PM Omer
2011 Nov 21, In Mali army
chiefs from Algeria, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, met in Bamako amid
mounting concerns over the fallout from Libya's conflict on security
in the troubled zone.
2011 Nov 21, In Mexico
assailants kidnapped and killed three police officers in the city of
Acuna, across the border from Del Rio, Texas. Hidalgo state police
said authorities detained eight local police officers for allegedly
working for the Zetas. Military authorities said soldiers in the
border state of Chihuahua detained two police chiefs while they were
meeting with an alleged drug trafficker.
2011 Nov 21, The Mexican army
seized $15.3 million in bundles of cash believed to belong to
members of the Sinaloa drug cartel. Soldiers found the piles of US
bills inside a car in a downtown neighborhood of the border city of
Tijuana, along with two rifles, two pistols and three kilograms (6.6
pounds) of cocaine.
2011 Nov 21, In Nigeria at
least seven people died in a clash in the Barkin Ladi area near the
city of Jos.
2011 Nov 21, In Pakistan senior
commanders in the Pakistani Taliban claimed to be holding initial
peace talks with the government that could end a wave of bombings
that has killed thousands of people. Gunmen ambushed a paramilitary
Frontier Corps convoy in Baluchistan province, killing 14 soldiers.
The Baluchistan Liberation Army claimed responsibility.
(AFP, 11/21/11)(AP, 11/21/11)
2011 Nov 21, A Russian Soyuz
capsule with 3 astronauts returned from the Int’l. Space Station
landed in Kazakhstan after spending 165 days in space.
(SFC, 11/22/11, p.A2)
2011 Nov 21, Vitaly Shlykov
(77), a former Soviet intelligence agent who spent years in a Swiss
prison (1983-1986) after being convicted of espionage, died in
Moscow. After his retirement two years later, he became a prominent
scholar specializing in military policy and wrote extensively on
2011 Nov 21, In southern
Senegal 10 people were killed by separatist rebels in the jungles of
the Casamance region, which is separated from the rest of Senegal by
the nation of Gambia.
2011 Nov 21, Spain's
conservative Popular Party began tackling the gigantic task of
lifting the country out of its worst economic crisis in decades,
following an overwhelming and historic victory in the general
2011 Nov 21, Sri Lanka
announced a surprise three percent depreciation of the rupee against
a basket of currencies in a move to boost exports, as it released a
2012 budget that boosts defense spending. Lawmakers from the ruling
party attacked opposition members who were protesting inside
Parliament as Pres. Mahinda Rajapaksa presented next year's budget.
(AFP, 11/21/11)(AP, 11/21/11)
2011 Nov 21, Syria's security
forces carried out a "qualitative" operation in the Bayada district
of Homs in which they killed four terrorists and confiscated their
weapons. A "top terrorist" nicknamed Bandar was among them. Syrian
soldiers opened fire on at least two buses carrying Turkish
2011 Nov 21, Tanzania's PM
Mizengo Pinda said eight suspects have been sentenced to death by
hanging for the murder of albinos since a wave of witchcraft
killings erupted in 2007. More than 60 albinos have been murdered in
Tanzania since 2007 and their body parts chopped off to be sold to
2012 Nov 21, A US Drought
Monitor report said the worst US drough in decades has deepened
again with 60.1% of the lower 48 states in some form of drought.
(SFC, 11/22/12, p.A15)
2012 Nov 21, Arysta, the
Japanese maker of the pesticide methyl iodide, agreed to remove all
of its products from the US market and end sales permanently.
Exposure to the fumigant was shown to have caused thyroid cancer,
miscarriages and nervous system damage on rats and rabbits.
(SFC, 11/22/12, p.A15)
2012 Nov 21, In NYC Salvatore
Perrone (63), a balding garment salesman, was arrested for
systematically killing three shopkeepers as they worked alone in
their clothing stores.
2012 Nov 21, In Afghanistan two
men wearing suicide vests blew themselves up near a US base in
Kabul, killing two Afghan guards in the heart of a neighborhood
filled with foreign forces and embassies.
2012 Nov 21, In Afghanistan
Sayid Mohammad (23), a farmer from Karim Dad village, was arrested
by US Army A Team members. His footless body was found on May 21,
2013, near a former US Special Forces base in Wardak province.
(SFC, 5/22/13, p.A3)
2012 Nov 21, Colombia's main
leftist rebel group released at midnight four Chinese oil workers in
the same southern jungles where it kidnapped them on June 8, 2011.
They had been engaged in oil exploration work.
2012 Nov 21, Thousands of
Congolese soldiers and policemen defected to the M23 rebels, as
rebel leaders vowed to take control of all Congo, including the
capital Kinshasa. Congo President Joseph Kabila met with Rwanda
President Paul Kagame In Uganda for emergency talks prompted by the
fall of Goma. Rwanda is blamed for backing the M23 by Congo and by
the United Nations.
2012 Nov 21, Egypt’s President
Mohammed Morsi mediated a cease-fire between Israelis and
Palestinians to end eight days of fierce fighting. The cease-fire
deal included agreement to open all border crossings with the Gaza
Strip, including with Egypt.
2012 Nov 21, Egyptian
protesters firebombed one of the offices of satellite broadcaster
Al-Jazeera and attacked a police chief who tried to negotiate an end
to three days of violent protests in central Cairo. Security
officials said that authorities have confiscated trucks carrying
explosive warheads and a variety of small-arms ammunition smuggled
2012 Nov 21, India executed
Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving gunman from the 2008 Mumbai
terror attack, four years after Pakistani gunmen blazed through
India's financial capital, killing 166 people.
2012 Nov 21, Iran’s
semiofficial ISNA news agency reported that Iran has supplied Hamas
in Gaza with the technology to "quickly" produce longer-range
missiles on their own without needing direct shipments.
2012 Nov 21, Ireland's police
force arrested 113 suspected drug dealers and seized five marijuana
growing facilities in a two-day operation in the nation's
biggest-ever crackdown on triad drug-trafficking gangs. Police said
most of those arrested are Chinese and Vietnamese nationals involved
in growing, smuggling and selling marijuana.
2012 Nov 21, A bomb exploded
aboard an Israeli bus near the nation's military headquarters in Tel
Aviv, wounding 27 people, delivering a major blow to diplomatic
efforts to forge a truce to end a week of fighting between Israel
and Gaza's militant Hamas rulers. The Tel Aviv bombing came after a
night of more than 30 Israeli airstrikes over Gaza. The attacks
brought to 144 the number of Palestinians killed since Israel
launched its offensive on Nov 14.
2012 Nov 21, Ivory Coast
President Alassane Ouattara tapped Foreign Minister Daniel Kablan
Duncan to serve as prime minister in a new government one week after
the surprise dissolution of cabinet.
2012 Nov 21, In Libya National
Security Chief Col. Farag al-Dersi (Faraj Mohammed al-Drissi) was
shot dead while returning from work in Benghazi.
(AP, 11/21/12)(SFC, 11/22/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 21, New Zealand’s
Mount Tongariro erupted with a brief blast of dark ash, canceling
flights but causing no significant damage. Tongariro National Park
has three active volcanoes.
2012 Nov 21, In Pakistan a bomb
blast targeting an army vehicle killed three soldiers and two
civilians in the southwestern city of Quetta. Two bombs exploded
outside a Shiite mosque in the southern city of Karachi, killing one
person and wounding seven others.
2012 Nov 21, In Russia dozens
of non-governmental organizations refused to comply with a new law
restricting their activities as part of the Kremlin's crackdown on
its critics. A law passed several months ago obliged all NGOs that
receive foreign funding and are involved in loosely defined
political activities to register as "foreign agents" by today.
2012 Nov 21, The Singapore
government said prominent opposition leader Chee Soon Juan has had
his bankruptcy annulled, after an unprecedented concession by two
former prime ministers to whom he owed about $408,000.
2012 Nov 21, In South Sudan an
army official said clashes between troops and Yau Yau rebels have
left at least 16 people dead in Jonglei state.
(SFC, 11/22/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 21, Syrian warplanes
bombed Damascus suburbs and rebel-held areas in the country's north
as the government blasted the European Union for endorsing a newly
formed opposition coalition. Syrian warplanes flattened a building
next to a hospital in Aleppo, killing at least 15 people.
(AP, 11/21/12)(AP, 11/22/12)
2012 Nov 21, Turkey's
government requested the deployment of NATO's Patriot surface-to-air
missiles to bolster its defenses along its border with Syria.
2012 Nov 21, A new UN report
accused the Rwandan military of commanding and supporting rebel
forces in eastern Congo and charged that Salim Saleh (52), the
brother of Uganda's long-serving President Yoweri Museveni, actively
backs the movement.
2013 Nov 21, President Obama,
in a letter to President Karzai, said the United States will
continue to respect "Afghan sovereignty" under a new security
agreement. Karzai added a wrinkle to the process when he told the
Loya Jirga that if they and the parliament approve the agreement, it
should be signed after next spring's elections in Afghanistan.
2013 Nov 21, US Senate
Democrats voted 52-48 to undercut filibuster rules on presidential
appointees. In 1975 a two-thirds requirement for cutting off
filibusters was lowered to 60 votes. The new rule would require a
(SFC, 11/22/13, p.A8)
2013 Nov 21, The city of
Oakland, Ca., won a record $15.1 million civil suit against American
Legal Services for preying on vulnerable families as they sought
legal residency in the US. The owners of the company failed to show
up in court and their whereabouts was unknown.
(SFC, 11/22/13, p.D8)
2013 Nov 21, In San Francisco
BART directors voted to reject an agreement with unions unless a
provision granting six weeks of paid famiy medical leave was
(SFC, 11/22/13, p.A1)
2013 Nov 21, The San Francisco
area was hammered by strong winds that knocked down trees and power
lines, leaving at least 2 people dead and more than 50,000 without
power in the state.
2013 Nov 21, Composer Conrad
Susa (b.1935) died at his home in San Francisco. His work included
the opera “Transformations" (1973) and “The Dangerous Liaisons"
(1994), which was based on a 1782 novel by Pierre Choderlos de
(SSFC, 11/24/13, p.C10)
2013 Nov 21, Federal agents
raided an unknown number of marijuana dispensaries and growing sites
in Colorado, confiscating piles of marijuana plants and cartons of
cannabis-infused drinks just weeks before the state allows sellers
of recreational marijuana to open their doors.
2013 Nov 21, In Connecticut
Michael Skakel (53), a nephew of Robert F. Kennedy, was released on
bail pending a new trial in the 1975 slaying neighbor Martha Moxley.
(SFC, 11/22/13, p.A12)
2013 Nov 21, In Minnesota
Marion Guerrido (23) veered off a suburban Minneapolis highway ramp.
She escaped the car but 5 children were trapped and submerged in a
pond. The children were soon freed, but two died and three others
(SFC, 11/23/13, p.A10)
2013 Nov 21, The Dow Jones
industrial average (DJIA) closed at a record 16,009, its first close
(SFC, 11/22/13, p.C3)
2013 Nov 21, Chad's PM Joseph
Djimrangar Dadnadji offered his resignation to Pres. Idriss Deby
after his party proposed a motion of no confidence in him, accusing
him of ordering arbitrary arrests of his deputies.
2013 Nov 21, China’s highest
court issued demands that judges bar confessions abtained through
torture and avoid the death penalty when the evidence is shaky.
(SFC, 11/22/13, p.A2)
2013 Nov 21, Cyprus' biggest
private university said it will start accepting the digital currency
Bitcoin as an alternative way to pay tuition fees.
2013 Nov 21, An Egyptian police
officer was shot dead in a Nile Delta town while trying to arrest
suspects wanted in connection with the killing of a security
2013 Nov 21, Indonesia's
military halted training with Australia as a decision to suspend
cooperation due to spying claims took effect, while angry
demonstrators in Jakarta declared they were "ready for war" with
2013 Nov 21, In northeastern
Iraq a car bomb exploded in a busy market in Sadiyah, killing at
least 31 people and wounding more than 30. A wave of attacks across
the country left a total of at least 48 people dead.
(AP, 11/21/13)(SFC, 11/22/13, p.A4)
2013 Nov 21, In Japan thousands
of people protested in Tokyo against a proposed secrets act that
critics say would stifle information on issues such as the Fukushima
2013 Nov 21, In Latvia a Maxima
supermarket collapsed in a suburb of Riga. 54 people were killed in
the Baltic state's worst disaster in decades.
(Reuters, 11/22/13)(AP, 11/23/13)(AP, 11/25/13)
2013 Nov 21, Security sources
said French special forces have killed Hacene Ould Khalill the
second-in-command of the veteran Islamist commander Mokhtar
Belmokhtar in an operation in Mali's northern region of Tessalit.
The Mauritanian, known by his nickname Jouleibib, was deputy
commander of Belmokhtar's "Those Who Sign in Blood" Brigade, formed
when the Algerian jihadist split with al Qaeda's North African wing.
2013 Nov 21, Myanmar rejected a
UN resolution urging it to grant citizenship to the Rohingya, a
stateless Muslim minority group, and accused the United Nations of
impinging on its sovereignty.
2013 Nov 21, Nepal's powerful
Maoist leader and former guerrilla chief Prachanda said he did not
accept the results of an election his party appeared to be losing,
throwing the nation into a fresh political crisis.
2013 Nov 21, In northeastern
Nigeria militants screaming "God is great!" killed at least 12
civilians and set homes ablaze as they rampaged through Sandiya
village in an area that has been attacked several times.
2013 Nov 21, In northwest
Pakistan a drone strike killed 9 people, including Ahmad Jan, a
deputy of Sirajuddin Haqqani, a leader of the militant Haqqani
network; Gul Sher, leader of the Afghan Taliban in Paktia Province;
and Maulvi Hamidullah, leader of the Afghan Taliban in Khost
Province. The strike targeted a madrassa, or Islamic seminary,
outside the tribal areas that borders Afghanistan. This was only the
second such strike outside the country's lawless tribal districts.
(AFP, 11/21/13)(SSFC, 11/24/13, p.A8)
2013 Nov 21, In Poland around
800 people from environmental groups, including Greenpeace and WWF,
walked out of UN climate talks in Warsaw in protest at what they see
as a lack of progress towards a global deal to curb greenhouse gas
2013 Nov 21, In Russia three
more of the 30 people arrested during a Greenpeace protest walked
free on bail. 24 of those detained on September 18 have been granted
bail this week.
2013 Nov 21, Saudi local media
reported that religious police have arrested two young men in Riyadh
for offering a "free hug" to passers-by.
2013 Nov 21, The UN in Somalia
called for a "proper investigation" after police arrested an alleged
rape victim and the journalists who reported her story for
2013 Nov 21, In South Africa 8
construction workers were killed when lightning struck their tent
northeast of Johannesburg.
2013 Nov 21, A Spanish court
sentenced the town mayor of Marinaleda and four others to seven
months in prison for occupying unused military land they wanted to
be loaned to farmers hard hit by the economic crisis.
2013 Nov 21, In Syria fighting
for a key military base outside the northern city of Aleppo killed
at least 15 pro-government militiamen. Troops also pressed an
offensive against the last rebel-held districts of Homs where at
least 12 people were killed in the exchange of fire.
2013 Nov 21, In Syria Jihadists
cut down a 150-year-old oak tree in Atme, on Syria's border with
Turkey, after they accused locals of worshipping it.
2013 Nov 21, The Ukrainian
government announced it was suspending its preparations for the
signing of a landmark agreement with the EU. President Vladimir
Putin's spokesman said that Russia welcomed Kiev's desire to improve
trade ties with Moscow, signaling satisfaction with the Ukrainian
(AP, 11/21/13)(Reuters, 11/21/13)
2013 Nov 21, Ukraine's
parliament rejected draft laws that would allow jailed opposition
leader Yulia Tymoshenko to go to Germany for medical treatment.
2014 Nov 21, The US Embassy in
Mexico said the US government will provide $68 million over five
years to assist Mexico's effort to reform its court and justice
2014 Nov 21, A US federal jury
found Louis Willis, the former executive director of the US Virgin
Islands' legislature, guilty of accepting bribes and of extortion.
2014 Nov 21, Navarrete Beltran,
an accused member of the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of
Colombia, was extradited to the US to face charges of hostage-taking
and terrorism targeting Americans.
2014 Nov 21, The Los Angeles
Unified School District agreed to pay $139 million to settle claims
that former Miramonte Elementary School third grade teacher Mark
Berndt abused his students. 69 parents and 81 students had accused
Berndt of lewd acts. He had pleaded guilty on Nov 15, 2013.
(SFC, 11/22/14, p.A5)
2014 Nov 21, In Ohio Ricky
Jackson (59), imprisoned for 39 years for a crime he did not commit,
was freed. He had been jailed since 1975 on a murder conviction
where the prosecution’s case was based on the testimony of a
13-year-old witness, who recanted his story in 2011.
(http://tinyurl.com/orfkuoq)(SFC, 11/26/14, p.A6)
2014 Nov 21, In Ohio a pregnant
woman (41) and 3 other people were killed outside her Cleveland
home. Sherita Johnson’s unborn child also died.
(SSFC, 11/23/14, p.A12)
2014 Nov 21, In Bahrain
activists staged a mock referendum asking residents of Shiite areas
if they wanted a new political system under United Nations
supervision. Witnesses said police used tear gas to disperse
protesters in some Shiite villages ahead of the vote.
2014 Nov 21, Britain’s PM David
Cameron's Conservatives lost a second parliamentary seat in the
southeast English constituency of Rochester and Strood to the
anti-EU UKIP party.
2014 Nov 21, Two retired
Chilean military officers, Cols. Ramon Caceres Jorquera and Edgar
Cevallos Jones, were sentenced to prison for the 1974 torture death
of Gen. Alberto Bachelet, the father of President Michelle Bachelet.
2014 Nov 21, China's central
bank cuts interest rate by 0.25 percentage point, and its one-year
loan rate by 0.4 percentage point.
2014 Nov 21, It was reported
that the Chinese government and banks will finance Chinese companies
to build $45.6 billion worth of energy and infrastructure projects
in Pakistan over the next six years.
2014 Nov 21, Jane’s, a leading
defense publication, said satellite images show China is building an
island on a reef in the disputed Spratly Islands large enough to
accommodate what could be its first offshore airstrip in the South
2014 Nov 21, French junior
minister Kader Arif stepped down after he was accused in a
preliminary investigation of favoring relatives in the award of
2014 Nov 21, Guinean
authorities publicly appealed on national radio to unidentified
robbers to hand over blood samples that were stolen from a minibus
taxi during its 265-km (165-mile) trek from central Kankan
prefecture to an Ebola test site in southern Gueckedou.
2014 Nov 21, In Hong Kong
dozens of protesters gathered outside the British consulate,
accusing the former colonial power of failing to pressure China to
grant free elections in the city and protect freedoms guaranteed in
a joint treaty.
2014 Nov 21, In India Srinjoy
Bose, an opposition national lawmaker, was arrested on suspicion of
stealing funds from a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme that
collapsed in eastern India. The scheme was run by the Saradha Group,
a state-based consortium of private companies running collective
investment plans collapsed in April 2013.
2014 Nov 21, In Iraq Islamic
State fighters attacked a government complex in the heart of Ramadi,
the provincial capital of Anbar province.
2014 Nov 21, Japan’s PM Shinzo
Abe dissolved parliament's lower house for a snap election on Dec.
14, seeking a fresh mandate for his struggling "Abenomics" revival
2014 Nov 21, Japan's transport
ministry said it has ordered air bag maker Takata to conduct an
internal investigation after cases of its air bags exploding
triggered safety concerns in the US and other countries.
2014 Nov 21, Malaysia's
government said it will completely withdraw fuel subsidies from next
month following the plunge in global oil prices.
2014 Nov 21, In Mali a suicide
bomber blew himself up outside a phosphate mine in Bourem without
causing any other casualties.
2014 Nov 21, Mongolia's
parliament appointed Chimed Saikhanbileg as prime minister, more
than two weeks after it ousted his predecessor for failing to get to
grips with a slumping economy and foreign investment.
2014 Nov 21, Dutch authorities
said they will slaughter poultry at a cluster of three farms after
new cases of bird flu were found in Kamperveen, in the 3rd outbreak
(SFC, 11/22/14, p.A2)
2014 Nov 21, In northwestern
Pakistan a bomb attached to a motorcycle struck an army vehicle,
killing two soldiers on the outskirts of Peshawar. The Pakistani
Taliban (TTP) soon claimed responsibility.
2014 Nov 21, Portuguese police
arrested former Socialist PM Jose Socrates (57) and three other
people in an investigation of suspected tax fraud, corruption and
2014 Nov 21, In central Romania
a helicopter on a training mission crashed, killing 8 military
personnel and injuring two others.
2014 Nov 21, Serbia said it
will revoke its citizenship granted to Ukrainian businessman Sergei
Kurchenko, sanctioned by the EU and wanted in his country on
embezzlement charges. Kurchenko was seen as close to former
pro-Russian Pres. Viktor Yanukovych and left Ukraine in February,
around the time Yanukovych fled the country amid violent protests.
2014 Nov 21, Sri Lanka's health
minister Maithripala Sirisena quit Pres. Mahinda Rajapaksa's
government to challenge him in the upcoming elections, accusing the
leader of taking the country toward an autocracy.
2014 Nov 21, Security forces in
Togo used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse thousands of
demonstrators calling for term limits that would bar President Faure
Gnassingbe from running for a third term next year.
2014 Nov 21, In Turkey Marko
Ivkovic (25), a Serbian basketball fan, was killed before a
Euroleague basketball match between Turkish team Galatasaray and
Serbia's Red Star in Istanbul. On Nov 26 Istanbul police arrested a
Turkish man for the stabbing death.
2014 Nov 21, The UN General
Assembly's human rights committee approved a resolution urging
Myanmar to allow its persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority access to
full citizenship on an equal basis.
2014 Nov 21, The Yemeni
government said it has ended a mutiny by officers suspected to be
loyalists of the country's ousted leader against the top commander
of an elite paramilitary unit.
2014 Nov 21, Zambia's ruling
Patriotic Front said it has suspended President Guy Scott as acting
head of the party for "unconstitutional conduct", in the latest
twist of a bitter power struggle ahead of a January election.