Return to home0950 Nov 22,
Lotharius, King of Italy (947-50), died.
1220 Nov 22, After promising to
go to the aid of the Fifth Crusade within nine months, German King
Frederick II was crowned emperor by Pope Honorius III.
(HN, 11/22/98)(PCh, 1992, p.106)
1247 Nov 22, Robin Hood died
according to the 1400 ballad "A Lytell Geste of Robyn Hode." The
legend of Robin Hood is believed to extend into antiquity.
(MC, 11/22/01)(SFC, 2/17/04, p.A2)
1286 Nov 22, Erik V Klipping
(b.1249), king of Denmark, was murdered.
1390 Nov 22, Hungarian nobleman
Miklos Toldi (b.~1320) died. He was remembered as a legendary strong
hero in Hungarian folklore who protects women and children. Poet
János Arany based his famous Toldi trilogy on his legend.
1493 Nov 22, Christopher
Columbus arrived at Hispaniola on his 2nd voyage.
1497 Nov 22, Portuguese
navigator Vasco da Gama rounded the Cape of Good Hope.
1511 Nov 22, Erasmus Reinhold,
German mathematician (calculated planetary table), was born.
1542 Nov 22, New laws were
passed in Spain giving protection against the enslavement of Indians
1594 Nov 22, Martin Frobisher,
English vice-admiral and explorer, died.
1643 Nov 22, Rene R. Cavelier,
sieur de La Salle, French explorer, was born. [see Dec 22]
1675 Nov 22, English king
Charles II adjourned parliament.
1683 Nov 22, Purcell's "Welcome
to All the Pleasures," premiered in London.
1709 Nov 22, Frantisek Benda,
composer, was born.
1710 Nov 22, Wilhelm Friedemann
Bach, composer, son of JS Bach (Sinfonias 64), was born.
1718 Nov 22, A force of British
troops under Lt. Robert Maynard captured English pirate Edward Teach
(b.~1682), better known as "Blackbeard" (aka Captain Drummond),
during a battle near Ocracoke Island, off the North Carolina coast.
They beheaded him. The governor of Virginia had put a price of 100
pounds on his head.
1757 Nov 22, Austrians defeated
Prussians at Breslau in the Seven Years War.
1773 Nov 22, Robert Clive
(~48), English occupier (India), died.
1794 Nov 22, Strasbourg,
Alsace-Lorraine, prohibited circumcision and the wearing of beards.
1799 Nov 22, Baroness van
Dorth, organist, was executed.
1808 Nov 22, Thomas Cook,
founder (Cook travel bureau), was born.
1809 Nov 22, Peregrine
Williamson of Baltimore patented a steel pen.
1819 Nov 22, George Eliot
(d.1880), English writer, was born as Mary Ann Evans. Her books
included “Adam Bede," “Silas Marner" and “Middlemarch." She was
driven out of England with her companion, G.H. Lewes, for a while
for not being married. Her books tore away the curtain of Victorian
life and revealed its bitter small-mindedness for anyone to see.
"The happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history."
11/22/98)(SSFC, 2/9/14, p.F7)
1831 Nov 22, Giacomo
Meyerbeer's opera "Robert Le Diable" was produced (Paris).
1842 Nov 22, Mount St Helen's
in Washington state erupted. Mount St. Helens began 15 years of
intermittent eruptions and then became relatively quiet for 123
(MC, 11/22/01)(SFEC, 8/16/98, p.A15)
1847 Nov 22, In New York, the
Astor Place Opera House, the city's first operatic theater, was
1859 Nov 22, Ludwig "Louis"
Spohr (75), German violinist and composer (Faust), died.
1864 Nov 22, Union General O.
Howard ordered plunderers shot to death.
1864 Nov 22, Battle at
Griswoldville, Georgia, ended after 650 casualties.
1869 Nov 22, Andre Gide
(d.1951), French novelist and critic (Lafcadio's Adventures- Nobel
1947), was born. "There are very few monsters who warrant the fear
we have of them." "Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt
those who find it." “The color of truth is gray."
3/24/98)(SFEC, 6/28/98, Z1 p.8)
1869 Nov 22, The Cutty Sark, a
British 3-masted clipper ship, was launched to win the tea race in
China. It later became the fastest ship on the Australia wool run.
1890 Nov 22, Charles de Gaulle
(d.1970), French general and president (1958-1969), was born in
Lille, France. "Nothing great will ever be achieved without great
men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so."
(AP, 11/22/97)(AP, 11/22/98)(HN, 11/22/98)
1891 Nov 22, Edward L. Bernays
(d.1995), public relations pioneer, was born in Vienna, Austria. In
1892 his family moved to New York City.
1893 Nov 22, M. Kaganovitsj
Kogan, people's commissioner for Stalin, was born.
1896 Nov 22, George Washington
Gale Ferris, inventor (Ferris wheel), died.
1898 Nov 22, Wiley Post,
aviator and parachutist (crashed in Alaska), was born in Grand
1898 Nov 22, Pietro Mascagni's
opera "Iris" premiered (Rome).
1899 Nov 22, Hoagy Carmichael
(d.1981), American composer, was born in Bloomington, Ind. His songs
included "Georgia on My Mind" (1930) "Stardust" and over 600 other
melodies. Lyrics for Georgia on my Mind were written by Stuart
(WSJ, 9/9/99, p.A24)(SFC, 11/25/99, p.C22)(Econ,
1900 Nov 22, Sir Arthur
Sullivan (b.1842), English composer, died. His operas included
“H.M.S. Pinafore," “Iolanthe," “Patience," “The Pirates of
Penzance," “Princess Ida," “The Mikado," “Trial by Jury," and “The
Yeoman of the Guard."
(WSJ, 11/22/00, p.A20)
1901 Nov 22, Joaquin Rodrigo,
Spanish composer (Juglares), was born in Sagunto, Valencia.
1902 Nov 22, Emanuel Feuermann,
cellist (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), was born in Kolomea, Galicia
(under crown of Austria).
1902 Nov 22, A fire caused
considerable damage to the unfinished Williamsburg bridge in New
1902 Nov 22, Friedrich A.
Krupp, cannon manufacturer, committed suicide.
1905 Nov 22, British, Italian,
Russian, French and Austrian-Hungarian fleet attacked the Grecian
Isle of Lesbos.
1906 Nov 22, The "S-O-S" (SOS)
distress signal was adopted at the International Radio Telegraphic
Convention in Berlin.
1908 Nov 22, Michael Balfour,
historian, was born.
1909 Nov 22, The Wright
brothers formed a corporation for the commercial manufacture of
airplanes. Cornelius Vanderbilt and other financiers backed them
with one million dollars.
(http://tinyurl.com/7ymq7rq)(ON, 12/11, p.11)
1910 Nov 22, Amy Elizabeth
Thorpe, a Minnesota-born British spy known as "Cynthia" was born in
Minneapolis. She has been described as World War II's "Mata Hari."
Family and friends called her Betty. William Stephenson, who ran
Great Britain’s World War II intelligence activities in the Western
Hemisphere, would one day give her a code name--"Cynthia." She
reputedly was one of the most successful spies in history.
1910 Nov 22, Arthur Knight
patented steel shaft golf clubs.
1910 Nov 22, The Norwegian
freighter Seija sank in 300 feet of water off the coast of San
Francisco after a collision with another ship. 2 crew members were
killed and both captains were found at fault in a case that went to
the US Supreme Court.
(SFC, 9/17/14, p.A10)
1913 Nov 22, Benjamin Britten
(d.1976), English composer, pianist and conductor, was born.
(WSJ, 7/26/99, p.A21)(HN, 11//00)
1914 Nov 22, Peter Woolridge
Townsend, war hero, courtier, writer, was born.
1915 Nov 22, The Anglo-Indian
army, led by British General Sir Charles Townshend, attacked a
larger Turkish force under General Nur-ud-Din at Ctesiphon, Iraq,
but was repulsed.
1916 Nov 22, Jack London,
American writer, died in Glen Ellen, Ca., of a kidney disease,
gastrointestinal uremic poisoning. An overdose of morphine was also
suspected. He had written 50 books. London produced 200 short
stories, 400 nonfiction articles and 20 novels. A 1998 biography by
Alex Kershaw was titled: "Jack London: A Life." In 2010 James L.
Haley authored “wolf: The Lives of jack London.
11/20/96, p.A17)(SFEC, 1/25/98, BR p.3)(Econ, 8/14/10, p.69)
1918 Nov 22, Polish forces
attacked the Jewish community of Lemberg (Lvov).
1919 Nov 22, A Labor conference
committee in the U.S. urged an eight hour work day and a 48-hour
1921 Nov 22, Rodney
Dangerfield, [John Cohen], comedian (Caddyshack), was born in
1923 Nov 22, Pres. Coolidge
pardoned WW I German spy Lothar Witzke, who was sentenced to death.
1924 Nov 22, Geraldine Page,
actress, was born. She was well known for roles in Tennessee
1924 Nov 22, England ordered
the Egyptians out of Sudan.
1925 Nov 22, Gunther Schuller,
composer and French Horn player, was born.
1927 Nov 22, George Gershwin's
"Funny Face," premiered in NYC.
1927 Nov 22, 1st snowmobile
patent was granted to Carl Eliason in Sayner, Wisc.
1928 Nov 22, "Bolero" by
Maurice Ravel made its debut in Paris.
1928 Nov 22, British King
George was confined to bed with congested lung; the queen was to
take over duties.
1930 Nov 22, Peter Hall,
British stage, film and opera director (Pedestrian), was born.
1930 Nov 22, Elijah Muhammad
formed the Nation of Islam in Detroit.
1931 Nov 22, Ferde Grofe's
"Grand Canyon Suite," premiered.
1932 Nov 22, Robert Vaughn,
actor (Napolean Solo- Man from UNCLE, Hamlet, Superman), was born in
1932 Nov 22, A pump was
patented that computed quantity and price delivered.
1934 Nov 22, "Santa Claus Is
Comin' to Town" was 1st heard on Eddie Cantor's show.
1935 Nov 22, Pan Am inaugurated
the first transpacific airmail service, San Francisco to Manila. The
Pan Am China Clipper under Captain Ed Musick took off from Alameda
Point bound for the Philippines with 111,000 letters. It was the
company's first trans-Pacific flight. The plane was a 25-ton Martin
M-130 flying boat with a wingspan of 130 feet, and was the largest
aircraft in world service.
(HN, 11/22/98)(Ind, 5/1/99, p.5A)(SFEM, 2/13/00,
p.35)(NPub, 2002, p.13)
1936 Nov 22, 1,200 were killed
in a battle between Japanese and Mongolians in China.
1940 Nov 22, Terry Gilliam,
comedy author-animator (Monty Python), was born in Minneapolis.
1941 Nov 22, Tom Conti, actor
(Reuben Reuben, American Dreamer), was born in Paisley, Scotland.
1941 Nov 22, British cruiser
Devonshire sank the German sub Atlantis.
1942 Nov 22, Gen-major Rodin's
26th Panzer corps recaptured Ostrov. Hitler ordered Rommel's Africa
Korps to fight to last man.
1942 Nov 22, Soviet troops
completed the encirclement of the German Sixth Army at Stalingrad.
1943 Nov 22, Billie Jean King,
U.S. tennis player and women’s rights pioneer, was born.
1943 Nov 22, President
Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Chinese
leader Chiang Kai-shek met in Cairo to discuss measures for
1943 Nov 22, US troops landed
on Abemada, Gilbert Island.
1943 Nov 22, RAF began bombing
1943 Nov 22, Lyricist Lorenz
Hart died in New York at age 48.
1948 Nov 22, Ho Chi Minh’s
Democratic Republic of Vietnam requested admittance to the UN.
1950 Nov 22, In New York 78
died in a train crash in Richmond Hills (later Kew Gardens), NY.
1954 Nov 22, Humane Society
1955 Nov 22, RCA Victor's made
its best investment paying $25,000 to Sun Records & Sam Philips
for rights to Elvis Presley, a truck driver from Tupelo, Miss.
1955 Nov 22, Shemp Howard (60),
comic of "Three Stooges" fame died in Hollywood.
1956 Nov 22, Melbourne,
Australia, hosted this summer’s 16th Olympiad. 65 countries and
4,276 athletes competed. Closing ceremonies were held on Dec 8. The
Netherlands and Spain withdrew from the Olympics in support of
Hungary following Russia’s invasion. 45 athletes from Hungary
defected during the games. Egypt, Lebanon and Iraq boycotted the
games in protest over British and French actions over the Suez
Canal. China boycotted protesting the inclusion of athletes from
(SFEC, 9/10/00, p.T8)(WSJ, 9/15/00, p.A1)(WSJ,
1963 Nov 22, John F. Kennedy,
the 35th president of the United States, had been in office two
years, 10 months and two days, when an assassin's bullet ended his
life in Dallas, Texas. Kennedy, on a pre-campaign trip to supposedly
hostile Texas, had been greeted warmly by enthusiastic crowds at
every stop. Upon their arrival in Dallas, President and Mrs.
Kennedy, accompanied by Texas Governor John Connolly and his wife,
were driven slowly through the downtown streets on their way to a
scheduled speech at the Dallas Trade Mart. At 12:30 p.m., as the
open limousine traveled through Dealey Plaza past the Texas School
Book Depository, Kennedy was shot. Within the hour, Kennedy was
pronounced dead at Parkland Hospital and by 2 p.m., Dallas police
had arrested Lee Harvey Oswald as the suspected assassin. At 2:38
p.m. Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as the 36th
President of the United States.
1963 Nov 22, John F. Kennedy
was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald while riding in a motorcade in
Dallas. Texas Gov. John B. Connally was seriously wounded. Rufus
Youngblood (1924-1996), a Secret Service agent, shielded VP Johnson
from possible gunshots with his body. Johnson rewarded him by
promoting him over time to the No. 2 position in the Secret Service.
Ruby used a .38 Colt Cobra purchased at Ray’s Hardware and Sporting
Goods in Dallas run by Lawrence Brantley (1921-1996). From the
address that President Kennedy never got to deliver in Dallas: "If
we are strong, our strength will speak for itself. If we are weak,
words will be no help."
(TMC, 1994, p.1963)(AHD, p. 931)(SFC, 10/4/96,
p.B2)(SFC, 10/17/96, C2)(AP, 11/22/97)
1963 Nov 22, Two amateur films
recorded the assassination of Pres. Kennedy. A 24 ½ sec. video by
Orville Nix Sr. and Abraham Zapruder, a dress manufacturer, captured
the assassination on video tape. In 1981 David Lifton published
"Best Evidence," on the medical evidence of the assassination. In
1993 Gerald Posner published "Case Closed," a book on the Warren
Commission report. In 1998 new testimony was released that a 2nd set
of pictures was taken at the autopsy that were never made public. In
2007 David Talbot authored “Brothers: The Hidden History of the
Kennedy Years." In 2007 Vincent Bugliosi authored “Reclaiming
History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy."
(SFC, 8/1/98, p.A5)(SFC, 10/25/98, p.D5)(SFC,
11/23/00, p.A11)(SSFC, 5/13/07, p.M1)(WSJ, 5/19/07, p.P8)
1963 Nov 22, Dr. Charles Andrew
Crenshaw, a 3rd year surgical intern at Dallas’ Parkland Memorial,
tended Kennedy and placed him into a coffin. In 1992 Crenshaw
(d.2001) authored “JFK: Conspiracy of Silence" and insisted that
Kennedy had 4 gunshot wounds, including one from the front and that
the neck wound had been tampered to look like an exit wound.
(SFC, 11/21/01, p.A25)
1963 Nov 22, Dallas police
officer J.D. Tippit was slain by Lee Harvey Oswald 45 minutes after
Pres. Kennedy was shot when he called Oswald over for questioning.
Oswald was arrested inside the Texas Theater, 321 W. Jefferson
Blvd., just before 2pm.
(SFC, 8/1/98, p.A5)(SFC, 10/25/98, p.D5)(SSFC,
1963 Nov 22, Aldous L. Huxley
(69), English author (Devils of Loudon, Brave New World), died in
1963 Nov 22, C.S. Lewis,
English author the Narnia series and other books, died of
osteoporosis. In 2005 Alan Jacobs authored “The Narnian," a
biography of Lewis. In 2013 Alister McGrath authored “C.S. Lewis--A
Life: Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet."
p.P13)(Econ, 5/18/13, p.88)
1964 Nov 22, 40,000 paid
tribute to John F Kennedy at Arlington Cemetery on the first
anniversary of his death.
1965 Nov 22, The musical "Man
of La Mancha" opened in New York City. Joe Darion (d.2001 at 90)
wrote the lyrics for “The Impossible Dream" and Mitch Leigh wrote
(AP, 11/22/97)(SFC, 6/22/01, p.D4)
1967 Nov 22, Boris Becker,
tennis player (Wimbledon 1985, 86, 89), was born in West Germany.
1967 Nov 22, BBC unofficially
banned "I Am the Walrus" by Beatles.
1967 Nov 22, The U.N. Security
Council approved Resolution 242, which called for Israel to withdraw
from territories it captured in 1967, and implicitly called on
adversaries to recognize Israel's right to exist.
1968 Nov 22, Beatles released
their "Beatles," (White Album) their only double album.
1969 Nov 22, Jonathan Beckwith
and others of Harvard Univ. announced the isolation of a single gene
of E. coli.
1971 Nov 22, Zez Confrey
(b.1895), American composer and pianist, died. His compositions
included "Kitten on the Keys" (1921) and "Dizzy Fingers" (1923).
1972 Nov 22, US ended a 22 year
travel ban to China.
1973 Nov 22, Britain announced
a plan for moderate Protestants and Catholics to share power in
1974 Nov 22, UN General
Assembly recognized Palestine's right to sovereignty and national
(SFC, 2/8/99, p.A6)(http://tinyurl.com/52x3eg)
1975 Nov 22, Juan Carlos was
proclaimed king of Spain.
1976 Nov 22, Comic strip
"Cathy," by Cathy Guisewhite, made its debut.
1976 Nov 22, Phillip Garrido
kidnapped Katie Hall in South Lake Tahoe and drove her to Reno,
where he raped her at a storage unit. Garrido was convicted in 1977
and sentenced to 50 years in prison. He was paroled in 1988. In 1991
He kidnapped Jaycee Lee Dugard (11) in South Lake Tahoe and kept her
in Antioch, Ca., until his arrest in 2009.
(SFC, 9/2/09, p.A15)(SFC, 9/23/11, p.C3)
1976 Nov 22, Britain adopted
the Race Relations Act with sweeping anti-racial laws, but the laws
did not extend to Northern Ireland. The Commission for Racial
Equality (CRE) was formed to enforce the new laws banning racial
(SFC, 6/30/96, A11)(Econ, 5/15/04, p.57)(Econ,
1977 Nov 22, Regular passenger
service between New York and Europe on the supersonic Concorde began
on a trial basis. [see Nov 21]
1980 Nov 22, Death claimed
former House Speaker John W. McCormack in Dedham, Massachusetts, at
1980 Nov 22, Actress Mae West
died in Hollywood at age 87.
1980 Nov 22, Eighteen Communist
Party secretaries in 49 provinces were ousted in Poland. Edward
Gierek (d.2001 at 88), Communist boss, was among the ousted.
(HN, 11/22/98)(WSJ, 7/30/01, p.A1)
1982 Nov 22, President Reagan
called for defense-pact deployment of the MX missile.
1984 Nov 22, Fred Rogers
(1928-2003) of PBS' "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" presented his sweater
to the Smithsonian Institution.
1985 Nov 22, The largest US
swearing-in ceremony took place as 38,648 immigrants become US
1986 Nov 22, Justice Department
found a memo in Lt. Col. Oliver North’s office on the transfer of
$12 million to contras from Iran arms sale.
1986 Nov 22, Elzire Dionne, who
gave birth to quintuplets in 1934, died at a hospital in North Bay,
Ontario, Canada, at age 77.
1987 Nov 22, The government of
Nicaragua released 985 political prisoners in a show of compliance
with a Central American peace plan.
1988 Nov 22, Americans honored
President Kennedy on the 25th anniversary of his assassination, with
2,500 people turning out in Dallas, and visitors stopping by his
gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery.
1988 Nov 22, Louis Barragan
(b.1902), considered the most important Mexican architect of the
20th century, died in Mexico City. A 1996 book: "Barragan: The
Complete Works" focuses on 119 works and projects.
1989 Nov 22, Eastern Airlines
pilots and flight attendants ended their strike. President Bush
vetoed a bill that would set up panel to investigate walkout. The
strike by machinists continued.
1989 Nov 22, The space shuttle
Discovery blasted off at night.
1989 Nov 22, President Rene
Moawad of Lebanon was assassinated less than three weeks after
1990 Nov 22, President Bush,
his wife, Barbara, and top congressional leaders shared Thanksgiving
dinner with US troops in Saudi Arabia.
1990 Nov 22, Three term British
PM Margaret Thatcher, having failed to win re-election of the
Conservative Party leadership on the first ballot, announced her
resignation. In 2009 Richard Vinen authored “Thatcher’s Britain: The
Politics and Social Upheaval of the Thatcher Era."
(AP, 11/22/97)(Econ, 5/2/09, p.84)
1991 Nov 22, In an attempt to
break a deadlock, the Bush administration proposed that Middle East
peace talks resume in Washington, D.C.
1992 Nov 22, President-elect
Bill Clinton met in Little Rock, Ark., with sometime-critic Jesse
Jackson, who praised the future chief executive as a leader who
could "make the nation whole."
1992 Nov 22, A Washington Post
story 1st revealed claims by several women that Sen. Bob Packwood,
liberal Oregon Republican, had accosted them with unwanted touching
1992 Nov 22, Sterling Holloway
(b.1905), US actor (Golddiggers of 1933, Batman), died.
1993 Nov 22, Striking flight
attendants at American Airlines called off their four-day job action
after President Clinton helped broker an agreement to submit the
dispute to binding arbitration.
1993 Nov 22, Mexico's Senate
overwhelmingly approved the North American Free Trade Agreement.
1994 Nov 22, A gunman opened
fire inside the District of Columbia's police headquarters; the
ensuing gun battle left two FBI agents, a city detective and the
1994 Nov 22, Serb fighters in
northwest Bosnia set villages ablaze in response to a retaliatory
airstrike by NATO.
1994 Nov 22, In Indonesia the
Merapi volcano erupted. Pyroclastic flows and surges killed 43
1995 Nov 22, The Commerce
Department reported the US trade deficit had narrowed to its lowest
level in nine months.
1995 Nov 22, John Putz (89),
1995 Nov 22, In Spain Juan
Holgado (26), who dabbled in modeling and dreamt of playing pro
soccer, was stabbed to death by robbers while working the graveyard
shift at a gas station, filling in for a colleague as a favor. The
four suspects were repeatedly picked up and released.
1995 Nov 22, Acting swiftly to
boost the Balkan peace accord, the UN Security Council suspended
economic sanctions against Serbia and eased the arms embargo against
the states of the former Yugoslavia.
1996 Nov 22, O.J. Simpson took
the stand as a hostile witness in the wrongful death lawsuit filed
against him, saying it was "absolutely not true" that he killed
Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
1996 Nov 22, Martin Bryant, who
gunned down 35 people on Apr 28 at Port Arthur, Australia, was
sentenced to life behind bars with no chance for parole.
1996 Nov 22, In France truckers
continued their Operation Escargot strike for higher pay and earlier
retirement for a 5th day.
(SFC, 11/23/96, p.A10)
1997 Nov 22, A 75 man team of
U.N. weapons experts including 4 Americans returned to work in Iraq,
searching eight sites for signs the Iraqis might have worked on
biological, chemical or other banned arms during a three-week forced
halt in inspections.
(SFC, 11/22/97, p.C1) (AP, 11/22/98)
1997 Nov 22, The Miss World
pageant in the Seychelles Islands was won by Diana Hayden (24), Miss
(SFEC, 11/23/97, p.A2)
1997 Nov 22, Michael Hutchence
(b.1960), lead singer for the Australian rock band INXS, committed
suicide at a Sydney hotel.
1997 Nov 22, From Ecuador it
was reported that flooding and mudslides have killed 27 people over
the last 3 weeks.
(SFC, 11/22/97, p.C2)
1997 Nov 22, In Mexico Gen’l.
Mauro Enrique Tello was fired and arrested for his suspected role in
the Sep 8 killing of 6 youths. It was reported that the attack was
ordered by Col. Jesus Alonso after thieves robbed him at gunpoint of
a Rolex watch and some money weeks earlier.
(SFEC, 11/23/97, p.A25)
1997 Nov 22, In Somalia the
Marjeteen attacked the Wasangeli and 2 fighters on each side were
(SFC, 11/24/97, p.A11)
1997 Nov 22, From Venezuela it
was reported that 18,000 people were infected in an epidemic of
dengue haemorrhagic fever (DHF) and that 34 had died this year.
Heavy rains allowed Aedes aegypti, the mosquito which carries anyone
of 4 dengue viruses, to breed in water containers left out in the
open. In 2006 over 500,000 cases of dengue were reported in Latin
America including 14,000 cases of DHF.
(SFC, 11/22/97, p.A9)(Econ, 4/21/07, p.42)(Econ,
1998 Nov 22, The CBS News
program "60 Minutes" showed videotape of Dr. Jack Kevorkian giving
lethal drugs to Thomas Youk, a terminally ill patient. Kevorkian, an
advocate of assisted suicide, challenged prosecutors to arrest him
and later was sentenced to up to 25 years in prison for
second-degree murder. He was released in 2007 after serving eight
1998 Nov 22, In Albania the
Socialist government claimed to win a referendum on the nation’s
first post-Communist constitution.
(WSJ, 11/23/98, p.A1)
1998 Nov 22, In Indonesia
rioting in Jakarta erupted after a gang fight between Muslims and
Christian migrants. At least 14 people were killed and a dozen
churches were burned or damaged.
(SFC, 11/23/98, p.A10)(WSJ, 11/24/98, p.A1)
1998 Nov 22, In Iran Dariush
Forouhar and his wife Parvenah were found stabbed to death in their
home in Tehran. He was the leader of the nationalist Iran Nation
Party and they were outspoken critics of the Islamic government. In
2000 former agents of the Intelligence Ministry confessed to playing
roles in the 1998 killings of 4 writers and dissidents.
(SFC, 11/24/98, p.A14)(SFC, 1/3/01, p.A12)
1999 Nov 22, During a visit to
the former communist country of Bulgaria, President Clinton promised
tens of thousands of cheering Bulgarians in Sofia that “you too
shall overcome" in their difficult struggle for democracy and
(SFC, 11/23/99, p.A14)(AP,
1999 Nov 22, Raymond Edward
Wong called Pinole, Ca., police to report that Alice Sin (21) of
Pinole, Ca., had not come home. Sin’s decomposed and bullet-riddled
body was found Jan 25, 2000, in Churchill County, Nevada. In 2011
police in Pinole, citing new evidence, arrested Raymond Wong, the
father of her child. Wong’s 2nd girlfriend, Jessica Tang, later
testified that all three had driven into the desert and she and Wong
shot and killed Alice Sin, who was reportedly pregnant at the time.
On June 27, 2015, Wong was convicted of first-degree murder.
(SFC, 1/28/00, p.A1)(SFC, 12/31/11, p.C2)(SFC,
1/4/13, p.A1)(SSFC, 6/28/15, p.C3)
1999 Nov 22, In Algeria
Abdelkader Hachani (43), a leader of the Islamic Salvation Front who
spoke for peace and reconciliation, was assassinated in Algiers.
(SFC, 11/23/99, p.A15)
1999 Nov 22, In Japan a T-33
jet crashed and killed 2 crewmen. The crash severed a 275,000-volt
power line and some 800,000 homes lost power in the Tokyo area.
(SFC, 11/23/99, p.A16)
1999 Nov 22, In Kazakstan
authorities reported that they had detained 22 people, all members
of a Russian nationalist group called Rus, on suspicion of planning
a secessionist uprising.
(SFC, 11/23/99, p.A16)
1999 Nov 22, In Nigeria
officials reported that 43 people had been killed in the Niger Delta
including 8 soldiers after some 2,000 soldiers were sent to restore
order in Odi village in southern Bayelsa state. In 2002 Pres.
Obasanjo acknowledged that he ordered the military operations in Odi
that killed an estimated 1000 people.
(SFC, 11/23/99, p.A16)(SFC, 9/12/02, p.A4)
1999 Nov 22, In Tanzania it was
reported that some 500 people per day were fleeing into the country
from Burundi as fighting in Burundi intensified.
(SFC, 11/23/99, p.A16)
2000 Nov 22, Gov. George Bush
called on the US Supreme Court to stop the vote counting in Florida.
In Palm Beach Circuit Court Judge Jorge Labarga ordered election
officials to consider dimpled ballots. In Dade County election
officials called off the recount due to their inability to meet the
Nov 27 deadline.
(SFC, 11/23/00, p.A1)
2000 Nov 22, Dick Cheney,
Republican vice-presidential nominee, suffered a minor heart attack.
(SFC, 11/23/00, p.A1)
2000 Nov 22, In Washington
state Democrat Maria Cantwell claimed victory for a Senate seat over
Republican incumbent Slade Gorton. This raised the next US Senate’s
female count to 13.
(SFC, 11/23/00, p.A3)
2000 Nov 22, The 1st issue of
the SF Chronicle PM was published by the Hearst Corp.
(SFC, 11/22/00, p.A1)(SSFC, 6/7/09, p.W3)
2000 Nov 22, In Colombia gunmen
killed at least 7 civilians in Nueva Valencia. The rightist
paramilitary United Self-Defense Forces was blamed.
(SFC, 11/23/00, p.D6)
2000 Nov 22, In El Salvador
Pres. Francisco Flores proposed to adopt the US dollar as the
(SFC, 11/24/00, p.D8)
2000 Nov 22, Theodore Monod,
French environmentalist, died at age 98. He was an expert on the
Sahara Desert and authored many books including: “Meharees," “The
Hippopotamus and the Philosopher," “Bathyfolages," “Le Desert," and
“memoirs of a Naturalist Traveler."
(SFC, 11/23/00, p.D9)
2000 Nov 22, In Haiti 7 bombs
exploded around Port-au-Prince. One teenage boy was killed and 14
people were injured as weekend elections approached.
(SFC, 11/23/00, p.D6)
2000 Nov 22, In Hadera, Israel,
a car bomb killed at least 2 Israelis and wounded dozens. A
Palestinian militia leader and 3 others were killed by Israeli fire
in the Gaza Strip.
(SFC, 11/23/00, p.A20)
2000 Nov 22, In Kashmir Islamic
militants assaulted 2 Indian military positions and killed several
soldiers. 3 militants were also reported killed.
(SFC, 11/23/00, p.D6)
2000 Nov 22, A $2.5 billion oil
pipeline from Kazakhstan to the Russian port of Novorossiisk on the
Black Sea was reported completed by an int’l. consortium. Pumping of
600,000 barrels per day was expected to begin in 2001.
(SFC, 11/23/00, p.D5)
2000 Nov 22, In Peru Valentin
Paniagua was sworn in as the interim president, following the
resignation of Alberto Fujimori. He selected Javier Perez de
Cuellar, the former UN Sec. General, as prime minister.
(SFC, 11/23/00, p.A22)(AP, 11/22/01)
2000 Nov 22, In Russia power
cuts in the far east Primorye region forced hospitals and schools to
close. Some 40,000 residents of Vladivostok were had already been
without heat for days as temperatures dropped below freezing.
(SFC, 11/23/00, p.D7)
2000 Nov 22, In Saudi Arabia an
explosion hit a car and injured 3 British citizens in Riyadh.
(SFC, 11/24/00, p.D8)
2000 Nov 22, In Serbia ethnic
Albanians were blamed for police assaults in the Presevo Valley and
4 officers were reported killed over 2 days as rebel fighters moved
in from Kosovo.
(SFC, 11/23/00, p.D8)
2000 Nov 22, In Spain the
government reported its 1st case of mad cow disease.
(SFC, 11/23/00, p.D6)
2000 Nov 22, In Tanzania the
state power company, Tanesco, announced rationing measures with
power cuts 8-16 hours per day until March. $61 million in bills were
unpaid, mostly from government offices.
(SFC, 11/23/00, p.D6)
2000 Nov 22, In Thailand 9
inmates escaped from Samut Sakorn prison with 7 prison officials.
Thai commandos killed the inmates.
(SFC, 11/23/00, p.D8)
2000 Nov 22, Yemen identified
the bombers of the USS Cole as 2 Saudi Arabian citizens with Yemeni
family roots. One was named Abdul Mohsen al-Taifi and both had
suspected ties to Osama bin Laden.
(SFC, 11/23/00, p.A22)
2001 Nov 22, Stanford and UCSF
researchers reported a long list of genes responsible for multiple
(SFC, 11/23/01, p.A1)
2001 Nov 22, Mary Kay Ash
(b.1918), founder of the Mary Kay cosmetics firm, died in Dallas. By
2001 her 1963 sales force of 11 had grown to over 750,000 in 37
(SFC, 11/23/01, p.A29)(NW, 12/31/01, p.109)
2001 Nov 22, In Afghanistan
Northern Alliance engaged the Taliban in heavy fighting outside
Kunduz. A Kunduz surrender deal was in jeopardy.
(SFC, 11/23/01, p.A1)(WSJ, 11/23/01, p.A1)
2001 Nov 22, Pope John Paul II
issued a papal message via the Internet to Catholics in Australia,
New Zealand and the South Pacific islands that included an apology
for sexual abuse by priests.
(SFC, 11/23/01, p.A1)
2001 Nov 22, In Colombia at
least 47 people were confirmed dead following a mud slide at
condemned gold mine site in Filadelfia.
(SFC, 11/23/01, p.A17)(SSFC, 11/25/01, p.A18)
2001 Nov 22, Japan confirmed a
2nd mad cow case and planned to slaughter and incinerate 5,100 cows.
(SFC, 11/23/01, p.A21)
2001 Nov 22, In the Gaza Strip
5 Palestinian boys (6-14) were killed when a bomb exploded beneath
them as a walked to school.
(SFC, 11/23/01, p.A17)
2001 Nov 22, Pakistan ordered
the Taliban to close its embassy in Islamabad.
(SFC, 11/23/01, p.A16)
2001 Nov 22, The Philippine
military bombed rebel positions on Jolo island and hunted for
supporters of Gov. Nur Misuari, who was charged with rebellion. At
least 100 of Misuari’s men were reported killed since the Nov 19
(SFC, 11/23/01, p.A19)
2001 Nov 22, Talks on
Russia-Nato relations began in Moscow. A plan was proposed that
would give Russia equal status with the 19 permanent members.
(SFC, 11/23/01, p.A1)
2001 Nov 22, The Turkey
Parliament formally recognized men and women as equals effective Jan
1. this updated a 1926 code that designated the husband as head of
(SFC, 11/23/01, p.A21)
2001 Nov 22, The Zimbabwe
justice minister announced plans to force residents to carry
identity documents at all times.
(SFC, 11/23/01, p.A21)
2002 Nov 22, “Cupid’s Span," a
sculpture by Claes Oldenburg and his wife Coosje van Bruggen (d.2009
at 66), was set on the Embarcadero at the foot of the Bay Bridge.
(SFC, 11/23/02, p.A1)(SFC, 1/20/09, p.B5)
2002 Nov 22-23, President Bush
stopped in Vilnius after a NATO summit at which Lithuania and six
other former communist countries received invitations to join the
alliance: "The long night of fear, uncertainty and loneliness is
2002 Nov 22, The US EPA eased
rules requiring installation of anti-pollution gear. The Bush
administration eased clean air rules to allow utilities, refineries
and manufacturers to avoid having to install new anti-pollution
equipment when they modernized their plants.
(WSJ, 11/25/02, p.A1)(AP, 11/22/07)
2002 Nov 22, Amilcar de Castro
(82), Brazilian sculptor, died. His work was composed from massive
sheets of iron.
(SFC, 12/3/02, p.A24)
2002 Nov 22, A senior U.N.
official from Britain was shot and killed during an exchange of fire
between Israeli troops and Palestinian gunmen in the West Bank
refugee camp of Jenin.
2002 Nov 22, Firefighters
across Britain launched an eight-day strike after their union
accused the government of wrecking a last-minute pay deal.
2002 Nov 22, Burundi's largest
rebel faction launched a mortar attack on Bujumbura from the
surrounding hills, causing thousands of residents to flee their
homes in the northern part of the city.
2002 Nov 22, An epidemic of
tree-killing pine beetles was reported to be spreading through the
forests of British Columbia, Canada's largest lumber exporting
province. The deadly insects had also entered northern Alberta and
were now found in an area nearly three-quarters the size of Sweden.
By 2008 the mountain pine beetle had infested and killed over half
the lodgepole pine forest in the center of BC and made inroads into
11 western American states.
(Reuters, 11/22/02)(Econ, 7/5/08, p.47)
2002 Nov 22, Indonesia reported
that 3 workers at a gas field operated by U.S. oil and gas giant
ExxonMobil in Aceh province had been abducted. They were released
after 2 days.
(AP, 11/22/02)(AP, 11/24/02)
2002 Nov 22, In Mexico City
thousands of teachers marched to protest the deaths and
disappearances of some 152 teachers over the last 10 years.
(SFC, 11/23/02, p.A10)
2002 Nov 22, In Kaduna,
Nigeria, Christian youths retaliated against Muslims in the 3rd day
of riots triggered by a newspaper article about the Miss World
pageant. Red Cross officials said about 100 had died and 500 were
2002 Nov 22, At the NATO summit
in Prague, Russian President Vladimir Putin told President Bush the
United States should not wage war alone against Iraq, and questioned
whether Pakistan and Saudi Arabia were doing enough to fight
2003 Nov 22, A Medicare
prescription drug bill narrowly passed the House, 220-215, following
a dusk-to-dawn debate.
2003 Nov 22, North Dakota
student Dru Sjodin (22) was last seen at the Grand Forks, ND, mall,
where she worked. Her body was found the following April near
Crookston, Minn. Suspect Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., released from prison
6-months before the murder, pleaded innocent to kidnapping resulting
in Sjodin's death. In 2006 a jury found Rodriguez (53) guilty of
kidnapping and killing Sjodin and was sentenced to death. North
Dakota’s last execution was in 1905.
(SSFC, 4/18/04, p.A13)(AP, 11/22/04)(SFC,
8/31/06, p.A7)(SFC, 9/23/06, p.A3)
2003 Nov 22, In China a gas
explosion at the Sundian coal mine in Hunan province killed 14
people, while 9 were still missing.
2003 Nov 22, Opposition
supporters broke into Georgia's Parliament and took it over,
scuffling with lawmakers and forcing President Eduard Shevardnadze
to flee as thousands of protesters outside demanded his resignation.
2003 Nov 22, In India suspected
separatist rebels on bicycles shot and killed 11 workers in
northeastern Assam state, which has been plagued by clashes between
people native to the region and those from the neighboring area of
Bihar. The dispute has been chiefly about access to government
2003 Nov 22, In Iraq suicide
attackers detonated bomb-packed vehicles at 2 police stations in
Kahn Bani Saad and Baquoba. 11 police officers and 5 civilians were
(AP, 11/22/03)(SSFC, 11/23/03, p.A18)
2003 Nov 22, A DHL Airbus cargo
jet transporting mail in Iraq was struck and damaged by a MANPAD.
Though hit in the left fuel tank, the plane was able to return to
the Baghdad airport and land safely.
2003 Nov 22, In Israel gunmen
shot and killed 2 private Israeli guards at a construction site for
the disputed barrier near Jerusalem.
(SSFC, 11/23/03, p.A17)
2003 Nov 22, In Lithuania
thousands of protesters rallied near President Rolandas Paksas'
office in Vilnius, demanding his resignation amid allegations that
he has ties with a businessman involved with organized crime.
2003 Nov 22, Five Pakistani
prisoners arrived home after being freed by American authorities
from the US detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
2003 Nov 22, A methane
explosion in a Turkish coal mine killed at least three miners and
trapped another seven in the collapsed mine.
2004 Nov 22, Pres. Bush
traveled to Colombia following the summit in Chile.
(WSJ, 11/22/04, p.A1)
2004 Nov 22, Chinese President
Hu Jintao met with Fidel Castro in Havana for talks focusing on the
broadening ties between Cuba and China.
2004 Nov 22, In southern
Colombia army troops killed Humberto Valbuena, head of the Teofilo
Forero unit of FARC blamed for a string of high-profile attacks and
2004 Nov 22, A senior UN
official said the UN is investigating about 150 allegations of
sexual abuse by UN civilian staff and soldiers in the Congo, some of
them recorded on videotape. Health officials said an outbreak of a
severe form of typhoid has killed at least 16 people in Kinshasa,
sickening at least 144 more.
2004 Nov 22, Stavros Dimas
(b.1941), Greek politician, succeeded Margot Walstron of Sweden as
the EU’s environment commissioner.
2004 Nov 22, Iran said it had
frozen all uranium enrichment programs; President Bush said he hoped
the statement was true but added, "there must be verification."
2004 Nov 22, The ruling Fatah
party chose Mahmoud Abbas as its candidate to replace Yasser Arafat
as head of the Palestinian Authority in Jan. 9 elections.
2004 Nov 22, A World Bank
report said nearly half the Palestinian population was living in
poverty on less than $2 a day.
2004 Nov 22, In the Philippines
29 people were confirmed dead with 84 others missing and feared dead
following tropical storm Muifa.
2004 Nov 22, Fighting near a
village in Sudan's crisis-plagued Darfur region killed at least 17
people, while helicopters rescued dozens of workers who fled into
2004 Nov 22, Ukraine’s central
electoral commission said that with 99.38 percent of polling
stations reporting, PM Viktor Yanukovych had secured 49.42 percent
of the vote compared to 46.7 for his Western-leaning rival, Viktor
Yushchenko. Tens of thousands of demonstrators jammed downtown Kiev
in freezing temperatures, denouncing Ukraine's presidential runoff
election as fraudulent and chanting the name of their reformist
candidate. The color orange spread as the symbol of protest and the
movement began to be called the Orange Revolution.
(AP, 11/22/04)(WSJ, 11/29/04, p.A1)
2005 Nov 22, The US Commerce
Dept. said it will comply with a Nafta panel’s order to drastically
cut US duties on imports of Canadian softwood lumber. In December
the Commerce Dept. Said it will cut import duties in half to 10.81%.
Canada continued to press for duties to be dropped entirely.
(WSJ, 11/23/05, p.A14)(WSJ, 12/7/05, p.A16)
2005 Nov 22, The US said it has
lifted an arms embargo against Indonesia, ending a six-year ban on
military aid to the world's most populous Muslim nation imposed due
to human rights concerns.
2005 Nov 22, Massachusetts
signed an agreement with Venezuela to obtain discounted home heating
oil. Democrat Rep. William Delahunt helped broker the deal.
(WSJ, 11/23/05, p.A14)
2005 Nov 22, A federal jury in
Virginia found Ahmed Omar Abu Ali (24), a US citizen, guilty of
numerous charges to commit acts of terrorism. Abu Ali was arrested
in Medina in June 2003 as Saudi authorities were investigating a
wave of bombings. In 2008 a federal appeals court upheld the
conviction, but ordered a new sentencing hearing. In 2009 he was
sentenced to life in prison for plotting to kill Pres. George W.
(SFC, 11/23/05, p.A14)(SFC, 6/7/08, p.A3)(SFC,
2005 Nov 22, An indictment
against Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen held without charges for more
than three years on suspicion of plotting a "dirty bomb" attack in
the US, was unsealed with three counts alleging he conspired to
"murder, maim and kidnap" people overseas.
2005 Nov 22, Ted Koppel hosted
his final edition of ABC News' "Nightline."
2005 Nov 22, Winners were
announced at the 33rd annual American Music Awards in LA. In the
Pop-Rock category winners included Male artist: Will Smith; Female
artist: Gwen Stefani; Band, duo or group: The Black Eyed Peas;
Album: "American Idiot," Green Day.
2005 Nov 22, Motor Trend
magazine named the Honda Civic as 2006 Car of the Year.
2005 Nov 22, Microsoft released
its Xbox 360 videogame console.
(WSJ, 11/22/05, p.A1)
2005 Nov 22, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb tore through an American armored
vehicle, killing a U.S. soldier and an Afghan interpreter. Militants
near Kabul shot and killed an Afghan working as the head of security
for a Turkish construction company. Villagers found the body of
Maniappan Raman Kutty, a kidnapped Indian, who had almost been
decapitated, in Nimroz province's Dilaram district.
2005 Nov 22, At least 100,000
opposition demonstrators told Bangladesh's Islamist-allied
government to "quit now" as they rallied in the capital while police
kept watch to avert religious extremist violence.
2005 Nov 22, China’s
northeastern city of Harbin said its water system will be shut down
for four days to check for contamination from a Nov. 13 chemical
plant explosion, setting off panic buying of bottled water among its
3 million residents.
(AP, 11/22/05)(AP, 11/25/05)
2005 Nov 22, A woman farmer in
east China died from bird flu after contact with sick poultry,
becoming the third confirmed human case in the country and the 2nd
2005 Nov 22, French President
Jacques Chirac called for negotiations to end a nationwide rail
strike that caused commuter chaos and posed a new threat to his
government, just days after urban riots abated.
2005 Nov 22, French union
leaders decided to recommend an end to a strike that disrupted
French train service, saying they were satisfied with concessions
offered by the national rail operator SNCF.
2005 Nov 22, Angela Merkel was
elected as Germany's first female chancellor, taking power at the
helm of an unwieldy alliance of the right and left that now
officially has the job of turning around Europe's biggest economy.
2005 Nov 22, In Honduras
officials raised the death toll from a tropical storm that hit over
the weekend to 32 with 13 people missing.
2005 Nov 22, In India elections
results left the Rashtrija Janata Dal party (RJD) with just 54 of
243 seats in Bihar’s legislative assembly. Laloo Prasad Yadav and
the RJD had ruled Bihar, a state of 83 million people, since 1990.
Bihar elected Nitish Kumar as chief minister.
(Econ, 11/26/05, p.50)(Econ, 1/6/07, p.36)
2005 Nov 22, Iraqi and US
troops launched an operation in predominately Sunni western Iraq to
prevent insurgents from stopping the vote in that city.
2005 Nov 22, In Iraq insurgents
in Kirkuk exploded a car bomb amid a police convoy killing 21 people
including at least 9 police officers.
(SFC, 11/23/05, p.A3)(WSJ, 11/23/05, p.A1)
2005 Nov 22, Israeli warplanes
struck in Lebanon in what Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz
described as the largest-scale Israeli response to cross-border
attacks by Lebanese guerrillas since 2000.
2005 Nov 22, Japan's Liberal
Democratic Party marked its 50th anniversary by unveiling a proposed
revision to the country's pacifist constitution that would end the
ban on having a military and give the armed forces a more assertive
2005 Nov 22, Ministers from the
114 members of the Nonaligned Movement ended a 2-day conference in
Malaysia and agreed to launch an Internet-based news network to
counter what they called prejudiced reporting by Western media.
Bernama, Malaysia’s state news agency, will oversee the network.
(WSJ, 11/23/05, p.A14)
2005 Nov 22, Nepal's communist
rebels and seven main political parties said they have reached an
agreement to bolster opposition to King Gyanendra.
2005 Nov 22, Detectives
arrested a suspected Irish Republican Army dissident on suspicion of
involvement in a 1998 car-bombing that killed 29 people in Omagh.
2005 Nov 22, The United States
and its partners in an energy consortium terminated a project to
build two light-water atomic reactors for North Korea as an
incentive to convince Pyongyang to dismantle its nuclear weapons
2005 Nov 22, Nestle SA, the
world's biggest food company, said it has recalled hundreds of
thousands of gallons of baby milk from France, Portugal, Spain and
Italy after traces of ink from the packaging were found in the
2005 Nov 22, A gunman opened
fire with a Kalashnikov assault rifle at a primary school in
Turkey's troubled southeast, killing one male teacher and wounding
four other people.
2005 Nov 22, Pope Benedict XVI
created the diocese of Ba Ria, in the Vietnam province of the same
name, by dividing up the existing diocese of Xuan Loc. He named
Monsignor Thomas Nguen Van Tram bishop of Ba Ria. Vietnam had an
estimated 6 million Catholics.
2005 Nov 22, The UN’s food and
farming body renewed its plea for more effort to improve agriculture
in poor countries to ease hunger and malnutrition which kill nearly
6 million children a year.
2005 Nov 22, Vietnamese health
officials said a teenager has been confirmed with the H5N1 bird flu
2006 Nov 22, The U.S. Copyright
Office said cell phone owners can now break locks to use their
handsets with competing carriers, while film professors have the
right to copy snippets from DVDs for educational compilations.
2006 Nov 22, Two explosions at
a chemical plant in Danvers, Mass., wrecked 25 homes and left nearly
400 people homeless. 10 people suffered minor injuries.
(SFC, 11/23/06, p.A4)
2006 Nov 22, Bangladesh's chief
election commissioner M.A. Aziz bowed to pressure to step aside, an
official said, after months of protests by the opposition which
accused him of seeking to rig national elections in January.
2006 Nov 22, Police in the west
African state of Benin arrested two rebel leaders from the Central
African Republic (CAR), whose forces are waging a violent offensive
in their home country. The leader of the rebel Union of Democratic
Forces for Unity, Michel Am Non Droko Djotodia, and his spokesman
Abakar Sabone, were apprehended in Benin's capital, Cotonou, under
an international arrest warrant. In 2008 President Boni Yayi asked
for and obtained the lifting of the international arrest warrant"
for the two rebel leaders.
(AP, 11/25/06)(AFP, 2/19/08)
2006 Nov 22, Britain's
parliament passed legislation allowing the Northern Ireland Assembly
to be dissolved in January and an election held weeks later in hopes
of reviving a Catholic-Protestant administration.
2006 Nov 22, Canadian police
arrested 90 people in a series of raids targeting what officials
said was traditional Italian organized crime in the Montreal area.
The raids stemmed from an investigation dubbed Project Colisee that
began in 2004.
2006 Nov 22, China reported
that the number of HIV/AIDS cases is nearly 30% higher than for all
of last year, with intravenous drug use as the biggest source of
2006 Nov 22, The administrator
of Ethiopia’s zoo in Addis Ababa said their rare Abyssinian lion
cubs were being poisoned and sold to taxidermists because there was
not enough money to care for them. It was estimated that only 1000
of the animals remained in the wild.
(SFC, 11/24/06, p.A23)
2006 Nov 22, The European
Commission said Russia had told the 25-nation bloc it intends to ban
all animal product exports from the EU starting next year because
Moscow claimed new members Bulgaria and Romania had poor animal
2006 Nov 22, In India a fire
engulfed a locked leather factory in Calcutta, killing at least nine
people who had been trapped inside.
2006 Nov 22, Indonesia's
foreign minister said that his country would be willing to send
peacekeepers to Iraq and could encourage other Muslim countries to
do the same.
2006 Nov 22, The UN said that
3,709 Iraqi civilians were killed in October, the highest monthly
toll since the March 2003 US invasion. Gunmen in Baghdad shot dead a
bodyguard of the parliament speaker and wounded another. Raad Jaafar
Hamadi, an Iraqi journalist working for the state-run al-Sabah
newspaper in Baghdad, was killed in a drive-by shooting. At least 13
Iraqis were killed and six wounded in attacks by suspected
insurgents using drive-by shootings and bombings in Baghdad and
other areas of Iraq.
2006 Nov 22, Israeli ground
troops, tanks and armored vehicles advanced on two northern Gaza
towns in pursuit of Palestinian rocket squads, besieging a
well-known Hamas lawmaker's house and engaging militants in
2006 Nov 22, Authorities in
Italy, Spain, the United States and several South American countries
arrested 76 people as part of a major drug crackdown in which a
restaurant linked to one of Colombia's most feared warlords was
2006 Nov 22, In Mexico a
violent Mexican drug gang took out a rare, half-page ad in
newspapers in which they claimed to be anti-crime vigilantes who
wanted to stop kidnapping, robbery and the sale of methamphetamine
in the western state of Michoacan.
2006 Nov 22, Dutch voters
picked a new parliament in an election that could determine whether
the country's tight immigration rules get even tougher or follow
what the opposition calls a more humane path. Dutch PM Jan Peter
Balkenende’s center-right Christian Democrats won the most seats in
elections, but nearly complete returns showed a sharply splintered
parliament with no alliance winning a clear mandate to govern.
(AP, 11/22/06)(AP, 11/23/06)(Econ, 11/25/06,
2006 Nov 22, In Nigeria a
Briton was killed and one Italian injured when a group of armed men
fleeing in a boat with their seven foreign oil worker hostages
exchanged fire offshore with a navy patrol in the southern Rivers
State. A rescue attempt freed the 6 remaining hostages and left 2
kidnappers and a soldier dead.
(AFP, 11/23/06)(SFC, 11/23/06, p.A40)
2006 Nov 22, In Norway a court
rejected an appeal by the founder of Ansar al-Islam, a suspected
Islamic terror group in Iraq, and upheld a government order to expel
him as a threat to national security.
2006 Nov 22, Amnesty
International accused Russian police of beating and torturing
suspects and criticized authorities for what it said were
insufficient investigations into such allegations.
2006 Nov 22, Rwanda’s Pres.
Kagame dismissed French accusations as "rubbish," and instead said a
trial should be opened against France, which he accuses of abetting
the 100-day 1994 genocide in which minority Tutsis and moderate
Hutus were targeted by Hutu extremists.
2006 Nov 22, Tens of thousands
of South Korean workers held rallies and labor strikes to oppose a
free trade agreement with the US and demand better working
2006 Nov 22, Sudanese President
Omar al-Beshir told Britain and the UN that he still rejects the
deployment of UN troops in war-torn Darfur.
2006 Nov 22, In southern
Thailand a woman was shot and her body burnt in Narathiwat, while a
second victim, believed to be Buddhist man, was shot several times
in the face. A separatist leader said the Al-Qaeda-linked Jemaah
Islamiyah (JI) extremist network is helping groups of young fighters
stage attacks in Thailand's Muslim-majority south.
2006 Nov 22, A Yemen court
convicted 34 men of plotting attacks across the country, including
one aimed at the US Embassy. It sentenced Ibrahim Mohammed
Sharafeldeen, the leader of the Shiite rebel group, to death.
2007 Nov 22, On Thanksgiving
day in Unity, Md., David Peter Brockdorff (40), shot and killed his
ex-wife, their 3 children (6-12) and then himself as the woman
prepared to hand over the children for a visit.
(SFC, 11/24/07, p.A3)
2007 Nov 22, The World Health
Organization said nearly 400 people, mostly children, have fallen
ill in Angola in what medical investigators suspect is an outbreak
of bromide poisoning.
2007 Nov 22, The Explorer, a
Canadian cruise ship, struck ice late at night off Antarctica and
began taking on water. All 154 passengers and crew took to lifeboats
and were rescued safely the following morning by the Nordnorge, a
passing Norwegian liner.
2007 Nov 22, China’s state
media reported that five Hollywood studios have sued a Chinese
online service and internet cafe they accuse of offering pirated
downloads of "Pirates of the Caribbean" and other hit films.
2007 Nov 22, A nine-day
transport strike that has crippled the French rail network appeared
to be drawing to a close as many local union committees voted to
suspend their stoppage and give negotiations a chance.
2007 Nov 22, Some 70 suspected
al-Qaida fighters killed two Iraqi soldiers, then used their Humvees
to kill at least 18 rival Sunnis, members of the Awakening Council,
south of Baghdad. Armed civilians killed 15-20 of the insurgents in
fighting that left 3 Iraqi soldiers and 5 civilians dead as well as
4 of the armed civilians. Iraqi security forces killed 19 al-Qaida
fighters in Baqouba. Two civilians died and two others were wounded
in the crossfire. A mortar attack struck the base in Balad, 50 miles
north of Baghdad, killing one Iraqi and wounding two. A parked car
bomb in Mosul killed 2 civilians. US military officials reported
that about 60 percent of the foreign militants fighting in Iraq have
come from US allies Saudi Arabia and Libya.
(AP, 11/22/07)(Reuters, 11/22/07)(AP,
11/23/07)(SFC, 11/23/07, p.A14)
2007 Nov 22, Pakistan’s Supreme
Court, stacked with judges loyal to President Gen. Pervez Musharraf,
cleared the way for him to rule as a civilian president, throwing
out a final challenge to last month's election.
2007 Nov 22, A passenger bus
caught fire and exploded in southern Russia, killing at least five
people and wounding 12. Investigators in North Ossetia said
terrorism was the likely cause.
2007 Nov 22, In South Africa De
Beers announced that it was selling the Cullinan diamond mine, which
it has owned since 1930, to a consortium led by Petra Diamonds.
(Econ, 12/1/07, p.82)
2007 Nov 22, The World Health
Organization said an outbreak of Rift Valley Fever in Sudan has
killed 164 people.
2007 Nov 22, A committee of the
53-nation Commonwealth, meeting in Uganda, suspended Pakistan from
the organization for failing to end emergency rule.
2007 Nov 22, The UN resumed the
repatriation of 12,000 Congolese refugees from Zambia which was
suspended three months ago due to insecurity in the Democratic
Republic of Congo's (DRC) Katanga province.
2008 Nov 22, In Afghanistan a
French trooper was killed and another wounded when a mine engulfed
them about 10 kilometers (six miles) south of Kabul. A bomb exploded
in a vegetable market in the eastern town of Khost, killing a
15-year-old boy and a man passing-by. Another bomb blew up a police
vehicle in the central province of Ghazni and killed three policemen
and wounded two. The bullet-riddled body of Ghais Haqmal, the
governor of Marawara district, was found in Kunar province. He had
been abducted by Taliban three months ago and the militants had
demanded the release of 50 of their jailed comrades in exchange for
his life. The US-led military announced that troops had killed 14
insurgents in operations in the southern provinces of Helmand and
Farah in the past two days. Afghan and coalition forces killed 17
insurgents in air strikes in the southern province of Kandahar. The
government of the central province of Ghazni said its forces had
thwarted a Taliban attack on the Ab Band district administration
center killing eight gunmen.
(AFP, 11/22/08)(AFP, 11/23/08)
2008 Nov 22, Burundi's
parliament adopted a new set of laws abolishing the death penalty
for the first time in the troubled central African country.
2008 Nov 22, The Yellow River
Conservancy Committee reported that one-third of the Yellow River,
which supplies water to millions of people in northern China, is
heavily polluted by industrial waste and unsafe for any use.
2008 Nov 22, Congolese rebel
leader Laurent Nkunda sought to reassure people in territory
recently seized in a lightning advance, telling thousands gathered
in Rutshuru for his first mass rally that his men intend to bring
peace, not war, to Congo. A rebel offensive under Nkunda began to
push some 1,500 Hutu FDLR militiamen from Ishasha. The move forced
over 3,000 civilians to flee to neighboring Uganda.
(AP, 11/22/08)(SFC, 11/27/08, p.A8)
2008 Nov 22, In eastern Congo 2
mass graves containing as many as 2,000 bodies were discovered in
Bukavu on a plot of land formerly owned by a member of the Congolese
Rally for Democracy (RCD), a Rwandan-backed rebel group. The RCD
became a political party in 2003. Many of its top leaders were
integrated into the government, taking jobs as vice presidents and
2008 Nov 22, The French
Socialist Party said that Martine Aubry, the architect of France's
35-hour work week, has won the party's leadership in an extremely
tight race, an outcome quickly challenged by partisans of rival
2008 Nov 22, A prison fight in
Guatemala has left seven inmates dead, including five who were
decapitated. The fight in the Pavoncito prison in Guatemala City
erupted because inmates were angry over the transfer of a group of
alleged gang members from another prison.
2008 Nov 22, In Guatemala the
head of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malaysia was among three
people killed in a boat accident on Lake Atitlan.
2008 Nov 22, Malaysia's top
Islamic body ruled against Muslims practicing yoga, saying it has
elements of other religions that could corrupt Muslims. On Nov 25
Malaysia's leader assured Muslims they can perform yoga if they do
not chant religious mantras, an apparent effort to assuage public
anger over an Islamic body's ban of the ancient Indian exercise.
(AP, 11/22/08)(AP, 11/26/08)
2008 Nov 22, Ibrahim Nasir
(b.1926), who led the Maldives' independence movement from the
British and became the island nation's first president, died in
2008 Nov 22, Dutch electronics
giant Philips said it will cut "about five percent" of its 32,000
strong workforce in the medical division worldwide, affecting 1,600
2008 Nov 22, Nicaragua's
opposition pressed on with a bid to cancel disputed elections
despite a presidential decree declaring that effort
2008 Nov 22, In Abuja, Nigeria,
MTV launched its first-ever music award program for Africa, with
acts from across the world's poorest continent nominated for prizes
in the capital.
2008 Nov 22, In northwest
Pakistan British-born Rashid Rauf, the alleged Al-Qaeda mastermind
of a 2006 transatlantic airplane bombing plot, was killed in a US
missile attack. He had been in custody under the Security of
Pakistan Act when he escaped in December 2007 from Pakistani police
custody, although all charges relating to terrorism had been
dropped. Also among the five killed in the early morning incident
was Egyptian Abu Zubair al-Misri, another wanted Al-Qaeda operative.
2008 Nov 22, In Peru the 21
leaders at the APEC conference endorsed a sweeping action plan that
had been approved a week ago at the G20 emergency meeting in
2008 Nov 22, Qatar unveiled its
new Museum of Islamic Art, designed by I.M. Pei. By 2012 the MIA was
considered to be one of the half-dozen best in the world.
(Econ, 11/22/08, p.95) (Econ, 3/31/12, p.92)
2008 Nov 22, Nearly 600 Tibetan
exiles, gathered at Dharamsala, India, at the behest of the Dalai
Lama, ended a 6-day meeting. They reaffirmed their absolute “faith
and allegiance" in the Dalai Lama’s leadership and agreeing to
pursue for Tibet’s autonomy. They did not rule out a possible shift
in policy to independence if current middle-way policy with China
fails to yield any result in the near future.
2008 Nov 22, In Yemen opening
ceremonies were held for the $60 million Saleh Mosque glorifying the
country's leader, President Ali Abdullah Saleh. It's a massive sum
in a country that ranks as the poorest in the Arab world and is
beset by internal armed conflict, terrorism and severe malnutrition.
2009 Nov 22, Country crossover
star Taylor Swift overshadowed the late Michael Jackson at the
American Music Awards, winning five prizes including artist of the
2009 Nov 22, It was reported
that US and Afghan officials have begun helping a number of
anti-Taliban militias under a plan called the Community Defense
Initiative. In southern Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed five
Afghan border security guards traveling on a heavily used road in
Kandahar province near the border with Pakistan. NATO forces
detained several militants with links to the Taliban. South of
Kabul, an Afghan-international security force detained several
militants near the village of Kashimiri Balat while pursuing an
alleged Taliban member involved in the weapons trade. Also south of
Kabul, a joint force detained several suspected militants, including
a Taliban commander linked with several local Taliban leaders. In
Ghazni province a joint force killed a militant, detained another
and recovered pistols and grenades while pursing a Taliban
commander. 3 Afghan soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in
southern Helmand province. A bomb attack and a firefight killed 3 US
(SSFC, 11/22/09, p.A8)(AP, 11/22/09)(AP,
2009 Nov 22, An Algerian court
acquitted 2 men who had been held for seven years in the US military
prison in Guantanamo Bay on suspicion of belonging to an extremist
group. Faghoul Abdelli and Mohamed Terari were arrested in Pakistan
after the September 11, 2001 attacks in the US and transferred to
Guantanamo Bay where they were held without trial before being sent
home to Algeria last year.
2009 Nov 22, In the northeast
of Central African Republic 2 French aid workers in Birao were
kidnapped by a gang of armed men, close to the border with Sudan.
Olivier Denis and Olivier Frappe wee freed on March 14, 2010, in
(AFP, 11/24/09)(AFP, 3/14/10)
2009 Nov 22, India’s PM
Manmohan Singh arrived in Washington for talks with Pres. Obama.
(SFC, 11/23/09, p.A6)
2009 Nov 22, In northeast India
suspected separatists set off two explosions killing five people and
wounding at least 52 more near Gauhati, the Assam state capital. Two
people died later in a hospital.
(AFP, 11/22/09)(AP, 11/22/09)
2009 Nov 22, Nearly 250 people
were pulled from the sea after the Dumai Express went down in heavy
rain and huge swells off Karimun island in the north of the
Indonesian archipelago. At least 29 people were killed and 20 were
(AFP, 11/22/09)(AP, 11/23/09)
2009 Nov 22, Iran began
large-scale air defense war games aimed at protecting the country's
nuclear facilities against any possible attack. Mohammad Ali Abtahi,
a former vice president, (1997-2005) was released on a $700,000
bail. His lawyer said he had been sentenced to six years in prison
in the mass trial of opposition figures accused of fomenting
2009 Nov 22, Iranian Pres.
Ahmadinejad arrived in Gambia for a 24-hour working visit aimed at
fostering relations between the Islamic republic and the West
2009 Nov 22, Former Iranian
Interior Minister Ali Kordan (51), who was dismissed after being
accused of faking a law degree from the University of Oxford, died.
Iran's parliament dismissed Kordan in 2008 after questions arose
over his credentials from Oxford. The university denied it awarded
him an honorary doctorate of law.
2009 Nov 22, An American
soldier was killed in action in Iraq.
2009 Nov 22, Israeli aircraft
attacked two suspected weapons-making factories and a smuggling
tunnel in the Gaza Strip in what the military said was retaliation
for Palestinian rocket fire into southern Israel.
2009 Nov 22, Pakistan's army
fought Islamist militants for control of a northwestern district.
Fighting in Shahukhel in Hangu district close to the Afghan border
killed 12 militants.
2009 Nov 22, Romania held
elections. President Traian Basescu received 32.7% of the vote,
while Mircea Geoana won 30.1%, in first official results based on
around 85% of the vote counted in an election tainted by accusations
2010 Nov 22, The US and its
allies accused North Korea of being a danger to the region after it
showed off its latest advances in uranium enrichment, but Washington
said it was still open to talks.
2010 Nov 22, The FBI raided
three hedge funds in NYC as part of a sweeping investigation into
(Econ, 11/27/10, p.82)
2010 Nov 22, Novell Inc., the
maker of Linux operating-system software, said it has agreed to be
bought by Attachmate Corp., for $2.2 billion, or about $6.10 per
(SFC, 11/23/10, p.D2)
2010 Nov 22, In eastern
Afghanistan homemade bombs killed 4 Afghan civilians, including two
children, riding on a tractor in the Zurmat district of Paktia
province. In an overnight operation in the same district, a joint
Afghan and NATO force killed Fared Gul, a Taliban fighter involved
in planting roadside bombs. 2 NATO coalition service members were
killed in the south. A suicide bomber detonated his explosives vest
while driving a motorcycle down a main road in Mohmand Dara
district, Nangarhar province. Haqqani network leader Wahidullah was
killed by an airstrike in the Sabari district of Khost province.
(AP, 11/22/10)(AP, 11/25/10)
2010 Nov 22, In Australia
police said that an ongoing operation has smashed a cartel that has
raked in an estimated 400 million Australian dollars ($395 million).
Police had already arrested 34 people and seized 6,000 cannabis
plants in the biggest series of drug raids in the history of
2010 Nov 22, In Brazil local
Rio de Janeiro news media reported that armed men used roadblocks to
trap and rob drivers over the weekend, killing a man and alarming
public officials who are preparing to receive hoards of summer
2010 Nov 22, In Cambodia a
stampede by thousands of festival-goers left at least 351 people
dead and hundreds injured. A panic-stricken crowd, celebrating the
end of the rainy season on an island in a river, tried to flee over
a narrow bridge in the capital of Phnom Penh. Reports from
provincial officials put the death toll at 456.
(AP, 11/23/10)(AP, 11/24/10)(AP, 11/25/10)(AP,
2010 Nov 22, Germany’s defense
minister announced that Germany will end conscription in July and
switch to a slimmed-down volunteer military service focused on
(SFC, 11/23/10, p.A2)
2010 Nov 22, Egypt's Orascom
Telecom said it is selling its entire 50% stake in its Tunisian
subsidiary to Qatar Telecom in a deal valued at $1.2 billion.
2010 Nov 22, A Gambian Foreign
Ministry statement was issued giving Iranian government officials 48
hours to leave the country. The next day a senior Gambian security
official said the move was linked to Nigeria's recent seizure of
arms sent from Iran which were allegedly destined for Gambia.
2010 Nov 22, In Haiti clashes
between political factions left two dead as growing violence and a
raging cholera epidemic raised fears of wider unrest ahead of key
2010 Nov 22, India gave the
green light for the construction of a second international airport
in the commercial capital Mumbai, a two billion dollar project that
was ten years in the making.
2010 Nov 22, Diplomats said
Iran’s nuclear program has suffered a recent setback with major
technical problems forcing the temporary shutdown of centrifuges
(SFC, 11/23/10, p.A2)
2010 Nov 22, In Iraq gunmen
shot and killed, Saad and Raad Hannah, two Christian brothers in the
northern city of Mosul in the latest in a spate of attacks targeting
the religious minority.
2010 Nov 22, Ireland's the
government said banks will be pruned down, merged or sold as part of
a massive EU-IMF bailout taking shape. Ireland's Greens pulled the
plug on the deeply unpopular coalition government by calling for a
national election in January after an EU/IMF bailout package is in
(AP, 11/22/10)(Reuters, 11/22/10)
2010 Nov 22, Israeli bulldozers
began laying the groundwork for construction of a barrier to seal
off part of the Jewish state's border with Egypt. Israel's
parliament passed a law calling for a national referendum ahead of
any withdrawal from annexed east Jerusalem or the Golan Heights, a
move that could derail future peace deals.
(AP, 11/22/10)(AFP, 11/23/10)
2010 Nov 22, Madagascar’s head
of the electoral commission said 74% of voters had approved a new
constitution, which could keep coup Pres. Rajoelina in power
2010 Nov 22, In Pakistan US
missiles killed five militants in North Waziristan.
2010 Nov 22, US federal agents
fanned out across Puerto Rico seeking to arrest 17 alleged members
of a drug smuggling organization. Luis Figueroa, the younger brother
of smuggling leader Jose Figueroa Agosto, had boarded the Caribbean
Princess with his wife, two children and in-laws before the
operation began. Agents waiting on board the ship arrested him
without incident before the ship reached its first port-of-call in
the US Virgin Islands.
2010 Nov 22, Saudi King
Abdullah (86) departed for New York for medical treatment and
temporarily handed control of the world's top oil producer and key
American ally to Crown Prince Sultan, his half brother and heir to
2010 Nov 22, Somalia’s
Parliament Speaker Sharif Hassan Sheik Aden indefinitely postponed a
session scheduled to endorse or reject the proposed Cabinet of PM
Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed. Parliamentarians complained that he has
reduced the number of ministers, tapped technocrats from outside
Somalia and reduced some clans' influence.
2010 Nov 22, A South African
court said a Zimbabwean government property in Cape Town can be
auctioned to compensate three evicted white farmers in Zimbabwe for
2010 Nov 22, UAR state media
said a military Hawk training jet has crashed in Ras al-Khaimah,
killing the pilot. The single-engine Hawk is made by British defense
company BAE Systems.
2010 Nov 22, Venezuela's oil
minister, Rafael Ramirez, said that the latest exploratory drilling
has confirmed "extraordinary results": about 15 trillion cubic feet
of gas under the sea floor in a place where experts once thought
there was only a fraction of that amount. An event launched a
separate $17 billion oil project involving Italy’s Eni SpA and state
oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA, or PDVSA.
2011 Nov 22, The US Dept. of
Justice said that drugmaker Merck will pay $950 million to resolve
investigations into its marketing of the painkiller Vioxx.
(SFC, 11/23/11, p.D2)
2011 Nov 22, Occupy Wall Street
protesters arrived in Washington, DC, following a 231-mile trek and
planned a day of action for Nov 23.
(SFC, 11/23/11, p.A13)
2011 Nov 22, A British soldier
was reported killed by an explosion in Afghanistan while on patrol
in Central Helmand province.
2011 Nov 22, A British court
ruled in favor of a group of more than 100 Iraqi civilians who have
demanded a new public inquiry into allegations of torture against
British soldiers. Some 128 Iraqis claim torture and inhuman and
degrading treatment by British soldiers and interrogators in Iraq
between March 2003 and December 2008.
2011 Nov 22, A Burundi rights
group, the Government Action Observatory (OAG), said
government-backed death squads have killed more than 300 members of
a former rebel group and opposition supporters in covert operations
over the past five months.
2011 Nov 22, Cameroon and
Nigeria appealed for international funds to help mark the last 250
km (155 miles) of their disputed border that remains undecided.
2011 Nov 22, A Cameroon court
sentenced three gay men, arrested in July, to five years
imprisonment and a fine, the heaviest sentence provided by local
law, which bans homosexuality.
2011 Nov 22, Chilean police
clashed with some 1,000 protesters who gathered to condemn the
gathering in honor of former brigadier Miguel Krassnoff, who is
serving a 144-year sentence for kidnappings and killings from
(SFC, 11/23/11, p.A2)
2011 Nov 22, In CongoDRC gunmen
in Kinshasa shot dead opposition lawmaker Marius Gangale in the
latest violent episode ahead of the weekend elections.
2011 Nov 22, A survey of some
6,000 people over the last 12 months in Democratic Republic of
Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe
said police are the most corrupt institution in the six countries.
2011 Nov 22, The European
Commission announced that it will send additional aid to Afghanistan
to help drought victims in need of food for themselves and their
animals before winter snows block roads. That brings the total
commission response to the Afghan drought to euro4.5 million, or
about $6.1 million.
2011 Nov 22, In Egypt tens of
thousands of protesters swarmed Cairo's Tahrir Square to demand an
end to military rule, as the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed
Forces (SCAF) was locked in crisis talks with a number of political
forces in a bid to defuse the crisis.
2011 Nov 22, In France Danielle
Mitterrand (b.1924), a decorated member of the French Resistance and
combative advocate for the poor who broke the mold as first lady
alongside France's first Socialist president, died.
2011 Nov 22, The president of
Guinea-Bissau, Malam Bacai Sanha (64), was hospitalized in Senegal's
capital Dakar and will later be transferred to Paris for treatment.
2011 Nov 22, Indian IT
entrepreneur Sabeer Bhatia launched a free text messaging service,
JaxtrSMS, promising that it would be as revolutionary as his
previous venture, Hotmail.
2011 Nov 22, In eastern India 7
people including a four-year-old girl and an Australian woman died
when a fire swept through an overnight train in Jharkhand state.
2011 Nov 22, In Indonesia the
Southeast Asian Games were formally closed by Indonesia Vice
President Budiono. Indonesia earned a table-topping 182 golds among
476 medals, followed by Thailand with 109 among 329.
2011 Nov 22, Iraqi and American
officials said the US has handed over all of the remaining detainees
in US custody in Iraq, except for Ali Mussa Daqduq, a Lebanese
Hezbollah commander linked to the death of four American troops.
2011 Nov 22, The International
Criminal Court's prosecutor said that Libya can put Moammar
Gadhafi's son and one-time heir apparent on trial at home, but that
The Hague court's judges must be involved in the case. Libya’s PM
Abdurrahim el-Keib appointed Osama al-Juwali, head of the military
council in Zintan.
(AP, 11/22/11)(SFC, 11/23/11, p.A3)
2011 Nov 22, In Malaysia former
US president George W Bush and British ex-prime minister Tony Blair
were found guilty at a mock tribunal for committing "crimes against
peace" during the Iraq war. The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal,
part of an initiative by former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad,
a fierce critic of the Iraq war, found the former leaders guilty
after a four-day hearing.
2011 Nov 22, Nigerian
authorities arrested and arraigned Sen. Mohammed Ali Ndume of the
ruling People's Democratic Party for allegedly being the sponsor of
Ali Sanda Umar Konduga, one of several spokesmen for Boko Haram. The
senator belonged to a committee looking at possible peace talks with
Boko Haram. A day earlier Konduga also implicated a former Nigerian
ambassador, now dead, as well as a former governor in Nigeria's
northeast in Boko Haram's creation.
2011 Nov 22, Pakistan's
government asked Hussain Haqqani, its US envoy, to resign and
ordered a probe into claims that he sought American help against the
country's powerful military. A memo from Pres. Zardari was delivered
to US Admiral Mullen on May 10, offering that a "new national
security team" would end relations between Pakistani intelligence
and Afghan militants, namely the Taliban and its Haqqani faction.
2011 Nov 22, Pakistan rowed
back from demands that text messages containing nearly 1,700
"obscene" words should be blocked, following outrage from users and
campaigners. A Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) spokesman
said the authority would consult civil society representatives and
mobile phone operators on refining a much shorter list of words,
giving no timeframe for any eventual ban.
2011 Nov 22, Romanian lawmakers
voted to make it legal to euthanize the thousands of stray dogs that
roam the country's streets, angering animal rights activists who
have lobbied for months to stop the measure. The law will allow
officials to round up homeless dogs from the street, hold them in
shelters for 30 days and then have them killed. President Traian
Basescu was expected to sign the law.
2011 Nov 22, Serbian police
arrested 17 people suspected of trafficking hundreds of illegal
immigrants from Africa and Asia toward western Europe. Border
officials found 12 illegal migrants attempting to cross into Serbia
2011 Nov 22, Somali civilians
bore the brunt of violence in the war-torn nation, with a roadside
bomb killing 10 in the capital and fighter jet strikes in the south
claiming three lives.
2011 Nov 22, South Africa’s
governing African National Congress pushed a bill through parliament
(229-107) to protect state secrets, despite strong objections from
the opposition. Pres. Zuma was expected to approve the secrecy bill.
Pretoria’s Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa said the city will be renamed
Tshwane by the end of 2012, with main roads also given names of
(AP, 11/22/11)(AFP, 11/22/11)(Econ, 11/19/11,
2011 Nov 22, Tunisia's newly
elected assembly held its inaugural meeting, ready to start shaping
the constitution and the democratic future of the country that
sparked the Arab Spring uprisings.
2011 Nov 22, Turkey's PM
Erdogan said that Syria's Pres. Bashar Assad must step down over the
country's crackdown on dissent. 6 children and 5 mutinous soldiers
were among 34 people killed across Syria. 122 countries voted for a
resolution at the UN General Assembly's human rights committee
condemning the government crackdown.
(AP, 11/22/11)(Reuters, 11/23/11)(AFP, 11/23/11)
2011 Nov 22, The UN
secretary-general's envoy to Yemen said all parties have agreed on a
plan under which longtime President Ali Abdullah Saleh would step
down. A date for signing the deal was yet to be set.
2011 Nov 22, In Yemen 3 Red
Cross workers including a French national were kidnapped while
traveling in the restive south. All 3 were released on Nov 24. The
kidnappers had been assured that activists from the autonomist
Southern Movement would be released from government custody once
they freed the hostages.
(AP, 11/23/11)(AFP, 11/24/11)
2012 Nov 22, In Minnesota
homeowner Byron David Smith (64) shot and killed two unarmed
teenagers during a Thanksgiving Day break-in. On Nov 26 Smith was
charged two counts of 2nd degree murder. On April 25, 2013,
prosecutors announced that Smith has been indicted on two counts of
first-degree murder. On April 29, 2014, Smith was convicted of
(SFC, 11/27/12, p.A6)(SFC, 4/26/13, p.A6)(AP,
2012 Nov 22, In Wheaton, Mo., 5
people, including a child, were killed when a fire broke out in an
(SFC, 11/23/12, p.A1)
2012 Nov 22, In Southeast Texas
2 people died and more than 80 people were hurt when at least 140
vehicles collided in a pileup under foggy conditions that left
trucks twisted on top of each other and authorities rushing to pull
survivors from the wreckage.
(AP, 11/22/12)(SFC, 11/23/12, p.A10)
2012 Nov 22, An Albanian court
convicted the country's fugitive former intelligence chief of murder
for the 1995 death of businessman Remzi Hoxha, a suspect who was
illegally detained for an alleged plot to to kill then-Macedonian
President Kiro Gligorov during a visit to Albania. Ilir Kumbaro was
tried in absentia and also sentenced him to 15 years in prison.
2012 Nov 22, In Brazil Joaquim
Barbosa was sworn in as the country’s first black Supreme Court
(SFC, 11/23/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 22, The British
government banned Ansaru, a Nigeria-based Islamist group, it said
was aligned with al Qaeda. Ansaru's full name is Jama'atu Ansarul
Musilimina Fi Biladis Sudan, which translates as "Vanguards for the
Protection of Muslims in Black Africa." A minister said the oulawed
organisation was probably responsible for the killing of Chris
McManus, a Briton, and Franco Lamolinara, an Italian.
2012 Nov 22, Interpol announced
that an int’l. police operation has freed nearly 400 children from
forced labor in Burkina Faso and arrested 73 people suspected of
(SFC, 11/23/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 22, In northwest China
Libong Tsering (19), a Tibetan man, set himself on fire in Qinghai
province. The latest death brings to at least 78 the number of
Tibetans who have self-immolated since 2009 in protest against
China's strict control over Tibet's Buddhist culture.
2012 Nov 22, In Egypt Pres.
Mohammed Morsi granted himself sweeping new powers that critics fear
can allow him to be a virtual dictator. The temporary decrees
included exempting himself from judicial review, as well as a panel
writing the new constitution and the upper house of parliament, and
the power to enact any other measure he deemed necessary to deal
with a "threat" to Egypt's "revolution." Morsi sacked the prosecutor
general and ordered a retrial of officials appointed by former Pres.
(AP, 11/23/12)(SSFC, 11/25/12, p.A4)
2012 Nov 22, The top leader of
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood denounced peace efforts with Israel and
urged holy war to liberate Palestinian territories.
2012 Nov 22, An Egyptian court
cleared two policemen of killing protesters during the Jan 28, 2011,
uprising that led to toppling Hosni Mubarak.
2012 Nov 22, European leaders
gathered in Brussels for what promised to be a turbulent and lengthy
summit on the 7-year budget for the 27-country European Union.
2012 Nov 22, Former French
Pres. Nicolas Sarkozy spent 12 hours in a Bordeaux court answering
questions about whether he accepted illegal campaign donations from
the 90-year-old L'Oreal heiress, Liliane Bettencourt.
(AP, 11/22/12)(SFC, 11/23/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 22, Georgia's new PM
Bidzina Ivanishvili said he would move quickly to expand the
Cabinet's powers, a change that would take away even more influence
from the ex-Soviet nation's beleaguered pro-Western president.
2012 Nov 22, Israeli
authorities arrested an Arab Israeli on accusations he planted a
bomb a day earlier on a bus in Tel Aviv that wounded 27 people.
2012 Nov 22, The International
Criminal Court unsealed an indictment against former Ivory Coast
President Laurent Gbagbo's wife on charges including murder, rape
and persecution. It was the first time in the court's 10-year
history it has charged a woman. An arrest warrant was issued on Feb.
29 for former first lady Simone Gbagbo for crimes against humanity.
2012 Nov 22, Kazakhstan's
police raided the offices of a news website and took steps to halt
the publication of a newspaper critical of the government, in what a
media watchdog group says was an "unprecedented offensive" against
2012 Nov 22, In Mexico fugitive
Jose Luis Saenz, one of the FBI’s 10 most wanted, was arrested in
Guadalajara after a joint operation with the Mexican government.
Saenz, suspected in 4 slayings, was returned to Los Angeles to face
murder, kidnapping and rape charges.
(SSFC, 11/25/12, p.A11)
2012 Nov 22, Pakistani police
said a Taliban suicide bomber has struck a Shiite Muslim procession
in Rawalpinid near Islamabad, killing 23 people in the latest of a
series of bombings targeting Shiites during the holiest month of the
year for the sect. The bomber attacked the procession around
2012 Nov 22, Hamas leaders in
Gaza declared victory over Israel on Thursday, and thousands of
flag-waving supporters rallied in celebration as the battered
territory entered its first day of calm under an Egyptian-brokered
2012 Nov 22, In South Africa
two workers at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine near Carletonville
were killed and another injured in violence as unrest continued in
2012 Nov 22, Sudanese
authorities said they have foiled a military coup and that several
military officers and civilians involved in the scheme have been
2012 Nov 22, Syrian rebels
seized a key military base with artillery stockpiles in the
country's east, strengthening their hold in an oil-rich strategic
province bordering Iraq. Fighting broke out in the city of Ras
al-Ayn on the Syrian side of the border, but it was between Kurdish
and Arab rebel factions. Journalist Bassil Toufic Youssef, who
worked for state TV, was shot dead outside his house in Damascus.
(AP, 11/22/12)(AP, 11/23/12)
2012 Nov 22, In Syria a bomb
blast in a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus killed four people
and seriously wounded a member of a faction that has backed
President Bashar Assad.
2012 Nov 22, American
journalist James Foley (39), of Rochester, N.H., was kidnapped in
northwest Syria by unknown gunmen in Idlib province.
2012 Nov 22, The body of Syrian
novelist Mohammed Rashid Roweily (65) was found in the eastern city
of Deir el-Zour, nearly two months after he was kidnapped. His
decomposed body was found along with four other bodies, including
that of a retired army officer. All were kidnapped around the same
2012 Nov 22, In southern
Thailand the headmistress of Bna Tha Kam Cham school was killed
while driving home.
(Econ, 1/19/13, p.44)
2013 Nov 22, President Barack
Obama praised the "leadership" of Morocco's King Mohammed VI after
holding wide-ranging talks with the North African monarch for the
first time at the White House.
2013 Nov 22, US regulators
approved the use of Johnson & Johnson's Olysio, also known as
simeprevir, as a treatment for chronic infection with the
liver-destroying hepatitis C virus.
2013 Nov 22, Microsoft crowed
that more than a million Xbox One consoles were snapped up within 24
hours in 13 countries after hitting shelves for the first time in
2013 Nov 22, Afghanistan
rebuffed a US demand to sign a highly anticipated security pact as
soon as possible, insisting the document must wait until after next
year's presidential election.
2013 Nov 22, The disgraced
ex-chairman of Britain's Co-op Bank, Paul Flowers (63), was arrested
in a probe into the supplying of drugs in a scandal that has fast
become a political row.
2013 Nov 22, In the Central
African Republic more than 100 judges and lawyers took to the
streets of Bangui to protest the Nov 17 slaying of a colleague
Modeste Martineau Bria.
2013 Nov 22, In China an oil
pipeline exploded in the coastal city of Qingdao killing 47 people.
(AFP, 11/22/13)(Reuters, 11/23/13)
2013 Nov 22, In Egypt a young
boy and a man were killed as supporters and opponents of ousted
Islamist president Mohamed Morsi clashed.
2013 Nov 22, The Hamburg-based
International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, an international
maritime tribunal, ordered Russia to release a Greenpeace ship and
30 people arrested in a protest against Russian Arctic oil drilling.
2013 Nov 22, In India hundreds
of thousands were evacuated as Cyclone Helen slammed into Andhra
Pradesh and the eastern state of Orissa., packing strong winds and
torrential rains and killing at least two people.
2013 Nov 22, In India Magnus
Carlsen (22) of Norway defeated Viswanathan Anand of India in the
chess world championship, becoming the first Western player since
Bobby Fischer to hold the title. The match in Chennai, which began
Nov. 9, has been shown live on TV in both Norway and India, with
millions more watching online.
2013 Nov 22, In Iraq attacks
mostly targeting Sunni-majority areas killed at least 23 people. The
minority community shuttered countless mosques nationwide
complaining that security forces were failing to provide adequate
protection. The death toll from flooding across the country rose to
(AP, 11/22/13)(AFP, 11/22/13)(Reuters, 11/22/13)
2013 Nov 22, In Libya residents
of Tripoli turned out again to press militias remaining in the city
to follow others and withdraw, aiming to keep up the momentum
following deadly clashes last weekend.
2013 Nov 22, New Zealand held a
referendum on whether the people support the government’s sale of up
to 49% of its share in four energy companies and the national
airline. With a 45% turnout 67.3% said no.
(Econ, 11/30/13, p.43)
2013 Nov 22, In Pakistan a
lawyer said Dr. Shakil Afridi, who helped the CIA find Osama bin
Laden, has been charged with murder over a 2006 surgery he
performed, raising new doubts whether the physician will regain his
2013 Nov 22, Philippine
officials said the death toll from the Nov 8 Typhoon Haiyan, one of
the strongest, on record has risen above 5,200 and is likely to
climb further. Recovery efforts were beginning to take hold.
2013 Nov 22, In Poland UN
negotiators agreed rules on financing forest projects in developing
nations, paving the way for multi-billion dollar investments from
governments, funding agencies and private firms in schemes to halt
2013 Nov 22, Qatar health
authorities said an expatriate (48) has died of MERS, bringing to
four the number of deaths in the Gulf state from the coronavirus.
2013 Nov 22, Russia concluded
bail hearings and ruled to release all but one of the 30 Greenpeace
crew members who have spent more than two months in prison over a
protest against Arctic drilling.
2013 Nov 22, Russia's space
agency successfully launched three European Space Agency's
satellites intended to study Earth's magnetic field. A Rokot booster
rocket at the Plesetsk launchpad in northwestern Russia put the
three Swarm satellites into their designated orbits.
2013 Nov 22, In South Africa
global diamond watchdog, the Kimberley Process, gave its backing for
the lifting of a 2005 UN embargo on diamond sales from Ivory Coast.
2013 Nov 22, In South Africa
Radovan Krejcir (b.1968), a Czech businessman and fugitive, was
arrested on charges of kidnapping and assault in connection with a
botched 24 million rand ($2.3 million) crystal meth deal.
2013 Nov 22, The six largest
Islamist rebel factions in Syria declared a new Islamic Front,
forming the largest alliance of opposition fighters yet in the
2-1/2-year conflict. The merger undermined the secular Free Syrian
Army (FSA) leadership, once seen as a symbolic umbrella leadership
for all the rebels but weakened by infighting and defections. A
fierce battle for control of Syria’s military Base 17 near Raqqa, an
opposition-held city, left 24 rebels dead so far, but the government
troops have managed to hold on to the complex.
(Reuters, 11/22/13)(AP, 11/22/13)
2013 Nov 22, Thousands of
protesters poured into Kiev's Independence Square, the center of
Ukraine's pro-Western Orange Revolution, to demand that the
government reverse course and sign a landmark agreement with the EU.
2013 Nov 22, A senior UN
official said up to 6,000 children have been enrolled by warring
militias in the Central African Republic, issuing a stark warning
about the country's spiralling crisis.
2013 Nov 22, The UN refugee
agency confirmed that 52 refugees of Syrian and Palestinian origin
had refused to receive food delivered by a UNHCR-funded charity to
the police station where they are held in Egypt’s coastal city of
2013 Nov 22, The UN Committee
against Torture said torture is rife in prisons and police stations
in Uzbekistan, where activists are rounded up and routinely
2013 Nov 22, In Yemen MP Abdel
Karim Jadban, who represented Zaidi Shiite rebels known as Huthis at
a national dialogue, was assassinated in Sanaa.
2014 Nov 22, US Vice President
Joe Biden announced nearly $135 million in humanitarian aid to help
feed civilians affected by Syria's war.
2014 Nov 22, The Pentagon said
Saudi citizen Muhammad al-Zahrani, who has spent the past 12 years
detained at Guantanamo Bay, has been released to return to Saudi
Arabia. 142 men now continued to be held, including 73 already
cleared for release.
2014 Nov 22, In Florida Curtis
Wade Holley (53) set fire to his house in Tallahassee and then
ambushed police as they arrived. Deputy Christopher smith (47) was
shot and killed and another deputy wounded before another officer
shot and killed Holley.
(SFC, 11/24/14, p.A4)
2014 Nov 22, In Ohio a police
officer shot Tamir Rice (12) after the boy pulled a fake gun from
his waistband at a Cleveland playground. Rice died of his wounds the
next day. In June, 2015, affidavits were filed seeking charges
against officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback.
(SFC, 11/24/14, p.A6)(SFC, 6/12/15, p.A7)
2014 Nov 22, In Montana 3
foreign tourists went missing after going missing during a fishing
trip on Mission Lake. Their bodies were recovered over the next five
2014 Nov 22, In South Dakota
Colter Richard Arbach (22) killed 3 people and wounded a 4th on the
Lake Traverse Indian Reservation.
(SSFC, 11/23/14, p.A12)
2014 Nov 22, In eastern
Afghanistan one soldier and 8 insurgents were killed in an attack on
an army base in Nuristan province.
2014 Nov 22, Tens of thousands
of Albanians protested the government's economic policies, claiming
they are leading to rising taxes and energy prices and high
2014 Nov 22, The Armenian
enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh said its forces killed two Azerbaijani
soldiers in an overnight operation to recover the bodies of three
helicopter crew members whose craft was shot down by Azerbaijan on
2014 Nov 22, Bahrain voters
cast ballots in the island kingdom's first full parliamentary
election since Arab Spring-inspired protests. A boycott by the
country's opposition overshadowed the vote.
2014 Nov 22, In Central African
Republic hundreds of women marched topless through the town of Zemio
to protest sectarian violence.
2014 Nov 22, In western China a
magnitude-5.9 earthquake struck a lightly populated, mountainous
area. At least 5 people were killed and 54 injured.
(AP, 11/22/14)(AP, 11/23/14)
2014 Nov 22, Iraqi soldiers
backed by Sunni fighters launched a major operation to retake a
section of the city of Ramadi seized by Islamic State group
militants. Security forces found 25 corpses of men from the Albu
Fahd tribe in the Shujariya area of Ramadi.
(AP, 11/22/14)(Reuters, 11/22/14)
2014 Nov 22, In central Japan a
magnitude-6.8 earthquake struck near Nagano city causing at least
one building to collapse. At least 50 homes were destroyed in two
villages, and 41 people injured across the region.
(AP, 11/22/14)(AP, 11/23/14)
2014 Nov 22, The WHO said a
plague outbreak has killed 40 people on the island nation of
Madagascar, with 119 people diagnosed with the bacterial disease
since August. WHO said only two percent of the cases have been from
the highly infectious pneumonic form of the disease.
2014 Nov 22, Mali confirmed a
new case of Ebola and said two more suspected patients were being
2014 Nov 22, In northern Mali
suspected Islamist fighters kidnapped 10 children and killed two
others who tried to escape outside the towns of Aguelhoc and Kidal.
2014 Nov 22, In northeastern
Nigeria suspected Boko Haram insurgents entered Doron Baga, Borno
state, and fired from motorcycles killing some 60 people.
(Reuters, 11/23/14)(SFC, 11/24/14, p.A3)
2014 Nov 22, In Saudi Arabia
Danish national Thomas Hopner was shot and wounded in Riyadh. On Dec
11 Saudi Arabia’s interior ministry said three supporters of the
Islamic State group have been arrested for the shooting.
2014 Nov 22, Somalia's al
Shabaab Islamists staged an attack in Kenya in which gunmen ordered
non-Muslims off a bus and shot 28 dead, while sparing Muslim
passengers outside Mandera town. Kenya’s military responded with air
strikes that destroyed the attackers’ camp in Somalia and reportedly
killed over 100 militants.
(Reuters, 11/22/14)(SSFC, 11/23/14, p.A5)(SFC,
2014 Nov 22, In Spain tens of
thousands of people have took part in a demonstration in Madrid to
protest against the conservative government's decision to scrap
plans to restrict the availability of abortion.
2014 Nov 22, In Taiwan "Blind
Massage," a Chinese-French film about blind masseurs, and Chinese
actor and director Chen Jianbin scooped the most accolades at the
51st Golden Horse movie awards, considered the Chinese-language
equivalent of the Oscars.
2014 Nov 22, Tobago police
reported an elderly German couple hacked to death on a beach near
their vacation home.
2014 Nov 22, In eastern Ukraine
4 servicemen were killed in fighting with pro-Russian separatists,
despite a ceasefire in place since September.
2014 Nov 22, Pope Francis
tenderly embraced children with autism spectrum disorders, some of
whom avoided meeting his gaze, during an audience aimed at offering
solidarity to people living with the condition.