Return to home615 Nov 23,
Columbanus, Irish explorer, monastery founder, poet and saint
(Poenitentiale), died (aka St. Columba).
912 Nov 23, Otto I, the Great
(d.973), German king and Holy Roman emperor (962-73), was born. Otto
the Great became King of Germany in 936.
(AHD, 1971, p.931)(MC, 11/23/01)
1165 Nov 23, Pope Alexander III
returned from exile to Rome
1221 Nov 23, Alfonso X (the
Wise, d.1284), king of Castile & Leon (1252-84), was born. Also
known as Alfonso the Wise, he served as king of Castile from
1252-1284. His manuscript “Cantigas de Santa Maria" is one of the
most important of the period.
(WUD, 1994, p.36)(WSJ, 5/14/97, p.A20)(MC,
1248 Nov 23, Seville, France,
surrendered to Ferdinand III of Castile after a two-year siege.
1457 Nov 23, Ladislaus V
(posthumous), king of Hungary and Bohemia, died at 17.
1499 Nov 23, Perkin Warbeck,
Flemish sailor, was hanged. [see Nov 12]
(MC, 11/23/01)(AP, 11/23/02)
1531 Nov 23, Peace of Kappel
ended the second civil war in Switzerland.
1572 Nov 23, Agnolo di Cosimo
(b.1503), Italian Renaissance painter and poet (aka Bronzino), died.
He had worked as the court artist to Cosimo de’ Medici, Duke of
Florence. His work included a portrait of "Eleonora of Toledo and
Spring 02, p.23)(Econ, 10/2/10, p.92)
1584 Nov 23, English parliament
expelled the Jesuits.
1585 Nov 23, Thomas Tallis,
1705 Nov 23, Thomas Birch,
English historian (d.1766), was born.
1705 Nov 23, Nicholas Rowe's
"Ulysses," premiered in London.
1749 Nov 23, Edward Rutledge,
(Gov-SC), attorney and signer of Declaration of Independence, was
1750 Nov 23, Giuseppe
Sammartini (55), composer, died.
1760 Nov 23, Gracchus Babeuf,
French agrarian agitator, politician and writer, was born.
1765 Nov 23, Frederick County,
Md., became the first colonial entity to repudiate the British Stamp
1783 Nov 23, Annapolis, Md.,
became the US capital until June 1784. [see Nov 26, 1783]
1785 Nov 23, John Hancock was
elected President of the Continental Congress for the second time.
1787 Nov 23, Anton Schweitzer
(52), composer, died.
1804 Nov 23, Franklin Pierce,
14th president of the United States (1853-1857), was born in
(AP, 11/23/97)(HN, 11/23/98)
1814 Nov 23, Elbridge Gerry
(b.1744), former Massachusetts governor (1810-1811), died in office
as vice-president of the US under Madison (1812-1814).
1834 Nov 23, Hector Berlioz's
"Harold in Italy," premiered.
1835 Nov 23, Henry Burden
invented the first machine for manufacturing horseshoes. He then
made most of the horseshoes for the Union Cavalry in the Civil War.
Burden patented a horseshoe manufacturing machine in Troy, NY.
(SFC, 7/13/96, p.E3)(MC, 11/23/01)
1844 Nov 23, Duchies of
Schleswig and Holstein were declared independent from Denmark.
1848 Nov 23, The Female Medical
Educational Society was established in Boston, Mass., the same year
the all-male American Medical Association formed.
1848 Nov 23, Alfred Julius
Becher (45), composer, died.
1849 Nov 23, Harvard chemistry
Prof. John Webster murdered Dr. George Parkman. In 1991 Simon Schama
authored “Dead Certainties," which chronicled the murder and trial,
in which Webster was convicted and sentenced to hanging. Dental
identification played a key role in the trial.
1857 Nov 23, George Smythe
(b.1818), 7th Viscount Strangford, died. In 2006 Mary S. Millar
authored “Disraeli’s Disciple: The Scandalous Life of George
(http://tinyurl.com/mhqn3)(WSJ, 9/2/06, p.P9)
1859 Nov 23, Billy the Kid
(born as Henry McCarty), was born as William H. Bonney (d.1881) in
New York City. He later became a US outlaw. A ballet titled “Billy
the Kid" by Aaron Copland was written in 1938.
(HFA, ‘96, p.42)(WUD, 1994, p.148)(MesWP)(HNQ,
1863 Nov 23, At Chattanooga
Gen’l. Thomas’ men drove the Confederates from Orchard Knob. Union
forces won the Battle of Orchard Knob, Tenn. The Battle of
Chattanooga, one of the most decisive battles of the American Civil
War, also began in Tennessee.
1863 Nov 23, A patent was
granted for a process of making color photographs.
1864 Nov 23-25, The Battle at
Ball's Ferry, Georgia, left 30 casualties.
1868 Nov 23, Louis Ducos du
Hauron patented trichrome color photo process.
1874 Nov 24, Farmer Joseph
Glidden's patent for barbed wire was granted. Glidden designed a
simple wire barb that attached to a double-strand wire, as well as a
machine to mass-produce the wire. The invention was a welcome
alternative to other types of fencing for farming on the arid Great
Plains--wood fences and stone walls were difficult to construct
because of the lack of sufficient rocks and trees, and the existing
wire fences were easily broken when cattle leaned against them. The
use of barbed-wire fences changed ranching and farming life. Farmers
could keep roaming cattle and sheep off their land, but open-range
cowboys and Native American farmers were restricted to the land and
resources not claimed and marked by the new fences. As more settlers
moved onto the plains, the amount of public, shared land decreased
and open-range farming became obsolete.
1876 Nov 23, Manuel de Falla
(d.1946), composer (El Amor Brujo), was born in Cadiz, Spain.
(WUD, 1994, p.512)(MC, 11/23/01)
1878 Nov 23, Ernest King,
Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. fleet who designed the United States'
winning strategy in World War II, was born.
1887 Nov 23, Boris Karloff
(d.1969), English actor most famous for his role as the monster in
the movie Frankenstein, was born in Dulwich, England.
(HN, 11/23/98)(MC, 11/23/01)
1888 Nov 23, Adolph Arthur
“Harpo" Marx, American comedian, one of the Marx brothers, was born.
1889 Nov 23, The first jukebox
made its debut in San Francisco, at the Palais Royale Saloon. The
contraption consisted of an Edison tinfoil phonograph with four
listening tubes and a coin slot for each tube.
1890 Nov 23, Grand Duchy of
Luxembourg separated from the Netherlands.
1891 Nov 23, Deodoroda Fonseca,
the 1st president of Brazil, was ousted by a navy revolt.
1897 Nov 23, Willie “The Lion"
Smith, jazz and ragtime pianist, was born.
1897 Nov 23, A pencil sharpener
was patented by J.L. Love.
1902 Nov 23, Dr. Walter Reed
(51) died from a ruptured appendix in Washington DC. His experiments
in Cuba had helped prove that yellow fever was transmitted by a
(ON, 10/01, p.8)
1903 Nov 23, Singer Enrico
Caruso made his American debut at the Metropolitan Opera House in
New York, appearing as the Duke of Mantua in "Rigoletto."
1904 Nov 23, Russo-German talks
broke down because of Russia's insistence to consult France.
1910 Nov 23, Hawley H. Crippen,
doctor and murderer, was hanged.
1920 Paul Celan, Romanian poet
(d.1970), was born.
1921 Nov 23, President Harding
signed the Willis Campell Act, better known as the anti-beer bill.
It forbade doctors to prescribe beer or liquor for medicinal
1922 Vo Van Kiet, Vietnamese
prime minister, was born.
1923 Nov 23, German army
commander Gen. Von Seeckt banned the NSDAP & KPD.
1924 Nov 23, The New York Times
published news of Edwin Hubble’s discoveries of other galactic
systems: “Spiral Nebulae Are Stellar Systems: Dr. Hubbell Confirms
That They Are ‘Island Universes’ Similar to Our Own."
(ON, 12/10, p.3)
1926 Nov 23, Noel Coward's
"This Was a Man," premiered in NYC.
1928 Nov 23, Jerry Bock,
Broadway composer (Fiddler on the Roof), was born in New Haven, Ct.
1932 Nov 23, The kingdoms of
Nejd and Hejaz merged to become the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under
King Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud. Abdul Aziz (d.1953) proclaimed the unified
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia was named after King Ibn Saud,
founder of the Saudi dynasty. Abdul Aziz al-Saud fathered 44 sons.
(SFC, 9/1/96, Z1 p.2)(SFEC, 8/23/98, p.A15)(SFC,
5/26/00, p.D3)(WSJ, 11/13/01, p.A14)(AP, 11/23/02)
1933 Nov 23, FDR recalled
Ambassador Welles from Havana and urged stability in Cuba.
1933 Krzysztof Penderecki,
Polish composer, was born.
1934 Nov 23, U.S. and Britain
agreed on a 5-5-3 naval ratio with both countries allowed to build
five million tons of naval ships while Japan can only build three;
Japan denounced the treaty.
1936 Nov 23, "Life," the
magazine created by Henry R. Luce, was first published. It was based
on a German model: The Munich Illustrated Press.
(SFC, 11/19/97, p.C5)(AP, 11/23/97)
1936 Nov 23, U.S. abandoned the
American embassy in Madrid, Spain, which was engulfed by civil war.
1937 Nov 23, John Steinbeck's
"Of Mice & Men," premiered in NYC.
1939 Nov 23, Thanksgiving.
Franklin D. Roosevelt had proclaimed Thanksgiving Day a week
earlier--on the fourth, not the last, Thursday of November--in an
effort to encourage more holiday shopping.
1939 Nov 23, Hans Frank, the
Nazi Gov. of Poland, required Jews to wear a blue star.
1941 Nov 23, U.S. troops moved
into Dutch Guiana [Surinam] to guard the bauxite mines.
1941 Nov 23, German troops
conquered Klin, NW of Moscow.
1942 Nov 23, The film
“Casablanca" premiered in New York City. [see Nov 26]
1942 Nov 23, US Coast Guard
Woman's Auxiliary (SPARS) was authorized.
1942 Nov 23, Gen. Von Paulus
asked Hitler's permission to surrender at Stalingrad. The German 4th
and 6th Army were surrounded at Stalingrad.
1943 Nov 23, Andrew Goodman
(d.1964), murdered civil rights worker, was born.
1943 Nov 23, During World War
II, U.S. forces seized control of the Tarawa and Makin atolls from
the Japanese. [part of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands] Makin Atoll
was the first central Pacific island to be reconquered by the
(AP, 11/23/97)(SFC, 1/26/98, p.A17)
1945 Nov 23, Most US wartime
rationing of foods, including meat and butter, was set to expire by
(HN, 11/23/98)(AP, 11/23/07)
1946 Nov 23, French Navy fire
in Haiphong, Vietnam, killed 6,000.
1948 Nov 23, Dr. Frank G. Back
patented a lens to provide zoom effects in NYC.
1953 Nov 23, North Korea signed
10-year aid pact with Peking.
1954 Bruce Hornsby, U.S.
singer, was born.
1959 Nov 23, The musical
"Fiorello!," with music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick,
opened on Broadway.
1962 Nov 23, In New Jersey gas
station owner Walter Patterson, a decorated World War II veteran,
was shot during a robbery at his business in Wall. George Wright
(19) was convicted of the murder and sentenced to 15-30 years in
prison. He escaped in 1970.
1963 Nov 23, President Johnson
proclaimed Nov. 25 a day of national mourning as JFK's body lay in
repose in East Room of White House.
1963 Nov 23, Sixty-three
elderly people, most of them sleeping, were killed by a fire
destroying the one-story Golden Age Nursing Home near Fitchville,
1963 Nov 23, "Doctor Who," the
long-running British sci-fi series, debuted in England.
1964 Nov 23, "Bajour" opened at
the Shubert Theater, NYC, for 232 performances.
1964 Nov 23, Vatican abolished
Latin as the official language of Roman Catholic liturgy.
1968 Nov 23, Five Cubans
hijacked a US B-727 jet, from Chicago to Cuba.
1970 Nov 23, George Harrison
released "My Sweet Lord" in the US.
1970 Nov 23, Oded Fehr, Israeli
actor, was born.
1971 Nov 23, The People's
Republic of China was seated in the U.N. Security Council. The UN
vote to admit was Oct 25.
(WUD, 1994, p. 1688)(AP, 11/23/97)
1973 Nov 23, Sessue Hayakawa
(b.1889), Japanese film and TV actor, died in Tokyo of cerebral
thrombosis. His films included “Tokyo Joe" and “Bridge Over the
1974 Nov 23-1974 Nov 24, US
Pres. Gerald Ford attended a summit in Vladivostok, USSR, with
Soviet Pres. Brezhnev. They reached a tentative agreement to limit
the number of nuclear weapons.
(SFC, 12/27/06, p.A11)
1974 Nov 23, Cornelius Ryan
(b.1920), war reporter, historian, author, died. His books included
"A Bridge Too Far."
1974 Nov 23, In Ethiopia 60
government officials were executed.
1976 Nov 23, Andre Malraux
(b.1901), author (Conquerors) and French Minister of Culture
1976 Nov 23, The Thai
government returned 26 refugees to Cambodia saying that they are a
threat to the national security. The government said some 70,000
refugees in Thailand who escaped Communist rule in other Indochina
states, including 10,000 Cambodians, would also not be permitted to
1979 Nov 3, John McGinest was
killed by a shotgun blast in Long Beach, Ca. Thomas Goldstein (30),
a college student who lived nearby, was convicted of the murder
following the testimony of a jailhouse informant. Goldstein was
freed in 2004 after judges and an appeal panel concluded he was
(SFC, 4/15/08, p.A4)
1980 Nov 23, Some 2,600 people
were killed by a series of earthquakes that devastated southern
(WSJ, 6/17/96, p.A12)(AP, 11/23/07)
1985 Nov 23, Retired CIA
analyst Larry Wu-tai Chin was arrested and accused of spying for
China. He committed suicide a year after his conviction.
1985 Nov 23, Egypt Air flight
648 was hijacked to Malta by Palestinian militant Omar Mohammed Ali
Rezaq, a member of the Abu Nidal terrorist group.
(SFC, 7/20/96, p.A6)(SFEC, 10/8/96,
1986 Nov 23, Philippine
President Corazon Aquino dismissed defense chief Juan Ponce Enrile
after reported coup attempt.
1987 Nov 23, Two days after a
riot by Cuban inmates erupted at a detention center in Oakdale, La.,
Cuban detainees at a federal prison in Atlanta also rioted, seizing
hostages in a drama that was not resolved until Dec. 4.
1988 Nov 23, President-elect
Bush announced his choice of Brent Scowcroft to be his national
1988 Nov 23, President Reagan
announced he was pocket-vetoing a bill designed to further restrict
lobbying by former federal employees, saying it was "excessive and
1989 Nov 23, Lucia Barrera de
Cerna, a housekeeper who said she had witnessed the slaying of six
Jesuit priests and two other people at the Jose Simeon Canas
University in El Salvador, was flown to the U.S. under heavy
1989 Nov 23, At least 300,000
people jammed Prague's Wenceslas Square to demand democratic reforms
1990 Nov 23, President Bush
conferred separately with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo
and Syrian President Hafez Assad in Geneva, seeking Arab support for
his drive to expel Iraqi troops from Kuwait.
1990 Nov 23, Roald Dahl
(b.1916), British short story author (Sweet Mystery of Life), died.
Dahl became widely know for “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and
“James and Giant Peach." From 1953 to 1983 he was married to actress
Patricia Neal (1926-2010). In 2010 Donald Sturrock authored
“Storyteller: The Authorized Biography of Roald Dahl."
p.A6)(SSFC, 10/3/10, p.F4)
1990 Nov 23, Iraq ended curfew
in occupied Kuwait, but began calling up army reservists in their
1991 Nov 23, The bodies of 35
drowned Haitian refugees were recovered off the coast of eastern
1991 Nov 23, Yugoslavia's rival
leaders agreed to a new cease-fire, the 14th of the Balkan civil
1991 Nov 23, Klaus Kinski (65),
German actor (Android, Nosferatu, Little Drummer Girl), died in
1992 Nov 23, Roy Acuff
(b.1903), country music star, died in Nashville, Tenn., at age 89.
1992 Nov 23, In Germany, three
Turks were killed when rightist militants firebombed their homes in
Moelln; in Berlin, hundreds of demonstrators protested in solidarity
1992 Nov 23, Iran added a
Russian-built submarine to its navy, becoming the first Gulf nation
to field a submarine.
1993 Nov 23, President Clinton
signed legislation lifting remaining US sanctions against South
Africa, and announced an initiative to spur investment in South
Africa's black private sector.
1993 Nov 23, Pres. Clinton
signed the “Apology Resolution" to acknowledge the 100th anniversary
of the January 17, 1893, overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii, and to
offer an apology to Native Hawaiians on behalf of the US for the
overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii.
1993 Nov 23, Record cold was
blamed for at least 34 deaths in parts of Europe and prompted the
French army to send out troops to feed the homeless in Paris.
1994 Nov 23, NATO warplanes
blasted Serb missile batteries in two air raids while Bosnian Serb
fighters, for the first time, broke into the U.N.-designated safe
haven of Bihac.
1994 Nov 23, A large cache of
bomb-grade uranium was transferred from Kazakhstan to the United
1995 Nov 23, Free-lance
photographer Charles Rathbun was booked in Hermosa Beach, Calif.,
for investigation of murder in the disappearance of model Linda
Sobek. Rathbun was later convicted of Sobek's murder.
1995 Nov 23, Movie director
Louis Malle died in Beverly Hills, California, at age 63.
1995 Nov 23, Bosnian Serb
leader Radovan Karadzic grudgingly accepted the US-backed peace plan
for the former Yugoslavia after meeting with Serbian President
1995 Nov 23, A wave of violence
in Haiti claimed at least 3 more deaths following President
Jean-Bertrand Aristide's Nov. 7 call for a disarmament campaign.
1996 Nov 23, Following a
four-day visit to Australia, President Clinton arrived in the
Philippines for a summit of Asian-Pacific leaders.
1996 Nov 23, Forty-four people
were injured when an Amtrak train derailed on a Secaucus, N.J.,
1996 Nov 23, An Ethiopian
Boeing 767 airliner crashed into the Indian ocean near Grand Comore
Island. It had been hijacked after takeoff from Addis Ababa and ran
out of fuel under hijacker demands to fly to Australia. 125 of 175
people died. The plane was destined for the Ivory Coast with stops
along the way.
(SFEC, 11/24/96, p.A1,10)(SFC, 11/26/96,
1996 Nov 23, In India amidst
protests outside, Irene Skliva of Greece won the Miss World crown.
Police arrested some 1,650 over 2 days.
(SFEC, 11/24/96, p.A2)
1996 Nov 23, In Libya a member
of the Fighting Islamic Group, Abdullah Guryou, hurled a grenade at
Moammar Khadafy in the desert town of Brak. Khadafy was not hurt.
(SFC, 1/3/97, p.A17)
1996 Nov 23, In Russia Pres.
Yeltsin ordered all troops withdrawn from Chechnya by Jan 27, when
elections would be held.
(SFEC, 11/24/96, p.A14)
1997 Nov 23, Iowa septuplet mom
Bobbi McCaughey left the hospital and returned home while her seven
babies stayed behind in intensive care.
1997 Nov 23, Jorge Mas Canosa,
Cuban exile leader and head of MasTec, died in Miami. He helped
create Radio Marti and TV Marti and served as chairman of the US
Information Agency stations that beamed uncensored news to Cuba.
(SFC, 11/24/97, p.A21)
1997 Nov 23, Artillery shells
fired by Lebanese guerrillas accidentally struck a village near the
Israeli border, killing 9 Lebanese. Israel blamed Hezbollah for
shelling the Shiite village of Beit Lif in an artillery duel.
(WSJ, 11/24/97, p.A1)(SFC, 11/25/97, p.A12)(AP,
1997 Nov 23, In Israel Avigdor
Lieberman resigned as director of the prime minister’s office.
(SFC, 11/25/97, p.A8)
1997 Nov 23, Somali villagers
isolated for weeks by flooding finally received aid from boats
traveling down the Juba river.
1998 Nov 23, Whitewater figure
Susan McDougal was acquitted in Santa Monica, Calif., of embezzling
from conductor Zubin Mehta and his wife; McDougal said the case was
trumped up to pressure her to testify against President Clinton.
1998 Nov 23, The Georgia state
Supreme Court invalidated Georgia’s anti-sodomy law.
(SFC, 11/24/98, p.A4)
1998 Nov 23, The Dow Jones hit
a new record high at 9,374.27.
(SFC, 11/24/98, p.A1)
1998 Nov 23, It was reported
that American Online planned to purchase Netscape Communication for
about $4 billion in stock.
(SFC, 11/23/98, p.A1)
1998 Nov 23, Congo reported
that warplanes of its Zimbabwe allies bombed and sank 6 boatloads of
rebels on lake Tanganyika killing hundreds.
(WSJ, 11/24/98, p.A1)
1998 Nov 23, In Europe railroad
workers stopped work and protested plans for deregulation in 6 EU
(SFC, 11/24/98, p.A14)
1998 Nov 23, The European Union
lifted a worldwide export ban on British beef. The ban was imposed
after experts announced a possible link between "mad cow" disease
and a fatal disease in humans.
1998 Nov 23, An Arctic cold
wave was reported to have killed 71 people across Europe over the
last 3 days. 36 deaths were in Poland and 24 in Romania and
(SFC, 11/24/98, p.A14)
1998 Nov 23, In Mexico City
detectives arrested 44 city officers on charges that included,
murder, rape, extortion and abuse of power under orders by Police
Chief Alejandro Gertz Manero, who took office in August.
(SFC, 11/24/98, p.A12)
1998 Nov 23, In Palestine the
$70 million Gaza Int’l. Airport opened and an Egypt Air plane was
the first to land.
(SFC, 11/24/98, p.A14)(WSJ, 11/24/98, p.A1)
1999 Nov 23, Bill Gates
announced his charitable foundation will give $750 million over the
next 5 years to improve the health of young children in
(SFC, 11/24/99, p.A2)
1999 Nov 23, In a plea met with
scant applause and silent stares, President Clinton told ethnic
Albanians in Kosovo that “you must try" to forgive Serb neighbors
and stop punishing them for the terror campaign of Slobodan
(SFC, 11/24/99, p.A16)(WSJ, 11/24/99, p.A1)(AP,
1999 Nov 23, Defense Secretary
William Cohen called for a military-wide review of conduct after a
Pentagon study said up to 75 percent of blacks and other ethnic
minorities reported experiencing racially offensive behavior.
1999 Nov 23, In Congo Mayi-Mayi
tribal fighters, armed mostly with bows and arrows, attacked Ugandan
soldiers near Butembo and some 200 fighters were killed including
about 100 Mayi-Mayi.
(SFC, 11/25/99, p.D6)
1999 Nov 23, An agreement
between Georgia and Russia was announced to cut the number of
Russian forces over the next few years.
(SFC, 11/24/99, p.C5)
1999 Nov 23, In Nazareth,
Israel, a cornerstone for a mosque was laid next to the Basilica of
the Annunciation. Shihab el-Din, a 12th-century anti-Crusader
cleric, was believed to be buried there.
(SFC, 11/24/99, p.A16)
1999 Nov 23, In Kuwait the
Parliament rejected a decree giving women the right to vote. Sheik
Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah had issued the decree in May. Nearly
identical legislation filed by lawmakers was pending.
(SFC, 11/24/99, p.C2)
1999 Nov 23, Mexico suspended
the operations of Taesa Airline.
(SFC, 11/24/99, p.C5)
1999 Nov 23, In Romania some
5,000 workers of the CNSLR-Fratia trade union gathered in Bucharest
to protest plummeting living standards.
(SFC, 11/24/99, p.C5)
2000 Nov 23, In Florida the
Supreme Court rejected an emergency plea by Al Gore to force
Miami-Dade County to resume manual counts. Meanwhile, Gore's lawyers
argued in a brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court that the high
court should stay out of the Florida election controversy.
(SFC, 11/24/00, p.A1)(AP, 11/23/01)
2000 Nov 23, In Chechnya 4
Russian soldiers were killed and 18 wounded in a series of rebel
(SFC, 11/24/00, p.D8)
2000 Nov 23, In Haiti an
explosion in Carrefour killed a 7-year-old girl on her way to school
and injured 2 other people.
(SFC, 11/24/00, p.D8)
2000 Nov 23, In Kosovo Xhemail
Mustafa (46), pacifist advisor to Ibrahim Rugova, was shot dead by 2
gunmen in Pristina.
(SFC, 11/24/00, p.A20)
2000 Nov 23, The Israeli army
ordered Palestinian police to leave liaison offices after 2 soldiers
were killed in the Gaza Strip. A Hamas member was killed in a car
explosion in Nablus. A Palestinian court later sentenced to death a
man convicted of helping Israeli security agents assassinate the
(SFC, 11/24/00, p.A1)(WSJ, 11/24/00, p.A1)(WSJ,
2000 Nov 23, In Mozambique some
75-83 inmates at the prison in Montepuez, arrested for the Nov 9
protests, were reported dead from either poisoning or suffocation.
(SFC, 11/24/00, p.D4)
2000 Nov 23, In Sri Lanka rebel
mortar shells killed 2 children at the Al-Manar school in Mutur.
(SFC, 11/24/00, p.D8)
2001 Nov 23, It was reported
that Hawaii’s Supreme Court struck down the state’s sex offender
registration law, declaring it unconstitutional.
(SFC, 11/23/01, p.A21)
2001 Nov 23, Heavy storms hit
Arkansas and at least 4 people were killed.
(SSFC, 11/25/01, p.A19)
2001 Nov 23, Taliban troop
contingents were reported to have dug in at 2 bases near Jalalabad
including an estimated 1,200 at Tora Bora. It was also reported that
Pakistani airplanes were being used to evacuate pro-Taliban
Pakistani fighters in Kunduz.
(SFC, 11/24/01, p.A1)
2001 Nov 23, In Britain PM
Blair endorsed British adoption of the Euro.
(SFC, 11/24/01, p.A11)
2001 Nov 23, In Belgium the UN
war crimes tribunal announced that Slobodan Milosevic, former
Yugoslav president, would stand trial on charges of genocide in the
1992-1995 war in Bosnia. Milosevic died in March 2006 while his
trial was in progress.
(SFC, 11/24/01, p.A11)(AP, 11/23/06)
2001 Nov 23, In Brazil an oil
pipeline leak near Rio was stopped after some 26,000 gallons spilled
into Guanabara Bay.
(SSFC, 11/25/01, p.A18)
2001 Nov 23, In Cambodia PM Hun
Sen shut down the country’s bars, nightclubs, discos and karaoke
parlors. He said they were spawning crime and eroding traditional
values. The action followed a series of shootings at nightspots.
(SSFC, 12/2/01, p.C13)
2001 Nov 23, A crew dug for
bodies and survivors under mud after a huge landslide swept over
gold miners illegally digging into the side of a mountain in western
Colombia, killing at least 28 people.
2001 Nov 23, The Council of
Europe ratified the Budapest Convention which allowed one country to
give chase, at least electronically, to criminals in another.
2001 Nov 23, Israeli helicopter
gunships near Nablus killed Mahmoud Abu Hanoud, a senior Hamas
(SFC, 11/24/01, p.A1)
2001 Nov 23, Japan said it
would send 1,500 troops to help with relief operations in
(SFC, 11/24/01, p.A7)
2001 Nov 23, In Nepal Maoist
rebels killed 14 soldiers and at least 23 police in a wave of
attacks. Authorities believed that some 80 rebels were killed in the
(SSFC, 11/25/01, p.A18)
2001 Nov 23, Spain set terms
for extradition of 8 men charged with complicity in the Sep 11
attacks that included trial by a civilian court. 2 policemen were
killed in Beasain.
(SFC, 11/24/01, p.A1)(WSJ, 11/26/01, p.A1)
2001 Nov 23, Taiwan announced
that it would allow Chinese living abroad to visit as tourists. This
relaxed a 50-year ban intended to keep out spies from the Chinese
(SFC, 11/24/01, p.A11)
2001 Nov 23, In Zimbabwe the
Mugabe government accused 6 journalists working for foreign media of
(SFC, 11/24/01, p.A13)
2002 Nov 23, President Bush
visited Vilnius, Lithuania, and Bucharest, Romania, where he vowed
to defend hard-won freedoms behind the former Iron Curtain.
2002 Nov 23, West Coast dock
workers and shipping lines reached a tentative 6-year contract.
(SSFC, 11/24/02, p.A23)
2002 Nov 23, An Algerian
militant group suspected of links to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida
killed nine soldiers in violent clashes east of Algiers. Four police
officers were killed 2 days earlier in Bourmedes.
2002 Nov 23, Azerbaijan Pres.
Geidar Aliev said that he and Armenian Pres. Robert Kocharian have
agreed to seek a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh
2002 Nov 23, Chilean artist
Roberto Echaurren Matta (91), a master of surrealist painting and
sculpture, died at a hospital near Rome.
2002 Nov 23, At Loughborough,
England, 4 people were charged with murdering Adam Morrell (14),
whose body parts were found scattered around the town. The suspects
included three men and a girl. On December 17, 2002 the following
sentences were handed down: Matthew Welsh (19), the dominant figure
in a gang, was sentenced to at least 20 years in prison. His girl
friend Sarah Morris (17), was found guilty of deliberately
assaulting the youngster but cleared of his murder. Nathan Barnett
(27) was ordered to be detained indefinitely in secure accommodation
under the Mental Health Act after he pleaded guilty to manslaughter
on the grounds of diminished responsibility. Daniel Biggs (19) was
cleared of murder and inflicting grievous bodily harm, but sentenced
to two and a half years in custody for conspiring to pervert the
course of justice.
2002 Nov 23, In Indian-ruled
Kashmir 12 people, including six soldiers, were killed and 23
injured when their bus ran over a landmine planted by suspected
2002 Nov 23, Some of the
world's richest countries agreed to offer about $4.3 billion in
financial support for debt-ridden Lebanon.
2002 Nov 23, Miss World
organizers moved the beauty pageant from Nigeria to London after
three days of Muslim-Christian bloodletting killed 215 people. The
violence was triggered by a newspaper's suggestion that the Islamic
prophet Muhammad would have liked the event.
(AP, 11/23/02)(AP, 11/24/02)
2002 Nov 23, Two Palestinian
suicide bombers blew up an explosives-laden fishing boat close to an
Israeli patrol craft, wounding four sailors, in the first such
attack since the start of the Palestinian uprising.
2002 Nov 23, Tens of thousands
of Taiwan farmers took to the streets to protest against the planned
reform of shaky agricultural co-ops, a day after the premier and
finance minister offered to resign over the controversy.
2002 Nov 23, Turkey's new prime
minister presented his program to parliament, saying his top
priorities are joining the European Union and revitalizing the
2003 Nov 23, Adolfo “Big Al"
Bruno (57), a regional Mafia boss, was killed in Springfield, Mass.
In 2008 Frankie Roche (35), a low level Mafia member, admitted to
(SFC, 4/18/08, p.A4)
2003 Nov 23, In Afghanistan a
transport helicopter carrying US troops that crashed just north of
Kabul, killing five Americans and injuring seven.
2003 Nov 23, Russian special
forces killed 17 militants near the Chechen village of Serzhen-Yurt.
The Kremlin later displayed passports belonging to an Algerian, 3
Turks and Thomas Fischer (25), a German, who were among the dead.
(SFC, 12/25/03, p.A11)(WSJ, 10/14/04, p.A14)
2003 Nov 23, The Croatian
Nationalist Democratic Union (HDZ), led by Ivo Sanader, won
(AP, 11/24/03)(Econ, 11/29/03, p.47)
2003 Nov 23, Georgian President
Eduard Shevardnadze signed his resignation papers as leaders of
protesters already occupying parliament urged tens of thousands of
supporters to seize more organs of state power and some military
units defected to the jubilant protesters thronging the capital's
streets. Nino Burdzhanadze, leader of the United Democrats
opposition, declared herself acting president and announced a new
election within 45 days.
(AP, 11/23/03)(SSFC, 11/23/03, p.A3)
2003 Nov 23, Hong Kong
residents voted in elections seen as a showdown between pro-Beijing
politicians and democratic candidates. Voters turned out in record
numbers to hand the territory's top pro-Beijing party a stunning
defeat in local elections.
(AP, 11/23/03)(AP, 11/24/03)
2003 Nov 23, The Indonesian
military reported it had killed six suspected rebels and captured
four others during clashes in Aceh province.
2003 Nov 23, In Iraq the
Governing Council named Rend Rahim Francke, an Iraqi-American woman
and veteran lobbyist who has criticized Washington as being
shortsighted in Iraq, as its ambassador to the United States.
2003 Nov 23, In Iraq gunmen
killed two American soldiers driving through Mosul, and then a crowd
swarmed the scene, looting the soldiers' vehicle and pummeling their
bodies. Another soldier was killed in a roadside bombing north of
2003 Nov 23, Myanmar's military
government released 4 top opposition party members from house
arrest, but pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and 4 others
continued in detention.
2004 Nov 23, US news host Dan
Rather announced he would step down as principal anchorman of "The
CBS Evening News" in March 2005.
2004 Nov 23, In Afghanistan 3
UN workers kidnapped 4 weeks ago were released unharmed.
2004 Nov 23, In Brazil
government data indicated that 47% of its rainforest was now
occupied by man or logged.
(WSJ, 11/24/04, p.A1)
2004 Nov 23, Some 5,000 US
Marines, British troops and Iraqi commandos launched raids and
arrested suspected insurgents aimed at clearing a swath of insurgent
hotbeds south of Baghdad.
2004 Nov 23, In Kashmir
suspected Muslim rebels shot dead five people in overnight attacks.
2004 Nov 23, In Mexico City a
mob angry about recent child abductions cornered plainclothes
federal agents taking photos of students at a school and burned the
officers alive, mistaking the agents for kidnappers.
2004 Nov 23, Pakistani Prime
Minister Shaukat Aziz arrived in India to help push forward a
fragile peace process.
2004 Nov 23, Interim
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas told parliament that he would
follow Arafat's footsteps and demand that Israel recognize the
"right of return" of Palestinian refugees.
2004 Nov 23, Opposition leader
Viktor Yushchenko declared victory in Ukraine's presidential
election and took a symbolic oath of office. About 200,000
supporters gathered in the capital to protest alleged election
fraud. He won a court-ordered revote in December 2004.
(AP, 11/23/04)(AP, 11/23/05)
2004 Nov 23, The UN Working
Group on Internet Governance (40 delegates) met in Geneva.
(Econ, 11/20/04, p.65)
2004 Nov 23, In Venezuela
lawyer Antonio Lopez, a suspect in the slaying of a top prosecutor
last week, was killed in a shootout with police.
2004 Nov 23, A UN AIDS report
said infections had risen 7.7% to 39.4 million over the last 2
years; growth was fastest in Asia and East Europe. New infections in
2004 were estimated at 4.9 million with 3.1 million deaths.
(WSJ, 11/24/04, p.A1)(Econ, 11/27/04, p.82)
2005 Nov 23, A federal jury in
New York convicted Uzair Paracha (25), a Pakistani man detained in
2003, of providing material support to terrorists and other related
charges. His father was being held as an enemy combatant at
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
(SFC, 11/23/05, p.A15)
2005 Nov 23, Dr. Thomas Dawber
(92) died in Florida. He led the revolutionary Framingham Heart
Study (1949-1966) that identified the major risk factors for heart
2005 Nov 23, A commuter train
slammed into several vehicles caught in a traffic jam on a busy road
in Elmwood Park, Ill., starting a chain reaction that injured at
least 10 people.
2005 Nov 23, In SF 2 killings
on Turk Street raised the city’s homicide toll this year to 90, 2
more than in all of 2004.
(SFC, 11/24/05, p.B1)
2005 Nov 23, Constance Cummings
(95) American-born actress died in Oxfordshire, England.
2005 Nov 23, Suspected Taliban
militants shot to death three Afghan police, a day after a roadside
bombing killed a US service member in the same Uruzgan province.
2005 Nov 23, A UN report said
cultivation of opium poppies decreased in Afghanistan this year for
the first time since 2001, a success that saw one in every five
farmers abandon the drug-producing plant for legal crops.
2005 Nov 23, Australia's PM
John Howard visited Pakistan's devastated earthquake zone and
announced a further 37 million dollars in aid for victims of the
2005 Nov 23, In Britain and
Wales the early pub closing times, that had governed drinking in
Britain since their introduction during World War I, were set to end
at midnight. The laws had required most pubs to close at 11 p.m.
Monday to Saturday and 10:30 p.m. on Sundays. New rules allowed
pubs, bars, shops, restaurants and clubs to apply to open any hours
they like, although each license must be approved by local
2005 Nov 23, In Chile former
dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet was indicted and put under house
arrest on charges of tax evasion and corruption related to his
multimillion-dollar overseas accounts.
2005 Nov 23, In Colombia
soldiers near Villa Hermosa captured Arcesio Lamus, leader of the
Bolshevik Front of the National Liberation Army, suspected of
carrying out more than a dozen kidnappings and other terrorist
attacks over the past two decades.
2005 Nov 23, Cuba announced a
major increase in government salaries saying that it wanted to
reward workers with high productivity and advanced university
2005 Nov 23, Egypt's
parliamentary polls claimed a 2nd victim when supporters of a
newly-elected MP seized backers of a losing candidate, tied them to
the back of tractors and dragged them through the streets.
2005 Nov 23, France's Cabinet
approved a plan to put a tax on airline tickets starting next year
to finance efforts against poverty and disease in the developing
2005 Nov 23, Georgian President
Mikhail Saakashvili predicted his country will become a member of
the Western military alliance NATO by 2009.
2005 Nov 23, Gunmen wearing
Iraqi army uniforms broke into the home of Khadim Sarhid
al-Hemaiyem, a senior Sunni leader, and killed him, his three sons
2005 Nov 23, Hezbollah
guerrillas clashed with Israeli soldiers on the southern Lebanese
2005 Nov 23, Officials declared
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf the winner of Liberia's first postwar
balloting, making her Africa's first elected female president. She
pledged in her acceptance speech to end Liberia's history of
corrupt, brutal and male-dominated rule.
2005 Nov 23, A NATO official
said Uzbekistan has told NATO allies they can no longer use its
territory or airspace to support peacekeeping missions in
2005 Nov 23, In Nigeria a
Bayelsa state government spokesman said an impeachment notice has
been filed against Governor Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, who skipped
bail in London, accusing him of money laundering, holding illegal
foreign bank accounts, corruptly enriching his family and
misappropriating public funds among other offenses.
2005 Nov 23, In Peru officials
said police will begin patrolling Peru's famed Inca Trail following
the recent armed robbery of 13 tourists.
2005 Nov 23, Poland's two
leading newspapers blacked out large sections of their front pages
in an eye-catching protest against media repression in neighboring
2005 Nov 23, Spanish police
arrested 11 people suspected of financing and giving logistical
support to an Islamic extremist group linked to al-Qaida.
2005 Nov 23, Sudan and Uganda
said they have renewed a deal letting Ugandan troops pursue leaders
of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels deep into Sudanese
2006 Nov 23, Scientists
studying mice said they have found what may be a master cardiac stem
cell, able to change into the three major cell types in a mammal's
heart, in a finding that could help guide heart repair in people.
2006 Nov 23, Gerald M. Boyd
(b.1950), the 1st black managing editor of the NY Times (2001-2003,
died of cancer.
(SFC, 11/24/06, p.)
2006 Nov 23, Betty Comden
(b.1917), lyricist, died in New York. She teamed with Adolph Green
to write such Broadway musicals as “On the Town" (1944) and Peter
(SFC, 11/24/06, p.A1)
2006 Nov 23, Anita O’Day (87),
jazz singer, died in West Los Angeles. Her 1981 autobiography was
titled “High Times Hard Times."
(SFC, 11/24/06, p.A1)
2006 Nov 23, In central
Afghanistan an insurgent rocket attack killed one NATO soldier and
injured another while they were on patrol.
2006 Nov 23, Belarusian police
detained opposition leader Alexander Milinkevich during a visit to a
province where he was gathering signatures in support of candidates
for local elections.
2006 Nov 23, Teenagers aged 16
and 17 have voted for the first time in the British Isles, as the
Isle of Man held a landmark general election to choose members for
its 24 seats in the House of Keys, the main branch of the Isle of
Man's bicameral parliament.
2006 Nov 23, Alexander
Litvinenko, a former KGB agent, died in London. The British
government said Litvinenko, the former KGB agent turned Kremlin
critic, had a toxic radioactive substance in his body. Litvinenko
had blamed a "barbaric and ruthless" Russian President Vladimir
Putin for his fatal poisoning. The radioactive element polonium-210
was found in Litvinenko's urine. In 2007 it was reported that
Litvinenko had been working for British secret intelligence service
(AP, 11/24/06)(AP, 10/27/07)
2006 Nov 23, In Cameroon the
African Union's 53 finance ministers, meeting in Yaounde, called for
debt cancellation from their creditors and increased aid packages.
2006 Nov 23, Canada's
opposition Liberal party announced support for Conservative PM
Stephen Harper's motion recognizing French-speaking Quebec as a
nation within Canada, adding political weight to an attempt to
pre-empt similar efforts by Quebec separatists.
2006 Nov 23, China’s state
media reported government plans to spend about $250 billion
extending the country's expressways to deal with a surge in car
ownership over the next three decades.
2006 Nov 23, Chinese President
Hu Jintao received a red carpet welcome to Pakistan on a trip aimed
at expanding economic ties with Beijing's longtime ally, including
signing a free trade agreement between the two countries.
2006 Nov 23, The imprisoned
leaders of Colombia's right-wing militias called for the creation of
a truth commission where they can confess their actions in the
brutal civil war.
2006 Nov 23, A military
official said France has bolstered its presence in the Central
African Republic with 100 more troops following rebel attacks and
growing concern over the neighboring Darfur region of Sudan.
2006 Nov 23, Philippe Noiret
(b.1930), French comedian and film actor, died in Paris.
2006 Nov 23, In India a Tibetan
activist protesting against Chinese rule in the Himalayan region set
himself on fire outside a hotel where China's president was staying.
An official later said the activist was not seriously injured.
2006 Nov 23, In northeast India
a bomb exploded near a train station, killing two people and
injuring 10 in Gauhati, the capital of Assam state.
2006 Nov 23, The UN nuclear
agency decided to deny Iran technical help in building a
plutonium-producing reactor, but left room for Tehran to eventually
renew its request. The IAEA said Iran has agreed to crack open the
books on its uranium enrichment activities, a move that could give
experts a better grasp of a program the Security Council fears could
be misused to produce atomic bombs.
(AP, 11/23/06)(AP, 11/24/06)
2006 Nov 23, In the deadliest
attack since the beginning of the Iraq war, suspected Sunni-Arab
militants used suicide car bombs and mortar rounds on the capital's
Shiite Sadr City slum killing 215 people with 256 wounded.
(AFP, 11/24/06)(AP, 11/23/07)
2006 Nov 23, Israeli troops
went after Palestinian militants in Gaza as rockets slammed into
southern Israel, but a planned meeting between a Hamas leader and
Egyptian mediators raised hopes the violence could be contained. A
64-year-old Palestinian grandmother blew herself up near Israeli
troops sweeping through northern Gaza, and eight other Palestinians
were killed in a day of clashes and rocket fire.
2006 Nov 23, Japan decided to
temporarily suspend South Korean poultry imports due to a suspected
bird flu outbreak that has killed around 6,000 chickens.
2006 Nov 23, In Lebanon allies
of Pierre Gemayel, a slain Christian government minister, turned his
funeral into a powerful demonstration of anger against Syria as some
800,000 jammed downtown Beirut to pay their respects.
2006 Nov 23, In Mexico Police
chief Baltazar Gomez and Osvaldo Rodriguez, both of the Monterrey
suburb of Santa Catarina, were killed just after midnight by a
gunman who followed them inside a convenience store where they had
gone after attending a funeral. Crusading journalist Jesus
Blancornelas, who relentlessly investigated drug cartels and
government corruption despite an attempt on his life and the killing
of colleagues, died of a chronic illness in Tijuana.
2006 Nov 23, Pakistan's Senate
approved a controversial bill to help rape victims, despite vehement
protests by hard-line Muslim lawmakers who claim the legislation
violates Islamic law. The bill is now set to go before President
Gen. Pervez Musharraf, who is expected to sign it.
2006 Nov 23, An environmental
activist alleged that highly toxic chemicals had accidentally
spilled from weapons being reprocessed at the Maradykovsky
reprocessing plant, 450 miles northeast of Moscow. The plant is a
focal point of the push to meet an April 2007 target set by the
Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons for Russia to
destroy 20 percent of its stockpile.
2006 Nov 23, Thousands of
Rwandans took to the streets of Kigali to denounce France's alleged
complicity in the 1994 genocide and a French judge's call for the
prosecution of President Paul Kagame.
2006 Nov 23, Somalia's Islamic
militia invited US government leaders to visit the capital,
Mogadishu, the city where 18 U.S. troops on a peacekeeping mission
to the East African nation were killed in 1993.
2006 Nov 23, The Sri Lankan
military killed at least 19 insurgents in a fierce battle with Tamil
Tiger rebels in the restive east. The separatist Liberation Tigers
of Tamil Eelam, however, said only one of their fighters died, and
claimed to have killed seven government commandoes.
2006 Nov 23, In Sudan 6
policemen were killed and 7 wounded in an attack by unidentified
rebels on a police camp in South Darfur state.
2006 Nov 23, Farai Chiweshe,
deputy director for the Southern African Human Rights Trust
(SAHRIT), a leading Zimbabwean rights group, slammed President
Robert Mugabe's government for failing to ratify a United Nations
convention against torture and condoning its use by state agents.
2007 Nov 23, Emily Sander (18),
a Kansas college student and Internet porn star, was last seen
leaving a bar in El Dorado, about 30 miles from Wichita, with a man
identified as Israel Mireles (24). Her body was found Nov 29 about
50 miles east of El Dorado. Mireles was arrested in Mexico on Dec 19
and extradited to the US on June 25, 2009.
(AP, 11/29/07)(AP, 11/30/07)(SFC, 12/20/07,
p.A4)(SFC, 6/27/09, p.A4)
2007 Nov 23, In Afghanistan
Taliban militants beheaded 7 police officers after overrunning their
checkpoints. An Australian commando (26) and 3 civilians were killed
in a clash with Taliban militia in Uruzgan province. In 2008 the
Australian military cleared its soldiers over the deaths of two
women and a baby during this battle but said all civilian casualties
were "highly regrettable."
(Reuters, 11/23/07)(SFC, 11/24/07, p.A3)(AFP,
2007 Nov 23, Bulgaria’s
Interior Ministry said police have arrested nine people and broke a
huge counterfeiting ring that churned out foreign passports and
other documents and distributed them across Europe.
2007 Nov 23, Explosions and
machine-gun fire echoed through the hills of east Congo, where
government troops battled rebels for a third day amid a deepening
humanitarian crisis the UN says has displaced nearly 200,000 people
in the past few months.
2007 Nov 23, In Cuba Robert
Vesco (b.1935), a fugitive financier, died of lung cancer. He had
been wanted in the US for crimes ranging from securities fraud and
drug trafficking to political bribery. News of this death was not
publicly reported for another 5 months.
(SFC, 5/3/08, p.A6)(Econ, 5/31/08, p.91)
2007 Nov 23, A series of
near-simultaneous explosions ripped through courthouse complexes in
three north Indian cities, killing at least 13 lawyers and injuring
dozens of other people. Federal authorities blamed militants trying
to spark unrest between India's Hindu majority and Muslim minority
for the blasts in Lucknow, Varanasi and Faizabad.
2007 Nov 23, Two bombs exploded
hours apart in a central Baghdad pet market and a police checkpoint
in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, killing 26 people and wounding
dozens. A parked car bomb targeted a police patrol in Shurqat, 155
miles northwest of Baghdad, killing one officer and wounding 15
others, along with one civilian.
2007 Nov 23, Lebanon's
parliament failed to elect a successor to President Emile Lahoud
just hours before he was set to leave office after it was unable to
convene due to an opposition boycott. Emile Lahoud left office
without a successor after announcing he was handing over security
powers to the army.
(AP, 11/23/07)(AP, 11/23/08)
2007 Nov 23, Vladimir Kryuchkov
(83), the Soviet Union's former KGB chief and one of Russia's most
influential hardline spy masters, died. Kryuchkov's biggest failure
was the defection to Britain in 1985 of Oleg Gordievsky, the highest
ranking KGB defector in its history.
2007 Nov 23, Saudi Arabia and
other Arab nations grudgingly agreed to attend an upcoming
US-sponsored Mideast peace conference, despite failing to get any
guarantee of Israeli concessions.
2007 Nov 23, Sudan's Pres. Omar
al-Beshir said he would not accept non-African troops in a combined
United Nations/African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur, apart
from Chinese and Pakistani technical units already committed.
2007 Nov 23, A study
commissioned by the state's emergency response council said nearly a
third of Swaziland's children are considered orphaned and vulnerable
as AIDS takes its toll on the country. Close to 40 percent of
Swaziland adults are living with HIV and AIDS, the highest infection
rate anywhere in the world.
2007 Nov 23, In Uganda
presidents and prime ministers from Britain and its former colonies
discussed democracy, human rights and the rule of law at the start
of a Commonwealth summit. They were presented with the new report:
“Civil Paths to Peace: Report of the Commonwealth Commission on
Respect and Understanding," while police and anti-government
protesters clashed nearby.
(AP, 11/23/07)(Econ, 11/10/07, p.74)
2007 Nov 23, Ukrainian PM
Viktor Yanukovych submitted his resignation as a new parliament was
sworn in and rival parties jostled to form a government after
2008 Nov 23, President George
W. Bush, wrapping up his final summit with world leaders, offered a
message of hope that despite the worst economic crisis in decades,
the global economy will emerge in better shape. He was expected to
tout the benefits of free trade during a meeting with his host,
Peru's President Alan Garcia, before attending the final sessions of
the 21-nation Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum (APEC) as he
wrapped up three days of discussions. Summit leaders predicted a
worldwide recovery in 18 months.
(AP, 11/23/08)(SFC, 11/24/08, p.A11)
2008 Nov 23, Rushing to rescue
Citigroup, the US government agreed to shoulder hundreds of billions
of dollars in possible losses at the stricken bank and to plow a
fresh $20 billion into the company.
2008 Nov 23, In San Francisco’s
North Beach Brian Goggin unveiled his art installation, “Language of
the Birds," a $120,000 effort that involved hundreds of people.
(SFC, 11/24/08, p.A1)
2008 Nov 23, In Hollywood, Ca.,
Mario Majorski (48) of Oregon was shot and killed by a security
guard at the Scientology Celebrity Center as he tried to attack
guests with a pair of Samurai swords.
(SFC, 11/25/08, p.B8)
2008 Nov 23, In New Jersey
Joseph Pallipurath (27) of Sacramento, Ca., shot and killed Reshma
James (24), his estranged wife, at the Syrian Orthodox Knayaya
Church in Clifton. He also killed bystander Dennis John Malloosseril
(25) at the church and wounded a 3rd person. Pallipurath was
arrested late the next day in Georgia. On May 27, 2011, Pallipurath
was sentenced to two life sentences in prison.
(SFC, 11/25/08, p.A3)(SFC, 11/26/08, p.A3)(SFC,
2008 Nov 23, In southeastern
Australia rescuers returned 11 pilot whales to sea, a day after a
pod of 64 mothers and calves were found stranded on a beach.
2008 Nov 23, In southern Brazil
weekend rains caused rivers to overflow their banks. The resulting
floods and mudslides left at least 114 people dead. In northeastern
Paragominas a mob of about 3,000 people, enraged by a crackdown on
illegal logging, trashed a government office, and tried to attack
(AP, 11/25/08)(AP, 11/24/08)(AP, 12/1/08)
2008 Nov 23, In southwest China
men wielding knives and batons attacked employees at an arcade in a
brawl that left five dead and two injured in Chongqing.
2008 Nov 23, Congolese soldiers
stopped a peacekeepers' convoy at an impromptu roadblock and dragged
23 Congolese men off the trucks, accusing them of being rebels. UN
officials said the men were rebels who had surrendered as well as
national policemen and civilians.
2008 Nov 23, In Egypt police
fired tear-gas at about 2,000 rioters in the southern town of Aswan
as they protested the police shooting to death of a bird-seller.
2008 Nov 23, In Georgia gunfire
that broke out as Pres. Saakashvili and Polish Pres. Lech Kaczynski
were traveling near a roadblock at the edge of Georgia-controlled
territory. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said there was no
gunfire from Russian or South Ossetian positions and suggested
Georgia engineered the incident to discredit Russia and South
Ossetia. In Tbilisi Nino Burjanadze, a former ally of Pres.
Saakashvili, founded a new party: the Democratic Movement-United
(AP, 11/24/08)(WSJ, 11/24/08, p.A8)
2008 Nov 23, In Guinea Bissau
mutinous soldiers fought their way into the fortified residence of
President Joao Bernardo Vieira’s in a 3-hour gunbattle but did not
hurt the head of state.
2008 Nov 23, Indonesia rescued
Bank Century at a cost of 6.76 trillion rupiah ($730m). In 2010
Indonesia’s parliament ruled that the bailout was illegal and
suggested that indications of corruption be investigated.
(Econ, 3/6/10, p.55)(http://tinyurl.com/y8l28yq)
2008 Nov 23, Baghdad
authorities killed more than 200 stray dogs, the opening day of a
campaign to cull dog packs roaming the capital that was prompted by
a spate of fatal attacks on residents. According to Baghdad's
provincial council 13 people died in August alone in the capital
after being attacked by dogs.
2008 Nov 23, In Indian Kashmir
turnout was high for a 2nd round of voting despite boycott calls by
Muslim separatists and clashes in some towns between protesters and
2008 Nov 23, Kenyan PM Raila
Odinga called for the deployment of African Union peacekeepers to
Zimbabwe to bring President Robert Mugabe back into line.
2008 Nov 23, In Northern
Ireland 4 police officers were killed in an early morning road
2008 Nov 23, Saudi Arabia
slashed a key lending rate and cut reserve requirements amid
intensifying economic headwinds.
(WSJ, 11/24/08, p.A8)
2008 Nov 23, In Sri Lanka at
least 27 soldiers were killed and another 70 wounded in fresh
fighting just outside Kilinochchi, the political capital of the
Liberation Tigers (LTTE). Tamil Tiger rebels said they killed 43 Sri
Lankan soldiers in the island's north, halting the government's
march toward a strategic crossroads.
(AFP, 11/24/08)(AP, 11/24/08)
2008 Nov 23, In Thailand
protesters seeking the resignation of the prime minister massed in
the capital for what they said would be their biggest rally yet and
a final showdown with the government. Thousands of soldiers and
police were ordered to use nonviolent means to keep the peace.
2008 Nov 23, In Venezuela
President Hugo Chavez sought to hold on to his dominance in state
and municipal elections, facing an opposition aiming to win back
power in key states and cities. Chavez's opponents made important
gains in local elections, capturing the Caracas mayor's office and
three of the most populous states, but his allies won a strong
(AP, 11/23/08)(AP, 11/24/08)
2009 Nov 23, The US Consumer
Product Safety Commission recalled of 2.1 million cribs following
links to 4 infant suffocations. The drop-side cribs were made by
Stork Craft Manufacturing of Canada.
2009 Nov 23, Jacques Monsieur
(56), a Belgian arms dealer pleaded guilty, in an Alabama courtroom
to conspiracy to illegally export F-5 fighter jet engines and parts
from the US to Iran. Monsieur, along with Dara Fotouhi, an Iranian
national living in France, was charged in a six-count indictment
with conspiracy, money laundering and smuggling.
2009 Nov 23, Ohio police seized
about 35 pipe bombs, an assortment of firearms, hundreds of rounds
of ammunition at the Cuyahoga Falls apartment of Mark Campano (56),
a former doctor, following two loud explosions. Citing a history of
drug dependency, the Medical Board of Ohio had removed Campano's
license in 2006.
(AP, 11/26/09)(SFC, 11/28/09, p.A5)
2009 Nov 23, The US signed an
agreement giving 38.7 million dollars to 27 Afghan provinces that
eliminated or significantly reduced opium production in the world's
biggest supplier country. Afghanistan’s deputy attorney general said
2 Afghan cabinet ministers are being investigated under suspicion of
embezzlement. A suicide bomber, targeting a police convoy, killed
two civilian men and three children in northern Kunduz province.
Five others were wounded in the attack. A bomb attack killed a US
soldier in eastern Afghanistan.
(AFP, 11/23/09)(Reuters, 11/23/09)(AP, 11/23/09)
2009 Nov 23, A Chinese court
sentenced Web site manager Huang Qi, a veteran dissident, to three
years in prison after he criticized the government's response to the
May, 2008, earthquake that killed about 90,000 people.
(AP, 11/23/09)(Econ, 2/13/10, p.45)
2009 Nov 23, India's army
tested a nuclear-capable Agni missile after sunset for the first
time to demonstrate it could be fired whenever required.
2009 Nov 23, Iran's central
bank chief said that the country has gained five billion dollars by
replacing the US dollar with the euro in its currency basket. Iran’s
conservative Jomhuri Eslami reported that the moral police have
arrested a dozen couples for engaging in illicit sexual acts,
including swapping of partners.
2009 Nov 23, Iran ordered a ban
on the Hamshahri daily, the country's largest-circulation newspaper,
for publishing a photo of a Baha'i temple. Iran's Shiite cleric-led
regime views the Baha'i religion as heretical and has banned it
since the 1979 revolution. The ban was lifted after one day.
(AP, 11/24/09)(AP, 11/25/09)
2009 Nov 23, Iraqi lawmakers
voted to change the system for distributing parliamentary seats. But
lawmakers from the Sunni minority walked out before the vote, saying
they will lose seats under the change.
2009 Nov 23, UOP LLC, a
Honeywell company, announced today that its renewable jet fuel
process technology was used to convert second-generation, renewable
feedstocks to green jet fuel for a biofuel demonstration flight by
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.
(http://tinyurl.com/yb877n3)(SFC, 11/24/09, p.A2)
2009 Nov 23, Pakistan's army
fought Islamist militants for control of a northwestern district,
killing 18 of them. It was the second day of fighting in Shahukhel
in Hangu district close to the Afghan border.
2009 Nov 23, In the southern
Philippines dozens of gunmen hijacked a convoy carrying journalists,
and family and supporters of a candidate for provincial governor,
killing 57 people in Maguindanao province. In 2010 Senior Police
Officer Rainier Ebus testified he saw former Mayor Andal Ampatuan
Jr., the scion of the clan that was in control of southern
Maguindanao province, shoot about 40 of the 57 victims after
stopping their vehicles. Maguindanao is part of the Autonomous
Region in Muslim Mindanao, which was created as part of a 1996 peace
agreement with a large Muslim rebel group. The body of journalist
Reynaldo Momay (61), a photographer for a small-town newspaper, was
missing. He would be the 58th victim.
(AP, 11/23/09)(AP, 11/24/09)(AP, 11/10/10)(AP,
2009 Nov 23, In Russia 8
military personnel were killed when a truckload of ammunition
exploded as they cleaned up after the huge Nov 13 conflagration at a
munitions depot in Ulyanovsk.
2009 Nov 23, Shiite rebels in
northern Yemen accused Saudi forces of launching a major
cross-border ground and air attack, a day after an alleged failed
2009 Nov 23, In Geneva the
world's largest atom smasher made another leap forward Monday by
circulating beams of protons in opposite directions at the same time
and causing the first particle collisions in the $10 billion machine
after more than a year of repairs.
2010 Nov 23, In Atlanta,
Georgia, Amador Cortes-Meza (36) of Mexico was convicted on federal
charges of orchestrating a sex trafficking scheme in which
prosecutors say he lured impoverished young Mexican women to the
Atlanta area with false promises of better lives, high-paying jobs
and even hints of romance. He was accused of bringing at least 10
women to the area between spring 2006 and June 2008.
2010 Nov 23, Alfred Gaynor
(43), a serial killer from western Massachusetts admitted to
strangling a woman in 1995, his first victim of eight.
(SFC, 11/24/10, p.A8)
2010 Nov 23, A US federal jury
in Oakland, Ca., said SAP AG must pay Oracle Corp. $1.3 billion for
copyright infringement. In 2011 A US District Judge called the award
excessive and reduced it to $272 million.
(SFC, 11/24/10, p.A1)(SFC, 9/2/11, p.D1)
2010 Nov 23, A BP executive,
James Patrick Black (58), helping to guide recovery from the Gulf of
Mexico oil spill died with two others when a small plane crashed in
waters off the Florida Panhandle.
2010 Nov 23, An Afghan close to
negotiations with the Taliban said a man leading the Taliban side of
peace talks with the Afghan government was an impersonator, in a
setback to efforts to negotiate an end to the war.
2010 Nov 23, In Angola activist
Antonio Paca Panzo was released from jail for lack of evidence after
seven months and 12 days. Panzo was arrested in april in the Cabinda
region for apparently having T-shirts emblazoned with the faces of
four activists who had been arrested in January and were accused of
responsibility in a deadly attack on the Togo team bus as it headed
to the African Cup of Nations. Panzo was freed because of lack of
2010 Nov 23, Australia promised
to be a future long-tem supplier of rare earths to Japan, after
China suspended shipments of the minerals to its neighbor.
2010 Nov 23, Police in Belgium,
Germany and the Netherlands arrested at least 10 people on suspicion
of planning an Islamist militant attack in Belgium.
2010 Nov 23, In Brazil police
in Rio launched a broad crackdown on gangs and drug-trafficking
groups rolling out helicopter-backed armored tanks in 20 slums,
killing at least two suspects.
2010 Nov 23, In Brazil Roberto
Puppo, a native of Bergamo, Italy, was shot and killed. His
bullet-ridden body was found in Alagoas on the next day. Authorities
believe the killing was ordered by da Silva's boyfriend, an Italian
man "suspected of belonging to an international organized crime
group." A teenager, who was not identified because he is a minor;
and a private security guard identified as Cosme Alves were arrested
after a few weeks and charged with the killing.
2010 Nov 23, In Burkina Faso 4
of the 7 candidates in recent presidential election say they won't
recognize the poll's results, claiming the vote was rigged.
2010 Nov 23, China acknowledged
that it is the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitter, as it called
on the United States to ensure climate change talks opening next
week make progress.
2010 Nov 23, Croatia’s Atlantic
Grupa food company took over Slovenia’s Droga Kolinska for $326
million. This was the biggest corporate deal in the Balkans in
(Econ, 11/27/10, p.72)
2010 Nov 23, East African
leaders met in the Ethiopian capital to discuss beefing up the
African Union force in Somalia and tensions in Sudan ahead of
January's referendum on autonomy for the south.
2010 Nov 23, The European Union
urged Ireland to adopt an austerity budget on time to unlock
promised EU/IMF funding, responding to a deepening political crisis
that threatens to derail the financial rescue.
2010 Nov 23, The EU’s
anti-piracy naval force said that have caught 16 suspected Somali
pirates over the past 5 days in the Indian Ocean with the help of
the Seychelles coast guard.
(SFC, 11/24/10, p.A2)
2010 Nov 23, Iran’s state radio
reported that authorities have issued an arrest warrant for Mahdi
Hashemi, the son of influential former President Akbar Hashemi
Rafsanjani, on charges of helping foment last year's postelection
unrest. Hashemi has been living in Britain since shortly after the
2010 Nov 23, In Iraq a surgeon
and an engineer at Baghdad International Airport were gunned down in
a mostly Sunni neighborhood in western Baghdad. an Education
Ministry professor was shot in another Sunni area in northeastern
Baghdad. A passer-by was slain in a drive-by shooting in the
northeastern city of Kirkuk.
2010 Nov 23, Ireland's banks
are up for sale, the country's central bank chief said, as the
government sought to cut them down in size after their reckless
lending forced the country to seek an international bailout.
2010 Nov 23, Authorities in
southern Italy arrested two women in an operation against suspected
mobsters, a development that reflects the increasing role of women
in running the mob's affairs. Those arrested included Carmelina
Capria, wife of imprisoned clan boss Antonio Pesce, and Maria Grazia
Pesce, wife of fugitive boss Roberto Matalone.
2010 Nov 23, Lebanese PM Saad
Hariri dismissed a media report that implicated Hezbollah and
possibly Lebanon's head of police intelligence, Colonel Wissam
Hassan, in the 2005 murder of his father, ex-premier Rafiq Hariri.
2010 Nov 23, Mexican police
arrested Carlos Montemayor Gonzalez, nicknamed "El Charro," or "The
Cowboy," with help from the US Drug Enforcement Administration." He
was linked to the recently arrested US-born kingpin known as "La
Barbie," and to the killing of 20 Mexican tourists in September.
2010 Nov 23, Nigeria's most
prominent armed group MEND said that on Nov 21 it had attacked and
destroyed the Obidi refinery trunk line feeding a refinery in the
Niger Delta region.
2010 Nov 23, North and South
Korea exchanged artillery fire after the North shelled Yeonpyeong
island near their disputed sea border, killing at least 2 South
Korean marines and 2 civilians, setting dozens of buildings ablaze
and sending civilians fleeing for shelter.
(AP, 11/23/10)(AFP, 11/24/10)(Econ, 10/26/13, SR
2010 Nov 23, In northwestern
Pakistan the concrete cover of a sewage tank collapsed during a
funeral, causing 14 people in Jhor village to plunge to their death.
2010 Nov 23, Saudi media said a
Saudi woman (53), accused of torturing her Indonesian maid, has been
sent to jail while the maid, Sumiati Binti Salan Mustapa (23),
receives extensive hospital treatment for burns and broken bones.
2010 Nov 23, A Spanish judge
ordered Carlos Vielmann, a former Guatemalan interior minister, be
freed because authorities in the Central American country failed to
request his extradition on charges he ordered the extra-judicial
execution of seven inmates. He resigned in 2007 after allegations in
one of those cases became known.
2010 Nov 23, In Trinidad Sgt.
Simeon Roderique (38), a US Army soldier vacationing on the
Caribbean island, was killed when gunmen rammed his car from behind
in a rough slum and then opened fire. He was shot shortly after
dropping a woman off at her home in Laventille, a gang-plagued
community just east of Trinidad's capital. The woman's brother was
2011 Nov 23, Legendary musician
Jimi Hendrix was named the greatest guitar player in history by
Rolling Stone magazine in a list compiled by a panel of music
experts and top guitar players.
2011 Nov 23, In Arizona 6
people on board a small twin-engine plane were killed when it
crashed in a ball of fire in a remote area of the Superstition
Mountains east of Phoenix. The dead included a pilot and his 3
(Reuters, 11/23/11)(SFC, 11/25/11, p.A14)
2011 Nov 23, US federal
authorities in Ohio charged Sam Mullet and six others with hate
crimes in haircutting attacks against other Amish.
(SFC, 11/24/11, p.A14)
2011 Nov 23, Global stocks fell
again following figures a day earlier that showed the US economy
grew less than anticipated in the third quarter and the surprising
news that Germany failed to raise as much money as it was looking
for in an auction of its supposedly top-rated debt.
2011 Nov 23, Rafiq Tagi, a
prominent Azeri journalist, died in Baku four days after he was
stabbed six times by an unknown assailant. Tagi claimed the attack
was retaliation for his opinion piece published earlier this month
that criticized the government of neighboring Iran.
2011 Nov 23, Bahrain riot
police fired tear gas and stun grenades at demonstrators after
clashes erupted just hours before the release of an independent
report into alleged abuses by security forces against the country's
majority Shiites, who have opened a sustained uprising for greater
rights. Cherif Basiouni, former UN war-crimes lawyer and chair of a
5-person panel, described systematic torture of prisoners by
security forces. A $53 million US arms deal with Bahrain is on hold
until the upcoming report is examined.
(AP, 11/23/11)(Econ, 11/19/11, p.60)
2011 Nov 23, In Canada one
woman was arrested as police cleared tents from the Occupy Toronto
protest in a move to end the weeks-long encampment, though some
demonstrators chained themselves inside barricaded tents and vowed
2011 Nov 23, Czech architect
Karel Hubacek (87) was reported dead. His famed 1973 tower hotel,
which also serves as a television transmitter on the nearby Jested
mountain was named the most significant Czech building of the 20th
2011 Nov 23, Egyptian police
clashed with anti-government protesters for a fifth day in central
Cairo as a rights group raised the overall death toll from the
ongoing unrest to at least 38. The UN strongly condemned what it
called the use of excessive force by security forces.
2011 Nov 23, A French court
ruled that former dictator Manuel Noriega can be extradited to
Panama to serve time for past crimes, more than 20 years after being
ousted and arrested in a US invasion.
2011 Nov 23, Indonesian police
said they have arrested two plantation workers for killing 20
endangered orangutans and other apes as pest control for palm oil
companies. They were paid one million rupiah ($111) for each dead
orangutan and 200,000 rupiah for every monkey killed.
2011 Nov 23, Some of Libya's
clans said they would not recognize the government, a day after the
unveiling of a new cabinet revived regional and tribal rivalries
which threaten the country's stability.
2011 Nov 23, Madagascar
opposition groups accepted to join a unity government and Didier
Ratsiraka, an exiled ex-president, announced he will return home
ending his nine-year exile in France, offering hopes of ending the
island nation's persistent crisis. A roadmap to new elections was
brokered by regional bloc the Southern African Development Community
was signed by the island's main political factions.
(AFP, 11/23/11)(AFP, 4/14/12)
2011 Nov 23, Mauritania
arrested 10 men on suspicion of ties with armed Islamic extremists.
They were charged a month later. On July 2, 2012, the Nouakchott
criminal court convicted two of the men of attempting to form a
terrorist group, while acquitting eight others.
2011 Nov 23, In Mexico attacks
in Sinaloa left 24 people dead and 17 of the victims' bodies were
found burned in two pickup trucks. 12 of the bodies were in the back
of one truck, some of them handcuffed and wearing bulletproof vests.
(AP, 11/23/11)(AP, 11/24/11)
2011 Nov 23, Nigeria's
president unexpectedly fired Farida Waziri, the female head of the
lead anti-corruption agency, removing an official accused of being
controlled by the political elite in this graft-prone nation. The
president appointed agency deputy Ibrahim Lamurde as the
commission's acting chairman.
2011 Nov 23, In Pakistan
Islamist militants attacked security forces in the Dera Ismail Khan
district, killing four officers in gunfights that underscore the
potent rebel threat despite reported peace talks. In Kurram
militants attacked paramilitary troops, killing two soldiers and
injuring eight others.
2011 Nov 23, The Palestinians
signed a document finally giving them a voice within the vast UNESCO
system, bringing pride across the Arab world yet hobbling the
agency's pro-democracy projects around the globe. Last month's
decision by the Paris-based UN education and cultural organization
to give Palestine membership triggered an immediate funding cutoff
by the US that will force UNESCO to scale down literacy and
development programs in countries like Iraq, Afghanistan or the new
nation of South Sudan.
2011 Nov 23, President Dmitry
Medvedev said Russia will deploy new missiles aimed at US missile
defense sites in Europe if Washington goes ahead with the planned
shield despite Russia's concerns. The stern warning to the US and
NATO seemed to be directed at rallying nationalist votes in the
2011 Nov 23, Sri Lanka's
Parliament approved the creation of a multiparty committee to
recommend constitutional changes for ethnic reconciliation two years
after a devastating civil war. However, a lawmaker from the largest
party representing ethnic minority Tamils said it would not
participate in the committee at this time because the
recommendations of a previous committee had never been implemented.
2011 Nov 23, A Thai criminal
court sentenced Amphon Tangnoppakul (61) to 20 years in prison for
sending text messages deemed offensive to the country's queen. On
May 7, 2012, Tangnoppakul, who suffered from mouth cancer, died in
(AP, 11/23/11)(AP, 5/8/12)
2011 Nov 23, In Tunisia violent
demonstrations erupted in the impoverished central region and had to
be dispersed with tear gas. It stemmed from a peaceful demonstration
in the town of Kasserine over the exclusion of local residents from
a list of those killed in last year's uprising against the
2011 Nov 23, Turkey's PM
Erdogan apologized for the first time for the killings of nearly
14,000 people in a bombing and strafing campaign to crush a Kurdish
rebellion in the 1930s. He offered his apology for the killings of
13,806 people in the southeastern town of Dersim, now known as
Tunceli, between 1936 and 1939.
2011 Nov 23, Turkish President
Abdullah Gul warned that President Bashar al-Assad's violent
crackdown on an eight-month-old revolt in Syria threatened to "drag
the whole region into turmoil and bloodshed."
2011 Nov 23, Turkmenistan
signed an agreement with China to boost natural gas deliveries. This
will see the central Asian nation supply about half of China's gas
needs. The gas agreement was one of 14 signed following talks in
Beijing between Turkmen President Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov and
Chinese President Hu Jintao.
2011 Nov 23, Pope Benedict XVI
accepted the resignation of another Irish bishop, leaving seven of
Ireland's 26 Catholic dioceses without one and raising expectations
of major cutbacks in the size of the Irish church following
child-abuse scandals. Seamus Hegarty (71) offered his resignation
two weeks ago as bishop of Derry, citing an unspecified
"irreversible" illness as the reason for quitting.
2011 Nov 23, Yemen’s Pres.
Saleh signed a US-backed power-transfer deal, brokered by
neighboring countries in the Saudi capital of Riyadh. It officially
transfers power to his vice president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, in
exchange for immunity from prosecution. The deal also called for
early presidential elections within 90 days.
2011 Nov 23, Zimbabwe wildlife
authorities said at least 77 elephants have died in a three-month
heat wave in western Hwange National Park that has dried up watering
2012 Nov 23, In Alabama Michael
Jansen shot and killed a sheriff's deputy and critically wounded
another when they went to his home near Fairhope on a report that he
was acting aggressively toward family members. Jansen was also
killed in the exchange of gunfire.
2012 Nov 23, In Florida Michael
Dunn (45) shot and killed Jordan Davis (17). Dunn had pulled into
the parking lot of a Jacksonville gas station alongside an SUV where
Davis and three friends, all of them young African Americans, were
listening to music. Dunn asked them to turn their music down and,
after an apparent exchange of words with Davis, he produced a gun
and fired eight or nine shots at the SUV. Dunn sped away but was
arrested the next day in Brevard County. On Feb 15, 2014, Dunn was
convicted on three counts of attempted murder. A mistrail was
declared on the murder charge. On Oct 1, 2014 Dunn was convicted of
first-degree murder. On Oct 17 Dunn was sentenced to life in prison
(Reuters, 11/28/12)(SSFC, 2/16/14, p.A12)(SFC,
10/2/14, p.A7)(SFC, 10/18/14, p.A6)
2012 Nov 23, In Massachusetts
more than 40 buildings were damaged in a natural gas explosion in
Springfield that injured 18 people.
2012 Nov 23, Larry Hagman
(b.1931), who created one of American television's most supreme
villains in the conniving, amoral oilman J.R. Ewing of "Dallas"
(1978-1991), died in Dallas.
2012 Nov 23, In eastern
Afghanistan a Taliban suicide bomber detonated a truck full of
explosives, killing three Afghan civilians and wounding more than 90
people, including several Afghan and NATO troops in Maidan Shahr,
Wardak province. Police in Kabul were reported to have arrested two
men with four explosive vests.
2012 Nov 23, In Brussels a
summit of the European Union's 27 national leaders, charged with
agreeing on a long-term budget for the bloc, broke up without being
able to reach a deal.
2012 Nov 23, Congo's president
has suspended the army's chief of staff, following the publication
of a United Nations report which reveals that Gen. Gabriel Amisi
oversaw a criminal network selling arms to rebels in the country's
2012 Nov 23, Congolese troops
fleeing the M23 rebels raped at least 97 women and 33 girls, some as
young as 6, over the last 24 hours. A UN report released on May 8,
2013 said most of the rapes took place over Nov. 22-23, 2012, in the
eastern Congo town of Minova.
2012 Nov 23, In Egypt opponents
and supporters of Mohammed Morsi clashed across the country, the day
after the president granted himself sweeping new powers. At least 15
were reported injured.
2012 Nov 23, Former French
tennis coach Regis de Camaret (70) was convicted and sentenced to
eight years in prison for raping young students at his academy,
ending a seven-year legal case that began when a former ranked
player published a book describing years of abuse at his hands.
2012 Nov 23, Israeli troops
fired to push back Gaza crowds surging toward Israel's border fence
with the Hamas-ruled territory, killing one Palestinian and wounding
19 in the first violence since a truce between Israel and Hamas took
hold a day earlier.
2012 Nov 23, Pakistan's
interior minister said that the government will suspend cell phone
service in most parts of the country over the next two days to
prevent attacks against Shiite Muslims during a key religious
2012 Nov 23, Somali journalists
urged their new government and the international community to help
end the impunity they say is contributing to making Somalia one of
the world's most dangerous countries to practice journalism.
Journalist Mohamed Bashir Hashi said they are being targeted to
silence them from speaking against corruption, violence and
violations of human rights by radical Islamist groups.
2012 Nov 23, A South Sudanese
official said Sudan has carried out aerial bombardments on the
northern part of South Sudan in the last three days, killing seven
people and wounding others, accusing their northern neighbor of
breaking an agreement between the two countries to end hostilities.
2012 Nov 23, In Syria a suicide
attacker blew up his car in the northwestern Idlib province, killing
at least three people and wounding four. Islamic extremists,
including members of the al-Qaida inspired Jabhat al-Nusra group,
battled with pro-government Kurdish gunmen in the northern town of
Ras al-Ayan, near the border with Turkey.
2013 Nov 23, In Santa Cruz,
Ca., Google executive Forrest Timothy Hayes (51) died on his 50-foot
yacht following a heroin injection given by Alix Catherine Tichelman
(26), a high-priced call girl. The action was caught on video.
Tichelman was arrested on July 4, 2014, and became a suspect in the
death of her boyfriend Dean Riopelle, who died of a heroin overdose
two months earlier in Atlanta. On May 19, 2015, Tichelman was
sentenced to six years in County Jail after pleading guilty to
involuntary manslaughter and administering illicit drugs.
(SFC, 7/10/14, p.A1)(SFC, 7/11/14, p.D1)(SFC,
2013 Nov 23, In Oklahoma 4
people were slain and a 5th wounded after being shot at a residence
in Tulsa. Police said the home was the scene of several drug
(SFC, 11/25/13, p.A5)
2013 Nov 23, Angolan security
forces shot and killed Manuel Ganga, one of eight members of
Angola's second-biggest opposition party CASA-CE, as he tried to
flee detention hours ahead of protests across the country where
police detained 292 people. Police fired tear gas and warning shots
to disperse hundreds of opposition supporters demonstrating in the
capital against the disappearance and possible murder of two
anti-government activists. Prosecutors said last week that Isaias
Cassule and Antonio Alves Camulingui, who were involved in
organizing protests by former presidential guards to demand payment
of wage arrears, had been kidnapped and possibly murdered in May
2013 Nov 23, In Australia a
surfer was fatally mauled by a shark on the west coast near
(SSFC, 11/24/13, p.A4)
2013 Nov 23, China declared an
Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) bolstering its claim to
islands that Japan says it owns. The zone also included a reef know
as Ieodo, claimed by China and South Korea. China warned that it
would take "defensive emergency measures" against aircraft that
failed to identify themselves properly in airspace over them.
(Reuters, 11/23/13)(Econ, 11/30/13, p.12)(Econ,
2013 Nov 23, Egypt said it was
expelling Turkey's ambassador and accused Ankara of backing
organizations bent on spreading instability - an apparent reference
to the Muslim Brotherhood of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed
2013 Nov 23, Iraqi Sunni
religious leaders said that they have decided to close down the
sect's mosques in Baghdad indefinitely to protest attacks targeting
clerics and worshippers, highlighting the country's deepening
sectarian rift. In the north a car bomb and a suicide bomber killed
at least nine people and wounded 54 in Tuz Khurmato.
(AP, 11/23/13)(Reuters, 11/24/13)
2013 Nov 23, Lebanese
authorities said they have identified the two men who launched a
double suicide attack on the Iranian embassy this week which killed
25 people in Hezbollah's southern Beirut bastion.
2013 Nov 23, In eastern Libya
gunmen in Derna shot dead Fares al-Zarruk, a former member of Moamer
Kadhafi's security services.
2013 Nov 23, Mauritanians voted
in nationwide elections overshadowed by a widespread boycott of
opposition parties, with all eyes on the performance of an Islamist
party allowed to take part for the first time.
2013 Nov 23, In Pakistan
thousands of right-wing activists led by cricketer-turned-politician
Imran Khan staged a protest against US drone strikes, threatening to
block NATO supply routes if strikes continue.
2013 Nov 23, In Poland UN
negotiators reached consensus on some of the foundations for an
ambitious, global climate pact, modifying wording in a document that
had threatened to derail talks in Warsaw. The Conference of the
parties (COP) agreed that countries would make contributions to
climate change reduction.
(AFP, 11/23/13)(Econ, 11/30/13, p.59)
2013 Nov 23, In Syria
Islamist rebels led by al Qaeda-linked fighters seized the al-Omar
oil field in the eastern Deir al-Zor province, cutting off President
Assad's access to almost all local crude reserves. Air strikes
around Aleppo killed at least 44 people, most of them civilians.
(Reuters, 11/23/13)(AP, 11/23/13)
2013 Nov 23, In Venezuela
thousands of opponents of Pres. Nicolas Maduro took to the streets
to express outrage over the country’s deepening economic crisis.
(SSFC, 11/24/13, p.A4)
2014 Nov 23, Symantec, an
American anti-virus firm, announced the discovery of a piece of
software called Regin lurking on com putters in Russia, Saudi Arabia
and several other countries sniffing for secrets.
(Econ, 11/29/14, p.56)
2014 Nov 23, Marion Barry
(b.1936), the scandal-plagued former mayor of Washington, DC, died.
Barry was elected mayor 4 times (1978, 1982, 1986 and 1994). He was
jailed in 1990 for smoking crack cocaine, but made a surprising
return to office in 1994.
(Reuters, 11/23/14)(SFC, 11/24/14, p.A6)
2014 Nov 23, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber attacked a volleyball tournament,
killing at least 50 people in Paktika province.
(AP, 11/23/14)(AP, 11/24/14)
2014 Nov 23, In Belize the body
of Panamanian diplomat Jose Rodrigo De La Rosa (64) was found near a
highway on the outskirts of Belmopan with cut wounds on his head and
neck. On Nov 26 Wilsner Echeveria (19) was charged with the murder.
Relatives claimed Echeveria had been defending himself against a
sexual attack by De la Rosa.
2014 Nov 23, Britain’s One
Direction band won artist of the year at the American Music Awards,
taking home three honors and was the night's big winner next to Katy
Perry, who didn't attend the show.
2014 Nov 23, In Cape Verde the
volcano Pico do Fogo erupted forcing more than 1,000 people to
evacuate from the Cha das Caldeiras region. By mid-December lava
flow destroyed two villages and threatened a forest reserve.
2014 Nov 23, Iraqi forces said
they have retaken Jalawla and Saadiya, two towns in Diyala province,
from Islamic State fighters. At least 23 peshmerga and militia
fighters were killed and dozens were wounded. A car bomb in the
Shi'ite town of Yousufiya killed at least people. Two other bombs in
towns near Baghdad killed 4 other people.
2014 Nov 23, Israel's Cabinet
approved a contentious bill that officially defines Israel as the
nation-state of the Jewish people. The bill would delist Arabic as
an official language. On Nov 24 presentation of the bill before the
Knesset was delayed.
(AP, 11/23/14)(SFC, 11/25/14, p.A4)
2014 Nov 23, Israeli forces
shot dead a Palestinian in the Gaza Strip near the border. Fadel
Mohammed Halawa (32) was killed in the incident, east of Jabalya
refugee camp. A relative said he had been searching for song birds,
which nest in trees near the Israeli border and command high prices
in Gaza markets.
2014 Nov 23, Italian PM Matteo
Renzi's center-left Democratic Party (PD) won regional elections in
Calabria and Emilia Romagna but a low turnout suggested growing
disillusion among many voters.
2014 Nov 23, In Mexico 2 men
bound, gagged and showing signs of torture were dumped onto streets
in exclusive neighborhoods of La Paz, the capital of Baja California
Sur state. Federal statistics through October counted 48 killings
for the entire state.
2014 Nov 23, In Chakwal,
Pakistan, Muhammad Gullistan (30) shot dead his teenage niece
because she was listening to loud music.
2014 Nov 23, In the
southern Philippines a bomb exploded in a billiard hall near a
crowded town carnival, killing 2 people and wounding 23 in Mlang,
North Corabato province. One of the wounded died soon after raising
the death toll to 3.
2014 Nov 23, Saudi
telecommunications company Etihad Etisalat, known as Mobily on the
Saudi stock exchange, said it has suspended its chief executive
officer after accounting errors forced the operator to restate 18
months of earnings.
2014 Nov 23, In northern Syria
members of al Qaeda wing Nusra Front and other Sunni Islamist
battalions seized an area south of a Shi'ite Muslim village after
deadly clashes with pro-government fighters. The clashes killed at
least 8 of the fighters advancing on al-Zahra and a number of
fighters from the pro-government National Defense Force.
2014 Nov 23, Thailand
authorities arrested former Central Investigation Bureau chief Lt.
Gen. Pongpat Chayapan and six colleagues on serious charges ranging
from bribery to insulting the monarchy. More suspects were being
investigated in the high-profile scandal.
2014 Nov 23, Tunisia held its
first free presidential election. Initial results showed Beji Caid
Essebsi (87), head of the Nida Tunis party, winning 47% of the vote.
Outgoing interim president Moncef Marzouki followed with 27% forcing
a runoff on Dec 28.
(AP, 11/23/14)(SFC, 11/24/14, p.A2)
2014 Nov 23, Pope Francis
canonized six new saints, including a priest and a nun from the
Indian state of Kerala and 4 Italians. Eufrasia Eluvathingal and
Kuriakose Elias Chavara were from the Syro-Malabar Church, one of 22
Eastern rite churches that operates in full communion with Rome.