Today in History - November 26

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1095        Nov 26, Pope Urban urged the faithful to wrest the Holy Land from the Muslims, heralding start of Crusades.
    (AP, 11/26/02)

1126        Nov 26, Al-Borsoki, emir of Aleppo-Mosoel (Syria), was assassinated.
    (MC, 11/26/01)

1240        Nov 26, Edmund Van Abingdon, archbishop of Canterbury and Saint, died.
    (MC, 11/26/01)

1267        Nov 26, Gozzolini Silvester, Italian hermit and Saint, died.
    (MC, 11/26/01)

1346        Nov 26, Charles of Luxembourg was crowned German king. He succeeded his father John of Luxemburg as King of Bohemia and Count of Luxembourg.
    (PC, 1992 ed, p.128)

1504        Nov 26, Isabella I (53), Catholic Queen of Castille and Aragon (1474-1504), patron of Columbus died.
    (MC, 11/26/01)

1580        Nov 26, French Huguenots and Catholics signed a peace treaty. France’s 7th War of Religion broke out and ended with the Peace of Fleix.
    (TL-MB, p.23)(PCh, 1992, p.200)(MC, 11/26/01)

1607        Nov 26, This day is believed to be the birth date of London-born clergyman John Harvard, the principal benefactor of the original Harvard College in Cambridge, Mass.
    (AP, 11/26/07)

1640        Nov 26, Carl Rosier, composer, was born.
    (MC, 11/26/01)

1648        Nov 26, Pope Innocent X condemned the Peace of Westphalia, which ended 30 Years War one month earlier.
    (AP, 11/26/02)

1651        Nov 26, Henry Ireton (40), English general and parliament leader (Marston Moor), died.
    (MC, 11/26/01)

1653        Nov 26, Andreas Anton Schmelzer, composer, was born.
    (MC, 11/26/01)

1688        Nov 26, King James II escaped back to London.
    (MC, 11/26/01)
1688        Nov 26, Louis XIV declared war on the Netherlands.
    (HN, 11/26/98)

1702        Nov 26, Colley Cibber's "King Imposter" made its premier.
    (MC, 11/26/01)

1703        Nov 26-27, Heavy storms hit England and 1000s were killed. Bristol, England, was damaged by the hurricane. The Royal Navy lost 15 warships.
    (MC, 11/26/01)

1716        Nov 26, The 1st lion exhibited in America was in Boston.
    (MC, 11/26/01)

1731        Nov 26 William Cowper, English pre-romantic poet (His Task), was born. [see Nov 15]
    (MC, 11/26/01)

1736        Nov 26, Charles-Joseph Panckoucke, French publisher (Mercure de France), was born.
    (MC, 11/26/01)

1764        Nov 26, France banned Jesuits.
    (MC, 11/26/01)

1774        Nov 26, A congress of colonial leaders criticized British influence in the colonies and affirmed their right to “Life, liberty and property.”
    (HN, 11/26/98)

1778        Nov 26, Captain Cook discovered Maui in the Sandwich Islands, later named Hawaii.
    (MC, 11/26/01)

1783        Nov 26, The city of Annapolis, Maryland, was the first peacetime U.S. capital. The U.S. Congress met at Annapolis November 26, 1783-June 3, 1784, following the signing of the Treaty of Paris on September 3, 1783, formally ending hostilities between Great Britain and her former colony. New York was the capital from 1785 until 1790, followed by Philadelphia until 1800 and then Washington, D.C.
    (HNQ, 6/15/00)

1789        Nov 26, George Washington proclaimed this a National Thanksgiving Day in honor of the new Constitution. He made it clear that the day should be one of prayer and giving thanks to God, to be celebrated by all the religious denominations. This date was later used to set the date for Thanksgiving.
    (HFA, '96, p.42)(AP, 11/26/97)(HN, 11/26/98)

1793        Nov 26, Republican calendar replaced the Gregorian calendar in France.
    (MC, 11/26/01)

1812        Nov 26, Napoleon Bonaparte's army began crossing the Beresina River over two hastily constructed bridges.
    (HN, 11/26/99)

1825        Nov 26, The first college social fraternity, the Kappa Alpha Society, was formed at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y.
    (AP, 11/26/97)(HN, 11/26/98)

1827        Nov 26, Ellen Gould White, founder of the Seventh Day Adventists, was born.
    (HN, 11/26/00)

1832        Nov 26, Public streetcar service began in New York City. The fare: 12 1/2 cents.
    (AP, 11/26/97)

1835        Nov 26, HMS Beagle left Tahiti for NZ.
    (MC, 11/26/01)

1846         Sarah Josepha Hale, editor of the influential Godey's Lady's Book, began a tireless campaign to establish a national Thanksgiving holiday in November. She was the editor and founder of the Ladies' Magazine in Boston. Her editorials in the magazine and letters to President Lincoln urging the formal establishment of a national holiday of Thanksgiving resulted in Lincoln’s proclamation in 1863, which designated the last Thursday of November as Thanksgiving Day.
    (HNPD, 11/26/98)

1847        Nov 26, Alfred de Musset's "Un Caprice," premiered in Paris.
    (MC, 11/26/01)

1855        Nov 26, Several thousand people staged a parade and banquet at South Park, SF, to celebrate the Allied victory over the Russians in the Crimean War, the capture of the Malakoff fortress in Sevastopol.
    (SFC, 7/21/00, p.WBb3)
1855        Nov 26, Adam Bernard Mickiewicz (b.1798) died in Constantinople. He was a poet, dramatist, essayist, publicist, translator, professor of Slavic literature, and political activist. Mickiewicz is regarded as national poet in Poland, Lithuania (Adomas Mickevičius) and Belarus.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Mickiewicz)

1857        Nov 26, First Australian Parliament opened in Melbourne.
    (AP, 11/26/02)

1863        Nov 26, The first of our modern annual Thanksgivings was held following the Oct 3 proclamation of Pres. Lincoln to assign the last Thursday in Nov for this purpose.
    (HN, 11/26/98)(HNPD, 11/26/98)

1864        Nov 26, Skirmish at Sylvan Brutal and Waynesboro, Georgia.
    (MC, 11/26/01)
1864         Nov 26, Colonel Kit Carson led the attack in the first Battle of Adobe Walls. Carson, leading a column of 335 officers and men of the 1st New Mexico Volunteer Cavalry, surprised an encampment of Kiowa Indians on the site of adobe buildings on the South Canadian River in Texas. After routing the Kiowa, Carson's forces were counterattacked by hundreds of Comanches from nearby villages and forced to retreat.
    (HNQ, 9/25/98)

1865        Nov 26, "Alice in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll was published in US.
    (MC, 11/26/01)

1867        Nov 26, A refrigerated railroad car was patented by JB Sutherland of Detroit. [see Jan 16, 1868]
    (MC, 11/26/01)

1876        Nov 26, Willis Haviland Carrier, inventor, was born. He invented the first air conditioning system to control both temperature and humidity.
    (HN, 11/26/00)

1883        Nov 26, Sojourner Truth, former slave and abolitionist, died in Battle Creek, Mich.
    (AP, 11/26/08)

1885        Nov 26, The 1st photograph of a meteor was made.
    (MC, 11/26/01)
1885        Nov 26, Bulgaria moved into Serbia.
    (HNQ, 4/2/99)

1894        Nov 26, Norbert Weiner, American mathematician who is considered the father of automation (cybernetics), was born.
    (HN, 11/26/98)(MC, 11/26/01)

1895        Nov 26, Bertil Lindblad, Swedish astronomer (Milky Way system), was born.
    (MC, 11/26/01)
1895        Nov 26, Hawaiian Sugar Planters Assn. formed.
    (MC, 11/26/01)

1896        Nov 26, Coach Amos Alonzo Stagg of Univ. of Chicago created the football huddle.
    (SFEC, 12/5/99, Z1 p.5)(MC, 11/26/01)
1896        Nov 26, Russia disclosed a plan to seize Constantinople if Britain intervenes in Crete.
    (AP, 11/26/02)

1898        Nov 26, The SS Portland, a 280-foot side-wheeler, left Boston for Cape Cod. A major storm arose that killed over 400 people in the next 36 hours [see Nov 27].
    (AH, 6/02, p.53)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portland_Gale)

1901        Nov 26, The Hope diamond was brought to New York.
    (HN, 11/26/98)

1905        Nov 26, George Emlyn Williams, Welsh actor and playwright (portrayed Charles Dickens), was born.
    (MC, 11/26/01)

1907        Nov 26, The Russian Duma lent support to Czar in St. Petersburg, who claimed that he had renounced autocracy.
    (HN, 11/26/98)

1909        Nov 26, Eugene Ionesco (d.1994), Romanian-born French dramatist, was born. [see Nov 13, 1909 and Nov 26, 1912]
    (AP, 11/26/02)

1911        Nov 26, In San Francisco John Edwards, known as “The King of the Opium Ring,” was arrested near his home at 133 Fillmore St. Police secured the biggest haul of morphine, cocaine and opium ever found in the possession of one man.
    (SSFC, 11/27/11, DB p.42)

1912        Nov 26, Eric Sevareid, American CBS News broadcast journalist, was born.
    (HN, 11/26/98)
1912        Nov 26, Eugene Ionesco, dramatist (Rhinoceros), was born in Slatina, Romania. [see Nov 13 and Nov 26, 1909]
    (WUD, 1994 p.750)(MC, 11/26/01)

1913        Nov 26, San Francisco Chief of Police White issued an order prohibiting women from visiting local pavilions during local prizefights.
    (SSFC, 11/24/13, DB p.46)
1913        Nov 26, Russian kingdom forbade Polish congregation of speakers.
    (MC, 11/26/01)

1917        Nov 26, Bolsheviks offered armistice between Russian and the Central Powers.
    (HN, 11/26/98)

1918        Nov 26, Montenegro deposed its king who opposed union and voted to join the new Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. [see Dec 1]
    (BWH, 1988)

1920        Nov 26, Cyril Cusack, Irish actor, was born.
    (HN, 11/26/00)

1922        Nov 26, Charles M. Shultz, American cartoonist who created “Peanuts” starring Charlie Brown, was born.
    (HN, 11/26/98)
1922        Nov 26, Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter, archeologists, opened King Tut’s tomb in Egypt.
    (HN, 11/26/98)(AP, 11/26/02)

1924        Nov 26, George Segal, sculptor, was born.
    (HN, 11/26/00)
1924        Nov 26, The Mongolian People’s Republic was officially proclaimed. Close political, economic, cultural, and ideological ties with the Soviet Union continued thereafter.
    (www.gobiexpeditions.com)

1925        Nov 26, Linda Hunt, actress (Bostonians, Eleni, Silverado), was born in Morristown, NJ.
    (MC, 11/26/01)

1928        Nov 26, Philip Barry's "Holiday," premiered in NYC.
(MC, 11/26/01)
1928        Nov 26, US Justice Byron S. Waite ruled in Brancusi v. United States that Brancusi’s abstract sculpture, “Bird in Space,” qualified as part of a new school of art and that Edward Steichen should receive a refund for a tariff he had paid when customs officials classified it under the heading “Table, household, kitchen utensils and hospital supplies.” Brancusi (1876-1957) ended up producing 16 different versions of Bird in Space, one of which was donated the New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 1934. In 2005 an early marble version of Bird in Space sold for $27,456,000 in a Christie’s auction to an anonymous bidder.
    (ON, 8/09, p.6)

1933        Nov 26, In California a mob attacked the Santa Clara County Jail and dragged out John M. Holmes and Thomas H. Thurmond for the kidnapping and murder of Brooke Hart (22), heir to a San Jose department store fortune. The 2 men were hung and stripped from 2 sycamores at St. James Park, one of which Pres. McKinley had stood under in 1901 to deliver a speech on American liberties and the US Constitution. Gov. Rolph said that if anyone was arrested for the lynching, he would pardon them. [see Nov 9]
    (Ind, 4/28/01, 5A)(SFEC, 5/2/99, Z1 p.4)(SFC, 9/13/05, p.B3)
1933        Nov 26, A judge in New York ruled the James Joyce book "Ulysses" was not obscene and could therefore be published in the United States.
    (AP, 11/26/07)

1934        Nov 26, German theologian Karl Barth surrendered to Nazis.
    (MC, 11/26/01)

1938        Nov 26, Poland renewed a non-aggression pact with the USSR to protect against a German invasion.
    (HN, 11/26/98)

1939        Nov 26, Tina Turner, U.S. pop singer, was born.
    (AP, 11/26/02)
1939        Nov 26, Soviets charged Finland with an artillery attack on border leading to a 105-day Winter War. Soviet Foreign Minister V.M. Molotov accused Finnish troops of firing at the Russians across the 800-mile (1,300km) border near the southeastern village of Mainila.
    (AP, 11/26/02)(AP, 11/30/09)

1940        Nov 26, The half-million Jews of Warsaw, Poland, were forced by the Nazis to live within a walled ghetto.
    (AP, 11/26/97)

1941        Nov 26, The US issued an edict that “the government of Japan will withdraw all military, naval, air and police forces from China and Indochina.”
    (SFC, 1/19/02, p.A19)
1941        Nov 26, Congress adopted a joint resolution, permanently setting the date of Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November. President Franklin Roosevelt signed a bill establishing the fourth Thursday in November as the national Thanksgiving holiday.
    (HN, 11/26/98)(HNPD, 11/26/98)
1941        Nov 26, The Japanese fleet departed from the Kuril Islands en route for its attack on Pearl Harbor.
    (HN, 11/26/98)
1941        Nov 26, Free French General Georges Catroux was placed in control of Syria and Lebanon. Shortly after taking up this post, Catroux recognized the independence of Syria and Lebanon in the name of the Free French movement.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syria-Lebanon_campaign)

1942        Nov 26, The film “Casablanca” with Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart was made. It had its world premiere at the Hollywood Theater in NYC. It was based on a play by Murray Burnett (d.1997 at 86) titled: “Everybody Comes to Rick’s.” The 1931 song “As Time Goes By” by Herman Hupfield was used. It won an Oscar for best movie.
    (SFC, 2/14/97, p.D5)(SFC, 9/30/97, p.A21)(AP, 11/26/97)
1942        Nov 26, President Roosevelt ordered nationwide gasoline rationing, beginning Dec. 1.
    (AP, 11/26/97)
1942        Nov 26, The German ship SS Donau prepared to leave the Oslo wharf with 332 Norwegian Jews bound for death camps.
    (AP, 8/24/06)

1943        Nov 26, Bruce Paltrow, U.S. director and producer (d.2002), was born
    (AP, 11/26/02)
1943        Nov 26, During World War II, the HMT Rohna, a British transport ship carrying American soldiers, was hit by a German missile off Algeria; 1,138 men were killed, including 1,015 American troops.
    (AP, 11/26/01)
1943        Nov 26, Edward H "Butch" O'Hare, US pilot, lt-comdr (Chicago Airport named for him), died in battle.
    (MC, 11/26/01)

1947        Nov 26, France expelled 19 Soviet citizens, charging intervention in internal affairs.
    (HN, 11/26/98)

1949        Nov 26, India adopted a constitution as a republic within the British Commonwealth. Pandit Nehru became Prime Minister. B.R. Ambedkar (1891-1956), a Dalit, was the chief architect of the constitution.
    (HN, 11/26/98)(AP, 11/26/07)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B._R._Ambedkar)

1950        Nov 26, China entered the Korean conflict, launching a counter-offensive across the Yalu River against soldiers from the United Nations, the United States and South Korea. North Korean and Chinese troops halted the UN offensive.
    (WSJ, 6/24/96, C1)(AP, 11/26/97)(HN, 11/26/98)(MC, 11/26/01)

1951        Nov 26, Illona Staller, Italian member of Parliament (La Cicciolina), was born in Budapest, Hungary.
    (MC, 11/26/01)(AP, 11/26/02)

1952        Nov 26, Helen Frankenthaler (b.1928), New York artist, created her painting “Mountains and Sea.” It was later recognized as her arrival as a major artist and a work that changed the course of abstract art.
    (WSJ, 11/8/08, p.W11)
1952        Nov 26, The 1st modern 3-D film "Bwana Devil" starred Robert Stack and premiered. It was made in 3-D by cameraman Lothrop Worth (d.2000 at 96) and inspired a series of 1950s 3-D movies.
    (SFC, 3/18/00, p.A21)(MC, 11/26/01)

1954        Nov 26, Velupillai Prabhakaran (d.2009), founder of the Tamil New Tigers (TNT later renamed to LTTE), was born in Velvettithurai Sri Lanka.
    (www.dailynews.lk/2009/05/19/fea02.asp)
1954          Nov 26, Jonas Zemaitis (b.1909), a founder of the Lithuanian independence movement and presidium head, was shot to death in Moscow.
    (LHC, 3/15/03)

1955        Nov 26, An emergency crisis was proclaimed in Cyprus.
    (MC, 11/26/01)

1956        Nov 26, Bandleader Tommy Dorsey died in Greenwich, Conn., a week after his 51st birthday.
    (AP, 11/26/06)

1957        Nov 26, President Eisenhower suffers a minor stroke. [see Nov 25]
    (HN, 11//99)

1959        Nov 26, Albert William Ketelby (84), composer, died.
    (MC, 11/26/01)

1961        Nov 26, Pro Baseball Rules Committee voted 8-1 against legalizing the spitball.
    (MC, 11/26/01)

1962        Nov 26, The Beatles made their 1st recording session under the "Beatles" name.
    (MC, 11/26/01)

1965        Nov 26, Arlo Guthrie (17) was arrested in Stockbridge, Mass., for dumping some trash following a Thanksgiving feast at a restaurant run by Alice Brock. He wrote a song about the event that became a folk classic and was turned into a movie in 1969.
    (WSJ, 11/22/06, p.A1)
1965        Nov 26, France launched its first satellite, sending a 92-pound capsule into orbit.    
    (AP, 11/26/97)

1967        Nov 26, Cloudburst over Lisbon, Portugal, killed 250-450.
    (MC, 11/26/01)(AP, 11/26/02)

1968        Nov 26, Arnold Zweig (81), German antifascist and author (Junge frau 1914), died.
    (MC, 11/26/01)

1969        Nov 26, Pres. Nixon signed Executive Order 11497, the Lottery for Selective Service draftees.
    (http://tinyurl.com/9bdvxg)

1971        Nov 26, Giacomo Alberione (b.1884), Italian priest who also believed in using modern means to bring God to the faithful, died. He had founded the Paoline Family, which includes a publishing operation printing many religious books as well as Famiglia Cristiana, a top-selling weekly that covers issues of daily life, from homemaking to education, and religious life.
    (AP, 4/27/03)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giacomo_Alberione)

1973        Nov 26, President Nixon's personal secretary, Rose Mary Woods, told a federal court that she'd accidentally caused part of the 18 1/2-minute gap in a key Watergate tape.
    (AP, 11/26/97)

1975        Nov 26, A federal jury in Sacramento, Calif., found Lynette Fromme, a follower of Charles Manson, guilty of trying to assassinate President Ford. [see Sep 5]
    (HN, 11/26/98)(AP, 11/26/99)

1978        Nov 26, Muslim religious leaders and politicians seeking to topple Shah of Iran called a general strike that virtually paralyzed the country.
    (AP, 11/26/02)
1978        Nov 26, Albert Miles, governor of the maze prison, was murdered when gunmen forced their way into his home and shot him while restraining his wife. Two men were later convicted of his murder and given life sentences.
    (www.palacebarracksmemorialgarden.org/Northern%20Ireland%20Prison%20Service.htm)

1982        Nov 26, Yasuhiro Nakasone of the LDP was elected 71st Japanese prime minister.
    (HN, 11/26/98)(Econ, 10/8/05, Survey p.10)

1983        Nov 26, Angela Bugay of Antioch, Ca., 5-years-old, was found in a shallow grave in Concord, Ca. She had been kidnapped a week earlier. Larry Graham, who dated Angela’s mother, was later arrested as a suspect and prosecutors in 1995 received a court order to draw his blood for DNA evidence. In 1996 police matched the DNA of Graham, with samples recovered from the girl’s body and arrested him on charges of murder. Use of the DNA evidence was cleared in 1998. Graham was convicted Aug 20, 2002, and sentenced to death Oct 22. Graham (58) was found dead in his cell on June 16, 2009, of apparent suicide.
    (SFC, 4/26/96, p.A-19)(SFC, 5/20/98, p.A19)(SFC, 3/18/99, p.A19)(SFC, 4/15/02, p.A1)(SFC, 8/21/02, p.A15)(SFC, 10/23/02, p.A16)(SFC, 6/17/09, p.B6)
1983        Nov 26, Over £25m worth of gold bullion bound for the Far East was stolen from the Brinks Mat warehouse, about one mile (1.6km) outside the airport perimeter, in Heathrow, England. At least 6 men stole of 6,800 gold bars worth $38.7 million.
    (http://tinyurl.com/5fy2ep)

1984        Nov 26, US and Iraq resumed diplomatic relations after Pres. Reagan met with Deputy PM Tariq Aziz.
    (SFC, 9/24/02, p.A11)

1985        Nov 26, The space shuttle Atlantis roared into the nighttime sky over Cape Canaveral, Fla., carrying seven astronauts on a seven-day mission.
    (AP, 11/26/05)

1986        Nov 26, President Reagan appointed a commission headed by former Sen. John Tower to investigate his National Security Council staff in the wake of the Iran-Contra affair. The 3-person Tower Commission exposed an elaborate network of official deception, private profiteering and White House cover-up in Reagan’s administration. The Tower Commission investigated the Iran-Contra scandal in which weapons were secretly sold to Iran for the release of American hostages with the proceeds then illegally funneled to the Nicaraguan contras. It was sharply critical of the president for failing to control the activities of the National Security Council staff. Fawn Hall was the dedicated secretary of Oliver North, who shredded incriminating documents.
    (AP, 11/26/97)(HNQ, 12/30/98)(SFC, 2/1/99, p.A3)
1986        Nov 26, An Iranian missile slammed into crowded residential district of Baghdad, Iraq, killing 48 civilians and wounding 52.
    (AP, 11/26/02)

1987        Nov 26, Cuban detainees concerned about the possibility of being sent back to Cuba continued to hold hostages at a prison in Atlanta and a detention center in Oakdale, La.
    (AP, 11/26/97)
1987        Nov 26, Peter Hujar (b.1934), photographer, died in NYC from complications of AIDS. He had captured images of New York’s gay underground.
    (SFEM, 10/13/96, p.6)(www.villagevoice.com/art/9906,saltz,3915,13.html)
1987        Nov 26, Powerful typhoon whipped across Philippines, killing 270 people and damaging or destroying 14,000 homes.
    (AP, 11/26/02)

1989        Nov 26, In the Comoro Islands Pres. Ahmed Abdallah was assassinated in his presidential palace in Moroni. In 1999 Bob Denard (Gilbert Bourgeaud), a French mercenary and head of the presidential guard, and Dominique Malacrino were put on trial for the killing. Denard was acquitted.
    (SFC, 5/6/99, p.A15) (SFC, 5/20/99, p.A13)(www.reference.com/browse/wiki/Ahmed_Abdallah)
1989        Nov 26, El Salvador broke relations with Nicaragua after a weapons-loaded plane from that country was downed in El Salvador.
    (AP, 11/26/02)
1989        Nov 26, In a national referendum, voters decided that Hungary's next president would be chosen by parliament, following free elections.
    (AP, 11/26/99)(www.world66.com/europe/hungary/budapest/history)

1990        Nov 26, Five permanent members of U.N. Security Council agreed on peace plan for Cambodia.
    (AP, 11/26/02)
1990        Nov 26, Japanese business giant Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. agreed to acquire MCA Inc. for $6.6 billion.
    (AP, 11/26/01)

1991        Nov 26, The Stars and Stripes were lowered for the last time at Clark Air Base in Angeles City, Philippines, as the United States abandoned one of its oldest and largest overseas installations, which was damaged by a volcano.
    (SFEC, 11/17/96, p.A12)(AP, 11/26/01)
1991        Nov 26, Condoms were handed out to thousands of NYC High School students.
    (www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_hb3573/is_199611/ai_n8414037)
1991        Nov 26, UNICEF said fighting and crop failures in southern Sudan had forced an unprecedented exodus of 200,000 people.
    (AP, 11/26/02)

1992        Nov 26, An aid agency predicted disaster if the United States sends a large military force to Somalia.
    (AP, 11/26/02)
1992        Nov 26, The British government announced that Queen Elizabeth II had volunteered to start paying taxes on her personal income, and would take her children off the public payroll.
    (AP, 11/26/97)

1993        Nov 26, The first session of the US 103rd Congress concluded as lawmakers adjourned for the year.
    (AP, 11/26/98)
1993        Nov 26, A U.S. diplomat was kidnapped by Yemeni tribesmen. Government officials negotiate for his release in the first known kidnapping of a diplomat in faction-ridden Yemen.
    (AP, 11/26/02)

1994        Nov 26, Thirty clergymen were elevated to the rank of cardinal in a Vatican ceremony presided over by Pope John Paul II.
    (AP, 11/26/99)(www.usccb.org/pope/dates.htm)
1994        Nov 26, A major offensive by the Russian-backed opposition fails to wrest Grozny, the capital of Chechnya from its government.
    (AP, 11/26/02)
1994        Nov 26, Margaret Garrish, a 72-year-old Detroit woman, committed suicide in the presence of Dr. Jack Kevorkian.
    (AP, 11/26/00)

1995        Nov 26, Senior US officials declared the Dayton treaty on Bosnia was final, rejecting demands from Bosnian Serbs that provisions relating to the future of Sarajevo be changed.
    (AP, 11/26/05)
1995        Nov 26, Two men set fire to a subway token booth in Brooklyn, N.Y., fatally burning the clerk inside.
    (AP, 11/26/05)
1995        Nov 26, Rebel jets bombed Kabul, the Afghan capital, killing 35 people and wounding 140 others.
    (AP, 11/26/02)

1996        Nov 26, Fees to national parks and wilderness areas in the US were increased.
    (SFC, 11/27/96, p.A1)
1996        Nov 26, The Sands Hotel in Las Vegas was blown up to make room for a new Sheldon Adelson 6,000 room Venetian themed resort.
    (SFC, 11/27/96, p.D2)
1996        Nov 26, Major-league baseball owners reversed course, approving the same collective bargaining agreement they had rejected just three weeks earlier.
    (AP, 11/26/97)
1996        Nov 26, President Clinton ended his 12-day Pacific trip with a stopover in Thailand.
    (AP, 11/26/97)
1996        Nov 26, O.J. Simpson finished three days of testimony at a civil trial in Santa Monica, Calif.
    (AP, 11/26/97)
1996        Nov 26, Separatists in Nagorno-Karabakh elected their first president, Robert Kocharian, despite opposition from Azerbaijan.
    (SFC, 11/27/96, p.A13)
1996        Nov 26, In Belarus supporters of President Alexander Lukashenko broke away from Parliament, setting up their own assembly.
    (AP, 11/26/02)
1996        Nov 26, In Peru Gen’l Rodolfo Robles was arrested at the request of the Supreme Military Justice Council for insubordination. [see 1992]
    (SFC, 11/27/96, p.A13)

1997        Nov 26, In a small but symbolic step, the United States and North Korea held high-level discussions at the State Department for the first time.
    (AP, 11/26/98)
1997        Nov 26, In the Aleutian Islands 800 miles southwest of Anchorage, Alaska, the freighter, Kuroshima, ran aground off Dutch Harbor in heavy winds. Two crewmen were reported dead and 10,000 gallons of oil was reported to have leaked. As much as 240,000 gallons was reported on board. Emergency workers removed 57,000 gallons on Dec 5 and 30,000 gallons still remained.
    (SFC, 11/28/97, p.B9)(SFC, 12/1/97, p.A3)(SFC, 12/897, p.A12)
1997        Nov 26, In Indonesia a recent visitor reported that some 40,000 Indonesian troops were stationed in East Timor among a population of 800,000.
    (SFC, 11/26/97, p.C2)
1997        Nov 26, In Iraq Sadam Hussein invited foreign diplomats but not weapons inspectors to examine his presidential palaces. Under heavy international pressure Saddam Hussein said he would allow visits to presidential palaces where U.N. weapons experts suspected he might be hiding chemical and biological weapons.
    (SFC, 11/27/97, p.A1)(SFC, 11/28/97, p.A16)(AP, 11/26/98)
1997        Nov 26, In Japan Nomura Securities admitted funneling $2.9 million in profits to Ryuichi Koike, a suspected racketeer.
    (SFC, 11/27/97, p.B5)
1997        Nov 26, It was reported that gas reserve of 4 trillion cubic feet around Kutubu, in Papua New Guinea, was planned to be delivered to Australia across a 1,500 mile pipeline by Chevron Corp. by mid-2001.
    (SFC, 11/26/97, p.B1)
1997        Nov 26, Pres. Yeltsin signed a decree to allow Russians to freely buy and sell municipal land under residential and industrial buildings.
    (SFC, 11/28/97, p.B5)
1997        Nov 26, In Sri Lanka Amnesty Int’l. reported that the military killed 600 people arrested in the war zone that were reported missing over the last 18 months.
    (SFC, 11/27/97, p.B5)

1998        Nov 26, In the first speech ever by a British prime minister to an Irish parliament, Tony Blair predicted that Northern Ireland's troubled peace accord would ultimately work because of a strengthened cooperative spirit uniting Britain and Ireland.
    (AP, 11/26/99)
1998        Nov 26, The Supreme Court of Canada ruled authorities at elementary and secondary schools have the right to search a student without first obtaining a search warrant.
    (AP, 11/26/02)
1998        Nov 26, In the Punjab state of India a passenger train derailed near Khanna in the path of an express train in the northwest and at least 211 people were killed.
    (SFC, 11/26/98, p.B5)(WSJ, 11/27/98, p.A1)(AP, 11/26/99)
1998        Nov 26, In Indonesia Suharto signed over control of 7 foundations holding over $530 million.
    (WSJ, 11/27/98, p.A1)
1998        Nov 26, In southern Lebanon 2 Israeli soldiers were killed when a roadside bomb blew up their armored vehicle.
    (SFC, 11/28/98, p.A10)
1998        Nov 26, In Zimbabwe former Pres. Canaan Banana was convicted of 11 sex charges that included sodomy and homosexual assault against aide Jefta Dube. He jumped bail and fled to Botswana and then South Africa.
    (SFC, 12/17/98, p.A20)

1999        Nov 26, In New Jersey a small plane crashed in Newark. Pilot Itzhak Jacoby (56), his wife Gail and daughter Atira (13) were killed. 22 people were injured on the ground.
    (SFC, 11/27/99, p.A3)
1999        Nov 26, Ashley Montegu, British-born anthropologist and author, died in New Jersey at age 95. His over 60 books included "Man's Most Dangerous Myth: The Fallacy of Race" and "The Natural Superiority of Women."
    (SFC, 11/29/99, p.A26)
1999        Nov 26, Leaders of 71 developing countries demanded that the world's poorest countries be allowed to export goods duty-free to wealthy economies. The ACP group was meeting in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
    (SFC, 11/27/99, p.A14)
1999        Nov 26, In the first speech ever by a British prime minister to an Irish parliament, Tony Blair predicted that Northern Ireland’s troubled peace accord would ultimately work because of a strengthened cooperative spirit uniting Britain and Ireland.
    (AP, 11/26/00)
1999        Nov 26, In Germany the parliament approved $16 billion in spending cuts for next year that included cuts in pensions and jobless benefits.
    (SFC, 11/27/99, p.A18)
1999        Nov 26, In India, at least 211 people died when two trains collided in the northern state of Punjab.
    (AP, 11/26/00)
1999        Nov 26, A Norwegian passenger ferry, the catamaran Sleipner, sank at the mouth of the Boemla Fjord. There were 16 people killed.
    (SFC, 11/27/99, p.A14)(AP, 11/26/02)
1999        Nov 26, Russian commanders announced that they would begin pursuing Chechen guerrilla forces into their mountain hideouts.
    (SFC, 11/27/99, p.A1)
1999        Nov 26, Sudan signed a peace agreement with the opposition Umma Party in Djibouti to end the 16-year old civil war.
    (SFC, 11/27/99, p.A15)
1999        Nov 26, In Ukraine Reactor No. 3, the functioning power plant at Chernobyl and site of the 1986 accident, reopened.
    (SFC, 11/26/99, p.A22)(SFC, 11/27/99, p.A18)

2000        Nov 26, Sec. of State Katherine Harris certified Gov. George W. Bush as winner in the state’s presidential election, 2,912,790 to 2,912,253, a 537-vote margin. Ralph Nader received 97,488 votes.
    (SFC, 11/27/00, p.A1)(AP, 11/26/01)(Econ, 7/24/04, p.32)
2000        Nov 26, In Haiti major opposition parties boycotted the presidential elections and charged that legislative actions favored the candidates of Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Aristide won 92% of the votes.
    (SFC, 11/27/00, p.A8)(SFC, 11/30/00, p.A18)
2000        Nov 26, Israel attacked targets in southern Lebanon after a roadside bomb killed one Israeli soldier and wounded 2 others near the border. 4 armed Palestinians were killed as they left Qalqilya into an area on Israeli control.
    (SFC, 11/27/00, p.A8)
2000        Nov 26, In Romania presidential elections were held. A Dec 10 runoff was expected between Social Democrat Ion Iliescu and ultranationalist Corneliu Vadim Tudor. Annual inflation stood at 45%.
    (SSFC, 11/26/00, p.A18)(SFC, 11/27/00, p.A8)

2001        Nov 26, President Bush appealed to Congress to outlaw human cloning after scientists in Worcester, Mass., reported they had created the first cloned human embryo.
    (AP, 11/26/06)
2001        Nov 26, The US National Board of Economic Research declared that the US has been in a recession since March. The recognized arbiter of when recessions begin and end in the United States, declared that the country had entered a downturn the previous March.
    (SFC, 11/27/01, p.A1)(AP, 11/26/06)
2001        Nov 26, In Pensacola, Fla., Terry Lee King was murdered and his house set afire. His 2 sons, Derek (14) and Alex (13) confessed to the murder, but later said Rick Chavis (40), a local handyman, killed the father and had gotten the boys to take the blame. Derek and Alex were convicted of 2nd degree murder on Sep 6, 2002. Rick Chavis was acquitted. Derek was sentenced to 8 years in prison and Alex was sentenced to 7 years.
    (SFC, 9/3/02, p.A3)(AP, 9/7/02)(SFC, 11/15/02, p.A8)
2001        Nov 26, The Taliban surrendered the border town of Spinbaldak as US Marines directed air attacks on a column of enemy vehicles. Fighting continued with prisoners at Qala Jangi and most were reported killed along with 40-50 Northern Alliance soldiers.
    (SFC, 11/27/01, p.A1,10)
2001        Nov 26, Former French intelligence chief General Paul Aussaressess testified that the orders he issued to torture and kill prisoners during the Algerian independence war were justifiable acts of duty.
    (AP, 11/26/02)
2001        Nov 26, French and Belgian police arrested 14 people suspected of organizing the Sep 9 assassination of Northern Alliance leader Ahmed Shah Masood. Belgium released 12 of its suspects the next day.
    (WSJ, 11/27/01, p.A1)(WSJ, 11/28/01, p.A1,12)
2001        Nov 26, Nepal went into a state of emergency as the death toll from recent Maoist rebels attacks mounted to 76.
    (SFC, 11/27/01, p.A6)
2001        Nov 26, A Palestinian suicide bomber sd’d (self destructed) at an Israeli checkpoint on the edge of the Gaza Strip.
    (SFC, 11/26/01, p.A9)


2002        Nov 26, WorldCom and the government settled a civil lawsuit over the company's $9 billion accounting scandal.
    (AP, 11/26/03)
2002        Nov 26, The World Health Organization confirmed an outbreak of flu in rebel-controlled northern Congo, and the country's health minister said more than 500 people have died.
    (AP, 11/26/02)
2002        Nov 26, A United Nations report said that for the first time in the 20-year history of the AIDS epidemic, about as many women as men were infected with HIV.
    (AP, 11/26/03)
2002        Nov 26, A poll of 50,000 people, commissioned by Durex condom makers SSL International and released in Malaysia, showed the French had sex an average 167 times a year, pipping the Danes and the Dutch for the number one spot. It was a bad year for sex in the United States, which came in eleventh with an average of 138, after heading the rankings in 2001. Britons scored an average of 149 times. At the bottom of the pile, Singapore's 110 times was two less than Thailand's. Four in 10 people in India did not have sex until they were married and Norwegians were most likely to have sex on the first date, the survey showed. Norwegians, along with South Africans, were also more likely than any other nationality to have a one-night stand. Those in Taiwan were least likely; just 20 percent surveyed had a one-night stand.
    (Reuters, 11/26/02)
2002        Nov 26, Cuban musician Polo Montanez (47), born as Fernando Borrego, died from head injuries suffered in a Nov 20 car crash. His country-style music was hugely popular throughout Latin America.
    (AP, 11/27/02)(SFC, 11/29/02, p.A27)
2002        Nov 26, French air traffic controllers walked off the job as part of a nationwide protest by civil servants.
    (AP, 11/26/02)
2002        Nov 26, Iraqi air defense units fired at American and British warplanes that carried out dozens of sorties in the country.
    (AP, 11/26/02)
2002        Nov 26, Israeli aircraft attacked a building in Jenin's refugee camp and killed 2 Palestinian militants.
    (WSJ, 11/27/02, p.A1)
2002        Nov 26, In Kashmir's Kralapora village 3 schoolboys were killed when they hit a live grenade that they mistook for a cricket ball.
    (SFC, 11/27/02, p.A17)
2002        Nov 26, About 2,000 members of Mexico's former ruling party seized government buildings in two Guerrero state towns, claiming fraud in the recent election of the towns' mayors.
    (AP, 11/27/02)
2002        Nov 26, The Astra-1K satellite was launched atop a Russian Proton rocket from the Baikonur cosmodrome in the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan. The world's largest communications satellite, manufactured by France's Alcatel Space corporation for Societe Europeene des Satellites of Luxembourg, was lost after it went into the wrong orbit.
    (AP, 11/26/02)(WSJ, 11/27/02, p.A1)

2003        Nov 26, Human rights activist Gao Zhan pleaded guilty in Alexandria, Va., to illegally selling American high-tech items with potential military uses to China. She had been recently freed from a Chinese prison after the US government interceded on her behalf. Gao later received a reduced sentence of seven months in prison for her cooperation with authorities.
    (AP, 11/26/04)
2003        Nov 26, In Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili (35), a US educated lawyer, said he would run for president as the sole candidate of the opposition National Movement party. His campaign later became known as the “rose revolution.”
    (SFC, 11/27/03, p.A9)(Econ, 11/17/07, p.16)
2003        Nov 26, Ayatollah Sadeq Khalkhali (77), a judge known for sentencing hundreds of people to death following Iran's revolution, died.
    (AP, 11/27/03)(Econ, 12/13/03, p.86)
2003        Nov 26, Maj. Gen. Abed Hamed Mowhoush, an air defense general captured Oct. 5 in a raid near the Syrian border, died. He was being questioned while in American custody in Qaim near the Syrian border when he lost consciousness after complaining he didn't feel well. In 2004 4 US soldiers were charged with murder.
    (AP, 11/27/03)(SFC, 10/5/04, p.A3)
2003        Nov 26, Japan threatened to impose $85 million in retaliatory duties on American imports unless the US backs away from steel tariffs ruled unfair by the WTO.
    (AP, 11/26/03)
2003        Nov 26, Northern Ireland voted for representatives to their provincial legislature. Hard-liners defeated moderates in Northern Ireland's legislative elections.
    (AP, 11/26/04)
2003        Nov 26, Israeli troops in the Gaza Strip killed 2 Palestinians and wounded one after the soldiers disturbed a group of men apparently setting up an ambush on a road used by Jewish settlers.
    (AP, 11/26/03)
2003        Nov 26, Taiwan arrested Maj. Pai Chin-yang (42), an intelligence officer, on charges of spying for rival China to raise money to pay off stock market debts. It was the 3rd espionage case announced by the military in less than a month.
    (AP, 12/3/03)
2003        Nov 26, The UN Children's Fund warned that AIDS has already orphaned more than 11 million African children under the age of 15, and "the worst is yet to come."
    (AP, 11/26/03)
2003        Nov 26, The UN nuclear watchdog agency, IAEA, condemned Iran over an 18-year cover-up of its nuclear energy program and said future violations of non-proliferation obligations would not be tolerated.
    (AP, 11/26/03)

2004        Nov 26, The dollar reached a new low against the euro at 1.3288 euros per dollar. The euro peaked at 1.3329.
    (SFC, 11/27/04, p.C1)(WSJ, 11/29/04, p.A1)
2004        Nov 26, A Cyprus-registered tanker spilled 30,000 gallons of crude oil into the Delaware River between Philadelphia and southern New Jersey, creating a 20-mile-long slick that killed dozens of birds and threatened other wildlife.
    (AP, 11/28/04)
2004        Nov 26, In NYC a man jumped to his death from the 86th-floor observation deck at the Empire State Building.
    (AP, 11/27/04)
2004        Nov 26, Philippe de Broca (71), French movie director ("King of Hearts"), died.
    (AP, 11/26/05)
2004        Nov 26, Leading Iraqi politicians called for a six-month delay in the Jan. 30 election because of spiraling violence; President Bush said, "The Iraqi Election Commission has scheduled elections in January, and I would hope they'd go forward in January." The vote took place as scheduled.
    (AP, 11/26/05)
2004        Nov 26, In Mosul 17 more Iraqi bodies were found following 15 discovered a day earlier. 65 bodies were reported found over the last 8 days with 20 confirmed as members of the new Iraqi security forces.
    (SFC, 11/27/04, p.A13)
2004        Nov 26, The ruling party in the Palestinian Authority set Aug. 4 as the date for an internal election in an apparent attempt to persuade the head of Fatah's restless young guard to drop out of the January presidential balloting.
    (AP, 11/26/04)
2004        Nov 26, Rwanda said it was ready to hold talks with Democratic Republic of Congo Pres. Joseph Kabila to defuse growing tensions over Rwandan rebels based in eastern Congo.
    (Reuters, 11/27/04)
2004        Nov 26, Sudan's pro-government Janjaweed militia killed 16 people in a western village in the troubled Darfur region.
    (AP, 11/27/04)
2004        Nov 26, A UN spokesman said the son of Secretary-General Kofi Annan received payments from a firm with a UN Iraqi oil-for-food contract more than four years longer than the world body previously admitted.
    (AP, 11/26/04)
2004        Nov 26, The World Trade Organization gave final approval to the EU, Japan and others to hit the US with an initial $150 million in trade sanctions in a row over the 2000 Byrd amendment, an illegal anti-dumping law. Penalties on US exports ranged from apples to textiles.
    (AP, 11/27/04)(SFC, 11/27/04, p.A4)

2005        Nov 26, The US military said 4 US soldiers face disciplinary action for burning the bodies of two Taliban rebels, but they will not be charged with crimes because their actions were motivated by hygienic concerns.
    (AP, 11/26/05)
2005        Nov 26, The SF Bay Area crab fleet ended their pricing standoff after pacific Seafood agreed to a $1.75 price per pound.
    (SSFC, 11/27/05, p.A1)
2005        Nov 26, Stan Berenstain (82), who with wife Jan wrote and illustrated the Berenstain Bear books, died in suburban Philadelphia.
    (AP, 11/26/06)
2005        Nov 26, Afghanistan’s defense ministry said troops foiled a bomb attack in Kabul with the arrest of six suspected militants and their explosives-packed vehicle.
    (AFP, 11/26/05)
2005        Nov 26, Suspected Taliban militants burned down a district police headquarters and abducted four officers.
    (AP, 11/26/05)
2005        Nov 26, In Azerbaijan truncheon-wielding police in riot gear beat opposition protesters who gathered in Baku shouting "Freedom!" and demanding a revote of disputed parliamentary elections.
    (AP, 11/26/05)
2005        Nov 25, In Bangladesh thousands of women rallied in Dhaka to demand that developed nations open their doors to workers and products from poor nations.
    (AP, 11/25/05)
2005        Nov 26, Bosnia's southern town of Mostar unveiled the world's first statue of kung fu legend Bruce Lee, paying homage to a childhood hero of all its divided ethnic groups.
    (Reuters, 11/28/05)
2005        Nov 26, A magnitude 5.7 earthquake shook part of central China, killing at least 15 people, injuring more than 450 and destroying hundreds of buildings.
    (AP, 11/26/05)
2005        Nov 26, Police detained at least 140 members of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood as Egyptians voted in a parliamentary runoff.
    (AP, 11/26/05)
2005        Nov 26, In India Sohrabuddin Sheikh, a suspected extortioner whose murdered. The police initially claimed that Sohrabuddin was a terrorist with Lashkar-e-Toiba connections, and had died while trying to escape. The killing was orchestrated by senior police officers of the Indian Police Service, and was allegedly ordered by Gujarat minister for home Amit Shah.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sohrabuddin_Sheikh_fake_encounter)
2005        Nov 26, Vijaypat Singhania (67), an Indian textile millionaire, apparently broke the world record for the highest flight in a hot air balloon. His son Gautam Singhania said the 44-ton balloon climbed nearly 70,000 feet. The previous world record was 64,997 feet, set by Sweden's Per Lindstrand in Plano, Texas, in June 1988.
    (AP, 11/26/05)
2005        Nov 26, In Iraq a suicide bomber drove his pickup truck into a crowded gas station north of Baghdad and killed 12 people. A 2nd car bomb targeting a convoy of foreigners killed four others in the capital.
    (AP, 11/26/05)
2005        Nov 26, A US Marine died when his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb near Camp Taqaddum, 45 miles west of Baghdad. Iraqi police arrested 8 Sunni Arabs in the northern city of Kirkuk for allegedly plotting to assassinate the investigating judge who prepared the case against Saddam Hussein.
    (AP, 11/27/05)
2005        Nov 26, In Iraq 4 humanitarian workers, including two Canadians, were kidnapped. Canadian hostages James Loney (41), and Harmeet Singh Sooden (32); Tom Fox (54), of Clear Brook, Va., and Norman Kember (74), of London, had been warned repeatedly by Iraqi and Western security officials before being abducted that they were taking a grave risk by moving around Baghdad without bodyguards. Fox’s body was found Mar 9, 2006.
    (CP, 11/27/05)(AP, 1/28/06)(AP, 3/11/06)
2005        Nov 26, Japan reported that its space probe Hayabusa had landed on the surface of the Itokawa asteroid and then collected rock samples that could give clues to the origin of the solar system. Data on the sample collection was later subject to question.
    (Reuters, 11/26/05)(AP, 12/07/05)
2005        Nov 26, Preliminary results showed jailed Palestinian uprising leader Marwan Barghouti and other younger activists swept Fatah primaries, signaling a change of generations that could make the corruption-tainted ruling party more attractive to voters in Jan. 25 parliament elections.
    (AP, 11/26/05)
2005        Nov 26, In Zimbabwe senate elections drew a low turnout under partial boycotting by the opposition over accusations the poll is designed to consolidate President Robert Mugabe's rule.
    (Reuters, 11/26/05)

2006        Nov 26, In New York City an angry crowd demanded to know why police officers killed Sean Bell, an unarmed man, on the day of his wedding by firing dozens of shots that also wounded two of Bell's friends.
    (AP, 11/26/07)
2006        Nov 26, David Hermance (59), a US engineer for Toyota, was killed when his experimental plane, a Interavia E-3, crashed off San Pedro near Los Angeles, Ca. Hermance’s job had been to take technology developed in Japan, as in the Prius hybrid, and bring it to the US.
    (SFC, 11/27/06, p.A5)
2006        Nov 26, Stephen Heywood (37), co-founder with his family of the ALS Therapy Development Foundation, died of amyotrophic lateral schlerosis.
    (WSJ, 12/9/06, p.A5)
2006        Nov 26, In southeastern Afghanistan a suicide bomber blew himself up at a restaurant, killing 15 people and wounding 24, including an Afghan special forces commander and a district chief who were apparently targeted for the attack.
    (AP, 11/26/06)
2006        Nov 26, In Bahrain preliminary results showed Islamist candidates victorious in parliamentary elections, splitting the vote between hardline Shiite and Sunni Muslims while female and liberal candidates fared poorly in the US-allied kingdom.
    (AP, 11/26/06)
2006        Nov 26, In eastern Chad government forces entered Abeche, one day after rebels launched an attack and claimed to have seized the town.
    (AP, 11/26/06)
2006        Nov 26, In China construction of the $3.7 billion Xiangjiaba project formally began. Completion was set for 2015. The 6-gigawatt project Xiangjiaba dam on the upper reaches of the Yangtze River and the nearby 12.6-gigawatt Xiluodu dam together are expected to match or exceed the capacity of the Three Gorges dam. An explosion triggered by a gas buildup in a coal mine in northern China killed 24 miners at the Luweitan Coal Mine in Linfen, Shanxi province.
    (AP, 11/27/06)
2006        Nov 26, Abu Khavs, a Jordanian who commanded foreign mercenaries in Chechnya and was reportedly al-Qaida's top emissary in the troubled North Caucasus, died along with 4 other militants in a shootout with police in Dagestan.
    (AP, 11/26/06)
2006        Nov 26, Ecuador held presidential elections. Rafael Correa (43), a US-trained economist who has pledged radical reforms to clean up corruption, faced Alvaro Noboa (56), a billionaire and Ecuador's wealthiest man. Ecuador is an oil-exporting country, but three-quarters of its 13.4 million inhabitants live in poverty.
    (AP, 11/26/06)
2006        Nov 26, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he would help the US calm Iraq if Washington changes what he described as its "bullying" policy toward Iran.
    (AP, 11/26/06)
2006        Nov 26, Iraq's leaders promised to track down those responsible for the war's deadliest attack by insurgents, and urged the country's Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish politicians to stop fanning sectarian violence by arguing with one another. A suicide car bomber slammed into an Iraqi police checkpoint on a highway near a Sunni mosque in Mahmoudiya city, killing five policemen and wounding 23. In Baquoba at least 17 insurgents were killed and 15 detained. 20 civilians were kidnapped and three bodies found in Diyala province. US soldiers shot and killed 11 civilians and wounded five in Husseiniya. 3 US soldiers were killed and two wounded during combat operations in Baghdad. The New York Times reported that the Iraq insurgency has become financially self-sustaining, raising tens of millions of dollars a year from oil smuggling, kidnapping, counterfeiting, corrupt charities and other crimes.
    (AP, 11/26/06)(Reuters, 11/26/06)(AP, 11/27/06)
2006        Nov 26, Israeli troops withdrew from the Gaza Strip as an unexpected truce took hold, but two major Palestinian militant groups, saying they had no intention of stopping their attacks, fired volleys of homemade rockets into Israel.
    (AP, 11/26/06)
2006        Nov 26, In Mexico bands of youths rampaged through downtown Oaxaca, torching buildings and cars hours after federal police used tear gas to drive off a violent mob of leftists in the latest spasm of protests against the state governor. 30 to 40 armed men entered the La Barranca hunting ranch near the US border and kidnapped five men including 3 Texans. Librado Pina Jr. (49), owns the popular deer-hunting ranch near Hidalgo, was released on Dec 18. His son and 2 others had been released earlier. There was no word on the ranch's Mexican cook, Marco Ortiz.
    (AP, 11/26/06)(AP, 11/29/06)(AP, 12/18/06)
2006        Nov 26, Raul Velasco (73), who hosted one of Mexico's most popular and enduring television programs, "Siempre en Domingo," died at his home in Acapulco.
    (AP, 11/26/06)
2006        Nov 26, In eastern Pakistan a passenger van veered off the road and plunged into a canal, killing 10 people.
    (AP, 11/26/06)
2006        Nov 26, Paraguay's Pres. Nicanor Duarte unexpectedly fired the armed forces chief and 58 military and police officers, calling it a routine reshuffling of the military high command and dismissing suggestions it was politically motivated.
    (AP, 11/26/06)
2006        Nov 26, Mestnye (meaning Locals), a pro-government youth group raided outdoor markets in the Moscow region to help authorities find illegal migrants. Police detained several dozen people after fighting broke out.
    (AP, 11/27/06)
2006        Nov 26, South Korean quarantine officials began slaughtering more than 200,000 poultry after an outbreak of the virulent H5N1 form of bird flu at a chicken farm.
    (AP, 11/26/06)
2006        Nov 26, In Sudan the National Redemption Front said its fighters had seized the Abu Jabra oil field on the edge of South Darfur and Southern Kordofan. Sudanese military said its forces had repelled the attack and were in full control of the field.
    (AP, 11/27/06)
2006        Nov 26, More than 20,000 Muslims in Istanbul held the biggest protest so far against Pope Benedict's controversial visit to Turkey this week.
    (AP, 11/26/06)

2007        Nov 26, President Bush signed a deal setting the foundation for a potential long-term US troop presence in Iraq, with details to be negotiated over matters that have defined the war debate at home. Bush also met with the leaders of Israel and Palestine ahead of the Middle East peace talks at Annapolis.
    (AP, 11/27/07)(SFC, 11/27/07, p.A15)
2007        Nov 26, Mississippi Sen. Trent Lott announced his retirement after a 35-year career in Congress.
    (AP, 11/26/08)
2007        Nov 26, Citigroup announced that the investment arm of the Abu Dhabi government will take a 4.9% stake and provide a $7.5 billion capital infusion.
    (WSJ, 11/27/07, p.A3)
2007        Nov 26, Amsterdam based Royal Philips Electronics announced the purchase of Genlyte Group, based in Louisville, Kentucky, for $2.7 billion. The deal made Philips the biggest lighting firm in the American market.
    (www.newscenter.philips.com/about/news/press/20071126.page)
2007        Nov 26, Rotary International and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced a $200 million donation for the global campaign to wipe out polio.
    (AP, 11/26/07)
2007        Nov 26, A new report said the US District of Columbia has the highest rate of AIDS of any city in the country. An estimated one in 20 residents had HIV and one in 50 had AIDS.
    (SFC, 11/27/07, p.A3)
2007        Nov 26, A new study by the University of Michigan bolstered claims that Native Americans are descended from one migrant group that crossed a lost land link from modern Siberia to Alaska. The study examined genes of indigenous people from North to South America and from two Siberian groups.
    (AFP, 11/27/07)
2007        Nov 26, In Michigan a find of dioxin at the bottom of the Saginaw River could be the highest level of such contamination ever discovered in the nation's rivers and lakes, according to a federal scientist involved in cleanup efforts downstream from a Dow Chemical Co. plant.
    (AP, 11/26/07)
2007        Nov 26, Roger Lee Dillon (22), his girlfriend, Nicole N. Boyd (24), and Dillon’s mother, Sharon Lee Gregory (48), stole $7.4 million in cash and checks from an Ohio armored car company. They were arrested Dec 1 in West Virginia.
    (AP, 12/1/07)(SFC, 12/17/07, p.A8)
2007        Nov 26, Washington Redskins star safety Sean Taylor was mortally wounded when he was shot during a botched armed robbery at his home in Palmetto Bay, Fla. Taylor died the next day.
    (AP, 11/26/08)
2007        Nov 26, Bill Hartack (74), Hall of Fame jockey, died in Freer, Texas.
    (AP, 11/26/08)
2007        Nov 26, In Afghanistan a roadside bomb struck an Afghan army vehicle, killing 4 soldiers and wounding two others in eastern Paktia province. 4 civilians were killed by a roadside blast in the Musayi district of Kabul province. In eastern Afghanistan US-led coalition troops killed 14 road construction workers in airstrikes after receiving faulty intelligence.
    (AP, 11/26/07)(AP, 11/27/07)(AP, 11/28/07)
2007        Nov 26, The Bahamas ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, bringing to 141 the number of nations that have done so. The treaty, which bans all nuclear explosions, will not enter into force until it has been ratified by all 44 states listed in an annex, that participated in a 1996 disarmament conference and had nuclear power or research reactors at the time. 34 of those countries have ratified the pact. The holdouts include the United States, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea.
    (AP, 11/27/07)
2007        Nov 26, Peter Watt, the general secretary of Britain’s Labor Party, resigned after admitting that he knew of an arrangement in which David Abrahams, a north-east property developer, had donated money to the party through intermediaries since 2003. PM Brown claimed not to have known of the arrangement and promised to return the money.
    (Econ, 12/1/07, p.69)
2007        Nov 26, In eastern Chad rebels and government soldiers fought gunbattles near the border with Sudan's Darfur region after two rebel groups ended a month-long ceasefire. A rebel group, Union of Forces for Development and Democracy, claimed to have killed over 200 government soldiers with 20 of its fighters lost.
    (Reuters, 11/26/07)(AP, 11/27/07)(SFC, 11/27/07, p.A17)
2007        Nov 26, Croatia's ruling conservative HDZ party looked on course to win another four years in power and take the nation into the EU after a close-fought parliamentary election. The ruling conservatives and center-left opposition sought allies after the vote left no clear winner.
    (AP, 11/26/07)(WSJ, 11/27/07, p.A1)
2007        Nov 26, In Ecuador about 60 miners were trapped after the blast in the village of Ponce Enriquez, 230 miles southwest of Quito.
    (AP, 11/27/07)
2007        Nov 26, France netted deals in China for nuclear reactors and passenger jets worth a combined $29.62 billion on the second day of a state visit by President Nicolas Sarkozy.
    (AP, 11/26/07)
2007        Nov 26, In France youths rioted for a 2nd night in Paris' suburbs, leaving 82 officers injured.
    (AP, 11/27/07)(SFC, 11/28/07, p.A4)
2007        Nov 26, In Indonesia the capital of Jakarta was partially flooded, forcing thousands of people to flee homes and cutting off a highway to the international airport.
    (AP, 11/27/07)
2007        Nov 26, An Iranian air force F-4 Phantom jet crashed into the Oman Sea off the southeastern coast of Iran, killing both pilots.
    (AP, 11/26/07)
2007        Nov 26, An Israeli aircraft pounded a squad of militants and Israeli border guards shot two Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
    (AP, 11/26/07)
2007        Nov 26, High school students clashed with riot police in Amsterdam and demonstrated in cities across the Netherlands to protest a national increase in classroom hours.
    (AP, 11/26/07)
2007        Nov 26, Former Pakistani prime ministers Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif signed up to run in a January election while a spokesman for President Pervez Musharraf said he would be sworn in as a civilian on Nov 29.
    (AP, 11/26/07)
2007        Nov 26, Philip Alston, a New York University law professor charged by the UN Human Rights Council with investigating extra-judicial killings in the Philippines, reported that the military was in a state of denial about its role in the deaths of about 800 opposition activists over the past six years.
    (AP, 11/26/07)
2007        Nov 26, In the Philippines the death toll from Typhoon Mitag rose to 17, as search operations began for a missing air force jet and a fishing vessel with 27 people aboard.
    (AFP, 11/27/07)
2007        Nov 26, A South Korean aid group said North Korea has resumed frequent public executions, among them a factory chief accused of making international phone calls who was shot in a stadium before 150,000 spectators.
    (AP, 11/26/07)
2007        Nov 26, In Sri Lanka rebels said 11 schoolchildren and two others were killed when Sri Lanka's military activated a roadside bomb near a car traveling near Kilinochchi.
    (AP, 11/27/07)

2008        Nov 26, Edna Parker (115), the world’s oldest person, died in Shelbyville, Indiana.
    (WSJ, 11/28/08, p.A10)
2008        Nov 26, British data showed its economy shrank 0.5% in the 3 months to September, placing it perilously close to recession as it feels the chill from the global financial crisis.
    (AP, 11/26/08)
2008        Nov 26, China cut interest rates by more than a percentage point to 5.58%, the most significant cut in 11 years, as the economic conditions worsened.
    (SFC, 12/9/08, p.A10)(Econ, 11/29/08, p.80)
2008        Nov 26, China executed Wang Zhendong, a businessman convicted of bilking thousands of investors out of $416 million in a bogus ant-breeding scheme.
    (AP, 11/27/08)
2008        Nov 26, European ministers pledged euro10 billion ($12.8 billion) to an ambitious list of 30 space missions, including one to put a robotic rover on Mars.
    (AP, 11/26/08)
2008        Nov 26, In India 110 people were killed and over 300 injured when suspected Islamic militants attacked 10 sites in Mumbai including the five-star Taj Mahal Palace and Tower and the 19th century Chhatrapati Shivaji railroad station. On Oct 3, 2009, David Headley (b.1960 as Daood Sayed Gilani), a US citizen of Pakistani descent, was arrested in Chicago on suspicion of doing reconnaissance Mumbai attack. In 2010 Gilani pleaded guilty and testified that the Pakistani spy agency provided individual handlers for the Lashkar-e-Taiba attackers. In 2013 Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy authored “The Siege: Three Days of Terror Inside the Taj.
    (www.talkleft.com/story/2009/12/7/125726/611)(AP, 11/27/08)(SFC, 10/20/10, p.A5)(Econ, 11/23/13, p.81)
2008        Nov 26, In Iran a court sentenced a man who blinded a woman with acid also to be blinded with acid under the country's Islamic law. Majid Movahedi (27) confessed to attacking Ameneh Bahrami (24) in 2004 to dissuade anyone from marrying the woman he loved. Movahedi was sentenced to be blinded in both eyes in February, 2009. In 2011 Bahrami announced that it would cost Movahedi two million euros to escape a court-ordered blinding. In 2011 Bahrami pardoned Mohavedi as he knelt in an operating room with her attacker waiting for her to drop acid in his eyes.
    (AP, 11/27/08)(AP, 5/17/11)(AP, 7/31/11)
2008        Nov 26, In Iraq intense deal making among political factions delayed by one day a parliamentary vote on a security pact that would allow American forces to stay in the country through 2011 under tight Iraqi supervision. A roadside bomb killed two civilians and wounded four in central Baghdad. 18 young women, purportedly belonging to a suicide bombing network in northern Iraq, surrendered and signed a form promising not to conduct attacks as part of a reconciliation program.
    (AP, 11/26/08)(AP, 11/27/08)
2008        Nov 26, Nigeria's food and drug control agency NAFDAC said 25 children have died in the last fortnight after taking a teething mixture discovered to contain a harmful substance. Laboratory tests on the drug found out that it contains a killer element known as diethylene glycol. The agency shut down the premises of the Nigerian manufacturer. The death count soon rose to 34 as more children lost their lives after being given "My Pikin" teething syrup contaminated with diethylene glycol, blamed for causing kidney failure.
    (AFP, 11/26/08)(Reuters, 12/3/08)
2008        Nov 26, The UN and other aid agencies appealed to the international community to send $462 million in emergency assistance to address what they said is a humanitarian crisis in the Palestinian territories.
    (AP, 11/26/08)
2008        Nov 26, In North Ossetia Vitaly Karayev, the mayor of Vladikavkaz, was shot and killed in the latest violence to hit a region. The next day An obscure Islamic group claimed responsibility for the assassination of a mayor in Russia's troubled North Caucasus, saying he had sanctioned persecution of Islamic women.
    (AP, 11/26/08)(AP, 11/27/08)
2008        Nov 26, In Peru suspected rebels armed with machine guns and grenades ambushed a police patrol in the central jungle, killing four officers and wounding five others.
    (AP, 11/26/08)
2008        Nov 26, Qatar based Al Jazeera launched Sharek, a website where photos and videos can be submitted for use, once verified, in Al Jazeera’s television and online reports.
    (Econ, 7/9/11, SR p.10)(http://tinyurl.com/5hsj2k)
2008        Nov 26, Off Sierra Leone pirates from neighboring Guinea attacked a Chinese fishing vessel in a rare attack that ended with four suspects dead. Two pirates were shot, two drowned and the other pirates were arrested by the Sierra Leone navy.
    (AP, 11/27/08)
2008        Nov 26, In northern Somalia 2 foreign journalists were kidnapped while doing a story on the rampant piracy in the region. The Britain and journalist and his Spanish counterpart were released on Jan 4, after almost six weeks in captivity in Somalia's breakaway Puntland state.
    (AP, 11/26/08)(AFP, 1/4/09)
2008        Nov 26, South Africa's health minister said Zimbabwe faced a humanitarian crisis after a major outbreak of cholera, vowing not to turn away anyone who crosses the border for treatment. Botswana's foreign minister said Zimbabwe's neighbors should close their borders in an attempt to bring down Pres. Robert Mugabe, in the strongest call yet for action from Africa.
    (AFP, 11/26/08)
2008        Nov 26, Sudanese police demolished about 10,000 homes in a shanty town south of Khartoum, using tear gas to disperse protesting residents.
    (AFP, 11/27/08)
2008        Nov 26, The UN Security Council approved the deployment of a EU mission (Eulex) throughout Kosovo under the UN umbrella.
    (AP, 11/26/08)(Econ, 11/15/14, p.55)
2008        Nov 26, In Venezuela Russian President Dmitry Medvedev agreed to help start a local nuclear energy program and said Moscow is willing to participate in a socialist trade bloc in Latin America led by President Hugo Chavez.
    (AP, 11/27/08)

2009        Nov 26, The Univ. of Michigan announced that football player Charles Woodson is donating $2 million to its new Mott Children's Hospital and Women's Hospital.
    (AP, 11/27/09)
2009        Nov 26, In Jupiter, Florida, 3 women and a child, Makayla Sitton, in bed were shot to death during a family Thanksgiving gathering. Police officers were looking for Paul Michael Merhige (35) of Miami. Merhige, a cousin of the 6-year-old victim, was arrested on Jan 2, 2010, at a motel in the Florida Keys.
    (AP, 11/27/09)(AP, 1/3/10)
2009        Nov 26, In Vienna Mohamed ElBaradei, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said that his probe of allegations that Iran tried to make nuclear arms is at "a dead end" because Tehran is not cooperating and warned that confidence in Tehran had shrunk in the wake of its belated revelation of a previously secret nuclear facility.
    (AP, 11/26/09)
2009        Nov 26, In the Central African Republic the rebel Convention of Patriots for Justice and Peace (CPJP) claimed they had taken control of the key north central town of Ndele after an attack. The rebels said three of their men had been killed, four were wounded, and that about a dozen soldiers were killed. The CPJP is led by Charles Massi, who was a prime minister under Ange-Felix Patasse, the president toppled in a bloodless coup by Bozize in 2003.
    (AFP, 11/26/09)
2009        Nov 26, China announced plans to cut its carbon emissions by up to 45 percent as measured against its economic output, a commitment from the world's largest polluter that builds momentum ahead of a widely anticipated climate conference in Copenhagen next month.
    (AP, 11/26/09)
2009        Nov 26, In China 172 miners were underground when an explosion occurred at the Zhenxing coal mine. 10 miners were killed in the gas explosion.
    (AP, 11/28/09)
2009        Nov 26, In the Congo four UN peacekeepers were wounded in northern Congo after a UN helicopter was attacked by armed men.
    (AP, 11/27/09)
2009        Nov 26, European banks were hit by concern about potential exposure to debt problems in Dubai, while companies where Middle Eastern investors own big stakes also came under pressure.
    (Reuters, 11/26/09)
2009        Nov 26, In Lyon, France, thieves used a sledgehammer to smash through the reinforced glass on a downtown Cartier storefront. They then swiped jewelry and watches from display cases. In Dec police recovered nearly euro800,000 ($1,181,900) in jewels stolen in the holdup. Officers came across the stash by accident while searching the apartment of a suspect in another jewelry theft. The suspect was still at large.
    (AP, 12/9/09)
2009        Nov 26, Georgia’s foreign minister said his country is very worried about the possible sale of French warships to Russia and intends to press the issue of security guarantees in France.
    (AP, 11/26/09)
2009        Nov 26, In southern Hungary a student (23) opened fire at a university in the city of Pecs, killing one student and wounding three other people.
    (Reuters, 11/26/09)
2009        Nov 26, In Indonesia police broke up a protest by the environmental group Greenpeace against deforestation on the island of Sumatra, arresting 12 foreign and six Indonesian demonstrators.
    (AP, 11/26/09)
2009        Nov 26, A human rights group said Iran has brought new espionage charges against Kian Tajbakhsh (47), an Iranian-American scholar, who was already convicted of spying and sentenced to 15 years in prison in the country's crackdown following June's disputed presidential election. Prominent political activist Behzad Nabavi (67) was released on $800,000 bail. Shapoor Kazemi, opposition leader Mousavi's brother-in-law, was freed on $50,000 bail.
    (AP, 11/26/09)
2009        Nov 26, Shirin Ebadi, 2003 Nobel Peace Prize, said that Iranian authorities took her medal about three weeks ago from a safe-deposit box, claiming she owed taxes on the $1.3 million she was awarded. Ebadi said that such prizes are exempt from tax under Iranian law. In Norway, where the peace prize is awarded, the government said the confiscation of the gold medal was a shocking first in the history of the 108-year-old prize.
    (AP, 11/27/09)
2009        Nov 26, In Ireland an official report said the Roman Catholic archdiocese of Dublin obsessively covered up widespread sexual abuse of children by priests until the mid-1990s in a misuse of the Church's central role in Irish society.
    (Reuters, 11/26/09)
2009        Nov 26, In the Philippines Andal Ampatuan Jr., mayor of Ampatua, surrendered to presidential adviser Jesus Dureza in the provincial capital. He had allegedly led dozens of police and pro-government militiamen in the Nov 23 massacre of an election convoy.
    (AP, 11/26/09)
2009        Nov 26, Polish defense ministry spokesman Robert Rochowicz said the US and Poland have agreed terms for stationing US troops in Poland so that the deployment of US Patriot missiles can start next year.
    (AFP, 11/26/09)
2009        Nov 26, The Swiss Justice Ministry said Roman Polanski will be placed under house arrest at his Alpine chalet as soon as possible, announcing it would not appeal a court's decision to release the 76-year-old director on bail.
    (AP, 11/26/09)
2009        Nov 26, In Tunisia Taoufik Ben Brik (49), a journalist known for his critical stance toward Tunisia's government, was sentenced to six months in prison for what his lawyer called a trumped-up assault charge. Brik was released on April 27, 2010.
    (AP, 11/26/09)(AP, 4/27/10)

2010        Nov 26, US federal agents in a sting operation arrested Mohamed Osman Mohamud (19), a Somali-born teenager, just as he tried blowing up a van he believed was loaded with explosives at a crowded Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland.
    (AP, 11/27/10)
2010        Nov 26, In Argentina the newspaper Clarin published the comments of a woman who has accused her father of sexually abusing her for 30 years and having 10 children with her, including one who killed himself after learning that his grandfather was his father. Elvira Gomez (43) did not report the alleged abuse until her father, Armando Gomez (62), was recently arrested for robbery.
    (AP, 11/27/10)
2010        Nov 26, In Brazil residents of Rio's northern slums braced for more violence as hundreds of reinforcements joined a widening crackdown on drug gangs that has killed at least 30 people in six days. Some 800 troops backed a police operation at the Alemao complex of shantytowns as drug gang members stood their ground.
    (AFP, 11/26/10)(SFC, 11/27/10, p.A4)
2010        Nov 26, The Central African Republic government announced its forces had retaken Birao, captured by rebels in a deadly assault two days earlier, but the rebels said they were still in control.
    (AFP, 11/26/10)
2010        Nov 26, In Chile the lawyer for a group of men who accused Fernando Karadima, a prominent Chilean priest, of sexually abusing them as teenagers said his clients will not appeal a ruling in favor of the clergyman. Five men, now adults, had alleged that Karadima began abusing them about 20 years ago, when they were between 14 and 17 years old. In 2011 the Vatican said Karadima was guilty of abusing minors and must retire.
    (AP, 11/26/10)(SFC, 2/19/11, p.A2)
2010        Nov 26, Danish actor Palle Huld (98), who reportedly inspired a Belgian cartoonist to create the comic book reporter Tintin, died. He was a stage actor with Denmark's Royal Theater, and he appeared in 40 Danish films between 1933 and 2000. In 1928 Huld won a competition organized by Danish newspaper that wanted to send a teenager would-be-reporter around the globe. For 44 days the 15-year-old traveled to North America, Japan, Siberia and Germany, and was greeted by 20,000 people upon his return to Copenhagen. Herge, the pen name of Belgian author Georges Remi, heard of Huld's journey which reportedly inspired him to create Tintin, the globe-trotting reporter.
    (AP, 12/5/10)
2010        Nov 26, An Egyptian judicial source said courts have ordered the cancellation of Nov 28 parliamentary elections in 24 districts after orders to reinstate opposition and independent candidates were ignored. The Alexandria criminal court sentenced 11 Islamists to two years in prison for election campaigning for the banned Muslim Brotherhood. 
    (AFP, 11/26/10)(Reuters, 11/26/10)(AFP, 11/27/10)
2010        Nov 26, In Indonesia 5 endangered Sumatran elephants were found dead in Riau province on Sumatra island. Conservationists suspected that farmers poisoned the animals to stop them from damaging crops.
    (AP, 11/28/10)
2010        Nov 26, The Japanese parliament passed an extra budget worth 58 billion dollars to cover a new stimulus package aimed at averting the threat of a "double-dip" recession.
    (AFP, 11/26/10)
2010        Nov 26, Kenya’s Wildlife Service said its agents shot dead 2 suspected poachers shooting at a herd of elephants in a national park.
    (SFC, 11/27/10, p.A2)
2010        Nov 26, Myanmar published laws, signed by junta chief Gen. Than Shwe, stipulating that parliamentarians will be allowed freedom of expression unless their speeches endanger national security, the unity of the country or violate the constitution. They also provide a two-year prison term for those who stage protests in the parliament compound or physically assault a lawmaker on its premises.
    (AP, 11/27/10)
2010        Nov 26, The Dutch navy said it has captured 20 suspected pirates off the Somali coast in two operations in the last week and is holding them on a warship on suspicion of involvement in hijacking a South African yacht.
    (AP, 11/26/10)
2010        Nov 26, A Nigerian court annulled the election of the governor of the southwestern state of Osun and installed his opposition rival, in the latest blow to the ruling party ahead of national elections next April. The court ruled that Osun state governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) had been wrongly elected in the 2007 polls and installed his rival Rauf Aregbesola of the opposition Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).
    (Reuters, 11/26/10)
2010        Nov 26, Pakistan said security forces arrested two would-be suicide bombers in the capital Islamabad, adding that the thwarted attacks targeted parliament and a mosque in an upmarket neighborhood. Suspected US missiles fired by an unmanned plane hit a vehicle killing three alleged militants in North Waziristan.
    (AP, 11/26/10)
2010        Nov 26, Portugal adopted a raft of debt-reducing austerity measures, which the government claimed would be enough to restore market confidence in its public finances without resorting to a bailout.
    (AP, 11/26/10)
2010        Nov 26, Russia said it will miss an April, 2012, deadline for destroying all of its chemical weapons, as officials inaugurated a major new plant to dispose of them. Pochep, the latest of six plants built in Russia in recent years, will process nearly 19 percent of Russia's stockpile, or 7,500 tons of nerve agent used in aircraft-delivered munitions. The US has acknowledged it will also miss the deadline.
    (AP, 11/26/10)
2010        Nov 26, Saudi Interior Ministry spokesman Mansour al-Turki said authorities have arrested nearly 150 al-Qaida suspects over the past eight months, foiling planned attacks on Saudi government officials, civilians and media personalities.
    (AP, 11/26/10)
2010        Nov 26, Serbia sent a formal request for the extradition of Peter Egner (88), a naturalized American citizen who is suspected of serving in a Nazi unit that killed some 17,000 Jewish and other civilians here during World War II. Egner was born in Yugoslavia and emigrated to the United States in 1960, gaining American citizenship six years later.
    (AP, 11/26/10)
2010        Nov 26, South African President Jacob Zuma arrived in Harare to try to smooth over disputes threatening Zimbabwe's troubled power-sharing government. Zuma said he had persuaded President Mugabe and PM Tsvangirai to start talking again to address the rifts in their power-sharing government.
    (AFP, 11/26/10)(Reuters, 11/26/10)
2010        Nov 26, In South Africa a study led by the government-funded Medical Research Foundation says that in Gauteng province, home to Johannesburg, more than 37% of men said they had raped a woman. A quarter of the women interviewed said they'd been raped, but the study said only one in 25 rapes are reported to police.
    (AP, 11/26/10)
2010        Nov 26, In South Africa lightning and a storm killed seven people and injured 67 at a Christmas party at a nursery school in KwaZulu Natal.
    (AFP, 11/27/10)
2010        Nov 26, Spain’s PM Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said there was no chance Spain would seek a bailout.
    (AP, 11/26/10)
2010        Nov 26, In Taiwan a gunman opened fire on a campaign rally on the eve of key local elections, killing one man and critically wounding the son of former Vice-President Lien Chan. A suspect was in custody and may belong to a gang.
    (AP, 11/26/10)
2010        Nov 26, In Yemen a suicide car bomber struck Shiite mourners heading to a funeral to Saada province, killing at least two people.
    (AP, 11/26/10)

2011        Nov 26, NASA launched a rover of "monster truck" proportions toward Mars on an 8½-month, 354 million-mile journey, the biggest, best equipped robot ever sent to explore another planet. Curiosity will reach Mars next summer.
    (AP, 11/26/11)
2011        Nov 26, Afghan MPs approved Noorullah Delawari, a US-educated banker, as governor of the troubled central bank. MPs also granted a trust vote to Rahmatullah Nabeel, President Karzai's candidate to head Afghanistan's intelligence agency (NDS). Karzai approved a second list of areas, home to half the nation's population, where Afghan forces will soon start taking the lead from foreign troops.
    (AFP, 11/26/11)(AP, 11/27/11)
2011        Nov 26, Britain’s Finance Ministry said it plans to spend an extra 600 million pounds on so-called "free schools" outside municipal control over the next three years.
    (Reuters, 11/26/11)
2011        Nov 26, Colombia's main rebel group executed four captives, held hostage for between 12 and 13 years, during combat between guerrillas and soldiers searching for the men. Sgt. Luis Alberto Erazo (48), held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) for nearly 12 years, survived.
    (AP, 11/26/11)
2011        Nov 26, In CongoDRC police fired bullets and tear gas into a crowd that included tens of thousands of opposition supporters in Kinshasa. The violence prompted officials to ban further rallies before the Nov 28 poll. At least 12 opposition partisans and bystanders were shot dead as the Republican Guard, the former presidential guard, quashed a rally by supporters of President Joseph Kabila's chief rival.
    (AP, 11/26/11)(AP, 11/27/11)(AFP, 12/2/11)
2011        Nov 26, Egyptian security forces clashed with protesters camped outside the Cabinet building, leaving one man dead, as tensions rose two days ahead of parliamentary elections being held despite mass demonstrations against military rule. Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi met separately with Nobel Peace laureate Mohamed ElBaradei and another presidential hopeful Amr Moussa, who was the former Arab League chief. 24 protest groups, including two political parties, have announced they are creating their own "national salvation" government to be headed by ElBaradei.
    (AP, 11/26/11)
2011        Nov 26, In central Indonesia a busy bridge collapsed in East Kalimantan province, killing at least 4 people and injuring 17 others as a bus, cars and motorcycles crashed into the Mahakam river. 40 people were missing.
    (AP, 11/26/11)(AP, 11/27/11)
2011        Nov 26, In central Iraq bomb and gun attacks killed at least 16 people and wounded more than 20 others.
    (AFP, 11/26/11)
2011        Nov 26, In Libya dozens of women rallied in Tripoli to pressure the new government to do more to help women raped during the country's civil war.
    (AP, 11/26/11)
2011        Nov 26, Malaysia reportedly said it will amend a new law banning street demonstrations, amid further protests by critics who say the bill clamps down on their right to peaceful assembly.
    (AFP, 11/26/11)
2011        Nov 26, Mexican authorities arrested three members of the Zetas drug cartel who later confessed to the June slaying of bodyguards for the governor of the northern state of Nuevo Leon. They were identified as Arturo Garcia Celaya (24), Jose Daniel Hernandez Guzman (25), and Nicolas Yepes Alvarez (34).
    (AP, 11/27/11)
2011        Nov 26, New Zealand PM John Key convincingly won a second term in elections that opened the door for the sales of billions of dollars worth of government assets as part of a plan to reduce the country's debt.
    (AP, 11/26/11)
2011        Nov 26, In northeast Nigeria at least four people died in an apparent attack that saw churches and businesses burned to the ground in the city of Geidam, Yobe state.
    (AP, 11/27/11)
2011        Nov 26, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu (78), the secessionist leader during Nigeria's civil war in the late 1960s and a pivotal figure in the country's history, died in Britain. Ojukwu's 1967 declaration of independence for Biafra came largely in response to the killing of large numbers of Igbos in the country's north.
    (AFP, 11/26/11)(Econ, 12/3/11, p.114)
2011        Nov 26, Pakistan accused NATO helicopters and fighter jets of firing on two army checkpoints in the country's northwest and killing 24 soldiers. Afghan troops, who came under fire while operating near the Pakistan border, called in the NATO airstrikes. Islamabad retaliated by closing the border crossings used by the international coalition to supply its troops in neighboring Afghanistan. The Pakistani government demanded the US vacate an air base within 15 days that the CIA is suspected of using for unmanned drones.
    (AP, 11/26/11)(AP, 11/27/11)
2011        Nov 26, Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired a Qassam rocket into the Eshkol region of southern Israel. The attack only damaged a farm outbuilding.
    (AFP, 11/26/11)
2011        Nov 26, In Syria one civilian was reported killed as security forces launched raids in Deir Ezzor and carried out arrests. At least 12 civilians were killed in Homs province.
    (AFP, 11/26/11)(SSFC, 11/27/11, p.A8)
2011        Nov 26, In Uruguay Silvia Martinez (61), the wife of national soccer coach Oscar Tabarez, was attacked with a corrosive liquid that burned her face and arms. Several days ago authorities released a former female employee of Tabarez who was arrested in December for allegedly swindling $500,000 from the coach.
    (AP, 11/27/11)
2011        Nov 26, A Yemeni security official said government warplanes over the last 48 hours have killed 80 anti-government tribesmen who overran part of a military camp in the Arhab region north of the capital Sanaa. About 20 soldiers were reported killed by the tribesmen.
    (AP, 11/26/11)

2012        Nov 26, The US Food and Drug Administration halted operations of the country's largest organic peanut butter processor, cracking down on salmonella poisoning for the first time with new enforcement authority the agency gained in a 2011 food safety law. FDA officials had found salmonella all over Sunland Inc.'s New Mexico processing plant.
    (AP, 11/27/12)
2012        Nov 26, In eastern Afghanistan several thousand university students demonstrated to denounce Israel's recent offensive in the Gaza Strip, burning Israeli and US flags as well as a Christian cross. A bomb strapped to a bicycle exploded, wounding 26 civilians in Khost. A service member with the international military coalition was killed in a roadside bombing in the south.
    (AP, 11/26/12)
2012        Nov 26, In Austria ceremonies were held to launch a Saudi-sponsored and funded center in Vienna meant to promote dialogue between the world's main religions. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke and urged Israel and Hamas to respect their cease-fire.
    (AP, 11/27/12)
2012        Nov 26, In Bahrain riot police fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse thousands of marchers trying to reach a heavily guarded square that was once the hub of their anti-government uprising.
    (AP, 11/26/12)
2012        Nov 26, Britain named Canadian central bank chief Mark Carney to head the Bank of England.
    (Reuters, 11/26/12)
2012        Nov 26, A man (22) from Northern Ireland was arrested in Britain in connection with the death of Northern Ireland policeman Ronan Kerr, who was killed in April last year when a bomb exploded under his car.
    (Reuters, 11/26/12)
2012        Nov 26, Toronto's Rob Ford, a magnet for controversy during two years as mayor of Canada's largest city, was ordered out of office on after a judge found him guilty of breaking conflict-of-interest laws.
    (Reuters, 11/26/12)
2012        Nov 26, France's EDF and partner Centrica have received the first UK site licence for a new nuclear plant in 25 years, paving the way for Britain's first new nuclear station since 1995.
    (AP, 11/26/12)
2012        Nov 26, In Germany 14 people were killed and eight injured when a fire broke out at a workshop for disabled people in Titisee-Neustadt in the Black Forest region. Scores had to be rescued from the building as it quickly filled with smoke.
    (AP, 11/27/12)
2012        Nov 26, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak (70) abruptly announced he was quitting politics, injecting new turmoil into the Israeli political system weeks ahead of general elections.
    (AP, 11/26/12)
2012        Nov 26, In Nigeria gunmen attacked a major police station near Abuja that held members of Boko Haram a radical Islamist sect, freeing some 30 prisoners. 25 were quickly recaptured. Two policemen were killed. Gunmen in army uniforms sprayed bullets from a van as they sped along the road leading to Plateau state's airport. 9 people died in the attack on a Christian village.
    (AP, 11/26/12)(AP, 11/27/12)
2012        Nov 26, In Pakistan a bomb hidden in a cement construction block exploded in Karachi, killing one person. Islamabad police found and defused a bomb planted under the car of a prominent TV anchor threatened by the Taliban for his coverage of a schoolgirl shot by the militants.
    (AP, 11/26/12)
2012        Nov 26, Pakistani police said 13 people have died over the last 3 days in Lahore after drinking cough syrup suspected of being toxic. The victims were all drug addicts who apparently drank the cough syrup in an attempt to get high.
    (AP, 11/26/12)
2012        Nov 26, Swaziland government officials saidy salary spending by the government will rise to $528 million, a roughly $23 million increase year-over-year, despite the country's weakened economy.
    (AP, 11/27/12)
2012        Nov 26, Syrian rebels captured a hydroelectric dam on the Euphrates River in the country's north after days of heavy clashes. Rebels and pro-government Kurdish gunmen struck a truce to end days of fighting in the town of Ras al-Ayn. Airstrikes by government warplanes killed and wounded several people in the border town Atmeh.
    (AP, 11/26/12)
2012        Nov 26, UN talks on a new climate pact resumed in Qatar, where negotiators from nearly 200 countries will discuss fighting global warming and helping poor nations adapt to it.
    (AP, 11/26/12)

2013        Nov 26, In China the Xinjiang Daily reported that students in western Xinjiang region will not graduate unless their political views are approved, as the country wages what school administrators called an ideological war against separatism.
    (Reuters, 11/26/13)
2013        Nov 26, Egyptian police fired a water cannon to disperse dozens of protesters near the Ministry of Interior after they defied a new law that restricts demonstrations. Egyptian troops killed a leader of an al-Qaida inspired group in the northern Sinai Peninsula. Mohammed Hussein Muhareb and his son were killed after troops closed in on his motorcade and a firefight ensued.
    (Reuters, 11/26/13)(AP, 11/26/13)
2013        Nov 26, Egyptian security sources said police in Cairo are investigating the disappearance of an Egyptian-born German author and critic of Islam, months after a cleric declared him an infidel and called for his death. Hamed Abdel-Samad, author of "The Downfall of the Islamic World: A Prognosis", went missing in recent days.
    (Reuters, 11/26/13)
2013        Nov 26, France said it would send hundreds of extra troops to the strife-torn Central African Republic after the UN warned the country was descending into "complete chaos."
    (AFP, 11/26/13)
2013        Nov 25, Guinea’s government said Abu Dhabi investment fund Mubadala and Dubai Aluminium (DUBAL) have signed a five-billion-dollar deal with Guinea that should secure resources for UAE aluminium makers.
    (AFP, 11/25/13)
2013        Nov 26, An Indian court sentenced dentist couple  Rajesh and Nupur Talwar to life in prison for the murder of their 14-year-old daughter and a Nepalese servant in 2008.
    (Reuters, 11/26/13)
2013        Nov 26, In Libya shops and schools closed across Benghazi as residents responded to calls for civil disobedience to protest deadly clashes between radical Islamists and the army.
    (AFP, 11/26/13)
2013        Nov 26, Archeologists in Nepal said they have discovered traces of a wooden structure dating from the sixth century BC inside the sacred Mayadevi Temple in Lumbini. They believed this is the world's oldest Buddhist shrine.
    (AP, 11/26/13)
2013        Nov 26, Gunmen in central Nigeria's Plateau state killed 37 people in a pre-dawn raid. The area has been gripped by a decade-long sectarian conflict between Muslim herdsmen and Christian agriculturalists.
    (AFP, 11/26/13)
2013        Nov 26, Pakistan’s PM Nawaz Sharif ceremonially broke ground on a $9.59 billion nuclear power complex to be built in Karachi with China’s help. China National Nuclear Cooperation (CNNC) promised to grant a loan of at least $6.5 billion to finance the project which will have two reactors with a capacity of 1,100 megawatts each.
    (SFC, 11/27/13, p.A2)(Reuters, 12/24/13)
2013        Nov 26, In Pakistan militants released 11 teachers who had been kidnapped in the lawless northwest during a polio vaccination campaign last week.
    (Reuters, 11/26/13)
2013        Nov 26, Scotland’s first minister Alex Salmond launched an independence campaing and unveiled a 667-page plan for independence. A referendum was scheduled for September, 2014.
    (Econ, 11/30/13, p.55)
2013        Nov 26, In Switzerland the director-general of the World Trade Organization said negotiators have failed to craft the first global trade deal in more than a decade, which could have given the world economy a $1 trillion boost.
    (AP, 11/26/13)
2013        Nov 26, In Syria a suicide bomber blew up a vehicle at a bus stop west of Damascus, killing at least 15 people. An Al-Qaeda-affiliated group in Syria announced the execution of two soldiers and three "collaborators" with President Bashar al-Assad's regime near Damascus. Syria's main opposition group in exile said it had not made a final decision yet on whether it would participate in a peace conference to be held in Geneva. The commander of the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) said his group would not join a planned peace conference in Switzerland in January and would pursue its fight to topple President Bashar al-Assad regardless.
    (AFP, 11/26/13)(AP, 11/26/13)(Reuters, 11/26/13)
2013        Nov 26, The World Health Organization said it has discovered two additional cases of the highly contagious polio virus in Syria, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 17.
    (AP, 11/26/13)
2013        Nov 26, Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra fought a two-front political war, fending off attacks during a parliamentary no-confidence debate while protesters besieged and occupied several ministries in their attempt to topple her from power.
    (AP, 11/26/13)
2013        Nov 26, In Ukraine several thousand students ditched classes and joined protests in the center of Kiev against the government's abrupt move to freeze integration with the West and tilt toward Moscow.
    (AP, 11/26/13)
2013        Nov 26, Pope Francis issued the mission statement for his papacy, outlining how the Catholic Church and the papacy itself must be reformed to create a more missionary and merciful church that gets its hands dirty as it seeks out the poor and oppressed. The Pope denounced the global financial system that excludes the poor as he issued “Evangelii Gaudium” (The Joy of the Gospel).
    (AP, 11/26/13)(SFC, 11/27/13, p.A4)
2013        Nov 26, In Yemen unknown gunmen killed a foreign military expert and wounded his colleague in a drive-by shooting in Sanaa. The two were Belarussian citizens who were working "on private contract."
    (AP, 11/26/13)
2013        Nov 26, A Zimbabwean court freed prominent rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa, who had faced charges of obstructing the course of justice during a police raid.
    (AFP, 11/26/13)

2014        Nov 26, US Central Command said the US led 17 air strikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria since Nov 24 as part of Operation Inherent Resolve.
    (Reuters, 11/26/14)
2014        Nov 26, In Texas a Harris County judge indicted investigators Lonnie Blevins (39) and Dustin Deutch (41) for stealing rare comic books valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars from a storage unit in 2012.
    (SFC, 11/27/14, p.A6)
2014        Nov 26, The Bahamas government, working to reduce the population in a detention center, sent two planeloads of migrants to Haiti. New immigration rules took effect Nov 1.
    (Reuters, 11/27/14)
2014        Nov 26, Britain unveiled draft legislation to ban extremist preachers from universities, increase surveillance on suspected radicals and stem the flow of jihadists joining the Islamic State group.
    (AFP, 11/26/14)
2014        Nov 26, In China a fire sparked by underground tremors tore through a mine run by the state-owned Fuxin Coal Corp. 26 miners were killed and several others left with life-threatening injuries in Liaoning province.
    (AP, 11/26/14)
2014        Nov 26, China's official Xinhua News Agency said that a tiger, named Ustin, bit and killed 15 goats and left another three missing On Nov 23-24. Russian experts rescued five tiger cubs two years ago. Ustin was one of three released by Pres. Putin in May in a remote part of the Amur region.
    (AP, 11/26/14)
2014        Nov 26, Egypt opened the Rafah border crossing for the first time in a month to allow thousands of stranded Palestinians to return to the Gaza Strip. The frontier remained closed in the other direction.
    (Reuters, 11/26/14)
2014        Nov 26, Greek journalists went on a 24-hour strike, pulling all newscasts off the air a day before a nationwide general strike against austerity measures.
    (AP, 11/26/14)
2014        Nov 26, Hong Kong police cleared one of the largest protest sites that has choked the city for months, arresting scores of pro-democracy activists in what could be a turning point in the fight to wrest greater political freedom from Beijing's control. Seven police officers were arrested for the beating of a pro-democracy protester last month.
    (Reuters, 11/26/14)(SFC, 11/27/14, p.A2)
2014        Nov 26, In Iraq a bomb blast near an outdoor market in southern Baghdad killed three people and wounded seven others. A car bomb exploded at a commercial street in the Shiite neighborhood of Sadr city, killing 7 people and wounding 15 others.
    (AP, 11/26/14)
2014        Nov 26, Lebanese singer Sabah (b.1927), whose real name was Jeanette Feghali, died. She came to prominence in the 1940s as a singer and actress in the Egyptian movies and was married and divorced at least nine times.
    (AP, 11/26/14)
2014        Nov 26, Dutch researchers sought to add a new, largely untapped renewable energy source to the world's energy mix with the opening of a "Blue Energy" test facility. Blue energy takes advantage of the difference in salt concentration between sea water and fresh water to produce electricity.
    (AP, 11/26/14)
2014        Nov 26, The Central Bank of Nigeria said it has devalued the naira, setting the new official exchange rate at 168 to the dollar from its previous rate of 155 due to falling oil prices.
    (AP, 11/26/14)
2014        Nov 26, In Pakistan a US drone killed 5 suspected militants in North Waziristan.
    (AP, 11/26/14)
2014        Nov 26, In Pakistan gunmen killed 3 female polio workers and their driver as they were on their way to meet a police escort in Quetta. Polio cases this year stand at a 15-year high of 265 in Pakistan.
    (Reuters, 11/26/14)
2014        Nov 26, It was reported that Qatar is covertly training moderate Syrian rebels with US help to fight both President Bashar al-Assad and Islamic State and that the program has been running for nearly a year.
    (Reuters, 11/26/14)
2014        Nov 26, Slovenia police said they have seized 175 kg (385 pounds) of cocaine in one of the biggest drug busts in the nation in years. The drugs' street value was estimated at more than $12.5 million.
    (AP, 11/26/14)
2014        Nov 26, Spain’s Health Minister Ana Mato resigned after an investigating judge accused her of benefiting from a kickback scheme.
    (Reuters, 11/27/14)
2014        Nov 26, Syrian government forces killed at least 30 rebels in an ambush in the suburbs of Damascus where troops and allied gunmen have been on the offensive for weeks.
    (AP, 11/27/14)
2014        Nov 26, Thai police said land deeds, illegal ivory, golden amulets and other antiques have been found on properties owned by former Central Investigation Bureau chief Lt. Gen. Pongpat Chayapan and one of his subordinates, Col. Kowit Muangnual. In March, 2015, authorities began auctioning off 27,000 objects seized from Chayapan.
    (AP, 11/26/14)(SFC, 3/6/15, p.A5)
2014        Nov 26, In Thailand a diplomat from the Greek Embassy died after she fell under a moving train.
    (AP, 11/26/14)
2014        Nov 26, In Yemen saboteurs blew up the country’s main oil export pipeline, halting crude flows. Five people were killed in clashes between Shi'ite Houthi fighters and Sunni tribal opponents in Sanaa.
    (Reuters, 11/26/14)
2014        Nov 26, Zimbabwe state media reported that VP Joice Mujuru (59), once seen as a top contender to succeed Pres. Mugabe, has been blocked from seeking a seat on the 245-member soviet-style Central Committee of the ruling Zanu-PF party. Party rivals and state newspapers have linked Mujuru to an alleged plot against Mugabe.
    (AP, 11/26/14)

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