Return to home43BC Nov 27,
Octavian, Antony and Lepidus formed the triumvirate of Rome.
511 Nov 27, Clovis (45), king
of the Franks, died and his kingdom was divided between his four
sons. [see Nov 11]
(HN, 11/27/98)(MC, 11/27/01)
1095 Nov 27, In Clermont,
France, Pope Urbana II made an appeal for warriors to relieve
Jerusalem. He was responding to false rumors of atrocities in the
Holy Land. Pope Urban II called for a Christian army to defeat the
Turks and recapture the Holy Sepulchre from the Muslims. The first
Crusade sparked a renewal of trade between Europe and Asia.
(V.D.-H.K.p.109)(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R49)(HN,
1382 Nov 27, The French
nobility, led by Olivier de Clisson, crushed the Flemish rebels at
1474 Nov 27, Guillaume Dufay
(b.1399), French-Flemish composer, died. His work included
“Ecclesiae militantis," a 5-part motet on Pope Eugenius IV’s
short-lived supremacy over the Eastern Orthodox Church.
(WSJ, 1/2/02, p.A15)(MC, 11/27/01)
1495 Nov 27, Scottish king
James IV received Perkin Warbeck (21), a pretender to the English
throne. James gave Warbeck, a Walloon, Lady Catherine Gordon in
(MC, 11/27/01)(PCh, 1992, p.160)
1544 Nov 27, Ascanio Trombeti,
composer, was born.
1582 Nov 27, William
Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway.
1680 Nov 27, Athanasius
Kircher, German Jesuit and inventor of a lantern, died.
1701 Nov 27, Anders Celsius
(d.1744), Swedish astronomer who devised the centigrade temperature
scale, was born in Uppsala.
(WUD, 1994, p.238)(AP, 11/27/06)
1741 Nov 27, Jean-Pierre
Duport, composer, was born.
1749 Nov 27, Balthasar Schmid
(44), composer, died.
1749 Nov 27, Gottfried Heinrich
Stolzel (59), composer, died.
1750 Nov 27, Anton Thadaus
Johann Nepomuk Stamitz, composer, was born.
1778 Nov 27, John Murray,
publisher, was born.
1798 Nov 27, Rabbi Shneur
Zalman (1745-1812) of Liadi, a Hasidic leader, was released from
prison in St. Petersburg. He had been arrested on charges of
treason, laid by Jews who opposed the nascent movement of Hasidism.
He was the founder and first Rebbe of Chabad, a branch of Hasidic
(Econ, 7/28/12, SR
1804 Nov 27, Pres. Jefferson
issued a nationwide proclamation to military and public officials
warning of a conspiracy to attack Spanish territory in Texas. He had
opened negotiations with Spain to purchase Texas territory west of
New Orleans. Jefferson had heard rumors that Aaron Burr had begun
plotting an invasion of Texas. Jefferson ordered Gen. James
Wilkinson to move federal troops into defensive positions between
the Sabine River and New Orleans. Wilkinson, unbeknownst to
Jefferson, was a close confidant of Burr and also worked as a spy in
the employ of Spanish officials in Mexico.
(ON, 12/08, p6)
1809 Nov 27, Frances Anne
"Fanny" Kemble (d.1893), Shakespearian actress, writer and
anti-slavery activist, was born in London, England. Her work
included "Journal of a Residence on a Georgia Plantation.
1812 Nov 27, One of the two
bridges being used by Napoleon Bonaparte's army across the Beresina
River in Russia collapsed during a Russian artillery barrage.
1815 Nov 27, Cracow, Poland,
declared itself a free republic.
1817 Nov 27, US soldiers
attacked a Florida Indian village and began the Seminole War. [see
1826 Nov 27, Jedediah Smith’s
expedition reached San Diego, becoming the first Americans to cross
the south-western part of the continent. He crossed the Mohave
Desert and the San Bernadino Mountains from Utah.
(HN, 11/27/98)(SFEC, 12/5/99, p.T5)
1836 Nov 27, Carle [Antoine CH]
Vernet, French painter and lithographer, died.
1839 Nov 27, The American
Statistical Association was founded in Boston.
1843 Nov 27, Balfe's opera
"Bohemian Girl" was produced in London.
1852 Nov 27, Ada Lovelace
(b.1815), Lord Byron’s daughter and the inventor of computer
language, was bled to death by physicians at age 36. She had helped
Charles Babbage develop his “Analytical Engine," that performed
mathematical calculations through the use of punched cards. Her last
years were spent in a netherworld of addiction, gambling and
adultery and she died of cancer. In 2001 Benjamin Wooley authored
her biography: “The Bride of Science."
(SFC, 1/22/98, p.D7)(SFC, 4/30/98, p.E1)(WSJ,
1862 Nov 27, George Armstrong
Custer met his future bride, Elizabeth Bacon, at a Thanksgiving
1863 Nov 27, Battle of Payne's
1864 Nov 27, 2nd day of Battles
at Waynesboro, Georgia.
1868 Nov 27, Lieutenant Colonel
George A. Custer’s 7th Cavalry killed Chief Black Kettle (b.1801)
and about 100 Cheyenne (mostly women and children) on the Washita
River near present day Cheyenne, Oklahoma.
1870 Nov 27, Joe Mack was born.
He became a builder of gasoline-powered delivery wagons, which
eventually evolved into the Mack Truck Company.
1871 Nov 27, Ku Klux Klan
trials began in Federal District Court in Columbia, SC.
(AH, 6/03, p.32)
1874 Nov 27, Charles A. Beard,
distinguished American historian who wrote “History of the United
States," was born.
1874 Nov 27, Chaim Weizmann was
born (d.1852). He was an Israeli chemist and Zionist leader and the
first President of Israel from 1948-1952.
(HFA, ‘96, p.42)(WUD, 1994, p.1619)
1879 Nov 27, Virgil Earp became
a Deputy U.S. Marshall.
1879 Nov 27, Adam Tadeusz
Wieniawski, composer, was born.
1887 Nov 27, U.S. Deputy
Marshall Frank Dalton, brother of the three famous outlaws, was
killed in the line of duty near Fort Smith, Ark.
1889 Nov 27, 1st permit issued
to drive a car through Central Park, NYC, was issued to Curtis P.
1895 Nov 27, Alfred Nobel,
explosives magnate, signed his last will and testament at the
Swedish-Norwegian Club in Paris, setting aside his estate to
establish the Nobel Prize after his death (see Dec 10, 1896). He
named Ragnar Sohlman (25), his favorite lab assistant, as his
executor and Rudolf Lilljequist as co-executor.
1896 Nov 27, Richard Strauss'
"Also Sprach Zarathustra" (Thus Spake Zarathustra) debuted in
1898 Nov 27, The SS Portland,
under Capt. Hollis H. Blanchard, sank overnight in the Portland Gale
off New England and all 192 people aboard were killed. In 2002 John
Rousmaniere authored “After the Storm: True Stories of Disaster and
Recovery at Sea."
1901 Nov 27, The Army War
College was established in Washington, D.C.
1904 Nov 27, A German colonial
army defeated Hottentots at Warmbad in Southwest Africa (later
1907 Nov 27, Lyon Sprague de
Camp (d.2000), US sci-fi author (Goblin Tower, Hand of Zei), was
1909 Nov 27, James Agee,
Pulitzer Prize-winning author, was born. His work included “A Death
in the Family."
1909 Nov 27, U.S. troops land
in Bluefields, Nicaragua, to protect American interests there.
1910 Nov 27, In NYC the
Pennsylvania Railroad began service at Pennsylvania Station. It was
begun under the direction of PRR president Alexander J. Cassatt
(d.1906) and designed by the architectural firm of McKim, Mead and
White. In 2007 Jill Jonnes authored “Conquering Gotham: A Gilded Age
Epic: The Construction of Penn Station and its Tunnels." Penn
Station was demolished in 1963.
(AP, 11/27/06)(Econ, 4/14/07, p.95)(SSFC, 7/8/07,
1910 Nov 27, Rudolf Holzmann,
composer, was born.
1911 Nov 27, Audience threw
over-ripe vegetables at actors for the 1st recorded time in US.
1912 Nov 27, David Merrick,
[Margulois], Broadway producer (Hello Dolly), was born in Hong Kong.
1919 Nov 27, Bulgaria signed
peace treaty with Allies at Neuilly, France, fixing war reparations
and recognizing Yugoslavian independence.
1921 Nov 27, Alexander Dubcek
(d.1992), headed Czech Communist Party (1968-69), was born.
1922 Nov 27, Allied delegates
barred Soviets from Near East peace conference.
1924 Nov 27, In San Francisco
the first Turkey Bowl high school football championship was played
at the new Kezar Stadium.
(SSFC, 6/28/15, p.D3)
1924 Nov 27, The 1st Macy's
Thanksgiving Day Parade was held in New York's Herald Square.
1926 Nov 27, Restoration of
Williamsburg, Virginia, began.
1932 Nov 27, Benigno Aquino Jr.
(d.1983), Philippine opposition leader; was born.
1934 Nov 27, "Baby Face" Nelson
(26), [Lester Gillis], gangster, shot by FBI.
(TMC, 1994, p.1934)(MC, 11/27/01)
1934 Nov 27, In Bolivia
President Salamanca was suddenly deposed by the Bolivian military.
1936 Nov 27, Great Britain’s
Anthony Eden warned Hitler that Britain would fight to protect
1939 Nov 27, The play "Key
Largo," by Maxwell Anderson, opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theater
in New York. James Gregory made his Broadway debut.
(AP, 11/27/97)(SFC, 9/19/02, p.A24)
1940 Nov 27, Bruce Lee, [Lee
Yuen Kam], karate star and actor (Green Hornet), was born in SF,
1940 Nov 27, Astonescu's Iron
Guard massacred over sixty aides of the exiled king, including
Nicolae Iorga, a former minister and acclaimed historian. Two months
prior General Ion Antonescu seized power in Romania and forced King
Carol II to abdicate.
1941 Nov 27, Jefferson seceded
from Oregon and California. Jefferson was the winning name for a new
state made of California’s northern Siskiyou, Del Norte and Trinity
counties along with Oregon’s southern Curray County. California’s
Gov. Culbert L. Olson was soon informed that until roads were
repaired, Jefferson would be forced to rebel every Thursday. In 2008
calls for a Jefferson state gained steam and included an additional
5 counties in southern Oregon and 2 more in northern California.
(AH, 2/05, p.21)(SSFC, 10/5/08, p.A11)
1941 Nov 27, British 13th Army
corp. reached Tobruk, North Africa.
1941 Nov 27, USSR began a
counter offensive, causing Germans to retreat.
1942 Nov 27, Jimi Hendrix, rock
musician famous for “All Along the Watch Tower" and “Foxy Lady," was
born in Seattle, Wa.
(HN, 11/27/98)(SFC, 11/28/02, p.E13)
1942 Nov 27, During World War
II, the French navy at Toulon scuttled its ships and submarines to
keep them out of the hands of the Nazis.
1945 Nov 27, Gen. George C.
Marshall was named special U.S. envoy to China to try to end
hostilities between the Nationalists and the Communists.
1945 Nov 27, Argentina declared
war on Axis.
1950 Nov 27, East of the Chosin
River, Chinese forces annihilated an American task force. Col.
Barber (d.2002 at 82) and 220 soldiers in Fox Company withstood a
5-day assault to protect an escape pass.
(HN, 11/27/98)(SFC, 4/23/02, p.A18)
1951 Nov 27, 1st rocket to
intercept an airplane was fired at White Sands, NM.
1951 Nov 27, Cease-fire and
demarcation zone accord was signed in Panmunjom, Korea.
1953 Nov 27, Playwright Eugene
O’Neill died in Boston at age 65. Prof. John H. Raleigh (d.2001 at
81) later authored “The Plays of Eugene O’Neill."
(AP, 11/27/97)(SFC, 1/11/02, p.A20)
1954 Nov 27, Alger Hiss,
convicted of being a Soviet spy, was freed after 44 months in
1957 Nov 27, Caroline
Kennedy-Schlossberg, attorney, JFK & Jackie's daughter, was
1957 Nov 27, Army withdrew from
Little Rock, Ark., after Central HS integration.
1958 Nov 27, Artur Rodzinski
(66), Polish conductor and composer, died.
1959 Nov 27, Gerard Philipe
(36), actor and director (La Ronde, Gambler), died of cancer.
1959 Nov 27, Demonstrators
marched in Tokyo to protest a defense treaty with the US.
1960 Nov 27, CBS radio
cancelled "Have Gun Will Travel."
1960 Nov 27, Patrice Lumumba
fled Leopoldville, Congo.
1965 Nov 27, 15-25,000
demonstrated in Wash DC against the war in Vietnam.
1967 Nov 27, The Beatles'
"Magical Mystery Tour," album was released in Britain.
1967 Nov 27, Lyndon Johnson
appointed Robert McNamara to the presidency of the World Bank.
McNamara served 2 terms from 1968-1981.
(HN, 11/27/98)(SFC, 9/28/99, p.C16)
1967 Nov 27, Charles DeGaulle
vetoed Britain’s entry into the Common Market again.
1967 Nov 27, Ettore Panizza
(92), opera conductor, died.
1970 Nov 27, Syria joined a
pact linking Libya, Egypt and Sudan.
1970 Nov 27, Pope Paul VI,
visiting the Philippines, was slightly wounded at the Manila airport
by Benjamin Mendoza, a dagger-wielding Bolivian painter disguised as
1971 Nov 27, Eric Menendez,
accused with his brother of killing their parents (1989), was born
in New Jersey.
1972 Nov 27, In Canada Marc
Lalonde was appointed as the Minister of Health as Pierre Trudeau
formed his Canadian government.
1973 Nov 27, Neil Simon's "Good
Doctor," premiered in NYC.
1973 Nov 27, The Senate voted
92-3 to confirm Gerald R. Ford as vice president, succeeding Spiro
T. Agnew, who'd resigned.
1978 Nov 27, San Francisco
Mayor George Moscone and Supv. Harvey Milk, a gay-rights activist,
were gunned down inside City Hall by former supervisor Dan White.
White used 4 bullets on Moscone and turned himself in at the city’s
Northern Police station and made a 24-minute taped confession.
Moscone became the 3rd US mayor to die in a political killing. Diane
Feinstein automatically became acting mayor of SF. She was then
elected by the board members to serve out Moscone’s term.
(SFC, 9/13/96, p.E2)(SFC, 7/29/97, p.A8)(AP,
11/27/97)(SFC, 11/26/98, p.A19)(SFC, 11/28/03, p.E2)(SFC, 5/14/04,
1981 Nov 27, Lotte Lenya
(b.1898), Vienna-born singer, actress, wife of Kurt Weill (Three
Penny Opera, From Russia With Love), died of cancer in NY.
1983 Nov 27, In Spain 181
people were killed when a Colombian Avianca Airlines Boeing 747
crashed near Madrid's Barajas airport.
1985 Nov 27, The British House
of Commons approved the Anglo-Irish accord giving Dublin a
consultative role in the governing of British-ruled Northern
1985 Nov 27, Fernand Braudel
(b.1902), French historian, died. Braudel has been considered one of
the greatest of the modern historians who have emphasized the role
of large-scale socioeconomic factors in the making and writing of
1985 Nov 27, In Haiti 3
students were slain by security forces in Gonaives in the first of
several bloody confrontations with anti-government demonstrators.
1987 Nov 27, French hostages
Jean-Louis Normandin and Roger Auque were freed by their pro-Iranian
captors in west Beirut, Lebanon.
1988 Nov 27, The United States
was hit by a flood of worldwide criticism for its refusal a day
earlier to allow PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat to address the United
1988 Nov 27, Actor John
Carradine, known for his roles in horror films, died in Milan,
Italy, at age 82.
1989 Nov 27, A bomb, blamed by
police on drug traffickers, destroyed a Colombian jetliner minutes
after takeoff from Bogota's international airport. 107 people were
1990 Nov 27, Britain's
conservatives chose John Major to succeed Margaret Thatcher.
1990 Nov 27, In Switzerland the
canton Appenzell Rhodes-Interieur was required to count women’s
votes by a decision of the Swiss Federal Tribunal. It was the last
Swiss state to finally give women the right to vote.
(Hem., 2/97, p.26)
1991 Nov 27, Israel signaled
its anger with what it regarded as the high-handedness of the United
States by rejecting an invitation to attend Mideast peace talks in
Washington on Dec. 4.
1991 Nov 27, The U.N. Security
Council unanimously adopted a resolution paving the way for the
establishment of a U.N. peacekeeping operation in war-ravaged
1992 Nov 27, President-elect
Clinton met for more than an hour with former President Reagan in
1992 Nov 27, In Austria part of
the Vienna Hofburg (Imperial Palace) was destroyed by fire.
1992 Nov 27, In Venezuela some
15,000 rebel forces under Lt. Col. Hugo Chavez tried but failed to
overthrow President Carlos Andres Perez for the second time in 10
months. The coup left dozens dead and Chavez was jailed for 2 years
and then pardoned by Pres. Rafael Caldera. Chavez was elected
president Dec 6, 1998.
(AP, 11/27/97)(WSJ, 4/27/98, p.A16)(SFC, 12/7/98,
1993 Nov 27, In his weekly
radio address, President Clinton said enacting comprehensive
anti-crime legislation was the first priority for 1994, saying, "We
have to be concerned that in both our cities and our rural areas,
the value of life has been cheapened."
1994 Nov 27, US Defense
Secretary William Perry, appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press,"
suggested the Bosnian government had lost the war in the Balkans,
and acknowledged NATO was powerless to stop the Serbs.
1995 Nov 27, President Clinton
presented his case for sending 20,000 U.S. troops on a peacekeeping
mission to Bosnia, saying in a prime-time address that "in the
choice between peace and war, America must choose peace."
1995 Nov 27, US House Speaker
Newt Gingrich ruled out a 1996 presidential run.
1996 Nov 27, A federal judge
blocked enforcement of a California initiative to dismantle
affirmative action, saying civil rights groups had a "strong
probability" of proving it unconstitutional.
1996 Nov 27, Evan C. Hunziker,
an American jailed by North Korea on spy charges, was set free,
ending a three-month ordeal.
1996 Nov 27, In Bosnia Gen’l.
Ratko Mladic agreed to resign. He passed authority to his deputy
Gen’l. Manojlo Milovanovich.
(SFC, 11/28/96, p.B7)
1996 Nov 27, A Russian military
cargo plane, an Ilyushin-76, crashed in central Siberia and 23 were
(SFC, 11/29/96, p.B6)
1996 Nov 27, Turkish troops
killed 27 Kurdish rebels and lost 6 soldiers in fighting over the
past 2 days.
(SFC, 11/28/96, p.B6)
1997 Nov 27, Macy's
Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York was marred when a wind gust
knocked part of a lamppost onto a 34-year-old woman, fracturing her
skull and leaving her in a coma for almost a month.
1997 Nov 27, In Denver five
skinheads beat up a 26-year-old black woman who was shopping at a
7-Eleven. All 5 were captured and arraigned in court.
(SFC, 11/29/97, p.A3)
1997 Nov 27, Thomas Wheelock,
wanted for murder and robbery in the Bay Area, was arrested in Utah.
$30,000 was found in his car along with 2 handguns.
(SFC, 11/28/97, p.A1)(SFC, 11/29/97, p.A10)
1997 Nov 27, Gold closed below
$300 for the first time since 1985 to $296.
(WSJ, 11/28/97, p.C1)
1997 Nov 27, In Columbia as
many as 14 peasants were killed in Dabeiba in Antioquia Province. A
50-member paramilitary group raided the hamlets of Balsita,
Buenavista and Toconal and riddled the victims with bullets and set
fire to their homes.
(SFC, 12/1/97, p.A13)
1997 Nov 27, A day after saying
it would open its presidential palaces to international observers,
Iraq declared that U.N. weapons monitors were not included in the
1998 Nov 27, Answering 81
questions put to him three weeks earlier, President Clinton wrote
the House Judiciary Committee that his testimony in the Monica
Lewinsky affair was "not false and misleading."
1998 Nov 27, Exxon Corp. and
Mobil Corp. confirmed that they were holding merger talks. The value
of the combined company was estimated at $180 billion.
(SFC, 11/28/98, p.A1)
1998 Nov 27, Shoppers on Black
Friday crowded shopping centers and the new Furby toys, a furry
talking toy, was creating a mania. Black Friday was used to describe
the big shopping day following Thanksgiving that put stores into the
(SFC, 11/28/98, p.A1)
1998 Nov 27, In Texas Martin E.
Gurule became the first inmate to escape from Death Row at
Huntsville. He was convicted for a double murder in 1992. He was
found drowned to death on Dec 3.
(SFC, 11/28/98, p.A1,8)(SFC, 12/4/98, p.A3)
1998 Nov 27, Mark McLaughlin
(44), a Seattle, Wa., bus driver, was shot and killed while driving
his bus across the Aurora Ave. Bridge over Lake Union. A passenger
responsible for the shooting was also killed when the bus crashed.
29 passengers were injured. The bus fell 50 feet from the expressway
where 3 people died. The killer, Silas Cool, committed suicide. In
1999 the event was described by Ann Rule in her book "A Rage to
(SFC, 11/28/98, p.A3)(WSJ, 11/30/98, p.A1)
1998 Nov 27, A boat of illegal
immigrants from Albania sank off the coast of Italy and at least 3
people were killed including a 1-year-old child. 4 people were
missing from the boat that carried 17.
(SFC, 11/28/98, p.A10)
1998 Nov 27, Brazilian police
reported that a small cult of the United Pentecostal Church in Acre
state had killed 6 people over the last 2 weeks, including 3
children, to “wipe out the enemies of God." Pastor Francisco Bezerra
de Moraes was one of 6 people arrested for the killings.
(SFC, 11/28/98, p.A15)
1998 Nov 27, In Germany
Chancellor Schroeder said he would not seek extradition of Abdullah
Ocalan from Italy and called for an int’l. court to try Ocalan on
murder and terrorism charges.
(SFC, 11/28/98, p.A10)
1998 Nov 27, The World Heritage
bureau of UNESCO began a meeting in Kyoto, Japan.
(SFC, 11/27/98, p.A16)
1998 Nov 27, From the Vatican
Pope John Paul issued a papal bull, “Incarnationis Mysterium" (The
Mystery of the Incarnation) that proclaimed 2000 a special Holy
Year. Special indulgences were offered for making pilgrimages, doing
good deeds or fasting.
(SFC, 11/28/98, p.A10)
1999 Nov 27, In Chechnya
residents reported 260 civilian deaths in Grozny since the beginning
of Russian assaults 2 days earlier.
(SFEC, 11/28/99, p.A19)
1999 Nov 27, In Iran Muslim
reform cleric Abdollah Nouri was sentenced to 5 years in jail and 5
years banishment from political activity due to his demands for an
end to authoritarian rule by the religious hierarchy. His Khordad
newspaper was also ordered closed.
(SFEC, 11/28/99, p.A21)
1999 Nov 27, In New Zealand
Helen Clark, candidate for the Labor Party, claimed victory in
(SFEC, 11/28/99, p.A21)
1999 Nov 27, In Northern
Ireland the Ulster Unionist Party approved its leader-centering
government with rivals from Sinn Fein. The Ulster Unionists cleared
the way for the speedy formation of an unprecedented
(SFEC, 11/28/99, p.A1)(AP, 11/27/04)
1999 Nov 27, In the Philippines
the 10-nation ASEAN summit opened.
(SFEC, 11/28/99, p.A10)
1999 Nov 27, In Vanuatu a
tsunami generated by a 7.1 earthquake killed 8 people on Pentecost
Island. 2 people were missing and thousands feared injured and
homeless. The quake was centered 54 miles north of the capital Port
(SFC, 11/27/99, p.A15)(SFEC, 11/28/99, p.A12)
1999 Nov 27, Yemeni military
sources reported that 2 Yemeni soldiers had been killed over the
last few days in border clashes with Saudi Arabia.
(SFEC, 11/28/99, p.A26)
2000 Nov 27, Al Gore filed
legal challenges to the Florida vote certification.
(SFC, 11/28/00, p.A1)
2000 Nov 27, The Muslim holiday
of Ramadan began.
(SFC, 11/28/00, p.A2)
2000 Nov 27, In London,
England, Damilola Taylor (10), a Nigerian immigrant, bled to death
on a stairwell after being stabbed by members of The Young Peckham
Boys. In 2001 murder charges were sought against 4 boys (14-16). In
2006 two brothers were acquitted of assault with intent to rob. On
Aug 9, 2006, Danny Preddie (18) and Ricky Preddie (19) from Peckham,
south London, were convicted of the manslaughter of Taylor. The 2
teenage brothers were sentenced to eight years in youth custody.
(AP, 4/4/06)(Reuters, 8/9/06)(AFP, 10/9/06)
2000 Nov 27, In Canada Prime
Minister Jean Chretien (66) led the Liberal Party to a 3rd
consecutive majority government in parliamentary elections with 41%
of the popular vote and increased their seats in parliament to 173
of 301. The 63% turnout was a record low.
(SFC, 11/28/00, p.A16)(SFC, 11/29/00, p.A16)(WSJ,
2000 Nov 27, In Sri Lanka the
Tamil Tiger rebels called for unconditional peace talks along with a
(SFC, 11/28/00, p.A18)(WSJ, 11/28/00, p.A1)
2001 Nov 27, In Afghanistan the
Northern Alliance declared the Taliban prisoner uprising at Qala
Jangi crushed after 50 hours.
(SFC, 11/28/01, p.A11)
2001 Nov 27, Afghan factions
met in Bonn, Germany, and agreed to give former King Mohammad Zahir
Shah a role in a new Afghan government. 4 factions included 11
delegates from the Northern Alliance, 11 from the Rome Group, 3 from
exiles in Cyprus, and 3 from exiles in Pakistan.
(SFC, 11/28/01, p.A1)
2001 Nov 27, Muslim holy
warriors in Indonesia began a 3 day offensive and seized 5 villages.
At least 5 Christians were killed. Muslim militants drove away
security forces in central Sulawesi and there were at least 8
(SFC, 12/8/01, p.A6)(SFC, 12/14/01, p.E1)
2001 Nov 27, Two Israelis were
killed in Afula by 2 Palestinian gunmen, who were killed by police.
Another Palestinian gunman killed an Israeli woman near a Jewish
settlement in the Gaza Strip and he was killed by Israeli soldiers.
(SFC, 11/28/01, p.A4)
2001 Nov 27, In Mexico the
Nat’l. Human Rights Commission issued a 3,000 page report that
acknowledged at least 275 leftists disappeared while in government
hands during the 1970s. The names of 74 officials implicated in the
forced disappearances were not made public.
(SFC, 11/28/01, p.A4)
2001 Nov 27, The Philippine
military reported 25 guerrillas killed along with 1 soldier in
Zamboanga. Rebels under Julhambri Missuari, nephew of arrested Gov.
Misuari, later released 89 hostages in exchange for safe passage out
(SFC, 11/28/01, p.A3)
2001 Nov 27, In South Africa
the predominantly white New National Party (NNP) joined into a
coalition with the ruling African National Congress (ANC).
(SFC, 11/28/01, p.A5)
2001 Nov 27, Olaf Stromberg, a
Swedish TV journalist, was killed while sleeping in northern
Afghanistan during a suspected robbery attempt. He was the 8th
journalist slain in the conflict.
(SFC, 11/27/01, p.A10)(SFC, 11/28/01, p.A1)
2002 Nov 27, Pres. Bush
selected Henry Kissinger to lead an investigation into intelligence
lapses before the Sept. 11 attacks. Report deadline was mid-2004.
The following month Kissinger stepped down, citing controversy over
potential conflicts of interest with his business clients.
(SFC, 11/28/02, p.A1)(WSJ, 11/29/02, p.A1)(AP,
2002 Nov 26, President Bush
gave the go-ahead to open U.S. highways to Mexican trucks.
2002 Nov 27, Donald Rumsfeld,
US Defense Sec., approved a list of techniques to be used for
interrogating prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The order was
rescinded Jan 15, 2003. A new list of techniques was issued Apr 16,
(WSJ, 6/10/04, p.A3)(SFC, 6/23/04, p.A13)
2002 Nov 27, The DJIA rose 255
to 8,931. Nasdaq rose 43 to 1,487.
(SFC, 11/28/02, p.B1)
2002 Nov 27, China arrested
flamboyant flower magnate Yang Bin (39), a Dutch national, on
charges of fraud and other commercial crimes, just two months after
North Korea named him head of a new free-trade enclave.
2002 Nov 27, A WHO official
said simultaneous outbreaks of the flu and meningitis have killed
185 people in a rebel-controlled area of northwestern Congo.
2002 Nov 27, French police
arrested a man in Lyon after he tried to hijack an Alitalia flight
carrying 57 passengers from Bologna to Paris.
2002 Nov 27, International arms
monitors searched a military missile-testing range and a state
factory outside Baghdad, starting a new round of inspections that
could determine the future of peace in the Middle East.
2002 Nov 27-28, Fighting
resumed in Ivory Coast, shattering a month long truce, after rebel
forces attacked government positions in the west of the country.
Government soldiers slaughtered more than 120 civilians suspected of
collaborating with rebels in Monoko-Zohi.
(AP, 11/27/02)(AP, 12/7/02)
2002 Nov 27, Daniel Baraniuk
(27) from Gdansk, Poland, set a new pole-sitting world record,
coming down from his perch in a German fun park after 196 days and
2002 Nov 27, Russian officials
renewed their drive to close sprawling tent camps in the republic of
Ingushetia that are home to tens of thousands of Chechen refugees.
2002 Nov 27, Velupillai
Prabhakaran, leader of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers, said he was willing
to settle for regional autonomy.
2003 Nov 27, Pres. Bush flew to
Iraq under extraordinary secrecy and security to spend Thanksgiving
with US troops.
2003 Nov 27, Researchers in
Cleveland reported on a gene that causes heart attacks.
(SFC, 11/28/03, p.C11)(WSJ, 11/28/03, p.B1)
2003 Nov 27, In Grenada a
record 64 candidates from six parties, including 2 independents,
competed for the chamber's 15 seats. PM Keith Mitchell's governing
New National Party won parliamentary balloting by a slim margin.
2003 Nov 27, Indian security
forces battled rebels in villages along the border in Kashmir and
suspected insurgents detonated a grenade in a busy market. The
violence left 12 people dead.
2003 Nov 27, Mexican government
prosecutors said that they've uncovered a document showing that
soldiers tortured suspected rebel prisoners during the 1970s,
sometimes forcing them to drink gasoline and then setting them
2003 Nov 27, In Mexico City
union members, left-wing activists and farmers by the thousand
marched to the central plaza in a major display of opposition to the
president's plans to raise taxes on food and medicine and sell
2003 Nov 27, In Peru police
clashed with highland peasants blocking an Andean highway to protest
against mining pollution, leaving 2 demonstrators dead and over 20
2003 Nov 27, Talal al-Rasheed,
a prominent Saudi poet, was shot to death by attackers while on a
hunting trip in Algeria.
2003 Nov 27, Taiwanese
lawmakers passed a historic proposal that gives the president the
power to hold an independence vote if China tries to use force to
make the island unify with the mainland.
2003 Nov 27, At the Vatican the
Dalai Lama visited Pope John Paul II.
(SFC, 11/28/03, p.A3)
2004 Nov 27, U.S. Army deserter
Charles Jenkins was released from a military jail after serving 25
days for abandoning his squadron and crossing the border into North
Korea in 1965.
2004 Nov 27, Billy James Hargis
(79), televangelist, died. His books included “Is the Schoolhouse
the Best Place to Teach Raw Sex." In 1974 students at his American
Christian College claimed Hargis had deflowered them.
(Econ, 12/18/04, p.135)
2004 Nov 27, In Afghanistan 6
Americans died when a private plane used by the US Air Force crashed
in snow-covered mountains. Search teams later recovered the bodies.
(AP, 12/1/04)(WSJ, 12/1/04, p.A1)
2004 Nov 27, In India Aga Khan,
billionaire spiritual leader of the world's 15 million Shia Ismaili
Muslims, presented the triennial Aga Khan awards for architecture.
2004 Nov 27, Saudi security
forces killed a suspected militant in the Red Sea city of Jeddah.
2004 Nov 27, Sri Lanka's Tamil
Tiger rebels threatened to resume a two-decade war for self-rule if
the government does not agree to discuss their demands soon.
2004 Nov 27, Ukraine's
parliament declared invalid the disputed presidential election that
triggered a week of growing street protests and legal maneuvers,
raising the possibility that a new vote could be held.
2005 Nov 27, In Santa Maria,
Ca., a Greyhound bus overturned, killing two people and injuring
dozens of others.
2005 Nov 27, Actress Jocelyn
Brando (86), older sister of Marlon Brando, died in Santa Monica,
2005 Nov 27, Joe Jones (79)
died in Los Angeles. He sang the 1961 hit "You Talk Too Much."
2005 Nov 27, Residents of
Chechnya began voting in the latest in a series of elections that
are part of efforts to bring stability and peace.
2005 Nov 27, Running water was
restored in Harbin, China, a city of 3.8 million people where a
chemical spill forced a 5-day shutdown. Officials warned it was not
immediately safe to drink.
2005 Nov 27, In northeast China
coal dust caught fire at the Dongfeng coal mine in the city of Qitai
while 221 miners were working underground. The final death toll
reached 171. In 2007 the owner and four employees of the mine were
sentenced to prison terms ranging from 3 1/2 to six years.
(AP, 11/28/05)(AP, 12/06/05)(AP, 12/22/07)
2005 Nov 27, Colombian
President Alvaro Uribe formally announced that he will run for a
second term in next year's elections, saying he needed four more
years to accomplish his goals of restoring security to the country
and spurring economic growth.
2005 Nov 27, In Egypt the
outlawed Muslim Brotherhood captured 29 more seats in weekend
parliamentary runoff elections.
2005 Nov 27, Doctors in France
performed the world's first partial face transplant on a woman
disfigured by a dog bite; Isabelle Dinoire received the lips, nose
and chin of a brain-dead woman in a 15-hour operation.
2005 Nov 27, Gabon President
Omar Bongo, Africa's longest-serving ruler, was re-elected to
another seven-year term in office with a landslide 79% of the vote.
2005 Nov 27, Hondurans voted
for president with Porfiro Lobo, a hard-line death penalty proponent
of the ruling National Party, favored over Manuel Zelaya, the
Liberal Party candidate. Opposition candidate Mel Zelaya, who vowed
to reinvigorate the economy by eliminating government corruption,
was elected as the country's new president.
(WSJ, 11/26/05, p.A1)(AP, 11/28/05)
2005 Nov 27, Honduran police
recaptured Herlan Colindres (16), who is accused of killing Timothy
Markey, a US Drug Enforcement Administration agent on July 29 this
year. It was Colindres’ second escape in less than four months and
the fifth in three years.
2005 Nov 27, In southern Iran
an earthquake measuring at least magnitude-5.9 shook a sparsely
populated area, flattening seven villages and killing 10 people.
2005 Nov 27, Voters in
Liechtenstein soundly rejected an initiative that critics said would
have prevented abortion, birth control, assisted suicide and living
2005 Nov 27, A Home Ministry
source said Myanmar's military junta has extended opposition leader
and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi's period of house
arrest for another 12 months.
2005 Nov 27, Philippine
President Gloria Arroyo declared the 23rd Southeast Asian Games open
in a glittering ceremony at the Aquino sports stadium in Central
Manila. An estimated 5,336 athletes will compete in 41 events which
will run from November 27 to December 5. The 11 participating
countries included Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia,
Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, East Timor and
2005 Nov 27, Two women were
elected to a chamber of commerce in Jiddah, the first to win any
such post in Saudi Arabia, where women are largely barred from
2005 Nov 27, Senegal's foreign
minister said the African Union will decide the fate of Chad's
former dictator, wanted in Belgium for trial on human-rights abuses
allegedly committed during his regime.
2005 Nov 27, Pirates freed a
Ukrainian cargo ship seized nearly 40 days ago off the coast of
Somalia. The Panahia and its 22 crew members were seized Oct 18. It
was not immediately clear if the $700,000 ransom demanded by the
pirates had been paid.
2005 Nov 27, Swiss voters
approved a blanket five-year ban on the use of genetically modified
organisms in farming. Switzerland already prohibits most of such
technology from being used in agriculture.
2005 Nov 27, In Yemen a
suspected al-Qaida ally was executed by a firing squad after being
convicted of killing a prominent politician and plotting a deadly
attack on three American missionaries in 2002.
2005 Nov 27, Zimbabwe's ruling
party swept an overwhelming majority of seats in a newly created
Senate, according to partial results from an election marked by
record-low turnout and a deeply divided opposition.
2006 Nov 27, Pres. Bush flew to
Estonia on his way to a NATO meeting centered on Afghanistan in
(WSJ, 11/28/06, p.A1)
2006 Nov 27, OECD Secretary
General Angel Gurria said excessive weakening of the US dollar could
lead to interest rate hikes in the US, Europe and Japan and hurt
global economic growth.
2006 Nov 27, California
authorities announced the arrests of 2 men involved with the theft
of almonds and walnuts in the Central Valley. About $400,000 of
stolen nuts were recovered, part of an estimated $2 million stolen
over the past year.
(SFC, 11/28/06, p.B1)
2006 Nov 27, In southwest
Joplin, Missouri, an early morning fire at the Anderson Guest House
group home for the mentally disabled killed 10 residents and a
caretaker and sent at least a dozen more to a hospital. In 2011 a
judge concluded that the blaze was preventable.
(AP, 11/27/07)(SFC, 1/19/11, p.A5)
2006 Nov 27, Bebe Moore
Campbell (56), novelist, died of cancer in Los Angeles. Her novels
centered on race relations and included “Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine"
(1992), which was rooted in the (1955) murder of Emmett Till.
(SFC, 11/28/06, p.B7)
2006 Nov 27, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide car bomber attacked a convoy of foreign
troops, killing two Canadian soldiers and an Afghan civilian.
2006 Nov 27, An official
inquiry into the corruption that riddled the UN oil-for-food program
in Iraq cleared the Australian government but cited 12 top
executives for bribing Saddam Hussein's regime.
2006 Nov 27, Britain’s PM Tony
Blair condemned the African slave trade and expressed deep sorrow
for Britain's role, but stopped short of offering an apology or
compensation for the descendants of those victimized by it.
2006 Nov 27, Congo’s supreme
court upheld President Joseph Kabila's victory in landmark
elections, ruling as unfounded the runner-up's charges of widespread
2006 Nov 27, In the Dominican
Rep. fire struck a strip club after it closed in the early morning,
killing 9 employees who lived on the floor above the establishment,
including several dancers.
2006 Nov 27, In Ecuador partial
returns showed Rafael Correa with as many as twice the votes
recorded as for his banana tycoon rival, who claimed the polls were
2006 Nov 27, French developers
have selected a design by Pritzker Prize winner Thom Mayne, an
award-winning American architect, for a bold new building in Paris
nearly as tall as the Eiffel Tower, and powered partly by the wind.
Completion was set for 2012.
2006 Nov 27, In Paris
Eurotunnel, operator of the Channel tunnel, was rescued from looming
bankruptcy when key creditors approved a plan to slash debt
exceeding 9.0 billion euros (11.9 billion dollars).
2006 Nov 27, India carried out
its first successful test interception of a ballistic missile, using
a second missile to destroy the incoming rocket.
2006 Nov 27, In Iran a
Russian-designed antonov-74 crashed in Tehran, killing 38 people.
They included members of the elite Revolutionary Guards and
high-ranking officers. This was Iran’s third military air plane
crash in the last year.
(AP, 11/27/06)(SFC, 11/27/06, p.A3)
2006 Nov 27, Iraqi President
Jalal Talabani arrived in Tehran to meet with his Iranian
counterpart amid increasing calls for Washington to enlist Iran's
help in calming the escalating violence in neighboring Iraq. In
Baghdad gunmen opened fire on a crowded street, killing six Iraqis
and wounding three, some of whom were sitting in a parked car.
Police in western Baghdad found the bodies of two Iraqis who had
been kidnapped, blindfolded and shot. A bomb exploded under an oil
pipeline and set it on fire south of Baghdad. A US Air Force F-16
jet crashed northwest of Baghdad and Maj. Troy Gilbert was killed.
(AP, 11/27/06)(SFC, 11/30/06, p.A12)
2006 Nov 27, Israeli PM Ehud
Olmert, seeking to build on a shaky cease-fire with the
Palestinians, offered to reduce checkpoints, release frozen funds,
and free prisoners in exchange for a serious push for peace by the
2006 Nov 27, Italian Premier
Romano Prodi said the last of Italy's soldiers in Iraq, some 60-70
troops, will return home this week, ending the Italian contingent's
presence in the south of the country after more than three years.
2006 Nov 27, A UN food agency
said Lebanon's agriculture sector suffered about $280 million in
damage during this summer's conflict between Israel and Hezbollah.
2006 Nov 27, A three-story bank
under construction collapsed in the main Nigerian city of Lagos, and
two people were unaccounted for and believed trapped inside the
2006 Nov 27, The first
privately owned English-language daily, the Palestine Times, was
launched in the West Bank and Gaza, with its editors aiming to
provide news about the region to English speakers abroad.
2006 Nov 27, In Russia Ruslan
Fedosenko and Sergei Kocherov, who had worked for Moscow's Perovsky
district prosecutor's office, were convicted of corruption and
sentenced to four-year prison terms.
2006 Nov 27, Officials said
South Korea planned to kill cats and dogs in the area of Iksan to
try to prevent the spread of bird flu after an outbreak of the
deadly H5N1 virus at a chicken farm last week.
2006 Nov 27, In Sudan fighting
began in the southern town of Malakal and escalated into full trench
warfare between the northern Sudanese Armed Forces and the SPLA.
Hundreds of people may have been killed in the heaviest fighting
between Sudan's former north-south foes since they signed a peace
deal last year.
2006 Nov 27, Authorities of
Western Sahara recovered the bodies of three children which washed
up at a beach, bringing to 13 the number of migrant children who
drowned when their small boat sank in the Atlantic.
2007 Nov 27, Pres. Bush
declared that the time is right to relaunch Mideast peace talks to
create a Palestinian state because "a battle is under way for the
future" of the troubled region, in remarks prepared for the start of
the US-arranged Annapolis Mideast peace conference. Delegations from
46 countries and int’l. organizations attended the conference.
Israeli PM Olmert and Palestine’s Pres. Abbas agreed to launch
formal talks on Dec 12 and committed to negotiating a peace treaty
by the end of 2008.
(AP, 11/27/07)(SFC, 11/27/07, p.A15)(WSJ,
2007 Nov 27, A Somali
immigrant, Nuradin Abdi, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for
plotting to blow up an Ohio shopping mall.
2007 Nov 27, The US Red Cross
fired chief executive Mark Everson (53) citing his personal
relationship with a subordinate employee. Everson was in office for
only 6 months.
(SFC, 11/28/07, p.A6)
2007 Nov 27, Cessna said it
will turn over complete production of its new Cessna 162 SkyCatcher
to a Chinese partner. The base price of the plane will be $109,500.
(WSJ, 11/28/07, p.A14)
2007 Nov 27, Google said it
will spend millions of dollars to develop renewable energy as part
of a plan to clean the environment and reduce the company’s own
(SFC, 11/28/07, p.A1)
2007 Nov 27, Wells Fargo &
Co. said it will take a $1.4 billion pretax charge tied to increased
losses on home equity loans.
(SFC, 11/28/07, p.C3)
2007 Nov 27, In Florida Pro
Bowl safety Sean Taylor died after he was shot in his home by an
apparent intruder, leaving the Washington Redskins in mourning for a
teammate who seemed to have reordered his life since becoming a
father. By the end of the week 4 men were charged with
unpremeditated murder, armed burglary and home invasion with a
firearm or another deadly weapon.
(AP, 11/27/07)(AP, 12/2/07)
2007 Nov 27, Dr. J. Robert Cade
(80), inventor of Gatorade, died.
2007 Nov 27, Jane Rule,
American-born Canadian writer, died at her home on Galiano Island in
British Columbia. Her 1964 novel, “Desert of the Heart," is
considered a landmark work of lesbian fiction.
(SFC, 12/10/07, p.C5)
2007 Nov 27, Bill Willis (86),
a Hall of Fame guard with the Cleveland Browns and Ohio State's
first black football All-American, died in Columbus, Ohio.
2007 Nov 27, In Afghanistan a
suicide car bomber triggered a huge blast near two armored vehicles
used by US-led coalition troops in Kabul, killing at least two
civilians and destroying the wall of a nearby house.
2007 Nov 27, In Algeria
officials said floods caused by days of torrential rain have killed
11 people, injured several others and have cut off many roads in
2007 Nov 27, In Brussels Valdas
Adamkus, President of Lithuania, was declared “European of the Year"
at the annual EV50 gala awards ceremony hosted by European Voice.
President Adamkus was nominated as one of 50 “Europeans of the
Year." The 2007 winners of the EV50 awards were chosen by European
Voice readers from among 50 nominees, selected by a distinguished
panel of leading opinion-formers.
2007 Nov 27, In Brazil a
Catholic bishop began his second hunger strike in two years to
protest a government project to divert river water to irrigate parts
of the country's arid northeast.
2007 Nov 27, International
experts convened in Burkina Faso for a three day session to discuss
the prospects for biofuel production in Africa. The conference was
organized by the International Institute for Water and Environmental
Engineering and CIRAD, the French agricultural research centre
international development. Co-organizers included the Economic
Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the West African Economic
and Monetary Union (UEMOA) and the government of Burkina Faso.
2007 Nov 27, In central China
an explosion ripped through a house where villagers in Hunan
province were illegally making fireworks, killing 13 people.
2007 Nov 27, PM Meles Zenawi
said Ethiopia will sustain its crackdown on separatist rebels in the
restive Ogaden region, adding that scores of insurgents had been
killed. John Holmes, UN undersecretary-general for Humanitarian
Affairs, arrived in the Ogaden region.
(AP, 11/27/07)(Reuters, 11/27/07)
2007 Nov 27, In France youths
rioted for a 3rd night in Paris' suburbs, firing at officers and
ramming burning cars into buildings. In Toulouse a library went up
(AP, 11/27/07)(SFC, 11/28/07, p.A4)
2007 Nov 27, French police
detained a 68-year-old retired "drag queen" performer on suspicion
of murdering 18 mainly gay men between 1980 and 2000.
2007 Nov 27, Iceland has
overtaken Norway as the world's most desirable country to live in,
according to an annual UN table that again puts AIDS-afflicted
sub-Saharan African states at the bottom.
2007 Nov 27, The Mezzanine, a
Panamanian freighter, hit rough seas off Taiwan's north coast and 26
Indonesian sailors were feared dead.
2007 Nov 27, The news agency
IRNA reported that Iran has manufactured a new missile with a range
of 1,200 miles capable of reaching Israel and US bases in the
Mideast. A judiciary spokesman said an Iranian court has acquitted
Hossein Mousavian, a former nuclear negotiator of spying charges,
but convicted him of acting against the Islamic government.
2007 Nov 27, More Iraqi
refugees, heartened by reports of the lull in violence in Baghdad,
were beginning to return. A woman wearing an explosives belt blew
herself up near an American patrol near Baqouba wounding 7 US troops
and 5 Iraqis. East of the city, mortar rounds apparently targeting a
local radio station instead landed near homes in the vicinity,
killing two people, while a roadside bombing killed one civilian. US
troops fired on vehicles trying to drive through roadblocks in
Baghdad and north of the Iraqi capital, killing at least five
people, including a child, in two separate shootings.
(AP, 11/27/07)(AP, 11/28/07)
2007 Nov 27, Lebanon's top
Shiite cleric declared that a Muslim woman is allowed to fight back
in self-defense if she is hit by her husband, in a ruling rare for
the region's male-dominated Islamic society.
2007 Nov 27, Mozambique
formally took over from Portugal the control of Cahora Bassa
hydroelectric dam, Africa's second most important after that of
Aswan in Egypt.
2007 Nov 27, The defense chiefs
of North and South Korea began a rare meeting to discuss easing
tension across their disputed sea border on a harmonious note,
pledging to end the peninsula's division.
2007 Nov 27, Officials said
Pakistani government troops have retaken a strategic peak from
pro-Taliban rebels in the northwest Swat valley and shut down their
radio station. Major General Waheed Arshad said 45 militants had
been killed in the past two days of clashes.
2007 Nov 27, Tens of thousands
of people in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip rallied against the Mideast
peace conference under way in the US, while the group's top leader
in Gaza insisted the summit is "doomed to failure."
2007 Nov 27, PM Donald Tusk
announced that Poland will drop its opposition to Moscow's bid to
join the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
(OECD) in a drive to improve ties with Russia.
2007 Nov 27, Russia’s Gazprom
made clear its interest in buying a half share of TNK-BP and any
large UK power company that may come up for sale, while repeating
its warning that wholesale gas prices could rise sharply in Europe
2007 Nov 27, Sri Lanka’s air
force bombed the Tiger’s radio station killing 9 civilian staff.
(Econ, 12/8/07, p.48)
2008 Nov 27, Macy’s held its
82nd Thanksgiving Day parade in NYC.
(SFC, 11/28/08, p.A2)
2008 Nov 27, An SUV plunged off
an overpass in northern Colorado and hit a concrete embankment in a
fiery crash, killing all seven people inside it, including two young
2008 Nov 27, A sport utility
vehicle carrying 8 people from Texas plunged off an unfinished
bridge into a river in northern Mexico, causing the death of three
adults and four children.
2008 Nov 27, In southern
Afghanistan 2 British troops were killed after being fired at by
insurgents while on patrol. A suicide car bomber targeting an
American convoy exploded about 200 yards (meters) outside the US
Embassy in Kabul, killing at least four Afghan bystanders as people
entered the compound for a Thanksgiving Day race. In northwestern
Afghanistan Taliban insurgents killed 13 Afghan troops in an ambush
of their convoy. NATO-led troops fired on insurgents inside
Pakistan. The artillery attacks killed several insurgents and caused
several secondary explosions, indicating the presence of ammunition
at the locations. The U.N.'s drug czar said the Taliban and other
warlords could clear almost half a billion dollars from
Afghanistan's opium trade this year, money that will help finance
(AFP, 11/27/08)(AP, 11/27/08)(AP, 11/28/08)
2008 Nov 27, In China
assailants allegedly pulled members of a Belgian television crew
from their vehicle, beat them and took their notes and money. VRT
asked for compensation for damaged equipment, an apology to the
journalists and a guarantee that the journalists will be able to
2008 Nov 27, More than 10,000
Congolese civilians fled to Uganda in a matter of hours to escape
2008 Nov 27, An Airbus A320
passenger plane crashed off France's southern coast during a
maintenance flight, killing 3 people and leaving the 4 others on
(AP, 11/28/08)(AP, 12/1/08)
2008 Nov 27, Germany's defense
minister laid the foundation stone for the first national memorial
in Berlin, designed by German architect Andreas Meck, to soldiers
killed serving in the country's post-World War II military.
2008 Nov 27, Black-clad Indian
commandoes raided two luxury hotels to try to free hostages, and
explosions and gunshots shook Mumbai, India's financial capital, a
day after suspected Muslim militants killed 110 people.
2008 Nov 27, Iraq's parliament
approved a security pact with the United States that lets American
troops stay in the country for three more years, setting a clear
timetable for a US exit for the first time since the 2003 invasion.
Under the security pact, US forces will withdraw from Iraqi towns
and cities by June 30 and the entire country by Jan. 1, 2012.
(AP, 11/27/08)(AP, 11/28/08)
2008 Nov 27, A court inside
Myanmar's notorious Insein prison sentenced a comedian who has
criticized the government's cyclone response to 14 more years,
bringing his total prison term to 59 years, his lawyer said.
Comedian and activist Zarganar was given a 45-year prison sentence
last week after he was convicted on charges related to interviews he
gave to foreign media outlets.
2008 Nov 27, South Korea's
supermarket chains resumed selling US beef, nearly five months after
the government lifted an import ban imposed over fears of mad cow
2008 Nov 27, Spain's prime
minister announced an €11 billion ($14 billion) stimulus plan to
revive the country's flagging economy.
2008 Nov 27, In Spain novelist
Juan Marse (75), known for his descriptions of hardship in Catalonia
during the Spanish civil war (1936-1939), won the Cervantes Prize,
the Spanish speaking world’s highest literary prize.
(SFC, 11/28/08, p.E10)
2008 Nov 27, Switzerland
reached an agreement with the EU to join the European Union's
Schengen passport-free travel zone effective next month.
2008 Nov 27, Thailand's
government prepared to crack down on protesters occupying the
capital's two airports, but called on the public not to panic as
rumors of a coup swept through the city.
2008 Nov 27, Yemeni security
troops in San’a opened fire on thousands of protesters calling for a
boycott of April parliamentary elections, wounding a number of
2009 Nov 27, Tiger Woods ran
his SUV into a fire hydrant and a tree outside his Florida home.
This took place just days after the National Enquirer claimed he had
an affair with Rachel Uchitel, the 33-year-old golf champ. A report
soon followed in Us Weekly magazine of a cocktail waitress claiming
to have had a 31-month affair with Woods.
2009 Nov 27, Space shuttle
Atlantis and its 7 astronauts returned to Earth with a smooth
touchdown at Cape Canaveral, Fla., to end an "amazing" flight that
resupplied the International Space Station.
2009 Nov 27, Bess. L. Hawes
(b.1921), co-writer of the political whimsical hit “Charlie on the
MTA’’ (1948), died in Portland, Ore. The song became a big hit for
the Kingston Trio in 1959.
2009 Nov 27, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai called on the Taliban and other extremist groups to lay
down their weapons and participate in rebuilding the battered
country, as part of reconciliation efforts he has said will be his
main objective during his second term. Turyalai Wesa, the governor
of Kandahar province survived an assassination attempt when a bomb
targeting his convoy exploded as he headed for prayers. An Afghan
Red Crescent official in Takhar province was shot to death in an
apparent attempt to settle a long-standing dispute. Police detained
a father, his son and a nephew.
(AP, 11/27/09)(AP, 11/28/09)
2009 Nov 27, A NATO official
said alliance nations may increase their fighting force in
Afghanistan by up to 6,000 soldiers in response to President Barack
Obama's expected call for 30,000 additional US and allied service
2009 Nov 27, In southern
Bangladesh the MV Coco-4, a triple-deck ferry packed with hundreds
of travelers heading home for an Islamic festival, capsized on the
Tetulia River as passengers disembarked, leaving at least 77 dead
and dozens missing.
(AP, 11/28/09)(AFP, 11/30/09)
2009 Nov 27, The army in the
Central African Republic retook control of the key north central
town of Ndele from rebels.
2009 Nov 27, China and Japan
agreed to conduct their first joint military training exercise, in
the latest sign of warming ties between the Asian neighbors, long
marked by mutual suspicion and spats over a range of issues.
2009 Nov 27, In China Justin
Franchi Solondz, an American man wanted in the US on terrorism
charges, was sentenced in Dali city, Yunnan province, for making
illegal drugs. The FBI office in Seattle listed Solondz among its
"most wanted." Charges in 2006 related to his alleged role in 2001
with the Earth Liberation Front. Solondz was accused of having a
role in the destruction of a horticulture center at the University
of Washington, as well as the destruction of several buildings in
2009 Nov 27, In northeastern
China flooding trapped 16 coal miners in Jilin province.
2009 Nov 27, In Congo DRC four
people died when a jail cell wall fell on them during an attempted
prison escape in Kinshasa.
2009 Nov 27, In Guatemala a mob
of some 400 residents in Solola burned to death two men and a woman
suspected of killing a local bus driver.
2009 Nov 27, Haiti's UN
peacekeeping mission urged local officials to provide a
justification for banning 17 political groups from participating in
next year's legislative elections.
2009 Nov 27, The board of the
UN nuclear watchdog censured Iran, with 25 nations backing a
resolution that demands Tehran immediately freeze construction of
its newly revealed nuclear facility and heed Security Council
resolutions calling on it to stop uranium enrichment.
2009 Nov 27, In Iraq a US
soldier died of noncombat-related injuries.
2009 Nov 27, The Israel air
force attacked a group of Palestinian militants in northern Gaza as
they were about to fire rockets at Israel. Palestinian medics said 4
militants were wounded. The Israeli military said one member of the
squad was killed.
(SFC, 11/28/09, p.A2)
2009 Nov 27, Bison returned to
Mexico for the first time since the 1800s, with Mexican authorities
releasing 23 donated US animals in northern Chihuahua state. The
donated bison came from the Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota.
2009 Nov 27, Namibia’s Pres.
Hifikepunye Pohamba, who is seeking a 2nd 5-year term, was among the
first to vote as polls opened in a 2-day election. The elections
expected to return the long-ruling SWAPO to power despite a tough
challenge from a new breakaway party. The population of the desert
nation, half the size of Alaska, numbered about 2.2 million people.
President Hifikepunye Pohamba won re-election, with more than six
times as many votes as his nearest rival.
(AP, 11/27/09)(AFP, 11/27/09)(AP, 12/5/09)(Econ,
2009 Nov 27, In Pakistan 15
Taliban fighters were killed in operations over the past 24 hours in
South Waziristan. Shahfur Khan, a key anti-Taliban tribal leader,
was assassinated in a roadside bombing in the northwest. Elsewhere,
authorities found the bullet-riddled body of Ameer Saiyed, another
tribal elder, who was seized from his home a day earlier in an
attack that also left his son dead. A gunman opened fire on the
house in Rawalpindi of Kamran Shafi, a newspaper columnist critical
of Pakistan's army and spy agencies. Shafi later alleged that the
attack was carried out by elements linked to the country's powerful
security establishment. Shafi recounted the attack and a death
threat he received the following day in his weekly column in the
respected Dawn newspaper. He and his family were not injured in the
(AP, 11/27/09)(AP, 12/1/09)
2009 Nov 27, Poland's Pres.
Kaczynski's Web site said he has approved legislation that allows
for people to be fined or even imprisoned for possessing or buying
2009 Nov 27, In Russia a
homemade bomb planted on the tracks of the high-speed Moscow-to-St.
Petersburg route, caused a derailment of the 14-car Nevsky Express.
26 people were killed and dozens more injured. Chechen militants
later claimed responsibility and vowed further "acts of sabotage" in
a letter posted on a rebel website.
(AP, 11/28/09)(AP, 12/2/09)
2009 Nov 27, In Rwanda Janvier
Murenzi, a former presidential financial director, was fined 1.8
million dollars and jailed for four years for illegal enrichment as
Kigali cracks down on corruption.
2009 Nov 27, In Saudi Arabia
vast crowds of pilgrims cast stones at walls representing the devil
on the third day of the annual hajj as Muslims around the world
began celebrating Eid al-Adha, the most important holiday of the
2009 Nov 27, Saudi Arabia said
nine of its soldiers fighting Yemeni rebels on the border were
missing and Saudi King Abdullah vowed to defend the country.
2009 Nov 27, The 53 members of
the Commonwealth gathered in Trinidad for a summit.
(Econ, 11/28/09, p.67)
2009 Nov 27, Venezuela’s
President Chavez said he plans to open an embassy in Palestinian
territories and upgrade its ties to ambassadorial level, to support
Palestinians in their struggle against Israel.
2009 Nov 27, Zimbabwe and South
Africa signed a bilateral investment agreement which would protect
investments made by nationals of both countries in each other's
2010 Nov 27, New York state
police arrested Steven Pieper (21) just hours after searchers found
the body of a missing woman, believed to be Jenni-Lyn Watson (20), a
Mercyhurst College dance major.
(SSFC, 11/28/10, p.A14)
2010 Nov 27, US film director
Irvin Kershner (87) died in Los Angeles. His work included the
direction of the Star Wars sequel "The Empire Strikes Back," the
James Bond film "Never Say Never Again" and "Robocop 2." Other work
included "A Fine Madness" (1966), "The Flim-Flam Man" (1967),
"Loving" (1970), and "The Eyes of Laura Mars" (1978). The 1976
television movie "Raid on Entebbe" earned him an Emmy nomination for
2010 Nov 27, In Afghanistan 2
suicide bombers blew themselves up at an Afghan police headquarters
in eastern Paktika province, killing 13 police officers near the
Pakistan border. A NATO service member also was killed in a bomb
attack in eastern Afghanistan. Afghan and coalition forces killed at
least 15 insurgents during an overnight search for a senior Taliban
leader in the Sherzad district of Nangarhar province.
(AP, 11/27/10)(AP, 11/28/10)
2010 Nov 27, Australia's Qantas
Airways resumed flights of its Airbus A380 superjumbos, after a
mid-flight engine failure grounded all six of the planes earlier
2010 Nov 27, The British
government said it is paying for more than 1,000 medical staff to
work in Haiti as part of an aid package worth more than 5.6 million
pounds to help combat a deadly cholera outbreak there.
2010 Nov 27, In China an
"extraordinary" Asian Games closed after 15 days of thrills and
spills that saw China reinforce its sporting credentials as 45
countries and territories took part. China’s final gold tally
reached 199 and its total medals to 416, both Asian Games records.
2010 Nov 27, In France
delegates at an Atlantic conservation conference in Paris took
measures to protect sea turtles and several types of sharks. ICCAT
members agreed to reduce the allowable Mediterranean and eastern
Atlantic bluefin tuna catch to 12,900 tons from 13,500 tons. The
allowable western Atlantic catch was reduced to 1,750 tons from
1,800, a level that American and Canadian fisherman already had been
unable to meet due to stock decline.
(AP, 11/27/10)(SSFC, 11/28/10, p.A10)
2010 Nov 27, Guinea's
government announced border closures with Sierra Leone by land, sea
and air this evening stranding hundreds of people from Sierra Leone
on Guinea's side.
2010 Nov 27, In Haiti at least
one person was killed and several wounded when gunmen opened fire on
a rally for presidential candidate Michel Martelly.
2010 Nov 27, In eastern India
suspected Maoist rebels blew up an ambulance with a land mine in
Orissa state, killing at least three people inside.
2010 Nov 27, Iran's state radio
reported that a man attempting to hijack a Syria-bound flight
carrying a number of Iranian lawmakers was arrested on board. ISNA
news agency reported that Iran has hanged in prison a man convicted
of raping several women in Isfahan. The latest hanging brings the
number of executions in Iran to at least 145 so far this year.
(AP, 11/27/10)(AFP, 11/27/10)
2010 Nov 27, Iraq arrested 12
militants suspected of helping take Christians hostage in a church
siege that killed 44 worshippers and two priests on Oct 31. Among
those apprehended were Huthaifa al-Batawi, the Baghdad chief of the
Islamic State of Iraq, the Al-Qaeda front group which carried out
the attack, while senior ISI leader Ammar al-Najadi was killed.
2010 Nov 27, In northern Italy
3 hikers died after being caught in an avalanche.
2010 Nov 27, Ivory Coast
President Laurent Gbagbo issued a decree calling for a nationwide
curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Nov 27-Dec 1 to prevent any tampering
with vote counting. Opposition candidate Alassane Ouattara said the
move was illegal and unconstitutional, adding a curfew should only
come after the election if there is trouble.
2010 Nov 27, Lebanese PM Saad
Hariri expressed concerns for stability in the Middle East as he
began a visit to Tehran to rally Iran's support for his efforts to
keep Lebanon stable amid tensions over a U.N. probe into the
assassination of his father, Rafik Hariri.
2010 Nov 27, Mexico's federal
police in Ciudad Juarez captured Arturo Gallegos Castrellon (32), a
presumed leader of the Aztecas cross-border drug gang. He was
suspected in dozens of killings, including the slaying of a US
consulate worker. Two other members of the gang were arrested with
Gallegos on charges of transporting drugs and weapons.
2010 Nov 27, Morocco’s foreign
minister in a published interview rejected a probe into violent
clashes between its security forces and residents of Western Sahara
by the UN. A day earlier, Human Rights Watch said Moroccan security
forces repeatedly beat and abused people they detained during
disturbances in Western Sahara earlier this month.
(AFP, 11/27/10)(AFP, 11/26/10)
2010 Nov 27, Pakistan offered a
reward for information about Taliban militants involved in planning
or carrying out attacks, and promised to resettle informers in
Pakistan or abroad. Hundreds of Sunni Muslims started a nearly
200-mile (320-km) high-risk trek across Pakistan in a protest
against Taliban attacks on the country's religious sites.
(Reuters, 11/27/10)(AP, 11/27/10)
2010 Nov 27, Somalia's
parliament passed the proposed Cabinet of new PM Mohamed Abdullahi
2010 Nov 27, Taiwan's ruling
Nationalist Party won three out of five mayoral races, providing a
boost for President Ma Ying-jeou's policy of improving relations
with China ahead of the island's 2012 presidential poll.
2010 Nov 27, Venezuelan
President Chavez promoted Gen. Henry Rangel Silva to
general-in-chief. Silva had sparked controversy by suggesting the
military would not accept an electoral return to power by government
2011 Nov 27, A new translation
of the Mass was rolled out across the English-speaking Catholic
world after months of preparation.
2011 Nov 27, In Afghanistan
NATO said two of its service members have been killed, one in combat
operations in the east and the other by a roadside bomb in the
2011 Nov 27, Ken Russell
(b.1927), British director of "Women in Love" (1969) and "The
Devils" (1971), died. His biggest commercial success came three
years later with "Tommy," an adaptation of The Who's rock opera.
2011 Nov 27, The Swanland cargo
ship, with eight people on board, sank in the Irish Sea. It was
carrying thousands of tons of limestone and five people remain
missing off the coast of north Wales.
2011 Nov 27, Gunmen in Burundi
murdered Sister Luckrecija Mamic, a Croatian nun, and an Italian
charity worker in an apparent botched robbery and kidnapping. Sister
Carla Brianza was later shot dead while Sister Carla Brianza, an
Italian nun, fought off her attackers and escaped with relatively
minor wounds. Two men, aged 20 and 24, were arrested for the attack
after a shootout.
2011 Nov 27, German police
cleared a sit-in of thousands of protesters attempting to block a
shipment of nuclear waste and detained 1,300 people.
2011 Nov 27, In Egypt thousands
of protesters filled Cairo's Tahrir Square for another massive
demonstration to push for the military to immediately return to
their barracks in favor of a civilian presidential council.
2011 Nov 27, Haiti hip hop star
Wyclef Jean said he's proud of the way his charity responded after
the earthquake almost two years ago. His comments followed reports
published by The New York Post saying his foundation collected $16
million in 2010 but less than a third of that went to emergency
2011 Nov 27, Iran's parliament
voted on expel the British ambassador in retaliation for fresh
Western sanctions over Tehran's nuclear program and warned that
other countries could also be punished. The bill now has to go to
the Guardians Council for approval.
2011 Nov 27, In Iraq a gunman
in Baghdad killed national security official Ibrahim Saleh Mahdi and
his wife. On May 15, 2012, Ahmed al-Jubouri, a bodyguard of Vice
President Tariq al-Hashemi, testified that Mahdi was ordered killed
because he had become "a source of annoyance" to al-Hashemi.
2011 Nov 27, Hundreds of
Libya's minority Amazigh Berbers marched to the premier's office for
the second time in three days, stepping up pressure to be
represented in the government. During Kadhafi's rule the Amazighs,
whose name means "free men," were banned from publicly speaking,
writing or printing anything in their own tongue, tamazight.
2011 Nov 27, Palestinian
officials said they will not be able to pay the next round of public
sector salaries due to Israeli sanctions.
(SFC, 11/28/11, p.A2)
2011 Nov 27, In the southern
Philippines suspected Islamic militants detonated a powerful bomb
that killed at least three people and wounded 27 others in a budget
hotel packed with wedding guests in Zamboanga city.
2011 Nov 27, South Ossetia held
runoff elections. Opposition candidate and former Education Minister
Alla Dzhioyeva won, defeating Emergencies Minister Anatoly Bibilov,
the Kremlin's chosen candidate.
2011 Nov 27, Sri Lanka's
President Rajapakse unveiled the island's first expressway, linking
the capital and the southern city of Galle, asserting that better
road connectivity would remedy old separatist tendencies.
2011 Nov 27, The Arab League,
meeting in Cairo, approved unprecedented sanctions on Syria over its
crackdown on 8-month uprising.
2011 Nov 27, A United Arab
Emirates state security court sentenced five activists, who have
campaigned for political freedoms, to prison terms of up to three
years. The top court handed blogger Ahmed Mansoor a three-year
prison sentence, while four others received two years each. Within
24 hours a presidential pardon was issued to release them.
(AP, 11/27/11)(AFP, 11/28/11)
2011 Nov 27, In Venezuela
Maximiliano Bonilla Orozco, a top Colombian drug trafficker known as
"Valenciano," was captured in Maracay. Officials the next day said
he will be turned over to US authorities.
2011 Nov 27, Yemen’s vice
president, Gen. Abd-Rabbu Mansour, named Mohammed Basindwa to form a
national unity government. A tribal source said Shiite rebels have
killed 20 people and wounded 70 others in an attack on a Sunni
Islamist school in Dammaj, a suburb of the Shiite stronghold city of
Saada. Yemen's army shelled suspected Al-Qaeda positions in
Zinjibar, killing 9 militants in its battle to win control of the
city. A tribal source said that four other extremists were killed in
an ambush by tribal fighters allied to the military in Abyan
province. Government troops have so far been unable to win back full
control of Abyan.
(AFP, 11/27/11)(AFP, 11/28/11)(SFC, 11/28/11,
2012 Nov 27, Four female
service members filed a lawsuit challenging the Pentagon's ban on
women serving in combat, hoping the move will add pressure to drop
the policy just as officials are gauging the effect that lifting the
prohibition will have on morale. A 1994 rule that barred women from
being assigned to ground combat units.
2012 Nov 27, A labor strike by
500 clerical workers began at the twin California ports of Los
Angeles and Long Beach. Their industrial action and clout was
significantly strengthened because some 10,000 members of the
International Longshore and Warehouse Union supported them, refusing
to cross the clerical workers' picket lines. Operations at 10 or 14
terminals were idled. A deal to settle was struck on Dec 4.
(Reuters, 12/2/12)(SFC, 12/4/12, p.A11)(Econ,
2012 Nov 27, The US Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention released a report saying young people
ages 13 to 24 account for 26 percent of all new HIV infections.
2012 Nov 27, Four gay men
accused a New Jersey nonprofit, Jews Offering New Alternatives to
Healing," of fraud for selling “conversion therapy" that falsely
promised to make them straight.
(SFC, 11/28/12, p.A5)
2012 Nov 27, Washington state
Gov. Chris Gregoire ordered state agencies to take steps to address
the ocean’s increasing acidity, making it the first state to adopt a
policy to address what scientists called a growing environmental
(SFC, 11/28/12, p.A5)
2012 Nov 27, Bolivia’s Interior
Minister Carlos Romero said authorities have arrested 7 government
officials suspected of involvement in a scheme to rob and extort New
York businessman Jacob Ostreicher. They included the judge who first
ordered Ostreicher seized in 2011 and officials in a state agency
that seized 18,000 metric tons of rice from him. Ostreicher was
granted house arrest on Dec 18. In 2013 two members of the alleged
extortion ring pleaded guilty.
(SFC, 11/28/12, p.A2)(SFC, 12/19/12, p.A5)(SFC,
2012 Nov 27, British police
found the body of an elderly woman in a flooded home in the Welsh
city of St. Asaph. Sustained wet weather kept many areas of Britain
(SFC, 11/28/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 27, Colombia withdrew
from a 1948 treaty th bound it to the UN in response to the Nov 19
by the ICJ granting Nicaragua control of a large swath of sea.
During the 1948 Conference of American States, nations in the region
signed the "Bogota Pact," which required signatories to find
peaceful solutions to conflicts.
(SFC, 11/29/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 27, Congo's M23 rebels
defied a deadline imposed by neighboring nations, saying they will
stay in the crucial, eastern city of Goma and will fight the
Congolese army to hold it.
2012 Nov 27, Congo residents
and M23 rebels said that another rebel group, the FDLR, has crossed
the border into Rwanda and is fighting the Rwandan army.
2012 Nov 27, In Egypt thousands
flocked to Cairo's central Tahrir square for a protest against Pres.
Morsi in a significant test of whether the opposition can rally the
street behind it in a confrontation aimed at forcing the Islamist
leader to rescind decrees that granted him near absolute powers.
2012 Nov 27, The 17 European
Union nations that use the euro struck an agreement with the
International Monetary Fund on a program to reduce Greek debt and
put Athens on the way to get the next installment of its bailout
loans. The first disbursement is set to take place Dec 13.
2012 Nov 27, France announced
that it plans to vote in favor of recognizing a Palestinian state at
the UN General Assembly this week.
2012 Nov 27, In Iraq insurgents
launched attacks against security forces and civilians in Baghdad,
Kirkuk city and Diyala province. At least 30 people were killed and
dozens wounded. Shiite mosques in Baghdad were main targets.
(AP, 11/27/12)(SFC, 11/28/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 27, Yasser Arafat's
political heirs opened his grave in Ramallah and foreign experts
took samples of the iconic Palestinian leader's remains as part of a
long-shot attempt, eight years after his mysterious death, to
determine whether he was poisoned.
2012 Nov 27, Russia’s Rossiya-1
channel aired a documentary linking former agricultural minister,
Yelena Skrynnik, to a reported $1.2 billion fraud.
(Econ, 12/1/12, p.57)
2012 Nov 27, In Russia a world
martial arts champion, Rasul Mirzayev (26) from Dagestan, was
convicted of involuntary manslaughter but set free after a trial
that inflamed the country's ethnic tensions. The verdict led to
protests by nationalists outside the Moscow court.
2012 Nov 27, Syrian warplanes
bombed an olive press factory in Idlib, killing at least 20 people
and wounding dozens more. The pro-government daily Al Watan
published a list of 142 Arab and foreign terrorists it said were
killed in Syria in recent months. Rebels reportedly shot down a
government helicopter west of Aleppo.
(AP, 11/27/12)(SFC, 11/28/12, p.A3)(Econ,
2012 Nov 27, The World Bank
approved a $500 million loan to help support reforms in Tunisia's
financial sector to encourage investment and growth.
2012 Nov 27, The Open Society
Justice Initiative said four suspects in the Jul 11, 2010, bombings
in Uganda claimed men who identified themselves as US FBI agents
beat them up during questioning. Human rights groups have said Kenya
and Tanzania circumvented their extradition laws to illegally deport
suspects to Uganda where they could be interrogated at length by
local and foreign agents without scrutiny.
2013 Nov 27, In Colorado 3
people were found dead in a burned home in Rye. On Dec 28 Harry Carl
Mapps (59) was arrested in a motel in Roland, Ok. He was suspected
of stealing check, killing 3 people and setting fire to their home
in Rye, Colorado.
(SFC, 12/30/13, p.A6)
2013 Nov 27, Two Chicago women
became the first same-sex couple to marry in Illinois after a
federal judge granted an expedited marriage license because of one
of the women’s failing health.
(SFC, 11/28/13, p.A6)
2013 Nov 27, In Afghanistan
Taliban militants gunned down and killed six people working working
for the French aid group ACTED in the northern province of Faryab.
2013 Nov 27, In Australia Simon
Gittany was found guilty of throwing his Canadian girlfriend, former
ballerina Lisa Harnum, off the balcony of their high-rise Sydney
2013 Nov 27, In Brazil a giant
crane collapsed at the construction site of Sao Paulo's Itaquerao
stadium killing two workers. An engineer reportedly warned his
supervisor that it appeared the ground was not stable enough to
support the 500-ton piece of roofing.
(AP, 11/29/13)(SSFC, 12/1/13, p.A6)
2013 Nov 27, In England a
businessman who stabbed a Chinese family of four to death at their
home on April 29, 2011, was found guilty of murdering them. Du
Anxiang (54), a Chinese citizen, was convicted by a jury at
Northampton Crown Court in central England.
2013 Nov 27, The first
autopsies in Europe to take place without bodies being cut open are
to take place after a new machine was unveiled in Sheffield. This
will enable many post-mortem examinations to be carried out
digitally, saving the body from being cut open with a scalpel.
2013 Nov 27, Egypt's prosecutor
general ordered 24 detained activists to be held for four days for
protesting a newly passed law criminalizing demonstrations without
permits. Nearly two dozen Islamist women and girls, some as young as
15, were handed heavy prison sentences for protesting in a court
ruling that came a day after police beat and terrorized prominent
female activists in a crackdown on secular demonstrators under a
tough new anti-protest law. On Dec 7 a court reduced the sentences
of 14 young women to one year. The sentences of seven teenage girls
were reduced to three months. All 21 were freed under suspended
(AP, 11/27/13)(AFP, 12/7/13)
2013 Nov 27, In Germany
authorities in Dresden arrested a policeman on suspicion of killing
and chopping up a man he met on the Internet who apparently
fantasized about being killed and eaten.
2013 Nov 27, In Iraq police
around found the corpses of 19 men around Baghdad with gunshot
wounds to their heads, as other attacks in the country killed at
2013 Nov 27, In Italy
three-time former Premier Silvio Berlusconi was ousted from
Parliament after two decades as a lawmaker. Losing parliamentary
immunity he defiantly calling it "a day of mourning for democracy"
and pledged to continue in politics.
(AP, 11/28/13)(Econ, 11/30/13, p.51)
2013 Nov 27, Japan’s Upper
House passed into law a Japanese version of the US National Security
(SSFC, 12/1/13, p.A6)
2013 Nov 27, Latvia’s prime
minister resigned after accepting political responsibility for the
collapse of a supermarket roof in the capital that killed 54 people.
2013 Nov 27, Libya's army
clashed with Islamist militants in the eastern city of Benghazi and
three soldiers were shot dead.
2013 Nov 27, Niger said it has
deactivated a third of its mobile phone connections to curb
anonymous phone calls used for criminal activity.
2013 Nov 27, In Nigeria Islamic
police shouted "God is great" as an earthmover shattered 240,000
bottles of beer in a widening crackdown in the northern city of
Kano. Alcohol was banned under Shariah law imposed here in 2001 but
authorities had turned a blind eye to its consumption in hotels and
the Sabon Gari Christian quarter.
2013 Nov 27, Five key governors
said they have defected to Nigeria’s new coalition opposition in a
blow to President Goodluck Jonathan’s governing party and its
chances for re-election in 2015.
2013 Nov 27, In Northern
Ireland Liam Adams (58), the brother of Sinn Fein president Gerry
Adams, was jailed for 16 years for raping his own daughter in the
late 1970s and early 1980s, when she was between 4 and 9 years old.
2013 Nov 27, Panama said it is
freeing most of the 35 North Korean crew members it detained more
than four months ago for smuggling Cuban weapons aboard a ship.
2013 Nov 27, Russian security
forces detained 15 suspected Islamist militants in Moscow after
confiscating improvised bombs and other weapons in a raid on an
2013 Nov 27, The Syrian
government said it will participate in UN-sponsored peace talks
aimed at ending the country's civil war, but insisted that it is not
going to the conference to hand over power.
2013 Nov 27, In Syria a nephew
of Lebanon's agriculture minister was killed along with three other
Hezbollah fighters in the Qalamoun region north of Damascus.
2013 Nov 27, Thousands of
demonstrators massed outside four Thai government ministries, a
major state office complex and 24 provincial halls in a widening
effort to cripple the administration and oust Prime Minister
2013 Nov 27, In Tunisia angry
protesters set fire to the office of the ruling Islamist party in
the neglected Gafsa region, as strikes were observed in areas amid
rising discontent and political deadlock. Fifty policeman were
injured in clashes with protesters in the marginalised town of
Siliana where a general strike degenerated into violence.
(AFP, 11/27/13)(AP, 11/28/13)
2013 Nov 27, Turkey and Iraqi
Kurdistan signed a package of landmark contracts that will see the
semi-autonomous region's oil and gas exported via pipelines through
2013 Nov 27, In the Ukraine
thousands of people demonstrated in central Kiev for a fifth
straight day to protest the government’s decision not to sign an
agreement with the EU but to restore ties with Russia instead.
2014 Nov 27, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber attacked a British embassy vehicle in Kabul, killing
5 people including one Briton. Taliban fighters attacked a
guesthouse in Kabul. 2 attackers were killed by Nepalese guards and
a 3rd blew himself up.
(Reuters, 11/27/14)(SFC, 11/28/14, p.A5)
2014 Nov 27, Argentina's tax
agency charged British bank HSBC with helping more than 4,000
Argentines to commit tax evasion by stashing money in secret Swiss
2014 Nov 27, In Argentina a
power outage in Buenos Aires temporarily paralyzed some subway
stations and put more than 100 traffic lights out of action. A
strike led by transportation unions demanding a salary hike also
contributed to the traffic chaos.
2014 Nov 27, Britain’s Food
Standards Agency (FSA) said some 70 percent of fresh chickens on
sale in Britain are contaminated with a food poisoning bug.
2014 Nov 27, Britain's main
political parties agreed to grant Scotland new tax and spending
powers to fulfill a promise of greater autonomy made as politicians
scrambled to persuade Scots to reject independence in a recent
2014 Nov 27, The BBC reported
that billionaire hedge fund manager Chris Hohn has been ordered to
pay his estranged wife Jamie Cooper-Hohn 337 million pounds ($530
million) in one of the largest divorce settlements in British legal
2014 Nov 27, British police
arrested Lithuanian builder Viktoras Bruzas (38) after two people
were stabbed to death in Surrey. Another man in his 30s has been
arrested in Walton-on-Thames on suspicion on conspiracy to commit
(AFP, 11/27/14)(AFP, 11/28/14)
2014 Nov 27, British detective
writer P. D. James (b.1920) died at home in Oxford. She created the
best-selling series featuring poetry-writing sleuth Adam Dalgliesh.
Her first novel, "Cover Her Face," was published in 1962.
2014 Nov 27, Cameroonian
authorities freed General Abdoulaye Miskine, a rebel leader from
Central African Republic, two days after a group of 26 hostages
including a Polish Catholic priest were released by his faction.
2014 Nov 27, In China at least
11 people were killed in the second deadly coal mine accident to hit
the country in two days. 19 people were working in a mine in the
southern province of Guizhou when an explosion ripped through the
shaft early this morning.
2014 Nov 27, In southern China
a man in his 20s stabbed several people at the entrance to a
supermarket in Nanning. Nine people were rushed to the hospital with
two seriously injured.
2014 Nov 27, EU governments
agreed to add 13 Ukrainian separatists and five organizations to the
bloc's sanctions list.
2014 Nov 27, French President
Francois Hollande said France will eliminate export credits for
energy projects in developing countries which involve coal, the most
polluting fossil fuel.
2014 Nov 27, In Greece a
24-hour general strike shut down services across the country,
forcing flight cancellations and school closures and leaving state
hospitals functioning with emergency staff, while tens of thousands
of protesters marched in central Athens.
2014 Nov 27, Guyana officials
said five local men were lured to neighboring Suriname with promises
of good wages, but ended up working in slave-like conditions. The
men managed to escape to Suriname's coastal capital and alerted
2014 Nov 27, Hong Kong police
arrested 11 more people in a second night of scuffles with
demonstrators angry at having their 2-month-old pro-democracy
protest camp in a volatile neighborhood shut down.
2014 Nov 27, In the Indian-held
portion of Kashmir heavily armed militants fought a fierce gunbattle
with soldiers. 4 civilians were among the 10 dead.
2014 Nov 27, In Iraq militants
from the Islamic State group blocked all mobile phone networks in
Mosul, accusing informants in the city of tipping off coalition
forces to their whereabouts.
2014 Nov 27, Israel's Shin Bet
security service said it had uncovered a vast Hamas network in the
West Bank that was planning large-scale attacks against Israelis in
Jerusalem. Shin Bet said it has arrested more than 30 Hamas
militants who planned to kidnap Israelis and carry out attacks
against Jerusalem's light rail and its largest soccer stadium, among
2014 Nov 27, Japan’s Toyota
Motor Corp. recalled more than 40,000 vehicles as part of a
worldwide scare over defective air bags and is investigating a new
type of air bag problem that could lead to further recalls.
2014 Nov 27, Malaysia's leader
said that a colonial-era law curbing free speech will be retained
and strengthened, backpedaling on a pledge two years ago to abolish
the 1948 Sedition Act as part of political reforms.
2014 Nov 27, Mexico's Pres.
Enrique Pena Nieto announced a nationwide anti-crime plan that would
allow Congress to dissolve local governments infiltrated by drug
gangs and give state authorities control over often-corrupt
2014 Nov 27, Mexican
authorities said they have found the partly burned bodies of 11 men
dumped on the side of a road in Guerrero state.
2014 Nov 27, It was reported
that Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim will invest 500 million euros
($624 million) in Spanish construction firm FCC and receive a
controlling stake in the company.
2014 Nov 27, Moldova's Appeals
Court ruled that a pro-Russian party cannot compete in Nov 30
parliamentary elections on the grounds it is illegally funded from
abroad. The court ruled against Patria, led by Renato Usatii, who
does business with Russia's state railways.
2014 Nov 27, In Nepal eight
South Asian heads of state attending their first summit in three
years reached a deal on energy sharing, but failed on two other
economic agreements during a retreat where Indian and Pakistan
leaders shook hands.
2014 Nov 27, In northeast
Nigeria a roadside bomb tore through a bus station near a busy
junction, killing 40 people including five soldiers at the
2014 Nov 27, Portuguese police
said they have seized around 20 metric tons of hashish from a
fishing vessel at sea, despite the crew's efforts to sink the ship
by exploding a drum of gas.
2014 Nov 27, Romania's ruling
coalition splintered as an ethnic Hungarian party said it would quit
the government in the wake of PM Victor Ponta's surprise defeat in
this month's presidential election.
2014 Nov 27, Saudi Arabia led
the 12-member OPEC oil ministers meeting in Austria. OPEC opted to
keep their production target at 30 million barrels a day, despite an
oversupply of crude and plunging prices.
2014 Nov 27, Serbian lawyers
rallied outside the government headquarters saying they have asked
for European Union help to resolve a more than two-month old dispute
with the government that has practically paralyzed the judiciary in
the country, which is seeking to join the bloc.
2014 Nov 27, Spain's parliament
approved two long-delayed anti-corruption laws, a day after a
minister became the first government casualty in a series of alleged
2014 Nov 27, Syrian government
warplanes kept up air raids on the northern city of Raqqa, the de
facto capital of the Islamic State group, killing at least 7 people.
2014 Nov 27, Thailand's interim
parliament gave initial approval to a bill banning commercial
surrogacy, the practice of hiring a woman to carry a fetus to term.
2014 Nov 27, In eastern Ukraine
a boy (12) and a woman (55) were killed by shelling in the
separatist stronghold of Donetsk.
2014 Nov 27, Venezuela reported
that at least 13 prisoners have died of drug overdoses after inmates
at the overcrowded David Viloria penitentiary stormed an infirmary
on Nov 24 during protests demanding better living conditions. On Nov
28 authorities confirmed 35 deaths. On Dec 11 the number of dead was
raised to 48.
(AP, 11/27/14)(AP, 11/28/14)(SFC, 12/12/14, p.A2)