Today in History - November 28
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587 Nov 28,
Treaty of Andelot: King Guntram took cousin Childebert II as heir.
1058 Nov 28, Kazimierz I
Restaurator (b.1015), grand duke of Poland (1034-58), died. He
succeeded in reuniting the central Polish lands under the hegemony
of the Holy Roman Empire, but he was never crowned king.
1340 Nov 28, In the Battle of
Salado, Spain, the last Moor invasion was driven back.
1493 Nov 28, Christopher
Columbus arrived La Navidad, Hispaniola. He found the fort burned
and his men from the 1st voyage dead. According to the account of
Guacanagari, the local chief who had befriended Columbus on the
first voyage, the men at Navidad had fallen to arguing among
themselves over women and gold.
1499 Nov 28, Edward
Plantagenet, 18th Count of Warwick, was beheaded.
1503 Nov 28, Giuliano della
Rovere (1443-1513) was crowned as Pope Julius II.
1520 Nov 28, Portuguese
navigator Ferdinand Magellan reached the Pacific Ocean after passing
through the South American strait, the straits of Magellan, and
entered the “Sea of the South.”
1628 Nov 28, John Bunyan,
English preacher and writer who wrote “Pilgrim’s Progress,” was
1632 Nov 28, Jean-Baptiste
Lully, composer, was born in Florence, Italy. [see Feb 28]
1660 Nov 28, The London Royal
Society formed. Founding members included astronomer Christopher
Wren, William Petty, Robert Boyle, John Wilkins and Lawrence Rooke.
1670 Nov 28, Pierre Corneille's
"Tite et Berenice," premiered in Paris.
1678 Nov 28, England's King
Charles II accused his wife, Catherine of Braganza, of treason. Her
crime? She had yet to bear him children.
(DT net, 11/28/97)
1680 Nov 28 Giovanni "Gian"
Lorenzo Bernini (b.Dec 7,1598), Sculptor, Painter, Architect,
Italian, the greatest sculptor of the 17th century, died.
(DT net, 11/28/97)
1695 Nov 28, Giovanni Paulo
Colonna (58), composer, died.
1729 Nov 28, Natchez Indians
massacred most of the 300 French settlers and soldiers at Fort
1745 Nov 28-29, French troops
attacked Indians at Saratoga, NY.
1757 Nov 28, William Blake
(1757-1827), English artist-printer, was born in London. He wrote
“Songs of Innocence” and “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.” His last
book was “Jerusalem,” of which he made only five copies. In 1996
Peter Ackroyd published: “Blake: A Biography.”
1775 Nov 28, The 2nd
Continental Congress formally established the US Navy.
(DT net, 11/28/97)
1776 Nov 28, Washington and his
troops crossed the Delaware River.
(DT net, 11/28/97)
1784 Nov 28, Ferdinand Reis,
composer, was born.
1785 Nov 28, William Whipple
(b. Jan 14, 1730), died. He was a Judge, Jurist, Revolutionary and
Declaration of Independence signer.
(DT net, 11/28/97)
1794 Nov 28, Friedrich WLGA von
Steuben (64), Prussian-US inspector-general of Washington’s army,
died in Oneida, NY. Baron von Steuben, a former Prussian captain,
had arrived in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1777, and despite false
credentials, was hired to drill and train Washington’s Continental
Army. His manual of arms, known as the “Blue Book,” shaped basic
training for American recruits for generations to come. In 2008 Paul
Lockhart authored “The Drillmaster of Valley Forge: The Baron de
Steuben and the Making of the American Army.”
(WSJ, 11/8/08, p.W9)(WSJ, 11/8/08, p.W9)
1795 Nov 28, US paid $800,000
and a frigate as tribute to Algiers and Tunis.
1805 Nov 28, John Stephens, US
archaeologist, was born. He founded the study of Central America.
1806 Nov 28, French forces led
by Joachim Murat entered Warsaw.
1815 Nov 28, Johann Peter
Salomon (70), composer, died.
1820 Nov 28, Friedrich Engels
(d.1895), German social philosopher; Marx's collaborator, was born.
1829 Nov 28, Anton Rubinstein
(d.1894), pianist and composer (Omitri Doskoy), was born in
Vykhvatinetz, Podolia. He was the teacher of Tchaikovsky and
considered the only rival of Liszt. His work included 6 symphonies,
dozens of concertos and chamber works, and 20 operas, of which only
“The Demon” has shown staying power. It was based on Lermontov’s
(WSJ, 7/16/96, p.A9)(MC, 11/28/01)
1833 Nov 28, Charles Darwin
rode through Las Pietras while returning to Montevideo.
1837 Nov 28, John Wesley Hyatt
(d.1920), inventor (celluloid), was born.
(MC, 11/28/01)(ON, 11/03, p.4)
1847 Nov 28, In Bologna the
church San Francisco dei Minori Conventuali opened with the premier
of Rossini's "Tantum Ergo."
1853 Nov 28, Olympia was
established as capital of the Washington Territory.
(DT net, 11/28/97)
1859 Nov 28, Washington Irving
(b. Apr 3,1783) American essayist, author, historian, biographer,
attorney/lawyer, died. He was buried in the Hudson Valley Old Dutch
Church cemetery in Tarrytown. He was born in New York City and wrote
the "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle." In 2007 Andrew
Burstein authored “The Original Knickerbocker: The Life of
(USAT, 11/12/99, p.2D)(WSJ, 2/27/07, p.D5)
1861 Nov 28, The Confederate
Congress admitted Missouri to the Confederacy, although Missouri had
not yet seceded from the Union.
(DT net, 11/28/97) (HN, 11/28/98)
1862 Nov 28, The Battle at Cane
Hill, Arkansas, left 475 casualties. In late November, Maj. Gen.
Thomas C. Hindman detached Brig. Gen. John Marmaduke's cavalry from
Van Buren north to occupy the Cane Hill area. Hearing of this
movement, Brig. Gen. James Blunt advanced to meet Marmaduke's
command and destroy it, if possible. The Union vanguard encountered
Col. Joe Shelby's brigade, which fought a delaying action to protect
their supply trains. Shelby gradually gave ground until establishing
a strong defensive perimeter on Cove Creek where he repulsed a
determined attack. The Federals withdrew to Cane Hill, while the
Confederates returned to Van Buren.
1862 Nov 28, Battle of Hooly
1864 Nov 28, 3rd day of Battles
at Waynesboro and Jones's Plantation, Georgia.
1864 Nov 28, Battle of New
Creek, WV, (Rosser's Raid, Ft. Kelly).
1866 Nov 28, Henry Bacon,
architect (Lincoln Memorial), was born.
1868 Nov 28, Mt. Etna in Sicily
1872 Nov 28, The Modoc War of
1872-73 began in Siskiyou County, northern California when fighting
broke out between Modoc Chief Captain Jack and a cavalry detail led
by Captain James Jackson. At Lava Beds National Monument in northern
California 52  Modoc warriors held off over 1,000 US Army troops
for five months. The 4 year conflict was described in the 1997 book
“Hell with the Fire Out” by Arthur Quinn, a re-creation of the war
from eye-witness accounts.
(SFC,10/16/96,zz1p.1)(SFEC, 4/6/97, BR p.5)(SFEC,
10/25/98, p.T9)(HN, 11/28/98)
1881 Nov 28, Stefan Zweig
(d.1942), poet, essayist, dramatist (Beware of Pity), was born in
1887 Nov 28, Ernst Roehm, early
Nazi and German staff member, later Bolivian leader, was born.
1891 Nov 28, The National
Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (now IBEW) was founded in St.
Louis, home of Local 1.
(DT net, 11/28/97)
1895 Nov 28, Jose Iturbi,
pianist (Pequena danza Espanola), was born in Valencia, Spain.
1895 Nov 28, America's first
auto race between gasoline-powered automobiles was staged on
Thanksgiving Day. The race, sponsored by the Chicago Times Herald,
was to be run along a 52-mile course of muddy, frozen streets from
Jackson Park to Waukegan, Illinois. The race attracted 80 entries
but only six starters. James Franklin Duryea drove his brother’s car
(Charles Edgar Duryea) in the first automobile race from Chicago to
Waukegan over 52 miles of snowy roads at an average 7.5 mph. He
collected $2,000 from the Chicago Times-Herald. It took him 7 hours
and 53 minutes to complete the round trip. The average speed was 7
mph. 80 cars entered the race, 6 started and 2 finished. J. Frank
Duryea, driving the Duryea at an average speed of 5 mph, crossed the
finish line 10 hours and 23 minutes after the start. One other
participant was forced to drop out of the race, suffering from
(SFC, 5/17/97, p.E3)(AP, 11/28/97)(DT net,
1899 Nov 28, The British were
victorious over the Boers at Modder River.
1901 Nov 28, Gustav Mahler's
4th Symphony in G premiered.
1904 Nov 28, Nancy Mitford,
English author (Love in a Cold Climate), was born. The eldest of 7
Mitford children was born to Lord and Lady Redesdale. In 2001 Mary
S. Lovell authored “The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family.”
Jessica Mitford, author of “The American Way of Death” (1963) died
(SSFC, 1/6/02, p.M1)(MC, 11/28/01)
1905 Nov 28, Arthur Griffith
formed Sinn Fein in Dublin. Sinn Fein is Gaelic for "we ourselves,"
but also for "ourselves alone." This political party became the
unofficial political wing of militant Irish groups in their struggle
against British rule.
1906 Nov 28, Philadelphia Jack
O'Brien and Tommy Burns fought to no decision in a 20-round draw in
a world heavyweight title bout in Los Angeles.
(DT net, 11/28/97)
1907 Nov 28, Alberto Moravia,
Italian novelist, novelist, was born. His work included “The
Conformist” and “Conjugal Love.”
1907 Nov 28, Future movie
producer Louis B. Mayer opened his first movie theater, in
1907 Nov 28, Stanislaw
Wyspianski (b.1869), Polish playwright, painter and poet, died in
Krakow. He created a series of symbolic, national dramas within the
artistic philosophy of the Young Poland Movement.
1908 Nov 28, Claude
Levi-Strauss, French anthropologist, was born.
1908 Nov 28, 154 men died in a
coal mine explosion at Marianna, Pa.
1910 Nov 28, In San Francisco
John Edwards, knows as the “King of the Opium Ring,” was arrested at
his home at 133 Fillmore. Drugs found included 40 pounds of crude
opium. His arrest followed a police raid in Chinatown on Nov 26 in
which 210 persons were arrested.
(SSFC, 11/28/10, p.50)
1911 Nov 28, Zapata proclaimed
Plan of Ayala, Mexico.
1912 Nov 28, Albanian delegates
at Vlora declared the independence of Albania and established a
provisional government. This marked Albania’s Independence Day.
(www, Albania, 1998)(SSFC, 11/25/12, p.H3)
1913 Nov 28, Heavyweight Jack
Johnson KO’d Andre Spaul in Paris.
(DT net, 11/28/97)
1916 Nov 28, Vyes Theriault,
French-Canadian author, novelist, was born.
1916 Nov 28, Hiram Bingham,
American explorer, wrote a letter to Gilbert H. Graham, the
president of National Geographic, in which he stated that artifacts
from his 3rd expedition to Peru belonged to the Peruvian government,
which expected their return in 18 months. A dispute over the return
of artifacts from Yale back to Peru continued in 2006. In 2010 Yale
made arrangements to return the collection in stages over the next 2
(SFC, 3/10/06, p.A12)(Econ, 11/27/10, p.47)
1916 Nov 28, First (German) air
attack on London.
(DT net, 11/28/97)
1917 Nov 28, Fred and Adele
Astaire debut on Broadway in the Sigmund Romberg revue "Over the
(DT net, 11/28/97)(MC, 11/28/01)
1918 Nov 28, Kaiser Wilhelm of
Prussia and Germany, abdicated.
1919 Nov 28, American-born Lady
Astor was elected the first female member of the British Parliament.
(DT net, 11/28/97)(HN, 11/28/98)
1920 Nov 28, The film "The Mark
of Zorro" with Douglas Fairbanks opened in NYC at the Capitol
Theater. It was based on “The Curse of Capistrano, a story by
Johnston McCulley, a NY journalist and pulp magazine writer.
1922 Nov 28, Capt. Cyril Turner
of the Royal Air Force gave the first public skywriting exhibition,
spelling out, "Hello U-S-A. Call Vanderbilt 7200" over New York's
Times Square. 47,000 called.
(DT net, 11/28/97)
1922 Nov 28, In Greece six top
politicians and soldiers were executed one day after being convicted
of high treason following a crushing military defeat by Turkey. In
2010 the Greek Supreme Court posthumously acquitted the six executed
politicians and soldiers.
1925 Nov 28, The "WSM Barn
Dance", later known as "The Grand Ole Opry" (1927), Nashville’s
famed home of country music, made its radio debut on station WSM.
The call letters came from the slogan "We Shield Millions" of
sponsor National Life and Accident Insurance Co. Edwin Craig, a
wireless buff with a stake in the insurance company, had recently
sold the radio idea to the insurance board. In 1999 Charles K. Wolfe
published "A Good Natured Riot: The Birth of the Grand Ole Opry." In
2007 Craig Havighurst authored “Air Castle of the South.”
(SFC, 7/20/96, p.E4)(AP, 11/28/97)(WSJ, 7/23/99,
p.W7)(WSJ, 10/17/07, p.D9)
1929 Nov 28, Berry Gordy, Jr.,
recording executive, novelist, was born.
1929 Nov 28, Commander Richard
E. Byrd embarked on the first South Pole flight.
(NPub, 2002, p.12)
1930 Nov 28, Howard Hanson's
2nd Symphony "Romantic," premiered.
1932 Nov 28, Benjamin William
Bova, US sci-fi author (Exiled from Earth), was born.
1932 Nov 28, Groucho Marx
performed on radio for the first time this day. Using his
fast-paced, ingenious patter, he invented a new form of comedy that
delighted audiences from coast to coast.
(DT net, 11/28/97)
1932 Nov 28, France & USSR
signed not-attack treaty.
(DT net, 11/28/97)
1934 Nov 28, Churchill made a
speech in Parliament and warned of German aircraft bombing London.
(ON, 11/05, p.2)
1935 Nov 28, The German Reich
declared all men ages 18 to 45 as army reservists.
1936 Nov 28, "Pennies From
Heaven" hits #1 on the pop singles chart by Bing Crosby.
(DT net, 11/28/97)
1937 Nov 28, Franco blockaded
the Spanish coast.
1939 Nov 28, Nazi Gov-Gen of
Poland, Hans Frank organized Judenrat.
1939 Nov 28, USSR scraped its
non-aggression pact with Finland.
1939 Nov 28, James A. Naismith
(78), creator of basketball, died.
1941 Nov 28, Eddy Arnold and
Sally Katherine wed.
(DT net, 11/28/97)
1941 Nov 28, The aircraft
carrier USS Enterprise departed Pearl Harbor to deliver F4F Wildcat
fighters to Wake Island. This mission saved the carrier from
destruction when the Japanese attacked.
1941 Nov 28, German troops
1941 Nov 28, In Germany Amin
al-Husseini (1897-1974), the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, met with
Adolf Hitler and asked Hitler to support the elimination of a
national Jewish homeland.
1942 Nov 28, In Massachusetts
492 people died in a fire that destroyed the Cocoanut Grove
nightclub in Boston. The cause of the fire was never officially
determined, though many blamed a busboy who had survived the blaze.
1943 Nov 28, President
Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet
leader Josef Stalin met in Tehran, Iran, to map out strategy during
World War II.
(AP, 11/28/97)(DT net, 11/28/97)(HN, 11/28/98)
1944 Nov 28, Rita Mae Brown,
novelist, was born.
1944 Nov 28, The MGM musical
film "Meet Me In St. Louis," starring Judy Garland, opened in NYC.
1944 Nov 28, The first Allied
supplies reached Antwerp by convoy.
1945 Nov 28, Dina Merrill
(1923-2017) made her Broadway debut with “The Mermaids Singing.”
(SFC, 5/24/17, p.D6)
1945 Nov 28, Deborah Kerr wed
(DT net, 11/28/97)
1945 Nov 28, Dwight Filley
Davis (b.Jul 5, 1879) died at age 66. He was a Hall of Famer, Tennis
Player, Presidential Aide, Sec of War under Coolidge and donated
tennis's Davis Cup: 1945.
1945 Nov 28, A tsunami struck
India’s coast at Karachi washing away 4,000 people.
1947 Nov 28, Jacques-Philippe
Leclerc (44), WW II hero (liberator of Paris), died.
1948 Nov 28, "Hopalong Cassidy"
TV western premiered on NBC television [see Jun 24, 1949].
1948 Nov 28, The Polaroid Land
Camera, created by Dr. Edwin Land, went on sale in Boston.
1949 Nov 28, Victor Ostrovsky,
Canadian-Israeli, Mossad agent (By Way of Deception), was born.
1950 Nov 28, Ed Harris, actor
(Right Stuff, Swing Shift, Walker, Coma), was born in Tenafly, NJ.
1950 Nov 28, In Korea, 200,000
Communist troops launched attack on UN forces.
1950 Nov 28, During the Korean
War private first-class Hector A. Cafferata Jr. (1929-2016) held off
an enemy regiment single-handedly and safeguarded his comrades from
a live grenade during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir. In 1952 Pres.
Harry S. Truman awarded him a Medal of Honor.
(SSFC, 4/17/16, p.C2)
1951 Nov 28, John Van Druten's
"I am a Camera," premiered in NYC.
1953 Nov 28, "Wish You Were
Here" closed at Imperial Theater NYC after 597 performances.
1953 Nov 28, New York City
began 11 days without newspapers when a strike of photoengravers
shut down publication. Sales increased for magazines and paperback
(DT net, 11/28/97)
1954 Nov 28, Enrico Fermi (53),
Italian-US physicist (Nobel 1938), died. Fermi led the team of
international scientists to produce the first nuclear chain
reaction, giving birth to the atomic bomb.
1957 Nov 28, Zita Aldona
Ratnikas, later proud wife to Rick Adair and mother to Antanas and
Kristina Adair, was born in Detroit. She later established local
renown in family home movies and Lithuanian folk dancing in
Dearborn. The family moved to Traverse City where Zita settled in as
a minor shaker, tennis aficionado, cherry picker and soccer mom.
1957 Nov 28, "Look Homeward,
Angel" with Anthony Perkins premiered in NYC.
(DTnet, 11/28/97)(MC, 11/28/01)
1958 Nov 28, The US reported
the first full-range firing of an ICBM
(DT net, 11/28/97)
1958 Nov 28, Chad, Gabon and
Middle Congo, became autonomous republics within the French
community. The Middle Congo province of French Equatorial Africa
voted to proclaim itself independent as the Congo Republic
1959 Nov 28, Under a directive
by Archbishop John J. Mitty, Catholics were urged to pray for rain
as Northern California went through its 70th dry day. Beginning
today the special prayer “oratio ad petendum pluviam” would be
included in all Masses until the drought ends.
(SSFC, 11/22/09, DB p.50)
1960 Nov 28, CBS radio expands
hourly news coverage from 5 to 10 minutes.
(DT net, 11/28/97)
1960 Nov 28, "Are You Lonesome
Tonight" by Elvis Presley peaked at #1 on the pop singles chart and
stayed there for six weeks; Elvis also released a version of that
song where he breaks up into laughter.
(DT net, 11/28/97)
1960 Nov 28, "Last Date" by
Floyd Cramer peaked at #2 on the pop singles chart.
(DT net, 11/28/97)
1960 Nov 28, "New Orleans" by
US Bonds peaked at #6 on the pop singles chart.
(DT net, 11/28/97)
1960 Nov 28, "Ol' MacDonald" by
Frank Sinatra peaked at #25 on the pop singles chart.
(DT net, 11/28/97)
1960 Nov 28, Richard N. Wright
(52), US author (Native son), died in Paris France.
1960 Nov 28, The Islamic
Republic of Mauritania gained independence.
(PC, 1992, p.973)
1961 Nov 28, Ernie Davis became
the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy.
1962 Nov 28, Queen Wilhelmina
of Netherlands (b.Aug 31 1880) died at age 82. She reigned from
(DT net, 11/28/97)
1963 Nov 28, In The Flintstones
episode titled "KLEPTOMANIAC PEBBLES", Pebbles' tendency to take
anything that isn't nailed down is exploited by jewel thief Baffles
(DT net, 11/28/97)
1963 Nov 28, R.C., "She Loves
You" by the Beatles returned to #1 on the UK pop singles chart.
(DT net, 11/28/97)
1963 Nov 28, The first million
copy record prior to release "I Want to Hold Your Hand".
(DT net, 11/28/97)
1963 Nov 28, Linda Darnell
divorced Merle Robertson.
(DT net, 11/28/97)
1963 Nov 28, The Crusher beat
Verne Gagne in St. Paul, to become NWA champ.
(DT net, 11/28/97)
1963 Nov 28, Just six days
after the assassination of President Kennedy, President Johnson
announced that the Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida, would be
renamed "The John F. Kennedy Space Center." Residents voted in 1973
to change the name back to Cape Canaveral.
(DT net, 11/28/97)(HN, 11/28/98)
1964 Nov 28, Willie Nelson made
his debut performance at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.
(DT net, 11/28/97)
1964 Nov 28, "Leader Of The
Pack" by The Shangri-Las peaked at #1 on the pop singles chart; it
was parodied into "Leader Of The Laundromat" by The Detergents.
(DT net, 11/28/97)
1964 Nov 28, "You Really Got
Me" by The Kinks peaked at #7 on the pop singles chart.
(DT net, 11/28/97)
1964 Nov 28, "Ask Me" by Elvis
Presley peaked at #12 on the pop singles chart.
(DT net, 11/28/97)
1964 Nov 28, The US Mariner IV
space probe was launched from Cape Kennedy on a course to Mars. It
later flew by Mars in Jul 1965 and saw craters but no canals.
(SFEC, 9/28/97, p.A14)(AP, 11/28/97)
1966 Nov 28, US LP release:
“The Beatles Girls,” instrumental LP by George Martin.
(DT net, 11/28/97)
1966 Nov 28, Several gold
records were certified this day. The Righteous Brothers get one for
their album "Soul and Inspiration." The Monkees earn their third
gold record for "I'm a Believer," which will be Number One for seven
weeks. And a gold record goes to the New Vaudeville band for their
'20s Rudy Vallee-style novelty song, "Winchester Cathedral."
(DT net, 11/28/97)
1966 Nov 28, Dominican Republic
(DT net, 11/28/97)
1967 Nov 28, Actress-model Anna
Nicole Smith (d.2007) was born Vickie Lynn Hogan in Houston.
1967 Nov 28, The first
pulsating radio source (pulsar) was observed by British radio
astronomers Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Antony Hewish. Burnell made the
news public on Feb 29, 1968.
1967 Nov 28, Yemen gained
independence from Britain.
(DT net, 11/28/97)
1968 Nov 28, In London,
England, John Lennon and Yoko Ono appeared at the Marylebone
Magistrates' Court. John pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis
resin and was fined 150 pounds plus 20 guineas costs.
1969 Nov 28, The Rolling
Stones, English rock band, released its "Let It Bleed" album.
1970 Nov 28, "I Hear You
Knocking" by Dave Edmunds" peaked at #1 on the U.K. pop singles
chart and stayed there for seven weeks.
1970 Nov 28, "Montego Bay" by
Bobby Bloom peaked at #8 on the pop singles chart.
1971 Nov 28, The Anglican
Bishop of Hong Kong ordained the first two women as priests.
1971 Nov 28, In Uruguay
the Colorado candidate, Juan Maria Bordaberry, and the Blanco
candidate were virtually tied. In February 1972 the Electoral Court
proclaimed Bordaberry president, and he began a five-year term on
1973 Nov 28, Arab League summit
in Algiers recognized Palestine.
1974 Nov 28, John Lennon
(1940-1980) made what would become his last concert appearance at an
Elton John concert at New York's Madison Square Garden. Lennon
joined Elton John to sing "Whatever Gets You Through the Night",
"Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds", as well as "I Saw Her Standing
There". Backstage, Lennon has a brief reunion with Yoko Ono, from
whom he'd been separated for over a year.
1974 Nov 28, Konstantin
Melnikov (b.1890), Russian architect, died. His Melnikov House in
Moscow was built from 1927-1931 with fees from commissions.
1975 Nov 28, "The Edge Of
Night", TV Daytime Soap; last aired on CBS who wanted to expand one
of its soaps to an hour; "Edge" moved to ABC, which had a time slot
1975 Nov 28, Wings release
"Venus & Mars/Rock Show" medley.
1975 Nov 28, President Ford
nominated Federal Judge John Paul Stevens to the US Supreme Court
seat vacated by William O. Douglas.
1975 Nov 28, The Portuguese
colonial rule collapsed and East Timor proclaimed independence, but
10 days later it was invaded by Indonesia.
(SFC, 7/21/96, zone 1, p.8)(SFC, 10/16/96, p.A18)
1976 Nov 28, In San Francisco
Bill Graham presented the Band and guests in "The Last Waltz" at
Winterland plus a turkey dinner for the capacity crowd. The last
concert of The Band took place at Winterland and was made into a
film by Martin Scorsese that included Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond and
(SFC,12/13/97, p.A15)(SFEC, 6/28/98, DB p.52)
1976 Nov 28, Elvis Presley
preformed a concert at the Cow Palace in Daly City, Ca.
1976 Nov 28, Rosalind Russell
(b.1907), film and stage actress, died in Beverly Hills, Ca.
1977 Nov 28, "Elvis", the stage
musical, starring P.J. Proby, Shakin' Stevens, and Timothy Whitnall
playing The King at three different stages of his life, opened in
1977 Nov 28, "The Honeymooners
Christmas," directed by Jackie Gleason, aired on TV.
1977 Nov 28, Trevor Bardette
(b. 1902), American film and TV actor, died. His over 172 movies and
seventy-two TV appearances included Old Man Clanton in Wyatt Earp.
1978 Nov 28, Armida Wiltsey
(40) of Lafayette, Ca., was found raped and strangled near the
Lafayette Reservoir. In 2003 DNA evidence linked Darryl Kemp, a
Texas inmate, to the murder. Kemp had been recently paroled from
prison, where he served time for killing a nurse in 1957. His death
sentence in that case was commuted when the death penalty was
declared unconstitutional in 1972. In late 2008 a jury said
that Kemp should be executed.
(SFC, 10/4/03, p.A15)(SFC, 1/1/09, p.B3)
1979 Nov 28, "Young Maverick",
a TV Western Drama, made its debut on CBS.
1979 Nov 28, An Air New Zealand
DC10 en route to the South Pole crashed into Mount Erebus in
Antarctica, killing all 257 people aboard.
1980 Nov 28, In northern
California Diane Marie O’Connell (22) of San Jose and Shauna May
(23) of San Francisco, were shot to death on Mount Wittenburg at
Point Reyes. David Joseph Carpenter was arrested in May 1981. In
1984 he was convicted of 2 murders in Santa Cruz and sentenced to
death. In 1988 he was convicted of 4 killings in Marin County and
again sentenced to death.
(SFC, 2/24/10, p.A7)
1981 Nov 28, "Open All Night"
(TV Comedy) debut on ABC.
1981 Nov 28, Bear Bryant of the
Univ. of Alabama won his 315th game to out distance Alonzo Stagg
& become college football's winningest coach.
1982 Nov 28, "Pirates of
Penzance" closed at Uris Theater, NYC, after 772 performances.
1982 Nov 28, The United States
led by John McEnroe beat France 4-1 to win the Davis Cup.
1983 Nov 28, The space shuttle
Columbia blasted into orbit, carrying six astronauts who conducted
experiments using the $1 billion Spacelab in the shuttle's cargo
1983 Nov 28, Israeli Prime
Minister Yitzhak Shamir met with President Reagan at the White House
to discuss ways to strengthen U.S.-Israeli military and economic
1984 Nov 28, Republican Robert
Dole was elected Senate majority leader.
1984 Nov 28, Hans Speidel
(b.1897), German general and NATO-supreme commander (1957-63), died.
1985 Nov 28, NBC's Ahmad Rashad
heard the acceptance of his marriage proposal from Phylicia
Ayers-Allen during halftime of the Detroit Lions-New York Jets
1985 Nov 28, In Lake Worth,
Texas, two men and a teenager (15) died as a result of a briefcase
bomb on Thanksgiving Day. Another man and woman were injured by the
explosion. In 2009 Michael Roy Toney (43) was released from prison
after his 1999 conviction in the bombing was overturned.
1985 Nov 28, The Irish Senate
approved the Anglo-Irish accord concerning Northern Ireland.
1986 Nov 28, The United States
under the Reagan administration violated ceilings in the unratified
SALT II nuclear arms treaty for the first time as another Air Force
B-52 bomber capable of carrying atomic-tipped cruise missiles became
1987 Nov 28, A South African
Airways Boeing 747 crashed into the Indian Ocean with the loss of
all 159 people aboard.
1988 Nov 28, Picasso's "Acrobat
& Harlequin" sold for $37.6 million at auction in England.
1988 Nov 28, President-elect
Bush announced that Marlin Fitzwater, President Reagan's chief
spokesman, was staying on for his administration.
1988 Nov 28, Major U.S. banks
boosted their prime lending rates half a percentage point to 10.5
1989 Nov 28, In San Francisco a
16-story crane snapped apart during the morning rush hour. It
plunged to the pavement at the 20-story Federal Home Loan Bank Board
building at California and Kearny. 4 workers were killed and a bus
driver was crushed. 20 others were injured.
(SSFC, 11/23/14, DB p.42)
1989 Nov 28, Romanian gymnast
Nadia Comaneci arrived in New York after escaping her homeland by
way of Hungary.
1990 Nov 28, Tamara De Treaux
(b.1959), movie actress, played E.T.; 31 in. tall, died.
1990 Nov 28, Margaret Thatcher
resigned as prime minister of Britain during an audience with Queen
Elizabeth II, who conferred the premiership on John Major.
1991 Nov 28, Ryan Thomas (10),
hero, AIDS victim who won a federal court battle to stay in
kindergarten class, died.
1991 Nov 28, Soviet President
Mikhail S. Gorbachev expressed unhappiness over reports that the
United States might move toward diplomatic recognition of Ukraine
after the republic's upcoming independence referendum.
1992 Nov 28, "I Will Always
Love You" by Whitney Houston hit #1 on the pop singles chart and
stayed there 14 weeks. Her song is from the soundtrack of "The
Bodyguard" was written by singer/songwriter Dolly Parton.
(DT net, 11/28/97)
1992 Nov 28, "Layla" by Eric
Clapton reentered the chart and peaked at #12 on the pop singles
(DT net, 11/28/97)
1992 Nov 28, "Keep The Faith"
by Bon Jovi hit #29 on the pop singles chart.
(DT net, 11/28/97)
1992 Nov 28, "Wicked" by Ice
Cube peaked at #55 on the pop singles chart.
(DT net, 11/28/97)
1992 Nov 28, In
Bosnia-Herzegovina, a breakthrough in the relief effort came with
the delivery of 137 tons of food and supplies to the town of
1992 Nov 28, In King William's
Town, South Africa, four people were killed, about 20 injured, when
black militant gunmen attacked a country club.
1993 Nov 28, Garry Moore (b.Jan
31, 1915) game show and variety show host, died at 78 on South
Carolina's Hilton Head island. He was born in Baltimore as Thomas
Garrison Morfit. His TV shows included the Garry Moore Show, I've
Got a Secret, To Tell the Truth.
1993 Nov 28, The British
government confirmed reports of contacts with the Irish Republican
Army that were aimed at ending the violence in British-ruled
1993 Nov 28, Carlos Roberto
Reina (1926-2003) was elected president of Honduras with promises to
crack down on corruption and reduce the role of the military.
1994 Nov 28, Norwegian voters
rejected European Union membership.
1994 Nov 28, Jeffrey Dahmer
(b.May 21, 1960), a serial killer who sexually abused, tortured, and
cannibalized murder victims during the 1980's, was clubbed to death
in prison by a fellow inmate while cleaning a prison toilet at the
Columbia Correctional Institute gymnasium in Portage, Wi. He was
serving several life terms for the killing of 17 young men and boys
over a 13-year rampage of necrophilia and dismemberment.
(SFC, 5/29/96, A4)(AP, 11/28/97)
1994 Nov 28, Ronald "Buster"
Edwards (b.1931), British Great Train Robber (1963), committed
suicide by hanging in Lambeth, London.
1994 Nov 28, Calvin Fuller
(92), chemist, died. In 1954 Bell scientists, Daryl Chapin and
Calvin Fuller, refined Gerald Pearson's 1953 discovery and came up
with the first solar cell capable of converting enough of the sun's
energy into power to run everyday electrical equipment.
1994 Nov 28, Jerry Rubin (56),
US political activist, died after being hit by car. He was a leading
anti-Vietnam War protester of the 1960s who later made headlines by
his enthusiastic embrace of capitalism.
1995 Nov 28, President Clinton
continued to press his case for sending 20,000 US ground troops to
Bosnia. President Clinton signed a $6 billion road bill that ended
the federal 55 mile-an-hour speed limit.
(WSJ, 11/29/95, p.A-1)(AP, 11/28/00)
1995 Nov 28, James Brady,
former white house press secretary, suffered a heart attack.
1996 Nov 28, Defense Secretary
William Perry joined US soldiers in the mud and freezing rain of
Bosnia-Herzegovina to deliver a Thanksgiving message of discipline
and patience for their still-unfinished peacekeeping mission.
1996 Nov 28, A stuck hatch on
the space shuttle Columbia prevented two astronauts from going on a
spacewalk. A second planned spacewalk also had to be canceled;
engineers later discovered a loose screw had jammed the hatch
1996 Nov 28, Chinese Pres.
Jiang Zemin made a 3-day visit to India, the first ever.
(SFC, 11/29/96, p.B8)
1996 Nov 28, In Greece farmers
began a crippling blockade of roads and railways to back their
demands for better price supports, cheaper fuel, debt rescheduling,
and lower taxes on agricultural equipment.
(WSJ, 12/6/96, p.A12)
1996 Nov 28, In Lebanon
demonstrations against Prime Minister Hariri’s handling of the
economy were broken up with tanks and troops in Beirut.
(WSJ, 11/29/96, p.A1)
1997 Nov 28, The final original
regular installment of MTV's "Beavis & Butt-head," entitled
"Beavis and Butt-head Are Dead," aired on MTV.
(DT net, 11/28/97)
1997 Nov 28, In Britain the
House of Commons approved a bill, 411-151, to ban wild animals from
being pursued, injured or killed by the use of dogs (i.e.
foxhunting). It was not supported by the labor government.
(SFC, 11/29/97, p.A1)
1997 Nov 28, In the Congo rival
factions of the army clashed and up to 20 people were killed in
Kinshasa at the offices of Pres. Kabila.
(SFC, 11/29/97, p.A14)
1997 Nov 28, In Germany
students spent a week protesting the deteriorating quality of their
education and the specter of having to pay for their education.
1997 Nov 28, India’s 4th
government in 2 years collapsed. Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral
resigned and his United Front government fell after the Congress
party withdrew its support. India's powerful Congress Party withdrew
its support from India's ruling coalition, forcing Prime Minister
Inder Kumar Gujral to resign.
(WSJ, 11/29/97, p.A12) (AP, 11/28/98)
1997 Nov 28, In Mexico the new
National Workers Union (UNT) was inaugurated in Mexico City. It
would compete with the 4-million member Congress of Mexican Labor
(CTM), considered a pliant ally of the PRI.
(SFC, 11/29/97, p.A14)
1998 Nov 28, Some Republicans
expressed disappointment and outrage over President Clinton's
written responses to 81 questions from the House Judiciary Committee
concerning the Monica Lewinsky affair, with one accusing the
president of "word games."
1998 Nov 28, Countries fighting
in Congo agreed to a cease-fire during an African summit in Paris.
The deal was brokered by UN Sec. Gen’l. Kofi Annan. Rebel leaders
were not present.
(SFEC, 11/29/98, p.A21)
1998 Nov 28, From India it was
reported that cyclone 07B caused the evacuation of over 100,000
people in West Bengal and that some 100 fisherman were missing.
(SFC, 11/28/98, p.A4)
1999 Nov 28, Hsing-Hsing, the
popular giant panda who arrived in America in 1972 as a symbol of
US-China detente, was euthanized at age 28. Officials at
Washington’s National Zoo decided to end the panda’s life because of
his deteriorating health.
(SFC, 11/29/99, p.A2)(AP,
1999 Nov 28 In Britain a naked
man, Eden Strang (26), with a sword maimed 10 people in St. Andrew's
church at Thornton Heath, a suburb of London, before he was subdued.
Strang was charged with attempted murder.
(SFC, 11/29/99, p.A12)(SFC, 11/30/99, p.D3)
1999 Nov 28, Iraqi media
reported that US warplanes bombed a school in northern Iraq and
injured 8 people.
(SFC, 11/29/99, p.A16)
1999 Nov 28, ASEAN leaders in
the Philippines agreed to increase cooperation with Japan, China and
South Korea in an "East Asia Forum" known as ASEAN+3 and to move
toward a common market.
(SFC, 11/29/99, p.A14)
1999 Nov 28, In Palestine
security forces arrested a group of professionals and intellectuals
who signed a petition that accused Yasser Arafat of tyranny,
corruption and injustice.
(SFC, 11/29/99, p.A14)(WSJ, 11/29/99, p.A1)
1999 Nov 28, In South Africa a
pipe bomb injured at least 43 people at St. Elmo's pizza restaurant
in Camps Bay, just south of Cape Town.
(SFC, 11/29/99, p.A12)
1999 Nov 28, In Spain the
Basque ETA announced that it would end a 14-month cease-fire due to
inaction over their call for independence.
(SFC, 11/29/99, p.A12)
1999 Nov 28, In Sri Lanka the
rebels offered talks to end the 16-year civil war as presidential
(WSJ, 11/29/99, p.A1)
1999 Nov 28, Turkey reported
that some 70 Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq had been killed over
the last 5 days by Turkish forces in 15 operations.
(SFC, 11/29/99, p.A16)
1999 Nov 28, In Uruguay Jorge
Batlle, candidate for the Colorado Party, won the presidency with a
52% vote over socialist Tabare Vazquez.
(SFC, 11/29/99, p.A16)
2000 Nov 28, George W. Bush's
lawyers asked the U.S. Supreme Court to bring “legal finality” to
the presidential election by ending any further ballot recounts; Al
Gore's team countered that the nation's highest court should not
interfere in Florida's recount dispute.
2000 Nov 28, Former Texas
Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez, who had served 37 years on Capitol
Hill, died in San Antonio at age 84.
2000 Nov 28, A 55-nation
European security meeting failed to make a tough declaration on
Chechnya amid Russian objections.
(WSJ, 11/29/00, p.A1)
2000 Nov 28, Chile’s Pres.
Ricardo Lagos met with technology leaders in California’s Silicon
(SFC, 11/27/00, p.A16)
2000 Nov 28, In Guatemala angry
Q’eqchi’ Indians burned to death 5 men, aged 16-18, suspected in the
fatal shooting of a local man during a robbery in Las Conchas.
(SFC, 11/30/00, p.C7)(SFC, 12/1/00, p.D2)
2000 Nov 28, In Israel Prime
Minister Barak agreed to call for early elections.
(SFC, 11/29/00, p.A16)
2000 Nov 28, In Kashmir Muslim
separatists attacked Indian forces and 12 people were killed.
(SFC, 11/29/00, p.A18)
2000 Nov 28, In the Netherlands
lawmakers of the lower house voted 104 to 40 to legalize euthanasia
with strict guidelines.
(SFC, 11/29/00, p.A17)
2000 Nov 28, In the Philippines
at least 8 people were killed when government forces clashed with a
group that abducted Marilyn Tiu, the wife of a businessman in
Zamboanga del Sur province.
(SFC, 11/30/00, p.C7)
2001 Nov 28, Dynegy Corp.
called off its $8.4 billion merger with Enron and Enron stock fell
below $1 in the heaviest single-day trading volume for a NYSE or
Nasdaq stock. Enron Corp. collapsed after Dynegy Inc. backed out of
a deal to take it over.
(SSFC, 1/20/02, p.A18)(AP, 11/28/08)
2001 Nov 28, Officials
recovered the body of CIA officer Johnny “Mike” Spann from a prison
compound in Mazar-e-Sharif after northern alliance rebels backed by
U.S. airstrikes and special forces quelled an uprising by Taliban
and al-Qaida prisoners.
2001 Nov 28, Ahmed Abdel-Rahman
(35), a top al Qaeda operative and son of the blind sheik linked to
the 1993 WTC bombing, was captured by anti-Taliban forces. The
Taliban said some 600 people including 450 prisoners were killed in
the uprising at Qala Jangi. US bombing continued with intermittent
(SFC, 11/29/01, p.A1)(WSJ, 11/29/01, p.A1)(WSJ,
2001 Nov 28, French gendarme
Gerard Larroude received 8 bullet wounds in the head and throat in
an attack by ETA separatists in Pau, but survived the attack. In
2008 Ibon Fernandez de Iradi was found guilty of trying to kill
Larroude and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Antonio Agustin
Figal Arranz, a suspected accomplice, was sentenced to 10 years in
2001 Nov 28, German authorities
arrested Mounir El Motassadeq (27), on suspicion of funneling money
to the Sep 11 hijackers.
(SFC, 11/29/01, p.A1)
2001 Nov 28, In Indonesia
detectives raided a mansion in Jakarta and arrested Hutomo Mandala
Putra (Tommy Suharto) for plotting the murder of a Supreme Court
(SFC, 11/29/01, p.A6)
2001 Nov 28, A UN report on
AIDS noted Ukraine as the 1st European nation to report 1% of its
adults infected. Rapid spread was noted across Eastern Europe.
(WSJ, 11/29/01, p.A1)
2001 Nov 28-30, Thousands of
Taliban fighters, who had surrendered at Kunduz were shipped by
container truck to prison camps at Sheberghan. Up to 960 died
enroute, mostly from asphyxiation.
(SSFC, 11/25/01, p.A1)(NW, 8/26/02, p.22)
2002 Nov 28, Thousands of
Haitians demonstrated against President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's
government and clashed with whip-wielding Aristide supporters.
2002 Nov 28, Prime Minister
Ariel Sharon easily won re-election as the Likud Party leader,
defeating his hawkish foreign minister by positioning himself as a
centrist in a tactic that could help him in January elections
against the Labor Party's dovish Amram Mitzna.
2002 Nov 28, A shooting attack
in northern Israel killed 6 Israelis. Two Palestinian gunmen opened
fire on a Likud Party office crowded with voters casting ballots in
a leadership race and also attacked passengers at a nearby bus
terminal in northern Israel.
(AP, 11/28/02)(SFC, 11/29/02, p.A1)
2002 Nov 28, In Kenya 3 suicide
bombers attacked an Israeli-owned hotel, killing 13 other people.
Gunmen fire two MANPADS at a Boeing jet carrying 271 passengers and
crew as it took off from Mombasa, Kenya. Both missiles missed.
(AP, 11/28/02)(SFC, 11/29/02, p.A1)(SFC,
11/30/02, p.A1)(AP, 6/11/13)
2003 Nov 28, President Bush
returned to his ranch in Crawford, Texas, after a secret, nearly
36-hour journey that took him to Iraq for a Thanksgiving visit with
2003 Nov 28, In Ohio
authorities said for the 1st time they had linked the Nov. 25 death
of Gail Knisley to at least one of 10 other reports of shots fired
at vehicles along I-270.
2003 Nov 28, It was reported
that the New Zealand mud snail had invaded trout streams in Northern
California. They were capable of stripping entire river systems of
algae and had already infested trout streams in Montana.
(SFC, 11/28/03, p.A21)
2003 Nov 28, It was reported
that British artist Damien Hirst, winner of the 1995 Turner Prize,
had paid Charles Saatchi some $15 million to buy back about 12 of
his earlier works.
(SFC, 11/28/03, p.I21)
2003 Nov 28, In Bulgaria 5 men
were convicted and sentenced to life in prison without chance of
parole for the 1996 assassination of former Prime Minister Andrei
2003 Nov 28, Konrad Adenauer,
chancellor from 1949 to 1963, won the most votes in a survey
conducted by a public television station to name the greatest German
of all time. Martin Luther came in 2nd and Karl Marx 3rd.
2003 Nov 28, AIDS in Guatemala
was reported to kill an estimated 10 people a day.
(SFC, 11/28/03, p.C2)
2003 Nov 28, The US suspended
$49 million in aid payments to Nicaragua's judiciary, a day after
the court told America to stay out of its business. This followed
escalating tensions between Washington and Nicaragua after a
Sandinista judge released former president Arnoldo Aleman from
prison 2 days earlier to house arrest, citing health concerns.
2003 Nov 28, In Northern
Ireland hard-liners defeated moderates in the Nov 26 legislative
elections. The Democratic Unionists won 30 seats in the 108-member
Assembly. The Ulster Unionists won 27 and Sinn Fein, the IRA-linked
party, won 24.
(AP, 11/28/03)(SFC, 11/29/03, p.A3)
2003 Nov 28, In South Korea
opposition leader Choe Byung-ryol began Day 3 of his hunger strike
against Pres. Roh Moo-hyun and corruption allegations against his
former aides. The standoff has paralyzed Parliament and derailed
deliberation on hundreds of bills.
2003 Nov 28, Pres. Roh Moo-hyun
said that he decided to send troops to Iraq hoping it would
encourage the US to continue to work to resolve the North Korean
2003 Nov 28, A Myanmar court
sentenced 9 people to death for high treason, including the editor
of a sports magazine. The government said the suspects were accused
of plotting to overthrow Myanmar's military junta through bombings
2003 Nov 28, Pres. Robert
Mugabe threatened to pull Zimbabwe out of the Commonwealth after the
54-nation grouping of Britain and its former territories barred him
from an upcoming summit in Nigeria.
2004 Nov 28, A private jet
crashed while taking off in Montrose, Colo., killing 2 crewmen and
Edward Ebersol (14), the son of NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol,
who escaped with his other son Charles.
(SFC, 11/30/04, p.A3)
2004 Nov 28, On southern
Australia’s King Island about 80 whales and dolphins died after
beaching, and about 50 more were still at risk.
2004 Nov 28, In central China
an explosion tore through a coal mine, sending smoke from air vents
and trapping at least 166 miners in tunnels and shafts below without
communications. The death toll was later confirmed at 166.
(AP, 12/1/04)(Econ, 12/4/04, p.43)
2004 Nov 28, French Finance
Minister Nicolas Sarkozy took over the Union for a Popular Movement
(UMP), the ruling conservative party at a glitzy American-style
congress. This put him on course to launch a presidential bid and
possibly challenge Jacques Chirac in 2007.
(AP, 11/28/04)(Econ, 11/27/04, p.14)
2004 Nov 28, In central India
at least 16 people were killed when they were run over by a speeding
train after getting off another train on a parallel line.
2004 Nov 28, Iraq's most feared
terror group claimed responsibility for slaughtering members of the
Iraqi security forces in Mosul, where dozens of bodies had been
2004 Nov 28, In Kazakhstan 2
powerful blasts rocked the headquarters of President Nursultan
Nazarbayev's ruling Otan (Fatherland) party in Almaty's busy central
2004 Nov 28, In Mexico gunmen
killed Gregorio Rodriguez, a newspaper photographer, as he and his
family ate in a restaurant the state of Sinaloa, the home turf of
nearly all of Mexico's top drug bosses.
2004 Nov 28, Romanians voted
for a president to succeed Ion Iliescu and lead the former communist
country into the European Union. A run off was scheduled for Dec 12
when neither ruling Socialist’s Nastase nor Bucharest Mayor Basescu
(AP, 11/28/04)(WSJ, 11/29/04, p.A1)
2004 Nov 28, Ukraine’s outgoing
President Leonid Kuchma called on opposition supporters to end their
four-day blockade of government buildings, saying compromise is
needed to solve the political crisis.
2005 Nov 28, Randy "Duke"
Cunningham (63), a Republican US congressman, resigned after
pleading guilty in San Diego, Ca., to taking 2.4 million dollars in
bribes in return from a military contractor to influence the award
of defense deals. Cunningham’s exploits as a Navy fighter pilot
inspired the 1986 film “Top Gun.” In 2007 Seth Hettena authored
“Feasting on the Spoils: The Life and Times of Randy “Duke”
Cunningham, History’s Most Corrupt Congressman,” and Marcus Stern,
Jerry Kammer, Dean Calbreath, and George E. Condon Jr. authored, a
team from the San Diego Tribune, ”The Wrong Stuff.”
(AFP, 11/28/05)(Econ, 12/3/05, p.32)
2005 Nov 28, A new phenomenon
called “Cyber Monday” took effect as millions of Americans returned
to work after the Thanksgiving and used office computers to shop for
(Econ, 12/3/05, p.57)
2005 Nov 28, Drugmaker Merck
& Co. said it will cut 7,000 jobs, 11% of its work force, and
close or sell five manufacturing plants in the first phase of a
reorganization meant to save up to $4 billion by the end of the
2005 Nov 28, Marc Lawrence
(95), actor who often played the bad guy, died in Palm Springs. His
films included “Shepherd of the Hills” (1941) and “From Dusk Till
(SFC, 12/6/05, p.B5)
2005 Nov 28, In Canada
opposition parties seized upon a corruption scandal to bring down
the minority government of PM Paul Martin in a vote of no
confidence. The Conservative Party teamed up with the New Democratic
and Bloc Quebecois parties to bring down the government, claiming
the ruling Liberal Party had lost its moral authority.
2005 Nov 28, Thousands of
environmentalists and government officials from around the world
gathered in Montreal for a UN conference to brainstorm on how to
slow the effects of greenhouses gases and global warming. The US
defended its decision not to sign the Kyoto Protocol, saying during
the opening of a global summit on climate change that it is doing
more than most countries to protect the earth's atmosphere.
2005 Nov 28, A top pro-Kremlin
party led in early returns from Chechnya's first parliamentary
election since federal troops reinvaded more than six years ago, and
President Vladimir Putin hailed the vote as a key to restoring law
2005 Nov 28, In eastern
Democratic Republic of Congo, at least 60 people were killed when
they were swept off the roof of a train into the river below as the
train crossed a bridge.
2005 Nov 28, Egyptian police
arrested nearly 200 Muslim Brotherhood activists in a crackdown the
opposition Islamist group said was designed to weaken its chances in
parliamentary elections this week.
2005 Nov 28, EU Justice and
Home Affairs Commissioner Franco Frattini warned that that any of
the 25 bloc nations found to have operated secret CIA prisons could
have their EU voting rights suspended.
2005 Nov 28, The European Union
managed to get Israel and its Arab neighbors to endorse an
anti-terrorism code of conduct at the end of a fractious two-day
2005 Nov 28, In Iraq the trial
of Saddam Hussein resumed with the former Iraqi president trying to
take command of the courtroom and angrily complaining about being
shackled and mistreated by foreign guards.
2005 Nov 28, Sheik Bashir Hadi
Fakhreddine, Sunni imam of Bilal al-Habashi mosque in Kirkuk,
kidnapped 10 days ago in eastern Baghdad along with his friend Seif
Abdullah, were found dead in Baghdad.
2005 Nov 28, Mexico changed its
constitution to allow state and local police to pursue drug
traffickers, removing a major stumbling block in anti-drug efforts
that had long been the exclusive realm of federal officers.
2005 Nov 28, Nepal's Supreme
Court ordered an end to a discriminatory practice that required
women under age 35 to get written consent from her parents or
husband to get a passport. The law had been previously enforced as a
measure to fight the trafficking of women.
2005 Nov 28, In Nigeria
hundreds of troops armed with rocket launchers and machine guns
manned check points in the oil-producing Bayelsa state as protesters
staged rival rallies over the impeachment of the state governor.
2005 Nov 28, North Korea
demanded compensation from the United States over a scuttled project
to build two nuclear reactors in the communist nation under a 1994
2005 Nov 28, The Palestinians'
ruling Fatah Party halted its primary election across the Gaza Strip
after angry gunmen shot in the air at several polling stations,
stole some ballot boxes and destroyed others.
2005 Nov 28, Spain agreed to
sell 12 military planes and eight patrol boats to Venezuela in a $2
billion deal that the United States has threatened to block.
2006 Nov 28, President Bush, in
Latvia to attend a NATO summit, said he will not be persuaded by any
calls to withdraw American troops from Iraq before the country is
stabilized. Bush also enlisted renewed commitments from the NATO
allies that have deployed 32,000 troops to Afghanistan.
2006 Nov 28, A US federal judge
said the government discriminates against blind people by printing
money in bills that all feel the same, and ordered the Treasury
Dept. to fix the problem.
(SFC, 11/29/06, p.A2)
2006 Nov 28, In SF Genevieve
Paez (53) was shot execution style outside her home in Visitacion
Valley. She worked as a customer service supervisor for the US
Postal Service. The next day Julius Kevin Tartt (39), a South San
Francisco letter carrier, was found dead in Livermore from a
self-inflicted gun shot. It was suspected that Tartt killed Paez.
(SFC, 11/29/06, p.B1)(SFC, 12/2/06, p.B1)
2006 Nov 28, The
intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations unveiled GEONETCAST, a
one-stop-shop for environmental data.
2006 Nov 28, In Afghanistan
scores of militants alleged to be with Al-Qaeda stormed a checkpoint
on the eastern border with Pakistan, sparking an hour-long battle
that left at least two rebels dead. Suicide car bombs struck in
Kandahar and Herat, killing a policeman and wounding a NATO soldier.
A new UN report said Afghanistan's criminal underworld has
compromised key government officials who protect drug traffickers,
allowing a flourishing opium trade that will not be stamped out for
2006 Nov 28, Ten suspected
Islamist militants were killed in clashes with the Algerian army,
which was conducting sweeps in remote mountainous regions.
2006 Nov 28, A protest against
Argentina's former military dictatorship turned into a clash in
Buenos Aires between police with tear gas and rubber bullets and
demonstrators with Molotov cocktails.
2006 Nov 28, In Bangladesh
unidentified attackers set three election offices on fire in
Munshiganj, Barisal and Khulna. Thousands of protesters gathered in
Dhaka to demand the resignation of electoral officials ahead of
2006 Nov 28, Belarus hosted a
summit of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The
participants fail to agree on any significant multilateral
initiative and the summit itself was sullied by a media scandal.
2006 Nov 28, Bolivia's leftist
president won passage of an ambitious land redistribution bill and
signed it into law to the cheers of impoverished Indian supporters,
who stand to benefit from what eventually could be the confiscation
of private holdings the size of Nebraska. In the same session
Bolivia's Senate approved nationalization contracts with foreign oil
2006 Nov 28, Britain’s Scottish
Power PLC said it has agreed to a $22.5 billion buyout offer from
the Spanish utility Iberdrola SA that would create one of Europe's
2006 Nov 28, Canada’s
Parliament formally recognized the French-speaking people of Quebec
as a nation within Canada, a seemingly symbolic gesture that has led
to a Cabinet resignation and ignited concerns over a renewed push
for the province's sovereignty.
2006 Nov 28, Government
soldiers in the Central African Republic were on the offensive, with
French military support, to seize back towns captured by rebels who
have steadily advanced from border territory.
2006 Nov 28, A Chadian military
reconnaissance plane was shot down in eastern Chad in an attack
likely carried out by rebels.
2006 Nov 28, Beijing’s
environmental protection agency reported that water from the
Guanting reservoir, Beijing's fourth-largest drinking source, was
not fit for human consumption or irrigation during the month of
2006 Nov 28, Ethiopia’s PM
Meles Zenawi met with Jim Donald, the CEO of Starbucks, but no deal
was reached on branding local coffee. Ethiopia ranked 97th in the
World Bank’s latest “ease of doing business” index. Transparency
Int’l. ranked it 130th on its corruption-perceptions index.
(Econ, 12/2/06, p.67)
2006 Nov 28, The Iraqi
Parliament voted unanimously to extend Iraq's state of emergency for
30 more days, and suspected Sunni insurgents set off bombs that
killed eight people and wounded 40 across the country. The UN
Security Council voted unanimously to extend for one year the
mandate of the 160,000-strong multinational force in Iraq. US
soldiers fought with suspected insurgents in Ramadi, the capital of
Anbar province, killing six Iraqis: one man and five females,
including an infant. A roadside bomb killed one US Army soldier and
wounded another in Salahuddin province.
(AP, 11/28/06)(AP, 11/29/06)
2006 Nov 28, Jordan's King
Abdullah II called for renewed efforts to settle the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a speech, but he warned that his
country would not accept a deal that causes an influx of
2006 Nov 28, Kosovo Albanians
fought UN police in a protest of a delay on a vote for independence
until after Serbian elections Jan 21.
(WSJ, 11/29/06, p.A1)
2006 Nov 28, Malaysia's PM
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said ties between Muslims and Christians are
under "extreme stress" and the growing divide between the faiths is
threatening international stability.
2006 Nov 28, In Mexico gunmen
attacked a police car in the border city of Tijuana, killing Gerardo
Santiago Prado, the police chief of Mesa de Otay, his bodyguard and
2006 Nov 28, A Nigerian court
voided a report of the country's anti-graft agency which indicted
Vice President Atiku Abubakar and a business associate of
corruption. Amnesty International said Nigerian police and soldiers
are using rape to intimidate restive communities and "as means of
torture to extract confessions from suspects in custody."
(AP, 11/28/06)(AFP, 11/29/06)
2006 Nov 28, North Korea's
nuclear envoy sat down with top negotiators for the US and China, an
unannounced meeting aimed at reactivating stalled six-nation talks
on persuading North Korea to abandon nuclear weapons.
2006 Nov 28, Noxious fumes from
chemical waste dumped into a Philippine creek forced thousands to
flee their homes and sickened dozens. Men told police they had
loaded chemical waste from a plastic factory and dumped the cargo in
Marilao, 15 miles north of Manila.
2006 Nov 28, Russia’s Pres.
Putin said the ban on Moldovan wine and meat products would be
lifted, a move that appeared to be aimed at easing Moscow's entry
into the WTO. Putin also said Russia and Moldova would resume a
dialogue aimed at resolving Moldova's conflict with Trans-Dniester.
2006 Nov 28, The South Korean
government approved a plan to halve the size of its troop deployment
in Iraq but to extend the mission for another year.
2006 Nov 28, A Syrian leader of
an Islamic militant group blew himself up at a border post with
Lebanon after a gunbattle with Syrian security forces.
2006 Nov 28, Thailand's
military-installed government agreed to lift martial law in Bangkok
and in more than half of the country's provinces.
2006 Nov 28, The Ukraine
Parliament adopted a bill recognizing the Soviet-era forced famine
as an act of genocide against the Ukrainian people.
2006 Nov 28, Pope Benedict XVI
began his first visit to a Muslim country with a message of dialogue
and brotherhood between Christians and Muslims in an attempt to ease
anger over his perceived criticism of Islam. In Turkey Benedict
urged all religious leaders to "utterly refuse" to support any
violence in the name of faith.
(AP, 11/28/06)(AP, 11/28/07)
2007 Nov 28, A day after an
international Mideast peace conference in Annapolis, Md., President
Bush told the leaders of Israel and the Palestinian territories he
was personally committed to their mission of peace.
2007 Nov 28, Republican
presidential rivals Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney clashed over
immigration in a provocative, no-holds-barred CNN/YouTube debate.
2007 Nov 28, O.J. Simpson
pleaded not guilty in Las Vegas to charges of kidnapping and armed
robbery stemming from a confrontation with sports memorabilia
dealers. Simpson and a co-defendant were convicted in October, 2008.
2007 Nov 28, Broadway
stagehands and theater producers reached a tentative agreement on
ending a crippling 19-day-old strike.
2007 Nov 28, In Minnesota a
fire at a pipeline from Canada that feeds oil to the US killed 2
people. The pipeline that leaked and four others were shut down,
though it wasn't clear for how long, sending oil prices up the next
2007 Nov 28, An Oakland, Ca.,
city auditor’s report said employees were allowed to cash out unused
vacation time and received millions of dollars in perks, much of it
not subject to scrutiny.
(SFC, 11/28/07, p.A1)
2007 Nov 28, Joseph Hokai Tang
(28), musician and violin dealer, was arrested for fraud following a
performance in Eugene, Oregon. In 2008 he pleaded guilty to 10 fraud
counts and admitted to bilking at least 120 people out of $400,000
worth of instruments. In 2008 he was sentenced in SF District Court
to 37 months in prison.
(SFC, 5/12/08, p.A1)(SFC, 10/21/08, p.B1)
2007 Nov 28, Afghan and foreign
troops battled Taliban fighters and called in airstrikes in southern
Afghanistan, leaving 30 militants dead. Four other militants were
killed in a separate clash in the east. In eastern Khost province
gunmen on motorbikes shot to death a school principal. In Ghazni
province Taliban insurgents ambushed police in Khogyani district,
and the ensuing clash killed one policeman and four suspected
militants. Militants in Paktia province attacked trucks carrying
supplies for foreign troops, killing one driver. In Paktika province
a roadside bomb hit Afghan troops, leaving one soldier dead and
2007 Nov 28, Across Bolivia
banks, shops, schools and public transportation were shuttered in
cities, as demonstrators protested a new law tapping regional
budgets for a fund for the elderly.
2007 Nov 28, Brazil and China
said they will give Africa free satellite imaging of its landmass to
help the continent respond to threats like deforestation,
desertification and drought.
2007 Nov 28, A Chinese warship
dropped anchor off Tokyo in the communist nation's first military
visit to Japan since World War II, symbolizing improving ties.
2007 Nov 28, French President
Nicolas Sarkozy pledged to punish rioters who shot at police but
sought to ease tensions with an independent probe into the deaths of
two youths that triggered the unrest.
2007 Nov 28, Nazi documents
stored in a vast warehouse in Germany were unsealed, opening a rich
resource for Holocaust historians and for survivors to delve into
their own tormented past. Inquiries were handled by the archive's
400 staff members in the German spa town of Bad Arolsen.
2007 Nov 28, Indonesia, which
is losing its forests at a faster rate than any other country,
launched a campaign to plant 79 million trees ahead of a critical
climate change conference on the resort island of Bali.
2007 Nov 28, Iran claimed to
have built a small submarine equipped with sonar-evading technology,
saying the craft had been launched in the Persian Gulf.
2007 Nov 28, Nearly 6,000
Sunnis joined a security pact with American forces in a bid to close
escape routes for extremists. About 20 buses carrying hundreds of
Iraqi refugees rolled into a Baghdad depot, the first from the
Iraqi-funded effort to speed the return of families. An American
soldier was killed by small-arms fire in Baghdad.
(AP, 11/29/07)(WSJ, 11/29/07, p.A1)
2007 Nov 28, In Japan former
Vice Defense Minister Takemasa Moriya (63) and his wife were
arrested on suspicion they accepted lavish gifts from companies,
including one linked to General Electric, in exchange for contracts.
2007 Nov 28, Kosovo stood firm
in its demand for independence after 3 days of talks, pushing the
issue to the UN Security Council.
(WSJ, 11/29/07, p.A1)
2007 Nov 28, Kyrgyzstan's
president signed an order relieving PM Almazbek Atambayev of duty,
nine months after he was appointed in a move to appease opposition
2007 Nov 28, A lawmaker said
the largest bloc in Lebanon's deadlocked parliament has dropped its
opposition to the army chief becoming president, bringing Gen.
Michel Suleiman a step closer to being the new head of state and
ending a yearlong political crisis.
2007 Nov 28, North and South
Korea struggled to resolve differences over creating a joint fishing
zone around their disputed sea border at a second day of rare
defense talks in Pyongyang.
2007 Nov 28, Pervez Musharraf
stepped down as Pakistan's military commander, fulfilling a key
opposition demand a day before he was to be sworn in as civilian
president. Musharraf handed over his ceremonial baton to his
successor, Gen. Ashfaq Kayani (b.1952), who is widely expected to
maintain the army's pro-Western policies. A shell aimed at Islamic
militants in northern Pakistan killed 11 civilians, while a roadside
bomb killed five soldiers in another troubled region near the Afghan
2007 Nov 28, Palestinian police
loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas fired shots in the air and beat
protesters with sticks during the funeral of a man killed during a
protest against this week's US-hosted Mideast peace summit. At least
26 people were wounded, one critically.
2007 Nov 28, Authorities in
Saudi Arabia announced the arrest of 208 suspected terrorists in six
cells and thwarted several planned attacks in the kingdom's largest
terror sweep to date. They included 8 al-Qaida linked men allegedly
planning to attack oil installations.
2007 Nov 28, Senegalese
President Abdoulaye Wade said he will propose the creation of a
committee of African heads of state to mend broken relations between
Zimbabwe and former colonial power Britain.
2007 Nov 28, Two Hungarians and
a Ukrainian were arrested in eastern Slovakia and Hungary in an
attempted sale of a kilo (2.2 lbs) of uranium, material
believed to be from the former Soviet Union. Police said it was
enriched enough to be used in a radiological "dirty bomb."
2007 Nov 28, In Sri Lanka a
bomb exploded near the entrance to a popular department store in a
busy Colombo suburb, killing 20 people and wounding 43. Earlier in
the day, a female suicide bomber sent by the rebels killed one
person and wounded two others in an unsuccessful attempt to
assassinate a government minister in his office in Colombo.
(AFP, 11/29/07)(Econ, 12/8/07, p.48)
2007 Nov 28, In southern
Thailand a Muslim military informant was shot and crucified, while
two Buddhist men were beheaded by suspected Islamic separatists.
2008 Nov 28, This day was
marked as Native American Heritage Day. US federal legislation set
aside the day after Thanksgiving — for this year only — to honor the
contributions American Indians have made to the US. Congress passed
legislation this year designating the day as Native American
Heritage Day, and President George W. Bush signed it last month.
2008 Nov 28, Space shuttle
Endeavour and its crew of seven departed the international space
station, ending a 12-day visit.
2008 Nov 28, In New York
Jdimytai Damour (34), a Long Island Wal-Mart worker, was killed
after a crowd of post-Thanksgiving shoppers burst through the doors
at the suburban Valley Stream store and knocked him down. In 2009
Wal-Mart agreed to pay nearly $2 million and improve safety at its
92 New York stores as part of a deal with prosecutors that avoids
criminal charges in the trampling death.
(AP, 11/29/08)(AP, 5/6/09)
2008 Nov 28, William Finnegan,
TV and film producer, died in New York. His film and TV work
included “The Dollmaker” (1984) and “Hawaii Five-0.”
(SFC, 12/3/08, p.B6)
2008 Nov 28, In Afghanistan US
troops killed Haji Yakub, a wanted Taliban commander, who tried to
hide from soldiers under a woman's burqa. Afghan and coalition
forces killed 33 militants when their patrol came under attack in
southern Helmand province. In Kandahar province a three-day
NATO-Afghan operation in Zhari district killed 12 militants. Police
in Farah province killed four insurgents setting up a makeshift base
in a village, apparently aiming to launch strikes on Farah city.
Afghan army and police attacked a nine-vehicle convoy, killing four
insurgents and wounding another three as other insurgents fled. An
Afghan police officer was also killed in the gunbattle in Farah
2008 Nov 28, In Argentina a
three-judge panel formally charged former President Carlos Menem
with arms trafficking as he watched on live video from hundreds of
miles away because doctors say he is too ill to travel.
2008 Nov 28, China executed Wo
Weihan, a scientist accused of passing information to Taiwan,
triggering condemnation from his family and several countries
including the US.
2008 Nov 28, Tens of thousands
of Colombians marched to demand leftist rebels free hostages they
have held for as long as a decade or more.
2008 Nov 28, Congo rebels
captured the border post of Ishasha in eastern Congo, increasing
their stranglehold over the region. At least 13,000 frightened
civilians have fled into Uganda over the last two days.
2008 Nov 28, In Cuba Russia's
president Medvedev met with Fidel Castro, discussing Guantanamo Bay
and hopes for a multipolar world with Cuba's former leader during a
tour of Latin America aimed at raising Moscow's presence in the
2008 Nov 28, Ethiopia announced
that it will withdraw its forces from Somalia by the end of the
year, leaving this country's weak and fractured government to face
an increasingly powerful Islamic insurgency.
2008 Nov 28, In India commandos
who stormed the Mumbai headquarters of an ultra-orthodox Jewish
group found the bodies of five hostages inside, as a fresh battle
raged at the luxury Taj Mahal hotel and other Indian forces ended a
siege at another five-star hotel. More than 150 people have been
killed since gunmen attacked 10 sites across India's financial
capital on Nov 26, including 22 foreigners, two of them Americans.
Commandos killed the last two gunmen inside the luxury Oberoi hotel,
where 24 bodies had been found.
(AP, 11/28/08)(AP, 11/29/08)
2008 Nov 28, In Iraq a suicide
bomber blew himself up among worshippers waiting to be searched
outside a mosque run by followers of anti-American Shiite cleric
Muqtada al-Sadr, killing at least 12 people.
2008 Nov 28, Japan announced it
would end its airlift operations in Iraq by the end of the year,
citing security improvements and moves toward democracy in Iraq.
2008 Nov 28, In Mexico at least
12 masked gunmen opened fire inside a restaurant in the northern
border city of Ciudad Juarez, killing eight.
2008 Nov 28, In Myanmar 2
journalists were jailed for seven years each on charges of
undermining the military junta after they were caught with a UN
human rights report. A court in a northeastern suburb of Yangon
sentenced Thet Zin, editor of the local Myanmar-language journal
News Watch, and Sein Win Maung, the paper's manager, under the
country's draconian Printing and Publishing Law.
2008 Nov 28, Clashes erupted in
Jos, Nigeria, after a local election dispute, leaving at least three
people dead and prompting the military to send troops into city
streets to restore order. Over the next 3 days at least 300 people
were killed and 7,00 displaced. In southern Nigeria gunmen abducted
a Scottish oil industry worker.
(AP, 11/28/08)(Econ, 12/6/08, p.64)
2008 Nov 28, In Pakistan a
suicide car bomber killed seven people in the northwestern town of
2008 Nov 28, A Palestinian was
killed in a clash with Israeli forces in southern Gaza. A mortar
attack on an Israeli army base injured eight Israeli soldiers. The
next day the Islamic militant group Hamas claimed responsibility.
(AP, 11/28/08)(AP, 11/29/08)
2008 Nov 28, Somali pirates
hijacked the chemical tanker chemical tanker M/V BISCAGLIA with 25
Indian and 3 Bangladeshi crew members. A helicopter rescued three
British security guards who had jumped into the sea. The Liberian
flagged ship operated out of Singapore. The ship was freed on Jan 23
following a $1 million ransom.
(AP, 11/28/08)(AP, 1/24/09)(WSJ, 1/31/08, p.A1)
2008 Nov 28, Zimbabwe’s
opposition said it has agreed on a draft constitutional amendment to
allow the formation of a power-sharing government, but obstacles
still remain to setting it up. The UN warned that cholera has killed
389 people in Zimbabwe to date and that the disease is also
spreading into neighboring Botswana and South Africa.
(AFP, 11/28/08)(Reuters, 11/28/08)
2008 Nov 28, A regional
tribunal in Namibia ruled that 78 white Zimbabweans can keep their
farms because the government's land reform scheme discriminated
2009 Nov 28, In Sonoma County,
Ca., John Maloney (45), his wife Susan (42), and 2 children Aiden
(8) and Gracie (5) were killed when Steven Culbertson (19) of
Lakeport broadsided their car on Highway 37. The family was on its
way home from a vacation in Hawaii. News of the tragedy prompted
Michael Vincent Gutierrez (26) of Redwood City and girlfriend Amber
Marie True (29) to break into the Maloney’s empty house. They
ransacked the home and drove off in the Maloney’s 2006 Nissan 350Z.
Gutierrez and True were arrested Dec 1 just hours after a neighbor
noticed the Maloney’s garage door open.
(SFC, 12/3/09, p.A1)
2009 Nov 28, Afghanistan
announced a pay rise of nearly 40 percent for police and military
recruits, as Western countries aim to increase the size and quality
of Afghan security forces so their own troops can go home. Police
said a dozen prisoners escaped jail through a tunnel they dug from
their cell to the outside in western Farah province. 26 militants
were killed in a gun battle with border security guards along the
eastern Pakistan frontier.
(Reuters, 11/28/09)(AP, 11/29/09)
2009 Nov 28, In Canada
locomotive engineers of the country’s largest railroad walked off
the job after talks broke down. Canadian National Railway said it
was using management and non-union staff to provide "the best
possible service under the circumstances."
2009 Nov 28, In China Wu
Xiaoqing (57) hanged himself in his cell using the drawstring from
his underwear five months following his arrest for corruption. The
ex-judge was charged with taking bribes from gangsters.
2009 Nov 28, In China a
Zimbabwe-registered cargo plane crashed in flames during takeoff
from Shanghai's main airport, killing 3 American crew members and
injuring 4 others on board.
2009 Nov 28, French Transport
Minister Dominique Bussereau said Russia has given the green light
for Air France's A380 superjumbo to overfly Siberia, opening the way
for a projected Paris-Tokyo service. The accord was approved by PM
Vladimir Putin at the end of a two-day visit to France which saw a
number of business deals concluded. Putin's trip also secured a deal
for French investment in a key pipeline project and the struggling
Avtovaz car maker, as well as a promise that France will consider
selling Moscow a huge amphibious assault ship.
2009 Nov 28, Japan launched its
fifth spy satellite into orbit in a bid to boost its ability to
independently gather intelligence.
2009 Nov 28, Pakistan’s
President Asif Ali Zardari gave up control of the country's nuclear
arsenal in a bid to fend off mounting pressures threatening to
weaken his rule further and complicate the war on the Taliban.
Zardari announced that control of the National Command Authority,
which analysts and lawyers confirmed was responsible for nuclear
weapons, had shifted to PM Yousuf Raza Gilani.
2009 Nov 28, The government of
Peru apologized to its Afro-Peruvian population for the first time
for centuries of abuse, exclusion and discrimination. Peru was the
first country in Latin America to make such an apology.
(AP, 11/28/09)(SSFC, 7/21/13, p.A5)
2009 Nov 28, A South Korean
fishing vessel burned and sank in the port of Uruguay's capital.
Navy officials said all 38 crew members are safe.
2010 Nov 28, More than 250,000
classified US State Department documents were released by online
whistleblower WikiLeaks. Among the leaked memos was information that
Iranian Red Crescent ambulances were used to smuggle weapons to
Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group during its 2006 war with Israel.
Memos said the "IRC shipments of medical supplies served also to
facilitate weapons shipments." Documents also detailed concerns by
US officials in Baghdad about Iran’s influence on Iraq. Memos also
said King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia had repeatedly urged the United
States to attack Iran to destroy its nuclear program to stop Tehran
from developing a nuclear weapon. One cable revealed that the US
kept nuclear weapons in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and
(AP, 11/28/10)(Econ, 12/4/10, p.35)
2010 Nov 28, In Oregon an
Islamic center in Corvallis was firebombed, 2 days after Somali-born
Mohamed Osman Mohamud was arrested in a sting operation for trying
to blow up a van full of explosives in Portland. In August, 2011,
federal officials arrested Cody Crawford (24) for firebombing the
(SFC, 11/29/10, p.A7)(SFC, 8/26/11, p.A5)
2010 Nov 28, In Cleveland,
Texas, a girl (11) was gang raped in an abandoned trailer home.
Authorities were notified of the alleged rape after a student from
Cleveland ISD found a video of the assault. Four assaults on the
young girl had begun in September. By March 24, 2011, 19 young men
and teenage boys were charged with participating in the rape. On Aug
30, 2012, Eric McGowen, who fled free on bail, was convicted and
sentenced to 99 years in prison.
p.A5)(http://tinyurl.com/4cbmd2c)(SFC, 3/25/11, p.A5)(SFC, 8/31/12,
2010 Nov 28, In Afghanistan
gunmen firing on a car killed Abdullah Ahmadzai, a local government
official, and two of his relatives in Logar province. Coalition
forces launched an airstrike in Nad Ali district in Helmand
province, killing a Taliban leader who planned and coordinated
roadside bombs against Afghan and NATO forces.
2010 Nov 28, In Brazil Rio
police, backed by helicopters and armored vehicles, invaded the
Alemao slum complex, long held by traffickers, quickly taking over
the key drug gang stronghold in a historic victory for the city
hosting the 2016 Olympics.
2010 Nov 28, BP said it has
agreed to sell its 60 percent stake in Pan American Energy to
Argentina-based oil and gas firm Bridas Corporation, as part of
asset sales to pay for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
2010 Nov 28, Canadian comic
actor Leslie Nielsen (84) died in Florida of complications from
pneumonia. He was a star in a string of madcap spoof movies
including "Airplane!" and "The Naked Gun."
2010 Nov 28, China called for
emergency talks on resolving a crisis on the Korean peninsula, and
Seoul and Tokyo said they would study the proposal, as the US and
South Korean militaries started a massive drill.
2010 Nov 28, Egypt held
elections for a new, 508-seat parliament. The election was marred by
scattered violence, reports of vote buying and the ejection of many
independent monitors from polling stations.
2010 Nov 28, The EU's finance
ministers agreed in an emergency meeting in Brussels to give Ireland
a euro67.5 billion bailout to help it survive its massive banking
crisis, and sketched out new rules for future emergencies to restore
faith in the euro currency.
2010 Nov 28, In Guatemala
police found the body of Mercedes Vasquez (27), a professional
football player, chopped up and left in five plastic bags in a rural
area. A message said the player was killed for "messing with other
women." He had been kidnapped a day earlier.
2010 Nov 28, In Guatemala a
livestock truck packed with workers on their way to a coffee
plantation veered off a winding road and crashed, killing 19 of the
passengers and injuring 44. Authorities smelled alcohol on the
breath of the truck driver after the crash.
2010 Nov 28, Haiti held
elections. 96 contenders competed for 11 Senate seats and more than
800 sought to fill the 99-seat lower house. Within hours, ballot
boxes were ripped to pieces, protesters were on the streets and
nearly every presidential hopeful was united against the government.
12 of the 19 presidential candidates appeared together at a news
conference to accuse Pres. Rene Preval of stealing the election and
installing his chosen candidate, Jude Celestin. Haitian radio
reported one man was shot to death at a polling place in rural
Artibonite. Electoral officials said another was killed in southern
Haiti. On Dec 7 officials announced that government protege Jude
Celestin and former first lady Mirlande Manigat would advance to a
runoff in presidential elections.
(AP, 11/28/10)(AP, 11/29/10)(SFC, 11/29/10,
2010 Nov 28, Iran's Pres.
Ahmadinejad and Turkmen Pres. Berdymukhamedov inaugurated the last
section of the Sarakhs-Tehran pipeline to export Turkmen gas to
2010 Nov 28, In Iraq US troops,
who thought they were under attack, killed an Iraqi airport employee
as he drove near a military convoy on his way to work. In the
village of al-Meshahda gunmen wearing Iraqi security forces uniforms
invaded the home of Sunni Sheik Abdul Kerim Talab Mutlak
al-Halbussi, a leader of the local Sahwa, in a pre-dawn raid and
shot him and his son (15). In Baghdad a roadside bomb in a western
neighborhood killed a passer-by and wounded 3 during rush hour at
the start of the local work week.
2010 Nov 28, Israel's Cabinet
voted to erect a massive detention facility to hold thousands of
Africans who have slipped illegally through the porous southern
border with Egypt, heating up a debate over how to handle their
2010 Nov 28, Ivory Coast held
its runoff presidential election set to reunite the country eight
years after a civil war divided it in two. 5 months of violence
followed leaving at least 3,000 dead.
(AP, 11/28/10)(Econ, 4/13/13, p.51)
2010 Nov 28, In Japan the
governor of Okinawa island was reelected and immediately called for
the removal of a controversial US military base which has strained
ties between Tokyo and Washington.
2010 Nov 28, Kenya’s PM Raila
Odinga said homosexuals who are found in the midst of sex acts will
be arrested. Odinga's spokesman said in a statement later that night
that the prime minister was quoted out of context.
2010 Nov 28, African foreign
ministers, at a meeting on the eve of a summit on climate change in
Libya, rejected the idea of a joint declaration, which was to have
been signed at the conclusion of a two-day Africa-EU summit. The EU
had hoped to deliver a joint statement at the gathering of 80
nations from the two continents to deliver "a strong symbol" as the
Cancun conference on climate change opens in Mexico.
2010 Nov 28, Nuri al-Mismari, a
top aide of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, was arrested in Paris
after a request from Tripoli, which said he was suspected of
embezzlement. France gave Libya 30 days to submit evidence backing
its accusations. Supporters of al-Mismari later said he was a victim
of a power struggle inside the ruling elite.
2010 Nov 28, Voters in Moldova,
Europe's poorest nation, tried to break a political deadlock that
has kept it without a functioning government for more than a year.
The governing pro-Europe alliance led the opposition Communists in
early election results, but it was not clear if the coalition would
win enough legislative seats to end the country's year-long
(AP, 11/28/10)(AP, 11/29/10)
2010 Nov 28, Hundreds of
thousands of Moroccans demonstrated against a Spanish political
party's criticism of their country's raid on a protest camp in
2010 Nov 28, In New Zealand a
4th explosion in 9 days ripped through the mine where 29 miners
perished. Officials said the coal was on fire, a development that
could significantly delay recovery of the bodies. Efforts to
retrieve the miners were abandoned on Jan 13.
(AP, 11/28/10)(AP, 1/13/11)
2010 Nov 28, In Pakistan an
American drone fired one of its missiles but missed a speeding
vehicle. Its occupants quickly bailed out before a 2nd missile hit
and destroyed the vehicle.
2010 Nov 28, In Pakistan a
cargo plane carrying 8 people crashed in a residential area of
Karachi setting buildings on fire killing all 8 crew and at least 3
people on the ground.
2010 Nov 28, Spain's Socialist
government, battered by fears of an Irish-style rescue of its
troubled economy, braced for a new blow as voters went to the polls
in regional elections in Catalonia. The pro-business Convergence and
Union (CIU) nationalists routed the ruling Socialists. The CIU won
62 of the 135 seats in the Catalan parliament.
(AFP, 11/28/10)(Econ, 12/4/10, p.65)
2010 Nov 28, Swiss voters
approved a plan to automatically deport foreigners found guilty of
committing serious crimes or benefit fraud. Swiss national
broadcaster SF1 says 52.9% of voters backed the proposal put forward
by the nationalist Swiss People's Party, or SVP. Anti-racism groups
bemoaned that the SVP's posters showing white sheep kicking black
sheep off a Swiss flag played on stereotypical images of foreigners
2011 Nov 28, US Federal
authorities said they have shut down 150 websites accused of selling
knock-off or pirated merchandise to unsuspecting online bargain
2011 Nov 28, Ginger White (46)
of Georgia said that she and Republican presidential hopeful Herman
Cain had a 13-year extramarital affair that lasted nearly until the
former businessman announced his candidacy for the White House
several months ago.
2011 Nov 28, San Francisco City
College officials detected an infestation of computer viruses with
origins in criminal networks in Russia, China and other countries.
By mid January officials traced at least 723 Internet protocol
addresses to the Russian Business Network, a gang in the business of
stealing and selling personal information. The network disbanded
around 2008, but criminals were reportedly still collecting data.
(SFC, 1/13/12, p.A1)
2011 Nov 28, Mexican trucker
Daniel Navarro (45) was sentenced in San Diego to almost 16 years in
prison for his role in two major drug tunnels along the US-Mexico
(SFC, 11/29/11, p.A5)
2011 Nov 28, San Francisco Bay
Area fisherman dashed out for Dungeness crab after seafood
processors agreed to a price of 2.25 per pound.
(SFC, 11/29/11, p.A1)
2011 Nov 28, In Oakland, Ca., 3
hooded assailants opened fire on a group of people at Seventh and
Willow streets. One-year-old Hiram Lawrence Jr. was shot in the head
and 6 others were wounded. The boy died Dec 9 after he was removed
from life support. On July 19, 2012, Acorn gang members Dionte Houff
(30) and Houston Nathaniel III (23), were indicted on charges of
murder, assault, weapons violations and racketeering in connection
with the shootings that killed Hiran Lawrence.
(SFC, 12/10/11, p.C2)(SFC, 7/20/12, p.C6)
2011 Nov 28, Three asset
managers from Connecticut's affluent New York suburbs claimed a $254
million Powerball jackpot off a $1 ticket.
2011 Nov 28, In Texas Dakota
Meyer, a former US Marine and Medal of Honor recipient, sued BAE
Systems claiming he was defamed and ridiculed after expressing
concerns in an e-mail over the possible sale of a high-tech sniper
scope to Pakistan.
(SFC, 12/1/11, p.A10)
2011 Nov 28, Britain's
government said its military will stop providing a helicopter search
and rescue service. Daring operations like the one by Prince William
and his Royal Air Force colleagues, that saved two sailors this
weekend, will in the future be carried out by civilians.
2011 Nov 28, Burundi told
delegates at a global anti-landmine summit in Phnom Penh that it had
cleared its territory of landmines, becoming the 18th state party to
do so. Myanmar was the only country recorded as laying new landmines
last year, but the Intl. Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) said it
has since been joined by Israel, Syria and Libya, bringing the
current global use of landmines to its highest level since 2004.
2011 Nov 28, Chinese automaker
Chery Automobile Co. and partner Israel Corp. launched the 50-50
joint venture Qoros Automotive Co., seeking fresh appeal both
overseas and in the slowing local market. Israel Corp. is Israel's
largest holding company, with interests mainly in chemicals,
shipping and energy.
2011 Nov 28, In CongoDRC voting
began despite delays and setbacks. Armed men attacked voting centers
and a truck carrying ballots. 5 people were killed in the
southeastern town of Lubumbashi after gunmen opened fire on a truck
carrying ballots and on a polling center.
(AP, 11/28/11)(AP, 11/30/11)
2011 Nov 28, Egyptians turned
out in long lines at voting stations in their nation's first
parliamentary elections since Hosni Mubarak's ouster, a giant step
toward what they hope will be a democracy after decades of
2011 Nov 28, A German NATO
officer and a soldier were shot and wounded in a clash with Serb
protesters in northern Kosovo after the military alliance's troops
used heavy machinery to remove trucks and buses blocking a main road
in the tense region.
2011 Nov 28, Guyana held
elections. The East Indian-dominated People's Progressive Party led
by economist Donald Ramotar (61) won the most seats, 32 of 65, but
fell short of an absolute majority. Opposition parties could control
the parliament if they are able to work together.
2011 Nov 28, Iran enacted
legislation to downgrade relations with Britain in retaliation for
intensified sanctions imposed last week by Western nations for their
suspected nuclear development program.
(SFC, 11/29/11, p.A2)
2011 Nov 28, In Iraq a suicide
bomber slammed a car packed with explosives into the gate of al-Hout
prison north of Baghdad, killing at least 19 people in Taji. In
Baghdad, 5 people were killed by a suicide car bomb inside the Green
Zone. 2 civilian bystanders were killed and 5 others wounded by a
roadside bomb targeting a police patrol in western Baghdad.
(AP, 11/28/11)(SFC, 11/30/11, p.A7)
2011 Nov 28, Israeli settlement
watchdog Peace Now said Israel has approved construction of more 119
homes in the West Bank settlement of Shilo, a move likely to bring
fresh international condemnation.
2011 Nov 28, A Kenyan judge
issued a warrant for Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, wanted by an
international court for genocide, after the government failed to
arrest him during a visit last year.
2011 Nov 28, Kuwait’s
government resigned following a bitter dispute with opposition MPs.
The move came ahead of a planned mass rally later today by the
opposition to press demands for the ouster of PM Sheikh Nasser
al-Sabah. Sheik Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah accepted the resignation but
asked the Cabinet to remain in a caretaker role.
(AP, 11/28/11)(Econ, 12/3/11, p.61)
2011 Nov 28, In Mexico
Nepomuceno Moreno (56), who repeatedly had accused police in the
Sonoran capital of Hermosillo of kidnapping his 18-year-old son last
year, was shot to death in his hometown in Sonora state. A band of
heavily armed teenage car thieves shot it out with officers during a
high-speed chase, before crashing their stolen car in the northern
industrial city of Monterrey. One young man escaped. Two 13-year-old
boys and a 15-year-old girl were taken into custody. Soldiers killed
five suspected drug gang members in a gunbattle on the outskirts of
2011 Nov 28, Niger officially
became an oil producer with the opening of a refinery run by the
state and a Chinese company. Niger opened its first refinery in
Zinder following the discovery of oil in Agadem, 700 km east of
Niamey with a daily production capacity of 20,000 bpd.
(AFP, 11/28/11)(AFP, 7/16/12)
2011 Nov 28, In Paraguay
Marciano Villagra (93), former leader of Paraguay Communist Party
guerrillas in various actions, died. He led the brief takeover of
the town of Piribebuy in 1947 and went into hiding after Gen.
Alfredo Stroessner took power in 1954.
2011 Nov 28, In Peru US-based
Newmont Mining Corp. suspended construction at the Conga gold mine
for a fourth day due to continuing protests by peasants who fear it
will damage their water supply. Deputy minister Jose de Echave quit
saying the government "lacks an adequate strategy for dealing with
2011 Nov 28, Somalia's Islamist
Shebab rebels ordered 16 international aid agencies shut in areas
they control after armed raids on several offices, and warned more
would follow if they did not toe the line.
2011 Nov 28, St. Lucia held
parliamentary elections. Kenny Anthony's St. Lucia Labor Party
emerged victorious by winning nine of the 15 seats decided, while
the former governing United Workers Party won six. Two seats were
2011 Nov 28, A Sudanese court
sentenced seven members of a Darfur rebel group to death by hanging
for ambushing a convoy in Jan, 2010, and killing 54 soldiers
2011 Nov 28, Syria hit out at
the Arab League for the treatment it has meted out to Damascus,
accusing it of ignoring the presence of "terrorists" in the country
and prematurely imposing economic sanctions. Tens of thousands of
supporters of President Bashar al-Assad took to the streets to
protest against the Arab League sanctions.
2011 Nov 28, In Tunisia a group
of students, who were for the most part not enrolled at Manouba
university, camped out to demand the right for women students to
wear the full veil, known as the niqab. They also demanded a place
of prayer on campus.
2011 Nov 28, The United Nations
completed the first-ever global assessment of the state of the
planet's land resources, finding in “"State of the World's Land and
Water Resources for Food and Agriculture,” that a quarter of all
land is highly degraded and warning the trend must be reversed if
the world's growing population is to be fed.
2011 Nov 28, UN climate
negotiations opened in Durban, South Africa, with pressure building
to salvage the only treaty limiting greenhouse gas emissions.
2011 Nov 28, The UN released a
report a detailing alleged torture and ill treatment in lockups
controlled by the forces that overthrew dictator Moammar Gadhafi.
The report says that Libyan revolutionaries still hold about 7,000
people, many of them sub-Saharan Africans who in some cases are
accused or suspected of being mercenaries hired by Gadhafi.
2011 Nov 28, A UN investigation
concluded that Syrian forces committed crimes against humanity by
killing and torturing hundreds of children, including a 2-year-old
girl reportedly shot to death so she wouldn't grow up to be a
2011 Nov 28, Yugoslavia's last
PM Ante Markovic (87) died in Zagreb, Croatia. He tried to prevent
the former country's bloody breakup in the 1990s.
2012 Nov 28, The US government
banned BP Plc from new federal contracts over its "lack of business
integrity" in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
2012 Nov 28, In California Roy
Curtis Marcum (45), an animal control officer from Elk Grove, was
shot and killed while trying to retrieve pets from a home whose
owner was evicted a day earlier. Joseph Francis Corey (65) was
arrested the next day and faced murder charges.
(SFC, 11/30/12, p.C2)
2012 Nov 28, In New Hampshire
David Kwiatkowski, a traveling medical technician, was indicted on
14 new charges. He is believed to have infected at least 39 people
with hepatitis C through his use of stolen hospital drugs and
(SFC, 11/30/12, p.A8)
2012 Nov 28, Spain Rodriguez
(72), Zap Comix artist and influential cartoonist, died in San
Francisco after battling cancer for 6 years.
(SFC, 11/29/12, p.C3)
2012 Nov 28, Zig Ziglar (86),
motivational speaker, died in Plano, Texas.
(SFC, 11/29/12, p.A6)
2012 Nov 28, An int’l.
investigating committee reported that a small clique of executives
and shareholders had run Afghanistan’s Kabul Bank for their own
enrichment. When the bank failed in 2010 over 90% of its loan book
was extended to just 12 individuals and their companies.
(Econ, 12/1/12, p.47)
2012 Nov 28, Brazil’s Supreme
Court sentenced the last 3 of 25 defendants convicted on charges
involving a congressional cash-for-votes scheme.
(SFC, 11/29/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 28, Congo rebels
believed to be backed by Rwanda began retreating from the territory
they seized last week and pulled out of Masisi. Gen. Sultani
Makenga, the military chief of the eight-month-old rebellion, said
that his fighters intend to abide by an ultimatum issued by the
nations neighboring Congo, which called for the M23 rebels to
retreat no later than Nov 30 to 20 km (12 miles) outside of Goma.
2012 Nov 28, Egypt's two
highest appeals courts suspended their work to protest presidential
decrees that gave the country's Islamist leader Mohammed Morsi
nearly absolute powers, state television reported.
2012 Nov 28, An Egyptian court
convicted in absentia seven Egyptian Coptic Christians and a
Florida-based American pastor and sentenced them to death on charges
linked to an anti-Islam film that had sparked riots in parts of the
2012 Nov 28, Iran's nuclear
chief says uranium enrichment will move ahead with "intensity" with
a sharp increase in the number of centrifuges used to make the
2012 Nov 28, In Iraq gunmen
broke into the home of two anti-al-Qaida militiamen, killing seven
family members in the town of Tarmiyah.
2012 Nov 28, A report from the
Internal Displacement Monitoring Center said thousands of people in
Ivory Coast continue to flee their homes because of ongoing land
conflicts and residual tension from last year's postelection
2012 Nov 28, In Mexico
Juventina Villa Mojica, an environmental activist, was killed along
with her son (10) when some 30 gunment intercepted her police convoy
in souther Guerrero state.
(SFC, 11/30/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 28, A majority of
Dutch parties said the Netherlands no longer needs a law making it a
crime to insult God, which hasn't been invoked in the past
2012 Nov 28, In Syria twin
suicide car bombs ripped through a Damascus suburb minutes apart,
killing at least 34 people with 83 injured. Regime warplanes struck
rebel-held areas in the northern Idlib province and Damascus
suburbs. Rebels claimed they shot down a Syrian air force fighter
jet near Daret Azzeh.
2012 Nov 28, In Tunisia a
strike in a low income region degenerated into a second day of
clashes between police and protesters, leaving 177 people injured,
including some seriously.
2012 Nov 28, Venezuela’s Pres.
Chavez arrived in Havana for more medical treatment to strengthen
(SFC, 11/29/12, p.A3)
2012 Nov 28, Gunmen in Yemen
opened fire on the car of a Saudi Arabian army officer working with
his embassy's military section, killing him and his Yemeni
2013 Nov 28, The comet C/2012
S1 (ISON), first spotted in April 2012 by Russian astronomers, made
contact with the sun’s fiery corona. It was named after the Int’l.
Scientific Optical Network. Astronomers were unsure if the comet
(SFC, 11/28/13, p.D2)(SFC, 11/29/13, p.A15)
2013 Nov 28, In California
Itzcoatl Ocampo (25), convicted in 2012 for killing homeless men in
southern California, died after ingesting Ajax cleaning powder.
(SFC, 11/30/13, p.A6)
2013 Nov 28, Doctors in Texas
declared Marlise Munoz (33) brain dead due to a blood clot suffered
two days earlier. She was 14-weeks pregnant at the time and the
hospital said it could not withdraw life sustaining treatment due to
a 1999 state law. Life support was withdrawn on Jan 26, 2014,
following an order by a Fort Worth judge.
(Econ, 1/25/14, p.25)
2013 Nov 28, In Afghanistan two
roadside bombs killed six civilians in the country's eastern
Nangarhar province. A coalition airstrike killed a child and injured
two women, leading to a condemnation of the attack by the country's
president. The ISAF strike also killed an insurgent in Helmand
province. The top US commander in Afghanistan apologized to
President Hamid Karzai for the drone strike earlier in the day that
killed a child and NATO promised an investigation.
(AP, 11/28/13)(AP, 11/29/13)(SFC, 11/30/13, p.A4)
2013 Nov 28, In Bangladesh a
teenager was killed and 17 people suffered burn injuries after a
suspected opposition supporter hurled a petrol bomb into a crowded
2013 Nov 28, London Mayor Boris
Johnson stated in so many words that inequality is in the nature of
capitalism because those with a low IQ are ill-equipped to spread
opportunity to all who can compete for its spoils.
(Econ, 12/7/13, p.61)
2013 Nov 28, England's High
Court overturned a decision to grant bail to an Italian mafia boss
who was arrested in London after two decades on the run. Domenico
Rancadore was wanted in Italy to serve a seven-year jail term for
his role in the Sicilian mafia and authorities are seeking his
2013 Nov 28, In London Rakesh
Bhayani (41) was sentenced for the murder of Carole Waugh, a wealthy
London woman whose body was found stuffed in a car trunk months
after her disappearance. Nicholas Kutner (48), was ordered to serve
13 years in prison after he admitted conspiracy to commit fraud.
2013 Nov 28, British energy
provider Npower, a subsidiary of German giant RWE, announced plans
to cut about 1,460 jobs in Britain and outsource customer service
operations to India.
2013 Nov 28, In the Central
African Republic Ugandan foces killed Col. Samuel Kangul, a senior
commander of the Lord's Resistance Army and 13 of his rebel
2013 Nov 28, Chinese media said
authorities have broken up six rings that smuggled around $164
million worth of cars into the country over the past three years,
including more than 80 top-end models such as BMWs and Rolls-Royces.
2013 Nov 28, The Colombian
government and leftist FARC rebels resumed peace talks amid
differences over coca cultivation, blamed by political leaders for
drug-linked violence and killings.
2013 Nov 28, EU leaders meeting
in Vilnius sought to revive a stalled agreement with Ukraine after
the former Soviet republic shocked the 28-country bloc last week by
opting for closer ties with Russia instead.
2013 Nov 28, In Iran a 5.7
magnitude earthquake on the Gulf coast near the country’s sole
nuclear power plant killed eight people and injured 190.
2013 Nov 28, In Iraq three car
bombs exploded at outdoor markets and on a street full of shops near
Baghdad, the deadliest of a series of attacks across the country
that killed at least 29 people.
(AP, 11/28/13)(SFC, 11/29/13, p.A2)
2013 Nov 28, An Israeli court
jailed six Israeli Arab citizens over the mob killing in 2005 of
Jewish gunman Eden Nathan-Zaada (19) after he went on a deadly
rampage on a bus in their town.
2013 Nov 28, Kenya launched
construction of a Chinese-funded 13.8 billion dollar (10-billion
euro) flagship railway project, hoping to dramatically increase
trade and boost Kenya's position as a regional economic powerhouse.
2013 Nov 28, In Libya gunmen
opened fire on a vehicle in Benghazi killing a soldier. More than 40
people were killed in an explosion at an army depot in southern
Libya after locals tried to steal ammunition.
(AFP, 11/28/13)(Reuters, 11/28/13)
2013 Nov 28, In Mali Tuareg
demonstrators occupied an airport runway to prevent PM Oumar Tatam
Ly visiting the rebel-controlled northeastern town of Kidal.
Protesters said Malian soldiers shot and wounded three of the
demonstrators, but the Malian army denied that.
2013 Nov 28, Nigeria's
government stepped in to stop a long-running strike by university
lecturers, ordering an immediate end to the dispute and vowing to
sack teachers who refused to cooperate. 17 people died in a an
attack when gunmen in pick-up trucks torched more than 100 shops and
vehicles in the Sabon Gari area of the Damboa district. 7 fishermen
were ambushed and killed in another attack in Baga, a fishing
community on Lake Chad.
(AFP, 11/28/13)(AFP, 11/30/13)
2013 Nov 28, In Russia criminal
charges were filed against Anatoly Serdyukov, a former defense
minister (2007-2012). He was accused of using servicemen and
government funds to build a road to a vacation home and do
landscaping work on the property.
2013 Nov 28, A Russian court
granted bail to the last Greenpeace activist still in custody over a
protest against offshore oil drilling in the Arctic. Greenpeace said
Australian Colin Russell (59) will be released from pre-trial
detention in St. Petersburg when 2-million-rouble ($60,000) bail is
2013 Nov 28, In South Korea a
"safety-related action" automatically shut down one of the country’s
23 nuclear reactors, bringing the tally of those closed to six and
hiking the chances of power blackouts this winter.
2013 Nov 28, South Korean and
Japanese flights through China's new maritime air defense zone added
to the international defiance of rules Beijing says it has imposed
in East China Sea but that neighbors and the US have vowed to
2013 Nov 28, The Syrian army
recaptured the strategic town of Deir Attiyeh, less than a week
after losing it, taking the advantage in its bid to crush rebels
just north of Damascus.
2013 Nov 28, Thailand's
embattled PM Yingluck Shinawatra Thailand's begged protesters to
call off their sustained anti-government demonstrations and
negotiate an end to the nation's latest crisis. Shinawatra easily
won a no-confidence vote in parliament, but failed to pacify
anti-government protesters who rejected calls for talks and massed
by the thousands in the capital.
2013 Nov 28, A Thai court
sentenced British kickboxer Lee Aldhouse to 25 years in prison for
the 2010 murder of former US Marine Dashawn Longfellow (23)
following a bar fight on the island of Phuket. The sentence was
reduced from life imprisonment because Aldhouse pleaded guilty to
the stabbing death.
2013 Nov 28, Vietnam passed a
revised Constitution that reaffirmed the dominant political and
economic role of the Communist Party.
(SFC, 11/29/13, p.A5)
2014 Nov 28, In Missouri
demonstrators shut down a shopping mall near Ferguson at the start
of the holiday shopping season as protests over the killing of an
unarmed black teen by a white police officer turned on some
retailers around the country.
2014 Nov 28, In Texas Larry
McQuilliams (49) attempted to set the Mexican Consulate in Austin
ablaze and fired more than 100 rounds at downtown buildings before
he was fatally shot by police.
(AP, 11/28/14)(SFC, 11/29/14, p.A5)
2014 Nov 28, In Afghanistan
insurgents killed 5 Afghan soldiers in an assault Camp Bastion,
Helmand province, that lasted more than 14 hours. 2 police officers
were killed and two wounded in a suicide attack on their vehicle in
the Nawzad district of Helmand province. In eastern Nangahar
province 31 people were wounded when a mosque was bombed during
(AP, 11/28/14)(AP, 11/29/14)
2014 Nov 28, In southern
Algeria 2 demonstrators were killed when clashes broke out late
today between riot police and residents demanding better living
conditions in Touggourta.
2014 Nov 28, British police
blasted stores for bringing "Black Friday" to Britain, with the US
sales event descending into chaotic fist fights as frenzied
consumers battled to grab discounted goods.
2014 Nov 28, Britain sentenced
7 Somali men for charges including rape, sexual activity with a
child, causing or inciting child prostitution and trafficking for
sexual exploitation, relating to four victims.
2014 Nov 28, British scientists
announced trials on a 15-minute Ebola test in Guinea as France's
Francois Hollande arrived in Conakry, becoming the first Western
leader to visit one of the countries devastated by the epidemic.
France has pledged 100 million euros ($125 million) in the fight
against the epidemic focusing its efforts on Guinea.
2014 Nov 28, In China the
standing committee of Xinjiang's parliament, banned the practice of
religion in government buildings and stipulated penalties of between
5,000 and 30,000 yuan ($4,884) for individuals who use the Internet,
mobile phones or digital publishing to undermine national unity,
social stability or incite ethnic hatred.
2014 Nov 28, In China a group
of "terrorists" launched an attack on civilians in Shache county,
Xinjiang region, leaving 15 people dead and 14 wounded. 11
"terrorists" were also reported shot dead during the violence.
(AFP, 11/29/14)(AP, 11/30/14)
2014 Nov 28, Egyptian security
forces quickly put down scattered protests as an attempt by
Islamists to hold the first major anti-government rallies in months
fizzled, with at least two protesters and three army and navy
officers killed in separate incidents.
2014 Nov 28, European Union
police coordination agency Europol said police around the world have
arrested 118 suspects in a global investigation into online fraud
that targets the travel industry, a crime said to cost airlines $1
billion a year.
2014 Nov 28, German media
reported that Germany has approved BlackBerry's purchase of
encryption firm Secusmart after signing a "no-spy" agreement with
the Canadian smartphone maker.
2014 Nov 28, In Germany Tugce
Albayrak died on her 23rd birthday, after her family gave doctors
permission to switch off her life support. She had been hit in the
head while defending two teenage girls from male harassment on the
night of Nov 15. Attacker Sanel M. (18) was under police custody.
2014 Nov 28, In Iraq bombings
and a shooting killed 9 people around the capital, Baghdad. US
Central Command said the US military and its allies have hit Islamic
State forces with 15 air strikes in Iraq and Syria during a
(AP, 11/28/14)(Reuters, 11/27/14)
2014 Nov 28, Israeli Foreign
Minister Avigdor Lieberman proposed that Arab citizens of Israel be
offered financial incentives to leave the country and relocate to a
future Palestinian state. An Italian man marching in support of
Palestinians in the northern West Bank was shot and seriously
wounded by Israeli forces.
(Reuters, 11/28/14)(AP, 11/28/14)
2014 Nov 28, In southern Japan
the Mount Aso volcano blasted out chunks of magma in the first such
eruption in 22 years, causing flight cancellations and prompting
warnings to stay away from its crater.
2014 Nov 28, Saeed Akl
(b.1912), Lebanon's leading poet, died. Some of his most famous
poems were sung by Lebanon's top singer, Fayrouz, including the
emotional "Take Me Back to My Country," a song that was played
endlessly on radios during the country's 15-year civil war.
2014 Nov 28, Renato Usatii, a
Rolls Royce-driving Moldova businessman who has done business with
Russian Railways, fled the country. He said that he feared arrest by
Moldova's pro-European authorities.
2014 Nov 28, Namibia voted in
parliamentary and presidential elections. PM Hage Geingob, the
presidential candidate of the ruling SWAPO party, was elected.
President Hifikepunye Pohamba, stepped down after serving two
(AP, 11/28/14)(Econ, 4/22/17, p.40)
2014 Nov 28, In southern Nepal
a two-day festival, believed to be the largest animal sacrifice
ritual in the world, began. More than 5,000 buffaloes were ritually
killed during the day. Devotees of the festival, held every five
years, believe the sacrifices bring good luck and a Hindu goddess
will grant their wishes.
2014 Nov 28, Phillip John Smith
(40), a convicted killer and pedophile from New Zealand, was
deported from Brazil to New Zealand. He had fled to Brazil on Nov 6
while on temporary release from prison.
2014 Nov 28, In Nigeria at
least 102 people were killed and over 150 wounded in a series of
bomb blasts at the central mosque in Kano.
(AP, 11/28/14)(AP, 11/29/14)
2014 Nov 28, Pope Francis
arrived in Turkey to encourage Muslim leaders to take a stronger
stand against extremists who twist religion to justify terrorism. He
condemned the Islamic State group's assault on Christians and other
religious minorities in Iraq and Syria.
2015 Nov 28, The United States
and its allies conducted 19 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq
and three in Syria.
2015 Nov 28, Actress Marjorie
Lord (b.1918), the TV wife (1957-1964) of Danny Thomas, died at her
home in Beverly Hills.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marjorie_Lord)(SFC, 12/16/15, p.D5)
2015 Nov 28, In Afghanistan a
senior member of the election commission survived an assassination
attempt when a suicide bomber targeted his vehicle in Kabul, killing
one of his employees and wounding two others.
2015 Nov 28, In Burundi Colonel
Serges Kabanyura was wounded in an attack by unidentified gunmen on
his way to Bujumbura.
2015 Nov 28, In northern
Cameroon 2 female suicide bombers detonated their explosives,
killing at least 5 people and injuring 12 others in the town of
2015 Nov 28, China’s state news
said police have busted an online gun selling operation, seizing
1,180 guns and more than 6 million bullets. Gun possession by
ordinary people is illegal in China.
2015 Nov 28, In China air
pollution in Beijing reached hazardous levels as smog engulfed large
parts of China despite efforts to clean up the foul air.
2015 Nov 28, In eastern China a
gas leak at a steel parts factory killed 5 people and left seven
others hospitalized with carbon monoxide poisoning in Shandong
province. 5 more people died the next day.
2015 Nov 28, Congolese police
fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of people who had gathered in
the eastern city of Goma to pay tribute to victims of recurrent
2015 Nov 28, In Egypt a
drive-by shooting killed 4 police near a famed historic site on the
outskirts of Cairo.
2015 Nov 28, Egypt said there
is a 90 percent chance that hidden chambers will be found within
King Tutankhamun's tomb, based on the preliminary results of a new
exploration of the 3,300-year-old mausoleum.
2015 Nov 28, In Duesseldorf,
Germany, Britain's Tyson Fury (27) was crowned the new world
heavyweight champion after a unanimous points win over Wladimir
Klitschko (39), who suffered his first defeat in eleven years.
2015 Nov 28, Iran unveiled a
new model of oil contracts aimed at attracting foreign investment
once sanctions are lifted under a landmark nuclear deal reached
earlier this year.
2015 Nov 28, In Jordan US
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said, after visiting a
camp for Syrian refugees, that the displaced should be absorbed by
Middle Eastern countries, with the international community sending
aid and "encouragement" to the host nations.
2015 Nov 28, In Kosovo some 35
thousand opposition supporters held a protest against the deals with
Serbia and Montenegro — a peaceful one in contrast to recent
disruption of parliament.
2015 Nov 28, Macedonian police
fired tear gas and stun grenades at desperate migrants stranded for
days at the Greek border and who are demanding passage to western
Europe, as soldiers began erecting a metal fence to keep them out.
2015 Nov 28, Police in the
Maldives dispersed opposition protesters for a second straight day,
using tear gas and pepper spray and arresting more than a dozen
demonstrators demanding the release of a former president and other
jailed political leaders.
2015 Nov 28, In Mali mortars
lit up the dawn sky when they were fired on a United Nations base in
the northern city of Kidal early today, killing at least 3 people.
2015 Nov 28, In Malta heads of
government from the Commonwealth family, which represents around a
third of the world's population, pledged to demand an "ambitious"
and legally-binding outcome from the world climate change summit in
Paris, which officially starts on Nov 30.
2015 Nov 28, In Niger Boko
Haram activists raided a border village, killing 4 people and
torching some 50 homes.
2015 Nov 28, The Philippines
took delivery of two Korean-made fighter jets — the country's first
supersonic combat aircraft in a decade.
2015 Nov 28, Syrian state
reported that the Syrian army has captured territory from Islamic
State east of Aleppo including several kilometers of highway linking
the city with the jihadists' de facto capital of Raqqa. One person
was killed and 30 wounded in rocket and mortar attacks on two
neighborhoods of Damascus.
(Reuters, 11/28/15)(AFP, 11/28/15)
2015 Nov 28, Turkish President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed "sadness" over Turkey's downing of a
Russian warplane that has severely strained relations. Erdogan said
the climate change summit in Paris next week could be a chance to
repair relations with Moscow.
(AFP, 11/28/15)(Reuters, 11/28/15)
2015 Nov 28, In southeastern
Turkey police killed Tahir Elci, a prominent Kurdish lawyer, during
a shootout between police and militants. The pro-Kurdish HDP Party
called it a "planned assassination" and urged people to take to the
streets in protest. Police fired water cannon and tear gas to
disperse around 2,000 people marching in Istanbul's Taksim Square
after Elci was shot dead in Diyarbakir. Shortly before Elci's
killing, two police officers were shot dead after they stopped a
"suspicious vehicle" in a nearby street.
(Reuters, 11/28/15)(Reuters, 11/30/15)
2015 Nov 28, In Uganda Pope
Francis honored Uganda's 19th century Christian martyrs and
encouraged its 21st century Christian youths during a day that saw
nearly a half-million Ugandans turn out to see him.
2015 Nov 28, On the southern
coast of Yemen warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition hit two small
boats allegedly carrying weapons to Iran-backed Huthi rebels.
2016 Nov 28, The World Trade
Organization (WTO) ruled that US plane maker Boeing received major
illegal tax breaks from Washington state, adding that the federal
government should now take action to end that support within months.
2016 Nov 28, In Oakland, Ca.,
Roderick Travon Godfrey (19) and Deante Antonio Miller (19) were
shot and killed on the 700 block of 39th St. Months earlier Godfrey
had spoken out against gun violence at a town hall hosted by Rep.
(SFC, 12/1/16, p.A13)
2016 Nov 28, In Ohio Abdul
Razak Ali Artan, a Somali-born Ohio State Univ. student, plowed his
car into a group of pedestrians in Columbus and then got out and
stabbed 11 people with a butcher knife. Campus officer Alan Horujko
(28) shot and killed Artan.
(SFC, 11/29/16, p.A8)(SFC, 11/30/16, p.A7)
2016 Nov 28, In Tennessee
wildfires threatened homes and businesses in two small resort towns
north of the Great Smoky Mountains.
2016 Nov 28, The first
commercial flight from the US in more than 50 years arrived in Cuba.
(SFC, 11/29/16, p.A2)
2016 Nov 28, Belgium and the
Netherlands signed a deal for a peaceful exchange of land between
them for the mere fact that it makes sense to do so. Belgium gave up
a tiny peninsula on the Meuse river linked only to the Netherlands
and got in return a nearby piece from its neighbor.
2016 Nov 28, Britain's
anti-European Union UK Independence Party (UKIP) elected its former
chairman Paul Nuttall as leader, seeking to overcome months of
internal turmoil and capitalize on its successful Brexit campaign.
Nuttall (40) succeeded Nigel Farage.
(Reuters, 11/28/16)(Econ, 12/3/16, p.47)
2016 Nov 28, In Colombia a
plane carrying Brazil’s Chapecoense team soccer team crashed killing
71 people. Six survivors suffered severe trauma injuries. 21
journalists were among the 77 people onboard the British Aerospace
146. The Bolivian plane ran out of fuel moments before slamming into
the Andes mountains.
(AP, 11/29/16)(AP, 11/30/16)(SFC, 12/2/16, p.A2)
2016 Nov 28, German news agency
DPA reported that arms manufacturer Heckler & Koch will no
longer sign contracts to supply countries outside of NATO's
influence because it has become too difficult to obtain government
approval for such deals.
2016 Nov 28, Germany-based
Lufthansa said it is canceling more than 1,700 flights scheduled for
the next two days as a union representing the airline's pilots
resumes a campaign of strikes.
2016 Nov 28, An Indonesian
woman screamed in agony as she was caned in Aceh, the latest in a
growing number of women to be publicly flogged for breaking the
province's strict Islamic laws. Two women and three men were flogged
in front of a cheering crowd at a mosque in the provincial capital
2016 Nov 28, Iraqi residents in
Mosul said the Islamic State has arrested dozens of shop owners
accused of raising food prices in the nearly besieged city, to tamp
down discontent as a US-backed offensive closes in on the group's
2016 Nov 28, Kazakh courts
sentenced nine Islamic State supporters and two leading political
activists to prison terms in separate trials after their convictions
over the two biggest shocks to veteran President Nursultan
2016 Nov 28, Kuwait said plans
to buy 28 Boeing F-18 Super Hornets. It also planned to return a
number of outdated F-18s in its inventory as part of the purchase
2016 Nov 28, Montenegro's
parliament endorsed a new cabinet led by Dusko Markovic (58), a
former head of the secret police who pledged to lead the country's
accession to NATO and the European Union.
2016 Nov 28, In Nigeria a woman
suicide bomber carrying a baby on her back was shot by soldiers at a
checkpoint. The shot detonated her explosives, killing the woman and
2016 Nov 28, In Somalia
hundreds of pro-government forces began moving toward the port town
of Qandala for an offensive against Islamic State fighters who
seized it last month.
2016 Nov 28, In central Somalia
clashes between the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab and villagers
in the port town of Harardhere left six militants and four residents
killed in ongoing fighting over a demand for tax payments.
2016 Nov 28, Aid agencies said
a second poor rainy season in Somalia has pushed livestock herders
in the drought-hit Puntland region to trek an average of 60 km (40
miles) to fetch drinking water and called for rapid action to
prevent renewed famine.
2016 Nov 28, In Sudan the
second day of a three-day campaign for a general strike left streets
in the capital, Khartoum, deserted, classrooms empty and many shops
closed. Authorities have arrested dozens of activists and members of
opposition parties over allegations they engineered a call for a
general strike against subsidy cuts that have sparked price hikes.
2016 Nov 28, The Syrian army
and its allies announced the capture of a swathe of eastern Aleppo
from rebels in an accelerating attack that threatens to crush the
opposition in its most important urban stronghold.
2016 Nov 28, The presidents of
Turkmenistan and Afghanistan officially opened a new railroad at the
Imamnazar station on the Turkmen side of the border that will link
the oil-rich former Soviet republic with Afghanistan.
2016 Nov 28, Two Turkish
soldiers were reported killed after clashing with Kurdish militants
in the eastern province of Tunceli.
2016 Nov 28, Zimbabweans
greeted a new "bond note" currency with deep suspicion that it could
herald the return of hyperinflation that destroyed their savings
less than 10 years ago. The new "bond notes" were valued at the
equivalent of $1 and $2.
2017 Nov 28, A US prosecutor
says Turkish gold trader Reza Zarrab has pleaded guilty to charges
and will reveal at a New York trial how he helped Iran evade US
sanctions in an "economic jihad".
2017 Nov 28, The SF board of
Supervisors approved new regulations for cannabis dispensaries. The
rules included a 600-foot school buffer zone.
(SFC, 11/29/17, p.A7)
2017 Nov 28, In San Francisco
Karim Baratov (22) of Canada pleaded guilty to charges stemming from
a massive breach at Yahoo. Officials said he was a “hacker-for-hire”
paid by members of the Russian Federal Security Service. On May 29,
2018, Baratov was sentenced to five years in prison.
(SFC, 11/29/17, p.A4)(SFC, 5/30/18, p.C6)
2017 Nov 28, In Florida Howell
Emanuel Donaldson (24) was arrested for the recent shooting deaths
of four people in the Tampa area.
(SFC, 11/30/17, p.A6)
2017 Nov 28, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb planted by the Taliban killed at least eight civilians
including three women and a child in Kandahar province.
2017 Nov 28, Bangladesh
approved a $280 million project to develop an isolated and
flood-prone island in the Bay of Bengal to temporarily house 100,000
Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in neighboring Myanmar.
2017 Nov 28, In Bangladesh
three alleged Islamist extremists were killed in a raid by police as
security was stepped up before Pope Francis's landmark visit to the
2017 Nov 28, Bolivia's
Constitutional Court allowed Pres. Evo Morales to run for another
re-election. The court decision was final and cannot be appealed.
2017 Nov 28, Britain’s
University of Oxford said it will issue its first ever bond in an
effort to raise £250 million ($332 million, 279 million euros) on
2017 Nov 28, In Burkina Faso
French Pres. Emmanuel Macron kicked off his maiden African tour by
vowing to declassify secret French files on Burkina Faso's
assassinated leader, Thomas Sankara, hailed as a revolutionary hero
in many parts of the continent.
2017 Nov 28, In Cameroon
militants seeking independence for English-speaking regions carried
out a raid late in the town of Mamfe, near the border with Nigeria
in the Southwest Region, in which four soldiers were killed.
2017 Nov 28, China’s Ministry
of Environmental Protection (MEP) accused four cities in the
northeastern province of Heilongjiang of increasing air pollution
due to administrative failures. The cities of Harbin, Jiamusi,
Shuangyashan and Hegang were covered in a blanket of chocking smog
on Oct.18-20, with concentrations of hazardous particles, known as
PM2.5, reaching over 400 micrograms.
2017 Nov 28, China sentenced
Taiwanese activist Lee Ming-che (42) to five years in prison for
holding online political lectures and helping the families of jailed
dissidents. Lee's co-defendant, Peng Yuhua, from mainland China, was
sentenced to seven years in prison.
2017 Nov 28, Egypt’s interior
ministry said security forces have killed 11 suspected "terrorist
elements" during a raid on a hideout for militants providing support
for jihadists in the northern Sinai.
2017 Nov 28, Ethiopia said more
than 1,300 citizens have been expelled from Saudi Arabia in "recent
days" after a warning for undocumented migrants to voluntarily leave
the Gulf nation expired.
2017 Nov 28, Airbus, Siemens
and Rolls-Royce said they are teaming up to develop a hybrid
passenger plane that would use a single electric turbofan along with
three conventional jet engines running on aviation fuel.
2017 Nov 28, Greek police found
bomb-making equipment and detonators in raids in Athens and were
questioning nine people over suspected links to a banned militant
group in Turkey ahead of an expected visit by Turkish President
Tayyip Erdogan next week.
2017 Nov 28, Guinean officials
said a two-day skirmish between Guinean and Malian villagers over
control of a gold mine that straddles the countries' joint border
killed at least 17 people. Five dead were reported on the Guinean
side and 12 on the Malian side.
2017 Nov 28, In India Ivanka
Trump described the hurdles faced by women during a speech at a
business conference in Hyderabad. The city had cleared away beggars
and filled potholes ahead of her visit.
2017 Nov 28, In Indonesia Mount
Agung continued to erupt on Bali, spitting ash 4,000 meters (2 ½
miles) high and stranding tens of thousands of tourists for a second
2017 Nov 28, Ireland's
scandal-hit deputy PM Frances Fitzgerald resigned, averting a
government collapse and potential snap election that had threatened
to complicate Brexit talks next month between Britain and the
European Union. Opposition parties had demanded she step down after
the release of fresh documents about her disputed handling of a
police whistleblower who alleged corruption in the force.
2017 Nov 28, Kenyan President
Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in for a second term, shortly before riot
police teargassed the convoy of opposition leader Raila Odinga, who
promised supporters he would be sworn in himself on Dec. 12. A boy
(7) was killed by a stray bullet as Kenyan police chase opposition
supporters during the swearing-in ceremony. At least two people
other were shot dead in clashes with the police.
(Reuters, 11/28/17)(AP, 11/28/17)(AFP, 11/28/17)
2017 Nov 28, Libyan authorities
attempted to negotiate with a group that has cut water supplies to
Tripoli for the second time in two months to press for the release
of Mabrouk Ehnaish, a militia leader detained last month by
Tripoli's Special Deterrence Force (SDF).
2017 Nov 28, Macedonian police
arrested about 30 people, including two opposition MPs, former
senior police officials and an ex-minister, over an April attack on
parliament in which scores of people were injured.
2017 Nov 28, Mauritania flew a
new national flag for the first time, the country's independence
day, following a contested constitutional referendum that prompted a
senator's arrest and hunger strike.
2017 Nov 28, In western Mexico
two heads and a threatening note were left in a foam cooler outside
the Guadalajara offices of television network Televisa.
2017 Nov 28, In Myanmar Pope
Francis urged the leaders of the majority-Buddhist country to commit
themselves to justice, human rights and respect for "each ethnic
group and its identity." The pope avoided a diplomatic backlash by
not using the highly charged term "Rohingya" in his addresses to
officials, including leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
2017 Nov 28, North Korea
launched its most powerful weapon yet, claiming a new type of
intercontinental ballistic missile, called the Hwasong-15, that some
observers believe could reach Washington and the entire eastern US
(AP, 11/29/17)(SFC, 11/29/17, p.A3)
2017 Nov 28, Russian weather
satellite Meteor M 2-1 and nearly 20 micro-satellites from various
nations failed to enter their designated orbits following the launch
from Russia's new Vostochny launch pad in the Far East. It wasn't
immediately clear if they fell into the ocean or were stranded in
2017 Nov 28, Officials in
Serbia inaugurated the reconstruction of the railway line between
Serbia and Hungary, a project financed mostly by China and its "new
Silk Road" initiative to expand commercial ties with Europe, Asia
2017 Nov 28, In South Sudan a
tribal militia killed at least 43 people in Jonglei state, extending
a spate of tit-for-tat revenge killings. Raiders from the Murle
ethnic group killed 20 men, 22 women and one child, and injured 19
people in the village of Duk Payel.
2017 Nov 28, Syria's government
agreed to a ceasefire in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta, following days
of heavy bombardment. Shelling killed three people in Eastern Ghouta
shortly before the ceasefire.
(AFP, 11/28/17)(Reuters, 11/28/17)
2017 Nov 28, The Venezuelan
Soccer Federation fired Kenneth Zseremeta, the coach of its under-20
women's national soccer team, after he claimed that his players were
suffering from malnutrition.
2017 Nov 28, The World Health
Organization said about 11 percent of medicines in developing
countries are counterfeit and likely responsible for the deaths of
tens of thousands of children from diseases like malaria and
pneumonia every year.
2017 Nov 28, Zimbabwe's new
president, Emmerson Mnangagwa announced a three-month amnesty window
for the return of public funds illegally stashed abroad by
individuals and companies.
2018 Nov 28, The US Justice
Dept. charged Iranian hackers Faramarz Shahi Savandi (34) and
Mohammad Mehdi Shah Mansouri (27) in connection with a
multimillion-dollar extortion scheme with ransomware starting in
(SFC, 11/29/18, p.A6)
2018 Nov 28, US authorities
said five inmates in the Carolinas had been indicted for extorting
more than half a million dollars from military personnel across the
country, using illegal cell phones to pose as underage women on
(SFC, 11/29/18, p.A7)
2018 Nov 28, A Pew Research
Center study reported that the number of undocumented migrants
living in the US has fallen to 10.7 million, the lowest since 2004.
Pew attributed the decline to a big drop in undocumented Mexicans.
The number of undocumented immigrants in the US peaked in 2007 at an
estimated 12.2 million people.
2018 Nov 28, In Afghanistan 16
Taliban fighters were killed as Afghan government forces battled
insurgents in southern Helmand province overnight. Insurgents staged
a coordinated attack against security forces in Kabul when a suicide
bomber detonated his explosives and fighters engaged them in a gun
battle. The Taliban attack targeted the Kabul offices of British
security company G4S Risk Management Group. Five of its staffers
were killed, including a British national. A 6th person was also
(AP, 11/28/18)(AP, 11/29/18)
2018 Nov 28, Large swaths of
northeast Australia endured unprecedented fire danger with 138
wildfires across Queensland state forcing schools to be closed and
thousands of homes to be evacuated.
2018 Nov 28, A British court
rejected an extradition request from Turkey for exiled businessman
Akin Ipek (54) to face terrorism-funding, fraud and other charges,
saying he faced a real risk of ill-treatment should he be returned.
2018 Nov 28, Chile's Pres.
Sebastian Pinera signed a measure that lets people over the age of
14 change their name and gender in official records.
(SFC, 11/29/18, p.A2)
2018 Nov 28, Chinese scientist
He Jiankui, who claims to have created the world's first
genetically-edited babies, defended the highly controversial
procedure, but announced a halt to the trial following an
2018 Nov 28, In northeastern
China an explosion outside a chemical plant early today killed at
least 22 people and destroyed scores of vehicles in Zhangjiakou
2018 Nov 28, The EU's second
highest court upheld a decision by the European Union to recover
money from far-right politician Marine Le Pen, delivering the former
French presidential candidate a second legal setback this year.
2018 Nov 28, Georgians voted in
the second round of a presidential election seen as a crucial test
for the increasingly unpopular ruling party and watched closely by
Russia and the West. French-born former foreign minister Salome
Zurabishvili (66) won nearly 60 percent of the vote.
(AFP, 11/28/18)(AP, 11/29/18)
2018 Nov 28, In Greece train
and island ferry services were suspended and most Athens public
transport was idle as the country's biggest labor union held a
strike against persisting austerity measures.
2018 Nov 28, In Greece a Syrian
man was killed overnight and six more people injured when a car used
by a smuggling gang that was crammed with nine people crashed on a
northern highway near the town of Kavala.
2018 Nov 28, The US ambassador
to Israel called on Palestinians to free Issam Akel, an
American-Palestinian, who was detained two months ago for "selling
land to a Jew", apparently violating a long-standing Palestinian ban
on selling land to Israelis.
2018 Nov 28, Lebanon's army
detained around 400 Syrians in raids on refugee camps in the eastern
Bekaa valley, mostly for overstaying their residence permits.
2018 Nov 28, Mexico's human
rights commission blasted the government's investigation of the 2014
disappearance of 43 students for a long list of failures, adding the
remains of 19 unidentified people were found in a trash dump linked
to the case.
2018 Nov 28, Nigeria's military
revealed a death toll of 39 from five attacks by extremists on
soldiers between Nov. 2 and Nov. 18.
(SFC, 11/29/18, p.A2)
2018 Nov 28, At least 15
Nigerian news organizations joined forces on the CrossCheck Nigeria
project to fight misinformation ahead of February's elections in a
collaborative first as the country's main political parties trade
accusations of fabrication and exaggeration.
2018 Nov 28, Pakistan's PM
Imran Khan attended a groundbreaking ceremony at the Kartarpur
corridor for the first visa-free border crossing with India that
will allow Sikh pilgrims to easily visit their shrines on each side
of the border.
2018 Nov 28, President Vladimir
Putin said that Russia had no choice but to cut its dependency on
dollars to conduct trade, after becoming the target of increasingly
severe US sanctions.
2018 Nov 28, President Vladimir
Putin insisted that Russian forces had the right to seize three
Ukrainian ships at the weekend, as Kiev lashed out at Moscow for
failing to release its sailors.
2018 Nov 28, Moscow's latest
tourist attraction, a cable car over the Moskva River, was shut the
day after it opened because of what the operator said was a
2018 Nov 28, Saudi Arabia's
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman landed in Buenos Aires for the G20
summit of industrialized nations.
2018 Nov 28, A Sri Lankan court
ordered the detention of Chief of Defense Staff Admiral Ravindra
Wijegunaratne, the country's top military officer, for investigation
in connection with the abduction and disappearance of 11 young
people, including ethnic minority Tamils, during the country's civil
war. Wijegunaratne has been accused of giving refuge to former navy
Lieutenant Commander Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi, who is the main
suspect in the abduction of the 11 young people in 2008-2009. They
are believed to have been murdered while being held for ransom.
2018 Nov 28, In Switzerland
Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani announced a 12-person team for
prospective peace talks with the Taliban. Top diplomats from Russia,
the United States and the European Union united in support for
Ghani's efforts to stabilize his war-battered nation.
(AFP, 11/28/18)(AP, 11/28/18)
2018 Nov 28, In northeastern
Thailand a man was killed by a wild elephant after his speeding car
hit the animal near Khao Yai National Park.
2018 Nov 28, In northwest
Turkey a large concrete block fell during the construction of a
highway viaduct, killing one worker and trapping two others beneath
it near the town of Gebze, Kocaeli province.
2018 Nov 28, Ukrainian
President Petro Poroshenko signed an act introducing martial law
after Russia's seizure of three of Kiev's navy vessels sparked the
worst crisis in years between the neighbors.
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