636 Nov 1, Nicholas
Boileau-Despreaux, French poet, was born. He was also a critic and
official royal historian and wrote "Lutrin."
834 Nov 1, This day was
declared to be All Saints’ Day by the Catholic Church. [see
(SFC, 10/31/01, p.C2)
835 Nov 1, After the
spread of Christianity through the west, the Roman Catholic Church
in 835 A.D. made November 1 a church holiday to honor all the
saints. This celebration was called All Saint's Day or All Hallows
and the day before it--October 31--was called All Hallow's Eve
(later Halloween). Pope Gregory extended the Feast of All Saints on
Nov 1 to France and Germany. [see 834AD]
(PTA, 1980, p.204)(HNPD, 10/31/99)
846 Nov 1, Louis II, the
Stutterer, King of France (877-79), was born.
1210 Nov 1, King John of
England began imprisoning Jews.
1349 Nov 1, Duke of Brabant
ordered the execution of all Jews in Brussels. He accused them of
poisoning the wells.
1355 Nov 1, During the
Hundred Years’ War (1337-1457) an English invasion army under Black
Prince Edward (25) landed at Calais.
(DoW, 1999, p.213)(PC, 1992 ed, p.131)
1470 Nov 1, Edward V, King of
England, was born. [see Nov 3]
1500 Nov 1, Benvunuto Cellini
(d.1571), Italian goldsmith and sculptor, was born. His 1545
autobiography greatly influenced the Renaissance.
(HN, 11/1/00)(WSJ, 2/14/00, p.A20)
1512 Nov 1, Michelangelo
completed his paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and the
work was first exhibited to the public. In 2020 the Vatican released
"The Sistine Chapel," a 3-volume set documenting every inch of
Michelangelo's 4 years of work. 1,999 copies were printed at $22,000
(TL-MB, 1988, p.10)(AP, 11/1/97)(HN,
11/1/98)(Econ., 11/7/20, p.74)
1535 Nov 1, Francesco Sforza,
Italian ruler ("Il Sforza del Destino") Milan, died.
1582 Nov 1, Maurice of Nassau,
the son of William of Orange, became the governor of Holland,
Zeeland and Utrecht.
1604 Nov 1, William
Shakespeare's tragedy "Othello" was first presented at Whitehall
Palace in London.
1611 Nov 1, Shakespeare's
romantic comedy "The Tempest" was first presented at Whitehall.
1630 Nov 1-1630 Nov 30, In
Italy 12,000 inhabitants of Venice died of plague. 80,000 people
died over a period of 17 months.
1636 Nov 1, Nicholas Boileaus,
French poet and historian, was born.
1672 Nov 1, Heinrich
Schutz (87), composer, died. Pupil of Giovanni Gabrielli from
1609-1672, he was employed by the Elector of Saxony in 1615 and
became Kapellmeister two years later. While employed by the Elector,
Schütz made several visits to Italy and served three two-year terms
as guest court conductor in Copenhagen. Schütz's works include one
opera (a first in the German language), Easter and Christmas
oratorios, three passions, numerous polychoral Psalm settings in the
style of his teacher, Gabrielli, other sacred concerted works in
Latin and German, and Italian madrigals.
1688 Nov 1, William of Orange
set sail for England at the head of a fleet of 500 ships and 30,000
men. He intended too oust his father-in-law King James II. The Dutch
parliament, the States General, funded William with 4 million
guilders. Amsterdam financiers provided another 2 million. Some of
this was used to print 60,000 copies of his “Declaration" (of the
reasons inducing him to appear in arms in the Kingdom of England),
which were distributed in England. In 2008 Lisa Jardine authored
“Going Dutch: How England Plundered Holland’s Glory."
(WSJ, 8/28/08, p.A13)
1748 Nov 1, Christoph Rheineck,
composer, was born.
1750 Nov 1, Giuseppe Sammartini
(55), composer, died.
1755 Nov 1, An 8.7 earthquake
hit Lisbon, Portugal, and killed some 70,000 people. Heavy damage
resulted from ensuing fires and tsunami flooding in Morocco and
nearly a quarter of a million people were killed. In 2008 Nicholas
Shrady authored “The Last Day: Wrath, Ruin and Reason in the Great
1757 Nov 1, Antonio Canova
(d.1822), Italian sculptor, was born.
1762 Nov 1, Spencer Perceval,
British Prime Minister, was born.
1765 Nov 1, The Stamp Act went
into effect, prompting stiff resistance from American colonists.
(AP, 11/1/97)(HN, 11/1/98)
1769 Nov 1-1769 Nov 3, Sgt.
Jose Francisco Ortega with his scouting party first looked upon SF
Bay from the vicinity of Point Lobos.
(SFEC, 2/9/97, p.W4)
1776 Nov 1, Father Junipero
Serra arrived at the site of Mission of San Juan Capistrano and
re-founded it. His mission was to convert the members of the
Acagchemem tribe called Juanenos by the Spaniards. The tribe at the
time was experiencing the end of a 7-year draught.
1783 Nov 1, Continental Army
dissolved and George Washington made his "Farewell Address." [See
1784 Nov 1, Maryland granted
citizenship to Lafayette and his descendents.
1798 Nov 1, Benjamin Lee
Guinness, Irish brewer and Dublin mayor, was born.
(HN, 11/1/00)(MC, 11/1/01)
1800 Nov 1, John and Abigail
Adams moved into “the President’s House" in Washington DC. It became
known as the White House during the Roosevelt administration.
(SFEC, 5/7/00, p.T8)(MC, 11/1/01)
1815 Nov 1, Crawford Williamson
Long, surgeon and pioneer (use of ether), was born.
1818 Nov 1, James Renwick,
architect, was born. His work included St. Patrick’s Cathedral in
1828 Nov 1, Balfour Steward,
Scottish physicist and meteorologist, was born.
1834 Nov 1, The 1st published
reference to poker was as Mississippi riverboat game.
1835 Nov 1, Godfrey Weitzel,
(Union volunteers Major general, died in 1884), was born.
1854 Nov 1, Fr. Anthony
Maraschi, SJ, arrived in San Francisco along with Fr. Charles
Messea, SJ, and Fr. Aloysius Masnata, SJ.
(GenIV, Winter 04/05)
1859 Nov 1, Henry David Thoreau
stood up in front of a crowd in Boston’s Tremont Temple and
delivered a lecture in support of abolitionist John Brown.
(Econ, 8/12/17, p.67)
1861 Nov 1, Lieutenant General
Winfield Scott, 50 year veteran and leader of the U.S. Army at the
onset of the Civil War, retired. Gen. George B. McClellan was made
General-in-Chief of the Union armies.
(AP, 11/1/97)(HN, 11/1/98)
1866 Nov 1, Belle Starr
[née Myra Maybelle Shirley], “Bandit Queen" and wild woman of the
west, married James C. Reed (d.1874) in Collins County, Texas.
1866 Nov 1, 1st Civil Rights
1867 Nov 1, "Harpers Bazaar"
1869 Nov 1, Louis Riel seized
Fort Garry, Winnipeg, during the Red River Rebellion. Louis Riel,
Metis leader, helped stage an uprising against the influx of white
settlers in Manitoba that resulted in a provisional government that
he led. Manitoba was admitted as Canada’s 5th province and the Metis
were allocated 1.4 million acres of land, but Riel fled charged with
failing to stop the execution of Thomas Scott, an English Protestant
captured during the fighting.
(SFC, 1/22/98, p.B2)(HN, 11/1/98)(Reuters,
1870 Nov 1, The U.S. Weather
Bureau made its first meteorological observations, using reports
gathered by telegraph from 24 locations.
1871 Nov 1, Steven Crane, poet
and novelist, was born. He is best remembered as the author of “The
Red Badge of Courage" (1895), a realistic portrayal of one soldier's
Civil War battle experience. Crane's novels and short stories, which
were influenced by the French Naturalistic writers, showed
individuals at the mercy of natural and social forces. In the early
1890s Crane became a freelance writer in the Bowery area of New York
City and, resulting from his firsthand observation of poverty in the
slums, he wrote “Maggie: A Girl of the Streets" (1893), a book
considered shocking at the time. Crane covered the Greco-Turkish War
in 1897 and the Spanish-American War in 1898 as a news
correspondent. His later short-story collections, such as “The Open
Boat" and “Other Tales of Adventure" (1898), are recognized as
masterpieces of the form. Stephen Crane died of tuberculosis in 1900
at the age of 28.
(WSJ, 8/6/98, p.A13)(HNPD, 11/1/98)(HN, 11/1/98)
1873 Nov 1, In San Francisco
Ned Allen, owner of the Bull Run dance hall on Pacific Ave.,
adjacent to Chinatown, was stabbed to death. Allen had rejoiced in
being called the wickedest man in SF. Bartlett J. Freel, aka Barney
Flinn, was soon identified as the killer. In April, 1874, he was
convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 11 years in San Quentin.
(SFC, 4/25/15, p.C2)(SFC, 5/2/15, p.C4)
1880 Nov 1, Sholem Asch,
Polish-born American novelist, was born. He wrote "The Nazarene" and
"The Apostle, Mary."
1880 Nov 1, Grantland Rice,
American sportswriter, was born.
1880 Nov 1, Alfred L Wegener,
German meteorologist (continental shift), was born.
1884 Nov 1, The Gaelic Athletic
Association was founded at the in Liberty Square Thurles, County
Tipperary, Ireland, to promote traditional Irish sports.
1885 Nov 1, In San Francisco
Cecelia Bowers (29), the wife of Dr. J. Milton Bowers (45), died
following a two-month-long illness. An autopsy revealed that she had
died of phosphorous poisoning. Dr. Bowers was later found guilty of
first-degree murder and sentenced to hang. In 1887 the body of Henry
Benhayon, the brother of Cecilia, was found murdered at a boarding
house at 22 Geary St. He left three letters confessing to the murder
of his sister. Thomas Dimmig (33), the husband of a staunch
supporter of Dr. Bowers was charged with killing Benhayon. Dimmig
was later acquitted and the case against Dr. Bowers (d.1904) was
(SFC, 1/24/15, p.C1)
1894 Nov 1, A vaccine for
diphtheria was announced by Dr. Roux of Paris.
1896 Nov 1, The 1st bare women
breast (Zulu) appeared in National Geographic Mag.
1902 Nov 1, Nordahl Brun Greig,
Norwegian writer, was born. He was a wartime hero during WWII.
1902 Nov 1, Eugen Jochum,
German conductor (Hamburg Orch), was born in Babenhausen, Bavaria.
1904 Nov 1, George Bernard
Shaw's "John Bull's Other Island," premiered in London.
1909 Nov 1, In San Francisco a
ban on cows went into effect, except for a narrow district that was
set apart for handling cattle to be slaughtered. A new ordnance made
it unlawful to keep more than 2 cows and provided that when 2 cows
are kept within city limits, at least an acre of land must be
provided for their pasturage.
(SSFC, 3/22/09, DB p.50)
1911 Nov 1, Italian planes
performed the first aerial bombing on Tanguira oasis in Libya. Lt.
Giulio Cavotti dropped a hand grenade on an oasis outside of
Tripoli. In 2001 Sven Lindqvist authored “A History of Bombing."
(HN, 11/1/98)(SFC, 4/22/01, BR p.3)
1914 Nov 1, Von Hindenburg was
named marshal of Eastern front.
1914 Nov 1, German and British
fleets battled at Coronel, Chile.
1917 Nov 1, First US soldiers
were killed in combat in WW I.
1918 Nov 1, During a
wildcat strike a replacement motorman, behind schedule, was speeding
a Brighton Beach bound train down what is today the Franklin Avenue
shuttle. The train derailed on a curve and hit a tunnel wall on the
approach to the Prospect Park Station. 102 died in a NYC BMT subway
derailment at Malbone Street, Brooklyn.
1918 Nov 1, Yugoslav battleship
Viribus Unitis was sunk by Italians.
1920 Nov 1, Eugene O'Neill's
"Emperor Jones," premiered in NYC.
1922 Nov 1, The Ottoman Empire
ended as Turkey’s Grand National Assembly abolished the sultanate.
In 2006 Caroline Finkel authored “Osman’s Dream: The History of the
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ottoman_Empire)(WSJ, 4/11/06, p.D8)
1923 Nov 1, Victoria de Los
Angeles, Spanish opera soprano, was born.
1923 Nov 1, Goodyear Tire and
Rubber Company bought the rights to manufacture Zeppelin dirigibles.
1924 Nov 1, Victoria de los
Angeles, soprano (Mimi-La Boheme), was born in Spain.
1924 Nov 1, Bill
Tilghman (b.1854), legendary Oklahoma marshal, was gunned down by a
drunk in Cromwell, Oklahoma, while trying to arrest Wiley Lynn, a
corrupt prohibition officer.
1928 Nov 1, The Graf Zeppelin
set an airship distance record of 6384 km (3,966 mls).
1928 Nov 1, Under Pres. Mustafa
Kemal Ataturk the Turkish Republic's law number 1353, the Law on the
Adoption and Implementation of the Turkish Alphabet, was passed. It
replaced Arabic script with Latin script and went into effect on Jan
1929 Nov 1, Afghan emir
Habibullah Kalakani (b.1891), popularly known as "Bache Saqaw," was
executed by firing squad along with his brother and 10 other rebel
1930 Nov 1, Albert Ramsdell
Gurney, American playwright, was born. His work included “Love
Letters" and “The Dining Room."
1931 Nov 1, Dupont introduced
synthetic rubber. [see Nov 3]
1932 Nov 1, Werner von Braun
was named head of German liquid-fuel rocket program.
1934 Nov 1, Jeanette MacDonald
arrived in San Francisco for the upcoming premier of “The Merry
Widow," in which she co-starred with Maurice Chevalier.
(SSFC, 11/1/09, DB p.42)(TVM, 1977, p.470)
1935 Nov 1, T.S. Eliot's
"Murder in the Cathedral," premiered in London.
1936 Nov 1, The Rodeo Cowboy’s
Association was founded.
1936 Nov 1, In a speech in
Milan, Italy, Benito Mussolini described the alliance between his
country and Nazi Germany as an "axis" running between Rome and
Berlin after Count Ciano’s visit to Germany.
(AP, 11/1/97)(HN, 11/1/98)
1938 Nov 1, Seabiscuit raced
against Triple Crown War Admiral at Pimlico and won the match race.
In 2001 Laura Hillenbrand authored “Seabiscuit: An American Legend."
Over 6 years the horse won 33 victories with record earnings of
(WSJ, 3/9/00, p.W9)
1938 Nov 1, German
colonel-general Gerd von Runstedt retired.
1939 Nov 1, The 1st animal, a
rabbit, conceived by artificial insemination was displayed.
1939 Nov 1, 1st jet plane, a
Heinkel He 178, was demonstrated to German Air Ministry.
1940 Nov 1, 1st US air raid
shelter was made in Fleetwood, Pa.
1940 Nov 1, The Iceland skating
rink opened in Berkeley, Ca., with an appearance by Sonya Henie, the
former Olympic champion and Hollywood actress. The facility closed
(SFC, 1/19/07, p.B2)
1941 Nov 1, Japanese marine
staff officers Suzuki and Maejima arrived in Pearl Harbor.
1941 Nov 1, Chetniks attacked
Tito's partisans in Uzice, Yugoslavia.
1942 Nov 1, The 10th day of
battle at El Alamein (Egypt).
1943 Nov 1, American troops
invaded Bougainville in the Solomon Islands.
1944 Nov 1, "Harvey," a comedy
by Mary Coyle Chase about a man and his invisible friend, a
6-foot-tall rabbit, opened on Broadway.
1944 Nov 1, Gen. Patton greeted
the 761st Tank Battalion, an all black unit, near Nancy, France.
They had no day off until linking Russian allies on May 5, 1945.
(SSFC, 5/30/04, p.B4)
1945 Nov 1, John H. Johnson
published the first issue of Ebony magazine.
1947 Nov 1, Man O' War (Big
Red), racehorse and triple crown winner, died.
1948 Nov 1, During the
Chinese Civil War (1945-1949) Mao's Red army conquered Mukden,
(DoW, 1999, p.113)
1950 Nov 1, Two members of a
Puerto Rican nationalist movement, Oscar Collazo and Griselio
Torresola, tried to force their way into Blair House in Washington
to assassinate President Truman. The attempt failed, and one of the
pair Griselio Torresola, was shot dead. On July 24, 1952, Truman
commuted Collazo’s death sentence to life imprisonment, on the same
day he signed an act enlarging the self-government of Puerto Rico.
In 2005 Stephen Hunter authored “American Gunfight: The Plot to Kill
(AP, 11/1/97)(HN, 11/1/98)(HNQ, 1/24/02)(WSJ,
1950 Nov 1, In North Korea US
Rev. Emil Kapaun (b.1916) began helping the wounded at the 2-day
battle of Unsan, where his 8th Cavalry regiment was overrun by
Chinese forces. He died in a North Korean POW camp in May, 1951. In
2013 he was awarded the Medal of Honor, an upgrade from an earlier
Distinguished Service Cross.
(SFC, 4/12/13, p.A6)
1950 Nov 1, USSR Communist
forces introduced the MiG-15 to the Korean War.
1951 Nov 1, Johnny Mercer's
"Top Banana," premiered in NYC.
1951 Nov 1, A new US federal
law took effect that required bookies, lottery operators and
punchboard dealers to purchase a $50 gambling stamp.
(SFC, 1/25/02, p.G6)
1951 Nov 1, The 1st atomic
explosion, witnessed by troops, was at Yucca Flat, Nevada. Members
of the 1st Battalion, 188th Airborne Infantry Regiment from Ft.
Campbell, Kentucky, were the first unwitting test participants to be
sent to that facility by the Atomic Energy Commission and The
Department of Defense in a series of nuclear tests, code named
1951 Nov 1, The Algerian
National Liberation Front began guerrilla warfare against the
1952 Nov 1, The United
States exploded the first hydrogen bomb, codenamed "Ivy Mike," in a
test at Eniwetok in the Marshall Islands. The elements Einsteinium
and Fermium were discovered in the debris of the 1st hydrogen bomb
test. In 2002 Greg Herken authored "Brotherhood of the Bomb: the
Tangled Lives and Loyalties of Robert Oppenheimer, Ernest Lawrence
and Edward Teller."
(AP, 11/1/07)(NH, 7/02, p.35)(SSFC, 10/12/02,
p.M1)(SFC, 7/3/10, p.C4)
1954 Nov 1, "The Sky's The
Limit" TV game show began airing on NBC and continued to Dec 27,
1954 Nov 1, The US Senate
admonished Joseph McCarthy for his slander campaign.
1954 Nov 1, Algerian
nationalists began their successful eight-year rebellion against
French rule. [see Oct 31] Hocine Ait-Ahmed (1926-2015) was one of
the nine so-called "sons of Toussaint" who launched the uprising. He
was arrested in 1964 and condemned to death but later freed, and
left for exile in Lausanne in 1966.
(AP, 11/1/06)(AFP, 1/1/16)
1954 Nov 1, General Fulgencio
Batista was elected president of Cuba.
1955 Nov 1, A time bomb aboard
United DC-6 killed 44 above Longmont, Colorado. Jack Gilbert Graham
rigged a time bomb for the Denver to Seattle flight and put it into
his mother’s suitcase in order to collect the insurance money.
Graham was executed in the gas chamber Jan 11, 1957.
(MC, 11/1/01)(AWC, 1982)
1955 Nov 1, Dale Carnegie
(b.1888), author of “How to Win Friends and Influence People"
(1937), died of Hodgkin’s disease. In 2006 he was inducted into the
Hall of Famous Missourians in Jefferson City, Missouri; joining the
likes of Harry S Truman and Walt Disney.
1956 Nov 1, Walter Brattain,
John Bardeen and William Shockley were awarded the Nobel Prize in
physics for the invention of the transistor. The trio invented the
transistor in 1948 at the Bell Laboratories. William Schockley,
co-developer of the transistor, founded Schockley Semiconductor
Laboratory in Palo Alto this year. Two of his hires, Robert Noyce
and Gordon Moore, later went on to start Intel Corp. Tim Jackson in
1998 published "Inside Intel."
(SFEC, 8/17/97, BR p.4)(WSJ, 2/13/98, p.A13)(HNQ,
1956 Nov 1, The Nagy government
of Hungary withdrew from the Warsaw Pact.
Nov 1, Pietro Badoglio (85), Italian general (1922-43), Premier of
Italy (1943-44), died.
1957 Nov 1, World longest
suspension bridge opened in Mackinac Straits, Mich.
1958 Nov 1, Jack Dobbins (30)
was murdered in Charleston, S.C., for having allegedly made sexual
advances. John Mahon (18), the confessed killer, used a brass
candlestick and was later acquitted after using a gay panic
1959 Nov 1, Patrice Lumumba was
arrested in the Belgian Congo.
1960 Nov 1, US Pres. Eisenhower
announced that the US would take all steps necessary to defend its
naval base at Cuba’s Guantanamo Bay.
(AH, 4/07, p.18)
1961 Nov 1, Pres. J.F. Kennedy
signed executive order 10971 creating a board of three members to
investigate a dispute between TWA and certain of its employees.
1961 Nov 1, A prohibition on
tattooing went into effect in NYC because of its role in the spread
(SSFC, 10/9/11, DB p.42)
1962 Nov 1, Greece entered the
European Common Market.
1962 Nov 1, The Russian Mars 1
Flyby was launched but communications failed en route.
(SFC, 11/19/96, p.B1)
1963 Nov 1-1963 Nov 2, South
Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem and his brother were assassinated
in a military coup. Coup leader Duong Van Minh explained that "They
had to be killed… Pres. Diem was too much respected among simple,
gullible people in the countryside." A 3rd brother was later tricked
into surrendering to US forces and was turned over to coup leaders
and killed by firing squad. Col. Nguyen Van Thieu helped organize
the coup that killed Pres. Ngo Dinh Diem.
(AP, 11/2/97)(SFEM, 4/11/99, p.42)(SFEC, 4/23/00,
p.A19)(SFC, 10/1/01, p.B2)
1964 Nov 1, The Vietcong
assaulted the Bien Hoa airport at Saigon, South Vietnam.
1965 Nov 1, In Cairo, Egypt, a
trackless trolley plunged into Nile River drowning 74.
1968 Nov 1, Lyndon B. Johnson's
halt to bombing in Vietnam went into effect at 8 AM, Washington
1968 Nov 1, The Motion Picture
Association of America unveiled its new voluntary film rating
system: G for general audiences, M for mature audiences (later
changed to GP, then PG), R for restricted audiences, and X (later
changed to NC-17) for adults only.
1968 Nov 1, Georgios Papandreou
(b.1888), Greek minister and 3-time premier, died.
1970 Nov 1, A discotheque near
Grenoble, France, burned. All exits were padlocked and 142 people
1971 Nov 1, The Eisenhower
dollar was put into circulation.
1971 Nov 1, The Five Power
Defense Arrangements were concluded by the defense ministers of
Australia, Britain, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore. In 2017 it
was upgraded to deal with terrorism threats and new security
(Econ, 11/5/11, p.54)(AP, 6/2/17)
1972 Nov 1, Ezra Pound
(b.1885), American poet, died in Italy. In 2007 A. David Moody
authored “Ezra Pound: Poet: The Young Genius 1885-1920."
1973 Nov 1, In the wake of the
Saturday Night Massacre, Acting Attorney General Robert H. Bork
appointed Leon Jaworski to be the new Watergate special prosecutor,
succeeding Archibald Cox.
1974 Nov 1, Yuko Shimizu,
Sanrio designer and creator of Hello Kitty, set Nov 1 as Hello
Kitty’s birthday and her parents as George and Mary White of London.
(SSFC, 12/26/04, p.M2)
1974 Nov 1, The UN General
Assembly unanimously passed the first of countless resolutions
calling all states to respect the sovereignty, independence,
territorial integrity and non-alignment of the Republic of Cyprus.
1975 Nov 1, Pier Paolo Pasolini
(b.1922), Italian poet, author and director was murdered. A young
male prostitute was tried and convicted for the murder in 1976.
1978 Nov 1, The Carter
administration announced a multipart support package for the US
dollar. The Treasury planned to use gold sales, foreign borrowing
and a draw on reserves with the IMF to defend the dollar. The
Federal Reserve raised the discount rate a full point.
(WSJ, 1/18/05, p.A1)
1978 Nov 1, The US Dept. of
Justice filed its first statement of contentions and proof, settling
out detailed charges against AT&T, which eventually led to its
1978 Nov 1, In Dallas, Texas,
Jonathan Bruce Reed attacked Wanda Jean Wadle and her roommate,
Kimberly Pursley. He'd apparently entered their apartment by posing
as a maintenance man. In 1979 Reed was convicted and condemned to
death for the rape-slaying of Wanda Jean Wadle at her apartment. In
2009 an appeals court ruled that Reed could be freed because
prosecutors improperly excluded blacks from his jury in the belief
that blacks empathize with defendants.
1978 Nov 1, Uganda, following
its invasion into Tanzania, formally annexed a section across the
Kagera River boundary.
1979 Nov 1, The tanker Burmah
Agate, spilled 10.7 million gallons of oil off Galveston Bay, Texas,
in US's worst oil spill disaster.
1979 Nov 1, Mamie Doud
Eisenhower (b.1896), wife of former Pres. "Ike" Eisenhower, died at
a family farm in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
1980 Nov 1, Conservative Edward
Seaga (b.1930) began serving as PM of Jamaica. He defeated Michael
Manley as Jamaica was nearly bankrupt, and became a close ally of US
Pres. Reagan. Seaga served as PM for the Labor Party until 1989.
1981 Nov 1, Antigua and Barbuda
gained independence from Britain.
1983 Nov 1, IBM released PC DOS
1983 Nov 1, Anthony van Hoboken
(b.1887), Dutch musicologist, died in Zurich. He is best known for
his Haydn Catalog (1957).
1984 Nov 1, Norman Krasna
(b.1909), American writer and film producer, died of a heart attack.
The 1947 film “Dear Ruth" was based on his writings.
1985 Nov 1, Phil Silvers
(b.1911), American comedic actor (Sgt. Bilko), died in his sleep.
1986 Nov 1, In Japan seven
charred bodies of women of the cult Friends of Truth were found on a
beach. Their leader had recently died in a hospital.
(SFC, 3/27/97, p.A19)
1986 Nov 1, A fire in a Sandoz
factory in Basel left 30 tons of chemicals in the Rhine.
1987 Nov 1, Ibrahim Hussein of
Kenya won the New York City Marathon in two hours, 11 minutes and
one second; Priscilla Welch of Britain led the women in two hours,
30 minutes and 16 seconds.
1987 Nov 1, Chinese leader Deng
Xiaoping retired from the Communist Party's Central Committee.
1987 Nov 1, Rene Levesque
(b.1922), Quebec premier (1976-85), died at age 65.
1988 Nov 1, Israeli voters went
to the polls in parliamentary elections that resulted in a narrow
victory for the right-wing Likud bloc, requiring the creation of a
1989 Nov 1, Sadie Tanner
Mossell Alexander (b.1898), the first African-American to earn a PhD
in economics (1921), died in Philadelphia. She was also the first
woman to receive a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania
1989 Nov 1, East Germany
reopened its border with Czechoslovakia, prompting tens of thousands
of refugees to flee to the West.
1989 Nov 1, A Scandinavian
Airlines System (SAS) and Finnair ban on smoking took effect for all
1990 Nov 1, During a trip to
Orlando, Florida, President Bush accused Iraqi forces of engaging in
“barbarism" and “brutality," adding, “I don’t believe that Adolf
Hitler ever participated in anything of that nature."
1991 Nov 1, Clarence Thomas
took his place as the newest justice on the US Supreme Court.
1991 Nov 1, Univ. of Iowa
graduate student Gang Lu (27) of China killed 4 members of his
department, another university employee and himself. He was
reportedly angry that his doctoral dissertation was not nominated
for an academic award.
(SFC, 4/3/12, p.A12)
1991 Nov 1, The 3-day session
of the Middle East peace conference recessed in Madrid, Spain. The
conference led to Israeli deals with Jordan and the Palestinians and
established the principle of land for peace.
11/1/01)(Econ, 5/24/08, p.68)
1992 Nov 1, The space shuttle
Columbia landed at Cape Canaveral, Fla., ending a 10-day mission
that included the deployment of an Italian satellite.
1993 Nov 1, In an address to
pediatricians, first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton accused insurance
companies of waging a deceitful campaign against the
administration's health plan.
1993 Nov 1, The space shuttle
Columbia landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California, ending a
1994 Nov 1, The US Senate
Intelligence Committee released a report saying CIA Director R.
James Woolsey's response to the Aldrich Ames spy case was "seriously
inadequate," but that his predecessors were ultimately to blame for
1994 Nov 1, In Cherry Hill,
Pa., Len Jenoff and Paul Daniels clubbed to death Carol Neulander
(52), the wife of Rabbi Fred J. Neulander (53), under a contract
from Rabbi Neulander. Neulander stood trial in 2001 in New Jersey.
He was convicted of murder Nov 20, 2002 and sentenced to life in
(SFC, 10/20/01, p.A18)(SFC, 11/21/02, p.A6)(SFC,
1994 Nov 1, George W. Bush was
elected governor of Texas.
(SSFC, 12/2/18, p.A13)
1994 Nov 1, Syd Dernley (73),
British hangman, died. In 1989 he authored “The Hangman's Tale:
Memoirs of a Public Executioner."
1995 Nov 1, The US House voted
to ban so-called “partial birth" abortions by a vote of 288-to-139.
1995 Nov 1, Bosnia peace talks
for the countries of the former Yugoslavia were launched in Dayton,
Ohio, with the leaders of Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia present.
(SFC, 10/16/97, p.A12)(AP, 11/1/00)
1996 Nov 1, Accused of peddling
access to the Oval Office, President Clinton demanded an end to what
he called the "escalating arms race" for political money. Bob Dole
countered with his own solutions to "a growing scandal" of
Democratic financial sins.
1996 Nov 1, In Burma the
government program to attract visitors “Visit Myanmar Year" began
with tighter security measures.
(SFEC, 11/10/96, p.T5)
1996 Nov 1, In the Dominican
Republic Pres. Fernandez fired his commander-in-chief Lt. Gen’l.
Juan Bautista Rojas Tobar after he was accused of involvement in the
1994 slaying of Narciso Gonzalez.
(SFC, 11/25/96, p.A9)
1996 Nov 1, In Germany a new
law governing store hours will take effect. Bakeries will be allowed
to sell fresh bread on Sunday mornings, though other stores must
(SFC, 7/5/96, p.A12)
1996 Nov 1, In Guatemala a
Brazilian-made turboprop crashed near Flores in Peten province and
14 people enroute to the Mayan site of Tikal were killed.
(SFC, 11/2/96, p.C1)
1996 Nov 1, In Israel Nahum
Kurman, the security chief of a Jewish settlement, was charged
killing the 11-year-old Palestinian boy, Hilmi Shousha.
(SFC, 11/2/96, p.C1)
1996 Nov 1, Five police
officers were slain in southern Mexico and another outside Mexico
City. The EPR claimed responsibility.
(SFC, 11/2/96, p.A9)
1996 Nov 1, Norway announced a
$24 million donation to educate girls in 19 African countries. The
gift went to UNICEF’s African Education for All program.
(SFC, 11/2/96, p.C1)
1997 Nov 1, Chinese President
Jiang Zemin defended his government during an appearance at Harvard
University, but conceded that China had made mistakes. Meanwhile,
about 2,000 people demonstrated outside both for and against the
1997 Nov 1, Indonesia shut down
16 insolvent banks and planned austerity measures.
(SFEC, 11/2/97, p.A18)
1997 Nov 1, Iraq announced that
American weapons inspectors working with the UN would not be allowed
to resume work on Nov 3.
(SFEC, 11/2/97, p.A17)
1997 Nov 1, Russia’s Pres.
Boris Yeltsin met with Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto at
Krasnoyarsk to discuss economic cooperation.
(SFEC, 11/2/97, p.A22)
1998 Nov 1, John Kagwe of Kenya
won the NY Marathon for the second consecutive year in 2:8:45.
Franca Fiacconi of Italy won among the women in 2:25:17.
(WSJ, 11/2/98, p.A1)(AP, 11/1/99)
1998 Nov 1, Weekend rain caused
severe flooding in central Kansas and Oklahoma. The Whitewater and
Walnut Rivers topped a 35-foot levee.
(SFC, 11/3/98, p.A3)
1998 Alfred Mitchell Bingham,
founder of the Depression-era socialist magazine “Common Sense,"
died at age 93.
(WSJ, 11/6/98, p.A1)
1998 Nov 1, In Bangladesh the
first Peace Corps volunteers arrived. 17 US college will study
Bangla, the local language, for 3 months and then teach English to
(SFC, 11/2/98, p.A14)
1998 Nov 1, In Colombia some
1,000 rebels attacked a police base in Mitu, capital of Vaupes
province with missiles shaped from propane cylinders. As many as 60
officers were believed killed. 80 police officers were reported
killed and 45 taken prisoner by the FARC rebels.
(SFC, 11/2/98, p.A14)(WSJ, 11/2/98, p.A1)(SFC,
1998 Nov 1, In Guatemala 10
Americans were killed when their C-47 cargo plane crashed while on a
mission to distribute medicines and medical care.
(SFC, 11/3/98, p.A11)
1998 Nov 1, In Macedonia a 2nd
round of elections was scheduled. Right-wing parties unseated the
(WSJ, 11/2/98, p.A1)
1998 Nov 1, The military arm of
the radical Islamic group Hamas made an unprecedented threat against
Yasser Arafat, demanding the Palestinian leader halt a crackdown
against it, or face violent vengeance.
1999 Nov 1, Pres. Clinton met
with Middle East leaders in Oslo.
(SFC, 11/1/99, p.A13)
1999 Nov 1, Coast Guard crews
searching for clues in the crash of EgyptAir Flight 990, which
claimed 217 lives, found the first large piece of wreckage off the
New England coast.
1999 Nov 1, Former Chicago Bear
NFL star Walter Payton died at age 45 from a rare cancer of the bile
duct. He made the NFL Hall of Fame in 1993.
(SFC, 11/2/99, p.A1,15)
1999 Nov 1, Thomas Jukes
(b.1906), British-American biologist, died. His 1948 testing of
supplements in the diets of chickens found that chickens ingesting
antibiotic leftovers gained weight. This was the start of the use of
antibiotics to promote growth. At UC Davis, he helped determine the
relationships among the B complex vitamins through experiments on
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_H._Jukes)(Econ, 9/23/17, p.28)
1999 Nov 1, In China a 5.6
earthquake shook Shanxi and Hebei provinces and some 20,000 people
were left homeless.
(SFC, 11/13/99, p.D8)
1999 Nov 1, In Bad Reichenhall,
Germany, a teenage gunman and his sister were found dead after
commandos stormed the house from which the boy had shot and killed 2
pedestrians and injured 8 others.
(SFC, 11/2/99, p.A14)
1999 Nov 1, In Hong Kong Disney
announced a new theme park. Hong Kong will put up $2.88 billion and
have a 57% stake.
(SFC, 11/2/99, p.A14)
1999 Nov 1, In Lebanon Israeli
warplanes fired some 2 dozen missiles at 6 Hezbollah targets in
(SFC, 11/2/99, p.A14)
1999 Nov 1, Mexico increased
its border deposit for US registered vehicles from $11 to as much as
$800 for new models for travel beyond the 15-mile border zone.
(SFC, 10/30/99, p.A1)
1999 Nov 1, In Panama the US
handed over Howard Air Force Base, Fort Kobbe and the Farfan
(SFC, 11/2/99, p.A14)
2000 Nov 1, Steven Runciman
(b.1903), English historian, died in Radway, Warwickshire, while
visiting friends. His books included the three-volume “A History of
the Crusades" (1951-54).
2000 Nov 1, In Chechnya rebels
killed 14 Russian soldiers in a series of raids.
(WSJ, 11/2/00, p.A1)
2000 Nov 1, In central India
Chhattisgarh state formed when the sixteen Chhattisgarhi-speaking
southeastern districts of Madhya Pradesh gained statehood.
2000 Nov 1, 3 Israelis and 6
Palestinians were killed in West Bank clashes.
(SFC, 11/2/00, p.A12)
2000 Nov 1, In Serbia Flora
Brovina, an Albanian activist, was released from prison after
serving 18 months for alleged terrorism.
(SFC, 11/2/00, p.A12)
2000 Nov 1, Yugoslavia was
accepted into the United Nations after eight years of U.N. ostracism
under former strongman Slobodan Milosevic.
(SFC, 11/2/00, p.A12)(AP, 11/1/01)
2001 Nov 1, The New York
Yankees took a 3-2 games lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks as they
won game five of the World Series, 3-2, in a contest that ended
2001 Nov 1, President Bush
issued Executive Order 13233 allowing past presidents, beginning
with Ronald Reagan in 1980, to have as much say as incumbent
presidents in keeping some of their White House papers private.
(SSFC, 1/6/02, p.D4)(AP, 11/1/02)(SFC, 1/21/08,
2001 Nov 1, Pres. Bush extended
sanctions against Sudan for one year.
(SFC, 11/2/01, p.D5)
2001 Nov 1, US planes made
their heaviest assaults to date in northern Afghanistan.
(SFC, 11/2/01, p.A3)
2001 Nov 1, Anthrax spores were
found in 4 mailrooms in Rockville, Md., a postal facility in Kansas
City, 3 new locations in a Manhattan processing center and a 6th
postal facility in Florida.
(WSJ, 11/2/01, p.A1)
2001 Nov 1, A NY state cell
phone law went into effect. It required motorists to use hand-free
systems for use while driving.
(WSJ, 10/31/01, p.A1)
2001 Nov 1, United Airlines
reported a record 3rd quarter loss of $1.16 billion.
(SFC, 11/2/01, p.B1)
2001 Nov 1, In Colombia Carlos
Arturo Pinto (53), a regional prosecutor, was shot to death in
Cucuta by 2 men on motorcycle. Pinto had replaced Maria del Rosario,
who was shot to death in July.
(SFC, 11/2/01, p.D5)
2001 Nov 1, In Georgia Pres.
Shevardnadze fired his government as demonstrators took to the
streets and demanded changes.
(SFC, 11/2/01, p.D2)
2001 Nov 1, Israeli helicopter
missiles killed 2 Palestinians in a taxi in the West Bank. Yasser
Asideh was identified as a suicide bomber being driven to a target
by Fahami Abu Eisha.
(SFC, 11/2/01, p.D2)
2001 Nov 1, In Pakistan a
statement attributed to bin Laden accused the government of
supporting a Christian crusade and urged people to defend their
(SFC, 11/2/01, p.A3)
2001 Nov 1, It was reported
that the tri-border area of Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil had a
long-standing presence of Islamic extremist organizations.
(SFC, 11/1/01, p.A3)
2002 Nov 1, A US judge upheld
the 2001 proposed settlement between Microsoft and the Dept. of
Justice. US federal judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly approved a
settlement between the Dept. of Justice and Microsoft that added
some restrictions on the company, but fell short of a breakup and
other tough measurements sought by the government.
(SFC, 11/2/02, p.A1)(SSFC, 5/20/18, p.D1)
2002 Nov 1, West Coast
dockworkers and shipping lines reached a tentative agreement on key
(SFC, 11/2/02, p.A1)
2002 Nov 1, Scientists reported
that 22-47% of Earth's plant species are in danger of becoming
extinct due to human activity.
(SFC, 11/1/02, p.A4)
2002 Nov 1, In Bahrain Islamic
and secular candidates won run-off votes for seats in the
parliament, according to final results. 2 women lost in run-off
2002 Nov 1, Queen Elizabeth
II’s surprise revelation that she knew butler Paul Burrell had taken
some of Princess Diana's possessions for safekeeping prompted
prosecutors to drop theft charges against the servant.
2002 Nov 1, Israel Amir (99),
the first commander of the Israeli air force (1948), died in a Tel
(AP, 11/2/02)(SFC, 11/2/02, p.A22)
2002 Nov 1, Jakov Sirotkovic
(80), a prominent economist and high-ranking member of the Communist
party in the former Yugoslavia (head of the Cabinet in Croatia),
2002 Nov 1, In Morocco a fire
erupted at an overcrowded Sidi Moussa jail in coastal El Jadida,
killing 50 inmates and injuring dozens of other people. Authorities
blamed electrical short circuit for Morocco's worst prison fire.
(AP, 11/1/02)(AP, 2/16/12)
2002 Nov 1, Russian lawmakers
passed amendments that would sharply curb news coverage of
anti-terrorist operations and prohibit the media from carrying rebel
statements, a legislative step officials called increasingly urgent
in light of last week's hostage crisis.
2002 Nov 1, A Russian
spacecraft carrying two cosmonauts and a Belgian astronaut docked
with the international space station.
2002 Nov 1, In South Korea Kim
Hong-up, the 2nd son of President Kim Dae-jung was sentenced to jail
and fined on graft charges, closing one chapter in scandals that
have marred the ageing democracy leader's final year in office.
2003 Nov 1, Democratic
presidential candidate Howard Dean stirred controversy within his
party by telling the Des Moines Register he wanted to be "the
candidate for guys with Confederate flags in their pickup trucks."
The former Vermont governor explained that he intended to encourage
the return of Southern voters who had abandoned the Democrats for
decades but were disaffected with the Republicans.
2003 Nov 1, Two small rebel
groups, the last rebel holdouts in eastern Congo, agreed to join the
country's transitional government. Leaders, Patrick Masunzu and
Aaron Nyamushebwa, agreed to join the government and integrate their
forces into a new national army.
2003 Nov 1, About 100,000
people took to the streets of Berlin to demonstrate against
Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's plans to trim Germany's generous
2003 Nov 1, In western India a
tourist bus skidded off a mountain road near Mahabaleshwar and fell
into a gorge, killing 22 people and injuring 30 others.
2003 Nov 1, In Iraq a roadside
bomb killed at least two US soldiers in Mosul.
2003 Nov 1, It was reported
that over a dozen members of Saddam Hussein's government have been
shot dead in the streets of Basra over the last month.
(SFC, 11/1/03, p.A8)
2003 Nov 1, Yehiel Shemi (81),
an Israeli sculptor renowned for his abstract works in metal, died.
2003 Nov 1, Macedonia launched
a lottery to reduce the number of light arms held by the public. An
amnesty for turning in arms was set to expire Dec 15.
(SSFC, 12/14/03, p.A14)
2003 Nov 1, It was reported
that central Sudan was experiencing its worst grasshopper attack in
3 decades. At least 11 people died and more than 16,000 were
hospitalized with a respiratory illness doctors link to an annual
(SFC, 11/1/03, p.A8)(AP, 11/2/03)
2003 Nov 1, In Taipei, Taiwan,
some 500 people marched in the Chinese world's 1st gay pride parade.
In 2012 some 65,000 marched in the event.
(USAT, 2/5/04, p.10A)(Econ, 1/25/14, p.52)
2004 Nov 1, US Chief Justice
Rehnquist (80) disclosed that he has thyroid cancer.
(SFC, 11/2/04, p.A2)
2004 Nov 1, Roberto Lavagna
unveiled a plan to restructure, at about 30% the original debt, $100
million of sovereign bonds that Argentina defaulted on 3 years
(Econ, 11/6/04, p.40)
2004 Nov 1, James Edward, Baron
Hanson (b.1922), English conservative industrialist, died at his
Berkshire home. He built his businesses through the process of
leveraged buyouts through Hanson PLC.
2004 Nov 1, Botswana voters
gave the ruling Botswana Democratic Party 44 of parliament’s 57
seats. Pres. Festus Mogae promised to fight poverty and AIDS.
(Econ, 11/6/04, p.50)
2004 Nov 1, Iraqi gunmen in
Baghdad seized an American, a Nepalese and 4 Iraqi hostages working
for a Saudi supplier to the US military. American contract worker
Roy Hallums was one of several people kidnapped during an armed
assault on the Baghdad compound where he lived; Hallums was rescued
by coalition forces on Sept. 7, 2005.
(WSJ, 11/2/04, p.A1)(AP, 11/1/05)
2004 Nov 1, Gunmen killed Hatim
Kamil, deputy governor of Baghdad, on his way to work.
2004 Nov 1, Diaa Najm, an Iraqi
freelance television cameraman, was killed while filming clashes
between U.S. troops and insurgents in Ramadi.
2004 Nov 1, Libya’s PM Shukri
Ghanem said he intends to abolish some five billion dollars worth of
subsidies on electricity, fuel and basic food items in a move to
liberalize the economy.
2004 Nov 1, A Palestinian (16)
blew himself up in a crowded outdoor market in central Tel Aviv,
killing three Israelis and wounding 32. This was the 117th suicide
bombing since Israeli-Palestinian fighting broke out in 2000. 494
Israelis have been killed in the attacks. Israeli troops killed 3
activists in Nablus and a boy (12) throwing stones in Askar.
(AP, 11/1/04)(SFC, 11/2/04, p.A5)
2004 Nov 1, Puerto Ricans long
have been U.S. citizens but cannot vote for the U.S. president, a
situation that former Gov. Pedro Rossello promises to change if
elected to return to the island's top job.
2004 Nov 1, UN nuclear agency
chief Mohamed ElBaradei urged Iran to suspend uranium enrichment and
called on North Korea to dismantle its weapons program.
2005 Nov 1, President Bush
outlined a $7.1 billion strategy to prepare for the danger of a
pandemic influenza outbreak, saying he wanted to stockpile enough
vaccine to protect 20 million Americans against the current strain
of bird flu.
2005 Nov 1, Democrats forced
the Republican-controlled Senate into an unusual closed session,
questioning intelligence President Bush had used in the run-up to
the war in Iraq; Republicans derided the move as a political stunt.
2005 Nov 1, The US Federal
Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate another quarter point for
the 12th time to 4%.
(SFC, 11/2/05, p.D1)
2005 Nov 1, The US Postal Rate
Commission approved a 2-cent increase effective Jan 2006.
(SFC, 11/2/05, p.A2)
2005 Nov 1, In SF the $250
million, 41-story Hotel St. Regis, located at 125 3rd St., was
expected to open. 2-bedroom condos were asking $1.8-2.5 million. It
was designed by architect Craig Hartman of Skidmore Owings Merrill.
(SFC, 10/27/05, p.C1)(SFC, 12/14/05, p.B1)(SSFC,
2005 Nov 1, Residents of
Denver, Colorado, voted to legalize the possession of small amounts
of marijuana for adults. Authorities said state possession laws will
be applied instead. State residents voted to suspend their
Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights and gave up more than $3 billion in tax
refunds to help the state deal with a recession.
(AP, 11/2/05)(SFC, 11/3/05, p.A5)
2005 Nov 1, Skitch Henderson
(87), the Grammy-winning conductor who lent his musical expertise to
Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby before founding the New York Pops
(1983) and becoming the first "Tonight Show" bandleader (1954), died
in New Haven, Conn.
2005 Nov 1, Militants ambushed
police on a southern Afghan mountain and killed five officers.
2005 Nov 1, Albania's armed
forces chief said their antiquated air force of Soviet-designed MiG
aircraft, which killed 35 Albanian pilots but no enemies, is finally
on its way to the museum and the scrapheap.
2005 Nov 1, In Bosnia 2
children in Doribaba died when they were playing with a hand grenade
and pulled the security pin.
2005 Nov 1, Britain's
Competition Commission (CC) gave approval to proposed takeovers of
the London Stock Exchange by the German Deutsche Boerse or the
pan-European market Euronext, but attached conditions.
2005 Nov 1, The first Czech
online daily without a paper edition, Aktualne.cz, was launched
2005 Nov 1, Two Islamic
militants jailed in the 1981 killing of President Anwar Sadat were
released after more than two decades behind bars. Nageh Ibrahim and
Fouad el-Dawalibi were founding members of al-Gamaa al-Islamiyya,
once Egypt's largest Islamic militant group.
2005 Nov 1, In Ethiopia riot
police clashed with dozens of opposition supporters in Addis Ababa,
fatally shooting at least five people and wounding some 20 others in
renewed protests of the disputed May elections.
2005 Nov 1, French police fired
tear gas and rioters hurled Molotov cocktails as violence hit a poor
Paris suburb for the fifth straight night in unrest that officials
said had also spread to neighboring towns.
2005 Nov 1, In Iraq 500
prisoners walked free from the US military's Abu Ghraib jail,
released in a goodwill gesture to mark the end of the Muslim holy
month of Ramadan.
2005 Nov 1, Israel's Yad Vashem
Holocaust Memorial opened a Holocaust film library with help from
Hollywood director Steven Spielberg.
2005 Nov 1, An Israeli missile
strike on a car killed two Palestinians in the Jebaliya refugee
camp, Hassan Madhoun (37), a leader of the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades
and Fawzi Abu Kara (32) of Hamas.
(AP, 11/1/05)(SFC, 11/2/05, p.A12)
2005 Nov 1, Japanese artist
Hiro Yamagata announced plans to recreate Afghanistan's destroyed
Bamiyan Buddhas using as many as 240 laser beam images, a giant
project that could also bring electricity to local people.
2005 Nov 1, Gunfire erupted and
at least four inmates were killed at two Kyrgyz prisons after riot
police entered to restore order following a bloody uprising.
2005 Nov 1, A trade union said
a strike at the Dutch operations of Royal Dutch Shell PLC over
pensions will be broadened to include the company's natural-gas
production in the north of the Netherlands.
2005 Nov 1, Officials from
North and South Korea agreed to meet next month to work out details
on competing as a unified team for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
2005 Nov 1, In the Philippines
6 US Marines took part in a rape at the former US naval base at
Subic Bay. The incident soon fueled anti-US demonstrations in Manila
and objections to US presence in the Philippines. Prosecutors later
contended the victim (22) was attacked in a van at Subic Bay by
Lance Cpl. Daniel Smith as Lance Cpl. Keith Silkwood, Lance Cpl.
Dominic Duplantis and Staff Sgt. Chad Carpentier cheered on the
assault. In Dec, 2006, Lance Cpl. Daniel Smith (21) from St. Louis,
was convicted of raping a Filipino woman and sentenced to 40 years
in prison. He was the first American soldier convicted of wrongdoing
in the Philippines since the country shut down US bases here the
early 1990s. In 2009 his accuser submitted a five-page affidavit to
an appeals court saying she now doubts her own version of events. In
March it was revealed that Smith had paid the victim $2000 in
damages and that she had gone to live in America with her American
boyfriend. On April 23, 2009, the Philippine Court of Appeals
overturned the ruling against Smith, indicating the sexual act was
(WSJ, 11/22/05, p.A13)(AP, 6/26/06)(AP,
12/4/06)(AP, 3/18/09)(Econ, 5/2/09, p.43)
2005 Nov 1, Police surrounded
opposition headquarters and clashed with protesters on the
semiautonomous archipelago of Zanzibar (Tanzania) as the ruling
party was declared the winner of presidential and parliamentary
elections. 9 people died in related violence and the opposition made
allegations of rigging.
(AP, 11/1/05)(WSJ, 11/2/05, p.A1)
2005 Nov 1, The UN General
Assembly adopted a landmark resolution that will create the first
international day of commemoration for the six million Jews and
other victims of the Nazi Holocaust. The International Day of
Commemoration will be held every year on Jan. 27.
2005 Nov 1, UN Sec. Gen. Kofi
Annan said he would name Martti Ahtisaari, a former Finish
president, as special envoy to start talks on Kosovo’s future.
(AP, 11/15/05)(Econ, 1/21/06, p.51)
2006 Nov 1, US President George
W. Bush renewed US economic sanctions on Sudan for one year and left
open the door to imposing new ones linked to the violence in Darfur.
2006 Nov 1, Senator John Kerry,
D-Mass., apologized to "any service member, family member or
American" offended by his "botched joke" about how young people
might get "stuck in Iraq" if they did not study hard and do their
2006 Nov 1, In Indiana
Stephanie Wagner, a missing 16-year-old girl, was found dead in a
field. Authorities jailed Danny R. Rouse (51), her restaurant
co-worker and a convicted child murderer, who confessed to killing
the teen. Rouse was released from prison in March after serving more
than 26 years for murdering a 5-year-old Kansas boy in 1979.
2006 Nov 1, In Lawrenceville,
Ga., Khalid Adem (30), an Ethiopian immigrant, was convicted of
genital mutilation of his 2-year-old daughter. He was sentenced to
10 years in prison.
(SFC, 11/2/06, p.A3)
2006 Nov 1, CVS announced that
it would acquire Caremark Rx, a big pharmacy benefits manager, for
about $21 billion in stock. This was America’s largest
(Econ, 11/4/06, p.75)
2006 Nov 1, Adrienne Shelly
(b.1966), actress and director, was found by her husband hanging by
a bed sheet in their Manhattan apartment in an apparent suicide. In
2008 Diego Pillco (20), an illegal immigrant from Ecuador, pleaded
guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adrienne_Shelly)(SFC, 3/14/08, p.A4)
2006 Nov 1, William Styron
(81), novelist from the American South, died in Massachusetts. His
books included “The Confessions of Nat Turner" (1967) and “Sophie’s
Choice" (1979). In 1953 he had helped establish the Paris Review.
(SFC, 11/2/06, p.B7)(Econ, 11/11/06, p.95)
2006 Nov 1, Alexander
Litvinenko, a former KGB agent, met with Mario Scaramella, an
Italian muckraker, at a Picadilly sushi bar. He also met with 2 or
more visiting ex-KGB Russians. On Nov 23 Litvinenko died of
poisoning from radioactive element polonium-210. In 2007 British
prosecutors requested the extradition of Andrei Lugovoi, one of the
former KGB agents present at the meeting, in order to charge him
(Econ, 12/16/06, p.22)(WSJ, 5/23/07, p.A14)
2006 Nov 1, An ammonia gas leak
in central China killed one person, injured six and forced the
evacuation of about 20,000 residents. Ammonia gas leaked out of a
broken pipe at a chemical fertilizer factory in the Dawu county of
2006 Nov 1, In Colombia the
peasant-based FARC killed 16 police officers and a civilian at a
remote outpost in an attack that appeared to be part of a
coordinated national offensive.
(AP, 11/2/06)(WSJ, 11/2/06, p.A1)
2006 Nov 1, Congo's government
welcomed a decision by the US to impose sanctions on seven warlords
and businessmen who are accused of fueling instability in this vast
country's lawless east.
2006 Nov 1, Fiji's prime
minister insisted that his government would not step down despite
pressure from the country's military commander, whose relentless
criticism of the administration has raised fears of a possible coup.
2006 Nov 1, Bangalore, India,
changed its name to Bengaluru, the same as its name in Kannada, the
local language. Bangalore, according to state historians, got its
name from Bendakalooru (the town of boiled beans) after a king
strayed into the area during a hunting trip in the late 14th
(SFC, 11/2/06, p.C1)(AFP, 11/2/06)
2006 Nov 1, Ignoring widespread
condemnation, Iran awarded the top prize in a Holocaust cartoon
contest to a Moroccan artist for his depiction of Israel's security
wall with a picture of the Auschwitz concentration camp on it.
2006 Nov 1, In Iraq unknown
gunmen riding in a private car shot dead police officer Izzaddin
Abbas in central Baghdad as he rode his motorcycle home. A clerk
with the Ministry of Industry was shot and killed in northeastern
Baghdad as he was driving to work. Two court officials were killed
when their jeep exploded as it crossed a bridge leading over the
Tigris. A car bomb and a mortar attack killed two police officers
and six civilians. A police officer was among three people shot dead
in the northern city of Mosul. Mosul police also discovered the
charred body of an apparent murder victim. The bodies of three
people who were shot after being blindfolded and bound at the wrists
were found dumped in the capital's eastern districts. US military
killed Rafa al-Ithawi, also known as Abu Taha, a mid-ranking member
of al-Qaida in Iraq and his driver in an air strike in Ramadi.
Gunmen abducted a man who coached blind athletes and the head of
Iraq's national basketball federation.
(AP, 11/1/06)(AFP, 11/1/06)(AP, 11/2/06)
2006 Nov 1, Israeli troops,
backed by tanks and helicopter gunships, killed at least six
Palestinian militants. The raid left 9 Palestinians and a soldier
(AP, 11/1/06)(WSJ, 11/2/06, p.A1)
2006 Nov 1, In Nigeria a court
of appeal in Ibadan, capital of the southwestern Oyo state, declared
unconstitutional the removal earlier this year of governor Rasheed
Ladoja by local lawmakers. Ladoja was impeached by a faction of the
state parliament on January 12 for alleged corruption and abuse of
office and was replaced by his deputy, Adebayo Alao-Akala.
2006 Nov 1, North Korea said it
was returning to nuclear disarmament talks to get access to its
frozen overseas bank accounts, a vital source of hard currency.
2006 Nov 1, A Swedish freighter
capsized and sank in a storm on the Baltic Sea, forcing its
14-member crew to jump overboard to save themselves. Rescue
officials said helicopters plucked all but one man from the high
waves and chilly waters. The 500-foot-long Finnbirch went down
between the Swedish islands of Gotland and Oland.
2006 Nov 1, In Turkey a court
acquitted a 92-year-old retired archaeologist who was put on trial
for writing in a book that Islamic-style head scarves date back more
than 5,000 years, several millennia before the birth of Islam, and
were worn by priestesses who initiated young men into sex.
2006 Nov 1, The UN Security
Council voted unanimously to extend Ivory Coast's transitional
government for a final year and give new powers to the country's
unelected prime minister to implement a peace plan and prepare for
2006 Nov 1, The UN Security
Council agreed on a list of banned items that could be used to make
nuclear, chemical and biological weapons or ballistic missiles and
ordered all countries to prevent North Korea from importing or
exporting the items.
2006 Nov 1, Venezuela’s
President Hugo Chavez handed public workers $3 billion in Christmas
bonuses 1 1/2 months early, angering opposition leaders who called
it part of a cynical pattern of public handouts ahead of a December
2006 Nov 1, Venezuela and
US-backed Guatemala agreed to withdraw from the race and support
Panama, a compromise reached after voting in the UN General Assembly
dragged through 47 rounds of balloting.
2007 Nov 1, A defiant
Democratic-controlled Congress voted to provide health insurance to
an additional 4 million lower-income children; President Bush vowed
swiftly to cast his second straight veto on the issue.
2007 Nov 1, A federal jury
convicted Vic Kohring, a former Alaska lawmaker, of corruption
charges involving tax protections sought by oil companies as part of
plans for a multibillion-dollar natural gas pipeline.
2007 Nov 1, Florida’s high
court ruled that the state’s lethal injection procedures aren’t
cruel and unusual, which could clear the way for an execution.
(WSJ, 11/2/07, p.A1)
2007 Nov 1, Chrysler LLC said
it plans to cut up to 12,000 jobs, or up to 15 percent of its
workforce, as part of an effort to slash costs and match slowing
demand for some vehicles.
2007 Nov 1, General Mills
recalled about 5 million frozen pizzas sold nationwide under the
Totino's and Jeno's labels because of possible E. coli
2007 Nov 1, An alliance
including Google announced a plan to make social networks as open as
Netscape’s browser made the web.
(Econ, 11/3/07, p.78)
2007 Nov 1, A project called
“The Deep Carbon Observatory," a multidisciplinary, international
initiative dedicated to achieving a transformational understanding
of Earth's deep carbon cycle, received funding from the Alfred P.
2007 Nov 1, Retired Air Force
Brigadier Gen. Paul Tibbets (92), who'd piloted the B-29 bomber
Enola Gay that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, died in
2007 Nov 1, Taliban militants
attacked a police checkpoint in Nad Ali district, in the southern
Helmand province, killing five officers and wounding three others.
In Kandahar province hundreds of Taliban militants fled from
Arghandab district following three days of fighting which left more
than 50 militants dead and hundreds displaced.
2007 Nov 1, Bosnian PM Nikola
Spiric resigned in protest at an international envoy's decision to
impose EU-backed reforms, deepening the country's worst post-war
2007 Nov 1, London's
Metropolitan Police force was convicted of breaching health and
safety laws in the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, a
Brazilian, who officers mistook for a suicide bomber on July 22,
2007 Nov 1, China’s government
for the first time in 17 months allowed an increase of about 10% in
the retail prices of petrol, diesel and kerosene. The government
also said more than 700 toy factories in southern China have been
banned from exporting what they produce as part of a crackdown on
(Econ, 11/24/07, p.46)(AP, 11/1/07)
2007 Nov 1, Floodwaters and
mudslides spawned by Tropical Storm Noel killed at least 143 people
including 84 in the Dominican Republic and 57 in Haiti. By this
evening Noel was upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane and rains
continued to pound the area.
(AP, 11/1/07)(AP, 11/4/07)
2007 Nov 1, The Markets in
Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) went into effect across 30
countries in Europe. Approved in 2004 it drops traditional rules
that required banks and brokers to use national exchanges for
reporting and trading equities, opening Europe's exchanges to the
threat of new competition.
10/27/07, p.83)(Econ, 4/26/14, p.67)
2007 Nov 1, A top UN official
said South American traffickers are moving billions of dollars worth
of cocaine through Guinea-Bissau, amid growing demand in Europe, an
amount so large it dwarfs all other economic sectors combined and
could destabilize the coup-prone country.
2007 Nov 1, Dominique
Strauss-Kahn, former French finance minister, took over as head of
the IMF. By convention the IMF chief is European.
(Econ, 11/3/07, p.88)
2007 Nov 1, The Indian
government proposed to recruit retired soldiers to patrol tiger
sanctuaries in the hopes of saving the last of the cats after an
official report confirmed a drastic drop in wild tiger numbers.
2007 Nov 1, Bombs and shootings
killed at least 21 people in attacks across Baghdad and its northern
suburbs. US and Iraqi troops arrested 85 suspected insurgents in
operations around the country. Two US airmen and an Air Force
civilian were killed by an explosive near Balad Air Base.
(AP, 11/1/07)(WSJ, 11/2/07, p.A1)(AP, 11/2/07)
2007 Nov 1, The Israel’
military announced that its forces operating in the Gaza Strip this
week had uncovered and destroyed seven tunnels used by Palestinian
militants to smuggle arms and people.
2007 Nov 1, Italy's president
signed a decree allowing the expulsion of EU citizens "for reasons
of public safety" to fight "episodes of heavy violence and ferocious
crime." This followed the Oct 30 attack on a 47-year-old woman as
she walked along a road after dark toward barracks where she lived.
She was beaten, dragged through mud and left half naked in a ditch.
The woman died 2 days later. Police arrested Nicolae Mailat a
Romanian in his 20s, who lives in a shack in one of several
sprawling settlements on the outskirts of Rome.
2007 Nov 1, In Italy Meredith
Kercher (21), a British university student, was killed [see Nov 2].
2007 Nov 1, Japan's defense
minister ordered ships supporting US-led forces in Afghanistan to
return home after opposition lawmakers refused to support an
extension of the mission, saying it violated the country's pacifist
2007 Nov 1, Pakistani security
forces in the Swat region killed at least 60 militant supporters of
a pro-Taliban cleric, hours after a suicide attack on a Pakistan Air
Force bus killed eight and wounded 40. Militants said they had
captured 44 members of the Frontier Corps and were holding them
(AP, 11/1/07)(SFC, 11/2/07, p.A21)
2007 Nov 1, The UN said nearly
90,000 people have fled Mogadishu in recent days following the
heaviest fighting to shake the war-battered city in months. About 40
people, mostly Somalis, drowned while crossing the Gulf of Aden on
their way to Yemen in a desperate attempt to escape gunbattles back
home. About 90 others survived and managed to reach the Yemeni
southern shores of Shokara after their rickety vessels capsized.
(AP, 11/1/07)(AP, 11/3/07)
2007 Nov 1, State media
reported that Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe signed a law giving
him more power to choose his successor. The new law also provides
for simultaneous presidential and parliamentary polls next year.
2007 Nov 1, The UN General
Assembly's disarmament committee approved a resolution calling for
all nuclear weapons to be taken off high alert, despite objections
from the United States, Britain and France.
2007 Nov 1, Soldiers used tear
gas, plastic bullets and water cannons to scatter tens of thousands
who massed to protest constitutional reforms that would permit
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to run for re-election
2008 Nov 1, Members of the
Machinists Union, representing some 27,000 workers in Washington,
Oregon, and Kansas, ratified a new contract with the Boeing Co.
ending an 8-week strike.
(SSFC, 11/2/08, p.A4)
2008 Nov 1, A gunman fatally
shot Cincinnati minister Rev. Donald Fairbanks Sr. and wounded a
church deacon just after the two men arrived at a northern Kentucky
church to attend a funeral. Frederick L. Davis, of Covington,
quickly surrendered to police and was charged with murder, first
degree assault, criminal mischief and violating an emergency
2008 Nov 1, Yma Sumac (b.1922),
Peruvian-born singer known as the “Nightingale of the Andes," died
in LA. Her voice was said to range over 4½ octaves. Her first album,
“Voice of the Xtabay" (1950) soared to the top of the LP charts.
(SFC, 11/4/08, p.B4)
2008 Nov 1, In southern
Afghanistan Dutch Major General Mart de Kruif replaced Canadian
Major General Marc Lessard as head of 19,000 mostly British,
Canadian, Dutch and US NATO-led soldiers of the International
Security Assistance Force (ISAF).
2008 Nov 1, In Australia the
badly decomposed body of Chen Liu (27) was found in Sydney, about
two weeks after a friend reported him missing. 34 nails were found
during a post-mortem examination of Liu's body, and were located
mainly in his skull. They were fired from an 85 mm nail gun at close
2008 Nov 1, Bolivian President
Evo Morales suspended US anti-drug operations as Washington's
relations with his leftist government spiraled downward.
2008 Nov 1, It was reported
that British Major Sebastian Morley, commander of SAS (Special Air
Service) troops in Afghanistan, has resigned, reportedly in disgust
at equipment failures that he believes led to the death of four of
2008 Nov 1, Britain’s PM Gordon
Brown left for a tour of oil-rich Gulf states, hoping to persuade
them to give extra funds to help countries hit by the world economic
2008 Nov 1, Five migrants were
rescued after 15 days lost at sea. One died the next day. A total of
33 Dominican migrants were trying to reach Puerto Rico by boat when
they were reported missing by relatives in mid-October. Survivors
said they lost their way after the captain abandoned the ship. The
survivors ate their dead comrades to stay alive. Four Dominicans
were later charged with involuntary manslaughter for allegedly
helping to organize the illegal boat trip to Puerto Rico that ended
in the deaths of 29 migrants.
(AP, 11/2/08)(AP, 11/11/08)
2008 Nov 1, Three Tunisian men
accused of terrorism links by Italian prosecutors arrived in Milan
under heavy security after being extradited from Britain. Habib
Ignaoua, Mohamed Khemiri and Ali Chehidi were arrested in the London
and Manchester areas last year as part of coordinated raids across
Europe against an alleged Italian-based network recruiting fighters
for Iraq and Afghanistan.
2008 Nov 1, Tutsi-led rebels
tightened their hold on newly seized swaths of eastern Congo,
forcing tens of thousands of frightened, rain-soaked civilians out
of makeshift refugee camps and stopping some from fleeing to
government-held territory. Congolese soldiers killed nine fighters
from Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) after 30-50 rebels
attacked a village in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo.
(AP, 11/2/08)(AFP, 11/2/08)
2008 Nov 1, Egyptian President
Hosni Mubarak promised to push ahead with economic reform and step
up efforts to combat poverty, despite the impact of the
international financial crisis on Egypt's economy.
2008 Nov 1, In Iraq a police
quick reaction force for Anbar province moved to the border town of
Qaim, about 200 miles northwest of Baghdad, to prevent al-Qaida from
moving into the area from Syria. Unknown assailants gunned down a
policeman on a foot patrol along Palestine Street in Shiite eastern
2008 Nov 1, Malaysia defended
its recognition of Kosovo as an independent state, a move that
caused Serbia to expel the Southeast Asian nation's ambassador.
2008 Nov 1, The top officer of
Mexico's federal police force quit amid allegations that drug gangs
have infiltrated senior levels of crime-fighting agencies. Acting
federal police Commissioner Gerardo Garay said he was stepping aside
"to place myself at the orders of legal judicial authorities to
clear up any accusation against me."
2008 Nov 1, In South Africa
thousands of dissidents in the African National Congress met to pave
the way for a new South African party, the Congress of the People
(COPE) in a bitter split from the movement that led the
(AFP, 11/1/08)(Econ, 12/13/08, p.58)
2008 Nov 1, Sri Lanka's defense
ministry said its warships sank at least four rebel boats and killed
at least 14 guerrillas while the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
(LTTE) said they destroyed a navy fast attack craft and a
hovercraft. Security forces took control of a two-kilometer
(1.25-mile) rebel bunker line north of Kilinochchi amidst heavy
2008 Nov 1, Jacques Piccard
(b.1922), a scientist and underwater explorer who plunged deeper
beneath the ocean than any other man, died in Geneva, Switzerland.
2008 Nov 1, Zimbabwe opposition
leader Morgan Tsvangirai called for a truth commission to examine
atrocities in the country dating back to the massacres of ethnic
minorities in the 1980s.
2009 Nov 1, CIT Group Inc., a
lender to small businesses, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
protection with the backing of most bondholders in a so-called
(Econ, 11/7/09, p.70)
2009 Nov 1, Meb Keflezighi
(27), an Eritrean born American citizen, won the New York City
Marathon (2:09:15). Derartu Tulu of Ethiopia was the women's winner
2009 Nov 1, Sister Marguerite
Bartz (64) was found dead on the Indian reservation of Navaho, NM.
On Nov 6 Reehahlio Carroll (18) was charged with premeditated
killing in the slaying Bartz. On April 5, 2013 Carroll pleaded
guilty to 2nd-degree murder and faced 40 years in prison.
11/7/09, p.A4)(SFC, 4/6/13, p.A4)
2009 Nov 1, Afghanistan
Challenger Abdullah Abdullah pulled out of the nation’s run-off
election, plunging the country into fresh political chaos as
international pressure grew for the race to be scrapped. After
Karzai snubbed a series of demands promoted by his rival as a chance
to avoid a repeat of massive first-round fraud, Abdullah said he saw
no point in standing, but stopped short of calling for a boycott.
2009 Nov 1, A boat carrying 39
apparent asylum seekers sank in the Indian Ocean far from shore. A
Taiwanese fishing trawler and the merchant ship LNG Pioneer arrived
in the area and deployed life rafts and began plucking people from
the water. The stricken ship was in Australia's maritime search and
rescue zone when it sent out distress calls. Up to 11 were still
missing, and one person was confirmed dead.
2009 Nov 1, PTTEP Australasia
attempted to plug a leaking well of the West Atlas drilling rig when
a fire then broke out on the rig. The operation to stem the leak has
involved the Thai-based operator towing the West Triton rig from
Singapore, which took five weeks, to drill down some 2.6km under the
seabed to the source of the emissions. The leak has dumped thousands
of barrels of oil into the Timor Sea since it began on August 21.
The blaze was brought under control on Nov 3 when experts managed to
plug the leak that has spewed tons of crude over the past 10 weeks.
(AP, 11/1/09)(AFP, 11/2/09)(AP, 11/3/09)
2009 Nov 1, In China a ship
carrying 100 tons of hydrochloric acid sank in the Yangtze river
after colliding with another vessel.
2009 Nov 1, It was reported
that hundreds of former Chilean military draftees were making a
provocative offer to Chile's government: They would reveal details
of crimes committed by Gen. Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship, but
only if their safety is guaranteed.
2009 Nov 1, In Honduras the US
secretary of labor, Hilda Solis, and a former Chilean president,
Ricardo Lagos, were named to a commission tasked with monitoring the
creation of a power-sharing government, under a US-brokered
agreement to end the nation's 4-month-old political crisis.
2009 Nov 1, In southern Iraq a
bomb attached to a bicycle near Hillah killed five people and
wounded 37. In the western city of Ramadi, two people — including a
policeman — were killed when twin car bombs exploded minutes apart
in the visitors' parking lot of the city's Traffic Police
Directorate. 3 people were killed when a bomb that was detonated
remotely exploded on a bus as the vehicle approached a police
checkpoint in the southern city of Karbala.
2009 Nov 1, Israeli security
officials said authorities have arrested Jack Teitel (37), a
Jewish-American extremist suspected of carrying out a series of
high-profile hate crimes.
2009 Nov 1, In Kosovo thousands
of ethnic Albanians braved low temperatures and a cold wind in the
capital Pristina to welcome former President Bill Clinton as he
attended the unveiling of an 11-foot (3.5-meter) statue of himself
on a key boulevard that also bears his name.
2009 Nov 1, Mexican soldiers in
the border city of Tijuana detained a group of 13 suspects after a
shootout that wounded a soldier and a gunman. Soldiers raided and
destroyed three methamphetamine labs in the western state of
Michoacan. The raids netted five suspects and more than two metric
tons of apparent methamphetamine.
2009 Nov 1, US Secretary of
State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived in Morocco for a series of
meetings with Arab leaders to discuss Middle East peace and other
2009 Nov 1, Mohamud Said Omar
(43) was arrested at the request of US authorities in an asylum
seeker's center in Dronten, Netherlands. US authorities suspected
Omar of bankrolling the purchase of weapons for Islamic extremists
and helping other Somalis travel to Somalia in 2007 and 2008. He had
a US green card and was also suspected of recruiting youth in
Minneapolis for Islamic terrorism in Somalia.
2009 Nov 1, In Pakistan
military jets and helicopter gunships pounded militant positions in
and around Makeen. Government forces have laid siege to Sararogha,
captured all the important features and ridges overlooking the town
and cleared half of Kaniguram, a hub of Uzbek militants. 9 militants
and two soldiers were killed in fighting, taking the militants'
death toll to 331 in 16 days of fighting.
2009 Nov 1, In Palau 6 Chinese
Muslims, ethnic Uighers, newly released from Guantanamo Bay, traded
life behind bars for rooms with ocean view in the tiny Pacific
nation, which agreed to a US request to resettle them.
2009 Nov 1, The Palestinians
accused US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton of undermining
progress toward Mideast peace talks after she praised Israel for
offering to curb some Jewish settlement construction.
2009 Nov 1, A Russian
heavy-lift military cargo plane crashed on takeoff in Siberia,
killing all 11 crew members on board.
2009 Nov 1, A Saudi Arabia
Interior Ministry spokesman said authorities have discovered large
quantities of weapons in the capital Riyadh belonging to al-Qaida
terror network. The discovery included 281 assault rifles and 51
2009 Nov 1, Somali pirates
hijacked a Panamanian-flagged cargo ship with 18 crew off the east
coast of Africa, the latest in an increasing number of attacks. The
hijacking of the al-Mizan was not reported until Nov 10 when the
bandits demanded a $3 million ransom. The ship was reported released
on Nov 23. The pirates asked for and received $15,000 for
"expenses." A self-proclaimed pirate named Abdi Nor said that
pirates did not demand a ransom since the ship was bound for
Mogadishu and carried goods owned by Somalis.
(AP, 11/10/09)(AP, 11/23/09)
2009 Nov 1, Somaliland defense
minister Saleban Warsame Guled said a roadside bomb in the country's
semiautonomous northern region has killed two people, including
Osman Yusuf, an infantry division commander.
2010 Nov 1, The US White House
said President Obama is extending economic sanctions on Sudan for at
least one year, ahead of the country's January referendum on
independence for the south. Sudan rejected the decision.
2010 Nov 1, Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger said welfare recipients can no longer use
state-issued debit cards at medical marijuana shops, psychics and
other businesses whose services have been deemed "inconsistent with
the intent" of the program. In June Schwarzenegger barred welfare
cards at casino ATMs.
2010 Nov 1, The SF Giants won
the Baseball World Series beating the Texas Rangers 3-1 in Game 5 in
San Francisco. Edgar Renteria blasted his second home run of the
2010 Fall Classic, a three-run shot, to win the championship.
Renteria had the game-winning hit in the 11th inning of Game 7 in
the 1997 World Series for the Florida Marlins.
2010 Nov 1, Salesforce.com
announced the purchase of 14 acres in the Mission Bay area of San
Francisco and planned a new corporate campus to be built over the
next 10 years.
(SFC, 11/2/10, p.D1)
2010 Nov 1, McKesson corp., the
biggest US drug distributor, announced an agreement to buy closely
held US Oncology Inc. for $560 million.
(SFC, 11/2/10, p.D2)
2010 Nov 1, In eastern
Afghanistan the Taliban briefly overran a district seat and torched
government buildings there. Government forces who regained control
of Ghazni province's Khogyani district headquarters a few hours
later discovered that the 16 Afghan policemen stationed there were
missing. (The bodies of four of the policemen were found a few days
later in Ghazni city. 5 more bodies were found on Nov 6. Seven
remained missing) 2 Afghan women were found shot to death in Helmand
province. They had been running a small organization helping other
women set up businesses before their bodies were found in
Naway-e-Barakzayi district. A bomb that killed two coalition
service members. A suicide attack aimed at NATO troops in Zhari
district killed one civilian.
(AP, 11/1/10)(AP, 11/2/10)(AP, 11/7/10)
2010 Nov 1, Australian police
said a mother (55) and son (28), along with a 33-year-old Hong Kong
man, have been charged over one of the country's biggest heroin
hauls after drugs with a potential street value of 405 million US
dollars were found in a shipment of doors.
2010 Nov 1, Britain's BG Group
announced it will spend 15 billion US dollars on a liquefied natural
gas (LNG) project in Australia, an investment Canberra hailed as a
boost for the national economy.
2010 Nov 1, The UN said
flooding in Benin has affected more than half a million people,
destroyed more than 300,000 acres of crops and killed 81,000
2010 Nov 1, British scientists
said alcohol is a more dangerous drug than both crack and heroin
when the combined harms to the user and to others are assessed.
2010 Nov 1, China kicked off a
once-a-decade census. Some 6 million people were mobilized to
conduct a 10-day survey.
(AP, 11/1/10)(Econ, 11/6/10, p.56)
2010 Nov 1, In Cuba Roman
Catholic officials announced the names of three more Cuban prisoners
who have accepted exile in Spain in return for freedom.
2010 Nov 1, Egypt’s Information
Minister Annas el-Fiqi ordered all companies providing the service
or television networks with uplinks to reapply for permits. The
measure will affect about a dozen uplink providers and TV stations.
Providers have complained it is aimed at controlling live TV
broadcasts such as political talk-shows.
2010 Nov 1, Police in Greece
arrested two terrorism suspects carrying letter bombs addressed to
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and western embassies in Athens.
The two Greek men, aged 22 and 24, were arrested in central Athens
after a parcel bomb addressed to the Mexican embassy in Athens
exploded at a mail delivery service.
2010 Nov 1, In northern
Honduras 5 armed men broke into a military base at the major
international airport and made off with a small airplane that
authorities seized last year in an anti-drug operation.
2010 Nov 1, Icelandic
Meteorological Office geophysicist Gunnar Gudmundsson said that
floodwater is coming from the subglacial Grimsvotn volcano, but
there are no signs of the underground tremors that would signal an
2010 Nov 1, Indonesia's most
volatile volcano, Mount Merapi, one of 22 that have been
increasingly active, spewed searing clouds of gas and debris for
hours in its most powerful eruption in a deadly week that has left
2010 Nov 1, Ireland's health
minister, Mary Harney, was pelted with red paint as tempers flared
over government plans to slash euro1 billion ($1.4 billion) from the
costs of running an overloaded hospital network.
2010 Nov 1, In Morocco IMF
director general Dominique Strauss-Kahn said world leaders gathering
at the Group of 20 summit must take action to fix the financial
2010 Nov 1, ExxonMobil in
Nigeria announced the discovery of rich gas condensate off the West
African country's coast as the government seeks to boost gas supply
to help solve electricity shortages.
2010 Nov 1, In northwest
Pakistan a US drone attack killed five people. 4 militants stormed a
police complex in Swabi, killing two officers. Gunmen near Peshawar
attacked tankers carrying fuel for NATO and US troops, wounding a
driver and his assistant.
2010 Nov 1, Philippine
investigators arrested Rolando Fajardo, one of the country's most
elusive fugitives. He was wanted over the 1986 kidnapping of a
2010 Nov 1, In Romania a MiG-21
Lancer fighter jet crashed during a training exercise, killing two
2010 Nov 1, Russia's Pres.
Medvedev visited Kunashiri Island in the Pacific Ocean claimed by
both Russia and Japan, triggering immediate protests from Tokyo,
which is already involved in a heated dispute with China over
islands to the south.
2010 Nov 1, In Tanzania Gasper
Kanyarukiga, a former Rwandan businessman, was found guilty of
ordering bulldozers in 1994 to demolish the Nyange Church where
2,000 Tutsis had sought shelter. Judge Taghrid Hikmet said he
intentionally participated in the genocidal act and sentenced him to
30 years in prison.
2010 Nov 1, Turkey's main
Kurdish rebel group extended a truce until elections next summer,
denying responsibility for a suicide attack in Istanbul thought to
have been the work of its own hardliners.
2010 Nov 1, In Uganda a
controversial newspaper in Kampala published photos, names and home
addresses of gay Ugandans, the second time the paper has done so,
prompting a rights group to seek a legal injunction against the
2010 Nov 1, Uruguay's Supreme
Court said an amnesty given for any crimes committed by the
country's 12-year dictatorship (1973-1985) is unconstitutional. The
ruling meant that about 20 murders in a case against former dictator
Juan Maria Bordaberry can be investigated.
2011 Nov 1, US federal
authorities arrested four Georgia men, Frederick Thomas (73), Dan
Roberts (67), Ray H. Adams (65) and Samuel J. Crump (68), accused of
plotting to buy explosives and produce a deadly biological toxin to
attack fellow citizens and government officials. They planned to
follow a script in the 2008 radical online underground novel
“Absolved," by Mike Vanderboegh.
2011 Nov 1, The US federal
government sued Houston-based Allied Home Mortgage Corp., one of the
nation's largest privately held mortgage brokers, saying its
decade-long fraudulent lending practices cost the government
hundreds of millions of dollars and forced thousands of American
homeowners to lose their homes. The suit named as defendants founder
Jim Hodge and Jeanne Stell, the company's executive vice president
and director of compliance.
2011 Nov 1, It was reported
that US federal regulators have discovered that hundreds of millions
of dollars in customer money has gone missing from MF Global, a New
York brokerage firm run by Jon Corzine. MF Global filed for
bankruptcy on Oct 31.
(SFC, 11/2/11, p.A4)
2011 Nov 1, In London former
Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt (27) and fast bowler Mohammad Asif
(28) were found guilty of involvement in a "spot-fixing" betting
scam during a match against England in August, 2010.
2011 Nov 1, China’s government
announced a punitive $2.4 million tax bill on artist and government
critic Ai Weiwei. He was given 15 days to come with the money.
Donations began to come in from people and over $550,000 was donated
by Nov 6.
(SFC, 11/7/11, p.A3)
2011 Nov 1, A survey by the
Bank of China and the Hurun Report said nearly half of China's
wealthiest citizens are considering emigrating, with the United
States and Canada the most popular destinations.
2011 Nov 1, China’s state media
reported that police in Henan province have arrested 114 people in a
crackdown on a counterfeit drugs ring, seizing $30 million worth of
fake medications and more than 65 million medicine bottles.
2011 Nov 1, China launched an
unmanned Shenzhou 8 spacecraft, the latest step in its efforts to
place a permanent space station in orbit. The Shenzhou 8 docked with
the Tiangong 1 module on Nov 3.
(SFC, 11/1/11, p.A2)(SFC, 11/4/11, p.A3)
2011 Nov 1, In China a massive
explosion near an expressway ramp in Fuquan, Guizhou province,
killed at least seven people and injured about 200 while also
destroying several homes. The blast was caused by three
explosives-laden vehicles that caught fire.
2011 Nov 1, Equatorial Guinea
authorities arrested Marcial Abaga Barril, an opposition member. A
day later he was told he was being held into the alleged killing
last month of a cook working for Pres. Obiang’s family. He
planned to campaign against this month's referendum on a
constitutional change that would all but ensure that Africa's
longest-serving dictator could extend his rule. Barril was released
on Nov 4.
(AP, 11/4/11)(AP, 11/4/11)
2011 Nov 1, Mario Draghi
succeeded Jean Claude Trichet as president of the European Central
(Econ, 10/22/11, p.16)
2011 Nov 1, Guinean President
Alpha Conde announced the retirement of over 4,000 soldiers and
paramilitary officers, many of whom are long past the legal age at
which they should have stepped down.
2011 Nov 1, Israeli troops in
Ramallah rearrested Hassan Yusef, a senior Hamas official overnight,
along with his son. Yusef was freed on August 4 as part of a mass
release of Israeli and Palestinian prisoners due to overcrowding. He
had six weeks left of his sentence.
2011 Nov 1, Japan approved a
plan to send a unit of ground troops to South Sudan as part of a UN
nation-building force, where they are expected to help construct
infrastructure for the fledgling nation.
2011 Nov 1, Kenya's military
said it had reliable information that two aircraft landed in the
Somali town of Baidoa with weapons on board intended for al-Shabab
2011 Nov 1, Mexican authorities
found eight dead people in a mangrove swamp near the city of Boca
del Rio, Veracruz state, that has seen a recent surge in the
large-scale dumping of bodies during an outbreak of violence among
rival drug cartels. The Mexican navy over the last 24 hours
recovered two metric tons of marijuana floating in the Pacific Ocean
near the resort town of Cabo San Lucas.
2011 Nov 1, It was reported
that bloggers and tweeters claiming to belong to the hacker movement
"Anonymous" say they plan to expose collaborators of Mexico's bloody
Zetas drug cartel, even if some of them seem to have backed away
from the plan out of fear.
2011 Nov 1, The leaders of
Nepal’s four main parties agreed to integrate one-third of the
former Maoist rebels into the army and give money to the remainder.
Under the agreement, 6,500 of the 19,000 former Maoist rebels who
had been demobilized and living in camps for five years will be
integrated into the national army, but only in noncombat roles.
2011 Nov 1, Nepalese police
detained more than 100 Tibetan exiles who had gathered to pray for
nine Tibetans who set themselves on fire to protest against Chinese
2011 Nov 1, Hackers from around
the world attacked Palestinian servers, cutting Internet service
across the West Bank and Gaza, one day after the Palestinians won
full membership of UNESCO.
2011 Nov 1, Senegal shut its
airspace to all planes coming or going to Guinea after a Senegal
Airlines flight was blocked in Conakry due to a spat over payments.
2011 Nov 1, Somali government
spokesman Abdirahman Omar Osman said the district commissioner of
Mogadishu's Hamar Jajab neighborhood has been fired over missing
aid. The district commissioner in Karan was suspended following
looting incidents and assaults on women collecting food.
2011 Nov 1, A South Korean
court sentenced US soldier Pfc. Kevin Flippin to 10 years in prison
for raping a teenage girl, the second harshest punishment handed
down to a convicted American soldier here in nearly 20 years.
2011 Nov 1, Swazi police fired
teargas outside a courthouse in the capital Mbabane to disperse
protesters demanding the Supreme Court stop its work amid a strike
2011 Nov 1, Officials and
witnesses said Syria is planting landmines along parts of the
country's border with Lebanon as refugees streamed out of the
country to escape the crackdown on anti-government protests.
2011 Nov 1, Turkey hosted the
presidents of Afghanistan and Pakistan for a trilateral summit
designed to reduce tensions and promote cooperation between the two
neighbors amid stepped-up Taliban attacks.
2011 Nov 1, Amnesty
International reported that Uganda's government and public officials
are placing illegitimate restrictions on freedom of expression.
Amnesty said that journalists, opposition politicians and activists
face arbitrary arrest, intimidation and politically motivated
2011 Nov 1, In Yemen
intermittent clashes erupted late in the day in Hasaba district
between government troops and gunmen loyal to influential tribal
chief Sheikh Sadeq al-Ahmar, killed two tribesmen and a policemen.
2011 Nov 1, Zimbabwe police
fired tear gas into PM Morgan Tsvangirai's party headquarters in
Harare and blocked off the building while beating up nearby street
vendors. MDC spokesman Douglas Mwonzora said the attempts to arrest
the street vendors was a ploy to raid Tsvangirai's party offices.
2011 Nov 1, In Zimbabwe a
decision by the Kimberley Process (KP) allows two firms, state-owned
Marange Resources and state joint venture Mbada Diamonds, to sell
gems from the Marange region, one of Africa's biggest diamond finds
in decades and the site of gross human rights violations. The deal
came after negotiations involving Zimbabwe, the European Union,
South Africa, the United States and the World Diamond Council.
2012 Nov 1, Michela Wooldridge
(24), a homeless woman, was stabbed to death in Santa Rosa, Ca. On
Aug 19, 2014, police arrested Jessy Zetino (22) after DNA evidence
tied him to the murder.
(SFC, 8/21/14, p.D2)
2012 Nov 1, In southern
Afghanistan a US service member was killed in an insurgent attack.
2012 Nov 1, Lawyers for
Amazonian Indians said they are seeking the seizure of $2 billion of
Chevron Corp.'s assets in Argentina as they tried to collect an
$18.7 billion environmental judgment won in Ecuador last year.
2012 Nov 1, British police
arrested comedian Freddie Starr as part of an investigation
triggered by allegations that the late BBC presenter Jimmy Savile
sexually abused hundreds of children.
2012 Nov 1, Iranian warplanes
shot multiple rounds at a US Predator surveillance drone flying in
int’l. airspace. The aircraft was not hit.
(SFC, 11/9/12, p.A4)
2012 Nov 1, An Iraqi court
unexpectedly convicted the country's fugitive Sunni vice president
Tariq al-Hashem on charges of instigating bodyguards to assassinate
a senior government official and sentenced him to death for a 2nd
time. The criminal court in Baghdad also sentenced al-Hashemi's
son-in-law, Ahmed Qahtan, to death on the same charges.
2012 Nov 1, In Libya some 200
mostly armed protesters and militiamen occupied an area near the
parliament building for a 3rd day, blocking nearby roads and beating
up journalists in protest of the country's new Cabinet.
2012 Nov 1, In Nigeria an
alleged member of the radical Islamist sect Boko Haram set
conditions for peace talks with the government, asking that
negotiations to end its fight be held in Saudi Arabia and that
former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari be involved. In the northeast
soldiers shot dead more than 40 people, likely civilians, during an
operation in Maiduguri, a city long under attack by the Boko Haram
radical Islamist sect.
(AP, 11/1/12)(AP, 11/2/12)
2012 Nov 1, A veteran Northern
Ireland prison officer was killed in a gun ambush as he was driving
to work, the first slaying of a security-force member in the British
territory in 18 months. David Black (52) worked at Maghaberry
Prison, where more than 40 IRA inmates have been waging protests for
more than a year. The next day Northern Ireland police arrested 3
suspected Irish Republican Army militants. One was identified as
Colin Duffy (44), the most prominent Irish republican in Lurgan.
Duffy and another suspect were released on Nov 4.
(AP, 11/1/12)(AP, 11/2/12)(AP, 11/5/12)
2012 Nov 1, In Romania
prosecutors interviewed 100 people and raided some 50 homes and
offices in Bucharest, Giurgiu and Calarasi. 33 bankers and
government officials were detained on suspicion of money laundering
and fraud that cost the state €22 million ($28.5 million).
2012 Nov 1, In Saudi Arabia a
fuel truck exploded after hitting portions of a bridge in the Saudi
capital, Riyadh, engulfing buildings and cars in flames and killing
at least 22 people and injuring more than 110.
2012 Nov 1, In Spain an early
morning stampede at Madrid Arena, where thousands of people were
attending a Halloween party, killed 3 women and critically injured
2. Someone had set off a flare or a firework, causing the stampede.
2012 Nov 1, Syrian rebels
killed 28 soldiers in attacks on military checkpoints in northern
Idlib province, just hours after a wave of bombings hit Damascus and
its outskirts. 5 rebels died in gun battles following the attacks.
Rebels killed a group of captured soldiers during an assault by
rebels on the northern town of Saraqeb. A video of the killings was
made public and human rights groups the next day warned that the
gunmen may have committed a war crime. The Observatory said 83
soldiers were killed in attacks by rebels and clashes.
(AP, 11/1/12)(AP, 11/2/12)
2013 Nov 1, The US Federal
Aviation Administration said it is relaxing restrictions on the use
of smartphones and other electronics inside flights by American
2013 Nov 1, In California Paul
Ciancia (23) walked into LAX’s terminal 3 near the security
checkpoint and began shooting, sending thousands of passengers
scattering onto tarmacs other parts of the airport. TSA agent
Gerardo Hernandez (39) was killed. Ciancia was hospitalized after
being shot 4 times.
(Reuters, 11/2/13)(SFC, 11/4/13, p.A6)
2013 Nov 1, In Nevada Lee Hosey
Jr. (25) was sentenced to 24-80 years in prison for a drunken
driving crash in Las Vegas on Sep 13, 2012, that left 4 people dead
and several injured.
(SFC, 11/2/13, p.A6)
2013 Nov 1, In Rhode Island
Ralph Mariano (55), was sentenced to 10 years in prison as the
mastermind of a kickback scheme that cost the Navy $18 million.
(SFC, 11/2/13, p.A6)
2013 Nov 1, Genentech won
federal approval for its Gazyva drug for patients with leukemia.
(SFC, 11/2/13, p.D2)
2013 Nov 1, US intelligence
leaker Edward Snowden is ready to talk with German prosecutors in
Russia, his lawyer said, after the fugitive met a German lawmaker
over his evidence that Washington spied on Chancellor Angela Merkel.
2013 Nov 1, Bulgaria's ruling
alliance asked the country's top court to quash a widely criticized
ban on arable land acquisitions by foreigners to avert infringement
action by the EU.
2013 Nov 1, China jailed for
life Tian Xueren, a former vice governor of the northeastern
province of Jilin and former banker, for taking more than $3 million
in bribes, in the government's latest move to crack down on
2013 Nov 1, In China 11 people
died and 17 were injured by an explosion in a fireworks factory in
Guangxi province. Police detained two people.
2013 Nov 1, In Egypt
controversial satirist Bassem Youssef's television channel suspended
his program, a week after he returned from a four-month break and
fired barbs at the country's military. Thousands supporting ousted
Pres. Morsi marched in street protests across the country, ramping
up pressure on the military-backed interim government ahead of his
coming trial next week.
(AFP, 11/1/13)(AP, 11/1/13)
2013 Nov 1, In Greece two
members of the far-right Golden Dawn party were killed and a third
wounding. The gun used in the attack had not been used in previous
2013 Nov 1, In Indonesia tens
of thousands of workers went on strike across the country for a
second straight day, calling for huge salary hikes as Southeast
Asia's top economy enjoys a prolonged boom.
2013 Nov 1, Iran said it has
launched its first submarine for tourists in the Persian Gulf
waters, an all-Iranian-made undersea vehicle. The submarine, dubbed
Morvarid (Pearl in Farsi), will serve tourists in Kish Island,
Iran's prime tourist spot in the Gulf.
2013 Nov 1, An Israeli air
strike killed 3 militants in the Gaza Strip after an overnight clash
that killed a fourth Palestinian gunman and wounded five Israeli
soldiers. The Israeli military said its aircraft targeted a tunnel
used by militants to facilitate attacks on Israelis.
2013 Nov 1, Kenya's media
reacted with shock and outrage after parliament voted through a bill
that could see journalists and outlets slapped with huge fines for
violating a code of conduct.
2013 Nov 1, Dutch PM Mark Rutte
said the Netherlands will send 380 soldiers and four Apache attack
helicopters to war-torn Mali following an appeal for more UN
2013 Nov 1, Nigeria formally
scrapped its inefficient and graft-ridden electricity firm and
handed its assets to private investors in a bid expected to improve
2013 Nov 1, In northwest
Pakistan Taliban commander Hakimullah Mehsud was killed by a US
drone aircraft in Miranshah. He had a $5 million US bounty on his
head. 3 others were also killed.
2013 Nov 1, Hamas said a
shortage of fuel halted the production of electricity across the
2013 Nov 1, In Russia a man
facing an assault charge detonated a grenade in a courthouse,
killing himself and a court officer and wounding two other people in
the Ural Mountains city of Kurgan.
2013 Nov 1, Tanzania’s
parliament suspended an anti-poaching campaign, amid a surge of
killings of elephant and rhino, to allow investigation of reported
seizure of property, torture and killing of suspects.
2013 Nov 1, In Tasmania int’l.
negotiations ended after China, Russia and Ukraine scuttled plans to
create the world's largest ocean sanctuary in Antarctica. The
sanctuary plans were led by the Antarctic Ocean Alliance which
campaigns for protecting the Antarctic seas. For the sanctuary
proposals to pass, they needed backing from all 200 delegates from
25 member countries, many of which have conflicting interests.
(Reuters, 11/1/13)(SFC, 11/2/13, p.A2)
2013 Nov 1, State-rescued Royal
Bank of Scotland announced plans to create an internal 'bad bank' to
run down Â£38 billion of high-risk assets and accelerate its return
to the private sector.
2013 Nov 1, A South African
court sentenced Johannes Kana, a man convicted of raping and
murdering Anene Booysen (17) in a gruesome case that shocked the
country, has been sentenced to two life terms in jail.
2013 Nov 1, Syrian troops
heavily shelled rebel-held areas of southern Damascus as part of a
bid to completely cut them off from rear bases in the countryside.
State media said government forces have captured Safira, a northern
town located near a chemical weapons site after days of heavy
(AFP, 11/1/13)(Reuters, 11/1/13)
2013 Nov 1, Tanzania’s
parliament suspended an anti-poaching campaign, amid a surge of
killings of elephant and rhino, to allow investigation of reported
seizure of property, torture and killing of suspects.
2013 Nov 1, Thailand's
Parliament moved a step closer to granting amnesty to people
involved in a wrenching political conflict that has divided the
country for almost a decade, prompting thousands to protest in the
streets and renewing fears of violence. The bill was aimed to bring
back Thaksin Shinawatra, the elder brother of PM Yingluck
(AP, 11/1/13)(Econ, 11/9/13, p.44)
2013 Nov 1, Tunisia's party
leaders met to choose a new premier to be tasked with replacing an
Islamist-led government and steering the country out of a
months-long political crisis.
2013 Nov 1, In Yemen Shi'ite
Muslim Houthi rebels backed by tanks launched a fresh attack Damaj,
a town held by their Sunni Muslim Salafi rivals, bringing the total
death toll in three days of sectarian clashes to 40.
2013 Nov 1, Dozens of Zambian
separatists appeared in court on charges of treason for trying to
create a new state called Barotseland in the west of the country. A
total of 84 defendants, mostly from the Lozi tribe, were rounded up
in a recent crackdown on those protesting for Barotseland.
2014 Nov 1, In Maine a fire
swept through an apartment at 20 Noyes St. in Portland killing 5
people following a Halloween party the night before.
2014 Nov 1, Brittany Maynard
(29), a SF Bay Area newlywed diagnosed with a deadly brain tumor,
died in Portland Oregon. She had moved to Oregon to access a lethal
drug for terminal illness and selected this day to end her life.
(SFC, 11/3/14, p.A1)
2014 Nov 1, Afghan Pres. Ashraf
Ghani Ahmadzai vowed to crack down on corruption and ensure security
in his nation. Violence killed at least 12 members of the country's
security forces in eastern Logar province.
2014 Nov 1, The Bahamas
government introduced new immigration rules.
2014 Nov 1, Bangladesh was hit
by a nationwide blackout after a transmission line bringing
electricity from neighboring India failed.
2014 Nov 1, In Burkina Faso two
different military officials had declared themselves in charge
before the army confirmed that Lt. Col. Isaac Yacouba Zida was the
2014 Nov 1, It was reported
that China's legislature has designated Dec. 4 as Constitution Day
amid a drive to strengthen the authority of the country's legal
2014 Nov 1, China successfully
recovered an experimental spacecraft that flew around the moon and
back in a test run for the country's first unmanned return trip to
the lunar surface. The eight-day trip marked the first time in
almost four decades that a spacecraft has returned to Earth after
traveling around the moon.
2014 Nov 1, The EU’s “Operation
Triton" replaced Italy’s “Mare Nostrum" search and rescue operation.
Triton was run by Frontex, the EU’s border control agency, but
remained under Italian control.
2014 Nov 1, In Ireland some
100,000 people marched against a new tax on water, imposed on Oct 1
as part of the country’s successful exit from an int’l. bailout.
Charges were espected to cost a typical household $350/year.
(SSFC, 11/2/14, p.A3)
2014 Nov 1, Some 150 Iraqi
Kurdish forces arrived in the Syrian town of Kobani with heavy
weapons to help Syrian Kurds fend off attempts by Islamic State
insurgents to seize the town. Around 200 fighters from the Free
Syrian Army (FSA) have also arrived in Kobani to help defend the
town. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at
least 100 Islamic State fighters were killed in the past three days.
2014 Nov 1, In northern Kenya
raiders ambushed and killed 22 police. Regional powerbrokers later
said the attackers mistook the police for an invading tribe.
2014 Nov 1, In Libya rocket
fire forced the closure of Labraq airport, the main gateway into the
2014 Nov 1, In northern Mexico
General Ricardo Cesar Nino Villarreal and his wife were shot dead as
they drove in Vallecillo, Nuevo Leon state. Villarreal was one of
four military officers who were deployed by the federal government
in May to stem a surge of violence in Tamaulipas.
2014 Nov 1, In Nepal two
passenger buses collided head-on on a key highway, killing 10 people
and injuring 30 others.
2014 Nov 1, Pakistan said 5
security forces personnel have been killed and four others injured
in two separate militant attacks in the northwest.
2014 Nov 1, In Syria Islamist
militants affiliated to al Qaeda seized the last remaining
stronghold of Western-backed rebels in the northwest province of
Idlib after days of fighting.
2014 Nov 1, Ukraine said 6
government soldiers were killed in the past 24 hours, as a fragile
ceasefire in the east was tested by heavy mortar fire in the
separatist stronghold of Donetsk.
2014 Nov 1, All Yemeni parties
and political groups agreed to form an apolitical technocrat cabinet
ending a deadlock of over two weeks.
2015 Nov 1, The US-led
coalition conducted 10 air strikes against Islamic State in Syria on
Sunday and 17 in Iraq.
2015 Nov 1, Fred Thompson
(b.1942), former Republican US senator from Tennessee (1994-2003),
died in Nashville. He had appeared in at least 20 motion pictures
with a notable role in television’s “Law and Order" (2002-2007).
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Thompson)(SFC, 11/2/15, p.A9)
2015 Nov 1, A joint communique
by the US and five Central Asian countries declared support for
Afghanistan and its development as an independent and peaceful
2015 Nov 1, Azerbaijan voted in
parliamentary polls expected to cement President Ilham Aliyev's grip
on power and boycotted by the mainstream opposition as a sham.
Aliyev's Yeni (New) Azerbaijan party took 71 seats in the country's
125-seat parliament. Not a single election held in Azerbaijan since
Aliyev came to power in 2003 has been recognized as free and fair by
(AFP, 11/1/15)(AFP, 11/2/15)
2015 Nov 1, In Chad at least 3
soldiers were killed and 14 others wounded in a series of attacks
blamed on Boko Haram Islamic militants. 14 militants were reported
(AP, 11/1/15)(AFP, 11/1/15)
2015 Nov 1, The leaders of
China, Japan and South Korea pledged to work toward greater economic
integration at their first joint meeting in over three years. China
and Japan agreed to restart mutual visits of their foreign ministers
and hold bilateral high-level economic dialogue early next year in a
meeting between Premier Li Keqiang and PM Shinzo Abe in Seoul, South
2015 Nov 1, In eastern Congo
DRC fourteen humanitarian workers were kidnapped in the Rutshuru
region in North Kivu province.
2015 Nov 1, Greek authorities
said 11 more people have drown on the dangerous crossing from Turkey
to Greece after a boat carrying nearly 30 refugees sank in heavy
seas near the eastern island of Samos. The bodies of two men, one
woman and a young boy, believed to be from refugee smuggling boats,
were found early today washed up on beaches in the Skala area of
2015 Nov 1, New Delhi, India,
introduced a toll for all trucks and commercial vehicles in an
attempt to improve air quality in the world's most polluted capital
ahead of Diwali celebrations.
2015 Nov 1, Iraq’s health
ministry said it is carrying out a major vaccination campaign to
combat a cholera outbreak that has infected more than 2,200 people.
2015 Nov 1, Israeli soldiers
shot dead a knife-wielding Palestinian who tried to stab them in the
West Bank city of Hebron.
2015 Nov 1, In Myanmar
opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi addressed a huge rally on the
outskirts of Yangon, offering a message of reconciliation with
political opponents if her party sweeps the upcoming general
2015 Nov 1, Nigerian troops
drove Boko Haram extremists out of an abandoned northeastern primary
school in a shootout that killed 4 militants.
2015 Nov 1, In Pakistan a
bombing in Baluchistan province early today targeted a train bound
for Rawalpindi, where the military is headquartered. 3 passengers
were killed and seven others wounded.
2015 Nov 1, Qatar officially
opened the country's biggest workers' accommodation camp, with
enough space to house almost 70,000 laborers.
2015 Nov 1, In Somalia security
forces Mogadishu fought for several hours before clearing a hotel of
Islamist al Shabaab gunmen who had stormed the building after two
bombs ripped into it. At least 13 people were killed.
2015 Nov 1, Islamic State
fighters seized the Syrian town of Maheen in Homs province from
government forces, expanding their presence in Syria's west despite
a Russian-backed bombing campaign against them. At least 50 fighters
on the government side were killed or wounded.
2015 Nov 1, Turkey held
parliamentary elections. The AKP won 49% of the vote, consolidating
support from the right to claw back a parliamentary majority that
will bolster Pres. Tayyip Erdogan's grip on power.
(AFP, 11/1/15)(Reuters, 11/2/15)(Econ, 11/7/15,
2015 Nov 1, In Yemen Cyclone
Chapala killed one person, injured nine and seriously damaged or
destroyed at least 20 homes on the remote island of Socotra. 3 more
people were killed the next day as the cyclone headed for the
(AP, 11/1/15)(Reuters, 11/2/15)
2016 Nov 1, In Iowa police
Officer Lucas Jones shot Jerime Mitchell (37), an unarmed black
motorist. The shooting left Mitchell paralyzed. On Dec 5 a grand
jury decided not to indict Jones after authorities argued he shot in
self-defense. In 2021 an insurance company for the City of Cedar
Rapids said it will pay $8 million to Mitchell.
(SFC, 12/9/16, p.A6)(AP, 4/19/21)
2016 Nov 1, Britain's Treasury
Chief Philip Hammond promised that the UK will strike back against
cyberattacks amid fears that state-sponsored hackers jeopardize
society. The Kremlin dismissed as untrue allegations by the head of
Britain's MI5 intelligence agency that Russia is mounting
cyber-attacks and other aggressive measures which pose a growing
threat to Britain.
(AP, 11/1/16)(Reuters, 11/1/16)
2016 Nov 1, Yum China Holdings
Inc., the owner of KFC and Taco Bell, completed the spinoff of its
China division. It began trading as YUMC on the New York Stock
Exchange as a separate company.
2016 Nov 1, Chinese President
Xi Jinping met with Taiwan's opposition leader, underscoring
Beijing's message to the island's independence-leaning
administration that it won't have access to the mainland's highest
levels of power if it doesn't accept that Taiwan is part of China.
2016 Nov 1, China and Malaysia
said their navies will cooperate more in the politically sensitive
South China Sea in an agreement signed today during a visit by
Malaysia's PM Najib Razak, who is seeking stronger ties with Beijing
as he tries to offset a financial scandal at home.
2016 Nov 1, China's J-20
stealth fighter made its public debut at an air show in Zhuhai, in
the latest sign of the growing sophistication of the country's
2016 Nov 1, Ethiopia's PM
Hailemariam Desalegn reshuffled his cabinet to create a more
ethnically diverse team after an unprecedented wave of protests.
2016 Nov 1, Indian officials
said 7 civilians were killed in Kashmir and nine others wounded by
Pakistani shelling. Two women were also reported killed in the
Rajouri sector in cross-border firing.
2016 Nov 1, Elite Iraqi forces
recaptured Gogjali village and a television station on the edge of
Mosul. Iraqi army forces managed to push into the Judaidat Al-Mufti
area of Mosul. Some 4,000 to 7,000 jihadists were believed to be in
and around Mosul. Islamic State militants transported 1,600 abducted
civilians from the town of Hammam al-Alil to Tal Afar, possibly for
use as human shields against air strikes.
(AFP, 11/1/16)(Reuters, 11/4/16)
2017 Nov 1, US Pres. Donald
Trump signed the repeal of a banking rule that would have allowed
consumers to join together to sue their bank or credit card company
to resolve financial disputes.
(SFC, 11/2/17, p.C2)
2017 Nov 1, The CIA released
nearly 470,000 additional files seized during the 2011 raid that
killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. These included a 19-page
al-Qaida report in Arabic that appears to bolster US claims that
Iran supported the extremist network leading up to the Sept. 11
terror attacks. The released documents also included a 228-page
journal apparently handwritten by one of Osama bin Laden’s
(AP, 11/3/17)(SFC, 11/3/17, p.A2)
2017 Nov 1, The Houston Astros
won game 7 of the baseball World Series (5-1) against the Los
Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.
(SFC, 11/2/17, p.D2)
2017 Nov 1, Los Angeles Times
reported that six women, including actress Olivia Munn, have accused
prominent film director Brett Ratner of harassment or misconduct.
2017 Nov 1, Thieves in San
Francisco staked out a UPS truck delivering 300 units of Apple’s new
(SFC, 11/4/17, p.D1)
2017 Nov 1, In Colorado Scott
Ostrem (47) opened fire inside a suburban Denver Walmart killing two
men and a woman. He was arrested the next day following a brief
chase in Thornton, about 5 miles from the Walmart store. On Oct 19.,
2018, Ostrem was sentenced to three consecutive life terms plus 48
years in prison as part of a deal to avoid a potential death
(SFC, 11/3/17, p.A7)(SSFC, 10/21/18, p.A14)
2017 Nov 1, Louisiana released
some 1,500 inmates as part of the state’s overhaul of its criminal
(SFC, 11/1/17, p.A5)
2017 Nov 1, It was reported
that US farmers have overwhelmed state governments with thousands of
complaints about crop damage linked to new versions of weed killers,
threatening future sales by manufacturers Monsanto Co and BASF SE.
2017 Nov 1, In Afghanistan at
least one person was killed after a suicide car bomber targeted the
car of a local district police commander in northern Balkh province.
2017 Nov 1, Bahrain's public
prosecutor charged two leaders of the country's banned main
opposition party of spying for Qatar. Sheikh Ali Salman, secretary
general of al-Wefaq party, and Sheikh Hassan Sultan were accused of
colluding with Qatar to carry out "hostile acts" in Bahrain and
damage its national interests and prestige.
2017 Nov 1, Bangladesh Biman
pilot Sabbir Enam (31) was formally arrested a day after being
detained for suspected of terrorism offences, including plotting to
keep passengers hostage and flying a plane into the houses of top
2017 Nov 1, In Bangladesh more
than 4,000 Rohingya crossed into Bangladesh as thousands more waited
on a beach in Maungdaw to cross the estuary separating the two
(SFC, 11/3/17, p.A3)
2017 Nov 1, A court in Belarus
sentenced opposition leader Vladimir Neklyaev (71) to ten days in
jail for calling on supporters to join unsanctioned protests last
2017 Nov 1, The Bank of England
predicted that some 10,000 UK financial services jobs could move
abroad on the first day of Brexit, after warnings of up to 75,000
relocations in total.
2017 Nov 1, Dubai hosted
African officials, including four heads of state, and int’l CEOs at
the opening of "Next Generation Africa", Dubai's fourth Global
Business Forum on Africa.
2017 Nov 1, France officially
ended a two-year state of emergency, replacing it with the
introduction of a new security law which critics say undermines
2017 Nov 1, Gabon arrested
Abdoulaye Mohamoud Ibrahim, the Chadian head of a major ivory
trafficking ring syndicate, and eight accomplices, including his
wife, son and daughter-in-law, after a two-year investigation
assisted by Interpol and French law enforcement. The ring's
"moneyman" was arrested three weeks later. The arrests were only
announced in January, 2018, due to continuing investigations.
2017 Nov 1, In India an
explosion at a power plant in Uttar Pradesh state killed at least 16
workers and seriously burned dozens of others. Preliminary findings
suggested that ash had collected in the furnace below the boiler,
causing the explosion at the coal-fired plant run by the
government-owned National Thermal Power Corporation.
2017 Nov 1, Iraqi Kurdish
President Masoud Barzani departed office, leaving his nephew to
reconcile with the central government in Baghdad, with regional
neighbors and with rival Kurdish parties after a failed referendum
2017 Nov 1, Irish nationalist
party Sinn Fein said that its talks with the pro-British Democratic
Unionist Party aimed at re-establishing a power-sharing government
in Northern Ireland had failed.
2017 Nov 1, In the Israeli
occupied West Bank secretive British street artist Banksy held a
special event to apologize for the 100th anniversary of the Balfour
Declaration outside his hotel. Banksy opened the Walled-Off Hotel
near Bethlehem in March, with all the rooms facing directly onto
Israel's separation wall.
2017 Nov 1, Japan's parliament
re-elected Abe as prime minister after his ruling party's resounding
victory in a lower house election last month. Abe pledged to compile
a 2 trillion yen ($17.5 billion) package of policy measures in early
December to tackle Japan's aging and shrinking population.
2017 Nov 1, Macedonia said it
has fired Mario-Cesar Deus Yela, its honorary consul in Barcelona.
Yela (49), a Spanish dentist, is awaiting trial in South Africa over
the deaths of his two children during a family holiday in Cape Town
2017 Nov 1, Myanmar insisted it
was ready to set up a repatriation process for Rohingya Muslims even
as more risked their lives fleeing the country, but it voiced fears
Bangladesh was delaying an accord to first get international aid
2017 Nov 1, Niger said it has
asked the United States to start using armed drones against jihadist
groups operating on the Mali border, raising the stakes in a
counter-insurgency campaign jolted by a deadly ambush of allied
2017 Nov 1, Hamas handed over
control of Gaza's border crossings with Israel and Egypt to the
internationally recognized Palestinian Authority.
2017 Nov 1, Russian President
Vladimir Putin arrived in Iran for trilateral talks with Tehran and
2017 Nov 1, The Russian Defense
Ministry said in a statement that six long-range bombers struck
Islamic State positions in Deir al-Zor province.
2017 Nov 1, South Sudanese
President Salva Kiir began a two-day visit to Sudan aimed at
resolving border disputes and addressing mutual accusations of
supporting rebels in each other's territory.
2017 Nov 1, In Switzerland the
Bern Kunstmuseum showcased a new exhibit of artwork deemed
"degenerate art" by the Nazis, drawn from a collection of some 1,500
works found hidden in the homes of German collector Cornelius
Gurlitt five years ago.
2017 Nov 1, In Tunisia
suspected Islamist militant Zied Gharbi (25) wounded two policemen
with a knife near the parliament in Tunis. He was soon arrested.
Commander Riadh Barrouta died the next of the injuries he sustained
after being stabbed in the neck by a suspected Islamic extremist.
(Reuters, 11/1/17)(AP, 11/2/17)
2017 Nov 1, The 78-meter
(256-foot) Turkish-flagged Bilal Bal cargo ship, which had 10 crew
members aboard, disappeared in the Black Sea after issuing a
distress signal. Divers on Nov. 3 located two bodies.
2017 Nov 1, In northern Yemen a
suspected airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite
rebels killed at least 29 people, including children. Another
airstrike killed three people in a different part of Saada province.
2018 Nov 1, The US Justice
Department charged fugitive Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho, also
known as Jho Low, in a money laundering and bribery scheme that
pilfered billions of dollars from a Malaysian investment fund
created to promote economic development projects in that country.
Also charged was a Goldman Sachs banker, Tim Leissner, who pleaded
guilty to money laundering conspiracy and to conspiring to violating
foreign bribery laws.
2018 Nov 1, Tennessee executed
Edmund Zagorski (63) for killing two men during a
drug-deal-turned-robbery in 1983. Zagorski was strapped into the
stout wooden chair nicknamed 'Old Sparky' and put to death for
shooting and slitting the throats of two men during the drug deal.
Zagorski had told the state he'd rather die in the electric chair
than receive a lethal injection. Since then, the state has executed
two other inmates by electrocution, bringing the total to three in
the past year.
2018 Nov 1, Google employees
held a wave of walkouts around the world to protest the internet
company’s handling of sexual harassment. In Ireland hundreds of
employees walked out of Google's European headquarters in Dublin as
part of a global campaign over the US tech giant's handling of
sexual harassment. Amit Singhal, a former search chief, left the
company in 2016 after being accused of groping a female. The Google
board had approved a $45 million settlement for him. Andy Rubin, who
used to head the Android division, had left the company after being
accused of sexual misconduct. His exit package was $90
2018 Nov 1, Scientists said the
world's oceans have absorbed 60 percent more heat than previously
thought over the last quarter of a century. Soon after
publication, an independent climate scientist, one who has
repeatedly voiced skepticism of the consensus that human behavior is
causing global warming, spotted an error in the Nature paper's
(AFP, 11/1/18)(AFP, 11/23/18)
2018 Nov 1, In Afghanistan a
massive fire destroyed hundreds of stores late today at a market in
central Kabul. All the stores had closed and no casualties were
(SFC, 11/3/18, p.A2)
2018 Nov 1, Australia announced
it will invest in redeveloping a Papua New Guinea naval base as
concerns mount over increasing Chinese influence in the South
2018 Nov 1, Australia said it
aims to remove all asylum seeker children from Nauru within two
months as concerns escalate about their deteriorating health after
languishing on the tiny Pacific atoll nation for up to five years.
2018 Nov 1, Brazilian Judge
Sergio Moroat, at the center of one of the largest corruption
investigations in history, said he will become justice minister in
the incoming government of President-elect Jair Bolsonaro.
2018 Nov 1, British immigration
officials found a group of 21 Vietnamese illegal immigrants hidden
inside a truck transporting sparkling water from France to Britain.
2018 Nov 1, In restive
southwestern Cameroon separatist militants attacked workers on a
state-run rubber plantation, chopping off their fingers because the
men had defied an order to stay away from the farms.
2018 Nov 1, In China Salvadoran
President Salvador Sanchez Ceren met with his Chinese counterpart,
Xi Jinping, just months after the small Central American nation
broke its diplomatic ties with Taiwan.
2018 Nov 1, The Ebola outbreak
in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has claimed 180 lives,
according to the health ministry, with 10 more reported deaths in
2018 Nov 1, Greek authorities
arrested eight suspected members of a criminal organization that
smuggled migrants from Greece to Italy by yacht.
2018 Nov 1, India's environment
minister blamed the Delhi government and its neighboring states for
failing in their efforts to check air pollution which today was six
times above the recommended limit, posing severe health risks.
2018 Nov 1, In northern Italy
trees covering the mountainsides in the Dolomites range were reduced
to matchsticks, flattened by winds that tore through the Veneto
region as storms killed five people. The fatalities brought to 18
the number of people killed by bad weather in Italy since the start
of the week.
2018 Nov 1, Macedonia's
criminal court ordered the temporary freezing of property belonging
to the main conservative opposition party as part of an
investigation into allegations of unlawful political financing.
2018 Nov 1, Mohamed Nasheed,
the first democratically elected president of the Maldives, returned
home after more than two years in exile to escape a long prison
2018 Nov 1, Thousands of
Central American migrants resumed their slow trek through southern
Mexico. Activists aiding the group said they were shifting their
route toward the Gulf coast, a path closer to the Texas border.
2018 Nov 1, A court in the
Netherlands banned Ryanair from transferring 16 pilots overseas
following the closure of its Dutch base in Eindhoven, saying that
the move appeared to be a reprisal by the budget carrier for strikes
by Dutch employees.
2018 Nov 1, The Russian
government published a list of 322 individuals and 68 companies in
the Ukraine who will have their assets — if they have any — frozen,
in a largely symbolic gesture in the ongoing conflict between the
2018 Nov 1, South Korea's top
court ruled that South Korean men can legally reject their mandatory
military service on conscientious or religious grounds without
2018 Nov 1, Turkish and US
forces started joint patrols in the Manbij region of northern Syria.
In June Turkey agreed a plan with the United States under which the
two countries would jointly maintain security and stability there.
2018 Nov 1, The Saudi-backed
Yemeni government said it was ready to work on confidence-building
measures under UN-led peace efforts as the United States pressed for
an end to a war that has pushed Yemen to the brink of starvation.
2018 Nov 1, In Syria jihadists
killed four pro-regime fighters in Idlib province, the rebel
stronghold where Russia and Turkey have agreed to set up a buffer
2018 Nov 1, The UN General
Assembly vote 189-2 to approve a resolution condemning the American
embargo of Cuba. The US and Israel voted no. Moldova and Ukraine did
(SFC, 11/2/18, p.A2)
2018 Nov 1, The UN children's
agency said over seven million children face a serious threat of
famine in Yemen and ending the country's war will not save all of
2019 Nov 1, The US Department
of Homeland Security announced it is extending temporary protected
status coverage for migrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras,
Nepal, Nicaragua and Sudan through Jan. 4, 2021.
2019 Nov 1, Senior Chinese and
US officials again sent positive signals about their efforts to
formalize the partial trade bargain announced last month, with
President Donald Trump saying he may meet with Chinese counterpart
Xi Jinping in the state of Iowa.
2019 Nov 1, It was reported
that the US government has launched a national security review of
TikTok owner Beijing ByteDance Technology Co's $1 billion
acquisition of US social media app Musical.ly.
2019 Nov 1, The US Dept. of
Health and Human Services released a proposed rule that would allow
foster care and adoption agencies to deny their services to LGBT
families on faith-based grounds.The rule would become final 30 days
after it is published in the Federal Register.
(SFC, 11/4/19, p.A6)
2019 Nov 1, A new wildfire
exploded in Southern California overnight, closing schools and
forcing over 7,000 residents to evacuate. The Maria Fire broke out
in Santa Paula in Ventura County the previous evening and raced
across the land, growing to 8,300 acres.
(Good Morning America, 11/1/19)
2019 Nov 1, A parade of 13
Democratic presidential hopefuls vowed to oust Republican Donald
Trump from the White House in 2020, promising a raucous crowd in
Iowa they would lead the fight to fulfill longtime party goals like
ending income inequality and providing universal healthcare.
2019 Nov 1, Chicago teachers
returned to work after a grueling 11-day strike as parents hoped the
deal struck between the teachers' union and district would improve
their children's education.
2019 Nov 1, UAW senior leaders
at Ford's US plants recommended approval of a tentative four-year
labor agreement with the automaker, sending the deal to the 52,000
UAW members at Ford for final approval. The union previously
ratified a similar deal with General Motors Co and will soon move to
negotiate with Fiat Chrysler.
2019 Nov 1, The Oklahoma Pardon
and Parole board commuted the sentences of more than 450 inmates.
House Bill 1269, which just took effect after it was passed in May
by the state legislature, was designed to limit prison time for
low-level drug and property crime offenders. They were scheduled to
be released on Nov. 4.
(ABC News, 11/1/19)
2019 Nov 1, Northrop Grumman
launched its Cygnus capsule for NASA from Wallops Island, Virginia.
The 8,200-pound shipment (3,700 kg) should reach the Int'l. Space
Station on Nov. 4.
2019 Nov 1, In Wisconsin
Clifton Blackwell threw acid on Mahud Villalaz, a Latino man, who
suffered 2nd degree burns. In 2020 Blackwell (61) was pronounced
competent to stand trial for reckless injury in a hate crime.
(http://tinyurl.com/y6p9wosp)(SFC, 1/7/20, p.A5)
2019 Nov 1, A clash of storm
fronts that began on Halloween created havoc that caused flooding,
knocked over trees, downed power lines and damaged homes from the
Deep South throughout the Northeast. More than 100,000 homes and
businesses were without electricity in the Philadelphia suburbs.
More than 200,000 customers were without power in New York state. In
Maine, more than 120,000 customers were without power. In Vermont
more than 20,000 customers were without power and in New Hampshire
it was about 16,000.
2019 Nov 1, Alphabet Inc-owned
Google said it will buy Fitbit Inc for $2.1 billion, as the biggest
Web search company looks to take on Apple and Samsung in the crowded
market for fitness trackers and smart watches.
2019 Nov 1, The International
Rescue Committee said more than 1 million people in East Africa are
affected by flooding after higher than normal rainfall. Parts of the
region braced for a tropical storm, Kyarr, that could worsen an
already dire humanitarian situation.
2019 Nov 1, Brazilian police
raided the offices of a Greek company as they investigate an oil
tanker carrying heavy Venezuelan crude that was allegedly spilled at
sea, tarring thousands of kilometers of Brazil's coastline over the
past two months. Police said oceanographic and geolocation data
showed that the Greek ship was the only one navigating near the
origin of the spill between July 28 and 29, after docking in
Venezuela on July 15. The next day Delta Tankers, which manages the
Greek-flagged Bouboulina ship, reiterated the vessel sailed from
Venezuela in laden condition on July 19, heading directly, with no
stops at other ports, for Melaka, Malaysia, where the tanker
discharged its entire cargo without any shortage.
(Reuters, 11/1/19)(Reuters, 11/2/19)
2019 Nov 1, In Brazil Paulo
Paulino Guajajara, also known as Lobo or "wolf", was killed in an
attack, the latest fatality in an escalating battle between illegal
loggers and indigenous tribes in the Amazon rainforest. One logger
also died in the attack in Maranhao state.
(Reuters, 11/4/19)(SFC, 11/4/19, p.A2)
2019 Nov 1, In Burundi gunmen
wearing police and army uniforms killed three people and injured
three others at a bar in a heavily guarded neighborhood of Bujumbura
2019 Nov 1, China warned it
would not tolerate any challenge to Hong Kong's governing system, as
it laid out plans to boost patriotism in the city and change how its
leader is chosen or removed after months of pro-democracy protests.
2019 Nov 1, Denmark's
immigration minister says the number of British citizens seeking
Danish citizenship has more than tripled compared with 2017, the
year after Britain voted to leave the European Union.
2019 Nov 1, German Chancellor
Angela Merkel got a toxic welcome to India as PM Narendra Modi
welcomed her in air so polluted that authorities declared a public
health emergency. The two sides signed a series of agreements in
agriculture, maritime technology, "green urban mobility" and even
2019 Nov 1, Hong Kong
anti-government protests fizzled after a night of clashes in a
central bar district and prominent pro-democracy activist Joshua
Wong called for 100,000 people to take to the streets of the
Chinese-ruled city the following day.
2019 Nov 1, Indonesian
activists Martua Parasian Siregar (55) and Maraden Sianipar (42)
were found dead with multiple stab wounds near a palm plantation in
the island of North Sumatra. Police later said was ordered by a palm
oil businessman. On Nov. 9 Police said they had arrested the head of
the Amelia palm oil company, who they identified only as "H" or
"Harry", on suspicion of having paid several men about $3,000 to
kill the two activists.
2019 Nov 1, Tens of thousands
of Iraqis massed in Baghdad's Tahrir Square in the biggest
demonstrations since anti-government protests erupted a month ago,
defying security forces that have killed scores of people and
harshly criticizing Iran's involvement in the country's affairs.
Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said combat forces shouldn’t be
deployed to confront demonstrations as their presence would only
(AP, 11/1/19)(AFP, 11/1/19)
2019 Nov 1, A Lebanese criminal
court sentenced Tarek Houshi, a local Uber driver, to death in the
case of Rebecca Dykes, a British woman, who was raped and killed in
Beirut in December, 2017.
2019 Nov 1, A Lebanese court
has sentenced Youssef Diab to death for twin car bombings in 2013
that targeted two mosques in the northern city of Tripoli, killing
2019 Nov 1, Mali's government
said at least 53 soldiers and one civilian have been killed in an
attack on a northern army post, in one of the deadliest strikes
against the West African country's military in recent memory.
2019 Nov 1, Netherlands'
Environmental Assessment Agency said the country is unlikely to
reach its target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 49% by 2030
despite a tough package of measures agreed in June.
2019 Nov 1, North Korea
confirmed it conducted its third test-firing of a new "super-large"
multiple rocket launcher that it says expands its ability to destroy
enemy targets in surprise attacks.
2019 Nov 1, In Pakistan tens of
thousands of members of a radical Islamist party camped out in
Islamabad overnight and demanded the resignation of PM Imran Khan
over economic hardships. Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the leader of the
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam party, began his "Azadi March" from the
southern city of Karachi last Sunday.
2019 Nov 1, Russia's "sovereign
internet" law, which President Vladimir Putin signed back in May,
took effect. It gives the country's government power to block access
to content whether from within or from outside Russia "in an
emergency," which is up to the government to decide.
2019 Nov 1, Turkey and Russia
launched joint patrols in northeastern Syria, under a deal that
halted a Turkish offensive against Syrian Kurdish fighters who were
forced to withdraw from the border area following Ankara's
2019 Nov 1, The UN said Spain
will host the COP25 climate summit in December, after Chile
abandoned plans to hold it due to deadly anti-government protests.
2019 Nov 1, Yemen's Iran-backed
Houthi rebels reportedly shot down a US-made drone along the border
with Saudi Arabia.
2020 Nov 1, California to date
had 932,841 cases of coronavirus and 17,667 deaths. The SF Bay Area
had 118,699 cases and 1,781 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached
over 9,189,785 with the death toll at 230,870.
2020 Nov 1, The Texas Supreme
Court denied a request by conservative activist Steven Hotze and
others for an order that drive-through voting violates Texas
election law. The court rejected a bid to toss out almost 127,000
votes cast in drive-through lanes. A similar challenge was still
(Reuters, 11/1/20)(SFC, 11/2/20, p.A4)
2020 Nov 1, In Texas actor
Eddie Hassell (30), best known for his roles on the TV show Surface
and the movie The Kids Are All Right, died in a hospital after being
shot in a Dallas suburb. On Nov. 4 police arrested D'Jon Antone (18)
on a capital murder charge.
2020 Nov 1, Algerians voted in
a referendum that is meant to cement changes made possible after
long-time President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was forced to resign last
2020 Nov 1, Fighting over the
separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh entered sixth week, with
Armenian and Azerbaijani forces blaming each other for new attacks.
2020 Nov 1, In Belarus
thousands of protesters swarmed the streets of Minsk to demand the
resignation of longtime President Alexander Lukashenko — the 13th
straight Sunday marked by demonstrations against his rule. Police
used stun grenades and fired warning shots in the air to break up
2020 Nov 1, In Brazil small
groups of protesters gathered in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo to
demonstrate against any mandate for the taking of a coronavirus
vaccine, supporting a rejection campaign encouraged by President
2020 Nov 1, China began its
ten-yearly census. It was expected to conclude on Dec. 10.
(Econ., 10/31/20, p.39)
2020 Nov 1, In western Ethiopia
gunmen killed 54 people and set fire to homes in a "horrendous"
attack in Oromia state. Survivors said ethnic Amharas were targeted.
Local authorities blamed the rebel Oromo Liberation Army (OLA).
(AP, 11/2/20)(BBC, 11/3/20)(Econ., 11/7/20, p.14)
2020 Nov 1, Veteran British
journalist Robert Fisk (74), one of the best-known Middle East
correspondents who spent his career reporting from the troubled
region and won accolades for challenging mainstream narratives, died
in Dublin after a short illness.
2020 Nov 1, India's Bharat
Biotech said it is planning to launch its COVID-19 vaccine candidate
in the second quarter of 2021 if it gets approval from Indian
2020 Nov 1, Iran recorded
another single-day record with 434 coronavirus deaths. Total deaths
passed 35,000 with more than 620,000 confirmed cases.
(SFC, 11/2/20, p.A5)
2020 Nov 1, In Kashmir Indian
forces killed Saifullah Mir, a top commander of the Hizbul
Mujahideen, during a gunbattle in Srinagar.
(SFC, 11/2/20, p.A2)
2020 Nov 1, In Pakistan
hundreds of protesters burned effigies of France's leader and
chanted anti-French slogans, as President Emmanuel Macron tried to
send a message of understanding to Muslims around the world.
2020 Nov 1, Typhoon Goni made
landfall in the Philippines. At least 20 people were killed as the
storm triggered volcanic mudflows that engulfed about 150 houses
before weakening as it blew away from the country.
(AP, 11/1/20)(SFC, 11/3/20, p.A3)