1483 Nov 2, Henry
Stafford (b.1454), earl of Buckingham and constable of England, was
beheaded at Salisbury for his rebellion against King Richard III
(DoW, 1999, p.71)
1570 Nov 2, A tidal wave in the
North Sea destroyed the sea walls from Holland to Jutland. Over a
thousand people are killed.
1648 Nov 2, 12,000 Jews were
massacred by Chmielnicki hordes in Narol Podlia (Ukraine). Cossack
Bogdan Chmielnicki led the pogrom in quest of Ukrainian independence
from the Polish nobility, who employed Jews to collect taxes.
(PCh, 1992, p.241)(MC, 11/2/01)
1697 Nov 2, Constantine Huygens
Jr, poet, painter and cartoonist, was buried.
1734 Nov 2, Daniel Boone,
American frontiersman, was born.
(HFA, '96, p.18)(HN, 11/2/98)
1739 Nov 2, Karl Ditters von
Dittersdorf, composer, was born.
1749 Nov 2, The English Ohio
Trade Company formed its 1st trade post.
1755 Nov 2, Marie Antoinette
(d.1793), Queen of France, was born. She was the daughter of Maria
Theresa and Francis I; and wife of Louis XVI in 1770 and thus Queen
of France. She was arrested by the Revolutionary Tribunal and
beheaded on Oct. 15.
(CFA, '96, p.58)(HN, 11/2/98)
1772 Nov 2, The first
Committees of Correspondence were formed in Massachusetts under
1783 Nov 2, Gen. George
Washington issued his "Farewell Address to the Army" near Princeton,
1789 Nov 2, The property of the
Church in France was taken away by the state.
1795 Nov 2, James Knox Polk,
the 11th president of the United States, was born in Mecklenburg
(AP, 11/2/97)(HN, 11/2/98)
1810 Nov 2, Andrew Atkinson
Humphreys (d.1883), Mjr. Gen. (Union volunteers), was born.
1813 Nov 2, Treaty of
Fulda. After the Battle of Leipzig (Oct 16-19) King Frederick I of
Württemberg (1754-1816) deserted Napoleon’s waning fortunes. By a
treaty made with Klemens Wenzel Nepomuk Lothar von Metternich
(1773-1858) at Fulda, Hessen, Germany he secured the confirmation of
his royal title and of his recent acquisitions of territory, while
his troops marched with those of the allies into France.
(DoW, 1999, p.325)
1815 Nov 2, George Boole
(d.1864), English-Irish mathematician and logician (Boolean
algebra), was born.
(WUD, 1994, p.170)(SFC, 12/2/97, p.C3)(MC,
1822 Nov 2, The USRC Louisiana
along with USS Peacock and the Royal Navy schooner HMS Speedwell
captured five pirate vessels off Havana, Cuba.
1824 Nov 2, Popular
presidential vote was 1st recorded; Jackson beat J.Q. Adams. Gen.
Jackson won the popular vote followed by John Quincy Adams, William
Crawford and Henry Clay. Jackson won 99 electoral votes, Adams won
84, Crawford won 41 and Clay won 37. Crawford, Treasury secretary,
was accused of malfeasance. Henry Clay was denounced for passing
days gambling and nights in a brothel. Clay convinced his supporters
in congress to vote for Adams. The House of Representatives chose
John Quincy Adams, who chose Clay for vice president. A furious
Jackson proceeded to help found the Democratic Party.
(WSJ, 10/8/96, p.A22)(WSJ, 11/9/00, p.A26)(WSJ,
12/11/00, p.A18)(MC, 11/2/01)
1841 Nov 2, Following
the British occupation of Kabul during the 1st Afghan War
(1839-1842), Afghans revolted and murdered British envoy, Lt. Col.
Sir Alexander Burnes (1805-1841) and some 23 others. By Jan 1842 the
British army decided to withdraw with its 4,500 Anglo-Indian troops
and 10,000 camp followers. The column was wiped out by Ghilzai
tribesmen with their long-barreled rifles called jezails.
(WSJ, 8/25/98, p.A14)(HN,
1851 Nov 2, Louis
Napoleon staged a coup and took power in France as Napoleon III of
the Second Empire.
(WSJ, 2/10/98, p.A16)(DoW, 1999, p182)
1852 Nov 2, Franklin Pierce was
elected US president over Gen’l. Winfield Scott, who ran as a Whig.
In 1852, the U.S. Congress passed a resolution giving Scott the pay
and rank of a lieutenant general. Scott, not Ulysses S. Grant, was
the first to hold this rank since George Washington. William R. King
was elected vice-president.
(SFC, 10/22/96, p.E8)(http://tinyurl.com/8ku7j)
1857 Nov 2, Joseph F.F.
Babinski, Polish-French neurologist (Babinski reflex), was born.
1858 Nov 2, In Illinois Abraham
Lincoln won 4,085 more popular votes for the Senate than did Sen.
Stephen Douglas; however Illinois senators were elected by the state
legislatures and Douglas won reelection there by 8 votes.
(ON, 4/08, p.3)
1865 Nov 2, Warren Gamaliel
Harding, the 29th president of the United States (1921-1923), was
born near Corsica, Ohio.
(SFEC, 1/12/97, Z3 p.4)(AP, 11/2/97)
1869 Nov 2, Sheriff Wild Bill
Hickok lost his reelection bid in Ellis County, Kan.
1878 Nov 2, Edward Scripps
(1854-1926) and John Scripps Sweeney founded the Penny Press. Ellen
Scripps helped her younger half brother, Edward W. Scripps, begin
his Penny Press in Cleveland, Ohio. She gave financial support and
contributed articles and columns to the Penny Press while continuing
her work for the Detroit Evening News.
1880 Nov 2, James A. Garfield
was elected 20th president. During the Civil War, Garfield was a
commander at the bloody fight at Chickamauga. The election was
close, with Republican James Garfield getting 48.27% to Democrat
Winfield Hancock‘s 48.25% and a difference of less than 2,000 votes!
Garfield was shot by a disgruntled office seeker four months into
(HN, 11/2/98)(HNQ, 11//00)
1882 Nov 2, Newly elected John
Poe replaced Pat Garrett as sheriff of Lincoln County, New Mexico
1885 Nov 2, Harlow Shapley,
astronomer, was born. He discovered the Sun is not at the center of
1887 Nov 2, Jenny Lind
(b.1820), known as the Swedish Nightingale, soprano, died in London,
1889 Nov 2, North Dakota was
made the 39th state.
(AP, 11/2/97)(HN, 11/2/98)
1889 Nov 2, South Dakota is
made the 40th state.
(AP, 11/2/97)(HN, 11/2/98)
1895 Nov 2, In San Francisco
the Chutes amusement park first opened on Haight Street, featuring
the shoot-the-chutes water slide. It relocated to Fulton Street and
10th Avenue in 1902 and was extremely popular right after the 1906
earthquake and fire, because it was the only amusement park and
theater that survived. In the post-quake years, Fillmore Street
became the entertainment area, with numerous nickelodeons and other
attractions. The Chutes on Fulton Street closed after New Year’s
Eve, 1908, and reopened on Fillmore and Turk Streets on July 14,
1909, but without the shoot-the-chutes. The New Chutes offered a
host of other amusement attractions and soon built a first class
vaudeville Theater, where in 1910, Sophie Tucker revived her career
after being black-balled by Flo Ziegfeld back in New York. The New
Chutes would burn on the Memorial Day weekend of the opening of the
Summer season, on May 29, 1911, the same weekend that Dreamland at
Coney Island would be destroyed on the other side of the continent.
The theater was saved, but the entire wooden Chutes amusement park
was destroyed and never reopened.
(AJSF, Vol. 14. No. 2, Winter, 2003)(SFC,
1892 Nov 2, Lawmen surrounded
outlaws Ned Christie and Arch Wolf near Tahlequah, Indian Country
(present-day Oklahoma). It would take dynamite and a cannon to
dislodge the two from their cabin.
1898 Nov 2, Theodor
Herzl, founder (1897) of modern political National Zionism, arrived
in Jerusalem to promote his World Zionist Organization. Zionism
maintains that the Jewish people constitute a nation and are
entitled to a national homeland.
1901 Nov 2, Paul Ford, actor
(Phil Silvers Show), was born in Baltimore, Md.
1903 Nov 2, The Daily Mirror of
London began operating as the first tabloid newspaper.
1906 Nov 2, Luchino Visconti,
film director, was born in Milan, Italy. His work included
“Obsession" and “Death in Venice."
(HN, 11/2/00)(AP, 11/2/06)
1913 Nov 2, American actor Burt
Lancaster, was born.
1914 Nov 2, Ray Walston, actor
(My Favorite Martian, Damn Yankees, Picket Fences), was born in New
1914 Nov 2, Victor Herbert’s
“Only Girl," premiered in NYC.
1914 Nov 2, Great Britain
1914 Nov 2, Russia declared war
1915 Nov 2, San Francisco’s
Panama-Pacific Expo celebrated San Francisco day and drew an
estimated 348,472 people, equal to about 70% of the city’s
(SFC, 10/31/15, p.C1)
1916 Nov 2, France reconquered
Ft Vaux, Verdun.
1917 Nov 2, In the
Lansing-Ishii Agreement the US recognized Japan's privileges in
China. US Sec. of State Robert Lansing and Viscount Ishii Kikujiro
of Japan, a special envoy to Washington, worked to resolve tensions
and conflicts between Japan and the US during WW I. The
Lansing-Ishii Agreement was formally annulled in April 1923. Japan
and the U.S. continued to disagree on their respective roles in the
1917 Nov 2, British Foreign
Secretary Arthur Balfour, in what became known as the Balfour
Declaration, expressed support for a "national home" for the Jews of
Palestine. It encouraged Jewish immigration to Israel in the decade
after WW I.
(SFC, 10/18/96, C8)(AP, 11/2/97)
1918 Nov 2, The San Francisco
Chronicle reported that 175 people have been arested for not wearing
masks or not wearing them properly during the in fluenza pandemic.
Most pleaded ignorance and paid a $5 fine.
(SSFC, 5/10/20, p.C2)
1920 Nov 2, Warren G. Harding
was elected 29th president. He defeated James Cox, governor of Ohio,
and his VP running mate Franklin Delano Roosevelt (38).
(SFC, 10/13/99, p.E7)(AH, 10/04, p.50)
1920 Nov 2, The first radio
broadcast of presidential elections in the United States were made
by radio. Westinghouse had built radio station KDKA on its factory
roof in Pittsburgh and was among the first to broadcast returns from
the Harding-Cox presidential election. 8MK, the first US station
owned by a newspaper (the Detroit News), also broadcast the election
1/12/98, p.A19)(HN, 11/2/98)(AP, 11/2/99)
1920 Nov 2, Of the
sixty-eight women who signed the Declaration of Sentiments at Seneca
Falls in 1848, only one, Charlotte Woodward Pierce (1830-1921),
lived to see that day.
1920 Nov 2, In Ocoee, Fla., on
election day gunfire erupted after 2 black men tried to vote. By the
next day a number of residents, black and white, lay dead.
(WSJ, 10/30/98, p.A1)
1921 Nov 2, Fernando Correia de
Oliveira, composer, was born.
1921 Nov 2, Eugene O'Neill's
"Anna Christie," premiered in NYC.
1921 Nov 2, Margaret Sanger and
Mary Ware Dennett formed the American Birth Control League.
1922 Nov 2, Australian Qantas
airways began service.
1922 Nov 2, English
archeologist Charles Leonard Woolley began excavating the ancient
Mesopotamian city of Ur, located between Baghdad and the Persian
(ON, 8/20/11, p.7)
1923 Nov 2, US Navy aviator,
H.J. Brown, set new world speed record of 259 mph in a Curtiss
1923 Nov 2, Bloody street
fights took place in Aachen. The pro-French separatists were driven
1924 Nov 2, Sunday Express
published the 1st British crossword puzzle.
1926 Nov 2, Air Commerce Act
was passed providing federal aid for airlines and airports.
1927 Nov 2, In San Francisco
prohibition agents raided a brewery at 1407 San Bruno Ave. with
nearly 2,000 gallons of beer brewing in 4 500-gallon vats.
(SFC, 11/1/02, p.E7)
1927 Nov 2, Vermont began
experiencing 3 days of severe flooding. Floods took out 1285
bridges, miles and miles of roads and railroads, and countless homes
and buildings. 84 people died in the flood, including Lt. Governor
S. Hollister Jackson.
1928 Nov 2, L. Stokovski
conducted the premiere of Dmitri Shostakovitch's 1st Symphony, in
1929 Nov 2, Richard Taylor,
Nobel Prize-winning physicist, was born. He proved the existence of
1930 Nov 2, Haile Selassie was
crowned emperor of Ethiopia. His coronation was taken as a sign by
Jamaicans, who became known as Rastafarians, from the term Ras
Tafari, a title held by Selassie. Ras Tafari crowned Haile Selassie
I, 225th emperor of Solmonic Dynasty.
(AP, 11/2/97)(SFC, 12/4/00,
1932 Nov 2, Melvin Schwartz,
physicist, was born. He won the Nobel Prize for work on neutrinos.
1934 Nov 2, In San Francisco a
fight for control of the beer market expanded as brewers matched the
prices of Humboldt Brewery at $1 a case of 24 pints.
(SSFC, 11/1/09, DB p.42)
1934 Nov 2, Babe Ruth, Lou
Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, and Connie Mack headlined the roster of 15
stars who visited Japan to display their baseball skills.
1936 Nov 2, Rose
Elizabeth Bird (d.1999), future California Supreme Court Justice,
was born on a chicken farm in Arizona.
1936 Nov 2, The first
high-definition public television transmissions began from Alexandra
Palace in north London by the BBC.
(HN, 11/2/98)(MC, 11/2/01)
1938 Nov 2, Germany gave
southern Slovakia to Hungary.
(WUD, 1994, p.1682)
1941 Nov 2, German troops
1942 Nov 2, Lt. General Dwight
D. Eisenhower arrived in Gibraltar to set up an American command
post for the invasion of North Africa, Operation Torch.
1942 Nov 2, An amphibious
PBY-5A aircraft foundered in rough weather, in the waters
surrounding what is now the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve
in the eastern Gulf of Saint Lawrence. The plane was based at
Presqu'Ile, Maine, in the US, and serviced an airfield in the
village of Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan, Quebec. Four of the crew escaped
the flooding plane and were rescued by local fishermen rowing out
from shore in open boats in rough seas. Five others perished,
trapped inside. In 1941 and 1942, the US had constructed a series of
airfields in Eastern Canada to ferry aircraft to Allied air forces
in Northern Europe, as part of the so-called "Crimson Route."
Wreckage of the downed plane was found in 2009. In 2012 remains of
the other crew members were recovered.
(AFP, 8/7/09)(SFC, 7/31/12, p.A2)
1942 Nov 2, 11th day of battle
at El Alamein, Egypt: British made an assault on Tel el Aqqaqir.
Montgomery defeated Rommel in battle of Alamein Egypt.
1943 Nov 2, The Battle of
Empress Augusta Bay in Bougainville ended in U.S. Navy victory over
1943 Nov 2, Jewish ghetto of
Riga, Latvia, was destroyed.
1944 Nov 2, Patrice Chereau,
actor (Danton) and director ("The Ring" at Bayreuth), was born.
1946 Nov 2, Giuseppe Sinopoli,
conductor, was born in Venice, Italy.
1947 Nov 2, Howard Hughes
piloted his huge wooden airplane, known as the Spruce Goose, on its
only flight, which lasted 70 sec. over Long Beach Harbor in
California. The plane had an 8-story tail and a 320-foot wingspan.
It was designed to take seven hundred soldiers into battle. The
plane had a wing span longer than a football field, and was powered
by 8 engines and was crafted out of 200 tons of plywood. The war
ended before the plane was deployed, but Hughes proved the Spruce
Goose's was air-worthy.
(AP, 11/2/97)(SFC, 7/29/98, p.A20)(HN,
1947 Nov 2, Jawaharlal Nehru
said: "We have declared that the fate of Kashmir is ultimately to be
decided by the people. That pledge we have given, and the Maharaja
has supported it not only to the people of Kashmir but the world. We
will not, and cannot back out of it. We are prepared when peace and
law and order have been established to have a referendum held under
international auspices like the United Nations. We want it to be a
fair and just reference to the people, and we shall accept their
verdict. I can imagine no fairer and juster offer."
1948 Nov 2, President Truman
was elected 33rd president in an upset. He won re-election by a
narrow margin over Republican challenger Thomas E. Dewey. The
Chicago Daily Tribune had been so sure of Dewey's victory that they
had printed front-page "Dewey Defeats Truman" articles before the
final results were in. Truman defeated Dewey by 2.2 million popular
votes and 114 electoral votes. During the presidential election
campaign, almost everyone expected New York Governor Thomas E. Dewey
to win and few had faith in a victory for incumbent Harry S. Truman.
While Truman went on a "whistle stop" tour across the United States,
giving more than 350 speeches, Dewey's confident campaign was more
reserved. Prof. Frank Kofsky later wrote "Harry Truman and the War
Scare of 1948." Henry Wallace was the candidate for the Progressive
Party. In 2000 Zachary Karabell authored "The Last Campaign: How
Harry Truman Won the 1948 Election."
(AP, 11/2/97)(SFC, 11/26/97, p.C6)(SFC, 10/12/98,
p.A17)(HN, 11/2/98)(HNPD, 11/2/98)(SFEC, 5/14/00, BR p.5)
1950 Nov 2, George Bernard Shaw
(b.1856), Irish-born, English dramatist (Pygmalion), critic and
social reformer, died. Michael Holroyd later authored a 3-volume
biography of Shaw.
(V.D.-H.K.p.237)(HN, 7/26/98)(SFEC, 3/5/00, DB
1952 Nov 2, Dixie Lee Crosby
(40), wife of Bing Crosby, died in Hollywood from cancer.
(SFC, 11/1/02, p.E7)
1952 Nov 2,
In Britain Derek Bentley (19) and Christopher Craig (16) tried to
break into a warehouse in South London. Craig shot and killed Police
Constable Sidney Miles. Bentley, who had the mental age of 11, was
hanged in Jan., 1953, for his role in the murder of the police
officer and Craig went to prison for 10 years. The 1991 film “Let
Him Have It" was based on the story of Bentley as was the Elvis
Costello song “Let Him Dangle." Bentley’s conviction was overturned
(SFC, 7/31/98, p.A16,18)
1953 Nov 2, Pakistan became an
1954 Nov 2, Strom Thurmond
(1902-2003) of South Carolina became the 1st US senator elected by
1954 Nov 2, Andrei Y. Vishinsky
(b. 1883) died. Jacob A. Malik succeeded him as the chief Soviet
delegate to the UN and as First Deputy Foreign Minister of the USSR.
(WUD, 1994, p.1685)
1955 Nov 2, Dr. Willis E. Lamb
(1913-2008) of Stanford Univ. and Dr. Polykarp Kusch of Columbia
Univ. were named co-winners of the Nobel Prize in physics. They came
up with complementary discoveries in nuclear physics in 1947.
(SFC, 10/28/05, p.F3)(SFC, 5/23/08, p.B10)
1955 Nov 2, Clarton-Schwerdt
and Schaffer discovered the polio virus.
1955 Nov 2, David Ben-Gurion
formed an Israeli govt.
1956 Nov 2, Hungary appealed
for UN assistance against Soviet invasion. The Soviets chose Janos
Kadar to form a counter-government.
1956 Nov 2, Gaza was occupied
by the Israeli army and evacuated in March 1957.
1956 Nov 2, The UN passed an
American resolution, 64 to 5, for a ceasefire at the Suez Canal in
Egypt. The General Assembly took up a Canadian suggestion for an
emergency force to monitor the ceasefire. The UN Emergency Force
(UNEF) became the first “blue hat" UN peacekeepers.
1956 Nov 2, Jacob Weinberg
(77), composer, died.
1957 Nov 2, The 1st titanium
mill opened in Toronto, Ohio.
1959 Nov 2, Charles Van Doren
admitted to a House subcommittee that he had the questions and
answers in advance of his appearances on the NBC-TV game show
(AP, 11/2/97)(HN, 11/2/98)
1959 Nov 2, Britain opened the
first section of the M1 motorway. The Watford Gap motorway service
station opened the same day.
1960 Nov 2, Democratic
presidential candidate John F. Kennedy told an audience of 20,000 at
the Cow Palace in Daly City, Ca., that the US should establish a
Peace Corps. The idea was first presented 3 weeks earlier at the
Univ. of Michigan.
1960 Nov 2, A British jury
determined that Lady Chatterly's Lover by D.H. Lawrence is not
obscene. It had been published by Penguin Books.
(HN, 11/2/00)(MC, 11/2/01)
1960 Nov 2, Dimitri Mitropoulos
(64), Greek-US conductor and composer, died.
1961 Nov 2, James Thurber
(b.1894), humorist (The Male Animal), died at age 66. In 1975 Burton
Bernstein authored "Thurber: A Biography." In 2003 Harrison Kinney
and Rosemary A. Thurber edited "The Thurber Letters."
(MC, 11/2/01)(WSJ, 8/1/03, p.W10)
1962 Nov 2, Pres. Kennedy
reported that Soviet missile bases in Cuba were being dismantled.
1963 Nov 1-2, South Vietnamese
President Ngo Dihn 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.
(AP, 11/2/97)(HN, 11/2/98)(SFEM, 4/11/99,
p.42)(SFEC, 4/23/00, p.A19)
1964 Nov 2, Faisal ibn Abdul
Aziz Al Saud succeeded his older brother Saud bin Abdul Aziz as king
of Saudi Arabia.
1972 Nov 2, In Seattle, Wa.,
ground was officially broken for the new Kingdome. It was completed
in 1976. It was destroyed Mar 26, 2000.
1974 Nov 2, Kathy Kolodziej
(17), was out with friends at The Vault, a local bar in the Village
of Cobleskill, New York. She declined a ride back to campus with her
friends and decided to stay at the bar a little while longer. Her
body was found on Nov. 28, Thanksgiving Day, in a field on MacDonald
Road in Richmondville, NY.
(NBC News, 12/11/20)
1976 Nov 2, Former Georgia Gov.
(James Earl) Jimmy Carter defeated Republican incumbent Gerald R.
Ford, becoming the 39th president and the first from the Deep South
since the Civil War.
(AP, 11/2/97)(HN, 11/2/98)
1976 Nov 2, Voters in
California rejected Prop. 14, an initiative that proposed to add to
the state constitution the funding provisions and rights of
organizers (UFW) to enter farm fields to talk to workers. Opposition
to the initiative was run by the Dolphin Group, an influential
(SFEM, 4/13/97, p.28)
1976 Nov 2, Tom Tancredo was
elected to Colorado’s state house as a member of a group called “The
Crazies" due to their fervent opposition to taxes.
(www.tancredo.org/info/tom_tancredo_bio.html)(Econ, 4/8/06, p.36)
1976 Nov 2, New Jersey voters
approved gambling for Atlantic City.
(NG, 8/04, p.96)
1976 Nov 2, In Utah Orrin Hatch
defeated 18-year incumbent Senator Frank Moss.
(SFC, 2/3/03, p.B4)
1976 Nov 2, In West Virginia’s
race for governor Democrat Jay Rockefeller (b.1937) defeated former
Gov. Cecil Underwood (1956-1960). Rockefeller was re-elected in
1979 Nov 2, Peter Shaffer's
play "Amadeus," premiered in London.
1979 Nov 2, Black militant
Joanne Chesimard escaped from a New Jersey prison, where she was
serving a life sentence for the 1973 slaying of a New Jersey state
trooper. Chesimard moved to Cuba, was granted asylum in 1984, and
lived there as Assata Shakur. In 2013 she was added to the FBI’s
Most Wanted Terrorist List.
(AP, 11/2/99)(SFC, 5/3/13, p.A6)
1983 Nov 2, President Reagan
signed a bill establishing a federal holiday on the third Monday of
January in honor of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
(AP, 11/2/98)(HN, 11/2/98)
1984 Nov 2, Paul Cosner
disappeared from the SF Bay Area following a planned sale of a 1980
Honda Prelude at his Marin Motors. The car was identified Jun 2,
1985 in the hands of Leonard Lake and Charles Ng. As many as 25
people were believed killed by Lake and Ng at a compound in
Calaveras County, Ca.
(SFC, 10/25/98, p.A5)
1984 Nov 2, Velma Barfield
(b.1932), convicted of the fatal poisoning of her boyfriend, was put
to death by injection in Raleigh, N.C. She was the first woman
executed in the United States since 1962.
1986 Nov 2, Mike Tyson (20)
knocked out Trevor Berbick and won the WBC title to become the
youngest heavyweight champion in history.
(SFC, 2/6/99, p.A13)
1986 Nov 2, Kidnappers in
Lebanon released American hospital administrator David Jacobsen
after holding him for 17 months.
1987 Nov 2, Reagan
administration officials said Defense Sec. Caspar Weinberger (70)
has decided to resign as his wife suffered from cancer. Under
Weinberger defense spending jumped from $180.7 billion in 1982 to
$274 billion in fiscal 1987.
(SSFC, 10/28/12, p.46)
1987 Nov 2, In Florida Robert
Henry killed two female co-workers at the Cloth World store in
Deerfield Beech. Henry (55) was executed on March 20, 2014.
(SFC, 3/21/14, p.A7)
1987 Nov 2, Zhao Ziyang was
appointed head of China's Communist Party, succeeding his mentor,
1987 Nov 2, In Peru during the
All Souls holiday a 20 person raiding party of the Maoist Shining
path attacked the mountain community of Lucanas. They burned down
the municipal hall and several stores and then dragged a local
political leader and 7 merchants from their homes and stoned them to
(WSJ, 6/12/97, p.A12)
1988 Nov 2, A computer worm,
named Morris, unleashed by a Cornell University graduate student
began replicating, clogging thousands of computers around the
country, but causing no real damage. The virus infected an estimated
6,000 university and military computers over the Internet.
(AP, 11/2/98)(SFC, 9/3/07, p.C3)
1989 Nov 2, President Bush and
congressional Republicans dropped their Capitol Hill quest for a cut
in the capital gains tax.
1989 Nov 2, Sister Diana Ortiz
was raped and tortured in Guatemala. She claimed that a man called
Allejandro appeared in charge and that he spoke colloquial English
and spoke of contacts with the US Embassy. The US government has
denied any connection.
(SFC, 5/4/96, p.A-6)(SFC, 5/7/96, p.A-10)
1990 Nov 2, The White House
announced that President Bush planned to spend Thanksgiving with
American GI’s in Saudi Arabia.
1991 Nov 2, Rev. Jesse Jackson,
who had run for the presidency in 1984 and 1988, announced he would
not be a candidate in 1992.
1991 Nov 2, Chechnya proclaimed
independence following the collapse of the Soviet Union.
(SSFC, 11/10/02, p.A11)
1992 Nov 2, On Election Day eve
1992, President Bush and Democratic challenger Bill Clinton stumped
at a furious pace in several states.
1992 Nov 2, Movie producer Hal
Roach died in Los Angeles at age 100.
1992 Nov 2, The 1st test flight
of Airbus A330 was flown by engineering test pilots Etienne
Tarnowski and Udo Günzel.
1993 Nov 2, The US Senate
called for full disclosure of Sen. Bob Packwood's diaries as part of
a probe into allegations of sexual harassment and possible criminal
wrongdoing by the Oregon Republican.
1993 Nov 2, Rudolph Giuliani
(R) was elected the 107th mayor of NYC. Giuliani defeated New York’s
first black mayor, David Dinkins. He became the first Republican
mayor in 2 decades and the city’s 107th.
(SFC, 8/15/97, p.A3)(SFC, 1/2/98, p.A3)(MC,
1993 Nov 2, Christie Todd
Whitman (R) was elected 1st woman governor of NJ.
1993 Nov 2, Fires in Southern
California pushed through areas of Los Angeles, Riverside and San
Bernardino counties, burning 35,000 acres and 200 homes.
1993 Nov 2, Leon Theremin (97),
physicist and inventor of the eerie-sounding theremin instrument,
(ON, 11/01, p.8)
1994 Nov 2, A jury in
Pensacola, Fla., convicted Paul Hill of murder for the July 29
shotgun slayings of an abortion provider and his bodyguard; Hill was
sentenced to death. He became the first person to be executed for
killing an abortion provider when he was killed by electrocution on
September 3, 2003 at the age of 49 at the Florida State Prison in
1994 Nov 2, In Durunka, Egypt,
more than 475 people were killed when fuel carried by floodwaters
1995 Nov 2, Daiwa Bank was
expelled from the US after it was learned that it tried to cover-up
illicit trades by bond trader Toshihide Iguchi who lost some $1.1
billion between 1984-1995. Mr. Iguchi was later sentenced to 4 years
in prison and fined nearly $2.6 million.
(WSJ, 1/8/97, p.A14)(AP, 11/2/00)
1995 Nov 2, A man claiming to
have a bomb hijacked a school bus with 13 learning-disabled children
aboard. He led authorities around Miami-area highways for an hour
and a-half before being fatally shot by police.
1995 Nov 2, In Colombia Alvaro
Gomez Hurtado, head of the main opposition Conservative Party, was
assassinated. In 1998 former Colonel Bernardo Ruiz was charged with
(SFC, 10/31/98, p.A13)
1996 Nov 2, A tentative labor
contract was reached between General Motors and the United Auto
Workers, averting a national strike.
1996 Nov 2, Some 160,000 Beja
people faced famine in northern Sudan because of a 2-year draught in
(SFC, 11/2/96, p.A18)
1997 Nov 2, A labor agreement
between Amtrak and maintenance workers averted a possible national
passenger rail strike.
1997 Nov 2, Iraq barred two
American weapons experts from entering the country, the second such
refusal in a week. The UN decided to send a 3-man delegation to Iraq
remind Sadam of his obligation to comply with council resolutions.
(SFC, 11/3/97, p.A1) (AP, 11/2/98)
1997 Nov 2, In France 250,000
union truckers began a strike over pay and work hours. Huge traffic
(SFC, 11/4/97, p.A12)
1997 Nov 2, In Sri Lanka the
military bombed a ship unloading weapons for the Tamil Tigers and 60
people were reported killed.
(SFC, 11/4/97, p.A12)
1998 Nov 2, Microsoft chairman
Bill Gates took center stage at his company's antitrust trial,
appearing on videotape inside a federal courtroom in Washington.
1998 Nov 2, The death toll from
Hurricane Mitch continued to rise with 174 killed in El Salvador,
100 in Guatemala, 0ver 1,500 in Nicaragua and over 5,500 in
Honduras. Central American officials estimated more than 7,000
people had died in floods and mudslides triggered by Hurricane
(SFC, 11/3/98, p.A1,11)(AP, 11/2/99)
1998 Nov 2, In Guinea-Bissau
the government and rebels signed an agreement to end the 5-month
(SFC, 11/3/98, p.C12)
1998 Nov 2, Israel and
Palestine agreed to delay their interim peace agreement to allow
approval by the Israeli cabinet and parliament.
(SFC, 11/3/98, p.A8)
1998 Nov 2, In Malaysia the
sex-and-politics trial of Anwar Ibrahim began.
(SFC, 11/2/98, p.A14)
1998 Nov 2, Mohammed Hashim
Bakhtiari, the brother-in-law of former slain Afghan President
Najibullah, was shot and killed in northwest Pakistan. Bakhtiari was
returning to his home in a posh suburb of Peshawar when assailants
opened fire with automatic rifles, police said. No one took
responsibility for the killing.
(SFC, 11/3/98, p.C12)(AP, 11/2/98)
1998 Nov 2, In Thailand 6
Buddhist worshippers were killed and dozens injured when 3 giant
ceremonial incense sticks collapsed at the Phra Pathom Pagoda.
(SFC, 11/2/98, p.A16)
1999 Nov 2, Pres. Clinton met
with Ehud Barak and Yasser Arafat in Oslo to revitalize the Middle
East peace process.
(SFC, 11/3/99, p.A12)
1999 Nov 2, Republicans pushed
the year’s last and biggest spending bill through Congress toward a
sure veto by President Clinton.
1999 Nov 2, Republicans took
control of the Virginia General Assembly for the first time with 52
of 100 seats.
(SFC, 11/3/99, p.A17)
1999 Nov 2, In San Francisco
elections Willie Brown led with 38.7% of the vote and Supervisor Tom
Ammiano came in 2nd with 25.4%. Terence Hallinan led over Bill
Fazio. A Dec 14 runoff was scheduled for both mayor and district
attorney. SF voters backed Proposition F, a ban on ATM surcharges,
and the banks quickly sued to keep the fees. The $299 million bond
measure to rebuild Laguna Honda passed and seismic retrofit for the
Central Freeway (Prop J) was undetermined as was the plan to tear
down the Central Freeway (Prop I). Voters approved an ordnance
making it harder for property owners to evict tenants (Prop G). In
2003 a judge weakened the Prop G ordnance. Voters passed a
proposition to keep the Transbay Terminal where it is and make sure
that Caltrain is extended into the terminal’s basement.
(SFC, 11/3/99, p.A1)(SFC, 11/4/99, p.A1,21)(SFC,
11/5/99, p.A1,18)(SFC, 5/3/03, p.A17)(SFC, 8/7/07, p.A6)
1999 Nov 2, In Honolulu,
Hawaii, Xerox repairman Byran Uyesugi (40) killed 7 people at Xerox
company offices. There was no apparent motive. He was convicted of
1st degree murder in 2000 and sentenced to life in prison.
(SFC, 11/3/99, p.A1,14)(SFC, 6/13/00, p.A11)(AP,
1999 Nov 2, Spanish Judge
Baltasar Garzon named former Argentine Pres. Leopoldo Galtieri in an
indictment along with 95 other military officers, who presided over
the "Dirty War" from 1976-1983.
(SFC, 11/3/99, p.C3)
1999 Nov 2, In France the
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the finance minister, resigned in a
(SFC, 11/3/99, p.C3)
1999 Nov 2, In India the death
toll mounted from the cyclone in Orissa state with disease,
lawlessness and vandalism on the rise. There was no power in the
capital of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack was in ruins.
(SFC, 11/3/99, p.C2)
1999 Nov 2, In Indonesia some
10,000 people in Aceh province took to the streets in Meulaboh
calling for independence.
(SFC, 11/3/99, p.C5)
1999 Nov 2, In southeastern
Iraq a missile hit the Habib camp of the dissident Mujahedeen-e
Khalq (MEK) near the border. At least 5 people were killed and Iran
was blamed for the attack.
(SFC, 11/4/99, p.A18)
1999 Nov 2, Israel resumed
attacks against Lebanon with 5 missiles at mountain targets at Jabal
(SFC, 11/3/99, p.C5)
1999 Nov 2, In Panama suspected
Colombian rebels hijacked 2 helicopters.
(SFC, 11/3/99, p.C2)
1999 Nov 2, In Romania dozens
of orphaned and homeless teenagers protested and urged the
government to provide jobs and housing.
(SFC, 11/3/99, p.C5)
2000 Nov 2, The Alameda County
DA charged 4 Oakland, Ca., police officers, known as "The Riders,"
with 48 felonies that included charges of beating suspects and
planting evidence. In 2003 a court acquitted the officers of
misconduct charges. A retrial began in 2004. In 2005 a 2nd trial
ended in a mistrial.
(SFC, 11/2/00, p.A1)(SFC, 10/1/03, p.A1)(SFC,
11/2/04, p.B5)(SFC, 5/20/05, p.B1)
2000 Nov 2, A US and British
air strike in southern Iraq wounded 3 people.
(SFC, 11/3/00, p.A18)
2000 Nov 2, It was reported
that 82 species of marine and estuarine fish in the waters off of
Canada, Mexico and the US were in danger of extinction due to over
fishing and habitat destruction.
(SFC, 11/2/00, p.A8)
2000 Nov 2, An American
astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts became the first residents of
the international space station, christening it “Alpha" at the start
of their four-month mission.
2000 Nov 2, In Fiji some 40
soldiers of the Counter Revolutionary Warfare unit attempted to take
over the main military base at Suva. 8 people were killed. Most of
the renegade soldiers were soon captured.
(SFC, 11/4/00, p.A14)
2000 Nov 2, In India Irom Chanu
Sharmila, a poet known as the “Iron Lady," began a fast unto death
as a protest to the killing of 10 Manipuris by paramilitary troops.
To end her fast she demanded the repeal of the Armed Forces Special
Power Act (AFSPA), which has allowed the army to detain, and
sometimes kill, north-easterners with impunity.
(Econ, 11/7/09, p.43)
2000 Nov 2, In Jerusalem a car
bomb killed 2 Israelis on a day when a cease-fire, worked out
between Arafat and Shimon Peres, was to be announced.
(SFC, 11/3/00, p.A16)
2000 Nov 2, In the Philippines
Pres. Estrada offered to let voters decide his future in a
referendum as more members of his cabinet resigned.
(SFC, 11/3/00, p.A18)
2001 Nov 2, President George W.
Bush, saying the war in Afghanistan was unraveling Osama bin Laden's
terrorist network, chided critics for clamoring for more action, and
said the U.S. military campaign would not pause for the Muslim
holiday of Ramadan.
(SFC, 11/3/01, p.A1)(AP, 11/2/02)
2001 Nov 2, The US government
reported that the nation's unemployment rate had shot up to 5.4
percent in October and that the US lost 415,000 jobs during the
month of October.
(SFC, 11/3/01, p.A1)(AP, 11/2/02)
2001 Nov 2, A classified memo
to Congress notified lawmakers that the Bush administration planned
a $400 million arms deal with Egypt that included 53 Harpoon Block
II surface-to-surface satellite guided missiles.
(SFC, 11/27/01, p.A5)
2001 Nov 2, The Bush
administration imposed stringent financial sanctions on Hamas,
Hezbollah and 20 other suspected terrorist groups.
(SFC, 11/3/01, p.A5)
2001 Nov 2, The US Justice
Dept. announced a tentative settlement with Microsoft Corp in an
(SFC, 12/30/01, p.D8)
2001 Nov 2, A US helicopter
crashed due to weather in northern Afghanistan. 4 crew members were
injured and retrieved by another helicopter.
(SFC, 11/3/01, p.A6)
2001 Nov 2, A 17th case of
anthrax was reported in a NY Post employee.
(SFC, 11/3/01, p.A3)
2001 Nov 2, NYC firefighters
and police engaged in a scuffle as firefighters protested a limit to
the number of firefighters working to retrieve their dead at the WTC
(SFC, 11/3/01, p.A3)
2001 Nov 2, Estimated of the
WTC dead dropped to 4,396. [see Dec 19]
(SFC, 11/3/01, p.A3)
2001 Nov 2, It was reported
that Ibrahim Bah, a Libyan-trained former Senegalese rebel, lived in
Burkina Faso and selected diamond dealers to handle deals in Liberia
between rebels from Sierra Leone and the al Qaeda network.
(SFC, 11/2/01, p.A8)
2001 Nov 2, In El Salvador
gunmen killed 10 people in San Salvador in a suspected drug trade
(SFC, 11/3/01, p.C2)
2001 Nov 2, In Kashmir Indian
forces killed at least 25 suspected Islamic militants who tried to
cross over to Pakistan.
(SFC, 11/3/01, p.C2)
2001 Nov 2, In Pakistan some
500,000 Muslims gathered In Raiwind, Punjab, for the annual Tablighi
Ijtimah (Congregation of Preaching). Their movement was founded in
1950 in India.
(SFC, 11/3/01, p.A7)
2002 Nov 2, Pres. Bush called
Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein a "dangerous man" with links to
terrorist networks, and said that UN inspections for weapons of mass
destruction were critical.
2002 Nov 2, Gay Games VI opened
in Sydney, Australia, before some 40,000 spectators.
(SSFC, 11/3/02, p.A13)
2002 Nov 2, In Burundi at least
15,000 people have fled their homes as fighting between the army and
rebels escalated despite peace talks.
2002 Nov 2, In the Czech
Republic the opposition center-right Civic Democratic Party won 9
Senate seats in elections for 26 of 81 seats, costing the governing
coalition its majority in Parliament's upper house in a result that
could influence the choice of a successor to President Vaclav Havel.
2002 Nov 2, In Indonesia a
powerful earthquake struck near Sumatra island and killed at least
two people, injured scores and left more than 5,000 people on a
nearby island homeless.
2002 Nov 2, In Kashmir Mufti
Muhammad Sayeed, head of the People's Democratic Party, was sworn in
as chief minister after 2 rifle grenades were thrown at his home. 16
people were killed in violence that followed.
(SSFC, 11/3/02, p.A10)(WSJ, 11/4/02, p.A1)
2002 Nov 2, Kuwait closed the
office of Al-Jazeera, the Arab world's most popular satellite TV
network, claiming it was "not objective."
2002 Nov 2, Rex Mwanawasa (43),
the brother of Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa, was found dead in a
hotel room in Pretoria.
2003 Nov 2, The US Episcopal
Church consecrated V. Gene Robinson as bishop in New Hampshire,
making him the first openly gay man to rise to that rank in any of
the world's major Christian bodies.
2003 Nov 2, The NYC Marathon
was won by Martin Lel of Kenya in 2:10:30; Margaret Okayo of Kenya
won the women's title in 2:22:31, a course record.
(WSJ, 11/4/02, p.A1)
2003 Nov 2, Frank McCloskey
(64), who represented Indiana's 8th District in Congress
(1983-1995), died in Bloomington.
(SFC, 11/4/03, p.A21)
2003 Nov 2, Burundi's president
and main rebel leader signed a peace agreement, but efforts to end
the decade-long civil war were threatened by renewed fighting
between Tutsi-dominated government troops and other Hutu rebels.
2003 Nov 2, Colombian troops
killed Luis Alexis Castellanos Garzon a FARC regional rebel
commander, the fifth guerrilla leader slain in less than a month.
2003 Nov 2, In Havana, Cuba, 71
American firms from 18 states and Puerto Rico opened trade fair
displays under an exception in a 42-year US trade embargo.
2003 Nov 2, Georgia held
parliamentary elections and opinion polls said the opposition would
take control unless there was massive fraud. Parliamentary
candidates allied with Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze held a
slim lead in elections that European monitors said were marred by
(SFC, 11/3/03, p.A3)(AP, 11/4/03)
2003 Nov 2, In Hong Kong Robert
Kissel, a Merrill Lynch investment banker, was killed. Nancy Kissel
was soon accused of drugging her husband with a milkshake laced with
sedatives before fatally beating him on the head with a metal
ornament. In 2005 Kissel testified that the day her 40-year-old
husband died, he told her he was divorcing her and taking their 3
children. She said that during an argument, he hit her with a
baseball bat and she struck him with a metal statue with human
figurines. In 2007 Joe McGinniss authored “Never Enough," a
non-fiction account of the crime. In 2010 Hong Kong's highest court
overturned her murder conviction and ordered that she be retried. On
March 25, 2011, Nancy Kissel was convicted of murder for a 2nd time.
The unanimous verdict carried an automatic life sentence.
(AP, 6/8/05)(AP, 8/4/05)(WSJ, 12/27/07, p.D7)(AP,
2003 Nov 2, On Indonesia's
Sumatra island flash floods swept through a popular tourist resort,
killing 66 people, five of them foreigners, and leaving dozens
2003 Nov 2, In central Iraq
insurgents shot down a US Chinook helicopter as it carried troops
headed for R&R, killing 16 soldiers and wounding 21. Attacks on
US troops reached 33 a day.
(SSFC, 11/2/03, p.A1)(AP, 11/2/08)
2003 Nov 2, More than 6,000
Palestinian laborers crossed into Israel from the Gaza Strip on as
Israel slightly eased restrictions that had prevented them from
reaching their workplaces for more than a month.
2004 Nov 2, In US presidential
elections a federal appeals court cleared the way for political
parties to send in people to challenge voters' eligibility at Ohio
polling places. US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens allowed
Republicans to challenge voter qualifications at the polls in Ohio.
Pres. Bush won the elections spending an estimated $5.20 for each of
(AP, 11/2/04)(Econ, 9/27/08, p.50)
2004 Nov 2, Arizona voters
passed Prop. 200 aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration. It
required proof of citizenship before receipt of public benefits or
(SFC, 11/5/04, p.A4)(Econ, 10/21/06, p.32)
2004 Nov 2, California Prop.
64, limiting citizen’s rights to file lawsuits, won. Prop 71, a $3
billion stem cell research initiative, won. Prop 72, requiring
business owners to pay for employee health insurance, was defeated.
Prop 66, a measure to amend the 3 strikes law, was defeated. The
California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) was later
charged with issuing grants with the bond money from Prop 71.
(SFC, 11/4/04, p.B5,C1)(SSFC, 9/9/18, p.A10)
2004 Nov 2, Mike Easley (D) was
elected governor of North Carolina. Pres. Bush carried the state
with 56.3% of the vote. Voting problems plagued the state and
impacted local races. A machine in Carteret County lost 4,438 votes.
(SFC, 11/4/04, p.A18)(SFC, 11/13/04, p.A6)
2004 Nov 2, Gay marriage curbs
won in all 11 US states where they were on ballots.
(WSJ, 11/3/04, p.A1)
2004 Nov 2, Mitchell Daniels
(R) was elected governor of Indiana with 53% of the vote.
(SFC, 11/4/04, p.A18)(Econ, 8/21/10, p.21)
2004 Nov 2, John Kerry carried
Wisconsin by 11,400 votes.
(Econ, 9/13/08, p.39)
2004 Nov 2, Afghan fighting
killed at least 11 as troops tried to disarm southern militias.
(WSJ, 11/3/04, p.A1)
2004 Nov 2, It was reported
that some 3,000 Arab intellectuals had signed a petition calling for
an int’l. court to try Muslim clerics who encourage terrorism.
(SFC, 11/2/04, p.A3)
2004 Nov 2, More than 3,000
workers walked out of 22 UPM-Kymmene forest industry plants
throughout Finland, in a 24-hour strike to protest the timber and
paper products company's planned layoffs and closures.
2004 Nov 2, State-run Indian
Oil Corp (IOC), the country's largest refiner, said it had signed an
agreement with Iran's Petropars to bid for a $3 billion project to
develop a gas field and set up a liquefaction plant in Iran.
2004 Nov 2, A car bomb exploded
near the Ministry of Education in a busy Baghdad commercial area,
killing at least eight people and wounding 29 others. A car bomb in
Mosul killed 4 civilians. Insurgents blew up a northern oil export
(AP, 11/2/04)(SFC, 11/3/04, p.A3)
2004 Nov 2, Dutch filmmaker
Theo van Gogh (47), the great-grandnephew of the painter Vincent,
was shot and stabbed to death on an Amsterdam street after receiving
death threats over “Submission," a movie he made criticizing the
treatment of women under Islam. A death threat to a Dutch politician
was found pinned with a knife to Gogh’s body by his Islamic
attacker. Somali-born Ayaan Hirsi Ali collaborated with Van Gogh on
the film. In January prosecutors said Mohammed Bouyeri (26), the
alleged killer of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh, ignored his
victim's pleas for mercy and calmly shot him at close range before
slitting his throat. In his trial in July, 2005, Bouyeri said he
killed van Gogh for insulting God. In 2006 Ian Buruma authored
“Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo van Gogh and the Limits of
Tolerance," an account of the van Gogh murder.
(AP, 1/26/05)(SFC, 7/13/05, p.A10)(WSJ, 9/9/06,
p.P8)(Econ, 9/2/06, p.74)
2004 Nov 2, Puerto Rico's
delegate to the US Congress clung to an extremely narrow lead in the
race for governor against former Gov. Pedro Rossello, who promised
to fight for statehood.
2004 Nov 2, Shares in Russia's
No. 1 oil producer, Yukos, plummeted on news that tax authorities
had served the company with fresh back tax bills for nearly $10
billion US, bringing the company's total tax debt to some $17.6
2004 Nov 2, In Thailand Jaran
Torae, a local Buddhist official, was beheaded by suspected Muslim
insurgents as revenge for the deaths of 85 rioters last week.
2004 Nov 2, Sheik Zayed bin
Sultan Al Nahyan (86), United Arab Emirates President, died. Sheik
Zayed became the ruler of Abu Dhabi, the largest and wealthiest
emirate, in 1966, four years after the emirate first began exporting
the oil it just discovered off its shores. He left behind 19 sons
including 4 brothers known as the Bani Fatima, whose mother was a
favorite wife of Zayed. Eldest son Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed (b.1947)
succeeded his father.
(AP, 11/3/04)(Econ, 11/20/04, p.90)(Econ,
2005 Nov 2, The Bush
administration released details of its potential flu pandemic
strategy, saying a pandemic that hit the United States would force
cities to ration scarce drugs and vaccine and house the sick in
hotels or schools if hospitals were to overflow.
2005 Nov 2, The Washington Post
reported that the CIA has been hiding and interrogating al Qaeda
captives at a secret facility in Eastern Europe as part of a covert
global prison system that has included sites in 8 countries and was
set up after the September 11, 2001, attacks.
2005 Nov 2, In California
authorities arrested Jeanson James Ancheta (20) for conspiracy to
cause damage to a computer, accessing a computer to conduct fraud
and money laundering among other charges. He had used robot viruses
to commandeer machines to “disseminate spam, hawk fake goods, and
send “phishing" emails to steal bank and other personal
information." Ancheta faced a maximum of 50 years in prison.
(WSJ, 11/7/05, p.B3)
2005 Nov 2, In Florida 2 men
pleaded guilty to organizing a Cuban smuggling trip that ended when
their speedboat capsized and a 6-year-old boy drowned on Oct 12.
2005 Nov 2, An e-mail statement
purportedly by Taliban commander Mullah Omar, urged the insurgents
in Afghanistan not to end their armed struggle.
2005 Nov 2, In Argentina
thousands opposed to Pres. Bush held a massive rally at a basketball
arena just days before he arrives at Mar del Plata for the Summit of
2005 Nov 2, The Asia Pacific
Trade Agreement held its 1st Ministerial Council session in
Thailand. This replaced the Bangkok Agreement signed in 1975.
Members included Bangladesh, China, India, Republic of Korea, Lao
People's Democratic Republic and Sri Lanka. ESCAP, the UN Economic
and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, functioned as the
secretariat for the Agreement.
2005 Nov 2, In Britain Cabinet
minister David Blunkett resigned. He acknowledged that his business
dealings had breached ministerial guidelines and that his position
as work and pensions secretary had become untenable.
2005 Nov 2, China’s government
made public the results of a 2-month investigation into conflicts of
interest in the coal industry and found that 4,578 government
officials illegally held stakes in coal mines, where corruption and
other abuses contributed to thousands of deaths each year.
(WSJ, 11/3/05, p.A10)
2005 Nov 2, Chinese scientists
said they had gathered evidence that shows a giant object in the
center of our galaxy is a super-massive black hole.
2005 Nov 2, Police in the
troubled Russian region of Dagestan killed Makhach Mamashev, a
militant leader, and detained eight fighters in an operation near
the Chechen border.
2005 Nov 2, In Ethiopia clashes
between police and protesters erupted in gunfire and grenade
explosions, with police killing at least 33 people during a second
day of renewed protests of disputed elections.
2005 Nov 2, Deutsche Telekom
AG, Europe's biggest phone company, said that it plans to cut 32,000
jobs from its payroll in Germany in the next three years, 25,000 at
its main operations and 7,000 from a staffing agency subsidiary.
2005 Nov 2, Haiti's interim
government filed a federal lawsuit against former Haitian President
Jean-Bertrand Aristide, accusing him of stealing millions from the
Haitian treasury and state-owned telephone company.
2005 Nov 2, Iran's government
said it was removing 40 ambassadors and senior diplomats, including
supporters of warmer ties with the West, from their posts in a
shake-up that comes as the Islamic republic takes a more
confrontational international stance. Thousands of Iranians burned
flags and chanted slogans against Israel and the US in the largest
demonstration in years outside the former US Embassy in Tehran. Nov
4 marked the 26th anniversary of the 1979 embassy seizure.
2005 Nov 2, Iraq's defense
minister invited officers of Saddam Hussein's army up to the rank of
major to join the new Iraqi army, an overture to disaffected Sunni
Arab ex-soldiers, many of whom joined the insurgency after the
Americans abolished the armed forces in 2003. A US soldier was
killed by a roadside bomb during combat operations in Ramadi.
(AP, 11/2/05)(AP, 11/3/05)
2005 Nov 2, Four US troops were
killed, two in a helicopter crash, and two from a roadside bomb, as
American ground forces fought insurgents around the city of Ramadi.
At least 23 people were killed and 46 were wounded when a car bomb
exploded outside a Shiite Muslim mosque in the Iraqi town of
(AP, 11/2/05)(Reuters, 11/2/05)
2005 Nov 2, In Kashmir 5 people
including a suicide bomber were killed and more than a dozen wounded
in a car bomb blast in the Nowgam area on the outskirts of Srinagar.
"The car bomb is our first gift to Ghulam Nabi Azad," who was to be
sworn is as the Kashmir's new chief minister, said Abu Qudama,
spokesman for Jaish-e-Mohammed.
2005 Nov 2, Police in Northern
Ireland arrested a 30-year-old man in Belfast a day after two others
were taken into custody in the city of Kilcoo in relation to last
year's $47 million bank robbery.
2005 Nov 2, Pakistan army's
disaster relief chief said the official death toll in Pakistan from
the Oct. 8 earthquake jumped to more than 73,000, with about the
same number listed as severely injured.
2005 Nov 2, Syrian President
Bashar Assad gave amnesty to 190 political prisoners to mark the
Muslim feast of Eid al-Fitr.
2005 Nov 2, In southern
Thailand several bombs exploded in Narathiwat, killing one attacker
and knocking out electricity.
2006 Nov 2, In Denver, Colo.,
Rev. Ted Haggard, a leading evangelist and outspoken opponent of gay
marriage, gave up his post as president of the National Association
of Evangelicals while a church panel investigates allegations he
paid a man for sex. Haggard later confessed he was guilty of sexual
(AP, 11/3/06)(AP, 11/2/07)
2006 Nov 2, In Tennessee 81% of
voters approved a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage
in the state.
(SFC, 6/27/15, p.A13)
2006 Nov 2, The Jackson Pollock
painting “No. 5 1948" was reportedly sold for a record $140 million.
David Geffen, entertainment mogul sold the work to David Martinez, a
(SFC, 11/3/06, p.A10)
2006 Nov 2, NASA lost contact
with the Mars Global Surveyor following a successful 10-year mapping
mission. Investigators in 2007 said a command sent to a wrong
computer address caused a cascade of events that led to loss of
(http://tinyurl.com/y8wtv3)(SFC, 4/14/07, p.A5)
2006 Nov 2, In Afghanistan a
NATO airstrike in Helmand province killed nine militants and wounded
30. Militants attacked an Afghan army patrol in the eastern province
of Laghman, killing one solider and injuring three. British Corporal
Daniel James, an interpreter to Lieutenant General David Richards,
allegedly passed secrets to "the enemy," believed to be Iran. James
faced initial court proceedings in London in December. Richards was
the commander of NATO troops in Afghanistan.
(AP, 11/4/06)(AFP, 12/27/06)
2006 Nov 2, Algerian rebels
shot dead 8 soldiers in an ambush in the heaviest reported
government losses for seven months in the north African country's
lingering political violence.
2006 Nov 2, In Colombia a jeep
carrying explosives blew up south of Bogota, killing two passengers
and probably preempting a leftist rebel attack.
2006 Nov 2, Thousands returned
to the polls in a northeast Congo town and recast ballots destroyed
in rioting that followed the weekend presidential runoff.
2006 Nov 2, Commonwealth
Secretary General Don McKinnon warned Fiji's military commander
against a coup after the commander said that the Pacific island
nation could be sliding towards "bloodshed."
2006 Nov 2, Hundreds of euro
bills in Germany have mysteriously disintegrated in the last several
months, apparently due to exposure to sulfuric acid.
2006 Nov 2, India's army chief
has ordered an investigation into a string of recent incidents of
soldiers fatally shooting their colleagues in India's
insurgency-wracked portion of Kashmir. There have been at least four
cases over the past 10 days of distraught soldiers in Kashmir
shooting colleagues to death, then committing suicide.
2006 Nov 2, Iran successfully
test-fired three new models of sea missiles in a show of force to
assert its military capacities in the Gulf.
2006 Nov 2, Iraqi President
Jalal Talabani said on a trip to France that it would take his
country two or three years to set up its own security forces and
send U.S.-led troops home. Gunmen killed Jassim al-Asadi, the Shiite
dean of Baghdad University's school of administration and economics,
along with his wife and son. Abdul-Majid Ismail Khalil, an Iraqi
journalist who was kidnapped Oct 18, was found dead. A motorcycle
rigged with explosives blew up in a crowded market in Baghdad's
Shiite Sadr City district, killing at least seven people and
wounding 45. Attacks across the country left 45 Iraqis dead. 3 US
soldiers died when the vehicle they were riding in was struck by a
roadside bomb in eastern Baghdad. One Marine died from injuries "due
to enemy action" in Anbar province.
(AP, 11/2/06)(AP, 11/3/06)(WSJ, 11/3/06, p.A1)
2006 Nov 2, Israeli helicopter
gunships, tanks and ground troops tightened their grip on Beit
Hanoun, a northern Gaza town they overran a day before. 9
Palestinians were killed in Israel's biggest push in months to stop
militant rocket fire.
(AP, 11/2/06)(SFC, 11/3/06, p.A22)(WSJ, 11/3/06,
2006 Nov 2, In Mexico,
protesters besieging Oaxaca City forced federal police to retreat
from the gates of the state university after six hours of pitched
fighting and the rector's call for an end to the government
2006 Nov 2, Authorities in
Nigeria named Muhammadu Sada Abubakar III (50), an army colonel, as
the country's top Muslim leader, replacing his brother Muhammadu
Maccido, the Sultan of Sokoto, who died in a plane crash last
weekend. Armed gunmen seized two expatriate oil workers, an American
and a Briton, during a raid on a Norwegian oil services ship off
Nigeria's southern coast.
2006 Nov 2, In the southwestern
Pakistani city of Quetta a car bomb exploded near the police chief's
headquarters, killing two policemen and wounding four other people.
2006 Nov 2, Russia's
state-controlled natural gas monopoly said that it would more than
double the price it charges Georgia, further heightening tensions
between the ex-Soviet neighbors.
2006 Nov 2, Russia and China
indicated that they will not support a draft UN resolution imposing
tough sanctions on Iran for its refusal to halt its nuclear
2006 Nov 2, Senegal moved
closer to bringing Hissene Habre, a former Chadian dictator accused
of war crimes, to justice after the government announced that local
laws would be revised and a special commission formed to organize
and oversee his trial.
2006 Nov 2, Sri Lankan war
planes pounded suspected Tamil Tiger targets for a third straight
day after the defense ministry said the guerrillas were preparing
for a major offensive. A military bomb attack inside the rebel
political capital of Kilinochchi hit a house, killing five people.
2006 Nov 2, In St. Maarten 4
French nationals were convicted of beating two gay American tourists
on Guadeloupe and were sentenced to between six months and six years
2006 Nov 2, The UN management
chief said an investigation into corruption was "at full throttle"
and he urged anyone with relevant information to cooperate.
2007 Nov 2, Speaking at a
graduation ceremony at Fort Jackson, S.C., President Bush said US
military deaths had fallen to their lowest levels in 19 months and
the Iraqi people were slowly "taking back their country" in the wake
of the American troop buildup there.
2007 Nov 2, Michael Mukasey
drew closer to becoming attorney general after two key Senate
Democrats, Charles Schumer and Dianne Feinstein, said they would
vote for him despite his refusal to say whether waterboarding was
2007 Nov 2, Gold futures at the
NY Mercantile Exchange set a contract high of $805.70, its highest
level since the $873 contract high reached in January 1980.
(WSJ, 11/3/07, p.B3)
2007 Nov 2, A new study, issued
by the Forum for Collaborative HIV Research, said drug-resistant
tuberculosis and HIV have merged into a double-barreled epidemic
that is sweeping across sub-Saharan Africa and threatening global
efforts to eradicate both diseases.
2007 Nov 2, In southern
Afghanistan a US-led coalition soldier and an Afghan soldier were
killed in clashes with insurgents.
2007 Nov 2, In England a
massive fire at a vegetable packing warehouse in Atherstone On
Stour, near Stratford-upon-Avon, left one fire fighter dead and 3
2007 Nov 2, Iraqi police found
only six bodies dumped in three Iraqi cities, and no reports of
shootings or bombings. The prime minister of Iraq's northern Kurdish
region condemned attacks by Kurdish rebel fighters inside Turkey and
said he hopes a weekend summit in Istanbul will reduce the threat of
Turkish military strikes inside Iraq.
(AP, 11/2/07)(AP, 11/3/07)
2007 Nov 2, Italy began
deporting Romanians with criminal records in response to a streak of
violent crime blamed on immigrants. In Rome up to 10 people wearing
motorcycle helmets attacked a group of Romanians with knives, metal
bars and sticks in the parking lot of a supermarket. Three Romanians
were injured. As part of the crackdown, bulldozers in Rome for a
second day knocked down shantytowns where thousands of foreigners
lived without permits.
2007 Nov 2, In Italy Meredith
Kercher (21), a British university student, was found dead with her
throat slashed in the bedroom of a house in the central city of
Perugia. A week later 3 suspects in the murder were remanded in
custody by an Italian investigating magistrate. On Nov 19 police in
Perugia identified a 4th suspect as Rudy Hermann Guede, an Ivory
Coast native. Guede was arrested in Germany the next day and DNA
evidence confirmed that he had sex with Kercher the night she was
stabbed. In 2009 roommate Amanda Knox, of Seattle, Wa., was
convicted and sentenced to 26 years in prison. The court also
convicted Knox's co-defendant and former boyfriend, Italian Raffaele
Sollecito, and gave him a 25-year jail term for the murder. Rudy
Hermann Guede, an Ivory Coast citizen, had already been convicted in
the murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison.
(AP, 11/2/07)(AFP, 11/10/07)(AP, 11/19/07)(AP,
2007 Nov 2, A UN helicopter
crashed on a routine flight in northern Liberia, killing two crew
members and leaving a third missing.
2007 Nov 2, Rescuers in boats
and helicopters worked to evacuate people stranded by a flood the
president called "one of the worst natural disasters" to hit Mexico.
A week of heavy rains caused rivers to overflow, leaving 70 percent
of the Gulf state of Tabasco underwater. Gov. Andres Granier
estimated the damage at $5 billion. The death toll reached to about
(AP, 11/2/07)(Econ, 11/10/07, p.45)
2007 Nov 2, A Nigerian court
sentenced Omoniyi Sanlola (25), a university student, to 34 years in
jail for forging US Postal Service money orders. The judge handed
him one-year terms for each count, to run concurrently.
2007 Nov 2, Pakistan
International Airlines had to cancel 40 percent of its international
and domestic flights after aircraft engineers went on mass sick
leave in a protest over pay. A missile strike on a pro-Taliban
militant camp in Pakistan's tribal belt killed 10 people, as rebels
in another area paraded 48 men said to be troops captured during
2007 Nov 2, Igor Moiseyev
(101), called the king of folk dance, died in Moscow. In 1937 he
founded the Moiseyev Dance Company which went on to inspire folk
dance companies in many other countries.
(SFC, 11/3/07, p.B5)
2007 Nov 2, A Sri Lankan
airstrike pounded a meeting of top rebel leaders, killing S.P.
Thamilselvan, the head of the Tamil Tigers' political wing and five
others in an attack seen as a major victory for the government in
its long fight with the guerrillas.
(AP, 11/2/07)(Econ, 1/31/09, p.49)
2007 Nov 2, Sudan’s President
Omar al-Beshir reached agreement with southern leader Salva Kiir,
who is also first vice president, that all provisions of the
Comprehensive Peace Agreement would now be implemented by the end of
2007 Nov 2, Venezuela's
pro-government National Assembly overwhelmingly approved
constitutional reforms that would greatly expand the power of
President Hugo Chavez and permit him to run for re-election
2008 Nov 2, Opus, a politically
beleaguered penguin created by cartoonist Berkeley Breathed,
appeared in the Sunday comics for the last time.
(SFC, 10/27/08, p.E1)
2008 Nov 2, Paula Radcliffe
defended her title at the NYC marathon to become the second woman to
win the race three times. Marilson Gomes dos Santos of Brazil won
the men's race for the second time in three years.
2008 Nov 2, In southern
California police in Long Beach found 5 people shot to death in a
homeless encampment in the shadow of the San Diego Freeway. In 2017
gang members David Ponce and Max Rafael were found guilty of five
counts of murder. Police said the motive was a feud over drug debts
between Ponce and one of the victims, and that the others were
killed to ensure there were no witnesses.
(SFC, 11/4/08, p.A2)(SSFC, 9/24/17 p.A6)
2008 Nov 2, The leaders of
Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to intensify talks to end a 20-year
conflict over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.
2008 Nov 2, Belarus President
Alexander Lukashenko greeted visiting Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi
and said he hopes to boost ties between their countries.
2008 Nov 2, British PM Gordon
Brown said he is confident that Saudi Arabia will contribute to the
International Monetary Fund's bailout reserves after he promised
business leaders in the Gulf that they would have a say in any
future new world economic order.
2008 Nov 2, China opened the
final session of the Canton Fair, the country's biggest trade show,
amid complaints that attendance has been dismal because of the
financial crisis clobbering the nation's biggest export markets in
the US and Europe. In southwest China at least 40 were killed after
mudslides engulfed several villages.
(AP, 11/2/08)(AFP, 11/2/08)(AP, 11/4/08)
2008 Nov 2, Dubai Port World
(DP World) said it has agreed on a deal to run the cargo terminal in
the Algerian port Djendjen. The port, which opened in 1993, is the
most commercially important in Algeria.
2008 Nov 2, Ahmed Al-Mirghani
(67) former head of Sudan’s last democratically elected government
(1986-1989), died in Egypt. In 1989 a military coup led by current
President Omar al-Bashir unseated him.
2008 Nov 2, In Guyana American
pilots James Barker and Chris Paris and Canadian technician Patrick
Murphy were doing uranium survey work for Prometheus Resources
Guyana Inc., a subsidiary of U308 Corporation of Toronto, Canada,
when the plane went missing.
2008 Nov 2, Iranian authorities
arrested Hossein Derakhshan (b.1975), a well-known Canadian-Iranian
blogger. In 2010 he was sentenced to almost 20 years in prison.
2008 Nov 2, Israel’s Cabinet
decided to ratchet up law enforcement measures directed at extremist
settlers. It also decided to halt government funding for the some
100 outposts built by settlers.
2008 Nov 2, Mexican prosecutors
said 11 policemen have been shot to death near Mexico City in a
three-day string of drug-gang attacks. In Tijuana, across the border
from San Diego, California, police found two decapitated bodies
wrapped in blankets in a vacant lot.
2008 Nov 2, The Moroccan
government banned an issue of the French magazine L'Express
International, claiming it insults Islam in articles exploring the
relationship between that religion and Christianity.
2008 Nov 2, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber detonated his vehicle at a checkpoint at Zalai Fort
in South Waziristan killing 8 troops.
(SFC, 11/3/08, p.A11)
2008 Nov 2, A week of flooding
triggered by torrential rains in northern and central Vietnam killed
some 92 people, 22 of them in the capital Hanoi hit by the worst
flooding in 35 years.
(Reuters, 11/2/08)(AP, 11/3/08)(AP, 11/5/08)
2008 Nov 2, The bodies of 60
Somali and Ethiopian migrants washed up on the shores of southern
Yemen over the last three days.
2008 Nov 2, Veteran diplomat
Rupiah Banda (72) was sworn in as the new president of Zambia
following a narrow and disputed victory over a populist rival in an
election forced by the death of the country's former leader.
2009 Nov 2, President Barack
Obama thanked German Chancellor Angela Merkel for her country's
"sacrifice" in keeping forces in Afghanistan, noting she was being
honored as the first German leader to address a joint session of
2009 Nov 2, The new US Navy
assault ship New York arrived at Pier 88. The 684 foot, $1 billion
ship was included 7½ tons of steel in its hull from the World Trade
(SFC, 11/3/09, p.A11)
2009 Nov 2, Traffic opened on
the SF Bay Bridge after 6 days of emergency structural repair.
Engineers expected that it would be closed again in few months for a
(SFC, 11/3/09, p.A1)
2009 Nov 2, Afghanistan's
election commission proclaimed President Hamid Karzai the victor of
the country's tumultuous ballot. The cancellation of the runoff vote
came one day after former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah
announced he was pulling out of the Nov. 7 vote. The commission had
the authority to make the decision because the Afghan constitution
only allows for a runoff between two candidates.
2009 Nov 2, In Brazil some 1.5
million evangelical Christians joined the annual "March for Jesus,"
an event sponsored by a church whose leaders recently returned after
being imprisoned in the US for money smuggling.
2009 Nov 2, A top UN official
announced that the UN has withdrawn its support for Congolese army
units operating in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, accusing
its soldiers of killing 62 civilians.
2009 Nov 2, French-born writer
Marie Ndiaye (b.1967) won France's top literary prize for "Three
Strong Women," her moving tale of the struggles of women in Europe
and Africa. She was born in Pithiviers, to a French mother and a
Senegalese father and currently lived in Berlin.
2009 Nov 2, The International
Monetary Fund said it has sold 200 metric tons of gold worth $6.7
billion to India's central bank as part of an effort to shore up IMF
finances and increase low-cost lending to developing countries. The
purchase put gold at 6% of India’s reserves and helped push the
price of gold to over $1,100 a troy ounce.
(AP, 11/3/09)(Econ, 11/14/09, p.86)
2009 Nov 2, In Iraq an American
soldier died of noncombat related injuries.
2009 Nov 2, In Japan it was
revealed that PM Yukio Hatoyama had failed to declare some $800,000
in income from stock sales. He already faced flak for falsified
(SSFC, 11/8/09, p.A10)
2009 Nov 2, In Kashmir the
bodies of 2 senior rebels, mauled to death by a wild bear, were
recovered. Police said they were members of the region's most
powerful group, Hizbul Mujahedin and had been active in Indian
Kashmir for more than six years.
2009 Nov 2, In Mali the burned
debris of a Boeing cargo plane was discovered on Nov. 2 in the Gao
region. It was assumed to have landed on a clandestine landing strip
and either failed to take off again or was destroyed on purpose.
Ample traces of cocaine were found on board. Drug smugglers had
flown the plane from Venezuela, unloaded it and torched it. In 2010
it was reported that drug smugglers were buying old jets and flying
them across the Atlantic to feed Europe’s growing coke habit.
(AP, 12/3/09)(SFC, 11/16/10, p.A6)
2009 Nov 2, In Mexico El Tiempo
de Durango journalist Jose Bladimir Antuna was kidnapped in the
morning. Authorities found his body the same night in a vacant lot
in the Durango state capital, about 400 miles southwest of Laredo,
Texas. The bodies of three men with bullet and knife wounds were
found by relatives in the southern state of Guerrero.
2009 Nov 2, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber killed 35 people outside a bank in Rawalpindi, as the
UN said spreading violence has forced it to start pulling out some
expatriate staff and suspend long-term development work in areas
along the Afghan border. Hours after the first blast, another
suicide bomber struck in Lahore, exploding a car at a police
checkpoint as officers went to search it. At least 7 policemen were
injured and two were in critical condition. Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas
said the army had captured the town of Kaniguram, one of the
Taliban's bases, and killed 12 more militants in the past 24 hours
of the offensive.
2009 Nov 2, Panama's government
said it is building four air and sea monitoring stations on its
Pacific coast to fight trafficking of drugs, weapons and migrants.
Assistant Interior Minister Alejandro Garuz said the sites will be
manned by the national police, border agents and other government
2009 Nov 2, In the central
Philippines a fire swept through a residential building as people
slept in a slum community, killing 16 residents including women and
2009 Nov 2, In Russia Shabattai
Kalmanovitch (60), a prominent businessman, was shot dead in Moscow.
He had been convicted in Israel in 1987 of being a KGB spy.
(SFC, 11/3/09, p.A2)
2009 Nov 2, The Swiss
government said it has handed banking documents over to Argentina in
a $25 million dollar corruption probe linked to former President
Carlos Menem and French defense company Thales.
2009 Nov 2, A Thai official
said about half of Thailand's national lawmakers are taking
advantage of a new government plan allowing them to purchase guns at
a discount and receive a license to carry them anywhere.
2009 Nov 2, In Venezuela a lone
gunman approached Gustavo Gonzalez, a member of the Copei opposition
party, at a restaurant, fatally shot the politician in the head and
fled on a motorcycle driven by an accomplice. 2 National Guard
soldiers were shot multiple times at a roadside checkpoint near the
border with Colombia. Prosecutors believed the troops were attacked
by four men on two motorcycles. Johan Manuel Mora Rodriguez (20) was
detained at a National Guard checkpoint near where the killings
occurred in western Tachira state.
2009 Nov 2, Tropical Storm
Mirinae slammed into Vietnam's central coast, unleashing heavy rains
and winds and forcing more than 80,000 people to evacuate before
losing steam as it moved inland. The storm killed at least 98
people. Mirinae also killed two people in Cambodia and left 19
people dead and three missing in the Philippines.
(AP, 11/2/09)(AP, 11/3/09)(AFP, 11/5/09)
2010 Nov 2, The US held
mid-term elections. Early returns showed the GOP picked up at least
60 House seats and led for four more, far in excess of what was
needed for a majority. About two dozen races remained too close to
call. Republicans also gained at least six Senate seats, and tea
party favorites Paul in Kentucky, Mike Lee in Utah and Marco Rubio
in Florida were among their winners. Nevada Senate Majority Leader
Harry Reid kept his seat.
2010 Nov 2, Iowa (Terry
Branstad), Kansas (Sam Brownback), Maine (Paul LePage), Michigan
(Rick Snyder), New Mexico (Susana Martinez), Ohio (John Kasich),
Oklahoma (Mary Fallin), Pennsylvania (Tom Corbett), Tennessee (Bill
Haslam), Wisconsin (Scott Walker), Wyoming (Matt Mead) all replaced
the Democratic governors with Republicans. Snyder (R) defeated
Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) by bragging about his managerial
(Econ, 11/6/10, p.45)
2010 Nov 2, Arizona voters by a
narrow margin approved a measure to legalize medical marijuana.
(SSFC, 11/14/10, p.A14)
2010 Nov 2, In California
federal agents arrested Adam Gitschlag, a retired US Marine, for
allegedly selling illegal assault weapons to members of Florencia
13, a Los Angeles street gang. On Nov 8 ATF agents arrested 2 more
retired Marines associated with Gitschlag, and 2 others for
smuggling machine guns from Iraq.
(SFC, 11/10/10, p.A8)
2010 Nov 2, In California Jerry
Brown defeated Meg Whitman (54%-41%) in his bid for a comeback to
the governor's office he occupied for two terms more than a
quarter-century ago. California Sen. Barbara Boxer was elected to a
fourth term, overcoming a challenge from Carly Fiorina.
(AP, 11/3/10)(SFC, 11/4/10, p.A1)
2010 Nov 2, Nikki Haley (38)
won election as governor of South Carolina, the first
Indian-American female governor in US history. The Tea Party-backed
Republican candidate won 51% of the vote against Democratic state
Sen. Vincent Sheheen, who received 47%.
2010 Nov 2, The US attorney’s
office indicted 3 San Diego residents on charges of conspiring to
provide money to Al Shabab, a terrorist group in Somalia.
(SFC, 11/3/10, p.A5)
2010 Nov 2, California voters
rejected Proposition 19 declining to make their state the nation's
first to legalize marijuana use and sales, heeding warnings of legal
chaos and that pot smokers would get behind the wheel and show up to
work while high. Voters approved Prop. 25 to allow lawmakers to pass
a budget with a simple majority vote.
(AP, 11/3/10)(SFC, 11/3/10, p.A17)
2010 Nov 2, Missouri passed the
Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act. The state was home to 1,462
licensed commercial dog breeders. A newly elected legislature soon
gutted the meat of the proposition.
(Econ, 11/13/10, p.36)(Econ, 5/14/11, p.20)
2010 Nov 2, Oklahoma voters
approved a measure that would forbid judges from considering
international law or Islamic law when deciding cases. The "Save Our
State Amendment" was approved by 70 percent of state voters. A
federal judge in Oklahoma City issued a court order in November 2010
barring the measure from taking effect. On Jan 10, 2012, a federal
appeals court upheld an injunction against the voter-approved ban on
Islamic law in Oklahoma, saying it likely violated the US
Constitution by discriminating against religion.
(SFC, 11/4/10, p.A9)(AP, 1/11/12)(AP, 1/10/12)
2010 Nov 2, Oregon Democrat
Gov. John Kitzhaber won a historic third term.
(SFC, 11/4/10, p.A9)
2010 Nov 2, San Francisco’s
Mayor Gavin Newsom was elected as state lieutenant governor.
2010 Nov 2, San Francisco’s
Board of Supervisors passed a law that cracks down on the popular
practice of giving away free toys with unhealthy restaurant meals
for children. The law, which would take effect on December 1, would
allow toys to be given away with kids' meals that have less than 600
calories, contain fruits and vegetables, and include beverages
without excessive fat or sugar. Mayor Newsom vetoed the measure on
Nov 13. On Nov 23 the board overrode the veto.
11/3/10)(http://tinyurl.com/25458to)(SFC, 11/24/10, p.C1)
2010 Nov 2, US motorcycle maker
Harley-Davidson said it will open an assembly plant in India next
year to meet demand for its luxury two-wheelers in the country's
2010 Nov 2, Oracle Corp.
announced an agreement to buy Art Technology Group, a provider of
e-commerce services, for $1 billion in cash.
(SFC, 11/3/10, p.D1)
2010 Nov 2, In southern
Afghanistan a NATO service member died after an insurgent attack.
2010 Nov 2, Algeria’s interior
minister Dahou Ould Kablia said that Algeria will resume a policy of
arming people to reinforce the fight against terrorism in the north
2010 Nov 2, BP lifted its
estimate of the likely cost of its Gulf of Mexico oil spill to $40
billion, denting profits, but its underlying performance beat all
expectations on higher refining margins and a lower tax rate.
2010 Nov 2, Britain and France
vowed to work hand-in-glove as their leaders ushered in an
unprecedented era of defense cooperation by agreeing to create a
joint force and share nuclear test facilities.
2010 Nov 2, Reprieve, a
London-based legal advocacy group opposed to the death penalty,
filed suit to try to prevent a British company from exporting a drug
that could be used in the execution of an American inmate.
2010 Nov 2, In Greece bombs
exploded at the Swiss and Russian embassies in Athens. Police then
found explosive devices at the Bulgarian Embassy and one addressed
to the Dutch embassy at a central Athens courier company, where
German embassy had returned a suspicious package.
2010 Nov 2, India's central
bank raised key interest rates for the sixth time this year to
contain persistently high inflation, another sign of the gulf
between fast growing emerging Asian economies and tepid growth in
the developed world.
2010 Nov 2, In Iraq Shiite
Baghdad neighborhoods were targeted in a series of bombings and
mortar strikes that took place over the span of about an hour. In
Sadr City 21 people were killed by car bomb near a market. In 12
other neighborhoods at least 55 more were killed. In total some 91
people were killed and some 232 people were wounded. The Islamic
State of Iraq, an umbrella group that includes al-Qaida in Iraq and
other Sunni insurgent factions, soon claimed responsibility.
(AP, 11/3/10)(SFC, 11/3/10, p.A3)(AP,
2010 Nov 2, Israel's military
intelligence chief said Iran possesses enough enriched uranium to
build one nuclear bomb and soon will have enough to produce a
2010 Nov 2, In Mexico 4 men
were shot dead in the Pacific port city of Acapulco and at least 18
others were killed elsewhere in the latest gang-style violence. Eder
Diaz (23) a student across the border at the Univ. of Texas at El
Paso, was attacked along with classmate Manuel Acosta (25). Acosta
was killed at the scene, while Diaz died the next day at a Juarez
(AFP, 11/3/10)(AP, 11/3/10)
2010 Nov 2, Myanmar election
authorities canceled voting in Nov 7 elections in 12 more village
tracts in six constituencies in Kayah state, where restive ethnic
minorities are dominant. The commission in September announced the
cancellation of voting in about 300 village tracts in 33 townships
where restive ethnic minorities are dominant. Six armed ethnic
groups in Myanmar forged an agreement to join forces, fearing they
will be attacked by the regime after the elections. The "landmark
deal" was struck in the Thai-Myanmar town of Mae Hong Son and
included organizations from the Karen, Karenni, Chin, Kachin, Mon
and Shan minorities.
(AP, 11/2/10)(AP, 11/4/10)
2010 Nov 2, Russia said Pres.
Medvedev planned more trips to a group of islands seized by the
Soviet Union from Japan at the end of World War Two, deepening a
serious rift with Tokyo.
2010 Nov 2, Thailand battled to
rescue thousands of people stranded in their homes after flash
floods, several meters deep in places, swept through a southern
city, cutting power and communications. The floodwaters swamped vast
areas of southern Thailand and inundated its largest city killing 12
people. The death toll from across the country soon passed 120.
(AFP, 11/2/10)(AP, 11/4/10)
2010 Nov 2, In Venezuela
President Hugo Chavez and his Colombian counterpart Juan Manuel
Santos signed a string of accords seeking to improve relations
despite ideological differences and recent bitter disputes.
(AP, 11/2/10)(AFP, 11/3/10)
2010 Nov 2, State Vietnam News
said blogger Le Nguyen Huong Tra (35), who blogged as Co Gai Do
Long, has been detained for "infringing on the interests of the
state" after she criticized a security official and his family.
2010 Nov 2, Yemen put Anwar
al-Awlaki, a US-born radical cleric, on trial in absentia, accusing
him and two other men of plotting to kill foreigners and being
members of al-Qaida.
2011 Nov 2, In NYC a jury
convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout of seeking to make
millions by selling heavy weaponry to a terror group so that it
could attack US forces helping the Colombia government.
(SFC, 11/3/11, p.A6)
2011 Nov 2, Police used tear
gas and “flash bang" grenades on a large crowd of demonstrators that
lit a massive bonfire in the streets of downtown Oakland, Calif., in
a conflict following a day of action that saw the city’s port closed
after demonstrators blocked it.
2011 Nov 2, The US FDA said it
has approved the Sapien heart valve made by Edwards Lifesciences,
which can be threaded into place through a major artery from the leg
to the heart. The study was soon halted after 5 of 34 patients
getting Sapien died.
(SFC, 11/3/11, p.A6)(SFC, 11/9/11, p.D4)
2011 Nov 2, NATO said it is
pouring extra resources to set up an Afghan force to take over from
private security firms after a report showed the Afghans are
unlikely to be ready for the planned disbanding of private security
companies in March.
2011 Nov 2, An Argentine court
convicted Colombian model Angie Sanclemente (31) of trafficking
cocaine from Argentina to Europe. She was sentenced to six years and
eight months in prison. Her Argentine boyfriend, Nicolas Gualco, and
his uncle were given the same sentence following the guilty
2011 Nov 2, In Argentina a bus
crash killed six schoolgirls and two teachers and injured 35 people.
Witnesses reported that the driver of a bus carrying students and
teachers was listening to music over earphones when he crossed in
front of a train. The driver jumped from the bus to save himself and
left his passengers behind.
2011 Nov 2, Fazle Hasan Abed,
the founder of an anti-poverty group in Bangladesh (BRAC) received
the $500,000 education prize awarded by Qatar's Sheik Hamad bin
Khalifa Al Thani.
2011 Nov 2, Bangladesh and
Russia signed a deal to build a nuclear power plant in the
energy-starved South Asian nation.
2011 Nov 2, UK shale gas firm
Cuadrilla Resources said exploration work triggered small tremors at
its drill site near Blackpool in northwest England earlier this
year, as activists scaled a rig protesting against its gas recovery
2011 Nov 2, WikiLeaks founder
Julian Assange lost his appeal against extradition to Sweden to
answer sex crime allegations, but said he will now consider whether
to take his protracted fight to Britain's highest court.
2011 Nov 2, Josip Boljkovac
(89), Croatia's former interior minister (1990-1991), was arrested
over accusations that he ordered mass killings of anti-communists
soon after the end of World War II. He and two other former ranking
Croatian officials have been under investigation for alleged murders
in 1945 and 1946 of soldiers and sympathizers of Croatia's Ustasha
Nazi puppet regime that ruled during the war.
2011 Nov 2, An Egyptian
government newspaper reported that the justice ministry has agreed
to a constitutional amendment to allow millions of Egyptians living
abroad to vote in parliamentary elections. An estimated 8 million
Egyptians lived abroad, many of them in other Arab countries, out of
a total population of 80 million. The ruling generals announced the
pardon of 334 civilians who were sentenced in military tribunals
since the uprising that toppled Pres. Mubarek.
(AFP, 11/2/11)(SFC, 11/3/11, p.A2)
2011 Nov 2, Arab foreign
ministers met anew in Cairo to step up pressure on Syria to end
nearly eight months of deadly violence. Gunmen stormed a factory in
Syria’s province of Homs killing 10 workers while security forces
shot dead 4 civilians in several Homs neighborhoods. Damascus
pledged to withdraw its forces from protest centers under a plan put
forth by the Arab league. Not timetable was set.
(AFP, 11/2/11)(AFP, 11/3/11)
2011 Nov 2, France's PM Sarkozy
condemned an apparent overnight arson attack that destroyed the
offices of Charlie Hebdo (Charb) weekly, satirical French newspaper
that had "invited" the Prophet Muhammad as a guest editor this week.
2011 Nov 2, Transparency
Int’l., a Berlin-based campaigning group, published an update of its
2008 Bribe Payers Index. Russia and China scored worst. The index
ranked 28 countries accounting for 80% of global trade and
(Econ, 11/5/11, p.72)
2011 Nov 2, In Iraq a triple
bombing in the southern oil port city of Basra killed seven people
sitting at nearby cafes.
2011 Nov 2, Israel's education
ministry said it has shut down a religious high school in an
ultranationalist settlement in the West Bank and has cut off funding
to an adult seminary there, saying students and staff have been
involved in violence against Palestinians and the Israeli military.
2011 Nov 2, Ivory Coast Ivory,
the world's biggest cocoa producer, said it will reintroduce minimum
price guarantees for farmers after a decade of liberalization in the
2011 Nov 2, Japan restarted its
first nuclear reactor since the Fukushima disaster in March, in a
boost to its beleaguered atomic power industry faced with a deeply
2011 Nov 2, Kenyan military
spokesman Maj. Emmanuel Chirchir said that military planes would
target and attack weapons flown into the Somali town of Baidoa so
they cannot be used. A July UN report said illicit flights with
weapons or fighters for Somali militants could be originating from
Eritrea, Yemen or the United Arab Emirates. The report also said
Eritrea gives about $80,000 a month to al-Shabab-linked individuals
2011 Nov 2, Madagascar's new PM
Omer Beriziky (61) took office as part of a deal meant to take the
Indian Ocean island nation towards elections after years of
2011 Nov 2, Mexican Mayor
Ricardo Guzman (45) of La Piedad, Michoacan state, was shot dead
while campaigning for President Felipe Calderon's sister in her run
for the governorship. 3 women, a teenage girl and a 7-year-old boy
were killed when gunmen ambushed them as they were riding in a
pickup truck on a dirt road in the town of El Rosario, Sinaloa
(AP, 11/2/11)(AP, 11/3/11)
2011 Nov 2, Mozambique state
media said lynch mobs killed two people over the weekend accused of
being witches. Police reportedly arrested six people for the
2011 Nov 2, The Pakistani
cabinet approved a proposal granting India the status of "most
favored nation" in a move towards normalizing trade relations
between the two nuclear-armed arch rivals. The decision reciprocates
India's move to grant MFN status to Pakistan in 1996.
2011 Nov 2, In Pakistan a bomb
attack wounded 13 people, targeting Malik Taj, an influential Khyber
tribal elder, on the outskirts of the northwestern city of Peshawar.
2011 Nov 2, The Philippines,
one of the world's largest labor exporters, announced a ban on the
deployment of workers to 41 countries, including war-torn
Afghanistan and booming India, where Filipino officials say there
are inadequate protections against labor abuse. Nearly 10 percent of
the Philippine population of 94 million work abroad.
2011 Nov 2, Police in Puerto
Rico reportedly stopped an erratic driver and seized $500,000 in
cash during the routine traffic stop.
2011 Nov 2, A Syrian security
official said Syria has arrested Wael Abbas, a top suspect in the
kidnapping of 7 Estonians, freed four months after their abduction
in Lebanon, and handed him over to Beirut.
2011 Nov 2, The Thai government
said the flood disaster has now killed 427 people, an increase of 42
from the figure reported a day earlier. While drowning was the most
common cause of death, dozens have also been electrocuted. Suspected
Muslim insurgents in southern Thailand killed six civilians in a
bomb attack on their vehicle in the south.
(AFP, 11/2/11)(AP, 11/2/11)
2011 Nov 2, In Turkey regional
leaders pledged to find ways to improve security and economic
development in Afghanistan as international combat forces prepared
to leave by the end of 2014. Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his
Pakistani counterpart, Asif Ali Zardari, discussed a joint inquiry
into the Sept. 20 killing by a suicide bomber of Burhanuddin
Rabbani, a former Afghan president and peace council leader.
2011 Nov 2, In Venezuela
inmates rioting at a jail attacked other prisoners, killing 8, and
took 5 police officers hostage inside the jail in the city of San
Cristobal, capital of Tachira state.
2011 Nov 2, In Yemen at least
10 people were killed and 43 others wounded in renewed clashes
between government forces and tribesmen in Taez.
2012 Nov 2, Frustration grew
for residents of Northeast states hit by superstorm Sandy as the
death toll reached 102, millions were still without power and
tempers frayed at a lack of fuel and guidance on when life might
return to normal.
2012 Nov 2, In Afghanistan 4
Afghan police officers were shot dead in southern Helmand province
in an insider attack by their colleagues.
2012 Nov 2, Australia’s Foreign
Minister Bob Carr announced that Australia will spend over $104
million over the next four years to help reduce deaths from malaria
in the Asia-Pacific region.
(SFC, 11/3/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 2, In Brazil Father
Marcelo Rossi, a Latin Grammy-nominated singer, inaugurated the
Mother of God sanctuary in Sao Paulo. The not-yet-finished structure
will seat 6,000 people and have standing room for 14,000 more.
2012 Nov 2, Bankrupt tycoon
Sean Quinn (65), once Ireland's richest man and a celebrated
self-made billionaire, was sent to jail for nine weeks after a judge
found him guilty of stripping foreign assets from his crumbling
business empire in violation of court orders.
2012 Nov 2, In Kenya a
separatist leader said the Mombasa Republican Council will not allow
the coast to take part in general elections in March if their
succession demands are not met.
2012 Nov 2, In Nigeria retired
Gen. Mamman Shuwa was shot dead at his home in Maiduguri by gunmen
suspected to be the Islamist extremists. A guest in the house was
2012 Nov 2, In Pakistan gunmen
opened fire on a bus outside a small fuel station in Khuzdar,
Baluchistan province, igniting a massive blaze that burned 18 people
2012 Nov 2, In Poland a
prosecutor said a woman, identified only as Beata Z. (41), has been
arrested on suspicion of killing at least five of her newborn
2012 Nov 2, In South Africa low
cost 1Time Airline said that all of its operations have been
grounded with immediate effect after it applied for business
2012 Nov 2, In South Africa
AngloGold Ashanti said it has suspended operations at two mines
after hundreds of workers staged a sit-in over pay.
2012 Nov 2, In South Korea an
international team of scientists confirmed that a 5.5-ton elephant
named Koshik at the Everland Zoo can reproduce five Korean words by
tucking his trunk inside his mouth to modulate sound. Koshik emerged
as a star among animal enthusiasts and children in South Korea after
Everland Zoo claimed in 2006 that he could imitate words, two years
after his trainers noticed the phenomenon.
2012 Nov 2, In Sudan's Darfur
region an alleged attack killed 10 people. The Sudanese military
blocked a UN convoy from reaching the area of the alleged attack to
gather information on the incident.
2013 Nov 2, Clifford Nass
(b.1958), a Standfor Univ. sociologist, died following a hike near
Lake Tahoe. He had warned of chronic multitasking following his
experiences as a freshman, residence hall dorm dad.
(SFC, 11/8/13, p.D7)
2013 Nov 2, In Georgia, the
burned body of Emani Moss, a 10-year-old girl, was found in a trash
can at an apartment complex near Atlanta. Her father, Eman Moss, and
stepmother, Tiffany Moss, were soon charged with felony murder.
(SSFC, 11/3/13, p.A10)
2013 Nov 2, In Michigan
Theodore Wafer (54) of Dearborn Heights shot and killed Renisha
McBride (19), a black woman, as she apparently knocked his door
following a car accident. On Nov 15 Wafer was charged with 2nd
degree murder. On Aug 7 he was convicted of 2nd degree murder.
(SFC, 11/16/13, p.A7)(SFC, 8/8/14, p.A8)
2013 Nov 2, Jacqui Park, an
Australian media rights activist, accused Sri Lankan officials of a
"witch-hunt" against local journalists as she arrived back in Sydney
after being detained in Colombo for two days.
2013 Nov 2, Brazil’s O Estado
de S. Paulo newspaper said President Dilma Rousseff will allow
state-run oil company Petróleo Brasileiro SA to increase domestic
fuel prices "two or three times" a year through the use of a formula
without triggering significant consumer price gains.
2013 Nov 2, Britain’s Guardian
newspaper reported that spy agencies in Germany, France, Spain and
Sweden are carrying out mass surveillance of online and phone
traffic in collaboration with Britain, according to documents leaked
by Edward Snowden.
2013 Nov 2, China, the only
country that still systematically takes organs from executed
prisoners for use in transplant operations, said it plans to end the
controversial practice by the middle of next year.
2013 Nov 2, Cuba closed dozens
of home-based movie theaters and reaffirmed its plans to end the
private sale of imported goods as communist authorities pressed for
"order, discipline and obedience" in the growing small business
2013 Nov 2, Europe's
heaviest-ever cargo carrier to the International Space Station
burned up in Earth's atmosphere in a controlled manoeuver after a
five-month mission. It was filled with about six tons of garbage and
waste produced on board the ISS.
2013 Nov 2, French riot police
fired tear gas at thousands of demonstrators in the north-west,
after some protesters hurled stones and iron bars at them in a rally
against a controversial green tax and layoffs.
2013 Nov 2, Georgia's PM
Bidzina Ivanishvili named Interior Minister Irakly Garibashvili (31)
as his successor. Under changes to the constitution that will this
month transfer many of the president's responsibilities to the prime
minister, Garibashvili will become the country's most powerful
2013 Nov 2, In southern India a
train struck and killed 8 people in Andhra Pradesh state.
(SSFC, 11/3/13, p.A3)
2013 Nov 2, Iran arrested the
head of reformist daily Bahar, Saeed Pourazizi, for publishing an
article seen by critics as questioning the beliefs of Shia Islam.
2013 Nov 2, An Iranian media
website said China has agreed to finance $20 billion in development
projects in Iran using oil money not transferred to the Islamic
Republic because of international sanctions.
2013 Nov 2, In northern Iraq
militants bombed a major oil pipeline in Nineveh province, disabling
it and forcing pumping to be suspended.
2013 Nov 2, Meeting in Tokyo
Japan and Russia held their first joint defense and foreign
ministers' meeting and agreed to boost security cooperation in the
Asia-Pacific as they both warily watch neighboring China's rising
influence. Japan and Russia have never signed a treaty to mark the
end of World War II because of a territorial dispute.
2013 Nov 2, Kenya's chief
justice said he has ordered "immediate action" over a case where men
accused of brutally gang raping a schoolgirl last June were ordered
to cut grass as punishment.
2013 Nov 2, In Libya a soldier
was killed by a mine in Benghazi.
2013 Nov 2, In Mali two French
journalists were snatched by gunmen in the northern town of Kidal.
Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon of Radio France Internationale
were grabbed by armed men in a 4x4 just after finishing an interview
with the acting head of the rebel National Movement for the
Liberation of the Azawad (NMLA). Their bodies were dumped a dozen km
outside the town.
(Reuters, 11/2/13)(AP, 11/3/13)
2013 Nov 2, Niger said it has
detained 100 migrants crossing the Sahara to Algeria, in a crackdown
on illegal migration after 92 people died trying to make the same
2013 Nov 2, In northeast
Nigeria suspected Islamic militants attacked a wedding convoy and
killed more than 30 people including the groom.
2013 Nov 2, In eastern Nigeria
at least 24 people died during a stampede at the Holy Ghost Catholic
Church in Uke, Anambra state.
2013 Nov 2, The Pakistani
Taliban voted to promote their number two commander, Khan Said, also
known as Sajna, to replace leader Hakimullah Mehsud who was killed
in a strike by a US drone.
2013 Nov 2, Syria's air force
struck Sbeineh south of Damascus, as loyalists pressed a fierce bid
to crush rebel bastions around the capital. Rebels launched a
counteroffensive in Aleppo.
(AP, 11/2/13)(SSFC, 11/10/13, p.A9)
2013 Nov 2, In northern Yemen
Shi'ite Muslim Houthi rebels pressed their offensive against Damaj
held by their Sunni Muslim Salafi rivals, bringing the total death
toll in four days of sectarian clashes to 55.
2014 Nov 2, In Afghanistan a
gunman attacked Deputy Gov. Abdul Qadeem Patyall, shooting at him
through the window of a classroom at Kandahar University. Attacks
killed 4 other people as the country marked Ashura, major Shiite
2014 Nov 2, A Bahraini court
freed prominent Shiite activist Nabeel Rajab but barred him from
travel until his trial resumes over remarks on Twitter deemed
insulting to public institutions.
2014 Nov 2, A special tribunal
in Bangladesh sentenced to death Mir Quashem Ali (62), a senior
leader of the country's largest Islamist party, the second death
sentence in a week for mass killings during the nation's 1971
independence war against Pakistan.
2014 Nov 2, In Burkina Faso
gunfire erupted outside the headquarters of state television as an
opposition politician tried to announce she was in control of the
West African country that was plunged into chaos days earlier after
the president was forced out. The army took over the national
television headquarters. At least one protester was shot dead.
(AP, 11/2/14)(AFP, 11/2/14)(Econ, 11/8/14, p.52)
2014 Nov 2, China’s state media
said China has successfully tested a self-developed laser defense
system against small-scale low-altitude drones.
2014 Nov 2, Hong Kong police
questioned British financier Rurik George Caton Jutting (29), who
worked for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, after the grisly discovery
a day earlier of two female corpses, including one in a suitcase, in
his apartment. Jutting was charged with two counts of murder.
(AFP, 11/2/14)(SFC, 11/6/14, p.A3)
2014 Nov 2, Indian authorities
set fire to a stockpile of tiger skins, elephant tusks, rhino horns
and other illegal animal parts in an effort to discourage wildlife
smuggling in South Asia.
2014 Nov 2, In Iran Ghoncheh
Ghavami (25), an Iranian-British woman detained last June 20 while
trying to attend a men's volleyball game in Iran, was found guilty
of spreading propaganda against the ruling system and sentenced to a
year in prison. Charges against her were reported dropped on April
2, 2015, as a court waived the remaining seven months of her
(AP, 11/2/14)(AP, 4/2/15)
2014 Nov 2, Iraq's Human Rights
Ministry said the number of Al Bu Nimr tribe people killed by
Islamic State is 322. A car bomb in central Baghdad killed at least
8 Shi'ite pilgrims.
(Reuters, 11/2/14)(AP, 11/3/14)(SFC, 11/3/14,
2014 Nov 2, Kenya's Pres. Uhuru
Kenyatta ordered all guns and attackers be turned over to
authorities in the North Rift region after raiders killed 22 police
a day earlier. Troops shot and killed 6 machete-wielding attackers
who tried to gain entry into a barracks on the coast.
2014 Nov 2, Two Malian soldiers
were killed and four wounded by an improvised bomb in the nation's
restive northern desert.
2014 Nov 2, In Montenegro, a
staunchly conservative Balkan country seeking EU membership, about
200 gay activists marched peacefully protected by hundreds of riot
2014 Nov 2, In Pakistan a least
60 people were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up near a
restaurant at Wagah on the Pakistani-Indian border. The Pakistani
Taliban claimed responsibility.
(Reuters, 11/2/14)(AP, 11/3/14)
2014 Nov 2, In the southern
Philippines Abu Sayyaf gunmen killed 6 soldiers who were guarding a
road project that has been delayed by militant attacks in Basilan
2014 Nov 2, Romanians voted to
elect a new leader as President Traian Basescu steps down after 10
years. PM Victor Ponta won the first round of the presidential
election with 40.3%. Klaus Iohannis, an ethnic German mayor backed
by two center-right parties took 30.4%. A run-off vote will
take place on Nov 16.
(AP, 11/2/14)(Reuters, 11/3/14)
2014 Nov 2, Sierra Leone
confirmed that a fifth doctor has tested positive. The other four
all have died from the virus that has killed nearly 5,000 across
2014 Nov 2, The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said nearly 2,000 people have died in
Syrian prisons of torture, starvation and lack of medical treatment
so far this year. Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front seized a town
and several villages in Idlib province overnight.
2014 Nov 2, In Syria US
military forces staged seven air strikes on Islamic State targets
over the last 24 hours and were joined by allies in two more attacks
2014 Nov 2, Separatists in
eastern Ukraine held elections condemned by Kiev and Western
governments, but backed by Russia, as Ukrainian claims of
"intensive" troop movements across the Russian border cast new
doubts over a truce. Ukrainian authorities announced the deaths of 3
more soldiers and seven more wounded. Alexander Zakharchenko, the
rebel leader in Donetsk, claimed an easy victory. The head of the
separatists in Luhansk region, Igor Plotnitsky, won by a similarly
(AFP, 11/2/14)(AP, 11/3/14)
2014 Nov 2, The UN's panel on
climate science said climate change is happening, it's almost
entirely man's fault and limiting its impacts may require reducing
greenhouse gas emissions to zero this century.
2014 Nov 2, Former Yugoslav
Gen. Veljko Kadijevic (88), who was accused of war crimes in Croatia
and who fled to Russia in 2001 to avoid testifying at a UN tribunal,
died in Moscow.
2015 Nov 2, The United States
and its allies conducted 15 air strikes against Islamic State in
Iraq and seven in Syria.
2015 Nov 2, In Chicago Tyshawn
Lee (9) was found shot dead in an alley in a South Side
neighborhood. On Nov 27 gang member Corey Morgan (27) was charged
with first degree murder. In 2016 Dwight Boone-Doty (22) was charged
with first-degree murder for helping lure the boy into an alley with
a juice box and then shooting him in the head.
(SFC, 11/4/15, p.A4)(SFC, 11/28/15, p.A4)(SFC,
2015 Nov 2, Albanian students
at the Univ. of Tirana threw eggs at a car carrying PM Edi Rama, to
protest against recent legislation that they say favors private over
2015 Nov 2, Australia’s PM
Malcolm Turnbull announced that Queen Elizabeth II had agreed to an
Australian Cabinet recommendation to remove knights and dames from
the Order of Australia.
(SFC, 11/3/15, p.A4)
2015 Nov 2, In Bangladesh angry
publishers burnt books and closed their businesses, in the third day
of protests over the latest gruesome attacks on secular writers and
publishers by suspected hardline Islamists.
2015 Nov 2, British actor and
writer Colin Welland (81) died. He famously told Hollywood "the
British are coming" when he won an Academy Award for "Chariots of
Fire" in 1981.
2015 Nov 2, Burundi President
Pierre Nkurunziza gave civilians five days to surrender any illegal
weapons or face tough action by the police. 2 more bodies were
discovered in Bujumbura. 9 people have been killed in gunfights with
security forces since Oct 31.
2015 Nov 2, TransCanada asked
the United States to suspend its review of the proposed Keystone XL
pipeline in a move that might delay a decision until the US
2015 Nov 2, China and France
agreed to push for long-term monitoring of a UN accord to combat
climate change due in Paris next month by reviewing cuts in
greenhouse gas emissions every five years.
2015 Nov 2, The Organization
for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) charged in a damning
report that Turkey's election was marred by a media crackdown,
violence and other security concerns.
2015 Nov 2, A young French
fisherman was among eight people arrested on suspicion of helping
migrants cross the Channel to Britain in a high-speed inflatable
boat. The fisherman had been smuggling migrants to Britain "for
several months" on an inflatable Zodiac boat that could carry some
20 people at a time.
2015 Nov 2, Greece's islands
were left without ferry links after the country's umbrella seamen's
union launched a strike.
2015 Nov 2, Iran said it has
begun shutting down uranium enrichment centrifuges under the terms
of a deal struck with six world powers in July on limiting its
2015 Nov 2, Iraq's parliament
voted unanimously to bar the government from passing important
reforms without its approval in an effort to curb PM Haider al-Abadi
amid discontent over his leadership style.
2015 Nov 2, Israel's lawmakers
voted to impose a minimum three-year jail sentence on stone
throwers. Judges would only be able to issue suspended sentences to
stone throwers in exceptional circumstances.
2015 Nov 2, In Kashmir 2 Indian
army soldiers were reported killed by Pakistani firing along the
heavily militarized de facto border dividing Kashmir between the two
2015 Nov 2, Kosovo's Parliament
voted overwhelmingly to ratify a stabilization and association
agreement with the EU, considered a milestone for its economic
growth. The opposition boycotted the voting.
2015 Nov 2, In Kyrgyzstan four
parties jointly holding a majority in parliament agreed to establish
a coalition and back incumbent PM Temir Sariyev, a move widely
expected after the parties' success in the elections last month.
2015 Nov 2, In Lebanon 2
soldiers and six other people including two men wanted in connection
with organized crime were killed in a shootout at a nightclub north
2015 Nov 2, Nepalese police
shot at ethnic protesters who attacked a police station with
gasoline bomb and stones on the southern border, killing Ashish
Kumar Ram, an Indian man who was among the attackers.
2015 Nov 2, Northern Ireland's
assembly voted in favor of same-sex marriage for the first time --
by just one vote -- but the ruling Democratic Unionist Party (DUP)
sank the motion with a constitutional veto.
2015 Nov 2, Pakistan banned all
TV and radio coverage of Islamic militant groups, including the one
suspected of carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attacks, and ordered
broadcast outlets to stop running advertisements for the groups'
2015 Nov 2, A Palestinian teen
(19) from Hebron stabbed and wounded three Israelis near Tel Aviv
before being arrested. Two of the victims were in severe condition.
A Palestinian stabbed and wounded a 70-year-old man in northern
Israel before being shot by officers.
(AP, 11/2/15)(AFP, 11/2/15)
2015 Nov 2, Puerto Rican Rep.
Carlos Vargas Ferrer (44) hit a newspaper vendor after he lost
control of his car early today, then crashed into a light pole in
the San Juan suburb of Rio Piedras. The legislator soon died of his
2015 Nov 2, Romanian
prosecutors opened a criminal manslaughter investigation against the
three owners of the Bucharest nightclub.
(Reuters, 11/2/15)(AP, 11/3/15)
2015 Nov 2, Russia said its air
force flew 131 sorties and hit 237 targets in Syria in the last two
2015 Nov 2, A Russian military
court in the North Caucasus city of Rostov-on-Don jailed Gadzhi
Magomedov for 17 years for allegedly fighting with the Islamic State
group in Syria. Pres. Putin has said that up to 7,000 people from
Russia and its former Soviet neighbors may be fighting for IS and
that he does not want to see them returning to their native
countries en masse.
2015 Nov 2, Russian state-owned
arms exporter Rosoboronexport said it is preparing a contract to
supply Iran with S-300 missile systems.
2015 Nov 2, Saudi Arabia’s
local media reported that the government will raise the price of
water for non-residential consumers, a sign the government is
cutting back an expensive system of subsidies as low oil prices
strain its finances.
2015 Nov 2, Police in Sicily
arrested 22 suspected mobsters after businesses, tired of paying the
Mafia "protection" money, rebelled and contacted authorities.
2015 Nov 2, The Swiss
government said the terrorism threat has increased this year, and
police and intelligence services are now handling about 70 cases
involving "jihadi-motivated terrorism."
2015 Nov 2, Turkish airstrikes
hit shelters, underground bunkers and weapon emplacements belonging
to the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, in six locations in
northern Iraq, including the Qandil mountains where the rebel
leadership is based.
2015 Nov 2, The Vatican upheld
the arrests of Spanish Monsignor Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda and
Italian laywoman Francesca Chaouqui. Both had served on a financial
reform commission set up by Pope Francis as part of the probe into
yet another leak of confidential information and documents.
2015 Nov 2, In Zimbabwe Sunday
Mail editor Mabasa Sasa, investigations editor Brian Chitemba and
reporter Tinashe Farawo were arrested after allegedly implicating an
unnamed top police officer and other officials in recent fatal
cyanide poisonings of more than 60 elephants by poachers.
2016 Nov 2, In the SF Bay Area
Karla Ramirez (21) was stabbed to death and burned at Arroyo Viejo
Park in East Oakland. Her body was found the next day and police
soon arrested Laura Rodgers (23) and Curtys Taylor (23).
(SFC, 11/9/16, p.A26)
2016 Nov 2, In Iowa two police
officers were killed in ambush-style attacks early today 20 minutes
apart in Des Moines. Police soon apprehended Scott Michael Greene
(46), a white male, in the shooting death. The incident marked the
first time a Des Moines officer has been shot in the line of duty
since two police were gunned down in 1977.
2016 Nov 2, It was reported
that Belgium's immigration minister is refusing to grant
humanitarian visas to a family in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo
despite being fined 4,000 euros ($4,438) a day for defying an appeal
2016 Nov 2, Cambodian officials
promised to investigate problems in the sand mining business
following complaints from fishermen that dredgers have been stealing
the shore beneath their boats on an industrial scale.
2016 Nov 2, Iceland's President
Gudni Johannesson asked Bjarni Benediktsson, the leader of the
center-right Independence Party, to form a new government after the
party emerged on top in the Oct 29 general election.
2016 Nov 2, In Indonesia an
overcrowded speedboat carrying workers home from Malaysia capsized
off the island of Batam. At least 54 people were killed and 41
survived. After three days 6 people were still missing.
(AP, 11/2/16)(AP, 11/4/16)
2016 Nov 2, In Iraq a spokesman
for a leading Shiite militia said its fighters have gained control
of a highway linking the Islamic State group-held city of Mosul to
the Syrian city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the militants'
self-proclaimed caliphate. An Iraqi officer said troops have killed
eight Islamic State group militants while carrying out
house-to-house clearances in the newly-recaptured Mosul neighborhood
of Gogjali. 180 former Iraqi government employees died as Islamic
State retreated from Kokjali town.
(AP, 11/2/16)(Reuters, 11/4/16)
2016 Nov 2, In Israel
protesters demanding equal prayer rights for women at one of
Judaism's holiest sites scuffled with ultra-Orthodox Jews as they
sought to approach Jerusalem's Western Wall.
2016 Nov 2, Japanese PM Shinzo
Abe held talks with Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Tokyo and
pledged 40 billion yen ($390 million) in aid to back her
government's peace process with ethnic minorities, amid growing
international concern about reported army attacks on a Muslim group.
2016 Nov 2, In Russia the
Moscow office of rights group Amnesty International was sealed off
by municipal officials without warning and staff could not get
2016 Nov 2, Moscow declared a
10-hour humanitarian truce in the war-ravaged city of Aleppo.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia seeks "honest
cooperation" for a political solution in Syria -- "the sooner the
better". Russia said it would extend the moratorium to Nov 4.
(AFP, 11/2/16)(SFC, 11/3/16, p.A2)
2016 Nov 2, South Africa's
anti-corruption watchdog released its report into accusations
against President Jacob Zuma and called for prosecutors to
investigate alleged criminal activity. South African police fired
stun grenades and water cannon to disperse protesters who marched
towards President Jacob Zuma's offices in the capital Pretoria
demanding that he quit over what they called poor leadership.
(AFP, 11/2/16)(Reuters, 11/2/16)
2016 Nov 2, In Spain Jose Luis
Pazos, president of the CEAPA, said parents had launched a strike
against their offspring's school load for the whole month of
November due to "the absolute certainty that homework is
detrimental" to children, damaging their extra-curricular
2017 Nov 2, US Pres. Donald
Trump appointed Fed Governor Jerome Powell as the next head of the
2017 Nov 2, The US Treasury
excluded the Chinese Bank of Dandong from the American financial
system over its alleged ties to North Korea and issued new guidance
to international banks' risk and compliance officers to help them
spot North Korean attempts to infiltrate world finance.
2017 Nov 2, US Republican
lawmakers unveiled a sweeping rewrite of the tax code, outlining a
$1.5 trillion plan to cut taxes for corporations. The plan reduced
the cap on interest rate deductions for home mortgages from $1
million to $500,000.
(SFC, 11/3/17, p.A1)
2017 Nov 2, Britain’s PM
Theresa May named Gavin Williamson as the new defense secretary
after his predecessor Michael Fallon was forced to step down over a
sexual harassment scandal sweeping parliament.
2017 Nov 2, The Bank of England
raised interest rates for the first time in a decade to contain an
increase in inflation stoked by the Brexit vote, in what is
otherwise a moment of high uncertainty for the economy.
2017 Nov 2, In Britain Kevin
Spacey faced fresh allegations of sexual harassment, with an
ex-employee accusing his old theater of turning a blind eye to the
Hollywood star's misconduct.
2017 Nov 2, The Czech
Republic's central bank raised its key interest rate by a quarter
point to 0.50 percent to rein in inflation amid a booming economy.
2017 Nov 2, Scientists using
cosmic-ray imaging reported the discovery of a hidden chamber in
Egypt's Great Pyramid of Giza, in what would be the first such
discovery in the structure since the 19th century and one likely to
spark a new surge of interest in the pharaohs. The pyramid is also
known as Khufu's Pyramid for its builder, a 4th Dynasty pharaoh.
2017 Nov 2, The European Court
of Human Rights blocked Cypriot authorities from extraditing
Egyptian hijacker Seif Eddin Mustafa to his homeland until it can
examine the case. Mustafa hijacked a domestic EgyptAir flight in
March 2016 using a fake suicide belt and diverted it to Cyprus.
2017 Nov 2, Volkswagen’s
premium carmaker Audi said it would recall 4,997 of its A8 model
vehicles with V8 diesel engines in Europe to update software after
it found they emitted too much nitrogen oxide.
2017 Nov 2, Researchers said a
new species of orangutan has been discovered in the remote jungles
of Indonesia, immediately becoming the world's most endangered great
ape. The species, called 'Tapanuli orangutan', lives in the Batang
Toru forest on Sumatra island, and numbers only about 800 in total.
2017 Nov 2, Iraqi forces
captured the Akkas gas field from Islamic State.
2017 Nov 2, Iraq's Kurdish
region said it has offered a joint Kurdish-Iraqi deployment at a
strategic crossing into Turkey with the participation of US-led
international forces as part of a compromise with Baghdad. This came
hours after Iraqi armed forces threatened to resume military
operations against the Kurds, accusing them of delaying the handover
of control of borders and taking advantage of negotiations to
bolster their defenses.
2017 Nov 2, A Libyan armed
group holding Hashem Abedi, the brother of the assailant in the
deadly concert bombing in Manchester, turned down a British police
request for his extradition.
2017 Nov 2, In Myanmar Aung San
Suu Kyi visited the Maungdaw region of Rakhine state and met with
religious leaders in a daylong visit, saying the government is there
(SFC, 11/3/17, p.A3)
2017 Nov 2, The Dutch defense
minister announced an investigation after soldiers revealed fresh
allegations of harassment, abuse, assault and rape in the army.
2017 Nov 2, Thousands of
Palestinians took to the streets in protest across the West Bank
marking a century since the Balfour Declaration, Britain's promise
to Zionists to create a Jewish home in what is now Israel.
2017 Nov 2, Romania's President
Klaus Iohannis accused the leftist government of PM Mihai Tudose of
mishandling the economy, slamming it for overspending and failing to
2017 Nov 2, Russia dismissed a
report by a UN-led panel that blamed the Syrian regime for the April
4 sarin gas attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhun as
"superficial and unprofessional".
2017 Nov 2, South Africa's main
opposition party walked out of parliament, saying President Jacob
Zuma was refusing to answer questions on how much the state had
spent on legal fees fighting corruption allegations against him.
2017 Nov 2, A Spanish
prosecutor asked a National Court judge to issue an international
arrest warrant for Catalonia's ousted regional president and four of
2017 Nov 2, In Syria six
Russian Tu-22M3 long-range bombers struck Islamic State targets near
the town of Abu Kemal.
2017 Nov 2, Turkey’s President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed into law controversial legislation to
let state-approved clerics conduct marriage ceremonies, a move
critics claim risks undermining Turkey's secular foundations.
2017 Nov 2, Turkey’s defense
industry executive board said it is planning 22 new defense projects
worth a total of $5 billion and spanning the development of air
defense missile systems, ammunition and arms systems.
2017 Nov 2, In southeastern
Turkey clashes between Turkish security force members and Kurdish
militants in three mainly Kurdish provinces killed eight security
force members and 31 militants.
2018 Nov 2, The United States
lifted sanctions on two top officials in Turkish President Tayyip
Erdogan's cabinet, a sign of improved relations after Turkey freed
an American pastor from detention three weeks ago.
2018 Nov 2, US immigration
officials said Dias Kadyrbayev, a college friend of Boston Marathon
bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has been deported to his native Kazakhstan
after he was convicted of concealing evidence in the 2013 Boston
2018 Nov 2, The United States
said it will temporarily allow eight importers to keep buying
Iranian oil when it re-imposes sanctions on Nov. 5 to try to force
Iran to curb its nuclear, missile and regional activities.
2018 Nov 2, The US Trade
Representative's Office (USTR) said President Donald Trump intends
to end trade benefits for Mauritania on Jan. 1 for not making
sufficient progress on ending forced labor practices.
2018 Nov 2, In Florida a gunman
killed two people and wounded three others at a Tallahassee yoga
studio. He then fatally shot himself.
(SFC, 11/3/18, p.A7)
2018 Nov 2, In Maryland part of
an Amazon distribution warehouse collapsed in Baltimore as strong
winds tore through the state. Two people were killed when a 50-ffot
wall collapsed at the warehouse.
(SSFC, 11/4/18, p.A13)
2018 Nov 2, Acclaimed jazz
trumpeter Roy Hargrove (b.1969) died in NYC following a long fight
with kidney disease.
(SFC, 11/5/18, p.A5)
2018 Nov 2, Argentina's
National University of La Matanza revealed that a team of Spanish
and Argentine paleontologists have discovered the remains of a
dinosaur that lived 110 million years ago in the center of the
country. The new species from the herbivorous group of sauropods has
been named Lavocatisaurus agrioensis.
2018 Nov 2, China's the foreign
ministry said President Xi Jinping had an "extremely positive" phone
conversation with US Pres. Donald Trump about trade and other
2018 Nov 2, In China Dominican
Republic President Danilo Medina met with Chinese President Xi
Jinping after a formal welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the
2018 Nov 2, China promised to
support Pakistan's economy as visiting PM Imran Khan spoke of his
country's "very difficult" economic situation amid a burgeoning
2018 Nov 2, In Egypt masked men
opened fire on three buses from different directions. Seven people
were killed in the ambush by Islamic State militants of buses
carrying pilgrims to St. Samuel the Confessor desert monastery near
2018 Nov 2, Hong Kong
organizers of an exhibition by dissident Chinese-Australian
cartoonist Badiucao canceled the exhibition in the Chinese-ruled
city given what they said were threats by China. The exhibition by
Badiucao was to have been his first international solo event.
2018 Nov 2, In India a
man-eating tiger that stalked the hills of Maharashtra state was
killed after an attempt to tranquilize her failed. She was suspected
of killing at least 13 villagers.
(SSFC, 11/4/18, p.A6)
2018 Nov 2, In Indonesia
thousands of conservative Muslims protested Jakarta about the
burning of an Islamic flag last month, sparking criticism from the
government's top security minister that the country was in mourning
after a plane crash and back-to-back natural disasters.
2018 Nov 2, Indonesian rescue
diver Syachrul Anto (48) died while diving to search for victims of
the crashed Lion Air aircraft.
2018 Nov 2, In Mexico four
people were slain at a funeral home in Iguala, Guerrero state. The
attack was believed to be related to an incident the previous day in
which three other people were killed.
2018 Nov 2, In Mexico a third
caravan of 1,000 to 1,500 people, this time from El Salvador,
entered the country hoping to reach the US border.
(SFC, 11/3/18, p.A2)
2018 Nov 2, North Korea warned
it could revive a state policy aimed at strengthening its nuclear
arsenal if the US does not lift economic sanctions against the
2018 Nov 2, In Pakistan
prominent cleric Maulana Samiul Haq (81), head of his faction of the
Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam party, was killed in a knife attack at his home
in the garrison city of Rawalpindi. Haq was known as 'father of the
(AP, 11/2/18)(AP, 11/3/18)
2018 Nov 2, Islamists held
rallies across Pakistan against freedom for Asia Bibi and to
denounce the Oct. 31 Supreme Court ruling that overturned her 2010
conviction of insulting the Prophet Muhammad. Her release was
apparently delayed after talks failed between the government and
radical Islamists who want her publicly hanged.
2018 Nov 2, A senior
Palestinian official condemned Brazilian far-right President-elect
Jair Bolsonaro's announcement a day earlier that he would move his
country's Israel embassy to Jerusalem.
2018 Nov 2, Russian President
Vladimir Putin met Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel who was making
his first official visit to long-term ally Moscow.
2018 Nov 2, Ousted Sri Lankan
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said there is credible evidence
that his replacement is attempting to buy support in parliament
ahead of an expected vote of confidence when it reconvenes.
2018 Nov 2, Syrian government
shelling of a rebel-held area in the northwestern Idlib province
killed at least eight people in the latest and deadliest violation
of a truce in the area reached two months ago.
2018 Nov 2, Turkey lifted
sanctions on the US Secretary of Homeland Security and Attorney
General, minutes after Washington removed two Turkish ministers from
its sanctions list.
2018 Nov 2, The World Bank
reported that it will cost Colombia upward of $1 billion to tend to
the surge of Venezuelan migrants fleeing their nation's economic and
2018 Nov 2, Vietnam's PM In and
French PM Edouard Philippe witnessed the signing of two business
deals in Hanoi worth over $10 billion and dozens of other
cooperation agreements covering energy, education, health,
technology and the environment.
2018 Nov 2, In Yemen a
Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite Houthi rebels bombed an air base
adjacent to the Sanaa international airport allegedly being used by
the rebels to launch drone and ballistic missile attacks.
2019 Nov 2, A federal judge in
Oregon temporarily blocked a Trump administration proclamation that
would have required prospective immigrants to prove they would have
US health insurance within 30 days of their arrival or enough money
to pay for "reasonably foreseeable medical costs".
2019 Nov 2, In southern
California Ventura County officials said firefighters contained 30%
of the Maria Fire, which has burned nearly 15 square miles (39 sq.
km) and continued to threaten more than 2,500 homes and other
2019 Nov 2, In central
California an off-duty law officer killed a police officer and
critically wounded his father before killing himself during a
birthday party in Hanford.
(SFC, 11/4/19, p.A4)
2019 Nov 2, In western Indiana
two Amish people were killed when a van car crashed into a
2019 Nov 2, The United Auto
Workers (UAW) said its president Gary Jones, who has been linked to
an ongoing corruption probe by US federal officials, has taken a
leave of absence.
2019 Nov 2, In Afghanistan nine
children were killed when a mine exploded as they walked to school
in the northeastern province of Takhar.
2019 Nov 2, The British
government announced that it will impose an immediate moratorium on
fracking, saying the controversial gas extraction technique risked
causing too much disruption to local communities through earth
2019 Nov 2, Chile's government
backed off from a plan to cut corporate taxes following two weeks of
protests. At least 20 people have been killed since a proposed
increase in subway fares set off protests that morphed into a call
for seep-rooted changes.
(SSFC, 11/3/19, p.A4)
2019 Nov 2, China granted
conditional approval to its first self-developed treatment for
Alzheimer's disease, a move that may point to revived opportunities
in a therapeutic area where drug makers have burned billions of
dollars without yielding a validated new drug. Oligomannate, which
uses extract from marine brown algae as raw material, received a
conditional green light to treat mild-to-moderate level AD.
2019 Nov 2, El Salvador said it
had ordered Venezuela's diplomats to leave the Central American
country within 48 hours, arguing that the decision was in line with
its position that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is
2019 Nov 2, Hong Kong police
fired tear gas at black-clad protesters after they set fire to metro
stations and vandalized buildings including China's official Xinhua
news agency in some of the worst violence to hit the city in weeks.
At least 200 people were arrested as protesters seeking greater
democracy and police accountability blocked roads, vandalized public
facilities and set alight exits of subway stations.
(Reuters, 11/2/19)(Bloomberg, 11/3/19)
2019 Nov 2, Indian officials
said more than 100 migrant workers from Kashmir will be moved after
a spate of killings by suspected separatist militants underlined the
threat to outsiders in the restive region.
2019 Nov 2, Iran signed a
preliminary agreement with Syria to help rebuild the Arab ally's
electricity grid, as Tehran seeks a deepening economic role after
years of the Syrian conflict.
2019 Nov 2, In Iraq thousands
of protesters blocked all roads leading to Iraq's main Gulf port Umm
Qasr, after security forces used live rounds and tear gas on them
overnight. Security forces fired tear gas and live ammunition to
disperse thousands of anti-government protesters, killing at least
one and wounding more than 200 in Baghdad and in the country's
(Reuters, 11/2/19)(AP, 11/2/19)
2019 Nov 2, Israeli airstrikes
on Gaza killed a Palestinian man as aircraft pounded militant sites
in response to barrages of rockets launched toward Israel from the
2019 Nov 2, In Mali an attack
on a French army convoy near Indelimane village disabled a vehicle,
killing one soldier and wounding others onboard. The Islamic State
group soon claimed responsibility. The IS also claimed
responsibility for another attack last week in Indelimane.
2019 Nov 2, It was reported
that Orlando Tercero (23), accused of killing Haley Anderson (22), a
nursing student at SUNY Binghamton in March, 2018, has been found
guilty by a court in Nicaragua, to which he fled after the woman's
(ABC News, 11/2/19)
2019 Nov 2, In northern Syria
car bomb went off in the town of Tal Abyad, killing 13 civilians.
Turkey's defense ministry blamed Syrian Kurdish fighters for the
attack A Kurdish-led force said Christian fighters will now oversee
security in a northern Syrian region that has witnessed fighting
between Turkey-backed fighters and Kurdish-led militiamen.
2020 Nov 2, US federal Judge
Gary Feinerman struck down a key immigration rule that would deny
green cards to immigrants who use food stamps of other public
2020 Nov 2, Georgia’s highest
court found that a lower court was wrong to grant immunity from
prosecution to three sheriff’s deputies facing murder charges in a
stun gun death dating to July 2017. They were charged with murder
and other crimes in the death of Eurie Lee Martin, a 58-year-old
Black man with a history of mental illness.
(NBC News, 11/3/20)
2020 Nov 2, In Louisiana Holden
Matthews was sentenced to 25 years in prison by a federal court in
Lafayette, Louisiana after he pleaded guilty to setting three
historically Black churches on fire in 2019. Matthews was given 18
months credit for the time he has already spent in jail.
2020 Nov 2, Baron Wolman (83),
the first staff photographer for the Rolling Stone magazine, died at
his home in Santa Fe, NM.
(SFC, 11/5/20, p.B5)
2020 Nov 2, A small plane from
North Carolina crashed in western New York near the town of Ellicott
killing all three people aboard.
(SFC, 11/3/20, p.A4)
2020 Nov 2, A federal judge in
Texas ruled that 127,000 votes that were already cast at
drive-through voting sites in the Houston area would be counted
after Republicans tried to disqualify them.
(NY Times, 11/3/20)
2020 Nov 2, US mall operators
CBL and Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust filed for
bankruptcy. They said their malls will remain open as they go
through the bankruptcy process. CBL, which operates 107 malls, said
more than 30 of its tenants have filed for bankruptcy protection
this year and are shutting stores. PREIT, based in Philadelphia, has
more than 20 properties.
2020 Nov 2, In Afghanistan
gunmen stormed the Kabul University as it hosted a book fair
attended by the Iranian ambassador, sparking an hours-long gun
battle and leaving at least 19 dead and 22 wounded at the country's
largest school. Most of the casualties were students. Three
attackers were involved in the assault, all of whom were killed in
the ensuing gunbattle. The Islamic State group was suspected.
2020 Nov 2, In Austria a gunman
opened fire in Vienna, killing at least four people and injuring
more than a dozen. Suspect Kujtim Fejzulai (20) had previously been
sentenced to 22 months in prison for trying to join ISIS in Syria,
but was released early. He was killed by the police nine minutes
after the assault began.
(NY Times, 11/3/20)(The Insider, 11/4/20)
2020 Nov 2, Western nations
decried arbitrary arrests and other forms of repression in Belarus
during a review of its record at the UN’s top human rights body.
2020 Nov 2, Britain said it
confirmed H5N8 bird flu at a chicken farm near Frodsham in Cheshire,
England, but said the risk to public safety from the virus was "very
2020 Nov 2, Sterling fell to an
almost four-week low against the dollar after England announced a
new national lockdown, but analysts said hopes for a Brexit deal
prevented a bigger drop for the currency.
2020 Nov 2, Johnny Depp lost
his court case against a British newspaper that called him a “wife
beater" and claimed there was “overwhelming evidence" that he had
assaulted the actress Amber Heard repeatedly during their marriage.
(NY Times, 11/2/20)
2020 Nov 2, China's top
financial regulators told Ant Group Co Ltd's founder Jack Ma and two
top executives that the company's lucrative online lending business
faces tighter government scrutiny as Beijing published new draft
rules for online micro-lending.
2020 Nov 2, German biotech firm
CureVac said its experimental COVID-19 vaccine triggered an immune
response in humans, putting it on track to start mass testing this
year as the race to end the pandemic heats up.
2020 Nov 2, Israeli military
troops demolished the West Bank home of a Palestinian accused of
killing an Israeli in a stabbing attack earlier this year.
Palestinian Khalil Dweikat (46) was accused of stabbing to death an
Israeli man (39) in Petah Tikva in August.
2020 Nov 2, The Ivory Coast
opposition said it was creating a transitional government which
would organize a new election. Main opposition candidates Pascal
Affi N'Guessan and Henri Konan Bédié had urged their supporters not
to vote in the Oct. 31 poll.
2020 Nov 2, Japan's Sosei Group
Corp said t is allying with a US biotech run by former Novartis AG
executives to commercialize a neurological drug pipeline.
2020 Nov 2, Military leaders
from Libya’s warring sides met in the oasis town of Ghadames for the
first face-to-face talks inside Libya since last year's months-long
attack on the capital by forces loyal to the country's east-based
2020 Nov 2, It was reported
that Paul Gicheru, a Kenyan lawyer wanted by International Criminal
Court prosecutors for allegedly bribing witnesses, has surrendered
to authorities in the Netherlands. Prosecutors alleged that Gicheru
and another lawyer, Philip Kipkoech Bett, corruptly influenced six
witnesses in their investigations into deadly violence that erupted
after Kenya's 2007 elections. Bett was not in custody.
2020 Nov 2, Russia's only major
independent pollster, the Levada Center, said a growing number of
Russians are unwilling to be inoculated against COVID-19 once a
vaccine becomes widely available.
2020 Nov 2, Russian
investigators said Vladimir Marugov, an oligarch reportedly
nicknamed the "Sausage King," was killed with a crossbow in his
sauna after masked robbers broke into his home outside of Moscow.
One suspect was soon arrested.
2020 Nov 2, South African
pharmaceutical firm Aspen Pharmacare announced a deal with US firm
Johnson & Johnson to manufacture its COVID-19 vaccine candidate,
if it is approved in South Africa and internationally.
2020 Nov 2, Police in Tanzania
arrested Freeman Mbowe, the chairman of the main opposition party in
the wake of a disputed election. Mbowe was detained overnight, along
with two other Chadema leaders, for allegedly planning violent
2020 Nov 2, At a UN plenary
meeting on the ICC 71 nations voiced strong opposition to what they
consider threats to the International Criminal Court and decried
sanctions on its top officials, issuing a statement that did not
name any country but was clearly aimed at the US.