1520 Nov 4, Danish-Norwegian
king Christian II was crowned king of Sweden.
1529 Nov 4, Thomas Wolsey,
English Lord Chancellor and cardinal, was arrested.
1587 Nov 4, Samuel Scheidt,
German organist and composer, was baptized.
1612 Nov 4, Russia drove
Catholic Poles and Lithuanians out of Moscow. This marked the end of
the "Time of Troubles," a period of popular uprisings and fighting
between noblemen and pretenders to the throne. Russian Orthodox
Church celebrated this day as the victory of the forces of Eastern
Orthodoxy over the forces of Western Catholicism. In 2005 Russia
chose this day for the new “People’s Unity Day" holiday.
11/12/05, p.56)(Econ, 3/17/07, p.65)
1650 Nov 4, William III, Prince
of Orange and King of England, was born. [see Nov 14]
1677 Nov 4, William and Mary
were married in England on William's birthday. William of Orange
married his cousin Mary (daughter to James, Duke of York and the
same James II who fled in 1688).
(HNQ, 12/28/00)(HN, 11/4/02)
1702 Nov 4, John Benbow,
English vice-admiral (Santa Marta), died.
1712 Nov 4, The Bandbox Plot,
an attempt to kill Robert Harley, Earl of Oxford and Lord Treasurer,
was foiled by Jonathan Swift (the author of Gulliver’s Travels), who
happened to be visiting Harley.
1756 Nov 4, Anthony van
Hoboken, Rotterdam merchant-ship owner, was born.
1771 Nov 4, Carlo Goldoni's "Le
Bourru Bienfaisant," premiered in Paris.
1779 Nov 4, John W. Pieneman,
historical painter (Battle at Waterloo), was born.
1791 Nov 4, General Arthur St.
Clair, governor of Northwest Territory, was badly defeated by a
large Indian army near Fort Wayne. Miami Indian Chief Little Turtle
(1752-1812) led the powerful force of Miami, Wyandot, Iroquois,
Shawnee, Delaware, Ojibwa and Potawatomi that inflicted the greatest
defeat ever suffered by the U.S. Army at the hands of North American
Indians. Some 623 regulars led by General Arthur St. Clair were
killed and 258 wounded on the banks of the Wabash River near present
day Fort Wayne, Indiana. The staggering defeat moved Congress to
authorize a larger army in 1792.
(HNQ, 8/10/98)(HN, 11/4/98)
1798 Nov 4, Congress agreed to
pay a yearly tribute to Tripoli, considering it the only way to
protect U.S. shipping.
1835 Nov 4, Lunsford Lindsay
Lomax (d.1913), Major General (Confederate Army), was born.
1836 Nov 4, Don Juan Alvarado
and a group of followers forced the surrender of Lt. Col. Nicolas
Gutierrez, the military governor of Monterey. They quickly drafted a
constitution and proclaimed California independent of Mexico.
Officials in southern California refused to recognize Alvarado's
government and he agreed to make California a territory of Mexico
with himself as governor.
(ON, 4/04, p.10)
1841 Nov 4, The 1st wagon train
arrived in California.
1842 Nov 4, Abraham Lincoln
married Mary Todd in Springfield, Ill.
(AP, 11/4/97)(HN, 11/4/98)
1846 Nov 4, Benjamin F. Palmer
of Meredith N.H. received a patent on an artificial human leg.
(SFEC, 3/29/98, Z1 p.8)(MC, 11/4/01)
1847 Nov 4, Felix
Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (b.1809), German pianist and composer, died at
age 38. His work included: "Overture to a Midsummer Night's Dream."
(WUD, 1994 p.895)(LGC, 1970, p.201)(ON, 6/07,
1854 Nov 4, The first
lighthouse on the West Coast was built at Alcatraz Island.
(SFC, 5/19/96, City Guide, p.7)(MC, 11/4/01)
1854 Nov 4, Florence
Nightingale (d.1910) and 38 nurses arrived at the Barrack Hospital
in Scutari following the outbreak of the Crimean War. She was
appointed to oversee female nurses to be dispatched to military
hospitals in Turkey to help with increasing casualties. She had been
trained as a nurse--against the belief that nursing was not a
suitable profession for women--before serving as Superintendent of
the Establishment for Gentlewomen during Illness in London in 1853.
At Scutari, soldiers appreciated her kindness and devotion as a
nurse. Among other things, she later became known for her ideas
about hospital reform and for creating reading rooms in hospitals.
In 1907, she was the first woman to be awarded the Order of Merit.
She died at the age of 90, at home in London.
(HNPD, 11/4/98)(HN, 11/4/98)
1856 Nov 4, Democrat James
Buchanan was elected US president. The American or Know-Nothing
Party had nominated Zachary Taylor over Millard Fillmore. The
Know-Nothing Party was an anti-foreigner, anti-Catholic political
organization. Buchanan easily won the presidential election, gaining
174 electoral votes to Republican John C. Fremont’s 141, and
Fillmore’s eight. Fremont failed to carry California after Jasper
O’Farrell testified against him in the 1846 murder of 3 Californios.
p.E10)(SFC, 2/21/97, p.A25)(HNQ, 6/17/01)(SSFC, 6/25/06, p.E1)
1862 Nov 4, Dr. Richard Gatling
received patent # 36,836 for his machine gun. In 2008 Julia Keller
authored “Mr. Gatling’s Terrible Marvel: The Gun That Changed
Everything and the Misunderstood Genius Who Invented It."
1863 Nov 4, From the main
Confederate Army at Chattanooga, Tenn., Lt. Gen. James Longstreet's
troops were sent northeast to besiege Knoxville
1864 Nov 4, There was a
Confederate assault on the Union depot and headquarters at
Reynoldsburg Island, near Johnsonville, Tennessee. Paddle-wheelers
USS Key West, Acting Lt. King; USS Tawah, Acting Lt. Goudy; and
small steamer U.S.S. Elfin, Acting Master Augustus F. Thompson; were
destroyed after an engagement with Confederate batteries off
Johnsonville, Ten., along with several transport steamers and a
large quantity of supplies.
1873 Nov 4, Dentist John Beers
of SF patented the gold crown.
1875 Nov 4, "Pacific" collided
with "Orpheus" off Cape Flattery, Wash., and 236 people died.
1876 Nov 4, James Fraser,
designer of the buffalo nickel, was born.
1876 Nov 4, Johannes Brahms'
Symphony #1 in C, premiered at Karlsruhe.
1879 Nov 4, William Penn Adair
Rogers was born on a ranch in Oologah Indian Territory (now
Oklahoma). "I never met a man I didn't like." He was widely loved
during the 1920s and 1930s for his gentle humor and homespun
philosophies. Part Cherokee Indian, Rogers once told a Boston
audience, "My ancestors didn't come over on the Mayflower, but they
met the boat." Will Rogers got his show business start in 1902 doing
rope tricks in a Wild West show. He moved on to vaudeville and, by
1916, he was the wisecracking star of Florenz Ziegfeld's "Follies."
As a newspaper columnist and book author, Rogers poked fun at
important people and events, and he was equally successful as a
motion picture actor. Rogers' film credits include “A Connecticut
Yankee" in 1931 and “State Fair" in 1933. The nation mourned when
Will Rogers, along with pilot Wiley Post, were killed in an Alaska
plane crash on August 15, 1935.
(HFA, ‘96, p.18) (HNPD, 11/4/98)(HN, 11/4/98)
1880 Nov 4, The first cash
register was patented by James and John Ritty of Dayton, Ohio.
1884 Nov 4, Democrat Grover
Cleveland was elected to his first term as president, defeating
Republican James G. Blaine.
1887 Nov 4, Alfred Loomis
(d.1975), financier and amateur physicist, was born. In 2002 Jennet
Conant authored “Tuxedo Park," an account of how Loomis led research
that enhanced radar and led to the atom bomb.
(NAS-BM, V.51, 1980)
1899 Nov 4, John Montgomery
Ward delivered a manifesto on baseball that said in part: "There was
a time when the League stood for integrity and fair dealing…"
(SFEC, 10/3/99, BR p.4)
1904 Nov 4, Harvard Stadium
became the 1st stadium built specifically for football.
1907 Nov 4, Faygo was founded
in Detroit as Feigenson Brothers Bottling Works by Russian
immigrants Ben and Perry Feigenson. The original flavors of Faygo
were based on cake frosting recipes used by the Feigensons in
Russia. The brothers ran the company until the mid-1940s, when they
turned it over to their sons. In the 1950s the company created a
series of radio and television advertisements featuring a fictional
cowboy called the Faygo Kid, who was portrayed in animation for
television commercials for Faygo Old-Fashioned Root Beer.
1908 Nov 4, The Brooklyn
Academy of Music opened in NYC.
1909 Nov 4, Opera "Il Segreto
di Susanna" was produced in Munich.
1912 Nov 4, Arizona and Kansas
granted women the right to vote. Wisconsin voted against suffrage
1913 Nov 4, Gig Young, actor
(They Shoot Horses Don't They), was born in St. Cloud, Minn.
1916 Nov 4, Walter Cronkite,
news anchor for CBS (1962-1981), was born.
(HN, 11/4/98)(MC, 11/4/01)
1918 Nov 4, Art Carney
(d.2003), actor (Ed Norton-Honeymooners), was born in Mount Vernon,
(EntW, 12/03, p.96)
1918 Nov 4, Austria signed an
armistice with Allies.
1918 Nov 4, Kiel, Germany, fell
into the hands of revolutionary sailors. [see Nov 3]
1921 Nov 4, Takasji Hara,
premier of Japan, was murdered.
1922 Nov 4, The US Postmaster
General ordered all homes to get mailboxes or relinquish delivery of
1922 Nov 4, British
archeologist Howard Carter was elated when his Egyptian workers
uncovered the top of a stairway cut into bedrock in the Valley of
the Kings. For a decade, Carter had been searching for the tomb of
the young king Tutankhamun, who had ruled Egypt 3,200 years before.
Carter was particularly thrilled at the discovery of the staircase
because his wealthy patron, the Earl of Carnarvon, had agreed to
fund only one more season before abandoning the search. At the
bottom of the staircase was a sealed doorway, which suggested that
the tomb had probably not been robbed. Carter ordered the stairway
filled and telegraphed his patron, "At last have made wonderful
discovery in valley; a magnificent tomb with seals intact; recovered
same for your arrival; congratulations." On November 26, Carter,
with Carnarvon standing by, drilled a small hole in the tomb's
antechamber. Inserting a candle, Carter peered into the darkness at
the rich funerary goods. When asked by Carnarvon if he could see
anything, the awestruck Carter replied, "Yes, wonderful things."
(NG, May 1985, R. Caputo, p.598)(AP, 11/4/97)
1923 Nov 4, Alfred Heineken,
beer brewer, was born.
1924 Nov 4, Calvin Coolidge was
elected 30th president on a platform of pro-business policies.
(HN, 11/4/98)(SFEC, 10/17/99, p.C12)
1924 Nov 4, Nellie T. Ross of
Wyoming was elected the nation's first woman governor; she was to
serve the remaining term of William B. Ross, her husband who died in
office. Miriam Ferguson was elected the second women governor in
Texas. [see Nov 9]
(AP, 11/4/97)(HN, 11/4/98)
1924 Nov 4, Gabriel Faure
(b.1845), French composer, organist, pianist, and teacher, died in
Paris. He was the foremost French composer of his generation. His
musical style influenced many 20th century composers.
1928 Nov 4, Arnold Rothstein
(46), US mobster, was shot to death at the Grand Hotel in NYC. In
2005 Nick Tosches authored “King of the Jews," a biography of
(SSFC, 6/12/05, p.B6)
1930 Nov 4, In SF George
Christopher defeated Democrat George Reilly for mayor and went on to
serve 2 terms. Voters also approved a $35 million bond issue to
build the Golden Gate Bridge.
(SFC, 9/15/00, p.A19)(SFC, 11/4/05, p.F6)
1930 Nov 4, New York reelected
Gov. Franklin Delano Roosevelt by a landslide.
1933 Nov 4, Hermann Goring and
Georgi Dimitrov had a duel.
1934 Nov 4, The new $400,000,
6,500-seat, Bay Meadows horse racing track opened in San Mateo, Ca.,
under the direction of Bill Kyne (d.1957). Gov. Frank Merriam
christened the one-mile track, which opened on the grounds of an old
airfield. Jockey George Burns rode 5 winners, three of them in a
row. The track featured the new $250,000 totalizer machine to
display bets and payoff. The last day of regular racing was May 11,
2008. A final racing was scheduled for the 2008 county Fair, August
(Ind, 5/13/00,5A)(SFC, 3/23/07, p.A1)(SFC,
1937 Nov 4, The Clifford Odets
play "Golden Boy" opened at the Belasco Theatre in NYC.
1939 Nov 4, The United States
modified its neutrality stance in World War II, allowing "cash and
carry" purchases of arms by belligerents, a policy favoring Britain
1939 Nov 4, The 1st air
conditioned automobile, the Packard, was exhibited, Chicago, Ill.
1940 Nov 4, Lewis Hine,
American social-documentary photographer, died.
(WSJ, 11/12/99, p.W10)(ON, 3/07, p.6)
1942 Nov 4, The 13th day of
battle at El Alamein: Axis Africa corps retreated from El Alamein in
North Africa in a major victory for British forces commanded by
Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery.
(AP, 11/4/97)(MC, 11/4/01)
1946 Nov 4, Robert
Mapplethorpe, US photographer, was born.
1946 Nov 4, The United Nations
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was
1947 Nov 4, San Francisco
voters overwhelmingly approved Measure 10, the Save the Cable Cars
Measure. Activist Friedel Klussman had led a committee to put the
measure on the ballot in opposition to Mayor Roger Lapham.
(SFC, 2/8/14, p.C2)
1948 Nov 4, T.S. Eliot won the
Nobel Prize for literature.
1948 Nov 4, The International
Military Tribunal for the Far East was concluded.
(WSJ, 4/30/98, p.A15)
1950 Nov 4, The European
Convention on Human Rights was signed in Rome. 5 protocols were
added later. Alleged violations were handled by the European Court
of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.
1952 Nov 4, Dwight D.
Eisenhower (Ike) was elected president the 34th president, defeating
Democrat Adlai Stevenson in presidential elections. The Republicans
took over for the first time in 20 years. A Univac computer in
Philadelphia predicted the results based on early returns.
(TMC, 1994, p.1952)(AP, 11/4/97)(HN,
11/4/98)(SJM, 5/1/01, p.1C)
1952 Nov 4, A magnitude 9.0
quake in Kamchatka caused damage but no reported deaths, despite
setting off 30-foot (9.1-meter) waves in Hawaii.
1953 Nov 4, Elizabeth Sprague
Coolidge (89), composer, died.
1954 Nov 4, The Broadway show
“Fanny" opened at the Majestic Theater for 888 performances. It was
produced by David Merrick (d.2000 at 88).
(SFC, 4/27/00, p.A25)(MC, 11/4/01)
1955 Nov 4, August Vollmer
(79), father of modern police science, shot himself to death in
Berkeley, Ca. He was afflicted with Parkinson’s Disease late in
life, and also cancer, and he refused to be bedridden or a burden to
others. Vollmer was a pioneer in the use of radio and fingerprints
for police work.
1956 Nov 4, Arthur Tatum (Art
Tatum, 46), US jazz pianist and composer, died.
1956 Nov 4, Israel captured the
Straits of Tiran and reached the Suez Canal in Egypt.
1956 Nov 4, Russian troops and
tanks attacked Budapest and crushed the Hungarian revolt under
Premier Imre Nagy. Soviet troops marched into the country. Martial
law was proclaimed and mass arrests followed. The UN censured the
USSR. The repression was organized by Yuri Andropov who later became
Chief of the KGB in 1967. 25,000 people were killed. Janos Kadar was
installed by the Soviet Union as head of Hungary's Communist Party.
(WSJ, 12/14/95, p.A-12)(SFC, 10/23/96, p.A8)(WSJ,
12/27/96, p.A5)(AP, 5/22/98)
1958 Nov 4, Edmund G. "Pat"
Brown was elected as democratic governor of California.
(SSFC, 1/30/05, p.C1)
1958 Nov 4, Angelo G. Roncalli
was crowned as Pope John XXIII.
1960 Nov 4, The film "Misfits"
premiered. It was the final movie for Clark Gable and Marilyn
1964 Nov 4, Lenny Bruce
(d.1966), stand up comic, was arrested in NYC at the Cafe au Go Go
on obscenity charges for his "bad language." In 2003 Gov. George
Pataki granted Bruce a posthumous pardon.
(WSJ, 5/29/03, p.D8)(SFC, 12/24/03, p.A1)
1966 Nov 4, In Florence, Italy
the River Arno overflowed and damaged the Uffizi Gallery. Whole
libraries of valuable ancient documents were soaked. 33 people died
in the flood and blame fell principally on Enel, Italy’s largest
power company. In 2008 Robert Clark authored “Dark Water: Flood and
Redemption in the City of Masterpieces."
(WSJ, 10/29/96, p.A21)(SFC, 4/6/01, p.D4)(Econ,
1966 Nov 4, A devastating flood
swamped Venice, damaged monuments and covered the city in mud. 5,000
people were made homeless.
(SFC, 12/11/98, p.D4)(WSJ, 3/8/02, p.AW9)
1969 Nov 4, Author Alexander
Solzhenitsyn was expelled from Soviet Writers Union.
1970 Nov 4, The story of Genie
(b.1957), pseudonym for a feral child who was the victim of
extraordinarily severe abuse, neglect and social isolation, came to
the attention of Los Angeles child welfare authorities. Her father
kept her locked alone in a room from the age of 20 months to 13
years, 7 months, almost always strapped to a child's toilet or bound
in a crib with her arms and legs completely immobilized. During this
time she was never exposed to any significant amount of speech, and
as a result she did not acquire a first language during
childhood. In 1994 a book was written about her case by Russ
1970 Nov 4, Andre Sakharov,
Russian nuclear physicist, formed a Human Rights Committee.
1978 Nov 4, In Iran the worst
anti-Shah demonstrations occurred. PM Sharif-Emami (d.1998 at 87 in
NYC), handed in his resignation after 2 months in office. Shah
Pahlavi then appointed Gholam Riza Azhari and tried a military
approach as the nation erupted in revolt.
1978 Nov 4, US National
Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski called the Shah of Iran to tell
him that the US would "back him to the hilt."
1979 Nov 4, The US Embassy was
taken over by Iranian students and a hostage crisis began. 90
people, including 63 Americans, were taken hostage at the American
embassy in Teheran, Iran, by militant student followers of Ayatollah
Khomeini who demanded the return of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi to
Iran for trial. He was undergoing medical treatment in New York
City. The students held 52 American hostages for 444 days, and were
released on the day of the inauguration President Ronald Reagan,
January 20, 1981. In 2005 David Harris authored “The Crisis: The
President, the Prophet and the Shah – 1979 and the coming of
Militant Islam." In 2006 Mark Bowden authored “Guests of the
Ayatollah: The First Battle in America’s War With Militant Islam."
(WSJ, 11/19/96, p.A1)(AP, 11/4/97)(HN,
11/4/98)(SSFC, 4/3/05, p.F4)(WSJ, 4/29/06, p.P10)
1979 Nov 4, In Iran, as
Islamist students stormed the US Embassy in Tehran, six American
diplomats escaped and found sanctuary at the home of Canadian
ambassador Ken Taylor (d.2015 at 81) and his first secretary, John
Sheardown. Taylor then worked with the Canadian government and the
CIA to obtain Canadian passports and forged visas allowing the
diplomats to fly to Switzerland.
(SFC, 10/17/15, p.C3)
1980 Nov 4, Ronald Reagan (69)
was elected the 40th president of the United States. He beat
President Carter (56) by a wide margin. George H.W. Bush was elected
vice-president. Inflation and the crises in Iran caused Jimmy Carter
to lose to Ronald Reagan, America’s oldest Pres.-elect.
(TMC, 1994, p.1980)(HN, 11/4/98)(AP, 11/4/97)
1980 Nov 4, Arkansas Gov. Bill
Clinton lost his re-election bid for the governor’s office to Frank
(SFC, 1/29/98, p.A3)(SFC, 5/23/03, p.A26)
1980 Nov 4, SF voters
re-elected 8 of 11 Board of Supervisors. Women held a majority of
seats for the 1st time in city history.
(SFC, 11/4/05, p.F2,6)
1982 Nov 4, Dominique Dunne
(b.1959), American actress and daughter of novelist Dominick Dunne,
died in LA following strangulation by her former boyfriend, John
1982 Nov 4, Jacques Tati
(b.1909), French mime and director, died.
1982 Nov 4, In the Netherlands
Ruud Lubbers (1939-2018) began serving a prime minister and
continued to 1994.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruud_Lubbers)(SSFC, 2/18/18, p.C12)
1983 Nov 4, Dennis Nilsen
(b.1945), serial killer, was sentenced in England to life
imprisonment. He had killed at least 15 men over a 5 year period
(1978-1983). All his victims were students or homeless men whom he
picked up in bars and brought to his house either for sex or just
for company. In 1993 Brian Masters authored “Killing for Company."
1984 Nov 4, Nicaragua held its
1st free elections in 56 years; Sandinistas won by a margin of 63%.
Daniel Ortega won the presidency under the Sandinista Liberation
Front. Sergio Ramirez served as his vice-president until 1990.
(SFC, 5/6/96, p.A-10)(WSJ, 10/9/96, p.A15)
1987 Nov 4, Lisa Steinberg (6)
was pronounced dead at a New York City hospital in a child-abuse
case that sparked national outrage; Joel Steinberg, a lawyer who
adopted her illegally, served 17 years in prison for manslaughter.
1988 Nov 4, In a ceremony at
O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, President Reagan signed a
measure providing for U.S. participation in an anti-genocide treaty
signed by President Truman in 1948.
1989 Nov 4, Up to a million
East Germans filled the streets of East Berlin for a pro-democracy
1989 Nov 4, Typhoon Gay hit
India. It claimed 69 lives there and destroyed or damaged some
20,000 homes. In total it caused 1,060 direct casualties.
1989 Nov 4, Iran marked the
10th anniversary of the seizure of the U.S. Embassy.
1989 Nov 4, In Japan Yokohama
lawyer, Tsutsumi Sakamoto, was kidnapped with his wife and infant
son. He had been leading a legal crusade against the Aum Shinri Kyo
cult. Later top members of the cult admitted to killing the family.
In 1998 Kazuaki Okazaki (38) was sentenced to death for the murder.
In 2000 Satoru Hashimoto was sentenced to death for the strangling
deaths of the Sakamoto family and for the 1995 sarin gas attacks.
(SFC, 4/24/96, p.A-8)(SFC, 10/24/98, p.A12)(SFC,
1990 Nov 4, Douglas Wakiihuri
of Kenya and Wanda Panfil of Poland won the New York City Marathon.
1990 Nov 4, Secretary of State
James Baker visited US troops in the Saudi Arabian desert.
1990 Nov 4, Iraq issued a new
broadside, saying it was prepared to fight a “dangerous war" rather
than give up Kuwait.
1991 Nov 4, Ronald Reagan
opened his presidential library in Simi Valley, Calif., with a
dedication ceremony attended by President Bush and former presidents
Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon - the first-ever
gathering of five U.S. chief executives.
1992 Nov 4, Carol Moseley Braun
became the first African American women to be elected to the U.S.
Senate. She lost her Senate seat in 1998.
1992 Nov 4, Iran's Islamic
Republic News Agency announced the arrest of American businessman
Milton Meier, who had lived in Iran for 17 years, on charges of
illegal business dealings and espionage.
1993 Nov 4, The White House
challenged Ross Perot to a debate on the North American Free Trade
Agreement with Vice President Al Gore; Perot, calling it "a
desperate move," quickly accepted.
1994 Nov 4, In Union, S.C.,
townspeople jeered as Susan Smith was led into court, a day after
the 23-year-old secretary was arrested and charged with murder in
the drownings of her sons, 3-year-old Michael and 14-month-old
1995 Nov 4, Israeli Prime
Minister Yitzhak Rabin, 73 years old, was killed by a right-wing, 27
year old Israeli law student, Yigal Amir, at a Tel Aviv peace rally.
Shimon Peres assumed the post of acting Prime Minister. His wife,
Leah, published “Rabin: Our Life, His Legacy in 1997." It was later
revealed the Amir was working under the influence of Avishai Raviv,
an agent of the Shin Bet security service.
(WSJ, 11/6/95, p.A-1)(SFC, 4/21/97, p.A1)(AP,
11/4/97)(SFC, 11/6/97, p.D2)
1996 Nov 4, On the last day of
campaigning before Election Day, President Clinton appealed for a
second term by taking credit for a revived economy, while Republican
Bob Dole warned of mounting Clinton ethical questions.
1996 Nov 4, In South Korea the
president announced a new anti-corruption drive after his defense
minister, sacked last week, was arrested for taking bribes.
(WSJ, 11/5/96, p.A18)
1996 Nov 4, In Pakistan Pres.
Farooq Leghari dismissed Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Until new
elections are held civilian administrators will run the show.
(SFC, 11/5/96, p.A9)
1997 Nov 4, In off-year
elections US Republicans won high profile races: New Jersey Gov.
Christie Whitman won a cliffhanger re-election; New York City Mayor
Rudolph Giuliani won a second term, and James Gilmore won the race
for Virginia governor.
1997 Nov 4, Iraq agreed to
postpone the expulsion of American weapons inspectors until after
U.N. envoys finished their mission.
1997 Nov 4, US sanctions
against Sudan were tightened due to the Iran-allied government’s
support for int’l. terrorism and abysmal human-rights record. After
lobbying by US trade associations the sanctions excluded US imports
for gum arabic, a key ingredient for soft drinks, and other goods as
(WSJ, 11/5/97, p.A1)(SFC, 12/2/97, p.A8)
1997 Nov 4, Voters in Oregon
affirmed doctor-assisted suicides with a 60% approval.
(SFC, 11/5/97, p.A3)
1997 Nov 4, In SF Phyllis
Wattis contributed $10 million to the California Academy of
Sciences. Wattis, the 92-year-old great-granddaughter of Brigham
Young, also presented $20 million to the SF Fine Arts Museums, $10
million for the new de Young building fund and $10 million for
acquisitions. The Exploratorium and the SF Arts Institute were each
granted $5 million. Paul Wattis, her husband, was an executive with
Utah Construction and Mining, a family business that built the
(SFC, 11/5/97, p.A18)(SFEC, 11/30/97, p.C13)
1997 Nov 4, The Emergent Corp.
won a contract with the Internet Council of Registrars to add 7 new
domain names: .arts, .firm, .info, .nom, .rec, .store, and .web to
make a total of 13 such suffixes along with 29 country codes.
(SFC, 11/5/97, p.D1)
1997 Nov 4, H. Richard
Hornberger (b.1924), surgeon (inspired M*A*S*H), died in Maine. He
authored the novel “M*A*S*H" (1968) under the open name of Richard
1997 Nov 4, It was reported
that Jordan receives $225 million in annual aid from the US. Voter
turnout reached only 54.5% and tribal leaders loyal to King Hussein
won a majority of parliament, 47 of 80 lower house seats.
(SFC, 11/4/97, p.A8)(SFC, 11/5/97, p.C2)
1997 Nov 4, In Mexico a convoy
with Bishop Samuel Ruiz was attacked in Crucero in northern Chiapas.
Three church workers were wounded. The Peace and Justice group,
associated with the PRI, was thought to be responsible.
(SFC, 11/6/97, p.C6)
1998 Nov 4, In the wake of
disappointing election results in which House Republicans saw their
majority trimmed, GOP lawmakers talked of quickly wrapping up
impeachment proceedings against President Clinton and raised the
prospect of challenges to Speaker Newt Gingrich and other party
1998 Nov 4, A federal grand
jury in Manhattan returned a 238-count indictment that charged Osama
bin Laden for the US embassy bombings in Africa.
(SFC, 11/5/98, p.C3)
1998 Nov 4, Brazil set a
minimum retirement age of 53 for men and 48 for women.
(SFC, 11/5/98, p.C5)
1998 Nov 4, In Colombia
government forces retook Mitu after refueling in nearby Brazil. 5
guerrillas were reported killed.
(SFC, 11/5/98, p.C3)
1998 Nov 4, Israel announced
that the security issue for the new peace agreement was resolved.
They demanded the arrest of 30 Palestinian fugitives suspected of
violence. Arafat said that 12 of the 30 were already under arrest.
(SFC, 11/5/98, p.C2)
1998 Nov 4, Russia announced
that would ask creditors to extend its foreign debt, scheduled at
$3.5 billion this year and $17.5 billion in 1999. The worst harvest
in 45 years was blamed on a summer drought.
(SFC, 11/5/98, p.C2)
1998 Nov 4, In Russia Ivan
Orlov (65) exploded his car in Red Square in a general protest
against unpaid pensions and the state. Three Kremlin guards were
injured. Orlov was jailed and died in prison on Dec 23 of heart
(WSJ, 12/29/98, p.A1)
1998 Nov 4, In Sierra Leone
former Pres. Joseph Saidu Momoh was convicted of conspiracy to
commit treason in the May 1997 coup.
(SFC, 11/7/98, p.A14)
1998 Nov 4, In Zimbabwe riots
broke out in anger over rising prices, unemployment and involvement
in the Congo war.
(WSJ, 11/5/98, p.A1)
1999 Nov 4, Aaron McKinney, who
beat gay college student Matthew Shepard and left him to die on the
Wyoming prairie, avoided the death penalty by agreeing to serve life
in prison without parole and promising never to appeal his
1999 Nov 4, In Indonesia over
50,000 people demonstrated for independence in Aceh province. The
population in Aceh numbered 4.3 million.
(SFC, 11/5/99, p.A16)
1999 Nov 4, Some ten-thousand
Iranian students rallied outside the former US Embassy in Tehran to
mark the 20th anniversary of its seizure by Islamic militants.
1999 Nov 4, Russia allowed
thousands of refugees to flee Chechnya and the crossing at the
Sleptsovskaya border reached 500 people per hour.
(SFC, 11/5/99, p.D3)
1999 Nov 4, At Empangeni, South
Africa, rival minivan taxi operators waged a gun battle that left at
least 10 people dead and 24 wounded.
(SFC, 11/5/99, p.A17)
1999 Nov 4, In Venezuela the
Constitutional Assembly approved a 6 year presidential term and
(SFC, 11/5/99, p.A17)
2000 Nov 4, President Clinton
vetoed a bill that would have criminalized the leaking of government
2000 Nov 4, In Israel the
clashes eased as Pres. Barak and Yasser Arafat announced separate
visits to Washington for talks with Pres. Clinton.
(SFEC, 11/5/00, p.A11)
2000 Nov 4, In the Philippines
tens of thousands rallied in Manila for Pres. Estrada to resign.
(SFEC, 11/5/00, p.A1)
2000 Nov 4, In Yugoslavia the
parliament approved the country's first communist-free government in
more than half a century. The government under Pres. Kostunica was
approved by a vote of 136-19.
(SFEC, 11/5/00, p.A15)(AP, 11/4/01)
2001 Nov 4, NBC's "The West
Wing" took eight honors at the twice-delayed Emmy Awards, including
best dramatic series; HBO's "Sex and the City" won best comedy
2001 Nov 4, In Phoenix the
Arizona Diamondbacks beat the NY Yankees 3-2 in game 7 of the World
(SFC, 11/5/01, p.A1)
2001 Nov 4, Tesfaye Jifar of
Ethiopia won the NYC Marathon in record time, 2:07:43. Margaret
Okayo of Kenya set a woman’s record of 2:24:21.
(WSJ, 11/5/01, p.A1)
2001 Nov 4, The US reached a
tentative agreement with Tajikistan for military cooperation in
exchange for tens of millions of dollars.
(SFC, 11/5/01, p.A4)
2001 Nov 4, Ian Wallace
attempted to firebomb 2 buildings at Michigan Tech. Univ. in
Marquette, Mi., but his devices failed. In 2009 he was sentenced to
3 years in prison. In 2008 Wallace admitted in his plea agreement to
three other acts, including the destruction of 500 research trees at
a federal lab in Rhinelander, Wis., in 2000. The value of the trees
was estimated at $1 million.
(SFC, 3/24/09, p.A5)(http://tinyurl.com/db4zpf)
2001 Nov 4, The US moved more
special operations forces into Afghanistan and continued air strikes
on the Taliban front lines. The Air Force dropped a 15,000 pound
fuel-air explosion bomb called a Daisy Cutter that was last used in
the Vietnam War. Thousands of foreign volunteers were reported
moving to the Taliban front lines.
(SFC, 11/5/01, p.A1,3)(SFC, 11/6/01, p.A3)
2001 Nov 4, It was reported
that both Poland and the Czech Republic would send military forces
to assist the US in Afghanistan.
(WSJ, 11/5/01, p.A17)
2001 Nov 4, In Colombia gunmen
abducted a judge and 3 lawyers in Antioquia province. Glen Heggstad
(Heregestard) of California was released Dec 7.
(SFC, 11/5/01, p.A13)(SFC, 12/10/01, p.A5)(SFC,
2001 Nov 4, It was reported
that the French weekly Le Nouvel Observateur cited bin Laden as
possibly possessing an arsenal of biochemical weapons. US
intelligence sources were cited that bin Laden purchased
laboratories from the former Yugoslavia, Ebola virus from former
Soviet stockpiles, botulism from the Czech Republic, anthrax from
North Korea and the assistance of chemists and biologists from the
(SSFC, 11/4/01, p.A25)
2001 Nov 4, Hurricane Michelle
hit Cuba and forced the evacuation of 750,000. At least 5 people
(SFC, 11/5/01, p.A1)(SFC, 11/6/01, p.A13)
2001 Nov 4, In Israel Khatem
Shweili (24), a Palestinian gunman, fired an M-16 at a school bus in
Jerusalem and killed Shoshana Ben-Yisgai (16) and a boy (13-14). The
Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility.
(SFC, 11/5/01, p.A12)
2001 Nov 4, In Nicaragua
elections former leader Daniel Ortega (54) faced Enrique Bolanos
(73) of the governing Constitutionalist Liberal Party. Enrique
Bolanos won the elections.
(SFC, 11/2/01, p.D1)(SFC, 11/5/01, p.A13)
2001 Nov 4, In northern Nigeria
Christian-Muslim fighting over the weekend left about 10 dead. It
was sparked by the imposition of Muslim religious law, Shariah.
(WSJ, 11/6/01, p.A1)
2001 Nov 4, Pakistan arrested
Qazi Hussain Ahmed, leader of the pro-Taliban Jamaat-e-Islami party,
after he defied a ban on public protests. Ahmed was charged with
sedition the next day.
(SFC, 11/5/01, p.A9)(WSJ, 11/6/01, p.A18)
2002 Nov 4, President Bush
barnstormed through four battleground states, Iowa, Missouri,
Arkansas and Texas, in a final appeal for Republicans in Congress;
Democrats worked for a strong voter turnout to tilt key races their
2002 Nov 4, In Minnesota Gov.
Ventura named his aide, Independent Dean Barkley, to serve out the
term of the late Sen. Wellstone.
(SFC, 11/5/02, p.A1)
2002 Nov 4, Eagle Scout Darrell
Lambert (19) of Port Orchard, Wa., was told to leave the Boy Scout
organization due to his atheist belief. "The Boy Scouts is a
faith-based organization and the issue of God is not negotiable." He
was given 1 week to declare belief in a higher power.
(SSFC, 11/3/02, p.A5)(SFC, 11/5/02, p.A5)
2002 Nov 4, Jerry Sohl (88),
science fiction author, died in Thousand Oaks, California. His books
included "The Transcendent Man" and "The Altered Ego."
(SFC, 11/11/02, p.A20)
2002 Nov 4, China signed a
landmark agreement, “Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the
South China Sea," with ASEAN (Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines,
Vietnam) on avoiding open conflict in the disputed South China Sea
Spratly Islands. Indonesia objected and Taiwan was barred from
(Reuters, 11/4/02)(Econ, 5/22/04,
2002 Nov 4, Indonesian navy
boats and civilian craft searched waters off the volatile eastern
city of Ambon for survivors from a packed ferry that sank overnight,
killing five people and leaving 73 missing.
2002 cNov 4, An Ulster Catholic
man was beaten and his hands were nailed to a fence post outside
(WSJ, 11/5/02, p.A1)
2002 Nov 4, Two Palestinians,
including a Hamas militant wanted by Israel, were killed when their
car exploded in the middle of the street in the West Bank city of
2002 Nov 4, Senegal Pres.
Abdoulaye Wade dismissed his prime minister and the rest of the
Cabinet in a shake up widely anticipated since the deadly capsizing
of a state-run ferry.
2002 Nov 4, In South Korea
15,000 civil servants went on strike protesting against both the
proposal to shorten the working week and a government ban on public
2002 Nov 4, A party with
Islamic roots won a landslide victory in Turkish elections.
2003 Nov 4, Following a
conservative outcry over a made-for-TV movie about former President
Ronald Reagan, CBS scrapped plans to televise "The Reagans," sending
it off to the Showtime cable network instead.
2003 Nov 4, Republicans picked
up two governorships in the South. Haley Barbour ousted
Mississippi's Democratic incumbent Ronnie Musgrove. Rep. Ernie
Fletcher won Kentucky's top job ousting Democrats from power after
(AP, 11/5/03)(SFC, 11/5/03, p.A16)
2003 Nov 4, In Arizona Mexican
President Vicente Fox stressed the importance of continuing a
dialogue on immigration issues with the United States as he started
a tour of 3 border states.
2003 Nov 4, A shootout in
Arizona left 4 dead and 5 wounded along I-10. Police described a car
chase and gun battle among immigrant smugglers.
(WSJ, 11/5/03, p.A1)
2003 Nov 4, Richard M. Scrushy,
former chairman of HealthSouth Corp., was indicted for participating
in a nearly $3 billion accounting fraud.
(WSJ, 11/4/03, p.A3)
2003 Nov 4, California
firefighters gained control over record south state fires that
killed 20 people and destroyed over 3,570 homes.
(WSJ, 11/4/03, p.A1)
2003 Nov 4, It was reported
that world sulfur stocks were at record highs and that the energy
industry produces some 64 million tons a year, far more than needed.
(WSJ, 11/4/03, p.A1)
2003 Nov 4, The Minasa Bone, an
Indonesian fishing boat with 14 Kurds aboard, sought asylum on
Melville Island, Australia. The government quickly moved to separate
Melville Island from Australia for migratory purposes and forced the
boat back to Indonesia.
(Econ, 11/22/03, p.41)
2003 Nov 4, In eastern England
Luke Walmsley (14) died from a single stab wound to the heart at
Birkbeck School in the village of North Somercotes, near Louth.
Police charged a 15-year-old boy with murder after the fatal
2003 Nov 4, Charles Causley
(86), English poet, died.
(Econ, 11/22/03, p.85)
2003 Nov 4, Richard Arthur
Wollheim, a philosophy professor whose writing on visual art and
psychoanalysis made him one of the field's most innovative thinkers,
died in London. He set out his views about visual art in "Painting
as an Art," (1987). He was credited with coining the term
"Minimalism" in his 1965 essay "Minimal Art," about monochromatic
painting and Marcel Duchamp's piecing together of everyday objects
into artworks. His 1968 book "Art and Its Objects" also won high
praise. In 2006 his memoir “Germs" was published posthumously.
(AP, 11/8/03)(WSJ, 10/28/06, p.P12)
2003 Nov 4, Germany's defense
minister dismissed the head of the country's elite special forces
after the general praised a conservative lawmaker under
investigation for alleged anti-Semitic remarks.
2003 Nov 4, Kenyan-born former
physicist M.G. Vassanji was awarded this year's Giller Prize,
Canada's most glamorous and lucrative literary award. He took home
C$25,000 prize for his novel, "The In-Between World of Vikram Lall."
2003 Nov 4, In Nigeria pirates
armed with automatic rifles and dressed in camouflage fatigues
ambushed a police boat in the troubled oil delta. 5 officers were
missing and presumed killed.
2003 Nov 4, Russia's embattled
Yukos oil giant said it appointed Simon Kukes (56), a Russian-born
US citizen as new chief executive to replace jailed chairman Mikhail
Khodorkovsky, who resigned a day earlier.
(AP, 11/4/03)(SFC, 11/4/03, p.A3)
2003 Nov 4, Sri Lanka's Pres.
Kumaratunga suspended Parliament and deployed troops around the
capital after firing three key cabinet ministers who were trying to
coax Tamil rebels back into talks to end a 20-year civil war. Her PM
and arch foe, Ranil Wickremessinghe, was in Washington to confer
with Pres. Bush.
(AP, 11/4/03)(WSJ, 11/6/03, p.A1)(SFC, 11/7/03,
2004 Nov 4, Pres. Bush laid out
plans to revamp taxes, social security and medical malpractice
awards. The DJ jumped 177 to close at 10314.76.
(WSJ, 11/5/04, p.A1)(AP, 11/4/05)
2004 Nov 4, It was announced
that Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former Democratic vice-presidential
candidate John Edwards, had been diagnosed with breast cancer the
day her husband and Senator John Kerry conceded the presidential
2004 Nov 4, VaxGen received an
$878 million US contract for anthrax vaccine under a $5.6 billion
federal Project Bioshield program.
(SFC, 11/5/04, p.C1)
2004 Nov 4, Algerian Islamic
rebels killed two policemen in the latest attack during the holy
month of Ramadan.
2004 Nov 4, Greece sharply
protested a US decision to recognize the former Yugoslav state on
its northern border as "Macedonia."
2004 Nov 4, In Iraq US jets
pounded parts of Fallujah, targeting insurgents in a city where
American forces were said to be gearing up for a major offensive.
2004 Nov 4, In Iraq SCIRI
(Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq) militants
dressed as police abducted and executed 12 Iraqi National Guards
traveling home to Najaf.
2004 Nov 4, In Iraq 3 British
soldiers of the Black Watch regiment, recently moved northward, were
killed in a suicide bombing.
(SFC, 11/5/04, p.A3)
2004 Nov 4, The international
medical aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres said it was closing its
operations in Iraq because of escalating violence.
2004 Nov 4, Ivory Coast
government warplanes bombed Boauke, the largest city in rebel-held
north, in what a military commander said was the launch of a new
offensive to reunite the war-divided nation. Guillaume Soro, rebel
leader of the New Forces, said 85 civilians were killed.
(AP, 11/4/04)(Econ, 11/13/04, p.52)
2004 Nov 4, Pres. Putin signed
a bill confirming Russia's ratification of the Kyoto Protocol.
2004 Nov 4, In southern
Thailand 9 Buddhists were killed including 2 policemen.
(WSJ, 11/5/04, p.A1)
2004 Nov 4, The UAR appointed
Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the eldest son of Sheik Zayed bin
Sultan Al Nahyan, as its president. Sheik Khalifa, crown prince of
Abu Dhabi since 1969, automatically became ruler of Abu Dhabi
following his father's death.
2005 Nov 4, The St. Louis
Cardinals announced demolition plans for Busch Stadium, the ballpark
that has housed the team since 1966. A 10,000-pound wrecking ball
will be used to knock down the southern half of the ballpark over a
2005 Nov 4, Sheree North (72),
stage, film and TV star, died in Los Angeles.
(SFC, 11/9/05, p.B11)
2005 Nov 4, Earl Krugel (62),
Jewish Defense League activist, died after being assaulted in a
federal prison in Phoenix. He had been imprisoned for his role in a
2005 Nov 4, Mullah Omar, the
fugitive leader of Afghanistan's Taliban insurgents, called on
people to unite and join his ousted guerrillas in a "jihad" or holy
war against US forces in the country.
2005 Nov 4, In Afghanistan poet
Nadia Anjuman (25) died in Herat. She was beaten to death, and her
husband and mother were arrested. On Nov 8 the UN condemned the
killing as symptom of continuing violence against Afghan women four
years after the fall of the Taliban.
2005 Nov 4, In Argentina crowd
of 10,000 people chanting "Get out Bush!" swarmed the streets of Mar
del Plata, hours before the hemisphere's leaders sat down to debate
free trade, immigration and job creation at the fourth Summit of the
Americas. Pres. Bush worked to smooth the United States' troubled
image in Latin America, commending Argentina's efforts to improve
its damaged economy. More than 1,000 masked, anti-US demonstrators
clashed with police, shattered storefronts and torched businesses.
(AP, 11/4/05)(AP, 11/5/05)
2005 Nov 4, In Argentina
Mexico’s Pres. Vicente Fox said that a majority of nations in the
Western Hemisphere will consider moving forward with negotiations to
create a huge new free trade zone without the participation of
dissenting countries like Venezuela.
2005 Nov 4, In Azerbaijan
thousands of government supporters rallied in Baku on the last day
of campaigning for this weekend's parliamentary elections, while
opponents kept out of sight to avoid confrontations with police.
2005 Nov 4, In Oxford
restaurant waiter Chomir Ali (44) was jailed for life for ordering
his sons to kill Arash Ghorbani-Zarin (19), a Muslim university
student of Iranian descent. The conviction of a Bangladeshi-origin
man along with his two teenage sons for murdering the student who
made his daughter pregnant illustrates the growing prevalence in
Britain of so-called "honor crimes." Ghorbani-Zarin was stabbed 46
2005 Nov 4, China reported its
fourth bird flu outbreak in three weeks, saying that 8,940 chickens
died in a northeastern village despite a nationwide effort to
contain the virus. The discovery prompted authorities to destroy
about 370,000 birds.
2005 Nov 4, Gunfire echoed
sporadically around Addis Ababa for a fourth day as reports emerged
that unrest had spread beyond the capital, a development likely to
deepen international concern for Ethiopia's stability.
2005 Nov 4, Small, mobile
groups of youths hit Paris' riot-shaken suburbs with waves of arson
attacks, torching hundreds of cars, as unrest entered its 2nd week
and spread to other towns.
2005 Nov 4, Sunni-led
insurgents killed 11 Iraqi security forces and wounded 14 in two
separate attacks, as Shiites began celebrating a major Muslim
2005 Nov 4, In Pakistan Pres.
Musharraf suspended the purchase of 77 US fighter planes saying the
funds were urgently needed for rebuilding parts of northern Pakistan
flattened by the Oct 8 earthquake.
(WSJ, 11/5/05, p.A1)
2005 Nov 4, A ferry overloaded
with people heading to a memorial for three drowned boaters capsized
in the Arabian Sea off southern Pakistan, killing about 60 people.
2005 Nov 4, Spain's Supreme
Court sentenced pro-Basque independence leader Arnaldo Otegi to a
year in prison for slandering King Juan Carlos by saying he was in
charge of torturers.
2005 Nov 4, Victor Hettigoda, a
wealthy Sri Lankan presidential candidate, said he will use his
personal fortune to buy a cow for every home if he is elected in the
Nov 17 elections.
2005 Nov 4, South Africa's
former deputy president was indicted on a corruption charge in a
scandal involving his financial adviser and two French arms
companies. Jacob Zuma, who had been seen as President Thabo Mbeki's
successor, was fired in June after being implicated in the scandal
involving his financial adviser and friend, Schabir Shaik.
2005 Nov 4, Vietnam confirmed
bird flu outbreaks in three communes north of Hanoi.
2005 Nov 4-2005 Nov 5,
Marauding youths torched nearly 900 vehicles, stoned paramedics and
burned a nursery school in a ninth night of violence that spread
from Paris suburbs to towns around France. Authorities arrested more
than 250 people overnight.
2006 Nov 4, Katherine Jefferts
Schori (52) took office at Washington National Cathedral as the 1st
woman to lead the US Episcopal Church and the 1st female to head an
Anglican province. The former bishop of Nevada was elected at the
Episcopal convention in June.
(SSFC, 11/5/06, p.A9)
2006 Nov 4, Ernestine Gilbreth
Carey (98), co-author of "Cheaper by the Dozen," died in Fresno,
2006 Nov 4, In Afghanistan
battles continued as NATO forces battled suspected insurgents near
Kabul. Afghan authorities reported a dozen people dead in attacks.
2006 Nov 4, Swathes of Austria,
Belgium, Croatia, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and the
Netherlands and went dark for up to an hour in the late evening as
cold Germans rushing to switch on heaters sucked up electricity from
Europe's interconnected networks.
2006 Nov 4, In Britain
thousands of environmental campaigners rallied in London ahead of
international talks on climate change in Kenya, demanding that world
leaders act to curb global warming.
2006 Nov 4, The Central African
Republic's parliament called on the international community and
France in particular to aid it against rebels who have seized a
northern town. A rebel alliance, the Union of Democratic Forces for
the Rally (UFDR) said it had seized the northeastern town of Birao
on Oct 30.
2006 Nov 4, China launched a
sweeping effort to expand its access to Africa's oil and markets,
pledging billions of dollars in aid and loans as dozens of leaders
from the world's poorest continent opened a conference aimed at
building economic ties. President Hu Jintao said China will offer $5
billion in loans and credits, and double aid to Africa by 2009.
(AP, 11/4/06)(Reuters, 11/4/06)
2006 Nov 4, William Lee Brent
(75), a Black Panther who hijacked a passenger jet to communist Cuba
in 1969 and spent 37 years in exile, died in Cuba. A decade ago,
Times Books published his memoirs, "Long Time Gone," which told of
his coming of age on Oakland's streets and of joining the Black
Panthers when he was 37, rising to become a bodyguard for leader
2006 Nov 4, Iraqi and US
security forces killed 53 suspected insurgents in a raid near
Madain, southeast of Baghdad.
2006 Nov 4, Russian police
arrested hundreds of ultranationalist demonstrators who took to
Moscow's streets, forcefully putting an end to the banned protest
amid an increase in hate crimes.
2006 Nov 4, Spanish police said
that 1.8 billion euros (2.3 billion dollars) had been frozen in bank
accounts as investigations continued into possible tax fraud.
2006 Nov 4, Thousands of people
took to the streets across Taiwan to demand President Chen
Shui-bian's resignation over a corruption scandal that could land
his wife in prison.
2006 Nov 4, Thousands of
nationalist Turks marched in Ankara, vowing to defend the secular
regime against radical Islamic influences and urging the government
not to make too many concessions in order to gain EU membership.
2006 Nov 4, In Yemen an appeals
court endorsed a lower court's decision to drop the most serious
charges against 19 alleged al-Qaida members, clearing all of
plotting to assassinate Westerners and blow up a hotel frequented by
2007 Nov 4, Citigroup Inc.
Chairman and Chief Executive Charles Prince, beset by the company's
billions of dollars in losses from investing in bad debt, resigned.
Citigroup in this quarter took subprime-related write-downs of $18.1
(AP, 11/4/08)(Econ 5/6/17, SR p.5)
2007 Nov 4, Paula Radcliffe
outlasted Gete Wami to win her second New York City Marathon in
2:23:09. Martin Lel of Kenya won his second men's title, in 2:09:04.
2007 Nov 4, Taliban insurgents
seized Khak-e Sefid without a fight, its third district in western
Farah province. A Farah provincial police chief said: "There are
many Iranians and Pakistanis fighting among the Afghan Taliban."
Local residents have complained that NATO-led troops, under Italian
command in western Afghanistan, have not helped Afghan forces to
retake the districts.
2007 Nov 4, In Argentina a fire
apparently set as part of an escape attempt swept through a prison
cellblock and killed at least 29 inmates in the central province of
Santiago del Estero.
2007 Nov 4, Welshman Joe
Calzaghe confirmed his status as boxing's best super-middleweight by
unanimously outpointing Denmark's Mikkel Kessler in a triple world
title fight at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
2007 Nov 4, In Chad 3 French
journalists and 4 Spanish flight attendants, among 17 detained for
over a week in an alleged attempt to kidnap 103 African children,
were released. French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrived in Chad on a
visit to discuss the fate of Europeans facing charges for trying to
fly 103 African children to Europe.
(AP, 11/4/07)(Reuters, 11/4/07)
2007 Nov 4, Cairo, ranked one
of the most polluted cities in the world, was reported to be once
again under the shadow of a highly toxic black cloud which settles
above the huge city every autumn. Exhaust fumes belched by millions
of cars mixed with the hypertoxic emissions of the annual burning of
rice stubble in rural areas of the Nile Delta are a prime cause,
along with the city's ever-expanding population.
2007 Nov 4, In Egypt the face
of King Tut was unshrouded in public for the first time, 85 years
after the 3,000-year-old boy pharaoh's golden enshrined tomb and
mummy were discovered in Luxor's famed Valley of the Kings in 1922.
2007 Nov 4, Ethiopia's Ogaden
National Liberation Front (ONLF) rebels said they had killed another
270 government troops in heightened fighting in the eastern region
of the country.
2007 Nov 4, In Guatemala Alvaro
Colom, a businessman promising to end Guatemala's desperate poverty,
won the country's presidential election. Otto Perez Molina (56), a
former general vowing a crackdown on rampant crime, had held a slim
edge in polls over Alvaro Colom. Only 48% of registered voters went
to the polls. Colom’s National Union of Hope will control only 52 of
158 seats in Congress.
(AP, 11/4/07)(Econ, 11/10/07, p.47)
2007 Nov 4, Two carloads of
gunman ambushed a top aide to Iraq's Finance Ministry in Baghdad,
killing him and his driver. The two were among 15 people killed or
found dead in Iraq. Kurdish rebels released eight Turkish soldiers
in northern Iraq two weeks after they were captured in a deadly
ambush that intensified pressure on the Turkish government to attack
the guerrillas in Iraq.
2007 Nov 4, Israeli aircraft
fired at a rocket-launching site in the northern Gaza Strip, killing
three civilians sleeping in a nearby storage container.
2007 Nov 4, In Mexico a
landslide hit a rain-swollen river, triggering what officials called
a "mini-tsunami" that wiped San Juan Grijalva, in Chiapas near the
Tabasco border, off the map. 15 bodies were later recovered with 9
left missing. The floods killed at least 8 others in Tabasco and
elsewhere in Chiapas.
(AP, 11/6/07)(AP, 11/13/07)(AP, 11/21/07)
2007 Nov 4, Pakistani police
wielding assault rifles rounded up opposition leaders and rights
activists after Gen. Pervez Musharraf suspended the constitution,
ousted the top justice and deployed troops to fight what he called
rising Islamic extremism. Pro-Taliban militants set free 211
Pakistani troops they have held captive since late August in a
tribal region near the Afghan border. In exchange Pakistan released
25 Taliban including Sohail Zeb (22), who was sentenced to 24 years
in jail a month earlier after being arrested with 2 suicide belts.
(AP, 11/4/07)(Reuters, 11/4/07)(Econ, 11/10/07,
2007 Nov 4, Some 5,000
nationalists turned out for the Russian March, held for the third
year on National Unity Day, a holiday the Kremlin created in 2005 to
replace the traditional Nov. 7 celebration of the 1917 Bolshevik
rise to power. Preston Wiginton (43), a white supremacist from
Texas, addressed thousands of Russian nationalists at the rally. A
fire tore through a nursing home in Russia, killing at least 31
people, the latest in a series of deadly blazes that have
underscored negligence and other problems plaguing state-run
(AP, 11/4/07)(AP, 11/5/07)
2007 Nov 4, Somali pirates left
the Tanzanian-flagged boats Mavuno 1 and 2, which they had hijacked
in the waters off Somalia on May 15. The newly liberated vessels,
and their crew of 24, were under US Navy escort. Among the crew on
the South Korean-owned vessels were four South Koreans, 10 Chinese,
three Vietnamese, three Indians and four Indonesians.
2008 Nov 4, The US Presidential
race was called for Barack Obama at 11p.m. on the East Coast. An
hour later Obama was on stage at Grant Park in Chicago, speaking to
the tens of thousands of supporters gathered there. Obama beat
McCain 52% to 46% in the popular vote and 365 to 173 in the
(AP, 11/5/08)(Econ, 11/8/08, p.39)(SFC, 11/20/08,
2008 Nov 4, The Federal
Communications Commission ruled that a valuable chunk of wireless
spectrum will be open to whatever mobile devices Americans want to
use, amounting to a political setback for traditional telephone
companies and a partial win for Google.
(http://tinyurl.com/5uyqzj)(SFC, 11/7/08, p.C1)
2008 Nov 4, In Alaska voters
ousted Republican Sen. Ted Stevens. Democrat Mark Begich claimed a
narrow victory on Nov 18, after a tally of remaining ballots showed
him holding a 3,724-vote edge.
2008 Nov 4, Arkansas voters
passed a measure blocking the adoption of children by unmarried
couples. John McCain won the state by 20 points over Barack Obama.
Arkansas voters approved a state lottery by a 63% margin. In 2010 a
Circuit Court judge in Little Rock struck down the measure on
adoption, saying it infringed on a person’s right to privacy.
(SSFC, 11/9/08, p.A5)(Econ, 11/22/08, p.45)(SFC,
2008 Nov 4, California voters
put a stop to gay marriage, creating uncertainty about the legal
status of 18,000 same-sex couples who tied the knot during a
four-month window of opportunity opened by the state's highest
court. On Nov 19 the California state Supreme Court agreed to decide
on the legality of the Proposition 8 measure. It was later reported
that opponents and supporters had pumped a total of $85 million in
to the measure. State voters approved Proposition 2 for improved
treatment of farm animals. Voters also approved Proposition 1A, a
$9.5 billion bond for high-speed rail service from SF to LA. Marin
and Sonoma voters approved Measure Q for a quarter cent sales tax
increase to build and operate a commuter train for Cloverdale to
Larkspur. Prop. 11, a measure to overhaul state redistricting rules,
passed as the final tally was completed 3 weeks later.
(AP, 11/6/08)(SFC, 11/5/08, p.A17)(SFC, 11/6/08,
p.A17, B1)(SFC, 11/20/08, p.A1)(SFC, 11/27/08, p.A1)(SFC, 2/3/09,
2008 Nov 4, California voters
passed Prop. 9 by 54% increasing crime victims’ rights to
participate in legal procedings and required inmates who are denied
parole to wait as long as 15 years for their next parole hearing.
(SFC, 10/2/14, p.D2)
2008 Nov 4, Voters in Richmond,
Ca., approved a Measure T, which called for a tax assessment on
Chevron Corp. for the value of crude oil that is refined in the
city. On Dec 16, 2009, a Contra Costa County judge struck down the
(SFC, 12/25/09, p.D1)
2008 Nov 4, Mitchell Daniels
(R) was re-elected governor of Indiana with 58% of the vote.
(Econ, 8/21/10, p.21)
2008 Nov 4, Massachusetts
voters passed Question 2, a measure to decriminalize the possession
of less than an ounce of marijuana, with 65% in support. Under the
state constitution the measure becomes law after 30 days.
(SFC, 11/7/08, p.A7)(Econ, 11/8/08, p.48)
2008 Nov 4, Michigan voted for
Barack Obama and legalized medicinal marijuana.
(Econ, 11/8/08, p.48)
2008 Nov 4, In Missouri
Democrat Jay Nixon was elected governor replacing Republican Gov.
Mat Blunt, who did not seek re-election. Missouri’s 11 electoral
votes went to McCain as it became the last state to complete results
on Nov 19.
(SFC, 11/5/08, p.A14)(SFC, 11/20/08, p.A16)
2008 Nov 4, President-elect
Barack Obama won one of Nebraska's electoral votes, the first time
in history that the state has split its votes and the first time in
44 years that it had given a vote to a Democrat. The result was not
known until Nov 14. Nebraska voters did away with racial
(AP, 11/15/08)(Econ, 12/6/08, p.37)
2008 Nov 4, Voters in Nevada
favored Barack Obama and ousted 2 Republicans to give Democrats a
majority in the state senate.
(WSJ, 11/10/08, p.A10)
2008 Nov 4, In North Carolina
Democrat Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue was elected governor. Democrat Kay
Hagan defeated Republican state Sen. Elizabeth Dole.
(SFC, 11/5/08, p.A14)(WSJ, 11/5/08, p.A1)
2008 Nov 4, In Tennessee John
McCain beat Barack Obama by 15 points. Republicans held their 4 US
House seats and took control of both chambers of the state
legislature for the first time since Reconstruction.
(WSJ, 11/22/08, p.A2)
2008 Nov 4, Oregon’s GOP Sen.
Smith lost to Democrat Jeff Merkley, giving the Democrats at least
57 Senate votes in 2009.
(WSJ, 11/6/08, p.A1)
2008 Nov 4, Washington voted
for Barack Obama and became the 2nd state after Oregon to legalize
(Econ, 11/8/08, p.48)
2008 Nov 4, Michael Crichton
(b.1942), doctor turned author and film director, died in LA. His
books included “The Andromeda Strain" (1969), “The Great Train
Robbery" (1975) and “Jurassic Park" (1990), all of which were made
into popular films. He also created the TV series ER in 1994.
(SFC, 11/6/08, p.A4)
2008 Nov 4, In Afghanistan Gen.
David Petraeus, the new chief of the US Central Command, took a
firsthand look at the war following a two-day visit to Pakistan.
US-led troops killed five insurgents in the southern Helmand
province, after the militants ambushed their patrol. in Kandahar
province Don Ayala (46), a US military contractor, shot and killed
Abdul Salam, an Afghan civilian, after Salam Afghan ignited a
pitcher of fuel and threw it on social scientist Paula Lloyd (36),
inflicting serious burns. On Nov 20 Ayala was charged in Virginia
with 2nd degree murder. Lloyd died from the burns on Jan 7, 2009.
(AP, 11/4/08)(SFC, 11/21/08, p.A3)(SFC, 1/10/09,
2008 Nov 4, In Austria 2 men
and a woman were arrested in the raid in the southern town of
Villach. The raid on a suspected gang of international jewel thieves
recovered an uncut ruby known as the "Prince of Burma" worth 3.2
million euros ($4.1 million). The ruby along with diamonds and other
gems were stolen from a German jewelry dealer in Milan, Italy, in
2008 Nov 4, In London A sketch
by Winnie the Pooh illustrator E.H. Shepard titled "Tiggers Don't
Like Honey" fetched 31,200 pounds ($49,770) at auction, well above
the pre-sale estimate of 15,000 to 20,000 pounds ($24,000 to
2008 Nov 4, In China
authorities in Chongqing, one of China's biggest cities, vowed to
crack down on violence that has marked a rare strike by taxi
drivers, and called for an immediate return to work.
2008 Nov 4, Gen. Mario Montoya,
the commander of Colombia's army, resigned abruptly in a widening
scandal over the killing of scores of civilians, allegedly spurred
by promotion-seeking officers to inflate rebel body counts.
2008 Nov 4, Congolese rebel
leader Laurent Nkunda threatened to take his eastern guerrilla war
westwards to the capital Kinshasa unless the government agreed to
talks on the country's future. Congo's government refused rebel
leader Laurent Nkunda's demand for direct talks.
(Reuters, 11/4/08)(AP, 11/4/08)
2008 Nov 4, Human Rights Watch
reported that both Georgia and Russia used cluster bombs during
their brief summer war. Georgia’s bombs, purchased from Israel,
killed at least 3 Georgian civilians, including 2 who touched
unexploded bombs and died after the fighting ended. Many of the
bombs were said to have malfunctioned.
(WSJ, 11/4/08, p.A12)
2008 Nov 4, In Germany a tour
bus returning from a day trip to a farm caught fire on a highway
near the northern city of Hannover, killing 20 people. A cigarette
was suspected but it may also have been caused by a spark from the
2008 Nov 4, India’s finance
minister called in the bosses of state owned banks for a chat.
Afterwards they said they would cut their lending rates by .75%.
(Econ, 11/8/08, p.91)
2008 Nov 4, In northern India.
a passenger bus rolled into a gorge near Kufri, a popular ski
resort, killing at least 45 people.
2008 Nov 4, Iran's parliament
impeached Interior Minister Ali Kordan after he admitted having a
fake degree from Oxford University, in a vote widely seen as a
defeat for hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
2008 Nov 4, In Iraq bombs
exploded at a bus station and a small market in Baghdad, killing at
least 15 people and wounding 29 others. One person died when a
roadside bomb targeted the convoy of a Shiite government official
and former member of the Iraqi Governing Council in central Baghdad.
In Mosul a suicide bomber rammed his car into a passing police
patrol, injuring four officers. One civilian died on the scene of a
road accident with coalition troops near the city of Tikrit. A
second Iraqi died after being rushed to an aid station.
(AP, 11/4/08)(SFC, 11/5/08, p.A17)
2008 Nov 4, Italian police
arrested 47 people including the wife of a jailed mafia boss in
raids on a Naples-based organized crime syndicate. They also seized
bank accounts and assets worth about 80 million euros ($102 million)
in the raids.
2008 Nov 4, One of Mexico's top
pointmen in the war against drug trafficking died when a government
jet crashed into a Mexico City street, setting fire to dozens of
vehicles. The loss of Interior Secretary Juan Camilo Mourino, former
anti-drug prosecutor Jose Luis Santiago Vasconcelos and six others
thinned the ranks of Mexico's already embattled leadership. 9 people
on the plane were killed as well as 5 people on the ground. A 15th
victim died 2 weeks later. A 16th victim died in On Dec 11. Three
alleged hitmen suspected in the killing of a top border-state police
official died in a gunbattle with police in Nogales. They were
suspected of having helped kill Sonora state police chief Juan
Manuel Pavon on Nov 2. One Sonora state police officer died in the
shootout. A suspect in Pavon's killing was taken into custody.
(AP, 11/5/08)(AP, 11/6/08)(AP, 11/18/08)(AP,
2008 Nov 4, A World Bank
delegation launched a sewage project, long delayed by the standoff
between Israel and Hamas, in the Gaza Strip to prevent raw sewage
from spilling into residential areas.
2008 Nov 4, In the Philippines
a ferry packed with commuters overturned after it was buffeted by
monsoon winds and huge waves, killing 42 people including 11
children. 76 people were rescued from the Don Dexter Cathlyn. It
capsized shortly after leaving port in central Masbate island.
Officials the next day detained the captain on suspicion of
operating the vessel illegally.
(AP, 11/4/08)(AP, 11/5/08)
2008 Nov 4, Puerto Rico voted
to oust incumbent Gov. Anibal Acevedo Vila, who is under indictment
for allegedly violating campaign finance laws. Challenger Luis
Fortuno of the pro-statehood New Progressive Party, vowed to fight
crime and spur the island's troubled economy. On March 20, 2009, a
jury found Vila not guilty on all 9 charges against him.
(AP, 11/4/08)(SFC, 3/21/09, p.A2)
2008 Nov 4, In Moscow
ultranationalists and anti-immigrant activists tossed smoke grenades
and scuffled with riot police on a national holiday celebrating
Russian unity. Youths assaulted a Turkmen diplomat outside his
Moscow consulate and killed an Uzbek in separate attacks.
2008 Nov 4, Spain’s government
reported that the number of people claiming unemployment benefits
has jumped to 2.8 million (11.3%), the highest since 1996, in the
latest devastating fallout from the international financial crisis.
2008 Nov 4, Sudanese
journalists launched a mass hunger strike, and three independent
newspapers stopped work for three days in the country's biggest
organized media protest against draconian censorship.
2008 Nov 4, Taiwan and China
set aside decades of hostilities and agreed to drastically expand
flights and allow shipping links across the Taiwan Strait, a
potential hotspot that has long threatened to become a war zone.
2008 Nov 4, In southern
Thailand suspected Muslim insurgents detonated two bombs at a tea
stall and shopping area, killing one person and wounding at least
2008 Nov 4, In a bid to improve
strained Catholic-Muslim relations, the Vatican hosted scholars,
imans and clerics from both religions as it opened a three-day
2009 Nov 4, The New York
Yankees beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-3 in Game 6, finally
seizing the World Series crown, the team's first since winning three
straight from 1998-2000, making it championship No. 27.
2009 Nov 4, US federal
prosecutors In NYC charged 53 people with running open-air drug
markets at two housing projects near Yankee Stadium. Early morning
raids had resulted in 37 arrests along with seizures of cash, guns
and stockpiles of heroin and crack cocaine.
(SFC, 11/5/09, p.A8)
2009 Nov 4, US federal
prosecutors said Alan Huey (53), a former top executive of SK Foods,
has agreed to plead guilty to taking part in a 4-year conspiracy in
which the California tomato processor bribed food companies and
mislabeled tomato paste that exceeded government mold standards.
(SFC, 11/5/09, p.C2)
2009 Nov 4, The US Dept. of
Agriculture said pigs in a commercial herd in Indiana have tested
positive for swine flu, making it the first time the virus has been
found in such hogs.
(SFC, 11/5/09, p.A9)
2009 Nov 4, The city council of
Red Bluff, Ca., approved 2 measures banning the growth and sale of
medical marijuana, which contradicts current state law.
(SFC, 11/5/09, p.A8)
2009 Nov 4, In South Carolina
Rodell Vereen, caught on video having sex with a horse, was
sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty for the
second time in two years to abusing the creature.
2009 Nov 4, In western
Afghanistan 2 US paratroopers went missing while trying to recover
airdropped supplies from a river. The body of one soldier was
reported found on Nov 11.
(AP, 11/6/09)(AP, 11/7/09)(AP, 11/11/09)
2009 Nov 4, In Australia a
stabbing rampage at a secure psychiatric hospital left two people
dead. The next day Peko Lakovski (49) was charged with two counts of
murder after reportedly attacking his room-mate Raymond Splatt with
a kitchen knife, before turning on another patient who was in bed at
2009 Nov 4, British lawmakers
will be banned from using taxpayers' money to make mortgage payments
on second homes or hiring family members as staff under new rules
published today in the wake of a scandal over legislators'
2009 Nov 4, Cambodia said it
has appointed former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra as
economic adviser to premier Hun Sen and his administration.
2009 Nov 4, In Canada senior
health officials in Alberta said they had fired an unidentified
worker for giving National Hockey League players preferential access
to the H1N1 flu vaccine.
2009 Nov 4, In China a guard at
an unofficial jail in Beijing pleaded guilty to raping a young
detainee, in a case that has put a spotlight on "black jails" where
a growing number of people seeking justice from the government end
up. The woman (21), from central Anhui province, had been expelled
from college because of poor exam scores and came to Beijing to ask
the government to reinstate her. The woman escaped the "black jail"
with about 50 other detainees after the guard fled following the
alleged rape. On Nov 12 Human Rights Watch said the unofficial black
jails have evolved into a cottage industry and blamed a civil
service evaluation system that penalizes officials if too many of
their people complain to the central government. It was estimated
that some 10,000 people were detained annually.
(AP, 11/5/09)(SFC, 11/13/09, p.A4)
2009 Nov 4, El Salvador's
defense minister said the army will send an additional 2,500
soldiers to crime-plagued parts of the country to increase security.
In the first 10 months of the year, there were 3,673 homicides in El
Salvador, up from 3,179 in all of 2008. Many killings involved
2009 Nov 4, Fiji’s military
leader Commodore Bainimarama booted out the High Commissioners of
Australia and New Zealand. He said they were interfering with his
efforts to replaced judges he sacked in April. He said relations
would be restored only in 2014.
(Econ, 11/14/09, p.53)
2009 Nov 4, Germany's
politicians fumed with anger and Opel workers canceled cost
concessions and readied walkouts after General Motors Co. abandoned
the sale of its European subsidiary to parts maker Magna
International and Russian lender Sberbank.
2009 Nov 4, In southern India
at least eight children drowned when a boat carrying at least 35
students capsized on the Chaliyar river in the Malappuram district
of Kerala state.
2009 Nov 4, Iranian security
forces beat anti-government protesters with batons on the sidelines
of state-sanctioned rallies to mark the 30th anniversary of the US
Embassy takeover. The counter-demonstrations were the opposition's
first major show of force on Tehran's streets in nearly two months.
Iranian reporter Farhad Pouladi was taken into custody as he headed
to cover a state-sanctioned rally outside the former US Embassy.
Anti-government protesters also clashed with anti-riot police during
counter marches not far from the rally. Police detained 109 people
for "disturbing public order" during an opposition rally. 62 of
those detained were handed over to judicial authorities for trial
and the rest were released after questioning. Among those detained
were a Japanese reporter and 2 Canadian reporters.
(AP, 11/4/09)(AP, 11/5/09)(AP, 11/7/09)(SFC,
2009 Nov 4, A 4.9-magnitude
earthquake struck Bandar Abbas, a key port city in southern Iran,
injuring at least 700 people and cutting power and telephone lines.
2009 Nov 4, In Iraq 2 American
soldiers died, one in combat and one of noncombat-related injuries.
2009 Nov 4, Israeli commandos
seized a ship that defense officials said was carrying more than 60
tons of missiles, rockets and anti-tank weapons bound for Lebanon's
Iranian-backed Hezbollah guerrillas. The vessel Francop was operated
by United Feeder Services, a Cyprus-based shipping company that said
it picked up the cargo in Damietta, Egypt.
2009 Nov 4, An Italian judge
found 23 Americans and two Italians guilty in the kidnapping of an
Egyptian terror suspect, delivering the first legal convictions
anywhere in the world against people involved in the CIA's
extraordinary renditions program. The Americans and Italian agents
were accused of kidnapping Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, also known as
Abu Omar, on Feb. 17, 2003, in Milan, then transferring him to U.S.
bases in Italy and Germany.
2009 Nov 4, Mexican authorities
said 3 doctors and a nurse have been arrested for allegedly selling
newborns after telling mothers their babies had died at a private
hospital in Mexico City.
2009 Nov 4, In Mexico floods
killed at least three people in the Gulf coast state of Tabasco
where authorities struggled to persuade thousands of people to leave
their inundated homes. Heavy rains have caused several rivers to
overflow their banks flooding the homes of more than 50,000 people.
2009 Nov 4, In Mexico a gang of
gunmen killed Sgt. David Booher, an off-duty US airman, and five
other people at a strip club in the border city of Ciudad Juarez. A
group of gunmen, believed to belong to the Gulf cartel, arrived at
the home of Garcia Mayor Jaime Rodriguez to give him a "scare." As
the group was leaving, they crossed paths with Brig. Gen. Juan
Arturo Ezparza, who was driving to the mayor's home after hearing
about the threat. The gunmen sprayed Ezparza's car with bullets,
killing him along two former soldiers and two municipal police
officers escorting the general. Kidnappers snatched an American
woman (21) from her car in Tijuana and threatened to kill her unless
they were paid $200,000. She was released on Nov 7 and 3 kidnappers
(Reuters, 11/5/09)(SFC, 11/5/09, p.A2)(AP,
2009 Nov 4, Morocco ordered the
immediate departure of a Swedish diplomat accused of handing
official Moroccan documents to Western Sahara-linked "separatists."
2009 Nov 4, In Myanmar a top US
official held talks with Aung San Suu Kyi as the ruling junta gave
the democracy icon a rare break from house arrest during
Washington's highest-level visit here in 14 years. Assistant
Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell
also met PM Thein Sein as part of efforts by the Obama
administration to re-engage with the hardline military regime.
2009 Nov 4, A Nigerian senior
health official said a fresh cholera outbreak has killed 20 people
and left 200 others infected in northern Adamawa State in the past
2009 Nov 4, Pakistani soldiers
battled Taliban fighters in the streets of Ladha, a key militant
stronghold, as government forces pressed ahead with their offensive
in the tribal region of South Waziristan. The military said fighting
over the past day left 10 militants dead in Ladha and 30 dead across
the region. A group of militants ambushed a van as it traveled near
Khar, the main town in the Bajur tribal region, killing two female
teachers and wounding two other passengers.
2009 Nov 4, Paraguay President
Fernando Lugo fired his military chiefs, a day after denying he had
worries about a coup amid calls for his impeachment. Hortensia
Damiana Moran (40), a religious activist who worked on President
Fernando Lugo's election campaign, filed a petition asking a judge
to order a DNA test to prove Pres. Lugo is the father of her son
Juan Pablo. She became the third woman to file a paternity claim
against Paraguay's Roman Catholic bishop-turned- president.
(AP, 11/4/09)(AP, 11/5/09)
2009 Nov 4, Saudi Arabia
launched a large military incursion across the border into northern
Yemen, using fighter jets and artillery bombardments to try to end a
Shiite rebellion inside its troubled southern neighbor.
2009 Nov 4, The London-based
indigenous rights group Survival International said Swine flu has
appeared among the Yanomami Indians of Venezuela, one of the largest
isolated indigenous groups in the Amazon. A local doctor and that
the virus is suspected in seven deaths, including six infants.
2010 Nov 4, Microsoft released
Kinect, a motion-tracking peripheral for the Xbox console.
Scientists soon found uses multiple other uses for the device.
(SFC, 1/10/11, p.D1)
2010 Nov 4, Sparky Anderson
(76), Hall of Fame big league baseball manager, died from
complications of dementia in Thousand Oaks, Ca. He was the first
manager to win World Series titles in both leagues and the only
manager to lead two franchises in career wins. Anderson won 863
games in nine years with the Cincinnati Reds and 1,331 in 17 seasons
with the Detroit Tigers.
2010 Nov 4, In eastern
Afghanistan Taliban militants killed a NATO service member.
2010 Nov 4, In a new audio
message Ayman al-Zawahri, al-Qaida's No. 2, vowed revenge for the
imprisonment of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani female scientist
convicted of trying to kill US interrogators in Afghanistan.
2010 Nov 4, British Foreign
Secretary William Hague pledged that Britain would act fast to amend
a law that puts visiting Israeli officials at risk of arrest for
alleged war crimes.
2010 Nov 4, The Bank of England
voted to keep its key interest rate at a record low 0.50 percent and
opted against following in the footsteps of the US Federal Reserve
with fresh stimulus measures.
2010 Nov 4, China's President
Hu Jintao landed in Paris for a three-day state visit set to see the
signing of billions of dollars in deals for nuclear, aviation and
2010 Nov 4, In Costa Rica a
rain-sodden hillside collapsed on homes in the suburb of San Antonio
de Escazu, killing at least 20 people, many as they slept. At least
14 people were missing.
2010 Nov 4, In Cuba all 68
people on board Flight 883 of Aero Caribbean were killed when their
plane crashed in the central mountains after issuing an emergency
call. The plane was a 15-year-old ATR-72-212 twin turboprop built by
ATR, a joint venture of Europe's EADS and Italian group
2010 Nov 4, In the Czech Rep. a
two-day informal gathering of NATO experts opened in Prague. They
planned to consider the impacts of defense budget cuts by member
2010 Nov 4, Egypt and the World
Bank signed two new loan agreements worth 820 million dollars, in
the largest financing provided by the institution to the country's
2010 Nov 4, European computer
guards battled against a simulated attempt by hackers to bring down
critical Internet services in the first pan-continental test of
cyber defenses. All 27 of the EU member nations as well as Iceland,
Norway and Switzerland took part in the simulation. The USA held its
own major exercise against a large-scale cyber attack on critical
infrastructure in late September with 12 international partners and
60 private companies. Cyber security will be one of the top issues
that NATO leaders will tackle at a summit of the 28-nation military
alliance in Lisbon on November 20-29.
2010 Nov 4, In India Irom
Sharmila, an extremely frail 38-year-old woman dubbed "The Iron
Lady," marked 10 years without voluntarily taking food or water, a
hunger strike launched to protest an anti-terror law that grants
Indian soldiers sweeping powers to crack down on rebels. She had her
last voluntary meal on Nov. 4, 2000, in Imphal, capital of Manipur,
one of several northeastern states facing armed rebellions against
Indian rule. She was arrested three days later and has been
force-fed through her nose ever since.
2010 Nov 4, In Indonesia clouds
of hot ash gushed from the Mount Merapi volcano, forcing motorists
in cities 20 miles (30 km) away to use their headlights in broad
daylight and raising aviation concerns. The death toll climbed to
2010 Nov 4, Thousands of
Iranians chanted "Death to America" as they staged a mass protest
against the "Great Satan" to mark the 31st anniversary of the
capture of the American embassy by Islamist students. Iran reported
the arrest of four Kurdish rebels of the banned Komala group, who
worked for commander Jalil Fattahi, a militant based in Britain.
They were arrested in Iran's western city of Marivan.
2010 Nov 4, In northern Iraq a
rocket confiscated by authorities blew up in the back of a police
pickup truck, killing four people. Two people died in a roadside
bomb explosion west of Baghdad.
2010 Nov 4, Ireland’s
government said planned budget cuts worth €6 billion in 2011.
(Econ, 11/13/10, p.85)
2010 Nov 4, In Israel the
global diamond industry's oversight body upheld restrictions
preventing Zimbabwe from exporting its vast stockpile of diamonds
from a large mine after efforts to reach a compromise ended in
deadlock. Extending the approval to all the fields dominated this
week's Kimberley Process plenary meeting in Jerusalem, where the
unanimous agreement of members is required to certify the trade of
diamonds. Israel is this year's sponsor of the conference.
2010 Nov 4, Nigerian lawmakers
approved constitutional changes allowing the postponement of
presidential elections set for early next year after warnings there
would not be enough time to prepare.
2010 Nov 4, In Russia on
National Unity Day a group of men armed with knives killed 12
people, including four children, who had gathered for a celebration
at a home in Kushchevskaya village. One of the children was
strangled and another died of smoke inhalation when the attackers
tried unsuccessfully to burn down the house. On Nov 15 prosecutors
said that they had arrested Sergei Tsapok, and a member of his gang,
Sergei Tsepovyaz. Four other suspects, including two teenagers, were
arrested a week earlier. The farmer who was killed had refused to
hand over some of his land.
(AP, 11/15/10)(Econ, 12/11/10, p.30)
2010 Nov 4, Serbian President
Boris Tadic apologized at the Ovcara site near Vukovar of the 1991
bloody massacre of more than 200 Croats, offering the strongest
condemnation yet by a Serbian leader of Serb wartime atrocities.
2010 Nov 4, A Qantas A380 with
more than 450 people on board made a dramatic forced landing in
Singapore, trailing smoke from a blackened engine after the Airbus
superjumbo's first mid-air emergency. In response Qantas Airways and
Singapore Airlines suspended flights of the Airbus A380 superjumbos.
In 2013 the engine failure was traced to an oil pipe that failed to
conform to design specifications.
(AFP, 11/4/10)(Reuters, 11/4/10)(AP, 6/27/13)
2010 Nov 4, In western Sudan 3
Latvian helicopter crew working for the United Nations were
kidnapped. They were contracted to the UN Humanitarian Air Service,
which delivers aid to poverty-stricken Darfur. On Dec 8 officials
said the men had been freed with no ransom paid.
(AP, 11/5/10)(AP, 12/9/10)
2010 Nov 4, In south Yemen a
car bomb tore through a market near security headquarters in the
town of Daleh, killing two people, one a policeman, and wounding 22.
2010 Nov 4, The UN named
oil-rich Norway as the country with the best quality of life, while
Asia has made the biggest strides in recent decades. Australia, New
Zealand, the United States and Ireland followed at the top of the
standings. Zimbabwe came in last among the 169 nations ranked,
behind Mozambique, Burundi, Niger and Democratic Republic of Congo.
2010 Nov 4, Vietnam disaster
officials say new flooding in the central part of the country has
killed 16 people, bringing the death toll over the past month to
2011 Nov 4, Texas mother
Julianne McCrery (42) pleaded guilty to killing her 6-year-old son
in New Hampshire and disposing of his body in rural Maine. A
prosecutor said the woman smothered her son with motel room pillows
and the child struggled against her for "about three minutes" before
he died. On Jan 13, 2012, McCrery was sentenced to 45 years in
(AP, 11/4/11)(AP, 1/13/12)
2011 Nov 4, Groupon (GRPN), an
online daily deal company, went public in an IPO at $20 per share
and closed $26.11.
(SFC, 11/5/11, p.D1)
2011 Nov 4, Andy Rooney
(b.1919), writer and "60 Minutes" commentator, died, only a month
after delivering his 1,097th and final televised commentary. His
books included "Their Conqueror's Peace: A Report to the American
Stockholders" (1947), documenting offenses against the Germans by
2011 Nov 4, NATO said US Major
General Peter Fuller, deputy commander of NATO's mission to train
and equip Afghan forces, has been dismissed after making
"inappropriate public comments." He had accused leaders including
President Hamid Karzai of being out of touch and ungrateful for
2011 Nov 4, British Airways
owner IAG said it has agreed to buy Lufthansa's UK unit bmi in a bid
to squeeze more growth from its capacity constrained Heathrow hub
and expand services to emerging markets in Asia and Latin America.
2011 Nov 4, At least seven
people were killed and 51 injured, in one of the biggest British
motorway crashes in decades, with an inferno burning vehicles to
cinders on the M5 near Taunton. Police expected the death toll to
rise. Police said smoke from a fireworks display may be linked to
the 34-car pile-up.
(AFP, 11/5/11)(AP, 11/6/11)
2011 Nov 4, The Anglo-American
mining firm agreed to pay the Oppenheimer family $5.1 billion for
their 40% stake in De Beers, the world’s leading diamond miner.
(Econ, 11/12/11, p.73)
2011 Nov 4, A Cambodian court
sentenced American James D'Agostino (56), a volunteer doctor at a
children's hospital in the Cambodian capital, to four years in
prison on charges of sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy.
2011 Nov 4, In Colombia Alfonso
Cano (63), FARC leader from Bogota's middle class, was felled by
three bullets. Cano, born as Guillermo Leon Saenz, was killed in a
remote area of the southwestern state of Cauca along with three
other rebels, two men and a woman, hours after his hideout in
forested hills was bombed. Troops recovered seven computers and 39
thumb drives belonging to Cano as well as a stash of cash.
2011 Nov 4, Farid al-Dib,
lawyer for the family of Hosni Mubarak, said in a published
interview that $340 million held in Swiss banks by the two sons of
the ousted Egyptian president, and frozen there, are "legal profits"
from consulting abroad.
2011 Nov 4, G20 nations,
meeting in France, pledged to fight cross-border tax evasion under
an agreement, which supporters say could raise tens of billions of
dollars at a time when indebted European nations are scrambling for
more revenue. Eurozone leaders accepted that a member could default
and leave the euro.
(AP, 11/4/11)(Econ, 11/12/11, p.62)
2011 Nov 4, In Germany Uwe
Boehnhardt (34) and Uwe Mundlos (38), founders of the National
Socialist Underground, died in an apparent murder-suicide as
authorities closed in on them in Eisenach. Beate Zschape, their
female comrade, turned herself in after torching the group’s home in
Zwicke, Saxony. The NSU allegedly killed 10 people from 2000 to 2007
while its members were being sought for other crimes.
11/19/11, p.57)(AP, 9/16/12)
2011 Nov 4, In India senior
police officer D.D. Misra alleged that the government of India's
most populous state, Uttar Pradesh was the "most corrupt regime
ever," before going on to accuse chief minister Mayawati and top
bureaucrats of graft. He was sent to a mental hospital after making
the accusations of corruption.
2011 Nov 4, In India the
English rendering of Odisha state was officially changed from Orissa
2011 Nov 4, In Iraq Sunni widow
Suad al-Obaidi (47) was arrested along with her allegedly Al-Qaeda
boyfriend, after attacks on anti-Qaeda Sahwa (Awakening) militia in
Diyala province a day earlier. Her boyfriend had convinced her to
send her little boy (9) on a suicide mission, December 29, 2006, and
then failed to stop the attack after she had a change of heart.
2011 Nov 4, Israeli naval
vessels intercepted two protest boats on their way to Gaza to try to
break Israel's blockade. Commandos boarded the Irish-flagged Saoirse
(Freedom) and the Canadian ship Tahrir (Arabic for Liberation) in
international waters off Gaza before the navy escorted them to the
port of Ashdod.
(AP, 11/4/11)(AFP, 11/5/11)
2011 Nov 4, The International
Monetary Fund awarded a $616 million loan to Ivory Coast to help
revive its economy devastated by post-election violence.
2011 Nov 4, Japan agreed to
give TEPCO, the operator of the stricken Fukushima nuclear power
plant, $11.5 billion to help it pay compensation to those affected
by the worst atomic disaster in 25 years.
2011 Nov 4, Lebanon’s PM Najib
Mikati confirmed in a broadcast interview that opposition figures
from neighboring Syria had been kidnapped in Lebanon, but said they
were isolated incidents.
2011 Nov 4, Liberia’s Winston
Tubman said he and his running mate, soccer star George Weah, will
boycott the Nov 8 runoff because they are not convinced the process
will be fair.
2011 Nov 4, In Mexico gunmen
opened fire on a group of volleyball players in the drug
violence-plagued state of Sinaloa, killing eight people and wounding
at least seven. Federal police said they detained the second of
three alleged leaders of a drug gang locked in a fierce battle for
control of the Pacific resort city of Acapulco.
2011 Nov 4, Myanmar's President
Thein Sein signed new legislation on political parties seen as
encouraging Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for
Democracy to reregister as a party.
2011 Nov 4, In Nigeria an
attack started with a car bomb exploding outside a three-story
building used as a military office and barracks in Damaturu, capital
of Yobe state, with many uniformed security agents dying in the
blast. Gunmen then went through the town, blowing up a First Bank
PLC branch and attacking at least three police stations and some
churches. Gunfire continued through the night and gunmen raided the
village of Potiskum near the capital as well, leaving at least two
people dead there. Another bombing alongside a road in Maiduguri
killed four people. Suicide bombers driving a black SUV detonated
outside a military base. At least 150 people died over the next 24
hours in the wave of bombings and shootings.
(AP, 11/5/11)(AFP, 11/6/11)
2011 Nov 4, In Russia thousands
of far-right nationalists and neo-Nazis marched through Moscow to
call for ethnic Russians to "take back" Russia, as resentment grows
over dark-complexioned Muslim migrants from Russia's Caucasus and
the money the Kremlin sends to those restive regions.
2011 Nov 4, In Russia an
international crew of researchers walked out of a set of windowless
modules in Moscow after a grueling 520-day simulation of a flight to
Mars. The all-male crew consisted of three Russians, a Frenchman, an
Italian-Colombian and a Chinese.
2011 Nov 4, Syrian security
forces killed at least 15 people after thousands of protesters took
to the streets, charging that President Bashar Assad never intended
to abide by an Arab League plan to end violence.
(AP, 11/4/11)(AP, 11/5/11)
2011 Nov 4, Uganda withdrew all
corruption charges against former vice-president Gilbert Bukenya,
ending one of the country's highest-profile graft cases. Bukenya,
who was sacked in May, was facing two charges of abuse of office and
one charge of fraud over accusations that he profited from a $3.7
million deal to supply vehicles for use in the 2007 Commonwealth
summit in Kampala.
2011 Nov 4, Venezuela's
broadcast regulatory agency announced more confiscations of
equipment from radio stations suspected of operating without
licenses, a day after seizures at three other stations.
2011 Nov 4, Yemen’s 25th
Mechanized Brigade fired artillery shells at an area in Zinjibar's
east killing five Al-Qaeda militants.
2012 Nov 4, The California
state Supreme Court issued an order to allow the state’s political
watchdog to identify contributors to an Arizona group’s last minute
infusion of $11 million to campaigns opposing Gov. Brown’s tax
initiative and supporting an antiunion measure on the Nov 6 ballot.
The Arizona group declined and said it would appeal to the US
(SFC, 11/5/12, p.C1)
2012 Nov 4, In Canada Joseph di
Maulo, an alleged Mafia kingpin, was shot dead in the driveway of
his Quebec home.
(Econ, 11/17/12, p.34)
2012 Nov 4, In China a
closed-door meeting of the Central Committee ended. It endorsed
decisions to expel Bo and former Railways Minister Liu Zhijun from
the Communist Party and approved final preparations for the party's
upcoming congress, which opens Nov 8.
2012 Nov 4, In Cyprus David Lee
Collins (19), an off-duty British soldier, was stabbed to death in a
nightclub. On Nov 5 a court in Cyprus remanded three British
tourists in custody on suspicion of the fatal stabbing. On May 17,
2013, Mohammed Abdulkadir Osman (19) of London was jailed for eight
years for the fatal stabbing. Charges against two other men arrested
with him were dropped in a plea bargain.
(AP, 11/5/12)(Reuters, 5/17/13)
2012 Nov 4, Egypt's ancient
Coptic Christian church named a new pope. Bishop Tawadros will be
ordained Nov. 18 as Pope Tawadros II.
2012 Nov 4, Iran's powerful
Revolutionary Guards inaugurated a new naval base to reinforce
Tehran's authority over three Persian Gulf islands also claimed by
the neighboring United Arab Emirates. Iran took control of the
Persian Gulf islands in 1971, after British forces left the region.
Since 1992 the UAE has repeatedly claimed the islands. Last month at
the UN General Assembly it said Iran's "occupation" violates
2012 Nov 4, An Iraqi court
handed the country's fugitive Sunni vice president a new death
sentence after finding him guilty of ordering his bodyguards to
attack Shiite pilgrims last December. It was the third case in which
Tariq al-Hashemi was sentenced to death since last spring. The court
also sentenced his son-in-law, Ahmed Qahtan, to death on similar
2012 Nov 4, In Japan thousands
of people rallied in Tokyo against American deployment of Osprey
military aircraft on Okinawa.
(SFC, 11/5/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 4, In Mexico G-20
finance ministers and central bank governors began a 2-day meeting
amid growing fears over the global impact of Europe's debt crisis
and the stalemate over a fiscal plan in the United States.
2012 Nov 4, In Russia some 6
thousand of nationalists marched through Moscow on Unity Day,
chanting slogans including "Moscow is a Russian city" to express
their resentment of dark-complexioned migrants from the Caucasus and
2012 Nov 4, South African
police said 14 rhinos in provinces have been found illegally
dehorned in the past week. Three of them died. At least 458 of the
country's endangered rhinos have been illegally hunted and killed
2012 Nov 4, In Syria a car bomb
exploded near a major hotel in Damascus, wounding several people.
State news agency SANA reported that gunmen assassinated a leading
member of the ruling Baath party. It said the gunmen broke into the
home of Ismail al-Hamadeh at dawn and sprayed him with bullets as he
slept, killing him instantly. SANA also said the army destroyed some
rebel vehicles fitted with machine guns in the Damascus suburbs of
Harasta and al-Hajira and killed a handful of rebels. Syrian rebels
overran the al-Ward oilfield in the province of Deir el-Zour near
the border with Iraq.
2013 Nov 4, US federal
prosecutors said SAC Capital Advisors, a Connecticut-based hedge
fund led by billionaire Steven A. Cohen, would plead guilty to five
counts of fraud and pay a record fine of $1.8 billion.
(Econ, 11/9/13, p.79)
2013 Nov 4, It was reported
that scientists are struggling to find the trigger for a disease
that appears to be ravaging starfish in record numbers along the US
West Coast. The deadly syndrome, known as "star wasting disease,"
caused the sea creatures to lose their limbs and turn to slime in a
matter of days. The disease was first detected in tide pools this
summer along the coast of Monterey, Ca.
(Reuters, 11/4/13)(SFC, 12/9/13, p.A13)
2013 Nov 4, In New Jersey
Richard Shoop (20) fired shots into a ceiling at Garden State Palaza
in Paramus and then killed himself.
(SFC, 11/6/13, p.A5)
2013 Nov 4, Astronomers at
NASA’s Ames research center said the Milky Way may have 11 billion
Earth-like planets based on data from the Kepler spacecraft, now
crippled and no longer providing new data.
(SFC, 11/5/13, p.C3)(Econ, 11/9/13, p.84)
2013 Nov 4, In Vienna 7
Austrian neo-Nazis were sentenced to up to six years in prison. The
members of the so-called Objekt 21, which witnesses linked to an
illegal prostitution network, were convicted of "re-engagement with
National Socialism" - a crime in Austria since 1947.
2013 Nov 4, The British
Co-operative Group announced plans to close around 50 of its bank
branches as part of a £1.5 billion rescue plan that will give
investors majority control of the lender.
2013 Nov 4, It was reported
that Britain's biggest retailer Tesco plans to install screens at
its petrol stations that scan customers' faces so that advertising
can be tailored to their age and gender.
2013 Nov 4, Canada-based
BlackBerry abandoned hopes of finding a buyer, and instead pegged
its future on a $1 billion cash infusion and new management, after
the sudden departure of its chief executive.
2013 Nov 4, Democratic Republic
of Congo troops drove M23 rebels from one of their key hilltop
positions in the east of the country, pushing on with their assault
despite calls for a truce. Mortar shells fell on a market in eastern
Congo, killing 4 people as fighting intensified between government
soldiers and the M23 fighters.
(AFP, 11/4/13)(AP, 11/4/13)
2013 Nov 4, Egypt's deposed
Islamist president defiantly rejected a court's authority to try
him, saying he was the country's "legitimate" leader and those that
overthrew him should face charges instead.
2013 Nov 4, Interpol and the
Stolen Asset Recovery Project released a report on how Somali pircay
is financed. “Pirate Trails: Tracking the Illicit Financial Flows
from Pirate Activities off the Horn of Africa" was backed by the UN
and World Bank.
(Econ, 11/2/13, p.53)
2013 Nov 4, In Iran tens of
thousands of demonstrators packed the streets outside the former US
Embassy in Tehran in the biggest anti-American rally in years, a
show of support for hard-line opponents of President Hassan
Rouhani's historic outreach to Washington.
2013 Nov 4, Iranian Mehr news
agency reported that commander Mohammad Jamalizade of Iran's
Revolutionary Guards was recently killed in Syria after volunteering
to defend a Shi'ite shrine in Damascus.
2013 Nov 4, In Iraq a double
suicide bombing and other attacks killed 12 people. Legislators
passed a law laying the groundwork for next year's parliamentary
2013 Nov 4, A Kenyan court
charged four Somali men with terrorist offences for helping al
Qaeda-linked militants carry out an attack on a shopping mall in
Nairobi that killed 67 people.
2013 Nov 4, In Mali French
forces, who found the bodies of two radio journalists kidnapped and
shot to death, followed the abductor's tracks in the sand and
arrested about a half-dozen suspects. 4 people were killed when
their truck hit a landmine in the Gao region.
(AP, 11/4/13)(AFP, 11/4/13)
2013 Nov 4, Mexican armed
forces took control of Lazaro Cardenas, a major Pacific port
in Michoacan, as part of militarized efforts to contain drug cartel
violence in the western state.
2013 Nov 4, New Zealand police
said they were investigating a gang of young males who boasted
online about stupefying underage girls with alcohol then having
group sex with them. The case has raised concerns about how to
police online bullying.
2013 Nov 4, Nigeria's army shot
dead 7 suspected Boko Haram fighters during a raid in a northeastern
area where the Islamist rebels have killed dozens in the last week.
2013 Nov 4, In Lagos, Nigeria,
4 people were crushed to death and 25 rescued when a four-story
building under construction collapsed.
2013 Nov 4, In rural Norway a
knife-wielding man hijacked a bus and killed the driver and two
passengers before he was detained by authorities. A South Sudanese
man suspected in the hijacking and killing was a failed asylum
seeker who was about to be deported.
(AP, 11/4/13)(AFP, 11/5/13)
2013 Nov 4, A Pakistani court
granted former President Pervez Musharraf bail in a case related to
the death of a radical cleric, paving the way for an end to his more
than six-month house arrest.
2013 Nov 4, Some ten thousand
Russian nationalists rallied in Moscow, venting against the migrants
they accuse of pushing up the crime rate and taking their jobs.
2013 Nov 4, Saudi authorities
began a clampdown on illegal immigrants after the end of an amnesty
that gave overstayers and workers a grace period to leave or
legalize their status.
2013 Nov 4, South Korea's spy
agency said that North Korea was using Russian technology to develop
electromagnetic pulse weapons aimed at paralyzing military
electronic equipment south of the border.
2013 Nov 4, A Spanish court
impounded a luxury villa and other properties belonging to the
son-in-law of Spanish King Juan Carlos in a corruption case. The
court in Mallorca ordered the seizure of properties owned by Inaki
Urdangarin, husband of the king's daughter Cristina. The court is
investigating accusations that Urdangarin, an ex-Olympic handball
player, and his former business partner Diego Torres embezzled six
million euros in public funds.
2013 Nov 4, In Spain a rubbish
strike began in Madrid and continued for 12 days. It ended after
private maintenance companies cancelled plans to lay off a fifth of
the Spanish capital's street cleaners.
2013 Nov 4, In central Syria a
suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden truck in the Shiite
village of Sabtiyeh near Homs, killing six.
2013 Nov 4, In Thailand
thousands of people emptied onto the streets of Bangkok to protest
an amnesty bill passed by the lower house of parliament in the dead
of night three days earlier. The opposition People’s Democratic
Reform Committee (PDRC) was led by Suthep Thaugsuban, a former
deputy prime minister.
(Econ, 11/2/13, p.44)(Econ, 11/30/13, p.42)(Econ,
2013 Nov 4, Tunisia's ruling
Islamists and opposition parties suspended talks over forming a new
caretaker government to end the country's crisis after the two sides
failed to agree on naming a prime minister.
2013 Nov 4, Venezuelan air
force warplanes forced a small executive jet with a Mexican license
number to land in the state of Apure, near the border with Colombia.
Venezuela’s air force released images of the plane fuselage still in
flames. President Nicolas Maduro later said the plane was full of
2013 Nov 4, Yemeni Shi'ite and
Sunni Muslims fighters agreed to a ceasefire after days of clashes
in Damaj killed at least 100 people. Saboteurs blew up an oil
pipeline in southern Yemen that pumps crude oil to an export
terminal on the Gulf of Aden.
(Reuters, 11/4/13)(AFP, 11/4/13)
2014 Nov 4, The US asked the UN
Security Council to freeze the assets and impose a global travel ban
on three figures blamed by Yemen's western ally for orchestrating
the current unrest. They included former Yemeni President Ali
Abdullah Saleh, who allied with the Houthis, and two Houthi leaders.
2014 Nov 4, Republicans
captured control of the US House and Senate as voters remade
Congress for the last two years of the Obama administration.
(SFC, 11/5/14, p.A13)
2014 Nov 4, Alaska voters
elected independent candidate Bill Walker to replace incumbent Gov.
Sean Parnell. Results were only made final on Nov 14.
(SSFC, 11/16/14, p.A9)
2014 Nov 4, Alaska’s statewide
initiative legalized marijuana, but allowed local governments to ban
pot businesses within their borders. In 2017 voters in and around
Fairbanks and on the Kenai Peninsula rejected efforts to ban
commercial marijuana cultivation and retail sales.
(SFC, 10/5/17, p.A7)
2014 Nov 4, Arkansas approved
an increse in the minimum wage from $6.25 and hour to $8.50 an hour.
(SFC, 11/5/14, p.A10)
2014 Nov 4, California voters
re-elected Gov. Jerry Brown to a historic 4th term. State voters
passed Proposition 47 to reduce penalties for some criminal offenses
(SFC, 11/5/14, p.A12)(Econ, 11/8/14, p.34)
2014 Nov 4, Voters in Berkeley,
California, adopted the nation’s first soda tax, a 1-cent per-ounce
levy on most beverages with added sugar.
(SSFC, 11/9/14, p.C1)
2014 Nov 4, Nebraska approved
an increse in the minimum wage from $7.25 and hour to $9.00 an hour.
(SFC, 11/5/14, p.A10)
2014 Nov 4, Oregon and
Washington DC voted to legalize marijiana use by adults.
(SFC, 11/5/14, p.A10)
2014 Nov 4, Tom Wolf (D) was
elected governor of Pennsylvania with 54.9% of the vote.
2014 Nov 4, Tennessee voters
approved a measure that will give state legislators more power to
(SFC, 11/5/14, p.A10)
2014 Nov 4, Texas voters
approved a ban on hydraulic fracturing in the town of Denton, making
it the first city in the Lone Star State to outlaw the oil and gas
extraction technique behind the US energy boom. Texas voters also
agreed to steer $1.7 billion of oil and gas production taxes toward
the highway fund.
(Reuters, 11/5/14)(Econ, 11/22/14, p.27)
2014 Nov 4, Washington state
voters approved a measure to expand background checks on gun sales
(SFC, 11/5/14, p.A10)
2014 Nov 4, West Virginia
voters elected Saira Blair (18) to the state legislature making her
the youngest state lawmaker in the US.
(TIME, 11/17/14, p.39)
2014 Nov 4, Britain’s
Rolls-Royce, the maker of aircraft engines, said that it plans to
shed 2,600 jobs, mainly at its aerospace division, over the next 18
months to cut costs.
2014 Nov 4, France and Saudi
Arabia signed an agreement for Paris to provide the Lebanese army
with $3 billion worth of weapons paid for by Riyadh.
2014 Nov 4, Georgia’s PM Irakli
Garibashvili, a Georgian Dream party member, fired defense minister
Irakli Alasania, a Free Democrats member, amid an investigation into
corruption in the military. European Integration Minister Aleksi
Petriashvili resigned in protest. A day later Foreign Minister Maya
Panjikidze and three of her deputies followed suit.
2014 Nov 4, In Iraq hundreds of
thousands commemorated the slaying of Prophet Mohammad's grandson
Hussein at the battle of Kerbala in AD 680, an event that defines
the Shi'ite rift with Sunni Islam. During the ritual in Kerbala
Shi'ites beat their heads and chests and gash their heads with
swords to show their grief and echo the imam's suffering.
2014 Nov 4, Israeli forces
demolished two Palestinian homes in an East Jerusalem neighborhood
saying they had been built without construction permits. The homes
were at the heart of clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian
2014 Nov 4, Libya closed
Benghazi's commercial port due to clashes between the army and
Islamist fighters in the area.
2014 Nov 4, Mexico City police
detained Jose Luis Abarca, the former mayor of the city of Iguala,
and his wife Maria de los Angeles Pineda, accused of ordering a
police attack that left 6 people dead and 43 college students
missing since last month.
2014 Nov 4, In Nigeria
suspected Boko Haram fighters stole dynamite and pick-up trucks from
a French-owned cement works after robbing a bank, in a raid to fund
and pursue their campaign of violence in the northeast.
2014 Nov 4, In Pakistan a mob
in Punjab province beat a Christian couple to death and burned their
bodies for allegedly desecrating a Koran.
2014 Nov 4, About 20,000 civil
servants in the Gaza Strip went on strike to protest the Palestinian
unity government's refusal to pay military and security employees of
the Islamist movement Hamas.
2014 Nov 4, In Saudi Arabia 2
policemen and 2 suspects, allegedly linked to the deadly gun attack
in eastern al-Ahsa district, were killed. Saudi authorities arrested
15 people in connection with the shooting that left 6 people dead.
(AP, 11/4/14)(AFP, 11/5/14)
2014 Nov 4, Saudi Arabia
ordered closed the offices of Wesal TV, a religious television
channel accused of fomenting sectarian tension, after at least eight
people were killed in an attack on Shi'ite Muslims marking a major
2014 Nov 4, Sierra Leone aid
agencies said thousands of people were being forced to violate Ebola
quarantines to find food because deliveries are not reaching them.
2014 Nov 4, Spain's
Constitutional Court suspended plans by the northeastern region of
Catalonia to hold an informal independence poll Nov. 9 following a
legal challenge by the government. The regional government of
Catalonia said that it would go ahead with a straw poll on
(AP, 11/4/14)(SFC, 11/5/14, p.A2)
2014 Nov 4, A Thai court
sentenced a university student to 2 1/2 years in prison for posting
a message on Facebook that the court said insulted the country's
2014 Nov 4, Turkish politician
Ahmet Karatas, a member of the opposition Peoples' Democratic Party
(HDP), was stabbed repeatedly in the capital Ankara, in an attack
that his pro-Kurdish party blamed on a government-led 'lynch
campaign' against it.
2014 Nov 4, Yemeni security
officials said more than 30 people have been killed in clashes
between Shiite Houthi rebels and tribal fighters backed by al-Qaida
militants in the embattled town of Radda. US drone strikes killed at
least 10 suspected al Qaeda militants in central Yemen. Fighting
between members of Ansar al-Sharia and rebel Shi'ite Muslim Houthi
fighters also killed 10 people.
(AP, 11/4/14)(Reuters, 11/4/14)(Reuters, 11/5/14)
2015 Nov 4, In central
California student Faisal Mohammad (18) stabbed four people with a
hunting knife at UC Merced before he was shot to death by campus
police. The FBI later said he was inspired by the Islamic State
Group but had acted alone.
(SFC, 11/5/15, p.A9)(SFC, 11/6/15, p.D9)(SFC,
2015 Nov 4, Melissa Mathison,
screen writer and former wife (1983-2004) of Harrison Ford, died.
Her work included the scripts for “the Black Stallion" (1979) and
“E.T. the Extra Terrestrial" (1982).
(SFC, 11/6/15, p.D7)
2015 Nov 4, It was reported
that researchers from Beijing and California have found that
mealworms are able to naturally biodegrade Styrofoam that would have
otherwise sit in a landfill for more than a million years.
2015 Nov 4, Afghanistan's
president ordered a probe into the fatal stoning a week earlier of a
young woman in a Taliban-controlled area after she was accused of
adultery. The woman, identified as Rokhsana and believed to be aged
between 19 and 21, had been forced to marry and was accused of
adultery after she tried eloping with another man. The man she was
eloping with was let off with a lashing.
2015 Nov 4, Bahrain’s interior
ministry said it had arrested 47 members of a group it said had ties
to "terror elements in Iran" and was also plotting attacks.
2015 Nov 4, In Bangladesh an
attack on a checkpoint near Dhaka left one police officer dead and
another wounded. The Islamic State soonclaimed responsibility.
(SFC, 11/6/15, p.A2)
2015 Nov 4, the Bosnian and
Serbian governments held their first joint session since their
conflict started 25 years during the dissolution of Yugoslavia. The
two governments signed cooperation agreements on finding missing
persons, telecommunications, protection of cultural heritage and
sustainable development but announced this is just a beginning of a
process of strengthening their relations.
2015 Nov 4, In Canada Justin
Trudeau (43) was sworn in as the country’s 23rd prime minister in
front of a packed crowd.
2015 Nov 4, In Egypt a suicide
bomber detonated a truck full of explosives at the main gate of a
police club in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula, killing at
least 3 police and wounding 10 others in an attack claimed by the
Islamic State group.
2015 Nov 4, Finland said it has
suspended its decision-making process for Afghani asylum claims due
to an ongoing assessment of the security situation in the country.
It said it would also review EU practices and the possibility of
returning people to Afghanistan.
2015 Nov 4, France said it will
lift a ban on gay men giving blood, but only if they abstain from
sex in the months beforehand, an exclusion denounced as
discriminatory by rights groups.
2015 Nov 4, Indian police said
authorities have detained key separatist leaders and hundreds of
their supporters to prevent them from holding a protest rally during
a visit by PM Narendra Modi to Kashmir this weekend.
2015 Nov 4, In Indonesia
thousands of tourists were stranded on three islands after ash from
Mount Rinjani on Lombok Island forced the closure of airports and
blanketed villages and farmlands.
2015 Nov 4, The Maldives
declared a state of emergency for 30 days citing a threat to
2015 Nov 4, Mexico's Supreme
Court ruled that growing, possessing and smoking marijuana for
recreation is legal under the right to freedom.
2015 Nov 4, In Pakistan a
factory building collapsed as a new floor was being added in an
industrial area on the outskirts of Lahore, killing at least 37
workers and injuring dozens. 103 people were rescued from the
(AP, 11/4/15)(Reuters, 11/5/15)(AP, 11/7/15)
2015 Nov 4, A Palestinian
driver ran over and injured an Israeli border policeman near the
West Bank city of Hebron and was then killed by Israeli forces.
2015 Nov 4, Romanian PM Victor
Ponta announced the resignation of his government following huge
protests in the wake of a nightclub fire that killed more than 30
people. The outgoing government approved an emergency ordinance to
raise wages for staff in the state education sector by 15 percent
(AP, 11/4/15)(Reuters, 11/4/15)
2015 Nov 4, A South Korean
government commission said that the remains of nearly 2,750 people,
believed to be Koreans who were forced to work in Japan in the WWII
era, have been found.
(SFC, 11/5/15, p.A2)
2015 Nov 4, In South Sudan a
Russian-built Antonov-12 B turbo prop cargo plane with passengers on
board crashed after taking off from the airport in Juba, killing at
least 37 people. Officials said the plane belonged to freight and
logistics firm Allied Services Ltd. and was not authorized to carry
(Reuters, 11/4/15)(AP, 11/5/15)
2015 Nov 4, Syria's army
recaptured the only road into the government-held side of Aleppo
city from Islamic State group fighters. Rebels shot down a
government MiG warplane with anti-aircraft fire in Hama province,
forcing its pilot to eject. The pilot died after his parachute
failed. Warplanes believed to be Russian carried out several air
strikes on areas of the northwest that were included in a local
ceasefire agreed by warring sides in September.
(AFP, 11/4/15)(Reuters, 11/4/15)
2015 Nov 4, In Tunisia 30
lawmakers from the ruling party suspended their membership and
threatened to resign in protest over what they called attempts by
President Beji Caid Essebsi's son to control the party.
2015 Nov 4, Turkish President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for a new constitution that would give
him greater powers, heightening opposition fears over authoritarian
2015 Nov 4, In Turkey 2
soldiers and 15 Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants were killed
fighting near the village of Daglica by the Iraqi border. A
20-year-old man was shot dead in the town of Silvan, where
authorities ordered a round-the-clock curfew in three neighborhoods
for a second successive day
2016 Nov 4, In Louisiana former
police Sgt. Gerard Dugue admitted that he helped cover up two fatal
police shootings on Danziger Bridge after Hurricane Katrina hit New
Orleans on Aug 29, 2005.
(SFC, 11/5/16, p.A9)
2016 Nov 4, New York City
police Sgt. Paul Tuozollo was shot and killed in an exchange of
gunfire with Manuel Rosales (35), who was also killed. Rosales
opened fire on police officers who had stopped his car following a
chase after a woman called 911 saying Rosales had broken into her
home violating an order of protection.
(SFC, 11/5/16, p.A6)
2016 Nov 4, The Paris
Agreement, a new global deal to tackle climate change, became
international law. The agreement, crafted last December, seeks to
limit the rise in average world temperatures to "well below" 2
degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial times, and
ideally under 1.5 degrees, by weaning the world off fossil fuels.
2016 Nov 4, Some of the world's
biggest oil companies, including Saudi Aramco and Royal Dutch Shell,
pledged to invest $1 billion to develop climate-friendly
technologies as a global deal to wean the world off oil came into
2016 Nov 4, Chilean police used
tear gas and water cannon to break up a protest against the
country's privatized pension system, which opponents say is leaving
many retirees in poverty.
2016 Nov 4, China's Dalian
Wanda Group said it has added another entertainment trophy to its
stable of overseas acquisitions, paying $1 billion for Dick Clark
Productions, the TV company that produces the Golden Globes and the
"Miss America" pageant.
2016 Nov 4, French police
removed thousands of migrants from a squalid camp in northeast Paris
that had doubled in size after the closure last week of the "Jungle"
camp in Calais.
2016 Nov 4, Indonesian police
fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse hardline Muslims
protesters, after tens of thousands had rallied to demand the
resignation of Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahja Purnama, who they said
had insulted the Koran. At least one person was killed. Some Muslim
groups have accused Purnama of blasphemy after he said his opponents
had deceived voters by attacking him using a verse from the Koran.
(Reuters, 11/4/16)(AP, 11/4/16)
2016 Nov 4, In Iraq bulldozers
and tanks backed by air strikes pushed into the streets of Mosul
from the east for the first time since Iraqi forces launched a broad
offensive to retake the city on October 17. Jihadist fighters
unleashed a deluge of bombs and gunfire on forces punching into the
streets of Mosul, forcing some units into a partial pullback. At
least seven suicide attackers in explosives-laden vehicles attacked
troops, five of whom were killed before nearing their targets.
(AFP, 11/4/16)(AP, 11/5/16)
2016 Nov 4, In northern Iraq
two roadside bombs struck a convoy carrying families fleeing the
Islamic State-controlled town of Hawija late today, killing 18
2016 Nov 4, In Jordan three US
military trainers were shot dead when the car they failed to stop at
the gate of a military base and was fired on by Jordanian security
forces at the Prince Faisal air base. One Jordanian soldier later
faced murder charges.
(Reuters, 11/4/16)(SFC, 11/5/16, p.A5)(SFC,
2016 Nov 4, In northern Mali a
French soldier was killed in an attack after a mine exploded as his
armored vehicle passed by during a supply mission. The Mali-based
Ansar Dine extremist group claimed responsibility for the attack.
2016 Nov 4, In Pakistan five
supporters of the Sunni Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ), which
advocates for Shi'ites to be legally declared non-Muslim and has a
violent offshoot that targets Shi'ite mosques, were killed in
drive-by attacks in Karachi.
2016 Nov 4, In Pakistan a court
in Peshawar ordered that Sharbat Gulla, the National Geographic's
famed green-eyed 'Afghan Girl', be deported once her detention
2016 Nov 4, South Korean
President Park Geun-hye took sole blame for a "heartbreaking"
scandal amid rising suspicion that she allowed a mysterious
confidante to manipulate power from the shadows. Park also vowed to
accept a direct investigation into her actions.
2016 Nov 4, In Syria two
Russian soldiers and a Syrian journalist were injured in Aleppo when
mortar rounds struck one of the exit corridors designated for the
evacuation of rebels and residents from the eastern besieged part of
the city during a temporary halt in fighting announced by Russia.
2016 Nov 4, Tunisia's PM
Youssef Chahed sacked Salem Abd El Jalil, the minister of religious
affairs. A day earlier local media quoted Jalil as saying in
parliament: "I told the Saudi ambassador in Tunisia that terrorism
and extremism historically came from you ... You should reform your
2016 Nov 4, In Turkey a car
bomb attack in Diyarbakir killed at least nine people. The attack
came just hours after authorities detained at least 12 pro-Kurdish
lawmakers for questioning in terror related probes. PM Binali
Yildirim said the bombing was carried out by the Kurdistan Workers
Party (PKK). Two more people soon succumbed to their wounds. A news
outlet linked to the Islamic State said its fighters staged the
bombing that killed 11 people.
(AP, 11/4/16)(AFP, 11/5/16)
2016 Nov 4, Uganda's High Court
ordered the closure of a chain of low-cost private schools backed by
Microsoft and Facebook founders Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. A
judge ruled that the 63 Bridge International Academies provided
unsanitary learning conditions, used unqualified teachers and were
not properly licensed.
2016 Nov 4, UN experts said the
Afghan government and several other countries estimated that there
are about 45,000 opposition fighters in Afghanistan and that between
20 percent and 25 percent are foreigners.
2017 Nov 4, The US ordered all
non-essential employees of its mission in Somalia to leave Mogadishu
because of “specific threat information" against them.
(SSFC, 11/5/17, p.A4)
2017 Nov 4, NASA Scientists
reported that the giant hole in Earth’s protective ozone layer has
shriveled to its smallest peak since 1988.
(SSFC, 11/5/17, p.A16)
2017 Nov 4, In eastern
Afghanistan US Sgt. Stephen Cribben (33) died from wounds sustained
during an operation in Logar province. In the north US military
airstrikes in Kunduz province reportedly killed at least 13
civilians. A spokesman for the Afghan commandos denied civilian
deaths and said the air strikes killed 25 Taliban fighters.
(AP, 11/5/17)(SSFC, 11/5/17, p.A8)(SFC, 11/6/17,
2017 Nov 4, Peter Pilz (63), an
Austrian Green party parliamentarian, said he's giving up his seat
in parliament amid allegations of sexual harassment. He was accused
in comments published today in the Falter newsweekly of groping a
young woman at a 2013 conference.
2017 Nov 4, Speaking in Belgium
ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont called for a united
political front in the Dec. 21 election to continue the drive for
independence from Spain and to protest against the imprisonment of
former members of the regional government.
2017 Nov 4, Cambodian PM Hun
Sen called on lawmakers from the main opposition party to defect
ahead of a court ruling on whether to dissolve it, saying they could
be banned from politics for five years if they left it too late.
2017 Nov 4, China's
rubber-stamp legislature made disrespecting the national anthem a
criminal offense punishable by up to three years in prison amid
rising nationalist appeals from the ruling Communist Party under the
leadership of President Xi Jinping.
2017 Nov 4, China’s official
Xinhua news agency said parliament has expelled disgraced senior
politician Sun Zhengcai, once considered a contender for top
leadership, paving the way for formal criminal charges to be laid
2017 Nov 4, It was reported
that an Egyptian court has convicted female TV presenter Doaa Salah
of inciting immorality for offering on-air advice to women last July
on how to be single mothers, sentencing her to three years in
prison. Her imprisonment was suspended pending an appeal and she
2017 Nov 4, In Egypt prominent
Nubian activist Gamal Sorour, arrested last month for taking part in
a peaceful protest, died following a diabetic coma while in
detention in Aswan. Sorour was among 25 Nubians arrested in Aswan in
early September for staging a peaceful Nile-side protest.
2017 Nov 4, In Germany some 25
thousand demonstrators marched through Bonn to protest the use of
fossil fuels ahead of a global climate conference being held in the
western German city next week.
(AP, 11/4/17)(SSFC, 11/5/17, p.A4)
2017 Nov 4, In India
participants from 20 countries took part in the three-day World Food
India exhibition in New Delhi.
2017 Nov 4, India’s government
said thousands of people have taken refuge in relief camps as
torrential monsoon rains flooded parts of southern Indian state of
Tamil Nadu, killing at least 12 people this week.
2017 Nov 4, In India at least
three people were killed and another six injured when a stampede
broke out during a Hindu religious ritual on a crowded bank of the
Ganges River in Begusarai, Bihar state.
2017 Nov 4, Indonesia's first
international gallery of contemporary art, the Museum of Modern and
Contemporary Art in Nusantara (Museum MACAN), opened, bringing
together works by Ai Weiwei, Mark Rothko and Indonesian masters in a
freeflowing modern space overlooking the Jakarta skyline. Its nearly
800 paintings and sculptures were mostly acquired by businessman
Haryanto Adikoesoemo over the past 25 years.
2017 Nov 4, Thousands of
Iranians protested in Tehran against President Donald Trump's
policies and to mark the anniversary of the 1979 US embassy siege.
2017 Nov 4, In Japan an
artificial intelligence (AI) character, named Shibuya Mirai, was
made an official resident of a busy central Tokyo district, with the
virtual newcomer resembling a chatty seven-year-old boy.
2017 Nov 4, Lebanon's PM Saad
al-Hariri resigned, saying from Saudi Arabia that he believed there
was an assassination plot against him and accusing Iran and its
Lebanese ally Hezbollah of sowing strife in the Arab world. Lebanese
authorities believed Saudi Arabia forced Hariri to resign and is
holding him against his will. Saudi Arabia has denied reports
Hariri, a long time ally of Riyadh, is being held against his will
and coerced into resigning.
(Reuters, 11/4/17)(Reuters, 11/12/17)
2017 Nov 4, Officials said smog
has enveloped much of Pakistan and neighboring India, causing
highway accidents and respiratory problems, and forcing many
residents to stay home.
2017 Nov 4, Russian riot police
detained dozens of people at a nationalist anti-Kremlin march on a
public holiday known as the Day of National Unity. Some 200-300
people participated In the march.
2017 Nov 4, Russian Tu-22M3
long-range bombers struck Islamic State targets near the town of
Albu Kamal in Syria.
2017 Nov 4, A Russian
helicopter was raised from the seabed where it had crashed last
month off Norway's Arctic Svalbard archipelago with eight people on
board. None of the missing people were inside the helicopter that
went down Oct. 26.
2017 Nov 4, Crown Prince
Mohammed bin Salman, aka MbS (32), Saudi Arabia's future king,
tightened his grip on power through an anti-corruption purge by
arresting royals, ministers and investors, including billionaire
Alwaleed bin Talal who is one of the kingdom's most prominent
(Reuters, 11/5/17)(SFC, 11/6/17, p.A3)
2017 Nov 4, In Sierra Leone an
investigation found that as much as $2 million disappeared as the
result of "likely collusion" between Red Cross staff and employees
at a Sierra Leonean bank during the 2014-2016 Ebola epidemic.
2017 Nov 4, South Sudan's
capital Juba was tense as more than 100 soldiers surrounded the
residence of powerful former army chief Paul Malong in a bid to
disarm his bodyguards. Malong, a general who was sacked by Pres.
Salva Kiir in May, is a hardline ethnic nationalist who belongs to
the president's majority Dinka tribe.
2017 Nov 4, In Sri Lanka
thousands of motorists waited in long lines near fuel stations
across the country to buy gasoline for a second straight day amid a
fuel shortage. The distribution of gasoline to pumping stations was
reportedly decreased because an imported shipment had to be rejected
because it was substandard.
2017 Nov 4, In eastern Syria
truck bomb blast near the Conoco gas plant near Deir el-Zour city
killed more than a hundred people as locals awaited passage into SDF
2017 Nov 4, Islamic State
militants inside Syria repelled an attack by Iraq's Popular
Mobilization Forces, the paramilitary group of mostly Shiite
fighters within the Iraqi security forces. The attack over the last
24 hours took place near the border town of Boukamal but that the
PMF fighters crossed back into Iraq.
2017 Nov 4, Venezuelan
opposition lawmaker Freddy Guevara (31) requested Chile's protection
after Venezuela's high court announced he would be prosecuted on
charges punishable by a decade in prison. He became the sixth
Venezuelan to seek protection at the embassy in under three months.
2017 Nov 4, Typhoon Damrey
slammed into Vietnam's south-central coast, killing at least 15
people and leaving four others missing.
2018 Nov 4, It was reported
that the world's wild animal population has lunged 60 percent since
1970 because of pressure from human activities.
(SSFC, 11/4/18, p.B12)
2018 Nov 4, In Afghanistan a
Taliban attack in southern Kandahar province late today killed at
least four policemen.
2018 Nov 4, In Bahrain Shiite
cleric Sheikh Ali Salman, who was a central figure in Bahrain's 2011
Arab Spring protests, was sentenced to life in prison on spying
charges along with co-defendants Sheikh Hassan Ali Juma Sultan and
Ali Mahdi Ali al-Aswad.
2018 Nov 4, Jeremy Heywood
(56), the former head of Britain's civil service and a senior
adviser to PM Theresa May on implementing Brexit, died following
2018 Nov 4, In China a Tibetan
man set himself on fire and died in a protest calling for the return
of the region's exiled Buddhist leader, the Dalai Lama. Dorbe (23)
self-immolated in Ngaba county, a traditionally Tibetan region of
2018 Nov 4, Cuban President
Miguel Diaz-Canel arrived in Pyongyang with his wife. North Korean
leader Kim Jong Un and Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel — both
hoping to get out from under US economic sanctions — agreed to
expand and strengthen their strategic relations.
2018 Nov 4, French President
Emmanuel Macron kicked off a week of commemorations for the 100th
anniversary of the end of World War One.
2018 Nov 4, Police in India
said that they are investigating allegations that a 4-year-old girl
was gang-raped the previous evening while being treated for a snake
bite in an intensive care unit at a hospital in Uttar Pradesh state.
One man was in custody and police were looking for others.
2018 Nov 4, In India villagers
circled around the female tiger after it killed the farmer late
today in Uttar Pradesh state. When the tiger tried to escape, the
villagers crushed it under the wheels of a tractor. Villagers said
the tiger injured another person in an attack about 10 days ago.
2018 Nov 4, Thousands of
Iranians chanting "Death to America" rallied to mark the anniversary
of the seizure of the US Embassy during the 1979 Islamic Revolution
and the imminent reimposition of US sanctions on Iran's oil sector.
2018 Nov 4, Rescuers said
floods killed 12 people on the island of Sicily, including nine
members of a single family, pushing Italy's week-long storm toll
2018 Nov 4, Japanese author
Haruki Murakami (69) announced that he is working to set up a
library that will showcase his works and also serve as a meeting
place for research and international exchanges.
2018 Nov 4, Voters in New
Caledonia voted in a referendum on whether the French territory in
the South Pacific should break free from the European country that
claimed it in the mid-19th century. 56.4 percent of people rejected
2018 Nov 4, In Mexico thousands
of wary Central American migrants resumed their push toward the US,
a day after arguments over the path ahead saw some travelers
splinter away from the main caravan, which is entering a treacherous
part of its journey. Mexico now faces the unprecedented situation of
having three caravans stretched over 300 miles (500 km) of highway
in the states of Chiapas, Oaxaca and Veracruz, with a total of more
than 6,000 migrants. More than 500 migrants arrived at the
Jesus Martinez stadium on the eastern side of Mexico City, where
they were served hot meals and supplied with blankets to spend the
(AP, 11/4/18)(Reuters, 11/5/18)(AP, 11/5/18)
2018 Nov 4, In eastern Syria
the Islamic State group reportedly killed 12 US-backed SDF fighters
in a surprise attack from the jihadists' holdout on the Iraqi
border. An SDF spokesman, however, denied any members of his
Kurdish-led alliance had been killed.
2018 Nov 4, In Ukraine Kateryna
Gandzyuk (33), an adviser to the mayor of the southern city of
Kherson and an outspoken critic of corruption in law enforcement
agencies, died following an acid attack in July. In 2019 Vladyslav
Manger, the head of the regional council in the southern region of
Kherson, was accused of financing the crime.
2018 Nov 4, Officials in Yemen
said fighting has escalated around the key port city of Hodeida,
with more than 150 combatants killed over the weekend from both the
rebel and government-backed sides. Yemeni forces backed by a
Saudi-led coalition inched closer to the Red Sea port city of
Hodeidah as they battled Iranian-aligned Houthi fighters entrenched
(AP, 11/4/18)(Reuters, 11/4/18)
2019 Nov 4, The United States
formally notified the UN that it was withdrawing from the Paris
climate accord, making the world's largest economy the sole outlier
from the agreement.
2019 Nov 4, A US appeals court
ruled that Pres. Donald Trump's longtime accounting firm must hand
over eight years of his tax returns to New York prosecutors. The
office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance agreed not to
enforce the subpoena while Trump petitions the Supreme Court.
2019 Nov 4, The Trump
administration moved to relax Obama-era limits on coal plants
discharging ash and metal contaminated waste into waterways.
(SFC, 11/15/19, p.A6)
2019 Nov 4, The US Supreme
Court refused to hear Time Warner's appeal in a 2017 case against
the Charter Communications Inc unit. Time Warner Cable must pay $140
million in damages for infringing five Sprint Corp
2019 Nov 4, The Dow Jones
industrial average climbed 114.75 to close at a record high of
(SFC, 11/15/19, p.D3)
2019 Nov 4, FBI officials said
they have arrested a suspected white supremacist who was allegedly
planning a bombing at a Colorado synagogue. Richard Holzer (27) was
allegedly planning to target Temple Emanuel in Pueblo, the state's
(ABC News, 11/4/19)
2019 Nov 4, State elections in
Kentucky, Mississippi and Virginia tested the political waters ahead
of 2020. Democrats took control of the Virginia legislature for the
first time in more than two decades. In Mississippi GOP nominee Tate
Reeves defeated Democrat Jim Hood.
(Good Morning America, 11/5/19)(SFC, 11/6/19,
2019 Nov 4, A US Border Patrol
agent shot and killed a gunman who opened fire in Sunland oark, New
Mexico, about a mile from the US-Mexico border.
(SFC, 11/15/19, p.A5)
2019 Nov 4, In South Dakota
Charles Rhines (63) was executed by lethal injection at the state
penitentiary in Sioux Falls. He had been found guilty of murdering
Donnivan Schaefer (22) in 1992 after Schaefer surprised him while he
was burgling the Rapid City doughnut shop where Schaefer worked and
Rhines was had been fired from weeks earlier.
2019 Nov 4, Microsoft Corp
announced a new service aimed at helping large businesses put to use
the huge amounts of data stored in corporate systems. The Azure
Synapse system, to be unveiled at an event in Florida, is part of
the company's fast-growing cloud computing unit, which has driven
the company's shares up over the past five years.
2019 Nov 4, Medical device
maker Stryker Corp said it would buy smaller rival Wright Medical
Group for about $4 billion in cash, expanding into the fast-growing
business of implants for shoulders and wrists.
2019 Nov 4, Australia, Japan
and the US announced their "Blue Dot Network" an alternative to
China's Bridge and Road Initiative (BRI).
2019 Nov 4, It was reported
that heavy rains and floods have killed more than 50 people and
forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes across East
Africa as researchers warned warming oceans are causing
unpredictable weather patterns in the region. Kenya reported 48
people killed; Somalia reported at least 17 killed.
2019 Nov 4, Long-serving Labour
Party lawmaker Lindsay Hoyle was elected speaker of Britain's House
of Commons, taking up the job with a clear message: I'm not John
2019 Nov 4, It was reported
that hundreds of thousands of Canadians have been unwittingly
exposed to high levels of lead in their drinking water, with
contamination in several cities consistently higher than they ever
were in Flint, Michigan, according to an investigation that tested
drinking water in hundreds of homes and reviewed thousands more
previously undisclosed results.
2019 Nov 4, Chinese President
Xi Jinping expressed "high trust" in Hong Kong's embattled leader
Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor in a meeting with Lam in Shanghai and
"fully affirmed" the chief executive's response to unrest that has
rattled the city since June.
(South China Morning Post, 11/5/19)
2019 Nov 4, China joined 14
ASEAN countries meeting in Thailand in agreeing terms for what could
be the world's biggest trade pact. India pulled out at the last
minute on the grounds that the deal would hurt its farmers,
businesses, workers and consumers.
2019 Nov 4, Cyprus Pres. Nicos
Anastasiades pledged to revoke any of his island republic's
passports found to have been "mistakenly" granted to wealthy
overseas investors under a controversial cash-for-citizenship
2019 Nov 4, The European Union
criticized Israel's approval of plans to build over 2,000 new homes
in West Bank settlements.
2019 Nov 4, It was reported
that Germany plans to increase by half the grants available to
buyers of electric cars over the five years from 2020, the latest in
a series of measures to speed the adoption of low-emissions
2019 Nov 4, Thyssenkrupp, a
German industrial conglomerate, said it plans to invest 250 million
euros ($279 million) at its unit that builds submarines and
2019 Nov 4, Authorities in
India's capital New Delhi banished from the roads cars with number
plates ending in an odd number in a bid to cut hazardous air
pollution shrouding the city.
2019 Nov 4, In Iran thousands
rallied outside the former US embassy in Tehran to mark the 40th
anniversary of the Iran hostage crisis.
2019 Nov 4, Iran announced a
more than tenfold increase in enriched uranium production following
a series of steps back from commitments under a 2015 nuclear deal
abandoned by the United States.
2019 Nov 4, In Iraq
anti-government protesters crossed a major bridge in central
Baghdad, approaching the headquarters of state-run TV and coming to
within 500 meters of the office of PM Adel Abdul-Mahdi. Security
forces fired live ammunition and tear gas, killing at least five
protesters and wounding dozens. A member of the security forces was
(AP, 11/4/19)(AP, 11/5/19)
2019 Nov 4, In
Indian-administered Kashmir one person died and at least 45 were
injured in a grenade attack in Srinagar.
2019 Nov 4, Israeli-based
RedHill Biopharma Ltd's said its three-drug combination therapy to
treat Helicobacter pylori bacterial infections had been approved by
the US Food and Drug Administration, sending its shares up 25%.
Talicia, is an oral capsule comprising two antibiotics, amoxicillin
and rifabutin, as well as omeprazole, a common treatment for
2019 Nov 4, Kenya's chief
justice lashed out at budget cuts that he said were intended to
undermine the court system and would hamper an anti-corruption
2019 Nov 4, In Lebanon
protesters closed major roads in Beirut and elsewhere in the
country, accusing political leaders of dragging their feet on the
formation of a new government amid differences over who should be
2019 Nov 4, In Mexico at least
nine people from USA, including women and children traveling in at
least three cars, were killed south of the Arizona border. They may
have been targeted by mistake or caught in a crossfire between rival
gangs. All the victims were believed to be Mormons with dual
American-Mexican citizenship. A boy (13) who survived the mass
shooting managed to hide his six siblings in a bush before
walking 14 miles for help. In December federal authorities arrested
Fidel Alejandro Villegas, the police chief in the town of Janos, for
suspected involvement in the attack that killed 3 women and 6
children. Villegas was the 4th person to be arrested on suspicion of
participating in the attack.
(Yahoo News, 11/5/19)(The Independent,
11/6/19)(SSFC, 12/29/19, p.A4)
2019 Nov 4, Romania's centrist
government of PM Ludovic Orban won parliament's vote of confidence,
unlocking the country's European commissioner nominating process and
ending a gridlock that risked to extend the bloc's policymaking
2019 Nov 4, President Vladimir
Putin's conferred a state award on a Bulgarian charged with spying.
The next day Russia warned of "very negative consequences" if this
affected ties. Tensions had spiked in September when Bulgarian
prosecutors charged a pro-Russian activist, Nikolay Malinov, with
espionage and banned his alleged Russian handler from entering
2019 Nov 4, South Korean
President Moon Jae-in and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe had an 11-minute
conversation on the sidelines of an international conference in
Bangkok, the first time they had met in more than a year. They
reaffirmed the principle of resolving pending bilateral issues
(Reuters, 11/6/19)(SFC, 11/15/19, p.A2)
2019 Nov 4, A Turkish court
convicted journalists Ahmet Altan and Nazli Ilicak of aiding a
terror group but ordered both released from prison, where they had
served more than three years in a case that has severely tested
press freedom in the country.
2019 Nov 4, Turkey captured
Rasmiya Awad (65), the elder sister of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the
slain leader of the Islamic State group, near the Syrian town of
Azaz in Aleppo province.
2019 Nov 4, Turkey's interior
minister Suleyman Soylu said Turkey will send back Islamic State
group members to their countries of origin.
2019 Nov 4, Turkey said one of
its soldiers has been killed by roadside bomb in northeastern Syria,
bringing Turkey's military death toll to 14 since launching its
incursion into Syrian Kurdish-held areas on Oct. 9.
2019 Nov 4, Eight Ugandan
journalists were detained as they marched in the capital Kampala to
protest what they said were police abuses, including beatings and
detentions, during coverage of student protests last month.
2019 Nov 4, Ukrainian soldiers
and Moscow-backed separatists deferred the last phase of a troop
pullback in war-torn eastern Ukraine at the 11th hour, delaying a
high-stakes summit with Russia.
2019 Nov 4, The Zimbabwe
Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) detained and charged Joram Gumbo,
a cabinet minister and long-time ally of Pres. Emmerson Mnangagwa,
for abuse of office alleged to have cost the government $3.7
million, the second high-profile graft case this year.
2020 Nov 4, The United States
formally left the Paris Agreement, a global pact forged five years
ago to avert the threat of catastrophic climate change. 189
countries remained committed to the 2015 Paris accord.
2020 Nov 4, Pres. Donald Trump
prematurely claimed he carried Georgia. He also said he planned to
contest the US presidential election before the Supreme Court.
Trump's reelection campaign said it had filed a lawsuit in Georgia
to require that Chatham County separate and secure late-arriving
ballots to ensure they are not counted.
(AP, 11/4/20)(Reuters, 11/4/20)
2020 Nov 4, The US recorded
more than 100,000 new virus cases for the first time.
Hospitalizations have topped 50,000 for the first time since early
(NY Times, 11/5/20)
2020 Nov 4, California to date
had 951,561 cases of coronavirus and 17,817 deaths. The SF Bay Area
had 120,891 cases and 1,803 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached
over 9,499,459 with the death toll at 233,836.
2020 Nov 4, New Jersey released
more than 2,200 inmates to reduce the risks of infection in crowded
(NY Times, 11/5/20)
2020 Nov 4, City officials in
Philadelphia released officer body camera footage and 911 calls in
the police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. The 27-year-old's shooting
last week led to demonstrations and unrest in the city. City
officials said the Philadelphia Police Department will take a number
of steps to train officers to respond better to situations involving
mental health crises after the death of Walter Wallace Jr.
(Insider, 11/4/20)(CBS News, 11/5/20)
2020 Nov 4, British PM Boris
Johnson said his government would roll out new types of COVID-19
testing "on a scale never seen before" to stem the growing pandemic
when a new lockdown in England expires on Dec. 2.
2020 Nov 4, Denmark said it
will cull its entire herd of up to 17 million mink after a mutation
of the coronavirus found in the animals spread to humans, posing
risk to any possible future vaccine.
2020 Nov 4, Egypt, Ethiopia and
Sudan said they have failed to agree on a new negotiating approach
to resolve their years-long dispute over the controversial dam that
Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile.
2020 Nov 4, Estonian health
officials said 208 new coronavirus cases were confirmed in the past
24 hours, putting the cumulative total to 5,333 cases with 73
(SFC, 11/5/20, p.A5)
2020 Nov 4, Ethiopia's PM Abiy
Ahmed ordered a military offensive to subdue the authorities in
Tigray state, following an alleged attack on an army base. Internet
and phone networks in Tigray were cut off.
(BBC, 11/4/20)(Econ., 11/7/20, p.40)
2020 Nov 4, The French
government banned the Grey Wolves, the militant wing of Turkey’s
far-right Nationalist Movement Party, that it accused of leading
violent actions and inciting hatred speech in France.
2020 Nov 4, The Israeli
military said that troops killed a Palestinian man who had shot at
soldiers near an army checkpoint in the occupied West Bank.
2020 Nov 4, Italy registered
30,550 new coronavirus infections and 352 COVID-related deaths over
the past 24 hours. A total of 39,764 people have now died in Italy
because of COVID-19, while 790,377 cases of the disease have been
registered to date. Italy imposed a nationwide 10 p.m. curfew and
closed museums and high schools. In six hard-hit regions, including
Sicily and the city of Milan, the government will shutter
restaurants and limit travel.
(Reuters, 11/4/20)(NY Times, 11/5/20)
2020 Nov 4, Government
officials said Japan's Kagawa prefecture will cull 330,000 chickens
at a farm after the country's first bird flu outbreak in poultry in
more than two years.
2020 Nov 4, Latvian health
officials said 313 new coronavirus cases were confirmed in the past
24 hours, putting the cumulative total to 6,572 cases with 85
(SFC, 11/5/20, p.A5)
2020 Nov 4, It was reported
that at least 40 people fleeing extremist violence in northern
Mozambique drowned when their boat sank.
2020 Nov 4, In Nicaragua
floodwaters from Tropical Storm Eta, isolated already remote
communities and set off deadly landslides that killed at least three
2020 Nov 4, North Korea
introduced smoking bans in some public places to provide citizens
with “hygienic living environments," raising questions about whether
the nation’s chain-smoking supreme leader may kick the habit
(The Telegraph, 11/5/20)
2020 Nov 4, Poland announced
further restrictions to halt the spread of the coronavirus and said
it would impose a full national lockdown if COVID-19 cases continue
2020 Nov 4, Spanish emergency
services said one migrant died on a boat carrying around 70 others
that was intercepted today off Tenerife in the Canary Islands.
2020 Nov 4, The Swiss
government authorized deploying up to 2,500 military personnel to
help the country's hard-pressed health care system handle a second
wave of coronavirus infections.
2020 Nov 4, The Syrian
government shelled the last rebel last enclave in the country’s
northwest, killing at least seven people, including four children.
2020 Nov 4, The death toll in
last week’s Aegean Sea earthquake rose to 116 as rescuers in the
Turkish city of Izmir finished searching buildings that collapsed in
2020 Nov 4, Ukraine registered
a record 9,524 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, a day after
its minister described the situation in the country as verging on
2020 Nov 4, Pope Francis
tightened oversight on creating new religious orders. The new law
requires written Vatican approval before a bishop can approve a new
(SFC, 11/5/20, p.A2)