921 Nov 7, Treaty of Bonn: East
France and West France recognized each other.
994 Nov 7, Muhammad ibn Hazm,
historian, jurist, author of Islamic Spain, was born.
1225 Nov 7, Engelbert I (40),
the Saint, archbishop of Cologne, was murdered.
1492 Nov 7, A meteorite landed
in Ensisheim, Germany. Emperor Maximilian visited Ensisheim 15 days
after the fall and ordered that the Ensisheim meteorite be preserved
in the local church. A piece of the stone was put up for auction in
1504 Nov 7, Columbus returned
to Spain following his 4th voyage after suffering a shipwreck at
Jamaica. Columbus brought back cocoa beans and chocolate drinks soon
became a favorite in the Spanish court. In 2005 Martin Dugard
authored “The Last Voyage of Columbus."
(EWH, 1968, p.390)(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R49)(SSFC,
1512 Nov 7, Giuliano de Medici
fired Niccolo Machiavelli from civil service in Florence.
(ON, 11/04, p.4)
1519 Nov 7, University of
Leuven condemned the teachings of Rev. Martin Luther.
1637 Nov 7-1637 Nov 8, Anne
Hutchinson (b.1591) and her followers were tried as heretics and
banished from the Mass Bay colony to Rhode Island.
1651 Nov 7, King Louis XIV of
France (13) was declared of full age.
1665 Nov 7, The London Gazette,
the oldest surviving journal, was first published.
1667 Nov 7, Jean Racine's
"Andromaque," premiered in Paris.
1692 Nov 7, Johannes G
Schnabel, German author and surgeon (Insel Felsenburg), was born.
1722 Nov 7, Richard Steele's
"Conscious Lovers," premiered in London.
1775 Nov 7, Lord Dunmore
promised freedom to male slaves who would join the British army.
1796 Nov 7, Catharina II (67),
"the Great", tsarina of Russia (1762-96), died.
1805 Nov 7, Lewis and Clark
vamped opposite Pillar Rock, between Brookfield and Dahlia,
Washington, west of Jim Crow Point, in the estuary of the Columbia
1811 Nov 7, Gen. William Henry
Harrison won a battle against the Shawnee Indians at the Battle of
Tippecanoe in the Indiana territory. Tenskwatawa, the brother of
Shawnee leader Tecumseh, was engaged in the Battle of the Wabash,
aka Battle of Tippecanoe, in spite of his brother’s strict
admonition to avoid it. The battle near the Tippecanoe River with
the regular and militia forces of Indiana Territory Governor William
Henry Harrison, took place while Tecumseh was out of the area
seeking support for a united Indian movement. The battle, which was
a nominal victory for Harrison’s forces, effectively put an end to
Tecumseh’s dream of a pan-Indian confederation. Harrison’s
leadership in the battle also provided a useful campaign slogan for
his presidential bid in 1840.
(HFA, ‘96, p.46)(HNQ, 5/28/98)(HN, 11/7/98)
1814 Nov 7, Andrew Jackson
attacked and captured Pensacola, Florida, defeating the Spanish and
driving out a British force.
1837 Nov 7, A mob attack on the
Alton, Illinois, office newspaper editor Elijah P. Lovejoy (34) and
the subsequent killing of Lovejoy was inspired by the editor’s
anti-slavery writings. Several persons were indicted in the killing,
but they were found not guilty. Lovejoy was killed while defending a
newly arrived printing press. People opposed to Lovejoy‘s
mission had already destroyed three previous presses.
(HNQ, 3/18/99)(HNQ, 6/26/00)
1848 Nov 7, General Zachary
Taylor was elected president of US. Millard Fillmore was
vice-president. With the exception of South Carolina, who left the
selection of electors to its legislature, the election of 1848
marked the first time in which every state in the union voted for
President and Vice President on the same day: Taylor won election
over Cass, capturing 163 of the 290 electoral votes cast. Zachary
Taylor, a Southerner, a slaveholder and the hero of the Mexican War,
had been nominated by the Party as a candidate for president of the
US. He was an inoffensive candidate in the anxious years leading up
to the Civil War because he had never taken a position on a
political issue or even cast a vote in his life. During his 16
months as president, Congress addressed the explosive issue of
slavery’s expansion to the west with the Compromise of 1850, but
Taylor himself never had the opportunity to act on this issue.
1857 Nov 7, Dennistoun, Cross
and Co., an American bank with branches in Liverpool, Glasgow, New
York and New Orleans, collapsed taking with it the Western Bank of
Scotland with 98 branches. In the last three months of this year
there were 135 bankruptcies.
(Econ, 4/12/14, p.52)
1861 Nov 7, Union General
Ulysses S. Grant launches an unsuccessful raid on Belmont, Missouri.
1861 Nov 7, Union forces
captured the Hilton Head-Beaufort-Port Royal area of Southern
(Smith., 4/95, p.14)(HN, 11/7/98)
1862 Nov 7, The body of exiled
Bahadur Shah Zafar II was lowered into an unmarked grave in Rangoon
(Burma-Myanmar). Zafar II, the last Mughal emperor in India, was
deposed in the 1857 sepoy mutiny. In 2006 William Dalrymple authored
“The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi, 1857."
(Econ, 11/11/06, p.96)
1863 Nov 7, The Battle
of Rappahannock Station, Va., was fought.
1867 Nov 7, Marie Curie
(d.1934), Polish-born French scientist, was born in Warsaw as Marya
Salomee Sklodowska. Her discoveries included polonium, radium, which
she isolated from pitchblende, and the radioactivity of thorium. She
was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics in 1903 with her husband, and
in chemistry in 1911. "You cannot hope to build a better world
without improving the individuals. To that end each of us must work
for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general
responsibility for all humanity."
(AHD, 1971, p.323)(AP, 10/26/98)(HN, 11/7/98)
1872 Nov 7, US cargo ship Mary
Celeste set sail from NY on a journey which ended when it was found
mysteriously abandoned the following month.
1874 Nov 7, The elephant first
appeared as a political icon in a Thomas Nast cartoon in Harper’s
Weekly. The Republican Party was symbolized as an elephant in a
cartoon drawn by Thomas Nast in Harper's Weekly magazine.
(Hem, 8/96, p.84)(AP, 11/7/97)
1875 Nov 7, Verney Cameron
became the 1st European to cross equatorial Africa.
1876 Nov 7, The presidential
vote between Republican Rutherford B. Hayes and Democrat Samuel
Tilden was very close and the Florida result looked like it would
determine the national outcome. In 1974 Prof. Jerrell Shofner
authored “Nor Is It Over," a study of the 1876 election. In 2003 Roy
Morris Jr. authored “Fraud of the Century." Louisiana was stolen for
Hayes. 13,000 Tilden votes were discounted in Louisiana by a
bribe-taking election board.
(WSJ, 12/11/00, p.A18)(WSJ, 2/3/03, p.D6)
1876 Nov 7, Rutherford B. Hayes
was elected 19th president of the US. Because of the closeness of
the race he became president only by a deal with Southern
conservatives to end Federal occupation of the South, i.e. the
Hayes-Tildon Compromise. Samuel J. Tilden (D) won the popular vote.
Hayes carried the electoral college by one vote. Lemonade Lucy, wife
of Pres. Hayes, later received the 1st Siamese cat in the US.
(HN, 11/7/99)(WSJ, 4/10/00, p.A20)(SFC, 8/5/00,
p.B4)(SSFC, 10/17/04, p.M3)
1876 Nov 7, Edward Bouchet
became the 1st black to receive a PhD in US college at Yale.
1879 Nov 7, Leon Davidovitsj
Trotsky, [Leib Bronstein], Russian revolutionary, was born. [see Oct
26, Nov 8]
1881 Nov 7, Wyatt Earp and Doc
Holliday, two participants in Tombstone, Arizona’s, famous Gunfight
at the O.K. Corral, were jailed as the hearings on what happened in
the fight grew near.
1885 Nov 7, The Canadian
Pacific Railway completed its transcontinental rail line with the
last spike driven at the Rocky Mountain town of Craigellachie.
(SFEM, 10/10/99, p.46)(ON, 11/07, p.12)
1893 Nov 7, The state of
Colorado granted women residents the right to vote.
1893 Nov 7, In Barcelona,
Spain, 23 people including 9 women, were killed at Liceo Opera House
by a bomb thrown by anarchist Salvador Franch.
1900 Nov 7, Heinrich Himmler,
Head of the Nazi SS and organizer of extermination camps in Eastern
Europe, was born.
1900 Nov 7, Efrem Kurtz,
conductor (Houston Symph 1948-54), was born in St Petersburg,
1903 Nov 7, Konrad Lorenz,
pioneering zoologist, was born. He won a Nobel prize in 1973.
(HN, 11/7/00)(MC, 11/7/01)
1903 Nov 7, President Theodore
Roosevelt recognized the new Panama republic.
(HNPD, 11/18/98)(ON, 1/00, p.3)
1907 Nov 7, General Electric
was re-instated as a component of the Dow Jones. Tennessee Coal,
Iron and Railroad Co. was removed from the Dow Jones. GE had entered
the appliance business this year.
(WSJ, 5/28/96, p.R45)(WSJ, 5/15/08, p.A1)
1910 Nov 7, Leo Tolstoy
(b.1828), Russian earl and writer (War & Peace), died at the
rural Astapovo train station [OS, NS=Nov 20]. In 1967 Henri Troyat’s
“Tolstoy" became available in English. In 2007 Leah Bendavid-Val
authored “Song Without Words: The Photographs and Diaries of
Countess Sophia Tolstoy." In 2011 Rosamund Bartlett authored
“Tolstoy: A Russian Life."
12/1/07, p.W10)(SSFC, 12/4/11, p.F4)
1913 Nov 7, Albert Camus
(d.1960), French philosopher, novelist, and dramatist best known for
his book "The Stranger" (1942) was born on an Algerian farm.
(WSJ, 12/12/97, p.A16)(HN, 11/7/98)
1914 Nov 7, Japan attacked a
German concession on Chinese peninsula of Shanghai.
1915 Nov 7, An Austrian
submarine torpedoed the Italian passenger ship Ancona, and 272 were
1916 Nov 7, President Woodrow
Wilson was re-elected over Charles Evans Hughes, but the race was so
close that all votes had to be counted before an outcome could be
determined, so the results were not known until November 11.
President Woodrow Wilson was elected for a second term largely
because he had successfully kept America out of the war that was
raging in Europe since 1914. His campaign slogan was: "He kept us
out of the war." Wilson beat Charles Evans Hughes, a former Supreme
Court Justice with an electoral college vote of 277-254. Wilson’s
victory in California, 13 electoral votes, by 3,773 votes gave him
277 electoral votes to 254 for Hughes. Wilson carried the popular
vote 9.1 million to 8.5 for Hughes.
(HN, 11/7/98)(HNPD, 2/24/99)(SFC, 10/9/99,
p.A21)(SFEC, 10/29/00, p.A1) (SFC, 11/10/00, p.A3)
1916 Nov 7, Republican
Jeannette Rankin (R-Montana), lifelong feminist and pacifist of
Montana, became the first woman elected to Congress. As legislative
secretary of the National American Woman Suffrage Association,
Rankin helped the women of Montana win the vote in 1914, six years
before all American women won the vote. Rankin was elected as a
delegate-at-large to the U.S. House of Representatives. During her
first term in Washington (1917-1919), Rankin strongly supported
isolationism--she was one of 49 members of Congress to vote against
war with Germany in 1917. Rankin served another term in the House of
Representatives from 1941 to 1943, where she created a furor as the
only legislator to vote against declaring war on Japan after the
Pearl Harbor raid. This unpopular stand ended her political career,
but Rankin remained politically active, even leading a 1968 march to
protest American involvement in Vietnam. Jeanette Rankin died in
(AP, 11/7/97)(HN, 11/7/98)(HNPD, 11/6/98)
1916 Nov 7, Grand duke Nikolai
Nikolayevich warned the czar of an uprising.
1917 Nov 7, British General Sir
Edmond Allenby broke the Turkish defensive line in the Third Battle
1917 Nov 7, (October 25 old
style Julian calendar then used by Russia) The provisional
government of Premier Aleksandr Kerensky fell to the Bolsheviks led
by Vladimir Ilyich Lenin. He called his followers the Bolsheviks,
meaning the majority, when they formed for a short period the
majority of a revolutionary committee. The Bolsheviks became a
majority of the ruling group, but they were only a small part of the
total Russian population. Decades of czarist incompetence and the
devastation of World War I had wrecked the Russian economy and in
March 1917, Czar Nicholas II abdicated. Kerensky's provisional
government struggled to maintain power until Lenin's Bolshevik
followers stormed Petrograd and seized all government operations.
Lenin and his lieutenant, Leon Trotsky, quickly confiscated land and
nationalized industry and in March 1918, Russia withdrew from World
War I by signing the humiliating Treaty of Brest-Litovsk with
Germany. Bloody civil war raged in Russia for the next two years as
the anti-Bolshevik White Army battled the Communists for control.
[see Nov 6] This day became a national holiday and continued until
it was abolished in late 2004.
(CFA, '96, p.58)(V.D.-H.K.p.260-261)(AP,
11/7/97)(HNPD, 11/7/98)(AP, 11/4/05)
1918 Nov 7, Billy Graham,
evangelist, was born in Charlotte, N.C. He later led the Evangelical
Christians, a group that numbered 35% of all Americans.
(SFEC, 10/20/96, Par, p.4)(SFEC, 9/21/97, Z1 p.3)
1918 Nov 7, Goddard
demonstrated tube-launched solid propellant rockets.
1918 Nov 7, During World War I,
an erroneous report that an armistice had been signed set off
celebrations across the country. The armistice was signed on Nov 11.
1918 Nov 7, The Yugoslav
National Conference at Geneva decided on the union of Croatia and
Slovenia with Serbia and Montenegro. [see Dec 1]
1919 Nov 7, US police raided
offices of Union of Russian Workers.
1921 Nov 7, Benito Mussolini
declared himself to be leader of the National Fascist Party.
1922 Nov 7, Al Hirt, jazz
trumpeter, was born in New Orleans, La.
1926 Nov 7, Joan Sutherland,
operatic singer, was born in Sydney, Australia. She retired in 1990
and in 1998 published her autobiography.
(WSJ, 3/25/98, p.A20)(HN, 11/7/98)(MC, 11/7/01)
1928 Nov 7, Norton David
Zinder, biologist, was born.
1929 Nov 7, Benny Andersen,
Danish writer, poet and jazz musician, was born.
1929 Nov 7, The Museum of
Modern Art in New York City opened to the public.
(AP, 11/7/97)(WSJ, 3/24/98, p.A20)
1931 Nov 7, Mao Tse Tung
proclaimed the Chinese People's Republic.
1933 Nov 7, Pennsylvania voters
overturned blue law, by permitting Sunday sports.
1936 Nov 7, Gwyneth Jones,
soprano (Die Walkure, Isolde), was born, Pontnewyndd, Wales.
1936 Nov 7, The Battle of
1936 Nov 7, In Spain as
Franco’s army besieged Madrid, Santiago Carrillo (1915-2014) was
appointed Councilor for Public Order in Madrid. His first act was to
organize the execution of more than 2,000 imprisoned army officers,
suspected of being “fifth-columnists."
1937 Nov 7, Mary Travers, folk
singer (Peter, Paul and Mary), was born in Louisville, Ky.
(SSFC, 2/15/04, Par p.18)
1938 Nov 7, Ernst vom Rath
(29), a German diplomat in Paris, was shot and mortally wounded by a
17-year-old Polish Jewish youth, Herschel Grynszpan, who had fled
from Germany to France. Rath died after two days and news of his
death triggered Nazi reprisals.
1940 Nov 7, The middle section
of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington state, nicknamed
"Galloping Gertie," collapsed during a windstorm. In 1950 a new
fortified bridge was built on the original piers.
(AP, 11/7/08)(ON, 6/09, p.9)
1941 Nov 7,
British air attacks hit Berlin, Mannheim and Ruhrgebied.
1941 Nov 7, Russians paraded
across Red Square commemorating the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution and
afterward went directly to the front to defend Moscow from the
approaching Nazi forces.
1942 Nov 7, FDR became the 1st
US president to broadcast in a foreign language, French.
1943 Nov 7, Joni Mitchell,
singer, songwriter, was born as Roberta J. Anderson in Alberta,
1943 Nov 7, British troops
launched a limited offensive along the coast of Burma.
1944 Nov 7, President Roosevelt
won an unprecedented fourth term in office, defeating Thomas E.
(AP, 11/7/97)(HN, 11/7/98)
1944 Nov 7, The submarine USS
Albacore (SS-218) was lost off of northern Hokkaido with all hands.
This was just after it struck the Japanese aircraft carrier Taiho,
which went down with 1,650 officers and men.
1944 Nov 7, Richard
Sorge and Ozaki Hozumi were hanged in Tokyo after being convicted as
spies for the Soviet Union.
1944 Nov 7, A train derailed at
Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, and about 16 people died.
1946 Nov 7, Willis Linn Jepson
(b.1867), “Profound Scholar, Inspiring Teacher, Indefatigable
Botanical Explorer," died in Berkeley, Ca. “In the ordered beauty of
nature he found enduring communion."
1949 Nov 7, Costa Rica adopted
a constitution that prohibited a standing army.
(SFEC, 11/17/96, Z. 1
1949 Nov 7, King Faruk
disbanded the Egyptian parliament.
1949 Nov 7, Soviet Marshal
Konstantin Rokossovsky was appointed minister of defense and
commander-in-chief of he Polish army.
(EWH, 1968, p.1200)
1950 Nov 7, Alexa Canady, first
female African American neurosurgeon, was born.
1952 Nov 7, Felix Bloch (47) of
Stanford Univ. and E.M. Purcell (40) of Harvard won the Nobel Prize
in Physics for their work on measuring the magnetic properties of
(SFC, 10/8/01, p.A17)
1954 Nov 7, A US spy plane was
shot down North of Japan.
1962 Nov 7, Richard M. Nixon,
who failed in a bid to become governor of California, held what he
called his last press conference, telling reporters, "You won't have
Nixon to kick around anymore."
1962 Nov 7, Former first lady
(1933-1945) Eleanor Roosevelt (b.1884) died in New York City and was
buried near her husband at their estate in Hyde Park, New York. [see
(AP, 11/7/97)(SFEC, 2/7/99, Par p.7)(HNPD,
1963 Nov 7, The film “It’s a
Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" premiered at Hollywood’s new Cinerama
Theatre in a lengthy 195 minute version.
(WSJ, 2/13/02, p.A1)
1965 Nov 7, Friedrich Wildgans
(52), composer, died.
1966 Nov 7, Jean-Claude van
Itallie's "America Hurrah," premiered in NYC.
1967 Nov 7, President Lyndon B.
Johnson signed a bill establishing the Corporation for Public
(AP, 11/7/97)(HN, 11/7/98)
1967 Nov 7, Richard Hatcher
(1933-2019), a black activist, lawyer and City Council president,
was elected mayor of Gary, Indiana. He went on to serve five terms.
Hatcher attracted hundreds of millions of dollars in federal money
to Gary in his 20 years in office, some of which was used to build
low-cost housing and the first public housing units in the city in
nearly two decades.
1967 Nov 7, Carl Stokes
(1927-1996) was elected the first black mayor of a major city --
Cleveland, Ohio. He served two terms as mayor from 1967 to 1971 and
was a leading advocate for increased federal aid to American cities.
After serving as mayor, Stokes became a television commentator and
later a judge in Cleveland.
(AP, 11/7/97)(HNQ, 1/9/03)
1967 Nov 7, John Nance Garner
(98), (VP-D, 1933-41), died.
1967 Nov 7, Juan Tomas Perez
(71), composer, died.
1972 Nov 7, President Richard
Nixon was re-elected in a landslide over Democrat George McGovern.
(TMC, 1994, p.1972)(AP, 11/7/97)
1972 Nov 7, Jesse Helms
(1921-2008) of North Carolina, who had switched to the Republican
Party in 1970, was elected to the US Senate, the first Republican
from NC in the 20th century.
(SFC, 7/4/08, p.A2)
1972 Nov 7, California voters
passed Proposition 20 allowing the creation of the Coastal
Commission to regulate construction along the coast. In 2002 a state
appeals court ruled it unconstitutional.
1972 Nov 7, In California Prop.
17 authorized the death penalty in the state Constitution with a
67.5 majority vote.
(SFC, 10/2/14, p.D2)
1972 Nov 7, Delaware elected
Joseph Biden (b.1942) as one of its US Senators. Biden was
re-elected in 1978, 1984, 1990, 1996 and 2002.
(SSFC, 8/24/08, p.A15)
1973 Nov 7, Partly in response
to the Vietnam debacle, the US Congress passed the War Powers
Resolution requiring the President to obtain the support of Congress
within 90 days of sending American troops abroad. Congress overrode
President Nixon's veto of the War Powers Act, which limited a chief
executive's power to wage war without congressional approval. The
act allowed Congress to bring troops home within 60 days unless
deployment was approved or war was declared.
1974 Nov 7, Richard John
Bingham (39), the Seventh Earl of Lucan, disappeared after nanny
Sandra Rivett was battered to death in the family's home in London's
wealthy Belgravia district. Lady Lucan (d.2017) escaped with severe
head wounds. In 2001 Muriel spark authored "Aiding and Abetting," a
novel based on Lucan’s imagined reappearance. In 2003 former
policeman Duncan MacLaughlin claimed in the book, "Dead Lucky," that
Lucan lived in India under the name Barry Halpin in India from 1975
until his death in 1996. In 2016 Britain's High Court granted a
death certificate at the request of George Bingham, allowing him to
become the Eight Earl of Lucan.
(SSFC, 2/18/01, BR p.3)(AP, 9/8/03)(AP,
1975 Nov 7, "Wonder Woman"
debuted as a pilot on ABC.
1975 Nov 7, On the eve of the
anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution Capt. Valery Sablin
(1939-1976) seized control of the Storozhevoy (Vigilant), a Russian
destroyer in the Baltic, intending to proclaim a new revolution. The
Russian air force managed to disable the vessel and Sablin was
executed for the mutiny. This incident inspired Tom Clancy’s novel
and the film “The Hunt for Red October."
1976 Nov 7, NBC began airing
the movie “Gone with the Wind" on TV. It showed over two nights due
to its length. The event was the highest-rated television event of
1978 Nov 7, By this date the
CDC had confirmed 496 sporadic cases associated with outbreaks of
Legionnaire's disease in the US.
1978 Nov 7, California voters
approved Proposition 7, a Briggs initiative, which greatly expanded
the kinds of cases in which the death penalty could be imposed. By
2003 the prison population was 159,390 with and annual budget of
$5.3 billion. Proposition 6, a Briggs initiative calling to prevent
gays and lesbians from teaching in public schools, was defeated.
1978 Nov 7, Janet Flanner
(b.1892), American writer and journalist, died.
1978 Nov 7, Gene Tunney
(b.1897), former heavyweight boxing champ (1926-28), died. In 2006
Jack Cavanaugh authored “Tunney: Boxing’s Brainiest Champ and His
Upset of the Great Jack Dempsey."
1979 Nov 7, In California Linda
Ann Jozovich disappeared during a work break in Santa Clara County.
In 1995 a hiker in the Los Gatos Hills discovered her jawbone and
some teeth. In 2004 her skull and bones were discovered in the same
area. In 2007 Terry Childs, a convicted killer serving time in
Salinas, confessed to her murder.
(SFC, 3/13/04, p.B4)(SFC, 11/2/07, p.B2)
1980 Nov 7, Steve McQueen, film
actor, died in Juarez, Mexico, at age 50.
(SFC, 3/21/98, p.E3)(AP, 11/7/00)
1981 Nov 7, Will Durant
(b.1885), historian, died at age 96. He managed to complete 21 of a
projected 23 chapters in his last book "Heroes of History" before
his death. The book was published in 2001.
1982 Nov 7, Gen. Kenan Evren
was elected president of Turkey and continued to 1989.
1982 Nov 7, Turkey ratified a
new constitution. It replaced the earlier Constitution of 1961.
1983 Nov 7, A bomb exploded on
the 2nd floor of the Capitol, causing heavy damage but no injuries.
A caller said the bomb was an action against US aggression in
Grenada and Lebanon.
1984 Nov 7, San Francisco’s
memorial to the Holocaust was formally dedicated in Lincoln Park. It
included a sculpture by George Segal depicting a pile of white
(SSFC, 11/8/09, DB p.46)
1987 Nov 7, Judge Douglas H.
Ginsburg asked President Reagan to withdraw his nomination to the
U.S. Supreme Court, citing the clamor that arose over Ginsburg's
admission that he had smoked marijuana on occasion.
1987 Nov 7, Italian
citizens began voting in a 2-day referendum to close down 3 nuclear
(AP, 11/13/03)(Econ, 6/6/09,
1987 Nov 7, Zine El Abidine Ben
Ali became president of Tunisia after doctors declared Habib
Bourguiba (84) medically unfit to govern. Mr. Ben Ali led a peaceful
coup that ended the 30 year rule of Habib Bourguiba. "The Tunisians
are Sunni Muslims and deny polygamy, admit abortion, and abjure the
(SFC, 5/6/96, p.A-4)(WSJ, 6/22/95, p.A-5)(SFC,
1988 Nov 7, On the eve of
Election Day, Vice President George Bush confidently said the nation
was "coming in behind my candidacy" while Democrat Michael Dukakis
vowed to pull off a stunning "November surprise."
1989 Nov 7, NYC elected its 1st
black mayor, David N. Dinkins, and female comptroller, Elizabeth
1989 Nov 7, L. Douglas Wilder
won the governor's race in Virginia, becoming the first elected
black governor in US history.
1989 Nov 7, Richard Ramirez,
convicted of California's "Night Stalker" killings, was sentenced to
1990 Nov 7, In some of her
strongest remarks during the Persian Gulf crisis, British Prime
Minister Margaret Thatcher warned Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
that time was “running out" for a peaceful solution.
1990 Nov 7, Lawrence Durrell
(b.1912), expatriate British writer, died in France. His most famous
work is the tetralogy The Alexandria Quartet (1957-1960). In 2012
Joanna Hodgkin authored “Amateurs in Eden: The Story of a Bohemian
Marriage, Nancy and Lawrence Durrell."
1990 Nov 7, Mary Robinson was
elected as 1st female president of Ireland for a 7 year term. She
was later selected as the UN commissioner for human rights.
1990 Nov 7, In Ivory Coast
Alassane Ouattara (b.1942) served as prime minister under Pres.
Felix Houphouet-Boigny. He continued in office to 1993.
1991 Nov 7, Basketball star
Magic Johnson stunned the country as he announced that he had tested
positive for the AIDS virus, and was retiring.
1991 Nov 7, Pro- and
anti-Communist rallies took place in Moscow on the 74th anniversary
of the Bolshevik Revolution.
1992 Nov 7, Richard Yates
(b.1926), US author, died in Birmingham, Ala. His books included
"Revolutionary Road" (1961), and "Disturbing the Peace" (1975). In
2003 Blake Bailey authored "Tragic Honesty: The Life and Work of
1992 Nov 7, Alexander Dubcek
(70), former Czechoslovak leader (1968-1969), died in a car crash.
His 1968 failed attempt to loosen the Communist grip became known as
the Prague Spring.
1993 Nov 7, President Clinton,
appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press," assailed labor leaders who
opposed the North American Free Trade Agreement, accusing them of
using "naked pressure" to try to kill the pact.
1994 Nov 7, On the eve of
Election Day, President Clinton concluded an eight-day campaign
odyssey with an impassioned plea for embattled Democrats, saying,
"We'll go forward, we don't want to go back," even as he braced for
expected Republican gains in the House and Senate.
1994 Nov 7, James Winston Watts
(90), developer of the Frontal Lobotomy, died.
1995 Nov 7, In a Japanese
courtroom, three American military men admitted to the ambush-rape
of a 12-year-old Okinawan schoolgirl, an attack that outraged the
Japanese and strained security ties between Japan and the US. The
men later received prison sentences ranging from six and a-half to
1995 Nov 7, John Patrick
(b.1905), screenwriter, died.
1996 Nov 7, The U.S. liquor
industry voted to drop its decades-old voluntary ban on broadcast
1996 Nov 7, Michael Norton,
chief of Kona Kai Farms in Berkeley, was indicted on charges of
money laundering and wire fraud in connection with selling cheaper
coffee as Hawaiian Kona Coffee.
(SFC, 11/19/96, p.A1)
1996 Nov 7, CSX raised its bid
to $8.4 billion for Conrail. Norfolk Southern then raised its bid to
(WSJ, 1/2/97, p.R2)
1996 Nov 7, Merck researchers
announced a new class of antibiotics that attack bacteria that have
grown resistant to current drugs.
(WSJ, 11/8/96, p.A1)
1996 Nov 7, NASA's Mars Global
Surveyor blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on a mission to map
the surface of the Red Planet. It went into orbit around Mars in
1996 Nov 7, In Albania former
Communist secret policemen were blamed for a bomb that injured a top
judge and his daughter. The attack came after an appeals court
upheld prison sentences against 9 officials of the former Communist
(WSJ, 11/7/96, p.A1)
1996 Nov 7, In Belarus pres.
Lukashenko will call a national referendum to obtain power to
disband the legislature and extend his term of office from 5 to 7
years. His new constitution extended his office by 10 years, allowed
him to appoint judges, boards and deputies, and would ban private
property in the country.
(SFC, 9/2/96, p.A14)
1996 Nov 7, In India cyclone
07B killed some 2000 in Andhra Pradesh state. Damage was estimated
at $1.5 billion.
(WSJ, 11/8/96, p.A1)(SFC, 11/12/96,
1996 Nov 7, In Mexico police
and army units arrested 14 men as suspected leftist guerrillas in
Oaxaca. In Chiapas state 27 members of humanitarian groups working
with rebel villages received death threats.
(SFC, 11/8/96, p.A18)
1996 Nov 7, In Nigeria Flight
086, a Boeing 727 belonging to the Aviation Development Corp.,
crashed near Epe east of Lagos and 141  people died.
(SFC, 11/8/96, p.A18)(AP, 11/7/97)
1996 Nov 7, Thousands of
Communists marched through Moscow to mark the 79th anniversary of
the Bolshevik revolution.
1996 Nov 7, In Turkmenistan the
president opened a human rights agency. Some 17 government hotels
stand empty on the edge of the desert. The average wage was $16 per
month and the president’s son was rumored to have lost $12.5 million
in one night of gambling in Spain.
(SFC, 11/8/96, p.A14)
1997 Nov 7, In a rising war of
words, the Clinton administration warned it was considering military
options, including a cruise missile strike, if Iraq carried out its
threat to shoot down U.N. surveillance planes.
1997 Nov 7, Kenneth Behring, a
California real estate developer, made a formal donation of $20
million to the Smithsonian Institution.
(SFC, 11/6/97, p.A6)
1997 Nov 7, In Concord, Ca.,
the De La Salle High School football team under coach Bob Ladoucer
won their 73rd straight game and broke a 1975 record set by Hudson,
Mich., High School.
(SFC, 11/8/97, p.A1)
1997 Nov 7, In Florida Sheila
Bellush (35) was found dead by her 13-year-old daughter in her home
in Sarasota with her quadruplet toddlers crawling in her blood.
Samuel Gonzales (27) and Daniel Alex Rocha of San Antonio, Tx., were
later arrested for conspiracy to commit murder. Police still
searched for Jose Luis Del Toro (21), the man believed to have done
(SFC, 11/18/97, p.A9)
1997 Nov 7, It was reported
that there are 12 blacks among the 594 federal lawmakers of Brazil.
The country is 44% black by government count, and 70% black by a
(SFC, 11/6/97, p.D2)
1997 Nov 7, In France most
truckers ended their strike after the largest signed an agreement
for a 6% raise by year 2000 and a guaranteed $1700 for 200 hours of
work per month.
(SFC, 11/8/97, p.A10)
1997 Nov 7, In Iraq Saddam
Hussein rejected the efforts of UN envoys to resolve the dispute
over weapons inspections.
(SFC, 11/8/97, p.A1)
1997 Nov 7, Shoichiro Toyoda
(72), chairman of Toyota, planned to address the captains of
Japanese industry and urge the severing of ties with the
extortionists known as “sokaiya."
(SFEC, 11/2/97, p.A18)
1997 Nov 7, In Kenya Pres.
Daniel arap Moi signed a package of political and constitutional
reforms that make Kenya a multiparty democracy and provide residents
greater freedom of speech.
(SFC, 11/8/97, p.A12)
1998 Nov 7, A scant four years
after leading Republicans to glory, House Speaker Newt Gingrich
announced he would resign not just his speakership but also his seat
in the House.
1998 Nov 7, The shuttle
Discovery landed in Cape Canaveral, Fla. After 9 days in space.
77-year-old John Glenn returned to Earth aboard the space shuttle
Discovery, visibly weak but elated after the mission.
(SFEC, 11/8/98, p.A2)(AP, 11/7/99)
1998 Nov 7, In Colombia Pres.
Pastrana planned to complete the evacuation of government troops
from a southern guerrilla stronghold for 90 days to facilitate talks
with the rebel FARC. The rebels took control of 5 municipalities
straddling Caqueta and Meta provinces, an area the size of
(SFC, 11/7/98, p.C1)
1998 Nov 7, Japan offered more
than $9 million in aid to Cuba with most of the money as a direct
donation to buy rice. A 5 month drought followed by Hurricane
Georges caused heavy agricultural losses.
(SFEC, 11/8/98, p.A28)
1999 Nov 7, Tiger Woods became
the first golfer since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win four straight
1999 Nov 7, Joseph Chebet of
Kenya won the NY Marathon in 2 hrs, 9 min. and 14 sec. Adriana
Fernandez of Mexico won for the women in 2:25:06.
(WSJ, 11/8/99, p.A1)
1999 Nov 7, Relatives of the
victims of EgyptAir Flight 990 gathered in Newport, Rhode Island, to
bid them a wrenching farewell, a week after the plane crashed into
the Atlantic Ocean.
1999 Nov 7, In Chechnya Russian
soldiers dislodged rebels in Bamut. 38 civilians were reported
killed along with 28 Chechen fighters.
(SFC, 11/8/99, p.C14)
1999 Nov 7, In Athens, Greece,
a bomb exploded outside a Levi's jeans store. This was the 5th
recent attack and was thought to be linked to an upcoming Nov 13
visit by Pres. Clinton.
(SFC, 11/8/99, p.C14)
1999 Nov 7, In Guatemala
Alfonso Portillo of the Guatemalan Republican Front (FRG) was in a
close race for the presidency with Oscar Berger of the governing
National Advancement (PAN). With 97.5% counted Portillo had 47.8% of
the vote vs. 30.3% for Berger. The FRG won 61 0f the 110-seat
(SFC, 11/8/99, p.A10)(SFC, 11/9/99, p.A13)(SFC,
1999 Nov 7, In Aceh,
Indonesia, 500,000 people marched for independence.
(SFC, 11/8/99, p.A14)
1999 Nov 7, In Netanya, Israel,
3 pipe bombs exploded and 33 people were wounded on the eve of
Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
(SFC, 11/8/99, p.A14)
1999 Nov 7, In Mexico Francisco
Labastida, the PRI candidate, led the presidential primary elections
far ahead of Roberto Madrazo. Labastida (57) won 272 of the 300
(SFC, 11/8/99, p.A1)(SFC, 11/9/99, p.A12)
1999 Nov 7, In Sri Lanka the
military command was shuffled after Tamil Tigers overran 10
strategic camps earlier in the week. Hundreds of soldiers were dead
(SFC, 11/8/99, p.C14)
1999 Nov 7, Continued heavy
rain in central Vietnam caused more flooding and the death toll rose
to over 450.
(SFC, 11/8/99, p.A12)
2000 Nov 7, Pres. Clinton named
George Mitchell to head a fact-finding team in the
(SFC, 11/7/00, p.B2)
2000 Nov 7, In US elections Al
Gore conceded to George Bush and then retracted his concession based
on an early prediction of the vote in Florida, which was reversed as
too close to call. Hillary Clinton won the NY Senate seat. In 2001
Bill Sammon authored "At Any Cost: How Al Gore Tried to Steal the
Election" and Alan M Dershowitz authored ""Supreme Injustice: How
the High Court Hijacked Election 2000." Gore lost to Bush despite
receiving over 500,000 more votes.
(SFC, 11/8/00, p.A1)(WSJ, 11/8/00, p.A1)(WSJ,
6/18/01, p.A17)(Econ, 2/9/13, p.31)
2000 Nov 7, George Bush won
Colorado by 8% points. Ralph Nader took over 5% of the vote.
(Econ, 8/28/04, p.30)
2000 Nov 7, California voters
approved Prop 39 for school bonds to pass with a 55% majority. Prop
36, the Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act, was also approved.
It called for transferring drug arrestees from the criminal justice
system into treatment programs. Voters approved Prop. 1A, a
pro-Indian gambling measure.
(SFC, 11/9/00, p.A1)(SFC, 11/13/00, p.A1)(SFC,
2000 Nov 7, Missouri’s late
Gov. Mel Carnahan won the Senate election over Rep. John Ashcroft.
Carnahan’s widow Jean had already agreed to assume the seat if her
(SFC, 11/9/00, p.A11)
2000 Nov 7, Wisconsin voters
supported Al Gore by a margin of some 5,700 votes.
(Econ, 7/24/04, p.30)(Econ, 9/13/08, p.39)
2000 Nov 7, William Leonard
Pickard (55) was arrested on charges of conspiring to operate a
massive LSD lab in Wamego, Ka.
(SSFC, 6/10/01, p.A1)
2000 Nov 7, In Denmark Queen
Mother Ingrid died at age 90. She was born Ingrid Victoria Sofie
Louise Margaretha at the royal castle in Stockholm as the daughter
of King Gustaf VI Adolf.
(SFC, 11/8/00, p.B7)
2000 Nov 7, In Serbia prisoner
riots expanded to Pozarevac and Nis where the rape of women inmates
(SFC, 11/8/00, p.B4)
2000 Nov 7, In Taiwan the
legislature adopted bills to clear the way for a recall vote against
Pres. Chen Shui-bian.
(SFC, 11/8/00, p.B2)
2000 Nov 7, In Venezuela the
congress granted Pres. Chavez fast track powers to decree laws
without parliamentary debate.
(SFC, 11/8/00, p.B5)
2000 Nov 7, In Zimbabwe white
farmers appealed to the highest court on the constitutionality of
the emergency powers used by Pres. Mugabe for farm seizures.
(SFC, 11/10/00, p.A16)
2001 Nov 7, The Bush
administration targeted Osama bin Laden's multimillion-dollar
financial networks, closing businesses in four states, detaining
U.S. suspects and urging allies to help choke off money supplies in
40 nations. Federal agents raided 2 money transfer organizations, Al
Barakaat and Al Taqwa that included 10 locations in 4 states.
(SFC, 11/8/01, p.A1)(AP, 11/7/02)
2001 Nov 7, At the White House,
President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair, allies in the
war on terrorism, confidently offered back-to-back pledges of
victory, no matter how long it took.
2001 Nov 7,
Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. agreed to pay $41.5 million to head off
lawsuits by states over defective tires.
(SFC, 11/8/01, p.A18)
2001 Nov 7, Small numbers of US
forces prepared to enter southern Afghanistan for special missions.
(SFC, 11/8/01, p.A3)
2001 Nov 7, A special unit of
Afghan and Arab “fidaiyan" fighters, was reported to be ready for
(SFC, 11/8/01, p.A3)
2001 Nov 7, British Airways and
Air France resumed Concorde jet flights. Safety changes were made
following the July 25, 2000 crash.
(SFC, 10/16/01, p.D1)(SFC, 11/8/01, p.A18)
2001 Nov 7, In Colombia FARC
rebels kidnapped Mireya Mejia Araujo, a local peace counselor, and
demanded $217,000 in ransom.
(SSFC, 11/11/01, p.A15)
2001 Nov 7, Israeli lawmakers
lifted Parliamentary immunity from Azmi Bishara, a representative of
the Arab party Balad, for statements that allegedly threatened
Israeli security. Israel ended its occupation of Ramallah and
Israeli forces killed 2 Palestinians.
(SFC, 11/8/01, p.A19)(WSJ, 11/8/01, p.A1)
2001 Nov 7, Italy pledged an
aircraft carrier and 2,700 troops to help the American campaign in
(SFC, 11/8/01, p.A6)
2001 Nov 7, Pakistan halted the
news conferences of Afghan ambassador Abdul Salam Zaeef, who used
the event to announce civilian casualties caused by US bombings.
(SFC, 11/8/01, p.A4)
2001 Nov 7, In the Philippines
tropical storm Lingling left at least 68 people dead from floods and
(SFC, 11/8/01, p.A20)
2001 Nov 7, In Qatar Abdullah
Mubarak al-Hajiri was killed after he opened fire on US and Qatari
troops guarding the Al Adid air base.
(SFC, 11/8/01, p.A13)
2001 Nov 7, In Spain Judge Jose
Maria Lidon Corbi was shot to death as he drove out of his garage in
Gexto. The ETA was held responsible.
(SFC, 11/8/01, p.A19)
2001 Nov 7, Taiwan ended a
50-year-old ban on direct trade and investment in China.
(SFC, 11/8/01, p.A19)
2002 Nov 7, In his first news
conference since the midterm elections, President Bush, charting an
agenda for the new Republican Congress, said that homeland security
came first and that an economic-recovery plan with new tax cuts
would wait until the next year.
2002 Nov 7, Dick Gephardt
stepped down as House Democratic leader in the wake of his party's
2002 Nov 7, The US FDA approved
a 20 minute easy to use AIDS test manufactured by OraSure.
(SFC, 11/7/02, p.A4)
2002 Nov 7, In Concordia,
Colombia, some 500 men and women sacked the buildings of the local
government offices, political offices, and state phone operations in
response to the murder of mayoral candidate Eugenio Escalante (47)
by the AUC.
(SFC, 11/19/02, p.A12)
2002 Nov 7, Rudolf Augstein
(79), who founded the U.S.-style Der Spiegel newsweekly in the ruins
of postwar Germany and turned it into the country's most respected
magazine, died of pneumonia.
2002 Nov 7, Nearly 99 percent
of voters on Gibraltar rejected the idea of Britain sharing its
colony with Spain in a stinging rebuff to any plans for joint
2002 Nov 7, In Indonesia a
light plane crashed on an islet off Borneo 3 minutes after it took
off, killing seven of the 10 people aboard.
2002 Nov 7, Latvia's parliament
gave its approval to a new government headed by former Central Bank
president Einars Repse, who vowed to stop corruption in the
ex-Soviet Baltic republic.
2002 Nov 7, Amnesty
International and other rights groups charged that slavery by north
African Arabs and Berbers and others persists in the West African
nation of Mauritania, two decades after its official abolition.
2003 Nov 7, The US and Russia
signed an agreement under which Russia would retrieve, within the
next 5 to 10 years, uranium from research reactors in 17 countries.
(SSFC, 11/23/03, p.A16)
2003 Nov 7, The US Labor Dept.
reported an increase of 126,000 jobs outside the farm sector for
(SFC, 11/8/03, p.A1)
2003 Nov 7, The New Hampshire
Supreme Court ruled that a lesbian affair did not constitute
adultery under state law.
(SFC, 11/8/03, p.A2)
2003 Nov 7, The Cincinnati
Stock Exchange, located in Chicago, renamed itself the National
Stock Exchange. The CBOE owned 68% of it.
(Econ, 11/15/03, p.69)
2003 Nov 7, Prof. Donald
Griffin (88) of Harvard, leading proponent of animal consciousness,
died. "There is now abundant evidence of non-human cognition and
(WSJ, 11/28/03, p.B1)
2003 Nov 7, France and Russia
signed an accord that is intended to pave the way for the eventual
launch of Russian rockets from a French launch pad in South America.
2003 Nov 7, In Tikrit, Iraq, an
Army Black Hawk helicopter crashed, apparently shot down by
insurgents, killing all six U.S. soldiers aboard. 2 other soldiers
were killed near Mosul.
2003 Nov 7, The Israeli Health
Ministry announced the recall of Remedia, a Kosher infant formula,
following 3 reported infant deaths. A production error had cut
(AP, 11/9/03)(WSJ, 11/12/03, p.A1)
2003 Nov 7, The first UN peace
missions to Liberia's rebel-held far east found deserted towns
emptied of all but looting insurgents, and terrorized civilians
under rebel grip or lying rotting, dead, in the bush.
2003 Nov 7, Arab-dominated
Mauritania held a presidential vote hoping to bring the West African
nation's 1st change of power without a coup. Pres. Maaoya Sid'Ahmed
Taya won the vote.
(AP, 11/6/03)(AP, 11/9/03)
2003 Nov 7, The defending
champion US baseball team failed to qualify for the 2004 Athens
Olympics, losing to Mexico 2-1 in the quarterfinals of a qualifying
tournament in Panama City, Panama.
2003 Nov 7, Philippine security
officers shot and killed the country's former top civil aviation
official and a navy reserve officer as they seized the Manila
airport control tower at gunpoint.
2004 Nov 7, The NYC Marathon
was won by Hendrik Ramaala of South Africa in 2:09:28; Britain’s
Paula Radcliffe won the women's title in 2:23:10.
(WSJ, 11/8/04, p.A1)(AP, 11/7/05)
2004 Nov 7, Howard Keel (85),
star of MGM musicals, died.
(SFC, 11/8/04, p.A2)
2004 Nov 7, In Egypt a
passenger bus returning from Saudi Arabia collided with a truck,
killing 33 people.
2004 Nov 7, Iran and European
nations reached a preliminary agreement about Iran's nuclear program
at talks hoped to avoid a U.N. showdown. The UK, France and Germany
persuaded Iran to suspend its uranium enrichment program.
(AP, 11/7/04)(WSJ, 2/8/05, p.A1)
2004 Nov 7, The Iraqi
government declared a 60-day state of emergency throughout most of
the country, as US and Iraqi forces prepared for an all-out assault
on rebels in Fallujah.
2004 Nov 7, Israeli undercover
forces shot and killed 4 Palestinians in Jenin.
2004 Nov 7, Hezbollah sent an
aerial drone over northern Israel on a 1st test flight.
(WSJ, 11/8/04, p.A1)
2004 Nov 7, Machete-waving mobs
looted and burned in Ivory Coast's largest cities, laying siege to a
French military base and searching house to house for French
families after a day of sudden clashes between forces of France and
its former colony. France seized strategic control of Abidjan and
deployed new forces to stop the rampage.
(AP, 11/7/04)(SFC, 11/8/04, p.A3)
2004 Nov 7, Kashmiri
separatists gave a cautious welcome on to India's offer to allow
them to visit Pakistan. Thousands of people in Indian Kashmir staged
a protest, alleging that soldiers had raped a 10-year-old girl and
2004 Nov 7, In Macedonia voters
cast ballots on a referendum that would repeal a Western-brokered
law that effectively grants local autonomy to the country's ethnic
Albanians. The referendum fell short of a required 50% turnout.
(AP, 11/7/04)(WSJ, 11/8/04, p.A1)
2004 Nov 7, In central Mexico
gunmen, identified as local police officers, opened fire on a group
of revelers returning from a weekend dance, killing 7 people,
including 2 children.
2004 Nov 7, Nicaragua held
municipal elections. The leftist Sandinista Front sought to
capitalize on the recent fracturing of a rival party amid ongoing
attempts to remove the country's president from office. Dionisio
Marenco (58) led the mayoral elections in Managua.
(AP, 11/8/04)(AP, 11/9/04)
2005 Nov 7, President Bush met
with Panamanian President Martin Torrijos in Panama City, Panama,
where they discussed a free trade agreement. President Bush, in
Panama, defended US interrogation practices and called the treatment
of terrorism suspects lawful, saying, "We do not torture."
(AP, 11/7/05)(AP, 11/7/06)
2005 Nov 7, The Pentagon
announced that 5 foreign terrorism suspects at the U.S. military
prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been charged with war crimes
and will face military trials, bringing to nine the number charged
at Guantanamo to date.
2005 Nov 7, A jury in Miami,
Florida, found Luis Alavarez Renta, a powerful financier from the
Dominican Republic, liable on 3 counts of racketeering and one count
of fraudulent money transfer in a civil case stemming from his
actions in the 2003 collapse of Banco Intercontinental, or Baninter.
(WSJ, 11/9/05, p.A14)
2005 Nov 7, Oakland, Ca.,
pediatrician Zehra Attari went missing. On Dec 20 she was found in
her car as it was pulled out of the Oakland estuary at the end of
(SFC, 12/22/05, p.B1)
2005 Nov 7, Fiat SpA and Ford
Motor Co. said they had signed an agreement to collaborate on small
cars, completing a deal to co-develop new models due in 2007 and
2005 Nov 7, Grokster Ltd., a
pioneering file-sharing service founded in 2001, shut down as part
of a legal settlement with the music industry.
(WSJ, 11/8/05, p.B1)
2005 Nov 7, TV networks struck
deals with cable and satellite providers allowing viewers to watch
popular shows anytime they want for 99 cents per episode.
(WSJ, 11/8/05, p.A1)
2005 Nov 7, The Int’l. Energy
Agency (IEA) projected growth in Middle East and North Africa Oil
and Natural Gas Sectors through 2030 with enough oil in the ground
to meet expected demand beyond 2030.
(Econ, 11/12/05, p.69)
2005 Nov 7, Azerbaijan's
opposition rejected the results of weekend parliamentary elections,
calling them rigged and vowing to overturn the outcome of voting
that foreign observers said fell short of international standards.
2005 Nov 7, At least 70 people
were missing after a ferry capsized in the Bay of Bengal while
sailing to Chittagong port in Bangladesh from a nearby island.
2005 Nov 7, Chinese authorities
ordered all live poultry markets in Beijing to close immediately and
went door-to-door seizing chickens and ducks from private homes, as
the government dramatically beefed up its fight against bird flu.
2005 Nov 7, The EU agreed to
monitor a Gaza-Egypt border crossing that serves as the main gate to
the world for Palestinians.
2005 Nov 7, EU foreign
ministers agreed to launch a three-year police training mission to
help the Palestinian Authority build up a new "sustainable and
effective" police force.
2005 Nov 7, Rioting by French
youths spread to 300 towns overnight, and a 61-year-old man hurt in
the violence died of his wounds, the first fatality in 11 days of
2005 Nov 7, India and Pakistan
opened their frontier in Kashmir for earthquake relief, but police
had to fire tear gas to disperse protesters who were banned from
taking part in the symbolic crossing.
2005 Nov 7, India's foreign
minister was stripped of his post over allegations that he benefited
illegally from the UN oil-for-food program in Iraq, becoming the
first political casualty of an independent report that revealed
massive corruption in the effort to help Iraqis suffering under
2005 Nov 7, Nirbhay Singh
Gujjar (64), one of India's most dreaded and colorful bandits, was
shot to death by police in the forests of central India, ending a
nearly three-decade career in crime that included murders,
kidnappings and looting.
2005 Nov 7, Iraqi and US
battled insurgents house to house, the third day of an assault
against al-Qaida-led insurgents in a town near the Syrian border. US
military said one Marine and at least 36 insurgents had died in the
(AP, 11/7/05)(WSJ, 11/8/05, p.A1)
2005 Nov 7, A suicide bomber
blew up his vehicle at a checkpoint south of Baghdad and killed four
American soldiers. The US command also announced five soldiers from
the elite 75th Ranger Regiment were charged with kicking and
punching Iraqi detainees.
(AP, 11/7/05)(SFC, 11/8/05, p.A3)
2005 Nov 7, Thousands of
Moroccans marched through central Casablanca to demand the release
of 2 Moroccan Embassy employees in Iraq who al-Qaida has threatened
2005 Nov 7, A section of a
bridge under construction in southern Spain collapsed on workers,
killing at least five of them.
2005 Nov 7, In Thailand at
least three people were killed, two others injured and dozens of
suspected Muslim insurgents arrested as militants attacked more than
20 government targets in the southern Yala province.
2005 Nov 7, Police in Trinidad
arrested Yasin Abu Bakr (64), an Islamic leader whose group stormed
Parliament 15 years ago and took the prime minister and his Cabinet
2005 Nov 7, The United Nations
elected five judges -- from the United States, Morocco, Mexico, New
Zealand and Russia -- to the prestigious World Court, the highest
judicial authority of the world body.
2005 Nov 7, Uruguay launched a
set of tax overhauls aimed to make it harder for neighboring
Argentines and other foreigners to use the country as a tax haven.
It was hoped to have the structure for a modern tax system in place
(WSJ, 11/9/05, p.A14)
2006 Nov 7, In a rout once
considered almost inconceivable, Democrats won a 51st seat in the
Senate and regained total control of Congress after 12 years of
near-domination by the Republican Party. Almost 79 million people
voted in the election, with Democrats drawing more support than
Republicans for the first time in a midterm election since 1990.
2006 Nov 7, Arizona became the
first US state to defeat an amendment to ban gay marriage. The
passage of Proposition 200 would entitle one voter to win $1 million
just for voting in the nation’s first ballot box lottery.
(SFC, 11/4/06, p.A1)(AP, 11/8/06)
2006 Nov 7, Jerry Brown, mayor
of Oakland and former California state governor, was elected as
state attorney general.
2006 Nov 7, California voters
passed Prop. 83, also known as Jessica’s Law, by 70.5% increasing
sentences for sex offenders and prohibited them from residing within
2,000 feet of a school or park.
(SFC, 10/2/14, p.D2)(SFC, 6/19/15, p.D2)
2006 Nov 7, Joe Lieberman,
running as an independent, won the Connecticut Senate race over Ned
Lamont with 52% of the vote.
(Econ, 11/11/06, p.37)
2006 Nov 7, Charlie Crist was
elected governor of Florida over Democrat Jim Davis.
2006 Nov 7, Eliot Spitzer
defeated John Faso to become the first Democratic governor of New
York since 1994. He faced budget gaps of almost $7 billion over the
next 2 years along with a bloated Medicaid program.
(http://tinyurl.com/ycxm58)(Econ, 11/4/06, p.37)
2006 Nov 7, Keith Ellison, a
Democratic state lawmaker from Minnesota, became the first Muslim
elected to Congress.
2006 Nov 7, Missouri approved a
measure backing stem cell research.
2006 Nov 7, South Dakota
rejected a law that would have banned virtually all abortions.
2006 Nov 7, Dan Patrick,
conservative talk show host from Houston, was elected to the state
Senate. He planned to continue broadcasting from Austin.
(Econ, 12/16/06, p.33)
2006 Nov 7, Bernard Sanders
from Vermont was elected to the U.S. Senate over GOP opponent
Richard Tarrant and became the first socialist in the U.S. Senate.
He had been a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from
Vermont for 16 years (1991-2007). For purposes of committee
assignments he is counted as a Democrat.
2006 Nov 7, Voters in Seattle
rejected a measure that would have require erotic dancers to stay at
least four feet from patrons.
2006 Nov 7, Pop star Britney
Spears filed for divorce from Kevin Federline.
2006 Nov 7, In Afghanistan a
suicide attacker detonated explosives strapped to his body near the
vehicle of the chief of the Tanai district on the border with
Pakistan. District chief Badi-ulzaman and his two police guards were
wounded in the suicide attack.
2006 Nov 7, Australia's Senate
narrowly voted to lift the country's ban on cloning human embryos
for stem cell research. A leading expert at a crisis summit said
Australia, already the world's driest inhabited continent, is in the
grip of its worst drought in 1,000 years.
(AP, 11/7/06)(AFP, 11/7/06)
2006 Nov 7, Britain's lawmakers
granted posthumous pardons for soldiers executed during World War I,
ending years of campaigning by the families of men condemned to
death for cowardice. Dhiren Barot (34), an al-Qaida operative who
planned to blow up landmark London hotels using limos packed with
gas tanks, napalm and nails, and plotted to attack the New York
Stock Exchange and the World Bank, was sentenced in London to life
2006 Nov 7, Rebels ambushed a
police convoy in Chechnya, killing 7 police officers. Lt. Col.
Nikolai Varavin, a spokesman for Russian forces in Chechnya, said
that up to 700 militants continue operating in the province's
2006 Nov 7, China and Egypt
agreed to co-operate on the peaceful use of nuclear energy, state
media said, in a development that could rile the United States, a
traditional Cairo ally.
2006 Nov 7, An independent
commission said it will demarcate the contested Ethiopian-Eritrean
border on maps and leave the rival nations to establish the physical
boundary themselves. It said both Ethiopian and Eritrean officials
were invited to a November 20 meeting in The Hague to discuss the
2006 Nov 7, French authorities
handed over to Spain Jose Javier Arizcuren Ruiz, a former leading
member of the armed Basque separatist group ETA, who police blame
for killing at least 15 people and planning several major attacks.
Ruiz, also known as "Kantauri," was arrested in Paris in 1999 and
served time in a French prison on charges of being a member of an
2006 Nov 7, A shipload of toxic
waste arrived in France for disposal. It was collected from the
Ivory Coast following illegal dumping last August.
(WSJ, 11/8/06, p.A1)
2006 Nov 7, In France
Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber (1924), who co-founded the French
newsweekly L'Express (1953) and encouraged Europe to emulate the
United States, died. In 1967 Servan-Schreiber published a popular
essay called "The American Challenge," which detailed the mechanisms
of an economic power struggle brewing between Europe and the US.
2006 Nov 7, A somber Saddam
Hussein called on Iraqis to forgive each other, when he returned to
court two days after being sentenced to death for crimes against
humanity in another case. Iraq's Interior Ministry said that it has
charged 57 members of the Iraqi police, including a general, in the
alleged torture of hundreds of detainees at a prison in eastern
Baghdad. Mortar attacks across the Tigris between Shiites and Sunnis
killed 21 people. 15 bodies, victims of sectarian torture, were
found south of Baghdad.
(AP, 11/7/06)(WSJ, 11/8/06, p.A1)
2006 Nov 7, Israeli tanks fired
two shells at the home of the Hamas lawmaker who organized a women's
protest that allowed militants to escape from a northern Gaza mosque
under Israeli siege. Israeli forces ended a bloody weeklong
operation in the Gaza town of Beit Hanoun, leaving behind a swath of
destroyed homes, uprooted trees and streets muddied with sewage
water from pipes destroyed by tanks and bulldozers.
2006 Nov 7, A rare tornado tore
across Japan's far north, killing nine people and leaving dozens
2006 Nov 7, In Kyrgyzstan
protesters demanding the Kyrgyz president's resignation clashed with
government supporters, but fears of deadly violence eased after
lawmakers on both sides said they had agreed on a compromise draft
2006 Nov 7, More than 15,000
white-clad supporters of Oaxaca's embattled governor marched through
Oaxaca in their biggest show of strength in a six-month conflict
that has left at least nine people dead.
2006 Nov 7, In Nepal
peacemakers produced a deal supported by both Maoist rebels and the
(Econ, 11/11/06, p.49)
2006 Nov 7, In Nigeria an
American and a Briton kidnapped from a ship mapping petroleum
deposits off the oil-rich southern coast were released.
2006 Nov 7, Panama won a seat
on the UN Security Council on the 48th ballot after US-backed
Guatemala and Venezuela, led by leftist anti-American President Hugo
Chavez, dropped out to end a deadlock.
2006 Nov 7, The UN named
American diplomat Josette Sheeran the next head of the World Food
Program and she said her top priorities will be to ensure no child
goes to bed hungry and to reduce hunger-related deaths.
2006 Nov 7, The World Trade
Organization (WTO) has formally approved communist Vietnam's
membership of the global free trade system. The US government
congratulated Vietnam for winning entry to the WTO, and urged
Congress to enact regular trading ties with the communist nation.
2007 Nov 7, Kenny Chesney won
as entertainer of the year and Carrie Underwood won as best female
vocalist at the annual Country Music Association Awards in
(SFC, 11/8/07, p.A2)
2007 Nov 7, Pres. Bush met with
France’s Pres. Sarkozy, who addressed the US Congress and backed
Bush’s strategy to confront Iran.
(SFC, 11/8/07, p.A8)
2007 Nov 7, Prosecutors said 2
mid-level DC government employees used phony paperwork to collect
more than $16 million from illegal tax refunds, avoiding detection
for at least three years while issuing more than 40 checks cashed by
friends and family members in on the scam. The total stolen was
later raised to some $30 million. Harriet Walters, the alleged
ringleader of the scam, authorized checks to such fake companies as
(Econ, 11/24/07, p.36)(http://tinyurl.com/2o7sj5)
2007 Nov 7, The US dollar fell
sharply after a Chinese parliamentarian called for his country to
diversify its reserves out of weak currencies. The Canadian dollar
hitched a ride on surging commodities prices to rise against a
beleaguered US dollar, passing US$1.10.
(Reuters, 11/7/07)(Econ, 11/10/07, p.93)
2007 Nov 7, General Motors
posted a record loss of $39 billion, which included a $38.6 billion
noncash charge related to accumulated deferred tax credits.
(SFC, 11/8/07, p.C3)
2007 Nov 7, Morgan Stanley said
it has suffered a $3.7 billion loss stemming from its US subprime
mortgage exposure, which it expects will reduce fourth-quarter
earnings by about $2.5 billion.
2007 Nov 7, The Cosco Busan, a
65,131 ton Greek-owned container ship leased by Hanjin Shipping of
South Korea, hit a protective shield at the base of a tower of the
Bay Bridge. The Bridge was not damaged, but the ship suffered a gash
and spilled 58,000 gallons of bunker fuel oil into the SF Bay. By
the end of the month estimated bird deaths due to the oil topped
20,000. The cleanup cost was later estimated at some $61 million. A
year later federal authorities still held 6 Chinese crew members for
their testimony. In July, 2009, Cosco Busan Capt. John Cota (61) was
sentenced to 10 months in prison, becoming the first ship’s pilot in
US history to be sent to prison for an accident. On August 13, 2009,
Fleet Management Ltd. of Hong Kong pleaded guilty to charges of
water pollution and falsifying documents and agreed to pay $10
million in fines. On Dec 4, 2011, a settlement was reached to pay
120 SF Bay Area commercial fishermen $3.6 million.
(SFC, 11/8/07, p.A1)(SFC, 11/27/07, p.A1)(SFC,
12/19/07, p.A1)(WSJ, 11/5/08, p.A2)(SFC, 7/18/09, p.C1)(SFC,
8/14/09, p.D1)(SFC, 1/5/11, p.C3)
2007 Nov 7, The space shuttle
Discovery returned to Kennedy Space Center after a 15-day mission
building and repairing the international space station.
(SFC, 11/8/07, p.A7)
2007 Nov 7, Argentina's Pres.
Nestor Kirchner unveiled a memorial in Buenos Aires to victims of
the so-called Dirty War that claimed some 13,000 lives during the
country's military dictatorship, using the occasion to urge judges
to speed human rights trials.
2007 Nov 7, Australia's central
bank raised interest rates 0.25 points to an 11-year high of 6.75
percent in a move expected to hurt PM John Howard's re-election
2007 Nov 7, In Belgium
politicians of the Flemish majority, 60% of the population, made a
bid to abolish the bilingual rights of 150,000 French speakers
living in suburbs near Brussels. This broke the decades-old “Belgian
Pact" under which the 2 language groups avoided holding a straight
(Econ, 11/10/07, p.65)
2007 Nov 7, A novel by a former
radio broadcaster in Canada's north won the 2007 Scotiabank Giller
Prize, Canada's most lucrative and prestigious prize for fiction.
Elizabeth Hay's "Late Nights on Air" details the loves and rivalries
of a cast of eccentric characters at a small radio station in
Yellowknife, near Canada's Arctic.
2007 Nov 7, A Chinese
government publication reported that industrial discharge and
household wastewater have polluted the northern Futuo River so badly
that the water is dark red in some sections and has caused chronic
illnesses among villagers.
2007 Nov 7, In southern Finland
8 people were killed and 11 wounded after Pekka-Eric Auvinen (18)
opened fire at Jokela High School in Tuusula. He then shot himself
in the head and died hours later in a hospital.
(AP, 11/7/07)(AP, 11/8/07)
2007 Nov 7, In Georgia police
forced dozens of opposition supporters from a site in Tbilisi, where
five days of protests had drawn thousands, but demonstrators later
returned and renewed their calls for the president's resignation. A
Georgian television station, regarded by the government as an
opposition mouthpiece, went off the air after riot police entered
its headquarters. The government declared a 15-day state of
(AP, 11/7/07)(AP, 11/8/07)(Econ, 11/10/07, p.66)
2007 Nov 7, Interpol put Ali
Fallahian, Iran’s former intelligence chief, Mohsen Rezai, a former
leader of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, Ahmad Vahidi, a Revolutionary
Guards general, and 2 other Iranians and Imad Mugniyah, a Lebanese
militant on its most-wanted list for a 1994 bombing that killed 85
people at a Jewish center in Argentina.
(AP, 11/8/07)(WSJ, 1/15/08, p.A6)
2007 Nov 7, The Iraqi Army said
17 bodies were discovered in a mass grave in an area of brush near a
school in Hashimiyat, west of Baqouba. In Baghdad a Shiite math
teacher was killed in a drive-by shooting in the Sunni-dominated
Mansour area. Southeast of Baghdad, two children aged 4 and 8 were
killed when a mortar struck their house. In Kut gunmen broke into
the home of an Iraqi soldier and shot him to death. A suicide truck
bomb exploded at the office of a Kurdish political party in Kirkuk
and about 13 people were wounded.
2007 Nov 7, Kenya’s official
human rights commission reported that state security agents had
killed 454 people since the summer in and around Nairobi. They were
said to be members of the Mungiki sect, a Kikuyu gang that has
terrorized central Kenya for years.
2007 Nov 7, The watchdog group
Peace Now said Israel is enlarging 88 of its 122 West Bank
settlements despite an agreement to halt the spread of Jewish
communities in Palestinian territory.
(SFC, 11/8/07, p.A11)
2007 Nov 7, Latvia's PM Aigars
Kalvitis said that he would step down on Dec. 5 and that the
four-party ruling coalition would immediately begin searching for a
new head of government.
2007 Nov 7, Moroccan PM Abbas
El Fassi condemned Spain's "occupation" of two disputed enclaves, in
the wake of a visit by Spain's King Juan Carlos which prompted Rabat
to recall its ambassador to Madrid.
2007 Nov 7, The country's top
prosecutor said Nigeria will drop criminal charges against an
American peace worker, her Nigerian associate and two German film
makers who had been accused of endangering national security.
2007 Nov 7, Former premier
Benazir Bhutto urged Pakistanis to hold mass protests against a
state of emergency declared by President Pervez Musharraf. Police
swung batons and fired tear gas at supporters of former PM Bhutto
demonstrating near Pakistan's parliament. The Bush administration
warned Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf that US patience is not
"never-ending," and that it expects him to return "soon" to the path
(AP, 11/7/07)(AFP, 11/7/07)
2007 Nov 7, In Somalia Doctors
Without Borders said the fighting had grown so bad in Mogadishu that
civilians who were shot or hit by shrapnel during the night
frequently bled to death because the violence cut them off from the
2007 Nov 7, The president of
Sri Lanka said there would be peace on the troubled island only
after more fighting to crush separatist rebels as he unveiled the
nation's biggest-ever war budget.
2007 Nov 7, The UN said the
governor of South Darfur ordered the UN humanitarian director to
leave the state, which has been the scene of recent fighting. South
Darfur's Governor Ali Mahmood Mohammed said in a letter that Wael
Al-Haj Ibrahim, a Canadian, "was not complying with the Humanitarian
Act," but he didn't elaborate.
2007 Nov 7, Masked gunmen
opened fire on students returning from a march in which tens of
thousands of Venezuelans denounced President Hugo Chavez's attempts
to expand his power through constitutional changes. At least eight
people were injured.
2007 Nov 7, A Yemeni court
convicted 32 al-Qaida suspects of planning attacks on oil and gas
installations in the country, sentencing them to prison terms of up
to 15 years. Four others were acquitted.
2008 Nov 7, US Pres.–elect
Obama gave his first news conference and vowed to pass a stimulus
plan as his first act.
(WSJ, 11/8/08, p.A1)
2008 Nov 7, The US Labor
Department said the nation's employers cut 240,000 jobs in October,
hurtling the US unemployment rate to a 14-year high of 6.5 percent.
2008 Nov 7, General Motors
Corp. reported $2.5 billion losses in the third quarter, burning
through $6.9 billion in cash and warned that it could run out of
cash in 2009. GM also said it has suspended talks to acquire
Chrysler. Meanwhile, Ford Motor Co. said it lost $129 million in the
third quarter as the struggling automaker burned through $7.7
billion in cash and set plans for more job cuts.
2008 Nov 7, In Afghanistan a
clash between police and the Taliban in Zabul province, killed seven
insurgents and wounded two policemen.
2008 Nov 7, In China hundreds
of people clashed with police in the southern city of Shenzhen,
throwing stones and setting fire to a police car after a
motorcyclist died while trying to avoid a checkpoint.
2008 Nov 7, The UN
secretary-general joined African leaders to try to end the fighting
in eastern Congo, where a fragile cease-fire is close to collapse. A
UN official and a peacekeeping officer said Angolan troops are
fighting alongside Congolese soldiers battling rebels outside the
eastern provincial capital of Goma. The UN official said an
unspecified number of Angolans arrived four days ago.
2008 Nov 7, Egyptian police
arrested 25 Muslim Brotherhood members at a meeting at Faous, in the
eastern Nile Delta.
2008 Nov 7, European planemaker
Airbus said that Spanish tourism company Grupo Marsans has signed a
firm order for 61 aircraft worth almost $9 billion at list prices.
2008 Nov 7, In Georgia
thousands of the United Opposition coalition demonstrated in the
first major protest against President Mikhail Saakashvili since the
August war with Russia. At least two significant opposition parties,
The Republican Party and the Christian Democrats, stayed away from
the protest, citing the need for postwar unity against Russia.
2008 Nov 7, In Germany Klaus
Zumwinkel, the former head of Deutsche Post, was charged with tax
evasion. He had stepped down from his post in February following a
raid on his home in Cologne.
(Econ, 11/15/08, p.77)
2008 Nov 7, In Petionville,
Haiti, the collapse of a school killed at least 94 children and
teachers. There may have been hundreds of students in La Promesse
school when the concrete building collapsed. Fortin Augustin, the
preacher who owns and built College La Promesse in suburban
Port-au-Prince, was arrested Nov 8 and charged with involuntary
(AP, 11/8/08)(AP, 11/9/08)(AP, 11/11/08)(SFC,
2008 Nov 7, India said it will
send one of its most decorated army units to join a UN mission in
Congo and support other Indian troops as Congolese rebels advance to
seize fresh areas.
2008 Nov 7, In southern Nigeria
armed rebels killed a Nigerian sailor during an overnight attack on
US giant Chevron's oil facility.
2008 Nov 7, An environmentalist
group and four Nigerians filed suit against Royal Dutch Shell PLC in
the Netherlands, claiming the company was negligent in cleaning up
oil spills in Nigeria.
2008 Nov 7, In Pakistan
suspected US drones fired missiles into Kam Sam, on the border
between North and South Waziristan, killing 13 militants, including
4-5 foreigners. This was the latest in a series of strikes that has
(Reuters, 11/7/08)(SFC, 11/7/08, p.A8)
2008 Nov 7, Palestinian
militants in the Gaza Strip fired at least 3 rockets at southern
Israel, fraying a five-month truce that has been tested sorely this
week. There were no injuries.
2008 Nov 7, Mieczyslaw Rakowski
(81), Poland's last communist-era party chairman and prime minister,
died. Rakowski, a historian and journalist, was chairman of the
communist Polish United Workers' Party from July 1989 until the
party was dissolved at its January 1990 congress during the
country's bloodless transition to democracy.
2008 Nov 7, General Motors
Corp. dedicated its first Russian assembly plant, a $300 million,
70,000-car-a-year factory just outside of St. Petersburg.
2008 Nov 7, Pirates near
Somalia hijacked a Danish cargo ship with 13 crew members, which
consisted of Russians and Ukrainians. The CEC Future was released on
January 16 following a ransom payment by Clipper Projects.
(AP, 11/8/08)(AP, 1/16/09)
2008 Nov 7, South Korea reduced
its key interest rate by .25%, its 3rd cut in 4 weeks.
(WSJ, 11/10/08, p.A13)
2009 Nov 7, The
Democratic-controlled House narrowly passed landmark health care
reform legislation (220-215), handing President Barack Obama a hard
won victory on his signature domestic priority.
2009 Nov 7, Ryan Diviney (19)
and a friend got into an argument with a group of men outside a
convenience store in Morgantown, West Virginia. In 2019 the former
West Virginia University student died, a decade after he was beaten
into a vegetative state.
2009 Nov 7, In western
Afghanistan an American service member was killed in an insurgent
attack. A British soldier was killed by an explosion in the southern
province of Helmand. In the east militants twice attacked a fuel
supply convoy as it traveled along a main supply route between
Pakistan and Kabul. Police said at least two private security guards
and a policeman were wounded in the attacks.
2009 Nov 7, African Union Peace
and Security Commissioner Ramtane Lamamra said the AU has
implemented sanctions on Guinea's military rulers.
2009 Nov 7, Australian
authorities declared a natural disaster along parts of the country's
east coast as heavy floods cut the main road linking major cities,
stranding thousands of people.
2009 Nov 7, British boxer David
Haye (29) won the WBA Heavyweight crown against 7-foot, 2-inch
Russian Nikolai Valuev in a 12-round bout in Germany. Haye became
the first Briton to hold a world heavyweight crown since Lennox
Lewis retired in 2003.
2009 Nov 7, China’s PM Wen
Jiaobao sought to reassure the world's Muslims about his country's
goodwill towards them in Cairo, at a time when Beijing is criticized
for the treatment of its own Muslim minority.
2009 Nov 7, Senior Iranian
lawmakers rejected any possibility of Tehran shipping uranium abroad
for further enrichment, intensifying pressures on the government to
reject the UN-backed plan altogether. Iranian authorities released 3
journalists who were among more than 100 people arrested during
pro-government and opposition street demonstrations on Nov 4.
2009 Nov 7, Italian
paramilitary police arrested Luigi Esposito in Posillipo, a northern
coastal suburb of Naples. Esposito, on the run since 2003, was using
a wig and false name when captured. Esposito was said to be an
expert money-launderer, who funneled illicit cash from drug
trafficking into tourism and other businesses for the Camorra crime
2009 Nov 7, In Japan a
66-year-old man was hit by a car and killed. Investigators later
linked a US Army soldier to the hit-and-run accident in Okinawa. On
Jan 7 Clyde Gunn (27), a staff sergeant from Oxford, Mississippi,
was charged with the fatal hit-and-run.
(AP, 11/19/09)(AP, 1/7/10)
2009 Nov 7, Lebanon's
Syrian-backed factions finally agreed on a unity government proposed
by their pro-Western rivals, ending a four-month deadlock in the
deeply divided country.
2009 Nov 7, Pakistan's military
said it had killed 12 Taliban militants as government troops pressed
a major offensive in the South Waziristan tribal area bordering
Afghanistan. Two teachers and a student were injured when suspected
militants hurled a hand grenade at a girls' school in Quetta, the
capital southwestern Baluchistan province.
2010 Nov 7, Senior US officials
said the United States will drop Sudan from its list of state
sponsors of terrorism as early as July 2011, if Khartoum ensures two
key referendums take place on schedule in January and the results
2010 Nov 7, In Douglasville,
Georgia, Bobby Tillman (19) was shot and killed following a random
attack at a house party in an Atlanta suburb. 4 men were soon
charged with his murder.
(SSFC, 11/14/10, p.A14)
2010 Nov 7, In eastern
Afghanistan two NATO service members died in two different
insurgents attacks. A vehicle hit a mine in Helmand province,
killing five civilians. In Kandahar a government employee working at
a prison in the city was shot and killed by insurgents. Afghan and
NATO forces targeted suspected insurgent strongholds in a joint
operation in southern Kandahar province, killing 15 and capturing
13. A rocket exploded in Lashkar Gah, capital of Helmand province,
killing one civilian and wounding four. Gunmen set fire to the
girls' middle school in Laghman province, burning the structure and
(AP, 11/7/10)(AP, 11/8/10)
2010 Nov 7, Azerbaijan voted in
parliamentary elections set to cement President Ilham Aliyev's grip
on power but condemned by the opposition as a charade whose results
have already been decided. Nearly 700 candidates competed for the
125 seats in the single chamber of the parliament. Azerbaijan's
ruling party won a landslide victory. The next day international
vote monitors said that ballot box stuffing and an uneven playing
field for candidates marred Azerbaijan's parliamentary elections.
(AFP, 11/7/10)(AP, 11/8/10)
2010 Nov 7, In Egypt Ahmed
Shabaan (19) went missing. His body was recovered in a canal four
days later. The family of Shabaan said police officers beat him at
the Sidi Gaber police station in Alexandria. On Nov 16 Amnesty
International called on Egyptian authorities to investigate
allegations that police tortured the young man to death.
2010 Nov 7, In Germany
activists rappelled down from a high bridge, broke through police
lines and chained themselves to train tracks, trying to halt a
shipment of nuclear waste as they protested Chancellor Angela
Merkel's plans to keep using nuclear energy.
2010 Nov 7, Greeks cast ballots
in local polls that could trigger a general election unless voters
show support for the governing Socialists' austerity measures in the
2010 Nov 7, Guineans cast
ballots in a vote that has been delayed multiple times following
violent ethnic clashes that pitted the nation's two largest ethnic
groups against each other, a vote that progressed calmly into the
afternoon despite its underlying tensions. A week later Alpha Conde,
a member of the Malinke ethnic group, was named the winner over
Cellou Dalein Diallo, a member of the Peul ethnic group.
(AP, 11/7/10)(AP, 11/16/10)
2010 Nov 7, Iran proposed that
a new round of international talks on its nuclear program be held in
Turkey, an ally that also has close ties to the West and has sought
to mediate in the standoff.
2010 Nov 7, Israeli court
documents were published showing the government had sold or leased
property in Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem to Israeli settlers at
exceptionally low prices, helping them cement a Jewish presence
there. Israeli police demolished an illegally built mosque in the
impoverished Arab city of Rahat, touching off rock-throwing protests
by residents and fueling new grievances for the country's Arab
minority against the government.
2010 Nov 7, In Mexico two
Ciudad Juarez police officers, a man and a woman, were shot to death
inside their patrol car.
2010 Nov 7, Myanmar held its
first election in 20 years under tight security, a scripted vote
that assured army-backed parties an easy win. Complex rules for the
election thwarted any chance of a pro-democracy upset as Myanmar
ended half a century of direct army rule. Minority Karen rebels
seized government buildings in clashes with troops in the border
town of Myawaddy. Myanmar's biggest military-backed party won the
country's first election in 20 years by a landslide, after a
carefully choreographed vote denounced by pro-democracy parties as
rigged to preserve authoritarian rule.
(Reuters, 11/7/10)(Reuters, 11/8/10)(Reuters,
2010 Nov 7, In Pakistan a pair
of US drone attacks in North Waziristan killed 14 suspected
(AFP, 11/7/10)(SFC, 11/8/10, p.A2)
2010 Nov 7, In Portugal Chinese
President Hu Jintao pledged to support Portugal's efforts to emerge
from financial crisis, but he did not commit to purchasing
Portuguese debt as was widely anticipated.
2010 Nov 7, In Russia more than
1,000 military veterans and active servicemen rallied to demand the
ouster of Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, a civilian who is
carrying out a radical reform of Russia's armed forces. Many of the
participants in the rally said they were angry that Serdyukov did
not want to see churches built on military bases.
2010 Nov 7, In South Korea
thousands of people chanted anti-globalization slogans in Seoul to
protest this week's Group of 20 summit. Part of the crowd attempted
to march down nearby streets but were stopped by riot police, who
fired pepper spray.
2010 Nov 7, In Spain Pope
Benedict XVI consecrated a world monument to family, the Sagrada
Familia church, but faced a gay kiss-in protest before he attacked
abortion and defended male-female marriage.
2010 Nov 7, In Sri Lanka
inmates resisting a search for prohibited items at a prison in
Colombo wounded 46 police and five prison officials.
2010 Nov 7, Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez said on Cuban television that Colombia will
extradite Walid Makled, known as "The Turk," a businessman accused
of being a major drug kingpin back to his native Venezuela to face
justice. Makled has said in a television interview that he poured $2
million into a 2007 Chavez political campaign and in return got a
concession at Venezuela's Puerto Cabello, his alleged shipping point
2011 Nov 7, The Census Bureau,
using a more sophisticated method to measure poverty rates, reported
that it has found a record 49.1 million, or 16% of all Americans,
living in poverty. In September the government reported that a
record 46.6 million Americans were living in poverty.
2011 Nov 7, Officials said US
lawmakers have lifted a hold on nearly $200 million in aid to the
Palestinians that had been suspended in response to the Palestinian
bid for full UN membership.
2011 Nov 7, A federal judge
gave final approval to a $410 million settlement in a class-action
lawsuit affecting more than 13 million Bank of America customers who
had debit card overdrafts during the past decade.
2011 Nov 7, California pot
suppliers filed lawsuits in federal court to halt the Obama
administration’s campaign to close down their dispensaries, saying
the survival of California’s medical marijuana law is at stake.
(SFC, 11/8/11, p.C2)
2011 Nov 7, Dr. Conrad Murray,
Michael Jackson's doctor, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter
after a Los Angeles trial that painted him as a reckless caregiver
who administered a lethal dose of a powerful anesthetic that killed
the pop star.
2011 Nov 7, US electricals
retailer Best Buy Co Inc said it is buying its British partner,
Carphone Warehouse Group Plc, out of a fast-growing US mobile phone
joint venture for $1.3 billion (809.4 million pounds) and scrapping
plans for a chain of European megastores. Best Buy and Carphone
Warehouse said they are launching a mobile phone venture with Best
Buy's Chinese partner Five Star and are in talks to enter other
emerging markets together.
2011 Nov 7, Dynegy, a
Houston-based energy firm, announced bankruptcy in which bondholders
and other lenders would lose 10% while shareholders, including Carl
Icahn, retain full control of the firm.
(Econ, 11/12/11, p.76)
2011 Nov 7, Joe Frazier (67),
the boxer who first beat Muhammad Ali in March 1971, died in
Philadelphia after a brief battle with liver cancer.
(AP, 11/7/11)(Econ, 11/19/11, p.106)
2011 Nov 7, In Afghanistan six
police officers were wounded when a suicide car bomber blew himself
up when targeting the house of a local elder involved in efforts to
make peace with the Taliban in Baghlan province. A roadside bomb
killed 11 people mainly from one family in Badghis province.
(AFP, 11/7/11)(AFP, 11/8/11)
2011 Nov 7, Officials from
Bosnia, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia, announced plans for a
donors' conference to be held next year and raise the money needed
to implement a five-year plan designed to close down all migrant
centers and provide housing for some 74,000 people.
2011 Nov 7, Chevron experienced
an oil spill offshore from Rio de Janeiro at its N560 drilling
operations. Chevron reportedly stopped the leakage in about 4 days.
p.23)(SSFC, 5/20/12, p.F7)
2011 Nov 7, The British Virgin
Islands held elections. The main opposition party, The National
Democratic Party, dominated parliamentary elections with nine of 13
parliamentary seats, putting party leader Orlando Smith, the
islands' No. 1 politician, in line to be premier of the offshore
corporate haven for the next four years.
2011 Nov 7, In the CongoDRC the
Nyamulagira volcano (also known as Nyamuragira) began an eruption
that happens about every two years. It has been described as
Africa’s most active volcano and has erupted over 40 times since
2011 Nov 7, The Republic of
Congo launched a vast tree-planting program to guard against the
twin scourges of deforestation and soil degradation that plague many
2011 Nov 7, The French
government unveiled its 2nd austerity plan in three months. This
promised savings of €7 billion in 2012 in addition to €11 billion
announced in August.
(Econ, 11/12/11, p.59)
2011 Nov 7, France marked the
resumption of security cooperation with Ivory Coast after a
seven-year hiatus with the delivery of police vehicles in Abidjan.
2011 Nov 7, In Iraq Anbar
officials considered joining other provinces to create a
semi-autonomous Sunni region. The governor of Anbar province, Qasim
al-Fahadawi, escaped unhurt after a roadside bomb hit his motorcade
as it headed to Baghdad.
2011 Nov 7, Israel was hit by a
brief general strike that affected hospitals, banks, ports and the
country's main international airport, but which ended after just
four hours. Its scope was limited to four hours following an
all-night session by the National Labour Court which met after the
collapse of talks between the powerful Histadrut trades union and
the finance ministry. The Histadrut has accused the government of
massively increasing its use of contract workers and is demanding it
offer hundreds of thousands of them coverage under the civil
service's collective bargaining agreement.
2011 Nov 7, The Israeli
military opened fire at a group of militants planting explosives
along Gaza's border with Israel. Gaza health officials said tank
shrapnel wounded three Palestinians, one of whom was in critical
2011 Nov 7, In Liberia violence
broke out at the headquarters of the main opposition party and at
least one person was killed, less than 24 hours before a
presidential runoff vote that is being viewed as a test of the
country's fragile peace after a devastating civil war.
2011 Nov 7, In Mexico federal
and state police searched an Acapulco prison before dawn. The search
netted two peacocks, 100 fighting cocks, 19 prostitutes and two
sacks filled with marijuana. Police also found dozens of
televisions, several bottles of alcohol and knives.
2011 Nov 7, In central Nigeria
16 people were killed after two buses crashed head-on into each
other on a highway in Kogi state.
2011 Nov 7, In Puerto Rico
eight shackled prisoners drowned after a van they were being
transported in was engulfed by muddy floodwaters in the northern
coastal city of Arecibo. On Nov 10 prosecutors charged prison guard
Hector Cruz Santiago with eight counts of negligent homicide over
the drowning deaths of the inmates.
(AP, 11/7/11)(AP, 11/10/11)
2011 Nov 7, Russia's Interior
Ministry said police have arrested Anatoly Moskvin (45) of Nizhny
Novgorod. Police said he had kept 29 mummified bodies at his
apartment and dressed them up like dolls. The man reportedly had
only selected the remains of young women for his grisly collection.
(AP, 11/7/11)(SFC, 11/8/11, p.A2)
2011 Nov 7, In South Africa
Greenpeace activists chained themselves to a gate and climbed a
crane at the Kusile coal-fired power station to protest dependence
on coal, weeks before the country hosts a global conference on
climate change. 9 people were arrested.
(AP, 11/7/11)(SFC, 11/8/11, p.A2)
2011 Nov 7, Sri Lanka officials
said five news websites have been blocked because they committed
character assassination and insulted people including key political
2011 Nov 7, Syrian troops
stormed a defiant neighborhood of the embattled city of Homs,
kicking in doors and making arrests after nearly a week of violence
pitting soldiers against army defectors and protesters demanding the
downfall of President Bashar Assad. Activists said two people were
killed in the city and the surrounding province, pushing the death
toll from the past 24 hours to at least 18.
2011 Nov 7, Yemeni security
forces killed six militants and injured many others in fighting in
the city of Zinjibar, the capital of the southern province of Abyan.
2012 Nov 7, A wintry storm
dropped snow and rain on the Northeast, bringing dangerous winds and
knocking out power in a region where hundreds of thousands were
still in the dark after Superstorm Sandy. A mix of rain and snow
fell on parts of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and
Massachusetts, causing airport delays.
2012 Nov 7, Mark Bassely
Youssef (55), the California man behind an anti-Muslim film that led
to violence in many parts of the Middle East, was sentenced in Los
Angeles to a year in federal prison for probation violations in an
unrelated matter. None of the violations had to do with the content
of "Innocence of Muslims," a film that depicts Mohammad as a
religious fraud, pedophile and womanizer.
2012 Nov 7, A US federal judge
blocked enforcement of a provision on California’s newly approved
sex-trafficking law (Prop 35) that required 73,000 registered sex
offenders to reveal their Internet identities to police.
(SFC, 11/8/12, p.C1)
2012 Nov 7, In California
Lawrence Jones (42), a discharged parolee, shot four coworkers
before shooting himself about at Valley Protein, a poultry
2012 Nov 7, An Argentine judge
embargoed Chevron Corp.’s assets in Argentina to carry out an
Ecuadoran court order that awarded $19 billion to plaintiffs in an
environmental damage lawsuit in the Amazon.
(SFC, 11/8/12, p.A3)
2012 Nov 7, Bahrain’s
government cited security concerns and revoked the citizenship of 31
men, including exiled political activists and former opposition
members of Parliament.
(SFC, 11/8/12, p.A3)
2012 Nov 7, A boat capsized off
the coast of Bangladesh. Fishermen helped rescue 23 people, but
about 50 illegal migrants, mostly Rohingya Muslims, remained
(SFC, 11/8/12, p.A3)
2012 Nov 7, In Chile three
Europeans, identified as Dmitry Sivenkov (32) of Russia, Gillhem
Bellon (25) of France and Luca Ogliengo (25) of Italy, went missing
after climbing the Villarica volcano in Chile's central valley.
2012 Nov 7, In China 4
self-immolations took place. Three Tibetan teenage monks, aged
15-16, set themselves on fire outside a police office in southwest
Sichuan province. At least one died. A 23-year-old Tibetan nomadic
woman, Tamdin Tso, died after self-immolating in western Qinghai
2012 Nov 7, In China Miyun
county police took away Internet blogger Zhai Xiaobing and seized
his computer. His Nov 5 tweet suggested the next movie in the "Final
Destination" horror franchise would be about the Great Hall of the
People collapsing on party delegates. A Miyun county police officer
later told The Associated Press that Zhai was being investigated for
"spreading terrorist information. Zhai's supporters call the
allegation absurd and more than 400 people signed an online petition
calling on police to release him.
2012 Nov 7, Egypt's top
prosecutor ordered government ministries to enforce a ban on
pornographic websites, three years after a court denounced the sites
as "venomous and vile." The order followed a protest by
2012 Nov 7, In Ghana the
five-story Melcom Shopping Center, built earlier this year in
a bustling suburb of Accra, collapsed and killed at least 17 people.
Authorities the next day blamed faulty construction for the
collapse. Authorities soon detained Carl Henry Clerk, a municipal
works official accused of allowing the building to be built without
a construction permit. 79 people were pulled from the wreckage.
(AP, 11/7/12)(AP, 11/8/12)(AP, 11/11/12)
2012 Nov 7, Greece’s parliament
passed a crucial austerity bill by a narrow margin hours after
rioters rampaged outside Parliament during an 80,000-strong
(SFC, 11/8/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 7, Guatemala was
struck by a 7.4-magnitude earthquake. It was centered 15 miles off
the coastal town of Champerico and 100 miles southwest of Guatemala
City. 40 people died in the state of San Marcos, 11 more were killed
in the neighboring state of Quetzaltenango, and one in Solola state.
22 people remained missing.
(AP, 11/7/12) (AP, 11/8/12)
2012 Nov 7, In Iraq two car
bombs in a predominately Yazidi town near the northern city of Mosul
killed two people.
2012 Nov 7, Morocco's Interior
Ministry said it has expelled 15 Spanish and four Norwegian
journalists from the annexed territory of the Western Sahara for
entering without permission.
2012 Nov 7, Myanmar opposition
leader Aung San Suu Kyi and lawmakers from ethnic minority parties
urged the government to explain its policies on handling the ethnic
conflict in Rakhine state.
(SFC, 11/8/12, p.A6)
2012 Nov 7, In northeast
Nigeria gunmen shot dead two Chinese construction workers in Borno
state, a region under assault by Boko Haram, a radical Islamist
2012 Nov 7, In Pakistan a
Taliban suicide bomber struck a vehicle carrying a senior police
officer, killing him and four other people in Peshawar. Hilal Hyder,
who was investigating cases against militants in the troubled
northwest, was killed along with two of his guards and two
2012 Nov 7, Syrian rebels made
a new push into Damascus. A car bomb killed a judge in Damascus, the
second assassination in the capital in two days targeting
high-ranking supporters of President Assad. At least 104 people were
killed in fighting, according to the Britain-based activist group
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. 4 rebels were killed in clashes
with a pro-government faction in the Palestinian refugee camp in
Damascus. At least 30 soldiers were also killed, including 10
in Damascus and on its outskirts.
(AP, 11/7/12) (AP, 11/8/12)
2012 Nov 7, In Qatar Syria's
main opposition bloc began electing new leaders, amid intense
international pressure from critics who say the exile-dominated
group does not represent those risking their lives on the frontlines
to oust President Bashar Assad.
2012 Nov 7, Western efforts to
oust Syrian President Bashar Assad shifted dramatically, with
Britain announcing it will deal directly with rebel military leaders
and Turkey saying NATO members have discussed using Patriot missiles
to protect a safe zone inside Syria.
2012 Nov 7, A Yemeni
intelligence officer was assassinated in a drive-by shooting by
unidentified gunmen in the capital, Sanaa. An aircraft targeted a
vehicle outside of a village on the outskirts of Sanaa, killing two.
Officials said the airstrike killed Adnan al-Qadi, a militant
previously detained in relation to a US Embassy bombing in Sanaa in
2013 Nov 7, Pres. Obama
apologized to people who were forced off their health insurance
plans by the Affordable Care Act despite his assurances to the
(SFC, 11/8/13, p.A12)
2013 Nov 7, The IRS said is
issued $4 billion in fraudulent tax returns last year to people
using stolen identities. 655 went to a single address in Lithuania,
343 to a lone adress in Shanghai. Miami topped city destinations in
(SFC, 11/8/13, p.A7)
2013 Nov 7, The US National Toy
Hall of Fame in Rochester, NY, inducted the rubber duck and the game
(SFC, 11/8/13, p.A7)
2013 Nov 7, Britain's spy
chiefs gave public, televised testimony to British lawmakers for the
first time ever amid a fierce debate over intelligence tactics
following allegations of spying on other governments.
2013 Nov 7, Former long-serving
BBC political editor John Cole (b.1927) died in Surrey after a long
2013 Nov 7, A new video
surfaced showing Toronto Mayor Rob Ford threatening to "murder"
someone and "poke his eyes out" in a rambling rage, deepening
concerns among both critics and allies that he is no longer fit to
lead Canada's largest city.
2013 Nov 7, China’s Vice
Premier Wang Yang said China will provide a concessionary loan of up
to $1 billion to Pacific island nations to support construction
projects in a part of the world where Beijing and Taiwan compete for
influence. He made the announcement at a forum with Pacific island
nations in Guangzhou at a meeting attended by representatives from
Micronesia, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, the Cook Islands,
Tonga, Niue and Fiji.
2013 Nov 7, The EU’s top court
ruled that refugees facing imprisonment in their home country
because they are gay may have grounds to be granted asylum in the
(AP, 11/7/13)(Econ, 11/16/13, p.59)
2013 Nov 7, The European
Central Bank startled investors with a surprise cut in its benchmark
interest rate aimed at boosting a hesitant recovery in the 17
countries that use the euro.
2013 Nov 7, Greek riot police
stormed the headquarters of former public broadcaster ERT in a
pre-dawn raid, forcibly removing employees who had been occupying
the site since its shock shutdown five months ago.
2013 Nov 7, Iran and six world
powers began a new two day round of negotiations with broad
discussions about a nuclear deal. Iran’s chief negotiator said a
plan to cap some of its atomic activities in exchange for selective
relief from crippling economic sanctions has been accepted by six
world powers and a deal could be imminent.
(AP, 11/7/13)(SFC, 11/8/13, p.A4)
2013 Nov 7, Attacks in Iraq,
including a car bomb targeting Shiite Muslims, killed 30 people.
2013 Nov 7, Israeli forces
killed a Palestinian near Jerusalem. Police said Anas al-Atrash (23)
was shot dead when he ran at an officer with a knife at a checkpoint
between the West Bank.
2013 Nov 7, In Mexico the body
of Ygnacio Lopez Mendota, the mayor of Santa Ana Maya in Michoacan
state, was found. He had complained that cartel members were
regularly demanding a chunk of federal money meant for public works
2013 Nov 7, Nigerian lawmakers
approved a request by the country's president to prolong emergency
rule in the restive northeast by a further six months to try to
quell a bloody Islamist insurgency.
2013 Nov 7, North Korea's
security agency said it has arrested a South Korean spy in Pyongyang
who intended to rally anti-government forces, a claim that
intelligence officials in Seoul quickly called ridiculous and
2013 Nov 7, The Pakistani
Taliban chose the man who planned the attack on teenage activist
Malala Yousafzai as the group's new leader. The new leader, Maulana
Fazlullah, has served as the Pakistani Taliban's leader in the
northwest Swat Valley but is believed to be hiding in Afghanistan.
2013 Nov 7, In Russia concern
for jailed Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova mounted on her
24th birthday, after her husband said she could not be found in the
Russian prison colony where authorities reportedly sent her in
2013 Nov 7, Hackers claiming
links to international hacking group Anonymous defaced Singapore PM
Lee Hsien Loong's official website, one day after he said
authorities would spare no effort to track them down.
2013 Nov 7, Swiss scientists
confirmed that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat ingested lethal
radioactive polonium before his death in 2004 and had high levels of
it in his body that could not have been accidental. Palestinian
officials have alleged from the start that Israel poisoned Arafat.
2013 Nov 7, Syrian troops
backed by Lebanese Hezbollah fighters and other pro-regime
militiamen retook a major rebel enclave south of Damascus, severing
a key opposition supply line.
2013 Nov 7, Tanzania's
opposition said a proposed tightening of the country's media law was
an "attack against the press" and demanded a complete overhaul of
existing legislation. Police said 6 people have been killed and
eight others wounded in days of clashes between farmers and herders
in the central Morogoro region.
2013 Nov 7, Turkish riot police
fired tear gas to disperse Kurdish protesters demonstrating against
government plans to build a wall along part of the border with
2013 Nov 7, Uganda’s military
said Democratic Republic of Congo's M23 guerrillas, including rebel
chief Sultani Makenga, have surrendered en masse in Uganda,
signalling the end of an 18-month insurgency.
2013 Nov 7, Jim Wyss, the Miami
Herald’s Andean bureau chief, was detained by Venezuela’s National
Guard in San Cristobal, a western city near the border with Colombia
that is the center of a vibrant black market by Venezuelans seeking
to circumvent rigid currency controls. Wyss was released on Nov 9.
2013 Nov 7, In southern Yemen 5
suspected al Qaeda fighters were killed by two drone strikes in
2014 Nov 7, Pres. Barack Obama
unveiled plans to send 1,500 additional troops to Iraq to help
Baghdad government forces strike back at Islamic State jihadists,
roughly doubling the number of US soldiers in the country.
2014 Nov 7, A US federal judge
struck down Arizona's 2005 immigrant smuggling law on the grounds
that it's trumped by federal statutes.
2014 Nov 7, A US federal judge
cleared Detroit, the biggest US city to ever file for bankruptcy, to
emerge from bankruptcy.
(SFC, 11/8/14, p.A6)
2014 Nov 7, In London Ian
Edmondson (45), a former news editor at the News of the World, was
jailed for eight months after admitting involvement in phone hacking
at Rupert Murdoch's now defunct tabloid newspaper.
2014 Nov 7, Bulgaria's
parliament formally approved the country's new center-right
government in an attempt to restore stability and spur economic
development in the poorest EU member country.
2014 Nov 7, China said it has
reached agreement with Japan to ramp up high-level contacts. China
and Japan jointly announced that they are seeking to improve
relations and set up a system to prevent minor maritime
contingencies from escalating into true warfare.
(AP, 11/7/14)(SFC, 11/8/14, p.A3)
2014 Nov 7, In Egypt at least 3
people were killed and eight wounded in separate incidents involving
Islamist protesters and militants across the country.
2014 Nov 7, The EU said Britain
will have to pay only around 1 billion euros, rather than more than
2 billion, more to the European Union budget as a result of a
Europe-wide revision of statistics, because the British rebate will
2014 Nov 7, Iraq said army
forces have retaken control of most of the strategic northern town
of Baiji from the Islamic State jihadist group. A suicide bomber
rammed a truck packed with explosives into a Humvee transporting
senior police commander General Faisal Malik, one of the supervisors
of the campaign against Islamic State militants surrounding the
refinery near Baiji. The general and two policemen were killed.
(AFP, 11/7/14)(Reuters, 11/9/14)
2014 Nov 7, In Jordan several
thousand protesters took to the streets, calling on the government
to scrap its peace deal with Israel following escalating violence at
the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.
2014 Nov 7, Israeli security
forces fought with Palestinian protesters in East Jerusalem and the
occupied West Bank over access to Jerusalem's holiest site. Around
15 small explosions targeted the homes and vehicles of Fatah
officials in Gaza, causing minor damage but no injuries.
2014 Nov 7, Three Malaysian
Muslim transgenders won a landmark court ruling against a religious
law banning them from cross-dressing in what activists called a
victory for human rights.
2014 Nov 7, Mexico announced it
believes charred remains found in a river and on its banks in
Guerrero state belong to 43 students from a teachers college,
missing for more than a month. Three suspected Guerreros Unidos gang
members said they bundled the 43 in the back of two trucks, took
them to a nearby landfill, killed them and used fuel, wood, tires
and plastic to burn their bodies for 14 hours.
(AFP, 11/8/14)(SFC, 11/8/14, p.A2)
2014 Nov 7, New Zealand
authorities made an embarrassing about-face when prosecutors dropped
a murder-for-hire charge against AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd (60),
saying there was not enough evidence to proceed. Rudd still faced
serious charges of threatening to kill as well as possession of
amphetamine and marijuana.
(AP, 11/7/14)(SFC, 12/6/14, p.A2)
2014 Nov 7, In northeastern
Nigeria a bomb concealed in a black plastic bag killed at least 7
people outside a commercial bank in Bauchi state. The governor of
Adamawa state said Boko Haram has taken over at least five
municipalities and called for more troops to halt further Islamist
(AP, 11/7/14)(AFP, 11/7/14)
2014 Nov 7, In northwestern
Pakistan two roadside bombs, minutes apart, struck a minibus and a
motorcycle in Mohmand tribal region near the Afghan border, killing
at least 6 people.
2014 Nov 7, Hamas announced the
creation of a "popular army" in the Gaza Strip, saying it was ready
for any future conflict with Israel, particularly over the
flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound.
2014 Nov 7, Russia signed a
contract to build two more nuclear reactors in Iran to be possibly
followed by another six, a move intended to cement closer ties
between the two nations.
2014 Nov 7, In Russia a lesbian
couple tied the knot in a quiet ceremony seen as the first such
marriage in the country where gay unions are illegal. The marriage
went through in St. Petersburg because one of the women was born
male but is now transgender and undergoing hormone therapy.
2014 Nov 7, A Saudi Arabia
advisory committee recommended that the government lift its ban on
female drivers for women over 30. It said the women must be off the
road by 8pm and cannot wear makeup behind the wheel.
(SFC, 11/8/14, p.A2)
2014 Nov 7, South Africa said
it has signed a nuclear energy cooperation agreement with China as
the government looks to expand the critical power supply system.
2014 Nov 7, South Korea's
National Assembly approved plans to disband the coast guard in the
wake of criticism over its failure to rescue hundreds of passengers
during the sinking of a ferry in April.
2014 Nov 7, In Syria al-Qaida
fighters of the Nusra Front seized three villages: Safuhan, Fatira
and Hazari, in northwestern Idlib province, and were pushing to take
2014 Nov 7, Ukraine’s military
said a column of 32 tanks, 16 howitzer artillery systems and trucks
carrying ammunition and fighters has crossed into eastern Ukraine
from Russia. 5 Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 16 wounded in the
past 24 hours despite the ceasefire.
2014 Nov 7, The UN Security
Council slapped sanctions against Yemen’s influential former
president Ali Abdullah Saleh and two rebel commanders for
2014 Nov 7, Venezuelan
authorities said Leiva Padilla Mendoza, the purported leader of a
Colombian paramilitary group who they allege masterminded the
October slaying of socialist Venezuelan lawmaker Robert Serra, has
been captured in Cartagena, Colombia.
2014 Nov 7, Yemen's state-run
TV announced the lineup of the country's new Cabinet following a
UN-brokered deal with Shiite rebels who had overrun the capital of
Sanaa and plunged the country into another crisis.
2015 Nov 7, The United States
and its allies conducted 31 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq
2015 Nov 7, Donald Trump spent
90 minutes in the "SNL" spotlight followed weeks of growing
anticipation, increasingly sharp criticism and mounting calls for
him to be dropped from the show. Until this evening, just eight
politicians had served as guest hosts in the NBC sketch comedy
series' 40 years.
2015 Nov 7, A British official
said Britain hopes to return all of its stranded tourists from Sharm
al-Sheikh within 10 days.
2015 Nov 7, A magnitude-6.8
earthquake struck north-central Chile, causing buildings to sway in
the capital of Santiago, but there were no immediate reports of
2015 Nov 7, China and Taiwan
must not let proponents of Taiwan's independence split them, China's
President Xi Jinping told Taiwan's president at the first meeting
between leaders of the two sides since China's civil war ended in
1949. Hundreds of angry protesters massed outside Taiwan President
Ma Ying-Jeou's office, condemning his warm exchange with China's
leader in a summit in Singapore that has fueled fears the democratic
island will be swallowed up by its giant rival.
2015 Nov 7, Estonia's flagship
airline announced its bankruptcy after the European Union ruled it
would have to pay back 85 million euros plus interest of state aid
pumped into the struggling business to keep it flying. Authorities
in Tallinn moved to absorb the shock by immediately setting up a new
carrier to take over key routes.
2015 Nov 7, Cabin crew at
Lufthansa staged a second day of strikes, forcing the German airline
to cancel some 520 short- and medium-haul flights.
2015 Nov 7, The office of
Guyana's president said it is developing a code of conduct for
public officials that would bar them from excessive gambling and
sexually harassing people and require them to report all gifts in
excess of a $50.
2015 Nov 7, In Iraq bombs in
and around Baghdad killed at least 9 people.
2015 Nov 7, In Israel Yitzhak
Navon (94), who served as Israel's fifth president (1978-1983),
died. He quit politics in 1992 and became a successful author and
2015 Nov 7, Russian Federal Air
Transport Agency said it will send 44 planes to repatriate its
nationals from two Egyptian Red Sea resorts. Around 80,000 Russians
were stranded in Egypt.
(AFP, 11/7/15)(Reuters, 11/7/15)
2015 Nov 7, In Spain thousands
of people from all over the country converged on Madrid to march
against domestic violence.
2015 Nov 7, The Islamic State
group released 37 Syrian Christians, most of them women, who were
among more than 200 people kidnapped in February. The Britain-based
Observatory said at least 23 civilians, were killed in suspected
Russian air strikes on rebel-held Douma, outside Damascus.
2015 Nov 7, In Thailand
prominent fortuneteller Suriyan Sujaritpalawong, accused of
insulting the monarchy, died of a blood infection at a military
prison where he had been detained since mid-October. He became the
second person in connection with the high-profile case to die behind
2015 Nov 7, In Togo clashes
between police and protesters over the past two days left five
2015 Nov 7, Turkmenistan media
said President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has ordered the start of
construction on a pipeline carrying gas from the former Soviet state
to India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
2015 Nov 7, In western
Venezuela a magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck about 27 km (17 miles)
from the city of Merida, knocking out power in some areas, damaging
some buildings and triggering rockfalls that killed one man.
2015 Nov 7, The World
Anti-Doping Agency said Russia had sabotaged the 2012 London Olympic
Games by running a state-sponsored doping program.
(SSFC, 11/15/15, p.A25)
2015 Nov 7, The World Health
Organization said that Ebola-ravaged Sierra Leone had beaten an
18-month outbreak that killed almost 4,000 citizens and plunged the
economy into severe recession.
2016 Nov 7, Janet Reno
(b.1938), the first woman to serve as US attorney general
(1993-2001), died at her home in in Miami from complications of
2016 Nov 7, In NYC a woman from
Queens (46) was killed after being pushed in front of a subway train
in times Square. A female suspect (30) was taken into custody.
(SFC, 11/8/16, p.A6)
2016 Nov 7, A group of
investors representing more than 5 trillion euros ($5.53 trillion)
in assets under management have called on oil and gas companies to
observe an unlimited moratorium on activity in the Arctic high seas.
2016 Nov 7, Leonard Cohen
(b.1934), Canadian singer, poet and novelist, died in Los Angeles.
His song "Suzanne" (1966) became a hit for Judy Collins, and was for
many years his most covered song.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_Cohen)(Econ, 11/19/16, p.80)
2016 Nov 7, Robert N. Hall
(b.1919, American physicist and inventor, died in Schenectady, NY.
He worked his whole life at GE Global Research. His WWII design of a
magnetron to jam enemy radar led to the development of the microwave
oven. His first solid state laser in 1962 led to the development of
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_N._Hall)(SFC, 5/11/18, p.D4)
2016 Nov 7, Australia’s Senate
blocked a plebiscite on same-sex marriage.
(SFC, 11/8/16, p.A4)
2016 Nov 7, A Cambodian court
sentenced opposition Senator Hong Song Hour to seven years in prison
for criticizing a 36-year-old border agreement with Vietnam.
(SFC, 11/8/16, p.A2)
2016 Nov 7, China's top
legislature took the rare step of intervening directly in a local
Hong Kong political dispute by effectively barring two legally
elected separatist lawmakers from taking office, setting the stage
for further turmoil in the semiautonomous city.
2016 No 7, China adopted a new
cyber-security law affecting both domestic and foreign firms
operating on the Chinese mainland effective June 2018.
(Econ, 11/12/16, p.42)
2016 Nov 7, Egypt said that
Saudi Arabia has halted fuel shipments indefinitely, in a sign of
lingering tensions following a dispute over the conflict in Syria.
2016 Nov 7, Germany pledged a
61-million-euro ($67.44 million) hike in funding for UN relief
operations in Africa so that fewer of its people undertake perilous
odysseys to Europe, which has struggled to absorb an influx of
migrants since last year.
2016 Nov 7, Authorities in
Haiti said flooding has killed at least 10 people in three northern
provinces following heavy rain over the last 48 hours.
2016 Nov 7, Iraqi forces retook
the key town of Hamam al-Alil, from the Islamic State group, a
crucial objective on the southern front of the offensive to wrest
back Mosul. Iraqi security forces announced the discovery of a mass
grave in the Hamam al-Alil area. The first officials at the site
said the grave likely holds about 100 bodies, many of them
(AFP, 11/7/16)(AP, 11/8/16)
2016 Nov 7, Kazakh businessman
Tokhtar Tuleshov, best known for running the Shymkentpivo brewery,
was sentenced to 21 years in prison on charges including plotting a
coup against veteran President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
2016 Nov 7, Montenegrin
lawmakers convened for the first time since last month's election,
with opposition parties boycotting the inaugural session. The
session in Cetinje was attended by 42 lawmakers of the 81-seat
2016 Nov 7, The Moroccan Agency
for Solar Energy (Masen) issued Morocco's first green bond to help
to finance the country's development of solar power. Morocco aimed
to obtain 52 percent of its electricity from renewable energy
sources by 2030.
2016 Nov 7, In Nigeria armed
bandits killed 36 gold miners at the informal mining site at Gidan
Ardo in northwest Zamfara state. 20 miners were reported missing.
2016 Nov 7, Pakistani police
arrested dozens of people in a crackdown on more than 90 seminaries
in Karachi, following a series of sectarian shootings in the city.
2016 Nov 7, Pakistani officials
said Indian troops have opened fire across the Line of Control in
the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, killing three civilians
and wounding six others as Indian and Pakistani troops continue to
trade heavy fire.
2016 Nov 7, Romania's
parliament approved double-digit public sector wage increases. The
next day PM Dacian Ciolos said his government would challenge the
increases because they are against the law.
2016 Nov 7, In Syria
Kurdish-led Syrian fighters clashed with Islamic State militants
north of the city of Raqqa as they pushed ahead in their offensive
aiming to retake the city that has been the de facto capital of the
extremist group since 2014.
2016 Nov 7, Tanzania signed a
memorandum of understanding with Switzerland to help the East
African country recover money illegally kept in Swiss banks by
2016 Nov 7, UN talks to
implement the Paris climate pact opened in Marrakesh. Diplomats from
196 nations met in Morocco to flesh out the planet-saving plan inked
in the French capital last December.
2016 Nov 7, In Ukraine Mikhail
Saakashvili, the former Georgian president who became governor of
the Odessa region, announced that he is resigning in frustration at
what he characterized as obstruction in efforts to root out
2016 Nov 7, The Vatican
denounced the decision of a priest in China's underground Catholic
Church to be ordained bishop without the pope's approval.
2016 Nov 7, The World Health
Organization said Yemen's 20-month war has killed more than 7,000
people and wounded nearly 37,000.
2017 Nov 7, President Donald
Trump, speaking in South Korea, said tougher gun laws would not have
prevented a mass shooting at a south Texas church, arguing that more
restrictions might have led to more casualties.
2017 Nov 7, The United States
accused Iran of supplying Yemen's Houthi rebels with a missile that
was fired into Saudi Arabia in July and called for the UN to hold
Tehran accountable for violating two UN Security Council
2017 Nov 7, The United States
unveiled criminal charges against five people accused of involvement
in a bribery scheme to help British defense giant Rolls-Royce win
energy-related contracts in Kazakhstan.
2017 Nov 7, In the SF Bay Area
voters in Cotati and Pacifica considered marijuana taxation issues,
rent control and school parcel taxes. Voters overwhelmingly approved
ballot proposals to levy taxes on gross receipts at cannabis
(SFC, 11/7/17, p.C1)(SFC, 11/8/17, p.A7)
2017 Nov 7, Debra Chasnoff
(60), an Oscar-winning documentary director, died at her home in San
Francisco. She won her Oscar in 1992 for “Deadly Deception: General
Electric, Nuclear Weapons and Our Environment," an expose of GE’s
production of nuclear weapons.
(SSFC, 11/12/17, p.C1)
2017 Nov 7, Former baseball
pitcher Roy Halladay was killed when his Icon A5 airplane crashed in
the Gulf of Mexico near Tampa, Fl. On May 8 an Icon A5 crashed near
Lake Berryessa in California killing test pilot Jon Karkow (55) and
Icon designer Cagri Sever (41). The 11-year-old company was based in
(SFC, 11/8/17, p.C6)
2017 Nov 7, In New Jersey
Democrat Phil Murphy defeated Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno to
succeed Gov. Chris Christie.
(SFC, 11/8/17, p.A7)
2017 Nov 7, In Virginia
Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam defeated Republican Ed Gillespie
to become governor.
(SFC, 11/8/17, p.A7)
2017 Nov 7, Seattle voters
elected Jenny Durkan as its first woman mayor since the 1920s. She
will replace former Mayor Ed Murray, who resigned earlier this year
amid accusations of sexual abuse.
(SFC, 11/9/17, p.A6)
2017 Nov 7, In Afghanistan
gunmen disguised as police killed at least two security guards and
opened fire on staff at a private television station in Kabul. The
Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.
(Reuters, 11/7/17)(AP, 11/7/17)
2017 Nov 7, The African Union
said it has begun its withdrawal from Somalia. The 22,000 force was
expected to fully withdraw by 2020.
(SFC, 11/8/17, p.A2)
2017 Nov 7, The British
government said that most European Union citizens currently living
in Britain will be allowed to remain in the country after Brexit in
2017 Nov 7, Britain's
University of Oxford said one of its professors, the prominent Swiss
Muslim intellectual Tariq Ramadan, had taken a leave of absence from
the university, after two women filed complaints against him in
France over allegations of rape.
2017 Nov 7, British police in
London arrested fugitive Croatian business mogul Ivica Todoric (66)
on a European warrant issued by authorities in Zagreb. Todoric, the
boss of indebted Balkan food and retail giant Agrokor, is the prime
suspect in an ongoing probe into alleged abuse of trust, forging of
official documents and failure to keep proper business records at
2017 Nov 7, A company working
in Central African Republic on a UN contract said it has fired a
driver who took bribes to transport Muslim civilians to safer parts
of the country amid rising sectarian violence. Dubai-based ECOLOG
International said that it has terminated the employee implicated in
2017 Nov 7, Sources said
Chinese tour operators based in the border city of Dandong have been
told to halt trips to the North Korean capital Pyongyang, the day
before US President Donald Trump's first official visit to China.
2017 Nov 7, Estonian
prosecutors said a Russian citizen was detained over the weekend
over suspicions of spying and preparing a computer crime on behalf
of Russia's domestic security agency.
2017 Nov 7, The EU pushed for
Europe to draw up a blacklist of tax havens after the "Paradise
Papers" revealed loopholes used by Apple and Nike as well as
celebrities including Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton.
2017 Nov 7, Pollution in the
Indian capital hit a dangerous level, putting residents at risk,
forcing the closure of schools, and bringing calls from doctors for
the city's half marathon to be canceled.
2017 Nov 7, Indonesia's top
court overturned a law that denied recognition and legal rights to
followers of indigenous faiths in a surprise advance for religious
freedom in the world's most populous Muslim nation. It said articles
in the 2013 Civil Administration Law were discriminatory and
violated the principle of equality before the law.
2017 Nov 7, Israel’s 2018
Genesis Prize, known as “the Jewish Nobel Prize," was awarded to
actress Natalie Portman in recognition of her commitment to social
(SFC, 11/8/17, p.A2)
2017 Nov 7, In Jordan King
Abdullah II and Hungarian President János Áder opened the World
Science Forum, a gathering of scientists and policy makers, and
called for science as a path to peace.
2017 Nov 7, In disputed Kashmir
three militants and an Indian army soldier were killed in a
gunbattle in southern Aglar village following a tip that militants
were hiding there.
2017 Nov 7, Kenya's opposition
leader Raila Odinga said he wants an interim government to run the
country for six months while the constitution is reviewed to curb
the president's authority.
2017 Nov 7, NATO's
Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance plans to send
around 3,000 more troops to Afghanistan, half of them from the
United States, to bolster efforts to train the Afghan army.
2017 Nov 7, In Romania some
5,000 employees at a Dacia automobile factory in Mioveni protested
an unpopular government plan to make employees pay social welfare
taxes currently paid by employers, saying it will lead to salary
2017 Nov 7, In Russia thousands
of Communist party members and supporters marched across downtown
Moscow to mark the centennial of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution even
as the Russian government ignored the anniversary.
2017 Nov 7, Saudi Arabia's
crown prince said Iran's supply of rockets to militias in Yemen is
an act of "direct military aggression" that could be an act of war.
2017 Nov 7, Saudi bankers and
lawyers said local banks have frozen more than 1,200 accounts
belonging to individuals and companies in the kingdom as part of the
government's anti-corruption purge.
2017 Nov 7, Scotland's devolved
government issued an apology to men convicted in the past for
same-sex activity and passed a new law which will allow them to
clear their names.
2017 Nov 7, South Sudanese
military commander Lt. Colonel Chan Garang, an ally of former army
chief Paul Malong, said he has defected with more than 200 soldiers
to the country's largest rebel group, amid a showdown between
President Salva Kiir and his former military chief.
2017 Nov 7, In Sri Lanka tens
of thousands of motorists formed long lines at gasoline stations, as
the country's fuel shortage continued for a fifth day.
2017 Nov 7, Syria said at UN
climate talks in Bonn that it would join the Paris Agreement,
leaving the United States as the only nation to say it will remain
outside the landmark treaty.
2017 Nov 7, A Turkish court
rejected an appeals court order to retry Enis Berberoglu, a lawmaker
from the main opposition party, upholding his 25-year jail term.
2017 Nov 7, The International
Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) called for all borders with Yemen
to be kept open to allow vital food, health and medical supplies to
enter the country reeling from war and a major cholera epidemic.
2017 Nov 7, Venezuelan
journalist Jesus Medina said he has been released following two days
of captivity and torture after photographing criminal gang
activities inside a prison. Last week, he published photos taken
from a nearby hilltop purportedly showing armed inmates, marijuana
plots and satellite dishes inside the prison.
2017 Nov 7, Vietnam’s
government said the death toll from Typhoon Damrey that struck its
south-central coast last weekend, causing widespread flooding, has
risen to 89 with 18 others still missing. Vietnam released water
from seven dangerously full reservoirs to avoid further flooding.
(AP, 11/7/17)(Reuters, 11/7/17)
2017 Nov 7, Carl Sargeant (49),
a Welsh politician who resigned from his post in the Welsh
government last week after allegations of misconduct, died suddenly.
Sargeant, a member of the Labour Party, was one of a number of
political figures caught up in a sexual harassment scandal roiling
2018 Nov 7, US Attorney Gen'l.
Jeff Sessions submitted his resignation following Pres. Donald
Trump's request that he resign. Trump announced in a tweet that
Matthew Whitaker, Session's Chief of Staff, would take over as
acting attorney general.
(SFC, 11/8/18, p.A1)
2018 Nov 7, In southern
California former Marine Ian David Long (28) released a smoke bomb
and opened gunfire late today killing 12 people at the Borderline
Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks. Long then turned the gun on himself.
It was later reported that Sgt. Jon Helus, among the 12 killed, was
hit five times by the gunman, but that the fatal bullet was fired by
a CHP officer.
(SFC, 11/9/18, p.A1)(SFC, 12/8/18, p.A6)
2018 Nov 7, Oscar-winning
actress Emma Thompson received a damehood in recognition for her
splendid career, an event made special by the fact that it was given
to her by Prince William, a longtime friend.
2018 Nov 7, Kidnappers in west
Cameroon freed 78 school children and a driver early today. Two
other children were still missing, along with the principal and a
teacher. Armed men had seized the youngsters on Nov. 5 in the city
2018 Nov 7, In Cameroon Mimi
Mefo, a prominent journalist and television presenter from the
restive anglophone region, was jailed for "attacking state
security". Mefo was charged over a social media post which said "the
army was responsible for the death of US missionary Charles Trumann
Wesco who died in October.
2018 Nov 7, French composer
Francis Lai (86), who won an Oscar in 1970 for the iconic "Love
Story" soundtrack, died. Lai started as an accordionist, but quickly
rose through the ranks as a composer, writing songs for singers
including Edith Piaf and Yves Montand.
2018 Nov 7, Guam's Catholic
church said it will file for bankruptcy — a move that will allow the
archdiocese to avoid trial in dozens of lawsuits alleging child
sexual abuse by priests and move toward settlements.
2018 Nov 7, In India Yogi
Adityanath, a robe-wearing Hindu priest who is the BJP chief
minister of Uttar Pradesh, changed the name of Faizabad district to
Ayodhya, the place where Hindus believe Lord Ram was born thousands
of years ago. Before the change, Ayodhya was the name of a town in
Faizabad. Last month PM Narendra Modi changed the name of Allahabad,
where three rivers considered holy by Hindus meet, to the Hindu name
2018 Nov 7, Japan's Tokyo
Medical University, that acknowledged systematically discriminating
against female applicants, announced plans to accept more than 60
who were unfairly rejected over the past two years.
2018 Nov 7, Madagascar voted
for a president to tackle unemployment, poverty and corruption on
the Indian Ocean island, with the incumbent and two former heads of
state leading a field of 36 contenders. Former president Marc
Ravalomanana garnered 35.35 percent of the vote in the first round,
behind his successor, Andry Rajoelina, who got 39.23 percent.
(Reuters, 11/7/18)(Reuters, 11/28/18)
2018 Nov 7, Central American
migrants continued to straggle in for a rest stop at a Mexico City
stadium, where about 4,500 continue to weigh offers to stay in
Mexico against the desire of many to reach the US border.
2018 Nov 7, Palestinian Ahmad
al-Najar (21), shot last month during protests on the Israel-Gaza
border, succumbed to his wounds.
2018 Nov 7, Saudi Arabia's King
Salman began a domestic tour with a first stop in the conservative
heartland of Qassim province, where he pardoned prisoners serving
time on financial charges and announced 16 billion riyals (about
$4.27 billion) in new projects.
2018 Nov 7, In Sweden Jayne
Svenungsson, a member of the academy that awards the Nobel Prize in
Literature, said she is leaving the body. She became the eighth
person to quit or to be forced off the 18-member board of the
Swedish Academy since the scandals broke last year.
2018 Nov 7, Thailand's Supreme
Court restored a 37-year prison term given to Vivat Yodprasert,
convicted of shooting four people during 2014 political violence. He
was dubbed the "Popcorn Gunman" because he opened fire with an
assault rifle concealed in a sack with the word "POPCORN" emblazoned
2018 Nov 7, Police in Thailand
arrested Sgt. Maj. Jakkrit Khomsing (43), an HIV-infected soldier,
who allegedly blackmailed and raped more than 70 teenage boys.
2018 Nov 7, The UN and the
Syrian Arab Red Crescent completed a desperately needed aid delivery
to displaced Syrians in the remote Rukban desert camp near the
border with Jordan. Nearly 50,000 people were stranded in the desert
and had received no aid since January.
2018 Nov 7, Vietnam and the
United States said they have finished the cleanup of dioxin
contamination at Danang airport caused by the transport and storage
of the herbicide Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.
2018 Nov 7, In Yemen troops
from a US-backed, Saudi-led coalition pounded Houthi rebel positions
in Hodeida with airstrikes and a ground assault and took control of
a major road leading into the city.
2018 Nov 7, In Zimbabwe a
head-on collision between two buses killed 47 people near Rusape.
Police said the death toll could rise because there 80 others
admitted to hospital, some with serious injuries.
(AP, 11/8/18)(SFC, 11/9/18, p.A2)
2019 Nov 7, A US-led naval
coalition officially launched operations in Bahrain to protect
shipping in the troubled waters of the Gulf, after a string of
attacks that Washington and its allies blamed on Iran.
2019 Nov 7, The United States
imposed sanctions on the leader of an Islamist militant group in
Mali called the Macina Liberation Front. The sanctions target Amadou
Koufa, a Salafist preacher and leader of the al Qaeda-linked group
operating in Central Mali.
2019 Nov 7, The US Census
Bureau said it plans to raise wages for census workers in some areas
and make it easier for applicants to get fingerprinted for
2019 Nov 7, In southern
California a man fatally shot his visiting mother, a dog and himself
in a Ventura County home.
(SFC, 11/9/19, p.A5)
2019 Nov 7, Idaho granted a
conditional waiver to the US Department of Energy that could allow
research quantities of spent nuclear fuel into the state after years
of blocking such shipments. The waiver requires the Energy
Department to first prove it can process 900,000 gallons (3.5
million liters) of high-level radioactive liquid waste that sits
above a giant Idaho aquifer that supplies water to farms and cities.
2019 Nov 7, A New York state
judge ordered Pres. Donald Trump to pay $2 million to an array of
charities as a fine for misusing his own charitable foundation to
further his political and business interests. Trump had admitted to
a series of abuses that were outlines in a lawsuit brought against
him last year by the New York attorney general's office.
(SFC, 11/8/19, p.A8)
2019 Nov 7, South Carolina
restaurant owner Bobby Paul Edwards was sentenced to 10 years in
prison for abusing Chris Smith, a mentally disabled African-American
employee, and forcing him to work with no pay for years.
2019 Nov 7, In Virginia
Satyasurya Sahas Thumma (23) was sentenced to 6.5 years in prison
for cyberstalking his ex-girlfriends and sending nude photos of them
to their families, friends and even a church.
2019 Nov 7, Major global oil
firms snubbed a second Brazilian oil auction in a row, passing up
promising offshore blocks and forcing officials to reconsider a
bidding system that gives a privileged position to state-run
Petroleo Brasileiro SA.
2019 Nov 7, Bulgaria's
President Rumen Radev blocked the appointment of Ivan Geshev as the
next chief prosecutor. His selection as the sole candidate for the
powerful post sparked street protests.
2019 Nov 7, A court in China
convicted and sentenced to death a man accused of trafficking
fentanyl to the US after a joint investigation with US law
enforcement agencies. Liu Yong led an illicit network of labs that
produced and shipped packages of fentanyl to American users who
placed orders online through a dealer simply known as “Diana." Liu’s
death sentence was suspended for two years, leaving open the
possibility that it could be commuted to life in prison.
2019 Nov 7, China said it had
agreed with the United States to remove tariffs in phases, while
state-owned Xinhua News Agency said Beijing was also considering
removing restrictions on poultry imports.
2019 Nov 7, Chinese electric
car maker BYD Co Ltd and Japan's Toyota Motor Corp said they planned
to set up a joint venture to design and develop battery electric
cars as they ramp up efforts to produce zero emissions vehicles.
2019 Nov 7, The EU's top court
annulled a decision from the European Parliament that demanded a
political group linked to the British party UKIP reimburse tens of
thousands in EU funds.
2019 Nov 7, French police
dismantled makeshift migrant camps in areas underneath suburban
highways in northeast Paris. 1,606 people were evacuated. The
operation, the biggest in over a year, came one day after a French
government pledge to "take back control" of immigration.
2019 Nov 7, Germany's Lufthansa
airline announced plans for more cost cuts and delivered
better-than-expected results, sending shares higher even as a cabin
crew strike posed a further challenge to its efforts to revive
2019 Nov 7, Iran resumed
uranium enrichment at its underground Fordow plant south of Tehran
in a new step back from its commitments under a landmark 2015
nuclear deal, raising alarm from Western powers.
2019 Nov 7, Six Iraqis were
shot and killed as they tried to remove barriers blocking their
march in central Baghdad. Masked men attacked anti-government
protesters in the southern city of Basra late today, killing five
people. Protesters forced the closing of the country's main port
hours after services had resumed following days of closure. At least
24 protesters were wounded as security forces fired live rounds and
tear gas to disperse the march in downtown's Rashid Street, where
the central bank is located.
(AP, 11/7/19)(AP, 11/8/19)
2019 Nov 7, It was reported
that Italy will become the first country in the world to require
climate change studies in classrooms alongside reading, writing, and
(ABC News, 11/7/19)
2019 Nov 7, Former Lithuanian
judge Neringa Venckiene (48), wanted in connection with claims she
made about a pedophile ring, appeared at a detention hearing after
being extradited to her home country from Chicago. The once-rising
judicial star led an anti-pedophilia movement that swept her and six
others into Lithuania's Parliament in 2012.
2019 Nov 7, Mauritius held a
parliamentary election, with the main parties all promising a fairer
distribution of wealth on the prosperous Indian Ocean island.
2019 Nov 7, The International
Criminal Court at The Hague passed its highest ever sentence,
sending Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda, known as "The Terminator,"
to prison for 30 years for crimes including murder, rape and sexual
2019 Nov 7, It was reported
that Russian businessman Arkady Rotenberg, who has been under US
sanctions since 2014, has sold his gas pipeline construction firm
Stroygazmontazh to construction company Gazstroyprom for some 75
billion rubles ($1.18 billion). Russian gas giant Gazprom owns a 49%
stake in Gazstroyprom.
2019 Nov 7, Russian and Syrian
officials said that the US military has blocked efforts to disband
the Rukban camp near the Jordanian border despite "inhumane
2019 Nov 7, South Korea handed
two men, understood to both be in their 20s, to North Korean
officials at the border truce village of Panmunjom. The two men had
admitted that they and another member of the vessel’s crew had
killed a boat captain in late October because he had been abusive.
The men added that they then killed the other 15 crew of the ship
and threw their bodies overboard. The men asked for asylum in South
Korea but, after a three-day investigation, the request was denied.
(The Telegraph, 11/7/19)
2019 Nov 7, Turkey's President
Tayyip Erdogan said his country will have to open the doors to
Europe for Syrian refugees unless the European Union provides Ankara
with enough support, adding that Turkey could not carry that burden
2019 Nov 7, Meeting in Uganda
South Sudan's president and a former rebel leader agreed to delay
forming a unity government for 100 days beyond the Nov. 12 deadline,
buying time after concerns that war could resume if the two sides
2019 Nov 7, The UN General
Assembly voted 187-3 to condemn the American economic embargo of
Cuba for the 28th year, rejecting US criticism of human rights
violations there and criticizing the Trump administration's
increasingly tough enforcement measures.
2020 Nov 7, Joe Biden (77)
crossed 270 Electoral College votes with a win in Pennsylvania.
Biden defeated President Donald Trump to become the 46th president
of the United States, positioning himself to lead a nation gripped
by historic pandemic and a confluence of economic and social
turmoil. It was unclear whether Trump would publicly concede. Mr.
Biden won the popular vote with a record-breaking 74 million votes.
Mr. Trump received more than 70 million votes, the second-highest
tally on record. Kamala Harris became the first woman, as well as
the first Black person, first Indian-American, and first
Asian-American, to be elected to the vice presidency.
(AP, 11/7/20)(NY Times, 11/8/20)(The Week,
2020 Nov 7, Pres. Donald Trump
persisted in misrepresenting developments at ballot-counting
centers, falsely tweeting that campaign observers in Pennsylvania
were blocked from seeing what was going on as Biden overtook him in
the vote count, which continues. Twitter flagged a series of Trump's
tweets as dubious.
2020 Nov 7, US President Donald
Trump's campaign said it had filed a lawsuit in Arizona, its latest
legal challenge over the results of the presidential election.
2020 Nov 7, It was reported
that North Dakota and South Dakota have the nation's worst rate of
deaths per capita over the last 30 days. Despite advances in
treating COVID-19 patients, hundreds more people have died in recent
weeks than during any other period — a grim exclamation point on the
virus outbreak slamming the northern Plains and Upper Midwest.
2020 Nov 7, Belarusian
President Alexander Lukashenko formally opened the country’s first
nuclear power plant, a project sharply criticized by neighboring
Lithuania. The Russian-built and financed Astravyets plant is
located about 40 km (25 miles) southeast of Vilnius.
2020 Nov 7, Lord Jonathan Sacks
(72), the former chief rabbi in the UK (1991-2013) who reached
beyond the Jewish community with his regular broadcasts on radio,
(AP, 11/8/20)(Econ., 11/21/20, p.82)
2020 Nov 7, Egyptians began
voting in the second and final stage of the country’s parliamentary
elections, after a relatively low turnout in the first round that
embarrassed the government of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.
2020 Nov 7, Ethiopia's
parliament has voted to dissolve the government of the northern
Tigray region, amid a dispute which has escalated into armed
conflict. In an emergency session, parliament declared the Tigray
administration illegal and voted to replace it. Tigray's leader told
the African Union that the federal government was planning a
“full-fledged military offensive."
(BBC, 11/7/20)(AP, 11/7/20)
2020 Nov 7, France reported 828
new deaths from coronavirus in the last 24 hours.
(NBC News, 11/7/20)
2020 Nov 7, Germany followed
several European countries by reporting a record number of daily
coronavirus cases, as a second wave of infections sweeps through the
continent as winter approaches. The Robert Koch Institute, reported
23,399 new cases in the last 24 hours.
(NBC News, 11/7/20)
2020 Nov 7, Greece began a
three-week nationwide lockdown, its second this year. Greece has now
reported 52,254 cases and 715 deaths.
(NBC News, 11/7/20)
2020 Nov 7, Searchers in
Guatemala dug through mud and debris looking for an estimated 100
people believed buried by a massive, rain-fueled landslide, as the
remnants of Hurricane Eta strengthened and the storm churned toward
Cuba. 44 people were confirmed dead.
(AP, 11/7/20)(Econ., 11/14/20, p.32)
2020 Nov 7, Iran announced new
lockdown curbs after registering a record daily number of COVID-19
cases and another 423 deaths from the disease in the Middle East's
worst-hit country. Iran registered 9,450 new infections in the last
24 hours. This took the total number of confirmed cases to 673,250
and raised the death toll to 37,832.
2020 Nov 7, Iran's state-run
news agency reported that Nasrin Sotoudeh (57), a leading human
rights lawyer, has been released from prison, after she was earlier
hospitalized amid a hunger-strike conducted from her cell.
2020 Nov 7, It was reported
that Ivory Coast opposition leader Pascal Affi N'Guessan has been
arrested for announcing the creation of a parallel government after
boycotting last month's presidential election.
2020 Nov 7, Lebanon's President
Michel Aoun asked his foreign ministry to make the necessary
contacts to secure any evidence and documents that prompted the US
Treasury sanctions on Gebran Bassil, who leads the largest bloc in
parliament and is also the president's son-in-law.
2020 Nov 7, Slovakia held a
second round of nationwide coronavirus testing in an effort to curb
increasing infections, with more than half a million people screened
by noon. Slovakia reported 2,579 COVID-19 cases through PCR testing,
bringing the total to 73,667, with 351 deaths.
2020 Nov 7, Turkey's Pres.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan sacked Berat Albayrak, the central-bank
governor, who was also his son-in-law. The central and state banks
had wasted at least $100 billion in precious foreign reserves in an
abortive attempt to salvage the currency.
(Econ., 11/21/20, p.45)
2020 Nov 7, The United Arab
Emirates announced a major overhaul of the country’s Islamic
personal laws, allowing unmarried couples to cohabitate, loosening
alcohol restrictions and criminalizing so-called “honor killings."
The changes would take immediate effect.