1315 Nov 15, Swiss soldiers
ambushed and slaughtered invading Austrians in the Battle of
Morgarten. The Bundesbrief prevailed over a Habsburg army. Voluntary
agreements among the cantons led to the formation of the
Willensnation, a nation created by acts of free will by a diverse
(HN, 11/15/98)(Econ, 2/14/04, p.6)
1316 Nov 15, Jean I became king
of France, and died 4 days later.
1348 Nov 15, Rudolph of Oron, a
bailiff in Lausanne, wrote a letter to the Strasbourg authorities in
which he declared that certain Jews of Lausanne confessed to
poisoning all the drinking wells in the Rhine Valley that somehow
selectively killed only Christians.
1491 Nov 15, 6 Jews and 5
Conversos (Jews who pretend to be Catholic converts) were accused of
killing Christians in La Guardia, Spain.
1492 Nov 15, Christopher
Columbus noted the 1st recorded reference to tobacco.
1515 Nov 15, Thomas Wolsey
(1473-1530), archbishop of York, was made a cardinal.
1532 Nov 15, Pope Clemens VII
told Henry VIII to end his relationship with Anne Boleyn.
1533 Nov 15, Francisco Pizarro
entered Cuzco, Peru. [see Aug 29]
1539 Nov 15, Richard Whiting
(b.1461), the Bishop of Glastonbury, was hung, drawn and quartered
on Glastonbury Tor after being convicted of treason for remaining
loyal to Rome. Little Jack Horner was reputed to have been the
steward to Whiting, whose jury included Horner. 12 deeds, sent by
Whiting as a bribe to the king, were reportedly carried by Horner,
who was said to have stolen the one to the manor of Mells, it being
the real 'plum' of the twelve manors. The first publication date for
the lyrics to the Little Jack Horner nursery rhyme is 1725.
1577 Nov 15, Sir Francis Drake
aboard Pelican began his travel from Chile to Washington. [see Dec
1626 Nov 15, The Pilgrim
Fathers, who settled in New Plymouth, bought out their London
1630 Nov 15, Johann Kepler
(b.1571), German astronomer, died at 58.
1708 Nov 15, William Pitt the
Elder, Secretary of State of England whose strategies helped win the
Seven Years War, was born. He served as Whig PM from 1756-61 and
(HN, 11/15/98)(MC, 11/15/01)
1727 Nov 15, NY General
assembly permitted Jews to omit phrase "upon the faith of a
Christian" from abjuration oath.
1731 Nov 15, William Cowper,
English lawyer and poet (John Gilpin), was born. [see Nov 26]
1738 Nov 15, Sir William
Hershel, British astronomer who discovered Uranus, was born.
1763 Nov 15, Charles Mason and
Jeremiah Dixon began surveying Mason-Dixon Line between Pennsylvania
and Maryland. They surveyed 233 miles by 1767 when Indians of the
Six nations told them they could not proceed any further west.
(MC, 11/15/01)(ON, 2/04, p.10)
1777 Nov 15, The Continental
Congress adopted the Articles of Confederation in York, Pa. These
instituted the perpetual union of the United States of America and
served as a precursor to the U.S. Constitution. The structure of the
Constitution was inspired by the Iroquois Confederacy of six major
northeastern tribes. The matrilineal society of the Iroquois later
inspired the suffragist movement.
(PCh, 1992, p.325)(AP, 11/15/97)(SFEC, 4/19/98,
BR p.2)(HN, 11/15/98)
1787 Nov 15, Christoph W.
Ritter von Gluck (73), composer (Iphigenie Tauride), died.
1805 Nov 15, Captain Meriwether
Lewis and four men of the Corps of Discovery reached the Pacific
Ocean near what is now Seaview, Washington. On November 18, Captain
Clark and eleven men left Station Camp for their turn to view the
1806 Nov 15, 1st US college
magazine, Yale Literary Government, published its 1st issue.
1806 Nov 15, Explorer Zebulon
Pike discovered the Colorado mountaintop (14,110 ft), originally
called "The Long One" by Ute Indians, and now known as Pikes Peak.
Lt. Pike was leading a survey party into the newly acquired
Louisiana Purchase when he spotted the snowcapped peak in the
distance. He didn’t climb it. [see Nov 13]
(AP, 11/15/97)(HN, 11/15/98)(MC, 11/15/01)
1815 Nov 15, John Banvard,
painter of the world’s largest painting (3 mile canvas), was born in
1827 Nov 15, Creek Indians lost
all their property in US.
1832 Nov 15, Felix
Mendelssohn's Symphony # 5 ("Reformation") premiered.
1832 Nov 15, Jean-Baptiste Say
(b.1767), French economist, died. He is remembered for what came to
be called Say’s Law: “the supply (sale) of X creates the demand
(purchase) of Y." This law can be shown by business-cycle
statistics. When downturns start, production is always first to
decline, ahead of demand. When the economy recovers, production
recovers ahead of demand. A society can’t consume if it does not
1835 Nov 15, HMS Beagle and
Charles Darwin reached Tahiti.
1837 Nov 15, Isaac Pitman
introduced his shorthand system for rapid writing. The stenographic
system was based on sounds and was rapidly adopted in India.
(MC, 11/15/01)(WSJ, 8/20/04, p.A1)
1855 Nov 15, In San Francisco
Charles Cora, a professional gambler, attended the opening of the
American Theater with Belle Ryan, the city’s most beautiful and
famous prostitute. US marshal William Richardson complained of
Ryan’s presence, but management refused to eject her. Richardson
later accosted the gambler on Montgomery Street and Cora shot him
dead. A trial resulted in a hung jury but Cora remained in jail.
(SFC, 7/26/14, p.C5)(SFC, 8/24/19, p.C2)
1856 Nov 15, The clipper ship
Neptune’s Car arrived in SF after sailing 136 days from NYC. Mary
Ann Patten (1837-1861), the pregnant 19-year-old wife of Captain
Joshua Patten (d.1857), commanded the ship for much of its voyage
after the captain fell ill.
(AH, 2/05, p.60)
1862 Nov 15, Gerhart Hauptmann,
German author (Before Dawn- Nobel 1912), was born.
1864 Nov 15, Union Major
General William T. Sherman’s troops set fires that destroyed much of
1864 Nov 15, 1st US mines
school opened in the basement of Columbia University, NY.
1867 Nov 15, Ryoma Sakamoto,
the rebel who helped topple Japan’s feudal government system, was
assassinated. In 1966 Ryotaro Shiba authored the historical novel
"Ryoma on the Move" in 8 paperback volumes. Between 1987 and 1996 a
comic series on Ryoma ran in magazines and a 23-volume compilation
was later made.
p.A1,16)(Econ, 12/4/10, p.55)
1872 Nov 15, In California the
115 foot Pigeon Point Light Station near Pescadero started
operation. It was built due to a series of shipwrecks in the area.
Service ended in the 1980s and in 2004 it was transferred to the
Peninsula Open Space Trust and the Calif. Dept. of Parks. On May 25,
2005 ownership was transferred from the US Coast Guard to the
California State Parks. A 5-year, $5 million restoration campaign
(SFEC, 5/25/97, p.T3)(SFEC, 11/16/97, p.A2)(SFC,
3/23/04, p.B4)(SFC, 5/26/05, p.B1)
1881 Nov 15, The American
Federation of Labor was founded. [see Nov 17]
1882 Nov 15, Felix Frankfurter,
U.S. 80th Supreme Court Justice (1939-62), was born in Vienna,
Austria. He came to the U.S. in 1894 and graduated from Harvard Law
School in 1906. A close adviser to President Franklin Roosevelt,
Frankfurter helped recruit personnel for the New Deal. He was
appointed associate justice of the Supreme Court in 1939 and served
until 1962. Frankfurter died on February 22, 1965. “There is no
inevitability in history except as men make it."
(AP, 2/27/98)(HNQ, 3/16/99)(MC, 11/15/01)
1887 Nov 15, Marianne Moore,
poet (Pulitzer 1951, Collected Poems), was born in St. Louis.
1887 Nov 15, Georgia O’Keeffe
(d.1986), American painter, was born in Wisconsin. An introduction
to her work was published in 1997 ed. by Peter H. Hassrick: “The
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum."
(WUD, 1994, p.1002)(HFA, ‘96, p.42)(SFC, 7/16/97,
p.E3)(SFEC, 9/7/97, BR p.9)
1889 Nov 15, In Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil, Emperor Dom Pedro II was overthrown and military officers
established a republic.
(AP, 11/15/97)(WSJ, 4/6/06, p.D8)
1891 Nov 15, W. Averell
Harriman, (Gov-D-NY) and US ambassador to USSR (1943-46), was born.
1891 Nov 15, Erwin Rommel,
field marshal in World War II, was born. He commanded the Afrika
Korps in North Africa and defended the Normandy coast on D-Day.
1897 Nov 15, Sacheverell
Sitwell, English poet and author (People's Palace), was born.
1897 Nov 15, The electricity
plant at Niagara Falls opened sending AC power 26 miles to Buffalo,
NY. It contained AC generators built by Westinghouse Electric and
transformers built by General Electric under license from
(ON, 10/04, p.8)
1899 Nov 15, Winston Churchill
(24), war correspondent for London’s Morning Post, was captured by
Boers in Natal, South Africa. He escaped prison in Pretoria on Dec
12 and after some days reached the English colony in Durban, Natal.
(ON, 12/08, p1)
1903 Nov 15, Eugen d'Albert's
opera "Tiefland," premiered in Prague.
1904 Nov 15, King C. Gillette
patented his Gillette razor blade.
1906 Nov 15, Curtis E. Le May,
air force general and VP candidate, was born.
1907 Nov 15, Count Claus
Schenck von Stauffenberg, German anti fascist colonel, was born.
1908 Nov 15, China's Empress
Dowager Cixi died two weeks short of her 73rd birthday. In 2013 Jung
Chang authored “Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched
(AP, 11/15/08)(Econ, 11/30/13, p.84)
1909 Nov 15, M. Metrot took off
in a Voisin bi-plane from Algiers, making the first manned flight in
1914 Nov 15, Italian socialist
Benito Mussolini founded the newspaper Il Populo d’Italia.
1917 Nov 15, Kerensky fled and
the Bolsheviks took command in Moscow.
1919 Nov 15, The US Senate 1st
invoked cloture to end a filibuster over the Versailles Treaty.
1920 Nov 15, Forty-one nations
opened the first League of Nations session in Geneva.
1922 Nov 15, It was announced
that Dr. Alexis Carrel discovered white corpuscles.
1923 Nov 15, Germany introduced
the gold mark. Its issuance was severely restricted by the new
Rentenbank. This allowed paper money to settle down to a rate of 4.2
trillion to the dollar by the end of the year.
(Econ, 9/14/13, p.91)
1926 Nov 15, The National
Broadcasting Co. debuted with a radio network of 24 stations.
1929 Nov 15, Edward Asner,
actor (Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lou Grant), was born in Kansas City,
1930 Nov 15, Madrid was
paralyzed by general strikes and riots.
1932 Nov 15, Charles Waddell
Chesnutt (b.1858), author and political activist, died. He is best
known for novels and short stories from Fayetteville, North
Carolina. In 1978 Frances Richardson Keller (1915-2007) authored “An
American Crusade: The Life of Charles Waddell Chesnutt."
1934 Nov 15, Financier Marriner
Eccles (1890-1977), appointed by Pres. Franklin Roosevelt began
serving as chairman of the US Federal Reserve. He continued as head
of the Fed to 1948.
(Econ 7/15/17, p.63)(Econ, 8/12/17, p.56)
1936 Nov 15, Nazi Germany and
Japan signed the Anti-Komintern pact.
1937 Nov 15, The 1st US
congressional session in air-conditioned chambers took place.
1937 Nov 15, Eighteen lawsuits
were bought against the Tennessee Valley Authority, calling for its
1938 Nov 15, Farewell Parade of
International Brigades in Barcelona.
1939 Nov 15, President
Roosevelt laid the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial in
1939 Nov 15, Nazis began their
mass murder of Warsaw Jews.
1940 Nov 15, The first 75,000
men were called to Armed Forces duty under peacetime conscription.
1940 Nov 15, In San Francisco
Negro singer Paul Robeson and eight other men and women filed suit
in Superior Court asking $22,500 in damages from Vanessi Inc. for
being denied service at Vanessi’s, a restaurant at 498 Broadway
following his concert at the Opera House.
(SSFC, 11/14/15, DB p.50)
1940 Nov 15, NY Midtown tunnel
linking Manhattan and Queens opened to traffic.
1941 Nov 15, Cow Palace opened
in Daly City, Ca. Construction labor was largely supplied by the
(GTP, 1973, p.113)(SFC, 2/28/08, p.A11)
1941 Nov 15, The German siege
of Sevastopol began.
(WUD, 1944, p.1683)
1941 Nov 15, The German final
attack on Moscow began. They advanced to within 25 miles of the
center of Moscow.
(SFC, 10/29/97, p.A23)
1942 Nov 15, Daniel Barenboim,
Israeli pianist and conductor, was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
(HN, 11/15/00)(MC, 11/15/01)
1943 Nov 15, Film star Olivia
de Havilland met with lawyer Martin Gang and learned that it was
illegal for studio bosses to keep actors locked up with salaried
contracts for over 7 years. She sued and won a California court of
Appeal victory in 1944 against Warner Bros.
(SFC, 10/2/10, p.E8)
1945 Nov 15, A report issued by
General Headquarters, Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers,
offered a detailed account of Japanese military brothels run as
(SSFC, 12/7/03, p.A19)
1946 Nov 15, Joseph McCarthy's
HUAC interrogated astronomer Harlow Shapley.
1946 Nov 15, The 17th Paris Air
Show opened at the Grand Palais des Champs-Elysees. It is the first
show of this kind since 1938.
1948 Nov 15, William Lyon
Mackenzie King retired as prime minister of Canada after 21 years;
he was succeeded by Louis St. Laurent.
1952 Nov 15, Newark Airport
reopened after closing earlier in the year because of an increase in
1954 Nov 15, 1st regularly
scheduled commercial flights over North Pole began.
1954 Nov 15, Lionel Barrymore
(76), [Blythe], actor (Dr Kildare, Key Largo), died.
1955 Nov 15, In Japan the
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) was founded following the merger of
the Liberal Party (led by Shigeru Yoshida) with the Japan Democratic
Party (led by Ichiro Hatoyama), both right-wing conservative
parties, as a united front against the then popular Japan Socialist
Party. The aim of the party was to amend the constitution.
7/18/09, p.42)(Econ 5/6/17, p.38)
1956 Nov 15, "Li'l Abner"
opened at St James Theater NYC for 693 performances.
1957 Nov 15, US sentenced
Soviet spy Rudolf Ivanovich Abel to 30 years and $3,000 fine.
1957 Nov 15, Soviet Premier
Khrushchev asserted Soviet superiority in missiles, challenging the
U.S. to a rocket-range shooting match.
1958 Nov 15, Tyrone Power (44),
actor, died of a heart attack in Madrid, Spain, while filming
"Solomon and Sheba."
1959 Nov 15, Richard Hickok and
Perry Smith savagely murdered the Clutter Family in Holcomb, Kansas.
The murders inspired Truman Capote’s book “In Cold Blood" (1966).
Hickok and Smith reportedly fled to Florida. Investigators later
linked them to the Dec 18, 1959, murders of Cliff Walker, his wife
and two children.
(www.crimelibrary.com)(SFC, 8/23/11, p.A5)(SFC,
1960 Nov 15, The first
submarine with nuclear missiles, the USS George Washington, took to
sea from Charleston, South Carolina.
1960 Nov 15, In San Francisco
groundbreaking ceremonies were held for the $3.2 million, 800-car
underground garage at Portsmouth Square.
(SSFC, 11/14/10, DB p.50)
1962 Nov 15, Cuba threatened to
down U.S. planes on reconnaissance flights over its territory.
1963 Nov 15, Roger Mealman,
Clifford Toycen Jr., and Robert Burns Jr. robbed a bank in
Sacramento of $45,000 and headed east. They shot and killed HP
officer Glenn Carlson along Highway 40. All 3 were soon arrested and
sentenced to life in prison. The Highway 267 bypass was later named
after CHP officer Carlson.
(SFC, 4/27/01, p.A1,10)(SFC, 11/16/13, p.C4)
1963 Nov 15, Fritz Reiner (74),
Hungarian-US conductor (Chicago Symphony Orch), died.
1963 Nov 15, Argentina voided
all foreign oil contracts.
1965 Nov 15, In the second day
of combat, regiments of the 1st Cavalry Division battle on Landing
Zones X-Ray against North Vietnamese forces in the Ia Drang Valley,
(WSJ, 10/5/98, p.A21)(HN, 11/15/99)
1966 Nov 15, The flight of
Gemini 12 ended successfully as astronauts James A. Lovell and Edwin
"Buzz" Aldrin Junior splashed down safely in the Atlantic.
1969 Nov 15, A quarter of a
million protesters staged a peaceful demonstration in Washington,
D.C., against the Vietnam War.
(AP, 11/15/97)(HN, 11/15/98)
1969 Nov 15, Wendy's
Hamburgers, begun by Dave Thomas, opened in Ohio. In 2008 the chain
was sold to Triarc Cos., owner of the Arby’s roast beef sandwich
1971 Nov 15, Intel first
advertised its 4004 microprocessor in Electronic News. It contained
2,300 transistors, each the size of a red blood cell.
1972 Nov 15, Circle-in
the-Square Theater opened at 1633 Broadway NYC with a revival of
Mourning Becomes Electra.
1973 Nov 15-1973 Nov 22, Egypt
and Israel exchanged prisoners of war.
1974 Nov 15, The 15th String
Quartet by Dmitri Shostakovitch (1906-1975) premiered in Leningrad.
1975 Nov 15, The first Summit
of 6 leading industrialist nations, G-6, met in Rambouillet, France,
for discussions on currency and oil prices. The Group of Six
included leaders from Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the
United States. They were joined a year later by Canada making the
"G7". The group was originally established as a vehicle for leading
industrialized democracies to discuss the global economy. It later
expanded its scope to issues such as peace, the environment and
terrorism. Russia, which attended the summit as a guest in 1992, was
in 1998 allowed for the first time to attend all summit meetings.
The grouping was officially renamed the "G8". In 2014 Vladimir
Putin's Russia was suspended from the G8 after it annexed Ukraine's
Crimea peninsula and sanctions were imposed on Moscow.
6/20/97, p.A16)(AFP, 6/9/18)
1976 Nov 15, Rene Levesque's
"Parti Quebecois" won elections in Quebec. The pro-independence
Parti Quebecois first came to power.
1976 Nov 15, A Syrian peace
force took control of Beirut, Lebanon. The Arab League gave Syria a
(HN, 11/15/98)(SFC, 4/27/05, p.A8)
1977 Nov 15, Pres Jimmy Carter
welcomed the Shah of Iran.
1977 Nov 15, Megumi Yokota (13)
disappeared after school in Niigata, Japan. It was later suspected
that she, and possibly 9 others, had been kidnapped by North Korea.
In 2002 N. Korea admitted the kidnapping. In 2014 Yokota's parents
spent several days with their 26-year old granddaughter, Kim Eun
Gyong, in the Mongolian capital of Ulan Bator.
(SFEC, 10/15/00, p.A25)(SFC, 9/18/02,
1978 Nov 15, Margaret Mead
(b.1901), American cultural anthropologist, died in NY. Her books
included “Coming of Age in Samoa." In 1983 Derek Freeman authored
"Margaret Mead and Samoa: The Making and Unmaking of an
Anthropological Myth," in which he challenged all of Mead’s major
(SFEC, 8/18/96, BR
1979 Nov 15, A package bomb
aboard a commercial flight from Chicago exploded and forced an
emergency landing at Dulles Airport. It was later attributed to the
Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski.
(SFEC, 11/9/97, Z1 p.4)
1979 Nov 15, The British
government publicly identified Sir Anthony Blunt (d.1983), art
historian, as the "fourth man" of a Soviet spy ring that included
Guy Burgess, Donald Maclean and Kim Philby. Blunt’s work included
“Art and Architecture in France 1500-1700." In 2001 Miranda Carter
authored “Anthony blunt: His Lives."
(AP, 11/15/99)(WSJ, 12/28/01, p.W8)
1982 Nov 15, in the SF Bay Area
Anna Lynn Johnson (14) disappeared from a party close to her home in
Vacaville. In Jan 24, 2017, police arrested Marvin Ray Markle (51) a
long-time suspect in the killing. Markle was already serving an
80-year sentence for the 2001 murder of Shirley Ann Pratt in Butte
(SFC, 1/26/17, p.D5)
1982 Nov 15, Funeral services
were held in Moscow's Red Square for the late Soviet President
Leonid I. Brezhnev.
1983 Nov 15, In Athens, Greece,
US Navy Captain George Tsantes and his driver were assassinated by
the November 17 terrorist group.
1983 Nov 15, Turkish Cypriots
declared the northern third Cyprus a separate republic, the Turkish
Republic of Northern Cyprus. It was only recognized by Turkey.
1984 Nov 15, Baby Fae died 20
days after receiving a baboon heart transplant in Loma Linda,
1985 Nov 15, British PM
Margaret Thatcher and the Irish Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald signed
the Anglo-Irish Agreement giving Dublin an official consultative
role in governing Northern Ireland.
1986 Nov 15, The Beastie Boys
"Licensed to Ill" album was released. The 3-member punk/funk band
from Brooklyn had burst on the scene with their song: "Fight for
Your Right to Party."
(WSJ, 12/18/98, p.A1)(SFC, 2/15/19, p.C4)
1986 Nov 15, A government
tribunal in Nicaragua convicted American Eugene Hasenfus of charges
related to his role in delivering arms to Contra rebels, and
sentenced him to 30 years in prison. He was pardoned a month later.
1986 Nov 15, In the Philippines
Japanese executive Noboyuki Wakaoji was kidnapped. He was released
after over four months in captivity allegedly after the payment of a
huge ransom. Two gang members wee later convicted sentenced to life
terms. In 2010 Rolando Fajardo, leader of the kidnapping gang, was
1987 Nov 15, Twenty-eight of 82
people aboard a Continental Airlines DC-9, including the pilot and
co-pilot, were killed when the jetliner crashed seconds after taking
off from Denver's Stapleton International Airport.
1988 Nov 15, The Palestine
National Council, the legislative body of the PLO, proclaimed the
establishment of an independent Palestinian state at the close of a
four-day conference in Algiers.
1988 Nov 15, In South Africa 7
blacks were killed and another 15 wounded in Strijdom Square in
Pretoria. Barend Strydom, known as the White Wolf, was later
sentenced to death for the killings. He was released in 1992 in a
prisoner exchange during talks between the apartheid government and
Mandela's African National Congress.
1988 Nov 15, The Soviet Union
launched its first space shuttle, Buran, on an unmanned, 3 1/2 hour
flight. It was designed by Gleb Lozino-Lozinsky (d.2001 at 97). The
Buran orbited Earth twice, landed, and never flew again. Russia
built about a dozen shuttles, mostly test models, and later scrapped
(AP, 11/15/98)(SFC, 12/5/01, p.A23)(WSJ, 4/11/05,
1989 Nov 15, Solidarity leader
Lech Walesa was cheered by American lawmakers as he told a joint
meeting of Congress that U.S. aid to Poland "will not be wasted, and
will never be forgotten."
1990 Nov 15, Pres. Bush signed
the Clear Air Act of 1990.
1990 Nov 15, The US Senate
Ethics Committee began hearings on the "Keating Five," a group of
senators accused of going too far in helping failed savings-and-loan
owner Charles H. Keating Junior.
1990 Nov 15, Milli Vanilli’s
producer confirmed rumors the duo had not done any of the singing on
their debut album, “Girl You Know It’s True."
1990 Nov 15, The space shuttle
“Atlantis" was launched on a secret military mission.
1991 Nov 15, The 28-foot-tall
“Free Stamp" by Claes Oldenburg was inaugurated in a small park in
the heart of Cleveland.
(Smith., Aug. 1995, p.80)
1991 Nov 15, A federal appeals
panel threw out former National Security Adviser John M.
Poindexter's felony convictions in the Iran-Contra affair, saying
his immunized testimony to Congress was improperly used against him.
1992 Nov 15, President-elect
Clinton and his wife, Hillary, hosted a dinner in Little Rock, Ark.,
for Democratic congressional leaders in the first such meeting since
the presidential election.
1993 Nov 15, The US State
Department announced that Secretary Warren M. Christopher would
travel to the Mideast to try to mediate differences between Israel
and the PLO.
1993 Nov 15, Dr. Tom Amberry
(71), a retired podiatrist, completed 2,750 consecutive free throws
inside the Rosmoor Athletic Club in Seal Beach, Ca., setting a new
world record. Amberry (d.2017) stopped after twelve hours because
the janitors wanted to close the gym.
(SSFC, 3/26/17, p.C11)
1993 Nov 15, A judge in
Mineola, N.Y., sentenced Joey Buttafuoco to six months in jail for
the statutory rape of Amy Fisher, who is serving a prison sentence
for shooting and wounding Buttafuoco's wife, Mary Jo.
1994 Nov 15, The US Federal
Reserve increased key interest rates by 0.75%, the largest hike in
1994 Nov 15, Helmut Kohl was
elected German chancellor (341-340 votes).
1994 Nov 15, The 18-member
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation group concluded a two-day summit
in Indonesia by adopting a sweeping resolution to remove trade and
investment barriers in the region by 2020.
1995 Nov 15, On the 2nd day of
a government shutdown Monica Lewinsky and Pres. Clinton began a
sexual relationship at the White House. The relationship lasted
about 18 months.
(SFC, 1/22/98, p.A3)(SFC, 8/19/98, p.A3)(SFC,
1995 Nov 15, The space shuttle
“Atlantis" docked with the orbiting Russian space station “Mir."
1996 Nov 15, Singer Michael
Jackson married the woman carrying his baby -- his plastic surgeon's
nurse, Debbie Rowe -- in a ceremony in Sydney, Australia. Their
first child was born Feb 13, 1997 and named Prince. A girl named
Paris was born Apr 3, 1998. Rowe filed for divorce in 1999.
(SFC, 4/4/98, p.A7)(AP, 11/15/01)
1996 Nov 15, Texaco Corp.
agreed to pay [$176.1] $176.9 million dollars to settle a
two-year-old race discrimination suit.
(SFC, 11/16/96, p.A11)(AP, 11/15/97)
1996 Nov 15, Miami black
commissioner, Miller Dawkins, pleaded guilty to bribery, corruption
and conspiracy in attempting to shake down Unisys Corp. for
$200,000. The case was opened under the FBI Operation Greenpalm.
Also indicted was Cesar Odio, former city manager, who tried to skim
funds from a city insurance contract. It was also uncovered that the
city was $68 million in the red. Odio pleaded guilty in 1997.
(SFC, 11/16/96, p.A6)(SFC, 5/29/97, p.A3)
1996 Nov 15, In San Francisco a
Vietnamese gang leader, Conga Tran, and his lawyer, Dennis Natali,
were shot to death in separate incidents. Tran had been cooperating
with federal investigators. A 17-year-old was charged with the
slaying. Police contended that Man Leung Yu gave the orders for the
killing. In 1997 it was reported that Natali collected money
extorted from massage parlors.
(SFC, 11/16/96, p.A1)(SFC, 1/10/96, p.A23)(SFC,
1996 Nov 15, Former State
Department official Alger Hiss, who fell from grace in a Communist
spy scandal, died in New York four days after his 92nd birthday. In
1999 his son published "The View From Alger's Window," a personal
remembrance of his father. In 2004 G. Edward White authored "Alger
Hiss's Looking-Glass Wars."
(AP, 11/15/97)(WSJ, 6/24/99, p.A20)(WSJ, 3/19/04,
1996 Nov 15, In the Philippines
tropical storm Ernie ravaged 14 provinces and killed 16 people.
(SFC, 11/16/96, p.E4)
1997 Nov 15, A day after moving
to halt the import of modified assault weapons, President Clinton
defended the action in his weekly radio address, saying such weapons
did nothing but "inspire fear and wreck deadly havoc on our
1997 Nov 15, Washington
University announced that the Danforth Foundation, headed by former
Sen. John Danforth, had pledged a gift of $100 million to be
delivered over 5 years.
(SFEC, 11/16/97, p.A11)
1997 Nov 15, Parliamentary
elections were scheduled under supervision by the Organization for
Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
(SFEC, 9/28/97, p.A3)
1997 Nov 15, In Burma the
21-member SLORC was dissolved and a new State Peace and Development
Council headed by 4 top generals and commanders of various regions
(SFEC, 11/16/97, p.A27)
1997 Nov 15, This was the
original scheduled date for the damming of the Yangtze River in
China. About 1.2 million people were to be moved due to the rising
waters. The flooded area provides 40% of China’s grain and 70% of
its rice crops.
(SFEC, 1/19/96, p.A14)
1997 Nov 15, In Ethiopia it was
reported that storms over the past three weeks have killed at least
1000 people here and in Somalia and left some 100,000 families
displaced and in competition with crocodiles and hippos for dry
land. The overflowing Juba and the Shabelle Rivers originate in
Ethiopia. The Juba had become 8 miles wide at some points.
(SFC, 11/15/97, p.A3)(SFEC, 11/16/97, p.A27)
1997 Nov 15, In Israel
8-year-old Ali Jawarish died 4 days after he was shot in the head by
an Israeli soldier in Bethlehem during a stone-throwing
demonstration at the Jewish shrine of Rachel’s Tomb.
(SFC, 11/17/97, p.A14)
1997 Nov 15, In Morocco
elections results split the new legislature into 3 near identical
blocks after a voter turnout of only 58.3 %. King Hassan II was
expected to pick a prime minister in consultation with the parties
(SFEC, 11/16/97, p.A21)
1998 Nov 15, Kwame Ture, the
civil rights activist formerly known as Stokely Carmichael, died in
Guinea at age 57.
(SFC, 11/16/98, p.A7)(AP, 11/15/99)
1998 Nov 15, Nauru and Niue
registered to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. There remained 3
years worth of phosphate to be mined on Nauru which grappled with 3
major crises: rising water from world-wide global warming, a 3rd
year of draught, and a $100 million investment fund that was put
into the Asian real-estate market.
(WSJ, 11/16/98, p.B7C)
1998 Nov 15, In Russia Yuri
Luzhkov, mayor of Moscow, said he would form his own political
movement called Fatherland, with free market principles and a strong
state sector in the economy.
(SFC, 11/17/98, p.A7)
1998 Nov 15, In Sierra Leone
rebels attacked a village on the northern border and killed 16
people with guns and machetes. Another 50 were abducted.
(SFC, 11/16/98, p.A13)
1999 Nov 15, The Clinton
administration claimed victory in a seven-year struggle to persuade
Congress to pay nearly $1 billion in back dues to the United
Nations, saying restrictions in the deal on backing for
international family planning would have no practical effect.
1999 Nov 15, A federal judge
blocked the San Francisco voter approved ATM initiative to prohibit
banks from charging fees to noncustomers.
(SFC, 11/16/99, p.A1)
1999 Nov 15, In Afghanistan
protestors burned a UN office to the ground in anger over sanctions.
(SFC, 11/16/99, p.A12)
1999 Nov 15, In Angola the
armed forces reported that Jonas Savimbi and his UNITA forces were
dislodged from their highland strongholds.
(SFC, 11/17/99, p.A18)
1999 Nov 15, In Beijing, China,
US and Chinese trade negotiators agreed to a pact for China to join
the WTO. Charlene Barshefsky and Shi Guangsheng reached a deal that
was similar to the one the US rejected in April. Details of the plan
were made public Mar 14, 2000.
(WSJ, 11/16/99, p.A1,2)(SFC, 3/15/00, p.A3)
1999 Nov 15, In India at least
18 people were reported killed in Panchabatin village in the state
of Tripura by separatist guerrillas.
(SFC, 11/16/99, p.E4)
1999 Nov 15, In Japan a $95
million MTSAT satellite on an H-2 rocket was aborted after takeoff
from the Tanegashima Space Center. A launch in Feb. had also failed.
(SFC, 11/16/99, p.E4)
1999 Nov 15, In Nigeria
fighting began in the city of Warri in a dispute over the
distribution of pipes donated by Dutch Oil. At least 40 people were
(SFC, 11/19/99, p.D2)
1999 Nov 15, In Russia the
finance minister announced that he would request the Western
commercial banks to cancel $12 billion in Soviet-era debt and
reschedule another $18 billion in exchange.
(SFC, 11/16/99, p.E4)
1999 Nov 15, In Turkey Pres.
Clinton addressed the parliament and stressed his support for
candidate membership status to the EU.
(SFC, 11/16/99, p.A12)
2000 Nov 15, Al Gore made a
surprise proposal for a statewide hand recount of Florida's 6
million ballots - an idea immediately rejected by George W. Bush.
Earlier, Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris had rejected
requests from 4 counties to update presidential vote totals with the
results of hand recounts under way at Gore's urging.
(SFC, 11/16/00, p.A1)(AP, 11/15/01)
2000 Nov 15, The US government
announced a plan to use the gnat-like phorid fly to control fire
(SFC, 11/16/00, p.A3)
2000 Nov 15, The Gordon E. and
Betty I. Moore Foundation donated $5 billion for a charitable
foundation to underwrite scientific research, environmental
protection and higher education projects.
(SFC, 11/16/00, p.A1)
2000 Nov 15, In Angola an
Antonov 24 airplane crashed near Luanda Int’l. Airport and 39-40
people were killed. All Antonovs were ordered grounded in Sept.
(SFC, 11/16/00, p.A17)(WSJ, 11/16/00, p.A1)
2000 Nov 15, In Egypt election
results were released. The National Democratic Party of Hosmi
Mubarak won 388 of the legislature’s 444 (448) elected seats. 12
people died in the elections and irregularities were charged. 17
seats went to independents allied with the outlawed Muslim
(SFC, 11/16/00, p.A16)(WSJ, 11/16/00, p.A1)(WSJ,
2000 Nov 15, In India the state
of Jharkhand was carved out of the southern part of Bihar state.
2000 Nov 15, On Palestinian
Independence Day many processions turned into clashes with Israeli
forces and 8 Palestinians were killed. Israeli troops entered 3
Palestinian villages and captured 15 men suspected in recent
(SFC, 11/16/00, p.A14)
2001 Nov 15, President Bush and
Russian President Vladimir Putin failed to resolve their dispute
over U.S. missile shield plans but pledged to fight terrorism and
deepen U.S.-Russian ties as their summit, which began at the White
House then shifted to Bush's Texas ranch, came to a close.
2001 Nov 15, The US House and
Senate agreed to make airport screeners federal employees within a
(SFC, 11/16/01, p.A1)
2001 Nov 15, Investigators in
Florida said anthrax was found throughout the 68,000-square-foot
America Media building in Boca Raton, where the 1st case was
(SFC, 11/16/01, p.A17)
2001 Nov 15, The Philip Morris
tobacco company announced a name change to Altria Group.
(WSJ, 11/16/01, p.A3)
2001 Nov 15, United Airlines
announced that it would put stun guns into the cockpits of each of
its 500 planes.
(SFC, 11/16/01, p.A14)
2001 Nov 15, Day 40 of the
attack on Afghanistan: Osama bin Laden’s Brigade 055 dispersed into
the mountains of Afghanistan. US planes struck Taliban positions
outside Kunduz, where as many as 20,000 Taliban fighters gathered.
Kandahar went under siege by opposition forces. Jalalabad was
reported to be under Yunis Khalis of the Northern Alliance. Mullah
Omar in a BBC radio interview warned of a larger strategy: the
“destruction of America."
(SFC, 11/16/01, p.A1,9)(SFC, 11/17/01, p.A4)
2001 cNov 15, Two al-Qaeda
computers were acquired by a Wall Street journalist in Kabul for
$1,100 following US bombing. They were found to contain over 1,750
text and video files of al Qaeda activities including weapons
programs. One file contained the names of 170 al Qaeda members.
(SFC, 1/1/02, p.A10)(WSJ, 1/16/02, p.A1)
2001 Nov 15, Israeli troops
raided a Gaza Strip refugee camp and a West Bank village. One
Palestinian was killed and 14 were wounded.
(SFC, 11/16/01, p.A23)
2001 Nov 15, In Zimbabwe Peace
Corp workers were recalled after the government refused to issue
permits for new volunteers.
(WSJ, 11/16/01, p.A1)
2002 Nov 15, The FBI warned
that al-Qaida may be planning a "spectacular" terrorist attack
intended to damage the U.S. economy and inflict large-scale
2002 Nov 15, US aircraft
exchanged fire with Iraqi ground forces near An Najaf, about 85
miles south of Baghdad.
(SFC, 11/16/02, p.A6)
2002 Nov 15, Hu Jintao replaced
Jiang Zemin as China's Communist Party leader.
2002 Nov 15, In Colombia Bishop
Jorge Enrique Jimenez and Rev. Desiderio Orjuela were freed by army
troops in a gunbattle that left one rebel captor dead and 2
2002 Nov 15, Latin American
leaders gathered in Bavaro, Dominican Republic, for the 12th annual
Ibero-American Summit to discuss ways to ease poverty, fight drug
trafficking and heal internal strife.
2002 Nov 15, Palestinian
militants raked Israeli troops and settlers with gunfire in an
ambush, killing 12 Israelis in Hebron.
2003 Nov 15, In Louisiana
Democratic Lt. Gov. Kathleen Blanco (60) defeated conservative
Indian-American Bobby Jindal with 52 percent of the vote in a runoff
2003 Nov 15, Dorothy Loudon
(70), actress, died.
2003 Nov 15, Laurence Tisch
(80), NY billionaire, died at NYU Medical Center. He and his brother
Preston Robert gained control of Loews movie house chain in 1960 and
developed the business into a conglomerate of hotels, insurance,
cigarette manufacturers, movie theaters, oil tankers and watch
making that served as a vehicle for other investments.
(SSFC, 11/16/03, p.A29)
2003 Nov 15, In Colombia
suspected FARC rebels threw grenades at two crowded bars in Bogota’s
"Zona Rosa," or Pink Zone nightclub district, injuring at least 42
people. In 2004 Arturo Montano (26) was convicted of terrorism by
Bogota's 5th Penal Court for the attacks.
(AP, 11/16/03)(AP, 10/13/04)
2003 Nov 15, In St. Nazaire,
France, a gangway to the Queen Mary 2, the world's largest passenger
ship, collapsed as people were boarding killing 15 people and
injuring 29 others. One of the injured died in 2005. The victims
were family members visiting workers involved in construction of the
nearly finished, 21-story-tall ocean liner. In 2008 a French court
ordered Chantiers de l'Atlantique, builder of the ship, and Endel,
builder of the walkway, to pay $13.8 million in damages for their
roles in the deadly accident.
(AP, 11/15/03)(AP, 11/16/03)(AP, 2/12/08)
2003 Nov 15, The Iraqi
Governing Council and the US-led occupation administration in Iraq
signed an agreement to speed up the transfer of power to the IGC by
July, 2004, after a transitional government is selected and assumes
(AP, 11/15/03)(WSJ, 4/19/04, p.A14)
2003 Nov 15, Two US Army Black
Hawk helicopters collided under fire and crashed in the northern
Iraqi city of Mosul, killing at least 17 soldiers.
(AP, 11/16/03)(SSFC, 11/16/03, p.A1)
2003 Nov 15, In Iraq insurgents
and looters overran US bases in Samara when soldiers left in an
effort to let Iraqis handle security.
(WSJ, 11/19/03, p.A1)
2003 Nov 15, Japanese officials
told Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld they were confident their
country would not be left vulnerable by any agreements between the
US and North Korea. They also indicated they would like to send
troops to Iraq "as soon as possible."
2003 Nov 15, Mohamed Choukri
(68), a Moroccan writer whose tales about his experiences with drugs
and homosexuality were banned at home, died in Tangiers. His
best-known work, "For Bread Alone" (1981), was published in Paris
and told of his difficult adolescence.
2003 Nov 15, In Nepal a
roadside bomb believed planted by rebels killed a brigadier general
and three soldiers.
2003 Nov 15, In Turkey twin car
bombs exploded outside Istanbul synagogues filled with worshippers
during Sabbath prayers, killing at least 23 people and wounding more
than 300. In all 14 Muslims were killed. 6 Jews were killed at Beth
(AP, 11/16/03)(SSFC, 11/16/03, p.A1)
2004 Nov 15, The Bush
administration announced that it intended to negotiate trade
agreements with Oman and the UAR.
(Econ, 11/20/04, p.78)
2004 Nov 15, Energy Sec.
Spencer Abraham announced his departure as did Agricultural Sec. Ann
Veneman and Education Sec. Rod Paige.
(SFC, 11/16/04, p.A1)
2004 Nov 15, US Congressional
investigators said Saddam Hussein’s regime made over $21.3 billion
in illegal revenue by subverting the oil for food program. This was
more than double the previous estimates.
(SFC, 11/16/04, p.A9)
2004 Nov 15, Top CIA officials,
Stephen Kappes and Michael Sulick announced their resignations after
reported disputes with new Director Peter J. Goss.
(SFC, 11/16/04, p.A1)
2004 Nov 15, New Jersey Gov.
James E. McGreevey stepped down from office amid rumors of that he
was about to be sued for sexual harassment. Senate Pres. Richard
Codey, also a Democrat, served out the final year of McGreevy’s
term. McGreevey left office three months after admitting that he had
had an extramarital affair with his homeland security advisor, Golan
Cipel. Upon publicly revealing his homosexuality on August 12, 2004,
McGreevey became the first and, to date, the only openly gay state
governor in United States history.
(SFC, 11/9/04, p.A2)(Econ, 7/1/06,
2004 Nov 15, In Las Vegas 43
members of “Havana Night Club" revue, a Cuban dance troupe, asked
for asylum. In 2005 the US granted asylum to 49 members of the
(SFC, 11/16/04, p.A2)(SFC, 7/22/05, p.A8)
2004 Nov 15, China’s state
media reported that shortages of coal and electricity are expected
2004 Nov 15, The Bank of France
cut its 2004 economic growth forecast, placing further pressure on
the government's budget plans as high oil prices and a weak dollar
weigh on France's outlook.
2004 Nov 15, France concluded
its evacuation efforts in Ivory Coast, where 5,000 Westerners fled a
renewed civil war.
(WSJ, 11/16/04, p.A1)
2004 Nov 15, The UN atomic
watchdog agency gave its support to Iran's agreement to suspend all
uranium enrichment activities.
2004 Nov 15, Fierce battles
between insurgents and US and Iraqi forces killed at least 16 people
in Baqouba. Sgt. Rafael Peralta allegedly smothered a grenade to
save the lives of other Marines during an exchange of fire in
(AP, 11/15/04)(SFC, 3/7/12, p.A10)
2004 Nov 15, Israel offered its
first indication it was reassessing relations with the Palestinians
after Yasser Arafat's death, suggesting it might coordinate a
planned withdrawal from the Gaza Strip if the Palestinian Authority
cracks down on militant groups.
2004 Nov 15, Macedonia’s PM
Hari Kostov resigned over disagreements with ethnic Albanian
(SFC, 11/16/04, p.A3)
2004 Nov 15, Mexico's former
ruling party, trying to fight its way back to the presidency,
overwhelmingly won two gubernatorial elections and held razor-thin
leads in two other races.
2004 Nov 15, Nigeria ordered
immediate cuts in domestic fuel prices, trying to avert a looming
2004 Nov 15, Nigeria's main
labor union indefinitely suspended a looming countrywide strike that
had threatened to shut down the oil industry.
2004 Nov 15, Interim
Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, has asked Palestinian militants
to halt violence during the campaign for Jan. 9 presidential
2004 Nov 15, In Peru the first
public trial of Shining Path rebel leader Abimael Guzman fell apart
as the 2nd of the 3 presiding judges stepped down citing a conflict
2004 Nov 15, The UN Security
Council imposed an immediate arms embargo on Ivory Coast's hard-line
2005 Nov 15, US President
George W. Bush has arrived in Japan to start a week-long trip to
Asia, seeking progress on the North Korean nuclear crisis and
looking to press China for political and economic reforms.
2005 Nov 15, The US Pension
Benefit Guaranty Corp. disclosed in an annual report that as of Sep.
30 it had $56.5 billion in assets to cover $79.2 billion in pension
(SFC, 11/16/05, p.C3)
2005 Nov 15, The FBI arrested
Candice R. Martinez, a 19-year-old woman, suspected of robbing four
Virginia banks while apparently talking on her cell phone.
2005 Nov 15, The US government
declared the Puget Sound orcas an endangered species.
(SFC, 11/16/05, p.A1)
2005 Nov 15, At the CMA Awards,
Lee Ann Womack won three trophies, including album of the year for
"There's More Where That Came From."
2005 Nov 15, Albert Pujols of
the St. Louis Cardinals won the National League MVP award.
2005 Nov 15, US Major League
baseball owners and players agreed to tougher policy aimed at
curbing the use of performance-enhancing drugs.
(SFC, 11/16/05, p.A1)
2005 Nov 15, SF city
supervisors passed new laws requiring spaying and neutering of pit
bulls, five months after the fatal mauling of a 12-year-old boy by
his family's pit bulls. They also approved the city’s first-ever
medical marijuana regulations.
(AP, 11/16/05)(SFC, 11/16/05, p.B1)
2005 Nov 15, The Mega Millions
lottery reached $315 million and was won by a group of 7 employees
at the Kaiser Permanente medical center at Garden Grove, Ca.
(SFC, 11/17/05, p.B6)
2005 Nov 15, Illinois Gov. Rod
Blagojevich signed into law his All Kids program, a plan to extend
comprehensive health care to every child in the state, making it the
1st state to try anything like it.
(Econ, 12/3/05, p.33)(http://tinyurl.com/9uu5p)
2005 Nov 15, Montana, after a
14-year hiatus, re-opened a hunting season on bison drifting across
the northern border of Yellowstone National Park.
(Econ, 11/26/05, p.40)
2005 Nov 15, Harold Wilson of
Philadelphia was acquitted, based on DNA evidence, of a triple
homicide after serving sixteen years in prison.
(Econ, 12/19/15, p.33)
2005 Nov 15, Nearly 3 dozen
tornadoes hit Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee destroying
dozens of homes and killing 2 people.
(SFC, 11/17/05, p.A14)(WSJ, 11/17/05, p.A1)
2005 Nov 15, A bomb exploded
near US and Afghan troops as they patrolled in volatile eastern
Afghanistan, killing a U.S. soldier and wounding another.
2005 Nov 15, In Afghanistan air
strikes killed three al-Qaida suspects in Kunar province.
2005 Nov 15, Hundreds of
thousands of workers staged what unionists called the biggest
protest in Australia's history against PM John Howard's proposed
2005 Nov 15, Andre Boisclair
(39) defeated Pauline Marois, the former Quebec deputy premier, to
lead Parti Quebecois 54% to 31%.
(Econ, 11/19/05, p.42)
2005 Nov 15, Jose Bove, a
militant French farmer best known for ransacking a half-built
McDonald's, was sentenced to four months in prison for destroying a
field of genetically modified corn planted by an American seed
company in southern France.
2005 Nov 15, Guatemala police
found five packages of cocaine and thousands of dollars in cash in
the office of Adam Castillo, the country’s top anti-drug cop,
shortly after he was lured to America and arrested on charges of
conspiring to ship cocaine into the US. Deputies Jorge Aguilar
Garcia and Rubilio Palacios were arrested with Castillo.
2005 Nov 15, In Haiti UN
peacekeepers and gang members traded gunfire in the volatile Cite
Soleil slum of the Haitian capital, leaving at least four people
2005 Nov 15, Iraq’s PM Ibrahim
al-Jaafari said more than 170 malnourished Iraqi detainees found at
an Interior Ministry detention center appear to have been tortured.
The Interior Ministry is controlled by Shiites. Sunni leaders have
accused Shiite-dominated security forces of detaining, torturing and
killing hundreds of Sunnis simply because of their religious
2005 Nov 15, Iraqi and US
forces fighting insurgents near the Syrian border ran into fierce
resistance, with troops encountering dozens of explosive booby traps
and killing at least 30 insurgents.
2005 Nov 15, Japanese Princess
Sayako (36), the emperor's only daughter, quit the world's oldest
monarchy and married Yoshiki Kuroda, a 40-year-old urban planner.
2005 Nov 15, Prodded by US Sec.
of State Condoleezza Rice, Israel and the Palestinians agreed on
details for opening the borders of the Gaza Strip and allowing freer
movement for Palestinians elsewhere.
2005 Nov 15, Israeli PM Ariel
Sharon's eldest son pleaded guilty to illegal fund-raising charges
stemming from his father's 1999 election campaign.
2005 Nov 15-2005 Nov 16,
Italian authorities arrested three Algerians believed to have links
to an Algerian militant group that has allied itself with Osama bin
2005 Nov 15, Jordan introduced
strict security measures aimed at foreigners and said it was
drafting the country's first anti-terror specific legislation to
prevent further attacks like last week's the triple hotel bombings.
11 top officials resigned including Jordan’s national security
(AP, 11/15/05)(SFC, 11/16/05, p.A19)
2005 Nov 15, A US Embassy
official said a 4th American has died from wounds sustained in last
week's triple hotel bombings in the Jordanian capital.
2005 Nov 15, In northwest
Mexico a tanker truck hauling toxic ammonium chloride slammed into a
passenger bus, killing 38 people as both vehicles plunged down an
2005 Nov 15, Data was published
indicating that Mosquitrix, an experimental vaccine against malaria
given to children in Mozambique in 2003, had cut clinical cases by
35%. The vaccine was developed GlaxoSmithKline of Belgium.
(Econ, 11/19/05, p.85)
2005 Nov 15, In southern
Pakistan a powerful car bomb exploded outside a KFC restaurant,
setting off a massive fireball that overturned cars and shattered
steel and glass. 3 people were killed and 22 injured.
2005 Nov 15, In Russia an
explosion ripped through a police dormitory in St. Petersburg,
killing a retired police officer.
2005 Nov 15, The Serbian
government unanimously adopted a resolution rejecting independence
for Kosovo in UN-mediated talks on the future of the breakaway
province expected to begin next month.
2005 Nov 15, In South Korea 2
farmers were killed during a protest in Seoul ahead of WTO meetings.
The farmers were angry over moves to further open the country's rice
2006 Nov 15, President Bush, on
his way to Asia for an eight-day trip and Pacific Rim meeting, paid
a quick call on President Vladimir Putin. The two presidents
discussed the Iranian nuclear program, the situation in the Middle
East and nuclear nonproliferation. Bush and confirmed that they plan
to sign a bilateral deal next week for Russia's accession to the
World Trade Organization (WTO).
(AP, 11/15/06)(Reuters, 11/15/06)
2006 Nov 15, The US postmaster
general announced that stamps featuring notable persons can now be
issued 5 years after their death rather than the current 10 year
(WSJ, 11/16/06, p.A1)
2006 Nov 15, Jack Abramoff,
former Washington lobbyist, began serving a 6-year sentence in
Maryland for a fraudulent Florida casino deal. He still faced
sentencing in a Capitol Hill corruption case.
(SFC, 11/16/06, p.A10)
2006 Nov 15, O.J. Simpson
caused an uproar with plans for a TV interview and book titled "If I
Did It," in which Simpson describes how he would have committed the
1994 slayings of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend
2006 Nov 15, One of four US
soldiers accused of raping a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and killing her
and her family pleaded guilty at Fort Campbell, Ky. Spec. James P.
Barker, who agreed to testify against the others, was later
sentenced to 90 years in prison.
2006 Nov 15, Emmitt Smith was
named winner of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" with his professional
dance partner, Cheryl Burke.
2006 Nov 15, US Airways Group
Inc. made an $8 billion cash and stock bid for Delta Air Lines Inc.,
a deal that would create one of the world's largest carriers. The
move came despite Delta's repeated statements it isn't interested in
2006 Nov 15, Researchers said
heart valves were grown from stem cells filtered from amniotic
(WSJ, 11/16/06, p.A1)
2006 Nov 15, Researchers, who
sequenced DNA from the leg bone of a Neanderthal man who died 38,000
years ago, said it shows the Neanderthals are truly distant
relatives of modern humans who interbred rarely, if at all, with our
own immediate ancestors. They concluded that Neanderthals and humans
are likely to be 99.5% identical, genetically speaking.
(Reuters, 11/15/06)(Econ, 11/18/06, p.84)
2006 Nov 15, Al-Jazeera
launched an English-language news channel available in more than 80
million homes but lacking major U.S. distribution.
2006 Nov 15, Algeria agreed to
repay ahead of schedule its total debt to Germany, 372 million
dollars, due to the oil-rich country's surge in revenues. Algeria
will invest 70% of the saved interest, about 67 million dollars, 52
million euros, through 2011, in a water supply project for the
western city of Tlemcen and the Maghnia-Ghazaouet region.
2006 Nov 15, In Bulgaria
Bozhidar Doychev, the director of the department responsible for
communist-era archives, was found dead at his desk, shot with his
own gun. Lawmakers had recently voted to open the archives.
2006 Nov 15, Peter Roberts,
English campaigner for animal welfare, died. He believed that the
best way top secure better treatment for animals would be to have
them reclassified as sentient beings. This was enshrined in a
protocol to the 1997 treaty of Amsterdam.
(Econ, 12/2/06, p.88)
2006 Nov 15, China said that it
and India must make "mutual compromises" on the "disputed" issue of
Arunachal Pradesh, and that it was ready to do so.
2006 Nov 15, In Congo incumbent
Joseph Kabila was declared winner of historic presidential
elections. The electoral commission gave Kabila 58% of the vote
against 42% for Bemba. Former rebel leader Jean-Pierre Bemba, vowed
to contest the count. Kabila lost to Bemba in 6 out of 11 provinces.
(AP, 11/16/06)(Econ, 11/18/06, p.49)(Econ,
2006 Nov 15, Eritrean President
Issaias Afeworki said the simmering border row between arch-foes
Eritrea and Ethiopia is a "solved problem."
2006 Nov 15, Over 200 German
police raided more than 30 offices of the engineering and
electronics giant Siemens as well as the apartments of some of its
top managers in a huge embezzlement probe. The company was
cooperating fully with the investigation.
(AFP, 11/15/06)(WSJ, 12/27/07, p.A4)
2006 Nov 15, In Iraq sectarian
violence left 105 Iraqis dead, including two journalists. Officials
said about 70 of the people abducted in a brazen raid on the offices
of the Higher Education Ministry have been released. Ministry
spokesman Basil al-Khatib said 40 employees were released yesterday
and another 32 were freed today. A car bomb exploded in a parking
lot in central Baghdad, killing eight people and wounding 32. A US
soldier died in action in Diyala province.
(AP, 11/15/06)(WSJ, 11/16/06, p.A1)
2006 Nov 15, A fleet of
Japanese whalers set sail for an annual hunt in the Antarctic, where
they hope to kill 860 whales for a research program that has been
heavily criticized by environmentalists and some other nations.
2006 Nov 15, Libyan leader
Moamer Kadhafi received assurances from German Foreign Minister
Frank-Walter Steinmeier that Berlin would work to bolster ties with
Tripoli when it assumes the EU presidency next year.
2006 Nov 15, Aides to former
leftist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he
will seek contributions from ordinary Mexicans to support a
parallel, "legitimate" administration he declared after losing the
July 2 elections to President-elect Felipe Calderon by a razor-thin
2006 Nov 15, In Nigeria 11
armed men attacked a southern oil facility owned by a subsidiary of
Royal Dutch Shell PLC Wednesday, leaving two attackers dead.
2006 Nov 15, Pakistani
lawmakers approved a women's rights bill amending harsh Islamic laws
on rape and adultery, despite fierce opposition from hardliners who
said the change would promote "free sex."
2006 Nov 15, Pakistan's foreign
secretary said India and Pakistan have agreed on measures to combat
terrorism and prevent an accidental nuclear conflict in South Asia
at the first peace talks since a terrorist attack on Mumbai's train
network in July.
2006 Nov 15, Two Palestinian
lawmakers from the Islamist group Hamas crossed the Egyptian border
into Gaza with more than $4 million in cash, bypassing a Western ban
on bank transfers to the Palestinian Authority. A Palestinian rocket
fired from Gaza exploded near the home of Israel's defense minister,
killing one woman and raising the prospect of a new Israeli military
offensive against militant rocket squads.
(Reuters, 11/15/06)(AP, 11/15/06)
2006 Nov 15, In the Philippines
Gregorio “Gringo" Honasan," a coup-fomenting former army colonel,
and senator were arrested after a house-to-house chase on charges of
involvement in a February plot to overthrow the president.
(AP, 11/15/06)(SFC, 11/15/06, p.A4)
2006 Nov 15, A court in
Palermo, Sicily, convicted 46 deputies, confidants and helpers of
jailed Mafia boss Bernardo Provenzano, many of whom helped the
former fugitive evade capture, and sentenced them to terms of up to
18 years in prison.
2006 Nov 15, In southern
Thailand suspected Islamic militants over the last 2 days shot dead
three people in separate drive-by shootings, while one soldier was
hurt in a bomb attack.
2006 Nov 15, Turkey suspended
military relations with France in a dispute over whether the mass
killings of Armenians early in the last century amounted to
2006 Nov 15, A UN report
identified 10 African and Arab countries, as well as Lebanon’s
Hezbollah, as arms suppliers to the Islamic militia in Somalia.
(WSJ, 11/16/06, p.A1)
2006 Nov 15, In Vietnam envoys
meeting on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific economic summit, tried
to cobble together a united strategy for upcoming talks aimed at
convincing North Korea to drop its nuclear weapons program.
2007 Nov 15, During a feisty
Democratic debate in Las Vegas, Hillary Rodham Clinton accused her
closest rivals, Barack Obama and John Edwards, of slinging mud
"right out of the Republican playbook" and sharply criticized their
2007 Nov 15, Berkeley poet
Robert Haas won the National Book Award for his recent collection
“Time and Materials."
(SFC, 11/16/07, p.A2)
2007 Nov 15, Barry Bonds,
former SF Giant, was indicted on 4 counts of perjury and one count
of obstruction of justice related to a December, 2003, grand jury
investigation on the BALCO steroid ring. A revamped indictment was
unsealed last May.
(SFC, 11/16/07, p.A1)(AP, 11/15/08)
2007 Nov 15, Actress Lindsay
Lohan completed her jail sentence for drunken driving in a swift 84
2007 Nov 15, Taliban insurgents
in Paktia province killed an Afghan man teaching English courses,
sparking a clash that left two suspected militants and two policemen
dead. The bodies of 20 Taliban were found on the battlefield
following a clash in the south-central province of Uruzgan. Two
policemen were killed in the three hours of fighting there, which
also involved international troops.
(AP, 11/15/07)(AP, 11/16/07)
2007 Nov 15, Greenpeace
protesters stormed an Australian power plant after a US report
condemned Australian electricity plants as some of the biggest
contributors to greenhouse gases. 15 protesters were arrested after
they chained themselves to conveyor belts at the Munmorah power
plant on the central coast of New South Wales state.
2007 Nov 15, Ten of thousands
of coastal villagers took shelter inland as a cyclone rapidly
approached Bangladesh's southwestern shores, spawning cold drizzles,
strong winds and high waves. Tropical Cyclone Sidr killed 4234
people and left millions homeless.
(AP, 11/15/07)(AP, 11/19/07)(AP, 11/15/08)(Econ,
2007 Nov 15, Two Americans who
deserted the US Army to protest against the war in Iraq lost their
bid for refugee status in Canada, and the Canadian government made
it clear they were no longer welcome.
2007 Nov 15, Congo and the
London Club of private creditors reached a deal to cancel 80% of the
central African country's estimated 2.5-billion-dollar debt.
2007 Nov 15, Gen. Sergio del
Valle Jimenez, a doctor in Fidel Castro's rebel army in the late
1950s and army chief of staff during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis,
2007 Nov 15, Transport workers
shut down most rail traffic in France for a 2nd day, frustrating
passengers forced to postpone trips and Parisians who had to walk,
bike or skate to work.
2007 Nov 15, Georgia’s
parliament lifted the country’s state of emergency imposed last week
by Pres. Saakashvili.
(WSJ, 11/16/07, p.A1)
2007 Nov 15, A suicide bomber
rammed his car into a police patrol in Kirkuk, killing six people
and wounding more than 20.
2007 Nov 15, Royal Dutch Shell
said a major pipeline feeding one of its two main oil export
terminals in southern Nigeria was attacked and ruptured by unknown
2007 Nov 15, Officials said
Pakistani troops have launched a counter-offensive against
pro-Taliban militants in the northwest, pushing them back into
forests and mountains.
2007 Nov 15, Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas called for the overthrow of Gaza's Islamic
Hamas rulers. Hundreds of Palestinian business people and
professionals, led by an influential billionaire, launched a new
political movement, reflecting growing disillusionment with
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party.
2007 Nov 15, The Philippine
government reached an agreement with the country's main Islamic
separatist group on carving out boundaries for a Muslim homeland in
the conflict-ridden south. In Manila 3 suspects were killed and
three arrested as police raided an Islamic militant hideout near the
(AP, 11/15/07)(AFP, 11/15/07)
2007 Nov 15, Sergei Storchak,
one of Russia’s top authorities on international financial
relations, was detained. Investigators on Nov 19 revealed details in
the arrest of the deputy finance minister who allegedly tried to
embezzle $43 million in budget funds.
2007 Nov 15, A top Russian
general said that Russia has completed its withdrawal of troops that
had been based in Georgia since the Soviet collapse. He said
peacekeepers remained in Abkhazia along with forces in South Ossetia
with the participation of Georgia.
2007 Nov 15, A Tunisian court
convicted a former prisoner at the US prison at Guantanamo Bay,
Cuba, on terror charges. Abdullah Bin Omar, a Tunisian citizen who
spent five years at the detention facility in Cuba, was released in
2007 Nov 15, In Uzbekistan the
body of Takhir Nurmukhammedov (42) was delivered to his family and
it was clear he had been brutally tortured. Nurmukhammedov was
arrested in April 2002 and convicted of membership in Hizb-ut
Tahrir, a banned Islamic sect, and of plotting to overthrow the
government. He was sentenced to eight years in prison.
2007 Nov 15, President Robert
Mugabe commissioned the first biodiesel production plant in
oil-starved Zimbabwe, vowing that the country would "never
2008 Nov 15, G20 leaders ended
a 2-day economic summit in Washington. They released a joint
communique covering eight pages and 47 action items, with an
overarching focus to establish a series of new safeguards for the
fragile and opaque global financial system.
2008 Nov 15, In southern
California the Triangle Complex broke out in Corona and Orange
counties. The fire soon covered 10,475 acres and damaged or
destroyed 119 residences.
(SFC, 11/17/08, p.A9)
2008 Nov 15, In North Carolina
tornadoes killed 2 people.
(SSFC, 11/16/08, p.A2)
2008 Nov 15, In Afghanistan
police thwarted a suicide attack in the eastern city of Khost.
Officers surrounded a suspect, who was on foot, and the man
detonated the explosives on his body. The would-be attacker died,
but no one else was injured. Also in Khost province, coalition and
Afghan troops detained a militant leader of the network led by the
Afghan insurgent leader Jalaluddin Haqqani. Coalition forces
accidentally killed a civilian during a clash with insurgents in
Zabul province. The civilian was killed when a grenade fired by
coalition forces overshot its target. 30 insurgents were killed
during a clash with US-led coalition troops in Helmand province. In
eastern Paktia province's Zurmat district coalition troops killed
five al-Qaida-associated insurgents and nabbed eight, including a
militant leader accused of helping the Taliban move and train Arab
and other foreign fighters into Afghanistan. Colour Sergeant
Krishnabahadur Dura (36), from 2nd Battalion the Royal Gurkha
Rifles, was killed after an explosion in the Musa Qala district of
(AP, 11/15/08)(AP, 11/16/08)(AP, 11/17/08)
2008 Nov 15, In the West
African nation Burkina Faso a collision between a passenger bus and
a truck killed more than 60 people.
2008 Nov 15, In eastern China a
subway tunnel under construction collapsed in Hangzhou, trapping
workers and creating a huge crater into which more than 10 vehicles
plunged. At least 7 people died and 14 were missing.
(AP, 11/15/08)(AP, 11/17/08)
2008 Nov 15, The government of
Ecuador delayed a $30.6 million interest payment on part of its debt
of $10 billion, which amounted to 21% of GDP. A committee soon
reported evidence of malfeasance on debt contracts issued between
1976 and 2006.
(Econ, 11/29/08, p.44)
2008 Nov 15, A Georgian
policeman was shot dead by a group of armed Abkhazians. The group
was said to have entered Georgian-controlled territory to plant land
mines. Abkhazian presidential envoy Ruslan Kishmariya said police
from the separatist side killed one and wounded two Georgian
"saboteurs" in the tense Gali district.
2008 Nov 15, A senior aide to
PM Nouri al-Maliki said US and Iraqi negotiators have agreed on a
draft of a security pact that would allow American troops to stay in
Iraq for three more years after their UN mandate expires Dec. 31. A
suicide car bomber struck a commercial district in the northern city
of Tal Afar, killing 10 people and wounding 20. In Baghdad a car
bomb parked near the National Theater exploded in the mainly Shiite
district of Karradah, killing at least five people and wounding 23.
An American Marine died from wounds suffered in a roadside bombing
west of Baghdad a day earlier.
2008 Nov 15, In Mexico more
than 1,500 demonstrators marched through the violence-plagued border
city of Tijuana to protest the current of killings and kidnappings.
Two people were shot to death at a Tijuana taco restaurant. 4 men
and a woman were shot to death at a pool hall. A girl (14) and two
men were shot down in a Tijuana street just before midnight.
(AP, 11/15/08)(AP, 11/16/08)
2008 Nov 15, An official said
Pakistan has agreed to borrow $7.6 billion from the International
Monetary Fund to avoid adding an economic crisis to its struggle
against Islamic militants. Helicopter gunships, backed by artillery,
began pounding suspected insurgent hideouts in Mohmand tribal area.
(AP, 11/15/08)(AP, 11/16/08)
2008 Nov 15, Gazans seeking
food aid walked away empty-handed from locked United Nations
distribution centers after a strict Israeli border closure depleted
UN food reserves.
2008 Nov 15, In southwestern
Romania two explosions in a coal mine killed eight miners and four
2008 Nov 15, In Somalia
fighters of al-Shabab took control of the port town of Barawe
without a fight after the government's allies left as soon as they
heard the fighters were on their way.
2008 Nov 15, Gunmen hijacked a
freighter with 23 crew off the coast of Somalia. The crew of the
Japanese-owned Chemstar Venus consisted of five South Koreans and 18
Filipinos. Somali pirates hijacked the Sirius Star, a newly
commissioned supertanker, more than 450 nautical miles southeast of
Mombasa, Kenya, along with its 25-member crew. The ship, owned by
Saudi oil company Aramco, was capable of carrying about 2 million
barrels of oil. The ship was released on Jan 9, 2009.
(AP, 11/16/08)(AP, 11/17/08)(AP, 1/9/09)
2008 Nov 15, Sri Lanka's
president asked Tamil Tigers to surrender after troops claimed
re-taking Pooneryn, a strategically-important town from the
separatists, following months of heavy fighting. Army troops
destroyed 16 rebel bunkers in the Mullaitivu district and fought a
series of battles in the rebel stronghold of Kilinochchi, inflicting
"heavy casualties" on the guerrillas.
2008 Nov 15, Mario Masuku
(b.1951), Swaziland leader of the opposition People’s United
Democratic Movement (Pudemo), was jailed.
2008 Nov 15, In Yemen a
16-year-old boy died when police fired at locals demonstrating at a
voter registration center. The crowds were protesting the
government's rejection of opposition attempts to amend the country's
electoral law. Yemen's political parties have been preparing the
amendment to the electoral law for the past year in an effort to
bring more women into parliament, curb vote-rigging and limit the
influence of government officials.
2009 Nov 15, The Dungeness crab
season opened of the California coast.
(SSFC, 11/15/09, p.A2)
2009 Nov 15, In eastern
Afghanistan hundreds of French and Afghan troops pushed into a
hostile valley where militants launch quick attacks, then disappear
into hillside villages. Separately in eastern province of Paktika, a
joint NATO and Afghan force killed a group of militants while
pursuing a commander tied to the militant network run by Jalaluddin
Haqqani. A British soldier was shot and killed while on foot
patrol in Helmand province.
2009 Nov 15, British officials
said PM Gordon Brown will apologize to thousands of British children
who were shipped to new lives overseas, where many say they suffered
neglect and abuse. Thousands of poor British children were sent to
Australia, Canada and other former colonies under the Child Migrants
Program, which ended in the 1960s. Many ended up in institutions or
as farm laborers. The British government has estimated that a total
of 150,000 British children may have been shipped abroad between
1618 — when a group was sent to the Virginia Colony — and 1967, most
of them from the late 19th century onwards.
2009 Nov 15, Dr. Brooke
Magnanti (34), who works for The Bristol Initiative for Research of
Child Health, revealed herself to be the woman behind the nom de
plume "Belle de Jour," which is the title of a 1967 French film
starring Catherine Deneuve. Magnanti kept a weblog of her antics in
2003-2004, which were turned into a best-selling book, "The Intimate
Adventures of a London Call Girl." Her memoirs were adapted into a
hit 16-episode television series "Secret Diary of a Call Girl,"
which starred Billie Piper and was screened in countries around the
2009 Nov 15, In Colombia DAS
intelligence agency director Felipe Munoz said Ivan Danilo Alarcon,
wanted for rebellion and drug trafficking, was detained by
intelligence agents near a university in the city of Cali. Alarcon,
who posed as a human rights activist, cried out that he was being
kidnapped and 100 people surrounded and detained the agents for over
an hour, threatened them with death and took their weapons and
armored vests. They freed Alarcon from handcuffs, and he fled.
2009 Nov 15, An Egyptian
judicial source said 2 Egyptian Christians, Rami Atef Khella and
Raafat Khella, have been condemned to death for the murder of a
Muslim man who married one of their relatives after she converted to
Islam. Mariam Atef Khella and the couple's daughter Nur were wounded
at the time of the attack more than a year ago.
2009 Nov 15, Egypt’s
information technology minister said Egypt will apply for the first
Internet domain written in Arabic. The announcement was made at a
conference grouping Yahoo's co-founder and others to discuss
boosting online access in emerging nations.
2009 Nov 15, German Federal
Criminal Police Office confirmed a Spiegel Online report that it had
posted notices across Afghanistan warning that Jan Schneider (27), a
Kazakhstan-born ethnic German, may plan attacks on German military
or civilian institutions in Afghanistan. Authorities identified the
German convert to Islam as an al-Qaida associate.
2009 Nov 15, India's Essar
Group, and energy-to-steel conglomerate, said it has agreed to buy a
majority stake in Dhabi Group's telecommunication businesses in
African nations Uganda and Congo.
2009 Nov 15, In gunmen wearing
Iraqi army uniforms abducted and killed 13 men and boys in the
village of al-Saadan, a village west of Baghdad, in what some
described as revenge against Sunnis who helped fight al-Qaida. Many
of the victims were beheaded, while others were shot and mutilated.
(SFC, 11/17/09, p.A8)
2009 Nov 15, Italian police
captured convicted mobster Domenico Raccuglia, one of Sicily’s top
mafia fugitives, in an apartment near Trapani.
(SFC, 11/16/09, p.A2)
2009 Nov 15, Kosovo held its
first elections since independence from Serbia, with some minority
Serbs ignoring a call to boycott and casting ballots alongside
ethnic Albanians. The voting ended peacefully, with the prime
minister claiming his party won convincingly.
2009 Nov 15, Amnesty Int’l.
issued the report, "I Can't Believe in Justice Anymore." It said at
least 46 people had been unlawfully killed by police in Mozambique
since 2006. The report offered five detailed case studies, including
that of dancer and choreographer Augusto Cuvilas, who had called
police to his home because he feared he was being robbed, only to
end up being killed by the officers from whom he had sought help.
2009 Nov 15, In Myanmar a ferry
carrying nearly 200 passengers sank after colliding with an oil
barge in the Ngawun River, killing at least 31 and leaving more than
a dozen missing.
(AP, 11/16/09)(AP, 11/17/09)
2009 Nov 15, In northwestern
Pakistan militants killed anti-Taliban elder Malik Sher Zaman in the
Bajur tribal region. Several hours later, more than a dozen
militants opened fire on the house of an anti-Taliban mayor outside
the main northwestern city of Peshawar, but security guards repelled
the attack, killing three of the assailants. The attacks were seen
as part of an escalating campaign to weaken the country's resolve to
fight Islamic extremism.
2009 Nov 15, In Paraguay 1,200
people escaped a fire that destroyed a supermarket on the outskirts
of Asuncion, killing two people.
2009 Nov 15, Serbian Orthodox
Church Patriarch Pavle, born as Gojko Stojcevic (1914), died. He had
called for peace and conciliation during the Balkan ethnic conflicts
of the 1990s but failed to openly condemn Serb nationalism.
2009 Nov 15, In Singapore
President Barack Obama said the United States and Russia would have
a replacement treaty on reducing nuclear arms ready for approval by
year's end, an announcement designed as an upbeat ending to a summit
with Asia-Pacific leaders. Obama also attended a second summit with
leaders of the 10 southeast Asian countries that make up the ASEAN
group. Obama then arrived in Shanghai, launching a three-day visit
to an important global US partner and his first travels ever in
2009 Nov 15, In Thailand
thousands of demonstrators attended a protest by the royalist
"Yellow Shirt" movement against a visit to Cambodia by their
arch-foe, fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra.
2010 Nov 15, A California
woman, Nima Ali Yusuf (24), was charged with conspiring to provide
money and people to a Somali terrorist group to help carry out
killings in the African nation, according to a federal indictment
unsealed today. She was the fourth person charged in the past month
in San Diego with helping al-Shabab.
2010 Nov 15, W. Howard Lester
(b.1935), CEO emeritus of Williams-Sonoma Inc., died at his home in
Indian Wells, California. He and a partner had purchased the company
in 1978 and he served as chief executive from 1978 to 2001.
(SFC, 11/17/10, p.A14)
2010 Nov 15, Afghanistan's
government played down comments by President Hamid Karzai calling on
the US military to scale back its operations and reduce its
"intrusiveness" on everyday life in the country. Taliban leader
Mullah Omar, rumored to be in Pakistan, said in a statement that
reports of peace talks between militants and the Afghan government
were "misleading rumors" and dismissed the coalition surge as
2010 Nov 15, In China a fire
engulfed a Shanghai high-rise building, killing 58 and injuring 70,
as panicked residents fled and thick smoke spread over China's
commercial hub. Police the next day detained 8 welders on suspicion
of accidentally starting the fire. 3 government officials were later
detained for allowing illegal construction activities at the site.
In June, 2011, prosecutors charged 26 people with bribery and other
crimes related to the fire.
(AP, 11/15/10)(AP, 11/16/10)(SFC, 11/17/10,
p.A3)(SFC, 12/25/10, p.A2)(AP, 6/25/11)
2010 Nov 15, In Germany a girl
(14) was slain in Bodenfelde. On Nov 19 a boy (13) was slain nearby.
On June 27, 2011, Jan O. (26), whose last name was withheld in
accordance with German privacy laws, was convicted in Goettingen
state court of two counts of murder for the slayings and sentenced
to life in prison. Jan O., dubbed the "cannibal killer," had
confessed to eating the flesh and drinking the blood of one of his
2010 Nov 15, Guinea’s National
Independent Electoral Commission declared Alpha Conde the winner
with 52.5% of the nearly 2.9 million ballots counted. Security
forces arrested demonstrators and fired tear gas at those burning
tires in the suburbs of Conakry. Over the next three days, security
forces systematically attacked Peul communities, spraying populated
areas with bullets. They burst into homes where they beat, slapped,
stabbed and burned people.
(AP, 11/15/10)(Reuters, 11/15/10)(AP,
2010 Nov 15, Haiti's cholera
toll rose above 900, including dozens of deaths in the teeming
capital, as the epidemic showed no sign of abating just two weeks
ahead of presidential elections. Anti-UN riots spread to several
cities and towns, as protesters blaming a contingent of Nepalese
peacekeepers for a deadly outbreak of cholera barricaded roads and
exchanged gunfire with UN soldiers in clashes that lasted late into
the night. Protests in Cap Haitien left at least 2 people dead.
(AFP, 11/15/10)(AP, 11/16/10)(AFP, 11/18/10)
2010 Nov 15, Indian police
arrested two top former officials of the Delhi Commonwealth Games on
charges of corruption. In New Delhi a five-story building pancaked,
killing 67 people and injuring scores.
(AP, 11/15/10)(AP, 11/16/10)(AP, 11/17/10)
2010 Nov 15, In Indonesia Gayus
Tambunan (31) broke into tears when he admitted in a hearing at the
South Jakarta District Court that yes, he was the wigged man
captured by photographers at the international tennis match on Nov
5. Tambunan, a midlevel tax official with a salary of just $1,300 a
month, was supposed to be in jail. He has been charged with
pocketing at least $2.7 million from dozens of big companies to help
them avoid paying taxes. 9 wardens have been arrested and face
charges of accepting up to $40,000 from the tax official. Tambunan
allegedly left the jail at least 60 times since his detention in
April. On Jan 19, 2011, he was sentenced to seven years behind bars
(AP, 11/16/10)(AP, 1/19/11)
2010 Nov 15, Iran's foreign
minister Manouchehr Mottaki said that the issue of an alleged
Iranian arms shipment intercepted in Nigeria was a
"misunderstanding" that has been settled.
2010 Nov 15, In northern Iraq
the Badoosh prison commander and his body guard were killed when
twin car bombs detonated outside a residential complex housing
prison guards and staff on the outskirts of Mosul. In downtown
Baghdad an Iraqi policeman was killed when a roadside bomb struck a
patrol, while four policemen were wounded when another roadside bomb
detonated in eastern part of the capital. In the town of Qaim on the
Syrian border some 340 km (210 miles) west of Baghdad, two people
were killed and five others wounded by two roadside bombs, including
one in a market. Gunmen in Mosul killed two Christians, in the
latest assault on the country's dwindling Christian community.
(AFP, 11/15/10)(AP, 11/16/10)
2010 Nov 15, In Italy the
political crisis engulfing Premier Silvio Berlusconi deepened with
four members of the Cabinet quitting their jobs, a move that does
not topple the government but further weakens the leader. Berlusconi
stands accused of having an "uncontrollable sickness" when it comes
to women, and of hosting "bunga-bunga" parties that culminate in
2010 Nov 15, In northwest
Pakistan a bomb exploded near the house of a slain anti-Taliban
tribal elder Abdul Malik, killing two people and wounding three
others. His son, Noor Malik, was getting in his car to leave the
residence when the attack occurred, but he was not hurt.
2010 Nov 15, In Palestinian
Gaza Strip Hamas freed 80 prisoners on the eve of the Muslim
festival of Eid al-Adha. Over the past week, Hamas has ordered the
release of 284 prisoners in the run-up the four-day festival.
2010 Nov 15, In Saudi Arabia
nearly 3 million Muslims performing the annual hajj pilgrimage began
making their way up the rocky desert Mount Arafat, chanting that
they have come to answer God's call.
2010 Nov 15, South Korea's
government the number of North Koreans defecting to South Korea has
surged in recent years because of economic suffering in the North,
with more than 10,000 defections over the past three years.
2010 Nov 15, In South Korea a
15-year-old boy committed suicide after killing his mother in a
fight over Internet games.
2011 Nov 15, In Berkeley, Ca.,
as many as 10,000 students and Occupy activists overflowed the UC
Berkeley Sproul Plaza following a daylong classroom walkout. They
established a small camp in defiance of the university’s edict that
no tents be erected.
(SFC, 11/16/11, p.A1)
2011 Nov 15, In southern
California an estimated 17 tons of marijuana were seized in the
discovery of a cross-border tunnel linking warehouses in San Diego
and Tijuana. Authorities said it was one of the most significant
secret drug smuggling passages ever found on the US-Mexico border.
2011 Nov 15, The Center for
Budget and Policy Priorities said in a new report that Michigan is
among just a handful of states raising taxes on low-income working
families while cutting taxes for other groups.
2011 Nov 15, In NYC hundreds of
police officers in riot gear raided Zuccotti Park, evicting dozens
of Occupy Wall Street protesters from what has become the epicenter
of the worldwide movement protesting corporate greed and economic
inequality. Hours later, the National Lawyers Guild obtained a court
order allowing Occupy Wall Street protesters to return with tents to
the park. About 70 people were arrested overnight.
2011 Nov 15, In Seattle,
Washington, a downtown march and rally in support of the Occupy Wall
Street movement turned briefly chaotic as police scattered a crowd
of rowdy protesters, including a pregnant 19-year-old and an
84-year-old activist, with blasts of pepper spray.
2011 Nov 15, Afghanistan got a
new, 3-year, $133.6 million line of credit from the International
Monetary Fund, which said the struggling government had taken steps
to address governance and accountability issues that surfaced during
the Kabul Bank crisis. A bomb strapped to a donkey blew up in
northern Faryab province, killing a policeman and 2 civilians,
including a child. 17 other people were wounded.
(AP, 11/15/11)(AP, 11/16/11)
2011 Nov 15, Algerian
newspapers reported that authorities have arrested nine people,
including eight Air Algerie stewards, as part of an operation
against an international drug trafficking ring. The suspects,
including a famous singer and an Air Algerie trade union leader,
have come under pressure to retract statements in which they named
2011 Nov 15, The City of London
Corporation said that it will resume legal action to clear an
anti-capitalist camp outside St Paul's Cathedral.
2011 Nov 15, Europe's top court
barred Britain from enacting a corporate tax reform in its tiny
territory of Gibraltar, ruling the scheme would amount to illegal
state aid for offshore companies.
2011 Nov 15, Shanghai sold
bonds under a new pilot scheme raising $1.1 billion. China’s
provincial and municipal governments had been prohibited from
borrowing since 1994.
(Econ, 11/19/11, p.78)
2011 Nov 15, In the Republic of
Congo Alexandre Kossiarev, a native of Belarus, was killed when an
MI-8, a Russian-designed helicopter, crashed in the country's north.
2011 Nov 15, The EU said it has
tightened controls on imports of Chinese rice products after a
growing number of shipments were contaminated by unauthorized
2011 Nov 15, Guatemalan
President Alvaro Colom said he will grant a US extradition request
for former president Alfonso Portillo, who faces charges in the US
of embezzling $1.5 million in foreign donations.
2011 Nov 15, Hong Kong customs
officers intercepted a record haul of 33 rhino horns, 758 ivory
chopsticks and 127 bracelets hidden inside a container shipped from
2011 Nov 15, India and Pakistan
agreed to normalize two-way trade, signifying a gradual thaw in
relations between the two bitter rivals.
2011 Nov 15, The Paris Club of
mostly industrialized countries said it had reached an agreement
with Ivory Coast to defer over 10 years most of its debt coming due
and to forgive $1.8 billion in its foreign debts.
2011 Nov 15, In Mexico El Siglo
de Torreon, a newspaper in the northern city of Torreon, was
attacked by armed men who set fire to the facade of its offices and
opened fire at its sales offices.
2011 Nov 15, Mexican officials
captured Alfredo Aleman Narvaez, a suspected leader for the Zetas
drug cartel, during a horse race that he organized in the northern
state of Zacatecas.
2011 Nov 15, New Zealand
conservation officials euthanized 18 beached pilot whales following
a mass stranding on a South Island beach that left a total of 65
(SFC, 11/16/11, p.A2)
2011 Nov 15, Nigerian airport
officials fined British Airways $135 million and Virgin Atlantic
$100 million amid a dispute over ticket prices. The airlines were
given 14 days to respond and were ordered to compensate passengers.
In 2012 a panel "cancelled the fines because at the time of the
offence between 2004 and 2006, there was no law to make them
(AFP, 11/17/11)(AFP, 2/10/12)
2011 Nov 15, In northwestern
Pakistan a suspected US drone fired missiles at a house in Miran
Shah, North Waziristan, killing seven alleged militants. Also in the
northwest, Pakistani forces pounded militant hideouts, killing 16
suspected insurgents in Orakzai's Dabori area. Militants attacked an
army checkpoint in the Ladha area of South Waziristan with rockets,
killing one soldier and wounding another. Just before midnight
suspected US drones fired four missiles at two compounds in South
Waziristan, killing 16 alleged militants.
(AP, 11/15/11)(AP, 11/16/11)
2011 Nov 15, Saudi Arabia said
it has signed an agreement with South Korea on developing nuclear
power generation to help meet the kingdom's rising demand.
2011 Nov 15, South African
teacher Guilford Shapo (53) was hacked to death with a machete in
front of a shocked classroom of primary school students in the
northern town of Polokwane. His 40-year-old brother was charged in
2011 Nov 15, In western South
Africa a 3-vehicle crash left 20 people dead.
2011 Nov 15, A Swaziland
spokesman said the cash-strapped country has pulled together enough
loans from local banks and private businesses to pay government
workers on time this month.
2011 Nov 15, Lawmakers from
Thailand's ruling political party submitted a parliamentary motion
to begin discussions over possibly shifting the capital city to
prevent future flooding chaos. Bangkok, which is built on swampland,
is slowly sinking and the floods currently besieging the city of 12
million people could be merely a foretaste of a grim future.
2011 Nov 15, A Tunisian
official said Moncef Marzouki, a physician who headed that Tunisian
League of Human Rights, will take on the role of interim president
for the next year while a new constitution is being written.
(SFC, 11/16/11, p.A2)
2011 Nov 15, Turkey canceled
plans for oil exploration in Syria, while also threatening to cut
electricity supplies after a spate of attacks by supporters of
Syrian President Bashar Assad on its diplomatic missions.
2011 Nov 15, A magnitude-5.2
quake shook eastern Turkey, already devastated by two powerful
2011 Nov 15, Ugandan traders
blockaded several streets in Kampala to protest at lengthening power
blackouts they say are crippling businesses around the country.
2011 Nov 15, US Federal agents
said they have seized 709 pounds (321 kg) of cocaine and arrested
three men off the US island of St. John. The suspects' boat was
first spotted Nov 11 by a maritime surveillance aircraft flying over
the US Virgin Islands.
2012 Nov 15, The struggling US
Postal Service reported an annual loss of a record $15.9 billion and
forecast more red ink in 2013. Much of the red ink in 2012 was due
to mounting mandatory costs for future retiree health benefits,
which made up $11.1 billion of the losses.
2012 Nov 15, BP announced it
was paying $4.5 billion in a settlement with the US government over
the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon drilling rig disaster. Hours later
2 men who worked for BP during the 2010 Gulf oil spill disaster were
charged with manslaughter and a third with lying to federal
2012 Nov 15, A US federal
appeals court ruled 8-7 declaring Michigan’s ban on affirmative
action unconstitutional, 6 ye3ars after state voters said race
should not be an issue in choosing students.
(SFC, 11/15/12, p.A10)
2012 Nov 15, Detroit’s Mayor
Bing said a $6.5 million Housing and Urban Development grant will
cover the cost of tearing down the Brewster Projects, which included
75 condo-style apartments, two 6-story buildings and four 14-story
(SFC, 11/16/12, p.A6)
2012 Nov 15, In Midland, Texas,
4 people died and 17 others were taken to a hospital when a train
crashed into a parade float honoring veterans.
(SFC, 11/16/12, p.A6)
2012 Nov 15, World animal
health body OIE said that Australia had reported a case of a highly
pathogenic bird flu virus at an egg farm in the New South Wales
2012 Nov 15, British regulators
filed charges against the owners of the Sellafield nuclear waste
site on allegations of illegal dumping of radioactive waste, adding
to the plant's history of controversy and complaints.
2012 Nov 15, The BBC agreed to
pay 185,000 pounds to Lord Alistair McAlpine, a former treasurer of
Britain's Conservative Party, who was wrongly accused of child sex
abuse as a result of one of its reports.
2012 Nov 15, Cambodia
authorities arrested eight villagers for plastering the US
president's picture on their rooftops beside spray-painted messages
of "SOS." Villagers say they were ordered in July to vacate their
land so the airport could enlarge its runway and build a security
2012 Nov 15, In China Xi
Jinping assumed the leadership as the ruling Communist Party
confronts slower economic growth, a public clamor to end corruption
and demands for change that threaten its hold on power. It was
revealed the Hu Jintao had stepped down not only as the Party’s
general secretary but also as head of China’s army.
(AP, 11/15/12)(Econ, 11/17/12, p.43)
2012 Nov 15, As China unveiled
its new leadership in Beijing with promises of a better life for
all, five runaway boys seeking shelter and warmth died of carbon
monoxide poisoning in a garbage bin in Bijie city, 25 km from their
home village of Caqiangyan.
2012 Nov 15, In CongoDRC 151
M23 rebels were reported killed in new fighting between the
Congolese army and rebels, ending a two-month cease-fire in North
Kivu province. Two army officers were killed and seven wounded in
the fighting. Col. Vianney Kazarama, spokesman of the M23, denied
the heavy casualties, saying that only two rebels were wounded.
(AP, 11/15/12)(AP, 11/16/12)
2012 Nov 15, An Ecuadoran
helicopter began dropping nearly 22 tons of specially designed
poison bait on the Galapagos island of Pinzon, launching the second
phase of a campaign to clear out some 180 million non-native
2012 Nov 15, German Finance
Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble signed off officially on revisions to
the original 1952 Holocaust compensation treaty, increasing pensions
for those living in eastern Europe and broadening who is eligible
for payments. Contributions to home care for survivors already have
2012 Nov 15, Japan and North
Korea began bilateral talks in Mongolia that Tokyo hopes will shed
light on a series of decades-old abductions.
2012 Nov 15, In Mexico the body
of Maria Santos Gorrostieta Salazar (36), former mayor of Tiquicheo,
Michoacan state, was found beaten and tortured, three days after
(Econ, 12/8/12, p.94)
2012 Nov 15, In Mozambique
youths in Maputo burned tires and attacked motorists over hikes in
2012 Nov 15, Myanmar's
reformist government ordered more 452 prisoners freed in an amnesty
apparently intended as a goodwill gesture ahead of a historic visit
by President Barack Obama next week.
(AP, 11/15/12)(SFC, 11/16/12, p.A3)
2012 Nov 15, Militants in the
Gaza Strip pounded southern Israel with over 180 rockets, killing
three people in Kiryat Malachi as the Israeli military pressed
forward with a second day of intense air raids and naval attacks on
2012 Nov 15, In Senegal Karim
Wade, the son of the ex-president, was questioned by police for over
10 hours on accusations that he stole millions in state funds during
his father's time in office.
2012 Nov 15, Turkey endorsed
the newly formed Syrian rebel coalition as the legitimate leader of
(SFC, 11/16/12, p.A2)
2013 Nov 15, The Washington
Post reported that agents and supervisors of the US Secret Service
have engaged in misconduct in 17 countries in recent years. It
quoted accounts given by whistleblowers to a Senate committee that
oversees the Secret Service.
2013 Nov 15, In Alabama the
Southern Museum of Flight opened in Birmingham. It featured prints
of artworks that were only displayed at CIA headquarters in McLean,
(SFC, 11/29/13, p.A15)
2013 Nov 15, San Francisco’s
Mayor Ed Lee presented Batkid, aka Miles Scott (5), with the key to
the city for his heroic deed in saving Gotham. The Make-a-Wish
Foundation arranged the extravaganza for Scott as he fought off
(SFC, 11/16/13, p.A11)
2013 Nov 15, In Los Angeles
former third grade teacher Mark Berndt (62) pleaded guilty and was
sentenced to 25 years in prison. He was accused of blindfolding
students and feeding them semen-laced cookies.
(SFC, 11/16/13, p.A6)
2013 Nov 15, In NYC hacker
Jeremy Hammond (b.1983) was sentenced to 10 years in prison for
illegally accessing computer systems of law enforcement agencies and
government contractors. Hammond said his goal was to expose
injustices by the private intelligence industry.
(SFC, 11/16/13, p.A6)
2013 Nov 15, In Ohio six horses
were killed on rural roads after over three dozen escaped from a
farm near Covington. Three people injured in the road accidents.
(SFC, 11/16/13, p.A6)
2013 Nov 15, Sony released its
PlayStation 4 video game player, one week ahead of Microsoft’s new
(SFC, 11/15/13, p.C1)
2013 Nov 15, Albania’s PM Edi
Rama rejected a plan to destroy Syria's chemical weapons, following
a direct US request.
2013 Nov 15, Brazil’s Supreme
Court Pres. Joaquim Barbosa issued warrants for the arrest of Jose
Dirceau, the former chief of staff to Pres. Lula da Silva in
2003-05, and eleven others for charges including bribery and
conspiracy in the “mensalao" (big monthly stipend) case. They were
among 25 found guilty in the case last year.
(Econ, 11/23/13, p.39)
2013 Nov 15, The British
government gave the green light for oil firm EnQuest to invest £4.0
billion in a North Sea oil field scheme that will support an
estimated 20,000 jobs.
2013 Nov 15, Toronto police
said a global investigation into a Canadian child porn website has
led to the arrest of 341 people including teachers, doctors and
police officers, and the rescue of 386 sexually abused children.
2013 Nov 15, In Canada the city
councillors of Toronto voted to limit their hell-raising mayor's
powers after Rob Ford’s latest obscene outburst.
2013 Nov 15, The final overview
of China’s “third plenum" was published. China’s ruling Communist
Party said it will loosen family planning rules that limit many
couples to a single child in the first substantial change to the
unpopular policy in nearly three decades, as leaders seek to address
a rapidly aging population. It also said the country's
much-criticized labor camp system would be abolished. Leaders
pledged to open state-dominated industries wider to private
competition and ease limits on foreign investment in e-commerce and
other businesses in a sweeping reform plan aimed at rejuvenating a
(AP, 11/15/13)(Econ, 11/23/13, p.16)
2013 Nov 15, Cyprus’ former
Pres. Glafcos Clerides (b.1919) died. He was widely regarded as a
world-class statesman who guided Cyprus into the EU.
2013 Nov 15, The EU executive
said it had found no proof of British claims that Spain had violated
European Union rules on border and customs checks at Gibraltar's
2013 Nov 15, In western Greece
12 migrants, believed to be Syrians, were found dead after a plastic
boat still tied to rocks capsized in calm weather. 15 people
survived the incident.
2013 Nov 15, Guinea's Supreme
Court rejected all the complaints lodged against the results of a
September 28 parliamentary election in which President Alpha Conde's
RPG party won the most seats.
2013 Nov 15, Japan said it was
dramatically scaling back its greenhouse gas reduction target after
the Fukushima nuclear accident forced the country to turn to
fossil-fuel burning energy sources, a move denounced by climate
2013 Nov 15, In Libya 43 people
were killed and more than 450 people wounded in Tripoli when
militiamen from Misrata opened fire on hundreds of protesters who
had marched on their brigade headquarters to demand that they leave
(Reuters, 11/15/13)(AP, 11/16/13)
2013 Nov 15, In Mozambique
suspected Renamo ex-rebels ambushed a convoy of cars killing one
person and wounding 10 others along a key highway in the latest of
low-intensity attacks gripping the country.
2013 Nov 15, Myanmar released
69 political prisoners in an amnesty the government described as an
act of "loving kindness" in line with President Thein Sein's promise
to free all prisoners of conscience by year-end.
2013 Nov 15, A Nigerian court
sentenced suspected Islamist Umaru Umaru Mustapha (34) to life
imprisonment for the bombing of a complex housing several newspapers
that killed four people in the April 2012 bombing in the northern
city of Kaduna. Nigerian troops said they had killed 20 suspected
members of Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram in a gunfight in the
2013 Nov 15, In Pakistan
8 people were killed when gunmen opened fire on a Shi'ite Muslim
religious procession in Rawalpindi. In another version Shiite
Muslims staging a procession killed 7 Sunnis from an Islamic
seminary for insulting them as they passed.
(Reuters, 11/15/13)(SFC, 11/16/13, p.A2)
2013 Nov 15, In the Philippines
the death toll from Typhoon Haiyan, one of the world's most powerful
typhoons, surged to over 4,000.
2013 Nov 15, In Sri Lanka
Britain's Prince Charles formally opened a Commonwealth summit in
Colombo. Its build-up has been dogged by a dispute over rights
abuses at the end of Sri Lanka's ethnic war. Britain's PM David
Cameron landed in the war-torn Jaffna region to meet victims of Sri
Lanka's ethnic conflict after leaving the Commonwealth summit.
2013 Nov 15, Nickolay Mladenov,
the UN's new envoy to Baghdad, said Iraq's security forces require
"massive amounts of re-training" in human rights to better conduct
operations and combat the country's deadliest violence since 2008.
2013 Nov 15, Yemeni President
Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi said China will build power plants in Yemen
with total output capacity of 5,000 megawatts and expand the Arab
country's main container ports.
2014 Nov 15, Dr. Martin Salia
(44), seriously ill from Ebola contracted in Sierra Leone, arrived
at Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha for treatment.
(SFC, 11/16/14, p.A8)
2014 Nov 15, In Texas a
hazardous chemical leak killed 4 workers at a DuPont plant in La
Porte, a suburb of Houston.
(SSFC, 11/16/14, p.A10)
2014 Nov 15, In Australia the
G20 summit opened in Brisbane. Western leaders warned Vladimir Putin
that he risked more economic sanctions if he failed to end Russian
backing for separatist rebels in Ukraine.
2014 Nov 15, Burkina Faso’s
military reinstated the constitution, suspended when the army filled
the vacuum created by Pres. Compaore's departure.
2014 Nov 15, It was reported
that Chilean engineering students have designed a bike that can't be
stolen. The bike’s lower frame opens up into two arms that are then
connected to the seat post and locked to a post, so thieves would
have to destroy a Yerka to get it unlocked.
2014 Nov 15, Batteries aboard
the European Space Agency’s Philae comet lander drained, shutting
down the washing machine-sized probe after an adventurous and
largely unscripted 57-hour mission. Its last task was to reposition
itself so that as the comet soars toward the sun, Philae’s batteries
may recharge enough for a follow-on mission.
2014 Nov 15, German student
Tuğçe Albayrak (b.1991) was struck and fatally injured outside a
McDonald's restaurant in Offenbach am Main while trying to protect
two teenage girls in the toilets of the restaurant. Albayrak died
Nov 28 on her 23rd birthday. On June 16, 2015, a panel of judges in
Darmstadt found Sanel Masovic (18) guilty of inflicting bodily harm
with fatal consequences and sentenced him to three years in prison.
On April 20, 2017, Masovic was deported to Serbia.
2014 Nov 15, In Georgia tens of
thousands of people rallied in the capital to protest a planned
agreement between Russia and Georgia's separatist province of
Abkhazia. A proposed agreement envisages the creation of joint
Russian and Abkhazian military forces.
2014 Nov 15, Three Hong Kong
student leaders were stopped from boarding a flight to Beijing to
take their fight for greater democracy directly to the Chinese
government after airline authorities said their travel permits were
2014 Nov 15, Indian officials
said tainted drugs apparently killed 13 women in Chhattisgarh state
who underwent Nov 8 sterilization procedures after autopsies ruled
out any surgery faults.
2014 Nov 15, Iran's
semiofficial ISNA news agency reported that the Supreme Court has
disbarred judge Saeed Mortazavi over his role in the death by
torture of at least three jailed anti-government protesters in 2009.
2014 Nov 15, Iranian state
television reported that the country has inaugurated a new
gold-processing plant that will double the country's annual
production to 6 tons.
2014 Nov 15, Italian engineer
Gianluca Salviato, abducted last March in Libya, returned home. He
was working on a sewer construction project for an Italian company
when he went missing in Tobruk.
2014 Nov 15, Italian
authorities said that more than 900 people have been rescued at sea
in the last 24 hours, in a blow to hopes that the approach of winter
would stem the flow of migrants attempting perilous crossings of the
2014 Nov 15, In Liberia about
160 Chinese health workers arrived, where they are due to staff a
new $41 million Ebola clinic that, unlike most other foreign
interventions, is being built and fully run by Chinese personnel.
2014 Nov 15, Morocco was barred
from the next two Africa Cup of Nations as punishment for refusing
to host the 2015 edition in January-February. Morocco faced a 20
million dollar (16 million euros) fine for refusing to host the 2015
Cup in its scheduled January 17-February 8 slot over fears of the
spread of the deadly Ebola epidemic.
2014 Nov 15, Netherlands police
arrested 60 people protesting for and against the controversial
"Black Pete" figure during the annual arrival procession of Saint
Nicholas in the central city of Gouda.
2014 Nov 15, The Nigerian army
regained control of Chibok, the northeastern town where more than
200 schoolgirls were kidnapped by Islamic extremists more than six
2014 Nov 15, Portuguese and
Spanish police said they have arrested 15 people, including two
Spanish police, on suspicion of trying to smuggle 2.1 metric tons of
hashish into Spain hidden inside a concrete mixer truck.
2014 Nov 15, Serbian
nationalist leader Vojislav Seselj (60) rallied thousands of
supporters in Belgrade in scenes that threaten to embarrass a UN war
crimes court that released him on grounds of ill-health before
reaching a verdict in his trial.
2014 Nov 15, Trinidad struggled
to emerge from widespread flooding as meteorologists warned of more
rain that has already forced businesses and schools to close.
2014 Nov 15, Turkish media
reported that Turkey and the United States have agreed a plan under
which some 2,000 fighters from the moderate Syrian opposition would
be trained on Turkish soil.
2014 Nov 15, Ukrainian
President Petro Poroshenko issued several decrees to shut state
institutions and banking services in pro-Russian eastern regions. 7
soldiers were reported killed in the past 24 hours, while the press
service for the 'Donetsk People's Republic' said six civilians,
including two children, were killed in shelling a day earlier.
2014 Nov 15, The United Arab
Emirates issued a list of 83 terrorist organizations, including the
(SSFC, 11/16/14, p.A6)
2014 Nov 15, Pope Francis
denounced the right to die movement, saying it's a "false sense of
compassion" to consider euthanasia as an act of dignity when in fact
it's a sin against God and creation.
2015 Nov 15, The US Pentagon
said five men who have been held for more than 13 years at the
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been released and sent to the United Arab
Emirates. Their release brings the Guantanamo prison population to
2015 Nov 15, P.F. Sloan
(b.1945), singer and songwriter, died at his home in Los Angeles.
His songs included “Eve of Destruction" (1965).
2015 Nov 15, In Oakland, Ca.,
police officers shot dead Richard Perkins Jr. (39) as he carried a
toy gun. Surveillance video later showed that Perkins had complied
with police commands and never raised the pistol. On August 1, 2016,
Perkins’ family filed a federal suit against the city of Oakland.
(SFC, 8/2/16, p.C2)
2015 Nov 15, Author Stephen
Birmingham (b.1929) died at his home in New York. He authored some
30 books, almost all of which were about the super-wealthy including
“Our Crowd: The Great Jewish Families of New York" (1967).
(SFC, 11/25/15, p.D10)
2015 Nov 15, In Texas 2 bodies
were found at a campsite in Anderson County near the home of suspect
William Hudson (33). 4 more bodies were found a day later in a pond
on Hudson’s property.
(SFC, 11/16/15, p.A6)
2015 Nov 15, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber targeted a convoy of foreign forces just outside
Lashkar Gah, Helmand province, killing one civilian and wounding 12
2015 Nov 15, A Bahrain court
ordered 12 Shiites to life in prison and stripped them of their
citizenship on charges of forming a terrorist group and targeting
police with explosive devices for incidents that took place in 2013
2015 Nov 15, Seven people were
detained in Belgium in connection with the Nov 13 deadly attacks in
Paris as the city entered three days of mourning for the 129 people
killed in the worst violence in France in decades.
2015 Nov 15, In Brazil ice
vendor Fabiano Machado da Silva (33) was killed by a crowd of ten
people in the Ipanema neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro.
(SFC, 11/17/15, p.A2)
2015 Nov 15, Cynthia Payne
(82), British brothel-keeper, died.
(Econ, 11/28/15, p.82)
2015 Nov 15, In Egypt 15
Sudanese migrants, about to illegally enter Israel from the Sinai
Peninsula, were killed as they were caught up in the crossfire of a
gun battle between Egyptian security forces and Bedouin smugglers.
(AP, 11/15/15)(SFC, 11/16/15, p.A2)
2015 Nov 15, Iran’s
semi-official Fars news agency reported that authorities have
arrested administrators of more than 20 groups on the messaging app
Telegram for spreading "immoral content", the latest detentions in a
clampdown on freedom of expression.
2015 Nov 15, Iranian police
warned that women who fail to wear the veil when driving will have
their cars impounded for a week and are likely to be fined.
2015 Nov 15, Israel’s Shin Bet
security service said a Palestinian suspect has been arrested in the
Nov 13 drive-by shooting that killed 2 Israelis.
2015 Nov 15, Israel approved
the entry of some 9,000 Ethiopians known as Falash Mura who claim
Jewish lineage, ending decades of debate on whether to allow their
immigration despite uncertainty over their right to settle in the
2015 Nov 15, Kurdish forces
said they uncovered two mass graves outside Sinjar, a northern Iraqi
town near the Syrian border that was ruled by the Islamic State
group for more than a year before the extremists were driven out
last week. The first grave uncovered contained 78 elderly women's
bodies. The second grave contained between 50 and 60 bodies of men,
women and children.
2015 Nov 15, Lebanon’s interior
minister said nine people, mostly Syrians, have been arrested over
last week's Beirut bombings that killed 44 people, an attack whose
original target was a hospital.
2015 Nov 15, Mexico said it has
extradited top drug trafficker Cesar Gastelum Serrano (47) to the
United States, where he is accused of running a network that
smuggles tons of cocaine into the US via Central America.
2015 Nov 15, Nicaragua said
thousands of Cubans forced their way into its territory from Costa
Rica, accusing its southern neighbor of "deliberately and
irresponsibly" flooding it with US-bound migrants.
2015 Nov 15, In Romania 3
handball players from the CSU Targoviste men's team died and 11 were
injured when the bus they were traveling in was hit by a truck.
2015 Nov 15, In Syria coalition
strikes destroyed 116 fuel trucks used by the jihadist group near
Albu Kamal, an IS-held town in Deir Ezzor province on the border
with Iraq. French raids hit the IS stronghold of Raqa. A coalition
strike destroyed 116 jihadists' oil trucks. 11 pro-government forces
were killed and 45 were wounded when rebels, including Islamists,
attacked them in Aleppo city. Warplanes believed to be Russian
carried out 40 air strikes, including on the ancient city of
2015 Nov 15, In Syria Abu Ali
al-Baridi, the leader of Al-Yarmuk Martyrs Brigade, a militant
Syrian faction that had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State
group, was killed along with two other leaders in a suicide attack
by rival jihadists of al-Nusra.
2015 Nov 15, Five Tanzanian
gold miners were rescued after spending 41 days trapped deep
underground eating cockroaches and frogs to survive. One of the
miners died during the incarceration underground following the Oct 5
2015 Nov 15, In Tunisia at
least 3 Islamist militants and a Tunisian soldier were killed in
clashes in the central Kasserine province, near the Algerian border.
2015 Nov 15, In Turkey a
suicide bomber opened fire on police and then blew himself up during
their raid on a suspect Islamic State militant hideout near the
border with Syria, injuring five police officers.
2015 Nov 15, Speaking at a G20
leaders summit in Turkey US President Barack Obama vowed to step up
efforts to eliminate Islamic State in Syria and prevent it from
carrying out attacks like those in Paris, while European leaders
urged Russia to focus its military efforts on the radical Islamists.
Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on the need for
UN-sponsored peace talks and a ceasefire to resolve years of war in
(Reuters, 11/15/15)(AFP, 11/15/15)
2016 Nov 15, US Secretary of
State John Kerry said that Yemen's Houthi group and the Saudi-led
coalition fighting it had agreed to a ceasefire from Nov 17. The
internationally recognized Yemeni government quickly rejected the
2016 Nov 15, The rebuilt
cast-iron dome of the US Capitol, a soaring symbol of national unity
since the 19th century, was formally completed after a $60 million
overhaul that included repairing rust-choked gutters and more than
2016 Nov 15, The companies
behind the Dakota Access Pipeline asked a US court to intervene in
the fight over its completion as demonstrators fanned out across
North America to protest the controversial project.
2016 Nov 15, In Belgium some
8,500 off-duty military personnel marched in the streets of Brussels
over a rise in the pension age, at times clashing with police.
2016 Nov 15, Thousands of
British prison officers in England and Wales walked out in protest
at rising levels of violence in jails, prompting the government to
seek a court injunction to force them back to work.
2016 Nov 15, Canada's attorney
general announced a move to repeal Section 159 of the Criminal Code
used to effectively prosecute gay youths who engage in anal sex,
calling it "discriminatory."
2016 Nov 15, Canada’s Chief of
Defense Gen. Jonathan Vance said Canadian troops are allowed to fire
first in Iraq.
2016 Nov 15, China executed Jia
Jinglong (30), a protester against forced expropriation in Hebei
province. In 2013 his home was destroyed under official
expropriation 18 days before his wedding. In Feb, 2015, he shot a
local party chief in the back of the head at a New Year party.
(Econ, 11/26/16, p.86)
2016 Nov 15, In Congo DRC
reporter Marcel Lubala was shot three times early today at his home
in the central town of Mbuji-Mayi. The group Journalist in Danger
said his body was dragged in front of his wife, who had been
2016 Nov 15, Thousands of
people along the Dominican Republic's north coast were evacuated
amid heavy rains that have caused widespread flooding and destroyed
dozens of homes.
2016 Nov 15, An Egyptian court
struck down the death sentence passed by a lower tribunal against
former Islamist President Mohammed Morsi for his part in a mass
prison break during the country's 2011 uprising.
2016 Nov 15, Egypt's parliament
approved a bill to regulate non-governmental organizations in a move
human rights groups say effectively bans their work.
2016 Nov 15, The European Union
agreed to increase its military research budget for the first time
since 2010 after Britain softened its opposition, a breakthrough
that may signal British support for defense co-operation even once
outside the bloc.
2016 Nov 15, Sources said
Volkswagen AG has reached an agreement with US regulators for a mix
of buybacks and fixes for 80,000 polluting Audi, Porsche and VW
2016 Nov 15, In Ghana Nana Afia
Kobi Serwaa Ampem II (b.1907), revered queen of the powerful Ashanti
kingdom, died. King Otumfuo Osei Tutu II is the deceased queen's
2016 Nov 15, Greek riot police
used tear gas and stun grenades in Athens to disperse about 3,000
left-wing marchers protesting President Barack Obama's visit. Greek
left-wingers still resent US support for Greece's 1967-74 military
dictatorship. Obama offered solidarity with Greece over its debt and
migrant crises on Tuesday during his final trip to Europe as US
president before handing over power to Donald Trump.
(AP, 11/15/16)(Reuters, 11/15/16)
2016 Nov 15, Hungarian police
said anti-terror squads have detained 12 people in eight localities
suspected of involvement with the extremist Hungarian National
2016 Nov 15, Iran's official
IRNA news agency said the nation's intelligence service has
confiscated about 2 tons of explosives linked to planned attacks by
the Islamic State group in the country's west.
2016 Nov 15, Israel appointed
an ambassador to Turkey, its first since both countries recalled
their envoys five years ago amid a spat over a deadly Israeli raid
on a Turkish vessel trying to reach the Gaza Strip.
2016 Nov 15, In Italy more than
1,000 people marched under torchlight through the Medieval center of
Soave where the mayor is fending off plans to house more than 100
2016 Nov 15, Swimmers crossed
the Dead Sea from Jordan to Israel to raise awareness of what they
said was an environmental disaster that has shrunk the inland lake's
surface by a third in 30 years. They were the first people to thrash
their way over the body of water so salty that it poisons anyone who
2016 Nov 15, Kenya destroyed
some 5,250 illegal firearms by fire as part of efforts to fight
crimes like cattle rustling, carjackings and to eliminate threats
2016 Nov 15, Amnesty
International said Kenya is coercing residents of the world's
largest refugee camp to leave it and return to Somalia where they
risk getting killed or forcibly recruited into the Islamic extremist
2016 Nov 15, In Libya an air
strike targeting Islamist militants killed at least seven people
near the southwestern city of Sabha. Gunmen later seized the remains
of the suspected militants from a morgue.
2016 Nov 15, In southern Libya
tribal clashes erupted after three young men turned a pet monkey
loose on a high school girl. The girl's family sought revenge and
killed all three men along with the animal. Over the next days at
least 20 people were killed and 50 wounded in the clashes.
(AP, 11/20/16)(AFP, 11/20/16)
2016 Nov 15, Around 95 people
were missing, feared drowned, in the Mediterranean after another
migrant dinghy capsized off Libya.
(AFP, 11/15/16)(AFP, 11/16/16)
2016 Nov 15, Myanmar’s army
said sixty-nine members of the government described Rohingya Muslim
militant group and 17 members of the security forces have been
killed since the October 9 start of fighting in western Rakhine
2016 Nov 15, Nepalese
authorities said police have detained 41 Tibetans trying to cross
the border into India, in a crackdown on people fleeing the disputed
region where opposition to Chinese control persists.
2016 Nov 15, Russian President
Vladimir Putin dismissed Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev over
allegations he extorted a $2 million bribe from top oil producer
Rosneft, a case that could expose fault lines in the Russian
leader's inner circle.
2016 Nov 15, Russia launched
coordinated missile strikes against rebels in Syria and Moscow for
the first time used its only aircraft carrier in combat.
2016 Nov 15, South Africa's
main opposition party filed a criminal complaint accusing President
Jacob Zuma of corruption after a report this month by an anti-graft
agency listed allegations of influence-peddling in his government.
2016 Nov 15, In Syria Russia
launched new air strikes involving carrier-borne jets and long range
missiles in rebel-held districts of eastern Aleppo after a
weeks-long pause. Activists said between 4 and 10 people were killed
in the strikes on Aleppo.
(Reuters, 11/15/16)(SFC, 11/16/16, p.A3)
2016 Nov 15, The UN warned that
75,000 Nigerian children risk dying in "a few months" as hunger
grips the country's ravaged northeast in the wake of the Boko Haram
insurgency. Doctors Without Borders said thousands of children have
died of starvation in the Boko Haram ravaged northeast.
(AFP, 11/15/16)(SFC, 11/16/16, p.A5)
2016 Nov 15, A key UN committee
approved a resolution condemning North Korea's "systematic,
widespread and gross violations of human rights" and encouraging the
Security Council to refer the country to the International Criminal
2016 Nov 15, Venezuela's high
court ordered the opposition to drop plans for a political trial
against President Nicolas Maduro, whose rivals blame him for food
shortages in the volatile country.
2017 Nov 15, A 500-year-old
painting believed to be by Leonardo da Vinci sold for $450.3 million
in New York, blazing a new world record for the most expensive work
of art sold at auction.
2017 Nov 15, The Trump
administration told 29 local and state governments with “sanctuary"
policies to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement or
forfeit some federal grants, despite court rulings that such demands
(SFC, 11/16/17, p.A8)
2017 Nov 15, US President
Donald Trump exhorted three suspended UCLA basketball players to
thank him for their freedom following a shoplifting incident while
they were in China. The trio apologized later in the day and
publicly thanked Trump.
2017 Nov 15, US President
Donald Trump told reporters that China had agreed with the US that
North Korea must unilaterally cease its nuclear weapons program
before negotiations can begin.
2017 Nov 15, In Louisiana
Wilbert Jones (65) was freed after his life sentence, issued in
1974, was overturned. He had been convicted of raping a nurse on
Oct, 2, 1971. The nurse (d.2008) had picked him out of a police
lineup more than three months after the rape. She had also said the
rapist was taller and had a rougher voice than Jones had.
(SFC, 11/16/17, p.A8)
2017 Nov 15, In Maryland
Detective Sean Suiter was shot and killed in Baltimore with his own
gun during a violent confrontation with a man in a vacant lot.
(SFC, 11/30/17, p.A7)
2017 Nov 15, Ohio officials
called off the execution of Alva Campbell (69) after the state’s
execution team failed to find the inmate vein. The execution was
rescheduled for June 5, 2019. He had been scheduled to die for
killing a teenager during a carjacking two decades earlier.
(SFC, 11/16/17, p.A7)
2017 Nov 15, Astronomers
announced the discovery of an Earth-sized planet around the red star
Ross 128 in our corner of the Milky Way. Ross 128 appeared to be at
least 5 billion years old.
(SFC, 11/16/17, p.A6)
2017 Nov 15, Argentina lost
communications with the submarine ARA San Juan, a German-built
diesel-electric vessel with 44 crewmembers aboard.
2017 Nov 15, China said that it
would send a high-level special envoy to North Korea's capital,
Pyongyang, amid an extended chill in relations between the
2017 Nov 15, In eastern China
more than 30 vehicles collided in heavy fog on an expressway,
killing at least 18 people and injuring 19 others in Fuyang, Anhui
2017 Nov 15, Colombia’s Senate
backed a law to regulate transitional justice under the country's
peace deal with Marxist FARC rebels, including special tribunals
that will try guerrilla leaders for war crimes.
2017 Nov 15, At the Dubai Air
Show Airbus signed a $49.5 billion deal to sell 430 airplanes to the
Phoenix-based private equity firm that owns Frontier Airlines.
Boeing reached an agreement with low-cost carrier FlyDubai to sell
225 Boeing 737 MAX 10 aircraft — a deal valued at $27 billion.
2017 Nov 15, In Egypt leaders
of the local musicians union said Sherine Abdel-Wahab, a famous Arab
singer, has been banned from performing in her native Egypt after
advising a fan against drinking from the Nile River.
2017 Nov 15, In Egypt Mohamed
Badie, the leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood movement, lost his
appeal against a life sentence for his role in violent clashes
during political turmoil in 2013. The court also upheld life
sentences against seven other people and handed 10-year sentences to
39 and three-year sentences to 19 others.
2017 Nov 15, European lawmakers
triggered the first stage of a so-called rule-of-law procedure
against the Polish government amid concerns that new laws in Poland
undermine judicial independence and the rule of law. Poland's prime
minister reacted furiously over the call for the country to face EU
(AP, 11/15/17)(AFP, 11/15/17)
2017 Nov 15, In Greece flash
floods killed at least 20 people. Most of the fatalities occurred in
Mandra, a working-class district on the western outskirts of Athens.
Days later two people remained missing.
(AP, 11/16/17)(SFC, 11/17/17, p.A2)(AFP,
2017 Nov 15, Hungary's foreign
minister accused the United States government of meddling in his
country's internal affairs and upcoming election campaign by
offering to fund "objective media in Hungary." Practically all major
newspapers published outside Budapest are now in the hands of
pro-government publishers, some of whom also own television or radio
2017 Nov 15, An Indonesian
police officer was killed and a second wounded, after both were shot
in the back in an area near Freeport-McMoRan Inc's giant Grasberg
copper mine in the eastern province of Papua.
2017 Nov 15, Mexican
authorities seized more than 800 pounds (371 kg) of cocaine being
transported toward the US border inside a truck bearing the markings
of the country's Social Security Institute.
2017 Nov 15, In Nigeria four
suicide bombers killed 14 people and wounded 29 in Maiduguri, home
of the Boko Haram insurgency.
(SFC, 11/16/17, p.A2)
2017 Nov 15, The Russian
Finance Ministry says it has signed a deal to restructure
2017 Nov 15, Slovakia's
government approved plans to build military armored vehicles with
the Finnish defense industry company Patria to replace the NATO
member's outdated armored personnel carriers.
2017 Nov 15, Syrian rebel
officials said a senior commander has defected to Turkey from the
US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a leading combatant in the
fight against Islamic State. Brigadier General Talal Silo handed
himself in at dawn to the Free Syrian Army (FSA), an adversary of
the SDF, and was escorted to Turkey.
2017 Nov 15, In Syria six
Russian long-range bombers struck Islamic State targets near the
town of Albu Kamal in Deir al-Zor Province.
2017 Nov 15, Turkish
authorities in Ankara banned a German gay film festival the day
before it was due to start, citing public safety and terrorism
2017 Nov 15, Zimbabwe's
military was in control of the country as President Robert Mugabe
said he was under house arrest, although generals denied staging a
coup. The country, which has an unemployment rate of over 90
percent, is due to hold elections next year with Mugabe pledging to
stand for office again.
2018 Nov 15, A report from New
York University's Congo Research Group and the Bridgeway Foundation
said an Islamist rebel group in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo
received money from a financier linked to Islamic State, suggesting
tentative ties between the Congo insurgents and other jihadists in
Africa and beyond. The report said Islamist "financial facilitator"
Waleed Ahmed Zein paid the Allied Democratic Forces at least once.
The ADF was set up by Ugandan Muslims in the 1990s purporting to
fight for the rights of the Tablighi Jamaat sect.
2018 Nov 15, It was reported
that US prosecutors have obtained a sealed indictment in a Virginia
federal court against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Assange's
name appears twice in a recently-unsealed August court filing from a
federal prosecutor in Virginia who was attempting to keep sealed a
separate case involving a man accused of coercing a minor for sex.
2018 Nov 15, In northern
California the death toll in the Butte County Camp Fire rose to 63.
The number of missing skyrocketed to 631.
(SFC, 11/16/18, p.A1)
2018 Nov 15, It was reported
that a Minnesota-based food distributor has been sold to South
Korea's largest food company. CJ CheilJedang will pay $1.8 billion
for an 80 percent stake in Schwan's and gain control of its
businesses that serve restaurants, grocery stores and other
2018 Nov 15, In NYC a 1972
painting by David Hockney, "Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two
Figures), fetched $90.3 milliion at Christie's. This easily broke
the record for a work by a living artist sold at auction.
(SFC, 11/17/18, p.A6)
2018 Nov 15, Roy Clark, US
country music star, died in Oklahoma. He headlined the TV show "Hee
Haw" for nearly a quarter century.
(SFC, 11/16/18, p.A7)
2018 Nov 15, A blistering
overnight attack by the Taliban on an Afghan police outpost in
western Farah province killed 30 policemen. Unofficial estimates
said that about 45 Afghan policemen or soldiers are killed or
wounded on a daily basis.
2018 Nov 15, Human Rights Watch
called on Angola to halt mass deportations after more than 400,000
migrants, mainly from the Democratic Republic of Congo, fled or were
expelled from Angola in just weeks.
2018 Nov 15, The head of
Bangladesh's refugee commission said plans to start the repatriation
of 700,000 Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar today were scrapped after
officials were unable to find anyone who wanted to return.
2018 Nov 15, British PM Theresa
May battled to save a draft divorce deal with the European Union
after her Brexit secretary Dominic Raab and other ministers quit in
protest and eurosceptic lawmakers stepped up efforts to topple her.
2018 Nov 15, In the Central
African Rep. more than 40 people were killed and dozens wounded in
an attack on a Catholic mission sheltering 20,000 refugees in
2018 Nov 15, China said that 15
foreign ambassadors exceeded their diplomatic roles by issuing a
letter expressing concern about the incarceration of hundreds of
thousands of members of the country's Muslim minorities in
2018 Nov 15, At least four
major international hotel chains apologized after hidden camera
video of their room cleaning practices in China was posted online.
2018 Nov 15, Denmark said it is
cutting about $10 million in aid to the government of Tanzania over
what it called "negative developments" in human rights in the East
2018 Nov 15, The European Court
of Human Rights ruled that Russia's repeated arrests and detention
of opposition leader Alexei Navalny were politically-motivated and
breached his human rights, a decision Moscow called questionable.
2018 Nov 15, France led calls
among EU states for changes to Britain's draft Brexit deal. France
spearheaded a group of states in raising objections to what has so
far been agreed on fishing between the EU and UK after Brexit.
2018 Nov 15, A French court
acquitted former government minister Georges Tron (61) and his
former deputy, Brigitte Gruel (61), of raping two employees during
foot-massaging sessions in his office. Virginie Ettel (41) and Eva
Loubrieu (44) had testified that they felt powerless to resist being
groped and penetrated digitally by Tron because they were afraid of
losing their jobs.
2018 Nov 15, A French court
granted release to Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan (56), a Swiss
citizen and professor at Oxford University, on condition he pay
300,000 euros ($340,000) bail, surrender his Swiss passport and
remain in France. Two women have accused Ramadan of raping them in
2018 Nov 15, French Polynesian
President Edouard Fritch said the leaders of the French collectivity
of islands in the South Pacific lied to the population for three
decades over the dangers of nuclear testing. From 1960 to 1996,
France carried out 193 nuclear tests in French Polynesia. In 2010
the French government offered millions of euros in compensation for
the government's 201 nuclear tests in the South Pacific and Algeria.
2018 Nov 15, Greek authorities
said about 74,000 asylum-seekers are now living in the country, and
efforts are underway to expand housing for them and improve
conditions at island camps for migrants who arrive by sea.
2018 Nov 15, Cardinal Gualtiero
Bassetti, president of the Italian bishops' conference, said that a
national advisory group of lay and religious experts is being
created to help dioceses educate personnel about protecting children
and to help bishops investigate abuse reports.
2018 Nov 15, In Italy a nurse
(48) reportedly killed her two young children, a boy of 7 and a girl
of 9, by lethal injection, then took her own life in the
northwestern mountain town of Aymavilles. The woman left notes
saying she couldn't bear the "weight of life's adversities".
2018 Nov 15, Morocco
inaugurated Africa's fastest train which will halve traveling time
between the commercial and industrial hubs of Casablanca and
Tangier. The train, which was tested at a speed of 357 km (222
miles)per hour, is planned to run at 320 km (198 miles) per hour.
The $2 billion project was jointly funded with France and several
(Reuters, 11/15/18)(SFC, 11/16/18, p.A2)
2018 Nov 15, Saudi Arabia's
public prosecutor's office said it is seeking the death penalty for
five out of 11 suspects charged in the murder of journalist Jamal
Khashoggi. The prosecutor's spokesman Shaalan al-Shaalan denied
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had any knowledge of the killing.
(Reuters, 11/15/18)(AFP, 11/15/18)
2018 Nov 15, South Korea
exploded a front-line guard post, sending plumes of thick, black
smoke into the sky above the border with North Korea, in the most
dramatic scene to date in the rivals' efforts to reduce animosities.
2018 Nov 15, In Sri Lanka rival
lawmakers exchanged blows in Parliament as disputed PM Mahinda
Rajapaksa claimed the speaker had no authority to remove him from
office by voice vote.
2018 Nov 15, In Tunisia a
three-day forum opened in Tunis for a conference on freedom of
expression and new challenges facing the media. It attracted 600
journalists, bloggers, newspaper chiefs and media academics from
Arabic and French-speaking countries across the Mediterranean,
Africa and Europe.
2018 Nov 15, In Ukraine unknown
assailants threw petrol bombs at a historic 18th century Orthodox
church in Kiev and attacked a priest early today. The petrol bombs
did not explode and no damage was done to St. Andrew's church. A
church spokesman blamed Moscow for the incident.
2018 Nov 15, A prominent Yemeni
rights group released a report documenting heavy damage from ground
fighting and airstrikes to at least 34 archaeological sites over the
past four years.
2019 Nov 15, President Donald
Trump launched an extraordinary Twitter attack on Marie Yovanovitch,
a former US ambassador to Ukraine, as she testified to an
impeachment hearing in Congress, a move she called "very
intimidating." Yovanovitch was removed from her post as ambassador
to Kiev in May after coming under attack by Trump's personal lawyer,
2019 Nov 15, Roger Stone (67),
a longtime friend and ally of President Donald Trump, was found
guilty of witness tampering and lying to Congress about his pursuit
of Russian-hacked emails damaging to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 election
bid. He is the sixth Trump aide or adviser to be convicted of
charges brought as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia
investigation. Stone was scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 6. He
could face up to 20 years.
2019 Nov 15, Charles Gary
Sullivan (73) of Arizona was charged with open murder of Julia
Woodward (21) of San Rafael, California. In 1979 the woman's
bludgeoned body was discovered in a shallow grave near Reno, Nevada.
(ABC News, 11/17/19)
2019 Nov 15, It was reported
that Giles Daniel Warrick (60), suspected of being the “Potomac
River Rapist," is now awaiting extradition from Horry County, South
Carolina. He was accused of raping 10 women and killing one of them
between 1991 and 1998 in Washington, D.C. and its surrounding
2019 Nov 15, Chicago teachers
approved the contract deal that ended an 11-day strike and includes
pay raises, $35 million to enforce limits on class sizes and a
pledge to supply each school with a nurse and a social worker.
2019 Nov 15, Texas's top
criminal appeals court halted the scheduled execution of inmate
Rodney Reed (51). His conviction was being questioned by new
evidence that his supporters say raises serious doubt about his
guilt in a 1996 murder. Reed has long maintained he didn't kill
Stacey Stites and that her fiancé, former police officer Jimmy
Fennell, was the real killer. Reed says Fennell was angry because
Stites, who was white, was having an affair with Reed, who is black.
2019 Nov 15, Martin Fox
(62), former president of a private tennis club in Texas,
pleaded guilty in the college admissions scandal. He had brokered
bribes to help wealthy parents rig their children's college entrance
(SSFC, 11/17/19, p.A8)
2019 Nov 15, The Dow Jones
Industrial Average (DJIA) crossed the 28,000 mark for the first time
as the S&P 500 and Nasdaq his all time highs.
(SFC, 11/16/19, p.D1)
2019 Nov 15, Astronauts
launched an extraordinarily complicated series of spacewalks to fix
a cosmic ray detector at the International Space Station.
2019 Nov 15, Apple removed 181
vaping apps from its online store as regulators cracked down
(SFC, 11/16/19, p.D3)
2019 Nov 15, Bolivia's interim
President Jeanine Anez said that ousted former President Evo Morales
is free to return, but would have to respond to allegations of
electoral fraud and would not be immune from investigation. Nine
people died in the latest escalation of violence between security
forces and supporters of former president Evo Morales. Most of the
dead and injured were in Sacaba, near Cochabamba.
(Reuters, 11/15/19)(The Independent,
11/17/19)(SSFC, 11/17/19, p.A6)
2019 Nov 15, Britain's Prince
Andrew said in comments broadcast today that he had no recollection
of ever meeting an American woman who alleges she was forced to have
sex with him when she was underage. Virginia Giuffre has said she
was forced to have sex with Andrew in London, New York and on a
private Caribbean island between 1999 and 2002, when she says
Epstein kept her as a "sex slave".
2019 Nov 15, Chilean lawmakers
agreed to hold a referendum next April on replacing the country's
unpopular Pinochet-era constitution, bowing to demands of protesters
who say the country's decades-old social model has created deep
2019 Nov 15, China’s People’s
Liberation Army troops appeared on the streets of Hong Kong as part
of a clean-up mission that risked a backlash from pro-democracy
protesters who have brought the city to a standstill in recent
2019 Nov 15, In eastern Congo
DRC suspected Islamist militants killed at least 15 people in and
around the village of Mbau, in the latest massacre since the army
launched a major offensive against the rebels last month.
2019 Nov 15, Croatian police
fired shots at a group of migrants. One migrant fought for his life
after being shot.
2019 Nov 15, Cuba's foreign
ministry said it was terminating its medical mission as officials
were fostering violence against the doctors by claiming they were
2019 Nov 15, The German lower
house of parliament approved a major climate protection package
which aims to ensure Germany will meet its 2030 target for reducing
greenhouse gas emissions.
2019 Nov 15, Volkswagen
installed former BMW executive Markus Duesmann to reinvent Audi
after the German premium brand lost key engineering know-how and
influence in the wake of the 2015 diesel-cheating scandal.
2019 Nov 15, Hong Kong
protesters returned to the central financial district, the
fifth-straight day of rallies in a broader democracy push that’s
driven Asia’s premier financial hub toward recession.
2019 Nov 15, Iran imposed
petrol rationing and raised pump prices by at least 50 percent,
saying the move aims to help the needy with cash handouts and is not
due to a budget deficit. One person was killed and others injured in
Sirjan as protesters tried to set a fuel depot ablaze but were
thwarted by security forces. Demonstrations broke out hours after it
was announced the price of petrol would be increased by 50 percent
for the first 60 liters and 300 percent for anything above that each
(AFP, 11/15/19)(AP, 11/16/19)(AFP, 11/16/19)
2019 Nov 15, In Iraq a roadside
bomb killed three people and wounded 18 late today near Tahrir
Square, the epicenter of the protest movement. Another roadside
blast in the southern city of Nassiriya wounded 18 the same evening.
2019 Nov 15, Israel said it has
completed a series of airstrikes on targets linked to the Islamic
Jihad militant group in Gaza after overnight rocket fire that
rattled a day-old truce. The Palestinian territory’s Hamas rulers
cancelled the weekly protests they organize along the perimeter
fence without explanation — apparently in an effort to preserve the
2019 Nov 15, In Italy an
exceptionally high tide hit Venice again just three days after the
city suffered its worst flooding in more than 50 years, leaving
squares, shops and hotels once more inundated. Mayor Luigi Brugnaro
said the damage is estimated at hundreds of millions of euros.
(Reuters, 11/15/19)(SFC, 11/16/19, p.A4)
2019 Nov 15, Italian TV said a
scandal over alleged sexual molestation and abuse at the Vatican’s
youth seminary is growing, with more former papal altar boys
alleging inappropriate behavior by priests inside the Vatican walls.
2019 Nov 15, It was reported
that Kenya and Somalia have agreed to restore diplomatic relations
that had deteriorated over the disputed ownership of an Indian Ocean
territory thought to be rich in hydrocarbons.
2019 Nov 15, The Netherlands
showed off the spoils of Brexit as it officially handed over the
European Medicines Agency's new building in Amsterdam after the
regulator was forced to move from London.
2019 Nov 15, A Nicaraguan judge
sentenced a man to 30 years behind bars in the killing of a young
nursing student in upstate New York. Authorities said Orlando
Tercero strangled Haley Anderson (22) at his off-campus residence in
Binghamton, New York, in March 2018 and then fled to Nicaragua.
2019 Nov 15, South African
police removed about 150 refugees who the United Nations refugee
agency said forced their way into its compound in Pretoria while
protesting recent anti-immigrant attacks.
2019 Nov 15, South African
Airways (SAA) said its future is hanging in the balance after its
workers went on strike to demand higher wages and protest planned
job cuts, forcing the struggling state-owned carrier to cancel all
2019 Nov 15, Tunisia's moderate
Islamist Ennahda, which came first in last month's parliamentary
elections, named Habib Jemli, a former junior agriculture minister,
as its choice to become prime minister.
2019 Nov 15, Turkish police
detained four mayors over their suspected links to Kurdish rebels,
as part of an ongoing crackdown on the country's pro-Kurdish party.
2019 Nov 15, Ukraine's security
service said it had detained Al Bara Shishani, the deputy of Abu
Omar al-Shishani, a man the Pentagon described as Islamic State's
"minister of war", after Shishani crossed into Ukraine on a fake
passport last year.
2019 Nov 15, The United Nations
Security Council extended the UN's peacekeeping mission in the
violence-plagued Central African Republic for another year.
2019 Nov 15, The UN Security
Council extended an arms embargo on Somalia and a ban on trade in
charcoal, a key source of funds for al-Shabab extremists — and it
imposed a new ban on ingredients for explosive devices the group is