Today in History - November 5
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1219 Nov 5,
The port of Damietta (in the Nile delta of Egypt) fell to the
Crusaders after a siege.
(WUD, 1994, p.365)(HN, 11/5/98)
1370 Nov 5, Kazimierz III ("The
Great"), king of Poland (1333-70), died at 61.
1492 Nov 5, Christopher
Columbus learned of maize (corn) from the Indians of Cuba.
1494 Nov 5, Hans Sachs,
cobbler, poet, composer, was born in Nuremberg. He was also the
prototype for Wagner's "Die Meistersinger."
1549 Nov 5, Philippe du
Plessis, France, author, was born.
1556 Nov 5, The Emperor Akbar
defeated the Hindus in a 2nd Battle at Panipat and secured control
of the Mogul Empire. Akbar the Great became Mogul Emperor of India
and defeated the Afghans at the Battle of Panipat in the Punjab.
(TL-MB, 1988, p.19)(HN, 11/5/98)
1603 Nov 5, Irini Fedorovna,
Russian daughter of Czar Boris Godunov, died.
1605 Nov 5, The Gunpowder Plot
was planned in response to strict enforcement of anti-Catholic laws
by King James I. Several prominent English Catholics plotted to blow
up Parliament when the King was to address the House of Lords.
Robert Catesby gathered a dozen young men to smuggle barrels of
gunpowder into the basement of the House of Parliament. 36 barrels
of gunpowder were placed in the cellar. The plot was discovered and
one of the conspirators, Guy Fawkes, was arrested as he entered the
cellar before the planned explosion. Fawkes was supposed to light
the fuse but was caught and horribly tortured. Fawkes, after
persuasion on the rack in the White Tower of London, confessed to
trying to blow up Parliament. Fawkes and other conspirators were
tried, convicted and executed. November 5 is known as Guy Fawkes Day
in England and is celebrated by shooting firecrackers and burning
effigies of Fawkes. The story is told in the 1996 book "Faith and
Treason: The Story of the Gunpowder Plot" by Antonia Fraser. In 2005
Alice Hogge authored “God’s Secret Agents: Queen Elizabeth’s
Forbidden Priests and the Hatching of the Gunpowder Plot.”
(NG, V184, No. 4, 10/1993, p. 54)(AP,
11/5/97)(HNQ, 3/15/00)(Econ, 11/5/05, p.92)
1639 Nov 5, 1st post office in
the colonies opened in Massachusetts.
1653 Nov 5, The Iroquois League
signed a peace treaty with the French, vowing not to wage war with
other tribes under French protection.
1666 Nov 5, Attilio Ariosti,
composer, was born.
1688 Nov 5, William of Orange
landed in southern England and marched with his army nearly
unopposed to London.
(WSJ, 8/28/08, p.A13)
1733 Nov 5, John Peter Zenger
(b.1697), German-born immigrant, published the 1st issue of the New
York Weekly Journal. Zenger, the partner of William Bradford, had
left the Gazette to form the rival New York Weekly Journal. Attorney
James Alexander hired Zenger in order to publish anonymously his
criticism of NY Governor William Cosby.
(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R43)(ON, 11/04, p.9)
1757 Nov 5, Frederick II of
Prussia defeated the French at Rosbach in the Seven Years War.
1768 Nov 5, William Johnson,
the northern Indian Commissioner, signed a treaty with the Iroquois
Indians to acquire much of the land between the Tennessee and Ohio
rivers for future settlement.
1775 Nov 5, In southern
California Indians infuriated by Spanish soldier rapes of native
women attacked the mission at San Diego bludgeoning a priest to
death and killing two other church workers.
(SFC, 12/6/14, p.C2)
1782 Nov 5, The Continental
Congress elected John Hanson of Maryland its chairman, giving him
the title of "President of the United States in Congress Assembled."
1789 Nov 5, French National
Assembly declared all citizens equal under law.
1803 Nov 5, Chalderon de
Laclos, writer, died.
1811 Nov 5, El Salvador fought
its 1st battle against Spain for independence.
1814 Nov 5, Having decided to
abandon the Niagara frontier, the American army blew up Fort Erie.
1818 Nov 5, Benjamin Butler
(d.1893), later Union Civil War general was born in New Hampshire.
1824 Nov 5, Stephen Van
Rensselaer established the Rensselaer School with a letter to Rev.
Dr. Samuel Blatchford, in which he asked him to serve as the first
president. The first engineering college in the U.S., Rensselaer
School, opened in Troy, New York, on Jan 3, 1825. It later became
known as Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
1831 Nov 5, Nat Turner, rebel
slave, was tried in Southampton county, Va.
1818 Nov 5, Benjamin Franklin
("Beast") Butler (d.1893), Mjr. General (Union volunteers), was
1840 Nov 5, Afghanistan
surrendered to the British.
1846 Nov 5, Robert Schumann's
2nd Symphony in C, premiered.
1854 Nov 5, The British and
French defeated the Russians at Inkerman, Crimea.
1855 Nov 5, Eugene V. Debs,
American socialist leader and first president of the American
Railway Union, was born.
1857 Nov 5, Ida M. Tarbell
(d.1944), muckraking journalist, was born in Erie County, Pa.
1862 Nov 5, President Abraham
Lincoln relieved General George McClellan of command of the Union
Army of the Potomac and named Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside commander
of the Army of the Potomac.
1872 Nov 5, Ulysses S. Grant
was re-elected US president.
1872 Nov 5, Suffragist Susan B.
Anthony and a number of other women voted in Rochester, New York, in
the US general election. On Nov 18, 1872, she was arrested for
voting in the presidential election.
1879 Nov 5, James Clerk Maxwell
(48) Scottish physicist (speed of light), died.
1882 Nov 5, Bedrich Smetana's
"Ma Vlast," premiered.
1885 Nov 5, Will Durant
(d.1981), historian and author, was born. "I think America is richer
in intelligence than any other country in the world; and that its
intelligence is more scattered than in any country of the world."
(AP, 4/17/99)(HN, 11/5/00)
1887 Nov 5, Oscar Bossaert,
chocolate manufacturer, was born in Belgium.
1887 Nov 5, Paul Wittgenstein,
left hand specialist pianist, was born in Vienna, Austria.
1894 Nov 5, Richard Strauss'
"Till Eulenspiegel," premiered.
1895 Nov 5, Walter Gieseking,
German pianist and composer, was born.
1895 Nov 5, US state of Utah
accepted female suffrage.
1895 Nov 5, George B. Selden of
Rochester, N.Y., received the first U.S. patent for an "improved
1895 Nov 5, King Edward VII
said "We are all Socialists nowadays."
1902 Nov 5, Strom Thurmond,
(Sen-R-SC, 1955-2003), was born.
1907 Nov 5, Moncure D. Conway
(b.1832), American clergyman and author, died. "It is the darling
delusion of mankind that the world is progressive in religion,
toleration, freedom, as it is progressive in machinery."
1911 Nov 5, Roy Rogers, singing
cowboy (Happy Trails, Roy Rogers Show), was born. He was born as
Leonard Franklin Slye in Cincinnati where his father worked in a
shoe factory. He died in 1998 at age 86.
(SFC, 7/7/98, p.A1,2)(MC, 11/5/01)
1911 Nov 5, Calbraith P.
Rodgers ended the first transcontinental flight; 49 days from New
York to Pasadena, Calif.
1911 Nov 5, Italy attacked
Turkish North-Africa (Libya), and took Tripoli and Cyrenaica.
First use of a plane dropping bombs. [see Nov 1]
1912 Nov 5, Democrat Woodrow
Wilson was elected the 28th president, defeating Progressive
Republican Theodore Roosevelt and incumbent Republican William
Howard Taft. Wilson had served as the president of Princeton Univ.
California’s Gov. Hiram Johnson was the running mate for former
Pres. Theodore Roosevelt on a Progressive Party platform that
included a universal system of social insurance to protect all
Americans from the “hazards of sickness.” In 2004 James Chace
authored “1912: Wilson, Roosevelt, Taft & Debs – The election
that Changed the Country.
(I&I, Penzias, p.216)(AP, 11/5/97)(HN,
11/5/98)(WSJ, 2/8/99, p.A21)(WSJ, 5/11/04, p.D12)(SFC, 12/11/17,
1912 Nov 5, Bulgarian troops in
Constantinople blockaded drinking water.
1913 Nov 5, Vivian Leigh,
American actress famous for her role as Scarlet O’Hare in Gone With
the Wind, was born.
1914 Nov 5, The Great Britain
and France declared war on Turkey.
1917 Nov 5, The US Supreme
Court decision (Buchanan vs. Warley) struck down a Louisville, Ky.,
ordnance requiring blacks and whites to live in separate areas
1917 Nov 5, General Pershing
led U.S. troops into the first American action against German
1918 Nov 5, George Sheehan,
cardiologist, was born. He became well known for his book “Running
1921 Nov 5, Gyorgy Cziffra,
Hungarian-French pianist, was born.
1922 Nov 5, King Tut’s tomb was
discovered. [see Nov 4}
1925 Nov 5, Mussolini disbanded
Italian socialist parties.
1926 Nov 5, Webster Edgerly
(b.1852), head of the New Jersey-based Ralston Health movement and
co-founder of Ralston Purina, died.
(Arch, 5/04, p.35)
1930 Nov 5, A 2nd Academy
Awards banquet was held in Los Angeles at the Cocoanut Grove
nightclub in the Ambassador Hotel. The awards were given for movies
made between 1 August 1929 and 31 July 1930.
1930 Nov 5, Sinclair Lewis
(1885-1951) became the first American to win a Nobel Prize in
Literature for his 1922 novel "Babbit."
(TMC, 1994, p.1930)(HNQ, 5/18/98)
1932 Nov 5, Mussolini freed
1933 Nov 5, Spanish Basques
voted for autonomy.
1935 Nov 5, Maryland Court of
Appeals ordered the Univ. of Maryland to admit (black) Donald
1936 Nov 5, French writer Andre
Gide criticized the Soviet regime.
1937 Nov 5, Hitler told his
military advisors of his intentions of going to war.
1940 Nov 5, President Roosevelt
won an unprecedented third term in office, beating Republican
challenger Wendell L. Willkie along with Surprise Party challenger
(AP, 11/5/97)(HN, 11/5/98)(WSJ, 10/27/04, p.B1)
1941 Nov 5, Japanese marine
staff officers Suzuki and Maejima left Pearl Harbor.
1942 Nov 5, Art Garfunkel,
American singer and actor, was born. He teamed with Paul Simon in
the 1960s to form the group 'Simon and Garfunkel.'
1942 Nov 5, George M. Cohan
(64), composer, actor, dancer, died.
1942 Nov 5, Richard Carver
(28), the stepson of Britain’s Gen. Montgomery, was captured by the
Afrika Corps, a day after the battle of El Alamein. A year later
after serving time in an Italian prison, he journeyed some 400 miles
to reunite with Gen. Montgomery. In 2009 Tom Carver, his son,
authored “Where the Hell Have You Been” Monty, Italy and One Man’s
1942 Nov 5, Nazis raided on
Greek Jews in Paris.
1943 Nov 5, Sam Shepard,
American playwright and actor, was born.
1946 Nov 5, US Republicans took
control of the Senate and the House in midterm elections.
1946 Nov 5, John F. Kennedy
(D-Mass) was elected to House of Representatives.
1950 Nov 5, Billy Graham’s
“Hour of Decision” was first broadcast as a live radio program from
1950 Nov 5, A US bomber caught
fire and crashed while flying over China’s southern Guangdong
province. Its mission was not known. Records and eyewitness accounts
indicated that four bodies were buried at the crash site, while the
fate of the other 11 on board wasn't clear.
1955 Nov 5, The new Vienna
Opera house opened.
1955 Nov 5, Lady Idina
Sackville (b.1893), notorious daughter of the eighth Earl of De La
Warr, died of cancer. In 2009 Frances Osborne authored “The Bolter,”
an account of the “Woman Who Scandalized 1920's Society and Became
White Mischief's Infamous Seductress.”
(SSFC, 6/28/09, p.F3)
1955 Nov 5, Maurice Utrillo
(71), French painter (Cathedral St-Denis), died.
1956 Nov 5, Britain and France
started landing troops in Egypt during fighting between Egyptian and
Israeli forces around the Suez Canal. A cease-fire was declared two
1956 Nov 5, Israel liberated
Sharm-el-Sheikh, reopening Gulf of Aqaba.
1959 Nov 5, The Broadway play
“The 10th Man” by Paddy Chayefsky opened at the Booth Theater. In
1961 it moved to the Ambassador Theater.
1960 Nov 5, Mack Sennett,
director and producer (Keystone Cops), died.
1961 Nov 5, India's premier
Nehru arrived in NY.
1963 Nov 5, Tatum O'Neal, Mrs.
John McEnroe, (Paper Moon, Little Darlings), was born in LA, Cal.
1967 Nov 5, US troops conquered
Loc Ninh South Vietnam.
1968 Nov 5, Richard M. Nixon
was elected the 37th US President with Spiro Agnew as
vice-president. He defeated Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey and
third-party candidate George C. Wallace
(WUD, 1994, p.1687)(TMC, 1994, p.1968)(AP,
1968 Nov 5, Barry Goldwater
(1909-1998), former Republican presidential candidate (1964), was
re-elected in Arizona to the US Senate.
1968 Nov 5, Shirley Chisholm
(1924-2004) of Brooklyn, New York, became the first black woman
elected to serve in the US House of Representatives.
(HN, 11/5/98)(SFC, 1/3/05, p.A3)
1968 Nov 5, Ronald Stanley
Bridgeforth (24) fired on South San Francisco police officers who
tried to arrest him for credit card fraud at a discount store.
Bridgeforth (67), a councilor and faculty member at Washtenaw
Community College in Michigan, surrendered in 2011. On March 23,
2012, Bridgeforth was sentenced to a year in county jail, 3 years
probation, 300 hours of community service and a fine of $8,500.
(SFC, 11/11/11, p.C1)(SFC, 11/22/11, p.A11)(SFC,
1969 Nov 5, In Chicago Judge
Hoffman ordered that the trial of Bobby Seale be separated from 7
others in the Chicago 8 trial. Seale, the founder of the Black
Panther Party for Self-Defense and one of the Chicago Eight, was
later sentenced to four years in prison on sixteen counts of
contempt of court.
1969 Nov 5, Bolivia
nationalized its energy sector a 2nd time. Marcelo Quiroga Santa
Cruz, the Minister of Mines and Petroleum, nationalized the assets
and concessions of the Gulf Oil Company, under the administration of
General Alfredo Ovando Candia (1969-1970).
1971 Nov 5, Nixon and Kissinger
met in the Oval Office, to discuss Nixon's conversation with Gandhi
the day before. "We really slobbered over the old witch," Nixon told
Kissinger, according to a transcript of their conversation released
in 2005 as part of a State Department compilation of significant
documents involving American foreign policy.
1974 Nov 5, The Eagles hit,
"Best of My Love", was released. It did not reach #1 spot until
March 1, 1975.
1974 Nov 5, The Republicans
lost 40 seats in the House and 4 in the Senate, widening the
Democratic majority in Congress during the mid-term elections.
1974 Nov 5, Ella T. Grasso was
elected governor of Connecticut, the first woman to win a
gubernatorial office without succeeding her husband.
1974 Nov 5, Walter Washington
(1915-2003) was elected mayor of Washington DC, the 1st black mayor
there in 104 years. He had been appointed mayor-commissioner in
1974 Nov 5, Jomo Kenyatta
(1894-1978), a Kikuyu, began his 3rd term as president of Kenya.
1975 Nov 5, The scrapped
passenger ship Queen Elizabeth rolled over and disgorged several
tons of oil in Hong Kong.
1975 Nov 5, Lionel Trilling
(b.1905), American author and literary critic, died. His books
included “Beyond Culture” (1965), a collection of essays concerning
modern literary and cultural attitudes toward selfhood.
1977 Nov 5, Guy Lombardo
(b.1902), Canada-born orchestra leader, died in Houston, Texas.
1978 Nov 5, Floods in Tamil
Nadu and Kerala, India, killed 125 people.
(WUD, 1994, p.1691)
1979 Nov 5, Al Capp (b.1909),
US cartoonist, died. He is best known or his Li'l Abner comic strip.
1979 Nov 5, Iran's Ayatollah
Khomeini declared US "The Great Satan."
1981 Nov 5, Dr. George
Nichopoulas of Tennessee was acquitted of over prescribing addictive
drugs for Elvis Presley.
1981 Nov 5, In Iraq Mazen
Salman Kahachi and his high school senior class were arrested after
one member wrote an anti-government message on a blackboard. 7 were
later reported executed and the other 56 were left unaccounted.
(SFC, 4/24/03, A12)
1985 Nov 5, Spencer W. Kimball,
president of the Mormon Church, died at age 90; he was succeeded by
Ezra Taft Benson.
1987 Nov 5, Stephen Sondheim's
and James Lapine's musical "Into the Woods," premiered on Broadway.
It had debuted in San Diego at the Old Globe Theatre in 1986.
1987 Nov 5, US Supreme Court
nominee Douglas H. Ginsburg admitted using marijuana several times
in the 1960s and 70s, calling it a mistake. Ginsburg ended up
withdrawing his nomination.
1987 Nov 5, President Reagan
named Frank Carlucci as secretary of defense to succeed retiring
Caspar W. Weinberger.
1987 Nov 5, Govan Mbeki, an
early leader of the African National Congress, was released from
Robben Island prison after 24 years.
(www.anc.org.za/ancdocs/pr/1980s/pr871105.html)(SFC, 8/31/01, p.A24)
1988 Nov 5, With the end of the
1988 campaign in sight, Michael Dukakis vowed to work for those
living on "the family budget, not the family fortune" while George
Bush pledged not to be "outhustled by the liberal governor from
1989 Nov 5, Vladimir Horowitz,
Russian-born pianist, died at age 85. His wife, Wanda, (d.1998), was
the daughter of conductor Arturo Toscanini.
(SFEC, 8/23/98, p.D4)(AP, 11/5/99)
1989 Nov 5, Singer-songwriter
Barry Sadler, 49, died in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
1990 Nov 5, The US Budget
Enforcement Act of 1990 imposed caps on discretionary spending and
introduced the “Paygo” rule, forcing tax cuts to be offset by
spending cuts. It was enacted as title XIII of the Omnibus Budget
Reconciliation Act of 1990.
1990 Nov 5, Rabbi Meir Kahane,
the Brooklyn-born Israeli extremist who campaigned to drive Arabs
from Israel, was shot to death after a speech at a New York hotel.
Egyptian native El Sayyed Nosair was acquitted of murder and
convicted of weapons charges in state court; he was later convicted
in connection with the slaying in federal court.
1991 Nov 5, The Senate
confirmed Robert M. Gates as CIA director.
1991 Nov 5, Robert Maxwell
(68), media tycoon, was found floating dead near his yacht off the
Canary Islands. He was born in Czechoslovakia as Jan Hoch (Abraham
Leib) and lost his whole family in the Holocaust. He escaped at 16
through the French Underground and got out of a British prison camp
by volunteering for the British army, who changed his name to Robert
Maxwell. He founded the Pergamon Press and went on to build a media
empire. He served in Parliament from 1964-1970. In the 1970s Israel
recruited him as a spy. He covertly sold Israeli computer software
to the governments of Russia, China, India and Egypt that contained
secret trapdoors. After his death he was found to have
misappropriated hundreds of millions of dollars from company
pensions funds. In 2003 Gordon Thomas and Martin Dillon authored
Robert Maxwell, Israel’s Superspy: The Life and Murder of a Media
Mogul." In 2006 London police said Maxwell was being investigated at
the time of his death for allegedly committing a war crime as a
British soldier by killing an unarmed German civilian during World
(Wired, 2/99, p.86)(AP, 11/5/01)(SSFC, 2/2/03,
1991 Nov 5, Fred MacMurray
(83), film star and actor father of Mike, Robbie and Chip in the TV
series "My Three Sons, died.
(AP, 11/5/01)(USAT, 9/20/02, p.1D)
1991 Nov 5, Nearly 7,000 people
were killed in floods in the Philippines.
1992 Nov 5, Bobby Fischer beat
Boris Spassky to win the Chess title in Belgrade. Fischer received
$3.5 million for his win, but violated UN sanctions and an embargo
on doing business in Yugoslavia. In 2004 he was arrested in Japan
for traveling on a revoked USD passport.
1992 Nov 5, Malice Green (35),
a black motorist, died when he was beaten by Detroit police officers
outside a suspected crack house. Larry Nevers and Walter Budzyn were
convicted of second-degree murder, but the Michigan Supreme Court
ordered a new trial for Budzyn, saying jurors were improperly
influenced. Their convictions were overturned. Budzyn was retried
and convicted in 1998 and then sentenced to time served. Nevers was
retried in 2000 and convicted of involuntary manslaughter. Nevers
was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
(AP, 11/5/97)(SFC, 3/28/00, p.A5)(SFC, 4/19/00,
p.A8)(SFC, 5/17/00, p.A8)
1993 Nov 5, Talks on restoring
ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to power collapsed
when military representatives failed to attend.
1994 Nov 5, Former President
Reagan disclosed he had Alzheimer's disease.
1994 Nov 5, George Foreman, 45,
became boxing's oldest heavyweight champion by knocking out Michael
Moorer in the 10th round of their WBA fight in Las Vegas.
1994 Nov 5, Evelyna LeBlanc
(15) was raped and shot in the head in San Leandro, Ca. She died the
next day. In 2007 DNA evidence led police to Inani Charles Williams
(27), who had been indicted for a 2006 residential burglary in
(SFC, 5/4/07, p.B12)
1994 Nov 5, Space probe Ulysses
completed its 1st passage behind the Sun.
1995 Nov 5, An endless
procession of Israelis filed past the simple wooden coffin of Prime
Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who’d been assassinated the night before.
1996 Nov 5, Pres. William
Jefferson Clinton was re-elected in the US but voters kept Congress
in Republican control. He won about 50% of the popular vote and 375
electoral votes. Republican candidate Bob Dole got 43% and 135
electoral votes. Clinton won Ohio by 6 percentage points.
(SFC, 11/6/96, p.A1)(AP, 11/5/97)(Econ, 8/2/08,
1996 Nov 5, In California
elections Prop. 215, an initiative to make marijuana legal for
medical used, was passed. Psychiatrist Tod Mikuriya (1933-2007) was
the architect of Prop. 215. A measure to end public sector
affirmative action was also passed. Prop 218, the right to vote on
taxes act, also passed with a 56% approval. Prop. 204 bond funds
were approved [for ecological restoration of the Bay Area and
Sacramento-San Joaquin River deltas]. Prop 208, a campaign spending
limit measure, was approved but later struck down by a federal
judge. Arcata soon established a photo ID program to verify medical
(SFC, 11/6/96, p.A1)(SFC, 12/20/96, p.A1)(SFC,
2/3/98, p.A13)(SFC, 5/22/07, p.B5)
1996 Nov 5, Mississippi Gov.
Kirk Fordice was seriously injured when his car rolled off an
1996 Nov 5, Eddie Harris
(1934-1996), tenor saxophonist, died. His recordings included
“Freedom Jazz Dance” the “Theme for Exodus” and “Compared to What.”
(SFC, 11/8/96, p.A25)
1996 Nov 5, Pres. Boris Yeltsin
had successful heart bypass surgery. Five clogged arteries were
(SFC, 11/6/96, p.A21)(AP, 11/5/97)
1996 Nov 5, In Turkey
government officials announced that a gas pipeline would begin to be
built in March to carry gas from Iran to Turkey.
(SFC, 11/6/96, p.A25)
1996 Nov 5, Zairians in
Kinshasa defied a ban on demonstrations and called for the
government to resign.
(WSJ, 11/6/96, p.A1)
1997 Nov 5, The House
overwhelmingly approved a bill calling for the most far-reaching
changes at the Internal Revenue Service in 45 years.
1997 Nov 5, The Enron executive
committee approved several hundred million in loan guarantees for a
new partnership named Chewbacca, to be partly owned and run
independently by Enron executive Michael Kopper. This set a pattern
for transactions that inflated earnings and kept debt hidden.
(WSJ, 2/1/02, p.A1)
1997 Nov 5, A UN inspector
claimed that Iraq was taking advantage of the inspection halt and
had moved sensitive machinery out of camera view at certain weapons
(WSJ, 11/6/97, p.A22)
1997 Nov 5, In France trucker
barricades went up in Paris. Unions representing France’s 300,000
truckers demanded pay raises up to 7% and a guaranteed salary 0f
$1,600 for 200 hours work per month plus compensation for downtime
(SFC, 11/6/97, p.C2)
1997 Nov 5, In Germany a court
in Bonn awarded back wages to a Polish-born Jewish woman for 55
weeks of slave labor at the Weichsel Metall Union company during
1943-1945. Rywka Merin was awarded $8,500.
(SFC, 11/6/97, p.A14)
1997 Nov 5, From Haiti it was
reported that falling orders for H.H. Cutler, a contractor for the
Walt Disney Corp., left some 800 employees without jobs. The minimum
wage was quoted as $2.12 per day.
(SFC, 11/5/97, p.C2)
1997 Nov 5, In Mexico relatives
identified the body of Dr. Jaime Godoy Singh (Zinc)(37). He and 2
others were found Nov 2 stuffed into oil drums partly filled with
cement. He was the doctor suspected of operating on Amado Carillo
Fuentes who died under surgery July 4. Dr. Ricardo Reyes was the
other doctor. A third doctor, Carlos Humberto Avila Meljem, was
thought to be the third.
(SFC, 11/6/97, p.C3)(SFC, 11/8/97, p.A11)
1997 Nov 5, In Russia Pres.
Yeltsin fired Boris Berezovsky from his position as deputy secretary
of the Security Council due to business and political conflicts.
Berezovsky, who brokered the peace agreement in Chechnya, was rated
by Fortune magazine as the 97th richest man in the world.
(SFC, 11/6/97, p.C2)
1998 Nov 5, In Chico, Ca., 2
football players, Dereck Jonathan Phillips (19) and Trevor McDonald
Bird (19) of Butte Comm. College, beat and killed Lloyd Brown (47),
a local homeless man.
(SFC, 11/11/98, p.A1)
1998 Nov 5, In Eureka, Ca.,
Wayne Adam Ford (36), a truck driver, surrendered himself to the
sheriff’s office and confessed to killing at least 4 women. He was
finally brought to trial after several legal delays and was found
guilty of four counts of first-degree murder on June 27, 2006, and
was sentenced to death on August 11, 2006.
1998 Nov 5, The UN Security
Council unanimously demanded that Iraq resume cooperation with UN
(SFC, 11/6/98, p.A14)(AP, 11/5/99)
1998 Nov 5, The death toll from
Hurricane Mitch was reduced to 6,076 in Honduras and increased to
4,000 in Nicaragua. Aid of $66 mil was ordered from the US, $8 mil
from the EU, $11.6 mil from Spain along with pledges from other
countries and private organizations.
(SFC, 11/6/98, p.A14)
1999 Nov 5, US District Judge
Thomas Penfield Jackson ruled in a finding of fact that Microsoft
Corp. is a monopoly and has wielded its power to stifle competition.
He said the software giant’s aggressive actions were “stifling
innovation” and hurting consumers.
(SFC, 11/6/99, p.A1)(AP, 11/5/00)
1999 Nov 5, The US Office of
the Comptroller of the Currency filed a friend-of-the-court brief
that supported the argument that local governments cannot bar ATM
fees levied by nationally chartered banks.
(SFC, 11/6/99, p.A1)
1999 Nov 5, Astronomers
detected a gas planet near the star called HD 209458, near 51
Pegasi, 153 light-years away. In 2001 scientists said the atmosphere
was loaded with sodium.
(SFC, 11/13/99, p.A2)(SFC, 11/28/01, p.A2)
1999 Nov 5, In New Delhi Pope
John Paul II began a 3 day visit to India, his first visit there in
(SFC, 11/5/99, p.A15)(WSJ, 11/5/99, p.A1)(AP,
1999 Nov 5, In Kosovo a rail
bridge was bombed in Kosovska Mitrovica just hours before a Serbian
passenger train was to pass across.
(SFEC, 11/7/99, p.A22)
2000 Nov 5, Abdelkhader
el-Mouaziz of Morocco won the NYC Marathon in 2:10:9. Ludmila
Petrova of Russia won among the women in 2:25:45.
(WSJ, 11/6/00, p.A1)
2000 Nov 5, It was reported
that brain stem cells from cadavers could regenerate into healthy
(SFC, 11/6/00, p.A1)
2000 Nov 5, David Brower,
environmentalist and the 1st executive director of the Sierra Club,
died at age 88.
(SFC, 11/7/00, p.A1)
2000 Nov 5, Jimmie Davis,
Louisiana's “singing governor,” died in Baton Rouge; he was believed
to be 101.
2000 Nov 5, In Congo at least
20 people were killed in Bunia, before Uganda sent in tanks and
troops to protect Ernest Wamba dia Wamba in a dispute with Mbusa
(SFC, 11/8/00, p.B4)
2000 Nov 5, Haile Selassie
(1892-1975), former ruler Ethiopia (1930-1974), was buried in a
cathedral crypt. His body was found in 1992 on the grounds of his
former palace, where he died while under house arrest.
(SFC, 11/6/00, p.A12)
2000 Nov 5, In Iraq passenger
flights resumed in the no-fly zones in a challenge to US and British
(SFC, 11/6/00, p.A12)
2000 Nov 5, Clashes in the West
Bank and Gaza left 2 Palestinians killed and 17 injured.
(SFC, 11/6/00, p.A12)
2000 Nov 5, In Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia, thousands of people protested the rule of Prime Minister
(SFC, 11/6/00, p.A15)
2000 Nov 5, In Nigeria at least
96 people were killed when an oil tanker truck slammed into a line
of parked vehicles at a police check point between Ife and Ibadan.
(SFC, 11/7/00, p.B2)
2001 Nov 5, US bombing
continued to hit Taliban front lines and attacks concentrated on
caves and tunnels. About 2 dozen US commandos were reported to be in
(SFC, 11/6/01, p.A3)(WSJ, 11/6/01, p.A1)
2001 Nov 5, Subash Gurung (27)
of Nepal was arrested at O’Hare Int’l. Airport just before boarding
a plane to Omaha. He passed through checkpoint carrying 7 knives, a
stun gun and a can marked tear gas and was in the US with an expired
(SFC, 11/6/01, p.A7)
2001 Nov 5, PG&E Corp., the
parent of bankrupt PG&E, reported a 243% jump in profits during
the 3rd quarter.
(SFC, 12/30/01, p.D8)
2001 Nov 5, Baxter said its
dialysis filters appear to have played a role in the deaths of 53
patients in Texas, Nebraska, and 6 countries in Europe, south
America and Asia.
(WSJ, 11/6/01, p.A3)
2001 Nov 5, Hurricane Michelle
swept past the Bahamas with 85 mph winds, flooding houses and
2001 Nov 5, Domingo Cavallo,
the economy minister, said Argentina planned to restructure $95
billion of debt to avoid default.
(SFC, 11/6/01, p.B11)
2001 Nov 5, Roy Boulting (87),
who with his twin brother, John, produced some of postwar Britain's
most enduring films, died in Eynsham, England.
2001 Nov 5, In the Central
African Republic troops loyal to Gen. Francois Bozize fired mortar
shells at Pres. Patasse’s residence in Bangui and engaged government
soldiers for a 3rd day of fighting.
(SFC, 11/6/01, p.A14)
2001 Nov 5, Israeli tanks
pulled out of Qalqilya and soon after a bomb exploded at the Jewish
settlement of Shaked, 6 miles west of Jenin. The Islamic Jihad
(SFC, 11/6/01, p.A13)
2001 Nov 5, Enrique Bolanos
defeated former Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua's
2001 Nov 5, In Russian a
military helicopter hit a radio tower near St. Petersburg and at
least 5 crew members were killed.
(WSJ, 11/6/01, p.A1)
2002 Nov 5, Barbados-born
author Austin Clarke won the 2002 Giller Prize, Canada's most
lucrative and glamorous fiction award, for his novel, "The Polished
2002 Nov 5, Randy Johnson won
his record-tying 4th straight Nat'l. League Cy Young Award.
2002 Nov 5, Republicans seized
control of the U.S. Congress, reclaiming power in the Senate and
expanding their majority in the House of Representatives in a
historic sweep for Republican President George W. Bush.
2002 Nov 5, San Francisco
voters approved Measure F, legislation to create a civilian
entertainment commission to oversee entertainment permits. This was
previously handled by the police department. The Board of
Supervisors had adopted the ordinance, authored by Sup Mark Leno,
creating an Entertainment Commission. The 7-member Entertainment
Commission will begin work in July 2003. SF voters approved a $1.6
billion bond measure to rebuild the Hetch Hetchy water system. Prop
D, a city public power proposal, lost. Prop N, the Care Not Cash
homeless reform measure of Sup. Gavin Newsom, passed. Prop O, Sup.
Ammiano’s measure to limit Prop N, lost.
(www.smartvoter.org/2002/11/05/ca/sf/meas/F/)(SFC, 11/7/02, p.A25)
2002 Nov 5, In Georgia
Democratic Gov. Roy Barnes (b.1948) was voted out of office. He had
been the main sponsor for legislation to make it easier to sack
(Econ, 3/3/07, SR
2002 Nov 5, Mitt Romney, a
Mormon and Harvard graduate (business and law), was elected
Republican governor of Massachusetts. He had made a fortune as a
venture capitalist with investments in Domino’s and Staples.
2002 Nov 5, Michigan voters
elected Democrat Jennifer Granholm (43) as governor.
(NW, 12/30/02, p.62)
2002 Nov 5, In Minnesota Tim
Pawlenty, Republican, was elected governor. He captured 30 of the 38
counties that Gov. Ventura had won. Republican Norm Coleman defeated
Walter Mondale for the US Senate.
(Econ, 5/22/04, p.29)(Econ, 9/6/08, p.38)
2002 Nov 5, Chuck McGee,
director of the New Hampshire Republican Party, jammed Democratic
phone banks on election day as Rep. John Sununu beat Dem. Gov.
Jeanne Shaheen. McGee pleaded guilty in 2004. In 2007 an appeals
judge reversed McGee’s conviction.
(SFC, 7/29/04, p.A3)(WSJ, 3/22/07, p.A1)
2002 Nov 5, Bill Richardson
(b.1947) was elected governor of New Mexico. Over the next 4 years
he brought some 60 film productions to the state, cut personal
income tax rates by 40%, halved the capital gains tax and provided
generous tax credits to job-creating businesses.
2002 Nov 5, Securities and
Exchange Commission Chairman Harvey Pitt resigned under pressure
after a series of political missteps that had embarrassed the White
2002 Nov 5, The ASEAN group
(Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos,
Vietnam, Brunei, Thailand and Myanmar) ended a 2-day conference in
Cambodia that was also attended by representatives from China,
Japan, and India and South Africa.
2002 Nov 5, Canadian Prime
Minister Jean Chretien suffered an embarrassing defeat when many
disgruntled legislators from his Liberal Party voted with opposition
members to strip him of the right to appoint the heads of
2002 Nov 5, China finished
blocking the Yangtze River at the Three Gorges Dam, paving the way
for the world's biggest hydroelectricity and flood control project
to come on stream next year.
2002 Nov 5, Indonesian police
arrested Amrozi bin Nurhasyim, the bomb maker of the Oct 12 attack
on Bali. In 2003 he was convicted and sentenced to die by firing
(WSJ, 7/2/03, p.A6)(SFC, 8/8/03, p.A3)
2002 Nov 5, Prime Minister
Ariel Sharon dissolved Parliament and called early elections for
February, after he failed to rebuild his crumbling government.
Ex-premier, Benjamin Netanyahu, announced that he accepts PM Ariel
Sharon's offer to serve as foreign minister until early elections
2002 Nov 5, Israeli soldiers
came under fire and responded by killing a Palestinian and injuring
16 others in the southern Gaza Strip.
2002 Nov 5, In Latvia Einars
Repse, a former head of the Central Bank who campaigned against
corruption, was nominated to be the next PM.
2002 Nov 5, Montenegro's ruling
party nominated president Milo Djukanovic to serve as the new prime
minister. The presidential vote is set for Dec 22.
2002 Nov 5, In South Korea some
120,000 auto workers (KCTU) struck Hyundai and 165 other workplaces
as unions escalated protests over working conditions ahead of
December's presidential elections.
2002 Nov 5, In Switzerland
representatives of over 40 countries along with industry
representatives and advocacy groups passed a UN-backed certification
plan to block the trade of illicit diamonds.
(SFC, 11/6/02, p.A18)
2003 Nov 5, Pres. Bush met with
Congo Pres. Joseph Kabila, who sought assurances of continued US
humanitarian aid. The US has committed $77 million this year.
(SFC, 11/6/03, p.A3)
2003 Nov 5, President Bush
signed a bill outlawing the procedure known by its critics as
''partial-birth abortion.'' Less than an hour later, a federal judge
in Nebraska issued a temporary restraining order against the ban. In
2007 the US Supreme Court upheld the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act.
(WSJ, 11/6/03, p.A1)(AP, 11/5/08)
2003 Nov 5, Democratic
presidential hopeful Howard Dean apologized for urging Democrats to
court Southern whites who displayed Confederate flags on their
2003 Nov 5, In Seattle, Wa.,
Gary Leon Ridgeway pleaded guilty 48 consecutive times for the Green
River murders that began in 1982. On Dec 18 he was sentenced to 48
consecutive life terms and ordered to pay $480,000.
(SFC, 11/6/03, p.A1)(SFC, 12/19/03, p.A3)
2003 Nov 5, Mexican President
Vicente Fox asked New Mexico state leaders for better treatment of
illegal immigrants from his country.
2003 Nov 5, Bobby Hatfield
(63), the tenor half of The Righteous Brothers, who made "You've
Lost That Lovin' Feeling" a worldwide hit, was found dead in a
Kalamazoo, Mich., hotel. An autopsy revealed that his death was
triggered by acute cocaine intoxication.
(AP, 11/6/03)(SFC, 1/8/04, p.E5)
2003 Nov 5, Cambodia's three
main parties agreed to form a tripartite coalition government with
Prime Minister Hun Sen at the helm, ending a deadlock from
2003 Nov 5, Chinese tycoon
Aikelamu Aishayoufu was reported to be missing. His Xinjiang Hops
Co. ran up liabilities totaling $100 million.
(WSJ, 11/5/03, p.A1)
2003 Nov 5, In Georgia
opposition parties protested for a 2nd day, accusing President
Eduard Shevardnadze's government of rigging the results of
2003 Nov 5, In Sri Lanka Pres.
Kumaratunga declared a state of emergency.
(Econ, 11/8/03, p.41)
2003 Nov 5, Two buses collided
in northern Tanzania, killing at least 25 people.
2004 Nov 5, The US government
said intelligence agencies had tripled their estimate of shoulder
fired surface-to-air missile systems to be at large worldwide. At
least 4,000 of the weapons from Iraq’s pre-war arsenal could not be
(SFC, 11/5/04, p.A11)
2004 Nov 5, The DJ rose 72 to
10,387. The euro reached a new high of 1.2962 to the dollar. The US
dollar fell to an all-time low against the euro as EU political
leaders signaled they have no unified plan to stem the rise in their
(SFC, 11/5/04, p.C1)(AP, 11/5/04)
2004 Nov 5, In Afghanistan
Islamic militants holding 3 UN workers hostage set a new, fifth
deadline for their execution.
2004 Nov 5, In Canada
Saskatchewan became the country’s 7th jurisdiction to allow
homosexuals to wed.
(SFC, 11/5/04, p.A3)
2004 Nov 5, The Chilean army
for the first time assumed institutional responsibility for
widespread human rights violations during the 1973-90 dictatorship
of Gen. Augusto Pinochet.
2004 Nov 5, Abilio Jose Soares,
the only Indonesian official to be punished for violence that killed
up to 2,000 East Timorese in 1999, has been released from jail,
following a court decision that overturned his conviction. Soares
was the former governor of East Timor.
2004 Nov 5, US warplanes
pounded Fallujah in what residents called the strongest attacks in
months, as more than 10,000 American soldiers and Marines massed for
an expected assault.
2004 Nov 5, Latin American
leaders wrapped up a two-day summit in Brazil with a pledge to help
rid Haiti of political violence and grinding poverty.
2004 Nov 5, Jose Gilberto Soto
(49), a US citizen of Salvadoran origin from Cliffside Park, N.J.,
was shot in the back outside his family's house in Usulutan, 70
miles southeast of San Salvador. In December Salvadoran police
arrested his mother-in-law, along with five other suspects,
describing the slaying as a contract killing that was the result of
a family dispute.
2005 Nov 5, The New York Times
reported that a UN auditing board has recommended the United States
pay as much as 208 million dollars to Iraq for overbilling or shoddy
work performed by a subsidiary of the US oil services firm
2005 Nov 5, US industry
officials said the US and China have reached a tentative agreement
to limit imports of Chinese clothing and textile products into the
2005 Nov 5, Louisiana Gov.
Kathleen Blanco slashed state spending by $431 million, but still
faced a half a billion shortfall due to Hurricane Katrina.
(SSFC, 11/6/05, p.A7)
2005 Nov 5, Earl Krugel (62),
Jewish Defense League activist, was killed at the Federal
Correctional Inst. In Phoenix, Az. He had been imprisoned for his
role in a 2001 plot to bomb a California mosque and the office of
Lebanese American congressman Darrell Issa.
(SSFC, 11/6/05, p.A8)
2005 Nov 5, Link Wray (b.1929),
North Carolina-born rock guitar master, died in Denmark. His hits
included the 1958 instrumental “Rumble” and 1959 “Rawhide.” Wray was
three-quarters Shawnee and was said to have inspired many other rock
(SFC, 11/22/05, p.B4)
2005 Nov 5, Leaders from across
the Americas ended their tumultuous 2-day summit in Mar del Plata,
Argentina, without agreeing to restart talks on a US-favored free
trade zone stretching from Alaska to Chile. 5 of 34 participating
countries thwarted the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). They
included Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Venezuela.
(AP, 11/6/05)(SSFC, 11/6/05, p.A15)
2005 Nov 5, Three Bahraini men
returned home after being released from the US military detention
facility at Guantanamo Bay. Bahraini authorities vowed to keep
pressing Washington to free three remaining detainees.
2005 Nov 5, John Fowles
(b.1926), English novelist, died at his home in Lyme Regis, Dorset.
His books included "The Collector" (1963), “The Magus” (1965) and
“The French Lieutenant's Woman” (1969). Volume I of his journals
(1949-1965) was published in May. Volume II (1966-1990) was
published in 2006.
(SFC, 11/8/05, p.B5)(Econ, 11/19/05, p.92)(SSFC,
2005 Nov 5, More than 50,000
people flocked to the opening day of a racy sex festival in southern
China in a sign the conservative nation is shedding its sexual
taboos. The three-day event began in the southern province of
Guangzhou. It featured lingerie shows and adult toy exhibitions as
experts and local authorities sought to convey information about the
dangers of unsafe sex.
2005 Nov 5, In Colombia police
seized more than 2 tons of cocaine hidden on a beach on the
Caribbean coast and arrested five suspected traffickers who were
apparently preparing to load the drugs aboard a speedboat bound for
Central America or Mexico.
2005 Nov 5, In northern
Ethiopia 2 people were reported killed after a fifth day of
political unrest that has shaken confidence in the vast African
2005 Nov 5, In France marauding
youths torched nearly 900 vehicles, stoned paramedics and burned a
nursery school in a ninth night of violence that spread from Paris
suburbs to towns around France. Authorities arrested more than 250
2005 Nov 5, American and Iraqi
forces launched a major offensive, Operation Steel Curtain, near the
porous Syrian border aimed at destroying al-Qaida in Iraq's ability
to smuggle foreign fighters, money and equipment through the region.
(AP, 11/5/05)(SSFC, 11/13/05, p.A1)
2005 Nov 5, Israeli
archaeologists said they have discovered what may be the oldest
Christian church in the Holy Land on the grounds of a prison near
the biblical site of Armageddon. The Israeli Antiquities Authority
said the ruins are believed to date back to the third or fourth
centuries and include references to Jesus and images of fish, an
ancient Christian symbol.
2005 Nov 5, In northwestern
Pakistan suspected militants set off a blast while making bombs at
their compound, killing at least eight people, including a woman and
2005 Nov 5, Philippine security
forces captured a man they believed was Radulan Sahiron, Abu
Sayyaf's chief of staff, in Zamboanga Sibugay province, however it
turned out to be a case of mistaken identity. Sahiron was also
wanted by the US for attacks against Americans.
(AP, 11/5/05)(AP, 11/6/05)
2005 Nov 5, The cruise ship MV
Seaborn Spirit, carrying at least 600 tourists from Europe, narrowly
escaped seizure by gunmen off the pirate-infested Somali coast when
it sped off to the high seas amid a trail of gunfire. At least 23
hijackings and attempted seizures have been recorded off the Somalia
coastline since mid-March, according to the International Maritime
Bureau (IMB), which has warned ships to stay as far away from the
coast as possible and keep radio communication to the minimal.
2005 Nov 5, In South Korea
China-controlled Ssangyong Motor sacked its president after the
company fell into the red in the first half of this year. So
Jin-Kwan was dismissed as company president and replaced by Choi
Hyung-Tak, a company executive.
2005 Nov 5, Collin Lee (67), a
British aid worker, was shot and killed when rebels from Uganda's
notorious Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) ambushed him while on his way
to a southern Sudanese town.
2006 Nov 5, Marilson Gomes dos
Santos of Brazil won the NYC Marathon in 2:09:58. Jelena Prokopcuka
of Latvia won the women’s race for the 2nd year in a row in 2:25:05.
(WSJ, 11/6/06, p.A1)
2006 Nov 5, Saying that he was
a "deceiver and liar" who had given in to his dark side, the Rev.
Ted Haggard confessed to sexual immorality in a letter read from the
pulpit of the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colo.
2006 Nov 5, Rockwall County,
Texas, prosecutor Louis "Bill" Conradt Jr. killed himself as police
tried to serve him with an arrest warrant alleging he had solicited
sex with a minor online.
2006 Nov 5, In eastern
Afghanistan suspected Taliban militants kidnapped four Afghan aid
2006 Nov 5, In Canada Damon
Crooks (28) of Jacksonville, Fla., was stabbed in the early morning
outside a downtown club in Halifax after a fight that began inside
spilled onto the street. The American sailor killed during the bar
brawl was a "Good Samaritan" trying to break up a fight he wasn't
even involved in.
2006 Nov 5, China and
Africa ended an unprecedented summit, signing deals worth $1.9
billion and pledging to boost trade and development between the
world's fastest-growing economy and its poorest continent. The
leaders of China and 48 African nations pledged to form a new
strategic partnership aimed at deepening their political and
2006 Nov 5, A gas blast in
northern China killed 47 miners at the Jiaojiazhai mine in Shanxi
province's Xinzhou city.
2006 Nov 5, Fiji's
military, locked in a standoff with the government, accused
Australia on of breaching its sovereignty by sending an unspecified
number of police it described as mercenaries into the country.
2006 Nov 5, In northeast India
8-10 people were killed and 20 wounded when two powerful bombs
exploded in Gauhati, the capital of Assam state. Police had killed 3
United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) leaders on Nov 3, and it
looked like a retaliatory strike.
2006 Nov 5, Saddam Hussein was
convicted and sentenced to hang for crimes against humanity in the
1982 killings of 148 people in the Mainly Shiite town of Dujail.
Hussein, his half brother and another senior official in his regime
were convicted and sentenced to death by the Iraqi High Tribunal.
Iraqi security forces closed two Sunni Muslim television stations
for violating curfew and a law that bans airing material that could
undermine the country's stability. The bodies of 50 murder victims
were discovered, the bulk of them in Baghdad. The US military
announced the death of an Army soldier in fighting in western
(AP, 11/5/06)(AP, 11/6/06)(Econ, 11/11/06, p.8)
2006 Nov 5, Israel’s PM
Ehud Olmert pledged to press ahead with Israel's offensive in the
Gaza Strip until the army significantly decreases Palestinian rocket
fire on Israel.
2006 Nov 5, In the
Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir 4 members of a family and two
suspected Islamic militants were killed in separate incidents.
2006 Nov 5, A bomb exploded
near police barracks in Beirut, the latest in a series of attacks
targeting police in the Lebanese capital.
2006 Nov 5, In Libya Idrees
Mohammed Boufayed (49), a vocal critic of Libyan leader Moamer
Kadhafi's regime, was detained after being summoned to the internal
security agency. The doctor, who had lived in Switzerland for 16
years, returned from exile in September to develop the National
Union for Reform opposition party he founded 18 months ago.
2006 Nov 5, Nepal's rebel
leader Prachanda said they have made significant progress in peace
talks with the government and have informally agreed to lock up
weapons under United Nations supervision.
2006 Nov 5, In Nicaragua
Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega makes his fourth attempt to return
to the presidency.
2006 Nov 5, Pakistan, under
international pressure to stop militants from crossing over its
border with Afghanistan, said it was willing to fence off the
2006 Nov 5, A delegation of
Somali lawmakers broke ranks with the government and traveled to the
capital to hold peace talks with the country's Islamic militia, the
latest sign of cracks in the fragile administration.
2006 Nov 5, Taiwanese President
Chen Shui-bian apologized for causing political turmoil that hurt
"the nation's image," but he denied prosecutors' allegations that he
was involved in embezzling money from a special fund for diplomacy.
Chen Shui-bian said he would resign from office if his wife was
found guilty of corruption and forgery charges.
2006 Nov 5, In Thailand a
bomb blast killed two soldiers and injured three others in the
restive south. 4 people were shot dead and six wounded in a string
of shootings and simultaneous bomb attacks in the south. PM Surayud
Chulanont apologized to Muslims for the government's failure to
quell the long-running insurgency.
2006 Nov 5, Bulent Ecevit (81)
former 4-time Prime Minister of Turkey (1973-2002), died. Ecevit was
a political force in Turkey for almost half a century. He had
ordered the invasion of Cyprus and later pushed his country toward
(AP, 11/5/06)(Econ, 11/11/06, p.97)
2007 Nov 5, Brent Wilkes (53),
a former defense contractor, was convicted by a San Diego court of
bribing former congressman Randall "Duke" Cunningham with 700,000
dollars in cash, gifts and prostitutes. Cunningham was sentenced to
eight years and four months in March last year after pleading guilty
to accepting kickbacks.
2007 Nov 5, Jurors at Los
Angeles Superior Court ruled that food giants Dole and the Dow
Chemical Co were jointly liable for the physical damage suffered by
workers who harvested bananas in Nicaragua during the 1970s and
1980s. Six workers left infertile after exposure to a pesticide were
awarded more than three million dollars.
2007 Nov 5, Talk show host
Oprah Winfrey promised to ''clean house'' after a dorm matron was
accused of abusing students at Winfrey's school for disadvantaged
South African girls.
2007 Nov 5, The first walkout
by Hollywood writers in nearly 20 years got under way with noisy
pickets outside the "Today" show, a strike that threatens to disrupt
everything from late-night talk shows to soap operas.
2007 Nov 5, NYC Mayor Bloomberg
announced a new report card for the city’s schools. He said high
grade schools will get a budget increase and schools that fail will
not be tolerated. Bloomberg and school chancellor Joel Klein
announced a plan to in effect charterize the entire school system.
(Econ, 11/10/07, p.16,35)
2007 Nov 5, Citigroup named Sir
Win Bischoff (66), a London banker, as interim chief executive
following the departure of Charles Prince, ousted the previous day
due to loan losses on mortgage related securities. The company had
over 300,000 employees in 100 countries.
(WSJ, 11/6/07, p.C1)(Econ, 11/10/07, p.89)
2007 Nov 5, Conde Nast said it
would cease publication of House & Garden magazine with the
December issue and close down the magazine web site.
(WSJ, 11/6/07, p.B1)
2007 Nov 5, Google introduced
Android, a new operating system for cell phones. It was expected to
appear in phones in the second half of 2008.
(SFC, 11/6/07, p.A1)
2007 Nov 5, Ten Islamic
fundamentalists convicted of a terrorist attack were sentenced to
death in their absence by an Algerian court. The group was behind a
bomb attack on a police patrol in June 2003 in which nine officers
2007 Nov 5, Authorities said
police from across Europe have arrested 92 suspects linked to an
alleged network that produced and sold child abuse videos to 2,500
customers around the world. The 15-month investigation was triggered
by an Australian police discovery in July 2006 of a video depicting
a Belgian father raping his daughters, aged 9 and 11.
2007 Nov 5, In China
construction began on what was expected to be the world's tallest
Ferris wheel. The $99 million Beijing Great Wheel will soar 680 feet
over Beijing when it is complete.
2007 Nov 5, Ao Man-long, a
former transportation and public works secretary, went on trial
charged with taking $100 million in kickbacks in Macao, the
freewheeling Chinese gambling resort that has attracted some of Las
Vegas' top casino operators.
2007 Nov 5, PetroChina made its
debut on the Shanghai stock exchange. It sold 2.2% of its share
capital to domestic investors in an IPO that rose from 16.90 yuan to
43.96 yuan ($5.90). For a short time it was the most valuable
company in the world, but by December share value had dropped by a
(WSJ, 11/6/07, p.C3)(Econ, 12/8/07, p.85)
2007 Nov 5, In eastern Congo 27
UN peacekeepers from India were injured when attacked by a mob of
hungry civilians who claimed not to have received any food aid.
(Econ, 11/17/07, p.54)
2007 Nov 5, An Egyptian court
convicted two police officers and sentenced them to three years in
prison for torturing a bus driver, in a case that came to light
after a video of the abuse was posted on the Internet.
2007 Nov 5, The Delhi State
Consumer Commission ordered ICICI Bank to pay $137,500 in penalty
after its loan collectors beat a man with iron rods and dragged him
from a car before seizing the vehicle.
2007 Nov 5, In Iraq 6 US
soldiers were killed in 3 separate attacks, including 5 from 2
roadside bombs near Kirkuk. The 6th died in combat operations in
(AP, 11/6/07)(SFC, 11/7/07, p.A9)
2007 Nov 5, Jordan's military
court convicted Muammar Ahmed Yousef al-Jaghbeer, an al-Qaida
militant of involvement in the deadly suicide car bombing of the
Jordanian Embassy in Iraq in 2003 and sentenced him to death.
2007 Nov 5, In North Korea a
team of experts led by the US started work to disable 3 nuclear
facilities at Yongbyon.
(Econ, 11/10/07, p.55)
2007 Nov 5, Pakistani police
fired tear gas and clubbed thousands of lawyers protesting President
Gen. Pervez Musharraf's decision to impose emergency rule, as
Western allies threatened to review aid to the troubled Muslim
nation. More than 1,500 people have been arrested in 48 hours, and
authorities put a stranglehold on independent media. The government
said it would hold a national election by mid-January.
(AP, 11/5/07)(Reuters, 11/5/07)
2007 Nov 5, Palestinian police
attacked militants in the Balata refugee camp, home to 22,000
people, one of 19 in the West Bank.
(SFC, 11/6/07, p.A17)
2007 Nov 5, Poland's prime
minister-designate Donald Tusk said in a published interview that
the new government plans to end the country's role in the US-led
coalition in Iraq in its "current form" next year. Poland's
conservative PM Jaroslaw Kaczynski handed in his resignation to his
twin, President Lech Kaczynski.
(AP, 11/5/07)(AFP, 11/5/07)
2007 Nov 5, A bus collided with
a car on a highway in central Portugal and rolled down a slope,
killing at least 12 people.
2007 Nov 5, In Sicily Salvatore
Lo Piccolo (65), who magistrates believe is the Sicilian Mafia's new
"boss of bosses," was arrested after nearly a quarter of a century
on the run. He was arrested with his son, Sandro (32), and two other
2007 Nov 5, Somali pirates
released a Taiwanese fishing vessel 5 1/2 months after seizing it.
The US Navy helped free the fifth ship in a week hijacked by Somalia
pirates, attempting to bring security to crucial shipping routes
between the Red Sea and Indian Ocean. The Navy was in contact with
two remaining ships held by pirates in Somali waters.
2007 Nov 5, South Korea’s Home
Affairs Ministry announced a campaign to promote bicycle use as a
way to cope with traffic, pollution and soaring oil prices.
2007 Nov 5, In central Vietnam
residents braced for a tropical storm expected to make landfall
later this week after floods triggered by heavy rains killed at
least 24 people. People in seven coastal areas fell victim to the
latest floods, which began Nov 2. The floods were the third to hit
the region in three weeks.
2007 Nov 5, In Yemen
unidentified saboteurs bombed an oil pipeline in Marib province. The
attack halted the flow of oil and added to concerns in the world oil
markets about adequate supplies for heating fuel.
2007 Nov 5, Zimbabwe's supreme
court ruled the government can seize equipment belonging to white
farmers whose properties were expropriated under controversial land
2008 Nov 5, In St. Johns,
Arizona, a boy (8) fatally shot his father, Vincent Romero (29) and
Timothy Romans (39) of San Carlos, with a .22-caliber rifle.
2008 Nov 5, In San Francisco,
Ca., Charles Heard shot and killed Richard Barrett (29) outside the
Fuse Bar in North Beach. Barrett had refused to give up his
Flintstones’ Bamm-Bamm pendant. In 2010 Heard (25) was convicted of
first degree murder under the felony murder rule.
(SFC, 7/2/10, p.C2)
2008 Nov 5, John Leonard,
former editor of the NY Times Book Review (1970-1983), died in NYC.
(SFC, 11/11/08, p.B4)
2008 Nov 5, Africans across the
continent sang, danced in the streets and wrapped themselves in US
flags to cheer for America's first black president. Kenya will party
for two days, after Pres. Kibaki declared a national holiday for Nov
6 in honor of Obama.
2008 Nov 5, In Algeria Fateh
Bouchibane, mayor of Timezrit in the Kabylie region, was abducted
2008 Nov 5, Queen Elizabeth II
approved a new constitution for the Falkland Islands. It formalizes
the system of self-government on the South Atlantic archipelago,
while giving Britain the final say on foreign policy, policing and
the administration of justice.
2008 Nov 5, Cpl. Daniel James
(45), a former British army interpreter, was convicted of espionage
for sending e-mails to an Iranian diplomat while serving in
Afghanistan in 2006.
2008 Nov 5, A Cameroon militia
leader said one of the 10 hostages seized by a local militia off
Cameroon's coast last week was killed in a failed rescue attempt by
2008 Nov 5, In Congo heavy
fighting erupted for a second day between rebels and a
pro-government militia in lawless North Kivu province, but a wider
cease-fire was holding around this provincial capital. In Kiwanja
fighters loyal to rebel General Laurent Nkunda drove out
pro-government Mai-Mai militia, sending its inhabitants fleeing in
panic. A local clergyman said at least 180 civilians had been killed
overnight. The next day UN peacekeepers found the bodies of a dozen
(AP, 11/5/08)(AP, 11/6/08)(Econ, 11/8/08, p.61)
2008 Nov 5, In southern
Ethiopian farmers stoned to death Legesse Wegi, a senior rebel
figure suspected of organizing fatal blasts in the capital Addis
2008 Nov 5, Germany’s cabinet
approved measures to boost the economy that will cost around €23
billion ($29.9) over the next 4 years.
(WSJ, 11/6/08, p.A15)
2008 Nov 5, In Iraq a suicide
bomber rammed his car into a police patrol on the road to Baghdad’s
airport, killing 6 people. In Amara a police officer died from a
(SFC, 11/6/08, p.A2)
2008 Nov 5, Hamas militants
pounded southern Israel with a barrage of rockets, hours after
Israeli forces killed six gunmen. The clashes began the previous
evening after Israeli forces burst into Gaza to destroy what the
army said was a tunnel being dug near the border to abduct Israeli
troops. The Israeli military said 35 rockets were fired. Late the
same day Israel launched another airstrike, killing a Palestinian
militant in northern Gaza. The army said it was targeting a rocket
launcher, whom the Islamic Jihad group identified as its own. The
group had fired two rockets at the Israeli border town of Sderot and
one of its leaders, Khader Habib, declared the truce over.
(AP, 11/5/08)(AP, 11/6/08)
2008 Nov 5, Libya's Moamer
Kadhafi met with Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in his
traditional Bedouin tent during a visit to Kiev expected to focus on
energy and military cooperation.
2008 Nov 5, In Mozambique a
medical officer said at least 50 people have died of cholera and
more than 100 have been taken to hospital since the disease broke
out last week in northern Manica province.
2008 Nov 5, A Pakistani army
air strike overnight destroyed a suspected militant training
facility in the Bajur tribal area near the Afghan border. 15
insurgents were killed. The dead included a Pakistani militant
commander named Wali Rehman, who was known to shelter foreign
militants linked to al-Qaida.
(AP, 11/5/08)(AP, 11/6/08)
2008 Nov 5, Russia will deploy
missiles near NATO member Poland in response to US missile defense
plans, President Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday in his first state
of the nation speech.
2008 Nov 5, In Somalia 6
employees of the French aid group Action Against Hunger were
kidnapped in the town of Dhusamareb. They included four non-Somali
workers and two chauffeurs.
2008 Nov 5, Zimbabwe issued
three new denominations of banknotes, including a one-million-dollar
note, as the impoverished country struggles to cope with runaway
2009 Nov 5, At Fort Hood,
Texas, Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan (39) shot 13 people dead. Hasan,
a psychiatrist, was among 30 people wounded in the shooting spree
and remained hospitalized on a ventilator. Kimberly Munley (34), a
civilian police officer, shot at Hassan and was herself shot in both
thighs and the wrist. Sgt. Mark Todd shot at Hasan and brought him
down. Soldiers reported that the Hasan shouted "Allahu Akbar!" — an
Arabic phrase for "God is great!" — before opening fire. Hasan was
apparently set to deploy soon and had expressed some anger about the
wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
(AP, 11/6/09)(SFC, 11/7/09, p.A10)(AP, 11/13/09)
2009 Nov 5, Bernard Kerik (54),
former NYC Police Commissioner, pleaded guilty to 8 felonies
including lying to the white House while being considered for chief
of Homeland Security and lying on tax returns. On May 17, 2010, he
began serving a 4-year sentence for tax fraud, lying to the White
House and other felonies.
(SFC, 11/6/09, p.A8)(SFC, 5/18/10, p.A4)
2009 Nov 5, Afghan villagers
said an overnight rocket strike by international forces killed nine
civilians, including at least 3 children. Local authorities said
they had no reports of civilian deaths. Residents of Korkhashien
village drove the bodies to the governor's office in the nearby
provincial capital of Lashkar Gah. In eastern Khost province,
several hundred people demonstrated against an overnight raid that
killed a resident of Baramkhil village. NATO said the man was a
militant who was killed when Afghan and international forces were
pursuing an insurgent leader who had been recruiting foreign
fighters to the area. The Afghan Defense Ministry said 17 militants
have been killed in three separate clashes in the last 24 hours. 3
NATO service members, including 2 Americans, were killed in two
bombings in the south.
(AP, 11/5/09)(SFC, 11/7/09, p.A3)
2009 Nov 5, Cambodia and
Thailand recalled their ambassadors from each others' countries,
deepening a diplomatic row after Cambodia made fugitive former Thai
PM Thaksin Shinawatra an economic adviser.
2009 Nov 5, China’s Xinhua News
Agency said Xu Wei (42), a former gang leader who was the son of
Yushu's former deputy mayor, was executed this week in northern
China after being convicted of murder, kidnapping, and extortion. In
an earlier separate case his father, Xu Fengshan, was sentenced to
death with a reprieve of two years for taking more than 20 million
yuan (2.93 million U.S. dollars) in bribes, and harboring criminal
2009 Nov 5, Finland and Sweden
approved a Baltic Sea pipeline project that would ship Russian
natural gas to Germany, clearing two key obstacles for construction
to begin next year.
2009 Nov 5, In France security
workers picked up euro11.6 million ($17.2 million) in cash at the
Banque de France branch in Lyon. They then stopped at another bank
and while two security workers were inside that bank, the driver
made off with the cash. Loomis identified the alleged thief as Tony
Musulin (39). As no violence was involved in the theft, Musulin
risked only three years in jail if caught and charged. On Nov 9 Lyon
Prosecutor Xavier Richaud said euro9.5 million ($14.25 million) in
cash was found in a storage space near a railway track where police
earlier found the security truck used in the theft. On Nov 16
Musulin handed himself in to police in Monaco. Musulin was convicted
on May 11, 2010, and sentenced to 3 years in prison.
(AP, 11/7/09)(SFC, 11/7/09, p.A2)(AP,
11/9/09)(AFP, 11/16/09)(SFC, 5/12/10, p.A2)
2009 Nov 5, In Germany
thousands of Opel workers, fearing widespread layoffs, walked off
the job to protest General Motors Co.'s decision to abandon the
unit's sale to new owners.
2009 Nov 5, A consortium
grouping US and European oil giants Exxon Mobil Corp. and Royal
Dutch Shell PLC signed a $50 billion deal to develop one of Iraq's
most prized oil fields, as the OPEC nation looks to revamp its
battered energy sector. The deal to develop the 8.6 billion West
Qurna Stage 1 field is the third such agreement in less than a week
between a foreign oil consortium and Iraq, which sorely needs
foreign company expertise and funding to revive an oil sector
hammered by years of neglect, sanctions and, most recently sabotage.
2009 Nov 5, Lithuania's
parliament voted to investigate allegations that the Baltic state
hosted a secret CIA prison for al Qaeda suspects.
2009 Nov 5, Five Mexican police
officers and five other suspects were arrested in the investigation
into the assassination of Brig. Gen. Juan Arturo Ezparza, who had
been appointed police chief of the northern Mexican town of Garcia
over the weekend. 3 bullet-ridden bodies were found in different
towns around the Pacific coast state of Guerrero. The bodies all had
their hands and feet tied and were found next to threatening
messages. One was found along the highway connecting the resort
towns of Acapulco and Zihuatanejo. The Mexican army seized a
shipment of almost a quarter-ton of opium in the country's northern
mountains, one of the largest such seizures made in Mexico. A
policeman was killed and four other were wounded in an attack by
gunmen in Guerrero state. Another body was found in the Gulf coast
state of Veracruz with its arms and legs mutilated and its head
(AP, 11/6/09)(AP, 11/7/09)
2009 Nov 5, In the Netherlands
the UN war crimes tribunal decided that former Bosnian Serb leader
Radovan Karadzic will be appointed a lawyer to represent him
whenever he fails to appear in court.
2009 Nov 5, Tropical Storm Ida
grew to hurricane force just off Nicaragua's coast, forcing more
than 2,000 people to flee their homes and knocking out power to some
parts of the impoverished region.
2009 Nov 5, Pakistani security
forces arrested three Iranians suspected of planning a suicide
attack in Iran's southeastern region last month which killed 42
people. Militants blew up a girls' school in the Khyber tribal
region, but no one was injured. Missiles believed fired by US drones
killed two alleged militants in a northwestern tribal region.
2009 Nov 5, Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas pushed Mideast peace prospects into unknown
territory, announcing he doesn't want another term and opening the
way to a succession battle that could play into the hands of his
rival, the militant Hamas.
2009 Nov 5, Peru’s defense
minister said Shining Path rebels attacked a military outpost in the
country's coca-producing highlands, killing one soldier and wounding
2009 Nov 5, Memorial, a Russian
rights group, said Chechen authorities have abducted Arbi
Khachukayev, a human rights advocate in Moscow, who has been
critical of Chechnya's Kremlin-backed leader.
2009 Nov 5, A Moscow court
approved the arrest of a man and a woman suspected in the January 19
killing of Stanislav Markelov and Anastasia Baburova. The male
suspect, ultranationalist Nikita Tikhonov, confessed to the crime
after his arrest saying he did so out of “personal enmity” for one
of the victims.
(AP, 11/6/09)(SFC, 11/7/09, p.A2)
2009 Nov 5, Somali pirates
captured a Greek-owned bulk carrier with 21 crew on board. The
carrier, which is flagged in the Marshall Islands, had been heading
to Zanzibar but was last seen 300 miles east of Mombasa, Kenya. The
ship and crew were released on Dec 17.
(AP, 11/5/09)(AP, 12/18/09)
2009 Nov 5, The UN said at
least 50 peacekeepers have received punishments ranging from
reduction in military rank to eight months imprisonment for
committing sexual abuses on United Nations missions since 2007.
2009 Nov 5, The UN said that it
will send more than half its international staff either out of
Afghanistan or into more secure compounds following last week's
deadly Taliban attack against UN workers, the most direct targeting
of its employees during decades of work in the country.
2009 Nov 5, Zimbabwe's rival
leaders met with Mozambican leader Armando Guebuza, the head of a
regional security body, ahead of an emergency summit aimed at
hauling a fragile power-sharing deal out of a three-week impasse.
The summit was set to open with leaders from the Democratic Republic
of Congo, South Africa, Swaziland and Zambia.
2010 Nov 5, President Barack
Obama launched a 10-day trip to Asia aimed at boosting exports and
creating US jobs.
2010 Nov 5, In Los Angeles
ex-BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle (28) was sentenced to a
minimum term of 2 years for fatally shooting unarmed train rider
Oscar Grant (22) at the Oakland Fruitvale BART station on Jan, 2009.
Protesters marched in downtown Oakland and mobs smashed about a
dozen cars. 152 people were arrested.
(SFC, 11/6/10, p.A1)(SSFC, 11/7/10, p.C10)
2010 Nov 5, Jill Clayburgh
(66), Hollywood and Broadway actress, died in Connecticut after a
21-year battle with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. She was known for
portrayals of empowered women in a career spanning five decades,
highlighted by her Oscar-nominated role of a divorcee exploring life
after marriage in the film "An Unmarried Woman" (1978).
2010 Nov 5, In Afghanistan a
teenage suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowded bazaar in the
northwest, killing at least nine people and wounding 30 others. The
attack targeted the head of the Faryab provincial council, Mullah
Rahmatullah Turkistani. NATO said three of its service members were
killed. An Afghan and NATO force captured the Haqqani network's
shadow governor for Spera district in Khost province during an
overnight operation. An Afghan soldier reportedly shot and killed 2
NATO service members on their base in the Sangin district of Helmand
province and then defected to the insurgency.
(AP, 11/5/10)(AP, 11/6/10)
2010 Nov 5, Algeria’s newspaper
El-Watan Week-end reported that local police have dismantled a group
of currency forgers who put more than 48 million euros in fake
banknotes on to the market.
2010 Nov 5, Britain began a
3-day hearing on Iraqi civilian claims of abuse. Lawyers for 222
Iraqi civilians were suing the British government, claiming their
clients were subjected to a regime of systematic abuse by British
soldiers and interrogators, and that their only realistic remedy is
a far-reaching public investigation into how the U.K. treated its
captives in Iraq.
2010 Nov 5, The British
government said it has sold the right to run the rail line from
London to the Channel Tunnel to a Canadian consortium for 2.1
2010 Nov 5, China and India
received long-sought recognition as global economic heavyweights as
the International Monetary Fund gave them and other emerging powers
a significantly larger role in stabilizing the world economy. IMF
chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn announced planned reforms to the fund's
voting power after a meeting of the organization's board in
2010 Nov 5, France and China
reached a "real convergence" over the need to reform the global
financial system after two days of talks between President Nicolas
Sarkozy and his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao. France told China
that balanced trade and close cooperation was the best way to shield
the world from future crises and the menace of protectionism, and
China promised its support for Paris as it takes over the G20
presidency this month.
2010 Nov 5, In France
environmentalists handcuffed themselves in front of a train carrying
what activists claim is "the most radioactive ever" cargo of nuclear
waste. The shipment was returning German waste for storage after it
was treated in France by the Areva group.
(AFP, 11/6/10)(SFC, 11/6/10, p.A2)
2010 Nov 5, Georgia's
government announced the arrests of 13 people, including four
Russian citizens, who are accused of spying for Russia's armed
forces. The arrests, which took place in October, were announced on
the day Russia's military intelligence agency celebrates its
professional holiday, Day of the Military Intelligence Officer.
2010 Nov 5, Haiti was lashed by
heavy rains and wind from Hurricane Tomas. Leaders of the quake-hit
nation called for mass evacuations from tent cities. 6 people were
killed. Tomas weakened the next day and was downgraded from a
hurricane to a tropical storm as it passed over the Turks and Caicos
(AFP, 11/5/10)(AP, 11/6/10)
2010 Nov 5, In Indonesia
searing gas avalanched down the Mount Merapi volcano with a
thunderous roar, torching houses and trees and incinerating
villagers as they fled. About 70 more people were killed raising the
death toll to 122.
(AP, 11/5/10)(Econ, 11/13/10, p.50)
2010 Nov 5, Iraqi civil society
groups said they are to launch a legal battle for Iraqi MPs left
idle since a March 7 poll to return 40 million dollars received in
salaries and allowances over the past eight months.
2010 Nov 5, Mexico's federal
police said they have found the tortured body of Mario Gonzalez, the
brother of Patricia Gonzalez, the former Chihuahua state attorney
general. He was kidnapped on Oct 21 and eight people have been
arrested in the slaying. A video had surfaced online showing the
kidnapped man saying at gunpoint that he and his sister protected a
street gang tied to the Juarez cartel and was behind several
murders. Reputed Gulf cartel leader Antonio Ezequiel Cardenas
Guillen (48), also known as "Tony Tormenta" or "Tony the Storm," was
killed along with four of his gunmen and three marines in the city
of Matamoros. A soldier and local reporter Carlos Guajardo were also
killed in related mayhem that began in the morning and lasted into
the evening. The arrest of two alleged drug traffickers in the
historic city of Patzcuaro outside of Morelia sparked roadblocks and
car fires on the road between the two cities in the western state of
Michoacan, which is controlled by La Familia cartel.
(AP, 11/5/10)(AP, 11/6/10)
2010 Nov 5, In northwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber struck a mosque frequented by anti-Taliban
tribal elders during afternoon prayers, killing at least 65 people
in Peshawar. A second bombing later in the day wounded several
people at another mosque in the Badhber area on the outskirts of
(AP, 11/5/10)(SFC, 11/6/10, p.A2)
2010 Nov 5, In Pakistan a
private plane chartered by an Italy-based oil company crashed near
the airport in Karachi after the pilot warned of engine trouble. All
21 people on board, including an Italian, were killed.
2010 Nov 5, A Peruvian judge
ordered convicted rebel collaborator Lori Berenson freed from
prison, ruling her initial parole decision sound. Berenson was freed
on Nov 8, but the New Yorker's legal troubles remained unresolved.
(AP, 11/5/10)(AP, 11/9/10)
2010 Nov 5, Swiss adventurer
Yves Rossy (51) jumped from a hot-air balloon near Lake Geneva and
completed two aerial loops using his custom-made jet-propelled
(SFC, 11/6/10, p.A2)
2011 Nov 5, In Oklahoma a
5.6-magnitude earthquake hit the state with the epicenter located 44
miles east of Oklahoma City. It was felt as far away as Wisconsin
and South Carolina, but there were no serious injuries. The largest
earthquake previously recorded in Oklahoma was a 5.5-magnitude
tremor in 1952. In 2013 geologists said the Oklahoma quake and other
seismic activity in the central US was linked to the disposal of
wastewater from fracking operations for oil extraction.
(Reuters, 11/6/11)(SFC, 3/27/13, p.D3)
2011 Nov 5, Penn State
assistant coach Jerry Sandusky (67) was arrested for 40 sex crimes
against boys dating from 1994 to 2005. All of the boys were under
the care of the Second Mile Foundation, a charity that Sandusky
founded in 1977.
(SFC, 11/9/11, p.A12)(http://tinyurl.com/864sytk)
2011 Nov 5, Bahrain released
Zulfiqar Naji (17), an Iraqi football player, as a goodwill gesture
to mark a key Muslim holiday. Naji, who played on the junior team
for Bahraini club Al Muharraq, was seized from a home in April on
suspicion of participating in protests against the Sunni monarchy.
Bahrain said it has released more than 300 prisoners in honor of Eid
2011 Nov 5, A 5.7 earthquake
struck near Chile’s port city of Antofagasta.
(SSFC, 11/6/11, p.A4)
2011 Nov 5, The ruling junta of
the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) designated
Timoleon Jimenez (52) as its new chief. The announcement was made
public 10 days later. The US government has offered a $5 million
reward for Jimenez, and Colombia's government is offering another
$2.6 million for his capture.
2011 Nov 5, In northwest
Colombia a landslide caused by heavy rains left at least 29 people
dead and 20-40 more missing in the city of Manizales, Caldas state.
(AP, 11/5/11)(AP, 11/6/11)
2011 Nov 5, Greece's PM George
Papandreou won an early morning confidence vote and launched efforts
to form a coalition government to run the country for the next four
months, arguing the move is vital to securing a mammoth new debt
deal and demonstrating commitment to remaining in the eurozone.
2011 Nov 5, In Iraq four bombs
at the Taji home of anti-Qaeda militia leader Yassin Issa Daud,
killed five people and wounded 13 others. Border police Brigadier
General Mohammed Jalil Mansur was shot dead with a silenced weapon
while driving near Al-Shaab football stadium in eastern Baghdad. A
magnetic sticky bomb on a minibus in the Sadr City area of Baghdad
killed one person and wounded five others.
2011 Nov 5, Israel freed six of
27 passengers and crew who were aboard two ships intercepted by its
navy while trying to breach the Jewish state's blockade on the
Hamas-run Gaza Strip. The six released included an Israeli Arab, two
Greek crewmen and three journalists -- from Egypt, Spain and the
United States. Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip killed an
Islamic Jihad militant and wounded three other Palestinians.
(AFP, 11/5/11)(AFP, 11/6/11)
2011 Nov 5, Italy’s Premier
Silvio Berlusconi said improper construction in flood plains was
partly to blame for devastating floods that have killed at least 6
people in the port city of Genoa. Tens of thousands of opposition
activists demonstrated in Rome for the ouster of Berlusconi.
(AP, 11/5/11)(SSFC, 11/6/11, p.A4)
2011 Nov 5, In Kenya attackers
threw a grenade at a house inside a compound of the East African
Pentecostal Church in Garissa late in the day, killing two people
2011 Nov 5, In Mexico Juan
Francisco Sillas Rocha (34), who allegedly reported directly to the
head of the Arellano Felix cartel, shot and wounded two unidentified
rivals driving through Tijuana. Police and soldiers captured him
after cordoning off the area.
2011 Nov 5, A Pakistani
government prosecutor said a court has indicted two more suspects in
the 2007 killing of former PM Benazir Bhutto. 2 police officers were
charged with failing to provide Bhutto with proper security and with
destroying evidence. 5 alleged Taliban militants were also indicted.
A suicide bomber targeting the country's Shiite minority killed
himself in a premature explosion in the southwest.
2011 Nov 5, In Saudi Arabia
millions of Muslims began their annual hajj pilgrimage by climbing a
rocky desert hill outside Mecca. The ascent of Arafat is the first
event associated with the five-day hajj.
2011 Nov 5, A South Korean
official said 21 North Koreans were found in a boat drifting in
South Korean waters this week, the largest such arrival in nine
2011 Nov 5, Sri Lanka warned
websites to register with the authorities after the United States
expressed deep concern over Colombo's blocking of a popular
Internet-based dissident publication.
2011 Nov 5, Syrian activists
reported more violence, including tank shelling, in the restive
central city of Homs. Nabil Elaraby, head of the Arab League, warned
that the failure of an Arab-brokered plan to end the violence in
Syria would have disastrous consequences.
2012 Nov 5, American classical
composer Elliott Carter (b.1908) died in New York. He won his first
Pulitzer Prize in 1960 for his Second String Quartet and a 2nd
Pulitzer in 1973 for his Third String Quartet.
(SFC, 11/6/12, p.A10)
2012 Nov 5, In Bahrain a series
of bomb blasts Manama killed two people. Four suspects were arrested
the next day.
(AP, 11/5/12)(AP, 11/7/12)
2012 Nov 5, Former British
stockbroker Nicholas Levene (48), who swindled investors out of 32
million pounds in a "ponzi" scheme, was jailed for 13 years.
Investors had handed Levene, a former deputy chairman at London
football Club Leyton Orient, more than 250 million pounds between
January 2005 and October 2009.
2012 Nov 5, Montreal Mayor
Gerald Tremblay resigned in the midst of an eye-brow-raising inquiry
that has revealed widespread corruption among city officials,
contractors and members of organized crime.
(SFC, 11/7/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 5, In Iraq a car bomb
struck an army patrol in Taji, wounding eight people. Another
bombing near an outdoor market in a Shiite neighborhood on Baghdad's
outskirts killed four.
2012 Nov 5, The Israeli
government announced that it was accepting bids from contractors to
build the homes in two Jewish enclaves in east Jerusalem, Ramot and
Pisgat Zeev. It also reopened bidding for 72 homes in Ariel, deep
inside the West Bank.
2012 Nov 5, In Mexico G20
finance officials called on countries to reject protectionism and
currency manipulation despite a raft of economic problems that
include the US deficit.
2012 Nov 5, In the Netherlands
Queen Beatrix swore in the new center-left coaltion of PM Mark
Rutte. The new government brought togther the the liberal VVD party
and the center-left Labor Party.
(SFC, 11/6/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 5, Nicaragua released
election results indicating that the ruling Sandinista Front has won
at least 134 of 153 mayoral races.
(SFC, 11/6/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 5, In Nigeria the
managing director and editor-in-chief of the Nigerian Compass daily
newspaper was shot during an attack in Osun state.
2012 Nov 5, Nigeria's National
Emergency Management Agency said 363 people died over months of
flooding across the West African nation and 2.1 million others were
2012 Nov 5, In Saudi Arabia a
group of 11 al-Qaida fighters killed two border guards while trying
to cross into Yemen before they themselves were captured.
2012 Nov 5, The main Syrian
opposition bloc, Syrian National Council, broadened its ranks to
include more activists and political groups from inside the country.
It had been dominated by exiles and academics.
2012 Nov 5, In Syria a suicide
attack in the village of Ziyara in the central province of Hama
killed more than 50 Syrian soldiers and pro-government gunmen.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the
attack was carried out by Jabhat al-Nusra, an al-Qaida-inspired
Islamic militant group. The Observatory also reported that an air
raid on the northern town of Harem killed at least 20 rebels. 6
regime supporters were killed when 11 mortars rounds fell near a
pro-government demonstration in the northern city of Aleppo.
(AP, 11/5/12)(AP, 11/6/12)
2013 Nov 5, It was reported
that US Navy Cmdr. Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz had passed
confidential information on ship routes to Malaysian defense
contractor Leonard Francis, who in turn overcharged the Navy
millions in suplies and services.
(SFC, 11/5/13, p.A10)
2013 Nov 5, SF voters rejected
Prop C, a referendum that would have allowed construction of a
waterfront high-rise, the 8 Washington project for 134 luxury
(Reuters, 11/5/13)(SFC, 11/6/13, p.A1)
2013 Nov 5, The SF Board of
Supervisors voted 6-5 to close city parks from midnight to 5am.
(SFC, 11/6/13, p.A7)
2013 Nov 5, Colorado voters
approved a tax rate for marijuana.
(SFC, 11/5/13, p.A4)(AP, 11/6/13)
2013 Nov 5, Portland, Maine,
legalized marijuana for people over 21, joining other cities which
have done so.
2013 Nov 5, In Michigan
business executive Mike Duggan was elected as the next mayor of
Detroit, a city on the brink of bankruptcy. He is known for saving
Detroit Medical Center, the city’s largest employer, from near
insolvency. Duggan defeated Wayne Ct. Sheriff Benny Napoleon 55-45%
(SFC, 11/7/13, p.A8)
2013 Nov 5, New Jersey held
elections for governor. Republican Governor Chris Christie handily
defeated his Democrat challenger, earning a second four-year term.
(SFC, 11/5/13, p.A4)(AFP, 11/5/13)
2013 Nov 5, Millions of New
Yorkers went to the polls to elect a new mayor. Democrats retook New
York's city hall with left-wing progressive Bill de Blasio replacing
billionaire Michael Bloomberg.
2013 Nov 5, Virginia held
elections for governor. Democrat Terry McAuliffe won in the
otherwise strongly Republican state.
(SFC, 11/5/13, p.A4)(AFP, 11/6/13)
2013 Nov 5, In Abu Dhabi 30
Emiratis and Egyptians went on trial accused of setting up an
illegal branch of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood in the United Arab
2013 Nov 5, A Bangladesh court
sentenced 152 soldiers, of the now defunct Bangladesh Rifles (BDR),
to death for the February, 2009, mutiny by disgruntled border guards
who killed dozens of military commanders during a brutal, two-day
uprising. Of the 846 accused of killing 74 people in the mutiny 161
were handed life sentences, over 250 received prison terms of up to
10 years and over 270 were acquitted.
(SFC, 11/6/13, p.A3)(SSFC, 11/10/13, p.A4)
2013 Nov 5, In Bangladesh 2
people died and scores were injured as protesters demanded the
government step aside ahead of January elections.
(SFC, 11/5/13, p.A2)
2013 Nov 5, Hundreds of
Anonymous protesters wearing Guy Fawkes masks protested outside
Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth II's London home, as part of a
global demonstration against austerity.
2013 Nov 5, Britain’s Ministry
of Defense said a soldier from the 3rd Battalion, the Mercian
Regiment, was killed "as a result of an explosion during a
vehicle-born suicide attack" near Lashkar Gah, Helmand province.
2013 Nov 5, Britain signed an
information-sharing agreement with the Cayman Islands, one of its
overseas territories, to help British authorities improve tax
2013 Nov 5, Canada's Senate
effectively expelled three of their own for what an audit revealed
were "troubling" expense claims, as a federal police probe
2013 Nov 5, China's state media
said the People's Liberation Army has discovered in a corruption
probe that its troops "illicitly kept" more than 8,000 apartments
and 25,000 vehicles.
2013 Nov 5, A leader of the M23
rebel group in eastern Congo said his movement is ending its
rebellion after more than a year and a half of fighting as the
Congolese military seized the last two hills that had been held by
2013 Nov 5, In Ethiopia 4
people were killed in a bomb blast on a bus near the Sudanese
border. Security forces were on high alert following attack
2013 Nov 5, The European Union
resumed membership talks with Turkey. They were stalled for 3½ years
mainly because of the country's ongoing dispute with Cyprus.
2013 Nov 5, Lyon-based Interpol
said it was waiting for information from Dutch authorities after a
rights group said it had identified 1,000 paedophiles by offering
online sex with a computer-generated girl (10).
2013 Nov 5, In India separatist
militants of the Garo tribe killed 5 police officers in a shootout
in Meghalaya state.
(SFC, 11/6/13, p.A2)
2013 Nov 5, India launched its
Mngalyaan (Mars Vehicle), its first spacecraft bound for Mars.
(AP, 11/5/13)(Econ, 11/2/13, p.46)
2013 Nov 5, Israeli and
Palestinian officials said the three-month-old peace talks pressed
on them by Washington are going nowhere.
2013 Nov 5, Italy’s La
Repubblica newspaper reported that a group of Italian computer
boffins have launched a new website, Mafialeaks, aimed at
encouraging victims of organised crime and former gangsters to spill
2013 Nov 5, Mozambique's
revived rebel movement Renamo spurned the government's invite for
high level face-to-face talks to end destabilising military
skirmishes. Opposition fighters killed 4 soldiers in two separate
attacks amid escalating violence in the central part of the country.
(AFP, 11/5/13)(AP, 11/6/13)
2013 Nov 5, Saudi media said
authorities have rounded up over four thousand of illegal foreign
workers at the start of a nationwide crackdown ultimately aimed at
creating more jobs for locals.
(Reuters, 11/5/13)(SFC, 11/6/13, p.A2)
2013 Nov 5, Somali money
transfer company Dahabshiil welcomed a temporary injunction by a
British court allowing its lifeline services to continue,
transferring funds dwarfing levels of foreign aid to the war-torn
2013 Nov 5, South African
police fired rubber bullets to disperse a protest march organized by
the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), headed by Julius Malema, and
arrested four people.
2013 Nov 5, The United Nations
that 40 percent of all Syrians are now in need in need of
2013 Nov 5, In northern Yemen
sectarian fighting reignited between Shiite Huthi rebels and Sunni
Islamists, shortly after a ceasefire allowed the evacuation of the
2014 Nov 5, Pres. Obama asked
Congress for $6.2 billion in emergency funds to confront Ebola at
its source in West Africa and secure the US against any possible
(SFC, 11/6/14, p.A2)
2014 Nov 5, Fawzi al-Odah (37),
a citizen of Kuwait held at the US detention center at Guantanamo
Bay, Cuba, for nearly 13 years, was sent back to his homeland. This
left the detention center population at 148.
2014 Nov 5, US federal agents
in San Francisco arrested Blake Benthall (26) on charges that he had
assumed control of the anonymous “Silk Road” Internet drug bazaar.
(SFC, 11/7/14, p.A1)
2014 Nov 5, Charles Merritt
(57) was arrested on suspicion of murder in the deaths of the Joseph
McStay family, whose four members disappeared in southern California
on Feb 4, 2010. Merritt was a business partner of Joseph McStay.
(SFC, 11/8/14, p.A5)
2014 Nov 5, US federal
regulators shut down the commercial fishing season for northern
shrimp in the Gulf of Maine for a 2nd straight year citing concerns
about declining population and warmer ocean temperatures.
(SFC, 11/6/14, p.A5)
2014 Nov 5, A Missouri state
judge overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.
(SFC, 11/6/14, p.A5)
2014 Nov 5, In Algeria a
passenger train derailed in an eastern suburb of Algiers, leaving
one person dead and 65 injured.
2014 Nov 5, A consortium led by
China Railway Corp. won a contract to build Mexico’s first
high-speed train. The $3.7 billion project will link Mexico City
with Queretaro by 2017. Pena Nieto’s government cancelled the
contract on Nov 7 following an investigation into Grupo Higa, a
Mexican partner in the consortium, which also provided Nieto and his
wife use of a $7 million mansion on the western edge of Mexico City.
Grupo Higa had granted Angelica Rivera, Pena’s wife, a loan to buy
the mansion in 2012.
(SSFC, 11/9/14, p.A4)(SFC, 11/10/14, p.A4)(SFC,
2014 Nov 5, In Egypt a bomb on
a train killed 4 people including two policemen in Menufiya
province. Blasts in the Cairo metro and near a presidential palace
wounded several others.
2014 Nov 5, In southern France
flamenco guitarist Manitas de Plata (93) died. His “Gypsy
Flamenco” album was released in 1963. He had sold nearly 100 million
records worldwide and broke boundaries for Gypsy musicians.
(AP, 11/6/14)(Econ, 11/15/14, p.94)
2014 Nov 5, Haiti reported that
12 people have died so far as a result of heavy rains unleashed by a
cluster of storms in the northern Caribbean.
2014 Nov 5, The head of
Hungary's tax authority, Ildiko Vida, acknowledged in a published
report that she has been banned from entering the US because of
suspected links to corruption. She denied the unspecified
allegations, and said that the ban also affects other officials from
NAV, Hungary's tax authority.
2014 Nov 5, In
Indian-controlled Kashmir shops and businesses were closed and small
protests broke out after separatists called a strike following the
killings of two teenagers by army soldiers at a roadblock.
2014 Nov 5, In Iraq a series of
attacks, mainly against troops, killed 11 people in Baghdad and in
the country's west.
2014 Nov 5, In Israel Hamam
Masalmeh (23) a Palestinian from Beit Awwa in the southern West
Bank, hit three soldiers with his vehicle outside Al-Arub camp.
Masalmeh turned himself in the next day and claimed he had lost
control of his car.
2014 Nov 5, In Ivory Coast 8
people were killed and at least two more were believed trapped under
rubble after a building in Abidjan collapsed on workers who were
2014 Nov 5, In Latvia the Union
of Greens and Farmers and Unity, both center-right parties, joined
with the conservative National Alliance to form a Cabinet led by PM
2014 Nov 5, Lebanon's
parliament voted to extend its own mandate until 2017 citing
security concerns linked to the civil war in neighboring Syria.
2014 Nov 5, Mongolia's
parliament voted to dismiss PM Altankhuyag Norov, who faced
criticism for drastically slower economic growth and alleged
corruption within his administration.
2014 Nov 5, Nigerian troops
rounded up 17 people, including an imam, from the Dogo Tebo area of
Potiskum in Yobe state as they left a mosque after morning prayers.
The bodies of all but the imam were found hours later in the morgue
at the Potiskum General Hospital.
2014 Nov 5, Pakistani police
arrested dozens of people after a mob beat a Christian couple to
death and burned their bodies a day earlier for allegedly
desecrating a Koran in Punjab province.
2014 Nov 5, A Palestinian
rammed his car into pedestrians in central Jerusalem in the second
attack of its kind in two weeks, killing a police officer and
seriously wounding 13 others. The driver, shot dead by police, was
identified as Ibrahim Akari from East Jerusalem. Hamas claimed
(Reuters, 11/5/14)(SSFC, 11/9/14, p.A4)
2014 Nov 5, Russia gave 12
South African firms rights to supply canned and frozen fish. South
Africa will resume seafood exports to Russia for the first time in
almost two decades as Moscow looked elsewhere for food sources
following Western sanctions over Ukraine.
2014 Nov 5, A South Korean
court convicted three relatives of the sunken Sewol ferry's owner
and 13 other associates for corruption, about four months after the
tycoon was found dead on the run. Yoo Dae-kyoon (43), the oldest son
of ferry owner Yoo Byung-eun, was convicted of embezzlement and
sentenced to three years in prison.
(AP, 11/5/14)(SFC, 11/6/14, p.A3)
2014 Nov 5, In Syria mortar
rounds slammed into a school in a rebel-held suburb east of
Damascus, killing at least 13 children. In Kurdish-dominated north
and northeastern regions, Kurdish forces distributed leaflets to
residents, ordering them to report for compulsory military service.
2014 Nov 5, The Islamic State
said has shut all schools in areas it controls in eastern Syria
pending a religious revision of the curriculum.
2014 Nov 5, In Tunisia 3
soldiers were killed and 12 others were wounded in an attack by
suspected Islamist militants on a bus carrying soldiers in Kef near
the Algerian border. Two of the wounded died soon after.
(Reuters, 11/5/14)(AFP, 11/6/14)
2014 Nov 5, Ukraine announced
that it will freeze budget subsidies for the eastern territories
controlled by pro-Russian separatists. 2 civilians, including a
teenage boy, were killed when shelling hit a school playing field in
(AP, 11/5/14)(AFP, 11/5/14)
2014 Nov 5, Yemen's powerful
Shiite rebels, who are in control of the capital, swept through the
central city of Adeen, after repelling al-Qaida militants in nearly
two-weeks of deadly battles.
2014 Nov 5, Yemen tribal
sources said Nabil al-Dahab, leader of Ansar al-Sharia in al-Bayda
province, was killed along with four other al Qaeda members,
including Shawki al-Badani a senior al Qaeda official wanted by the
US, in a drone strike in central Yemen overnight.
2014 Nov 5, In Yemen an
Algerian national was shot dead and a Frenchman was wounded during a
scuffle at a checkpoint operated by fighters of the Shi'ite Muslim
Houthi group in the southern part of Sanaa.
2015 Nov 5, The United States
and its allies targeted Islamic State in Iraq with 14 air strikes,
and also hit the militant group with nine air strikes in Syria.
2015 Nov 5, In Washington DC
controversial Russian media mogul Mikhail Lesin (57), who helped
found the RT English-language television network, was found dead at
the Dupont Circle Hotel. Lesin had amassed a fortune operating one
of Russia's first advertising agencies and spent years as Vladimir
Putin's media czar.
(AFP, 11/7/15)(SFC, 3/13/19, p.A7)
2015 Nov 5, In Arkansas a
charter bus ran off Interstate 40 and collided with a bridge,
resulting in six dead and others injured. The bus was ferrying
migrant farmworkers from Michigan to Texas as it ran off a highway
and hit an overpass.
2015 Nov 5, The San Francisco
Planning Commission approved plans for a $1 billion, 18,000 seat
arena for the Golden State Warriors in the Mission Bay neighborhood.
(SFC, 11/6/15, p.A9)
2015 Nov 5, In Oklahoma some
1,000 barrels of crude oil spilled from a rural pipeline owned by
magellan Midstream Partners.
(SFC, 11/7/15, p.A5)
2015 Nov 5, Bahrain media
reported that five citizens have been convicted of conspiring with
Iran to carry out attacks inside Bahrain, sentenced to life
imprisonment and stripped of their citizenship.
2015 Nov 5, In southeastern
Brazil a mudslide erupted from a reservoir of waste at the partly
Australian-owned Samarco iron ore and minerals mine, ripping the
roofs off houses in Bento Rodrigues, Minas Gerais state. 122 homes
were buried in mud. At least 12 people were killed. Losses to
municipalities were later estimated at 1.2 billion reais ($308
million), not considering the environmental problems.
(AFP, 11/6/15)(Reuters, 11/9/15)(SFC, 11/24/15,
2015 Nov 5, In Burundi some
residents fled their neighborhood in Bujumbura after they found four
bodies on the streets, part of a wave of killings associated with
President Pierre Nkurunziza's re-election for a third term.
2015 Nov 5, Egypt opened three
tombs in the ancient city of Luxor to the public for the first time,
hoping to spur interest in tourism despite the shadow of last
weekend's airline crash in the Sinai Peninsula.
2015 Nov 5, France announced it
would deploy an aircraft carrier to boost its fight against the
Islamic State group, which has seized control of large parts of Iraq
2015 Nov 5, Greek ferries
started operating again after the seamen's union called off rolling
2015 Nov 5, Kurdish militants
scrapped a month-old ceasefire in Turkey, a day after President
Tayyip Erdogan vowed to "liquidate" them.
2015 Nov 5, In Lebanon 5 people
were killed in a suicide attack in Arsal, a town along the border
2015 Nov 5, Lithuanian police
arrested Rimantas Bekintis (57) suspected of killing three elderly
women and a social worker in a three-day stabbing spree in the rural
village of Kraziai.
2015 Nov 5, Maldives'
Parliament voted overwhelmingly to impeach VP Ahmed Adeeb and said
he will be charged with terrorism for plotting to kill the
2015 Nov 5, NATO's
secretary-general sounded the alarm over the build-up of Russian
military forces from the Baltic Sea to the Mediterranean and called
on the US-led alliance to come up with a response.
2015 Nov 5, Niger said its air
force has bombed a Boko Haram base in the country's southeast and
arrested more than 20 militants, in its biggest counter-attack in
2015 Nov 5, A Palestinian
attempted to stab an Israeli at a junction in the occupied West Bank
and was shot.
2015 Nov 5, Russia sent a plane
to rebel-controlled Yemen carrying what Moscow said was more than 20
tons of humanitarian aid for the conflict-torn country.
2015 Nov 5, Syrian rebels,
including jihadists, seized the last government-held town on the
main highway between second city Aleppo and the city of Hama. Air
strikes on the town on Albu Kamal on the Syrian border with Iraq
killed 49 people, at least 31 of them civilians.
(AFP, 11/5/15)(AFP, 11/7/15)
2015 Nov 5, Tanzania's new
president John Magufuli was sworn in, promising to unite the country
after a contested vote, create more jobs and drive up economic
2015 Nov 5, Thailand's junta
launched a crackdown on organized crime, its latest effort to clean
up the country and improve the image of the military government as
it struggles to get a sluggish economy on track.
2015 Nov 5, Thai authorities
said police have cracked down on a sex ring that lured underage
girls to work as prostitutes whose services were sold to
high-ranking military officers, Buddhist monks and a variety of
2015 Nov 5, Turkey, said it was
planning to soon launch a military campaign against IS. Turkey
shares an 800-km (500-mile) border with northern Syria.
2015 Nov 5, In southeastern
Turkey 18 people were killed in clashes with the military, lifting
this week's death toll to almost 40 in the mainly Kurdish area and
dampening prospects for a ceasefire.
2015 Nov 5, In Hanoi Chinese
President Xi Jinping and Vietnamese Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu
Trong agreed to limit their differences and maintain peace and
stability, as the two Communist neighbors attempt to repair ties
strained over territorial disputes in the South China Sea.
2016 Nov 5, In New Jersey two
children and a woman were fatally stabbed at a home in Newark. Three
others were injured.
(SSFC, 11/6/16, p.A10)
2016 Nov 5, In eastern
Afghanistan a bomb targeting a district leader killed his driver and
wounded the official and another person. A similar attack on a
police vehicle in the capital, Kabul, wounded four people. Unknown
gunmen kidnapped a female Pakistani-born Australian employee of a
non-governmental organization late today in Kabul.
(AP, 11/5/16)(AP, 11/6/16)
2016 Nov 5, In Albania
thousands gathered in prayer at the Shen Shtjefni cathedral in
Shkoder to celebrate the beatification of 38 Albanian Catholic
martyrs executed or tortured to death during the former communist
2016 Nov 5, Leading members of
China's parliament said two Hong Kong lawmakers-elect who called for
the city's independence from China had damaged the territory's rule
of law and posed a grave threat to China's sovereignty and security.
2016 Nov 5, Police in Congo's
capital Kinshasa fired tear gas to disperse opposition supporters
seeking to defy a ban on public protests and rally against plans by
President Joseph Kabila to stay in power beyond the end of his
mandate this year.
2016 Nov 5, French police in
Ascain arrested Mikel Irastorza, the leader of the debilitated
Basque militant group ETA. Spanish police said Irastorza, who had
been in hiding since 2008, became ETA's leading member a year ago.
2016 Nov 5, The German media
group Funke said the government plans to carry out security
investigations of all military recruits beginning in July 2017 after
its military counter-espionage service (MAD) identified 20 Islamists
in the Bundeswehr.
2016 Nov 5, In Iraq four
separate bombings hit neighborhoods across Baghdad, killing at least
10 people and wounding 37. Iraqi special forces cleared buildings in
neighborhoods they entered in eastern Mosul a day earlier, after
pushing out Islamic State militants in their drive to take back the
city. Some 1 million civilians remained in the city.
2016 Nov 5, In
Indian-controlled Kashmir at least 30 people were injured after
government forces fired shotgun pellets and tear gas as a funeral
procession for a teenager turned into a protest against Indian rule.
2016 Nov 5, Two Indonesians
were kidnapped from fishing vessels in waters off Malaysia's Sabah
state in two separate incidents.
2016 Nov 5, In Kosovo medical
student Astrit Dehari (26) died in jail in the southeastern city of
Prizren, where he had been detained since August along with five
fellow members of the opposition Self-Determination (Vetevendosje)
party. Prosecutors later said the activist had killed himself.
2016 Nov 5, In Malaysia several
hundred pro-government demonstrators dressed in red shirts protested
outside the office of the popular news portal, Malaysiakini, calling
for it to be shut down after reports that it received funds from an
organization linked to business tycoon George Soros.
2016 Nov 5, In Myanmar video
captured police officers shown beating villagers in the area of
Maungdaw township. The video was circulated on the internet and
forced a rare official acknowledgment of abuses taking place in the
western state of Rakhine.
2016 Nov 5, In northern Nigeria
one of some 270 schoolgirls abducted by jihadist group Boko Haram
from their school in Chibok in 2014 was found by soldiers screening
escapees from Boko Haram's base in the Sambisa forest. Maryam Ali
Maiyanga was discovered to be carrying a 10-month-old son, named
2016 Nov 5, Pakistani officials
said heavy smog loaded with pollutants has covered several urban and
rural areas in Punjab province, prompting breathing problems, and
causing more than 20 deaths in traffic accidents caused by poor
visibility on highways.
2016 Nov 5, In the Philippines
Rolando Espinosa, mayor of Albuera town in central Leyte province
and on President Rodrigo Duterte's list of top drugs suspects, was
killed during a shootout at a prison. On Dec 6 The National Bureau
of Investigation said the shooting to death of Mayor Rolando
Espinosa Sr. and another inmate, Raul Yap, was a "rubout." It said
the policemen most likely put pistols and illegal drugs in their
cells to justify a police raid.
(Reuters, 11/5/16)(AP, 12/6/16)
2016 Nov 5, In South Korea tens
of thousands protested in central Seoul in one the largest
demonstrations in the country's capital for years, calling on
embattled President Park Geun-hye to resign over a growing
2016 Nov 5, In South Sudan an
angry football fan fired on others watching a match in a bar in
Juba. By Nov 7 the death toll numbered least 13 people after some of
the injured died of their wounds.
2016 Nov 5, Tunisian TV
reported that a soldier has been killed in his home near central
Mount Mghilla, an area where jihadist fighters operate.
2016 Nov 5, Turkey's military
said it hit 71 Islamic State targets in Syria over the last 24
hours, intensifying strikes against the militant group.
2016 Nov 5, In Turkey an
Istanbul court ordered the imprisonment of nine staff from the
opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper. Authorities detained nine officials
from the country's main pro-Kurdish opposition party. Police used
water cannon and tear gas against crowds of protesters in Istanbul,
in an attempt to block them from marching to the office of an
opposition newspaper whose staff had been arrested.
(AFP, 11/4/16)(Reuters, 11/5/16)
2016 Nov 5, In southeastern
Turkish two children were killed when a bomb planted by the outlawed
Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) exploded in the province of Sirnak.
2017 Nov 5, US President Donald
Trump praised Japan as a "crucial ally" and warned adversaries not
to test America's resolve as he opened a grueling and consequential
first trip to Asia.
2017 Nov 5, In Illinois policer
Jamie Cox (30) was fatally injured in a shooting following a traffic
stop. A civilian was found dead in a crashed car two blocks away in
(SFC, 11/6/17, p.A4)
2017 Nov 5, Kentucky’s
Republican House Speaker Jeff Hoover resigned his leadership
position after acknowledging he had settled sexual harassment claims
from one of his staffers last month. Hoover said he will remain in
(SFC, 11/6/17, p.A4)
2017 Nov 5, In New Mexico a
small plane crashed near the Hatch airport killing all four
occupants from Texas.
(SFC, 11/7/17, p.A5)
2017 Nov 5, In Texas Devin
Patrick Kelley (26), a man thrown out of the US Air Force for
beating his wife and child, shot and killed 26 people using an
assault rifle in the First Baptist Church in rural Sutherland
Springs, where his in-laws had sometimes worshipped before shooting
2017 Nov 5, Bahrain ordered all
its citizens in Lebanon to "leave immediately" after the country's
prime minister resigned in a sudden televised address, citing
Iranian meddling in Lebanese and regional affairs.
2017 Nov 5, In Belgium sacked
Catalonia leader Carles Puigdemont and four associates turned
themselves in to local police, following Spain's issuing of an
arrest warrant for rebellion and sedition.
2017 Nov 5, In Congo DRC
clashes between Congolese troops and supporters of renegade Colonel
Abbas Kayonga in the eastern city of Bukavu killed seven people
before he surrendered and turned himself in to UN peacekeepers.
Kayonga was sacked on Nov. 2 from his post overseeing anti-fraud
efforts in local mines.
2017 Nov 5, In Germany more
than 2,500 anti-coal demonstrators protested in the western town of
Kerpen and at a nearby surface-mining site before an upcoming global
climate conference in Bonn.
2017 Nov 5, In India five boys
aged 9-12 and one woman, all from a single extended family, drowned
in the Ganges River while on a picnic near Patna. Three other people
drowned when their boat capsized in the Sarswati River in the
state's Samastipur district.
2017 Nov 5, Iraqi PM Haider
al-Abadi raised the Iraqi flag at a border crossing with Syria days
after Iraqi forces retook it from the Islamic State group. Al-Abadi
visited the newly-liberated town of Qaim and the nearby Husaybah
border crossing in western Iraq. A twin suicide attack killed at
least six people in the center of Iraq's disputed Kirkuk city.
(AP, 11/5/17)(AFP, 11/5/17)
2017 Nov 5, Palace sources said
Lebanon's president will not accept the resignation of PM Saad
al-Hariri until he returns to Lebanon, delaying for now politically
difficult consultations on his successor.
2017 Nov 5, In Malaysia flash
floods caused by hours of torrential rain killed at least five
people. Military forces deployed to help rescue thousands of
displaced people in the northern state of Penang.
2017 Nov 5, Prosecutors in
northern Mexico detained US polygamist Orson William Black, along
with four of his wives and about 20 Americans without proper
documents. Black was under investigation for possible involvement in
the deaths of three Americans on Sept. 10.
2017 Nov 5, Philippine security
forces arrested the Indonesian wife of the slain pro-Islamic State
militant leader who planned and led the attack on Marawi City.
Police said bomb-making materials were seized from Minhati Madrais,
who was with her six children when security forces raided her home
in Iligan City.
2017 Nov 5, In the Philippines
Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the country’s Catholic
Bishops' Conference, called for Filipinos to choose peace over
violence and end a spate of drug-related killings that have divided
2017 Nov 5, Philippine troops
killed at least 11 remaining militants aligned with the Islamic
State group in southern Marawi city and attempted to determine
whether Amin Baco, a Malaysian who may have taken over the
militants' leadership, is still alive.
2017 Nov 5, Russian security
services said they had detained 263 people in the center of Moscow
for "breach of public order".
2017 Nov 5, Sicilians cast
their ballots in a regional vote seen as a barometer for Italy's
general election next year, with the populist Five Star Movement
(M5S) challenging a resurgent right as a divided left flounders.
2017 Nov 5, Thousands of South
Koreans protested against an upcoming visit by Donald Trump and
called for peace as the US President begins an Asian tour dominated
by North Korea's nuclear program.
2017 Nov 5, Floods
inundated swathes of central and southern Vietnam in the wake of a
typhoon that left at least 27 dead just days before the region is
due to host the APEC summit of Asia-Pacific leaders.
2017 Nov 5, A car bomb attack
on Yemen's government bastion of Aden killed at least 15 people,
wounded 18 others and sparked a hostage crisis. The Islamic State
group claimed responsibility.
(AFP, 11/5/17)(Reuters, 11/5/17)
2018 Nov 5, The Trump
administration's tough new sanctions on Iran took effect, but eight
major importers of Iranian oil were spared from immediate penalties.
They included China, India, Italy, Greece, Japan, South Korea,
Taiwan and Turkey.
(AP, 11/5/18)(AFP, 11/5/18)
2018 Nov 5, In Marin County,
Ca., Davance Lamar Reed (37) went on a shooting spree killing one
man and seriously injuring his girlfriend (30) and another Man (32).
(SFC, 11/7/18, p.D1)
2018 Nov 5, In North Carolina
Hania Noelia Aguilar (13) was kidnapped from a mobile home park as
she prepared to leave for a bus stop. Police found her body several
weeks later in a body of water 10 miles away. On Dec. 8 the FBI said
Michael Ray McLellan (34) has been charged with murder, rape and
eight other felonies.
(SFC, 11/8/18, p.A6)(SSFC, 12/9/18, p.A8)
2018 Nov 5, In Afghanistan the
Taliban launched an attack on a newly established joint Afghan army
and police checkpoint in eastern Ghazni province, killing at least
13 soldiers and policemen.
2018 Nov 5, In Australia a
shark killed Daniel Christidis (33) near Cid Harbor on Whitsunday
Island on the Great Barrier Reef where two tourists were mauled on
consecutive days in September.
2018 Nov 5, Bulgarian
prosecutors said more than $1.35 million in fake banknotes have been
seized and three men charged in Varna for suspected membership in an
organized crime ring making counterfeit bills.
2018 Nov 5, In Cameroon gunmen
kidnapped 79 school students along with their principal, a teacher
and a driver, in an English-speaking region where separatists are
fighting an armed campaign for independence.
2018 Nov 5, A Chinese trawler
suspected of poaching off Japan's southern coast sailed away with
Japanese inspectors on board. The inspectors returned to their own
ship after its half-day chase of the trawler, with the help of
Japanese coast guard. The incident surfaced more than 50 days after
it occurred when Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga
responded to a reporter's question following a news report.
2018 Nov 5, France gave 30
million euros ($34 million) of aid to Gambia as part of efforts to
support its democratic transition and ensure stability in a region
Paris deems vital to its interests.
2018 Nov 5, France said it has
issued international arrest warrants for three ranking Syrian
officials, accusing them of complicity with crimes against humanity
in the deaths of a father and son who were detained in 2013.
2018 Nov 5, In France two
buildings collapsed into a giant pile of rubble and beams in the
southern city of Marseille. Firefighters soon found the bodies of
three people in the ruins. On Nov. 7 death toll rose to six in with
the discoveries of two men's bodies.
(AP, 11/5/18)(AFP, 11/6/18)(AP, 11/7/18)
2018 Nov 5, Iran greeted the
re-imposition of US sanctions with air defense drills and a
statement from President Hassan Rouhani that the nation faces a "war
situation," raising Mideast tensions as America's maximalist
approach to the Islamic Republic takes hold.
2018 Nov 5, In Italy a
knife-wielding man held hostages in a northern post office, days
after receiving a 19-year jail term for a Mafia conviction.
Francesco Amato is one of 125 defendants convicted last week in
nearby Reggio Emilia in a trial about infiltration by the
'ndrangheta, a southern Italy-based organized crime group, into
businesses in the affluent Reggio Emilia region.
2018 Nov 5, In Malaysia Musa
Aman (67), former leader of resource-rich Sabah state, was detained
by the anti-graft agency before being taken to court. He pleaded not
guilty to 35 counts of corruption for allegedly receiving a total of
$63.3 million in Hong Kong and Singapore through proxies between
2004 and 2008 in exchange for timber contracts.
2018 Nov 5, A big group of
Central Americans pushed on toward Mexico City, planning to exit a
part of the country that has long been treacherous for migrants
seeking to get to the United States.
2018 Nov 5, In Poland a North
Korean worker who claims he is a victim of modern slavery in a
Polish shipyard filed a criminal complaint against a Dutch
shipbuilder that bought products from the Polish firm. Dutch lawyer
Barbara van Straaten filed the case on the worker's behalf.
2018 Nov 5, Saudi Arabia told
the United Nations it would prosecute those responsible for the
killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at its Istanbul consulate, as
Western states pressed it for a credible investigation.
2018 Nov 5, In Senegal a
two-day African security forum opened in Dakar amid concerns about
funding for a much-trumpeted initiative to bind the G5 Sahel force
(Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger) into an anti-terror
2018 Nov 5, South African
police officers arrested Danish woman Britta Nielsen (64) suspected
of a huge fraud at home. She had 648,700 rand in cash ($46,000) in
her possession which was confiscated. Her son, Jimmy Hayat, was
arrested Oct. 30 at Johannesburg's international airport as he was
about to leave the country with two diamonds in his luggage.
2018 Nov 5, South Korea soccer
international Lee Chang-min was involved in a car crash that left
one person dead and two injured on Jeju Island.
2018 Nov 5, The Spanish coast
guard said at least 17 migrants died in the space of 24 hours while
trying to cross the sea from North Africa to Spain, and rescuers
picked up more than 100 others.
2018 Nov 5, Former Sri Lankan
president Mahinda Rajapakse rallied tens of thousands of supporters
in a show of strength even as the parliament's speaker refused to
recognize his controversial appointment as prime minister.
2018 Nov 5, In southern Taiwan
the new National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts opened. The sprawling
complex of four theaters was billed as the biggest performing arts
center in the world.
2018 Nov 5, In Yemen Battles
raged near the port of Hodeida, crucial for humanitarian aid, but
Saudi Arabia and its allies said they were committed to
de-escalating hostilities with rebels as calls for a ceasefire
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