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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.
    (MC, 11/5/01)

1492        Nov 5, Christopher Columbus learned of maize (corn) from the Indians of Cuba.
    (MC, 11/5/01)

1494        Nov 5, Hans Sachs, cobbler, poet, composer, was born in Nuremberg. He was also the prototype for Wagner's "Die Meistersinger."
    (MC, 11/5/01)

1549        Nov 5, Philippe du Plessis, France, author, was born.
    (MC, 11/5/01)

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.
    (MC, 11/5/01)

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.
    (MC, 11/5/01)

1653        Nov 5, The Iroquois League signed a peace treaty with the French, vowing not to wage war with other tribes under French protection.
    (HN, 11/5/98)

1666        Nov 5, Attilio Ariosti, composer, was born.
    (MC, 11/5/01)

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.
    (HN, 11/5/98)

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.
    (HN, 11/5/98)

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)

1781        Nov 5, John Hanson (1721-1783), a merchant and public official from Maryland during the era of the American Revolution, was elected as first President of the Confederation Congress (sometimes styled President of the United States in Congress assembled), following ratification of the articles. Hanson continued to serve as president until November 4, 1782.

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."
    (AP, 11/5/99)

1789        Nov 5, French National Assembly declared all citizens equal under law.
    (MC, 11/5/01)

1803        Nov 5, Chalderon de Laclos, writer, died.
    (MC, 11/5/01)

1811        Nov 5, El Salvador fought its 1st battle against Spain for independence.
    (MC, 11/5/01)

1814        Nov 5, Having decided to abandon the Niagara frontier, the American army blew up Fort Erie.
    (HN, 11/5/98)

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.
    (, 6/2/06, p.79)

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 born.
    (MC, 11/5/01)

1840        Nov 5, Afghanistan surrendered to the British.
    (HN, 11/5/98)

1846        Nov 5, Robert Schumann's 2nd Symphony in C, premiered.
    (MC, 11/5/01)

1854        Nov 5, The British and French defeated the Russians at Inkerman, Crimea.
    (HN, 11/5/98)

1855        Nov 5, Eugene V. Debs, American socialist leader and first president of the American Railway Union, was born.
    (HN, 11/5/98)

1857        Nov 5, Ida M. Tarbell (d.1944), muckraking journalist, was born in Erie County, Pa.
    (AP, 11/5/07)(

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.
    (MC, 11/5/01)
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.
    (ON, 8/09, p.2)(

1879        Nov 5, James Clerk Maxwell (48) Scottish physicist (speed of light), died.
    (MC, 11/5/01)

1882        Nov 5, Bedrich Smetana's "Ma Vlast," premiered.
    (MC, 11/5/01)

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.
    (MC, 11/5/01)
1887        Nov 5, Paul Wittgenstein, left hand specialist pianist, was born in Vienna, Austria.
    (MC, 11/5/01)

1894        Nov 5, Richard Strauss' "Till Eulenspiegel," premiered.
    (MC, 11/5/01)

1895        Nov 5, Walter Gieseking, German pianist and composer, was born.
    (MC, 11/5/01)
1895        Nov 5, US state of Utah accepted female suffrage.
    (MC, 11/5/01)
1895        Nov 5, George B. Selden of Rochester, N.Y., received the first U.S. patent for an "improved Road Engine."
    (AP, 11/5/07)
1895        Nov 5, King Edward VII said "We are all Socialists nowadays."
    (MC, 11/5/01)

1902        Nov 5, Strom Thurmond, (Sen-R-SC, 1955-2003), was born.
    (MC, 11/5/01)

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."
    (AP, 3/19/99)(

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.
    (HN, 11/5/98)
1911        Nov 5, Italy attacked Turkish North-Africa (Libya), and took Tripoli and Cyrenaica.  First use of a plane dropping bombs. [see Nov 1]
    (MC, 11/5/01)

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, p.A10)
1912        Nov 5, Bulgarian troops in Constantinople blockaded drinking water.
    (MC, 11/5/01)

1913        Nov 5, Vivian Leigh, American actress famous for her role as Scarlet O’Hare in Gone With the Wind, was born.
    (HN, 11/5/98)

1914        Nov 5, The Great Britain and France declared war on Turkey.
    (HN, 11/5/98)

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 (race-based zoning).
    (, 2/11/12, p.34)
1917        Nov 5, General Pershing led U.S. troops into the first American action against German forces.
    (HN, 11/5/98)

1918        Nov 5, George Sheehan, cardiologist, was born. He became well known for his book “Running and Being."
    (HN, 11/5/00)

1921        Nov 5, Gyorgy Cziffra, Hungarian-French pianist, was born.
    (MC, 11/5/01)

1922        Nov 5, King Tut’s tomb was discovered. [see Nov 4}
    (HN, 11/5/98)

1925        Nov 5, Mussolini disbanded Italian socialist parties.
    (MC, 11/5/01)

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.
    (SFC, 3/13/02, p.D5)(
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 16,000 criminals.
    (MC, 11/5/01)

1933        Nov 5, Spanish Basques voted for autonomy.
    (MC, 11/5/01)

1935        Nov 5, Maryland Court of Appeals ordered the Univ. of Maryland to admit (black) Donald Murray.
    (MC, 11/5/01)

1936        Nov 5, French writer Andre Gide criticized the Soviet regime.
    (MC, 11/5/01)

1937        Nov 5, Hitler told his military advisors of his intentions of going to war.
    (MC, 11/5/01)

1940        Nov 5, President Roosevelt won an unprecedented third term in office, beating Republican challenger Wendell L. Willkie along with Surprise Party challenger Gracie Allen.
    (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.
    (MC, 11/5/01)

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.'
    (HN, 11/5/02)
1942        Nov 5, George M. Cohan (64), composer, actor, dancer, died.
    (MC, 11/5/01)
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 Incredible Escape."
    (Econ, 10/24/09, p.97)(
1942        Nov 5, Nazis raided on Greek Jews in Paris.
    (MC, 11/5/01)

1943        Nov 5, Sam Shepard, American playwright and actor, was born.
    (HN, 11/5/00)

1946        Nov 5, US Republicans took control of the Senate and the House in midterm elections.
    (AP, 11/5/97)
1946        Nov 5, John F. Kennedy (D-Mass) was elected to House of Representatives.
    (MC, 11/5/01)

1950        Nov 5, Billy Graham’s “Hour of Decision" was first broadcast as a live radio program from Atlanta, Georgia.
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.
    (AP, 10/27/09)

1955        Nov 5, The new Vienna Opera house opened.
    (MC, 11/5/01)
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.
    (MC, 11/5/01)

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 days later.
    (AP, 11/5/97)
1956        Nov 5, Israel liberated Sharm-el-Sheikh, reopening Gulf of Aqaba.
    (MC, 11/5/01)

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.
    (SFC, 10/28/09, p.D5)(

1960        Nov 5, Mack Sennett, director and producer (Keystone Cops), died.
    (MC, 11/5/01)

1961        Nov 5, India's premier Nehru arrived in NY.
    (MC, 11/5/01)

1963        Nov 5, Tatum O'Neal, Mrs. John McEnroe, (Paper Moon, Little Darlings), was born in LA, Cal.
    (MC, 11/5/01)

1967        Nov 5, US troops conquered Loc Ninh South Vietnam.
    (MC, 11/5/01)

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, 11/5/97)(HN, 11/5/98)
1968        Nov 5, Barry Goldwater (1909-1998), former Republican presidential candidate (1964), was re-elected in Arizona to the US Senate.
    (SFC, 5/30/98, p.A3)(
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, 3/24/12, p.C2)

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.
    (, 11/7/99, p.A5)
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.
    (AP, 6/28/05)

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.
    (AP, 11/5/98)
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 1967.
    (WSJ, 10/28/03, p.A1)(
1974        Nov 5, Jomo Kenyatta (1894-1978), a Kikuyu, began his 3rd term as president of Kenya.
    (WSJ, 1/30/08, p.A18)(

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.
    (SFC, 10/25/96, p.A24)(

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.
    (AP, 11/5/05)

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.
    (AP, 11/5/08)
1987        Nov 5, President Reagan named Frank Carlucci as secretary of defense to succeed retiring Caspar W. Weinberger.
    (AP, 11/5/97)
1987        Nov 5, Govan Mbeki, an early leader of the African National Congress, was released from Robben Island prison after 24 years.
    (, 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 Massachusetts."
    (AP, 11/5/98)

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.
    (AP, 11/5/99)

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.
    (, 11/20/10, p.30)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/00)

1991        Nov 5, The Senate confirmed Robert M. Gates as CIA director.
    (AP, 11/5/01)
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 War II.
    (Wired, 2/99, p.86)(AP, 11/5/01)(SSFC, 2/2/03, p.M4)(AP, 3/10/06)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/01)

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.
    (, 7/17/04, p.A2)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/98)

1994        Nov 5, Former President Reagan disclosed he had Alzheimer's disease.
    (AP, 11/5/97)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/99)
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 Portland, Ore.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/5/00)

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, p.31)
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 use.
    (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 interstate.
    (AP, 11/5/97)
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 circumvented.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/5/98)
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 sites.
    (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 during loading.
    (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. 
    (SFC, 11/6/98, p.A1)(
1998        Nov 5, The UN Security Council unanimously demanded that Iraq resume cooperation with UN weapons inspectors.
    (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 13 years.
    (SFC, 11/5/99, p.A15)(WSJ, 11/5/99, p.A1)(AP, 11/5/00)
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 neurons.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/5/01)
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 Nyamwisi.
    (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 imposed sanctions.
    (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 Mahathir Mohamad.
    (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 Afghanistan.
    (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 student visa.
    (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 cutting power.
    (AP, 11/5/02)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/02)
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 claimed responsibility.
    (SFC, 11/6/01, p.A13)
2001        Nov 5, Enrique Bolanos defeated former Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua's presidential election.
    (AP, 11/5/02)
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 Hoe".
    (Reuters, 11/6/02)
2002        Nov 5, Randy Johnson won his record-tying 4th straight Nat'l. League Cy Young Award.
    (AP, 11/5/03)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/6/02)
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.
    (, 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 incompetent teachers.
    (Econ, 3/3/07, SR p.11)(
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.
    (Econ, 9/30/06, p.44)(
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.
    (Econ, 7/8/06, p.26)(
2002        Nov 5, Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Harvey Pitt resigned under pressure after a series of political missteps that had embarrassed the White House.
    (AP, 11/5/03)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/02)
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 parliamentary committees.
    (Reuters, 11/6/02)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/6/02)
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 squad.
    (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 are held.
    (AP, 11/5/02)
2002        Nov 5, Israeli soldiers came under fire and responded by killing a Palestinian and injuring 16 others in the southern Gaza Strip.
    (AP, 11/5/02)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/02)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/02)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/02)
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 pickup trucks.
    (AP, 11/5/04)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/03)
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 inconclusive elections.
    (AP, 11/5/03)
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 parliamentary elections.
    (AP, 11/5/03)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/03)

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 accounted for.
    (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 five-year-old currency.
    (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.
    (AFP, 11/5/04)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/04)
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.
    (CP, 11/6/04)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/04)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/04)
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.
    (AP, 12/5/04)

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 Halliburton.
    (AFP, 11/5/05)
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 United States.
    (AP, 11/5/05)
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 musicians.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/5/05)
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, 10/29/06, p.M1)
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.
    (AFP, 11/7/05)
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.
    (AP, 11/6/05)
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 nation's stability.
    (AP, 11/5/05)
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 people overnight.
    (AP, 11/5/05)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/05)
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 three children.
    (AP, 11/5/05)
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.
    (AFP, 11/5/05)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/05)
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.
    (AP, 11/7/05)

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.
    (AP, 11/5/07)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/07)
2006        Nov 5, In eastern Afghanistan suspected Taliban militants kidnapped four Afghan aid workers.
    (AP, 11/6/06)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/06)
 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 economic ties.
    (AFP, 11/5/06)
2006        Nov 5, A gas blast in northern China killed 47 miners at the Jiaojiazhai mine in Shanxi province's Xinzhou city.
    (AP, 11/16/06)
 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.
    (AP, 11/5/06)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/06)
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 Baghdad.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/5/06)
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.
    (AP, 11/6/06)
2006        Nov 5, A bomb exploded near police barracks in Beirut, the latest in a series of attacks targeting police in the Lebanese capital.
    (AP, 11/5/06)
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.
    (AFP, 12/4/06)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/06)
2006        Nov 5, In Nicaragua Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega makes his fourth attempt to return to the presidency.
    (AP, 11/5/06)
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 frontier.
    (AP, 11/5/06)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/06)
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.
    (AFP, 11/5/06)
 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.
    (AFP, 11/5/06)
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 the West.
    (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.
    (AFP, 11/5/07)
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.
    (AFP, 11/5/07)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/08)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/07)
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 were killed.
    (AFP, 11/7/07)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/07)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/07)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/07)
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 third.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/5/07)
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.
    (AP, 11/6/07)
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 Anbar province.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/5/07)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/07)
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 Mafia bosses.
    (Reuters, 11/5/07)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/07)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/07)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/07)
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.
    (AP, 11/8/07)
2007        Nov 5, Zimbabwe's supreme court ruled the government can seize equipment belonging to white farmers whose properties were expropriated under controversial land reforms.
    (AFP, 11/6/07)

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.
    (AP, 11/8/08)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/08)
2008        Nov 5, In Algeria Fateh Bouchibane, mayor of Timezrit in the Kabylie region, was abducted and killed.
    (AP, 11/6/08)
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.
    (AP, 11/7/08)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/08)
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 Nigerian marines.
    (AP, 11/5/08)
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 shot civilians.
    (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 Ababa.
    (AFP, 11/7/08)
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 roadside bomb.
    (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.
    (AFP, 11/6/08)
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.
    (AFP, 11/5/08)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/08)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/08)
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 inflation.
    (AP, 11/5/08)

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.
    (Reuters, 11/5/09)
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 organizations.
    (AP, 11/6/09)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/09)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/09)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/09)
2009        Nov 5, Lithuania's parliament voted to investigate allegations that the Baltic state hosted a secret CIA prison for al Qaeda suspects.
    (Reuters, 11/5/09)
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 hacked off.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/5/09)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/09)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/09)
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.
    (AP, 11/6/09)
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 three.
    (AP, 11/5/09)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/09)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/09)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/09)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/09)

2010        Nov 5, President Barack Obama launched a 10-day trip to Asia aimed at boosting exports and creating US jobs.
    (AP, 11/5/10)
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).
    (AP, 11/6/10)
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.
    (AFP, 11/5/10)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/10)
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 billion pounds.
    (AFP, 11/5/10)
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 Washington, DC.
    (AP, 11/5/10)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/5/10)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/10)
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 Islands.
    (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.
    (AFP, 11/5/10)
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 Peshawar.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/5/10)
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 wingsuit.
    (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)(
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 al-Adha.
    (AP, 11/5/11)
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.
    (AP, 11/15/11)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/11)
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.
    (AFP, 11/5/11)
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 living inside.
    (AFP, 11/6/11)
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.
    (AP, 11/8/11)
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.
    (AFP, 11/5/11)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/11)
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 months.
    (AP, 11/5/11)
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.
    (AFP, 11/5/11)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/11)

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.
    (AP, 11/6/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/6/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/6/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/6/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/6/12)
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 displaced.
    (AP, 11/5/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/12)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/12)
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 condos.
    (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.
    (AFP, 11/5/13)
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.
    (AFP, 11/5/13)
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 Emirates.
    (Reuters, 11/5/13)
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.
    (AFP, 11/5/13)
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.
    (AFP, 11/6/13)
2013        Nov 5, Britain signed an information-sharing agreement with the Cayman Islands, one of its overseas territories, to help British authorities improve tax collection.
    (Reuters, 11/5/13)
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 intensified.
    (AFP, 11/5/13)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/5/13)
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 the fighters.
    (AP, 11/5/13)
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 warnings.
    (AFP, 11/7/13)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/13)
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).
    (AFP, 11/5/13)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/5/13)
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 the beans.
    (AFP, 11/5/13)
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 nation.
    (AFP, 11/5/13)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/5/13)
2013        Nov 5, The United Nations that 40 percent of all Syrians are now in need in need of humanitarian aid.
    (AP, 11/5/13)
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 critically wounded.
    (AFP, 11/5/13)

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 spread.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/5/14)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/14)
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, 11/11/14, p.A2)
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.
    (AFP, 11/6/14)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/14)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/14)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/14)
2014        Nov 5, In Iraq a series of attacks, mainly against troops, killed 11 people in Baghdad and in the country's west.
    (AP, 11/6/14)
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.
    (AFP, 11/6/14)
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 demolishing it.
    (Reuters, 11/6/14)
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 Laimdota Straujuma.
    (AP, 11/5/14)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/5/14)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/14)
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.
    (AFP, 11/6/14)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/14)
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 responsibility.
    (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.
    (Reuters, 11/11/14)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/14)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/7/14)
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 rebel-held Donetsk.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/5/14)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/5/14)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/5/14)

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.
    (Reuters, 11/6/15)
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.
    (AP, 11/7/15)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/5/15)
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, p.A2)(Reuters, 2/4/16)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/15)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/15)
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 and Syria.
    (AFP, 11/5/15)
2015        Nov 5, Greek ferries started operating again after the seamen's union called off rolling 48-hour strikes.
    (AP, 11/5/15)
2015        Nov 5, Kurdish militants scrapped a month-old ceasefire in Turkey, a day after President Tayyip Erdogan vowed to "liquidate" them.
    (Reuters, 11/5/15)
2015        Nov 5, In Lebanon 5 people were killed in a suicide attack in Arsal, a town along the border with Syria.
    (AFP, 11/5/15)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/15)
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 president.
    (AP, 11/5/15)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/15)
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 eight months.
    (Reuters, 11/5/15)
2015        Nov 5, A Palestinian attempted to stab an Israeli at a junction in the occupied West Bank and was shot.
    (AFP, 11/5/15)
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.
    (AFP, 11/5/15)
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 growth.
    (Reuters, 11/5/15)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/5/15)
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 other officials.
    (AP, 11/5/15)
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.
    (AFP, 11/5/15)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/5/15)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/15)

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 regime (1945-1974).
    (AP, 11/5/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/5/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/5/16)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/5/16)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/16)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/16)
2016        Nov 5, Two Indonesians were kidnapped from fishing vessels in waters off Malaysia's Sabah state in two separate incidents.
    (Reuters, 11/6/16)
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.
    (, 11/19/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/5/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/2/17)
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 Ali.
    (AP, 11/5/16)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/16)
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 influence-peddling scandal.
    (Reuters, 11/5/16)   
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.
    (AP, 11/7/16)
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.
    (AFP, 11/6/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/5/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/5/16)

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.
    (AP, 11/5/17)
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 Rockford.
    (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 the Legislature.
    (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 himself. In 2021 a federal judge found the US government 60% responsible for harm caused to victims in the mass shooting.
    (Reuters, 11/6/17)(Reuters, 7/7/21)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/17)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/5/17)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/5/17)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/17)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/17)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/5/17)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/5/17)
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.
    (AP, 11/6/17)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/17)
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 the nation.
    (Reuters, 11/5/17)
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.
    (AP, 11/6/17)
2017        Nov 5, Russian security services said they had detained 263 people in the center of Moscow for "breach of public order".
    (Reuters, 11/5/17)
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.
    (AFP, 11/5/17)
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.
    (AFP, 11/5/17)
 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.
    (Reuters, 11/5/17)
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, The FDA has approved a new sublingual formulation of sufentanil, Dsuvia, for the management of acute pain in adults in medically supervised healthcare settings, such as hospitals, surgical centers, and emergency departments. Dsuvia, a synthetic opioid, The drug was developed BY AcelRx Pharmaceuticals in collaboration with the Department of Defense with the military population in mind.
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.
    (AP, 11/5/18)
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.
    (AP, 11/6/18)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/18)
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.
    (AFP, 11/5/18)
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.
    (AP, 12/27/18)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/5/18)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/18)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/18)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/18)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/18)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/18)
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.
    (AP, 11/8/18)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/5/18)
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 force.
    (AFP, 11/5/18)
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.
    (AP, 11/6/18)
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.
    (AP, 11/10/18)
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.
    (Reuters, 11/6/18)
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.
    (AFP, 11/5/18)
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.
    (AP, 11/5/18)
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 mount.
    (AFP, 11/5/18)

2019        Nov 5, The Trump administration imposed sanctions on five Venezuelan security officials and political figures, the latest round of measures taken against Caracas in an effort to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
    (Reuters, 11/5/19)
2019        Nov 5, The US Commerce Dept. said that the nation's deficit fell in September to $52.5 billion, the lowest level in five months.
    (SFC, 11/6/19, p.D4)
2019        Nov 5, Democrat Andy Beshear claimed victory in the Kentucky governor’s race, with a margin of about 5,000 votes over Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, in a state won by President Trump by 30 points in 2016.
    (Yahoo News, 11/5/19)
2019        Nov 5, US Air Force Staff Sgt. Cole Condiff (29) fell into the Gulf of Mexico south of Hurlburt Field after an unplanned parachute jump from a C-130 aircraft off Florida's Panhandle.
    (AP, 11/10/19)
2019        Nov 5, In Missouri voters in Kansas City overwhelmingly approved removing Dr. Martin Luther King's name from one of the city's most historic boulevards, less than a year after the city council decided to rename The Paseo for the civil rights icon. A group of residents intent on keeping The Paseo name began collecting petitions to put the name change on the ballot and achieved that goal in April.
    (AP, 11/6/19)
2019        Nov 5, Robert Watson, lead author of the report by the nonprofit Universal Ecological Fund, said the vast majority of national commitments in the 2015 Paris Agreement are inadequate to prevent the worst effects of global warming. The report named the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitting countries as among those that must ratchet up their efforts.
    (Reuters, 11/5/19)
2019        Nov 5, In an article published in BioScience a group of 11,258 scientists from 153 countries declared "clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency." They warned that untold human suffering is unavoidable unless people make large and lasting lifestyle changes to curb global warming.
    (The Week, 11/5/19)(SSFC, 11/10/19, p.C18)
2019        Nov 5, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro said he would push for a constitutional amendment to allow the government to cut public sector employee salaries, hours and benefits to help it comply with a public spending cap.
    (Reuters, 11/5/19)
2019        Nov 5, Air France-KLM outlined plans to expand its budget Transavia business and push the core French carrier upmarket, while overhauling its fleet in pursuit of improved sales and profitability.
    (Reuters, 11/5/19)
2019        Nov 5, A coalition of Georgian civil society groups called on the government to condemn threats against the Nov. 8 premier of a Georgian movie about gay love. They called for security forces to deploy outside movie theaters as far-right groups threatening to block the premiere of "And Then We Danced", a joint Swedish, Georgian and French production.
    (Reuters, 11/6/19)
2019        Nov 5, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said that she has received the backing of Chinese President Xi Jinping in her handling of five months of anti-government protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory, as hundreds of masked demonstrators took to the streets again.
    (AP, 11/5/19)
2019        Nov 5, President Hassan Rouhani said that Iran would resume uranium enrichment at an underground plant south of Tehran in its latest step back from a troubled 2015 agreement with major powers.
    (AFP, 11/5/19)
2019        Nov 5, In southern Iraq at least three anti-government protesters were killed in clashes with security forces, as authorities tried to reopen the country's main port, which had been blocked by demonstrators for three days. Security forces shot dead at least 13 protesters in the past 24 hours in efforts to stamp out demonstrations against political parties that control the government.
    (AP, 11/5/19)(Reuters, 11/5/19)
2019        Nov 5, Israel's Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Omar Shakir, the local director of Human Rights Watch, which sought to block the Israeli government's attempt to expel him for allegedly supporting an international boycott movement against Israel.
    (AP, 11/5/19)
2019        Nov 5, Lebanese troops deployed in different parts of the country to reopen roads and main thoroughfares closed by anti-government protesters faced resistance in some areas, leading to scuffles.
    (AP, 11/5/19)
2019        Nov 5, Nigerian police said they have freed 259 people from an Islamic rehabilitation center in the southwestern city of Ibadan, taking the number rescued from abusive institutions since September to nearly 1,500.
    (Reuters, 11/5/19)
2019        Nov 5, Norwegian Air said it is planning a share issue and a $175 million bond, raising enough cash to meet the struggling budget airline's needs through 2020 and beyond.
    (Reuters, 11/5/19)
2019        Nov 5, Russian lawmakers backed legislation in a preliminary vote that would require all smartphones, computers and smart TV sets sold in Russia to come pre-installed with Russian software.
    (Reuters, 11/5/19)
2019        Nov 5, Syria's state news agency SANA reported that Syrian troops have taken positions along the border with Turkey east of the city of Qamishli toward the Iraqi border.
    (AP, 11/5/19)
2019        Nov 5, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for Russia and the United States to keep to their promises and ensure that Syrian Kurdish fighters pull out of a so-called safe zone along Syria's northern border with Turkey.
    (AP, 11/5/19)
2019        Nov 5, Yemen's internationally recognized government signed a power-sharing deal in Riyadh with Yemeni separatists that are backed by the United Arab Emirates. The deal envisages a new Cabinet and allows for Pres. Hadi to return to the temporary capital in Aden.
    (AP, 11/5/19)

2020        Nov 5, President Donald Trump's campaign prepared to ramp up legal efforts to challenge vote counts in closely-contested states in the US election, announcing a lawsuit alleging voter fraud in Nevada as the state continued counting ballots.
    (AP, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 5, Twitter Inc flagged a post by President Donald Trump that said votes received after Election Day in the United States would not be counted.
    (Reuters, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 5, President Donald Trump demoted Neil Chatterjee, the Republican head of a US energy regulation panel, after Chatterjee had promoted the use of carbon markets to curb climate change.
    (Reuters, 11/6/20)
2020        Nov 5, Steve Bannon, Former White House Chief Strategist, said President Trump should behead government employees he perceives as disloyal. "I'd put the heads on pikes," he said on his podcast. "I'd put them at the two corners of the White House as a warning to federal bureaucrats."
    (Business Insider, 11/6/20)
2020        Nov 5, The US Justice Department announced it has seized nearly 70,000 Bitcoins from a person the agency would describe only as “Individual X." The haul was worth around $1.05 billion based on today’s Bitcoin price of $15,000. According to a Justice Department complaint, the digital wallet holding the Bitcoins belonged to a hacker who stole them from the operator of the Silk Road in 2012.
    (Fortune, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 5, The Washington Post reported that more than 150,000 ballots were caught in US Postal Service processing facilities and not delivered by Election Day. As a result, some ballots could arrive after their states’ deadlines.
    (NY Times, 11/6/20)
2020        Nov 5, The US recorded more than 121,000 new virus cases, breaking the record of 100,000 from a day earlier.
    (NY Times, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 5, The US Postal Service (USPS) said about 1,700 ballots had been identified in Pennsylvania at processing facilities during two sweeps today and were being delivered to election officials.
    (Reuters, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 5, A US federal judge ruled that the government in 2015 illegally approved a breed of genetically engineered salmon because it failed to assess the harm the fish might cause if they escaped their confines and interbred with other salmon species. The fish, engineered by AquaBounty Technologies, grow twice as fast as others, but are not yet available for sale.
    (SFC, 11/9/20, p.B4)
2020        Nov 5, Arizona state officials said there are about 450,000 ballots still to be counted in the Western battleground. Joe Biden holds a 2.35 percentage point lead over Trump in Arizona, an advantage of about 68,000 votes.
    (AP, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 5, In New Jersey former guard Dante McCluney and two others stole more than $1.7 million from an armored car parked outside Bally's casino in Atlantic City.
    (SFC, 11/26/20, p.A6)
2020        Nov 5, Merck & Co Inc said it has agreed to acquire privately held VelosBio for $2.75 billion in cash, in a move that will help it strengthen its cancer drug portfolio.
    (Reuters, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 5, Bangladesh signed a deal with the Serum Institute of India to buy 30 million doses of a potential coronavirus vaccine being developed by British drugmaker AstraZeneca.
    (Reuters, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 5, PM Boris Johnson ordered England back into lockdown. Britain has the highest death toll in Europe and has passed the milestone of 1 million cases. A second wave of infections threatened to overwhelm its national health service.
    (NBC News, 11/7/20)
2020        Nov 5, Geoffrey Palmer (93), British character actor, died at his home in Buckinghamshire. His career had peeked during the long run of "As Time Goes By," the romantic BBC sitcom in which he and Judy Dench played lovers reunited after 38 years apart.
    (SSFC, 11/29/20, p.C14)
2020        Nov 5, In Cameroon retired cleric Christian Tumi (90) was driving from the capital city, Yaoundé, to Kumbo alongside ten others when they were abducted. Tumi was soon released but the whereabouts of 10 other people were still unknown.
    (BBC, 11/6/20)
2020        Nov 5, China reported 36 new coronavirus cases in the mainland compared to 28 cases a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 5, It was reported that more than 6,000 people in Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu province in northwest China, have tested positive for a bacterial disease called brucellosis, in an outbreak caused by a leak at a vaccine plant over a year ago. A factory had used expired disinfectants during July to August 2019 to manufacture brucellosis vaccines, leaving the bacteria in its polluted waste gas. Humans get brucellosis with flu-like symptoms through direct contact with infected animals, by eating or drinking contaminated animal products, or by inhaling airborne agents.
    (Reuters, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 5, The Czech Republic reported 13,231 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total tally in the country since the pandemic started to 391,945 after several days of slowdowns in infections. The Health Ministry also reported 220 new deaths. Total deaths rose to 4,133.
    (Reuters, 11/5/20)(AP, 11/6/20)
2020        Nov 5, A Paris criminal court sentenced Algerian Sidi Ahmed Ghlam (29) to life in prison for killing a woman and trying to bomb a church near the French capital in a failed April, 2015, attack that investigators said was plotted by Islamic State group extremists in Syria. Seven other defendants found to have helped him were sentenced to between three and 30 years in prison. Abdelnasser Benyoucef and Samir Nouad were sentenced in absentia to life in prison. They are believed to have died in suicide attacks in Syria.
    (AP, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 5, Germany's daily new coronavirus infections hit a record high as data showed shoppers had stocked up on toilet paper, hand sanitizer and baking ingredients ahead of new lockdown measures that took effect this week.
    (Reuters, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 5, It was reported that bird flu of the type H5N8 has been found on a poultry farm in Germany's northern state of Schleswig-Holstein, after it has already spread among the wild bird population in the region.
    (Reuters, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 5, The rain-heavy remains of Hurricane Eta flooded homes in Honduras as the death toll across Central America rose to at least 13. Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei said at least 50 people had been killed in landslides in his own country adding to seven victims in Honduras and two in Nicaragua. Guatemala’s national emergency agency later said only that at least 50 people were missing in San Cristobal Verapaz. .
    (AP, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 5, It was reported that Hong Kong police have launched a hotline to report behavior suspected to breach national security as Chinese authorities continue to crack down on dissent in the territory.
    (The Telegraph, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 5, India's New Delhi, the capital city with the worst air quality worldwide, suffered its most toxic day in a year, recording the concentration of poisonous PM2.5 particles at 14 times over the World Health Organization safe limit.
    (Reuters, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 5, Iraq's President Barham Saleh ratified a new election law aimed at giving political independents a better chance of winning seats in parliament, paving the way for early elections next year.
    (AP, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 5, Italy registered 34,505 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, its highest ever daily tally.
    (Reuters, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 5, Kosovo's President Hashim Thaci (52), a guerrilla leader during Kosovo's war for independence from Serbia in the late 1990s, resigned and will face charges for war crimes and crimes against humanity at a special court based in The Hague.
    (AP, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 5, The Dutch Ministry of Agriculture ordered the culling of 200,000 chickens after highly pathogenic bird flu was found at a farm in the eastern town of Puiflijk.
    (Reuters, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 5, PM Erna Solberg told Norwegians to avoid travelling domestically and instead stay at home as much as possible, as part of a new round of recommendations and restrictions aimed at stopping the spread of the coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 5, Poland reported a record 27,143 new coronavirus infections, approaching a threshold at which the government has said it could be forced to impose a nationwide lockdown. The country also reported 367 deaths.
    (Reuters, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 5, Russia reported 19,404 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, close to a record high that included 5,255 infections in Moscow and took the national tally to 1,712,858. The Kremlin said that the coronavirus situation in Russia was alarming, but that it was nonetheless still under control. A health official said Russia's coronavirus tests give false negative results up to 40% of the time.
    (Reuters, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 5, Sweden reported a record increase in new COVID-19 cases as health officials said it was seeing a marked rise of patients in intensive care. Sweden registered 5 new deaths, taking its death toll during the pandemic to 6,002. Sweden's pandemic strategy of avoiding lockdowns has gained international attention.
    (Reuters, 11/5/20)
2020        Nov 5, In Switzerland coronavirus infections rose by 10,128. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Switzerland and neighboring Liechtenstein increased to 202,504. The death toll rose by 62 to 2,337. The government announced it was cutting the number of trains to neighboring Italy, Germany and France amid partial lockdowns in each of the countries and as travelers avoid cross-border public transportation.
    (Reuters, 11/5/20)

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