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2005 At 15:30 (21:30 UT) Charles Victor Thompson [13 Jun 1970~] [photo >], escapes from the Baker Street Jail in Houston, where he was temporarily after being again, in appeal court on 28 October 2005, sentenced to death for the 30 April 1998 shooting of his ex-mate Dennise Hayslip, 39 (who died on 06 May 1998), and her new mate Darren Keith Cain, 30 (who died on the spot). Thompson (aided by whom??) manages to get out of handcuffs, changes from his orange prison jumpsuit into the civilian clothes he wore in court and smuggled back to his cell, shows a false photo I-D, claims to be a lawyer of the Texas attorney general's office, and walks out. On 06 November 2005, he is discovered drunk, speaking on a pay phone outside the Daiquiri Unlimited liquor store in the 200 block of West 70th Street in the Cedar Grove suburb of Shreveport, Louisiana, and arrested at 20:03 (02:03 UT on 07 Nov). —(051107)
2002:: 7.5 earthquake at 13:13 (22:13 UT) in sparsely populated central Alaska, with epicenter 5 km deep at 63º31'N 147º32'W. It was preceded at 09:47 (18:47 UT) by a 4.4 shock with epicenter 33 km deep at 63º41'N 147º40'W. The earthquake earthquake ruptures a segment of the Denali fault, east of the Parks Highway and 70 km East-North-East of Cantwell. In the same area as a 6.7 earthquake occured on 23 October 2002. The Denali fault is a major, seismically active strike-slip fault that arcs through Alaska, slicing the Alaska Range and bounding the north face of Mount McKinley. The streams and glacial morraines crossing the fault have been offset and record the long-term displacement of the fault. This earthquake likely resulted from slip on the Denali fault or a closely related fault. No prior historical earthquake having the size of this earthquake had been definitely attributed to the section of the Denali fault that lies near the epicenter. However, the section of the fault near the epicenter had been thought capable of producing a major earthquake on the basis of geologic evidence and from the nearby occurrence of smaller earthquakes.
2002 Elections in Turkey, won by the Islamist (though it denies it) Justice and Development Party, whose leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, former mayor of Istanbul, is barred him from running for Parliament, because of his 1998 conviction for reciting a poem inciting religious hatred. President Ahmet Necdet Sezer says it is up to him to choose the Prime Minister, but Erdogan says that his party must decide.
2002 In Srinagar, Indian-occupied Kashmir, a coalition puppet government is sworn in, following the four 16 September to 08 October elections, in the four sections into which the Jammu-Kashmir state was divided for that purpose. Three hours after surviving a grenade attack, Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, 66, of the People's Democratic Party, is sworn in as Chief Minister. Eight other ministers are sworn in — two from Sayeed’s party, three from the Congress party (including Mangat Ram Sharma as Deputy Chief Minister), one from the Hindu-dominated Panther’s Party and two independents. No single party won a majority in the elections, but voters repudiated the National Conference party, which has dominated Jammu-Kashmir politics for 50 years. The PDP and the Congress party have a combined 36 seats in the 87-member legislature. Seven independent lawmakers and four from the Jammu-Kashmir Panthers’ party also pledged their support to the coalition — giving the parties the majority of the assembly’s seats.
2002 Notice to families traveling through South Dakota? No child should be left behind in the state of South Dakota, says US minority-President George Dubya Bush during a visit to Sioux Falls.
2000 The decapitated body of opposition journalist Heorhiy Gongadze, 31, who had disappeared on 16 September 2000, is found in a forest in the Bila Tserkva region of Ukraine. The opposition will demand President Leonid Kuchma's resignation, citing incriminating audio tapes released by Kuchma's former bodyguard, Major Mykola Melnichenko. In April 2001, the US would grant political asylum to Melnychenko, to Gongadze's wife, Myroslava, and to the twin Gongadze daughters.
1995 British Soldiers Break Bridge-Building Record On this day, a team of British soldiers from the 21st Engineer Regiment broke all speed records in the construction of a bridge capable of transporting military vehicles. The British soldiers, based in Nienberg, Germany, built the bridge across an 8 meter gap located in Hameln, Germany. Their five-bay single-story medium-girder bridge was completed in eight minutes and forty-four seconds.
1992 Bill Clinton is elected 42nd president of the United States, defeating President George H.W. Bush;
1992 Illinois Democrat Carol Moseley-Braun became the first black woman elected to the US Senate.
1991 Israeli and Palestinian representatives held their first-ever face-to-face talks in Madrid, Spain.
1991 Syria opened its first one-on-one meeting with Israel in 43 years. Five years ago
1988 Reagan signs credit-card disclosure-bill
1988 Soviet Union agrees to allow teaching of Hebrew
1987 On Wall Street, after 5 consecutive gains, Dow Jones Industrial Average down 50.56
1983 Jesse Jackson launches his 1st campaign for Presidency (D)
| 1979 63 Americans taken hostage at US Embassy (Teheran,
1979 5 mortally wounded during anti-Ku Klux Klan demonstration in NC
1978 UK grants Dominica independence (National Day)
1973 Mariner 10 is launched towards Mercury, which it would reach on 29 March 1974, the first spacecraft to do so (and the only one during the lifetime of most of the launchers).
| 1956 Twelth
day of the Hungarian Revolution, last day of relative freedom.
1955 Australia takes control of the Cocos Islands
1955 1st virus crystallized (announced)
1954 The Nobel Chemistry Prize is announced for Linus Carl Pauling (28 February 1901 19 August 1994) for his research into the nature of the chemical bond and its application to the elucidation of the structure of complex substances. Pauling would also receive the Nobel Peace Prize for 1962, thus becoming the only person to win two undivided Nobel Prizes. — MORE
1952 Clarence Birdseye markets frozen peas
1935 George II returns to Greece & regains monarchy
1931 1st commercially produced synthetic rubber manufactured
1930 1st vehicular tunnel to a foreign country (Detroit-Windsor) opens
1930 Bank of Italy becomes Bank of America
1928 Turkey switches from Arabic to Roman alphabet
1918 Austro-Hungarian Empire dissolves
1918 Poland proclaims independence from Russia after WW I
1917 US 1st class mail now costs $0.03
1916 Treaty establishes British suzerainty over Qatar
1912 Battle of Lulé Burgas ends, as Bulgarians overcome stiff Turkish resistance, after subjecting the Turkish infantry to murderous artillery barrages for a week. The the Turks retreat toward the lines of Tchataldja, the last line of defense before Constantinople 30 km to the south.
1908 Republican William Howard Taft is elected 27th President of the US over William Jennings Bryan, by popular vote resulting in 321 electoral college votes to 162.
1885 Tacoma vigilantes drive out Chinese, burn their homes & businesses
1868 Republican Ulysses S. Grant wins the US presidential election over Democrat Horatio Seymour.
1839 1st opium war: 2 British frigates engage several Chinese junks
1820 Cuenca, Ecuador, declares independence
1783 George Washington orders the Continental Army disbanded
1762 Spain acquires Louisiana
1679 Great panic occurs in Europe over the close approach of a comet
1620 Great Patent granted to Plymouth Colony
1534 The British Parliament passes the Supremacy Act, putting the English throne at the head of the nation's reform church.
1481 François-Febus de Navarre-Foix-Grailly, Comte de Foix, Vicomte de Béarn (1472 - 1483), Roi de Navarre, est couronné Roi de Navarre à Pampelune (la capitale). François-Febus naquit en 1467. Lorsqu'il hérita le Royaume de Navarre (le 12 Feb 1479) de sa grand-mère maternelle Eléonore de Navarre [02 Feb 1425 – 12 Feb 1479], n'ayant encore que 12 ans, il resta sous la tutelle de sa mère, Madeleine de France, soeur du Roi de France Louis XI [03 Jul 1423 – 30 Aug 1483]. Eléonore de Navarre était la fille du Roi Jean II [1398-1479] d'Aragon et de Blanche, Reine de Navarre. Eléonore (dont le règne ne dura que 24 jours de par sa mort prématurée) avait désigné (le 10 Feb 1479) sur son testament son petit-fils François-Fébus de Foix pour lui succéder au Trône de Navarre. Le début de son règne fut marqué par les troubles causés par les factions rivales des Maisons de Beaumont et de Gramont. Son oncle Pierre, Cardinal de Foix, réussit à rétablir la paix et François-Febus put être couronné. Il fit son entrée solennelle le 3 decembre 1481. Il est mort à Pau le 29 janvier 1482, empoisonné avec une flûte dont il voulait jouer. Auparavant, il avait testé en faveur de sa soeur Catherine de Navarre-Foix-Grailly [1470 – 12 Feb 1517].
1394 Jews are expelled from France by Charles VI
2004 Rifat al-Hams, 26, Palestinian taxi driver killed in Rafah, Gaza Strip, by Israeli soldiers shooting at militants some distance away. Al-Hams is a cousin of Iman al-Hams, the 13-year-old girl who was deliberately killed after being wounded by Israeli soldiers while on her way to school in Rafah on 05 October 2004.
2002 Qaed Salim Sunian al-Harethi (aka Abu Ali), Ahmed Hijazi, and four others traveling in a car, by a Hellfire missile fired from a CIA Predator drone, in Marib province, Yemen. The CIA suspects that the six were members of the al-Qaida terrorist organization and that al-Harethi was al-Qaida's chief operative in Yemen and responsible for the suicide-boat bombing of the destroyer USS Cole in Aden on 12 October 2000 which killed 17 US sailors. Hijazi was a US citizen. — Others who are believed to be senior al-Qaida members now in Yemen, and targets of the CIA, are Mohammad Hamdi al-Ahdal, suspected of involvement in the Cole attack; Shaykh Dabwan and Suwaid, suspected of planning and supporting terrorist attacks; and communications expert Miqdad.
2002:: 78 persons of more than 200 aboard a ferry which sinks late in the night, off Ambon, Indonesia.
2002 Two Chechen independentist fighters, killed by Russian troops in area near Grozny from which was fired a rocket which shot down a Russian helicopter [next].
2002 Nine Russian servicemen in Mi-8 helicopter shot down by a rocket, near Grozny, Chechnya.
2002 Mohammad Sikander Khan and his guards Mohammed Maqsood and Aftab Ahmed, shot near the Jehlum market in Srinagar, Indian occupied Kashmir. Khan lost in the recent election in Jammu-Kashmir in which he was the candidate of Sonia Gandhi's Congress party from the Karnah constituency.
2001 Harold Saber, 80, is found dead slumped over in his car in the parking lot of the Bernheim-Apter-Goldsticker Suburban Funeral Chapel in Maplewood, New Jersey, to which, sensing that he was about to die, he had just driven alone, from his home a few kilometers away, in accordance with a resolve he had often expressed. Saber was a pharmacist and war veteran from Verona, New Jersey.He had been seriously ill for years with diabetes, heart problems and high blood pressure. The previous evening he could not catch his breath and vowed he would not go back into the hospital where he had spent most of the summer and had several toes amputated, because of poor circulation due to diabetes. He was gone when his wife, Sylvia Robinson, awoke in the morning.
2000 Emily Murray, 20, Kenyon College (Gambier, Ohio) student (majoring in philosophy) and waitress at the Pirate's Cove restaurant in Gambier, shot once in the head some time after leaving the restaurant at 03:00, by Gregory McKnight, 23, who worked in the restaurant's kitchen. Her body is found, on 09 December 2000, wrapped in a rug in a trailer on McKnight's property near Ray (39º12'13"N 82º41'01"W), Vinton County, Ohio , more than 160 km (by road, 133 km along a great circle) south of Gambier (40º22'35"N 82º23'42"W) after a Vinton County deputy discovers her car parked outside the trailer when attempting to serve McKnight court papers relating to charges of burglary of a neighbor's firearms (for which McKnight was sentenced, on 11 May 2001, to 8 years in prison [photo >]). McKnight, a New York native, was convicted as a juvenile in 1992 for robbing and killing in 1991 a Columbus man, Marion Gilbert. McKnight was released from the Ohio Department of Youth Services when he turned 21. On 12 May 2000, he killed another Kenyon student, Gregory L. Julious, 20, whose burned and dismembered remains were also found on McKnight's property in December 2000. McKnight is scheduled to go on trial for the murders of both students on 23 September 2002. But, on 08 August 2002, Vinton County Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Simmons rules that prosecutors may not seek the death penalty because the county cannot afford the cost of a public defender and defense investigators (at least $75'000) out of its $2.7 million general fund budget. Vinton County, where the trial is to be held, is Ohio's most sparsely populated county (12'800), and its unemployment rate is usually double the state average. [Geographical coordinates from Bali Online]
1996 Paul Tatum, US businessman born in 1955, shot on the steps of a Moscow subway station, probably a contract killing by the Russian mafia. He was in a long-running fight to gain control of the Radisson-Slavyanskaya hotel. —(051102)
1962 Harlow H Curtice, 69, President of General Motors (1953-8).
1954 Henri Matisse, French painter born on 31 December 1869. — MORE ON MATISSE AT ART 4 NOVEMBER with links to images.
1953 Mecislovas Reinys, Archbishop of Vilnius Lithuania, in a Communist prison.
1919 Kuniaki Koiso, 41st Prime Minister of Japan (22Jul1944-07Apr1945), born on 22 March 1880 in Tochigi Prefecture.
1918 Lyapunov, mathematician.
1911 George Chrystal, 60, mathematician.
1899 David Joseph Bles, Dutch artist born on 19 November 1821.
1883 Four Blacks, in race riots in Danville, Virginia
1864 Antonio Gonçalves Dias Brazilian national poet, dies at sea
1835 Giacomo Guardi, Italian artist born on 13 April 1764.
1832 Leslie, mathematician.
1643 Guldin, mathematician.
1619 Lodovico Carracci, Bolognese painter and printmaker baptized as an infant on 21 April 1555. — MORE ON LODOVICO CARRACCI AT ART 4 NOVEMBER with links to images.
0753 St. Pirminius, first abbot of the Benedictine monastery at Reichenau (located in modern Germany). His name endures today as author of a book entitled "Scarapsus," which is the earliest known writing to contain the Apostles' Creed as it is worded in its present form. — 753 Death of Pirminius, the first Abbot of Reichenau, Germany, who recorded early evidence for the present Apostles' Creed.
0644 'Umar I Ibn al-Khattab, the 2nd Muslim caliph, is assassinated by a Christian Persian slave for personal reasons. A member of the clan of 'Adi of the Meccan tribe of Quraysh (Koreish), 'Umar at first opposed Muhammad [570 – 08 Jun 632] but, about 615, became a Muslim. By 622, when he went to Medina with Muhammad and the other Meccan Muslims, he had become one of Muhammad's chief advisers, closely associated with Abu Bakr [573 – 23 Aug 634]. His position in the state was marked by Mu?ammad's marriage to his daughter Hafsa in 625. On Muhammad's death in 632 'Umar was largely responsible for reconciling the Medinan Muslims to the acceptance of a Meccan, Abu Bakr, as head of state (caliph). Abu Bakr relied greatly on 'Umar and nominated him to succeed him. As caliph, 'Umar was the first to call himself “commander of the faithful” (amir al-mu'minin). His reign saw the transformation of the Islamic state from an Arabian principality to a world power. Throughout this remarkable expansion 'Umar closely controlled general policy and laid down the principles for administering the conquered lands. The structure of the later Islamic empire, including legal practice, is largely due to him. A strong ruler, stern toward offenders, and himself ascetic to the point of harshness, 'Umar was universally respected for his justice and authority. He is succeeded as caliph by 'Uthman ibn Affan [–17 Jun 656], who also had a violent death, at the hands of a group of rebels, and was succeeded by caliph 'Ali [600 – Jan 661], who was also assassinated.
0311 Peter of Alexandria is martyred. He had called for lenient treatment of lapsi, Christians who caved in to threats during the recent persecutions.
1984 3000 die in 3 day anti-Sikh riot in India
1939 Terrence McNally St Petersburg FL, playwright (Bad Habits)
1878 Coble, mathematician.
1867 Kutta, mathematician.
1855 Enrico Reycend, Italian artist who died in 1928.
1794 William Cullen Bryant, poet: Thanatopsis, To a Waterfowl, A Forest Hymn, The Prairies; editor: NY Evening Post. WILLIAM BRYANT ONLINE: The Family Library of Poetry and Song, Poems, editor of Selections from the American Poets
1793 Stephen Fuller Austin, principal founder of Texas; capital city, Austin, named after him; Texas Secretary of State
1718 John Montague 4th Earl of Sandwich, ; inventor: the sandwich; England's 1st Lord of the Admiralty, Secretary of State of the Northern Dept., Postmaster General; Sandwich Islands [Hawaii] named after him
1560 (baptism) Annibale Carracci, Italian painter, draftsman, and printmaker, who died on 15 July 1609. — MORE ON ANNIBALE CARRACCI AT ART 4 JULY with links to images.