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Today In History

Today In History

Today is Saturday, November 3, the 307th day of 2012. There are 59 days left in the year.
Highlights in history on this date:
1394 - Charles VI orders Jews expelled from France.
1534 - England's parliament confirms King Henry VIII holds all judicial and political powers formerly held by the Pope in England.
1839 - Opium war flares up when a British frigate sinks Chinese fleet.
1900 - The first automobile show in the United States opens at Madison Square Garden in New York under the Automobile Club of America.
1903 - Panama proclaims its independence from Colombia.
1918 - Poland declares its independence from Russia.
1928 - Turkey switches from Arabic to Roman alphabet.
1935 - Greek plebiscite recalls exiled King George II to throne.
1936 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt is re-elected in a landslide over Republican Alfred M. Landon.
1946 - Power in Japan is transferred from the emperor to elected assembly.
1956 - Britain and France agree to accept a Middle East cease-fire in the Suez War if U.N. forces can keep the peace.
1957 - The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 2, the second manmade satellite, into orbit. A dog on board named Laika is sacrificed in the experiment.
1968 - Storms, landslides and floods take more than 100 lives and cause heavy damage in northern Italy.
1970 - Marxist Salvador Allende becomes president of Chile.
1973 - U.N. Emergency Force reports success in easing tension between Egyptian and Israeli troops at positions west of Suez Canal.
1978 - The Soviet Union and Vietnam sign a 25-year treaty of friendship and cooperation.
1982 - Suriname's largest labor union, Moederbond, ends a five-day general strike after the nation's military commander promises free elections, a new constitution and the restoration of civil liberties.
1986 - "Ash-Shiraa," a pro-Syrian Lebanese magazine, breaks the story of U.S. arms sales to Iran, a revelation that escalates into the Iran-Contra affair.
1990 - Mozambique's parliament approves new constitution ending 15 years of one-party rule.
1991 - Israeli and Jordanian-Palestinian delegates agree to pursue talks on interim self-government in Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.
1992 - Bill Clinton defeats President George H. W. Bush in U.S. presidential election.
1993 - Bosnian government troops storm through a Croat district north of Sarajevo, prompting 15,000 terrified civilians to flee into the countryside.
1994 - A Bosnian refugee, determined to call attention to the slaughter in his homeland, hijacks an airliner only to surrender when he believes the world had heard his plea.
1995 - A teen convicted of killing a British tourist at a highway rest stop is sentenced to life in prison in Florida.
1996 - Relief officials scramble to find a way to bring aid to a million Rwandan Hutu refugees engulfed in a rebellion in eastern Zaire.
1997 - Iraqi President Saddam Hussein threatens to shoot down U.S. planes that are monitoring the disarmament of his country. The threat never materializes.
1998 - For the first time in a 30-year conflict, the Spanish government says it will hold talks with groups linked to the militant Basque ETA separatists.
1999 - The government of Yugoslavia's smaller republic, Montenegro, designates the German mark as its official currency, replacing the Yugoslav dinar.
2000 - Singapore Airlines apologizes for its first fatal crash after investigators discover the pilot of a Los Angeles-bound jumbo jet missed clear warning signs and crashed while trying to take off on a runway full of construction equipment.
2001 - U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld visits Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan and India to shore up support for ongoing U.S. military operations in Afghanistan against the al-Qaida terrorist network.
2002 - The party of moderate President Ibrahim Rugova wins municipal elections in Kosovo, but loses some ground to parties headed by former ethnic Albanian rebels.
2003 - A 35-member commission unveils a draft constitution, which would be presented to a traditional Afghan 500-member national assembly, the loya jirga, for debate and ratification in mid-December.
2004 - Ending one of the U.S. Army's longest desertion cases, Charles Robert Jenkins is sentenced to 30 days in a military jail for abandoning his unit in North Korea nearly 40 years ago.
2005 - Allegations that the CIA set up secret jails in eastern Europe and elswhere to interrogate al-Qaida prisoners trigger a flurry of denials from governments in the former Soviet sphere and prompt EU officials and human rights organizations to demand answers.
2006 - Latin American and Caribbean nations endorse Panama for a seat on the U.N. Security Council, after Guatemala and Venezuela withdrew to break a deadlock that dragged through 47 votes.
2007 - Gen. Pervez Musharraf declares a state of emergency in Pakistan, suspending the constitution, replacing the chief justice before a crucial Supreme Court ruling on his future as president, and cutting communications in the capital.
Today's Birthdays:
2008 - A U.S. military jury at Guantanamo sentences Osama bin Laden's former media aide, Ali Hamza al-Bahlul, to life for encouraging terrorist attacks.
2009 - North Korea claims that it has successfully weaponized more plutonium for atomic bombs, a day after warning Washington to agree quickly to direct talks or face the prospect of a growing North Korean nuclear arsenal.
2010 - A chastened President Barack Obama signals a new willingness to yield to Republican demands on tax cuts and jettisons a key energy priority, less than 24 hours after he and fellow Democrats absorbed election losses so severe he called them a shellacking.
2011 - The global output of heat-trapping carbon dioxide jumps by the biggest amount on record, the U.S. Department of Energy calculates, a sign of how feeble the world's efforts are at slowing man-made global warming.
Today's Birthdays:
Karl Baedecker, German guide book compiler-publisher (1801-1859); Andre Malraux, French novelist and cultural minister (1901-1976); Charles Bronson, U.S. actor (1922-2003); Adam Ant, British pop singer (1954--); Kate Capshaw, U.S. actress (1953--).
Thought for Today:
On the plus side, death is one of the few things that can be done just as easily lying down. _ Woody Allen, American actor/producer (1935-)


Updated : 2021-05-11 09:39 GMT+08:00