November 2001 in History

Events in History

  • Nov 6 Crude oil for December delivery on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) falls to a two-year low after OPEC members warn that a downward price spiral could occur if major non-OPEC oil exporters do not reduce oil production
  • Nov 7 The supersonic commercial aircraft Concorde resumes flying after a 15-month hiatus.
  • Nov 10 An agreement is reached at talks in Marrakech, Morocco, on rules for implementation of the Kyoto climate change treaty
  • Nov 11 Journalists Pierre Billaud, Johanne Sutton and Volker Handloik are killed in Afghanistan during an attack on the convoy they were traveling on top off.
  • Nov 12 In New York City, American Airlines Flight 587, an Airbus A300 on its way to the Dominican Republic, crashes minutes after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport, killing all 260 on board and five on the ground.
  • Nov 12 Taliban forces abandon Afghanistan's capital Kabul, ahead of advancing Afghan Northern Alliance troops
  • Nov 13 Doha Round: The World Trade Organization ends a four-day ministerial conference in Doha, Qatar

Event of Interest

Nov 13 US President George W. Bush orders that the Strategic Petroleum Reserve be filled to capacity over the next few years

  • Nov 13 War on Terrorism: In the first such act since World War II, US President George W. Bush signs an executive order allowing military tribunals against foreigners suspected of connections to terrorist acts or planned acts on the United States.
  • Nov 14 OPEC announces that it intends to cut its crude oil output quotas by 1.5 million barrels per day effective, but only if non-OPEC producers cut their output by 500,000 barrels per day as well
  • Nov 14 War in Afghanistan: Afghan Northern Alliance fighters takeover the capital Kabul
  • Nov 18 Phillips Petroleum and Conoco merge into a new company as 'ConocoPhillips', the third-largest oil and natural gas company in the US

Event of Interest

Nov 20 US President George W. Bush dedicates the US Department of Justice headquarters the Robert F. Kennedy Justice Building, on what would have been his 76th birthday

  • Nov 23 Convention on Cybercrime is signed in Budapest, Hungary.
  • Nov 27 A hydrogen atmosphere is discovered on the extrasolar planet Osiris by the Hubble Space Telescope, the first atmosphere detected on an extrasolar planet.
  • Nov 29 UN Security Council unanimously approves a resolution extending the Oil-for-Food program in Iraq for another six-month period

Deaths in History

  • Nov 3 Ernst Gombrich, Austrian-English art historian (The Story of Art), dies at 92
  • Nov 4 Edward Boland, American politician (Rep-D-MA, 1953-89), dies at 90
  • Nov 5 Barry Horne, a British animal liberation activist.
  • Nov 6 Anthony Shaffer, English dramatist (Sleuth), dies at 75
  • Nov 9 Niels Jannasch, Canadian historian and museum curator, dies at 77
  • Nov 10 Ken Kesey, American author (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest), dies at 66
  • Nov 19 Marcelle Ferron, Quebec painter and stained glass artist (b. 1924)
  • Nov 21 Salahuddin of Malaysia, King of Malaysia (b. 1926)
  • Nov 22 Mary Kay Ash, American businesswoman, founded Mary Kay Cosmetics (b. 1915)
  • Nov 23 Mary Whitehouse, English social activist who opposed social liberalism and the mainstream British media, dies at 91
  • Nov 25 Riaz Ahmed Gohar Shahi, Muslim Sufi, author, spiritual leader (b. 1941)
  • Nov 28 William Kienzle, American author (b. 1928)
  • Nov 28 William Reid, British aviator awarded the Victoria Cross (b. 1921)
  • Nov 29 John Knowles, American writer (Morning in Antibes), dies at 75