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November 2002 in History

Events in History

  • Nov 4 Chinese authorities arrest cyber-dissident He Depu for signing pro-democracy letter to the 16th Communist Party Congress
  • Nov 6 12 people are killed in a fire on board a train headed for Vienna from Paris.
  • Nov 7 Iran bans advertising of United States products.

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Nov 8 Iraq disarmament crisis: UN Security Council under Resolution 1441 unanimously approves a resolution on Iraq, forcing Saddam Hussein to disarm or face "serious consequences"

Iraqi President and Dictator Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President and Dictator
Saddam Hussein
  • Nov 13 The oil tanker Prestige sinks off the Galician coast and causes a huge oil spill
  • Nov 13 Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraq agrees to the terms of the UN Security Council Resolution 1441
  • Nov 14 Argentina defaults on an $805 million World Bank payment.

Battle of Interest9/11 Attack on New York's World Trade Towers

Nov 14 The United States House of Representatives votes not to create an independent commission to investigate the September 11 attacks

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UA Flight 175 flies toward the South Tower of the World Trade Center while the North Tower burns
UA Flight 175 flies toward the South Tower of the World Trade Center while the North Tower burns
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Nov 15 Hu Jintao becomes the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China

Paramount Leader of China Hu Jintao
Paramount Leader of China
Hu Jintao
  • Nov 16 Iraqi President Saddam Hussein says that he had to accept UN Resolution 1441 because the United States and Israel had shown their "claws and teeth" and declared unitlateral war on the Iraqi people

Historic DiscoverySARS Outbreak

Nov 16 The first case of SARS is recorded in Foshan City, Guangdong Province, China, though is not identified until much later. First patient is thought to be a farmer in the city.

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The SARS virus, known technically as SARS-CoV (coronavirus). First appearing in China in 2002, the disease spread to 29 countries before it was stopped.
The SARS virus, known technically as SARS-CoV (coronavirus). First appearing in China in 2002, the disease spread to 29 countries before it was stopped.
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  • Nov 18 Iraq disarmament crisis: United Nations weapons inspectors led by Hans Blix arrive in Iraq.
  • Nov 21 NATO invites Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia to become members.

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Nov 30 Ina Garten's cooking show "Barefoot Contessa" premieres on the Food Network

Author and Cooking Show Host Ina Garten
Author and Cooking Show Host
Ina Garten

Weddings in History

  • Nov 9 Eighties pop princess Sheena Easton (43) weds Beverly Hills plastic surgeon John Minoli (44) at Las Vegas City Hall

Deaths in History

  • Nov 2 Charles Sheffield, American author and physicist (b. 1935)
  • Nov 6 Sid Sackson, American board game designer (b. 1920)
  • Nov 7 Rudolf Augstein, German publisher (b. 1923)
  • Nov 7 Charles Hambro, English banker, multi-millionaire and CEO (Hambros), dies at 72
  • Nov 8 Jaun Elia, Pakistani scholar, poet and philosopher, dies at 70
  • Nov 9 William Schutz, American psychologist (b. 1925)
  • Nov 13 Rishikesh Shaha, Nepalese politician and writer (b. 1925)
  • Nov 15 Myra Hindley, English murderess (murdered 5 small children with Ian Brady), dies at 60
  • Nov 17 Abba Eban, Israeli diplomat (b. 1915)
  • Nov 23 Roberto Matta, Chilean painter (b. 1911)
  • Nov 24 John Rawls, political philosopher (b. 1921)
  • Nov 25 Karel Reisz, Czech theater director (b. 1926)
  • Nov 26 Verne Winchell, American doughnut entrepreneur (b. 1915)