On This Day

November 2012 in History

Events in History

  • Nov 1 Google's Gmail becomes the world's most popular email service
  • Nov 1 22 people are killed and 111 injured after a fuel tanker explodes in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Nov 1 Yellow fever kills 32 people and sickens 50 more in Darfur, Sudan
  • Nov 1 Acid is poured over a 15 year old girl by her parents after being seen talking to a young man in an "honour killing" in Azad Kashmir, Pakistan
  • Nov 1 Scientists detect evidence of light from the universe's first stars, predicted to have formed 500 million years after the big bang
  • Nov 1 2 Iranian fighter jets fire on a US General Atomics MQ-1 Predator drone in international air space
  • Nov 2 New York City Marathon: cancelled because of the effects of Hurricane Sandy in NYC the week before
  • Nov 3 Syrian rebels launch a major assault on Taftanaz airbase
  • Nov 4 Bishop Tawadros appointed as the 118th Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church
  • Nov 4 Syrian rebels capture a major oil field in Deir ez-Zor Governorate
  • Nov 5 50 Syrian military personnel are killed by a suicide car bomb in Hama
  • Nov 5 Widespread flooding in Nigeria kills 363 people and displaces 2.1 million
  • Nov 6 5 people are shot at a poultry processing plant in Fresno, California

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Nov 6 Barack Obama is re-elected as US President, defeating Republican candidate Mitt Romney

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
Governor of Massachusetts and US Senator Mitt Romney
Governor of Massachusetts and US Senator
Mitt Romney
  • Nov 6 Green Moon wins the Melbourne Cup race at Flemington

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 6 Elizabeth Warren becomes the first female Senator from Massachusetts

US Senator Elizabeth Warren
US Senator
Elizabeth Warren

  • Nov 6 Tammy Duckworth becomes the first disabled woman and first person born in Thailand to be elected to US Congress
  • Nov 7 48 people are killed by a magnitude 7.3 earthquake in Guatemala
  • Nov 7 Voters in Maine, Maryland and Washington approve measures for same-sex marriage
  • Nov 9 25 people are killed and 62 injured after a train carrying liquid fuel bursts into flames in Burma
  • Nov 9 An Algerian C-295 military transport plane crashes near Avignon, France, killing 6 people
  • Nov 10 20 Syrian troops are killed by suicide bombings in Daara
  • Nov 10 27 people are killed and dozens injured in a prison conflict in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Nov 10 Israeli counter strike on Palestinian militants in Gaza kills 5 and injure 30
  • Nov 10 17 people are killed in a helicopter crash as a result of bad weather in Turkey
  • Nov 10 The final US presidential election results are declared after Barack Obama wins Florida to defeat Mitt Romney 332-206 in Electoral College votes
  • Nov 11 12 people are killed by a magnitude 6.8 earthquake in Burma
  • Nov 12 Into the Silence by Wade Davis wins the 2012 Samuel Johnson Prize
  • Nov 13 3 Syrian tanks enter the demilitarized zone of Golan Heights
  • Nov 14 A series of protests against austerity measures occur across Europe including Spain, Portugal, and Greece
  • Nov 14 CFBDSIR 2149-0403 is discovered, the closest rogue planet to earth (100 light-years away)
  • Nov 15 At least 95 people are killed in Syrian conflicts
  • Nov 15 Deep Horizon Oil Spill: BP settles for $4.5 Billion
  • Nov 15 The Eurozone economy returns to recession with a fall of 0.1% in GDP in the third quarter of 2012 following a fall of 0.2% in the previous quarter
  • Nov 16 'Call of Duty: Black Ops 2' grosses $500 million in 24 hours to become the biggest entertainment launch of all time
  • Nov 17 50 schoolchildren and a bus driver are killed after a train collides with a school bus in Manfalut, Egypt

  • Nov 18 Israeli Gaza rocket strikes kill 80 alleged terrorist targets
  • Nov 20 Toshiba unveils a robot designed to help in nuclear disasters
  • Nov 21 An Israel and Hamas ceasefire is negotiated
  • Nov 22 6 attacks across Pakistan kill 37 people and injure 92
  • Nov 22 2 people are killed and 120 injured after a 100-vehicle pile-up in dense fog in Texas
  • Nov 23 JR Tokai unveil a maglev LO train prototype capable of travelling up to 500km per hour
  • Nov 24 Ernest Bai Koroma is re-elected President of Sierra Leone
  • Nov 25 11 people are killed and 30 are wounded by twin car bombs hitting a Protestant church in Nigeria
  • Nov 25 16 people are killed and 44 injured after a wedding party bus plunges 300 ft down a gorge in India
  • Nov 26 10 children are killed and 15 people are injured after a Syrian government Jet drops a cluster bomb on a playground
  • Nov 26 The cost of Hurricane Sandy to New York is announced to be $32 Billion
  • Nov 27 29 people are killed and 126 are wounded by 8 car bombings across Iraq
  • Nov 27 The Eurozone announces that it will make loans of 43.7 billion euros to Greece
  • Nov 28 54 people are killed and 120 are injured by two car bombs in Damascus, Syria
  • Nov 29 30 people are killed and 100 are wounded by bombs in Hillah and Karbala, Iraq
  • Nov 29 The UN votes to approve Palestine’s status change from an observer to an observer state
  • Nov 29 Luiz Felipe Scolari takes over as Brazilian Football coach
  • Nov 30 At least 32 people are killed in a Ilyushin Il-76 cargo plane crash in the Congo

Weddings in History

  • Nov 3 Professional bull rider Luke Snyder (30) weds Jennifer Manna (34) at Big Cedar Lodge outside of Branson, Missouri

Deaths in History

  • Nov 5 Charles V. Bush, African-American pioneer (1st African-American US Air Force Academy Graduate and US Supreme Court Page), dies from colon cancer at 72
  • Nov 5 Stalking Cat [Dennis Avner], American body modifier, dies at 54
  • Nov 11 Rex Hunt, British diplomat and Governor of the Falkland Islands (1982-1985), dies at 86
  • Nov 12 Sergio Oliva, American body builder (The Myth, IFBB Mr. Olympia, 1967-9), dies at 71
  • Nov 14 Ahmed Jabari, Palestinian political activist, killed by an airstrike at 53
  • Nov 17 Margaret Yorke, English crime fiction writer, dies at 88
  • Nov 19 Boris Strugatsky, Soviet-Russian science fiction author (Tale of Troika), dies at 79
  • Nov 22 Bryce Courtenay, South African-born Australian novelist, dies from stomach cancer at 79
  • Nov 25 Lars Hörmander, Swedish mathematician, dies at 81
  • Nov 26 Joseph Murray, English plastic surgeon, dies from a hemorrhagic stroke at 93
  • Nov 30 I. K. [Inder Kumar] Gujral, Indian politician, Prime Minister of India (1997-98), dies at 92