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Events in History in November 2019

  • Nov 1 Former Texan congressman Beto O'Rourke ends his presidential campaign
  • Nov 3 Delhi reaches worst pollution levels of the year, over 900 AQI, with authorities declaring public health emergency
  • Nov 3 Saudi Arabia's state-owned oil producer Saudi Aramco, the world's most profitable company, announces its plans to go public
  • Nov 4 Largest mass commutation in US history when 462 non-violent inmates freed from Oklahoma prisons as part of state prison reforms
  • Nov 4 Major investigation finds unsafe lead levels in 11 Canadian cities between 2014 and 2018 mostly due to antiquated pipes
  • Nov 4 Nine members of a US Mexican Mormon family, including six children, shot and killed in attack by criminal gang in Northern Mexico
  • Nov 5 Chinese government set new rules for gaming for young people to try to curb gaming addiction, including maximum 90 mins a day
  • Nov 6 17 people die in attack on a checkpoint by Islamic State militants on Tajikistan's border with Uzbekistan
  • Nov 7 Humans 1st walked upright 12 million years ago (not 6 million as previously thought), according to study a new species of ape found in Bavaria, Germany, published in "Nature"

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Nov 7 Queen Elizabeth II confirms she is no longer buying clothes made with real fur

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Nov 7 Song lyrics have gotten sadder says researchers who studied 50 years of lyrics at University of Exeter, published in journal "Evolutionary Human Sciences"
  • Nov 9 Unprecedented 70 bush fires in New South Wales, Australia, destroys 100 homes killing three people with seven missing
  • Nov 9 India’s Supreme Court rules in favor of Hindus over Muslims in dispute over who has right to holy site in city of Ayodhya
  • Nov 9 Prominent Russian history professor Oleg Sokolov discovered with severed arms of his murder victim in his backpack when rescued from Moika River, St Petersburg
  • Nov 9 Kartarpur corridor opens allowing Sikh worshippers from India to access holy site of Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur in Pakistan without a visa

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Nov 10 Bolivian President Evo Morales resigns amid widespread protests after national election considered irregular and manipulated

1st Indigenous President of Bolivia Evo Morales
1st Indigenous President of Bolivia
Evo Morales

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Nov 10 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announces the discovery of a new oil field with an estimated 53 million barrels of oil in Khuzestan province

President of Iran Hassan Rouhani
President of Iran
Hassan Rouhani
  • Nov 10 Death toll in demonstrations in Iraq reaches 319, with 15,000 injured since Oct 1 according to Iraqi human rights organization
  • Nov 11 Violent day in Hong Kong as protests continue with person set alight and another shot amid general strike
  • Nov 11 More than 120 bush fires in Australia cause the country to declare state of emergency in two states with a catastrophic threat issued for Sydney region
  • Nov 11 Transit of Mercury across the sun, closer than any other transit this century
  • Nov 11 Arctic blast brings record low temperatures for November to the US Midwest including Kansas, Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois

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Nov 12 550th anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak - the founder of Sikhism celebrated in India and Pakistan

Founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak
Founder of Sikhism
Guru Nanak
  • Nov 12 Former Bolivian President Evo Morales takes asylum in Mexico
  • Nov 12 Israeli forces kill senior commander of Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant group in the Gaza Strip with Palestinian militants setting off retaliatory rockets at Israel
  • Nov 13 Venice hit by worse floods for 50 years, due to a very high tide with waves in St Mark's square, killing one resident

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Nov 13 First day of public testimony in Donald Trump's impeachment inquiry held in Washington, D.C.

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Nov 13 Bolivian opposition senator Jeanine Áñez assumed interim presidency of Bolivia after Evo Morales resignation
  • Nov 13 Rediscovered painting "Lucretia" by female baroque artist Artemisia Gentileschi sells for $4.1 million at auction in Paris
  • Nov 15 Iran shuts down its internet for five days to suppress news of national protests against higher gas prices - beginning of the worst unrest for 40 years in the country
  • Nov 15 Pakistan becomes the 1st country to introduce a vaccine against typhoid, targeting 10 million children
  • Nov 16 Sri Lankan Presidential election, won by former defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa
  • Nov 16 Samoa declares state of emergency over measles epidemic closing all schools after six deaths
  • Nov 16 500th anniversary of the founding of Havana, Cuba

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Nov 17 Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei labels protesters "thugs" after unrest over higher gasoline prices brought Tehran to a standstill day before

2nd Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Hosseini Khamenei
2nd Supreme Leader of Iran
Ali Hosseini Khamenei
  • Nov 18 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reverses US policy regarding Israeli West Bank settlements as illegal after 24 years

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Nov 18 Book written by Charlotte Bronte aged 14 for her toy soldiers bought by the Bronte Society for €600,000 at auction in Paris

  • Nov 18 Deforestation of Brazil's Amazon rainforest worst since 2008, has lost 9,762 sq km (3,769 sq miles) of vegetation in 12 months according to country's Space Agency
  • Nov 18 World wind speeds have risen, 3x faster since 2010 than previous decades of decline, according to Princeton study published in "Nature Climate Change"
  • Nov 19 More than 1,000 protesters detained by police after 3-day battle at Hong King Polytechnic University
  • Nov 19 As many as 106 have died over five days in protests across 21 Iranian cities according to Amnesty International, just 12 deaths reported by the government
  • Nov 20 Britain's Prince Andrew announces he is stepping back from public duties after outcry from disastrous interview on his friendship with Jeffry Epstein
  • Nov 20 US Ambassador Gordon Sondland testifies in impeachment inquiry that “We followed the president’s orders.” and that “everyone was in the loop” over Ukraine dealings
  • Nov 20 Oxford Dictionaries word of the year is "climate emergency"
  • Nov 20 Snakes lived with hind legs for 70 million years (Najash rionegrina), according to research from La Buitrera Palaeontological Area, Argentina, published in "Science Advances"
  • Nov 21 WHO says Measles has killed more than 5,000 people in Democratic Republic of Congo in 2019, in world's largest and fastest-moving epidemic
  • Nov 21 22 killed in displacement camp in attack by Syrian government in Idlib province, Syria

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Nov 21 Elon Musk launches Tesla's electric Cybertruck with shatterproof windows that when demonstrated on stage shatter

Entrepreneur Elon Musk
Entrepreneur
Elon Musk
  • Nov 21 44% of Americans work in low-wage jobs with medium annual wage of just $18,000, with most aged 25 - 54 according to analysis by Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program
  • Nov 21 First of a series of national strikes in Colombia against the government of President Iván Duque and proposed cuts to pensions
  • Nov 23 Sumatran rhino officially declared extinct in Malaysia after last known specimen, 25-year-old Iman, dies of cancer in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo
  • Nov 24 Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announces a late-bid to be the US Democratic presidential candidate
  • Nov 24 Data leaked from Chinese high-security Muslim Uighur security camps, housing 1 million people, show systematic brainwashing in western Xinjiang region
  • Nov 24 Hong Kong pro-democracy candidates overwhelmingly win district council elections in strong rebuke to Hong Kong leaders
  • Nov 25 Priceless royal jewelry stolen from Dresden Green Vault, in Germany, from one of Europe's greatest treasure collections
  • Nov 25 Louis Vuitton (LVMH) buys jeweler Tiffany & Co. for over $16 billion
  • Nov 25 First defamation case in Australia by a sitting MP won by Sarah Hanson-Green over Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm, after he made sexist slurs against her
  • Nov 26 6.4 magnitude earthquake centered on Durres strikes Albania, with at least 51 killed and hundreds injured
  • Nov 27 Ghana celebrates the "year of return" marking 300 years since 1st African slave sold in America, by granting 125 people citizenship in special ceremony
  • Nov 27 US President Donald Trump signs two bills backing Hong Kong protesters, which check the territories autonomy and ban the sale of munitions to Hong Kong police, angering China
  • Nov 28 Zimbabwe on the brink of man-made starvation according to the UN
  • Nov 28 Iraqi security forces open fire on protesters killing at least 25 in Nasiriya a day after the Iranian embassy in Najais is burnt down
  • Nov 28 European parliament declares a climate emergency
  • Nov 29 Terrorist knife attack at Fishmongers Hall by London Bridge, kills two and injures three, attacker previously imprisoned for 2012 terror offence

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Nov 29 Wood fragment believed to be from Jesus' manger returned to Bethlehem after 1400 years by Pope Francis

  • Nov 30 Gun battle between suspected cartel and security forces at Villa Unión city hall, northern Mexico, kills 21