Today in History
November 20 global history
2016: Armed conflicts and attacks
Internal conflict in Myanmar
At least one civilian is dead and several are injured following an attack by the Ta’ang National Liberation Ar in Shan State. (AA)
Disasters and accidents.
List of Indian rail incidents , 2016 Kanpur train derailment , Pukhrayan tr derailment
Many are killed and over 100 injured as the Indore–Patna Express derail near Pukhrayan in the Indian state
Uttar Pradesh .
Minister of Railways Suresh Prab has ordered an inquiry, (Hindustan Times)
Rescue efforts continue as dozen people are still trapped in carriages
2016–17 UK and Ireland windstorm season
Storm Angus brings strong winds and heavy rain to southern England the Channel Islands.
Law and crime:
2016 South Korean political scanda
An interim report by South Korea prosecutors implicates President P Geun-hye in a political scandal involving her close friend Choi Soonsil . Three people have been indicte relation to the scandal. President P cannot be indicted due to a constitutional provision preventing sitting President being indicted exc for treason or insurrection.
Politics and elections
French presidential election, 2017
The Republicans (France) hold a
primary election to select a candida for next year’s election.
1917 – World War I : Battle of Cambrai begins: British forces make early progress in an attack on German positions but are later pushed back.
1917 – Ukraine is declared a republic.
1992 – In England, a fire breaks out in Windsor Castle , badly damaging the castle and causing over £50 million worth of damage.
1993 – Savings and loan crisis : The
United States Senate Ethics Committee issues a stern censure of
California senator Alan Cranston for his “dealings” with savings-and-loan executive Charles Keating.
1994 – The Angolan government and UNITA rebels sign the Lusaka Protocol in Zambia, ending 19 years of
civil war . (Localized fighting resumes the next year.)
1998 – A court in Taliban-controlled
Afghanistan declares accused terrorist
Osama bin Laden “a man without a sin” in regard to the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and
1998 – The first module of the
International Space Station, Zarya , is launched.
2001 – In Washington, D.C., U.S. President George W. Bush dedicates the United States Department of Justice headquarters building as the Robert F. Kennedy Justice Building, honoring the late Robert F. Kennedy on what would have been his 76th birthday.
2003 – After the November 15 bombings, a second day of the 2003 Istanbul bombings occurs in Istanbul, Turkey, destroying the Turkish head office of HSBC Bank AS and the British consulate.
2014 North Korea threatens nuclear tests, and activity has been detected at one of the nation’s nuclear facilities; the threat was made after the U.N. recommended trying North Korean officials in the International Criminal Court for human rights crimes.
2014 U.S. President Barack Obama announces plans to delay deportation of about 4 million undocumented immigrants who have lived in the country for at least 5 years and have children who are legal residents or U.S. citizens.
2015 – Following a hostage siege, at least 19 people are killed in Bamako, Mali.
N.B: November 20 is the 324th day of the year (325th in leap years) in the
Gregorian calendar. There are 41 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Friday or Sunday (58 in 400 years each) than on Wednesday or Thursday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Monday or Saturday (56).