In Pakistan, "United Press International" reports a letter sent to members of the opposition in Pakistan on a military letterhead causes panic in President Pervez Musharraf's government because it says he has been imposed on this nation. The letter reportedly states that "We want to assure the nation that this army belongs to you and to Pakistan ... Pervez Musharraf and his clique has been imposed on this nation". //www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20031107-125247-8004r
Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraq agrees to the terms of UN Security Council Resolution 1441.
General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Jiang Zemin announced several key policies at the 16th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in Beijing. Although Marxism-Leninism would remain the official ideology of China, entrepreneurs and people in unconventional occupations, who are building socialism with Chinese characteristics, would have a voice in establishing Communist Party ideology. Mr. Jiang is preparing to yield the position of General Secretary of the Party to Hu Jintao, but will maintain the presidency.
Former President of France Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, head of the Convention on the Future of Europe, told the newspaper "Le Monde" that Turkey should not become a member of the European Union, even though Turkey is a very important country with a true elite. He particularly mentioned that the capital and 95% of the population were not located on the European continent. He also mentioned that "one cannot discuss, as we do it, the national legislation of the Union, on very important points of everyday European issues and pretend that some discussions could be extended to countries which, for perfectly estimable reasons, have another culture, another approach, another way of life".
Friday, November 8, 1996
All 141 people on board a Nigerian-owned Boeing 727 die when the aircraft crashes into the Atlantic Ocean while approaching Lagos airport.
Hong Kong begins the forcible repatriation of Vietnamese boat people, starting with a group of 59 who were flown to Hanoi.
On the anniversary of Kristallnacht, tens of thousands of protestors demonstrate against attacks on immigrant workers.
The BritishJET fusion reactor generates 1.5 MW output power.
Tuesday, November 8, 1988
United States presidential election, 1988: George H. W. Bush is elected over Michael Dukakis becoming the first sitting Vice President of the United States in 200 years to be elected as President of the United States.
Sunday, November 8, 1987
Enniskillen bombing: Eleven people are killed by a Provisional Irish Republican Army bomb at a Remembrance Day service at Enniskillen.
Monday, November 8, 1982
Kenan Evren becomes the seventh president of Turkey as a result of constitution referandum. His former title was "'head of state"'.
Thursday, November 8, 1973
Millennium '73, a festival hosted by Guru Maharaj Ji at the Astrodome, is called by supporters the most significant event in human history.
United States presidential election, 1960: In a close race, John F. Kennedy is elected over Richard Nixon, to become (at 43) the second youngest man to serve at the President of the United States, and the youngest man elected to this position.
Friday, November 8, 1957
Film "Jailhouse Rock" opens across the U.S. to reach #3, and Elvis Presley continues to gain more notoriety.
French Resistance Coup in Algiers: 400 French civil resistants neutralize the Vichyist XIXth Army Corps and the Vichyist generals (Juin, Darlan, etc.), so allowing the immediate success of Operation Torch in Algiers, and ultimately the whole of French North Africa.
Thirty Years' War ndash Battle of Lützen ndash Swedish king Gustav II Adolf leads an assault on Wallenstein's army, but is killed early in the battle. Despite the king's death, the Swedish commanders manage to rally the army and eventually defeat Wallenstein's army. As a result, Wallenstein withdraws from Saxony.
Chongzhen, the Chinese emperor of the Ming Dynasty, reiterates the state prohibition against female infanticide, while the empire and the Chinese economy begins to crumble. In the same year, a third of the courier stations are closed down due to lack of government funds to sustain them.
Eighty Years' War ndash Pacification of Ghent: The States-General of the Netherlands meet and unite to oppose pillaging Spanish mutineers.
Monday, October 29, 1520 (Julianian calendar)
November 10 ndash 82 noblemen and clergymen, having been sentenced to death for their involvement in the Swedish resistance against the Danish invasion, are executed by beheading in the Stockholm bloodbath.
The first civil revolt in Anatolia takes place, led by Alevi preacher Celâl.
According to Wang Yangming (1472–1529), the Ming Dynasty philosopher and governor of Jiangxi, China, he intends to use "fo–lang–ji" cannons in suppressing the rebellion of Prince Zhu Chenhao in this year. This is most likely the earliest reference in China to the breech-loading Frankish culverin.
The Huns, led by Attila, attack Constanţa (modern Romania), one of the few remaining Roman forts on the northern bank of the Danube and designated as a secure trading post. On a crowded market day, the Huns take the town by surprise and slaughter the garrison.The End of Empire. Christopher Kelly, 2009. ISBN 978-0-393-33849-2