Diary

Nov 19

A Somali official is vowing to rescue a hijacked Saudi oil tanker “by using force if necessary.” Their hope is to chase the ship until it runs out of gas.

CEOs from the three big American auto makers are in Washington. Senators have made prospects of abailout plan for Detroit less than certain, however, all those who were re-elected have offed to buy new cars.

Some of President-elect Barack Obama’s top economic advisers say the U.S. needs a substantial stimulus package to avoid a deep recession. Unnamed sources say he hopes to hold “a big benefit concert” to help raise the money.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission once again has delayed action on setting rules for farm-raising sagegrouse in the state. The decision is to leave all the grousing to the democrats.

President Bush says the government will expand to the entire country the opening of extra flight lanes typified bythe East Coast “Thanksgiving Express” lane made available by the military a year ago. Democrats immediately criticized the President, noting that “Turkeys can’t fly” Instead, they hailed Barak Obama’s idea to expandto the entire country the opening of extra flight lanes typified by the East Coast “Thanksgiving Express” lane made available by the military a year ago.

THERE’S a worldwide run on gold coins. Even as the price of the precious metal itself comes under pressure along with commodities like oil and copper, people around the world are demanding so many of the valuable coins that government mints are having difficulty filling orders. Instead, many banks are now offering commemorative Obama “coins” saying they are “worth their weight in gold.”

The Ferryway School in Boston says they “are in search of more male teacher.” Congressman Barney Frank says so is he.

Al Franken, in a recount for a Minnesota Senatorial seat against rival Norm Coleman is asking for more time, he wants to look in the trunks of more elections workers cars for uncounted ballots.

In an episode that could potentially strain relations between Warsaw and Washington, Radek Sikorski, an Oxford-educated politician who has lived in the US, was reported to have made the jibe by an opposition politician, Ryszard Czarnecki. Writing in his blog, Mr Czarnecki, an MEP, quoted the foreign minister as saying: “Have you heard that Obama may have a Polish connection? His grandfather ate a Polish missionary.” Apparently the word for “missionary” and the word for “sausage” are easily confused.

ALMANAC NOV 19

1794 – The United States and the Kingdom of Great Britain sign Jay’s Treaty, which attempts to clear up some of the lingering problems left over from the American Revolutionary War.

1863 – American Civil War: U.S. President Abraham Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address at the military cemetery dedication ceremony at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

1942 – World War II: Battle of Stalingrad – Soviet Union forces under General Georgy Zhukov launch the Operation Uranus counterattacks at Stalingrad, turning the tide of the battle in the USSR’s favor.

1959 Ford Motor Company announces the discontinuation of the unpopular Edsel.

1979 hostage crisis: Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini orders the release of 13 female and black American hostages being held at the US Embassy in Tehran.

1990 – Pop group Milli Vanilli are stripped of their Grammy Award because the duo did not sing at all on the Girl You Know It’s True album. Session musicians had provided all the vocals.

1998 – Lewinsky scandal: The United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee begins impeachment hearings against U.S. President Bill Clinton.

Birthdays:

George Rogers Clark (November 19, 1752 – February 13, 1818) was a soldier from Virginia and the highest ranking American military officer on the northwestern frontier during the American Revolutionary War. He served as leader of the Kentucky militia throughout much of the war, Clark is best-known for his celebrated capture of Kaskaskia (1778) and Vincennes (1779), which greatly weakened British influence in the Northwest Territory. Because the British ceded the entire Northwest Territory to the United States in the 1783 Treaty of Paris, Clark has often been hailed as the “Conqueror of the Old Northwest.”

James Abram Garfield (November 19, 1831 – September 19, 1881) was the twentieth President of the United States. His assassination, six months after he assumed the Presidency, means that his tenure is the second shortest (after William Henry Harrison) in United States history.

Prior to his election as president, Garfield served as a major general in the United States Army and as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and as a member of the Electoral Commission of 1876. Garfield was the second U.S. President to be assassinated; Abraham Lincoln was the first. President Garfield, a Republican, had been in office a scant four months when he was shot and fatally wounded on July 2, 1881. He lived until September 19, having served for six months and fifteen days. To date, Garfield is the only sitting member of the House of Representatives to have been elected President.