Way back when: Today in history
BY GENE CURTIS
Monday, November 26, 2012
11/26/12 at 2:34 AM
1933 - Lynching commended
Two men accused of kidnapping and killing a 22-year-old San Jose, Calif., man were seized by a mob and hanged from trees in St. James Park across the street from the jail. A mob of thousands battered down the jail door with a steel pipe after repeatedly being repulsed by tear gas and dragged the two outside where the crowd had grown to an estimated 6,000, who watched and cheered the lynching. The lynch leaders were commended the next day by California Gov. James Rolph Jr. who said, "If anyone is arrested for the good job, I'll pardon them all."
1992 - Queen to pay taxes
Queen Elizabeth II volunteered to pay taxes on her personal income and to take her children off the public payroll to help finance repairs to Windsor Castle that was ravaged by fire Nov. 20. Her tax status became an issue by opposition politicians after the government promised to pay for the repairs, expected to cost millions. Prime Minister John Major told the House of Commons that the new arrangements would be effective April 6, the beginning of a new tax year. The queen's income and net worth are not known but her income has been estimated at $50 million a year. King George V, the queen's grandfather, was the last monarch to pay taxes, Buckingham Palace said.
2003 - United Nations agency censures Iran
A resolution censuring Iran for 18 years of secrecy was adopted by the 35-nation board of governors of the United Nations Atomic Energy Agency but did not confront Iran with a direct threat of sanctions as the U.S. had sought. Director General Mohamed ElBaradei of the Vienna-based agency said the measure, "strengthens my hand in ensuring that Iran's program is for peaceful purposes."
2010 - Teen bomber arrested
A Somali-born teenager was arrested in a Portland, Ore., sting operation as he dialed a cell phone that he thought would set off a blast at a crowded Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, yelled "Allahu Akbar!" - Arabic for "God is great!" and tried to kick agents and police as he was arrested. The bomb was a fake supplied by the agents and the public was never in danger, authorities said. Mohamud told agents in the sting operation that "Since I was 15, I thought about all this" and "It's gonna be a fireworks show ... a spectacular show." Mohamud, a naturalized U.S. citizen living in Corvallis, was charged with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Mohamed Osman Mohamud