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November 21, 2006 – Another Assassination in Lebanon and another member of the Gemayal family met with bullets. The day before Lebanon’s Independence Day, while Pierre Gemayel was riding by the Jdeideh suburb north of Beirut, a Honda CRV with tinted windows rammed his car from the front.
At least three to four gunmen stepped down the Honda and opened fire on him at close range with five different types of silenced automatic weapons, all using 9 mm bullets. Gemayel was the fifth prominent anti-Syrian figure to be killed in Lebanon in two years and the second member of the Gemayel family to succumb to assassins bullets.
In other news – there was an uptick in C-Section births by young women and a 37% increase in single mother births, according to findings in a CDC report. It was the first year a drop was noted in teen pregnancies.
The age-old assertion that notable deaths come in threes had another example this day. Former Michigan Wolverines Head Coach Bo Schembechler. Schembechler died the day before one of the biggest games in the history of the Michigan–Ohio State football rivalry. He was not planning to attend the November 18 game in Columbus, because his doctors had advised him that attending the game might be too much stress for his heart. Instead, Bo and his wife, Cathy, had packed the car and had planned to drive to suburban Dayton, Ohio to watch the game with his former Miami teammate and best friend, Bill Gunlock.
Five time Oscar nominated Filmmaker Robert Altman died. Altman died on November 20, 2006, at age 81 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. According to his production company in New York, Sandcastle 5 Productions, he died of complications from leukemia. Altman was considered a “maverick” in making films with a highly naturalistic but stylized and satirical aesthetic, unlike most Hollywood films. He is consistently ranked as one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers in American cinema.
Ed Bradley, the Legendary American journalist, best known for 26 years of award-winning work on the CBS News television program 60 Minutes. During his earlier career he also covered the fall of Saigon, was the first black television correspondent to cover the White House, and anchored his own news broadcast, CBS Sunday Night News with Ed Bradley. Bradley died on November 9, 2006, at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, of complications from lymphocytic leukemia. He was 65 years old.
And Google hit a new high on Wall Street, with shares soaring to $509 – a big jump from the $85 a share they initially started with.
And that’s a small slice of news for this November 21, 2006 as presented by CBS Radio news and NPR Hourly News.