Timeline 1996 April - June

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1996        Apr 1, In a case that sparked an uproar reminiscent of the Rodney King case, two Riverside County, California, a news helicopter videotaped sheriff’s deputies repeatedly clubbing a Mexican man and woman after a 70-mile highway chase involving a pickup truck suspected of sneaking across the border.
    (AP, 4/1/01)(WSJ, 4/3/96, p.A-1)
1996        Apr 1, The Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo, Ca., was decommissioned.
    (SFC, 3/10/08, p.A16)
1996        Apr 1, In Spokane, Wa., a US Bank branch was robbed and bombed. In 1997 three members of an anti-government militia were convicted for this and another robbery and 3 bombings.
    (SFC, 7/24/97, p.C3)
1996        Apr 1, The average price for a home in the US was $141,000 in the first quarter of this year.
    (SFC, 6/30/96, p.E3)
1996        Apr 1, FBI officials in Jordan, Montana, continued to guard a stronghold of Freemen, an anti-government group that does not recognize the legitimacy of US laws.
    (WSJ, 4/1/96, p.A-12)
1996        Apr 1, Baseball umpire John McSherry died after collapsing during a season opener between the Cincinnati Reds and Montreal Expos.
    (AP, 4/1/97)
1996        Apr 1, Muslim and Croat officials signed an accord to jointly collect customs duties and agreed on a flag.
    (WSJ, 4/1/96, p.A-1)

1996        Apr 2, A federal appeals court rejected New York state laws banning doctor-assisted suicide, saying it would be discriminatory to let people disconnect life support systems while refusing to let others end their lives with medication.
    (AP, 4/2/01)
1996        Apr 2, In Colombia architect Juan Carlos Gaviria, brother of former pres. Cesar Gaviria was kidnapped by a group called Dignity for Colombia.
    (SFC, 6/13/96, p.C3)
1996        Apr 2, If the Indian Hindu Nationalist Party wins elections, it will move toward testing a nuclear bomb.
    (WSJ, 4/2/96, p.A-1)
1996        Apr 2, N. Korea appealed for food. $2 million in aid was lost last month when a ship sank off Taiwan.
    (WSJ, 4/2/96, p.A-1)
1996        Apr 2, More than 100 Haitians died when a ferry sank.
    (WSJ, 4/3/96, p.A-1)

1996        Apr 3, Much of North America was treated to a total lunar eclipse.
    (Nat. Hist., 4/96, p.62)
1996        Apr 3, FBI agents arrested a suspect thought to be the Unabomber. Theodore John Kaczynski was arrested near Lincoln, Montana, on a tip from his brother. His mail bombs had killed 3 and injured 23 over the last 17 years. An original draft of his manifesto "Industrial Society and Its Future" was found some days later.
    (WSJ, 4/4/96, A-1)(SFC, 4/13/96, p.A-1)(AP, 4/3/97)
1996        Apr 3, A US Air Force jetliner crashed near Dubrovnik, Croatia, and 35 people on board were killed including Ron Brown, Sec. of Commerce. Brown had been leading a delegation of business executives to the former Yugoslavia to explore business opportunities that might help rebuild the war-torn region.
    (WSJ, 4/4/96, A-1)(WSJ, 4/5/96, p.A-1)(AP, 4/3/97)
1996        Apr 3, Carl Stokes died of cancer AT 68. He was elected mayor of Cleveland in 1967, the first black mayor of a major US city. He had been on medical leave from his post since 1994 as ambassador to the Seychelles.
    (WSJ, 4/4/96, A-1)(AP, 4/3/97)

1996        Apr 4, President Clinton signed legislation severing the link between crop prices and government subsidies.
    (AP, 4/4/97)
1996        Apr 4, The former general manager of Daiwa Bank's New York branch pleaded guilty to aiding a $1.1 billion cover-up.
    (AP, 4/4/97)
1996        Apr 4, US intelligence indicated that Libya was building a chemical weapons plant at Tarhunah, 40 miles southeast of Tripoli. The plant was reportedly designed to replace a plant at Rabta, 55 miles SW of Tripoli, where Libya insists that only pharmaceuticals are produced.
    (SFC, 4/4/96, p.A-3)
1996        Apr 4, X-rays were found coming from the Hyakutake comet by a teams of US and German scientists.
    (SFC, 4/4/96, p.A-10)
1996        Apr 4, Mohammed Omar (aka Mullah Muhammad Omar) unsealed a shrine in Kandahar that held a cloak believed to have belonged to the prophet Mohammed. He placed the cloak over his shoulders and declared himself the commander of the faithful and leader of all Islam.
    (SFC, 12/7/01, p.A16)(Econ, 8/8/15, p.78)
1996        Apr 4, Beijing announced that it would prosecute 18 former officials for embezzling more than 2.2 billion. The scandal is tied to last year’s firing of Beijing’s Communist boss.
    (WSJ, 4/4/96, A-1)
1996        Apr 4, The Red Cross said more than 55,000 people have been driven from their homes in Burundi by ethnic fighting that intensified last month. More than 100,000 have been killed since 1993 in the conflict between majority Hutus and minority Tutsis.
    (WSJ, 4/5/96, p.A-1)
1996        Apr 4, In the capital city of Antananarivo, Madagascar, thousands of people demonstrated against the president amid calls for a military coup.
    (SFC, 5/5/96, p.T-9)
1996        Apr 4, The average negotiated wage in Mexico has been 19%, far below the inflation rate of 27-30% forecast by independent economists. The government just raised the minimum wage 12% but also implemented a 27% raise in the cost of tortillas.
    (WSJ, 4/4/96, A-10)

1996        Apr 5, Accompanied by six children who survived the Oklahoma City bombing, President Clinton bowed his head in silent prayer at the site where 168 people were killed almost a year earlier.
    (AP, 4/5/01)
1996        Apr 5, Francis Wood, administrator of the China dept. of the British Library questioned the authenticity of Marco Polo’s travels in a study titled: "Did Marco Polo Go to China?"
    (SFC, 4/6/96, p.D-2)
1996        Apr 5, Heavy fighting in Mogadishu, Somalia left 75 people dead, after peace talks broke down between clan leaders Mohamed Farak Aidid and his former backer, Osman Hassan Ali Ato.
    (SFC, 4/6/96, p.D-2)

1996        Apr 6, A sorrowful President Clinton was on hand at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to greet the arrival of 33 flag-draped caskets carrying the remains of Commerce Secretary Ron Brown and other victims of a plane crash in Croatia.
    (AP, 4/6/97)   
1996        Apr 6, US INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) agents pursued a stolen camper with more than 20 suspected illegal immigrants when it plunged off a mountain road in Temecula, Ca. and 8 people were killed.
    (SFC, 4/14/96, p.C-5)(AP, 4/6/97)
1996        Apr 6, Actress Greer Garson died in Dallas at age 92.
    (SFC, 4/7/96, p.B-5)(AP, 4/6/97)
1996        Apr 6, Cilipi Airport maintenance chief, Niko Junic, committed suicide at his home in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
    (SFC, 4/8/96, p.A-8)
1996        Apr 6, Fighting and looting began in Monrovia, Liberia, and a six year civil war resumed between rival ethnic groups. Supporters of Roosevelt Johnson faced off against  the ruling council of state, which sacked Johnson as rural development minister and ordered his arrest for murder. Johnson accused Charles Taylor of violating the Abuja accord of August, which set up a transitional government.
    (SFC, 4/10/96, p.A-4)(SFC, 4/18/96, p.a-12)

1996        Apr 7, Monica Lewinsky informed pres. Clinton that she was to be transferred from the White House. He promised to bring her back following the elections and they had another sexual encounter.
    (SFC, 9/12/98, p.A13)
1996        Apr 7, Celebrating Easter Mass under a glorious spring sky, Pope John Paul II appealed for support for the "artisans" of peace in Bosnia, Northern Ireland and the Holy Land.
    (AP, 4/7/97)

1996        Apr 8, Eve Ramsey, the pivotal character of the on-line soap opera "The East Village," was born from the creative team at Marinex Multimedia Corp.
    (WSJ, 6/26/97, p.A16)
1996        Apr 8, Stock prices plunged on Wall Street amid concerns over stronger-than-expected employment data. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 88.51 to end at 5,594.37.
    (AP, 4/8/97)

1996        Apr 9,    In a dramatic shift of purse-string power, President Clinton signed a line-item veto bill into law. However, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the veto as unconstitutional in 1998.
    (WSJ, 4/10/96, p.A-1)(AP, 4/9/02)
1996        Apr 9, Former representative Dan Rostenkowski (D-Ill.), the once-powerful House Ways and Means chairman, pleaded guilty to two mail fraud charges in a deal that brought with it a 17-month prison term. He was to pay his own way at an average rate of $21,352/year. Rostenkowski served 15 months, and was pardoned by President Clinton in 2000.
    (WP, 6/29/96, p.A4)(AP, 4/9/06)
1996        Apr 9, Sandy Becker (74), NYC Kiddie TV Show host (Sandy Becker Show), died.
    (www.inthe90s.com/generated/obit1996.shtml)
1996        Apr 9, Yugoslavia and Macedonia established diplomatic relations.
    (WSJ, 4/9/96, p.A-1)
1996        Apr 9, Turkish troops killed 90 Kurdish rebels in a 3-day offensive. 27 of its own soldiers died. Rebels had declared a cease-fire in Nov., but the government refused to abide.
    (WSJ, 4/9/96, p.A-1)

1996        Apr 10, President Clinton vetoed a bill that would have outlawed a technique used to end pregnancies in their late stages.
    (AP, 4/10/97)
1996        Apr 10, It was reported that Pres. Mohhamed Ibrahim Egal was the leader of the Pennsylvania size region of Somalia called Somaliland. The five year old state had a flag, army, police and currency, but did not have international recognition.
    (SFC, 4/10/96, A-5)
1996        Apr 10, In Mexico a protest group of about 500 peasants was fired on by police with one killed and dozens wounded. They were headed to the annual Zapata commemoration in Tlaltizapan, the site of Zapata’s headquarters.
    (SFC, 4/13/96, p.A-10)

1996        Apr 11, The Shell Oil Mars platform was to be towed to the Gulf of Mexico. Its construction began in Italy in Oct, 1993 and it will stand over 320 stories from ocean floor to the top of the rigging. Its cost was $650 mil. and it weighs 73 mil. lbs. Another $450 mil. will be spent to drill 26 wells and will begin pumping oil this summer at a rate of 100,000 barrels a day. The oil deposits lie as much as 14,000 feet under the ocean floor, which is another half-mile below the surface.
    (WSJ, 4/4/96, A-6)
1996        Apr 11, The St. Charles Baptist Church in Paintcourtville, La., burned down. Arson was suspected and investigations by the FBI and ATF were later begun.
    (SFC, 6/11/96, p.A16)
1996        Apr 11, Chlorine spilled from a train and caused the people of Alberton, Montana, to flee for a day.
    (SFC, 4/28/96, B-9)
1996        Apr 11, Jessica Dubroff (7) was killed with her father and flight instructor when their Cessna Cardinal 177B crashed during bad weather in Cheyenne, Wyoming. She was attempting to become the youngest person to fly across the US.
    (SFC, 4/16/96, p.A-1,11)(AP, 4/11/97)
1996        Apr 11, Daniel Wolf (80), journalist, died. In 1955 he launched The Village Voice with novelist Norman Mailer and Ed Fancher, a truck driver-turned-psychologist.
    (www.utne.com/pub/1999_77/)
1996        Apr 11, Israeli aircraft attacked a Hezbollah command center in Beirut in retaliation for recent rocket attacks on northern Israel.
     (WSJ, 4/12/96, p.A-1)

1996        Apr 12, The artwork of Masamune Shirow was featured in the Japanese animation epic "Ghost in the Shell." It was set in a futuristic Tokyo of 2029.
    (SFC, 4/12/96, p.D-3)
1996        Apr 12, President Clinton named U.S. Trade Representative Mickey Kantor to succeed the late Ron Brown as commerce secretary.
    (AP, 4/12/97)
1996        Apr 12, Historian Stanley I. Kutler of the Univ. of Wisconsin won the release of the Nixon White House tapes. The first 200 of 3000 hours that document the Watergate cover-up will be released by November. He started his suit in 1992.
    (SFC, 4/13/96, p.A-2)
1996        Apr 12, Poland’s government agreed to grant pensions to former presidents Lech Walesa, Wojciech Jaruzelski, and the last pre-Communist pres. Ryszard Kaszorowski. The net pension will be about $1600 a month. Legislators later approved $800 per month.
    (SFC, 4/13/96, p.A-9)(WSJ, 5/31/96, p.A1)
1996        Apr 12, Pres. Fernando Henrique Cardoso signed a decree allowing up to 18,000 inmates of Brazil’s prisons to go free.
    (SFC, 4/13/96, p.A-9)
1996        Apr 12, A judge in Toluca, Mexico ordered that Raul Salinas de Gortari stand trial on charges of hiding millions of dollars  in unexplained income during his career as administrator of food-subsidy programs in the 1980s.
    (WSJ, 4/15/96, p.A-15)

1996        Apr 13, President Clinton used his weekly radio address to call on Congress to pass an anti-terrorist bill that had languished for a year despite a promise of quick action after the Oklahoma City bombing.
    (AP, 4/13/97)
1996        Apr 13, The Rosemary Baptist Church in Barnwell, S.C., burned down. Arson was suspected and investigations by the FBI and ATF were later begun.
    (SFC, 6/11/96, p.A16)
1996        Apr 13, James "Jimmy the Gent" Burke (64), criminal, died in prison in NY state.
    (www.answers.com/topic/jimmy-conway)
1996        Apr 13, Larry Wayne Shoemaker, a white supremacist, shot 11 people and killed one before committing suicide inside an abandoned restaurant in Jackson, Miss. He left behind neo-Nazi notes.
    (SFC, 4/13/96, p.A1)
1996        Apr 13-14, Representatives of 55 nations met in Brussels and pledged to raise $1.2 billion for the reconstruction of Bosnia. Serbs refused to attend as part of a delegation with Muslims and Croats.
    (WSJ, 4/16/96, p.A-1)   
1996        Apr 13, The annual Canadian seal hunt in Newfoundland went out of control and some 16,500 seals were slaughtered instead of the 8,000 quota.
    (SFC, 4/13/96, p.A-15)
1996        Apr 13, The US agreed to close the Futenma Air Station at Okinawa, Japan. The 1200 acre base is surrounded by the densely populated city of Ginowan.
    (SFC, 4/13/96, p.A-8)
1996        Apr 13, In Lebanon Hezbollah (Hizbullah) leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah warned of retaliation following an Israeli aircraft attack.
    (SFC, 4/13/96, p.A-8)(Econ, 3/12/05, p.47)
1996        Apr 13, George Mackay Brown (b.1921), Scottish poet and novelist, died in his hometown of Stromness, on the Orkney Mainland. In 2006 Maggie Ferguson authored “George Mackay Brown: The Life."
    (Econ, 6/3/06, p.81)(http://tinyurl.com/fdgky)

1996        Apr 14, "A History of Queer Culture in the San Francisco Bay Area" by Susan Stryker and Jim Van Buskirk was reviewed.
    (SFC, 4/14/96, BR, p.1)
1996        Apr 14, The Islamic Year of 1403 began.
    (SFC, 4/15/96,A-10)
1996        Apr 14, A tornado struck in Arkansas and killed 7 and injured 30 in the Ozarks.
    (WSJ, 4/16/96, p.A-1)
1996        Apr 14, Israel's four-day-old military campaign against Hezbollah guerrillas continued, with aircraft bombarding guerrilla strongholds in Beirut and southern Lebanon, provoking guerrilla vows to turn northern Israel into a "fiery hell."
    (AP, 4/14/97)

1996        Apr 15, President Clinton began a weeklong, round-the-world trip, heading for a three-day visit to Japan after a brief stopover in Cheju, South Korea.
    (SFC, 4/15/96, p.A1)
1996        Apr 15, Funeral services were held in Pescadero, Calif., for Jessica Dubroff, the 7-year-old girl who died trying to become the youngest person to fly across America.
    (SFC, 4/15/96)
1996        Apr 15, Stavros Spyros Niarchos (86), Greek ship owner, died.
    (www.msu.edu/~daggy/cop/bkofdead/obits-ni.htm)
1996        Apr 15, Tens of thousands of striking Venezuelan teachers defied a government order to go back to their classrooms. The month-old stoppage has kept more than 6 million children out of school.
    (SFC, 4/15/96, p.A-9)

1996        Apr 16, President Clinton and his wife, Hillary, arrived in Japan for a three-day visit after a brief stopover in South Korea.
    (AP, 4/16/97)
1996        Apr 16, Oprah Winfrey hosted her evening show and included a segment on mad cow disease. A group of Texas cattle ranchers later sued her for her comments. The case was initially a test of the state’s 1995 "veggie libel" law that protected perishable food products from false and defamatory statements, but was ruled to proceed as a common-law business defamation case. Texas jury selection in the trial of Oprah began Jan 20 and she was acquitted by the jury on Feb 26, 1998.
    (SFC, 1/21/98, p.A3)(www.cnn.com/US/9802/26/oprah.verdict/)
1996        Apr 16, Britain's Prince Andrew and his wife, Sarah, the Duchess of York, announced they were in the process of getting a divorce.
    (AP, 4/16/97)
1996        Apr 16, Guerillas attacked a military convoy in Colombia. They killed 31 soldiers and wounded 18 near the border of Ecuador outside the town of Puerres. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the largest and oldest rebel group (12,000 men) having fought for 34 years, were believed to be responsible.
    (SFC, 4/17/96, p.A-8)
1996        Apr 16, Khmer Rouge guerillas attacked a group of tourists near Kompot, 85 miles southwest of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Reports have it that they killed and wounded a number of people and kidnapped about 20.
    (SFC, 4/17/96, p.A-10)
1996        Apr 16, Moscow said 70 of its soldiers were killed in a rebel ambush in Chechnya.
    (WSJ, 4/19/96, p.A-1)
1996        Apr 16, In Trinidad an American was shot and killed in the Toco area of Port of Spain.
    (SFC, 5/5/96, p.T-9)
1996        Apr 16, Anatoly Onoprienko was arrested in western Ukraine. He later admitted to the murder of some 52 people in a serial killing spree from 1989 to 1996 that first came to attention in 1995. He went on trial in 1998. In 1999 the former sailor was sentenced to death.
    (www.thecrimeweb.com/anatolyonoprienko.html)(WSJ, 11/24/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 4/2/99, p.A1)

1996        Apr 17, Seeking to calm Pacific security jitters, President Clinton and Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto signed a joint declaration establishing new U.S.-Japan ties for a "stable and prosperous" Asia.
    (AP, 4/17/97)
1996        Apr 17, A jury in Los Angeles opted to spare Erik and Lyle Menendez the death penalty, recommending that the brothers instead serve life in prison without parole for gunning down their wealthy parents.
    (AP, 4/17/97)
1996        Apr 17, Brazilian police killed 23 (19) workers who demanded land and injured 50 during a protest that blocked an Amazon highway in Eldorado dos Carajas. The governor of the Para state blamed Colonel Mario Pantoja and suspended him pending an inquiry. Local landowners reportedly paid Col. Pantoja $85,000 to eliminate 10 leaders of the Landless Rural Worker's Movement. Over 150 policemen were charged with murder. Trials of the policemen began in 1999. 2 officers were convicted of murder. 124 police officers were acquitted in 2002.
    (WSJ, 4/19/96, p.A-1)(SFC, 6/26/96, p.A8)(SFC, 7/31/97, p.A10)(SFC, 8/17/99, p.A8)(SFC, 8/20/99, p.D2)(AP, 6/13/02)
1996        Apr 17, In [El Giza] Cairo, Egypt, suspected Muslim militants attacked a group of Greek tourists in front of the Europa hotel near the pyramids. 18 people were killed and 14 wounded.
    (SFC, 4/18/96, p.A-1)(AP, 4/18/97)(SFC,11/19/97, p.C2)

1996        Apr 18,  President Clinton addressed the Japanese Parliament, hailing security ties between the two countries as the cornerstone of stability in Asia. Congress passed and sent to President Clinton long-awaited legislation giving federal law officers new powers to use against terrorism.
    (AP, 4/18/97)
1996        Apr 18, The US government will deliver $368 million in military equipment to Pakistan that was paid for in the 1980’s. Pakistan will also get $120 mil in cash that it paid for weapons and spare parts that were never manufactured.
    (SFC, 4/18/96, p.A-8)
1996        Apr 18, Pres. Yeltsin of Russia denied that there was a war in Chechnya while Russian TV showed Chechen rebels attacking a Russian military convoy. 26 soldiers were killed and 51 were wounded.
    (SFC, 4/18/96, p.a-14)
1996        Apr 18, A base manned by Fijian UN troops in Lebanon was shelled by Israel and led to 75 (revised to 91) civilian deaths. A later UN investigation found the remains of 15 Israeli shells that indicated a targeted assault. Israel called the attack an "unfortunate mistake."
    (WSJ, 4/19/96, p.A-1)(SFC, 5/7/96, p.A-8)(AP, 4/18/97)
1996        Apr 18, A base at Qana, Lebanon, manned by Fijian UNIFIL troops was shelled by Israel and led to 75 (revised to 106) civilian deaths. A later UN investigation found the remains of 15 Israeli shells that indicated a targeted assault. Israel called the attack an "unfortunate mistake."
    (WSJ, 4/19/96, p.A-1)(SFC, 5/7/96, p.A-8)(AP, 4/18/97)(AP, 7/26/06)
1996        Apr 18, Piet Hein (80), Danish architect, poet, mathematician, inventor, died.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piet_Hein_(Denmark))

1996        Apr 19, On the first anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, hundreds of mourners paused for 168 seconds of silence at the site where the federal building once stood.
    (AP, 4/19/97)
1996        Apr 19, President Clinton, visiting Russia, paid tribute to the hundreds of thousands of Russians who died in the Nazi siege of Leningrad -- and to the victims of the Oklahoma bombing as well.
    (AP, 4/19/97)

1996        Apr 20, Russia and the leaders of the world's seven richest democracies agreed in Moscow to end nuclear tests by the fall and pledged new steps to keep nuclear materials out of the wrong hands.
    (AP, 4/20/97)

1996        Apr 21, President Clinton and Boris Yeltsin traded warm compliments and played down nagging differences, insisting their election-year summit in Moscow was not being influenced by presidential politics.
    (AP, 4/21/97)
1996        Apr 21, Odds maker Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder died at age 76.
    (AP, 4/21/97)

1996        Apr 22, Earth Day. The Goldman Environmental Foundation of San Francisco presented annual awards of $75,000 each to grass-roots eco-environ-mentalists on each of the inhabited continents as selected by a panel of experts from 30 countries. Winners for 1996 were Albena Simeonova, founder of Green Parliament in Bulgaria; Amooti Ndyakira, for journalism on endangered gorilla habitats in Uganda; Edwin Bustillos, defender of native lands and culture in Mexico, Mahesh Chandar Mehta, for crusading against air and water pollution in India; Bill Ballantine, for promoting marine reserves in New Zealand, Marina Silva, for fighting deforestation in Brazil.
    (USAT, 4/22/96, p.4-D)
1996        Apr 22, Pres. Clinton endorsed a plan to expand the Point Reyes National Seashore by 38,000 acres. The Dept. of the Interior was to buy easements from local farmers and to begin purchasing the 564-acre Giacomini dairy ranch.
    (SFC, 5/31/96, E1)
1996        Apr 22, Planet Hollywood, a restaurant chain with backing by movie stars, went public on Nasdaq and its stock reached $32.13. In 1998 the stock was down to $3.93.
    (WSJ, 10/7/98, p.A1)
1996        Apr 22, Homemaker-humorist Erma Bombeck died in San Francisco at age 69.
    (AP, 4/22/97)
1996        Apr 22, After 11 days of focusing on Hezbollah guerrillas, Israeli warplanes turned to a new target in Lebanon, attacking the heavily fortified base of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
    (AP, 4/22/97)
1996        Apr 22, In Paraguay General Lino Oviedo was fired for insubordination by Pres. Juan Carlos Wasmosy. Oviedo defied the orders of Wasmosy to abandon his command.
    (SFC, 4/24/96, p.A10)(SFEC, 12/6/98, p.A28)

1996        Apr 23, A Bronx civil-court jury ordered Bernhard Goetz to pay $43 million to paralyzed Darrell Cabey, one of four young men he shot on a subway car in 1984.
    (AP, 4/23/97)
1996        Apr 23, A three-night auction of the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' possessions began at Sotheby's in New York City with a bidding frenzy. The 4-day auction took in $34.5 million.
    (AP, 4/23/97)(MC, 4/23/02)
1996        Apr 23, In Germany the Federal Security Council decided to allow German firms to co-produce weapons abroad even if they did not know who would end up using them.
    (WSJ, 7/11/96, p.A10)
1996        Apr 23, Pamela Lyndon Travers (96), Australia born writer (Mary Poppins), died in London.
    (www.maryborough.qld.gov.au/index.aspx?page=678&mid=1)

1996        Apr 24, Negotiators for Congress and the White House agreed on a permanent budget for fiscal year 1996.
    (AP, 4/24/97)
1996        Apr 24, Pres. Clinton signed the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA). It restricted the role of federal judges in reviewing state cases.
    (SFC, 4/19/00, p.A1)(http://tinyurl.com/2ltjtf)
1996        Apr 24, An article focused on the "Xanadu Concept" of Theodor Holm Nelson: a universal electronic library and publishing system that would link every book, movie, poem, song and software program ever written.
    (WSJ, 5/30/96, p.A15)
1996        Apr 24, In India Mahendra Das snuck up behind Hara Kunta as the rival official in the local transporter's union sipped tea at a shop in a busy market in Assam's capital, Gauhati. With a swing of his machete, Das decapitated Kunta. Then he carried the bloody head by the hair to a nearby police station screaming, "I have killed him." Courts ruled that the public nature of the killing warranted the death penalty. In 2011 Das (45) waited as officials searched for a hangman.
    (AP, 6/1/11)
1996        Apr 24, The Palestine National Council voted to revoke articles that contradict the 1993 accords between Israel and PLO, specifically the parts that called for an armed struggle to destroy Israel.
    (WSJ, 4/25/96, p.A-1)(AP, 4/24/97)
1996        Apr 24, Sierra Leone reached a truce with rebels after a five-year war and will seek a permanent peace accord. The truce came after Ivory Coast talks between the new civilian president and the rebel leader.
    (WSJ, 4/24/96, A-1)

1996        Apr 25, US Sec. of State Warren Christopher helped produce a cease-fire between Israel and the Hezbollah guerillas in Lebanon. In the “April Understanding" Israel, Lebanon, France, Syria and the US agreed that Lebanese and Israeli civilians would not be targeted in Hezbollah’s drive to end Israel’s occupation.
    (WSJ, 5/6/96, p.A-13)(SFC, 7/31/06, p.A7)
1996        Apr 25, Ford Motor Co. announced a recall of about 8 million cars, minivans and pickups because of an ignition switch fire hazard.
    (AP, 4/25/97)
1996        Apr 25, Top Chechen officials confirmed that their leader, Dzhokar Dudayev, was killed in a Russian air strike. He was succeeded Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev.
    (WSJ, 4/25/96, p.A-1)(USAT, 9/2/04, p.13A)
1996        Apr 25, In Pakistan the Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI - Movement for Justice) party was founded by Imran Khan.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pakistan_Tehreek-e-Insaf)
1996        Apr 25, A day after the PLO annulled clauses calling for Israel's destruction, the governing Labor Party abandoned its long-standing opposition to a Palestinian state.
    (AP, 4/25/97)
1996        Apr 25, Princess Nonhlanhla Zulu disappeared during a gang attack on a royal residence in KwaMashu black township near Durban, South Africa.
    (SFC, 4/28/96, A-13)

1996        Apr 26, The Effingham Baptist Church in Effingham, S.C., burned down. Arson was suspected and investigations by the FBI and ATF were later begun.
    (SFC, 6/11/96, p.A16)
1996        Apr 26, The Shanghai Five grouping was created with the signing of the Treaty on Deepening Military Trust in Border Regions in Shanghai. Boris Yeltsin and the presidents of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan visited Shanghai and signed a treaty with Pres. Jiang Zemin at the Jin Jiang Hotel that demarcated their borders with China.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shanghai_Cooperation_Organisation)(WSJ, 3/5/97, p.A16)
1996        Apr 26, After 16 days of bloodshed, Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas pledged to end the worst fighting in the Mideast in three years, agreeing to a US-brokered truce.
    (AP, 4/26/01)
1996        Apr 26, The UN called for sanctions against Sudan.
    (WSJ, 5/21/96, p.A-1)

1996        Apr 27, William Egan Colby (76), CIA Director, disappeared while canoeing near his waterfront home in southern Maryland. His body was found 8 days later. In 2003 John Prados authored "Lost Crusador," a biography of Colby.
    (WSJ, 6/5/03, p.D8)(www.arlingtoncemetery.net/wcolby.htm)
1996        Apr 27, In Lebanon tens of thousands of refugees streamed home to southern Lebanon after a U.S.-brokered cease-fire silenced the guns in the 16-day Israel-Hezbollah war. The World Bank, which had committed $300 million to rebuilding Lebanon, will consider if more money is needed after the Israeli blitz.
    (SFC, 5/4/96, P.A-8)(AP, 4/27/97)
1996        Apr 27, The southern Iranian town of Baft, 350 miles Southeast of Tehran,  was invaded by millions of cockroaches, locusts, and grasshoppers.
    (SFC, 4/27/96, p.A-7)
1996        Apr 27, As many as 590 million voters will participate in elections for three days of balloting held over nearly two weeks in India. It will determine the pace of reforms and serve as a referendum on the recent corruption scandals.
    (WSJ, 4/16/96, p.A-1)

1996        Apr 28, President Clinton gave 4 1/2 hours of videotaped testimony as a defense witness in the criminal trial of his former Whitewater business partners.
    (AP, 4/28/97)
1996        Apr 28, A lone gunman, Martin Bryant, 28, killed 35 tourists visiting a colonial prison on the Australian island of Tasmania; he was captured by police after a 12-hour standoff. He was later sentenced to 35 life terms in prison.
    (WSJ, 4/29/96, p.A-1)(SFC, 4/30/96, p. A-8)(SFC, 11/22/96, p.A22)(AP, 4/28/97)
1996        Apr 28, In Pakistan a bomb killed 40 people aboard a bus traveling home for a Muslim festival in a town southeast of Lahore. They were going home to celebrate the most sacred holiday in Islam, Eid al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice.
    (SFC, 5/5/96, p.T-9)
1996        Apr 28, In Taegu, South Korea, a gas line exploded in the middle of an intersection crowded with morning traffic, killing 101 people.
    (AP, 4/28/01)

1996        Apr 29, "Rent" opened at Nederlander Theater in NYC.
    (www.broadway.com/_grp/groups_show.aspx?SI=1257)
1996        Apr 29, Opening ceremonies were held for The Stratosphere Tower of Robert Stupak in Las Vegas. The structure rises 1,149 feet. The last 149 feet consist of a needle perched atop a swollen bulb.
    (SFC, 5/26/96, T-3)
1996        Apr 29, Former CIA Director William Colby was missing and presumed drowned after an apparent boating accident in Maryland; his body was later recovered.
    (AP, 4/29/98)

1996        Apr 30, In Fort Myers, Florida, members of a teen militia called the Lords of Chaos slew high-school band director Mark Schwebes. They had begun a crime spree on Apr 13 with acts of arson and vandalism. Arrested were Kevin Foster,18, Derek Shields, 18, Peter Magnotti, 17, Christopher Black, 18, Christopher Burnett, 17, and Thomas Tarrone, 16.
1996        Apr 30, President Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres signed an accord in Washington extending U.S. help to Israel in countering terrorism.
    (AP, 4/30/97)
1996        Apr 30, In Mexico five climbers were burned to death by a blast from Popocatepetl volcano.
    (SFEC, 11/29/98, p.A27)

1996        Apr, President Clinton signed a farm law that scheduled a seven-year phaseout of subsidies. The US government ended its price guarantees for farmers in what supporters called the Freedom to Farm law. The law also eliminated government controls on what crops farmers could grow and how many acres they could plant. Farmers in 1999 rallied in the Capital to protest the law.
    (WSJ, 6/16/97, p.1)(SFC, 9/14/99, p.A3)(http://tinyurl.com/lyhv3)
1996        Apr, Mark Jimenez, Philippine computer businessman residing in Florida, warned the Clinton administration of an impending military coup in Paraguay.
    (WSJ, 2/20/97, p.A1)
1996        Apr, Nevada’s governor designated a 98-mile stretch of Route 375 the Extraterrestrial Highway.
    (USAT, 6/28/96, p.7D)
1996        Apr, Former representative Dan Rostenkowski (D-Ill.) was sentenced to serve 17 in prison for mail fraud. He was to pay his own way at an average rate of $21,352/year.
    (WP, 6/29/96, p.A4)
1996        Apr, The US Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) filed a class-action suit against Mitsubishi Motors in Normal, Ill., in a case of sexual-harassment.
    (WSJ, 7/10/96, p.A1)
1996        Apr, John That Luong and others were indicted on charges of smuggling illegal immigrants to the US. In 1998 the charges were extending to include heroin trafficking and armed robberies of microchips in California, Minnesota and Oregon and racketeering that spread from San Diego to Massachusetts under an organization called "The Company."
    (SFC, 3/31/98, p.C10)
1996        Apr, The diet drug, Redux, was approved for use.
    (WSJ, 8/28/97, p.B1)

1996        Apr (late), A dispute over pay caused some 400 soldiers to mutiny and rampage over the capital city of Bangui in the Central African Republic.
    (SFC, 5/5/96, p.T-8)

1996        Apr, The Red Cross said more than 55,000 people have been driven from their homes by ethnic fighting that intensified last month. More than 100,000 have been killed since 1993 in the conflict between majority Hutus and minority Tutsis. The fighting occurred  in the capital city of Bujumbura. 235 civilians died when the Burundi army attacked villages at Buhoro
    (WSJ, 4/5/96, p.A-1)(SFC, 5/5/96, p.T-8)(SFC, 5/13/96, p.C-12)

1996        Apr, The EU decided to allow Monsanto to begin selling genetically modified soybeans in Europe.
    (WSJ, 11/30/99, p.A1)

1996        Apr, French Pres. Jacques Chirac announced that the draft would be phased out over the next 5 years. The army would be shrunk from 500,000 to 350,000.
    (SFC, 6/11/96, p.A15)

1996        Apr, Takafumi Horie (23), a student at the Univ. of Tokyo, set up Livin’ on the Edge Inc., a Web-site design company. In 2000 the company was listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and in 2004 the name was changed to Livedoor, after an Internet service provider that it took over in 2002.
    (WSJ, 2/3/06, p.A1)

1996        Apr, Russia’s richest men gathered in Moscow and drafted a letter asking Yeltsin and Zyuganov to reach a compromise. It was a veiled subtext calling for elections to be postponed and for Yeltsin to share power with the Communists.
    (WSJ, 6/4/96, p.A1)

1996        Apr, Pres. Pasteur Bizimingu of Rwanda laid the first brick of a memorial to genocide victims in Kigali. About 55,000 war-scarred children were still searching for parents that most would never find. A couple hundred children mostly between 14 and 17 have been imprisoned for genocide.
    (SFC, 6/3/96, p.A12)

1996        May 1, PLO leader Yasser Arafat received a statesman's welcome at the White House, where he met with President Clinton for 45 minutes, then lashed out at Israel for keeping its borders closed to Palestinian workers.
    (AP, 5/1/97)
1996        May 1, Cubans began paying income taxes for the first time in decades.
    (SFC, 5/18/96, p.A-9)

1996        May 2, By a 97-3 vote, the Senate passed an immigration bill to tighten border controls, make it tougher for illegal immigrants to get U.S. jobs and curtail legal immigrants' access to social services. The immigration reform act included an INS program called the Basic Pilot which helps companies verify the green-card and SS numbers of new employees.
    (AP, 5/2/97)(WSJ, 10/15/98, p.A1)
1996        May 2, John Dylan Katz (16) was beaten up and put into a coma in Windsor, California. He was apparently wearing the colors of a rival gang. Arrested for the assault were Dominque Marie Gaitan (22), and 3 17-year-old youths including a girl. A 5th suspect was being sought. Sonoma County teenagers Jose Juan Madrid (17) was sentenced to 12 years in prison and Thomas Galvan Jr. (15) got 10 years.
    (SFC, 5/16/96, p.A-13)(SFC, 4/1/99, p.C4)
1996        May 2, Some 20,000 workers marched in Asuncion, Paraguay, demanding improved wages and working conditions. Police broke up groups of strikers and detained 16 union leaders.
    (SFC, 5/3/96, A-18)

1996        May 3,    Gregory Clepper was charged with killing 12 women on the South side of Chicago in a string of slayings that began in 1991.
    (SFC, 5/3/96, A-10)
1996        May 3, Jack Weston (71), actor (Ishtar, Rad, Cuba), died of lymphoma.
    (http://entertainment.msn.com/celebs/celeb.aspx?c=223731)
1996        May 3, Keith Daniel Williams (48) of Lodi, California, was executed for the 1978 murders of 2 people following a dispute over a $1500 used car.
    (SFC, 7/11/97, p.A16)(SFC, 12/13/05, p.A13)
1996        May 3, A weak compromise treaty was passed in Geneva that aimed to phase out non-detectable plastic mines, and introduced rules to limit the lifespan of anti-personnel mines planted outside marked fields to 3 months. The new treaty will go into effect once it is signed by 20 countries and revised an outdated 1980 weapons protocol signed by 57 nations. It has few enforcement provisions. The international conference in Geneva ended 30 months of arduous negotiations over whether to ban land mines with a weak compromise treaty giving countries nine years to switch to detectable, self-destructive devices.
    (SFC, 5/4/96, p.A-1)(AP, 5/3/97)
1996        May 3,    Chandraswami, aka Nemi Chand Jain, faith healer and psychic admired by Elizabeth Taylor, was held by police in New Delhi on charges of swindling $100,000 from a London businessman.
    (SFC, 5/4/96, p.A-10)
1996        May 3,    A preliminary UN report says that Israel fired knowingly on a southern Lebanon UN compound on April 18 after pro-Iranian guerrillas sought refuge in the area.
    (SFC, 5/4/96, p.A-8)
1996        May 3,    In Burundi a handwritten account reached the capital that described the massacre of 375 people at the Kivyuka village market by government soldiers angry over recent rebel attacks on local power line towers. An army spokesman denied the charges.
    (SFC, 5/16/96, p.A-8)
1996        May 3,    A 6.4 earthquake struck Inner Mongolia in northern China. At least 14 people were killed and 266 injured.
    (SFC, 5/4/96, p.A-8)
1996        May 3, A Sudanese airliner on a domestic flight crashed in bad weather and killed all 50 [53] onboard. It was an Antonov 24 airplane and had tried to land outside of Khartoum in an area cleared for a new airport because sand covered the runways at Khartoum.
    (SFC, 5/4/96, p.A-10)(SFC, 5/5/96, p.A-14)

1996        May 4, Grindstone won the Kentucky Derby, giving trainer D. Wayne Lukas a sixth straight victory in a Triple Crown race. Grindstone was injured ahead of the Preakness and retired.
    (AP, 5/4/97)(SFC, 5/4/09, p.D6)
1996        May 4, Nigerian and Cameroon forces clashed over the Bakassi region on the fishing and oil-rich Gulf of Guinea.
    (SFC, 5/7/96, p.A-10)

1996        May 5, In Alaska at the Nenana Ice Classic, 12 winners guessed the movement of ice on the Tanana River at 12:32 p.m. and split the $300,000 jackpot.
    (WSJ, 5/7/96, p.A-16)   
1996        May 5, The FBI released preliminary figures showing that serious crimes reported to police fell for the fourth straight year in 1995.
    (AP, 5/5/97)
1996        May 5, The body of former CIA director William E. Colby was found on a riverbank near his southern Maryland vacation home, eight days after he'd disappeared.
    (AP, 5/5/97)
1996        May 5, Israel and the Palestinians began the final stage of their peace talks in Taba, Egypt.
    (AP, 5/5/97)

1996        May 6, Walter Petryshyn, a Rutgers Univ. mathematics professor, author of "Generalized Topological Degree and Semilinear Equations," smashed his wife’s skull with 30 blows from a claw hammer in North Brunswick, New Jersey. He had become depressed and paranoid over an error in his book.
    (SFC, 5/8/96, p.A-10)
1996        May 6, All the nearly 16,000 public companies nationwide were required to file their financial reports electronically with the SEC. All info will go into EDGAR, the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system. The home page of the SEC is: http://www.sec.gov.
    (SJBJ, 5/13/96, p. 7)

1996        May 7, Tax Freedom Day, the day on which the average American has earned enough to pay federal, state and local taxes.
    (WSJ, 5/8/96, p.A-12)
1996        May 7, The first international war crimes proceeding since Nuremberg opened at The Hague in the Netherlands, with a Serbian police officer, Dusan Tadic, facing trial on murder-torture charges. Tadic was convicted of crimes against humanity but acquitted of murder on May 7, 1997. In Jul, 1997 he was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
    (AP, 5/7/97)(SFC, 5/8/97, p.C2)(SFC, 7/15/97, p.A12)
1996        May 7, In San Diego, Ca., Alzheimer’s researcher, Tsunao Saitoh and his daughter, 13-year-old Loullie, were shot and killed. In 1993 he identified a protein that is deposited in plaques that form in the brains of Alzheimer's patients. In 1995 he learned that the protein was controlled by chromosome 4 and was searching for its exact location when he was killed.
    (SFC, 5/25/96, p.A17)
1996        May 7, Guatemala’s leftist guerrillas and the government signed a key accord in negotiations to end 35 years of civil war. A Land Fund that would help poor peasant farmers acquire arable land was agreed upon.
    (SFC, 5/7/96, p.A-10)
1996        May 7, Indian supporters of the Zapatista rebels occupied two radio stations in Chiapas and demanded the release of Javier Elloriaga, a TV journalist who was sentenced to 13 years in prison last week on charges of being a Zapatista commander. Sub-commander Marcos later signed his communiqués "speedy Gonzalez."
    (SFC, 5/8/96, p.A-19)(SFEC, 7/20/98, p.A10)
1996        May 7, Peace talks for Sierra Leone opened in the Ivory Coast to resolve a civil war that has killed 10,000 people since 1991.
    (WSJ, 5/7/96, p.A-1)

1996        May 8, US postal inspectors wrapped up a two-year sting operation in 36 states against the nation's biggest child pornography ring.
    (AP, 5/8/97)
1996        May 8, Julie Andrews declined her Tony Award nomination after her show, "Victor/Victoria," was snubbed for best musical.
    (AP, 5/8/97)   
1996        May 8, South Africa approved a National Constitution that guaranteed equal rights for all races. Zulu nationalists and white extremists boycotted the parliament vote and the entire process. The Constitution contained a clause that prevented discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
    (SFC, 5/8/96, p.A-19)(WSJ, 5/9/96, p.A-1)(SFEC, 9/6/98, p.A22)
1996        May 8, In Pakistan a bomb killed at least 6 and injured 38 aboard a bus in Punjab province.
    (WSJ, 5/9/96, p.A-1)
1996        May 8, In Mexico a government task force in the state of Sinaloa issued a report on the mysterious chupacabras or "goat-sucker." An unknown creature has been killing goats and leaving fang marks. The report said: There is no goat sucker, but pollution is now so bad that it is driving animals mad, giving them the behavioral trappings of crazed alien creatures."
    (SFC, 5/11/96, p.A-10)

1996        May 9, In dramatic video testimony to a hushed courtroom in Little Rock, Ark., President Clinton insisted he had nothing to do with a $300,000 loan at the heart of the criminal case against his former Whitewater partners.
    (AP, 5/9/97)
1996        May 9, In India the Congress Party conceded to electoral losses.
    (WSJ, 5/9/96, p.A-1)
1996        May 9, In South Africa the National Party withdrew from a national-unity government with Pres. Mandela’s African National Congress.
    (WSJ, 5/10/96, p.A-1)
1996        May 9, In Germany the parliament cleared the way for a high-speed, magnetically levitated train system to link Berlin and Hamburg. The project is estimated to cost $3.7 billion and is to be completed in 2005.
    (WSJ, 5/10/96, p.A-6)
1996        May 9, Bacterial meningitis has infected more than 100,000 people in West Africa over the last 3 months and more than 10,000 have died. The epidemic has been most intense in the region just south of the Sahara known as the Sahel. The 1996 epidemic resulted in some 20,000 deaths. The "meningitis belt" swept from Senegal to Ethiopia about every 10 years.
    (SFC, 5/9/96, p.C-5)(WSJ, 3/17/03, p.B4)

1996        May 10, Two US Marine helicopters collided and killed 14 servicemen in a piney swamp at Camp LeJeune, N.C. during a U.S.-British training exercise. An AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter collided with a CH-46 Sea Knight troop copter.
    (SFC, 5/11/96, p.A-1)(AP, 5/10/97)
1996        May 10, A plane crashed and killed 16 people in the rugged mountains of northwestern Mexico. The twin-turboprop De Haviland Twin Otter DHC-6 was flying from Durango and crashed in Santa Maria de Otaes, a small mining town.
    (SFC, 5/11/96, p.A-10)
1996        May 10, Riots broke out in Hong Kong where more than 18,000 Vietnamese have been held in what amounts to prison camps. The government is in the process of returning them to Viet Nam from whence they fled as boat people.
    (SFC, 5/11/96, p.A-10)
1996        May 10, A blizzard suddenly erupted on Mt. Everest and led to the death of 8 climbers descending from 29,028 foot summit. Jon Krakauer, journalist, was on the expedition and in 1997 published "Into Thin Air," an account of the ordeal. The climbers were part of an IMAX film expedition.
    (SFC, 5/15/96, A-10)(WSJ, 5/30/97, p.A16)(WSJ, 6/4/01, p.A20)

1996        May 11, A ValuJet DC-9 with 110 people onboard caught fire shortly after takeoff crashed in the Florida Everglades shortly after takeoff from Miami Int’l. airport. In 1999 Florida brought murder charges against Sabre-Tech, a Miami repair facility, that had loaded hazardous oxygen generators onto the plane. In 1999 SabreTech Maintenance Co. was convicted for mishandling oxygen canisters that were blamed for the crash. In 2000 an $11 million penalty was ordered against SabreTech. In 2001 8 0f 9 convictions against Sabre-Tech were overturned by a federal appeals court.
    (SFC, 5/12/96, p.A-1)(AP, 5/11/97)(SFC, 7/14/99, p.A1)(SFC, 12/7/99, p.A3) (SFC, 8/15/00, p.3)(SFC, 11/1/01, p.C2)
1996        May 11, In Pomona, California, police officer Daniel Fraembs was shot and killed on South Humane Way.
    (SFC, 5/12/96, p.C-7)
1996        May 11, Mountain climber Beck Weathers went unconscious atop Mt. Everest and was given up  by rescuers. He awoke and managed to climb down to base camp.
    (SFC, 5/27/96, p.A3)

1996        May 12, Authorities in Florida called off the search for possible survivors from the crash of ValuJet Flight 592, a day after the jetliner nose-dived into the Everglades with 110 people on board.
    (AP, 5/12/97)
1996        May 12, The house in which Margaret Mitchell wrote "Gone With the Wind" in Atlanta, Georgia, and purchased by Daimler-Benz for $4.5 mil, burned down while under re-construction for the summer Olympics.
     (SFC, 7/10/96, p.A4)
1996        May 12, The Canadian province of Ontario announced a 15% tax cut last week under Premier Mike Harris, who was elected last June on promises to cut the budget deficit and taxes. His cuts have led to tuition increases, expected hospital closures or consolidations, and the marked elimination of 10,000 government jobs.
    (SFC, 5/12/96, p.A-10)

1996        May 13, Recovery workers in the Florida Everglades retrieved the flight data recorder from ValuJet Flight 592.
    (AP, 5/13/97)
1996        May 13,The Supreme Court unanimously struck down Rhode Island's ban on ads that list or refer to liquor prices, saying the law violated free-speech rights.
    (AP, 5/13/97)   
1996        May 13, Bopp van Dessel, Shell’s former head of environmental studies reported in a taped interview that the company broke its own rules and inter-national standards in Nigeria and caused widespread pollution. He resigned from his post in protest in late 1994.
    (SFC, 5/13/96, p.C-12)
1996        May 13, The US winter wheat harvest was expected to be 12% smaller than last year, making it the smallest since 1978.
    (WSJ, 5/13/96, p.A-1)
1996        May 13, A severe storm in north Bangladesh killed at least 447 and injured more than 50,000 in the district of Tangail. Winds had surged to 125 mph. A tornado killed more than 600 people in Bangladesh.
    (SFC, 5/15/96, A-8)(AP, 5/13/97)
1996        May 13, In Belgrade thousands of workers took to the streets demanding jobs and back pay and chanted support for the Central Bank governor, who is at odds with the government leadership. IMF funds are on delay because Milosevic wants the IMF to recognize Serbia as the sole successor of the old federation.
    (SFC, 5/14/96, A-8)
1996        May 13, Britain’s last Polaris submarine, the HMS Repulse, came home for good. The Polaris subs have been replaced by the US Trident nuclear subs.
    (SFC, 5/14/96, A-9)
1996        May 13, David Boim (17), an American, was standing at a bus stop in the West Bank with fellow yeshiva students when two Palestinian terrorists drove by in a car, shot him in the head, and killed him. In 2004 a US court awarded his parents $156 million against US-based Muslim activists. In 2007 a federal appeals court overturned the judgement.
    (www.danielpipes.org/article/334)(SFC, 12/29/07, p.A3)
1996        May 13, In Turkey torture rehabilitation centers set up by the country’s Human Rights Foundation were declared illegal by the government.
    (SFC, 5/14/96, A-10)

1996        May 14, The Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Tigrett, Tenn., burned down. Arson was suspected and investigations by the FBI and ATF were later begun.
    (SFC, 6/11/96, p.A16)
1996        May 14, A jury in Pontiac, Mich., acquitted Dr. Jack Kevorkian of assisted-suicide charges, his third legal victory in two years. The judge dismissed murder charges in the same case.
    (AP, 5/14/97)(SFC, 4/14/99, p.A3)
1996        May 14, The US Energy Dept. announced that it would import 20 tons of nuclear waste from research reactors in 41 nations to prevent the weapons grade material from being used for bombs.
    (WSJ, 5/14/96, p.A-1)
1996        cMay 14, The Voice of America turned on its newest radio transmitter in Kuwait. It was 12 times more powerful than any broadcast station in the US and was directed at Iraq and Iran.
    (WSJ, 5/28/96, p. A-18)
1996        May 14, In France Renault outlined a plan to become majority owned by private investors after more than 5 decades of state control.
    (WSJ, 1/2/97, p.R2)
1996        May 14, Leftist and regional Indian political parties formed a powerful coalition and settled on H.D. Deve Gowda, chief minister of the southern state of Karnataka, as the candidate for prime minister.
    (SFC, 5/15/96, A-10)
1996        May 14, Turkmenistan and Iran opened a rail link.
    (WSJ, 5/14/96, p.A-1)

1996        May 15, Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole announced he was leaving the Senate after 27 years to challenge President Clinton full time.
    (AP, 5/15/97)
1996        May 15, Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz of the Lincoln, Nebraska, diocese in a March diocesan newspaper ordered Catholics to quit 12 proscribed groups or face excommunication. The groups include: Planned Parenthood, Call to Action, Catholics for a Free Choice, The Hemlock Society, and Masonic organizations such as the Rainbow Girls and others.
    (SFC, 5/16/96, p.A-3)
1996        May 15, An asteroid about a third of a mile across was detected and enroute to miss Earth by only 279,000 miles on 5/19/96. Timothy Spar and Carl Hergenrother discovered the asteroid and named it 1996 JA-1. It was traveling at 10 miles per second on a 4-year orbit around the sun.
    (SFC, 5/19/96, p.A-2)
1996        May 15, In India the BJP parliamentary leader, A.B. Vajpayee, was named prime minister. Pres. Shankar Dayal Sharma asked the new prime minister to form a coalition government by May 31. The BJP wants to build a nuclear bomb and revoke the autonomy of the disputed territory of Kashmir, India’s only Muslim-majority state.
    (WSJ, 5/16/96, p.A-1)
1996        May 15, Serb. Pres. Slobodan Milosevic voted to sack the rump Yugoslavia’s central bank governor, Dragoslav Avramovic.
    (WSJ, 5/16/96, p.A-10)
1996        May 15, The UN closed its offices in Western Sahara due to a deadlock over election registration. 4/5 of Western Sahara is under Moroccan administration. The Polisario Front claims that Morocco is packing the electoral rolls with supporters having only tenuous links with the territory. Polisario has declared an independent republic and said this is recognized by more than 70 countries.
    (SFC, 5/15/96, p.A-10)

1996        May 16, The US Treasury Dept. announced planned to issue a new type of government bond that would protect investors from inflation and help government finance the national debt. The new bond would offer returns that would rise and fall in line with inflation.
    (SFC, 5/17/96, p.A-1)
1996        May 16, The US government announced a plan to pay debt-strapped home-owners up to 30% of their monthly mortgage payments thus easing the pressure on the country’s bleeding banks.
    (SFC, 5/17/96, p.A-15)
1996        May 16, GM was expected to pick Thailand over the Philippines for a $1 billion vehicle assembly plant.
    (WSJ, 5/16/96, p.A-1)
1996        May 16, US Navy Admiral Jeremy "Mike" Boorda (57), the nation’s top Navy officer, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after some of his military awards were called into question. Boorda committed suicide shortly before answering questions from Newsweek Magazine about his right to wear certain combat pins.
    (SFC, 11/25/96, p.A3)(AP, 5/16/97)
1996        May 16, Michael Lyons, (8) of Yuba City, Ca., was kidnapped, sexually assaulted and murdered. Robert Rhoades (45) was arrested the next day near the boy’s body. In 1998 Rhoades was convicted of the murder and sentenced to death. In 2007 Rhoades faced another trial for the 1984 rape and murder of Julie Connell (18) in Hayward, Ca.
    (http://venus.soci.niu.edu/~archives/ABOLISH/may98/0531.html)(SFC, 3/12/07, p.B3)
1996        May 16, French unions scheduled a series of strikes to protest Prime Minister Juppe’s plans to eliminate thousands of civil service jobs.
    (WSJ, 5/16/96, p.A-1)
1996        May 16, Indonesian commandos rescued 9 hostages, members of a scientific team,  seized by separatists in Irian Jaya 4 months ago. 2 Indonesian hostages were hacked to death during the raid.
    (WSJ, 5/16/96, p.A-1)(SFC, 5/17/96, p.A-16)
1996        May 16, Romano Prodi was named head of the center-left Olive Branch alliance that won April elections. PM Prodi led Italy’s 55th postwar government with the leftists in power for the first time in 50 years.
    (WSJ, 5/17/96, p.A-1)(Econ, 11/26/05, Survey p.10)
1996        May 16, Chevron said it spilled as much as 17,000 gallons of oil into Pearl Harbor after a pipeline sprang a leak.
    (SFC, 5/16/96, p.A-4)
1996        May 16, The US federal government set aside 3.9 million acres of land in California, Oregon and Washington state for the endangered marbled murrelet.
    (SFC, 5/16/96, p.A-14)
1996        May 16, UN and Iraqi officials reached a tentative agreement to resume oil sales of $4 billion a year to buy food and medicine. The oil for food program mandated that 13% of the UN resources go to northern Kurdish areas. In 2004 it was reported that illicit trade agreements with neighbors netted Iraq nearly $11 billion between 1990 and 2003. In 2004 the estimate for illicit trade was raised to $21.3 billion. In 2008 Michael Soussan authored “Backstabbing for Beginners: My Crash Course in International Diplomacy," in which he tells of his 3-year close-up experience in the UN’s Oil for Food program beginning in 1997.
    (SFC, 5/16/96, p.A-9)(SFC, 9/3/01, p.A9)(SFC, 10/9/04, p.A15)(SFC, 11/16/04, p.A9)(WSJ, 11/14/08, p.A15)
1996        May 16, In Iraq a team of Iranian agents were captured in Baghdad. They were on a mission to assassinate Iranian guerilla leader Massoud Rajavi. Hassan Nedham al-Malki, spokesman for the National Council of Resistance of Iran, said the team was armed with rocket launchers and a mortar and had infiltrated through the marshes of southern Iraq.
    (SFC, 5/17/96, p.A-16)
1996        May 16, Sylvestre Ntibantunganya, Burundi’s Hutu president, has called his army "paralyzed and useless" and given it a week to stop ethnic violence between Tutsi armed forces and Hutu rebels.
    (SFC, 5/18/96, p.A-10)

1996        May 17, D. Pipes reviewed "The Middle East: A Brief History of the Last 2,000 Years" by Bernard Lewis.
    (WSJ, 5/17/96,p.A-12)
1996        May 17, President Clinton signed a measure requiring neighborhood notification when sex offenders move in. (Megan's Law, as it's known, is named for Megan Kanka, a 7-year-old New Jersey girl who was raped and slain in 1994.)
    (AP, 5/17/97)
1996        May 17, Scott Brayton, race car driver, was killed during a practice run for the US Indy 500 race. He was the 40th driver to die during practice, qualifications or the race. 66 people in all have died in accidents related to the race.
    (SFC, 5/18/96, p.B-1)
1996        May 17, Conservative Social Democrats were sworn in as the British colony’s new government. The new chief minister is Peter Caruana.
    (SFC, 5/18/96, p.A-10)
1996        May 17, Israeli troops shot and arrested Hassan Salameh. He was accused of organizing 3 bombings this year that killed 43 and wounded 91. His family lived in the Gaza Strip and claimed to have no idea of their son’s activities.
    (SFC, 5/21/96, p.A-11)
1996        May 17, Hutu gunmen attacked 800 Zairian Tutsis who had taken refuge in a church. The killed at least 12 and left 130 missing. Hutu refugees from Rwanda have been conducting a campaign to drive out other ethnic groups in eastern Zaire.
    (WSJ, 5/17/96,p.A-1)
1996        May 17, This week huge swarms of locusts swept through the Zimbabwe capital, Harare (formerly called Salisbury). The insects had come up from Mozambique.
    (SFC, 5/18/96, p.A-9)

1996        May 18, Louis Quatorze won the Preakness.
    (AP, 5/18/97)
1996        May 18, President Clinton, seeking to deflect Republican criticism that he was weak on welfare reform, endorsed Wisconsin's welfare-to-work plan in his Saturday radio address.
    (AP, 5/18/97)
1996        May 18, India’s  new defense minister, Pramod Mahajan, said that military spending would be increased and that India’s 350,000 member force in the Kashmir, bogged down by Muslim insurgency, would be given "proper powers."
    (SFC, 5/18/96, p.A-9)
1996        May 18, Sergeo Moreno Perez, regional head of the Attorney General’s office in Baja was found shot with his son on the outskirts of Mexico City.
    (SFC, 5/20/96, p.A-9)
1996        May 18, A 40 year agreement was signed between Royal Dutch/Shell and Perupetro, Peru’s state oil company. Royal Dutch will spend $2.7 bil to develop a natural gas field.
    (SFC, 5/18/96, p.D-6)
1996        May 18, Biljana Plavsic (66), vice president of the Bosnian Serbs’ self-proclaimed republic, was chosen by Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic to be his representative to the international community.
    (SFC, 5/21/96, p.A-12)

1996        May 19, The Endeavour Shuttle rocketed into orbit with six astronauts. One task was to deploy an experimental antennae that would inflate and swell to the size of a tennis court.
    (SFC, 5/20/96, p.A-2)
1996        May 19, In an astronomical near hit, a large asteroid approached Earth within 279,000 miles, a distance just greater than the moon, in a surprise to astronomers who discovered it in midweek.
    (SFC, 5/19/96, p.A-2)
1996        May 19, French troops moved into Bangui of the Central African Republic to help quell an army uprising and protect French citizens.
    (SFC, 5/20/96, p.A-9)   

1996        May 20, The song Blue composed by Bill Mack in 1963 for Patsy Cline was finally recorded by 14-year-old LeAnn Rimes.
    (WSJ, 8/29/96, p.B1)    
1996        May 20, The Supreme Court struck down, 6-3, a Colorado constitutional amendment banning laws that protect homosexuals from discrimination. In another decision, the court curtailed, 5-4, huge jury awards aimed at punishing or deterring misconduct.
    (WSJ, 5/21/96, p.A-1)(AP, 5/20/97)
1996        May 20, The US paid North Korea $2 million to help recover the remains of US soldiers killed during the Korean War.
    (SFC, 5/21/96, p.A-11)
1996        May 20, John Pertwee (76), English actor (Dr Who), died.
    (http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0675727/)
1996        May 20, Iraq and the UN reached an agreement for oil sales in exchange for use of the revenue in humanitarian aid.
    (WSJ, 5/21/96, p.A-1)
1996        May 20, Dr. Eyyad Sarraj, a Palestinian human rights advocate, was arrested after accusing the Palestinian Authority of dictatorial rule and torturing prisoners in the Gaza Strip.
    (SFC, 5/20/96, p.A-9)
1996        May 20, In Malaysia timber exports have reached $1.5 billion from the state of Sarawak in north-central Borneo Island. The lives of the local Penans and other forest peoples have been forever fractured. Half of Sarawak is zoned for logging, 8% is to be permanently protected, and 42% is to be stripped away for development.
    (SFC, 5/20/96, p.A-8)
1996        May 20, Public workers in many cities of Germany staged warning strikes against the governments proposed decrease in public spending.
    (SFC, 5/21/96, p.A-10)
1996        May 20, Giovanni Brusca (36), believed by many to be the leader of the Italian Mafia, was arrested in Sicily. He is charged with masterminding the murder of Giovanni Falcone, his wife and three bodyguards in 1992 and of leading teams that damaged the Uffizi museum in Florence with car bombs in 1993.
    (SFC, 5/21/96, p.A-11)(SFC, 8/24/96, p.A12)
1996        May 20, Two French soldiers were shot and wounded as they assisted French citizens to evacuate from Bangui in the Central African Republic. This was the second uprising by the army in two months with 7 people killed since fighting started.
    (SFC, 5/21/96, p.A-11)

1996        May 21, The US Congress listed the California red-legged frog as an endangered species. The year long moratorium blocking new listings by the Fish and Wildlife Service ended last month.
    (WSJ, 5/22/96, p.A-10)
1996        May 21, The Alabama Dept. of Corrections decided to stop chaining prisoners together after one year due to security problems.
    (SFC, 6/21/96, p.A1,9)
1996        May 21, Al "Lash" LaRue, a bullwhipping star of low-budget 1940s Westerns, died at 78. He had performed in touring shows and attempted suicide in 1958. He was arrested for possession of marijuana in the 1970s as a traveling evangelist.
    (SFC, 5/31/96, p.E2)
1996        May 21, Mary Perot Nichols (79), journalist, died.
    (www.upenn.edu/almanac/v42/n33/deaths.html)
1996        May 21, Bangladesh Pres. Abdur Rahman Biswas accused the army chief. Lt. General Abu Saleh Mohammad Nasim of ordering troops to march against the government. There has been 2 presidents assassinated, 3 military coups, and 18 coup attempts since independence in 1971.
    (SFC, 5/21/96, p.A-10)
1996        May 21, A Tanzanian ferry sank on Lake Victoria and at least 615 people, many of whom were students, were killed. Pres. Mkapa called the sinking a national disaster. The ferry, MV Bukoba with capacity for 441, was traveling from Bukoba to Mwanza. 563 of the 663 aboard were presumed dead.
    (WSJ, 5/22/96, p.A-1)(SFC, 5/22/96, p.A8)(WSJ, 5/23/96, p.A-1)(AP, 5/21/97)
1996        May 21, The government of Zambia adopted new constitutional amendments to prevent Kenneth Kaunda from running for president. The amendments require that candidates be at least second-generation Zambians. Kaunda is the son of immigrants from Malawi.
    (SFC, 5/22/96, p.A9)
1996        May 21, A bombing in New Delhi, India, killed 25 people. Kashmiri separatists claimed responsibility.
    (WSJ, 5/22/96, p.A-1)

1996        May 22, President Clinton counterattacked against Republican criticism of his foreign policy during a commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn.; the president then traveled to New York where he was cheered by sailors from four nations aboard the USS Intrepid.
    (AP, 5/22/97)
1996        May 22, Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas suffered through a serious drought. Farmers have been forced to abandon 11 million acres of winter wheat, half of the Southern Plains’s harvest potential.
    (WSJ, 5/22/96, p.A-1)
1996        May 22, In Brazil a consortium led by Houston Industries, AES Corp., and Electricite de France purchased control of the state owned electrical utility Light Servicos de Eletricidade SA for 1.7 bil. Light served 3 million customers in and around Rio and was snapped up for $2.2 billion. Service following the divestment was dismal.
    (WSJ, 5/22/96, p.A-16)(WSJ, 4/27/98, p.A1)
1996        May 22, The Burmese military regime has jailed 71 supporters of Aung San Suu Kyi in a bid to block a pro-democracy meeting. General Maung Aye, commander and deputy chairman of the military regime warned that the government will annihilate anyone who disturbs  peace and tranquility.
    (SFC, 5/22/96, p.C-1)
1996        May 22, China planned to spend $10.78 billion on its telecommunications industry this year. 24,800 miles of optical cable were scheduled for install.
    (WSJ, 5/22/96, p.A-16)
1996        May 22, Iraq reached an agreement with the UN to sell $2 billion in oil for 180 days to buy food and medicine.
    (SFC, 9/4/96, p.A8)
1996        May 22, Amnesty International reported that Iraqi doctors were forced to cut off the ears of alleged deserters and that Kenyan doctors were pressured to ignore evidence of torture.
    (SFC, 5/22/96, p.A9)

1996        May 23, The US House approved, by a vote of 281-144, election-year legislation to raise the minimum wage by 90 cents an hour.
    (AP, 5/23/97)
1996        May 23, The Mt. Tabor Baptist Church in Cerro Gordo, N.C., burned down. Arson was suspected and investigations by the FBI and ATF were later begun.
    (SFC, 6/11/96, p.A16)
1996        May 23, In San Francisco the Joe Goode Performance Group celebrated its 10th anniversary with the opening of "The Maverick Strain," a spoken word and dance performance that explores the renegade impulse in American culture.
    (SFC, 5/25/96, p.B1)
1996        May 23, Federal agents in the Bay Area and Sacramento, Ca., began arresting agents of China’s two main government-owned arms companies on suspicion of smuggling 2,000 illegal automatic assault weapons into the US. The smugglers are representatives of China Northern Industrial Corp. (Norinco) and Poly Technologies. Norinco reports to the State Council headed by Premier Li Peng. Poly Tech operates under the Chinese army General Staff, which reports to Chinese Pres. Jiang Zemin.
    (SFC, 5/23/96, p.A1)(SFC, 5/23/96, p.A17)
1996        May 23, In Utah Ryan Tait Eslinger, a paranoid schizophrenic, committed suicide with a gun purchased at Kmart. His parents sued Kmart and were awarded $1.5 million in 2001.
    (SFC, 9/14/01, p.A25)
1996        May 23, The Armed Islamic Group said that it had killed 7 French Trappist monks who were kidnapped two months ago from the Notre Dame de l’Atlas monastery at Tibhirine near Medea on Mar 27. Only their decapitated heads were found. In 2002 John W. Kister authored "The Monks of Tibhirine." In 2010 this story was covered in the French film “Of Gods and Men."
    (SFC, 5/24/96, p.A14)(WSJ, 2/19/02, p.A24)(Econ, 2/19/11, p.95)
1996        May 23, In Bangladesh as many as 77 people were feared drowned in a sunken ferry after a collision on the Jamuna River. More than 50 ferries have sunk since 1981 killing more than 1,000 people.
    (SFC, 5/25/96, p.A11)
1996        May 23, In Mexico a teacher’s march turned into a bloody confrontation with police and 40 teachers were injured. Pres. Zedillo later fired Police Chief David Garay for his heavy-handed action.
    (SFC, 6/1/96, p.A12)
1996        May 23, A North Korean pilot flew his unarmed Mig-19 jet to South Korea. Capt. Lee Chul Soo (30) was the first pilot to defect since 1983.
    (SFC, 5/24/96, p.A12)

1996        May 24, President Clinton underwent his annual physical at Bethesda Naval Medical Center, where he had a precancerous lesion removed from his nose. On the plus side, his weight was the same as the year before -- 216 -- and his cholesterol count had improved from 203 to 191.
    (AP, 5/24/97)
1996        May 24, The Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Lumberton, N.C., burned down. Arson was suspected and investigations by the FBI and ATF were later begun.
    (SFC, 6/11/96, p.A16)
1996        May 24, International Paper was removed as a component of the Dow Jones.
    (WSJ, 5/28/96, p. R46)
1996        May 24, A fire destroyed a $5 mil. cooling tower at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Plant in Athens, Ala. At least three fires have occurred here since 1975. The towers are used on hot days to cool water returned to the Tennessee River.
    (SFC, 5/234/96, p.A4)
1996        May 24, Alexandras Lileikis (89) was stripped of his US citizenship for his role in turning over Jews to the Germans in Lithuania from 1941-1944. In his 1949 application for citizenship he said that he only performed administrative duties. 15 more cases are pending in federal courts and 300 other cases are under investigation.
    (SFC, 5/25/96, p.A2)
1996        May 24, Joseph Mitchell (b.1908), NYC journalist, died. He is known for his carefully written portraits of eccentrics and people on the fringes of society, especially in and around NYC. In 2015 Thomas Kunkel authored “Man in Profile" Joseph Mitchell of the New Yorker."
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Mitchell_%28writer%29)(SSFC, 5/10/15, p.N5)
1996        May 24, Roger Truitt, president of Atlantic Richfield Co. was pictured in negotiations with  Burmese General Khin Nyunt, head of the secret police.
    (SFC, 5/25/96, p.A12)
1996        May 24, Chechen leader Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev and Russian Pres. Boris Yeltsin have agreed to hold peace talks.
    (SFC, 5/234/96, p.A14)
1996        May 24, In Paris a meeting of 21 donor countries agreed to a $49 bil emergency bailout fund to deal with future Mexican economic crises.
    (SFC, 5/24/96, p.A14)
1996        May 24, In Turkey Prime Minister Tansu Ciller said that her True path Party is pulling out of the ruling coalition. This will give the pro-Islamic Welfare Party another shot at power.
    (SFC, 5/25/96, p.A11)
1996        May 24, Sheik Hamed Bitawi said that Hamas leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin might issue a call to end terrorist attacks against Israel. The leadership of Hamas would like to move to a position as a democratic alternative to Arafat’s PLO.
    (SFC, 5/25/96, p.A12)   

1996        May 25 President Clinton, honoring the men and women who died in military service, used his weekly radio address to defend America's global military role, saying it "is making our people safer and the world more secure."
    (AP, 5/25/97)
1996        May 25, In the US Pastors for Peace called off a hunger strike after reaching a deal with the Treasury Dept over 395 impounded old computers that were destined for medical clinics in Cuba. The computers were given over to the General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church. The board agreed not to ship the computers without a license, and that if no license could be issued to donate the computers for charitable purposes in the US.
    (SFC, 5/26/96, p.A-10)
1996        May 25, Laurence Marks (67), journalist, died.
    (http://catless.ncl.ac.uk/Obituary/1996/literature.html)
1996        May 25, Peter F. Ostwald, psychiatry professor and writer, died. He published a biography of Robert Schumann: "Schumann: The Inner Voices of a Musical Genius" (1993), he translated Schumann’s diaries (1993), and wrote: "Vaslav Nijinsky: A Leap into Madness" (1991).
    (SFC, 5/30/96, p.A16)
1996        May 25, Bernard Charles Sendall (83), deputy director general of Britain’s Independent Television Authority (ITA), died.
    (http://tinyurl.com/b7c2u)(SC, 5/25/02)
1996        May 25, In Bulgaria King Simeon returned to his homeland. He may run for president but must get waived constitutional requirement that candidates must have been residents for the previous 5 years. He was forced into exile by the communist rulers at age 9.
    (SFC, 5/26/96, p.C-11)
1996        May 25, In China 2 mining disasters killed nearly 80 people. In Hunan province a coal explosion killed 46 with 38 missing. In Gansu province flooding in a lead and zinc mine killed 33.
    (SFC, 5/26/96, p.A-2)
1996        May 25, Renzo De Felice (67), scholar and historian of Italy’s Fascist period, died in Rome.
    (SFC, 5/28/96, p.A15)
1996        May 25, Drought has hit Russia’s southern Stavropol region since March and forced farmers to halt planting of crops.
    (SFC, 5/25/96, p.A5)
1996        May 25, In Indonesia’s southern Sumatran province of Lampung, villagers were being harassed by herds of marauding elephants. The elephants had been driven from their usual habitats by deforestation. Two people were trampled and 8,00 villagers in the Perwakilan Suwoh subdistrict have been attacked.
    (SFC, 5/25/96, p.A5)

1996        May 26, Buddy Lazier won the Indianapolis 500.
    (AP, 5/26/97)
1996        May 26, A police sergeant searching the murky waters where ValuJet Flight 592 crashed into the Florida Everglades, killing all 110 people aboard, found the crucial cockpit voice recorder.
    (AP, 5/26/97)
1996        May 26, This marked the end of an exhibit of animal sculpture by Lu Huan, Chinese master sculptor, poet, painter and calligrapher. He preferred to sculpt small animals on pyrophyllite, an aluminum silicate, with varied color layers to contrast the animal from the stone. His studio was in Alameda, Ca.
    (PacDisc. Spring/’96, p.44-45)

1996        May 27, An oil spill in Galveston Bay stretched for 5 miles after a barge broke up that was carrying 700,000 gallons of heavy fuel oil. The barge was owned by Buffalo Marine Services Inc. Two months ago another Buffalo owned barge broke up and spilled nearly 200,000 gallons that drifted 50 miles into the Gulf of Mexico.
    (SFC, 5/28/96, p.A2)
1996        May 27, George S. Boolos, Prof. of linguistics and philosophy at MIT, died at age 55. He was president of the Association for Symbolic Knowledge and was known as one of the originators of provability logic, the study of the logic of statements and what can and cannot be proved within mathematical systems. He was also an authority on the work of 19th cent. German mathematician and philosopher Gottlob Frege, regarded as the founder of modern logic.
    (SFC, 5/30/96, p.A16)
1996        May 27, David Malouf, Australian writer, won the $151,000 Int'l. IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for his novel "Remembering Babylon."
    (SFC, 5/27/96, p.B5)
1996        May 27, In Albania opposition parties accused the ruling democrats of election irregularities and pulled out of the parliamentary voting process.
    (SFC, 5/27/96, p.A7)
1996        May 27, Chechen leader Zelimkhan Yanderbiyev and Russian leader Boris Yeltsin in their first meeting agreed to a peace accord and prime minister Victor Chernomyrdin signed the agreement with Yanderbiyev.
    (SFC, 5/28/96, p.A1)(AP, 5/27/97)
1996        May 27, In Liberia the military militias completed their withdrawal from Monrovia.
    (SFC, 5/28/96, p.A8)
1996        May 27, In Syria the latest of a series of explosions left a small crater outside the walls of the Old City of Damascus.
    (SFC, 6/10/96, C3)

1996        May 28, A US jury convicted the former business partners of Pres. Clinton in the Whitewater Case. James and Susan McDougal, and Jim Guy Tucker, governor of Arkansas. Tucker was charged with creating a sham bankruptcy to avoid paying taxes on profits from a sold cable TV company in which he was a partner. Tucker resigned after the verdict. He briefly reversed his decision, but finally stepped down in July. In 1998 Tucker pleaded guilty to a felony charge of fraud and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors of independent council Kenneth Starr.
    (SFC, 5/29/96, A1)(WSJ, 1/2/97, p.R2)(SFC, 2/21/98, p.A3)
1996        May 28, Jazz pianist and composer Jimmy Rowles died at age 77.
    (SFC, 5/30/96, p.A16)
1996        May 28, Eugenia Price, American writer, died at age 79. She wrote historical novels for women and her books were translated into 18 languages. Her "Beauty for Ashes" made the NYT Best Seller List in 1995.
    (SFC, 5/30/96, p.A16)
1996        May 28, Sali Berisha, Pres. of Albania, banned an opposition rally. Many who defied the ban were seriously beaten. Berisha was supported by Washington for discouraging the Albanian majority in Kosovo from demanding autonomy from Yugoslavia. He also allowed American military planes to access Albanian air bases.
    (SFC, 5/29/96, p.A7)
1996        May 28, The Hindu nationalist government collapsed. An alliance of 13 parties was named to replace it. H.D. Deve Gowda, leader of the left-of-center United Front, was chosen as the next prime minister by ceremonial president, Shankar Dayal Sharma. He had 2 weeks to form a new government.
    (SFC, 5/29/96, p.A7)
1996        May 28, In Indonesia Pres. Suharto banned women from participating in beauty contests abroad.
    (SFC, 5/29/96, p.A8)
1996        May 28, Sudan asked Muslim militants to leave in an attempt to end UN diplomatic sanctions. The UN imposed sanctions to force the turn over of three suspects in the 1995 assassination attempt on Egypt’s Pres. Mubarek.
    (WSJ, 5/28/96, p. A-18)
1996        May 28, Ukraine’s president fired his prime minister in a dispute over economic reforms.
    (WSJ, 5/28/96, p. A-18)

1996        May 29, The United Farm Workers signed a contract with a major lettuce producer. A minimum of 6.62/hr will be paid rising to 7.23/hr in 5 years.
    (SFC, 5/30/96, p.C1)
1996        May 29, The Endeavor space shuttle landed after a 10-day mission. It went be overhauled for a space-station assembly mission in 1997.
    (SFC, 5/30/96, p.A5)
1996        May 29, Jeremy Sinden (45), actor (Chariots of Fire, Ascendancy, Harem), died.
    (SC, 5/29/02)
1996        May 29, A 15-year-old Honduran girl spoke of sweatshop conditions under South Korean owners in the production of clothing for the Kathie Lee Gifford line for Wal-Mart. The National Labor Committee accused marketers such as Eddie Bauer, J. Crew, and K-Mart of selling clothes made by underage Honduran workers.
    (SFC, 5/30/96, p.A5)
1996        May 29, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar became the new PM of Afghanistan.
    (SFC, 5/30/96, p.A10)
1996        May 29, Chechen rebel commander Aslan Maskhadov sent a radio message to his forces to refrain from attacks on Russian soldiers. A power sharing plan defines Chechnya as a sovereign state within the Russian Federation, giving it control over its finances and resources.
    (SFC, 5/30/96, p.A8)
1996        May 29, Israelis voted for the first time to choose a prime minister directly. The Nat’l. Religious Party went from 6 to 10 seats in parliament, the Shas, a strictly Orthodox party of Sephardic Jews, also went from 6 to 10 seats. The United Torah Judaism, an ardently Orthodox party of Ashkenazi Jews retained its 4 seats. Benjamin Netanyahu, Likud party leader, won the Prime Ministership over Prime Minister Shimon Peres in a very close election.
    (WSJ, 5/24/96, p.A-1)(SFC, 5/30/96, p.A8)(AP, 5/29/01)
1996        May 29, Hundreds of Tutsis crossed into Rwanda fleeing the fighting in Zaire. Thousands of displaced Tutsis are behind them in the Masisi and Rutshuru regions of northeastern Zaire.
    (SFC, 5/30/96, p.A9)
1996        May 29, In Papua New Guinea the 500 Bahinemo people and the several hundred Bitara people were faced with the decision over whether to allow logging in their 2,300 sq. mls of primeval woodland.
    (SFC, 5/29/96, p.A8)
1996        May 29, The army chief of Sri Lanka offered a general amnesty to more than 20,000 deserters and announced plans to recruit another 10,000 soldiers. He wants to bolster the army of 100,000 to finish the 12-year war with Tamil separatists.
    (WSJ, 5/30/96, p.A1)

1996        May 30, The House called off a contempt-of-Congress vote after President Clinton's aides turned over 1,000 pages of papers and a long-sought list of documents in the travel office firings.
    (AP, 5/30/97)
1996        May 30, Veterinary researchers have found a way to transplant testicular stem cells from one animal to another and even from species to species.
    (SFC, 5/30/96, p.A3)
1996        May 30, Britain's Prince Andrew and the former Sarah Ferguson were granted an uncontested decree ending their 10-year marriage.
    (SFEC, 5/25/97, Par p.C2)(AP, 5/30/97)
1996        May 30, Suspected Hutu rebels of the Council for the Defense of Democracy killed at least 61 and wounded 25 Tutsis in eastern Burundi.
    (SFC, 5/31/96, A16)
1996        May 30, Voters in Northern Ireland selected 110 members for a forum on negotiations to determine its future status. Protestants want their British ties and majority position secured. Catholic leaders want linkage with the Irish Republic where they form the overwhelming majority.
    (SFC, 5/31/96, A15)
1996        May 30, UN officials confirmed the statement of Prime Minister Hasan Muratovic that Bosnian Serbs were expelling Muslims from the Teslic area in central Bosnia.
    (SFC, 5/31/96, E1)
1996        May 30, Venezuela’s former Pres. Carlos Andres Perez was convicted on corruption charges. He was sentenced to prison for 28-months and fined for misappropriation of $17 million from a secret security spending fund.
    (SFC, 5/31/96, A16)(SFC, 5/28/97, p.A12)

1996        May 31, California state authorities officially advised the 900 residents of Chualar in Monterey County, Ca., not to use tap water due to the accumulation of nitrates from agricultural fertilizers and pesticides.
    (SFC, 5/12/98, p.A1,6)
1996        May 31, Timothy Leary died at 75 of prostate cancer. Some of his ashes were launched into space with those of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry (d.1991) and 28 others. Leary was a big promoter of LSD, lysergic acid diethylamide. He began using the drug while at Harvard with Richard Alpert, aka Baba Ram Dass. He was arrested in 1969 for marijuana possession and sentenced to 10 years, but escaped from captivity. In 1973 he was caught in Afghanistan and returned to prison from which he was paroled in 1976. In 2006 Robert Greenfield authored “Timothy Leary: A Biography."
    (SFC, 6/1/96, p.A1,7)(SSFC, 7/9/06, p.M3)
1996        May 31, Israeli warplanes attacked a Hezbollah base in eastern Lebanon in retaliation for an ambush that killed four Israeli soldiers in southern Lebanon.
    (SFC, 5/31/96, A16)
1996        May 31, Benjamin Netanyahu claimed victory in Israel's election for prime minister, defeating incumbent Shimon Peres by nine-tenths of 1 percent.
    (AP, 5/31/97)
1996        May 31, Tens of thousands of teachers marched in Mexico City for a pay raise and to protest the police crack-down on a previous march last week. Most teacher salaries are about $400 per month.
    (SFC, 6/1/96, p.A12)
1996        May 31, The Finnish food company Raisio Group has invented a new product that blocks the body’s absorption of cholesterol. The new "pharmafood" is called benecol and based on a plant extract known as beta sitostanol, a plant sterol extracted from Nordic pine trees.
    (WSJ, 5/31/96, p.B3C)
1996        May 31, The Ex-Im Bank said that it would not finance companies bidding on China’s massive $24 billion Three Gorges Dam project on the Yangtze River due to human rights and environmental issues.
    (WSJ, 5/31/96, p.A1)

1996        May, The US government released a draft proposal on computer security that was dubbed Clipper III.
    (Wired, 9/96, p.226)

1996        May, Uniroyal Chemical Corp. agreed to be acquired by Crompton & Knowles Corp., a specialty chemical maker based in Stamford, Conn.
    (WSJ, 5/28/96, R45)

1996        May, Eddie Antar, founder of Crazy Eddie, pleaded guilty on felony charges of falsifying corporate records to inflate profits and manipulate stock price.
`    (WSJ, 6/13/96, p.A1,8)

1996        May, Scientists detected powerful bursts of gamma rays suspected to be from a super massive black hole at the heart of the Markarian 421 elliptical galaxy. The distance to the galaxy is 400 Million light years and it is far larger than the Milky Way.
    (SFC, 9/26/96, p.A10)

1996        May, Osama bin Laden was driven out of Sudan under pressure from the Clinton administration. His horse, “Swift Like the Wind," was left behind. He had lived there for some years running a construction company and allegedly recruiting and training terrorists. Abdul Rasul Sayyaf, a Saudi Arabian-backed jihadist leader, invited bin Laden back to Afghanistan and bin Laden returned.
    (SFC, 8/21/98, p.A2)(SFC, 12/17/04, p.W4)(Econ, 9/17/05, p.40)(WSJ, 8/21/98, p.A4)

1996        May, In Bolivia the Inti-Raymi SA unit of Battle Mountain Gold of Houston accounts for 10% of the country’s annual export. It churns out more gold in its open pit mine with 318 workers than the rest of Bolivia’s 20,000 small stakeholders.
    (WSJ, 5/23/96, p.A-9)
1996        May, In Canada forms for the national census went out. It is held every five years and this year’s form included questions on housework, child and elder care for the first time.
    (WSJ, 8/9/96, p.A5c)
1996        May, In Colombia Attorney Gen’l. Orlando Vasquez Velasquez was arrested on charges of accepting drug payments.
    (SFC, 10/19/96, A12)
1996        May, In Denmark Motorcycle gangs have waged a 2-year feud. Four people have been slain and 20 wounded in rivalry between local chapters and supporters of Hells Angels and the Bandidos.
    (SFC, 5/22/96, p.A11)
1996        May, The Hong Kong listed Millennium Group, partly owned by the Tanuwidjaja family of Indonesia, bought 25% of World Wide Golden Leaf, a tobacco company owned by Ted Sioeng.
    (WSJ, 1/13/98, p.A22)
1996        May, Iraqi officials and UN experts began dismantling a major biological weapons factory near Baghdad.
    (SFC, 6/10/96, C16)
1996        May, In Iraq Mohammed Madhlum Dulaimi, an air force general accused of plotting to kill Sadam Hussein, was executed. Members of the 1 million-member Dulaimi clan led riots against security forces after the execution.
    (SFC, 12/14/96, p.A11)
1996        May, In Montserrat a series of eruption from a volcano in the Soufriere Hills sent a plume of ash and rock soaring 3,000 feet.
    (SFC, 5/18/96, p.A-9)
1996        May, In Nicaragua a Fishing Defense Plan was created after pirates attacked 23 fishing boats in coastal waters.
    (SFEC, 2/8/98, p.A26)
1996        May, In Romania Ilie Alexandru, aka the J.R. of Romania, opened his copy of the Southfork Ranch of the TV "Dallas" series in Slobozia as part of his Hermes Vacation park.
    (SFC, 6/16/96, Z1 p.5)

1996        Summer, The Santa Fe Opera premiered "Emmeline" by Tobias Picker. It was based on a novel by Judith Rossner.
    (WSJ, 8/15/96, p.A10)

1996        Jun 1, An estimated 200,000 participants, most of them schoolchildren, gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to protest government cuts for social and educational programs.
    (AP, 6/1/97)
1996        Jun 1, A nine-dish array of radio telescopes was dedicated in Shasta Ct., Ca. at Berkeley’s Hat Creek Observatory. It has already detected large organic molecules, including a hint of the amino acid glycene, in gas clouds near the center of the Earth’s Milky Way galaxy.
    (SFC, 6/1/96, p.A9)
1996        Jun 1, The bodies of Julianne Williams (24) and Laura Winans (26) were found in Shenandoah National Park, Va., a week after they were last seen alive. Their hands were bound and their throats were slashed. Darrel David Rice was indicted for the murders along with hate charges on Apr 10, 2002.
    (SFC, 4/11/02, p.A15)
1996        Jun 1, In Singapore the government passed a Maintenance of Parents Law.
    (WSJ, 9/17/96, p.A1)

1996        Jun 1-30, The 7th annual National Accordion Awareness month.
    (SFC, 6/18/96, p.B8)

1996        Jun 2, "Rent," "Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk" and "The King and I" dominated the 1996 Tony Awards, each winning four prizes.
    (AP, 6/2/97)
1996        Jun 2, Fire-fighters began battling a blaze in Alaska that spread to 64 sq. mls after five days 50 miles from Anchorage.
    (SFC, 6/7/96, p.A3)
1996        Jun 2, In the Czech Republic the center-right coalition of premier Vaclav Klaus lost its majority in parliamentary elections.
    (SFC, 6/3/96, p.A10)
1996        Jun 2, Sergio Palacios Cruz and another contra rebel were killed near the village of Zapote Dudu by the Nicaraguan army.
    (SFC, 6/5/96, p.C16)
1996        Jun 2, Separatists in northern Italy celebrated their growing campaign to split off from the south on the 50th anniversary of the Italian republic. Umberto Bossi is the head of the Northern League and founder of the self-declared Republic of Padania. At a rally in Pontida, near Milan, ministers in Bossi’s "government" swore allegiance to Padania, a name derived from the valley of the Po. Their proposed republic includes everything from Florence to the Alps.
    (SFC, 6/3/96, p.A12)(SFC, 6/11/96, p.A16)
1996        Jun 2, In Bangkok, Thailand, voters elected Pichit Rattakul, an independent environmentalist, as mayor. The city is one of the most polluted in the world.
    (SFC, 6/3/96, p.A11)
1996        Jun 2, A list of the countries that are considered the most corrupt by international business people had the following top ten: Nigeria, Pakistan, Kenya, Bangladesh, China, Cameroon, Venezuela, Russia, India and Indonesia. The top ten least corrupt were New Zealand, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Canada, Norway, Singapore, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Australia. The US was judged 15th least corrupt, worse than Israel but better than Austria.
    (SFC, 6/3/96, p.A11)

1996        Jun 3, The FBI pulled the plug on electricity at the Freemen ranch in Montana in an attempt to persuade the occupants to negotiate an end to the 71-day-old standoff.
    (AP, 6/3/97)
1996        Jun 3, During joint war games in the Pacific, a Japanese destroyer mistakenly shot down an American attack plane; two Navy aviators ejected safely.
    (AP, 6/3/97)
1996        Jun 3, The Rising Star Baptist Church in Greensboro, Ala., burned down. Arson was suspected and investigations by the FBI and ATF were later begun.
    (SFC, 6/11/96, p.A16)
1996        Jun 3, In the Ukraine a hepatitis epidemic has hospitalized nearly 3,000 residents of Sevastopol so far this year. Also all nuclear weapons have been transferred to Russia for dismantling. The US paid $267 mil for the removal.
    (WSJ, 8/8/95, p. B6D)(WSJ, 8/8/95, p. A1)
1996        Jun 3, In Chad Pres. Idriss Deby led 15 candidates in the upcoming first multiparty elections.
    (WSJ, 8/8/95, p. A1)
1996        Jun 3, A recent announcement was made that Hughes Electronics will take over the Indianapolis Naval Air Warfare Center. The NAWC made the bombsights that helped win WW II.
    (WSJ, 8/8/95, p. A14)
1996        Jun 3, The government of Bahrain said that 29 militants confessed last month to be trained by Iran to topple the ruling Al Khalifa family and install a Shiite Muslim government.
    (SFC, 6/4/96, p.A11)
1996        Jun 3, Turkish soldiers shot and killed a Greek Cypriot soldier in the no-man’s zone of Cyprus.
    (SFC, 6/4/96, p.A11)

1996        Jun 4, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, campaigning for re-election, indulged in a bit of onstage boogie at a pop concert for young voters.
    (AP, 6/4/97)
1996        Jun 4, US and French officials signed a secret agreement to share nuclear weapons information and facilitate joint work between scientists.
    (SFC, 6/15/96, p.A10)
1996        Jun 4, The Organization of American States criticized the US over the extension of the economic embargo against Cuba with 32 co-sponsors. The US was the sole dissenter.
    (SFC, 6/6/96, C2)
1996        Jun 4, NATO foreign ministers approved plans to shift focus toward intervention in small regional conflicts and away from containing Russia, its primary focus for 47 years.
    (WSJ, 6/4/96, p.A1)
1996         Jun 4, In Burundi three Swiss Red Cross workers were ambushed and killed while delivering supplies near the village of Mugina. The Tutsi-dominated Uprona Party denied any role and said the killings were the work of gangs of the Coalition for the Defense of Democracy, the main Hutu rebel group.
    (SFC, 6/5/96, p.C16)(SFC, 6/6/96, p.C3)       
1996        Jun 4, The European Space Agency Ariane 5 rocket was destroyed when it went off course during take-off from Kourou, French Guiana. The $7 billion rocket had taken 10 years to develop and was to be capable of carrying 7.6 tons into orbit.
    (SFC, 6/5/96, p.C16)
1996        Jun 4, A report on China focused on tens of millions of people suffering from iodine deficiency. The effects of the deficiency has led to stunted lives and intellects. Where goiter and cretinism are not visibly apparent, chronic mental and physical fatigue and some degree of mental impairment was widespread.
    (SFC, 6/4/96, p.A13)
1996        Jun 4, In Nigeria Kudirat Abiola, wife of imprisoned opposition leader Moshood Abiola, was shot and killed by 6 gunmen near her home in Lagos. In 2011 Maj. Hamza Al-Mustapha, right-hand man of dictator Sani Abacha, faced trial for ordering a security agent to kill Kudirat. Al-Mustapha denied taking part in her machine-gun killing, saying he was tortured into a false confession.
    (SFC, 6/5/96, p.C2)(AP, 8/9/11)

1996        Jun 5, Joseph Waldholtz, the ex-husband of U.S. Rep. Enid Greene, R-Utah, pleaded guilty to providing his wife false information for her taxes and to falsifying spending reports from her congressional campaign.
    (AP, 6/5/97)
1996        Jun 5, 2001 A Medicare report predicted that the federal health system for the elderly would be bankrupt by the year 2001.
    (WSJ, 6/5/96, p.A1)
1996        Jun 5, P. Terzian reviewed: "Ain’t You Glad You Joined the Republicans," by John C. Batchelor. The book is an anecdotal history of the Republican Party.
    (WSJ, 6/5/96, p.A12)
1996        Jun 5, Anglican Church leaders chose Rev. Njongonkulu Ndungane to succeed Desmond Tutu as the archbishop for southern Africa.
    (SFC, 6/6/96, C3)
1996        Jun 5, The European Commission decided to ease the ban on British exports over mad cow disease.
    (SFC, 6/6/96, C1)
1996        Jun 5, On World Environment Day 210,000 hectares on the Masoala Peninsula of Madagascar were proclaimed a national park, the 6th on the island.
    (SFC, 6/23/96, zone 1 p.5)

1996        Jun 6, The Senate narrowly rejected a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution as outgoing Majority Leader Bob Dole and the Democrats clashed over deficit reduction.
    (AP, 6/6/97)
1996        Jun 6, A family of four became the first persons to leave the Freemen ranch in Montana since April, 2 children, their mother and common-law husband.
    (SFC, 6/7/96, p.A10)(AP, 6/6/97)
1996        Jun 6, San Francisco became the first city in the nation to sue the tobacco industry.
    (SFC, 6/7/96, p.A1)
1996        Jun 6, John A MacLachlan of Tulane Univ. led a study that showed that when pesticides are combined, their potency may be increased a 1,000 times. The study was to be published in the journal Science.
    (SFC, 6/7/96, p.A1)
1996        Jun 6, Central Banks in Britain, France and Denmark trimmed key interest rates.
    (WSJ, 6/7/96, p.A11)
1996        Jun 6, The UN appealed for contributions to N. Korea because of torrential rains that that have wiped out crops and left half-a-million people homeless.
    (SFC, 6/7/96, p.A15)
1996        Jun 6, The military regime of Burma banned the weekly meetings at the house of Aung San Suu Kyi.
    (SFC, 6/7/96, p.A15)
1996        Jun 6, China agreed conditionally to a ban on the use of nuclear explosions for civilian projects.
    (WSJ, 6/7/96, p.A1)
1996        Jun 6, Cuba announced plans to create free trade zones on the island.
    (SFC, 6/7/96, p.A15)
1996        Jun 6, More than 70 Eritreans, Ethiopians, and Sudanese were killed when their ship caught fire near Dahlak Island off the Red Sea coast trying to slip into Saudi Arabia from Eritrea. 33 survived and were admitted to hospitals in Massawa.
    (SFC, 6/11/96, p.A16)
1996        Jun 6, Yeltsin ordered the Russian Central Bank to transfer $1 billion to the federal budget to fulfill campaign promises to teachers, doctors, and the military.
    (SFC, 6/7/96, p.A12)

1996        Jun 7, The Clinton White House acknowledged it had obtained the FBI files of House Speaker Newt Gingrich's press secretary, former Bush chief of staff James A. Baker III and other appointees from Republican administrations, calling it "an innocent bureaucratic mistake." Lawyers for Craig Livingstone, in charge of White House security, had just issued a statement that the reason for the episode was an outdated Secret Service list.
    (WP, 6/29/96, p.A14)(AP, 6/7/97)
1996        Jun 7, The Matthews-Murkland Presbyterian Church sanctuary in Charlotte, N.C., burned down. Arson was suspected and investigations by the FBI and ATF were later begun.
    (SFC, 6/11/96, p.A16)
1996        Jun 7, Max Factor, hairstylist, died at age 91. He started the Max Factor makeup company that was bought out by Proctor and Gamble in 1991. In March ‘96, the Max Factor Museum of Beauty in Hollywood shut down.
    (SFC, 6/8/96, p.A17)(www.deadoraliveinfo.com)
1996        Jun 7, David Rothenberg met with his jailed father, Charles. The father had set David ablaze with kerosene in 1983.
    (SFC, 6/8/96, p.A17)
1996        Jun 7, IRA men killed one police officer and wounded another in a robbery attempt in Adare, western Ireland. Detective sergeant Jerry McCabe was killed with 15 bullets from a Kalashnikov. In 1999 Pearse McCauley and Kevin Walsh were sentenced to 14 years in prison , Jeremiah Sheehy to 12 years, and Michael O’Neill to 11 years. O’Neill was released in 2007. Sheehy was released in 2008.
    (SFC, 6/18/96, p.A8)(SFC, 2/6/99, p.A11)(AP, 5/15/07)(AP, 2/4/08)
1996        Jun 7, Choi Jong, a South Korean adventurer, completed a walking trip across the Sahara Desert after nearly 7 months. He climbed Mt. Everest in the 80’s and went to the North Pole in 1991.
    (SFC, 6/8/96, p.A12)
1996        Jun 7, In Mali the administration of Pres. Alpha Oumar Konare was privatizing and encouraging investment, foreign and domestic. The leading radio station in the capital, Bamako, was owned by Modibo Diallo.
    (SFC, 6/7/96, p.A12)
1996        Jun 7, In Cambodia it was reported that Pol Pot was gravely ill or possibly dead. Pol Pot died 1998.
    (WSJ, 6/7/96, p.A11)(SFC, 4/16/98, p.A1)
1996        Jun 7, There was a bomb attack on the Moscow vice mayoral candidate. Valery Shantsev, running mate of Mayor Yuri Luzhkov and supporter of Yeltsin, was wounded and severely burned.
    (SFC, 6/8/96, p.A10)
1996        Jun 7, Turkey’s Pres. Suleyman Demirel again asked Islamist leader Necmettin Erbakan to form a new coalition government.
    (SFC, 6/8/96, p.A11)

1996        Jun 8, Editor's Note won the Belmont Stakes.
    (AP, 6/8/97)
1996        Jun 8, Declaring racial hostility was behind recent church fires in the South, President Clinton said in his weekly radio address he would devote whatever resources were needed to "smother the fires of hatred."
    (AP, 6/8/97)
1996        Jun 8,  Australian swimmer Susie Maroney began to swim the 110 miles across the Florida Straits to Key West from Havana, Cuba.
    (SFC, 6/9/96, p.A-5)
1996        Jun 8, China set off an underground nuclear test blast. The Australian Seismological Center reported a nuclear test by China having a body wave magnitude of 5.7, a middle range explosion, in the Lop Nor area of Xinjiang Province. This was the 44th test since 1964.
    (SFC, 6/8/96, p.A11)(AP, 6/8/06)
1996        Jun 8, General Enrique Salgado assumed Mexico City’s top police job and indicated that he would appoint military officers to key public security posts. He also said that he will stress citizen participation in forming policy.
    (SFC, 6/10/96, C16)

1996        Jun 9, White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta, appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press," said it was wrong for an investigator to have obtained secret FBI files on 341 people, including prominent Republicans. President Clinton agreed with Panetta that an apology was called for.
    (AP, 6/9/97)
1996        Jun 9, The latest US unemployment rate was 5.6%.
    (SFC, 6/9/96, Par, p.9)
1996        Jun 9, Australian swimmer Susie Maroney was pulled from the water about ten miles from the Florida Keys, but officially in US waters.
    (SFC, 6/10/96, p.A2)
1996        Jun 9, The court of Abu Dhabi, UAR, acquitted 2 officials in the BCCI scandal but upheld sentences against 8 and said they must pay $8.3 million in addition to the original $9 billion in civil damages.
    (WSJ, 6/11/96, p.A9B)
1996        Jun 9, Police in southern Guangdong Province in China have shut down production lines at 2 factories since May 30 that were making and processing video disks.
    (SFC, 6/10/96, C2)
1996        Jun 9, Croatian police announced the arrest of a Bosnian Croat, Zlatko Aleksovski, charged with murder and mistreatment of Muslim prisoners. He is one of six men charged with killing Muslims in the central Lasva Valley 3 years ago.
    (SFC, 6/10/96, C16)
1996        Jun 9, In Russia a rebel spokesman said that the two sides have agreed on the withdrawal of Russian troops from Chechnya by the end of August.
    (SFC, 6/10/96, C2)
1996        Jun 9, An article described the pulsar B1257+12, 1,300 light-years away, measured by Alex Wolszczam. Measurements indicate a planetary system nearby. Other stars with planets include 51 Pegasi, 70 Virginis, 47 Ursae Majoris and 55 Cancri. It was later proposed that the evidence for the planets was caused by energy waves circling their home star.
    (SFC, 6/9/96, Par p.10-13)(SFC, 2/27/97, p.A6)

1996        Jun 10, The film “The Rock," starring Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage, opened and took in $25.1 million nationally.
    (SFC, 6/11/96, p.E1)
1996        Jun 10, The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Florida Panthers 1-0 in triple overtime to win the Stanley Cup in a four-game sweep.
    (AP, 6/10/97)
1996        Jun 10, Rupinol, (Rohypnol), also known as Rufi, is a drug that causes amnesia when mixed with alcohol and is gaining popularity among young people. It is sold over the counter in Mexico and other countries outside the US.
    (SFC, 6/10/96, C4)(SFC, 6/11/96, p.A1)
1996        Jun 10, US scientists led by David M. Mehringer reported that evidence of ascetic acid (vinegar) had been found in a cloud of gas named Sagittarius B2 North, some 25,000 light years from Earth.
    (SFC, 6/11/96, p.A4)
1996        Jun 10, Intel released its 200 Mhz Pentium chip.
    (www.intel.com/pressroom/kits/quickreffam.htm)
1996        Jun 10, Iran offered to mediate between Bahrain and its Shiite opposition and denied any involvement in the recent plot to topple the government of Bahrain.
    (SFC, 6/11/96, p.A16)
1996        Jun 10, In Italy the center-left government announced a new privatization calendar that included the sale of stakes in insurance, banking, and oil companies.
    (WSJ, 6/11/96, p.A9B)
1996        Jun 10, In Malaysia Irene Fernandez, head of the human rights group Tenaganita, went on trial for her 1995 published report on prison conditions of immigrant inmates. 71 deaths have been caused by alleged abuse. She was charged under a 1986 law that banned the publication of "malicious allegations" against the government. Seven years later, she was sentenced to one year in prison but appealed. In 2008 she was acquitted.
    (SFC, 6/11/96, p.A15)(SFC, 5/29/96, p.A8)(AP, 11/24/08)
1996        Jun 10, A report on Mexico estimated that 800,000 children under 14 worked in different sectors of the economy. The Mexican constitution and federal labor law prohibits the employment of children under 14. Based on a 1990 census, the Sec. of Public Education estimated that 2.5 million children between 6 & 14 do not attend school.
    (SFC, 6/10/96, C3)
1996        Jun 10, Hezbollah guerrillas killed 5 Israeli soldiers and wounded 6 in a dawn ambush in south Lebanon.
    (SFC, 6/10/96, p.A1)
1996        Jun 10, Arafat’s government detained Eyad Sarraj, head of the Independent Commission for Citizen’s Rights. Sarraj says the Palestinian Authority is corrupt.
    (SFC, 6/11/96, p.A16)
1996        Jun10, In Pakistan three bombings killed 6 and injured 48 in Punjab Province.
    (WSJ, 6/11/96, p.A1)
1996        Jun 10, Yemeni troops put down antigovernment protests in Mukalla, also the site of a 1994 civil war. Court charges that police raped a group of women appeared to trigger the protests.
    (WSJ, 6/11/96, p.A1)
1996        Jun 10, In Spain the new center-right government introduced sweeping economic measures. Taxes were eased on small and mid-size companies, savings and job creation were encouraged, the powerful professional guilds were weakened and various markets liberalized, and double taxation for large foreign companies was eliminated.
    (WSJ, 6/11/96, p.A9A)

1996        Jun 11, Closing a congressional career that had lasted 3 1/2 decades, Bob Dole said goodbye to the Senate to begin in earnest his campaign for the presidency.
    (AP, 6/11/97)
1996        Jun 11, Five American Indian leaders sued the federal government after it was learned that the Bureau of Indian Affairs could not account for about 15% of an estimated $450 million held for some 300,000 Indians.
    (SFC, 6/11/96, p.A12)
1996        Jun 11, A trade pact between the European Union and Algeria was passed along with an agreement to provide $3.6 million to help pay for elections in Bosnia.
    (SFC, 6/11/96, p.A15)
1996        Jun 11, Formosa Plastic Group of Taiwan led by Y.C. Wang was planning to build 6 thermal power plants in the coastal province of Fujian in China for an investment of $3.8 bil.
    (WSJ, 6/11/96, p.A10)
1996        Jun 11, A rusty Russian freighter carrying hundreds of Liberian refugees remained at sea after Ghana refused to let it dock.
    (SFC, 6/11/96, p.A16)
1996        Jun 11, A Chilean-based fruit company signed a letter of intent to purchase Fresh Del Monte Produce NV for $534 mil. A subsidiary of United Trading Company Desarollo & Comercio SA of Santiago signed the letter. Mr. Cabal, a banker accused in a massive self-lending scheme who fled Mexico in 1994, remains a minority shareholder through a Netherlands Antilles fund called Trumpet Vine where he and the state-owned development bank, Nacional Financiera SA, placed an 8.5% equity stake in 1992.
    (WSJ, 6/12/96, p.A10)
1996        Jun 11, S. Korea pledged $3 mil in aid to N. Korea.
    (SFC, 6/12/96, p.A10)
1996        Jun 11, A convoy of Chechen rebel leaders was blasted by remote control bombs while returning after negotiations with Russian counterparts.
    (SFC, 6/12/96, p.A10)
1996        Jun 11, Lightning struck a tank and started a blaze of 3 million gallons of gas at a Shell Oil storage facility in Woodbridge, N.J.
    (SFC, 6/12/96, p.A3)
1996        Jun 11, Federal agents arrested 3 leaders and 15 members of the Genovese organized crime family in New York.
    (SFC, 6/12/96, p.A3)
1996        Jun 11, Scientists reported the discovery of a new planet near the star Lalande 21185, the 4th closest star to Earth, 8.1 light-years away. The nearest is Proxima Centauri at 4.2 light-years. Analysis of the data indicates that the planet is about the size of Jupiter and revolves around its star every 30-35 years.
    (SFC, 6/12/96, p.A3)
1996        Jun 11, A bomb ripped through a Moscow subway and killed 12 people.
    (SFC, 6/12/96, p.A8)
1996        Jun 11, Vietnam’s Deputy Foreign Minister Le Mai (1940-1996) died. He was a junior member of the team that negotiated US withdrawal in 1973 and chief architect of the recent campaign for diplomatic relations with the US.   
    (SFC, 6/13/96, p.A25)

1996        Jun 12, Trent Lott of Mississippi was chosen as Senate majority leader after Bob Dole stepped down to run for president.
    (WSJ, 6/13/96, p.A1)
1996        Jun 12, A panel of federal judges in Philadelphia blocked a law against indecency on the Internet, saying the 1996 Communications Decency Act would infringe adults' free-speech rights.
    (AP, 6/12/97)
1996        Jun 12, The Mohave Desert town of Hinkley, Ca., won a $333 million settlement from PG&E for the leakage of high concentrations of chromium 6 from storage tanks into the groundwater. The film “Erin Brockovich" (2000) was based on the case." In 2008 PG&E paid $20 million to settle the last in a series of suits related to groundwater in Hinkley.
    (SFC, 10/29/00, p.A5)(www.salon.com/ent/feature/2000/04/14/sharp/print.html)(SFC, 4/4/08, p.B14)
1996        Jun 12, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan said he has sent a team to Cuba to study the country’s health and education systems. He praised the Castro regime for the virtual elimination of illiteracy.
    (SFC, 6/12/96, p.A9)
1996        Jul 12, In Spokane, Wa., a US Bank branch was robbed a 2nd time and a Planned Parenthood office was bombed. In 1997 three members of an anti-government militia were convicted for the robberies and 3 bombings.
    (SFC, 7/24/97, p.C3)
1996        Jun 12, Ashley Taylor, the lone minor (16) at the Freeman Ranch, left the compound.
    (SFC, 6/13/96, p.A4)
1996        Jun 12, Chechnya’s pro-Moscow government refused to postpone elections for the local parliament as called for in the recent peace talks.
    (SFC, 6/13/96, p.C2)
1996        Jun 12, In Colombia the lower house of Congress voted to absolve Pres. Ernesto Samper of charges that his campaign was financed by drug traffickers.
    (SFC, 6/13/96, p.C3)
1996        Jun 12, The Election Commission of Bangladesh announced that the liberal Awami League of Hasina Wajed won 126 seats, the centrist National Party 103 seats, and the Jatiya Party 28.
    (SFC, 6/13/96, p.C1)
1996        Jun 12, In Palestine, Eyad Sarraj smuggled out a message from a Gaza City jail that said he was being beaten and framed on drug charges.
    (SFC, 6/13/96, p.C3)
1996        Jun 12, In Spain Judge Jose Jimenez Alfaro lost most of his right hand when a letter bomb exploded at his courthouse in Madrid. He had sent policemen to jail for Spain’s "dirty war" war on Basque rebels in the 1980s.
    (SFC, 6/13/96, p.C3)
1996        Jun 12, The UN passed Resolution 1060, the 1st of many condemnations of Iraq's denial of access to UN weapons’ inspectors.
    (SFC, 9/24/02, p.A12)

1996        Jun 13, Bill Clinton, in a speech endorsing a national effort against teen pregnancy, said: "The other thing we have to do is to take seriously the role in this problem of...older men who prey on underage women...There are consequences to decisions and...one way or the other, people always wind up being held accountable." [see Nov 15, 1995]
    (www.zpub.com/un/billc-4.html)
1996        Jun 13, The US Supreme Court ruled against racial gerrymandering. It was a reminder that states cannot use race as the main factor in redistricting. The ruling struck down four black and Hispanic districts in North Carolina and Texas. The Supreme Court placed greater limits on congressional districts intentionally drawn to get more minorities elected to Congress.
    (WSJ, 6/14/96, p.A3)(AP, 6/13/97)
1996        Jun 13, The 81-day-old Freemen standoff ended as 16 remaining members of the anti-government group surrendered to the FBI and left their Montana ranch. Five Freemen were found guilty in 1998 for various crimes linked to armed robbery and possession of firearms. Four militants were convicted in 1998 for plotting to defraud banks. Jurors deadlocked on six defendants.
    (SFC, 6/14/96, p.A1)(AP, 6/13/97)(SFC, 4/1/98, p.A2)(WSJ, 7/9/98, p.A1)
1996        Jun 13, Arizona Governor Fife Symington was indicted on charges of making false statement to financial institutions and using his office to free himself from a $10 mil loan guarantee.
    (SFC, 6/14/96, p. A3)
1996        Jun 13, A federal grand jury indicted Sun-Diamond Growers of California on charges of illegal gifts to former agricultural Secretary Mike Espy and improper campaign contributions to Espy’s brother Henry. The giant agricultural cooperative and its officers have contributed more than $200,000 to California Gov. Wilson’s state and federal campaigns since 1989. Richard Douglas, former VP of Sun-Diamond Growers was convicted in 1997 of offering gratuities to Michael Espy in 1993 but was acquitted of making illegal contributions to Espy’s brother.
    (SFC, 6/14/96, p. A8)(SFC, 6/16/96, p.B2)(SFC,11/26/97, p.A7)(WSJ, 11/26/97, p.A1)
1996        Jun 13, The First Missionary Baptist Church in Enid, Oklahoma was burned in what appeared to be another race-related attack.
    (SFC, 6/14/96, p. A3)
1996        Jun 13, In Austria about $150 billion is deposited in 26 million numbered accounts in the country of 7.5 million people. Many of the accounts are attributed to new Russian immigrants and gangs. The state prosecutor, Wolfgang Mekis, was put behind bars for trying to extort $600,000 from Valentina Hummelbrunner, the onetime receptionist of former Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko.
    (SFC, 6/13/96, p.C2)
1996        Jun 13, A Washington Times report said that Chinese M-11 missiles have been deployed in Pakistan in the last few months.
    (WSJ, 6/13/96, p.A1,4)
1996        Jun 13, A new report in Nature announced that guinea pigs are on a distant branch from rodents and deserve a class of their own.
    (SFC, 6/13/96, p.A13)
1996        Jun 13, A Burundi army report claimed that 50 Hutu rebels were killed in an attack on a training camp.
    (SFC, 6/14/96, p. A16)
1996        Jun 13, Guatemala ratified a UN pact on tribal peoples. The pact calls for respect of its indigenous people, the Mayans, and consultation with them on decisions affecting their economic and social development.
    (SFC, 6/14/96, p. A16)
1996        Jun 13, An Indonesian DC-10 skidded of a runway at the Fukuoka airport in Japan and burst into flames. 3 people were killed, but 270 others were able to flee the burning jet.
    (SFC, 6/13/96, p.C3)
1996        Jun 13, In Indonesia the Supreme Court restored a ban on the magazine Tempo for publishing stories critical of the government.
    (SFC, 6/14/96, p. A17)
1996        Jun 13, A report from Kuching, Malaysia, told of Borneo’s 2nd high tech plant being cut out of the tropical rain forest.
    (WSJ, 6/13/96, p.A6)

1996        Jun 14, The FBI disclosed the White House had obtained bureau background reports on at least 408 people without justification.
    (AP, 6/14/97)
1996        Jun 14, Money Magazine ranked Madison, Wis., as the best place to live among the nation’s 300 metropolitan areas.
    (SFC, 6/16/96, p.B10)
1996        Jun 14, A new medium priced home in the US was priced at $135,800.
    (WSJ, 6/14/96, p.B10)
1996        Jun 14, Two teams of scientists announced the discovery of the human gene on chromosome 9 that may cause basal cell carcinoma, a common form of skin cancer.
    (SFC, 6/14/96, p.A2)
1996        Jun 14, In Belarus Victor Gonchar, Lukashenko’s most active critic in parliament, was fired upon by police.
    (SFC, 9/2/96, p.A14)
1996        Jun 14, Leaders of Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia signed an agreement to reduce arsenals of heavy weapons.
    (WSJ, 6/17/96, p.A1)
1996        Jun 14, In Bulgaria legislation was passed to give joint ventures at least 50% foreign owned a five year tax holiday, and required that half of the forgiven tax sums be invested in the same businesses.
    (WSJ, 6/14/96, p.A10)
1996        Jun 14, In Malaysia issues that had blocked the building of the $6.02 billion Bakun hydroelectric dam in Sarawak state on Borneo were resolved.
    (WSJ, 6/14/96, p.A10)
1996        Jun 14, Sumitomo Corp. announced that it had lost $1.8 billion over the last ten years in unauthorized trades done by head copper trader Yasuo Hamanaka. World copper markets were thrown into turmoil following disclosure by Sumitomo Corp. that a rogue trader had hidden multibillion-dollar losses.
    (WSJ, 6/17/96, p.A1)(AP, 6/14/97)

1996        Jun 15, The US Postal Service began printing a breast cancer awareness stamp.
    (SFC, 6/16/96, p.B1)
1996        Jun 15, Mary Ashley (1931-1996), video and performance artist, died in San Francisco. She helped found the ONCE Group in Ann Arbor, Mich., and had been involved in the "correspondence art" movement and the Fluxus group of artists.
    (SFC, 7/10/96, p.A4)
1996        Jun 15, A truck bomb blew up in a retail district of Manchester, England, injuring more than 200 people at the Arndale Center mall in an attack claimed by the Irish Republican Army.
    (SFC, 6/16/96, p.A1)(AP, 6/15/97)
1996        Jun 15, Ella Fitzgerald (78), jazz singer -the "first lady of song," died in Beverly Hills, Calif.
    (SFC, 6/16/96, p.A1)(AP, 6/15/97)
1996        Jun 15, UN weapons inspectors gave up after a 5-day standoff with Iraqi authorities over inspection of 4 sites for documents and other material relating to weapons of mass destruction.
    (SFC, 6/16/96, p.A11)
1996        Jun 15, In Yemen heavy floods hit the country and more than 65 people were believed dead and hundreds made homeless.
    (SFC, 6/15/96, p.A10)

1996        Jun 16, The Chicago Bulls won the NBA championship, beating the Seattle SuperSonics in game six, 87-to-75.
    (AP, 6/16/01)
1996        Jun 16, Sportscaster Mel Allen died in Greenwich, Connecticut, at age 83.
    (AP, 6/16/01)
1996        Jun 16, In Afghanistan a bomb exploded in a Jalalabad market and killed 4 people and wounded more than 20.
    (SFC, 6/15/96, p.A10)
1996        Jun 16, Croats in Mostar named Pero Markovic as the new president of Herzeg-Bosnia.
    (SFC, 6/15/96, p.A10)
1996        Jun 16, Members of a Muslim party beat former Prime Minister Haris Silajdzic during a northern Bosnia political rally. Leaders of Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia signed an agreement to reduce arsenals of heavy weapons.
    (WSJ, 6/17/96, p.A1)
1996        Jun 16, In India monsoon rainstorms battered southern India for 3 days and killed at least 85 people with 250 missing.
    (SFC, 6/16/96, p.A11)
1996        Jun 16, IRA guerrillas were caught making dozens of new bombs when police raided an arms factory west of Dublin. Prime Minister John Burton made the announcement ten days later.
    (SFC, 6/26/96, p.A9)
1996        Jun 16, Russian voters went to the polls in their first independent presidential election; the result was a runoff between President Boris and Communist challenger Gennady Zyuganov. Yeltsin won the July runoff.
    (SFC, 6/18/96, p.A8)(AP, 6/16/01)
1996        Jun 16, In Zambia 15 soccer fans were crushed to death and 52 injured during a stampede after Zambia beat Sudan.
    (SFC, 6/15/96, p.A10)

1996        Jun 17, ValuJet Airlines suspended its flight schedule indefinitely after a federal inspection found "several serious deficiencies" in the discount carrier's operations. ValuJet resumed limited operations 15 weeks later.
    (SFC, 6/18/96, p.A1)(AP, 6/17/97)
1996        Jun 17, Fires burned down five more Southern churches.
    (SFC, 6/18/96, p.A1)
1996        Jun 17, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation presented its annual "genius" awards to 21 people selected by an anonymous team of talent scouts.
    (SFC, 6/18/96, p.A2)
1996        Jun 17, In Liberia health workers have dug up an additional 150 bodies, many of them headless, along the beach at Mamba Point. Exhumations started 2 weeks ago and about 500 bodies have been found and reburied.
    (SFC, 6/18/96, p.A9)
1996        Jun 17, The US said it will slap sanctions on $2 billion of Chinese goods if action is not taken by the government against the manufacture of pirate compact disks, videos and software.
    (WSJ, 6/6/96, p.A16)
1996        Jun 17, A World Health Organization study said that more than 8 million babies die each year worldwide before reaching their first birthday.
    (SFC, 6/18/96, p.A10)
1996        Jun 17, The UN sponsored Conference on Disarmament agreed to admit 23 new members, among them Iraq, Syria, Israel, North Korea and South Africa.
    (SFC, 6/18/96, p.A10)
1996        Jun 17, In New Zealand Mount Ruapehu erupted.
    (SFC, 6/22/96, p.A6)
1996        Jun 17, Sri Lankan troops killed 15 Tamil Tiger rebels in the northern Jaffna peninsula.
    (SFC, 6/18/96, p.A10)

1996        Jun 18, In California Richard Allen Davis was convicted in San Jose, Calif., on all charges in the 1993 kidnap-murder of 12-year-old Polly Klaas of Petaluma.
    (SFC, 6/19/96, p.A10)(AP, 6/18/97)
1996        Jun 18, Federal prosecutors in California charged Theodor J. Kaczynski, the UNABOM suspect, in four of the Unabomber attacks He was indicted by a federal grand jury for two killings in Sacramento.
    (SFC, 6/19/96, p.A10)(AP, 6/18/97)
1996        Jun 18, Two Army transport helicopters collided and crashed during training exercises near Fort Campbell, Ky., killing six and injuring 33.
    (AP, 6/18/97)
1996        Jun 18, Heriberto Seda, a 28-year-old recluse obsessed with guns and the Bible, shot his teenage sister in New York City. He later admitted to being the Zodiac killer, guilty of murders from 1990. He was convicted Jun 24, 1998, and was sentenced to life in prison.
    (SFC, 6/20/96, p.C12)(SFC, 6/25/98, p.A3)(SFC, 7/23/98, p.A3)
1996        Jun 18, Bosnian Serb women held 2 diplomats hostage and demanded action on 1400 Bosnian Serbs who are either missing or held by Muslims and Croats.
    (SFC, 6/19/96, p.A8)
1996        Jun 18, Netanyahu was inaugurated as Israeli Prime Minister.
    (www.jafi.org.il/education/jafi75/timeline8g.html)
1996        Jun 18, Boris Yeltsin named Gen’l. Alexander Lebed to head the Security Council. Lebed had won 14.7% of the vote in Sunday’s election. Yeltsin also fired his defense chief, Grachev.
    (WSJ, 6/19/96, p.A1)

1996        Jun 19, Chief executives from seven states, police, state attorneys general and members of Congress met with President Clinton at the White House to discuss ways of stopping the recent torching of black churches.
    (AP, 6/19/97)
1996        Jun 19, New York City police announced that a shooting suspect in custody had been linked to the "Zodiac" shootings that terrorized New Yorkers in the early 1990's.
    (AP, 6/19/97)
1996        Jun 19, In Angola a new national army began to be formed.
    (SFC, 6/20/96, p.A10)
1996        Jun 19, A new mandated manpower list revealed that the Honduran army is comprised of 12,115 troops, including 12 generals and 2,013 officers. Soldiers in Honduras are not allowed to vote.
    (SFC, 6/20/96, p.A9)
1996        Jun 19, The European Union approved a British plan for wiping out "mad cow" disease.
    (SFC, 6/20/96, p.A10)
1996        Jun 19, In Malaysia a court order stopped work on the $5.4 billion Bakun Dam due to violation of environmental laws.
    (SFC, 6/20/96, p.A10)
1996        Jun 19, Mexico will repay $4.7 billion of the $10.5 billion in US Treasury borrowings from last year.
    (WSJ, 6/19/96, p.A1)
1996        Jun 19, A pending application for membership in the International Air Transport Association by North Korea could be accepted as early as next month.
    (WSJ, 6/18/96, p.A10)
1996        Jun 19, Boris Fyodorov, former leader of Russia’s National Sports Fund, was shot and stabbed on a Moscow street. He had been arrested on drug charges last month. He was also chairman of the National Credit Bank, which used tax breaks that cost the government $2 billion, to import cigarettes and liquor. The Sports Fund has ordered an audit.
    (WSJ, 6/20/96, p.A14)

1996        Jun 20, The Clinton administration announced it would veto the re-election of U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali.
    (AP, 6/20/97)
1996        Jun 20, Westinghouse Electric agreed to buy Infinity Broadcasting for $3.9 billion.
    (AP, 6/20/97)
1996        Jun 20, Scientists announced the identification of the co-factor involved in human AIDS viral reproduction. Chemokin receptor-5, CKR5, is the name of the HIV co-factor.
    (SFC, 6/20/96, p.A3)
1996        Jun 20, The recent issue of Nature reported that fossil bones from 130-120 million ago were found in a jungle streambed in northeastern Thailand of a 21 foot tyrannosaur. It was named Siamotyrannus isanensis. The finding added to evidence that tyrannosaurs evolved in Asia.
    (SFC, 6/20/96, p.C12)
1996        Jun 20, In 1996 there were allegations of kickbacks from a 1988 European Airbus jets sale to Canada. Swiss Bank records were sought in a corruption probe. Former Prime Minister Mulroney filed suit for being named in the scandal.
    (WSJ, 6/20/96, p.A14)
1996        Jun 20, "Revolt Against Modernity: Leo Strauss, Eric Voegelin, and the search for a Postliberal Order" by Ted v. McAllister was reviewed by Robert Devigne. It discusses the modern political thinking wherein the search for knowledge is directed by humanity to master its environment.
    (WSJ, 6/20/96, p.A16)
1996        Jun 20, In Albania a court convicted 3 top ex-Communist officials for deporting more than 70 dissidents when they headed regional Communist administrations. The European Parliament urged Albania to hold another vote due to balloting irregularities in the May 26 and Jun 2 elections.
    (SFC, 6/21/96, p.A14)(SFC, 6/22/96, p.A13)
1996        Jun 20, China was to announce the convertibility of its currency, the yuan, for trade, services, debt payment and profit repatriation by foreign companies.
    (WSJ, 6/20/96, p.A14)
1996        Jun 20, In Indonesia fighting broke out when the army backed dissidents who wanted to oust Megawati Sukarnoputri as leader of the opposition Indonesian Democratic Party. Party members fought with troops in Jakarta in support of Megawati who is seen as a threat to Pres. Suharto.
    (SFC, 6/21/96, p.A14)
1996        Jun 20, Yeltsin fired 3 aides. Alexander Korzhakov, head of his personal security force; Deputy Prime Minister Oleg Soskovets; and Mikhail Barshukov, head of a KGB successor agency.
    (WSJ, 6/21/96, p.A1)
1996        Jun 20, In northern Nicaragua mediators began negotiations for the release of a group of about 30 election workers recently kidnapped by 15 re-armed contras and taken to Honduras.
    (SFC, 6/21/96, p.A14)

1996        Jun 21, Pentagon officials said American troops destroyed an Iraqi ammunition depot in March 1991 that may have contained chemical weapons.
    (AP, 6/21/06)
1996        Jun 21, The $46 million Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art opened.
    (SFC, 6/20/96, p.D1)
1996        Jun 21, Good reviews for the new animated Disney release of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame."
    (WSJ, 6/20/96, p.A12)
1996        Jun 21, European leaders agreed to gradually lift a global ban on British beef exports imposed nearly three months earlier following a scare over "mad cow" disease.
    (AP, 6/21/97)
1996        Jun 21, In Cambodia Khmer Rouge guerrillas held dozens of sawmill workers for ransom and killed 14 of them with axes.
    (SFC, 6/27/96, p.A12)
1996        Jun 21, In Nicaragua 33 election workers were released after being held for 2 days by re-armed contras in Honduras.
    (SFC, 6/22/96, p.A13)

1996        Jun 22, US Pres. Clinton endorsed a national registry to track sexual predators as they cross state lines.
    (SFC, 6/23/96, p.A1)
1996        Jun 22, At their first summit in six years, Arab leaders meeting in Cairo, Egypt, urged Israel to prove its commitment to peace by resuming negotiations without delay.
    (AP, 6/22/97)
1996        Jun 22, It was reported that scientists from Britain and Russia had discovered a freshwater, underground lake beneath an Antarctic glacier about the size of lake Ontario. The lake was believed to be a million years old.
    (SFC, 6/22/96, p.A6)

1996        Jun 23, Congressional Democrats unveiled a "families first" legislative package aimed at winning middle-class voters and retaking Capitol Hill.
    (AP, 6/23/97)
1996        Jun 23, The US defense budget has dropped to $265 billion. The Russian defense budget has dropped to $63 billion.
    (SFC, 6/23/96, zone 1 p.6)
1996        Jun 23, Two newly discovered planets were announced. One, 4 times the size of Jupiter, revolves around the star Tau Bootes in the constellation Bootes in 3.3 days. The other, about 60% the mass of Jupiter, revolves around Upsilon Andromedae every 4.6 days.
    (SFC, 6/25/96, p.A18)
1996        Jun 23, Andreas Papandreou, Greek Socialist Party founder and statesmen, died. In 1998 his son wrote his autobiographical novel "A Crowded Heart."
    (USAT, 6/25/96, p.10A)(SFEC, 7/26/98, BR p.3)
1996        Jun 23, In the Philippines a peace agreement was reached with Muslim rebels. Opponents fear being under the administration of former rebels.
    (SFC, 7/3/96, p.C3)

1996        Jun 24, A jury in Philadelphia awarded $1.5 mil to the survivors of the MOVE cult members for the May 13, 1985, fire that killed 11 people and was begun from a bomb dropped by police on their rooftop.
    (USAT, 6/25/96, p.3A)(AP, 6/24/97)
1996        Jun 24, The US Post Office issued its James Dean stamp for its "Legends of Hollywood" series.
    (USAT, 6/25/96, p.1D)
1996        Jun 24, In Israel Netanyahu’s government approved another Jewish neighborhood in East Jerusalem.
    (SFC, 6/25/96, p.A10)
1996        Jun 24, In Panama a coalition of human rights groups called for early elections saying that the president and his party have lost authority to rule. Attorney General Jose Antonio Sossa said that the law for punishing individuals who accept drug money in political campaigns was not yet in effect when drug money went to Pres. Balladares.
    (SFC, 6/25/96, p.A10)

1996        Jun 25, At least 19 Americans were killed at a US base near Dhahran. Another 105 suffered serious injuries from a truck bomb estimated at 5,000 pounds at the Khobar Towers apartment complex adjacent to King Abdul Aziz Air Base. About 5,000 US troops served in Saudi Arabia. US, French and British aircraft resumed flying 100 missions per day over southern Iraq from Saudi Arabia. In 1997 intelligence information tied a senior Iranian intelligence officer to Hani Abd Rahim Sayegh, a man who fled Saudi Arabia shortly after the bombing. In 1999 the US threatened was set to deport Hani al-Sayegh to Saudi Arabia. Sayegh feared torture and asked for US asylum. Sayegh was deported Oct 10. In 2000 Ahmad Behbahani told a 60 Minutes journalist from a refugee camp in Turkey that he proposed the Pan Am operation and coordinated the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia. In 2001 13 Saudis and one Lebanese man were indicted for the bombing that killed 19 American airmen and wounded nearly 400 others. In 2006 a US judge ruled that Iran financed the bombing and owes families of those killed $254 million.
    (WP, 6/29/96, p.A22)(SFEC, 4/13/97, p.A14)(WSJ, 10/5/99, p.A10)(SFC, 10/12/99, p.C16)(SFC, 6/5/00, p.A9)(SFC, 6/22/01, p.A1)(WSJ, 12/23/06, p.A1)
1996        Jun 25, Later reports said that Osama bin Laden, an exiled Saudi billionaire, bankrolled the bombing of the US base that killed 19 US servicemen. He was an advocate of strict Islamic rule and had said that he would campaign to overthrow the Saudi royal family. He had lived in the Sudan for 5 1/2 years and recently moved to Afghanistan and was accepted by the Taliban. In 1998 a senior Saudi official absolved Iran of any involvement in the bombing. In 2000 it was reported that the Bin Laden family firm was awarded the contract to rebuild the Khobar Towers.
    (SFC, 3/7/97, p.A17)(SFC, 5/23/98, p.A12)(SFC, 11/18/00, p.A12)
1996        Jun 25, A report stated that China had declared that foreign movies on TV can’t run for more than 36 minutes between 6 and 10 p.m.
    (WSJ, 6/25/96, p.A11)
1996        Jun 25, Yeltsin fired 7 top generals and ordered a pullout from Chechnya.
    (WSJ, 6/26/96, p.A1)

1996          Jun 26, President Clinton and leaders of the world's other industrial powers gathered in Lyon, France, for their annual economic summit.
    (AP, 6/26/97)
1996        Jun 26, The Supreme Court ordered the Virginia Military Academy to admit women or forgo state support.
    (AP, 6/26/97)
1996        Jun 26, Former White House counsel Bernard Nussbaum took the blame for the FBI files controversy; White House security chief Craig Livingstone resigned.
    (AP, 6/26/97)
1996        Jun 26, The US Supreme court gave political parties a free speech right to spend more money for candidate promotion. The vote struck down a limit on party spending enacted after Watergate in 1974.
    (SFC, 6/27/96, p.A3)
1996        Jun 26, The US Senate Science, Technology and Space subcommittee sent a live audio feed over the Internet for the first time. The proceedings were on on-line commerce and encryption software.
    (SFC, 6/27/96, p.A3)
1996        Jun 26, The $1.6 billion Galileo spacecraft was expected to fly to within 527 miles of Ganymede, the largest moon of Jupiter. It was scheduled to photograph Jupiter and four of its 16 moons.
    (USAT, 6/25/96, p.3A)
1996        Jun 26, J. Lee Rankin, solicitor general under Pres. Eisenhower, died. He presided over the Brown vs. Board of Education case and served as chief council to the Warren Commission.
    (WP, 6/29/96, p.B6)
1996        Jun 26, In Afghanistan guerrilla leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, head of Hezbi-Islami, having been eliminated as a military power, signed a peace pact with Rabbani, and returned to Kabul to rule as prime minister. Hekmatyar was a member of the dominant Pashtun group, unlike Rabanni and military commander Ahmad Shah Massoud who belong to the Tajik ethnic group. The Taliban militia launched an assault that killed 54 and wounded 118 people. Pakistan’s spy service (ISI) had helped form the Taliban movement.
    (www.afghan-web.com/history/)(WSJ, 6/27/96, p.A1)(SFC, 9/23/96, A12) (Econ, 2/9/13, p.44)
1996        Jun 26, In London a running battle erupted after Germany defeated England on penalties in the European soccer championships. 70 people were injured and 200 were arrested.
    (SFC, 6/28/96, p.A14)
1996        Jun 26, Earl Spencer, brother of Princess Diana, sold four of his titles to help finance the family’s country estate. He sold the title "Lordship of Wimbledon" for $336,450. It had been in the family since 1744. Other titles for sale included The Manors of Upper Bodington, Newland Squillers and Theddingworth.
    (WP, 6/29/96, p.F3)
1996        Jun 26, In Dublin, Ireland, reporter Veronica Guerin, who covered the city’s crime world, was shot and killed at a traffic light ambush by 2 men on motorcycle. In Nov, 1998, Paul "Hippo" Ward (34) was convicted for the murder and sentenced to life in prison. John Gilligan and Brian Meehan also faced murder charges. Meehan (34), king of the Dublin cannabis dealers, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in 1999. Meehan received an additional 47 years for drug dealing and weapons possession.
    (USAT, 6/27/96, p.10A)(SFC, 11/28/98, p.A12)(SFC, 7/30/99, p.D3)
1996        Jun 26, At least 30 children died of acute kidney failure after taking contaminated liquid acetaminophen made by a company in Haiti. Another 38 were being treated for acute kidney failure. Glycerin from China was contaminated with diethylene glycol as it was shipped to Haiti. It was then used in children's medication that killed 86 people from 1995-1996.
    (SFC, 6/26/96, p.A9)(AP, 10/27/06)
1996        Jun 26, Palestinian guerrillas ambushed Israeli soldiers in the Jordan Valley. They killed 3 and wounded 2.
    (SFC, 6/27/96, p.A10)

1996        Jun 27, President Clinton and other Group of Seven leaders meeting in Lyon, France, pledged solidarity against terrorism following a truck bombing in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 Americans.
    (AP, 6/27/97)
1996        Jun 27, A Dallas police officer was charged with trying to hire a hit man to kill football star Michael Irvin; Johnnie Hernandez later pleaded guilty to solicitation of capital murder. He was sentenced to serve two concurrent six-year prison terms, and was paroled in 1998.
    (AP, 6/27/06)
1996        Jun 27, The GM North Tarrytown Assembly Plant in NY produced its last minivan prior to closure for the remaining 2,100 workers.
    (WSJ, 6/26/96, p.A1)
1996        Jun 27, A team of scientists using the Hubble space telescope believe that they have identified galaxies that were formed 14-7.5 Billion years ago. The images, called the Hubble Deep Field, were made in Dec. and released in Jan.
    (SFC, 6/27/96, p.A1)
1996        Jun 27, Anne Marie Fahey (30), the secretary of Gov. Thomas Carper, disappeared from Wilmington after dining at a Philadelphia restaurant with Thomas Capano. Capano, a prominent lawyer who had dated Fahey, was later accused of her murder based on testimony from his two brothers, who had helped him dispose the body. In 1998 Capano admitted that he disposed Fahey’s body but insisted that her death was an accident. In 1998 Capano testified that Fahey was shot accidentally by former mistress Deborah MacIntyre, who denied the charge. Capano was convicted by a jury on Jan 17, 1999. On Mar 16, 1999, Capano was sentenced to death.
    (SFEC,12/14/97, p.A4)(SFEC, 10/5/98, p.A5)(SFC, 10/27/98, p.A2)(SFC, 12/22/98, p.A2)(SFC, 1/18/99, p.A2)(SFC, 3/17/99, p.A2)
1996        Jun 27, Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli (87), film producer, died. Together with Harry Saltzman, Broccoli produced the James Bond series of films. His forbears in Italy invented the broccoli vegetable by crossing Italian rabe with cauliflower.
    (WP, 6/29/96, p.B6)(MC, 6/27/02)
1996        Jun 27, Mollie Beattie (1947-1996), head of the US Fish and Wildlife Service from 1993, died.
    (WP, 6/29/96, p.B6)
1996        Jun 27, A report from London said that the British Library had acquired Buddhist texts that date back as early as the 2nd cent AD. The texts were believed to be part of the canon of the Sarvastivadin sect, which dominated Gandhara, now north Pakistan and east Afghanistan.
    (SFC, 6/27/96, p.A12)
1996        Jun 27, Gay marriages were legalized in Iceland.
    (SFC, 6/28/96, p.A14)
1996        Jun 27, A report from the World Health Organization said that South Africa has the worst tuberculosis problem in the world and that drug-resistant forms (XDR-TB) of the disease were spreading rapidly.
    (SFC, 6/27/96, p.A12)(Econ, 2/24/07, p.58)
1996        Jun 27, In Turkey thousands of troops poured into northern Iraq and killed dozens of separatist Kurds.
    (SFC, 6/28/96, p.A14)
1996        Jun 27, Ugandans voted for a new parliament. 814 candidates ran as individuals.
    (SFC, 6/28/96, p.A14)

1996        Jun 28, The Citadel voted to admit women, ending a 153-year-old men-only policy at the South Carolina military school.
    (AP, 6/28/97)
1996        Jun 28, General Motors planned to build cars in Silesia, Poland, after the approved creation of a special enterprise zone and a ten-year tax holiday.
    (WSJ, 6/28/96, p.A6)
1996        Jun 28, In the US a federal advisory panel concluded that high doses of standard birth control pills were safe and effective when used as "morning after" pills following unprotected sex.
    (WP, 6/29/96, p.A9)
1996        Jun 28, The 20th Century Fund reported that the American intelligence agencies spend $26 billion a year on machines and less than $3 billion on people to analyze the information collected by the machines.
    (SFC, 6/28/96, p.A8)
1996        Jun 28, A fire in a Portland suburb apartment building killed 8 people. A 12-year-old boy initially hailed as a hero for alerting people to the fire later admitted that he had set the fire.
    (SFC, 8/22/97, p.A7)
1996        Jun 28, Russian troops began to pull out from Chechnya.
    (SFC, 6/29/96, p.A13)
1996        Jun 28, In France immigrants began a hunger strike at St. Bernard’s Church in Paris in protest to new hard-line immigration policies.
    (SFC, 8/13/96, p.A3)
1996        Jun 28, The UN Security Council voted to extend the peacekeeper force in Haiti for 5 more months.
    (SFC, 7/15/96, p.A10)
1996        Jun 28, Pres. Askar Akayev of Kyrgyzstan hoped to develop the Kumtor gold fields with the help of Cameco, a Canadian mining firm out of Saskatchewan.
    (WSJ, 6/28/96, p.A6)
1996        Jun 28-1996 Jun 29, In Libya some 1270 inmates were killed at Tripoli's Abu Salim prison after protesting conditions there. They included more than 200 guards. Libyan enforcer Abdullah Sanussi ordered Gen. Mansur Dao to carry out the execution. Libya opened an investigation in 2009 into the incident. The killings took place amid confrontation between the government and rebels from the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, an Islamist militant group which first announced its existence in 1995. In 2011 revolutionaries found their mass grave after getting information from captured officials and witnesses. The body count was put at 1700.
    (www.hrw.org/en/node/87096/section/9)(Econ, 3/5/11, p.50)(AFP, 9/26/11)(Econ, 9/17/11, p.46)
    (AFP, 6/29/12)
1996        Jun 28, In Mexico a new guerrilla group, The People’s Revolutionary Army (EPR), disrupted a political meeting in the state of Guerrero.
    (SFC, 7/2/96, p.A8)
1996        Jun 28, In Turkey Necmettin Erbakan became the country's 1st Islamic prime minister. His conservative Islamic Welfare Party would have to put together a new coalition government. Erbakan formed a coalition government and served as prime minister until resigning a year later after mounting pressure by secularist military.
    (WP. 6/29/96, p.A1)(AP, 11/4/02)
1996        Jun 28, In the Ukraine Pres. Leonid Kuchma pushed through parliament, called the Rada, a new constitution. It established a clear right to own private property, and Ukrainian as the only state language.
    (WP. 6/29/96, p.A20)
1996        Jun 28, Vietnam’s PM Vo Van Kiet, Party General Secretary Do Muoi and President Le Duc Anh were expected to stay put amidst rumors of leadership changes.
    (WSJ, 6/28/96, p.A6)

1996        Jun 29, U.S. allies backed President Clinton's demand that Bosnian Serb leaders indicted for war crimes be forced "out of power and out of influence."
    (AP, 6/29/97)
1996        Jun 29, "Unlimited Access: an FBI Agent Inside the Clinton White House" by Gary W. Aldrich was recently published.
    (WP, 6/29/96, p.A14)
1996        Jun 29, The Biograph Theater in Washington DC closed after 29 years of classic film repertoire. It lost its lease and the space was scheduled to be turned into a CVS drugstore.
    (WP, 6/29/96, p.F1)
1996        Jun 29, New York businessman B. Thomas Golisano was considering seeking the presidential nomination of Ross Perot’s new Reform Party. Also considering were Ross Perot and Colorado governor Richard D. Lamm.
    (WP, 6/29/96, p.A12)
1996        Jun 29, Dr. Oliver Howe Lowry (b.1911), molecular biologist, died. He found a way to prepare single nerve cells for study, invented a micro-balance and wrote an early paper on the measurement of protein frequently cited in scientific literature.
    (SFC, 7/4/96, p.A20)
1996        Jun 29, A Hutu rebel group in Rwanda, People in Arms for the Liberation of Rwanda (PALIR), has offered a $1,000 bounty for the head of every American killed in Rwanda. A $1,500 bounty was offered for US Ambassador Robert Gribbin. The group was unheard of until earlier this month.
    (SFC, 6/30/96, B7)
1996        Jun 29, In Colombia masked gunmen killed at least 16 people in Medellin. The criminal gang called Los Victorinos feuding with leftist urban militias was suspected.
    (WSJ, 7/1/96, p.A1)

1996        Jun 30, President Clinton paid tribute to the 19 killed and hundreds wounded in the truck bomb attack in Saudi Arabia as he attended memorial services at Eglin Air Force Base and Patrick Air Force Base in Florida.
    (AP, 6/30/97)
1996        Jun 30, Forbes Magazine ranked Bill Gates the richest man in the world with a fortune valued at $18 bil. Warren Buffet, Omaha investor came in second with $15.3 bil. Of the 447 billionaires counted by Forbes, 123 were Asian.
    (SFC, 7/2/96, p.A2)
1996        Jun 30, Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic responded to international pressure to step aside by handing his powers to an equally nationalist deputy.
    (AP, 6/30/97)
1996        Jun 30, In Iceland Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, a left-wing career politician, claimed victory in presidential elections.
    (SFC, 6/30/96, B7)
1996        Jun 30, The Irish Republican Army confirmed that it had fired mortar bombs at a British army base in the German town of Osnabrueck.
    (SFC, 7/2/96, p.A10)
1996        Jun 30, In Turkey a young Kurdish rebel disguised as a pregnant woman blew herself up in the midst of a military ceremony and killed 9 soldiers.
    (SFC, 7/2/96, p.A12)
1996        Jun 30, In Sao Tome and Principe, a 2-island African nation, voters went 41% for incumbent Miguel Trovoada and 39% for former Marxist ruler Manuel Pinto da Costa. A runoff was scheduled for Jul 21.
    (SFC, 7/3/96, p.C3)

1996        Jun, In San Francisco 55 representatives of the world’s religions met for talks on organizing a United Religions.
    (SFEC, 6/22/97, Z1 p.3)
1996        Jun, Massachusetts passed a first-in-the-nation law to stop doing business with companies that operate in Burma.
    (SFC, 7/5/96, p.A12)
1996        Jun, It was reported that Seagram Co. had begun running TV ads and would later run radio ads. Liquor makers had agreed voluntarily to stop advertising on radio in 1936. TV advertising was halted in 1948.
    (SFC, 10/19/96, D1)
1996        Jun, Millions of mayflies invaded Toledo, Ohio, and caused a massive power blackout when they smothered an electrical generation plant.
    (SFC, 6/29/96, p.C1)
1996        Jun, The Warner Bros. Museum in Burbank, Ca., opened.
    (SFC, 7/9/96, p.B4)
1996        Jun, Steve Allen was awarded a lifetime achievement award "for cultivating the public appreciation of critical thinking and science" by the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal.
    (SFC, 8/29/96, p.B3)
1996        Jun, Ken Wise of the Univ. of Michigan was awarded the Discover Magazine’s Award for Technological Innovation with his development of neural probes so tiny that they could stimulate or record signals from single nerve cells in the brain.
    (MT, Fall ‘96, p.19)
1996        Jun, Canada’s unemployment rate jumped to 10%.
    (WSJ, 7/8/96, p.A4)
1996        Jun, In Beijing 4 young residents published "China Can Say No." It was very nationalistic and soon became a best seller with a strident anti-American stance.
    (WSJ, 9/19/96, p.A16)
1996        Jun, In mid 1996 Gen'l. Ji Shengde, chief of Chinese military intelligence, ordered $300,000 to be deposited in his bank account to subsidize secret contributions to help re-elect Pres. Clinton. This information was later told to US federal investigators by Democratic donor Johnny Chung.
    (SFC, 4/17/99, p.A4)
1996        Jun, Finland’s latest unemployment rate was 16.7%.
    (SFC, 6/9/96, Par, p.9)
1996        Jun, In India torrential rains flooded 400 villages in the state of Rajasthan. Up to 500 people have died in the monsoon season.
    (SFC, 6/29/96, p.C1)
1996        Jun, In Iraq there was a coup attempt against Pres. Saddam Hussein. This coincided with the placement of 9 covert CIA operators on a weapons inspection team seeking to examine compounds maintained by the Republican Guards.
    (SFC, 2/23/99, p.A9)
1996        Jun, In Israel Netanyahu promised the Orthodox that his government would pass legislation affirming that only Orthodox rabbis can perform conversions in Israel.
    (SFC,10/15/97, p.C2)
1996        Jun, Yaron Ungar, an American citizen, and his Israeli wife, Efrat, were killed as they drove home from a wedding in Israel. In 2003 a US federal judge ruled the Palestinian militant group Hamas must pay more than $116 million for murdering two Jewish settlers near the West Bank seven years ago. The lawsuit was filed in 2000 by David Strachman, a Providence attorney designated by an Israeli court to manage their estate.
    (AP, 7/3/03)
1996        Jun, In Japan the Diet gave approval to set up a government council to formulate a proposal for a new location for the nation’s capital.
    (WSJ, 9/24/96, p.B12)
1996        Jun, In Lithuania a free trade agreement was signed with Poland. An agreement was already completed with Slovenia and talks were to begin soon with Hungary.
    (DrEE, 9/21/96, p.1)
1996        Jun, In Mexico near Alamos in southern Sonora state the 225,000-acre Sierra de Alamos-Rio Cuchujaqui Flora and Fauna Protected Area was established.
    (NH, 4/97, p.38)
1996        cJun, In Northern Ireland Billy Wright, while in prison, was expelled from the Ulster Volunteer Force for refusing to recognize a cease fire. He formed the Loyalist Volunteer Force which went on to kill 3 Catholics in 1997.
    (SFEC,12/28/97, p.A10)
1996        Jun, The Vietnamese trade deficit for the first half of the year was projected to total $1.77 bil.
    (WSJ, 6/4/96, p.A18)

1996        Jun-Jul, In Kazakhstan swarms of locusts threatened 2 million acres of farmland in the Atyrauz and Kokchetav regions and along the Caspian Sea.
    (SFC, 6/29/96, p.C1)

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