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575        Jun 2, Benedict I began his reign as Catholic Pope.
    (SC, 6/2/02)

657        Jun 2, St. Eugene I ended his reign as Catholic Pope.
    (SC, 6/2/02)

1537        Jun 2, Pope Paul III banned the enslavement of Indians in the New World.
    (HN, 6/2/99)

1731        Jun 2, Martha Dandridge, the first First Lady of the United States, was born. Widow of Daniel Park Custis, she married George Washington in 1759.
    (HN, 6/2/00)

1740        Jun 2, Donatien Alphonse Francois, writer, Marquis de Sade, was born in Paris. He was the French nobleman who was imprisoned for holding orgies in which he whipped and sodomized prostitutes. He wrote “The 120 Days of Sodom" and “Justine." In 1998 Francine du Plessix Gray authored “At Home With the Marquis de Sade."
    (http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Atrium/3539/)
    (WUD, 1994, p.1259)(WSJ, 2/7/96, p.A-12)(WSJ, 11/5/98, p.A20)(WSJ, 2/7/96, p.A-12)(HN, 6/2/99)

1774        Jun 2, The Quartering Act, requiring American colonists to allow British soldiers into their houses, was reenacted.
    (HN, 6/2/98)

1793        Jun 2, Maximillian Robespierre, a member of France’s Committee on Public Safety, initiated the "Reign of Terror," a purge of those suspected of treason against the French Republic. Months of the Great Terror, followed the Revolution in France as thousands died beneath the guillotine.
    (V.D.-H.K.p.231)(HN, 6/2/98)

1797        Jun 2, 1st ascent of "Great Mountain" (4,622') in Adirondack, NY, was by C. Broadhead.
    (SC, 6/2/02)

1818        Jun 2, The British army defeated the Maratha alliance in Bombay, India.
    (HN, 6/2/98)

1821        Jun 2, Ion Bratianu (Lib), premier of Romania (1876-88), was born.
    (SC, 6/2/02)

1834        Jun 2, The 5th national black convention met in NYC.
    (SC, 6/2/02)

1835        Jun 2, St. Pius X, 257th Roman Catholic pope (1903-14), was born.
    (SC, 6/2/02)
1835        Jun 2, P.T. Barnum and his circus began 1st tour of US.
    (SC, 6/2/02)

1840        Jun 2, Thomas Hardy, English novelist and poet, was born in Higher Bockhampton and almost given up for dead until an observant midwife noticed he was breathing. He was driven by a sense of somber doom by the failure of his readers to wake up to the dreary fraud of their beliefs, and he devoted the last half of his long life to writing poems that expressed his haunted vision. When Hardy died (1928) his heart was removed and buried in the churchyard of St. Michael’s in Stinsford in the grave of his first wife, Emma, and his second wife, Florence. His ashes were buried in the Poet’s Corner of Westminster Abbey in London. His work included "Tess of D'Ubervilles" and "Jude the Obscure."
    (SFC, 12/4/94, p. T-4)(V.D.-H.K.p.279)(HN, 6/2/99)

1851        Jun 2, Maine became the first state to enact a law prohibiting alcohol. By the Civil War 13 Northern states had bans on alcohol sales. In 1998 Thomas R. Pegram authored "Battling Demon Rum," a history of anti-alcohol movements in the US. Crusader and entrepreneur Neal Dow had led the push to ban alcohol.
    (AP, 6/2/97)(WSJ, 10/5/98, p.A28)    (SSFC, 12/15/13, p.A19)

1857        Jun 2, Edward Elgar Broadheath, English composer (Pomp & Circumstance), was born in Worcester, England.
    (AP, 6/2/07)
1857        Jun 2, Karl Gjellerup, poet, novelist (Nobel 1917), was born in Denmark.
    (SC, 6/2/02)
1857        Jun 2, James Gibbs of Virginia patented a chain-stitch single-thread sewing machine.
    (SC, 6/2/02)

1858        Jun 2, Donati Comet was 1st seen and named after its discoverer.
    (SC, 6/2/02)

1859        Jun 2, French forces crossed the Ticino River, the last natural barrier between themselves and Milan with the Austrians in retreat.
    (HN, 6/2/00)

1863        Jun 2, Felix Weingartner, conductor (Zara, Dalmatia), was born in Germany.
    (SC, 6/2/02)

1864        Jun 2, This was day 2 in the US Civil War Battle of Cold Harbor.
    (SC, 6/2/02)
1864        Jun 2, The Circassian-Russian war, begun in 1763, ended. It left about a million Circassians of the northwest Caucasus dead. Historians in general agree on the figure of some 500,000 inhabitants of the highland Caucasus being deported by Russia in the 1860s. A large fraction of them died in transit from disease.
    (Econ, 5/26/12, p.61)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian%E2%80%93Circassian_War)

1865        Jun 2, At Galveston, Confederate General Kirby-Smith surrendered the Trans-Mississippi Department to Northern Forces.
    (HN, 6/2/98)

1866        Jun 2, Renegade Irish Fenians surrendered to US forces.
    (SC, 6/2/02)

1875        Jun 2, James A. Healy, the 1st black Roman Catholic bishop in the US, was consecrated in Portland, Maine.
    (www.portlanddiocese.net/info.php?info_id=132)
1875        Jun 2, Alexander Graham Bell made his 1st complex sound transmission.
    (ON, 1/03, p.2)

1882        Jun 2, Giuseppi Garibaldi (b.1807), Italian rebel leader, died. His autobiography was published in 1889. In 2007 Lucy Riall authored “Garibaldi: Invention of a Hero."
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giuseppe_Garibaldi)(Econ, 5/26/07, p.98)

1883        Jun 2, The first baseball game under electric lights was played in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
    (HN, 6/2/98)
1883        Jun 2, Chicago's "El" opened to traffic.
    (SC, 6/2/02)
1883        Jun 2, Four gentlemen departed London on velocipedes and spent the next 2 weeks bicycling 800 miles to John O’Grouts in Scotland.
    (ON, 1/00, p.5)

1886        Jun 2, President Cleveland married Frances Folsom in a White House ceremony. Cleveland's bride, Frances Folsom, was the 22-year-old daughter of Cleveland's late law partner and friend, Oscar Folsom. The intimate wedding ceremony took place in the White House Blue Room with fewer than 40 people present. (To date, Cleveland is the only president to marry in the Executive Mansion while in office.)
    (AP, 6/2/97)(WSJ, 9/23/97, p.A1)(HNQ, 6/2/98)

1890        Jun 2, Hedda Hopper, gossip columnist (From Under My Hat), was born.
    (SC, 6/2/02)

1897        Jun 2, Responding to rumors that he was dying or perhaps even dead, humorist Mark Twain, 61, was quoted by the New York Journal in London as saying that "the report of my death was an exaggeration."
    (AP, 6/2/97)

1898        Jun 2, Dr. Paul-Louis Simond discovered the connections between rats, fleas and humans in the transmittance of the Plague in Bombay, India.
    (NG, 5/88, p.678)

1899        Jun 2, Black Americans observed a day of fasting to protest lynchings.
    (SC, 6/2/02)

1901        Jun 2, Michael Todd, producer (Around the World in 80 Days), was born.
    (SC, 6/2/02)

1902        Jun 2, 2nd statewide initiative and referendum law was adopted in Oregon.
    (SC, 6/2/02)

1903        Jun 2, Robert Morris Page, physicist, inventor of pulse radar, was born.
    (HN, 6/2/01)

1904        Jun 2, Johnny Weissmuller, American gold-winning Olympic swimmer (1924), was born. He portrayed Tarzan in the movies.
    (HN, 6/2/99)(SC, 6/2/02)
   
1910        Jun 2, Charles Stewart Rolls, one of the founders of Rolls-Royce, becomes the first man to fly an airplane nonstop across the English Channel both ways. Tragically, he became Britain's first aircraft fatality the following month when his biplane broke up in midair.
    (HN, 6/2/00)
1910        Jun 2, Pygmies were discovered in Dutch New Guinea (Papua).
    (SC, 6/2/02)

1913        Jun 2, Bert Farber, orchestra leader (Arthur Godfrey, Vic Damone), was born in Brooklyn, NY.
    (SC, 6/2/02)
1913        Jun 2, Barbara Pym (Mary Crampton), English novelist (Less Than Angels, Quartet in Autumn), was born.
    (HN, 6/2/01)
1913        Jun 2, The 1st strike settlement mediated by US Dep't of Labor for the RR clerks.
    (SC, 6/2/02)

1914        Jun 2, Glenn Curtiss flew his Langley Aerodrome.
    (SC, 6/2/02)

1917        Jun 2, Max Showalter, actor, composer (Stockard Channing Show), was born in Caldwell, Ks.
    (SC, 6/2/02)

1919        Jun 2, There were coordinated bombings in Washington, DC, and 6 other cities. Militant followers of anarchist Luigi Galleani were blamed. A campaign this month involved 8 bombs that killed several people including an anarchist.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1919_United_States_anarchist_bombings)(Econ, 11/6/10, p.74)

1924        Jun 2, Congress granted U.S. citizenship to all American Indians. The Snyder Act Granted full citizenship to all Native Americans born in the U.S.
    (AP, 6/2/97)(HN, 6/2/98)(HNQ, 3/1/99)

1925        Jun 2, NY Yankee Lou Gehrig began his 2,130 consecutive game streak.
    (SC, 6/2/02)

1926        Jun 2, Milo O'Shea, actor (Barbarella, Romeo & Juliet), was born.
    (SC, 6/2/02)

1927        Jun 2, Phillip Burton, historian (Vanishing Eagles), was born.
    (SC, 6/2/02)

1928        Jun 2, Nationalist Chiang Kai-shek captured Peking, China, in a bloodless takeover.
    (HN, 6/2/98)

1930        Jun 2, Charles Conrad (d.1999), astronaut, was born in Philadelphia. He walked on the moon during the Apollo XII mission in 1969.
    (SFC, 7/9/99, p.A6)
1930        Jun 2, Sarah Dickson became the 1st woman Presbyterian elder in US in Cincinnati.
    (SC, 6/2/02)

1932        Jun 2, Sammy Turner, singer (Lavender Blue Moods), was born in Patterson, NJ.
    (SC, 6/2/02)
1932        Jun 2, George W. Perry (19), a Georgia farmer, caught a record 22-pound, 4-ounce largemouth bass with a Chubb Wiggle Fish lure. The record still stood in 2001.
    (WSJ, 5/18/01, p.A1)

1933        Jun 2, Bob Rozario, orchestra leader (Tony Orlando, Marie), was born in Shanghai, China.
    (SC, 6/2/02)

1934        Jun 2, Sunny Jim Rolph (b.1869), former mayor of SF (1912-1931) and Governor of California (1931-1934), died. He lived at his home at 288 San Jose Ave. in the Mission throughout his life.
    (SFEC, 4/25/99, Z1 p.5)(SSFC, 5/31/09, DB p.50)

1936        Jun 2, Sally Kellerman, actress (M*A*S*H, Back to School), was born in Long Beach, Cal.
    (SC, 6/2/02)
1936        Jun 2, Gen'l. Anastasio Somoza took over as dictator of Nicaragua.
    (SC, 6/2/02)

1940        Jun 2, Constantine II, the deposed king of Greece (-1967), was born.
    (SC, 6/2/02)
1940        Jun 2, Britain’s Operation Dynamo save 26,256 men from Dunkirk.
    (ON, 8/12, p.4)

1941        Jun 2, William Guest, singer (Gladys Knight Show), was born in Atlanta, Ga.
    (SC, 6/2/02)
1941        Jun 2, Stacy Keach, actor (Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer), was born in Savannah, Ga.
    (SC, 6/2/02)
1941        Jun 2, Charlie Watts, drummer (Rolling Stones-Brown Sugar), was born.
    (SC, 6/2/02)
1941        Jun 2, Baseball’s "Iron Horse," Lou Gehrig, died in New York of a degenerative disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 37. The best book on Gehrig is "Iron Horse" by Ray Robinson. In 2005 Jonathan Eig authored “Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig."
    (AP, 6/2/97)(Econ, 5/7/05, p.79)

1942        Jun 2, The American aircraft carriers Enterprise, Hornet and Yorktown moved into their battle positions for the Battle of Midway.
    (HN, 6/2/99)

1943        Jun 2, Charles Haid, actor (Hill St Blues, Altered States), was born in SF, Ca.
    (SC, 6/2/02)
1943        Jun 2, 99th Pursuit Squadron flew its 1st combat mission over Italy.
    (SC, 6/2/02)

1944        Jun 2, Marvin Hamlisch, US composer, pianist (The Sting, Chorus Line), was born.
    (SC, 6/2/02)
1944        Jun 2, Allied "shuttle bombing" of Germany began, with bombers departing from Italy and landing in the Soviet Union.
    (HN, 6/2/98)

1946        Jun 2, The Italian monarchy was abolished by referendum in favor of a republic.
    (AP, 6/2/97)(HN, 6/2/98)

1948        Jun 2, Albert Innaurato, playwright, director (Age in Soho), was born in Phila.
    (SC, 6/2/02)
1948        Jun 2, Jerry Mathers, actor (Beaver-Leave It To Beaver), was born in Sioux City, Iowa.
    (SC, 6/2/02)
1948        Jun 2, Jamaican-born track star Herb McKenley set a new world record for the 400 yard dash.
    (HN, 6/2/00)

1949        Jun 2, Transjordan was renamed the Hashemite Kingdom Jordan.
    (TOH, 1982, p.1949)(SC, 6/2/02)

1950        Jun 2, Joanna Gleason, actress (Morgan-Hello Larry), was born in Toronto, Canada.
    (SC, 6/2/02)

1952        Jun 2, The US Supreme Court ruled in favor of steelworkers, who then began a 53-day walkout demanding wage and benefit increases.
    (SFC, 4/9/09, p.B2)
1952        Jun 2, Philosopher John Dewey died at age 92.
    (MT, Fall. ‘97, p.19)

1953        Jun 2, Queen Elizabeth II of Britain was crowned in Westminster Abbey, 16 months after the death of her father, King George VI.
    (TMC, 1994, p.1953)(WUD, 1994, p.1684)(AP, 6/2/97)

1954        Jun 2, Senator Joseph McCarthy charged that there are communists working in the CIA and atomic weapons plants.
    (HN, 6/2/98)

1955        Jun 2, Dana Carvey, comedian (Sat Night Live-Church Lady, George Bush), was born.
    (SC, 6/2/02)
1955        Jun 2, Garry Grimes, actor (Summer of '42, Class of '44), was born in SF.
    (SC, 6/2/02)

1959        Jun 2, Allen Ginsberg wrote his poem "Lysergic Acid," in SF.
    (SC, 6/2/02)

1961        Jun 2, George S. Kaufman (72), playwright, director, Pulitzer prize winner, died.
    (SC, 6/2/02)

1962        Jun 2, Vita Sackville-West (b.1892), English poet, novelist and gardener, died. She helped create her own gardens in Sissinghurst, Kent. She was famous for her exuberant aristocratic life, her strong marriage, and her passionate affairs with women like novelist Virginia Woolf. Her son Nigel gave her estate to the National Trust, a conservation charity. In 2008 Adam Nicolson authored “Sissinghurst: An Unfinished History."
    (Econ, 10/04/08, p.91)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vita_Sackville-West)

1964        Jun 2, Rolling Stones made their 1st US concert tour debut in Lynn, Mass.
    (SC, 6/2/02)

1965        Jun 2, The 2nd of 2 cyclones in less than a month killed 35,000 along the Ganges River in India.
    (SC, 6/2/02)

1966        Jun 2, The U.S. space probe Surveyor 1 landed on the moon in Oceanus Procellarum and began transmitting detailed photographs of the lunar surface.
    (AP, 6/2/97)(SC, 6/2/02)

1967        Jun 2, Race riots took place in the Roxbury section of Boston.
    (http://ksgaccman.harvard.edu/hotc/DisplayPlace.asp?id=11607)
1967        Jun 2, Zamah Cunningham (b.1892), actress, died. Her films included “Here Come the Girls" (1953).
    (http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0192476/)
1967        Jun 2, In Germany Benno Ohnesorg, a newly wed student of literature, was shot in the back of the head during a protest in West Berlin against the visiting shah of Iran. Police officer Karl-Heinz Kurras, who claimed he was threatened by knife-wielding protesters, was acquitted of manslaughter charges on Nov 23. The led to the formation of the Red Army Faction, also known as the Baader-Meinhof gang. In 2009 Kurras was found to have been a long-time agent of East Germany’s secret police, the Stasi.
    (Econ, 5/30/09, p.52)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gudrun_Ensslin)

1969        Jun 2, Australian aircraft carrier Melbourne sliced the destroyer USS Frank E. Evans in half during NATO maneuvers off the shore of South Vietnam. 74 US sailors were killed.
    (HN, 6/2/98)(SFC, 6/19/08, p.B5)

1970        Jun 2, Har Gobind Khorana (1922-1993), Indian-American chemist at the Univ. of Wisconsin, announced the synthesis of the 1st artificial gene.
    (www.super70s.com/Super70s/Timeline/1970/)(www.answers.com/topic/har-gobind-khorana)

1972        Jun 2, Dion & the Belmonts held a reunion concert at Madison Square Garden.
    (www.softshoe-slim.com/lists/d/dion.html)
1972        Jun 2, Pres. Nixon in discussion with aide Charles Colson said: We want to decimate the god-damned place… North Vietnam is going to get reordered… it’s about time. It’s what should have been done years ago."
    (SFC, 3/1/02, p.A3)

1974        Jun 2, Jigme Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck (18) was crowned king of Bhutan.
    (www.worldwhoswho.com)

1975        Jun 2, Vice President Nelson Rockefeller said his commission had found no widespread pattern of illegal activities at the Central Intelligence Agency.
    (AP, 6/2/97)

1976        Jun 2, Gen’l. Juan Jose Torres (b.1920), ousted as president of Bolivia in 1971, was kidnapped by a death squad in Argentina and killed. He was a victim of the Condor Plan, a South American military pact between Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile and Paraguay to exchange intelligence information and help each other hunt down suspected leftists.
    (SFC, 11/23/99, p.A16)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juan_Jos%C3%A9_Torres)
1976         Jun 2, Great-Britain & Iceland terminated their codfish war. It was agreed that only 24 British vessels would be allowed in the 200 mile zone and four conservation areas would be completely closed to the British.
    (www.kwintessential.co.uk/articles/article/Iceland/Cod-War-in-Iceland/527)
1976        Jun 2, Alan Dewitt (b.1921), film and TV actor, died.
    (www.imdb.com/name/nm0223195/)

1977        Jun 2, New Jersey Gov. Brendan T. Byrne signed a law allowing casino gambling in Atlantic City.
    (http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=3864697)
1977        Jun 2, Forrest Lewis (b.1899), American TV and film actor, died.
    (www.imdb.com/name/nm0507189/)

1979        Jun 2, Pope John Paul II, formerly Cardinal Karol Wojtyla of Warsaw, arrived in his native Poland on the first visit by a pope to a Communist country.
    (SFC, 11/20/96, p.C1)(SFEC, 6/1/97, p.D1)(AP, 6/2/97)
1979        Jun 2, Jim Hutton (b.1934), TV and screen actor, died. In the early 1970s Hutton began working almost exclusively in television and played the title role of Ellery Queen in the 1975 made-for-television movie that led to the 1975-76 television series Ellery Queen.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Hutton)

1983        Jun 2, A toilet caught fire on Air Canada's DC-9 and 23 died at Cincinnati.
    (www.ntsb.gov/Speeches/former/hall/jh980602.htm)

1984        Jun 2, B.A. Skiff discovered asteroid #3617.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B._A._Skiff)

1986        Jun 2, For the first time, the public could watch the proceedings of the U.S. Senate on television as a six-week experiment of televised sessions began.
    (AP, 6/2/02)
1986        Jun 2, NYC transit system issued a new brass with steel bull’s-eye token.
    (SC, 6/2/02)

1987        Jun 2, President Reagan announced he was nominating economist Alan Greenspan to succeed Paul Volcker as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board.
    (AP, 6/2/97)
1987        Jun 2, Georges Doriot (b.1899), a French-born Harvard professor, died in Boston. In 1946 he took public his American Research & Development (ARD) company. In 2008 Spencer E. Ante authored “Creative Capital: Georges Doriot and the Birth of Venture Capital."
    (WSJ, 5/21/08, p.A17)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georges_Doriot)
1987        Jun 2, Sammy Kaye (b.1910), orchestra leader (Sammy Kaye Show), died of cancer in New Jersey.
    (www.parabrisas.com/d_kayes.php)

1988        Jun 2, The publishers of Consumer Reports magazine called for a ban on the Suzuki Samurai, a popular sport utility vehicle that the magazine said tended to roll over in sudden turns; American Suzuki Motor Corporation defended the vehicle as safe.
    (AP, 6/2/98)
1988        Jun 2, San Francisco’s St. Ignatius College Preparatory School announced plans to accept young women beginning in the Fall of 1999.
    (SSFC, 6/2/13, DB p.46)
1988        Jun 2, Horace A. Hildreth (b.1901), former governor of Maine (1945-49), died.
    (http://politicalgraveyard.com/bio/higginson-hilger.html)

1989        Jun 2, President Bush returned from a European trip, calling it "a triumph of hope" for a world moving beyond the Cold War.
    (AP, 6/2/99)
1989        Jun 2, 10,000 Chinese soldiers were blocked by 100,000 citizens protecting students demonstrating for democracy in Tiananmen Square, Beijing
    (HN, 6/2/99)
1989        Jun 2, Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan told a joint session of the US Congress that Pakistan does not have nuclear weapons.
    (SFC, 11/6/96, p.A21)

1990        Jun 2, On the third day of their Washington summit, President Bush and Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev held informal talks at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland.
    (AP, 6/2/00)
1990        Jun 2, Jack Gilford (b.1908), comedic actor (Cocoon II), died of stomach cancer.
    (www.imdb.com/name/nm0318527/)
1990        Jun 2, Sir Rex Harrison (82), actor (My Fair Lady), died in New York.
    (AP, 6/2/00)
1990        Jun 2, Frederick Mellinger (76), founder of Fredericks of Hollywood, died.
    (www.deadoraliveinfo.com/dead.nsf/mnames-nf/Mellinger+Frederick)

1991        Jun 2, “The Will Rogers Follies" won best musical at Broadway’s Tony Awards; “Lost in Yonkers" was named best play.
    (AP, 6/2/01)
1991        Jun 2, Pope John Paul the Second, on a pilgrimage to his native Poland, visited the town of Przemysl, less than ten miles from the Soviet border; an estimated 10,000 Ukrainians crossed into Poland to see the pontiff.
    (AP, 6/2/01)

1992        Jun 2, Bill Clinton officially clinched the Democratic presidential nomination as he won the six final primaries of the campaign.
    (AP, 6/2/97)
1992        Jun 2, In California, Democrats Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer were nominated to twin U.S. Senate seats. California became the first state to have 2 women in the US Senate.
    (AP, 6/2/97)(SFC, 12/24/99, p.A19)
1992        Jun 2, Danish voters rejected the Maastricht union treaty.
    (AP, 6/2/97)

1993        Jun 2, South Africa's Supreme Court upheld Winnie Mandela's conviction for kidnapping four young blacks, but said she would not have to serve her five-year prison term.
    (AP, 6/2/98)

1994        Jun 2, The International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN atomic watchdog, reported it could no longer verify the status of North Korea's nuclear program, prompting the United States to seek economic sanctions.
    (AP, 6/2/99)
1994        Jun 2, President Clinton met at the Vatican with Pope John Paul II.
    (AP, 6/2/99)

1995        Jun 2, A US Air Force F-16C was shot down by a Bosnian Serb surface-to-air missile while on a NATO air patrol in northern Bosnia; the pilot, Captain Scott F. O’Grady, was rescued six days later.
    (AP, 6/2/00)

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 Thailand Bangkok 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)

1997        Jun 2, Timothy McVeigh was convicted on 11 counts in the Apr 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. McVeigh was executed in June 2001.
    (SFC, 6/3/97, p.A1)(SFC,12/24/97, p.A4)(AP, 6/2/07)
1997        Jun 2, The NASDAQ Stock Exchange began trading in 1/16th-point increments.
    (WSJ, 5/30/97, p.C1)
1997        Jun 2, A federal election on this date was called by Prime Minister Jean Chretien. He called for a mandate to decide Canada’s priorities now that the federal deficit was tamed. Voters returned Chretien and his centrist Liberal Party to power with a slight parliamentary majority.
    (SFC, 4/28/97, p.10)(SFC, 6/3/97, p.A8)
1997        Jun 2, Conservative President Jacques Chirac of France, forced to share power with Socialists who had routed his party in national elections, handed the premiership to former opposition leader Lionel Jospin.
    (SFC, 6/3/97, p.A12)(AP, 6/2/98)
1997        Jun 2, Nigerian naval vessels opened fire on Sierra Leone. Ships, planes and troops went action against the rebels in Freetown.
    (SFC, 6/2/97, p.A8)(SFC, 6/3/97, p.A8)

1998        Jun 2, California Prop. 227 was a state ballot measure that would ban bilingual education. Prop. 226 made it more difficult for unions to use member dues for political purposes. Prop. 227 won with 61% support and effectively abolished the state's 30-year-old bilingual education program by requiring that all children be taught in English. Prop. 226 lost by a 53% margin. Gray Davis won the Democratic nomination for governor. He was to face Dan Lungren in the fall. Jerry Brown (60) won the election for Mayor of Oakland.
    (SFC, 4/27/98, p.A1)(SFC, 5/9/98, p.A22)(SFC, 6/3/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 6/4/98, p.A1)
    (AP, 6/2/99)
1998        Jun 2, Monica Lewinsky hired a new defense team, Jacob Stein and Plato Cacheris, replacing William H. Ginsburg as her lead attorney.
    (AP, 6/2/99)
1998        Jun 2, In Florida Bishop J. Keith Symons (65) announced his resignation as head of the Palm Beach diocese after admitting that he molested 5 boys early in his career. Bishop Robert N. Lynch was named as temp. administrator over the 200,000 Catholics in the 5-county diocese.
    (SFC, 6/3/98, p.A3)
1998        Jun 2, Space Shuttle Discovery was launched and it planned to pick up astronaut Andrew Thomas from the Mir space station.
    (WSJ, 6/3/98, p.A1)
1998        Jun 2, Royal Caribbean Cruises admitted to routinely dumping oily waste into the Caribbean and agreed to pay a fine of $9 million. It was estimated that 80% of the oil pollution in the world’s seas was caused by routing dumping by ships of all sorts.
    (SFC, 6/3/98, p.A6)
1998        Jun 2, In Burma 26 farmers were gunned down near Murng-Kerng.
    (SFC, 8/8/98, p.A12)
1998        Jun 2, In Mexico the military leader of an anti-narcotics investigation was kidnapped and beaten by henchmen of Ramon Alcides Magana, aka El Metro. At the same time his office was robbed of evidence linking Yucatan Gov. Mario Villanueva Madrid to El Metro.
    (SFC, 12/14/98, p.C2)
1998        Jun 2, In Russia Yeltsin held a meeting with the country’s most powerful business leaders and urged them to help keep investors from fleeing. Russian stocks rose 12%.
    (SFC, 6/3/98, p.A12)

1999        Jun 2, President Clinton met at the Vatican with Pope John Paul II.
    (AP, 6/2/04)
1999        Jun 2, The International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N. atomic watchdog, reported it could no longer verify the status of North Korea's nuclear program, prompting the United States to seek economic sanctions.
    (AP, 6/2/04)
1999        Jun 2, American Indians filed a class action law suit against the major tobacco companies charging that they were excluded from the $206 billion settlement reached with 46 states last November.
    (SFC, 6/4/99, p.A18)
1999        Jun 2, The EU ordered that a vast array of Belgian products be withdrawn from sale and destroyed due to a fear of dioxin-poisoning in chickens and eggs.
    (SFC, 6/3/99, p.A13)
1999        Jun 2, In France a conductor, Eric Douet (39), died one day after being beaten in a confrontation with 2 peddlers illegally selling goods at a Metro station in Paris. His death caused transport workers to go on strike.
    (SFC, 6/3/99, p.C4)
1999        Jun 2, In Japan the government agreed to make the birth control pill available by prescription.
    (SFC, 6/3/99, p.A13)
1999        Jun 2, In Kashmir Islamic guerrillas rejected India's offer of safe passage out of the battle zone.
    (SFC, 6/3/99, p.C4)
1999        Jun 2, In Nigeria troops were deployed to the Niger Delta where the death toll from tribal clashes had reached 200 after 4 days.
    (SFC, 6/3/99, p.C4)
1999        Jun 2, Palestinian leaders said they would not resume peace talks unless settlement expansion in the West Bank and Gaza is frozen.
    (SFC, 6/3/99, p.A13)
1999        Jun 2, In South Africa Pres. Mandela set this date for elections. Thabo Mbeki, the deputy of Pres. Mandela, was expected to win. The ANC headed for victory with 62.2% support after half the votes were counted. The final count showed a 65.7% win. The Congress Party trailed a rival black party in KwaZulu-Natal province. The ANC won 266 seats, one shy of a two-third majority. Retiring president Nelson Mandela was succeeded by Thabo Mbeki.
    (SFC, 3/4/99, p.C3)(SFC, 6/3/99, p.A12)(SFC, 6/4/99, p.D2)(SFC, 6/7/99, p.A11)(SFC, 6/8/99, p.A12)(AP, 6/2/00)
1999        Jun 2, The World Court rejected Yugoslavia's contention that NATO bombing was unlawful and that the Western alliance was committing genocide. The court also refused to call for a cessation of hostilities.
    (SFC, 6/3/99, p.A12)

2000        Jun 2, President Clinton, visiting Germany, was honored with the prestigious International Charlemagne Prize at Aachen Cathedral.
    (AP, 6/2/01)
2000        Jun 2, In Olathe, Kansas, John Edward Robinson was arrested on sexual assault charges. 2 female bodies were found on his property in La Cygne, Kansas, the next day and 3 more 2 days later in 55-gallon drums in a storage locker in Missouri. 3 of the women were identified as Beverly Bonner (49), who disappeared in 1994, Suzette Marie Trouten (28), and Izabela Lewicka (22). Another 6 missing women were linked to Robinson. In July Robinson was charged in connection with the death of Lisa Stasi, who disappeared in 1985. In 2003 Robinson pleaded guilty to another 5 murders in Missouri.
    (SFC, 6/7/00, p.A10)(SFC, 6/16/00, p.A9)(SFC, 7/29/00, p.A7)(ST, 10/17/03, p.A7)
2000        Jun 2, In Kashmir an explosive device killed at least 11 people in Gundqasim during Shiite Muslim religious services.
    (SFC, 6/3/00, p.A12)
2000        Jun 2, In Kosovo 2 Serb villagers were killed when their vehicle drove over a land mine near Pristina. A mother and her 2 children were injured.
    (SFC, 6/3/00, p.A12)
2000        Jun 2, In Peru a truck leaving the Yanacocha gold mine leaked 330 pounds of liquid mercury. Local residents soon suffered mercury poisoning. A legal suit against Denver-based Newmont Mining moved forward in 2005.
    (SFC, 3/14/05, p.A1)
2000        Jun 2, In the Philippines over 30 Moro rebels were killed along with one government soldier in North Cotabato province.
    (SFC, 6/3/00, p.A12)
2000        Jun 2, In Turkey delegates in Istanbul from over 150 nations concluded the latest World Radio-communication Conference. They agreed to reserve 3 blocks of airwaves for advanced services such as wireless Internet access.
    (SFC, 6/3/00, p.B1)

2001        Jun 2, Imogene Coca (b.1908), co-star with Sid Caesar of the 1950s "Your Show of Shows" TV program, died at age 92 in Westport, Conn.
    (SSFC, 6/3/01, p.A29)(NW, 12/31/01, p.108)
2001        Jun 2, In the West Bank Yasser Arafat announced that he would make every effort to bring about an unconditional cease-fire.
    (SSFC, 6/3/01, p.A1)
2001        Jun 2, In Colombia the government and FARC guerrillas agreed to swap sick prisoners followed later by a swap of healthy prisoners.
    (SSFC, 6/3/01, p.A16)
2001        Jun 2, Nepal's Crown Prince Dipendra, on life support after killing at least eight members of the royal family, including his parents, before turning the gun on himself, was named king by Nepal's State Council.
    (AP, 6/2/02)
2001        Jun 2, In the Philippines government forces engaged Muslim separatists at Lamitan on Basilan Island. At least 12 soldiers were killed in 2 days of fighting. New hostages were reported taken. It was later reported that army officers accepted bribes to allow Abu Sayyaf rebels to escape.
    (SFC, 6/2/01, p.A8)(SSFC, 6/3/01, p.A16)(SFC, 8/25/01, p.A9)

2002        Jun 2, "Thoroughly Modern Millie" won six Tony Awards, including best musical.
    (AP, 6/2/03)
2002        Jun 2, HBO’s first season of 'The Wire' began with a pilot episode titled “The Target." The series concentrated on the often-futile efforts of police to infiltrate a West Baltimore drug ring headed by Avon Barksdale and his lieutenant, Stringer Bell.
    (www.hbo.com/thewire/about/)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Target_(The_Wire_episode))
2002        Jun 2, American journalist and columnist Flora Lewis died in Paris at age 79.
    (AP, 6/2/03)
2002        Jun 2, A fire broke out at Buckingham Palace, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of people and marring the four-day celebration of Queen Elizabeth's 50 years on the throne.
    (AP, 6/2/03)
2002        Jun 2, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat offered Cabinet posts to Hamas and other militant groups as part of his government reshuffle.
    (SFC, 6/3/02, p.A1)
2002        Jun 2, About 72% of Swiss voters approved a measure permitting abortions in the 1st 12 weeks of pregnancy.
    (SFC, 6/3/02, p.A6)
2002        Jun 2, It was reported that atrazine, a commonly used herbicide made by Sygenta AG of Switzerland, had been linked to cancer in humans and deformities in frogs. US farmers sprayed over 60 million pounds of it each year.
    (SSFC, 6/2/02, p.A3)(NH, 10/02, p.56)

2003        Jun 2, President Bush, visiting the Middle East, pledged to work unstintingly for the goal of Israel and a Palestinian state living side by side without bloodshed.
    (AP, 6/2/04)
2003        Jun 2, The FCC eased media ownership rules and allowed companies to own both a newspaper and a broadcast station in the same market.
    (SFC, 6/3/03, p.A1)(WSJ, 6/3/03, p.A1)
2003        Jun 2, PeopleSoft announced an agreement to buy J.D. Edwards for $1.7 billion.
    (SFC, 12/14/04, p.D1)
2003        Jun 2, PipeVine Inc., a firm that handled over $100 million in donations, shut down and said it did not have enough money to pay owed funds to nonprofit organizations. The SF later acknowledged that is had spent some of the money on its own salaries and other operating expenses. Accounting problems dated back 2 years.
    (SFC, 6/4/03, p.A1)(SFC, 6/5/03, p.A1)
2003        Jun 2, Felix de Weldon (b.1907), Austria-born American sculptor, died in Virginia. His most famous piece is the Marine Corps War Memorial at Arlington cemetery of five U.S. Marines and one sailor raising the flag of the United States on Iwo Jima during World War Two.
    (http://tinyurl.com/yc7o9bd)
2003        Jun 2, In Denmark Thorkild Grosboel, a Lutheran minister, was suspended for saying that God doesn't exist and there is no eternal life. Lutheran pastors in Denmark are employed by the state and bishops cannot fire them.
    (AP, 6/3/03)(Econ, 6/28/03, p.55)
2003        Jun 2, Europe's space agency launched a mars probe from Kazakhstan.
    (WSJ, 6/3/03, p.A1)
2003        Jun 2, Thousands of sacked Iraqi soldiers marched on the U.S.-led administration and threatened to launch suicide attacks on American troops in Baghdad unless they were paid wages and compensation.
    (AP, 6/2/03)
2003        Jun 2, In Evian, France, world leaders projected confidence that they will turn around their weak economies and pledged joint cooperation on a host of global issues from terrorism to the need for a coordinated effort to rebuild Iraq.
    (AP, 6/2/03)
2003        Jun 2, North Korea said it has nuclear arms.
    (WSJ, 1/2/04, p.R10)

2004        Jun 2, South Dakotans elected Democrat Stephanie Herseth to Rep. Janklow’s seat.
    (WSJ, 6/3/04, p.A1)
2004        Jun 2, U.S. and Afghan troops backed by American warplanes fought Taliban militants in the mountains of southern Afghanistan, killing 17 insurgents and arresting eight. In northwestern Afghanistan 3 foreign medical workers associated with Doctors Without Borders and 2 Afghans were killed when their car was ambushed.
    (AP, 6/3/04)(SFC, 6/3/04, A10)(SFC, 6/5/04, A8)
2004        Jun 2, In eastern Algeria insurgents ambushed an Algerian military convoy night, killing at least 10 soldiers and wounding 45 others.
    (AP, 6/2/04)
2004        Jun 2, The Azerbaijani Fuel and Energy Minister said that $3.4 billion would be invested by 2006 in the first phase of development of the Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli oil field.
    (AP, 6/2/04)
2004        Jun 2, In Congo DRC forces loyal to renegade Congolese Tutsi commander Brig- Gen. Laurent Nkunda, captured Bukavo, a key eastern border city from government troops.
    (AP, 6/2/04)(Econ, 6/5/04, p.46)
2004        Jun 2, Militants loyal to Muqtada al-Sadr clashed with U.S. forces near a mosque in Kufa and in Baghdad. Officials said 6 Iraqis were killed and 40 others wounded.
    (AP, 6/2/04)
2004        Jun 2, In Nepal King Gyanendra named Sher Bahadur Deuba, a former prime minister fired two years ago for alleged incompetence, as prime minister again amid political turmoil.
    (AP, 6/2/04)
2004        Jun 2, Romania’s Pres. Ion Iliescu unveiled the new Logan sedan, a joint venture between Renault and Romania’s Dacia. Starting prices were around $6,100. In 2007 nearly 80,000 Logans were sold in western Europe.
    (SFC, 6/3/04, C5)(Econ, 5/31/08, SR p.7)
2004        Jun 2, Saudi security forces killed two suspected militants linked to a weekend shooting and hostage-taking.
    (AP, 6/2/04)
2004        Jun 2, In southeast Turkey Kurdish guerrillas fired on troops a day after announcing an end to a 5-year cease fire.
    (WSJ, 6/3/04, p.A1)

2005        Jun 2, Pres. Bush tapped California Rep. Chris Cox (52) to chair the SEC following the resignation of William Donaldson.
    (SFC, 6/3/05, p.C1)
2005        Jun 2, Georgia "runaway bride" Jennifer Wilbanks pleaded no contest to faking her own abduction; she was sentenced to probation, community service and a fine.
    (AP, 6/2/06)
2005        Jun 2, Thirteen-year-old Anurag Kashyap won the national spelling bee championship by correctly spelling "appoggiatura," which refers to an embellishing musical note.
    (AP, 6/2/06)
2005        Jun 2, Network computer maker Sun Microsystems Inc. said it agreed to buy Storage Technology Corp. for $4.1 billion in cash, bolstering its presence in the fast-growing market for data storage.
    (AP, 6/2/05)
2005        Jun 2, Researchers reported that human trust in others was related to the hormone oxytocin.
    (Econ, 6/4/05, p.76)
2005        Jun 2, Australia led 15 countries including Britain, France and Germany in a protest on against Japan's plans to expand its annual whale hunt.
    (AP, 6/2/05)
2005        Jun 2, On Australia's southwest coast up to 160 whales became stranded on 2 beaches after 2 pods beached themselves.
    (AP, 6/2/05)
2005        Jun 2, Federal police targeted Brazil's environmental protection agency in a crackdown on illegal logging, arresting 48 officials and several independent businessmen.
    (AP, 6/3/05)
2005        Jun 2, In northeastern Brazil a government bus carrying Indians from a health clinic went out of control on a wet road and careened into a creek, killing at least 19 people.
    (AP, 6/2/05)
2005        Jun 2, Melita Norwood (93), former Soviet Union spy in Britain (1937-1972), died.
    (Econ, 7/2/05, p.52)(http://tinyurl.com/8f3yy)
2005        Jun 2, Chinese, Indian and Russian foreign ministers, meeting in Vladivostok, agreed to intensify joint work against terrorism and underscored their common approach to international affairs.
    (AP, 6/2/05)
2005        Jun 2, In northern Iraq 3 suicide car bombings struck within an hour. In Kirkuk a car bomb targeting a restaurant where bodyguards of Iraq's Kurdish deputy prime minister were eating killed nine people and wounded 25. A car bomb attack killed the deputy head of Diyala provincial council and three of his bodyguards. 2 parked motorcycles exploded in Mosul killing 5 Iraqis. Gunmen in speeding cars opened fire on a crowded market in Baghdad. The series of attacks killed at least 34 people.
    (AP, 6/2/05)
2005        Jun 2, A suicide car bomber targeted a home where a group of people had gathered, killing at least 10 Iraqis and wounding 10 more in Saud, a remote village north of Baghdad.
    (AP, 6/3/05)
2005        Jun 2, Israel released 398 Palestinian prisoners, completing a pledge made under a cease-fire agreement, hours after Israel and the Palestinians announced their leaders would soon meet for the first time since February.
    (AP, 6/2/05)(WSJ, 6/3/05, p.A1)
2005        Jun 2, The US and France reached a tentative deal to boost the size of the UN peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast by nearly 2,000 troops and police to help enforce a shaky peace deal. Meanwhile thousands fled a region where a village was burned and 55 people killed by unidentified gunmen.
    (AP, 6/3/05)(WSJ, 6/3/05, p.A1)
2005        Jun 2, Latvian lawmakers voted to ratify the European Union constitution and challenged other European nations not to give up hope that the charter can be implemented.
    (AP, 6/2/05)
2005        Jun 2, In Lebanon Samir Kassir, a prominent journalist known for his anti-Syrian writings, was killed after a bomb placed in his car exploded in Beirut.
    (AP, 6/2/05)
2005        Jun 2, The Maldives ushered in a new political era when parliament voted to allow parties to form for the first time in the remote Indian Ocean archipelago, a move that ended centuries of autocratic rule. The law passed in July.
    (Reuters, 6/2/05)(Econ, 12/23/06, p.55)
2005        Jun 2, It was reported that Russia's state-controlled gas giant was negotiating to buy a controlling share of the influential Izvestia daily from a private conglomerate, a move that could bring one of the country's largest private newspapers under firm Kremlin control.
    (AP, 6/4/05)
2005        Jun 2, Serbian police reported the arrest of at least 8 men they say are shown in a 1995 video killing a group of Bosnian Muslim prisoners from Srebrenica.
    (AP, 6/2/05)
2005        Jun 2, Schabir Shaik, the financier of the African National Congress during its struggle to end apartheid, was convicted of corruption by a South African court. He was found to have given Jacob Zuma over $100,000 in bribes from a French arms company. Shaik served 2 years and 4 months of his 15 year sentence before he was freed in 2009, supposedly on medical grounds.
    (AP, 6/2/05)(Econ, 3/14/09, p.51)
2005        Jun 2, In Sudan 5 people were killed and 16 others injured when a passenger plane crashed shortly after take-off from Khartoum and caught fire.
    (AP, 6/2/05)
2005        Jun 2, In southern Ukraine a freight train crashed into a passenger bus at a railroad crossing, killing 14 people. In a separate accident, a train crashed into a car at another crossing point, killing three people.
    (AP, 6/2/05)

2006        Jun 2, The US government and 5 news organizations agreed to pay $1.65 million to Wen Ho Lee, a former nuclear scientist, who claimed his privacy was violated by leaks that portrayed him as a spy.
    (SFC, 6/3/06, p.A1)
2006        Jun 2, The board of Goldman Sachs appointed Lloyd C. Blankfein (51) to replace Henry Paulson Jr., recently selected to head the US Treasury, as CEO.
    (WSJ, 6/3/06, p.B1)
2006        Jun 2, Vince Welnick (55), Grateful Dead pianist, died in California of apparent suicide. He had taken over as the Grateful Dead's keyboard player in 1990 after a succession of predecessors met untimely deaths.
    (Reuters, 6/4/06)(SSFC, 6/4/06, p.B6)
2006        Jun 2, Four governments (Brazil, Chile, France, and Norway), the UN and the world's soccer federation launched a plan to use the proceeds of a new airline ticket tax to treat people in the developing world suffering from AIDS, malaria or tuberculosis. Countries that have either approved or say they expect to approve a new airline ticket tax include Britain, Cyprus, Congo, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Mauritius and Nicaragua.
    (AP, 6/2/06)
2006        Jun 2, In Afghanistan dozens of troops were dropped from coalition aircraft into a remote, mountainous district of Uruzgan province and recaptured the area which had been overrun by Taliban nearly three days earlier. Nearly 35 Taliban rebels were killed in the latest strikes as Afghan and coalition troops took back a district that had been in rebel hands for days.
    (AFP, 6/3/06)
2006        Jun 2, British police raided a house in east London house and arrested two men, shooting and wounding one of them. Police said the raid was a response to a specific threat of attack, refused to comment on news reports that the men were plotting to use a chemical weapon. Mohammed Abdul Kahar (23), who was injured in the dawn swoop, and Abul Koyair (20) were freed June 9 after being held for questioning for a week.
    (AP, 6/3/06)(AFP, 6/10/06)
2006        Jun 2, In Toronto, Canada, 17 people were arrested on "terrorism-related" charges including plotting attacks with fertilizer bombs on Canadian targets. The adult suspects from Toronto were Chand, alias Abdul Shakur, 25; Fahim Ahmad, 21; Jahmaal James, 23; and Asin Mohamed Durrani, 19. Those from Mississauga are Ghany; Shareef Abdelhaleen; Zakaria Amara, 20; Asad Ansari, 21; Saad Khalid, 19; and Qayyum Abdul Jamal, 43. Mohammed Dirie, 22, and Yasim Abdi Mohamed, 24, were from Kingston. 14 men and 4 youths, dubbed the “Toronto 18," were originally charged. In 2009 Saad Khalid pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 14 years in prison. On Jan 18, 2010, Saad Gaya (22), one of the "Toronto 18" group, was sentenced to 12 years in prison. Zakaria Amara, the acknowledged ringleader, was sentenced to life in prison. In 2010 a Canadian jury convicted Asad Ansari and Steven Chand, the final two members of the "Toronto 18" extremist group, for their role in the bomb plot to blow up Toronto landmarks. On March 4, 2011, Abdelhaleen was sentenced to life in prison.
    (AP, 6/4/06)(SSFC, 6/4/06, p.A1)(Reuters, 5/7/09)(Reuters, 9/3/09)(Reuters, 1/18/10)(SFC, 1/19/10, p.A2)(Reuters, 6/23/10)(SFC, 3/5/11, p.A2)
2006        Jun 2, Teck Cominco Ltd., a Canadian mining company, agreed to pay millions to assess whether pollution it dumped into the Columbia River damaged wildlife and public health in Washington state.
    (SFC, 6/3/06, p.A3)
2006        Jun 2, Czechs cast ballots in a tight parliamentary race that revealed deep divisions over whether the nation needs bold reforms or the status quo. A forecast predicted the right wing Civic Democratic party of Mirek Topolanek would win legislative elections with 38% of the vote.
    (AP, 6/2-3/06)
2006        Jun 2, Two Egyptian security officers were killed in an exchange of fire with Israeli troops after crossing the border into Israel.
    (AP, 6/2/06)
2006        Jun 2, The leader of al-Qaida in Iraq urged Sunnis to confront Shiites and ignore calls for reconciliation in a new audiotape posted on the Web, saying Shiite militias are killing and raping the Sunni Arab minority. 2 bombs struck in quick succession at a pet market in central Baghdad, killing at least five people and wounding 57. Some 10 minutes later, an explosion near a Shiite mosque in the eastern Baghdad neighborhood of Jadida killed two civilians and injured five.
    (AP, 6/2/06)
2006        Jun 2, Ireland passed an emergency bill on under-age sex, and the Supreme Court ordered a man at the center of the controversy to be reimprisoned for having sex with a 12-year-old girl.
    (AP, 6/2/06)
2006        Jun 2, Israel has begun laying the foundations for Maskiot, a new Jewish settlement deep in the West Bank, breaking a promise to Washington while strengthening its hold on a stretch of desert it wants to keep as it draws its final borders.
    (AP, 6/2/06)
2006        Jun 2, The UN Security Council added 1,500 peacekeepers to its mission in Ivory Coast in renewed efforts to restore order in the troubled West African country.
    (AP, 6/2/06)
2006        Jun 2, A Japanese court convicted a US sailor of killing a Japanese woman during a Jan 3 robbery near Tokyo and sentenced him to life in prison.
    (AP, 6/2/06)
2006        Jun 2, The 12th edition of the Fez Festival of World Sacred Music opened in Fez, Morocco. It brought together spiritual and religious music from Syria, Iran, India, Mali, Latin America, Japan, Tibet, Azerbaijan and the Mediterranean under the theme of "harmonies."
    (AFP, 6/4/06)
2006        Jun 2, In Nepal tens of thousands of Maoist rebels and supporters thronged the heart of Kathmandu for their first mass meeting here to be addressed by senior leaders.
    (AFP, 6/2/06)
2006        Jun 2, Norwegian rig owner Fred. Olsen Energy ASA said 8 foreign workers on an oil rig operating off Nigeria were kidnapped overnight. The workers, six British, one American and one Canadian, were aboard the drilling rig Bulford Dolphin when it was attacked during the night.
    (AP, 6/2/06)
2006        Jun 2, In northwestern Pakistan 2 suicide attackers detonated an explosives-laden car amid a military convoy on a strategic road, killing four soldiers and wounding seven.
    (AP, 6/2/06)
2006        Jun 2, Russian President Vladimir Putin removed his hawkish chief prosecutor in what analysts said was a tactical victory for moderates over hardliners in a Kremlin power struggle.
    (Reuters, 6/2/06)
2006        Jun 2, Clashes between Syrian security forces and Islamic militants in an area of Damascus filled with government buildings left five dead and four wounded.
    (AP, 6/2/06)
2006        Jun 2, In Timor-Leste lawlessness raged in parts Dili as mobs looted government warehouses, stealing computers, office chairs and file cabinets. Foreign troops deployed to restore order were nowhere to be seen.
    (AP, 6/2/06)
2006        Jun 2, The United Nations General Assembly concluded a conference on AIDS by promising to set "ambitious national targets," but falling short of setting exact financial goals for the fight against the disease.
    (AP, 6/2/07)

2007        Jun 2, Four Muslim men were arrested and in connection to a plan to set off explosives in a jet fuel line that feeds John F. Kennedy International Airport and runs through residential neighborhoods. Two men allegedly involved in a plot to attack New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport were in custody in Trinidad and Tobago and the police commissioner said authorities were scouring the Caribbean country for a third suspect still at large. In 2011 Kareem Ibrahim (65) of Trinidad was found guilty of convincing plotters to seek aid from Iran.
    (AP, 6/2/07)(AP, 6/3/07)(AP, 6/2/08)(SFC, 5/27/11, p.A6)
2007        Jun 2, Thomas M. Siebel (54), the founder and former chairman of Siebel Systems Inc., announced he will make a $100 million donation to the University of Illinois, his alma mater. This was the largest gift in the university's history. Siebel pledged to give the gift to the Urbana-Champaign campus upon his death.
    (AP, 6/2/07)
2007        Jun 2, Kelsey Smith (18) went missing when she went to a Target store in the Overland Park suburb of Kansas City to buy a gift for her boyfriend. On June 6 police found her body in a wooded area near Grandview, Mo., about 20 miles east of the Target store. Edwin R. Hall (26) was arrested shortly after her body was found. In 2008 Hall pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison.
    (AP, 6/7/07)(AP, 7/23/08)
2007        Jun 2, In San Francisco, Ca., Hugues de la Plaza (36), a French national, was found dead in his Linden Street apartment in Hayes Valley. Police labeled his stabbing death as a possible homicide or suicide. In 2009 a French probe called his death a homicide. The French probe concluded that de la Plaza was stabbed in a surprise attack outside his apartment. In 2009 an independent review ruled out suicide.
    (SFC, 1/27/09, p.B1)(SFC, 2/27/09, p.B1)(SFC, 11/13/09, p.C1)
2007        Jun 2, A boat crossing the Helmand River in Helmand province sank, and at least 60 Taliban militants were killed. Suspected Taliban militants attacked a local police commander's home, killing five of his family members and sparking a gunbattle with police that left 10 insurgents dead. In eastern Afghanistan suspected militants ambushed a NATO convoy, killing two members of the alliance and wounding 7 troops. 15 suspected militants were killed by police. In eastern Khost province, militants attacked a police checkpoint in Yaqubi district and the ensuing clash left 12 militants dead. Police clashed with Taliban militants in neighboring Paktika province's Shakin district, leaving three suspected insurgents dead.
    (AP, 6/2/07)(AFP, 6/3/07)(AP, 6/3/07)
2007        Jun 2, In England Authorized won the Epsom Derby giving riding legend Frankie Dettori his first win in the race on his 15th ride.
    (AFP, 6/2/07)
2007        Jun 2, Bulgarian PM Sergey Stanishev said he had accepted the resignation of two ministers, following a corruption scandal that has shaken his centre-left government.
    (AP, 6/2/07)
2007        Jun 2, The Comoros and Guinea joined the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) at a summit of the nine-year-old African grouping in Libya, raising its membership to 25 countries.
    (AP, 6/2/07)
2007        Jun 2, In Rostock, Germany, masked demonstrators protesting the upcoming G-8 summit meeting hurled stones and flagpoles at police.
    (AP, 6/2/07)
2007        Jun 2, India and the United States failed to resolve differences over an American offer to share nuclear know-how and fuel, ending three days of negotiations that were intended to seal a deal seen as the cornerstone of an emerging partnership.
    (AP, 6/2/07)
2007        Jun 2, Iran detained 3 Finns for allegedly straying into its territorial waters during a fishing trip in the Persian Gulf. In June 6 Iran agreed to release them.
    (AP, 6/6/07)
2007        Jun 2, A series of mortar barrages killed 8 civilians and wounded 25 others in a Sunni enclave surrounded by Shiite areas in central Baghdad. A key bridge was damaged by a bomb in northern Iraq. Prominent Sunni sheik, Ali Khudir al-Zind, was killed in a drive-by shooting as he walked near his home in western Baghdad. Gunmen opened fire in two separate locations in western Baghdad, killing three people. Police found two bullet-riddled bodies of people who had been bound and blindfolded and showed signs of torture. Four men were killed and one vehicle and 10 rockets destroyed by Apache fire at rocket firing positions aimed at the Green Zone. 6 suspects were captured by ground forces. Gunmen at a fake checkpoint in Baqouba killed two passengers and wounded eight others when they opened fire on three minibuses that sought to flee from the highway trap. Police found 8 unidentified bodies in an industrial area of the western city of Fallujah. In all at least 57 people were killed of found dead including 26 bullet riddled bodies, bearing signs of torture, found on the streets of Baghdad. US-led forces killed one suspected insurgent and detained eight in a series of raids outside the capital. 7 US soldiers were killed in a series of attacks across Iraq.
    (AP, 6/2/07)(AP, 6/3/07)(SSFC, 6/3/07, p.A23)(AP, 6/4/07)
2007        Jun 2, Virgin Atlantic chairman Sir Richard Branson announced a program aimed at saving elephants in Kenya, as he boarded his airline's first flight to the east African nation.
    (AP, 6/2/07)
2007        Jun 2, The Lebanese air force joined tanks and artillery in pounding Islamic militant hideouts on the second day of an intensifying offensive to uproot al-Qaida-inspired gunmen barricaded in a Palestinian refugee camp.
    (AP, 6/2/07)
2007        Jun 2, Southern Nigeria's most prominent armed group released six foreign oil workers held captive for four weeks and announced a month-long moratorium in attacks on petroleum facilities.
    (AP, 6/2/07)
2007        Jun 2, Four people believed to have fled North Korea arrived at a port in northern Japan in a small boat and told police they want to go to South Korea.
    (Reuters, 6/2/07)
2007        Jun 2, In Pakistan tens of thousands of demonstrators joined the biggest rally yet against the president's suspension of the chief justice, giving the jurist a joyous reception ahead of a speech in an opposition stronghold. Officials said a nursing school was shut down and its Christian principal and four Christian students suspended after Muslim pupils accused unknown people of desecrating verses from the Quran.
    (AP, 6/2/07)(AP, 6/3/07)
2007        Jun 2, In the Philippines a man armed with a 21-inch-long knife killed nine people, including six children, and wounded 17 others in a rampage in central Samar province.
    (AP, 6/2/07)
2007        Jun 2, In Russia former PM Mikhail Kasayanov was nominated by his opposition movement to run in next year's presidential election and promised to stop the Kremlin orchestrating the vote in its favor.
    (AP, 6/2/07)
2007        Jun 2, In Mogadishu, Somalia, unknown gunmen killed a government official, Hassan Ali Sa'id, as he was about to enter his house.
    (AP, 6/2/07)
2007        Jun 2, Two Sri Lankan Red Cross workers, ethnic Tamil men abducted from Colombo two days ago, were found shot to death. The Tigers launched a night attack near Omanthai and claimed to have killed 30 soldiers. The army said it killed 52 Tigers.
    (AP, 6/3/07)(Econ, 6/9/07, p.24)
2007        Jun 2, The UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) decided to permit a one-off sale of 60 tons of ivory from Botswana, Namibia and South Africa to Japan, saying it would monitor closely the impact on poaching and population levels.
    (Reuters, 6/3/07)
2007        Jun 2, In Zambia at least 12 soccer fans were crushed to death as a crowd rushed from the Lusaka stadium after Zambia's victory over Congo Brazzaville in an African Cup qualifier.
    (AP, 6/3/07)

2008        Jun 2, The US gave 31 used trucks to Cambodia in its first direct supply of military hardware in more than a decade, saying ties between the two countries were improving.
    (AFP, 6/2/08)
2008        Jun 2, The United States lost an appeal in its long-running dispute with Brazil over U.S. subsidies for cotton farmers at the World Trade Organization (WTO).
    (Reuters, 6/2/08)
2008        Jun 2, SF mayor Gavin Newsom unveiled a record $6.5 billion budget.
    (SFC, 6/3/08, p.A1)
2008        Jun 2, Melvin Weiss (72), co-founder of the NYC law firm Milberg Weiss, was sentenced to 30 months in prison for his roll in a kickback scheme targeting US corporations. He was also ordered to pay $9.7 million in forfeitures and $250,000 in fines.
    (SFC, 6/3/08, p.D4)
2008        Jun 2, Scott Coles (48), Arizona financier, was found dead of apparent suicide. His firm Mortgages Ltd., a company founded by his father in 1963, entered bankruptcy on June 24.
    (WSJ, 7/16/08, p.A1)
2008        Jun 2, Bo Didley (b.1928), rhythm and blues pioneer, died in Florida. He had been born as Ellas Bates in McComb, Mississippi. His 1955 debut recording of “Bo Didley" landed him a spot on the Ed Sullivan Show.
    (SFC, 6/3/08, p.B5)
2008        Jun 2, Mel Ferrer (b.1917), American actor, director and producer, died in Santa Barbara, Ca. His films included “Lili" (1953) and “The Brave Bulls" (1951).
    (SFC, 6/4/08, p.B11)
2008        Jun 2, In Afghanistan Taliban attacked a district in Helmand province, killing a policeman. In the battle that followed, eight Taliban were killed.
    (AP, 6/3/08)
2008        Jun 2, In Australia Mark Standen, an assistant director of the New South Wales state Crime Commission, was arrested for conspiracy to import controlled substances and supply prohibited drugs, and with perverting the course of justice. He is alleged to have assisted a drug-trafficking syndicate in a plan to bring to Australia 1,300 pounds of the chemical pseudoephedrine that could be used to make $114 million worth of the methamphetamine known as "ice." The masterminds of the syndicate were in the Netherlands, where 12 people were arrested last week.
    (AP, 6/3/08)
2008        Jun 2, In Bolivia Pres. Morales ordered the nationalization of a natural gas pipeline operator half-owned by Royal Dutch Shell PLC and a US investment fund.
    (WSJ, 6/3/08, p.A15)
2008        Jun 2, Carlos Minc, Brazil’s new environment minister, said the government will impound cattle caught grazing on illegally cleared pastures with an operation, dubbed "Rogue Bull," to attack deforestation in the rain forest. Government researchers said that preliminary data indicate the Amazon lost at least 2,258 square miles (5,850 square kilometers) of forest cover from August to April 2008.
    (AP, 6/3/08)
2008        Jun 2, China began paying sums of about $144 to each parent whose sole offspring was killed in the May 12 earthquake.
    (WSJ, 6/3/08, p.A1)
2008        Jun 2, In eastern France 7 school children were killed when a train crashed into a bus carrying schoolchildren near Allinges.
    (AP, 6/2/08)(SFC, 6/3/08, p.A3)
2008        Jun 2, In Germany Some 2,000 delegates from 162 countries and dozens of specialist agencies opened a two-week conference to start tackling the details of a new global warming agreement slated to take effect after 2012.
    (AP, 6/2/08)
2008        Jun 2, In Iraq US troops killed two suspects in Tikrit. The military said it had captured 31 others and destroyed bomb-making materials over the past two days in raids targeting al-Qaida in Iraq in central and northern swaths of the country. In Mosul a suicide car bomber killed 9 people including 5 police officers.
    (AP, 6/2/08)(SFC, 6/3/08, p.A6)
2008        Jun 2, Nigeria's President Umaru Yar'Adua arrived in South Africa for a four-day state visit to forge closer ties between Africa's most populous country and its biggest economy.
    (AFP, 6/2/08)
2008        Jun 2, In Pakistan a huge car bomb exploded outside the Danish Embassy in Islamabad, killed 8 people and wounded dozens more. Danish security said that al-Qaida or an al-Qaida-related group likely was behind the attack. Evidence indicated that a suicide bomber drove the car.
    (AP, 6/2/08)(SFC, 6/4/08, p.A6)
2008        Jun 2, Somalia's opposition alliance ruled out direct peace talks with the country's transitional government unless it sets a timetable for the withdrawal of Ethiopian troops.
    (AP, 6/2/08)
2008        Jun 2, Foreign ships gained UN authorization to enter Somali waters when fighting piracy and armed robbery. The unanimous UN Security Council resolution made it legal for foreign navies to chase pirates into Somali waters and if need be sink them.
    (AP, 6/2/08)(www.usatoday.com/news/world/2008-07-20-pirates_N.htm)
2008        Jun 2, The South Korean government said it was delaying the planned resumption of US beef imports, after a request from the ruling party and large weekend street protests.
    (AP, 6/2/08)
2008        Jun 2, The chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency says Syria has agreed to let inspectors into the country this month to probe allegations of illegal nuclear activity.
    (AP, 6/2/08)
2008        Jun 2, In Venezuela the vice president of a Venezuelan newspaper was shot and killed by a gunman who police said could have confused the victim for his brother, the president of Reporte Diario de la Economia, a daily that has closely covered corruption cases.
    (AP, 6/3/08)
2008        Jun 2, In central Vietnam a collision between a speeding bus and a truck killed 14 people and injured 18 others. Traffic accidents killed more than 13,000 people last year in Vietnam.
    (AP, 6/2/08)

2009        Jun 2, Pres. Obama appeared in a BBC interview and said Iran may have some right to nuclear energy, provided it takes steps to prove its aspirations are peaceful. Obama also restated his plans to pursue direct diplomacy with Tehran.
    (SFC, 6/3/09, p.A2)
2009        Jun 2, In Alameda County, Ca., a jury convicted Wonda Kidd (58), a former escrow officer, of two counts of felony grand theft in an equity stripping fraud case that took place from April 2005 to August 2006. Straw buyers were used to buy property at inflated prices after which a default took place forcing lenders to foreclose. In 2008 Karim Akil (42) pleaded guilty to grand theft and was sentenced to 3 years. His assistant was sentenced to one year in prison.
    (SFC, 6/4/09, p.C1)
2009        Jun 2, GM struck a tentative deal to sell its Hummer brand to China’s Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Co.
    (SFC, 6/3/09, p.C2)
2009        Jun 2, Six Afghan family members, including two children, were killed in an explosion close to the US Bagram military base outside Kabul. The Ministry of Interior said that suspected insurgents carried out a suicide bombing against the family while they were traveling in a car. Afghan and coalition forces attacked a residential compound in Wardak province, killing six militants. The men were said to be connected to a militant commander blamed for multiple attacks. In eastern Afghanistan insurgents killed a soldier serving with NATO. A convoy in Paktia province was hit by a blast that killed one security guard. A second improvised explosive device then ripped through the convoy and killed nine guards in another vehicle. An American soldier and an Afghan interpreter were killed by a roadside bomb also in Paktia province. 11 Taliban militants were killed in a joint operation in Zabul province. 2 policemen were killed and five others were wounded in a roadside bomb blast in southern Kandahar province.
    (AP, 6/2/09)(AP, 6/3/09)(SFC, 6/4/09, p.A3)
2009        Jun 2, In Algeria an estimated 30 Al-Qaida-linked militants killed two teachers and eight police escorts as they brought copies of tests back from an examination center in the town of Timezrit, 49 miles east of Algiers.
    (AP, 6/3/09)
2009        Jun 2, In Belgium a new museum, designed by architect Christian de Portzamparc, opened in Louvain-la-Neuve dedicated to Georges Remi (1907-1983), creator of the comic book hero Tintin (1929).
    (Econ, 5/30/09, p.87)
2009        Jun 2, British media reported that Home Secretary Jacqui Smith is quitting her post following the scandal over lawmakers' expenses.
    (AP, 6/2/09)
2009        Jun 2, An airplane seat, a life jacket, metallic debris and signs of fuel were found in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean by Brazilian military pilots searching for a missing Air France airliner Flight 447.
    (AP, 6/2/09)
2009        Jun 2, In Greenland the Inuit Ataqatigiit party, or IA, won 44% of votes to take 14 of the 31 seats in Greenland's Parliament, the Landsting. The left-wing opposition party defeated the long-governing Social Democrats. Siumut got 26% of the votes and lost the majority it held with its smaller coalition partner Atasut. Premier Hans Enoksen called the snap election after Greenlanders decided in a November referendum to loosen ties with Denmark.
    (AP, 6/3/09)
2009        Jun 2, The Iraqi and US militaries tentatively agreed to keep a joint base on the edge of Baghdad's Shiite slum of Sadr City, maintaining an American presence in a strategic area even after the June 30 deadline for US combat troops to pull out of the capital. An American soldier died of wounds from a roadside bombing in Baghdad.
    (AP, 6/2/09)(AP, 6/3/09)
2009        Jun 2, In Israel detained a Jewish man for shooting to death a Palestinian in Jerusalem and wounding another Jewish man.
    (AP, 6/2/09)
2009        Jun 2, Mexico moved forward in its campaign to root out corruption, rounding up 21 more police officers in several northern cities for questioning on suspicions they had ties to drug trafficking. A total of 58 officers have been detained since the operation began a day earlier.
    (AP, 6/2/09)
2009        Jun 2, Mexican truckers filed a lawsuit against the United States seeking $6 billion in compensation for losses they claim to have suffered since Washington banned them from crossing the border in violation of a trade pact. Mexico's National Cargo Transportation Association, or Canacar, filed the lawsuit representing 4,500 trucking companies. Canacar had filed an arbitration notice with the US State Department under the NAFTA in April.
    (AP, 6/3/09)
2009        Jun 2, A Pakistani court ordered the release of Hafiz Mohammed Saeed, the founder of banned Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, because there was insufficient evidence to link him to last year's deadly Mumbai attacks. India immediately condemned the ruling. Pakistan's military said that troops were fighting inside the Taliban stronghold of Charbagh, 20km from the Swat valley's main town Mingora. The military said it had killed 21 militants in the past 24 hours of its offensive, while three soldiers died. Gunmen in Peshawar stormed a factory owned by a senior minister of North West Frontier Province, kidnapping eight workers and killing a guard who resisted.
    (AP, 6/2/09)(AFP, 6/2/09)
2009        Jun 2, In South Africa 61 prospectors died from a fire in an abandoned gold mine belonging to Harmony Gold mining company, which had ceased working its Eland shaft. Illegal miners, often called "gold pirates," are hired through organized crime rackets that produce about $250 million in gold a year.
    (AP, 6/2/09)(AP, 6/4/09)(AP, 7/21/09)
2009        Jun 2, Two major South Korean newspapers said that North Korea's military, party and government officials were informed that Kim Jong Un (26), the youngest of three, is in line to take the world's first communist dynasty into a third generation.
    (AP, 6/2/09)

2010        Jun 2, President Barack Obama expanded benefits for same-sex partners of federal employees, a move likely to be welcomed by gay rights activists who have questioned his commitment to their causes.
    (Reuters, 6/2/10)
2010        Jun 2, Georgia’s Gov. Sonny Perdue signed a comprehensive transport bill. It divided the state into 12 regions and gave each one the power to decide on its own transport projects.
    (Econ, 6/19/10, p.33)
2010        Jun 2, In San Francisco a driver sent 4 bicyclists to hospital following a 6-minute rampage over 3 neighborhoods in the Mission and Potrero Hill districts. The car was found but the driver had escaped. On June 5 police identified the suspect as David Mark Clark (39) of Albany, Ca. Clark was charged on June 7 with trying to run down and kill bicyclists.
    (SFC, 6/4/10, p.A1)(SSFC, 6/6/10, p.A14)(SFC, 6/8/10, p.C2)
2010        Jun 2, Taliban militants launched a suicide attack on Afghanistan's national peace conference as President Hamid Karzai interrupted his opening remarks to reassure nervous delegates hearing the thump of rockets and rattle of gunfire outside. At least two attackers were killed in fighting with Afghan security forces near the giant tent erected for the 3-day gathering. Five militants were killed and eight others in addition to district-level Taliban commander, Mullah Habibullah, were arrested in the operation in Sayed Abad district of Wardak province. In Zabul province an operation by NATO and Afghan forces killed five Taliban insurgents. A clash between Afghan forces and Taliban militants left four civilians dead in Helmand province. A roadside bombing in the same province killed four other civilians.
    (AP, 6/2/10)(AP, 6/3/10)
2010        Jun 2, In Bangladesh a four-story apartment building constructed on a former canal collapsed in Dhaka, burying nearby shanties and killing at least 20 people.
    (AP, 6/2/10)
2010        Jun 2, BP Plc forged ahead with its latest effort to curb the flow of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico as the British energy giant's shares fell anew as the US government launched criminal and civil probes into the disaster.
    (Reuters, 6/2/10)
2010        Jun 2, In northwestern England Derrick Bird (52), a taxi driver described as quiet but friendly, went on a shooting spree across a picturesque rural area, killing 12 people, including his twin brother, and wounding 11 before apparently turning the gun on himself.
    (AP, 6/2/10)(AP, 6/3/10)(AP, 6/5/10)
2010        Jun 2, Foxconn, a subsidiary of Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry Company, announced a 30% pay increase for its workers in China.
    (Econ, 6/5/10, p.48)
2010        Jun 2, In CongoDRC the body of Floribert Chebeya Bahizire of Voix des Sans Voix, or Voice of the Voiceless, was found in his car in a suburb of Kinshasa. The next day Navi Pillay, the top UN human rights official said the victim had suffered a pattern of intimidation because of his work. For the past two decades, Voix des Sans Voix had worked to document human rights abuses across Congo, focusing on corruption in the military and foreign support for militias. On June 4 several police officers were arrested as part of a preliminary investigation into the death of Bahizire.
    (AP, 6/3/10)(AP, 6/5/10)
2010        Jun 2, A century-old Ethiopian prayer book stolen decades ago was returned to the African nation after American collector Gerald Weiner, who held it, agreed to the restitution.
    (AFP, 6/3/10)
2010        Jun 2, France's former top anti-terrorism judge said the Turkish Islamic charity behind the flotilla of aid ships that was raided by Israeli forces on its way to Gaza had ties to terrorism networks, including a 1999 al-Qaida plot to bomb Los Angeles International Airport.
    (AP, 6/2/10)
2010        Jun 2, It was reported that Iran has barred private schools from teaching music, saying it clashes with the establishment’s Islamic values. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei pardoned 81 jailed opposition supporters who had been found guilty of having a role in the unrest triggered by last June's disputed presidential election.
    (SFC, 6/2/10, p.A2)(AP, 6/3/10)
2010        Jun 2, In Iraq a US soldier died in Baghdad in a noncombat related accident.
    (AP, 6/3/10)
2010        Jun 2, Israel was deported the last of the nearly 700 foreign activists detained in a deadly raid on an aid flotilla bound for Palestinians in the blockaded, Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. Israel came under renewed pressure at an urgent session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, as countries lined up to condemn its interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla and urge an impartial probe.
    (AP, 6/2/10)(AFP, 6/2/10)
2010        Jun 2, Japanese PM Yukio Hatoyama resigned to improve his party's chances in an election next month, after his popularity plunged over his broken campaign promise to move a US Marine base.
    (AP, 6/2/10)
2010        Jun 2, Two Mexican federal police officers were killed in a clash with gunmen in northern Nuevo Leon state.
    (AP, 6/3/10)
2010        Jun 2, The US Embassy said that Polish police arrested Alexsander Efrosman, a businessman from Staten Island, New York, in Krakow last weekend. The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission said in a complaint filed in 2005 that Efrosman, who also goes by Alex Besser, stole about $5 million from customers of two fraudulent hedge funds that he claimed to manage, Century Maxim Fund, Inc. and AJR Capital Inc.
    (AP, 6/2/10)
2010        Jun 2, The crew of a Libyan-owned cargo ship pounced on their sleeping Somali captors, disarmed the pirates and killed five of them, regaining control of their vessel, the MV Rim, that had been hijacked on Feb 2.
    (AP, 6/2/10)(SFC, 6/19/10, p.A3)
2010        Jun 2, Pakistan and Spain expressed their joint commitment to fight terrorism as they signed a broad bilateral agreement aimed at enhancing cooperation on security, trade and other issues.
    (AFP, 6/2/10)
2010        Jun 2, Somali pirates hijacked a cargo ship, the QSM Dubai in the Gulf of Aden. The ship flying a Panamanian flag, sailed from Brazil and included a crew of 24. The next day an official in the semiautonomous Somali region of Puntland said security forces in his northern region stormed the QSM Dubai and freed it after pirates refused pleas to surrender and instead killed the Pakistani captain of the ship.
    (AP, 6/2/10)(AP, 6/3/10)
2010        Jun 2, Sudanese security forces beat up and arrested several leaders of a doctors' syndicate which had called for strike action.
    (AFP, 6/3/10)
2010        Jun 2, South Sudan army forces clashed with insurgents in Unity state leaving 9 people dead including one soldier and eight men loyal to renegade commander Galwak Gai.
    (AFP, 6/3/10)
2010        Jun 2, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said 14,579 people committed suicide last year, with people over 61 accounting for about one-third of the deaths. Yonhap said the National Police Agency provided the figures.
    (AP, 6/2/10)
2010        Jun 2, The Stockholm Int’l. Peace Research Institute said that world military spending grew 5.9% from 2008-2009 and that the US accounted for some 54% of the increase.
    (SFC, 6/2/10, p.A2)
2010        Jun 2, Thailand's prime minister survived a no-confidence vote that was called after anti-government protests crippled the capital and 89 people were killed in street battles.
    (AP, 6/2/10)
2010        Jun 2, UN chief Ban Ki-moon demanded that Israel lift its blockade of the Gaza Strip immediately in the wake of its deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla.
    (AP, 6/3/10)
2010        Jun 2, Yemeni security officials said authorities have detained several foreigners, including Americans, Britons and an Australian woman, in connection with an investigation into al-Qaida's increased activity in the country. Shyloh Giddins of Australia was among several foreigners taken into custody during the probe. She was initially placed on house arrest May 14, along with her two children, and later held in a prison. She was released with her 2 children on June 11 and deported home.
    (AP, 6/2/10)(AP, 6/11/10)

2011        Jun 2, The Obama administration replaced the food pyramid standard for healthful eating with new icon, a plate half filled with fruits and vegetables, the other half with grains and protein.
    (SFC, 6/3/11, p.D1)
2011        Jun 2, In San Francisco firefighter Lt. Vincent Perez (48) was killed after being caught in a flashover at a 4-story home at 133 Berkeley Way in Diamond Heights.
    (SFC, 6/3/11, p.A1)(SFC, 6/4/11, p.A1)
2011        Jun 2, In Arizona Carey Hal Dyess (73) shot and killed 5 people in Yuma. Dyess was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot. The dead included an attorney who had represented his wife in a divorce.
    (SFC, 6/3/11, p.A4)
2011        Jun 2, In Maryland Sukanya Roy (14) of South Abington Township, Pa., won the 84th Scripps national Spelling Bee.
    (SFC, 6/3/11, p.A7)
2011          Jun 2, The New York Times announced the appointment of Managing Editor Jill Abramson to the position of Executive Editor, effective September 6th. She will become the first woman Executive Editor in the history of the Times.
            (Agence France Presse, 6/2/11)(Washington Post, 6/2/11)
2011        Jun 2, In Afghanistan a German soldier died and five were wounded when their tank was hit by a roadside bomb in Baghlan province.
    (AP, 6/2/11)
2011        Jun 2, Brazil’s Pres. Dilma Rousseff launched a program to eradicate the extreme poverty afflicting 16.2 million people in Brazil by 2014, aiming to fulfill a campaign promise.
    (AFP, 6/3/11)
2011        Jun 2, In Brazil another rural activist, identified only by his first name, Marcos, was found shot to death in the Amazon, just three days after Brazil's leaders discussed how to stop the region's deadly disputes over logging and protect those whose lives are threatened.
    (AP, 6/2/11)
2011        Jun 2, In London Nobel-winning writer V.S. Naipaul (78) faced criticism for saying he does not regard any female authors as his equal, even famed novelist Jane Austen, because they are "sentimental."
    (AFP, 6/2/11)
2011        Jun 2, In Britain an explosion at a Chevron oil refinery in Pembroke, Wales, killed four contractors.
    (SFC, 6/3/11, p.A2)
2011        Jun 2, Burkina Faso soldiers were looting and shooting for a 2nd at a major military barracks in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso’s second-largest city, provoking demonstrations.
    (AP, 6/2/11)
2011        Jun 2, In the Central African Republic sporadic gunfire was heard overnight in Bangui, capital of the CAR, but tension slowly eased after two days of bloodshed targeting Muslims. 11 people were killed including 8 Chadians in violence targeting Muslims in Bangui.
    (AFP, 6/2/11)(AFP, 6/3/11)
2011        Jun 2, In Costa Rica US high school student Justin Johnston (16), of McLouth, Kansas, was shot and killed at a hotel by a security guard who mistook him for a thief.
    (AP, 6/2/11)
2011        Jun 2, In Haiti relief organization Oxfam said clinics in the Carrefour area west of downtown Port-au-Prince are seeing a sharp rise in cholera, with over 300 new cases per day.
    (AP, 6/2/11)
2011        Jun 2, In Iraq a series of bombings ripped through the capital of western Anbar province, killing nine people. New York-based Human Rights Watch said Iraq's central government and regional Kurdish leaders are beating and illegally detaining protesters to try to stop demonstrations calling for reforms.
    (AP, 6/2/11)(AP, 6/3/11)
2011        Jun 2, Human Rights Watch said that forces loyal to Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara carried out revenge attacks on supporters of Laurent Gbagbo, concentrated in a pro-Gbagbo neighborhood in Abidjan.
    (AP, 6/2/11)
2011        Jun 2, In Mexico the Global Commission of Drug Policy called for the decriminalization of all drug taking.
    (Econ, 6/4/11, p.70)
2011        Jun 2, In Morocco Khaled al-Amari (30), a member of the main opposition Islamist group, died from wounds sustained during a pro-reform demonstration several days earlier.
    (AP, 6/3/11)
2011        Jun 2, NATO blasted Tripoli with a series of air strikes, sending shuddering booms through the city. Official Tunisian news reported that another 13 servicemen loyal to Gadhafi, including a colonel and four commanders, have fled to neighboring Tunisia. It was the second group of military men to defect to Tunisia this week.
    (AP, 6/2/11)
2011        Jun 2, In Pakistan Islamist militants, who flowed out of Afghanistan, fought a second day of fierce battles with Pakistani security forces in one of the deadliest clashes on the Pakistan side of the frontier in months. Authorities said as many as 45 militants, 28 soldiers and 3 civilians were killed in the fighting.
    (AP, 6/2/11)(SFC, 6/3/11, p.A3)
2011        Jun 2, Serbian farmers blocked roads throughout a northern province demanding higher subsidies from the government. The protests started earlier this week, and have gradually built up. Farmers were angry that the government has kept subsidies at about euro140 ($200) per hectare and limited the supported land to 10 hectares (25 acres).
    (AP, 6/2/11)
2011        Jun 2, In Somalia clashes pitting government forces and their African Union allies against Islamist rebels for control of Mogadishu's main market left at least 17 civilians dead.
    (AFP, 6/2/11)
2011        Jun 2, In South Africa Albertina Sisulu (92), apartheid fighter and former leader of the United Democratic Front, died.
    (SSFC, 6/19/11, p.A4)
2011        Jun 2, South Korea police found the bodies of two men and two women in their 20s in a parked van in Seongju, about 190 miles (300 km) southeast of Seoul. A suicide note was found.
    (AP, 6/2/11)
2011        Jun 2, Spain's prime minister hit out at the European Commission and Germany for singling out the country's produce as a possible source of a deadly bacterial outbreak in Europe, and said the government would demand explanations and reparations. The World Health Organization said the E. coli bacteria responsible for a mysterious outbreak that has left 18 people dead and sickened hundreds is a new strain that has never been seen before. The illness had now spread to at least 10 European countries and fanned uncertainty about eating tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce.
    (AP, 6/2/11)
2011        Jun 2, Syrian government troops pounded a central town with artillery and gunfire, renewing attacks in a restive area that has been largely cut off from outside contact for six days. At least 42 people were killed in raids around Homs.
    (AP, 6/2/11)(SFC, 6/2/11, p.A2)
2011        Jun 2, In Yemen forces loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh battled with tribal fighters in Sanaa in overnight clashes that killed dozens as US envoy John Brennan envoy flew around the region to try and stop a civil war.
    (Reuters, 6/2/11)

2012        Jun 2, Arizona police said 5 bodies burned beyond recognition were found inside a charred SUV in a desert area known as a smuggling corridor for drugs and illegal immigrants. The SUV was registered to a family of 5, including 3 children, in Tempe.
    (SSFC, 6/3/12, p.A9)(SFC, 6/6/12, p.A5)
2012        Jun 2, Richard Dawson (1932), British entertainer, died in Los Angeles. He hosted the TV game show “Family Feud" from 1976-1985 and was among the schemers in the 1960s sitcom “Hogan’s Heroes."
    (SFC, 6/4/12, p.A6)
2012        Jun 2, In Afghanistan NATO special forces rescued two foreign women and killed five kidnappers in a "breath-taking" pre-dawn raid on a cave in the remote and mountainous Badakhshan province. Two Afghan colleagues kidnapped with them on May 22 were also freed unharmed.
    (AFP, 6/2/12)
2012        Jun 2, It was reported that Argentina’s VP Amado Boudou (48) is accused of steering a $55 million contract for printing the nation's money to secret partners through a shadowy shell company used to fund pleasure trips for his friends and family.
    (AP, 6/2/12)
2012        Jun 2, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II arrived at Epsom racecourse to kick off four days of celebrations for her diamond jubilee.
    (AFP, 6/2/12)
2012        Jun 2, In Canada one man was killed and six other people were wounded by gunfire, two critically, in a shooting at Eaton Center, Toronto's main downtown mall. Christopher Husbands (23) turned himself over to police on June 4.
    (Reuters, 6/3/12)(Reuters, 6/4/12)(SFC, 6/4/12, p.A2)
2012        Jun 2, Central African Republic President Francois Bozize sacked his nephew and right-hand man Sylvain Ndoutingai as finance minister. The sacking came the day of a new hike in fuel prices, the second this year, which prompted a strike by taxi and taxi-bus drivers.
    (AFP, 6/3/12)
2012        Jun 2, In north China's Shaanxi province authorities forced Feng Jianmei to abort her 7-month pregnancy because she was unable to pay a 40,000 yuan ($6,270) fine for exceeding China's "one-child" population control policy. Graphic images of the abortion were later posted online showing the bloody corpse of her baby and caused an uproar in the country. On June 15 a deputy mayor visited Feng and her husband in the hospital, apologized to them and said officials would be suspended amid an investigation. In July the couple agreed to a compensation settlement from local authorities for 70,000 yuan ($11,000).
    (AFP, 6/13/12)(AP, 6/15/12)(AFP, 7/11/12)
2012        Jun 2, In Egypt Hosni Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison for failing to stop the killing of protesters during the uprising that forced him from power last year. His former Interior Minister Habib el-Adly, who was in charge of the police and other security forces at the time of the uprising, was also convicted of failing to act to stop the killings. The ousted president and his sons were acquitted, however, of corruption charges in a mixed verdict that swiftly provoked a new wave of anger on Egypt's streets.
    (AP, 6/2/12)
2012        Jun 2, In Ghana a Nigerian Allied Air cargo plane overshot an airport runway in Accra and crashed into a passenger bus, killing at least 10 people. The 4 crew members of the plane survived.
    (AFP, 6/3/12)
2012        Jun 2, Hong Kong health authorities urged the public not to panic after the southern Chinese city reported its first human case of bird flu in 18 months in a two-year-old boy.
    (AFP, 6/2/12)
2012        Jun 2, Iran’s defense minister said construction of a new space center is 80% finished and will soon allow the launch more domestically made satellites into orbit.
    (AP, 6/2/12)
2012        Jun 2, Kenyan troops were officially integrated into the African Union's peacekeeping mission in Somalia (AMISOM), with Kenya's defense minister signing an agreement at AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
    (AFP, 6/2/12)
2012        Jun 2, In Latvia several hundred activists from the Baltic states and neighboring countries braved rain and hail to participate in an annual parade in defense of gay and lesbian rights. The Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have largely proven to be intolerant toward gays and lesbians despite having joined the European Union in 2004.
    (AFP, 6/2/12)
2012        Jun 2, In northern Lebanon gunbattles between pro- and anti-Syrian groups killed at least one person and wounded nine.
    (AFP, 6/2/12)
2012        Jun 2, In Nicaragua Adolfo Calero (b.1931), one of the principal leaders of the US-backed Contra rebels, died. Calero was responsible for managing the bank accounts into which money was deposited and then used to buy supplies and arms as the Contras battled Nicaragua's Sandinista government in the 1980s.
    (AP, 6/3/12)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolfo_Calero)
2012        Jun 2, In northwest Pakistan an American drone fired two missiles at a motorbike, killing two suspected militants in South Waziristan.
    (AP, 6/2/12)
2012        Jun 2, In the Philippines 30 fishermen were missing and hundreds of travelers were stranded after tropical storm Mawar dumped heavy rains across the country, forcing flight and ship cancellations.
    (AFP, 6/2/12)
2012        Jun 2, Violence in Syria killed 89 people, including 57 soldiers, the largest number of casualties the military has suffered in a single day since an uprising began in March 2011.
    (AFP, 6/3/12)
2012        Jun 2, In Tunisia some 100 people defied a government ban to rally in the center of the capital against Salafist extremism, accusing the authorities of double standards.
    (AFP, 6/2/12)

2013        Jun 2, In southern California wind fanned the blaze in Angeles National Forest overnight to some 35 square miles. The fire started May 30 and some 2,800 residents have been evacuated in Lake Hughes and Lake Elizabeth.
    (SFC, 6/3/13, p.A4)
2013        Jun 2, In eastern Afghanistan Taliban insurgents attacked two checkpoints overnight, killing 4 police officers in Nuristan province. The firefight left 13 militants dead.
    (AP, 6/2/13)
2013        Jun 2, Three members of Britain's House of Lords were suspended by their parties after apparently being caught in newspaper stings agreeing to lobby Parliament in return for cash. Labour peers Brian Mackenzie and Jack Cunningham and Ulster Unionist member John Laird were recorded by a Sunday Times reporter pretending to represent a solar energy firm.
    (AP, 6/2/13)
2013        Jun 2, In Canada a Canadian Pacific freight train derailed in Ontario morning when it was crossing a bridge, sending several cars into the Wahnapitae River, marking the second derailment for the railroad operator in less than two weeks.
    (Reuters, 6/2/13)
2013        Jun 2, China’s President Xi Jinping arrived in Costa Rica, the only country in Central America to have diplomatic relations with China.
    (AP, 6/2/13)
2013        Jun 2, In China Chen Xitong, who as Beijing's mayor backed the military crackdown on the Tiananmen Square democratic movement but later expressed regret for the loss of life, died days before the 24th anniversary of the crackdown.
    (AP, 6/4/13)
2013        Jun 2, Egypt's highest court ruled that the nation's Islamist-dominated legislature and constitutional panel were illegally elected, dealing a serious blow to the legal basis of the Islamists' hold on power.
    (AP, 6/2/13)
2013        Jun 2, In Ethiopia at least 4,000 demonstrators marched peacefully in Addis Ababa against unemployment and corruption and demanded the release of political prisoners.
    (Econ, 6/8/13, p.55)
2013        Jun 2, Authorities in parts of central Europe issued disaster warnings and scrambled to reinforce flood defenses as rivers swelled by days of heavy rain threatened to burst their banks. Several people have died or were missing in the floods in Germany, the Czech Republic and Switzerland.
    (AP, 6/2/13)
2013        Jun 2, Gunmen in Iraq killed 3 Syrian truck drivers on a main highway linking Baghdad to Syria and Jordan. The gunmen also kidnapped four Iraqis in the same area.
    (AP, 6/2/13)
2013        Jun 2, A state lawyer told the Israeli Supreme Court that a deal has been reached to absorb thousands of African migrants, but the details were not revealed. Army Radio reported the country was in east Africa.
    (AP, 6/3/13)
2013        Jun 2, Japan announced a plan to provide 100 billion yen ($1 billion) in aid over the next five years to northern Africa for economic development and humanitarian efforts, and help with security and counter-terrorism. This was part of the $32 billion package announced a day earlier.
    (AP, 6/2/13)
2013        Jun 2, In Lebanon a Hezbollah fighter and several rebels were killed in overnight clashes in a remote area between Baalbek and the Syrian border. Clashes raged into the night between Sunnis and Alawites in Tripoli, killing one person and wounding at least 14 people.
    (AP, 6/2/13)(AP, 6/3/13)
2013        Jun 2, A Mauritanian official said that the US has transferred Younis al-Mauritani, one of its prisoners held in Afghanistan, to Mauritania. He was wanted in Mauritania for alleged involvement in an Islamic extremist attack in June 2005 in which 17 Mauritanian soldiers were killed.
    (AP, 6/2/13)
2013        Jun 2, Palestinian Pres. Mahmoud Abbas appointed Rami Hamdallah to replace Salam Fayyad. Hamdallah was tasked with forming a new government of technocrats, not politicians. Fayyad had frequently clashed with Abbas and was seen as being too independent.
    (AP, 6/2/13)
2013        Jun 2, Saudi Arabia reported that 3 more people have died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing the total number of deaths in the kingdom to 24.
    (AP, 6/2/13)
2013        Jun 2, In South Sudan cattle rustlers attacked a village killing 11 people and wounding eight. More than 50 cattle were reported stolen.
    (AP, 6/3/13)
2013        Jun 2, Syria's foreign minister Walid al-Moallem told UN chief Ban Ki-moon that humanitarian aid won't be allowed into Qusair until the fighting there is over. A car bomb killed at least 3 people in Jobar, a suburb of Damascus.
    (AP, 6/2/13)
2013        Jun 2, A magnitude 6.5 earthquake jolted Taiwan, killing two people and injuring at least 21 others and causing panicked shoppers to rush out of a shaking multi-story department store.
    (AP, 6/2/13)

2014        Jun 2, The US Justice Dept. announced charges against Evgeniy Bogachev, a Russian man accused of masterminding a scheme whereby hackers implanted viruses on hundreds of thousands of computers around the world, seized customer bank information and stole more than $100 million. The FBI issued a Most Wanted poster for his arrest.
    (SFC, 6/3/14, p.D3)
2014        Jun 2, In San Francisco some 700 of the city’s transit workers staged a sickout over a proposed labor agreement. Only 200 of 600 scheduled buses and rail cars were on duty.
    (SFC, 6/3/14, p.A1)(SFC, 6/5/14, p.A1)(SFC, 6/6/14, p.D7)
2014        Jun 2, In Washington state the Seattle City Council voted to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, the highest municipal minimum in the country.
    (SFC, 6/3/14, p.A12)
2014        Jun 2, In eastern Afghanistan a motorcycle bomb targeted a minibus with workers from a Turkish construction company, killing 3 Turkish engineers and wounding a fourth in Nangarhar province. Four Taliban suicide bombers attacked a government compound in Helmand province, killing two police officers and a civilian. All 4 attackers died in the assault. A NATO service member died in an attack in the country's east.
    (AP, 6/2/14)
2014        Jun 2, In western Afghanistan Rev. Alexis Prem Kumar (47), country director of the Afghan Jesuit Refugee Service, was abducted by a group of men near Herat.
    (AP, 6/3/14)
2014        Jun 2, Egypt’s Fayoum Criminal Court sentenced 28 supporters of deposed Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to life sentences in absentia, and 15 others to three years in prison, over violence following the ouster of Morsi last July.
    (AP, 6/2/14)
2014        Jun 2, In India celebrations greeted the creation of the country's newest state of Telangana, marking the formal division of the southern state of Andhra Pradesh. Regional political leader K. Chandrasekhar Rao was sworn in as Telangana's chief minister.
    (AP, 6/2/14)
2014        Jun 2, In Pune, India, Mohsin Sadiq Shaikh and a friend were returning home from a mosque when a group of men surrounded the two men and beat Shaikh with iron rods and hockey sticks. Shaikh (28) was killed. By the end of the week seventeen members of a hard-line Hindu group were arrested in the case.
    (AP, 6/6/14)
2014        Jun 2, In Iran a massive sandstorm and record winds plunged Tehran into darkness, damaging buildings and knocking out power supplies. The freak weather left at least 5 people dead.
    (AFP, 6/2/14)(AFP, 6/3/14)
2014        Jun 2, Attacks across Iraq killed at least 15 people.
    (AP, 6/2/14)
2014        Jun 2, In Libya at least 20 people were killed and almost 70 wounded when the army and forces of renegade Gen. Khalifa Haftar fought Islamist militants in Benghazi.
    (Reuters, 6/2/14)
2014        Jun 2, President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a Palestinian unity government, taking a major step toward ending a crippling split with his Hamas rivals, but also setting the stage for new friction with Israel and possibly with the West.
    (AP, 6/2/14)
2014        Jun 2, Russia granted Ukraine another week before it will start demanding prepayment for gas, without which it has threatened to cut off supplies.
    (AP, 6/2/14)
2014        Jun 2, Somali and African Union troops began carrying out a major security swoop in Mogadishu, arresting dozens of suspected Shebab militants believed to have infiltrated the capital.
    (AP, 6/7/14)
2014        Jun 2, Spain's King Juan Carlos announced he will abdicate in favor of his son, Crown Prince Felipe (46), making way for a "new generation." He had led Spain's transition from dictatorship to democracy but faced royal scandals amid the nation's near financial meltdown.
    (AP, 6/2/14)
2014        Jun 2, In Syria 13 people were killed overnight when government forces dropped four barrel bombs from helicopters into rebel-held districts of Aleppo. A car bomb killed at least 10 people in a Syrian government-held area of the central province of Homs. Rebel rocket fire on government-controlled areas of Aleppo killed 50 people over the weekend.
    (Reuters, 6/2/14)
2014        Jun 2, The Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 airplane made a successful inaugural flight as its makers prepare for what they hope will be the first round-the-world solar flight.
    (AP, 6/2/14)
2014        Jun 2, In eastern Ukraine hundreds of armed insurgents attacked a border guards' camp in Luhansk. At least 5 rebels were killed in the clash. There was another rebel attack on a government checkpoint in Slovyansk.
    (AP, 6/2/14)
2014        Jun 2, In northern Yemen at least 120 people were killed in fighting between Shi'ite Muslim Houthi rebels and government forces before a ceasefire was agreed.
    (Reuters, 6/3/14)
2014        Jun 2, A Yemeni security official and witnesses said the bodies of dozens of illegal immigrants, mostly from Somalia and Ethiopia, have been found on western beaches after their boat capsized in the Red Sea. The bodies started turning up on May 30.
    (AP, 6/2/14)

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