657 Jun 2, St. Eugene I ended
his reign as Catholic Pope.
1537 Jun 2, Pope Paul III
banned the enslavement of Indians in the New World.
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.
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.”
(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.
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
1797 Jun 2, 1st ascent of
"Great Mountain" (4,622') in Adirondack, NY, was by C. Broadhead.
1818 Jun 2, The British army
defeated the Maratha alliance in Bombay, India.
1821 Jun 2, Ion Bratianu
(Lib), premier of Romania (1876-88), was born.
1834 Jun 2, The 5th national
black convention met in NYC.
1835 Jun 2, St. Pius X, 257th
Roman Catholic pope (1903-14), was born.
1835 Jun 2, P.T. Barnum and
his circus began 1st tour of US.
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,
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.
1857 Jun 2, Karl Gjellerup,
poet, novelist (Nobel 1917), was born in Denmark.
1857 Jun 2, James Gibbs of
Virginia patented a chain-stitch single-thread sewing machine.
1858 Jun 2, Donati Comet was
1st seen and named after its discoverer.
1859 Jun 2, French forces
crossed the Ticino River, the last natural barrier between
themselves and Milan with the Austrians in retreat.
1863 Jun 2, Felix
Weingartner, conductor (Zara, Dalmatia), was born in Germany.
1864 Jun 2, This was day 2 in
the US Civil War Battle of Cold Harbor.
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.
1865 Jun 2, At Galveston,
Confederate General Kirby-Smith surrendered the Trans-Mississippi
Department to Northern Forces.
1866 Jun 2, Renegade Irish
Fenians surrendered to US forces.
1875 Jun 2, James A. Healy,
the 1st black Roman Catholic bishop in the US, was consecrated in
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.”
1883 Jun 2, The first
baseball game under electric lights was played in Fort Wayne,
1883 Jun 2, Chicago's "El"
opened to traffic.
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.
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."
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.
1901 Jun 2, Michael Todd,
producer (Around the World in 80 Days), was born.
1902 Jun 2, 2nd statewide
initiative and referendum law was adopted in Oregon.
1903 Jun 2, Robert Morris
Page, physicist, inventor of pulse radar, was born.
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.
1910 Jun 2, Pygmies were
discovered in Dutch New Guinea (Papua).
1913 Jun 2, Bert Farber,
orchestra leader (Arthur Godfrey, Vic Damone), was born in
1913 Jun 2, Barbara Pym (Mary
Crampton), English novelist (Less Than Angels, Quartet in Autumn),
1913 Jun 2, The 1st strike
settlement mediated by US Dep't of Labor for the RR clerks.
1914 Jun 2, Glenn Curtiss
flew his Langley Aerodrome.
1917 Jun 2, Max Showalter,
actor, composer (Stockard Channing Show), was born in Caldwell,
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.
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.
1926 Jun 2, Milo O'Shea,
actor (Barbarella, Romeo & Juliet), was born.
1927 Jun 2, Phillip Burton,
historian (Vanishing Eagles), was born.
1928 Jun 2, Nationalist
Chiang Kai-shek captured Peking, China, in a bloodless takeover.
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.
1932 Jun 2, Sammy Turner,
singer (Lavender Blue Moods), was born in Patterson, NJ.
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,
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.
1936 Jun 2, Gen'l. Anastasio
Somoza took over as dictator of Nicaragua.
1940 Jun 2, Constantine II,
the deposed king of Greece (-1967), was born.
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.
1941 Jun 2, Stacy Keach,
actor (Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer), was born in Savannah, Ga.
1941 Jun 2, Charlie Watts,
drummer (Rolling Stones-Brown Sugar), was born.
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.
1943 Jun 2, Charles Haid,
actor (Hill St Blues, Altered States), was born in SF, Ca.
1943 Jun 2, 99th Pursuit
Squadron flew its 1st combat mission over Italy.
1944 Jun 2, Marvin Hamlisch,
US composer, pianist (The Sting, Chorus Line), was born.
1944 Jun 2, Allied "shuttle
bombing" of Germany began, with bombers departing from Italy and
landing in the Soviet Union.
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.
1948 Jun 2, Jerry Mathers,
actor (Beaver-Leave It To Beaver), was born in Sioux City, Iowa.
1948 Jun 2, Jamaican-born
track star Herb McKenley set a new world record for the 400 yard
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.
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,
1954 Jun 2, Senator Joseph
McCarthy charged that there are communists working in the CIA and
atomic weapons plants.
1955 Jun 2, Dana Carvey,
comedian (Sat Night Live-Church Lady, George Bush), was born.
1955 Jun 2, Garry Grimes,
actor (Summer of '42, Class of '44), was born in SF.
1959 Jun 2, Allen Ginsberg
wrote his poem "Lysergic Acid," in SF.
1961 Jun 2, George S. Kaufman
(72), playwright, director, Pulitzer prize winner, died.
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.”
1964 Jun 2, Rolling Stones
made their 1st US concert tour debut in Lynn, Mass.
1965 Jun 2, The 2nd of 2
cyclones in less than a month killed 35,000 along the Ganges River
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.
1967 Jun 2, Zamah Cunningham
(b.1892), actress, died. Her films included “Here Come the Girls”
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.
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.
1972 Jun 2, Dion & the
Belmonts held a reunion concert at Madison Square Garden.
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.
1975 Jun 2, Vice President
Nelson Rockefeller said his commission had found no widespread
pattern of illegal activities at the Central Intelligence Agency.
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
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.
1976 Jun 2, Alan Dewitt
(b.1921), film and TV actor, died.
1977 Jun 2, New Jersey Gov.
Brendan T. Byrne signed a law allowing casino gambling in Atlantic
1977 Jun 2, Forrest Lewis
(b.1899), American TV and film actor, died.
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,
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.
1983 Jun 2, A toilet caught
fire on Air Canada's DC-9 and 23 died at Cincinnati.
1984 Jun 2, B.A. Skiff
discovered asteroid #3617.
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.
1986 Jun 2, NYC transit
system issued a new brass with steel bull’s-eye token.
1987 Jun 2, President Reagan
announced he was nominating economist Alan Greenspan to succeed
Paul Volcker as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board.
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.”
1987 Jun 2, Sammy Kaye
(b.1910), orchestra leader (Sammy Kaye Show), died of cancer in
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.
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.
1989 Jun 2, President Bush
returned from a European trip, calling it "a triumph of hope" for
a world moving beyond the Cold War.
1989 Jun 2, 10,000 Chinese
soldiers were blocked by 100,000 citizens protecting students
demonstrating for democracy in Tiananmen Square, Beijing
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.
1990 Jun 2, Jack Gilford
(b.1908), comedic actor (Cocoon II), died of stomach cancer.
1990 Jun 2, Sir Rex Harrison
(82), actor (My Fair Lady), died in New York.
1990 Jun 2, Frederick
Mellinger (76), founder of Fredericks of Hollywood, died.
1991 Jun 2, “The Will Rogers
Follies” won best musical at Broadway’s Tony Awards; “Lost in
Yonkers” was named best play.
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
1992 Jun 2, Bill Clinton
officially clinched the Democratic presidential nomination as he
won the six final primaries of the campaign.
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.
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.
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.
1994 Jun 2, President Clinton
met at the Vatican with Pope John Paul II.
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.
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.
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,
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
(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)
1998 Jun 2, Monica Lewinsky
hired a new defense team, Jacob Stein and Plato Cacheris,
replacing William H. Ginsburg as her lead attorney.
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
(SFC, 6/3/98, p.A12)
1999 Jun 2, President Clinton
met at the Vatican with Pope John Paul II.
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.
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
(SFC, 6/3/99, p.C4)
1999 Jun 2, In Japan the
government agreed to make the birth control pill available by
(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.
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
(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.
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,
2002 Jun 2, "Thoroughly
Modern Millie" won six Tony Awards, including best musical.
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.
2002 Jun 2, American
journalist and columnist Flora Lewis died in Paris at age 79.
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.
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
(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
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
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.
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
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
2005 Jun 2, Thirteen-year-old
Anurag Kashyap won the national spelling bee championship by
correctly spelling "appoggiatura," which refers to an embellishing
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.
2005 Jun 2, Researchers
reported that human trust in others was related to the hormone
(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.
2005 Jun 2, On Australia's
southwest coast up to 160 whales became stranded on 2 beaches
after 2 pods beached themselves.
2005 Jun 2, Federal police
targeted Brazil's environmental protection agency in a crackdown
on illegal logging, arresting 48 officials and several independent
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
(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.
2006 Jun 2, Two Egyptian
security officers were killed in an exchange of fire with Israeli
troops after crossing the border into Israel.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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."
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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,
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.
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,
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
(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.
2007 Jun 2, Bulgarian PM
Sergey Stanishev said he had accepted the resignation of two
ministers, following a corruption scandal that has shaken his
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.
2007 Jun 2, In Rostock,
Germany, masked demonstrators protesting the upcoming G-8 summit
meeting hurled stones and flagpoles at police.
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.
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
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,
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.
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.
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.
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
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
(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.
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.
2007 Jun 2, In Mogadishu,
Somalia, unknown gunmen killed a government official, Hassan Ali
Sa'id, as he was about to enter his house.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
(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
(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.
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.
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
(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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
2010 Jun 2, The US introduced
“Common Core” educational standards for mathematics and English
language arts. The common core initiative was sponsored by the
National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief
State School Officers (CCSSO).
(Econ, 6/13/15, p.28)
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
(SFC, 6/4/10, p.A1)(SSFC, 6/6/10, p.A14)(SFC,
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
2010 Jun 2, Two Mexican
federal police officers were killed in a clash with gunmen in
northern Nuevo Leon state.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
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
(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.
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.
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.
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."
2011 Jun 2, In Britain an
explosion at a Chevron oil refinery in Pembroke, Wales, killed
(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,
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2012 Jun 2, Britain’s Queen
Elizabeth II arrived at Epsom racecourse to kick off four days of
celebrations for her diamond jubilee.
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
(Reuters, 6/3/12)(Reuters, 6/4/12)(SFC, 6/4/12,
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2012 Jun 2, In northern
Lebanon gunbattles between pro- and anti-Syrian groups killed at
least one person and wounded nine.
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.
2012 Jun 2, In northwest
Pakistan an American drone fired two missiles at a motorbike,
killing two suspected militants in South Waziristan.
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.
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.
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
2013 Jun 2, In southern
California police in Gardena shot and killed Ricardo Diaz-Zeferino
following a botched report of a bicycle theft. Video released in
2015 showed Diaz-Zeferino with his palms open at his waist when he
was killed. The city of Gardena paid $4.7 million to settle a suit
with Diaz-Zeferino’s family and another man wounded in the
(SFC, 7/16/15, p.A7)
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
(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.
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.
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.
2013 Jun 2, China’s President
Xi Jinping arrived in Costa Rica, the only country in Central
America to have diplomatic relations with China.
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.
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.
2013 Jun 2, In Ethiopia at
least 4,000 demonstrators marched peacefully in Addis Ababa
against unemployment and corruption and demanded the release of
(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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2013 Jun 2, In South Sudan
cattle rustlers attacked a village killing 11 people and wounding
eight. More than 50 cattle were reported stolen.
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.
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.
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,
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
2015 Jun 2, The US Senate
passed the USA Freedom Act and Pres. Obama swiftly signed it into
law. It replaced and reformed a recently lapsed provision of the
Patriot Act. This will stop the indiscriminate harvesting of the
phone-call records by the NSA. It also contained changes to shine
some light on the secret “FISA court” established by Foreign
Intelligence Surveillance Act.
(Econ, 6/6/15, p.20)
2015 Jun 2, US law
enforcement officials said the FBI is operating a small fleet of
low flying planes, traced to at least 13 fake companies across the
country, carrying surveillance technology for ongoing
investigations without a judge’s approval.
(SFC, 6/3/15, p.A7)
2015 Jun 2, In Florida a
Petty Officer 3rd Class Cody Shoemaker (22) was sentenced to
eighteen months in prison for secretly videotaping female trainees
as they undressed for showers aboard the submarine Wyoming. He was
the 4th crew member to be sentenced to prison. Three more crew
members awaited trial.
(SFC, 6/3/15, p.A6)
2015 Jun 2, In Boston Dias
Kadyrbayev (21), a friend of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar
Tsarnaev, was sentenced to six years in prison for not calling
police when he recognized Tsarnaev as a suspect in 2013.
(SFC, 6/3/15, p.A6)
2015 Jun 2, The FBI and
Boston police confronted Usaama Rahim (26) on a sidewalk and
fatally shot him after he refused to drop a knife. Rahim was
suspected of planning to randomly kill police officers. On June 12
Nicholas Rovinsky (24) of Rhode Island and David Wright (25) of
Massachusetts were charged with conspiring with Rahim to kill US
(SFC, 6/3/15, p.A7)(SFC, 6/13/15, p.A4)
2015 Jun 2, Irwin A. Rose,
2004 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry, died in Deerfield, Mass. He
shared the prize with two Israeli scientists. Their work explained
how living cells recycle and dispose unneeded molecules.
(SFC, 6/5/15, p.D5)
2015 Jun 2, Disney said it
will be introducing a new line of toys that combine high-tech
wearable gadgets and old-school superhero role-playing to keep
kids moving. Disney’s Playmation will hit stores in October and
(SFC, 6/3/15, p.C3)
2015 Jun 2, In Afghanistan
militants attacked a remote guesthouse and killed 9 Afghans
working for a Czech charity in Balkh province. A new report by
US-based Brown University said that almost 100,000 people have
been killed in Afghanistan since the 2001 US-led invasion.
2015 Jun 2, Bahraini
authorities said they have busted a 14-member Shiite "terrorist"
group accused of having carried out bomb attacks on police and
civilians in the Sunni-ruled monarchy.
2015 Jun 2, Protesters in
Burundi clashed again with police just three days ahead of
parliamentary elections after a month of demonstrations against
President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a controversial third term.
2015 Jun 2, In eastern Congo
DRC 4 soldiers and 3 assailants were killed overnight when a gang
raided the Goma airport during an apparent robbery.
2015 Jun 2, In France police
evacuated hundreds of migrants from a makeshift tent camp near a
major train station and tourist area in Paris, then bulldozed
their leftover debris from a patch of pavement that had become a
symbol of Europe's migrant crisis.
2015 Jun 2, In Iraq a car
bomb struck near a restaurant in Baghdad, killing 6 people.
2015 Jun 2, The United States
and its allies launched 10 air strikes against Islamic State
targets in Iraq and five in Syria over the last 24 hours.
2015 Jun 2, In northeastern
Nepal a small helicopter on an earthquake relief mission crashed
in high mountains, killing at least 4 people.
2015 Jun 2, The Dutch Safety
Board made a draft report on last year's crash of Malaysia
Airlines Flight 17 available to representatives of Malaysia,
Ukraine, the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, Australia
and the Netherlands. It did not publicize details of the
2015 Jun 2, In northeastern
Nigeria Boko Haram attacked Maiduguri with deafening explosions
from the west and a suicide bombing near the center killed at
least 13 people.
(AP, 6/2/15)(AFP, 6/4/15)
2015 Jun 2, A local Salafist
leader was shot dead in Gaza City during a confrontation with
Hamas security forces as tensions mounted between the Strip's
Islamist rulers and its extremist opponents.
2015 Jun 2, Philippine
President Benigno Aquino began a four-day visit to Japan that will
see him court investment and seek support for his opposition to
China's land reclamation in the South China Sea.
2015 Jun 2, Polish
authorities said they will cull about 5,800 pigs to prevent the
spread of African swine fever.
2015 Jun 2, South Korea
confirmed the country's first two deaths from Middle East
Respiratory Syndrome as it fights to contain the spread of the
2015 Jun 2, Sudanese
President Omar al-Bashir was sworn in for another five years after
he swept elections in April marked by a low turnout and an
2015 Jun 2, In Switzerland
Sepp Blatter, recently re-elected president of FIFA for a fifth
term, announced that he would resign. Blatter said he would remain
president until a new election can be set up, sometime between
December and March.
2015 Jun 2, Syrian militants
sent reinforcements to fight the Islamic State group in the
northern province of Aleppo, where rival factions battled near the
2015 Jun 2, In Thailand
three-star Lieutenant General Manus Kongpan, accused of
involvement in human trafficking, turned himself in to
2015 Jun 2, Turkish President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan filed a criminal complaint against the
opposition daily Cumhuriyet newspaper and its editor for
publishing images allegedly showing trucks belonging to the state
intelligence service helping send weapons to rebels in Syria. The
New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and the
Paris-based Reporters Without Borders condemned Erdogan over his
recent attacks on the journalists.
2015 Jun 2, In Yemen armed
tribesmen killed 18 Houthi fighters in an ambush in the central
province of Ibb. 4 people died of dengue fever in the
battle-scarred district of Crater.
(Reuters, 6/2/15)(Reuters, 6/3/15)
2016 Jun 2, The United States
said it has sanctioned Burundi military commander Marius
Ngendabanka, security official Ignace Sibomana and rebel leader
Edouard Nshimirimana for engaging in actions or policies that
threaten the peace, security or stability of the East African
2016 Jun 2, The US attorney's
office said Martin Rhys-Jones (52) of the United Kingdom has
pleaded guilty in federal court in Buffalo to laundering money
acquired in a wire fraud conspiracy. He pleaded guilty to his role
in operating a Spain-based "boiler room" operation that conned
about 250 investors out of nearly $3 million.
2016 Jun 2, In the SF Bay
Area Santa Clara resident Gerald Villabrille Jr. (44) was found
dead in a Freemont home following an overnight exchange of gunfire
with police. The home was burned after police used tear gas, which
likely ignited the fire. The suspect had shot and wounded two
officers a day earlier following a traffic stop. His pickup was
believed stolen and two people who with him were detained as
Villabrille fled. Authorities on June 6 said Villabrille likely
died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
(SFC, 6/3/16, p.A11)(SFC, 6/7/16, p.C4)
2016 Jun 2, In Tennessee a
Blue Angels F/A-18 fighter jet crashed in Smyrna. Marine Capt.
Jeff Kuss (32) was killed in the crash.
(SFC, 6/3/16, p.A8)(SSFC, 6/12/16, p.A6)
2016 Jun 2, In Texas a new
round of storms dumped more rain on flood-hit parts of the state,
threatening to aggravate already swollen rivers, deluge homes and
force more evacuations.
2016 Jun 2, In central Texas
a US Army troop carrier overturned in a swollen Fort Hood creek,
killing 9 soldiers.
(Reuters, 6/3/16)(AFP, 6/4/16)
2016 Jun 2, In western
Afghanistan an explosion at a market place in Laghman province
killed two civilians and wounded 16. A roadside bombing killed two
policemen and wounded two others in eastern Ghazni province.
(AP, 6/2/16)(AP, 6/3/16)
2016 Jun 2, In Brazil Italo
Ferreira (10), chased by police, stepped on the gas in a stolen
car until police stopped him with a bullet to the head in Sao
Paulo. Police said they fired in self-defense because Italo was
armed and shot at them from the car. Investigators later alleged
the crime scene was tampered with.
2016 Jun 2, The European
Union and United States signed a deal aimed at protecting personal
data shared by law enforcement authorities in the EU and US as
they tackle major crime.
2016 Jun 2, German officials
said at least 5 people have been killed in floods caused by
prolonged heavy rain in southern Bavaria state and thousands of
households were cut off from electricity. Earlier this week 3
people were killed in floods in the southwestern state of
Baden-Wuerttemberg and a young girl was killed by a train as she
took shelter from the rain under a railway bridge.
2016 Jun 2, The Int’l.
Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala and local officials
arrested 25 people and issued warrants for 27 more as they
unveiled that former Pres. Otto Perez Molina’s entire political
party had been a mere front plan to capture and run the state for
(Econ, 6/11/16, p.36)
2016 Jun 2, An Indian court
convicted 24 Hindu men for their role in one of the many deadly
religious riots that swept across the western state of Gujarat for
three months in 2002, leaving more than 1,000 dead.
2016 Jun 2, Jordan's border
guards killed two suspected infiltrators trying to enter the
kingdom from Syria.
2016 Jun 2, Libya’s navy
retrieved the bodies of at least 117 migrants on a beach in the
western town of Zwara. By June 5 the number reached 133.
(AFP, 6/3/16)(SFC, 6/4/16, p.A4)(Reuters,
2016 Jun 2, A top Libyan
commander loyal to the U.N.-brokered government said his forces
have pushed into an Islamic State stronghold in central Libya and
are now fighting militants on the streets of Sirte.
2016 Jun 2, Niger reported an
outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu virus among
poultry after the outbreak was confirmed at the end of May. The
outbreak, which killed all 86,000 poultry birds at the affected
site, started in late February, and followed a previous outbreak
in the country last year.
2016 Jun 2, Norway announced
that nine scientists have won this year’s Kavli Prize for their
work on gravitational waves.
(SSFC, 6/5/16, p.C8)
2016 Jun 2, A Romanian
medical helicopter crashed in southern Moldova, killing all four
people on board.
2016 Jun 2, Sri Lanka
performed final Buddhist rites at the site of last month's massive
landslide and ended the search for some 100 people believed to
have been buried under the broken earth.
2016 Jun 2, In Geneva OPEC
oil ministers ended a meeting without reaching any kind of
consensus on regulating the price and supply of crude, a result
that triggered an immediate drop in energy markets. The OPEC oil
cartel said that it has appointed Nigeria's Mohammed Barkindo as
its new secretary general.
(AP, 6/2/16)(AFP, 6/2/16)
2016 Jun 2, A Tajikistan
court sentenced two leaders of the Central Asian nation's banned
Islamic opposition party to life imprisonment over an alleged
2016 Jun 2, Thai authorities
uncovered a trove of animal parts and intercepted a monk trying to
leave the controversial “tiger temple” with tiger skins and fangs,
the latest discovery to fuel accusations that the zoo is involved
in the illegal wildlife trade.
2016 Jun 2, Turkey recalled
its ambassador to Germany in protest against a parliament
resolution declaring the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman
forces a "genocide" at a time when Europe is looking for Ankara's
help in the migrant crisis.
2016 Jun 2, Yemeni officials
said the country's Shiite rebels have retaken ground from forces
loyal to the internationally recognized government in two central
provinces, with at least 85 fighters killed on both sides over the
past three days.
2017 Jun 2, In San Francisco
Matthew Bate (33) of Australia got into an argument with two men
that turned physical early today outside the Da Vinci Villa hotel
in the Russian Hill neighborhood. Bate was pronounced dead at a
hospital. One arrest was announced a day later.
2017 Jun 2, Jack O’Neill
(94), a pioneer of the surfing wetsuit, died at his home in Santa
Cruz. He had opened his first surf shop along San Francisco’s
Great Highway in 1952 and adopted the use of neoprene for surfing
suits. Neoprene had already been implemented by the US Navy based
on a design by UC physicist Hugh Bradner.
(SFC, 6/3/17, p.A7)
2017 Jun 2, In Chicago Robert
Bibbs (26), who typed out emoji and other text messages to advise
his cousin thousands of miles away on how to kill Sheila von
Wiese-Mack, a wealthy Chicago woman vacationing in Indonesia, was
sentenced to nine years in prison. In 2014 cousin Tommy Schaefer
girlfriend Heather Mack had stuffed the 62-year-old's body in a
2017 Jun 2, Eric Conn, an
eastern Kentucky disability lawyer, fled to Mexico. Conn had
pleaded guilty in March for defrauding the government of nearly
(SFC, 6/5/17, p.A5)(AP, 10/17/17)
2017 Jun 2, North Carolina
police found two adults dead and a toddler alone in a bedroom in
Wilson. Michael Allen Joyner (38) flew to Los Angeles where he was
arrested for killing his father and wife with an ax.
(SFC, 6/4/17, p.A4)
2017 Jun 2, In Texas three
police officers were wounded in Laredo in a shootout with Antonio
Geraldo Rodriguez (55), a suspect in the fatal shooting of his
(SSFC, 6/4/17, p.A6)
2017 Jun 2, In Afghanistan
protesters demanding the resignation of the Afghan government
after this week's devastating truck-bomb in Kabul clashed with
riot police in a confrontation that resulted in at least six
people dead. Salim Ezadyar, son of a senior Afghan
parliamentarian, was among those killed in the clashes.
(AP, 6/2/17)(Reuters, 6/3/17)(AP, 6/3/17)
2017 Jun 2, British police
arrested a new suspect in the May 22 terrorist attack at a pop
concert in Manchester, bringing to 11 the number of men in
2017 Jun 2, In northern
Cameroon two suicide bombers killed nine other people and wounded
30 near a camp in Kolofata housing civilians displaced by
Nigeria's Boko Haram militants.
2017 Jun 2, Premier Li
Keqiang said China is opposed to Pyongyang's missile launches and
will support any new United Nations sanctions against the country.
2017 Jun 2, A key Chinese
regulator issued a notice demanding broadcasters distribute
programs that promote "core socialist values", and "forcefully
oppose" content that celebrates money worship, hedonism, radical
individualism and feudal thought.
2017 Jun 2, The EU said that
it would increase cooperation with China to curb climate change
after President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the Paris accord
on climate change, triggering a furious global backlash.
2017 Jun 2, German police
arrested a Romanian truck driver (40) suspected of raping and
killing a woman in southwestern Germany last year and another
woman in Austria in 2014. Both women were killed with an iron bar.
2017 Jun 2, In Guatemala a
court sentenced Rolando Antonio Jimenez to 23 years in prison for
the 2014 killing of journalist Felipe David Munguia Jimenez.
2017 Jun 2, Hong Kong
pro-democracy leaders unveiled a bottle of Chinese baijiu marking
the date June 4, 1989, when communist leaders sent tanks and
troops to retake Beijing's Tiananmen Square from student-led
protesters. The bottle of forbidden liquor was produced last year
by Chinese activists to mark the military crackdown and arrived in
Hong Kong after a trip around the world. Four Chinese dissidents
were arrested last year for bottling the baijiu in a bid to raise
awareness about the crackdown.
2017 Jun 2, Hungary's PM
Viktor Orban said that harsh criticism by billionaire George Soros
is a "declaration of war." Soros has accused Orban of running a
corrupt "mafia state." Orban alleged that the Hungarian-American
investor was paying "agent-like networks" of non-governmental
organizations to enforce his policies, including the promotion of
migration, in Europe and Hungary.
2017 Jun 2, In southwestern
Mexico five people were killed over the last 24 hours as Tropical
Storm Beatriz dumped heavy rain, causing landslides that destroyed
homes, damaged roads and uprooted trees.
2017 Jun 2, Moldovan
President Igor Dodon said that Moldova was unable to join the
European Union in its current form, questioning the benefits of
integration with the bloc after Britain voted to quit.
2017 Jun 2, In northern
Morocco several thousand people protested in Al-Hoceima to demand
the authorities release an activist arrested for leading months of
demonstrations against official abuses and corruption.
2017 Jun 2, Police in Myanmar
arrested a newspaper's chief editor and a columnist for allegedly
defaming the military by publishing an article mocking its role in
the country's efforts to reach a peace agreement with fractious
2017 Jun 2, The chief
executive of Norway's $960 billion sovereign wealth fund said he
will ask the banks in which it has invested to disclose how their
lending contributes to global emissions of greenhouse gases.
2017 Jun 2, In the
Philippines an attack early today at the Resorts World Manila
entertainment complex in Pasay City, lasted more than six hours
before an unidentified gunman was found dead in a hotel room from
an apparent suicide. He had opened fire and starting a blaze that
killed 37 people, mostly suffocated in the chaos as guests and
staff tried to flee choking smoke in the complex's main gambling
area. On June 4 police identified the gunman as Jessie Carlos, a
heavily indebted Filipino gambling addict.
(Reuters, 6/2/17)(AP, 6/4/17)
2017 Jun 2, A Russian Soyuz
capsule, carrying astronauts Russia's Oleg Novitsky and Thomas
Pesquet of France, landed in Kazakhstan after a half-year aboard
the International Space Station. NASA's Peggy Whitson's mission
aboard the space station has been extended by three months.
2017 Jun 2, South Africa's
ruling ANC party asked the government to explain leaked emails
detailing alleged bribes and corruption, as President Jacob Zuma
faced a fresh wave of scandal.
2017 Jun 2, South Sudan’s
health ministry said fifteen children died in Nachodopele village
last month after being administered with contaminated measles
vaccines. Local officials failed to follow guidelines, storing the
vaccine unrefrigerated for four days and using a single syringe
for the entire campaign.
2017 Jun 2, Turkish police
and coast guards seized more than a ton of heroin in a raid on the
Commander Tide ship, a Congo-flagged ship in international waters.
Nine crew members were detained.
2018 Jun 2, US Commerce
Secretary Wilbur Ross arrived in Beijing for talks on China's
promise to buy more American goods after Washington revived
tensions by renewing its threat of tariff hikes on Chinese
2018 Jun 2, In California
climbers Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold died in a fall from El
Capitan in Yosemite National Park while climbing the Freeblast
route on the granite formation.
(SSFC, 6/3/18, p.A9)(SFC, 6/11/18, p.A1)
2018 Jun 2, San Francisco
police officers while checking on a missing person report
discovered the dismembered body of Maggie Mamer (61) at a Mission
district apartment. Roommate Lisa Gonzales (47 was soon arrested
and accused of the murder.
(SFC, 6/9/18, p.C4)
2018 Jun 2, In Hawaii
National Guard troops, police and firefighters ushered the last
group of evacuees from homes on the eastern tip of the Big Island,
hours before lava from the Kilauea volcano cut off road access to
2018 Jun 2, In New York a
small plane crashed off the coast of East Hampton killing 4 people
including prominent home builder Bernard Krupinski (70).
(SFC, 6/4/18, p.A4)
2018 Jun 2, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb killed Afghan archaeologist Abdul Wahab Ferozi near
the Mes Aynak ancient Buddhist excavation site, also home to the
country's largest copper reserve, raising concerns about
increasing threats to government-backed projects.
2018 Jun 2, In Canada G7
finance ministers ended their annual meeting with US allies united
in condemning Washington's aggressive protectionism, calling on
President Donald Trump to reverse his decision to impose punishing
2018 Jun 2, China's the
Xinhua news agency reported that police in Fujian province have
arrested 15 people suspected of producing more than 55,000
counterfeit bottles of brands of fine alcohol, which enabled them
to sell off poor quality booze at top-drawer prices. At least two
of the workshops had been operating since 2015.
2018 Jun 2, Congo DRC health
authorities said they had detected five fresh suspected cases of
Ebola in the deadly outbreak afflicting the northwest of the
2018 Jun 2, In Egypt Abdel
Fattah al-Sisi was sworn in for a second term as president.
2018 Jun 2, Indonesian
anti-terrorism police detained a former student and questioned two
others after a raid on a university campus in Pekanbaru, on
Sumatra island, where crude bombs and other explosive material
2018 Jun 2, In Iraq Islamic
State militants killed 12 members of the same family, including
women and children, in an attack on their home in the village of
al-Farahatiyah, Salahuddin province.
2018 Jun 2, Government forces
in Indian-controlled Kashmir fired shotgun pellets and tear gas at
hundreds of mourners during a funeral march for a man killed when
he was run over by a paramilitary vehicle during a protest.
2018 Jun 2, Israeli troops
shot dead a Palestinian who tried to ram a tractor into soldiers
and civilians in the occupied West Bank.
2018 Jun 2, Hundreds of
Jordanians demonstrated in Amman for a third consecutive day
against price hikes and an income tax draft law driven by IMF
recommendations to slash its public debt.
2018 Jun 2, In Mali at least
12 people were injured when opposition demonstrators clashed with
police at a banned political rally in Bamako.
2018 Jun 2, In Mauritius the
Rainbow Collective, which advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender (LGBT) rights, attempted to hold a Pride parade in
downtown Port Louis, attracting around 200 people. March
organizers decided to cancel their event fearing clashes after a
group of Muslims waving placards with anti-gay slogans gathered
for a prayer meeting nearby.
2018 Jun 2, Myanmar's
National Security Adviser Thaung Tun said his country is willing
to take back all 700,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees who have fled to
Bangladesh if they volunteer to return.
2018 Jun 2, Nicaraguan
protesters fired homemade mortars to fend off a police crackdown
in new unrest that left at least six people dead, including a US
citizen, as the opposition renewed calls for President Daniel
2018 Jun 2, Thousands of
Palestinians, including hundreds of medical workers in white
uniforms, took part in the funeral procession of Razan Najjar (21)
who was shot dead by Israeli troops the previous day along the
Israel-Gaza border. After the funeral dozens of mourners headed to
the fence and started throwing stones at the Israeli soldiers. The
Palestinian Health Ministry said five protesters were wounded by
2018 Jun 2, Saudi state news
said the government has temporarily released eight people accused
of communicating with organizations opposed to the kingdom but is
holding nine others in detention.
2018 Jun 2, In Spain
nationalists regained control of Catalonia's government and
immediately pledged to seek independence for the wealthy region,
posing a swift challenge to new PM Pedro Sanchez who took office
on the same day.
2018 Jun 2, In Tibet an
unidentified number of monks and nuns completed three days of
training in Lhasa as part of a campaign to strengthen China's
ruling Communist Party's grip on religion.
2018 Jun 2, Turkey's military
said overnight air strikes by Turkish warplanes had "neutralized"
at least 15 militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party
(PKK) in northern Iraq as well as in Turkey's eastern provinces of
Tunceli and Siirt. Two Turkish soldiers were reported killed and
one soldier severely wounded after a rocket attack by the PKK to a
military construction vehicle in northern Iraq.
2018 Jun 2, Venezuela's
government freed dozens more opposition activists from jail,
bringing to almost 80 the number of prisoners whose release
authorities hope will unite the fractured nation.
2018 Jun 2, Yemeni medics and
military sources said the battle for the rebel-controlled port of
Hodeida has left more than 100 soldiers and insurgents dead in
less than a week.
2019 Jun 2, In Afghanistan
four bombings killed at least two people and wounded 27.
2019 Jun 2, In Germany Walter
Luebcke (65), a politician from Chancellor Angela Merkel's party,
was reportedly found with a gunshot wound to the head. He was in
charge of the Kassel area regional administration. Stephan E.
(45), a suspected right-wing radical, was arrested two weeks later
after police found his DNA at the scene.
(AP, 6/3/19)(Reuters, 6/18/19)
2019 Jun 2, Thousands of
Israeli religious nationalists paraded through the streets of
Jerusalem and into the main entrance of the Old city's Muslim
Quarter to mark Jerusalem Day, celebrating the regions capture in
(SFC, 6/3/19, p.A2)
o2019 Jun 2, Pope Francis
apologized to the Roma ethnic minority for their history of
discrimination in Europe and paid homage to Romanian Catholics
persecuted during communist rule as he wrapped up his third and
final day in the country.
(SFC, 6/3/19, p.A2)
2019 Jun 2, In northwestern
Syria at least 19 people were killed in a car bomb near a bustling
market and mosque in Azaz, a rebel-held city in Aleppo province.