Today in History - June 2
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575 Jun 2,
Benedict I began his reign as Catholic Pope.
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
(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
(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
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, Indiana.
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 Brooklyn,
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, Ks.
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
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, China.
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 dash.
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
(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 New
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 pontiff.
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
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
(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 majority.
(SFC, 4/28/97, p.10)(SFC, 6/3/97, p.A8)
1997 Jun 2, Conservative
President Jacques Chirac of France, forced to share power with
Socialists who had routed his party in national elections, handed
the premiership to former opposition leader Lionel Jospin.
(SFC, 6/3/97, p.A12)(AP, 6/2/98)
1997 Jun 2, Nigerian naval
vessels opened fire on Sierra Leone. Ships, planes and troops went
action against the rebels in Freetown.
(SFC, 6/2/97, p.A8)(SFC, 6/3/97, p.A8)
1998 Jun 2, California Prop.
227 was a state ballot measure that would ban bilingual education.
Prop. 226 made it more difficult for unions to use member dues for
political purposes. Prop. 227 won with 61% support and effectively
abolished the state's 30-year-old bilingual education program by
requiring that all children be taught in English. Prop. 226 lost by
a 53% margin. Gray Davis won the Democratic nomination for governor.
He was to face Dan Lungren in the fall. Jerry Brown (60) won the
election for Mayor of Oakland.
(SFC, 4/27/98, p.A1)(SFC, 5/9/98, p.A22)(SFC,
6/3/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 6/4/98, p.A1)
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 rose
(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
(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 access.
(SFC, 6/3/00, p.B1)
2001 Jun 2, Imogene Coca
(b.1908), co-star with Sid Caesar of the 1950s "Your Show of Shows"
TV program, died at age 92 in Westport, Conn.
(SSFC, 6/3/01, p.A29)(NW, 12/31/01, p.108)
2001 Jun 2, In the West Bank
Yasser Arafat announced that he would make every effort to bring
about an unconditional cease-fire.
(SSFC, 6/3/01, p.A1)
2001 Jun 2, In Colombia the
government and FARC guerrillas agreed to swap sick prisoners
followed later by a swap of healthy prisoners.
(SSFC, 6/3/01, p.A16)
2001 Jun 2, Nepal's Crown
Prince Dipendra, on life support after killing at least eight
members of the royal family, including his parents, before turning
the gun on himself, was named king by Nepal's State Council.
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
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
(SFC, 6/3/02, p.A6)
2002 Jun 2, It was reported
that atrazine, a commonly used herbicide made by Sygenta AG of
Switzerland, had been linked to cancer in humans and deformities in
frogs. US farmers sprayed over 60 million pounds of it each year.
(SSFC, 6/2/02, p.A3)(NH, 10/02, p.56)
2003 Jun 2, President Bush,
visiting the Middle East, pledged to work unstintingly for the goal
of Israel and a Palestinian state living side by side without
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 fire them.
(AP, 6/3/03)(Econ, 6/28/03, p.55)
2003 Jun 2, Europe's space
agency launched a mars probe from Kazakhstan.
(WSJ, 6/3/03, p.A1)
2003 Jun 2, Thousands of sacked
Iraqi soldiers marched on the U.S.-led administration and threatened
to launch suicide attacks on American troops in Baghdad unless they
were paid wages and compensation.
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
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
2004 Jun 2, In Congo DRC forces
loyal to renegade Congolese Tutsi commander Brig- Gen. Laurent
Nkunda, captured Bukavo, a key eastern border city from government
(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
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 34 people.
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 February.
(AP, 6/2/05)(WSJ, 6/3/05, p.A1)
2005 Jun 2, The US and France
reached a tentative deal to boost the size of the UN peacekeeping
mission in Ivory Coast by nearly 2,000 troops and police to help
enforce a shaky peace deal. Meanwhile thousands fled a region where
a village was burned and 55 people killed by unidentified gunmen.
(AP, 6/3/05)(WSJ, 6/3/05, p.A1)
2005 Jun 2, Latvian lawmakers
voted to ratify the European Union constitution and challenged other
European nations not to give up hope that the charter can be
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
(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 people.
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
2006 Jun 2, British police
raided a house in east London house and arrested two men, shooting
and wounding one of them. Police said the raid was a response to a
specific threat of attack, refused to comment on news reports that
the men were plotting to use a chemical weapon. Mohammed Abdul Kahar
(23), who was injured in the dawn swoop, and Abul Koyair (20) were
freed June 9 after being held for questioning for a week.
(AP, 6/3/06)(AFP, 6/10/06)
2006 Jun 2, In Toronto, Canada,
17 people were arrested on "terrorism-related" charges including
plotting attacks with fertilizer bombs on Canadian targets. The
adult suspects from Toronto were Chand, alias Abdul Shakur, 25;
Fahim Ahmad, 21; Jahmaal James, 23; and Asin Mohamed Durrani, 19.
Those from Mississauga are Ghany; Shareef Abdelhaleen; Zakaria
Amara, 20; Asad Ansari, 21; Saad Khalid, 19; and Qayyum Abdul Jamal,
43. Mohammed Dirie, 22, and Yasim Abdi Mohamed, 24, were from
Kingston. 14 men and 4 youths, dubbed the “Toronto 18,” were
originally charged. In 2009 Saad Khalid pleaded guilty and was
sentenced to 14 years in prison. On Jan 18, 2010, Saad Gaya (22),
one of the "Toronto 18" group, was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
Zakaria Amara, the acknowledged ringleader, was sentenced to life in
prison. In 2010 a Canadian jury convicted Asad Ansari and Steven
Chand, the final two members of the "Toronto 18" extremist group,
for their role in the bomb plot to blow up Toronto landmarks. On
March 4, 2011, Abdelhaleen was sentenced to life in prison.
(AP, 6/4/06)(SSFC, 6/4/06, p.A1)(Reuters,
5/7/09)(Reuters, 9/3/09)(Reuters, 1/18/10)(SFC, 1/19/10,
p.A2)(Reuters, 6/23/10)(SFC, 3/5/11, p.A2)
2006 Jun 2, Teck Cominco Ltd.,
a Canadian mining company, agreed to pay millions to assess whether
pollution it dumped into the Columbia River damaged wildlife and
public health in Washington state.
(SFC, 6/3/06, p.A3)
2006 Jun 2, Czechs cast ballots
in a tight parliamentary race that revealed deep divisions over
whether the nation needs bold reforms or the status quo. A forecast
predicted the right wing Civic Democratic party of Mirek Topolanek
would win legislative elections with 38% of the vote.
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 five.
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
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
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 wounded.
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 disease.
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 dead.
(AP, 6/2/07)(AFP, 6/3/07)(AP, 6/3/07)
2007 Jun 2, In England
Authorized won the Epsom Derby giving riding legend Frankie Dettori
his first win in the race on his 15th ride.
2007 Jun 2, Bulgarian PM Sergey
Stanishev said he had accepted the resignation of two ministers,
following a corruption scandal that has shaken his centre-left
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, p.A23)(AP,
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 Quran.
(AP, 6/2/07)(AP, 6/3/07)
2007 Jun 2, In the Philippines
a man armed with a 21-inch-long knife killed nine people, including
six children, and wounded 17 others in a rampage in central Samar
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
2008 Jun 2, The United States
lost an appeal in its long-running dispute with Brazil over U.S.
subsidies for cotton farmers at the World Trade Organization (WTO).
2008 Jun 2, SF mayor Gavin
Newsom unveiled a record $6.5 billion budget.
(SFC, 6/3/08, p.A1)
2008 Jun 2, Melvin Weiss (72),
co-founder of the NYC law firm Milberg Weiss, was sentenced to 30
months in prison for his roll in a kickback scheme targeting US
corporations. He was also ordered to pay $9.7 million in forfeitures
and $250,000 in fines.
(SFC, 6/3/08, p.D4)
2008 Jun 2, Scott Coles (48),
Arizona financier, was found dead of apparent suicide. His firm
Mortgages Ltd., a company founded by his father in 1963, entered
bankruptcy on June 24.
(WSJ, 7/16/08, p.A1)
2008 Jun 2, Bo Didley (b.1928),
rhythm and blues pioneer, died in Florida. He had been born as Ellas
Bates in McComb, Mississippi. His 1955 debut recording of “Bo
Didley” landed him a spot on the Ed Sullivan Show.
(SFC, 6/3/08, p.B5)
2008 Jun 2, Mel Ferrer
(b.1917), American actor, director and producer, died in Santa
Barbara, Ca. His films included “Lili” (1953) and “The Brave Bulls”
(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
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 after 2012.
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
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
(SFC, 6/3/09, p.A2)
2009 Jun 2, In Alameda County,
Ca., a jury convicted Wonda Kidd (58), a former escrow officer, of
two counts of felony grand theft in an equity stripping fraud case
that took place from April 2005 to August 2006. Straw buyers were
used to buy property at inflated prices after which a default took
place forcing lenders to foreclose. In 2008 Karim Akil (42) pleaded
guilty to grand theft and was sentenced to 3 years. His assistant
was sentenced to one year in prison.
(SFC, 6/4/09, p.C1)
2009 Jun 2, GM struck a
tentative deal to sell its Hummer brand to China’s Sichuan Tengzhong
Heavy Industrial Machinery Co.
(SFC, 6/3/09, p.C2)
2009 Jun 2, Six Afghan family
members, including two children, were killed in an explosion close
to the US Bagram military base outside Kabul. The Ministry of
Interior said that suspected insurgents carried out a suicide
bombing against the family while they were traveling in a car.
Afghan and coalition forces attacked a residential compound in
Wardak province, killing six militants. The men were said to be
connected to a militant commander blamed for multiple attacks. In
eastern Afghanistan insurgents killed a soldier serving with NATO. A
convoy in Paktia province was hit by a blast that killed one
security guard. A second improvised explosive device then ripped
through the convoy and killed nine guards in another vehicle. An
American soldier and an Afghan interpreter were killed by a roadside
bomb also in Paktia province. 11 Taliban militants were killed in a
joint operation in Zabul province. 2 policemen were killed and five
others were wounded in a roadside bomb blast in southern Kandahar
(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 earlier.
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, Georgia’s Gov.
Sonny Perdue signed a comprehensive transport bill. It divided the
state into 12 regions and gave each one the power to decide on its
own transport projects.
(Econ, 6/19/10, p.33)
2010 Jun 2, In San Francisco a
driver sent 4 bicyclists to hospital following a 6-minute rampage
over 3 neighborhoods in the Mission and Potrero Hill districts. The
car was found but the driver had escaped. On June 5 police
identified the suspect as David Mark Clark (39) of Albany, Ca. Clark
was charged on June 7 with trying to run down and kill bicyclists.
(SFC, 6/4/10, p.A1)(SSFC, 6/6/10, p.A14)(SFC,
2010 Jun 2, Taliban militants
launched a suicide attack on Afghanistan's national peace conference
as President Hamid Karzai interrupted his opening remarks to
reassure nervous delegates hearing the thump of rockets and rattle
of gunfire outside. At least two attackers were killed in fighting
with Afghan security forces near the giant tent erected for the
3-day gathering. Five militants were killed and eight others in
addition to district-level Taliban commander, Mullah Habibullah,
were arrested in the operation in Sayed Abad district of Wardak
province. In Zabul province an operation by NATO and Afghan forces
killed five Taliban insurgents. A clash between Afghan forces and
Taliban militants left four civilians dead in Helmand province. A
roadside bombing in the same province killed four other civilians.
(AP, 6/2/10)(AP, 6/3/10)
2010 Jun 2, In Bangladesh a
four-story apartment building constructed on a former canal
collapsed in Dhaka, burying nearby shanties and killing at least 20
2010 Jun 2, BP Plc forged ahead
with its latest effort to curb the flow of oil spewing into the Gulf
of Mexico as the British energy giant's shares fell anew as the US
government launched criminal and civil probes into the disaster.
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
2010 Jun 2, The US Embassy said
that Polish police arrested Alexsander Efrosman, a businessman from
Staten Island, New York, in Krakow last weekend. The US Commodity
Futures Trading Commission said in a complaint filed in 2005 that
Efrosman, who also goes by Alex Besser, stole about $5 million from
customers of two fraudulent hedge funds that he claimed to manage,
Century Maxim Fund, Inc. and AJR Capital Inc.
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
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
(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 four
(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 a
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
(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
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
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
(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
2012 Jun 2, Iran’s defense
minister said construction of a new space center is 80% finished and
will soon allow the launch more domestically made satellites into
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 double
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
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 political
(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 same
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
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 country's
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
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
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 in
2014 Jun 2, President Mahmoud
Abbas swore in a Palestinian unity government, taking a major step
toward ending a crippling split with his Hamas rivals, but also
setting the stage for new friction with Israel and possibly with the
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
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.
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