Return to home1083 Jun 3,
Henry IV of Germany stormed Rome capturing St. Peter's Basilica.
1098 Jun 3, Christian Crusaders
of the First Crusade seized Antioch, Turkey.
1539 Jun 3, Hernando De Soto
claimed Florida for Spain. In 1922 Lippincott published "Narratives
of de Soto in Florida." The translated texts included "A Narrative
of de Soto's Expedition Based on the Diary of Rodrigo Rangel" by
Gonzalo Fernandez de Oviedo y Valdes."
(HN, 6/3/98)(ON, 4/01, p.5)
1594 Jun 3, Michel Renichon,
priest, was executed.
1610 Jun 3, Jacob Neefs,
Flemish engraver, publisher, was baptized.
1621 Jun 3, The Dutch West
India Company received a charter for New Netherlands, now known as
1661 Jun 3, Gottfried Scheidt
(67), composer, died.
1726 Jun 3, James Hutton,
Scottish geologist, was born. He founded the science of geology and
wrote "A Theory of the Earth."
1732 Jun 3, Pieter Vuyst, Dutch
gov-gen. of Ceylon, was executed.
1769 Jun 3, British navigator,
Captain James Cook, British astronomer Charles Green and Swedish
naturalist Daniel Solander observed and recorded a transit of Venus
across the sun on the island of Tahiti during Cook's first voyage
around the world.
1770 Jun 3, Father Junipero
Serra founded Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo on the shores
of Monterey Bay as a chapel for the new Spanish Presidio of
Monterey. A year later he moved the mission to Carmel.
1771 Jun 3, Sydney Smith,
preacher, reformer, author, was born in Woodford, Essex.
1804 Jun 3, Richard Cobden,
English economist and politician, was born. He became known as 'the
Apostle of free trade.' He led the Anti-Corn League, which in
1839-1846 fought to remove price controls and import barriers for
(HN, 6/3/99)(Econ, 6/5/04, p.10)
1808 Jun 3, Jefferson Davis,
the first and only president of the Confederacy (1861-1865), was
born in Christian County, Ky. He was imprisoned and indicted for
treason, but the case was dropped.
(AP, 6/3/97)(HN, 6/3/99)
1809 Jun 3, John "Christmas"
Beckwith (58), composer, died.
1814 Jun 3, Nicolas Appert
(b.1749), French cook, died. He was the winner of a 12,000 franc
prize offered by Napoleon for developing a method to preserve food.
His original canning method took 14 years to develop and used glass
jars sealed with wax reinforced with wire.
(WSJ, 1/21/03, p.A1)(www.foodreference.com)
1861 Jun 3, In the first Civil
War land battle, Union forces defeated Confederates at Philippi, in
1861 Jun 3, Stephen A Douglas,
"Little Giant", senator (Lincoln Debates), died.
1863 Jun 3, Gen. Lee, with
75,000 Confederates, launched a second invasion of the North. Lee
led his troops into Maryland and then Pennsylvania, to meet the Army
of the Potomac again, this time around a small town called
1864 Jun 3, Some 7,000 Union
troops were killed within 30 minutes during the Battle of Cold
Harbor in Virginia. General Lee won his last victory of the Civil
War at the Battle of Cold Harbor in Virginia
(HN, 6/3/98)(MC, 6/3/02)
1865 Jun 3, George V,
Saksen-Coburg [Windsor], King of Great Britain, was born.
1871 Jun 3, Jesse James and his
gang robbed Obocock Bank in Corydon, Iowa, of $15,000.
1875 Jun 3, Georges Bizet (36),
French composer (Carmen, Pearl Fishers), died.
1877 Jun 3, Raoul Dufy, French
Fauvist painter (Palm), was born.
1877 Jun 3, Frank Pocock,
British explorer, drowned in the Congo.
1886 Jun 3, 24 Christians were
burned to death in Namgongo, Uganda.
1888 Jun 3, The poem “Casey at
the Bat" by Ernest Lawrence Thayer was 1st published in the SF Daily
Examiner. The poem was based on a game played in Stockton, Ca.
1899 Jun 3, A French court
overturned the 1894 guilty verdict against Capt. Dreyfus.
(ON, 2/09, p.7)
1899 Jun 3, Johann Strauss
(73), Jr., composer ("Waltz King"), died.
1904 Jun 3, Charles R. Drew
(d.1950), American black surgeon, was born. He invented blood plasma
banks. He helped develop methods to preserve blood plasma and
protested the US Army's policy of segregating donated blood by race.
While working on his doctorate at Columbia University, Drew
researched ways to use and preserve blood plasma for use in
transfusion. He quickly became a leading authority on "blood banks"
and oversaw programs in the U.S. and Britain in the early years of
World War II. He left this enterprise when the armed forces insisted
on storing the blood plasma of blacks and whites separately. Taking
jobs at Howard University and Freedman's Hospital in Washington, DC,
he worked as an educator until his untimely death in a car accident
(SFC,11/12/97, p.A3)(HN, 6/3/00)(HNQ, 2/7/01)
1906 Jun 3, Josephine Baker,
dancer, singer, Parisian nightclub owner, was born to an Indian and
African mother and a Creole father in St. Louis. She was a talented
singer and dancer who got her show business start with the Dixie
Steppers vaudeville troupe and was the first black, female American
entertainer to achieve international stardom. She left home at 13 to
tour on the southern vaudeville circuit, later appeared on Broadway
and was noted in New York as a comedienne. Frustrated by the racism
she encountered in her homeland, Baker moved to France in 1925 and
joined the Folies Bergere. Her sensuous performances with La Revue
Negre earned her rave reviews and admiring fans. She returned to
America in 1935 after 10 years in France only to find that racial
barriers still prevented her from attaining the same status she
enjoyed in Europe. She appeared in New York's Ziegfeld Follies but,
when she did not achieve any success there she returned to France,
became a citizen, and married a Frenchman. During World War II,
Baker became active in undercover work for the French Resistance
movement. She later adopted twelve orphans from around the world,
calling them her "Rainbow Tribe." Josephine Baker died in France in
1975 and was buried in Paris with full military honors.
(HNQ, 6/3/98)(HN, 6/3/98)(HNQ, 12/28/98)
1915 Jun 3, In northern
California the Mount Lassen volcano erupted.
(SSFC, 5/31/15, DB p.42)
1915 Jun 3, Leo Gorcey, actor
(Mannequin, Road to Zanzibar), was born in NYC.
1918 Jun 3, The US Supreme
Court ruled child labor laws unconstitutional.
1918 Jun 3, The Finnish
Parliament ratified its treaty with Germany.
1922 Jun 3, Alain Resnais,
French film director, was born.
1923 Jun 3, In Italy, dictator
Benito Mussolini granted women the right to vote.
1924 Jun 3, The US Forest
Service designated 750,000 acres of the Gila National Forest in New
Mexico as the Gila Wilderness, America’s first wilderness area. The
Forest Service extended itself in a conservation direction promoted
by Aldo Leopold, Arthur Carhart, and other agency staff.
1924 Jun 3, Franz Kafka
(b.1883), Czech writer, died. He was born in Prague and authored
"The Castle" and "The Trial," both published after his death. Kafka
had requested that his papers be burned after his death, but his
friend, Max Brod, kept them and carried them to Tel Aviv when he
fled Prague in 1939. Brod died in 1968 and left his personal
secretary, Esther Hoffe, in charge of his literary estate and
instructed her to transfer the Kafka papers to an academic
institution. A critical German edition of The Castle was published
in 1982 and an English translation of that edition came out in 1998.
In 1927 Max Brod edited Kafka’s unfinished manuscript called "The
Man Who Disappeared" and published it as "Amerika." In 2005 Roberto
Calasso authored “K," a contemporary evaluation of Kafka’s work. In
2010 more of Kafka’s unfinished work emerged from safety deposit
boxes in Tel Aviv and Zurich, Switzerland.
(WSJ, 10/10/96, p.A1)(SFEC, 4/5/98, BR
p.11)(SSFC, 12/8/02, p.M4)(SSFC, 2/20/05, p.B1)(SFC, 8/18/08,
1926 Jun 3, Allen Ginsberg
(d.1997), poet, was born in Newark, New Jersey.
(SFC, 4/16/97, p.E3)
1926 Jun 3, Colleen Dewhurst,
actress (Maggie-Blue & Grey), was born in Montreal, Canada.
1928 Jun 3, Commander Amelia
Earhart departed with pilot Bill Stultz from Boston Harbor to
Halifax, Nova Scotia, and then to Trepassey, Newfoundland. From
there on June 17 they embarked on a trans-Atlantic flight from
Newfoundland to the British Isles.
(AP, 6/17/97)(HNQ, 3/8/02)(ON, 12/07, p.8)
1928 Jun 3, Manchurian warlord
Chian Tso-Lin died as a result of a bomb blast set off by the
Japanese, who were planning to invade and claim Manchuria.
1929 Jun 3, The 1st trade show
at Atlantic City Convention Center featured electric light.
1929 Jun 3, Chile, Peru &
Bolivia signed an accord about the Tacna-Arica area. Chile and Peru
accepted a proposal by Pres. Herbert Hoover over the outcome of the
1879-1893 War of the Pacific. Chile would retain Arica and return
Tacna to Peru and grant access to the Arica port as a compromise.
The accord was not implemented until 1999.
(SFEC, 11/14/99, p.A22)(MC, 6/3/02)
1932 Jun 3, Von Hindenburg
disbanded the German Parliament.
1933 Jun 3, Pope Pius XI
encyclical "On oppression of the Church in Spain."
1934 Jun 3, Dr. Frederick
Banting, co-discoverer of insulin, was knighted.
1935 Jun 3, The French liner
Normandie set a record on its maiden voyage, arriving in New York
after crossing the Atlantic in just four days, 11 hours and 42
1936 Jun 3, Larry McMurtry,
novelist (The Last Picture Show, Terms of Endearment), was born.
1936 Jun 3, Britain’s Air
Ministry placed a £1.25 million order for 310 Spitfire fighters.
(ON, 3/07, p.2)
1937 Jun 3, The Duke of
Windsor, who had abdicated the British throne, married Wallis
Warfield Simpson in Monts, France. In 2003 secret police records
revealed that Simpson was also having an affair with Guy Marcus
Trundle, a used car salesman.
(AP, 6/3/97)(SFC, 1/30/03, p.A10)
1938 Jun 3, The German Reich
voted to confiscate so-called "degenerate art."
1940 Jun 3, In a special Maine
election Margaret Chase Smith was elected to serve out the unexpired
term of her late husband, Clyde Smith. At the next regular election,
held 3 months later, Smith was voted to a full term in the House.
She was elected to the Senate in 1948.
1940 Jun 3, The German
Luftwaffe hit Paris with 1,100 bombs.
1941 Jun 3, German occupiers
stamped "J" on Jewish passports.
1942 Jun 3, Japanese
carrier-based planes strafed Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Islands as
a diversion of the attack on Midway island.
1943 Jun 3, United Nations
Relief and Rehabilitation Administration formed.
1944 Jun 3, Nazis pulled out of
1946 Jun 3, A Supreme Court
decision struck down Virginia's segregation statute on interstate
buses. The case stemmed from the 1944 incident where Irene Morgan
was jailed for refusing to give up her bus seat.
(SFC, 8/4/00, p.D2)
1946 Jun 3, Intl. Military
Tribunal opened in Tokyo against 28 accused Japanese war criminals.
1946 Jun 3, US Supreme court
ruled that race separation on buses is unconstitutional.
1947 Jun 3, In Britain an
announcement was made in the House of Commons that India was to be
partitioned and that independence would follow. In 2007 Yasmin Khan
authored “The Great Partition: The Making of India and Pakistan." In
2015 Nisid Hajari authored “Midnight’s Furies: The Deadly Legacy of
(Econ, 7/21/07, p.81)(Econ, 7/4/15, p.70)
1948 Jun 3, Korczak Ziolkowski
(1908-1982), a self-taught sculptor, began blasting a figure of
Crazy Horse into rock in the Black Hills of South Dakota under an
invitation by the Lakota Sioux. Ziolkowski had worked under Gutzon
Borglum at the Mount Rushmore site. The face of Crazy Horse, at the
site known as Thunder Mountain, was completed and dedicated in 1998.
(SSFC, 7/28/02, Par p.11)(SSFC, 9/9/07, p.C4)
1948 Jun 3, The 200-inch
reflecting telescope at the Palomar Mountain Observatory in
California was dedicated. The nearly 5.1 meter Hale telescope was
operated by Caltech.
(AP, 6/3/97)(SFEC, 4/23/00, p.C14)
1948 Jun 3, Newfoundland and
Labrador voted by a slim margin to relinquish status as a British
colony and to become the 10th province of Canada.
1949 Jun 3, Wesley Anthony
Brown became the 1st negro to graduate from US Naval Academy.
1949 Jun 3, Amadeo Peter
Giannini (b.1870), founder of the Bank of America, died in San
1950 Jun 3, French expedition
reached the top of Himalayan peak of Annapurna in Nepal. Maurice
Herzog (1919-2012) became the first man to climb the 8,000-meter
peak despite losing all his fingers and toes to frostbite. He later
went on to scale the heights of French politics.
1952 Jun 3, A rebellion by
North Korean prisoners in the Koje POW camp in South Korea was put
down by American troops.
1961 Jun 3, JFK and Khrushchev
met in Vienna.
1962 Jun 3, Lee Harvey Oswald
arrived by train in Oldenzaal, Netherlands.
1967 Jun 3, Arthur Ransome
(b.1884), English author of children’s adventure stories, died. He
is best known for writing the “Swallows and Amazons" series of
children's books. It is believed that he served as a double agent
and worked in the Russian service after the collapse of the Czarist
regime. In 1918 he wrote a propaganda pamphlet titled: “On Behalf of
Russia: An Open Letter to America." In 2009 Roland Chambers authored
“The Last Englishman: The Double Life of Arthur Ransome."
1963 June 3, Pope John XXIII
died at the age of 81, ending a papacy marked by innovative reforms
in the Roman Catholic Church. He was succeeded by Pope Paul VI.
1965 Jun 3, Astronaut Edward
White became the first American to "walk" in space, during the
flight of Gemini 4.
1968 Jun 3, There was a Poor
Peoples' March on Washington.
1968 Jun 3, Valerie Solanas,
founder of the Society for Cutting Up Men (SCUM), and author of the
"SCUM Manifesto," shot Andy Warhol with a .32 automatic in his New
York film studio, known as The Factory. Warhol survived but Solanas
was judged insane and served three years in a psychiatric prison.
She died in 1988 at 52 in a welfare hotel in San Francisco of
bronchial pneumonia and emphysema. The 1996 film "I Shot Andy
Warhol" was made by Mary Harron and featured Lili Taylor as Solanas.
(SFC, 5/15/96, p.E-1)(AP,
1969 Jun 3, Last episode of
Star Trek aired on NBC (Turnabout Intruder).
1970 Jun 3, Hjalmar Horace
Greeley Schacht (b.1877), President of Germany’s Reichsbank
(1933-1939), minister of Economics (1934-1936), died. Schacht was
tried for crimes against peace in Nuremberg in 1946. His defense was
that he was only a banker and economist.
Jun 3, Sally J. Priesand (25) was ordained the 1st female US rabbi
by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati,
Ohio. Upon ordination Rabbi Pries accepted a position at Stephen
Wise Free Synagogue in NYC where she served for seven years, first
as Assistant Rabbi and then as Associate Rabbi. From 1979-1981, she
was Rabbi of Temple Beth El in Elizabeth, New Jersey and also served
as Chaplain at Manhattan's Lenox Hill Hospital. Since 1981, she has
served as Rabbi of Monmouth Reform Temple in New Jersey.
1973 Jun 3, A Soviet supersonic
Tupelov 144, nicknamed Concordski, exploded in flight at the Paris
Air Show and crashed into a nearby village, killing the six-man crew
and seven people on the ground. The plane beat the French and
English through the sound barrier.
(SFEC, 10/10/99, p.T4)(AP,
1974 Jun 3, The last Air
America aircraft crossed the border from Laos into Thailand.
American forces left Laos and abandoned some 36,000 Laotians hired
to battle North Vietnamese troops. The Hmong and Iu Mien were 2 hill
tribes hired by the Americans to break codes and rescue downed
pilots. Many of the soldiers fled to Thailand where they lived in
refugee camps. Some 35,000 Iu Mien later moved to the US.
(SFC,12/27/97, p.A15)(SFEC, 1/24/99,
1974 Jun 3, Charles Colson, an
aide to President Richard Nixon, pleaded guilty to obstruction of
1974 Jun 3, Yitzhak Rabin
(1922-1995) formed a new Israeli government.
1975 Jun 3, The musical
"Chicago" opened on Broadway with a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse,
and music by John Kander.
1975 Jun 3, Ozzie Nelson
(b.1906), actor (Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet), died.
1976 Jun 3, Britain presented
to the US the oldest known copy of the Magna Carta.
1977 Jun 3, Roberto Rossellini
(b.1906), Italian director, died.
1979 Jun 3, In the 33rd Tony
Awards: Elephant Man & Sweeny Todd won.
1979 Jun 3, Ixtoc 1, an
exploratory oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, blew and spilled an
estimated 3.3 million barrels of oil by March 1980.
(SFC, 11/20/02, p.A14)(Econ, 5/8/10, p.69)
1981 Jun 3, Pope John Paul II
left a Rome hospital and returned to the Vatican three weeks after
the attempt on his life.
1982 Jun 3, Israel's ambassador
to Britain, Shlomo Argov (1929-2003), was shot and critically
wounded outside a London hotel. Israel's invasion of Lebanon
followed the assassination attempt. The attack was blamed on Abu
Nidal’s Palestinian Fatah group.
(WSJ, 8/20/02, p.A18)(NYT, 10/8/04, p.A12)(AP,
1983 Jun 3, Gordon Kahl
(b.1920), a militant tax protester wanted in the slayings of two US
marshals in North Dakota, was killed in a gun battle with law
enforcement officials near Smithville, Ark. Kahl was a former member
of the anti-tax Posse Comitatus movement founded in 1969 by Henry L
1984 Jun 3, In San Francisco
the cable cars on California Street returned to service after nearly
20 months and $58.2 million in re-design and construction costs.
(SSFC, 5/31/09, DB p.50)
1985 Jun 3, Jerry A. Whitworth
was arrested by the FBI, accused of being part of a spy ring headed
by John A. Walker Jr. Whitworth was later sentenced to 365 years in
1986 Jun 3, In Beirut, Lebanon,
Shiite Moslem militiamen clashed in separate battles with
Palestinians and a pro-Palestinian Sunni Moslem faction. 53 people
1987 Jun 3, President Reagan
arrived in Italy to prepare for a summit of major industrialized
democracies, the 13th such gathering of world leaders.
1987 Jun 3, Patricia Lopez (9)
disappeared after leaving school in Santa Ana, Ca. Her body was
found 2 days later bludgeoned to death in a feeder tunnel of the
Santa Ana riverbed. In 2007 DNA evidence identified her brother,
Rosendo Lopez (42), as the murderer.
(SFC, 10/16/07, p.D12)
1987 Jun 3, Andres Segovia
(b.1893), Spanish classical guitarist, died in Madrid.
1988 Jun 3, President Reagan
returned home from the superpower summit in Moscow after a stopover
1988 Jun 3, Amber Swartz-Garcia
(7) was abducted from her home in Pinole, Ca. In 2009 police
identified cab driver Curtis Dean Anderson (d.2007), the 1999 killer
of Xiana Fairchild(7), as the person who abducted Amber
Swartz-Garcia, drove her to Arizona and killed her. Amber’s body was
(SFC, 1/29/99, p.A18)(SFEC, 4/2/00, p.B2)(SFC,
1989 Jun 3, Ayatollah Ruhollah
Khomeini (89), Iran's spiritual and supreme leader, died.
(AP, 6/3/97)(SFC, 8/15/97, p.A15)
1989 Jun 3, Japan’s Foreign
Minister Sousuke Uno was named prime minister. He replaced Noboru
Takeshita, who resigned to save his ruling Liberal Democratic Party
from further embarrassment over an influence peddling scandal.
1989 Jun 3, An explosion of a
liquefied gas pipeline engulfed two Trans-Siberian Railroad trains
parked outside the Central Asian city of Ufa in the Soviet Union.
575 people were killed.
1989 Jun 3-1989 Jun 4, Chinese
troops entered Beijing. They fired into the crowd at Tiananmen
Square and killed at least hundreds of demonstrators.
(SFC, 2/20/96, p.A4)
1990 Jun 3, President Bush and
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev concluded their Washington
summit with a joint news conference at the White House. Gorbachev
and his delegation then flew to Minnesota for a whirlwind tour of
1990 Jun 3, "City of Angels"
won Best Musical and "The Grapes of Wrath" won Best Play at the 44th
1990 Jun 3, Robert Noyce
(b.1927), co-inventor of the integrated circuit, co-founder and 1st
CEO of Intel Corp. (1968), died at age 62. In 2005 Leslie Berlin
authored “The Man Behind the Microchip: Robert Noyce and the
Invention of Silicon Valley.
1991 Jun 3, Pope John Paul the
Second, visiting the Polish city of Kielce, indirectly criticized
abortion, appealing to his listeners to "prevent further destruction
of the Polish family."
1991 Jun 3, Mount Unzendake in
southern Japan erupted and left 43 people dead and nearly 2,300
(SFC, 3/31/00, p.A17)(SFEC, 4/2/00, p.A17)(AP,
1992 Jun 3, Undeclared
presidential candidate Ross Perot announced he'd hired Hamilton
Jordan and Edward Rollins to help steer his campaign. Democrat Bill
Clinton appeared on "The Arsenio Hall Show."
1992 Jun 3, Actor Robert Morley
died in Reading, England, at age 84.
1992 Jun 3, William Gaines
(70), MAD magazine publisher died in New York.
1993 Jun 3, President Clinton
abandoned his nomination of Lani Guinier to head the Justice
Department's civil rights division, hearing critics who accused her
of far-out views on minority rights.
1994 Jun 3, President Clinton,
continuing his tour of Italy, visited the graves of American
soldiers killed in the Anzio landing during World War II.
1994 Jun 3, The US began
consultations with South Korea, Japan and Russia on how to retaliate
for North Korea's removal of vital evidence about its nuclear
1995 Jun 3, Bosnian Serb
officials made contradictory statements about the whereabouts of an
American pilot, a day after his Air Force jet was shot down. Bosnian
Serb military sources claimed that the pilot, later identified as
Captain Scott F. O'Grady, was in Bosnian Serb hands—a claim that
1995 Jun 3, In Bosnia Mladic
forces seized a Dutch observation post.
(SFC, 6/4/96, p.A12)
1996 Jun 3, The FBI pulled the
plug on electricity at the Freemen ranch in Montana in an attempt to
persuade the occupants to negotiate an end to the 71-day-old
1996 Jun 3, During joint war
games in the Pacific, a Japanese destroyer mistakenly shot down an
American attack plane; two Navy aviators ejected safely.
1996 Jun 3, The Rising Star
Baptist Church in Greensboro, Ala., burned down. Arson was suspected
and investigations by the FBI and ATF were later begun.
(SFC, 6/11/96, p.A16)
1996 Jun 3, In the Ukraine a
hepatitis epidemic has hospitalized nearly 3,000 residents of
Sevastopol so far this year. Also all nuclear weapons have been
transferred to Russia for dismantling. The US paid $267 mil for the
(WSJ, 8/8/95, p. B6D) (WSJ, 8/8/95, p. A1)
1996 Jun 3, In Chad Pres.
Idriss Deby led 15 candidates in the first multiparty elections.
[dates do not jive]
(WSJ, 8/8/95, p. A1)
1996 Jun 3, A recent
announcement was made that Hughes Electronics will take over the
Indianapolis Naval Air Warfare Center. The NAWC made the bombsights
that helped win WW II.
(WSJ, 8/8/95, p. A14)
1996 Jun 3, The government of
Bahrain said that 29 militants confessed last month to be trained by
Iran to topple the ruling Al Khalifa family and install a Shiite
(SFC, 6/4/96, p.A11)
1996 Jun 3, Turkish soldiers
shot and killed a Greek Cypriot soldier in the no-man's zone of
(SFC, 6/4/96, p.A11)
1997 Jun 3, The United States
banned most slaughtered-animal parts from livestock feed because of
concerns over "mad cow disease."
1997 Jun 3, Harvey Johnson
became the first black mayor of Jackson, Miss., the state capital.
He took his oath of office on Jul 7.
(SFC, 6/4/97, p.A3)(SFC, 7/8/97, p.A4)
1997 Jun 3, The "Pillar of
Shame," a sculpture symbolizing oppression by Jans Galschiot of
Denmark was erected in Victoria Park, Honk Kong.
(SFC, 6/4/97, p.A11)
1997 Jun 3, Reinforcements from
a peace-keeping force in Liberia were sent in to help Nigerian
troops against the insurrectionist troops of Sierra Leone. After a
bloody coup, 1,200 foreigners fled Sierra Leone aboard an American
(SFC, 6/4/97, p.A10)(AP, 6/3/98)
1998 Jun 3, An 87-foot memorial
to Crazy Horse, sculpted into rock near Custer in the South Dakota
Black Hills by Korczak Ziolkowski (d.1982), was dedicated after 50
years of work.
(SFC, 4/13/98, p.A5)(SSFC, 7/28/02, Par p.11)
1998 Jun 3, Pres. Clinton
announced the renewal of favored nation trade status with China.
President Clinton urged Congress to renew normal trade benefits for
China, saying good relations with Beijing were crucial amid fears of
a nuclear arms race in South Asia.
(SFC, 6/4/98, p.A3)(AP, 6/3/99)
1998 Jun 3, In New York City
hundreds of sidewalk food vendors held a 1-day strike and paraded
through lower Manhattan.
(SFC, 6/4/98, p.A3)
1998 Jun 3, The FDA approved
Rebetron, a combination of two anti-viral drugs (interferon and
ribavirin), to treat Chronic Hepatitis C.
(SFC, 6/4/98, p.A9)
1998 Jun 3, Eritrean and
Ethiopian soldiers clashed in heavy fighting along their disputed
(SFC, 6/4/98, p.A11)
1998 Jun 3, In Germany the
high-speed ICE 884 train derailed near Eschede and 94  people
were killed. A damaged wheel was later cited as the cause.
(SFC, 6/4/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 6/8/98, p.A1)(AP,
1998 Jun 3, Mexico announced
that it would prosecute US customs officials for breaking numerous
Mexican laws in the undercover Casablanca operation that was
announced May 18.
(SFC, 6/4/98, p.A3)
1998 Jun 3, In Mexico Chiapas
Gov. Roberto Albores ordered a thousand police officers and soldiers
into the town of Nicolas Ruiz where 141 people were arrested for
supporting Zapatista rebels.
(SFC, 6/4/98, p.A10)
1998 Jun 3, The Kremlin
announced a crackdown on skinheads.
(SFEC, 7/5/98, p.T8)
1998 Jun 3, Special Serbian
forces reported 40 people killed in a 5-day operation in Kosovo.
(SFC, 6/4/98, p.A10)
1998 Jun 3, From Sierra Leone
it was reported that 243,000 refugees had fled to camps in Liberia
and Guinea in terror of the ousted junta's loyalists.
(WSJ, 6/3/98, p.A1)
1999 Jun 3, Stock pick for
today is Arch Communications (APGR), a pager company. The close was
around $2.61 per share.
1999 Jun 3, It was reported
that Catholics and Lutherans had agreed to sign an accord over the
theological issue of "justification." They agreed that divine
forgiveness and salvation come "solely by God's grace" and that good
works flow from that.
(SFC, 6/3/99, p.C4)
1999 Jun 3, Pres. Clinton
called for an extension of China's favorable trading status on the
10th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.
(SFC, 6/4/99, p.A1)
1999 Jun 3, The US and Canada
signed a 10-year accord to limit salmon fishing in the northwest
based on the abundance of particular species.
(WSJ, 6/4/99, p.A1)
1999 Jun 3, Zane Floyd (23), a
former Marine, killed 4 employees at an Albertsons supermarket in
Las Vegas before being arrested by police.
(SFC, 6/4/99, p.A4)
1999 Jun 3, The 15-member EU
announced plans to establish itself as a military power with a
60,000-troop force. A day later the EU named Javier Solana as the
1st foreign policy and security czar of the union.
(SFC, 6/4/99, p.A14)(SFC, 6/5/99, p.A12)
1999 Jun 3, Pres. Milosevic
agreed to end the Kosovo conflict on the 72nd day of bombing. The
key elements included: an end to fighting in Kosovo; a quick and
verifiable withdrawal of Yugoslav and Serb forces; deployment a
security force "with essential NATO participation;" disarmament of
the KLA; and the safe return of ethnic Albanian refugees. Separately
it was reported that over 5,000 members of the Yugoslav security
forces had been killed by NATO air strikes.
(SFC, 6/4/99, p.A1,11)
1999 Jun 3, From Iraq it was
reported that a drought had killed about 70% of the nation's crops.
(WSJ, 6/3/99, p.A1)
1999 Jun 3, Pakistan freed
Indian fighter pilot, Flight Lt. Nachiketa, as a good will gesture.
(SFC, 6/4/99, p.D2)
1999 Jun 3, In Peru rebels of
the Maoist Shining Path killed 9 people in 2 incidents in the
(SFC, 6/5/99, p.A12)
1999 Jun 3, In Russia Pres.
Yeltsin commuted all the remaining death sentences (716). From
1995-1996 an average of 132 executions were performed with a shot to
the back of the head.
(SFC, 6/4/99, p.D2)
1999 Jun 3, From Sierra Leone a
new wave of mutilations was reported by Doctors Without Borders.
(SFC, 6/3/99, p.C3)
2000 Jun 3, Pres. Clinton met
with Russia's Pres. Putin in Moscow and began discussions on trade,
missile defense and arms control.
(SFEC, 6/4/00, p.A1)(AP, 6/3/01)
2000 Jun 3, William Simon, head
of the US Treasury Dept. from 1974-1977, died at age 72. His
published work included "A Time for Truth" and "A Time for Action."
Simon left Wall Street as a bond trader to serve under Nixon as
Deputy Sec. of the Treasury in 1973. From 1977-1980 he served as
treasurer of the US Olympic Committee.
(SFEC, 6/4/00, p.C15)(WSJ, 6/7/00, p.A26)
2000 Jun 3, Leonard Baskin
(b.1922), American artist, writer and teacher, died. His work
included paintings, sculptures, woodcuts and etchings.
(SFEC, 7/23/00, DB
2001 Jun 3, The 2001 Tony
winners included the play "Proof" and a lifetime achievement award
to musical director Paul Gemignani. Mel Brooks' musical comedy "The
Producers" won a record 12 Tony Awards.
(SFC, 6/4/01, p.E3)(AP, 6/3/02)
2001 Jun 3, It was reported
that the newest teen dance was called "freaking" and involved the
partners, male behind female, thrusting to a hip-hop beat as in "Get
Ur Freak On."
(SSFC, 6/3/01, p.A23)
2001 Jun 3, Anthony Quinn
(b.1915), film actor, died in Boston at age 86. His films included
"Zorba the Greek" (1964) and "Viva Zapata" (1952).
(SFC, 6/4/01, p.A1)(NW, 12/31/01, p.111)
2001 Jun 3, In California pilot
Daniel Katz (24) disappeared while flying over San Bernardino
National Forest. This spurred one of the most extensive and
high-tech searches in the area's history. In 2008 the wreckage of
his rented plane was found on a steep mountainside north of Rancho
Cucamonga near Lytle Creek.
2001 Jun 3, In Bangladesh 10
people were killed in a church bombing in Baniarchar. Police later
detained 7 suspects.
(SFC, 6/5/01, p.A14)
2001 Jun 3, It was reported the
Burundi was poised for war due to conflicts between the Hutu
majority and Tutsi minority.
(SSFC, 6/3/01, p.A16)
2001 Jun 3, In Indonesia over
100 police generals rejected Pres. Wahid's decision to fire police
chief Suroyo Bimantoro.
(SFC, 6/4/01, p.A10)
2001 Jun 3, In Peru Alejandro
Toledo won the presidency over ex-president Alan Garcia.
(SFC, 6/4/01, p.A1)(AP, 6/3/02)
2001 Jun 3, It was reported
that Singapore may consider reviewing the 1992 ban on chewing gum to
allow nicotine gum for smokers.
(SSFC, 6/3/01, p.A16)
2002 Jun 3, Pres. Bush, in
Little Rock, Ark., to promote his welfare initiative, said
intelligence agencies and the FBI had to do a better job tracking
and catching terrorists, emphasizing pursuit of "this shadowy
2002 Jun 3, US CIA director
George Tenet met with Israeli leaders as Israel stepped up seizures
of Arab land for use as security buffer zones.
(SFC, 6/4/02, p.A7)
2002 Jun 3, It was reported
that the US planned to resume manufacturing plutonium triggers for
nuclear warheads at a new $4.4 billion plant in 2020.
(WSJ, 6/3/02, p.A1)
2002 Jun 3, It was reported
that scientists had discovered a new amino acid, dubbed pyrrolysine,
in Archaea microbes. This brought the known total to 22.
(SFC, 6/3/02, p.A4)
2002 Jun 3, NASA launched the
$159 million Contour space probe to study the composition of comets.
Scientists lost contact on Aug 15.
(SFC, 8/16/02, p.A6)
2002 Jun 3, Lew Wasserman (89),
movie mogul, died in Beverly Hills, Calif. In 2003 Connie Bruck
authored his biography: "When Hollywood Had a King."
(AP, 6/3/03)(WSJ, 6/6/03, p.W8)
2002 Jun 3, A rock concert at
Buckingham Palace celebrated Queen Elizabeth II's 50 years on the
2002 Jun 3, In Colombia 9
people were killed in Chigorodo. Police suspected leftist rebels. At
least 49 people were killed in weekend fighting outside a former
rebel-held zone in the south.
(WSJ, 6/4/02, p.A1)
2002 Jun 3, India and Pakistan
exchanged fire in Kashmir and at least 8 civilians were killed and
(SFC, 6/4/02, p.A8)
2002 Jun 3, A 16-country summit
of Central Asian leaders opened in Almaty, Kazakstan.
(SFC, 6/3/02, p.A1)
2002 Jun 3, Pakistan blocked
financial assistance to 115 Islamic schools for their alleged
involvement in militancy and violence.
(SFC, 6/4/02, p.A8)
2002 Jun 3, In Thailand 3
gunmen attacked a school bus and killed 2 teenage students in the
Ratchaburi province near Burma. 15 others were injured.
(SFC, 6/4/02, p.A12)
2003 Jun 3, Sammy Sosa was
ejected in the first inning of Chicago's 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay
Devil Rays after umpires found cork in his shattered bat.
2003 Jun 3, John Hickenlooper
(b.1952) was elected mayor of Denver.
2003 Jun 3, Eric Robert Rudolph
pleaded innocent in a deadly 1998 abortion clinic bombing in
2003 Jun 3, Jurors in Detroit
convicted Abdel-Ilah Elmardoudi and Karim Koubriti of supporting
planned terrorist strikes. Their case began 6 days after the Sep 11,
(SFC, 6/4/03, p.A3)
2003 Jun 3, In Egypt Arab
leaders met with President Bush as he plunged into the labyrinth of
Mideast peace talks. They pledged to fight terror and violence and
called on Israel to "rebuild trust and restore normal Palestinian
2003 Jun 3, The G-8 in Evian,
France, issued closing statements. These included: confidence in the
global economic future; they put North Korea and Iran on notice that
member countries will not stand by and let them acquire nuclear
weapons; they committed to further improve cooperation with African
nations to lift the world's poorest continent out of civil war,
disease and poverty; and adopted a plan to help halve the number of
people without access to clean water and sanitation by 2015.
2003 Jun 3, Miss Dominican
Republic, 18-year-old Amelia Vega, was crowned in Panama City,
Panama, as Miss Universe 2003.
2003 Jun 3, Israel released
about 100 prisoners, a goodwill gesture ahead of a Mideast peace
summit with U.S. President George W. Bush.
2003 Jun 3, Police in Nairobi,
Kenya, said a landlord's thugs had hacked 9 people to death in a
campaign to drive out shanty tenants and raise rents.
(WSJ, 6/4/03, p.A1)
2003 Jun 3, In Peru thousands
of trade unionists and striking teachers marched through downtown
Lima in defiance of a state of emergency that put the armed forces
in charge of maintaining order.
2003 Jun 3, In Spain a head-on
train collision near Chinchilla in Albacete province left at least
11 people dead and another 16 missing.
2003 Jun 3, In Togo security
forces arrested opposition leaders and beat their followers, moving
out in force to quell protests of an election the military ruler
claimed to be winning.
2003 Jun 3, In Zimbabwe a
general strike shut down much of the already crippled economy, and
security forces prevented efforts to organize massive street
protests against Pres. Mugabe.
2004 Jun 3, Julio Franco
became, at age 45, the oldest player in major league history to hit
a grand slam, connecting in Atlanta's 8-to-4 victory over
2004 Jun 3, Pres. Bush said CIA
Director George Tenet, has resigned for personal reasons. Tenet
announced his resignation amid a controversy over intelligence
lapses about suspected weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and the
Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
2004 Jun 3, The United States
signed an agreement to give Egypt $300 million to compensate it for
"regional unrest" stemming from last year's war in Iraq.
2004 Jun 3, FBI Director Robert
Mueller proposed the creation of an intelligence service within the
FBI with clear authority over all FBI activities.
(SFC, 6/4/04, A5)
2004 Jun 3, Former Pres.
Clinton opened a book tour for his 957-page memoir “My Life" to be
published on June 22.
(SFC, 6/4/04, A2)
2004 Jun 3, In Congo U.N.
troops opened fire on rioters, killing two, as a mob broke into
their base and tens of thousands of protesters overran the capital
city of Kinshasa. Demonstrations swept the country over fighting in
its volatile east.
2004 Jun 3, Germany’s Goethe
Center opened a reading room in Pyongyang, North Korea.
2004 Jun 3, Several mortar
shells were fired at the Italian Embassy in Baghdad, causing some
2004 Jun 3, In Beirut, Lebanon,
OPEC leaders agreed to raise their output ceiling by 2.5 million
barrels a day.
(WSJ, 6/4/04, p.A2)
2004 Jun 3, In Pakistan police
and Shiite Muslim protesters clashed the northern city of Gilgit,
killing one man. Investigators named an al-Qaida-linked militant
group as their chief suspect in the suicide bombing of a Shiite
mosque in Karachi that triggered mass rioting.
2004 Jun 3, Nam Cam (Truong Van
Cam, 57), an alleged Vietnamese crime "godfather," and four of his
gangster colleagues were executed by firing squad after being
convicted in a major crackdown on crime that is said to have reached
into the ruling Communist Party.
2005 Jun 3, The US accused 14
nations of failing to do enough to stop the modern-day slave trade
in prostitutes, child sex workers and forced laborers. The countries
included Bolivia, Cambodia, Cuba, Ecuador, Jamaica, Kuwait, Myanmar,
North Korea, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Togo the United Arab
Emirates, and Venezuela.
2005 Jun 3, US military
officials said no guard at the Guantanamo Bay prison for terror
suspects had flushed a detainee’s Quran down the toilet, but
disclosed there were instances in which Qurans were abused by
guards, intentionally or accidentally.
2005 Jun 3, In eastern
Afghanistan a bomb exploded next to a US military convoy, killing
two American soldiers and wounding a third.
2005 Jun 3, Albanian novelist
Ismail Kadare (b.1936) won the first international version of
Britain's prestigious Man Booker literary prize. Kadare became
famous in his homeland with the 1963 publication of his first novel,
"The General of the Dead Army" (1963). His other works include "The
Concert" (1988) and "The Palace of Dreams" (1981). David Bellos won
the accompanying translator’s prize.
(AP, 6/3/05)(Econ, 9/10/11, p.96)
2005 Jun 3, Bolivia's Pres.
Carlos Mesa called a constitutional assembly and a referendum over
greater regional autonomies, meeting the key demands behind street
protests that have virtually paralyzed La Paz for more than two
2005 Jun 3, In Brazil new
logging permits were suspended in Mato Grosso state where the rain
forest is being cleared at an ever increasing rate.
2005 Jun 3, Gordon Brown,
Britain's treasury chief, proposed canceling all debt to Africa's
poorest countries, eliminating all trade barriers and selling gold
reserves as part of a "modern Marshall plan" for the giant
2005 Jun 3, Iraqi insurgent
commanders "apparently came face to face" with four American
officials during meetings on June 3 and June 13 at a summer villa
near Balad, about 25 miles north of Baghdad.
2005 Jun 3, Gunmen killed a
city council official in Kirkuk. Gunmen also killed Razzouq Mohammed
Ibrahim, an Iraqi contractor in charge of renovating a mosque in
western Samarra. Two Iraqi civilians, including a child, were killed
when their car swerved into a US Bradley fighting vehicle near
2005 Jun 3, Oscar Espinosa
Villarreal, former Mexico City mayor (1994-1998) and tourism
secretary, was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for
embezzling government funds and ordered to pay more than $26 million
2005 Jun 3, A Peruvian judge
ordered the arrest of 29 military officials for their alleged
involvement in the decades-old massacre of dozens of campesinos in
an Andean village.
2005 Jun 3, Thai Prime Minister
Thaksin Shinawatra arrived in New Delhi, India, for talks on a free
trade agreement and civil aviation liberalization.
2005 Jun 3, The Trans-Pacific
Partnership (TPP) was formed with Brunei, Chile, New Zealand and
Singapore as partners. It aimed to integrate the economies of the
2005 Jun 3, UN Pres. Jean Ping
presented 191 member governments the first draft of a plan for
overhauling the United Nations, complete with demands to pay more
attention to poverty and human rights. The document avoided the
contentious issues of Security Council expansion, defining terrorism
and guidelines for using force.
2006 Jun 3, Defense Secretary
Donald H. Rumsfeld, attending a security conference in Singapore,
branded Iran the world's leading terrorist nation yet hoped Tehran
seriously would consider incentives from the West in exchange for
suspending suspect nuclear activities.
2006 Jun 3, The 2006 World
Philatelic Exposition ended in Washington, DC. It is held in the US
every 10 years.
(SFC, 5/30/06, p.A2)
2006 Jun 3, Doctors reported
that a new experimental drug, lapatinib, from British-based
GlaxoSmithKline PLC, delayed the growth of advanced breast cancer in
women who had stopped responding to the drug Herceptin and were out
of treatment options. The company planned to sell the drug under the
(AP, 6/3/06)(SSFC, 6/4/06, p.A5)
2006 Jun 3, John Finley Scott
(b.1934), a retired UC Davis sociology professor, went missing from
his home outside Davis, Ca. Much spattered blood was found in his
bedroom and foyer. Scott was also known for inventing the mountain
bike. In January 2007 Yolo County authorities arraigned his
handyman, Charles Cunningham (38). Cunningham was charged with
murdering a witness and five other felonies. In December Cunningham
was sentenced to 31 years in prison.
(www.charleyproject.org/cases/s/scott_john.html)(SFC, 12/5/07, p.B2)
2006 Jun 3, Afghanistan's
government announced plans to replace dozens of police commanders,
including the police chief in Kabul. In southern Afghanistan
suspected Taliban rebels attacked a police station in Miana Shien,
but police repulsed them after a bloody battle that lasted several
hours. Witnesses said 12 rebels were killed and at least as many
wounded. 4 policemen and 18 Taliban were killed in a battle that
erupted after rebels attacked a police post in Kandahar province.
2006 Jun 3, Bolivia’s leftist
President Evo Morales launched a sweeping land reform plan by
handing over roughly 9,600 square miles of state-owned land to poor
Indians. The ceremony came after talks broke down between Morales
and agribusiness leaders on land reforms that involve handing out
77,000 square miles of government land, an area twice the size of
Portugal, over the next five years.
2006 Jun 3, British PM Tony
Blair had a private audience with Pope Benedict XVI, at which the
two men focused on the importance of inter-faith dialogue, in
particular with "moderate Islam", in achieving peace.
2006 Jun 3, In northeast China
a suicide bomber attacked his former wife's wedding, killing at
least eight other people and injuring five.
2006 Jun 3, In China a military
transport plane carrying 40 crashed in eastern Anhui province. All
40 people aboard were killed. 2 Beijing-backed newspapers later
reported that the plane was a surveillance aircraft carrying nearly
3 dozen electronics experts.
(AP, 6/4/06)(AP, 6/6/06)(AP, 9/7/06)
2006 Jun 3, Gunmen attacked a
car belonging to the Russian Embassy in Baghdad, killing one
diplomat and kidnapping four employees. Gunmen ambushed a police
checkpoint in Baqouba, killing seven policemen and wounding five
pedestrians. A suicide attacker blew up his car bomb at the main
market in the oil-rich southern city of Basra, killing at least 27
people and injuring 67.
(AP, 6/3/06)(SSFC, 6/4/06, p.A4)
2006 Jun 3, Montenegro's
parliament declared independence from Serbia, forming Europe's
newest country and dissolving the last vestiges of the former
2006 Jun 3, The body of Zoran
Vukojevic, a key witness in the trial of the alleged assassins of
Serbia's first democratic prime minister since World War II, was
found outside Belgrade. Vukojevic, a member of so-called Zemun Clan
criminal group accused of plotting PM Zoran Djindjic's 2003 killing,
had testified in 2004 against his fellow gang members. Police also
discovered the body of another Zemun Clan member, Zoran Povic, in
2006 Jun 3, In Somalia 5 people
were killed in fighting between Islamic militiamen and their secular
rivals on the outskirts of Mogadishu.
2006 Jun 3, Thousands of
Tibetan exiles cast their votes for a de facto prime minister.
Voting for one of two candidates took place at 53 polling stations
set up by the election commission in India, Nepal, North America,
Europe, Australia and Taiwan.
2006 Jun 3, The long-awaited
first shipment of Caspian oil from the new Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC)
pipeline got on its way from a Turkish port.
2006 Jun 3, President Hugo
Chavez inaugurated a Venezuelan film studio to counter what he
called Hollywood's cultural "dictatorship." Venezuela received
30,000 Russian-made assault rifles, the first shipment in a deal for
2007 Jun 3, After attending the
MTV Movie Awards, Paris Hilton reported to jail to serve a 45-day
sentence for a probation violation in an alcohol-related reckless
driving case. Hilton was released after three days behind bars for
an unspecified medical condition, but a Los Angeles County judge
ordered her back to jail.
2007 Jun 3, In Afghanistan 3
"enemies of peace and stability" were killed when a bomb they were
planting exploded in the eastern province of Laghman. An Afghan army
soldier was killed and another was injured by a remotely-controlled
Taliban bomb in Zabul province.
2007 Jun 3, Australia’s PM John
Howard ditched his opposition to a greenhouse gas reduction target
for Australia with a pledge to set a national pollution limit next
2007 Jun 3, A strong earthquake
shook a hilly southwestern Chinese region near the border with Laos,
killing at least three people.
2007 Jun 3, A 19-year-old
Chinese soldier died of the virulent strain of bird flu, the
country's 16th reported death from the virus.
2007 Jun 3, In northeast India
suspected rebels ambushed a police vehicle, killing four policemen
and injuring two others.
2007 Jun 3, A car parked near a
police station and an open-air market exploded in Balad Ruz,
northeast of Baghdad, killing nine civilians and one policeman and
wounding 25 other people. Elsewhere in Diyala province gunmen
stopped a commuter minibus and raked its passengers with gunfire,
killing five people and injuring seven. American helicopter gunships
attacked targets in Mahdi Army-dominated Shiite east Baghdad,
killing four suspected militants. Mahdi Army militiamen battled with
Iraqi troops and local police searching for two militia leaders in
the southern city of Diwaniyah. At least three people were killed
and 24 wounded. 4 US soldiers died in a single roadside bombing
northwest of Baghdad. Two other soldiers were killed and five were
wounded along with an Iraqi interpreter in two separate roadside
(AP, 6/3/07)(AP, 6/4/07)
2007 Jun 3, In Libya African
leaders sought to reconcile differences between neighbors Chad and
Sudan over Darfur and boost Somalia's embattled transitional
government at a regional summit.
2007 Jun 3, In southern Mexico
tons of bananas collapsed the false floor of a tractor-trailer
smuggling migrants, killing 6 people hidden inside a secret
compartment and wounding a dozen others.
2007 Jun 3, Heavy gunfire rang
out from inside a bombed out Palestinian refugee camp as the
Lebanese army pounded Islamic militants holed up inside during the
third day of a military offensive aimed at crushing the
2007 Jun 3, Some 2,000 men and
women participated in a series of four nude group photos in
Amsterdam in the early hours of the morning as part of the latest
project of US photographer Spencer Tunick.
2007 Jun 3, Nigerian gunmen
kidnapped six foreign staff of United Company RUSAL after blowing up
their apartment with explosives in the southeastern town of Ikot
2007 Jun 3, Hamas militants
wounded four Israeli soldiers in a mortar attack on a base near the
Gaza Strip, shortly after Israel's PM Ehud Olmert vowed to press
ahead with military operations against Palestinian gunmen.
2007 Jun 3, President Vladimir
Putin warned that Moscow could take "retaliatory steps" if
Washington proceeds with plans to build a missile defense system for
Europe, including possibly aiming nuclear weapons at targets on the
(WSJ, 6/4/07, p.A1)
2007 Jun 3, A severe landslide
has nearly obliterated one of Russia's most noted natural wonders,
the Valley of Geysers. A snow-covered mound collapsed "within
seconds" and caused a massive landslide, about a mile long and 600
feet wide, burying two-thirds of the valley.
2007 Jun 3, In Sierra Leone a
helicopter ferrying passengers to the main airport crashed, bursting
into flames and killing 22 people, mostly Togo soccer fans.
(AP, 6/4/07)(AP, 6/5/07)
2007 Jun 3, A suicide car
bomber drove through a roadblock guarding the home of the Somali
prime minister and rammed the vehicle into a wall. PM Ali Mohamed
Gedi was whisked to safety, but at least five people were killed in
2007 Jun 3, Turkish troops
shelled a border area in northern Iraq in an attack on Kurdish
rebels based there.
2007 Jun 3, Pope Benedict XVI
named four new saints from France, Malta, the Netherlands and Poland
at a ceremony in St. Peter's Square. Among those honored was Sister
Marie Eugenie de Jesus Milleret, a French nun who in 1839 founded
the Religious of the Assumption to educate young girls; the Rev.
George Preca of Malta, who founded the Society of Christian Doctrine
in 1932 as a group of lay people who teach the faith to others; the
Rev. Szymon z Lipnicy of Poland, a Franciscan monk who comforted
Poles afflicted by the plague that broke out in Krakow from 1482-83
and died of it himself; and the Rev. Charles of St. Andrew (Dublin),
who was born Karel Van Sint Andries Houben in the Netherlands in
2008 Jun 3, Barack Obama sealed
the US Democratic presidential nomination. Hillary Clinton did not
give up yet, but said she’d be interested in the No. 2 spot. Obama
won the Montana primary, while Clinton won the South Dakota primary.
(AP, 6/4/08)(SFC, 6/4/08, p.A1)(Econ, 6/7/08,
2008 Jun 3, Federal Reserve
Chairman Ben Bernanke said that US interest rates were "well
positioned" for an economy facing both price pressures and threats
to growth, but issued a rare warning on the inflation risks posed by
a weak dollar.
2008 Jun 3, In Ohio Christopher
Paul (44), pleaded guilty to planning terrorist attacks. He was
accused of joining al-Qaida in the early 1990s and helping teach
Muslim extremists how to bomb US and european targets.
2008 Jun 3, A Denver, Colorado
court fined Dow Chemical Co. and Boeing Co. a combined $926 million
for property damages caused by plutonium contamination from a
nuclear weapons plant. The initial trial had concluded in February
2006. Dow planned to appeal. The Rocky Flats plant was operated by
Dow from 1953 to 1975, and then by defense contractor Rockwell until
its closing in 1994; it supplied the plutonium triggers for the US
nuclear bomb arsenal.
2008 Jun 3, SF voters (61%)
approved Proposition G endorsing plans for a major housing and
commercial development at the Hunters Point Shipyard and Candlestick
Point. Voters also passed Proposition A, a $198 annual school parcel
tax, which would expire in 2028.
(SFC, 6/4/08, p.A1, B1)(SFC, 6/5/08, p.B1)
2008 Jun 3, UAL Corp's United
Airlines announced plans to slash jobs and flights, following a
similar move by AMR Corp's American Airlines last month.
2008 Jun 3, General Motors said
it is closing four truck and SUV plants in the U.S., Canada and
Mexico as surging fuel prices hasten a dramatic shift to smaller
2008 Jun 3, In Afghanistan US
General David McKiernan took over the 52,000-strong International
Security Assistance Force (ISAF) at a ceremony in Kabul attended by
President Hamid Karzai and a host of dignitaries. 2 Afghan security
guards were killed when militants ambushed their convoy in the
southern province of Zabul. In eastern Khost province unknown gunmen
shot dead a district intelligence chief. A suicide car bomber
targeting Canadian troops in Kandahar province killed one Afghan
child. A Canadian officer was killed in Kandahar province when his
foot patrol came under enemy fire. In southern Afghanistan US-led
coalition forces killed more than a dozen insurgents.
(AFP, 6/3/08)(Reuters, 6/4/08)(AP, 6/4/08)
2008 Jun 3, Four Algerian
Christians received suspended jail terms and fines for seeking to
convert Muslims in the latest in a series of cases to have provoked
accusations in the West of religious repression.
2008 Jun 3, Belize PM Dean
Barrow declared a disaster area in southern Stann Creek Valley as
flash flooding carried away houses and ripped a child from his
father's grasp. Falling trees killed two people in Honduras, raising
the death toll from Central America's twin tropical storms this week
to at least nine.
2008 Jun 3, In France a Paris
court convicted Brigitte Bardot of provoking discrimination and
racial hatred for writing that Muslims are destroying France. She
was fined $23,325.
(SFC, 6/4/08, p.A4)
2008 Jun 3, Greece's first gay
weddings were held when two couples, abetted by a sympathetic local
mayor, defied the threat of criminal charges and the wrath of the
Orthodox church to tie the knot on the tiny Aegean island of Tilos.
2008 Jun 3, In Iraq the US
military captured two al-Qaida in Iraq bombing suspects and a Shiite
militia leader in separate raids north and south of Baghdad. The
bodies of at least 23 Iraqis were discovered in a shallow grave and
a sewer shaft at separate sites near Baghdad.
(AP, 6/3/08)(AP, 6/4/08)
2008 Jun 3, A Cabinet minister
said Malaysia will remove price controls on gasoline and diesel,
allowing stations to sell fuel at world market prices in an attempt
to reduce the government's ballooning subsidy bill.
2008 Jun 3, In Mexico Claudio
Conti (53) was reportedly kidnapped along Zicatela beach in Puerto
Escondido, where he operated the Da Claudio restaurant and a hotel.
On Feb 28, 2009, Mexican police said they had captured four men
suspected of kidnapping the Italian businessman, and that one of the
men told police the victim had been ordered killed, though it was
not clear if the slaying was carried out.
2008 Jun 3, The Central Bank of
Nigeria (CBN) raised its lending rate (MPR) to 10.25 percent from 10
percent to tame high inflation triggered by rising global food
2008 Jun 3, The Good Friends, a
Seoul-based humanitarian group, said that a highly contagious
disease has sparked a health alert with an estimated five or six
children dying every day since April 27 in North Korea’s city of
Hoeryong. A doctor said hand-foot-mouth disease could be spreading
from China, where it has killed several dozen children.
2008 Jun 3, In Sweden world
chess star turned political activist Garry Kasparov told world news
industry leaders that PM Vladimir Putin had assaulted press freedoms
in Russia, and urged them to challenge Kremlin leaders over the
2009 Jun 3, President Barack
Obama began his latest bid to open a dialogue with the Muslim world
by paying a call on King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. Pres. Obama spoke
to King Abdullah about a host of thorny problems, from Arab-Israeli
peace efforts to Iran's nuclear program.
2009 Jun 3, New Hampshire
became the sixth state to legalize gay marriage in a move that
reflects the state's changing demographics from reliably Republican
and conservative to younger and more liberal.
2009 Jun 3, Osama bin Laden
threatened Americans in a new audio tape, saying President Barack
Obama inflamed hatred toward the US by ordering Pakistan to crack
down on militants in Swat Valley and block Islamic law in the area.
2009 Jun 3, David Bromige (75),
London-born poet and former Sonoma State Univ. professor, died in
Sebastopol, Ca. He was Sonoma County’s 2nd poet laureate
(SFC, 6/17/09, p.B4)
2009 Jun 3, Five Afghan private
security guards escorting a supply convoy were killed in a suicide
bombing near the southern border with Pakistan.
2009 Jun 3, British Communities
Secretary Hazel Blears announced she was resigning, the second
British cabinet minister to resign, undermining PM Gordon Brown's
authority and his future as leader of the increasingly out-of-favor
Labor Party. Blears last month agreed to pay more than 13,000 pounds
($21,000) in tax on the sale of a property.
2009 Jun 3, In China foreign
journalists were barred from Beijing's Tiananmen Square as an
Internet clampdown that blocked Twitter expanded to include more
blogs on the eve of the 20th anniversary of a bloody crackdown on
2009 Jun 3, In central China a
storm with gale-force winds killed 20 people and seriously injured
117 as it swept through Shangqiu and Kaifeng in Henan province.
2009 Jun 3, The Organization of
American States (OAS), meeting in Honduras, cleared the way for
Cuba's possible return to the group by lifting a 1962 ban on the
communist-run country, a move backed by Washington despite initial
2009 Jun 3, India's Parliament
elected Meira Kumar (64) as its first-ever female speaker. Kumar is
the daughter of a former deputy prime minister and an untouchable, a
member of India's lowest caste.
2009 Jun 3, Iranian nuclear
scientist Shahram Amiri vanished during a pilgrimage to the Saudi
kingdom. In October Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki
said: "We hold Saudi Arabia responsible for Shahram Amiri's
situation and consider the US to be involved in his arrest."
2009 Jun 3, Israel dismantled a
military checkpoint that had significantly impeded Palestinian
travel in the West Bank in an apparent goodwill gesture a day before
President Barack Obama's much-anticipated address to the Muslim and
2009 Jun 3, A court in Laos
found Samantha Orobator (20), a pregnant British woman, guilty of
trafficking heroin and sentenced her to life in prison. Under a pact
signed last month by Laos and Britain that still needs ratification,
Orobator could be extradited to serve her time in Britain. On Aug 6
Orobator returned to Britain to serve the remainder of her sentence,
just weeks before she was due to give birth.
(AP, 6/3/09)(AP, 8/6/09)
2009 Jun 3, Mexican federal
investigators questioned 48 Veracruz city traffic officers about the
disappearance of the top customs official for one of Mexico's most
important ports. Customs administrator Francisco Serrano has not
been seen since his smashed government vehicle was found abandoned
at an accident scene three days ago. Serrano recently launched a new
system to check shipping containers at the Gulf coast port.
2009 Jun 3, Moldovan lawmakers
failed for a second time to elect a president, meaning the
Parliament elected in April will be dissolved and a new election
will be held this summer.
2009 Jun 3, Moroccan customs
officers seized 19.5 tons of cannabis resin worth about 17.3 million
euros (24.5 million dollars) at the northern port of Nadir. The
drugs were concealed in a lorry transporting frozen octopus from a
seafood processing plant in the southern town of Agadir and the
Italian driver and his Spanish companion were arrested.
2010 Jun 3, BP sliced off a
pipe with giant shears in the latest bid to curtail the worst spill
in US history, but the cut was jagged and placing a cap over the
gusher will now be more challenging. BP's top executive acknowledged
the global oil giant was unprepared to fight a catastrophic
deepwater oil spill as engineers were forced yet again to
reconfigure plans for executing their latest gambit to control the
Gulf of Mexico gusher. Robots a mile beneath the Gulf positioned a
cap over the main pipe on the leaking well Thursday night and an
inverted funnel-like system, wrapped in hoses and more sophisticated
than previous devices, started pumping oil and gas to a tanker on
the surface. A very rough estimate of current collection was
estimated at about 42,000 gallons a day. An estimated 500,000 to 1
million gallons of crude was believed to be leaking daily. The
federal government slapped BP with a $69 million bill to cover
initial costs of responding to the oil spill.
(AP, 6/3/10)(AP, 6/4/10)(AP, 6/4/10)
2010 Jun 3, Former
Massachusetts state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson pleaded guilty to 8 counts
of attempted extortion. The Boston Democrat had been captured on
video stuffing bribe money into her sweater and bra.
(SFC, 6/4/10, p.A6)
2010 Jun 3, A federal jury in
Minneapolis found vendors Russell and Abby Cole guilty of using an
online auction to defraud Best Buy of $41.6 million between
2003-2007. The vendors had the help of Robert Bossany, a Best Buy
(SFC, 6/14/10, p.E3)
2010 Jun 3, NYC agreed to pay
$9.9 million to Barry Gibbs, an innocent man who spent 19 years
behind bars after being framed by a police dept. detective who had
doubled as a killer for the mob.
(SFC, 6/4/10, p.A6)
2010 Jun 3, In Ohio Hor Akl and
his wife Amera Akl were taken into custody in Toledo for conspiring
to provide thousands of dollars to Hezbollah.
(SFC, 6/4/10, p.A6)
2010 Jun 3, This year’s Kavli
Prizes were announced. 8 winners were awarded in 3 categories
including neuroscience, astrophysics and nanoscience.
2010 Jun 3, In Azerbaijan
journalist Eynulla Fatullayev, jailed since 2007, went on a hunger
strike demanding his release after Europe's top human rights court
in April ruled that his imprisonment was illegal.
2010 Jun 3, In Bangladesh an
illegal chemical warehouse fuelled a toxic blaze that ripped through
one of Dhaka's most densely populated areas, killing at least 117
2010 Jun 3, Roz Savage (42), a
British environmentalist, became the first woman to row solo across
the Pacific Ocean as she landed in Madang, Papua New guinea. She
covered nearly 7,000 miles in three separate legs beginning May 25,
2008, when she departed from San Francisco.
(SFC, 6/4/10, p.C3)(AP, 6/5/10)
2010 Jun 3, In Brussels,
Belgium, a lone gunman, an Iranian refugee (47), rose near the end
of a court session and gunned down Judge Isabelle Brandon and her
clerk Andre Bellemans, then fled from the courthouse on foot. The
suspect was caught eight hours later in a park a mile (1.5 km) away
after a brief exchange of gunfire with police. The slain magistrate
had ordered his eviction in 2007 from a house after a rent dispute.
(AP, 6/3/10)(AP, 6/4/10)
2010 Jun 3, Britain's financial
regulator said it had slapped a record £33.32 million fine on a unit
of US banking giant JP Morgan for having failed to properly protect
client money over a period of seven years.
2010 Jun 3, Cuba urged people
to save water amid what it is calling a "critical" and "tense"
drought that has left reservoirs at 40 percent capacity.
2010 Jun 3, The European
Commission announced it has sent a final warning to Britain over its
failure to comply with EU air quality rules, due to the levels of
dangerous airborne particles in London and Gibraltar.
2010 Jun 3, Israel rejected
calls from the UN and others for an international investigation of
its deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla but left the door open
to foreign involvement. The Foreign Press Association demanded that
Israel’s military stop using the captured material without
permission and identify the source of the video already released.
The material appeared Wednesday on the army's YouTube site labeled
2010 Jun 3, Nigeria's
parliament approved a constitutional amendment on transferring
presidential powers, aimed at avoiding a repeat of a crisis when the
late President Umaru Yar'Adua fell seriously ill last year.
2010 Jun 3, In Russia a male
crew of three Russians, a Frenchman, an Italian-Colombian and a
Chinese began a 520-day experiment in a windowless capsule, to
simulate a 250-day journey to Mars, a 30-day surface exploration
phase and 240 days return trip.
2010 Jun 3, In Geneva WHO
Director-General Margaret Chan said swine flu is still a pandemic,
even though the most activity appears to have passed. Last week WHO
confirmed 18,114 deaths from swine flu worldwide since that start of
the outbreak in April, 2009.
(SFC, 6/4/10, p.A2)
2010 Jun 3, In Somalia at least
17 civilians were killed during heavy shelling and fierce gunbattles
between government forces and Islamist insurgents in Mogadishu.
2010 Jun 3, Suriname's former
dictator and the man who led a rebel army against his military
regime agreed to form a coalition government, uniting two
adversaries with little in common beyond matching drug-trafficking
convictions in the Netherlands.
2010 Jun 3, In Turkey Luigi
Padovese, the pope's apostolic vicar in Anatolia, was stabbed to
death in his home in the Mediterranean port of Iskenderun. Police
detained suspect Murat A, the bishop's driver who worked for him for
the past four and a half years.
2010 Jun 3, Ukraine's
Parliament, prodded by pro-Russia President Viktor Yanukovych,
approved a bill that cements the country's neutrality and prevents
it from joining NATO.
2011 Jun 3, The US Treasury
reached an agreement to sell the rest of its holdings in Chrysler to
(Econ, 6/11/11, p.77)
2011 Jun 3, Former North
Carolina US Senator John Edwards (57) was charged with using
$925,000 in under-the-table campaign contributions to hide his
pregnant mistress during 2008 run for president.
(SFC, 6/4/11, p.A5)
2011 Jun 3, In New Jersey
Abdiah Jones (11), on a school trip to the popular shore resort at
Wildwood, plunged to her death as she was riding on an amusement
park Ferris wheel.
2011 Jun 3, Actor James Arness
(88) died at his home in Los Angeles. He played in some 50 films and
TV movies and starred as Marshal Mat Dillon in the TV series
“Gunsmoke," one of televisions longest running series.
(SFC, 6/4/11, p.A4)
Jun 3, Singer-songwriter Andrew Gold (“Lonely Boy," “Thank You For
Being A Friend") died of cancer, at age 59.
(LAT, 6/6/11, Obit)(http://tinyurl.com/3ve3y46)
2011 Jun 3, Jack Kevorkian
(83), crusader for legalizing physician-assisted suicide, died at a
hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan.
(SFC, 6/4/11, p.A5)
2011 Jun 3, In southern
Afghanistan two coalition service members were killed in separate
insurgent attacks. An Italian paramilitary Carabinieri was killed in
northeastern Panjsher province. Lt. Col. Cristiano Congiu, a member
of the anti-drug and security squad at the Italian embassy, was
involved in an altercation on a narrow village street. He allegedly
fired his pistol and wounded a youth, aged 18 or 19. Villagers then
fired their own weapons and killed Congiu.
2011 Jun 3, Bahraini police
fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters marching toward the
landmark Pearl Square in Manama, two days after authorities lifted
2011 Jun 3, In Burkina Faso at
least seven people, including a 14-year-old girl, were killed during
a mutiny by soldiers in Bobo-Dioulasso, the country’s second-largest
city. 57 soldiers were arrested and faced court for “rebellion and
2011 Jun 3, In Canada picket
lines went at Canada Post mail processing plant in Winnipeg as part
of a limited rotating strike around the country.
2011 Jun 3, A global maritime
watchdog warned ships traversing the South China Sea bordering
Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore following the hijack of three
tugboats and a barge in recent weeks.
2011 Jun 3, In Iraq a suicide
bomber detonated explosives at a Sunni mosque during Friday prayers,
killing 16 people, including a police commander and a judge in
Tikrit. Victims were taken to a hospital. Another suicide bomber
walked into the hospital and blew himself up near the emergency
room, where family members had gathered, killing 5 more people.
2011 Jun 3, In Israel
billionaire Sammy Ofer (89) died after a long illness. Along with
his brother, Ofer owned one of the world's biggest container
shipping companies. Ofer's name was recently in the news after the
US government sanctioned one of his companies for doing business
with Iran's national shipping company.
2011 Jun 3, In Jordan
pro-reform activists took to the streets, stepping up their calls
for PM Marouf al-Bakhit to resign because they say he has failed to
2011 Jun 3, In Libya a series
of at least 10 NATO strikes hit in and around Tripoli, targeting
military barracks close to Gadhafi's sprawling compound, a police
station and a military base. A rebel military leader said his troops
had broken the siege of two towns in the western Nafusa mountain
range, Yefren and Shakshuk. The Chinese Foreign Ministry said that
China's ambassador to Qatar had recently met with the head of
Libya's rebel council.
2011 Jun 3, Mexico’s federal
Attorney General's Office said authorities in the Pacific port of
Manzanillo seized 69 tons (63 metric tons) of two chemicals used to
make synthetic drugs. 34 tons of monomethylamine arrived May 6 on
one ship and the other ship carrying 35 tons of ethyl phenyl acetate
arrived April 10. Both ships were from Shanghai, China.
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 3, North Korea vowed
to launch "retaliatory military actions" against South Korea, a
threat that came days after Seoul said its military had used photos
of Pyongyang's ruling family for target practice.
2011 Jun 3, Pakistani
helicopters and artillery forced back militants who crossed over
from Afghanistan this week and triggered battles that have killed
scores of people. The government demanded that NATO and Afghan
troops do more to control insurgents on their side of the long,
porous border. Mohammad Ilyas Kashmiri, a senior al Qaeda figure,
was reportedly killed by a US drone following a tipoff from local
intelligence. Mohammad Ilyas Kashmiri, a senior al Qaeda figure, was
reportedly killed by a US drone following a tipoff from local
(AP, 6/3/11)(Reuters, 6/4/11)
2011 Jun 3, In Russia fire tore
through an ammunition depot in the central region of Udmurtia,
causing shells to explode all day. More than 28,000 people were
evacuated from their homes. Interfax news said that 106 of the
arsenal's 152 buildings were destroyed.
2011 Jun 3, The UN Security
Council demanded that Sudan withdraw troops from Abyei and stop
looting and attacks in the region disputed with rival southern
2011 Jun 3, Syrian security
forces opened fire in Hama during one of the largest anti-government
protests so far in the 10-week revolt, killing at least 70 people.
(AP, 6/3/11)(AP, 6/4/11)(SFC, 6/5/11, p.A4)(Econ,
2011 Jun 3, In Tanzania former
Black Panther Party leader Elmer "Geronimo" Pratt (63), died. Pratt
was convicted in 1972 of being one of two men who robbed and fatally
shot schoolteacher Caroline Olsen on a Santa Monica tennis court in
December 1968. The conviction was overturned after he spent 27 years
in prison for a crime he maintained he did not commit.
2011 Jun 3, In Yemen shells
struck Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh's palace in Sanaa.
President Ali Abdullah Saleh was wounded. 11 guards were killed and
seven top officials were also wounded. More than 370 people have
been killed, at least 155 of them in the last 10 days, since a
popular uprising against Saleh began in January.
(Reuters, 6/3/11)(AP, 6/3/11)(SFC, 6/9/11, p.A4)
2012 Jun 3, New Mexico’s Gila
Wilderness has scorched 377 square miles. The Whitewater-Baldy
Complex was still only 17% contained.
(SFC, 6/4/12, p.A6)
2012 Jun 3, In Ohio a car crash
killed 3 students including the drive who was to graduate later in
the day. A 4th student about to graduate, died soon after of
injuries suffered in the crash. A fifth student was injured.
2012 Jun 3, In Utah nearly 300
Mormons marched in a gay pride parade in Salt Lake City, holding
signs that read "God Loves His Children" in a unique display of
support from believers of a religious tradition that has long
2012 Jun 3, A Lockheed P2V
aerial firefighter crashed in Utah killing 2 pilots. Another P2V,
fighting a wildfire south of Reno, crash-landed at Minden-Tahoe
(SFC, 6/4/12, p.A8)
2012 Jun 3, In Afghanistan
British forces recovered a kidnapped policeman, but one of their
soldiers was killed and another wounded in Helmand province.
2012 Jun 3, In Cambodia PM Hun
Sen's ruling party won local elections in a vote that monitors said
was tainted by vote buying and other irregularities.
2012 Jun 3, In China police
beat and detained political activists marking the 23rd anniversary
of the brutal crackdown on the Tiananmen Square democracy protests.
Officers used violence against activists in the southeast province
of Fujian and detained them. A day earlier over 30 people who came
to Beijing "to petition" were held and forced to return to their
2012 Jun 3, In Egypt hundreds
of people occupied Cairo's Tahrir Square after a night of rage
against what they feel are lenient sentences given to ousted
dictator Hosni Mubarak and his security chiefs.
2012 Jun 3, Japanese police
arrested Naoko Kikuchi (40), a former member of the Aum Shinrikyo
cult that released the nerve gas sarin in Tokyo's subways in 1995,
killing 13 people and injuring more than 6,000.
2012 Jun 3, In India
anticorruption campaigners Baba Ramdev and Anna Hazare drew
thousands of supporters in New Delhi to press the government to act
against graft and bring back billions of dollars stashed overseas.
(SFC, 6/4/12, p.A2)
2012 Jun 3, In northern Mexico
gunmen opened fire inside a drug rehab center killing 11 men in
(SFC, 6/4/12, p.A2)
2012 Jun 3, In northwestern
Myanmar 10 Muslims were beaten to death in Rakhine state.
(SFC, 6/4/12, p.A2)
2012 Jun 3, In Nigeria a
suicide bomber attacked a church in northeastern Bauchi state,
causing the building to collapse on the worshippers inside killing
at least 15 people and wounding dozens more. The next day Boko Haram
(AP, 6/3/12)(AFP, 6/4/12)
2012 Jun 3, In Nigeria a Dana
Air Boeing MD-83 smashed into businesses and crowded apartment
buildings near Lagos' Murtala Muhammed Int’l. Airport killing all
153 aboard, the country’s worst air disaster in nearly two decades.
At least 6 more people perished on the ground. A probe into the
crash traced the cause to the loss of two engines and
non-functionality of the throttles on final descent from Abuja to
(AP, 6/4/12)(AFP, 6/5/12)(AFP, 7/12/12)
2012 Jun 3, In Pakistan US
drone strikes targeting a militant compound in the northwestern
tribal area killed 10 suspected militants. The dead included
militant commander Malang Jan, an associate of warlord Maulvi Nazir,
who sends fighters to Afghanistan to support the Taliban.
(AFP, 6/3/12)(SFC, 6/4/12, p.A2)
2012 Jun 3, In Pakistan a bus
carrying a wedding party in Kahuta plunged into a ditch in the
country's north, killing 25 people.
2012 Jun 3, In Serbia a man
blew up the entrance to a packed nightclub with a hand grenade after
he was refused entrance, killing himself and 2 others in Idvor.
(SFC, 6/4/12, p.A2)
2012 Jun 3, The Sudanese army
said at least 45 rebels have been killed in Sudan's North Darfur
after they attacked the military. Clashes began after rebels from
the Justice and Equality Movement attacked Fataha, a village in
North Darfur, looted the market and killed an unspecified number of
2012 Jun 3, Syrian President
Bashar Assad denied that his government had anything to do with last
week's gruesome Houla massacre, saying not even "monsters" would
carry out such an ugly crime.
2013 Jun 3, The US Supreme
Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that police may take a DNA swab from
people arrested for crimes without first getting a warrant to do so.
2013 Jun 3, The California
Coastal Commission and Sean Parker said they have reached a $2.5
million settlement to pay for coastal conservation programs after
the Napster co-founder built a large movie-set-like wedding site in
an ecologically sensitive area of Big Sur without proper permits.
2013 Jun 3, New Jersey Sen.
Frank Lautenberg (b.1924) died. First elected in 1982 he helped
establish the national drinking age of 21 and led a successful fight
to ban smoking on all commercial airline flights.
(SFC, 6/4/13, p.A5)
2013 Jun 3, Sulejman Mujagic
(50), arrested las November in Utica, NY, was extradited to
Bosnia-Herzegovina to be tried for alleged war crimes committed in
(SFC, 6/4/13, p.A4)
2013 Jun 3, Jasper, Texas, a
town with a history of racial unrest on fired two white police
officers recently captured on video slamming a black woman’s head
into a countertop and wrestling her to the ground.
2013 Jun 3, In Afghanistan a
buried bomb killed 7 people in the eastern province of Laghman. A
suicide bomber targeting American troops in Paktia province killed 9
Afghan children who were walking home from school nearby, as well as
two Americans and an Afghan police officer.
2013 Jun 3, It was reported
that coffee leaf rust has devastated coffee plantations across
Central America and knocked half a million people out of work. Costa
Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras were all severely
(SFC, 6/4/13, p.A2)(http://tinyurl.com/alqvfoc)
2013 Jun 3, The Enough Project,
the Satellite Sentinel Project and two other groups said in a new
report that members of Joseph Kony’s LRA have turned to elephant
poaching in CongoDRC and the CAR and that the militia trades illegal
ivory to acquire food and other supplies. The report also said
elephants of Garamba National Park also are being targeted by
"members of the armed forces of (Congo), South Sudan, Sudan, and
Uganda," citing the concerns of park rangers there.
2013 Jun 3, In northeastern
China a fire raged through a poultry plant in Jilin province's
Mishazi township, trapping workers inside a cluttered slaughterhouse
and killing 121 people. On Dec 26, 2014, two fire chiefs and two
poultry farm bosses were convicted and sentenced to prison terms of
up to nine years.
(AP, 6/3/13)(AP, 12/27/14)
2013 Jun 3, An Egyptian court
official said five foreigners have been sentenced to death after
being convinced of drug smuggling. They included a Briton, a
Pakistani, and 3 individuals from the Republic of Seychelles.
2013 Jun 3, In Greece 3
firebombs exploded at different locations in central Athens, with
one wounding a woman as she emerged from her apartment.
2013 Jun 3, Haiti brought in
mining experts from around the world in hopes of developing precious
metals in one of the world's poorest countries. Testing has
indicated that gold, copper and silver in the country's northeastern
mountains could be worth $20 billion.
2013 Jun 3, Indonesia's
government said it has ordered that production be halted at a gold
and copper mine owned by Arizona-based Freeport-McMoRan Copper &
Gold Inc., during an investigation into recent fatal accidents at
the Grasberg mine in easternmost Papua province.
2013 Jun 3, Jordan said it has
blocked 304 unlicensed national news websites in a step toward
regulating online media widely criticized by the government and
readers for sensational reporting.
2013 Jun 3, In southern Libya a
personal feud sparked clashes between tribes of African and Arab
origins, leaving five people dead.
2013 Jun 3, In Pakistan
attackers in the northwestern town of Hangu shot and killed Farid
Khan, a newly elected provincial lawmaker.
2013 Jun 3, In South Africa at
least two people were shot, one fatally, in ongoing union rivalry at
the troubled Lonmin platinum mine.
2013 Jun 3, In Syria heavy
shelling pounded Qusair killing at least 3 civilians.
(SFC, 6/4/13, p.A2)
2013 Jun 3, Turkey's Pres.
Abdullah Gul defended the right of citizens to protest, in
contrast to the dismissive stance of PM Erdogan, as police used tear
gas for a fourth day in an attempt to disperse demonstrations that
grew out of a sit-in to prevent the uprooting of trees at Istanbul's
main square. A 20-year-old man died in a hospital in Istanbul from
injuries after a vehicle slammed into a crowd of protesters a day
earlier. By now most of Turkey’s 81 provinces had seen protests.
(AP, 6/3/13)(Econ, 6/8/13,
2013 Jun 3, At the UN more than
60 countries signed a landmark treaty regulating global arms trade.
The US said it will sign soon.
(SFC, 6/4/13, p.A2)
2014 Jun 3, Pres. Obama said
the United States is preparing to boost its military presence in
Europe and at a cost of up to $1 billion. The announcement in Poland
came at the start of a three-country swing through Europe steeped in
both historical significance and regional anxiety over the crisis in
2014 Jun 3, San Francisco
voters approved Proposition B requiring voter approval for any new
building on Port of San Francisco property to exceed existing height
(SFC, 6/4/14, p.A1)
2014 Jun 3, In San Francisco
half of the city’s 538 Muni transit workers called in sick on the
2nd day of public transit disruptions due to an impasse in contract
negotiations. Scheduled buses and rail cars on duty climbed to 300
out of 600.
(SFC, 6/4/14, p.A1)(SFC, 6/5/14, p.A1)(SFC,
2014 Jun 3, In San Jose, Ca.,
police found more than 12 pounds of marijuana in a storage locker
along with grow lights. The space was rented by police officer Son
Vu. On April 23 Vu (44) was arrested on charges of possession and
intent to sell.
(SFC, 4/25/15, p.C2)
2014 Jun 3, In North Carolina
Patrick Cannon, the mayor of Charlotte, pleaded guilty to one count
of honest services wire fraud as he admitted his guilt in accepting
thousands of dollars in cash and airline tickets. From undercover
federal agents posing as businessmen.
(SFC, 6/4/14, p.A6)
2014 Jun 3, Four Afghan police
officers were killed and one was wounded when their vehicle struck a
roadside bomb in Helmand province.
2014 Jun 3, British police
arrested Altaf Hussain (60), one of Pakistan's most well-known and
divisive politicians, on suspicion of money-laundering, sparking
fears of violence in his power base of Karachi where businesses
closed early and residents rushed home. Hussain, the leader of the
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), has lived in self-imposed exile in
Britain since 1992. Hussain was released on bail on June 7.
(AP, 6/3/14)(AP, 6/7/14)
2014 Jun 3, China showed off
its first high-speed rail link to the restive region of Xinjiang,
promising that it could guarantee the security of an important
economic project despite a recent serious escalation in violence.
2014 Jun 3, In Egypt sexual
assaults on women took place during public celebrations of Pres.
El-Sisi’s victory. On Aug 7 a court sentenced two men to life in
prison and a 3rd to 20 years on charges that included kidnapping,
attempted rape, torture and attempted murder.
(SFC, 8/8/14, p.A2)
2014 Jun 3, The European Union
told Bulgaria to suspend preparatory work on the Russian gas
pipeline South Stream, which will bypass Ukraine to bring supplies
into the heart of Europe. The EU said that work on the line should
not proceed until the Bulgarian government gives clear answers on
antitrust concerns over ownership.
2014 Jun 3, Finnish police
officers found the bodies of 5 dead babies in packages in a basement
cupboard of an apartment building in the western city of Oulu after
they were alerted to the scene by emergency services. A woman (35)
was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.
2014 Jun 3, India's minister
for rural development, Gopinath Munde (64), died after a road
collision in New Delhi. Newly elected PM Modi had entrusted to Munde
the crucial task of spearheading a battle on poverty in the
2014 Jun 3, In Indonesia a
building under construction collapsed on the island of Borneo,
killing two workers and burying at least 13 others in Samarinda, the
provincial capital of East Kalimantan.
2014 Jun 3, In Iraq government
shelling of Fallujah killed 18 people and wounded another 43.
2014 Jun 3, Israeli troops shot
dead Alaa Odeh (30), a Palestinian who the military said had opened
fire and wounded a soldier at a checkpoint in the occupied West
Bank. Odeh's family was quoted as saying in media reports that he
was at the checkpoint awaiting a delivery of phones.
2014 Jun 3, Libya’s newly
elected PM Ahmed Maiteg took office as the interim premier Abdullah
Al-Thinni vowed not to hand over power.
(SFC, 6/4/14, p.A2)
2014 Jun 3, Nigerian media said
ten generals and five other senior military officers have been found
guilty in courts-martial of providing arms and information to Boko
2014 Jun 3, In northeastern
Nigeria Boko Haram militants dressed as soldiers slaughtered at
least 200 civilians in three villages and the military failed to
intervene even though it was warned that an attack was imminent. The
killings occurred in Danjara, Agapalwa, and Antagara, Borno state.
2014 Jun 3, A Pakistani air
force fighter jet crashed in Karachi after a technical fault,
killing 2 pilots and a civilian on the ground.
2014 Jun 3, Qatar said it has
moved five Afghan Taliban prisoners freed in exchange for a US
soldier to a residential compound and will let them move freely in
2014 Jun 3, In Sierra Leone the
death toll from an Ebola outbreak rose to at least five victims. The
Ebola disease has had a 70 percent fatality rate during the first
crisis of its kind in West Africa.
2014 Jun 3, In Sri Lanka at
least 22 people were reported killed from two days of floods and
mudslides triggered by unusually heavy monsoon rains.
2014 Jun 3, In Syria tens of
thousands pledged renewed allegiance to President Bashar Assad as
they voted in a presidential election that excluded a vast swath of
the pre-war population and was decried by the opposition as a
charade. Assad won 88.7% of the vote.
(AP, 6/3/14)(SFC, 6/5/14, p.A7)
2014 Jun 3, Thailand's military
rulers said they are monitoring a new form of silent resistance to
the coup, a three-fingered salute borrowed from "The Hunger Games,"
and will arrest those in large groups who ignore warnings to lower
their arms. The junta lifted the military's curfew at three popular
beach resorts — Phuket, Koh Samui and Pattaya — to ease the impact
of the May 22 coup on tourists.
2014 Jun 3, In eastern Ukraine
fighting raged for the second straight day as the army rolled out an
offensive against pro-Russia separatists holding the city of
Slaviansk and claimed to have inflicted losses on the rebels. 2
government soldiers were killed and 42 injured in daylong fighting.
(Reuters, 6/3/14)(AP, 6/4/14)