1133 Jun 4, In Rome Pope
Innocentius II crowned German King Lothair II as emperor at the
Church of the Lateran.
(MC, 6/4/02)(PCh, 1992, p.92)
1316 Jun 4, Louis X (26), King
of France (1314-16), died.
1391 Jun 4, A mob led by
Ferrand Martinez surrounded and set fire to the Jewish quarter of
Seville, Spain. The surviving Jews were sold into slavery.
1568 Jun 4, Lamoraal, Count
Egmont, prince of Gavere, was beheaded in Brussels for opposition to
the Spanish Inquisition. He became a heroic figure in Goethe's play
and Beethoven's musical setting.
(PCh, 1992, p.195)(MC, 6/5/02)
1608 Jun 4, Francesco
Caracciolo (44), Italian religious founder, saint, died.
1615 Jun 4, The fortress of
Osaka, Japan, fell to shogun Leyasu after a six month siege.
1647 Jun 4, In England
Parliamentary forces seized King Charles I as a hostage.
(AP, 6/4/97)(HN, 6/4/98)
1717 Jun 4, The Freemasons
established their Grand Lodge in London. They had begun in the 13th
century as a guild of masons, who worked in soft stone called
(HN, 6/4/98)(WSJ, 2/6/02, p.A16)
1738 Jun 4, George III was born
(d.1820). He was the King of Great Britain and Ireland from
1760-1820, and the King of Hanover from 1815-1820. He was
responsible for losing the American colonies. He passed the Royal
Marriages Act, which made it unlawful for his children to marry
without his consent.
(HFA, '96, p.32)(AHD, 1971, p.552) (WSJ, 5/23/96,
1745 Jun 4, Frederick the Great
of Prussia defeated the Austrians & Saxons.
1756 Jun 4, Quakers left the
assembly of Pennsylvania.
1773 Jun 4, The British Royal
Navy's set out on its first attempt at reaching the North Pole. Two
ships were forced back by the ice and returned to Orford Ness on 17
September. In 2019 Peter Goodwin authored "Nelson's Arctic Voyage:
The Royal Navy’s First Polar Expedition 1773."
1783 Jun 4, The Montgolfier
brothers launched their 1st hot-air balloon (unmanned) in a
10-minute flight over Annonay, France.
1784 Jun 4, Elizabeth Thible
became the first woman to fly aboard a Montgolfier hot-air balloon,
over Lyon, France.
1789 Jun 4, The US
constitution, enacted as sovereign law, went into effect.
1792 Jun 4, Captain George
Vancouver claimed Puget Sound for Britain.
1792 Jun 4, John Burgoyne,
soldier, playwright, died.
1794 Jun 4, Congress passed a
Neutrality Act that banned Americans from serving in armed forces of
1794 Jun 4, British troops
captured Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
1794 Jun 4, Robespierre was
unanimously elected president of the Convention in the French
1798 Jun 4, Giovanni Jacopo
Casanova (b.1725), fabled Italian seducer, adventurer, spy,
librarian, died of prostate cancer in Dux, Bohemia. While at Dux he
authored his memoirs: “History of My Life." The standard English
edition runs over 3,600 pages. In 2008 Ian Kelly authored “Casanova:
Actor, Lover, Priest, Spy."
1800 Jun 4, The White House was
completed and President & Mrs. John Adams moved in. [see Nov 1]
1805 Jun 4, The US signed a
Treaty of Peace and Amity at Tripoli. The US agreed to pay Tripoli
$60,000 in war reparations and was in turn absolved of tribute
demands. The treaty was ratified by the US on Apr 17, 1806.
1812 Jun 4, The Louisiana
Territory was renamed the Missouri Territory.
1826 Jun 4, Karl Maria FE von
Weber (39), German composer (Oberon), died.
1843 Jun 4, Charles C. Abbott,
American naturalist, was born. He wrote “Days Out of Doors."
1850 Jun 4, A self deodorizing
fertilizer was patented in England.
1859 Jun 4, The French army
under Napoleon III took Magenta from the Austrian army after a
bloody battle in northern Italy.
1862 Jun 4, Confederates
evacuated Ft. Pillow, Tenn.
1863 Jun 4, David Batchelder
and a group of 27 armed men sailed from San Francisco to the
Farallon Islands in 3 boats to challenge the Egg Co. for bird eggs.
One man was killed and another died of wounds a few days later. In
1995 Peter White authored “The Farallon Islands: Sentinels of the
(SFC, 5/25/13, p.C3)
1864 Jun 4, With Gen. Sherman
again flanking them, Confederates under General Joseph Johnston
retreated to the mountains before Marietta, Georgia.
1867 Jun 4, Carl Gustaf
Mannerheim, president of Finland, was born.
1872 Jun 4, Kentucky conmen
Philip Arnold (40) and John Slack took a party of San Francisco
investors, including Asbury Harpending, to a site in Wyoming where
diamonds and other precious stones were salted about. The con job
took in hundreds of thousands of dollars before geologist Clarence
King (30) identified the Wyoming site as a scam.
(SFC, 4/26/14, p.D2)
1872 Jun 4, Harvey Flint
(d.1882) patented his Quaker Bitters, a general cure-all with 21.4%
alcohol. He had recently left a family furniture business in
Providence, Rhode Island, and began making Quaker Bitters under the
name Flint & Co.
1878 Jun 4, The Ottoman Empire
turned over control of Cyprus to the British.
1889 Jun 4, Beno Gutenberg,
seismologist, was born.
1892 Jun 4, The Sierra Club was
incorporated in San Francisco.
1894 Jun 4, Blanch Knopf,
publishing CEO (Knopf), was born.
1895 Jun 4, Dino Conte Grandi,
Italy's delegate to League of Nations, was born.
1896 Jun 4, Henry Ford made a
successful pre-dawn test run of his horseless carriage, called a
quadricycle, through the streets of Detroit.
1904 Jun 4, Alvah Bessie,
screenwriter and novelist, was born.
1907 Jun 4, Automatic washer
and dryer was introduced.
1908 Jun 4, Rosalind Russell
(d.1976), actress (Mame, Take a Letter Darling), was born in
1911 Jun 4, Gold was discovered
in Alaska's Indian Creek.
1912 Jun 4, Massachusetts
passed the 1st US minimum wage law.
1917 Jun 4, Charles
Collingwood, news commentator (CBS, Chronicles), was born in Mich.
1917 Jun 4, American men begin
registering for the draft. [see Jun 5]
1917 Jun 4, The Most Excellent
Order of the British Empire, a British order of chivalry, was
established by King George V. The Order included five classes in
civil and military divisions in decreasing order of seniority. These
included: Knight Grand Cross (GBE) or Dame Grand Cross (GBE), Knight
Commander (KBE) or Dame Commander (DBE), Commander (CBE), Officer
(OBE), and Member (MBE).
1918 Jun 4, French and American
troops halted Germany's offensive at Chateau-Thierry, France.
1919 Jun 4, The U.S. Senate
passed the Women's Suffrage bill.
1919 Jun 4, US marines invaded
1920 Jun 4, The Treaty of
Trianon, signed at Versailles, was forced upon Hungary by the
victorious Allies after WWII and resulted in Hungary giving up
nearly three-fourths of its territory to Romania, Czechoslovakia and
the Kingdom of Serbs, Croat and Slovenes. Hungary lost more than
half its population, including some 3 million Hungarians. Hungary
ceded the hills of Transylvania to Romania.
(HNQ, 7/5/98)(WSJ, 1/2/97,
1923 Jun 4, Filippo Smaldone,
Italian priest, died. He provided education and assistance for the
death and founded the Congregation of the Salesian Sisters of the
Sacred Heart. In 2006 Pope Benedict XVI named him a saint.
(SFC, 10/16/06, p.A2)
1928 Jun 4, Ruth Westheimer,
sex therapist (WYNY-FM), was born in Germany.
1929 Jun 4, George Eastman
demonstrated 1st Technicolor movie in Rochester, NY.
1936 Jun 4, Leon Blum became
the first socialist and the first Jew to serve as Prime Minister of
1937 Jun 4, Robert Fulghrum,
American author, was born. He wrote "All I Really need to Know I
learned in Kindergarten" and "It Was on Fire When I Lay Down on It."
1937 Jun 4, Freddy Fender,
singer, was born as Baldemar Huerta. His songs included: Wasted Days
and Wasted Nights and Before the Next Teardrop Falls.
1939 Jun 4, During what became
known as the "Voyage of the Damned," the SS St. Louis, carrying 907
Jewish refugees from Germany, was turned away from the Florida
coast. Also denied permission to dock in Canada and Cuba, the ship
eventually returned to Europe. The passengers were divided among
England, France, Belgium and Holland and a number of the refugees
later died in Nazi concentration camps. By 2003 efforts to track
their fates identified 935 out of the 937 passengers. Some 260 ended
in Nazi killing centers.
(AP, 6/4/99)(SFC, 10/4/99, p.D3)(SSFC, 12/7/03,
Par p.5)(Econ, 6/24/06, p.44)
1940 Jun 4, A synthetic rubber
tire was unveiled.
1940 Jun 4, The Allied military
evacuation of 300,000 troops from Dunkirk, France, ended. Operation
Dynamo counted 235 vessels lost as well as 177 aircraft in combat at
Dunkirk and the English Channel. French defenders surrendered. Some
30-40,000 French troops became prisoners of war.
(AP, 6/4/97)(HN, 6/4/98)(ON, 8/12, p.4)
1940 Jun 4, German forces
1941 Jun 4, Republic of Croatia
ordered all Jews to wear a star with the letter Z.
1941 Jun 4, Wilhelm II von
Hohenzollern (b.1859), the last German emperor (1888-1918), died in
1942 Jun 4, The Battle of
Midway began. It was Japan’s first major defeat in World War II.
Four Japanese carriers were lost. The carrier USS Yorktown was hit
by 3 Japanese bombs and put on tow to Pearl Harbor. It was torpedoed
three days later and sank in waters 16,650 deep. The Yorktown was
found in 1998 by a team led by oceanographer Robert Ballard, who had
also found the Titanic and the Bismarck. The story of the Battle of
Midway was told by Walter Lord in "Incredible Victory." In 2005
Alvin Kernan authored “The Unknown Battle of Midway."
(AP, 6/4/97)(HN, 6/4/98)(SFC, 6/5/98, p.A3)(SFEC,
6/4/00, p.C1)(WSJ, 11/29/05, p.D8)
1943 Jun 4, Race riots took
place in LA.
1943 Jun 4, In Argentina, Gen
Rawson and Col. Juan Peron led the military coup that overthrew
Ramon S. Castillo.
(HN, 6/4/98)(MC, 6/4/02)
1944 Jun 4, The U-505 became
the first enemy submarine captured by the U.S. Navy under Admiral
Dan Gallery. The keel for the U-505 was laid on June 12, 1940. It
launched from Hamburg the following year. During its career, the
U-505 gained the unwelcome but lucky distinction of being the most
heavily damaged U-boat to manage to return to port. Under the
command of Harald Lange, the boat was attacked by an American task
group led by the USS Guadalcanal. Crewmen from the destroyer escort
USS Pillsbury managed to capture the U-505 before the submariners
could in scuttle her. This represented the first time since 1815
that the US Navy captured an enemy warship on the high seas (the
capture remained a secret). After the war, Navy plans to scuttle the
U-boat in a gunnery exercise were themselves scrapped when the
president of Chicago’s Museum of Science & Industry voiced
interest and a plan to use the entire submarine as part of an
exhibit. The U-505 was dedicated as a permanent exhibit and war
memorial at the museum on September 25, 1954. In 2005 a $35 million
project restored the ship and moved it to a specially constructed
(HN, 6/4/98)(HNQ, 3/29/01)(WSJ, 8/5/05, p.W2)
1944 Jun 4, The US Fifth Army
under Gen. Mark Clark, entered Rome, beginning the liberation of the
Italian capital during World War II.
(AP, 6/4/97)(Econ, 4/12/08, p.94)
1945 Jun 4, Anthony Braxton,
jazz composer and saxophonist, was born.
1945 Jun 4, US, Russia, England
& France agreed to split occupied Germany.
1946 Jun 4, Juan Peron was
installed as Argentina's president.
1946 Jun 4, A giant eruption
occurred on the surface of the sun and was photographed by the
coronograph of the High Altitude Observatory of the Univ. of
1947 Jun 4, The House of
Representatives overwhelmingly approved the Labor Management
Relations Act also known as the Taft-Hartley Act. It provided for an
80-day injunction against strikes that endangered public health and
safety. Pres. [see Jun 20]
(WUD, 1994 p.1447)(AP, 6/4/97)(SFC, 11/27/99,
1948 Jun 4, Hugh Kenner (d.2003
at 80) met for the 1st time with Ezra Pound in a Washington-area
mental facility. Pound became his mentor and directed him in a
number of literary efforts. In 1951 Kenner turned his thesis into
the book: "The Poetry of Ezra Pound." In 1971 Kenner authored "The
(SSFC, 11/30/03, p.A31)
1952 Jun 4, Parker Stevenson,
actor (The Hardy Boys Mysteries, Baywatch, Melrose Place, Falcon
Crest), was born.
1953 Jun 4, An atomic bomb test
explosion took place at Yucca Flats, Nevada, equivalent to 50,000
tons of TNT. This was double the 1945 blast over Hiroshima.
(SFC, 5/30/03, p.E7)
1953 Jun 4, North Koreans
accepted UN proposals in all major respects.
1954 Jun 4, French Premier
Joseph Laniel and Vietnamese Premier Buu Loc initialed treaties in
Paris according "complete independence" to Vietnam.
1958 Jun 4, French premier De
Gaulle arrived in Algiers.
1959 Jun 4, The Soviet Union’s
Bolshoi Ballet company arrived in San Francisco following
performances in New York and Los Angeles. They were scheduled for 4
performances at the War Memorial House. In LA troupe members bought
furs, rugs, china and curtain rods.
(SSFC, 5/31/09, DB p.50)
1960 Jun 4, The Taiwan island
of Quemoy was hit by 500 artillery shells fired from the coast of
1961 Jun 4, A Soviet K-19
nuclear submarine with 139 crew members experienced a nuclear
accident. 22 later died from radiation poisoning. In 2001 the US
film “K-19: The Widowmaker" loosely depicted the accident.
(SFC, 4/20/01, p.A14)(WSJ, 4/3/02, p.A20)
1962 Jun 4, Lee Harvey Oswald
departed Rotterdam on SS Maasdam to US.
1962 Jun 4, William Beebe
(b.1877), US biologist, explorer, died. In 2004 Carol Grant Gould
authored “The Remarkable Life of William Beebe: Explorer and
1967 Jun 4, American actor and
comedian Bill Cosby (b.1937) received an Emmy Award for his work in
the television series "I Spy." Cosby won three consecutive Emmy
Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in the Drama Series in 1966, 1967
and 1968. In the 19th Emmy Awards: Mission Impossible, Monkees, Don
Knotts & Lucy Ball were among the winners.
1968 Jun 4, Robert Kennedy won
the California democratic Presidential Primary whose candidates
included Eugene McCarthy. Vice-Pres. Hubert Humphrey had declined to
enter the California primary. Kennedy was shot the next day in LA by
Sirhan Sirhan and died on June 6.
(SFEM, 11/17/96, p.26)
1968 Jun 4, Alexandre Kojeve
(b.1902), French-Russian philosopher, died in Brussels. He was
suspected of serving as a Soviet spy from 1938 to his death.
1969 Jun 4, Armando Socarras
Ramirez (22) sneaked into wheel pod of a jet parked in Havana &
survived a 9-hr flight to Spain despite thin oxygen levels at 29,000
1972 Jun 4, Black militant
Angela Davis was found not guilty of murder, kidnapping, and
1974 Jun 4, Ten Cent Beer Night
was an ill-fated promotion held by the American League's Cleveland
Indians during a game against the Texas Rangers at Cleveland
1975 Jun 4, In San Francisco
Harald Gullberg was found stabbed to death in the area of Golden
Gate Park. He was the 5th gay man stabbed to death by the Doodler
serial killer over the last year and a half.
(SFC, 2/7/19, p.A9)(SSFC, 6/6/21, p.S2)
1975 Jun 4, The oldest animal
fossils to date in the US were discovered in North Carolina.
1979 Jun 4, Joe Clark of the
Progressive Conservatives became the 16th prime minister of Canada.
1979 Jun 4, In Ghana friends of
J.J. Rawlings (b.1947), led by Major Boakye Djan, overthrew the
military government of General Fred Akuffo in a bloody coup.
(SFC, 12/6/96, p.B1)
1979 Jun 4, South African Pres.
Vorster resigned due to scandal. Marais Viljoen became the last
non-executive State President of South Africa and served until
September 3, 1984.
1980 Jun 4, In northern
California the body of Anna Menjivas was discovered in Mt. Tamalpais
State Park. Her murder had not been connected with the "Trailside"
slayings at the time. Investigators later learned she was a
long-time friend of David Carpenter, who often let him drive her
home from work. In 1988 Carpenter was convicted of 4 killings
in Marin County.
1982 Jun 4, A 4-day storm began
in New England. It deluged Connecticut with 14 inches of rain,
breaking 23 dams and destroying two. Damages were estimated at close
to $276 million.
(SFC, 6/4/09, p.D10)
1982 Jun 4, Israel attacked
targets in south Lebanon one day after the attempted assassination
of the Israeli ambassador in London.
1983 Jun 4, In Chino Hills,
Ca., Douglas and Peggy Ryen and their 10-year old daughter, Jessica,
were killed in the master bedroom of their home. Christopher Hughes
(11), a neighbor, was also killed. Joshua Ryen (8) survived despite
serious wounds. Kevin Cooper, who escaped from Chino prison on June
2, was arrested 47 days later and was convicted for the murders in
1985 and faced execution. Cooper claimed he was innocent and called
for DNA testing of the evidence in 2000. In 2003 an execution date
of Feb 10, 2004, was set for Cooper. Cooper won a last minute
reprieve on Feb 9 pending a re-examination of the case. In 2005 a
federal judge upheld his death penalty. In 2016 Cooper's lawyers
asked for a reprieve and new DNA testing.
12/18/03, p.A21)(SFC, 2/11/04, p.A4)(SFC, 7/4/18, p.A8)
1984 Jun 4, DNA was
successfully cloned from a quagga, an animal extinct since 1883.
1985 Jun 4, The Supreme Court
upheld a lower court ruling striking down an Alabama law providing
for a daily "moment of silence" in public schools.
1986 Jun 4, Jonathan Jay
Pollard, a former Navy intelligence analyst, pleaded guilty in
Washington to spying for Israel. He was later sentenced a life
(AP, 6/4/97)(WSJ, 1/28/98, p.A18)
1987 Jun 4, The US
congressional Iran-Contra committees voted to grant limited immunity
to former National Security Council aide Oliver L. North, following
an appeal by independent counsel Lawrence E. Walsh to reject
1988 Jun 4, US Secretary of
State George Shultz flew to Jordan, where he met with King Hussein.
Afterward, Shultz said the Jordanian monarch was reluctant to engage
in peace talks with Israel unless Israel agreed to give up land on
the West Bank.
1989 Jun 4, "Jerome Robbins's
Broadway" won best musical at the 43rd annual Tony Awards; "The
Heidi Chronicles" by Wendy Wasserstein won best play.
1989 Jun 4, In San Francisco
thousands of demonstrators gathered in front of the Chinese
Consulate to protest the slaughter of students and other citizens at
Tiananmen Square in Beijing. In Chinese Tiananmen translates as Gate
of Heavenly Peace.
(SSFC, 6/1/14, DB p.46)
1989 Jun 4, In China hundreds
of people died as Chinese army troops stormed Beijing to crush the
pro-democracy movement. Hundreds of thousands of discontented
Chinese took to the streets of Beijing, demanding more reform, but
the military crushed the protests in the Tiananmen Square crackdown.
Zhao Ziyang was ousted. The West and Japan cut off aid. Bao Tong was
the only Communist Party official arrested in the Tiananmen Square
uprising. He was released with ill-health in 1996. Han Dongfang,
leader of China’s first independent trade union spent 22 months
behind bars for his role in the pro-democracy uprising. Ren Wanding
was also again jailed for giving speeches in the pro-democracy
(WSJ 12/10/93)(SFC, 5/28/96, p.A6)(SFC, 6/4/96,
p.A11)(SFC, 6/10/96, C2)(AP, 6/4/97)
1989 Jun 4, Poland held Eastern
Europe's 1st somewhat free election in 40 years. The 2-part election
(June 4 and 19) resulted in a land-slide victory of the opposition
organized in the Citizens' Committee, which won all 161 seats
available to it in the Sejm, and 99 out of 100 seats in the senate.
1989 Jun 4, A gas explosion in
the Soviet Union engulfed two passing trains, killing 645.
1990 Jun 4, Janet Adkins (54)
of Portland, Ore., became the first person to use a suicide machine
developed by Dr. Kevorkian. This began a national debate over the
right to die.
1990 Jun 4, Soviet President
Mikhail Gorbachev closed out his US visit in northern California,
where he held a reunion with former President Reagan and met with
South Korean President Roh Tae-woo in San Francisco, and addressed
students at Stanford University in Palo Alto.
1991 Jun 4, President Bush
tapped former Democratic national chairman Robert S. Strauss to be
the new US ambassador to the Soviet Union.
1991 Jun 4, The government of
China announced the death of Jiang Qing (77), the widow of Mao
Tse-tung, saying she had committed suicide on May 14th.
1992 Jun 4, President Bush held
a news conference in which he said he understood Americans'
fascination with Ross Perot, but predicted that voters would
eventually ask, "How are you going to do it?"
1992 Jun 4, The U.S. Postal
Service announced the results of a nationwide vote on the Elvis
Presley stamp, saying more people preferred the "younger Elvis"
1993 Jun 4, Rejecting
allegations of "quota queen," Lani Guinier expressed regret
President Clinton had dropped her nomination to head the Justice
Department's civil rights division.
1993 Jun 4, The UN Security
Council agreed to send up to 10,000 more UN peacekeepers to six
Bosnian cities to protect Muslim havens.
1994 Jun 4, President Clinton
and British Prime Minister John Major paid tribute to the lost
airmen of World War II at the American Cemetery in Cambridge,
1994 Jun 4, Gregory Scarpa,
nicknamed The Grim Reaper, died in a Minnesota prison. He was a
soldier for the Colombo crime family and an informant for the FBI.
1994 Jun 4, Toto Bissainthe
(59), Haitian poet and singer, died.
1995 Jun 4, At the Tony Awards,
“Sunset Boulevard" won best Broadway musical while “Love! Valour!
Compassion!" by Terrence McNally was chosen best play.
1995 Jun 4, Sophie Winter (34),
actress (She's a Good Fighter), died from a misdiagnosed extopic
1995 Jun 4, French General
Bernard Janvier, supreme UN military commander in the former
Yugoslavia, met with Bosnian Serb military commander, Ratko Mladic.
He pleaded for the release of UN captives and offered to halt future
NATO air attacks. Shortly after Yasushi Akashi publicly affirmed
that the UN would abide by peacekeeping principles - shorthand for
no more air attacks.
(SFC, 6/7/96, p.A10)
1995 Jun 4, In Sri Lanka the
Tigers blew up a ship chartered by the Int’l. Committee of the Red
(SFC, 7/24/96, p.A9)
1996 Jun 4, Russian President
Boris Yeltsin, campaigning for re-election, indulged in a bit of
onstage boogie at a pop concert for young voters.
1996 Jun 4, US and French
officials signed a secret agreement to share nuclear weapons
information and facilitate joint work between scientists.
(SFC, 6/15/96, p.A10)
1996 Jun 4, The Organization of
American States criticized the US over the extension of the economic
embargo against Cuba with 32 co-sponsors. The US was the sole
(SFC, 6/6/96, C2)
1996 Jun 4, NATO foreign
ministers approved plans to shift focus toward intervention in small
regional conflicts and away from containing Russia, its primary
focus for 47 years.
(WSJ, 6/4/96, p.A1)
1996 Jun 4, In Burundi three
Swiss Red Cross workers were ambushed and killed while delivering
supplies near the village of Mugina. The Tutsi-dominated Uprona
Party denied any role and said the killings were the work of gangs
of the Coalition for the Defense of Democracy, the main Hutu rebel
(SFC, 6/5/96, p.C16)(SFC, 6/6/96,
1996 Jun 4, The European Space
Agency Ariane 5 rocket was destroyed when it went off course during
take-off from Kourou, French Guiana. The $7 billion rocket had taken
10 years to develop and was to be capable of carrying 7.6 tons into
(SFC, 6/5/96, p.C16)
1996 Jun 4, A report on China
focused on tens of millions of people suffering from iodine
deficiency. The effects of the deficiency has led to stunted lives
and intellects. Where goiter and cretinism are not visibly apparent,
chronic mental and physical fatigue and some degree of mental
impairment was widespread.
(SFC, 6/4/96, p.A13)
1996 Jun 4, In Nigeria Kudirat
Abiola, wife of imprisoned opposition leader Moshood Abiola, was
shot and killed by 6 gunmen near her home in Lagos. In 2011 Maj.
Hamza Al-Mustapha, right-hand man of dictator Sani Abacha, faced
trial for ordering a security agent to kill Kudirat. Al-Mustapha
denied taking part in her machine-gun killing, saying he was
tortured into a false confession.
(SFC, 6/5/96, p.C2)(AP, 8/9/11)
1997 Jun 4, At the Oklahoma
City bombing trial, prosecutors urged the jury to sentence Timothy
McVeigh to death, calling relatives of victims to testify about
1997 Jun 4, In Lubbock, Texas,
Michael Rosales, a parole violator, beat and used kitchen tools to
kill Mary Felder (67) during a robbery at her apartment. Rosales
(35) was executed on April 16, 2009.
1997 Jun 4, The 53-nation
Organization of African Unity unanimously condemned the coup in
Sierra Leone. The 16-member Nigerian-led Economic Community of West
African states pledged not to tolerate military coups on the
continent a day after it approved the use of force to restore the
government of Sierra Leone.
(SFC, 6/5/97, p.C3)
1997 Jun 4, Brazil’s Senate
approved a constitutional revision to allow office-holders to run
for re-election. this will allow Pres. Cardoso to seek a 2nd term.
(WSJ, 6/5/97, p.A1)
1997 Jun 4, China signed a $660
million deal to develop an Iraqi oil field.
(WSJ, 6/5/97, p.A1)
1997 Jun 4, In France PM Lionel
Jospin appointed women to 6 of 16 ministerial positions.
(SFC, 6/5/97, p.C2)
1997 Jun 4, In Germany some
600,000 chemical union workers agreed to allow wage cuts by up to
10% by financially strapped companies. Record unemployment stood at
11% and the government asked unions for some flexibility.
(SFC, 6/6/97, p.E2)
1997 Jun 4, In Drammen, Norway,
a car bomb destroyed the headquarters of the Bandido motorcycle
gang. One passerby was killed and 4 people were injured.
(SDUT, 6/6/97, p.A26)
1998 Jun 4, In Denver a federal
judge sentenced Terry Nichols to life in prison without parole for
conspiring in 1995 to bomb the Alfred Murrah Federal Building in
(SFC, 6/5/98, p.A1)(AP, 6/4/99)
1998 Jun 4, Americans aboard
the shuttle Discovery arrived at the Russian space station Mir to
pick up U.S. astronaut Andrew Thomas, who'd spent four months in
1998 Jun 4, It was reported
that Duke Univ. scientists reported that they were able to change
sickled blood cells into normal cells using genetic therapy.
(SFC, 6/5/98, p.A7)
1998 Jun 4, In Bluff, Utah,
Robert Mason (26), one of 3 suspects in the May 29 killing of a
Cortez, Colo., police officer, was found dead with a gunshot wound
to his head.
(SFC, 6/5/98, p.A3)
1998 Jun 4, A team of
physicists from Japan reported that they had established that the
subnuclear neutrino particles had mass.
(SFC, 6/5/98, p.A1)
1998 Jun 4, Shirley Polykoff,
the pioneering advertising woman who authored the “Does she... or
doesn’t she" for Clairol hair dyes in 1956, died at age 90. She
wrote the 1975 book “Does She... or Doesn’t She? And How She Die
(SFC, 6/9/98, p.A24)
1998 Jun 4, In Britain the
House of Commons decided to get rid of its collapsible top hats, a
tradition that dated from 19th century.
(SFC, 6/5/98, p.D4)
1998 Jun 4, The first meeting
of the Eurogroup was held at Senningen Castle in Luxembourg.
Formerly known as the Euro-X and Euro-XI in relation to the number
of states adopting the euro, the group was established at the
request of France as a policy co-ordination and consultation forum
on eurozone matters.
1998 Jun 4, In Indonesia
creditor banks unveiled a plan to restructure $80 billion of foreign
debt owed by banks and corporations.
(WSJ, 6/5/98, p.A1)
1998 Jun 4, Mexico, Saudi
Arabia and Venezuela agreed to cuts in oil production and exports
for the 2nd time this year in order to raise prices.
(WSJ, 6/5/98, p.A2)
1998 Jun 4, In Pristina,
Serbia, the Kosovo Albanians withdrew from negotiations with Serbia
due to the new Serbian offensive.
(SFC, 6/5/98, p.D2)
1998 Jun 4, In Taiwan it was
reported that an airborne virus had killed 26 children in the last 6
weeks. Another 132 were hospitalized and as many as 9,000 were
infected. Efforts to fight the disease were being centralized.
Enterovirus 71 soon claimed 7 more children.
(WSJ, 6/5/98, p.A1)(SFC, 6/19/98, p.B4)
1999 Jun 4, Using a provision
of the Constitution allowing him to bypass the Senate, Pres. Clinton
bypassed Congress with a "recess appointment" for James Hormel as
ambassador to Luxembourg, the first openly gay ambassador in US
(SFC, 6/5/99, p.A1)(AP, 6/4/00)
1999 Jun 4, A federal judge in
Portland ruled that AT&T must open its cable lines to
(SFC, 6/5/99, p.A1)
1999 Jun 4, Senators Diane
Feinstein of California and Harry Reid of Nevada announced the Lake
Tahoe Restoration Act. The bill would authorized $300 million over
10 years to restore clarity and health to Lake Tahoe.
(SFC, 6/5/99, p.A1)
1999 Jun 4, On the tenth
anniversary of China’s crackdown on the Tiananmen Square protests,
tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong held a candlelight vigil.
1999 Jun 4, The Deutsche Bank
AG $9.8 billion acquisition of Bankers Trust, an American Bank, was
(Econ, 5/19/07, SR
1999 Jun 4, NATO commanders met
with Yugoslav army officers in Macedonia to arrange for the
withdrawal of some 40,000 Serbian troops from Kosovo.
(SFC, 6/5/99, p.A1)
1999 Jun 4, Pope John Paul II
traveled to Poland, the first stop on a 13-day visit to 20 cities.
This was his 8th visit to Poland.
(WSJ, 6/4/99, p.A1)
1999 Jun 4, In Colombia at
least 2,000 people crossed the border into Venezuela to escape heavy
fighting in northern Santander province.
(SFC, 6/5/99, p.A12)
1999 Jun 4, In Turkey police
killed 2 members of a radical group believed to be planning a rocket
attack on the US Consulate in Istanbul.
(SFC, 6/5/99, p.A12)
2000 Jun 4, The play
“Copenhagen" by Michael Frayn won the best play Tony at the 54th
annual Tony Awards in Manhattan. The dance-play “Contact" won for
best new musical. “Kiss Me, Kate" won for best musical revival.
(SFC, 6/5/00, p.D1)(AP, 6/4/01)
2000 Jun 4, Pres. Clinton and
Pres. Putin agreed to each dispose 34 metric tons of weapons-grade
plutonium and to establish a military center in Moscow for US and
Russian officers to share early warning data on missile and space
launches. Clinton then answered questions from the public at the
Ekho Moskvy radio station.
(SFC, 6/5/00, p.A1,8)
2000 Jun 4, In NYC 150 people
posed face-down flat nude beneath the Williamsburg Bridge for a
photo shoot by Spencer Tunick.
(SFC, 6/5/00, p.A7)
2000 Jun 4, NASA directed the
$670 million, 17-ton, crippled Compton Gamma Ray Observatory into a
suicide plunge into the Pacific Ocean in a controlled re-entry to
avoid debris over populated areas.
2000 Jun 4, It was reported
that IBM planned to build the “Blue Gene" computer over the next
five years to model the way human proteins fold into shapes that
give them unique biological properties.
(SFEC, 6/4/00, p.A12)
2000 Jun 4, A 3-day meeting on
trade of the 34-nation OAS, Organization of American States, began
in Windsor, Canada. Police arrested 41 protesters.
(SFEC, 6/4/00, p.A20)(SFC, 6/5/00, p.A9)
2000 Jun 4, In Indonesia a 7.3
earthquake hit Sumatra and over 100 people were killed with
(SFC, 6/5/00, p.A8)(SFC, 6/6/00, p.A13)
2000 Jun 4, In West Papua
separatists made a declaration of independence from Indonesia. Thaha
Alhamid read the declaration before thousands gathered in Jayapura.
500 West Papuans had gathered for a “congress" that resulted in the
(SFC, 6/5/00, p.A8)(SFC, 7/7/00, p.A12)
2000 Jun 4, In Pakistan a new
government tax caused protests and strikes. In Peshawar police broke
up a rally with tear gas and batons. Small traders refused to open
their shops and transport workers joined the strikes.
(SFEC, 6/11/00, p.T10)
2000 Jun 4, In the Solomon
Islands insurgents of the Malaita Eagle Force militia took Prime
Minister Bartholomew Ulufa’alua hostage in Honiara. The Malaita
Force was fighting the Isatabu force, which was trying to drive
thousands of migrants from Malaita off of Guadalcanal.
(SFC, 6/5/00, p.A9)
2001 Jun 4, Pres. Bush spoke in
the Florida Everglades and underlined his request for $58 million in
the 2002 budget for Everglades restoration.
(SFC, 6/5/01, p.A3)
2001 Jun 4, It was reported
that US Defense Sec. Donald Rumsfeld had virtually cut off all
Pentagon contacts with the Chinese armed forces in displeasure over
the spy plane incident. Rumsfeld announced that he had given limited
permission to resume military-to-military contacts with China due to
the progress in the resolution of the spy plane incident.
(SFC, 6/4/01, p.A10)(SFC, 6/5/01, p.A12)
2001 Jun 4, Nevada lawmakers
approved a bill to legalize Internet gambling and passed a medical
(WSJ, 6/5/01, p.A1)
2001 Jun 4, Hewlett-Packard
agreed to pay $400 million to Pitney Bowes to settle a 6-year-old
patent dispute over printer technology.
(SFC, 6/5/01, p.C1)
2001 Jun 4, In India government
troops battled Islamic rebels on 3 fronts and 23 people were killed.
4 civilians died when a grenade missed a paramilitary bunker and
exploded at a crowded bus station.
(SFC, 6/5/01, p.A14)
2001 Jun 4, As Israeli soldiers
and Palestinians exchanged fire in Rafah, Hamas said that it would
join the cease-fire.
(SFC, 6/5/01, p.A12)
2001 Jun 4, In Nepal King
Dipendra died 3 days after allegedly shooting the royal family and
himself. Prince Gyanendra was named king.
(SFC, 6/4/01, p.A8)(AP, 6/4/02)
2001 Jun 4, In Russia most of
the production of vodka stopped due to the lack of government
stamps, which were ordered to fight bootlegging and boost taxes.
(WSJ, 6/5/01, p.A1)
2001 Jun 4, In Sri Lanka
anti-terrorist commandos killed 14 Tamil Tiger rebels trying to
infiltrate the Ampara district.
(SFC, 6/5/01, p.A14)
2001 Jun 4, In Zimbabwe
Chenjerai Hunzvi (Hitler Hunzvi), a leader of the war veterans, died
at age 51. He had led the violent occupations of white-owned farms.
(SFC, 6/5/01, p.A14)
2002 Jun 4, Pres. Bush said the
CIA and FBI had failed to communicate adequately before the Sept.
11, 2001, terror attacks; Congress began extraordinary closed-door
hearings into intelligence lapses.
2002 Jun 4, Pres. Bush said
that he read the new EPA report on global warming, but still opposed
the Kyoto treaty.
(SFC, 6/5/02, p.A3)
2002 Jun 4, Members of Congress
initiated an investigation to probe the “evolution of the
international terrorist threat" back to 1986.
(SFC, 6/5/02, p.A1)
2002 Jun 4, A NYC crime sweep
arrested 17 alleged members of the Gambino family with charges that
(SFC, 6/5/02, p.A8)
2002 Jun 4, A panel of U.S.
Roman Catholic bishops called for a zero-tolerance policy against
priests who molest children in the future and a
two-strikes-you're-out policy for those guilty of past abuse.
2002 Jun 4, Japan ratified the
Kyoto Protocol, aimed at cutting emissions of heat-trapping gases
and urged the US and other countries to do so.
(AP, 6/4/03)(SFC, 6/5/02, p.A3)
2002 Jun 4, New Zealand's prime
minister apologized for mistakes her country made during its 48-year
rule over the tiny South Pacific island chain of Samoa.
2002 Jun 4, In Syria the
Zayzoun Dam (b.1996) near Idlib burst and at least 20 people were
killed. A 24 square-mile area was flooded and 3 villages submerged.
(SFC, 6/7/02, p.A13)
2002 Jun 4, Turkish
peacekeepers arrived in Afghanistan.
(WSJ, 6/5/02, p.A1)
2003 Jun 4, Pres. Bush held
meetings with the Israeli and Palestinian prime ministers, hoping to
advance a Middle East peace plan after winning new support from top
2003 Jun 4, Martha Stewart
stepped down as head of her media empire, hours after she was
charged with a 9-count federal indictment in a stock trading
scandal. Stewart was convicted in March, 2004, of lying about why
she'd sold her shares of ImClone Systems stock in 2001, just before
the stock price plunged.
(SFC, 6/5/03, p.A1)(AP, 6/4/04)
2003 Jun 4, Palm Inc. said it
would buy rival Handspring in a stock deal valued at $195 mil.
(SFC, 6/5/03, p.B1)(WSJ, 6/5/03, p.B1)
2003 Jun 4, The Pews Ocean
Commission said US waters are so stressed by pollution and
overfishing that drastic federal intervention is required.
(SFC, 6/5/03, p.A8)(WSJ, 6/5/03, p.A1)
2003 Jun 4, Corey Marques
Jasmin (20), an airman at Travis Air Force Base, robbed an adult
book store in Fairfield, Ca. Hours later he killed two homeless
women, Otilia Carrington (48) and Ricksehlla Harrison (29). In 2008
a state appeals court upheld his life sentence without parole.
(SFC, 9/27/08, p.B2)
2003 Jun 4, Delmar E. Brown
(84), renowned fly fisherman, died in Watsonville, Ca. He invented
the Del Brown Crab Fly and held a record-setting catch of a tarpon
15 times the test of his line.
(SSFC, 6/8/03, p.A29)
2003 Jun 4, In Afghanistan 40
Taliban suspects were killed in one of the deadliest exchanges
between Taliban and government troops since the hardline religious
regime was overthrown in late 2001. 7 government soldiers also died
in the nine hours of fighting in three villages north of Spinboldak,
near the border with Pakistan.
2003 Jun 4, In Jordan Israeli
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon pledged to dismantle illegal settlements
in Palestinian areas, while the new Palestinian leader renounced all
terrorism against Israel. Both steps were sought by President Bush
as he brought the two sides together in a bid to advance Middle East
2003 Jun 4, In Laos 2 European
journalists and an American were arrested on murder charges. Belgian
photojournalist Thierry Falise and French cameraman Vincent Reynaud
were arrested with an American of Hmong origin for allegedly helping
"bandits" kill a security official in the remote northeastern
village of Khai.
2003 Jun 4, In Nepal King
Gyanendra appointed a pro-monarchist Wednesday as Nepal's new PM.
Surya Bahadur Thapa replaces Lokendra Bahadur Chand, who resigned
2003 Jun 4, A UN-backed war
crimes court indicted Liberian Pres. Charles Taylor, accusing him of
"the greatest responsibility" in the vicious 10-year civil war in
neighboring Sierra Leone.
2003 Jun 4, The Peruvian
government failed to meet wage demands by striking teachers, who
vowed to extend a 24-day walkout that triggered nationwide protests
and prompted President Alejandro Toledo to declare a state of
2003 Jun 4, The UN Security
Council agreed to end a ban on the export of so-called "blood
diamonds" from Sierra Leone because of government efforts to control
the diamond industry.
2003 Jun 4, Togo President Gen.
Gnassingbe Eyadema, was declared winner of questioned presidential
2003 Jun 4, In Vietnam Truong
Van Cam, reputed underworld boss, was found guilty of 7 crimes. 154
alleged associates included high-ranking government officials. He
was sentenced to death the next day.
(SFC, 6/5/03, p.A3)
2004 Jun 4, Pres. Bush
nominated John Danforth, former Republican senator from Missouri, to
be US ambassador to the UN.
(SFC, 6/5/04, A3)
2004 Jun 4, Pope John Paul II
met with President Bush and reminded him of the Vatican's opposition
to the war in Iraq.
2004 Jun 4, In Granby, Colo.,
Marvin Heemeyer, a muffler shop owner, tore through town in a plated
bulldozer in anger over a zoning dispute, before shooting himself
(SFC, 6/5/04, A3)
2004 Jun 4, In southern
Afghanistan U.S. troops and warplanes attacked Taliban rebels
besieging a remote checkpoint. Eight militants were killed.
2004 Jun 4, In Brazil President
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva designated four new national forests to
protect more than a million acres of rainforest.
2004 Jun 4, In Colombia
Francisco Galan, jailed leader of the ELN, was granted a 1-day
parole to address the Senate. He denounced the problem of landmines
and called for an end to the country’s violence.
(Econ, 6/12/04, p.36)
2004 Jun 4, In Hong Kong tens
of thousands of residents rallied on the 15th anniversary of the
bloody Tiananmen Square crackdown.
2004 Jun 4, American and Shiite
militia forces agreed to withdraw from the holy cities of Najaf and
Kufa and turn over security to Iraqi police. 5 Americans were killed
and 5 wounded in 3 clashes in Sadr City. US combat deaths reached
(AP, 6/4/04)(SFC, 6/5/04, A1)
2004 Jun 4, The two Koreas
agreed, after an all-night negotiating session, to try to ease
tensions by, among other things, ending blaring propaganda efforts
on their border.
2004 Jun 4, Nigerian troops
killed 17 armed bandits in oil-rich Delta state, as military
operations intensified to disarm criminals engaged in oil theft and
piracy in the Niger delta.
2004 Jun 4, In central Russia a
bomb hidden behind a kiosk exploded in a crowded market in Samara.
10 people were killed and 37 wounding.
2004 Jun 4-6, The Shangri-La
Dialogue, a regional security conference, was held in Singapore. It
was organized by the London-based Int’l. Institute for Strategic
(Econ, 6/12/04, p.37)
2005 Jun 4, The White House
downplayed a Pentagon report detailing incidents in which U.S.
guards at Guantanamo Bay prison desecrated the Quran, saying in a
statement, "It is unfortunate that some have chosen to take out of
context a few isolated incidents by a few individuals."
2005 Jun 4, Defense Secretary
Donald H. Rumsfeld said China is not a threat to the US but is
building up its military without being threatened by any other
country. The US commerce secretary warned China of a potential
political backlash in Washington amid tensions over mounting Chinese
trade surpluses, surging textile exports and rampant product piracy.
2005 Jun 4, It was reported
that Larry Ellison, head of Oracle Corp., planned to create a
database and journal to track improvements in world health through a
joint venture with Harvard that would be accompanied by as much as
$115 million. In 2006 Ellison decided against the donation due to
the resignation of Pres. Lawrence Summers.
(SFC, 6/4/05, p.C1)(SFC, 6/28/06, p.C1)
2005 Jun 4, In Afghanistan Haji
Sultan, division commander for the Taliban, was arrested with Mullah
Mohammad Rahim, another senior Taliban official, in the western
2005 Jun 4, Australian
officials said a senior Chinese diplomat has sought Australian
government protection for himself and his family, claiming he faces
persecution if he goes home. Analysts said Chen Yonglin's defection
could muddy Canberra's relations with Beijing.
2005 Jun 4, Thousands of
opposition protesters chanted "Freedom!" and carried pictures of
President Bush as they marched across Azerbaijan's capital, urging
the government of this U.S. ally to step down and allow free
parliamentary elections this year.
2005 Jun 4, Bangladesh police
arrested the 2nd wife of former president Hussain Mohammad Ershad
(1982-1990), after he accused her of stealing money and threatening
2005 Jun 4, In Canada Bernard
Landry resigned as leader of the Parti Quebecois.
2005 Jun 4, Masked Chechen
soldiers apparently avenging the killing of a woodcutter raided a
tiny village, beat and killed residents and set homes afire. The
raid in Borozdinovskaya pitted ethnic Chechens against ethnic Avars,
marking the first serious conflict between the two groups.
Villagers, failing to attract local authorities' attention to the
abuses, abandoned their houses June 16 and fled to nearby Kizlyar in
2005 Jun 4, It was reported
that the death rate on China’s roads, according to the WHO, was 680
per day plus 45,000 injuries. American traffic deaths in contrast
were at 115 per day.
(Econ, 6/4/05, p.25)
2005 Jun 4, Justine
Henin-Hardenne beat Mary Pierce 6-1, 6-1 to win the French Open
women's singles title.
2005 Jun 4, In Haiti police
killed at least 4 people and burned 12 homes during raids against
gang members in a slum filled with supporters of ousted President
2005 Jun 4, Iraqi police
arrested Mutlaq Mahmoud Mutlaq Abdullah, also known as Abu Raad, a
key aide to the leader of the Mosul branch of the al-Qaida in Iraq
terrorist group. A suicide car bomber blew himself up at an Iraqi
police checkpoint on a main road connecting northern Mosul with the
nearby city of Tal Afar, killing two officers and wounding four.
Iraqi and US troops discovered 50 weapons and ammunition caches and
a huge underground bunker west of the capital fitted out with air
conditioning, a kitchen and showers.
2005 Jun 4, In Northern Ireland
Terence Davison (49), a reputed IRA veteran, was arraigned for the
Jan 30 killing of Robert McCartney.
(SSFC, 6/5/05, p.A3)
2005 Jun 4, In Laos after
decades on the run, 170 women, children and old men of the Hmong
ethnic minority, once part of a U.S.-backed secret army fighting
communists, emerged from their jungle hideouts to surrender to the
2005 Jun 4-2005 Jun 5, An
overnight border raid by al-Qaida-linked insurgents in Mgheiti, a
remote Mauritanian army post in the northern desert, sparked a
gunbattle that killed 15 Mauritanian troops and nine attackers.
Algeria's Salafist Group for Call and Combat claimed responsibility
for the attack.
(AP, 6/5/05)(AP, 8/3/05)
2005 Jun 4, Hundreds of
activists gathered in southern Nigeria to rally support for an
opposition conference, backed by the Nobel prize-winning author Wole
Soyinka, to end ethnic and political violence in Africa's most
2005 Jun 4, In Pakistan Gul
Hassan, Islamic militant and member of the outlawed
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi group, was convicted and sentenced to death for
planning two suicide attacks that killed 45 minority Shiite Muslims
on May 7 and May 31, 2004, at mosques in Karachi.
2006 Jun 4, The US military
said dozens of Guantanamo Bay detainees have abandoned a hunger
strike, lowering the number of inmates refusing food to 18.
2006 Jun 4, A suicide car bomb
exploded in Kandahar city near a convoy carrying the governor of
Afghanistan's Kandahar province, missing the apparent target but
killing 3 civilians and injuring a dozen. In Farah province 4
policemen were killed. In Zabul province Afghan troops on a joint
mission with soldiers from the US-led coalition killed around five
Taliban fighters and arrested three more. In Helmand province troops
with the US-led coalition and Afghan army clashed with a group of
rebel fighters, five of whom were killed.
(AP, 6/4/06)(AFP, 6/5/06)
2006 Jun 4-2006 Jun 5, In
Afghanistan 17 suspected militants were killed in three operations.
Two coalition soldiers were wounded in one of those battles.
2006 Jun 4, The Czech republic
faced weeks of uncertainty or even fresh elections after a deadlock
between center-right and leftist parties in weekend general
2006 Jun 4, In East Timor gangs
burned half a dozen buildings near the airport in Dili as residents
pleaded for a permanent police presence in their neighborhoods to
stop the violence.
2006 Jun 4, Nikos Palaiokostas
(46), one of the most wanted men in Greece, pulled off a daring jail
break, landing a helicopter in the Korydallos prison yard to pick up
his brother and another inmate before fleeing in a fog of smoke.
2006 Jun 4, In India 9 people
died in lightning strikes as the death toll from the early monsoon
hit 118. Some 25,000 people were displaced by flooding.
2006 Jun 4, Gunmen dragged
passengers off 2 minibuses northeast of Baghdad and killed 21
people, including a dozen high school students. The attackers spared
four Sunni Arabs in one the worst sectarian atrocities in recent
weeks. A gunbattle broke out after Iraqi police surrounded a Sunni
Arab mosque in the southern city of Basra, leaving at least 9 people
(AP, 6/4/06)(WSJ, 6/5/06, p.A1)
2006 Jun 4, In Nigeria 8
foreign oil workers, kidnapped on June 2, were released. Police
declined to say whether a ransom was paid and did not say who was
responsible for the hostage-taking.
2006 Jun 4, The Hamas-led
Palestinian government rejected a deadline to accept a proposal that
implicitly recognizes Israel, saying President Mahmoud Abbas' plan
for a referendum on the matter is illegal. Members of a new, unarmed
security force loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas deployed
in Jenin in a move that residents feared could provoke clashes with
(AP, 6/4/06)(Reuters, 6/4/06)
2006 Jun 4, Peruvians faced a
choice in runoff presidential elections between former president
Alan Garcia (57), and Ollanta Humala (43), a fiery political
newcomer pledging to punish a corrupt political establishment.
Garcia beat Humala, a nationalist backed by Venezuela's Hugo Chavez,
to regain control of the country 16 years after his first
presidential term ended in economic ruin and rebel violence.
Garcia’s American Popular Revolutionary Alliance (APRA) party held
only 36 of 120 seats in Congress.
(AP, 6/4/06)(AP, 6/5/06)(Econ, 6/10/06, p.36)
2006 Jun 4, US Secretary of
Defense Donald Rumsfeld arrived in Vietnam for a visit aimed at
boosting security ties with a former foe that now shares American
wariness about China's rising military might.
2007 Jun 4, President Bush left
on an eight-day European trip that included a Group of Eight (G8)
summit in Germany.
2007 Jun 4, Two US military
judges dismissed charges against a Guantanamo detainee accused of
chauffeuring Osama bin Laden and another who allegedly killed a US
soldier in Afghanistan. Salim Ahmed Hamdan of Yemen and Omar Khadr,
a Canadian who was 15 when he was arrested on an Afghan battlefield,
were the only two of the roughly 380 prisoners at Guantanamo charged
with crimes under a reconstituted military trial system.
2007 Jun 4, US Rep. William
Jefferson, a Democrat from Louisiana, was indicted for graft
involving Nigerian business schemes that netted him over $500,000 in
bribes. Jefferson has maintained his innocence.
(WSJ, 6/5/07, p.A1)(AP, 6/4/08)
2007 Jun 4, In California 9
Hmong leaders, Gen. Vang Pao, a former Laotian military general, and
Harrison Jack, a former officer in the California National Guard,
were arrested during a sweep by more than 200 federal, state and
local agents for their alleged plot, hatched last winter, to
overthrow the communist government of Laos. They were charged with
violating the US federal Neutrality Act. In 2009 federal prosecutors
in Sacramento, Ca., dismissed charges against Vang Pao.
(AP, 6/5/07)(SFC, 5/12/09, p.A5)(SFC, 9/19/09,
2007 Jun 4, A small plane from
Milwaukee carrying a six-member organ transplant team and their
cargo of donor organs to Michigan crashed in Lake Michigan with no
2007 Jun 4, In Portage,
Wisconsin, Tammie Garlin was killed. Felicia Garlin (15) and
Michaela Clerc (20) had kicked her, then later that day carried her
into the bathroom, where Clerc dropped her head on the floor. A
roving band of suspected identity thieves buried her in the backyard
and locked her bloody and beaten 11-year-old son in an upstairs
closet. Authorities reached the house on June 14.
2007 Jun 4, Jim Clark (84),
sheriff and segregationist from Alabama, died. He turned back the
1965 civil rights march at the Edmund Pettus Bridge leaving 57
people injured. National revulsion led to the Voting Rights Act
later that year.
(Econ, 6/16/07, p.99)
2007 Jun 4, US Sen. Craig
Thompson (74), 3-term Republican conservative from Wyoming, died of
(SFC, 6/5/07, p.A5)
2007 Jun 4, US Defense
Secretary Robert Gates said Iranian weapons have begun flowing into
Afghanistan, but he and Afghan President Hamid Karzai agreed
involvement by Tehran cannot yet be proved. Six Taliban rebels were
killed in a gunfight with Afghan and NATO-led troops in the eastern
province of Paktia. Afghan forces sank a boat in the Helmand River
carrying suspected Taliban fighters fleeing an attack, and more than
20 drowned. In a separate gunbattle and airstrikes killed an
estimated two dozen militants. Roadside bombs killed two Afghan
soldiers and wounded five in southern Afghanistan.
(AP, 6/4/07)(AFP, 6/4/07)(AP, 6/5/07)
2007 Jun 4, Scientists said a
frog with fluorescent purple markings and 12 kinds of dung beetles
were among two dozen new species discovered in the remote plateaus
of eastern Suriname.
2007 Jun 4, In Algeria Hassan
Hattab, fugitive founder of the extremist Salafist Group for
Preaching and Combat (GSPC), was sentenced in absentia to life in
prison for setting up an armed terrorist group by a court in
2007 Jun 4, Brazil’s President
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said that rich nations should pay poorer
countries to preserve their forests because the rich are responsible
for most of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. Police formally
accused a brother of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of
influence peddling after a nationwide crackdown on illegal gambling.
About 600 Federal Police agents took part in the raids carrying 87
arrest warrants and another 50 search and seizure warrants in six
states as part of Operation Razor, an investigation into fraudulent
public works (www.brazzilmag.com/content/view/8320/54/).
2007 Jun 4, PM Tony Blair said
the British government is to boost funding to help train Muslim
imams at universities and to step up the promotion of moderate
2007 Jun 4, China promised to
better control emissions of greenhouse gases, unveiling a national
program to combat global warming, but rejected mandatory caps on
emissions as unfair to countries still trying to catch up with the
developed West. The government also said it will license no new
Internet cafes this year while regulators carry out an industry-wide
inspection, amid official concern that online material is harming
2007 Jun 4, Cambodian and
foreign judges began a weeklong meeting to confirm rules for the
much-delayed genocide trials of former Khmer Rouge leaders, blamed
for the deaths of 1.7 million people.
2007 Jun 4, In Colombia Rodrigo
Granda, the highest-ranking jailed member of the country's main
guerrilla group, was freed by the government as part of a wider
prisoner release intended to help secure the freedom of 60 hostages,
including three Americans, held by the guerrillas. There is no
explanation for why these particular captives are to be freed.
Police officer Guillermo Solorzano was seized by the FARC.
(AP, 6/4/07)(AP, 12/23/10)
2007 Jun 4, In Germany hundreds
of protesters clashed with police ahead of this week's G8 meeting,
as anti-globalization activists challenged attempts by security
officials to keep them away from the summit town of Heiligendamm.
Nearly 1000 officers and protesters were already injured in clashes.
(AP, 6/4/07)(WSJ, 6/4/07, p.A1)
2007 Jun 4, Emerging economic
powers India and Brazil pledged to increase bilateral trade
four-fold to 10 billion dollars in the next three years.
2007 Jun 4, The NY Times said
US-led forces have control of fewer than one-third of Baghdad's
neighborhoods despite thousands of extra troops nearly four months
into a security crackdown. Insurgents posted a video claiming to
have killed the 3 US soldiers who went missing May 12. The body of
Pfc. Joseph Anzack Jr. was later recovered; a year later Spc. Alex
Jimenez and Pvt. Byron Fouty remained missing. Iraqi police said at
least 6 people were killed and 14 were wounded in 3 separate
bombings in Baghdad. At least 16 other people were killed or found
dead in attacks elsewhere, including a pregnant woman who died in a
mortar barrage targeting a US base in Fallujah.
(AP, 6/4/07)(SFC, 6/5/07, p.A13)(AP, 6/4/08)
2007 Jun 4, Violence sparked by
a two-week old confrontation between the Lebanese army and al-Qaida
inspired militants spread to a second Palestinian refugee camp in
the southern part of the country, killing two soldiers.
2007 Jun 4, Experts warned at a
conference in Nepal's capital that Himalayan glaciers are retreating
fast and could disappear within the next 50 years.
2007 Jun 4, Thousands of
survivors of Europe's worst massacre since World War II filed a
lawsuit against the UN and the Dutch government for their failure to
protect civilians in the Srebrenica safe haven when Bosnian Serb
forces overran it in 1995 and slaughtered some 8,000 men.
2007 Jun 4, Charles Taylor
boycotted the start of his Liberia war-crimes trial at the Hague.
(WSJ, 6/5/07, p.A1)
2007 Jun 4, The Nigerian police
said military troops stormed a hideout in Ebonyi state and freed one
of two Chinese workers abducted by unknown gunmen on Mar 17.
2007 Jun 4, Oman evacuated an
island as Cyclone Gonu drew near the Persian Gulf.
(WSJ, 6/5/07, p.A1)
2007 Jun 4, Pres. Musharraf
signed a decree giving a government regulating agency stronger
powers over the news media and the ability to rewrite regulations
without recourse to Parliament. Hundreds of demonstrators chanted
slogans against President Pervez Musharraf after the alleged
blocking of three private television news channels by the Pakistani
authorities. Police arrested Attaur Rehman and Faisal Bhatti in
Kashmor, a town about 300 miles northeast of Karachi, in association
with the 2002 murder of Daniel Pearl. Police later said the 2 men
had been in custody since 2002.
(SFC, 6/7/07, p.A4)(AFP, 6/4/07)(AP, 6/5/07)(WSJ,
2007 Jun 4, Senegal defended
the low poll turnout used by critics to put a question mark on the
legitimacy of weekend legislative elections, saying the west African
nation had never had enthusiastic voters. A 17-party opposition
grouping had called for an unprecedented boycott of the ballot,
which looked set to be won by President Abdoulaye Wade's ruling
2007 Jun 4, In Somalia
Ethiopian troops fired at a would-be suicide bomber speeding toward
their base, blowing up the car and killing the bomber and a civilian
2007 Jun 4, The Institute for
Democracy in South Africa (IDASA) said a study of mortality patterns
in South Africa, Malawi, Namibia, Zambia, Tanzania and Senegal
indicated Africa's HIV/AIDS crisis was reaching deep into elected
2007 Jun 4, South African
police fired stun grenades and made a dozen arrests as they cracked
down on union hardliners who were preventing nurses from turning up
for work at a hospital in Durban.
2007 Jun 4, The TED
organization (Technology, Entertainment, Design) gathered in
Tanzania for a 4 day session to discuss ideas for helping the poor
2007 Jun 4, Seven Turkish
paramilitary police were killed when Kurdish militants attacked
their headquarters in eastern Tunceli province.
(AP, 6/4/07)(Econ, 6/9/07, p.58)
2007 Jun 4, The UN warned in a
report that up to 12% of Arctic ice has turned to water in the past
30 years, an alarming fact that only accelerates global warming
2007 Jun 4, In Venezuela
thousands of university students, their hands painted white as a
symbol of nonviolence returned to the streets of Caracas, keeping up
a week of protests against President Hugo Chavez's decision to force
a popular TV station off the air.
2008 Jun 4, In Arizona Travis
Alexander (30) died at his home in Mesa after he was stabbed and
shot in the head by his girlfriend Jodi Arias (28). Arias later
2008 Jun 4, California’s Gov.
Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a statewide drought after two years
of below-average rainfall, low snowmelt runoff and a court-ordered
restriction on water transfers.
2008 Jun 4, In New York Thomas
Gioeli (Tommy Shots), said to be the acting boss of the Colombo
organized crime family, was arrested along with 8 other suspected
gangsters on federal charges of coast to coast Mafia crimes.
(SFC, 6/5/08, p.A3)
2008 Jun 4, Google said it had
signed a lease for 42 acres at Moffet Field, a former naval air
station near Mountain View, Ca. The deal called for an initial
annual rent of $3.7 million to the NASA Ames space agency.
(SFC, 6/5/08, p.C1)
2008 Jun 4, Ayman al-Zawahri,
Al-Qaida's No. 2 leader, called on Muslims to launch a holy war to
break Israel's economic blockade of the Gaza Strip, in an audio
recording posted on an Islamic militant Internet site.
2008 Jun 4, In Afghanistan 2
suicide bombs killed 2 people and wounded several others near the
(SFC, 6/5/08, p.A3)
2008 Jun 4, In Algeria 2
simultaneous bombs in Bordj El Kiffan, a suburb of Algiers, killed a
suicide bomber and injured six others. The blasts targeted a
barracks and a seaside café.
2008 Jun 4, In Bangladesh more
than 1,700 people were detained in the past 24 hours. That takes the
number of detainees to more than 10,000 since May 30 in a drive to
improve law and order before national elections planned for late
2008 Jun 4, In Belgium riot
police armed with shields and batons charged hundreds of protesting
fishermen outside EU headquarters after a demonstration over high
fuel prices turned violent.
2008 Jun 4, In Bosnia genocide
charges were filed against Vaso Todorovic (40), a former Bosnian
Serb police officer. He was accused of taking part in the 1995
massacre of more than 7,000 Muslims, Europe's worst slaughter since
World War II.
2008 Jun 4, British officials
said an outbreak of the H7 strain of bird flu at a farm in central
England is "highly pathogenic." All the chickens on the farm were
slaughtered following detection of the virus in Banbury,
2008 Jun 4, Jonathan Routh
(80), English prankster and former star of Candid Camera, died. His
books included “The Good Loo Guide: Where to Go in London" (1965)
2008 Jun 4, In Canada angry
autoworkers blockaded the entrance to General Motors of Canada
headquarters in Oshawa, Ontario, one day after GM said it would shut
its Oshawa truck plant as well as 2 plants in the US and one in
2008 Jun 4, Chinese police
blocked access to a school that collapsed in last month's massive
earthquake, a day after breaking up a protest by parents of students
who died in the disaster.
2008 Jun 4, In Haiti thousands
of protesters, bearing photographs of victims and with fists thrust
in the air, marched through Port-au-Prince to demand that officials
crack down on a kidnapping scourge. UN police said more than 157
people have been kidnapped this year in Haiti, up 10 percent from
2008 Jun 4, Indonesian police
launched a major crackdown on Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), a
radical Islamist group blamed for a weekend attack on a rally for
religious tolerance, arresting 59 including the outfit's firebrand
2008 Jun 4, Iraq’s parliament
approved a bill to combat oil smuggling. To become a law, the
measure needs the signature of Iraq's three-member presidential
council. A suicide truck bomber struck near the Baghdad home of an
Iraqi police general, killing 16 people in the biggest such attack
on the capital in months. A 2nd car bomb killed 7 people, including
3 police commandos, in the Jadriya neighborhood of Baghdad. Iraqi
police said they uncovered a large weapons cache near Samarra. The
US military said it detained nine suspects and destroyed two
"terrorist safe houses" in raids targeting al-Qaida in Iraq across
central and northern parts of the country. 3 US soldiers were shot
dead in northern Tamim province.
(AP, 6/4/08)(AP, 6/5/08)(SFC, 6/5/08, p.A3)
2008 Jun 4, The Israeli army
says it has closed the Gaza fuel crossing after an errant rocket
fired by militants wounded a Palestinian worker at the terminal.
2008 Jun 4, A Mexican court
sentenced Mario Villanueva, a former Quintana Roo state governor
(1993-1996), to 36 years in prison for fomenting drug trafficking,
overturning an earlier ruling that had imposed six years on lesser
charges. A husband and wife, both state police officers, were shot
dead while leaving their home in Ciudad Juarez, the border city
where drug gangs have stepped up attacks against security forces.
(AP, 6/5/08)(AP, 6/4/08)
2008 Jun 4, The rival parties
in Northern Ireland's power-sharing administration announced a deal
that will permit both sides to elect a new leader and keep their
unlikely coalition running.
2008 Jun 4, Officials said
Pakistan’s PM Yousuf Raza Gilani has moved suspend peace
negotiations with tribal groups along the border with Afghanistan,
until they agree to new conditions including the cessation of all
activities in Afghanistan. In northwest Pakistan a bomb explosion
ripped through a video shop in a business center, killing 3 people
and wounding 3.
(WSJ, 6/5/08, p.A8)(AP, 6/4/08)
2008 Jun 4, Scientists issued
warnings about the puffin’s future as the population of the
orange-beaked seabird off Scotland's east coast has dropped by
nearly a third in less than five years.
2008 Jun 4, In Sri Lanka a bomb
blast targeting a passenger train wounded 18 bystanders in Colombo
in the latest attack on civilians in the island nation. Tamil Tigers
reportedly killed 10 soldiers while security forces reportedly
killed 35 rebels during the heavy clashes across the island's north.
According to the defense ministry, 4,068 Tamil Tigers and 335
government troops have been killed since January.
(AP, 6/4/08)(AFP, 6/5/08)
2008 Jun 4-2008 Jun 5, In South
Sudan more than 20 people were killed, including soldiers and
several children, in Ugandan rebel attacks near the border with
Congo. The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) guerrillas had targeted the
villages of Nabanga and Yamba.
2008 Jun 4, Swiss
pharmaceutical Novartis announced it had bought Protez
Pharmaceuticals for $100 million (64.8 million euros), thus
acquiring the rights to a new antibiotic.
2008 Jun 4, An undetermined
amount of fuel oil was released after the Greece-registered Syros
slammed against the Malta-registered Sea Bird near Montevideo,
2008 Jun 4, Zimbabwe police
detained opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai after his convoy was
stopped at a roadblock. The director of a national NGO association
said Zimbabwe has ordered aid groups Save the Children UK, CARE
International and ADRA to stop work in the country immediately due
to alleged political interference.
(AP, 6/4/08)(AFP, 6/4/08)(WSJ, 6/4/08, p.A1)
2009 Jun 4, Pres. Obama spoke
in Cairo and touched on many themes Muslims wanted to hear in the
highly anticipated speech broadcast live across much of the Middle
East and elsewhere across the Muslim world. Muslims praised Obama's
address as a positive shift in US attitude and tone. But hard-liners
criticized it as style over substance and said it lacked concrete
proposals to turn the words into action.
2009 Jun 4, Angelo Mozilo, the
man who rode the housing boom to build Countrywide Financial Corp.
into a California colossus of high-risk mortgage lending, was
charged with civil fraud and illegal insider trading by federal
regulators who accuse him of deceiving shareholders and profiting on
confidential information. The Securities and Exchange Commission
also filed civil fraud charges against two other former executives
2009 Jun 4, South Carolina’s
Supreme Court ordered Gov. Mark Sanford to request $700 million in
federal stimulus money, which was aimed primarily at struggling
(SFC, 6/5/09, p.A6)
2009 Jun 4, In Tennessee
handguns will soon be allowed in bars and restaurants under a new
law passed by state legislators who voted to override Democratic
Gov. Phil Bredesen's veto. The legislation takes effect July 14 and
retains an existing ban on consuming alcohol while carrying a
handgun. Restaurant owners can still opt to ban weapons from their
2009 Jun 4, In Afghanistan
insurgents killed three US soldiers in a bomb and small-arms attack
on their vehicle in Kapisa province, considered a stronghold of
insurgents loyal to Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. A man was
killed in Nangarhar by a bomb he was trying to plant inside a
university faculty. Police found the body of Yeiya Mulaye Azhar, a
candidate in the provincial elections in Wardak province. he had
been kidnapped 11 days earlier.
(AP, 6/4/09)(AP, 6/5/09)(SFC, 6/5/09, p.A2)
2009 Jun 4, Australia's Defense
Minister Joel Fitzgibbon (47) stepped down after a series of
scandals, in the first major embarrassment for PM Kevin Rudd.
Fitzgibbon had been under pressure since March when he admitted not
declaring to parliamentary authorities two trips to China paid for
by wealthy businesswoman Helen Liu.
2009 Jun 4, British naturalist
Sir David Attenborough won Spain's prestigious Prince of Asturias
social sciences prize for his "great contributions to the defense of
life and conservation of our planet."
2009 Jun 4, China aggressively
deterred dissent in Beijing on the 20th anniversary of the crackdown
on democracy activists in Tiananmen Square. But tens of thousands
turned out for a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong to mourn the many
demonstrators who were killed.
2009 Jun 4, Ethiopia charged 46
people, most of them ex-military, of plotting to assassinate
government officials. Ethiopia also said it has undertaken military
reconnaissance operations in Somalia, but is not planning to
2009 Jun 4, About 375 million
voters across the 27-nation European Union began 4 days of voting,
to appoint candidates to 736 seats on the assembly in the
second-largest election in the world after India's. Voting began in
Britain and the Netherlands.
2009 Jun 4, In Germany the
federal and state governments approved an €18 billion plan to create
more university places, boost funding for research and cultivate a
small group of elite institutions.
(Econ, 6/27/09, p.57)
2009 Jun 4, Guatemala's
anti-drug prosecutor said that thousands of bullets and grenades
that were part of a Mexican drug cartel's weapons cache belong to
the Guatemalan army. In the April weapons seizure, police also found
eight anti-personnel mines, 11 M60 machine guns, bullet proof vests
and two armored cars that investigators say belong to the Zetas, a
group of assassins for Mexico's Gulf drug cartel.
2009 Jun 4, In northern Iraq an
American soldier was killed in a grenade attack in Tamim province.
Another American soldier was killed in a grenade attack north of
(AP, 6/4/09)(AP, 6/5/09)
2009 Jun 4, Mexican police
found 11 bodies, most with their hands and feet cut off, inside an
abandoned car in the border state of Sonora in violence attributed
to drug traffickers battling for control of the region.
2009 Jun 4, Nigerian President
Umaru Yar’Adua made a new offer of amnesty to militants in the
oil-rich Niger Delta, after earlier rejection by armed opponents.
2009 Jun 4, Palestinian police
killed two Hamas militants after the men opened fire at security
forces who had surrounded their underground hideout in Qalqiliya.
One officer was also killed in the operation, part of an
intensifying crackdown on Islamic militants in this West Bank town.
2009 Jun 4, Sri Lanka's navy
seized a foreign-owned ship loaded with medical, food and other
supplies for war-hit civilians, saying the vessel had entered its
territorial waters illegally.
2009 Jun 4, David Carradine
(72), star of TV series "Kung Fu" (1972-1975), was found dead in
Thailand. At first suicide was suspected but a forensics expert said
circumstances suggested that he may have died from autoerotic
asphyxiation. His career had roared back to life when he played the
assassin-turned-victim in Quentin Tarentino's "Kill Bill" (2003).
(AP, 6/4/09)(SFC, 6/6/09, p.E3)
2009 Jun 4, Venezuelan
prosecutors charged Guillermo Zuloaga (67), president of the
anti-government television station Globovision, with usury. This
ended a weeks-long investigation into his business activities that
Zuloaga called politically motivated.
2010 Jun 4, Anamika Veeramani
(14), an Indian-American from North Royalton, Ohio, won the 83rd
Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC. She claimed a
trophy and more than $40,000 in cash and prizes.
2010 Jun 4, Mahmoud Reza Banki
(33), an Ivy League-educated man whose family sent him millions of
dollars from Iran, was convicted of violating the Iran trade embargo
and operating an unlicensed money transmitting business. Banki, born
in Tehran, faced up to 25 years in prison. He has been a US citizen
2010 Jun 4, In Oregon Kyron
Horman (7) was last seen at his Portland school. A criminal
investigation was opened on June 13.
(SFC, 6/14/10, p.A6)
2010 Jun 4, Workers for Bank of
America Corp, one of the nation's largest employers, sued the
company for allegedly failing to pay overtime and other wages.
2010 Jun 4, Cadmium has been
discovered in the painted design on "Shrek"-themed drinking glasses
being sold nationwide at McDonald's, forcing the burger giant to
recall 12 million of the cheap US-made collectibles while
dramatically expanding contamination concerns about the toxic metal
beyond imported children's jewelry.
2010 Jun 4, The Falcon 9, a
SpaceX test rocket, blasted off from Cape Canaveral on its maiden
voyage and reached orbit. Space Exploration Technologies was founded
by Elon Musk, an Internet entrepreneur who co-founded PayPal. NASA
hoped to use the rocket to haul cargo.
(SFC, 6/4/10, p.A9)
2010 Jun 4, Richard Dunn (73),
a longtime character actor who frequently collaborated with comics
Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, died after being unconscious
several days. He often appeared on "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great
Job!" on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim lineup. Dunn also had bit
parts on shows including "Nip/Tuck," "Weeds" and "House."
2010 Jun 4, John Wooden (99),
college basketball's gentlemanly Wizard of Westwood, died. He built
one of the greatest dynasties in all of sports at UCLA and became
one of the most revered coaches ever.
2010 Jun 4, An Afghan national
peace conference urged the government to take formal steps toward
negotiating with insurgents, boosting President Hamid Karzai's plans
to open talks with the Taliban. NATO forces said NATO and Afghan
troops have killed Mullah Zergay, a top Taliban commander for
Kandahar city, along with several of his guards last week. 2 British
soldiers were killed in a gunbattle with insurgents in southern
Helmand province. NATO aircraft pounded a target in Kunar province,
killing 9 Taliban militants including 3 Pakistanis. Three insurgents
were killed and four wounded in a gunbattle with Afghan forces in
(AP, 6/4/10)(AP, 6/5/10)
2010 Jun 4, Brazil’s Congress
passed its “ficha limpa" (clean record) law. It barred candidates
for eight years following a conviction for vote buying or misuse of
(Econ, 9/28/13, SR
2010 Jun 4, Burundi's main
Tutsi party followed five opposition parties in pulling out from the
central African nation's June presidential poll, leaving serving
leader Pierre Nkurunziza as the sole candidate.
2010 Jun 4, A University of
Chile study, ordered up by the country's Supreme Court, said late
dictator Augusto Pinochet (1915-2006) had amassed a fortune of $21
million, of which less than 10 percent was justified by his military
2010 Jun 4, France's Interior
Minister Brice Hortefeux was convicted of making racist comments and
ordered to pay compensation in a controversy that prompted calls for
his resignation. He was also fined euro750 ($900) and ordered to pay
euro2,000 ($2,400) to an anti-racism group.
2010 Jun 4, Tens of thousands
of Hong Kong residents marked the bloody 1989 Tiananmen crackdown
with a candle-lit vigil, as agitation against Beijing intensifies in
the former British colony.
2010 Jun 4, Iran's top
authority accused the pro-reform opposition of betraying the legacy
of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, as hundreds of thousands rallied to
mark the 21st anniversary of the revolutionary leader's death.
2010 Jun 4, In Japan Naoto Kan
(63), a straight-talking populist, was named the new prime minister.
He faced a host of daunting tasks, from reviving the nation's
stagnant economy to cutting back its ballooning national debt.
2010 Jun 4, Kurdish rebels
based in northern Iraq announced they had ended their unilateral
ceasefire with Turkey a day after Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud
Barzani met Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and pledged
"all efforts" to stop rising rebel violence.
2010 Jun 4, A Lebanese
policeman died after he was critically wounded by a bomblet from a
cluster bomb, one of millions dropped by Israel during a devastating
2006 war with Hezbollah.
2010 Jun 4, Robert Kelley, a
former senior UN nuclear inspector, said secret documents and
hundreds of photos smuggled out of Myanmar by an army defector
indicate its military regime is trying to develop nuclear weapons
and long-range missiles.
2010 Jun 4, A Dutch court
ordered 10 suspected Somali pirates to be extradited to Germany,
where Hamburg prosecutors want to charge them with hijacking a
German container ship.
2010 Jun 4, A senior Nigerian
official said lead poisoning caused by illegal gold mining has
killed 163 Nigerians, including 111 children, since March in several
northern remote villages.
2010 Jun 4, A North Korean
border guard shot and killed three Chinese citizens and wounded a
fourth on the countries' border, apparently on suspicion they were
crossing the border for illegal trade. China son lodged a formal
2010 Jun 4, The Rachel Corrie
activist ship kept its course for a June 5 arrival in Gaza as world
anger simmered over Israel's deadly raid on an earlier
2010 Jun 4, South Korea handed
over a letter officially referring North Korea to the UN Security
Council over the March 26 sinking of the Cheonan, which left 46
2010 Jun 4, In South Korea
finance chiefs of the Group of 20 leading economies worked to craft
an agenda for keeping the global recovery on track and fending off
future crises, sidestepping conflicts to present a united show of
support for Europe's $1 trillion bailout.
2010 Jun 4, Turkey’s Deputy PM
Bulent Arinc said Turkey will reduce economic and defense ties with
Israel, but bilateral cooperation will not be entirely frozen after
the Gaza ship raid.
2010 Jun 4, Pope Benedict XVI
began a pilgrimage to Cyprus bringing a message of peace to the
region as Greek Cypriot leaders made a blistering attack on Turkey
for its occupation of northern Cyprus.
2010 Jun 4, In Zambia press
freedom campaigner and newspaper publisher Fred M'membe was
sentenced to four months imprisonment with hard labor. He was
convicted of publishing critical comment on state maternity services
after an editor faced pornography charges for e-mailing officials
photos of the woman giving birth to illustrate the consequences of a
health workers' strike. She was later acquitted.
2010 Jun 4, Zimbabwe's first
private daily newspaper hit the streets to break a state monopoly
established years ago after President Robert Mugabe's government
banned a pro-opposition newspaper over a registration dispute.
2011 Jun 4, The Chicago
Assyrian Dictionary project, begun 1921, was reported complete. It
comprised 21 volumes of Akkadian, a Semitic language (with several
dialects, including Assyrian) that endured for 2,500 years.
Jun 4, A newly released Gallup Poll showed that Americans continue
to strongly identify with religious belief. According to the poll of
more than 1000 respondents across the United States, nine out of ten
(92%) expressed a belief in God, a percentage that has remained
relatively stable over the past four decades. There were some
regional differences: Only 86% of Easterners were believers, while
in the South, 96% said they believed in God.
(Atlantic Monthly, 6/4/11)(http://tinyurl.com/64qhsuv)
2011 Jun 4, San Francisco
firefighter Anthony Valerio (53) died of his injuries from the June
2 fire in Diamond Heights. He was the 2nd firefighter to die from
(SFC, 6/5/11, p.A1)
2011 Jun 4, Lawrence
Eagleburger (b.1930), US diplomat, died. He served as US sec. of
state for 5 months in 1992 following the resignation of James Baker
(SFC, 6/5/11, p.D11)
Jun 4, The death of longtime Disneyland performer Betty Taylor was
announced on the Disneyland website. Ms. Taylor, age 91, played the
role of Slue Foot Sue in the Golden Horseshoe Revue. A native of
Seattle, she had been a dancer and stage performer before joining
the cast of the long-running Disneyland production; she performed in
the Revue for three decades. Ironically, her co-star, Wally Boag,
died a day earlier.
2011 Jun 4, In eastern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed four NATO service members. In the
east a female suicide bomber detonated her explosives near a
coalition convoy, wounding three Afghan guards in Kunar province. In
Nangahar province at least two Taliban gunmen shot to death a local
counterterrorism official in the Khogyani district.
(AP, 6/4/11)(AP, 6/5/11)
2011 Jun 4, Greenpeace said 18
of its members have climbed a 53,000-ton oil rig in the Arctic
waters off Greenland to protest deepwater drilling by a Scottish oil
company there. The activists demanded Cairn Energy release a plan
for how to manage a potential oil spill. Police arrested 14
activists, while 4 remained on Leiv Eiriksson oil rig.
(AP, 6/4/11)(SFC, 6/5/11, p.A4)
2011 Jun 4, Bangladesh
opposition supporters set fire to at least six buses in Dhaka, on
the eve of a nationwide anti-government strike. Opposition groups,
led by former PM Khaleda Zia, were calling for a dawn-to-dusk
general June 5 strike to protest government moves to amend the
2011 Jun 4, In southern Chile
one of the volcanoes in the Caulle Cordon erupted violently,
billowing smoke and ash high into the sky and prompting more than
3,500 people living nearby to evacuate.
2011 Jun 4, In China the
anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crushing of the
pro-democracy movement was entirely ignored by the state-controlled
media. The square was open under heavy security. Activists said
security forces had rounded up a number government critics ahead of
the anniversary of the, adding to an already harsh crackdown on
2011 Jun 4, Colombia's army
said it has killed Alirio Rojas Bocanegra, the security chief for
Guillermo Leon Saenz, the head of the country's main rebel group.
Saenz took over the top job in 2008.
2011 Jun 4, An Egyptian court
convicted former finance minister Youssef Boutros-Ghali in absentia
and sentenced him to 30 years in prison for profiteering and abusing
state and private assets. Egypt's public prosecutor referred 48
people to trial for their involvement in deadly Muslim-Christian
clashes last month. Hundreds of angry protesters pelted a Cairo
police station overnight and torched an armored vehicle. Police
fired tear gas to disperse the crowd. Officials said they're
investigating the death of bus driver Mohammed Nasr, who was beaten
following a fight with a police officer. A truck driver drove
through a checkpoint in the northern Sinai city of el-Arish, killing
three soldiers and badly injuring a fourth as they slept in their
(Reuters, 6/4/11)(AFP, 6/4/11)(AP, 6/4/11)
2011 Jun 4, Egypt shut its
border crossing with Gaza for the first time since opening it on a
routine basis last month. Angry Palestinians stormed the gates in
protest. An Egyptian security source said the terminal was shut for
maintenance and may reopen in a day.
2011 Jun 4, In India yoga guru
Baba Ramdev started an indefinite hunger strike in New Delhi that
critics say undermines the country's democratic institutions, but
that he says will last until the government agrees "100 percent" to
his long list of demands to root out endemic corruption. Tens of
thousands of his followers also went on hunger strikes across India
and in several cities in the United States, Europe and Africa.
2011 Jun 4, In Indonesia two
suspected terrorists were killed during a gunbattle in a raid in
Poso, Central Sulawesi province. The two were allegedly linked to
the assailants who killed two police officers and wounded another
last week in Palu.
2011 Jun 4, Italy-based Fiat
offered $125 million to buy the Canadian government's stake in
Chrysler Group LLC as it moved swiftly to strengthen its control of
the US automaker.
2011 Jun 4, Japan’s Yomiuri
Shimbun newspaper reported that Japan has frozen $4.4 billion in
assets belonging to Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi and his entourage
under the terms of a UN Security Council resolution.
2011 Jun 4, In Libya British
Apache and French attack helicopters struck targets for the first
time in NATO's campaign, hitting Moammar Gadhafi's troops near a key
coastal oil city.
2011 Jun 4, Malaysian lawyers,
politicians and activists lambasted the police, accusing them of
abusing their power in chaining up and marking the bodies of 30
foreign women detained for alleged prostitution.
2011 Jun 4, In Malaysia the
"Obedient Wives Club" was launched. The new club said it can cure
social ills such as prostitution and divorce by teaching women to be
submissive and keep their men happy in the bedroom.
2011 Jun 4, Mexican
poet-turned-activist Javier Sicilia set off on a cross-country
caravan with hundreds of fellow demonstrators to demand an end to
drug-related bloodshed. Police raided the home of Jorge Hank Rhon
(55), race track owner and former mayor of Tijuana. He was long
rumored to be involved in money laundering and other criminal
activities, faced charges after police raided his home and found 88
(AP, 6/4/11)(Reuters, 6/5/11)(AP, 6/8/11)(SFC,
2011 Jun 4, In Syria more than
100,000 mourners turned out for the funerals of protesters killed by
security forces in Hama. Authorities released Ali Abdullah, a
leading opposition figure of the Damascus Declaration Group. He had
been jailed since 2007.
2011 Jun 4, Tunisia’s news said
clashes between tribal factions killed 5 people with 90 others
injured in the southwestern mining town of Metlaoui. Rumors had
surfaced about changes in the recruitment policies of the region’s
(SFC, 6/5/11, p.A4)
2011 Jun 4, Yemeni President
Ali Abdullah Saleh, wounded in an attack in his compound, was
reported by al Arabiya television to have left for Saudi Arabia, but
a Yemeni official and Saudi source denied he had gone. 10 tribesmen
were killed and 35 injured in overnight fighting in the Hassaba
neighborhood, headquarters of opposition Sheik Sadeq al-Ahmar.
Nearly 400 people have been killed since a popular uprising against
Saleh began in January.
2012 Jun 4, In San Francisco
Calvin Sneed (22), an alleged Los Angeles gang member, was shot to
death near Candlestick Park. On June 9 police arrested Barry Gilton
and Lupe Mercado, whose daughter (17) was being pimped by Sneed.
(SFC, 6/14/12, p.A1)
2012 Jun 4, In New Mexico
lightning sparked a fire in the Lincoln National Forest. By mid-June
it had destroyed 224 homes and burned 59 sq. miles.
(SSFC, 6/17/12, p.A10)
2012 Jun 4, Three Armenian
soldiers were killed in clashes along its border with Azerbaijan.
(SFC, 6/6/12, p.A4)
2012 Jun 4, Argentina declared
British oil exploration off the Falklands "illegal" and immediately
set about suing five companies for pursuing activities around the
2012 Jun 4, A Bangladeshi court
charged Mohammad Kamaruzzaman (60), a fifth member of the country's
largest Islamic party, with alleged atrocities including genocide
during the nation's 1971 independence war against Pakistan.
2012 Jun 4, In Cambodia
Alexander Trofimov, who built a $300 million tourist resort in the
country, was arrested at the house of an under-aged girl (11-12)
outside of the capital Phnom Penh. Authorities planned to deport him
shortly. Russian businessman Trofimov was arrested in 2007 facing 17
complaints of sexually abusing minors, the youngest just six years
old. He was sentenced to 17 years, reduced on appeal to eight years.
He was controversially freed early in December last year after
receiving a royal pardon.
2012 Jun 4, Canadian murder
suspect, Luka Rocco Magnotta, was caught at a cafe in Berlin, after
evading police for days while he partied in Paris. He was deported
back to Canada on June 18.
(AP, 6/6/12)(Reuters, 6/19/12)
2012 Jun 4, In Denmark the
Glostrup City Court handed down prison sentences to Mounir Ben
Mohamed Dhahri, Munir Awad, Omar Abdalla Aboelazm, and Sabhi Ben
Mohamed Zalouti. The 4 men, arrested on Dec 29 2010, had planned a
shooting spree at the office of a Danish newspaper that published
cartoons of the prophet Muhammed were found guilty of terrorism and
sentenced each to 12 years in prison.
2012 Jun 4, In Iraq a suicide
bomber detonated an explosive-rigged car outside Iraq's main
religious affairs office for Shiite Muslims, shearing off the facade
of the three-story building and killing at least 23 people in the
deadliest single attack in the country in three months.
2012 Jun 4, The Israeli
military carried out air strikes on Gaza overnight, injuring one
Palestinian, after a rocket was fired at southern Israel. Hundreds
of young settlers began marching from a West Bank outpost to
Jerusalem to protest over plans to raze five homes built on private
Palestinian land in Ulpana.
2012 Jun 4, In Israel four
Africans were taken to hospital with burns and smoke inhalation
after someone tried to burn down a building housing 18 African
migrants close to the Mahane Yehuda market.
2012 Jun 4, A Libyan military
court handed stiff prison terms to 19 Ukrainians, three nationals
from Belarus and two Russians accused of serving as mercenaries for
ousted leader Moamer Kadhafi in Libya's conflict last year. One of
the Russians, judged to have been the coordinator, was condemned to
life imprisonment while the others were sentenced to 10 years' hard
2012 Jun 4, A militia of Libyan
ex-rebels entered Tripoli International airport with tanks and
armored vehicles and completely blocked air traffic, a day after
their leader Abu Ajila al-Habshi was arrested. By the evening
authorities wrested back control of the airport.
2012 Jun 4, A north Malian Arab
militia broke away from a meeting of fellow Arabs in Mauritania,
declaring they would fight for the independence of Mali's troubled
north. Arabs were meeting in Nouakchott to discuss ways to solve a
crisis in Mali's north.
2012 Jun 4, In Mauritania
workers at Kinross Gold’s Tasiast gold mine initiated an unlawful
work stoppage, halting mining and processing activity at the
2012 Jun 4, NATO concluded
agreements with Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan to allow it to
evacuate military equipment from Afghanistan and completely bypass
(SFC, 6/5/12, p.A2)
2012 Jun 4, In Pakistan 2 US
drone missiles killed 15 people in North Waziristan. Abu Yahya
al-Libi, described by American officials as Al-Qaeda's second in
command, was the target of the strike. US officials the next day
said Abu Yahya al-Libi was killed in the strike.
(AFP, 6/5/12)(SFC, 6/6/12, p.A3)
2012 Jun 4, In the Philippines
2 Chinese men were kidnapped, becoming the latest victims to be
abducted in the country's troubled south.
2012 Jun 4, In Sudan government
agents blocked distribution of the country's largest-circulation
newspaper, the hardline anti-South Sudan daily Al Intibaha.
2012 Jun 4, In Syrian
government forces attacked rebel strongholds in Idlib province and
in and around Deir Ezzor as violence across the country claimed at
least 35 lives. A Syrian opposition group, the Syrian Rebels Front,
announced in Turkey that they are creating a new military structure
consisting of 12,000 fighters to topple the regime.
(AP, 6/5/12)(AFP, 6/5/12)(SFC, 6/4/12, p.A2)
2012 Jun 4, Turkish security
officials said two security personnel were killed when they stepped
on an improvised explosive device laid by PKK militants in the Lice
district of Diyarbakir province. One of the men killed was the
commander of Lice's military police force.
2012 Jun 4, In Yemen two
suicide bombers tried to hit army barracks and checkpoints to the
east of Zinjibar in an attempt to stop the military from advancing
in the south, killing four army-allied militiamen.
2013 Jun 4, The US Internal
Revenue Service was cited by a government watchdog for a $4.1
million training conference featuring luxury rooms and free drinks,
even as conservative figures told Congress they had been abused for
years while seeking tax-exempt status.
2013 Jun 4, FBI agents raided
the offices of California state Sen. Ron Calderon. In November Al
Jazeera America disclosed that Calderon was involved in a sting
operation that linked him to bribery, phony jobs and influence
(SFC, 11/2/13, p.A13)(http://tinyurl.com/mpd5eba)
2013 Jun 4, A Colorado judge
accepted James Holmes’ a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity in
the July 20, 2012, rampage that left 12 people dead.
(SFC, 6/5/13, p.A6)
2013 Jun 4, The Nina, a classic
85-year-old wooden vessel with 7 people onboard, went missing while
sailing from New Zealand to Australia. The boat originated from
Panama City, Fl.
2013 Jun 4, In New Mexico a
400-lb black bear attacked a bedridden woman (82) in Cimarron.
Wildlife officers caught and killed the bear the next day.
(SFC, 6/6/13, p.A8)
2013 Jun 4, Intel launched the
latest version of Its Core processor, known as Haswell, at Computex
(Econ, 6/8/13, p.67)
2013 Jun 4, Hundreds of Afghans
blocked a major highway south of Kabul, carrying 3 freshly dug-up
bodies they claimed were victims of torture by US special forces and
demanding the Americans be arrested. Violence erupted and two of the
demonstrators were killed but the cause of their deaths was unclear.
An Afghan family's car struck a bomb buried in a road in the
country's west. The father and 3 children were killed. In Helmand
province 6 people — 3 women and 3 men — were killed when a bomb
planted inside one of their homes detonated.
2013 Jun 4, A report by a
corruption watchdog group said some $750 million is missing from
Angola's treasury from a deal with Russia facilitated by a Swiss
bank and a shell company registered in Britain's Isle of Man.
Russian and French arms dealers got away with $263 million, Angola's
president reportedly stashed away more than $36 million, and three
Angolan officials and a former Russian legislator got away with
smaller amount. Another $400 million was unaccounted for.
2013 Jun 4, Argentina's Supreme
Court suspended a freeze on the local assets of Chevron Corp. that
had been ordered late last year following a suit by the winners of a
$19 billion environmental judgment in Ecuador. Chevron and state
energy company YPF were working out a deal to jointly develop the
vast Vaca Muerta shale oil and natural gas reserves in southwestern
2013 Jun 4, Brazil’s government
scrapped a tax on foreign purchases of bonds, in order to encourage
currency inflows and slow the weakening of its currency.
(Econ, 6/8/13, p.39)
2013 Jun 4, Brazilian police
said they have dismantled an international drug trafficking ring
that for almost two years sent cocaine from Colombia and Bolivia to
Portugal hidden in crates containing frozen fish.
2013 Jun 4, Britain and France
made back-to-back announcements that the nerve gas sarin was used in
Syria's conflict. A UN probe said it had "reasonable grounds" to
suspect small-scale use of toxic chemicals in at least four attacks
in March and April in Syria.
2013 Jun 4, Cuba began offering
Internet access at more than 100 public access points. An hour of
computer time cost about one-fifth the average monthly wage.
(SFC, 6/5/13, p.A2)
2013 Jun 4, Ecuador's state oil
company resumed pumping through the country's main pipeline, four
days after it was damaged by a landslide. But crude spilled by the
accident reached tributaries of the Amazon River and polluted
drinking water for a regional capital far downstream.
2013 Jun 4, An Egyptian court
convicted 43 nonprofit workers, including at least 16 Americans, of
illegally using foreign funds to foment unrest in the country,
sentencing them to up to five years in jail. Nonprofit pro-democracy
groups have trained thousands of young Egyptians in political
activism and organizing, an education that played a key part in the
success of the 2011 uprising that toppled Mubarak.
2013 Jun 4, The European Union
said it is imposing anti-dumping levies on imports of Chinese solar
panels. The 27-country bloc will impose a tariff of about 12%
immediately. It will increase that to 47% starting in August.
2013 Jun 4, In Germany former
Porsche CFO Holger Haerter was convicted of fraud after a court
found he provided false information during the German sports car
marker's failed 2009 attempt to take over Volkswagen AG.
2013 Jun 4, Flooding continued
along the Danube and other southern European rivers. The death toll
reached 10, including 7 in the Czech Rep.
2013 Jun 4, India’s police
reported that an American tourist was gang-raped in the northern
resort town of Manali. 3 men picked her up in a truck while she was
hitchhiking, then drove to a secluded spot and raped her. Himachal
Pradesh police on June 6 arrested 3 Nepalese men in connection to
(AP, 6/5/13)(SFC, 6/7/13, p.A5)
2013 Jun 4, WWF Indonesia said
killings of Sumatran elephants are on the rise, with 29 either shot
or poisoned last year, including 14 in Aceh province. The report
came 3 days after 2 dead Sumatran elephants were found near a paper
plantation in Riau, allegedly poisoned by poachers.
2013 Jun 4, In Mali a man
suspected of being an extremist ran for cover inside an abandoned
house in the northern city of Kidal, and detonated an explosive vest
inside the structure, killing only himself.
2013 Jun 4, In Myanmar at least
3 women from the Rohingya minority were shot dead in a clash with
security officials over new housing arrangements.
2013 Jun 4, In Syria mortar
shells landed near the Russian Embassy in Damascus, killing one
person. State news said government forces have pushed rebels out of
a key district on the edge of Damascus.
2013 Jun 4, Turkey's deputy
prime minister Bulent Arinc offered an apology for a violent
crackdown on an environmental protest, in a bid to appease days of
anti-government rallies across the country as hundreds of riot
police deployed around the prime minister's office in Ankara.
2013 Jun 4, Venezuelan
officials said restrictions on the sale of 20 basic items including
toilet paper and chicken subject to price controls are set to begin
next week in Zulia, its most populous state.
2014 Jun 4, US President Barack
Obama endorsed Ukraine's president-elect Petro Poroshenko, offering
Kiev financial and security help and saying he was the right choice
to lead the country through its stand-off with Moscow. Obama spoke
in Warsaw ahead of a G7 meeting in Brussels.
(Reuters, 6/4/14)(AP, 6/4/14)
2014 Jun 4, San Francisco’s
transit system limped through a 3rd day of an operator sickout as
290 drivers called in sick. City officials moved to snuff out the
protest by filing legal charges against the operator’s union, which
denied responsibility. Scheduled buses and rail cars on duty climbed
to 440 out of 600.
(SFC, 6/5/14, p.A1)(SFC, 6/6/14, p.D7)
2014 Jun 4, NYC authorities
staged early morning raids and arrested dozens of people in a
crackdown on gang-related drugs and violence.
(SFC, 6/5/14, p.A10)
2014 Jun 4, In northern
Afghanistan a bomb placed in a thermos bottle detonated remotely at
a market killed 3 civilians in Maymana, Faryab province.
2014 Jun 4, In Canada 3 police
officers were killed late today and two more were taken to hospital
with non-life threatening injuries in Moncton New Brunswick. The
Royal Canadian Mounted Police mounted a massive hunt and soon
arrested suspect Justin Bourque (24) in Moncton.
(AP, 6/5/14)(Reuters, 6/6/14)
2014 Jun 4, China rejected an
arbitration tribunal's ruling giving it six months to respond to a
case filed by the Philippines over disputed waters, saying it has no
plans to take part.
2014 Jun 4, In Hong Kong
thousands gathered in a park to mark the 25th anniversary of the
crushing of the Tiananmen Square protesters in China.
(Econ, 7/6/14, p.49)
2014 Jun 4, The Liberia-flagged
MT Fair Artemis lost contact with its owners off Ghana's capital
Accra. The Greek tanker with 24 crew aboard was believed to have
2014 Jun 4, In Iraq
back-to-back car bombs rocked the ethnically mixed city of Kirkuk,
in the deadliest of a string of attacks across the country that left
17 people dead. Police in Mosul killed a man believed to be the 2nd
ranking leader of ISIS and captured a trove of data on the group.
(AP, 6/4/14)(Econ, 6/21/14, p.46)
2014 Jun 4, In Italy Venice
Mayor Giorgio Orsoni and more than 30 other people were arrested in
a sweeping corruption scandal in which politicians are accused of
financing election campaigns with some 25 million euros ($34
million) in bribes from the consortium building underwater barriers
to protect the lagoon city from flooding.
2014 Jun 4, In Libya gunmen
killed a Swiss national working for the International Committee for
the Red Cross when they intercepted his car in Sirte. Gunmen also
fired a grenade the office of PM Ahmed Maiteeq. A suicide bomber
exploded a Land Cruiser packed with explosives Gen. Khalifa Haftar's
base in Benghazi killing 4 men from his force.
2014 Jun 4, Lithuania welcomed
a preliminary decision by the European Union to accept the Baltic
country's application to adopt the joint currency.
2014 Jun 4, In Mali authorities
arrested army officer Lieutenant Mohamed Ouattara and a number of
associates suspected of plotting against President Ibrahim Boubacar
2014 Jun 4, Montenegro
authorities seized 250 kilograms of cocaine from South America in
one of the biggest-ever drug busts in nation.
2014 Jun 4, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber blew himself up near a vehicle carrying military
personnel, killing 2 officers, both lieutenant colonels, and 3
civilians near Islamabad.
2014 Jun 4, In Pakistan an
18-year-old woman "miraculously survived" after being shot and
thrown into a canal by her father for marrying against the family's
wishes in Hafizabad. The woman told police her two uncles looked on
as her father shot her in the face, put her in a burlap sack and
threw her into a canal.
2014 Jun 4, Slovakia joined
neighbor the Czech Republic in effectively ruling out hosting NATO
units, when PM Robert Fico said he could not imagine there would be
foreign soldiers on its territory.
2014 Jun 4, The UAE said the
MERS coronavirus has killed 10 people and infected 68 in the United
Arab Emirates since March 2013.
2014 Jun 4, Ukraine said that 6
militants were killed and 3 Ukrainian servicemen were injured in 10
hours of fighting overnight at the National Guard base in Luhansk.
Pro-Russian insurgents took over two government bases in battles
around Luhansk, seizing quantities of ammunition and explosives from
a border guards post and taking another installation after National
Guard forces ran out of ammunition.
2014 Jun 4, In Yemen a
ceasefire between Shi'ite Muslim rebels and government forces went
into effect, after fresh fighting and air strikes killed at least 20
people from both sides.
2015 Jun 4, American officials
said China-based hackers are suspected of breaking into the computer
networks of the US government personnel office and stealing
identifying information of at least 4 million federal workers. The
attack was uncovered in April and had apparently been going on for
several months. On July 9 the Obama administration said hackers
stole Social Security numbers from more than 21 million people and
snatched other sensitive information. On Sep 23 the Office of
personnel Management said hackers also got the fingerprints of 5.6
million federal employees.
(SFC, 6/5/15, p.A10)(Econ, 6/13/15, p.29)(SFC,
7/10/15, p.A7)(SFC, 9/24/15, p.A7)
2015 Jun 4, US government
experts recommended approval for a pill, flibanserin made by Sprout
Pharmaceuticals, to boost sexual desire in women.
(SFC, 6/5/15, p.A7)
2015 Jun 4, Texas Gov. Rick
Perry announced his 2nd bid for the Republican presidential
(SFC, 6/5/15, p.A7)
2015 Jun 4, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber targeted a police checkpoint at the entrance of
Lashkar Gah, Helmand province, killing at least 4 people.
2015 Jun 4, Britain's newly
elected government announced plans to sell off its remaining stake
in Royal Mail and slash ministry budgets in a bid to cut Â£4.5
billion ($6.9 billion, 6.1 billion euros) from state debt this year.
2015 Jun 4, British police
arrested four Polish drivers on suspicion of facilitating illegal
immigration after 68 people were found inside lorries at Harwich
2015 Jun 4, Colombia and FARC
rebels agreed on the terms of an 11-member Truth Commission as peace
talks continued in Havana.
(Econ, 7/4/15, p.28)
2015 Jun 4, In Germany more
than 30,000 people in Munich demonstrated against a G7 summit
starting at the weekend in Bavaria. Environmentalists, opposition
parties and anti-globalization activists called the rally under the
banner "Stop TTIP - Save the Climate - Fight Poverty".
2015 Jun 4, In Ghana an
explosion hit a petrol station in Accra. Flooding swept stored fuel
into a nearby fire, setting off a huge explosion at a gas station
that killed over 150 people and set alight neighboring buildings.
Local media said many people had died in various parts of Accra
following two days of torrential rain.
(Reuters, 6/4/15)(AFP, 6/5/15)(SFC, 6/5/15, p.A4)
2015 Jun 4, Greece said it is
opting to bundle four payments due to the IMF this month into one
payment on June 30.
(SFC, 6/5/15, p.C3)
2015 Jun 4, In India a group of
rebels using rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons
ambushed a military convoy in Manipur state, killing at least 21
soldiers and wounding 14 others.
2015 Jun 4, An Iraqi official
said Islamic State militants have reduced the amount of water
flowing to government-held areas in western Anbar province. UN
officials urgently called for almost $498 million in donations to
provide shelter, food, water and other life-saving services for the
next six months to Iraqis displaced or affected by the fighting.
2015 Jun 4, Israel and Saudi
Arabia admitted at a conference in America that they have held a
series of meetings over shared interests.
(Econ, 6/13/15, p.47)
2015 Jun 4, Israeli warplanes
struck multiple militant targets in the Gaza Strip early today in
response to Palestinian rocket fire, but nobody was injured
according to Palestinian security sources.
2015 Jun 4, Japan and the
Philippines agreed to start talks on transferring Japanese military
hardware and technology to the Southeast Asian country trying to
upgrade its defenses.
2015 Jun 4, In Libya 545
illegal migrants who had hoped to set off at dawn for a new life in
Europe were arrested in Tripoli.
2015 Jun 4, Myanmar's armed
forces discharged 51 child soldiers from its ranks, bringing the
total number of discharges this year so far to 93.
2015 Jun 4, NATO said Russia
was delivering sophisticated weaponry to rebels in eastern Ukraine,
renewing long-standing accusations amid the worst upsurge in
fighting in months between the Kiev government's forces and
2015 Jun 4, In northeastern
Nigeria a suicide bomber struck in the main market in the city of
Yola, killing 35 people. 10 more people died by the next day
bringing the death toll to 45. A suicide bomber exploded a car at a
checkpoint outside a military barracks and killed 8 soldiers in
(Reuters, 6/5/15)(SFC, 6/5/15, p.A2)
2015 Jun 4, North Korea accused
the United States of targeting it with anthrax and asked the UN
Security Council to investigate Washington's "biological warfare
schemes. The US Pentagon recently said live anthrax samples, which
can be used as a biological weapon, have been inadvertently sent to
Australia, Canada, Britain, South Korea and laboratories in 19 US
states and Washington, D.C.
2015 Jun 4, In Portugal nurses
in the public health system began a 48-hour walkout to protest pay
cuts and working conditions disrupting services at hospitals and
2015 Jun 4, Russia's Federal
Security Service (FSB) said it has broken up a ring that was
smuggling firearms into the country from Latvia. One Latvian citizen
and eight Russians were arrested in the case.
2015 Jun 4, South Korea
confirmed a third death from MERS. 1,164 schools and kindergartens
were reported to be temporarily shut down.
(SFC, 6/5/15, p.A2)
2015 Jun 4, In Geneva,
Switzerland, prosecutors said HSBC will pay 40 million Swiss francs
($43 million) to settle an investigation over allegations the bank
helped rich clients avoid taxes.
2015 Jun 4, In Syria Islamic
State group jihadists, emboldened by a string of battlefield
victories, advanced to the gates of Hasakeh after intense fighting
with regime troops.
2015 Jun 4, Turkish government
official said more than 3,300 Syrians have crossed into Turkey in
the past two days fleeing fighting between Islamic State militants
and Kurdish forces in northern Syria's Tel Abyad region.
2015 Jun 4, In central Yemen
warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition pounded rebel positions as
air raids intensified amid attempts to revive UN-proposed talks in
2016 Jun 4, The United States
and its allies conducted a total of 23 military strikes against
Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.
2016 Jun 4, The US government
said it has received information that terrorist groups are planning
to carry out attacks against places where its citizens congregate in
shopping areas in South Africa.
2016 Jun 4, Top US Navy Adm.
John Richardson said the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman has
begun launching airstrikes against the Islamic State group from the
2016 Jun 4, Afghan President
Ashraf Ghani and Indian PM Narendra Modi inaugurated a
multi-million-dollar dam in western Afghanistan that will bring
power and irrigation to vast tracts of the war-torn country. The
Afghan-India Friendship Dam in Herat province, which borders Iran,
was built with Indian aid at a cost of $300 million and was under
construction for about a decade.
2016 Jun 4, China said that it
will ignore the decision of an international arbitration panel in a
Philippine lawsuit against Beijing's sweeping territorial claims in
the South China Sea. The Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled last
year that it has jurisdiction over the case despite China's
2016 Jun 4, In southwestern
China a leisure boat capsized on Bailong Lake during strong winds,
killing one child and leaving another 14 people missing in Sichuan
2016 Jun 4, In France the Seine
River peaked early today around Paris, hitting its highest level in
nearly 35 years, almost 4.5 meters (15 feet) above average.
Authorities warned it could take up to ten days for the river to
return to normal.
2016 Jun 4, In Hong Kong tens
of thousands of people poured into Victoria Park to remember the
victims of the Chinese military's bloody June 4, 1989, crackdown on
student-led pro-democracy protests in Beijing's Tiananmen Square.
2016 Jun 4, In Iraq bombings
targeting a police checkpoint, a restaurant and two markets killed
15 people and wounded more than 40 in and around Baghdad. Iraqi
forces gained new ground from the Islamic State group in a key area
west of the jihadist bastion of Fallujah.
(AP, 6/4/16)(AFP, 6/4/16)
2016 Jun 4, In Myanmar over a
thousand hardline Buddhists gathered on the outskirts of Yangon for
the annual summit of their ulta-nationalist group, as the
anti-Muslim network looks to stay relevant under Myanmar's new
2016 Jun 4, Nigeria announced
that it has seized more than $10.3 billion in looted cash and assets
over the past year under Pres. Buhari’s anticorruption campaign.
(SSFC, 6/5/16, p.A4)
2016 Jun 4, The Philippines'
president elect Rodrigo Duterte urged the public to join his
anti-crime crackdown, offering people huge bounties for killing drug
2016 Jun 4, In Poland two
former presidents were at the front of tens of thousands of marchers
in Warsaw to protest the right-wing government’s policies and mark
27 years since the ouster of communism. The march was led by Mateusz
Kijowski (47), founder of the Committee for the Defense of Democracy
(SSFC, 6/5/16, p.A4)(Econ, 6/11/16, p.55)
2016 Jun 4, Russian news
agencies reported that more than 40 people have been killed and
around a hundred injured by Al Nusra militants shelling in the
Syrian city of Aleppo.
2016 Jun 4, The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said the Syrian army has crossed the
boundary of Raqqa province, home to the de facto capital of Islamic
2016 Jun 4, Turkey’s military
said cross-border shelling by the Turkish army and air strikes by
US-led coalition aircraft have killed 14 Islamic State militants in
2016 Jun 4, Turkish warplanes
struck Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq and southeast
Turkey and the army killed 27 fighters near its borders with Iraq
2016 Jun 4, UN and police
officials said criminal gangs are plundering the Earth's natural
resources faster than previously thought, with the value of
environmental crimes estimated to be as high as $258 billion
2016 Jun 4, Pope Francis
scrapped his proposed tribunal to prosecute bishops who failed to
protect their flocks from pedophile priests and instead established
new legal procedures to remove them if the Vatican finds they were
2016 Jun 4, The Vatican signed
an agreement with Qatar to digitalize Vatican manuscripts relating
to the Persian Gulf and other Islamic regions.
2017 Jun 4, In Oregon a
pro-Trump rally and counter-protest in Portland was marked by
multiple arrests and clashes.
(SFC, 6/4/17, p.A5)
2017 Jun 4, In Afghanistan at
least six police officers were killed after two fellow police opened
fire on them in southern Kandahar province. Hundreds of people
continued to protest in Kabul demanding greater security and the
ousting of Pres. Ashraf Ghani.
(AP, 6/4/17)(SFC, 6/5/17, p.A2)
2017 Jun 4, A stranded Austrian
mountain hiker and her would-be rescuer fell to their deaths when a
line hoisting them into a police helicopter gave way, sending them
and the woman's husband plunging into a gorge below. The husband was
critically injured but survived the incident.
2017 Jun 4, Bahrain shut down
prominent independent newspaper the daily Al-Wasat "until further
notice" over an article about unrest in Morocco, the latest move
tightening expression in the Gulf nation as authorities wage a
crackdown on dissent.
2017 Jun 4, In southern
Bulgaria ten migrants were killed and seven were injured after a
minivan transporting them overturned on a highway near the city of
Pazardzhik. The Bulgarian driver (16) of the vehicle, who did not
hold a driving license, was also killed.
2017 Jun 4, Cambodians voted in
local elections. PM Hun Sen's ruling Cambodian People's Party
retained its dominance in most regions, obtaining 51 percent of the
total popular vote, but lost ground to its opponents.
(AP, 6/4/17)(AP, 6/5/17)
2017 Jun 4, In Iraq Shi'ite
paramilitaries captured the town of Baaj from Islamic State, further
shrinking the northern region under jihadist control.
2017 Jun 4, In Libya seven of
35 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa were found dead in an abandoned
refrigerator truck near the Libyan capital.
2017 Jun 4, Mexico State held
elections. Voters in the states of Coahuila and Nayarit also chose
new governors. Polls gave the ruling Institutional Revolutionary
Party (PRI) of Pres. Enrique Pena Nieto a slight edge in the Mexico
2017 Jun 4, Spanish novelist
Juan Goytisolo (86), known for his experimental novels and political
essays, died at his home in Morocco. In 2014 Goytisolo won Spain's
most prestigious literary award, the Cervantes Prize.
2017 Jun 4, Pakistan said a
two-day military operation has killed 12 militants in the
southwestern province of Baluchistan.
2017 Jun 4, In the Philippines
President Rodrigo Duterte said that he will not negotiate with
militants aligned with the Islamic State group who are holding
hostages in Marawi, and that he has ordered troops to kill the
gunmen. Thousands of civilians hoping to flee the fighting remained
trapped after a four-hour truce to evacuate residents was disrupted
by gunfire. Only 134 were freed.
(AP, 6/4/17)(Reuters, 6/4/17)
2017 Jun 4, In Puerto Rico five
inmates escaped from a high-security prison in the US territory's
south coast. Four of the inmates had been found guilty of murder and
were serving life in prison sentences. A fifth had been found guilty
of kidnapping and weapons violations.
2017 Jun 4, South Africa's
Sunday Times newspaper reported that several independent sources had
told it that the Gupta family had bought Pres. Jacob Zuma a
retirement home for 330 million rand ($25 million) in an upmarket
suburb of Dubai.
2017 Jun 4, Syrian government
forces pounded parts of the southern city of Daraa with air strikes
and artillery fire, one day after rebels attacked government
positions in the southern city. At least 31 fighters have been
killed in the clashes since late June 2. Syria's army seized the key
town of Maskana, from the Islamic State group Aleppo province.
(AP, 6/4/17)(AFP, 6/4/17)
2017 Jun 4, In Syria US-backed
militias seized the Baath Dam on the Euphrates river from Islamic
State, their latest gain as they push towards Raqqa city.
2017 Jun 4, Turkey's state-run
news reported that PM Binali Yildirim said the battle to capture the
Islamic State group's Syrian bastion Raqa started late on June 2. He
appeared to contradict comments a day earlier from the Kurdish-Arab
alliance battling the jihadists that the push into the northern
Syrian city would "begin in a few days".
2017 Jun 4, Turkish security
forces killed eight militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers
Party (PKK) in eastern Kars province.
2018 Jun 4, US Secretary of
State Mike Pompeo urged China to disclose the details of people
killed, detained or missing during the Chinese military's crackdown
on pro-democracy protesters centered on Beijing's Tiananmen Square
29 years ago.
2018 Jun 4, The US Supreme
Court ruled 7-2 that a Colorado's Civil Rights Commission had
violated a baker's rights to a fair and neutral assessment of his
refusal to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.
(SFC, 6/5/18, p.A1)
2018 Jun 4, In Arizona Dwight
Lamon Jones (56), suspected of shooting six people to death in
recent days, fatally shot hmself as police tracked him down to an
extended stay hotel in Scottsdale.
(SFC, 6/5/18, p.A5)
2018 Jun 4, Dwight Clark (61),
former San Francisco wide receiver, died months after announcing he
had amyotrophic lateral schlerosis (ALS). He made "The Catch" in the
1982 NFC Championship that led the SF 49ers to their first Super
(SFC, 6/5/18, p.A1)
2018 Jun 4, Shivam Patel (28)
of Williamsburg, Va., was sentenced to five years in prison for
passport fraud and making false statements in his application to
join the US military. He had told an FBI undercover employee he
wanted to commit jihad.
2018 Jun 4, Discovery Inc.
announced that it has signed a $2 billion agreement that gives it
media rights to PGA Tour programming for its 220 markets outside the
US. The 12-year deals starts next year and runs through 2030.
2018 Jun 4, In Afghanistan a
motorcycle suicide bomber killed 14 people near a gathering of
Muslim clerics in Kabul after they had issued a fatwa against
suicide bombings, in the latest in a series of attacks to hit the
2018 Jun 4, The Commonwealth
Bank of Australia, the nation's largest bank, said it has agreed to
pay a 700 million Australian dollar ($531 million) fine for failing
to comply with measures to prevent money laundering and terrorism
2018 Jun 4, London teenager
Safaa Boular (18) was convicted of plotting an attack on the British
Museum after failing in her ambition of becoming a jihadi bride in
Syria. Her mother and sister admitted helping her, making the case
Britain's first involving an all-female cell of Islamic State
2018 Jun 4, Prosecutors said
France's second-biggest bank Societe Generale has agreed to pay 500
million euros ($583 million) to settle inquiries in the US and
France into its dealings with the regime of slain Libyan dictator
2018 Jun 4, French authorities
evicted 973 migrants from a camp along the scenic Canal Saint-Martin
and another, just a few days after clearing a similar number --
mainly Sudanese, Somalians and Eritreans -- from the sprawling
Millenaire camp further up the canal.
2018 Jun 4, A Greek lawyer
representing eight Turkish servicemen who fled to Greece seeking
asylum after the 2016 failed coup in Turkey says all his clients
have been freed pending a ruling on their applications.
2018 Jun 4, In Guatemala a hot
flow of mud, ash and gas swept down from the Fuego volcano, after a
new explosion in the morning interrupted disaster workers pulling
bodies from the brown sludge known as a pyroclastic flow that
engulfed the village of El Rodeo. The national disaster agency
raised the death toll to 69.
(Reuters, 6/4/18)(SFC, 6/5/18, p.A2)
2018 Jun 4, Israel announced
plans to deduct from tax funds it collects for the Palestinians to
compensate Israelis living near the Gaza Strip who have fallen
victim to a wave of arson attacks. Israeli troops killed a
Palestinian attempting to cross into Israel from Gaza.
(SFC, 6/5/18, p.A3)
2018 Jun 4, Japan's Finance
Minister Taro Aso apologized over the tampering by lower level
officials with documents related to a government property sale
linked to Akie Aber, the with PM Shinzo Abe. Taro Aso took a
voluntary one-year salary cut after 20 officials were penalized for
(SFC, 6/5/18, p.A2)
2018 Jun 4, Jordanian PM Hani
Mulki resigned after a wave of anti-austerity protests by citizens
suffering from high unemployment and repeated prices hikes. King
Abdullah appointed Omar al-Razzaz, a former World Bank economist, to
form the new government after accepting Hani Mulki's resignation.
(AFP, 6/4/18)(Reuters, 6/4/18)
2018 Jun 4, Madagascar's
President Hery Rajaonarimampianina appointed local International
Labour Organization representative Christian Ntsay as prime
minister. Olivier Mahafaly resigned the premiership earlier today to
comply with a court ruling that ordered the formation of a consensus
government to end a political crisis.
2018 Jun 4, Human Rights Watch
accused Morocco's police of carrying out a weeks-long campaign of
"repression" against protests in the northeastern city of Jerada,
including mass arrests and alleged abuse in custody.
2018 Jun 4, The Dutch
government apologized and agreed to compensate military personnel
who contracted illnesses including cancer after working with paint
containing the toxic element chromium-6. The apology followed
publication of a critical report into the use of paint containing
chromium-6 by staff at five NATO storage depots in the Netherlands
2018 Jun 4, New Zealand former
sex worker Catherine Healy (62) was awarded one of the nation's top
honors when she became a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of
2018 Jun 4, In Niger three
female suicide bombers killed 10 people at a mosque in the
southeastern city of Diffa who had gathered after breaking the
2018 Jun 4, Russian President
Vladimir Putin signed into law counter-sanctions legislation that
was drawn up by lawmakers in response to US sanctions imposed on
Russia in April.
2018 Jun 4, A Russian court
sentenced a Ukrainian journalist, Roman Sushchenko (49), to 12 years
in jail after convicting him of spying for his native Ukraine.
Sushchenko was detained in 2016 after he flew into Moscow from Paris
where he worked as a correspondent for Ukrainian state news agency
2018 Jun 4, Syria told Lebanon
it wants refugees to return to help rebuild the country, after
Beirut expressed concern that Law 10, a new land redevelopment law,
could discourage them from going home.
2018 Jun 4, Turkey and the
United States endorsed a roadmap for the northern Syrian city of
Manbij and underlined their mutual commitment to its implementation
following a meeting of their foreign ministers in Washington.
2018 Jun 4, UNESCO, the UN's
cultural body, released its first ever guidelines on fighting
anti-Semitism in education.
2019 Jun 4, The Trump
administration imposed major new travel restrictions on visits to
Cuba by US citizens, including a ban on many forms of educational
and recreational travel. Commercial airline flights appear to be
unaffected and travel for university groups, academic research,
journalism and professional meetings will continue to be allowed.
2019 Jun 4, US and Philippine
officials discussed a new 3-year program to thwart efforts by Muslim
extremists to recruit and mobilize followers in the country's south
after a bloody siege by jihadists aligned with the Islamic State
2019 Jun 4, The US Federal
Reserve signaled it was ready to cut interest rates to support the
US economy against risks from trade conflicts.
2019 Jun 4, US authorities
arrested and deported Abdelhaleem Ashqar to Israel after misleading
him about his need to report to an immigration office to process
paperwork. A judge's order forced immigration authorities to reverse
his deportation and bring him back from Israel before he ever got
off the plane. Ashqar recently served 11 years in prison for
refusing to testify to a grand jury investigating his relationship
to the Palestinian militant group Hamas.
2019 Jun 4, US citizen Mikhy
Farrera-Brochez, who leaked the names of more than 14,000
HIV-positive people in Singapore, was found guilty by a US court of
illegally transferring personal data and threatening the Singapore
government. He faced up to two years in prison on each of the two
counts of sending threatening communications, and up to five years
for possessing and transferring identity information.
2019 Jun 4, A US scientist said
Mount Everest and its surrounding peaks are increasingly polluted
and warmer, and nearby glaciers are melting at an alarming rate that
is likely to make it more dangerous for future climbers.
2019 Jun 4, It was reported
that at least 50 people were shot in Chicago last weekend with at
least ten killed.
(SFC, 6/4/19, p.A4)
2019 Jun 4, In South Carolina a
jury found Timothy Jones Jr. (37) guilty of the 2014 deaths of his
five young children. On June 13 Jones was sentenced to death.
p.A4)(SFC, 6/14/19, p.A4)
2019 Jun 4, In Australia a man
who was out on parole was arrested after fatally shooting four men
and wounding a woman in an hour-long downtown rampage in the
northern city of Darwin.
2019 Jun 4, Thousands took to
the streets of central London to protest the visit of Donald Trump,
with the infamous blimp of the US president once again flying
outside the Houses of Parliament.
2019 Jun 4, Rights groups
sounded a warning over the escalating crisis in western Cameroon,
where separatists and government forces are locked in deadly combat.
2019 Jun 4, China imposed an
information lockdown on the 30th anniversary of its bloody crackdown
on pro-democracy protesters at Tiananmen Square.
2019 Jun 4, China issued a
travel warning for the US, saying Chinese visitors have been
interrogated, interviewed and subjected to other forms of what it
called harassment by US law enforcement agencies.
2019 Jun 4, It was reported
that deadly Ebola outbreak in eastern Congo has surpassed 2,000
cases and is picking up speed.
2019 Jun 4, Cypriot authorities
recovered the remains of a body stuffed in a suitcase at the bottom
of a lake believed to be the sixth victim of a suspected serial
killer. The suitcase is thought to contain the body of missing
Filipina Maricar Valdez.
2019 Jun 4, In the Czech Rep.
an estimated 120,000 protesters took to Prague's streets this
evening to demand the resignation of PM Andrej Babis, one of the
biggest protests since the end of communism in 1989.
2019 Jun 4, Ecuador's President
Lenin Moreno blocked the extradition to the United States of a New
York man charged with trying to defraud Facebook Inc founder Mark
Zuckerberg. Paul Ceglia spent nearly 3-1/2 years as a fugitive
before being arrested in Ecuador last year. Ceglia, who is in jail,
has requested asylum in Ecuador.
2019 Jun 4, A French government
report said France's weapons sales to Saudi Arabia rose 50 pct. in
2018 despite the government calling for an end to the "dirty war" in
2019 Jun 4, In Ghana two
Canadian women, charity volunteers aged 19 and 20, were kidnapped
this evening in Kumasi, some 200 km (125 miles) northwest of Accra.
2019 Jun 4, Pro-democracy
activists in Hong Kong gathered to mark 30 years since China's
bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing's Tiananmen
2019 Jun 4, Hungarian rescuers
said the death toll from the Danube River tour boat that collided
with a large cruise ship grew to 10 after they recovered another
2019 Jun 4, In India hospitals
across the desert state of Rajasthan reported a surge in heatstroke
cases as fierce temperatures kept up for a fourth day across
2019 Jun 4, In Iraq a roadside
bomb has exploded near an army patrol north of Baghdad, killing four
security personnel and wounding four others in Tarmiya.
2019 Jun 4, In Mexico three
synthetic drug labs producing an estimated $160 million worth of
methamphetamine were dismantled in northwestern Sinaloa state.
2019 Jun 4, The Islamic State
group claimed it was involved in an insurgent clash late today in
Mozambique for the first time. An expert expressed doubt and police
dismissed the claim outright.
2019 Jun 4, Muslim Sunni
powerhouse Saudi Arabia, as well as Kuwait, Qatar and the United
Arab Emirates, announced the first day of Eid, whereas Egypt, Syria,
Jordan, the Palestinian territories and others said the Shawwal
crescent moon was not visible across the country and won't start
2019 Jun 4, Pakistan's PM Imran
Khan said the powerful military has agreed in a rare move to cut its
hefty budget for a year to help ease the South Asian country's
"critical financial situation".
2019 Jun 4, Russia's leading
internet company, Yandex, said it's committed to data privacy as it
responds to reports that the national intelligence agency is
pressuring it into handing over encryption keys.
2019 Jun 4, South Africa's
government announced that the economy dropped by the most in a
decade in the first quarter of this year, hurting newly elected
President Cyril Ramaphosa's efforts at growth and reforms.
2019 Jun 4, Spain's Supreme
Court temporarily halted the government's plan to move the remains
of Gen. Francisco Franco to a discreet tomb next week, because
judges have yet to rule on appeals by the dictator's descendants.
2019 Jun 4, Scandinavian
Airlines said it will stop selling duty-free goods on planes to
reduce weight and save fuel as part of a wider range of measures to
2019 Jun 4, Sudan's protest
movement called for fresh rallies and rejected the military rulers'
election plan after more than 35 people were killed in what
demonstrators called a "bloody massacre" by security forces. At
least 40 bodies were pulled from the Nile River in Khartoum bringing
the death toll since the violent dispersal of a sit-in outside the
military's headquarters to 100.
(AP, 6/4/19)(AP, 6/5/19)
2019 Jun 4, In Uganda five
people died and dozens were missing after heavy rains triggered a
series of landslides in eastern Uganda's mountainous Bududa
2019 Jun 4, The UN's World Food
Program said fighters have set fire to thousands of acres of wheat
and other crops in northwest Syria in a campaign that has turned
food supplies in a "weapon of war" and forced hundreds of thousands
of civilians to flee.
2019 Jun 4, A prominent
Venezuelan news website said it was ordered by the country's Supreme
Court to pay some five million dollars in damages and interest to
Diosdado Cabello, head of the all-powerful National Assembly.
Cabello had taken the La Patilla site to court for putting up an
article from the Spanish daily ABC -- published three years
previously -- that accused him of having links to drug trafficking.
2020 Jun 4, The Trump
administration, in twin actions to curb environmental regulations,
moved to temporarily speed the construction of energy projects and
to permanently weaken federal authority to issue stringent clean air
and climate change rules.
(NY Times, 6/5/20)
2020 Jun 4, Michael White, a US
Navy veteran detained in Iran for nearly two years, was released and
is on his way home aboard a Swiss government aircraft.
2020 Jun 4, US federal court
documents released early today showed that Alaska man Kenneth Zong,
accused of laundering $1 billion held in South Korea for Iran,
funneled nearly all the money through the United Arab Emirates. Zong
allegedly created fake invoices to help Iran draw cash held by South
Korea in lieu of payment for oil shipments.
2020 Jun 4, Google reported
that Chinese hackers are targeting the personal email accounts of
campaign staff members working for former Vice President Joe Biden,
and confirmed previous reports that Iran has targeted President
Donald Trump’s campaign.
(NY Times, 6/5/20)
2020 Jun 4, Arizona reported
nearly a 1,000 new coronavirus cases amid a recent surge in
hospitalizations. The state now has tallied more than 22,000 and 981
(SFC, 6/5/20, p.A8)
2020 Jun 4, California
to date had 122,238 cases of coronavirus and 4,444 deaths. The SF
Bay Area had 14,735 cases and 453 deaths. Total cases nationwide
reached over 1,870,156 with the death toll at 108,051.
2020 Jun 4, Federal inmate
Jamel Floyd (35) lost consciousness after corrections officers
pepper-sprayed him at a Brooklyn detention center. Floyd had
barricaded himself inside his cell and used a metal object to break
the cell-door window. Floyd had arrived at the federal detention
facility on Oct. 30, 2019. He was serving a 15-year prison sentence
after a jury convicted him of burglary and other charges in
connection with a 2007 violent home invasion in Long Island, N.Y.
(NBC News, 6/5/20)
2020 Jun 4, In New York two
members of the Buffalo Police Department's Emergency Response Team
were suspended without pay and were being investigated after a local
radio station released video of officers shoving Martin Gugino, an
elderly protestor, to the ground at a march against racism. Gugino
remained in a hospital intensive care unit. All 57 members of a
police tactical unit in Buffalo soon resigned from that team to
protest the suspension of two colleagues who were filmed shoving a
75-year-old man to the ground.
2020 Jun 4, Virginia Gov. Ralph
Northam announced his decision to remove a large statue of
Gen. Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue in Richmond, ten days
following the death of George Floyd in Minnesota. An 1890 deed had
transferred the statue, pedestal and land they sit on to the state.
In 2021 the Virginia Supreme Court ruled that the state can take
down the statue.
(SFC, 9/3/21, p.A7)
2020 Jun 4, Powerball lottery
officials said a ticket worth more than $136 million has been sold
at a Go Mart in Hinton, West Virginia.
(SFC, 6/5/20, p.A5)
2020 Jun 4, An influential
medical journal article that found hydroxychloroquine increased the
risk of death in COVID-19 patients was retracted, adding to the
controversy around a drug championed by US President Donald Trump.
The observational study published in the Lancet on May 22 said it
looked at 96,000 hospitalized COVID-19 patients, some treated with
the decades-old malaria drug.
2020 Jun 4, Brazil recorded a
record 1,473 coronavirus fatalities taking its total tally to more
than 34,000. The official number of infections rose to nearly
615,000, second only to the US.
(The Guardian, 6/4/20)
2020 Jun 4, In East London two
men were shot in broad daylight as they drove through Barking, a
stronghold of the Hellbanianz, a notorious Albanian crime group.
This followed the murders of five Albanians in the past year as
Albanian gangs tighten their grip on the UK cocaine market.
(The Telegraph, 6/13/20)
2020 Jun 4, Rupert Hine, a
prolific English producer and songwriter, died at his home in
Wiltshire, England. He thrived in the synth-pop heyday of the 1980s
making hits with Tina Turner, the Fixx and Howard Jones.
(NY Times, 6/16/20)
2020 Jun 4, It was reported
that violence in Burkina Faso linked to jihadists has spread from
the north to the western breadbasket in the Boucle du Mouhoun
region. Reports were rising of jihadists burning granaries and
looting food warehouses at schools. Burkina Faso has reported 884
cases of the coronavirus and 53 deaths.
(SFC, 6/4/20, p.A2)
2020 Jun 4, Burundi's
constitutional court upheld the results of last month's presidential
election and rejected complaints by opposition leader Agathon Rwasa.
The court upheld the win of ruling party candidate Evariste
Ndayishimiye with 68% of the vote. Pres. Pierre Nkurunziza will have
the title "Supreme Guide" after he steps down.
(SFC, 6/5/20, p.A2)
2020 Jun 4, In Cambodia armed
men snatched Thai dissident Wanchalearm Satsaksit (37) in front of
his apartment in Phnom Penh. Wanchalearm was among 29 exiled Thai
activists accused of violating Thailand’s lese majeste law,
officially Section 112 of the Criminal Code. He fled Thailand after
the coup in 2014, but had been summoned by the military before he
(https://tinyurl.com/yav37vwe)(SFC, 6/6/20, p.A2)
2020 Jun 4, Danish citizen Amir
Faten Mekky (23), allegedly involved in gang-related crime in
southern Sweden, and killings and explosions in Spain, was arrested
in Dubai. Mekky was also wanted for two contract killings and
several explosions in Spain where he allegedly leads a gang known as
“Los Suecos" — Spanish for the Swedes.
2020 Jun 4, The European
Central Bank approved a bigger-than-expected expansion of its
stimulus package to prop up an economy plunged by the coronavirus
pandemic into its worst recession since World War Two.
2020 Jun 4, Hong Kong’s
legislature approved a contentious bill that makes it illegal to
insult the Chinese national anthem. It passed with 41 lawmakers
voting for it and just one voting against. Most of the pro-democracy
lawmakers boycotted the vote out of protest.
2020 Jun 4, Thousands of people
in Hong Kong defied a police ban this evening, breaking through
barricades to hold a candlelight vigil on the 31st anniversary of
China's crushing of a democracy movement centered on Beijing’s
2020 Jun 4, India registered
9,304 new cases of the coronavirus raising its totals to 216,919
cases and 6,075 deaths.
(SFC, 6/5/20, p.A7)
2020 Jun 4, The Iranian cargo
ship Behbahan sank in Iraqi waters, and at least one crew member was
dead and two others missing. The vessel was loaded with construction
materials and ceramics.
2020 Jun 4, Iran announced
3,574 new coronavirus infections, the most in one day since the
pandemic started. Authorities increase health warnings following the
resurgence. 59 people died of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours,
taking the overall official toll to 8,071. A total of 164,270 people
have tested positive for the virus since the first cases were
announced in February.
2020 Jun 4, In Lebanon dozens
of domestic workers gathered outside the Ethiopian Consulate in
Beirut, some inquiring about flights home, others stranded after
they were abandoned by employers who claimed they could no longer
afford to pay their salaries.
2020 Jun 4, Protests erupted in
Mexico against police brutality in the second-largest city,
Guadalajara, calling for authorities to be held accountable for the
May 4 death of Giovanni Lopez, allegedly arrested for not wearing a
2020 Jun 4, The Mexican
Ministry of Health registered a record 1,092 deaths from COVID-19 in
the past 24 hours, more than double the previous single-day record.
The nation's official death toll now stands at 11,729.
(Good Morning America, 6/4/20)
2020 Jun 4, Tropical Storm
Cristobal weakened to a tropical depression as it move from Mexico's
Gulf coast toward the Guatemala border. The storm has caused one
death in Mexico and five in El Salvador.
(SFC, 6/5/20, p.A2)
2020 Jun 4, The Pakistani
government registered 4,688 new cases of COVID-19 and 82 new
fatalities across the country in the past 24 hours, bringing the
total to 85,264 confirmed cases and 1,770 deaths.
(Good Morning America, 6/4/20)
2020 Jun 4, Russia's
coronavirus headquarters said it had registered 8,831 new cases of
COVID-19 and 169 deaths in the past 24 hours. The country's tally
now stands at 441,108 diagnosed cases with 5,384 deaths.
(Good Morning America, 6/4/20)
2020 Jun 4, South Korea said it
planned to push new laws to ban activists from flying anti-Pyongyang
leaflets over the border after North Korea threatened to end an
inter-Korean military agreement reached in 2018 to reduce tensions
if Seoul fails to prevent the protests.
2020 Jun 4, Syrian air defenses
responded to an Israeli attack near a central town that caused
explosions and a large fire near the town of Masyaf in the Hama
2020 Jun 4, Turkey’s parliament
stripped three opposition party deputies of their legislative seats,
setting off a raucous protest inside the assembly hall by colleagues
who accused the ruling party of an assault on democracy.
2020 Jun 4, The UN human rights
office called on the Philippine government in a new report to end
all violence targeting suspected drug offenders and to disband
private and state-backed paramilitary groups.
2020 Jun 4, Floods swept
through Yemen amid heavy seasonal rains, leaving at least 16 people
dead and flooding dozens of homes. The casualties were reported in
eastern Hadramawt and southern Shabwa provinces.
2021 Jun 4, The Biden
administration said it will revise or reverse a slate of Trump-era
actions that rolled back protections for endangered or threatened
2021 Jun 4, It was reported
that in the last weeks of the Trump administration and continuing
under President Joe Biden, the Justice Department fought a secret
legal battle to obtain the email logs of four New York Times
reporters in a hunt for their sources.
(NY Times, 6/5/21)
2021 Jun 4, A US State
Department spokesman said the US is shipping one million doses of
Johnson & Johnson's one-shot COVID-19 vaccine to South Korea.
2021 Jun 4, The US FDA approved
Wegovy, a higher-dose version of Novo Nordisk's diabetes drug, for
long-term weight management.
(SSFC, 6/6/21, p.A6)
2021 Jun 4, It was reported
that the US health regulator has authorized a lower dose of
Regeneron Pharmaceutical's COVID-19 antibody cocktail that can be
given by injection, a move that could ease logistical challenges
stemming from administering a higher dose intravenously.
2021 Jun 4, It was reported
that JPMorgan Chase & Co will resume making political donations
to US lawmakers but will not give to Republican members of Congress
who voted to overturn President Joe Biden's election victory.
2021 Jun 4, A US federal judge
overturned California’s three-decade-old ban on assault weapons,
ruling that it violates the constitutional right to bear arms. Judge
Roger Benitez of San Diego stayed it for 30 days to give state
Attorney General Rob Bonta time to appeal. California first
restricted assault weapons in 1989, with multiple updates to the law
2021 Jun 4, California to date
had 3,767,159 cases of coronavirus and 63,055 deaths. The SF Bay
Area had 444,962 cases and 6,621 deaths. Total cases nationwide
reached over 33,340,762 with the death toll at 596,969.
2021 Jun 4, In California two
San Diego police officers were killed after their car was struck by
a driver going the wrong way on I-5. The female driver of the civic
was also killed.
(SFC, 6/5/21, p.A3)
2021 Jun 4, The head of an
American Legion post in Ohio stepped down amid criticism following
the decision of Memorial Day ceremony organizers to turn off a
retired US Army officer's microphone while he was speaking about how
freed Black slaves honored fallen soldiers just after the Civil War.
2021 Jun 4, An Afghan airstrike
targeting Taliban fighters inside an abandoned army base killed at
least 20 people in Helmand province. The Taliban said there were 30
fatalities and that all were civilians.
(SFC, 6/5/21, p.A3)
2021 Jun 4, The Association of
Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) said it and the European Union have
concluded the world's first bloc-to-bloc air transport agreement, to
allow their airlines to easier expand services to and within the
2021 Jun 4, Britain's health
ministry said the estimated reproduction "R" number in England
remains at over 1 and the epidemic could be growing by as much as 3%
each day. Britain's medicines regulator said it had approved the
COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech for use on 12- to
2021 Jun 4, The UK announced a
post-Brexit trade deal with Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.
2021 Jun 4, In northern Burkina
Faso armed men killed 132 people in an attack on Solhan village. 14
people were also killed late today in the village of Tadaryat.
(BBC, 6/5/21)(Axios, 6/5/21)
2021 Jun 4, Denmark’s
Parliament voted in favor of building Lynetteholmen, a
20-billion-kroner ($3.3 billion) artificial island in Copenhagen,
that will house at least 35,000 people who will be connected to
downtown by a harbor tunnel and a subway line.
2021 Jun 4, The European Union
submitted a plan to the World Trade Organization that it believes
will more effectively broaden supply of COVID-19 vaccines than the
intellectual property (IP) rights waiver backed by the United
2021 Jun 4, Cardinal Reinhard
Marx, a leading German cardinal and confidant of Pope Francis,
offered to resign over the Catholic Church's “catastrophic"
mishandling of clergy sexual abuse cases, declaring that the
scandals had brought the church to “a dead end".
2021 Jun 4, India reported
another 1342,364 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours in a
declining trend. The nation's total cases neared 28.6 million.
(SFC, 6/5/21, p.A4)
2021 Jun 4, Italy reported 73
coronavirus-related deaths against 59 the day before, while the
daily tally of new infections rose to 2,557 from 1,968. Italy has
registered 126,415 deaths linked to COVID-19 since its outbreak
emerged in February last year.
2021 Jun 4, Mexican officials
said they will use 1 million US doses of the Johnson & Johnson
coronavirus vaccine to inoculate people along the border.
(SFC, 6/5/21, p.A4)
2021 Jun 4, Nigeria's
government said it was suspending Twitter operations in the country
"indefinitely." The move by the government came just days after a
tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari was removed for breaching the
site's rules, though no mention of this was made in its statement.
2021 Jun 4, Pakistan has
started producing the single dose Chinese CanSinoBio COVID-19
vaccine to be able to deliver 3 million doses a month. An initial
batch of 118,000 doses of the vaccine was ready to be delivered to
2021 Jun 4, President Vladimir
Putin said that suggestions the Russian state was linked to high
profile ransomware attacks in the United States were absurd and an
attempt to stir trouble ahead of his summit this month with US
President Joe Biden.
2021 Jun 4, Venezuela said it
has reached a deal to purchase doses of Russia's EpiVacCorona
vaccine, as well as manufacture the inoculation locally.