Today in History - June 5
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c470/469BC Jun 5, Socrates (d.399BC) was born in
Athens. He served as an infantryman during the Peloponnesian War
between Athens and Sparta. A sophist (teacher of philosophy), he
claimed not to know anything for certain and used the interrogatory
method for teaching. He left no written works. He was a major critic
of popular belief in Athens and was the protagonist of Plato’s
dialogues. “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of
a vessel.” [see 469 BCE]
(V.D.-H.K.p.43)(CFA, '96, p.48)(WU, p.1350)(Hem.,
1/97, p.96)(eawc, p.11)
70CE Jun 5, Titus & his
Roman legions breached the middle wall of Jerusalem.
754 Jun 5, Friezen murdered
bishop Boniface [Winfrid], English saint, archbishop of Dokkum, and
over 50 companions.
1099 Jun 5, Knights and their
families on the First Crusade witnessed an eclipse of the moon and
interpreted it as a sign from God that they would recapture
1443 Jun 5, Ferdinand,
Portuguese saint, slave to Fez, died.
1568 Jun 5, Ferdinand, the Duke
of Alba, crushed the Calvinist insurrection in Ghent (Belgium).
1595 Jun 5, Henry IV’s army
defeated the Spanish at the Battle of Fontaine-Francaise.
1625 Jun 5, Orlando Gibbons
(41), English organist, composer (Silver Swan), died.
1661 Jun 5, Isaac Newton was
admitted as a student to Trinity College, Cambridge.
1718 Jun 5, Thomas Chippendale,
English furniture maker was baptized.
1723 Jun 5, Economist Adam
Smith (d.1790) was baptized in Kirkcaldy, Scotland. He was the
author of “An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of
Nations.” Smith studied at the Univ. of Glasgow, and then went to
Balliol College, Oxford. He then returned to the Univ. of Glasgow as
a Prof. of logic and then of moral philosophy. He promoted Laissez
faire economics and wrote "An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of
the Wealth of Nations." His most famous statement is: "It is not
from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that
we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.
We address ourselves, not to their humanity, but to their
self-love." He also wrote the Theory of Moral Sentiments in 1759. In
1995 Ian Simpson Ross wrote a biography of Smith titled: The Life of
Adam Smith. Smith also wrote "The Theory of Moral Sentiments." In
1999 Charles L. Griswold wrote "Adam Smith and the Virtues of
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1/11/99, p.R20) (WSJ, 2/09/99, p.A20)(MC, 6/5/02)
1794 Jun 5, Congress passed the
Neutrality Act, which prohibited Americans from enlisting in the
service of a foreign power.
(AP, 6/5/99)(HN, 6/5/98)
1827 Jun 5, Athens fell to the
Ottomans during Greek War of Independence.
(HN, 6/5/98)(MC, 6/5/02)
1832 Jun 5, In Paris an
insurrection took place during General Lamarque's funeral when
insurgents got as far as the Rue Montorgueil and were then driven
1848 Jun 5, Army officer John
C. Fremont submitted his “Geographical Memoir” to the US Senate
where the SF Bay entrance was called Chrysopylae (Golden Gate). He
had in mind the Chrysoceras (Golden Horn) of Constantinople, and
suggested that the SF Bay would be advantageous for commerce.
(SFC, 6/5/98, p.A20)
1851 Jun 5, Harriet Beecher
Stow published the first installment of Uncle Tom’s Cabin in The
1855 Jun 5, The anti-foreign,
anti-Roman Catholic Know-Nothing Party held its 1st convention.
1856 Jun 5, U.S. Army troops in
the Four creeks region of California, headed back to quarters,
officially ending the Tule River War. Fighting, however, continued
for a few more years.
1861 Jun 5, Federal marshals
seized arms and gunpowder at Du Pont works in Delaware.
1863 Jun 5, CSS Alabama
captured the Talisman in the Mid-Atlantic.
1863 Jun 5, Battle of
Franklin's Crossing, VA (Deep Run).
1864 Jun 5, Battle of Piedmont,
VA (Augusta City).
1870 Jun 5, A fire in
Constantinople killed some 900 people.
1872 Jun 5, The Republican
National Convention, the first major political party convention to
include blacks, commenced.
1873 Jun 5, Sultan Bargash
closed the slave market of Zanzibar. Missionaries bought the site
and began building an Anglican cathedral.
(SSFC, 6/9/02, p.C13)(MC, 6/5/02)
1876 Jun 5, Bananas became
popular in US following the Centennial Exposition in Phila.
1878 Jun 5, Francisco “Pancho”
Villa, Mexican revolutionary and guerrilla leader, was born. He
defied American General John J. Pershing’s expedition for him.
1880 Jun 5, Wild woman of the
west Myra Maybelle Shirley married Sam Starr even though records
show she was already married to Bruce Younger.
1883 Jun 5, Economist John
Maynard Keynes (d.1946), economist, was born in Cambridge, England.
He developed theories on the causes of prolonged unemployment and
advised wide government expenditures as a counter measure to
deflation and depression.
(V.D.-H.K.p.253)(AP, 6/5/97)(WSJ, 1/11/99,
1884 Jun 5, Dame Ivy
Compton-Burnett, British author, was born.
1884 Jun 5, Civil War hero
General William T. Sherman refused the Republican presidential
nomination, saying, "I will not accept if nominated and will not
serve if elected."
1898 Jun 5, Federico Garcia
Lorca (d.1936), Spanish poet and dramatist, was born.
(WUD, 1994, p.584)(MT, Spg. ‘99, p.2)(HN, 6/5/01)
1900 Jun 5, Dennis Gabor,
Hungarian-British physicist, inventor of 3D laser photography, was
born. He was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1971. [see Jan 5]
(HN, 6/5/98)(MC, 1/5/02)
1900 Jun 5, Stephen Crane (28),
author (Red Badge of Courage), died.
1900 Jun 5, In South Africa,
British troops under Lord Roberts seized Pretoria from the Boers.
1912 Jun 5, US marines invaded
Cuba (3rd time).
1915 Jun 5, Alfred Kazin
(d.1998), critic and editor (A Walker in the City), was born.
(HN, 6/5/01)(SSFC, 10/19/03, p.M2)
1915 Jun 5, Henri
Gaudier-Brzeska (23), French sculptor, died on the Western Front. In
1931 H.S. Ede authored “Savage Messiah: Gaudier Brzeska. In 2004
Paul O’Keeffe authored “Gaudier-Brzeska: An Absolute Case of
1916 Jun 5, Lord Herbert
Horatio Kitchener, British war hero, died when a German mine sank
his battleship in the North Sea. In 2001 John Pollock authored
“Kitchener: Architect of Victory, Artisan of Peace.”
(WSJ, 2/27/00, p.A24)
1917 Jun 5, About 10 million
American men began registering for the draft in World War I.
1919 Jun 5, Richard Scarry,
Children's author and illustrator, was born.
1920 Jun 5, Cornelius Ryan, US
historian, writer (The Longest Day), was born.
1920 Jun 5, The US congress
passed the Merchant Marine Act. It provided incentives and
assistance to the American shipping industry stating that
government-owned vessels should be sold only to American shipping
companies. It also created a federal agency to offer loans to US
shippers. The statute, sponsored by Senator Wesley L. Jones of
Washington, governed the workers compensation rights of sailors and
the use of foreign vessels in domestic trade.
1926 Jun 5, David Wagoner, poet
and novelist (The Escape Artist), was born.
1927 Jun 5, Johnny Weissmuller
set his 100-yard & 200-yard free-style swim record.
1928 Jun 5, Robert Lansing,
actor (12 O'Clock High, Equalizer), was born in SD, Calif.
1932 Jun 5, Christy Brown,
Irish novelist and poet (My Left Foot), was born.
1933 Jun 5, The United States
went off the gold standard.
1934 Jun 5, Bill Moyers,
American broadcast journalist, was born. He served as President
Lyndon B. Johnson’s press secretary. He also made numerous
documentaries for the Public Broadcasting System.
1936 Jun 5, SF Bay Bridge
worker George Zink (40) of 325 Capistrano Ave. plunged to his death
becoming the 22nd man killed on the transbay bridge construction.
(SFC, 6/5/11, p.42)
1937 Jun 5, Henry Ford
initiated a 32 hour work week.
1939 Jun 5, Margaret Drabble,
English novelist (The Millstone, The Realms of Gold), was born.
1940 Jun 5, The Battle of
France began during World War II. Germany attacked French forces
along the Somme line.
(HN, 6/5/99)(AP, 6/5/07)
1941 Jun 5, In China some 1,500
civilians died from suffocation in a single air raid shelter in
Chongqing, the provisional capital until the end of the war with
(Econ, 8/15/15, p.36)
1943 Jun 5, German occupiers
arrested Louvain University's chancellor.
1944 Jun 5, Dwight D.
Eisenhower wrote a note to be issued in case the D-Day invasion
turned out to be a failure: “Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre
area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold, and I have
withdrawn the troops.” The note was [apparently misdated] dated July
(SFC, 12/31/96, p.A7)
1944 Jun 5, The first B-29
bombing raid struck the Japanese rail line in Bangkok, Thailand.
1944 Jun 5, Riccardo Zandonai
(61), composer, died.
1947 Jun 5, David Hare, British
playwright and director (A Map of the World, Slag), was born.
1947 Jun 5, Secretary of State
George C. Marshall in a speech at Harvard Univ. called for a
European Recovery Program to be initiated by the European powers and
supported by American aid (Marshall Plan). The program was intended
to assist European nations, including former enemies, to rebuild
their economies. From 1947 to 1952 it helped Western Europe recover
by providing some $13 billion worth of technical and economic aid.
In 2007 Greg Behrman authored “The Most Noble Adventure: The
Marshall Plan and the Time When America Helped Save Europe.”
(SFEC, 5/25/97, p.A10)(AP, 6/5/97)(HN,
6/5/98)(Econ, 9/29/07, p.89)
1949 Jun 5, Ken Follett,
novelist (Eye of the Needle, On The Wings of Eagles), was born.
1956 Jun 5, A three-judge panel
ruled 2-1 in Browder vs. Gayle that segregation on Montgomery’s
buses was unconstitutional. Alabama officials appealed.
(SFEM, 2/2/97, p.12)
1959 Jun 5, In the San
Francisco Bay Area 40 teachers were subpoenaed by the House
Un-American Activities Committee. Hearings were to open on June 17.
The ACLU said it would do everything it can to block the San
(SSFC, 5/31/09, DB p.50)
1963 Jun 5, John Profumo
(1915-2006), British Minister of War, resigned due his relations
with Christine Keeler. [see Mar 22]
1963 Jun 5, A state of siege
was proclaimed in Iran and Ayatollah Khomeini was arrested.
1967 Jun 5, Murderer Richard
Speck (1941-1991) was sentenced to death in electric chair for the
murder of 8 student nurses on July 14, 1966. The Illinois Supreme
Court upheld his conviction and death sentence on November 22, 1968.
1967 Jun 5, The Six Day War
erupted in the Middle East as Israel, convinced an Arab attack was
imminent, raided Egyptian military targets. Syria, Jordan and Iraq
entered the conflict. Jordan lost the West Bank, an area of 2,270
sq. miles. War broke out as Israel reacted to the removal of UN
peace-keeping troops, Arab troop movements and the barring of
Israeli ships in the Gulf of Aqaba. Israel destroyed Egypt’s air
force on the ground and knocked out the planes of Jordan, Iraq and
(AP, 6/5/97)(HN, 6/5/98)(NG, 5/93, p.58)(HNQ,
5/22/00)(Econ 5/20/17, SR p.3)
1967 Jun 5-1967 Jun 10, Israel
fought the Six-Day War against Syria and captured the Golan Heights,
the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Allegations that
Israeli soldiers killed hundreds of Egyptian prisoners with the
knowledge of national leaders were made by Israeli historians in
1995. Israel occupied Syrian territory. The Gaza Strip and the West
Bank were captured by Israel. Israel annexed the largely Arab East
Jerusalem, which included the Old City, and has since ringed it with
(WSJ, 8/17/95, p.A-1)(WSJ,11/24/95, p.A-1)(WSJ,
5/6/96, p.A-13)(SFC, 6/25/96, p.A10)(SFC, 1/22/98, p.B12)(SFC,
1968 Jun 5, Sen. Robert F.
Kennedy was shot and mortally wounded at the Ambassador Hotel in LA
just after claiming victory in California's Democratic presidential
primary. Gunman Sirhan Bishara Sirhan was immediately arrested. In
2016 Larry Tye authored “Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal
(HFA, '96, p.32)(WUD, 1994, p.1687)(AP,
6/5/97)(Econ, 7/9/16, p.71)
1972 Jun 5, A United Nations
Conference on the Human Environment began in Stockholm. World
Environment Day (WED) from this day on was celebrated every year on
5 June to raise global awareness of the need to take positive
1972 Jun 5, Yugoslav president
Tito visited the USSR.
1973 Jun 5, Doris A. Davis
becomes the first African-American woman to govern a city in a major
metropolitan area when she is elected mayor of Compton, California.
1975 Jun 5, Gov. Jerry Brown of
California announced the new Agricultural Labor Relations Act. It
was a temporary truce in the struggle between the state’s farm
workers (UFW) led by Cesar Chavez and farmers. Chavez officially
ended the table grape, lettuce and wine boycott on Jan 31, 1978.
(SFEM, 4/13/97, p.22)(SFC, 1/31/03, p.E4)
1975 Jun 5, The outcome of a
British referendum revealed that 67.2% of voters were in favor of
the United Kingdom remaining a member of the Community. The Labor
Party under PM Harold Wilson had renegotiated Britain’s terms of EU
membership. The changes were largely cosmetic, but this allowed him
to persuade the electorate that Britain’s position was profoundly
p.62)(Econ., 4/4/15, p.78)
1975 Jun 5, Egypt reopened the
Suez Canal to international shipping, eight years after it was
closed because of the 1967 war with Israel.
1975 Jun 5, The Scottish
National Party (SNP) wanted to leave the European project in a
referendum as Britain voted to stay.
(Econ, 3/18/17, p.60)
1976 Jun 5, The Teton Dam in
Idaho burst catastrophically and water blasted through a narrow
canyon and onto Sugar City. It released nearly 300,000 acre feet of
water, then flooded farmland and towns downstream with the eventual
loss of 14 lives, directly or indirectly, and with a cost estimated
to be nearly $1 billion.
1977 Jun 5, The first Apple II
personal computers went on sale.
1977 Jun 5, In the Seychelles
France Albert Rene (b.1935) seized power in a coup. He continued as
president to 2004. This day became marked as Liberation Day.
p.B1)(SSFC, 6/1/14, p.P3)
1981 Jun 5, The US Federal
Centers for Disease Control published the first report of a
mysterious outbreak of a sometimes fatal pneumonia among gay men.
Dr. Michael Gottlieb of UCLA and Dr. Joel Weisman (1943-2009)
reported 5 cases of a rare pneumonia among gay men in LA. The
disease was initially called gay related immune deficiency (GRID).
The syndrome was named Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) in
1982. Within 10 years the disease killed 110,000 Americans. People
infected with HIV came to be defined as having AIDS when their
immune system became so weak that they got one of 26 specific
illnesses including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, pneumonia, brain
infections and some other cancers.
(SFC, 7/21/00, p.B2)(AP, 6/5/02)(SSFC, 6/4/06,
p.A1)(Econ, 6/3/06, p.24)(SFC, 7/24/09, p.D5)
1981 Jun 5, George Harrison's
"Somewhere in England" album was released.
1983 Jun 5, In the 37th Tony
Awards: “Torch Song Trilogy” won for best play and “Cats” won for
1984 Jun 5, Indira Gandhi
ordered an attack on Sikh's holiest site, the Golden Temple.
1986 Jun 5, A federal jury in
Baltimore convicted Ronald W. Pelton of selling secrets to the
Soviet Union. Pelton was sentenced to three life prison terms plus
1987 Jun 5, President Reagan,
in Venice for an upcoming economic summit, called for an end to
government agriculture subsidies by the year 2000 in a televised
address carried in Europe by the United States Information Agency.
1988 Jun 5, In the 42nd Tony
Awards Madame Butterfly won for best play and Phantom of the Opera
won for best musical.
1988 Jun 5, Clarence Pendleton
(57), chairman of the US Civil Rights Commission, died.
1989 Jun 5, Chinese soldiers
slaughtered pro-democracy students at Tiananmen Square in Beijing.
In one of the most remembered images of China's crushed
pro-democracy movement, a lone man stood defiantly in front of a
line of tanks in Beijing until friends pulled him out of the way. In
2001 "The Tiananmen Papers," a book based on classified documents
smuggled out of China, was published. Zhang Liang was the pseudonym
of the compiler. In 2009 Philip Cunningham authored “Tiananmen Moon:
Inside the Chinese Student Uprising of 1989.”
(HN, 6/5/99)(AP, 6/5/99)(SFC, 1/6/01, p.A7)(SFCM,
3/18/01, p.4)(Econ, 8/22/09, p.75)
1990 Jun 5, Authorities in
Oakland County, Michigan, moved to prevent Dr. Jack Kevorkian from
continuing to make available a suicide device that Janet Adkins, an
Oregon woman diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, had used a day
earlier to take her own life.
1990 Jun 5, In South Africa a
representative from the Legal Resources Centre (LRC) in Durban met
with the Commissioner of the SAP (South African Police) to call for
a change in the "cultural weapons" policy.
1990 Jun 5, Vasily V. Kuznetsov
(b.1901), president of USSR supreme soviet (1982-83, 85), died in
1991 Jun 5, Lesbian priest
Elizabeth Carl was ordained in Episcopal Church.
1991 Jun 5, The space shuttle
“Columbia” blasted off with seven astronauts on a nine-day mission.
1991 Jun 5, Soviet President
Mikhail S. Gorbachev delivered his delayed Nobel Peace lecture in
Oslo, Norway, warning that Western failure to heed his call for
economic aid could dash hopes for a peaceful new world order.
1992 Jun 5, The US government
announced the nation's unemployment rate had jumped to 7.5 percent
the month before, the highest level in nearly eight years.
1992 Jun 5, In Brazil
government leaders at the Rio Earth Summit opened for signing the UN
Convention on Biological Diversity dedicated to promoting
sustainable development. The convention recognized plants as part of
countries’ national heritage and outlawed biopiracy. The Convention
entered into force on 29 December 1993, which was 90 days after the
1993 Jun 5, In Texas,
Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison won the U.S. Senate seat vacated by
Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen.
1993 Jun 5, Colonial Affair,
ridden by Julie Krone, won the Belmont Stakes.
1993 Jun 5, Country star Conway
Twitty (born as Harold Lloyd Jenkins) died in Springfield, Mo., at
age 59. He was entombed in Gallatin, Tenn.
(AP, 6/5/98)(SSFC, 12/15/02, Par p.2)
1993 Jun 5, In Somalia,
militiamen loyal to Mohamed Farrah Aidid killed 24 Pakistani
1994 Jun 5, President Clinton
headed across the English Channel aboard the USS George Washington,
en route to the 50th anniversary commemoration of D-Day in Normandy.
1994 Jun 5, At least 264
Indonesian villagers in East Java were killed by an earthquake.
1994 Jun 5, In central Rwanda
13 Catholic clerics, including three bishops, were murdered at a
church. 3 Catholic bishops, including Kigali Archbishop Vincent
Nsengiyumva, were among the clerics murdered. In 2008 two army
officers pleaded guilty to their role in the murders. In 2008 a
military court in Kigali jailed two Rwandan army captains for 8
years for the killings during the 1994 genocide, but acquitted their
superiors of involvement in the slaughter.
(AFP, 6/18/08)(AFP, 10/24/08)
1995 Jun 5, Ron Kirk began
serving as the first black mayor of Dallas, Texas.
1995 Jun 5, “Allison,” a
minimal hurricane, buffeted the Gulf Coast with 75 mile-per-hour
winds, swamping streets and spinning off tornadoes but causing no
1995 Jun 5, Trevor Dupuy,
founder of the Dupuy Institute, died. His Washington DC military
think-tank developed software called Tactical Numerical
Deterministic Model that forecast surprisingly accurate casualty
figures for the 1991 Gulf War.
1996 Jun 5, Joseph Waldholtz,
the ex-husband of U.S. Rep. Enid Greene, R-Utah, pleaded guilty to
providing his wife false information for her taxes and to falsifying
spending reports from her congressional campaign.
1996 Jun 5, 2001 A Medicare
report predicted that the federal health system for the elderly
would be bankrupt by the year 2001.
(WSJ, 6/5/96, p.A1)
1996 Jun 5, P. Terzian
reviewed: “Ain’t You Glad You Joined the Republicans,” by John C.
Batchelor. The book is an anecdotal history of the Republican Party.
(WSJ, 6/5/96, p.A12)
1996 Jun 5, Anglican Church
leaders chose Rev. Njongonkulu Ndungane to succeed Desmond Tutu as
the archbishop for southern Africa.
(SFC, 6/6/96, C3)
1996 Jun 5, The European
Commission decided to ease the ban on British exports over mad cow
(SFC, 6/6/96, C1)
1996 Jun 5, On World
Environment Day 210,000 hectares on the Masoala Peninsula of
Madagascar were proclaimed a national park, the 6th on the island.
(SFC, 6/23/96, zone 1 p.5)
1997 Jun 5, Harold J.
Nicholson, the highest-ranking CIA officer ever caught spying
against his own country, was sentenced to 23 1/2 years in prison for
selling defense secrets to Russia after the Cold War. Officials
later claimed that he and his son continued to make contact with
Russian operatives. In 2009 Nicholson and his son were arraigned on
charges of money laundering and acting as agents of a foreign
(AP, 6/5/98)(WSJ, 1/30/08, p.A3)
1997 Jun 5, The cremated
remains of some 2,000 people were found in a California Discovery
Bay storage facility. They were stored by a flying service that was
supposed to have disposed the remains at sea or over the Sierras for
(SFC, 6/6/97, p.A23)
1997 Jun 5, Astronomers
reported a miniplanet beyond Pluto that is about 300 miles across,
with a surface area about the size of Texas. Jane Luu with
colleagues discovered the object named 1996TL66. It was considered
an extension of the Kuiper Belt, a body of objects that circle the
sun from beyond Neptune.
(SFC, 6/5/97, p.A16)
1997 Jun 5, The New York Stock
Exchange voted to report stock prices in decimals rather than
(SDUT, 6/6/97, p.A1)
1997 Jun 5, Reporter J. Anthony
Lukas (64), winner of 2 Pulitzer prizes, committed suicide.
(SFC, 6/7/97, p.A19)(MC, 6/5/02)
1997 Jun 5, An accord was
signed to protect the 620-mile Caribbean coral reef system by
Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and Honduras.
(SFC, 6/6/97, p.E3)
1997 Jun 5, In Algeria
parliamentary elections were scheduled. In a 65% turnout
pro-government forces took the largest share of votes. Two Islamist
parties picked up 1/4th of the parliament seats. Monitors were not
allowed to inspect some 5,000 portable voting booths.
(SFC, 5/16/97, p.A8)(SFC, 6/10/97, p.A16)
1997 Jun 5, China announced
that diplomat Ma Yuzhen would be its top civilian representative in
Hong Kong beginning July 1. Domestic affairs will be run by Hong
Kong residents but foreign affairs will be under the central
(SFC, 6/6/97, p.E2)
1997 Jun 5, In the Republic of
the Congo government troops began an attack on the residence of
former leader Denis Sassou-Nguesso. He was able to flee and rally
his forces for a counterattack.
(SFC, 6/10/97, p.A12)
1997 Jun 5, In Spain the
parliament approved a labor reform pact to reduce the 22%
(SFC, 6/6/97, p.E2)
1997 Jun 5, In Turkey
parliamentary elections were scheduled. In a 65% turnout
pro-government forces took the largest share of votes. Two Islamist
parties picked up 1/4th of the parliament seats.
(SFC, 5/16/97, p.A8)
1998 Jun 5, Some 3,400 workers
at a GM stamping plant in Flint, Mich., went on strike. The strike
closed five assembly plants and idled workers nationwide for seven
(SFC, 6/6/98, p.A7)(AP, 6/5/99)
1998 Jun 5, Volkswagen AG won
approval to buy Rolls-Royce Motor Cars for $703 million. However,
BMW later purchased the Rolls-Royce brand name and logo.
(AP, 6/5/99)(SFC, 6/6/98, p.D1)
1998 Jun 5, Some 70,000 white
bass at the Cheney Reservoir west of Wichita had died over the past
week from unexplained causes. The reservoir in the north fork of the
Ninnescah River was the main drinking water source for Wichita.
(SFC, 6/6/98, p.A4)
1998 Jun 5, In Texas an
estimated 22,000 trout died in the Guadalupe River after eating dead
fire ants that fell into the river after mating.
(SFC, 6/6/98, p.A4)
1998 Jun 5, Alfred Kazin
(b.1915), literary critic, died on his birthday. Kazin’s work
included 3 autobiographical volumes: “A Walker in the City,”
“Starting Out in the Thirties,” and “New York Jew.” In 2003
Ted Solotaroff edited "Alfred Kazin's America: Critical and Personal
Writings." In 2007 Richard M. Cook authored “Alfred Kazin: A
(SSFC, 10/19/03, p.M2)(WSJ, 1/12/08, p.W9)(SFC,
1998 Jun 5, In Cambodia over
1,000 former Khmer Rouge soldiers were inducted into the Cambodian
army at Anlong Veng. Khmer Rouge leader Ta Mok and some loyalists
were still in the jungles along the Thai border.
(SFC, 6/6/98, p.A11)
1998 Jun 5, In Matamoros,
Mexico, Salvador Gomez, a former policeman and drug cartel leader,
(SFC, 6/8/98, p.A12)
1999 Jun 5, "Charismatic"
failed in his bid to win racing’s Triple Crown, finishing 3rd, with
fractures in the lower left front leg, behind "Lemon Drop Kid" and
"Vision and Verse" in the Belmont Stakes.
(WSJ, 6/7/99, p.A20)(AP, 6/5/00)
1999 Jun 5, Steffi Graf won her
sixth French Open title, beating top-ranked Martina Hingis 4-6, 7-5,
1999 Jun 5, Some 3,000
protestors demonstrated outside the Pentagon against the NATO
bombing in Yugoslavia.
(SFEC, 6/6/99, p.A4)
1999 Jun 5, In Washington DC
Nancy Richards-Akers, a popular romance novelist, was shot and
killed by her husband in front of their 2 children. Jeremy R. Akers
then killed himself.
(SFC, 6/7/99, p.A2)
1999 Jun 5, Jazz and pop singer
Mel Torme died in Los Angeles at age 73.
1999 Jun 5, NATO commanders
spelled out the withdrawal terms to Yugoslav military officers in a
5-hour meeting near the Macedonian border. More talks were
(SFEC, 6/6/99, p.A1)
1999 Jun 5, India rejected
proposed talks with Pakistan for Jun 7 as inconvenient. Indian
Gen'l. Chopra estimated 200 intruders had been killed and said 54
Indian soldiers were killed in the recent Kashmir fighting.
(SFEC, 6/6/99, p.A22)
1999 Jun 5, Pope John Paul the
Second began a 13-day pilgrimage to his native Poland.
2000 Jun 5, Pres. Clinton met
with Pres. Kuchma in Ukraine and Kuchma announced the closure of the
Chernobyl nuclear power plant by Dec 15. Clinton pledged $80 million
to help pay the $750 million cost to stabilize the sarcophagus of
the ruined reactor.
(SFC, 6/6/00, p.A1)
2000 Jun 5, Baltimore Ravens
linebacker Ray Lewis pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count under an
agreement that dropped murder charges in the stabbing deaths of two
men outside a Super Bowl party in Atlanta. Lewis was sentenced to a
year of probation.
2000 Jun 5, Computer rebels
planned to launch a data haven, an independent colony in cyberspace,
based on the island of Sealand, a WW II military fortress 6 miles
off the coast of England.
(SFEC, 6/4/00, p.A4)
2000 Jun 5, Burkina Faso
Cardinal Paul Zoungrana (82) died.
(SFC, 6/6/00, p.A21)
2000 Jun 5, Eritrea claimed
that an Ethiopian attack near Assab was foiled and that 3,755
Ethiopian troops were “killed, wounded, or taken prisoner.”
(SFC, 6/6/00, p.A10)
2000 Jun 5, In Ethiopia 14
children were trampled to death at the Mega Amphitheater in Addis
Ababa when a crowd pushed to get out of the rain.
(SFC, 6/6/00, p.A16)
2000 Jun 5, Ethiopia accused
Eritrea of rounding up 7,529 Ethiopian citizens and putting them
under armed guard for deportation.
(SFC, 6/6/00, p.A10)
2000 Jun 5, Russia’s Pres.
Putin traveled to Italy and met with Prime Minister Giuliano Amato.
Putin then met with Pope John Paul II.
(SFC, 6/6/00, p.A13)
2000 Jun 5, In Sri Lanka the
government claimed that it had killed some 1,000 rebels in recent
days. The censorship over foreign media was lifted.
(WSJ, 6/6/00, p.A1)
2001 Jun 5, Pres. Bush sent
George Tenet, the CIA director, to help Middle East security talks.
(SFC, 6/6/01, p.C2)
2001 Jun 5, Defense Sec. Donald
Rumsfeld visited Macedonia as Albanian rebels clashed with
government troops near Tetovo.
(WSJ, 6/6/01, p.A1)
2001 Jun 5, Senate Republicans
spent their last full day in power before turning control over to
Democrats, a change that came about because of a decision by Vermont
Sen. James Jeffords to leave the GOP and become an independent.
(SFC, 6/6/01, p.A3)(AP, 6/5/02)
2001 Jun 5, In Afghanistan the
Taliban ordered foreigners to obey strict Muslim laws or face
(SFC, 6/6/01, p.C2)
2001 Jun 5, It was reported
that the ecstasy drug was a big hit in Chinese night clubs. It had
begun filtering in from Hong Kong in 1998.
(SFC, 6/5/01, p.A12)
2001 Jun 5, In China 13
children were killed in a fire at a kindergarten dormitory in
(SFC, 6/6/01, p.C3)
2001 Jun 5, In Romania 10
people were killed In Constanta when workers set off an explosion
while welding the hull of a Maltese oil tanker.
(SFC, 6/6/01, p.C3)
2002 Jun 5, Attorney Gen. John
Ashcroft announced a National Security Entry-Exit Registration
System for certain aliens to be fingerprinted and photographed as
they cross the border. It legally fell under a 1952 law for foreign
(SFC, 6/6/02, p.A1,14)(WSJ, 6/6/02, p.A1)
2002 Jun 5, Robert Kelly (R.
Kelly), R&B performer, was indicted in Florida on child
(SFC, 6/6/02, p.A2)
2002 Jun 5, The SF Guardian
reported that Greg Palast, BBC journalist, had uncovered that the
state of Florida had used an inaccurate list in an effort to purge
felons from the 2000 voter rolls. As it turned out, only a fraction
of the 57,700 people on the list were ex-cons.
2002 Jun 5, Magic Johnson was
introduced as a member of the 2002 class elected to the Naismith
Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
2002 Jun 5, Elizabeth Ann Smart
(14) was kidnapped at gunpoint from her home in Salt Lake City. She
was found Mar 12, 2003, with kidnapper Brian David Mitchell and his
wife Wanda Eileen Barzee. In 2005 a judge found Mitchell mentally
incompetent to stand trial. In 2009 Barzee (64) pleaded guilty and
was sentenced to 15 years in prison. She also agreed to testify
against her husband. In 2010 a federal jury found Mitchell guilty of
kidnapping and forcing sex on her for 9 months. On May 25, 2011, a
federal judge sentenced Brian David Mitchell to life in prison.
Barzee was scheduled to be freed on Sept. 19, 2018.
(SFC, 6/7/02, p.A3)(SFC, 3/13/03, p.1)(SFC,
7/27/05, p.A3)(SFC, 11/17/09, p.A7)(SFC, 12/11/10, p.A4)(SFC,
5/26/11, p.A11)(SFC, 9/12/18, p.A5)
2002 Jun 5, It was reported
that US intelligence believed that Khalid Shaikh Mohammed of Kuwait,
a key bin Laden lieutenant, was the mastermind of the Sep 11
(SFC, 6/5/02, p.A16)
2002 Jun 5, The space shuttle
Endeavour launched from Cape Canaveral carrying 7 new residents for
the int'l. space station.
(SFC, 6/6/02, p.A7)
2002 Jun 5, Dee Dee Ramone
(49), former head of the Ramones punk rock band, died of a heroin
overdose in his Hollywood home. In 2000 Ramone authored “”Lobotomy:
surviving the Ramones.”
(SFC, 6/7/02, p.A2)(SFC, 6/8/02, p.D4)
2002 Jun 5, In Australia PM
John Howard used World Environment Day to reject calls for his
government to ratify the Kyoto Protocol on global warming.
2002 Jun 5, Colombia ratified
the Rome Statute, the treaty that created an Int'l. Criminal Court.
(SFC, 6/6/02, p.A10)
2002 Jun 5, India PM Vajpayee
said his country would consider jointly monitoring the disputed
Kashmir border with Pakistan. Pakistan rejected India's proposal for
joint patrols in Kashmir.
(SFC, 6/5/02, p.A1)(SFC, 6/6/02, p.A8)
2002 Jun 5, In Israel a car
bomb went off next to a bus near Megiddo and at least 17 people were
(SFC, 6/5/02, p.A1)(SFC, 6/6/02, p.A1)
2002 Jun 5, In South Korea Kim
Hong Gul, the youngest son of Pres. Kim Dae Jung, was indicted on
charges of accepting some $3 million in bribes from companies
seeking government contracts and tax evasion.
(SFC, 6/6/02, p.A11)
2002 Jun 5, In Sweden
legislators voted to let same-sex couples adopt children.
(SFC, 6/6/02, p.A10)
2003 Jun 5, Speaking to U.S.
soldiers in Qatar, President Bush argued the U.S.-led invasion of
Iraq was justified and pledged that "we'll reveal the truth" on
Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction.
2003 Jun 5, The United States
agreed to pull its ground troops away from the Demilitarized Zone
separating North and South Korea.
2003 Jun 5, In NYC Howell
Raines, NY Times executive editor, resigned along with Gerald M.
Boyd, managing editor, due to their handling of inaccurate stories
by recently released reporter Jason Blair.
(WSJ, 6/6/03, p.A1)
2003 Jun 5, Pope John Paul II
began his landmark 100th foreign pilgrimage with a five-day,
five-city tour of Croatia.
2003 Jun 5, In Liberia deputy
ministers Isaac Nuhan Vaye and John Winpoe Yormie were arrested
about the same time that Pres. Taylor announced that a coup plot had
been uncovered. Vaye and Yormie were later reported killed.
(SFC, 7/16/03, p.A12)
2003 Jun 5, A bomber attacked a
bus near a Russian military air base near Chechnya on Thursday,
killing herself and at least 16 others.
2003 Jun 5, Thailand's
Constitutional Court ruled that Thai women will no longer be
required to take their husband's family name when they marry.
2004 Jun 5, Smarty Jones lost
to Birdstone (36-to-1) at the 136th running at Belmont Park.
(SSFC, 6/6/04, C1)
2004 Jun 5, The U.S.S. Jimmy
Carter, the most advanced nuclear submarine in the U.S. Navy, was
christened at a shipyard in Groton, Conn., in the presence of the
former president and his wife, Rosalynn, who cracked a bottle of
champagne against the sail.
2004 Jun 5, Ronald Reagan
(b.1911), 40th US president (1981-1989), died in California after a
long twilight struggle with Alzheimer's disease. In 2005 Paul Lettow
authored “Ronald Reagan and His Quest to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.”
It focused on what Reagan said and did. John Ehrman authored “The
Eighties: America in the Age of Reagan,” in which he sees Reagan as
the embodiment of the conservative movement. In 2006 Richard Reeves
authored “President Reagan: The Triumph of Imagination.”
(AP, 6/6/04)(SSFC, 3/27/05, p.E3)(Econ, 2/4/06,
2004 Jun 5, The European
Investment Bank (EIB) granted a loan of 100 million euros (122
million dollars) to Egypt's state-run natural gas holding company
(EGAS) to finance pipeline construction in Jordan.
2004 Jun 5, France's first gay
marriage was performed in the southwest city of Bordeaux. On July 27
it was officially declared void by a court but the two homosexual
men involved immediately said they would appeal the ruling.
2004 Jun 5, French engineering
giant Alstom said a consortium it was leading had signed an
88-million-euro ($107 mil) contract for work on three railway lines
in the suburbs of Algiers.
2004 Jun 5, Iranian officials
said police had killed at least 58 drug smugglers and confiscated
more than 50 tons of narcotics in the past two months.
2004 Jun 5, In Iraq a roadside
bomb killed an American soldier and wounded 3 others in the 2nd
fatal attack on U.S. troops in Baghdad in as many days. Iraq's new
leader called for a halt to attacks on foreign troops.
2004 Jun 5, In Iraq 8 people
stormed into a police station south of Baghdad, opened fire and
killed seven officers before planting explosives to destroy the
2004 Jun 5, Japan's legislature
adopted a bill designed to save the country's troubled pension
system following an all-night debate marred by brawls and a walkout
by opposition parties. The bill raised pension fund premiums from
13.58% of pay to 18.3% by 2017.
(AP, 6/5/04)(Econ, 7/16/05, p.36)
2004 Jun 5, In Venezuela tens
of thousands of opposition supporters marched through Caracas to
celebrate a recent announcement by election authorities that
President Hugo Chavez likely will face a recall referendum on his
2005 Jun 5, One year ago:
"Monty Python's Spamalot" won three Tony Awards, including best
musical; the musical play "The Light in the Piazza" won six prizes,
while "Doubt" was named best drama.
2005 Jun 5, FBI agents in Lodi,
Ca., arrested Hamid Hayat (22) for training at an al Qaeda camp in
Pakistan and his father (47) for lying about his son’s activities.
In 2006 Umer Hayat pleaded guilty to charges of lying to customs
agents to avoid a trial. In 2007 Hamid was sentenced to 24 years in
prison for supporting terrorists by training with them in Pakistan.
(SFC, 6/9/05, p.A1)(SFC, 6/1/06, p.B1)(SFC,
2005 Jun 5, In San Francisco
big city mayors from around the world signed a set of 21 urban
environmental accords, capping a 5-day UN World Environment
(AP, 6/6/05)(SFC, 6/6/05, p.A1)
2005 Jun 5, Texas Gov. Rick
Perry signed anti-abortion and anti-gay legislation at the Calvary
Christian Academy in Fort Worth.
(SFC, 6/6/05, p.A3)
2005 Jun 5, The Chinese
government said 3 days of flooding triggered by torrential rains
killed 204 people in China's south and desert northwest and left 79
missing at the beginning of the country's summer flood season.
2005 Jun 5, Spanish teenager
Rafael Nadal beat unseeded Mariano Puerta of Argentina 6-7 (6), 6-3,
6-1, 7-5 to win the French Open men's singles title.
2005 Jun 5, An accident inside
the Frejus Alpine tunnel between France and Italy killed at least
two people. A truck loaded with tires and another carrying glue
caught fire along with four other vehicles.
2005 Jun 5, In Jordan 14 men
who earlier admitted plotting terrorism and sparking riots that
killed six people in southern Jordan testified that they were
tortured into confessing. The men then pleaded innocent before a
2005 Jun 5, Five suspected
Islamic militants were killed in an ongoing gunbattle with troops in
Indian Kashmir's Rajouri district.
2005 Jun 5, Kuwait named two
women to public office for the first time, less than a month after
parliament passed a historic law granting women the right to vote
and run for office.
2005 Jun 5, Lebanon held its
2nd of a 4-stage vote. A week earlier anti-Syrian opposition
candidates took most of the capital's 19 parliamentary seats. 53
candidates vied for 23 seats in southern Lebanon. Hezbollah, the
armed group considered a terrorist organization by the US, and its
Amal allies swept voting in southern Lebanon.
(AP, 6/6/05)(WSJ, 6/7/05, p.A1)
2005 Jun 5, In Mauritania
Algerian insurgents attacked an army base overnight in Mgheiti in
the northern desert setting off a gunbattle that left at least 24
2005 Jun 5, Swiss voters
approved, by a 55-45% majority, joining the European Union in the
Schengen passport-free travel zone, abolishing checks on the
country's border by 2007. They also granted same-sex couples more
(AP, 6/6/05)(Econ, 6/11/05, p.48)
2005 Jun 5, Taiwan reported
that it had successfully test-fired a locally developed cruise
missile capable of striking southeastern areas of mainland China.
2005 Jun 5, In southeastern
Turkey Kurdish rebels ambushed a Turkish commando unit overnight,
killing four soldiers and wounding one near Tunceli.
2006 Jun 5, More than 50
National Guardsmen from Utah became the first unit to work along the
US-Mexico border as part of President Bush's crackdown on illegal
2006 Jun 5, Federal Reserve
Chairman Ben Bernanke warned of concern on core inflation. His
remarks knocked the DJIA down 199 points to 11,048.72.
(SFC, 6/6/06, p.C1)
2006 Jun 5, Activists marked
World Environment Day with the United Nations warning that
desertification was a main obstacle to ending poverty and can
2006 Jun 5, Brookfield
Properties Corp. said it will acquire Trizec Properties and its
Canadian arm for $4.8 billion. The deal would create one of North
America’s largest landlords.
(SFC, 6/6/06, p.C3)
2006 Jun 5, Frederick Franck
(b.1909), Netherlands-born artist, died of congestive heart failure
at his home in Warwick, NY. His art and writings reflected his deep
interest in human spirituality. Franck wrote more than 30 books,
including "The Zen of Seeing - Seeing/Drawing as Meditation" (1973),
and "To Be Human Against All Odds" (1991).
2006 Jun 5, In southern
Afghanistan suspected Taliban rebels stormed a highway police
checkpost and killed five policemen, abducted four others and stole
2006 Jun 5, Austria’s Bawag PSK
bank agreed to pay at least $675 million to avoid prosecution and
settle bankruptcy claims for its role in the collapse of Refco Inc,
a US commodities brokerage firm.
(SFC, 6/6/06, p.C6)
2006 Jun 5, In Chile protesters
clashed with police in Santiago as students stepped up demands for
reforms to the country's educational system, saying new government
concessions didn't go far enough.
2006 Jun 5, A top official said
China's pollution problems cost the country more than $200 billion a
year and called for better legal protection for grassroots groups so
they can help clean up the environment.
2006 Jun 5, Czech opposition
leader Mirk Topolanek, whose party narrowly won the weekend's
parliamentary elections, said he would seek a governing coalition.
His Civic Democrats allied with the Christian Democrats and Greens
took 100 seats of the lower house.
(AP, 6/5/06)(Econ, 6/10/06, p.50)
2006 Jun 5, Iceland's PM
Halldor Asgrimsson (58) announced he was stepping down in the wake
of his party's poor performance in recent local elections.
2006 Jun 5, Gunmen in police
uniforms raided bus stations in central Baghdad, seizing at least 50
people, including drivers and passengers preparing to travel outside
Iraq. At least 2 students were shot dead elsewhere in Baghdad.
Mustafa Mohammed Jubouri was jailed for life by a Baghdad court for
the kidnapping and killing in 2004 of aid activist Margaret Hassan,
a British-born Iraqi citizen. At least 26 people died in Iraq,
including 15 in Baghdad alone. In southern Iraq a bomb exploded near
an Italian patrol killing one Italian soldier and wounding four.
(AP, 6/5/06)(AFP, 6/5/06)(AP, 6/6/06)
2006 Jun 5, In Japan investment
manager Yoshiaki Murakami admitted that he had violated insider
trading laws and said he would resign from his fund. He was arrested
later in the day.
2006 Jun 5, Liberia, the first
African country led by a democratically elected woman, began
recruiting women into its new postwar army.
2006 Jun 5, Mexico proposed
creating an environmental reserve (the Rio Bravo del Norte proposal)
about 30 feet wide and 600 miles long on the Texas border, a "green
wall" to protect the Rio Grande from the roads and staging areas
that smugglers use to ferry drugs and migrants across the frontier.
2006 Jun 5, Hamas militants
stormed a Palestinian TV broadcast facility in the southern Gaza
Strip, kicking workers out of the building and destroying equipment
in a shooting rampage. A large explosion ripped through a house in
northern Gaza, killing a member of the Hamas militant group and
wounding two other people, including his 8-year-old son.
2006 Jun 5, Levon
Chakhmakhchyan, a regional lawmaker from Kalmykia, faced expulsion
from Russia's upper house of parliament after federal security
agents allegedly caught him accepting $300,000 in extorted money in
a sting operation.
2006 Jun 5, Serbian lawmakers
proclaimed their republic a sovereign state after Montenegro decided
to split from a union and dissolve the remnants of what was once
2006 Jun 5, An Islamic militia
said it has seized Somalia's capital after weeks of bloody fighting
and 15 years of anarchy in this Horn of Africa nation, raising fears
that the nation could fall under the sway of al-Qaida. Some 350
fighters and civilians had been killed over the past month with at
least 2,000 wounded.
(AP, 6/5/06)(Econ, 6/10/06, p.44)
2006 Jun 5, In South Africa the
Johannesburg stock exchange (JSE) became a listed company on its own
exchange. The JSE was the 17th largest in the world and the largest
in Africa. It listed only 25 foreign companies.
(Econ, 6/10/06, p.72)
2006 Jun 5, Key Syrian
opposition figures urged Syrians to work to oust President Bashar
Assad by using acts of civil disobedience reminiscent to the
upheaval that freed nations behind the Iron Curtain.
2007 Jun 5, US President George
W. Bush sought to soothe Moscow's fury at Washington's plans to
extend its anti-missile shield in Europe, saying in Prague on the
eve of the G8 summit that Russia was "not our enemy."
2007 Jun 5, Lewis "Scooter"
Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, was
sentenced to 30 months in prison for perjury and obstruction, in a
case which also put a glaring spotlight on the flawed US case for
waging war against Iraq. President Bush later commuted the prison
(AFP, 6/5/07)(AP, 6/5/08)
2007 Jun 5, Coca-Cola Co. at
the World Wildlife Foundation's annual meeting in Beijing announced
it is funding a $20 million project to conserve seven major rivers
worldwide and also will revamp its bottling practices to reduce
pollution and water use.
2007 Jun 5, A passenger train
and truck collided at a rail crossing in southern Australia, killing
11 people and injuring up to 50.
(AP, 6/5/07)(AP, 6/6/07)
2007 Jun 5, In Bolivia the
judiciary stage a one-day strike to counter a presidential assault
on its independence.
(Econ, 6/9/07, p.41)
2007 Jun 5, The governor of
Brazil's Amazon state signed into law legislation aimed at curbing
global warming in an area bigger than France and Spain combined.
2007 Jun 5, China joined Russia
in criticizing a US plan to build a missile defense system in
Europe, saying the system could set off an arms race.
2007 Jun 5, Tony Mokbel (42), a
top Australian fugitive, was arrested in Greece. The next day he
accused Australia's authorities of saddling him with a bogus murder
charge to secure his extradition. Mokbel had fled overseas in 2006
while on bail for importing cocaine.
2007 Jun 5, Alert guards gunned
down a black-clad woman at a police recruiting station in Baghdad, a
would-be suicide bomber who then exploded before their eyes. Another
bomber in Amiriyah killed at least 15 people at a gathering of
tribal leaders opposed to al-Qaida in the volatile Anbar province.
Gunmen assassinated a local leader of Muqtada al-Sadr's radical
Shiite Muslim faction south of Baghdad, and to the north insurgents
ambushed an Iraqi army vehicle, killing an undetermined number of
soldiers. Police Maj. Enad Khattab was shot and killed along with
his brother as they drove in central Beiji about 155 miles north of
(AP, 6/5/07)(AP, 6/6/07)(WSJ, 6/6/07, p.A1)
2007 Jun 5, Kenyan police
overnight killed more than 20 suspected members of Mungiki, an
outlawed religious sect, accused in a string of beheadings and the
deaths of two police officers in the Mathare slum the previous day.
2007 Jun 5, Pakistani police
said they have filed a preliminary complaint against about 200
journalists for defying a ban on rallies in the capital by
protesting curbs on the media, the latest sign of government
intolerance of coverage of a political crisis.
2007 Jun 5, Rwanda said it will
withdraw from the Economic Community of Central African States
(CEEAC) because it hampers Kigali's membership in other regional
2007 Jun 5, Serbian authorities
began excavating what appeared to be a mass grave, at an abandoned
quarry on a border zone between Serbia and Kosovo, containing the
bodies of more than 350 Kosovo Albanians. Witnesses reported seeing
four trucks unload bodies in the area of Raska, near the border with
Kosovo in 1999 during a Serbian crackdown. A 3-day search yielded no
(AP, 6/5/07)(AP, 6/8/07)
2007 Jun 5, In Spain the Basque
separatist group ETA called off its 15-month-old cease-fire,
formalizing what many saw as the demise of a once-promising peace
process already struck down by a deadly bombing in December.
2007 Jun 5, Spanish media said
a court has ordered police to capture and search two vessels
belonging to a Florida firm that recently announced it had found a
shipwreck in the Atlantic Ocean laden with an estimated $500 million
worth of Colonial-era treasure.
2007 Jun 5, Abdel Nur, a
Guyanese national and the fourth suspect in an alleged plot to
attack New York's John F. Kennedy Airport, surrendered in Trinidad.
2007 Jun 5, Zimbabwe's
electricity provider raised tariffs for both domestic and commercial
customers by 50 percent at a time when a major outage has left large
parts of the country without power.
2007 Jun 5, A Vatican engineer
said some Holy See buildings will start using solar energy,
reflecting Pope Benedict XVI's concern about conserving the Earth's
2008 Jun 5, Khalid Sheikh
Mohammed, the accused mastermind of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks,
said he welcomed martyrdom at US hands, as he and four codefendants
faced trial for war crimes without the benefit of lawyers.
2008 Jun 5, Alain Robert (45),
the man known as the French "Spiderman," climbed The New York Times
building to draw attention to global warming, adding to earlier
conquests including the Eiffel Tower and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Hours later a 2nd man ascended the building and was also arrested at
(Reuters, 6/6/08)(SFC, 6/6/08, p.A4)
2008 Jun 5, Continental
Airlines Inc said it would cut 3,000 jobs, or about 6.5 percent of
its work force, and retire 67 older planes as it scales down in the
face of soaring fuel prices.
2008 Jun 5, A provincial
spokesman said NATO forces bombed a location in Paktika province and
killed all 32 Taliban who had gathered there. Afghan police killed
three Taliban militants in Jani Khail district of the same province
and two other militants were wounded. A roadside bomb struck a
civilian vehicle in Waza Khwa district of Paktika, killing a man,
his wife and son (12).
2008 Jun 5, In Algeria a bomb
attack blamed on Islamist militants killed six Algerian soldiers and
wounded four in Cap Djinet, east of Algiers.
2008 Jun 5, Australian police
said 70 men have been arrested in a global crackdown on Internet
child pornography and more will be detained.
2008 Jun 5, In China more than
10,000 people were moved to higher ground as water continued to rise
in a brimming lake formed by landslides from the May 12 earthquake
and another strong aftershock rocked the quake-battered region.
2008 Jun 5, Egyptian
archaeologists unveiled a 4,000-year-old "missing pyramid" that they
believed to have been discovered by an archaeologist almost 200
years ago and never seen again. The pyramid was thought to have been
built by King Menkauhor, an obscure pharaoh who ruled for only eight
years. The style of the pyramid indicates it was from the Fifth
Dynasty, a period that began in 2,465 B.C. and ended in 2,325 B.C.
2008 Jun 5, The European
Parliament called for the peacekeeping mandate for Russian troops in
the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia to be revised. The chamber
also demanded the EU sends its own border mission into the conflict
zone in Abkhazia.
2008 Jun 5, The US military
captured two Shiite militia suspects south of Baghdad.
2008 Jun 5, An Israeli missile
aimed at a group of Palestinian militants struck a house and killed
a girl (6), hours after an Israeli was killed by a Hamas mortar
barrage fired from the area.
2008 Jun 5, In Italy a 3-day UN
summit aimed at fighting hunger worldwide ended with pledges to
boost food output, calls to cut trade barriers and more research on
biofuels. Just before the meeting Saudi Arabia announced a donation
of $500 million.
(WSJ, 6/6/08, p.A10)(Econ, 6/7/08, p.70)
2008 Jun 5, Malaysia's
government faced street demonstrations and public outrage over its
decision to hike petrol prices 41 percent overnight, in a bid to
curb its massive subsidies bill.
2008 Jun 5, Amnesty
International said Myanmar's military regime has forced cyclone
survivors to do menial labor in exchange for food and stepped up a
campaign to evict displaced citizens from aid shelters.
2008 Jun 5, Dutch police
arrested Aqueel Ur Rehman Abbasi, a 26-year-old Pakistani man,
sought in Spain on terrorism charges. He was arrested in his prison
cell in Vught where he was being held by the immigration and
2008 Jun 5, Pakistani
authorities arrested three suspected suicide bombers and seized more
than a ton of explosives in a suspected terror plot near Islamabad.
2008 Jun 5, South Korea's
antitrust regulator said it will order Intel Corp. to pay 26 billion
won ($25.4 million) for violating fair trade rules.
2008 Jun 5, Fighting in
northern Sri Lanka claimed 16 LTTE members and two soldiers.
2008 Jun 5, Sudan said it was
banning US companies from working with international peacekeepers in
Darfur and would not renew a contract held by a unit of US defense
firm Lockheed Martin Corp.
2008 Jun 5, Diplomats said
Syria has told a 35-nation meeting that it will limit what UN
nuclear inspectors can see when they go to check on allegations that
Damascus is hiding atomic facilities.
2008 Jun 5, A Turkish TV
station quoted a senior military commander as saying that Turkey and
Iran have carried out coordinated strikes against Kurdish rebels in
2008 Jun 5, Zimbabwe opposition
leader Morgan Tsvangirai vowed to push on with his bid to topple
Robert Mugabe at a run-off poll as he returned to the campaign trail
a day after being detained by police. The US Embassy said its
diplomats and British colleagues were attacked as they tried to
investigate Zimbabwe’s political violence.
(AP, 6/5/08)(AFP, 6/5/08)
2009 Jun 5, President Barack
Obama toured a World War II concentration camp in Germany after
prodding the international community to redouble efforts toward
separate Israeli and Palestinian states in hopes of resolving a
conflict fueled by the Jewish nation's post-Holocaust creation.
2009 Jun 5, Raymond Lee Oyler
(38), a convicted arsonist, was sentenced to death for setting the
October 26, 2006, Southern California Esperanza wildfire that killed
five federal firefighters struggling to defend a rural home from
raging, wind-driven flames.
2009 Jun 5, Neal Wanless (23)
accepted a ceremonial $232.1 million Powerball check in Pierre,
South Dakota. Wanless bought $15 worth of tickets to the May 27
thirty-state drawing at a convenience store in Winner during a trip
to buy livestock feed. He will take home a lump sum of $88.5 million
after taxes are deducted.
(AP, 6/6/09)(SFC, 6/6/09, p.A6)
2009 Jun 5, General Motors
Corp. announced a tentative deal to sell its Saturn brand to former
race car driver and dealership group owner Roger Penske.
2009 Jun 5, In Oregon Korena
Roberts (b.1980) bludgeoned to death Heather Snively (21) of
Maryland and cut her unborn child from her womb. The baby did not
survive. In 2010 Roberts pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and was
sentenced to life in prison.
2009 Jun 5, In San Francisco
Clyde Forsman (b.1915), singer and accordion enthusiast, died. He
was an initial member of San Francisco-based “Those Darn Accordions”
and gained notoriety for his full body tattoos.
(SFC, 6/12/09, p.B6)
2009 Jun 5, Three Afghan
children were killed by a mortar left over from a battle between
police and Taliban. Two roadside bombs exploded an hour apart in
separate areas of the eastern province of Nangarhar, killing six
policemen. Heavy fighting erupted in eastern Khost when militants
attacked a compound where foreign troops were based. At least 15
militants were killed at the site in the Sabari district. A
policeman and a militia soldier contracted to the US military were
also killed. Police killed three Taliban militants in the
neighboring province of Paktia overnight. Afghan and US-led
coalition forces killed two "opposition commanders" in the southern
province of Kandahar. Another four militants were killed in
incidents in Farah province in the south and Paktika in the east.
(AFP, 6/5/09)(AP, 6/6/09)
2009 Jun 5, The
Anglo-Australian firm Rio Tinto cancelled its controversial tie-up
with China's Chinalco in favor of a joint venture with fierce rival
BHP Billiton and a 15.2 billion US dollar rights issue.
2009 Jun 5, Bosnia’s war crimes
court Zeljko Ivankovic (37), a former member of a Bosnian Serb
special police unit, had taken part in the July 11, 1995, killing of
at least 1,000 Muslim men from Srebrenica and that he would be tried
2009 Jun 5, British PM Gordon
Brown shook up his Cabinet in hopes of hanging on to his job in the
midst of a scandal over lawmakers' expenses, a string of top-level
resignations and catastrophic results expected in local elections.
Alan Johnson confirmed he has been named home secretary in a
reshuffle carried out by PM Brown.
(AP, 6/5/09)(AFP, 6/5/09)
2009 Jun 5, In southwestern
China at least 26 people were buried when part of a mountain
collapsed in a massive landslide in a remote area of Wulong county
in Chongqing municipality. 74 people were missing, including 47
workers at an iron ore mine, 21 local residents, two telecom company
workers and four passers-by. 27 people died and dozens were hurt
when a packed commuter bus burst into flames and was destroyed
within minutes during the morning rush hour in the southwestern city
of Chengdu. Police later said a 62-year-old unemployed man set the
fire after carrying a bucket of gasoline onto the bus.
(AP, 6/5/09)(AP, 6/6/09)(AP, 7/3/09)
2009 Jun 5, Guinea-Bissau
authorities said they foiled an attempted coup, and security forces
killed two people allegedly involved, including a candidate in the
upcoming presidential ballot. Guinea-Bissau's intelligence service
said the coup plot was masterminded by former Defense Minister
Helder Proenca and that presidential candidate Baciro Dabo was also
involved. Both men died in separate shootings.
(AP, 6/5/09)(SFC, 6/6/09, p.A2)
2009 Jun 5, In Iraq an American
soldier died as the result of a non-combat related incident.
2009 Jun 5, Israeli officials
said they will not heed President Barack Obama's powerful appeal to
halt all settlement activity on lands the Palestinians claim for a
future state, a position that looks sure to cause a policy clash
with its most powerful ally. Israeli troops killed a Palestinian man
during a demonstration against the construction of the West Bank
separation barrier. Yussef Aqil Srour (35) died from a chest wound
that appeared to have been caused by live fire. Witnesses said
troops fired tear gas, rubber bullets and possibly live rounds at
rock-throwing demonstrators in the village of Naalin.
2009 Jun 5, In Mexico a
fast-moving fire killed 49 babies and toddlers at the ABC day care
in the city of Hermosillo, Sonora state, despite desperate attempts
of firefighters, who punched through the walls and fought their way
through flames to rescue babies, toddlers and others trapped inside.
No fire alarm or sprinkler system had gone off, according to
witnesses. One mother said a second door to the day care was bolted
shut and nobody could find the key. In 2011 federal police arrested
Arturo Leyva Lizarraga, a former government official, on homicide
and abuse of authority charges tied to a day care center fire. On
June 30, 2011, federal agents arrested Delia Botello, former
regional coordinator of public day care centers.
(AP, 6/6/09)(AP, 6/7/09)(AP, 6/8/09)(AP,
6/23/09)(AP, 5/10/11)(AP, 7/1/11)
2009 Jun 5, In Myanmar refugees
began streaming out of the Ler Per Her camp in eastern Karen state
and into Thailand as Myanmar forces shelled near a camp where they
2009 Jun 5, Indians in Peru's
Amazon, protesting government moves to develop oil, gas and other
resources on their lands, battled police near Bagua in an area
called Curva del Diablo, or "Devil's Curve." Authorities reported
the death of 11 police and 25 protesters. The official death toll
after 2 days of violence was later reported at 33, including 23
police officers. Santiago Manuin (53), Awajun Indian leader, was
among 48 wounded protesters.
(AP, 6/5/09)(Econ, 7/18/09, p.36)(AP, 8/4/09)
2009 Jun 5, In northwest
Pakistan a suicide bomber killed 38 people and wounded 40 attending
prayers at a mosque in the Haya Gai area of Upper Dir, as the
country's leaders urged visiting US envoy Holbrooke for more aid to
stave off Taliban-led militancy. 4 soldiers were killed by a
roadside bomb in South Waziristan.
(AP, 6/5/09)(AP, 6/6/09)
2009 Jun 5, Venezuela's tax
agency ordered an anti-government news network to pay $2.3 million
in back taxes, a day after its president was charged in a separate
investigation and troops raided his home.
2010 Jun 5, President Barack
Obama on his 3rd visit to Louisiana said that he will stand with
Gulf Coast residents "until they are made whole" from the oil spill
catastrophe. The containment cap placed on the gusher near the sea
floor trapped about 441,000 gallons of oil, up from around 250,000
gallons of oil a day earlier. It's not clear how much is still
escaping; an estimated 500,000 to 1 million gallons of crude is
believed to be leaking daily.
(AP, 6/5/10)(AP, 6/6/10)
2010 Jun 5, Mohamed Mahmood
Alessa (20) and Carlos Eduardo Almonte (26) of New Jersey were
arrested at John F. Kennedy Airport before they could board separate
flights to Egypt and then continue on their way to join a jihadist
group in Somalia. Both had bragged about wanting to wage holy war
against the United States both at home and internationally.
2010 Jun 5, In Afghanistan a
bomb exploded outside the provincial governor's office in Kandahar
city, killing one policeman and wounding at least 14 civilians.
Afghan and foreign forces killed 25 Taliban militants in two
separate military operations in central Uruzgan province.
(AP, 6/5/10)(AP, 6/6/10)
2010 Jun 5, A Cairo court
upheld a ruling to strip Egyptian men married to Israeli women of
their citizenship in a case that has highlighted national sentiment
2010 Jun 5, Germany and Russia
declared that the five world powers negotiating with Iran support a
fresh set of international sanctions, and Chancellor Angela Merkel
said they could pass soon.
2010 Jun 5, Hungary's
government said it aimed to meet this year's budget deficit target,
seeking to draw a line under "exaggerated" talk of a possible
Greek-style debt crisis that unnerved global markets a day earlier.
2010 Jun 5, Israeli forces
boarded the Rachel Corrie after it ignored orders not to head for
Gaza, but there was no repetition of the bloody violence that
erupted when commandos stormed an aid boat earlier in the week.
2010 Jun 5, A senior Kurdish
official in northern Iraq said Iranian troops have crossed the Iraqi
border in pursuit of Iranian Kurdish rebels. Jabar Yawar, a deputy
minister in the Kurdish autonomous region in northern Iraq, said
that 35 Iranian soldiers remain in the Iraqi village of Perdunaz
after crossing the border on June 3.
2010 Jun 5, In the Philippines
the military said Al-Qaida-linked militants have fatally shot three
abducted rubber farm workers after their families failed to pay a
ransom. Gunmen led by senior Abu Sayyaf commander Furuji Indama
seized the three men from a passenger minibus on May 27. They
demanded 3 million pesos ($64,000) in ransom from their families.
Muslim militants killed two villagers after fatally shooting three
hostages, apparently to avenge the deaths of comrades in a
government assault in the southern Philippines.
(AP, 6/5/10)(AP, 6/6/10)
2010 Jun 5, Russian President
Dmitry Medvedev called for a global fund to fight ecological
catastrophes like the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, as he sought to
burnish his credentials as a green leader.
2010 Jun 5, Rwanda hosted UN
World Environment Day with a ceremony to name 11 endangered baby
mountain gorillas in which Internet users worldwide were for the
first time able to take part.
2010 Jun 5, In South Africa
AIDS awareness groups said they are protesting a ban by the world
soccer body FIFA on distributing health related information and
condoms at World Cup stadiums and fan events in South Africa.
2010 Jun 5, In Venezuela
Gustavo Azocar, a journalist-turned-politician who had planned to
run in September, became the latest in a series of candidates kept
out of the race by Comptroller General Clodosbaldo Russian, an ally
of Pres. Chavez. The government began to take control of an archive
of documents that belonged to independence hero Simon Bolivar.
2010 Jun 5, A Yemeni colonel
and two of his bodyguards were killed in an attack by suspected
Al-Qaeda members near the city of Marib east of the capital.
Suspected al-Qaida operative, Ghalib al-Zayedi, surrendered after
lengthy mediation efforts to Marib's Governor Naji bin Ali
al-Zayedi, who is also his cousin.
(AFP, 6/5/10)(AP, 6/7/10)
5, Nobel Prize winning economist and M.I.T. professor Peter Diamond
announced he was withdrawing his name from consideration for a place
on the board of governors of the Federal Reserve Bank. Diamond
blamed the political climate for his decision, saying that
Republicans repeatedly “voted in lockstep” to block his nomination.
(Reuters, 6/5/11)(Bloomberg News, 6/5/11)
2011 Jun 5, InfraGard, an
Atlanta FBI partner organization, confirmed that almost 180
passwords of its members had been stolen and leaked to the Internet.
Lulz Security (LulzSec), an online hacking collective, said it was
acting in a response to a recent report that the Pentagon was
considering whether to classify some cyber attacks as acts of war.
(SFC, 6/6/11, p.A6)
2011 Jun 5, The third worst
forest fire in Arizona’s history continued to burn, affecting more
than 225 square miles and causing many nearby residents to evacuate
their homes. By June 8 the fire grew to nearly 486 square miles.
Authorities believed it was started by an unattended campfire.
(AP, 6/5/11)(SFC, 6/7/11, p.A5)(SFC, 6/8/11, p.A11)
5, Officials in Joplin, Missouri, revised the death toll from May
22’s severe tornado, increasing the number to 141.
2011 Jun 5, Cancer researchers
reported that the drug vemurafenib (aka PLX4032) made melanoma
tumors shrink significantly in nearly half the patients studied. In
August it was approved for use in America.
(SFC, 6/6/11, p.A9)(Econ, 12/31/11, p.65)
2011 Jun 5, In eastern
Afghanistan a coalition helicopter crashed, killing two on board in
Khost province. In the south an insurgent attack killed a NATO
service member. A bomb killed two Afghan security guards near the
entrance of a Kabul Bank branch in the Maidan Shahr district of
2011 Jun 5, Thousands of
Australians across the country rallied to support a tax on the
carbon emissions blamed for global warming, as a new report outlined
the risks of rising sea levels from climate change.
2011 Jun 5, In Bangladesh
thousands of security personnel fanned out across Dhaka during a
daylong anti-government strike.
2011 Jun 5, The International
Monetary Fund (IMF) agreed a $3 billion financing deal with Egypt
and praised the policies of an interim government struggling to
stabilize the economy after the popular uprising.
5, In France, the Conseil Supérieur de l’Audiovisuel (CSL) announced
that radio and TV stations would no longer be allowed to promote or
recommend their Facebook pages and Twitter feeds on air, unless such
sites are part of a news story. The decision, which was first issued
quietly on May 27, has now attracted international media outrage
thanks to the French bloggers who began writing about it yesterday.
Jun 5, The German government said they believed a deadly outbreak of
E.coli that killed as many as 22 people appeared to be linked to an
organic farm near the city of Hamburg, where bean sprouts were
grown. The farm was ordered to shut down immediately and its produce
was recalled from markets.
2011 Jun 5, In Greece tens of
thousands gathered to protest the government’s austerity policies.
(SFC, 6/6/11, p.A2)
2011 Jun 5, Indian police fired
tear gas to break up a hunger strike by charismatic yoga guru Baba
Ramdev demanding an end to endemic corruption, forcibly removing him
and thousands of his followers.
2011 Jun 5, Israeli troops
opened fire across the Syrian frontier to disperse hundreds of
pro-Palestinian protesters who stormed the border of the
Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. Syrian state television said 20
people were killed by the Israeli Defense Forces. Israelis said only
10 demonstrators were killed near Kuneitra when their own Molotov
cocktails triggered border anti-tank mines.
(AP, 6/5/11)(Reuters, 6/5/11)(AFP, 6/5/11)(SFC,
6/6/11, p.A2)(Econ, 6/11/11, p.54)
2011 Jun 5, In Libya NATO
pounded Tripoli hours after Britain's top diplomat met rebel chiefs
in Libya and Russia voiced concerns the alliance's military
operation is sliding towards a land campaign.
2011 Jun 5, Macedonians voted
in early general elections that many hope will move the country
closer to EU membership and NATO entry, stalled by a name row with
Greece. Conservative PM Nikola Gruevski won but would need to form a
coalition to govern for 4 more years.
(AFP, 6/5/11)(SFC, 6/7/11, p.A2)
2011 Jun 5, Hundreds of young
Moroccans flouted a government ban and held a peaceful pro-democracy
rally in Rabat. The protesters expressed their anger at the beating
death of Kamal Al-Amri, a leader of the opposition, as authorities
promised not to crack down on protesters.
(AFP, 6/5/11)(AP, 6/5/11)
2011 Jun 5, In northwest
Pakistan a suicide bomber attacked a bakery in Nowshera killing 18
people. Another bomb left 6 others dead.
(SFC, 6/6/11, p.A2)
2011 Jun 5, Peruvians headed to
the polls in a presidential election run-off between a leftist
ex-army colonel and the daughter of jailed former strongman Alberto
Fujimori. Oluntala Humala captured 51.5% of the vote over Keiko
(AFP, 6/5/11)(SSFC, 6/19/11, p.A4)(Econ, 6/11/11,
2011 Jun 5, Portugal voted in
an early election to decide who implements a 78 billion euro bailout
deal, with the opposition favorites to win after six years of
Socialist rule and near financial collapse. The Social Democratic
Party (PSD), led by Pedro Passos Coelho (46), won 39% of the vote
and elected 105 lawmakers to the 230-seat parliament compared to 28%
and 73 seats for the ruling socialists.
(AFP, 6/5/11)(SFC, 6/6/11, p.A4)(Econ, 6/11/11,
Jun 5, In San Juan, Puerto Rico, two surviving members of the
“Flying Wallendas,” Delilah Wallenda and her son Nik, successfully
completed a dangerous high-wire walk between two towers of a hotel,
on a wire 100 feet above the ground, without a net. They performed
the stunt to honor the memory of family patriarch Karl Wallenda, who
had fallen to his death while attempting the walk in 1978.
2011 Jun 5, Syrian security
forces reportedly killed 38 people over the last 2 days in the
northern province of Idlib.
(SFC, 6/6/11, p.A2)
2011 Jun 5, In Yemen tens of
thousands of people took to Sanaa's streets, hailing what they said
was the end of Yemen's regime after President Ali Abdullah Saleh
(65), wounded in a blast, left for treatment in Saudi Arabia. Gunmen
in Taiz clashed with security forces leaving at least 2 gunmen dead.
Saleh was burned over 40% of his body and his wounds were far worse
than initially reported.
(AFP, 6/5/11)(SFC, 6/6/11, p.A3)(AP, 6/7/11)
2012 Jun 5, California voters
approved Proposition 28. It reduced the time citizens can serve in
the state Legislature from 14 years to 12, but allowed a member to
serve the entire time in one house.
(SFC, 6/6/12, p.A11)
2012 Jun 5, In California
Joseph Baccala (71) of Sonoma County, was charged with 167 felony
counts of grand theft, securities fraud and elder abuse after
investigators uncovered a $20 million Ponzi scheme.
(SFC, 6/6/12, p.C7)
2012 Jun 5, South San Francisco
police Officer Joshua Cabillo shot and killed Derrick Gaines (15)
seconds after tackling the boy. Gaines had an inoperable .45 caliber
revolver that fell from his pants during the encounter. The SF Bay
Area city later agreed to pay Gaines’ family $250,000, without
admitting to wrongdoing.
(SSFC, 2/11/18, p.C1)
2012 Jun 5, Mississippi
executed Henry “Curtis” Jackson, convicted of killing 4 young nieces
and nephews in a 1990 stabbing rampage.
(SFC, 6/6/12, p.A5)
2012 Jun 5, Wisconsin Gov
.Scott Walker won his recall rematch with Tom Barrett, the
Democratic mayor of Milwaukee, by a larger margin than in 2010.
Walker became only the third governor to face a recall election—and
the first to survive one—since the Progressives came up with this
drastic remedy for bad governance more than a century ago.
(SFC, 6/6/12, p.A13)
2012 Jun 5, Ray Bradbury (91),
author of Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, and other beloved
science fiction novels, died.
2012 Jun 5, Venus began to pass
between the Earth and the Sun. The next such transit will not occur
(AFP, 6/6/12)(Econ, 6/2/12, p.95)
2012 Jun 5, In Afghanistan two
separate roadside bomb blasts killed five people. This included four
policemen killed in Wardak province and a civilian in Ghazni
2012 Jun 5, In Algeria security
forces killed six Al-Qaeda-linked Islamist militants in the Kabylie
region, including three in the region's main town of Tizi Ouzou.
2012 Jun 5, Australia's central
bank cut its benchmark interest rate for a second consecutive month
as Europe's economy weakens and growth in China moderates. It
lowered the rate by a quarter percentage point to 3.5 percent.
2012 Jun 5, Five Azerbaijan
soldiers were killed near Gazakh in clashes along its border with
Armenia. Each nation blamed the other for the violence.
(SFC, 6/6/12, p.A4)
2012 Jun 5, Bolivia, Ecuador,
Nicaragua and Venezuela said they were pulling out of the
Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance during an annual
meeting of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Bolivia.
(SFC, 6/6/12, p.A2)
2012 Jun 5, Cheering crowds
thronged the streets of London for the grand finale to four days of
festivities marking the Queen's Diamond Jubilee attended by millions
2012 Jun 5, In Canada packages
containing a human foot and hand were discovered at two schools in
Vancouver, in what could be the latest gruesome twist in the case of
Luka Rocco Magnotta, a Canadian porn actor suspected of dismembering
and eating his former lover.
2012 Jun 5, China told foreign
embassies to stop publishing their own reports on air quality in the
country, escalating its objections to a popular US Embassy Twitter
feed that tracks pollution in smoggy Beijing.
2012 Jun 5, Chinese authorities
alerted foreign travel agencies that they would no longer be issuing
entry permits to Tibet.
2012 Jun 5, Egyptians in their
hundreds began gathering in Cairo's iconic Tahrir Square ahead of a
mass demonstration to protest against verdicts handed down in
ex-president Hosni Mubarak's murder trial.
2012 Jun 5, It was reported
that Israel has begun to force incoming travelers deemed suspicious
to open personal email accounts for inspection.
2012 Jun 5, Kazakhstan's
interior minister said a border guard who went missing after the
death of 14 fellow soldiers at a remote frontier outpost last week
has been detained and is being questioned.
2012 Jun 5, Maldivian police
said Ismail Rasheed (37), a blogger known for his liberal views on
religion, is in intensive care after being stabbed by an attacker
outside his home in the capital Male.
2012 Jun 5, Nigerian soldiers
killed at least 16 militants after gunfire and blasts rocked
Maiduguri, where Islamists were believed to be hiding. In the
northern city of Kano gunmen shot dead a former deputy Nigerian
police chief, his driver and a bodyguard.
2012 Jun 5, Pakistan US Embassy
said the US has terminated funding for a $20 million project to
develop a Pakistani version of "Sesame Street." The decision came as
a Pakistani newspaper reported allegations of corruption by the
local puppet theater working on the initiative.
2012 Jun 5, Russian police
detained at least two dozen people protesting outside the parliament
in Moscow as it debated a controversial bill that would raise fines
150-fold for people taking part in unsanctioned rallies. The Kremlin
controlled Parliament rammed through the bill.
(AP, 6/5/12)(SFC, 6/6/12, p.A2)
2012 Jun 5, The Solar Impulse,
an experimental solar-powered plane, took off from Madrid en route
to Morocco for the 2nd leg of a bid to complete its first
2012 Jun 5, Sudanese
journalists and Communist Party members held a sit-in to protest
against repeated restrictions against their newspaper, part of what
press freedom advocates describe as an intensifying clampdown on
2012 Jun 5, Syria barred a
string of US and European diplomats, saying they were "no longer
welcome" as the country plunged into its most profound international
isolation in decades. Troops and pro-regime militia backed by tanks
went on a new offensive against rebels, seizing the central town of
Kfar Zita after three days of bombardment. UN officials announced
that Syria's government has agreed to a written deal with the United
Nations and other international organizations that would allow aid
workers and supplies to enter four hard-hit provinces. Clashes and
raids in Latakia province killed 33 people. 55 people were killed
across the country, including 26 soldiers, 19 civilians and 10
(AP, 6/5/12)(AFP, 6/6/12)
2012 Jun 5, Some 85 Syrian
military defectors and their families crossed into Turkey.
(Econ, 7/7/12, p.46)
2012 Jun 5, Yemen's army
battled with al-Qaida in Zinjibar and nearby Qut in overnight
fighting that left at least 23 militants dead. Five Al-Qaeda
militants died in Abyan province when the car bomb they aimed to set
off exploded prematurely.
(AP, 6/5/12)(AFP, 6/5/12)
2013 Jun 5, Pres. Obama
appointed Susan Rice (48) as his national security advisor. Samantha
Power was nominated to replace Rice as US ambassador to the UN.
(SFC, 6/6/13, p.A9)
2013 Jun 5, US Defense
Secretary Chuck Hagel said Germany and Italy will join the United
States as "lead nations" in regions of Afghanistan after NATO
transitions into a noncombat mission there after 2014.
2013 Jun 5, A leaked document
laid bare the monumental scope of the government's surveillance of
Americans' phone records — hundreds of millions of calls — in the
first hard evidence of a massive data collection program aimed at
combating terrorism under powers granted by Congress after the 9/11
2013 Jun 5, Colorado Gov.
Hickenlooper signed a bill allowing illegal immigrants to apply for
(Econ, 6/15/13, p.32)
2013 Jun 5, In Pennsylvania a
four-story building being demolished collapsed on the edge of
downtown Philadelphia. 6 people were killed and at least 14 others
injured. On June 7 police said Sean Benschop (42), a heavy equipment
operator with a lengthy rap sheet, was high on marijuana when the
building collapsed. Benschop turned himself in on June 8. On Nov 25
contractor Griffin Campbell was charged with 6 counts of
third-degree murder. In 2014 a judge upgraded charges against
Benschop to 3rd degree murder. On Oct 9, 2015, Campbell was
convicted of involuntary manslaughter. On Jan 8, 2016, Campbell was
sentenced to 15-30 years in prison. Benschop was sentenced to 7.5-15
years in prison.
(AP, 6/5/13)(SFC, 6/6/13, p.A8)(AP, 6/8/13)(SSFC,
6/9/13, p.A12)(SFC, 11/26/13, p.A8)(SFC, 2/19/14, p.A5)(SFC,
10/20/15, p.A7)(SFC, 1/9/16, p.A5)
2013 Jun 5, In Washington state
Staff Sgt. Robert Bales (39), charged with killing 16 Afghan
civilians during nighttime raids on two villages on March 11, 2012,
pleaded guilty then described shooting each victim, telling a
military judge he has asked himself "a million times" why he did it.
2013 Jun 5, In Florida Gloria
C. MacKenzie (84) came forward to claim the biggest undivided
lottery jackpot in history: $590 million. She had bought her
Powerball ticket after another customer let her get ahead in line.
2013 Jun 5, In Bangladesh about
450 garment workers fell ill during their shifts at a sweater
factory near Dhaka. Authorities the next day said the water supply
2013 Jun 5, In Bosnia
demonstrations began when angry young parents besieged parliament to
demand a new law be passed so their newborns could get national
2013 Jun 5, Brazil said it has
sent 110 soldiers to Mato Grosso do Sul state where hundreds of
Terena Indians were occupying a ranch they said was on ancestral
lands. The Indians were also protesting a proposed amendment that
would give Congress a say in the demarcation of indigenous
(SFC, 6/6/13, p.A2)
2013 Jun 5, In Brazil the son
of billionaire Eike Batista was convicted of involuntary
manslaughter in the death of a cyclist, the Rio de Janeiro state. He
was sentenced to two years of community service, a two-year
suspension of his driver's license and a one million real ($500,000)
fine. Thor Batista (21) hit the cyclist last year while driving his
Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren at night through a low-income suburb in
Rio de Janeiro.
2013 Jun 5, Britain’s Guardian
newspaper reported that America’s National Security Agency was
collecting the telephone records of millions of Americans not
suspected of crimes.
(Econ, 6/15/13, p.23)
2013 Jun 5, In Canada Brent
Rathgeber, a member of Parliament from the Conservatives' western
stronghold of Alberta, resigned from the caucus and complained the
government was not really interested in transparency.
2013 Jun 5, China’s Pres. Xi
Jinping spoke to Mexico’s Senate on the 2nd day of his 3-day visit.
He announced $1 billion in credit to Petroleos Mexico and another $1
billion in trade deals.
(SFC, 6/6/13, p.A4)
2013 Jun 5, Egypt's state-run
news agency said the state prosecutor has referred 12 activists
including several prominent bloggers to trial on charges of
instigating violence during a March demonstration at the
headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist group from
which the president hails. A signature drive, known as "Tamarod" or
"Rebel" in Arabic, has reportedly collected some 7 million
signatures calling for the removal of Egypt's Islamist President
2013 Jun 5, In Egypt striking
workers at the Cairo international airport's largest terminal
blocked airplanes on the tarmac and disrupting flights.
2013 Jun 5, The EU gave
approval to Latvia to become the 18th member of the troubled euro
currency union — despite doubts among many of its people and
international concerns about its banking system. A final decision
will be made by eurozone finance ministers July 9.
2013 Jun 5, In France a group
of skinheads attacked a far-left activist in the heart of Paris'
shopping district, leaving Clement Meric (18) brain-dead in the
hospital. The attack raised fears of increased far-right violence. A
murder investigation soon followed against a security guard,
identified only as Esteban. Charges of group violence also followed
against Esteban and 3 other men over the fight that led to Meric's
(AP, 6/6/13)(AP, 6/9/13)
2013 Jun 5, India’s police said
they have arrested a man accused of raping an Irish woman (21) who
volunteered at a children's charity in the Indian city of Kolkata.
2013 Jun 5, In Iraq gunmen
ambushed a group of travelers at a fake checkpoint in the western
Anbar province, killing at least 14 people execution-style.
2013 Jun 5, In Japan PM Shinzo
Abe announced the “thrid arrow” (fiscal stimulus) of Abenomics, his
plan to pull the country out of its long slump.
(Econ, 6/15/13, p.37)
2013 Jun 5, Jordanian officials
said that the US will deploy anti-missile batteries and F-16 jet
fighters in the kingdom to bolster its defense capabilities in the
face of a Syrian attack.
2013 Jun 5, Libya's premier
ordered relocation of the headquarters of the state-run oil company
to the eastern city of Benghazi, fulfilling a long-standing demand
by residents of the region and comes days after tribal declared
semi-independent region in the east.
2013 Jun 5, The Malian military
attacked Tuareg rebels and succeeded in taking the village of
Anefis, marking the army's first victory and territorial gain
without the help of French forces ever since they were routed from
the country's north last year by the separatist fighters. At least
two people were killed in the clashes.
2013 Jun 5, Nicaragua’s
National Assembly president said a concession to build a canal
linking the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea will be awarded to a
Chinese company. The government planned to grant the Chinese company
a concession for 100 years.
2013 Jun 5, Pakistan's new PM
Nawaz Sharif took office vowing to fix the country's ailing economy
and end electricity blackouts while also calling for an end to
American drone strikes in the tribal areas.
2013 Jun 5, The Syrian army
triumphantly announced the capture of a strategic border town after
a three week grueling battle, telling the nation it has "cleansed"
Qusair of rebels and calling it "a message" to Syria's enemies
everywhere. The Qusair battle has laid bare Hezbollah's role in the
2013 Jun 5, Turkish activists
presented a list of demands they said could end days of
anti-government demonstrations, as police detained 25 people they
accused of using social media to stoke the outpouring of anger. A
protester was killed in Antakya from an apparent blow to the head.
2013 Jun 5, Yemeni military
troops, backed by tanks and warplanes, launched a major offensive in
Hadramawt province to rout al-Qaida militants from the area.
2014 Jun 5, In San Francisco
163 transit drivers called in sick reducing the 4th day sickout of
daily runs to 266 out of 1200. The average absentee rate ranged from
(SFC, 6/6/14, p.D7)
2014 Jun 5, Colorado Gov. John
Hickenlooper signed a bill regulating companies like Uber and Lyft
that use ride service apps, making Colorado the first state to
legitimize such Internet companies.
(SFC, 6/7/14, p.D3)
2014 Jun 5, Utah’s Wildlife
Board voted 3-2 to hold its first ever crow hunt this fall as
authorities try to contain the noise and mess from a population of
the big, black birds that officials say has tripled over the last 12
years. Crows are protected by the US Fish and Wildlife Service under
the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty, but about 45 states allow them to be
2014 Jun 5, In Washington state
a lone gunmen, Aaron Ybarra (26) opened fire at the Otto Miller Hall
of Seattle Pacific Univ. Building monitor John Meis (22) and several
people jumped on him until police arrived. Wounded student Paul Lee
(19) died at Harborview Medical Center.
(SFC, 6/6/14, p.A7)(SFC, 6/7/14, p.A4)
2014 Jun 5, In Afghanistan a
police chief and 2 other officers were killed when a roadside bomb
exploded while they were on a demining mission in Ghazni province.
Two army officers were killed in a separate shooting attack in Herat
city. In the east a soldier from the US-led military coalition was
killed by enemy fire.
2014 Jun 5, Rakhat Aliyev, the
Kazakh president's former son-in-law, was detained in Austria while
under investigation for alleged crimes including murder and running
a crime network in Kazakhstan.
2014 Jun 5, A Bahraini court
convicted and sentenced four Shiites to life imprisonment over the
death of an Asian man in a Nov 5, 2012, bomb attack in Manama.
2014 Jun 5, Bosnia police
arrested three Bosnian Serb former soldiers on suspicion of war
crimes against Muslim Bosniaks following the discovery last year of
what is potentially the largest mass grave of Bosnia's 1992-95
2014 Jun 5, In Brussels,
Belgium, G7 nations gave their backing to a new global deal on
climate change in 2015 after promises from the United States at the
start of the week galvanized flagging momentum.
2014 Jun 5, In Brazil some
overland commuter train operators went on strike calling for better
wages in Sao Paulo, a week before the city hosts the World Cup
2014 Jun 5, Chinese state media
said authorities have sentenced 81 people on terror-related charges,
nine of them to death, and made 29 new arrests in a huge crackdown
in the far west following deadly attacks blamed on Muslim
2014 Jun 5, China offered $16
million in humanitarian assistance for refugees from the conflict in
Syria as part of Beijing's growing engagement with the Arab world.
2014 Jun 5, China freed Tibetan
filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen (40), who made a 2008 documentary about
Tibetan nomads expressing discontent over China's rule, after
serving six years for separatism. Wangchen was freed in the western
city of Xining, capital of Qinghai province.
2014 Jun 5, In CongoDRC at
least four people were killed when 301 inmates broke out of the main
prison in Bukavu.
2014 Jun 5, In Iraqi militants
launched an attack in Samarra, killing 7 members of the security
forces and taking control of some areas of the city. Several
attackers were killed as the army pushed back the assault. Fierce
clashes broke out in Mosul.
(AP, 6/5/14)(Econ, 6/21/14, p.46)
2014 Jun 5, Israel's housing
ministry said it was advancing plans for nearly 1,500 new settlement
housing units in the West Bank and east Jerusalem in response to the
formation of a Palestinian unity government backed by the Islamic
militant group Hamas.
2014 Jun 5, In Japan
billionaire Masayoshi Son's mobile phone company Softbank unveiled a
robot dubbed Pepper that can decipher emotions. It will go on sale
in Japan in February for 198,000 yen ($1,900). Overseas sales plans
are under consideration but undecided.
2014 Jun 5, Kenyan authorities
said they have seized 228 whole elephant tusks and 74 others in
pieces as they were being packed for export in the port city of
2014 Jun 5, Kenyan gunmen shot
and killed an Australian media executive Carey Eaton, a co-founder
of the online marketplace One Africa Media. This was the second such
attack on an Australian citizen in the past year in the crime-ridden
2014 Jun 5, In Libya a
prosecutor told the Supreme Constitutional Court that the election
of Ahmed Maiteeq as the new prime minister was conducted in
violation of the country's temporary constitution.
2014 Jun 5, Mozambique's
revived rebel movement Renamo called off a truce with government
forces, warning that armed attacks would spread from the main
north-south highway across the country. Local media reported at
least four deaths this week in as many attacks on vehicles
travelling along the EN1 highway between the Save River and the town
2014 Jun 5, A Niger minister
said the government has destroyed safe houses owned by human
trafficking networks for sheltering illegal migrants and forcibly
turned back anyone without a valid identity document in towns near
its northern border.
2014 Jun 5, In Nigeria
suspected Islamist Boko Haram militants kidnapped up to 30 women
from nomadic settlements in the northeast, close to where the group
abducted more than 200 schoolgirls. The kidnappers demanded cattle
in exchange for the women.
2014 Jun 5, Peruvian
prosecutors said two provincial governors, Klever Melendez of Cerro
de Pasco and Gerardo Vinas of Tumbes, have been arrested as part of
a crackdown on corruption. A third was sought in the crackdown.
(SFC, 6/6/14, p.A2)
2014 Jun 5, Peru's
counter-narcotics police said they have broken up a ring that
shipped cocaine from Lima's international airport to Mexico on
commercial flights by swapping out unsuspecting passengers' luggage
with identical suitcases.
2014 Jun 5, In South Korea a
victim from the April 16 sunken Sewol ferry was retrieved in waters
40 km (25 miles) from the capsized vessel, raising the death toll to
2014 Jun 5, Pope Francis ousted
the all-Italian board of the Vatican's financial watchdog agency and
installed a more international set of experts following clashes
between the board and the agency's director.
2014 Jun 5, A Yemeni army
spokesman said government forces have killed 500 suspected Al-Qaeda
militants in an all-out offensive against them in their southern
strongholds that began on April 29. Forty soldiers were killed and
another 100 wounded in the operation in Shabwa and Abyan provinces,
in which 39 militants were captured. Al-Qaida militants attacked an
army post in Shabwa province, killing 11 soldiers and one civilian.
2015 Jun 5, A US government
watchdog said Social Security overpaid disability beneficiaries by
nearly $17 billion over the past decade.
(SFC, 6/6/15, p.A4)
2015 Jun 5, US officials said
the United States has quietly started delivering promised arms for
Iraqi soldiers from a $1.6 billion fund approved by Congress last
2015 Jun 5, In Boston Azamat
Tazhayakov, a college friend of marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev,
was sentenced to 3½ years in prison after he tearfully apologized to
the residents of Boston for impeding the investigation into the 2013
attack while authorities frantically searched for the suspects.
2015 Jun 5, In Texas a pool
party for teens in the Dallas suburb of McKinney turned into a
confrontation with police and video soon emerged of Cpl. Eric
Casebolt drawing a gun and throwing a black bikini-clad girl (14) to
(SFC, 6/9/15, p.A6)
2015 Jun 5, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb killed 6 members of a family in the Shah Wali Kot
district of Kandahar province. Another roadside bomb killed 5
civilians in Ghazni province. A bombing targeting a passing army
vehicle killed a woman and a child near Kabul.
(SSFC, 6/7/15, p.A5)
2015 Jun 5, Australian
businessman Alan Bond (b.1938) died in Perth.
(Econ, 6/13/15, p.62)
2015 Jun 5, British regulators
said they have fined Lloyds Banking Group Â£117 million for unfair
treatment of customer complaints after they were mis-sold an
insurance product. Lloyds and other British banks had already been
ordered to compensate customers for mis-selling PPI insurance
2015 Jun 5, Burundi police shot
dead a protester in the capital amid renewed demonstrations against
President Pierre Nkurunziza.
2015 Jun 5, Europe's rights
court backed the decision of a French court to allow a man in a
vegetative state to be taken off life support.
2015 Jun 5, Guam Gov. Eddie
Calvo said marriage license applications from same-sex couples will
be accepted after a federal judge's decision made the island the
first US territory to recognize gay marriage. The decision goes into
effect at 8 a.m. on June 9, when gay couples can begin applying for
2015 Jun 5, In Honduras
thousands of protesters marched through the capital demanding the
resignation of President Juan Orlando Hernandez over a corruption
scandal that has seen growing calls for him to quit. Earlier this
week Hernandez admitted his conservative ruling National Party had
accepted money that had been misappropriated from social security
2015 Jun 5, India’s Food and
Safety Standards Authority imposed a ban on the Maggi brand of
instant noodles made by Nestle India after a food-safety agency in
Uttar Pradesh found excessive levels of lead in the noodles. Export
of the noodles was allowed on June 30, but a ban on local sales
remained in place.
(Econ, 7/4/15, p.55)
2015 Jun 5, Former Iraqi
foreign minister Tareq Aziz (79) died. Aziz had been on death row
since October 2010 after being convicted of murder and crimes
against humanity. Jordanian authorities soon accepted a request from
his family to bring his remains to be buried in Jordan.
2015 Jun 5, Hundreds of
Israelis and Palestinians marched in support of a Susya, a West Bank
village slated for demolition, a plan they said epitomizes the
Israeli occupation. Israel's High Court ruled in May that Susya's
340 residents could be relocated and its structures demolished.
2015 Jun 5, Japanese automaker
Mazda said it is recalling nearly 540,000 older cars and pickup
trucks in the US and Canada, adding to the growing list of models
under recall for air bags that potentially can explode with too much
force. Last month Takata and the US government agreed to double the
number of inflators it recalled to 33.8 million.
2015 Jun 5, In Malaysia a
magnitude-6.0 earthquake struck near Mount Kinabalu. At least 16
people were killed with two missing.
(AP, 6/5/15)(AFP, 6/6/15)(Reuters, 6/7/15)
2015 Jun 5, The head of Mali's
main Tuareg-led rebel groups said his movement will sign a final
deal on June 20 to end the conflict in the west African nation.
2015 Jun 5, Norway's parliament
voted to pull its sovereign wealth fund -- the world's biggest --
out of coal, in what is seen as a major victory for
2015 Jun 5, Pakistani officials
said 8 of the 10 men reportedly convicted and jailed for attempting
to murder schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai in October 2012 were
actually cleared. The man suspected of actually firing the gun at
Malala, named by officials as Ataullah Khan, was believed to be on
the run in Afghanistan, along with Pakistani Taliban chief Mullah
Fazlullah, who ordered the attack.
2015 Jun 5, A member of the
armed wing of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas died when a
smuggling tunnel collapsed in the Gaza Strip near the Israeli
2015 Jun 5, Romania’s PM Victor
Ponta refused to step down after being hit by corruption
allegations, the highest sitting Romanian leader targeted in a
long-running anti-graft campaign in one of the EU's poorest nations.
2015 Jun 5, Russia successfully
launched a Soyuz 2.1A rocket from the Plesetsk launch pad placing a
military satellite into a designated orbit.
(SFC, 6/6/15, p.A2)
2015 Jun 5, Four Saudi troops,
including an officer, were reported killed after an attack was
launched from the Yemeni side on border areas in Jizan and Najran.
2015 Jun 5, Syrian war planes
bombed Islamic State fighters trying to advance into the
northeastern city of Hasaka.
2015 Jun 5, In Turkey two
explosions tore through a rally of the pro-Kurdish Peoples'
Democratic Party (HDP) in Diyarbakir. 2 people were killed and some
2015 Jun 5, The Vatican
appointed its first auditor-general in Pope Francis' latest move
aimed at ensuring transparency in the scandal-plagued finances at
the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church.
2015 Jun 5, Yemen's exiled
government and Huthi Shiite rebels agreed to attend UN-brokered
peace talks in Geneva, provisionally set for June 14, aimed at
ending a more than two-month war that has cost over 2,000 lives.
2016 Jun 5, In eastern
Afghanistan Taliban gunmen stormed a court building, killing 7
people, including a newly appointed chief prosecutor in Puli Alim,
Logar province. In Kabul lawmaker Sher Wali Wardak was killed in a
2016 Jun 5, In Afghanistan NPR
photojournalist David Gilkey and his Afghan colleague Zabihullah
Tamann were killed by Taliban gunfire on the first day of an embed
with local troops in Helmand province.
2016 Jun 5, In Australia
torrential rain and high winds battered the east coast, leaving up
to 26,000 homes without power while flooding forced hundreds of
people into evacuation centers.
2016 Jun 5, In Bangladesh
Mahmuda Aktar (33), the wife of a senior police official known for
battling Islamist militants, was stabbed and shot to death in
Chittagong. Machete-wielding assailants killed Christian grocer
Sunil Gomes (60) in a separate incident in the northern district of
2016 Jun 5, In eastern Belgium
a high speed train slammed violently into the back of a slow-moving
freight train that was traveling on the same track crash late today,
killing at least 3 people with nine others injured.
2016 Jun 5, India's PM Narendra
Modi and Qatar's ruler, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who visited
India in March 2015, signed seven agreements to strengthen ties.
Modi had arrived June 4 and met with Indian laborers that evening.
2016 Jun 5, In western India a
speeding bus struck two cars on the Navi Mumbai highway in a crash
that killed at least 17 people and injured 35 others.
2016 Jun 5, In Iraq Islamic
State militants reportedly shot and killed 7 civilians and 7 IS
defectors inside Fallujah as they attempted to flee the city.
2016 Jun 5, In Italy an
anti-establishment movement was the favorite as voters headed to the
polls to pick a new mayor in Rome, among a handful of city hall
contests in urban centers that tested the prime minister's governing
Democratic Party. Virginia Raggi of the 5-Star Movement took 35.3
percent of the vote in Rome, trailed by Premier Matteo Renzi's
Democratic Party candidate Roberto Giachetti, with just under 25
percent. Since no candidate took more than 50 percent in balloting,
the top two face a runoff June 19.
(AP, 6/5/16)(AP, 6/6/16)
2016 Jun 5, In Kazakhstan an
attack by gunmen on the north-western city of Aktobe left at least
25 people dead. This included 13 attackers, 4 civilians and 3
National Guard servicemen. Eight gunmen have been detained.
(Reuters, 6/7/16)(AP, 6/10/16)(Econ, 7/2/16,
2016 Jun 5, Mexico held
elections in 12 states. The ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party
lost four states it has never lost before, including the northern
border state of Tamaulipas.
(AP, 6/6/16)(SFC, 6/6/16, p.A5)
2016 Jun 5, Peruvians voted in
a tight run-off for the presidency, choosing between right-wing
populist Keiko Fujimori (41), the daughter of a jailed former
president, and former World Bank economist Pedro Pablo Kuczynski
(77). On June 10 Keiko conceded defeat as Kuczynski won 50.1% of the
(Reuters, 6/5/16)(SFC, 6/11/16, p.A2)
2016 Jun 5, Qatar figures from
an April 2015 census showed almost 60 percent of the country’s 2.4
million population live in what the government calls labor camps.
2016 Jun 5, Romanians began
voting for local officials in administrations that are plagued with
corruption. According to Romania's anti-corruption prosecutors'
office, more than 100 mayors, deputy mayors, county council
presidents and vice presidents were indicted for corruption in 2015.
2016 Jun 5, South Sudan resumed
talks with Sudan on a raft of thorny issues, including borders and
oil revenues, still outstanding from its 2011 secession.
2016 Jun 5, Swiss voters
rejected a proposal to require state-controlled companies such as
Swisscom, Swiss Post or Swiss railway company SBB not to seek to
make a profit.
2016 Jun 5, Swiss voters flatly
rejected a radical proposal to provide the entire population with a
basic income, no work required.
(AFP, 6/5/16)(SFC, 6/6/16, p.A2)
2016 Jun 5, The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said dozens of Syrian regime strikes on
Aleppo killed at least 16 civilians. Nearly 40 strikes hit
rebel-held areas in and around Aleppo city in some of the heaviest
recent raids by Russian and Syrian government war-planes.
(AFP, 6/5/16)(Reuters, 6/5/16)
2016 Jun 5, A top Syrian
Kurdish commander died. Abu Layla, who commanded a brigade inside
the predominantly-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces, was hit by IS
sniper fire on the outskirts of Manbij, several days earlier during
a US-backed campaign to unseat the Islamic State group from its
de-facto Syrian capital, Raqqa.
2016 Jun 5, In Turkey more than
1,000 people attended a rally of a pro-Kurdish, opposition party in
Istanbul to protest against the abolition of immunity of some
Turkish members of parliament.
2016 Jun 5, In southern Turkey
a bus carrying school children, teachers and parents plunged into an
irrigation canal in Osmaniye province, killing 14 people including 6
2016 Jun 5, Pope Francis
proclaimed two new saints: Swedish-born Elizabeth Hesselblad
(1870-1957), a Lutheran convert, who hid Jews during World War II
and Stanislaus Papczynski (1631-1701), the Polish founder of the
first men's religious order dedicated to the immaculate conception.
2016 Jun 5, Police in Vietnam
forcibly removed people protesting in the capital Hanoi against a
perceived delay in government response to a mass fish death, just
days after US President Barack Obama chided the country on its human
2017 Jun 5, US Pres. Donald
Trump called for separating air traffic control operations from the
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Opponents worried the plan
would give too much power to the airline industries.
(SFC, 6/6/17, p.A7)
2017 Jun 5, In Florida John
Robert Neumann Jr. (45) entered an Orlando awning factory from which
he had been fired and killed five people with a semiautomatic
pistol. He then took his own life.
(SFC, 6/6/17, p.A6)
2017 Jun 5, Zachary Bearheels
(29) a mentally ill Native American from Oklahoma, died after being
shocked 12 times with a Taser, punched and dragged by his hair by
two Omaha police officers, both of whom are black. Officer Ryan
McClarty was soon ticketed for misdemeanor assault.
2017 Jun 5, In Australia a
shootout left two men dead, three police officers wounded and a
female hostage freed in the Melbourne suburb of Brighton. Yacqub
Khayre (29), a man of Somali background was killed in the gun battle
with police. Khayre had first murdered a Chinese-born Australian man
working as a receptionist. In 2010 Khayre was one of two men
acquitted of plotting a suicide attack in Sidney.
(AP, 6/5/17)(AFP, 6/6/17)(SFC, 6/7/17, p.A5)
2017 Jun 5, British actor Peter
Sallis (96) died in London. He was the star of the 37-year sitcom
“Last of the Summer wine.” He was also the voice the Wallace in the
“Wallace and Gromit” cartoons for over twenty years.
(SFC, 6/6/17, p.C3)
2017 Jun 5, In Bulgaria Sofia's
Special Criminal Court found John "Ivan" Zahariev (21), a dual
Australian-Bulgarian citizen, guilty of training as a terrorist with
the intention of carrying out a terrorist act and sentenced him to
four years in prison for planning to commit an act of terrorism.
2017 Jun 5, In eastern China
eight people were killed and nine injured in an explosion and fire
early today at a chemical plant in eastern Shandong province.
2017 Jun 5, India successfully
launched its most powerful home-produced rocket, another milestone
for its indigenous space program which one day hopes to put a human
into orbit. The GSLV Mk III rocket carried a satellite weighing more
than three tons into a high orbit above Earth.
2017 Jun 5, Libya's
eastern-based government, aligned with powerful military commander
Khalifa Haftar, followed regional allies in cutting diplomatic ties
2017 Jun 5, Lithuania started
building a 130km fence on its border with the Russian exclave of
Kaliningrad in an attempt to curb smuggling and illegal immigration
and strengthen the EU's external border.
2017 Jun 5, Joseph Muscat was
sworn in for a second term as Malta's prime minister, pledging to
introduce a gay marriage law when Parliament convenes in the next
2017 Jun 5, Montenegro silently
celebrated its entry into NATO in a historic turn that has made the
Kremlin furious. Montenegro, with an army numbering under 2,000
personnel, became the 29th member of the world's biggest
military alliance, and one of its smallest contributors.
(AP, 6/5/17)(AP, 6/7/17)(AFP, 7/19/18)
2017 Jun 5, Moroccan
authorities arrested two more leaders of a protest movement, after
demonstrators rallied for more than a week against corruption and
2017 Jun 5, Hundreds of taxi
drivers in Poland's four largest cities drove at a crawl blocking
rush-hour traffic in a protest to draw the government's attention to
the rising number of unlicensed drivers who offer transport
2017 Jun 5, Qatar asked
citizens to leave the United Arab Emirates within 14 days to comply
with a decision by Abu Dhabi to sever ties with Doha.
2017 Jun 5, Natalya Sharina
(59), the head of Russia's only state-run Ukrainian library, was
convicted of inciting hatred against Russians in a case that she
compared to a Stalin-era political show trial. Masked police
arrested her in October 2015, confiscating books that the
authorities called illegal anti-Russian propaganda.
2017 Jun 5, Saudi Arabia, the
United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Yemen, the Maldives and Egypt cut
ties with Qatar, the world's top seller of liquefied natural gas
(LNG), stoking concern over any supply disruptions to neighboring
countries spilling over into global gas markets. They accused Qatar
of supporting extremism.
2017 Jun 5, In Somalia a
policeman died and several others were injured after a bomb blast in
Kismayu. The militant Islamist group al Shabaab claimed
2017 Jun 5, Activity in Spain's
ports was intermittent as dockworkers began a three-day strike to
protest layoffs stemming from an effort to liberalize the industry
in line with European Union rules.
2017 Jun 5, Syrian rebels shot
down a Syrian military plane about 50 km east of Damascus in
rebel-held territory near a frontline with government-held land.
Rebels hit the aircraft with heavy, anti-aircraft machine guns which
had been delivered to them in recent weeks by the United States and
2017 Jun 5, Turkey said it
would strip citizenship from 130 people suspected of militant links,
including the US-based cleric it blames for orchestrating last
July's failed coup, unless they return to the country within three
2017 Jun 5, In Venezuela
protesters again took to the streets of Caracas shutting down main
roads to demand new presidential elections following the release of
a new video expressing support from jailed opposition leader
(SFC, 6/6/17, p.A2)
2018 Jun 5, President Donald
Trump abandoned an overhaul of biofuels policy aimed at reducing
costs for the oil industry. US lawmakers in farming states argued
the overhaul would have cut into domestic demand for ethanol.
2018 Jun 5, The US Marines said
Colonel Mark S. Coppess, the commanding officer at a US Marine base
on the Japanese island of Okinawa, has been relieved of duty over a
"loss of trust".
2018 Jun 5, In California a
voter referendum recalled Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky from
office over his 2016 sentencing of Stanford swimmer Brock Turner to
six months in prison for the attempted rape of a drunk and
unconscious woman. Persky was the first California judge to be
recalled since 1932.
(SFC, 6/7/18, p.D5)
2018 Jun 5, Voters in San
Francisco elected London Breed (43) as mayor, making her the city's
first woman of color for the job. The final results of the election
were only announced on June 13.
(SFC, 6/14/18, p.A1)
2018 Jun 5, In Colorado a
blaze, dubbed the 416 Fire, spread across some 2,400 acres (971
hectares) near Durango. The fire, which began June 1, was just 10
percent contained, as about 825 homes remained under evacuation.
2018 Jun 5, American fashion
designer Kate Spade (55) was found dead in her NYC apartment in an
2018 Jun 5, US historian Ira
Berlin died in Washington, DC. His books included "Slaves Without
Masters: The Free Negro in the Antebellum South " (1974) and "Many
Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America"
(SSFC, 6/10/18, p.C10)
2018 Jun 5, Algeria's Pres.
Abdelaziz Bouteflika (81) vetoed down a plan by PM Ahmed Ouyahia to
drastically increase duties for passport and other documents to cope
with a halving in vital gas and oil revenues between 2014 and 2017.
2018 Jun 5, Austria welcomed
Russia's Pres. Vladimir Putin, making his first foreign trip since
being sworn in for a fourth term. Putin's sixth official visit to
traditionally neutral Austria marked the 50th anniversary of the
start of Soviet gas deliveries to the country.
2018 Jun 5, Australia laid
cartel charges against banking companies Citigroup, Deutsche Bank
and ANZ plus six bank executives over the sale of 2.5 billion
Australian dollars ($1.9 billion) in ANZ shares to institutional
investors three years ago.
2018 Jun 5, Renowned Australian
playwright David Williamson (76) said that he is disappointed
Chinese censors have canceled a production of his play "The
Removalists" for the official reason that it contains bad language
and violence. He said some involved in the production suspect the
true reason the classic Australian play was banned was its depiction
of police abusing their authority.
2018 Jun 5, Britain's
government gave the go-ahead to building a third runway at London
Heathrow, Europe's biggest airport by passenger numbers, a
long-awaited decision that has stoked decades of division and
2018 Jun 5, Britain's culture
secretary Matt Hancock said he will allow 21st Century Fox's 11.7
billion-pound ($16.4 billion) bid to buy the 61 percent of the UK
satellite broadcaster Sky it doesn't already own, provided it
divests itself of Sky News.
2018 Jun 5, A Cambodian appeals
court denied bail for a 4th time to opposition leader Kem Sokha on a
treason charge widely seen as part of the government's crackdown on
the media and political opponents before next month's elections.
2018 Jun 5, In China an
explosion at an iron ore mining project in the northeastern province
of Liaoning killed 11 people and injured nine. Another 25 people
were reported trapped after the blast.
2018 Jun 5, Ethiopia's new PM
Abiy Ahmed, a former army officer who fought against Eritrea,
declared the country would abide by a 2000 peace deal and 2002
boundary ruling, handing back the occupied frontier town of Badme.
2018 Jun 5, The EU's top court,
in a landmark ruling for gay rights in Europe, said that Romania
must grant residence to the American husband of a local man even
though Romania does not itself permit same-sex marriage.
2018 Jun 5, French President
Emmanuel Macron met with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu on the second
leg of his European trip amid deep differences over how to contain
Iran's ambitions in the Middle East.
2018 Jun 5, Greenpeace said its
investigations at Indonesia's Sungai Putri forest on Borneo showed a
logging operation underway with at least six illegal settlements
that operate at night and some in areas with orangutan nests.
Indonesia's forestry and environment ministry had ordered a halt to
the forest's exploitation over a year ago.
2018 Jun 5, Iran's nuclear
chief said his country has begun preparations to boost its uranium
enrichment capacity, adding to pressure on European powers trying to
save a nuclear accord with Tehran in peril after a US withdrawal.
2018 Jun 5, Italy's new PM
Giuseppe Conte promised to bring radical change to the country,
including more welfare and a crackdown on immigration.
2018 Jun 5, Professional
distance swimmer Ben Lecomte set off from Japan to San Francisco in
an attempt to become the first person to swim across the Pacific
Ocean. Scientific teams accompanying Lecomte planned to collect more
than 1,000 water samples and study plastic pollution, mammal
migration and the effect of extreme endurance events on the human
2018 Jun 5, Jordan's King
Abdullah tasked Omar al-Razzaz, a former World Bank economist, with
forming a new government and called for broad talks on a planned
income tax law that has provoked the country's biggest protests in
2018 Jun 5, In Kenya a small
plane, operated by East African Safari Air Express, took off from
the western town of Kitale in the late afternoon and soon
disappeared. Wreckage was discovered in central Kenya two days later
and all ten people onboard were killed.
2018 Jun 5, Malawi's vice
president Saulos Chilima publicly attacked the corruption of the
president's government and announced his resignation from the ruling
party, leaving the door open for a presidential run.
2018 Jun 5, Malaysia's
government appointed distinguished lawyer Tommy Thomas as
attorney-general, making him the first person from outside the Malay
majority to hold the powerful position in more than half a century.
2018 Jun 5, In Malaysia
anti-corruption investigators questioned the wife of former PM Najib
Razak about alleged theft and money-laundering involving the 1MDB
state investment fund, as officials announced a probe into other
suspicious multibillion-dollar transactions under Najib's
2018 Jun 5, In northern
Mozambique suspected jihadists hacked seven people to death after
beheading 10 people in another settlement on May 27.
2018 Jun 5, In Myanmar defense
lawyers said that documents Myanmar police say they found on the
mobile phones of two Reuters reporters, arrested on Dec. 12 and
accused of possessing state secrets, were not confidential, because
the information was publicly available before they were arrested.
2018 Jun 5, NATO aircraft
started policing Montenegro's airspace, a year after the small
Adriatic state became a member of the Western military alliance
despite strong opposition from Russia.
2018 Jun 5, In Puerto Rico a
court ordered the US territory's government to release all death
certificates issued after Hurricane Maria hit the island amid
allegations that the official death toll of 64 is severely
2018 Jun 5, The Green for
Growth Fund (GGF) said it would provide 32 million euros ($37.44
million) financing for Serbia's first large-scale wind farms, to
help the Balkan country diversify its energy mix and reduce carbon
2018 Jun 5, In Spain Mariano
Rajoy (63) conceded defeat as he quit as head of his Popular Party
(PP) just days after being ousted as prime minister.
2018 Jun 5, The leading Syrian
Kurdish militia said it would withdraw from Manbij, easing fears of
a direct clash between NATO allies Washington and Ankara over the
strategic northern town.
2018 Jun 5, The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said an offensive by the Islamic State
jihadist group in eastern Syria has left at least 45 pro-regime
fighters dead since fighting started on June 3.
2018 Jun 5, The United Nations
urged Washington to immediately halt its controversial practice of
separating asylum-seeking Central American immigrant children from
their parents at the southern border. Pres. Trump tweeted:
"Separating families at the Border is the fault of bad legislation
passed by the Democrats," however no law mandates that parents must
be separated from their children at the border, and it's not a
policy Democrats have pushed or can change alone as the minority in
(AFP, 6/5/18)(AP, 6/5/18)
2018 Jun 5, A new UN report
said government bans on plastic can be effective in cutting back on
waste, but poor follow-through has left many such bans ineffective.
World Environment Day highlighted the perils of plastic with the
tagline "if you can't reuse it, refuse it".
(AP, 6/5/18)(AFP, 6/5/18)
2018 Jun 5, In Zimbabwe
thousands of opposition supporters marched in Harare to demand
electoral reforms ahead of the July 30 vote, the first since Robert
Mugabe stepped down last year.
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