Today in History - June 6
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840 Jun 6,
Agobard, archbishop of Lyon (anti-Semite), died.
1002 Jun 6, German king Henry
II, the Saint, was crowned.
1242 Jun 6, 24 wagonloads of
Talmudic books were burned in Paris.
1436 Jun 6, Regiomontanus
(Johannes Muller), prepared astronomical tables, was born.
1502 Jun 6, Jofo III, King of
Portugal (1521-57), was born.
1513 Jun 6, Battle at Novara:
Habsburgers vs. Valois.
1523 Jun 6, [Gustav] Gustavus
Vasa was elected Gustavus I of Sweden.
(HFA, '96, p.32)(TL-MB, 1988, p.12)(HN, 6/6/98)
1536 Jun 6, Mexico began its
1599 Jun 6, Velazquez (d.1660),
Diego Rodriguez de Silva, Spanish painter of Portuguese ancestry,
was born. He painted "Count Duke of Olivares" and "Rokeby Venus"
(1647-51) The Venus is at the London National Gallery.
p.T8)(WSJ, 1/5/07, p.W12)
1606 Jun 6, Pierre Corneille
(d.1684), French dramatist, poet and writer of Le Cid, was born:
"Guess, if you can, and choose, if you dare."
(AP, 3/28/98)(HN, 6/6/98)
1639 Jun 6, Massachusetts
granted 500 acres of land to erect a gunpowder mill.
1654 Jun 6, Queen Christina of
Sweden resigned and converted to Catholicism.
1671 Jun 6 (OS), Stenka, Stepan
Razin, Russian Cossack, was killed. [see Jun 16]
1674 Jun 6, Sivaji crowned
himself King of India.
1716 Jun 6, The 1st slaves
arrived in Louisiana.
1727 Jun 6, Francesca Cuzzoni
and Faustina Bordoni, female vocalists, attacked each other during a
performance of Bononcini’s Astianatte in London.
1755 Jun 6, Nathan Hale (1776),
American patriot who said “My only regret is that I have but one
life to give for my country,” was born. He was hanged by the British
as a spy during the American Revolution
(CFA, '96, p.48)(WUD, 1994, p.637)(HN, 6/6/98)
1756 Jun 6, John Trumball,
American painter, was born.
1772 Jun 6, Haitian explorer
Jean Baptiste-Pointe DuSable settled Chicago. [see Mar 12, 1773]
1799 Jun 6, Patrick Henry,
American orator, died at Red Hill Plantation, Va. Henry urged the
restoration of the property and rights of Loyalists after the
Revolutionary War. He believed that Loyalists would make good
citizens of the new republic. Henry also bitterly opposed the
Constitution as a threat to the liberties of the people and rights
of the states. He believed that once the war had been won, a central
authority was no longer needed. In 1998 Henry Mayer (d.2000)
authored a biography of Patrick Henry.
(SFC, 7/28/00, p.D5)(HN, 7/12/02)(AP, 6/6/08)
1799 Jun 6, Alexander Pushkin
(d.1837), Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature,
was born. He was the descendant of an Abyssinian slave of royal
blood who was given to Peter the Great as a gift. His works included
"Boris Godunov," "Eugene Onegin," and "The Queen of Spades." [see
(HFA, '96, p.30)(AHD, p.1062)(SFC, 6/3/99,
p.C2)(HN, 6/6/99)(WSJ, 7/15/99, p.A16)
1801 Jun 6, The Treaty of
Badajoz (also known as the Peace of Badajoz) was signed in Badajoz
between John VI of Portugal and representatives from the Kingdom of
1809 Jun 6, Sweden declared
independence and a constitutional monarchy was established.
1813 Jun 6, The U.S. invasion
of Canada was halted at Stoney Creek, Ontario.
1816 Jun 6, There was a 10"
snowfall in New England in this "year without a summer". The
oceanographer Henry Stommel and his wife Elizabeth described this
year in their (1983) book “Volcano Weather: The Story of 1816, The
year Without a Summer.” The 1815 eruption of Mt. Tambora lofted a
cloud of ash that turned this summer into a virtual winter with snow
in Europe and New England.
(NOHY, 3/90, p.130)(SFC, 5/19/97, p.D1)
1822 Jun 6, Alexis St. Martin,
a fur trader at Fort Mackinac in the Michigan territory, was
accidentally shot in the abdomen. William Beaumont, a US Army
assistant surgeon, treated the wound and St. Martin survived. The
stomach wound did not close and Beaumont undertook experiments in
1825 to study the digestive system.
(ON, 1/02, p.6)
1832 Jun 6, Jeremy Bentham
(b.1748), English social reformer, died. He had his body preserved
at the Univ. College, London. Bentham was later considered the
father of utilitarianism. He thought that enlightened policymakers
should seek the greatest happiness of the greatest number of people.
(WSJ, 4/15/99, p.A20)(www.britannica.com)(Econ,
1844 Jun 6, The Young Men's
Christian Association (YMCA) was founded in London by George
1853 Jun 6, The ship Carrier
Pigeon, a merchant sailing vessel, struck a reef off of Whale Point
(later Pigeon Point) on its way from Boston to SF. The wreck helped
prompt the erection of the Pigeon Point lighthouse in San Mateo Ct.
(SFEC, 5/25/97, p.T3)(SFEC,11/16/97, p.B8)(Ind,
1860 Jun 6, William R. Inge,
English theologian, Deacon St. Paul's Cathedral, was born.
1861 Jun 6, Lincoln's cabinet
declared Union government will pay for expenses once states have
1862 Jun 6, The city of Memphis
surrendered to the Union Navy after an intense naval engagement on
the Mississippi River.
1862 Jun 6, Battle of Port
Royal, SC (Port Royal Ferry). [see Jul 4, 1862]
1865 Jun 6, Confederate raider
William Quantrill (b.1837) died in Louisville, Ky., from a shot in
the spine he received escaping a Union patrol near Taylorsville,
1868 Jun 6, Robert F. Scott
(d.1912), British explorer, was born.
1869 Jun 6, Siegfried Wagner,
German opera composer, conductor, son of Richard Wagner (who
composed "Siegfried Idyll" to commemorate his birth), was born.
1872 Jun 6, Alexandra
Fjodorovna Romanova, the last Russian Tsarina (1894-1918), was born.
She was later killed with her husband by revolutionaries.
(HN, 6/6/99)(MC, 6/6/02)
1875 Jun 6, Walter P. Chrysler,
founder of the Chrysler Corporation, was born.
1875 Jun 6, Thomas Mann
(d.1955), German novelist and essayist, was born (Nobel 1929). He
was forced into exile by the Nazis. The major part of Mann’s oeuvre
is concerned with problems of the artist per se, and no writer of
our time and perhaps of any time has probed so deeply into the
artistic personality or described so brilliantly the workings of
artistic genius. His work included Buddenbrooks (1901), Death in
Venice (1912), Doctor Faustus (1947), and The Magic Mountain. Two
biographies of Mann were published in 1995: Thomas Mann: A Biography
by Ronald Hayman and Thomas Mann: A Life by Donald Prater. "Speech
is civilization itself. The word, even the most contradictory word,
preserves contact -- it is silence which isolates."
(V.D.-H.K.p.367-368)(WSJ, 12/26/95, p. A-5)(AP,
1882 Jun 6, An electric iron
was patented by Henry W. Seely in NYC.
1882 Jun 6, Cyclone in Arabian
Sea (Bombay India) drowned 100,000.
1885 Jun 6, Leo Delibes' opera
"Lakme" was produced in Paris.
1901 Jun 6, Sukarno (d.1970),
Indonesia's 1st president (1949-1966), was born in Surabaya, Java.
1902 Jun 6, Jimmie Lunceford,
bandleader, was born.
1903 Jun 6, Composer Aram
Khatchaturian was born in Tiflis, Russia.
1904 Jun 6, The National
Tuberculosis Association was organized in Atlantic City, NJ.
1907 Jun 6, Bill Dickey,
professional baseball player, was born.
1911 Jun 6, The
Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (CTR) was created by a merger
of The Tabulating Machine Company (Herman Hollerith's punch card
company in Washington, DC), International Time Recording Company (a
time clock maker in NY state), Computing Scale Company (maker of
scales and food slicers in Dayton, Ohio), and Bundy Manufacturing
(time clock maker in Auburn, NY). In 1924 the company was renamed
Int’l. Business Machines (IBM).
1912 Jun 6, In Alaska the
Novarupta volcano began erupting 6 miles from Mount Katmai. When the
eruption stopped on June 9th, the ash cloud had spread across
southern Alaska. This was later recognized as the most powerful
volcanic eruption of the 20th century. Crops withered across Canada
and the US that summer under skies shrouded with volcanic ash.
(http://geology.com/novarupta/)(Hem, 4/96, p.78)
1914 Jun 6, Three big movie
companies in Los Angeles and San Francisco merged to form the
Paramount Picture Corp. They included the Famous Players Co., the
Master Film Co. and the Bosworth Co.
(SSFC, 6/1/14, DB p.46)
1914 Jun 6, The 1st air flight
out of sight of land was made from Scotland to Norway.
1916 Jun 6, China’s Pres. Yuan
Shikai (b.1859) died.
1918 Jun 6, In France the US
Marines counter-attacked the Germans and pushed them back to the
woods at Bois de Belleau. U.S. Marines entered combat at the Battle
of Belleau Wood. 1st US victory of WW I.
(SFC, 6/6/97, p.A26)(HN, 6/6/01)(MC, 6/6/02)
1919 Jun 6, Finland declared
war on Bolsheviks.
1924 Jun 6, The German
Reichstag accepted the Dawes Plan, an American plan to help Germany
pay off its war debts.
1925 Jun 6, Maxine Kumin, poet
novelist and children's author, was born.
1925 Jun 6, Walter Percy
Chrysler founded the Chrysler Corporation.
1930 Jun 6, A
Chronicle-Universal talkie newsreel was shown at the Marion Davies
and Embassy Theaters as well as motion-picture houses throughout
Northern California and Nevada.
(SFC, 6/3/05, p.F6)
1930 Jun 6, Frozen foods were
sold commercially for the first time.
1932 Jun 6, A US Federal gas
tax was enacted.
1933 Jun 6, The US Congress
passed the National Employment Service, creating a national system
of public employment offices.
(SSFC, 1/18/09, p.D6)
1933 Jun 6, Richard M.
Hollingshead Jr., auto products salesman, opened the first drive-in
movie theater, in Camden, NJ. The movie shown was "Wives Beware," an
Adolphe Menjou comedy previously released under the title "Two White
Arms." The number of drive-ins peaked at over 4,000 in 1958.
(SFEC,11/30/97, Par p.2)(Hem, 11/02, p.38)(AP,
1934 Jun 6, Bill Moyers,
American broadcast journalist, was born. He served as press
secretary to President Lyndon Johnson.
1934 Jun 6, President Franklin
Roosevelt signed the Securities Exchange Act, establishing the
Securities and Exchange Commission.
(AP, 6//97)(HN, 6/6/98)
1937 Jun 6, Ivan Papanin
(1894-1986) raised the Soviet flag over the North Pole-1 station.
For 234 days the 4-man Papanin team carried out a wide range of
scientific observations in the near-polar zone.
1938 Jun 6, Bishop Rafael
Guizar Valencia (b.1878) died in Mexico City. He had risked his life
to tend the wounded during Mexico’s revolution. In 2006 Pope
Benedict XVI named him a saint.
(SFC, 10/16/06, p.A2)
1939 Jun 6, Marian Wright
Edelman, first African-American woman to be admitted to the
Mississippi Bar, was born. She was the founder of the Children's
1939 Jun 6, In Pennsylvania the
first Little League baseball game was played. The league was founded
by Carl Stotz in Williamsport. The Little League World Series began
in 1947. Girls were banned from 1951-1974.
(SSFC, 6/1/14, Par. p.8)
1941 Jun 6, The U.S. government
authorized the seizure of foreign ships in U.S. ports.
1942 Jun 6, The 1st nylon
parachute jump was made in Hartford, Ct., by Adeline Gray.
1942 Jun 6, Japanese troops
landed on Kiska, Aleutians.
1942 Jun 6, Japanese forces
retreated in the World War II Battle of Midway.
1944 Jun 6, Theodore Roosevelt
Jr. received a congressional medal of honor.
1944 Jun 6, On D-Day Brig.
General Norman "Dutch" Cota was the first American General to step
foot on Omaha Beach. Cota, assistant commander of the 29th Infantry
Division, heroically spurred his men to cross the beach under
withering German fire. He went on to lead his infantrymen across
France to the Siegfried Line and in the battle of Hurtgen Forest and
the Battle of the Bulge.
1944 Jun 6, Cherokee tribal
members communicated via radios in their native language on the
Normandy beaches. Some 6,603 Americans were killed along the coast
of France during the D-day invasion. A total of 9,758 Allied
soldiers died during the invasion. "D-Day" by Stephen Ambrose was
published in 1994.
(SFC, 6/4/98, p.A6)(SFEC, 6/6/99, p.A22)(SFC,
5/30/00, p.A2)(WSJ, 8/20/01, p.A1)
1944 Jun 6, Danny Brotheridge,
British lieutenant, became the 1st to die during D-Day. Over the
next 10 weeks of fighting 300,000 men, women and children died in
Normandy. In 2009 Antony Beevor authored “D-Day: The Battle for
D7)(http://tinyurl.com/lvhqs7)(Econ, 5/30/09, p.84)
1944 Jun 6, The code name for
the beach used by the Canadians for the D-day invasion of Normandy
1944 Jun 6, By the end of D-Day
156,000 Allied soldiers had come ashore on the Normandy beaches with
losses of 2,500 men. By the end of the day, the Allies had
established a tenuous beachhead that would lead to an offensive that
pinned Adolf Hitler's Third Reich between two pincers--the Western
Allies and the already advancing Soviets--accelerating the end of
World War II. A million Allied troops, under the overall command of
General Dwight D. Eisenhower, moved onto five Normandy beachheads in
three weeks. Operations “Neptune” and “Overlord” put forces on the
beaches and supplies aimed at the liberation of Europe and the
conquest of Germany. Operation Overlord landed 400,000 Allied
American, British, and Canadian troops on the beaches of Normandy,
France. In addition, US and British airborne forces landed behind
the German lines and US Army Rangers scaled the cliffs at Pointe de
Hoc. More than 6,000 trucks of the Red Ball Express kept gasoline
and other vital supplies rolling in as American troops and tanks
pushed the Germans back toward their homeland.
(SDUT, 6/6/97, p.B9)(HN, 6/6/98)(HNPD,
6/6/99)(ON, 2/08, p.12)
1944 Jun 6, Rose Cecil O’Neill
(b.1874), illustrator, writer and creator of the Kewpie doll (1909),
(www.lambiek.net/oneill_rose.htm)(AH, 2/05, p.71)
1944 Jun 6, Gerrit John van de
Peat (41), artist, resistance fighter, was executed.
1944 Jun 6, Nazi troops
executed 96 prisoners by firing squad.
1945 Jun 6, Meinoud M. Rost van
Tonningen, anti Semite, NSB (1937-41), committed suicide.
1949 Jun 6, Robert Englund,
actor (Freddy Kreuger-Nightmare on Elm St, V), was born.
1958 Jun 6, Premier Charles de
Gaulle said Algeria will always be French.
1961 Jun 6, Swiss psychiatrist
Carl Gustav Jung (b.1875), one of the founders of modern psychiatry,
died in Zurich. “As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human
existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.” In
1997 Richard Noll published "The Aryan Christ: The Secret Life of
Carl Jung." Frank McLynn published "Carl Gustav Jung, A Biography."
In 2003 Deirdre Bair authored "Jung: A Biography." In 2004 Sonu
Shamdasani authored “Jung and the Making of Modern Psychology.” In
2009 “The Red Book” was published. It was edited by Sonu Shamdasani
and duplicated Jung’s original manuscript, which he worked on from
1914 to 1930.
(SFEC,10/19/97, BR p.3)(SSFC, 12/7/03,
p.M6)(Econ, 3/13/04, p.84)(Econ, 10/10/09, p.89)(Econ, 9/27/14, IL
1962 Jun 6, Yves Klein
(b.1928), French artist, died of a heart attack.
1966 Jun 6, Claus Von Bulow
& Martha (Sunny) Crawford were wed.
1966 Jun 6, NFL & AFL
announced their merger.
1966 Jun 6, Stokely Carmichael
launched the "Black Power" movement.
1966 Jun 6, Black activist
James Meredith was shot and wounded as he walked solo along a
Mississippi highway to encourage black voter registration.
(AP, 6/6/97)(HN, 6/6/98)
1967 Jun 6, An Arab oil embargo
began one day after the beginning of the Arab-Israeli Six-Day War,
with a joint Arab decision to deter any countries from supporting
1967 Jun 6, Israeli troops
occupied Gaza on the 2nd day of the 6-day war.
1968 Jun 6, Sen. Robert F.
Kennedy died at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, a day after
he was shot by Sirhan Bishara Sirhan. In 2000 Ronald Steel authored
"In Love With Night: The American Romance With Robert Kennedy." In
1969 Jack Newfield (d.2004) authored “Robert Kennedy: A
Memoir.” In 2000 Evan Thomas authored "Robert Kennedy: His
(AP, 6/6/97)(SFEC, 1/16/00, BR p.1)(WSJ, 9/7/00,
p.A24)(SFC, 12/22/04, p.B5)
1969 Jun 6, Joe Namath resigned
from NFL after Pete Rozelle, football commissioner, said he must
sell his stake in a bar.
1969 Jun 6, Gen. Franco closed
the Gibraltar border with Spain. It stayed closed for 16 years. This
effectively starved Gibraltar of workers while depriving some 9,000
former workers of much-needed jobs and of a right to claim pensions.
The frontier was not fully reopened until 1985.
(WSJ, 4/8/02, p.A8)(AP,
1971 Jun 6, "Ed Sullivan Show"
made its last broadcasts on CBS-TV.
1972 Jun 6, David Bowie,
English rock musician, released his album "The Rise and Fall of
Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars."
1972 Jun 6, The US aircraft
carrier Coral Sea (CVA 43) launched three Marine A-6 Intruders and
six Navy A-7 Corsair attack planes toward the coast of North
Vietnam. Shortly afterward, the naval aircraft laid strings of
thirty-six 1,000-pound Mark 52 mines in the water approaches to
Haiphong, through which most of North Vietnam's imported war
material and all of its fuel supply passed.
1972 Jun 6, In Rhodesia (later
Zimbabwe) 418 people were killed in an underground explosion at a
1976 Jun 6, Jean Paul Getty
(b.1892), US oil magnate, billionaire, died. He left $1.2 billion as
an endowment for a museum and art activities around the world.
1977 Jun 6, The Washington Post
reported that the US had developed a neutron bomb.
1977 Jun 6, The US Supreme
Court tossed out automatic death penalty laws.
1978 Jun 6, California voters
overwhelmingly approved Proposition 13, the Jarvis-Gann amendment, a
primary ballot initiative calling for major cuts in property taxes.
It cut property taxes by 57%. It limited the taxing abilities of
local governments and many city services were reduced as a result.
Key fiscal responsibilities were shifted from counties to the state.
Proposition 13 capped the increase in a home's taxable value at 2
percent a year until it is sold. It also limits a homeowners
property tax to 1 percent of market value.
(AP, 6/6/97)(SFEC, 2/22/98, Z1 p.3)(SFC,
12/27/99, p.A10)(AP, 7/3/05)
1979 Jun 6, Jack Haley
(b.1898), actor, died of cancer. He is best known for his portrayal
of the Tin Man and farmworker Hickory in The Wizard of Oz.
1981 Jun 6, In Bihar, India, a
train crashed after a bridge collapsed in flash floods during the
monsoon and some 400-800 people were killed in what was reportedly
world's worst train disaster.
(SFC, 6/4/98, p.A15)(SFC, 8/3/99, p.A8)(AP,
1982 Jun 6, Israeli Defense
Minister Ariel Sharon ordered his forces to invade southern Lebanon
to drive Palestine Liberation Organization fighters out of the
country. Israeli Gen. Rafael Eitan (d.2004) had convinced defense
minister Ariel Sharon to invade southern Lebanon to clean out the
PLO bases there. A 70-day siege by 30,000 Israeli troops left up to
14,000 Lebanese and Palestinian civilians dead. Islamic radicals,
including Naim Qassem, formed Hezbollah (Hizbullah, i.e. Party of
God) in response to Israel’s attack. The Israelis withdrew in June
1985. Hezbollah was formed with Iranian help as a radical offshoot
of Amal, a Shiite Muslim movement. In 2005 Naim Qassem authored
“Hizbullah: The Story from Within.”
(WSJ, 11/17/95, p.A-10)(SFC, 4/17/96, p.A-10)(AP,
6/6/97)(SFC, 6/15/98, p.A10)(SFC, 5/24/00, p.A15)(Econ, 12/4/04,
p.88)(Econ, 4/23/05, p.79)
1983 Jun 6, James Casey
(b.1988), co-founder of United Parcel Service (UPS), died.
1983 Jun 6, Maine resident
Kitty Wardwell (29) was reportedly last seen by her boyfriend,
Francis Julian. A friend reported her missing on July 11. Julian
(80) died in 2011 and a storage unit rented in his name was found to
contain Wardwell’s body.
1983 Jun 6, First Session of
Sixth National People's Congress opened. The Congress elected Li
Xiannian as President and Deng Xiaoping as supreme commander of
1984 Jun 6, In India government
forces stormed the Golden Temple in Amritsar in an effort to crush
Sikh extremists. At least 1,000 Sikhs and 200 soldiers were killed.
On Feb 4, 2014, Britain acknowledged that it had played an advisory
role to India’s government in the attack.
(AP, 6/6/04)(AP, 2/4/14)
1985 Jun 6, Authorities in
Brazil exhumed a body later identified as the remains of Dr. Josef
Mengele, the notorious "Angel of Death" of the Nazi Holocaust near
Sao Paolo, Brazil.
(AP, 6/6/97)(HN, 6/6/98)
1986 Jun 6, Ronn Teitelbaum
(d.2000 at 61) opened his Johnny Rockets restaurant on Melrose Ave.
in Los Angeles. In 2000 it had grown to 138 outlets in 25 states.
(SFC, 9/15/00, p.D5)
1987 Jun 6, President Reagan
met with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican. Alysheba, winner of the
Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, placed fourth at the Belmont
Stakes, losing to Bet Twice.
1988 Jun 6, Morton Thiokol
Inc., which built the booster rocket involved in the Challenger
explosion in 1986, announced it would not bid to build the next
generation of rocket motors for the nation's manned space shuttles.
1988 Jun 6, In NYC 2 large
snapping turtles were found in a Bronx sewage plant.
1989 Jun 6, In Washington, DC,
Thomas Foley was elected the 49th speaker of the House of
1990 Jun 6, A federal judge in
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, declared the 2 Live Crew album “As Nasty
As They Wanna Be” to be obscene. The decision was later overturned
1991 Jun 6, Stan Getz (b.
1928), jazz saxophonist, died in California, at age 64. His
biography, “Stan Getz” by Donald Maggin, was published in 1996.
(SFC, 8/8/96, p.E5)(AP, 6/6/01)
1991 Jun 6, Sylvia Porter (77),
economist, author (Money Book), died.
1991 Jun 6, NATO issued a
statement saying it would not accept any “coercion or intimidation”
against the emerging democracies of Eastern Europe.
1992 Jun 6, A.P. Indy won the
124th running of the Belmont Stakes.
1993 Jun 6, At the Tony Awards,
"Kiss of the Spider Woman" won best musical; "Angels in America:
Millennium Approaches," won best play.
1993 Jun 6, The freighter
Golden Venture, a 150 foot cargo vessel carrying illegal immigrants
from Fujian Province on the southern coast of China ran aground in
New York harbor. It carried 286 illegal Chinese passengers, 10 of
whom drowned while trying to swim ashore. In 1997 Lee Peng Fei (47)
was extradited from Thailand for running the immigrant smuggling
ring that was responsible. In 2000 Hong Kong police arrested Cheng
Chui Ping for her role in the operation. A TV Dateline special was
presented in 2001. In 2005 gangster Ah Kay turned government witness
in the federal trial of Cheng Chui Ping, the reputed mastermind of
the smuggling attempt.
(WSJ, 2/27/96, p.A-16)(SFC, 10/7/97, p.A8)(SFC,
4/21/00, p.A8)(AP, 6/6/98)(WSJ, 8/3/01, p.W9)(AP, 5/21/05)
1993 Jun 6, The Armed forces of
Liberia (AFL) killed some 600 refugees at Harbel.
1994 Jun 6, President Clinton
joined leaders from America's World War II allies to mark the 50th
anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy.
1994 Jun 6, A China Northwest
Airlines Tu-154 on a flight from Xian to Guangzhou crashed 10
minutes after takeoff, and killed all 160 onboard.
(SFC, 5/12/96, p.A-14)(WSJ, 11/13/01, p.A14)
1994 Jun 6, A 6.0 earthquake
and avalanche destroyed Toez, Colombia. Some 1000 people were
killed. The earthquake hit the southern state of Cauca.
1995 Jun 6, US astronaut Norman
Thagard broke NASA’s space endurance record of 84 days, one hour and
16 minutes, aboard the Russian space station “Mir.”
1995 Jun 6, NATO launched 2 air
raids against an ammunition dump in Serb-held central Bosnia.
The air strikes touched off a crises in which  350 UN
peacekeepers were taken hostage by Bosnian Serbs. Serb forces seized
270 UN peacekeepers, shackled them to potential targets, and ordered
them to plead on camera for the NATO air attacks to stop. Serbia
improved its relations with the West by helping to arrange the
release of the hostages.
(SFC, 6/7/96, p.A10)(SFC,10/16/97, p.A12)
1996 Jun 6, The Senate narrowly
rejected a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution as outgoing
Majority Leader Bob Dole and the Democrats clashed over deficit
1996 Jun 6, A family of four
became the first persons to leave the Freemen ranch in Montana since
April, 2 children, their mother and common-law husband.
(SFC, 6/7/96, p.A10)(AP, 6/6/97)
1996 Jun 6, San Francisco
became the first city in the nation to sue the tobacco industry.
(SFC, 6/7/96, p.A1)
1996 Jun 6, John A MacLachlan
of Tulane Univ. led a study that showed that when pesticides are
combined, their potency may be increased a 1,000 times. The study
was to be published in the journal Science.
(SFC, 6/7/96, p.A1)
1996 Jun 6, Central Banks in
Britain, France and Denmark trimmed key interest rates.
(WSJ, 6/7/96, p.A11)
1996 Jun 6, The UN appealed for
contributions to N. Korea because of torrential rains that that have
wiped out crops and left half-a-million people homeless.
(SFC, 6/7/96, p.A15)
1996 Jun 6, The military regime
of Burma banned the weekly meetings at the house of Aung San Suu
(SFC, 6/7/96, p.A15)
1996 Jun 6, China agreed
conditionally to a ban on the use of nuclear explosions for civilian
(WSJ, 6/7/96, p.A1)
1996 Jun 6, Cuba announced
plans to create free trade zones on the island.
(SFC, 6/7/96, p.A15)
1996 Jun 6, More than 70
Eritreans, Ethiopians, and Sudanese were killed when their ship
caught fire near Dahlak Island off the Red Sea coast trying to slip
into Saudi Arabia from Eritrea. 33 survived and were admitted to
hospitals in Massawa.
(SFC, 6/11/96, p.A16)
1996 Jun 6, Yeltsin ordered the
Russian Central Bank to transfer $1 billion to the federal budget to
fulfill campaign promises to teachers, doctors, and the military.
(SFC, 6/7/96, p.A12)
1997 Jun 6, Timothy McVeigh's
lawyer pleaded with a jury to spare the life of the convicted
Oklahoma City bomber, holding up his dress uniform and portraying
him as a model soldier deeply disturbed by his government's role in
the disaster at Waco, Texas.
1997 Jun 6, Eric Lyons and Eric
Gullichsen went live with an automated web site that allowed people
to register Web sites with the .to domain, the country-code letters
(WSJ, 12/8/97, p.B21E)
1998 Jun 6, In Boston Cardinal
Bernard Law announced that he defrocked retired priest, John
Geoghan, who was accused of sexually molesting more than 50 children
over 3 decades. The church had already paid millions to settle
claims brought by dozens of alleged victims. Geoghan went on trial
in 2002 and was convicted for fondling a boy in 1992. Geoghan was
sentenced 9-10 years in prison for molesting a 10-year-old boy.
(SFEC, 6/7/98, p.A8)(WSJ, 1/18/02, p.W18)(SFC,
1/19/02, p.A2)(SFC, 2/22/02, p.A3)
1998 Jun 6, "Real Quiet" was
denied horse racing's Triple Crown as "Victory Gallop" won the
Belmont Stakes by a nose.
1998 Jun 6, Fires in
east-central Florida burned 1,700 wooded acres near Palm Coast and
1,200 acres in Seminole County.
(SFC, 6/8/98, p.A2)
1998 Jun 6, India reported that
1,359 people had died over the past 3 weeks due to the severe heat
wave. The death toll was raised to 2,500.
(SFC, 6/6/98, p.A4)(SFC, 6/9/98, p.A14)
1998 Jun 6, The UN Security
Council demanded in a unanimous vote that India and Pakistan refrain
from further nuclear tests and sign nuclear control agreements.
1998 Jun 6, A strike by
Philippine Airline workers abruptly grounded all flights in the
(SFC, 6/8/98, p.A17)
1999 Jun 6, At the Tony Awards,
Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” was named best revival; “Side
Man” won best play; “Fosse” was awarded best musical.
1999 Jun 6, In tennis, Andre
Agassi won the French Open, defeating Andrei Medvedev 1-6, 2-6, 6-4,
1999 Jun 6, In golf, Juli
Inkster shot a final-round 1-under 71 for a 16-under 272 total to
win the US Women’s Open.
1999 Jun 6, The Shuttle
Discover landed at Kennedy Space Center just after 2 a.m. following
a ten-day mission and the first docking with the new int'l. space
(SFEC, 6/6/99, p.A19)(AP, 6/6/00)
1999 Jun 6, The Worm
Explore.Zip virus was first detected in Israel. The virus was
disguised as an e-mail attachment and destroyed files when opened.
(SFEC, 6/13/99, p.A6)
1999 Jun 6, NATO officials
failed to reach an agreement with Yugoslav military officers on
withdrawal plans from Kosovo. Bombing continued on Yugoslav army
positions near the Albania-Kosovo border.
(SFC, 6/7/99, p.A1)
1999 Jun 6, NATO said that
Yugoslav army troops and police had gone on a looting spree in
Pristina and Prizren.
(SFC, 6/7/99, p.A10)
1999 Jun 6, In Algeria the
Islamic Salvation Army (AIS) declared an end to their guerrilla
struggle. The 2,000 member group had been observing a cease-fire
(SFC, 6/7/99, p.A11)
1999 Jun 6, In Colombia 150,000
people rallied in Cali to protest the kidnapping or churchgoers by
(SFC, 6/7/99, p.A11)(SFC, 7/12/99, p.A8)
1999 Jun 6, India resumed air
strikes in Kashmir as troops pushed back guerrillas occupying
(SFC, 6/7/99, p.A11)
1999 Jun 6, In Iraq US and
British warplanes struck military facilities after being fired on in
the no-fly zone of southern Iraq.
(SFC, 6/7/99, p.A11)
2000 Jun 6, In New Orleans the
National D-Day Museum opened on the 56th anniversary of the Allied
landing to liberate Europe from Nazi terror.
(SFC, 6/7/00, p.A3)
2000 Jun 6, Unilever agreed to
buy Bestfoods for $20.3 billion in a deal creating the world’s
biggest food company.
2000 Jun 6, The World Bank
approved a $3.7 billion oil well and pipeline project led by Exxon
and Mobile to link oil fields in Chad across 663 miles to the
Atlantic coast of Cameroon.
(SFC, 6/7/00, p.A12)
2001 Jun 6, Pres. Bush
announced plans to restart negotiations with North Korea on issues
ranging from missile production to border soldier deployment.
(SFC, 6/7/01, p.A12)
2001 Jun 6, Democrats formally
assumed control of the U.S. Senate; the unprecedented shift in power
came about after the decision of Vermont Republican James Jeffords
to become an independent.
2001 Jun 6, A jury in Los
Angeles awarded more than $3 billion to lifelong smoker Richard
Boeken, deciding that tobacco giant Philip Morris was responsible
for his incurable lung cancer. The jury award was reduced by a
Superior Court judge to $100 million, then cut to $50 million by an
appeals court; the U.S. Supreme Court refused in March 2006 to
consider tossing out the award altogether; Boeken died in 2002.
(SFC, 6/7/01, p.A3)(AP, 6/6/06)
2001 Jun 6, A report by the
National Academy of Sciences concluded that industrial greenhouse
gases would likely raise temperatures 2.5-10.4 degrees Fahrenheit
before the end of the century.
(SFC, 6/7/01, p.A1)
2001 Jun 6, Pfizer announced
that it would distribute Diflucan, a treatment for cryptococcal
meningitis, for free to AIDS patients in 50 of the world’s least
(SFC, 6/7/01, p.C2)
2001 Jun 6, In the Central
African Republic fighting continued in Bangui and some 50,000
civilians had fled to the forests. Food was scarce and disease
outbreaks were feared.
(SFC, 6/7/01, p.C2)
2001 Jun 6, In Macedonia the
government threatened to declare a state of war after 5 soldiers
were killed in an attack by ethnic Albanian rebels.
(SFC, 6/7/01, p.A12)
2001 Jun 6, In Russia lawmakers
approved a plan for storing nuclear waste in Siberia to earn an
estimated $20 billion over 10 years.
(SFC, 6/7/01, p.C2)
2001 Jun 6, In Rwanda
government troops attacked Hutu militiamen crossing into the country
from Congo and 150 were killed.
(SFC, 6/8/01, p.A18)
2002 Jun 6, Pres. Bush proposed
a new Cabinet department for domestic security. The Department of
Homeland Security would operate on a $37.5 billion budget and have
(SFC, 6/7/02, p.A1)(WSJ, 6/7/02,
2002 Jun 6, The US recognized
Russia as a market economy.
(SFC, 6/7/02, p.A12)
2002 Jun 6, Honduras Jorge Luis
Caceres was killed. He had been picked up for questioning by men in
ski masks and was found riddled with 36 gunshots the next day. Local
police chief Juan Carlos Bonilla Valladares was reportedly at the
scene of the abduction.
2002 Jun 6, Israeli forces
attacked Yasser Arafat's compound in Ramallah in response to a
Palestinian suicide attack on a bus that killed 17 Israelis. 2
Palestinians were reported killed.
(SFC, 6/6/02, p.A1)(SFC, 6/7/02, p.A10)(AP,
2002 Jun 6, Ugandan troops
killed 67 rebels in a battle inside southern Sudan as part of a
continuing offensive to wipe out the 15-year old rebel group.
2003 Jun 6, A federal appeals
court ruled that cell phone users can keep their telephone numbers
when they change their phone companies.
(WSJ, 1/2/04, p.R10)
2003 Jun 6, The US government
reported the unemployment rate had hit a nine-year high of 6.1
percent the previous month.
2003 Jun 6, Already the holder
of U.S. rights to the Olympics through 2008, NBC secured the
contracts for the 2010 and 2012 games for $2.2 billion.
2004 Jun 6, Oracle issued a
$5.1 billion hostile takeover bid for PeopleSoft at $16 per share.
(SFC, 12/14/04, p.D1)
2003 Jun 6, In California a
small plane plunged into an apartment building near Hollywood,
sending the three-story structure into flames within minutes and
killing at least two people.
2003 Jun 6, Chile became the
first South American country to sign a free trade agreement with the
(AP, 6/7/03)(WSJ, 6/6/03, p.A1)
2003 Jun 6, In southern China a
coach bus drove off a highway and plunged into a river, killing 12
2003 Jun 6, French strikers
disrupted train and bus service and sanitation workers dumped
garbage in the street in the 4th day of a nationwide protest against
government plans to reform pensions.
2003 Jun 6, Monsoon rains
arrived in India's northeast, bringing hope for relief from a
grueling heat wave that has killed nearly 1,400 people nationwide in
the past 3 weeks.
2003 Jun 6, An Iraqi prisoner
(52) of war was found dead at a camp run by the 1st Marine Division
near Nasiriyah. On Oct 8 Marine reservists stationed at Camp
Pendleton were charged in connection with his death.
2003 Jun 6, In Balastrera,
Mexico, a landslide followed by the blast of a ruptured gas pipeline
hit a truck-stop town between Mexico City and Veracruz. 15 people
were missing from the area.
2003 Jun 6, The Netherlands
said it will send 1,100 peacekeepers to southern Iraq to join the
British-led multinational stabilization force.
2003 Jun 6, In southern New
Zealand a twin-engine plane crashed in dense fog, killing eight
people and injuring two others.
2003 Jun 6, Russia's parliament
approved an amnesty for Chechen rebels who agree to disarm. Pres.
Vladimir Putin presented the move as a major step toward peace.
2003 Jun 6, In Yemen an
explosion close to a military base killed 3 people. The blast was
caused by a missile that blew up in the Beir Ahmed district of the
southern port city of Aden.
2003 Jun 6, Zimbabwe police
arrested Morgan Tsvangirai, the main opposition leader, and charged
him with treason as hundreds of security forces took control of the
2004 Jun 6, In the 58th annual
Tony Awards “Avenue Q” won for best Broadway musical. "I Am My Own
Wife" was named best play; Phylicia Rashad, who starred in a revival
of "A Raisin in the Sun," became the first black actress to win a
Tony for a leading dramatic role.
(SFC, 6/7/04, D1)(AP, 6/6/05)
2004 Jun 6, World leaders,
including President Bush and French President Jacques Chirac put
aside their differences to commemorate the D-Day invasion that broke
Nazi Germany's grip on continental Europe.
2004 Jun 6, In eastern Congo
insurgents ambushed a U.N. convoy, killing two South African
peacekeepers and wounding nine others in continuing.
2004 Jun 6, A car bomb exploded
near the gate to a U.S.-run base north of Baghdad, killing six
people and injuring 20 others. Assailants ambushed a convoy of
security contractors traveling to Baghdad's airport, killing 2
Americans and 2 Poles working for a U.S. security company. The US
military free 320 prisoners at Abu Ghraib leaving some 3,100.
Attacks over the last 24 hours killed at least 21 people.
(AP, 6/6/04)(SFC, 6/7/04, A10)
2004 Jun 6, Ariel Sharon’s
cabinet declared its intent to remove 21 Jewish settlements in the
Gaza strip plus 4 in the West Bank. An Israeli court sentenced
Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti to 5 consecutive life terms and
40 years for his role in attacks that killed 4 Israelis and a Greek
(AP, 6/6/04)(Econ, 6/12/04, p.45)
2004 Jun 6, In Saudi Arabia
Simon Cumbers (36), an Irish cameraman working for the BBC, was
killed in a shooting in Riyadh. BBC correspondent Frank Gardner was
left paralyzed. In 2014 eight men, part of an 86-member terrorist
cell, were found guilty of attacks against foreigners that included
Cumbers and Gardner.
(SFC, 6/7/04, A8)(AP, 11/18/14)
2005 Jun 6, The US Supreme
Court ruled 6-to-3 that people who smoke marijuana because their
doctors recommend it to ease pain can be prosecuted for violating
federal drug laws.
(WSJ, 6/7/05, p.A1)(AP, 6/6/06)
2005 Jun 6, Actor Russell Crowe
was arrested for throwing a phone that hit a hotel employee in New
York City; he later pleaded guilty to third-degree assault.
2005 Jun 6, Scientists reported
success with monkeys in using vaccines to fend off the Ebola and
(SFC, 6/6/05, p.A2)
2005 Jun 6, Apple Corp.
confirmed plans to switch to Intel Corp. microprocessors.
(SFC, 6/705, p.C1)
2005 Jun 6, IBM and Ecole
Polytechnique of Lausanne, Switz., announced a partnership to begin
building a computer model of the human brain.
(Econ, 6/11/05, p.75)
2005 Jun 6, PropLogis, the
largest real estate investment trust in the US, announced that it
will buy SF developer Catellus Corp. for $4.9 billion.
(SFC, 6/705, p.C1)
2005 Jun 6, Washington Mutual
announced that it will take over Providian Financial in a deal
valued at $6.45 billion.
(SFC, 6/705, p.C1)
2005 Jun 6, Anne Bancroft
(b.1931), film actress, died in NYC. She won the 1962 best-actress
Oscar as the teacher of a young Helen Keller in “The Miracle
Worker,” but achieved greater fame as the seductive Mrs. Robinson in
2005 Jun 6, Dana Elcar (77),
film and TV actor (MacGyver), died in California.
2005 Jun 6, It was
reported that the rate of rural suicide in Australia is among the
highest in the world as farmers battle the stress of years of
drought, failed crops, mounting debt and slowly decaying towns.
2005 Jun 6, President Carlos
Mesa, his 19-month-old government unraveling amid swelling street
protests and a crippling blockade of the Bolivian capital, announced
his resignation in a nationally televised address.
2005 Jun 6, Chechnya’s
Moscow-backed Pres. Alu Alkhanov said Russian military forces carry
out up to 10 percent of the kidnappings that occur in turbulent
2005 Jun 6, In Ethiopia one
girl was killed and seven people were wounded in violence over
disputed election results that gave the ruling party control of
2005 Jun 6, In Kyrgyzstan an
arrest warrant was issued for former prime minister Nikolai Tanayev,
accused of illegally transferring about $1 million in state funds to
a private construction company run by his son. A request for
Tanayev’s extradition was sent to Moscow.
2005 Jun 6, In southern Nepal
at least 37 people were killed and dozens more wounded when a
crowded bus detonated a land mine planted by suspected communist
2005 Jun 6, The International
Criminal Court at the Hague formally announced the opening of a war
crimes investigation in Sudan's Darfur region after receiving a list
of 51 potential suspects from UN.
2006 Jun 6, US Veterans Affairs
Secretary Jim Nicholson acknowledged a stolen computer contained
personal data on about 2.2 million active-duty military, Guard and
Reserve personnel, not just 50,000 as initially believed.
2006 Jun 6, In South Dakota
Bill Nguyen and his wife, Tina, stepped forward with the winning
ticket for a nearly $117 million Powerball lottery jackpot, beating
1-in-146 million odds.
2006 Jun 6, The Ford Foundation
launched an independent, African-led nonprofit that aims to give
Africans greater opportunity to solve the continent's problems
themselves. The Foundation committed $30 million to fund
TrustAfrica, which has been developed over the past five years. It
will now be based in Senegal's capital of Dakar and governed solely
2006 Jun 6, Frank Lanza (74),
founder of US defense contractor L-3 Communications (1997), died in
White Plains, NY.
(WSJ, 6/8/06, p.A3)
2006 Jun 6, Billy Preston
(b.1946), star rock ‘n’ roll keyboard player, died in Arizona. He
worked with the Beatles (the fifth Beatle) and the Rolling Stones
and wrote the 1974 Joe Cocker hit “You Are So Beautiful.”
(SFC, 6/7/06, p.B11)
2006 Jun 6, In eastern
Afghanistan 3 people were killed when a motorbike being rigged up as
a bomb exploded. A suspected suicide car bomb hit a US-led coalition
convoy, injuring 3 American soldiers. A roadside bomb killed three
Afghan soldiers in Kunar province. 2 American soldiers were killed
by a roadside bomb in eastern Nangarhar province. 5 suspected
militants were killed as Afghan and allied troops raided an area
near the southern town of Tirin Kot.
(AFP, 6/6/06)(AP, 6/7/06)
2006 Jun 6, Diplomats in
Austria said the US is prepared to provide Iran with some nuclear
technology if it stops enriching uranium.
2006 Jun 6, Bahrain's
government said it had appointed its first woman judge. She is
believed to be one of the first female judges in the entire Gulf
region. Mona Al Kawari was appointed by order of the tiny Gulf
kingdom's ruler, Sheik Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. Bahrain has a Sunni
Muslim-dominated government, but its Shiite majority has grown
restive during the past few years, mounting frequent anti-government
2006 Jun 6, In Brasilia a melee
that erupted when hundreds of landless farmers demanding agrarian
reforms demonstrated at Brazil's Congress injured 20 people.
2006 Jun 6, Britain’s BAA,
owners of Heathrow, Stansted and Gatwick airports, accepted an $18.8
billion bid from Spain’s Grupo Ferrovial, led by Rafael del Pino.
(Econ, 6/10/06, p.55)(Econ, 7/7/07, p.67)
2006 Jun 6, In Cambodia more
than 1,000 police, many armed and in riot gear, evicted hundreds of
families who had refused to leave a Phnom Penh shantytown, as
authorities moved to end a standoff that has stalled millions of
dollars in commercial development.
2006 Jun 6, Chinese engineers
blew up a temporary barrier used during construction of the Three
Gorges Dam, unleashing the full force of the Yangtze River upon the
world's largest hydroelectric project.
2006 Jun 6, Some 2,000
protesters calling for the ouster of East Timor's PM Mari Alkatiri
cruised around Parliament in a convoy of horn-blaring trucks and
motorcycles, hours after mobs set fire to buildings and looted a
warehouse filled with farm supplies.
2006 Jun 6, EU finance
ministers slammed the door on Lithuania's plea to adopt the euro
next year, saying the Baltic country has failed to put a lasting lid
on inflation. Lithuania planned to appeal to EU government heads at
a summit next week in Brussels, before a final decision is made in
2006 Jun 6, Haiti's president
Rene Preval appointed a coalition government in an effort to unite
the impoverished nation.
2006 Jun 6, Santos Padilla
(40), a leader of a violent kidnapping gang that abducted and killed
the son of a former Honduran president in 1997, was among four
inmates who escaped from a prison outside Tegucigalpa.
2006 Jun 6, Gas prices in India
rose 9.2%. Diesel prices rose 6.6%. The government left prices of
cooking fuels and liquefied petroleum gas unchanged.
(WSJ, 6/5/06, p.A10)
2006 Jun 6, In Iraq PM Nouri
al-Maliki said that 2,500 Iraqi prisoners will be freed from US and
Iraqi-run detention centers as part of reconciliation efforts.
Police found 9 severed heads in fruit boxes in a village northeast
of Baghdad, which followed a similar discovery there 2 days earlier.
A decapitated body was found in Aziziyah. A roadside bomb missed a
US military convoy in central Baghdad but killed a woman and wounded
3 other pedestrians. 3 local council workers were killed in a
drive-by shooting in western Baghdad. 2 mortar rounds slammed into
an eastern Baghdad neighborhood, killing 2 bystanders and wounding 9
2006 Jun 6, Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas gave the governing Hamas party on three more
days to accept a document that implicitly recognizes Israel,
threatening to bring the issue to a national referendum.
2006 Jun 6, Qatar Petroleum and
South Africa’s Sasol unveiled a new plant in Qatar to transform
natural gas into a synthetic fuel similar to diesel by a process
knows as gas-to-liquids (GTL). Sasol was also building a GTL plant
in Nigeria with Chevron Texaco.
(Econ, 6/3/06, p.58)
2006 Jun 6, South Korean PM Han
Myung-Sook embarked on a four-nation European tour which will take
her to France, Portugal, Bulgaria and Germany.
2006 Jun 6, The Spanish
interior ministry said that 67 suspects had been arrested for
accessing child porn on the Internet over the past five days. The
international police operation arrested 38 in France, 10 in Spain, 9
in Slovakia, 7 in Belgium and 3 in the Netherlands.
2006 Jun 6, Suspected Tamil
rebels exploded bombs outside a naval base near Sri Lanka's capital,
wounding two people while three others were killed in a similar
2006 Jun 6, The Vatican issued
a sweeping condemnation of contraception, abortion, in-vitro
fertilization and same-sex marriage, declaring that the traditional
family has never been so threatened as in today's world.
2007 Jun 6, Bob Barker taped
his last episode of CBS' "The Price Is Right."
2007 Jun 6, The United States
said it has canceled the visas of 22 Costa Rican immigration
officials suspected of selling visa stamps so that Costa Ricans
could stay illegally in the US without getting caught.
2007 Jun 6, Los Angeles based
Colony Capital LLC, private investment firm, said it has agreed to
buy a controlling stake in Libyan state-owned Tamoil in a deal that
valued the Italy-based refiner at 4 billion euros ($5.4 billion),
double earlier estimates. Colony, founded in 1991 by Thomas Barrack,
focuses on real estate-related assets, securities, and operating
companies. In March, 2008, the deal was reported to be off.
(Reuters, 6/6/07)(Reuters, 3/3/08)
2007 Jun 6, Adam Gault (41), a
dog trainer in Bloomfield, Conn., was arrested with two women who
lived in his home after police with a search warrant found a missing
15-year-old girl locked in a hidden room in the house. The girl had
vanished last June. Gault later pleaded guilty to kidnapping and
sexually assaulting the girl.
(AP, 6/7/07)(AP, 6/6/08)
2007 Jun 6, Police arrested a
man in the abduction and death of 18-year-old Kelsey Smith, whose
body was found in a Missouri park four days after she'd disappeared
from a Kansas store's parking lot.
2007 Jun 6, The Ducks of
Florida won the Stanley Cup in game 5 over the Senators.
(WSJ, 6/7/07, p.A1)
2007 Jun 6, In southern
Afghanistan 2 NATO soldiers died battling militants, while US-led
and Afghan troops backed by airstrikes killed two militants and
detained nine others. In northern Afghanistan 3 gunmen fatally shot
a female owner of a radio station. A battle and airstrikes in
southern Afghanistan left 30 suspected Taliban dead or wounded.
(AP, 6/6/07)(AP, 6/7/07)
2007 Jun 6, In Algeria one
person was killed and 8 injured in a powerful bomb blast in the
2007 Jun 6, The CAR government
freed 17 people who had been arrested for rebel activities,
following the terms of a peace accord that aims to return the
restive nation to stability after more than a year of sporadic
2007 Jun 6, In north China Song
Pingshun (61), head of Tianjin's advisory committee to the national
legislature, died in an apparent suicide amid a probe into alleged
bribe-taking and shady real estate deals by at least three
2007 Jun 6, Colombia’s Pres.
Uribe arrived in Washington DC for his 2nd lobbying trip in a month.
A US congressional sub-committee had voted to cut aid by 10% and
shift it from military to social programs.
(Econ, 6/9/07, p.44)
2007 Jun 6, President Oscar
Arias announced that Costa Rica has broken diplomatic ties with
Taiwan and established relations with China, delivering a blow to
the Asian island's fragile international standing.
2007 Jun 6, In the Dominican
Rep. a gym teacher opened fire at a school, killing one student and
wounding another before using the gun to take his own life.
2007 Jun 6, PM Andrus Ansip
said Estonia is seeking help from Russia to find the culprits behind
a massive wave of attacks on the country's Internet infrastructure.
2007 Jun 6, Housing prices in
the major cities of Estonia, Latia and Lithuania were reported to
average around $202,375.
(WSJ, 6/6/07, p.B9)
2007 Jun 6, A government
prosecutor said Ethiopia has charged 55 opposition members with
trying to launch a rebellion. More than one hundred opposition
figures were already on trial, accused of plotting a coup after
disputed 2005 elections.
2007 Jun 6, German police used
water cannon to scatter stone-throwing demonstrators as several
thousand protesters gathered at a seven-mile fence surrounding the
G8 summit meeting involving President Bush and other leaders.
2007 Jun 6, Car bombings shook
the streets leading to Baghdad's most revered Shiite Muslim shrine,
and police reported at least seven people were killed and 27 others
wounded. Assassins killed a police official and an aide to Iraq's
pre-eminent Shiite cleric. A Sunni insurgent group said it has
reached a cease-fire with al-Qaida in Iraq. 4 US soldiers were
killed in separate incidents over the last 2 days.
(AP, 6/6/07)(AP, 6/7/07)
2007 Jun 6, In Malaysia
Nyambang Entuhan (37) shot and killed five people during a wedding
reception on remote Borneo island. In 2010 he was sentenced to death
as well as to 22 years in prison for wounding nine others and
illegal firearm possession.
2007 Jun 6, It was reported
that Dutch students have developed powdered alcohol which they say
can be sold legally to minors. The latest innovation in inebriation,
called Booz2Go, is available in 20-gramme packets that cost 1-1.5
euros ($1.35-$2). Alcohol powder, classified as a flavoring, was
sold in the United States three years ago.
2007 Jun 6, Nigeria's
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie won Britain's Orange Prize for fiction by
women for her book “Half of a Yellow Sun,” becoming the first
African to take the award in its 12-year history.
(AP, 6/6/07)(Econ, 11/24/07, p.54)
2007 Jun 6, A Palestinian
security force fanned out in two neighborhoods of the Ein el-Hilweh
refugee camp in southern Lebanon to prevent further clashes between
Islamic militants and Lebanese troops. Maj. Gen. Khaled Aref, a
senior Fatah commander based in Ein el-Hilweh, said on Lebanese
Broadcasting Corp. television that about 20 Fatah Islam fighters had
surrendered to his group in besieged Nahr el-Bared.
2007 Jun 6, Morocco said
scientists from Morocco, Britain, France and Germany had dated
perforated shells in a limestone cave in eastern Morocco to 82,000
years ago, the oldest adornments ever found.
2007 Jun 6, A senior official
said Nigeria's anti-graft agency has summoned 15 former governors
over corruption charges involving millions of dollars and they are
due to appear before investigators.
2007 Jun 6, Cyclone Gonu
battered Oman's coast on its path toward the world's most important
crude oil tanker route. It waned after killing 49 in Oman and 9
people in Iran, where severe flooding encircled over 100 villages.
(AP, 6/7/07)(WSJ, 6/9/07, p.A1)(AP, 6/10/07)
2007 Jun 6, Pakistan's PM
Shaukat Aziz ordered the immediate withdrawal of complaints
initiated against about 200 journalists after they defied a ban on
rallies to protest curbs on the media.
2007 Jun 6, Sri Lanka's
President Mahinda Rajapakse held talks in Colombo with a top
Japanese envoy on the future of the island's peace process following
bloody recent clashes. A bomb detonated by suspected Tamil rebels
derailed a train in eastern Sri Lanka.
2007 Jun 6, A premature report
said several thousand Turkish troops had crossed into northern Iraq
to chase Kurdish guerrillas who operate from bases there. Turkey
declared several areas near the border with Iraq to be "temporary
security zones" in a sign of increasing activity by the military in
its campaign against Kurdish rebels. Turkey's foreign minister
denied there was a cross-border operation.
(AP, 6/6/07)(AP, 6/7/07)(Econ, 6/9/07, p.58)
2007 Jun 6, The UN and African
Union chief executives resolved a dispute over command of a proposed
joint military force to help end bloodshed in Darfur, but the deal
still must be approved by their organizations' security councils and
2007 Jun 6, President Hugo
Chavez called for the creation of a common defense pact between
Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua and Bolivia. The leftist Latin American
bloc announced the creation of a development bank to finance joint
2008 Jun 6, Pres. Bush signed a
transportation bill that freed $45 million for environmental studies
for a levitating train planned to run from Disneyland to Las Vegas.
(SFC, 6/7/08, p.C2)
2008 Jun 6, The US Labor Dept.
said the nation's unemployment rate jumped to 5.5 percent in May,
the biggest monthly rise since 1986, as nervous employers cut 49,000
2008 Jun 6, In NYC James Delayo
(60), the city’s chief crane inspector, was arrested and charged
with taking bribes for allow cranes to pass inspection.
(SFC, 6/7/08, p.A8)
2008 Jun 6, Crude oil settled
up $10.75 at a record $138.54 on the NY Mercantile Exchange.
(WSJ, 6/7/08, p.A1)
2008 Jun 6, A judge at City of
Westminster Magistrates Court said 4 men: Vincent Bajinya, also
known as Doctor Vincent Brown, Charles Munyaneza, Celestin
Ugirashebuja and Emmanuel Nteziryayo, should be sent back to Rwanda
for trial for their involvement in the 1994 genocide.
2008 Jun 6, Colombia's
presidential spokesman said Colombia and Ecuador are restoring
diplomatic ties at the charge d'affaires level following mediation
by former US Pres. Carter.
2008 Jun 6, An official said
Cuba has authorized sex-change operations and will offer them free
for qualifying citizens.
2008 Jun 6, Dr. Paul Tessier
(b.1917), pioneering French surgeon, died in Paris. He introduced
innovative techniques in facial surgery.
(WSJ, 6/28/08, p.A7)
2008 Jun 6, In Iraq two
suspected Shiite militia leaders surrendered during raids by US
forces, while tens of thousands of Shiite faithful streamed out of
mosques to join protests against a security agreement with the
United States. The arrests and demonstrations came on the eve of PM
Nouri al-Maliki's trip to Iran, the second such visit in a year. A
suicide bomber, believed to be a woman, exploded herself near a
checkpoint in a village outside Ramadi, wounding two policemen.
2008 Jun 6, An Israeli
airstrike in Beit Lahiya targeted a Hamas base. One fighter was
killed during an Israeli army operation in the central Gaza Strip.
2008 Jun 6, Russia's new Pres.
Medvedev met with leaders of a fractious alliance of ex-Soviet
republics, warning Ukraine and Georgia not to lead their countries
2008 Jun 6, In Sri Lanka at
least 23 people were killed and 67 wounded in two Tamil Tiger bomb
attacks on public buses packed with civilians.
2008 Jun 6, Turkey's ruling AK
Party held an emergency meeting after the top court overturned a
government-led reform which lifted a ban on Muslim headscarves at
2008 Jun 6, Zimbabwe police
briefly detained Zimbabwe's opposition presidential candidate for
the second time this week and told him the party's rallies had been
banned indefinitely three weeks before the runoff election.
2009 Jun 6, President Barack
Obama at Omaha Beach, France, paid tribute to the Allies’ 1944 D-Day
landings, an invasion that turned the tide of World War II and
cemented the trans-Atlantic alliance.
2009 Jun 6, In East St. Louis,
Ill., the 34-acre Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park opened. It was
named after Malcolm W. Martin (d.2004 at 91), the lawyer who formed
a non-profit group in 1968 to raise money to protect the tract from
(SSFC, 6/7/09, p.A10)
2009 Jun 6, Palm Inc.
introduced its new smart phone called Pre. Two days later Apple
unveiled updated versions of its popular iPhone.
(Econ, 6/13/09, p.66)
2009 Jun 6, In southern Arizona
a sport utility vehicle crammed with at least 27 people crashed just
before midnight killing 10 undocumented immigrants.
(SFC, 6/8/09, p.A6)
2009 Jun 6, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomb rocked the southern town of Spin Boldak killing four
people as clashes claimed the lives of another 12 in a fresh wave of
insurgent violence. Taliban militants ambushed a private security
company in the southwestern province of Nimroz, killing three armed
guards and wounding one.
2009 Jun 6, Brazilian search
crews retrieved the first 2 bodies in the Atlantic from the May 31
crash of Air France Flight 447. Investigators said faulty speed
readings had been found on the same type of jets.
2009 Jun 6, In Central African
Republic at least two people were killed and several wounded in an
attack on a military base. Residents later said ethnic clashes left
at least 27 people dead at a Birao military base, where former
rebels were set to demobilize under a peace accord.
(AFP, 6/7/09)(AFP, 6/11/09)
2009 Jun 6, Chinese rescuers
found the body of Jonny Copp, an American mountain climber,
following an avalanche in an isolated part of southwestern China.
Wade Johnson (24) of Arden Hills, Minnesota, and Micah Dash and
Jonny Copp of Boulder, Colo., were last heard from May 20 at the
base camp of Mount Edgar, a peak of Mount Gongga. Johnson’s body was
recovered on June 8.
(AP, 6/6/09)(AP, 6/8/09)
2009 Jun 6, It was reported
that Chinese aid to Myanmar totaled some $400 million over the past
five years. US aid to Myanmar was said to be worth $12 million a
(Econ, 6/6/09, p.59)
2009 Jun 6, Jean Dausset
(1916), French immunologist, died. The 1980 Nobel prize-winner was a
pioneer behind organ transplants and the mapping of the human
genome. Dausset's discovery in 1958 of the human leukocyte antigen
(HLA) tissue system allowed doctors to verify compatibility between
donor and receiver for an organ transplant.
2009 Jun 6, A senior Iraqi
police official escaped an assassination attempt by a suicide car
bomber in the former insurgent stronghold of Anbar province. The US
military said Insurgents are increasingly using teenagers to stage
attacks against American and Iraqi security forces.
2009 Jun 6, In Kashmir
protesters clashed with police as a separatist strike over the
alleged rape and murder of two young Muslim women paralyzed Indian
Kashmir for a sixth day.
2009 Jun 6, In Mexico 13
gunmen, 2 soldiers and 2 bystanders were killed in a 4-hour shootout
in Acapulco's hotel zone in a gunbattle that went passed midnight.
The soldiers found four Guerrero state police officers inside the
house who said they were being held captive.
(AP, 6/7/09)(AP, 6/8/09)
2009 Jun 6, Myanmar forces
started launching mortar attacks during fighting with Karen
2009 Jun 6, Pakistan said that
two close aides of a pro-Taliban cleric died when a makeshift bomb
ripped through a military convoy transporting them for
interrogation. The dead aides of Sufi Mohammad, who negotiated a
peace deal in the northwest between Taliban rebels and the Pakistani
government, were arrested on June 4 along with three Afghan
nationals. 2 policemen were killed late in the day when a suicide
bomber walked up to a police emergency helpline center, in an
Islamabad residential district home to many government officials,
and detonated explosives strapped to his body. Villagers in the
northwest attacked Taliban militants killing 11 of them in revenge
for a bomb attack on a mosque that killed about 40 people a day
(AFP, 6/6/09)(AFP, 6/7/09)(AP, 6/7/09)
2009 Jun 6, Peru’s President
Alan Garcia labored to contain the country’s worst political
violence in years, as nine more police officers were killed in a
bloody standoff with Amazon Indians fighting his efforts to exploit
oil, gas and other resources on their native lands. The new deaths
brought to 22 the number of police killed, seven with spears, since
security forces on June 5 moved to break up a roadblock manned by
5,000 protesters. A judge ordered the arrest of the Indian leader,
Alberto Pizango, on sedition and rebellion charges.
(AP, 6/7/09)(AP, 6/10/09)
2009 Jun 6, Philippine
government troops seized a Muslim separatist rebel camp in southern
Maguindanao province following three days of fighting that left 30
2009 Jun 6, In Saudi Arabia a
screening of the Saudi film, "Menahi," brought a taste of the
moviegoing experience to Riyadh more than 30 years after the
government began shutting down theaters. No women were allowed. Men
and children, including girls up to 10, were allowed to attend the
show at a government-run cultural center.
2009 Jun 6, Somali pirates
released the Yenegoa Ocean, a Nigerian tugboat they hijacked 10
months ago on Aug 4, 2008. A Dutch navy ship escorted it to a safe
2009 Jun 6, It was reported
that in South Africa HIV-AIDS continued to claim some 3,000 lives a
(Econ, 6/6/09, p.48)
2009 Jun 6, Turkmenistan state
media reported that China will lend the energy-rich country $3
billion to develop its vast South Yolotan natural gas field.
2010 Jun 6, In Ohio a tornado
killed 5 people. The tornado that hit Wood and Ottawa counties had
estimated winds of up to 165 mph and was by far the most severe of
four confirmed tornadoes to strike northern Ohio over the weekend.
(AP, 6/7/10)(AP, 6/8/10)
2010 Jun 6, Robert Radnitz
(b.1924), film producer, died at his Malibu home. His films included
“Sounder,” one of the top rated films of 1972.
(SFC, 6/11/10, p.C7)
2010 Jun 6, In Afghanistan 5
NATO soldiers were killed in a day of violence which left another
six dead and 26 wounded. President Hamid Karzai ordered a review of
all cases of suspected insurgents in jails in Afghanistan and called
for the release of those being held without sufficient evidence.
Pres. Karzai accepted the resignations of Interior Minister Hanif
Atmar and intelligence chief Amrullah Saleh after an investigation
into a June 2 Taliban attack.
(AFP, 6/6/10)(Reuters, 6/6/10)
2010 Jun 6, US Defense
Secretary Robert Gates hand delivered a letter from Pres. Obama to
Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev during a meeting to improve
relations with the former Soviet republic that helps move supplies
and soldiers to the US-led war in landlocked Afghanistan.
2010 Jun 6, Australia’s
attorney general said police have been asked to investigate internet
giant Google over possible breaches of telecommunications privacy
laws. The investigation followed complaints from members of the
public about activities of Google employees while taking photographs
for Google Maps, the search engine's maps page. Google said it would
cooperate with the investigation.
2010 Jun 6, In Brazil millions
of gays and lesbians jammed several of Sao Paulo's main avenues for
the 14th annual gay pride parade in South America's largest city.
2010 Jun 6, Egyptian police
beat a young businessman (28) to death on an Alexandria street after
he posted a video on the Internet of officers sharing the spoils
from a drug bust among themselves. Images of Khaled Said's broken
body were soon posted on social networking websites, where activists
dubbed him the "martyr of the emergency law." On June 23 Egypt's
state prosecutor said that a second autopsy confirmed that Said had
in fact died of asphyxia after swallowing a bag of marijuana.
Prosecutors later charged plainclothes policemen Mahmoud Salah and
Awad Ismail Suleiman with illegal arrest and harsh treatment,
falling far short of demands by the victim's family for a murder
charge. In 2011 a medical panel said that Said died of asphyxiation
after he was beaten, and a bag had been placed in his mouth after he
fell unconscious. In October, 2011, two policemen accused of beating
Khaled Said to death, were convicted and sentenced to seven years in
prison. The convictions were overturned on appeal. Mahmoud Salah and
Awad Ismail Suleiman were freed on June 1, 2013, pending a retrial.
On March 3, 2014, Salah and Suleiman were sentenced to 10 years in
(AP, 6/11/10)(AFP, 6/23/10)(AP, 7/27/10)(AFP,
9/25/11)(AP, 10/26/11)(AP, 6/1/13)(Reuters, 3/3/14)
2010 Jun 6, In western
Indonesia 10 children died when a suspension bridge collapsed.
Rescuers were searching for three others still missing.
2010 Jun 6, In Iraq a car bomb
exploded outside a Baghdad police station in the deadliest of a pair
of attacks that killed six people in the capital.
2010 Jun 6, In Israel Rabbi
Jacob Milgrom (87), considered by many as the world's foremost
authority on the biblical book of Leviticus, died. Milgrom wrote a
three-volume series on Leviticus, interpreting Jewish dietary and
purification rituals as well as the Bible's position on
homosexuality. He concluded the ban on homosexuality applies only to
2010 Jun 6, In Kenya police
arrested Philip Onyancha after tracking him down through a mobile
phone he was using to send ransom demands to the family of a
9-year-old kidnap victim. Onyancha soon confessed to killing 19
people in three years and told police he was planning to kill 100
2010 Jun 6, In Mexico police
discovered six dead bodies in a cavern near the tourist resort of
Cancun, three of them cut open and their hearts removed. Armed men
in two cars barged into a girl's coming-out party in the
southwestern town of Coyuca de Catalan, sparking a deadly gunbattle.
Two partygoers and one attacker were killed.
2010 Jun 6, In Pakistan heavy
rains and winds lashed the port city of Karachi as Cyclone Phet
swirled along the coastline after claiming the lives of 15 people in
2010 Jun 6, Russia urged NATO
forces in Afghanistan to crack down harder on drug production and
smuggling, and offered to help put a security ring around the
2010 Jun 6, In Sudan a tribal
leader said clashes between rival Arab tribes in the western region
of Darfur killed 41 people in three days. Fighting broke out on June
3 when "members of the Rezeigat tribe attacked a village west of the
town of Kass" in South Darfur.
2010 Jun 6, In Yemen Hamza Ali
Saleh al-Dayan, an al-Qaida operative, turned himself in to
authorities in northeastern Marib province, the second such
surrender in two days. He is believed to have trained suicide
bombers and helped plan the July 2007 suicide attack that killed
seven Spanish tourists and two Yemenis in the same province.
2011 Jun 6, The US Senate
confirmed lawyer Donald Verrilli Jr. as the new Solicitor-General,
replacing Elena Kagan, who was appointed to the US Supreme Court.
Verrilli most recently served as Deputy Counsel to President Obama.
2011 Jun 6, The US Supreme
Court ruled that universities in California, as well as those in
eleven other states which have similar laws, may continue to offer
the lower in-state tuition rate to high school graduates who are
2011 Jun 6, Austan Goolsbee,
chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, and one of
President Obama’s most trusted economists, announced he was leaving
to return to his job as a business professor in the graduate school
at the University of Chicago.
2011 Jun 6, Under pressure from
bloggers and journalists, Representative Anthony Weiner of New York
finally admitted he sent inappropriate e-mails to six women he did
not know but met via social media. He also admitted to lying about
using Twitter to send a suggestive photo of himself to a young
woman. He had previously denied sending the photo, claiming his
account was hacked. After apologizing to his wife and his
constituents for his poor judgment, Weiner said he had no plans to
resign from his congressional seat.
2011 Jun 6, In a New York
courtroom, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the disgraced former head of the
International Monetary Fund, pleaded not guilty to charges that he
attempted to rape a maid at the hotel where he had been staying.
2011 Jun 6, Former Pennsylvania
congressman Rick Santorum, a social conservative, announced that he
is a candidate for the Republican nomination for president.
2011 Jun 6, Apple CEO Steve
Jobs, who had been on medical leave while battling pancreatic
cancer, attended a conference of software developers to unveil a new
service called iCloud. The iCloud stores music, photos, documents
and electronic books “in the cloud,” and is able to transfer them
between Apple devices, without the need for hooking up a
Jun 6, In California the Golden State Warriors
hired Mark Jackson to be their new head coach. Jackson, a former NBA
star and a current television sports commentator, has never coached
a professional basketball team
2011 Jun 6, David Henderson
(21), a former SF prep football star, was taken off life support
following a May 26 shooting that left him paralyzed from the neck
(SFC, 6/8/11, p.C1)
Jun 6, Veteran CBS news reporter Scott Pelley made his debut as the
new anchor of the CBS Evening News, a role he assumed after being
chosen to replace Katie Couric.
2011 Jun 6, In Britain Asim
Kauser (25), a British national, was arrested at his home following
an operation by the North West Counter Terrorism Unit. The alleged
offenses took place between January 2009 and June 2011.
2011 Jun 6, German officials
retracted their assertion (see Jun 5) that the E.coli epidemic was
caused by bean sprouts from an organic farm. They said there was not
enough data to determine if the farm was in fact the source of the
deadly outbreak, which sickened people all over Europe and resulted
in twenty-two deaths.
2011 Jun 6, In Iraq five
members of the US military who were serving as advisors to the Iraqi
security police, were killed by a rocket attack on their residence
in Baghdad. This was the worst single-day loss of life for American
troops in Iraq in two years. Kataib Hezbollah claimed responsibility
for the rocket attack.
(AP, 6/6/11)(AP, 6/30/11)
2011 Jun 6, In Pakistan US
drone aircraft struck at least 3 attacks in South Waziristan killing
at least 18 people.
(SFC, 6/7/11, p.A2)
2011 Jun 6, In Peru the remains
of 5 soldiers arrived in Lima. They were killed in an ambush
attributed to Shining Path guerrillas in the Apurimac River Valley.
(SSFC, 6/19/11, p.A4)
2011 Jun 6, Syrian American
lesbian blogger Amina Arraf was allegedly last seen in Damascus
after being bundled into a car by 3 men in civilian clothes. On June
13 this story was revealed as a hoax and a 40-year old American man
living in Scotland apologized for posing as Arraf.
(SFC, 6/8/11, p.A2)(SFC, 6/14/11, p.A2)
2011 Jun 6, UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of South Korea announced his intention
to seek a second five-year term. His current term expires at the end
2011 Jun 6, Yemen’s president
Ali Abdullah Saleh announced he would soon return to Yemen; he had
been recuperating in Saudi Arabia after being wounded in an attack.
2012 Jun 6, Eight Muslims filed
a federal lawsuit in New Jersey to force the NYPD to end its
surveillance and other intelligence-gathering practices targeting
Muslims in the years after the 2001 terrorist attacks.
2012 Jun 6, Authorities in
Oregon confirmed that a 66-foot-long pier, that floated onto a beach
near Newport, came from Japan following the tsunami in March 2011.
(SFC, 6/7/12, p.A9)
2012 Jun 6, In Afghanistan 3
suicide attackers blew themselves up in Kandahar city, killing 22
people and wounding at least 50 others in a dusty marketplace.
Afghan officials and residents said a pre-dawn NATO airstrike
targeting militants killed 18 people celebrating a wedding,
including women and children. A NATO forces spokesman said they had
no reports of civilians being killed in the overnight raid to
capture a local Taliban leader in Logar province. Provincial Police
Chief Gen. Ghulam Sakhi Roogh Lawanay said there was no wedding
party. He said the gathering was a meeting of Taliban commanders in
the province. Villagers displayed 18 bodies at the provincial
capital, including 5 women, 7 children and 6 men. 2 NATO service
members were killed in a helicopter crash in Ghazni province.
(AP, 6/6/12)(AP, 6/7/12)
2012 Jun 6, The Afghan
government accused the Taliban of poisoning schoolgirls by bribing
students and workers to sneak toxic chemicals into drinking water or
spread it around school grounds, sickening scores. 15 suspects have
been arrested. National Directorate of Security spokesman Lutfullah
Mashal accused Pakistani spies of poisoning the schoolgirls. In July
a UN agency expressed concern that torture may have been used to
extract confessions over the alleged serial poisoning, which experts
say is more likely to be mass hysteria.
(AP, 6/6/12)(AFP, 6/6/12)(AFP, 7/10/12)
2012 Jun 6, Angolan troops,
whose presence angered local soldiers and prompted a coup in April,
began leaving Guinea-Bissau. The pullout was completed on June 9.
(AFP, 6/6/12)(AFP, 6/9/12)
2012 Jun 6, Chile, Colombia,
Mexico and Peru formally established their Pacific Alliance (Alianza
de Pacifico). The goal was free trade and economic integration with
a clear orientation toward Asia.
2012 Jun 6, In China 12
children were hurt in a clash at an Islamic school in the restive
Xinjiang region, amid an escalating crackdown on "illegal" religious
activities. The exiled World Uyghur Congress (WUC) group disputed
the government version of events, citing sources on the ground as
saying police tossed tear gas into the school.
2012 Jun 6, In China ailing
Chinese labor activist Li Wangyang (62), imprisoned for two decades,
some of it doing hard labor, died in a hospital, reportedly hanging
himself one year after being released from jail.
2012 Jun 6, Colombia’s military
bombed a FARC rebel camp in Antioquia state. 8 rebels were reported
(SFC, 6/7/12, p.A2)
2012 Jun 6, In CongoDRC an army
report said at least 200 mutineers have been killed in the eastern
part of the country since fighting broke out in April. 40 troops
from the FARDC regular army have also been killed in the clashes.
2012 Jun 6, Israel's Supreme
Court rejected an attempt by hardliners to prevent the demolition of
an illegal West Bank outpost. It had already said the Ulpana outpost
is illegal because it was built on private Palestinian land and
ordered the outpost's five buildings taken down by July 1. Israeli
officials announced the government would build 850 apartments in
various West Bank settlements. Israeli aircraft struck two targets
in the Gaza Strip, wounding at least two men.
(AP, 6/6/12)(AFP, 6/6/12)(AP, 6/7/12)
2012 Jun 6, Human Rights Watch
said armed groups in Liberia, who supported Ivory Coast's former
president, have killed at least 40 civilians in cross-border raids
into Ivory Coast since July and are recruiting children as young as
14 into their ranks.
2012 Jun 6, The International
Monetary Fund said Malawi is set for a $157-million (125-million
euro) 3-year IMF loan to fix its troubled economy which has been hit
by global aid suspensions.
2012 Jun 6, In Peru a
helicopter crashed in the highlands killing all 14 people aboard,
including 8 South Koreans and 3 Europeans. They were exploring a
potential hydroelectric project near Mazuco.
(AP, 6/7/12)(SFC, 6/11/12,
2012 Jun 6, In Puerto Rico US
federal agents swept through the main airport and other areas,
arresting dozens of baggage handlers, airline workers and others
suspected of smuggling millions of dollars' worth of cocaine aboard
commercial flights for at least a decade.
2012 Jun 6, Russian Pres.
Vladimir Putin visited China and emphasized burgeoning military ties
on the second day of a visit to his nation's eastern neighbor.
2012 Jun 6, In Sudan an
"exceptional" airlift of almost 12,000 South Sudanese ended with a
final flight from Khartoum, but thousands more continue to live in
makeshift conditions while they, too, await transport to the South.
2012 Jun 6, Syrian President
Bashar Assad appointed loyalist Riad Farid Hijab, a member of the
ruling Baath Party and the former agriculture minister, as prime
minister as he battles a 15-month uprising against his rule. Rebels
went on the offensive in and around Damascus while 18 people were
killed in shelling, blasts and clashes across the country. The
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 55 people were
killed in an assault on Al-Kubeir, a small Sunni farming enclave
surrounded by Alawite villages in the central province of Hama.
(AP, 6/6/12)(AFP, 6/6/12)(AFP, 6/7/12)
2012 Jun 6, Clashes broke out
between Syrian troops and residents of the border town of Arsal in
eastern Lebanon after a Lebanese man was killed and three wounded at
dawn as they tried to cross the border into Syria.
2012 Jun 6, A group of expat
Syrian businessmen announced in Qatar the creation of a $300 million
(239 million euro) fund to support the rebellion against President
2012 Jun 6, In Togo Moise Lida
Kouassi, the former defense minister of Ivory Coast's disgraced
ex-president Laurent Gbagbo, was arrested. He was accused of trying
to destabilize the new Ivorian regime.
2012 Jun 6, A UN report said
Joseph Kony's Lord Resistance Army has abducted more than 600 child
soldiers and sex slaves over the past two years even as the hunt for
the rebel leader intensifies. At least 591 children, including 268
girls, were reported seized over the same time in Democratic
Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and South Sudan.
2012 Jun 6, In Yemen two
civilians were killed and a third was wounded when their car, rigged
by al-Qaida militants, exploded in the southern port city of Aden.
2013 Jun 6, The Washington Post
newspaper reported the existence of a program, codenamed
PRISM, under which the NSA collects, e-mails, internet phone calls,
photos, videos, file transfers and social networking data from big
(Econ, 6/15/13, p.23)
2013 Jun 6, A law enforcement
sweep in San Diego led to the arrest of 50 people including 7
active-duty Marines, 7 former Marines and Navy sailor. The
busted crime rings dealt in illegal drugs, stolen military gear and
(SFC, 6/7/13, p.A6)
2013 Jun 6, Wells Fargo in an
agreement with the US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
said it will pay $39 million to promote home ownerhsip and community
development to address claims that it neglected bank-owned homes in
(SFC, 6/7/13, p.C1)
2013 Jun 6, Esther Williams
(91), teenage swimming champion and Hollywood star, died in Beverly
Hills. Her films included “Andy Hardy’s Double Life” (1942),
“Bathing Beauty” (1944) and “Jupiter’s Darling” (1955). Her 1999
autobiography was titled “The Million Dollar Mermaid.”
(SFC, 6/7/13, p.D6)
2013 Jun 6, In Kentucky a
medical helicopter crashed near Manchester killing all three
(SFC, 6/8/13, p.A4)
2013 Jun 6, Vermont Gov. Peter
Shumlin signed a measure making Vermont the 17th US state to
eliminate criminal penalties for the possession of small amounts of
(SFC, 6/8/13, p.A4)
2013 Jun 6, The Afghan governor
of Kunar province alleged that an overnight NATO airstrike killed 3
civilians and wounded seven there, a claim the US-led coalition
flatly denied. A civilian was killed when a bomb exploded inside a
restaurant in the northern city of Sari Pul. Another 13 people were
wounded. In western Farah province insurgents gunned down two tribal
elders as they drove into the provincial capital. A suicide attacker
drove a truck into the entrance of a camp in Helmand province in
Now-e-Zad district and detonated it. 7 Georgian soldiers were
(AP, 6/6/13)(AP, 6/7/13)
2013 Jun 6, In Brazil protests
began in Sao Paulo over a 20-centavo (nine-cent) rise in bus fares.
(Econ, 6/22/13, p.40)
2013 Jun 6, Bolivian officials
said Quachua villagers in the southern highlands buried alive Santos
Ramos (17) in the grave of Leandra Arias Janco (35), for her rape
and murder on June 2.
(SFC, 6/8/13, p.A2)
2013 Jun 6, In Bosnia nearly
3,000 people formed a chain around the Parliament, trapping hundreds
of politicians and civil service workers inside in a demonstration
of anger over what protesters say is a government paralyzed by
ethnic bickering. They demanded a new law on personal ID numbers
after the old one lapsed in February, leaving all babies born since
without personal documents.
2013 Jun 6, Britain expressed
regret about the abuse of Kenyans by colonial forces during the Mau
Mau insurgency in the 1950s and announced a compensation package for
more than 5,200 survivors worth a total of 20 million pounds.
2013 Jun 6, British comic
novelist Tom Sharpe (85), known for his "Wilt" series about a
harassed and hen-pecked university lecturer, died in Spain. His
first novel, "Riotous Assembly" (1971), lampoons South Africa's
apartheid system and the police.
2013 Jun 6, The British
Competition Commission barred France's Groupe Eurotunnel from
docking its ferries at Dover for at least two years due to concerns
its purchase of three ferries would allow it to dominate over half
of the market.
2013 Jun 6, A German high court
in Karlsruhe granted homosexual civil unions the same tax breaks as
heterosexual married couples.
(SFC, 6/7/13, p.A2)
2013 Jun 6, Residents and
emergency crews worked through the night in Dresden and other cities
to bolster riverbanks and build sandbag barriers as floodwaters that
have already claimed 16 lives in Europe roared farther north through
2013 Jun 6, Ghana's immigration
service said 161 Chinese nationals, who were arrested for illegal
gold mining this week, will be deported to China.
2013 Jun 6, Organizers said
Miss World has axed the famed bikinis from this year's pageant in
Indonesia, replacing the skimpy swimsuits with conservative beach
sarongs amid mounting protests from hard-line Muslim groups.
2013 Jun 6, In Iraq a series of
car bomb explosions in and around Baghdad killed 14 people including
7 policemen in Taji.
2013 Jun 6, Mexican soldiers
were reported to have rescued 165 people kidnapped by the Zetas drug
cartel and held for as long as 3 weeks in a one-story home alongside
the US border. 150 of those rescued were US bound migrants from
(SFC, 6/7/13, p.A2)
2013 Jun 6, In Mexico two
gunmen stormed into a gym and killed 4 people in the tough Mexico
City neighborhood of Tepito, home to the area's biggest black
2013 Jun 6, North and South
Korea agreed to hold talks on reopening a jointly run factory
complex and other cross-border issues, after months of deteriorating
relations and a day before a US-China summit in which the North is
expected to be a key topic.
2013 Jun 6, Russia’s Pres.
Putin (60) and his wife, Lyudmila (55), announced the end of their
marriage less than two months shy of their 30th anniversary in an
interview with Russian television.
2013 Jun 6, Russia said it has
deployed a naval unit, 16 warships and three ship-based helicopters,
to the Mediterranean Sea.
2013 Jun 6, Russian special
forces arrested Yulai Davletbayev, a man who is accused of planning
a terrorist attack on Moscow that the agency foiled on May 20. Two
suspected militants from the group Davletbayev is accused of leading
were killed and a third, Robert Amerkhanov was arrested in an FSB
operation in May.
2013 Jun 6, In southern Somalia
al-Qaida-linked militants killed two men by firing squad in Bararwe
for allegedly spying for the Somali government and the African Union
2013 Jun 6, A Sudanese military
spokesman said a military training helicopter has crashed in the
country's south, killing its two crew members.
2013 Jun 6, Syrian rebels
captured a crossing point along a cease-fire line with Israel in the
contested Golan Heights. Austria announced that it is withdrawing
the country's 377 UN peacekeepers from the Golan Heights after the
Syrian conflict briefly spilled over to an area near their position.
2013 Jun 6, Ayman al-Zawahri,
al-Qaida's leader, urged Sunni Muslims to spare no effort to join
the battle in Syria.
2013 Jun 6, In Taiwan 2 men
were charged with planting cyanide-tainted bombs on a high-speed
train and at an office where the head of global electronics
powerhouse Foxconn was scheduled to visit in April. The devices
failed to explode. Lawyer Hu Tsung-hsien (44) and Chu Ya-dong were
indicted on charges of attempted homicide and endangering public
2013 Jun 6, In southern Turkey
a police officer died after falling into an underpass while trying
to subdue a protest, bringing the death toll in a week of protests
2014 Jun 6, San Francisco’s
Glide Foundation announced that Andy Chua of Singapore bid
$2,166,766 to win a private lunch with Warren Buffet, head of
(SSFC, 6/8/14, p.A8)
2014 Jun 6, In Georgia Dennis
Marx, wielding an assault rifle and explosives, opened fire outside
a courthouse in Cumming. He wounded a deputy before he was killed in
(SFC, 6/7/14, p.A5)
2014 Jun 6, Karen DeCrow
(b.1937), former head of NOW (1974-1977), the National Organization
for Women, died at her home in Jamesville, NY.
(SFC, 6/9/14, p.C4)
2014 Jun 6, In North Dakota
seven couples filed a federal lawsuit challenging the state’s
constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, making it the last state in
the country to be sued by couples seeking the right to marry in
their home state.
(SFC, 6/7/14, p.A4)
2014 Jun 6, In Wisconsin gay
couples began getting married after a federal judge struck down the
state’s same-sex marriage ban.
(SFC, 6/7/14, p.A4)
2014 Jun 6, It was reported
that a glossy beetle, a shot hole borer smaller than a sesame seed,
is destroying elder, sycamore and live oak trees in southern
(SFC, 6/6/14, p.D6)
2014 Jun 6, The leading Afghan
presidential candidate, Abdullah Abdullah, narrowly escaped an
assassination attempt when two suicide bombers struck his convoy
after a campaign event in Kabul. 6 civilians were killed and 22
2014 Jun 6, In northern
Afghanistan at least 81 people were killed and many more left
missing in flash floods that fell in the Gozargah-e Noor district of
the northern Baghlan province.
(Reuters, 6/7/14)(AP, 6/8/14)
2014 Jun 6, Brazil's biggest
city confronted a second straight day of commuting chaos, as
striking subway workers and a protest over housing conditions
tangled the streets of Sao Paulo less than a week before it hosts
the opening match of the World Cup.
2014 Jun 6, British
telecommunications giant Vodafone admitted the existence of secret
wires that allow government agencies to listen in to conversations
on its networks. Vodafone said that in about six countries where it
operates, phone tapping is required by law, although it did not
identify the countries.
2014 Jun 6, Germany's foreign
intelligence agency officially lifted the lid on some of its
worst-kept secrets, acknowledging that half a dozen facilities
around the country are in fact spy stations — as anyone with
Internet access could already figure out.
2014 Jun 6, In India 17 police
officers were convicted of kidnapping and killing a 22-year-old
jobseeker in custody. Ranbir Singh had gone to the northern Indian
city of Dehradun looking for a job when he was arrested by police
for allegedly committing a robbery. He died in police custody in
2009. On June 9 the court sentenced all 17 police officers to life
(AP, 6/6/14)(AP, 6/9/14)
2014 Jun 6, In northern India
thousands of people stormed an electricity substation near the state
capital of Lucknow, ransacking offices and taking several workers
hostage for 18 hours until police intervened the next day. People
were enraged by power cuts during an extreme heat wave.
2014 Jun 6, In northern Iraq a
back-to-back car bomb attack targeting an ethnic minority in Tahrawa
and clashes in Mosul killed at least 20 people.
(AP, 6/6/14)(SFC, 6/7/14, p.A2)
2014 Jun 6, Israeli police
raided the east Jerusalem studios of Palestine TV and briefly
detained three staff for questioning. Police reportedly suspected
Palestine TV of broadcasting "incitements to violence."
2014 Jun 6, In Italy Sister
Cristina Scuccia (25) clinched the top prize with five songs in the
country’s musical competition “The Voice.”
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCi_LgPgaQo)(SFC, 6/7/14, p.a2)
2014 Jun 6, In Kosovo a huge
explosion rocked the country’s main power plant in Pristina, causing
casualties and damaging nearby houses.
2014 Jun 6, Mexican prosecutors
said police have arrested a leading figure in the Knights Templar
drug cartel who they say is linked to more than a dozen deaths.
State prosecutors said Pedro Naranjo Garcia was "associated with the
murder of 15 people last year in Apatzingan."
2014 Jun 6, Nigeria’s military
searched trucks carrying newspapers after receiving intelligence
"indicating movement of materials with grave security implications
across the country using the channel of newsprint related
2014 Jun 6, North Korea said it
has detained an American tourist for committing an unspecified
crime, the third US citizen being held there. Jeffrey Edward Fowle
(56) of Ohio had arrived in North Korea on April 29.
(AP, 6/6/14)(AP, 6/7/14)
2014 Jun 6, Pakistan's media
regulatory agency suspended the operating license of Geo News, the
country's leading news channel, for 15 days after a spat between the
broadcaster and the country's powerful military. It also imposed a
10 million rupee fine — roughly $100,000. TV channel Geo News said
it is suing the powerful ISI spy agency for defamation over
accusations of being anti-state.
2014 Jun 6, Philippine
government prosecutors filed corruption charges against three
senators who allegedly received hundreds of millions of pesos
(millions of dollars) in kickbacks from funds allocated for projects
for the poor.
2014 Jun 6, In the Philippines
radio anchorman Nilo Baculo Sr. (67) was killed by gunmen on a
motorcycle in Oriental Mindoro's Calapan City. Baculo had filed a
petition in 2008 requesting court protection, saying he had
discovered a plot by elected officials at that time to kill him
after he had reported on their involvement in illegal drug deals.
2014 Jun 6, Romania's
second-richest businessman, Dan Adamescu, was arrested on charges
that he bribed judges to rule in his favor in court cases over
several insolvency cases involving his companies in Dec 2013.
2014 Jun 6, Russian President
Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's newly elected leader Petro Poroshenko
met in France at the sidelines of ceremonies to celebrate the 70th
anniversary of the D-Day landing in Normandy. They spoke of their
desire for a quick end to hostilities in southeastern Ukraine.
2014 Jun 6, Sudanese troops
captured a rebel position in South Kordofan.
2014 Jun 6, Thai police warned
online critics of the military junta that they will "come get you"
for posting political views that could incite divisiveness.
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