555 Jun 7,
Vigilius ended his reign as Catholic Pope (537-555).
(PTA, 1980, p.118)(SC, 6/7/02)
1329 Jun 7, Robert Bruce
(b.1274), King of Scotland (1306-1329), died.
1494 Jun 7, Spain and Portugal
divided the new lands they had discovered between themselves.
1502 Jun 7, Pope Gregory XIII
was born. He introduced the Gregorian calendar in 1582.
1546 Jun 7, The Peace of Ardes
ended the war between France and England.
(TL-MB, 1988, p.17)(HN, 6/7/98)
1594 Jun 7, Roderigo Lopez was
executed at Tyburn, England, on charges of spying for the king of
(WSJ, 9/24/04, p.W7)
1614 Jun 7, The 2nd parliament
of King James I dissolved passing no legislation.
1654 Jun 7, Louis XIV was
crowned King of France in Rheims.
(AP, 6/7/97)(HN, 6/7/98)
1697 Jun 7, John Aubrey
(b.1626), author of "Monumenta Britanica," died. In 1948 Anthony
Powell authored the biography "John Aubrey." In 2015 Ruth Scurr
authored “John Aubrey: My Own Life," an autobiography in the form of
a diary that he never wrote.
4/02, p.12)(Econ., 4/11/15, p.76)
1692 Jun 7, An earthquake
struck Jamaica. It rearranged the geology, splitting the rocks,
turning mountains to lakes, and engulfed two-thirds of Port Royal.
On that day and subsequently, five thousand of the inhabitants died.
1712 Jun 7, The Pennsylvania
Assembly banned the importation of slaves.
1753 Jun 7, Britain's King
George II gave his assent to an Act of Parliament establishing the
British Museum [see Apr 5].
1767 Jun 7, Daniel Boone
sighted present-day Kentucky. [see Jun 7, 1769]
1769 Jun 7, Daniel Boone first
began to explore the present-day Bluegrass State as recognized by
Kentucky's Historical Society. [see June 7, 1767]
1770 Jun 7, Earl of Liverpool,
(C) British PM (1812-27), was born.
1775 Jun 7, The United Colonies
changed their name to United States.
1776 Jun 7, Richard Henry Lee
of Virginia proposed to the Continental Congress the resolution
calling for a Declaration of Independence: that "these United
Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent
States..." Congress delayed the vote on the resolution until July 1.
(Civil., Jul-Aug., '95, p.60) (AP, 6/7/97)
1778 Jun 7, George Byran "Beau"
Brummell (d.1840), English wit, was born. He influenced men's
fashion and introduced trouser to replace breeches.
1825 Jun 7, R.D. Blackmore,
author (Norie), was born.
1828 Jun 7, A party led by
Jebediah Smith completed a journey down the Klamath River and were
on the verge of starvation when they were visited by Indians who
brought food. Smith's party proceeded north to Oregon and most of
the party was killed by Umpqua Indians. Smith was killed in 1831 by
Comanches on the Cimarron River. Smith’s party were the 1st white
people to see Lake Earl, the biggest lagoon on the West Coast.
(SFEC, 12/5/99, p.T5)(SFEC, 7/16/00, p.B1)
1832 Jun 7, The British Reform
Act received royal assent and became law. The act, pressed through
by PM Earl Grey, forestalled a revolution by increasing the number
of people who were eligible to vote. The bergamot-flavored Earl Grey
tea was later named after the PM.
(ON, 4/09, p.10)(AP, 2/1/13)
1839 Jun 7, Hawaiian
Declaration of Rights was signed.
1843 Jun 7, Susan Elizabeth
Blow, US pioneer in kindergarten education, was born.
1848 Jun 7, Paul Gauguin,
French post-impressionist painter, was born in Paris. He abandoned
his family to focus on his work.
(AP, 6/7/97)(HN, 6/7/99)
1860 Jun 7, San Francisco
workmen started laying track for the Market Street Railroad. The
line was planned to reach to San Jose.
(SC, 6/7/02)(SFC, 1/23/10, p.A1)
1862 Jun 7, William Mumford
became the 1st US citizen to be hanged for treason.
1862 Jun 7, James J. Andrews
(b.1829), civilian Union spy, was hanged in Atlanta for leading the
April 12 Union raid in Georgia that stole the locomotive “General"
in an effort to disrupt Confederate transport. On June 18 seven
other Union men were hanged for the raid.
1863 Jun 7, Mexico City was
captured by French troops.
1864 Jun 7, Abraham Lincoln was
nominated for another term as president at his party's convention in
1866 Jun 7, Irish Fenians
raided Pigeon Hill, Quebec.
1887 Jun 7, Monotype
type-casting machine was patented by Tolbert Lanston in Wash., DC.
1892 Jun 7, Homer Plessy was
arrested after buying a railroad ticket in New Orleans and seating
himself in the white-only section. He was an "octoroon," 7/8 white
and 1/8 black. He had been selected to test the validity of the 1890
Louisiana law mandating separate cars for whites and blacks.
(SFC, 5/12/96, p.A-6)
1896 Jun 7, Vivien Kellems, TV
hostess (The Power of Women), was born.
1896 Jun 7, Robert Mulliken, US
chemist, physicist (Nobel 1966), was born.
1896 Jun 7, G. Harpo & F.
Samuelson left NY to row the Atlantic. The trip took 54 days.
1897 Jun 7, George Szell,
conductor (Metropolitan 1942-45), was born in Budapest, Hungary.
1898 Jun 7, Social Democracy of
America party held its 1st national convention in Chicago.
1899 Jun 7, Elizabeth Bowen
(d.1973), Irish-British novelist and short story writer (The Death
of the Heart), was born in Dublin. "One can live in the shadow of an
idea without grasping it." "The charm, one might say the genius of
memory, is that it is choosy, chancy and temperamental: it rejects
the edifying cathedral and indelibly photographs the small boy
outside, chewing a hunk of melon in the dust."
(AP, 4/19/97)(AP, 8/5/97)(HN, 6/7/01)
1900 Jun 7, Boxer rebels cut
the rail links between Peking and Tientsin in China.
1901 Jun 7, M. Wolf discovered
asteroid #471, Papagena.
1903 Jun 7, Professor Curie
revealed the discovery of Polonium. [see 1898]
1905 Jun 7, Norway declared
independence from Sweden. Their union had been in effect in since
(SC, 6/7/02)(SSFC, 6/5/05, p.F7)
1909 Jun 7, Virginia Apgar,
American physician and medical researcher, was born.
1909 Jun 7, Peter Rodino,
Congressman from New York, was born. He served as chairman of the
1909 Jun 7, Jessica Tandy,
actress (Birds, Cocoon, Batteries Not Included), was born in London.
1909 Jun 7, Cleveland
Industrial Exposition opened.
1912 Jun 7, US army tested the
1st machine gun mounted on a plane.
1912 Jun 7, Pope Pius X issued
the encyclical: "On the Indians of South America."
1914 Jun 7, The first vessel
passed through the Panama Canal. [see Aug]
1915 Jun 7, The resignation of
William Jennings Bryan as Woodrow Wilson‘s secretary of state, was
prompted by the "second Lusitania note." Bryan, who had signed the
first Lusitania note demanding that Germany stop unrestricted
submarine warfare, disavow the sinking of the Lusitania and make
reparations for the loss of U.S. lives, declined to sign a second
note out of fear it might involve the U.S. in World War I. The
second note, which demanded certain pledges from Germany, was
dispatched on June 9 over the signature of Bryan‘s replacement,
Robert Lansing. A third note, dispatched on July 21, was a virtual
ultimatum warning that repetition of such acts as the sinking of
Lusitania would be regarded as "deliberately unfriendly." [see Jun
1917 Jun 7, Gwendolyn Brooks,
one of the foremost African American poets of the 20th Century, was
born. She won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry for her verse narrative
1917 Jun 7, Dean Martin,
singer, comedian (partner for Jerry Lewis), was born in
Steubenville, Ohio. He died in Beverly Hills, Ca. on Dec. 25, 1995.
[see Jun 17]
(WSJ, 12/26/95, p. A-1)(SC, 6/7/02)
1917 Jun 7, British Field
Marshal Sir Douglas Haig launched his assault in Flanders to take
German pressure off his French allies. For months, troops of the
British Expeditionary Force fought a series of pointless battles in
a nightmarish landscape of knee-deep shell holes filled with mud and
blasted, skeletal trees. When the campaign finally ground to a halt
on November 10, 1917, the BEF had suffered losses of 300,000 men and
German losses were around 200,000--for a total gain of four miles.
1921 Jun 7, James Craig
(1871-1940) became the first prime minister of Northern Ireland and
served until his death in 1940.
1922 Jun 7, Rocky Graziano,
boxer, entertainer (Pantomime Quiz, Martha Raye Show), was born.
1924 Jun 7, Dolores Gray,
singer, actress (Designing Woman, Kismet), was born in Chicago.
1926 Jun 7, Dick Williams,
choral director (Andy Williams Show), was born in Wall Lake, Iowa.
1929 Jun 7, John Turner, (L)
17th Canadian PM (1984), was born in Richmond, England.
1929 Jun 7, The sovereign state
of Vatican City came into existence as copies of the Lateran Treaty
were exchanged in Rome.
1930 Jun 7, NY Times agrees to
capitalize the n in "Negro."
1931 Jun 7, Lang Jeffries,
actor (Skip-Rescue 8), was born in Ontario, Canada.
1932 Jun 7, Over 7,000 war
veterans march on Washington, D.C. demanding their bonuses for
service in WW I.
1934 Jun 7, The US Corporate
Bankruptcy Act allowed corporations to reorganize.
(SSFC, 1/18/09, p.D6)
1937 Jun 7, Actress Jean Harlow
died in Los Angeles at age 26.
1938 Jun 7, The 1st play
telecast with original Broadway cast: "Susan & God."
1938 Jun 7, Boeing 314 Clipper
flying boat was 1st flown (Eddie Allen).
1939 Jun 7, King George VI and
his wife, Queen Elizabeth, arrived at Niagara Falls, N.Y., from
Canada on the first visit to the United States by a reigning British
1940 Jun 7, Tom Jones, singer
(What's New Pussycat), was born in Pontypridd, Wales.
1941 Jun 7, Jaime Laredo,
violinist (Queen Elisabeth of Belgium prize 1959), was born in
1941 Jun 7, Whirlaway won the
Belmont Stakes & the triple crown.
1942 Jun 7, The USS Yorktown
was sunk off of Midway Atoll.
(F, 10/7/96, p.174)
1942 Jun 7, The Japanese
invaded Attu and Kiska in the Aleutian Islands.
1943 Jun 7, Nikki Giovanni,
poet (LHJ Woman of the Year 1973), was born.
1943 Jun 7, Ken Osmond, actor
(Eddie Haskel-Leave it To Beaver), was born.
1944 Jun 7, Clarence White,
guitarist (The Byrds-Turn! Turn! turn!), was born.
1944 Jun 7, Italian partisans
shot at least one German soldier in a radio transmitter unit that
included Matthias Defregger. Eventually, 17 men, ranging from 17 to
65, were shot in retaliation, and much of the village of Filetto di
Camarda was burned. Defregger later became a Bishop and faced
charges in 1969 for the murders. The charges were dropped in 1970.
1945 Jun 7, The opera "Peter
Grimes" by Benjamin Britten," premiered in London.
1946 Jun 7, Bill Kreutzman,
drummer (Grateful Dead-Uncle John's Band), was born.
1948 Jun 7, The Communists
completed their takeover of Czechoslovakia with the resignation of
President Eduard Benes.
1953 Jun 7, Pres. Eisenhower
announced that proposals for a Korean truce are acceptable to the US
and appealed to South Korea to accept terms to stop the war.
(SFC, 6/6/03, p.E2)
1953 Jun 7, The 1st color
network telecast in compatible color was in Boston, Mass.
1954 Jun 7, Louise Erdrich,
American author, was born.
1954 Jun 7, The 1st
microbiology laboratory was dedicated in New Brunswick, NJ.
1954 Jun 7, Alan Turing
(b.1912), English mathematician, died of suicide. Turing, a
homosexual, was convicted in 1952 of gross indecency and forced to
take estrogen injections. In 2006 David Leavitt authored "The Man
Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer. In
2009 British PM Gordon Brown apologized for the "inhumane" treatment
of Alan Turing.
1955 Jun 7, Pres. Eisenhower
became the 1st president to appear on color TV.
1955 Jun 7, "The $64,000
Question" premiered on CBS TV. It was the top ranking network show
on television with a ranking of 47.5%. It featured Art Carney and
Jackie Gleason and was in part created by Joseph Cates (d.1998 at
(WSJ, 4/24/95, p.R-5)(SFC, 10/13/98, p.A22)(SC,
1957 Jun 7, Mrs. Elizabeth S.
Kingsley, double-Crostic puzzle creator, died.
1958 Jun 7, Prince Rogers
Nelson, rock star later known as Prince, was born in Minneapolis,
(WSJ, 3/30/04, p.B1)
1961 Jun 7, Robert Griffith,
producer of Pajama Game, died.
1962 Jun 7, Joseph A. Walker,
NASA civilian test pilot, took the X-15 to 31,580 meters.
1963 Jun 7, The Rolling Stones
made their 1st TV appearance.
1963 Jun 7, Zasu Pitts (65),
actress (Wedding March, Life With Father), died.
1965 Jun 7, Gemini 4 completed
1965 Jun 7, Judy Holiday (42),
1967 Jun 7, The Haight Ashbury
Free Medical Clinic opened in San Francisco. Dr. David E. Smith (28)
founded the SF Free Clinic. The first clinic opened at 509 Clayton
St. with $500 in seed money from Rev. Leon Harris, pastor of All
Saints Episcopal Church. The facility spawned a nationwide movement.
Smith resigned in 2006.
(SFC, 6/7/97, p.A16)(SFC, 3/6/06, p.B5)(AP,
1967 Jun 7, Three Moby Grape
members were arrested on Mt. Tamalpais, following a concert at the
Avalon Ballroom in SF, for having sex with underage girls.
1967 Jun 7, Author-critic
Dorothy Parker (b.1893), famed for her caustic wit, died in NYC. The
1994 film "Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle" starred Jennifer
Jason Leigh as the poet Dorothy Parker. It covered 25 years of
Parker's life. She left most of her estate to Martin Luther King,
(AP, 6/7/97)(SFEC, 8/23/98, DB p.43)(SFEC,
9/19/99, Z1 p.3)
1967 Jun 7, Israel captured the
Wailing Wall in East Jerusalem. 3rd day of the 6-day war.
1968 Jun 7, Michael Robert
Smith (25) escaped from California’s Soledad prison while serving
time for a robbery conviction. He then headed to Nevada, then New
Jersey and into a marriage that didn't work out. In 2001 Smith moved
to a tiny trailer in a heavily wooded area of Creek County, Okla.,
where he was recaptured in 2006.
1968 Jun 7, Dan Duryea
(b.1907), film, stage and TV actor, died. His numerous films
included “The Pride of the Yankees" (1942) and “The Flight of the
1968 Jun 7, In South Vietnam
the week long Operation Swift Saber began. US Marines swept an area
10 miles northwest of Danang.
1968 Jun 7, In Spain ETA, a
Basque Homeland and Freedom separatist group, shot and killed Civil
Guard Jose Pardines Arcay at a checkpoint. This marked ETA’s 1st
killing as it began fighting for independence. Its political wing
was Herri Batasuna.
(SFEC, 7/13/97, p.A11)(SFC, 7/21/97, p.A10)(AP,
1969 Jun 7, The Johnny Cash
Show premiered on ABC from the Grand Ole Opry with special guest Bob
Dylan and regular cast: Tennessee Three, June Carter and Carter
Family, Statler Brothers, and Carl Perkins, stepping in for Luther
Perkins, who has just died accidentally in tragic fire. The series
ran through 1971.
1969 Jun 7, Tommy James &
the Shondells released "Crystal Blue Persuasion."
1970 Jun 7, The Who's Tommy was
performed at NY's Lincoln Center.
1970 Jun 7, E.M. Forster
(b.1879 as Edward Morgan Forster), English novelist, died. His
novels included “A Room With a View" (1908) and “A Passage to India"
(1924). In 2010 Frank Kermode authored “Concerning E.M. Forster."
Wendy Moffat authored “A Great Unrecorded History: A new Life of
1971 Jun 7, Soviet Soyuz 11
crew completed the 1st transfer to orbiting Salyut.
1972 Jun 7, The musical
"Grease" opened at the Broadhurst Theatre, where it ran for five
months before transferring to the Royale Theatre. It had initially
opened at the Eden Theater in Manhattan on Feb 14,1972.
1972 Jun 7, German Chancellor
Willy Brandt began a 5-day visit to Israel.
1973 Jun 7, Pres. Nixon
nominated Clarence M. Kelley (1911-1997), chief of police in Kansas
City, to succeed J. Edgar Hoover as director of the FBI. Kelley
retired in 1978 when Pres. Carter selected William Webster to serve
as the director.
1974 Jun 7, The Steve Silver
show "Beach Blanket Babylon" premiered at the Savoy Tivoli in San
Francisco. Nancy Bleiweiss was the original star of the show.
8/1/99, DB p.48)
1977 Jun 7, Anita Bryant led a
successful crusade against Miami gay rights law.
1979 Jun 7, Rocker Chuck Berry
(b.1926) was charged with tax evasion. He performed at the White
House at the request of President Jimmy Carter on June 1. A month
later he began a five-month sentence for income tax evasion.
1979 Jun 7, Bhaskara 1, an
Indian Earth resources meteorology satellite, was launched.
1979 Jun 7-1979 Jun 10, The
first elections to the European Parliament by direct universal
suffrage were held. The turnout for the vote was 63%.
1979 Jun 7-1979 Jun 10, Belgian
PM Leo Tindemans led his party during the first direct elections to
the European Parliament, winning with 983,000 votes, still a record
for any election in Belgium.
1980 Jun 7, Temperance Hill won
the Belmont Stakes (50:1 long shot).
1980 Jun 7, Philip Guston
(b.1913), painter and printmaker, died. He was born in Montreal as
Phillip Goldstein and became recognized as a lesser master of the
first generation New York School of abstraction. He quit abstract
painting in 1967 and confined himself to drawing. His work included
"Back View" (1977).
1/15/98, p.E5)(SFC, 6/28/03, p.D1)(Econ, 5/10/08, p.96)
1980 Jun 7, Henry Miller (born
1891), writer, died in California at age 88. His books included
“Tropic of Cancer."
1981 Jun 7, Israeli F-16
fighter-bombers in “Operation Opera" destroyed a nuclear power plant
in Iraq at Osirak, Iraq, before it went into operation. Israelis
charged that the facility could have been used to make nuclear
weapons. Ilan Ramon (d.2003) flew the last of the 8 planes that
bombed the reactor. In 2004 Rodger W. Claire authored “Raid on the
(WSJ, 7/23/96, p.A22)(AP, 6/7/97)(SFC, 2/3/03,
p.A7)(WSJ, 6/1/04, p.D8)(Econ, 1/9/10, p.28)
1982 Jun 7, Pres. Reagan met
with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican and later with Queen Elizabeth
1982 Jun 7, Hissene Habre
(b.1942) deposed PM Goukouni Oueddei and became dictator of Chad
until 1990. Under Habre the secret police allegedly killed tens of
thousands of people and tortured as many as 200,000. Habre received
US support because he opposed Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy. Habre
was deposed on Dec 1, 1990, by Idriss Deby and fled to Senegal with
1983 Jun 7, A. Gilmore & P.
Kilmartin discovered asteroid #3152.
1984 Jun 7, George Givot
(b.1902), actor (Versatile Vaudeville), died.
1986 Jun 7, Madonna's "Live to
Tell," single went #1.
1987 Jun 7, "Les Miserables"
dominated Broadway's Tony Awards, taking eight prizes, including
best musical. "Fences," by August Wilson, was named best play.
1988 Jun 7, Massachusetts Gov.
Michael Dukakis clinched the Democratic presidential nomination by
defeating the Rev. Jesse Jackson in the New Jersey, California,
Montana and New Mexico primaries.
1989 Jun 7, A Suriname Airways
airplane crashed in a tropical forest near the Paramaribo airport
killing 169 people.
1990 Jun 7, Barbara Baxley
(b.1923), actress (Norma Rae), died of a heart attack in NYC.
1990 Jun 7, South African
President F.W. de Klerk announced he was lifting a four-year-old
state of emergency in three of the country’s four provinces, with
the exception of Natal.
1991 Jun 7, The US government
reported the nation’s unemployment rate had worsened to a four-year
high of six-point-nine percent in May, up three-tenths of a
percentage point from April.
1991 Jun 7, A US District Court
judge rejected a request by San Francisco TV station KQED for
permission to televise the execution of convicted murderer Robert
1992 Jun 7, President Bush, who
met with British Prime Minister John Major at Camp David, Md.,
voiced confidence he would win re-election, but embraced the role of
underdog, saying, "I do better when I'm coming from behind."
1993 Jun 7, The Supreme Court
ruled that religious groups can sometimes meet on school property
after hours. The justices also let stand, without comment, a federal
appeals court ruling allowing student-led prayers at graduation
ceremonies in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.
1993 Jun 7, In New York, Woody
Allen lost his bitter custody battle against Mia Farrow.
1994 Jun 7, President Clinton
addressed the French National Assembly, challenging his generation
of Allied leaders to strive for greater European unity or face "the
grim alternative" of violence like that in Bosnia.
1994 Jun 7, Vicki Van Meter
912) of Meadville, Pa., completed a trans-Atlantic flight, landing
in Glasgow, Scotland. She was accompanied by her flight instructor.
1994 Jun 7, Dennis Potter,
English playwright, died. His work included over 40 plays of which
"Lipstick on Your Collar," a 6-part TV play was issued on videotape
in 1996. He also did the TV dramas Pennies from Heaven and The
(WSJ, 9/24/96, p.A18)
1994 Jun 7, The Organization of
African Unity formally admits South Africa as its fifty-third
1995 Jun 7, President Clinton
vetoed his first bill, striking down a Republican plan to cut $16.4
billion in spending.
1995 Jun 7, The maiden flight
of the new Boeing 777 was made from London to Washington.
(WSJ, 1/23/96, p.A-12)
1995 Jun 7, Two buses carrying
108 UN peacekeepers freed by the Bosnian Serbs crossed into Serbia.
1996 Jun 7, The Clinton White
House acknowledged it had obtained the FBI files of House Speaker
Newt Gingrich's press secretary, former Bush chief of staff James A.
Baker III and other appointees from Republican administrations,
calling it "an innocent bureaucratic mistake." Lawyers for Craig
Livingstone, in charge of White House security, had just issued a
statement that the reason for the episode was an outdated Secret
(WP, 6/29/96, p.A14)(AP, 6/7/97)
1996 Jun 7, The
Matthews-Murkland Presbyterian Church sanctuary in Charlotte, N.C.,
burned down. Arson was suspected and investigations by the FBI and
ATF were later begun.
(SFC, 6/11/96, p.A16)
1996 Jun 7, Max Factor,
hairstylist, died at age 91. He started the Max Factor makeup
company that was bought out by Proctor and Gamble in 1991. In March
‘96, the Max Factor Museum of Beauty in Hollywood shut down.
(SFC, 6/8/96, p.A17)(www.deadoraliveinfo.com)
1996 Jun 7, David Rothenberg
met with his jailed father, Charles. The father had set David ablaze
with kerosene in 1983.
(SFC, 6/8/96, p.A17)
1996 Jun 7, IRA men killed one
police officer and wounded another in a robbery attempt in Adare,
western Ireland. Detective sergeant Jerry McCabe was killed with 15
bullets from a Kalashnikov. In 1999 Pearse McCauley and Kevin Walsh
were sentenced to 14 years in prison , Jeremiah Sheehy to 12 years,
and Michael O’Neill to 11 years. O’Neill was released in 2007.
Sheehy was released in 2008.
(SFC, 6/18/96, p.A8)(SFC, 2/6/99, p.A11)(AP,
1996 Jun 7, Choi Jong, a South
Korean adventurer, completed a walking trip across the Sahara Desert
after nearly 7 months. He climbed Mt. Everest in the 80’s and went
to the North Pole in 1991.
(SFC, 6/8/96, p.A12)
1996 Jun 7, In Mali the
administration of Pres. Alpha Oumar Konare was privatizing and
encouraging investment, foreign and domestic. The leading radio
station in the capital, Bamako, was owned by Modibo Diallo.
(SFC, 6/7/96, p.A12)
1996 Jun 7, In Cambodia it was
reported that Pol Pot was gravely ill or possibly dead. Pol Pot died
(WSJ, 6/7/96, p.A11)(SFC, 4/16/98, p.A1)
1996 Jun 7, There was a bomb
attack on the Moscow vice mayoral candidate. Valery Shantsev,
running mate of Mayor Yuri Luzhkov and supporter of Yeltsin, was
wounded and severely burned.
(SFC, 6/8/96, p.A10)
1996 Jun 7, Pres. Suleyman
Demirel again asked Islamist leader Necmettin Erbakan to form a new
(SFC, 6/8/96, p.A11)
1997 Jun 7, Kentucky Derby and
Preakness winner Silver Charm failed to win horse racing's Triple
Crown, losing the Belmont Stakes to Touch Gold.
1997 Jun 7, An 18-member
presidential commission approved a report saying that cloning a
human being was "morally unacceptable," but adding that research
using cells of humans and animals should be allowed.
1997 Jun 7, The last US Mail
special delivery letter was sent. The service cost was $9.95. It was
phased out and replaced by Express Mail for $10.75.
(SFC, 6/7/97, p.A6)
1997 Jun 7, In southern India
dozens died and 90 were injured in a fire during a religious
festival at Thanjavur.
(WSJ, 6/9/97, p.A1)
1998 Jun 7, "The Lion King" won
the Tony Award for best musical along with 5 other awards. "Ragtime"
won 4 awards as did "Cabaret" and "The Beauty Queen of Leenane."
"Art" was named best play.
(SFC, 6/8/98, p.D1)(AP, 6/7/99)
1998 Jun 7, James Byrd Junior,
a 49-year-old black man, was chained to a pickup truck and dragged
to his death in Jasper, Texas. Three white men were arrested; 2 of
the men were sentenced to death and the 3rd received life in prison.
[see Jun 9]
(SFC, 6/9/98, p.A3)(AP, 6/7/00)
1998 Jun 7, CNN and Time
magazine reported that a secret 1970 raid called Operation Tailwind
by a Special Forces unit called the Studies and Observations Group
(SOG) used the nerve gas sarin in Laos to kill American armed
service members who had defected. A report in 1998 allegedly
confirmed that over 100 people were killed including up to 20
American military defectors. Adm. Thomas Moorer, the chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff at the time, confirmed in 1998 that nerve gas
was used. CNN and Time magazine later recanted the story due to
insufficient evidence. Reporter April Oliver and senior producer
Jack Smith were fired. Oliver stood by her story and in 1999 filed
suit against CNN and retired Army Gen. John Singlaub, her source for
the Tailwind report.
(SFC, 6/8/98, p.A3)(WSJ, 6/26/98, p.W13)(SFC,
7/3/98, p.A1)(SFC, 7/4/98, p.C2)(SFC, 5/8/99, p.A3)
1998 Jun 7, In Colombia drug
cartel leader Alberto Orlandez Gamboa, alias "the Snail," was
(SFC, 6/8/98, p.A12)
1998 Jun 7, In Mexico army
troops killed 11  leftist rebels of the EPR near Ayutla in
Guerrero state. Another 5 were wounded and 21 were arrested. Erika
Zamora Pardo, an EPR member, later testified that the guerrillas
were shot when they surrendered with their hands up. She also
testified that civilians trapped in a schoolhouse also tried to
surrender, but that soldiers threw a fragmentation grenade in their
(SFC, 6/8/98, p.A10)(SFC, 6/15/98, p.A14)
1998 Jun 7, In Pakistan a bomb
exploded on a passenger train in the southern Sindh province near
Sukkur. 26 people were killed and 45 wounded. Pakistan later blamed
the Indian Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). India denied
(SFEC, 6/7/98, p.A18)(SFC, 6/8/98, p.A12)(WSJ,
1998 Jun 7, In Serbia Pres.
Milosevic agreed to allow diplomatic observers to enter and move
about in Kosovo.
(SFC, 6/8/98, p.A10)
1999 Jun 7, The FBI put alleged
terrorist mastermind Osama Bin Laden and anti-abortion activist and
accused doctor killer James Charles Kopp on the bureau’s list of the
Ten Most Wanted fugitives. Kopp was arrested in 2001 and later
convicted of killing Dr. Barnett Slepian.
1999 Jun 7, It was reported
that Allied Signal had agreed to buy Honeywell for $13.8 billion.
(WSJ, 6/7/99, p.A1)
1999 Jun 7, Scientists at
Lawrence Livermore Labs reported the creation of elements 118 and
116 from krypton-86 and Lead-208. In 2002 Victor Ninov was accused
of faking the data. Spurious data by Ninov was also reported on
elements 110 and 112 from experiments in 1994 and 1996.
(SFC, 6/8/99, p.A1)(SSFC, 7/21/02, p.A3)
1999 Jun 7, NATO dropped
cluster bombs on an estimated 800-1,200 Yugoslav troops near the
Kosovo-Albanian border. An estimated 650 sorties were flown in the
last 24 hours.
(SFC, 6/9/99, p.A8)
1999 Jun 7, In Colombia a rebel
chief apologized for the abduction of a church congregation as other
rebels kidnapped 11 people on a fishing trip near Barranquilla.
(WSJ, 6/8/99, p.A1)
1999 Jun 7, In Cuba some 25
dissidents, led by Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet, went on a hunger strike
and demanded the release of scores of people described as political
(SFC, 6/8/99, p.A12)(SFC, 6/15/99, p.C5)
1999 Jun 7, Elections for a new
parliament, which would select a new president, were scheduled. 462
members of the 700 seat assembly were to be elected. With 14.3% of
the votes counted The Democratic Party for Struggle led Golkar 35.2%
to 20.9. The opposition led by Megawati Sukarnoputri won most of the
seats but failed to get a majority.
(SFEC, 5/30/99, p.A19)(SFC, 6/11/99, p.D2)(WSJ,
1999 Jun 7, In Mexico City
Francisco "Paco" Stanley Albaitero (56), a popular TV and radio
personality, was shot to death after leaving a restaurant. A parking
attendant was also killed and 3 people were wounded by unknown
gunmen. Traces of cocaine were later found in Stanley's car. Stanley
was later reported to be in big debt to drug lord Luis Ignacio
Amezcua Contreras, who ordered his murder. Stanley's sidekick, Mario
Rodriguez Bezares, was indicted for the murder along with Contreras.
(SFC, 6/8/99, p.A10)(SFC, 6/9/99, p.C2)(SFEC,
1999 Jun 7, In the Philippines
elections were set for this date.
(WSJ, 12/3/98, p.A1)
1999 Jun 7, Russia balked at a
UN peace deal for Kosovo because it did not want its troops under
(SFC, 6/8/99, p.A1)
2000 Jun 7, US District Judge
Thomas Penfield Jackson ordered the breakup of Microsoft
Corporation, declaring the software giant should be split into two
because it had "proved untrustworthy in the past." Microsoft vowed
to appeal. An appeals court later threw out the breakup order; the
Justice Department, under the Bush administration, said it would no
longer seek a breakup of Microsoft.
(SFC, 6/8/00, p.A1)(AP, 6/7/05)
2000 Jun 7, In Burundi Pres.
Pierre Buyoya made concessions to end the 7-year war. He agreed to
integrate the Tutsi-led army and to close down the regroupment camps
by July 31.
(SFC, 6/8/00, p.C3)
2000 Jun 7, In Chechnya a
suicide attack killed 2 Russian policemen and wounded 5 in
(WSJ, 6/8/00, p.A1)
2000 Jun 7, In Congo troops
from Uganda and Rwanda fought an artillery duel in Kisangani that
set the city’s cathedral on fire.
(WSJ, 6/8/00, p.A1)
2000 Jun 7, In the Solomon
Islands Malaita rebels released Prime Minister Bartholomew Ulufa’alu
from house arrest and dropped demands that he resign.
(SFC, 6/8/00, p.C3)
2000 Jun 7, In Sri Lanka C.V.
Gooneratne, Minister for Industrial Development, was killed along
with 20 other people on War Heroes Day by a suicide bomber near
Colombo. Gooneratne’s wife died the next day and the toll climbed to
(SFC, 6/8/00, p.A12)(SFC, 6/9/00, p.A18)
2001 Jun 7, Pres. Bush signed a
$1.3 trillion tax cut bill. It included rising exemptions on estate
taxes until 2010 at which point they would return.
(SFC, 6/8/01, p.A1)(SFC, 6/11/01, p.A3)
2001 Jun 7, The US and China
agreed on a final plan for the removal of the US spy plane from
(SFC, 6/8/01, p.A16)
2001 Jun 7, A three-judge panel
of the Tenth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Oklahoma City
bomber Timothy McVeigh's request for an execution delay.
2001 Jun 7, A federal judge
refused to stop plans for a World War II Memorial on the National
Mall in Washington, D.C.
2001 Jun 7, In Argentina former
Pres. Carlos Menem was arrested for leading a conspiracy to sell
$100 million worth of weapons to Croatia and Ecuador while in office
in 1991 and 1995. He was indicted July 4.
(SFC, 6/8/01, p.A16)(WSJ, 6/8/01, p.A13)(SFC,
2001 Jun 7, In Bolivia former
president Victor Paz Estensorro, founder of the National
Revolutionary Movement, died at age 93.
(SFC, 6/8/01, p.D5)
2001 Jun 7, Britain held
elections. PM Tony Blair’s labor Party won the elections and a 2nd
term with 44% of the popular vote. Labor had promised to achieve
full employment in every region.
(SFC, 6/8/01, p.A16)(Econ, 3/10/07, p.52)
2001 Jun 7, China published new
rules on genetic engineering. The government took broad oversight
over the industry and required clear labeling on genetically altered
(WSJ, 6/8/01, p.A13)
2001 Jun 7, Mamoru Takuma (37)
stabbed at least 29 people at the Ikeda Elementary School in Osaka,
Japan, and killed 8 children. He was executed in 2004.
(SFC, 6/8/01, p.A16)(SFC, 9/4/01, p.A6)(Econ,
2001 Jun 7, In Macedonia ethnic
Albanian rebels declared a cease-fire as the president prepared a
peace proposal to avert a declaration of war.
(WSJ, 6/8/01, p.A1)
2002 Jun 7, Kennedy cousin
Michael Skakel was convicted in Norwalk, Conn., of beating Greenwich
neighbor Martha Moxley to death when they were 15 in 1975.
2002 Jun 7, In El Salvador
Mauricio Gonzalez (68), retired dental hygienist from San Ramon,
Ca., was kidnapped near Sonsonate. A demand for $500,000 was made.
This was the 4th kidnapping of a US citizen here since Jan 1, 2000.
(SFC, 6/11/02, p.A19)
2002 Jun 7, It was reported
that Italy had committed to a $4.3 billion project for a suspension
bridge linking Sicily over the 2-mile-wide straits of Messina.
(WSJ, 6/7/02, p.A1)
2002 Jun 7, In Jerusalem
hundreds of gay activists held their 1st gay pride parade.
(SFC, 6/8/02, p.A12)
2002 Jun 7, Pakistan reported
that it had shot down an unmanned Indian spy plane.
(SFC, 6/8/02, p.A10)
2002 Jun 7, Palestinian gunmen
attacked the Karmei Tsur settlement in the West Bank and killed 2
Israelis. 1 attacker was killed, a 2nd escaped.
(SFC, 6/8/02, p.A12)
2002 Jun 7, In the Philippines
a yearlong hostage crisis came to an end as Martin Burnham, an
American missionary, was killed along with Philippine nurse Ediborah
Yap when troops stormed an Abu Sayyaf outpost on Mindanao. Burnham's
wife, Gracia Burnham, was wounded.
(SFC, 6/8/02, p.A1)(AP, 6/7/07)
2003 Jun 7, At the Belmont
Stakes Empire Maker caught Funny Cide on the far turn and beat him
soundly. The defeat left thoroughbred racing still longing for its
first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.
2003 Jun 7, In a national
first, New Hampshire Episcopalians elected the Reverend V. Gene
Robinson, an openly gay man, as their next bishop.
2003 Jun 7, A virus related to
smallpox that has never been detected in the Western Hemisphere may
be the cause of a mysterious disease spreading from pet prairie dogs
to people across the upper Midwest.
2003 Jun 7, In Afghanistan a
car packed with explosives pulled up to a bus carrying German
peacekeepers in Kabul and detonated, killing four and a teenage
Afghan bystander. More than two dozen were wounded in the first
fatal attack on the international force.
2003 Jun 7, In Chechnya a
fierce battle between rebels and Russian troops raged into its
second day, leaving six servicemen dead.
2003 Jun 7, In southern China
13 school children were reported missing after their ferry sank in
rapids on the Qingshui River in Guizhou province.
2003 Jun 7, Justine
Henin-Hardenne beat Kim Clijsters 6-0, 6-4 at the French Open, in
the first all-Belgian Grand Slam final.
2003 Jun 7, In Germany a new
law allowed stores to stay open 4 extra hours to 8 p.m.
2003 Jun 7, In northern Laos
suspected insurgents ambushed a bus, killing six people and wounding
2003 Jun 7, The Saudi interior
minister linked last month's Riyadh bombings to the al-Qaida terror
network in an interview, and his ministry identified 12 of the
2003 Jun 7, In eastern Turkey a
passenger bus slammed into a wall at the entrance of a tunnel,
killing 27 people and injuring 33.
2004 Jun 7, In Hockey’s Stanley
Cup Tampa Bay defeated the Calgary Flames in game 7.
(WSJ, 6/8/04, p.A1)
2004 Jun 7, The US Supreme
court ordered US highways to be opened to long-haul Mexican trucks,
rejecting objections by labor and environmental groups.
(SFC, 6/8/04, A1)
2004 Jun 7, In Ecuador Indians
blocked the Pan American Highway. They demanded the resignation of
Pres. Gutierrez as he hosted an OAS meeting.
(WSJ, 6/8/04, p.A1)
2004 Jun 7, In eastern India a
boat crowded mainly with women and children capsized in a river,
with at least 40 people feared dead.
2004 Jun 7, In Iraq 9 militias
agreed to disband in exchange for veteran’s pensions, jobs and other
rewards. The Mahdi Army of al-Sadr was not included.
(SFC, 6/8/04, A6)
2004 Jun 7, Pilots at Royal Air
Maroc, Morocco's national carrier, have decided to end their strike,
which began May 26 in response to the firing of 6 colleagues.
2004 Jun 7, Russian President
Vladimir Putin flew to Mexico for talks with his Pres. Fox, who has
said he hoped to increase military cooperation with Moscow. Putin,
the 1st Russian head-of-state to visit Mexico, said the two major
oil producing nations should share knowledge on oil exploration and
the energy sector.
2004 Jun 7, US and South Korean
officials announced plans to withdraw a third of 37,000 US troops
from South Korea by the end of next year.
2005 Jun 7, President Bush and
British Prime Minister Tony Blair embraced a tentative plan to
forgive the debt of poor African nations.
2005 Jun 7, A Univ. of Alaska
Fairbanks student found a track from a three-toed dinosaur believed
to be about 70 million years old in Denali National Park, the first
evidence that the animals roamed there.
2005 Jun 7, General Motors
announced plans to close plants and eliminate some 25,000
manufacturing jobs in the US by 2008.
(SFC, 6/805, p.C1)
2005 Jun 7, Terry Long, former
Pittsburgh Steelers lineman, died in a hospital about five hours
after he was found unresponsive in his suburban Pittsburgh home. An
Oct 19 revised death certificate indicated that he had committed
suicide by drinking antifreeze, and did not die as a direct result
of football-related head injuries.
2005 Jun 7, In Australia 2
Chinese defectors, one of them a diplomat who walked away from his
post, claim that China is running a spy network in Australia and
other Western countries.
2005 Jun 7, Brazil’s Pres. Luiz
Inacio Lula da Silva pledged to carry out a battle against
corruption that would reduce it to a "sad memory."
2005 Jun 7, A Chilean appeals
court stripped Gen. Augusto Pinochet of immunity from prosecution in
a tax evasion case stemming from multimillion-dollar bank accounts
the former dictator held in the US.
2005 Jun 7, In Egypt 12 people,
including two children, were killed and 16 injured when a building
collapsed in Egypt's Mediterranean city of Alexandria.
2005 Jun 7, In Ethiopia police
raided a technical college in Addis Ababa, firing rubber bullets and
beating up students defying a government ban on protests during a
2nd day of violence.
2005 Jun 7, The EU head office
said that Italy broke the bloc's budget rules with excessive
deficits in 2003 and 2004 and is likely to breach the limit again
this year and in 2006.
2005 Jun 7, In Hungary
legislators narrowly elected Laszlo Solyom (63), a center-right
opposition candidate as the new president, in a setback for the
2005 Jun 7, Lal Krishna Advani
(77), India's most prominent Hindu nationalist, quit as head of the
country's main opposition party following criticism of his kind
words for the founding father of Pakistan, a man reviled in India.
His resignation as president of the Bharatiya Janata Party, also
made it official that India's Hindu political movement was
2005 Jun 7, A Sunni Arab
politician said two insurgent groups were willing to negotiate with
the government, possibly opening a new political front in embattled
2005 Jun 7, Iraqi security
forces captured Jassim Hazan Hamadi al-Bazi, also known as Abu
Ahmed. a reputed key member of Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi's al-Qaida in
Iraq terrorist group who is accused of building and selling cars
used by suicide bombers.
2005 Jun 7, In northern Iraq 4
apparently coordinated bombings in seven minutes killed 18 people
and wounded 39, while a car bomb in Baghdad injured 28.
2005 Jun 7, A convoy of trucks
believed to be carrying supplies to a U.S. military base west of
Baghdad was ambushed, and reporters who arrived after the attack
said they saw the bodies of at least seven people.
2005 Jun 7, Two US commanders
were killed at a base near Tikrit. The US military later charged a
Staff Sgt. Alberto B. Martinez of Troy, N.Y. National Guard with
murdering Capt. Philip Esposito and 1st Lt. Louis Allen, in what is
believed to be the 1st case of a US soldier in Iraq accused of
killing his superiors. Martinez was acquitted of murder on Dec 4,
(AP, 6/17/05)(AP, 11/1/05)(SFC, 10/23/08,
p.A7)(SFC, 12/5/08, p.A6)
2005 Jun 7, Irishman Bob
Geldof, who organized the 1985 Live Aid concerts, urged people to
sail to France "in their thousands" and bring activists back to
Britain to press world leaders into doing more to end poverty in
Africa at their July summit in Scotland.
(AFP, 6/7/05)(Econ, 6/4/05, p.56)
2005 Jun 7, Israeli soldiers
killed a top Islamic Jihad militant in a West Bank gunbattle, and a
Palestinian mortar attack on a Jewish settlement in Gaza killed two
2005 Jun 7, A Libyan court
acquitted 9 police officers and a doctor accused of torturing six
foreign medics sentenced to death for allegedly infecting children
2005 Jun 7, A convention
adopted sweeping changes to Taiwan's constitution that will boost
its top two political parties and require future amendments to go
directly before voters, a measure opposed by China.
2006 Jun 7, The International
Monetary Fund urged the Bush administration to set a more ambitious
goal of eliminating the federal budget deficit over the next five
years and said tax increases may be needed to accomplish that
2006 Jun 7, US communications
giant Motorola announced it is setting up a $100 million
manufacturing facility in India to make mobile phone handsets and
telecom network equipment.
2006 Jun 7, In Houston, Texas,
Gabriel Granillo (14) was beaten by about a dozen gang members with
baseball bats and tire irons. A teenage girl in the group stabbed
him to death.
(SFC, 6/8/06, p.A3)
2006 Jun 7, In Afghanistan a
suspected suicide bomber also was killed when explosives he was
carrying into the offices of a Turkish construction company exploded
2006 Jun 7, In Brazil a
shootout between police and drug gangs in a Rio shantytown left 17
children injured, several hit by stray bullets even though their
teacher ordered them to lie down on the floor when the shooting
2006 Jun 7, Britain’s
University and College Union agreed to accept a 13.1% pay rise over
the next 3 years.
(Econ, 6/10/06, p.53)
2006 Jun 7, A Chinese
government report said more than 60% of recent land acquisitions for
construction in China are illegal, with the figure rising to 90% in
some cities. The report demanded investigations.
2006 Jun 7, State-run media
said storms pummeling southern China over the past week have killed
at least 46 people and left hundreds of thousands homeless.
2006 Jun 7, In Indonesia a
defiant but demure second issue of the Indonesian edition of US
adult glossy Playboy hit Jakarta's streets, weeks after publishers
halted operations following violent protests by Muslim hardliners.
2006 Jun 7, Iraq’s PM Nouri
al-Maliki released nearly 600 detainees, making good on a pledge
intended to ease feuding between Sunni Arabs and Shiites. Violence
was unabated with at least 14 deaths reported. Al-Zarqawi and five
aides, including spiritual adviser Sheik Abdul Rahman, were killed
in a remote area 30 miles from Baghdad in the volatile province of
Diyala, just east of the provincial capital of Baqouba. He was
killed when US warplanes dropped 500-pound bombs on his isolated
(AP, 6/7-8/06)(WSJ, 6/9/06, p.A1)
2006 Jun 7, Latvia's parliament
approved a bill to publish the names of nearly 4,500 suspected
Soviet secret police informants. The bill went to President Vaira
Vike-Freiberga for approval. Should she veto it, Parliament can
override it with a two-thirds majority vote.
2006 Jun 7, A Dutch court
convicted Guus Kouwenhoven (64) of violating a UN arms embargo
imposed on the regime of former Liberian President Charles Taylor
and sentenced him to eight years in prison. The court found that he
had traded guns for timber rights and used his lumber company to
smuggle weapons that were later used by militias to commit
atrocities against civilians in West Africa.
2006 Jun 7, In southern Nigeria
gunmen kidnapped five South Koreans in an overnight raid on a gas
plant owned by Shell. 10 soldiers were killed in the raid.
(AP, 6/7/06)(WSJ, 6/8/06, p.A1)
2006 Jun 7, Palestine’s
Hamas-led government agreed to withdraw a controversial private
militia from public areas of Gaza in an agreement with the rival
Fatah movement aimed at halting weeks of bloody infighting. A border
clash with Israeli soldiers left 3 Palestinians dead.
(AP, 6/7/06)(WSJ, 6/8/06, p.A1)
2006 Jun 7, In Somalia Islamist
leaders in control of Mogadishu agreed to talks with the country’s
transitional government. A counter-offensive by rival warlords,
supported by the US, still posed a threat.
(SFC, 6/8/06, p.A18)
2006 Jun 7, A mine explosion in
northeast Sri Lankan killed 8 civilians and wounded 14. Tamil Tiger
rebels said the attack was carried out by government troops who had
infiltrated an area held by the guerrillas.
2006 Jun 7, Swiss senator Dick
Marty, the head of an investigation into alleged CIA clandestine
prisons, said 14 European nations colluded with US intelligence in a
"spider's web" of secret flights and detention centers that violated
international human rights law. Marty asserted that at least 7
European governments were complicit in the transports.
(AP, 6/7/06)(Econ, 6/10/06, p.49)
2006 Jun 7, In Syria Mohammad
Ghanem, a journalist who edits a Web site and advocates greater
rights for Kurds in Syria, was sentenced to a year in prison, but
the military court commuted his sentence to six months. Ghanem was
convicted on charges of "insulting the Syrian president,
discrediting the Syrian government and fomenting sectarian unrest."
2006 Jun 7, Turkey’s central
bank unexpectedly raised its interest rate by 1.75%. This raised its
overnight borrowing rate to 15%.
(WSJ, 6/8/06, p.A13)
2006 Jun 7, Residential
property in Kiev, Ukraine, was reported to have risen to $2,600 a
square meter, from around $360 a square meter in mid-2002. Office
property stood 25-30% above the residential cost, making Kiev 2nd
only to Moscow as Eastern Europe’s most expensive market for office
(WSJ, 6/6/06, p.B4)
2007 Jun 7, The US Senate’s
immigration overhaul died on a procedural vote, killed by Democrats
and Republicans alike.
(SFC, 6/8/07, p.A1)
2007 Jun 7, It was reported
that US prosecutors have opened an inquiry into allegations that a
Kuwaiti contractor used foreign workers against their will in
building the US Embassy in Baghdad.
(WSJ, 6/7/07, p.A1)
2007 Jun 7, Sanjaya Bahel (57),
former UN chief of the Commodity Procurement Section (1999-2003),
was convicted in NYC of helping a friend secure $100 million in UN
contracts in exchange for a huge discount on two luxury apartments
in Manhattan and cash.
(SFC, 6/8/07, p.A10)
2007 Jun 7, A coalition of
human rights groups published the names of 39 terror suspects it
believes are being secretly imprisoned by US authorities.
2007 Jun 7, After three days in
jail for a reckless-driving probation violation, Paris Hilton was
released by Los Angeles County sheriff's officials because of an
undisclosed medical condition to be sent home under house arrest.
The next day, a judge ordered Hilton back to jail.
2007 Jun 7, Severe
thunderstorms spawned tornadoes, produced baseball-size hail and
dropped more than 6 inches of rain across the Upper Midwest, killing
a swimmer in Illinois. Four people in Wisconsin were injured, none
seriously. A northern Wisconsin resort was demolished by one of at
least five tornadoes that swept across the state.
2007 Jun 7, PepsiCo Inc., the
nation's second biggest soft drink company, and an affiliated
Midwest-based beverage bottler said they will pay $542 million for
an 80% stake in Sandora LLC, a Ukraine-based juice company.
2007 Jun 6, Scientists reported
how it might be possible to turn an ordinary skin cell into an
embryonic stem cell.
(SFC, 6/7/07, p.A1)
2007 Jun 7, A study by the
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition said vitamin D is a powerful
cancer fighter, cutting some types by 60% in elderly women.
(WSJ, 6/8/07, p.A1)
2007 Jun 7, It was reported
that UCSF researchers had identified a new species of bacteria,
Bartonella rochalimae, in an American tourist who was sickened after
spending 3 weeks trekking in Peru. It was named after Henrique da
Rocha-Lima, a Brazilian scientist who decades ago identified the
bacterium that causes typhus.
(SFC, 6/7/07, p.B1)
2007 Jun 7, A new study showed
that Yoga's postures, controlled breathing and meditation may work
together to help ease brains plagued by anxiety or depression.
2007 Jun 7, In Afghanistan 6
people were arrested in the killing of a woman who owned a radio
station. 4 kidnapped Afghan medical workers were released after the
body of a slain top Taliban commander was retrieved by his family.
Suspected militants attacked a government compound in the Daychopan
district of Zabul province, killing a policeman and wounding 3
others. An Afghan soldier was killed in a mine explosion in Zabul
province. In eastern Nangarhar province, coalition and Afghan troops
killed a militant during a firefight in Khogyani district. In
Arghistan district, a police operation against Taliban fighters
killed or wounded nine of the militants. In Zabul province, a
two-hour gun battle killed one policeman and four Taliban.
(AP, 6/7/07)(AP, 6/8/07)
2007 Jun 7, In Arghistan
district, a police operation against Taliban fighters killed or
wounded nine of the militants. In Zabul province, a two-hour gun
battle killed one policeman and four Taliban.
2007 Jun 7, British media
reported that Saudi Arabia’s Prince Bandar bin Sultan pocketed about
$2 billion in secret payments as part of an $80 billion arms deal
between Britain and Saudi Arabia first signed in 1985.
(SFC, 6/8/07, p.A16)
2007 Jun 7, The Bollywood
Oscars was formally launched in England.
2007 Jun 7, Europe's first
train operated on environmentally friendly bio-fuel went into
service with PM-designate Gordon Brown traveling on its maiden
journey. The train, modified to run on a blended fuel which is 20%
bio-diesel, will travel across England, south Wales and Scotland
during a six-month experiment that has been organized by Virgin
2007 Jun 7, In Germany
Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the G8 has agreed on a plan
calling for "substantial cuts" to greenhouse gas emissions. Riot
police used water cannons to turn protesters away from the fence
surrounding the Group of Eight summit. G8 leaders reached an
agreement on climate change, adopting a statement that says they
should "seriously consider" proposals to cut the emissions of
greenhouse gases by 50 percent by 2050. Russian President Vladimir
Putin, bitterly opposed to a US missile shield in Europe, told
President Bush that Moscow would drop its objections if the
radar-based system were installed in Azerbaijan.
(AP, 6/7/07)(AP, 6/7/08)
2007 Jun 7, A suicide bomber
blew up his explosives-laden truck at a police station in Rabia,
near Iraq's border with Syria, killing at least 4 policemen and 5
civilians, and wounding 22 other people. In Ramadi 3 policemen were
killed and four others wounded when a suicide driver blew up his
automobile at their checkpoint. In Baghdad's eastern Sadr City
district, a bomb beneath a parked car exploded at lunchtime outside
a falafel restaurant. At least three people were killed and eight
wounded. Mortar shells landing in two districts of western Baghdad
killed two civilians and wounded 12 others. An Iraqi journalist was
shot to death while she was waiting for a taxi in the northern city
of Mosul. Iraq's bombings, shootings, mortar attacks and
execution-style killings left at least 63 Iraqis dead nationwide.
They included 32 unidentified men who were handcuffed, blindfolded
and shot to death in Baghdad, apparent victims of so-called
sectarian death squads usually run by Shiite militias.
(AP, 6/7/07)(AP, 6/8/07)
2007 Jun 7, It was reported
that police and security forces in the Indian-controlled portion of
Kashmir have destroyed hundreds of acres of poppy fields and
arrested 125 people.
2007 Jun 7, Gunfights erupted
in a Nairobi slum, killing at least 10 people, as police conducted
house-to-house searches for members of an outlawed sect accused of
terrorizing Kenyans and leaving behind a string of beheaded corpses.
2007 Jun 7, In eastern Lebanon
troops discovered three vehicles rigged with explosives during a
raid on a hideout.
2007 Jun 7, Thousands of
lawyers, journalists and opposition activists staged a sit-in
protest in the Pakistani city of Lahore, demanding President Gen.
Pervez Musharraf resign for suspending a popular Supreme Court judge
and enacting restrictions on the media.
2007 Jun 7, A battle between
gunmen from Hamas and Fatah in the Gaza Strip left one Fatah man
dead before daybreak.
2007 Jun 7, The US ambassador
to the Philippines handed over a $10 million reward to four Filipino
informants whose tip led to the killing of the country's two top
2007 Jun 7, An international
conservation group said Russia has established the Zov Tigra
National Park to protect Siberian tigers. According to the WWF the
200,000-acre park will protect the big cat's habitat while
simultaneously allowing for nature tourism.
2007 Jun 7, South Africa
launched a new scheme by which citizens in crime-ridden areas will
be able to use text messages to anonymously tip-off the police.
South African police used stun grenades and a water cannon to
disperse striking hospital workers in the port city of Durban as a
crippling public sector strike entered its 7th day.
2007 Jun 7, In Spain Monzer
al-Kassar (61), a Syrian arms dealer previously accused of arming
militants from Iraq to Somalia, was arrested on suspicion of
plotting to send millions of dollars worth of weapons to Colombian
rebels. A federal indictment unsealed in NYC said al-Kassar has
provided weapons and military equipment to violent factions in
Nicaragua, Brazil, Cyprus, Bosnia, Croatia, Somalia, Iran and Iraq.
Tareq Mousa al Ghazi and Luis Filipe Moreno Godoy, also included in
the indictment, were arrested in Romania.
2007 Jun 7, Police in Sri
Lanka's capital rounded up hundreds of ethnic Tamils deemed a threat
to security and bused them to Tamil regions in the north and east of
2007 Jun 7, In Switzerland all
19 managers and consultants accused in the collapse of former
national carrier Swissair were acquitted and will receive
compensation totaling more than $2 million.
2007 Jun 7, Zimbabwe received
15 million dollars worth of anti-retroviral drugs from the United
States government to bolster its fight against HIV and AIDS.
2008 Jun 7, Hillary Clinton
pledged her support for Barack Obama and asked her supporters to do
(WSJ, 6/9/08, p.A1)
2008 Jun 7, In New York Nick
Zito saddled 38-1 long shot Da' Tara to a 5 1/4-length upset at
Belmont. Big Brown, the favorite, came in last.
2008 Jun 7, It was reported
that the AIDS epidemic was reckoned to have infected 33 million
(Econ, 6/7/08, p.91)
2008 Jun 7, Jim McKay (b.1921),
former ABC sports broadcaster, died in Monkton, Md. He covered 10
Olympic games over 24 years and was the voice on the anthology
series “Wide World of Sports" for its first quarter century.
(SSFC, 6/8/08, p.A2)
2008 Jun 7, In Afghanistan a
Canadian soldier died after tumbling down a well while on night
patrol. Capt. Jonathan Sutherland Snyder (26) was the 85th Canadian
soldier, the third in a month, to die in Afghanistan since 2002.
2008 Jun 7, Canada said it had
wrapped up free trade negotiations with Colombia and reached
agreement on related labor and environmental issues.
2008 Jun 7, Congo President
Joseph Kabila met with UN envoys who backed his plans to disarm and
expel Rwandan rebels behind years of strife. They also planned to
refocus the biggest UN peace force on rebuilding the shattered
2008 Jun 7, In Egypt thousands
of demonstrators fought with police after a protest over flour
rations in a town on the Mediterranean coast. Mustafa Khalil (88), a
former Egyptian prime minister (1978-1980), died. He was an
architect of the 1979 Camp David peace treaty between Egypt and
2008 Jun 7, In Baghdad 4 police
recruits were killed in a blast at the National Police headquarters.
US soldiers captured a Basra-based "special groups" leader at a
hideout in eastern Baghdad. The US military killed four suspected
militants, captured five others and destroyed two safehouses in
northern Iraq. An American soldier died when his vehicle was struck
by a roadside bomb in eastern Baghdad.
(AP, 6/7/08)(AP, 6/8/08)
2008 Jun 7, An Israeli tank
killed a militant near Gaza City. Hamas confirmed the man was a
member of the group and said two of his comrades were wounded. The
Israeli military said the gunman was planting a bomb along the
2008 Jun 7, A boat carrying 150
African migrants en route to Europe sank off the Libyan coast. The
Libyan authorities later recovered 40 bodies. The Libyan government
informed the Egyptian government of the incident on June 13 because
they believe that 12 of the passengers were Egyptians.
2008 Jun 7, Macedonia’s State
Election Commission announced it would nullify results from 193
polling stations after detecting fraud and other irregularities in
the June 1 violence-marred parliamentary election.
2008 Jun 7, In Morocco violent
clashes between unemployed youths and the police left 44 people
including 27 police officers injured in the southwestern port of
2008 Jun 7, In Sri Lanka
separate clashes in Vavuniya district killed 8 rebels and wounded
five soldiers. Other battles in Jaffna and Welioya killed six rebels
and wounded 10 soldiers.
2008 Jun 7, President Hugo
Chavez said that his government will rewrite a new intelligence law
to calm fears in Venezuela that the decree could be used to stifle
dissent. Thousands of opponents of President Hugo Chavez protested a
"blacklist" unveiled by Venezuela's top anti-corruption official
that bars key opposition candidates from running in upcoming
2008 Jun 7, Zimbabwe's High
Court overturned a police ban on opposition rallies this weekend
ahead of the June 27 presidential run-off.
2009 Jun 7, In Martinez, Ca.,
hospital patient Paul Hammond (47) was shot and killed by police
after wielding a knife and cutting restraints while being treated
for alcohol withdrawal. In 2011 Contra Costa County agreed to pay
$1.4 million to his 4 children.
(SFC, 9/9/11, p.C2)
2009 Jun 7, A joint Afghan and
US-led coalition operation against insurgents in southern Zabul
province killed more than 20 Taliban fighters. After the operation a
roadside bomb exploded and killed one Afghan policeman as the forces
were returning to base. A militant ambush in northwest Faryab
province killed four policemen. Another Taliban attack in the
eastern province of Paktika killed the police chief in Sarhawza
district. Militants elsewhere in Paktika ambushed a truck of private
security guards, killing four of them.
2009 Jun 7, Bahrain, Kuwait,
Qatar and Saudi Arabia signed an agreement paving the way for a
monetary union and plans for a unified regional currency.
(SFC, 6/8/09, p.C1)
2009 Jun 7, Brazilian and
French ships recovered 14 more bodies from ocean near Air France
crash, bringing the total to 16.
(AP, 6/7/09)(SFC, 6/8/09, p.A3)
2009 Jun 7, China and Japan
pledged to throw their combined weight behind efforts to revive the
struggling world economy after talks aimed at boosting trade between
the two powers.
2009 Jun 7, Egypt's public
prosecutor ordered the return of a shipment of Russian wheat
impounded last month on health grounds. The decision to ship back
the 52,000 tons of wheat, worth 9.6 million dollars (6.8 million
euros), came after an investigation found the grain was contaminated
with insects and unspecified heavy metals.
2009 Jun 7, Europe leaned to
the right as tens of millions of people voted in European Parliament
elections, with conservative parties favored in many countries
against a backdrop of economic crisis. Center-right parties won the
most seats in the election. Only 43% of 375 million eligible voters
cast ballots. In Bulgaria the xenophobic Ataka party won 12% of the
(AP, 6/7/09)(Reuters, 6/8/09)(SFC, 6/8/09,
p.A5)(Econ, 2/6/10, p.58)
2009 Jun 7, In Indonesia 19
leading agricultural exporting nations, including Australia, Brazil
and South Africa, kicked off talks in Bali aimed at pushing forward
troubled world trade negotiations. The Cairns Group of nations
accounted for more than 25% of the world's agricultural exports was
also expected to take aim at US and European dairy export subsidies.
2009 Jun 7, Lebanese streamed
to their hometowns to vote in a crucial election. Muslims made up at
least 60 percent of the estimated 4 million population. The rest are
Christians. There are 18 religious sects. Christians, Sunni Muslims
and Shiite Muslims make up roughly a third of the population each.
About 400,000 Palestinian refugees also live in Lebanon. Lebanon's
Western-backed coalition defeated Hezbollah and its allies dealing a
stunning setback to the Iranian-backed militants. The tally showed
the winning coalition with 68 seats versus 57 for the Hezbollah-led
alliance. Three seats went to independents. Turnout nationwide was
about 52.3% up from 45.8% in 2005.
(AP, 6/7/09)(AP, 6/8/09)
2009 Jun 7, Mexican police
announced the arrest of Olga Lerma in western Jalisco state. She was
wanted in the US for allegedly smuggling $2 million in
cocaine-trafficking profits for a powerful drug cartel.
2009 Jun 7, In Somalia two
masked gunmen killed the director of one of the country’s largest
broadcasters, raising to five the number of journalists killed there
2009 Jun 7, In southern
Thailand Islamic insurgents shot dead a villager and then detonated
a car bomb as a crowd gathered, killing one and wounding 19 in the
Yi-ngo district of Narathiwat.
2009 Jun 7, Ukrainian PM Yulia
Tymoshenko said that talks with the main opposition party on forming
a coalition have collapsed, indicating a continuation of the turmoil
that has plagued the country's politics and hobbled its response to
the severe economic crisis.
2009 Jun 7, Zimbabwe PM Morgan
Tsvangirai launched a three-week trip to the West. He spoke at The
Hague saying he is seeking re-engagement, not touring with a
"begging bowl" asking for aid. Pres. Robert Mugabe launched a new
pact aimed at tearing down trade barriers across 19 African nations
with appeals for external investors and an end to domestic
(AP, 6/7/09)(AFP, 6/7/09)
2010 Jun 7, The US military
said it is holding Army Specialist Bradley Manning of the 2nd
Brigade 10th Mountain Division in pretrial confinement in Kuwait and
that he is suspected of releasing classified information. A video
last April showed US Army helicopters killing two journalists in a
2007 shooting [see July 12, 2007]. Manning had leaked the video on
(AP, 6/8/10)(Econ, 6/12/10, p.67)
2010 Jun 7, US Sec. of Labor
Hilda Solis visited Fremont, Ca., and announced a $19 million
federal grant to help thousands of workers who lost their jobs when
the NUMMI car plant closed in April.
(SFC, 6/8/10, p.D1)
2010 Jun 7, A US Border Patrol
agent shot and killed Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereca (14) after a
confrontation at an international bridge near downtown El Paso.
2010 Jun 7, Colorado Gov. Bill
Ritter signed 2 bills aimed at reigning in the 1,100 medical
marijuana dispensaries that have opened around the state. About half
the existing dispensaries were expected to continue under the new
(SFC, 6/8/10, p.A5)
2010 Jun 7, Melinda Gates said
the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will spend $1.5 billion over 5
years to support maternal and health care projects abroad.
(SFC, 6/8/10, p.A5)
2010 Jun 7, Apple CEO Steve
Jobs unveiled the iPhone 4.
(SFC, 6/8/10, p.D1)
2010 Jun 7, A natural gas
explosion in northern Texas killed one member of a crew installing
utility poles. Authorities the next day were trying to determine if
the gas line had been marked before digging started.
2010 Jun 7, Chrysler Group LLC
said it is recalling nearly 600,000 minivans and Jeep Wranglers
because of brake or wiring problems that could become safety issues.
2010 Jun 7, In Afghanistan 10
deaths marked the deadliest day of the year for ISAF. The dead
included 7 Americans, 2 Australians and a French Legionnaire. They
were killed in five separate insurgent attacks in the south and east
of the country. Two civilian contractors training police, an
American and a Nepalese, also died in a suicide attack in Kandahar
city. In Badghis, Afghan special forces backed by US helicopter
gunships battled insurgents for 12 hours overnight in a remote
Taliban-controlled region, killing 23 militants.
2010 Jun 7, The Corporate Eco
Forum (CEF) awarded Walmart Brazil and its CEO Hector Nunez
the inaugural C.K. Prahalad Award for Global Sustainability
Leadership for their historic work to preserve the Amazon.
2010 Jun 7, China’s Xinhua News
Agency said the death toll from flooding and rain-triggered
landslides in southern China has climbed to 53 after the bodies of
all missing people were recovered. Three days of heavy rain that
began May 31 destroyed 11,000 homes and forced the evacuation of
2010 Jun 7, A commission named
by Ecuador's left-leaning government to investigate human rights
violations in the previous quarter century blamed late right-wing
President Leon Febres Cordero for two-thirds of such cases. Elsie
Monge, president of the so-called truth commission, said that the
1984-88 Cordero administration was marked by "a climate of fear and
2010 Jun 7, An Egyptian
security official declared the blockade of Gaza a failure and said
his country will keep its border with the Palestinian territory open
2010 Jun 7, In Guatemala
Spaniard Carlos Castresana, the chief of a UN commission responsible
for battling corruption and crime in the country, resigned accusing
the country of failing to keep up its end of the deal. Castresana
said one reason for the resignation was the appointment of Conrado
Reyes as Guatemala's attorney general, accusing him of having a
history of ties to organized crime.
2010 Jun 7, An Indian court
convicted seven former senior employees of Union Carbide's Indian
subsidiary of "death by negligence" for their roles in the 1984
Bhopal gas tragedy that left an estimated 15,000 people dead more
than a quarter century ago in the world's worst industrial disaster.
The former employees, many of them in their 70s, were sentenced to
two years in prison and ordered to pay fines of 100,000 rupees
($2,175) apiece. All seven were released on bail shortly after the
2010 Jun 7, Iranian state
television showed a video of a man it identified as a missing
nuclear scientist, who said he had been abducted and taken to the
United States. The scientist, Shahram Amiri, disappeared while on a
pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia in June 2009. US media reports in March
said he defected to the US and is assisting the CIA in efforts to
undermine Iran's nuclear program. Iran has repeatedly said Amiri was
abducted by the US.
2010 Jun 7, Iran's first
women-only bank branch opened, allowing women to manage their
finances without dealing with unrelated men, something likely to
appeal to religious families who oppose mingling between the sexes.
2010 Jun 7, The Iranian Red
Crescent said that it will send three aid ships to Gaza in the
latest bid to break the blockade imposed on the Palestinian
territory by Iran's archfoe Israel.
2010 Jun 7, In Iraq attackers
targeted police and anti-insurgent fighters in a campaign of
intimidation that left at least 13 people dead, including three
killed when a car bomb loaded with ball bearings exploded in a
Baghdad shopping area.
(AP, 6/7/10)(SFC, 6/8/10, p.A2)
2010 Jun 7, The Israeli navy
killed 4 Palestinian militants in diver suits off the coast of Gaza
before dawn. Palestinian officials said Israel fired a missile at
Palestinian militants near the Gaza border, wounding one. The bodies
of two Palestinians killed by Israeli fire washed ashore a day
later, bringing to six the total number of alleged militants killed
by the navy raid.
(AP, 6/7/10)(AP, 6/8/10)
2010 Jun 7, Mordechai Eliyahu
(81), a former chief rabbi who encouraged Israelis to oppose removal
of settlements and blamed Reform Jewry for the Holocaust died in
2010 Jun 7, Kyrgyzstan's
fragile interim government suffered its first major defection as
Edil Baisalov, the acting president's chief of staff, announced his
resignation and disclosed plans to create a new political party.
2010 Jun 7, In Mexico a prison
fight in the border city of Ciudad Juarez left three inmates dead. A
federal agent was also badly beaten during the fight.
2010 Jun 7, In North Korea the
brother-in-law of Kim Jong Il (68) was promoted to the No. 2 spot in
the secretive nation's leadership, a position that could allow him
to become the next ruler or a kingmaker who will decide which of
Kim's sons succeeds his father. Jang Song Thaek already had immense
power as the head of intelligence and the political overlord of the
prosecutor's office, the police and the courts. Kim Yong-Il, who is
unrelated to the leader, was replaced as premier by Choe Yong-Rim
who headed the Pyongyang branch of the ruling communist party.
2010 Jun 7, In Portugal a
lesbian couple wed in the country’s first same-sex ceremony since
the predominantly Catholic country introduced a law allowing gay
marriage last month.
2010 Jun 7, Spanish healthcare
company Grifols SA said it had acquired Talecris Biotherapeutics,
based in North Carolina, for euro2.8 billion ($3.4 billion).
2010 Jun 7, Turkey and
Azerbaijan signed a long-awaited deal on the transit of gas to
Europe seen as crucial to plans to reduce the continent's dependence
on Russian gas.
2011 Jun 7, Pres. Obama honored
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, by presenting her with the Medal of
Freedom. Merkel, chancellor since 2005, grew up under Communism and
lived to see the rise of democracy in her country; she is Germany’s
first woman leader.
2011 Jun 7, Nancy Pelosi, the
leader of the Democrats in the House of Representatives, called for
an ethics investigation into the conduct of Rep. Anthony Weiner to
see if the representative’s Twitter scandal had broken any
2011 Jun 7, In Oregon City,
Oregon, Timothy and Rebecca Wyland were convicted of felony criminal
mistreatment for refusing to get medical treatment for their infant
daughter Alayna. The Wylands belong to a church that only believes
in faith healing, and although their daughter had a growth on one
eye that nearly blinded her, they would not take her to a doctor.
The state intervened and made sure Alayna did receive medical
treatment. When the Wylands are sentenced at the end of June, they
face up to five years in jail.
(Portland Oregonian, 6/7/11)
2011 Jun 7, NBC won a fierce
bidding war over exclusive television coverage of the Olympics,
outbidding Fox and ESPN. NBC signed a deal which cost $4.38 billion,
and gave the network US broadcasting rights to the four Olympic
Games from 2014 until 2020.
2011 Jun 7, In Colorado the new
mayor of Denver is Democratic councilman Michael Hancock, who
defeated his main challenger, former senator Chris Romer, in a
runoff election (Hancock and Romer were the two biggest vote-getters
in the city’s May 3rd election; they then faced each other in the
runoff). Hancock will be sworn in on July 18th.
2011 Jun 7, California Blue
Shield CEO Bruce Bodaken announced a 2% cap on revenue.
(SFC, 6/7/11, p.A8)
2011 Jun 7, SF police killed
Joshua Camden Smith (25), a robber who had become known as the “Gen
X bandit," due to his distinctive attire while holding up two banks
in Orange County.
(SFC, 6/9/11, p.C3)
2011 Jun 7, Dmitri Mendeleev's
Periodic Table of Chemical Elements was augmented with two new
entries – elements 114 and 116. An international commission of
scientists, comprised mostly of physicists and chemists, agreed to
include the ultra-heavy chemicals in the Table.
(SFC, 6/9/11, p.A6)(http://tinyurl.com/64s59wa)
2011 Jun 7, In Afghanistan the
decapitated remains of Jawad Zehak, a Bamiyan provincial politician,
(SFC, 6/8/11, p.A5)
2011 Jun 7, Brazilian President
Dilma Rousseff's chief of staff Antonio Palocci stepped down amid
questions over how his personal wealth rose sharply while he served
as a congressman in 2010.
2011 Jun 7, Colombian
authorities said 4 police officers were killed and 16 injured in an
alleged rebel attack in the southwestern province of Cauca.
(SFC, 6/8/11, p.A2)
2011 Jun 7, The EU imposed
sanctions on 6 ports still held by Colonel Qaddafi. Russian
President Dmitri Medvedev sent an envoy to Libya for the first time
to meet with rebel leaders in the city of Benghazi and promise
support. At least 40 NATO strikes hit Tripoli as Khadafy spoke in an
audio address and vowed never to surrender.
(Econ, 6/18/11, p.53)(AFP, 6/7/11)(SFC, 6/8/11,
2011 Jun 7, In Gambia former
communications minister Amadou Janneh, a US national, was arrested
along with others for "conspiring among themselves to carry out an
enterprise with force with the intent to usurp the executive powers
of the state."
2011 Jun 7, The austerity
measures proposed by Greece’s PM George Papandreou in response to
his country’s debt crisis continued to encounter fierce opposition,
as thousands of Greek citizens continued to protest in the square
outside the parliament building.
2011 Jun 7, In Haiti 7 days of
heavy rains led to 23 deaths as mudslides and floods battered parts
of the south.
2011 Jun 7, In Nigeria at least
11 people were killed in multiple blasts and targeted attacks by the
Boko Haram Muslim sect.
(SFC, 6/8/11, p.A2)
2011 Jun 7, A Philippine court
froze $23 million in bank accounts and assets of the Ampatuan family
linked to the 2009 politically motivated massacre of at least 57
(SFC, 6/8/11, p.A2)
2011 Jun 7, A Russian Soyuz
spacecraft took off from Kazakhstan, bound for the International
Space Station. In the three-man crew were Russian cosmonaut Sergei
Volkov, American astronaut Michael Fossum, and Japanese astronaut
Satoshi Furukawa of Japan's JAXA space agency. The trio will spend
six months on the space station.
(AP, 6/7/11)(Reuters, 6/7/11)
2011 Jun 7, In Somalia Fazul
Abdullah Mohammed, one of the most wanted Al-Qaeda terrorists, was
killed by security forces at a government-run checkpoint in
Mogadishu. He died when the security forces discovered that he and
another man with whom he was traveling were armed. Mohammed was
believed to be the mastermind behind the 1998 bombings of embassies
in Kenya and Tanzania, in which 224 people died.
2011 Jun 7, Syria’s government
said 120 of its forces were killed in Jisr al-Shughour as people
fled the area for the nearby Turkish border. Syria said armed gangs
killed security personnel in the town after large demonstrations
(SFC, 6/8/11, p.A4)(Reuters, 4/25/15)
2011 Jun 7, Authorities in
Uruguay remained puzzled by the fact that more than 600 dead
penguins had washed up on the shores at La Paloma and Piriapolils
since the weekend. Marine biologists were trying to determine why
such a large number of penguins were found dead.
2011 Jun 7, In Yemen attacks by
militants and the government army left dozens dead in 2 restive
(SFC, 6/8/11, p.A4)
2012 Jun 7, The US announced
$33 million in rewards for information leading to the location of
top terrorist suspects in Somalia.
(SFC, 6/8/12, p.A2)
2012 Jun 7, The US Library of
Congress named Natasha Trethewey, Mississippi’s top poet, as the
nation’s poet laureate.
(SFC, 6/7/12, p.A9)
2012 Jun 7, Chicago mobster
Arthur "The Brain" Rachel (73) was sentenced to 8½ years in prison
for his involvement in planning robberies with two other
accomplices, both of whom are also in their 70s. Rachel told the
judge he got involved in more robberies because he was bored. He had
gained notoriety three decades ago for stealing the 45-carat
Marlborough Diamond from a London jewelry store.
2012 Jun 7, Bob Welch (65), a
former member of Fleetwood Mac who also had a solo career, died of a
self-inflicted gunshot wound in Tennessee.
(SFC, 6/8/12, p.A8)
2012 Jun 7, In central Florida
a single-engine plane crashed in the Tiger Creek Preserve killing
Ron Bramlage (45), his wife and their 4 children. The family was
returning home to Junction City, Kansas, from the Bahamas.
(SFC, 6/9/12, p.A5)
2012 Jun 7, In northern
Afghanistan a bomb was detonated on the outside of one of the prison
walls in Sar-e-Pul province and 32 prisoners, including criminals
and members of the Taliban, escaped through the rubble. Inmates
reportedly made the bomb inside the compound and blew up a prison
tower. 18 were soon re-captured and 14 remained at large.
(AP, 6/8/12)(AFP, 6/9/12)
2012 Jun 7, An Algerian man
died (36) in Oran a day after setting himself ablaze in protest when
a policeman took away his driver's license in the Mascara region.
2012 Jun 7, Australia said it
will lift remaining sanctions against Myanmar and more than double
its foreign aid to encourage democratic reforms.
2012 Jun 7, Australian police
said Captain Emad, an alleged people-smuggling kingpin who was
granted a refugee visa, fled the country this week after a
television expose, and they were powerless to stop him.
2012 Jun 7, China cut its
benchmark lending rate by a quarter percentage point to 6.31 percent
for the first time since 2008 to support growth in its cooling
2012 Jun 7, Chinese President
Hu Jintao announced an SCO plan whereby China, Russia and four
Central Asian states would grant Afghanistan observer status in
their regional group. This was announced at the Shanghai Cooperation
Organization's annual summit in Beijing.
2012 Jun 7, Denmark's
Parliament approved a law allowing same-sex couples to get married
in formal church weddings, effective June 15, instead of the short
blessing ceremonies that the state's Lutheran Church currently
2012 Jun 7, In Ethiopia peace
talks between Khartoum and Juba to set up a demilitarized buffer
zone ended with Sudan accusing South Sudan of seeking to create "10
2012 Jun 7, In Greece Ilias
Kasidiaris (31), the extreme-right Golden Dawn party spokesman,
caused an uproar by slapping one female politician on live TV and
throwing a glass of water on another. On June 11 he sued the two
women as well as the television channel that hosted the news show.
2012 Jun 7, In Iraq Abed Hamid
Hmoud, Saddam Hussein's trusted personal secretary, was executed by
hanging. He was once No. 4 on the US most-wanted list in Iraq.
2012 Jun 7, An Israeli court
cleared the way for the deportation of an estimated 1,500 South
Sudanese, after rejecting a petition against a change in the policy
on illegal migrants from there.
2012 Jun 7, Japan’s coastguard
plucked British adventurer Sarah Outen to safety after she got into
trouble in the northern Pacific during her attempt to row solo
across the ocean. A patrol boat was also heading towards fellow
Briton Charlie Martell, who was separately attempting to row solo
across the Pacific when he was also caught in bad weather.
2012 Jun 7, In Japan Govinda
Prasad Mainali (45) was released from jail after DNA tests confirmed
he could not have committed the killing of a 39-year-old Japanese
woman in 1997. The Nepalese migrant worker had served 15 years in a
Japanese jail. Mainali was acquitted in April 2000 but remained in
prison pending an appeal by prosecutors, who maintained he had
robbed and murdered the victim because he was short of cash.
2012 Jun 7, Lesotho King Letsie
III appointed Motsoahae Tom Thabane as Prime Minister.
2012 Jun 7, In Libya hundreds
of armed men calling for Islamic law staged a demonstration in the
eastern city of Benghazi. A counter rally, which included dozens of
activists and several women in its ranks, emerged in protest over
the presence of weapons. It succeeded in pushing the men out of the
square after sunset without incident. Authorities in Zintan,
southwest of Tripoli, detained Australian defense lawyer Melinda
Taylor. She was one of two lawyers assigned by the ICC to help
defend the legal interests of Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, who has been
held by revolutionary fighters since his capture in November.
(AFP, 6/7/12)(AP, 6/9/12)
2012 Jun 7, In Mali residents
of Timbuktu said they have launched an armed group to kick out the
Islamists currently controlling the ancient city. The UN, AU and
ECOWAS officials called for the immediate dissolution of the former
junta which came to power following the coup by low-ranking
2012 Jun 7, A panel of Mexican
judges agreed to extradite Sandra Avila Beltran, a suspected drug
trafficker known as the “Queen of the Pacific," to face charges in
(SFC, 6/8/12, p.A2)
2012 Jun 7, In Mexico 14
dismembered bodies were discovered inside a truck in Mante, located
in the south of Tamaulipas state, which borders Texas.
2012 Jun 7, In Pakistan a bomb
attack killed at least 8 people, including 3 boys, and wounded more
than 20 others outside a madrassa in the southwestern city of
Quetta. 7 of the injured people died overnight in hospital raising
the death toll to 15.
(AFP, 6/7/12)(AFP, 6/8/12)
2012 Jun 7, The Palestinian
anti-corruption court convicted Mohammed Rashid, the fugitive
moneyman of the late leader Yasser Arafat of siphoning off millions
of dollars in public funds, sentencing him in absentia to 15 years
2012 Jun 7, Qatar Airways
completed its first flight to Baghdad since Saddam Hussein's 1990
invasion of Kuwait, a month after launching services to Iraq's
autonomous Kurdish region.
2012 Jun 7, In Scotland the
number of confirmed and suspected cases of Legionnaires' disease in
Edinburgh rose to 51, as officials continued to search for the
source of the deadly outbreak. One man, who had existing health
problems, died a day earlier while being treated for the lung
infection. A 2nd death was reported on June 15. A probe so far
focused on industrial cooling towers in the southwest of the city.
(AFP, 6/7/12)(AFP, 6/15/12)
2012 Jun 7, Syrian troops
blocked UN observers from reaching the site of a new mass killing.
The Syrian National Council said 78 people, including women and
children, were killed overnight in the village of Mazraat al-Qubair
in central Hama province when government-aligned militiamen
converged on the village from neighboring pro-regime villages.
2012 Jun 7, In Yemen at least
23 al-Qaida-linked militants were killed in fighting in the
2013 Jun 7, Pres. Obama
welcomed China’s Pres. Xi Jinping as he arrived in southern
California for a 2-day summit.
(SFC, 6/8/13, p.A2)
2013 Jun 7, A US jobs report
suggested the Federal Reserve is likely to keep its stimulus program
going for now. The Labor Department said the world's largest economy
added 175,000 jobs, slightly better than the expected 165,000
increase. However, the previous months' jobs gains were revised
2013 Jun 7, Southern California
Edison said its San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station will be
permanently shut down.
(SFC, 6/8/13, p.A1)
2013 Jun 7, In southern
California a domestic violence incident in Santa Monica left 5
people dead including the gunman, John Zawahri (23). A critically
injured woman died on June 9.
(AP, 6/7/13)(SFC, 6/10/13, p.A5)
2013 Jun 7, Connecticut Gov.
Dannel Malloy signed a bill allowing illegal immigrants to apply for
driving licenses from 2015.
(Econ, 6/15/13, p.32)
2013 Jun 7, Richard Ramirez
(53), known as the “Night Stalker" killer, died in Marin Ct., Ca. He
had been on death row at San Quentin for nearly 28 years awaiting an
(SFC, 6/7/13, p.C1)
2013 Jun 7, Ata Yousef El
Ammouri (65), a former Chicago store owner, was taken into custody
after arriving from Jordan. He had fled the US in 1979 after being
accused of killing Joe Harris, who walked out of his store without
paying for a can of beer.
(SSFC, 6/9/13, p.A12)
2013 Jun 7, In Texas Shannon
Guess Richardson (35), a pregnant Texas actress, was arrested and
charged with orchestrating a ricin letter scheme. She had told FBI
agents that her husband had sent ricin-tainted letters to President
Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. On Dec 10 she
pleaded guilty in a deal to cap her prison time at 18 years. On July
16, 2014, Richardson was sentenced to 18 years in prison.
(AP, 6/7/13)(SFC, 12/11/13, p.A8)(SFC, 7/17/14,
2013 Jun 7, Paul Cardwell, a
former hospital administrator in Wyoming, was arrested in Thailand.
He was accused of stealing $848,000 from Powell Valley Healthcare in
2011. He was also accused of stealing $846,000 from a hospital in
Monticello, Ind., between 2003 and 2009.
(SSFC, 6/9/13, p.A12)
2013 Jun 7, More than 100 of
the world's most powerful people gathered at the Grove Hotel, a
former manor house near London, for the secretive annual Bilderberg
meeting that has attained legendary status in the eyes of
anti-capitalist protesters and conspiracy theorists.
2013 Jun 7, Vodafone Group Plc
said it paid no corporation tax in Britain for the year to March
2013, prompting fresh criticism from campaigners who have made the
UK mobile telephone group a target in the debate on corporate tax
2013 Jun 7, In China a fire
ripped through the bus as it traveled on an elevated road in Xiamen
during evening rush, killing 47 people, including Chen Shuizong, and
injuring 34. Police identified Shuizong (b.1954) as the person
responsible saying he was unhappy with life and set the fire to vent
2013 Jun 7, In France former PM
Pierre Mauroy (84) died in Paris. He served from 1981-1984 under
Socialist President Francois Mitterrand. His reforms included
cutting the legal work week, lowering the retirement age and raising
the number of paid holidays.
2013 Jun 7, In Germany 3
topless Femen protesters were dragged by police from outside the
chancellery in Berlin where they pleaded for Angela Merkel to push
for the release of 4 fellow activists jailed in Tunisia.
2013 Jun 7, In Iraq suicide
attackers rammed car bombs into a bus carrying Iranian pilgrims and
a police checkpoint west of Baghdad, killing 11 people with 31
wounded. Later attackers drove two more car bombs into a major
highway checkpoint between Fallujah and Ramadi in Sunni-dominated
Anbar province, detonating them nearly simultaneously killing 4
police officers and 4 civilians.
2013 Jun 7, New Zealand
politician Peter Dunne, suspected of leaking a report on the
country's spy agency, stepped down from his ministerial duties.
2013 Jun 7, In Nigeria
vigilante Civilian JTF members found themselves a target of a
suspected Boko Haram attack. Gunmen hid their assault rifles inside
a coffin and opened fire on them in Maiduguri. At least 13 people
were killed in that attack. The group started taking up arms after
President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency May 14 in
Adamawa, Borno and Yobe state.
2013 Jun 7, In Pakistan 2 young
men received death sentences over a fatal shooting that exposed
class divisions in Pakistan and led to an unusual social media
campaign demanding that the country's rich and powerful be held
accountable. Shahrukh Jatoi and Nawab Siraj Talpur were
convicted of killing Shahzeb Khan (20) one late night in December
after the university student had an argument with one of Talpur's
2013 Jun 7, In Pakistan a US
drone strike in Mangrothi village in the Shawal area, along the
border dividing the North and South Waziristan tribal regions,
reportedly killed 9 people.
2013 Jun 7, Syrian troops,
backed by Hezbollah fighters, pressed on with their offensive in the
opposition heartland, taking two small villages near Qusair that was
captured by the government this week.
2013 Jun 7, Turkey's PM Erdogan
took a combative stance on his return from a visit to Tunisia,
telling supporters who thronged to greet him that the protests that
have swept the country must come to an end.
2013 Jun 7, The UN asked donor
countries for $5.2 billion in humanitarian aid for refugees in
Syria’s civil war.
(SFC, 6/8/13, p.A3)