Today in History - June 11
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1184 BC Jun 11, Greeks finally
captured Troy. [see 1150BCE]
1488 Jun 11, James III, king of
Scotland, died in the battle of Sauchieburn, Scotland.
(SC, 6/11/02)(PC, 1992, p.157)
1509 Jun 11, England's King
Henry VIII married Catherine of Aragon.
(AP, 6/11/97)(HN, 6/11/98)
1509 Jun 11, In Italy troops of
Florence took Pisa.
1517 Jun 11, Sir Thomas Pert
reached Hudson Bay.
1567 Jun 11, At Borthwick
Castle a thousand Scottish nobles cornered Mary, Queen of Scots, who
fled the castle by jumping out the window, disguised as a pageboy.
The nobles cornered the newly-wed Mary and her third husband, the
dubious James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell. They demanded Bothwell's
head and Mary’s renunciation of the Earl and his influence.
Bothwell, a suspect in the murder of Queen Mary’s second husband,
Lord Darnley, just a few months before, fled the castle’s sheltering
110-foot towers and the asylum offered by the 6th Lord Borthwick,
leaving his wife and queen behind.
1572 Jun 11, Ben Jonson
(d.1637), English playwright and poet, was born. "Very few men are
wise by their own counsel; or learned by their own teaching. For he
that was only taught by himself, had a fool to his master."
(AP, 1/4/98)(HN, 6/11/01)
1675 Jun 11, France and Poland
formed an alliance.
1769 Jun 11, Anne Newport
Royall, American newspaper reporter, was born.
1685 Jun 11, James Scott, Duke
of Monmouth, rebelled against Catholic king James II.
1690 Jun 11, English king
William III departed to Ireland.
(PC, 1992, p.265)
1719 Jun 11, Scottish rebels,
aided by Spanish troops, who are defeated at Glenshiels surrendered.
1727 Jun 11, George I died on a
journey to Hanover. George II became king of England.
1741 Jun 11, Austria ceded most
of Silesia to Prussia by Treaty of Breslau.
1770 Jun 11, Capt. James Cook,
commander of the British ship Endeavour, discovered the Great
Barrier Reef off Australia by running onto it.
(AP, 6/11/97)(HN, 6/11/98)
1776 Jun 11, John Constable
(d.1837), English landscape painter (Hay Wain), was born.
(SFC, 4/29/97, p.B5)(SC, 6/11/02)
1776 Jun 11, A committee to
draft the document of Independence met. John Adams, Benjamin
Franklin, Robert Livingston, Roger Sherman and Thomas Jefferson were
the members. They immediately delegated the writing to Adams and
Jefferson, and Adams gave it over to Jefferson. The events were
later documented by Pauline Maier in her 1997 book: “American
Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence.”
(Civil., Jul-Aug., '95, p.60)(AP, 6/11/97)(SFEC,
6/29/97, BR p.5)
1788 Jun 11, The 1st British
ship to be built on Pacific coast was begun at Nootka Sound, BC.
1798 Jun 11, Napoleon Bonaparte
took the island of Malta.
1823 Jun 11, Major General
James L. Kemper (d.1895), Confederate hero, was born. He fought at
the battles of Williamsburg and Gettysburg.
1847 Jun 11, Dame Millicent
Garrett Fawcett, leader of English women's movement, was born.
1847 Jun 11, A written record
was found in 1859, indicating that Sir John Franklin died on this
day, and that Erebus and Terror were abandoned in April 1848. The
crews' deaths have been attributed to either scurvy or lead
poisoning originating from the solder on food tins. Both ships and
the remains of most of the 129 crewmen have never been found. After
commissioning three unsuccessful search expeditions, the British
Admiralty posted a reward for anyone who could ascertain the fate of
the crewmen of the HMS Erebus and Terror, who had sailed from
England in May 1845 to navigate through the Arctic and find the
elusive Northwest passage. Success was anticipated with Franklin
commanding well-equipped crews and ships, but by 1847, the British
Admiralty had received no reports of Franklin. Subsequent
expeditions found evidence of the Franklin Expedition. Three graves
dug into the permafrost were discovered in 1850 on Devon Island,
their headstones dated 1846. In 2010 Anthony Brandt authored “The
Man Who Ate His Boots: The Tragic History of the Search for the
Northwest Passage.” The book pivoted around explorer John Franklin
(HNQ, 6/11/98)(HN, 6/11/99)(ON, 11/03, p.12)(SFC,
1850 Jun 11, Cardinal Franzoni
told Rev. Joseph Sadoc Alemany, a Dominican missionary who had
worked in the Midwest frontier, that he was appointed the new bishop
of Monterey, Ca.
(SSFC, 7/27/03, p.A22)
1851 Jun 11, San Francisco
vigilantes lynched John Jenkins (aka John Simpton) on Portsmouth
Square for stealing a safe. He was part of contingent of ex-con
Australians known as the Sidney Ducks.
(SFC, 6/1/13, p.C1)
1859 Jun 11, Comstock silver
load was discovered near Virginia City, Nevada. Prospector James
Finney stumbled across thick, bluish clay in western Nevada. A
fellow minor, Henry Comstock, gave his name to the lode, the most
lucrative silver ore mine in history. Ott’s Assay Office in Nevada
City, Ca., first assayed samples of the rich Comstock Lode of
Nevada. Four Irishmen known as the Bonanza Kings bought up shares in
the Comstock mines and became rich. They were John Mackay, James
Fair, James Flood, and William O’Brian. Ore from the Comstock lode
was hauled by horse-drawn wagon over Donner Pass to SF.
(SFEC, 6/25/00, p.T6)(SFC, 4/14/96, T-3)(SFC,
5/19/96,City Guide, p.17)(RFH-MDHP, 1969, p.107)(SC, 6/11/02)
1859 Jun 11, Prince Metternich
(b.1773), Austrian diplomat and statesman, died in Vienna.
(WUD, 1994 ed., p.903)(Internet)
1861 Jun 11, Union forces under
General George B. McClellen repulsed a Confederate force at Rich
Mountain in Western Virginia.
1864 Jun 11, Gen. Wade Hampton
(1818-1902) led a company of Citadel cadets at the battle of
Trevilian Station in Virginia.
1864 Jun 11, Richard Strauss
(d.1949), German orchestra conductor and composer, was born. His
work included “Daphne” and “Ariadne auf Naxos,” (1912).
(CFA, '96, p.48)(WUD, 1994, p.1405)
1865 Jun 11, Major General
Henry W. Halleck found documents and archives of the Confederate
government in Richmond, Virginia. This discovery led to the
publication of the official war records.
1867 Jun 11, Charles Fabry,
found ozone layer in upper atmosphere, was born.
1876 Jun 11, A.L. Kroeber,
anthropologist, textbook author, was born in Hoboken, NJ.
1880 Jun 11, Jeannette Rankin,
Congresswoman from Montana, the first woman in Congress who also
voted against U.S. participation in both world wars, was born.
1883 Jun 11, Frank O. King,
"Gasoline Alley" cartoonist, was born in Cashton, Wisc.
1886 Jun 11, David Steinman,
bridge designer (Hudson, Triborough), was born in NYC.
1891 Jun 11, A. Charlois
discovered asteroid #311 Claudia.
1891 Jun 11, Portugal assigned
Barotseland, now in Zambia, to Britain and Nyasaland becomes a
1895 Jun 11, Nikolai A.
Bulganin, premier of the Soviet Union (1955-1958), was born.
1895 Jun 11, The 1st auto race
1895 Jun 11, Charles E. Duryea
received the first U.S. patent granted to an American inventor for a
1896 Jun 11, US Assay Office in
Deadwood, South Dakota, was authorized.
1898 Jun 11, Emperor Kuang-Hsu
of China began 100 days of Reform in effort to modernize China, but
conservative forces soon squelch the attempt.
1899 Jun 11, Yasonari Kawabata
(d.1972), Japanese novelist (Thousand Cranes)(Nobel 1968), was born
1900 Jun 11, Lawrence E Spivak,
news panelist (Meet the Press), was born in Brooklyn, NY.
1900 Jun 11, Belle Boyd
(b.1844), former Confederate spy, died in Wisconsin. Her 1865
autobiography was titled “Belle Boyd in Camp and Prison.” In 1944
Louis Sigaud authored “Belle Boyd: Confederate Spy.”
1901 Jun 11, Cook Islands were
annexed & proclaimed a part of New Zealand.
1903 Jun 11, The San Francisco
Board of Supervisors enacted Section 538 of the Police Code
forbidding youngsters under 21 from congregating in groups between 8
p.m. and daylight the following morning. On Nov 13, 1962, Municipal
Judge Leland Lazarus ruled Section 538 unconstitutional.
(SSFC, 11/11/12, DB p.46)
1903 Jun 11, King Alexander and
Queen Draga of Belgrade were assassinated by 28 members of the
Serbian army. The remains of their corpses were thrown out of a
palace window. Peter Karageorgevic was later elected to replace him.
(AP, 6/11/03)(Econ, 3/29/14, p.90)
1904 Jun 11, German General
Lothar von Trotha arrived in SW Africa (later Namibia) to take over
from the colonial Governor, Theodor Leutwein, the direction of a
campaign to quell a native uprising.
1905 Jun 11, Pennsylvania
Railroad debuted the fastest train in world (NY-Chicago in 18 hrs).
1907 Jun 11, Paul Mellon
(d.1999), art lover, horse breeder (1964 Gold Baton), and
philanthropist, was born to Andrew W. Mellon and Nora McMullen.
Andrew Mellon was a financier and longtime secretary of the
treasury. Mellon donations created the Yale Center for British Art,
the Bollingen Prize for poetry, and the National Gallery of Art in
(SFC, 2/3/99, p.A22)(SC, 6/11/02)
1910 Jun 11, Carmine Coppola
(d.1991), composer, conductor (Godfather II, Apocalypse Now), was
1910 Jun 11, Jacques Cousteau
(d.1997), pioneer sea explorer, was born in Saint-Andre-de-Cubzac,
France. He invented the aqualung and wrote "The Living Sea."
(SFC, 6/6/97, p.A7)(HN, 6/11/99)
1913 Jun 11, Vince Lombardi,
National Football League coach, was born. He coached the Green Bay
Packers who won the first Super Bowl.
1914 Jun 11, Gerald Mohr, actor
(Christopher-Foreign Intrigue), was born in NYC.
1915 Jun 11, British troops
took Cameroon in Africa.
1919 Jun 11, Richard Todd
Ireland, actor (Dorian Gray, Assassin Yangtze Incident), was born.
1919 Jun 11, Sir Barton won the
Belmont Stakes, becoming horse racing's first Triple Crown winner.
1920 Jun 11, Robert Hutton,
actor (Torture Garden, Rocket), was born in Kingston, NY.
1920 Jun 11, Hazel Scott,
singer, pianist (Hazel Scott), was born in Trinidad.
1920 Jun 11, The US Republican
Senate bosses gathered in rooms 408 & 410 of the Blackstone
Hotel in Chicago and selected Sen. Warren Harding to break a
deadlock. Harding, disregarding his mistress of four years, Nan
Britton, declared himself to be of good character. The Republicans
nominated Warren G. Harding at the Blackstone Hotel in Chicago.
Britton later wrote a book, "The President’s Daughter," about their
relations and claimed that she bore his daughter. Harding had
another mistress named Carrie Phillips. In 1999 Martin Blinder
published his novel "Fluke" based on Harding's political career and
(WSJ, 8/26/96, p.A12)(Hem, 8/96, p.84)(SFC,
2/5/98, p.A8)(SFEC, 5/2/99, BR p.8)
1922 Jun 11, John Bromfield,
actor (Easy to Love), was born in South Bend, In.
1922 Jun11, Michael Cacoyannis,
director (Zorba the Greek, Trojan Women), was born.
1922 Jun 11, The documentary
film “Nanook of the North,” shot in subarctic Quebec (1920-1921) by
Robert Flaherty, premiered in NYC.
(ON, 2/03, p.11)
1925 Jun 11, William Styron,
American novelist (The Confessions of Nat Turner, Sophie's Choice),
was born in Va.
1926 Jun 11, Carlisle Floyd,
composer (Slow Dusk), was born in Latta, SC.
1929 Jun 11, G. Neujmin
discovered asteroid #1147 Stavropolis.
1930 Jun 11, William Beebe, of
the New York Zoological Society, in a diving chamber called a
bathysphere, dived to a record-setting depth of 1,426 feet off the
coast of Bermuda.
1932 Jun 11, Athol Fugard,
playwright, director, actor and novelist, was born in Middelburg,
South Africa as Harold Athol Lanigan Fugard. As a child he was known
as Hally before he decided he wanted to be called Athol.
1932 Jun 11, E. Delporte
discovered asteroid #1222 Tina.
1933 Jun 11, Jud Strunk,
singer, comedian (Laugh-In), was born in Jamestown, NY.
1934 Jun 11, The Disarmament
Conference in Geneva ended in failure.
1935 Jun 11, Gene Wilder, actor
(Young Frankenstein, Silver Streak), was born in Milwaukee.
1936 Jun 11, Chad Everett,
actor (Medical Center, Airplane II), was born in South Bend, In.
1936 Jun 11, Presbyterian
Church of America was founded at Philadelphia.
1937 Jun 11, Johnny Brown,
comedian (Good Times, Leslie Uggams), was born in St Petersburg,
1937 Jun 11, Marx Brothers' "A
Day At The Races" was released.
1937 Jun 11, Reginald Joseph
Mitchell (b.1895), British aeronautical engineer and chief designer
of the Spitfire fighter, died of cancer.
(ON, 3/07, p.2)
1939 Jun 11, King & Queen
of England tasted their 1st "hot dogs" at FDR's party.
1940 Jun 11, Joey Dee, actor
(Hey Let's Twist, 2 Tickets to Paris), was born in Passaic, NJ.
1940 Jun 11, Princess Juliana
of the Netherlands arrived in Canada as an exile.
1940 Jun 11, The German
invasion of France was under way and the British had been forced to
abandon their defense of northwestern France and Belgium at Dunkirk.
(WSJ, 4/29/96, p.C-1)
1940 Jun 11, The Italian Air
Force bombed the British fortress at Malta in the Mediterranean.
1942 Jun 11, The United States
and the Soviet Union signed a lend-lease agreement to aid the Soviet
war effort in World War II.
1943 Jun 11, The Italian island
of Pantelleria surrendered after a heavy air bombardment.
1944 Jun 11, James "Ox" D A Van
Hoften, astronaut (STS 41C, STS 51I), was born in Fresno, Calif.
1944 Jun 11, The 1st Serbian
Orthodox cathedral in US, Cathedral of St Sava, was established in
1944 Jun 11, U.C. carrier-based
planes attacked Japanese airfields on Guam, Rota, Saipan and Tinian
islands, preparing for the invasion of Saipan.
1945 Jun 11, Adrienne Barbeau,
wife of John Carpenter, actress (Maude, Swamp Thing), was born.
1947 Jun 11, The government
announced the end of household and institutional sugar rationing, to
take effect the next day. It began May 28, 1942.
1951 Jun 11, Mozambique became
an oversea province of Portugal.
1955 Jun 11, The 1st jet
magnesium airplane was flown.
1955 Jun 11, In Le Mans,
France, a Mercedes-Benz racer crashed killing its driver and some 81
spectators. Pierre Levegh’s car hit the bank by the grandstand and
immediately exploded. Parts of the wreckage were blown into the
enclosure, killing scores of mostly-French spectators. Levegh was
speeding down the straightaway in front of the pits when he clipped
an Austin-Healey driven by British driver Lance Macklin.
(WSJ, 7/7/04, p.D10)(http://tinyurl.com/69g9e)
1956 Jun 11, Ray Nagin, later
mayor of New Orleans, was born in New Orleans.
(WSJ, 1/10/06, p.A4)
1957 Jun 11, 12 died in a train
crash in Vroman, Colo.
1959 Jun 11, Postmaster General
banned D.H. Lawrence's book, “Lady Chatterley's Lover.” Charles
Rembar (d.2000 at 85) began a 7-year fight against obscenity laws
when he contested the US postmaster general’s ban on Lady
Chatterley’s Lover. In 1968 Rembar authored “The End of Obscenity.”
In 1980 he authored a history of American law: “The Law of the
(SFC, 10/28/00, p.A25)(SC, 6/11/02)
1960 Jun 11, In Pakistan a
house packed with wedding celebrants collapsed killing 30.
1961 Jun 11, Norm Cash became
the 1st Detroit Tiger to hit a ball out of Tiger Stadium.
1962 Jun 11, Frank Lee Morris,
John Anglin and Clarence Anglin escaped from Alcatraz and
disappeared into the SF Bay. Their fate was never resolved. The 1979
film “Escape From Alcatraz” with Clint Eastwood was based on this
(SFC, 7/9/96, p.A20)(SFEC, 3/8/98, p.W38)(SFC,
1963 Jun 11, JFK said
segregation is morally wrong & that it is "time to act."
1963 Jun 11, Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. was arrested in Florida for trying to integrate
1963 Jun 11, Federal troops
were used to force Alabama Gov. George Wallace to accept black
students, Vivian Malone Jones and James Wood, at the Univ. of
Alabama. In 1996 George Wallace apologized in a formal ceremony.
(WSJ, 5/13/96, p.A-16)(SFC, 10/11/96, p.A3)
1963 Jun 11, Greek Premier
Constantine Caramanlis resigned in protest of King Paul's state
visit to Britain.
1963 Jun 11, Buddhist monk
Quang Duc immolated himself on a Saigon street to protest the
government of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem.
Jun 11, The musical "On A Clear Day You Can See Forever" closed at
the Mark Hellinger in NYC after 280 performances. It had opened on
October 17, 1965.
1966 Jun 11, Wallace Ford (68),
actor (The Deputy), died.
1967 Jun 11, There was a race
riot in Tampa Florida and the National Guard was mobilized. Martin
Chambers (19) was suspected of robbing a camera store. Chambers ran
from police near Nebraska and Harrison Streets and was shot in the
back and died. Several days of riots around Central Avenue followed.
1967 Jun 11, Israel and Syria
accepted a UN cease-fire. The UN brokered a cease-fire between
Israel and the defeated Egypt, Syria, and Jordan, ending the Six-Day
War with Israel occupying the Sinai, West Bank, East Jerusalem and
the Golan Heights. Israel annexed the largely Arab East Jerusalem,
which included the Old City, and has since ringed it with Jewish
(HN, 6/11/98)(AP, 6/11/03)(SFC, 6/25/96, p.A10)
1969 Jun 11, David Bowie
released "Space Oddity."
1969 Jun 11, John L. Lewis
(b.1880), American labor organizer, died. He was the driving force
behind the 1935 formation of the Congress of Industrial
1969 Jun 11, Soviet and Chinese
troops clashed on Sinkiang border.
1970 Jun 11, The United States
presence in Libya came to an end as the last detachment left Wheelus
1970 Jun 11, Frank Laubach,
Christian Evangelical missionary, died. In 1935, while working at a
remote location in the Philippines, he developed the "Each One Teach
One" literacy program. It has since been used to teach about 60
million people to read in their own language.
1970 Jun 11, Frank Silvera
(b.1914), actor, died. He was accidentally electrocuted in his home.
At the time he was appearing on the TV series “High Chaparral.”
1970 Jun 11, Palestinian
guerrillas and King Hussein's army signed a truce in Jordan after
week of heavy clashes.
1970 Jun 11, Alexander F.
Kerensky (b.1881), Russian premier (1917), died.
1974 Jun 11, Georgann Hawkins,
Bundy victim, disappeared from UW, in Seattle, Wash.
1975 Jun 11, Australia’s Racial
Discrimination Act became law under Australia's multicultural policy
to protect minorities against intolerance. It is not enforced by
prison sentences or fines, but enables judges to make orders to
1977 Jun 11, ELO’s "Telephone
Line" reached #7 in the US, giving the band its first gold single.
1977 Jun 11, Seattle Slew
(d.2002 at 28) won the Belmont Stakes, capturing the Triple Crown.
(AP, 6/11/97)(WSJ, 5/8/02, p.A1)
1977 Jun 11, A 20-day hostage
drama in the Netherlands ended as Dutch marines stormed a train and
a school held by South Moluccan extremists. Six gunmen and two
hostages on the train were killed.
1978 Jun 11, Joseph Freeman Jr.
became the first black priest ordained in the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-Day Saints.
1978 Jun 11, Texas Instruments
announced the first single-chip speech synthesizer.
1979 Jun 11, Actor John Wayne
died of cancer at age 72. He was born as Marion Morrison in Iowa.
His 1973 album "America, Why I Love Her" was re-released. The words
were co-written with John Mitchum (d.2001). In 2014 Scott Eyman
authored “John Wayne: The Life and Legend.”
(SFEC, 11/3/96, Z1 p.2)(SFEC, 11/17/96, Par
p.2)(SFEC, 2/23/97, BR p.1)(AP, 6/11/97)(SFC, 12/3/01, p.A17)(Econ,
1980 Jun 11, E. Bowell
discovered asteroid #2531 Cambridge.
1981 Jun 11, Earthquake in
southeast Iran killed at least 1,500 people.
(SFC, 3/21/98, p.A9)(AP, 6/11/03)
1982 Jun 11, Movie "E.T. the
Extra-Terrestrial" was released in the US and became the highest
grossing film to date.
1982 Jun 11, In Michigan Eve
August (24), a law intern, was fatally shot at a law office in
Detroit’s Buhl Building. Robert Harrington, a disgruntled insurance
salesman, demanded a check he hadn't received. When he didn't like
the reply, he started shooting in a 90-minute rampage that left
August dead and dozens injured from gunfire or the fire that
1982 Jun 11, Mauritius became
the 1st African country to vote an opposition party into office.
Anerood Jugnauth (b.1930) became prime minister.
6/24/96, p.A8)(Econ, 9/27/03, p.46)
1985 Jun 11, Karen Ann Quinlan
(31), the comatose patient whose case prompted a historic
right-to-die court decision, died in Morris Plains, N.J.
1986 Jun 11, A divided Supreme
Court struck down a Pennsylvania abortion law, while reaffirming its
1973 decision establishing a constitutional right to abortion.
1987 Jun 11, Margaret Thatcher
became the first British prime minister in 160 years to win a third
consecutive term of office as her Conservatives held onto a reduced
majority in Parliament.
(AP, 6/11/97)(HN, 6/11/98)
1988 Jun 11, Preakness winner
Risen Star captured the Belmont Stakes with a time second only to
its father, thoroughbred legend Secretariat.
1988 Jun 11, Nathan Cook
(b.1950), TV actor (Hotel), died of an allergic reaction.
1988 Jun 11, Giuseppe Saragat
(89), president of Italy (1964-71), died.
1989 Jun 11, The government of
China issued a warrant for the arrest of dissident physicist Fang
Lizhi (1936-2012), who had taken refuge inside the US Embassy in
Beijing. Fang and his wife were allowed to go into exile.
(AP, 6/11/99)(Econ, 4/14/12,
1990 Jun 11, A federal judge
sentenced former national security adviser John M. Poindexter to six
months in prison for making false statements to Congress about the
Iran-Contra affair. However, Poindexter’s convictions were later
1990 Jun 11, The US Supreme
Court struck down a federal law prohibiting desecration of the
1990 Jun 11, The UN appoints
Olivia Newton-John as its 1st Goodwill Ambassador to the
1991 Jun 11, President Bush
authorized $1.5 billion in agricultural credit guarantees for the
1991 Jun 11, Actress Julia
Roberts and actor Kiefer Sutherland called off their wedding three
days before it was to have taken place.
1991 Jun 11, Microsoft released
MS DOS 5.0.
1991 Jun 11, The half-nude body
of Jessica McHenry (14) of Livermore, Ca., was found strangled and
burning on Tesla Rd. In 2007 Derick Moncada (35) hanged himself at
Kern Valley State Prison after being confronted with DNA evidence
that linked him to her murder. Moncada was serving time for other
(SFC, 4/28/04, p.B1)(SFC, 3/20/07, p.B1)
1992 Jun 11, President Bush's
stopover in Panama en route to the Earth Summit in Brazil was
disrupted when riot police fired tear gas at protesters, preventing
Bush from speaking at a rally praising the revival of democracy in
1992 Jun 11, Baseball owners
approved the sale of Seattle Mariners to a Japanese group.
1993 Jun 11, The Steven
Spielberg movie "Jurassic Park" opened.
1993 Jun 11, The US Supreme
Court ruled that people who commit "hate crimes" motivated by
bigotry may be sentenced to extra punishment; the court also ruled
religious groups have a constitutional right to sacrifice animals in
1993 Jun 11, In San Pablo, Ca.,
the body of Mueylin Saechao was found half naked in the backyard of
her boyfriend’s home. In 2015 DNA evidence linked William Huff (51)
to her murder and another in Berkeley’s Tilden Park in 1987.
(SFC, 4/8/15, p.F1)
1993 Jun 11, North Korea pulled
Asia back from the brink of a possible nuclear arms race by
reversing its decision to withdraw from a treaty preventing spread
of nuclear weapons.
1993 Jun 11, United Nations
forces launched a nighttime attack against the forces of Somali
warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid.
1994 Jun 11, The United States,
South Korea and Japan agreed to seek punitive steps against North
Korea over its nuclear program.
1994 Jun 11, Jack Hannah (90),
animator (The Flintstones), died.
1994 Jun 11, A car bomb blew up
outside a luxury hotel in Guadalajara, Mexico, killing five people
in an apparently drug-related attack.
1994 Jun 11, Mattias Flink
(b.1970), a Swedish army lieutenant went berserk and killed 7
people. Flink was placed in the Norrköping prison but was
subsequently moved to Beateberg prison outside of Stockholm.
1995 Jun 11, In an
unprecedented joint appearance, President Clinton and House Speaker
Newt Gingrich sparred politely over Medicare and other issues before
an audience of senior citizens in Claremont, New Hampshire.
1995 Jun 11, A bomb exploded at
an outdoor music festival in Medellin, Colombia, spraying shrapnel
that killed at least 28 people and wounded more than 200 others.
[see Jun 10]
1996 Jun 11, Closing a
congressional career that had lasted 3 1/2 decades, Bob Dole said
goodbye to the Senate to begin in earnest his campaign for the
1996 Jun 11, Five American
Indian leaders sued the federal government after it was learned that
the Bureau of Indian Affairs could not account for about 15% of an
estimated $450 million held for some 300,000 Indians.
(SFC, 6/11/96, p.A12)
1996 Jun 11, Lightning struck a
tank and started a blaze of 3 million gallons of gas at a Shell Oil
storage facility in Woodbridge, N.J.
(SFC, 6/12/96, p.A3)
1996 Jun 11, Federal agents
arrested 3 leaders and 15 members of the Genovese organized crime
family in New York.
(SFC, 6/12/96, p.A3)
1996 Jun 11, Scientists
reported the discovery of a new planet near the star Lalande 21185,
the 4th closest star to Earth, 8.1 light-years away. The nearest is
Proxima Centauri at 4.2 light-years. Analysis of the data indicates
that the planet is about the size of Jupiter and revolves around its
star every 30-35 years.
(SFC, 6/12/96, p.A3)
1996 Jun 11, A trade pact
between the European Union and Algeria was passed along with an
agreement to provide $3.6 million to help pay for elections in
(SFC, 6/11/96, p.A15)
1996 Jun 11, Formosa Plastic
Group of Taiwan led by Y.C. Wang was planning to build 6 thermal
power plants in the coastal province of Fujian in China for an
investment of $3.8 bil.
(WSJ, 6/11/96, p.A10)
1996 Jun 11, A rusty Russian
freighter carrying hundreds of Liberian refugees remained at sea
after Ghana refused to let it dock.
(SFC, 6/11/96, p.A16)
1996 Jun 11, A Chilean-based
fruit company signed a letter of intent to purchase Fresh Del Monte
Produce NV for $534 mil. A subsidiary of United Trading Company
Desarollo & Comercio SA of Santiago signed the letter. Mr.
Cabal, a banker accused in a massive self-lending scheme who fled
Mexico in 1994, remains a minority shareholder through a Netherlands
Antilles fund called Trumpet Vine where he and the state-owned
development bank, Nacional Financiera SA, placed an 8.5% equity
stake in 1992.
(WSJ, 6/12/96, p.A10)
1996 Jun 11, S. Korea pledged
$3 mil in aid to N. Korea.
(SFC, 6/12/96, p.A10)
1996 Jun 11, A convoy of
Chechen rebel leaders was blasted by remote control bombs while
returning after negotiations with Russian counterparts.
(SFC, 6/12/96, p.A10)
1996 Jun 11, A bomb ripped
through a Moscow subway and killed 12 people.
(SFC, 6/12/96, p.A8)
1996 Jun 11, Vietnamese Deputy
Foreign Minister Le Mai (1940-1996) died. He was a junior member of
the team that negotiated US withdrawal in 1973 and chief architect
of the recent campaign for diplomatic relations with the
(SFC, 6/13/96, p.A25)
1997 Jun 11, Pres. Clinton
announced that the US would only support Poland, Hungary and the
Czech Republic for NATO membership for now.
(SFC, 6/12/97, p.A14)
1997 Jun 11, The parents of
Timothy McVeigh pleaded for their son's life during the penalty
phase of the Oklahoma City bombing trial.
1997 Jun 11, In Cambodia Pol
Pot ordered the killing of the former Khmer Rouge defense minister
Son Sen (67) and his powerful wife, Yun Yat (63), and 9 relatives.
(SFC, 6/14/97, p.A1)
1997 Jun 11, The leaders of the
militias ravaging Brazzaville, Congo, called for a cease-fire, but
fighting continued unabated.
1997 Jun 11, In Nepal Prakash
Chandra Lohani, the foreign minister, resigned and accused the
ruling coalition of Communists of cheating in last month’s
(SFC, 6/12/97, p.A14)
1997 Jun 11, From Russia it was
reported the Pres. Yeltsin planned to remove Yevgeny Nazdratenko,
governor of the far-eastern Primorsky region, due to extensive crime
(SFC, 6/11/97, p.C3)
1997 Jun 11, In Sri Lanka a
Tamil Tiger rebel raid claimed 300 soldiers dead vs. 50 guerrillas.
The government said 97 soldiers were killed at Thandikulam and
(SFC, 6/12/97, p.A14)
1998 Jun 11, Mitsubishi Motors
agreed to pay $34 million to settle allegations that women on the
assembly line at its Illinois factory were groped and insulted and
that managers did nothing to stop it.
1998 Jun 11, In Burundi
military leader Pierre Buyoya was sworn in as president by the
democratically elected parliament.
(SFC, 6/12/98, p.A14)
1998 Jun 11, China ordered
officials in its nearly 1 million villages to open their activities
to public scrutiny.
(SFC, 6/12/98, p.A14)
1998 Jun 11, Fighting between
Eritrea and Ethiopia was reported 50 miles from Eritrea’s Red Sea
port of Assab.
(SFC, 6/12/98, p.A12)
1998 Jun 11, Between 1,500 and
2,000 foreigners, mostly Portuguese, were evacuated by ship from the
capital of Guinea-Bissau, where civil war raged.
1998 Jun 11, Pakistan announced
a moratorium on nuclear tests and offered to enter into bilateral
talks with India.
(WSJ, 6/12/98, p.A1)
1999 Jun 11, The FBI was
seeking the creator of Worm.Explore.Zip, a file-destroying computer
virus which had hit some of the nation’s biggest corporations.
1999 Jun 11, The US and Libya
engaged in their first official meeting in 18 years. The US
stipulated conditions to be met prior to the lifting of sanctions.
(SFC, 6/12/99, p.A13)
1999 Jun 11, DeForest Kelley,
who played Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy on Star Trek, died in Woodland
Hills, California, at age 79.
(SFC, 6/12/99, p.A23)(AP, 6/11/00)
1999 Jun 11, In Algeria 14
people were killed by an armed group in Sidi Naamane.
(SFC, 6/12/99, p.C1)
1999 Jun 11, Eritrea and
Ethiopia clashed in a 2nd day of heavy fighting on the western Badme
(SFC, 6/12/99, p.C1)
1999 Jun 11, Iraq accused Iran
of firing 3 Scud-B missiles on the Ashraf camp of the Mujahedeen-e
Khalq (MEK) guerrilla group, located 50 miles from the Iranian
(SFC, 6/12/99, p.C1)
1999 Jun 11, Ayatollah Mohammad
Yazi told worshipers that the world should pay him heed as the
highest justice official in Iran and that 13 Iranian Jews would be
tried under Islamic law for treason.
(SFC, 6/22/99, p.A11)
1999 Jun 11, South Korean ships
rammed and briefly repelled 4 North Korean patrol boats. North Korea
warned South Korea to withdraw warships from disputed waters in the
Yellow Sea on the 5th day of a standoff.
(SFC, 6/12/99, p.A13)(SFEC, 6/13/99, p.A13)
1999 Jun 11, Russian troops
stationed in Bosnia entered Kosovo in a move that was later deemed a
(SFC, 6/12/99, p.A1)
1999 Jun 11, Cheering residents
of Prokuplje, Kosovo, threw flowers onto several dozen Yugoslav army
vehicles heading out of the province as NATO troops massed across
the border in Macedonia.
1999 Jun 11, Serb civilians
began leaving Kosovo in fear of the transition period under NATO.
(SFC, 6/12/99, p.A12)
2000 Jun 11, In NYC’s Central
Park young male gangs attacked some 47 women with harassment,
molestation and robbery during the annual Puerto Rico Day parade.
Some of the assaults were captured on home video. 16 of 60 suspects
were arrested over the next week. Some police officers also faced
discipline for lack of response.
(SFC, 6/17/00, p.A6)(SFC, 6/19/00, p.A2)(AP,
2000 Jun 11, Gustavo Kuerten of
Brazil won his second French Open title, beating Magnus Norman 6-2,
6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (6).
2000 Jun 11, In Congo Rwandan
troops drove Ugandan forces from Kisangani to end a week of
(SFC, 6/12/00, p.A13)
2000 Jun 11, In Dessau,
Germany, Alberto Adriano (39), a 20-year German resident from
Mozambique, was kicked to death by 3 men. Enrico Hilprecht (24) was
later convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Two 16-year-old
accomplices were sentenced to 9 years each.
(SFC, 8/31/00, p.A1)
2000 Jun 11, A former
hard-liner who has recently favored democratic reforms was elected
as the speaker of Iran's first reformist-dominated parliament in
more than 20 years.
2000 Jun 11, In Montenegro
voters kept the pro-West government in the capital, Podgorica, but
elected allies of Slobodan Milosevic in Herceg Novi.
(WSJ, 6/12/00, p.A1)(SFC, 6/13/00, p.A11)
2000 Jun 11, A day after the
death of Syrian President Hafez Assad, his son, Bashar, was
unanimously nominated by Syria’s ruling Baath Party to succeed his
2001 Jun 11, It was reported
that Intel researchers had developed tiny silicon transistors that
would allow production of chips with 1 billion transistors by 2007.
(SFC, 6/11/01, p.D1)
2001 Jun 11, Timothy McVeigh
(33) was executed by lethal injection at the federal prison in Terra
Haute, Ind., for the April 19, 1995, Oklahoma City bombing. For his
final statement he issue a hand-written copy of “Invictus,” a poem
written in 1875 by William Ernest Henley, whose last 2 lines read “I
am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.”
(SFC, 6/11/01, p.A1)(SFC, 6/12/01, p.A1)
2001 Jun 11, The Colombia AUC
named a new 9-man command council to lead its fight against rebel
(SFC, 6/12/01, p.A9)
2001 Jun 11, In northern
Colombia, thousands turned out to protest a US-backed program to
aerially eradicate coca crops. They wanted the government to
manually eradicate the plant used to make cocaine instead of
spraying the countryside.
2001 Jun 11, In Germany
Chancellor Schroeder and leading energy companies signed an
agreement to shut down the country’s 19 nuclear power plants.
Average operation was limited to 32 years and the last would close
(SFC, 6/12/01, p.A8)
2001 Jun 11, In Macedonia
ethnic Albanian rebels and the government announced cease-fires.
(SFC, 6/12/01, p.A10)
2001 Jun 11, In Slovakia 17
Indian would-be immigrants were believed to have drowned while
trying to cross the Morava River from Slovakia to the Czech
(SFC, 6/14/01, p.C3)
2002 Jun 11, Congressional
investigators released a report which said Clinton administration
workers had defaced equipment and left behind prank messages as they
departed the White House in January 2001; but the investigators
failed to uncover the widespread problems alleged by some
2002 Jun 11, Roman Catholic
Bishop J. Kendrick Williams resigned in Kentucky amid accusations of
sexual abuse, becoming the third U.S. bishop to step down in the
scandal rocking the church.
2002 Jun 11, Quincy Troupe
(62), prof. of creative writing at UC San Diego, was named
California state poet laureate. Troupe resigned Oct 18 after he
acknowledged that he lied in his resume about graduating from
(SFC, 6/12/02, p.D5)(SSFC, 10/20/02, p.A14)
2002 Jun 11, Afghanistan's
former king attended a long-awaited Loya Jirga, accompanied by
leaders of Hamid Karzai's interim government in a show of unity for
a tribal assembly. The assembly was delayed by 1 day as Zahir Shah
renounced any potential post.
(Reuters, 6/11/02)(SFC, 6/11/02, p.A1)(SFC,
2002 Jun 11, In Algeria alleged
Islamic militants opened fire on a bus, killing 11 people. Ten
others were wounded.
2002 Jun 11, Burkina Faso
President Blaise Compaore tightened his grip on power, throwing out
all nine opposition ministers from his Cabinet and cutting the
number of posts from 36 to 31.
2002 Jun 11, More than 40
Burundian refugees, returning home from Tanzania after years in
exile, died when the truck carrying them overturned.
2002 Jun 11, In Canada Inco
Ltd. said on Tuesday it had reached a $1.9 billion, 30-year deal to
develop the huge Voisey's Bay nickel deposit in northern Labrador.
2002 Jun 11, In Congo an
investigation began into claims by the Hemu community that some
2,400 of its people had been killed since April by the Lendu tribe
and rebel allies.
(SFC, 6/12/02, p.A14)
2002 Jun 11, In Egypt Tahseen
Basheer (77), a veteran diplomat who served as official spokesman
for two of Egypt's late presidents died.
2002 Jun 11, Sir Paul McCartney
and his new wife, former model Heather Mills, were married in a
lavish Irish wedding in Glaslough.
2002 Jun 11, A suicide bomber
in Tel Aviv killed himself, a 15-year-old girl and wounded 15. In
the Gaza Strip a 9-year-old boy was killed by Israeli army gunfire.
Israeli forces killed 3 gunmen in Gaza and a militant died when a
bomb he was planting exploded. In Hebron Arab gunmen killed 2 fellow
Palestinians suspected of being informers.
(AP, 6/12/02)(SFC, 6/12/02, p.A11)
2002 Jun 11, Moroccan police
arrested three Saudi nationals who were allegedly planning attacks
against U.S. and British war ships in the Strait of Gibraltar. They
were identified as: Hilal Jaber al-Assiri, Abdellah Ali al-Ghamdi
and Zuher al-Tbaiti.
(AP, 6/11/02)(WSJ, 6/12/02, p.A14)
2002 Jun 11, Thousands of
Romania state workers jammed a square in downtown Bucharest, blaming
the government for a decline in living standards and calling for its
2003 Jun 11, Houston's Roy
Oswalt, Pete Munro, Kirk Saarloos, Brad Lidge, Octavio Dotel and
Billy Wagner combined for the first no-hitter against the New York
Yankees in 45 years, winning 8-0.
2003 Jun 11, The US military
launched a massive operation to crush opposition north of Baghdad
and captured nearly 400 suspected Saddam Hussein loyalists in a bid
to end daily attacks against American soldiers.
2003 Jun 11, Patrick James
Dennehy (21), a Baylor Univ. basketball player, disappeared in Waco,
Texas, and was feared to have been killed by team mates. Carlton
Dotson (21) later confessed to the slaying and was arrested in
Maryland on Jul 21. Dennehy's body was found Jul 25. In 2005 Dotson
was sentenced to 35 years in prison.
(SSFC, 6/28/03, p.A25)(SFC, 7/22/03, p.A1)(SSFC,
7/27/03, p.A1)(SFC, 6/16/05, p.B5)
2003 Jun 11, David Brinkley
(b.1920), TV news pioneer, died in Houston.
(SFC, 6/13/03, p.A1)
2003 Jun 11, The Canadian
government said that gay marriages performed in the central province
of Ontario over the last two days were legal for now but refused to
rule out taking measures later to invalidate them.
2003 Jun 11, Kazakhstan's PM
Imangali Tasmagambetov resigned after a prolonged battle with
parliament over a land reform bill that would allow private land
ownership in the former Soviet republic.
(AP, 6/11/03)(Econ, 6/28/03, p.40)
2003 Jun 11, A Palestinian blew
himself up on a Jerusalem bus and killed 16 other people. Israel
retaliated with 2 rocket strikes that killed 11 Palestinians in Gaza
(AP, 6/11/03)(AP, 6/11/08)
2003 Jun 11, Poland's finance
minister quit in a power struggle over economic reforms. Grzegorz
Kolodko was the 11th minister, and the second finance minister, to
quit Miller's 20-month-old left-leaning administration.
2004 Jun 11, Pres. Reagan’s
formal funeral was held in Simi, Ca.
(USAT, 6/11/04, p.1A)
2004 Jun 11, Terry Nichols
escaped execution as the District court jury in McAlester, Oklahoma,
deadlocked in the penalty phase of his trial. He was convicted May
26 on 161 counts of 1st degree murder in the 1995 Oklahoma City
federal building bombing.
(WSJ, 6/14/04, p.A1)
2004 Jun 11, The Cassini
spacecraft flew within 1,285 miles of Phoebe, one of the outer moons
(SSFC, 6/13/04, A11)
2004 Jun 11, A new audiotape,
was broadcast on the Arab satellite station Al-Arabiya alleges that
a U.S. plan for reform in the Middle East is really a bid to replace
Arab leaders. It was believed to be from al-Qaida No. 2 Ayman
2004 Jun 11, Congo's government
said its security forces had put down an attempted coup by
dissidents in President Joseph Kabila's personal guard.
2004 Jun 11, Two crowded boats
collided on a lake straddling the Congo-Rwanda border on and one of
them capsized, with some 80 people believed trapped aboard.
2004 Jun 11, In Iraq gunmen
stormed a police station south of Baghdad, drove off the poorly
armed police and blew up the building in the 4th such attack against
Iraqi security installations over the last week.
2004 Jun 11, Irish voters have
overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment to tighten their
liberal citizenship laws.
2004 Jun 11, Egon von
Furstenberg (57), a Swiss-born aristocrat known as the "prince of
high fashion,” died in Rome.
2004 Jun 11, In Nigeria labor
groups representing millions of workers abandoned a crippling
three-day general strike.
2004 Jun 11, Poland's president
nominated economist Marek Belka as prime minister for the 2nd time,
opening the way for lawmakers to confirm a new government or trigger
early elections by rejecting it.
2004 Jun 11, A commission of
the government of the Republika Srpska, the Serbian part of Bosnia,
finally admitted that Serbian forces were responsible for the 1995
Muslim massacre at Srebrenica.
(Econ, 6/19/04, p.53)
2004 Jun 11, In Palermo,
Sicily, a court convicted and sentenced 30 top Sicilian mobsters to
life imprisonment after a 10-year trial covering a total of 77
2004 Jun 11, In Yemen a gunman
opened fire with an automatic rifle on worshippers in a mosque
outside the capital during midday prayers, killing four people and
2006 Jun 11, Afleet Alex won
the Belmont Stakes by seven lengths.
2005 Jun 11, US officials said
a cow had tested positive for mad cow disease in November, opening
the door to possible changes in testing procedures in the US beef
industry. The cow was later identified as being calved in Texas in
(AP, 6/11/05)(WSJ, 6/30/05, p.A1)
2006 Jun 11, The first tropical
storm of the season, Arlene, sloshed ashore in the Florida
2005 Jun 11, Lillian Lux (86),
star of Yiddish theater, died. She made her name with almost
continuous performances of “A Khasene in Shtetl” (A Village Wedding)
from the 1940s.
(Econ, 6/25/05, p.86)
2005 Jun 11, In southern
Afghanistan an Afghan army truck collided with a bus, killing three
villagers and wounding seven. A US soldier was killed by small-arms
fire in Orgun-e.
(AP, 6/11/05)(SFC, 6/14/05, p.B3)
2005 Jun 11, Police
investigating the disappearance of an Alabama honors student in
Aruba arrested a man at dawn, hours after one of three young men
already in custody admitted "something bad happened" to the woman
after they took her to the beach.
2005 Jun 11, Australian farmers
danced in the rain as downpours delivered the first soaking falls in
over four years to large parts of drought-ridden eastern Australia.
2005 Jun 11, Finance ministers
from the Group of Eight industrialized nations meting in London
agreed to a historic deal canceling at least $40 billion worth of
debt owed by 18 of the world's poorest nations. These included:
Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guyana, Honduras,
Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Niger, Rwanda,
Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
2005 Jun 11, In northern China
an attack on a shantytown left six people dead and wounded 48
others. Villagers had disputed compensation offered by officials for
their land and occupied the proposed site in 2004. Authorities have
arrested more than 100 people and began investigating two Communist
Party officials following the attack.
(AP, 7/11/05)(Econ, 6/25/05, p.40)
2005 Jun 11,Two Ethiopian
opposition leaders were placed under arrest, a day after the ruling
party agreed to work with its foes to end violent protests that have
left 29 dead.
2005 Jun 11, French journalist
Florence Aubenas and her Iraqi assistant were freed and in good
health after nearly five months in captivity in Iraq.
2005 Jun 11, In Iraq a suicide
bomber dressed as a policeman blew himself up during roll call at
the heavily guarded headquarters of an elite commando unit killing 5
people. Gunmen attacked a busload of construction workers south of
Baghdad on Saturday, killing at least 11 and wounding three others.
Attacks in and around Baghdad killed at least 23 people.
2005 Jun 11, US fighter planes
equipped with precision-guided missiles launched airstrikes on an
Iraqi town near the Syrian border, killing about 40 insurgents who
were stopping and searching civilian cars.
2005 Jun 11, In the Philippines
thousands of protesters demanded President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
step down during the biggest anti-government rally since allegations
surfaced that she fixed last year's election and her family received
2005 Jun 11, More than 2,000
people defied a ban on a gay-rights rally in Poland's capital,
taking to the streets of Warsaw against the orders of the city's
2005 Jun 11, Vasco Goncalves
(83), former Portugal prime minister (1974-1975), died. He played a
key part in the 1974 April revolution that toppled 48 years of
2005 Jun 11, A new round of
peace talks on Sudan's Darfur region ran into early problems as
Khartoum's negotiators rejected Eritrean participation, stopping the
first behind-closed-doors plenary session from going ahead.
2005 Jun 11, Jose Maria
Corredor, a Colombian drug smuggler wanted by the US, bribed his way
out of Venezuela's secret police headquarters with help from federal
2006 Jun 11, In the Tony Awards
in NYC the play “The History Boys” won best play and “Jersey Boys”
won as best musical. The award for best actor went to Richard
Griffiths of "The History Boys." Cynthia Nixon won best actress for
her role in “Rabbit Hole.”
(Reuters, 6/11/06)(SFC, 6/12/06, p.E3)
2006 Jun 10, James Cameron
(92), who survived an attempted lynching and went on to found
America's Black Holocaust Museum, died in Milwaukee.
2006 Jun 11, Afghan Pres. Hamid
Karzai said his government will give weapons to local tribesmen to
help fight the surge in Taliban violence. Afghan and US-led
coalition forces killed 15 suspected militants, including Mullah
Amanullah, a relative of Taliban leader Mullah Omar, in Uruzgan
province. Ten militants were killed in Helmand province's Sangin
district in a battle involving Afghan and British forces.
(AP, 6/12/06)(SFC, 6/12/06, p.A3)
2006 Jun 11, In Bangladesh
police fired tear gas at thousands of stone-throwing protesters
demanding the prime minister's resignation in Dhaka, leaving dozens
of people injured.
2006 Jun 11, A military
transport plane crashed as it tried to land at an unlit airport at
night in Chad's main eastern city, killing five people. Chad rebels
claimed that they shot the C-130 military plane down at Abeche
2006 Jun 11, Amnesty
International released a report saying China's sales of military
vehicles and weapons to Sudan, Nepal and Myanmar have aggravated
conflicts and abetted violence and repressive rule in those
2006 Jun 11, Foreign Minister
Jose Ramos-Horta said the East Timorese government has asked the UN
to form an "independent special inquiry commission" into violence
that has left 21 dead.
2006 Jun 11, Iran's top nuclear
negotiator said that his country wants "unconditional" nuclear talks
and that a Western incentives package has "weak points."
2006 Jun 11, Iraqi and US
officials released some 200 detainees from Abu Ghraib. Al-Maliki has
promised to release 2,500 prisoners by the end of this month. At
least five Iraqis were killed and a British soldier wounded in a
firefight which broke out between Shiite militiamen and British
troops in the southern city of Al-Amara. Al-Qaida in Iraq vowed
"major attacks" after the death of leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in a
(AFP, 6/11/06)(AP, 6/12/06)(AP, 6/11/07)
2006 Jun 11, Jordan arrested
four lawmakers who visited the family of slain terrorist leader Abu
Musab al-Zarqawi. They were charged with "instigating sectarian
strike" and "fueling national discord" and remained jailed, serving
15-day detention orders.
2006 Jun 11, Palestinian
militants fired about 10 rockets at Israel from the Gaza Strip,
critically injuring an Israeli and nearly hitting a college in the
southern Israel town of Sderot. In return Israeli aircraft struck a
rocket-launching cell in the northern Gaza Strip, killing two
militants from the Palestinians' ruling Hamas party.
2006 Jun 11, In the Philippines
a grenade blast wounded eight people in a market in Batangas
province. A nearly simultaneous explosion damaged a mobile police
station in Manila.
2006 Jun 11, Teams of
veterinarians were sent to destroy domestic poultry in northern
Ukraine after the first appearance of bird flu in the region.
2006 Jun 11, US troops sent to
the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea to prepare for joint war games
left Ukraine after two weeks of protests organized by pro-Russian
parties prevented them from carrying out their mission.
2007 Jun 11, Pres. Bush arrived
in Bulgaria and met with President Georgi Parvanov.
2007 Jun 11, Republicans
blocked a Senate no-confidence vote on Attorney General Alberto
Gonzales, rejecting a symbolic Democratic effort to force him from
office amid blistering criticism from lawmakers in both parties.
2007 Jun 11, A divided panel of
the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals said the Bush administration
could not use new anti-terrorism laws to keep US residents locked up
indefinitely without charging them.
2007 Jun 11, NY City Mayor
Michael Bloomberg said the city will incorporate biofuel made from
corn and soybeans into oil used to heat city buildings starting in
2007 Jun 11, In Texas 3
National Guardsmen were arraigned on charges of conspiring to
transport illegal immigrants.
(SFC, 6/12/07, p.A5)
2007 Jun 11, Idaho Sen. Larry
Craig (62) was arrested by a plainclothes officer investigating
complaints of lewd conduct in a men's restroom at the Minneapolis
airport. The conservative three-term senator pleaded guilty on Aug
8, paid $575 in fines and fees and was put on unsupervised probation
for a year.
2007 Jun 11, The Blackstone IPO
filing said CEO Stephen Schwarzman (60) made $398 million in 2006.
He stood to make another $677 million in the IPO.
(SFC, 6/12/07, p.C1)(WSJ, 6/12/07, p.C3)
2007 Jun 11, Yahoo Inc. said
China should not punish people for expressing their political views
on the Internet, a day after the mother of a Chinese reporter
announced she was suing the US company for helping officials
imprison her son.
2007 Jun 11, Mala Powers
(b.1931), American film star, died in Burbank, Ca. Her films
included Cyrano de Bergerac (1950) and “Outrage” (1950).
(SFC, 6/14/07, p.B4)
2007 Jun 11, In Afghanistan’s
eastern Khost province, a suicide car bomber blew himself up as
police were approaching to search his vehicle at a checkpoint in
Gurbuz district. The US-led coalition and Afghan troops killed more
than 24 suspected Taliban fighters during a battle in the south.
(AP, 6/11/07)(AP, 6/13/07)
2007 Jun 11, In southeastern
Bangladesh at least 130 people were killed in Chittagong and other
districts and many others were injured in mudslides triggered by
heavy monsoon rains.
(AFP, 6/11/07)(AFP, 6/13/07)
2007 Jun 11, Belgian PM Guy
Verhofstadt's Liberal-Socialist coalition government resigned, a day
after conservatives, led by Christian Democrats, posted big gains in
2007 Jun 11, In Bosnia
thousands of survivors of Europe's worst massacre since WW II
protested in Sarajevo, demanding a special administrative status for
the town of Srebrenica and saying it should not be run by Bosnian
Serb authorities who were responsible for genocide there.
2007 Jun 11, In London,
England, Mahmod Mahmod (52), a Kurdish father who ordered his
daughter brutally slain for falling in love with the wrong man in a
so-called "honor killing," was found guilty of murder. In early 2006
Banaz Mahmod (20) was strangled with a boot lace, stuffed into a
suitcase and buried in a back garden. In 2007 Mahmod Mahmod, and
uncle Ari Mahmod, were sentenced to life in prison.
(AP, 6/11/07)(AP, 7/20/07)
2007 Jun 11, Cuba's largest
foreign investor, Canada’s Sherritt International Corp., saw
business running smoothly under acting President Raul Castro and
will push ahead with a $1.2 billion expansion in nickel mining, and
oil and electricity production.
2007 Jun 11, In the Central
African Republic a French aid worker for Doctors Without Borders was
shot and killed while traveling to a town grappling with poor health
2007 Jun 11, Organizers of the
Beijing Olympics threatened to cancel the contracts of companies
using child labor and violating minimum-wage rules to make
Olympic-licensed products. The country's chief veterinarian said
Blue ear disease, blamed for a surge in politically sensitive pork
prices, has spread to 22 Chinese provinces and regions. State media
said Chinese authorities are investigating the widespread sale of
fake blood protein to hospitals and pharmacies, a practice that
deprives patients of a crucial medical need.
2007 Jun 11, Police barred
voters from polling stations and arrested about 100 opposition
members, as Egyptians chose members of the upper chamber of
parliament in an election marred by violence that killed one person.
President Hosni Mubarak's ruling party won a majority of seats in
elections for Egypt's upper house of parliament. The Muslim
Brotherhood condemned the elections for their unprecedented fraud.
(AP, 6/11/07)(AP, 6/13/07)(Econ, 6/16/07, p.54)
2007 Jun 11, An Ethiopian court
convicted 38 opposition activists in a trial stemming from violent
unrest that followed disputed elections in 2005.
2007 Jun 11, Indonesia's
tropical rain forests were disappearing 30 percent faster than
previously estimated as illegal loggers raid national parks,
threatening the long-term survival of orangutans, according to a new
2007 Jun 11, Iran announced it
will help build five new refineries across Asia with a total
capacity of 1.1 million barrels per day in a bid to strengthen ties
in the region. The refineries will be built in China, Singapore,
Indonesia, Malaysia and Syria.
2007 Jun 11, The Iraqi
Parliament voted in a closed session to remove the speaker after a
series of embarrassing scandals involving the lawmaker. Mahmoud
al-Mashhadani will be replaced by another Sunni Arab. Treasury chief
Gordon Brown, Britain's next prime minister met with Iraqi leaders
in a surprise visit following promises to study his country's
participation in the conflict. A parked truck bomb destroyed a
bridge carrying traffic over the Diyala River in Baqouba. At least
11 Iraqis were killed in attacks.
(AP, 6/11/07)(AP, 6/12/07)
2007 Jun 11, Israel's military
launched a spy satellite. A senior official suggested it could help
keep track of developments in Iran.
2007 Jun 11, Officials gathered
in Kazakhstan for a 2-day meeting of the Global Initiative to Combat
Nuclear Terrorism. 37 of 51 Global Initiative partner nations, along
with the IAEA and European Union as observers, assessed current
plans to enhance the partnership capacity of Global Initiative
nations and discussed new ways to combat nuclear smuggling and other
terrorist acts. 2 days of talks produced a 10-year action plan.
(Econ, 6/16/07, p.68)(www.usembassy.kz/)
2007 Jun 11, In Kenya an
explosion went off outside a hotel in downtown Nairobi during
morning rush hour, killing two people, injuring more than 30.
2007 Jun 11, In Lebanon 2 local
Red Cross workers helping coordinate negotiations between the
Lebanese army and Islamic militants were shot to death at the Nahr
el-Bared camp. Fighting also killed 4 soldiers.
(AP, 6/11/07)(WSJ, 6/12/07, p.A1)
2007 Jun 11, Mexican police and
soldiers arrested three men during an operation to fight illegal
logging in a mountain region south of Mexico City where
environmentalist Aldo Zamora (21) was killed on May 15.
2007 Jun 11, In the Netherlands
an international conference on endangered species banned almost all
trade in sawfish, large shark-like rays, whose long snouts bristling
with teeth are in high demand among collectors.
2007 Jun 11, Hostage takers in
Nigeria's restive oil heartland released 13 captives, including
2007 Jun 11, Fighting between
Palestinian factions left 12 people dead.
(SFC, 6/12/07, p.A16)(WSJ, 6/12/07, p.A1)
2007 Jun 11, In Ankara, Turkey,
funerals for three soldiers killed in a roadside bombing by Kurdish
rebels turned into anti-government protests as thousands of mourners
called on leaders to resign over their failure to rein in the
2008 Jun 11, The US government
said the average American life expectancy has surpassed 78 years
with 81 years for women and 75 for men.
(WSJ, 6/12/08, p.A1)
2008 Jun 11, US health
officials said there were some 167 reported cases in 17 states of
people falling ill from salmonella-tainted tomatoes.
(WSJ, 6/12/08, p.A1)
2008 Jun 11, In South Carolina
a bill allowing an “I Believe” license plate with the image of a
cross and a stained glass window became law after Gov. Mark Sanford
declined to veto it. The state legislature allowed several
religious-themed bills to become laws in its closing session.
(SFC, 6/13/08, p.A5)
2008 Jun 11, NASA's Gamma-ray
Large Area Space Telescope, or GLAST, successfully launched aboard a
Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
The telescope was soon named after Enrico Fermi.
2008 Jun 11, In rural western
Iowa four boys were killed when a tornado hit. They were among the
elite of the Boy Scouts of America to attend a special week-long
leadership development seminar put on by the Mid-America Council.
2008 Jun 11, Afghan officials
said 31 people died in airstrikes in eastern Paktika province.
2008 Jun 11, InBev, the
Belgian-Brazilian brewing giant, offered $46 billion, or 65 dollars
a share, in cash for Anheuser-Busch in a bid to create an unrivaled
global brewing giant.
(AFP, 6/12/08)(Econ, 6/21/08, p.77)
2008 Jun 11, Police in southern
Brazil fired rubber bullets and tear gas at protesters who tried to
invade a supermarket to protest high food prices, part of widespread
demonstrations across more than a dozen states.
2008 Jun 11, In Brazil bankers
set an IPO price of $689 per share in OGX Petroleo e Gas
Participacoes SA, a firm created by Eike Batista (50) to drill for
oil in Brazilian offshore tracts.
(WSJ, 6/12/08, p.B1)
2008 Jun 11, Yeshi Girma (32),
the partner of Hussain Osman, a would-be suicide bomber who
attempted to attack London's subway system, was convicted in London
for not warning police about the July 1, 2005, plot. Her sister and
brother were also both found guilty of failing to disclose
information and helping Osman.
2008 Jun 11, Canada, addressing
one of the darkest chapters in its history, formally apologized for
forcing 150,000 aboriginal children into grim residential schools,
where many said they were sexually and physically abused.
2008 Jun 11, A plane carrying
10 people that disappeared four days ago in Chile's frigid southern
forests was found with nine survivors who stayed alive by huddling
for warmth, sharing food and sheltering in the plane's wreckage. The
only fatality was the pilot Nelson Bahamondes (65). The plane had
disappeared June 7 after taking off the Chilean city of Puerto Montt
en route to La Junta.
2008 Jun 11, The Committee of
Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted a Resolution establishing
the election procedure of the members of the Group of Experts on
Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA). By mid August it
was ratified by 17 countries.
2008 Jun 11, Hong Kong
officials found bird-flu virus at three more food markets and
ordered the slaughter of some 3,500 birds at retail outlets.
(WSJ, 6/12/08, p.A13)
2008 Jun 11, India’s central
bank raised its key short-term lending rate by .25% to 8%.
(WSJ, 6/12/08, p.A13)
2008 Jun 11, Abbas Palizdar, a
former staff member of Iran’s parliament, was arrested. He had
revealed that dozens of top clerical leaders had used their
connections to swindle hundreds of millions of dollars from the
2008 Jun 11, A bomb planted
near a bridge in northern Baghdad killed 6 people on passing
minibuses during rush hour. 2 mortar rounds hit a busy street in the
central Baghdad area of Karrada, killing a civilian and wounding
five others. The US military said it captured an Iranian-trained
bomb expert southeast of Baghdad during a raid on the man's home.
Elsewhere a Marine died in a non-combat related incident.
(AP, 6/11/08)(AP, 6/12/08)(AP, 6/13/08)
2008 Jun 11, The Israeli
military said soldiers opened fire at militants launching rockets
into Israel. Palestinian officials said a 6-year-old girl was killed
by Israeli tank fire in Gaza. A car bomb blast in central Tel Aviv
killed a prominent Israeli lawyer, in what they called a criminal
bombing and not an attack by Palestinian militants.
2008 Jun 11, In Japan the upper
house, newly controlled by the opposition Democratic Party of Japan
(DPJ), passed its first ever censure motion against the government.
(Econ, 6/14/08, p.55)
2008 Jun 11, Japanese
pharmaceutical firm Daiichi Sankyo said it would buy control of top
Indian generics firm Ranbaxy for up to 4.6 billion dollars, entering
the fast expanding non-branded drugs market.
2008 Jun 11, The government of
Lithuania approved construction of a new museum in Vilnius. The
joint project between Lithuania, the Guggenheim and the State
Hermitage Museum in Russia, will be designed by Iraq-born Zaha Hadid
(b.1950) and is to open in 2013.
2008 Jun 11, In southern Mexico
armed men hijacked a bus carrying 33 Cubans and four Central
American migrants detained after forcing immigration agents away at
gunpoint. The seized Cubans and Central Americans were being taken
to an immigration processing center in the nearby city of Tapachula
when the attack occurred. Mexican immigration agents are normally
unarmed on such assignments.
2008 Jun 11, In Nepal deposed
King Gyanendra left his palace in Kathmandu for the last time. The
mistress (94) of his long dead grandfather, King Tribhuwan (d.1955),
was allowed to stay in the palace because she had no relatives or
house to move to.
(SFC, 6/12/08, p.A11)
2008 Jun 11, In Nigeria a pay
strike by teachers brought schools to a standstill after talks with
the government ended in deadlock.
2008 Jun 11, The Rwandan army
arrested four officers, including a brigadier general, over the
murder of 13 senior Catholic clergy during the 1994 genocide.
2008 Jun 11, Serbian police
arrested Stojan Zupljanin (57), a Bosnian Serb police commander
during the 1992-95 civil war, and one of the four remaining war
crimes fugitives wanted by the UN tribunal in the Netherlands.
2008 Jun 11, South Korea's
president said that his government will make a fresh start, hours
after thousands of people had gathered in Seoul in the largest
demonstration yet against the planned resumption of US beef imports.
2008 Jun 11, Spain deployed
riot police to lift striking truckers' blockades of a border
crossing with France and a major highway outside Madrid and made
dozens of arrests.
2008 Jun 11, In Sri Lanka
government forces destroyed two Tamil Tiger rebel bunkers in the
embattled north while infantry clashes killed 13 rebels and two
2008 Jun 11, In Thailand
thousands of truckers went on a half-day strike demanding government
help against rising fuel prices, the latest in a series of protests
that have swept across Asia and Europe.
2008 Jun 11, Vietnam devalued
its currency by 2% as inflation pushed over 25%.
2008 Jun 11, Vo Van Kiet
(b.1922), former Vietnamese Prime Minister (1991-1997), died in
Singapore. The economic reformer had led the Communist nation away
from poverty and isolation and backed the normalization of ties with
the United States.
(AP, 6/11/08)(WSJ, 6/14/08, p.A7)
2008 Jun 11, Zimbabwean
President Robert Mugabe's party said it would deploy more war
veterans to campaign in some opposition areas ahead of a
presidential election run-off marred by violence. South African
President Thabo Mbeki said levels of violence in the approach to
Zimbabwe's run-off presidential election on June 27 are a cause for
(Reuters, 6/11/08)(AFP, 6/11/08)
2009 Jun 11, In San Francisco
BART’s governing board approved a 6.1% fare hike effective July 1.
The minimum ride went up 25 cents to $1.75.
(SFC, 6/12/09, p.B1)
2009 Jun 11, In eastern
Afghanistan NATO mortar rounds killed two Afghan civilians during a
clash with insurgents. Two died later of their injuries while
undergoing treatment. A bomb blast killed a British soldier near
Kandahar. Four other Afghan civilians died in Kunar when a truck
collided with a NATO vehicle.
2009 Jun 11, In Australia an
Australian Aboriginal elder (46), arrested for drunk driving, died
after being "cooked" in the back of a scorching hot prison van. The
next day a coroner found that Mr. Ward's death breached Australia's
obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political
2009 Jun 11, Four Guantanamo
detainees, Uighurs from predominantly Muslim western China, were
transferred to Bermuda, marking an unexpected new chapter in their
2009 Jun 11, The London subway
workers’ strike continued for the second day in a row shutting down
much of the city's Underground network. The strike ended as
Transport for London agreed with workers to restart talks.
(AP, 6/11/09)(SFC, 6/12/09, p.A2)
2009 Jun 11, The ICRC said
armed men have killed a local employee of the International
Committee of the Red Cross at Birao in the north of the Central
2009 Jun 11, German researchers
said a new, superheavy chemical element numbered 112, Ununbium,
Latin for 112, will soon be officially included in the periodic
table. A team in Darmstadt first produced 112 in 1996 by firing
charged zinc atoms through a 120-meter-long particle accelerator to
hit a lead target.
2009 Jun 11, Italian police
said they were carrying out arrests in Rome, Milan and other cities
as part of an investigation into the activities of suspected radical
2009 Jun 11, The Mexican army
captured 25 gunmen in northern Nicolas Bravo, Chihuahua state, who
witnesses say disguised themselves as soldiers. Soldiers also seized
29 automatic rifles during the raid. Gunmen tossed grenades and
fired on a crowded taco stand in the city of Uruapan, Michoacan
state, killing a police officer and a 15-year-old boy. Armed men
barged into a motel room and killed five people in their beds in
Ciudad Juarez. Two other people were killed during a car chase and
shootout between armed men in downtown Juarez. The Mexican Navy in
Sinaloa discovered one of the largest methamphetamine labs ever
found in the country, with enough ephedrine to produce more than 40
tons of methamphetamine.
(AP, 6/11/09)(AP, 6/12/09)(AP, 6/14/09)(AP,
2009 Jun 11, Human Rights Watch
in a report to the UN said abuses by the Mexican military have
surged since the government deployed troops to fight drug cartels
more than two years ago, and too little is done to investigate
allegations of rapes, killing and torture. Mexico's government
disputed the charges.
2009 Jun 11, North Korea
demanded a 3,000 percent hike in rent from South Korea for the site
of a joint industrial park at the center of a dispute roiling their
relations. It also sought a more than fourfold increase in wages for
North Korean workers employed by South Korean companies at the park.
More than 100 South Korean companies have factories in the park,
employing some 40,000 North Koreans. They are paid about $70 a month
2009 Jun 11, Pakistan's army
said it had killed 66 Taliban as fighting spilled into a tribal area
and known bolthole for the militant group blamed for a deadly
bombing at a luxury hotel. One person was killed and 35 injured when
a bomb hidden in a toilet exploded on a train in southwestern
Baluchistan province. On a road to Peshawar, gunmen attacked the car
of northwest provincial minister for prisons Mian Nisar Gul. The
official was wounded, while two of his bodyguards and one of the
assailants were killed. In the northwestern town of Dera Ismail Khan
one person was killed and 30 wounded in two separate hand grenade
attacks in crowded bazaars.
2009 Jun 11, In Peru riot
police used tear gas to turn student protesters away from the
Congress as thousands marched to back Amazon Indians resisting oil
and natural gas exploration on their land.
2009 Jun 11, In the southern
Philippines Ansar Venancio, a Filipino bomb expert from the Jemaah
Islamiyah (JI) group, was arrested in Marawi city. He is thought to
have carried out a deadly attack on Manila in 2000.
2009 Jun 11, The World Health
Organization held an emergency swine flu meeting and declared the
first flu pandemic in 41 years as infections climbed in the United
States, Europe, Australia, South America and elsewhere.
2010 Jun 11, A US federal grand
jury indicted 3 current and 2 former New Orleans police officers in
the shooting of Henry Glover (31) on Sep 2, 2005, and then burning
(SFC, 6/12/10, p.A9)
2010 Jun 11, Valdez Villareal,
a Texas-born man suspected of leading a Mexican drug cartel, was
charged in federal court in Atlanta with distributing thousands of
pounds of cocaine to the eastern US from 2004-2006. Authorities were
offering a reward of up to $2 million for information leading to his
(SFC, 6/12/10, p.A9)
2010 Jun 11, Vanguard Health
Systems, owned by the Blackstone Group, signed an agreement for the
acquisition of the 8 hospitals of the Detroit Medical Center for
(Econ, 7/24/10, p.64)(http://tinyurl.com/392p7bb)
2010 Jun 11, In Salt Lake City
an underground pipeline broke sending oil into a creek that
ultimately flows into the Great Salt Lake. The pipeline was shut off
the next day as the 21,000 gallon spill coated some 300 birds at
area creeks. Chevron said it would pay for cleanup.
(SFC, 6/14/10, p.A6)
2010 Jun 11, In Arkansas flash
floods swept through a popular campground, killing at least 19
people in and around the Albert Pike Recreation Area.
(AP, 6/12/10)(AP, 6/14/10)
2010 Jun 11, NATO leaders
declared that the alliance had regained the initiative in the Afghan
war, promising that the gains could result in a handover of security
responsibilities in some parts of the country to local authorities
by year's end. Two US troops and at least 11 civilians died in
violence across southern Afghanistan, including one attack in which
a suicide bomber wearing a burqa blew himself up in a bazaar.
2010 Jun 11, In Algeria a
suicide bomber rammed a truck into the barracks of an elite police
unit in a village east of Algiers. At least nine people died,
including four police officers and one Chinese worker.
2010 Jun 11, A Credit Suisse
analyst, briefed by BP’s Chief of Staff, said in a research note
that BP expects the total bill for the clean up of the Gulf of
Mexico oil spill to be $3-6 billion.
2010 Jun 11, Norman Macrae,
deputy editor of The Economist (1965-1988), died.
(Econ, 6/19/10, p.88)
2010 Jun 11, In China a
construction crew in the south-central city of Changsha completed a
15-story hotel in just six days.
2010 Jun 11, Roman Catholic
leaders announced that Cuban authorities have agreed to free Ariel
Sigler, an ill political prisoner, and transfer six others to jails
nearer home, the latest in a rare series of concessions from a
government not known for its tolerance of dissent.
2010 Jun 11, Ethiopian rebels
said the military had killed 71 civilians in the last month as part
of a growing crackdown in a region where international oil and gas
companies are exploring.
2010 Jun 11, A Finnish court
sentenced former Rwandan pastor, Francois Bazaramba, to life
imprisonment for committing genocide against the Tutsi minority in
his home country in 1994.
2010 Jun 11, In India Reliance
Industries said it will pay 48 billion rupees ($1 billion) for a 95
percent stake in Infotel Broadband, the only company to win
pan-India broadband wireless spectrum in a government auction. The
auction yielded 383 billion rupees ($8.2 billion) in spectrum fees.
2010 Jun 11, A car bomb struck
a joint US-Iraqi military convoy north of Baghdad, killing at least
five people, including two American troops. 3 people were killed
when a bomb hidden in a pile of trash exploded at a market in
southern Baghdad. That explosion, in the capital's Dora
neighborhood, wounded 10 people.
2010 Jun 11, Israeli police
said an unidentified Palestinian man was shot dead after he struck
two Israeli police officers with his car in east Jerusalem.
2010 Jun 11, Japan's new PM
Naoto Kan pledged a fiscal policy overhaul to reduce the country's
massive public debt mountain, warning of a Greece-style meltdown.
2010 Jun 11, In Kashmir a cycle
of protests began after Tufail Ahmed Mattoo (17) was killed by a
tear gas shell near Srinagar’s main mosque.
(Econ, 7/10/10, p.42)(Econ, 8/7/10, p.38)
2010 Jun 11, In southern
Kyrgyzstan clashes between the ethnic Kyrgyz and the minority Uzbek
community erupted overnight and killed at least 37 people leaving
more than 450 wounded in Osh. Officials declared a state of
emergency in part of the Central Asian nation that hosts US and
Russian military bases.
2010 Jun 11, In Mexico former
state police detective Irvin Solano was arrested in central Morelos
state. He was accused of becoming a top enforcer for Edgar Valdez
Villareal, a US-born drug trafficker.
2010 Jun 11, In northwestern
Pakistan a volley of US missiles killed 15 alleged militants in an
extremist stronghold, the second such strike in less than 12 hours.
2010 Jun 11, Russia signaled it
was scrapping the controversial sale of S-300 missiles to Iran in a
major shift the Kremlin said was needed after fresh UN sanctions
over Tehran's nuclear program.
2010 Jun 11, The World Cup
kicked off with unfancied hosts South Africa taking on Mexico in
front of 85,000 spectators in a packed Soccer City stadium in
Johannesburg. Host nation South Africa got their continent's first
World Cup off to a thrilling start by scoring the tournament's
opening goal in a spirited 1-1 draw with Mexico.
(AFP, 6/11/10)(AFP, 6/12/10)
2010 Jun 11, Taiwan's High
Court upheld former President Chen Shui-bian's conviction on graft
charges but cut his life sentence to 20 years, in a small victory
for the man who once excited great passions on the island but is now
2010 Jun 11, Venezuelan
authorities issued an arrest warrant for Guillermo Zuloaga, the
owner of a television channel that takes a critical line against
President Hugo Chavez. Zuloaga served as president and majority
shareholder of Globovision, the country's only remaining channel on
the airwaves that is stridently opposed to Chavez.
2011 Jun 11, Scandal-plagued
New York congressman Anthony Weiner, under pressure from the leaders
of his party to resign, instead announced he was taking a leave of
absence from congress to seek professional help. In a statement
Weiner said he hoped that therapy would help him to become “a better
husband and a healthier person.”
11, Brian Young of Kodiak, Alaska, suddenly stopped breathing after
he completed the 20-hour climb up to the summit of Mt. McKinley and
then back to camp. Young was the fifth climber this season to die at
Mt. McKinley, which is North America’s tallest
11, The wildfire in eastern Arizona was now spreading hazy smoke as
far away as central New Mexico, causing officials there to worry
about potential threats to people with respiratory conditions. The
fire, still not contained, had now burned 672 square miles of land.
(NYT, 6/11/11)(AP, 6/11/11)
11, A 140 lb. male mountain lion was struck by an SUV on a highway
in Milford, CT. The driver was unhurt but the mountain lion died
from its injuries. Since mountain lions are not native to
Connecticut, officials from the Department of Environmental
Protection believed the animal had been held in captivity and then
escaped from its owner.
(Hartford Courant, 6/11/11)(Reuters, 6/12/11)
2011 Jun 11, It was reported
that Harold Camping (89), the doomsday preacher who had recently
predicted that the world would end on May 21, suffered a stroke. The
radio evangelist was expected to recover, but the stroke might end
his Family Radio ministry, since he was suffering from slurred
(Oakland, CA Tribune, 6/11/11)(Econ, 5/28/11, p.36)
2011 Jun 11, New York’s the
Belmont Stakes was won by Ruler on Ice, a 24-1 long shot. Favorite
Animal Kingdom nearly fell at the beginning of the race and never
caught up, finishing fifth.
2011 Jun 11, In North Carolina
the bodies of 4 people were found shot to death along a highway in
(SSFC, 6/19/11, p.A8)
2011 Jun 11, Texas Gov. Rick
Perry’s proclamation, issued on June 6, continued to evoke
controversy. The governor, who declared that August 6th should be a
“day of prayer and fasting for our nation’s challenges,” invited
other governors to join him at an evangelical Christian prayer
service, sponsored by groups that include the American Family
Association, known for its opposition to gay rights and its
condemnation of homosexuality.
(NYT, 6/12/11, p. A31)
Jun 11, In Afghanistan at least 21 people were killed across the
country. A report from the UN Mission to Afghanistan noted that the
month of May was especially deadly for Afghan civilians. 368 deaths
were reported and 593 civilians were wounded.
(AP, 6/11/11)(SSFC, 6/19/11, p.A5)
2011 Jun 11, In Bahrain over
10,000 demonstrators joined the first public rally in months as the
main Shiite party urged backers to press ahead for political rights.
(SSFC, 6/19/11, p.A4)
2011 Jun 11, Chile’s
Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano continued to sporadically spew a cloud
of ash, disrupting airline travel from Brazil and Argentina to as
far away as Australia and New Zealand.
2011 Jun 11, The International
Monetary Fund acknowledged that it had been the victim of a
cyber-attack on its computers. The attack was said to be very
sophisticated, and its intent was to install spyware. The intruders
were able to access and read numerous e-mails and documents; several
published reports said the attack was “connected to a foreign
government,” but did not reveal which
2011 Jun 11, In India Jyotirmoy
Dey, an investigations editor at the Mid-day daily tabloid, was
gunned down in a daylight drive-by shooting in a northern suburb of
Mumbai. On Nov 25 Jigna Vora, a journalist with the Asian Age,
was remanded in police custody until December 1 on suspicion of
conspiracy and aiding and abetting the killers of Dey. Police
believe he was killed on the orders of underworld crime boss Chhota
Rajan. On Dec 3 an indictment was filed in a Maharashtra state court
naming Rajan along with 11 other people, including the alleged
gunmen and those suspected of providing material used in the
(AP, 11/25/11)(AP, 12/3/11)
2011 Jun 11, In northern Iraq
two car bombs killed 6 people and wounded 52 in Mosul. A separate
attack in Tikrit killed the 3 sons and a daughter of a school
teacher. A human rights activist was killed in
(AP, 6/11/11)(SSFC, 6/19/11, p.A4)
2011 Jun 11, Pop star Lady Gaga
performed at a large gay pride rally at Rome’s Circus Maximus. She
also used the appearance to speak out in favor of full equality for
gay men and lesbians, and to denounce countries that show
intolerance to those who are different.
(AP, 6/11/11)(AFP, 6/11/11)
2011 Jun 11, In Japan
protesters held mass demonstrations across the country against
nuclear power in the wake of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami
that left over 23,000 dead.
(SSFC, 6/19/11, p.A7)
2011 Jun 11, In Peshawar,
Pakistan, two bomb blasts severely damaged a supermarket and hotel,
killing 34 people and injuring more nearly 100. Authorities
suspected the Pakistani Taliban.
(AFP, 6/11/11)(SSFC, 6/19/11, p.A4)
2011 Jun 11, In Yemen clashes
between soldiers and Islamic militants around Lawdar and Zinjibar
left 21 militants dead as well as 19 soldiers.
(SSFC, 6/19/11, p.A6)
2012 Jun 11, In south Florida a
woman (34) was severely burned after being doused in gasoline and
lit on fire outside a 7-Eleven store in a dispute with the father of
her child. Roosevelt Mondesir (52) was charged with attempted
first-degree murder and was being treated for burns at Bethesda
Memorial Hospital in Boynton Beach.
2012 Jun 11, Maine began
demolishing its Great Works dam in Bradley, part of a historic
effort to open nearly 1,000 miles of habitat to 11 species of fish
that haven’t had open access to the Penobscot River for two
(Econ, 6/16/12, p.38)
2012 Jun 11, Canada-born
American actress Ann Rutherford (94) died at her home in Beverly
Hills. She played one of the sisters of Scarlett O’Hara in “Gone
With the Wind” (1939). She became famous for her role as the
sweetheart in the Andy Hardy film series in the late 1930s.
(SFC, 6/15/12, p.C5)
2012 Jun 11, In northern
Afghanistan an ambulance struck a roadside bomb while rushing a
pregnant woman and her family to a hospital, killing four of her
family members. The woman delivered her baby a few hours later.
Earlier today two women and two children were killed in the east
when a mortar fired by insurgents hit their home in Ghazni province.
NATO said it is limiting airstrikes against houses to self-defense
for troops, following a strike last week that killed women and
children alongside insurgents.
(AP, 6/11/12)(SFC, 6/12/12, p.A2)
2012 Jun 11, In Afghanistan 2
shallow earthquakes less than half an hour apart shook the
mountainous Hindu Kush region, starting a slide of debris that
smashed into a remote village, burying mudbrick houses to a depth of
up to 100 meters. Over 70 people were feared killed.
2012 Jun 11, Bahamas police
said 7 of 28 people have been rescued from a boat that sank while
carrying migrants to Florida. The boat had departed from Abaco
island a day earlier.
(SFC, 6/12/12, p.A2)
2012 Jun 11, British workers
from Coryton oil refinery marched on a fuel terminal in the
southeast of the country and disrupted the supply of fuel heading to
petrol stations to protest against the plant's closure. Coryton is
currently being wound down as crude supplies run out, and 900 jobs
(Reuters, 6/11/12)(Reuters, 6/14/12)
2012 Jun 11, In China young and
old residents of the metropolis of Wuhan were advised to stay
indoors after a thick haze blanketed the city of nine million
people. Xinhua described the haze as grey-yellow in color and said
it was seen in 7 cities in Hubei province, including Wuhan.
2012 Jun 11, Israeli
authorities rounded up 115 of African migrants slated for
deportation, most of them from South Sudan, as the government weighs
tough penalties against Israelis who help illegal aliens.
(AFP, 6/11/12)(AFP, 6/12/12)
2012 Jun 11, A Libyan judicial
source said four International Criminal Court (ICC) envoys have been
put into "preventive" detention in prison for 45 days while
investigating an alleged threat to national security.
2012 Jun 11, Nigerian President
Goodluck Jonathan inaugurated one of sub-Sahara Africa's biggest
cement factories, with a capacity to produce 5.25 million metric
tons a year. Dangote Cement's held ambitions of ranking among the
top eight cement-producing companies in the world by the year 2015.
Armed robbers in north Nigeria killed 27 people while attacking
villages preparing for a local market day.
(AFP, 6/11/12)(AP, 6/11/12)
2012 Jun 11, In Oman 22 people
were detained for protesting outside the central police station in
Muscat. They were calling for the release of 3 pro-democracy
campaigners detained some days earlier.
(Econ, 6/16/12, p.52)
2012 Jun 11, Syrian troops
attacked a central, rebel-held town with helicopter gunships and
shelled other restive areas across the nation. 12 people, including
three children, were killed in a car bomb blast in Deir Ezzor's
Al-Joura neighborhood. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said
nationwide violence cost the lives of at least 111 people, including
(AP, 6/11/12)(AFP, 6/12/12)
2012 Jun 11, Taiwan's military
said it is looking into how a top-secret computer from a "stealth"
warship went missing, amid concerns it might have fallen into
Chinese hands. The laptop, installed on board a "Kuang Hua No. 6"
class guided-missile vessel, disappeared late last month while the
vessel was anchored at the southern port of Tsoying.
2012 Jun 11, In Tunisia radical
protesters set fire to a police post in La Marsa and to a security
kiosk in Kram. Police fired warning shots to disperse them. 7 police
officers were injured and 90 people arrested in the 2 days of unrest
in three suburbs of Tunis.
2012 Jun 11, Venezuela’s
President Hugo Chavez sang, danced and gave a marathon speech at the
launch of his re-election bid, offering a preview of a campaign in
which he is likely to push his limits trying to show Venezuelans he
is emerging from cancer's shadow.
2012 Jun 11, Yemen military and
local officials said fierce clashes between troops and Al-Qaeda
militants in the southern province of Abyan have killed 28 people,
two of them soldiers.
2013 Jun 11, In California a
Santa Clara County jury indicted 48 reputed Nuestra Familia gang
members on a variety of charges that included the murder of a man
last August. The defendants included 38 men and 10 women based in
San Jose and Gilroy.
(SFC, 6/12/13, p.E1)
2013 Jun 11, NYC Mayor Michael
Bloomberg proposed erecting floodwalls in lower Manhattan and
levees, gates and other defenses under $20 billion plan to defend
city from rising seas and severe weather.
(SFC, 6/12/13, p.A5)
2013 Jun 11, Psychiatric
patient James Flavey Coy Brown filed a federal civil rights lawsuit
in Nevada accusing state officials of giving him a one-way ticket to
northern California, where he arrived without money and
identification. The complaint sought class-action status for as many
as 1,500 people that lawyers claim were bused since 2008 from Nevada
to almost every US state.
(SFC, 6/13/13, p.A8)
2013 Jun 11, Google announced
the acquisition of Waze, the Israeli creator of a traffic and
navigation app for smartphones.
(Econ, 6/15/13, p.68)
2013 Jun 11, In Afghanistan a
suicide car bomber struck outside the Supreme Court in Kabul killing
17 people with wounded 30. Militants in Ghazni province attacked a
NATO convoy carrying supplies, killing two Afghan police officers
and two truck drivers. 3 insurgents were also killed in the attack.
(AP, 6/11/13)(AP, 6/12/13)
2013 Jun 11, Brazil’s
government said over 100 Mundurucu Indians have occupied the offices
of the federal indigenous affairs agency in Brasilia to protest the
construction of the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam.
(SFC, 6/12/13, p.A2)
2013 Jun 11, British police
scuffled with scores of anti-G8 demonstrators in central London and
surrounded a building where protest organizers were meeting before a
summit of world leaders in Britain next week.
2013 Jun 11, Two 10th century
Cambodian stone statues displayed for nearly two decades at New
York's Metropolitan Museum of Art were returned to their homeland in
a high-profile case of allegedly looted artifacts. Widespread
looting of Cambodia's ancient temples took place in the 1970s
through the 1990s, with many items smuggled through Thailand.
2013 Jun 11, An Egyptian court
convicted a Coptic Christian teacher of blasphemy but didn't hand
down a prison sentence. It imposed a $14,000 fine on her.
2013 Jun 11, In Iraq a bomb
struck a military convoy in Mosul, killing 3 soldiers and 2
officers. A policeman in Mosul was also killed when a roadside bomb
hit his convoy.
2013 Jun 11, In northeastern
Lebanon six rockets landed in Hermel, wounding four residents.
Syrian rebels have threatened to punish Hezbollah for its support of
2013 Jun 11, Libya's interim
army chief of staff, Col. Salem Qineydi, insisted that militias will
have to lay down their arms or join the military by year's end.
2013 Jun 11, Russia’s State
Duma voted 434-0 with one abstention to approve Kremlin-backed
legislation which imposes hefty fines for holding gay pride rallies
or providing information about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender community to minors.
2013 Jun 11, South Korea said
its first high-level talks in years with North Korea have been
scrapped because of a stalemate over who will lead each delegation.
The last minister-level meeting between the Koreas occurred in 2007.
2013 Jun 11, In Syria 2 suicide
bombers targeted a police station in Damascus, killing at least 14
people with 31 wounded. Fighting was also reported in Aleppo and
Homs. At least 60 people, mostly Shiite fighters but also ordinary
villagers, were killed in the village of Hatla in the oil-rich
province of Deir el-Zour that borders Iraq. The Syrian Observatory
for Human Rights said thousands of rebels took part in the attack
and at least 10 of them were killed in the fighting.
(AP, 6/11/13)(AP, 6/12/13)
2013 Jun 11, In Turkey hundreds
of riot police overran improvised barricades at Istanbul's Taksim
Square, firing tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannon in running
battles with protesters who have been occupying the area for more
than a week. The raid came on the 12th day of nationwide protests.
The Turkish Human Rights Foundation raised the number of deaths in
more than a week of protests to four.
2013 Jun 11, A Yemeni
government statement said attacks on power lines have caused a
widespread blackout that has left several provinces and the
country's capital without electricity for two days.
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