Return to home746AD Jun 12, The estimated date
for the dedication of the Mayan Temple 22 in Copan, (Honduras).
(Nat. Hist., 4/96, p.31)
1099 Jun 12, Crusade leaders
visited the Mount of Olives where they met a hermit who urged them
to assault Jerusalem.
1442 Jun 12, Alfonso V of
Aragon was crowned King of Naples.
1553 Jun 12, King Edward VI
accepted archbishop Cranmer's "42 Articles."
1665 Jun 12, England installed
a municipal government in New York, formerly the Dutch settlement of
1771 Jun 12, Patrick Gass, Sgt.
of Lewis & Clark Expedition, was born in Falling Springs, PA.
1775 Jun 12, In the 1st naval
battle of Revolution the US ship Unity captured the British ship
1776 Jun 12 Virginia's colonial
legislature became the first to adopt a Bill of Rights. The Virginia
Declaration of Rights granted every individual the right to the
enjoyment of life and liberty and to acquire and possess property.
The Virginia document was written by George Mason and was a
precursor to the Declaration of Independence. In 1787 Mason refused
to endorse the Declaration of Independence because it did not
include a Bill of Rights.
(SFEC, 7/27/97, Par p.8)(AP, 6/12/97)(WSJ,
1806 Jun 12, John Roebling,
civil engineer, pioneer in designing suspension bridges, was born.
1827 Jun 12, Johanna Spyri
(d.1901), Swiss author, was born. She is best known for her novel
Heidi, the story of a young girl who leave her home in the Swiss
Alps for adventures in the world below. [see June 12, 1829]
(WUD, 1994 p.1379)(HN, 6/12/99)
1829 Jun 12, Johanna Spyri
(d.1901), Swiss author (Heidi), was born. [see June 12, 1827]
1838 Jun 12, The Iowa Territory
1839 Jun 12, Baseball was said
to have been invented. According to legend Abner Doubleday chased
cows out of Elihu Phiney’s pasture and invented the game of baseball
at Cooperstown, New York, later home of the National Baseball Hall
of Fame and the Cooperstown Bat Company. In 1939 on the 100th
anniversary of the day Abner Doubleday supposedly invented the
sport, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was dedicated
in Cooperstown, N.Y. Americans began playing baseball in the 1840s.
It was derived from the British game called rounders.
(SFE, 10/1/95, p.T-11)(AP, 6/12/97)(WSJ, 1/11/99,
p.R34)(WSJ, 7/19/01, p.A20)
1842 Jun 12, Dr Thomas Arnold
(b.1795), British educator and historian, died. Arnold was an early
supporter of the Broad Church Anglican movement. He was headmaster
of Rugby School from 1828 to 1841, where he introduced a number of
reforms. In 2012 Mihir Bose authored “The Spirit of the Game: How
Sport Made the Modern World."
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Arnold)(Econ, 3/3/12, p.95)
1849 Jun 12, The gas mask was
patented by L. P. Haslett.
1862 Jun 12, Confederate
General J. E. B. Stuart began his ride around the Union Army outside
of Richmond, Virginia..
1864 Jun 12, Lee sent Early
into the Shenandoah Valley.
1880 Jun 12, Baseball’s first
perfect game. The southpaw, left-handed Lee Richmond of the
Worcester, Massachusetts, Ruby Legs, pitched himself to perfection
with a 1-0 shutout of the Cleveland Spiders in a National League
1881 Jun 12, The steamship USS
Jeannette sank under ice during an expedition to reach the North
Pole. The crew, having abandoned the ship, prepared 3 lifeboats in
an attempt to reach Siberia. Less than half survived. Chief engineer
George W. Melville (d.1912) made it back to NYC on Sep 13, 1883, and
in 1900 became engineer in chief of the US Navy. In 2014 Hampton
Sides authored “In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar
Voyage of the USS Jeannette."
(http://tinyurl.com/l8pd4zh)(ON, 2/05, p.1,5)
1897 Jun 12, Anthony Eden,
British prime minister from 1955 to 1957, was born. He helped
establish the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO).
1897 Jun 12, Possibly the most
severe quake in history struck Assam, India. Shock waves were felt
over an area size of Europe.
1898 Jun 12, The Philippines
gained independence from Spain. Emilio Aguinaldo, rebel leader,
proclaimed Philippine independence. Aguinaldo served as the first
(SFC, 6/8/96, p.A17)(SFC, 3/31/97, p.A14)(AP,
6/12/97)(SFEC, 1/31/99, Z1 p.4)
1900 Jun 12, German Navy Law
called for a massive increase in sea power.
1901 Jun 12, Cuba agreed to
become an American protectorate by accepting the Platt Amendment.
1907 Jun 12, A committee from
the Vista Grande Improvement Club (Daly City, Ca.) was appointed to
arrange for a volunteer fire department and a fire alarm system.
(DCFD, Centennial, 2007)
1908 Jun 12, Otto Skorzeny,
German-Austrian SS colonel who led glider rescue of Mussolini, was
1908 Jun 12, Lusitania crossed
the Atlantic in record 4 days 15 hours (NYC).
1915 Jun 12, David Rockefeller,
international banker, was born.
1918 Jun 12, First airplane
bombing raid by an American unit occurred on World War I’s Western
Front in France.
1920 Jun 12, Republicans in
Chicago nominated Warren G. Harding for president and Calvin
Coolidge, governor of Massachusetts, for vice president.
(HN, 6/12/98)(WSJ, 6/16/98, p.A17)
1921 Jun 12, President Harding
urged every young man to attend military training camp.
1923 Jun 12, Harry Houdini
freed himself from a straight jacket while suspended upside down, 40
feet (12 m) above ground in NYC.
1924 Jun 12, George Bush,
forty-first President of the United States, was born. He sent the
U.S. Armed Forces to defeat Iraq in the Persian Gulf War.
1926 Jun 12, Brazil quit the
League of Nations in protest over plans to admit Germany.
1929 Jun 12, Anne Frank,
German-Jewish diarist and Holocaust victim, was born in Holland. She
with her family hid from the Nazis in Holland during World War II.
Her diary is world famous
(HN, 6/12/98)(MC, 6/12/02)
1931 Jun 12, Al Capone and 68
of his henchmen were indicted for violating Prohibition laws. Capone
was indicted on 5,000 counts of prohibition & perjury.
(HN, 6/12/98)(MC, 6/12/02)
1933 Jun 12, The World Monetary
and Economic Conference in London opened and had as its object the
checking of the world depression by means of currency stabilization
and economic agreements. Unbridgeable disagreements among the
delegates from 64 nations and the attitude of the United States made
the meeting a total failure.
1934 Jun 12, The US Farm
Mortgage Foreclosure Act allowed federal loans to farmers to recover
property lost to foreclosure.
(SSFC, 1/18/09, p.D6)
1935 Jun 12, Senator Huey Long
of Louisiana spoke continually for 15 hours in Senate's longest
speech on record (150,000 words).
1936 Jun 12, Karl Kraus
(b.1874), Austrian writer and journalist, died. He was known as a
satirist, essayist, aphorist, playwright and poet.
1937 Jun 12, The Soviet Union
executed eight army leaders as a purge under Josef Stalin continued.
(AP, 6/12/97)(HN, 6/12/98)
1939 Jun 12, The National
Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was dedicated in Cooperstown, NY,
on the 100th anniversary of the day Abner Doubleday supposedly
invented the sport.
1942 Jun 12, American bombers
struck the oil refineries of Ploesti, Rumania for the first time.
1942 Jun 12, Anne Frank
received her diary as a birthday present in Amsterdam.
1954 Jun 12, Bill Haley's "Rock
Around the Clock," was originally released.
1957 Jun 12, Bandleader Jimmy
Dorsey (53) died in New York.
1961 Jun 12, The US TV show “PM
East and PM West" began airing on the Westinghouse network.
(SFC, 6/5/11, DB p.42)
1963 Jun 12, One of Hollywood's
costliest failures, "Cleopatra," starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard
Burton and Rex Harrison, premiered in New York.
1963 Jun 12, Medgar Evers (37),
leader (field director) of the NAACP in Mississippi, was fatally
shot in front of his home in Jackson by the KKK. An informant in the
KKK, Delmar Dennis (1940-1996), later served as a key prosecution
witness in convicting Byron De La Beckwith for the slaying. Beckwith
was convicted of murdering Evers and sentenced to life in prison; he
died in 2001 at age 80. A book by Bill McIlhany titled “Klandestine"
recounts the story. In 1996 Whoopi Goldberg starred in the film
“Ghosts of Mississippi" as the widow of Medgar Evers. In 1998 Willie
Morris wrote “The Ghosts of Medgar Evers: A Tale of Race, Murder,
Mississippi, and Hollywood."
(SFC, 6/5/96, p.C5)(NYT, 6/7/96, p.B14)(AP,
6/12/97)(SFEC, 2/1/98, BR p.5)(SFC, 1/22/01, p.A22)
1964 Jun 12, In South Africa
Nelson Mandela, convicted of treason in the Rivonia Trial, was moved
into a jail cell on Robben Island. He stayed there until Apr 1982.
(SFC, 12/19/96, p.C1)(SFC, 7/6/02, p.A19(SFC,
1965 Jun 12, Big Bang theory of
creation of universe was supported by announcement of discovery of
new celestial bodied know as blue galaxies.
1966 Jun 12, Hermann Scherchen
(74), German conductor, music publisher, died.
1967 Jun 12, The US Supreme
Court, in Loving v. Virginia, struck down state laws prohibiting
interracial marriages. Mildred Loving (1940-2008) and her white
husband, Richard (d.1975), married in 1958, had been arrested in
Virginia within weeks of arriving from Washington DC and convicted
on charges of "cohabiting as man and wife.
(AP, 6/12/97)(SFEC, 8/3/97, p.B1)(AP,
5/5/08)(Econ, 5/17/08, p.105)
1967 Jun 12, The US Supreme
Court in Berger v. New York invalidated a New York law under the
Fourth Amendment, because the statute authorized electronic
eavesdropping without required procedural safeguards.
1967 Jun 12, Venera 4, a space
probe of the Soviet Union, was launched. It transmitted information
on the atmosphere of Venus.
1969 Jun 12, Alexander Deyneka
(b.1899), Soviet Russian artist, died. he came from a family of
railroad workers and started out as a police photographer after
graduating from art school. He made mosaics in the 1930s for
Mayakovskaya metro station in central Moscow.
1971 Jun 12, Tricia Nixon and
Edward F. Cox were married in the White House Rose Garden. The event
was covered by all three major TV networks.
(AP, 6/12/97)(SFC, 12/1/97, p.A7)
1972 Jun 12, The film “Deep
Throat" was released in NYC. Linda Lovelace, aka Linda Boreman
(d.2002 at 53), made a hit with her film, the first movie to score a
100 from Screw Magazine. She signed for the film after a performance
in which she was mounted by a German shepherd. Boreman later became
an anti-porn advocate.
p.A12)(www.imdb.com/title/tt0068468/)(SFC, 4/23/02, p.A18)
1972 Jun 12, Richard
Kleindienst (1923-2000) was sworn in as the attorney general after
John Mitchell left to head the Committee to Re-Elect the President.
1972 Jun 12, At a hearing in
front the of a U.S. House of Representatives committee, Air Force
General John Lavalle defended his orders on engagement in Vietnam.
1972 Jun 12, Saul Alinsky
(b.1909), founder of the Industrial Areas Foundation, died in
Carmel, Ca. He is generally considered the father of community
1972 Jun 12, Edmund Wilson
(b.1895), author and American literary critic, died. His novels
included “Memoirs of Hecate County" (1946). In 1995 Jeffrey Meyers
wrote a biography of Mr. Wilson, wherein he documented Wilson’s
relationships with four wives and numerous mistresses as well as his
writings. In 2005 Lewis M. Dabney authored “Edmund Wilson: A Life in
Literature." In 2007 the Library of America published 2 volumes of
his literary criticism.
(WSJ, 4/26/95, p.A-14)(WSJ, 8/26/05,
p.W6)(www.nndb.com/people/238/000084983/)(WSJ, 9/28/07, p.W4)
1975 Jun 12, In India the High
Court of Allahabad declared Indira Gandhi's election invalid on
grounds of alleged malpractices in an election petition filed by Raj
Narain, who had repeatedly contested her Parliamentary constituency
of Rae Bareli without success.
1976 Jun 12, In Uruguay the
military ousted Pres. Juan Maria Bordaberry (b.1928). Uruguay
remained under the control of a right-wing dictatorship until 1985.
In 2006 Bordaberry was arrested for the murder of opposition leaders
1977 Jun 12, "Pippin" closed at
Imperial Theater in NYC after 1944 performances.
1978 Jun 12, David Berkowitz
was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for each of the six "Son
of Sam" .44-caliber killings that had terrified New Yorkers.
1979 Jun 12, Cyclist Bryan
Allen (26) flew the manpowered Gossamer Albatross across the English
Channel. This was the first man powered craft to fly across the
English Channel. The bicycle plane was designed by Paul MacCready
(Hem, Nov.'95, p.138)(AP, 6/12/97)(WSJ, 9/1/07,
1981 Jun 12, "Raiders Of The
Lost Ark" starring Harrison Ford premiered.
1981 Jun 12, US major league
baseball players began a 49-day strike over the issue of free-agent
compensation. The season did not resume until August 10.
1982 Jun 12, Some one million
anti-nuclear demonstrators rallied in Central Park, NYC.
1983 Jun 12, Norma Shearer
(80), Canadian-born Hollywood film actress, died.
(SSFC, 7/25/04, Par p.2)
1984 Jun 12, In San Francisco
the Huntington Falls at Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park was again
turned on after being rebuilt for $846,000 under a state grant. The
1893 falls had collapsed in 1962 and were turned off for 22 years.
(SSFC, 6/7/09, DB p.46)
1985 Jun 12, The US House of
Representatives approved $27 million in aid to the Nicaraguan
1985 Jun 12, The town of Xintan
on the Yangtze was obliterated by a landslide that sent a 128-foot
surge wave down the river. It had been evacuated a few days earlier.
(NH, 7/96, p.32)
1985 Jun 12, Spain and Portugal
signed Accession Treaties to the European Community.
1987 Jun 12, President Reagan,
during a visit to the divided German city of Berlin, publicly
challenged Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev at the Brandenburg
Gate: “Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this
(AP, 6/12/97)(WSJ, 10/18/02, p.AW17)
1988 Jun 12, In runoff
elections in France, President Francois Mitterrand's Socialist Party
fell short of a majority in the National Assembly. But a right-wing
coalition also failed to retain its legislative control.
1989 Jun 12, The US Supreme
Court expanded the abilities of white males to challenge
court-approved affirmative action plans, even years after they take
1990 Jun 12, In a speech to the
Supreme Soviet legislature, President Mikhail S. Gorbachev eased his
objection to a reunified Germany holding membership in NATO.
1990 Jun 12, Boris Yeltsin led
a vote at the Congress of Peoples Deputies on a "declaration of
Sovereignty for Russia." Russia Day became a national holiday
honoring this day, when Russian lawmakers decided that Russian laws
should take priority over Soviet Union laws.
(SFC, 6/10/96, p.A16)(AP, 6/12/12)
1991 Jun 12, The Chicago Bulls
won their first N-B-A championship, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers
four games to one.
1991 Jun 12, The Mount Pinatubo
volcano in the Philippines began erupting for the 1st time in 600
years. [see Jun 15]
(AP, 6/12/01)(HN, 6/12/02)
1991 Jun 12, Russians went to
the polls and elected Boris Yeltsin as president.
1991 Jun 12, Mintimer Shaimiev
(b.1937) became president of the Muslim republic of Tatarstan,
located within Russia. He continued as president until the
expiration of his 4th term in 2010.
1992 Jun 12, President Bush,
addressing the Earth Summit in Brazil, declared America's
environmental record "second to none."
1992 Jun 12, In a letter to
U.S. senators, Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin said the Soviet
Union had shot down nine U.S. planes in the early 1950's and held 12
1993 Jun 12, Reports surfaced
that Judge Stephen Breyer, considered a likely candidate to the
Supreme Court, had failed to pay Social Security taxes for a
domestic employee. (Although Breyer was passed over by President
Clinton in favor of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, he was later nominated to
serve on the nation's highest court.)
1993 Jun 12, In Nigeria Chief
Moshood Abiola, a Yoruba, was elected to the presidency but the
election was annulled by the ruling Hausa and the country plunged
into turmoil. Gen’l. Ibrahim Babangida cancelled the elections. The
northern Hausa and Fulani tribes tended to dominate the military
(WSJ, 12/15/95, p.A-16)(SFEC, 7/19/98, p.A20)
1994 Jun 12, At the Tony
Awards, "Angels in America: Perestroika" won best play while
"Passion" won best musical.
1994 Jun 12, Nicole Simpson
(35) and Ronald Goldman (27) were knifed to death outside of
Nicole’s Brentwood, Los Angeles, condominium. O.J. Simpson was later
acquitted of the killings in a criminal trial, but held liable in a
civil action. “The Run of His Life" by Jeffrey Toobin tells the
story of the O.J. Simpson trial.
(SFC, 5/26/96, p.A-15)(SFEC, 9/8/96, BR p.1)(AP,
1994 Jun 12, Rabbi Menachem
Schneerson, the charismatic Orthodox Jewish leader, died in New York
at age 92.
1995 Jun 12, The US Supreme
Court dealt a potentially crippling blow to federal affirmative
action programs, ruling Congress was limited by the same strict
standards as states in offering special help to minorities.
1995 Jun 12, Air Force Captain
Scott O’Grady, rescued after being shot down over Bosnia, was
treated to lunch at the White House and a hero’s welcome at the
1996 Jun 12, Trent Lott of
Mississippi was chosen as Senate majority leader after Bob Dole
stepped down to run for president.
(WSJ, 6/13/96, p.A1)
1996 Jun 12, A panel of federal
judges in Philadelphia blocked a law against indecency on the
Internet, saying the 1996 Communications Decency Act would infringe
adults' free-speech rights.
1996 Jun 12, The Mohave Desert
town of Hinkley, Ca., won a $333 million settlement from PG&E
for the leakage of high concentrations of chromium 6 from storage
tanks into the groundwater. The film “Erin Brockovich" (2000) was
based on the case." In 2008 PG&E paid $20 million to settle the
last in a series of suits related to groundwater in Hinkley.
1996 Jun 12, Nation of Islam
leader Louis Farrakhan said he has sent a team to Cuba to study the
country’s health and education systems. He praised the Castro regime
for the virtual elimination of illiteracy.
(SFC, 6/12/96, p.A9)
1996 Jun 12, Ashley Taylor, the
lone minor (16) at the Freeman Ranch, left the compound.
(SFC, 6/13/96, p.A4)
1996 Jun 12, Chechnya’s
pro-Moscow government refused to postpone elections for the local
parliament as called for in the recent peace talks.
(SFC, 6/13/96, p.C2)
1996 Jun 12, In Columbia the
lower house of Congress voted to absolve Pres. Ernesto Samper of
charges that his campaign was financed by drug traffickers.
(SFC, 6/13/96, p.C3)
1996 Jun 12, The Election
Commission of Bangladesh announced that the liberal Awami League of
Hasina Wajed won 126 seats, the centrist National Party 103
seats, and the Jatiya Party 28.
(SFC, 6/13/96, p.C1)
1996 Jun 12, In Palestine, Eyad
Sarraj smuggled out a message from a Gaza City jail that said he was
being beaten and framed on drug charges.
(SFC, 6/13/96, p.C3)
1996 Jun 12, In Spain Judge
Jose Jimenez Alfaro lost most of his right hand when a letter bomb
exploded at his courthouse in Madrid. He had sent policemen to jail
for Spain’s “dirty war" war on Basque rebels in the 1980s.
(SFC, 6/13/96, p.C3)
1996 Jun 12, The UN passed
Resolution 1060, the 1st of many condemnations of Iraq's denial of
access to UN weapons’ inspectors.
(SFC, 9/24/02, p.A12)
1997 Jun 12, Baseball began
interleague play, ending a 126-year tradition of separating the
major leagues until the World Series.
1997 Jun 12, A US
administration accord adopted a UN payment schedule. The US would
pay $819 million over 3 years conditioned on a UN cut in spending,
job reduction, and a lowering of US costs from 25% to 20%.
(WSJ, 6/12/97, p.1)
1997 Jun 12, The Republicans
removed riders and Clinton signed the emergency aid bill for the
April Red River flood victims.
(SFC, 6/12/97, p.A1)
1997 Jun 12, Timothy McVeigh
was sentenced to death for the Apr 19, 1995 bombing of the federal
office building in Oklahoma.
(SFC, 6/14/97, p.A1)
1997 Jun 12, The US Treasury
Dept. unveiled its new $50 bill. It was meant to be more
counterfeit-resistant and to replace the old bill design in use
(SFC, 6/13/97, p.B2)(AP, 6/12/98)
1997 Jun 12, A new computer,
speech-recognition program by dragon Systems was touted. It used a
30,000 word vocabulary and cost $695.
(WSJ, 6/12/97, p.B1)
1997 Jun 12, It was reported
that a gene may be responsible for advanced social skills in girls.
The results were derived from a study of Turner’s syndrome, related
an abnormal x chromosome.
(SFC, 6/12/97, p.A7)
1997 Jun 12, Mary Robinson,
Pres. of Ireland, was named the top human rights official for the
(SFC, 6/12/97, p.A16)
1998 Jun 12, Strikes at GM
plants in Flint idled 13 assembly plants and dozens of parts
operations and 50,900 workers in the US, Canada and Mexico.
(SFC, 6/13/98, p.A3)
1998 Jun 12, A jury in
Hattiesburg, Miss., convicted 17-year-old Luke Woodham of killing
two students and wounding seven others at Pearl High School.
1998 Jun 12, Space shuttle
Discovery returned to Earth, bringing home the last American to live
aboard Mir and closing out three years of U.S.-Russian cooperation
aboard the aging space station.
1998 Jun 12, Leo Buscaglia,
columnist, lecturer and social philosopher known as “Dr. Hug," died
at age 74.
(SFC, 6/13/98, p.A21)
1998 Jun 12, In China
torrential rains began in Hunan province and led to the death of at
least 40 people. Over 100,000 homes were destroyed.
(SFC, 6/20/98, p.A4)
1998 Jun 12, The G8
industrialized nations agreed to halt all loans to India and
Pakistan except those for humanitarian purposes.
(SFC, 6/13/98, p.A1)
1998 Jun 12, In Guinea-Bissau
some 200 people drowned as they fled the country by boat.
(SFC, 6/15/98, p.A12)
1998 Jun 12, In France
Jean-Paul Guerlain (63), renowned perfumer, was shot and his mansion
was plundered when some 12 armed and masked men invaded his home.
(SFC, 6/13/98, p.A11)
1998 Jun 12, In Nigeria
security forces broke up a planned mass protest organized to mark
the 5-year anniversary of the annulment of the last presidential
(SFC, 6/13/98, p.A10)
1999 Jun 12, It was reported
that all 15,000 glaciers of the Himalayas were melting at an
alarming rate and that torrential floods in Northern India could
result over the next 40 years.
(SFC, 6/12/99, p.A11)
1999 Jun 12, NATO troops began
entering Kosovo. They reached Pristina and confronted Russian
soldiers over control of the airport. A Russian armored column
entered Pristina before dawn to a heroes' welcome from Serb
residents. 2 Serbs were killed and a German soldier was wounded as
peacekeepers moved into Kosovo. 2 German journalists were killed
near Stimlje by sniper fire.
(SFEC, 6/13/99, p.A1)(SFC, 6/14/99, p.A1)(AP,
1999 Jun 12, India and Pakistan
met for talks on Kashmir with little success as each blamed the
other for the insurgency.
(SFEC, 6/13/99, p.A13)
2000 Jun 12, US Supreme Court
Justices in a unanimous ruling curbed patient’s rights and ruled
that HMOs can’t be sued over doctor’s incentives to cut treatment
(WSJ, 6/13/00, p.A1)(AP, 6/12/01)
2000 Jun 12, The US Justice
Dept. agreed to compensate the Nixon estate $18 million for the
tapes and presidential papers seized in 1974.
(SFC, 6/13/00, p.A3)
2000 Jun 12, In St. Louis, Earl
Murray, a drug dealer, and his friend Ronald Beasley were killed by
police during an attempted drug arrest. The two men were unarmed and
police fired 20 bullets into their car.
(SFC, 6/28/00, p.A11)
2000 Jun 12, Akhmad Kadyrov, a
Muslim cleric, was appointed by Pres. Putin to head the
administration in Chechnya.
(SFC, 6/13/00, p.A10)
2000 Jun 12, In Chile the worst
rains in 20 years began and caused flooding in Santiago and a large
portion of the central and southern parts of the country.
(SFC, 6/15/00, p.C4)
2000 Jun 12, In Indonesia at
least 8 people were killed in Muslim-Christian fighting in Maluku.
(SFC, 6/13/00, p.A11)
2000 Jun 12, Saudi Arabia and
Yemen signed an agreement to end decades of border disputes.
(SFC, 6/13/00, p.A11)
2000 Jun 12, Rifaat Assad, the
brother of Hafez Assad, claimed himself the rightful heir of power
in Syria. Syrian security forces were ordered to arrest Rifaat if he
entered the country.
(SFC, 6/13/00, p.A10)
2001 Jun 12, Pres. Bush on his
1st major overseas trip met with Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar in
Madrid and pushed for his missile defense shield.
(SFC, 6/11/01, p.A10)(SFC, 6/13/01, p.A1)
2001 Jun 12, A federal court in
NYC sentenced Mohamed Rashed Daoud Al-'Owhali, a Saudi Arabian
follower of Osama bin Laden, to life in prison without parole for
his role in the deadly 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Kenya.
(SFC, 6/13/01, p.A3)(AP, 6/12/02)
2001 Jun 12, Gov. Jebb Bush
signed into law a bill banning the execution of mentally retarded
killers. Florida became the 15th state to do so.
(SFC, 6/13/01, p.A12)
2001 Jun 12, In Florida
Tropical Storm Allison killed another 4 people. 5 were killed in the
Panhandle a week earlier.
(SFC, 6/13/01, p.A12)
2001 Jun 12, Amos Perlmutter,
US political scientist and author, died at age 69. His 15 books
included “The Life and Times of Menachem Begin" (1987) and “The
Military and Politics in Modern Times" (1977).
(SSFC, 6/17/01, p.A27)
2001 Jun 12, It was reported
that Berlin suffered from a $30 million debt. The left-right
coalition under mayor Eberhard Diepgen recently collapsed.
(SFC, 6/12/01, p.A10)
2001 Jun 12, In Ecuador a
mudslide killed 36 stranded motorists in the Andes. The deaths
raised to 41 the total dead from recent heavy storms.
(SFC, 6/13/01, p.D4)
2001 Jun 12, Israel and the
Palestinians agreed to a cease-fire following 6 days of mediation by
US CIA director George Tenet.
(SFC, 6/13/01, p.D2)
2001 Jun 12, Macedonia broke
ties with Taiwan and restored relations with China.
(WSJ, 6/13/01, p.A1)
2001 Jun 12, In Macedonia
gunmen shot dead Naser Hani (42), an intermediary between militants
and government parties.
(SFC, 6/14/01, p.C3)
2001 Jun 12, In central Nigeria
clashes erupted between the Azare and Tiv communities.
(SFC, 6/30/01, p.A10)
2001 Jun 12, In the Philippines
Muslim rebels on Basilan Island claimed to have beheaded Guillermo
Sobero of Corona, Ca., one of the hostages kidnapped May 27.
(SFC, 6/12/01, p.A8)(SFC, 6/13/01, p.D4)
2002 Jun 12, The Los Angeles
Lakers finished off the New Jersey Nets in four games, winning their
third straight NBA title with the 113-to-107 victory.
2002 Jun 12, A U.S. military
transport plane, Air Force MC-130, carrying 10 people crashed on
takeoff in Afghanistan, killing three Americans, military officials
said. Seven escaped with minor injuries.
(AP, 6/12/02)(SFC, 6/13/02, p.A24)
2002 Jun 12, Bill Blass
(b.1922), fashion designer, died of throat cancer in New Preston,
(SFC, 6/13/02, p.A23)
2002 Jun 12, An associate of
the Jose Padilla, the man accused of plotting to set off a "dirty"
bomb in the United States, was reported in custody in Pakistan.
2002 Jun 12, A jury in northern
Brazil acquitted 124 police officers accused of taking part in the
1996 massacre of 19 farm workers.
2002 Jun 12, Brazil's currency
fell to a 9-month low and marked a looming debt crises and the
possible election of a left-wing president in October.
(WSJ, 6/13/02, p.A15)
2002 Jun 12, In China more than
200 people have died in some of the worst flooding in years. Crops
were destroyed and vast areas were under water.
2002 Jun 12, Fidel Castro led
hundreds of thousands of people in support of a constitutional
amendment declaring Cuba's socialist state "untouchable." It was a
protest to President Bush's policies toward Cuba and defiance for
democratic reforms of his one-party system. A proposed amendment
outlined Cuba as a socialist state of workers… organized with all
and for the good of all…"
(AP, 6/12/02)(SFC, 6/12/02, p.A13)
2002 Jun 12, Israeli troops
shot and killed five armed Palestinians and a 9-year-old boy in
separate incidents near a Jewish settlement, while a Palestinian
suicide bomber blew up a fast food restaurant in a Mediterranean
resort town, killing a 15-year-old Israeli girl. Israeli forces
pulled out of the West Bank town of Ramallah, lifting their latest
blockade on Yasser Arafat's office, as Secretary of State Colin
Powell raised the idea of a provisional Palestinian state.
(AP, 6/12/02)(AP, 6/13/02)
2002 Jun 12, Horace Roye (97),
British fashion photographer, was stabbed to death at his home in
(SFC, 6/13/02, p.A30)
2002 Jun 12, In Nepal some 300
Maoist rebels attacked an army camp in western Salyan district and
killed at least 5 soldiers.
(SFC, 6/14/02, p.A16)
2002 Jun 12, Conservationists
in New Zealand warned that Kiwis, the fluffy, flightless birds that
are New Zealand's national symbol, could be hunted to extinction by
predators within 15 years.
2002 Jun 12, The party of
Yugoslavia's president withdrew from the parliament of the nation's
main republic, declaring Serbia's legislature invalid and creating
the worst political crisis in the country since Slobodan Milosevic's
2003 Jun 12, Lewis “Scooter"
Libby, chief of staff to VP Dick Cheney, 1st learned of CIA officer
Valery Plame in a conversation with VP Cheney. In 2005 Libby told a
Grand Jury that he was authorized to disclose information about the
National Intelligence Estimate to the press by his superiors.
(SFC, 10/25/05, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/10/06, p.A3)
2003 Jun 12, Air France turned
the oldest of its Concordes over to the Smithsonian Institution in
2003 Jun 12, EndoVascular
Tech., a unit of Guidant Corp., pleaded guilty for failure to report
malfunctions of their Ancure Endograft system and was ordered to pay
$92.4 million in civil and criminal penalties. Some 2,628
malfunctions between 1999 and 2001 had not been reported.
(SFC, 6/17/03, p.A1)(SFC, 10/17/03, p.A25)
2003 Jun 12, Gregory Peck
(b.1916), film actor, died in Los Angeles at age 87. His many films
included "Moby Dick" and "To Kill a Mockingbird."
(SFC, 6/13/03, p.A1)
2003 Jun 12, A US helicopter
gunship was shot down in western Iraq, just hours after US fighter
jets bombed "a terrorist training camp" in central Iraq. US troops
stormed through Sunni Muslim towns, seeking Saddam Hussein loyalists
in one of the biggest American military assaults since the war
(AP, 6/12/03)(AP, 6/12/08)
2003 Jun 12, Israeli
helicopters fired rockets at two cars carrying Hamas activists in
Gaza killing seven people, including a young child, and wounding
29. The first strike killed two low-level Hamas activists,
ages 22 and 24, from a unit that guards city streets.
2003 Jun 12, The first-ever
Mexican freedom of information law took effect, designed to expose
the government and its once guarded records and secrets to greater
2003 Jun 12, In Peru teachers
went back to work after a month long strike that grew to include
protests by farmers and government workers and led President
Alejandro Toledo to impose emergency measures.
2003 Jun 12, Puerto Rico police
arrested more than 1,000 people during a major anti-drug operation.
2003 Jun 12, A container ship
ran aground off the coast of Singapore and leaked 165 tons of fuel
oil into the sea.
2004 Jun 12, It was reported
that engineers had created a “metal-rubber," a substance that
conducts electricity like metal, but also stretches like rubber up
to 250% of its original length.
(Econ, 6/12/04, p.14)
2004 Jun 12, Central African
leaders of Chad and Cameroon officially opened the taps on one of
the largest private investments in sub-Saharan Africa, a 663-mile,
$3.7 billion pipeline snaking from Chad through virgin rain forests
to the Atlantic.
2004 Jun 12, Iran said it would
reject international restrictions on its nuclear program and
challenged the world to accept Tehran as a member of the "nuclear
2004 Jun 12, In Iraq gunmen
killed Bassam Salih Kubba, a deputy foreign minister as he went to
work in Baghdad.
2004 Jun 12, In
Indian-controlled Kashmir suspected rebels threw a grenade into a
crowded tourist restaurant, killing 4 people and injuring 25 others.
2004 Jun 12, A Lebanese Foreign
Ministry official said Iraqi gunmen had kidnapped three Lebanese in
Iraq and killed one of them.
2004 Jun 12, In central
Pakistan a powerful bomb exploded outside the home of a senior
security official, killing one person and wounding three.
2004 Jun 12, A parade in Moscow
celebrated the Day of Russia. Formerly known as Independence Day,
the holiday marks the Russian parliament's June 12, 1990,
declaration of sovereignty from the Soviet Union.
2004 Jun 12, In Saudi Arabia an
American was kidnapped. An al-Qaida statement, posted on an Islamic
Web site, showed a passport-size photo of a brown-haired man and a
Lockheed Martin business card bearing the name Paul M. Johnson.
Islamic militants shot and killed Kenneth Scroggs of Laconia, New
Hampshire, in his garage in Riyadh. In 2014 a court in Riyadh
sentenced an Al-Qaeda member to death for the kidnapping and murder
(AP, 6/13/04)(AP, 6/20/04)(AFP, 8/19/14)
2005 Jun 12, Vice President
Dick Cheney, reacting to a growing chorus of calls to close the US
prison at Guantanamo Bay, told Fox News Channel there were no plans
to do so.
2005 Jun 12, At the LPGA
Championship, Annika Sorenstam closed with a 1-over 73 for a
three-shot victory over Michelle Wie, who shot a 69 to finish
2005 Jun 12, A fire in
Philadelphia left 5 children dead. Security bars on windows may have
hampered escape attempts.
(SFC, 6/13/05, p.A3)
2005 Jun 12, In Iran 4 bombs
exploded in Ahwaz, the capital of oil-rich Khuzestan province
on the Iranian border with Iraq. 9 people were killed and 36 wounded
in the deadliest explosions in the nation in more than a decade.
(AP, 6/12/05)(Econ, 6/18/05, p.42)
2005 Jun 12, The US military
announced the killing of 4 more soldiers, pushing the American death
toll past 1,700. Iraqi police found the bullet-riddled bodies of 28
people, many thought to be Sunni Arabs, buried in shallow graves or
dumped streetside in Baghdad.
2005 Jun 12,The Kurdish
Parliament elected veteran guerrilla leader Massoud Barzani the
first president of Iraq's northern Kurdistan region.
2005 Jun 12, British troops
arrested a group of Iraqi insurgents suspected of carrying out
separate roadside bombings that killed two British soldiers.
2005 Jun 12, The Venice
Biennale opened under the direction of Rosa Martinez and Maria de
(Econ, 6/4/05, p.80)
2005 Jun 12, Italians voted in
national referendums on whether to loosen assisted fertility
legislation. 90% voted to change the law but only 26% of eligible
voters bothered to turn out.
(AP, 6/12/05)(Econ, 6/18/05, p.48)
2005 Jun 12, UniCredit, Italy’s
largest bank, announced the takeover HVB Group, Germany’s 2nd
biggest. This gave UniCredit a commanding presence in Germany,
Austria and Poland.
(Econ, 6/18/05, p.70)(Econ, 10/12/13, SR p.8)
2005 Jun 12, Kuwait state TV
reported that the Kuwaiti government has appointed its first female
Cabinet minister, a month after lawmakers in this oil-rich nation
granted women the right to vote and run for office. Massouma
al-Mubarak (54), a women's rights activist and columnist, was given
the planning and administrative development portfolios.
2005 Jun 12, Lebanon held its
third round of a four-stage election. Michel Aoun, a Lebanese
Christian general, appeared headed toward a surprising victory. He
once fought the Syrian army and returned from exile just weeks ago.
Fifty-eight of 128 seats in parliament were at stake in the
elections in central and eastern regions of the country.
2005 Jun 12, Pakistan's army
seized control of the national telecoms firm after trade unions
called a strike against the company's privatization next week.
2005 Jun 12, The Palestinian
Authority carried out its first executions since 2001, killing four
convicted murderers as part of a new campaign to rein in lawlessness
2005 Jun 12, In Russia an
explosion believed caused by a terrorist bomb derailed a train
traveling from Chechnya to Moscow during a national holiday,
injuring at least 15 people. The Day of Russia holiday, formerly
known as Independence Day, marks the Russian parliament's June 12,
1990, declaration of sovereignty from the Soviet Union.
2005 Jun 12, In South Africa
Makobo Modjadji (27), the famed rain queen of the Bolobedu people,
died of unspecified causes.
2006 Jun 12, US officials said
that the Cuban government had cut off electricity to the US
diplomatic mission in Havana on June 5 and that requests for power
to be restored have gone unanswered. Power was restored the next
(AP, 6/13/06)(AP, 6/14/06)
2006 Jun 12, The US Supreme
Court paved the way for more death row inmates to challenge
execution by lethal injection. In an unanimous decision, the court
allowed those condemned to die to make last-minute claims that the
chemicals used are too painful, and therefore amount to cruel and
unusual punishment in violation of the Constitution's Eighth
2006 Jun 12, FBI statistics
confirmed that violent crime in the US was on the rise, posting its
biggest one-year increase since 1991.
2006 Jun 12, In SF Superior
Court Judge James Warren struck down a voter approved ban on handgun
possession. Proposition H, pass last November, would have outlawed
possession of handguns by all city residents except law enforcement
officers and other who need guns for professional purposes.
(SFC, 6/12/06, p.B1)
2006 Jun 12, Forecasters issued
a hurricane warning for parts of Florida's Gulf Coast as the first
named storm of the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season quickly gained
strength in the Gulf of Mexico.
2006 Jun 12, Charla Mack was
slashed to death in Reno, Nevada. Judge Chuck Weller (53) was shot
and wounded the same day by a sniper. Police issued a murder warrant
for Charla’s husband, David Mack (45), the next day and declared him
a suspect in the shooting of Weller. Mack surrendered to Mexican
police on June 23. In 2008 Mack was sentenced to life in prison.
(SFC, 6/16/06, p.B6)(WSJ, 6/24/06, p.A1)(SFC,
2006 Jun 12, Afghan and US-led
coalition forces killed 12 suspected militants in Kandahar province.
Taliban militants killed Zulmai Khan, a district intelligence chief,
in a drive-by shooting in the Ghazni provincial district of Waghuz.
(AP, 6/12/06)(AP, 6/13/06)
2006 Jun 12, Gyorgy Ligeti
(b.1923), Hungarian composer, died in Vienna, Austria. Stanley
Kubrick used his scores in the 1968 film “2001: A Space Odyssey."
Ligeti’s opera “Le Grand Macabre," based on a play by Belgian
surrealist Michel Ghelderode, premiered in Stockholm in 1978.
(SFC, 6/12/06, p.B7)
2006 Jun 12, Brunei police said
3 men have been sentenced to a year in prison for sending cell phone
video clips that were considered seditious and insulting to the
2006 Jun 12, Ken Thomson (82),
Canadian newspaper tycoon, died. He helped transform his father's
print empire into one of the world's biggest electronic publishers.
2006 Jun 12, In northern China
a truck carrying the coal tar fell into the Dasha river in Shanxi
province. Cleanup crews scrambled to absorb 60 tons of toxic coal
tar accidentally dumped into a river before it reaches a reservoir
serving a city of 10 million people.
2006 Jun 12, EU foreign
ministers reached agreement with Cyprus on a formula to enable
Turkey to take its first step in detailed accession talks with the
2006 Jun 12, In Guinea students
infuriated by a postponement of exams protested in Conakry, the
capital and in Labe, with some throwing rocks and burning tires. The
Red Cross said six people were killed during the demonstrations.
2006 Jun 12, Hungary’s director
of national epidemic affairs some 1,200 people the northeast had
fallen ill from drinking contaminated water. Flooding caused by
heavy spring rainfall contaminated the spring water that flows into
the city water system.
2006 Jun 12, US-led forces
raided a house near a volatile city northeast of Baghdad, killing
nine people, including two children. A suicide car bomber plowed
into a gas station in northern Iraq, killing four civilians and
wounding more than 40. A bomb also struck a minivan of workers in
southern Baghdad, killing six people and wounding 10. A roadside
bomb detonated next to a police patrol east of Kirkuk, but missed
and struck a civilian car. One person was killed in the explosion,
two more were injured. Two mortar rounds struck a neighborhood in
southern Baghdad, killing three civilians just moments after gunmen
strafed the area with random fire. Al-Qaida in Iraq said in a Web
statement that a militant named Abu Hamza al-Muhajer was the group's
2006 Jun 12, In central Israel
a crowded, high-speed commuter train derailed after slamming into a
pickup truck at a crossing, killing five people and injuring 67.
2006 Jun 12, In Indian Kashmir
at least nine people were killed in a series of attacks, including
one close to a camp housing Hindu pilgrims, while a boy died in
police firing. Suspected Islamic militants shot dead seven Indian
(Reuters, 6/12/06)(AP, 6/12/06)
2006 Jun 12, Gale force winds
battering northern New Zealand cut power to the nation's biggest
city, while heavy snow from a cold snap collapsed roofs and
blanketed much of the country's south.
2006 Jun 12, In southwestern
Pakistan a bomb ripped through a roadside tea stall in Quetta,
killing five people and wounding 17.
2006 Jun 12, Hundreds of
Palestinian security men loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas went on a
rampage against the Hamas-led government, riddling the parliament
building and Cabinet offices with bullets before setting them ablaze
in retaliation for an attack by Hamas gunmen in the Gaza Strip.
2008 Jun 12, President Bush
went to Capitol Hill, where he prodded rebellious Senate Republicans
to help resurrect legislation that could provide eventual
citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants.
2007 Jun 12, The CDC said up to
75,000 US Marine family members may have drunk water at Camp Lejeune
tainted by dry-cleaning fluid over a 30-year period.
2007 Jun 12, A report on CEO
compensation said Terry Semel of Yahoo topped the list with $71.7
million in annual pay. Half of American CEO’s made over $8.3
(SFC, 6/12/07, p.C5)
2007 Jun 12, In SF Supervisor
Ed Jew surrendered under charges that he lied about where he lived
in order to run for office. Jew posted bail and was released. The SF
school board approved a 3-year contract for Carlos Garcia offering
the ex-superintendent of Nevada’s Clark County (Las Vegas) a salary
(SFC, 6/13/07, p.A1)(SFC, 6/13/07, p.B4)
2007 Jun 12, In Texas Sgt.
Lawrence G. Sprader (25), an experienced soldier who lost contact
during a training exercise on the sprawling Fort Hood Army base, was
found dead after four days.
2007 Jun 12, Don Herbert
(b.1917), who as television's "Mr. Wizard" introduced generations of
young viewers to the joys of science, died in California at his
suburban Bell Canyon home.
(AP, 6/12/07)(SFC, 6/14/07, p.B5)
2007 Jun 12, Afghan police in
Nangarhar province mistook US troops on a nighttime mission for
Taliban fighters and opened fire on them, prompting US forces to
return fire and call in attack aircraft. 8 Afghan police were
killed. Gunmen on motorbikes killed two schoolgirls in central
Afghanistan. NATO and Afghan forces killed 12 Taliban fighters in
Zabul province. A suicide bomber killed one policeman and wounded
two in southern Helmand province.
(AP, 6/12/07)(AP, 6/13/07)
2007 Jun 12, Australian PM John
Howard agreed to meet the Dalai Lama after opponents charged he was
afraid of offending China, drawing an immediate rebuke from Beijing.
The Dalai Lama warned major nations not to try to contain China's
economic and military rise, and urged countries like Australia to
use their trading clout to pressure Beijing on human rights.
(AP, 6/12/07)(Reuters, 6/12/07)
2007 Jun 12, In Australia
outraged victims in the Hunter and Central Coast areas north of
Sydney said looters raided abandoned houses, businesses and cars
during four days of violent storms, stealing everything from iPods
to alcohol and cigarettes.
2007 Jun 12, In London Chinua
Achebe (76), a Nigerian novelist, won the Booker Int’l. Prize for
fiction, awarded every 2 years for a body of fiction. He is best
known for his 1st book “Things Fall Apart" (1958).
(SFC, 6/13/07, p.E5)
2007 Jun 12, In Kinshasa, DRC,
delegates from 20 African countries began talks on the process of
disarming and reintegrating former combatants to boost peace and
development on the violence-wracked continent.
2007 Jun 12, Baron Guy de
Rothschild (b.1909), French banker, died. He managed his family's
French banking empire and saw it taken over first during the Nazi
occupation and then by a Socialist government 40 years later.
2007 Jun 12, Germany wrapped up
one aspect of its Nazi past by shutting down a forced labor fund
that paid out more than 4.37 billion euros to 1.7 million elderly
victims of the Hitler era around the world.
2007 Jun 12, Haitian police and
UN peacekeepers killed a suspected gang leader wanted in the
kidnap-slaying of a French businessman.
2007 Jun 12, In Bali,
Indonesia, a gathering of religious leaders and victims of terrorist
attacks, sponsored by the US Libforall Foundation, denounced Iran’s
president for claiming the Holocaust was a myth.
(SFC, 6/13/07, p.A15)
2007 Jun 12, Fierce clashes
broke out between joint US-Iraqi forces and al-Qaida militants in
Baqouba, leaving two Iraqi soldiers and six militants dead.
Suspected Sunni insurgents bombed and badly damaged a span over the
main north-south highway leading from Baghdad, the third bridge
attack in as many days. Gunmen stormed the house of the Sunni mayor
of Muqdadiyah, forcing the family members outside, then blowing up
the house. The al-Qaida front group Islamic State in Iraq posted a
video showing what it said were 14 captive members of the Iraqi
security forces and threatening to kill them in 72 hours if their
demands were not met. At least 45 people were killed or found dead
including 9 soldiers and civilians in clashes and drive-by
(AP, 6/12/07)(SFC, 6/13/07, p.A10)
2007 Jun 12, Authorities said
Italian police have recovered an ancient Greek temple dug up in
southern Italy by a construction crew who had dumped or looted the
prized artifacts and begun to pour cement over the ruins.
2007 Jun 12, A team of Japanese
researchers reported the development of a type of rice that can
carry a vaccine for cholera. The vaccine would be delivered in a
capsule or pill containing rice powder.
(SFC, 6/12/07, p.A11)
2007 Jun 12, Kurdish separatist
rebels declared a "unilateral cease-fire" in attacks against Turkey
and said they were ready for peace negotiations, but the group
maintained the right to defend itself.
2007 Jun 12, A senior official
said security cameras are monitoring government workers in
northeastern Malaysia to keep them from slacking off or vanishing
for extended tea breaks.
2007 Jun 12, An official said
Japan has agreed to offer direct aid to the Palestinian Authority,
but will send it to president Mahmud Abbas and not Hamas militants.
2007 Jun 12, In the Netherlands
the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal convicted Milan Martic (52), a
wartime leader of Croatia's rebel Serbs, of murder, torture and
persecution and sentenced him to 35 years in prison for the
1991-1995 brutal ethnic cleansing campaign of non-Serbs in Croatia.
(AP, 6/12/07)(WSJ, 6/13/07, p.A1)
2007 Jun 12, Shahid Jamil
Qureshi, Pakistan’s minister of state for communications, resigned
after police named him as a suspect in the death of Kafila Siddiqui,
a Canadian citizen of Pakistani origin, at their shared home in
2007 Jun 12, A rocket-propelled
grenade hit the home of the Hamas prime minister, while his fighters
captured several positions from the rival Fatah movement and
threatened to step up the offensive. Palestinian President Mahmoud
Abbas accused his Hamas rivals of staging a coup and called for a
2007 Jun 12, Pres. Putin led
ceremonies to honor Russia Day. The holiday is one of several that
have been shifted or renamed as Putin's Kremlin seeks to shape
Russia's image. It was introduced by his predecessor, Boris Yeltsin,
to commemorate Russia's 1990 declaration of sovereignty and was long
known to many as Independence Day.
2007 Jun 12, The Organization
for Economic Cooperation and Development said South Africa is to
become the first African country to join an OECD convention
requiring adherents to crack down on bribery of foreign public
2007 Jun 12, Sudan agreed to a
"hybrid" UN-AU force of between 17,000 and 19,000 troops and an
additional 3,700 police. Some diplomats feared conditions may be
2007 Jun 12, It was reported
that the Hadzabe tribe of Tanzania, numbering fewer than 1,500,
faced a hastening extinction following a government deal to lease
2,500 square miles of tribal hunting land to members of the Abu
Dhabi royal family. Schools, roads and other projects were offered
(SFC, 6/12/07, p.A20)
2008 Jun 12, US House
Republicans said an internal investigation of their campaign arm
showed that Christopher J. Ward, a former treasurer fired last
January, had stolen about $725,000 over a 6-year period.
(WSJ, 6/13/08, p.A5)
2008 Jun 12, US health
officials said there were some 228 reported cases in 23 states of
people falling ill from salmonella-tainted tomatoes. The 1st patient
had become sick on April 10.
(WSJ, 6/12/08, p.A1)(SFC, 6/13/08, p.A2)(WSJ,
2008 Jun 12, Deaths due to the
heat wave across the US East Coast climbed past 30 with at least 15
dead in Philadelphia and 7 in NYC.
(WSJ, 6/13/08, p.A2)
2008 Jun 12, The University of
Massachusetts rescinded an honorary law degree awarded 22 years ago
to Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, calling his politics
"egregious" and his leadership an "assault on human rights."
2008 Jun 12, In Minnesota
Katricia Daniels (36) and her son, Robert Shepard (10), were found
murdered. Daniels was stabbed and cut more than 100 times and her
son had a television smashed over his head. On June 18 Stafon Edward
Thompson (17) and Brian Lee Flowers (16), both of Minneapolis, were
charged as adults with first-degree murder.
2008 Jun 12, Gunther Stent
(b.1924), who helped pioneer the field of molecular biology as one
of the first scientists to confirm the structure of DNA, died in
Pennsylvania. Stent was born Gunter Siegmund Stensch in Berlin. He
escaped Nazi Germany in 1938 and joined his sister in Chicago. His
1963 book "Molecular Biology of Bacterial Viruses" became a key text
in the study of genetics.
2008 Jun 12, Jonathan Carr,
English journalist and biographer, died in Germany.
2008 Jun 12, Afghanistan's
Pres. Hamid Karzai appealed to world donors in Paris for massive,
long-term aid for police, road-building and agriculture to help make
his country safer and his countrymen less hungry. Donors ranging
from the US the World Bank pledged more than $21 billion for
Afghanistan. 2 British troops were killed by enemy fire while
patrolling the area around their base in the Upper Gereshk Valley.
(AP, 6/12/08)(AP, 6/13/08)(AP, 6/13/08)
2008 Jun 12, ASEAN said
Southeast Asian and UN experts will have full access to
cyclone-devastated parts of Myanmar, where more than a million
people have still not received any foreign help.
2008 Jun 12, In Brazil 3 armed
robbers stole two Pablo Picasso prints from the Sao Paulo Museum of
Art and 2 other paintings in a rapid strike in which they bypassed
more valuable works. By August 18 police recovered all of the
paintings and arrested 3 suspects.
(AP, 6/13/08)(AP, 8/7/08)(AP, 8/18/08)
2008 Jun 12, The Bank of
England reported that inflation in May had risen to a record 4.3%.
(Econ, 6/14/08, p.71)
2008 Jun 12, In Chechnya at
least 25 armed rebels raided the village of Benoi-Vedeno, killing
three locals and setting several houses on fire. An internet site
with ties to the separatist movement, www.kavkazcenter.com, said the
rebels had killed 11 armed men linked to Ramzan Kadyrov, Chechnya's
2008 Jun 12, Chile’s Pres.
Bachelet visited California on a trade mission, addressed the state
Assembly and signed a cooperation agreement with Gov.
(SFC, 6/13/08, p.B12)
2008 Jun 12, Chinese police
kicked foreign journalists out of Dujiangyan city, where the
collapse of several schools in China's earthquake drew charges of
corruption from parents of dead children.
2008 Jun 12, In Dagestan, a
remote-controlled bomb killed a jogger in a park in the capital,
Makhachkala. A passerby was injured and taken to hospital. Police
said the explosive device was packed with shrapnel.
2008 Jun 12, Ecuadorean police
arrested four men, including at least three Colombians, who were
allegedly plotting to kill President Rafael Correa (45). The next
day police said 2 of the Colombians purportedly acknowledge having
links to Colombia's right-wing paramilitaries and said they were
offered US$1.5 million to kill Correa.
2008 Jun 12, Human Rights Watch
said Western donors have failed to condemn war crimes by Ethiopian
forces during a year-old campaign against separatist fighters in the
country's eastern Ogaden region.
2008 Jun 12, In Indonesia a
local health official said at least 21 toddlers have died of
malnutrition in eastern Indonesia in recent months due to a food
shortage that threatens the lives of thousands more children.
2008 Jun 12, In Iraq US
airstrikes destroyed a booby-trapped house believed to be an
al-Qaida in Iraq hideout, killing four suspected insurgents
northeast of Baghdad. A car bomb exploded as a police convoy passed
through a commercial area in central Baghdad. Two people, one a
policeman, were killed and 15 others were wounded. An American
soldier was killed by a roadside bomb in Baghdad.
(AP, 6/12/08)(AP, 6/13/08)
2008 Jun 12, In central Myanmar
at least 11 people died over the last 24 hours when their homes
collapsed from landslides caused by heavy rain.
2008 Jun 12, Thousands of
Pakistani lawyers and activists gathered for a "long march" from
Lahore to Islamabad to demand the restoration of judges sacked by
Pres. Pervez Musharraf.
2008 Jun 12, A blast flattened
the house of a militant commander in the Gaza Strip, killing four
people, wounding 40 and burying an unknown number of others. Israel
denied involvement. Hamas said the blast was caused by an Israeli
airstrike and responded with a heavy barrage of rockets and mortar
shells into southern Israel, wounding an Israeli woman. Earlier in
the day Israeli troops killed two Palestinian militants in a clash
in northern Gaza.
2008 Jun 12, UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Kosovo's leaders he intends to
reshape the UN mission there to allow the EU to take on key tasks,
according to a letter in the letter to Kosovo President Fatmir
Sejdiu. Russia demanded disciplinary action against the head of the
UN mission in Kosovo for preparing to hand over powers to a EU
mission that Moscow says is illegal.
2008 Jun 12, In Sri Lanka a new
round of fighting with Tamil Tiger separatists has killed 11 rebels
and two soldiers.
2008 Jun 12, Taiwan and China
agreed for the first time ever to set up permanent offices in each
others' territories as the two sides met for their first formal
talks in more than a decade.
2008 Jun 12, Zimbabwe police
arrested opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai while he was
campaigning for the country's June 27 presidential run-off election.
The Zimbabwean opposition's secretary-general Tendai Biti was
arrested at Harare airport as he returned home from South Africa to
campaign for the June 27 election.
2009 Jun 12, In New Jersey an
Indictment was unsealed today against three individuals who
allegedly hacked into the telephone systems of large corporations
and entities in the US and abroad and sold information about the
compromised telephone systems to Pakistani nationals residing in
Italy. Italian law enforcement conducted searches of approximately
10 locations in four regions of Italy and arrested the financiers of
the hacking activity. Those financiers allegedly used the
information to transmit over 12 million minutes of telephone calls
valued at more than $55 million over the hacked networks of victim
corporations in the US alone.
2009 Jun 12, Guantanamo
detainee Ahmed Zuhair and two others were reported to have been sent
home to Saudi Arabia, where they would be subject to judicial review
before entering a government-run "rehabilitation" program. Zuhair
had been held at Guantanamo since June 2002 and had refused to eat
since the summer of 2005. He was force-fed a liquid mix to keep him
2009 Jun 12, In Afghanistan a
suicide car bomber hit a fleet of fuel tankers intended for a NATO
base in Helmand province, killing eight Afghans and wounding 21. A
British soldier was killed Helmand in an explosion during an
operation in Sangin district.
2009 Jun 12, In Algeria at
least five members of an Islamist militant group were killed near
Constantine, as well as several Islamist clan chiefs in different
2009 Jun 12, A Brazilian ship
recovered three more bodies from the Atlantic bringing the total to
44. Searchers said weather and currents complicated their job and
warned it is unlikely that all the dead from Air France Flight 447
will be found.
2009 Jun 12, In the Central
African Republic 15 rebels of the Convention of Patriots for Justice
and Peace (CPJP) and 3 soldiers were killed in fighting in the
northwest of the country.
2009 Jun 12, Iranians
packed polling stations with a choice that's left the nation divided
and on edge: keeping hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in
power or electing a reformist who favors greater freedoms and
improved ties with the United States.
2009 Jun 12, In Iraq a senior
Sunni lawmaker was killed after delivering a sermon during at a
mosque in a former insurgent stronghold in western Baghdad. Harith
al-Obeidi (47) led the main Sunni bloc in parliament and was known
as a fierce advocate of human rights and the rights of mainly Sunni
detainees. The assailant was chased down the street by mosque guards
and then detonated a grenade, killing himself and an undetermined
number of pursuers. A bomb on a bicycle exploded in eastern Baghdad,
killing two people and wounding nine others. An American soldier was
killed by a roadside bomb.
(AP, 6/12/09)(AP, 6/13/09)
2009 Jun 12, Indian Home
Minister P. Chidambaran, speaking in Srinagar, said India is to
phase out the controversial presence of large numbers of its troops
in towns across the Muslim-majority Kashmir region. Indian troops
and paramilitaries were thought to number up to 500,000.
2009 Jun 12, In Indonesia a
male Sumatran elephant was found dead in a pulp plantation in Riau
province, Sumatra with its tusks removed. Six other endangered
Sumatran elephants had been killed in Riau in the last two months
and two were found with missing tusks.
2009 Jun 12, In Mexico Mauricio
Fernandez, a ruling party mayoral candidate in Monterey suburb San
Pedro Garza, suggested that as mayor he would avoid confronting the
Beltran Levya cartel to maintain peace. Police found the bodies of
five men dumped beside on a highway in the northern state of
Durango, all with signs of torture. Four more bodies were found in
different parts of Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso,
Texas. Soldiers arrested Juan Manuel Jurado Zarzoza, the local
leader of the Gulf drug cartel in Cancun in charge of drug sales,
extortion and kidnappings.
(AP, 6/13/09)(AP, 6/14/09)
2009 Jun 12, Moroccans voted in
a local election that opposition Islamists hope will extend their
influence in big cities.
2009 Jun 12, Mozambican state
media reported that a court has sentenced Alexandre Balate to 22
years in jail for killing a suspect. Balate, the former head of the
search and seizure unit, was found guilty of the 2007 murder of
Abranches Penicelo, who was allegedly abducted by a group of police
officers, burnt alive and shot. Amnesty International had drawn
global attention to Penicelo's murder. Last year the group released
a report accusing the national police of "killing and torturing
people with near total impunity."
2009 Jun 12, In Nigeria MEND
rebels breached Chevron’s Makaraba-Utonana-Abiteye pipeline and
started a fire at the Makaraba Jacket 5 facility in Delta State.
MEND also released a British oil sector worker who had been held for
2009 Jun 12, Pakistan’s
military said at least 39 Taliban militants and 10 soldiers were
killed in fierce fighting over the last 24 hours in the northwest
Swat valley. Two back-to-back suicide attacks on mosques in the
eastern city of Lahore and northwestern garrison town of Nowshera
killed six people including vocal anti-Taliban religious scholar
(AFP, 6/12/09)(AP, 6/13/09)
2009 Jun 12, In the Philippines
fighting with the militant Moro Islamic Liberation Front left 10
dead and 20 wounded. Columnist Antonio Castillo was killed in
Masbate province by motorcycle-riding gunmen.
(AP, 6/13/09)(AP, 6/17/09)
2009 Jun 12, A South Korean
newspaper reported that the youngest son of North Korea's
authoritarian leader has been given the title of "Brilliant
Comrade," a sign the communist regime is preparing to name him as
successor to the ailing Kim Jong Il.
2009 Jun 12, At least 40 south
Sudanese soldiers and civilians were killed when tribal fighters
ambushed boats carrying UN food aid, the latest in a string of
ethnic attacks threatening a fragile peace deal.
2009 Jun 12, Swiss
pharmaceuticals company Novartis AG said it has successfully
produced a first batch of swine flu vaccine weeks ahead of
2009 Jun 12, In Turkey the
liberal Taraf newspaper published a copy of “Plan to Combat Islamic
Fundamentalism," an alleged military plan hatched last April to
overthrow the AK party and to incriminate Turkey’s largest Islamist
brotherhood, led by Fetullah Gulen. It was signed by Dursun Cicek, a
colonel serving in the army’s psychological warfare unit.
(Econ, 6/20/09, p.56)
2009 Jun 12, The UN Security
Council agreed to expand an arms embargo against North Korea with
the goal of derailing the isolated nation's nuclear and missile
programs. It passed Resolution 1874 authorizing the search of North
Korean ship suspected of carrying illegal arms.
(AP, 6/13/09)(Econ, 6/27/09, p.50)
2009 Jun 12, In Yemen nine
foreigners, including 3 children, were kidnapped while on a picnic
in northern Saada province. 3 of the kidnapped were found dead on
June 15. In May 2010 Saudi intelligence forces freed 2 German girls,
aged 4 & 6. The fate of the others remained unknown.
(AP, 6/16/09)(AP, 5/18/10)
2010 Jun 12, A French fishing
vessel rescued Abby Sunderland (16), a California teenager from her
crippled sailboat in the turbulent southern Indian Ocean, bringing
relief to her family but ending her around-the-world sailing effort.
Sunderland had set out from Los Angeles County's Marina del Rey on
Jan. 23, trying to become the youngest person to circumnavigate the
globe solo and nonstop.
2010 Jun 12, In the Bahamas J.
Wallace Tutt III, a South Florida interior designer whose elegant
creations were popular with movie stars, models and fashion icons,
was found dead in a grassy area of the island known as "The
2010 Jun 12, Food critic Egon
Ronay (b.1915), whose eponymous restaurant guides helped Britain
embrace fine dining after years of postwar austerity, died. Ronay
left communist Hungary for Britain in 1946 and began writing about
food for The Daily Telegraph newspaper. In 1957 he produced the
first Egon Ronay Guide to British restaurants, modeled on France's
2010 Jun 12, China’s government
reported that unusually heavy seasonal flooding in southeast China
has killed at least 155 people and forced more than 1.3 million to
flee as water levels in some areas reached at their highest in more
than a decade.
2010 Jun 12, French PM Francois
Fillon said France will slash state spending by 45 billion euros
(54.5 billion dollars) in the next 3 years to get its public deficit
back down to 3%.
2010 Jun 12, Germany’s federal
prosecutor's office said that Polish authorities have arrested an
alleged Mossad spy from Israel wanted in connection with the slaying
of a Hamas agent in Dubai. A man using the name of Uri Brodsky was
arrested in early June upon his arrival in Poland because of a
European arrest warrant issued by Germany and Germany is now seeking
2010 Jun 12, Iranian police
arrested 91 people as the nation marked the anniversary of last
year's disputed presidential election.
2010 Jun 12, In Iraq
American-backed Iraqi security forces killed 2 suspected insurgents
and arrested 7 other south of Baghdad. Iraqi officials said the
killed were civilians.
(SSFC, 6/13/10, p.A5)
2010 Jun 12, In Ivory Coast two
people were killed and 30 wounded in a stampede at a reggae concert
in the rebel-controlled city of Bouake. Local reggae star Alpha
Blondy had organized the concert to promote peace and reconciliation
in the West African nation.
2010 Jun 12, In Mexico a
government media tour to promote tourism in the southwest went awry
when machete-wielding Indians briefly kidnapped 13 reporters on the
trip. 15 people trying to film a beer commercial were also abducted.
The indigenous communal landowners were upset that Grupo Modelo, the
maker of Corona beer, had not asked their permission to film the
commercial on their property. They were all released unharmed but
the Indians refused to return cameras and other equipment.
2010 Jun 12, North Korea vowed
to launch an all-out attack against South Korean loudspeakers and
other propaganda facilities along their heavily fortified border,
warning it could even turn Seoul into a "sea of flame."
2010 Jun 12, Pakistani fighter
jets destroyed several militant hide-outs in the northwest, killing
10 insurgents in the Orakzai tribal region.
2010 Jun 12, In the Philippines
Abu Sayyaf militants beheaded three loggers in apparent retaliation
for government offensives near Maluso town on Basilan island.
2010 Jun 12, Slovakia's three
party governing coalition fought for survival in a parliamentary
election, challenged in a tight race by the center-right opposition.
Voters handed PM Robert Fico a setback by giving the center-right
opposition a majority.
(AP, 6/12/10)(AP, 6/13/10)
2010 Jun 12, In Switzerland a
bus carrying 48 Canadian tourists crashed in the canton of Valais,
killing two people and injuring at least 15 others, five of them
2010 Jun 12, Yemeni tribesmen
blew up an oil pipeline outside the provincial capital, Marib, after
the government recently bombed the area in retaliation for an attack
on a military convoy.
Jun 12, At the Tony Awards, the big winner was “The Book of Mormon,"
described by one critic as a “profane and hysterical" musical
comedy, from the creators of the hit TV show “South Park." The play
earned nine awards, including the year’s Best Musical.
2011 Jun 12, In the
National Basketball Association finals, the underdog Dallas
Mavericks defeated the Miami Heat four games to two, to capture
their first ever NBA championship.
(Houston Chronicle, 6/12/11)(Reuters, 6/12/11)
2011 Jun 12, Boxer Mike Tyson
was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in
Canastota, NY, as thousands of fans cheered the former heavyweight
2011 Jun 12, In Arizona a fire
broke out near Sierra Vista. The Monument Fire soon forced 2,600
people to flee their homes and by June 20 had consumed 44 homes.
(SFC, 6/20/11, p.A6)
Jun 12, In Oakland, CA, about 300 protesters staged a peaceful
demonstration near city hall to express their outrage that a white
former officer with the San Francisco Bay Area transit police was
about to be released from prison. Johannes Mehserle, was convicted
of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death in 2009 of Oscar
Grant, an unarmed black passenger. Mehserle only served eleven
months of a two-year sentence. Mehserle was released from a Los
Angeles jail early the next day.
(AP, 6/12/11)(SFC, 6/13/11, p.C1)
2011 Jun 12, North Carolina’s
Democrat Gov. Beverly Perdue became the state’s first governor to
veto a budget bill since the chief executive was given the power in
1997. She said the Republican led Legislature’s $20 billion proposal
would do generational damage to public education.
(SFC, 6/13/11, p.A6)
2011 Jun 12, Carl Gardner (83),
the original lead singer of 1950s pop group the Coasters, died in
Port St. Lucie, Florida. Among the hits he sang with the Coasters
were “Yakety-Yak," “Charlie Brown," and “Poison Ivy."
2011 Jun 12, Hollywood producer
Laura Ziskin (61) lost her battle with breast cancer and died at her
home in Santa Monica, Ca. Among the hit movies she produced were the
“Spider Man" series, “Pretty Woman," and “Fight Club."
2011 Jun 12, Bahrain sentenced
Ayat al-Qurmezi to a year in prison on anti-state charges, including
inciting hatred. She had recited poems critical of Bahrain’s rulers.
(SSFC, 6/19/11, p.A2)
2011 Jun 12, In the Central
African Republic the last major rebel movement active, the
Convention of Patriots for Justice and Peace (CPJP), signed a
ceasefire with the government that is set to lead to a peace accord.
2011 Jun 12, Chile's
Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano continued to emit a cloud of ash,
disrupting flights to Buenos Aires, Argentina and Montevideo,
Uruguay. Authorities were also monitoring the volcano for its
potential to cause landslides and avalanches.
2011 Jun 12, China’s state
media reported that over 600 people have been sickened by lead
poisoning in tinfoil processing workshops in Yangxunqiao, Zhejiang
(SFC, 6/13/11, p.A2)
2011 Jun 12, In China riots
broke out near the southern city of Guangzhou as hundreds of migrant
workers protested what they felt was unfair treatment by Chinese
security guards. What started the riot was an incident where guards
were said to have pushed a pregnant street hawker to the ground,
leading to protests by more than 1,000 migrants.
2011 Jun 12, In Egypt Ilan
Grapel, an Israeli legal aid worker, was arrested in Cairo on
suspicion of spying. In October Israel’s government announced plans
for his release in exchange for 25 Egyptian prisoners. The exchange
took place on Oct 27.
(SFC, 10/25/11, p.A2)(SFC, 10/28/11, p.A4)
2011 Jun 12, Jordan’s King
Abdullah II, in response to demonstrations in favor of reform,
agreed that he will soon allow the election of Cabinets, rather than
maintaining the current policy of appointing the members.
2011 Jun 12, In Libya resurgent
rebel forces fought to retake the port city of Zawiya, but were
repelled by Khadafy’s forces.
(SFC, 6/13/11, p.A2)
Jun 12, Syrian troops, led by President Assad’s brother and assisted
by tanks and helicopters, successful regained control of Jisr
al-Shughour, one of the first regions where anti-government protests
had shown strength.
Jun 12, In Turkey PM Tayyip Erdogan and his AK party won a decisive
victory over rivals, as Erdogan was re-elected for the third
consecutive time. The AK took nearly 50% of the votes, but failed to
secure a two-thirds majority. This will force it to seek support for
constitutional changes. The Republican People’s Party, the main
opposition won 26%.
(Reuters, 6/12/11)(SFC, 6/13/11, p.A3)(Econ, 6/18/11, p.16)
2011 Jun 12, In Venezuela a
shoot-out erupted between gangs at the Rodeo I unit of the El Rodeo
jail complex. 27 people were reportedly killed.
(Econ, 7/16/11, p.40)
2012 Jun 12, A federal judge in
Boston sentenced Catherine Grieg (61), girlfriend of mobster James
“Whitey" Bulger, to 8 years in prison for helping Bulger stay on the
run for 16 years.
(SFC, 6/13/12, p.A8)
2012 Jun 12, Lanty Molloy
(b.1932), patriarch of the family-owned Molloy’s Tavern in Colma,
Ca., died of a heart attack.
(SFC, 6/14/12, p.C3)
2012 Jun 12, Elinor Ostrom
(b.1933), the first woman to win a shared Nobel Prize for economics
(2009), died In Bloomington, Ind.
(Econ, 6/30/12, p.94)
2012 Jun 12, Texas authorities
said they arrested seven members of one of Mexico's largest drug
cartels and accused them of laundering money in the United States by
buying, breeding and racing American racehorses. On July 3 Jose
Trevino Morales, the brother of two alleged cartel leaders, was
among 15 people charged in what federal prosecutors said was a
money-laundering scheme centered on an Oklahoma horse ranch.
(Reuters, 6/12/12)(AFP, 7/4/12)
2012 Jun 12, In Afghanistan
Taliban bomb attacks killed at least eight people, including women
and children in Balkh and Wardak provinces.
2012 Jun 12, Argentina’s
President Cristina Fernandez announced a major economic stimulus
plan, using pension and treasury funds to provide nearly cost-free
housing loans of up to $77,000 each to 400,000 people who have been
closed out of private-sector borrowing.
2012 Jun 12, Bangladesh turned
away 3 boats carrying 1,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in
Myanmar, bringing to 1,500 the number of refugees blocked in recent
2012 Jun 12, In India police
raided factories in New Delhi and rounded 26 up children working in
3 textile factories and a metal processing plant. An estimated
50,000 children were believed working in New Delhi factories despite
laws against child labor.
(SFC, 6/13/12, p.A2)
2012 Jun 12, Israeli officials
from the Population and Migration Authority said a total of 140
people had been arrested on Jun 10-11, with another 73 picked up in
nationwide raids today. Most of the 213 arrested immigrants were
from South Sudan.
2012 Jun 12, In Myanmar people
fled their burning homes and security forces struggled to contain
communal violence in a western region where state media reported the
death toll had climbed to 21 since June 8. A Myanmar official said
around 25 people have been killed and a further 41 people wounded in
five days of unrest.
(AP, 6/12/12)(AFP, 6/13/12)
2012 Jun 12, Nigeria's stock
exchange board announced that exchange regulator Arunma Oteh has
been suspended from her post, weeks after she publicly clashed with
politicians over corruption allegations.
2012 Jun 12, Pakistani state
media said a judicial investigation has concluded that Husain
Haqqani, Pakistan's former ambassador, to the US did write a secret
letter to American officials requesting their help in reining in the
powerful army last year.
2012 Jun 12, In Pakistan
property magnate Malik Riaz accused Arsalan Iftikhar (32), the son
of the chief justice Iftikhar Chaudry, of taking $3.6 million in
kickbacks for offering to fix cases for the tycoon.
(Econ, 6/16/12, p.48)
2012 Jun 12, In northwest
Pakistan a suicide bomber targeted an anti-Taliban tribal elder,
killing two of his security guards and wounding two others on the
outskirts of Peshawar.
2012 Jun 12, In the Philippines
a three-man news team for the Dubai-based Al Arabiya network failed
to return to their hotel on Jolo island, a stronghold of the Abu
(AFP, 6/15/12)(SFC, 6/20/12, p.A5)
2012 Jun 12, In Russia tens of
thousands flooded Moscow's tree-lined boulevards in the first
massive protest against President Putin's rule since his
inauguration in May. Investigators a day earlier searched the homes
of several key opposition figures and summoned them for questioning
shortly before the start of the rally. Opposition leaders included
Alexei Navalny (36), corruption-fighting lawyer, Sergei Udaltsov
(35), leader of the Left Front opposition movement, Ksania Sobchak
(30), socialite and TV host, and Ilya Yashin (28), a member of the
leadership of the opposition Solidarity movement. The protest had
2012 Jun 12, In Singapore, Ng
Boon Gay (46), former head of the police drug enforcement unit was
charged with corruption for soliciting sexual favors in exchange for
help with contracts.
2012 Jun 12, South Africa's
disgraced former police chief Bheki Cele was sacked by Pres. Zuma
due to his handling of leases for police headquarters that were
signed at far above market rates. Cele was suspended in October when
a commission of enquiry was launched.
2012 Jun 12, South African
authorities said the slaughter of rhinos driven by the soaring
illegal trade in their horns continues at a record pace with 245
killed since January. Police have arrested 161 suspects, including
138 poachers, since the start of the year.
2012 Jun 12, Syrian forces
pounded a neighborhood of the eastern city of Deir Ezzor with mortar
fire, killing 10 civilians including a young girl. 3 people were
reported killed and dozens wounded in clashes in Al-Haffe. US
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that she had information
Russia was sending attack helicopters to Syria.
(AFP, 6/12/12)(AFP, 6/13/12)
2012 Jun 12, Tunisia's justice
minister condemned as terrorism a spate of overnight attacks on
government offices by gangs including Islamist hardliners, warning
that those guilty would be punished.
2012 Jun 12, Turkey announced
plans to introduce elective Kurdish language instruction in schools,
a step aimed at easing tension that Kurdish minority activists
argued didn't go far enough. Activists and Kurdish politicians
insisted on full Kurdish education in schools.
2013 Jun 12, In an interview
with the South China Morning Post newspaper, Edward Snowden claimed
the US has long been attacking a Hong Kong university that routes
all Internet traffic in and out of the semiautonomous Chinese
2013 Jun 12, Officials in
Hartford, Conn., ordered good Samaritan Anthony Cymerys (82) out of
a city park because residents were concerned about the safety and
sanitation of his free haircuts to homeless people.
2013 Jun 12, In southern
Afghanistan a motorcycle bomb killed an Afghan soldier and a
civilian and wounded 15 other people in Helmand province. 6
policemen were found shot at their checkpoint in Helmand province
and 2 others were missing, raising suspicions they killed their
(AP, 6/12/13)(AP, 6/13/13)
2013 Jun 12, Britain's top
court ruled that Nigeria-born, oil tycoon Michael Prest should
surrender 7 properties to his English former wife, Yasmin. Prest was
ordered to transfer the properties as partial payment of a 17.5
million pound (about $27 million) settlement.
2013 Jun 12, A strike by French
air traffic controllers forced cancellations of more than 60% of
flights and disrupted travel elsewhere in Europe.
2013 Jun 12, Georgia said that
it has closed two of its bases in Afghanistan after 10 of its
soldiers were killed by militant attacks within the last four weeks.
It will not reduce the number of troops serving there.
2013 Jun 12, Greece's
conservative-led government was facing a political crisis after its
decision to shut down state-run TV and radio as part of spending
cuts triggered a wave of strikes and fierce opposition from within
the coalition government. The executive order to close ERT must be
ratified by parliament within three months but is faced failure if
not backed by all the coalition's members.
2013 Jun 12, India’s government
announced the end of its telegram services. The state-run
telecommunications company sent its final telegram on July 14 ending
163 years of service.
(AP, 7/12/13)(AP, 7/15/13)
2013 Jun 12, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu kicked off a two-day visit to Poland. He met
Polish PM Donald Tusk in Warsaw and then headed south to inaugurate
a new Auschwitz pavilion meant to educate visitors about the
Holocaust and the WWII Nazi quest to exterminate the Jewish people.
2013 Jun 12, Jiroeman Kimura
(b.1897), the oldest man in the world and the oldest man ever, died
in Japan at age 116.
(SFC, 6/13/13, p.A2)
2013 Jun 12, Kuwait's PM Sheik
Jaber Al Mubarak Al Sabah arrived in Baghdad on an official visit,
signaling the improving ties between the two neighbors.
2013 Jun 12, Mexican
prosecutors said they have arrested 12 people in connection with the
slayings of 11 young women, whose skeletal bodies were found near
Ciudad Juarez early last year. They allegedly belonged to a gang
that forced young women into prostitution and drug dealing, killing
them when they were no longer of use.
(SFC, 6/13/13, p.A2)
2013 Jun 12, Thousands of
Russian opposition activists marched through Moscow on Russia Day,
decrying President Vladimir Putin's authoritarian rule and calling
for the release of people they consider political prisoners.
2013 Jun 12, A Syrian
government helicopter fired three missiles on a border town in
Lebanon, lightly wounding one person. Heavy clashes were reported in
Homs, mostly in the neighborhood of Wadi Sayeh. At least 30 Shiite
Muslims were killed in Hatlah, a village in Deir el-Zour province.
Antigovernment activists put the total at 60 and said most of the
dead were pro-government militia fighters.
(AP, 6/12/13)(SFC, 6/13/13, p.A4)
2013 Jun 12, A Tunisian court
convicted 3 European feminist activists, who staged a topless
courthouse protest last month, sentencing them to four months and a
day in prison.
2013 Jun 12, In Turkey riot
police clashed in the early hours with demonstrators occupying
Istanbul’s Taksim Square. The government proposed a referendum on
the development project that has triggered the protests. Thousands
of black-robed Turkish lawyers stormed out of their courthouses,
shouting about the rough treatment police dished out to their
colleagues amid Turkey's biggest anti-government protests in years.
(SFC, 6/12/13, p.A3)(AP, 6/12/13)(SFC, 6/13/13,
2013 Jun 12, A UN report added
3 Malian militias and Syria’s main rebel force to an annual “list of
shame." 55 armed groups from 14 countries were included. Syrian
government forces were added to a list of groups that sexually abuse
(SFC, 6/13/13, p.A2)