Return to home741 Jun 18,
Leo III de Isaurier, Byzantine Emperor (717-41), died.
860 Jun 18, Swedish Vikings
1053 Jun 18, In Italy Richard
of Aversa helped win the Battle of Civitate, inflicting a decisive
defeat over the papal army, which had joined Byzantium in an
alliance against the Normans.
1155 Jun 18, German-born
Frederick I, Barbarossa, was crowned emperor of Rome by Pope Adrian
(HN, 6/18/98)(MC, 6/18/02)
1178 Jun 18, 5 Canterbury monks
reported an explosion on moon (only known observation). This is the
proposed time of origin of lunar crater Giordano Bruno.
1464 Jun 18, Roger Van Der
Weyden (b.1400), Flemish painter, died. He had mastered the new
technique of oil painting and served as the official painter to the
city of Brussels.
1538 Jun 18, Treaty of Nice
ended the war between Emperor Charles V and King Francois I. It only
lasted 10 months.
(TL-MB, 1988, p.15)(PCh, 1992, p.180)(MC,
1541 Jun 18, Irish parliament
"selected" Henry VIII as King of Ireland.
(SFEC, 12/22/96, Z1 p.6)(MC, 6/18/02)
1580 Jun 18, States of Utrecht
outlawed Catholic worship.
1581 Jun 18, Sir Thomas
Overbury, English poet and courtier who became involved in numerous
scandals in London, was born.
1586 Jun 18, English colonists
sailed from Roanoke Island, N.C., after failing to establish
England's first permanent settlement in America. The Roanoke
colonists returned to England with 2 friendly Indians. They left
behind 15 well-provisioned men to maintain the English claim.
(AP, 6/18/07)(ON, 10/01, p.1)
1629 Jun 18, Piet Heyn (51),
lt.-admiral (Spanish silver fleet), died in battle.
1643 Jun 18, In England the
bloody battle of Chalgrove Field occurred. Royalist strategy
meetings were held at the Horsenden Manor at Buckinghamshsire.
1667 Jun 18, The Dutch fleet
sails up the Thames and threatened London.
1757 Jun 18, Battle at Kolin,
Bohemia: Austrian army beat Prussia.
1778 Jun 18, American forces
entered Philadelphia as the British withdrew during the
(AP, 6/18/97)(HN, 6/18/98)
1779 Jun 18, French fleet
occupied St Vincent.
1794 Jun 18, George Grote,
British historian, was born.
1812 Jun 18, The War of 1812
began as the United States declared war against Great Britain and
Ireland. The term "war hawk" was first used by John Randolph in
reference to those Republicans who were pro-war in the years leading
up to the War of 1812. These new types of Republicans, who espoused
nationalism and expansionism, included Henry Clay and John C.
Calhoun. Most of them came from the agrarian areas of the South and
West. In 2004 Walter R. Borneman authored “1812: The War That Forged
(AP, 6/18/97)(HN, 6/18/98)(HNQ, 5/13/99)(WSJ,
1812 Jun 18, Ivan Goncharov,
Russian novelist of the Russian realism school of thought, was born.
He is best known for his book "Oblomov."
1815 Jun 18, British and
Prussian troops under the Duke of Wellington defeated Napoleon
Bonaparte and his forces at the Battle of Waterloo in Belgium. The
French elite troops of the Imperial Guard wore bearskins to appear
more intimidating. Afterwards Britain established towering bear skin
hats for soldiers in ceremonial duties and to guard royal
residencies and the Tower of London. Field Marshal Gebhard Leberecht
von Blucher made a short speech to his troops saying that he was
pregnant and about to give birth to an elephant. He was taken from
the front in protective custody and missed the battle. Napoleon lost
over 40,000 men at Waterloo; the British and Belgians lost 15,000;
the Prussians lost 7,000. The total losses in 3 days of fighting was
later estimated at 91,800. In 2002 Andrew Roberts authored "Napoleon
and Wellington." In 2005 Andrew Roberts authored “Waterloo:
Napoleon’s Last Gamble."
(SFEC, 2/28/99, Z1p.10)(WSJ, 9/13/02,
p.W10)(Econ, 2/12/05, p.81)(ON, 4/06, p.5)
1822 Jun 18, Slave revolt
leaders Denmark Vesey & Peter Poyas were arrested in SC.
1835 Jun 18, William Cobbett
(b.1763), English journalist, pamphleteer, and farmer, died in
Surrey, England. “A full belly to the laborer is, in my opinion, the
foundation of public morals and the only source of real public
1857 Jun 18, Henry Clay Folger,
American lawyer and businessman, co-founder of the Folger
Shakespeare Library, was born.
1858 Jun 18, The US and China
signed a treaty promoting "peace, amity and commerce."
1863 Jun 18, After repeated
acts of insubordination, General John McClernand was relieved by
General Ulysses S. Grant during the siege of Vicksburg.
1864 Jun 18, At Petersburg,
Union General Ulysses S. Grant realized the town could no longer be
taken by assault and settled into a siege.
1873 Jun 18, Suffragist Susan
B. Anthony (1815-1906) was fined $100 in Canandaigua, NY, for
attempting to vote in the 1872 presidential election. The fine was
never paid [see Nov 5, 1872].
(AP, 6/18/97)(HN, 6/18/98)(ON, 12/09, p.4)
1877 Jun 18, James Montgomery
Flagg, American artist and author, was born. He created the world
War I recruiting poster of Uncle Sam saying "I want you."
1880 Jun 18, John Sutter
(b.1803), Swiss-born California settler (gold discovered on his
land), died in Lititz, Pa.
(SSFC, 4/13/03, p.D6)(MC, 6/18/02)
1892 Jun 18, Macadamia nuts
were 1st planted in Hawaii.
1896 Jun 18, Blanche Sweet,
film actress, was born.
1898 Jun 18, The 1st amusement
pier opened in Atlantic City, NJ.
1900 Jun 18, Empress Douairisre
ordered I-Ho-Chuan (the Boxers) to kill all foreigners. [see Jun 21]
1901 Jun 18, Hazen Stuart
Pingree (b.1840), a four-term Republican mayor of Detroit
(1889–1897) and the 24th Governor of the US state of Michigan
(1897–1901), died in London while returning from an African safari.
1903 Jun 18, 1st
transcontinental auto trip began in SF and arrived in NY 3-months
later. [see Jul 26]
1908 Jun 18, William Howard
Taft was nominated for president by the Republican national
convention in Chicago.
1912 Jun 18, Glen Morris,
Olympic champion, actor (Tarzan), was born in MO.
1913 Jun 18, Robert Mondavi was
born in the mining town of Virginia, Minn. The family moved to
California in 1921 and went into the grape business in Lodi.
(SFC, 6/18/03, p.A16)
1918 Jun 18, Allied forces on
the Western Front began their largest counter-attack against the
spent German army.
1928 Jun 17, Amelia Earhart
embarked on a trans-Atlantic flight from Newfoundland to Wales as a
passenger. [see Jun 18]
(AP, 6/17/97)(HNQ, 3/8/02)
1928 Jun 18, Aviator Amelia
Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean as
she completed a flight from Newfoundland to Wales in about 21 hours
as a passenger.
(AP, 6/18/97)(HN, 6/18/98)(HNQ, 3/8/02)
1928 Jun 18, Norwegian explorer
Roald Amundsen (b.1872) flew to the North Pole with a crew of
rescuers to search for the survivors of the dirigible Italia. They
were never seen again.
(ON, 10/00, p.8)(Ind, 4/27/02,
1929 Jun 18, Eva Bartok,
actress, was born.
1931 Jun 18, Fernando Henrique
Cardoso was born. He served 2 terms as president of Brazil
(WP, 6/29/96, p.A20)
1936 Jun 18, In San Francisco
Wally the elephant (25) was shot to death following the June 16
trampling death of Fleishhacker Zoo keeper Edward Brown (42).
(SSFC, 6/12/11, DB p.46)(SSFC, 6/19/11, DB p.46)
1936 Jun 18, In NYC mobster
Charles ‘Lucky’ Luciano (1897-1962) was found guilty on 62 counts of
compulsory prostitution. On July 18 Luciano was sentenced to 30 to
50 years in state prison. He was released and deported to Italy in
1936 Jun 18, Maxim Gorkei
(Aleksvey Maksimovich Pyeshkov [aka Gorky], b.1868], Russian
dramatist, died. "A good man can be stupid and still be good. But a
bad man must have brains."
(WUD, 1994 p.611)(HN, 3/16/98)(AP, 2/23/01)(NG,
1937 Jun 18, Gail Godwin,
writer (The Perfectionists, The Southern Family), was born.
1937 Jun 18, John D.
Rockefeller IV, U.S. Senator, was born.
1938 Jun 18, Babe Ruth was
signed as a Dodger’s coach for the rest of the season.
1940 Jun 18, During World War
Two, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill urged his countrymen
to conduct themselves in a manner that would prompt future
generations to say, “This was their finest hour."
1940 Jun 18, Charles de Gaulle,
future president of France, broadcast to his nation from London,
urging it to rally to him and fight Hitler's invading army.
1940 Jun 18, Soviet occupation
was completed in the Baltics. For the Soviet intrusion into the
German sphere of influence, Stalin compensated Germany with a
payment of 7.5 million gold dollars.
(DrEE, 10/26/96, p.4)
1940 Jun 18, At a meeting of
the Amer. Assoc. for the Advancement of Science, a USGS geologist
named Joseph Thomas Pardee presented evidence that the large Glacial
Lake Missoula had long ago burst its ice dam and was the source for
the floodwaters that J. Harlen Bretz said formed the Scablands.
(Smith., 4/1995, p.54)
1941 Jun 18, Joe Louis KO’d
Billy Conn in 13 for the heavyweight boxing title.
1941 Jun 18, Turkey signed a
peace treaty with Nazi Germany.
1942 Jun 18, Roger Ebert, film
critic, was born in Urbana, Ill.
(SFEC, 3/7/99, Par p.26)
1942 Jun 18, Paul McCartney,
songwriter and singer and member of the Beatles, was born. He went
on to form Wings before heading on to a solo career.
1942 Jun 18, The U.S. Navy
commissioned its first black officer, Harvard University medical
student Bernard Whitfield Robinson.
1942 Jun 18, Eric Nessler of
France stayed aloft in a glider for 38h 21m.
1942 Jun 18, John Kubris (28),
Czech resistance fighter, killed Nazi SS leader Reinhard Heydrich,
1942 Jun 18, Adolf Opalka,
Czech resistance fighter, was shot down.
1944 Jun 18, The U.S. First
Army broker through the German lines on the Cotentin Peninsula and
cut off the German held port of Cherbourg.
1945 Jun 18, Gen. Dwight D.
Eisenhower received a tumultuous welcome in Washington, where he
addressed a joint session of Congress. Eisenhower went on to meet
Pres. Harry Truman and the 2 men established a warm relationship
that later soured. In 2001 Steve Neal authored “Harry and Ike: The
Relationship That Remade the Postwar World."
(AP, 6/18/97)(WSJ, 11/5/01, p.A19)
1945 Jun 18, William Joyce,
known as “Lord Haw-Haw," was charged in London with high treason for
his English-language wartime broadcasts on German radio. He was
hanged the following January.
1945 Jun 18, Organized Japanese
resistance ended on the island of Mindanao, Philippines.
1948 Jun 18, The United Nations
Commission on Human Rights adopted its Universal Declaration of
Human Rights. It stated in part that: “Everyone has the right to
leave any country including his own and to return to that country."
In 2001 Mary Ann Glendon authored “A World Made New," a history of
the drafting of the declaration.
(AP, 6/18/97)(SFC, 5/30/98, p.E4)(WSJ, 3/1/00,
1948 Jun 18, Columbia Records
publicly unveiled its new long-playing phonograph record in New
1949 Jun 18, Chris Van
Allsburg, children's author and illustrator (Jumanji, The Polar
Express), was born.
1951 Jun 18, General Vo Nguyen
Giap ended his Red River Campaign against the French in Indochina.
1953 Jun 18, Egypt was declared
a republic, and the monarchy was abolished, ending the rule of
Muhammad Ali's dynasty. Naguib became the first president and also
prime minister. Nasser became deputy prime minister and minister of
1953 Jun 18, South Korean
President Syngman Rhee released Korean non-repatriate POWs against
the will of the U.N.
1954 Jun 18, Albert Patterson
was assassinated in Phenix, Ala. He had recently been elected as
attorney general on a platform to crack down on vice. His murder led
the governor to call in the National Guard to replace local law
enforcement and cleanup the vice. Patterson’s son John filled the
attorney general position and soon became the subject of the movie
“The Phenix City Story." He was elected governor in 1958.
(USAT, 6/29/04, p.7A)
1954 Jun 18, Pierre
Mendes-France (1907-1982) became Premier of France. His political
signature was a glass of milk. After the war, some French leaders
were concerned that French people were drinking too much wine and
starting to drink at too early an age. When Mendes-France would
appear in public, there invariably was a glass of milk on the
lectern, which he made a point of sipping some time during the
1958 Jun 18, President
Eisenhower expressed support for his chief of staff, Sherman Adams,
who was accused of improperly accepting gifts from a businessman.
Adams resigned in September 1958.
1959 Jun 18, A Federal Court
annulled the Arkansas law allowing school closings to prevent
1963 Jun 18, 3,000 blacks
boycotted Boston public school.
1966 Jun 18, Samuel Nabrit
became the first African American to serve on the Atomic Energy
1967 Jun 18, The 3-day Monterey
Pop Festival featured Pete Townshend and The Who on the Sunday
finale. They nearly stopped the show with the destruction of
guitars, drums and microphones on stage. They were immediately
followed by Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead. The festival also
featured Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Otis Redding.
1971 Jun 18, Fred Smith
(b.1944) founded Federal Express Corporation, an overnight air
freight delivery service, in Little Rock, Arkansas. It was based on
a hub and spoke business plan he cooked up at Yale. In 1973 he moved
the operation to Memphis, Tennessee.
(http://tinyurl.com/6mvfvy)(Econ, 11/18/06, p.70)
1971 Jun 18, Southwest
Airlines, co-founded by Herbert Kelleher, made its 1st flight.
1972 Jun 18, A BEA Trident,
Flight BE548, crashed after takeoff from Heathrow killing 118
1973 Jun 18, The NCAA made
urine testing mandatory for participants.
1975 Jun 18, Faisal Ibn Mussed
Abdul Aziz, Saudi prince, was beheaded in a Riyadh shopping center
parking lot for killing his uncle the king.
1976 Jun 18, Scientist
confirmed Einstein’s equivalence principle in the experiment called
Gravity Probe A. They confirmed that clocks in gravitational fields
of differing strengths do not keep the same time.
(NH, 3/05, p.55)
1978 Jun 18, The Whitewater
business venture was incorporated. Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton and
his wife Hillary set up their 50-50 Whitewater venture with Mr.
& Mrs. McDougal. The Clintons lost money in the real estate deal
that later turned into the Whitewater scandal.
8/19/96, p.A12)(SFC, 6/4/96, p.A19)
1979 Jun 18, President Carter
and Soviet President Leonid I. Brezhnev signed the SALT II strategic
arms limitation treaty in Vienna. The agreement set a ceiling on
long-range bombers and missiles and limited development to only one
new land-base missile system for the duration of the treaty.
(AP, 6/18/97)(HNQ, 11/15/99)
1981 Jun 18, US Supreme Court
Justice Potter Stewart announced his retirement; his departure paved
the way for Sandra Day O'Connor to become the first female associate
1982 Jun 18, John Cheever
(b.1912), American Pulitzer Prize winning writer, died. His work
included "the Wapshot Chronicle" and "the World of Apples." In 2009
Blake Bailey authored “Cheever: A Life."
p.13E)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Cheever)(WSJ, 3/7/09, p.W8)
1982 Jun 18, The body of
Roberto Calvi (1920–1982), an Italian banker, was found hanging from
scaffolding beneath Blackfriars Bridge in the financial district of
London. Calvi, director of Banco Ambrosiano, allegedly hanged
himself following the fraudulent bankruptcy of the bank. Calvi's
clothing was stuffed with building bricks, and he was carrying
around $15,000 of cash in three different currencies. Calvi, dubbed
by the press as "God's Banker" due to his close association with the
Vatican, had gone missing on June 10. In 1992 Carlo De Benedetti,
the chairman of Olivetti SpA, was convicted for contributing to the
bankruptcy of Banco Ambrosiano. In 1996 courts upheld his conviction
and that of 30 others. In 2003 RAI state television said prosecutors
believed the Mafia killed Roberto Calvi because he lost their money
and knew too much about their operations. In 2005 a trial began for
5 people in the murder of Calvi. In 2007 a jury acquitted all 5
defendants charged with the murder of Calvi.
6/11/96, p.A10)(AP, 7/24/03)(AP, 10/6/05)(AP, 6/6/07)
1983 Jun 18, Astronaut Sally K.
Ride became America's first woman in space as she and four
colleagues blasted off aboard the space shuttle Challenger.
(AP, 6/18/97)(HN, 6/18/98)
1983 Jun 18, IRA's Joseph
Doherty was arrested in NYC for illegally entering the US. The
British sought his extradition on charges relating to the death of a
member of a British commando unit.
1984 Jun 18, Alan Berg, a
Denver radio talk show host, was shot to death outside his home.
(Two white supremacists were later convicted of civil rights
violations in the slaying.)
1986 Jun 18, 25 people were
killed when a twin-engine plane and helicopter carrying sightseers
collided over the Grand Canyon.
1988 Jun 18, Vice President
George Bush launched a sharp attack against Democratic presidential
candidate Michael Dukakis, accusing the Massachusetts governor of
coddling criminals by allowing some convicts out of prison on
1988 Jun 18, Turkey’s PM Turgut
Ozal survived an attempted assassination. He had worked to eliminate
the black market in cigarettes and suspected the cigarette smuggling
1989 Jun 18, John Wayne Bobbitt
(b.1967) married Lorena L Gallo (b.1970). [see Jan 10, 1994]
1989 Jun 18, Greek Premier
Andreas Papandreou's Panhellenic Socialist Movement suffered a
defeat as the center-right New Democracy Party finished first in
1990 Jun 18, James Edward Pough
went on a shooting rampage at an auto-financing company office in
Jacksonville, Florida, after his car was repossessed. He fatally
wounded 8 people before killing himself.
(AP, 6/18/00)(SSFC, 8/8/04, p.A7)
1991 Jun 18, The Louisiana
Legislature enacted a strict anti-abortion law, overriding a veto by
Governor Buddy Roemer.
1991 Jun 18, Russia’s newly
elected president, Boris Yeltsin, arrived in the United States for
visits with American officials, including President Bush.
1992 Jun 18, Russian President
Boris Yeltsin met with Democrat Bill Clinton in Washington before
flying on to Kansas and then Canada.
1992 Jun 18, The US Supreme
Court ruled criminal defendants may not use race as a basis for
excluding potential jurors from their trials.
1992 Jun 18, Entertainer Peter
Allen (48) died in San Diego County, Calif., of complication from
1992 Jun 18, Ireland’s voters
overwhelmingly approving a referendum on the Maastricht Treaty for a
1993 Jun 18, The US Supreme
Court ruled that deaf parochial school students may be provided
publicly funded sign-language interpreters.
1993 Jun 18, In Japan, the
government of Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa fell.
1993 Jun 18, In the Seychelles
Albert Rene restored multiparty democracy and went on to win three
straight elections. This was later marked as National Day.
(AP, 8/1/06)(SSFC, 6/1/14, p.P3)(SSFC, 6/1/14,
1994 Jun 18, The presidents of
North Korea and South Korea agreed to hold a historic summit. Plans
were disrupted by the death of North Korean leader Kim Il Sung on
1995 Jun 18, About 300 inmates
trashed an immigration detention center in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
1995 Jun 18, A private plane
carrying the Angolan soccer team crashed in Luanda, Angola, killing
1995 Jun 18, The Bosnian Serbs
announced the resumption of cooperation with the UN. Serbs released
the last 26 UN hostages held since NATO airstrikes.
(SFC, 6/4/96, p.A12)(AP, 6/18/00)
1996 Jun 18, In California
Richard Allen Davis was convicted in San Jose, Calif., on all
charges in the 1993 kidnap-murder of 12-year-old Polly Klass of
(SFC, 6/19/96, p.A10)(AP, 6/18/97)
1996 Jun 18, Federal
prosecutors in California charged Theodor J. Kaczynski, the UNABOM
suspect, in four of the Unabomber attacks He was indicted by a
federal grand jury for two killings in Sacramento.
(SFC, 6/19/96, p.A10)(AP, 6/18/97)
1996 Jun 18, Two Army transport
helicopters collided and crashed during training exercises near Fort
Campbell, Ky., killing six and injuring 33.
1996 Jun 18, Heriberto Seda, a
28-year-old recluse obsessed with guns and the Bible, shot his
teenage sister in New York City. He later admitted to being the
Zodiac killer, guilty of murders from 1990.
(SFC, 6/20/96, p.C12)
1996 Jun 18, Bosnian Serb women
held 2 diplomats hostage and demanded action on 1400 Bosnian Serbs
who are either missing or held by Muslims and Croats.
(SFC, 6/19/96, p.A8)
1996 Jun 18, Netanyahu was
inaugurated as Israeli Prime Minister.
1996 Jun 18, Boris Yeltsin
named Gen’l. Alexander Lebed to head the Security Council. Lebed had
won 14.7% of the vote in Sunday’s election. Yeltsin also fired his
defense chief, Grachev.
(WSJ, 6/19/96, p.A1)
1997 Jun 18, The Southern
Baptist Convention called for a boycott of the Walt Disney Co.,
protesting what the convention called "gay-friendly" policies.
1997 Jun 18, Sirhan Sirhan
failed in his 10th bid for parole in the assassination of Sen.
Robert F. Kennedy.
1997 Jun 18, Irineo Montoya, a
Mexican laborer, was executed by the state of Texas for a 1985
killing despite protests by the Mexican government.
1998 Jun 18, President Clinton
appointed UN ambassador Bill Richardson to replace Energy Secretary
Federico Pena and named Bosnian peace architect and diplomatic
troubleshooter Richard Holbrooke as the new representative to the
United Nations. The Holbrooke nomination was held up for a year
because of ethics questions.
1998 Jun 18, Smoking was banned
in SF public parks and recreation centers, but the larger city parks
(SFC, 6/19/98, p.A17)
1998 Jun 18, In Portage, Ind.,
a Chicago-bound commuter train struck a truck and dislodged a steel
coil that crashed into the first train car and crushed 3 people to
(SFC, 6/19/98, p.A3)(AP, 6/18/99)
1998 Jun 18, In North Carolina
an Amtrak train crashed into a tractor-trailer and killed the
driver. Ten others were injured.
(SFC, 6/19/98, p.A3)
1998 Jun 18, China formally
declared it new housing policy that eliminated the right of workers
to cost-free apartments by the end of the year.
(SFC, 6/19/98, p.A12)
1998 Jun 18, In Nigeria six
more political detainees were released.
(SFC, 6/19/98, p.B7)
1998 Jun 18, In Puerto Rico
fearing loss of their jobs 6,400 workers of Telefonica went on
strike and began cutting telephone cables.
(SFC, 6/26/98, p.A2)(SFC, 6/30/98, p.A3)
1999 Jun 18, The US House of
Rep. defeated a measure for gun control, 280-to-147, and approved a
proposal to allow the Ten Commandments to be posted on schoolhouse
(SFC, 6/19/99, p.A6)
1999 Jun 18, The Native
American Church of North America made an agreement with US Defense
Dept. officials at its 50th annual convention to allow Native
Americans to use peyote in religious services.
(SFC, 6/30/99, p.A7)
1999 Jun 18, Arsonists struck
three synagogues in the Sacramento, California, area. Two white
supremacist brothers have pleaded innocent to federal charges of
setting the fires.
1999 Jun 18, The US and Russia
agreed on terms for Russian participation in Kosovo peacekeeping.
(SFC, 6/19/99, p.A1)
1999 Jun 18, The Group of Seven
nations opened a three-day summit in Cologne, Germany. The G-7
nations agreed to cut the debt burden of the world's poorest
countries to a total of $65-90 billion.
(SFC, 6/19/99, p.A10)(AP, 6/18/00)
1999 Jun 18, NATO peacekeepers
took 25 KLA members into custody after finding 15 Gypsy prisoners
they had mistreated. Serb media reported that KLA fighters had
killed 3 Serbs in Novo Selo and kidnapped 18 Serbs near Pristina.
(SFC, 6/19/99, p.A10)
1999 Jun 18, In London some
4,000 protestors rampaged through the financial district as part of
the "Carnival Against Capitalism."
(SFC, 6/19/99, p.A11)
1999 Jun 18, In Chechnya the
worst fighting in months broke out as Chechen fighters attacked
Russian border posts in Dagestan. 7 men were killed and 15 wounded
in separate confrontations.
(SFC, 6/19/99, p.A10)
1999 Jun 18, Kiribati reported
that the islands of Tebua Tarawa and Abanuea were swallowed by the
(SFC, 6/18/99, p.A14)
2000 Jun 18, Tiger Woods
won the US Open Golf Championship at Pebble Beach by 12 under par
and 15 strokes ahead of his nearest rival.
(SFC, 6/19/00, p.A1)(AP, 6/18/01)
2000 Jun 18, A US F-14 Tomcat
fighter jet crashed during an air show at Willow Grove, Pa. Two
naval aviators were killed.
(SFC, 6/20/00, p.A9)
2000 Jun 18, Nancy Marchand,
Emmy-winning actress (The Sopranos), died in Stratford, Connecticut,
a day before her 72nd birthday.
2000 Jun 18, In Algeria the
Foreign Ministers of Ethiopia and Eritrea signed an accord to cease
hostilities immediately. The agreement called for an int’l.
peacekeeping force in a buffer zone reaching 15 miles into Eritrea.
(SFC, 6/19/00, p.A8)(SFC, 6/20/00, p.A12)
2000 Jun 18, In England
officials found 58 bodies in the back of a truck carrying tomatoes
at Dover. The truck had arrived from Zeebrugge under 86-degree heat
and 54 male and 4 female Chinese immigrants from Fujian province
appeared to have suffocated. There were 2 survivors. The chief
suspect was arrested in Rotterdam in 2001. In 2001 Dutch driver
Perry Wacker (32) was convicted and sentenced to 14 years in prison.
Ying Guo (30) was convicted of conspiracy and was sentenced to 6
years in prison.
(SFC, 6/19/00, p.A1)(WSJ, 6/20/00, p.A1)(SFC,
6/21/00, p.A12)(SFC, 1/23/01, p.C14)(SFC, 4/6/01, p.D6)
2000 Jun 18, In Algeria the
Foreign Ministers of Ethiopia and Eritrea signed an accord to cease
hostilities immediately in a two-year-old border war. The agreement
called for an int’l. peacekeeping force in a buffer zone reaching 15
miles into Eritrea.
(SFC, 6/19/00, p.A8)(SFC, 6/20/00, p.A12)(AP,
2000 Jun 18, In Jordan King
Abdullah II accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Abdur-Ra-‘uf
Rawabdeh and appointed economist Ali Abu Ragheb (54) to form a
(SFC, 6/19/00, p.A9)
2000 Jun 18, In Haiti Leon
Manus (78), the top election official, refused to approve the
results of the election and fled to the US.
(SFC, 6/19/00, p.A9)
2000 Jun 18, In Syria Bashar
Assad was elected as sec. gen. of the ruling Baath Party.
(SFC, 6/19/00, p.A9)
2001 Jun 18, A judge in Golden,
Colo., sentenced two therapists to 16 years in prison each in the
death of a 10-year-old girl who had suffocated while wrapped in
blankets during a "rebirthing" session. Connell Watkins and Julie
Ponder were convicted of reckless child abuse in the death of
2001 Jun 18, US federal
regulators imposed a price ceiling on Western wholesale electricity
prices effective June 19 to the end of summer.
(SFC, 6/19/01, p.A1)
2001 Jun 18, The US Navy
dropped dummy bombs on Vieques island. A number of protesters were
arrested for trespassing.
(SFC, 6/19/01, p.A3)
2001 Jun 18, In India
protesters burned down the legislature in northeastern Manipur
state. Police shot and killed 11 protesters, who opposed a truce
between the federal government and a separatist group. It was the
3rd day of a general strike.
(SFC, 6/19/01, p.A9)(SSFC, 6/24/01, p.T9)
2001 Jun 18, In Indonesia
police fired warning shots at students in Jakarta protesting a 30%
increase in fuel prices.
(WSJ, 6/19/01, p.A1)
2001 Jun 18, Russian
authorities reported that 19 servicemen were detained on suspicion
of killing civilians in Chechnya. 7-8 civilians were recently killed
(SFC, 6/19/01, p.A9)
2001 Jun 18, In Yemen 15
suspected terrorists were arrested. US FBI investigators had pulled
out on June 17 under a security threat.
(SFC, 6/19/01, p.A9)(WSJ, 6/20/01, p.A1)
2002 Jun 18, Pres. Bush sent to
Congress his detailed proposal for creation of a new Homeland
2002 Jun 18, Minnesota Gov.
Jesse Ventura announced he would not seek a second term.
(AP, 6/18/03)(SFC, 6/19/02, p.A2)
2002 Jun 18, The Rodeo-Chediski
Fire began some 110 miles northeast of Phoenix. It soon covered over
60,000 acres including the community of Pinedale. Leonard Gregg (29)
started the fire to get work and was arrested June 30. The fire came
under control on July 7 and ended up raging over 470,000 acres of
p.A1)(Arch, 9/02, p.16)
2002 Jun 18, Raymond Lubow
(82), creator of the special effects Morley pedals, died. The
“Morley Man" logo was a wailing, long-haired rocker.
(SFC, 7/4/02, p.A21)
2002 Jun 18, In London it was
reported that sparrows numbers had declined steeply for no known
2002 Jun 18, In Colombia
workers at the state oil company declared a two-day strike to
protest the assassination of one of their union officials, who have
allegedly been threatened by a right-wing paramilitary group.
2002 Jun 18, PM Peter
Medgyessey was accused of having secretly served in Hungary's
Communist-era counter-espionage service.
(SFC, 6/19/02, p.A8)
2002 Jun 18, A Palestinian man,
Muhammad al-Ghoul (22), detonated nail-studded explosives on a
Jerusalem bus crowded with high school students and office workers,
killing himself and 19 passengers in the city's deadliest suicide
attack in six years. Fifty-five people were wounded in the Hamas
(AP, 6/18/02)(SFC, 6/19/02, p.A10)(SFC, 6/19/02,
2002 Jun 18, Saudi Arabia
announced its first al-Qaida-related arrests since Sept. 11 and said
it was holding 11 Saudis, an Iraqi and a Sudanese man behind a plot
to shoot down a U.S. military plane taking off from a Saudi air
(Reuters, 6/18/02)(AP, 6/18/02)
2003 Jun 18, Andrew Luster
(39), a convicted rapist and heir to the Max Factor fortune, was
arrested after 5 months on the run. He was picked up by Mexican
police in Puerto Vallarta as he scuffled with bounty hunters who had
trailed him from California.
(AP, 6/18/03)(SFC, 8/16/03, p.A3)
2003 Jun 18, The Mercury Policy
Project reported that 1/3 of albacore tuna contained levels of toxic
mercury exceeding a federally recommended dose fro women of
(SFC, 6/19/03, p.A10)
2003 Jun 18, Larry Doby (70),
baseball Hall-of-Famer who broke the American League's color barrier
in 1947, died in Montclair, N.J.
2003 Jun 18, In Finland PM
Anneli Jaatteenki resigned amid accusations that she lied about
sensitive political information during her election campaign.
(SFC, 6/19/03, p.A14)
2003 Jun 18, A demonstration by
former Iraqi army officers demanding back pay turned violent after
an American soldier fired into the crowd. 2 Iraqis were killed. One
American was killed in a drive-by shooting in south Baghdad.
(SFC, 6/19/03, p.A16)
2003 Jun 18, Japan, which had
begun counting the homeless for the first time, estimated the
homeless population at 25,000 compared to 600,000 in the US.
(WSJ, 6/18/03, p.A1)(Econ, 10/18/08, p.86)
2003 Jun 18, Israel agreed to
curb its "track-and-kill" operations against Palestinian militants
in a deal struck with US officials to help them salvage a new peace
plan torn by violence.
2004 Jun 18, The Commerce Dept.
reported that the US current-account deficit grew to a record $144.9
billion in the 1st quarter. The current-account deficit for 2003 was
(WSJ, 6/21/04, p.A12)
2004 Jun 18, The Hanky Panky
thong model 4811 was described as the top seller in its category. In
2003 thongs accounted for a quarter of the $2.6 billion panty
market. Gale Epstein and Lida Orzeck began Hanky Panky in the late
(WSJ, 6/18/04, p.A1)
2004 Jun 18, It was reported
that farming and related businesses accounted for 12% of the US GDP
and about 17% of American jobs.
(WSJ, 6/18/04, p.A1)
2004 Jun 18, It was reported
that Terry Semel, CEO of Yahoo, and his wife Jane Bovington Semel
planned to donate $25 million to UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute.
(SFC, 6/18/04, p.C1)
2004 Jun 18, In southern
Afghanistan Taliban insurgents attacked a government office in
Mizan, sparking a gunfight with Afghan troops that killed seven
2004 Jun 18, European Union
leaders sealed a hard-fought deal on a new constitution. It needs
approval by all 25 member states before it can take effect, expected
2004 Jun 18, Germany's
parliament passed a measure that will allow the military to shoot
down hijacked airliners in German airspace if they are deemed a
2004 Jun 18, Insurgents clashed
with U.S. forces northeast of Baghdad for the second time in as many
days, and two of the militants were killed.
2004 Jun 18, South Korea said
it will send 3,000 soldiers to northern Iraq beginning in early
August to assist the U.S.-led coalition.
2004 Jun 18, A Saudi al-Qaida
group said it killed American hostage Paul M. Johnson Jr., posting 3
photos on the Internet showing his body and severed head. Hours
later Saudi security forces killed Abdulaziz al-Moqrin (31), a top
al-Qaida leader, and 3 other militants in Riyadh.
(AP, 6/18/04)(AP, 6/19/04)
2004 Jun 18, The U.N. atomic
watchdog agency censured Iran for past cover-ups in its nuclear
program in a resolution, warning Tehran to be more forthcoming.
2004 Jun 18, The UN warned the
Aral Sea, once one of the world's largest inland bodies of water,
could dry up unless neighboring countries work to increase its water
2004 Jun 18, West African
defense chiefs agreed to create a 6,500-strong multinational force
to respond to "crisis and threats to peace" in the war-ravaged
region. The announcement followed a 2-day meeting in Abuja, Nigeria,
involving defense chiefs of staff from the 15 member nations of
2005 Jun 18, Former Texas
Congressman J.J. “Jake" Pickle died in Austin at age 91.
2005 Jun 18, In Australia more
than a dozen Chinese nationals detained for immigration violations
slashed their wrists and body parts in attempted suicide fearing
they will be deported.
2005 Jun 18, In Austria an
explosion ripped through a pizzeria in a town in the southeastern
province of Styria, killing 2 children and injuring 7, in a blast
that may have been the result of an attack.
2005 Jun 18, In Azerbaijan
thousands of demonstrators chanting "Freedom" and carrying portraits
of President Bush marched across Baku, demanding the resignation of
the government and free parliamentary elections.
2005 Jun 18, Calgary, Canada,
declared an unprecedented state of emergency as flood fears prompted
by heavy rain forced 2,000 residents to be ordered out of their
2005 Jun 18, It was reported
that rising waters in China's central Dongting Lake, one of the
nation's largest freshwater bodies, are forcing millions of rats
into surrounding farmlands where the rodents are ravaging crops.
2005 Jun 18, EU leaders blamed
each other after a summit collapsed without any real agreement on
what lies ahead for the half-century project of uniting the
continent. But they agreed Europe is in a crisis.
2005 Jun 18, In Guatemala huge
explosions rocked a weapons storehouse on a military base north of
Guatemala City. There were no casualties.
2005 Jun 18, Reliance, India's
largest private sector conglomerate, said the $24 billion group
would be split between Anil and Mukesh Ambani in a deal brokered by
(AP, 6/19/05)(WSJ, 6/20/05, p.A13)(Econ, 6/25/05,
2005 Jun 18, Iraqi forces and
US Marines battled insurgents on two fronts in a restive western
province, killing about 50 militants. It was the 2nd day of
Operation Spear, Romhe in Arabic, the military’s latest campaign to
stop foreign fighters infiltrating from neighboring Syria. In
Baghdad a 10-year-old Iraqi girl was killed and 2 people were
injured when a roadside bomb missed a passing American military
convoy and detonated near the child.
2005 Jun 18, In Kyrgyzstan
Mukar Cholponbayev, who served as speaker of the Central Asian
nation's lower parliament house in the late 1990s, was arrested in
the capital Bishkek for allegedly helping to organize the previous
day’s takeover of the government headquarters.
2005 Jun 18, Militants in
southern Nigeria released six oil workers taken hostage by a group
demanding $20 million from Shell for local communities.
2005 Jun 18, The Palestinian
parliament passed a compromise election law afternoon removing a
major hurdle to new legislative elections that were originally
scheduled for next month but were postponed indefinitely.
2005 Jun 18, Palestinian
militants attacked a Gaza Strip settlement, sparking a gunbattle
that killed one of the attackers and wounded another.
2005 Jun 18, The beheaded
bodies of a Laotian couple were found in southern Thailand over the
weekend and were believed to be the latest victims of Muslim
2005 Jun 18, A senior Saudi
police officer was killed in a drive-by shooting in Mecca.
2005 Jun 18, In Scotland a
couple was wed in Britain's first legally recognized humanist
ceremony. 12 members of the Humanist Society of Scotland were
granted the right to legally conduct marriages by the country's
registrar general starting June 1.
2005 Jun 18, In Spain ETA
announced it will no longer kill elected members of political
2005 Jun 18, Sudan signed a
reconciliation deal with one of the country's largest opposition
groupings. The accord with the National Democratic Alliance is part
of the government's drive to clean up Sudan's multiple political and
2005 Jun 18, Venezuela said
another land holding of Britain’s Vestey Group Ltd. has been found
to be idle and rightfully belongs to the state. The 67,000-acre
ranch, owned by Vestey subsidiary Agroflora, was reported to be
(WSJ, 6/21/05, p.A14)
2006 Jun 18, American Delegates
at the Episcopal General Convention in Columbus, Ohio, elected
Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori (52) as their next leader. She
would become the first woman to lead any member of the global
(SFC, 6/19/06, p.A2)
2006 Jun 18, Donald Reilly,
prominent cartoonist, died in Norwalk, Con. His work included 1,107
cartoons and 16 covers for the New Yorker magazine.
(SFC, 6/21/06, p.B7)
2006 Jun 18, In southern
Afghanistan Taliban fighters ambushed two convoys carrying members
of the same family, killing 32 people. US-led troops, backed by
Afghan forces, raided a mountain Taliban stronghold near Tirin Kot,
Uruzgan's provincial capital, and killed 7 militants.
2006 Jun 18, Burundi's
government and the country's last rebel group agreed, while meeting
in Tanzania, to end hostilities and sign a comprehensive cease-fire
deal in two weeks.
2006 Jun 18, China's PM Wen
Jiabao wrapped up a two-day visit to Cairo after meeting with
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and signing 10 oil, natural gas and
telecommunications deals. He was also scheduled to visit Ghana,
Republic of Congo, Angola, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.
2006 Jun 18, China's PM Wen
Jiabao went to Ghana, where he signed an agreement to lend the small
West African nation about $66 million to fund a number of projects.
China has leapfrogged Ghana's traditional trading partners India and
Britain to become the West African nation's biggest foreign
(AFP, 6/17/06)(AP, 6/19/06)
2006 Jun 18, In Egypt 2
brothers who led a gang that held more than 100 people hostage two
years ago were hanged in Alexandria.
2006 Jun 18, Gunmen seized 10
workers from a bakery in a predominantly Shiite neighborhood in
Baghdad, while a car bomb exploded near a university in the northern
city of Mosul, killing a woman and wounding 19 other people.
2006 Jun 18, Lt. Col. Omar
el-Heib (43), a high-ranking Israeli Arab army officer, was
sentenced to 15 years in prison for passing military secrets to one
of Israel's most bitter enemies in exchange for money and drugs. He
denied spying for Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon, and accused the
military court in Tel Aviv of racism after the sentence was handed
down. El-Heib was gravely wounded by a Hezbollah roadside bombing
while serving in Lebanon in 1996. Surgeons had to remove one of his
eyes. The injuries left him partially paralyzed and with shards of
metal still lodged in his head.
2006 Jun 18, In the Himalayan
region of Indian Kashmir at least 23 people were killed and an equal
number hurt when a truck filled with workers plunged into a gorge.
2006 Jun 18, Kazakhstan
launched its first satellite into orbit.
(SFC, 6/19/06, p.A3)
2006 Jun 18, Pakistani troops
battling an insurgent attack on a military post killed two suspected
militants in a northwestern tribal region.
2006 Jun 18, Thousands of
Palestinian government workers who have been living without salaries
for nearly four months received food packets from the UN.
2006 Jun 18, Slovakia's leftist
Smer party promised a radical break with economic reforms on after
winning an election that showed voters' fatigue with the tough
changes made during eight years of center-right rule.
2006 Jun 18, Catalans went to
the polls in a referendum on giving their region increased autonomy,
in a crucial test for Spanish PM Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero as he
seeks to rally support for peace talks with Basque separatists.
Catalan voters overwhelmingly approved a blueprint that some fear
could leave Spain's government cash-strapped and powerless.
2006 Jun 18, In northern Sri
Lanka a mine blast blamed on Tamil Tigers rebels killed 3 police.
2006 Jun 18, In eastern Turkey
a bomb explosion on a railway track destroyed eight carriages of a
2006 Jun 18, In Turkmenistan
authorities arrested Ogulsapar Muradova, a reporter affiliated with
Bulgaria-based Turkmenistan Helsinki Foundation and Radio Free
Europe/Radio Liberty, funded by the US. They detained her three
adult children the next day. Muradova and two other rights
defenders, Amankurban Amanklychev and Sapardurdy Khajiyev, were
sentenced from six to seven years. In September Muradova died while
(AP, 6/22/06)(AP, 9/15/06)
2007 Jun 18, US Supreme Court
justices ruled 9-0 that car passengers have the same right as
drivers to challenge the legality of police stops of vehicles in
which they are riding.
(WSJ, 6/19/07, p.A1)
2007 Jun 18, NYC officials
detailed an experimental anti-poverty program whereby poor residents
will be rewarded for good behavior, like $300 for doing well on
school tests, $150 for holding a job and $200 for visiting the
2007 Jun 18, In California a
citizen’s commission, appointed by the governor, voted to raise the
compensation of legislators and most constitutional officers by
(SFC, 6/19/07, p.B1)
2007 Jun 18, Yahoo Inc.
Chairman Terry Semel ended his six-year tenure as chief executive
officer, handing over the reins to co-founder Jerry Yang.
(SFC, 6/19/07, p.A1)(AP, 6/18/08)
2007 Jun 18, In Florida Avion
Lawson (14) and Nathan Walker (16) were among a group of about 10
masked suspects who forced their way into a woman's apartment in a
crime-ridden housing project. The 2 teenagers were later accused of
gang raping the woman and forcing her son (12) to join in the
attack, then beating him and pouring cleaning solution into his
2007 Jun 18, Torrential
overnight rainfall flooded a handful of North Texas towns killing at
least 4. People and their pets were stranded on the roofs of their
homes awaiting rescue.
(AP, 6/18/07)(WSJ, 6/19/07, p.A1)
2007 Jun 18, In Charleston, SC,
a fire swept through a furniture warehouse, collapsing the
building's roof and claiming the lives of nine firefighters.
2007 Jun 18, In Utah an
11-year-old boy was dragged from a tent and killed by a black bear
in American Fork Canyon.
(SFC, 6/19/07, p.A2)
2007 Jun 18, In Berkeley, Ca.,
Kevin Morrissey (51), overwhelmed by financial worries, shot and
killed his wife and 2 children in Tilden Park.
(SFC, 6/20/07, p.A1)
2007 Jun 18, Hank Medress (68),
singer, died in Manhattan of lung cancer. His vocals with the doo
wop group the Tokens helped propel their irrepressible single "The
Lion Sleeps Tonight" to the top of the charts in 1961. He also
produced hits with other groups.
2007 Jun 18, Afghan insurgents
said they had captured mountainous Myanishen district in the
southern province of Kandahar.
2007 Jun 18, Afghan officials
said more than 100 people, including militants, civilians and
police, have died in three days of fierce clashes between NATO
forces and Taliban fighters in southern Afghanistan. Insurgents said
they had captured mountainous Myanishen district in the southern
province of Kandahar.
(AP, 6/18/07)(AFP, 6/19/07)
2007 Jun 18, In Australia a
good Samaritan who tried to rescue a woman being dragged by her hair
on a busy Melbourne street was shot dead and two other people were
wounded when her attacker opened fire. On June 20 a Hells Angel
biker was charged with the murder after surrendering to authorities.
(AFP, 6/18/07)(AFP, 6/20/07)
2007 Jun 18, Canada introduced
a no-fly list to ground potential air passengers "who may pose an
immediate threat to aviation security" and tried to play down
concerns that the list could be abused.
2007 Jun 18, Researchers
reported that the first skull of the earliest known ancestor of the
giant panda has been discovered in China and estimated to be at
least 2 million years old. The animal, formally known as Ailuropoda
microta, or "pygmy giant panda," would have been about 3 feet long,
compared to the modern giant panda, which averages in excess of five
2007 Jun 18, In Colombia 11
kidnapped former state lawmakers held hostage for five years were
killed after a military attack on the jungle camp where they were
being kept. The Web site of the left-wing news agency ANNCOL carried
the statement on June 28.
2007 Jun 18, Vilma Espin
Guillois (77), a guerrilla warrior and women's rights pioneer, died.
She was the first lady of the Cuban revolution and wife of acting
Pres. Raul Castro.
2007 Jun 18, The Gulf emirate
of Dubai announced it had bought the Queen Elizabeth 2, one of the
world's most majestic cruise liners, and planned to turn it into a
luxury floating hotel.
2007 Jun 18, In eastern Germany
a bus veered off a highway and fell into a roadside ditch, killing
13 people and injuring about 30.
2007 Jun 18, Authorities said
British police, with aid from US investigators, have shattered a
global Internet pedophile ring, rescuing 31 children and rounding up
more than 700 suspects worldwide.
2007 Jun 18, In France Airbus
racked up a series of big orders at the opening of the Paris Air
Show. Airbus announced that it had booked firm orders or letters of
intent to order for 339 aircraft, a record figure, for a value of
45.7 billion dollars (34.1 billion euros) at catalogue prices.
(AP, 6/18/07)(AFP, 6/19/07)
2007 Jun 18, Officials said 2
high schools in Mumbai have banned pupils from holding hands,
kissing or touching on campus, warning that they will face
disciplinary action if caught.
2007 Jun 18, Iraqi and US
forces began major military operations to the north and south of
Baghdad. PM Nouri al-Maliki fired the Basra police chief over his
force's failure to stop weekend attacks on Sunni mosques in Iraq's
second-largest city. In southern Baghdad, two parked car bombs
exploded near a gas station, killing at least seven people lined up
to buy fuel. Gunmen nearby ambushed an Interior Ministry convoy,
killing an Iraqi colonel and his two guards. 4 civilians were killed
and 13 injured when a parked car bomb ripped through a busy
vegetable market in Fallujah. At least 20 people were killed by
coalition airstrikes in Amarah. Iraqi officials said 36 people died
in fighting that erupted as British and Iraqi forces conducted
house-to-house searches in Nasiriyah. Sectarian fighting killed 111
people. One American soldier was killed by small arms fire in
(AP, 6/18/07)(AP, 6/19/07)(WSJ, 6/19/07, p.A1)
2007 Jun 18, Gunmen and Israeli
soldiers exchanged fire at the Erez crossing between Israel and
Gaza, killing at least one Palestinian and wounding 15.
2007 Jun 18, Japan changed the
name of the Pacific island of Iwo Jima, site of the famous World War
II battle, to its original name of Iwo To after residents there were
prodded into action by two recent Clint Eastwood movies.
2007 Jun 18, Fierce fighting
erupted at a besieged Palestinian refugee camp as Lebanese troops
resumed bombardment of al-Qaida-inspired militants barricaded
inside. Three Lebanese soldiers were killed.
2007 Jun 18, Nigeria's main
labor organizations said they had called a general strike for June
20, two days later than originally planned, threatening key oil
2007 Jun 18, Pakistan demanded
that Britain withdraw a knighthood awarded to author Salman Rushdie,
as a government minister said the honor gave a justification for
suicide attacks by Muslims.
2007 Jun 18, In Mogadishu,
Somalia, a roadside bomb hidden in a pile of garbage exploded,
killing two children and wounding 3 other people just minutes after
security officials drove by.
2008 Jun 18, The US Government
Accountability Office (GAO) upheld Boeing’s protest of a refueling
tanker contract and recommended a new competition.
(SFC, 6/19/08, p.A8)
2008 Jun 18, US food safety
officials said 383 people in 30 states have fallen ill in a
Salmonella outbreak linked to certain types of tomatoes.
2008 Jun 18, In Illinois Jeff
Pelo (43), a former Bloomington police sergeant, was found guilty on
35 counts, including 25 of aggravated sexual assault from 2002-2005.
(SFC, 6/19/08, p.A6)
2008 Jun 18, Floodwaters
breached two levees in western Illinois and threatened more
Mississippi River towns in Missouri after inundating much of Iowa
for the past week. One official estimated up to 47 square miles
could be flooded.
2008 Jun 18, Tasha Tudor
(b.1915), American children’s book illustrator, died in Vermont.
2008 Jun 18, Afghan and
Canadian forces moved into villages outside Kandahar to root out
Taliban militants, killing at least 36 insurgents.
2008 Jun 18, An Australian
government minister warned a drought crisis needed urgent attention
or a crucial river system could suffer permanent ecological damage
2008 Jun 18, In Belgium
hundreds of farmers, truckers and taxi drivers blocked roads in and
around Brussels on the eve of an EU summit to push leaders for help
coping with skyrocketing fuel prices.
2008 Jun 18, A military
official said Chad’s army has killed 161 rebels in a battle in the
eastern part of the country.
(SFC, 6/19/08, p.A17)
2008 Jun 18, China and Japan
agreed to end a dispute over control of offshore natural gas fields
and to jointly develop the fields in the East China Sea.
(SFC, 6/19/08, p.A12)
2008 Jun 18, The European
Parliament approved controversial new rules for expelling illegal
immigrants from the bloc, overcoming opposition from left-leaning
lawmakers and ignoring protests from human rights activists.
2008 Jun 18, A European Union
delegation met Fiji's coup leader Voreqe Bainimarama, seeking
assurances that he will stick to a pledge to hold elections to
restore democracy by March 2009.
2008 Jun 18, Classic French
filmmaker Jean Delannoy (100), who adapted novels by Victor Hugo and
Andre Gide and won the Cannes Film Festival's top prize in 1946,
2008 Jun 18, Leaders of one of
India's lower castes reached an agreement with the government of a
western Indian state, ending weeks of often violent protests. In
eastern India officials said monsoon floods that have killed at
least 29 people in the past week.
2008 Jun 18, Israel and Hamas
pledged to start a cease-fire June 19 in a bid to end a year of
fighting that has killed more than 400 Palestinians and seven
Israelis. The deal came as Israel also urged Lebanon to open peace
2008 Jun 18, Italian police
arrested 33 Sri Lankan Tamils charged with belonging to the outlawed
Tamil Tigers group fighting a separatist insurgency against the
government in Colombo. In addition to being charged with membership
of a proscribed organization, the 33 were also accused of having
helped finance the Tamil Tigers through remittances.
2008 Jun 18, Latvian PM Ivars
Godmanis suffered serious head injuries in a road accident in the
center of the capital while traveling in a car with a siren on.
2008 Jun 18, The Lithuanian
parliament approved a law prohibiting the public display of Nazi and
Soviet symbols, including portraits of Nazi and Soviet leaders,
flags, hammer and sickle, swastikas, military symbols, uniforms, and
playing the Nazi or Soviet anthems.
2008 Jun 18, A party in
Malaysia's 14-party ruling coalition called for a vote of no
confidence against the prime minister, in a serious blow to the
2008 Jun 18, Food manufacturers
promised Mexico's government that they would freeze prices on more
than 150 food products to help families cope with rising costs.
2008 Jun 18, Witold
Waszczykowski, the chief Polish negotiator on missile defense with
the United States, said Washington has been talking with Lithuania
about basing part of a missile defense system in that country in
case negotiations with Poland break down.
2008 Jun 18, Sweden's
Parliament narrowly approved a contentious law that gives
authorities sweeping powers to eavesdrop on all e-mail and telephone
traffic that crosses the Nordic nation's borders. Outrage over the
statute soon led to 2 million protests, filed by e-mail. In
September the government approved 15 changes following the
(AP, 6/18/08)(AP, 7/2/08)(SFC, 9/26/08, p.A4)
2008 Jun 18, Thousands of
demonstrators accused the Thai government of yielding a disputed
border region with an ancient temple to Cambodia, the latest trouble
for the embattled prime minister who has been facing daily protests
calling for his resignation.
2008 Jun 18, Venezuela's
national electoral council dealt a setback to President Hugo
Chavez's foes by tentatively accepting a blacklist barring nearly
400 potential candidates, most from the opposition. Venezuela's
government started posting National Guard troops on buses to try to
prevent violent crime.
(AP, 6/18/08)(AP, 6/19/08)
2008 Jun 18, The UN said up to
5 million people could go hungry in Zimbabwe next year due to a
steady drop in food production coupled with the world's highest rate
2009 Jun 18, The US Supreme
Court ruled 5-4 that William Osborne, a prisoner convicted in Alaska
in 1994, has no constitutional right to DNA testing to prove his
innocence. In April 2008, a three-judge panel of US Court of Appeals
for the Ninth Circuit had held that Osborne should be allowed to
obtain new DNA tests. The court said that it is up to the
states and Congress to decide such rights.
(SFC, 6/19/09, p.A7)(Econ, 8/1/09,
2009 Jun 18, An Alabama state
judge ordered former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy to pay nearly
$2.9 billion to shareholders who sued over a massive accounting
fraud that nearly sent the rehabilitation chain into bankruptcy.
2009 Jun 18, In a replay of the
nation's only file-sharing case to go to trial a federal jury ruled
that Jammie Thomas-Rasset (32) of Minnesota willfully violated the
copyrights on 24 songs, and awarded recording companies $1.92
million, or $80,000 per song. The new trial was ordered after the
judge in the case decided he had erred in giving jury instructions.
Thomas-Rasset's second trial actually turned out worse for her. When
a different federal jury heard her case in 2007, it hit
Thomas-Rasset with a $222,000 judgment.
2009 Jun 18, NASA launched its
Lunar Crater Observation and sensing Satellite (LCROSS). The Mission
Objectives LCROSS included confirming the presence or absence of
water ice in a permanently shadowed crater at the Moon’s South Pole.
2009 Jun 18, Ali Akbar Khan
(87), Indian-born master of the 25-string Sarod, died at his home in
San Anselmo, Ca.
(SFC, 6/20/09, p.B3)
2009 Jun 18, In southern
Afghanistan a bomb strapped to a parked bicycle exploded near a
construction office in Kandahar city, killing one employee and a
child about 11 years old. Afghan and International forces killed 16
Taliban militants in a gunbattle in Uruzgan province. One police
officer also died in the fighting.
(AP, 6/18/09)(AP, 6/19/09)
2009 Jun 18, The Bank of
Scotland said Fred Goodwin, its disgraced former boss, has agreed to
take a 40% pension cut, after widespread pressure to do so. He will
see his annual pension reduced to 342,500 pounds from 555,000
pounds. The agreement was condemned by trade unions who said it did
not go far enough.
2009 Jun 18, In northern
Albania an explosive device killed Aleksander Keka (34), a
conservative regional leader of Albania's opposition Christian
Democratic Party, as he drove near Shkodra, 10 days ahead of the
country's parliamentary election.
2009 Jun 18, A study by an
environmental group said pollution in the Mekong River is putting
the rare Irrawaddy dolphin in danger of disappearing from Cambodia
2009 Jun 18, Canadian officials
said about 70,000 harbor seals were killed in this year’s hunt out
of a commercial quota of 273,000 animals. The 7-month hunt had ended
earlier this week.
(SFC, 6/19/09, p.A2)
2009 Jun 18, China's Internet
watchdog condemned the Chinese-language version of Google for
"disseminating pornographic and vulgar information."
2009 Jun 18, China angrily
denounced the recent approval by the Asian Development Bank of a
2.9-billion-dollar funding plan for India, saying the scheme
encroached on a territorial dispute between the Asian giants. China
was particularly concerned about a 60-million-dollar watershed
protection project in the Arunachal Pradesh region, where much of
China and India's territorial dispute is centered.
2009 Jun 18, In Haiti a
confrontation between UN peacekeepers and mourners for Rev. Gerard
Jean-Juste, a popular priest allied with former President
Jean-Bertrand Aristide, left one person dead. A video showed
marchers throwing rocks at UN soldiers, who periodically turned and
fired their assault rifles into the air.
2009 Jun 18, In Iran supporters
of Mir Hossein Mousavi for a 4th straight day rallied in the streets
of Tehran over the disputed presidential election, answering the
opposition leader's call to turn out dressed in black to mourn
demonstrators killed in clashes.
2009 Jun 18, In Iraq a special
committee set up by PM al-Maliki began an investigation into
allegations of widespread abuse and torture in Iraq's prisons, which
is threatening to become a major issue ahead of Jan. 30 national
elections. Four bodies bearing signs of gunshot wounds were found in
Baghdad’s Sadr city. Lawmakers loyal to Shiite cleric Muqtada
al-Sadr later claimed that men appearing to be Iraqi soldiers had
stormed two houses in Sadr City and arrested four men, whose bodies
were found the next day.
2009 Jun 18, Mexico levied
organized crime and drug charges against seven mayors, the former
state attorney general and 19 other officials in the western state
of Michoacan for allegedly aiding a drug cartel.
2009 Jun 18, Nigeria's main
militant group said it had destroyed a major crude oil pipeline
belonging to Royal Dutch Shell as it fights a campaign against
foreign oil companies.
2009 Jun 18, In northwestern
Pakistan suspected US missile strikes pounded the hide-outs of
Taliban commander Malang Wazir, killing at least eight people.
2009 Jun 18, In Peru a top
Indian leader called for an end to protests that left dozens dead in
the Amazon region after Congress revoked two decrees that indigenous
groups said would spur oil and gas exploitation and other
development on their ancestral lands.
2009 Jun 18, In western Somalia
a suicide bombing killed at least 25 people including National
Security Minister Omar Hashi Aden at the Medina Hotel in Belet
Weyne. Al-Shabab, an extremist group with alleged links to the
al-Qaida terror network, claimed responsibility.
(AP, 6/18/09)(AP, 7/26/09)
2009 Jun 18, Thailand security
forces killed four suspected Muslim militants in a gunbattle in
southern Yala province.
2010 Jun 18, In Connecticut
Eddie Perez, the fist Latino mayor of Hartford, announced that he
would step down after being convicted of 5 corruption charges.
(SFC, 6/19/10, p.A4)
2010 Jun 18, It was reported
that Marc Benioff, founder of Salesforce.com, has given UC San
Francisco $100 million to build a children’s hospital in the UCSF
Mission Bay campus. The $1.5 billion complex was scheduled for
completion in 2014.
(SFC, 6/18/10, p.C1)
2010 Jun 18, Gold for August
delivery rose at a record level of $1258.30 and ounce. It had hit
$1263.70 an ounce earlier in the day.
(SFC, 6/19/10, p.D6)
2010 Jun 18, In Utah death row
inmate Ronnie Lee Gardner (49), who had used a gun to fatally shoot
two men, suffered the same fate as he was executed by a team of
marksmen, the first time Utah used the firing squad to carry out a
death sentence in 14 years.
2010 Jun 18, NATO said 2
Americans have died in southern Afghanistan where militants have
stepped up their attacks as NATO and Afghan forces ramp up security
in Taliban strongholds.
2010 Jun 18-2010 Jun 19, A
firefight between Armenia and Azerbaijan left 5 people dead in
2010 Jun 18, Finnish PM Matti
Vanhanen resigned to allow the ruling Center Party's new leader,
Mari Kiviniemi (41) to succeed him as the head of the country's
(AP, 6/18/10)(SFC, 6/19/10, p.A2)
2010 Jun 18, In Haiti UN and
Haitian police raided a crowded earthquake survivor camp to capture
30 criminal suspects in the biggest law-enforcement operation since
the Jan. 12 earthquake.
2010 Jun 18, India handed over
to Pakistan a new dossier of evidence related to the November 2008
Mumbai attacks, ahead of talks next week between top foreign
2010 Jun 18, In Iraq at least 5
people were killed and more than 40 wounded in a car bombing in Tuz
Khormato, a mainly Shiite Turkomen town, 210 km north of Baghdad.
2010 Jun 18, In Italy Pierino
Gelmini (85), a politically connected former priest, was indicted on
charges he sexually molested 12 young men who were being treated at
the drug rehabilitation center he founded in Italy.
2010 Jun 18, Kyrgyzstan's
interim Pres. Roza Otunbayeva said that 2,000 people may have died
in the ethnic clashes that have rocked the country's south, many
times her government's official estimate, as she made her first
visit to a riot-hit city since the unrest erupted.
2010 Jun 18, In Mexico police
in Cancun found 12 decomposing bodies in four caverns and were
searching for more cadavers in violence blamed on drug gangs in the
resort city. 11 Mexican soldiers died in the crash of a military
helicopter carrying troops for anti-drug missions.
(AP, 6/19/10)(AP, 6/19/10)
2010 Jun 18, Myanmar state
media reported that days of flooding and landslides caused by
monsoon downpours have killed 57 people in its northwest.
2010 Jun 18, North Korea
cancelled a scheduled World Cup press conference, just hours after
being confronted by rumors that four of their players had defected
while in South Africa.
2010 Jun 18, Jose Saramago
(b.1922), 1998 Nobel-winning Portuguese writer, died at his home in
the Canary Islands. His 1992 novel “The Gospel According to Jesus
Christ" was condemned by Portugal’s ministry of culture as
heretical. He accused the government of censorship and moved to the
(SFC, 6/19/10, p.C6)(Econ, 7/10/10, p.83)
2010 Jun 18, Romania's finance
ministry said the cash-strapped government is asking for donations
to a solidarity fund set up to boost budget revenues and cushion the
impact of the economic crisis.
2010 Jun 18, In Somalia
witnesses said five government soldiers, four fighters from an
al-Qaida-linked group and three civilians died during the one-hour
battle in Mogadishu.
2010 Jun 18, A South Korean Air
Force fighter jet crashed into the sea after a training mission and
its two pilots were killed.
2010 Jun 18, In western Sudan
50 people were killed as rival Arab tribes clashed for the third
time this month in the Darfur region.
2010 Jun 18, Turkey's military
said it killed as many as 120 Kurdish rebels in an air raid on rebel
hideouts in northern Iraq last month and a daylong incursion by
elite commandos into Iraq this week. Maj. Gen. Fahri Kir said
another 30 Kurdish rebels were killed inside Turkey since March in
anti-rebel operations. He said the Turkish losses were 43 in the
2010 Jun 18, The UN said a
recent measles outbreak in eastern and southern Africa has killed
more than 700 people, threatening to reverse gains made over several
years to stem the disease.
2010 Jun 18, Venezuela called
on Interpol for the capture of Guillermo Zuloaga (67), a government
opponent who owns a critical television channel, who recently fled
the country after authorities sought to arrest him. Authorities
believed Zuloaga was in Miami, along with Nelson Mezerhane, who owns
a minority stake in Globovision.
2010 Jun 18, Parts of Zimbabwe
and most of neighboring Zambia suffered a massive blackout for about
10 hours, as a fault crippled the hydro-electric dam that supplies
most of the countries' power.
2011 Jul 18, Borders bookstore
chain, the 2nd largest in the US, announced that it was going into
liquidation. It once had over 600 stores and 399 were left following
Chapter 11 in February.
(SFC, 7/19/11, p.D1)
2011 Jun 18, In Alabama Heather
Carroll gave birth to 5 girls and one boy at Brookwood Medical
Center in Birmingham.
(SFC, 6/20/11, p.A5)
2011 Jun 18, In Portland,
Oregon, thousands of naked bicyclists gathered near the city's
waterfront for a clothing-free night ride. Since the World Naked
Bike Ride started in 2004, only four other cities -- San Francisco,
Seattle, and Boulder and Black Rock City in Colorado -- have
celebrated it every year.
2011 Jun 18, A Cessna 210
crashed down near the Westchester County Airport, NY. The victims
were identified as Keith Weiner, the 63-year-old pilot; his wife,
Lisa Weiner (51), their daughter Isabel (14) and her friend, Lucy
2011 Jun 18, A five-hour
computer outage virtually shut down United Airlines Friday night and
early Saturday, a stark reminder of how dependent airlines have
become on technology.
2011 Jun 18, The death toll
from the May 22 tornado in Joplin, Missouri, rose to 154 with the
passing of an injured man.
(SSFC, 6/19/11, p.A8)
2011 Jun 18, In Warrington,
Pa., Christopher Moyer killed his wife, Irina (39), and their son
(7) and then committed suicide on a set of train tracks. Financial
problems were suspected.
(SSFC, 6/19/11, p.A8)
2011 Jun 18, Clarence Clemons
(69), the larger-than-life saxophone player for the E Street Band,
died following a stroke at his home in Singer Island, Fla. He was
one of the key influences in Bruce Springsteen's life and music
through four decades.
2011 Jun 18, Yelena Bonner
(b.1923), Russian rights activist and widow of Nobel Peace Prize
winner Andrei Sakharov, died in Boston.
(SFC, 6/20/11, p.C3)
2011 Jun 18, In Afghanistan
insurgents targeted a police station in a suicide attack in Kabul,
killing nine people, including five civilians, before they were
eventually gunned down. 8 NATO service members were killed. Four
died in fighting in the south and east, while another four died in a
vehicle accident in the south.
2011 Jun 18, Brazilian
demonstrators held marches on the weekend calling for marijuana to
be legalized after the country's top court ruled the gatherings
could go ahead in the name of freedom of speech.
2011 Jun 18, In Bulgaria nearly
1,000 marchers joined the fourth gay pride rally in Sofia. Gay pride
rallies were also held in Croatia and Hungary. Hundreds of police
were on duty to protect the marchers following calls by extremist
groups to stop the demonstrations.
2011 Jun 18, China’s official
media said floods and lightning killed at least eight people as
heavy rains pounded southern China, destroying homes and blocking
2011 Jul 18, Former Croatian PM
Ivo Sanader was extradited home from Austria to face charges of
(SFC, 7/19/11, p.A2)
2011 Jun 18, In Greece several
thousand pro-Communist union members marched through Athens to
protests the government’s austerity measures.
(SSFC, 6/19/11, p.A5)
2011 Jun 18, Iran's hardline
press watchdog allowed the reformist Etemad newspaper to return to
the newsstands after a 15-month ban on the leading daily. A
convicted rapist was hanged in the southern city of Shahrekord.
2011 Jun 18, Japan’s Tokyo
Electric Power Co. halted an operation to clean highly contaminated
waste water at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi facility due to
higher-than-expected radiation levels.
2011 Jun 18, Libya's rebel oil
chief accused the West of failing to keep up its promises to deliver
urgent financial aid, saying his authority had now run out of cash
completely after months of fighting. Fighting between forces loyal
to Libya's Muammar Gaddafi and rebels trying to close in on his
territory killed at least eight rebels near the northwestern city of
2011 Jun 18, Mexican
authorities said the bodies of nine victims of suspected drug
violence have turned up in the western state of Michoacan. A group
calling itself the Knights Templar left messages claiming
responsibility for the killings.
2011 Jun 18, Mexican
authorities said the bodies of nine victims of suspected drug
violence have turned up in the western state of Michoacan. A group
calling itself the Knights Templar left messages claiming
responsibility for the killings. Gunmen stormed a bar in Monterrey
and "executed three people," wounded another, and kidnapped a
security guard at the bar who was later found dead.
(AP, 6/18/11)(AFP, 6/19/11)
2011 Jun 18, Morocco's
youth-based February 20 Movement rejected constitutional reforms
proposed by King Mohammed VI, calling for nationwide protests.
2011 Jun 18, Nigerian police
uncovered 20 corpses hidden in a tunnel in the southeastern town of
Onitsha, and suspect they were victims of armed robbers.
2011 Jun 18, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb targeting security forces killed a passer-by in the
country's southwest. 4 security officers and 4 civilians were also
wounded in the attack in the town of Panjgore. Pakistan’s army
launched an air and ground assault against a militant stronghold in
Mohmand tribal agency and killed 25, while the rest fled across the
border into eastern Afghanistan.
(AP, 6/18/11)(Reuters, 6/19/11)
2011 Jun 18, In Pakistan men
wearing police uniforms beat Waqar Kiani (32), a Pakistani
journalist working for the British Guardian newspaper, five days
after he published an account of abduction and torture by suspected
Pakistani intelligence agents. On June 16 the Guardian revealed that
Kiani was abducted from Islamabad in July 2008, blindfolded and
taken to a safe house where interrogators beat him and burned him
with cigarettes. They released him 15 hours later and warned him
they would rape his wife if he told anyone.
2011 Jun 18, In Pakistan Sohana
Jawed (9) was kidnapped near her home in Peshawar and forced to wear
a suicide vest. She escaped at a checkpoint outside TimerGarah.
(SFC, 6/21/11, p.A3)
2011 Jun 18, Saudi Arabia
beheaded Ruyati binti Satubi (54), an Indonesian grandmother, for
killing an allegedly abusive Saudi employer. In response Indonesia
later enacted a moratorium on labor exports to Saudi Arabia
effective August 1.
(SFC, 8/10/11, p.A3)(http://tinyurl.com/3wvhbpm)
2011 Jun 18, A Somali court
sentenced 3 British nationals, an American and 2 Kenyans to at least
10 years in prison each for bringing millions of dollars intended
for pirate ransom into the country. Discussions were underway to
overturn the sentences.
(SSFC, 6/19/11, p.A4)
2011 Jun 18, Syrian troops
backed by tanks and firing heavy machine guns swept into a village
near the Turkish border, the latest in a series of intensified army
operations in the northwest where there have been heavy clashes
between loyalist troops and defectors. The number of Syrians who
have taken refuge in Turkey to escape bloody unrest in their country
increased to about 10,100. At least 19 unarmed people were killed in
the day’s violence.
(AP, 6/18/11)(AFP, 6/18/11)(SFC, 6/18/11, p.A3)
2011 Jun 18, In Venezuela
gunfire rang out at the El Rodeo I prison for a 2nd day as troops
sought to regain control in battles that have left at least 3 dead
and 18 wounded.
2011 Jun 18, In Zambia
Frederick Chiluba (68), a former president (1991-2001), died.
2012 Jun 18, Rodney Hailey of
Maryland faced trial in a $9.1 million fraud case for selling
renewable fuel credits even though his company did not produce any
(SFC, 6/18/12, p.A5)
2012 Jun 18, Microsoft unveiled
Surface, its new tablet computer that will showcase the Windows 8
operating system due to be rolled out this autumn.
(Econ, 6/23/12, p.66)
2012 Jun 18, In southern
Afghanistan individuals dressed in Afghan police uniforms turned
their guns on their US partners, leaving one American service member
dead and nine other US troops injured.
2012 Jun 18, Australia
archaeologist Bryce Barker said he has found the oldest piece of
rock art in Australia and one of the oldest in the world: an
Aboriginal work created 28,000 years ago in the Northern Territory
rock shelter known as Nawarla Gabarnmang.
2012 Jun 18, Rolls-Royce said
it has won a contract worth more than £1.0 billion to power
Britain's next-generation nuclear submarines.
2012 Jun 18, Three Chinese
astronauts entered an orbiting module for the first time, in a key
step towards the nation's first space station.
2012 Jun 18, In Egypt Ahmed
Shafiq angrily dismissed claims of victory by his rival Mohammed
Mursi, accusing the Muslim Brotherhood candidate of using false
figures. Official results were not expected until June 21.
2012 Jun 18, An Ethiopian
security officer with the United Nations faced up to 10 years in
jail after a court in Addis Ababa found him guilty of "participating
in a terrorist organization." Abdurahman Sheikh Hassan was charged
last July with having links to the Ogaden National Liberation Front
(ONLF), a secessionist rebel group. On June 22 Hassan was sentenced
to seven years and eight months in prison.
(AFP, 6/18/12)(AFP, 6/22/12)
2012 Jun 18, Human Rights Watch
said Ethiopia is forcing thousands of people from their land in the
southern Omo valley to make way for sugar plantations. Between 5,000
and 10,000 people were estimated to have been displaced. The
government denied the charge and said any relocation in the area is
2012 Jun 18, European leaders
at the G20 summit in Mexico struggled to reassure the world that
they were on the path to solving their continent's relentless
economic crisis. Bosses of more than 300 large companies gathered at
the same resort for the 4th summit of the B20. Their goal was to
persuade governments to be more business friendly.
(AP, 6/18/12)(Econ, 6/9/12, p.72)
2012 Jun 18, French President
Francois Hollande's Socialist government formally resigned after the
legislative elections. He immediately re-appointed Jean-Marc Ayrault
as prime minister and asked him to form a new government, which was
expected to be nearly identical to the outgoing cabinet.
2012 Jun 18, Greek conservative
leader Antonis Samaras launched coalition talks after coming first
in a vote that follow weeks of uncertainty over whether the
debt-crippled country could remain in the joint euro currency.
2012 Jun 18, In western India
marble miner Ogad Singh upset over his 20-year-old daughter's
lifestyle chopped her head off with a sword and then paraded it
through his Rajasthani village of Dungarji before surrendering to
2012 Jun 18, In Indonesia 2
tribesmen were killed when rival groups armed with bows and arrows
clashed in Indonesia's restive Papua province.
2012 Jun 18, Iran and six world
powers sought elusive common ground in talks in Moscow meant to
reduce tensions over Tehran's nuclear activities that both sides see
as crucial to their interests but which are stalled by reluctance to
commit to each other's demands.
2012 Jun 18, In Iraq a suicide
bomber detonated his explosive belt in funeral tent packed with
mourners for a Shiite tribal leader in Baqouba, killing 22 people in
what officials described as an al-Qaida attempt to reignite
2012 Jun 18, Israel carried out
air strikes on northern Gaza, killing four Palestinians in two
sorties over Beit Hanun. Three other people were also wounded. Hours
earlier a group of militants, who sneaked across the Egyptian
border, killed an Israeli civilian sparking a firefight which left
at least two gunmen dead.
(AFP, 6/18/12)(AFP, 6/19/12)
2012 Jun 18, In Lebanon 2
Palestinians were killed in clashes with the army at refugee camps
that also left several people wounded, including soldiers.
2012 Jun 18, In Malawi a boat
carrying about 60 illegal immigrants from Ethiopia capsized on Lake
Malawi. All aboard were feared drowned.
2012 Jun 18, Mali's Ansar Dine
Islamist group, which took over the country's north with Tuareg
rebels, agreed to enter a negotiation process brokered by Burkina
2012 Jun 18, In northeastern
Nigeria gunfire broke out in Damaturu and caused casualties, but
that the streets were too dangerous for rescue workers to move
2012 Jun 18, In Pakistan a car
bomb tore into a university bus on the outskirts of Quetta, killing
4 people and wounding more than 40 others. It carried a majority of
2012 Jun 18, Rwanda officially
closed the "gacaca" community courts, the controversial tribunals
both credited with easing tensions and criticized for possible
miscarriages of justice. Since being set up in 2001 the tribunals
have tried nearly two million people, convicting 65 percent of them.
2012 Jun 18, Saudi Arabia’s
Defense Minister Prince Salman bin Abdul-Aziz (76), a half brother
to the king, was named the country’s new crown prince.
(SFC, 6/19/12, p.A2)
2012 Jun 18, In Sudan
anti-regime protesters clashed with police in Khartoum, as President
Omar al-Bashir announced a raft of austerity measures aimed at
propping up the country's ailing finances.
2012 Jun 18, Syrian forces
renewed shelling of the central city of Homs. The Observatory later
said 94 people were killed today across the country.
(AP, 6/18/12)(AFP, 6/24/12)
2012 Jun 18, In Yemen a suicide
bomber assassinated Maj. Gen. Salem Ali al-Quton (Qoton), the army
commander who led the fight against al-Qaida in the country's south.
(AP, 6/18/12)(AFP, 6/18/12)
2013 Jun 18, US oil giant
Chevron said it has signed a deal with Iraq's Kurdish regional
government to expand its oil exploration territory in the northern
2013 Jun 18, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai announced at a ceremony that his country's armed forces
are taking over the lead for security nationwide from the US-led
NATO coalition. A botched bomb attack against an Afghan politician
in another part of Kabul killed 3 civilians. 5 Afghan police
officers were killed at a security outpost in Helmand province by
apparent Taliban infiltrators. Insurgents fired two rockets into the
Bagram Air Base. 4 US troops were killed. The Taliban claimed
responsibility the next day.
(AP, 6/18/13)(AP, 6/19/13)
2013 Jun 18, Taliban spokesman
Zabiullah Mujahid said the group will open a political office in
Qatar to try to find a political solution to the war in Afghanistan.
2013 Jun 18, In Brazil some
50,000 protesters energetically returned this evening to the streets
Sao Paulo, a demonstration of anger toward what they call a corrupt
and inefficient government that has long ignored the demands of a
growing middle class.
2013 Jun 18, Ballet dancer
David Wall (67), known for becoming the youngest male principal at
the Royal Ballet at the age of 21, died of cancer at his home in
2013 Jun 18, It was reported
that Chile’s Supreme Court authorized the extradition of
ex-Argentine judge Otilio Ireneo Roque Romano. He had escaped
Argentina to avoid trial in 103 cases of crimes against humanity
during Argentina’s years of military dictatorship (1976-1983).
(SSFC, 6/23/13, p.A4)
2013 Jun 18, Vincent Clerc of
the Copenhagen-based company's shipping unit said MSC Mediterranean
Shipping Company S.A. and CMA CGM of France, the world's three
biggest shipping container operators, will form the P3 alliance with
2013 Jun 18, In Egypt clashes
erupted in the Nile Delta city of Tanta between supporters and
opponents of Pres. Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood over his
appointment of new Islamist governors, some in areas where opponents
2013 Jun 18, State TV channels
in Greece remained off-air as the political storm over the future of
public broadcaster ERT raged on.
2013 Jun 18, Hungarian
prosecutors indicted Laszlo Csatary (98), a former police officer,
for abusing Jews and assisting in their deportation to Nazi death
camps during World War II. They said Csatary was the chief of an
internment camp for 12,000 Jews at a brick factory in Kosice — a
Slovak city then part of Hungary — in May 1944, and that he beat
them with his bare hands and a dog whip.
2013 Jun 18, In Iraq two
suicide bombers targeted a Shiite mosque in Baghdad, one blowing
himself up at a nearby checkpoint while the other slipped inside
during prayers. 3 guards were killed and the blasts left 34 dead and
57 people wounded. A suicide attack killed Younis al-Rammah, a local
political leader, and four of his relatives in Ninevah.
(AP, 6/18/13)(AP, 6/19/13)(SFC, 6/19/13, p.A2)
2013 Jun 18, Israeli police
spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said residents of Abu Ghosh, an Arab town
near Jerusalem, found tires of 28 cars slashed and "Arabs out"
scrawled on a wall. Police launched an investigation to find
2013 Jun 18, Jordan's King
Abdullah II published a roayl decree endorsing a treaty with Britain
that sets the stage for the possible deportation of radical Muslim
preacher Abu Qatada.
2013 Jun 18, In Lebanon clashes
erupted between unknown gunmen and followers of Sheik Ahmad
al-Assir, a radical Sunni cleric, in an eastern suburb of the port
city of Sidon. Two people were killed. Al-Assir has threatened to
clear apartments occupied by Hezbollah supporters in the mostly
2013 Jun 18, Mali, which lost
half its territory last year to rebels, signed an accord with Tuareg
separatists who still control the country's northernmost province.
The agreement was signed in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina
Faso, where the two sides have been holding talks.
2013 Jun 18, Mexican
authorities arrested Walter Lee Williams (64), a former university
professor who was on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, in
the resort city of Playa del Carmen. He was wanted on charges of
sexual exploitation of children and traveling abroad for the purpose
of engaging in sexual acts with children.
2013 Jun 18, Nigerian officials
warned that Islamic militants have driven 19,000 rice farmers from
their land in the northeast, while a military crackdown prevented
thousands more from working their fields, raising fears of imminent
2013 Jun 18, In Northern
Ireland a G-8 initiative reflected widespread anger over the ability
of foreign companies to funnel profits to tax-friendly countries. As
part of the G-8's plans, to be developed at a G-20 summit later this
year, multinationals would be obliged to declare how much tax they
pay in each country where they operate.
2013 Jun 18, In northwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd of hundreds of
mourners attending a funeral, killing 29 people. Among those killed
was Imran Khan Mohmand, a newly-elected lawmaker, who may have been
the target in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
2013 Jun 18, Russian PM Dmitry
Medvedev said that authorities will shut down a paper mill on the
shores of Lake Baikal, which environmentalists say is a major
pollutant threatening one of the world's largest fresh water lakes.
2013 Jun 18, Syrian warplanes
bombed rebel positions the contested Kweiras military air base in
the north. Pres. Assad's forces nearby pressed ahead with an
offensive against opposition fighters in Aleppo.
2013 Jun 18, Turkey’s PM Recep
Tayyip Erdogan defended the nation's police and vowed to increase
their powers to deal with unrest. News reports said police were
carrying out raids and detaining people suspected of involvement in
violence against police. 4 protesters and one police officer have
been killed and Turkey's doctors association said an investigation
was underway into the death of a fifth protester who was exposed to
2014 Jun 18, A US military
judged arraigned Guantanamo prisoner Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi on five
war crime charges. He was captured in Turkey in October 2007.
(SFC, 6/19/14, p.A4)
2014 Jun 18, Florida executed
John Ruthell Henry (63) for the 1985 fatal stabbing of his wife and
(SFC, 6/19/14, p.A8)
2014 Jun 18, Amazon introduced
its new Fire smart phone with the ability to render images in 3-D.
It will be available July 25 in the US exclusively through AT&T.
Cost with no contract will be $650-$750.
(SFC, 6/19/14, p.C1)
2014 Jun 18, Afghan
presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah suspended relations with
the country’s election commission and called on it to halt vote
counting Wednesday in an escalation of fraud allegations threatening
to disrupt what was supposed to be the country's first peaceful
transfer of authority.
2014 Jun 18, Cuban health
authorities confirmed the country's first six cases of chikungunya
fever, a debilitating, mosquito-borne virus that is suspected of
afflicting tens of thousands across the Caribbean since its arrival
in the region last year.
2014 Jun 18, Cyprus raised 750
million euros ($1.017 million) from international markets with its
first public issue of bonds since last year's international bailout
saved it from bankruptcy.
2014 Jun 18, An Egyptian court
sentenced 12 supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi
to death on charges connected to the fatal shooting of a police
general last year.
2014 Jun 18, The Indian
government said 40 Indian construction workers have been seized near
Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul, which ISIL and allied Sunni
fighters captured last week. The Turkish Foreign Ministry said its
diplomats were investigating a Turkish media report that militants
grabbed 60 foreign construction workers, including some 15 Turks,
near the northern Iraqi oil city of Kirkuk.
2014 Jun 18, Indonesian
officials officially shut a massive prostitution complex in Surabaya
amid protests by sex workers, who said their livelihoods were being
destroyed. Tri Rismaharini, the first female mayor of Surabaya, had
pledged to close down all brothels in the city.
2014 Jun 18, An apparently
overloaded boat carrying Indonesian illegal migrants heading home
for Ramadan sank overnight in rough seas off western Malaysia. 27
people were missing and 9 were confirmed dead. Nine people were
missing after a boat carrying 27 Indonesian workers overturned off
Malaysia's west coast in a 2nd similar accident. By the weekend the
confirmed death toll from two boat accidents rose to 16 with dozens
of others still missing.
(AFP, 6/18/14)(AP, 6/19/14)(AFP, 6/22/14)
2014 Jun 18, Iraqi security
forces battled insurgents targeting the country's main oil refinery
and said it had regained partial control of Tal Afar, a city near
the Syrian border. Fighting shut the Baiji refinery.
(AP, 6/18/14)(Econ, 6/21/14, p.71)
2014 Jun 18, Iraq's autonomous
Kurdish region formed a new government after months of wrangling,
with premier Nechirvan Barzani using the occasion to call for
defending disputed northern territory.
2014 Jun 18, Israel tightened
its grip on the West Bank, arresting another 65 people, as
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas lashed out at those behind the
disappearance of three Israeli teenagers.
2014 Jun 18, Japan's parliament
passed a law which bans possession of child pornography, but
excludes sexually explicit depictions of children in comics,
animation and computer graphics.
2014 Jun 18, Mexico’s
government said Michoacan Gov. Fausto Vallejo (65) has left his post
for health reasons. Local media recently posted a purported picture
of his son in a meeting with Knights Templar cartel leader Servando
(SFC, 6/19/14, p.A2)
2014 Jun 18, The Moroccan
Association of Human Rights (AMDH) said the repression of peaceful
protests in in the country is growing.
2014 Jun 18, In Morocco some
400 sub-Saharan migrants stormed Spain's multiple-barbed-wire border
fences separating its North African enclave of Melilla from Morocco,
but failed in their bid to enter Europe.
2014 Jun 18, In Pakistan a
suspected US drone strike targeting a militant hideout near the
Afghan border killed four men. Residents of a Taliban-infested
region in the northwest, where the military launched a major
offensive, began to flee after authorities lifted a curfew there.
2014 Jun 18, Rwandan journalist
Agnes Uwimana Nkusi was released after four years in jail for
writing articles critical of President Paul Kagame.
2014 Jun 18, In Somalia a
doctor and a nurse were killed and seven others wounded when a car
bomb exploded at a hospital in Mogadishu.
(AFP, 6/18/14)(SFC, 6/19/14, p.A2)
2014 Jun 18, Syrian helicopter
gunships targeted refugees near the Jordanian border killing at
least 7 people.
(SFC, 6/19/14, p.A7)
2014 Jun 18, A Turkish court
convicted the only two surviving leaders of the country's 1980
military coup of crimes against the state and sentenced them to life
imprisonment. Kenan Evren (96), the military chief of staff who led
the takeover and went on to serve as president until 1989, and
Tahsin Sahinkaya (89), a former air force chief, had been on trial
(AP, 6/18/14)(Econ, 6/28/14, p.45)
2014 Jun 18, A criminal court
in Istanbul ordered the release of 230 military officers convicted
of plotting to topple PM Tayyip Erdogan, a day after the country's
top court ruled their trial was flawed. A retrial was ordered.
(Reuters, 6/19/14)(Econ, 6/28/14, p.45)
2014 Jun 18, Uganda's
government banned one of the country's main TV stations from
covering presidential events after it aired images which it said
showed Pres. Yoweri Museveni having a snooze in parliament.
2014 Jun 18, Ukrainian
President Petro Poroshenko set out proposals for a peace plan for
eastern Ukraine involving a unilateral ceasefire by government
forces. This followed a late-night telephone call with Russian
President Vladimir Putin.
2014 Jun 18, The World Health
Organization said an Ebola outbreak continues to spread in Guinea,
Liberia and Sierra Leone, and the death toll in the outbreak has
risen to more than 330.