Return to home240 BCE Jun 19, Eratosthenes
estimated the circumference of Earth using two sticks.
(DT, 6/19/97)(HN, 6/19/98)
1205 Jun 19, Pope Innocent III
fired Adolf I as archbishop of Cologne.
1269 Jun 19, King Louis IX of
France decreed all Jews must wear a badge of shame.
1312 Jun 19, Piers Gaveston,
earl of Cornwall, was beheaded.
1341 Jun 19, Juliana van
Falconieri, Italian saint, Swedish tenor, died.
1464 Jun 19, French King Louis
XI formed a postal service.
1566 Jun 19, King James I
(d.1625 at 59), son of Mary Queen of Scots, was born. James, aka
King James VI of Scotland ruled Scotland from 1567-25 and England
(WUD, 1994, p.763)(WSJ, 4/16/97, p.A13)(DT,
1586 Jun 19, English colonists
sailed from Roanoke Island, N.C. after failing to establish
England's first permanent settlement in America.
(DT, 6/19/97)(AP, 6/19/97)
1623 Jun 19, Blaise Pascal
(d.1662), French mathematician, physicist, religious writer, was
born. He affirmed that the heart has its reasons, which reason does
not comprehend. The French mathematician invented the roulette wheel
in an effort to create a perpetual motion machine. He formulated the
first laws of atmospheric pressure, equilibrium of liquids and
probability." All the troubles of man come from his not knowing how
to sit still."
(V.D.-H.K.p.123)(SFEC, 3/23/97, z1 p.7)(AP,
6/19/98)(AP, 5/28/99)(HN, 6/19/99)
1717 Jun 19, Johann Wenzel
Anton Stamitz, composer, was born.
1747 Jun 19, Alessandro
Marcello (77), composer, died.
1749 Jun 19, Jean-Marie Collot
d'Herbois, French revolutionary (Committee of Public Safety), was
1754 Jun 19, The Albany
Congress opened. New York colonial Gov. George Clinton called for
the meeting to discuss better relations with Indian tribes and
common defensive measures against the French. The attendees included
Indians and representatives from Connecticut, Maryland,
Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode
Island. Benjamin Franklin attended and presented his Plan of Union,
which was adopted by the conference. The meeting ended on July 11.
1757 Jun 19, The Second Coming
of Christ occurs, according to the followers of Emanuel Swedenborg
(the Church of the New Jerusalem).
1783 Jun 19, Thomas Sully
(d.1872) was born. Painter, British, Queen Victoria portrait
painter; other style says b. Jun 8, 1783 O.S.
1778 Jun 19, General George
Washington’s troops finally left Valley Forge after a winter of
training. Washington left to intercept the British force on its way
to New York City.
(HN, 6/19/98)(MC, 6/20/02)
1786 Jun 19, Gen. Nathanael
Greene died of sunstroke at his Georgia plantation.
(ON, 12/01, p.12)
1794 Jun 19, Richard Henry Lee
(b1732) statesman, Declaration of Independence signer, died.
Jun 19, Samuel P. Chase (b.Apr 17, 1741), Supreme Court Justice
(1798-1811), revolutionary, attorney, Declaration of Independence
signer; died. Chase was served with 6 articles of impeachment by the
House of Representatives in late 1804. Two more articles would later
be added. The Jeffersonian Republican-controlled United States
Senate began an impeachment trial against Justice Chase in early
1805. He was charged with political bias, but was acquitted by the
Senate of all charges on March 1, 1805. To this day, he remains the
only Supreme Court justice to be impeached.
1820 Jun 19, Joseph Banks,
English natural historian (Cook, Australia), died.
1821 Jun 19, The Ottomans
defeated the Greeks at the Battle of Dragasani.
1825 Jun 19, Gioacchino
Rossini's "Il Viaggio a Reims," premiered. Rossini wrote the "IL
Viaggio a Reims" opera to celebrate the coronation of Charles X. The
libretto by Luigi Balocchi was intended to show all major European
nationalities coming together to celebrate the event.
(WSJ, 9/29/99, p.A20)(MC, 6/19/02)
1846 Jun 19, The New York
Knickerbocker Club played the New York Baseball Club in the earliest
recorded baseball game under a set of adopted rules at the Elysian
Field, Hoboken, New Jersey. The score was: NY Nines 23,
Knickerbockers 1 in 1 inning. It was played under Cartwright Rules.
(DT, 6/19/97)(HN, 6/19/98)
1856 Jun 19, Elbert Hubbard
(d.1915), US, editor, publisher, author (Message to Garcia), was
born. "The love we give away is the only love we keep." "If you want
work well done, select a busy man -- the other kind has not time."
"To escape criticism -- do nothing, say nothing, be nothing."
(AP, 7/22/97)(AP, 9/29/97)(AP, 12/12/98)(MC,
1861 Jun 19, Loyal Virginians,
in what would soon be West Virginia, elected Francis Pierpoint as
their provisional governor.
1862 Jun 19, Slavery was
outlawed in U.S. territories. President Abraham Lincoln outlined his
Emancipation Proclamation. News of the document reached the south
and Texas through General Gordon Granger.
(BEP, 1994)(DT, 6/19/97)(HN, 6/19/99)
1863 Jun 19, Battle at
Middleburg Virginia (100+ casualties).
1864 Jun 19, Skirmish at Pine
1864 Jun 19, The CSS “Alabama"
was sunk by the USS “Kearsarge" off Cherbourg, France. The Alabama
had captured, sank or burned 68 ships in 22 months.
(DT, 6/19/97)(HN, 6/19/98)(HNQ, 11/28/00)
1865 Jun 19, Emancipation Day,
also known as Juneteenth, was the day that Union General Granger
informed Texas slaves that they were free. Blacks came to celebrate
the day as Juneteenth Freedom Day.
(SFEC, 6/21/98, p.D3)(SFC, 6/18/04, p.B2)
1867 Jun 19, The first running
of the Belmont Stakes horserace in the US. It later became part of
the Triple Crown. Oldest of the three U.S. horse races that
constitute the Triple Crown. The Belmont is named after August
Belmont. The stakes is held in early June at Belmont Park, near
Garden City, Long Island; the course is 1.5 mi (2,400 m).
(HFA, ‘96, p.32)(SFEC, 5/30/99, Z1 p.8)(YB)
1867 Jun 19, Mexican Emperor
Maximillian (35) was executed on the orders of Benito Juarez by a
firing squad in Queretaro. The event was immortalized in a painting
(HN, 6/19/98)(SFEC, 11/7/99, p.T10)(PCh, 1992,
p.505)(WSJ, 5/5/00, p.17)
1878 Jun 19, Immigrant English
photographer Edward Muybridge settled a bet for Leland Stanford,
governor of California and horse racing enthusiast. Stanford bet a
friend that a galloping horse kept at least one hoof on the ground
at all times. At the governor's training course in Palo Alto,
Muybridge set up 12 cameras at trackside with shutters activated by
tripwires. The resulting "motion" pictures, seen here in postcard
form, proved that the horse did indeed raise all four hooves off the
ground during its gallop. Muybridge's photographic methods were
expanded by Thomas Edison to develop "an instrument which does for
the eye what the phonograph does for the ear, which is the recording
and reproduction of things in motion...."
1884 Jun 19, Juan Bautista
Alberdi (b.1810), Argentine politician, writer, died in Paris. His
writings inspired Argentina’s 1853 constitution.
1889 Jun 19, Start of Sherlock
Holmes adventure "The Man with the Twisted Lip."
1896 Jun 19, Bessie Wallis
Warfield Simpson, Duchess of Windsor, divorcee, was born.
1897 Jun 19, Moe Howard
(d.5/4/75), comic actor born as Moses Horwitz, one of the Three
Stooges (Curly's & Shemp's brother), was born in Brooklyn.
(HN, 6/19/98)(DT, 6/19/97)
1897 Jun 19, Charles Cunningham
Boycott (b.Mar 12, 1832) English land agent in Ireland, died in
England. He was a faulty estate manager whose tenants "boycotted"
him into poverty; when the crops failed and the farmers went broke,
he unsympathetically gave them the choice of paying immediately or
being evicted. The farmers retaliated and his staff quit. His family
was isolated. This tactic gave us the word whose last name became
part of the English language.
1900 Jun 19, Laura Hobson,
novelist (Gentleman's Agreement), was born.
1902 Jun 19, The US Senate
voted in favor of Panama as the canal site. US support for a $40
million purchase was based on Congressional acceptance for a canal
in Panama rather than Nicaragua, and the acquisition of land to
serve as a canal zone.
(HN, 1/18/99)(ON, 1/00, p.1)
1902 Jun 19, Guy Lombardo
(d.11/5/1977) Canadian bandleader was born in London, Ontario. He
played the sweetest music this side of heaven with his Royal
Canadians and sold over 100 million records.
1902 Jun 19, John E E Dalberg,
baron van Acton (69), English historian, died.
1903 Jun 19, Henry Louis Gehrig
(d.6/22/1941) was born in New York City. He became first baseman for
the New York Yankees and started 2,130 games consecutively: HALL OF
FAMER; MVP '36; 7x World Series; .341 avg., 493 HRs; 2,721 hits,
1,990 RBIs. He died of a muscle wasting disease amyotrophic lateral
sclerosis, now known by his name.
1903 Jun 19, The young school
teacher, Benito Mussolini, was placed under investigation by police
in Bern, Switzerland.
1906 Jun 19, Earl Bascom (rodeo
showman and inventor: first side-delivery rodeo chute, first
hornless bronc saddle, first one-handed bareback rigging), was born.
1910 Jun 19, Father's Day was
celebrated in Spokane Washington. Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane,
Washington, has been credited with the concept for Father's Day.
Dodd sought a way to honor her own father, who had raised her as a
single parent. In 1924 the holiday was approved by President Calvin
Coolidge and, in 1972, President Richard Nixon officially recognized
the third Sunday in June as Father's Day. An earlier observance of
Father's Day actually took place in Fairmont, West Virginia on July
5, 1908. The special day was organized by Mrs. Grace Golden Clayton,
who wanted to celebrate the lives of the 210 fathers who had been
lost in the Monongah Mining disaster several months earlier, on
December 6, 1907.
1912 Jun 19, A new labor law is
passed by Congress, extending the 8-hour working day to all workers
under federal contract.
1914 Jun 19, Alan Cranston,
former Sen., D-Calif., was born.
1914 Jun 19, Harry Lauter,
actor (Waterfront), was born in White Plains, NY.
1914 Jun 19, The comic strip
"Captain and the Kids" debut in newspapers.
1917 Jun 19, King George V
ordered the British royal family to dispense with German titles and
surnames. The family took the name “Windsor." [see Jun 17, Jul 17]
(DT, 6/19/97)(MC, 6/19/02)
1919 Jun 19, Pauline Kael,
American movie critic, was born. She wrote I lost it at the Movies.
(DT, 6/19/97)(HN, 6/19/99)
1919 Jun 19, Mustafa Kemal
founded the Turkish National Congress at Angora (later Ankara) and
denounced the Treaty of Versailles.
1921 Jun 19, Howell Heflin,
senator from Alabama, was born.
1921 Jun 19, Turks and
Christians of Palestine signed a friendship treaty against Jews.
1922 Jun 19, Aage Nills Bohr,
physicist, study atomic nucleus (Nobel 1975), was born in Denmark.
1923 Jun 19, "Moon Mullins",
Comic Strip, made its debut.
1926 Jun 19, The first black
musician, DeFord Bailey, appeared on Nashville's Grand Ole Opry
show. 40 years later, Charley Pride, the most successful black
country performer ever, achieved a similar feat.
1926 Jun 19, The opera “King
Roger," composed by Polish composer Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937),
premiered in Warsaw.
1931 Jun 19, The first
commercial photoelectric cell was installed in West Haven Ct.
1932 Jun 19, Hailstones killed
200 in Hunan Province, China PR.
1933 Jun 19, France granted
Leon Trotsky political asylum.
1934 Jun 19, The first movie of
the sun was taken.
1934 Jun 19, President
Roosevelt signed the US Communications Act. It established the
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to supervise radio,
telegraph and telephone communications.
(WSJ, 11/3/97, p.A20)(AP, 6/19/06)
1934 Jun 19, The US National
Archives and Records Administration was established under Pres.
(HN, 6/19/98)(WSJ, 12/29/05, p.B1)
1936 Jun 19, Max Schmeling of
Germany knocked out Joe Louis in their first fight in NYC.
1937 Jun 19, The town of
Bilbao, Spain, fell to the Nationalist forces.
1937 Jun 19, James M. Barrie
(b.1860), Scottish writer (Dear Brutus, Peter Pan), died. In 2004
the film "Finding Neverland," was based on Barrie’s life.
1938 Jun 19, In Montana 47
people were killed when a railroad bridge in Montana collapsed,
sending a train known as the "Olympian Flyer" hurtling into Custer
Creek. A cloudburst caused the bridge to collapse sending a
locomotive and 7 passenger cars into the creek.
(AP, 6/19/08)(SFC, 6/19/09, p.D10)
1940 Jun 19, German 7th Armour
division under gen-maj Rommel occupied Cherbourg.
1941 Jun 19, US president
Roosevelt signed Two Ocean Navy Expansion Act.
1941 Jun 19, Cheerios Cereal
was invented, O-shaped cereal 1/2-inch diameter, .0025 ounce, 400=1
serving; first called Cheerie Oats.
1941 Jun 19, Romania ordered
Jews to evacuate Darabani.
1942 Jun 19, Prime Minister
Winston Churchill arrived in Washington D.C. to discuss the invasion
of North Africa with President Roosevelt.
1942 Jun 19, In Czechoslovakia
PM Alois Elias, sentenced to death in October 1941 for high treason
and espionage, was executed. In 2006 his ashes were buried with
1943 Jun 19, "Sheik Of Araby"
by Spike Jones & the City Slickers made the Pop Chart; will peak
1944 Jun 19, The Battle of the
Philippine Sea (Battle of the Marianas), called the "Marianas Turkey
Shoot," began when Japanese naval forces attacked the stronger U.S.
naval forces. 280 Japanese planes were shot down by U.S. carrier-
based planes and anti-aircraft fire from U.S. ships. Americans shoot
down 220 Japanese planes while only losing 20.
(BEP, 1994)(DT, 6/19/97)(HN, 6/19/98)
1944 Jun 19, “Ace of Aces"
David McCampbell (1910-1996) and the Fabled 15 challenged 80
Japanese carrier based aircraft bearing down on an American fleet.
He shot down 7 Zeroes and the group routed the enemy fliers at the
Battle of the Marianas.
(SFC, 7/3/96, p.C4)
1945 Jun 19, Aung San Suu Kyi,
Myanmar poet, Nobel peace laureate (1991), was born.
(DT, 6/19/97)(HN, 6/19/01)
1945 Jun 19, Tobias Wolff,
American writer (This Boy's Life: A Memoir, The Night in Question),
1945 Jun 19, Millions of New
Yorkers turned out to cheer Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was
honored with a parade.
1946 Jun 19, "Anna & The
King Of Siam", Motion Picture, with Irene Dunne & Rex Harrison,
opened in theaters.
1946 Jun 19, The first title
match in boxing to be televised takes place in New York City, as Joe
Louis defeated Billy Conn for the heavyweight championship. Three
NBC TV stations carried the fight.
1947 Jun 19, Salman Rushdie,
author of “Satanic Verses," was born. His life was later threatened
in the Muslim world for what was considered a sacrilegious book.
1947 Jun 19, The Tucker
automobile premiered in Chicago.
1947 Jun 19, The first plane
(F-80) to exceed 600 mph (1004 kph) was flown by Albert Boyd in
1948 Jun 19, The first
successfully produced microgroove 33 1/3 rpm, long-playing, records
were unveiled by Dr. Peter Goldmark of Columbia Records. Plans to
phase out 78's followed. Unlike the average record which held 8
minutes of music, this new record could hold 45 minutes.
(Hartford Courant, 6/21/48, p.7)
1948 Jun 19, Panama & Costa
Rica recognized Israel.
1948 Jun 19, USSR blocked
access road to West Berlin.
1951 Jun 19, President Harry S.
Truman signed the Universal Military Training and Service Act, which
extended Selective Service until July 1, 1955 and lowered the draft
age to 18.
1952 Jun 19, The
celebrity-panel game show "I've Got A Secret" made its debut on
CBS-TV with Garry Moore as host.
1953 Jun 19, Julius
(b.5/12/1918) and Ethel Rosenberg (b.9/28/1915), convicted of
passing U.S. atomic secrets to the Soviet Union during World War II,
were executed at Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, New York. The Supreme
Court had vacated a stay granted by Justice William O. Douglas and
President Eisenhower refused to intervene, despite a massive
worldwide campaign to free them. In 1983 Ronald Radosh and Joyce
Milton authored “The Rosenberg File." In 2001 Sam Roberts authored
“The Brother," an account of David Greenglass, the younger brother
of Ethel Rosenberg and star witness against her and Julius. In 2008
Morton Sobell (91), a former Soviet spy who had spent nearly 20
years in Alcatraz, fingered Julius Rosenberg as a fellow Soviet spy,
but not Ethel.
(TL, 1988, p.114)(BEP, 1994)(WSJ, 10/1/01,
p.A22)(WSJ, 9/25/08, p.A19)
1953 Jun 19, Egypt was
proclaimed a republic. Lieutenant Colonel Gamal Abdel Nasser became
(WUD, 1994, p.1685)
1954 Jun 19, Kathleen Turner
(actress: Body Heat, Peggy Sue Got Married, Romancing the Stone,
voice of Jessica Rabbit in Roger Rabbit), was born.
1954 Jun 19, The Tasmanian
Devil, a Cartoon Character, made its debut in 'Devil May Hare' by
1955 Jun 19, Mickey Mantle hit
his career HR # 100.
1956 Jun 19, Jerry Lee Lewis's
"Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" debuted on the national pop music
1956 Jun 19, Jerry Lewis and
Dean Martin no longer wished to film together after 16 films.
1956 Jun 19, Marilyn Monroe
& Arthur Miller were married.
1957 Jun 19, 40 years ago, Walt
Disney's movie "Johnny Tremain" was released in movie theaters.
1958 Jun 19, "The Lux Show
Starring Rosemary Clooney", TV Variety; last aired on NBC.
1958 Jun 19, In Washington,
D.C. nine entertainers refused to answer a congressional committee’s
questions on communism.
1958 Jun 19, Entrepreneurs
Richard Knerr and Arthur Melin sought a trademark for a plastic
cylinder based on a similar toy in Australia. Wham-O began selling
the Hula Hoop following a demonstration of a rattan hoop imported
from Australia. After one year teenagers in the US purchased some
100 million hoops at a suggested retail price of $1.98.
(SFC, 7/1/02, p.B5)(SFC, 6/19/08, p.C3)
1960 Jun 19, Grand Ole Opry
member Loretta Lynn made her debut on the country charts with her
first single release, "Honky Tonk Girl," on the Zero label.
1961 Jun 19, R.C., "Little
Egypt (Ying-Yang)" by The Coasters peaked at #23 on the pop singles
1961 Jun 19, R.C., "Peanut
Butter" by The Marathons (The Vibrations) peaked at #20 on the pop
1961 Jun 19, R.C., "Rama Lama
Ding Dong" by The Edsels peaked at #21 on the pop singles chart.
1961 Jun 19, The U.S. Supreme
Court struck down a provision in Maryland's constitution requiring
state officeholders to profess a belief in the existence of God.
1961 Jun 19, Kuwait regained
complete independence from Britain along with Qatar, Bahrain
(NG, 5/88, p.662)(DT, 6/19/97)(HN, 6/19/98)
1963 Jun 19, Soviet cosmonaut
Valentina Tereshkova returned to Earth after spending nearly three
days as the first woman in space.
(DT, 6/19/97)(HN, 6/19/98)
1964 Jun 19, The Beatles
release the EP "Long Tall Sally."
1964 Jun 19, The Civil Rights
Act of 1964 survived an 83-day filibuster in the US Senate, and was
approved by a vote of 73-27. Pres. Johnson passed the Civil Rights
Act that guaranteed the vote for everyone and that prohibited
segregation in public places. Sex was added to Title VII of the
Civil Rights Act and outlawed discrimination on the basis of sex in
the labor market.
(TMC, 1994, p.1964)(LSA, Spg/97, p.19)(AP,
1964 Jun 19, In SF publicist
Davey Rosenberg (1937-1986) persuaded waitress Carol Doda (b.1937)
to don a Rudi Gernreich topless bathing suit at the Condor Club. She
soon had her size-34 breast injected with silicon, and her bust came
to be known as Doda's "twin-44s" and "the new Twin Peaks of SF." Her
fame prompted the club to erect a neon sign with blinking nipples
that lasted to 1991.
8/1/99, DB p.32)(SSFC, 9/11/11, DB p.46)
1965 Jun 19, R.C., "I Can't
Help Myself" by Four Tops peaked at #1 on the pop singles chart.
1965 Jun 19, Air Marshall
Nguyen Cao Ky became South Vietnam’s youngest premier at age 34.
1965 Jun 19, Col. Houari
Boumedienne (1932-1978) overthrew Pres. Ahmed Ben Bella, Algeria's
first civilian president. Abdelaziz Bouteflika was Boumedienne's
1966 Jun 19, French
archeologist Pierre Montet (b.1885), renowned for his excavations at
Tanis, Egypt, died in Paris. In 1958 he published an account of his
discoveries titled “La Necropole Royale de Tanis."
1967 Jun 19, Beatle Paul
McCartney, having admitted in Queen Magazine that he had taken LSD,
repeated the admission on television.
1968 Jun 19, Some 50,000
marched on Washington, DC, to support the Poor People's Campaign.
Rev. Jesse Jackson preached “I Am Somebody" at Resurrection City, a
tent city set up in front of the White House. In 1971 he turned the
speech into a poem for Sesame Street.
7/5/96, BR, p.6)(HN, 6/19/98)
1969 Jun 19, R.C., "Jumping
Jack Flash" by the Rolling Stones peaked at #1 on the U.K. pop
1970 Jun 19, "The Tim Conway
Show", TV Comedy, last aired on CBS after 13 episodes.
1970 Jun 19, Edward Heath
(1916-2005) began serving as Britain’s prime minister and continued
to 1974. Derek George Rayner (d.1998 at 72), later Lord Rayner, soon
joined the government to centralize defense procurement for PM
Edward Heath. Margaret Thatcher served as his education secretary.
3/19/05, p.32)(SFC, 7/18/05, p.B6)(Econ, 4/13/13, p.27)
1970 Jun 19, A. Nikolayev and
V. Sevastyanov returned after 18 days in Russia’s Soyuz 9.
1971 Jun 19, The song "Rainy
Days And Mondays" by the Carpenters peaked at #2 on the pop singles
1971 Jun 19, R.C., "It's Too
Late" by Carole King peaked at #1 on the pop singles chart and
stayed there for five weeks.
1972 Jun 19, Ronald L. Ziegler,
the president's Press Secretary, characterized the break-in that had
occurred two days earlier at the Democratic National Committee in
the Watergate, "a third-rate burglary." Links between the burglars
and White House consultant E. Howard Hunt and the Committee to
Reelect the President soon surfaced, leading to the Watergate
scandals that resulted in the resignation of President Nixon on
August 9, 1974.
1972 Jun 19, Two days after the
botched Watergate break-in, FBI official W. Mark Felt secretly
assured Bob Woodward that The Washington Post could safely make a
connection between the burglars and a former CIA agent linked to the
White House, E. Howard Hunt. Woodward’s secret source for
information became known as Deep Throat, and Felt’s name was not
made public until 2005. In 2006 Mark Felt and John O’Connor authored
“A G-Man’s Life: The FBI, Being “Deep Throat," and the Struggle for
Honor in Washington."
(http://tinyurl.com/cva26)(SSFC, 5/21/06, p.M3)
1972 Jun 19, The US Supreme
Court voted 5-3 to confirm lower court rulings in the Curt Flood
case, which upheld baseball's exemption from antitrust laws.
1973 Jun 19, Pres. Nixon met
with Russia’s leader Leonid Brezhnev at the White House.
1973 Jun 19, The US Congress
passed the Case-Church Amendment which forbade any further US
military involvement in Southeast Asia, effective August 15, 1973.
The veto-proof vote was 278-124 in the House and 64-26 in the
Senate. The Amendment paved the way for North Vietnam to wage yet
another invasion of the South, this time without fear of US bombing.
1973 Jun 19, The stage
production of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" opened in London.
1974 Jun 19, Pres. Nixon
returned from a 9-day visit to the Middle-East, where he met with
leaders of Egypt, Syria, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Jordan.
1975 Jun 19, Sam Giancana
(b.1908), Italian-American mob boss, was murdered at his home in Oak
Park, Ill. He had a romance with Phillis McGuire, of the McGuire
Sisters vocal group, and was credited with assisting John F. Kennedy
in efforts to win the presidential election. A movie was made in
1995 that depicts the Giancana-McGuire romance.
1976 Jun 19, Bette Midler's
concert at the Cleveland Music Hall became HBO's premiere "Standing
Room Only" presentation.
1976 Jun 19, The US Viking 1
went into Martian orbit after a 10-month flight from earth.
1977 Jun 19, Pope Paul VI
proclaimed a 19th-century Philadelphia bishop, John Neumann, the
first male US saint.
1978 Jun 19, America's favorite
lasagna-loving cat, Garfield, created by Jim Davis, first appeared
in newspapers as a comic strip.
1978 Jun 19, "Best Little
Whorehouse..." opened at 46th St NYC for 1584 performances.
1979 Jun 19, In Mali
presidential and general elections were held. Moussa Traore was
elected President and Mady Sangare was elected as Speaker of the
1981 Jun 19, Boeing commercial
Chinook 2-rotor helicopter was certified.
1981 Jun 19, European Space
Agency's Ariane carried two satellites into orbit.
1982 Jun 19, Asia's first album
topped the album charts.
1982 Jun 19, In a case that
galvanized Asian-Americans, Vincent Chin (27), a Chinese-American
engineering student, was beaten to death outside a nightclub in
Highland Park, Mich., by autoworker Ronald Ebens. Two unemployed
auto workers mistook Chin for being Japanese. Each one was sentenced
to 3 years probation.
(AP, 6/19/97)(SFEC, 2/6/00, Rp.10)
1984 Jun 19, The first live TV
appearance by Chief Justice Warren Burger (Nightline).
1985 Jun 19, In El Salvador 4
off-duty US Marines and 9 others were killed at sidewalk restaurants
in the Zona Rosa section of San Salvador. Pedro Antonio Andrade
Martinez (aka Mario Gonzalez), a Marxist guerrilla, was one of the
reputed masterminds of the massacre. Andrade later became an
informant for the CIA and sought US asylum. Andrade was deported
from the US in 1997.
(SFC, 11/22/96, p.A21)(SFC,11/6/97, p.C3)
1986 Jun 19, Artificial heart
recipient Murray P. Haydon (59) died in Louisville, Ky., after 16
months on the man-made pump.
1986 Jun 19, University of
Maryland basketball star Len Bias, the first draft pick of the
Boston Celtics, suffered a fatal cocaine-induced seizure.
1986 Jun 19, Argentina beat
West Germany 3-2 in soccer's 13th World Cup in Mexico.
1987 Jun 19, The US Supreme
Court in Edwards vs. Aguilard (7-2) struck down a Louisiana law
requiring any public school teaching the theory of evolution to also
teach creationism science as well.
1987 Jun 19, Vermont’s Ben
& Jerry Ice Cream & Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia announce
new Ice Cream flavor, Cherry Garcia.
1987 Jun 19, In Spain a bombing
killed 21 people and injured 45. In 2003 two top members of the
outlawed Basque separatist group ETA were sentenced to 790 years in
prison. The Hipercor bombing was a car bomb attack by the Basque
separatist organisation ETA at the Hipercor shopping centre on
Avinguda Meridiana, Barcelona, Spain.
1988 Jun 19, Leaders of the
world's seven wealthiest industrial democracies opened a three-day
economic summit in Toronto.
1988 Jun 19, Michael Jackson
led a rock concert in West Berlin.
1989 Jun 19, Cincinnati Reds
manager Pete Rose sued baseball, arguing that Commissioner A.
Bartlett Giamatti should be prevented from hearing allegations that
Rose had gambled on baseball games.
1989 Jun 19, The government of
Burma renamed the country Myanmar. Rangoon was renamed Yangon.
(SFC, 5/7/02, p.A9)
1990 Jun 19, Opening statements
were presented in the drug and perjury trial of Washington DC Mayor
Marion S. Barry Junior. Barry was later convicted of a single count
of misdemeanor drug possession, and sentenced to six months in
1990 Jun 19, NYC's Zodiac
killer shot a 4th victim, Larry Parham, who survived.
1991 Jun 19, Newly elected
Russian President Boris Yeltsin lobbied Congress during a Washington
visit as he sought closer ties.
1991 Jun 19, Two of Mia
Farrow's daughters were arrested in Danbury, Conn., for shoplifting
1991 Jun 19, Actress Jean
Arthur died at age 90.
1991 Jun 19, Pablo Escobar,
head of Colombia’s Medellin drug cartel, surrendered to authorities.
1991 Jun 19, Five Cubans stole
and flew a Russian-made Antonov AN-2 biplane to Miami.
1992 Jun 19, "Batman Returns",
Motion Picture, opened with $47.7 million for the weekend with a
record breaking $16.8 million in its first day. It starred Michael
Keaton, Danny Devito, and Michelle Pfeiffer.
1992 Jun 19, "A Perfect Score"
TV Game Show debut on CBS.
1992 Jun 19, "The Hollywood
Game" (TV Game Show) debut on CBS.
1992 Jun 19, Marc Louis Bazin
(1932-2010) became prime minister of Haiti and served for one year.
1992 Jun 19, Russian President
Boris Yeltsin addressed the Canadian Parliament, saying his country
had abandoned totalitarianism for democracy.
1993 Jun 19, R.C., "Touch My
Light" by Big Mountain peaked at #51 on the pop singles chart.
1993 Jun 19, R.C., "Come
Undone" by Duran Duran peaked at #7 on the pop singles chart.
1993 Jun 19, R.C., "Have I Told
You Lately" by Rod Stewart peaked at #5 on the pop singles chart.
1993 Jun 19, Sir William
Golding (b.9/19/1911), English Nobel Prize-winning author (1983),
died at his home in Cornwall, England, at age 81. His novel “Lord of
the Flies" was published in 1954. other novels included “Pincher
Martin" (1956) and “The Inheritors" (1955). In 2009 John Carey
authored “William Golding: The Man Who Wrote Lord of the Flies."
1993 Jun 19, Abraham Kaplan
(b.1918), American philosopher, died. He is best for being the first
philosopher to systematically examine the behavioral sciences in his
book "The Conduct of Inquiry" (1964). He dubbed “duologue" as a
conversation in which neither party listened to the other.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraham_Kaplan)(Econ, 8/16/14, p.64)
1994 Jun 19, Former President
Jimmy Carter, just returned from North Korea, said he believed the
crisis with Pyongyang was over following talks with North Korean
President Kim Il Sung on how to resolve the nuclear issue.
1995 Jun 19, The Richmond
Virginia Planning Commission approved plans to place a memorial
statue of tennis professional Arthur Ashe.
1995 Jun 19, Jennifer Lea Evans
(21), a vacationing college student, was killed outside a Virginia
Beach nightclub. Navy SEAL trainees Dustin Turner and his best
friend, Billy Joe Brown, were convicted for the same crime. When
they were arrested, each man accused the other of being the killer.
In 2009 Brown said he killed Evans with no help from Turner. Brown
said he wanted to tell the truth after almost 13 years because he
had found religion in prison. A court soon overturned the
convictions against Turner (33).
1995 Jun 20, US Air Force
Captain Jim Wang, a radar officer, was cleared of wrongdoing in a
friendly fire attack on 2 US helicopters over northern Iraq in 1994
that resulted in 26 deaths.
1995 Jun 19, Murray Dickie
(b.1924), opera singer, director, died.
1995 Jun 19, Chechen rebels and
more than 100 human shields rode a convoy of buses back to Chechnya
following the end of a hostage drama at a Russian hospital.
1995 Jun 19, Chinese-American
human rights activist Harry Wu was detained as he tried to enter
China; he was jailed for 66 days before being expelled.
(AP, 6/19/00)(SFC, 5/19/96, Z1, p.3)
1996 Jun 19, Chief executives
from seven states, police, state attorneys general and members of
Congress met with President Clinton at the White House to discuss
ways of stopping the recent torching of black churches.
1996 Jun 19, New York City
police announced that a shooting suspect in custody had been linked
to the "Zodiac" shootings that terrorized New Yorkers in the early
1996 Jun 19, In Angola a new
national army began to be formed.
(SFC, 6/20/96, p.A10)
1996 Jun 19, A new mandated
manpower list revealed that the Honduran army is comprised of 12,115
troops, including 12 generals and 2,013 officers. Soldiers in
Honduras are not allowed to vote.
(SFC, 6/20/96, p.A9)
1996 Jun 19, The European Union
approved a British plan for wiping out “mad cow" disease.
(SFC, 6/20/96, p.A10)
1996 Jun 19, In Malaysia a
court order stopped work on the $5.4 billion Bakun Dam due to
violation of environmental laws.
(SFC, 6/20/96, p.A10)
1996 Jun 19, Mexico will repay
$4.7 billion of the $10.5 billion in US Treasury borrowings from
(WSJ, 6/19/96, p.A1)
1996 Jun 19, A pending
application for membership in the International Air Transport
Association by North Korea could be accepted as early as next month.
(WSJ, 6/18/96, p.A10)
1996 Jun 19, Boris Fyodorov,
former leader of Russia’s National Sports Fund, was shot and stabbed
on a Moscow street. He had been arrested on drug charges last month.
He was also chairman of the National Credit Bank, which used tax
breaks that cost the government $2 billion, to import cigarettes and
liquor. The Sports Fund has ordered an audit.
(WSJ, 6/20/96, p.A14)
1997 Jun 19, President Clinton
welcomed world leaders to Denver on the eve of an economic summit.
1997 Jun 19, McDonald's won a
libel case in London against two vegetarian activists, even though
the judge said he agreed with some of the defendants' sharpest
criticisms of the fast-food giant.
1997 Jun 19, In Michigan three
teenagers from Highland Township and Davisburg hopped a train and
got off in Flint. They ran into some strangers who shot, raped and
robbed them. One boy (15) was killed. Six people were later
(SFC, 6/24/97, p.A2)
1997 Jun 19, In New Orleans 2
men, identified as the “Assault Poetry Unit," delivered unmarked
boxes of manifestos, poems and innocuous objects to 14 prominent
people. The targets feared for bombs and the 2 men were arrested for
(SFC, 8/18/97, p.A3)
1997 Jun 19, In Algeria a bomb
in an Algiers movie theater killed 2 and wounded 20.
(WSJ, 6/20/97, p.A1)
1997 Jun 19, From Cambodia the
report of Pol Pot’s surrender was rescinded.
(SFC, 6/20/97, p.A19)
1997 Jun 19, China executed 38
people. In Sichuan 24 died for drug dealing and 14 were executed in
(SFC, 6/20/97, p.A22)
1997 Jun 19, In Russia the
legislature gave a preliminary nod to a new tax code.
(SFC, 6/20/97, p.A20)
1997 Jun 19, In the Ukraine
Pres. Kuchma removed prime minister Pavlo Lazarenko under pressure
from Western donors who saw him as an opponent to free-market
(SFC, 6/20/97, p.A22)
1997 Jun 19, In Zimbabwe
delegates to the UN Convention on Int’l. Trade in Endangered Species
(CITES) approved the applications by Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana
to sell an annual quota of their collective ivory stockpile, but
only to Japan. Trade in ivory was shut down in 1989 due to extensive
(SFC, 6/20/97, p.A20)
1998 Jun 19, A study published
in the British medical journal The Lancet said smoking more than
doubles the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
1998 Jun 19, Pope John Paul II
began his third visit to Austria for 3 days.
(SFC, 6/20/98, p.B3)(AP, 6/19/99)
1998 Jun 19, In India suspected
separatist guerrillas shot and killed 25 male members of 2 Hindu
wedding parties in Jammu and Kashmir state.
(SFC, 6/20/98, p.D1)
1998 Jun 19, In Mexico the 37th
annual US-Mexico Parliamentary Session opened.
(SFC, 6/22/98, p.A10)
1998 Jun 19, Switzerland's
three biggest banks offered $600 million to settle claims they'd
stolen the assets of Holocaust victims; outraged Jewish leaders
called the offer insultingly low.
1998 Jun 19, In Yemen a 40%
price increase for gasoline, kerosene and cooking gas led to
protests for the next 4 days.
(SFC, 6/23/98, p.A12)
1999 Jun 19, The USA beat
Denmark 3-0 on the opening day to the Women's World Cup in Giants
Stadium, New Jersey. 78,992 people watched in the largest ever
attendance at a woman's sporting event in the world to date.
1999 Jun 19, The Dallas Stars
won the Stanley Cup by defeating the Buffalo Sabres 2-to-1 in game
six, which had gone into triple overtime and ended past midnight.
1999 Jun 19, In Franklin, Ind.,
Ronald Lee Shanabarger smothered to death his 7-month old son,
Tyler, in revenge against his wife, Amy, who had refused to cut
short a vacation in 1996 when his father died. It was later learned
that Shanabarger had a $100,000 insurance policy for the boy.
(SFC, 6/29/99, p.A2)(SFEC, 7/4/99, p.A5)
1999 Jun 19, The G7 nations
pledged billions in aid to help Russia.
(SFEC, 6/20/99, p.A13)
1999 Jun 19, NATO reached a
tentative agreement with leaders of the KLA for the rebel force to
gradually disarm, disband and cease military activities in 30 days.
(SFEC, 6/20/99, p.A1)
1999 Jun 19, Britain’s Prince
Edward (35) wed Sophie Rhys-Jones (34) in Windsor, England.
(SFEC, 6/20/99, p.A2)(AP, 6/19/00)
1999 Jun 19, In Chile some 100
Mapuche Indians completed a 24 day walk to Santiago to demand more
land and greater autonomy ahead of a planned demonstration the next
(SFEC, 6/20/99, p.A13)
1999 Jun 19, In Colombia the
government agreed to start formal peace talks with the 15,000 strong
FARC on July 7.
(SFC, 6/21/99, p.A10)
1999 Jun 19, Turin, Italy, was
chosen as the site of the 2006 Winter Olympic Games.
1999 Jun 19, The Bologna
process for the creation of the European Higher Education Area
started. 29 European Ministers responsible for higher education
signed the Bologna declaration in which they undertake to create a
European Higher Education Area.
1999 Jun 19, Mario Soldati
(b.1906), Italian writer and film director, died at age 92. He
started publishing novels in 1929 although his fame came with
“America primo amore" (1935), a diary about the time he spent
teaching at Columbia University. He won literary awards for the
2000 Jun 19, The Los Angeles
Lakers won their first championship in 12 years, defeating the
Indiana Pacers 116-to-111 in game six of the NBA Finals. The
post-game celebration, however, was marred by violent fans.
(SFC, 6/21/00, p.A3)(AP, 6/19/01)
2000 Jun 19, The Clinton
administration moved to lift trade sanctions against North Korea.
(SFC, 6/20/00, p.A12)
2000 Jun 19, The US Supreme
ruled that cities and states may not boycott companies that do
business with Burma and that only the president and Congress have
the authority to set foreign policy.
(SFC, 6/20/00, p.A3)
2000 Jun 19, The Supreme Court
reaffirmed, 6-to-3, that praying in public schools had to be
private, barring officials from letting students lead stadium crowds
in prayer before football games.
2000 Jun 19, In Colombia
Guillermo Valencia Cossio, the brother of peace negotiator Fabio
Valencia Cossio, was abducted. Carlos Castano, head of the feared
Self-Defenses Forces, later confirmed that he ordered the
(SFC, 6/22/00, p.A1)
2000 Jun 19, EU leaders in
Portugal approved Greece’s bid to join the euro beginning Jan 1,
(WSJ, 6/20/00, p.A23)
2000 Jun 19, In Haiti militant
supporters of Pres. Aristide shut down the 3 largest cities and
demanded the release of election results. The Elections Council in
response announced that Aristide’s party won control of the Senate.
(SFC, 6/20/00, p.A12)
2000 Jun 19, In Indonesia
sectarian fighting killed as many as 161 people in the Maluku
Islands, also known as the Moluccas or Spice Islands. Thousands of
Muslims attacked Christians in the village of Duma.
(WSJ, 6/20/00, p.A1)(SFC, 6/21/00, p.A13)
2000 Jun 19, Noboro Takeshita,
former leader of Japan's Liberal Democratic Party and premier from
1987-1989, died at age 76.
(SFC, 6/19/00, p.E2)
2000 Jun 19, Representatives of
Nigeria said they found bank accounts in Liechtenstein with over
$150 million held by family members of former dictator Gen Sani
(SFC, 6/20/00, p.A13)
2000 Jun 19, In Zimbabwe
officials said elections would not be monitored by foreign
(WSJ, 6/20/00, p.A1)
2001 Jun 19, The Gates
foundation announced a $100 million donation to the Global AIDS and
(WSJ, 6/20/01, p.B1)
2001 Jun 19, A jury in San
Jose, Calif., convicted Andrew Burnett of tossing a little dog to
its death on a busy highway in a bout of road rage. He was sentenced
to three years in prison for the death of Leo, a fluffy white bichon
2001 Jun 19, It was reported
that scientists at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory had found that
neutrinos ejected from the sun shifted form.
(SFC, 6/19/01, p.A2)
2001 Jun 19, Juan Raul Garza
(44), Texas drug kingpin, was executed by injection in Terra Haute,
Ind. He was strapped to the same padded gurney on which Oklahoma
City bomber Timothy McVeigh was executed 8 days earlier. He was the
2nd federal inmate to die since 1963.
(SFC, 6/20/01, p.A3)(WSJ, 6/20/01, p.A1)(AP,
2001 Jun 19, A tornado struck
in Siren, Wisconsin, and 3 people were killed.
(SFC, 6/20/01, p.A5)
2001 Jun 19, Algeria banned
protests in the capital following 2 months of unrest that had left
at least 55 dead.
(WSJ, 6/20/01, p.A1)
2001 Jun 19, Argentina adopted
a dual exchange rate.
(WSJ, 6/20/01, p.A12)
2001 Jun 19, Iraq claimed that
23 civilians were killed when Western planes bombed a soccer field
during a match in the northern town of Tall Afar. US and Britain
denied responsibility and blamed a malfunctioning Iraqi
(WSJ, 6/21/01, p.A1)(SFC, 6/21/01, p.A12)
2001 Jun 19, Israel reached an
agreement with Lockheed to purchase 50 F-15 fighters for $2 billion.
(WSJ, 6/20/01, p.A6)
2001 Jun 19, It was reported
that Papuan intellectuals had come up with a “special autonomy" plan
(SFC, 6/19/01, p.A8)
2001 Jun 19, Syria completed a
pullout of its forces from Beirut.
(WSJ, 6/20/01, p.A1)
2002 Jun 19, The space shuttle
Endeavour returned to Earth with one Russian and two American
crewmen who'd spent six and a-half months aboard the international
2002 Jun 19, American
adventurer Steve Fossett launched his latest solo round-the-world
balloon trip from Australia, his silver balloon rising over this
western farming town after a long delay caused by surface winds.
2002 Jun 19, Rod Langway,
Bernie Federko, Clark Gillies and Roger Neilson were elected to the
Hockey Hall of Fame.
2002 Jun 19, In Afghanistan the
9-day grand council ended with the inauguration of Hamid Karzai as
president and the approval of his new Cabinet.
(SFC, 6/20/02, p.A6)
2002 Jun 19, Air traffic
controllers in France and other nations went on strike to protest a
plan to dramatically reorganize the use of Europe's skies.
2002 Jun 19, Israel launched
Operation Determined Path and announced it will gradually reoccupy
Palestinian areas until terrorism stops in a major policy change
prompted by a deadly bus bombing. Israeli troops raided three West
Bank towns from which dozens of terror attacks have been launched.
Seven Israelis were killed when a Palestinian suicide bomber blew
himself up at a crowded bus stop in northern Jerusalem. About 50
people were injured. Hamas declared a war on buses.
(AP, 6/19/02)(AP, 9/6/03)
2002 Jun 19, President Vicente
Fox is releasing nearly 80 million secret intelligence files
collected over decades, vowing that Mexico's government will never
again use spying and violence against its critics.
2002 Jun 19, In Peru government
officials said they would suspend the sale of two state-owned
electricity companies following 6 days of violent protests.
2002 Jun 19, In the Philippines
witnesses reported that 17 people were killed in a shootout between
members of a cult and security forces moving in to arrest their
leader on a remote southern Philippine island.
2002 Jun 19, In Venezuela Pres.
Chavez made an offer for a referendum on his rule in 2003.
(SFC, 6/19/02, p.A8)
2003 Jun 19, The FBI put
cosmetics heir Andrew Luster aboard a plane in Mexico and flew him
back to California, five months after he'd been convicted in
absentia of drugging and raping three women.
2003 Jun 19, Federal
authorities said an Ohio truck driver who met Osama bin Laden and
admitted plots against trains and Brooklyn Bridge had pleaded guilty
to felony charges.
2003 Jun 19, The U.S. Air Force
dropped manslaughter and aggravated assault charges against two
fighter pilots who'd mistakenly bombed Canadian soldiers in
Afghanistan in 2002. One pilot was waiting trial on a charge of
dereliction of duty.
2003 Jun 19, In Arizona a
wildfire burned up to 250 homes on Mount Lemon, north of Tucson.
(SFC, 6/20/03, p.A3)
2003 Jun 19, Thousands of
Colombians marched on the presidential palace to defend their jobs
against what they described as a drive to turn the country's public
services into multinational corporations.
2003 Jun 19, The Congolese
government and two rebel factions agreed to halt fighting in an
eastern region and pull back from newly occupied areas, hours after
a battle for a key town there killed dozens of people.
2003 Jun 19, European leaders
gathered at a secluded Greek seaside resort for a three-day summit
to discuss Middle East peace, illegal immigration, and the
contentious draft of a first-ever European Union constitution.
2003 Jun 19, A team of
Australian researchers reported that bananas and taro were
cultivated ion the highlands of Papua New Guinea as long as 7,000
2003 Jun 19, In France more
Iranians set themselves on fire to protest a crackdown on an
Iraq-based anti-Tehran group.
(WSJ, 6/20/03, p.A1)
2003 Jun 19, In Iraq The
special "Task Force 20" commando team was joined in the convoy
operation by an AC-130 gunship and other air support, attacking by
ground and air along a known escape and smuggling route near the
western city of Qaim.
(AP, 6/24/03)(SFC, 6/25/03, p.A18)
2003 Jun 19, An Israeli
shopkeeper was killed by a Palestinian suicide bomber.
(WSJ, 6/20/03, p.A1)
2003 Jun 19, In northeastern
Nigeria 30 miles north of the city of Umuahia, fuel gushing from a
vandalized pipeline exploded, killed at least 105 villagers as they
2004 Jun 19, In Chechnya rebel
attacks killed seven Russian soldiers and police officers over the
last 24 hours.
2004 Jun 19, A US military
plane fired missiles into a residential neighborhood in Fallujah,
killing 26 people and leveling houses. The target was a hideout of
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's terror network. 23 of the 26 killed were
foreign terrorists. 3 Iraqis were among the dead.
(AP, 6/19/04)(SFC, 6/21/04, p.A7)
2004 Jun 19, In Nepal rebels
ambushed a police truck with a bomb and gunfire, also hitting a
nearby passenger bus in an attack that killed 14 policemen and 4
civilians, including at least one child.
2004 Jun 19, Sudanese President
Omar Hassan al-Bashir ordered "complete mobilization" to disarm all
illegal armed groups in the western region of Darfur, including the
Arab militias who have been harassing African villagers.
2005 Jun 19, Michael Campbell
answered every challenge Tiger Woods threw his way for a two-shot
victory in the U.S. Open.
2005 Jun 19, Fourteen Formula
One drivers refused to participate in the United States Grand Prix
because of unresolved concerns over the safety of their Michelin
tires. The race was won by Michael Schumacher, one of six drivers
who raced using Bridgestone tires.
2005 Jun 19, In southern
Afghanistan US warplanes and helicopters opened fire on a group of
suspected rebels after the ambush of a coalition convoy, killing
(AP, 6/19/05)(SFC, 6/20/05, p.A3)
2005 Jun 19, China’s Xinhua
news agency reported that the China Regulatory Commission had
approved 42 more companies to take part in a state share reform
program. 4 maiden companies were named a month earlier.
(WSJ, 6/20/05, p.C16)
2005 Jun 19, Top Croatian
financial officials left for Washington to present a package of
fiscal proposals that should shore up this year's budget and save
the stand-by arrangement with the International Monetary Fund.
2005 Jun 19, Local Cuban media
reported that the communist government has revoked some 2,000
licenses from self-employed workers across the island, part of a
campaign to reassert state control over the economy.
2005 Jun 19, A new, domestic
French low-cost airline, Air Turquoise, took to the skies, opening
budget routes from the northeast city of Reims to Bordeaux,
Marseille and Nice.
2005 Jun 19, Guinea-Bissau
began its first presidential election since a 2003 coup, with 13
contenders vying to become the West African country's leader. The
candidates include the man the military ousted two years ago.
2005 Jun 19, A suicide bombing
ripped through a popular Baghdad kebab restaurant at lunchtime,
killing 23 people and wounding 36. A suicide car bomber struck an
Iraqi military checkpoint north of Baghdad, killing two soldiers and
one civilian, officials said. Thirteen others were wounded.
(AP, 6/19/05)(SFC, 6/20/05, p.A1)
2005 Jun 19, Israel publicly
apologized to the US over arms exports to China that have drawn
criticism from Washington and strained U.S.-Israeli security ties.
2005 Jun 19, In Lebanon voters
cast their ballot in the last round of elections. The anti-Syrian
opposition secured a majority in the Lebanese parliament, after
opposition candidates swept all seats in the last round of
elections. The winning pro-Western coalition became known as the
March 14th alliance after the recent big anti-Syrian demonstrations.
(AP, 6/20/05)(Econ, 11/13/10, p.53)
2005 Jun 19, Mauritius expected
that by year's end, or soon afterward, to become the world's first
nation with coast-to-coast wireless Internet coverage, the first
country to become one big "hot spot."
2005 Jun 19, Mexico City
introduced metrobus, a new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system.
(SSFC, 8/7/05, p.A11)
2005 Jun 19, A South Korean
soldier threw a grenade at his commander and then opened fire on
fellow soldiers near the border with communist North Korea, killing
8 and injuring 2 others.
2005 Jun 19, Palestinian
militants fired light arms and rocket-propelled grenades at Israelis
near an army post on the Gaza-Egypt border, wounding 3 Israelis. One
militant was killed in the attack.
2005 Jun 19, Voters in Spain's
northwest Galicia region were deciding whether to extend the 15-year
rule of Manuel Fraga (82), the last surviving politician of Gen.
Francisco Franco's regime. Fraga had served as Interior Minister
from 1975-1976, when police still occasionally fired on
(AP, 6/19/05)(Econ, 4/17/10, p.57)
2005 Jun 19, Eastern Sudanese
rebels launched a major offensive near the country's main port,
capturing government troops in what Khartoum charged was an
operation mounted with the complicity of Eritrea.
2005 Jun 19, Vietnam’s PM Phan
Van Khai (71) arrived in Seattle. The first visit to America by a
prime minister from Vietnam in 30 years was greeted by demonstrators
shouting "Down with communists!" and calling for an end to political
and religious persecution in Vietnam. Khai hoped to strengthen ties
with Washington during his weeklong US tour.
2007 Jun 19, Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice warned North Korea it would face consequences if it
test-fired a missile thought to be powerful enough to reach the West
Coast of the United States.
2006 Jun 19, The US Supreme
Court rolled back coverage of the Clean Water Act, but did not agree
on how to define the waters protected by the act.
(WSJ, 6/20/06, p.A1)
2006 Jun 19, US Interior Chief
Kempthorne set new rules making it harder for snowmobiles and
off-road vehicles to get permission to ride in national parks.
(WSJ, 6/20/06, p.A1)
2006 Jun 19, New Orleans Mayor
Ray Nagin asked the state to send National Guard troops to help
patrol the city streets under a growing crime problem. Louisiana
Gov. Kathleen Blanco said she would send National Guard troops and
state police to patrol the streets of New Orleans after a bloody
weekend in which six people were killed.
(SFC, 6/20/06, p.A1)(AP, 6/19/07)
2006 Jun 19, It was reported
that cosmetics magnate Ronald S. Lauder had purchased the Gustav
Klimt portrait "Adele Bloch-Bauer I" (1907) for a record $135
million. This eclipsed the 2004 sale of Picasso’s “Boy With a Pipe"
for $104.1 million.
(SFC, 6/19/06, p.E2)
2006 Jun 19, In Raleigh, NC,
the Carolina Hurricanes blunted an historic comeback bid by the
Edmonton Oilers with a 3-1 Game Seven win to lift their first
2006 Jun 19, Faheem Khalid
Lodhi (36), a Pakistani-born architect was convicted of plotting a
terrorist attack in Australia. He was arrested in April 2004 at his
home in suburban Sydney. The jury convicted Lodhi of charges
relating to maps, chemical inquiries and bombmaking instructions. On
August 23 he was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
(AP, 6/19/06)(AP, 8/23/06)
2006 Jun 19, Egyptian
authorities detained 31 members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood,
bringing to nearly 700 the number of members arrested since a
crackdown began in March.
2006 Jun 19, A parked car bomb
struck an Iraqi army convoy, killing five people and wounding nine.
An umbrella group linked to al-Qaida in Iraq claimed that it had
kidnapped two American soldiers reported missing south of Baghdad,
where 8,000 Iraqi and US troops were conducting a massive search.
Hundreds of American and Iraqi troops backed by a US gunship pushed
into an insurgent-infested section of eastern Ramadi. The bodies of
two US soldiers, Pfc. Kristian Menchaca (23) of Houston, and Pfc.
Thomas L. Tucker (25) of Madras, Ore., were found. The men were
"killed in a barbaric way." Al-Qaida in Iraq claimed responsibility,
and said the successor to slain terror leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi
had "slaughtered" them. The US Army said it has charged three
soldiers in connection with the May 9 deaths of 3 Iraqis who were in
military custody in northern Iraq. The US military captured a senior
al Qaeda in Iraq member near an area where the group's leader Abu
Musab al-Zarqawi was killed in a US air strike two weeks ago. Hamed
Jumaa Farid al-Saeedi, known as Abu Humam or Abu Rana, was captured
north of Baghdad.
(AP, 6/19/06)(AP, 6/20/06)(Reuters, 6/23/06)AP,
2006 Jun 19, It was reported
that the Iraqi government was pumping millions of barrels of an oil
refinery byproduct called “black oil" into a mountainous area called
Makhul near the Tigris River where it was burned. The insurgency
prevented the substance from being exported for further refining at
more modern facilities.
(SFC, 6/19/06, p.A1)
2006 Jun 19, Israel's defense
minister has ordered a review of the route of Israel's separation
barrier to better reflect Palestinian concerns, a decision that
could have significant implications for Israel's future borders.
2006 Jun 19, In Onitsha,
Nigeria, 204 prison inmates were set free by the "hoodlums" who
invaded the building at around 2:00 am. The attack on Onitsha prison
came less than 24 hours after troops were deployed and a curfew
imposed on the troubled city. Clashes between the banned Movement
for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), a
separatist group, and police were reported to have left several
people dead at the weekend.
2006 Jun 19, In Norway the
prime ministers of 5 nations gathered at the northern island of
Svalbard to lay the cornerstone for the Svalbard Int’l. Seed Vault.
The site will hold millions of seed varieties to restock the planet
in the case of a global catastrophe.
(SFC, 6/19/06, p.A3)
2006 Jun 19, In Pakistan
militants in South Waziristan shot dead Nazimuddin Gangikhel, a
senior Pakistani tribesman with close ties to the US-backed Afghan
2006 Jun 19, Sri Lanka invited
Tamil Tiger rebels to negotiate peace and save their collapsing
ceasefire as 2 more soldiers were killed in a weekend of violence
that left over 50 people dead.
2006 Jun 19, The Sudanese
government and the Eastern Front under Eritrean mediation signed a
ceasefire agreement and pledged to work for a comprehensive
settlement of their dispute.
2006 Jun 19, Swiss
chocolate-maker Nestle AG said it will fatten up its weight-loss
business by buying Jenny Craig Inc. for $600 million.
2006 Jun 19, The UN inaugurated
its new Human Rights Council. The 47-member council replaced the
Human Rights Commission, which became discredited in recent years as
rights-abusing countries conspired to escape condemnation. Muslim
countries and various non-democracies held a majority of the 47
(AP, 6/19/06)(Econ, 3/24/07, p.68)
2007 Jun 19, President Bush and
visiting Israeli PM Ehud Olmert sided emphatically with Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas in his standoff with the militant group
2007 Jun 19, The US announced
the transfer of six Guantanamo Bay prisoners back to their home
countries, including one who, according to his lawyers, now may face
abuse in Tunisia for nonviolent political activities. 4 men returned
to Yemen and two to Tunisia.
2007 Jun 19, Thomas Ravenel,
treasurer of South Carolina, was indicted on federal cocaine
(WSJ, 6/20/07, p.A1)
2007 Jun 19, After some six
years as a Republican, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg (65) announced
that he has left the Republican Party and become unaffiliated in
what many believe could be a step toward entering the 2008 race for
2007 Jun 19, International
Lease Finance Corp., the world's largest airline leasing company,
ordered 63 Boeing jets with a total list price of $8.8 billion.
2007 Jun 19, Sterlite
Industries, the flagship company of India’s Vedanta Resources, went
public on the NYSE for over $2 billion.
2007 Jun 19, In Austin, Texas,
3-4 people beat a man to death after the car he was riding in
apparently struck and injured a child.
(AP, 6/20/07)(SFC, 6/22/07, p.A5)
2007 Jun 19, James Cockayne
(21) of New Hope, Pa., was beaten and stabbed to death in the Virgin
Islands. 3 men, Anselmo Boston, Kamal Thomas and Jahleel Ward, were
arrested after the parents of Cockayne appeared on US news programs
and accused Virgin Islands detectives of botching an investigation
into their son's death. On Oct 10, 2008, Ward was found guilty of
first-degree murder and other charges. Anselmo Boston and Kamal
Thomas were found guilty on two counts each of third-degree assault,
among other charges.
(AP, 10/6/08)(AP, 10/10/08)
2007 Jun 19, Fierce clashes
between Taliban militants and NATO and Afghan forces left more than
100 people dead over the last three days in Uruzgan province. Police
clashed with insurgents and retook control of Miya Nishin district
in Kandahar. Hours later provincial police chief forces lost Ghorak
district in the same province to the militants. A mosque attack
occurred in Ismail Kheil in Khost province. Two unidentified men
entered the building and fatally shot three people while wounding
(AP, 6/19/07)(AP, 6/20/07)
2007 Jun 19, The Algerian
government approved a plan to set up an academy of the Amazigh
language, spoken by the Berber minority, many of whom live in
Kabylie in the mountainous north of the country.
2007 Jun 19, "The Lord of the
Rings" musical, the most expensive production in West End history,
opened at London's Theatre Royal to mixed reviews, with some critics
praising it as brilliant and others calling it corny and "a thumping
2007 Jun 19, China’s state
media reported that the worst drought in 30 years in northeast
China's Liaoning province has left more than 1.2 million people
short of drinking water.
2007 Jun 19, In Dubai a
Canadian UN official, who advised the Afghan government on
eradicating opium poppy crops, was sentenced to four years in prison
for smuggling and drug possession. Bert Tatham (35) of Vancouver,
British Columbia, was arrested April 23 during a one-hour stopover
at the Dubai International Airport, after being caught with a half a
gram of hashish, and two poppy bulbs.
2007 Jun 19, The European
Parliament decided that if it isn't distilled from grains or
potatoes, it really isn't vodka. It also overwhelmingly approved a
ban on trade in products containing cat or dog fur.
2007 Jun 19, Georgia border
agents blocked a car trying to smuggle radioactive plutonium and
beryllium from Azerbaijan.
(WSJ, 6/20/07, p.A1)
2007 Jun 19, Ghanaians reacted
with a blend of excitement and foreboding to the news of a major oil
find off the coast of their west African nation, some viewing it as
a boon and others fearing it could turn out to be a curse.
2007 Jun 19, Indian police said
they have discovered a stash of hundreds of human skulls and thigh
bones and arrested a gang for allegedly smuggling them to the
Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan for use in Buddhist monasteries.
2007 Jun 19, A truck bomb
struck the Shiite Khillani mosque in central Baghdad, killing at
least 87 people and wounding more than 200. About 10,000 US soldiers
used heavily armored Stryker and Bradley fighting vehicles to battle
their way into an al-Qaida sanctuary in Baqouba. The troops, under
cover of attack helicopters, killed at least 22 insurgents in the
offensive. A Task Force Lightning soldier was killed by an explosion
near his vehicle. In all 142 people were killed or found dead in
(AP, 6/19/07)(AP, 6/20/07)
2007 Jun 19, Former Israeli PM
Ehud Barak took over as defense minister. Hundreds of terrified
Gazans fleeing Hamas rule were trapped at a main crossing with
Israel, hoping to gain permission to pass through Israeli territory
to sanctuary in the West Bank. Israeli security officials said they
have arrested 12 members of a PLO cell that planned to kidnap
(AP, 6/19/07)(AP, 6/20/07)
2007 Jun 19, A Lebanese soldier
was killed in clashes with al-Qaida-inspired militants in a
Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon.
2007 Jun 19, Antonio Aguilar
(88), Mexican mariachi singer and actor, died. He recorded more than
150 albums and began his acting career during Mexico's "Golden Era"
of cinema. He appeared in 167 films, including "The Undefeated"
starring John Wayne.
2007 Jun 19, In Nigeria a top
militant leader freed on bail said that armed groups in the restive
south will halt attacks on oil installations to give the new
government a chance to deal with the region's problems.
2007 Jun 19, Students at a
Northern Ireland high school were receiving counseling after three
15-year-old classmates hanged themselves over the past month.
2007 Jun 19, A US envoy said
North Korea has finally received millions of dollars at the heart of
a dispute that stalled nuclear disarmament negotiations, and must
quickly shut down its only reactor.
2007 Jun 19, In Pakistan an
explosion killed at least 26 Taliban allies in the North Waziristan
tribal region. Security officials said it appeared to be a missile
attack from Afghanistan targeting a training camp for foreign
militants. A Pakistani military spokesman said the explosion was
from a bomb being made by the militants.
(SFC, 6/20/07, p.A3)(WSJ, 6/20/07, p.A1)
2007 Jun 19, In Romania
hundreds of retirees took to the streets in Bucharest and about 20
other towns to demand that pensions be raised to at least 45% of the
average national salary and other benefits. Romania numbered 6
million retirees out of a population of 22 million.
2007 Jun 19, A new survey
reported that Moscow is the world's most expensive city for the
second year in a row, thanks to an appreciating ruble and rising
2007 Jun 19, A Russian court
sentenced four men to prison terms of between seven and 14 years for
the racially motivated killing of a Congolese student. The slaying
of Roland Epassak in St. Petersburg two years ago prompted outrage
and protests among Russian and foreign exchange students and other
2007 Jun 19, Sri Lanka
government troops killed up to 44 Tamil rebels in clashes in
northern and eastern Sri Lanka while destroying three small camps in
the insurgents' last eastern stronghold.
2007 Jun 19, President Jakaya
Kikwete said Tanzania will shut camps housing 150,000 refugees from
Burundi by the end of this year as the war in the neighboring
central African country is over.
2007 Jun 19, Police charged
ousted PM Thaksin Shinawatra and his wife with concealing assets and
ordered the exiled leader to return to Thailand.
2007 Jun 19, It was reported
that political troubles in the Ukraine were being aggravated by
soaring bread prices as the worst drought in a century hit the
(WSJ, 6/19/07, p.A1)
2007 Jun 19, The Vatican issued
a set of "Ten Commandments" for drivers, telling motorists not to
kill, not to drink and drive, and to help fellow travelers in case
2008 Jun 19, Barack Obama, US
presidential candidate, announced that he would not use public funds
for his campaign, contrary to a 2007 promise to use public funds.
This would allow him to outspend John McCain by a wide margin.
(Econ, 6/28/08, p.37)
2008 Jun 19, Two former hedge
fund managers at investment bank Bear Stearns were arrested after a
federal criminal probe into the collapse of funds they oversaw.
2008 Jun 19, Bradley
Birkenfeld, a former UBS executive, pleaded guilty to helping
clients hide hundreds of millions of dollars and evade US taxes in a
case that is part of a probe into whether the Swiss banking giant
did the same for other wealthy individuals.
(AP, 6/19/08)(Econ, 7/5/08, p.79)
2008 Jun 19, Researchers
reported the survival of an Oregon man with advanced skin cancer
following an experimental treatment that revved up his immune
(SFC, 6/19/08, p.A8)
2008 Jun 19, Afghan officials
said a swift offensive by Afghan and NATO forces drove Taliban
militants from a strategic group of villages outside Kandahar and
killed 56 insurgents. Two Afghan soldiers and one civilian also
died. The militants had planted hundreds of land mines in the area
before fleeing. 2 soldiers from the US-led coalition were fatally
wounded in a shooting incident in Helmand province.
(AP, 6/19/08)(AP, 6/20/08)
2008 Jun 19, In central Bosnia
a helicopter carrying two Spanish pilots of the EU peace force and
two German officers crashed, but it was not clear if there were any
2008 Jun 19, It was reported
that Bristol has been designated as Britain's first "cycling city"
as part of a 100 million pound scheme aimed at getting people to
exercise by using bicycles.
2008 Jun 19, Canada's national
police laid criminal charges against former Nortel Networks Corp
chief executive Frank Dunn and other onetime executives, claiming
the men fraudulently misstated the telecom equipment maker's
2008 Jun 19, China’s government
raised its base price for gasoline by 17% and 18% for diesel in an
effort to diminish the nation’s appetite for fuel.
(WSJ, 6/19/08, p.A1)
2008 Jun 19, Colombia's chief
prosecutor ordered the arrest of a cashiered navy rear admiral on
charges he helped drug traffickers. Rear Adm. Gabriel Arango was
fired in August over accusations that traffickers paid him for
information on the movements of drug patrols off Colombia's
2008 Jun 19, The EU agreed to
lift its 2003 diplomatic sanctions against Cuba, but imposed tough
conditions on the communist island to maintain sanction-free
(AP, 6/20/08)(Econ, 6/28/08, p.44)
2008 Jun 19, In France a man
suspected of stealing $15 million of historic treasures from
churches was arrested. The 30-year-old suspect was taken into
custody by police in Saint-Ouen, north of Paris, after he allegedly
asked an antiques dealer to sell an object stolen from a church in
2008 Jun 19, In India officials
said soldiers and rescue workers rushed to provide relief to
hundreds of thousands of people stranded in eastern India by monsoon
floods that have killed at least 38 people in the past week.
2008 Jun 19, Iraqi troops
arrested Rafia Abdul-Jabbar, the top official in Amarah, a Muqtada
al-Sadr loyalist, drawing swift condemnations from followers of the
anti-US cleric as a military operation against Shiite militias got
under way. Iraqi troops arrested 11 people on the wanted list who
were believed be members of armed groups and seized an unspecified
number of weapons during overnight raids in Basra. US troops
captured six suspected insurgents, including a wanted man believed
to have ties to local al-Qaida in Iraq leaders. 15 others were
captured during operations targeting al-Qaida elsewhere in northern
2008 Jun 19, Guns went quiet as
a six-month truce between Israel and Gaza Strip militants took
effect, but there was widespread skepticism about its ability to
2008 Jun 19, A Moroccan court
ordered a newspaper to stop publishing testimony given by victims of
years of repression under late king Hassan II to a royal truth
2008 Jun 19, Nigeria's most
prominent militant group claimed responsibility for an attack on
Shell's main offshore oilfield and said it had kidnapped a US oil
worker. The attack shut down a tenth of the country's oil output in
a rare attack on a deepwater facility. The Movement for the
Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) said US captain Jack Stone
from oil services company Tidex was freed in the afternoon.
(AFP, 6/19/08)(Reuters, 6/19/08)
2008 Jun 19, Philippine
officials said Indanan township mayor Alvarez Isnaji and his son
Jun, who negotiated with al-Qaida-linked rebels for the release of
an abducted TV news anchor and three other people, have been
arrested as suspects in the June 8 kidnappings.
2008 Jun 19, Serbia's Supreme
Court sentenced Radomir Markovic, late strongman Slobodan
Milosevic's security chief, to 40 years in prison for organizing a
deadly attack on a prominent dissident. He was convicted of trying
to kill opposition leader Vuk Draskovic in October 1999.
2008 Jun 19, In South Korea
about 6,500 truck drivers ended their strike after transportation
companies agreed to increase fees for hauling freight, but another
6,500 remained off the job.
2008 Jun 19, In Sri Lanka
fighting between the government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels along
the northern front lines killed 26 rebels and three government
2008 Jun 19, The UN adopted
Resolution 1820 affirming that sexual violence as a weapon of war
affects international peace and security, and could trigger
(Econ, 2/21/09, p.61)(http://tinyurl.com/lg8px5)
2008 Jun 19, Zimbabwe’s
Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) opposition said 4 more
opposition activists and the wife of an MDC politician have been
killed, blaming the deaths on ruling party supporters. The MDC youth
members were abducted Jun 17 and their bodies were discovered in
various locations in Chitungwiza, southeast of Harare.
2009 Jun 19, The United States
joined the UN Human Rights Council, a body widely criticized for
failing to confront abuses around the world and for acting primarily
to condemn Israel, one of Washington's closest allies.
2009 Jun 19, The US House
impeached imprisoned US District Judge Samuel Kent of Texas for
lying about sexual assaults of two women. Kent (59) entered a
federal prison in Massachusetts on June 15 to serve a 33-month
sentence. He pleaded guilty last month to lying to judicial
investigators about sexual assaults of two female employees. Kent
was refusing to resign until next year so he can continue to draw
his $174,000 a year salary. If he is convicted of the impeachment
charges in the Senate, he will be forced off the bench.
2009 Jun 19, Federal
prosecutors in Virginia indicted Texas financier Allen Stanford (59)
and 4 others on fraud and other charges in connection with a
multi-billion Ponzi scheme.
(SFC, 6/20/09, p.C2)
2009 Jun 19, US census
officials announced that same-sex married couples would be counted
for the first time in the 2010 census.
(Econ, 6/27/09, p.38)
2009 Jun 19, In Illinois tank
cars loaded with thousands of gallons of highly flammable ethanol
exploded in flames as a freight train derailed in Rockford, killing
Zoila Tellez (41) and forcing evacuations of hundreds of nearby
(AP, 6/20/09)(SSFC, 6/21/09, p.A9)
2009 Jun 19, In Michigan
officials said 36 members of 4 violent Detroit street gangs were
arrested with immigration, probation, weapons and other violations
as part of a nationwide crackdown.
(SFC, 6/20/09, p.A4)
2009 Jun 19, Google Inc. said
that it was working to block pornography reaching users of its
Chinese service after a mainland watchdog found the search engine
turned up large numbers of links to obscene and vulgar sites.
2009 Jun 19, New Mexico Gov.
Bill Richardson took part in a ceremonial groundbreaking at the
remote site of Spaceport America, about 45 north of Las Cruces. The
spaceport was being constructed for commercial space development.
(SFC, 6/20/09, p.A4)
2009 Jun 19, In Afghanistan a
university student in Kandahar City was found dead with his throat
cut in a side room of a mosque where he had gone to study. A British
soldier with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force
(ISAF) was killed in an explosion while on patrol near the town of
Lashkar Gah in the southern province of Helmand. A roadside bomb
tore through a car in the western province of Herat, killing six
members of a family. 26 Taliban were killed in an air strike
conducted by foreign forces near Lashkar Gah. 7 other insurgents
were killed elsewhere in Helmand.
(AP, 6/19/09)(AFP, 6/20/09)
2009 Jun 19, The Brazilian
government apologized for the torture and abuse of 44 poor farmers
under the military regime that ruled the country from 1964 to 1985
and announced reparations for the victims.
2009 Jun 19, A top Congo army
officer said 32 people have been killed in three days of fighting in
eastern Congo between government soldiers and Rwandan Hutu rebels
backed by Congolese militia allies.
2009 Jun 19, Iran’s Ayatullah
Ali Khamenei said that the country's disputed presidential vote had
not been rigged, sternly warning protesters of a crackdown if they
continue massive demonstrations demanding a new election.
2009 Jun 19, The bodies of two
men were handed over to the British embassy in the Iraqi capital
with the Foreign Office saying the remains were "highly likely" to
be those of Jason Swindlehurst (38) and Jason Creswell (39). They
were among four guards protecting Peter Moore when around 40 heavily
armed militants seized all five men at the finance ministry in
central Baghdad on May 29, 2007.
2009 Jun 19, EU leaders agreed
to establish a European System Risk Board. It was intended to sound
an alarm over the build up of risk and to create new European
supervisory authorities to keep an eye on big cross-border financial
(Econ, 7/4/09, p.73)
2009 Jun 19, In West Germany 3
German retirees, who lost $1.4 million in the financial crisis,
kidnapped James Amburn (56), their American investment adviser, in
an attempt to recoup the money. Amburn was freed by police after 4
days. In 2010 the retirees were convicted, with their 74-year-old
ringleader and sentenced to six years in prison.
2009 Jun 19, Isamu Akasaki
(80), a professor at Nagoya University in central Japan, was among
the winners of this year's Kyoto Prizes. He will receive the
advanced technology award for his pioneering work in the development
of blue light-emitting diodes, or LEDs. Peter (72) and Rosemary
Grant (72), a husband-and-wife team of biologists from Princeton
University, won for their decades of research on evolution in the
Galapagos Islands and will share an award of $515,000. This year's
award in arts and philosophy went to French composer and conductor
Pierre Boulez (84).
2009 Jun 19, Mexico authorities
in the border city of Ciudad Juarez said they would step up patrols
after killings there rebounded to levels near those that led the
government to send in 5,000 army troops in March. In Michoacan state
gunmen tossed a grenade at an ambulance and then opened its doors to
kill a patient inside who had narrowly survived an earlier shooting
in Uruapan. Paramedics ran for their lives during the attack. The
man (23) died and his wife (20) was listed in serious condition.
2009 Jun 19, Nigeria's main
militant group said it had destroyed a major pipeline supplying
crude oil to Italian oil group Agip's Brass exports terminal.
2009 Jun 19, Pakistani fighter
jets bombed Taliban militant hideouts in the northwest tribal belt,
as the death toll from a suspected US missile strike a day earlier
rose to 13.
2009 Jun 19, New York Times
reporter David S. Rohde (41) escaped from kidnappers in Pakistan
after more than seven months in captivity and was flown to Bagram
Air Base in Afghanistan the next day.
2009 Jun 19, A leading South
African research group said one in four male South Africans it
surveyed admitted to committing rape, a finding that cast a harsh
light on a culture of sexual violence that victims groups say is
deeply embedded in society.
2009 Jun 19, South Korea
rejected North Korea's demand for a massive increase in wages and
rent at a joint industrial park struggling to stay afloat, leaving
the fate of more than 100 companies and 40,000 workers there hanging
2009 Jun 19, In Spain a
powerful bomb exploded near the Basque city of Bilbao, killing a
policeman in an attack blamed on the separatist group ETA.
2009 Jun 19, The UN Food and
Agriculture Organization said one in six people in the world, or
more than 1 billion, is now hungry, a historic high due largely to
the global economic crisis and stubbornly high food prices.
2009 Jun 19, The UN said
Colombia's coca crop shrank by nearly a fifth last year while
cultivation of the bush that is the basis of cocaine rose for a
third straight year in Peru and Bolivia, the world's two other
2010 Jun 19, In California
Jimmy Schlager (56) attacked his stepdaughter's family as they ate
lunch at a restaurant in San Bernadino, killing her husband (33) and
6-year-old son, wounding the woman (29) and another child, and then
fatally shooting himself.
2010 Jun 19, Manute Bol (47), a
lithe 7-foot-7 shot-blocker from Sudan who spent 10 seasons in the
NBA and was dedicated to humanitarian work in Africa, died at the
University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville.
2010 Jun 19, Two Afghan
policemen were killed and five others were wounded when their
vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Gereshk district. A NATO rocket
landed on a house in Qarghay district of Laghman province, killing
two women and injuring two other adults. 10 militants were killed
and eight others wounded in a 30-minute clash in Sherzad district,
2010 Jun 19, A plane carrying a
group of Australian mining executives disappeared en route from
Cameroon to Congo-Brazzaville. All 11 on board were killed wiping
out the entire board of the Sundance Resources company including
mining tycoon Ken Talbot. The wreckage was found June 21 in the
(AFP, 6/20/10)(AFP, 6/22/10)
2010 Jun 19, China’s central
bank said it will gradually make the yuan's exchange rate more
flexible a week before a G20 summit, strongly suggesting that it was
ready to break the currency's 23-month-old dollar peg.
2010 Jun 19, Former French PM
Dominique de Villepin launched a new political movement to act as an
alternative to the policies of President Nicolas Sarkozy, his
2010 Jun 19, In Germany tens of
thousands of gays, lesbians and other revelers marched and danced in
downtown Berlin for the German capital's annual gay pride
celebration, which featured a colorful parade through the heart of
2010 Jun 19, In India at least
100 tourists were stranded by an indefinite strike in Darjeeling, as
a Gorkha political party campaigned for an autonomous Gorkha
homeland. The tourists had to be escorted out by police.
(SSFC, 6/27/10, p.N3)
2010 Jun 19, An Iranian
newspaper, the Economic daily Pool (Money), voluntarily suspended
publication after being warned by the national press watchdog for
printing "false material."
2010 Jun 19, In Iraq a protest
over electricity shortages in the southern port city of Basra turned
deadly with troops fatally shooting one demonstrator. A series of
bombings and a rocket attack struck Baghdad late in the day, killing
(AP, 6/19/10)(AP, 6/20/10)
2010 Jun 19, A top US envoy
called for an independent investigation into the violence that has
devastated southern Kyrgyzstan, as amateur video emerged of unarmed
Uzbeks gathering to defend their town during the attacks.
2010 Jun 19, Carlos Monsivais
(b.1938), renowned Mexican journalist, critic and political activist
died in Mexico City. His death was confirmed by the Estanquillo
Museum that Monsivais founded in 2006 with his extensive collection
of pop art pieces ranging from comic books to miniature
reproductions of household objects.
2010 Jun 19, It was reported
that the North Korean government has lifted all restrictions on
private markets in a desperate attempt reduce food shortages.
(SFC, 6/19/10, p.A2)
2010 Jun 19, In Pakistan a
suspected US missile strike killed 13 people in the North Waziristan
tribal region. A roadside bomb aimed at police in the country's
volatile northwest killed a civilian and wounded eight people.
Gunmen opened fire on police at a court in the southern city of
Karachi; one police officer and an attacker were killed. Gunmen
opened fire on a vehicle carrying an area police chief, Abdul Wahab,
in the southwestern city of Quetta, wounding him critically.
2010 Jun 19, In South Africa
exiled Rwandan Lt.-General Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa was shot and
wounded in what his wife called a Rwandan-backed assassination
attempt, a charge the Kigali government dismissed as "preposterous."
In 2011 six accused men, three Rwandans and three Tanzanians, stood
trial for the shooting.
(Reuters, 6/19/10)(AFP, 7/1/11)
2010 Jun 19, In South Africa
Rev. Nico Smith (81), a white pastor who challenged South Africa's
apartheid system by moving with his wife into a black township in
the 1980s, died of a heart attack.
2010 Jun 19, Turkish warplanes
launched air raids at suspected Kurdish rebel positions in northern
Iraq after a rebel attack on a military outpost in Turkey touched
off clashes in which eight soldiers and 12 PKK rebel fighters died.
2010 Jun 19, In Yemen 4
suspected al-Qaida gunmen blasted their way into the intelligence
headquarters of Aden, Yemen's second largest city, and freed several
detainees in the group's most spectacular operation since a
US-backed government crackdown began late last year. The attack left
11 people dead.
(AP, 6/19/10)(AP, 6/21/10)
2011 Jun 19, "The Bold and the
Beautiful" won four trophies, including drama series honors for the
third consecutive year, at the Daytime Emmys, which will have two
fewer soap operas to celebrate next year.
2011 Jun 19, Alyssa Campanella
(21) of Los Angeles topped a field of 51 beauty queens to take the
title at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas
2011 Jun 19, In New York David
Laffer killed 4 people during a pharmacy robbery in Medford. In
September he pleaded guilty to murder charges and his wife, who
drove their getaway car, pleaded guilty to robbery.
(SFC, 6/20/11, p.A5)(SFC, 9/9/11, p.A15)
2011 Jun 19, In Ohio a small
plane crashed near Columbus killing 2 people.
(SFC, 6/20/11, p.A5)
2011 Jun 19, In northern
Afghanistan a suicide attacker blew up his explosives-laden car next
to a German military convoy, killing three Afghan civilians. An
Afghan soldier who shot dead his Australian mentor last month was
killed when he tried to pull his pistol on troops attempting to
capture him in Khost province.
(AP, 6/19/11)(AP, 6/20/11)
2011 Jun 19, In Bahrain lawyers
for three former editors of the main opposition newspaper told a
court the journalists were tricked into publishing false news about
the Sunni monarchy's crackdown on Shiite-led protesters as part of a
plot to undermine a key opposition voice.
2011 Jun 19, Brazilian police
raided Rio’s Mangueira shantytown, dominated by drug trafficking
gangs, in an ongoing program to bring peace to areas near Maracana
stadium ahead of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.
2011 Jun 19, China’s state
media reported that more than 5 million people have been displaced
or otherwise affected by flooding in eastern China that is also
pushing up food prices. Rescuers searched for 11 workers who were
buried when an office building they were renovating in Wuxi city,
Jiangsu province, collapsed on top of them.
2011 Jun 19, Chinese public
relations consultant Chen Hong closed down his website which let
people post anonymous tips on official bribery after censors stepped
in blocking access to the site for people inside China. His website,
http://www.ibribery.com, had drawn 200,000 unique visitors in two
2011 Jun 19, European aerospace
giant EADS unveiled its "Zero Emission Hypersonic Transportation"
(Zehst) rocket plane it hopes will be able to fly from Paris to
Tokyo in 2.5 hours by around 2050.
2011 Jun 19, In Fiji Agape
Ministries leader Rocco Leo, a fugitive Australian cult leader, was
picked up by officials, along with two associates, for alleged visa
breaches. On May 20, 2010, Australian police raided 12 properties
associated with Agape and netted 15 guns, slow-burning fuses,
detonators, extendable batons and 35,000 rounds of ammunition.
2011 Jun 19, An Indian general
led a delegation to Beijing as the two countries moved to resume
exchanges between their militaries after a yearlong freeze.
2011 Jun 19, Japanese game
maker Sega said hackers have stolen the personal data of some 1.29
million customers of the, in a theft via a website of its European
2011 Jun 19, In Israel the
Jerusalem municipality approved the expansion of 2,000 homes in the
settlement district of Ramat Shlomo, allowing each Israeli home to
add an additional room.
2011 Jun 19, The Libyan
government accused NATO of bombing a residential neighborhood in the
capital and killing civilians, adding to its charges that the
alliance is striking nonmilitary targets. 9 people, including two
children, were reported killed. NATO admitted it carried out an air
strike that killed civilians in Tripoli.
(AP, 6/19/11)(Reuters, 6/20/11)
2011 Jun 19, Liechtenstein 69%
of voters backed a new law giving gay and lesbian couples the right
to formally register their partnerships.
(SFC, 6/20/11, p.A2)
2011 Jun 19, In Mexico four
people, 18-25 years old, were killed in Guadalupe, a city adjacent
to Monterrey. The bodies of 14 people were found in Michoacan state.
2011 Jun 19, In Morocco several
thousand rallied in Casablanca to answer a call from the youth-based
February 20 Movement that has rejected constitutional reforms
proposed by King Mohammed VI. Pro-government demonstrators attacked
democracy activists protesting constitutional reforms recently
unveiled by the king.
(AFP, 6/19/11)(AP, 6/19/11)
2011 Jun 19, In northwest
Pakistan at least 50 militants attacked a paramilitary checkpoint
near the Afghan border, triggering intense fighting that killed four
soldiers. A local government official put the number of militants
dead at eight.
2011 Jun 19, In Pakistan
Muhammad Riaz chopped off his wife’s nose before turning himself
over to the Khanpur police. Riaz, a resident of Choee village, said
he believed his wife, Ansar Bibi (22), was having an affair. Bibi
denied the allegation saying he did it because she is infertile.
Police later arrested the alleged boyfriend, Ashiq Hussain, from
Riaz’s house and registered separate cases against both men.
(www.muslimwomennews.com/)(SSFC, 6/26/11, p.A4)
2011 Jun 19, In Papua New
Guinea an attacker fired 2 arrows hitting Matt Scheurich as the
28-year-old New Zealander relaxed on a river bank while his
girlfriend, a French doctoral student studying tribal life, swam in
the river. The attacker also threw rocks at Scheurich's head and
then attempted to sexually assault the French woman. The couple were
air lifted out and treated at Kiunga Hospital and then in Cairns,
2011 Jun 19, Somalia's PM
Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed said that he would resign, reversing a
pledge he made last week that he would not step down after Somalis
took to the streets in support of the Somali-American politician.
President Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed named Abdiwali Mohamed Ali as a
caretaker of the prime minister's position until a new prime
minister is appointed.
2011 Jun 19, Spanish protesters
of all stripes marched in Madrid to drive home their anger over high
unemployment, bleak economic prospects and politicians they see as
2011 Jun 19, Syrian troops
tightened their grip on a restive area near the Turkish border,
setting fire to homes and a bakery that was supplying bread to
thousands of displaced people. The Turkish government began
providing food for the first time to Syrians across the border who
had fled the army campaign.
2011 Jun 19, In Venezuela fire
ripped through the El Rodeo I prison where thousands of troops
struggled to put down a revolt by inmates as dozens of horrified
relatives tried to watch the fighting.
2011 Jun 19, In Yemen military
and medical officials said government artillery shelling of an area
on the Dufas area in Zinjibar, Abyan province, has killed 12
al-Qaida-linked militants and wounded three others.
2012 Jun 19, The United States
and New Zealand signed an agreement to expand defense cooperation.
The deal did not alter Auckland's longstanding ban on port visits by
nuclear-armed American warships.
2012 Jun 19, In Pennsylvania
Patricia Smith (58), the former controller of the Baierl Automotives
auto dealership, was sentenced to 78 months in prison and pay
restitution of $10,349,569.14 for embezzling from her former boss in
a stunning case of a trusted employee looting the business then
squandering the cash on luxuries.
2012 Jun 19, Washington state
authorities said Ricky Charles Goodrich (54) of Novato, Ca., has
been charged with stealing $380,000 from Pearl Jam, a Seattle grunge
band. He stole from the band from 2006 until 2010, when he was fired
from his position as chief financial officer.
(SFC, 6/20/12, p.C3)
2012 Jun 19, US-based Walgreens
said it was spending $6.7 billion (£4.3 billion) to take a
45-percent stake in British-based Alliance Boots to create the
world's largest retail pharmacy chain.
2012 Jun 19, Joan Scott
(b.1921), Hollywood screenwriter, died. For years she took credit
for work by her blacklisted husband, Adrian Scott, under the
pseudonym Joanne Court. Adrian was one of the Hollywood 10 who went
to prison for refusing to cooperate with the House Un-American
Activities committee in 1947. Joan Scott did write many of the
Lassie TV stories after her husband became stumped for ideas in 1955
as well as stories for “Have Gun Will Travel."
(SFC, 6/29/12, p.C5)
2012 Jun 19, In southern
Afghanistan militants stormed a NATO military base in Kandahar
province. All 7 attackers were reported killed. 3 policemen were
killed and 9 others were injured during an hour-long gun battle that
ensued after militants attacked a police checkpoint in Kandahar
City. 8 civilians died in a roadside bomb explosion in Helmand
2012 Jun 19, Algerian troops
killed eight Islamist militants in the Kabylie region, where Al
Qaeda-linked groups remain active.
2012 Jun 19, In Brazil
“Rio+20," the biggest UN summit on sustainable development in a
decade, approved a draft agreement filled with weasel words and
compromises. A decision on managing global oceans was postponed for
(Econ, 6/23/12, p.64)
2012 Jun 19, WikiLeaks chief
Julian Assange made a run for the Ecuadorean Embassy in London,
seeking asylum in a long shot move that, if successful, would place
him in a small, friendly South American country rather than in
Sweden facing questioning about alleged sex crimes.
2012 Jun 19, Egypt's Hosni
Mubarak (84) suffered a stroke in prison and was put on life
support. State news initially said Mubarek was “clinically dead."
(AFP, 6/19/12)(AP, 6/20/12)(SFC, 6/20/12, p.A4)
2012 Jun 19, In southern Haiti
a bus overturned in a rain-swollen river. Officials differed about
the number of people who died. Local civil protection officials were
said to have recovered the bodies of 40 people. The bus owner said
there were 27 people aboard and that only eight people are missing.
2012 Jun 19, Iran's President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stopped in Bolivia en route to a summit in
Brazil, to court support from another leftist Latin American nation
which has tense ties with the United States.
2012 Jun 19, The world powers
known as "P5+1," permanent UN Security Council members Britain,
China, France, Russia and the United States, plus Germany, failed to
win any concession from Iran that would give the talks a new
impulse. Negotiators in Moscow managed to prevent the diplomatic
process from complete collapse by agreeing a new meeting at
expert-level in Istanbul on July 3.
2012 Jun 19, Typhoon Guchol cut
across Japan's main island of Honshu, as flights were cancelled and
2012 Jun 19, Kenyan police
officers arrested two Iranians suspected of being involved in
terrorism. Officials later said the men, who led authorities to a
cache of explosives after their arrest, planned to attack Israeli,
US, British or Saudi targets inside Kenya.
(AP, 6/22/12)(AFP, 7/3/12)
2012 Jun 19, Kurdish rebels
attacked Turkish military units with mortars and rocket-propelled
grenades in southeastern Turkey, sparking clashes in which 10 rebels
and eight soldiers died.
2012 Jun 19, In southwestern
Niger clashes pitting farmers against herders over a long-disputed
piece of land left seven people dead.
2012 Jun 19, Nigerian
authorities slapped a round-the-clock curfew on Damaturu as fresh
gunfire rocked the restive northeastern city. A radical Islamist
sect unleashed multiple attacks in Damaturu, killing at least 25
people as fears swelled about the government's inability to corral
rising sectarian violence. Habibu Bama, a suspect in the 2011
Christmas Day bombings that killed at least 44 people, was arrested
in Damaturu, following a shootout with the military joint task
force. Bama died soon after sustaining injuries from the gun battle.
(AFP, 6/19/12)(AP, 6/19/12)(AP, 6/24/12)
2012 Jun 19, Nigerian tycoon
Aliko Dangote, Africa's richest man according to Forbes magazine,
was reinstated as president of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, the
position from which he was removed two years ago.
2012 Jun 19, Pakistan's top
court, led by chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, disqualified
PM Yousuf Raza Gilani from office in a stunning move likened to a
"judicial coup" that threw the country into fresh turmoil. The
ruling rendered invalid any decision taken by Gilani since April 26.
Chaudhry's reputation was dented this month by allegations that his
son accepted payments worth $3.6 million from a property tycoon in a
failed effort to sway the outcome of court cases.
2012 Jun 19, The bodies of two
Palestinian teenagers were recovered by medics after an early
morning Israeli air strike in Deir al-Balah. The Israeli military
confirmed that 11 rockets had hit southern Israel since midnight.
Unknown attackers set fire to a West Bank mosque and sprayed it with
Hebrew graffiti, in an incident that bore the hallmarks of an attack
by extremist Jewish settlers.
2012 Jun 19, Romania’s PM
Victor Ponta faced claims that he had plagiarized half of his
doctoral thesis. Two of his education ministers had already resigned
for allegedly copying academic work. On June 29 an academic panel
ruled that Ponta had plagiarized large sections of his thesis and
called for him to be stripped of his doctorate. Ponta soon fired the
academic body that upheld the charges.
(SFC, 6/20/12, p.A2)(SFC, 6/30/12, p.A2)(Econ,
2012 Jun 19, A Russian ship
allegedly carrying refurbished attack helicopters and missiles
destined for Syria has stopped off the Scottish coast after its
British insurer, Standard Club, withdrew cover for the MV Alaed. On
June 24 the ship was re-flagged as a Russian vessel.
(AFP, 6/19/12)(SFC, 7/13/12, p.A4)
2012 Jun 19, The UN tribunal
for Rwanda handed a life sentence to Ildephonse Nizeyimana, a former
army captain nicknamed the "Butcher of Butare," for his role in the
2012 Jun 19, Syria's government
said it was ready to act on a UN call to evacuate civilians trapped
in the rebellious central city of Homs for more than a week, but
blamed rebels for obstructing efforts to get them out. The
Observatory later said 62 people were killed today across the
(AP, 6/19/12)(AFP, 6/24/12)
2012 Jun 19, Double amputee
Spencer West completed his ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania.
West (31) of Canada, lost the use of both legs at the age of five.
West and his two best friends, David Johnson and Alex Meers made the
ascent to raise money for Free the Children, an organization that
supplies drinking water to hundreds of people in Kenya.
2012 Jun 19, Togolese
authorities detained former prime minister and opposition figure
Agbeyome Kodjo in the wake of protests last week. He was released
later in the day.
2012 Jun 19, In Turkey
thousands of feminists and activists sent a petition to several
government ministries to protest a bill that would ban abortions
beyond the first six weeks of pregnancy.
2012 Jun 19, In Yemen 3
civilians were killed in Zinjibar by landmines planted by militants.
US General James N. Mattis, commander of US Central Command, met
with Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and senior military
officials and reaffirmed the US commitment to a strong partnership.
2013 Jun 19, President Barack
Obama spoke in Berlin challenging Americans and Europeans not to
become complacent even though the Cold War is over. He called for a
one-third reduction of the US and Russia's nuclear stockpiles.
2013 Jun 19, The United States
said it has agreed to resume bilateral talks with Cuba on migration
issues next month, the latest evidence of a thaw in chilly relations
between the Cold War enemies.
2013 Jun 19, The US Naval
Academy at Annapolis, Md., charged 3 Navy football players with
sexually assaulting a female midshipman at an off-campus house in
(SFC, 6/20/13, p.A7)
2013 Jun 19, The World Food
Prize Foundation awarded this year’s prize to 3 pioneers of plant
biotechnology: Marc Van Montagu, founder and chairman of the
Institute of Plant Biotechnology Outreach at Ghent Univ. in Belgium;
Mary-Dell Chilton, founder and researcher of Syngenta Biotechnology;
and Robert Fraley, chief technology officer at Monsanto.
(SFC, 6/20/13, p.A6)
2013 Jun 19, James Gandolfini
(b.1961), Emmy-winning lead star of the HBO TV series “The
Sopranos," died in Italy of a heart attack.
(SFC, 6/20/13, p.A6)
2013 Jun 19, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai suspended talks with the United States on a new
security deal to protest the way his government was being left out
of the initial peace negotiations with the Taliban.
2013 Jun 19, In Brazil street
demonstrations popped up again around the country as protesters
continued their collective cry against the low-quality public
services they receive in exchange for high taxes and high prices.
Leaders in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo reversed an increase in bus
and subway fares which ignited anti-government protests over the
2013 Jun 19, Britain's Girl
Guides unveiled their new pledge. Gone is the reference to loving
God, replaced by a call to "be true to myself and develop my
beliefs." It also retained a reference to serving the queen.
2013 Jun 19, The UK's highest
court ruled that the government was wrong to have imposed sanctions
on an Iranian bank in 2009 over alleged links to Iran's nuclear
program. The decision mirrored a January ruling by the European
Union's General Court, which overturned sanctions imposed in 2010,
and could result in the bank suing Britain for damages.
2013 Jun 19, China’s Communist
Party newspapers and websites proclaimed that Pres. Xi will fight
"formalism, bureaucracy, hedonism and extravagance." Xi commanded
wayward cadres to purify themselves of corruption and summed it up
in a pithy slogan: “Look in the mirror, take a bath."
2013 Jun 19, Chinese
conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group said it would spend $1.6 billion (1
billion pounds) to buy British yacht maker Sunseeker and develop an
upmarket London hotel, the latest example of a trend for Chinese
companies to acquire top luxury global brands.
2013 Jun 19, In Hungary former
PM Gyula Horn (b.1932) died. He had served as prime minister from
2013 Jun 19, India's PM Singh
said that the death toll from flooding this week in the northern
state of Uttrakhand had reached 102 and could rise substantially.
2013 Jun 19, In Iraq a suicide
bomber blew himself up inside politician Younis al-Rammah's guest
house in Ninevah province. Al-Rammah and 4 relatives were killed,
and six others were wounded. A bomb placed near a juice cart
exploded in the Shiite neighborhood of Shula in Baghdad, killing 2
people and wounding eight others. 7 people were killed and 24 were
wounded when two bombs exploded simultaneously on a soccer field
while teenagers and young adults were playing in Fallujah.
(AP, 6/19/13)(AP, 6/20/13)
2013 Jun 19, In Italy a Milan
court convicted the designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana of
tax evasion. They were found guilty of failing to declare 200
million euros ($268 million) through a Luxembourg company to
authorities and given a one year and eight months suspended jail
sentence. They were also ordered to pay a penalty of 500,000 euros
(about $670,000) to tax authorities.
2013 Jun 19, Japan’s nuclear
watchdog formally approved a set of new safety requirements for the
country’s nuclear plants.
(SFC, 6/20/13, p.A3)
2013 Jun 19, In Jordan
infiltrators from Syria clashed with Jordanian soldiers near the
border. One infiltrator was killed and two wounded.
2013 Jun 19, Norway's
Parliament opened up a new area on the fringe of the Arctic Ocean to
offshore oil drilling despite protests from opponents who fear
catastrophic oil spills in the remote and icy region.
2013 Jun 19, Doctors
investigating a new respiratory virus related to SARS, said it
spreads easily between people and appears to be more deadly than
SARS. The biggest outbreak of the virus, now called MERS, was in
(SFC, 6/20/13, p.A2)
2013 Jun 19, In northwest
Pakistan militants attacked a military convoy with rocket-propelled
grenades and other heavy weapons, killing 6 soldiers.
2013 Jun 19, In Somalia 7
al-Shabab gunmen detonated a pick-up truck rigged with explosives at
the gate of the UN compound in Mogadishu, launching a
bombs-and-gunfire assault that saw militants pour into the complex,
killing at least 13 people, including 3 foreigners. The gunmen all
died in the assault.
2013 Jun 19, Syrian troops
backed by Lebanese Hezbollah fighters clashed with rebel forces
south of a Damascus suburb that is home to the Shiite shrine of
2013 Jun 19, A state security
prosecutor in the United Arab Emirates said 30 Egyptian and UAE
suspects have been charged with plotting a coup linked to a network
of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, in a case likely to further strain
relations with Cairo.
2013 Jun 19, Vietnam’s Pres.
Truong Tan Sang left Hanoi to pay his first state visit to China as
President. The two countries signed a new strategic partnership
during the visit.
2013 Jun 19, Zimbabwe's highest
court said it has received an application from longtime President
Robert Mugabe's party to delay crucial elections by at least two
weeks following pressure from regional leaders.
2013 Jun 19, In Zimbabwe Edward
Chindori-Chininga, a Zanu-PF member of parliament, died in a car
accident after issuing a report on his party’s theft of vast
revenues from the diamond fields of Marange.
(Econ, 6/29/13, p.44)
2014 Jun 19, A California state
auditor blasted federal and state oversight of sterilization
surgeries for female prison inmates after finding more than a
quarter of 144 tubal ligations, performed from 2006 to 2013, were
done without lawful consent.
(SFC, 6/20/14, p.A1)
2014 Jun 19, Gerry Goffin
(b.1939), pop lyricist, died at his home in Los Angeles. During the
1960s he and his then wife Carole King wrote such songs “A Natural
Woman," “Take Good Care of My Baby," Up on the Roof," “The
Loco-Motion," and “Will You Love Me Tomorrow" (1960).
(SSFC, 6/22/14, p.C5)
2014 Jun 19, In eastern
Afghanistan four Taliban militants struck a NATO post in Nangarhar
province, destroying dozens of trucks and sparking a gun battle with
2014 Jun 19, Australia's
highest court ruled that it is unconstitutional for the federal
government to fund a program that provides chaplains to schools.
2014 Jun 19, In Bulgaria flash
floods killed at least 12 people including two children, with others
missing after torrential rains lashed the east of the country.
2014 Jun 19, China said it is
moving a second oil rig closer to Vietnam's coast, showing its
determination to press its territorial claims and continue searching
for resources in disputed waters despite a tense confrontation with
Vietnam over another oil rig to the south.
2014 Jun 19, In eastern China a
court sentenced to up to 6 ½ years in prison three activists who
were part of a nascent civil rights movement that has urged
government officials to publicly disclose their assets. A court in
southern Guangxi region sentenced to death He Shenguo, who killed
two government workers and injured four other people in an argument
related to the one-child policy.
2014 Jun 19, Chinese PM Li
Keqiang arrived on an official three-day visit to Greece, which the
Greek government hopes will lead to trade and investment deals that
will boost the recession-plagued economy.
2014 Jun 19, Chinese
authorities arrested 11 North Koreans who had fled their country and
will likely deport them back to the North where they could face
2014 Jun 19, Growing numbers of
French railway employees returned to work after lawmakers voted to
approve the broad outline of a railway reform that has triggered a
2014 Jun 19, An injured German
caver was hauled out of the country's deepest cavern by a
multinational rescue operation that involved more than 700 people.
Johann Westhauser (52), an experienced caver, had gone into the
Riesending cave system in the Alps with two companion on June 8 and
was injured during a rock fall.
2014 Jun 19, It was reported
that India is cracking down on foreign-funded charities after
receiving an internal report alleging they are costing the country
up to 3 percent of its GDP by rallying communities against polluting
2014 Jun 19, In Iraq Col. Ali
al-Qureishi told state-run Iraqiya television by telephone that the
Beiji oil facility remained under his control. He said his forces
had killed nearly 100 militants since June 17. The Beiji refinery
accounts for just over a quarter of the country's entire refining
2014 Jun 19, In Iraq the
bullet-riddled bodies of 4 handcuffed men, presumably Sunnis, were
discovered in the Shiite Baghdad district of Abu Dashir. A roadside
bomb hit a police patrol on a highway in the east of Baghdad,
killing 2 police officers and wounding two. A car bomb also exploded
inside a parking lot in Baghdad's southeastern Shiite neighborhood
of New Baghdad, killing 3 people and wounding seven.
2014 Jun 19, Israeli forces
traded gunfire with Palestinians in the fiercest street battles in
the occupied West Bank since a search began for three Israeli
teenagers missing for a week. 30 "terror suspects" were detained in
the West Bank, bringing to 280 the number of Palestinians taken into
custody over the past week.
2014 Jun 19, An Israeli court
sentenced former Jerusalem mayor Uri Lupolianski to six years in
prison for his part in a corruption scandal involving ex-premier
2014 Jun 19, Kenyan fighter
jets attacked two bases belonging to Islamist al Shabaab insurgents
in Somalia and killed at least 80 militants. Al Shabaab rebels
denied any of its fighters had been killed.
2014 Jun 19, In Pakistan
thousands of refugees poured out of North Waziristan, terrified by
both state troops and Taliban insurgents fighting for control of the
2014 Jun 19, Philippine
security forces battled Abu Sayyaf militants in the south in fierce
clashes that killed 6 troops and 10 rebels. A military investigation
concluded on July 10 that friendly fire and not Muslim extremists
killed six elite army soldiers during the clash.
(AP, 6/19/14)(AP, 7/10/14)
2014 Jun 19, In Spain divorced
former journalist, Letizia Ortiz, became Spain's first commoner
queen when her husband, Felipe VI (46), was sworn in as king.
2014 Jun 19, In Syria a car
bomb exploded near a school in the pro-government Nazha district of
Homs, killing 3 people and wounding nine.
2014 Jun 19, Ukrainian troops
and pro-Russian separatists were locked in fierce fighting in the
east after rebels rejected a call to lay down their arms in line
with a peace plan proposed by Pres. Petro Poroshenko.