Today in History - June 21

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217BCE    Jun 21, Carthaginian forces led by Hannibal destroyed a Roman army under consul Gaius Flaminicy in a battle at Lake Trasimenus in central Italy. Hannibal of Carthage attacked Roman Consul Flaminio at Tuoro on Lake Trasimeno in Umbria. Hannibal’s army of Numidians, Berbers, Libyans, Gascons, and Iberians was down to one elephant after crossing the Alps with 39. His army of 40,000 drove the Romans into the lake where 15,000 died as opposed to 1,500 of Hannibal’s men. 2 nearby towns were named Ossaia (boneyard) and Sanguineto (bloodied).
    (SFEM, 10/12/97, p.37)(HN, 6/21/98)

524CE        Jun 21, Battle at Vezerone: Burgundy beat France.
    (MC, 6/21/02)

1002        Jun 21, Pope Leo IX was born. He brought the conflict between Rome and the eastern Church to a head in 1054, ending with the Patriarch of Constantinople being excommunicated and the creation of the Schism.
    (Camelot, 6/21/99)

1037        Jun 21, Avicenna (b.980), a Persian polymath, died in Iran. Of the 450 works he is known to have written, around 240 have survived, including 150 on philosophy and 40 on medicine.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avicenna)

1377        Jun 21, Edward III (b.1312), King of England (1322-1377), died. Richard II, who was still a child, succeeded his father. In 1966 H.J. Hewitt authored “The Organization of War Under Edward III.” In 1978 Richard Barber authored “Edward, Prince of Wales and Aquitaine.” In 1980 Michael Prestwich authored “The Three Edwards: War and State in England 1272-1377.” Lines of his 3rd and 4th sons, houses Lancaster and York engaged in the Wars of the Roses.
    (WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R6)(ON, 9/00, p.2)(AM, 7/01, p.69)(HN, 6/21/98)

1498        Jun 21, Jews were expelled from Nuremberg, Bavaria, by Emperor Maximillian.
    (MC, 6/21/02)

1527        Jun 21, Nicolo Machiavelli (b.1469), Florentine statesman, author (The Prince), died. “When the effect is good... it will always excuse the deed.”
    (www.online-literature.com/machiavelli/)(WSJ, 5/21/96, p.A-16)(WSJ, 6/22/98, p.A20)

1529        Jun 21, John Skelton (69), English poet, died.
    (MC, 6/21/02)

1547        Jun 21, There was a great fire in Moscow.
    (MC, 6/21/02)

1591        Jun 21, Aloysius [Luigi] Gonzaga, Prince, Italian Jesuit saint, died.
    (MC, 6/21/02)

1596        Jun 21, Mikhail Feodorovich Romanov (d.1645), 1st Romanov Tsar of Russia (1613-45), was born.
    (WUD, 1994 p.1242)(MC, 6/21/02)

1607        Jun 21, The Church of England Episcopal Church, the 1st Protestant Episcopal parish in America, was established at Jamestown, Va. The 39 articles of the Episcopal Faith included the statement: "There is but one living and true God, everlasting, without body, parts, or passions; of infinite power, wisdom and goodness; the Maker, and Preserver of all things both visible and invisible."
    (SFC, 7/21/97, p.A11)(MC, 6/21/02)(WSJ, 6/20/03, p.W15)

1631        Jun 21, John Smith (baptized. 6 January 1580), English sailor, soldier and author, died in England. John Smith was also an explorer, colonial governor, Admiral of New England and played an important role in the establishment of the colony at Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in America. He was a leader of the Virginia Colony between September 1608 and August 1609, and he led an exploration along the rivers of Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay, during which he became the first English explorer to map the Chesapeake Bay area. Later, he explored and mapped the coast of New England.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Smith_(explorer))

1633        Jun 21, Galileo Galilei was tortured and threatened by Inquisition to "abjure, curse, & detest" his Copernican heliocentric views.
    (JST-TMC,1983, p.7)(MC, 6/21/02)

1675        Jun 21, Sir Christopher Wren (1632-1723) began to rebuild St Paul’s Cathedral in London, replacing the old building which had been destroyed by the Great fire. St Paul’s Cathedral was dedicated in 1708 but work continued.
    (Econ, 6/7/08, p.98)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Paul%27s_Cathedral)

1764        Jun 21, William Sydney Smith, British seaman, was born. He bested Napoleon Bonaparte at the port of St. Jean d'Acre in the Mediterranean Sea.
    (HN, 6/21/00)

1684        Jun 21, King Charles II revoked the 1629 Massachusetts Bay Colony charter. [see 1691]
    (HNQ, 11/23/00)(MC, 6/21/02)

1732        Jun 21, Johann Christoph Frederic Bach (d.1795), composer, was born. He is known as the Buckeburg Bach for serving in that city his whole life.
    (LGC-HCS, p.31)(MC, 6/21/02)

1788        Jun 21, The U.S. Constitution went into effect as New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify it.
    (AP, 6/21/97)

1791        Jun 21, King Louis XVI and the French royal family were arrested in Varennes. In 2003 Timothy Tackett authored "When the King Took Flight," an examination of the political culture during this period of transformation.
    (HN, 6/21/98)(SSFC, 5/18/03, p.M6)

1813        Jun 21, The Peninsular War ended. It began on February 16, 1808, when Napoleon ordered a large French force into Spain under the pretext of sending reinforcements to the French army occupying Portugal.
    (MC, 6/21/02)

1821        Jun 21, African Methodist Episcopal Zion (AMEZ) Church was organized in NYC as a national body. [see Mar 14]
    (MC, 6/21/02)

1834        Jun 21, Cyrus Hall McCormick received a patent for his reaping machine.
    (AP, 6/21/97)(HN, 6/21/98)

1843        Jun 21, In Britain the Royal College of Surgeons was founded from the original Barber-Surgeons Company.
    (Camelot, 6/21/99)

1851        Jun 21, Daniel Carter Beard, organized the first [US] boy scout troop, was born.
    (HN, 6/21/98)

1852        Jun 21, Friedrich Frobel (b.1782), founder of the Play and Activity Institute (1837) in Germany, died. In 1840 he created the word kindergarten to describe the institute.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friedrich_Wilhelm_August_Froebel)

1854        Jun 21, The first Victoria Cross was awarded to Charles Lucas, an Irishman and mate aboard the HMS Hecla for conspicuous gallantry at Bomarsrund in the Baltic. The medal was made from metal from a cannon captured at Sebastopol.
    (Camelot, 6/21/99)

1859        Jun 21, Henry Ossawa Tanner, African-American painter, was born.
    (HN, 6/21/98)

1862        Jun 21, Union and Confederate forces skirmished at the Chickahominy Creek during the Peninsular Campaign.
    (HN, 6/21/98)

1863        Jun 21, In the second day of fighting, Confederate cavalry failed to dislodge a Union force at the Battle of LaFourche Crossing in Louisiana.
    (HN, 6/21/00)

1868        Jun 21, The first performance of Wagner’s opera Die Meistersinger took place in Munich.
    (Camelot, 6/21/99)

1870        Jun 21, A Chinese mob in Tianjin set upon the French consul and tore him limb from limb for firing his pistol at a Chinese official, wounding one of his retinue. The mob slaughtered about 20 foreigners including 2 priests and 10 nuns. Nearly 20 Chinese were later executed by the Qing to appease the French and avoid war. Diplomat Wanyan Chonghou soon sailed to France to issue a formal apology.
    (Econ, 12/21/13, p.71)

1874        Jun 21, The Schooner America, designed by George Steers, was sold at auction for $5000 to former Union Gen. Benjamin Butler, who transferred it from Annapolis to Portsmouth, NH, where he sailed it till he died. By 1942 the hull of the schooner became unsalvageable and it was burned. The rudder was saved and put on display at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut.
    (AH, 2/03, p.29,31)

1876        Jun 21, The first gorilla arrived in Britain.
    (Camelot, 6/21/99)

1879        Jun 21, Umberto Brunelleschi, Italian cartoonist, illustrator (Candide), was born.
    (MC, 6/21/02)
1879        Jun 21, F.W. Woolworth opened his 1st store. It failed almost immediately. Frank Woolworth added 10-cent items to the Great 5-Cent Store in Lancaster, Pa., and created Woolworth’s five-and-ten. This was his 2nd attempt after a failure in Utica. He took in $127 during his first day of business.
    (WSJ, 9/26/96, p.B1)(SFC,10/20/97, p.B2)(MC, 6/21/02)

1880        Jun 21, Arnold Lucius Gesell, psychologist and pediatrician, was born.
    (HN, 6/21/01)

1882        Jun 21, Rockwell Kent (d.1971), artist, book illustrator, was born.
    (HN, 6/21/01)

1884        Jun 21, Field Marshal Sir Claude Auchinleck, British general, was born. He revived the flagging Eighth Army to go back on the offensive against the German army under Rommel in the Middle East, but was later replaced.
    (Camelot, 6/21/99)

1887        Jun 21, Britain celebrated the golden jubilee of Queen Victoria.
    (HN, 6/21/98)

1891        Jun 21, Hermann Scherchen, conductor (Nature of Music), was born in Berlin, Germany.
    (MC, 6/21/02)

1892         Jun 21, Reinhold Niebuhr (d.1971), American Protestant clergyman and author was born. “The tendency to claim God as an ally for our partisan values and ends is ... the source of all religious fanaticism.”
    (AP, 5/4/97)(AP, 11/2/97)(HN, 6/21/01)

1893        Jun 21, George Washington Gale Ferris, engineer, completed the construction of a 254-foot high revolving steel wheel with 38 passenger cars, each with 40 plush chairs, for the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago.
    (ON, 11/99, p.7)(MC, 6/21/02)
1893        Jun 21, US Sen. Leland Stanford (b.1824), the 8th governor of California and co-founder of Stanford Univ., died in Palo Alto.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leland_Stanford)

1897        Jun 21, In Austria a giant Ferris wheel, designed by Walter Bassett of England, opened in Vienna. It was built in the Wurstelprater amusement park to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the accession of Emperor Franz Joseph to the Habsburg throne.
    (Econ, 5/31/08, p.71)(http://tinyurl.com/3tawph)

1898        Jun 21, Guam became a US territory. [see Jun 20, Jul 21]
    (MC, 6/21/02)
 
1900        Jun 21, General Arthur MacArthur offered amnesty to Filipinos rebelling against American rule.
    (HN, 6/21/98)
1900        Jun 21, After the Empress declared war on all foreign powers, the Boxers began a two-month assault on the legations in Beijing. An international force of Japanese, Russian, German, American, British, Italian and Austro-Hungarian troops put down the uprising by August 14. The Boxer Rebellion was a violent, anti-foreign uprising that broke out in reaction to years of foreign interference with Chinese affairs. Led by a Chinese secret society called Yi He Tuan--"the Righteous, Harmonious Fists"--the Boxers were aided by the Empress Dowager Ci Xi and pillaged the countryside, murdering foreigners and Chinese Christians. In 2000 Diana Preston authored “The Boxer Rebellion: The Dramatic Story of China’s War on foreigners That Shook the World in the Summer of 1900.”
    (HNPD, 6/21/99)(WSJ, 6/20/00, p.A24)

1903        Jun 21, Al[bert] Hirschfield, cartoonist (NINA, NY Times), was born in St Louis, Mo.
    (MC, 6/21/02)

1905        Jun 21, Jean-Paul Sartre (d.1980), French philosopher and existentialist, was born. He won the Nobel Prize in 1964 but declined it. His works include “The Road to Freedom.”
    (HN, 6/21/98)(AP, 2/15/00)

1907        Jun 21, American newspaper publisher E.W. Scripps founded the United Press Associations, a forerunner of United Press International.
    (AP, 6/21/07)

1908        Jun 21, Nikolai A. Rimsky-Korsakov (64), prolific Russian composer, orchestrator (Scheherazade, The Tsar's Bride, The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh), died in Lyubensk.
    (AP, 6/21/08)
1908        Jun 21, Mulai Hafid again proclaimed himself the true sultan of Morocco.
    (HN, 6/21/98)

1911        Jun 21, Albert Hirschfield, illustrator, was born.
    (HN, 6/21/01)
1911        Jun 21, Porfirio Diaz, the ex-president of Mexico, exiled himself to Paris.
    (HN, 6/21/98)

1912        Jun 21, Mary McCarthy, American novelist whose works include “Memories of Catholic Girlhood” and “The Group,” was born.
    (HN, 6/21/98)

1915        Jun 21, In San Francisco Al Jolson and the Winter garden show opened “Dancing Around” following a 20 week run in NYC.
    (SSFC, 6/7/15, DB p.50)
1915        Jun 21, Germany used poison gas for the first time in warfare in the Argonne Forest.
    (HN, 6/21/98)

1916        Jun 21, Mexican troops beat a US expeditionary force under Gen Pershing.
    (MC, 6/21/02)

1919        Jun 21, German sailors under Admiral von Reuter scuttled 72 warships at Scapa Flow in the Orkneys even though Germany had surrendered. It was the greatest act of self-destruction in modern military history.
    (HN, 6/21/98)(Camelot, 6/21/99)(MC, 6/21/02)

1921        Jun 21, Jane Russell (d.2011), film star, was born in Bemidji, Minn.
    (SFC, 3/1/11, p.A7)
1921        Jun 21, U.S. Army Air Service pilots bombed the captured German battleship Ostfriesland to demonstrate the effectiveness of aerial bombing on warships. At the time, the ship was one of the world's largest war vessels. Brigadier General William "Billy" Mitchell, assistant chief of the Army Air Service, arranged the demonstration to prove that air power should become the country's first line of defense. Most military leaders doubted that airplanes could inflict serious damage on warships. Mitchell's tests proved them wrong.
    (HN, 6/22/99)

1922        Jun 21, Judy Holliday, actress, was born.
    (HN, 6/21/01)

1923        Jun 21, Marcus Garvey was sentenced to 5 years for using mail to defraud.
    (MC, 6/21/02)

1927        Jun 21, Carl Stokes, the first black mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, was born.
    (HN, 6/21/98)

1928        Jun 21, Judith Raskin, soprano, was born.
    (HN, 6/21/01)

1931        Jun 21, Margaret Heckler, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services in the Reagan administration, was born.
    (HN, 6/21/98)

1932        Jun 21, Lalo [Boris] Schifrin, composer, was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
    (MC, 6/21/02)
1932        Jun 21, Heavyweight Max Schmeling lost a title fight by decision to Jack Sharkey; Schmeling's manager, Joe Jacobs, exclaimed: "We was robbed!"
    (AP, 6/21/97)

1934        Jun 21, [James] Thorne Smith, US fantasy author (Stray Lamb, Turnabout), died.
    (MC, 6/21/02)

1935        Jun 21, Jack Loreen (34), holder of the world’s roller skating record from New York to Miami, allowed himself to be buried at Balboa Street and the Great Highway in San Francisco in an effort to beat his 65-day record, established last year, for being buried alive in a coffin.
    (SSFC, 6/20/10, DB p.50)

1936        Jun 21, The first Herb Caen (age 20) column appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle. He replaced J.E. "Dinty" Doyle. Executive editor Paul C. Smith had hired Caen to write a radio column. Caen later began writing a column about San Francisco titled “It’s News to Me,” and became the paper’s best known writer.
    (SFC, 6/5/96, p.C1)(SFEC, 2/2/97, p.A12)(SSFC, 6/7/09, p.W2)

1937        Jun 21, Wimbledon was televised for the first time.
    (Camelot, 6/21/99)

1939        Jun 21, Baseball legend Lou Gehrig was forced to quit baseball because of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
    (HN, 6/21/98)

1940        Jun 21, Estonia’s Pres. Päts appointed a new government led by PM Johannes Vares under pressure from Andrei Zhdanov, head of the Leningrad branch of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
    (www.historycommission.ee/temp/conclusions_frame.htm)
1940        Jun 21, Wolfgang Doblin, German-French mathematician, died. He committed suicide in Housseras (a small village near to Epinal), at the moment when German troops came in sight of the place. His work to describe the random movement of particles was later found to contain an important building block of the Black-Scholes equation.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolfgang_Doeblin)(Econ, 1/14/12, p.82)
1940        Jun 21, German occupiers disbanded the Dutch States-General, Council of State.
    (MC, 6/21/02)

1942        Jun 21, President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill met in Washington, DC.
    (MC, 6/21/02)
1942        Jun 21, German General Erwin Rommel captured the port city of Tobruk in North Africa and 25,000 Allied troops.
    (HN, 6/21/98)(Camelot, 6/21/99)

1943        Jun 21, The US Supreme Court held the broad claims of Guglielmo Marconi's patent for improvements in apparatus for wireless telegraphy to be invalid. First written for publication by the Antique Wireless Association, this monograph shows how the nation's high court arrived at its decision. It provides an answer to the continuing argument regarding the popular misconception that Marconi invented radio.
    (www.mercurians.org/nov98/misreading.html)
1943        Jun 21, Jean "Max" Moulin, French resistance fighter, was betrayed by fellow Frenchmen and captured in a massive anti-resistance dragnet. Raymond Aubrac (1914-2012) was captured along with Jean Moulin, when police raided a Resistance meeting spot, a doctor's office, near the southeastern city of Lyon. Lucie Aubrac helped orchestrate her husband's escape from a Lyon prison following his arrest.
    (www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/moulin_jean.shtml)(AFP, 4/11/12)

1944        Jun 21, Very heavy bombing took place on Berlin.
    (MC, 6/21/02)

1945        Jun 21, Japanese forces on Okinawa surrendered to the Americans. American soldiers on Okinawa found the body of the Japanese commander, Lt. Gen. Mitsuru Ushijima, who had committed suicide. The embattled destroyer USS Laffey survived horrific damage from attacks by 22 Japanese aircraft off Okinawa.  [see Jun 22]
    (HN, 6/21/98)(AP, 6/21/99)

1946        Jun 21, Bill Veeck bought the Cleveland Indians for $2.2 million.
    (MC, 6/21/02)

1948        Jun 21, The Republican national convention opened in Philadelphia. The delegates ended up choosing Thomas E. Dewey to be their presidential nominee.
    (AP, 6/21/07)
1948        Jun 21, Lord Mountbatten resigned as Viceroy of India.
    (MC, 6/21/02)

1953        Jun 21, Benazir Bhutto, Prime Minister of Pakistan, was born. She was elected in 1988 after the military regime had agreed to free elections following the death of President Zhia.
    (Camelot, 6/21/99)

1955        Jun 21, The David Lean movie "Summertime" starring Katharine Hepburn and Rossano Brazzi had its world premiere in New York.
    (AP, 6/21/05)

1958        Jun 21, A federal judge allowed Little Rock Arkansas to delay school integration.
    (HN, 6/21/98)

1963        Jun 21, Cardinal Giovanni Battista Montini was chosen to succeed the late Pope John XXIII as head of the Roman Catholic Church. The new pope took the name Paul VI.
    (AP, 6/21/97)
1963        Jun 21, France announced it would withdraw from the NATO fleet in the North Atlantic.
    (HN, 6/21/98)
1963        Jun 21, Levi Eshkol began serving as Israel’s 3rd prime minister.
    (Economist, 9/22/12, p.93)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Levi_Eshkol)

1964        Jun 21, Byron de la Beckwith was arrested for the murder of Medgar Evers. He was found guilty 30 years later.
    (MC, 6/21/02)
1964        Jun 21, Three civil rights workers, Andrew Goodman (20), Michael Schwerner (24), and James Chaney (21) disappeared near Meridian, Mississippi. Their car was found burning late in the day. 40 days later their bodies were found buried in an earthen dam near Philadelphia, Miss. 8 Klansman went to prison on federal conspiracy charges but none served more than 6 years, and murder charges were never filed. The event inspired the 1988 film Mississippi Burning. In 2005 Edgar Ray Killen (80) was arrested in Philadelphia, Miss., and convicted of manslaughter in the abduction and killing of the 3 voter-registration volunteers. He was sentenced to three 20-year terms. Billy Wayne Posey (73), a key suspect in the killings, died in 2009. In 2016 federal prosecutors closed their investigation into the killings that remained unsolved.
    (SFEC, 2/16/97, p.A12)(AP, 6/21/97)(HN, 6/21/01)(SFC, 6/22/05, p.A1)(WSJ, 6/24/05, p.A1)(SSFC, 8/16/09, p.A9)(SFC, 6/22/16, p.A1)

1965        Jun 21, Bernard M. Baruch (94), US presidential advisor, died.
    (MC, 6/21/02)

1966        Jun 21, Reg Calvert (b.1938), a pirate-radio operator, was shot and killed by Oliver Smedley, an ex-army man and commercial rival. In 2010 Adrian Johns authored “Death of a Pirate: British Radio and the Making of the Information Age.”
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reginald_Calvert)(Econ, 11/20/10, p.97)

1969        Jun 21, The 14th Symphony by Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) premiered in Moscow.
    (www.c4md.org/hancher/kremerata.html)

1970        Jun 21, Penn Central was forced into bankruptcy. The default caught the market by surprise, largely because commercial paper ratings were in their infancy. Fed chairman Arthur Burns reacted by making discount window loans to banks that lent to CP issuers.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penn_Central_Transportation)(WSJ, 8/30/07, p.A3)
1970        Jun 21, Tony Jacklin became the first British golfer to win the US Open for 50 years, and with his British Open victory eleven months earlier, he became only the third golfer to accomplish this double within a 12-month period.
    (Camelot, 6/21/99)

1972        Jun 21, The TV sitcom "Corner Bar" began its 1st of 2 seasons.
    (SFEC, 3/30/97, DB. p.35)(www.imdb.com/title/tt0546094/)

1973        Jun 21, The US Supreme Court, in Miller v. California, ruled that states may ban materials found to be obscene according to local standards.
    (AP, 6/21/08)
1973        Jun 21, The US Supreme Court, in Keyes v. School District No. 1, ordered the complete desegregation of the Denver school system.
    (SFC, 5/18/99, p.A21)(http://law.jrank.org/pages/13362/Keyes-v-School-District-No-1.html)

1975        Jun 21, The West Indies, captained by Clive Lloyd won the first World Cup Cricket series, beating Australia by 17 runs at Lords.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1975_Cricket_World_Cup)

1977        Jun 21, HR Haldeman, former White House chief of staff, entered prison.
    (http://openweb.tvnews.vanderbilt.edu/1977-6/)
1977        Jun 21, Menachem Begin became Israel's sixth prime minister at the head of a Likud coalition. He became Likud’s first prime minister and continued to 1983.
    (AP, 6/21/97)(WSJ, 4/29/98, p.A22)(Econ, 7/28/12, SR p.8)

1978        Jun 21, The musical play “Evita” by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice had its first stage performance in London’s West End. It featured Elaine Page as Evita.
    (TL, 1988, p.119)(SFC, 9/1/96, DB p.42)(Hem., 1/97, p.106)(AP, 6/21/98)
1978        Jun 21, Dr. LeMaistre and Art Dilly flew to New York City with checks totaling $2.4 million to purchase a complete edition of the two-volume, 1456 Gutenberg Bible. The Carl H. and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation of NYC had sold the Gutenberg Bible to the Ransom Center of Texas.
    (www.utexas.edu/news/2003/07/22/nr_hrc/)(http://tinyurl.com/32vox7)

1979        Jun 21, Mayor Diane Feinstein returned from her visit to China, where she signed a sister-city relationship with Shanghai. In August Wang Bingnam announced that San Francisco and Shanghai will become “friendship cities.”
    (SFC, 6/27/96, p.A3)(SFC, 12/15/99, p.A19)(SFC, 6/18/04, p.F2)(SFC, 8/27/04, p.F2)

1982        Jun 21, A jury in Washington, D.C., found John Hinckley Jr. innocent by reason of insanity in the shootings of President Reagan and three other men.
    (AP, 6/21/97)(HN, 6/21/98)
1982        Jun 21, Prince William, eldest son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, was born.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_William_of_Wales)

1985        Jun 21, American, Brazilian and West German scientists announced that skeletal remains exhumed in Brazil were those of Nazi war criminal Josef Mengele.
    (AP, 6/21/97)(www.paperlessarchives.com/mengele.html)

1986        Jun 21, In SF Larry Harvey (1948-2018) and friends began the Burning Man festival with a torching of an 8-foot wooden figure on San Francisco's Baker Beach. It was to celebrate the summer solstice and exorcize the sadness of a lost love affair.
    (SFC, 7/19/96, p.D1,12)(SSFC, 4/29/18, p.A8)

1987        Jun 21, Violence continued in South Korea, where riot police broke up protests in the cities of Seoul and Pusan for a second day.
    (AP, 6/21/97)

1988        Jun 21, The Roger Rabbit cartoon character debuted in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?"
    (www.metacritic.com/video/titles/whoframedrogerrabbit)
1988        Jun 21, The Los Angeles Lakers repeated as NBA champions as they beat the Detroit Pistons, 108-105.
    (AP, 6/21/98)
1988        Jun 21, Leaders of the world's seven richest nations concluded their three-day summit in Toronto.
    (AP, 6/21/98)

1989        Jun 21, The US Supreme Court ruled that burning the American flag as a form of political protest is protected by the First Amendment.
    (AP 6/21/97)

1990        Jun 21, An estimated 50,000 Iranians were killed in a magnitude 7.3 to 7.7 earthquake. The earthquake killed some 35,000 people in Gilan and neighboring Zanjan province.
    (SFC, 3/1/97, p.C1)(AP, 6/21/00)(AP, 6/22/02)

1991        Jun 21, US Secretary of State James Baker visited Yugoslavia, where he pleaded for a peaceful solution to multi-ethnic conflicts that were threatening to erupt into civil war.
    (AP, 6/21/01)
1991        Jun 21, In North Carolina Erik Tornblom (17) was robbed of $27 and killed. In 1994 Marcus Reymond Robinson (21) was convicted of Tornblom’s murder and sentenced to death. In 2012 a judge vacated his death penalty under North Carolina’s 2009 Racial Justice Act. Robinson was resentenced to life in prison.
    (SFC, 4/21/12, p.A8)(http://www.wral.com/news/state/story/1169340/)

1992        Jun 21, Democrat Bill Clinton unveiled an economic blueprint calling for substantially higher taxes on the rich.
    (AP, 6/21/02)       
1992        Jun 21, Russian President Boris Yeltsin returned home from his North America tour.
    (AP, 6/21/97)

1993        Jun 21, The US Supreme Court ruled that Haitian boat people could be stopped at sea and returned home without asylum hearings.
    (AP, 6/21/98)

1994        Jun 21, Summer solstice. The official beginning of summer.
    (PacDis, Spring/'94, p. 40)
1994        Jun 21, President Clinton, addressing members of the Business Roundtable, made an impassioned call for action on health care reform.
    (AP, 6/21/99)
1994        Jun 21, Seven people died and more than 200 were sickened by fumes from the lethal nerve gas sarin in Matsumoto in Central Japan. The Aum Shinri Kyo (Kyi) cult (Supreme Truth) was later charged with the attack.
    (SFC, 4/24/96, p.A-8)(SFC, 9/29/97, p.A13)
1994        Jun 21, American teenager Michael Fay was released from a Singapore prison, where he'd been flogged for vandalism.
    (AP, 6/21/04)

1995        Jun 21, Dr. Henry Foster lost a crucial Senate vote in his bid to become surgeon general as only 57 senators voted to cut off debate, three short of the 60 needed. One last vote the next day also fell short.
    (HN, 6/21/98)(AP, 6/21/00)

1996        Jun 21, Pentagon officials said American troops destroyed an Iraqi ammunition depot in March 1991 that may have contained chemical weapons.
    (AP, 6/21/06)
1996        Jun 21, The $46 million Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art opened.
    (SFC, 6/20/96, p.D1)
1996        Jun 21, Good reviews for the new animated Disney release of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”
    (WSJ, 6/20/96, p.A12)
1996        Jun 21, European leaders agreed to gradually lift a global ban on British beef exports imposed nearly three months earlier following a scare over "mad cow" disease.
    (AP, 6/21/97)
1996        Jun 21, In Cambodia Khmer Rouge guerrillas held dozens of sawmill workers for ransom and killed 14 of them with axes.
    (SFC, 6/27/96, p.A12)
1996        Jun 21, In Nicaragua 33 election workers were released after being held for 2 days by re-armed contras in Honduras.
    (SFC, 6/22/96, p.A13)

1997        Jun 21, The WNBA made its debut as the New York Liberty defeated the Los Angeles Sparks 67-57.
    (AP, 6/21/98)
1997        Jun 21, The G-7 Summit became the G-8 with the addition of Russia at its meeting in Denver. Moscow was admitted to the Paris Club of creditors. Summit leaders meeting in Denver wrestled with a list of global challenges.
    (SFC, 6/20/97, p.A16)(WSJ, 6/23/97, p.A1)(AP, 6/21/98)
1997        Jun 21, A terrorist bomb rocked Belfast. Three people were slightly injured and pro-British loyalist forces were suspected to be responsible.
    (SFEC, 6/22/97, p.D1)
1997        Jun 21, Palestinian riots spread to Nablus on the West Bank protesting Jewish settlements.
    (SFEC, 6/22/97, p.D3)
1997        Jun 21, From Thailand it was reported that operators of illegal logging ventures in northern Thailand were feeding their elephants amphetamine-laced bananas to speed up work before the rainy season. The practice began a few years ago and 10 animals have died of overwork and exhaustion.
    (SFC, 6/21/97, p.A11)

1998        Jun 21, In the soccer World Cup Iran knocked out the US team 2-1.
    (SFC, 6/22/98, p.A8)
1998        Jun 21, The Chechen security chief, Lecha Khulygov, and a guerrilla commander, Vakha Dzhafarov, fatally shot each other in an argument over a demonstration by rebel supporters.
    (SFC, 6/22/98, p.A10)
1998        Jun 21, In Colombia, former Bogota Mayor Andres Pastrana was elected president, defeating Horacio Serpa, a key player in the scandal-tainted administration of President Ernesto Samper.
    (SFC, 6/22/98, p.A8)(AP, 6/21/08)
1998        Jun 21, In the Czech Republic the Social Democrats placed first in parliamentary elections.
    (WSJ, 6/22/98, p.A1)
1998        Jun 21, In England the Druids were allowed to celebrate the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge.
    (SFC, 6/22/98, p.A10)
1998        Jun 21, In India a deal was signed in New Delhi with Russia to build power plants for two nuclear reactors.
    (SFC, 6/23/98, p.A12)
1998        Jun 21, The Israeli Cabinet approved a plan to expand Jerusalem’s control far beyond its current borders, despite protests from Palestinians and warnings from Washington that the move was “provocative.”
    (SFC, 6/22/98, p.A8)
1998        Jun 21, In Moscow a violent storm left 6 dead and heavy damage to the Bolshoi Theater and the wall of the Kremlin.
    (SFC, 6/22/98, p.A10)

1998        Jun 21, In the soccer World Cup Iran knocked out the US team 2-1.
    (SFC, 6/22/98, p.A8)
1998        Jun 21, The Chechen security chief, Lecha Khulygov, and a guerrilla commander, Vakha Dzhafarov, fatally shot each other in an argument over a demonstration by rebel supporters.
    (SFC, 6/22/98, p.A10)
1998        Jun 21, In Colombia, former conservative Bogota mayor Andres Pastrana was elected the country's president, defeating Horacio Serpa, a key player in the scandal-tainted administration of President Ernesto Samper.
    (SFC, 6/22/98, p.A8)(AP, 6/21/99)
1998        Jun 21, In the Czech Republic the Social Democrats placed first in parliamentary elections.
    (WSJ, 6/22/98, p.A1)
1998        Jun 21, In England the Druids were allowed to celebrate the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge.
    (SFC, 6/22/98, p.A10)
1998        Jun 21, In India a deal was signed in New Delhi with Russia to build power plants for two nuclear reactors.
    (SFC, 6/23/98, p.A12)
1998        Jun 21, The Israeli Cabinet approved a plan to expand Jerusalem’s control far beyond its current borders, despite protests from Palestinians and warnings from Washington that the move was “provocative.”
    (SFC, 6/22/98, p.A8)
1998        Jun 21, In Moscow a violent storm left 6 dead and heavy damage to the Bolshoi Theater and the wall of the Kremlin.
    (SFC, 6/22/98, p.A10)
1998        Jun 21, Elections were held in Togo. When returns showed Pres. Eyadama trailing one of his generals took over the ballot counting. Soldiers killed hundreds. Vote counting stopped, and Eyadema was declared winner.
    (SFC, 6/25/98, p.A12)(SFC, 7/24/99, p.C1)(AP, 6/1/03)

1999        Jun 21, Pres. Clinton visited Slovenia, met with Pres. Milan Kucan, and praised the country for standing up to Milosevic and declaring independence.
    (SFC, 6/22/99, p.A12)
1999        Jun 21, US warplanes bombed Iraqi air defense sites in the northern and southern no-fly zones.
    (SFC, 6/22/99, p.A12)
1999        Jun 21, In Colombia FARC guerrillas attacked the paramilitary United Self Defense Forces (AUC) in the Nudo de Paramillo mountain range. At least 68 people were reported killed in the fighting.
    (SFC, 6/24/99, p.A10)
1999        Jun 21, Fighting broke out in the Republic of Congo near the main port of Pointe-Noire. 140 people were reported killed by the end of the week.
    (SFC, 6/25/99, p.D2)
1999        Jun 21, Indian soldiers cleared Islamic guerrillas from a 2nd mountain outpost, Point 5203, and killed at least 10 guerrillas.
    (SFC, 6/22/99, p.A12)
1999        Jun 21, In Kosovo 2 soldiers of the British Nepalese Gurkha force and 2 civilians were killed as ammunition was being cleared in Negrovce. Refugee Serbs demonstrated against Milosevic for abandoning them in Kosovo.
    (SFC, 6/22/99, p.A1,11)
1999        Jun 21, NATO finalized an agreement with the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) to demilitarize.
    (SFC, 6/21/99, p.A1)
1999        Jun 21, It was reported that Libya would pay $40 million to the families of those killed in the Sep 19, 1989 bombing of a French jet.
    (SFC, 6/22/99, p.A12)

2000        Jun 21, Some 55 years after World War Two ended, 22 Asian-American veterans received the Medal of Honor for bravery on the battlefield during a White House ceremony.
    (AP, 6/21/01)
2000        Jun 21, In San Leandro, Ca., Stuart Alexander (39), owner of the Santo Linguisa sausage factory, shot and killed 3 government meat inspectors, Jean Hillery (56), Tom Quadros (52), and Bill Shaline (57). In 2004 Alexander was convicted of 3 counts of 1st-degree murder. In 2005 Alexander was sentenced to death.
    (SFC, 6/22/00, p.A1)(SFC, 6/23/00, p.A6)(SFC, 10/20/04, p.B1)(SFC, 2/16/05, p.B5)
2000        Jun 21, In Chechnya 2 Russian soldiers were killed and 2 wounded in a rebel ambush near Mesker-Yurt.
    (SFC, 6/23/00, p.A20)
2000        Jun 21, North Korea extended its ban on missile flight-testing and the US responded with plans to renew talks to curb the long-range missile program. North Korea promised to refrain from long-range missile tests after the United States lifted some economic sanctions against it.
    (SFC, 6/22/00, p.A12)(AP, 6/21/01)

2001        Jun 21, A federal grand jury in Alexandria, Va., indicted 13 Saudis and a Lebanese in the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 American servicemen.
    (AP, 6/21/02)
2001        Jun 21, The first total solar eclipse of the new millennium swept across southern Africa.
    (AP, 6/21/02)
2001        Jun 21, Carroll O’Connor (b.1924), actor known for his role as Archie Bunker in the TV series "All in the Family," died at age 76.
    (SFC, 6/22/01, p.A1)(NW, 12/31/01, p.110)
2001        Jun 21, John Lee Hooker (b.1917), blues musician, died at age 83. His tunes included "Boom, Boom," and "Boogie Chillen."
    (SFC, 6/22/01, p.A1)(NW, 12/31/01, p.108)
2001        Jun 21, In China jailed Falun Gong members attempted a group suicide in a northeast labor camp. 10-14 reportedly died by hanging.
    (SFC, 7/4/01, p.A11)(WSJ, 7/5/01, p.A8)
2001        Jun 21, In Northern Ireland police and British soldiers battled Catholic and Protestant rioters in Belfast for a 2nd day and 3rd night. 39 police officers were injured.
    (SFC, 6/22/01, p.A14)(WSJ, 6/22/01, p.A1)
2001        Jun 21, In Japan PM Koizumi outlined an aggressive economic reform program that promised to shrink the government and create new economic incentives. Banks were given 2-3 years to solve their bad-loan problems.
    (SFC, 6/22/01, p.A15)(WSJ, 6/22/01, p.A11)
2001        Jun 21, In the Philippines 3 severed heads were found in the area where Muslim extremists claimed to have killed Guillermo Sobero of Riverside, Ca.
    (SFC, 6/22/01, p.A15)

2002        Jun 21, One of the worst wildfires in Arizona history grew to 128,000 acres, forcing thousands of homeowners near the community of Show Low to flee.
    (AP, 6/21/03)
2002        cJun 21, Timothy Findley (d.2002), Canadian writer, died in France. His novels included “The Wars” (1977), and “Pilgrim” (1999).
    (SFC, 6/22/02, p.A18)
2002        Jun 21, In Burundi a court has sentenced 11 people to death and 16 others to life imprisonment for taking part in massacres that followed the 1993 assassination of Burundi's first democratically elected leader.
    (AP, 6/21/02)
2002        Jun 21, Israeli tanks opened fire on the market in the northern West Bank town of Jenin, killing 4 Palestinians, including 3 children, hospital officials said. The Israeli army said soldiers had mistakenly fired on a group of curfew violators. Israelis from the West Bank settlement of Itamar returning from funerals killed a Palestinian during a rampage in the village of Hawara.
    (AP, 6/21/02)
2002        Jun 21, In Kashmir 13 suspected Islamic militants were killed in the Indian-controlled section. Rebels killed Ghulam Rasool, a member of the governing national Conference Party. In the Pakistan-controlled section a sniper opened fire on a truck carrying 22 people and 10 were killed when it plunged into a ravine.
    (SFC, 6/22/02, p.A6)
2002        Jun 21, Abu Sabaya (Aldam Tilao), one of the Philippines' most wanted Muslim rebels and the key man in last year's kidnapping of a U.S. missionary couple, was reportedly shot and likely killed in a clash with government troops.
    (Reuters, 6/21/02)(SFC, 6/22/02, p.A6)
2002        Jun 21, Two car bombs exploded at Spanish coastal resort as a European Union summit got under way about 90 miles away at a heavily guarded convention center in Seville.
    (AP, 6/21/02)

2003        Jun 21, Lennox Lewis retained his heavyweight title after a cut stopped Vitali Klitschko after six brawling rounds in Los Angeles.
    (AP, 6/21/04)
2003        Jun 21, Ten weeks after the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime, President Bush offered a broadly positive status report on the U.S. mission in Iraq in his weekly radio address.
    (AP, 6/21/04)
2003        Jun 21, J.K. Rowling's 5th Harry Potter book, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," went on sale.
    (SFC, 6/21/03, p.A1)
2003        Jun 21, George Axelrod (b.1922), playwright, died in Los Angeles. His plays included "The Seven Year Itch" (1952).
    (SSFC, 6/22/03, p.A27)
2003        Jun 21, Leon Uris (78), author, died on New York's Shelter Island. His books included "Battle Cry" (1953), the best-selling "Exodus" (1958) and "Mila 18" (1960).
    (AP, 6/24/03)(SFC, 6/25/03, p.A25)
2003        Jun 21, In Afghanistan Abdul Wali (28), a detainee held at a US base, died following 2 days of interrogation. In 2004 David A. Passaro, former Army Ranger, was charged with assault in connection to Wali’s death. In 2006 Passaro, a former CIA contractor, was convicted in North Carolina of assaulting Abdul Wali with a metal flashlight. In 2007 Passaro was sentenced to 8 ½ years in prison.
    (SFC, 6/18/04, p.A1)(SFC, 8/18/06, p.A5)(SFC, 2/14/07, p.A3)
2003        Jun 21, China's Xinhua News Agency reported that archaeologists in western China had discovered five earthenware jars of 2,000-year-old rice wine in an ancient Han dynasty tomb (206BCE-25CE), and its bouquet was still strong enough to perk up the nose.
    (AP, 6/21/03)
2003        Jun 21, Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder appealed for a swift end to three weeks of union strikes demanding a shorter work week in formerly communist eastern Germany, warning of further damage to the already weak economy.
    (AP, 6/21/03)
2003        Jun 21, The Israeli army killed Abdullah Kawasme, a local Hamas leader, in the West Bank town of Hebron.
    (AP, 6/22/03)(SSFC, 6/22/03, p.A9)

2004        Jun 21, The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that people can be arrested for refusing to give their names to police even if no crime is alleged.
    (WSJ, 6/22/04, p.A1)
2004        Jun 21, Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland announced his resignation, amid a federal corruption investigation and a growing move to impeach him.
    (AP, 6/21/04)
2004        Jun 21, SpaceShipOne lifted off from the Mojave Desert in the initial stage of the world's first attempted commercial space flight. SpaceShipOne reached 62.21 miles. It was designed by legendary aerospace designer Burt Rutan and was built with more than $20 million in funding by billionaire Paul Allen. It was piloted by Michael Melvill.
    (AP, 6/21/04)(WSJ, 6/22/04, p.A1)
2004        Jun 21, In northeastern Bangladesh a bomb exploded at an opposition rally wounding nearly 40 people.
    (AP, 6/21/04)
2004        Jun 21, Ephrem Nkezabera (52), a former Rwandan banker, was arrested in Brussels and held on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity in the 1994 Rwandan massacre.
    (AP, 7/30/04)
2004        Jun 21, In central Bolivia a crowded bus plunged off an 800-foot precipice, killing as many as 38 people.
    (AP, 6/23/04)
2004        Jun 21, Leonel Brizola (b.1922), former governor of Rio Grande do Sul and Rio de Janeiro states, died of a heart attack. Brizola, one of Brazil's most notable leftist politicians, created and armed the so-called "Groups of 11," cells designed to resist the military dictatorship.
    (AP, 6/22/04)(SFC, 6/24/04, p.B6)
2004        Jun 21, Local and international police officials warned that Europe is awash in counterfeit euro bills of excellent quality.
    (AP, 6/21/04)
2004        Jun 21, In Iraq ambushes in Ramadi left 4 US soldiers dead. A roadside bomb south of Mosul killed 5 Iraqi contractors.
    (SFC, 6/22/04, p.D1)
2004        Jun 21, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, known as Pasdaran, confiscated three British military vessels and arrested eight armed crew members in the Shatt al-Arab waterway. The men were released 2 days later.
    (AP, 6/21/04)(SFC, 6/24/04, p.A12)(Econ, 4/7/07, p.24)
2004        Jun 21, A Swiss court cleared the way for Gypsies to sue IBM over allegations that the computer company's expertise helped the Nazis commit mass murder more efficiently.
    (AP, 6/22/04)
2004        Jun 21, Vietnam's central bank said it has given approval to the US-based Far East National Bank to open a branch in Ho Chi Minh City, the 3rd US bank branched in Vietnam.
    (AP, 6/21/04)

2005        Jun 21, President Bush told Vietnamese Prime Minister Phan Van Khai that he supports Vietnam's bid to join the WTO, in the first visit by the Vietnamese leader since the war.
    (AP, 6/21/05)
2005        Jun 21, It was reported that the number of California state employees who earned over $132,000 nearly doubled from 2002 to 2004.
    (SFC, 6/21/05, p.A1)
2005        Jun 21, American warplanes pounded a suspected Taliban safe haven in southern Afghanistan in an assault that left up to 76 insurgents and five policeman dead and five U.S. soldiers wounded.
    (AP, 6/22/05)(SFC, 6/23/05, p.A10)
2005        Jun 21, Edgar Ray Killen (80) was convicted in Philadelphia, Miss., of manslaughter in the 1964 abduction and killing of 3 voter-registration volunteers.
    (SFC, 6/22/05, p.A1)
2005        Jun 21, US researchers said a common virus that is harmless to people can destroy cancerous cells in the body and might be developed into a new cancer therapy. The adeno-associated virus type 2, or AAV-2, infects an estimated 80 percent of the population.
    (Reuters, 6/22/05)
2005        Jun 21, In Argentina retired Gen. Guillermo Suarez Mason (81), a former junta commander under arrest in connection with probes of suspected illegal adoptions dating to the past dictatorship.
    (AP, 6/21/05)
2005        Jun 21, Austria’s Health Minister Maria Rauch-Kallat announced a cow in an alpine farm Austria has been found to be infected with mad cow disease.
    (AP, 6/21/05)
2005        Jun 21, China appointed Donald Tsang as Hong Kong's new leader for the next 2 years. The veteran civil servant expressed confidence the territory will become more democratic.
    (AP, 6/21/05)
2005        Jun 21, In Ecuador police reported the break up an international cocaine ring led by a Lebanese restaurant owner suspected of raising money for Hezbollah, the Shiite Muslim group the U.S. classifies as a terrorist organization.
    (AP, 6/22/05)
2005        Jun 21, President Bharrat Jagdeo said Guyana will hire 600 new police officers and loosen rules on wiretapping and asset seizures as part of a strategy to fight increasing drug trafficking.
    (AP, 6/21/05)
2005        Jun 21, In Iraq 3 US soldiers were killed by small-arms fire during combat operations in Ramadi.
    (AP, 6/22/05)
2005        Jun 21, In southern Israel a passenger train plowed into a coal truck and sent three cars tumbling off the tracks in a sunflower field, killing seven people and injuring nearly 200.
    (AP, 6/21/05)
2005        Jun 21, A high-level delegation from North Korea arrived in Seoul for bilateral talks and was immediately confronted by demonstrators who angered the visitors by displaying posters of their leader, Kim Jong Il, tied up in ropes.
    (AP, 6/21/05)
2005        Jun 21, The International Whaling Commission meting in South Korea upheld its nearly two-decade-old ban on commercial whaling.
    (AP, 6/21/05)
2005        Jun 21, In Lebanon George Hawi (67), a former Communist boss and critic of Syria, was killed when his car blew up on a Beirut street in the 2nd slaying of an anti-Syrian figure this month.
    (AP, 6/24/05)
2005        Jun 21, Nuevo Laredo Mayor Daniel Pena said that 150 police officers will be fired after failing a screening process that included background checks and drug testing. Former Mexican soldiers, turned into drug hit men (Zetas), have taken the border city to the brink of anarchy, infiltrating local police and threatening anyone who gets in their way.
    (AP, 6/21/05)
2005        Jun 21, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon met for the first time since declaring a February truce, but the summit was clouded by Israel's arrest of 52 Islamic Jihad activists and a missile strike in the Gaza Strip.
    (AP, 6/21/05)
2005        Jun 21, In Manila Cardinal Jaime Sin (76), an outspoken advocate of democracy who played a key role in the "people power" revolts that ousted two Philippine presidents, died.
    (AP, 6/21/05)(Econ, 7/2/05, p.77)
2005        Jun 21, A Russian Northern Fleet submarine launched the world's first solar-sail spacecraft, $4 million Cosmos 1, but the craft failed to reach orbit.
    (AFP, 6/22/05)(SFC, 6/22/05, p.A4)
2005        Jun 21, Saudi security forces killed two suspected terrorists accused of fatally shooting a senior security official outside his home.
    (AP, 6/21/05)
2005        Jun 21, Taiwan sent two warships to protect fishermen who have repeatedly been chased by Japanese patrol boats away from rich fishing grounds near disputed islands in the East China Sea, a decision likely to raise diplomatic tensions.
    (AP, 6/21/05)

2006        Jun 21, The US Marine Corps announced that seven Marines and a sailor had been charged with murdering an Iraqi civilian in April. The sailor and three Marines later pleaded guilty to lesser charges.
    (AP, 6/21/07)
2006        Jun 21, Federal prosecutors charged more than three dozen members of a Chicago street gang with running a drug ring that sold crack cocaine, marijuana, heroin and the potentially lethal prescription painkiller fentanyl.
    (AP, 6/21/06)
2006        Jun 21, In Tallahassee, Florida, corrections officer Ralph Hill, an Air Force veteran, had smuggled a gun into the prison and opened fire on FBI agents and Justice Department investigators. Hill (43) and Justice Department special agent William "Buddy" Sentner (44) were killed, and a prison employee helping with the arrests was wounded. The federal agents were trying to arrest Hill and five others indicted in a sex-for-contraband scandal.
    (AP, 6/22/06)
2006        Jun 21, A nonprofit think-tank said chief executive officers in the US earned 262 times the pay of an average worker in 2005, the second-highest level in the 40 years for which there is data.
    (AP, 6/22/06)
2006        Jun 21, In California some 830 firefighters battled a fire in the Los Padres National Forest, which grew to an estimated 14,000 acres. It was 35% contained.
    (SFC, 6/22/06, p.B4)
2006        Jun 21, It was reported that the pair of moons orbiting Pluto were officially christened Nix and Hydra last week by the International Astronomical Union, which is in charge of approving celestial names.
    (AP, 6/22/06)
2006        Jun 21, In Afghanistan 4 US soldiers were killed in a battle with Taliban insurgents in northeastern Nuristan province. 17 insurgents were killed after coalition forces surprised them setting up an ambush site near Tirin Kot, the capital of Uruzgan province.
    (SFC, 6/23/06, p.A13)(AP, 6/24/06)
2006        Jun 21, Australian soldiers in Baghdad mistakenly opened fire on Iraqi Trade Minister Abdul Falah al-Sudany's bodyguards, killing one and wounding three people. The Australian government apologized the next day.
    (AP, 6/22/06)
2006        Jun 21, Scores of students chanting "Bush Go Home!" marched through Austria's capital to protest a visit by President Bush for the annual US-EU summit. The summit produced no breakthroughs but showed Bush moving toward better cooperation with Europe on Iran, energy, climate change and other fronts. Bush accused Iran of dragging its feet on a Western incentive package aimed at getting Tehran to suspend uranium enrichment activity.
    (AP, 6/21/06)(WSJ, 6/22/06, p.A4)(AP, 6/21/07)
2006        Jun 21, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao flew into South Africa on the fifth leg of an African tour where he is due to sign a nuclear cooperation pact and hold talks on the thorny question of textile imports from Beijing.
    (AP, 6/21/06)
2006        Jun 21, Juan Carlos Robinson Agramonte (49), a Communist official long held up as an example of Cuba’s future leadership, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for influence-peddling.
    (AP, 6/22/06)
2006        Jun 21, East Timorese PM Mari Alkatiri likely will resign, his spokesman said, as the country's president and members of the beleaguered leader's own party joined a chorus of people saying he no longer had their trust.
    (AP, 6/21/06)
2006        Jun 21, Indian PM Manmohan Singh laid the foundation stone for an ambitious $4.2 billion metro rail scheme to tackle traffic woes in the western economic centre of Mumbai.
    (AFP, 6/21/06)
2006        Jun 21, Indonesian officials said heavy rains unleashed floods and landslides on a Sulawesi island, killing at least 112 people.
    (AP, 6/21/06)
2006        Jun 21, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said his country will respond in mid-August to the package of incentives on its nuclear program offered by the West. "We are studying the proposals. Hopefully, we will present our views about the package by mid-August."
    (AP, 6/21/06)
2006        Jun 21, Khamis al-Obeidi, one of Saddam Hussein's main lawyers, was shot to death after he was abducted from his Baghdad home by men wearing police uniforms. This was the third killing of a member of the former leader's defense team since the trial started some eight months ago. An al-Qaida-led insurgent group said in an Internet statement that it has decided to kill four Russian Embassy workers, kidnapped on June 3, after a deadline for meeting its demands passed. A parked car bombing struck a Shiite slum in Baghdad, killing at least two people and wounding three. Gunmen abducted about 85 workers and family members at the end of a factory shift at the al-Nasr plant between Baghdad and Taji. About 30 of the hostages, mainly women and children, were released shortly after they were taken captive. A US soldier died south of Baghdad.
    (AP, 6/21/06)(AP, 6/22/06)
2006        Jun 21, The Ivory Coast soccer team, the Elephants, won their 1st ever World Cup match in a Group C consolation game against Serbia-Montenegro 3-2. They lost their first 2 games against Argentina and the Netherlands.
    (http://msn.foxsports.com/soccer/worldcup/team?statsId=615)
2006        Jun 21, Japan agreed to lift its ban on US beef imports, pending planned inspections of US meat processing plants.
    (AP, 6/21/06)
2006        Jun 21, In Indian Kashmir 5 Hindu pilgrims were injured in a grenade attack on their bus by suspected Islamic militants. A senior rebel and a political activist were killed in separate incidents.
    (AFP, 6/21/06)
2006        Jun 21, In Nepal a small plane carrying nine Nepalese crashed into a mountain as it was approaching an airstrip.
    (AP, 6/21/06)
2006        Jun 21, Nigeria’s Pres. Olusegun removed Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala from the finance ministry and installed her as the foreign minister.
    (Econ, 2/28/04, p.46)(http://people.africadatabase.org/en/person/16262.html)
2006        Jun 21, In Karachi, Pakistan, police arrested Usman Kurd, a Sunni Muslim extremist, allegedly behind multiple attacks that killed more than 150 people, mainly Shiite Muslims, in southwestern Pakistan since 1999. 3 Pakistani soldiers were killed and 3 wounded when a bomb exploded near a military convoy in the restive tribal belt bordering Afghanistan. The attack came hours after a Pakistani military helicopter crashed into a dam shortly after take-off from Bannu, leaving one soldier dead and three missing.
    (AP, 6/21/06)(AFP, 6/21/06)
2006        Jun 21, The parties behind Ukraine's Orange Revolution agreed to form a coalition government, ending three months of tense talks to preserve a pro-Western government that has sought to shed Russia's influence.
    (AP, 6/21/06)

2007        Jun 21, Britain and the United States signed a treaty to cut red tape on arms deals and improve the compatibility of military equipment.
    (AP, 6/21/07)
2007        Jun 21, Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill, the chief US nuclear envoy, made a rare trip to North Korea in a surprise bid to accelerate international efforts to press the communist government to abandon its nuclear weapons program.
    (AP, 6/21/08)
2007        Jun 21, Vietnam's President Nguyen Minh Triet heard a barrage of criticism during his historic visit to Washington, with angry US lawmakers saying ties between the former enemies will stagnate until Vietnam's dismal human rights record improves.
    (AP, 6/21/07)
2007        Jun 21, In SF Mayor Newsome described a plan to reduce the number of trash cans in SF as part of a larger pledge to reduce litter by 50% over the next 5 years. Some 305 of 5,000 cans have been removed since January due to alleged inappropriate use by neighbors.
    (SFC, 6/27/07, p.B12)
2007        Jun 21, In Kentucky a cable broke on the superman Tower of Power ride at the Six Flags Kentucky Freedom park in Louisville and sliced off the feet of a 13-year-old girl.
    (SFC, 6/23/07, p.B2)
2007        Jun 21, Bob Evans (89), sausage maven, died in Ohio. In 2007 his Bob Evans Farms restaurant chain, begun in 1953, numbered 579 outlets in 18 states.
    (WSJ, 6/23/07, p.A8)(AP, 6/21/08)
2007        Jun 21, In eastern Afghanistan a land mine explosion killed a NATO soldier and wounded four more. An official said the UN World Food Program has halted aid deliveries in Afghanistan's most volatile provinces after 85 of its trucks were attacked, set ablaze or looted in the last year by Taliban insurgents and thieves.
    (AP, 6/21/07)
2007        Jun 21, Australia's PM John Howard announced plans for the federal government to take control of 60 aboriginal communities in the Northern Territories. Plans also included a ban on pornography and alcohol for Aborigines in the northern areas and tightened control over their welfare benefits to fight child sex abuse among them.
    (AP, 6/21/07)(Econ, 6/30/07, p.50)
2007        Jun 21, In London, England, Damien Hirst’s “Lullaby spring” sold for $19.1 million, the highest price paid at auction for a work by a living artist. The work consisted of a stainless steel cabinet containing 6,136 hand-crafted and painted pills. It was purchased by Sheikha al-Mayassa al-Thani, the daughter of the emir of Qatar.
    (SFC, 6/23/07, p.E4)(Econ, 9/11/10, p.99)
2007        Jun 21, A hitman sent to Britain to kill Boris Berezovsky (61) was arrested by British security services as he planned the murder.  He was turned over to immigration services and soon deported.
    (www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article2096367.ece)
2007        Jun 21, At Stonehenge, England, Druids, drummers, pagans and partygoers welcomed the sun as it rose above the prehistoric monument of Stonehenge on the longest day of the year, the summer solstice.
    (AP, 6/21/07)
2007        Jun 21, China signed an agreement to cancel Iraqi debt at a ceremony after a meeting between Chinese President Hu Jintao and his Iraqi counterpart Jalal Talabani. State media reported no more brightly dyed hair, flashy jewelry or smoking in public for China's police while they're in uniform.
    (AP, 6/21/07)
2007        Jun 21, China's special envoy on Darfur said his country will seriously consider sending troops for a peacekeeping mission in the war-torn Sudanese region and insisted Beijing is doing its best to help solve the conflict.
    (AP, 6/21/07)
2007        Jun 21, Leaders of the EU's 27 nations gathered to discuss a new EU treaty.
    (AP, 6/21/07)
2007        Jun 21, The European Court of Human Rights found the Russian authorities responsible for the killings of four members of a Chechen family in 2003 and ordered Moscow to pay a relative $114,000.
    (AP, 6/21/07)
2007        Jun 21, Talks in Germany between the US, EU, India and Brazil to save the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Doha round of free trade negotiations collapsed.
    (Reuters, 6/21/07)
2007        Jun 21, A suicide truck bomber struck the Sulaiman Bek city hall in a predominantly Sunni area in northern Iraq, killing at least 17 people, including the mayor, and wounded 66 in a predominantly Sunni area of northern Iraq. 5 US troops were killed in a single roadside bombing that also killed four Iraqis in Baghdad. A rocket-propelled grenade struck a vehicle in northern Baghdad, killing one soldier and wounding three others. US soldiers detained 18 suspected militants in raids targeting roadside bomb networks in the Baghdad area.
    (AP, 6/21/07)(AP, 6/22/07)
2007        Jun 21, Mario Villanueva, the former Mexican governor of Quintana Roo, was freed after six years behind bars and immediately re-arrested on a US extradition request in which he is accused of helping smuggle 200 tons of cocaine into the United States.
    (AP, 6/21/07)
2007        Jun 21, In Nigeria police used tear gas on strikers manning a barricade in Lagos as the second day of a general strike brought parts of Africa's largest oil producer to a standstill. Two Nigerian employees of Italian oil company Agip were killed when troops stormed an oil facility to free hostages in the Niger delta. A total of 20 people were killed in the operation, including 15 militants.
    (AFP, 6/21/07)(AFP, 6/27/07)
2007        Jun 21, In Pakistan thousands rallied in support of the suspended chief justice, accusing President Gen. Pervez Musharraf of attacking the judiciary and burning a US flag to protest Washington's backing for the general's continued rule. Pakistani traders announced a reward of 10 million rupees (165,000 dollars) for anyone who beheads Salman Rushdie following Britain's decision to award the novelist a knighthood. Islamic scholars bestowed a top honor on Osama bin Laden in response to the British accolade.
    (AP, 6/21/07)(AFP, 6/21/07)
2007        Jun 21, Peru's Congress voted overwhelmingly to lower the age to 14 for participating in consensual sex, a move some activists said could expose children to sexual abuse.
    (AP, 6/23/07)
2007        Jun 21, Portugal introduced a new law that allows abortion up to the 10th week of pregnancy, but imposes a three-day reflection period for women seeking the procedure and grants doctors the right to opt out on moral grounds.
    (AP, 6/21/07)
2007        Jun 21, In Russia a fire swept through a nursing home in Western Siberia's Omsk region and killed at least 10 people.
    (AP, 6/21/07)
2007        Jun 21, Thai prosecutors filed corruption charges against ousted PM Thaksin Shinawatra in the Supreme Court, in the first formal charges lodged against the exiled former premier. Separatist militants in southern Thailand shot a Muslim man and then partially severed his head, while the nation's junta leader was visiting the region. A 54-year-old Buddhist was gunned down in a drive-by shooting.
    (AP, 6/21/07)(AFP, 6/22/07)

2008        Jun 21, In New Jersey Scott Kalitta died when his Funny Car crashed and burst into flames during the final round of qualifying for the Lucas Oil NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.
    (AP, 6/21/08)
2008        Jun 21, The flooding in the Midwest has brought freight traffic on the upper Mississippi to a standstill, stranding more than 100 barges loaded with grain, cement, scrap metal, fertilizer and other products while shippers wait for the water to drop on the Big Muddy.
    (AP, 6/21/08)
2008        Jun 21, In Afghanistan 5 foreign troops including a Polish national were slain in bombings, extending a series of daily attacks that have lifted the death toll for foreign forces this year to more than 100. In separate incidents attackers detonated bombs and opened fire on vehicles carrying Afghan troops in Zabul and Kunar provinces, killing five soldiers and wounding three. Afghan and coalition forces attacked and killed several militants manning a lookout post in Zabul province. Rockets fired from Pakistan hit a village in eastern Afghanistan killing a woman and three children, one of three cross-border attacks around the same late evening time. A total of 27 rockets were fired from Pakistan to the Afghan provinces of Paktika and Khost. Afghan troops responded by firing 19 artillery rounds from Khost and nine rounds from Paktika which landed in Pakistan.
    (AP, 6/21/08)(Reuters, 6/22/08)(AP, 6/26/08)
2008        Jun 21, Sean Langan (43), British freelance television journalist, was released by kidnappers along the Afghan-Pakistan border after being held for 3 months. Langan has spent the last few years making films about Afghanistan, Iraq and Zimbabwe, and his documentary "Fighting the Taliban" was short-listed for a Bafta this year.
    (AFP, 6/24/08)
2008        Jun 21, Paris Mayor Bernard Delanoe blamed "organized gangs" for clashes overnight near the Eiffel Tower between police and high school students celebrating the end of their final exams. 29 people were arrested, and 22 kept in custody, after the unrest in the Champ de Mars park.
    (AFP, 6/21/08)
2008        Jun 21, India's finance minister warned against "panic" and promised more measures to tame prices, a day after the country's inflation rate shot to a 13-year high.
    (AP, 6/21/08)
2008        Jun 21, In Iraq two Shiite brothers, kidnapped just weeks after their family returned to a mainly Sunni area outside Baqouba, were found shot to death.
    (AP, 6/21/08)
2008        Jun 21, Mexican soldiers captured at least 10 suspected members of a Tijuana-based drug cartel in a raid on a child's baptism party in Tijuana. A total of 61 people were arrested in the sweep, including the band hired to play the party and three city police officers.
    (AP, 6/23/08)
2008        Jun 21, Four French nationals, all Niger-based employees of the nuclear company Areva, were abducted by rebels from the Movement for Justice in a part of Niger known for its uranium mines. They were freed on June 25.
    (AP, 6/25/08)
2008        Jun 21, In the Philippines the Princess of Stars, carrying 862 passengers and crew, ran aground and capsized 3 km (2 miles) from Sibuyan island in the center of the archipelago. Nearly 800 passengers were missing as Typhoon Fengshen killed scores and left a trail of destruction across the archipelago. Only 48 survivors of the ferry were found, including 28 rescued the next day.
    (Reuters, 6/22/08)(AP, 6/23/08)(Econ, 6/28/08, p.49)
2008        Jun 21, In Rwanda 20 baby gorillas were "baptized" in a ceremony seen as a way to raise awareness of the threats facing the endangered species. The babies were represented by 20 figurines in the ceremony, attended by Rwanda's first lady Jeannette Kagame, on the edge of Volcano national park. The ceremony was the 4th of its kind in Rwanda in as many years.
    (AFP, 6/22/08)
2008        Jun 21, Serb authorities turned over an ex-Bosnian Serb police chief to the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in the Netherlands. Stojan Zupljanin was arrested in the town of Pancevo last week after nine years on the run.
    (AP, 6/21/08)
2008        Jun 21, In Somalia Hassan Mohamed Ali, head of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees organization in Mogadishu, was abducted from his home on the outskirts of Mogadishu. He was released in late August. He had suffered bullet wounds in the neck and knee from the kidnapping, but said that he was generally treated well during his captivity.
    (AP, 8/28/08)
2008        Jun 21, South Korea said it will resume imports of US beef after American and South Korean suppliers agreed to block meat from older cattle, aiming to soothe health concerns that sparked weeks of demonstrations against new President Lee Myung-bak. Over 10,000 people rallied in central Seoul to protest the US beef imports.
    (AP, 6/22/08)(SSFC, 6/22/08, p.A11)
2008        Jun 21, Sri Lanka launched air attacks in rebel-held territory in the island's north as ground troops killed at least four guerrillas.
    (AP, 6/21/08)
2008        Jun 21, A Sudanese official said Sudan is grounding its national carrier Sudan Airways from June 23 for at least a month for breaking civil aviation rules, mainly over administration. On June 23 the Civil Aviation Authority agreed to a one month reprieve.
    (AP, 6/21/08)(AFP, 6/24/08)

2009        Jun 21, In Afghanistan a rare rocket attack on Bagram Air Base, the main US base, killed two US troops and wounded six other Americans, including two civilians.
    (AP, 6/21/09)
2009        Jun 21, In northeastern Central African Republic 10 people were killed in an attack on the town of Birao. A UFDR spokesman said armed men attacked a base of the former rebels of the Union of Democratic Forces for the Rally, two weeks after a similar attack. They were described as "thieves" from the Kara tribe, an ethnic minority within the UFDR, whose members oppose the leadership of Zakaria Damane, head of the movement.
    (AFP, 6/22/09)
2009        Jun 21, In China the Danish-Swedish comedy “Original,” about mental illness, won the best picture at the 12th Shanghai International Film Festival. It also took the best actor award for lead Sverrir Gudnason.
    (AFP, 6/22/09)
2009        Jun 21, Haiti held Senate run-offs elections. Fed up with chronic poverty and unresponsive leaders many stayed away from the elections, ignoring government efforts to improve on the paltry voter turnout that undercut the first round of voting in April.
    (AP, 6/21/09)
2009        Jun 21, In central India at least 11 special police personnel were killed and 10 injured in a landmine blast triggered overnight by suspected Maoist rebels in the state of Chhattisgarh.
    (AFP, 6/21/09)
2009        Jun 21, In Iran an eerie calm settled over the streets of Tehran as state media said authorities had arrested the daughter and four other relatives of ex-President Hashemi Rafsanjani, one of Iran's most powerful men. The reports brought the official death toll for a week of boisterous confrontations to at least 19. Newsweek reporter Maziar Bahari, a dual Iranian-Canadian citizen, was arrested. He was released on bail on Oct 17.
    (AP, 6/21/09)(AP, 10/17/09)
2009        Jun 21, It was reported that handguns, rifles and bullets enter Jamaica from the US stoking one of the world's highest murder rates.
    (AP, 6/21/09)
2009        Jun 21, Nigeria's main militant group said it had attacked a Shell offshore facility, the third attack against the Anglo-Dutch company's facilities in Nigeria in one day. The company denied the incident, saying the alleged incident was part of the attack on two other Shell oil pipelines in southern Rivers state earlier in the day.
    (AFP, 6/21/09)
2009        Jun 21, Pakistani forces used aircraft and artillery as they stepped up an assault aimed at eliminating Pakistani Taliban commander Baituallah Mehsud.
    (Reuters, 6/21/09)
2009        Jun 21, The Portuguese foreign minister said his country will take in 2-3 Guantanamo Bay detainees once they are released by the US detention camp.
    (AP, 6/21/09)
2009        Jun 21, In San Juan, Puerto Rico, a lone man who robbed $340,000 from a popular hotel and casino by threatening a supervisor's family.
    (AP, 6/22/09)
2009        Jun 21, Ukrainian border guards seized 250 turtles being smuggled into the country on a train from Uzbekistan, where they had been hidden and strapped down with tape to prevent them from moving.
    (AFP, 6/22/09)

2010        Jun 21, The US White House slapped BP with a new 51-million-dollar bill, the third sent to the British energy giant and its partners for government expenses incurred in efforts to halt the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. BP revealed it has so far spent two billion dollars on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, after an internal BP document suggested the gusher might be spewing far faster than initially feared.
    (AFP, 6/21/10)
2010        Jun 21, The US Supreme Court lifted a nationwide ban on a genetically modified alfalfa. The injunction, imposed by a federal judge in San Francisco, prevented farmers from planting Monsanto’s Roundup Ready alfalfa seed.
    (SFC, 6/22/10, p.A6)
2010        Jun 21, In Daly City, Ca., Alexander Castenon (26), a barbeque restaurant worker, was shot in the head on the 6200 block of Mission St. On May 4, 2011, 3 suspected MS-13 gang members were indicted by a federal grand jury for the murder. In 2014 the three gang members were sentenced to 27 years in federal prison.
    (SFC, 5/5/11, p.C3)(SFC, 10/24/14, p.D3)
2010        Jun 21, In NYC Faisal Shahzad (30), a Pakistani-born US citizen, pleaded guilty to all charges related to his May 1 driving of a bomb-laden SUV meant to cause a fireball in Times Square.
    (SFC, 6/22/10, p.A6)
2010        Jun 21, In Texas David Brown Jr. (27), the son of Dallas Police chief David Brown, was killed by police after he killed Jeremy McMillan (23) and Officer Craig Shaw (37) as police arrived on the scene of the McMillan’s shooting.
    (SFC, 6/22/10, p.A6)
2010        Jun 21, In Arizona the Schultz fire around Flagstaff spread to 8,850 acres as some 300 firefighters battled the blaze.
    (SFC, 6/21/10, p.A5)
2010        Jun 21, In southern Afghanistan 3 Australian commandos and a US soldier were killed when a helicopter crashed in Kandahar province, where NATO forces are mounting an ambitious campaign to flush out Taliban militants. 5 other NATO service members, including 4 Americans, were killed in separate attacks in the east and south. A UN survey warned that 8 percent of Afghans suffer from drug addiction, a rate twice the global average and a "major" growing problem for the world's leading narcotic producer. Afghan and US officials said up to 26 Taliban suspects have been freed from jails in Afghanistan as part of efforts to persuade Islamist insurgents to make peace. 
    (AFP, 6/21/10)(SFC, 6/22/10, p.A2)
2010        Jun 21, In Burundi the president of the ruling party's youth league was assassinated by unknown gunmen.
    (AFP, 6/22/10)
2010        Jun 21, In central China at least 47 miners were killed when an explosion ripped through a coal mine in Pingdingshan city, Henan province.
    (AP, 6/21/10)
2010        Jun 21, In southern China floodwaters breached the Changkai levee on the Fu River in Jiangxi province, forcing some 88,000 people to relocate from their homes in the nearby city of Fuzhou.
    (AP, 6/22/10)
2010        Jun 21, In the Congo Republic at least 76 people were killed and 745 injured after a train accident in the southern part of the country.
    (Reuters, 6/23/10)
2010        Jun 21, Egypt's government confirmed that oil has leaked from one of several rigs operating off the coast of the Red Sea resort Hurghada and has polluted about 100 miles (160 km) of coastline including tourist beach resorts. The government has kept quiet about the leak for days.
    (AP, 6/21/10)
2010        Jun 21, Ethiopia's election board confirmed PM Meles Zenawi's landslide victory in a May 23 election disputed by opposition parties and criticized by the EU and the United States.
    (Reuters, 6/21/10)
2010        Jun 21, In India a group of government ministers, appointed to suggest remedies for the 1984 disaster at Bhopal, made its recommendations. As many as 100,000 people continued to suffer chronic sickness from the poisonous gas that leaked from a Union Carbide plant.
    (Econ, 6/26/10, p.43)
2010        Jun 21, In Indonesia the discovery of three dead Javan rhinos has intensified efforts to save one of the world's most endangered mammals from extinction, with an electric fence being built around a new sanctuary and breeding ground.
    (AP, 6/21/10)
2010        Jun 21, An Iranian newspaper said police have issued warnings to 62,000 women who were "badly veiled" in the Shiite holy province of Qom as part of a clampdown on dress and behavior.
    (AFP, 6/21/10)
2010        Jun 21, Iran said it has banned two UN nuclear inspectors from entering the country because they had leaked "false" information about Iran's disputed nuclear program.
    (AP, 6/21/10)
2010        Jun 21, In Iraq riot police used water hoses to disperse an angry crowd protesting lengthy power outages in Nasiriyah, where soaring temperatures have pushed tensions to a boiling point. Many impoverished Iraqis in the south have been left without air conditioning or fans despite high humidity and summer temperatures that frequently rise above 110 degrees.
    (AP, 6/21/10)
2010        Jun 21, The Japanese distributor for the “The Cove,” a documentary about dolphin hunting in Japan, said the film would be in 6 Japanese theaters on July 3.
    (SFC, 6/22/10, p.A2)
2010        Jun 21, Kyrgyz government forces swept into an ethnic Uzbek village, beating men and women with rifle butts in an assault that left at least two dead and more than 20 wounded.
    (AP, 6/21/10)
2010        Jun 21, Lebanese authorities granted permission for a blockade-busting ship with activists and aid on board to sail first to the Mediterranean island of Cyprus.
    (AP, 6/21/10)
2010        Jun 21, In Mexico assailants sprayed a town hall with gunfire close to midnight, killing at least three police officers in Nuevo Leon state.
    (AP, 6/22/10)
2010        Jun 21, Morocco’s official MAP news agency said security forces have broken up a Palestinian-led radical Islamist cell that was planning attacks in the north African country.
    (Reuters, 6/21/10)
2010        Jun 21, Russia started cutting most natural gas supplies to ex-Soviet neighbor Belarus over what it claims is a debt of nearly $200 million, threatening to rekindle political disputes in the region over energy policy.
    (AP, 6/21/10)
2010        Jun 21, South Korea said abnormally high radiation levels were detected near the border between the two Koreas on may 15, days after North Korea claimed to have mastered a complex technology key to manufacturing a hydrogen bomb.
    (AP, 6/21/10)
2010        Jun 21, In Sudan more than two dozen gunmen attacked Rwandan peacekeepers in the ravaged Darfur region, killing three of them in an hour-long fire fight.
    (AP, 6/21/10)
2010        Jun 21, Sweden's public prosecutor opened a criminal investigation into allegations that Swedes working for a consortium of oil companies during the Sudanese civil war may have been complicit in human rights abuses.
    (Reuters, 6/21/10)
2010        Jun 21, Turkish commando units rappelled down from helicopters and mechanized infantry units blocked escape routes of Kurdish rebels in a major operation along the Iraqi border.
    (AP, 6/21/10)
 2010        Jun 21, A United Arab Emirates reported that the UAR has closed down 40 international and local firms as part of a crackdown on companies that violate UN sanctions on Iran.
    (AFP, 6/21/10)
2010        Jun 21, The UN Human Rights Council unanimously elected Thailand's ambassador in Geneva as its president for the coming year. Sihasak Phuangketkeow succeeds Belgium's Alex Van Meeuwen after being nominated as the Asian region's sole candidate.
    (AP, 6/21/10)

2011        Jun 21, A US Border Patrol agent shot and killed Jose Alfredo Yanez (40) at the US-Mexico border in Sand Diego. He had threatened to strike another agent with a concrete slab. Yanez was shot once in the torso and once in the head and died on Mexico's side of the border.
    (AP, 6/22/11)(AP, 6/22/11)
2011        Jun 21, It was reported that tritium, a radioactive form of hydrogen, has leaked from at least 48 of 65 sites, according to US Nuclear Regulatory Commission records reviewed as part of the AP's yearlong examination of safety issues at aging nuclear power plants.
    (AP, 6/21/11)
2011        Jun 21, A study led by the International Program on the State of the Ocean (IPSO) showed that life in the oceans is at imminent risk of the worst spate of extinctions in millions of years due to threats such as climate change and over-fishing.
    (Reuters, 6/21/11)
2011        Jun 21, In Australia Hundreds of flights were grounded in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Canberra as the Chilean ash cloud returned to Australia with a vengeance.
    (AFP, 6/21/11)
2011        Jun 21, In Brazil Kenneth Andrew Craig (42), an American on the US Marshals' list of most-wanted sex offenders, was captured in Rio de Janeiro. Craig had been arrested in 1998 in Deerfield Beach, Florida, after police allegedly found him in a hotel room with two underage boys. He allegedly filmed the two youngsters having sex, but was released on bail and then fled to Brazil.
    (AP, 6/21/11)
2011        Jun 21, China said that a meeting with Mahmud Jibril, the Libyan rebels' diplomatic chief, who is in Beijing for a two-day visit, was an effort to seek a quick solution to the crisis in the North African nation, a situation it said could not go on.
    (Reuters, 6/21/11)
2011        Jun 21, In China Sun Shuning was sentenced to death after being convicted of killing Yan Wenlong on May 15 during a dispute between coal mine operators and local residents protesting pollution. The case that fueled the biggest ethnic protests in Inner Mongolia in two decades.
    (AP, 6/21/11)
2011        Jun 21, In China Pastor Shi Enhao (55), a deputy chairman of the Chinese House Church Alliance, was detained in the eastern city of Suqian in Jiangsu province. The national group of underground congregations was established to provide mutual support and intercede with authorities who routinely threaten and harass unofficial churches. Enhao was sentenced a month later for organizing illegal religious gatherings.
    (AP, 7/26/11)
2011        Jun 21, Greek PM George Papandreou won a vote of confidence helping pave the way for $17 billion in emergency loans to keep the country solvent.
    (SFC, 6/22/11, p.A2)
2011        Jun 21, Haitian lawmakers rejected Daniel-Gerard Rouzier, President Michel Martelly's choice for the next prime minister of Haiti, plunging the chronically troubled country into political uncertainty as a new government struggles to get its footing.
    (AP, 6/21/11)
2011        Jun 21, Indian police said they had ordered Google to stop taking photos of the city of Bangalore for its Street View product because of fears the images could be used by militants.
    (AFP, 6/21/11)
2011        Jun 21, The Indian state of Orissa said it has temporarily halted land acquisition for a planned South Korean steel plant after mass protests by locals and rights groups.
    (AFP, 6/21/11)
2011        Jun 21, Three Indonesians, radicalized by the teachings of a firebrand Muslim cleric, were sentenced to six years in prison for involvement in a terror plot.
    (AP, 6/21/11)
2011        Jun 21, Iran’s Arman daily reported that human rights campaigner Emadeddin Baghi has been freed after serving a year-long jail term on charges of spreading "propaganda against the regime."
    (AFP, 6/21/11)
2011        Jun 21, In Iraq suicide bombers detonated two explosives-laden vehicles near a government compound by Diwaniyah Gov. Salim Hussein Alwan’s home, killing at least 27 people and wounding dozens. In Baghdad, a bomb attached to a minibus killed the driver while the bus was traveling in the capital's western Harithiya neighborhood. Two soldiers were killed and five other people were wounded when a roadside bomb hit an Iraqi army patrol in Baghdad's eastern Palestine Street.
    (AP, 6/21/11)(SFC, 6/22/11, p.A3)
2011        Jun 21, Iraqi Kurdistan approved a draft law banning female genital mutilation by the regional government. The Family Violence Bill has to be ratified by the regional president, Massud Barzani.
    (AFP, 7/26/11)
2011        Jun 21, Japan and the United States agreed to drop a 2014 deadline for building a new airstrip on Okinawa and transferring US Marines from that Japanese island to Guam.
    (Reuters, 6/21/11)
2011        Jun 21, Japanese researchers said they had developed a self-propelled remote controlled capsule endoscope that can "swim" through the digestive tract.
    (AFP, 6/21/11)
2011        Jun 21, In Libya a US drone helicopter lost radar contact with NATO. It was a Fire Scout, an unmanned US chopper, revealing the use of the new robotic aircraft in the war.
    (AFP, 6/21/11)
2011        Jun 21, Lithuanian lawmakers voted to pay $53 million in compensation for the seizure of Jewish property by Nazis during WWII, to be paid from 2013-2023 into a fund managed by local organizations for the country’s 5,000 strong Jewish community. Some 95% of the country’s pre-war Jewish population of 222,000 were killed by Nazis and collaborators.
    (SFC, 6/22/11, p.A2)
2011        Jun 21, In Mexico Mendez Vargas, alias El Chango, or "The Monkey," was arrested in the central state of Aguascalientes. He had worked for the Zetas in the western state of Michoacan before he and other drug traffickers left to form the rival La Familia cartel in 2006. La Familia fractured into two rival drug gangs in December after federal police killed the gang's founder and leader, Nazario Moreno.
    (AP, 6/22/11)
2011        Jun 21, Hurricane Beatriz bore down on Mexico's Pacific coast, putting tourist areas and major ports on alert for heavy rainfall and flash floods. Beatriz weakened into a tropical storm after pounding Mexico’s Pacific coast.
    (AP, 6/21/11)(SFC, 6/22/11, p.A2)
2011        Jun 21, Portugal's new coalition government took office, charged with steering the debt-heavy country out of an acute financial crisis that forced it to take a euro78 billion ($112 billion) bailout and contributed to Europe's debt woes.
    (AP, 6/21/11)
2011        Jun 21, Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad ordered a new general amnesty, a day after an offer of "national dialogue" to end Syria's deadly unrest and as a huge crowd rallied in Damascus in his support.  Government supporters and opponents clashed in at least two cities, leaving three people dead in Homs and Deir el Zour. Assad's authoritarian regime mobilized tens of thousands of people to wave flags and pictures of Assad in several major cities.
    (AP, 6/21/11)(AFP, 6/21/11)
2011        Jun 21, The World Health Organization (WHO) urged governments to eliminate laws criminalizing sexual activity between consenting men, as part of an effort to ensure they get equal access to HIV prevention and treatment.
    (AP, 6/21/11)
2011        Jun 21, In Yemen battles raged between the army and suspected Al-Qaeda militants for control of the southern city of Zinjibar, as the number of soldiers killed passed the 100 mark. Two militants were killed in the southern province of Abyan.
    (AFP, 6/21/11)(AP, 6/21/11)
2011        Jun 21, Zimbabwe state media reported that Zimbabwe has vowed to defy moves for international monitoring of diamond sales from its disputed Marange fields, at a meeting of the global "blood diamond" watchdog.
    (AFP, 6/21/11)

2012        Jun 21, A top US aid official said the US plans to give Yemen $52 million in aid for areas hit hard by the local war on al Qaeda.
    (SFC, 6/22/12, p.A2)
2012        Jun 21, American composer and lyricist Richard Adler (b.1921) died in Southampton, NY. He won Tony Awards for co-writing songs for such Broadway musicals as “The Pajama Game” (1954) and “Damn Yankees” (1955). His songs included “Hey There” and Hernando’s Hideaway.”
    (SFC, 6/23/12, p.C5)
2012        Jun 21, Anna Jacobson Schwartz (b.1915), American economist and co-author of “A Monetary History of the United States” (1963), died in Manhattan.
    (Econ, 7/28/12, p.68)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Schwartz)
2012        Jun 21, Bahraini police said they had arrested five of a group of 20 people wanted over "terror attacks," including for alleged bombings and causing harm to civilians and security personnel.
    (AFP, 6/21/12)
2012        Jun 21, In Bolivia about 30 members of an elite police commando unit mutinied in La Paz, expelling their commanders and seizing their barracks along with their wives to demand higher wages. President Evo Morales was out of the country in Brazil for the Rio+20 environmental summit.
    (AP, 6/21/12)
2012        Jun 21, Doctors in Britain's state-funded health service took industrial action for the first time in 37 years in a dispute over changes to their pensions, cancelling thousands of patients' non-urgent appointments and operations. The Department of Health claimed the next day that only 8% of NHS doctors took part in the industrial action.
    (Reuters, 6/21/12)(AFP, 6/22/12)
2012        Jun 21, China said it summoned Vietnam's ambassador and strongly protested a law adopted by the Vietnamese parliament that places the disputed Spratly and Paracel islands under Hanoi's sovereignty. China also announced it had elevated the administrative status of the Nansha (Spratly) and Xisha (Paracel) islands from a county to a prefectural-level district.
    (AFP, 6/21/12)
2012        Jun 21, Chinese PM Wen Jiabao held talks with his Bhutanese counterpart Jigmi Y. Thinley on the sidelines of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio De Janeiro. They agreed to establish diplomatic relations and resolve a long-standing border dispute.
    (AFP, 6/22/12)
2012        Jun 21, French PM Jean-Marc Ayrault named two new female ministers in a minor government adjustment, bringing the total number of women in the 38-member Cabinet to 19.
    (AP, 6/21/12)
2012        Jun 21, In Gabon striking university students gave the government a list of demands and promised a three-year truce if they were met, after months of violent protests and clashes with police.
    (AFP, 6/21/12)
2012        Jun 21, In India Abu Hamza, also known as Sayed Zabiuddin, an Indian-born member of the Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, was detained at Delhi international airport when he arrived from the Middle East. Hamza was allegedly one of the handlers based in Karachi, Pakistan, coordinating the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks in which 166 people were killed.
    (AFP, 6/25/12)
2012        Jun 21, Indian police in Goa said they had arrested two teenage males, aged 14 and 15, on suspicion of killing their grandmother and taking her money to gamble on Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket games. They were among a gang of five held by police for the alleged murder of Linda Cajetan Andrade (65), who was found naked in her home last month.
    (AFP, 6/21/12)
2012        Jun 21, An Indonesian court sentenced bombmaker Umar Patek (45) to 20 years' jail for his role in the 2002 Bali bombings, bringing to an end a 10-year probe into the nation's deadliest act of terror.
    (AFP, 6/21/12)
2012        Jun 21, An Indonesian air force plane, a Fokker F-27, slammed into a military housing complex and ignited a huge fireball while trying to land in Jakarta, killing all seven people aboard as well as two toddlers and their nanny in a home.
    (AP, 6/21/12)
2012        Jun 21, Indonesian and Australian navies launched efforts to rescue survivors after a Sri Lanka refugee boat carrying about 200 people, mostly men from Afghanistan, capsized on its way to Christmas Island. Scores were feared drowned in an apparent attempt to seek asylum. 110 people were rescued and about 90 remained missing. On Jan 28 an Indonesian court sentenced Javaid Mahmood (55), a Pakistani man, for attempting to smuggle the asylum seekers. He was the 2nd man found guilty in the case.
    (AFP, 6/21/12)(AFP, 6/22/12)(SFC, 1/29/14, p.A2)
2012        Jun 21, The Sunni speaker of Iraq's parliament, Osama al-Nujaifi, reaffirmed that lawmakers are prepared to oust Shiite PM Nouri al-Maliki if he refuses to share authority with his political opponents and break a deadlock that has all but paralyzed the government.
    (AP, 6/21/12)
2012        Jun 21, A UN official said more than 13,000 people have fled their homes in southwestern Ivory Coast following attacks in which unidentified armed men killed at least 22 people this month.
    (AP, 6/21/12)
2012        Jun 21, A court in eastern Liberia ruled to extradite 41 Ivorians, arrested April 19, 2011, to their home country to stand trial for their role in Ivory Coast's 2011 post-election conflict.
    (AFP, 6/21/12)
2012        Jun 21, Mexican marines said they have detained Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar (26) during a raid in Zapopan, an upscale suburb of Guadalajara. They believed he is one of the sons of Mexico's most-wanted drug kingpin, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, leader of the powerful Sinaloa cartel. The Attorney General's Office said the next day that El Gordo, the presumed son of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, was really Felix Beltran Leon (23), the father of a toddler who works with his mother-in-law at a used car dealership.
    (AP, 6/21/12)(AP, 6/22/12)(Econ, 7/28/12, p.61)
2012        Jun 21, In Morocco the Swiss-made solar-powered plane, Solar Impulse, took off from Rabat airport in a fresh bid to cross the Moroccan desert, after being foiled by rough conditions last week.
    (AFP, 6/21/12)
2012        Jun 21, Nigeria's Khalid al-Barnawi was one of 3 Nigerians labeled a "global terrorist" by the US government. He was alleged to be an Al Qaeda-linked militant with Boko Haram ties involved in kidnapping foreigners. Abubakar Adam Kambar was linked to Barnawi. Abubakar Shekau was widely believed to lead Boko Haram's main Islamist cell.
    (AFP, 6/21/12)(AFP, 6/22/12)
2012        Jun 21, A Pakistani judge issued an arrest warrant for Makhdoom Shahabuddin, the ruling party's candidate for prime minister, over allegations he illegally imported drugs, injecting fresh uncertainty into efforts to replace the previous premier who was ousted by the Supreme Court.
    (AP, 6/21/12)
2012        Jun 21, Palestinian militants fired 12 rockets from Gaza into Israel for a fourth consecutive day, despite an announcement by Hamas it had agreed to a truce with Israel. Another was intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-rocket defense system. Palestinians recovered the bodies of two militants from a tunnel damaged on June 19 by an Israeli air strike on Gaza.
    (AFP, 6/21/12)(AFP, 6/22/12)
2012        Jun 21, Paraguay’s lower house voted 76-1 to impeach President Fernando Lugo for his role in a deadly clash involving landless farmers. Hours later the Senate announced that it will begin his trial on June 22.
    (AP, 6/22/12)
2012        Jun 21, Philippine police arrested Abu Sayyaf militant Alawie Pasihul in Zamboanga city. He was suspected in the beheading of American tourist Guillermo Sobero in 2001.
    (SSFC, 6/24/12, p.A4)
2012        Jun 21, Somali security forces rescued a South African couple kidnapped by pirates in the Indian Ocean and held for 18 months. Debbie Calitz and Bruno Pelizzari were sailing in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Kenya on Oct 26, 2010, when their yacht was hijacked by 12 pirates who set course for Somalia and took the couple ashore at Baraawe.
    (AFP, 6/21/12)
2012        Jun 21, In South Africa former Rwandan Gen. Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa said Rwandan President Paul Kagame ordered the 1994 killing of President Juvenal Habyarimana that sparked Rwanda's genocide, as he testified in a Johannesburg courtroom about an attempt on his own life in 2010 in South Africa.
    (AP, 6/21/12)
2012        Jun 21, Sudanese Pres. Omar al-Bashir issued new decrees to cut expenditures as part of the austerity plan. Opposition leader Saata Ahmed al-Haj said riot police fired tear gas and civilians armed with machetes and swords attacked protesters during five days of demonstrations sweeping Khartoum demanding the ouster of al-Bashir.
    (AP, 6/21/12)
2012        Jun 21, Syrian pilot Colonel Hassan Merei al-Hamade sought political asylum after landing his MiG fighter jet in neighboring Jordan, in the first such defection of the revolt. 4 senior army officers also defected from the regime. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 168 people were killed today in violence across the country.
    (AFP, 6/21/12)(AP, 6/22/12)(AFP, 6/24/12)
2012        Jun 21, A group of Venezuelan Indians demanded that Germany give back a 35-ton boulder, the so-called "Kueka Stone," that they say is sacred. Artist Wolfgang Kraker von Schwarzenfeld brought the sandstone boulder to Germany in 1997 and says it was given as a gift. He says Pemon Indians had helped him select the rock and questions whether it was considered sacred.
    (AP, 6/21/12)

2013        Jun 21, US sources said the US government has filed sealed criminal charges against former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who has admitted leaking secrets about classified US surveillance programs. Snowden was believed to be hiding in Hong Kong.
    (AP, 6/22/13)
2013        Jun 21, In San Diego a US district judge sentenced brothers Raul and Fidel Villarreal to at least 30 years in prison for smuggling hundreds of immigrants into the US while working as border patrol agents. Raul was also ordered to pay a fine of $250,000.
    (SSFC, 6/23/13, p.A7)
2013        Jun 21, In Texas a US district judge signed off on an agreement to allow former Enron CEO Jeff Skilling‘s prison sentence to be reduced from 24 to 14 years in exchange for dropping all appeals.
    (SFC, 6/21/13, p.A4)
2013        Jun 21, In Afghanistan the Taliban attacked multiple checkpoints at about noon in the provincial capital of Kunduz, killing one member of the local police, and wounding two. Fighting continued outside the city of Kunduz where 18 Taliban fighters and another local policeman were killed, and another 11 militants were wounded.
    (AP, 6/22/13)
2013        Jun 21, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff vowed to battle corruption while improving government services as she acknowledged the anger that has led to vast, sometimes violent protests across the country.
    (AP, 6/22/13)
2013        Jun 21, Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported that British spies are running an online eavesdropping operation so vast that internal documents say it even outstrips the international Internet surveillance effort of the US. The paper cited British intelligence memos leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
    (AP, 6/21/13)
2013        Jun 21, Britain's data regulator ordered Google to delete personal data scooped up in its Street View project — or face contempt of court.
    (AP, 6/21/13)
2013        Jun 21, Canada’s western city of Calgary ordered the evacuation of its entire downtown area as flood waters reached the 10th row of the city’s hockey arena. Two bodies have been recovered from floodwaters in southern Alberta.
    (SFC, 6/21/13, p.A2)
2013        Jun 21, In Egypt tens of thousands of supporters of Islamist Pres. Morsi gathered for a huge rally that filled part of a main boulevard near Cairo's presidential palace in a show of force against opponents demanding his ouster, signs of increasing tension and polarization.
    (AP, 6/21/13)
2013        Jun 21, Greece's fragile coalition government was left reeling after a junior party decided to pull its two cabinet ministers from the cabinet following a dispute over state broadcaster ERT.
    (AP, 6/21/13)
2013        Jun 21, In northern India rescuers found bodies in the River Ganges and in the muddy, broken earth left by landslides, raising the death toll from monsoon flooding in mountainous to nearly 600.
    (AP, 6/21/13)
2013        Jun 21, In Iraq 2 civilians were killed and nine wounded when a bomb ripped through a small market late today in Baghdad.
    (AP, 6/22/13)
2013        Jun 21, In Israel a private security guard (25) shot and killed Doron Ben-Shlush (46), a Jewish man, at the back of Jerusalem’s Western Wall plaza, after he reportedly shouted “God is great” in Arabic.
    (AP, 6/21/13)(SFC, 6/21/13, p.A2)
2013        Jun 21, Moldova’s lawmakers adopted a statement urging the US, the EU, Russia, Ukraine and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to "resolve the situation in Trans-Dniester through political and peaceful means, respecting democratic...principles."
    (AP, 6/22/13)
2013        Jun 21, The Nicaraguan army said air force Chief of Staff Col. Manuel Lopez was among 10 air force officials killed in a helicopter crash near Lake Managua.
    (SFC, 6/21/13, p.A2)
2013        Jun 21, In Pakistan militants opened fire on a Shiite Muslim mosque where worshippers were gathering for prayers. A suicide bomber then detonated his explosives inside, killing 15 people in Peshawar.
    (AP, 6/21/13)
2013        Jun 21, President Vladimir Putin said Russia will channel at least $43.5 billion in reserve funds on three ambitious infrastructure projects to upgrade aging roads and railways across the vast country.
    (AP, 6/21/13)(SFC, 6/21/13, p.A2)
2013        Jun 21, In Russia dozens of police officers stormed the headquarters of the For Human Rights movement in Moscow, changed the locks on the doors, and told employees to leave. Officials in the mayor’s office said the group had rented the office from the city and the lease ended in February.
    (AP, 6/21/13)
2013        Jun 21, Spanish police arrested eight people suspected of recruiting jihadist militants for al-Qaida-linked groups in Syria. The arrests were made in the Spanish enclave of Ceuta on the northwest African coast.
    (AP, 6/21/13)
2013        Jun 21, A Spanish court sentenced Joan Vila (48), a former nursing home worker, to prison after a jury found him guilty of murdering 11 elderly residents by forcing them to drink toxic liquids. The killings happened in 2009 and 2010 at a nursing home in the small northeastern city of Olot
    (AP, 6/21/13)
2013        Jun 21, The commander of Syria's rebels confirmed they have received new weapons, giving his forces more power in battles against government troops and Hezbollah fighters from Lebanon.
    (AP, 6/21/13)

2014        Jun 21, Hundreds of Afghans protested in Kabul against alleged fraud in last week's presidential runoff. The UN urged Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah to return to the electoral process after he dropped out earlier this week, accusing the organizers and the president of fraud. A suicide car bombing in Kabul aimed at a senior government official killed one civilian and wounded three others.
    (AP, 6/21/14)(Reuters, 6/21/14)
2014        Jun 21, Belarus released Ales Bialiatski (51), the leader of the Vyasna rights group, nearly three years into his prison sentence and 20 months ahead of schedule.
    (AP, 6/21/14)
2014        Jun 21, In China police in Kashgar prefecture in Xinjiang's southwest shot dead 13 assailants who rammed a truck into a police office building and set off explosives in an attack that also wounded three officers.
    (AP, 6/21/14)
2014        Jun 21, An Egyptian court confirmed death sentences against Mohamed Badie, the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, and 182 supporters, in a mass trial of Islamists who ruled Egypt for a year but face a fierce crackdown under the new president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
    (Reuters, 6/21/14)
2014        Jun 21, In Iraq thousands of heavily-armed Shiite militiamen paraded through several cities as Sunni militants seized Qaim and Rawah, two strategically located towns in what appeared to be a new offensive in the western Anbar province.
    (AP, 6/21/14)
2014        Jun 21, The Arbil Citadel that dominates the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan was granted World Heritage Site status.
    (AFP, 6/21/14)
2014        Jun 21, The Israeli military arrested 10 Palestinians and said that some 1,350 sites in the West Bank had been searched so far and more than 330 Palestinians detained in response to three missing teenagers.
    (Reuters, 6/21/14)
2014        Jun 21, Mauritanians voted to choose their next president, but with the major opposition parties boycotting, incumbent Mohamed Ould Abdel Azi seemed certain to hold on to power.
    (AP, 6/21/14)
2014        Jun 21, In Nigeria suspected Islamist militants stormed Koronginim village, Borno state, killing several people and torching houses close to where more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped two months ago.
    (AP, 6/21/14)
2014        Jun 21, In Somalia a bomb planted under the car seat of Yusuf Keynan, a journalist for Mustaqbal radio, exploded and killed him.
    (AP, 6/21/14)
2014        Jun 21, In South Africa 4 suspected illegal miners were found dead with gun shots wounds to the head at a gold mine near Johannesburg.
    (Reuters, 6/22/14)
2014        Jun 21, Albie Sachs (79), the South African judge who rose to fame for his role in the anti-apartheid struggle, was awarded the Tang Prize, touted as Asia's version of the Nobels, for his contributions to human rights and justice. Earlier this week, Norwegian ex-premier Gro Harlem Brundtland was named as the first recipient of the prize for her work as the "godmother" of sustainable development, while noted Chinese American historian Yu Ying-shih was awarded for his accomplishment in sinology. Immunologists James P. Allison of the United States and Tasuku Honjo of Japan became joint recipients in the biopharmaceutical sciences category for their contributions in the fight against cancer. Named after China's Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907), the Asian prize was founded by Taiwanese billionaire Samuel Yin in 2012 with a donation of Tw$3 billion.
    (AP, 6/21/14)
2014        Jun 21, A South Korean soldier was at large after killing 5 comrades and wounding another five at the border with North Korea.
    (AP, 6/21/14)
2014        Jun 21, In Syria Sunni militants led by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant took control of the Al-Qaim Iraq-Syria border crossing after Syrian rebels withdrew overnight. A truce struck to end deadly fighting at the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmuk. Syrian warplanes pounded parts of Muhassan, Deir el-Zour province, a day after it was stormed by ISIL militants
    (AFP, 6/21/14)(AFP, 6/22/14)(SSFC, 6/22/14, p.A5)
2014        Jun 21, Ukraine reported no large-scale fighting, the first full day of what is to be a six-and-a-half-day stand-down by the Ukrainian military. Separatist leaders have rejected the cease-fire and said they will not disarm. The Ukrainian Border Guard Service reported overnight attacks on two border posts in the Donetsk region, which left three troops injured, hours after the cease-fire was announced.
    (AP, 6/21/14)
2014        Jun 21, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the humanitarian situation in Syria is worsening and the number of people needing urgent help has reached 10.8 million, almost half of Syria's population.
    (AP, 6/21/14)
2014        Jun 21, Yemen's Defense Ministry said suspected al-Qaida militants killed Brigadier-General Abdullah al-Mehdar in front of his home in Sanaa. In the southeast Al-Qaeda gunmen killed 2 people in Shehr, Hadramawt province, because they believed they were practicing witchcraft and sorcery. Some 17 policemen were wounded in an ambush by Shiite Huthi rebels as fighting between government forces and the rebels neared Sanaa.
    (AP, 6/21/14)(AFP, 6/22/14)
2014        Jun 21, In Zimbabwe Edmund Kudzayi, editor of the Sunday Mail state-owned newspaper, appeared in court on charges of subversion and undermining the authority of President Robert Mugabe.
    (AP, 6/21/14)

2015        Jun 21, The Afghan Taliban announced a 24-hour telephone "hotline" and email addresses for any government employees wishing to defect to them, as the tech-savvy militants try to bolster public support. Afghan officials said Taliban insurgents have taken control of the Chardara district in northern Kunduz province.
    (AFP, 6/21/15)(AP, 6/21/15)
2015        Jun 21, Albania held local elections seen as a test of the Balkan country's fragile democracy as it pushes to join the European Union.
    (AFP, 6/21/15)
2015        Jun 21, In England nine people were arrested as thousands gathered at the prehistoric stone circle in Stonehenge to mark the longest day of the year.
    (AFP, 6/21/15)
2015        Jun 21, Indian PM Narendra Modi led tens of thousands of people in a yoga session in the center of New Delhi to showcase the country's signature cultural export. Millions of yoga enthusiasts across the world bent and twisted their bodies in complex postures to mark the first International Yoga Day.
    (Reuters, 6/21/15)(AP, 6/21/15)
2015        Jun 21, Iran's parliament voted to ban access to military sites, documents and scientists as part of a future deal with world powers over its contested nuclear program. The bill also demanded the complete lifting of all sanctions against Iran as part of any final nuclear accord. The bill must be ratified by the Guardian Council, a constitutional watchdog, to become a law.
    (AP, 6/21/15)
2015        Jun 21, In Iraq separate bombings killed at least 5 people in Mahmudiyah and Madain. Inside Baghdad authorities found the bodies of 3 men dumped in the streets, all shot in the chest and head with their hands and legs tied.
    (AP, 6/21/15)
2015        Jun 21, US-led coalition forces targeted Islamic State militants with seven air strikes in Syria and 22 in Iraq.
    (Reuters, 6/22/15)
2015        Jun 21, Israel carried out an air strike in eastern Lebanon targeting a drone belonging to the Jewish state that crashed in the area.
    (AFP, 6/21/15)
2015        Jun 21, A Kuwaiti court sentenced female rights activist Rana Jassem al-Saadun to three years in jail after convicting her in absentia of publicly criticizing the oil-rich Gulf state's ruler. Last week the same court gave two-year suspended jail terms to 21 other activists for repeating the same speech.
    (AFP, 6/21/15)
2015        Jun 21, In Libya the self-declared government in control of the capital Tripoli launched air strikes late today on Islamic State fighters in the city of Sirte.
    (Reuters, 6/22/15)
2015        Jun 21, A Palestinian stabbed and seriously wounded an Israeli border policeman outside Jerusalem's Old City, with the officer managing to shoot his attacker, leaving him in a very serious condition.
    (AFP, 6/21/15)
2015        Jun 21, A Somali soldier and 4 militants were killed as an al-Qaida-linked extremist group tried to attack a training compound used for intelligence officials in Mogadishu.
    (AP, 6/21/15)
2015        Jun 21, South Korea reported three new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), bringing the total to 169 in the largest outbreak outside Saudi Arabia.
    (Reuters, 6/21/15)
2015        Jun 21, In Yemen rebel shelling of residential areas in Aden killed at least 3 civilians, as air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition also hit the southern city.
    (AFP, 6/21/15)

2016        Jun 21, The US FAA announced new aviation rules designed for drones weighing less than 55 pounds. The new rules allow commercial operators to fly drones without special permission. A set of rules known as “part 107” were issued in August.
    (SFC, 6/22/16, p.A8)(Econ 6/10/17, TQ p.4)
2016        Jun 21, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. announced it will close California’s last nuclear plant, Diablo Canyon near San Luis Obispo, in 2025.
    (SFC, 6/22/16, p.A1)
2016        Jun 21, A federal judge in Wyoming set aside new regulations for hydraulic fracturing on public lands that were vehemently opposed by oil and gas producers.
    (Reuters, 6/22/16)
2016        Jun 21, In Afghanistan the Taliban ambushed a series of buses and cars in southern Helmand province, forcing people out of the vehicles and abducting around 60 passengers. The insurgents later said they released all but 27 of those abducted.
    (AP, 6/21/16)
2016        Jun 21, A rescue plane from a British base on the Antarctic peninsula landed at the South Pole to evacuate sick workers from the remote US Amundson-Scott science station. The two sick workers were transported to Chile.
    (AP, 6/22/16)(SFC, 6/23/16, p.A3)
2016        Jun 21, Central African Republic police said 16 people have been killed in two days of clashes between Fulani herdsmen and the mainly Muslim Seleka militia.
    (AFP, 6/21/16)
2016        Jun 21, In southern China Yulin city went ahead with an annual dog-meat eating festival despite heavy criticism and protests from animal rights activists.
    (AP, 6/21/16)
2016        Jun 21, In Cyprus 2 firefighters were killed and a third was critically injured in the foothills of the Troodos mountain region while tackling one of the largest forest fires in Cyprus in years.
    (Reuters, 6/21/16)
2016        Jun 21, An Egyptian court rejected a border agreement that would have transferred two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, and which had sparked street protests in Cairo. The government has 10 days in which to apply for an injunction against the ruling and 60 days to appeal it.
    (AP, 6/21/16)
2016        Jun 21, The European Union's Brussels envoys agreed to extend until the end of January the energy, financial and defense sanctions on Russia over the conflict in Ukraine, but formal approval is still pending.
    (Reuters, 6/21/16)
2016        Jun 21, India's PM Narendra Modi joined a crowd of 30,000 schoolchildren and other residents of the northern city of Chandigarh for a mass yoga session as millions of people twisted their bodies in complex positions in celebration of International Yoga Day.
    (AP, 6/21/16)
2016        Jun 21, In Japan Tokyo Electric Power Co. President Naomi Hirose acknowledged that TEPCO’s delayed disclosure of the meltdowns at three reactors was tantamount to a cover-up and apologized for it.
    (AP, 6/21/16)
2016        Jun 21, Israeli troops shot dead Mahmoud Rafat Badran (15), a Palestinian teenager, and wounded four others as they returned from a swimming pool after apparently mistaking them for stone-throwers, sparking outrage and drawing renewed attention to open fire rules.
    (AFP, 6/21/16)
2016        Jun 21, A car bomb exploded on the Syrian-Jordanian border early today, killing seven Jordanian border guards. The blast went off close to a makeshift tent encampment where more than 70,000 Syrian refugees are stranded, awaiting entry to Jordan. Soon after Jordan's army chief of staff announced that the country's northern and northeastern borders with Syria were closed military zones.
    (AP, 6/21/16)(Reuters, 6/21/16)(Econ, 7/23/16, p.37)
2016        Jun 21, In Libya  fierce clashes between pro-government militiamen and Islamic State militants in the city of Sirte and an explosion at a depot near the capital, Tripoli, left more than 60 dead.
    (AP, 6/22/16)
2016        Jun 21, In Malaysia Bill Kayong (43), an indigenous land rights defende, was murdered in the city of Miri, Sarawak state. On Juy 15 two men were charged with the murder and abetting in the murder of Kayong.
    (www.malaysiakini.com/news/348669)(AP, 7/15/16)
2016        Jun 21, At The Hague the International Criminal Court handed down its toughest sentence yet, ordering former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba to serve 18 years in jail for "sadistic, cruel" rapes and murders by his troops in Central African Republic.
    (AFP, 6/21/16)
2016        Jun 21, Nigeria said it has agreed a one-month ceasefire with militants behind recent attacks on oil facilities in its southern Niger Delta, as efforts continue to end the unrest that has pushed crude output to 30-year lows.
    (Reuters, 6/21/16)
2016        Jun 21, A Polish court convicted and handed a suspended prison term to Gen. Pawel Bielawny, a former deputy head of government security, over the 2010 plane crash that killed President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others.
    (AP, 6/21/16)
2016        Jun 21, South African rioters blocked roads, looted shops and burned vehicles in several areas of the country's capital, Pretoria, in a show of anger over the selection of the ruling party's mayoral candidate ahead of local elections. Police shot dead two people suspected of looting shops in Pretoria.
    (AP, 6/21/16)(Reuters, 6/22/16)
2016        Jun 21, In Serbia a bus carrying Slovak tourists swerved off the road, killing 5 people and injuring 23.
    (AP, 6/21/16)
2016        Jun 21, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said government forces have lost all the territory they gained in Raqqa province since launching their offensive on June 2. It also said 40 troops were killed over the past two days, raising to 93 the number of troops killed since the offensive began. It added that 126 IS militants have been killed in the area so far, including 21 since June 19.
    (AP, 6/21/16)
2016        Jun 21, In Syria warplanes bombed the Islamic State group's de facto capital Raqa, killing at least 18 civilians, after the jihadists drove pro-government forces out of their bastion northern province.
    (AFP, 6/22/16)(SFC, 6/23/16, p.A4)
2016        Jun 21, In Yemen a Saudi-led military coalition said it intercepted a missile fired toward Marib.
    (Reuters, 6/21/16)

2017        Jun 21, US officials told Congress that Moscow stockpiled stolen information and selectively disseminated it during the 2016 presidential campaign. 21 state elections systems were said to have been targeted.
    (SFC, 6/22/17, p.A6)
2017        Jun 21, Top diplomats and defense chiefs from the United States and China began a day of talks in Washington looking for ways to press North Korea to give up its nuclear and missile programs.
    (Reuters, 6/21/17)
2017        Jun 21, In Michigan Amor Ftouhi of Quebec stabbed a police officer in the neck at Flint’s Bishop Int’l. Airport. Ftouhi was immediately taken into custody and authorities were investigating the incident as a possible act of terrorism.
    (SFC, 6/22/17, p.A7)
2017        Jun 21, Missouri’s Attorney General Josh Hawkins said he is suing three large pharmaceutical companies (Endo Pharmaceutical, Purdue Pharma and Janssen Pharmaceutical) for fraud relating to the state's opioid crisis.
(SFC, 6/22/17, p.A6)
2017        Jun 21, Around 13,000 people gathered at Stonehenge to witness the summer solstice sunrise at Britain's most famous prehistoric monument.
    (AFP, 6/21/17)
2017        Jun 21, In the Central African Republic the mayor of Bria said as many as 100 people may have been killed in a day of clashes between rival factions.
    (Reuters, 6/21/17)
2017        Jun 21, A notorious Chinese dog meat festival opened in the southern city of Yulin with sellers torching the hair off carcasses, butchers chopping slabs of canines and cooks frying up dishes, dispelling rumors that authorities would ban sales this year.
    (AFP, 6/21/17)
2017        Jun 21, Hundreds of Croatian taxi drivers blocked one of the capital's main boulevards with their cars to protest against Uber services in the country. PM Andrej Plenkovic said "we have concluded that transportation via Uber is against the current regulations in the Republic of Croatia." He urged the taxi protesters to stop their action until a solution is worked out.
    (AP, 6/21/17)
2017        Jun 21, Egypt began delivering a million liters of fuel to Gaza, temporarily easing a crisis that has left the Palestinian enclave's two million residents with only a few hours of electricity per day.
    (AFP, 6/21/17)
2017        Jun 21, Egypt's top court temporarily halted all verdicts on a contested deal to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia until it decides who has jurisdiction.
    (Reuters, 6/21/17)
2017        Jun 21, The European Union received the prestigious Princess of Asturias Award for Concord, seen as the Hispanic world's Nobel Peace Prize, for its achievements over the six decades since its formation.
    (AFP, 6/21/17)
2017        Jun 21, The highest court of the European Union ruled that courts can consider whether a vaccination led to someone developing an illness even when there is no scientific proof.
    (AP, 6/21/17)
2017        Jun 21, The Ghanaian Supreme Court ruled that the 2016 transfer of two former Guantanamo Bay detainees to live in Ghana was unconstitutional.
    (AP, 6/23/17)
2017        Jun 21, Iran began exporting gas to neighboring Iraq through a pipeline straight to Baghdad.
    (AP, 6/22/17)
2017        Jun 21, In Iraq the leaning al-Habda minaret, which has towered over Mosul for 850 years, was demolished by retreating Islamic State militants.
    (Reuters, 6/22/17)
2017        Jun 21, In Israel an 83-year-old woman won a lawsuit against the national airline after being asked to move seats on a transatlantic flight because an ultra-Orthodox man did not want to sit next to her.
    (AFP, 6/22/17)
2017        Jun 21, Norway said some 330 US Marines will be stationed in Norway until the end of 2018, doubling the length of what was initially billed as a one-year trial period.
    (Reuters, 6/24/17)
2017        Jun 21, In the southern Philippines Muslim rebels fled after freeing dozens of hostages from a school and were being pursued by army troops in Malagakit village, North Cotabato province, as a daylong crisis eased in the volatile region. At least four Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters were killed and two government militiamen were wounded in the fighting.
    (AP, 6/21/17)
2017        Jun 21, In Puerto Rico the FBI arrested Ramon Orta, the former secretary of sports and recreation, and six other people accused of misusing public funds.
    (AP, 6/21/17)
2017        Jun 21, Romania's PM Sorin Grindeanu and his government were ousted in a no-confidence vote submitted by members of his own party. The governing Social Democratic Party (PSD) filed the motion to Grindeanu, saying that he had failed to implement the party's political agenda.
    (AP, 6/21/17)(Econ 6/24/17, p.47)
2017        Jun 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Brazilian counterpart Michel Temer signed a statement on "strengthening a strategic dialogue on foreign policy issues" following talks at the Kremlin.
    (AP, 6/21/17)
2017        Jun 21, In Russia Yuri Drozdov (91), the Soviet spymaster who oversaw a sprawling network of KGB agents abroad, died. In December 1979, Drozdov led an operation to storm the palace of Afghan President Hafizullah Amin that paved the way for the Soviet invasion.
    (AP, 6/21/17)
2017        Jun 21, Saudi Arabia's King Salman (81) ousted his nephew as crown prince on and installed his son Mohammed bin Salman, capping a meteoric rise for the 31-year-old that puts him one step from the throne. Ousted crown prince, Mohammed bin Nayef (57) was fired as deputy prime minister and interior minister. Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Nayef, the ousted interior minister's nephew, was named to replace him.
    (AFP, 6/21/17)
2017        Jun 21, Syrian government forces recaptured territory on Damascus' eastern outskirts from rebels after stepping up attacks in that area.
    (Reuters, 6/21/17)
2017        Jun 21, In Syria the US-backed SDF militias closed in on Islamic State's stronghold of Raqqa, taking territory on the south bank of the Euphrates River with the aim of encircling the city.
    (AP, 6/21/17)
2017        Jun 21, The Ukraine government said it has agreed to a new cease-fire with Russia-backed rebels in the war-torn east.
    (SFC, 6/22/17, p.A2)
2017        Jun 21, The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution that paves the way for the deployment of a five-nation African military force to fight jihadists in the Sahel region. Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger had agreed in March to set up the special joint counterterrorism operation.
    (AFP, 6/21/17)
2017        Jun 21, The Vatican said Pope Francis is offering 460,000 euros (more than $500,000) in aid for South Sudan to help finance two hospitals, a school and farm equipment.
    (AP, 6/21/17)

2018        Jun 21, The American Academy of Pain Medicine scrubbed plans for an online course to train doctors about marijuana after the federal government pulled its funding.
    (SFC, 6/22/18, p.A5)
2018        Jun 21, In California the Gorilla Foundation in Woodside announced that Koko (b.1971), a San Francisco-born gorilla famed for her ability to communicate in sign language, died in her sleep.
    (SFC, 6/22/18, p.D1)
2018        Jun 21, Georgia police Officer Zechariah Presley fatally shot Anthony Marcel Green (33), a black man who was running away from him. Presley surrendered surrendered and was arrested on June 27 on charges of voluntary manslaughter following warrants for his arrest.
    (SFC, 6/29/18, p.A7)
2018        Jun 21, Charles Krauthammer, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, died of cancer in Atlanta, Ga. The former Harvard medical student graduated even after he was paralyzed from the neck down ecause of adiving board accident. "Things That Matter," a compilation of his writings, was published in 2013.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Krauthammer)(SSFC, 6/24/18, p.C8)
2018        Jun 21, Australia's Senate passed personal income tax cuts worth 144 billion Australian dollars ($106 billion) over a decade. The tax cuts for most of Australia's workforce were a centerpiece of PM Malcolm Turnbull's annual budget plans revealed in May.
    (AP, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 21, Australian developer Sebastian Monsour was charged with investment fraud. Monsour is CEO of the Majella Group, which is buying Maine's Saddleback Mountain ski resort. He was arrested after a raid on his offices in his home country.
    (AP, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 21, Health officials in Azerbaijan said that about 200 farm workers have been poisoned with chemicals while working in cotton fields.
    (AP, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 21, A Bahraini court acquitted three senior leaders of al-Wefaq, the country's main opposition group, of spying for Qatar, a rare win for opposition figures who say they have been targeted by prosecutors for their political views.
    (Reuters, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 21, In Belgium a female lion was shot and killed following several attempts to sedate it after she escaped from the Planckendael zoo in Machelen.
    (SFC, 6/22/18, p.A2)
2018        Jun 21, Botswana's parliament passed a motion to review and reconsider a ban on hunting for sport, which was imposed by former president Ian Khama in 2014 after surveys showed declining wildlife populations in the north. France-sized Botswana has only has around 2.3 million people and the mostly arid country has vast tracts of remote wilderness which also make it a magnet for foreign tourists who want to view wildlife.
    (Reuters, 7/15/18)
2018        Jun 21, Britain unveiled its planned residency rules for European Union citizens living in the United Kingdom after Brexit, promising an "easy" system that would work in the favor of those wanting to stay.
    (Reuters, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 21, The BBC reported that former aid workers have accused staff of charity Doctors Without Borders of using prostitutes and boasting of exchanging medicine for sex while working in Africa.
    (AP, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 21, The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said thousands of civilians have fled "intensified" regime bombardments of rebel-held areas in southern Syria in the past three days.
    (AFP, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 21, A report by the U.N. children's agency UNICEF said that a third of all children living in Britain, around 4.5 million, live in areas with harmful air pollution.
    (Reuters, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 21, In Cambodia four Cambodian women and a Chinese man were arrested in a house in Phnom Penh on charges of providing commercial surrogate services. Police rescued 33 pregnant surrogates who were allegedly hired by the Chinese man.
    (AP, 6/23/18)   
2018        Jun 21, In Colombia the bodies of three kidnapped Ecuadorean press workers were found killed in a restless border region. The journalists of Ecuador's El Comerico newspaper were kidnapped in Ecuador on March 26 and murdered in Colombia.
    (AP, 6/23/18)
2018        Jun 21, It was reported that Crimea has stepped up grain exports to Syria over the past year in an arrangement that gives the Black Sea peninsula an outlet for its surplus crops and ensures President Bashar al-Assad has a reliable source of wheat.
    (Reuters, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 21, German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised a $100 million loan to troubled Jordan, where mass protests over austerity measures forced the prime minister to resign earlier this month.
    (AP, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 21, In Greece activist Artemis Sorras appeared in court pending trial on criminal fraud charges. He was arrested over the weekend in Athens after more than a year in hiding. Sorras had urged Greeks not to pay their taxes, claiming he had access to enough money to pay off the country's enormous debt.
    (AP, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 21, Hungarian PM Viktor Orban said leaders of the Visegrad Four countries Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic will skip a European Union mini-summit on the migration crisis this weekend. He said such meetings of state leaders should be organized by the European Council, the bloc's top decision-making body, not the European Commission. Orban said the Visegrad Four group of countries and Austria have agreed to beef up the European Union's external border defense and process migrants outside the EU's borders.
    (Reuters, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 21, Indian PM Narendra Modi traveled to the hill town of Dehradun for the fourth International Day of Yoga, and shortly after sunrise was doing yoga exercises with about 50,000 people.
    (AP, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 21, The wife of Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu was charged with misusing some $100,000 in public funds to order lavish meals from celebrity chefs, dealing an embarrassing blow to the country's first family and drawing fresh attention to a series of separate corruption investigations plaguing the prime minister.
    (AP, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 21, Ivory Coast's government called for the evacuation of all people living in flood-prone zones in Abidjan, the country's economic hub, after 18 were killed by flash floods on June 19 triggered by torrential rain.
    (AP, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 21, East Libyan forces said they had retaken the shuttered oil ports of Es Sider and Ras Lanuf, hours after clashes resumed south of Ras Lanuf during a counter-attack by rival factions.
    (Reuters, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 21, Malaysia said it will not cancel a skyscraper project billed as the tallest in Southeast Asia, even though 3 billion ringgit ($747 million) from the venture has been misappropriated by the 1MDB state fund linked to former premier Najib Razak.
    (AP, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 21, Judges at the International Criminal Court gave Myanmar a July 27 deadline to respond to a prosecution request that they consider hearing a case on the alleged deportation of Rohingya minorities to Bangladesh.
    (Reuters, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 21, In northeastern Nigeria at least five people were killed late today and six others injured in a night-time Boko Haram raid and suicide attack on Tungushe village, Borno state.
    (AFP, 6/23/18)
2018        Jun 21, In Norway 23 nations said they would try to limit their greenhouse gas emissions more than already planned under the Paris climate agreement by 2020. Signatories were Argentina, Britain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Spain and Sweden.
    (Reuters, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 21, Romania's High Court of Cassation and Justice found Liveu Dragnea, leader of the Social Democratic Party, guilty of intervening to keep two party members on the payroll of a public family welfare agency.
    (AP, 6/22/18)
2018        Jun 21, South Africa unveiled details of a new universal health insurance plan aimed at improving healthcare for the poor in one of the world's most unequal nations.
    (AFP, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 21, South Sudanese rebels said that more time is needed to secure lasting peace in the country and it would be necessary to address the root causes of a civil war, after peace talks in Ethiopia between its leader Riek Machar and Pres. Salva Kiir.
    (Reuters, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 21, In Sri Lanka a dozen men beat a leopard to death after it strayed into a village in Kilinochchi and attacked people. Police were deployed the next day to arrest those responsible for the killing, which was captured on mobile phones and shared on social media.
    (AFP, 6/22/18)
2018        Jun 21, Turkey's Pres. Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkish warplanes recently struck Iraq's Qandil mountain while a group of 35 senior militants were holding a meeting.
    (AP, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 21, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein said new Hungarian laws that criminalize people for helping asylum-seekers are shameful and blatantly xenophobic.
    (Reuters, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 21, UN envoy for Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener ended nine days of talks with Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and commander-in-chief General Min Aung Hlaing among other officials. She told authorities in Naypyidaw that credible measures were needed to establish accountability for the violence that engulfed Rakhine state and drove 700,000 Rohingya from their homes.
    (AFP, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 21, Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthis indicated they would be willing to hand over management of Hodeidah port to the United Nations, a potential breakthrough in a conflict that has caused the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
    (Reuters, 6/22/18)
2018        Jun 21, Amnesty International blamed the Iran-backed rebels, known as Houthis, for their "excessive and arbitrary bureaucratic procedures" that are restricting the movement of humanitarian workers and causing delays in aid delivery across Yemen.
    (AP, 6/22/18)

2019        Jun 21, President Donald Trump said the US was "cocked and loaded" to retaliate against Iran for downing an unmanned American surveillance drone, but he canceled the strikes 10 minutes before they were to be launched after being told 150 people could die.
    (AP, 6/21/19)
2019        Jun 21, The US Commerce Department blacklisted five Chinese tech entities in a new move against Beijing's supercomputing industry likely to raise tensions ahead of a meeting between President Trump and Xi Jinping next week.
    (AFP, 6/21/19)
2019        Jun 21, The Trump administration and Canada's government imposed sanctions on some Nicaraguan officials, tying them to a tough crackdown on street demonstrations that began in the Central American country in April 2018.
    (AP, 6/21/19)
2019        Jun 21, A US State Department report said some senior officials from India's PM Narendra Modi's ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) last year had made "inflammatory speeches" against religious minorities.
    (Reuters, 6/23/19)
2019        Jun 21, US lawmakers called for swift change after reports this week of more than 250 infants, children and teens being held inside a windowless Border Patrol station, struggling to care for each other with inadequate food, water and sanitation.
    (AP, 6/21/19)
2019        Jun 21, The US Supreme Court said prosecutors must prove that people charged with violating federal gun laws knew they were not allowed to have a weapon.
    (AP, 6/21/19)
2019        Jun 21, In southern California Toby MacFarlane, a former insurance executive, pleaded guilty to participating in a college admissions bribery scheme. He had paid $450,000 to get his children admitted the Univ. of Southern California. He was the 14th parent to plead guilty in the scandal.
    (SFC, 6/22/19, p.A5)
2019        Jun 21, In southern California a shooting and explosion killed four people at a mobile home park in Santa Maria.
    (SSFC, 6/23/19, p.A10)
2019        Jun 21, In Hawaii a plane carrying sky divers crashed late today on Oahu's North Shore, killing 11 people.
    (AP, 6/22/19)
2019        Jun 21, In Indiana Akram Musleh of Brownsburg (21), arrested on June 21, 2016, was sentenced to eight years and four months in prison for trying to join the Islamic State group. He was also sentenced to 11 years and eight months of supervised release after he gets out of prison.
    (AP, 6/21/19)
2019        Jun 21, In New Hampshire seven members of the Marine JarHeads motorcycle club were killed when a pickup collided with ten riders in Randolph. On June 21 Volodoymyr Zhukovskyy, the driver of the pickup, was arrested.
    (SSFC, 6/23/19, p.A10)(SFC, 6/25/19, p.A5))
2019        Jun 21, Marlene Mizzi (55), a former supervisor at Kennedy Airport, admitted that she took bribes to allow Qatar and other countries to park their planes overnight during the United Nations General Assembly.
    (AP, 6/21/19)
2019        Jun 21, Major airlines from around the world began rerouting their flights to avoid areas around the Strait of Hormuz following Iran's shooting down of a US military surveillance drone there.
    (AP, 6/21/19)
2019        Jun 21, In Algeria huge numbers protested in Algiers, keeping up their push for a political overhaul despite a spate of arrests ahead of the latest weekly rally. State radio said businessman Hassan Larbaoui has been detained in an anti-corruption investigation launched after protests ended the rule of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
    (AFP, 6/21/19)(Reuters, 6/21/19)
2019        Jun 21, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro said he has the authority to demarcate land held by indigenous communities.
    (AP, 6/21/19)
2019        Jun 21, British police said they had arrested 44 people as part of an investigation into historical child sex abuse in northern England. Police said 36 men and three women had been detained over the last two weeks over the inquiry which is centered on allegations from four women that they were abused as children, predominantly in the towns of Dewsbury and Batley between 1995 and 2002.
    (Reuters, 6/21/19)
2019        Jun 21, Lawmakers in jihadist-hit Burkina Faso adopted a controversial new law providing for jail terms of up to 10 years for divulging details of military operations.
    (AFP, 6/21/19)
2019        Jun 21, The World Food Program said about 40 percent of the population of the perennially unstable Central African Republic faces acute food insecurity.
    (AFP, 6/21/19)
2019        Jun 21, Seven Chadian soldiers and a local guard were killed in a Boko Haram jihadist ambush in Lake Chad, the latest in a surge of attacks in the region.
    (AFP, 6/23/19)
2019        Jun 21, China's Ministry of Public Security said police have rescued 1,130 abducted foreign women in the second half of last year in coordinated operations with five Southeast Asian countries.
    (AP, 6/21/19)
2019        Jun 21, China said it has banned direct and indirect imports of pigs, wild boars and related products from Laos due to the first African swine fever outbreaks reported by the Southeast Asian nation on June 20.
    (Reuters, 6/21/19)
2019        Jun 21, A judge in the Dominican Republic ordered a former Senate president, an ex-public works minister and four other people to stand trial in a bribery scandal involving Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.
    (AP, 6/21/19)
2019        Jun 21, Amnesty International demanded that Egypt not execute Karim Hemada, arrested at age 17 ahead of an anticipated death sentence. He was arrested in 2016 and accused of belonging to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, possessing weapons, assaulting policemen and vandalizing properties.
    (AP, 6/21/19)
2019        Jun 21, El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele ordered mobile telephone service providers to disable their signals in prison facilities. The country's mobile telephone providers have 72 hours to comply with the order.
    (Reuters, 6/21/19)
2019        Jun 21, In Germany tens of thousands of climate activists noisily rallied to demand action against global warming, now one of the hottest issues on the European political agenda.
    (AFP, 6/21/19)
2019        Jun 21, Der Spiegel reported that the companies that were set to operate the German motorway vignette scheme scuppered by a European Court ruling earlier this week plan to demand 300 million euros ($339.21 million) compensation from Berlin.
    (Reuters, 6/21/19)
2019        Jun 21, In Hong Kong more than 1,000 protesters blocked police headquarters into the night, while others took over major streets as the tumult over the city's future showed no signs of abating.
    (AP, 6/21/19)
2019        Jun 21, India's PM Naredra Modi praticed various yoga asanas alongside an estimated 40,000 people in Jharkhand state on the 5th Int'l. Yoga Day. In 2014 Modi successfully lobbied the UN to designate June 21 as Int'l. Yoga Day.
    (SFC, 6/22/19, p.A4)
2019        Jun 21, In southern India pumping stations began lifting Godavari River water toward parched land in Telangana state in what is said to be the world's largest such irrigation project.
    (AP, 6/21/19)
2019        Jun 21, In Indonesia at least 30 people including children were killed in a fire that swept through a house that doubled as a match factory in North Sumatra province. Police the next day arrested the owner and two managers of an unregulated factory in North Sumatra that was engulfed by the fire.
    (AP, 6/21/19)(AP, 6/23/19)
2019        Jun 21, In Iraq a bomb blast killed seven people at a Shi'ite Muslim mosque in eastern Baghdad and wounded more than 20.
    (Reuters, 6/21/19)
2019        Jun 21, In Japan Mitsubishi Motors Corp. shareholders approved the ouster of Carlos Ghosn, who was pivotal in the Japanese automaker's three-way partnership with Nissan and Renault until he was arrested on financial misconduct charges last year.
    (AP, 6/21/19)
2019        Jun 21, Hundreds of Jordanian Islamists marched in Amman to denounce Washington's peace plan to end the Arab-Israeli conflict and demand their government boycott a conference in Bahrain next week that will examine the project.
    (Reuters, 6/21/19)
2019        Jun 21, Malawi's President Peter Mutharika promised that the economy will grow 5% in 2019, in a state of the nation address boycotted by the opposition who again clashed with police in more protests against a recent vote.
    (Reuters, 6/21/19)
2019        Jun 21, Thousands of Malians demonstrated in Bamako to demand an end to a series of massacres in the center of the country.
    (AFP, 6/21/19)
2019        Jun 21, Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz defended the continued detention of blogger Cheikh Ould Mohamed Ould Mkheitir, who has served jail time for allegedly insulting the Prophet Muhammad. Mkheitir was sentenced to death in December 2014 for blasphemy. An appeal court on November 2017 downgraded the sentence to a two-year jail term.
    (AFP, 6/21/19)
2019        Jun 21, In Mexico two police officers and two suspected gunmen were killed in a series of confrontations in the western state of Jalisco.
    (AP, 6/21/19)
2019        Jun 21, The Islamic State fighters reportedly killed 15 Nigerian soldiers in fighting at Garno, a town in northeastern Borno state near Lake Chad. West African (MNJTF) troops reportedly killed 42 suspected Islamic State fighters in the battle, the heaviest death toll suffered by the insurgents in the last six months.
    (Reuters, 6/23/19)
2019        Jun 21, North Korean state media said that China's Pres. Xi Jinping and leader Kim Jong Un held broad discussions over the political situation surrounding the Korean Peninsula and reached a shared understanding on the issues they discussed. Xi Jinping left North Korea on his Air China Boeing 747.
    (AP, 6/21/19)
2019        Jun 21, Former Philippine foreign minister Albert del Rosario was denied entry to Hong Kong, in what critics called retaliation for his attacks on Beijing's contested claims over the South China Sea.
    (AFP, 6/21/19)
2019        Jun 21, President Vladimir Putin signed a decree banning Russian airlines from flying to pro-Western Georgia from July 8 late today in response to anti-government rallies in the ex-Soviet neighbor.
    (AFP, 6/22/19)
2019        Jun 21, Prominent Russian human rights advocate Oyub Titiev (61), jailed on charges his supporters say were trumped up, walked free, but said he would not return to his work in Chechnya because he felt the risk to his staff there would be too great.
    (Reuters, 6/21/19)
2019        Jun 21, In South Africa cleaners found an abandoned fetus blocking the toilet of a domestic FlySafair plane, prompting the offloading of passengers and a police investigation.
    (AFP, 6/21/19)
2019        Jun 21, Spain's Supreme Court found five men who called themselves "The Pack" guilty of gang rape, overturning previous convictions of the lesser offence of sexual abuse in a case that shook the country. Each defendant was sentenced to 15 years in prison. The five had raped the drunk woman, then aged 18, at the entrance to an apartment building in Pamplona in July 2016.
    (AFP, 6/21/19)
2019        Jun 21, In Taiwan Terry Gou (68), chairman of Foxconn, the world's largest contract assembler of consumer electronics for companies such as Apple, said he was stepping down amid speculation he could be planning a presidential run next year.
    (AP, 6/21/19)
2019        Jun 21, The UN's International Labor Organization (ILO) overseeing international labor standards adopted a new treaty against violence and harassment in the workplace, fueled by the women's #MeToo movement.
    (Reuters, 6/21/19)
2019        Jun 21, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet called on Venezuela to release jailed dissidents and said the crisis-wracked country faced a "serious" humanitarian situation.
    (AFP, 6/21/19)
2019        Jun 21, Uzbekistan media reported that Pres. Shavkat Mirziyoyev has sacked Prosecutor General Otabek Murodov after he was targeted in a corruption probe.
    (Reuters, 6/21/19)
2019        Jun 21, Yemeni security officials said gunmen attacked a military checkpoint in the eastern province of Hadramawt, killing three soldiers and wounding four in Coton.
    (AP, 6/21/19)

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