Return to home 1535 Jun 22,
John Fisher (65), English bishop (1504-35), cardinal, saint, was
beheaded by Henry VIII.
1558 Jun 22, The French took
the French town of Thioville from the English.
1564 Jun 22, A 3-ship French
expedition under René de Laudonnière arrived in Florida and built
Fort Caroline. French artist Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues was part of
1611 Jun 22, English explorer
Henry Hudson, his son and several other people were set adrift in
present-day Hudson Bay by mutineers. The starving crew of the
Discovery, which had spent the winter trapped by ice in Hudson Bay,
mutinied against Hudson, who was never seen again.
(AP, 6/22/97)(SFEM, 11/15/98, p.26)(MC, 6/23/02)
1633 Jun 22, Galileo Galilei
was again forced by the Pope to recant that the Earth orbits the
Sun. On Oct 31, 1992, the Vatican admitted it was wrong.
1675 Jun 22, Royal Greenwich
Observatory was established in England by Charles II.
1684 Jun 22, Francesco Onofrio
Manfredini, composer, was born.
1740 Jun 22, King Frederick II
of Prussia ended torture and guaranteed religion and freedom of the
1741 Jun 22, Alois Luigi
Tomasini, composer, was born.
1757 Jun 22, George Vancouver,
surveyed America's Pacific coast from San Francisco to Vancouver,
1772 Jun 22, Slavery was in
effect outlawed in England by Chief Justice William Murray, First
Earl of Mansfield, following the trial of James Somersett. In 2005
Steven Wise authored “Though the Heavens May Fall: The Landmark
Trial that Led to the End of Human Slavery."
p.76)(ON, 12/08, p.9)
1799 Jun 22, In France a
scientific congress adopted the length of the meter as one
ten-millionth of the distance along the surface of the Earth from
its equator to its pole, in a curved line of latitude passing
through the center of Paris. The congress used data gathered by
astronomers, Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Delambre and Pierre-François-André
Mechain. The established meter proved to be .2 millimeters too
short, due to incorrect latitude data gathered by Mechain.
1807 Jun 22, British officers
of the HMS Leopard boarded the USS Chesapeake after she had set sail
for the Mediterranean, and demanded the right to search the ship for
deserters. Commodore James Barron refused and the British opened
fire with broadsides on the unprepared Chesapeake and forced her to
surrender. The British provocation led to the War of 1812.
(NG, Sept. 1939, p.363)(HN, 6/22/98)
1812 Jun 22, Napoleon's Grand
Army invaded Russia.
1815 Jun 22, Napoleon Bonaparte
abdicated a second time.
1822 Jun 14, Charles Babbage
(1792-1871), a young Cambridge mathematician, announced the
invention of a machine capable of performing simple arithmetic
calculations in a paper to the Astronomical Society. His 1st
Difference Engine could perform up to 60 error-free calculation in 5
minutes. Babbage and engineer John Clement completed the calculator
portion of a new engine in 1832, but the project lost funding and
(I&I, Penzias, p.94)(ON, 5/05, p.5)
1847 Jun 22, The 1st doughnut
with a hole in it was created.
(SFC, 4/26/97, p.E4)(YarraNet, 6/22/00)
1849 Jun 22, San Francisco
experienced its first theatrical performance with a one-man show in
Portsmouth Square by Stephen C. Massett, an itinerant Brit.
(SFC, 5/24/14, p.C1)
1858 Jun 22, Giacomo Puccini
(d.1924), Italian composer of Madam Butterfly, was born. His work
included the opera “Calaf."
(WUD, 1994, p.1162)(WSJ, 10/22/97, p.A20)(HN,
1860 Jun 22, Nathan Maroney, a
Philadelphia station agent for Adams Express Co., pleaded guilty to
the theft of $40,000 after Pinkerton agents, who had secretly
befriended him, appeared in court to testify against him.
(ON, 7/06, p.12)
1864 Jun 22, Confederate
General A. P. Hill turned back a Federal flanking movement at the
Weldon Railroad near Petersburg, Virginia.
1864 Jun 22, Battle of Ream's
Station, VA (Wilson's Raid).
1868 Jun 22, Arkansas was
re-admitted to the Union.
1870 Jun 22, The US Congress
created the Department of Justice.
1874 Jun 22, Dr. Andrew T. Sill
of Macon, Missouri, founded osteopathy.
1874 Jun 22, Howard Staunton,
world chess champion and designer of chess pieces, died.
1876 Jun 22, Nathanael
Herreshoff (1848-1938) sailed his revolutionary catamaran,
Amaryllis, to victory in the New York’s Second Centennial Regatta.
(http://tinyurl.com/lff9e68)(SFC, 9/6/13, p.A12)
1876 Jun 22, Annie Oakley,
sharpshooter, married Frank Butler, marksman.
(SFEM, 1/25/98, p.68)
1876 Jun 22, General Alfred
Terry sent Lieutenant Colonel George A. Custer to the Rosebud and
Little Bighorn rivers to search of Indian villages.
1885 Jun 22, In Sudan Muhammad
Ahmad (b.1844), religious leader of the Samaniyya order, died of
typhus. His chief deputy, Abdallahi ibn Muhammad took over the
administration of the nascent Mahdist state.
1887 Jun 22, Sir Julian Huxley
was born in London. He became a biologist and philosopher and served
as Darwin’s Bulldog.
1890 Jun 22, The SF Chronicle
trumpeted its new 10-story building at 690 Market, the first
steel-framed building in the West. It was designed by Burnham &
Root of Chicago. In 1924 the Chronicle moved to its new building at
Fifth and Mission. In 1962-1963 Home Mutual Savings and Loan draped
the De Young Building at 690 Market in metal. In 2004 planned
renovations included conversion to residential and hotel use.
(SFC, 3/17/04, p.C4)(SFC, 8/15/05, p.C5)(SFC,
1898 Jun 22, Erich Maria
Remarque, German born novelist and author of “All Quiet on the
Western Front" (Im Westen nichts Neues), was born. The book, based
on Remarque‘s experiences in World War I, emphasized the numbing
daily routine of grunts in the trenches in stark contrast to
prevailing political rhetoric. The novel received international
acclaim and was made into a Hollywood film in 1930. Remarque left
Germany for Switzerland in 1932 because of the growing Nazi
movement. He became a naturalized American citizen in the ‘40s, but
moved back to Switzerland later in life. Remarque kept writing, but
never attained the same level of critical success as his first
(WUD, 1994, p.1213)(SFC, 12/31/96, p.A20)(HN,
1898 Jun 22, US forces, 6000
soldiers under Lawton, Bates, Rafferty and Wheeler and under the
general command of General Shafter, landed at Daiquiri, Cuba. Col.
Leonard Wood and Lt. Col. Theodore Roosevelt led the Rough Riders, a
volunteer cavalry regiment, onto the beach at Daiquiri in the
Spanish American War.
1903 Jun 22, John Dillinger,
one of America’s “Most Wanted" gangsters, was born in Indianapolis,
1903 Jun 22, George White, a
black resident of Delaware, was lynched.
1906 Jun 22, Anne Morrow
Lindbergh, author, wife of Charles Lindbergh (Gifts from the Sea),
1906 Jun 22, Billy Wilder,
movie director, was born. He directed “The Lost Weekend" and “The
Apartment" and won an Oscar for “Stalag 17."
1907 Jun 22, Anne Morrow
Lindbergh, author (Gift from the Sea), was born.
1909 Jun 22, In San Francisco
customs inspectors seized 149 tins of opium, evidently smuggled in
since a law prohibiting possession of opium for smoking went into
effect in April. 16 tins ere found at in the basement of Mow Lee’s
store at 76 Dupont St. The rest was found at a Chinese lodging house
at 704 Jackson St.
(SSFC, 6/21/09, DB p.50)
1910 Jun 22, German
bacteriologist Paul Ehrlich announced a definitive cure for
1911 Jun 22, King George V of
England crowned at Westminster Abbey.
(SFEM, 1/26/97, p.40)(HN, 6/22/98)
1915 Jun 22, Austro-German
forces occupied Lemberg on the Eastern Front as the Russians
1921 Jun 22, Joseph Papp,
theater director and producer, founder of the New York Public
Theatre and Shakespeare-in-the-Park, was born.
1925 Jun 22, France and Spain
agreed to join forces against Abd el Krim in Morocco.
1930 Jun 22, A son was born to
Charles and Anne Murrow Lindbergh.
1933 Jun 22, Dianne Feinstein,
1st female mayor of SF, (Sen-D-Ca), was born.
1933 Jun 22, Germany became a
one political party country as Hitler banned parties other than the
1934 Jun 22, San Francisco
Police Capt. Charles Goff voiced the sensational charge that
carefully planned communistic programs are being carried out in SF
schools and churches.
(SSFC, 6/21/09, DB p.50)
1934 Jun 22, "Dr. Ing. h.c. F.
Porsche GmbH, Konstruktionen und Beratung für Motoren- und
Fahrzeugbau" received the go-ahead from the "Reichsverband der
Automobilindustrie (RDA)" (the Association of the German Reich of
the Automotive Industry) to construct and build the Volkswagen.
Hitler had asked Ferdinand Porsche Sr., owner of a consulting and
design firm, to build a "people’s car," from which resulted the
Volkswagen. Porsche took the design from the Tatra T97 of
Czechoslovakia’s Hans and Erich Ledwinka.
p.B12)(Econ, 6/28/08, p.20)
1936 Jun 22, Kris
Kristofferson, singer/actor, was born.
1936 Jun 22, San Francisco Mint
janitor W.F. Williams was buried under 7 tons of gold pieces in an
accident that would likely lead to his death.
(SSFC, 6/19/11, DB p.46)
1936 Jun 22, Harry Froboess
dove 110 meters from an airship into the Bodensee & survived.
1937 Jun 22, Joe Louis began
his reign as world heavyweight boxing champion by knocking out Jim
Braddock in the eighth round of their fight in Chicago.
1938 Jun 22, US boxing champion
Joe Louis knocked out Max Schmeling in the first round of their
heavyweight rematch at New York City's Yankee Stadium. Schmeling had
won their first fight in NYC on June 19, 1936.
1940 Jun 22, During World War
II, Adolf Hitler gained a stunning victory as France was forced to
sign an armistice eight days after German forces overran Paris.
France and Germany signed an armistice at Compiegne, on terms
dictated by the Nazis.
(AP, 6/22/97)(HN, 6/22/98)
1941 Jun 22, Ed Bradley, CBS
news correspondent and one of the hosts of "Sixty Minutes," was
1941 Jun 22, Estonians started
armed resistance against Soviet occupation.
1941 Jun 22, Finland invaded
Karelia. When Germany attacked the Soviet Union in summer 1941,
Finland joined in and began re-taking the lost territory.
1941 Jun 22, German troops
invaded Russia and thereby violated the 1939 Russo-German
non-aggression pact. Under the codename Barbarossa, Germany invaded
the Soviet Union, the largest invasion of another country in
history. In 2005 Constantine Pleshakov authored “Stalin’s Folly,"
and David E. Murphy authored "What Stalin Knew." Both provide
accounts of the invasion and Stalin’s refusal to acknowledge warning
(AP, 6/22/97)(HN, 6/22/98)(WSJ, 6/22/05, p.D12)
1941 Jun 22, Germany occupied
the Baltic states.
1942 Jun 22, The first delivery
of V-Mail was in 1942.
(HFA, '96, p.32)
1942 Jun 22, A Japanese
submarine shelled Fort Stevens, Oregon, at the mouth of the Columbia
(HN, 6/22/98)(MC, 6/22/02)
1942 Jun 22, A Jewish Brigade,
attached by British Army, formed.
1943 Jun 22, Federal troops put
down race-related rioting in Detroit. 36 hours of rioting claimed 34
lives, 25 of them black. More than 1,800 were arrested for looting
and other incidents, the vast majority black. Thirteen murders
1944 Jun 22, President
Roosevelt signed the Readjustment Act of 1944, more commonly known
as the GI Bill of Rights. It authorized a broad package of benefits
for WW II veterans.
(HN, 6/22/98)(AP, 6/22/06)
1944 Jun 22, US Pilot William
Kalan and his 9-man crew bailed out of their B-24 Liberator during a
mission over Nazi-occupied France. Kalan avoided capture and went on
to work with the French underground to harass German troops. In 2009
Kalan (91) was awarded the French Legion of Honor for his covert
(SFC, 12/30/09, p.C3)
1945 Jun 22, The World War II
battle for Okinawa officially ended; 12,520 Americans and 90,000
Japanese soldiers, plus 130,000 civilians were killed in the 81-day
campaign. The battle for Okinawa proved to be the bloodiest in the
Pacific Theater. A huge assemblage of American forces from both
Admiral Chester W. Nimitz's Central Pacific drive and General
Douglas MacArthur’s Southwest Pacific thrust converged on
Okinawa--over 180,000 troops. For three months they faced more than
100,000 Japanese troops of Lt. Gen. Mitsuru Ushijima's Thirty-Second
Army. Tokyo needed time to prepare for the expected American
invasion of the home islands, so Ushijima wanted to make his
adversary wrench each hill and ridge from his well-armed men.
(HN, 6/27/01)(AP, 6/22/07)
1947 Jun 22, Holt, Missouri,
experienced a world-record rainstorm when 304.8 mm (1 ft) of rain
fell in 42 minutes. June 1947 had been the wettest month of record
since record-keeping began in 1888 in northern Missouri. Holt is
located in both Clay and Clinton Counties, Missouri and had a
population of 405 in 2000.
1949 Jun 22, Meryl Streep,
actress, was born in New Jersey. Her films included “French
Lieutenant’s Woman," and “Sophie’s Choice."
1949 Jun 22, Lindsay Wagner,
actress, was born in Los Angeles. Her films included “Bionic Woman,"
“Paper Chase," and “Nighthawks."
1956 Jun 22, The battle for
Algiers began as three buildings in Casbah were blown up.
1962 Jun 22, The Hovercraft was
1965 Jun 22, David O. Selznick,
producer, died at 63. His films included "Gone With the Wind." In
1992 David Thomson authored "Showman: The Life of David O.
Selznick." In 1972 his collected memos were edited by Rudy Behlmer
and published as “Memo From David O. Selznick."
(YarraNet, 6/22/00)(SFCM, 3/29/02, p.41)(WSJ,
1966 Jun 22, The film "Who's
Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" opened. It starred George Segal, Richard
Burton and Elizabeth Taylor as a downtrodden professor and his
drunken wife and was directed by Mike Nichols. Ernest Lehman was the
(www.imdb.com/title/tt0061184/)(SFEC, 3/23/97, DB
p.54)(SFC, 7/30/97, p.E3)(SFC, 11/21/14, p.E1)
1968 Jun 22-1968 Jun 23, In San
Francisco Big Brother & the Holding Company played this weekend
at the Carousel Ballroom, a former big band venue, at the corner of
market and Van Ness. The space was operated by 4 SF bands: Jefferson
Airplane, Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service and Big
Brother, whose Cheap Thrills album came out two months later.
(SFC, 3/14/12, p.E3)
1969 Jun 22, The highly
polluted Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio, caught on fire.
(Hem., Oct. '95,
1969 Jun 22, Judy Garland (47),
film actress and star of “The Wizard of Oz," died in London. In 1975
Gerold Frank authored the biography “Judy." In 2000 Gerald Clarke
authored “Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland."
(SFEC, 10/5/97, Z1 p.6)(AP, 6/22/99)(SFEC,
6/18/00, BR p.4)
1970 Jun 22, President Nixon
signed the 26th amendment, a measure lowering the voting age to 18.
(AP, 6/22/97)(HN, 6/22/98)
1970 Jun 22, In Vietnam surgeon
Dang Thuy Tram (27) died after refusing to surrender to US troops
during a skirmish. Officer Frederick Whitehurst retrieved her the
diaries from her gutted field hospital, and decided at his
translator's urging not to burn them. The work was translated and
published in 2006.
1973 Jun 22, Skylab astronauts
splashed down safely in the Pacific after a record 28 days in space.
1977 Jun 22, Walt Disney’s film
“The Rescuers" was released.
1977 Jun 22, John N. Mitchell
became the first former U.S. Attorney General to go to prison as he
began serving a sentence for his role in the Watergate cover-up. He
was released 19 months later. Maurice Stans (d.1998 at 90), Nixon’s
commerce secretary and fund-raiser, was indicted with Mr. Mitchell
for perjury and conspiracy involving a $200,000 contribution by
Robert Vesco, but were acquitted by a jury.
(AP, 6/22/97)(SFC, 4/15/98, p.C3)
1978 Jun 22, Neo-Nazis called
off plans to march in the Jewish community of Skokie, Ill.
1978 Jun 22, James Christy,
while working at the United States Naval Observatory, discovered
that Pluto had a moon, which he named Charon.
(SFEC, 5/30/99, Par
1980 Jun 22, The Soviet Union
announced a partial withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan.
1981 Jun 22, Mark David Chapman
(b.1955) pleaded guilty to killing John Lennon on December 8, 1980.
He was sentenced 20 years to life in prison.
1981 Jun 22, In Iran Abolhassan
Bani-Sadr was dismissed from the presidency by Ayatollah Ruhollah
Khomeini. Shortly thereafter he fled to Paris, where he had lived in
exile during the reign of the Shah.
1983 Jun 22, Emanuela Orlandi
(b.1968), the daughter of a Vatican messenger, disappeared after a
music lesson in Rome. She was 15 at the time. Her self-proclaimed
kidnappers demanded the release of Ali Agca, who wounded the Pope in
1981, for her freedom. They never offered any proof they had the
girl or that she was alive.
1984 Jun 22, Richard Branson
led the inaugural flight of his Virgin Airlines from London to
(Econ, 6/16/07, SR p.10)
1987 Jun 22, Fred Astaire
(b.1899), Hollywood dancer, died at a Los Angeles hospital. His
elegance and fancy footwork graced more than 30 films. A 1984
biography by Bob Thomas was titled: "Astaire: The man, The Dancer."
In 2008 Joseph Epstein authored “Fred Astaire." In 2009 Peter J.
Levinson authored “Puttin’ on the Ritz."
(AP 6/22/97)(SFC, 8/25/97, p.E3)(Econ, 12/13/08,
p.100)(WSJ, 4/4/09, p.W8)
1988 Jun 22, Singer Dennis Day,
Jack Benny's sidekick, died at age 71.
1988 Jun 22, Gay rights
activist Leonard Matlovich, discharged from the U.S. Air Force
because of his homosexuality, died at age 44.
1989 Jun 22, The government of
Angola and the anti-Communist rebels of the UNITA movement agreed to
a formal truce in their 14-year-old civil war. Some 1.5 million
people were killed during this period and over 4 million forced to
flee their homes.
(AP, 6/22/99)(Econ, 1/30/10, p.55)
1990 Jun 22, George W. Bush, a
director of Harken Energy Corp., a Texas oil company, sold 212,140
shares at $4 per share just before huge losses were reported.
Corporate disclosure of the sale was filed months later.
(SFC, 7/4/02, p.A1)(SFC, 7/9/02, p.A12)(WSJ,
1990 Jun 22, African National
Congress leader Nelson Mandela addressed delegates at the United
Nations, where he said victory for a democratic, non-racial South
Africa was “within our grasp."
1991 Jun 22, An estimated
200,000 Albanians turned out in the capital Tirana to cheer visiting
US Secretary of State James Baker.
1992 Jun 22, The US Supreme
Court unanimously ruled that hate-crime laws that ban cross-burning
and similar expressions of racial bias violated free-speech rights.
1992 Jun 22, M.F.K. Fisher
(b.1908), cook book author, died of Parkinson Disease. In 2004 Joan
Reardon authored “Poet of the Appetites: The Lives and Loves of MFK
(www.foodreference.com/html/html/june22.html)(SFC, 11/16/04, p.D1)
1992 Jun 22, In Trnovace,
Bosnia, 14 Muslims were massacred. In 1997 Novislav Djajic, member
of a Bosnian Serb military unit, was convicted and sentenced to 5
years for participating.
(SFC, 5/24/97, p.C1)
1992 Jun 22, Anastasia, a
daughter of Czar Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra, was identified
as one of the skeletons excavated in Ekaterinburg, Russia.
1993 Jun 22, A bomb mailed from
Sacramento attributed to the Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski maimed
Univ. of Calif. San Francisco geneticist Charles Epstein at his home
in Tiburon. Epstein (d.2011 at 77) had new eardrums installed, got a
nerve transplant to raise his wrist and spent a year retraining his
damaged hands to play his cello.
(WP, 6/29/96, p.A3)(AP, 6/22/98)(SSFC, 2/20/11,
1993 Jun 22, Former first lady
Pat Nixon died in Park Ridge, N.J., at age 81.
1994 Jun 22, The Houston
Rockets defeated the New York Knicks 90-84 to win the NBA
1994 Jun 22, President Clinton
announced North Korea had confirmed its willingness to freeze its
1995 Jun 22, US House and
Senate Republicans announced agreement on a compromise seven-year
budget-balancing plan that would cut taxes by $245 billion and slow
spending for Medicare, Medicaid and dozens of other programs.
1995 Jun 22, Riot police
stormed a hijacked jumbo jet in Hakodate, Japan, freeing all 364
people on board and capturing a lone hijacker.
1995 Jun 22, Nigeria’s former
military ruler Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo and his chief deputy were
charged with conspiracy to overthrow Gen. Sami Abacha’s military
1996 Jun 22, US Pres. Clinton
endorsed a national registry to track sexual predators as they cross
(SFC, 6/23/96, p.A1)
1996 Jun 22, At their first
summit in six years, Arab leaders meeting in Cairo, Egypt, urged
Israel to prove its commitment to peace by resuming negotiations
1996 Jun 22, It was reported
that scientists from Britain and Russia had discovered a freshwater,
underground lake beneath an Antarctic glacier about the size of lake
Ontario. The lake was believed to be a million years old.
(SFC, 6/22/96, p.A6)
1997 Jun 22, Dr. Nancy W.
Dickey was named the first female president of the American Medical
1997 Jun 22, It was reported
that 34 million acres of forest are lost each year around the world
due to cutting and burning.
(SFEC, 6/22/97, p.D3)
1997 Jun 22, World leaders
concluded a historic summit in Denver with Russia's full
participation for the first time.
1997 Jun 22, Iran and Iraq
opened their border after 17 years and asked the UN for an
inspection post there, giving Iraq a 4th exit point for its goods.
(WSJ, 6/27/97, p.A11)
1997 Jun 22, In Russia it was
reported that the newspaper Top Secret published a story that
exposed Valentin Kovalev, justice minister, cavorting with nude
women in a sauna in a secret Sep 1995 video. The video was shot at
the nightclub hangout of the Solntsevo crime gang in Sep. 1995. The
video was acquired from the vault of banker Arkady Angelevich,
arrested Apr 17 on suspicion of embezzlement.
(SFEC, 6/22/97, p.D8)(SFC, 6/23/97, p.A8)
1998 Jun 22, The Supreme Court
made it much harder for students who are sexually harassed by
teachers to hold school districts financially responsible, ruling
5-4 that a key anti-bias law applies only if administrators know
about the misconduct.
1998 Jun 22, In Britain
legislators voted to lower the age of consent for homosexual acts to
16, the norm in the EU.
(SFC, 6/23/98, p.A10)
1998 Jun 22, Hong Kong
suspended government land sales to bolster prices and announced a
stimulus package to revive the economy.
(SFC, 6/23/98, p.A9)
1998 Jun 22, South Korea
captured a small North Korean submarine that was entangled in a
fishing net. The sub sank while under tow and 9 crewmen were later
found dead with rifle wounds to the head.
(SFC, 6/23/98, p.A9)(SFC, 6/24/98, p.A10)(SFC,
6/26/98, p.A13)(WSJ, 6/26/98, p.A1)
1998 Jun 22, In Kosovo ethnic
Albanians kidnapped 3 Serbs and took over the mine pit at Belacevac.
(WSJ, 6/23/98, p.A1)(SFC, 6/30/98, p.A8)
1998 Jun 22, In Yemen police
fired on protestors reacting to fuel price increases. At least one
person was killed in Taiz and 3 were killed in Sanaa. Protestors
called for the resignation of Prime Minister Abdul Karim al-Iryani.
(SFC, 6/23/98, p.A12)
1999 Jun 22, Pres. Clinton
visited refugees in Macedonia and urged them to delay their return
to Kosovo until protection from mines was ensured.
(SFC, 6/23/99, p.A1)
1999 Jun 22, The Supreme Court
ruled the Americans with Disabilities Act does not extend to people
with poor eyesight or other correctable conditions.
1999 Jun 22, Azerbaijan planned
to become a major exporter of gas following the discovery at the
Shah Deniz offshore field that could contain as much as 700 billion
cubic meters of natural gas.
(WSJ, 6/23/99, p.A23)
1999 Jun 22, Iraq claimed that
over a million people have died due to UN sanctions for the 1990
invasion of Kuwait.
(SFC, 6/23/99, p.A14)
1999 Jun 22, Talks between
North and South Korea broke down after 90 minutes as North Korea
demanded and apology from South Korea for the naval clash in the
Yellow Sea where some 30 North Korean sailors were believed to have
died in a June 15 shootout.
(SFC, 6/23/99, p.A14)
1999 Jun 22, UN Sec. Gen'l.
Kofi Annan announced a 2 week delay on the Aug 8 vote in East Timor
due to security and logistics.
(SFC, 6/23/99, p.A14)
1999 Jun 22, Zimbabwe reported
that an estimated 3,000 people were dying per week, nearly 70% of
them from AIDS-related illnesses. 25% of the population was said to
be infected with the AIDS causing virus.
(SFC, 6/23/99, p.A14)
2000 Jun 22, Independent
Counsel Robert Ray ended his investigation of the 1993 firings in
the White House travel office, issuing no indictments but saying
he’d found “substantial evidence" that First Lady Hillary Rodham
Clinton played a role in the dismissals.
2000 Jun 22, In Texas Gary
Graham was executed for the 1981 murder of Bobby Lambert in a holdup
near a Houston supermarket. Graham claimed his innocence to the very
(SFC, 6/23/00, p.A3)(AP, 6/22/01)
2000 Jun 22, The Int’l.
Financial Action Task Force accused 15 areas of facilitating money
(SFC, 6/23/00, p.A17)
2000 Jun 22, In Bosnia a new
cabinet proposed by Prime Minister Spasoje Tusevljak won
parliamentary approval. Tusevljak, an economics professor, was
approved by parliament earlier in June.
(SFC, 6/24/00, p.A13)
2000 Jun 22, In China an
overloaded ship capsized on the Yangtze River in Sichuan province
and 59 people were either killed or missing. Separately a Yunshuji-7
turboprop was struck by lightning in Hubei province and all 42
people aboard were killed. 4 people were missing.
(SFC, 6/23/00, p.D3)
2000 June 22, In Kazakstan some
11,000 seals were reported found dead on the shores of the Caspian
Sea. Infectious disease linked to weakened immune systems due to
oil-related pollutants were blamed.
(SFC, 6/23/00, p.D3)
2001 Jun 22, The US and Mexico
unveiled a new border safety pact with measures to prevent migrants
from crossing at deadly transit points and planned to equip US
agents with nonlethal weapons.
(SFC, 6/23/01, p.A1)
2001 Jun 22, US forces in the
Middle East were put on high alert following intelligence reports on
possible terrorist attacks.
(SFC, 6/23/01, p.A9)
2001 Jun 22, Striking Comair
pilots ratified a new contract, ending a three-month strike.
2001 Jun 22, Former Duke Energy
workers testified that production was ramped up and down at one San
Diego plant to drive up electricity costs.
(SFC, 6/23/01, p.A1)
2001 Jun 22, The British
government announced that Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, two
teen-agers who were 10 years old when they kidnapped and killed a
toddler (1993), had been granted parole.
2001 Jun 22, In Belfast,
Northern Ireland, riots continued after Britain ordered more troops
into the area in anticipation of weeks of confrontations.
(SFC, 6/23/01, p.A8)
2001 Jun 22, In Israel settlers
blocked West Bank roads and scuffled with soldiers in a 3rd day of
right-wing violence. A Palestinian suicide bombing killed 2 Israeli
(SFC, 6/23/01, p.A8)
2001 Jun 22, In Macedonia
government troops ended an 11-day cease-fire and attacked ethnic
Albanian rebels with tanks and helicopter gunships.
(SFC, 6/23/01, p.A9)
2001 Jun 22, The Philippine
government signed a peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation
(SFC, 6/23/01, p.A9)
2001 Jun 22, Turkey's top court
banned the Virtue Party for violating secular laws.
2002 Jun 22, St. Louis
Cardinals pitcher Darryl Kile was found dead in the team's Chicago
hotel; he was 33.
2002 Jun 22, Esther Lederer
(83) known as Ann Landers, the widely read columnist who famously
urged her readers to "wake up and smell the coffee," died, in
Chicago. She took over the Ann Landers column in the Chicago Sun
Times in 1955.
(Reuters, 6/23/02)(SSFC, 6/23/02, p.A10)(WSJ,
2002 Jun 22, In Algeria
shootings and bombings blamed on Islamic militants have killed seven
people and wounded 35 others over the last two days.
2002 Jun 22, In China an
explosion at a gold mine in Fanshi County, Shanxi, killed 46 miners.
An initial cover-up was attempted.
(SFC, 6/29/02, p.A14)(SFC, 7/2/02, p.A8)
2002 Jun 22, The mayors in the
western Colombian state of Antioquia resigned en masse after
receiving threats from FARC rebels that they would be killed if they
did not quit.
(AP, 6/22/02)(SSFC, 6/23/02, p.A22)
2002 Jun 22, A powerful
earthquake in northern Iran killed at least 500 people and injured
1,500, razing dozens of mountain villages whose mud-brick homes
crumbled to dust.
(Reuters, 6/22/02)(Reuters, 6/23/02)(AP, 6/22/03)
2002 Jun 22, The Catholic
Church in New Zealand revealed it had documented 38 cases of sexual
abuse by church officers in the past 50 years and offered victims an
2002 Jun 22, In Meerwala,
Pakistan, Mukhtar Mai (18) was gang raped in the Punjab on orders
from a tribal council after her brother (13) was accused of
socializing with a higher-caste Mastoi girl. It was later reported
that the affair was fabricated to cover up sodomy of boy by Mastoi
tribesmen. Six death sentences were handed down for the crime on Sep
1. In 2005 a lower court overturned 5 convictions, but Pakistan’s
high court threw out the acquittal. In 2009 Mukhtar Mai married the
police officer who was assigned to protect her as her case gained
notoriety, becoming his 2nd wife. On april 21, 2011, Pakistan's
Supreme Court freed five men accused in the gang-rape. The ruling
left just one of the initial 14 suspects in prison.
(SFC, 7/4/02, p.A10)(SFC, 7/12/02,
p.A13)(Reuters, 9/1/02)(AP, 3/11/05)(AP, 3/18/09)(AP, 4/21/11)
2002 Jun 22, A bin Laden
spokesman said in audiotaped remarks from Qatar that Osama bin Laden
and his No. 2 man are both alive and well and their al-Qaida network
is ready to attack new U.S. targets.
(AP, 6/23/02)(SSFC, 6/23/02, p.A22)
2002 Jun 22, Officials in
southern Russia reported that flooding has claimed at least 28 lives
and forced thousands to leave their homes. The toll rose to 93 and
President Vladimir Putin took local authorities to task for not
doing more to help victims.
(AP, 6/22/02)(SFC, 6/25/02, p.A8)(AP, 6/28/02)
2002 Jun 22, In Spain it was
reported that police had found 10 of 17 artworks stolen last year
from the collection of a Spanish billionaire, including paintings by
Goya, Pissarro and Breughel.
2002 Jun 22, Two new bombs
rocked Spain's tourist coasts, making five in two days that the
government blamed on Basque separatist group ETA trying to disrupt a
European Union summit in Seville.
2002 Jun 22, Tens of thousands
of people banged drums, blew whistles and danced their way through
Seville's streets in a rally against globalization. The EU Summit
ended with new measures to deter illegal immigration.
(AP, 6/22/02)(SSFC, 6/23/02, p.A22)
2003 Jun 22, It was reported
that Elko, Nevada, besieged by Mormon crickets (shield-backed
katydids), had spent $56,000 for 18 tons of the pesticide carbaryl
to stop the infestation. The 4-year Nevada plague, the worst in 5
decades, had missed Elko until this year.
(SSFC, 6/22/03, p.A1)
2003 Jun 22, Vasil Bykov (79),
one of the best-known and most talented writers in Belarus and a
harsh critic of its authoritarian leader, died. His books about
World War II — including "Sign of Misfortune," "Alpine Ballad" and
"Sotnikov" were required reading for all Belarusian school children.
2003 Jun 22, The Belgian
government agreed on changes to narrow a war crimes law and prevent
complaints against foreign leaders that have provoked vehement
criticism from the US.
2003 Jun 22, In Sao Paulo,
Brazil, some 800,000 danced their way through one of the world's
biggest gay pride parades.
2003 Jun 22, In Djibouti an
explosion caused by a bomb dropped from a B-52 killed a U.S. Marine
and wounded eight U.S. service members during a training exercise.
(AP, 6/22/03)(WSJ, 6/24/03, p.A1)
2003 Jun 22, Greece seized a
Comoros-flagged cargo ship that wandered the Mediterranean Sea with
750 tons of explosives on board. The Baltic Sky set off from Gabes,
Tunisia, last month with the explosives and 8,000 detonators and
fuses destined for Sudan.
2003 Jun 22, In western India a
passenger train hit boulders spilled on the track by a landslide,
causing four cars to derail and killing 51 people.
(AP, 6/23/03)(AP, 6/24/03)
2003 Jun 22, Iraq returned to
world oil markets with its first crude oil exports since the
U.S.-led invasion. A fuel pipeline exploded and caught fire west of
Baghdad, a possible act of sabotage that sent flames high into the
2003 Jun 22, Thousands of
workers at South Korea's oldest bank ended a five-day strike by
agreeing to a deal that guaranteed wage hikes and job security.
Workers objected to the sale of the state bank to Shinhan Financial
(AP, 6/22/03)(Econ, 6/28/03, p.71)
2003 Jun 22, Russian private
television station whose critical reporting had irritated the
Kremlin was taken off the air and replaced by a state-run sports
2003 Jun 22, Tajiks voted on
changes to their constitution that would allow President Emomali
Rakhmonov to potentially stay in power for another 17 years. An
overwhelming majority of voters approved the constitutional change.
(AP, 6/22/03)(AP, 6/23/03)
2004 Jun 22, The American Film
Institute released its list of 100 best movie songs. Judy Garland’s
“Over the Rainbow" from the 1939 “Wizard of Oz" topped the list.
(SFC, 6/24/04, p.E6)
2004 Jun 22, A federal judge
granted class-action status to a lawsuit against Wal-Mart on behalf
of 1.6 million women who claimed discrimination in pay and
(SFC, 6/23/04, p.A1)
2004 Jun 22, Former Pres.
Clinton’s 957-page memoir “My Life" went on sale.
(SFC, 6/18/04, p.E1)
2004 Jun 22, Microsoft received
patent #6,754,472 for “a method and apparatus for transmitting power
and data using the human body."
(Econ, 7/3/04, p.66)
2004 Jun 22, Mattie Stepanek
(13), poet (Heartsongs, 2001) and peace advocate, died from
mitochondrial myopathy, a neuromuscular disease.
(SSFC, 9/5/04, Par p.5)
2004 Jun 22, In Egypt a 5-story
apartment building collapsed in the southern city of Aswan, killing
at least 13. Eight residents remain missing.
(AP, 6/22/04)(AP, 6/23/04)
2004 Jun 22, A bus in western
France overturned, killing at least 11 people and seriously injuring
up to three others.
2004 Jun 22, In Haiti a fire
ripped through a downtown section of Port-au-Prince, destroying more
than 30 businesses.
2004 Jun 22, In the Ivory Coast
dozens of boys and men suffocated in an airless, sweltering shipping
container. Rebels locked up more than 100 people for days. 75 bodies
were pulled out.
2004 Jun 22, Islamic militants
beheaded a South Korean who pleaded in a heart-wrenching videotape
that "I don't want to die" after his government refused to pull its
troops from Iraq. Hours later, the United States launched an
airstrike in Fallujah, where residents said the strike hit a parking
lot. 3 people were killed and 9 wounded. Elsewhere 2 American
soldiers were killed and one wounded in an attack on a convoy near
Balad, 50 miles north of Baghdad. In 2006 it was reported that Spc.
Patrick Ryan McCaffrey and 2nd Lt. Andre Demetrius Tyson had been
killed by Iraqi soldiers patrolling alongside US soldiers near
(AP, 6/22/04)(SFC, 6/21/06, p.A1)
2004 Jun 22, Francisco Ortiz
Franco, Mexican newspaper, editor was shot to death in Tijuana.
2004 Jun 22, Thousands of
Russian troops poured into Nazran, Ingushetia, chasing Chechen
rebels who set fire to police and government buildings and killed
over 90 people in brazen overnight attacks.
(AP, 6/22/04)(Econ, 2/12/05, p.21)
2004 Jun 22, North Korea, the
US, and four other nations agreed to discuss a freezing of the
North's nuclear program and inspections that would lead to its
2005 Jun 22, A US Senate
committee charged Jack Abramoff, a Washington lobbyist, and Michael
Scanlon, a public relations executive, in a scheme that overcharged
Indian tribes, faked invoices, and shuffled money between nonprofit
groups and charities to conceal their involvement and avoid paying
taxes. Of $66 million collected since 2001, $22 million went
directly to Abramoff.
(SFC, 6/23/05, p.A5)
2005 Jun 22, The US reported
plans to send 50,000 tons of food to North Korea.
(WSJ, 6/23/05, p.A1)
2005 Jun 22, US drug agents
launched a wide-ranging crackdown on medical marijuana providers in
northern California, raiding pot clubs, homes and businesses in San
Francisco and arresting a husband and wife in Sacramento. The
operation followed a 2-year investigation dubbed “Operation Urban
(AP, 6/23/05)(SFC, 6/23/05, p.A1)(SFC, 6/24/05,
2005 Jun 22, Amnesty
International and Oxfam said arms exports from Group of Eight
nations such as Britain and the United States to poor,
conflict-ridden countries are fueling poverty and human rights
2005 Jun 22, US military said a
US Air Force U-2 spy plane involved in a mission in Afghanistan
crashed while returning to its base in the United Arab Emirates,
killing the pilot.
2005 Jun 22, Ameritrade Holding
said it will acquire TD Waterhouse from Toronto Dominion Bank, in a
deal estimated at $2.25 bil.
(SFC, 6/23/05, p.C1)
2005 Jun 22, The IBM BlueGene/L
System at Lawrence Livermore National Lab., a computer with 62,000
microprocessors, was crowned king among supercomputers at a
conference in Germany.
(SFC, 6/22/05, p.C1)
2005 Jun 22, Chinese state-run
oil firm CNOOC Ltd. announced an $18.5 billion cash offer for U.S.
producer Unocal will prevail in the takeover battle with Chevron
(AP, 6/23/05)(SFC, 6/23/05, p.A1)
2005 Jun 22, Xinhua News said
flooding triggered by torrential rains killed at least 27 people and
forced the evacuation of more than 300,000 in a mountainous region
of southern China.
2005 Jun 22, It was reported
that China's Pearl River estuary is so badly polluted the fish that
once thrived in its waters have virtually vanished.
2005 Jun 22, Colombia’s
Congress passed a bill granting reduced punishments to right-wing
warlords who disarm, a key step in Pres. Uribe's strategy to wind
down a decades-long conflict.
2005 Jun 22, The European
Commission unveiled proposals for a radical overhaul on EU sugar
(Econ, 6/25/05, p.73)
2005 Jun 22, The European
Union's head office told Portugal to cut its burgeoning budget
deficit and public debt, saying the country's economic slowdown was
no excuse for violating euro-zone rules on sound finances.
2005 Jun 22, Senior
peacekeepers said more than 15,000 gunmen have joined a UN
disarmament process in Congo's Ituri district but that militias were
still rearming and regrouping despite intense UN military
2005 Jun 22, Egyptian police
opened the streets of north Cairo to political protests against and
in favor of President Hosni Mubarak, giving the opposition a chance
to argue their case with ordinary people.
2005 Jun 22, In Iraq gunmen
killed a former judge whose name once was on a list of Sunni Arabs
joining a parliamentary committee to draft Iraq's new constitution.
Separately, a Filipino hostage was released after almost eight
months in captivity. 4 car bombs exploded at dusk, killing at least
23 people, including sidewalk diners and passengers at a bus station
in Baghdad. In all, at least 32 people were killed across Iraq,
including a prominent Sunni law professor assassinated by gunmen.
2005 Jun 22, In La Spezia,
Italy, 10 former members of the Nazi SS were convicted in absentia
of taking part in the 1944 massacre of more than 500 villagers in
the Tuscan village of Sant'Anna di Stazzema and sentenced to life in
2005 Jun 22, Consuelo Velazquez
(b.1916), Mexican pianist and composer, died. Her music included
Besame Mucho, first recorded in 1941 by Emilio Tuero. It was the
romantic vision of a chaste, convent-educated teenager growing up in
1930s Mexico, and was inspired by the sight of a smooching couple in
2005 Jun 22, North Korea said
it would not need nuclear weapons if the US treated it like a
friend, as the isolated nation joined South Korea for high-level
2005 Jun 22, The first
Palestinian-Israeli summit in four months failed to propel peace
prospects forward or solidify a shaky truce, leaving main issues
unresolved and both sides disappointed.
2005 Jun 22, Palestinian gunmen
fired shots and detonated an explosive device as PM Ahmed Qureia
left a building in a West Bank refugee camp where he was lecturing
militants on the need to restore order to the streets.
2005 Jun 22, A Romanian monk
and four nuns were charged with murder after a nun died during an
exorcism. Maricica Irina Cornici (23) was crucified and left without
food for three days. [see Jun 15]
2005 Jun 22, South Asia endured
one of its hottest summers on record and at least 375 people were
reported to have died from sunstroke and dehydration in a month-long
heat wave sweeping India, Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
2005 Jun 22, A lawmaker from
Thailand's ruling party fell to his death from his 10th floor
apartment, followed a few hours later by a woman with whom he had
been quarreling. Separately suspected Islamic separatists beheaded a
man at a teashop and then left his head in a sack on the side of the
2005 Jun 22, An explosion
blasted through an oil tanker moored for repairs off Trinidad's west
coast, killing two people and leaving two missing.
2005 Jun 22, The UN Security
Council voted to temporarily enlarge the peacekeeping mission in
Haiti by more than 1,000 troops and police in the run-up to
elections set for later this year.
2006 Jun 22, The Bush
administration confirmed it had gained access to international
banking records as part of a classified program to choke off
financial support for terrorism.
2006 Jun 22, The US was
eliminated from soccer’s World Cup by Ghana 2-1.
(WSJ, 6/23/06, p.A1)
2006 Jun 22, The US Supreme
Court expanded the definition of what constitutes “retaliatory
discrimination" by employers against employees.
(WSJ, 6/23/06, p.A1)
2006 Jun 22, The US national
Academy of Sciences reported that the last few decades of the 20th
century were warmer than any comparable period in the last 400
(SFC, 6/23/06, p.A1)
2006 Jun 22, In Connecticut E.
Forbes Smiley III (50), of Martha's Vineyard, Mass., admitted in
federal court that he had stolen nearly 100 rare maps worth about $3
million in a case that sent librarians and investigators scurrying
to review collections and recover stolen treasures.
2006 Jun 22, In Florida FBI
agents arrested 7 people in the Liberty City area of Miami in
connection with a nascent plot to attack the Sears Tower and federal
buildings in south Florida. Narseal Batiste (32), the alleged
ringleader, called the group “Seas of David." In 2009 five Miami men
were convicted of plotting to start an anti-government insurrection
by destroying Chicago's Sears Tower and bombing FBI offices. One man
(SFC, 6/23/06, p.A10)(Econ, 7/1/06, p.26)(AP,
2006 Jun 22, In San Jose, Ca.,
Mayor Ron Gonzales was arrested on charges in a garbage contract
scandal that included bribery, conspiracy and misappropriation of
funds. Joe Guerra, the mayor’s top aide, was also arrested on
similar charges. Both posted $50,000 bail.
(SFC, 6/23/06, p.A1)
2006 Jun 22, Privacy advocates
slammed AT&T Inc. for declaring that it owned its Internet and
video customers' account information and could hand the data over to
law enforcement if needed.
2006 Jun 22, A 2,585-acre fire
approached Slide Rock State Park in northern Arizona. The blaze
started June 18 in a camp used by transients and spread quickly.
2006 Jun 22, Colorado's Gov.
Bill Owens banned open burning and fireworks as a wildfire there
grew to nearly 12,000 acres.
2006 Jun 22, Afghan Pres. Hamid
Karzai urged the international community to reassess its approach to
the war on terror, saying the deaths of hundreds of Afghans in
fighting with US-led forces was "not acceptable." In eastern
Afghanistan 5 Afghan aid workers were abducted, including 3 employed
by a Swedish aid agency. The aid workers were released on June 25.
(AP, 6/22/06)(AP, 6/25/06)(AP, 6/26/06)
2006 Jun 22, In Australia a
176-year-old giant tortoise, believed to have been studied by famed
English naturalist Charles Darwin, died after a short illness.
Harriet was originally named Harry, as she was mistakenly identified
as male, an error which was not rectified for more than a century.
2006 Jun 22, East Timor's
president threatened to resign after the ruling party defied his
orders to oust the prime minister.
2006 Jun 22, Hungarian PM
Ferenc Gyurcsany said he and Pres. Bush had discussed calls to relax
US rules which exclude citizens of nine of the bloc's 10 new member
states, including Hungary, from visa waivers enjoyed by most of its
other 15 member states. President Bush said war-weary Iraqis could
learn from the Hungarians' long and bloody struggle against tyranny.
(Reuters, 6/22/06)(AP, 6/22/07)
2006 Jun 22, Environmental
activists warned that unregulated use of mercury in India is putting
millions of people at risk, and the country has now become the
world's second-largest user of the poisonous chemical.
2006 Jun 22, A ship carrying
more than 100 passengers and crew sunk off Indonesia's Sumatra
island in bad weather. 73 people were rescued. Soldiers in central
Indonesia pulled bodies from villages razed by floods and
landslides, bringing the death toll from days of heavy rain to more
than 200 people.
2006 Jun 22, Iraqi police
stormed a farm north of Baghdad and freed at least 17 people who
were snatched a day earlier in a mass kidnapping of about 85 workers
and family members at the end of a factory shift. An explosion of
sectarian and revenge killings in Mosul over the past three days
claimed 19 lives. The US military announced that four Marines were
killed during operations in Anbar province, three of them in a
(AP, 6/22/06)(AP, 6/25/06)
2006 Jun 22, Israeli PM Ehud
Olmert apologized for the deaths of Palestinian civilians in recent
Israeli army airstrikes after meeting with Palestinian President
Mahmoud Abbas at an informal breakfast in Jordan.
2006 Jun 22, The Red Cross
federation admitted Israel's Magen David Adom society simultaneously
with the Palestine Red Crescent. An optional new emblem, dubbed the
"red crystal," was adopted so that Israel could retain its red star
of David instead of having to adopt the red cross or crescent used
by the 184 other societies in the global movement.
2006 Jun 22, Liberia's truth
commission formally began work to document atrocities committed
during nearly a quarter-century of conflict including the country's
14-year civil war (1990-2004), which left some 250,000 dead.
(AP, 6/23/06)(Econ, 12/16/06, p.48)
2006 Jun 22, The UN Security
Council unanimously recommended that newly independent Montenegro
become the 192nd member of the United Nations.
2006 Jun 22, Nepal's Maoist
rebels said they are not prepared to disarm but are willing to put
their army and their weapons under the supervision of the United
2006 Jun 22, Somalia's largely
powerless government and the Islamic fighters who control the
country's capital agreed to stop military action and recognize each
2006 Jun 22, Parties backing
the "Orange Revolution" agreed to form a coalition government to
keep the pro-Western administration on course for bringing Ukraine
out of Russia's shadow and into the European mainstream.
2007 Jun 22, The US House of
Representatives voted to prohibit any aid to Saudi Arabia as
lawmakers accused the close ally of religious intolerance and
bankrolling terrorist organizations.
2007 Jun 22, In Wyoming
Republican legislator John Barrasso was named as the country’s
newest US senator to replace the late Craig Thomas.
(SFC, 6/23/07, p.A3)
2007 Jun 22, Blackstone Group
share rose 13.1% in their stock market premier. This was the 6th
richest IPO in US history. Schwarzman and Peter Peterson sold shares
worth a combined $2.6 billion. In 2010 David Carey and John Morris
authored “King of Capital: The Remarkable Rise, Fall, and Rise Again
of Stephen Schwarzman and Blackstone."
(SFC, 6/23/07, p.C1)(Econ, 10/16/10, p.102)
2007 Jun 22, The space shuttle
Atlantis landed in California to avoid rain in Florida, ending a
two-week, five-million-mile mission for its crew of seven. While
docked at the International Space Station, the astronauts
successfully installed a new truss segment, expanding the station's
laboratory with a new set of power-generating solar arrays. Atlantis
ended a two-week mission bringing home crew member Sunita "Suni"
Williams, who'd set an endurance record for the longest single
spaceflight by a woman at 195 days.
(AP, 6/23/07)(AP, 6/22/08)
2007 Jun 22, Guy Vander Jagt
(75), a 13-term Republican congressman from Michigan, died in
2007 Jun 22, In southern
Afghanistan Taliban militants attacked police posts, triggering NATO
airstrikes overnight which killed 20 suspected militants, but also
25 civilians, including 9 women, 3 babies and the mullah at the
local mosque 9 miles northeast of Gereshk town. NATO and US-led
coalition forces killed 60 insurgents near the border with Pakistan,
in what was described as the largest insurgent formation crossing
the region in six months. Pakistan's army said a rocket fired during
the battle hit a house on its territory, killing nine civilians. In
Helmand province an attack on US-led coalition troops left one
soldier dead and two others wounded.
(AP, 6/22/07)(AP, 6/23/07)
2007 Jun 22, Algerian soldiers
shot and killed six armed Islamists near Algiers, while two guards
died in homemade bomb blasts at a gas pipeline southeast of the
2007 Jun 22, British energy
group BP, facing pressure from the Kremlin, said that it had agreed
to sell its stakes in a Siberian gas field and company to Russian
gas giant Gazprom for up to 900 million dollars (669 million euros).
(AP, 6/22/07)(WSJ, 6/22/07, p.A3)
2007 Jun 22, Chinese
investigators said government labor monitors and police officers
were actively involved in the Chinese brickyard slavery scandal. A
provincial governor apologized as the government stepped up efforts
to try to show it was responding to a growing slave labor scandal.
2007 Jun 22, In Colombia a wave
of bombings in Bogota wounded 23 people. Marines defused another two
bombs the next day. Authorities blamed the bombings on rebels
seeking revenge for the killing of a regional guerrilla commander.
2007 Jun 22, Southeastern
Europe baked under soaring temperatures, with nearly 30 deaths
across the region blamed on the year's first major heat wave.
2007 Jun 22, In Greece
immigrant groups opened the first formal Islamic prayer site to
operate in Athens since rule by the Ottoman Empire ended more than
170 years ago.
2007 Jun 22, In India 12
members of a wedding party were among 31 feared drowned overnight in
two separate boat accidents in the northern Indian state of Uttar
Pradesh. Heavy rains and flooding killed at least 45 people in the
southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh and left nearly 100 children
stranded on the roof of their school.
2007 Jun 22, Iran interior
minister was quoted saying Iran has produced more than 220 pounds of
2007 Jun 22, A suicide attacker
wearing an explosives vest struck a police patrol in Fallujah,
killing two officers. US helicopters killed 17 al-Qaida fighters as
they tried to get by a checkpoint in Baqouba.
(AP, 6/22/07)(WSJ, 6/23/07, p.A1)
2007 Jun 22, In Kenya at least
20 people were killed overnight in and around Nairobi, including two
people found beheaded and 14 killed in gunbattles.
2007 Jun 22, Rebels attacked an
army base in Niger, killing 13 and wounding 30 soldiers, and taking
at least 47 prisoners.
2007 Jun 22, Nigeria's
crippling general strike entered a third day with labor leaders and
government officials deadlocked after all-night talks ended in
2007 Jun 22, Pakistani police
arrested Muhammad Shahid Jamil Qureshi, a former government
minister, after a court cancelled his bail in connection with the
death of a Canadian woman.
2007 Jun 22, Philippine Justice
Secretary Raul Gonzalez said the government was dropping charges
against veteran coup-plotter Gregorio Honasan after he was elected
to the Senate last month.
2007 Jun 22, South African
unions turned down a revised offer of a 7.5% pay rise, ensuring that
the country's biggest strike since the end of apartheid will go into
a fourth week.
2007 Jun 22, In southern
Thailand 10 people, including five soldiers, were hurt in two
2007 Jun 22, Zimbabwe's
currency plunged to new depths as the US ambassador to Harare
predicted galloping inflation will force Pres. Mugabe from office
before the end of the year.
2008 Jun 22, The Walker Fire
began in Lake County, Ca. By June 25 it had covered 14,000 acres and
was only 5% contained.
(SFC, 6/26/08, p.B1)
2008 Jun 22, In SF a father and
2 sons were shot and killed in the Excelsior district during a minor
traffic encounter. On Jun 25 Edwin Ramos (21), an alleged member of
MS-13, was arrested in El Sobrante on murder charges. On May 9,
2012, Ramos was convicted on 3 first-degree murder charges in the
killings of Tony Bologna (48) and his two sons (16,20). On June 11,
2012, Ramos was sentenced to 3 consecutive life terms with no
possibility of parole. An FBI report in 2006 had implicated Ramos in
the killing of Rolando Valladares. On July 9, 2012, Wilfredo Reyes
(31), suspected of aiding Ramos, was arrested in North Carolina
along with Jose Antonio Mejia, a suspected MS-13 gang member.
(SFC, 6/26/08, p.A1)(SFC, 5/10/12, p.A1)(SFC,
6/12/12, p.C3)(SSFC, 7/1/12, p.A1)(SFC, 7/10/12, p.A1)
2008 Jun 22, George Carlin
(71), legendary comedian, died of heart failure at a hospital in
Santa Monica, Calif. In 2009 His book written with Tony Hendra was
published as “Last Words: A memoir."
(AP, 6/23/08)(SSFC, 11/22/09, Books p.F3)
2008 Jun 22, Dody Goodman
(b.1914) comedian and character actress, died in New Jersey. She had
gained famed on Jack Paar’s late-night show (1957) and as the ditsy
matriarch on the 1976 “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" soap opera.
(SFC, 6/24/08, p.B5)
2008 Jun 22, In Afghanistan
US-led troops killed 55 militants including three senior commanders
after rebels ambushed a patrol with rockets near the eastern
Afghan-Pakistani border in fighting that had begun June 20.
Militants in Pakistan fired rockets at NATO bases across the border
in Afghanistan, killing three children in a village and prompting
the alliance to launch a pair of retaliatory artillery strikes.
(AFP, 6/23/08)(AP, 6/23/08)
2008 Jun 22, Natural gas-rich
Tarija became the fourth Bolivian state to declare autonomy from the
government of leftist President Evo Morales as voters backed greater
independence in a referendum.
2008 Jun 22, In Iraq a female
suicide bomber struck near a government compound in Baqouba, killing
at least 15 people and wounding 40. At least 21 suicide attacks have
been carried out this year by women. A roadside bomb apparently
targeting a police patrol struck a civilian car instead, killing
four people, including two women, near the northern city of Kirkuk.
A mortar attack in Udaim, 70 miles north of Baghdad, killed 10
members of a US-allied Sunni group that has joined forces with the
Americans against al-Qaida in Iraq.
(AP, 6/22/08)(AP, 6/23/08)
2008 Jun 22, Israel increased
the trickle of badly needed goods flowing into the Gaza Strip, in
the latest stage of a four-day-old truce with Hamas militants.
2008 Jun 22, Fighting broke out
in northern Lebanon between pro- and anti-government factions
leaving at least four people dead.
2008 Jun 22, Militants in
Nigeria's southern Niger Delta, whose campaign of sabotage has
sharply cut the country's oil output, announced a ceasefire but
stopped short of agreeing to participate in peace talks.
2008 Jun 22, Suspected Taliban
rebels kidnapped 17 tribal policemen near Pakistan's Khyber pass,
the latest incident on the main supply route for international
forces in Afghanistan.
2008 Jun 22, A Russian film
about a teenager surprised by the sudden appearance of the father
she thought to be dead won the top prize at the 11th Shanghai
International Film Festival. Vladimir Kott's directorial debut
"Mukha" was named best feature film in the Jin Jue Awards announced
at the conclusion of the nine-day festival.
2008 Jun 22, Saudi Arabia held
meeting in Jiddah between oil producing and consuming nations as a
way to show that it was not deaf to international cries that high
oil prices have caused social and economic turmoil. Oil Minister Ali
al-Naimi said Saudi Arabia is willing to produce more oil if
customers need it without citing any specific output increase.
Britain’s PM Gordon Brown called for cash-rich Gulf nations to
invest in renewable and nuclear energy production in Britain and
2008 Jun 22, In Somalia gunmen
killed Mohamed Hassan Kulmiye, a senior official with the
Mogadishu-based Centre For Research and Dialogue (CRD), one day
after kidnapping a UN official, the latest in a string of attacks
against aid and rights workers.
2008 Jun 22, Sri Lanka Army
troops captured six rebel bunkers near the front lines in Vavuniya
after a battle that killed 10 rebels and five soldiers. In the
nearby Mannar district, soldiers clashed with guerrillas, leaving 10
rebels and one soldier dead. Other battles in Welioya, Vavuniya and
Jaffna killed 13 rebels while wounding 30 rebels and 15 soldiers.
2008 Jun 22, Sudanese media
said leaders of north and south Sudan have agreed to submit a
dispute over the oil rich Abyei region to international arbitration
in The Hague.
2008 Jun 22, Thailand’s PM
Samak Sundaravej agreed to resign if he lost a no-confidence vote in
2008 Jun 22, Zimbabwe’s
opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai said he is pulling out of this
week's presidential runoff due to mounting violence and intimidation
against his supporters.
2009 Jun 22, Pres. Obama, in an
effort to curb teen smoking, signed the Family Smoking Prevention
and Tobacco Control Act. The legislation gave the FDA unprecedented
authority to regulate what goes into tobacco products.
(SFC, 6/23/09, p.A6)(Econ, 6/20/09, p.33)
2009 Jun 22, The US Supreme
Court ruled 6-3 to allow a mining company to dump waste from an
Alaskan gold mine into a nearby 23-acre lake, although the material
will kill all of the lake's fish. Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin called the
decision "great news for Alaska" and said it "is a green light for
responsible resource development." The Kensington gold mine 45 miles
north of Juneau will produce as many as 370 jobs when it begins
2009 Jun 22, In Lead, South
Dakota, scientists, politicians and other officials gathered for a
groundbreaking of sorts at a lab 4,850 foot below the surface of an
old gold mine that was once the site of Nobel Prize-winning physics
research, a place uniquely suited to scientists' quest for
mysterious particles known as dark matter.
2009 Jun 22, Kodak announced
that it would discontinue the production of its Kodachrome 64 color
(SFC, 7/7/09, p.D1)
2009 Jun 22, In Kansas 4
bodies, including a 3-year-old girl, were found on the front year of
a Kansas City home. Adrian Burks (37) was arrested the next day and
charged with aggravated battery in the beating of another man hours
before the slayings. Two days later Burks was charged with the 4
(SFC, 6/26/09, p.A5)
2009 Jun 22, A Washington DC
Metrorail transit system train plowed into another stopped train,
killing at least seven people and injuring scores of others. It was
part of an aging fleet that federal officials had sought to phase
out because of safety concerns.
2009 Jun 22, US pilot Capt.
George B. Houghton (28), of Candler, NC, died in an F-16 crash at
the Utah Test and Training Range near the Nevada-Utah state line.
(SFC, 6/24/09, p.A4)(SFC, 6/25/09, p.A5)
2009 Jun 22, The United States
dedicated the site of a new $170 million representative office in
2009 Jun 22, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber on a motorbike killed 7 civilians when he drove into
the center of eastern Khost city and set off explosives. In Kandahar
province another suicide bomber killed 3 Afghan soldiers in an
attack on a convoy of troops inspecting a highway bridge for
explosives. In eastern Nangarhar province, an explosion at a weapons
cache killed a 6-year-old boy and wounded 20 others. A major clash
in the southwestern province of Farah left nine militants and two
Afghan troops dead.
(AP, 6/22/09)(AP, 6/23/09)
2009 Jun 22, Australian police
said that an e-mail challenging PM Kevin Rudd's honesty in his
19-month-old government's biggest political crisis appeared to be a
2009 Jun 22, In eastern Bolivia
8 men from a Mennonite farming community were arrested following
accusations of raping dozens of females at the settlement. 60 women,
from 11 to 47 years old, have accused the men of rape.
2009 Jun 22, Britain pledged an
extra five million pounds in aid to Zimbabwe, hailing progress under
a new unity government but urging more reform after landmark talks
between leaders of the two countries.
2009 Jun 22, In Toronto,
Canada, garbage collectors, daycare workers and other municipal
employees went on strike in a contract dispute that could lead to a
prolonged shutdown of important services.
2009 Jun 22, In Colombia rebels
killed at least seven members of a police counterinsurgency unit in
an ambush in the country's southwest.
2009 Jun 22, In Democratic
Republic of Congo rioting inmates overnight raped around 20 female
prisoners during a failed prison break in Goma. Two people were
killed and 12 others were injured when prisoners detonated two
2009 Jun 22, French President
Nicolas Sarkozy declared that the Islamic burqa is not welcome in
France, branding the face-covering, body-length gown as a symbol of
subservience that suppresses women's identities.
2009 Jun 22, Across eastern and
central India security forces were on high alert as Maoists staged a
2-day general strike and the federal government slapped a formal ban
on the rebels.
2009 Jun 22, In Ingushetia a
suicide car bomber attacked a convoy carrying Yunus Bek Yevkurov
(45), the president of the troubled Russian province, critically
wounding him and killing two bodyguards. A 3rd guard died later from
his wounds. A group, which calls itself the Riyadus Salikhin
Martyrs' Brigade, later said it staged the attack on the president
of Ingushetia because of his support for Kremlin policies and
because of his role in the second war in Chechnya that began in
(AP, 6/22/09)(SFC, 6/23/09, p.A2)
2009 Jun 22, In Iran riot
police attacked hundreds of demonstrators with tear gas and fired
live bullets in the air to disperse a rally in central Tehran,
carrying out a threat by the country's most powerful security force
to crush any further opposition protests over the disputed
presidential election. The Guardian Council, acknowledged voting
irregularities in 50 electoral districts in the June 12 vote, the
most serious official admission so far of problems in the election
that the opposition has labeled a fraud.
2009 Jun 22, In Iraq bombings
killed as many as 18 people in the Baghdad area as violence
intensified ahead of a planned withdrawal next week of US troops
from major cities and urban areas. Bombings and shooting killed over
30 people across Iraq.
(AP, 6/22/09)(SFC, 6/23/09, p.A3)
2009 Jun 22, In Italy Khaled
Hussein (73), a Palestinian man who helped plan the 1985 hijacking
of the Achille Lauro cruise ship, died of a heart attack in a jail
(SFC, 6/23/09, p.A2)
2009 Jun 22, In Kashmir 4
Indian police officials were suspended over their handling of a rape
and murder case that has sent shockwaves through the disputed
2009 Jun 22, Mexican customs
officials made 3 major drug seizures. Nearly 1,000 pounds (450
kilos) of cocaine was found hidden in a shipment of tires from
Colombia, found at the Pacific port of Manzan. More than 1,200
pounds (545 kilos) of marijuana was discovered in the border city of
Nuevo Laredo. 330 pounds (150 kilos) of pseudophedrine pills, used
to make methamphetamine, was found in a shipment of medical supplies
from Bangladesh, stopped at Mexico City International Airport.
2009 Jun 22, Pakistan's army
said they were in the final phase of a campaign to crush militants
in Swat valley, as clashes intensified with Taliban fighters in the
northwest tribal belt. Militants near the Afghan border launched
attacks on three Pakistani military bases and fighter jets responded
with airstrikes that killed at least 25 people, mostly insurgents. 3
women and 3 children died when the house of a local tribal leader
was hit in the Razmak area. A suicide bomber rammed an
explosives-laden vehicle into a police checkpoint in the Bagram
district bordering Swat, killing two people.
(AFP, 6/22/09)(AP, 6/22/09)(SFC, 6/23/09, p.A3)
2009 Jun 22, An Islamic court
in Somalia sentenced four men to have a hand and a leg cut off for
stealing mobile phones and guns. The court postponed the punishment
the next day saying the hot weather could cause them to bleed to
(AP, 6/23/09)(SFC, 6/23/09, p.A2)
2009 Jun 22, Pirates off
Somalia were chased down and captured by NATO’s Portuguese warship,
the Corte-real, after an attempted hijacking of a Singaporean
(SFC, 6/23/09, p.A2)
2009 Jun 22, In Tanzania a UN
court, trying alleged masterminds of Rwanda's 1994 genocide,
sentenced former interior minister Callixte Kalimanzira (56) to 30
years in prison for tricking thousands of people to hide on a hill,
only to watch them get slaughtered by militias.
2010 Jun 22, The Obama
administration unveiled a multi-agency strategy to combat
homelessness. The 67-page plan was called “Opening Doors."
(Econ, 6/26/10, p.36)
2010 Jun 22, General Stanley
McChrystal, the US military commander in Afghanistan, was summoned
to the White House after he and his aides mocked and criticized top
officials including President Barack Obama in an explosive interview
with Rolling Stone magazine. US defense officials said Duncan
Boothby, a senior media aide to McChrystal, has resigned after a
magazine article portrayed the military commander and his team
making critical comments about the Obama administration.
(AFP, 6/22/10)(Reuters, 6/22/10)
2010 Jun 22, A US congressional
hearing was held on a new report titled “Warlond Inc., which focused
on the Pentagon's system of outsourcing to private companies the job
of moving supplies in Afghanistan. According to the report, "The
principal private security subcontractors are warlords, strongmen,
commanders and militia leaders who compete with the Afghan central
government for power and authority." The report described a mafia of
politically warlords enriched by contracts to protect NATO convoys,
which some also allegedly attack.
(Econ, 6/26/10, p.30)(http://tinyurl.com/2722o2r)
2010 Jun 22, In New Orleans US
District Judge Martin Feldman struck down the Obama administration’s
6-month ban on deep-water drilling. It was later disclosed that
Feldman was heavily invested in the oil and gas industry last year,
according to his 2009 financial disclosure.
2010 Jun 22, The San Francisco
Board of Supervisors' 10-1 vote in favor of an ordinance requiring
cell phone retailers to disclose the phones' specific absorption
rate, or SAR, to customers.
2010 Jun 22, In Florida Kenneth
Wayne McLeod (48) was found dead in an apparent suicide. On June 24
a US federal judge in Miami issued an order freezing the assets of
the estate of the McLeod, his consulting firm and an affiliated
investment firm. The SEC alleged that McLeod and associated firms
had defrauded an estimated 260 investors starting in 1988 in an
alleged $34 million Ponzi scheme, which targeted federal employees.
(SFC, 6/26/10, p.D3)
2010 Jun 22, Austin Heap (26)
launched Proxyheap, the precursor to anti-censorship software called
Haystack. He soon received a license from the US treasury, State
Dept. and commerce Dept. to export it to Iran. The software was
withdrawn on Sep 10 due to security issues.
(Econ, 9/18/10, p.75)
2010 Jun 22, In northern
Afghanistan Dr. Azizullah Safari, the head of a provincial health
department, was killed by a bomb planted in his private clinic in
Kunduz province. Two NATO service members were killed in attacks.
NATO and Afghan forces captured a senior Taliban figure in an
overnight raid. A British marine was killed, taking the Britain’s
military death toll in the war-torn country to 303.
(AP, 6/22/10)(AFP, 6/23/10)
2010 Jun 22, Australia
reinstated race discrimination laws in the remote Northern Territory
region after suspending them for three years to pursue a
controversial crime crackdown in poor Aboriginal townships.
Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin said: "Reinstating the RDA
(Racial Discrimination Act) restores dignity and helps Indigenous
Australians to take ownership of their lives and to drive change in
the Northern Territory."
2010 Jun 22, Belarussian
President Alexander Lukashenko ordered the shutdown of transit of
Russian gas to Europe, escalating a new "gas war" after Moscow
slashed supplies to Minsk in a debt dispute. Belarus said Gazprom
owes it 217 million dollars in transit fees.
2010 Jun 22, In Brazil floods
after days of driving rain killed at least 51 people in the
northeast, and left another 120,000 people homeless. After some days
the number of missing dropped to 76.
(AP, 6/22/10)(AFP, 6/23/10)(AP, 6/25/10)
2010 Jun 22, Britain announced
the toughest cuts to public spending in decades and new tax rises in
an emergency budget aimed at sharply reducing the country's record
2010 Jun 22, Britain, France
and Germany committed to levying a fee on banks to shield taxpayers
from the cost of resolving financial crises and said they would ask
other countries to join them.
2010 Jun 22, In Britain an 1878
self-portrait by Edouard Manet sold for 22.4 million pounds at
Sotheby's auction house in London, setting a new record for a work
by the master impressionist.
2010 Jun 22, In Burundi 2
people were reported killed and several wounded overnight in the
latest spate of attacks to rock the East African nation amid a tense
2010 Jun 22, In southern India
a speeding truck rammed into two tractors pulling trolleys loaded
with guests returning from a wedding, killing 18 people, including
2010 Jun 22, Iran's state
television says the country will send an aid ship to the blockaded
Gaza Strip with 1,100 tons of relief supplies.
2010 Jun 22, In Iraq bombs
killed at least nine Iraqis, including two leaders of
government-backed Sunni militias that have fought al-Qaida in Iraq.
2010 Jun 22, Israel's defense
minister criticized the approval by a Jerusalem planning body of a
plan to raze 22 Palestinian homes in the disputed eastern part of
the city to make room for an Israeli tourist center, saying it
lacked "common sense" and "a sense of timing."
2010 Jun 22, Israel launched a
spy satellite called "Ofek 9" increasing Israel's capacity to keep
an eye on enemies like Iran.
2010 Jun 22, Israeli
archaeologists uncovered the heaviest and most valuable gold coin
ever found in Israel. The 2,200-year-old coin weighs an ounce (28
grams) and was found at the Tel Kedesh site near the Lebanon border.
2010 Jun 22, In Jamaica reputed
drug baron Christopher "Dudus" Coke (42) sought out a preacher's
advice and tried to turn himself in to US marshals. He was caught by
police at a highway checkpoint before he could get there. 73 people
were killed in the process of catching Coke. He was later extradited
to the US. On Dec 8, 2011, PM Andrew Holness said a US surveillance
plane helped monitor the deadly raid.
(AP, 6/23/10)(Econ, 6/4/11, p.46)(AP, 12/9/11)
2010 Jun 22, Kyrgyzstan troops
reportedly beat several dozen men and women in an Uzbek neighborhood
in Osh in a raid that deepened refugees' fears about returning to an
area seared by an eruption of deadly ethnic violence.
2010 Jun 22, Pakistan's PM
Yousuf Raza Gilani, defying a warning from Washington, promised to
go ahead with a plan to import natural gas from Iran even if the US
levies additional sanctions. Pakistani troops backed by fighter jets
killed 43 militants and wounded two dozen others in the Orakzai
tribal region. 4 soldiers were killed in the fighting.
2010 Jun 22, Peru's coca crop
grew for a fourth straight year, according to the UN, edging the
country closer to Colombia in overall cultivation of the raw
material of cocaine.
2010 Jun 22, Philippine marines
killed two Muslim rebels in two clashes on Jolo island.
2010 Jun 22, Puerto Rican Sen.
Hector Martinez Maldonado (41) was indicted for allegedly supporting
legislation in favor of a private security company in exchange for a
trip to Las Vegas to watch a boxing match. Martinez was first
elected senator in 2004 and re-elected in 2008. He resigned in March
as head of an important judicial committee citing a federal
investigation, but he denied any wrongdoing.
2010 Jun 22, Russia’s Pres.
Medvedev arrived in California, where he planned to have dinner in
San Francisco with Gov. Schwarzenegger. A tour of Silicon Valley was
scheduled for the next day along with a speech at Stanford Univ.
(SFC, 6/22/10, p.D1)
2010 Jun 22, A Saudi court
convicted four women and 11 men for mingling at a party and
sentenced them to flogging and prison terms.
2010 Jun 22, South Africa went
out with heads high, despite being the only hosts ever to exit the
World Cup's first round, but France headed home in shame and Latin
American giants Argentina cruised into the second round. Troubled
France crashed out of the World Cup losing 2-1 to South Africa.
(AP, 6/22/10)(AFP, 6/23/10)
2010 Jun 22, In Sudan 2 German
humanitarian workers were abducted when unknown gunmen swooped on
the offices of the THW group in south Darfur. Fighting between
government troops and rebels of the Justice and Equality Movement
killed 50 people and wounded 101 in Sudan's Darfur region. The
release of the German aid workers was announced on July 27.
(AFP, 6/23/10)(AP, 7/27/10)
2010 Jun 22, In Syria a severe
4-year drought was reported to be devastating rural communities,
forcing them to abandon the country's traditional breadbasket in the
northeast for cities in search of employment.
2010 Jun 22, In Turkey Kurdish
rebels detonated a remote-controlled bomb in Istanbul, killing 5
people and wounding 12 on a bus carrying military personnel and
2011 Jun 22, President Barack
Obama mapped a course for drawing down the nearly 10-year war in
Afghanistan and set a target of bringing home 33,000 troops by next
(AP, 6/22/11)(AP, 6/23/11)
2011 Jun 22, The Obama
administration pledged to increase its investment in Central
Americas security to nearly $300 million this year to thwart the
expanding activities of drug cartels threatening to destabilize the
2011 Jun 22, Mob boss James
"Whitey" Bulger (81) was captured near Los Angeles, along with
longtime girlfriend Catherine Greig, after 16 years on the run that
embarrassed the FBI and exposed the bureau's corrupt relationship
with its underworld informants. Anna Bjornsdottir, a one-time model
and Miss Iceland 1974, was later paid a $2 million reward for the
tip that led to Bulger's arrest. She had gotten to know Bulger's
girl friend Catherine Greig after the two women both took a shared
interest in a local stray cat in Santa Monica.
(AP, 6/23/11)(Reuters, 10/10/11)
2011 Jun 22, In Seattle Abu
Khalid Abdul-Latif, aka Joseph Anthony Davis, and Walli Mujahidh,
aka Frederick Domingue Jr., were arrested in an FBI sting after they
arrived at a warehouse to pick up machine guns for an attack on a
military recruiting station.
(SFC, 6/24/11, p.A10)
2011 Jun 22, Hedge funds faced
closer scrutiny under SEC rules being approved today that seek to
protect investors from risky trades and prevent another financial
2011 Jun 22, An Algerian court
sentenced a 28-year-old Palestinian to four years in jail for
possession of a banned substance used to make explosives. The
defendant had been arrested by security services last year in
possession of 300 grams of mercury fulminate and crystal rocks.
2011 Jun 22, Bahrain sentenced
8 prominent Shi'ite Muslim activists and opposition leaders to life
in prison on charges of plotting a coup during protests in the Gulf
island kingdom earlier this year. Witnesses say Bahrain security
forces fired tear gas at protesters after a security court sentenced
Shiite activists to life in prison.
(Reuters, 6/22/11)(AP, 6/22/11)
2011 Jun 22, Bahrain sentenced
opposition leader Ibrahim Sharif to five years in prison for
plotting to overthrow the monarchy. Sharif was released on June 19,
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ibrahim_Sharif)(SSFC, 6/21/15, p.A3)
2011 Jun 22, The online
pranksters at Lulz Security (LulzSec) say they've taken down two
government Web sites in Brazil as they continue with their global
"Anti-Security" campaign. The cyber attack blocked traffic to the
website of the Brazilian presidency and two other government sites.
2011 Jun 22, In China renowned
Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei was released on bail after
confessing to tax evasion following more than three months in
2011 Jun 22, In Colombia women
of Barbacoas announced that they would deny their partners sex until
authorities began paving a 35-mile (57-km) road linking the town of
35,000 people with the provincial capital of Pasto. Army engineers
began work on Oct 11 and the sex strike was declared over.
2011 Jun 22, In Egypt
unidentified assailants have killed two policemen and wounded
another two when they opened fire on their patrol in northern Sinai.
2011 Jun 22, In France European
plane maker Airbus won a slew of orders for its A320 medium-haul
workhorse, including a record deal for 180 from Indian budget
carrier IndiGo at a rainy Paris Air Show.
2011 Jun 22, In Guatemala the
World Bank unveiled a billion-dollar plan to fund security measures
in Central America, amid other hundred-million-dollar pledges from
donors bidding to cut a wave of drug gang-related violence sweeping
the region. The announcement came as leaders of Belize, Costa Rica,
El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama attended the
Central American Security Conference aiming to curb crime fueled by
a spillover from Mexico's war on drug cartels.
2011 Jun 22, In northeastern
India a protest against squatter evictions turned deadly as riot
police fired tear gas and live rounds into the air to disperse
thousands of stone-throwing protesters in Gauhati, Assam state.
2011 Jun 22, In Indonesia
indigenous peoples of Borneo demanded a halt to internationally
backed forest conservation schemes, saying they are trampling their
rights and robbing their lands.
2011 Jun 22, Iran’s state-run
Press TV announced that 30 people were arrested in May on suspicion
of spying for the US.
(SFC, 6/23/11, p.A2)
2011 Jun 22, Iraqi lawmakers
said they are trying to figure out what happened to about $17
billion that was supposed to be used for reconstruction. Gunmen
attacked an Iranian oil delegation visiting Baghdad. A series of
attacks in Baghdad during rush hour left one person dead and 30
(AP, 6/22/11)(Reuters, 6/22/11)
2011 Jun 22, Iraq said it would
donate 10 million dollars in disaster relief to Japan and offered
oil sales, as Tokyo struggles with the devastation of a March 11
2011 Jun 22, Japan passed
legislation easing the process for non-profit organizations to get
favorable tax status.
(Econ, 7/9/11, p.39)
2011 Jun 22, Kenyan activists
demanded the arrest of the education minister over revelations that
$45 million donated for elementary education was stolen. A
government audit last week found that $45 million in education
funding had been stolen, far above the $1 million a 2009 audit found
had been stolen.
2011 Jun 22, In Japan TEPCO,
owner of the tsunami-damaged nuclear plant, said it will pay an
estimated $1 billion (88 billion yen) to thousands of residents who
evacuated homes near the radiation-leaking plant and don't yet know
when they can return.
2011 Jun 22, In Libya NATO
warplanes resumed daytime strikes on targets in Tripoli as alliance
member Italy called for the "immediate suspension" of hostilities
there. Gaddafi forces landed rockets in the center of Misrata for
the first time in several weeks.
(AP, 6/22/11)(Reuters, 6/22/11)
2011 Jun 22, Morocco's
pro-reform February 20 Movement urged a boycott of the
constitutional referendum proposed by King Mohammed VI and called
for peaceful nationwide protests.
2011 Jun 22, The Myanmar
military-backed government deported Hollywood actress Michelle Yeoh,
who stars as pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in an upcoming
movie, on the same day as she arrived in Yangon. The Luc Besson
movie about Suu Kyi's life, "The Lady," is due out later this year.
2011 Jun 22, In the Philippines
Gregorio "Comrade Roger" Rosal (64), a popular Mao cap-wearing
Filipino guerrilla, died of a heart attack. He had given a voice and
face to one of Asia's longest-running Marxist insurgencies as its
2011 Jun 22, Russia denied
registration to the People's Freedom Party, a new political party
created by three prominent opposition leaders, effectively barring
them from participating in upcoming parliamentary and presidential
2011 Jun 22, Russia and the EU
signed a deal agreeing conditions for the resumption of EU fresh
vegetable imports to Russia, which banned them because of a deadly
2011 Jun 22, In Senegal African
superstar Youssou Ndour added his voice to the critics condemning a
new law being proposed by Senegal's ruling party to create a vice
presidential post. The opposition charged that the vice presidential
post is being created so that the country's aging president can
appoint his unpopular son, and put in motion a mechanism for his
2011 Jun 22, In Sudan sporadic
air strikes and shelling began taking place in the eastern and
southern parts of South Kordofan's Nuba Mountains, home to Sudan's
indigenous non-Arab Nuba. One woman was killed and four others,
including two children, were wounded in an aerial attack on Kauda.
The Nuba peoples had fought with former southern rebels, the SPLA,
during their 1983-2005 war with Khartoum.
2011 Jun 22, In Turkey Hamas
chief Khaled Meshaal held talks with Turkish officials on efforts to
achieve Palestinian unity during a two-day visit to Istanbul.
2011 Jun 22, Vietnam released
Tran Khai Thanh Thuy (50), a dissident writer and pro-democracy
activist, and deported her to the United States on humanitarian
2011 Jun 22, Yemeni security
officials said 57 militants, mostly from al-Qaida, tunneled their
way from the Mukalla jail in southern Yemen.
2011 Jun 22, In Zimbabwe a gang
of 27 armed robbers struck again stealing three tons of gold ore at
Chav-Chess Farm outside Kadoma.
2012 Jun 22, The Arkansas
Supreme Court struck down the state’s death penalty law, faulting a
provision that allowed the Corrections Dept. to select the fatal
drugs used in an execution.
(SFC, 6/23/12, p.A4)
2012 Jun 22, Tesla Motors
delivered its first all electric sedan, the Model S, from is plant
in Fremont, Ca.
(SFC, 6/23/12, p.D1)
2012 Jun 22, In Florida Anthony
Giancola (45), a former middle-school principal who lost his job
over a drug arrest 5 years ago, went on a rampage. He stabbed
several people and killed at least two in Lealman, near Tampa,
before being arrested by police.
(SFC, 6/23/12, p.A4)
2012 Jun 22, North Las Vegas,
after five years of declining property taxes, massive layoffs and
questionable spending, declared a state of emergency, invoking a
rarely used state law crafted for unforeseen disasters.
2012 Jun 22, In Pennsylvania
Jerry Sandusky (68), former defensive coach at Penn State, was
convicted of sexually assaulting 10 boys over 15 years.
(SFC, 6/23/12, p.A4)
2012 Jun 22, In Afghan a
12-hour long rampage ended after heavily armed insurgents stormed
into the Spozhmai hotel at Qargha Lake north of Kabul and opened
fire on guests inside, killing 18 people, most civilians. Police
said 5 Taliban attackers were shot and killed. 2 NATO service
members were killed by insurgents in the south.
2012 Jun 22, Austrian
prosecutors filed a criminal complaint against lobbyist Alfons
Mensdorff-Pouilly, suspected of bribery and money laundering while
working for the British aerospace giant BAE Systems from 2000 to
2012 Jun 22, The president of
Azerbaijan pardoned 66 convicts, including nine youth activists
arrested during a wave of anti-government protests last year
inspired by the Arab Spring.
2012 Jun 22, In Bolivia a
mutiny by rank-and-file police demanding higher wages spread across
the nation, with an estimated 4,000 officers occupying barracks.
Bolivia's 28,000 rank-and-file police officers earn an average of
$194 a month, a third less than a sergeant in the armed forces. The
police force was widely seen as the country's most corrupt
2012 Jun 22, In Brazil
“Rio+20," the biggest UN summit on sustainable development in a
decade, approved a strategy to haul more than a billion people out
poverty and cure the sickness of the biosphere. The gathering of 191
UN members crowned a 10-day forum marking 20 years since the Rio
Earth Summit, where leaders vowed the world would live within its
environmental means. "Sustainable Development Goals" will replace
the UN's Millennium Development Goals from 2015.
2012 Jun 22, Chinese Premier
Wen Jiabao arrived in Uruguay, his first stop on a multi-nation
visit to South America.
2012 Jun 22, In Egypt tens of
thousands rallied in Cairo's Tahrir Square to support Mohammed
Morsi, the Brotherhood's candidate for president. A delay in the
run-off results, which had been due a day earlier, widely raised
suspicions that the result was being negotiated rather than counted.
2012 Jun 22, In India villagers
in the eastern state of Jharkhand killed a man and his two teenaged
sons, accusing them of practicing witchcraft.
2012 Jun 22, In Iraq 2 bombs
tore through a market full of shoppers in Baghdad, killing 14 people
and wounding more than 100. Gunmen opened fire on a police
checkpoint in western Baghdad, killing three officers, A bomb
exploded in a car parked near the entrance of the Shiite al-Askari
shrine in Samara, killing one pilgrim and injuring 13 other people.
2012 Jun 22, Nigerian President
Goodluck Jonathan fired his national security adviser and defense
minister, as fears mounted over spiraling unrest in the country's
north. The new security adviser will be Sambo Dasuki, a retired
colonel, prominent northerner and cousin to the Sultan of Sokoto,
Nigeria's highest Muslim spiritual figure.
2012 Jun 22, In Pakistan Raja
Pervez Ashraf was elected as the new prime minister after the
Supreme Court dismissed Yousuf Raza Gilani for contempt. Ashraf was
head of the water and power ministry for three years, an unpopular
position in a country where daily blackouts in the steamy summer can
be as long as 22 hours.
2012 Jun 22, Palestinians in
the Gaza Strip fired two rockets that hit Israel, as a truce
declared by the Islamist Hamas ruling the enclave entered its second
2012 Jun 22, In Paraguay 39
senators voted to dismiss Pres. Fernando Lugo after a five-hour
trial, while four senators voted against and two were absent. Lugo,
a former Roman Catholic bishop elected on a pledge to help the poor,
said he would step aside following the Senate vote, even though he
called it a blow to democracy. Federico Franco (49) of the Authentic
Radical Liberal Party was sworn in to serve out the remainder of
2012 Jun 22, Somali leaders
approved the draft constitution. The president, prime minister and
four other leaders signed the document at a meeting in Nairobi,
Kenya. Somali PM Abdiweli Mohamed Ali said the constitutional is
only provisional until Somali citizens can vote on it.
2012 Jun 22, In South Africa 18
police officers, recently arrested on charges of murder, assault and
possession of ammunition, appeared in court in Durban. They were
freed on 5,000 rand (less than $600) bail each.
2012 Jun 22, In Sudan black
smoke hung over Khartoum and tear gas stung the air as security
forces tried to disperse widening protests sparked by rising food
2012 Jun 22, Swaziland teachers
went on strike demanding a 4.5 percent salary increase.
2012 Jun 22, Syria’s state-run
news agency, SANA, said terrorist groups had killed and mutilated at
least 25 people in Daret Azzeh, a rebel-held area in the Aleppo
countryside. A video emerged showing more than a dozen bloodied
corpses, some of them piled on top of each other and in military
uniforms, in what the government said was a "massacre" by rebels in
the northern province of Aleppo. Activists reported that thousands
of people rallied in various parts to protest the regime following
afternoon prayers. Syria said it shot down a Turkish military plane
that entered Syrian air space. The Syrian Observatory for Human
Rights said 116 people were killed today in violence across the
(AP, 6/22/12)(AP, 6/23/12)(AFP, 6/24/12)
2012 Jun 22, In Tanzania
bandits killed a Dutch tourist and the manager of a safari lodge in
Serengeti national park. Police soon arrested 5 people. On July 5
Daniel Musa, Marwa Machage and Ghati Wegesa were charged in
connection with the killings and robberies.
(AFP, 6/30/12)(AFP, 7/7/12)
2012 Jun 22, Uganda’s
government said in a statement that it does not discriminate against
people "of a different sexual orientation." It was signed by Ethics
Minister Simon Lokodo, the official accused by gay activists of
orchestrating a hate campaign that includes breaking up gay
conferences and threatening to expel civil society groups he says
2012 Jun 22, In Venezuela Pres.
Hugo Chavez and Iran’s Pres. Ahmadinejad pledged to stand together
to battle "imperialism," with Chavez criticizing tough sanctions on
2012 Jun 22, In Zimbabwe a
handful of male lawmakers underwent voluntary circumcision in a new
public drive to curb the spread of HIV, which affects about one in
10 people in the southern African country.
2013 Jun 22, In Ohio a plane
carrying wing walker Jane Wicker crashed at The Vectren Air Show
near Dayton. Wicker and the pilot were killed.
(SSFC, 6/23/13, p.A7)
2013 Jun 22, In Afghanistan a
coalition service member died in a militant attack in the south.
2013 Jun 22, In Brazil tens of
thousands of anti-government demonstrators again took to streets in
several cities. An estimated about 60,000 demonstrators gathered in
a central square in Belo Horizonte, largely to denounce legislation
that would limit the power of federal prosecutors to investigate
2013 Jun 22, In southern
England four-year-old colt Thomas Chippendale collapsed and died
shortly after winning the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot.
2013 Jun 22, In China Fan
Jiemin (62) shot to death 5 people and killed another with a tool at
a chemical plant in Shanghai. The plant had been closed over
2013 Jun 22, In India at least
7,000 people were air-lifted by air force and privately-owned
helicopters and transported to Uttarakhand's capital, Dehradun. Some
22,000 people remained stranded in the flood-hit state with bad
weather and heavy rainfall predicted over the next two days.
2013 Jun 22, In Iraq a suicide
bombing inside a Shiite mosque during evening prayers and other
attacks north of Baghdad killed 23 people.
2013 Jun 22, Jordan’s PM
Abdullah Ensour said some 900 US military personnel, including
dozens staying on from joint military drills, are in Jordan to
bolster its defense and prevent the Syrian civil war from spreading
across its border.
2013 Jun 22, In northern
Pakistan some 15 Islamic militants wearing police uniforms shot to
death 10 foreign climbers and one Pakistani guide before dawn at the
base camp of Nanga Parbat, the ninth highest mountain in the world.
The dead included 3 Ukrainians, 3 Chinese, 2 Slovakians, one
Lithuanian and one Nepalese. Pakistani Taliban said the attack was
to avenge a US drone strike that killed a deputy leader last month.
In 2014 it was reported that the actual plan had been to kidnap
Chinese-American Chen Honglu and use him as a high-value Taliban
(AP, 6/23/13)(SFC, 6/24/13, p.A3)(AFP, 6/29/14)
2013 Jun 22, The militant
Islamic group Hamas that rules Gaza executed two men whom it accused
of passing intelligence to Israel. Raed Jundiyeh, an Islamic Jihad
militant wanted by Hamas for the kidnapping of a Gaza resident, was
shot in the head by Hamas police as he resisted arrest. Jundiyeh
died the next day.
(AP, 6/22/13)(SFC, 6/25/13, p.A3)
2013 Jun 22, In Qatar an
11-nation group including the US met in Doha to coordinate military
aid and other forms of assistance to rebels in Syria.
2013 Jun 22, Syrian government
forces stepped up their attack against rebel strongholds north
Damascus. Opposition fighters declared their own offensive in the
country's largest city Aleppo.
2013 Jun 22, Turkish police
used water cannon to disperse thousands gathered in Istanbul's
Taksim Square to observe a memorial for four people killed during
recent anti-government protests. The officers later fired tear gas
and rubber bullets, and in some cases beat people with batons, to
scatter demonstrators who regrouped in side streets.
2013 Jun 22, The UN said
another 27 residents of an Iraqi camp housing members of an Iranian
exile group have been relocated to Albania.
2014 Jun 22, The US Border
Patrol said it will fly nearly 300 Central American migrants from
south Texas to California for processing, as the government seeks to
ease the workload on agents at the nation's busiest corridor for
2014 Jun 22, Fouad Ajami
(b.1945), Lebanon-born academic and author on Middle East affairs,
died in Maine. His books included “The Arab Predicament: Arab
Political Thought and Practice Since 1967" (1981) and “The Dream
Palace of the Arabs: A Generation’s Odyssey" (1998).
2014 Jun 22, In Massachusetts
an Amtrak train struck a sports utility vehicle that was apparently
driving on train tracks. 3 people were killed in the SUV and the
train derailed with no injuries.
(SFC, 6/24/14, p.A6)
2014 Jun 22, The party of
Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah broadcast audio that
it said showed mass fraud had been committed in an election that
aims to transfer power democratically in the country for the first
2014 Jun 22, British newspaper
The Sunday Times reported that the 25 board members of FIFA, the
international governing body of association football, futsal and
beach soccer, now get a $200,000 stipend for their part-time duties.
FIFA declined to comment on claims that annual payments were doubled
for executive committee members after their bonuses were stopped
2014 Jun 22, Felix Dennis (67),
British hedonist and media magnate, died. His 20,000 hectare Forest
of Dennis included a garden of heroes with life-size statues of
(Econ, 7/5/14, p.78)
2014 Jun 22, In Cameroon an
anti-poaching Cessna 172, flown by American Bill Fitzpatrick (59),
disappeared as he approached Douala on a flight from Kano, Nigeria.
Villagers stumbled on his remains in April 2015.
2014 Jun 22, China’s Ministry
of Civil Affairs said five days of rainstorms in the south have left
26 people dead and another three missing and led to direct economic
losses of 4 billion yuan ($650 million).
2014 Jun 22, Tens of thousands
of Hong Kongers lined up to vote, joining hundreds of thousands of
others who cast electronic ballots in the first three days of an
unofficial referendum on democratic reform that Beijing has blasted
as a farce.
2014 Jun 22, Iraqi military
officials said Sunni militants have captured the Turabil crossing
with Jordan and the al-Walid crossing with Syria. Militants also
seized Rutba in Anbar province, the fourth town to fall in two days.
(AP, 6/22/14)(Econ, 6/28/14, p.40)
2014 Jun 22, Israeli tanks
fired at Syrian army positions following an attack from inside Syria
that killed Mohammed Qaraqara, a 13-year-old Israeli boy, on the
occupied Golan Heights.
2014 Jun 22, Israeli soldiers
in Nablus fired at stone-throwing Palestinians overnight, killing
Ahmad Famawi (26). In Ramallah, the Islamic Jihad militant group
said one of its members was killed by Israeli gunfire. Israeli
troops fatally shot Ahmed Saoud (27), a mentally ill Palestinian, as
he approached them in the Al-Ein refugee camp.
(Reuters, 6/22/14)(SFC, 6/23/14, p.A4)
2014 Jun 22, In Kosovo special
EU police backed by NATO fired tear gas and rubber bullets at ethnic
Albanian rioters burning police cars and lobbing rocks in the
ethnically-divided town of Mitrovica, in protest over the blockage
of the main bridge by ethnic Serbs.
2014 Jun 22, In northern
Nigeria suspected Islamist militants kidnapped as many as 91
villagers, most of them women and young girls, in Borno state. 63
girls and women managed to escape on July 4.
(Reuters, 6/24/14)(AP, 7/7/14)
2014 Jun 22, South Korean
troops exchanged fire with a runaway soldier who was surrounded in a
forest after he killed five comrades near his North Korea border
outpost, and brought in his parents to persuade him to surrender.
2014 Jun 22, Spain’s police
said three people have been arrested on suspicion of illegally
scanning and then unlawfully publishing books on a large scale. More
than 1000 books and 10 computer hard drives full of texts were
(SFC, 6/23/14, p.A2)
2014 Jun 22, Syrian troops
backed by fighters from Lebanon's Hezbollah launched an assault to
oust rebels from the foothills of the Qalamun mountains north of the
2014 Jun 22, Thailand police
arrested eight people for demonstrating against the nation's
increasingly repressive military junta, including a man who was
dragged away by undercover officers for reading a copy of George
Orwell's "Nineteen Eighty-Four" outside one of Bangkok's most
luxurious shopping malls.
2014 Jun 22, Ukraine's Pres.
Petro Poroshenko agreed to dialogue with separatists not implicated
in "murder and torture" as he laid out a peace plan that Russian
President Vladimir Putin promised to back as fighting flared between
government and pro-Moscow separatist forces.
(AFP, 6/22/14)(Reuters, 6/22/14)