Today in History - June 23
Return to home
930 Jun 23,
Icelanders established the Althing, an open-air national parliament
and the world‘s oldest surviving parliamentary body. This was later
credited as the first example of representative government.
(NH, 6/96, p.53)(DrEE, 1/4/97, p.4)(SFC, 1/1/00,
1579 Jun 23, Francis
Fletcher, the chaplain of the Golden Hind, gave the first-ever
Protestant service in North America somewhere around Point Reyes,
Ca. The Golden Hind, under the command of English privateer Francis
Drake, had stopped here for repairs and supplies after failing to
find the fabled Strait of Anian.
(SFC, 8/10/13, p.C3)
1586 Jun 23, Sir Francis Drake
encountered the Roanoke Island Hurricane off the Atlantic coast.
Harsh weather caused Drake to evacuate the settlers back to England.
(SFC, 6/23/09, p.D8)
1683 Jun 23, William Penn
signed a friendship treaty with Lenni Lenape Indians in
Pennsylvania. It became the only treaty "not sworn to, nor broken."
(HN, 6/23/98)(MC, 6/23/02)
1700 Jun 23, Russia gave up its
Black Sea fleet as part of a truce with the Ottoman Empire.
1757 Jun 23, Forces of the East
India Company led by Robert Clive (1725-1774) defeated Indians at
Plassey and won control of Bengal. Lord Clive defeated
Siraj-ud-daula, the Nawab of Bengal and exacted a payment of $140
million from Moghul ruler Mir Jafar and a Moghul title of nobility
and rights to land around Calcutta. This effectively marked the
beginning of British colonial rule in India. Clive served 2 terms as
the governor of Bengal.
(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R8)(SSFM, 4/1/01, p.40)(AP,
1758 Jun 23, British and
Hanoverian armies defeated the French at Krefeld in Germany.
1760 Jun 23, Austrians defeated
the Prussians at Landshut, Germany.
1763 Jun 23, Josephine
Martinique, empress of France (1804-14), was born.
(HN, 6/23/98)(MC, 6/23/02)
1776 Jun 23, The final draft of
Declaration of Independence was submitted to US Congress.
1794 Jun 23, Empress Catherine
II granted Jews permission to settle in Kiev.
1810 Jun 23, John Jacob Astor
(1763-1848) organized the Pacific Fur Co. in Astoria, Oregon.
1812 Jun 23, The church at
Mission San Juan Bautista in California was dedicated.
(SJSVB, 6/24/96, p.41)
1836 Jun 23, Congress approved
the Deposit Act, which contained a provision for turning over
surplus federal revenue to the states.
1845 Jun 23, The congress of
the Republic of Texas voted to accept annexation by the US after 10
years as an independent republic. [see Jul 4, 1845]
1848 Jun 23, A bloody
insurrection of workers in Paris erupted to protest inflation,
unemployment and corruption. The insurrection was ruthlessly
suppressed by Gen. Cavaignac.
(HN, 6/23/98)(SFEC, 6/28/98, p.T9)(WSJ, 3/13/09,
1860 Jun 23, The U.S. Secret
Service was created to arrest counterfeiters and protect the
1863 Jun 23, Confederate forces
overwhelmed a Union garrison at the Battle of Brasher City in
1865 Jun 23, Confederate
General Stand Watie, who was also a Cherokee chief, surrendered the
last sizable Confederate army at Fort Towson, in the Oklahoma
(WSJ, 6/9/97, p.A19)(HN, 6/23/98)
1868 Jun 23, Christopher Latham
Sholes received a patent for an invention he called a "Type-Writer."
(HFA, '96, p.32)(SFC, 1/29/97, z-1 p.2)(AP,
1876 Jun 23, Irvin S. Cobb,
U.S. playwright, novelist, actor, and editor, was born. He is best
remembered for his "Judge Priest" stories.
1878 Jun 23, Adm. George Back
(b.1796), English Arctic explorer, died in London.
1884 Jun 23, A Chinese Army
defeated the French at Bacle, Indochina.
1888 Jun 23, Abolitionist
Frederick Douglass received one vote from the Kentucky delegation at
the Republican convention in Chicago, effectively making him the
first black candidate nominated for US president. The nomination
went to Benjamin Harrison.
1888 Jun 23, Emil Naumann (60),
1892 Jun 23, The Democratic
national convention in Chicago nominated former President Cleveland
on the first ballot.
1894 Jun 23, Edward VIII [Duke
of Windsor], King of England (1936), was born. He abdicated his
throne for American Wallis Simpson.
1894 Jun 23, Alfred Kinsey,
zoologist and sociologist, was born.
1897 Jun 23, Winifred
Wagner-William, German organizer (Bayreuth Wagner Festival), was
1902 Jun 23, Germany,
Austria-Hungary, and Italy renewed the Triple Alliance for a 12 year
1909 Jun 23, A Ford Model T
crossed the finish line in the NYC to Seattle Automobile Race after
22 days and 55 minutes to claim the Guggenheim Cup and a $2,000
first prize. A Shamut came in 17 hours later to win the 2nd-place
prize of $1500. An Acme car came in on June 29 to claim a $1000 3rd
prize. The Ford was later disqualified for having switched engines
(AH, 6/03, p.23)
1910 Jun 23, Jean Anouilh,
French playwright, was born.
1912 Jun 23, Alan M. Turing
(d.1954), English mathematician and pioneer of computer theory, was
born. He cracked the Enigma code in World War II that was used by
the Germans to communicate with their submarines. A play by Hugh
Whitemore titled “Breaking the Code,” tells his story. It was shown
as a TV film on Masterpiece Theater in 1997.
(V.D.-H.K.p.349)(SFC, 1/31/97, p.D3)(HN, 6/23/01)
1916 Jun 23, Carleton Watkins
(b.1829), California photographer, died in obscurity at Napa State
Hospital. He was later considered the greatest documentarian of
Western landscape ever to heft a camera.
1917 Jun 23, Babe Ruth,
starting pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, was ejected from a baseball
game after he walked the 1st batter and argued with the umpire.
Relief pitcher Ernie Shore threw out the 1st batter at 2nd base and
proceeded to pitch a no-hitter.
(SFC, 9/2/00, p.B3)
1924 Jun 23, Lt. Russell
Maugham flew from New York to San Francisco in his 3rd attempt at a
dawn to dusk traverse of the continent.
(SFEC, 12/26/99, p.W7)
1924 Jun 23, Cecil [James]
Sharp (64), English folk musician, died.
1927 Jun 23, Bob Fosse,
choreographer and director, was born. He won Tonies for "Pippin" and
"Damn Yankees," and an Oscar for "Cabaret."
1930 Jun 23, The US Coast Guard
Cutter Tingard captured the trawler “5048” also known as the Dora,
and confiscated 400 cases of imported whiskey in Drake’s Bay, Marin,
(SFC, 6/17/05, p.F5)
1931 Jun 23, Wiley Post and
Harold Gatty flew in a single-engine plane, the Winnie Mae, from New
York on a round-the-world flight and returned to New York on July 1
after 8 days, 15 hrs, and 51 min., a new world record.
(AP, 6/23/97)(ON, 12/03, p.10)(NPub, 2002, p.12)
1927 Jun 23, Bob Fosse Chicago,
choreographer and director, was born.
1929 Jun 23, Valerie June
Carter (d.2003) was born in Maces Springs, Va., to Mother Maybelle
Carter, a founding member of the Carter Family trio. She married
Johnny Cash in 1968.
(SFC, 5/16/03, p.A24)
1931 Jun 23, Wiley Post and
Harold Gatty flew in a single-engine plane, the Winnie Mae, from New
York on a round-the-world flight and returned to New York in 8 days,
15 hrs, and 51 min., a new world record.
(AP, 6/23/97)(ON, 12/03, p.10)
1934 Jun 23, Italy gained the
right to colonize Albania after defeating the country.
1938 Jun 23, The Civil
Aeronautics Authority was established.
1940 Jun 23, Wilma Rudolph
(d.1994), the first African American to win three gold medals in a
single Olympiad, was born. At the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, she
became the first American to win three gold medals. Her athleticism
was remarkable since Rudolph contracted polio as a small child and
spent six years in a steel brace. With therapy and hard work,
Rudolph overcame her handicap to excel in basketball and track. As a
celebrity, she worked to break many gender and racial barriers.
Rudolph died of brain cancer in 1994.
1941 Jun 23, The German army
entered Kovno (Kaunas), Lithuania.
(WSJ, 1/19/08, p.W8)
1941 Jun 23, Juozas
Ambrzevicius (Juozas Brazaitis), one of the leaders of the
Lithuanian Activist Front (LAF), began serving as the acting PM of
the Provisional Government of Lithuania and continued to August 5,
1941. He died in exile in 1974. He published memoirs “All Alone”
(Lithuanian: Vienų vieni) in 1964 under the name of N. E. Sudūvis.
1943 Jun 23, James Levine,
pianist and conductor, was born.
1943 Jun 23, RAF discovered and
bombed Werner von Braun's V1/V2-base in Peenemunde.
1944 Jun 23, In one of the
largest air strikes of the war, the U.S. Fifteenth Air Force sent
761 bombers against the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania.
1945 Jun 23, Lt Gen Ushijima,
Japanese commander, committed suicide at Okinawa.
1947 Jun 23, As a result of the
worker strikes in 1946, the US government passed the Taft-Hartley
Act that put the brakes on union activities. The Senate joined the
House and passed the Taft-Hartley Act over the veto of the
president. It prohibited the use of union funds for political
purposes and introduced a 60-day notice before a strike or lockout,
outlawed the closed shop, and empowered the government to serve
injunctions against strikes likely to cripple the nation’s economy.
(EWH, 1968, p.1207)(AP, 6/23/97)
1950 Jun 23, Northwest Airlines
Flight 2501, a DC-4 propliner operating its daily transcontinental
service between New York City and Seattle, crashed into Lake
Michigan killing 58 people. This was to date the worst commercial
airliner accident in American history.
1951 Jun 23, British diplomats
and Soviet spies Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean fled to the USSR.
1951 Jun 23, Soviet U.N.
delegate Jacob Malik proposed cease-fire discussions in the Korean
1952 Jun 23, The US Air Force
bombed power plants on Yalu River, Korea.
1955 Jun 23, Walt Disney's
"Lady and the Tramp," the first animated feature filmed in
CinemaScope, opened in theaters.
1956 Jun 23, Egyptians approved
a new constitution and elected Gamal Abdel Nasser as president. The
new constitution acknowledged the long struggle by women and for the
first time provided them with equal political rights.
1958 Jun 23, Dr. John Jay
Osborn (d.2014) and cardiac surgeon Frank Gerbode used their
heart-lung machine to operate on a boy (8) at Stanford Hospital
before a Bay Area televisioon audience of some 1.2 million.
(SFC, 5/1/14, p.D6)
1958 Jun 23, In the Netherlands
the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation was founded by Prince Bernhard.
It awarded the annual Erasmus Prize to individuals or institutions
that have made notable contributions to European culture, society,
or social science.
1959 Jun 23, Klaus Fuchs was
released after nine years in British prison. Fuchs was a German-born
Los Alamos scientist whose espionage had helped the USSR build their
first atomic and hydrogen bombs.
1960 Jun 23, The Food and Drug
Administration approved Enovid by GD Searle, the first oral
1960 Jun 23, Patrice Lumumba
and the MNC formed the first government, with Lumumba (35) as
Congo's first prime minister and Joseph Kasavubu (1917-1969) as its
1962 Jun 23, The Syrian
government conducted a special population census only for the
province of Jazira which was predominantly Kurdish. As a result,
around 120,000 Kurds in Jazira were arbitrarily categorized as
1964 Jun 23, Henry Cabot Lodge
resigned as the U.S. envoy to Vietnam and was succeeded by Maxwell
1966 Jun 23, Civil Rights
marchers in Mississippi were dispersed by tear gas.
1967 Jun 23, President Johnson
and Soviet Premier Aleksei Kosygin held the first of two meetings in
Glassboro State College in New Jersey.
1967 Jun 23, The US Senate
voted to censure Democrat Thomas J. Dodd of Connecticut for using
campaign money for personal uses.
1969 Jun 23, Warren E. Burger
was sworn in as chief justice of the United States by the man he was
succeeding, Earl Warren.
1972 Jun 23, President Nixon
and White House chief of staff H.R. Haldeman discussed a plan to use
the CIA to obstruct the FBI's Watergate investigation. Revelation of
the tape recording of this conversation sparked Nixon's resignation
in 1974. In the “smoking gun” tape Pres. Nixon told his chief of
Staff, H.R. Haldeman, to tell top CIA officials that “the president
believes this (in reference to Watergate) is going to open the whole
Bay of Pigs thing up again.” Nixon counseled Haldeman on how to use
deception to thwart an FBI investigation on how Watergate was
(SFC, 6/23/96, p.B11)(SFC, 11/19/96, p.A10)(AP,
1972 Jun 23, Pres. Nixon signed
the federal Title IX of the Education Amendment for
nondiscrimination and affirmative action as an amendment to the 1964
Civil Rights Act. In 1975 it was bolstered strengthened to insure
equal rights for women’s sports programs.
(GEG, 6/96, p.4)(SFC, 6/23/98, p.A3)(WSJ,
4/25/02, p.D9)(SSFC, 6/24/07, p.E1)(SFC, 6/9/14, p.C4)
1977 Jun 23, The Brazil
congress legalized divorce with a constitutional amendment, despite
opposition from Roman Catholic Church. The amendment would be signed
into law by President Ernesto Geisel.
1978 Jun 23, Joseph Freeman Jr.
became the 1st black priest in Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day
1980 Jun 23, Clifford Still
(b.1904), abstract expressionist artist, died. In 2011 a museum
dedicated to his work opened in Denver.
1980 Jun 23, Sanjay Gandhi
(b.1946), Indian politician, died in an airplane crash shortly after
his mother's return to power. Captain Subhas Saxena, the only
passenger in the plane, was also killed in the crash.
1981 Jun 23, The body of
Catherine Schilling (21), a Georgetown law student, was found raped
and murdered in Rock Creek Park. She was shot in the head five times
after taking a shortcut home through the park after working late at
her job as a paralegal at a DC law firm. In September 1982, a D.C.
jury convicted Donald Eugene Gates of killing and raping Schilling.
In 2009 Gates was released from prison based on DNA evidence.
(http://tinyurl.com/y8smuur)(SFC, 12/15/09, p.A9)
1985 Jun 23, All 329 people
aboard an Air India Boeing 747 were killed when Flight 182 from
Montreal to London crashed into the Atlantic Ocean near Ireland,
apparently because of a bomb. An hour earlier, a bomb in baggage
intended for another Air India flight exploded in a Tokyo airport,
killing two baggage handlers. In 2000 Canadian police arrested 2 men
of Sikh origin for the bombing. In 2001 Canadian prosecutors filed
murder charges against Inderjit Singh Reyat. In 2003 Reyat was
sentenced to 5 years for his role in making the bomb. Reyat spent 10
years in prison for building the bomb that exploded at the Narita
airport, and another five years for helping make the Flight 182
bomb. In 2005 a Canadian judge acquitted 2 men who had been accused
of conspiring in the case. Talwinder Parmar (1944-1992) was later
assumed to have been the mastermind behind the attacks. In 2010
Reyat was found guilty of perjury. In 2011 he was sentenced to an
additional 9 years in prison.
(AP, 6/23/97)(SFC, 10/28/00, p.A13)(SFC, 6/6/01,
p.C3)(AP, 2/11/03)(AP, 3/17/05)(Econ, 6/16/07, p.47)(Reuters,
1986 Jun 23, Tip O'Neill
refused to let Reagan address the House.
1987 Jun 23, The Iran-Contra
hearings resumed with testimony from former CIA employee Glenn A.
Robinette, who said he'd installed a $14,000 security system at the
home of Lt. Col. Oliver North, then helped make it appear that North
had paid for the work.
1988 Jun 23, NASA climatologist
James Hansen brought the greenhouse effect to the attention of the
American public when he told Congress that worldwide temperature
increases were probably a sign of human alteration of the
(SFC,12/12/97, p.A13)(SFC, 6/23/08, p.A3)
1988 Jun 23, The Yellowstone
Fire began and by Sep 11 burned some 1.6 million acres in Idaho and
(SFC, 10/30/03, p.A15)
1988 Jun 23, Pope John Paul II
began his second papal visit to Austria, where he met with President
Kurt Waldheim, despite controversy over Waldheim's alleged
involvement in Nazi war crimes.
1989 Jun 23, The movie "Batman"
premiered across the US.
1989 Jun 23, The US Supreme
Court refused to shut down the "dial-a-porn" industry, ruling
Congress had gone too far in passing a law banning all sexually
oriented phone message services.
1990 Jun 23, The tune "That's
The Way Of The World" by D'Mob with Cathy Dennis hit #1 on Billboard
magazine’s Hot Dance Music/Club Play.
1990 Jun 23, African National
Congress leader Nelson Mandela received a tumultuous welcome in
Boston as he continued his US tour.
1991 Jun 23, The Group of Seven
finance ministers and central bankers, meeting in London, agreed
that the Soviet Union should become the first associate member of
the International Monetary Fund.
1992 Jun 23, Israel's Labor
Party upset the hard-line Likud bloc in parliamentary elections.
Israeli voters elected the Labor Party’s Yitzhak Rabin as prime
(AP, 6/23/97)(WSJ, 6/18/96, p.A17)
1992 Jun 23, John Gotti
(d.2002), Mafia boss nicknamed the "Teflon Don" after escaping
unscathed from several trials during the 1980s, was convicted on 14
accounts of conspiracy to commit murder and racketeering and
sentenced in New York to life in prison. His son John Gotti Jr.
succeeded him as head of the Gambino crime family and was arrested
(AP, 6/23/97)(SFC, 1/22/98, p.A8)
1993 Jun 23, John Wayne Bobbitt
had his penis severed by his wife, Ecuadorian born Lorena Bobbitt,
in a domestic dispute. In 1996 he was ordained a minister in the
Universal Life Church. Lorena Bobbitt of Prince William County, Va.,
sexually mutilated her husband, John, after he allegedly raped her.
John Bobbitt was later acquitted of marital sexual assault; Lorena
Bobbitt was later acquitted of malicious wounding by reason of
(SFC, 12/5/96, p.A3)(AP, 6/23/98)
1993 Jun 23, Canada's Senate
ratified the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
1994 Jun 23, The United States
and Russia signed agreements in Washington on cooperating in space
and economic development.
1994 Jun 23, French marines and
Foreign Legionnaires headed into Rwanda to try to stem the country's
1995 Jun 23, Dr. Jonas Salk,
the medical pioneer who developed the first vaccine to halt the
crippling rampage of polio, died in La Jolla, California, at age 80.
1995 Jun 23, In Mexico Hector
“El Guero” Palma, reputed head of the Sinaloa drug cartel, was
arrested after his plane crashed near Guadalajara. He faced 9 counts
of murder for the killing of 9 relatives and associates of his rival
Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo. Gallardo had earlier decapitated
Palma’s first wife and arranged the murder of his 2 children.
(SFC, 7/18/97, p.A11)
1996 Jun 23, Congressional
Democrats unveiled a "families first" legislative package aimed at
winning middle-class voters and retaking Capitol Hill.
1996 Jun 23, The US defense
budget has dropped to $265 billion. The Russian defense budget has
dropped to $63 billion.
(SFC, 6/23/96, zone 1 p.6)
1996 Jun 23, Two newly
discovered planets were announced. One, 4 times the size of Jupiter,
revolves around the star Tau Bootes in the constellation Bootes in
3.3 days. The other, about 60% the mass of Jupiter, revolves around
Upsilon Andromedae every 4.6 days.
(SFC, 6/25/96, p.A18)
1996 Jun 23, Andreas
Papandreou, Greek Socialist Party founder and statesmen, died.
(USAT, 6/25/96, p.10A)(AP, 6/23/97)
1996 Jun 23, In the Philippines
a peace agreement was reached with Muslim rebels. Opponents fear
being under the administration of former rebels.
(SFC, 7/3/96, p.C3)
1997 Jun 23, The San Francisco
Food Bank, the largest distributor of food for the needy in the
city, opened a new storage facility on Potrero Hill with cold
(SFC, 6/23/97, p.A13)
1997 Jun 23, Three brand new
Municipal Railway cars crashed in San Francisco. Three MUNI
employees were injured.
(SFC, 6/24/97, p.A15)
1997 Jun 23, Kristen Modafferi
(18) was last seen after she finished her shift at Spinelli’s
coffeehouse at the Crocker Galleria in San Francisco. She had just
moved to the Bay Area from Charlotte, N.C., lived in Oakland and
worked in SF. In 2015 a cadaver dog picked up a scent of human
remains at her former home near Lake Merritt in Oakland.
(SFEC, 1/31/99, p.D1,3)(SFC, 6/26/15, p.D2)
1997 Jun 23, Betty Shabazz
(61), the widow of Malcolm X, died in New York of burn wounds
inflicted by a fire set on Jun 1 by her 12-year-old grandson.
Malcolm Shabazz pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 18 months at a
Massachusetts facility specializing in young arsonists.
(SFC, 6/24/97, p.A3)(SFC, 6/26/97, p.A15)(AP,
1997 Jun 23, Two freight trains
collided in Texas near San Antonio and 4 people were killed.
(SFC, 6/24/97, p.A2)
1997 Jun 23, From Vietnam it
was reported that worker strikes were increasing in factories
controlled by foreign investors. The minimum wage in shoe factories
that produce Adidas, Fila, Nike and All-Star shoes was about .20
cents an hour.
(SFC, 6/23/97, p.A10)
1998 Jun 23, President Clinton
said the reported discovery of traces of deadly nerve gas on an
Iraqi missile warhead gave the United States new ammunition to
maintain tough U.N. sanctions against the Baghdad government.
1998 Jun 23, Congressional
leaders approved a plan to reduce the period for investment capital
gains to 12 months from 18 and the rate from 20% to 15%. It was
planned to be retroactive to Jan 1, 1998.
(SFC, 6/24/98, p.A8)
1998 Jun 23, The FDA announced
the approval of rifapentine, a drug to treat pulmonary TB.
(SFC, 6/24/98, p.A2)
1998 Jun 23, In Chicago some
4,500 got sick from an outbreak of E. coli possibly due to
contaminated potato salad at Iwan’s Deli in Orland Park.
(SFC, 6/24/98, p.A9)
1998 Jun 23, In Georgia a
virulent E. coli, O157:H7, sickened at least 6 children after
playing in a Marietta water park.
(SFC, 6/24/98, p.A9)
1998 Jun 23, Laboratory grown
adult nerve cells were implanted into a human brain for the first
time to treat a stroke at the Univ. of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
(SFC, 7/2/98, p.A2)
1998 Jun 23, In Florida some
260 fires raged across the state.
(SFC, 6/24/98, p.A3)
1998 Jun 23, Maureen O’Sullivan
(b.1911), film actress, died in Scottsdale, Arizona. She had starred
as Jane in the Tarzan movies with Johnny Weissmuller.
1998 Jun 23, Pakistan and India
agreed to negotiations in Sri Lanka. Their prime ministers would
meet during a South Asian summit starting Jul 29.
(SFC, 6/24/98, p.A12)
1998 Jun 23, In Russia Pres.
Yeltsin called for a package of emergency fiscal measures to bolster
the economy and threatened to dissolve parliament if the measures
were not quickly passed.
(SFC, 6/24/98, p.A10)
1998 Jun 23, In Spain a Boeing
727 with 131 people was hijacked and diverted to Valencia.
(SFC, 6/23/98, p.A11)
1998 Jun 23, In Yemen police
killed 6 people blocking fuel trucks in the 5th day of violence. The
government ordered increased fuel prices to pay off an $80 million
(WSJ, 6/24/98, p.A1)
1999 Jun 23, A divided Supreme
Court dramatically enhanced states’ rights in a trio of decisions
that eroded Congress’ power.
1999 Jun 23, House Republicans
unveiled their "e-Contract," a pitch to the high-tech community that
included a promise to keep the Internet free.
(SFC, 6/24/99, p.A1)
1999 Jun 23, In Chicago
delegates of the 290,000 member US AMA voted to form a union for
(SFC, 6/24/99, p.A1)
1999 Jun 23, In Kosovo US
Marines at a checkpoint in Zegra killed one Serb and wounded 2
others after being fired upon.
(SFC, 6/24/99, p.A1)
1999 Jun 23, Amnesty Int'l.
issued a report condemning Brazil's prison system.
(SFC, 6/24/99, p.A12)
1999 Jun 23, In Canada police
announced the break-up of a major Asian drug organization that had
moved heroin valued in the millions through Vancouver in containers.
28 people were arrested in Vancouver, New York, Puerto Rico, Hong
Kong and Thailand following a 3-year investigation.
(SFC, 6/24/99, p.A12)
1999 Jun 23, In Hungary
torrential rains caused the evacuation of thousands and shut down
roads and railways across the country.
(SFEC, 7/4/99, p.T8)
1999 Jun 23, Iran announced
that it had set up a $128 million fund for compensations to
dispossessed owners of large plants seized in 1979. Property of the
former royal Pahlavi family and 50 others was not included.
(SFC, 6/24/99, p.A12)
2000 Jun 23, Secretary of State
Madeleine Albright, during a visit to South Korea, said American
troops would remain in the country indefinitely to maintain
strategic stability in the Pacific area.
2000 Jun 23, The federal
government pledged over $22 million to help fight the glassy-winged
sharpshooter, a pest threatening the California vineyards.
(SFC, 6/24/00, p.A1)
2000 Jun 23, The new $250
million, 140,000-sq.-foot Experience Music Project opened in
Seattle. It was funded by Paul G. Allen, designed by Frank Gehry and
dedicated to the celebration of creativity in music.
(SFC, 4/15/99, p.E8)(SFC, 6/22/00, p.A1)
2000 Jun 23, Jerome Richardson
(b.1920), SF Bay Area jazz musician, died.
2000 Jun 23, In Australia a
fire at a hostel in Childers, 130 miles north of Brisbane, killed at
least 15 foreign backpackers.
(SFC, 6/23/00, p.D3)
2000 Jun 23, The Cotonou
Agreement, a treaty between the European Union and the group of
African, Caribbean and Pacific states (ACP countries), was signed in
Cotonou, the largest city in Benin, by 79 ACP countries and the then
fifteen Member States of the EU. It entered into force in 2002 and
is the latest agreement in the history of ACP-EU Development
Cooperation. As of Dec 31, 2007, the Cotonou Agreement ceased to be
legal under the rules of the WTO.
(Econ, 5/28/05, p.78)(Econ, 1/5/08,
2000 Jun 23, In Colombia
Guillermo Valencia was freed after 4 days. Luisa Cano (5) was also
freed by guerrillas after being kidnapped Apr 15.
(SFC, 6/24/00, p.A13)
2000 Jun 23, In Indonesia
street battles in the Maluku Islands between Christians and Muslims
left at least 18 people dead.
(SFC, 6/24/00, p.A13)
2000 Jun 23, In the Philippines
the military captured Camp Rajamuda, a guerrilla stronghold in
Maguindanao and North Catabato provinces. The weeklong operation
left 4 guerrillas and one soldier dead.
(SFC, 6/24/00, p.A13)
2000 Jun 23, A Panamanian
registered tanker sank off Cape Town, South Africa and at least
1,300 tons of seeped out. Oil began to soak the local penguins at
(SFC, 6/30/00, p.A16)
2001 Jun 23, In Colombia the
army reported that recent clashes with rebels left 30 soldiers and
26 guerrillas dead. Separately 5 inmates were killed during a FARC
arranged prison escape at the La Picota prison in Bogota.
(SSFC, 6/24/01, p.A20)(SFC, 6/25/01, p.A9)
2001 Jun 23, In Northern
Ireland David Trimble was re-elected as leader of the Ulster
Unionist party and said he would quit the government next week if
the IRA does not begin disarming by July 1.
(SSFC, 6/24/01, p.A13)
2001 Jun 23, In southern Peru a
7.9 offshore earthquake killed at least 100 people. 12,500 people
lost their homes.
(SSFC, 6/24/01, p.A16)(SFC, 6/25/01, p.A8)(AP,
2001 Jun 23, Pope John Paul II
began his 5-day visit to Ukraine, where the Greek Catholic Church
had 5 million followers who observed Byzantine rites but were loyal
to Rome. He hoped to mend a rift with the Eastern Orthodoxy.
(SFC, 6/22/01, p.A14)
2001 Jun 23, Vladimiro
Montesinos, Peru’s former spy chief, was arrested in Caracas,
Venezuela. Pres. Chavez pledged to return him to Peru.
(SFC, 6/25/01, p.A1)(WSJ, 6/25/01, p.A16)
2001 Jun 23, In Yugoslavia the
Cabinet adopted a decree that committed itself to sending former
Pres. Milosevic to the UN Tribunal in The Hague.
(SSFC, 6/24/01, p.A1)
2001 Jun 23, Yvonne Dionne, one
of three remaining Dionne quintuplets, died at age 67.
2002 Jun 23, Two fires in
Arizona merged and approached the town of Show Low. The
Rodeo-Chediski fire grew past 375,000 acres.
(SFC, 6/24/02, p.A1)(SFC, 6/26/02, p.A1)
2002 Jun 23, Cameroon's
government halted parliamentary and municipal elections shortly
after they began Sunday, citing logistical problems.
2002 Jun 23, In Canada an
amphibious tour boat sank in Ottawa killing four people. It had also
sunk a year ago.
2002 Jun 23, A wild elephant
killed 10 people on the India-Nepal border.
(SFC, 6/25/02, p.A8)
2002 Jun 23, In Indonesia tens
of thousands lined the streets of Jakarta to mark the 475th birthday
of one of Asia's most crowded capitals with parades and dancing.
2002 Jun 23, Rival groups of
Protestants and Catholics clashed on the streets of north Belfast,
Northern Ireland, following a weekend of sporadic sectarian
2002 Jun 23, Twenty-six North
Korean asylum seekers left South Korean and Canadian diplomatic
compounds in Beijing bound for South Korea, ending a monthlong
2002 Jun 23, In Malaysia Fadzil
Noor, the leader of the main opposition, Parti Islam se-Malaysia
(PAS), died after failing to recover from emergency heart surgery
nearly two weeks ago.
2003 Jun 23, Former Vermont
Gov. Howard Dean announced that he's running for president.
(WSJ, 6/23/03, p.A4)
2003 Jun 23, The US Supreme
Court, in Grutter v. Bollinger, upheld a University of Mich. law
school admissions policy that gave minorities an edge, ruling 6-3
that race can be one of many factors that colleges consider when
selecting their students. A point system for undergraduate admission
was ruled unconstitutional.
(AP, 6/23/03)(WSJ, 6/24/03, p.A1)
2003 Jun 23, The US Supreme
Court ruled that Congress can require libraries to install filters
on computers to screen out pornography.
(SFC, 6/24/03, p.A1)
2003 Jun 23, Judith Miller,
reporter for the NY Times, met with Lewis “Scooter” Libby, chief of
staff for VP Dick Cheney, who gave her information about CIA
operative Valery Plame. Reporter Bob Woodward also spoke with Libby
on this day and on June 27 and in 2005 testified that Libby made no
mention of Plame. Woodward did say another senior government
official told him about Plame and her role in the CIA in mid-June.
(SFC, 10/22/05, p.A3)(SFC, 11/17/05, p.A3)(WSJ,
2003 Jun 23, Apple Computer
Inc. introduced new Macintosh computers that use its "G5"
microprocessor, a design by IBM Corp. that can handle twice as much
data at once as traditional PC microchips.
2003 Jun 23, The WSJ reported
that General Motors had launched a $13 billion debt offering to
shore up its pension funds. Strong demand pushed it to $17 billion,
the largest ever by a US company.
(WSJ, 1/2/04, p.R10)
2003 Jun 23, Idec
Pharmaceuticals Corp. said it agreed to acquire Biogen Inc. in a
$6.79 billion stock-for-stock transaction. The deal would create the
world's 3rd largest biotech company.
(AP, 6/23/03)(WSJ, 1/2/04, p.R10)
2003 Jun 23, The US-led civil
administrators announced the creation of a new Iraqi army.
2003 Jun 23, Maynard Jackson
Jr. (65), former black mayor of Atlanta (1973-1993), died.
(SFC, 6/24/03, p.A21)
2003 Jun 23, The head of the
IMF met with Argentina's new government, opening a 2-day visit to
hear how Pres. Kirchner plans to confront the country's worst
economic crisis in history.
2003 Jun 23, The World Health
Organization removed Hong Kong from its list of SARS-infected areas.
2003 Jun 23, India's PM Atal
Bihari Vajpayee, making the first visit to China by a leader of his
nation in a decade, told his Premier Wen Jiabao that he hoped for
friendship and trust between the nuclear-armed former rivals.
2003 Jun 23, In Iran Zahra
Kazemi (54), a Montreal-based journalist, was detained after taking
pictures of Tehran's notorious Evin prison. She died Jul 11 of brain
hemorrhage from inflicted blows. Iran later admitted that she was
murdered while under police custody. Her family sought $14 million
in damages, but a 1985 Canadian law held that foreign states are
immune from the jurisdiction of Canadian courts.
(AP, 7/13/03)(SFC, 7/17/03, p.A7)(WSJ, 7/31/03,
p.A1)(SSFC, 12/6/09, p.A26)
2003 Jun 23, The main rebel
group in Liberia said it was pulling out of peace talks and accused
the top peace mediator of allowing Pres. Taylor to renege on a
promise to step down. Swiss authorities ordered a freeze on
any bank accounts of Pres. Charles Taylor, so war crimes prosecutors
can search for possible illegal diamond profits linked to West
2004 Jun 23, In a major
retreat, the US abandoned an attempt to win a new exemption for
American troops from international prosecution for war crimes, an
effort that had faced strong opposition because of the Iraqi
prisoner abuse scandal.
(SFC, 6/24/04, p.A3)(AP, 6/23/05)
2004 Jun 23, The US issued 4
new 1st class stamps, part of a series featuring Disney themes. This
set was titled “The Art of Disney.”
(SFC, 6/24/04, p.B3)
2004 Jun 23, In Iraq Polish
forces purchased 17 rockets for a Soviet-era launcher and two mortar
rounds containing the nerve agent cyclosarin for an undisclosed sum.
2004 Jun 23, Saudi Arabia
offered Islamic militants a limited amnesty, saying their lives
would be spared if they surrendered but they would face the "full
might" of state wrath if they did not. Prince Nayef said foreign
residents may be allowed to carry guns.
(AP, 6/23/04)(SFC, 6/25/04, p.A10)
2005 Jun 23, The San Antonio
Spurs won a thrilling Game 7 over Detroit Pistons, 81-74, to claim
the NBA championship.
2005 Jun 23, The White House
defended presidential adviser Karl Rove against Democratic demands
he apologize or quit for saying "liberals saw the savagery of the
9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and
understanding for our attackers" while conservatives "saw the
savagery of 9/11 and the attacks and prepared for war."
2005 Jun 23, In Kelo vs. London
a divided US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that local governments may
seize people's homes and businesses against their will for private
development. In 2006 a group petitioned for signatures in Weare, New
Hampshire, to seize the home of Justice David Souter in order to
build an inn called the Lost Liberty Hotel. In 2009 Jeff Benedict
authored “Little Pink House,” the story of Susette Kelo’s battle in
New London, Connecticut, against eminent domain.
(AP, 6/23/05)(WSJ, 6/24/05, p.A1)(Econ, 8/20/05,
p.21)(SSFC, 1/22/06, p.A6)(WSJ, 1/26/08, p.A13)
2005 Jun 23, Former Ku Klux
Klansman Edgar Ray Killen was sentenced to 60 years in prison for
the 1964 Mississippi slayings of three civil rights workers.
2005 Jun 23, Joseph Massino,
who went from the New York Mafia's last old-school don to its
highest-ranking turncoat in a betrayal that rocked organized crime,
was sentenced to life in prison after admitting his involvement in
eight mob murders.
2005 Jun 23, Ohio Republican
Gov. Bob Taft was reported to be mired in a scandal that started
with a questionable state investment in rare coins. It had the
governor and other Republicans all the way to Pres. Bush scrambling
to give back potentially tainted campaign contributions.
2005 Jun 23, The US FDA
approved the heart failure drug BiDil for use by blacks. It will be
the 1st medication targeted for a specific racial group.
(SFC, 6/24/05, p.A3)
2005 Jun 23, An indictment,
unveiled in US federal court in Los Angeles, said Seymour Lazar and
his family were plaintiffs in over 50 class action lawsuits against
both large and small companies. Prosecutors claimed that he received
$2.4 million in illicit kickbacks from a New York law firm believed
to be Milberg Weiss. In 2008 Melvyn Weiss (72) agreed to plead
guilty to racketeering and acknowledge that his firm, Milberg Weiss,
concealed secret payment arrangements with plaintiffs in
(Econ, 7/2/05, p.65)(SFC, 3/21/08, p.C3)
2005 Jun 23, In Morongo Valley,
Ca., the first major wildfire of the summer raced across more than
5,500 acres of desert brush, destroying at least six homes.
2005 Jun 23, Shana Alexander
(79), writer and liberal commentator on 60 Minutes (1975), died in
Hermosa Beach, California.
(SFC, 6/25/05, p.B5)
2005 Jun 23, Afghan and
U.S.-led coalition forces surrounded a rebel hide-out in southern
Afghanistan, and the number of insurgents killed from three days of
fighting rose to 102.
2005 Jun 23, Aruba police
arrested the father of a young Dutch teen already in custody in
connection with the disappearance of a young Alabama woman, and said
that he was considered a suspect in the 3-week-old case.
2005 Jun 23, Australia's Deputy
Prime Minister John Anderson resigned because of health concerns.
2005 Jun 23, G8 foreign
ministers met in London. The Middle East peace process, Iran's
nuclear program and tackling opium production in Afghanistan topped
2005 Jun 23, Ecuador’s foreign
minister said his country will not sign a pact to grant US military
personnel special immunity from the International Criminal Court,
even if that means more aid cuts from Washington.
2005 Jun 23, The French
government launched the partial privatization of utility company Gaz
de France through an initial public offering of shares worth up to
4.9 billion euros ($5.9 billion).
2005 Jun 23, Four apparently
synchronized car bombs in the Karada district of Baghdad killed 15
and wounded 50. A sniper killed 2 soldiers in western Baghdad. US
troops backed by Iraqi troops and helicopters killed 7 insurgents
who opened fire on the patrol from a home in western Baghdad's
Jamiaa. A web statement said Abdullah Mohammed Rashid al-Roshoud,
one of Saudi Arabia's most-wanted militants, was killed by a US
airstrike in northwestern Iraq. A suicide car bomb in Fallujah
and ensuing small-arms fire killed 6 US troops including 3 women. 11
of 13 wounded were female.
(AP, 6/23/05)(SFC, 6/24/05, p.A18)(AP, 6/28/05)
2005 Jun 23, A fast food chain
in northern Japan began offering a whale burger, even as
anti-whaling nations urged Japan to cut back on its catch at an
international conference on whaling.
2005 Jun 23, Jerusalem
officials said they will ban the annual gay pride parade set for
next week, claiming the march would offend many of the holy city's
2005 Jun 23, The two Koreas
agreed to seek a peaceful resolution to the international standoff
over the North's nuclear program, but the rivals failed to set a
date for resuming stalled disarmament talks.
2005 Jun 23, Palestinian
officials said they reached a tentative agreement to absorb about
700 gunmen in Nablus into the Palestinian security services.
2005 Jun 23, Palestinian
militants killed an officer in an attack on a police station in the
West Bank town of Jenin.
2005 Jun 23, UN human rights
experts said they have reliable accounts of detainees being tortured
at the U.S. base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
2005 Jun 23, In Uruguay
firefighters recovered the badly burned remains of eleven men killed
aboard a Ukrainian-flagged fishing vessel that caught fire in
Montevideo. The "Simeiz," carrying a crew of 39, caught fire before
dawn the previous day.
2005 Jun 23, Zimbabwe state
media reported that 2 children were crushed to death by rubble
during the demolition of illegal houses this month in a government
crackdown that has made tens of thousands homeless.
2006 Jun 23, Vice President
Cheney denounced the revelation of an anti-terrorism program that
tapped into an immense international database of confidential
2006 Jun 23, Transportation
Secretary Norman Mineta announced he was leaving the Bush
2006 Jun 23, A US federal
appeals court tossed out a controversial rule requiring hedge fund
advisors to register with the SEC.
(WSJ, 6/24/06, p.A1)
2006 Jun 23, Aaron Spelling
(83), TV producer, died. He captivated generations of television
viewers with shows like "Charlie's Angels" (1976-1981) and "Beverly
Hills 90210" and left an indelible stamp on American pop culture.
(AP, 6/24/06)(SFC, 6/24/06, p.A2)
2006 Jun 23, Julian White
(b.1930), American composer and pianist, died at his home in
Kensington, Ca. His work included “The Montmorency Offertory” (1983)
and the ballet “The Man Who Died” (1985).
(SFC, 7/7/06, p.B9)
2006 Jun 23, In Afghanistan
coalition troops fought more than 40 extremists during a five-hour
gunbattle near the village of Mirabad, in southern Uruzgan province.
Most of the militants were believed killed. Afghan and coalition
forces battled a large group of militants in the Zharie district of
Kandahar province, killing about 25 during the three hours of
fighting. Provincial officials in Zabul said the decapitated bodies
of four men, who were abducted at gunpoint earlier in the week, were
discovered in Shahjoy district near the village of Chinoh.
2006 Jun 23, Bolivia’s energy
minister said that he's seeking criminal charges against
ex-President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada and others for allegedly
cheating the state in a gas pipeline investment deal.
2006 Jun 23, A bankruptcy judge
canceled the planned sale of Brazil's flagship Varig airline to a
workers' group, throwing the future of the carrier into limbo and
virtually ensuring more travel chaos ahead for ticket holders in
Brazil and abroad.
2006 Jun 23, In Cameroon a
truck carrying a load of sand slammed into a passenger bus, killing
at least 34 people.
2006 Jun 23, Chinese PM Wen
Jiabao arrived in Uganda, the final leg of a seven-nation African
tour aimed at boosting ties and partnerships as well as shopping for
resources for his country's fast-expanding economy.
2006 Jun 23, East Timor's
president backed off a threat to resign, telling thousands of
flag-waving supporters he would not abandon them as the country
searched for a solution to weeks of political turmoil and bloody
2006 Jun 23, The leaders of
EurAsEC countries convened in Minsk, Belarus, for the 16th session
of the Interstate Council of Eurasian Economic Community. The Summit
was attended by the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov, Belarus
President Alexander Lukashenko, President of Kazakhstan Nursultan
Nazarbayev, President of Russia Vladimir Putin, President of
Kyrgyzstan Kurmanbek Bakiyeva and the President of Tajikistan
2006 Jun 23, Indian border
guards killed four Bangladesh villagers in two separate shootings.
2006 Jun 23, UN bird flu
experts said 7 recent deaths in Indonesia involved a viral mutation,
but one that didn’t spread beyond that gathering.
(WSJ, 6/24/06, p.A1)
2006 Jun 23, Iranian Oil
Minister Kazem Vaziri-Hamaneh said Iran will halt gasoline imports
from September 23 and start rationing gasoline supplies to motorists
because of budget constraints.
2006 Jun 23, The Iraqi
government declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew after
insurgents set up roadblocks in central Baghdad and opened fire on
US and Iraqi troops outside the heavily fortified Green Zone. A bomb
struck a Sunni mosque northeast of Baghdad, killing at least 12
worshippers and wounding 15 in the same town where Abu Musab
al-Zarqawi was slain earlier this month. 3 armed members of the
Mahdi army militia of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr were
killed while battling US forces in eastern Baghdad. 5 Iraqi soldiers
and 3 police died during the clashes on Haifa Street and 8 suspected
insurgents were arrested. 5 bodies found in the Tigris River were
confirmed as part of the group kidnapped June 21 in Taji. One US
soldier was killed by a roadside bomb in Baghdad and another in a
"non-combat incident" that was being investigated.
(AP, 6/23/06)(AFP, 6/23/06)(AP, 6/24/06)(SFC,
2006 Jun 23, Japan and
Washington agreed to strengthen cooperation on missile defense amid
concerns of a possible long-range rocket launch by North Korea.
2006 Jun 23, In Mexico Enrique
Rueda Pacheco, the leader of about 70,000 striking teachers in
southern Oaxaca state, said they won't interfere with the July 2
presidential election, and promised to meet with a civic commission
to try to resolve their pay demands. The monthlong strike has left
1.3 million children in grade and high schools in Oaxaca without
2006 Jun 23, Palestinian
militants in the Gaza Strip fired three homemade rockets into
Israel, hours after the Israeli prime minister pledged to push
forward with airstrikes against the militants despite a recent
string of civilian casualties.
2006 Jun 23, In the southern
Philippines a car bomb exploded in a public market in Shariff Aguad
as a convoy carrying a provincial governor was passing by, killing
five people wounding 10 others.
2006 Jun 23, Poland's finance
minister resigned after a prosecutor asked a court to investigate
whether she collaborated with the country's communist-era secret
2006 Jun 23, In Serbia a
popular Belgrade newspaper quoted an unnamed source as saying top
war crimes fugitive General Ratko Mladic had suffered "his third
stroke" and was in grave condition, near death.
2006 Jun 23, In Somalia Martin
Adler, a Swedish television cameraman, was fatally shot by an
unidentified gunman during a demonstration in Mogadishu.
2006 Jun 23, Saudi security
forces stormed a suspected al-Qaida hideout in Riyadh, killing six
militants and arresting a seventh after an exchange of gunfire.
2006 Jun 23, Turkey's top court
indefinitely suspended the corruption trial of former PM Mesut
Yilmaz on technical grounds, a move that amounts to the case being
2007 Jun 23, In Canton, Ohio,
authorities found the body of Jessie Davis (26), who had disappeared
a week earlier. Davis was pregnant and due to deliver on July 3.
Police arrested Bobby Cutts Jr. (30), Davis’ boyfriend and the
father of Davis’ two-year-old son. Myisha Ferrel, a former classmate
Bobby Cutts, was arrested the next day in connection with the
murder. In 2008 Cutts was convicted of aggravated murder and
sentenced to 57 years to life in prison.
(SSFC, 6/24/07, p.A6)(SFC, 6/25/07, p.A5)(SFC,
2/16/08, p.A4)(AP, 6/23/08)
2007 Jun 23, Donna Jou (19), a
student a San Diego State Univ., was last scene on the back of a
motorcycle driven by John Steven Burgess (35), a convicted sex
offender. In August Burgess pleaded guilty to a drug charge in
Florida and waived extradition to California.
(SFC, 8/16/07, p.B9)
2007 Jun 23, A Belgian teenager
was arrested for hacking and temporarily shutting down the federal
police website, leaving a mocking on-line note which helped identify
2007 Jun 23, Britain’s PM Tony
Blair held long talks with Pope Benedict XVI, with the Vatican stop
on his farewell tour fueling rumors that he plans to convert to
2007 Jun 23, Authorities said
an outbreak of distemper has been killing seal pups off the coast of
Denmark, warning that thousands of seals could die if the disease
spreads to other northern European countries.
2007 Jun 23, European Union
leaders agreed on a "precise mandate," no longer called a
constitution, that will guide and govern the expanded EU. They
agreed on the key points of a treaty meant to strengthen the bloc's
foreign policy role and eliminate unwieldy bureaucracy.
(AP, 6/23/07)(WSJ, 6/25/07, p.A1)
2007 Jun 23, In India the
mutilated bodies of Manoj and Babli Banwala were fished out of
Barwala Link Canal in Hisar district by Kheri Chowki police, their
hands and feet tied. Manoj and Babli Banwala (19), childhood
sweethearts in northern Haryana state, were murdered some days
earlier by male relatives of Babli, who was forced to drink
pesticide by her brother. Manoj was garroted by the bride’s uncle.
Their alleged crime was to have married within the same Hindu clan.
2007 Jun 23, It was estimated
that 2.2 million of Iraq’s 27 million people have fled the country
for Jordan, Syria and elsewhere. Iraqi and US troops captured two
senior al-Qaida militants in Diyala province. US military said that
at least 55 al-Qaida operatives have been killed and 23 detained
since the start of Operation Arrowhead Ripper. A predawn operation
by US forces working with Iraqi informants in Baghdad's main Shiite
district of Sadr City netted 3 other militants suspected of ties to
Iran. A car bomb in the southern city of Hillah killed at least two
people and wounded 18 others. A total of 11 US soldiers were killed,
including seven killed by roadside bombs, four by a single blast
near Baghdad. An Iraqi man was killed by US troops near Kirkuk. On
July 19 two American soldiers were charged with his murder.
(Econ, 6/23/07, p.54)(AP, 6/23/07)(AP,
6/24/07)(SFC, 7/20/07, p.A15)
2007 Jun 23, Israeli troops
arrested the founder of the Hamas military wing in the West Bank.
Saleh Aruri, was taken from his West Bank home before dawn. Aruri
had served 15 years in an Israeli prison and was released in March.
2007 Jun 23, Italian energy
company Eni SpA and Russia's state-controlled OAO Gazprom said they
signed a memorandum of understanding on the possibility of supplying
Russian gas to European Union countries through a pipeline under the
2007 Jun 23, In Nigeria labor
unions called off a strike aimed at overturning a government
fuel-price hike, ending a four-day work stoppage that shut down most
major economic activity in Africa's biggest oil producer. Labor
officials said they accepted a government proposal to hold off on
raising fuel prices for a year, while accepting an earlier offer to
halve the price increase that had sparked the strike. Kidnappers
released four foreign oil workers seized weeks ago.
2007 Jun 23, In Pakistan
radical Islamic students kidnapped nine people, including 6 Chinese
women, from an alleged brothel in Islamabad. The nine were released
after about 17 hours. Collapsed houses and severed electrical cables
killed at least 228 people after heavy rains and thunderstorms
lashed Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi.
(Reuters, 6/23/07)(AP, 6/24/07)
2007 Jun 23, In Romania a bear
attacked a group of US tourists on a remote trail in the Carpathian
Mountains, killing a woman and injuring two other people.
2007 Jun 23, In Saudi Arabia a
judge postponed the trial of 3 members of the religious police for
their alleged involvement in the death of a man arrested after being
seen with a woman who was not his relative.
2007 Jun 23, Sudan’s oil
production stood at 480,000 barrels per day with proven reserves at
1.6 billion barrels.
(Econ, 6/23/07, p.54)
2007 Jun 23, In Turkey a
separatist Kurdish rebel and a civilian were killed in a botched
suicide attack in the eastern province of Tunceli. Paramilitary
troops opened fire on the truck as it was approaching a military
outpost at which point the vehicle exploded. Fighting elsewhere left
five rebels and a government militia member dead.
2007 Jun 23, A Yemeni guard
opened fire on a group of foreign oil workers shortly after they
landed at a company airstrip, killing one and wounding five,
including an American. The provincial governor said the guard's was
2008 Jun 23, US presidential
candidate John McCain argued that the 54 cent tariff on imported
ethanol should be scrapped.
(Econ, 6/28/08, p.43)
2008 Jun 23, A survey of
religion found that 92% of Americans believe in God, but most say
their faith isn’t the only way to eternal life.
(WSJ, 6/24/08, p.A1)
2008 Jun 23, Henry Samueli,
co-founder of Broadcom, pleaded guilty to making a false statement
to the SEC in connection with the agency’s investigation of alleged
stock option backdating at the company.
(WSJ, 6/24/08, p.B2)
2008 Jun 23, Republic Services
Inc. of Florida agreed to acquire Allied Waste Industries of Arizona
for $6.24 billion in stock.
(WSJ, 6/24/08, p.B3)
2008 Jun 23, More than 840
wildfires sparked by an "unprecedented" lightning storm burned
across Northern California, alarming the governor and requiring the
help of firefighters from Nevada and Oregon.
2008 Jun 23, The World Wildlife
Fund cautioned that the spread of so-called marine dead zones, where
nothing can survive due to lack of oxygen, could cause the Baltic
Sea ecosystem to collapse.
2008 Jun 23, In Afghanistan a
civilian father and son were killed by coalition forces in eastern
Nangarhar province. 2 gunmen on a motorcycle killed a female police
officer in Herat province.
2008 Jun 23, Algeria's
president named Ahmed Ouyahia, a pragmatist known for his tough line
against Islamic extremists, as the country's prime minister, his
third stint in the post.
2008 Jun 23, Anglo-Australian
mining group Rio Tinto said that it had agreed to a near doubling of
the price of its iron ore sales to Chinese steel maker Baosteel.
2008 Jun 23, Canada confirmed a
new case of mad cow disease, its 13th since 2003, but said the case
in British Columbia did not pose a health threat.
2008 Jun 23, Chile’s Pres.
Michelle Bachelet pushed to permanently ban whaling along Chile's
coast at the opening of the weeklong International Whaling
2008 Jun 23, European Union
nations approved new sanctions against Iran, including an assets
freeze of the country's biggest bank. The sanctions also include a
travel ban on high-level experts dealing with Iran's nuclear
2008 Jun 23, In Iraq a gunman
opened fire on US soldiers attending a municipal council meeting in
Madain, southeast of Baghdad, killing two of them and wounding three
soldiers. An interpreter was also killed.
(AP, 6/23/08)(AP, 6/24/08)
2008 Jun 23, In Jerusalem
French President Nicolas Sarkozy said there could be no Mideast
peace unless Israel drops its refusal to cede sovereignty over parts
of Jerusalem claimed by the Palestinians, challenging one of
Israel's most emotionally held positions.
2008 Jun 23, A Japanese fishing
boat capsized and sank off the country's eastern coast, leaving four
crew members dead and 13 missing.
2008 Jun 23, Lebanese security
officials say heavy overnight fighting between pro- and
anti-government supporters in the northern city of Tripoli has left
four more dead. Lebanese troops deployed in Tripoli after 2 days of
sectarian fighting left at least 9 people dead and 42 wounded.
(AP, 6/23/08)(WSJ, 6/24/08, p.A1)
2008 Jun 23, Vlado Taneski
(56), a Macedonian journalist jailed on suspicion of murdering at
least two women in crimes he wrote about for his newspaper, was
found dead in his cell.
2008 Jun 23, The Nigerian
senior oil workers union, PENGASSAN, launched a strike against
Chevron. Company officials said the next day that oil production had
not been affected.
2008 Jun 23, A Pakistani court
disqualified former prime minister Nawaz Sharif from contesting a
by-election for a seat in the National Assembly later this week.
2008 Jun 23, Somali gunmen
reportedly seized 4 Europeans from a yacht off the Gulf of Aden and
took to Puntland, a semiautonomous region of northern Somalia. They
demanded $1 million for the release of a German couple, their young
son and a French boat captain. German officials subsequently said no
child was kidnapped. The German couple was released on August 8
following a $1 million ransom.
(AP, 6/26/08)(AP, 8/9/08)
2008 Jun 23, In Sri Lanka
fighting in northern Sri Lanka killed 21 Tamil Tiger separatist
rebels and two soldiers.
2008 Jun 23, UN experts began
probing allegations that Syria has a hidden nuclear program, as
Damascus imposed strict secrecy on the visit, warning the UN not to
drag it into a drawn-out investigation like the standoff with Iran.
2008 Jun 23, Zimbabwe police
raided the opposition party's headquarters and took away about 60
people, a day after the party's presidential candidate withdrew from
a runoff against longtime leader Robert Mugabe. Opposition leader
Morgan Tsvangirai took refuge at the Netherlands embassy in Harare.
World leaders challenged Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's
legitimacy and threatened sanctions. UN Security Council members
unanimously condemned Zimbabwe's government, saying it has waged a
"campaign of violence" that has made it impossible to hold a fair
presidential election. The Zimbabwe opposition said that one of its
lawmakers was in intensive care after being beaten up by President
Robert Mugabe's supporters ahead of an aborted campaign rally.
(AP, 6/23/08)(AFP, 6/23/08)(AP, 6/24/08)(AFP,
2009 Jun 23, US Trade
Representative Ron Kirk said the United States is launching a World
Trade Organization case against China over its export restrictions
on raw materials. The EU said it was joining the US in the action,
which follows failure to persuade China to reduce its export tariffs
and raise quotas on materials such as zinc, tin, tungsten and yellow
2009 Jun 23, CIA director Leon
Panetta, learned of a nascent CIA counterterrorism program within
the CIA, terminated it and the next day called an emergency meeting
with the House and Senate Intelligence committees to inform them of
the program and that it was canceled. Former Vice President Dick
Cheney had directed the CIA in 2001 not to inform Congress about the
nascent counterterrorism program, which developed plans to dispatch
small teams to kill senior Al-Qaida terrorists.
(AP, 7/12/09)(SFC, 7/14/09, p.A4)
2009 Jun 23, In Santa Cruz,
California, Clyde Persley (49) turned in his winning SuperLotto Plus
ticket and should get his first check for about $16 million in four
to six weeks.
2009 Jun 23, Ed McMahon (86),
loyal "Tonight Show" sidekick, died. He bolstered boss Johnny Carson
with guffaws and a resounding "H-e-e-e-e-e-ere's Johnny!" for 30
2009 Jun 23, In Afghanistan 3
German soldiers were killed when their patrol near the northern city
of Kunduz came under fire. A suicide car bombing targeting a US-led
military convoy in the eastern province of Ghazni killed two
passers-by. Also in Ghazni, Taliban ambushed a police convoy,
killing a policeman. 3 Afghan aid workers were killed in a roadside
bombing in the northern province of Jawzjan. Another blast killed
three policeman just outside the southern city of Kandahar. Afghan
and coalition forces killed 23 suspected Taliban fighters in a clash
in southern Uruzgan province. Mullah Ismail, a Taliban commander in
the region, was killed during the clash. A box of leaflets dropped
from a British plane killed a girl.
(AFP, 6/23/09)(AP, 6/24/09)(AP, 9/30/09)
2009 Jun 23, In Britain wildcat
strikes spread to oil refineries and power plants across the
country. Thousands of workers demonstrated outside the Lindsey
terminal in Lincolnshire, where almost 650 contract workers were
sacked by French oil giant Total last week.
2009 Jun 23, Bulgarian
authorities detained Agim Ceku (59), a former Kosovo prime minister
(2006-2008), on an international arrest warrant issued by Interpol
at Serbia's request. He is wanted for war crimes allegedly committed
during the 1998-1999 war when he was military chief of the Kosovo
Liberation Army, made up of ethnic Albanian guerrillas.
2009 Jun 23, The French
parliament created a commission to study the wearing of
body-covering burqas and niqabs in France, a day after President
Nicolas Sarkozy said the Islamic garment turns women into prisoners.
2009 Jun 23, Frederic
Mitterrand (b.1947) was appointed to the French government as the
Minister of Culture and Communications.
2009 Jun 23, An Indian court
issued arrest warrants for 22 Pakistani nationals accused of
masterminding last year's deadly Mumbai terrorist attacks, including
the founder of an Islamist militant group recently freed by a
2009 Jun 23, Iran's top
electoral body said it found "no major fraud" and will not annul the
results of the presidential election, closing the door to a do-over
sought by angry opposition supporters alleging systematic
vote-rigging. The 12-member Guardian Council also received approval
for an extension of its examination to June 29. 185 out of 290
members of parliament, including Speaker Ali Larijani, stayed away
from a victory celebration for Ahmadinejad.
(AP, 6/23/09)(SFC, 6/24/09, p.A2)(AP, 6/25/09)
2009 Jun 23, Abdel Aziz Duaik,
the most senior Hamas leader being held by Israel, was freed after
serving the bulk of his three-year sentence.
2009 Jun 23, A Kyrgyz
parliamentary committee approved a deal in which the United States
has agreed to pay more than triple the previous rent for use of a
key air base in Kyrgyzstan to ship non-lethal military supplies to
2009 Jun 23, In Mauritania
gunmen attempted to kidnap Christopher Ervin Leggett (39), an
American teacher, then shot and killed him when he tried to resist.
Leggett had taught at a center specializing in computer science in
El Kasr, a lower-class neighborhood in Nouakchott. Al-Qaida's North
Africa branch soon claimed responsibility for the killing. On July
17 police arrested two suspects in the killing. On July 24 a 3rd
suspect, Didi Ould Bezeid (26), was arrested in Nouakchott.
(AP, 6/23/09)(AP, 6/25/09)(AP, 7/25/09)
2009 Jun 23, Northern Ireland’s
government said more than 100 Romanian Gypsies who suffered racist
attacks and intimidation in Belfast are being flown back home at
2009 Jun 23, In Pakistan 3
unmanned drones fired missiles at the funeral procession for
suspected militants killed in South Waziristan by a similar strike
earlier in the day. As many as 50-80 people were reported killed.
Taliban faction leader Qari Zainuddin was fatally shot in Dera
Ismail Khan, reportedly by one of his own guards. He was seen as the
chief rival to Baitullah Mehsud, the militant group's Pakistani
(AP, 6/23/09)(AP, 6/24/09)(AP, 6/25/09)(SFC,
2009 Jun 23, Serbia's war
crimes court convicted Damir Sireta, a Croatian Serb man, for the
execution-style killings in Vukovar of some 200 Croatian prisoners
of war in 1991 during the Balkan conflict. Sireta was sentenced to
20 years in prison.
2009 Jun 23, Swedish retailer
IKEA announced that it was suspending its investment in Russia
because of “the “unpredictable character of administrative
procedures, a euphemism for graft.
(Econ, 7/4/09, p.63)
2010 Jun 23, Pres. Barack Obama
met with Gen. Stanley McChrystal, his top Afghanistan commander, to
decide whether to fire him over inflammatory comments that angered
the White House and threatened to undermine the war effort.
McChrystal resigned and Obama chose General David Petraeus, an
architect of the Afghan campaign, to take over as commander in
(Reuters, 6/23/10)(AFP, 6/23/10)
2010 Jun 23, The Obama
administration announced that it will station an unmanned aerial
drone in Texas as part of its stepped-up surveillance of criminal
trafficking along the Mexican border.
(SFC, 6/24/10, p.A6)
2010 Jun 23, An industry source
said the CIA has hired Xe Services, formerly known as Blackwater
Worldwide, to guard facilities in Afghanistan and elsewhere. The
contract was said to be worth about $100 million.
(SFC, 6/24/10, p.A6)
2010 Jun 23, In Michigan former
Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (40) was indicted on federal fraud
and tax charges. He was accused of turning a charity into a private
(SFC, 6/24/10, p.A9)
2010 Jun 23, The TV show “As
the World Turns,” daytime TV’s oldest drama, wrapped up production.
The show premiered in 1956. the last show will air on Sep 17, 2010.
2010 Jun 23, Illinois state and
federal officials said an Asian carp has been found for the first
time beyond electric barriers meant to keep the voracious invasive
species out of the Great Lakes, prompting renewed calls for swift
action to block their advance. Commercial fishermen landed the
3-foot-long, 20-pound bighead carp in Lake Calumet on Chicago's
South Side, about six miles from Lake Michigan.
2010 Jun 23, Embattled BP CEO
Tony Hayward handed over the handling of the Gulf of Mexico oil
spill to Bob Dudley (54), an American executive brought up in
Mississippi, one of the states affected by the disaster. BP
reinstalled an oil containment system sucking up crude from a
ruptured pipe in the Gulf of Mexico, which had been removed
following a collision with a robotic submarine.
(AP, 6/23/10)(AFP, 6/24/10)
2010 Jun 23, In southern
Afghanistan 4 British soldiers were killed in a vehicle crash.
2010 Jun 23, Australian PM
Kevin Rudd announced a shock ballot to fight a challenge from his
deputy Julia Gillard, raising the prospect of the country's first
female head of government. Rudd emerged from marathon late-night
talks with Gillard and other ministers to tell a hastily convened
press conference the vote would be held early on June 24.
2010 Jun 23, In Bosnia
firefighters and volunteers worked overnight and into the day to
evacuate dozens of towns and villages due to flooding.
2010 Jun 23, British Foreign
Secretary William Hague pledged to deepen strategic relations with
Pakistan as he paid his first visit to Islamabad since the new
government in London took power.
2010 Jun 23, British-based risk
consultancy Maplecroft said African nations led by Mauritania,
Somalia and Sudan have the most precarious water supplies in the
2010 Jun 23, In London
Picasso’s “Portrait of Angel Fernandez de Soto” sold for nearly $52
million. Andrew Lloyd-Webber sold the painting to benefit his
(SFC, 6/25/10, p.A2)
2010 Jun 23, Bulgaria says it
will send 65 more troops to the NATO-led force in Afghanistan in
2010 Jun 23, In Canada 7 people
were killed when a small plane crashed near Jean-Lesage
International Airport in Quebec City in Eastern Canada.
2010 Jun 23, China stepped in
to provide Cambodia with more than 250 military vehicles after the
United States earlier suspended a similar shipment when the
Cambodian government deported 20 asylum seekers.
2010 Jun 23, In Cairo Abdel
Hamid Musa Abu Aqrab, a top Egyptian militant leader, was sentenced
to death for killing two police commanders in 1992 and 1993 and for
organizing bomb attacks against security officials and tourists in
the 1990s. Aqrab headed the military wing of Al-Gama'a Al-Islamiya
group. The group was also blamed for a failed 1995 assassination
attempt on President Hosni Mubarak in Addis Ababa. A judge at the
state security court referred Abu Aqrab's case for confirmation by
Egypt's top religious authority, the Grand Mufti, in a procedural
step that almost always confirms the death penalty.
2010 Jun 23, In Hong Kong
thousands of protestors chanting slogans and blaring vuvuzelas faced
off as legislators debated a controversial plan to enact limited
political reforms in the Chinese territory. Pro-democracy Hong Kong
legislators attacked a proposal for limited political reforms made
by the territory's Beijing-appointed government and tried to stall a
vote expected to go in the administration's favor.
2010 Jun 23, In Indonesia an
elite anti-terrorism squad arrested Abdullah Sunata, the country’s
most-wanted man, and two other suspects after raiding their hide-out
on the country's main island of Java. At least one person was killed
and several weapons seized, including a bomb in a backpack.
2010 Jun 23, Iran's nuclear
chief said his country has produced 17 kilograms of uranium enriched
to 20 percent, defying UN demands to halt the controversial program.
2010 Jun 23, In Iraq 7 police
officers were killed in suicide bombings and a checkpoint shooting
(SFC, 6/25/10, p.A2)
2010 Jun 23, Israeli troops
overnight arrested four Palestinians in the occupied West Bank,
among them Shadi Amwasi (30), a former intelligence officer.
2010 Jun 23, Japan placed Paul
Watson (59), the Canadian founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation
Society, a US-based anti-whaling organization, on an international
wanted list for allegedly masterminding the group's disruption of
Japanese whale hunts in the Antarctic Ocean.
2010 Jun 23, Lithuania said its
Russian gas supplies, which transit through Belarus, had been cut by
30 percent as a result of Russia's energy dispute with Belarus.
2010 Jun 23, In the southern
Philippines about 30 hooded attackers, believed to be Abu Sayyaf
militants, shot and hacked horrified victims as they ran for their
lives. Four people died and six were wounded in the ambush on a
village road on Basilan island.
2010 Jun 23, Romania's most
notorious television journalist and his producer were formally
arrested and detained for 29 days on charges of blackmailing and
threatening a mayor. Dan Diaconescu and producer Doru Parv were
arrested after a 7-hour overnight court hearing. They were charged
with demanding money from Ion Motz, the mayor of Zarand village, to
avoid broadcasting compromising material about him.
2010 Jun 23, South Korean and
Japanese activists floated hundreds of thousands of leaflets by
balloon toward the border with North Korea to condemn the country's
government amid tensions over the sinking of a South Korean warship.
2010 Jun 23, In Spain 12 people
died and 14 others were injured when a passenger train slammed into
a group of young revelers who crossed a railway track instead of
using a crowded underground passageway at the Castelldefels Playa
station some 25 km (15 miles) south of Barcelona.
2010 Jun 23, The Swedish Dock
Workers Union launched a week-long blockade of cargo to and from
Israel to protest the Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla last
2010 Jun 23, In Syria a court
in Damascus convicted Muhannad al-Hassani (44), a leading Syrian
lawyer and rights activist, of spreading false information and
sentenced him to three years in prison. He was also charged with
"weakening national sentiments," a term often used in Syria against
those who challenge the regime.
2010 Jun 23, Mohamed Mzali
(b.1925), former Tunisian prime minister (1980-1986) and a longtime
member of the International Olympic Committee, died in Paris after a
2010 Jun 23, Venezuela said it
will nationalize a fleet of oil rigs belonging to US company
Helmerich and Payne. The 11 drilling rigs have been idled for months
following a dispute over $49 million in pending payments by the
state oil company PDVSA. On June 26 the oil minister said Venezuela
will pay Helmerich and Payne for the fleet of seized oil rigs,
warning that five drills at a Chevron venture were also at risk of
(Reuters, 6/24/10)(Reuters, 6/26/10)
2011 Jun 23, The US blacklisted
a major Iranian port operator and the country's national airline,
Iran Air, to increase pressure on Tehran to curtail its alleged
nuclear weapons program.
2011 Jun 23, Early Bradley
(58), a former Delaware pediatrician, was found guilty of abusing
scores of young patients, most of whom were toddlers.
(SFC, 6/24/11, p.A8)
2011 Jun 23, F. Chris Garcia, a
former Univ. of New Mexico president, was arrested and jailed in
connection with a multistate, online prostitution ring. Police said
Garcia and New Jersey’s Fairleigh Dickinson professor David Flory
were among 7 members in the top echelon of the ring, which had 1,400
members including 200 prostitutes.
(SFC, 6/24/11, p.A8)
2011 Jun 23, The Wild Goose
Festival, a music fest for theological liberals, kicked off in North
Carolina with some 1500 people attending.
(Econ, 7/2/11, p.26)
2011 Jun 23, Peter Falk (83),
star of the TV detective series “Columbo” (1971-1977), died in his
Beverly Hills, Calif., home.
2011 Jun 23, A special Afghan
tribunal overturned nearly 25 percent of last year's legislative
election results, alleging massive fraud and putting into question
who will control the parliament, one of the few checks on President
Hamid Karzai. The Afghan government said that ten Pakistani
artillery shells landed in Sarkano district of Kunar province,
killing four children.
(AP, 6/23/11)(Reuters, 6/24/11)
2011 Jun 23, In Algeria a bomb
attack on a military patrol killed one soldier and wounded another.
Moustapha Dial, a father of five, was fired upon by troops who
raided a villa in Azazga where he was caretaker and seriously
wounded. He was finished off by another burst of gunfire as he tried
to seek aid. 15 soldiers, including an officer, were later detained
in connection with the accidental killing.
(AFP, 6/25/11)(AFP, 7/5/11)
2011 Jun 23, Belarus police
released most of the 450 or so protesters they detained the previous
evening at a rally against President Alexander Lukashenko in the
capital Minsk. Several dozen were put on trial. The protests in
Minsk, and nearly 30 other Belarusian cities, was the third such
action in as many weeks.
(Reuters, 6/23/11)(AP, 6/23/11)
2011 Jun 23, In Brazil 8 people
were killed in an early hours police raid on a Rio slum aimed at
cracking down on suspected drug traffickers.
2011 Jun 23, A British court
convicted Levi Bellfield (43) of abducting and murdering Milly
Dowler (13) after she walked past his home in 2002. It took Milly's
parents Bob and Sally nine years to get justice, even though her
killer had been living 50 yards from where she was last seen in
Station Avenue, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey. The former wheelclamper
and bouncer went on to kill Miss McDonnell and to murder Amelie
Delagrange (22), and attempt to murder Kate Sheedy (18) in 2004.
Bellfield was jailed for life for those crimes in February 2008 and
was told he would never be released.
(AFP, 6/24/11)(SFC, 7/6/11, p.A5)
2011 Jun 23, China's
state-controlled Catholic church said it will move swiftly to
appoint new bishops in dioceses where there are none, in a step that
is certain to worsen frictions with the Vatican. Filling the more
than 40 empty bishop's seats is an urgent task because the vacancies
are causing serious problems in the handling of church affairs.
2011 Jun 23, In CongoDRC right
groups walked out of the Kimberley meeting in Kinshasa, where
African countries, China and India supported a decision to allow
Zimbabwe to sell some diamonds from its controversial Marange
fields. The endorsement was opposed by Western nations, rights
groups and industry.
2011 Jun 23, An Egyptian state
security court sentenced Tareq Hassan, an Egyptian businessman, to
25 years in prison for spying for Israel. Two Israeli citizens were
also sentenced in absentia to 25 years in jail.
2011 Jun 23, France said it
will pull its 4,000 troops out of Afghanistan on the same staggered
timetable as the US withdrawal, helping pave the way for drawdowns
by other allies.
2011 Jun 23, The Paris-based
International Energy Agency (IEA) said 28 countries have agreed to
release 60 million barrels of crude to the market to offset
disruptions prompted by Libya's war. The countries will make 2
million barrels a day available from their emergency stocks over a
period of 30 days.
2011 Jun 23, Germany's national
disease control center said the death toll from Europe's E. coli
outbreak has risen to 43, up from 39 a day earlier. One person has
died in Sweden.
2011 Jun 23, India and Pakistan
held talks on peace and security issues in Islamabad, part of
efforts to stabilize South Asia.
2011 Jun 23, In Iraq 3 bombs
ripped through Shiite neighborhoods in Baghdad, killing 24 people in
the worst violence the capital has seen in months. An American
civilian aid specialist working to improve education in Iraq was
killed in a separate attack.
(AP, 6/24/11)(AFP, 6/26/11)
2011 Jun 23, In Iraq Hasna Ali
Yahya, the Yemeni wife of Abu Ayyub al-Masri, was convicted and
sentenced to 20 years in prison on terrorism-related charges.
2011 Jun 23, Japanese inventors
were reported to have pushed the frontiers of technology with the
ultimate companion for lonely singles, a wired torso-shaped device
that you can hug and that hugs you back.
2011 Jun 23, In Japan a 6.7
earthquake rattled the northeast, that same area of march 11 quake,
which triggered a massive tsunami.
(SFC, 6/23/11, p.A2)
2011 Jun 23, The Mexican army
discovered 117 migrants, mainly from Guatemala and El Salvador,
hidden inside a trailer truck in the southern state of Oaxaca.
2011 Jun 23, A Dutch court
acquitted right-wing politician Geert Wilders of hate speech charges
finding that his inflammatory comments about Muslims were protected
by rules governing discourse in a free society.
(SFC, 6/24/11, p.A5)
2011 Jun 23, New Zealand's
government said that it has offered to pay thousands of homeowners
to leave areas of Christchurch, the country's second-largest city,
that were hardest hit by recent earthquakes.
2011 Jun 23, In Nigeria
unusually heavy rains flooded a neighborhood in the northern city of
Kano killed 24 people overnight.
2011 Jun 23, Ibrahim Aaraj was
arrested by Gaza narcotics squad officers. On June 27 the Gaza-based
Palestinian Center for Human Rights said it feared Ibrahim Aaraj
might have been tortured while in custody at the Nusseirat refugee
camp and called for an inquiry into his death. Since Hamas wrested
control of Gaza in 2007, eight people have died in police custody
under questionable circumstances.
2011 Jun 23, Russia’s PM Putin
said his government would not revoke a ban on European vegetable
imports until Brussels met Kremlin conditions.
(SFC, 6/24/11, p.A4)
2011 Jun 23, In Russia
Vladislav Achalov (65), a former Soviet general who supported two
botched anti-Kremlin coups and recently organized a protest against
the government's military reform, died in Moscow. Achalov supported
the 1991 hardline coup that briefly ousted Soviet President Mikhail
Gorbachev but didn't face trial. In October 1993, he played an
active role in a rebellion against President Boris Yeltsin and spent
several months in custody before being released under amnesty.
2011 Jun 23, Senegalese police
lobbed tear gas at thousands of protesters who amassed in the
capital to oppose proposed changes to the constitution that critics
said would benefit the longtime president and his family. Pres.
Abdoulaye Wade cancelled his proposed change to the Constitution,
which would have paved the way for his son to take power.
(AP, 6/23/11)(SFC, 6/24/11, p.A2)
2011 Jun 23, Somalia’s Pres.
named Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, a Somali American economist, as the
country’s new prime minister. He was elevated from his position as
minister of planning and int’l. cooperation.
(SFC, 6/24/11, p.A2)
2011 Jun 23, In southern
Somalia an airstrike from military aircraft hit a convoy carrying
al-Qaida-linked militants. Foreign fighters were among those killed
in the attack carried out by a "partner country." A US drone fired
on two senior commanders of Somalia's Shebab Islamist insurgency
after they were found to have ties to Al-Qaeda. US military forces
landed to retrieve the bodies of dead or wounded militants following
the drone strike.
(AP, 6/24/11)(AFP, 6/29/11)(AP, 7/1/11)
2011 Jun 23, Swaziland was
re[ported to be asking neighboring South Africa for an emergency
bailout to patch over a chronic national cash crunch that has
sparked rare political unrest against King Mswati III, Africa's last
absolute monarch. The IMF said last month Swaziland was near
financial collapse, with a budget deficit of 14.3 percent of GDP,
similar to Greece, and an economy stuck in the doldrums. Swaziland's
public wage bill amounts to 18 percent of GDP, more than any other
country in Africa.
2011 Jun 23, Syrian troops
massed near the Turkish border, raising tensions with Ankara as
protests against President Bashar al-Assad's rule hit the 100 day
mark. Syrian forces stormed the border town of Khirbet al-Jouz.
Rights groups said Syrian security forces have killed more than 130
civilians and arrested 2,000 in the military campaign southwest of
Aleppo. Some 1,300 civilians have been killed across Syria since
(Reuters, 6/23/11)(SFC, 6/24/11, p.A3)
2011 Jun 23, In northern
Vietnam flash floods and whirlwinds killed seven people, left three
others missing and injured 60.
2012 Jun 23, In Texas 2 women
were found lying in "knee-deep" grass in a park in Portland. Mollie
Judith Olgin (19) was pronounced dead at the scene. Her girlfriend,
Mary Christine Chapa (18), was hospitalized with a single gunshot
wound to the head.
2012 Jun 23, Afghan Pres.
Karzai called for subjects such as medicine and engineering to be
taught in international languages such as English or German, and
invited foreign institutions to come and fund Afghan faculties. One
NATO service member died in an insurgent attack and another in a
bomb blast. Authorities said flash floods in the north have killed
at least 37 people.
(AP, 6/24/12)(AFP, 6/24/12)(SSFC, 6/24/12, p.A4)
2012 Jun 23, In Croatia at
least eight Czech tourists were killed and 44 injured when a bus
crashed and overturned on a major highway near Gospic.
2012 Jun 23, In France
thousands of Iranian exiles led a Paris rally to demand democratic
change in Iran and help for Iranian resistance members in Iraq's
2012 Jun 23, In Honduras a US
Drug Enforcement Administration agent shot and killed a suspected
drug trafficker during a raid in a remote northern area, known as a
destination for illicit flights carrying cocaine from South America.
Honduran National Police arrested four suspects and seized 792
pounds (360 kg) of cocaine. 6 other people were arrested later on
suspicion of aiding the smuggling operation.
2012 Jun 23, Israeli police
arrested 85 protesters arrested after clashing with officers and
vandalizing banks in Tel Aviv. The demonstrators had gathered to
protest the arrest of 12 social activists a day earlier.
2012 Jun 23, Israeli airstrikes
killed at least 3 Palestinian men and a boy (6), as Palestinian
rocket attacks on Israel wounded one person and damaged a school in
Sderot. Gaza militants fired over 30 rockets and mortar shells,
bringing the week's rocket tally to more than 150.
(AP, 6/23/12)(SSFC, 6/24/12, p.A8)
2012 Jun 23, Liberia extradited
41 Ivory Coast nationals for their role in last year's bloody
post-electoral violence in the neighboring West African nation.
2012 Jun 23, In Mexico local
media reported that 14 mutilated corpses and a threatening message
aimed at a drug cartel were found inside a truck in the parking lot
of a supermarket in Mante, Tamaulipas state.
2012 Jun 23, In Pakistan gunmen
on motorcycles shot dead 8 men at a laundry in the restive
southwestern city of Quetta.
2012 Jun 23, Voting began in
Papua New Guinea, a struggling Pacific nation which is on the brink
of a huge resources boom. 3,428 candidates vied for 109 of 111
parliamentary seats, with no single political party likely to win
enough seats to form government on its own.
(AFP, 6/23/12)(Econ, 8/4/12, p.36)
2012 Jun 23, Paraguay's newly
sworn-in president, Federico Franco, set about forming a new
government as he promised to honor foreign commitments, respect
private property and reach out to Latin American leaders to minimize
diplomatic fallout and keep his country from becoming a regional
2012 Jun 23, South Korea and
the USA launched a massive 3-day naval exercise in the tense Yellow
Sea, ahead of the 62nd anniversary (June 25) of the outbreak of the
2012 Jun 23, Syrian President
Bashar Assad issued a decree forming a new government, but it will
be headed by a key loyalist and the foreign, defense and interior
ministers kept their jobs. The Syrian Observatory for Human
Rights said 116 people were killed today in violence across the
(AP, 6/23/12)(AFP, 6/23/12)(AFP, 6/24/12)
2012 Jun 23, Yemeni officials
said landmines planted in the southern province of Abyan by Al-Qaeda
militants before they were driven out from the area have killed at
least 35 people in the past 10 days.
2013 Jun 23, Former US National
Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden flew from Hong Kong to
Russia. A report said he intended to fly to Cuba on June 24 and then
on to Caracas, Venezuela.
2013 Jun 23, In Texas more than
800 women's rights protesters crowded into the Austin Capitol to
watch Democrats try a series of parliamentary maneuvers to stop the
Republican majority from passing some of the toughest abortion
restrictions in the country.
2013 Jun 23, Richard Matheson,
American sci-fi and fantasy writer, died in Los Angeles. His 1954
vampire novel “I Am Legend” inspired three different film
adaptations: “The Last Man on Earth” (1964), “The Omega Man” (1971),
and “I Am Legend” (2007).
(SFC, 6/26/13, p.E5)
2013 Jun 23, Albania held
national elections. An exchange of gunfire near a polling station
wounded a candidate for parliament and left dead a supporter of a
rival party in Lac. On June 26 near complete results showed a 53%
victory for the Socialist opponents, headed by former Tirana mayor
(AP, 6/23/13)(AP, 6/26/13)
2013 Jun 23, The WHO said the
new H7N9 strain of bird flu in China has killed 37 people with more
than 130 sickened.
(SFC, 6/24/13, p.A2)
2013 Jun 23, An Egyptian court
said that Muslim Brotherhood members conspired with Hamas, Hezbollah
and local militants to storm a prison on Jan 29, 2011, and free 34
Brotherhood leaders, including the future President Mohammed Morsi.
Adel el-Khayat, a member of a radical Islamist group appointed by
Morsi as governor of the ancient city of Luxor, resigned in the face
of daily protests outside his office.
2013 Jun 23, In Egypt a Shiite
prayer leader (66) and 3 followers were bludgeoned to death by a
Sunni mob. The attack came after Salafi preachers in the village of
Zawiyet Abu Muslim gave a small local Shiite community an ultimatum
to leave the town by sundown.
(AP, 6/24/13)(Econ, 6/29/13, p.45)
2013 Jun 23, In northern Iraq
suicide bombers and a gunman assaulted a police station near the
town of Hawija, one of several attacks across the country that left
2013 Jun 23, In Lebanon clashes
erupted in the south between factions supporting opposing sides in
the Syrian civil war leaving 2 Lebanese soldiers killed in Sidon.
2013 Jun 23, In Montenegro a
bus fell from a bridge over the Moraca river during a rainstorm and
crashed some 40 meters (130 feet) into a ravine. 18 Romanian
tourists were killed and 28 hospitalized.
2013 Jun 23, Syrian rebels
assaulted a police station in Damascus shortly after a powerful
explosion went off in the same neighborhood. At least 10 died in the
violence in Damascus. 12 soldiers loyal to Assad were reported
killed in a car explosion in the suburbs of Aleppo. Jabhat al-Nusra,
a Syrian branch of al-Qaida, later claimed responsibility for the
suicide attacks on security compounds in Damascus that killed at
least 5 people.
(AP, 6/23/13)(AP, 6/25/13)
2014 Jun 23, The US Supreme
Court trimmed the Obama administration’s power to curb greenhouse
gases under a long-running air pollution program in a decision that
means most major facilities, including power plants and refineries,
will continue to be regulated.
2014 Jun 23, In Atlanta, Ga.,
the new $75 million National Center for Civil and Human Rights
(SFC, 6/24/14, p.A6)
2014 Jun 23, General Electric
was declared the winner for the energy business of Alstom, a French
engineering group. A day earlier the French government said it would
take a 20% stake in Alstom.
(Econ, 6/28/14, p.53)(http://tinyurl.com/n3hbmn7)
2014 Jun 23, Afghanistan's
chief electoral officer resigned in a bid to resolve a political
crisis over allegations of massive fraud in the runoff presidential
vote earlier this month. Preliminary results are due on July 2, then
final results on July 23. Karzai has set Aug. 2 as the date for the
new president to be inaugurated.
2014 Jun 23, A Bangladesh court
sentenced eight people, including a leader of a banned Islamist
group, to death for their roles in a bombing at a Bengali 2001 New
Year's celebration concert that left 10 people dead.
2014 Jun 23, In Central African
Republic Christian an anti-Balaka militia attacked the village of
Ardo-Djobi, killing 18 of the local Fulani tribal population. One
militiaman also died. An initial attack by mainly Christian militia
just outside Bambari led to waves of reprisals by Muslim youths.
About 10 anti-Balaka were killed.
(AP, 6/23/14)(Reuters, 6/24/14)
2014 Jun 23, Chinese
authorities said they broke up 32 terror groups and arrested more
than 380 suspects in the far west in the first month of a crackdown
aimed at demonstrating the Communist Party's resolve to maintain
order in the Xinjiang region. Many suspects received rapid trials
and stiff sentences, including death penalties. Security forces also
seized several hundred explosive devices.
2014 Jun 23, An Egyptian court
convicted three Al-Jazeera journalists, Australian Peter Greste,
Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohammed, and
sentenced them to seven years in prison each on terrorism-related
charges in a verdict that stunned their families and raised
2014 Jun 23, An Egyptian court
sentenced to life in prison 24 Islamists for killing a taxi driver
last December. He had put in his car a picture of Abdel Fattah
al-Sisi, the ex-army chief turned president.
(AFP, 6/23/14)(SSFC, 6/29/14, p.A4)
2014 Jun 23, The European Union
said it is suspending all official visits to and from Thailand and
shelving important agreements, to protest last month's military
coup. It is putting on hold the signing of an agreement to deepen
political and business ties with Thailand "until a democratically
elected government is in place."
2014 Jun 23, In Germany a
Learjet chartered by the German air force to take part in a training
exercise with two unarmed Eurofighter jets collided with one of the
military planes near the town of Elpe Two civilian pilots were
presumed dead. The fighter pilot landed safely.
2014 Jun 23, Israel's army said
it has detained another 37 Palestinians overnight as it searched for
three missing teenagers and extended a crackdown on the Hamas
Islamist group it accuses of kidnapping them.
2014 Jun 23, Israeli
authorities announced the arrest of an alleged Hamas operative for
involvement in the deadly shooting of an Israeli police officer in
the West Bank over the Passover holiday in April.
2014 Jun 23, In Kashmir a
protester was killed and four others were wounded when Indian
government forces fired at demonstrators protesting the killing of a
suspected rebel in an earlier gunbattle.
2014 Jun 23, The first-ever
United Nations Environmental Assembly opened in Kenya, as more than
150 high-level delegations began a weeklong examination of the
intersection between global economic progress and the environment.
2014 Jun 23, In Kenya 5 people
were killed in attacks in Witu, near Mpeketoni where some 60 people
were killed last week.
(SFC, 6/25/14, p.A2)
2014 Jun 23, In northern
Nigeria an explosion tore through Kano State School of Hygiene,
killing at least 8 people. It was not immediately clear if Islamist
militants were behind the blast.
(Reuters, 6/23/14)(Reuters, 6/24/14)
2014 Jun 23, Tahir-ul-Qadri
(63), a populist Canada-based cleric, returned to Pakistan to try to
start what he has called a "peaceful revolution" against the
government, as his supporters engaged in violent clashes with
2014 Jun 23, A Philippine
senator surrendered to police after a court ordered his arrest on
corruption charges. Jinggoy Estrada, the son of an ex-president, was
the second celebrity politician in days to end up in jail on charges
of plundering the poor Southeast Asian nation's coffers.
2014 Jun 23, South Africa's
AMCU union declared a five-month platinum strike "officially over"
as thousands of miners roared their approval when leader Joseph
Mathunjwa asked if they wanted to end the longest work stoppage in
the country's history. A South African labor court declared unlawful
a planned gold mining strike by the country's radical union AMCU,
which has staged a crippling work stoppage at platinum mines.
(Reuters, 6/23/14)(AFP, 6/23/14)
2014 Jun 23, In South Korea a
massive manhunt ended when a 22-year-old sergeant, surnamed Yim,
shot himself in the upper left chest as his father and brother
approached, pleading with him to surrender. Yim was hospitalized. He
had killed 5 comrades on June 21 near his North Korea border
outpost. On Feb 3, 2015, Yim was sentenced to death.
(AP, 6/23/14)(AP, 2/3/15)
2014 Jun 23, The Syrian
government said a series of Israeli airstrikes early today hit nine
military targets, killed 4 people and wounded nine others.
(AP, 6/23/14)(SFC, 6/23/14, p.A2)
2014 Jun 23, Syria handed over
the remaining 100 tons of toxic material it had declared to the
global chemical weapons watchdog. Western governments wanted the
mission to continue to investigate numerous ambiguities in Syria's
chemical weapons declaration and several alleged chlorine gas
attacks, which they also blame on Assad's forces.
2014 Jun 23, The United Arab
Emirates jailed seven men for belonging to an al Qaeda network and
aiding its affiliate in Syria. Six were jailed for seven years, one
was given life. They were arrested last year on suspicion of
planning attacks on the UAE.
2014 Jun 23, The World Health
Organization (WHO) said that the latest figures show 567 cases of
Ebola with 350 deaths in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The virus
has no cure and causes internal bleeding and organ failure,
spreading through contact with infected people.
Go to June 24