Today in History - June 25
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841 Jun 25,
Charles the Bald and Louis the German defeated Lothar at Fontenay.
1096 Jun 25, The 1st Crusaders
slaughtered the Jews of Werelinghofen, Germany.
1483 Jun 25, The short reign of
Edward V (b.1470), king of England (Apr 9-Jun 25, 1483), ended. He
disappeared after being sent (ostensibly for safety) to the Tower of
1503 Jun 25, Christopher
Columbus beached his sinking ships in St. Anne’s Bay, Jamaica, and
spent a year shipwrecked and marooned there before returning to
1630 Jun 25, The fork was
introduced to American dining by Gov. Winthrop.
1658 Jun 25, Aurangzeb
proclaimed himself emperor of the Moghuls in India.
1672 Jun 25, 1st recorded
monthly Quaker meeting in US was held at Sandwich, Mass.
1673 Jun 25, French commander
Charles de Batz (b.1611), known as D’Artagnan, was slain in the
service of Louis XIV. He died at the Siege of Maastricht in the
Franco-Dutch War and was one of the musketeers who inspired Dumas’
1767 Jun 25, Mexican Indians
rioted as Jesuit priests were ordered home. Spain expelled the
Jesuits from Mexico and their work was taken over by the Dominican
(WSJ, 12/26/97, p.A9)(HN, 6/25/98)(Econ, 6/1/13,
1767 Jun 25, Georg Philipp
Telemann (86), German composer, died.
1788 Jun 25, Virginia ratified
the U.S. Constitution.
1807 Jun 25, Napoleon I of
France and Russian Czar Alexander I met near Tilsit, in northern
Prussia, to discuss terms for ending war between their empires.
1822 Jun 25, Ernst Theodor
Amadeus (ETA) Hoffmann (46), German writer, judge, composer, died.
1749 Jun 25, Massachusetts
residents were asked to fast due to a severe drought.
(SFC, 6/25/09, p.D8)
1835 Jun 25, William A.
Richardson built the first structure in Yerba Buena, renamed San
Francisco in 1847, and was named captain of the port.
(SFC, 3/27/99, p.A23)(SFC, 7/6/13, p.C2)(SFC,
1852 Jun 25, Antoni Gaudi
(d.1926), Spanish modernist architect (Sagrada Familia, Barcelona),
(MC, 6/25/02)(SFEM, 10/8/00, p.61)
1857 Jun 25, Gustave Flaubert
went on trial for public immorality regarding his novel, Madame
Bovary. Flaubert first published his novel (Madame Bovary) “Emma
Bovary” in serial form in 1856. It was later considered as the first
novel of a liberated woman in modern literature. In 1998 Dacia
Maraini published “Searching for Emma.” A TV version for Masterpiece
Theater was shown in 2000. [see Oct 1, 1856]
(SFEC, 6/28/98, Par p.18)(WSJ, 2/4/00, p.W6)(HN,
1860 Jun 25, Gustave
Charpentier, French composer (Louise), was born.
1861 Jun 25, Abdul Mejid, the
31st Ottoman sultan, died. He had dreamed of a tunnel under the
Bosphorus Straits connecting Asia to Europe.
1862 Jun 25, The first day of
the Seven Days Campaign began with fighting at Oak Grove, Virginia,
with Robert E. Lee commanding the Confederate Army for the first
1863 Jun 25, Pres. Lincoln
chose US General George Meade to replace General Hooker, hoping he
would be more aggressive. [see Jun 28]
1864 Jun 25, Union troops
surrounding Petersburg, Virginia, began building a mine tunnel
underneath the Confederate lines.
1867 Jun 25, The 1st barbed
wire was patented by Lucien B. Smith of Ohio. [see Illinois, Oct 27,
1868 Jun 25, Florida, Alabama,
Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina were
re-admitted to the Union.
1868 Jun 25, Congress enacted
legislation granting an eight-hour day to workers employed by the
1870 Jun 25, Richard Wagner's
opera "Die Walkure" was produced in Munich.
1874 Jun 25, Rose Cecil O’Neill
(d.1944), illustrator, writer and creator of the Kewpie doll, was
born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
1876 Jun 25, Alexander Graham
Bell demonstrated his telephone at the Centennial Exposition in
(SFC, 2/3/97, p.D1)(ON, 1/03, p.5)
1876 Jun 25, In the Battle of
the Little Bighorn in Montana, Gen. George A. Custer and some 250
men in his 7th Cavalry were massacred by the Sioux and Cheyenne
Indians. To crush the Plains Indians and drive them onto
reservations, Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and more than 600 7th
Cavalrymen and Indian scouts advanced on an Indian encampment in the
Little Bighorn Valley of Montana. Custer's main concern was to keep
the Indians from escaping, but on this day, he faced the biggest
alliance of hostile Plains Indians--mostly Sioux and Cheyenne--ever
gathered in one place. Custer and his entire personal command, about
210 soldiers, were wiped out. The site is near a region where
paleontologist Prof. Edward Drinker Cope dug for dinosaur fossils
just a few days after the massacre. Custer and his cavalrymen had
attacked an encampment of 2,000 to 4,000 Lakota, Cheyenne and other
Indians. Up to 300 Indians possessed Henry and Winchester repeating
(WSJ, 11/1/94, p.1)(SFC, 6/28/96, p.A5)(AP,
6/25/97)(HNPD, 6/25/99)(Econ, 5/8/10, p.82)
1881 Jun 25, Crystal Eastman,
suffragist, was born.
1886 Jun 25, Henry (Hap)
Arnold, commanding general of the U.S. Army Air Force during World
War II, was born.
1886 Jun 25, Britain adopted
its Riot (Damages) Act, intended to provide compensation for losses
1887 Jun 25, George Abbott,
American playwright, director and producer, was born. His plays
included "Three Men on a Horse" and "Damn Yankees."
(AP, 2/2/99)(HN, 6/25/99)
1900 Jun 25, Lord Louis
Mountbatten of Burma, the last British viceroy of India, was born.
He survived World War II only to be killed by an IRA bomb.
1903 Jun 25, George Orwell
(d.1950), English novelist, essayist and critic, was born in India
as Eric Arthur Blair. He took his pen name in 1932. His books
included "Animal Farm" (1945) and "1984" (1949), which attacked
totalitarianism. "Each generation imagines itself to be more
intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one
that comes after it."
1903 Jun 25, Marie Curie
announced her discovery of radium. [see Apr 20, 1902]
1906 Jun 25, A love triangle
came to a violent end atop New York's Madison Square Garden as
architect Stanford White, the building's designer, was shot to death
by Harry Thaw, for an alleged tryst White had with Thaw's wife,
Florence Evelyn Nesbit. Thaw, tried for murder, was acquitted by
reason of insanity. At the time this was called "The Crime of the
(HN, 6/25/99)(AP, 6/25/06)
1910 Jun 25, An Act of US
Congress established a postal savings system in post offices,
effective January 1, 1911. It paid 2% interest on deposits not to
exceed $2,500. In 1966 post offices stopped taking deposits. A 1984
law declared that no claims on funds would be honored after July 13,
1910 Jun 25, The Mann Act was
passed in the US. It forbade transporting women across state lines
for immoral purposes.
1920 Jun 25, The Greeks took
8,000 Turkish prisoners in Smyrna.
1921 Jun 25, Samuel Gompers was
elected head of the American Federation of Labor (AFL) for the 40th
1922 Jun 25, The SF Chronicle’s
sports pages became the Sporting Green with the sports section
printed in green.
(SSFC, 6/7/09, p.W2)
1925 Jun 25, Robert Venturi,
architect (Levittown NY, Las Vegas), was born in Phila.
1936 Jun 25, Convict James C.
Lucas stabbed Al Capone in the back as Capone worked in prison
laundry at Alcatraz. Capone was marked for refusing to participate
in a mutiny several months earlier. The wound was not serious.
(SSFC, 6/26/11, DB p.42)
1938 Jun 25, Pres. Franklin D.
Roosevelt signed into law the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act. It
included a restriction on the sale of embedded non-food items,
unless there’s a functional value, like the stick on a lollipop. It
was partially provoked by a rash of injuries from depilatory creams.
(WSJ, 6/24/02, p.A8)(Econ, 2/7/15, p.79)
1938 Jun 25, The US Fair Labor
Standards Act of 1938 was enacted.
1938 Jun 25, Mary Hallock Foote
(b1847), author and illustrator, died. Her 3 Leadville novels
established her as a Western writer. On 2003 Darlis A. Miller
authored “Mary Hallock Foote: Author-Illustrator of the American
1940 Jun 25, Adolf Hitler
viewed the Eiffel tower and tomb of Napoleon in Paris.
1941 Jun 25, Joe DiMaggio ran
his hitting streak to 45 straight games.
1941 Jun 25, Germans invaded
Dubno, Poland, and encouraged the Ukrainians to do whatever they
want to 12,000 Jews living there.
1941 Jun 25, Finland declared
war on the Soviet Union.
1941 Jun 25-26, Russians
counter attacked at Rovno, Poland.
1942 Jun 25, Major General
Dwight Eisenhower was appointed commander of US forces in Europe.
1942 Jun 25, Some 1,000 British
Royal Air Force bombers raided Bremen, Germany, during World War II.
1943 Jun 25, Crematory III at
Birkenau, Poland, was finished.
1943 Jun 25, Arthur
Seyss-Inquart ordered a mass arrest of Dutch physicians.
1944 Jun 25, British assault at
1945 Jun 25, Imperial General
Headquarters in Tokyo announced the fall of Okinawa.
1946 Jun 25, Federal Tort
Claims Act (FTCA) permitted private parties to sue the United States
in a federal court for most torts committed by persons acting on
behalf of the United States.
1946 Jun 25, Ho Chi Minh
traveled to France for talks on Vietnamese independence.
1948 Jun 25, Pres. Harry Truman
signed the Displaced Persons Act of 1948. It was primarily inspired
by anti-Communism and led to a relaxation of US immigration policy.
Following WWII the US took in more than 650,000 displaced Europeans.
1948 Jun 25, The Republican
national convention in Philadelphia chose California Gov. Earl
Warren to be Thomas E. Dewey's running mate.
1948 Jun 25, The Soviet Union
tightened its blockade of Berlin by intercepting river barges
heading for the city.
1949 Jun 25, In Bulgaria
Communist Deputy Premier Traicho Kostov was arrested and charged
with ideological deviation and treason. He and ten associates were
found guilty and executed on Dec 16.
(EWH, 1968, p.1194)
1950 Jun 25, The Korean War
started as forces from the communist North invaded the South. It
lasted till 1953. A Truman administration statement that Korea was
“outside the US defense perimeter” in the Pacific was said to have
invited the attack. Gen. McArthur led a UN expeditionary force in
response to North Korea’s attack on South Korea. The Chinese entered
the war and the UN forces were pushed into a Christmas retreat. 2.5
million people were killed. No peace treaty was ever signed. About
1.7 million Americans were involved and there was an estimated 3 mil
casualties including 150,000 (54,246) Americans and over 1 mil
Chinese. In 1990 North Korean officials revealed that Stalin
knew about and encouraged North Korea’s aggression as did Mao
(NG, Aug., 1974, p.255)(WSJ, 8/8/95, p. A15)(SFC,
4/8/96, p.A-9)(SFEM, 11/10/96, p.12)(SFC, 2/17/96, p.A26)(AP,
6/25/97)(WSJ, 7/21/97, p.A22)
1951 Jun 25, The first
commercial color telecast took place as CBS transmitted a one-hour
special from New York to four other cities. CBS tried a version of
color TV with a design that featured a mechanical rotating color
(AP, 6/25/97)(SFC, 3/18/04, p.E1)
1955 Jun 25, "Can Can" closed
at Shubert Theater NYC after 892 performances.
1958 Jun 25, A four-day
dedication of the Mackinac Bridge linking Michigan's upper and lower
peninsulas began, even though the bridge had been open to traffic
since November 1957.
1959 Jun 25, In San Francisco a
new Safeway grocery store opened on Marina Boulevard adjacent to Gas
House Cove. Murals by John Garth flanked the store’s two entrances.
(SSFC, 6/21/09, DB p.50)
1959 Jun 25, Charles
Starkweather, spree murderer, was executed.
1959 Jun 25, The Cuban
government seized 2.35 million acres under a new agrarian reform
1961 Jun 25, US Pres. John F.
Kennedy spoke from Berlin urging citizens “to recognize the
possibilities of nuclear war in the missile age.”
(SSFC, 10/29/17, p.C2)
1961 Jun 25, Jazz trio Paul
Motion, drums, Bill Evans, piano, and Scott LaFaro recorded a
performance at the Village Vanguard in NYC in which each man
functioned as an equal rather than as an accompaniment to the
leader. The recording changed the idea of the piano trio.
(WSJ, 1/24/06, p.D8)
1962 Jun 25, The Supreme Court
ruled that the use of an unofficial, nondenominational prayer in New
York public schools was unconstitutional.
(AP, 6/25/97)(HN, 6/25/98)
1964 Jun 25, President Lyndon
Johnson ordered 200 naval personnel to Mississippi to assist in
finding three missing civil rights workers.
1967 Jun 25, The Beatles
performed their new song, "All You Need Is Love," during a live
1968 Jun 25, The Canadian
federal election was held to elect members of the Canadian House of
Commons of the 28th Parliament of Canada. The Liberal Party won a
majority government under its new leader, PM Pierre Trudeau.
1972 Jun 25, San Francisco’s
first Gay Pride Parade, called the Christopher Street West Parade,
attracted some 2000 participants and 15,000 spectators. Mayor Alioto
refused to proclaim "Gay Liberation Day."
(SFEC, 5/23/99, Z1 p.4)(SFC, 6/18/16, p.A1)
1973 Jun 25, White House
Counsel John Dean began testimony before Senate Watergate Committee
and admitted that President Nixon took part in the Watergate
1975 Jun 25, Mozambique became
an independent state (twice the size of California), ending nearly
five centuries of Portuguese rule and a long civil war began that
lasted to 1992. 600,000 Portuguese farmers abandoned their farms and
the agricultural industry was devastated. Frelimo took power in
opposition to Renamo, which was supported by white-led governments
in Rhodesia and South Africa. The UN Children’s Education Fund
estimated that at least 850 children were kidnapped by guerillas of
Renamo. some were forced to fight but most were put to work as cooks
(WSJ, 3/21/96, p.A-11)(SFC, 6/25/96, p.A8)(AP,
1976 Jun 25, John Herndon
Mercer [Johnny Mercer] (b.1909), songwriter, died. He was buried in
Boneventure Cemetery in Savannah, Ga. In 2004 Gene Lees authored the
biography “Portrait of Johnny.”
(SFEC,11/30/97, p.T5)(HN, 11/18/00)(WSJ,
1978 Jun 25, Argentina, host to
the World Cup, beat Netherlands in the soccer World Cup championship
in Buenos Aires. It was later alleged that the ruling military junta
bribed an opposing team to ensure Argentina’s progress and eventual
1980 Jun 25, The Associated
Press chose 11 major newspapers to launch a cooperative experiment
to deliver news electronically to computer-equipped homes.
(SFC, 6/24/05, p.F2)
1981 Jun 25, The US Supreme
Court decided that male-only draft registration was constitutional.
1984 Jun 25, In Chevron U.S.A.,
Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. the US Supreme Court
court gave agencies wide latitude to interpret laws when they are
vaguely written. This became known as the “Chevron deference”.
(http://tinyurl.com/ybe4s6o8)(Econ, 3/4/17, p.19)
1986 Jun 25, The US Congress
approved $100 million in aid to the Contras fighting in Nicaragua.
1986 Jun 25, San Francisco
clothier Wilkes Bashford pleaded no contest to a felony charge and
agreed to pay back $750,000 in rent to the city.
(SSFC, 6/26/11, DB p.42)
1987 Jun 25, Pope John Paul II
received Austrian President Kurt Waldheim at the Vatican, a meeting
fraught with controversy because of allegations that Waldheim had
hidden a Nazi past.
1988 Jun 25, American-born
Mildred Gillars, better known during World War II as "Axis Sally"
for her Nazi propaganda broadcasts, died in Columbus, Ohio, at age
87. Gillars had served 12 years in prison for treason.
1989 Jun 25, A judge in
Cincinnati temporarily blocked a hearing by baseball Commissioner A.
Bartlett Giamatti into allegations that Cincinnati Reds manager Pete
Rose had gambled on baseball games.
1990 Jun 25, The US Supreme
Court ruled that family members cannot end the lives of comatose
relatives unless those relatives previously made their wishes known.
1990 Jun 25, African National
Congress leader Nelson Mandela met with President Bush at the White
1991 Jun 25, Slovenia
proclaimed independence from Yugoslavia.
1991 Jun 25, The civil war in
Yugoslavia began when Croatia and Slovenia proclaimed independence
from Yugoslavia. Croatia voted to declare independence with Franjo
Tudjman as president. Following months of unsuccessful talks among
Yugoslavia’s six republics about the future of the federation, the
western republics of Croatia and Slovenia declared their
independence. Entities of Yugoslavia began to split off leaving
Serbia and Montenegro.
1992 Jun 25, Both houses of
Congress rushed to pass a back-to-work order ending a national rail
strike; President Bush signed it June 26.
1992 Jun 25, The space shuttle
Columbia, carrying seven astronauts, blasted off on a two-week
1993 Jun 25, Vice President
Gore cast the tie-breaking vote as the Senate approved a record
1993 Jun 25, Kim Campbell was
sworn in as Canada's 19th prime minister, the first woman to hold
(CFA, '96, p.81)(AP, 6/25/98)
1994 Jun 25, Japanese Prime
Minister Tsutomu Hata, faced with certain defeat in a no-confidence
vote, announced his intention to resign after just two months in
1995 Jun 25, Warren E. Burger,
the 15th chief justice of the United States (1969-86), died in
Washington, D.C., of congestive heart failure at age 87.
1996 Jun 25, At least 19
Americans were killed at a US base near Dhahran. Another 105
suffered serious injuries from a truck bomb estimated at 5,000
pounds at the Khobar Towers apartment complex adjacent to King Abdul
Aziz Air Base. About 5,000 US troops served in Saudi Arabia. US,
French and British aircraft resumed flying 100 missions per day over
southern Iraq from Saudi Arabia. In 1997 intelligence information
tied a senior Iranian intelligence officer to Hani Abd Rahim Sayegh,
a man who fled Saudi Arabia shortly after the bombing. In 1999 the
US threatened was set to deport Hani al-Sayegh to Saudi Arabia.
Sayegh feared torture and asked for US asylum. Sayegh was deported
Oct 10. In 2000 Ahmad Behbahani told a 60 Minutes journalist from a
refugee camp in Turkey that he proposed the Pan Am operation and
coordinated the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia.
In 2001 13 Saudis and one Lebanese man were indicted for the bombing
that killed 19 American airmen and wounded nearly 400 others. In
2006 a US judge ruled that Iran financed the bombing and owes
families of those killed $254 million.
(WP, 6/29/96, p.A22)(SFEC, 4/13/97, p.A14)(WSJ,
10/5/99, p.A10)(SFC, 10/12/99, p.C16)(SFC, 6/5/00, p.A9)(SFC,
6/22/01, p.A1)(WSJ, 12/23/06, p.A1)
1996 Jun 25, Later reports said
that Osama bin Laden, an exiled Saudi billionaire, bankrolled the
bombing of the US base that killed 19 US servicemen. He was an
advocate of strict Islamic rule and had said that he would campaign
to overthrow the Saudi royal family. He had lived in the Sudan for 5
1/2 years and recently moved to Afghanistan and was accepted by the
Taliban. In 1998 a senior Saudi official absolved Iran of any
involvement in the bombing. In 2000 it was reported that the Bin
Laden family firm was awarded the contract to rebuild the Khobar
(SFC, 3/7/97, p.A17)(SFC, 5/23/98, p.A12)(SFC,
1996 Jun 25, A report stated
that China had declared that foreign movies on TV can’t run for more
than 36 minutes between 6 and 10 p.m.
(WSJ, 6/25/96, p.A11)
1996 Jun 25, Yeltsin fired 7
top generals and ordered a pullout from Chechnya.
(WSJ, 6/26/96, p.A1)
1997 Jun 25, It was reported
that a man from Rio Vista, Ca., was doing a good business selling
the moon’s real estate. Dennis Hope was charging $15.99 for 1,777
acres of lunar land plus tax and shipping.
(SFC, 6/25/97, p.A15)
1997 Jun 25, The Supreme Court
struck down the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act. It said
Congress had intruded on the authority of local officials. The
legislation had instructed government officials to bend the rules
for persons whose actions are based on their religion.
(SFC, 6/26/97, p.A3)(AP, 6/25/98)
1997 Jun 25, An unmanned cargo
vessel crashed in the Russian Mir space station during a docking
practice knocking out half of the station's power and rupturing a
pressurized laboratory. The area was sealed off and the situation
was considered serious for the 3 astronauts onboard. Commander
Vasily Tsibliev later faced a risky repair mission and complained of
(SFC, 6/26/97, p.A1)(SFC, 7/15/97, p.A10)(AP,
1997 Jun 25, An auction of
Princess Diana’s 79 cocktail and evening dresses brought in $3.26
(SFC, 6/26/97, p.A1)
1997 Jun 25, Oceanographer
Jacques-Yves Cousteau (b.1910) died in Paris. In 2009 Brad Matsen
authored “Jacques Cousteau: The Sea King.”
(AP, 6/25/98)(Econ, 10/31/09, p.97)
1997 Jun 25, In the Republic of
the Congo the truce ended in a ferocious battle for the Brazzaville
airport. Former president Nguesso appeared to have begun an assault
on the airport.
(SFC, 6/26/97, p.A7)
1997 Jun 25, In Indonesia East
Timor rebel leader, Alex, died of gunshot wounds in Dili. Rebels
charged that he was only slightly wounded and died under
(SFC, 6/28/97, p.A11)
1997 Jun 25, On the island of
Montserrat the Soufriere Hills volcano spewed rock and hot ash and
killed 9 people while 17 were reported missing.
(SFC, 6/28/97, p.A11,12)
1998 Jun 25, Pres. Clinton
landed in Xian, China. In Zhejiang province democracy activists
announced the formation of the China Democracy Party. Some of the
organizers were later arrested and jailed.
(SFC, 6/26/98, p.A1)(SFC, 7/13/98, p.A8)
1998 Jun 25, The Supreme Court
rejected a 1997 line-item veto law as unconstitutional, and ruled
that those infected with HIV are protected by the Americans With
1998 Jun 25, Susan McDougal was
ordered free by a federal judge in Little Rock, who reduced her
sentence to the time already served.
(SFC, 6/26/98, p.A3)
1998 Jun 25, The US Supreme
Court struck down the line-tem veto. It held that the law violated
the constitutional requirement that legislation be passed by both
houses and presented in its entirety to the president.
(SFC, 6/26/98, p.A1)
1998 Jun 25, The US Supreme
Court ruled that “decency” can be considered in awarding federal
(SFC, 6/26/98, p.A3)
1998 Jun 25, A planet, 1.9
times bigger than Jupiter, was reported found to be circling the
small star Gliese 876, 15 light-years from Earth.
(SFC, 6/25/98, p.A5)
1998 Jun 25, On Kauai, Ha., a
helicopter crash killed at least 5 of 6 people on Mount Waialeale.
(SFC, 6/26/98, p.A3)
1998 Jun 25, Albanian security
personnel (SHIK) under CIA guidance arrested Shawki Salama Attiya, a
Tirana cell forger. Over the next month they made a successful raids
on more suspected members of the Egyptian Jihad terrorist
organization. The suspected terrorists were turned over to
anti-terrorist officials in Egypt, where they delivered forced
confessions following torture.
(SFC, 8/13/98, p.A16)(WSJ, 11/20/01, p.A1)
1998 Jun 25, In Algeria Lounes
Matoub (42), a popular singer and Berber patriot, was killed near
Beni Douala. The Armed Islamic Group later claimed responsibility.
(SFC, 6/27/98, p.A13)(SFC, 7/2/98, p.C2)
1998 Jun 25, In Indonesia a
revised IMF bailout deal was loaded with fuel and food subsidies for
the nation’s poor.
(SFC, 6/26/98, p.D2)
1998 Jun 25, In Indonesia it
was reported that two new tribes were found in the Mamberamo river
area of Irian Jaya.
(SFC, 6/26/98, p.D2)
1998 Jun 25, In Northern
Ireland voters chose members for the new 108-seat Northern Ireland
Assembly. Parties committed to the peace settlement emerged as
victors. Anti-agreement forces accounted for 29 of the 108 seats.
(SFC, 4/23/98, p.A12)(SFC, 6/26/98, p.A12)(SFC,
1998 Jun 25, Two Israeli
soldiers were killed in southern Lebanon by a roadside bomb and
seriously wounded 3. Meanwhile the government traded the corpses of
40 Lebanese guerrillas and the release of 60 Lebanese prisoners for
the body of Itamar Ilya, a commando killed on Sep 5, 1997.
(SFC, 6/26/98, p.A16)
1998 Jun 25, Nigeria released
17 more political prisoners.
(WSJ, 6/26/98, p.A1)
1998 Jun 25, Marek Papala (38),
former national police chief, was killed in Warsaw as he stepped out
of his car outside his home. He was scheduled to be liaison officer
to the EU with efforts directed at organized crime. Some 300-400
organized gangs were operating in Poland. Polish officials accused
Edward Mazur, who holds Polish and US citizenship, of enticing
another man to shoot Papala for $40,000. Mazur faced murder charges
in Poland in the shooting death of Papala. In 2006 Mazur remained in
the US federal government's Metropolitan Correctional Center in
Chicago pending an extradition hearing.
(SFC, 6/27/98, p.A14)(AP, 11/28/06)
1998 Jun 25, In Puerto Rico
protestors planted bombs, smashed bank machines and burned telephone
cables in reaction to the privatization of the phone company.
(SFC, 6/26/98, p.A2)
1998 Jun 25, In Romania the
Senate voted to keep some 125 million secret police files locked
(SFC, 6/26/98, p.D2)
1998 Jun 25, In Russia a
balcony collapsed at the Russian National Freestyle wrestling
Competition in Nalchik and killed 22 people.
(SFC, 6/26/98, p.D2)
1998 Jun 25, The Vatican agreed
to sign a joint declaration with the Lutheran Church on how humans
receive God’s forgiveness and salvation.
(SFC, 6/26/98, p.D2)
1999 Jun 25, The San Antonio
Spurs won their first NBA title as they beat the New York Knicks
78-77 in their 5th game.
(SFC, 6/26/99, p.E1)(AP, 6/25/00)
1999 Jun 25, During a news
conference, President Clinton said the people of Serbia had to “get
out of denial” about the atrocities blamed on Slobodan Milosevic and
decide if he was fit to remain president of Yugoslavia.
1999 Jun 25, US Marines killed
one person following an attack southeast of Pristina.
(SFC, 6/26/99, p.A1)
1999 Jun 25, Eritrea and
Ethiopia began new fighting on their western front.
(SFC, 6/26/99, p.A16)
1999 Jun 25, In Germany the
parliament authorized a national Holocaust memorial designed by
Peter Eisenman of New York. The design featured 2,700 close-set
concrete pillars on a plot of about 100 sq. yards in Berlin.
(SFC, 6/26/99, p.A11)
1999 Jun 25, In Nigeria
representatives of the Ijaw, Itsekiri and Urhobo ethnic groups
agreed to end ethnic strife and pursue a lasting peace through
(SFC, 6/26/99, p.A16)
2000 Jun 25, Juli Inkster
became the first player in 16 years to successfully defend the LPGA
2000 Jun 25, The Broadway show
“Cats” was scheduled to close after 7397 performances. It was
extended to September.
(SFEC, 5/7/00, Par p.30)(SFC, 9/11/00, p.F4)
2000 Jun 25, The US Green party
nominated Ralph Nader as its presidential candidate with running
mate Winona LaDuke, an Ojibwe activist from Minnesota.
(SFC, 6/26/00, p.A3)
2000 Jun 25, Philip Morris
announced it was buying Nabisco for $14.9 billion.
2000 Jun 25, In Japan Prime
Minister Yoshiro Mori’s LDP lost power to its coalition partners in
parliamentary elections. The coalition won 271 of 480 seats in the
(SFC, 6/26/00, p.A1)
2000 Jun 25, In Puerto Rico US
Navy bombing in Vieques resumed with nonexplosive dummy bombs after
37 demonstrators were arrested. A fatal accident had prompted a
yearlong occupation by protesters.
(WSJ, 6/26/00, p.A1)(SFC, 6/28/00, p.A3)(AP,
2000 Jun 25, South Korea marked
the 50th anniversary of the start of the Korean Conflict.
2000 Jun 25, In Kuwait a
refinery explosion at the Mina al-Ahmedi plant killed 5 people and
closed the largest of the 3 oil processing facilities.
(WSJ, 6/26/00, p.A1)(WSJ, 6/28/00, p.A1)
2000 cJun 25, Montenegro told
the UN that it no longer wants to be represented by Yugoslavia.
(WSJ, 6/26/00, p.A1)
2000 Jun 25, In Poland a 3-day
world Forum on Democracy in Warsaw was sponsored by the NY-based
Freedom House and the Warsaw-based Stefan Batory Foundation.
(SFEC, 6/25/00, p.A9)
2000 Jun 25, In Russia the
military declared that air and artillery attacks in Chechnya had
been suspended. The next day the Kremlin said that attacks would
(SFC, 6/26/00, p.A10)
2000 Jun 25, In Zimbabwe EU
observers said the voting in parliamentary elections was “not free
(WSJ, 6/26/00, p.A1)
2001 Jun 25, In NYC the UN
General Assembly convened for a special 3-day session on AIDS.
(SSFC, 6/24/01, p.A12)(SFC, 6/26/01, p.A1)
2001 Jun 25, In Chechnya Russia
claimed to have killed Arbi Barayev, a top Chechen rebel commander,
in a week-long offensive near Grozny. At least 17 rebels were
killed. Movladi Udagov, a Chechen leader, said 150 federal soldiers
were killed along with 60 civilians from a massive Russian
(WSJ, 6/25/01, p.A1)(SFC, 6/26/01, p.A9)
2001 Jun 25, In China Typhoon
Chebi killed 73 people in Fujian province and left 83 missing.
Damage was estimated at $425 million.
(WSJ, 6/26/01, p.A1)(SFC, 6/27/01, p.D3)
2001 Jun 25, In southern Iraq a
US Navy fighter jet attacked an anti-aircraft site in response to
(SFC, 6/26/01, p.C2)
2001 Jun 25, In Skopje,
Macedonia, rioting erupted after US troops escorted rebels away from
(WSJ, 6/27/01, p.A1)
2001 Jun 25, In Mexico some 300
police officers arrested 13 members of the leftist House of the
People. They were suspected to be connected to the Apr 19 slaying of
8 peasants of the Fray Bartolome Alliance.
(SFC, 6/26/01, p.C2)
2001 Jun 25, Vladimiro
Montesinos, the former Peruvian spy chief, was flown from Venezuela
(SFC, 6/26/01, p.A8)
2001 Jun 25, The June 23 Peru
earthquake was revised to 8.1 magnitude with the death toll at 102.
(WSJ, 6/26/01, p.A1)(SFC, 6/27/01, p.D3)
2001 Jun 25, In Ukraine Pope
John Paul II planned to visit Babi Yar where some 200,000 Jews and
other Nazi victims are buried. Pope John Paul II visited Babi Yar,
the site of a Nazi massacre of at least 100,000 Jews. [see 1941]
(SFC, 6/25/01, p.A8)(WSJ, 6/26/01, p.A1)
2001 Jun 25, Jun 25, Yugoslavia
asked a court to let Milosevic be extradited to the Hague for was UN
war crimes trial.
(WSJ, 6/26/01, p.A1)
2002 Jun 25, President Bush
surveyed a huge wildfire in Arizona by air and declared the region a
2002 Jun 25, A federal judge in
Alexandria, Va., refused to accept a no-contest plea from Zacarias
Moussaoui, accused of conspiracy in the Sept. 11 attacks, and
instead entered an innocent plea on his behalf.
2002 Jun 25, The Defense
Department told Congress it planned to supply the Canadian navy with
Raytheon Co. -built SM-2 Standard surface-to-air missiles and
related gear valued at up to $19 million.
2002 Jun 25, The WHO reported
that experts investigating a possible outbreak of the deadly Ebola
virus in Republic of Congo have found four suspected cases in
2002 Jun 25, In Vancouver,
Canada, it was reported that investigators had found the remains of
four more women at a pig farm linked to what is feared to be one of
North America's largest serial killing cases.
2002 Jun 25, Israeli soldiers
stormed the fortress-like Palestinian headquarters in the city of
Hebron, occupying the seventh of eight main West Bank centers.
Palestinian security officials said four policemen were killed.
2002 Jun 25, Malaysia's ruling
party said on Tuesday Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, one of Asia's
longest-serving leaders, will hand power to his deputy late next
year in a move investors praised as an orderly transition.
2002 Jun 25, In Morocco
authorities have arrested three more people in a widening
investigation into the Moroccan tendrils of al-Qaida, bringing the
number of suspects held here to 10, including three Saudis.
2002 Jun 25, Three American
mountain climbers were swept away by an avalanche on Peru's highest
peak and are feared dead.
2002 Jun 25, South Africa's
parliament passed a landmark bill aimed at transforming the
country's mining industry by giving the government control of
2003 Jun 25, The US Federal
Reserve cut short-term interest rates by one-quarter percent. The
new 1% rate was the lowest since 1958.
(BS, 6/26/03, 1A)
2003 Jun 25, The music industry
threatened to sue hundreds of individual computer users who were
illegally sharing music files online.
2003 Jun 25, Lester Maddox
(87), segregationist and former Georgia governor (1967-1970), died
(BS, 6/26/03, 5A)(AP, 6/25/08)
2003 Jun 25, An Australian
military spokesman said the army will kill as many as 15,000
kangaroos to keep a southeastern army base from being overgrazed.
2003 Jun 25, The Malaysia
Parliament passed a post secondary school National Service Bill to
encourage nation building by integrating participants in a state-run
(Econ, 10/23/04, p.44)
2003 Jun 25, Three Palestinian
militant groups agreed to halt attacks on Israel for 3 months.
(BS, 6/26/03, 1A)
2003 Jun 25, Yemeni troops
killed at least 6 Islamic militants during an attack on a mountain
hideout following failed negotiations.
(SFC, 6/26/03, p.A10)
2004 Jun 25, Pres. Bush stopped
in Ireland to meet with EU leaders, while on his way to Turkey for a
summit with NATO leaders. Thousands of protesters demonstrated
against his actions in Iraq.
(SFC, 6/26/04, p.A3)
2004 Jun 25, Jack Ryan (44), US
Republican Senate candidate from Illinois, pulled out of the race
following the disclosure of details from his 1999 divorce from TV
actress Jeri Ryan.
(SSFC, 6/27/04, p.A5)
2004 Jun 25, In southern
Afghanistan suspected Taliban gunmen sprayed a van with bullets
after finding that occupants had registered to vote. some 10-16
people were killed.
(SFC, 6/28/04, p.A6)(AP, 6/25/05)
2004 Jun 25, Australia's
government decided to cover most of the outside of cigarette
packages with graphic images showing the physical damage caused by
2004 Jun 25, The Council of
Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to and signed the National
Water Initiative (NWI) to improve water management across the
2004 Jun 25, US air strikes hit
Fallujah and up to 25 people were killed. Al-Sadr announced a
unilateral cease fire.
(SFC, 6/26/04, p.A13)
2004 Jun 25-2004 Jun 27,
Ugandan rebels (LRA) in southern Sudan unleashed a two-day campaign
of arson, looting and murder, killing 100 villagers and forcing
15,000 others to flee their homes.
2005 Jun 25, Gov. Rod
Blagojevich signed a new state law that requires Illinois to divest
about $1 billion worth of pension investments in companies that do
business in Sudan to protest the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the
country's Darfur region.
2005 Jun 25, The NAACP selected
retired Verizon executive Bruce S. Gordon to be its new president.
2005 Jun 25, A shark attack
near Pensacola, Florida, killed a girl (14).
(WSJ, 6/27/05, p.A1)
2005 Jun 25, Afghan forces
found the bodies of 76 suspected militants killed during a barrage
of their camps by Afghan and US forces. In all, a total of 178
militants were killed and 56 suspected insurgents have been captured
since Jun 21.
2005 Jun 25, In northern
Afghanistan a massive explosion at a weapons dump near an airfield
killed five Afghans and two German soldiers.
2005 Jun 25, Algerian militant
Amari Saifi, a leader of the al-Qaida-linked Salafist Group for Call
and Combat, was sentenced in absentia to life in prison for helping
to create a terror group. He was considered the mastermind of the
2003 kidnapping of 32 European tourists in the Sahara desert.
2005 Jun 25, Bulgarians voted
in general elections. The ex-communist Socialist party was expected
to see the Socialists topple ex-king PM Simeon Saxe-Coburg and take
over the tough task of steering the country into the EU in 2007.
2005 Jun 25, In southern China
thousands of students rioted at Jiujiang Institute, a university
jointly run by the military, to protest high university fees,
overcrowded dorms and unappealing cafeteria food.
2005 Jun 25, In Colombia
leftist rebels killed at least 25 soldiers in two clashes.
2005 Jun 25, In Dagestan,
Russia, 4 explosions aimed at police vehicles and transportation
links, including one that derailed a cargo train, wounded eight
2005 Jun 25, India said police
forces have destroyed one of the largest Myanmarese rebel bases in
India, deep in the mountainous jungles of the remote northeast. Some
200 guerrillas and supporters living in the Chin National Army camp
fled before the attack.
2005 Jun 25, Gujarat's chief
minister said Gujarat Petroleum Corp (GSPC) has made the India’s
biggest gas discovery 20 trillion cubic feet, worth $50 billion off
the southeast coast.
2005 Jun 25, Tehran Mayor
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was declared the winner of Iran's presidential
runoff election. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he seeks to make his
country a "modern, advanced, powerful, and Islamic" model for the
2005 Jun 25, Mohammed
Al-Sumaidaie (21), a university student, was killed when he took
Marines doing house-to-house searches to a bedroom to show them
where a rifle which had no live ammunition was kept. When the
Marines left, he was found in the bedroom with a bullet in his neck.
Iraq's UN ambassador later accused U.S. Marines of killing his
unarmed young cousin in what appeared to be "cold blood" and
demanded an investigation and punishment for the perpetrators.
2005 Jun 25, A suicide car
bomber blew himself up outside an Iraqi police officer's home north
of Baghdad, killing at least six people and wounding at least a
dozen. 3 evening mortar rounds struck a crowded cafe in a
predominantly Shiite neighborhood in Baghdad, killing 5 civilians
and wounding 7.
(AP, 6/25/05)(AP, 6/26/05)
2005 Jun 25, In Kenya 24 people
were killed after drinking an illegal brew laced with industrial
alcohol. By the next day death toll climbed to 49 with 174 people
(AP, 6/26/05)(SFC, 6/27/05, p.A3)
2005 Jun 25, Rebels in Sudan's
remote east urged the world's media to come and see damage in
civilian areas that they say was caused by government bombing. They
said the bombing began in the Barka Valley on June 23 and resulted
in a large but unknown number of civilian casualties who filled
hospitals in Port Sudan and the town of Tokar.
2005 Jun 25, Taiwan reimposed a
ban on imports of American beef after the US confirmed its second
case of mad cow disease.
2006 Jun 25, SF celebrated its
36th annual Pride Parade. Some 200 groups passed before hundreds of
thousands of spectators.
(SFC, 6/26/06, p.A1)
2006 Jun 25, In Denver,
Colorado, Michael Ford burst into a sprawling Safeway Inc.
warehouse, killing one person, wounding five others and sending
terrified workers fleeing the building. The attacker was later
killed in a shootout with police.
2006 Jun 25, Dr. Robert
Scarborough (b.1953), a leading researcher in heart drugs, died of
brain cancer. He led the development of Natrecor, used for acute
heart failure, and Integrillin, used for the prevention of heart
(SFC, 8/1/06, p.B5)
2006 Jun 25, Actress Nicole
Kidman married country music star Keith Urban in Sydney, Australia.
2006 Jun 25, It was reported
that Iran had purchased 800 high-caliber sniper rifles made by Steyr
Mannlicher, an Austrian firm.
(SSFC, 6/25/06, Par p.7)
2006 Jun 25, Arcelor, based in
Luxembourg, accepted Mittal Steel's 27-billion-euro ($34 billion)
partnership offer. The new group, would be owned 50.6% by Arcelor
shareholders and 49.4% by those of Mittal, of which 43% would be
controlled by the Mittal family of India.
(AP, 6/26/06)(Econ, 7/1/06, p.56)
2006 Jun 25, In Afghanistan a
coalition soldier was fatally wounded during combat operations in
the Pech district of Kunar province. Pfc. Justin R. Davis (19) of
Gaithersburg, Md., died in eastern Kunar province when he came in
contact with indirect fire while on patrol during combat operations.
(AP, 6/26/06)(AP, 7/1/06)
2006 Jun 25, Algerian soldiers
launched a major assault on a hideout of Islamic insurgents, killing
19 militants, including the regional emir, Merouani (40).
2006 Jun 25, In southern China
flash flooding caused by torrential rain in Hunan province killed at
least 21 people with another 6 missing.
(AP, 6/25/06)(AP, 6/30/06)
2006 Jun 25, PM Nouri al-Maliki
offered an olive branch to insurgents who join in rebuilding Iraq
and that lawmakers should set a timeline for the Iraqi military and
police to take control of security nationwide. Maliki presented a
24-point national reconciliation plan to parliament aimed at
stemming sectarian tensions and violence. An al-Qaida-linked group
posted a Web video showing the killings of 3 Russian embassy workers
abducted earlier this month in Iraq. A fourth also was said to have
(AP, 6/25/06)(Econ, 7/1/06, p.42)
2006 Jun 25, Hamas militants
infiltrated southern Israel through a tunnel from the Gaza Strip and
attacked a tank with bombs and grenades, killing two crew members
and kidnapping a third. Gilad Shalit (19), an Israeli corporal, was
kidnapped. Israeli military officials said seven or eight militants
crossed under a border fence through a tunnel that extended 300
yards inside Israel. Soldiers shot dead three gunmen. 3 groups
claimed responsibility: the Islamic Army, the Popular Resistance
Committees (PRC) and the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military
wing of Hamas.
(AP, 6/25/06)(Econ, 7/1/06, p.41)
2006 Jun 25, Italians voted in
a constitutional referendum on whether to give regions more clout
and shift power to the premier to encourage more stability in a
country that has had 61 governments since World War II.
2006 Jun 25, Mauritanians voted
overwhelmingly to limit presidential terms in a referendum aimed at
ensuring they get a change of leadership at least once every 10
2006 Jun 25, In Morocco police
reported that 4 men were arrested in Rabat in connection with the
February 22 theft of more than 53 million pounds from a Kent cash
depot, considered Britain's biggest ever bank robbery.
2006 Jun 25, Two Filipino oil
workers, kidnapped in Nigeria's southern oil delta, were released
after five days in captivity.
2006 Jun 25, Sudan suspended
the work of all UN missions in Darfur except for UNICEF and the
World Food Program, in response to the use of a UN helicopter to
transport a rebel leader.
2006 Jun 25, An explosion in
the popular Turkish Mediterranean resort town of Antalya killed
three people and injured about 25 others.
2007 Jun 25, First Lady Laura
Bush arrived in Senegal to start a four-nation Africa tour that is
expected to focus on how the US can help fight AIDS on a continent
where many countries struggle to even provide basic health care.
2007 Jun 25, Robert Zoellick
won unanimous approval of the World Bank's board to become the
institution's next president.
2007 Jun 25, Lt. Col. Bruce D.
Hopfengardner (46), a former US Army Reserve officer, was sentenced
to nearly two years in prison for helping steer millions of dollars
in Iraq-reconstruction contracts in exchange for jewelry, computers,
cigars and sexual favors.
2007 Jun 25, A Washington DC
judge rejected a lawsuit by Roy Pearson, who sought $54 million for
a pair of pants lost by the Custom Cleaners dry cleaning firm in
2005. Pearson’s claim had been reduced from $67 million.
(SFC, 6/26/07, p.A3)
2007 Jun 25, In Utah police
recaptured Curtis Allgier (27) after he wrested a gun from a
corrections officer Stephen Anderson, killed him and fled in a
(SFC, 6/26/07, p.A4)
2007 Jun 25, In California a
forest fire raged out of control for a 2nd day near Lake Tahoe. The
7-day Angora fire destroyed 254 homes burning 3,100 acres with
damages estimated at over $150 million.
(SFC, 6/26/07, p.A1)(SFC, 6/30/07, p.A1)(SFC,
2007 Jun 25, Chris Benoit (40),
a professional wrestling superstar, was found dead alongside the
bodies of his wife and retarded son (7) in Fayetteville, Georgia.
Police treated the case as a possible murder-suicide. Anabolic
steroids thought to be a contributing factor. The Canadian-born
wrestler won the world heavyweight championship in 2004. Doctors
later reported that Chris Benoit had injected steroids not long
before he died.
(Reuters, 6/26/07)(SFC, 6/28/07, p.A4)(Reuters,
2007 Jun 25, Police and
soldiers began deploying to outback Australia as part of a radical
plan to end child sex abuse in Aboriginal communities which has been
criticized as a return to the nation's paternalistic past.
2007 Jun 25, The final British
troops withdrew from the Northern Ireland borderland long known as
"bandit country," ending a 37-year mission to keep watch over the
Irish Republican Army's most dangerous power base.
2007 Jun 25, A charter plane
carrying 22 people between two popular Cambodian tourist
destinations crashed in a mountainous region in the south of the
country. All aboard were killed.
(AP, 6/25/07)(AP, 6/27/07)
2007 Jun 25, In Cairo a state
security court sentenced Mohammed Sayed Saber (35), an Egyptian
nuclear engineer, to life in prison after convicting him of spying
for Israel. He had been charged with harming the country's national
security by giving stolen documents to Mossad, the Israeli
intelligence agency, in exchange for $17,000.
2007 Jun 25, Frontex, the EU's
external border agency, kicked off a new series of patrols in the
Mediterranean coastal area, known as operation Nautilus, in order to
halt the influx of illegal immigrants, crossing over from North
Africa to Europe. Many migrants aimed to reach Malta as a stepping
stone to Italy and Europe.
2007 Jun 25, In India police
arrested Dr. K. Murugesan and his physician wife, the parents of
Dhileepan Raj, who supervised their son while he allegedly performed
the Caesarean section.
2007 Jun 25, A suicide bomber
apparently targeting a meeting of US-allied Sunni sheiks penetrated
layers of security and blew himself up in a hotel lobby, killing 13
people including 4 sheiks. The poet Rahim al-Maliki, who wrote about
his dreams of Iraqi unity in a place where such appeals are drowned
out by daily bombings, was among those killed as a wave of suicide
and other bombings left at least 54 people dead across Iraq. A US
soldier shot to death in south Baghdad.
(AP, 6/26/07)(SFC, 6/26/07, p.A17)(AP, 6/25/08)
2007 Jun 25, Israel's PM Ehud
Olmert promised to free 250 Palestinian prisoners and to improve
life in the West Bank in an attempt to boost Palestinian President
Mahmoud Abbas after Hamas' takeover in Gaza. Olmert made the pledges
at a summit in this Egyptian Red Sea resort with Abbas and the
leaders of Egypt and Jordan. Hamas militants posted an audio message
from an Israeli soldier captured a year ago at an army base near the
Gaza Strip, the first sign of life from the young serviceman since
he was seized. In a new video kidnapped British journalist Alan
Johnston appeared with what he says are explosives strapped to his
body and warned that his captors intend to set them off if rescuers
attempt to free him by force.
(AP, 6/25/07)(AP, 6/26/07)
2007 Jun 25, Ayman al-Zawahri,
Al-Qaida's deputy leader, called on Muslims around the world to back
Hamas with weapons, money and attacks on US and Israeli interests in
a Web audiotape, urging the Palestinian militant group to unite with
al-Qaida's "holy warriors" after its takeover of Gaza.
2007 Jun 25, Mexico temporarily
removed all 284 of its top federal police officers from their jobs
and is forcing them to undergo psychological reviews to prove they
will not be corrupted in the fight against drug trafficking.
2007 Jun 25, In the Netherlands
former Liberian president Charles Taylor boycotted the resumption of
his war crimes trial.
2007 Jun 25, In Nigeria 2 youth
activists were killed in a clash between two rival groups in
southern Nigerian Rivers State.
2007 Jun 25, In the Philippines
Vicente Sumalpong, a reporter at a government-run radio station, was
fatally shot on southern Tawi Tawi island, the latest victim in a
string of killings of journalists.
2007 Jun 25, Puerto Rico's Gov.
Anibal Acevedo Vila acknowledged that he is the target of a US grand
jury investigation into campaign finances, a revelation further
jeopardizing his bid for re-election.
2007 Jun 25, A Swedish court
ruled that convicted sex offenders are free to read pornography in
their cells. It said the country's prison system had no right to
deny an imprisoned rapist access to his porn magazines.
2007 Jun 25, The Thai
government said it will freeze an additional $147 million in assets
believed to be controlled by ousted PM Thaksin Shinawatra.
2008 Jun 25, The US Supreme
Court ruled the death penalty cannot be imposed for child rape, its
first decision in more than 30 years on whether a crime other than
murder can be punished by execution. It struck down a Louisiana law
that allowed the execution of people convicted of a raping a child.
2008 Jun 25, The US Supreme
Court overturned the $2.5 billion in punitive damages that Exxon
Mobil Corp had been ordered to pay for the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil
spill off Alaska. Punitive damages were reduced to $507.5 million.
(AP, 6/25/08)(Econ, 5/22/10, p.68)
2008 Jun 25, Jerry Brown,
California’s attorney general, sued Countrywide Financial for unfair
business practices relating to home loan mortgages. Lisa Madigan,
the attorney general of Illinois, also filed suit against
Countrywide, which is being acquired by Bank of America. The
Washington State Dept. of Financial Institutions filed an
administrative action against Countrywide alleging discriminatory
(SFC, 6/26/08, p.C1)(WSJ, 6/26/08, p.A3)
2008 Jun 25, In western
Kentucky employee Wesley N. Higdon (25) shot and killed a supervisor
and four others after an argument at a plastics plant in Henderson
in a rampage just after midnight that ended in suicide.
(AP, 6/25/08)(AP, 6/26/08)
2008 Jun 25, In Cleveland,
Ohio, 3 teenagers beat a homeless man to death as passers-by slowed
to watch the attack, some of which was caught on videotape. Anthony
Waters (42) suffered a lacerated spleen and broken ribs during the
attack and died at a hospital.
2008 Jun 25, Brooke Bennett of
Braintree, Vermont, disappeared and was found dead on July 2.
Federal prosecutors later charged Michael Jacques (42) with
drugging, sexually assaulting and killing his 12-year-old niece.
Prosecutors also said that he coerced another girl into aiding his
plot by claiming to be part of a child-sex club that sometimes
selected girls for "termination."
2008 Jun 25, In Afghanistan
US-led air strikes killed 22 Taliban militants who attacked two
towns with rockets in Paktika province. In Helmand province a
soldier in the US-led coalition was killed and three others were
wounded when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb.
2008 Jun 25, Dozens of
Belarusian news Web sites filled their pages with grim black banners
to protest a new media law that will severely restrict the last
source of independent information in the repressive ex-Soviet state.
2008 Jun 25, Queen Elizabeth II
conferred a knighthood on "The Satanic Verses" author Salman
Rushdie, a year after the announcement of the knighthood provoked
protests from the Muslim world.
2008 Jun 25, China re-opened
Tibet to foreign tourists after claiming victory over the worst
unrest there in decades -- which led Beijing to all but seal off the
area from the outside world.
2008 Jun 25, The International
Crisis Group think tank said Guinea's "main problem is president
Lansana Conte," regarding the situation in the West African nation
shaken by army and police protests.
2008 Jun 25, In India several
commanders of a leading separatist group in the restive northeast
announced a cease-fire and called for an end to their 30-year
2008 Jun 25, Iran condemned as
a "disgrace" the decision by Britain to lift a ban on the main
Iranian armed opposition group, the People's Mojehedin Organization
of Iran (PMOI).
2008 Jun 25, Iraqi police
reported 14 Shiite gunmen were arrested after fighting south of the
capital. US soldiers in Baghdad killed 3 alleged gunmen who had
reportedly fired on an American convoy that had stopped along the
side of the road just west of the city's airport. Hospital officials
identified the 3 people as a manager and 2 female bank employees. On
July 27 the US military acknowledged that soldiers had killed 3 law
abiding citizens. Outside Tikrit 6 people were killed in a farmhouse
that was destroyed by a US airstrike.
(AP, 6/25/08)(SFC, 6/26/08, p.A10)(SFC, 7/28/08,
2008 Jun 25, Police in
Muslim-majority Indian Kashmir fought running battles with
protesters for the third consecutive day as anger mounted over the
provision of land to Hindu pilgrims.
2008 Jun 25, In Mexico state
police spokesman Cesar Ramirez said 20 people have been killed in
less than three days in the border city of Ciudad Juarez. Guerrero
state authorities agreed to pay 490,000 pesos (US$48,000) in
compensation to 14 indigenous Mexican men coerced into having
vasectomies. The men said that state health workers showed up in the
southern village of El Camalote in 1998 and demanded that men with
more than four children must have vasectomies.
(AP, 6/25/08)(AP, 6/27/08)
2008 Jun 25, Seven indigenous
Maori tribes signed New Zealand's largest-ever settlement over
grievances arising from 19th century losses of lands, forests and
fisheries during European settlement of the country.
2008 Jun 25, Nigeria's National
Bureau of Statistics said the inflation rate rose in May to 9.7
percent from 8.2 percent the previous month, driven by increases in
the cost of food and household items. Witnesses said at least six
people have been killed over four days of fighting between rival
militant gangs in southern oil-rich Bayelsa state.
2008 Jun 25, In northwest
Pakistan the bullet-riddled bodies of at least 22 captives were
found along the Tank-Jandola road. Militants loyal to Taliban leader
Baitullah Mehsud had taken captives from a rival, pro-government
faction, headed by Turkistan Bitani in fighting that began on June
2008 Jun 25, Saudi officials
said authorities have arrested hundreds of suspected al-Qaida-linked
militants this year. Some of those arrested are suspected of
plotting attacks against the kingdom's oil and economic
installations. Of the 701 arrested 181 were released because there
was no proof linking them to the terror network.
2008 Jun 25, In South Africa
striking local police opened fire on officers from South Africa's
national force when they tried to stop them from blocking roads in
Johannesburg. Patients with drug-resistant forms of the disease went
on a rampage to protest prison-like conditions at the Jose Pearson
hospital, near the coastal city of Port Elizabeth, which treats
about 300 patients.
(AFP, 6/26/08)(AP, 6/27/08)
2008 Jun 25, Spain's parliament
voiced its support for the rights of great apes to life and freedom
in what will apparently be the first time any national legislature
has called for such rights for non-humans.
2008 Jun 25, In northern Sri
Lanka at least 69 Tiger rebels and two soldiers were killed in the
last 2 days in heavy fighting where security forces wrested more
territory from the guerrillas.
2008 Jun 25, Swedish car maker
Volvo, a unit of US auto giant Ford, said it planned to cut 2,000
jobs worldwide, most of them in Sweden.
2008 Jun 25, A senior UN atomic
inspector said an initial probe of US allegations that a Syrian site
hit by Israeli warplanes was a secretly built nuclear reactor is
inconclusive and further checks are necessary.
2008 Jun 25, Zimbabwe's
opposition leader emerged from his refuge at the Dutch Embassy to
call for African leaders to guide talks to end Zimbabwe's crisis,
saying a presidential runoff this week was no solution. Morgan
Tsvangirai said the goal of the talks would be forming a coalition
transitional authority for his country.
2009 Jun 25, US officials
acknowledged that the US organized an arms shipment to the Somali
government earlier this month.
(SFC, 6/26/09, p.A3)
2009 Jun 25, Farrah Fawcett
(b.1947), a 1970s sex symbol and TV star of "Charlie's Angels"
(1976), died in Santa Monica, Ca. She had spent almost three years
in private fighting for her life against cancer. The news came just
a month after the airing of "Farrah's Story," a documentary in which
she made public her painful treatments and dispiriting setbacks.
2009 Jun 25, Michael Jackson
(b.1958), pop superstar, died at age 50 in Los Angeles. His 1982
album, "Thriller," is the best-selling album of all time, with an
estimated 50 million copies sold worldwide. Jackson was awash in
about $400 million in debt and on the cusp of a final comeback after
well over a decade of scandal. On Aug 28 the office of the LA
coroner confirmed that Jackson’s death was ruled a homicide caused
by a mixture of propofol and lorazepam administered by Dr. Conrad
(AP, 6/26/09)(SFC, 6/26/09, p.A11)(SFC, 8/29/09,
2009 Jun 25, Scientists
reported new evidence that one of Saturn's moons, Enceladus, has an
ocean beneath its surface.
2009 Jun 25, Antigua's former
chief financial regulator surrendered to face US charges that he
aided an alleged $7 billion swindle by Texas billionaire R. Allen
2009 Jun 25, Brazil’s President
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva approved a law that could legalize
landholdings by some 1 million squatters occupying a Texas-sized
chunk of the Amazon rain forest, despite environmentalist fears it
will accelerate deforestation.
2009 Jun 25, The government of
East Timor said it plans to establish a national park to protect a
bounty of dolphins and whales, some of them endangered species,
recently discovered mingling and feeding off its coast.
2009 Jun 25, The EU said it
will give China up to euro50 million ($70 million) to build a carbon
capture and storage plant that will test a technology aimed at
limiting climate change.
2009 Jun 25, Honduras Pres.
Manuel Zelaya said he would ignore a Supreme Court ruling ordering
him to reinstate a military chief he fired.
(SFC, 6/26/09, p.A2)
2009 Jun 25, Iran's opposition
leader, Mir Hossein Mousavi, pledged not to withdraw his election
challenge despite what he said were attempts to isolate and
discredit him, while the declared winner, hard-line Pres.
Ahmadinejad, accused US Pres Barack Obama of meddling in Iran's
2009 Jun 25, A bombing at a bus
station in a Shiite neighborhood in southwest Baghdad killed at
least 7 people and wounded 31 others. Another three bombs and a
mortar killed two more people around the capital. At least 3 other
bombs exploded in the country as US forces prepared to withdraw from
Iraqi cities by June 30.
(AP, 6/25/09)(SFC, 6/26/09, p.A3)
2009 Jun 25, Israeli and
Palestinian defense officials said Israel has granted US-trained
Palestinian security forces greater autonomy in four major West Bank
cities. Bowing to pressure from Washington Israeli officials said
the army would now reduce its presence in Qalqilya, Bethlehem,
Jericho and Ramallah.
2009 Jun 25, In Italy foreign
ministers of the industrialized Group of Eight gathered for a 3-day
meeting in Trieste. Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said he
hoped delegates from the US, Britain, France, Germany, Italy,
Canada, Japan and Russia will condemn the crackdown in Iran and urge
2009 Jun 25, Kyrgyzstan's
parliament unanimously approved a deal allowing the US to continue
using an air base crucial to military operations in Afghanistan,
sharply shifting course months after ordering American forces out by
August. President Kurmanbek Bakiyev signed the agreement into law in
(AP, 6/25/09)(AP, 7/7/09)
2009 Jun 25, In Mexico’s
northern state of Sonora, assailants opened fire on a car carrying a
congressional candidate for Calderon's National Action Party, or
PAN, killing two people who were with the candidate.
2009 Jun 25, In Namibia Russian
Pres. Dmitry Medvedev called for boosting trade ties with Namibia,
at the start of the first-ever visit by a Kremlin chief to the
southern African nation. Pres. Hifikepunye Pohamba said his nation
was also keen to strengthen cooperation and build a durable economic
2009 Jun 25, Nigerian rebels
said that they carried out a pre-dawn attack against Royal Dutch
Shell facilities in a warning to Russia not to invest in the
country's oil and gas industry. Later in the day the main militant
group blew up a well-head in a Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) oil field
in Delta state, hours after President Umaru Yar'Adua announced an
amnesty offer for gunmen.
(AFP, 6/25/09)(Reuters, 6/26/09)
2009 Jun 25, Tens of thousands
of North Koreans shouted slogans to denounce international sanctions
at a rally in central Pyongyang, as the communist country vowed to
enlarge its atomic arsenal and warned of a "fire shower of nuclear
retaliation" in the event of a US attack.
2009 Jun 25, Pakistan's PM
Gilani told Washington's visiting top security adviser that the US
must halt drone attacks on its soil, after they killed dozens of
people in the northwest.
2009 Jun 25, Russia's Supreme
Court overturned the acquittal of three men charged with the 2006
murder of Anna Politkovskaya, a journalist whose reporting on
Chechnya directly challenged the country's most powerful leaders.
2009 Jun 25, In Somalia in a
brazen show of power in Mogadishu, Islamist rebels punished four
convicted thieves (ages 18-25) by cutting off a hand and a foot each
before hundreds of onlookers who gathered for the bloody spectacle.
2009 Jun 25, Spanish
legislators voted to change a law that let judges indict Osama bin
Laden and Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, narrowing its scope to
cases with a clear link to this country and yielding to criticism
that Spain should not be a global cop.
2010 Jun 25, President Barack
Obama declared victory after congressional negotiators reached a
dawn agreement on a sweeping overhaul of rules overseeing Wall
Street. The congressional compromise overhauled the US banking
system and called for an international effort to prevent future
2010 Jun 25, In Richmond, Va.,
Quanis Phillips, a co-defendant with Philadelphia Eagles’ QB Michael
Vick in a 2007 federal dogfighting charge, died in a shooting. Vick
had pleaded guilty to the 2007 charges. Police said Vick has not
been ruled out as suspect or person of interest in the shooting
which occurred shortly after a birthday party for Vick had ended at
a club. An investigation was ongoing.
2010 Jun 25, ICANN, the
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, agreed in a
meeting to start using Chinese characters for suffixes handed out by
Chinese, Hong Kong and Taiwan-based Internet registries. It started
allowing Arabic earlier this year.
2010 Jun 25, In Afghanistan 3
international troops, including 2 American, were reported killed.
The bodies of 11 men, some beheaded, were found in Uruzgan province.
NATO and Afghan forces in Logar province killed Ghulam Sakhi, a
Taliban commander involved in making and deploying IEDs. Afghan and
NATO forces also killed several insurgents in an air strike night in
the southern province of Zabul.
(AP, 6/25/10)(AP, 6/26/10)
2010 Jun 25, New Australia PM
Julia Gillard pledged to end a mining tax row as soon as possible
after spending her first day in power speaking to world leaders and
assuring Washington of Canberra's commitment to Afghanistan.
2010 Jun 25, In Austria the
world's largest gold coin has been sold at auction for euro3.27
million ($4 million). The 2007 maple leaf coin with a face value of
1 million Canadian dollars ($960,000) weighed 220 pounds (100 kg)
with a diameter of 21 inches (53 cm).
2010 Jun 25, In Canada G8
leaders gathered for an opening day of talks during which the group
failed to resolve a dispute over the proper mix of government
spending and deficit reductions needed to keep the global economy on
track. Canada’s PM Harper announced that the G8 leaders had pledged
to contribute $5 billion over the next five years to an initiative
to support health care for mothers and children in poor countries.
2010 Jun 25, Chinese official
said a huge bright green algae bloom is blanketing the sea off
China's east coast and wind is driving it closer to land. The
current outbreak has nearly doubled in size since it was first
spotted June 14 near eastern Shandong province and now measures
about 110 square miles (300 square km).
2010 Jun 25, In Egypt several
thousand people, joined by top opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei,
protested what they call authorities' systematic use torture in the
largest demonstration yet sparked by the alleged beating death of a
young man by police this month.
2010 Jun 25, In southern France
Giuseppe Falsone, an Italian mobster and one of the country's top 30
most wanted fugitives, was arrested in Marseille.
2010 Jun 25, Georgian police
cordoned off the central square in Gori and at night toppled a
statue of former Russian dictator George Stalin.
(Econ, 8/21/10, p.41)
2010 Jun 25, Hong Kong's
legislature agreed to add 10 elected seats, completing a set of
Beijing-backed electoral changes that critics say reinforce the
territory's undemocratic political system.
2010 Jun 25, India detained a
Pakistan-bound cargo ship carrying a "huge quantity" of explosives
and other weapons at a harbor in eastern India. Police identified
the vessel as the MV Aegean Glory and said it was registered in
2010 Jun 25, In Indonesia 10
people were killed in a fire that ripped through the packed Redboxx
Café nightclub in Surabaya in the early hours, including a mother
and the baby she apparently gave birth to during the tragedy.
2010 Jun 25, Israeli warplanes
raided the Gaza Strip overnight killing a Palestinian and wounding
2010 Jun 25, Thousands of
Italians took to the streets to protest public spending cuts.
Demonstrators demanded that PM Berlusconi modify his plan to freeze
pubic sector salaries and slash local government funding.
(SFC, 6/26/10, p.A2)
2010 Jun 25, Kyrgyz authorities
said they have arrested Sandjar Bakiyev (27), a nephew of deposed
President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, and charged him with helping organize
the ethnic rioting that tore apart this Central Asian nation's
2010 Jun 25, Macedonian
authorities said they have broken up an antiquities smuggling ring
and recovered thousands of valuable artifacts. Police charged 2
police officers and a former mayor with attempting to sell
(SFC, 6/26/10, p.A2)
2010 Jun 25, Malaysia banned
three works of political cartoons that criticize the government, but
one of the artists, Zulkifli Anwar Ulhaque (aka Zunar), said he was
obligated to highlight issues other cartoonists would not.
2010 Jun 25, Malaysia's
government scrapped a plan to let non-Muslims bet on international
sports, bowing to public criticism that it would promote gambling.
PM Najib Razak announced authorities have revoked their approval for
Ascot Sports, a company linked to Malaysian billionaire Vincent Tan,
to run betting on sports.
2010 Jun 25, In Morocco a 5-day
meeting of the International Whaling Commission ended. Native people
of Greenland won a long battle to extend their annual whale hunt to
humpbacks, overriding objections from conservation-minded members of
the IWC. A 2008 investigation showed about one-fourth of the whales
the Greenlanders caught were sold on the market in violation of the
2010 Jun 25, Russian fisheries
official Boris Simonov, suspected of accepting bribes, tossed 10
million rubles ($322,000) from his car after a police chase and a
crash on a busy Moscow highway. Simonov's boss, Roman Postnikov, who
oversaw two Moscow rivers, was arrested on suspicion of forging a
contract that allowed a fishing firm operate without the proper
2010 Jun 25, In Venezuela it
was reported that fish and birds covered with tar-like oil are
washing up on the eastern shores of Lake Maracaibo, angering
fishermen who fear their livelihood is at stake because of the
country's state-run oil company.
2011 Jun 25, The Lulz Security
(LulzSec) group of rogue hackers announced it was disbanding with
one last data dump, which included internal AOL Inc and AT&T
2011 Jun 25, George C. Ballas
Sr. (85), Houston entrepreneur and inventor of the weed whacker,
(SFC, 6/30/11, p.A6)
2011 Jun 25, Afghanistan's
political crisis worsened with lawmakers voting to sack the five
most senior judicial officials and international consternation
growing after a presidential tribunal threw out a quarter of
parliament. In the east a suicide bomber blew up a sport utility
vehicle outside a small clinic in Logar province, bringing the
building down on those inside. At least 38 people were reported
killed and 50 wounded.
(AFP, 6/25/11)(AFP, 6/26/11)
2011 Jun 25, An Algerian
village was on strike for a second day after a civilian was shot
dead by soldiers in error after a bomb attack on June 23.
2011 Jun 25, Central African
Republic President Francois Bozize launched an operation to disarm
hundreds of rebels at Bocaranga in the northwest.
2011 Jun 25, China’s PM Wen
Jiabao, during a visit to Budapest, announced Beijing would purchase
Hungarian government bonds and extend a one-billion-euro credit to
2011 Jun 25, Egypt’s Finance
Minister Samir Radwan said Egypt said it will not borrow from the
World Bank and International Monetary Fund after revising its budget
and cutting the forecast deficit, even though a loan had been
2011 Jun 25, An Egyptian court
sentenced Rachid Mohammed Rachid, the country's former industry and
commerce minister, to five years in prison. Rachid, who was
convicted in absentia of embezzling public funds, fled Cairo after
the uprising that forced Mubarak from power.
2011 Jun 25, In Paris tens of
thousands turned out for a gay pride parade. In Germany thousands
packed downtown Berlin for the 33rd annual CSD (Christopher Street
Day) festival, an annual European LGBT celebration and demonstration
held in various cities across Europe for the rights of LGBT people.
(SSFC, 6/26/11, p.A10)
2011 Jun 25, In Indonesia a
passenger bus plunged from a hill into a trench on Sumatra island,
killing 14 people.
2011 Jun 25, In Iran Pakistani
Pres. Asif Ali Zardari and his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai
attended an international anti-terrorism conference alongside
Sudan's Pres. Omar al-Bashir, Iraqi Pres. Jalal Talabani and Tajik
Pres. Emomali Rahmon. The presidents of Afghanistan, Iran and
Pakistan agreed to join forces in combating militancy.
(AP, 6/25/11)(AFP, 6/25/11)
2011 Jun 25, Libyan authorities
accused NATO of killing 15 people in an airstrike that hit a
restaurant and bakery in the east, while the alliance said there
were no indications that civilians had died. Two loud explosions
were heard in Tripoli as jets flew over the city. The rebel
authority said 4 members of Libya's national soccer team and 13
other football figures have defected.
(AP, 6/25/11)(Reuters, 6/25/11)
2011 Jun 25, Malaysian police
detained about 60 opposition supporters amid efforts to prevent a
massive rally seeking electoral transparency.
2011 Jun 25, In Mexico more
than 40 masked men burst into a cantina and opened fire, killing
four people in the Pacific Coast state of Jalisco. Federal police
said they arrested the leader of the Zetas cartel's operations in
2011 Jun 25, In northwest
Pakistan militants armed with guns and grenades attacked a police
station killing 8 police officers and 2 civilians. Three explosions
were heard at the scene. Husband and wife suicide bombers blew
themselves up when an armored vehicle tried to enter the police
compound in Kolachi, Dera Ismail Khan district. Earlier in the day
15 insurgents were killed in the northwest tribal region of Orakzai
during a gunbattle between two factions of the Pakistani Taliban.
(AP, 6/25/11)(AP, 6/26/11)
2011 Jun 25, Russian tycoon and
New Jersey Nets basketball team owner Mikhail Prokhorov was
confirmed as the new head of a Kremlin-friendly political party.
2011 Jun 25, Russian police
detained 14 gay rights activists trying to hold an unsanctioned
demonstration in St. Petersburg, as well as one person suspected of
attacking the protesters.
2011 Jun 25, A South Sudanese
officials said 8 members of a militia tied to the northern
government were killed during an attack on Turalei. 3 South Sudanese
soldiers were also killed.
(SSFC, 6/26/11, p.A2)
2011 Jun 25, Syrian tanks
rolled into a village on the border with Turkey where workers are
scrambling to erect a huge tent city for fear of a new exodus of
refugees from the crackdown. Government forces opened fire at
funerals for slain political protesters leaving two dead in
al-Kaswa, a suburb of the Syrian Damascus. Two other people were
killed in the village of al-Quseir. One person was killed in the
Barzeh neighborhood of Damascus.
(AFP, 6/25/11)(AP, 6/26/11)
2011 Jun 25, Thailand announced
its withdrawal from the UN's World Heritage Convention, at a meeting
of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Paris. Thailand said it
was withdrawing because the committee's consideration of Cambodia's
plan for managing the Preah Vihear temple site could threaten Thai
sovereignty and territory.
2011 Jun 25, Venezuela's top
security official said authorities have seized more than 5.5 tons of
2012 Jun 25, George R. Hearst
(b.1927), grandson of William Randolph Hearst and chairman of the
board of the Hearst Corp., died in Palo Alto.
(SFC, 6/26/12, p.A1)
2012 Jun 25, In Abu Dhabi two
unnamed men, a Briton (21) and a Syrian (19), were convicted on
charges of selling 20 grams (nearly three quarters of an ounce) of
marijuana and sentenced by the criminal court to death.
2012 Jun 25, In Argentina
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met President Cristina Fernandez in
Buenos Aires as part of a South American tour that included visits
to Brazil and Uruguay and will end in Chile this week. Wen said the
Asian giant is interested in a possible free-trade deal with the
Mercosur regional trade bloc.
2012 Jun 25, British hackers
Ryan Cleary (20) and Jake Davis (19), linked to the Lulz Security
group, pleaded guilty to a slew of computer crimes.
(SFC, 6/26/12, p.A3)
2012 Jun 25, In China scores of
people were injured when police in Shaxi township in Guangdong
province broke up clashes between migrant workers from Sichuan
province and the local population in the latest unrest to hit the
2012 Jun 25, In CongoDRC
mutineers said fighting between the army and troops who have
deserted resumed, after a week of relative calm, in the eastern
Nord-Kivu province. Officials said militants have killed at least 10
people and kidnapped a foreigner in a park in the volatile
(AFP, 6/25/12)(AP, 6/25/12)
2012 Jun 25, Cyprus said it
would seek aid from the eurozone’s bailout funds.
(SFC, 6/26/12, p.A4)
2012 Jun 25, The European Union
imposed fresh sanctions on President Bashar al-Assad's regime,
targeting six government ministries as well as a bank and television
company. This was the 16th round of sanctions agreed by the bloc's
foreign ministers since the repression of anti-Assad protests began
in March 2011.
2012 Jun 25, In Iraq the
Communications and Media Commission said it has decided to place
restrictions on 39 media outlets including the BBC and Voice of
America over alleged license problems. An Iraqi media rights
organization, said that the CMC had in fact recommended banning 44
news outlets, and called for the move, which it said violated the
constitution, to be reversed. Bomb blasts in Hilla and Baquba killed
(AFP, 6/25/12)(SFC, 6/26/12, p.A2)
2012 Jun 25, In Indian Kashmir
a major fire gutted a 200-year-old, revered Sufi Muslim shrine,
sparking clashes between police and residents in the region's summer
capital Srinagar. Nearly two dozen people were injured in the
2012 Jun 25, In Lebanon the
headquarters of Al-Jadeed TV, a leading TV station in Beirut, was
attacked with burning tires after it hosted a hard-line Sunni Muslim
cleric who harshly criticized the country's Shiite Muslim leaders.
2012 Jun 25, A Malaysian court
ruled that Masoud Sedaghatzadeh, an Iranian man accused of plotting
to attack Israeli targets in Bangkok on Feb 14, must be extradited
2012 Jun 25, In Mexico 2
federal police officers, suspected of working for drug traffickers,
opened fire on fellow officers in a crowded food court at Mexico
City's international airport killing three policemen. The suspects
were captured in airport surveillance video and have been fully
identified but remained at large.
2012 Jun 25, Puerto Rico's Gov.
Luis Fortuno signed a law protecting 1,950 acres (790 hectares) of
north coast state-owned land from large-scale development. The new
reserve makes up 66 percent of what is known as the Northeast
2012 Jun 25, Russian President
Vladimir Putin unveiled a World War II memorial during a rare trip
to Israel where he is expected to hold talks on the situation in
Syria and Iran's nuclear program.
2012 Jun 25, State-rescued
Royal Bank of Scotland battled to repair an already battered
reputation as it struggled to fix a week-old computer glitch that
has affected millions of customers. Software problems that left
customers at the bank and at RBS-owned lenders NatWest and Ulster
Bank unable to pay bills, access accounts and receive wages have
been fixed, but a huge backlog of unprocessed transactions remain.
2012 Jun 25, In Scotland the
TED Global conference, known for taking an innovative look at
cutting-edge issues, opened in Edinburgh. with the theme “radical
openness.” The 5-day event was set to explore the implications of
crowd sourcing, blogs, smartphones and other culture-changing
features of the Internet Age.
2012 Jun 25, In South Africa a
bus plunged off a bridge killing at least 19 people and injuring 55
in the small town of Meyerton.
2012 Jun 25, Dozens of Syrian
soldiers defected overnight to Turkey, crossing the border with
their families. The state-run Anadolu news agency said 33 soldiers
defected, including a general and two colonels. Syrian troops killed
10 "terrorists" in the Damascus suburb of Douma.
(AP, 6/25/12)(AP, 6/26/12)
2013 Jun 25, The US Supreme
Court declared a key provision of the Voting Rights Act
unconstitutional. 9 states will no longer be subject to federal
scrutiny before changing voting laws.
(SFC, 6/26/13, p.A4)
2013 Jun 25, In California
PG&E shut down one of two reactors at its Diablo Canyon nuclear
plant after finding a small leak in a backup cooling system.
(SFC, 6/27/13, p.C6)
2013 Jun 25, Veteran
Representative Edward Markey of Massachusetts won the US Senate seat
vacated by John Kerry and helped Democrats maintain their majority
in the chamber.
2013 Jun 25, Texas state Sen.
Wendy Davis staged an 11-hour filibuster to prevent passage of a law
that would limit women’s access to abortion. A raucous crowd of
shouting demonstrators effectively took over the state Capitol and
blocked the bill that abortion rights groups warned would close most
abortion clinics in the state.
(AP, 6/26/13)(Econ, 6/29/13, p.29)
2013 Jun 25, Three former NASA
scientists unveiled Planet Labs, a new company that planned to hire
out CubaSats, tiny satellites for taking images of Earth from space.
(SSFC, 6/30/13, p.G2)(http://tinyurl.com/mxbujyt)
2013 Jun 25, In Afghanistan
suicide attackers blew up a car bomb and battled security forces
outside the presidential palace in Kabul after infiltrating one of
the most secure areas of the capital. The army said the attackers
were killed but knew of no other deaths. A minibus hit a bomb on a
road northwest of Kandahar city killing 8 women, 2 children and a
2013 Jun 25, Brazil's congress
late today shelved legislation that had been a target of nationwide
protests, hours before another expected round of large-scale
2013 Jun 25, Czech President
Milos Zeman appointed Jiri Rusnok, his economic adviser, as the
country's new prime minister to form a government of experts,
replacing the cabinet of Petr Necas who resigned last week amid a
spy and bribery scandal.
2013 Jun 25, In France the
Eiffel Tower Paris was shut down due to a labor dispute over
salaries, profit sharing and other issues. It reopened after workers
returned on June 27.
(SFC, 6/26/13, p.A2)(AP, 6/27/13)
2013 Jun 25, In India an air
force helicopter returning from a rescue mission in the
flood-ravaged north hit the side of a mountain in Uttarakhand and
fell into a river. The bodies of 20 people, including five air force
crew members, were recovered the next day.
(AP, 6/25/13)(AP, 6/26/13)
2013 Jun 25, An Iranian news
agency reported that security forces have dismantled a terrorist and
sabotage network in southern city of Shiraz.
2013 Jun 25, In Iraq bomb
blasts struck a minibus carrying Shiite pilgrims to Karbala and a
gathering of demonstrators in Tuz Khormato, an ethnically disputed
northern city, killing at least 6 and wounding dozens. This was the
deadliest in a spate of attacks that killed at least 23 people.
2013 Jun 25, Lebanese troops
detonated booby traps at a complex captured from followers of a
hardline Sunni cleric, securing the area after two days of fighting
in the port city of Sidon. Official reports said at least 17
soldiers were killed and 50 wounded in the fighting while more than
20 of al-Assir's supporters died in the battle.
2013 Jun 25, Pakistani
investigators named former military dictator Pervez Musharraf as the
prime suspect in the Dec. 2007 assassination of former PM Benazir
(SFC, 6/26/13, p.A3)
2013 Jun 25, Qatar's ruler
Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani (61) formally handed power to his
son Sheik Tamim (33), capping a carefully crafted transition
that puts a new generation in charge of the Gulf nation's vast
energy wealth and rising political influence.
(AP, 6/25/13)(Econ, 9/28/13, p.46)
2013 Jun 25, Russia's foreign
minister bluntly rejected US demands to extradite National Security
Agency leaker Edward Snowden, saying that Snowden hasn't crossed the
2013 Jun 25, In South Korea
major government and news media websites were shut down after
anonymous hackers attacked them on the 63rd anniversary of the start
of the 1950-1953 Korean War.
(SFC, 6/26/13, p.A3)
2013 Jun 25, Turkish police
detained at least 20 people allegedly involved in violent protests,
as the country's prime minister continued to lash out at protesters,
and BBC journalist Selin Girit, he claimed were part of a conspiracy
to harm Turkey.
(AP, 6/25/13)(SFC, 6/26/13, p.A2)
2013 Jun 25, The UN Security
Council approved the July 1 deployment of a new Mali peacekeeping
force to help the government regain control of rebel-held areas and
(SFC, 6/26/13, p.A2)
2014 Jun 25, The US Supreme
Court ruled in Riley v California that police must get a search
warrant before examining the contents of cell phones they seize from
people they arrest.
(SFC, 6/26/14, p.A10)(Econ, 6/28/14, p.25)
2014 Jun 25, US federal
investigators shut down myredbook.com, a SF Bay Area website that
catered to prostitutes and johns. Eric Omuro (53) of Mountain view
and Annmarie Lanoce (40) of Rocklin (Placer Ct.) were arrested after
being indicted a day earlier.
(SFC, 6/26/14, p.A10)
2014 Jun 25, A US federal
appeals court in Denver ruled that states must allow gay couples to
(SFC, 6/26/14, p.A6)
2014 Jun 25, Abu Dhabi-based
airline Etihad Airways said it had reached a deal in principle to
buy a 49 percent stake in struggling Italian carrier Alitalia. In
return Alitalia agreed to cut 20% of its work force.
(AP, 6/25/14)(Econ, 6/28/14, p.58)
2014 Jun 25, Afghan officials
said at least 13 policemen, 8 army soldiers and 100 Taliban fighters
have been killed in five days of fighting as Taliban militants to
wrest control of Sangin district in Helmand province. Helmand
province is a major route for the transit of opium and some
districts are controlled by drug dealers and the Taliban.
2014 Jun 25, Britain's Supreme
Court said an assisted-suicide ban is incompatible with human
rights, but it dismissed the appeal from two severely disabled men
who argued the law should be changed to allow doctors to legally
2014 Jun 25, Central African
Republic peacekeepers said nearly 50 people have been killed since
June 23 during violence in the Bambari region and nearby villages.
2014 Jun 25, China sent its
first ever ministerial-level official to Taiwan for four days of
(SFC, 6/26/14, p.A2)
2014 Jun 25, In Egypt eight
people were hurt in northern Cairo when homemade explosive devices
blew up at four metro stations and a courthouse.
2014 Jun 25, In Egypt education
authorities overturned a post-revolutionary reform that allowed for
deans and presidents of state universities to be elected.
(Econ, 6/28/14, p.41)
2014 Jun 25, A French doctor
was acquitted of poisoning charges after giving lethal injections to
seven terminally ill patients. Relatives of Dr. Nicolas
Bonnemaison's patients had testified in his favor.
2014 Jun 25, Greek authorities
said they have broken a massive lottery scam targeting Germans that
tricked about 360,000 people into paying to take part in
non-existent draws. Two German-born suspects were arrested a day
earlier in Athens.
2014 Jun 25, Iraq's Shiite PM
al-Maliki rejected calls to form an interim "national salvation
government" that critics say would allow the country's squabbling
sects to quickly present a unified front in the face of a growing
threat by Sunni militants. Sunni militants launched a dawn raid on a
key Iraqi oil refinery they have been trying to take for days, but
security forces fought them back. Militants attacked one of Iraq's
largest air bases and seized control of several small oilfields as
US military experts began arriving to set up an operations center to
help Iraqi security forces counter a mounting Sunni insurgency.
(AP, 6/25/14)(Reuters, 6/25/14)
2014 Jun 25, Israeli troops
searching for three teenagers it says were kidnapped a fortnight ago
by Hamas militants, arrested 17 Palestinians in the West Bank
overnight. The arrests included a Palestinian MP.
2014 Jun 25, In Israel dozens
of Palestinian prisoners ended their 63-day-long hunger strike after
reaching a deal with Israeli prison authorities.
2014 Jun 25, Kenyan police
arrested Lamu county Governor Issa Timamy in connection with gun
attacks in his area that killed about 65 people. Timamy denied
responsibility and was released on bail on June 30.
(Reuters, 6/26/14)(AP, 6/30/14)
2014 Jun 25, The Lebanese army
said a security operation in the country's north has resulted in the
arrest of a 'terrorist cell' plotting the assassination of a
high-ranking officer in the security forces.
2014 Jun 25, Libya held
elections for a new parliament. Turnout was only 630,000 out of 1.5m
registered to vote.
(AP, 6/25/14)(Econ, 6/28/14, p.42)
2014 Jun 25, In Libya Salwa
Bugaighis, a lawyer and rights activist, was assassinated in
Benghazi when gunmen stormed her house. She was among the most
outspoken voices against militiamen and Islamic extremists who have
run rampant in the country since Gadhafi's fall.
2014 Jun 25, Myanmar's state
media reported that parliament has reduced the prison terms for
violating a law that regulates public protests. The amended law also
appears to allow protests as long as permission is sought.
2014 Jun 25, In Nigeria an
explosion at a mall in Abuja left 22 people dead. Soldiers shot and
killed one suspect as he tried to escape, and police detained a
second suspect. The government said two explosions at a fuel depot
in Lagos, which left 2 people dead, were caused by gas canisters.
Boko Haram later claimed responsibility for both attacks.
(AP, 6/26/14)(AFP, 7/13/14)
2014 Jun 25, A rocket fired by
Palestinian militants toward Israel exploded in the northern Gaza
Strip, killing a 3-year-old Palestinian girl and wounding three
2014 Jun 25, Romania's
Parliament called on President Traian Basescu to resign, saying
suspicions that his brother took a bribe from the family of a
well-known convict have damaged the prestige of his office.
Basescu’s brother was arrested last week on charges that he took a
250,000 euros ($340,000) bribe from the son of convict imprisoned
for attempted murder to get his sentence reduced.
2014 Jun 25, On Russian
President Vladimir Putin's demand, the upper house of the Russian
parliament canceled a resolution allowing the use of military in
2014 Jun 25, In South Africa
tens of thousands of platinum miners returned to work after wage
deals ended the longest and most damaging strike in the country's
2014 Jun 25, In Spain a judge
in Madrid charged Princess Cristina with tax fraud and money
laundering in a case involving her husband and business associates
charged with embezzling millions in public funds earmarked for
(SFC, 6/26/14, p.A2)
2014 Jun 25, In Spain
award-winning author Ana Maria Matute (88), best known for her books
set during the Spanish Civil War, died.
2014 Jun 25, Syrian government
warplanes struck a series of targets in the northern city of Raqqa,
a stronghold of an al-Qaida splinter group, killing at least 12
people. Syrian aircraft also carried out a series of airstrikes in
the eastern, oil-rich province of Deir el-Zour near the border with
Iraq. The US and Iraqi military officials confirmed that Syrian
warplanes bombed militant’s positions in and near the border
crossing in Qaim.
(AP, 6/25/14)(SFC, 6/26/14, p.A2)
2014 Jun 25, In Ukraine rebels
and government forces traded fire in Slavyansk oblivious to the
week-long truce ordered by Ukraine's new president and backed by a
top leader of the pro-Russian separatists.
2014 Jun 25, In Yemen militants
assassinated Col. Khaled al-Khawlani, a senior intelligence officer,
in a drive-by shooting in Sanaa.
2015 Jun 25, The US Supreme
Court embraced a broad interpretation of the type of civil rights
allegations that can be made under the landmark Fair Housing Act by
ruling 5-4 that the law allows for discrimination claims based on
seemingly neutral practices that may have a discriminatory effect.
The case concerned whether Texas violated the Fair Housing Act by
disproportionately awarding low-income housing tax credits to
developers who own properties in poor, minority-dominated
2015 Jun 25, The US Supreme
Court ruled 6-3 to uphold tax credit subsidies to help make health
care coverage affordable.
(SFC, 6/26/15, p.A1)
2015 Jun 25, In Alaska 9 people
aboard a sightseeing airplane were killed when it crashed near
(SFC, 6/26/15, p.A6)
2015 Jun 25, Patrick Macnee
(b.1922)), British-born actor, died in Rancho Mirage, Ca. He was
known as secret agent John Steed in the TV series “The Avengers.”
The spy drama began in Britain in 1961 and debuted in the US
(SFC, 6/26/15, p.D5)
2015 Jun 25, In Maryland
Baltimore County police officers shot and killed Spencer Lee McCain
(41) while responding to a call for potential domestic violence in
Owings Mills. McCain was not armed.
(SFC, 6/26/15, p.A6)
2015 Jun 25, In Massachusetts a
dog walker on Deer Island found the body of two-year-old Bella Bond.
On Sep 16 Rachelle Bond (40) accused her boyfriend, Michael McCarthy
(35), of murdering Bella. In 2017 McCarthy was sentenced to life in
prison. Bond was released from jail and sent to a substance abuse
(SFC, 9/22/15, p.A7)(SFC, 7/13/17, p.A4)
2015 Jun 25, Todd West (22) of
Elizabeth, NJ, went on a shooting spree in New Jersey killing 3
people. He then fled to Pennsylvania where he killed 3 more people
on July 5. He was arrested on July 6 and was charged with 7 murders
including the fatal shooting on May 18, in Elizabeth, of his cousin
Michael Tompkins (29).
(http://tinyurl.com/o6q6kfx)(SFC, 7/10/15, p.A7)
2015 Jun 25, In New York state
prison guard Gene Palmer (57) was released on $25,000 bail after
being arrested for promoting prison contraband related to the June 6
escape of two prisoners from Clinton Correctional Facility.
(SFC, 6/26/15, p.A8)
2015 Jun 25, Univision said it
is dropping the Miss USA pageant and cutting all business ties with
US presidential candidate Donald Trump following recent statements
made by Trump about Mexican immigrants. In response Trump sued
Univision for $500 million for breach of contract.
(SFC, 6/26/15, p.A14)(SFC, 7/2/15, p.A7)
2015 Jun 25, Mitsubishi said it
is recalling about 460,000 cars in the US because the air bags have
the potential to push sun visors into passengers and cause injuries
in a crash. The company is also recalling about 75,000 later-model
Eclipses and Spyders for anti-lock braking problems.
2015 Jun 25, Subaru said it is
recalling about 72 thousand 2015 vehicles to fix a software problem
that could cause the automatic braking system to fail.
2015 Jun 25, Burundian students
broke into the US embassy to escape police as one of the country's
vice presidents announced he had fled to Belgium.
2015 Jun 25, China's Defense
Ministry said that it was unaware of any protest after a report that
thousands of former soldiers had staged a sit-in on June 23 outside
a major military base complaining about a lack of proper benefits
2015 Jun 25, China's Defense
Ministry declined to confirm a report that it was in talks for a
military base in Horn of Africa country Djibouti.
2015 Jun 25, In central China
an early morning fire killed 13 people in an apartment building n
Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province.
2015 Jun 25, In Ecuador some
350,000 people took to the streets of Guayaquil to demonstrate
against plans to impose punitive additional taxes on inheritances
and gains from property transactions.
(http://tinyurl.com/oewr457)(Econ, 8/1/15, p.32)
2015 Jun 25, Protests in France
against ride-booking app Uber turned violent as taxi drivers burned
cars and blocked access to airports and train stations.
2015 Jun 25, In western India a
head-on collision between a bus and a truck killed at least 18
people and injured 13 others near Jalgaon, about 410 km (255 miles)
southwest of Mumbai.
2015 Jun 25, In Iraq Islamic
State militants detonated a car bomb and then opened fire on troops
in the western province of Anbar, killing 14 soldiers. In the town
of Hit, west of Ramadi, artillery fire and rocket attacks targeted
the local irrigation department, killing 9 people and wounding 13. A
car bomb ripped through a commercial area in Baghdad's northern
neighborhood of Shaab, killing six civilians and wounding 16. A bomb
struck an outdoor market in Mahmudiyah, about 30 km south of
Baghdad, killing 2 people.
(Reuters, 6/25/15)(AP, 6/25/15)
2015 Jun 25, Former Lesotho
Defense Force commander Maaparankoe Mahao was shot dead by soldiers
in his village home. Mahao, an ally of Lesotho's former leader
Thomas Thabane, was a bitter rival of current army chief Tlali
2015 Jun 25, Poland's lawmakers
approved a government bill that provides coherent regulations for in
vitro fertilization and guarantees the procedure also to unwed
2015 Jun 25, It was reported
that Puerto Rico was among the Caribbean islands hit by the worst
drought in five years.
(SFC, 6/25/15, p.A4)
2015 Jun 25, Thousands of
Rwandans protested outside the British embassy in Kigali against
Britain's arrest of Karenzi Karake, Rwanda's intelligence chief.
2015 Jun 25, Sierra Leone said
it has quarantined three doctors and 28 nurses in the capital
Freetown when a mother tested positive for Ebola after giving birth.
2015 Jun 25, Swiss authorities
approved the extradition of Naser Oric, the wartime Bosnian
commander of Srebrenica, to his home country rather than to Serbia.
Oric agreed to be extradited to Bosnia.
2015 Jun 25, In Syria Islamic
State fighters launched simultaneous attacks against the government
forces and Kurdish militia, moving back onto the offensive after
losing ground in recent days to Kurdish-led forces near Raqqa. At
least 15 Islamic State fighters were reported killed in Kobani. IS
militants mounted a bloody surprise attack on the Kurdish-held
border town of Kobane, killing at least 164. IS forces shot dead at
least 23 people in the Kurdish village of Barkh Butan.
(Reuters, 6/25/15)(AFP, 6/25/15)(AFP, 6/27/15)
2015 Jun 25, A Tanzanian court
ordered Islamist rebel leader Jamil Mukulu to be extradited to
Uganda to face murder charges. He was described as the head of the
Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an organization blamed for a string
of attacks in western Uganda and the capital Kampala that killed
1,000 people between 1998 and 2000. Mukulu said he would appeal.
2015 Jun 25, Drug enforcement
officers in Uzbekistan burned 1.4 tons of drugs, as Central Asia's
most populous nation fights to stem the flow of narcotics from
neighboring Afghanistan to Russia and further on to Europe.
2015 Jun 25, In Yemen men on a
motorbike attacked low-ranking Huthi officer Ibrahim Hassan
al-Sharfi near his Sanaa home late today before they fled. Gunmen
also assaulted a Huthi checkpoint north of Sanaa with machineguns
and rocket-propelled grenades, killing several people. In Dhammar
province pro-government fighters attacked Huthi headquarters,
2016 Jun 25, President Barack
Obama declared a major disaster in West Virginia.
2016 Jun 25, In Afghanistan the
US military carried out its first air strikes against Taliban
targets under the newly approved rules, which mean US troops can now
work more closely with local fighters in striking the Taliban.
2016 Jun 25, In Armenia Pope
Francis issued a rallying cry to protect memory at the genocide
memorial in Yerevan, on day two of his trip there.
2016 Jun 25, The Chinese
government said it had stopped a communication mechanism with Taiwan
because of the refusal of the self-ruled island's new government to
recognize the "one China" principle, in the latest show of tension
between the two.
2016 Jun 25, The six founding
members of the European Union sent a clear message to Britain to
leave the bloc as soon as possible after Britons voted to quit in
the biggest blow to the project since World War Two.
2016 Jun 25, European
Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said in a statement that VP
Valdis Dombrovskis, a former PM of Latvia, will take over the EU's
financial services portfolio, following the resignation of Britain's
2016 Jun 25, In southern France
2 men were killed with a Kalashnikov assault rifle and a 14-year-old
girl seriously wounded in a shooting early today in Marseille, which
is known for its high crime levels.
2016 Jun 25, Iceland voted in a
presidential election expected to see newcomer Gudni Johannesson
waltz to victory with voters angry at the establishment. History
professor Gudni Johannesson won the election after riding a wave of
anti-establishment sentiment. Johannesson has never held public
office and has no party affiliation, as he celebrated his 48th
birthday on June 26.
(AFP, 6/25/16)(AP, 6/26/16)
2016 Jun 25, In the Indian
portion of Kashmir four suspected rebels killed at least 8 Indian
paramilitary soldiers and wounded another 20 in an ambush of their
convoy on a highway. Two of the attackers were killed and two
(AP, 6/25/16)(SSFC, 6/26/16, p.A5)
2016 Jun 25, In Iraq a US
airstrike in Mosul killed the Islamic State's deputy war minister,
Basim Muhammad Ahmad Sultan al-Bajari, and a military commander
named Hatim Talib al-Hamduni.
2016 Jun 25, A Kurdish official
and opposition activists said hundreds of Kurds fleeing villages
controlled by the Islamic State group in northern Syria have come
under fire that killed and wounded several of them, amid mass
abductions by the extremist group. Over the past three weeks some
900 Kurdish civilians have been abducted in Aleppo province. At
least 26 were reported killed for refusing to follow Islamic State
(AP, 6/25/16)(SFC, 6/25/16, p.A2)
2016 Jun 25, In central Mali 14
people were killed in a clash over land between residents of two
villages in Djenne, in the Mopti region.
2016 Jun 25, Myanmar soldiers
rounded up dozens of men in the remote village of Mong Yaw, Shan
state, an area riven by a long-running ethnic insurgency. They led
five men away and a few days later the bodies of the five were found
in a shallow grave. On July 20 the military promised to prosecute
2016 Jun 25, In Papua New
Guinea a student was killed and several buildings torched in
violence at the Papua New Guinea University of Technology campus in
2016 Jun 25, Slovakia's far
right People's Party launched a petition for a referendum on the
country's EU membership, the latest state to see a challenge
following Britain's vote to leave the bloc.
2016 Jun 25, Somalia's al
Shabaab Islamist group launched a suicide bomb attack on the
Nasa-Hablod Hotel in the center of Mogadishu before militant
fighters stormed the building. A junior minister was among 15 people
killed in the attack. 4 attackers died in the assault.
(Reuters, 6/25/16)(AFP, 6/26/16)(SFC, 6/27/16,
2016 Jun 25, In South Sudan at
least 43 people were killed in two days of fighting between armed
groups and government forces around the northwest South Sudanese
town of Wau. A church official later said he had seen 50 bodies at a
mortuary in Wau.
(Reuters, 6/28/16)(AP, 6/29/16)
2016 Jun 25, Syrian and Russian
warplanes pounded rebel-held areas of divided city Aleppo as
government forces closed in on the rebels' sole remaining supply
2016 Jun 25, The Thai air force
lost contact with a helicopter and three crewmen during heavy rains
while on a mission to resupply a radar station in Chanthaburi
province. Searchers on June 28 found wreckage of the helicopter and
the bodies of the crewmen.
(AP, 6/26/16)(AP, 6/28/16)
2016 Jun 25, Yemen’s former
Pres. Ali Abdullah Saleh said he would not recognize Pres. Abed
Rabbo Mansour Hadi's government and that he had presented an
initiative to solve Yemen's crisis to both parties to the peace
talks taking place in Kuwait.
2017 Jun 25, In San Francisco
hundreds of thousands of revelers descended on Market Street for the
47th annual Pride Parade.
(SFC, 6/26/17, p.C1)
2017 Jun 25, Albanians held
parliamentary elections as Socialist PM Edi Rama (52) sought a
second term in office. Rivals from the center-right Democratic Party
were led by Lulzim Basha (43), an ardent admirer of US President
Donald Trump. The left-wing Socialist Party appeared headed for a
new governing mandate based on preliminary election results.
(AFP, 6/25/17)(AP, 6/26/17)
2017 Jun 25, Australian police
fired pepper spray to break up clashes between right-wing
nationalists and anti-racism protesters on the streets of Melbourne,
the latest protest held by anti-immigration groups in the country.
2017 Jun 25, In Belgium
thousands of protesters demanded that Belgium immediately shut down
two nuclear reactors because of safety concerns. People from
Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands formed a human chain across the
border triangle of the three countries over the safety of the
pressure vessels at the Tihange 2 and Doel 3 reactors in Belgium.
2017 Jun 25, In Cambodia final
results were released from the June 4 local elections confirming the
dominance of PM Hun Sen's ruling party, but a strong showing by the
opposition saw its prospects boosted for next year's general
election. The percentage of the popular vote captured by the CPP
declined to just under 51 percent from about 62 percent in 2012
local elections, while the CNRP's share rose to almost 44 percent
from 30 percent.
2017 Jun 25, In north-central
Colombia the El Almirante tourist boat sank in the Penol-Guatape
reservoir, killing at least nine people.
(AP, 6/26/17)(SFC, 6/27/17, p.A3)(AP, 6/29/17)
2017 Jun 25, In western
Indonesia two suspected militants attacked a provincial police
headquarters in Medan, leaving an officer and an assailant dead
during Islam's most important holiday, the first day of the Eid
al-Fitr holiday, which marks the end of the fasting month of
2017 Jun 25, Israel's
government formally suspended plans for a mixed-gender prayer space
at Jerusalem's Western Wall, bowing to opposition from Orthodox
Jewish politicians to reforms at one of Judaism's holiest sites.
2017 Jun 25, The Israeli
military said it attacked a series of Syrian military targets after
several projectiles landed in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights
for a 2nd day.
(SFC, 6/26/17, p.A2)
2017 Jun 25, People in more
than 100 Italian towns and cities voted to pick municipal mayors in
a run-off ballot.
2017 Jun 25, In Kashmir Indian
security forces put an outskirt of Srinagar under security lockdown
as they battled two rebels who took shelter in a school building
after killing one paramilitary officer and wounding another soldier.
2017 Jun 25, In the Indian
portion of Kashmir four Indian tourists and three local residents
died when a cable car came crashing down from a height of at least
30 meters (100 feet) in the tourist town of Gulmarg.
2017 Jun 25, In Nigeria seven
suicide bombers, six of whom were women, targeted the campus of
Maiduguri University and residential buildings in a district just
northeast of the city. Nine people along with the seven suicide
bombers were left dead.
2017 Jun 25, In eastern
Pakistan an overturned oil tanker burst into flames, killing 157
people who had rushed to the scene of the highway accident to gather
leaking fuel outside the city of Bahawalpur. The death toll
continued to rise in south Punjab as many suffered extensive burns.
The death toll later climbed to 215.
(AP, 6/25/17)(AP, 6/26/17)(AP, 6/30/17)(Reuters,
2017 Jun 25, In northwestern
Pakistan six children were killed in a village when they picked up
an explosive device that looked like a toy in the South Waziristan
region. A day earlier two children were killed in a nearby village
when they stepped on a landmine while playing in the fields.
2017 Jun 25, Russian security
forces said they have killed two suspected militants during a gun
battle in the volatile Dagestan region.
2017 Jun 25, The Spanish navy
rescued 229 migrants adrift in two dinghies off the Libyan coast.
Two people were found dead.
2017 Jun 25, In Turkey
activists for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights said
they will march for LGBT pride in Istanbul, despite a ban by the
governor. Turkish police thwarted the parade attempt. 44 people were
detained during the march.
(AP, 6/25/17)(AFP, 6/25/17)(AP, 6/26/17)
2018 Jun 25, The US Supreme
Court ruled 5-4 that the US government and 11 states failed to prove
that American Express harmed credit card holders by prohibiting
merchants from steering customers to cars with lower fees.
(SFC, 6/26/18, p.D12)
2018 Jun 25, Kevin McAleenan,
the top US border security official, said his agency has temporarily
stopped handing over migrant adults who cross the Mexican border
with children to prosecutors. The White House press secretary said
the government does not have the ability to detain all the families
coming across the border illegally.
(SFC, 6/26/18, p.A7)
2018 Jun 25, In Washington, DC,
Lawrence Haddad, a British economist and food policy researcher, and
Dr. David Nabarro, who has worked with the World Health Organization
and United Nations on health and hunger issues, were named the 2018
prize recipients in a ceremony at the US Department of Agriculture.
The two men have dedicated their careers to improving the
availability of nutritious food for pregnant women and children in
an effort to reduce the effects of malnutrition in developing
2018 Jun 25, The US Food and
Drug Administration approved the first prescription drug made from
marijuana. The medication, called Epidiolex, will treat two rare
forms of epilepsy: Lennox-Gastaut sybdrome and Dravet syndrome.
(SFC, 6/26/18, p.A12)(SSFC, 7/8/18, p.A16)
2018 Jun 25, A US federal judge
tossed out two groundbreaking lawsuits by San Francisco and Oakland
that sought to hold some of the wolrd's largest oil companies liable
for climate change.
(SFC, 6/26/18, p.D1)
2018 Jun 25, In southern
California a retirement home resident in Long Beach shot and killed
a firefighter. Thomas Kim (77) was arrested on suspicion of murder,
attempted murder and arson.
(SFC, 6/26/18, p.A6)
2018 Jun 25, Wisconsin-based
Harley-Davidson, up against spiraling costs from tariffs, said it
will begin to shift the production of motorcycles headed for Europe
from the US to factories overseas.
72018 Jun 25, The Taliban
rejected pleas by Afghan elders and activists for an extension of
this month's ceasefire and said they amounted to a call for
surrender to foreign forces.
2018 Jun 25, Argentina's unions
paralyzed the country with a 24-hour strike in protest at the
government's latest deal with the International Monetary Fund.
2018 Jun 25, Australia said
that it would negotiate a security treaty with Vanuatu, weeks after
the Australian prime minister warned China against building a
military base in the South Pacific island nation.
2018 Jun 25, China's foreign
ministry expressed concern over reports that US President Donald
Trump plans to curb Chinese investments in the United States, and
urged Washington to provide a "good, fair, and predictable"
environment for Chinese companies.
2018 Jun 25, China and the EU
agreed to launch a group that will work to update global trade rules
to address technology policy, subsidies and other emerging irritants
and preserve support for international trade amid US threats of
2018 Jun 25, China said it
would buy more planes and agricultural products from France and work
on market access issues, shoring up its trade ties with Europe as
danger mounted of a tariff war with the United States. China also
signed an agreement to import beef from France as Premier Li Keqiang
met with French PM Edouard Philippe.
2018 Jun 25, Violence erupted
in Ethiopia's western Benishangul-Gumuz region. Within days nine
were reported killed.
2018 Jun 25, EU lawmakers voted
for launching action against Hungary over allegations that PM Viktor
Orban's government is breaching the bloc's fundamental values.
2018 Jun 25, The EU hit seven
top Myanmar security officials with sanctions over the Rohingya
crisis, accusing them of serious human rights violations including
killings and sexual violence.
2018 Jun 25, The EU hit the
Venezuelan vice-president and 10 other officials with sanctions over
rights abuses and irregularities in the re-election of President
Nicolas Maduro, which the bloc condemned as "neither free nor fair".
2018 Jun 25, France launched a
military force with other countries outside the framework of the EU
at a ceremony in Luxembourg at which Germany, Belgium, Britain,
Denmark, Estonia, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal signed a
letter of intent.
2018 Jun 25, German officials
said a Tunisian man who allegedly served as a bodyguard to Osama bin
Laden has been detained and is to be deported. Sami A. (41) had
previously successfully argued against his deportation, saying he
risked being tortured in his homeland.
2018 Jun 25, In Indonesia three
bystanders were killed and a small child was wounded when separatist
fighters in Papua province opened fire on a small plane bringing in
security personnel ahead of regional elections due later this week.
2018 Jun 25, In Iran traders in
Tehran's Grand Bazaar held a rare protest strike against the
collapse of the rial on the foreign exchange market as demonstrators
also took to the streets. Protesters angered by Iran's cratering
economy confronted police in front of parliament, with security
forces firing tear gas at them.
(AFP, 6/25/18)(AP, 6/25/18)
2018 Jun 25, Three Iranian
security personnel and three militants were killed in a cross-border
attack on the frontier with Pakistan near Mirjaveh border area in
2018 Jun 25, In southern Mexico
state assembly candidate Emigdio Lopez Avendano was killed along
with several other people in an ambush of his vehicle near Ejutla.
2018 Jun 25, Philippine
soldiers mistakenly killed six police officers and wounded nine
during an operation against Maoist guerrillas in thick jungle on
2018 Jun 25, Romania's the
defense minister said his country faces Russian aggression on a
daily basis, and is fending off a wave of cyber-attacks and
2018 Jun 25, Singapore's Wilmar
International, the world's largest palm oil processor, said it has
ceased sourcing from suppliers that are allegedly associated with a
company that was accused by Greenpeace of causing deforestation.
2018 Jun 25, In South Africa
renowned photojournalist David Goldblatt (87) died from cancer. He
had documented the impact of apartheid on the lives ordinary people.
2018 Jun 25, South Sudan
President Salva Kiir met again with rival Riek Machar in neighboring
Sudan amid fragile efforts to end their country's five-year civil
2018 Jun 25, Swedish police
arrested Qiao Jianjun, a man wanted by Beijing on suspicion of
having embezzled millions of dollars and who has been on the run
since 2011. He was detained in the town of Huddinge, near Stockholm.
A Chinese government list of 100 "most wanted" suspects published
about five years ago includes a man called Qiao Jianjun, also known
as Feng Li, who is suspected of embezzling from a state grains
2018 Jun 25, A Swedish court
sentenced two refugees and one rejected asylum seeker to prison for
attacking a synagogue with Molotov cocktails on Dec. 9, 2017, in the
wake of the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital last
2018 Jun 25, Syrian government
helicopters dropped barrel bombs on Deraa city for the first time in
nearly a year, extending an assault in the southwest which has
driven thousands from their homes.
2018 Jun 25, UNAIDS staffer
Martina Brostrom, who says she was sexually assaulted by UNAIDS
former deputy executive director Luiz Loures in Thailand in 2015,
cast fresh doubt on an investigation into her case and called for
the agency chief to be sacked.
2018 Jun 25, Officials in
northern Vietnam said flash floods and landslides triggered by heavy
rains have killed at least seven people and left 12 others missing.
2018 Jun 25, In Yemen a
Saudi-led coalition airstrike killed at least 41 Shiite rebels,
known as Houthis, including eight Lebanese Hezbollah members who
were fighting with them in northern Saada province. A pair of
airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition killed at least eight
civilians, all members of a single family, in northwestern Amran
(Reuters, 6/25/18)(AP, 6/25/18)
2018 Jun 25, Yemeni actor
Nasser al-Anbari and at least three other detainees were freed from
prisons in Yemen controlled by the United Arab Emirates, where they
had been held for nearly a year without charges.
(SFC, 6/27/18, p.A4)
2018 Jun 25, In Zimbabwe two
people died today from injuries suffered when a June 23 explosion
rocked an election campaign rally by Pres. Emmerson Mnangagwa.
2019 Jun 25, The
Trump administration convened an international
conference in Bahrain to promote its ambitious but harshly
criticized $50 billion economic support plan for the Palestinians.
Participants did not include official Israeli or Palestinian
delegations, and many countries' delegations were not headed by
2019 Jun 25, The US envoy to
NATO said the United States will stop Turkish forces flying and
developing its F-35 stealth jets if Ankara goes ahead with the
purchase of a Russian air defense system. Turkish President Tayyip
Erdogan vowed anew to press on with the S-400 purchase despite
2019 Jun 25, Melania Trump
announced that Stephanie Grisham, her longtime spokeswoman and
confidante, will suceed Sarah Huckabee Sanders as White House press
(SFC, 6/26/19, p.A5)
2019 Jun 25, The San Francisco
Board of Supervisors passed legislation that bans the sale of
e-cigarettes bought online from being delivered to city addresses in
an effort to curb teen vaping.
(SFC, 6/26/19, p.A1)
2019 Jun 25, Kenneth Behring
(b.1928), billionaire philanthropist, died. He was the developer of
the Blackhawk gated golf communities in Contra Costa County, Ca. He
and a partner purchased the Seattle Seahawks in 1988 and sold the
team in 1997 to Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen for $200 million.
Behring published a memoir called Road to Purpose: One Man's Journey
Bringing Hope to Millions (2004) and Finding Purpose Along the Way
(2013). In 2000 Behring founded the Wheelchair Foundation to provide
free wheelchairs for people with physical disabilities in developing
nations unable to afford one.
2019 Jun 25, In Morgan Hill,
Ca., a man killed two people at a Ford dealership before apparently
turning his gun on himself. Suspect Steven Leet (60) had been fired
earlier in the day.
(SFC, 6/26/19, p.C5)(SFC, 6/27/19, p.C1)
2019 Jun 25, Illinois Gov. J.B.
Pritzker signed legislation legalyzing small amounts of marijauna.
Possession would remain acrime until Jan.1.
(SFC, 6/26/19, p.A6)
2019 Jun 25, John Sanders, the
acting head of the US Customs and Border Protection agency,
announced his resignation amid a public outcry over alarming
detention conditions of migrant children in Texas.
2019 Jun 25, Apple said it has
acquired Mountain View self-driving startup Drive.ai, which said it
planned to close its business and lay off 90 workers in a permanent
(SFC, 6/26/19, p.D1)
2019 Jun 25, SpaceX launched
launched its Falcon Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral. It carried a
payload of 24 military and scientific research satellites.
(SFC, 6/26/19, p.D1)
2019 Jun 25, A Christian group
crowdfunded more than Aus$l.0 million ($700,000) in a single day for
former Australian rugby star Israel Folau's legal battle to appeal
against his sacking over homophobic comments.
2019 Jun 25, Austria's Supreme
Court upheld a decision granting a US request to extradite Ukrainian
tycoon Dmytro Firtash, paving the way for him to face trial in the
United States over bribery allegations.
2019 Jun 25, Bangladesh police
killed three people suspected of trying to smuggle 15 Rohingya
Muslim refugees to Malaysia in a clash near the South Asian nation's
main refugee camp, the second such incident in as many months.
2019 Jun 25, British royal
accounts showed that Prince Harry and his wife Meghan's new home in
Windsor cost £2.4 million ($3.05 million, 2.7 million euros) of
taxpayers' money to renovate, prompting criticism from anti-monarchy
2019 Jun 25, Ken Follett, Lee
Child, Kate Mosse and Jojo Moyes, four heavyweights of British
literature, said they are launching a "Friendship Tour" of Europe to
represent the 48 percent who voted against Brexit. The tour in
November will visit Milan, Madrid, Berlin and Paris.
2019 Jun 25, A Cambodian court
charged seven people, including five Chinese nationals, with
involuntary manslaughter and conspiracy after 28 people died in a
collapsed building on the weekend.
2019 Jun 25, Canadian aerospace
company Bombardier announced the sale of its regional jet program to
Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. for $550 million.
2019 Jun 25, The vice-governor
of China's Xinjiang region responded to international condemnation
of state-run detention camps by saying they were vocational centers
which had helped "save" people from extremist influences.
2019 Jun 25, China asked Canada
to suspend all meat exports after discovering false veterinary
health certificates attached to a batch of pork, while Canadian
federal police launched a criminal probe.
2019 Jun 25, A 6.3 magnitude
earthquake hit the Costa Rica-Panama border around midnight.
Seismologists said the disaster was "potentially widespread".
2019 Jun 25, Denmark's Social
Democrat leader announced she will form a minority government after
reaching an agreement with three left and center-left parties after
weeks of negotiations.
2019 Jun 25, The Council of
Europe voted 118-62 to readmit Russia early today, five years after
suspension over Crimea. The decision was supported by France and
Germany as a way of keeping communication open at a time of
2019 Jun 25, Egyptian police
arrested at least eight people, including a former lawmaker and key
secular activists in the country's 2011 uprising, for their alleged
ties to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group.
2019 Jun 25, In Egypt seven
police officers and four militants were killed in a clash in the
north of the Sinai Peninsula.
2019 Jun 25, A French court
found the state had failed to take sufficient steps to limit air
pollution around Paris, following a complaint by a mother and
daughter that their health had been harmed. However, the court
rejected the pair's demand for 160,000 euros ($182,000) in damages,
saying it could not find a direct link between their health problems
and the state's failings.
2019 Jun 25, The Georgian
parliament elected Archil Talakvadze, a ruling Georgia Dream Party
candidate, as its new speaker following the resignation of his
predecessor after violent protests outside the building.
2019 Jun 25, An Indonesian
military spokesman said that any use of child soldiers by Papuan
independence fighters would be a violation of human rights that
implicates both the rebels and state institutions.
2019 Jun 25, Iran warned that
new US sanctions targeting its supreme leader and other top
officials meant "closing the doors of diplomacy" between Tehran and
Washington amid heightened tensions. Iran said it will further free
itself from the 2015 nuclear deal in defiance of new American
(AP, 6/25/19)(AFP, 6/25/19)
2019 Jun 25, Israel cut off
fuel shipments to the Gaza Strip in response to the launch of
incendiary balloons, resulting in new power cuts in the impoverished
2019 Jun 25, In Japan
scandal-battered Nissan won its shareholders' approval for a new
system of committees to oversee governance and for keeping Chief
Executive Hiroto Saikawa on its board.
2019 Jun 25, In Kazakhstan NASA
astronaut Anne McClain, veteran cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko of
Roscosmos, and Canadian Space Agency record-holder David
Saint-Jacques emerged from the space craft to applause from support
crews, after touching down near the Kazakh city of Dzhezkazgan.
2019 Jun 25, The third place
candidate in Mauritania's presidential election filed an appeal late
today contesting the victory of ruling party candidate Mohamed Ould
2019 Jun 25, Mexican President
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said the country's new militarized
National Guard police force could have committed "excesses" by
detaining migrant women close to the US border, and that they had
not been instructed to do so.
2019 Jun 25, Palestinians
burned effigies of President Trump and marched a donkey pasted over
with images of Gulf royals in the West Bank, as the US prepared to
open its conference in Bahrain.
2019 Jun 25, Papua New Guinea's
PM James Marape demanded that Australia end or completely rework a
controversial multi-million dollar contract to manage refugees stuck
in tropical island camps.
2019 Jun 25, Spanish
authorities caught Brazilian Sgt. Manoel Silva Rodrigues carrying 86
pounds of cocaine on a presidential plane carrying Pres. Jair
Bolsonaro to the G20 summit in Japan.
(SFC, 6/28/19, p.A4)
2019 Jun 25, Ukraine expressed
anger at its Western partners after lawmakers at the Council of
Europe agreed to allow Russian representatives back following a five
year absence prompted by Moscow's annexation of Crimea.
2019 Jun 25, The UN Security
Council has approved a resolution establishing a political mission
in Haiti starting on Oct. 16 to advise the government on promoting
political stability and rule of law in the Western Hemisphere's
2019 Jun 25, Hatice Cengiz, the
Turkish fiancee of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi, took her
campaign for justice in his killing to the United Nations' top human
rights body and urged the UN to take "the next step" following a key
investigator's finding that Saudi Arabia bears responsibility.
2019 Jun 25, Vietnam's Ministry
of Information and Communications (MOIC) chaired a meeting with top
advertisers, requesting them to stop paying to post ads on YouTube
channels featuring "bad or toxic" content.
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