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684        Jun 26, Benedict II (d.685) was consecrated as Pope.
    (PTA, 1980, p.162)

1096        Jun 26, Peter the Hermit’s crusaders forced their way across Sava, Hungary.
    (HN, 6/26/98)

1243        Jun 26, The Seljuk Turkish army in Asia Minor was wiped out by the Mongols.
    (HN, 6/26/98)

1284        Jun 26, The Pied Piper lured away 130 children of Hamelin (Hameln, Germany). Robert Browning used this event for his poem "The Pied Piper of Hamelin" (1842).
    (MC, 6/26/02)

1483        Jun 26, Richard III, Duke of Gloucester, usurped himself to the English throne.
    (HN, 6/26/98)(MC, 6/26/02)

1498        Jun 26, Toothbrush was invented. In China the first toothbrushes with hog bristles began to show up. Hog bristle brushes remained the best until the invention of nylon.
    (SFC, 6/6/98, p.E3)(MC, 6/26/02)

1541        Jun 26, Francisco Pizarro, the Spanish Conqueror of Peru, was murdered by his former followers in Lima.
    (HN, 6/26/98)(MC, 6/26/02)

1604        Jun 26, French explorer Samuel de Champlain, Pierre Dugua and 77 others landed on the island of St. Croix and made friends with the native Passamaquoddy Indians. It later became part of Maine on the US-Canadian border.
    (PacDis, Spring/'94, p. 43)(SSFC, 6/20/04, p.D10)

1721        Jun 26, Dr. Zabdiel Boylston gave the 1st smallpox inoculations in America. [see Apr 26]
    (MC, 6/26/02)

1742        Jun 26, Arthur Middleton, signer of the Declaration of Independence, was born.
    (HN, 6/26/98)

1718        Jun 26, Alexius Petrovich (28), the son of Peter the Great, died in St. Petersburg from wounds inflicted for an imagined rebellion.
    (PC, 1992 ed, p.281)

1721        Jun 26, Dr. Zabdiel Boylston gave the 1st smallpox inoculation in Boston. The epidemic had arrived by ship from Barbados.
    (ON, 3/05, p.4)

1794        Jun 26, The French defeated an Austrian army at the Battle of Fleurus. The French used a tethered balloon to observe the battlefield and direct artillery fire.
    (www.historyofwar.org/articles/battles_fleurus_1794.html)(NPub, 2002, p.4)

1804        Jun 26, The Lewis and Clark Expedition reached the mouth of the Kansas River after completing a westward trek of nearly 400 river miles.
    (HN, 6/26/98)

1819        Jun 26, Abner Doubleday (d.1893), Civil War General, was born. He was incorrectly credited with inventing American baseball.
    (HN, 6/26/99)(WSJ, 7/19/01, p.A20)
1819        Jun 26, The bicycle was patented by W.K. Clarkson, Jr. of New York City. [see May 21]
    (MC, 6/26/02)

1830        Jun 26, Britain’s King George IV (b.1762) died. George Augustus Frederick of Hanover, Prince of Wales, was called Prinny by his friends. He was succeeded by his brother, King William IV. In 2002 Steven Parissien authored "George IV." The crown passed to George's brother who became William IV.
    (WSJ, 4/5/02, p.W12)(www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/george_iv_king.shtml)(ON, 4/09, p.7)

1836        Jun 26, Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle, author, composer ("La Marseillaise"), died.
    (MC, 6/26/02)

1843        Jun 26, Hong Kong was proclaimed a British Crown Colony. [see Apr 5]
    (MC, 6/26/02)

1844        Jun 26, Julia Gardiner and President John Tyler were married in New York City.
    (HN, 6/26/98)

1852        Jun 26, Tzu Hsi (17), aka Orchid or Lady Yehonala, married Ch'ing Emperor Hsien Feng. She had competed to become one of his 7 official wives or 3,000 concubines.
    (SSFC, 2/1/04, p.M6)

1858        Jun 26, The USS Niagara and the HMS Agamemnon spliced telegraph cables from both ships at a central point in the Atlantic Ocean. The cable was then lowered more than 2 miles to the bottom of the ocean.
    (ON, 10/2010, p.2)

1862        Jun 26, General Robert E. Lee attacked McClellen’s line at Mechanicsville of day 2 of the Seven Days battle near Richmond, Va.
    (HN, 6/26/98)(MC, 6/26/02)

1863        Jun 26, Jubal Early and his Confederate forces moved into Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
    (HN, 6/26/98)

1865        Jun 26, Bernard Berenson, art critic (Italian Painters of the Renaissance), was born.
    (MC, 6/26/02)

1870        Jun 26, Christmas was made a federal holiday in the US.
    (www.thehistoryofchristmas.com/ch/in_america.htm)(Econ, 12/15/12, p.34)
1870        Jun 26, The first section of the famous boardwalk in Atlantic City, N.J., was opened to the public.
    (AP, 6/26/97)

1885        Jun 26, Andre Maurois (d.1967), French writer (Balzac), was born as Émile Herzog. "Growing old is no more than a bad habit which a busy man has no time to form."
    (AP, 7/6/00)(MC, 6/26/02)

1892        Jun 26, Pearl Sydenstricker Buck, Nobel Prize winning author (1938), was born. Her work included “The Good Earth." The basic discovery about any people is the discovery of the relationship between its men and women. “It is no simple matter to pause in the midst of one’s maturity, when life is full of function, to examine what are the principles which control that functioning."
    (AP, 6/18/97)(HN, 6/26/98)(AP, 6/27/98)(MC, 6/26/02)

1893         Jun 26, William “Big Bill" Broonzy, blues singer and guitarist, was born.
    (HN, 6/26/01)

1894        Jun 26, The American Railway Union with 125,000 workers, led by Eugene Debs, called a general strike in sympathy with Pullman workers that blocked freight traffic in and out of Chicago. [see May 11]
    (AP, 6/26/97)(SFC, 10/4/02, p.A17)
1894        Jun 26, Karl Benz of Germany received a US patent for a gasoline-driven auto.
    (MC, 6/26/02)

1896        Jun 26, The 1st movie theater in US opened and charged 10 cents for admission.
    (MC, 6/26/02)

1898        Jun 26, Wilhelm Emil Messerschmitt, German engineer, was born. He built fighters and jet aircraft for Nazi Germany.
    (HN, 6/26/99)

1900        Jun 26, The United States announced it would send troops to fight against the Boxer rebellion in China.
    (HN, 6/26/98)
1900        Jun 26, A commission that included Dr. Walter Reed began the fight against the deadly disease yellow fever.
    (AP, 6/26/97)

1902         Jun 26, William P. Lear, American engineer and industrialist, was born.
    (HN, 6/26/01)

1904        Jun 26, Peter Lorre, actor, was born. He starred in Casablanca and "M."
    (HN, 6/26/99)

1906        Jun 26, Ferenc Szisz won the first French Grand Prix. Szisz won the race in a 13 liter, 90 horsepower Renault.  The car was not particularly powerful compared to other cars in the race, but it did have the important advantage of removable tire-carrying rims. The removable rims meant tire changes took a speedy four minutes compared to the regular 15 minutes required with fixed rim tires. Szisz finished a little over a half hour ahead of the second-place car.
    (HNQ, 7/25/00)(AHDD, p.26)

1907        Jun 26, Russia’s nobility demanded drastic measures to be taken against revolutionaries.
    (HN, 6/26/98)

1908        Jun 26, Shah Muhammad Ali’s forces squelched the reform elements of Parliament in Persia.
    (HN, 6/26/98)

1909        Jun 26, Col. Tom Parker, Elvis Presley's manager, was born. He was never a colonel.
    (HN, 6/26/99)

1912        Jun 26, Gustav Mahler's 9th Symphony premiered in Vienna.
    (MC, 6/26/02)

1914        Jun 26, Laurie Lee, British writer (Cider with Rosie), was born.
    (HN, 6/26/01)
1914        Jun 26, Babe (Mildred) Didrikson Zaharias (International Women's Sports Hall of Famer, Olympic Hall of Famer, World Golf Hall of Famer, LPGA Hall of Famer, National Track and Field Hall of Famer), was born in Port Arthur, Texas.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babe_Zaharias)

1915        Jun 26, Charlotte Zolotow, American children’s writer, was born.
    (HN, 6/26/01)

1916        Jun 26, Russian General Aleksei Brusilov renewed his offensive against the Germans.
    (HN, 6/26/98)

1917        Jun 26, General John "Black Jack" Pershing arrived in France with the first of the 14,000 American Expeditionary Force.
    (AP, 6/26/97)(HN, 6/26/98)(MC, 6/26/02)

1918        Jun 26, After a brief respite, the Germans began firing their huge 420 mm howitzer "Big Bertha" at Paris.
    (HN, 6/26/98)

1919        Jun 26, The New York Daily News, America's first tabloid, was first published.
    (AP, 6/26/99)(SFC, 12/27/99, p.E3)

1924        Jun 26, After eight years of occupation, American troops left the Dominican Republic.
    (HN, 6/26/98)

1925        Jun 26, Charlie Chaplin's classic comedy, "The Gold Rush," premiered at Grauman's Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.
    (AP, 6/26/97)

1926        Jun 26, A memorial to the first U.S. troops in France was unveiled at St. Nazaire.
    (HN, 6/26/98)

1927        Jun 26, Direct commercial radio service between the Philippines and the US was inaugurated with a message from Manila to SF.
    (SFC, 6/21/02, p.G2)

1931        Jun 26, Colin Henry Wilson, British author (The Outsider), was born.
    (HN, 6/26/01)

1933        Jun 26, Claudio Abbado, composer, conductor (London Symph-1982), was born in Milan, Italy.
    (MC, 6/26/02)

1934        Jun 26, The Federal Credit Union Act was passed.
    (HFA, '96, p.32)

1936        Jun 26, The 1st flight of Fw61 helicopter.
    (MC, 6/26/02)

1940        Jun 26, The Soviet Union delivered an ultimatum to Romania and 2 days later occupied Bessarabia and North Bukovina.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occupation_of_Bessarabia_by_the_Soviet_Union)

1941        Jun 26, In Belarus Soviet NKVD mass-executed prisoners from Minsk in the nearby Tsagelnya forest. The wooden statue Mourning Ange, by sculptor Gennady Matusevich, was later erected at the location. Commemorative events are held every year in June. In 1942 Jonas Petruitis authored “Kaip jie mus sušaudė" (How They Shot Us Down).
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chervyen%E2%80%99)
1941        Jun 26, Finland entered WW II against Russia.
    (MC, 6/26/02)
1941        Jun 26, Lithuanian fascists massacred 2,300 Jews in Kovno.
    (MC, 6/26/02)
1941        Jun 26, In Norway an adviser to collaborationist leader Vidkun Quisling suggested in a letter, four days after Hitler invaded the Soviet Union, that northern Russia would be better used by Germanic peoples because Slavic peoples "don't know how to make use of the land." The document was not made public until 2010.
    (AP, 4/9/10)

1942        Jun 26, The Grumman F6F Hellcat fighter flew for the first time.
    (HN, 6/26/98)

1944        Jun 26, The Republican national convention opened in Chicago with a keynote speech by California Governor Earl Warren.
    (AP, 6/26/04)
1944        Jun 26, German troops near the Italian village of Falzano di Cortona herded 11 civilians into a barn and blew it up. Gino Massetti (15) survived and in 2008 testified in the trial of former Wehrmacht Lt. Josef Scheungraber, the company commander accused of ordering the reprisal killings and four others after two German soldiers were killed. In 2009 Scheungraber (90) was convicted of 10 murders and jailed for life.
    (AP, 10/7/08)(AFP, 8/11/09)

1945        Jun 26, The United Nations Conference on International Organization (UNCIO) was held in San Francisco. Officials gathered to draft a UN Charter, and 50 countries signed the Charter on this date at what is now the Herbst Theater. This signifies the birth of the UN. The Charter was drafted in the Garden Room of the Fairmont Hotel.
    (Park, Spring/95, p.2)(AP, 6/26/97)(SSFC, 2/4/07, p.F1)

1948         Jun 26, The Berlin Airlift began in earnest as the United States, Britain and France started ferrying supplies to the isolated western sector of Berlin, after the Soviet Union cut off land and water routes. The Soviets had been harassing the French, British and American authorities in Berlin for weeks, trying to force them from the city. Finally, when all surface routes to the city were blockaded, it became clear that an airlift through the Allied sectors was the only way to re-supply the 2 million West Berliners. In spite of the enormous human and financial cost, “Operation Vittles" supplied food, fuel and hope to beleaguered citizens until the Soviet barricades were finally lifted on May 12, 1949. In 2010 Richard Reeves authored “Daring Young Men: The Heroism and Triumph of the Berlin Airlift, June 1948-May 1949."
    (AP, 6/26/98)(HN, 6/26/99)(http://tinyurl.com/gqhi)(Econ, 1/2/10, p.63)

1950        Jun 26, President Truman authorized the US Air Force and Navy to enter the Korean conflict.
    (AP, 6/26/07)

1951        Jun 26, The Soviet Union proposed a cease-fire in the Korean War.
    (HN, 6/26/98)

1953        Jun 26, Lavrenti Beria, Russian vice-premier, interior minister, intelligence chief, was arrested. [see Jul 10]
    (MC, 6/26/02)

1955        Jun 26, South Africa’s Congress of the People gathered in Soweto and adopted a Freedom Charter. It called for the mineral wealth beneath the soil to be transferred to the people as a whole.
    (www.anc.org.za/ancdocs/history/charter.html)(Econ, 10/20/12, p.22)

1957        Jun 26, Hurricane Audrey hit Louisiana earlier than expected. It left at least 390 people dead with 192 missing in Louisiana and Texas.
    (SFC, 6/26/09, p.D10)

1959        Jun 26, President Eisenhower joined Britain's Queen Elizabeth II in ceremonies officially opening the St. Lawrence Seaway.
    (CFA, '96, p.48)(AP, 6/26/97)

1960        Jun 26, The Malagasy Republic (Madagascar) gained independence from France.
    (SFC, 8/19/96, p.A10)(PC, 1992, p.973)

1961        Jun 26, Greg LeMond, US bicyclist (Tour de France winner-1986, 1989, 1990), was born.
    (MC, 6/26/02)
1961        Jun 26, A Kuwaiti vote opposed Iraq’s annexation plans.
    (HN, 6/26/98)

1963        Jun 26, President Kennedy visited West Berlin, where he made his famous declaration: "Ich bin ein Berliner" (I am a Berliner) at the Berlin Wall.
    (AP, 6/26/97)(HN, 6/26/98)

1964        Jun 26, Beatles released "A Hard Day's Night" album.
    (MC, 6/26/02)

1965        Jun 26, "Mr. Tambourine Man" by The Byrds reached the number one spot on the pop music charts.
    (SFC, 9/26/06, p.D7)

1966        Jun 26, The pro-British Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF), killed a Catholic civilian. Gusty Spence (1933-2011), one of the UVF founders, was charged with the murder, but the charges were dropped. The UVF had "declared war" on the Irish Republican Army (IRA), which wanted Northern Ireland to sever its connection to Britain and unite with the Republic of Ireland.
    (AP, 9/25/11)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulster_Volunteer_Force)

1968        Jun 26, President Johnson read and released Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren's two June 13 letters, his June 26 reply, and announced that he had named Associate Justice Abe Fortas to succeed Warren.
    {JohnsonL, USA, Supreme Court}
    (AP, 6/26/98)(www.mdeansutton.com/warren.htm)
1968        Jun 26, There was a big victory for the Liberal Party in Canada.
    (WUD, 1994, p.1687)

1971        Jun 26, "Man of La Mancha" closed at ANTA Wash Square Theater in NYC after 2329 performances.
    (www.broadwayworld.com/bwidb/productions/Man_of_La_Mancha_5857/)
1971        Jun 26, The U.S. Justice Department issued a warrant for Daniel Ellsberg, accusing him of giving away the Pentagon Papers. The infamous Pentagon Papers gave insights into the Johnson administration's thinking on the Vietnam War.
    (www.topsecretplay.org/index.php/content/timeline)

1973        Jun 26, Former White House counsel John W. Dean told the Senate Watergate Committee about an "enemies list" kept by the Nixon White House. Nixon’s Enemies List is the informal name of what started as a list of Pres. Journalist Daniel Schorr soon obtained the list and read it over the air with preview finding his own name listed as #17. Richard Nixon’s major political opponents compiled by Charles Colson, written by George T. Bell (assistant to Colson, special counsel to the White House), were sent in memorandum form to John Dean on September 9, 1971. 
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nixon%27s_Enemies_List)(AP, 6/26/07)(SFC, 7/24/10, p.C4)
1973        Jun 26, Ernest Truex (b.1889), American stage, film and TV actor, died.
    (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0874139/bio)

1974        Jun 26, At the Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio, Sharon Buchanon became the 1st cashier to scan a Universal Product Code (UPC) code. The 59 black and white bar code was used on a 67 cent 10-pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit chewing gum. The scanner was a Spectra-Physics Model A. Norman Joseph Woodland and Bernard Silver (d.1962) had patented the 1st bar code scanner in 1952. In 1977 an int’l. version was created.
    (SFC, 7/5/04, p.E3)(SSFC, 11/6/05, p.B5)(SFC, 6/26/09, p.C3)
1974        Jun 26, German regulators forced the troubled Bank Herstatt into liquidation. A number of banks had released payment of Deutsche Marks (DEM) to Herstatt in Frankfurt in exchange for US Dollars (USD) that was to be delivered in New York. Because of time-zone differences, Herstatt ceased operations between the times of the respective payments. The counterparty banks did not receive their USD payments.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herstatt_Bank)(Econ, 9/21/13, p.81)

1975        Jun 26, Citing what she called a "deep and widespread conspiracy" against her government, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declared a state of emergency, which lasted to 1977.
    (AP, 6/26/97)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indira_Gandhi)
1975        Jun 26, There was a firefight on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota as FBI agents pursued a robbery suspect. In 1977 Leonard Peltier, an Ojibwa-Sioux Indian, was found guilty of murdering 2 FBI agents, Ronald Williams and Jack Coler as they lay wounded. In 1983 Peter Matthiessen wrote “In the Spirit of Crazy Horse," that described the related events. The book was pulled out of bookstores after an FBI agent and a former governor sued him for libel. Matthiessen claims to have spoken to the man who actually shot the agents.
    (SFC,11/22/97, p.D1)(SFEC,12/797, p.B11)(SFC, 11/9/99, p.A10)(SFC, 6/26/00, p.A4)

1976        Jun 26, The CN Tower in Toronto, at this time the world’s tallest free-standing structure (553 meters), opened to the public.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CN_Tower)

1977        Jun 26, 42 people were killed when a fire sent toxic smoke pouring through the Maury County Jail in Columbia, Tenn.
    (AP, 6/26/97)

1979        Jun 26, Heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali (b.1942) confirmed to reporters that he'd sent a letter to the World Boxing Association resigning his title, saying his third announced retirement was indeed final.
    (AP, 6/26/99)

1980        Jul 26, Kenneth Tynan (53), dramaturge for Britain’s National Theater, died in California from emphysema. In 2001 John Lahr edited essays from his last 10 years: "The Diaries of Kenneth Tynan."
    (WSJ, 11/23/01, p.W8)(www.imdb.com/name/nm0878985/bio)
1980        Jun 26, In Syria there was an assassination attempt by the Muslim Brotherhood on Pres. Assad. Syrian security forces retaliated by killing hundreds of Islamist inmates at the Tadmur prison. The Syrian public did not find out about this until January 1981.
    (http://tinyurl.com/5u5jw7)(Econ, 5/30/15, p.82)

1984        Jun 26, Carl Foreman (b.1914), producer, writer (Born Free, High Noon), died of cancer.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Foreman)
1984        Jun 26, Michel Foucault (b.1926), French philosopher (History of Sexuality), died in Paris of an AIDs-related illness.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michel_Foucault)

1986        Jun 26, The U.S. Supreme Court in Ford v. Wainwright, ruled on the mentally impaired person's competence to be executed. The Supreme Court ruled that the Eighth Amendment prohibits the execution of an insane prisoner and that Ford had the right to a judicial hearing to determine his competence to be executed.
    (www.jaapl.org/cgi/content/full/34/2/253)

1987        Jun 26, US Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr. announced his retirement, leaving a vacancy that was filled by Anthony M. Kennedy.
    (AP 6/26/97)

1988        Jun 26, Three people were killed when a new Airbus A-320 jetliner carrying more than 130 people crashed into a forest during an air show demonstration flight in Mulhouse, France.
    (AP, 6/26/98)

1989        Jun 26, The Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty may be imposed for murderers who committed their crimes as young as age 16, and for mentally retarded killers as well.
    (AP, 6/26/99)(WSJ, 5/26/04, p.B1)

1990        Jun 26, President Bush, who’d campaigned for office on a pledge of “no new taxes," conceded that tax increases would have to be included in any deficit-reduction package worked out with congressional negotiators.
    (AP, 6/26/00)
1990        Jun 26, African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela addressed the U.S. Congress, asking for "material resources" to hasten the end of white-led rule.
    (AP, 6/26/97)

1991        Jun 26, A Kentucky medical examiner announced that test results showed President Zachary Taylor had died in 1850 of natural causes—and not arsenic poisoning, as speculated by a writer. Taylor’s remains were exhumed so that tissue samples could be taken.
    (AP, 6/26/01)
1991        Jun 26, Slovenian crowds gathered to declare their independence. They blockaded the barracks of the Yugoslav army and their Territorial Defense Force attacked border crossings and armored columns.
    (SFC, 5/26/96, T-5)

1992        Jun 26, Navy Secretary H. Lawrence Garrett III resigned, accepting responsibility for a "leadership failure" that resulted in the Tailhook sex-abuse scandal.
    (AP, 6/26/97)
1992        Jun 26, The US Supreme Court ruled that fund soliciting can be banned at airports.
    (http://fact.trib.com/1st.91.92supr.html)
1992        Jun 26, Willie L. Williams was sworn in as Los Angeles police chief, succeeding Daryl Gates.
    (AP, 6/26/97)

1993        Jun 26, President Clinton announced the U.S. had launched missiles against Iraqi targets because of "compelling evidence" Iraq had plotted to assassinate former President Bush.
    (AP, 6/26/98)
1993        Jun 26, Roy Campanella, legendary catcher for the Negro Leagues and the Los Angeles Dodgers and baseball Hall-of-Famer, died in Woodland Hills, Calif., at age 71.
    (HN, 6/26/98)(AP, 6/26/98)

1994        Jun 26, Hundreds of thousands of homosexuals gathered in New York City to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn riot, considered the birth of the gay-rights movement.
    (AP, 6/26/99)
1994        Jun 26, An Israeli commission found that a Jewish settler had acted alone when he shot and killed 29 Muslims in a Hebron mosque, rejecting Palestinian claims of a conspiracy.
    (AP, 6/26/99)

1995        Jun 26, President Clinton observed the 50th anniversary of the United Nations at the site of its birth in San Francisco.
    (AP, 6/26/00)
1995        Jun 26, The Supreme Court ruled, 6-to-3, that public schools can require drug tests for its athletes.
    (AP, 6/26/00)
1995        Jun 26, In San Francisco a demonstration occurred on behalf of Abu-Jamal, convicted in the 1981 killing of a Philadelphia police officer. Police arrested 279 demonstrators. In 1996 34 of the demonstrators won small claim settlements of $1,000 each for lack of probable cause in the felony-arson arrests where 2 trash bins and a couch were set on fire.
    (SFC, 9/19/96, p.A13,16)
1995        Jun 26, Egypt’s Pres. Mubarak escaped unharmed after his motorcade came under fire during a trip to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He was en route to a summit of the Organization of African Unity. In 1996 an Ethiopian court sentenced 3 Egyptian men to death for the attack.
    (SFC, 9/21/96, p.A10)(AP, 7/9/04)(SFC, 2/12/11, p.A4)

1996          Jun 26, President Clinton and leaders of the world's other industrial powers gathered in Lyon, France, for their annual economic summit.
    (AP, 6/26/97)
1996        Jun 26, The Supreme Court ordered the Virginia Military Academy to admit women or forgo state support.
    (AP, 6/26/97)
1996        Jun 26, Former White House counsel Bernard Nussbaum took the blame for the FBI files controversy; White House security chief Craig Livingstone resigned.
    (AP, 6/26/97)
1996        Jun 26, The US Supreme court gave political parties a free speech right to spend more money for candidate promotion. The vote struck down a limit on party spending enacted after Watergate in 1974.
    (SFC, 6/27/96, p.A3)
1996        Jun 26, The US Senate Science, Technology and Space subcommittee sent a live audio feed over the Internet for the first time. The proceedings were on online commerce and encryption software.
    (SFC, 6/27/96, p.A3)
1996        Jun 26, The $1.6 billion Galileo spacecraft was expected to fly to within 527 miles of Ganymede, the largest moon of Jupiter. It was scheduled to photograph Jupiter and four of its 16 moons.
    (USAT, 6/25/96, p.3A)
1996        Jun 26, J. Lee Rankin, solicitor general under Pres. Eisenhower, died. He presided over the Brown vs. Board of Education case and served as chief council to the Warren Commission.
    (WP, 6/29/96, p.B6)
1996        Jun 26, In Afghanistan guerrilla leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, head of Hezbi-Islami, having been eliminated as a military power, signed a peace pact with Rabbani, and returned to Kabul to rule as prime minister. Hekmatyar was a member of the dominant Pashtun group, unlike Rabanni and military commander Ahmad Shah Massoud who belong to the Tajik ethnic group. The Taliban militia launched an assault that killed 54 and wounded 118 people. Pakistan’s spy service (ISI) had helped form the Taliban movement.
    (www.afghan-web.com/history/)(WSJ, 6/27/96, p.A1)(SFC, 9/23/96, A12) (Econ, 2/9/13, p.44)
1996        Jun 26, In London a running battle erupted after Germany defeated England on penalties in the European soccer championships. 70 people were injured and 200 were arrested.
    (SFC, 6/28/96, p.A14)
1996        Jun 26, Earl Spencer, brother of Princess Diana, sold four of his titles to help finance the family’s country estate. He sold the title “Lordship of Wimbledon" for $336,450. It had been in the family since 1744. Other titles for sale included The Manors of Upper Bodington, Newland Squillers and Theddingworth.
    (WP, 6/29/96, p.F3)
1996        Jun 26, In Dublin, Ireland, reporter Veronica Guerin, who covered the city’s crime world, was shot and killed at a traffic light ambush by 2 men on motorcycle. In Nov, 1998, Paul “Hippo" Ward (34) was convicted for the murder and sentenced to life in prison. John Gilligan and Brian Meehan also faced murder charges. Meehan (34), king of the Dublin cannabis dealers, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in 1999. Meehan received an additional 47 years for drug dealing and weapons possession. In 2001 Gilligan was acquitted of the murder charges but was sentenced to 28 years in prison on drug charges.
    (USAT, 6/27/96, p.10A)(SFC, 11/28/98, p.A12)(SFC, 7/30/99, p.D3)(SFC, /16/01, p.A16)
1996        Jun 26, At least 30 children died of acute kidney failure after taking contaminated liquid acetaminophen made by a company in Haiti. Another 38 were being treated for acute kidney failure. Glycerin from China was contaminated with diethylene glycol as it was shipped to Haiti. It was then used in children's medication that killed 86 people from 1995-1996.
    (SFC, 6/26/96, p.A9)(AP, 10/27/06)
1996        Jun 26, Palestinian guerrillas ambushed Israeli soldiers in the Jordan Valley. They killed 3 and wounded 2.
    (SFC, 6/27/96, p.A10)

1997        Jun 26, The Supreme Court struck down a congressional attempt to keep pornography off the Internet, saying it violated the First Amendment; the court also let stand the president's line-item veto authority without addressing its constitutionality.
    (AP, 6/26/98)
1997        Jun 26, The Supreme Court ruled that terminally ill Americans had no constitutional right to doctor-assisted suicide, but did nothing to bar states from legalizing the process.
    (SFC, 6/27/97, p.A1)(AP, 6/26/98)
1997        Jun 26, It was reported that there was a sharp decline of Antarctic krill, the basic food of many fish, whales and penguins. An explosion of tiny marine animals called salps that love warmer waters was also observed.
    (SFC, 6/26/97, p.A3)
1997        Jun 26, In Albania gunmen fired at the presidential motorcade of Pres. Berisha, who was on a campaign rally. Three guards were wounded. Nearly 1500 people have been killed since March when protests over the failed pyramid schemes turned into armed rebellion.
    (SFC, 6/27/97, p.A12)
1997        Jun 26, In the Congo soldiers seized Etienne Tshisekedi after he gave a speech accusing the Kabila regime of establishing a new dictatorship.
    (WSJ, 6/27/97, p.A1)
1997        Jun 26, In Ireland Bertie Ahern became the prime minister and appointed Mary Harney, leader of the right-wing Progressive Democrats, as his assistant.
    (SFC, 6/27/97, p.A3)
1997        Jun 26, Turkey announced the end of the 10-week Operation Hammer, its cross-border operation against the Kurds. The Turks reported to have lost 113 men and it was estimated that 3,000 guerrillas of the PKK were killed.
    (WSJ, 6/27/97, p.A13)

1998        Jun 26, Pres. Clinton visited Beijing and chided China about its human rights record, but said Beijing and Washington must cooperated “for the future sake of the world."
    (SFC, 6/27/98, p.A1)
1998        Jun 26, The US agreed to modernize 10 helicopters for Colombia and to provide 6 new ones to fight drug traffickers.
    (SFC, 6/27/98, p.A14)
1998        Jun 26, The Supreme Court issued a landmark sexual harassment ruling, putting employers on notice that they can be held responsible for supervisors' misconduct even if they knew nothing about it.
    (AP, 6/26/99)
1998        Jun 26, Hundreds rioted in eastern Algeria over the death of Lounes Matoub, a popular singer.
    (SFC, 6/27/98, p.A13)
1998        Jun 26, In Israel some 1,500 marchers in Tel Aviv celebrated gay pride.
    (SFEC, 7/20/98, p.A16)
1998        Jun 26, In the Ivory Coast Alioune Blondin Beye, a diplomat from Mali, crashed in a small plane near Abidjan. He had just met with Togo Pres. Gnassigbe Eyadema to support peace talks in Angola. Three other passengers were Koffi Adjovi of Togo, journalist Moktar Gueye of Senegal, and Baendegar Dessandre of Chad.
    (SFEC, 6/28/98, p.A18)
1998        Jun 26, In Norway a draft law was passed to set aside $58 million for Jewish survivors of Nazi death camps.
    (SFC, 6/27/98, p.A14)
1998        Jun 26, In Taiwan summer camps were ordered to be closed and children under 14 barred from swimming pools to fight an intestinal virus that has recently killed 52 children.
    (SFC, 6/27/98, p.A14)
1998        Jun 26, In Thailand four Pakistanis were reported to have been arrested in Bangkok. They were suspected of planning to assassinate US Ambassador William Itoh and to launch a terrorist strike against the US embassy.
    (SFC, 6/27/98, p.A14)

1999        Jun 26, In North Carolina the Int'l. Special Olympics opened in Cary.
    (SFC, 7/3/99, p.A2)
1999        Jun 26, China's legislature revised a Hong Kong ruling on immigration and reasserted its right to decide issues that concern the mainland and Hong Kong. In Dec the high court in Hong Kong affirmed the Chinese decision.
    (SFC, 6/26/99, p.A16)(SFC, 12/4/99, p.A12)
1999        Jun 26, It was reported that 500,000 acres of forest in China's Liaoning province were destroyed by at least 20 types of bugs due to lack of diversity, the high ration of young trees and drought from last year.
    (SFC, 6/26/99, p.A8)
1999        Jun 26, In Colombia Richard Grasso, chairman of the New York Stock Exchange, met with Paul Reyes, leader of the FARC, to discuss peace and the promise of capitalism.
    (SFC, 6/28/99, p.A10)
1999        Jun 26, NATO reopened the main airport in Kosovo, 10 miles west of Pristina. The first flight was a Russian cargo plane. An advance contingent of Russian troops flew into Kosovo to help reopen a strategic airport and join an uneasy alliance with NATO peacekeepers.
    (SFEC, 6/27/99, p.A20)(AP, 6/26/00)
1999        Jun 26, Pakistan gave tacit admission that its fighters were involved in the Kashmir region against Indian forces. India claimed to have lost 5 men and that 4 infiltrators were killed. Islamabad claimed that an offensive was repulsed and that 12 Indian soldiers were killed.
    (SFEC, 6/27/99, p.A23)
1999        Jun 26, In southern Serbia 3 Albanian-American brothers Illy, Mehmet and Agron Bytyqi, strayed outside of Kosovo's unmarked boundary and were arrested. They spent 15 days in a Serb jail for illegally crossing the border. Upon their release they were taken by two Serb policemen to a training camp in eastern Serbia, where they were summarily executed. In 2001 their bodies were found bound and blindfolded in a trash-filled mass grave near the training camp’s fence. They had left their New York pizza business in 1999 to join Kosovo rebels fighting for secession from Serbia. In 2009 a Serbian war crimes court acquitted two former Serb policemen of collaborating in the execution-style slaying. 
    (AP, 6/11/09)(AP, 9/22/09)

2000        Jun 26, The Supreme Court gave new power to its landmark Miranda decision of 1966, ruling police still must warn the people they arrest of their “right to remain silent" when questioned.
    (AP, 6/26/01)
2000        Jun 26, The Supreme Court struck down California’s system of “blanket primaries." It ruled that political parties have the right to exclude nonparty members from choosing their candidates.
    (SFC, 6/27/00, p.A1)
2000        Jun 26, Public and private gene researchers, Celera Genomics and the National Human Genome Research Institute, announced at the White House that they had roughly mapped the human genome. Craig Venter, head of Celera, acquired private funding in 1998 and began decoding in September 1999. In 2007 Venter authored “A Life Decoded: My Genome: My Life." A truly complete sequence was not published until 2003.
    (SFC, 6/27/00, p.A1)(AP, 6/26/01)(WSJ, 10/27/07, p.W6)(Econ, 6/19/10, SR p.3)
2000        Jun 26, The new United Religions organization planned a charter signing ceremony at Carnegie Mellon Univ. in Pittsburgh. Episcopal Bishop William Swing first announced his dream June, 1995, at Grace Cathedral in SF. A 41-member Global Council will coordinate activities. 24 members will be chosen by a worldwide membership in 8 regional elections, with a dozen at-large trustees and 5 seats from the current board. The basic unit of the organization will be a group of 7 or more people from a mix of religious traditions.
    (SFC, 6/19/00, p.A1,5)
2000        Jun 26, In Germany a 6-year-old Turkish boy was attacked and killed in a school yard in Hamburg by a pit bull and a Staffordshire terrier. The attack led German states to enact new rules on dog ownership.
    (SFC, 7/1/00, p.A12)
2000        Jun 26, In Indonesia Pres. Wahid declared a state of emergency in the eastern Maluku Islands. Over the last 6 days 60 people were reported killed in Ambon.
    (SFC, 6/27/00, p.A14)
2000        Jun 26, In Northern Ireland the IRA allowed an independent examination of its clandestine arms for the 1st time in its 81 year history.
    (SFC, 6/27/00, p.A12)
2000        Jun 26, In Poland a 2-day ministerial-level conference, “Toward a Community of Democracies," was the 1st of a planned biannual series.
    (SFEC, 6/25/00, p.A9)
2000        Jun 26, The Vatican unveiled the 62-line handwritten account of Lucia de Jesus dos Santos from the Fatima, Portugal, vision of Jul 13, 1917.
    (SFC, 6/27/00, p.A12)

2001        Jun 26, Pres. Bush met with Israel’s PM Ariel Sharon who resisted pressure to move faster on a US backed cease-fire accord. Sharon insisted on a complete halt to Palestinian hostilities.
    (WSJ, 6/27/01, p.A1)(SFC, 6/27/01, p.A10)
2001        Jun 26, Pres. Bush met with South Africa Pres. Thabo Mbeki and defended Mbeki’s efforts to combat AIDS.
    (SFC, 6/27/01, p.A10)
2001        Jun 26, George Trofimoff (74), a retired US Army Reserve officer, was convicted in Tampa for spying for Moscow for 22 years while serving as a civilian interrogator of refugees and defectors in Germany. He was sentenced to life in prison on Sep 27. Trofimoff, who maintains his innocence, was sentenced to life in prison.
    (WS, 6/27/01, p.A1)(WSJ, 9/28/01, p.A1)(AP, 6/26/02)
 2001        Jun 26, In Chechnya Russian troops claimed to have killed at least 30 rebels near the Georgian border.
    (WSJ, 6/27/01, p.A1)
2001        Jun 26, In China 7 members of a North Korean family took refuge in the Beijing office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and claimed fear of deportation.
    (SFC, 6/27/01, p.D3)
2001        Jun 26, In Haiti a bus crash near St. Louis du Sud left 41 people dead.
    (SFC, 6/28/01, p.A10)
2001        Jun 26, In Papua, New Guinea, police killed at least 3 students protesting government austerity measures. Another 13 were wounded and rioting ensued.
    (WSJ, 6/27/01, p.A1)
2001        Jun 26, In Uganda poll violence left at least 7 people dead.
    (WSJ, 6/27/01, p.A1)

2002        Jun 26, Chinese basketball star Yao Ming was selected first overall by the Houston Rockets in the NBA draft.
    (AP, 6/26/03)
2002        Jun 26, The Ninth US Circuit Court in SF ruled that the “under God" phrase in the Pledge of Allegiance is an endorsement of religion and violates the Constitution. It was unconstitutional because of the words "under God" inserted by Congress in 1954. The US Supreme Court overturned the decision in 2004 on a technicality.
    (SFC, 6/27/02, p.A1)(AP, 6/26/07)
2002        Jun 26, Shares of WorldCom Inc. were halted after they lost almost all of their remaining value in premarket trading after the No. 2 U.S. long distance phone company said it discovered $3.8 billion in improperly booked expenses. The company soon began shedding 17,000 jobs, a fifth of its work force. Another $3.8 billion in improper accounting was reported in August. In 2004 earnings were restated for 2000 and 2001, with losses of $48.9 billion and $15.6 billion instead of gains of $4.6 bil and $2.1 bil.
    (WSJ, 6/26/02, p.A1)(SFC, 6/29/02, p.B1)(SFC, 8/9/02, p.A1)(WSJ, 10/30/02, p.A1)(SFC, 3/13/04, p.C2)
2002        Jun 26, In LA a van with 27 suspected illegal immigrants crashed after it tried to avoid a border patrol check and 6 people were killed.
    (SFC, 6/26/02, p.A3)
2002        Jun 26, In Florida Jennifer Irene Graves (30) shot Ronnie Katrina Holton (21) in the head and kidnapped her 6-month-old boy. Graves was arrested in Fort Myers and Holton died 3 days later.
    (SSFC, 6/30/02, p.A20)
2002        Jun 26, Philip Whalen (78), Zen Buddhist priest and SF Beat poet, died.   
    (SFC, 6/27/02, p.A19)
2002        Jun 26, In Argentina police and national guardsmen fired tear gas at hundreds of jobless protesters trying to blockade highways around the capital. Two people were killed and at least 90 injured.
    (AP, 6/26/02)(SFC, 6/27/02, p.A14)
2002        Jun 26, The 2-day G-8 Summit opened at Kananaskis, Alberta. The leaders of the world's richest countries begin a two-day summit on a peace plan for the Middle East, the fight against terrorism and aid for Africa. They announced that Russia would be made a full-fledged member of the elite group.
    (Reuters, 6/26/02)(SSFC, 5/26/02, p.C2)(AP, 6/26/03)
2002        Jun 26, In Toronto, Canada, city workers went on strike at midday as last-ditch negotiations with Toronto officials failed to come up with a new labor contract to resolve the dispute over wages and job security. Upcoming events included a Gay Pride parade, next week's Molson Indy car race and a visit by the Pope.
    (Reuters, 6/27/02)(Reuters, 6/28/02)
2002        Jun 26, A Belgian appeals court tossed out the war crimes case against Israeli PM Sharon, for his role in the 1982 massacre at the Lebanon Shatilla refugee camp, and said subjects had to be on Belgian soil in order to be investigated and tried.
    (SFC, 6/27/02, p.A8)
2002        Jun 26, Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien said the outlook for the world's big economies is improving, despite concern over accounting standards in the United States, after the first day of the G-8 summit. Anti-globalization activists hit the streets across Canada in protest at world leaders meeting in Alberta.
    (Reuters, 6/27/02)
2002        Jun 28, In Abidjan, Ivory Coast, a court certified the nationality of Alassane Dramane Ouattara, the main opposition leader.
    (SSFC, 6/30/02, p.A20)
2002        Jun 26, The United States became the first country to take a formal stand on the leadership battle for control of Madagascar, recognizing Marc Ravalomanana as the legitimate president.
    (AP, 6/26/02)
2002        Jun 26, The Palestinian Authority, under pressure from President Bush to dump Yasser Arafat as its leader, announced that presidential elections will be held in mid-January.
    (Reuters, 6/26/02)(SFC, 6/27/02, p.A8)
2002        Jun 26, Ten Pakistani soldiers and two suspected al Qaeda militants were killed in a gun battle in the lawless tribal area bordering Afghanistan.
    (Reuters, 6/26/02)(SFC, 6/27/02, p.A9)
2002        Jun 26, A Moscow court sentenced in absentia former KGB Gen. Oleg Kalugin to 15 years in prison for revealing secrets about U.S.-based agents in a 1994 book about his Cold War career.
    (AP, 6/26/02)(SFC, 6/27/02, p.A14)

2003        Jun 26, The US Supreme court, in Lawrence v. Texas, struck down a Texas sodomy law and proclaimed that gay Americans have a right to private sexual relations. The court ruled 6-3 that laws prohibiting sexual acts between members of the same sex are unconstitutional. In 2012 Dale Carpenter authored “Flagrant conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_v._Texas)(SFC, 6/27/03, p.A1) (SSFC, 3/18/12, p.F1)
2003        Jun 26, The US Supreme court ruled that a provision of the 1994 California penal code that extended the statute of limitations for child molestation was unconstitutional.
    (SFC, 6/27/03, p.A1)
2003        Jun 26, A jury in Fort Worth, Texas, convicted former nurse's aide Chante Mallard of murder for hitting a homeless man with her car, driving home with his mangled body jammed in the windshield and leaving him to die in her garage. Mallard was later sentenced to 50 years in prison.
    (AP, 6/26/04)(AP, 6/26/08)
2003        Jun 26, Strom Thurmond (1902-2003), former South Carolina Senator, died at 100.
    (SFC, 6/27/03, p.A1)(WSJ, 6/27/03, p.A1)
2003        Jun 26, Researchers said the Amazon rain forest is disappearing at an increasing rate, mainly because of a growing appetite for farm land.
    (AP, 6/26/03)
2003        Jun 26, The 24th annual Montreal Jazz Festival opened. By Jul 6 it had drawn some 1.7 million attendees.
    (WSJ, 7/10/03, p.D8)
2003        Jun 26, Sir Denis Thatcher (88), husband of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, died in London.
    (AP, 6/26/04)
2003        Jun 26, Canada's health ministry approved a "safe injection site" for illegal drug users in Vancouver. After 5 years it was found that only about 500 of the city’s 8,000 addicts used the Insite program on a daily basis and that there was no decrease in HIV cases.
    (SFC, 6/27/03, p.D1)(Econ, 8/9/08, p.37)
2003        Jun 26, In Monrovia, Liberia, 3 days of rocket and mortar fire left at least 200 civilians dead.
    (SFC, 6/27/03, p.A17)

2004        Jun 26, President Bush won support from the 25-nation European Union for an initial agreement to help train Iraq's armed forces.
    (AP, 6/26/05)
2004        Jun 26, The world’s top central bankers approved Basel 2, a new capital-adequacy framework for banks.
    (Econ, 7/3/04, p.61)
2004        Jun 26, Taliban remnants claimed responsibility for the bomb attack that killed two Afghani United Nations election workers in eastern Afghanistan.
    (AP, 6/26/04)
2004        Jun 26, In Beijing, China, 4 days of talks on North Korea’s nuclear program ended with a promise for further discussion.
    (SSFC, 6/27/04, p.A24)
2004        Jun 26, Czech PM Vladimir Spidla resigned after his Social Democrats did badly in EU elections.
    (Econ, 7/3/04, p.6)
2004        Jun 26, In Berlin, Germany, hundreds of thousands of revelers sporting costumes from full Victorian garb to skimpy leather outfits and feather boas celebrated gay pride.
    (AP, 6/26/04)
2004        Jun 26, In Indian-controlled Kashmir suspected Islamic rebels raided a village and shot to death 12 Muslims while they slept.
    (AP, 6/26/04)
2004        Jun 26, Insurgents launched attacks in the strife-ridden city of Baqouba, and nine people died, six of them insurgents. Attacks occurred in other cities north and south of Baghdad.
    (AP, 6/26/04)
2004        Jun 26, In Iraq explosions that rocked the center of the predominantly Shiite Muslim city of Hillah killed 40 people and injured 22.
    (AP, 6/27/04)
2004        Jun 26, Israeli troops killed 7 Palestinian militants during a raid in Nablus.
    (SSFC, 6/27/04, p.A24)
2004        Jun 26, Israeli composer Naomi Shemer (74) died. Her most famous work was "Jerusalem of Gold," an emotional ballad describing the country's attachment and yearning for the city, shortly before Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war.
    (AP, 6/26/04)
2004        Jun 26, Pakistan Prime Minister Zafarullah Jamali told a meeting of ruling party members he had resigned from office, dissolved the cabinet and nominated as his successor president of the Pakistan Muslim League (PML) Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain.
    (AP, 6/26/04)
2004        Jun 26, Rebels from Sudan's remote Darfur demanded the imposition of a military no-fly zone, free access for aid workers and war crimes trials for Arab militias who have looted and burned throughout the region.
    (AP, 6/26/04)

2005        Jun 26, Dozens of international leaders met in San Francisco to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the UN’s birth.
    (AP, 6/26/06)
2005        Jun 26, Tens of thousands of festively dressed people marched in parades around the country to celebrate the 35th anniversary of gay pride.
    (AP, 6/26/06)
205        Jun 26, South Korea’s Birdie Kim holed a 30-yard bunker shot to birdie the 18th hole and win the US Women’s Open.
    (AP, 6/26/06)
2005        Jun 26, In Bulgaria with 99.6% of the votes counted, the Socialists had 31% of the vote, while the ruling center-right National Movement of PM Simeon Saxcoburggotski had 20%. The Movement for rights and Freedoms, a party for ethnic Turks, won 13%.
    (AP, 6/26/05)(WSJ, 6/27/05, p.A12)(Econ, 7/2/05, p.46)
2005        Jun 26, Toronto, Canada, celebrated its 25th annual Pride Parade, one of the world's largest gay and lesbian festivals under a blistering sun. NYC and SF also hosted large parades as did other cities around the world.
    (AP, 6/26/05)
2005        Jun 26, Thousands of Chinese rioted in a dispute sparked by a lopsided roadside brawl, set fire to cars and wounded six police officers in Chizhou, eastern Anhui province.
    (Reuters, 6/29/05)
2005        Jun 26, In Egypt some 200 demonstrators gathered outside state security headquarters in Cairo to protest torture.
    (AP, 6/26/05)
2005        Jun 26, Heavy rains caused flooding and landslides in El Salvador and Honduras, leaving a total of 39 dead in both countries, including 21 people killed when a bus was carried away by flood waters.
    (AP, 6/27/05)
2005        Jun 26, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder arrived in Washington for a visit shortened by election-year pressure.
    (AP, 6/27/05)
2005        Jun 26, Iran President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vowed to pursue a peaceful nuclear program, an effort the US maintains is really a cover for trying to build atomic bombs, and said his government will not be an extremist one.
    (AP, 6/26/05)
2005        Jun 26, In Iraq a suicide bomber with explosives hidden beneath watermelons in a pickup truck slammed into a police station near a market in Mosul killing 10 police officers and 2 civilians. In Sadiya 6 Iraqi soldiers were gunned down outside their base. A bomber in Al Kasik killed 16 Iraqi civilians arriving for work on an army base. In Mosul a suicide bomber killed 5 Iraqi police. One US soldier was killed in Baghdad by a homemade bomb.
    (AP, 6/26/05)(SSFC, 6/26/05, p.A7)
2005        Jun 26, Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom released a letter saying Israel wished "to express our regret for the activities which resulted in the arrest and conviction of two Israeli citizens in New Zealand on criminal charges and apologize for the involvement of Israeli citizens in such activities." The two nations restored full diplomatic relations.
    (AP, 6/27/05)
2005        Jun 26, An Israeli court ruled that Jerusalem's gay pride parade could proceed as planned and ordered the city's mayor to pay $6,500 out of his own pocket for trying to stop it.
    (AP, 6/26/05)
2005        Jun 26, Jordan barred publication of Saddam Hussein's fourth novel, titled "Get Out, Damned One," due to political concerns. Saddam's eldest daughter, Raghad, said her father finished the novel March 18, 2003, a day before the U.S.-led war on Iraq began
    (AP, 6/26/05)
2005        Jun 26, In Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, 44 kidnap victims were freed in a series of raids by soldiers and federal agents. Deputy Attorney General Gilberto Higuera said those rescued were apparently "involved in criminal activities and were not victims of kidnappings" for ransom.
    (AP, 6/27/05)
2005        Jun 26, In Nepal communist rebels freed 90 high school students who were seized from their classrooms last week.
    (AP, 6/27/05)

2006        Jun 26, President Bush said it was "disgraceful" that newspapers had disclosed a secret CIA-Treasury program to track millions of financial records in search of terrorist suspects.
    (AP, 6/26/07)
2006        Jun 26, The US Supreme Court ruled that Vermont's 1997 limits on contributions and spending in political campaigns are too low and improperly hinder the ability of candidates to raise money and speak to voters.
    (www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/06/26/supremecourt/main1751377.shtml)
2006        Jun 26, More than a foot of rain inundated Washington DC, toppling a 100-year-old elm tree on the White House lawn and causing flooding that closed major government departments.
    (WSJ, 6/27/06, p.A1)(AP, 6/26/07)
2006        Jun 26, Warren Buffett, the world's second-richest person, donated some $37 billion, more than 80% of his fortune, to foundations run by his friend Bill Gates and by the Buffett family. The Gates foundation received $31 billion.
    (SFC, 6/27/06, p.A3)
2006        Jun 26, Fifteen finalists were named in the inaugural Purpose Prize, awarded to Americans over 60 who have used their experience and skills to tackle social problems. Prizes came from the Atlantic Philanthropies and the John Templeton Foundation.
    (SFC, 6/26/06, p.A2)
2006        Jun 26, GM said that 35,000 workers had accepted incentives to retire early.
    (Econ, 7/1/06, p.55)(http://tinyurl.com/e6ddb)
2006        Jun 26, In California 2 Navy jets collided near King City and one pilot was killed.
    (SFC, 6/27/06, p.B5)
2006        Jun 26, The Bank for Int’l. Settlements, the central banks’ bank, said a tightening of monetary policy would continue in an effort to keep inflation at bay.
    (Econ, 7/1/06, p.52)
2006        Jun 26, In southern Afghanistan 30 rebels and four Afghan soldiers died in a series of clashes. Coalition and Afghan forces killed 10 militants during a raid on a compound belonging to a weapons producer in the Shahidi Hassas district of Uruzgan province.
    (AFP, 6/27/06)(SFC, 6/28/06, p.A13)
2006        Jun 26, In Brazil 12 men and one woman were killed in a gunfight with police outside a prison in Sao Bernardo do Campo, an industrial suburb on the outskirts of Sao Paulo. Acting on orders from imprisoned PCC leaders, they had planned to shoot as many as 60 guards from four lockups over a 10-day period as they headed to work or finished their shifts.
    (AP, 6/27/06)
2006        Jun 26, Foundem, a small British shopping comparison site, discovered that all of its obvious comparison shopping keywords no longer applied for the company due to changes made by Google.
    (www.theregister.co.uk/2009/11/19/google_hand_of_god/)
2006        Jun 26, Phelps Dodge Corp. said it would acquire Canada's Inco Ltd. and Falconbridge Ltd. for about $40 billion in a blockbuster deal to create the world's largest nickel miner and second-largest copper producer.
    (AP, 6/26/06)
2006        Jun 26, An attack on an army camp in the Central African Republic (CAR) resulted in 33 deaths. The provisional toll included 11 CAR soldiers, two Chadian soldiers from the multinational force FOMUC and 20 attackers.
    (AFP, 6/27/06)
2006        Jun 26, East Timor's embattled PM Alkatiri resigned, setting off celebrations in the violence-scarred capital and raising hopes for an end to weeks of political turmoil and unrest.
    (AP, 6/26/06)
2006        Jun 26, The EU urged all nations to sign a global convention against torture, calling the practice "cruel, inhuman and degrading" not only to victims but to those who inflict such treatment on people.
    (AP, 6/26/06)
2006        Jun 26, Thousands of doctors at municipal hospitals in Germany walked off the job in a strike that follows a recent round of walkouts by their counterparts at university-run clinics. A 2-year-old bear was killed by a hunter under sanction by officials in the southern state of Bavaria. Bruno was the first wild bear to be seen in Germany since 1835. The next day Italy's environment minister lodged an official protest with his German counterpart over the killing.
    (AP, 6/26/06)(AP, 6/28/06)
2006        Jun 26, In central Indonesia a police officer said floods triggered by heavy rain killed 22 people, the second such disaster in the sprawling nation in less than a week.
    (AP, 6/26/06)
2006        Jun 26, Gunmen attacked a convoy assigned to Iraq's most senior Sunni Arab politician, killing one bodyguard. Bombs killed at least 40 people at markets in Baqouba and Hillah, hours after key lawmakers said 7 Sunni Arab insurgent groups offered the government a conditional truce. A security company headed by Henry E. Wilkins, a former US State Department official, said it will oversee the $300 million construction of a large international airport in the southern Iraqi city of Najaf.
    (AP, 6/26/06)
2006        Jun 26, Israel massed troops along the Gaza Strip border in preparation for what PM Ehud Olmert said would be a "broad and ongoing" operation against Palestinian militants following the abduction of an Israeli soldier.
    (AP, 6/26/06)
2006        Jun 26, Near-final returns showed Italians soundly rejected massive changes to the country's postwar constitution that proponents had argued would increase political stability and modernize the country.
    (AP, 6/26/06)
2006        Jun 26, An official said Japan hopes to slash greenhouse gas emissions and fight global warming with a revolutionary plan to pump 200 million tons of carbon dioxide into underground storage reservoirs by 2020 instead of releasing it into the atmosphere.
    (AP, 6/26/06)(WSJ, 6/27/06, p.A1)
2006        Jun 26, Officials said Tokyo and Washington will deploy advanced Patriot interceptor missiles in Japan for the first time, amid concerns North Korea may be preparing to test-fire a long-range ballistic missile.
    (AP, 6/26/06)
2006        Jun 26, In Mexico assailants armed with automatic rifles shot and killed a top policeman and his bodyguard as they drove home in the resort city of Cancun.
    (AP, 6/27/06)
2006        Jun 26, Nigerian authorities re-arrested Gbenga Arulegba, the presenter of a political TV program, and charged him with sedition over a show critical of the president.
    (Reuters, 6/27/06)
2006        Jun 26, In tribal-dominated northwestern Pakistan a suicide car bomber attacked a military checkpoint, killing six soldiers and wounding 10 others.
    (AP, 6/26/06)(Econ, 7/1/06, p.40)
2006        Jun 26, A new survey said Moscow has eclipsed Tokyo as the world's most expensive city. The Russian capital moved up 3 spots from a year ago thanks to a recent property boom. South Korea's Seoul ranked second on the list, up from fifth last year.
    (AP, 6/26/06)
2006        Jun 26, In Sri Lanka a suicide bomber on a motorcycle blew himself up next to a car carrying Maj. Gen. Parami Kulatunga, the country's third-highest-ranking military officer, killing the officer and three others.
    (AP, 6/26/06)(AP, 1/8/08)
2006        Jun 26, The Sudanese government lifted its partial suspension of UN work in conflict-wracked Darfur.
    (AP, 6/26/06)
2006        Jun 26, Syrian President Bashar Assad said in a published interview that Lebanon is becoming a shelter for al-Qaida-linked militants fleeing across the Syrian border after a crackdown by authorities there.
    (AP, 6/26/06)
2006        Jun 26, In central Venezuela a riot by inmates fighting for control of cell blocks within a prison left seven prisoners dead and 11 wounded.
    (AP, 6/27/06)

2007        Jun 26, A CD of the Russian National Orchestra performing Dead Symphony No. 6: An Orchestral Tribute to the Grateful Dead, was released in the US. The work was directed by composer Lee Johnson.
    (SFC, 6/27/07, p.E3)
2007        Jun 26, Conservative commentator Ann Coulter, appearing on MSNBC's "Hardball," got into a verbal fracas with Elizabeth Edwards, who had called into the program to ask Coulter to stop making personal attacks on her husband, Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards.
    (AP, 6/26/08)
2007        Jun 26, It was reported that ConocoPhillips planned to walk away from its Venezuelan investments, rather than agree to a government takeover of assets, and preserve its right to seek international arbitration. Exxon Mobil Corp. and ConocoPhillips refused to sign deals to keep pumping heavy oil under tougher terms in Venezuela's Orinoco River basin, signaling their departure from one of the world's largest oil deposits. 7 of the 11 companies agreed to new terms with Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PdVSA).
    (WSJ, 6/26/07, p.A7)(AP, 6/26/07)(WSJ, 6/27/07, p.A1)(Econ, 6/30/07, p.46)
2007        Jun 26, Patrick Knight was executed in Huntsville, Texas, for the 1991 murder of a couple from the Amarillo area.
    (SFC, 6/27/07, p.A2)
2007        Jun 26, The body of Alyssa Heberton-Morimoto, a summer intern for the Colorado Geologic Survey, was found in an isolated part of the San Isabel National Forest, 75 miles southwest of Denver. A suspect, who has used the names Dennis Cook, Dennis Lee Cook and Robert R. Amos, was arrested the next day and held for investigation of first-degree murder.
    (AP, 6/28/07)
2007        Jun 26, Liz Claiborne (b.1929), fashion designer died in NYC. She revolutionized the way working women put together their wardrobes. Claiborne launched her label in 1976 after working for years as a relatively unknown dress designer. She retired in 1989 and left behind a company that by 2007 reached $5 billion in annual sales with 22,000 sites around the world.
    (AP, 6/28/07)(WSJ, 6/30/07, p.A4)(Econ, 7/7/07, p.83)
2007        Jun 26, The Asian Development Bank in Thailand said Asian governments must promote clean energy such as wind and solar power to maintain their booming economies and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in coming decades.
    (AP, 6/26/07)
2007        Jun 26, Residents across England mopped up after flash floods killed 4 people and forced hundreds from their homes.
    (AP, 6/26/07)(Econ, 6/30/07, p.66)
2007        Jun 26, China launched a $1 billion fund to finance trade and investment by Chinese companies in Africa as part of efforts to nurture commercial ties. The Chinese government said inspectors have seized shipments of US-made orange pulp and dried apricots containing high levels of bacteria and preservatives. A 22-mile long bridge that its builders claim is the world's longest sea-crossing structure was formally linked-up just south of the business hub of Shanghai.
    (AP, 6/26/07)
2007        Jun 26, Colombia’s navy captured Edwin Alexander Torres, an alleged rebel suspected of masterminding a wave of recent bombings that killed 3 people and wounded dozens in Bogota.
    (AP, 6/27/07)
2007        Jun 26, German authorities said a tax official, who stole more than $230,000 from the state by inventing taxpayers and claiming money owed to them, has been handed a jail sentence of three years and three months.
    (AP, 6/26/07)
2007        Jun 26, Sizzling temperatures in Greece, Italy and Romania brought power cuts and brush fires in a heat wave that has led to at least 38 deaths in southeast Europe in recent days.
    (AP, 6/26/07)
2007        Jun 26, Iran's state broadcasting company said it is launching an English-speaking satellite television channel to counter the West's influence in covering news.
    (AP, 6/26/07)
2007        Jun 26, A Sunni tribal sheik was killed in a drive-by shooting in southwestern Baghdad. Culture Minister Asad Kamal al-Hashimi was identified by two suspected militants as the mastermind of a Feb. 8, 2005, ambush against then-parliamentary candidate Mithal al-Alusi. Al-Alusi escaped unharmed but two of his sons were killed. Newly arrived US troops southeast of Baghdad destroyed boats on the Tigris River and targeted networks believed to be bringing powerful roadside bombs from Iran as the military cracks down on extremists from all directions.
    (AP, 6/26/07)
2007        Jun 26, In Jerusalem international Mideast negotiators searched for ways to revive peace talks after Hamas' takeover of the Gaza Strip. US officials said they were expected to name outgoing British PM Tony Blair as a senior envoy.
    (AP, 6/26/07)
2007        Jun 26, A Japanese robot maker unveiled what it called the world's first prototype of an artificial hand with "air muscles" that can do even delicate work like picking up a raw egg.
    (AP, 6/26/07)
2007        Jun 26, Tokitaizan, whose real name is Takashi Saito (17), collapsed during a training session in Inuyama, Aichi Prefecture, and was confirmed dead a few hours later. On Oct 5 the Japan Sumo Association expelled stablemaster Junichi Yamamoto. On Feb 7, 2008, 3 wrestlers and a former trainer were arrested for Saito’s death.
    (Econ, 10/13/07, p.46)(www.japantoday.com/jp/news/419435)(Econ, 2/16/08, p.49)
2007        Jun 26, In Jordan a 70-year-old woman who killed her daughter with an ax for giving birth to an illegitimate child and a man who shot a relative dead were each sentenced to prison in separate "honor crime" prosecutions.
    (AP, 6/26/07)
2007        Jun 26, Kenyan police killed two suspected members of a banned sect blamed for a string of recent murders and beheadings in a mounting crackdown.
    (AP, 6/26/07)
2007        Jun 26, A Mozambican army vehicle carrying recruits overturned, killing 12 people and injuring 24.
    (AP, 6/27/07)
2007        Jun 26, A seven billion dollar (5.2 billion euro) lawsuit pitting the Nigerian government against the world's biggest pharmaceutical company Pfizer opened with the US giant demanding the court dismiss the charges.
    (AP, 6/26/07)
2007        Jun 26, UN nuclear monitors arrived in North Korea to discuss the communist nation's plans to fulfill its long-delayed pledge to shut down its main nuclear reactor.
    (AP, 6/26/07)
2007        Jun 26, Tropical cyclone Yemyin lashed Pakistan's coastline with heavy rains and strong winds, killing over 400 people. 250,000 people were left homeless. Flooding killed more than 50 people in neighboring Afghanistan.
    (AFP, 6/26/07)(AFP, 6/27/07)(AFP, 6/28/07)
2007        Jun 26, In Somalia a roadside bomb explosion in Mogadishu killed five women and a man and wounded nine other people.
    (AP, 6/26/07)
2007        Jun 26, Taiwan's High Court rejected an appeal by President Chen Shui-bian's son-in-law against his insider trading conviction and increased his sentence to seven years' imprisonment.
    (AP, 6/26/07)
2007        Jun 26, Zimbabwe's government announced sweeping price cuts in a bid to curb inflation and said it set up a unit drawn from all its security agencies to enforce the cuts. Retailers shunned a new government order to slash the prices of basic goods such as bread and sugar, arguing that such a move would drive them out of business.
    (AFP, 6/26/07)(AP, 6/26/07)

2008        Jun 26, President Bush said he will lift key trade sanctions against North Korea and remove it from the US terrorism blacklist, a remarkable turnaround in policy toward the communist regime he once branded as part of an "axis of evil."
    (AP, 6/26/08)
2008        Jun 26, The US Supreme Court (DC v Heller) ruled 5-4 that Americans have a right to own guns for self-defense and hunting, the justices' first major pronouncement on gun rights in US history.
    (AP, 6/26/08)(Econ, 7/3/10, p.29)
2008        Jun 26, US Air Force Col. Samuel Lofton III was sentenced to 9 years in prison and kicked out of the military for assaulting a woman and other crimes at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas.
    (SFC, 6/27/08, p.A3)
2008        Jun 26, The Federation of American Scientists, which studies the US nuclear arsenal, said in a report that Washington had removed its last atomic bombs from the British Royal Air Force base at Lakenheath, where they had been stationed since 1954.
    (Reuters, 6/26/08)
2008        Jun 26, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Assistant Chief Counsel Constantine Peter Kallas (38) and wife Maria Kallas (39), both of Alta Loma, Ca., were arrested at the San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino on suspicion of accepting thousands of dollars from both legal and illegal immigrants in exchange for immigration benefits.
    (AP, 6/27/08)
2008        Jun 26, US government officials confirmed 756 illnesses from salmonella tainted tomatoes.
    (SFC, 6/27/08, p.A3)
2008        Jun 26, In New York Varsha Sabhnani (46), a millionaire who inflicted years of abuse on two Indonesian housekeepers held as virtual slaves in her Long Island mansion, was sentenced to 11 years in prison. She had been convicted with her husband in December on a 12-count federal indictment that included forced labor, conspiracy, involuntary servitude and harboring aliens.
    (AP, 6/27/08)
2008        Jun 26, Bank of America said it will cut about 7,500 jobs after it closes its acquisition of mortgage lender Countrywide Financial Corp.
    (AP, 6/27/08)
2008        Jun 26, Four international airlines (Air France-KLM, Cathay Pacific Airways, Martinair Holland and SAS Cargo Group) agreed to pay $504 million in fines to the US Justice Dept. to settle charges they conspired to fleece consumers by driving up cargo shipping prices.
    (AP, 6/26/08)
2008        Jun 26, Kent Snyder (b.1959), the driving force behind Ron Paul’s presidential campaign, died of complications from pneumonia.
    (WSJ, 7/5/08, p.A4)
2008        Jun 26, In Afghanistan a bomb hit troops from the US-led coalition patrolling in Wardak province, causing an unspecified number of casualties. A coalition service member was killed and five more wounded in western Farah province.
    (AP, 6/26/08)(AP, 6/27/08)
2008        Jun 26, Cuts in Haitian gasoline subsidies pushed the price of fuel to $6.14 a gallon, further burdening the people as the government redirected money to other programs.
    (AP, 6/27/08)
2008        Jun 26, In Indonesia a 1984 Casa-212 plane disappeared during an aerial surveillance mission about 60 miles south of the capital, Jakarta. All 18 aboard were killed.
    (AP, 6/27/08)(AP, 6/28/08)
2008        Jun 26, The Iraqi Football Association said it has dissolved the national soccer team and dismissed the Iraqi coach four days after the team's loss to Qatar ended the country's hopes of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup. A suicide bomber struck inside a municipal building in Garma (Karma), west of Baghdad, killing at least 20 people at a meeting of tribal sheiks opposed to al-Qaida. The dead included the mayor and tribal chief of the town as well as 3 US Marines. Another 18 people were killed and about 60 wounded in a car bombing near a government headquarters in Mosul. Judge Kamil al-Showaili, head of one of Baghdad's two appeals courts, was assassinated by drive-by shooters while traveling in eastern Baghdad.
    (AP, 6/26/08)(AFP, 6/26/08)(AP, 6/27/08)(SFC, 6/27/08, p.A3)
2008        Jun 26, Unicredit, Italy's biggest bank by capitalization, said it would cut 9,000 jobs in western Europe and invest in central and eastern Europe to boost profits following massive acquisitions.
    (AP, 6/26/08)
2008        Jun 26, In Japan foreign ministers from the Group of Eight (G8) industrialized nations agreed on the need to step up efforts to secure Afghanistan's borders and stabilize food and oil prices to avoid a global crisis.
    (AP, 6/26/08)
2008        Jun 26, Tens of thousands of Kashmiris filled the streets for a fourth day of protests, after police killings during earlier demonstrations enflamed their anger over the transfer of land to a Hindu shrine in this Muslim-majority region.
    (AP, 6/26/08)
2008        Jun 26, In Mexico gunmen killed Igor Labastida, a top federal police official, and his bodyguard as they ate lunch in Mexico City.
    (AP, 6/27/08)
2008        Jun 26, Nepal's PM Koirala announced his long-delayed resignation, clearing the way for the formation of a new coalition government led by former communist rebels. A general strike to protest an increase in fuel prices shut down the Nepalese capital, with schools, businesses and markets closed and streets empty of vehicles.
    (AP, 6/26/08)
2008        Jun 26, North Korea handed over details of its nuclear programs, paving the way to be removed from the US terrorism blacklist amid years of efforts to persuade the North to abandon the atom bomb.
    (AFP, 6/26/08)
2008        Jun 26, Gaza militants fired a rocket into southern Israel, causing no injuries but undermining a shaky, week-old truce meant to halt a violent cycle of attacks and harsh Israeli reprisals. The Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, a violent group linked to the rival Fatah movement, claimed responsibility for the attack saying "the truce must include the West Bank and all sorts of aggression must stop."
    (AP, 6/26/08)
2008        Jun 26, A South African court ordered Jackie Selebi, the nation's top cop, to stand trial on corruption charges next year, widening a leadership vacuum in law enforcement agencies struggling to control one of the world's highest crime rates.
    (AP, 6/26/08)
2008        Jun 26, Sri Lankan forces captured a Tamil Tiger supply center and bombed a rebel training base amid a surge in the island's civil war that killed 49 insurgents and two soldiers.
    (AP, 6/27/08)
2008        Jun 26, Swiss police said they have arrested about 30 people in a crackdown on a large drug trafficking network.
    (AP, 6/27/08)
2008        Jun 26, A UN rights official said many poor countries accept toxic waste from abroad, such as old computers, rusted ships and pesticides, in a shortsighted bid to lift themselves out of poverty, despite the dangers to human health and the environment.
    (AP, 6/26/08)
2008        Jun 26, Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe held final campaign rallies on the eve of a one-man election denounced as a sham by the West after the opposition leader pulled out of the contest.
    (AP, 6/26/08)

2009        Jun 26, US District Judge Denny Chin entered a preliminary order, ruling that Bernard Madoff (71) must give up his interests in all property, including real estate, investments, cars and boats. The $171 billion forfeiture order was handed down only days before prosecutors seek to put the disgraced financier away in prison for the rest of his life.
    (AP, 6/27/09)
2009        Jun 26, In Georgia regulators shut down the Community Bank of West Georgia, marking the 41st failure this year of a federally insured bank.
    (SFC, 6/27/09, p.B1)
2009        Jun 26, In Michigan Monica Conyers (44), Detroit City Councilwoman and wife of Rep. John Conyers (80), pleaded guilty to taking cash in exchange for her vote on a 2007 city sludge treatment contract with Synagro Corp. The contract was rescinded last January amid accusations of wrongdoing. On June 29 Monica Conyers resigned from office.
    (SFC, 6/27/09, p.A5)(SFC, 6/30/09, p.A4)
2009        Jun 26, In Oklahoma 9 people died when a tractor-trailer slammed into a line of cars stopped outside Miami, Okla. A 10th person died a few days later.
    (SFC, 6/27/09, p.A4)(SFC, 6/29/09, p.A4)
2009        Jun 26, In Texas security guard Jesse William McGraw (25), head of the Elecktronik Tribulation Army, was arrested for hacking into computers at a Dallas medical clinic in hopes of launching a massive computer attack around July 4.
    (SFC, 7/1/09, p.A4)
2009        Jun 26, Canadian citizen Abousfian Abdelrazik, accused by the UN of being linked to al Qaeda, flew out of Sudan after a court order ended his six-year exile in Khartoum. Abdelrazik was born in Sudan and gained Canadian citizenship in 1995 after entering the country as a refugee. He returned to Sudan in 2003 to visit his sick mother and was arrested and held by Sudanese authorities on two occasions.
    (Reuters, 6/26/09)
2009        Jun 26, Dozens of China's most prominent writers and scholars called for the release of Liu Xiaobo (53), a dissident who was arrested on Dec 8, 2008, after co-authoring a bold manifesto urging civil rights and political reforms. Xiaobo, who had been held by police at a secret location for more than six months, was formally arrested this week on suspicion of "inciting to subvert state power," a charge that carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in jail. In southern China ethnic tensions between workers at a toy factory sparked a brawl that left two Uighurs dead and 118 injured. Han Chinese workers had accused Uighurs of rape.
    (AP, 6/26/09)(AP, 6/27/09)(Econ, 7/11/09, p.27)(AP, 10/2/10)
2009        Jun 26, Holocaust survivors, Jewish groups and experts gathered in Prague to assess efforts to return property and possessions stolen by the Nazis to their rightful owners or heirs.
    (AP, 6/26/09)
2009        Jun 26, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said that Martinique is free to hold a referendum on greater political autonomy but made clear the island would always belong to France.
    (AP, 6/26/09)
2009        Jun 26, In Honduras leftist President Manuel Zelaya pushed ahead with a June 27 referendum on revamping the constitution, risking his rule in a standoff against Congress, the Supreme Court and the military.
    (AP, 6/26/09)
2009        Jun 26, Group of Eight foreign ministers, meeting in Trieste, Italy, criticized Iran's postelection violence, and urged its ruling clergy to ensure the outcome of the disputed ballot reflects the will of the Iranian people. The G8 countries also condemned North Korea's nuclear and missile tests and called on the country to return to the negotiating table.
    (AP, 6/26/09)
2009        Jun 26, In Iraq a booby-trapped motorcycle loaded with nails and ball-bearings exploded in a crowded bazaar in Baghdad, killing 19 people. The attack struck just four days before the deadline for US combat troops to withdraw from cities. Senior cleric Ayatollah Ahmed Khatami called for harsh retribution for dissent. Opposition leader Mousavi lost his main link to the world after his official Web site Kalemeh, came up blank and stripped of any text or pictures.
    (AP, 6/26/09)(AP, 6/27/09)
2009        Jun 26, Iraqi authorities captured Ali Hussein Alwan Hamid al-Azzawi, a senior leader of a militant group linked to al-Qaida in Iraq who oversaw the Aug 19, 2003, bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad and other attacks. His capture was not announced until Jan 16, 2010, to ensure the capture of other suspects believed to be linked to him.
    (AP, 1/16/10)
2009        Jun 26, Ireland recognized the legal rights of same-sex couples for the first time in a civil partnership bill that gave people in long-term relationships many of the statutory rights of married couples.
    (AP, 6/26/09)
2009        Jun 26, The Quartet of Mideast negotiators called on Israel to freeze all settlement activity and to lift its blockade on the Gaza Strip. The US, Russia, UN and EU met on the sidelines of a meeting of the Group of Eight foreign ministers, who made a similar call for Mideast peace.
    (AP, 6/26/09)
2009        Jun 26, In Kashmir a Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up near an army vehicle, killing at least two soldiers in the first such assault in Pakistan's part of divided Kashmir, marking an escalation in the militant campaign against security forces.
    (AP, 6/26/09)
2009        Jun 26, In Mexico a shootout between police and suspected cartel hit men left at least 12 people dead and a police officer wounded in the town of Apaseo el Alto, Guanajuato state. Suspected cartel operator Omar Ibarra was caught on a street in the northern city of Monterrey. He reportedly possessed the names of 33 policemen in the wealthy suburb of San Pedro Garza Garcia who had presumably received money from Ibarra. Gunmen in the border state of Sonora opened fire on a car carrying congressional hopeful Ernesto Cornejo, killing two people who were riding with him.
    (AP, 6/27/09)(AP, 6/30/09)
2009        Jun 26, In Morocco a security official said security forces have arrested five suspected members of a militant cell that operated in Morocco and Spain. The five alleged members of the Salafiya Jihadia group, whose leader uses the pseudonym Abou Yacine, were picked up during the course of the week.
    (AFP, 6/26/09)
2009        Jun 26, Four Nigerian militant factions accepted in principle an amnesty offer from President Umaru Yar'Adua, giving a boost to his efforts to end years of unrest in Africa's biggest oil industry. The amnesty will take effect from August 6.
    (Reuters, 6/26/09)
2009        Jun 26, In Rwanda Aloys Nsekarije, former Rwandan foreign minister and business tycoon, was acquitted by a court over involvement in the country's 1994 genocide.
    (AFP, 6/26/09)
2009        Jun 26, Serbian prosecutors filed war crimes charges against 17 former Kosovo guerrillas for the alleged murder, rape and torture of Serb civilians. The suspects were charged in connection with the kidnapping of 159 Serbs and the deaths of at least 51 of them in the eastern Kosovo town of Gnjilane in the wake of Kosovo's 1998-99 war.
    (AP, 6/26/09)
2009        Jun 26, In Switzerland Solar Impulse, a project run by aviators Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, unveiled a prototype solar powered airplane, the HB-SIA.
    (AP, 6/26/09)(Econ, 6/13/09, p.83)
2009        Jun 26, Turkey's parliament passed legislation aimed at meeting European Union membership criteria to ensure military personnel are tried in civilian courts during peacetime rather than in military courts.
    (Reuters, 6/27/09)
2009        Jun 26, The UN refugee agency said that the bloody conflict in Somalia has created the world's largest refugee camp, with 500 hungry and exhausted refugees pouring into a wind-swept camp in neighboring Kenya every day.
    (AP, 6/26/09)
2009        Jun 26, Human Rights Watch said that Zimbabwe's armed forces have taken over diamond fields in the east and killed more than 200 people, forcing children to search for the precious gems and beating villagers who get in the way.
    (AP, 6/26/09)
2009        Jun 26, A UN official said Ugandan rebels this year have killed around 1,200 Congolese civilians and abducted 1,500, mostly children, in a remote region of northeast Congo.
    (AP, 6/26/09)

2010        Jun 26, Pennsylvania police found the bodies of three men and a woman, each stabbed multiple times, in the brick twin house in Northampton. Steven Zernhelt (53), a married father of three, was stabbed to death as he responded to screams next door. Police discovered the bodies after responding to a car crash about a half-mile from the house. The driver, Eric Ballard (36), was covered in blood and police knew it wasn't all from the crash. Ballard was charged the next day with the stabbing murder of his former girlfriend and 3 others.
    (AP, 6/27/10)(SFC, 6/28/10, p.A4)
2010        Jun 26, In Fort Edward, NY, a fire at a 2-story house killed 6 children ages 1-12.
    (SFC, 6/28/10, p.A4)
2010        Jun 26, In Utah 5 young people from Ogden, aged 16-22, were killed as they tried to pass another vehicle while returning from a camping trip.
    (SSFC, 6/27/10, p.A8)
2010        Jun 26, In Afghanistan Adm. Mike Mullen, the US military's top officer assured, President Hamid Karzai that Gen. Petraeus, new NATO commander, will pursue the same war strategy crafted by ousted Gen. Stanley McChrystal. NATO announced the death of three more alliance soldiers following two Taliban-style bomb attacks in the south of the country.
    (AP, 6/26/10)
2010        Jun 26, Britain’s newspaper, The Times, reported that the country's new government intends to impose a temporary limit on the number of foreign workers from outside the European Union it allows into the country.
    (AP, 6/26/10)
2010        Jun 26, In Canada G8 world leaders turned their attention to thorny foreign policy problems. The United States and Japan pushed for a strong condemnation of North Korea following the sinking of a South Korean warship. The G20 meeting in the evening with a dinner at the Royal York, one of Toronto's oldest hotels. Police made more than 400 arrests after black-clad demonstrators broke off from a crowd of peaceful protesters at the global economic summit and went on a rampage in downtown Toronto that lasted into the early morning hours. The latest estimate for security costs was put at $897 million.
    (AP, 6/26/10)(AP, 6/27/10)(SSFC, 6/27/10, p.A6)
2010        Jun 26, In northwestern China an overloaded bus traveling to a funeral veered off a mountain road and plunged into a ravine, killing 11 people and injuring 31.
    (AP, 6/27/10)
2010        Jun 26, Chinese authorities sentenced Dorje Tashi, one of Tibet's richest businessmen, to life in prison in Lhasa, the Tibetan capital, for helping exile groups.
    (AP, 8/12/10)
2010        Jun 26, Egyptian security officials said that Israeli soldiers shot dead a suspected Egyptian drug smuggler after he illegally crossed the border with the Jewish state.
    (AFP, 6/26/10)
2010        Jun 26, In eastern India an overcrowded bus collided head-on into a truck along a sharp curve on a highway, killing 23 people and injuring 15 others in Bihar state.
    (AP, 6/26/10)
2010        Jun 26, An Iranian lawmaker said the country's plan to send a blockade-busting ship from Iran to Gaza has been canceled.
    (AP, 6/26/10)
2010        Jun 26, In western Iraq gunmen raided a jewelry shop in Fallujah, killing four people before fleeing with a large amount of gold. One policeman was killed and five others wounded when a roadside bomb detonated near a patrol in the northern city of Mosul.
    (AP, 6/26/10)
2010        Jun 26, Algirdas Brazauskas (77), Lithuania's first post-independence president (1993-1998), died at his home. In 2000 he returned to politics and was elected prime minister.
    (AP, 6/27/10)
2010        Jun 26, In southern Mexico a mob armed with clubs, stones and guns attacked a political rally, sparking hours of clashes that left three people dead and six more wounded in the town of Nachig, Chiapas state. 9 people were killed when gunmen opened fire in a drug rehabilitation center in Chihuahua city, Durango state.
    (AP, 6/26/10)
2010        Jun 26, In Mexico City thousands of people took part in a gay pride parade, celebrating the city's historic decision six months ago to become the first city in Latin America to allow same-sex marriage.
    (AFP, 6/27/10)
2010        Jun 26, In Pakistan twin low intensity bomb blasts hit a CD market in the eastern city of Lahore wounding four people and creating havoc in the area.
    (AFP, 6/26/10)
2010        Jun 26, In the Philippines journalist Nestor Bedolido was killed in Digos City, Davao del Sur. He was the 3rd journalist killed in the Philippines in 5 days and the 103rd media worker killed there since 2001.
    (SSFC, 6/27/10, p.A4)
2010        Jun 26, Voters in Somaliland queued for hours and thronged polling stations for the second presidential election held in the self-declared republic. Early indications showed Pres. Kahin losing to Ahmed Silanyo.
    (AP, 6/26/10)(Econ, 7/3/10, p.45)
2010        Jun 26, In South Africa the 3-day FORTUNE/TIME/CNN Global Forum got under way with the theme "The New Global Opportunity."
    (www.fortuneconferences.com/global/)
2010        Jun 26, In South Africa Ghana became only the third African team ever to make the World Cup quarter-finals, as its team beat the US 2-1.
    (AP, 6/27/10)
2010        Jun 26, In Taiwan tens of thousands of opposition supporters chanted anti-communist slogans as they marched in Taipei to protest a planned trade agreement with rival China that they say will undermine the island's self-rule and harm its economy.
    (AP, 6/26/10)
2010        Jun 26, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez met with Syrian President Bashar Assad and called on Latin America and the Arab world to fight what he called America's imperialist and capitalist interests abroad.
    (AP, 6/26/10)

2011        Jun 26, In Arizona the Horseshoe Two wildfire was completely contained burning over 348 square miles. The Monument Fire was 85% contained and the 841-square mile Wallow Fire was 77% contained.
    (SFC, 6/27/11, p.A4)
2011        Jun 26, SF held its 41st gay pride parade. NYC held its 42nd.
    (SFC, 6/27/11, p.A1,7)
2011        Jun 26, In Mississippi James Craig Anderson (49), a black man, was run over a killed by Deryl Dedmon, a white teenager, in a pickup truck in Jackson. The event fueled anger and an FBI investigation after a surveillance tape of the incident was made public. Dedmon was later charged with capital murder. On March 21, 2012, Dedmon pleaded guilty received two concurrent life sentences for the racially motivated murder of Anderson. On Feb 10, 2015, Dedmon was sentenced to 50 years in federal prison, Rice to 18.5 years and Butler to 7 years.
    (SFC, 8/18/11, p.A8)(SFC, 8/20/11, p.A6)(Reuters, 3/21/12)(SFC, 2/11/15, p.A6)
2011        Jun 26, In New Mexico a wildfire broke out near Los Alamos. By the next day it had grown to 78 square miles and threatened the 36-square mile Los Alamos nuclear laboratory.
    (SFC, 6/27/11, p.A4)
2011        Jun 26, In Oklahoma the Cherokee Nation election officials declared Bill John Baker as its new leader. He unseated 3-term incumbent Chad Smith by 11 of 15,000 votes.
    (SFC, 6/27/11, p.A4)
2011        Jun 26, Afghan President Hamid Karzai accused Pakistan of firing 470 rockets into two of its eastern border provinces in a three-week barrage. Security forces said that 36 people have died in the barrages, which hit civilians in areas where NATO forces have withdrawn. Authorities said a girl (8) was killed when the Taliban detonated a bomb she was given to carry to a police vehicle. Two Spanish soldiers were killed, and another three were injured, when their armored vehicle hit an improvised explosive device. Two other NATO soldiers were killed in the east and south.
    (AP, 6/26/11)(AFP, 6/26/11)(SFC, 6/27/11, p.A3)
2011        Jun 26, In Bolivia a bus ran off a foggy mountain road, killing at least 28 people.
    (AFP, 6/27/11)
2011        Jun 26, Jose Graziano da Silva of Brazil was elected as director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organization, the UN agency tasked with reducing world hunger at a time of high food prices.
    (AP, 6/26/11)
2011        Jun 26, In Brazil hundreds of thousands of people danced and wore costumes in the streets of Sao Paulo to celebrate gay pride and call for an end to homophobia.
    (AP, 6/27/11)
2011        Jun 26, Canada’s Senate endorsed back-to-work legislation ending the labor dispute that shut down the postal service.
    (Reuters, 6/26/11)
2011        Jun 26, China said it and Vietnam have agreed to settle their dispute over the South China Sea through negotiations, as protesters in Hanoi marched for the fourth straight week to voice their outrage at their country's more powerful neighbor.
    (AP, 6/26/11)
2011        Jun 26, Prominent Chinese political activist Hu Jia (37), imprisoned for sedition, was released at the end of his more than three-year sentence. Jia, known for his activism with AIDS patients and orphans, faced continued surveillance.
    (AP, 6/26/11)
2011        Jun 26, Chinese premier Wen Jiabao, reportedly a big Shakespeare fan, made a pilgrimage to the Bard's birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon, as part of a 3-day visit to reinforce economic links between the two countries.
    (AP, 6/26/11)
2011        Jun 26, In Egypt hundreds of protesters angry with the delays in the trial of ex-interior minister Habib Adly clashed with anti-riot police outside the courtroom.
    (AFP, 6/26/11)
2011        Jun 26, An English climber found the bodies of six mountaineers in the French Alps who appeared to have died after a fall caused by an avalanche of snow and stones.
    (AFP, 6/26/11)
2011        Jun 26, In Iraq a suicide bomber in a wheelchair blew himself up at the entrance to a police station in Tarmiyah, 50 km (30 miles) north of Baghdad, killing 3 people and wounding 18 others. An American soldier died in southern Iraq in an incident that was not related to combat.  On July 19 the Islamic State of Iraq said in a statement posted on its website that it was behind the suicide bombing in Tarmiyah.
    (AFP, 6/26/11)(AP, 6/27/11)(SFC, 6/27/11, p.A2)(AP, 7/19/11)
2011        Jun 26, The Israeli cabinet approved broad economic sanctions against Iran, bringing the Jewish state into line with measures taken by other governments.
    (AFP, 6/26/11)
2011        Jun 26, Israel began tearing down a section of its contentious West Bank separation barrier near Bilin village that has come to symbolize Palestinian opposition to the enclosure. Two Palestinians, and five in the nearby village of Naalin, have died and hundreds others have been wounded since the Bilin protests began in 2005.
    (AP, 6/26/11)
2011        Jun 26, In Japan angry parents of children in Fukushima city marched along with hundreds of people to demand protection for their children from radiation more than three months after a massive quake and tsunami triggered the worst nuclear disaster in 25 years.
    (Reuters, 6/26/11)
2011        Jun 26, The Libyan government renewed its offer to hold a vote on whether Muammar Gaddafi should stay in power, a proposal unlikely to interest Gaddafi's opponents but which could widen differences inside NATO. Rebels in the western mountains said they have advanced and are battling Moammar Gadhafi's forces in Bair al-Ghanam, located around 50 miles (80 km) south of the capital.
    (Reuters, 6/26/11)
2011        Jun 26, Mauritanian aircraft struck an Al-Qaeda base in northeast Mali. 9 suspected Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) fighters were arrested by the Malian army.
    (AFP, 6/28/11)
2011        Jun 26, Mexican federal officials said the cult-like La Familia drug cartel conducts widespread extortion rackets aimed at farmers, miners and even bullfight organizers while getting protection from state police commanders.
    (AP, 6/26/11)
2011        Jun 26, In Nigeria 2 men riding motorbikes tossed bombs and fired on a crowded beer garden in Maiduguri killing at least 25 people. The attackers were believed to be members of Boko Haram.
    (AFP, 6/27/11)
2011        Jun 26, In Pakistan a bomb planted in a motorcycle exploded near a police station in the central city of Multan wounding eight people, including four police officials.
    (AP, 6/26/11)
2011        Jun 26, Pakistan was reported to have ordered Britain to withdraw some of its military training teams from the country. The Guardian said Pakistan has expelled at least 18 British military advisers, deployed as part of a 15 million pound ($23.9 million) program to train the paramilitary Frontier Corps.
    (AP, 6/27/11)
2011        Jun 26, Senegalese youths destroyed a Jehovah's Witness temple, accusing its followers of spreading alcohol consumption among the population. The pastor, who sustained head injuries during the attack, said the protesters had made off with a large sum of money.
    (AFP, 6/27/11)
2011        Jun 26, Somalia said it has freed six foreigners sentenced to at least 10 years in prison each for bringing millions of dollars intended for pirate ransom into the country.
    (AP, 6/26/11)
2011        Jun 26, In South Africa a head-on collision between two mini-bus taxis on a rural road in the northern province of Limpopo killed 15 people and seriously injured 10.
    (AFP, 6/27/11)
2011        Jun 26, Syrian troops pushed towards the Lebanese border as they pressed on with a deadly crackdown on dissent in central towns, where gunfire rattled overnight.
    (AFP, 6/26/11)
2011        Jun 26, In Tunisia 6 members of the Salafist movement were arrested after they stormed a Tunis cinema and broke its glass doors in a bid to stop the screening of the film "Neither Allah, nor Master" on secularism in Tunisia.
    (AP, 7/8/11)
2011        Jun 26, In Yemen tens of thousands demonstrated in the streets of the major cities demanding that the president's sons and other aides leave the country.
    (AP, 6/26/11)
2011        Jun 26, A Zimbabwe high court judge freed Jameson Timba, a key aide to PM Morgan Tsvangirai, two days after he was arrested for calling veteran President Robert Mugabe a liar.
    (AFP, 6/26/11)

2012        Jun 26, The US Pentagon for the first time in its history celebrated “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month."
    (SFC, 6/27/12, p.A8)
2012        Jun 26, US writer, film director and producer Nora Ephron (b.1941) died at a hospital in New York. Her 1983 novel “Heartburn" was modeled on her marriage to former Washington Post journalist Carl Bernstein. She wrote the screenplays for the film “Silkwood" (1983) and “When Harry Met Sally" (1989).
    (SFC, 6/27/12, p.C5)(Econ, 7/7/12, p.86)
2012        Jun 26, In Orinda, Ca., James Collin (62) used a machete to hack his live-in companion, Evangeline Cumber Devera (56), to death. 26 years earlier he had killed his brother in the same kitchen, while cleaning a shotgun.
    (SFC, 8/3/12, p.C3)
2012        Jun 26, In Afghanistan a militants' ambush killed 4 police on patrol in Herat province.
    (AFP, 6/27/12)
2012        Jun 26, Botswana and Namibia inaugurated their links to a 14,000 km (8,700 mile) underground cable system that provides both with faster and cheaper Internet connectivity.
    (AFP, 6/26/12)
2012        Jun 26, Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer and U.S. company Boeing said they've agreed to share technical knowledge and market assessments on the development of a Brazilian military cargo plane.
    (AP, 6/26/12)
2012        Jun 26, British officials said Big Ben, parliament's famous clock tower, is to be renamed Elizabeth Tower in honor of the queen's diamond jubilee.
    (AFP, 6/26/12)
2012        Jun 26, Dan Penteado (40) a presenter on the BBC program Rogue Traders pleaded guilty to illegally obtaining housing and council tax benefit worth over £24,000. The offences dated back to 2007 and Penteado repeated the fraud in subsequent years up to 2011.
    (AFP, 6/26/12)
2012        Jun 26, British police loaded almost 3,000 images onto a smartphone App and invited the public to help them identify people suspected of taking part in the Aug 6, 2011, Tottenham riots.
    (AFP, 6/26/12)
2012        Jun 26, In China the Chongqing municipal People's Congress accepted the resignation of Wang Lijun from the National People's Congress. Wang had launched the downfall of his former boss Bo Xilai when he fled to a US consulate in February.
    (AFP, 6/29/12)
2012        Jun 26, China executed four convicted drug traffickers and sentenced at least 15 others to death as the nation marked global anti-drug day.
    (AFP, 6/26/12)
2012        Jun 26, Denmark police said Attan Shansonga, a former Zambian ambassador to the United States wanted in his home country on charges of corruption, has been arrested. He was arrested by the Zambian Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in 2002 and charged with the theft of public funds, but fled for Britain in 2004.
    (AFP, 6/26/12)
2012        Jun 26, Ecuador’s coast guard said marines have seized a semisubmersible capable of transporting 10-15 tons of cocaine. The 50-foot vessel was under construction on a small island in the gulf of Guayaquil.
    (SFC, 6/27/12, p.A2)
2012        Jun 26, Egypt’s state media reported that Hassan Abdel Rahman, the former head of the feared State Security Investigations, will face trial with 40 police co-defendants for destroying records. A court had acquitted on June 2 Abdel Rahman and six police commanders for failing to prevent the killings of protesters. Egypt's administrative court suspended a justice ministry decision that had empowered the military to arrest civilians, responding to an appeal by 17 rights groups against the controversial June 13 decree.
    (AFP, 6/26/12)(AFP, 6/27/12)
2012        Jun 26, Egypt’s losing presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq fled to the UAR hours after a top prosecutor ordered an investigation into allegations that he had wasted public funds.
    (SFC, 6/27/12, p.A2)
2012        Jun 26, A German court ruled that circumcising young boys on religious grounds amounts to grievous bodily harm, in a landmark decision that the Jewish community said trampled on parents' religious rights.
    (AFP, 6/27/12)
2012        Jun 26, Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee (77) stepped down, leaving behind a faltering economy and a plunging rupee as he set his sights on the country's presidency. Cabinet minister Virbhadra Singh, resigned one day after a court in Himachal Pradesh charged him and his wife with conspiracy and corruption in a 23-year-old case related to one of his five terms as chief minister of the northern state.
    (AFP, 6/26/12)
2012        Jun 26, Iraq’s Communications and Media Commission, which regulates the news media, reversed course and said it will give 44 targeted media organizations more time to pay outstanding fees and renew lapsed licenses.
    (AP, 6/26/12)
2012        Jun 26, Israel began the evacuation of the Ulpana outpost, an illegal West Bank settlement, after persuading dozens of residents to leave the enclave without violence.
    (AP, 6/26/12)
2012        Jun 26, Thousands of Kuwaitis rallied against a court ruling scrapping legislative polls as the opposition called for a constitutional monarchy and a full parliamentary system.
    (AFP, 6/27/12)
2012        Jun 26, In Mali violent protests took place by residents of Gao angry over the death of municipal councilor Idrissa Oumarou, who was shot a day earlier. He belonged to the party of Mali's transitional president Dioncounda Traore. Armed men fired on the crowd, leaving at least one dead and a dozen injured.
    (AFP, 6/26/12)
2012        Jun 26, In Nigeria gunmen attacked five police posts and a prison across three cities, sparking responses from security forces, with the heaviest fighting concentrated in Kano. 3 policemen were shot dead in Taraba state when gunmen attacked a regional police headquarters in the town of Wukari. The clashes left at least 27 people dead.
    (AFP, 6/27/12)(AFP, 6/28/12)
2012        Jun 26, Meteorological officials in Pyongyang and Seoul said parts of North Korea are experiencing the most severe drought since record keeping began nearly 105 years ago. South Korean officials also reported the worst drought in more than a century in some areas after nearly two months without significant rainfall.
    (AP, 6/26/12)
2012        Jun 26, Visiting Russian Pres. Putin spoke at the end of a visit to the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem, with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas by his side. Putin praised his Abbas for what he said was a "responsible" position in negotiations with Israel, frozen for nearly four years, and said Russia has no problem recognizing a Palestinian state.
    (AP, 6/26/12)
2012        Jun 26, Saudi authorities beheaded four of its citizens for murder and a Syrian national for drug smuggling.
    (AFP, 6/26/12)
2012        Jun 26, A Serbian war crimes court sentenced 14 former Serb soldiers to between four and 20 years in prison for the killing of 70 Croatian villagers in 1991, some of whom were forced to walk through a minefield in Lovas as human shields.
    (AP, 6/26/12)
2012        Jun 26, In Somalia hundreds of pro-government troops swept into Balad town 30 km north of Mogadishu, forcing al-Shabab fighters to flee.
    (AP, 6/26/12)
2012        Jun 26, In South Korea hundreds of journalists at Yonhap News Agency, the country’s leading news agency, returned to work ended a three-month strike called to demand fair reporting free of political pressure.
    (AFP, 6/26/12)
2012        Jun 26, Syria's Pres. Assad announced for the first time that the country was indeed at war. His elite Republican Guard forces clashed with rebels outside the capital in some of the most intense fighting involving the special forces since an uprising against President Bashar Assad's regime began last year. The LCC reported intense shelling in the eastern city of Deir el-Zour. Rebels shot down a helicopter gunship in Idlib province.
    (AP, 6/26/12)(AP, 6/27/12)(Econ, 7/7/12, p.45)
2012        Jun 26, In Tanzania a truck driver abandoned Ethiopian and Somali migrants after letting a number of them suffocate to death inside his vehicle. He dumped 43 bodies and abandoned survivors.
    (AP, 6/27/12)
2012        Jun 26, Turkey's PM Erdogan vowed to retaliate against Syria for its 'heinous' downing of one of its warplanes, as the head of NATO said such an attack on one of its members was unacceptable.
    (AFP, 6/26/12)
2012        Jun 26, In Uganda rescue workers equipped only with hand-held tools gave up their search and waited for bulldozers to arrive to help find some 100 people who residents said were missing after landslides struck the mountainous east.
    (AP, 6/26/12)
2012        Jun 26, Yemeni officials said land mines planted by al-Qaida militants before they fled from key southern strongholds have killed 73 civilians over the past week. A statement from the governor's office in Zinjibar said Jaar residents discovered bodies of 20 militants and two soldiers killed during last week's fighting. 5 Al-Qaida militants escaped from a prison in the western province of Hodeida. 2 were recaptured on July 10.
    (AP, 6/26/12)(AP, 7/11/12)
2012        Jun 26, A Zambian High Court overturned the march dissolution of the Movement for Multi-Party Democracy, the former ruling party, over unpaid fees, arguing the move had been excessive and against the country's general interest.
    (AFP, 6/26/12)

2013        Jun 26, The US Supreme Court struck down a federal law barring the recognition of same-sex marriage in a split decision, ruling that the law violates the rights of gays and lesbians and intrudes into states' rights to define and regulate marriage. Justices ruled 5-4 that sponsors of California’s Prop 8, a ban on same sex marriage, had no right to represent the state in federal court. The court also struck down a key provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
    (SFC, 6/26/13, p.AX1)
2013        Jun 26, Scientists reported that adding trace amounts of silver to common antibiotics made the medications up to 1,000 times more effective in fighting infections in mice.
    (SFC, 6/27/13, p.D6)
2013        Jun 26, In San Francisco construction began at the Hunters Point Shipyard on a project for a brand new neighborhood that would include some 12,000 new affordable homes. Groundbreaking also took place on a 2-tower condominium complex at 201 Folsom.
    (SFC, 6/26/13, p.D1)
2013        Jun 26, It was reported that at least 32 government agencies in the SF Bay Area use license plate readers. Police in Daly City, Milpitas and San Francisco have all signed agreements to provide data from plate readers to the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center.
    (SFC, 6/26/13, p.A8)
2013        Jun 26, Afghan national police clashed with Taliban fighters in the northern province of Baghlan in a gunbattle that left at least two police officers and two militants dead.
    (AP, 6/26/13)
2013        Jun 26, Australian PM Julia Gillard was ousted as Labor Party leader by her predecessor, Kevin Rudd, in a 57-45 vote of party lawmakers hoping to avoid a huge defeat in upcoming elections.
    (AP, 6/26/13)
2013        Jun 26, Brazil's senate voted to increase penalties for those found guilty of corruption, responding to a key demand made by protesters across the country. Protesters and police clashed near a stadium hosting a Confederations Cup soccer match, as thousands of demonstrators trying to march on the site were met by tear gas and rubber bullets.
    (AP, 6/26/13)
2013        Jun 26, British Chancellor George Osborne unveiled a new round of spending cuts, but promised to pump some of the savings straight back into the economy to counter charges of excessive austerity.
    (AP, 6/26/13)
2013        Jun 26, Scientists from the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society and other groups announced that a previously unknown bird species has been discovered in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The wren-sized Cambodian tailorbird, Orthotomus chaktomuk, is one of two species unique to Cambodia.
    (AP, 6/26/13)
2013        Jun 26, In China assailants attacked police and other people with knives and set fire to police cars in the restive far-western Xinjiang region killing 17 people including 9 police or security officials. Officers shot and killed 10 of the assailants in Lukqun, Turpan prefecture.
    (AP, 6/26/13)
2013        Jun 26, A Chinese space capsule landed safely in Inner Mongolia with 3 astronauts after a 15-day trip to a prototype space station.
    (SFC, 6/27/13, p.A2)
2013        Jun 26, In the Czech Rep. 11 people branded themselves in Prague in support of animal rights. A public branding in Tel Aviv last year launched the movement, called 269Life. The group's name derives from a number branded on a calf that activists encountered at an Israeli dairy farm last year. They chose its number, 269, as a way to individualize the calf.
    (AP, 6/27/13)
2013        Jun 26, Iran burned at least 100 tons of illicit drugs, some in a Tehran ceremony attended by officials and foreign dignitaries, to highlight what it says are its unsupported efforts to stem the flow of narcotics across its territory to Europe.
    (AP, 6/26/13)
2013        Jun 26, The Irish government agreed to pay up 58 million euros ($75 million) to hundreds of women forced to work at the Catholic Church's notorious Magdalene Laundries after a report found that a quarter of them were sent there by the Irish state.
    (Reuters, 6/26/13)
2013        Jun 26, In Libya three car bombs exploded, killing two and injuring 16 in the southern city of Sabha.
    (AP, 6/27/13)
2013        Jun 26, Mongolia held its 6th free presidential election. Incumbant Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj of the Democratic Party (DP) won 50.9% of the vote, just enough to avoid a run-off.
    (Econ, 6/29/13, p.37)
2013        Jun 26, In Pakistan a bomb targeting senior judge Maqbool Baqir in Karachi wounded him and killed 7 members of the security force.
    (AP, 6/26/13)
2013        Jun 26, The board of Spanish energy giant Repsol rejected a $5 billion offer of compensation from Argentina for the company's YPF unit that the country seized last year. In December Repsol accepted the government offer of $5 billion to avoid arbitration.
    (AP, 6/26/13)(Econ, 11/30/13, p.36)
2013        Jun 26, In Switzerland financier Marc Rich (b.1934) died of a stroke at a hospital in Lucerne. During the Arab oil embargo of the 1970s, Rich used his Middle East contacts to purchase crude oil from Iran and Iraq and made a fortune selling it to American companies.
    (AP, 6/26/13)
2013        Jun 26, A Tunisian court decided to release three European feminist activists who staged a topless protest in Tunis last month against the Islamist-led government.
    (Reuters, 6/26/13)
2013        Jun 26, In Ukraine Irina Krashkova (29) was beaten and raped by local police in Vradiyevka. The officers involved were not arrested until enraged residents stormed the police station in protest.
    (AP, 7/21/13)(http://tinyurl.com/lf25gh4)

2014        Jun 26, The US Supreme Court ruled that a Massachusetts law that requires protesters to stay at least 35 feet away from abortion clinics and their patients violates freedom of speech.
    (SFC, 6/27/14, p.A1)
2014        Jun 26, US and Philippine officials said the United States is disbanding an anti-terror contingent of hundreds of elite American troops in the southern Philippines where armed groups such as Abu Sayyaf have largely been crippled. Special forces from the US Pacific Command, possibly in smaller numbers, will remain after the deactivation of the Joint Special Operations Task Force Philippines (JSOTF-P).
    (AP, 6/26/14)
2014        Jun 26, Ikea’s US division said it is raising the minimum wage for thousands of its retail workers, pegging it to the cost of living in each location effective on Jan 1 to an average $10.76 per hour, up from $9.17.
    (SFC, 6/27/14, p.C2)
2014        Jun 26, In Florida a hit and run crash in Tampa left 3 females victims dead. Police searched for suspect Marquice Lamonz Anderson (27).
    (SSFC, 6/29/14, p.A10)
2014        Jun 26, Former US Sen. Howard H. Baker Jr. (b.1925) died. He had cut to the core of the 1973 Watergate hearings when he asked, "What did the president know and when did he know it?"
    (AP, 6/26/14)(SFC, 6/27/14, p.D4)
2014        Jun 26, In Wisconsin Steven Zelich (52), a former police officer, was charged with two counts of hiding a corpse. He was suspected of in the deaths of two women whose bodies were stuffed into suitcases and discarded on a rural highway.
    (SFC, 6/27/14, p.A6)0
2014        Jun 26, Artan Santo (58), the manager of Albania's fourth largest bank, Credins, was shot dead as he entered his office in Tirana. Santo was well known in the Balkan country for his acting role as a boy who overcame adversity to climb a mountain in the 1970 Albanian film The Courageous.
    (Reuters, 6/26/14)
2014        Jun 26, FIFA banned Uruguay striker Luis Suarez from all football activities for four months for biting an opponent at the World Cup in Brazil.
    (AP, 6/26/14)
2014        Jun 26, Cambodia's PM Hun Sen said at least 250,000 of his countrymen who were migrant workers in Thailand returned home this month under circumstances that initially violated their human rights. Both countries are now seeking the migrants' return to Thailand, which has a shortage of low-wage workers.
    (AP, 6/26/14)
2014        Jun 26, Canada's Supreme Court recognized native groups' rights over a large swathe of land for the first time in western British Columbia province. The landmark ruling in favor of the semi-nomadic Tsilhqot'in people -- numbering about 3,000 -- could have an impact on similar Native American claims currently pending in court.
    (AFP, 6/27/14)
2014        Jun 26, Central African Republic peacekeepers said nearly 70 people have been killed since June 23 during violence in the Bambari region and nearby villages.
    (AFP, 6/26/14)
2014        Jun 26, The European Court of Human Rights ruled that France had violated the rights of a child born to a surrogate mother — and of two other children similarly born — by refusing to recognize the parent-child relationship. It ordered France to pay 5,000 euros in damages.
    (AP, 6/26/14)
2014        Jun 26, In India a Bengal tiger snatched Sushil Manzhi as he was crab fishing with his son and daughter off a boat in a mangrove swamp in Sunderbans National Park, West Bengal state.
    (SFC, 6/28/14, p.A2)
2014        Jun 26, Armed US drones began flying over Iraq.
    (SFC, 6/27/14, p.A2)
2014        Jun 26, Iraq's vice president called on parliament to convene on July 1, taking the first step toward forming a new government to present a united front against a rapidly advancing Sunni insurgency. Militants took a town an hour from Baghdad that is home to four natural gas fields. Iraqi forces launched an airborne assault on rebel-held Tikrit with commandos flown into a stadium in helicopters, at least one of which crashed after taking fire from insurgents.
    (AP, 6/26/14)(Reuters, 6/26/14)
2014        Jun 26, Israel’s Shin Beit security services released the names of two Hamas militants it believes were involved in the kidnapping two weeks ago of three Israeli teenagers. Suspects Marwan Qawasmeh and Amar Abu Aisha were known to be missing since the day of the kidnapping.
    (SSFC, 6/29/14, p.A4)
2014        Jun 26, A Jordanian court acquitted radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada, who was extradited from Britain last year, of charges of conspiring to commit acts of terrorism. Authorities continued to detain the preacher because of separate charges related to a plot to attack tourists during Jordan's New Year celebrations in 2000.
    (Reuters, 6/26/14)
2014        Jun 26, Some 40,000 public servants hired by Hamas went on strike in Gaza in a pay dispute that could test the resilience of the new Palestinian government.
    (Reuters, 6/26/14)
2014        Jun 26, A Slovak court in Bratislava ruled that Czech Finance Minister Andrej Babis, a rising star of the Czech politics, did not collaborate with the communist-era secret police.
    (AP, 6/26/14)
2014        Jun 26, In Somalia a suicide bomber and gunmen killed 3 people, including 2 soldiers, when they attacked the Amalow Hotel housing African Union and Somali forces near in Bulo-Burte town.
    (AP, 6/26/14)
2014        Jun 26, The South African government said 11 young men have died so far this year in botched circumcision rituals that have killed hundreds in past years.
    (AP, 6/26/14)
2014        Jun 26, Syria's opposition government sacked the military command of the rebel Free Syrian Army over corruption allegations, as the White House asked lawmakers for $500 million for moderate insurgents.
    (AFP, 6/27/14)
2014        Jun 26, Thai officials said military authorities are setting up a network of panels to closely monitor domestic and international media and crack down on criticism of what the junta sees as its efforts to right the country.
    (Reuters, 6/26/14)
2014        Jun 26, In Yemen at least 15 people were killed in a series of militant attacks in the eastern city of Seiyun, Hadramawt province. These included a coordinated attack on the Sayoun airport.
    (Reuters, 6/26/14)(AP, 6/26/14)(SFC, 6/27/14, p.A2)
2014        Jun 26, Ukrainian separatist rebels agreed to take part in further peace talks on Jun 27 to end the conflict in the eastern regions.
    (Reuters, 6/26/14)
2014        Jun 26, The UN said the number of civilians seeking shelter in UN bases in South Sudan has reached over 100,000 for the first time in more than six-months of conflict.
    (AFP, 6/26/14)

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