678 Jun 27, St. Agatho began
his reign as Catholic Pope.
696 Jun 27, A Mayan ballcourt
at Tonina was dedicated and sculptures, found in 2011, were created
to commemorate the dedication.
1458 Jun 27, Alfonso V of
Aragon died. Ferdinand I succeeded to the throne of Naples, but Pope
Calixtus III declared the line of Aragon extinct and the kingdom a
fief of the church.
1462 Jun 27, Louis XII, King of
France (1498-1515), was born.
1542 Jun 27, Juan Rodriguez
Cabrillo set out from the port of Navidad, Mexico, with 2 ships, the
San Salvador and the Victoria, to “discover the coast of New Spain."
Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo claimed California for Spain. [see Sep 28]
(NPS-CNM, 4/1/97)(MC, 6/27/02)
1550 Jun 27, Charles IX, king
of France (1560-74), was born.
1580 Jun 27, Duke of Alba's
army occupied Portugal.
1652 Jun 27, New Amsterdam
(later NYC) passed the 1st speed limit law in US.
1682 Jun 27, Charles XII
(d.1718), King of Sweden (1697-1718), was born.
(WUD, 1994, p.249)(SFC, 8/17/96, p.E5)(HN,
1693 Jun 27, The 1st woman's
magazine "The Ladies' Mercury" was published in London.
1709 Jun 27, Russians under
Peter the Great defeated the Swedes under Charles XII and Cossacks
at the Battle of Poltava. [O.S. See July 8].
1743 Jun 27, King George of the
English defeated the French at Dettingen, Bavaria. English armies
were victorious over the French at Dettingen. This event was
celebrated by Handel in his composition “Dettingen Te Deum."
(BLW, Geiringer, 1963 ed. p. 317)(HN, 6/27/98)
1776 Jun 27, Thomas Hickey, who
plotted to hand George Washington over to British, was hanged.
1778 Jun 27, The Liberty Bell
came home to Philadelphia after the British left.
1806 Jun 27, Buenos Aires was
captured by British. [see Jul 5]
1817 Jun 27, Hipolito Bouchard
obtained the Argentine corsair patent (a "letter of marque") that
authorized him to prey on Spanish commerce.
1829 Jun 27, James Smithson,
Englishmen scientist, died. His 1926 will he stated that should his
nephew die without heirs, the estate should go to the US of America
to found at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institute,
an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge among
men. In 2003 Nina Burleigh authored "The Stranger and the Statesman:
James Smithson, John Quincy Adams and the Making of America's
Greatest Museum, The Smithsonian." [see 1836]
(SFEC, 8/25/96, p.T6)(SC, 6/27/02)(SSFC,
12/21/03, p.M1)(SSFC, 12/21/03, p.A1)
1833 Jun 27, Prudence Crandall,
a white woman, was arrested for conducting an academy for black
women in Canterbury, Conn. The academy was eventually closed.
1838 Jun 27, Bankim Chandra
Chatterjee, Bengali novelist (Anandamath), was born.
1839 Jun 27, The Spanish
coasting vessel La Amistad (The Friendship) set sail from Cuba to
Porta Prince with a load of African slaves. Cinque, originally
Senghbe, and over 50 other Africans had been kidnapped in Sierra
Leone and sold into slavery in Cuba. They were carried on a Spanish
ship, the Tecora, to Cuba. Cinque and 49 other slaves and 4 children
were placed on the ship La Amistad destined for Haiti. They
revolted, killed the captain, and ordered the crew back to Africa
but the ship sailed north and ran aground. It was captured by the US
Navy on August 26. A legal battle ensued in New London, Conn., that
went to the Supreme court where former Pres. John Quincy Adams
argued for their freedom and won. An 1855 novella by Herman
Melville, "Benito Cereno" looked at the rebellion through the eyes
of an American interloper. Barbara Chase-Ribaud later wrote "Echo of
Lions," a novel based on the Amistad. In 1996 Steven Spielberg
announced plans to direct a film based on the incident titled
"Amistad." The film was to be released in 1997. A 1997 opera
production, "Amistad," by Anthony Davis premiered in Chicago.
DB p.57)(USAT, 11/19/97, p.2D)(WSJ, 12/5/97, p.A16)(SFEC,12/797, DB
p.44)(SFC,12/26/97, p.C6)(HN, 6/28/99)
1844 Jun 27, Mormon Joseph
Smith (38) and his brother, Hyram, were again imprisoned. A mob
stormed the Carthage, Ill. prison and the brothers were killed. [see
1846] James Strang laid claim to being his rightful successor but
Brigham Young soon took control of the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints. Strang then began evangelizing in the Midwest and
East with some success. His followers were later called
(Smith., Aug. 1995, p.86)(SFC, 4/9/96, A-7)(AP,
1846 Jun 27, Charles Stewart
Parnell (d.1891), Irish nationalist hero, was born.
(HFA, '96, p.32)(AHD, 1971, p.954)(HN, 6/27/98)
1846 Jun 27, New York City and
Boston were linked by telegraph wires.
1850 Jun 27, Lafcadio Hearn
(d.1904), Irish-American journalist, author, was born in Greece.
1850 Jun 27, Ivan Vazov, poet,
novelist, playwright (Under the Yoke), was born in Bulgaria.
1857 Jun 27, H. Goldschmidt
discovered asteroid #45, Eugenia.
1862 Jun 27, May Irwin, US
comedienne, singer (A Hot Time in the Old Town), was born.
1862 Jun 27, Confederates broke
through the Union lines at the Battle of Gaines’ Mill on the 3rd day
of the Seven Days Battle in Virginia.
1863 Jun 27, There was a
skirmish at Fairfax Courthouse in Virginia.
1864 Jun 27, General Sherman
was repulsed by Confederates at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain in
the Atlanta Campaign.
(HN, 6/27/98)(SC, 6/27/02)
1866 Jun 27, The Battle of
Langensalza was fought near Bad Langensalza in what is now modern
Germany, between the Kingdom of Hanover (Hanoverians) and the
Prussians. The Hanoverians won the battle but were then surrounded
by a larger and reinforced Prussian army, and, unable to link up
with their Bavarian allies to the south, they surrendered. Hanover
was annexed after losing a war with Prussia.
1867 Jun 27, The Bank of
California opened its doors.
1869 Jun 27, Emma Goldman,
Lithuanian born American anarchist, feminist and birth control
advocate, was born. She was deported to the Soviet Union for
inciting World War I draft riots in New York.
1871 Jun 27, The yen became the
new form of currency in Japan.
1872 Jun 27, Paul Laurence
Dunbar, African-American poet and writer, was born in Dayton, Ohio.
His poems include "Oak and Ivory" and "Majors and Minors."
(HN, 6/27/99)(SC, 6/27/02)
1879 Jun 27, Beata Margarida
Bays (b.1815), Swiss Catholic Member of the Third Order of San
Francisco, died. In 2019 she was canonized as a Catholic saint.
1880 Jun 27, Helen Adams Keller
(d. Jun 1, 1968 at 87) author, social reformer, educator, lecturer,
was born in Tuscumbia, Ala. She lost her sight and hearing at 19
months of age from scarlet fever. She received a college degree and
became an author (Let us Have Faith) and lecturer despite being
blind and deaf most of her life. Helen Keller died in Westport,
Connecticut. “No matter how dull, or how mean, or how wise a man is,
he feels that happiness is his indisputable right." "There is no
king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who
has not had a king among his."
(DTnet, 6/1/97)(AP, 11/17/97)(SFEC, 8/16/98, BR
1884 Jun 27, J. Palisa
discovered asteroid #237, Coelestina.
1888 Jun 27, Antoinette Perry,
actress and director, namesake of the "Tony" Awards, was born.
1893 Jun 27, The New York stock
1898 Jun 27, Joshua Slocum
(1844-1909) became the first person to sail single-handedly around
the world. His voyage began on April 24, 1895 in Boston and ended on
this day at Newport, Rhode Island.
1899 Jun 27. The plague came
ashore in San Francisco. Political leaders overrode health officials
and denied its presence. The governor declared it a felony to
publish its existence. By 1904 more than 100 people had died of
“syphilitic septicemia," the official pseudonym of plague.
(NG, 5/88, p.686)
1900 Jun 27, Otto E. Passman
(Rep-D-La, 1947-77), was born.
1902 Jun 27, John Steinbeck
(d.1968), American author, was born. "A man, after he has brushed
off the dust and chips of his life, will have left only the hard,
clean question: Was it good or was it evil? Have I done well -- or
1904 Jun 27, The 2nd Fastnet
Lighthouse was completed off of southwest Ireland.
1905 Jun 27, The battleship
Potemkin succumbed to a mutiny on the Black Sea.
1907 Jun 27, Valerie Cossart
(d.1994), actress (The Hartmans), was born in London.
1907 Jun 27, John McIntire,
actor (Naked City, Wagon Train, Virginian), was born in Spokane,
1909 Jun 27, Gianandrea
Gavazzeni, composer, conductor, was born.
1911 Jun 27, Appsley
Cherry-Gerrard, an English aristocrat and the youngest member of the
Robert Falcon Scott South Pole expedition, began a 5 week
expedition, lit by 5 hour-days of twilight, hauling a sledge on a
hunt for pelican eggs that Scott wanted. He was accompanied by Lt.
Henry Bowers and ornithologist Dr. Edward Wilson In 1922 he authored
“The Worst Journey in the World." The author was later part of the
rescue party that eventually found the frozen bodies of Scott and
three men who had accompanied Scott on the final push to the Pole.
(WSJ, 4/28/07, p.P8)(ON, 6/20/11, p.6)
1912 Jun 27, Audrey Christie,
actress (Dorothy-Fair Exchange), was born in Chicago, Ill.
1913 Jun 27, Richard Bissell,
novelist and playwright, was born.
1913 Jun 27, Willie Mosconi,
professional billiards player and world champion (1941-57), was
(HN, 6/27/01)(SC, 6/27/02)
1914 Jun 27, Giorgio Almirante,
Italian fascist (member of parliament (1948-87), was born.
1914 Jun 27, US signed a treaty
of commerce with Ethiopia.
1915 Jun 27, In Fort Yukon,
Alaska, a state record 100° F (38° C) was recorded.
1917 Jun 27, Hank Gowdy became
the 1st baseball player to enter WW I military service.
1918 Jun 27, Two German pilots
were saved by parachutes for the first time.
1920 Jun 27, I.A.L. Diamond,
screenwriter, was born.
1922 Jun 27, George Walker,
composer (In Praise of Lillies), was born in Washington, DC.
1922 Jun 27, The Newberry Medal
was 1st presented for kids literature to Hendrik Van Loon.
1923 Jun 27, Paul F. Conrad,
cartoonist (Pulitzer 1964, 71, 84), was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
1923 Jun 27, The first
in-flight refueling occurred over San Diego, Ca.
(NPub, 2002, p.10)
1923 Jun 27, Yugoslav Premier
Nikola Pachitch was wounded by Serb attackers in Belgrade.
1924 Jun 24, The Democrats
began their convention in New York’s Madison Square Garden. They
were lured there by newspaper mogul Herbert Bayard Swope’s
fundraising offer of $205,000. US Democrats offered Mrs. Leroy
Springs for vice presidential nomination, the first woman considered
for the job.
(Hem., 8/96, p.87)(HN, 6/27/98)
1926 Jun 27, Frank O'Hara
(d.1966), American poet, was born in Baltimore. In 1998 David Lehman
published “The Last Avant-Garde: The Making of the New York School
(WSJ, 9/18/98, p.W8)(HN, 6/27/01)
1927 Jun 27, Robert Casey,
actor (Henry-Aldrich Family Show), was born in Rochester, NY.
1927 Jun 27, Bob Keeshan,
American television actor, was born. He is best known as "Captain
Kangaroo," the longest running children's show, and Clarabelle on
the "Howdy Doody Show."
1927 Jun 27, The U.S. Marines
adopted the English bulldog as their mascot.
1929 Jun 27, Scientists at Bell
Laboratories in New York revealed a system for transmitting
1929 Jun 27, Pres. Von
Hindenburg refused to pay the German debt of WW I.
1930 Jun 27, H. Ross Perot,
Texas billionaire, was born.
1930 Jun 27, P. Parchomenko
discovered asteroid #1166, Sakuntala.
1932 Jun 27, In Thailand King
Prajadhipok (Rama VII) signed a new provisional constitution. The
absolute power of kings ended and a constitutional monarchy began.
By 2008 Thailand had gone thru 17 permanent or temporary
1933 Jun 27, Gary Crosby, son
of Bing, actor (Which Way to the Front), was born.
1934 Jun 27, Anna Moffo,
soprano (Lucia, Traviata), was born in Wayne, Penn.
1934 Jun 27, The US Federal
Savings & Loan Association created. [see Jun 26]
1937 Jun 27, Joseph P. Allen
IV, PhD, astronaut (STS-5, STS 51A), was born in Crawfordsville,
1937 Jun 27, Robert Johnson,
blues guitarist, recorded "Traveling Riverside Blues and 10 other
songs in Dallas for the American Record Corp. He also did "Come On
in My Kitchen."
(SFC, 7/25/97, p.D5)(BS, 5/3/98, p.7E)
1938 Jun 27, Bruce E. Babbitt
(Gov-D-AL), was born.
1940 Jun 27, USSR returned to
the Gregorian calendar.
1942 Jun 27, Bruce Johnston,
rocker (Beachboys-In My Room), was born.
1942 Jun 27, The FBI announced
the capture of eight Nazi saboteurs who had been put ashore from 2
submarines, one off New York’s Long Island and the other off of
Florida. The men were tried by a military court and 6 were secretly
executed in a DC jail. Ernest Burger and George Dasch were sentenced
to 30 years in prison for their help in revealing the plot. They
were pardoned in 1948 by Pres. Truman.
(AP, 6/27/97)(SFC, 11/30/01, p.A18)
1942 Jun 27, The Allied Convoy
PQ-17 left Iceland for Murmansk and Archangel. As their escorts
turned away, the ships of the doomed Allied convoy PQ-17 followed
orders and began to disperse in the Arctic waters.
1944 Jun 27, During World War
II, American forces completed their capture of the French port of
Cherbourg from the Germans.
(AP, 6/27/97)(HN, 6/27/98)
1945 Jun 27, Norma Kamali,
dress designer (Costumes for the Wiz), was born in NYC.
1949 Jun 27, W. Baade
discovered asteroid #1566, Icarus.
1950 Jun 27, Julia Duffy,
actress (Stephanie-Newhart, Baby Talk), was born in Minneapolis,
1950 Jun 27, President Truman
ordered the Air Force and Navy into the Korean conflict following a
call from the United Nations Security Council for member nations to
help South Korea repel an invasion from the North.
1950 Jun 27, North Koreans
troop reached Seoul. UN Security Council called on members for
troops to aid South Korea.
(HN, 6/27/98)(MC, 6/27/02)
1950 Jun 27, US sent 35
military advisers to South Vietnam.
1950 Jun 27, Milada Horakova
(b.1901), a Czechoslovak politician, was executed by Communists on
trumped-up charges of conspiracy and treason. As a one of few women
ever executed in Czechoslovakia she is regarded as a symbol of
anti-Communist resistance for her firm and courageous stance during
her trial. In 2007 Ludmila Brozova-Polednova (86), former communist
prosecutor, was found guilty of a charge of abetting judicial
1951 Jun 27, Ulf Andersson,
International Chess Grandmaster (1972), was born in Sweden.
1951 Jun 27, Sidney M.
Gutierrez, Major USAF, astronaut (STS 40), was born in Albuquerque,
1951 Jun 27, M. Itzigsohn
discovered asteroid #1588, Descamisada.
1953 Jun 27, Alice McDermott,
writer (That Night, At Weddings and Wakes), was born.
1954 Jun 27, CIA-sponsored
rebels overthrew the elected government of Guatemala. A US supported
force of Guatemalan mercenaries invaded from Honduras. Sam Zemurray,
head of United Fruit, helped fund the rebels. Pres. Arbenz was
toppled and replaced by 30 years of military rule. He spent much of
his exile in Cuba. Arbenz died in 1971 in Mexico City. It was
disclosed in 1997 to have been motivated by US economic interests
with 58 Guatemalan politicians put on a list of potential targets
for political killing. In 1982 “Bitter Fruit: The Untold Story of
the American Coup in Guatemala" by Stephen Schlesinger and Stephen
Kinzer, was published by Doubleday. In 2011 Guatemalan President
Alvaro Colom acknowledged the state's responsibility in overthrowing
Arbenz and apologized to his family.
(NG, 6/1988, p.783)(SFC, 5/24/97, p.A1)(WSJ,
3/3/99, p.A18)(AP, 10/21/11)(SSFC, 7/8/12, p.F5)
1954 Jun 27, The 1st atomic
power station opened near Moscow at Obninsk, Russia.
1955 Jun 27, Isabelle Adjani,
actress (Story of Adele H, Driver, Ishtar), was born in Paris.
1955 Jun 27, 1st automobile
seat belt legislation was enacted in Illinois.
1956 Jun 27, Martin Luther King
was the featured speaker at the NAACP convention held at the SF
(SFEM, 2/2/97, p.10)
1957 Jun 27, More than 500
people were killed after Hurricane Audrey slammed through coastal
Louisiana and Texas.
1957 Jun 27, Malcolm Lowry
(b.1909), English novelist, died in Sussex, England. He is best
known for his novel “Under the Volcano" (1947). In 2007 Michael
Hofmann edited “The Voyage That Never Ends: Malcolm Lowry in His Own
1958 Jun 27, Cuban rebel forces
kidnapped 29 US sailors and Marines and held them until Jul 18.
(SSFC, 1/20/02, p.A7)
1959 Jun 27, The play, "West
Side Story" closed at Winter Garden Theater in NYC after 732
1960 Jun 27, Chlorophyll "A"
was synthesized at Cambridge, Mass.
1962 Jun 27, NASA civilian
pilot Joseph Walker took the X-15 to 6,606 kph, 37,700 m.
1963 Jun 27, Pres. Kennedy
spent his 1st full day in Ireland.
1963 Jun 27, Henry Cabot Lodge
was appointed U.S. ambassador to South Vietnam.
1963 Jun 27, USAF Major Robert
A. Rushworth reached an altitude of 53.9 miles in the X-15.
1966 Jun 27, The 1st sci-fi
soap opera, "Dark Shadows," premiered.
1967 Jun 27, There was a race
riot in Buffalo, NY, and 200 were arrested.
1968 Jun 27, The Czechoslovak
parliament abolished censorship and provided for rehabilitation of
(WUD, 1994, p.1687)
1969 Jun 27, The 3-day Denver
Pop Festival opened. The peak attendance was estimated at 50,000.
1969 Jun 27, Honduras and El
Salvador broke diplomatic relations due to soccer match. El Salvador
and Honduras fought a 4-day "Soccer War" when fans brought out
long-simmering tensions during World cup qualifying matches. Some
3,000 people died in the 4-day conflict.
1971 Jun 27, T. Smirnova,
Russian born astronomer, discovered asteroid #2121, Sevastopol.
1973 Jun 27, Nixon vetoed a
Senate ban on Cambodia bombing.
1973 Jun 27, Former White House
counsel John W. Dean told the Senate Watergate Committee about an
"enemies list" kept by the Nixon White House.
1973 Jun 27, In Uruguay Juan
Maria Bordaberry (b.1928) dissolved Congress and banned political
parties at the behest of military leaders.
1974 Jun 27, Pres. Nixon
arrived in Moscow for his 3rd summit. During the summit the US and
Russia approved a partial atomic test ban treaty.
1974 Jun 27, In Chile Gen.
Augusto Pinochet proclaimed himself "Supreme Chief of the Nation"
(de facto provisional president).
1975 Jun 27, Two French
intelligence agents, Raymond Dous and Jean Donatini, who were
investigating attacks on planes of Israel’s El Al airline at Orly
Airport, were killed by Carlos the Jackal, aka Ilich Ramirez
Sanchez. Sanchez was identified by an arrested Palestinian Front
militant, Michel Moukharbal, and was also killed.
(SFC,12/11/97, p.C2)(SFC,12/13/97, p.A10)
1975 Jun 27, Robert Stolz
(b.1880), Austrian composer (Freuhling im Prater), died.
1976 Jun 27, An Air France
Airbus flight AF139, from Tel Aviv to Paris, was hijacked shortly
after departing Athens and taken to Uganda. It was hijacked by
members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and a
German radical group. The hijackers released 148 non-Israeli
passengers after the plane landed in Uganda. French pilot Michel
Bacos (d.2019) remained with the hostages despite offers of release.
1977 Jun 27, The US Supreme
Court struck, in Bates v. State Bar of Arizona, down state laws and
bar association rules that had prohibited lawyers from advertising
their fees for routine services.
1977 Jun 27, Illinois
reinstated capital punishment.
1977 Jun 27, The Republic of
Djibouti gained independence from France with Hassan Gouled as the
(SFC, 12/28/02, p.A6)(AP, 6/27/07)(Econ, 3/22/08,
1977 Jun 27, H.E. Lee Kuan Yew,
the PM of Singapore, formally opened the Fourth Meeting of the ASEAN
Economic Ministers which was held in Singapore on 27-29 June 1977.
1978 Jun 27, Sam Shepard’s play
"Buried Child" had its world premier in San Francisco.
1978 Jun 27, US Seasat 1, the
1st oceanographic satellite, was launched into polar orbit.
1978 Jun 27, Soyuz 30 carried 2
cosmonauts (1 Polish) to the Salyut 6 space station.
1980 Jun 27, President Carter
signed legislation reviving draft registration.
1980 Jun 27, The San Francisco
133rd Police Academy graduating class included 2 gay men.
(SFC, 6/24/05, p.F7)
1980 Jun 27, Carey McWilliams,
writer and editor of The Nation magazine, died of cancer. His books
included “Southern California: An Island on the Land" (1946) and
“Factories in the Field: The Story of Migratory Farm Labor in
California" (1939). In 2005 Peter Richardson authored “American
Prophet: The Life and Work of Carey McWilliams."
(SSFC, 12/18/05, p.M2)(http://tinyurl.com/aeel2)
1980 Jun 27, Aerolinee Itavia
Flight 870, an Italian domestic jetliner, exploded in flight and
crashed near the island of Ustica. 81 people were killed. In 1999 it
was reported that a fight by warplanes led to the crash and coverup
charges were filed against Italian military officials. Among
theories for the jet's demise was a bomb planted by domestic
terrorists, or an errant US or French missile allegedly fired at a
Libyan MiG streaking over the Mediterranean. In 2013 Italy's top
criminal court ruled that there is "abundantly" clear evidence that
a stray missile caused the Italian passenger jet to crash.
p.A1)(AP, 8/17/10)(AP, 1/28/13)
1981 Jun 27, The African States
members of the Organization of African Unity, meeting in Liberia,
adopted a Charter on Human and People’s Rights. Article 5
specifically prohibited slavery. It became effective as of October
1982 Jun 27, The Broadway show
"Dancin'" closed at the Ambassador Theater after 1,774 performances.
1982 Jun 27, The 4th Space
Shuttle, Mission-Columbia 4, was launched.
1982 Jun 27, Jack Mullaney
(b.1929), actor (My Living Doll, It's About Time), died.
1983 Jun 27, Maxie Anderson and
Don Ida died in West Germany during a balloon race.
1983 Jun 27, The Russian Soyuz
T-9 spacecraft launched from Baikonur carrying 2 cosmonauts to the
Salyut 7 space station.
1984 Jun 27, The US Supreme
Court ended the NCAA monopoly on college football telecasts, ruling
such control violated antitrust law.
1985 Jun 27, The legendary
Route 66, which originally stretched from Chicago to Santa Monica,
Calif., passed into history as officials decertified the road.
1985 Jun 27, The U.S. House of
Representatives voted to limit the use of combat troops in
1985 Jun 27, A hotel strike in
NYC took place. It ended June 27.
1986 Jun 27, US informed New
Zealand it will not defend it against attack.
1986 Jun 27, The International
Court of Justice at The Hague ruled that the United States had
broken international law and violated the sovereignty of Nicaragua
by aiding the contras.
1986 Jun 27, Don Rogers of the
Cleveland Browns died of cocaine poisoning.
1986 Jun 27, An Irish
referendum upheld a ban on divorce.
1987 Jun 27, The White House
announced that a final analysis of two polyps removed from President
Reagan's colon showed they were benign.
1988 Jun 27, Mike Tyson
retained the undisputed heavyweight crown as he knocked out Michael
Spinks 91 seconds into the first round of a championship fight in
Atlantic City, N.J.
1988 Jun 27, Fifty-seven people
were killed in a train collision in Paris.
1989 Jun 27, President Bush,
criticizing a Supreme Court decision upholding the right to
desecrate the American flag as a form of political protest, called
for a constitutional amendment to protect the Stars and Stripes.
1989 Jun 27, Austrian Foreign
Minister Alois Mock (d.2017) and Hungarian Foreign Minister Gyula
Horn made headlines by cutting through fencing that represented the
communist Iron Curtain separating the two countries.
1990 Jun 27, Jose Canseco
signed a record $4,700,000 per year baseball contract with the
1990 Jun 27, NASA announced
that a flaw in the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope was preventing
the instrument from achieving optimum focus.
1990 Jun 27, Salman Rushdie,
condemned to death by Iran, contributed $8600 to help their
1991 Jun 27, US Supreme Court
Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first black to sit on the nation’s
highest court, announced his retirement.
1991 Jun 27, The US Supreme
Court ruled that juries considering life or death for convicted
murderers may take into account the victim’s character and the
suffering of relatives.
1991 Jun 27, Cor Therapeutics
went public and raised $15 million. In 1998 it received partial FDA
clearance for Integrillin, an anti-clotting drug.
(WSJ, 5/24/99, p.R8)
1991 Jun 27, Yugoslav army
tanks and helicopters attacked Slovenia. Fighting broke out between
Serbian and Croatian militias. The Slovene militia trapped an
armored column and captured 2,000 soldiers. The prisoners were
released and an agreement was reached for Slovenia to control its
own borders after a 90 day period of int’l. observation.
(SFC, 6/11/96, p.A14)(SFC,10/16/97, p.A12)
1992 Jun 27, Authorities found
the body of kidnapped Exxon executive Sidney J. Reso buried in a
makeshift grave in Bass River State Park in New Jersey. Arthur and
Irene Seale, were later convicted and sentenced to prison for the
1993 Jun 27, Actress Julia
Roberts and singer Lyle Lovett were wed in Marion, Ind. The marriage
ended in divorce.
1993 Jun 27, US warships fired
24 Tomahawk cruise missiles at intelligence headquarters in Baghdad
in retaliation for the assassination plot. The Iraqis claimed 8
dead. Iraqis pulled their dead from the rubble of buildings wrecked
by U.S. missiles during an early morning raid ordered by President
Clinton in reprisal for an alleged assassination plot against former
(SFC, 9/4/96, p.A8)(AP, 6/27/98)
1993 Jun 27, Laila al-Attar
(48), painter and head of Iraq’s institute for the arts, was one of
at least 6 civilians killed when 23 US Tomahawk cruise missiles hit
Baghdad. She had painted an unflattering portrait of Pres. Bush on
the floor of a hotel lobby.
(WSJ, 5/31/02, p.A1)
1994 Jun 27, President Clinton
replaced White House chief of staff Mack McLarty with budget
director Leon Panetta.
1994 Jun 27, U.S. Coast Guard
cutters intercepted 1,330 Haitian boat people on the high seas in
one of the busiest days since refugees began leaving Haiti following
a 1991 military coup.
1995 Jun 27, The space shuttle
“Atlantis" blasted off on a historic flight to link up with Russia’s
space station “Mir" and bring home American astronaut Norman
1995 Jun 27, The San Francisco
Chronicle received a message from the Unabomber threatening to blow
up a plane by the July Fourth weekend. The Unabomber later called
the threat a prank.
1996 Jun 27, President Clinton
and other Group of Seven leaders meeting in Lyon, France, pledged
solidarity against terrorism following a truck bombing in Saudi
Arabia that killed 19 Americans.
1996 Jun 27, A Dallas police
officer was charged with trying to hire a hit man to kill football
star Michael Irvin; Johnnie Hernandez later pleaded guilty to
solicitation of capital murder. He was sentenced to serve two
concurrent six-year prison terms, and was paroled in 1998.
1996 Jun 27, The GM North
Tarreytown Assembly Plant produced its last minivan prior to closure
for the remaining 2,100 workers.
(WSJ, 6/26/96, p.A1)
1996 Jun 27, A team of
scientists using the Hubble space telescope believe that they have
identified galaxies that were formed 14-7.5 Billion years ago. The
images, called the Hubble Deep Field, were made in Dec. and released
(SFC, 6/27/96, p.A1)
1996 Jun 27, Anne Marie Fahey
(30), the secretary of Gov. Thomas Carper, disappeared from
Wilmington after dining at a Philadelphia restaurant with Thomas
Capano. Capano, a prominent lawyer who had dated Fahey, was later
accused of her murder based on testimony from his two brothers, who
had helped him dispose the body. In 1998 Capano admitted that he
disposed Fahey’s body but insisted that her death was an accident.
In 1998 Capano testified that Fahey was shot accidentally by former
mistress Deborah MacIntyre, who denied the charge. Capano was
convicted by a jury on Jan 17, 1999. On Mar 16, 1999, Capano was
sentenced to death.
(SFEC,12/14/97, p.A4)(SFEC, 10/5/98, p.A5)(SFC,
10/27/98, p.A2)(SFC, 12/22/98, p.A2)(SFC, 1/18/99, p.A2)(SFC,
1996 Jun 27, Albert R. “Cubby"
Broccoli (87), film producer, died. Together with Harry Saltzman,
Broccoli produced the James Bond series of films. His forbears in
Italy invented the broccoli vegetable by crossing Italian rabe with
(WP, 6/29/96, p.B6)(MC, 6/27/02)
1996 Jun 27, Mollie Beattie
(1947-1996), head of the US Fish and Wildlife Service from 1993,
(WP, 6/29/96, p.B6)
1996 Jun 27, A report from
London said that the British Library had acquired Buddhist texts
that date back as early as the 2nd cent AD. The texts were believed
to be part of the canon of the Sarvastivadin sect, which dominated
Gandhara, now north Pakistan and east Afghanistan.
(SFC, 6/27/96, p.A12)
1996 Jun 27, Gay marriages were
legalized in Iceland.
(SFC, 6/28/96, p.A14)
1996 Jun 27, A report from the
World Health Organization said that South Africa has the worst
tuberculosis problem in the world and that drug-resistant forms
(XDR-TB) of the disease were spreading rapidly.
(SFC, 6/27/96, p.A12)(Econ, 2/24/07, p.58)
1996 Jun 27, In Turkey
thousands of troops poured into northern Iraq and killed dozens of
(SFC, 6/28/96, p.A14)
1996 Jun 27, Ugandans voted for
a new parliament. 814 candidates ran as individuals.
(SFC, 6/28/96, p.A14)
1997 Jun 27, The US announced
agreements with Vietnam to expand ties.
(SFC, 6/28/97, p.A11)
1997 Jun 27, The Supreme Court
threw out a key part of the Brady gun-control law, saying the
federal government could not make local police decide whether people
are fit to buy handguns. However, the court left intact the five-day
waiting period for gun purchases.
(SFC, 6/28/97, p.A1)(AP, 6/27/98)
1997 Jun 27, It was reported
that researchers have discovered the first defective gene that
causes Parkinson’s disease. The mutated gene produces a defective
version of the brain protein alpha synuclein.
(WSJ, 6/27/97, p.B6)
1997 Jun 27, It was reported
that some 42 dead seals were washed ashore at Point Reyes National
Seashore in California in a ten day window in late May and early
June. Cause of death was unknown but new deaths seemed to have
(SFC, 6/27/97, p.A24)
1997 Jun 27, China announced
that it would send 4,000 troops into Hong Kong six hours after the
former colony is handed over to Chinese control.
(SFC, 6/28/97, p.A1)
1997 Jun 27, In China a major
fire at a petrochemical plant outside Beijing caused many deaths and
injuries. News of the fire was restricted to maintain an official
tone of celebration for the Hong Kong transfer.
(SFC, 6/28/97, p.A13)
1997 Jun 27, In the Congo
Etienne Tshisekedi was released.
(WSJ, 6/30/97, p.A1)
1997 Jun 27, In Russia an
explosive device was set off on a train as it approached Torbino,
140 miles southeast of St. Petersburg, and 3 people were killed.
(SFC, 6/28/97, p.A11)
1997 Jun 27, A Tajikistan
formal peace accord was signed in Moscow that was brokered by Russia
and Iran. A power sharing arrangement was foreseen between Pres.
Emomali Rakhmanov and opposition leader Said Abdullo. The opposition
led by the Islamic Renaissance Party (IRPT) was guaranteed 30% of
government positions. Up to 150,000 people had been killed in
the 5-year civil war.
(WSJ, 6/30/97, p.A11)(SFC, 11/3/00, p.D2)(Econ,
11/11/06, p.50)(Econ., 3/14/15, p.42)
1998 Jun 27, Pres. Clinton held
a live news conference with Pres. Jiang Zemin in Beijing that was
broadcast across China. President Clinton and President Jiang Zemin
offered an uncensored airing of differences on human rights,
freedom, trade and Tibet.
(SFEC, 6/28/98, p.A1)(AP, 6/27/99)
1998 Jun 27, Heavy
thunderstorms in the Northeast and Midwest left at least 5 people
dead. The annual Ben & Jerry’s One World One Heart festival at
Sugarbush, Vermont, was cancelled.
(SFEC, 6/28/98, p.A8)
1998 Jun 27, In Burma soldiers
of the Light Infantry Battalion 246 shot and killed 23 villagers in
Kaeng Tawn. The dead included 7 children and 2 women.
(SFC, 8/8/98, p.A12)
1998 Jun 27, In Germany some
10,000 gays and lesbians took part in the 20th commemoration of
Christopher St. Day with a march through Berlin.
(SFEC, 6/28/98, p.A20)
1998 Jun 27, In East Timor
Manuel Soares (21) was shot dead in Manatuto when troops opened fire
to quell a clash between Pro-Indonesia and pro-independence
supporters. Three EU envoys arrived on a fact-finding mission.
(SFEC, 6/28/98, p.A20)
1998 Jun 27, In Malaysia the
new $3.61 bil airport at Kuala Lumpur was scheduled to open. The new
$2.25 billion int’l. airport covered 25,000 acres and was opened by
King Tuanku Jaafar.
(WSJ, 8/30/96, p.B8B)(SFEC, 6/28/98, p.A17)
1998 Jun 27, In southern Turkey
a 6.3 earthquake around Adana and Ceyhan killed at least 144 people
and injured about a 1,000.
(SFEC, 6/28/98, p.A21)(WSJ, 6/29/98, p.A1)(SFC,
1999 Jun 27, Juli Inkster shot
a 6-under 65 to win the LPGA Championship, becoming the second woman
to win the modern career Grand Slam. The first was Pat Bradley.
1999 Jun 27, The Seattle
Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 5-to-2 in the final game at the
1999 Jun 27, In Algeria the
president raised the death toll in the 7-year civil war against
rebel groups to 100,000.
(WSJ, 6/28/99, p.A1)
1999 Jun 27, Colombia devalued
its currency by lowering its trading band by 9%.
(WSJ, 6/29/99, p.A1)
1999 Jun 27, In Germany a bomb
in Merseburg injured 16 people.
(WSJ, 6/28/99, p.A1)
1999 Jun 27, Former Greek Col.
George Papadopoulos died of cancer in a guarded hospital in Athens
at age 80. He led the 1967-to-74 military dictatorship.
(SFC, 6/28/99, p.A19)(AP, 6/27/00)
1999 Jun 27, In Kosovo ethnic
Albanians burned and looted the village of Belo Polje. KLA men raped
and killed a mentally ill Serbian woman.
(SFC, 6/28/99, p.A1)
1999 Jun 27, In Sri Lanka an
offensive against Tamil rebels left 16 government soldiers and 41
(WSJ, 6/28/99, p.A1)
2000 Jun 27, US House
Republicans cut a deal to allow direct sales of food to Cuba for the
first time in four decades.
2000 Jun 27, In Chechnya 2 days
of fighting left 12 Russians dead and up to 60 rebels killed
according to Russian officials.
(SFC, 6/29/00, p.C6)
2000 Jun 27, In Poland 107
participants joined to endorse a declaration of the “community of
democracies." France alone excluded itself.
(SFC, 6/28/00, p.B10)
2000 Jun 27, In Zimbabwe Pres.
Mugabe promised to work with the newly elected parliament. The
Movement for Democratic Change made historic gains and won 57 seats
vs. 62 for Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party.
(SFC, 6/28/00, p.A12)(AP, 6/27/01)
2001 Jun 27, The Federal
Reserve cut interest rates by one-quarter percent. to 3.75%.
(SFC, 6/28/01, p.A1)
2001 Jun 27, Chico O’Farrill,
Afro-Cuban jazz trumpeter, died at age 79 in NY.
(WSJ, 7/2/01, p.A1)(SFC, 6/30/01, p.A18)
2001 Jun 27, Jack Lemmon
(b.1925), film actor, died in Los Angeles. His work included the
film "The Odd Couple," in which he played Felix Unger. Tony Randall
played Felix Unger in the TV series.
(WSJ, 6/29/01, p. A1)(UFB, 4/22/02)(AP,
6/27/02)(NW, 12/31/01, p.111)
2001 Jun 27, Kofi Annan was
nominated for a 2nd 5-year term as UN Sec.-Gen.
(WSJ, 6/28/01, p.A1)
2001 Jun 27, The United Nations
concluded a three-day special session on HIV/AIDS after adopting a
16-page Declaration of Commitment which set tough targets for
reducing infection rates and called for protecting the rights of
infected people. It also included a 5-year plan to boost spending in
low and middle income nations to $7-10 billion
(SFC, 6/28/01, p.A1)(AP, 6/27/02)
2001 Jun 27, It was reported
that Wang Guoqi, a Chinese doctor seeking political asylum, had
presented a written statement to US authorities that he had taken
part in harvesting body parts from executed prisoners in China.
China meanwhile observed UN anti-drug day by executing dozens of
people for drug crimes. China denied the accusations.
(SFC, 6/27/01, p.A10)(SFC, 6/29/01, p.D4)
2001 Jun 27, Tove Jansson
(b.1914), writer and creator of the Moomin family of trolls, died in
Finland. She began her 1st Moomin book in 1939. The Swedish-speaking
Finnish novelist, painter, illustrator and comic strip author
received the Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1966. In 2014 Tuula
Karjalainen’s “Tove Jansson: Work and Love" became available in
2002 Jun 27, The US Supreme
Court ruled to allow random drug searches in public schools on
students who engage in extracurricular activities. The court also
upheld a Cleveland school voucher program in Zelman vs.
(SFC, 6/28/02, p.A1)(WSJ, 6/10/03, p.D5)
2002 Jun 27, A US Air Force
pilot was killed when his A10 “Warthog" crashed during a training
mission in eastern France.
(SFC, 6/28/02, p.A14)
2002 Jun 27, John Entwistle
(57), bassist for The Who, died in Las Vegas.
(SFC, 6/28/02, p.A2)
2002 Jun 27-28, In Afghanistan
an arsenal exploded at Spinbaldak and 19 people were killed. A 1st
blast was called both a controlled explosion and the result of a
(SFC, 6/29/02, p.A12)(SSFC, 6/30/02, p.A15)
2002 Jun 27, In Argentina
thousands of government opponents marched in anger after a police
crackdown on jobless protesters a day earlier left two dead and 90
2002 Jun 27, Rescue helicopters
from the South African ship Agulhas picked up 21 Russian scientists
from the Magdalena Oldendorff, trapped in ice near Antarctica. 1,100
pounds of food was delivered to the remaining 86 people. Another 48
were rescued the next day.
(SFC, 6/28/02, p.A14)(SFC, 6/29/02, p.A14)
2002 Jun 27, Belgian
authorities signed agreements to pay about $55 million to the
country's Jewish community for property lost during the Nazi
2002 Jun 27, Burundian rebels
said they had repelled a major government offensive against bases in
the Kibera National Park, saying 35 government soldiers had been
killed in five day of fighting.
2002 Jun 27, In Canada G-8
leaders signed an agreement with African leaders to support
development. It was pointed out that US farm subsidies contradicted
African exports. World leaders broadly backed a controversial plan
by George W. Bush to end the Middle East crisis, although they
mostly stopped short of endorsing his insistence that Palestinian
leader Yasser Arafat quit. They agreed to spend $20 billion over the
next 10 years to decommission weapons from the former Soviet
(Reuters, 6/27/02)(SFC, 6/28/02, p.A11)
2002 Jun 27, In Colombia more
than 100 government officials defied rebel death threats,
withdrawing their resignations and agreeing to go back to work.
Authorities confirmed that Rigo Calvo, mayor of La Sierra, was
(AP, 6/27/02)(SFC, 6/28/02, p.A12)
2002 Jun 27, Cuba's one-party
socialist state was engraved in the constitution as "irrevocable"
after Fidel Castro's communist parliament followed his lead and
rejected domestic and foreign efforts to introduce democratic
2002 Jun 27, The mayor of the
Bavarian town of Roeckingen, who has been missing since early March,
was found dead in a forest in the western Czech Republic, police
2002 Jun 27, Israel's army
urged Palestinians holed up under fire for a third day in a West
Bank compound to surrender Thursday, warning it will overrun the
battered Hebron government complex if those inside refuse to come
out. Helicopter gunships fired missiles into the Hebron complex.
(AP, 6/27/02)(SFC, 6/28/02, p.A10)
2002 Jun 27, In India's
Jammu-Kashmir 9 people, including three soldiers, were killed and 22
wounded in separate incidents of violence.
(Reuters, 6/27/02)(SFC, 6/28/02, p.A14)
2002 Jun 27, Muslim guerrillas
killed a Philippine army officer and wounded five soldiers in a gun
battle on a southern island where three Indonesian seamen have been
held hostage for more than a week.
2002 Jun 27, In central Somalia
rival militias fought a fierce battle over the deaths of fellow
clansmen, leaving 23 people dead and 40 wounded just one day after a
peace deal was reached.
2002 Jun 27, In Khartoum,
Sudan, representatives of 57 Muslim nations pledged support for
Palestinians in a resolution that made no mention of President
Bush's call for Palestinians to elect a new leadership. In 21 months
of violence, 1,739 people have been killed on the Palestinian side
and 564 people on the Israeli side.
2002 Jun 27, In Uganda
guerrillas of the Lord's Resistance Army killed 7 rangers at
Murchison Falls Nat'l. Park and abducted at least 10 others.
(SFC, 6/29/02, p.A9)
2003 Jun 27, The American
public poured an avalanche of discontent into the new national
do-not-call list (www.donotcall.gov), registering over 735,000 phone
numbers on the 1st day.
(AP, 6/28/03)(SFC, 6/28/03, p.A1)
2003 Jun 27, The Central
African Republic's former PM fled after being granted asylum in
France, ending five months holed up in the French Embassy after a
2003 Jun 27, In India thousands
of fish in the Gomati River died when monsoon rains sent a huge
overflow of untreated sewage into the water, causing a drastic drop
in oxygen levels. The fish were already ailing from the persistent
flow of untreated sewage. A cleanup was important because Lucknow's
2 million people depend on the river for drinking water.
2003 Jun 27, Israeli and
Palestinian leaders agreed for Israel to begin withdrawing forces
from areas of the Gaza Strip and returning security control to
Palestinian officers. In 33 months of the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict, 2,414 people have been killed on the Palestinian side and
806 on the Israeli side.
(AP, 6/27/03)(SFC, 6/28/03, p.A1)
2004 Jun 27, Insurgents
threatened to behead Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun, a U.S. Marine who'd
vanished in Iraq, in a videotape that aired on Arab television.
However, Hassoun contacted American officials in his native Lebanon
the following month; after being reunited with his family in Utah,
Hassoun disappeared in December.
2004 Jun 27, In Lithuania
Valdas Adamkus won the 2nd round of elections against center-left
candidate Kazimira Prunskiene.
(WSJ, 6/28/04, p.A1)
2004 Jun 27, Hundreds of
thousands of Mexicans wearing white staged a silent march through
the heart of their nation's capital to protest kidnappings, violent
crimes and the failures of law enforcement to curb them.
2004 Jun 27, In Mongolia
elections the renamed Communists lost their majority to an
opposition block. The left-leaning MPRP won 36 seats while the MDC
(WSJ, 6/29/04, p.A1)(Econ, 8/7/04, p.35)
2004 Jun 27, Palestinian
militants blew up an Israeli army post with explosives in a tunnel
near the Gush Katif settlement in the Gaza Strip. At least one
soldier was killed. A firefight followed that left 2 Palestinians
(SFC, 6/28/04, p.A6)
2004 Jun 27, Serbia held
elections. Pro-Western Boris Tadic led early polls over the
ultranationalist candidate, Tomislav Nikolic. Boris Tadic, won 53.5
percent of votes.
2004 Jun 27, Saudi Arabia
dispatched two planeloads of aid to Sudan's war-torn western region
2004 Jun 27, Turkey rejected
the demands of Islamic militants who are threatening to behead three
of its kidnapped citizens during a visit by President Bush to
2004 Jun 27, Over 40 thousand
Turks chanting anti-Bush slogans demonstrated against the
president's visit to their country and a NATO summit. NATO leaders
closed ranks on a pledge to take a bigger military role in Iraq;
Pres. Bush declared that the alliance was poised to "meet the
threats of the 21st century." Pres. Bush called on the EU to admit
Turkey as a member.
(AP, 6/27/04)(Econ, 9/11/04, p.50)(AP, 6/27/05)
2005 Jun 27, The US Supreme
Court ruled 5-4 that Kentucky cannot display framed copies of the
Ten Commandments in county courthouses, and allowed the Texas
statehouse to keep the commandments as part of a display on its
(AP, 6/27/05)(SFC, 6/28/05, p.A1)
2005 Jun 27, The US Supreme
Court also ruled that cable-TV companies are not required to share
their high-speed Internet connections with rivals.
(WSJ, 6/28/05, p.B1)
2005 Jun 27, In Kansas BTK
suspect Dennis Rader (60) pleaded guilty to 10 counts of
first-degree murder, admitting in a chillingly matter-of-fact voice
to a series of slayings that terrorized the city from 1974-1991.
Rader later received multiple life sentences.
2005 Jun 27, Wal-Mart heir John
T. Walton (58), crashed and died while at the controls of a
homemade, experimental aircraft near Jackson Hole Airport, Wyoming.
His net worth was over $18 billion. Walton supported efforts to
educate low-income children.
(AP, 6/28/05)(SFC, 6/28/05, p.A2)
2005 Jun 27, Shelby Foote
(b.1916), novelist and historian, died in Memphis. His books
included the multi-volume “The Civil War: A Narrative" (1958-1974).
(SFC, 6/29/05, p.B7)
2005 Jun 27, Bangladesh
opposition parties led by the Awami League staged a human-chain
protest in Dhaka against what they called an anti-people budget
taking effect on Friday.
2005 Jun 27, Bosnian Serb
police said they had arrested 11 people on war crimes charges.
2005 Jun 27, PM Tony Blair
defended Britain's deportation of failed Zimbabwean asylum seekers,
a policy that has triggered a refugee hunger strike.
2005 Jun 27, Colombia's main
leftist rebel group offered to swap three kidnapped American defense
contractors for two guerrilla leaders jailed in the United States,
but the US government immediately rejected the proposal.
2005 Jun 27, In northeastern
Congo militia fighters using women and children as human shields
battled with UN peacekeepers south of Bunia.
2005 Jun 27, French
investigators raided the home and offices of finance minister
Thierry Breton. It was part of a criminal probe sparked by
complaints filed by Rhodia investors Hughes de Lasteyrie du Saillant
and Edouard Stern. [see Mar 1]
(WSJ, 6/30/05, p.C1)
2005 Jun 27, France, Germany,
Brazil and Chile called for a tax on airline tickets to help finance
the global fight against poverty.
2005 Jun 27, Iraqi Prime
Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said that two years would be "more than
enough" to establish security in his country, a task Defense
Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld believes may take up to 12 years.
2005 Jun 27, The US military
said it planned to expand its prisons across Iraq to hold as many as
(SFC, 6/28/05, p.A3)
2005 Jun 27, A US Apache attack
helicopter crashed north of Baghdad, killing both pilots. A car bomb
exploded between a movie house and mosque in eastern Baghdad,
killing at least four people and injuring 16.
2005 Jun 27, An Israeli
military court convicted Wahid Taysir, a former Israeli soldier, of
manslaughter in the killing of Tom Hurndall, a pro-Palestinian
British activist on Apr 11, 2003. Taysir, a member of Israel's
Bedouin Arab minority, charged the army with racism, saying he was
prosecuted because he is an Arab and his victim was a foreigner.
2005 Jun 27, An undersea cable
carrying data between Pakistan and the outside world developed a
serious fault, virtually crippling data feeds, including the
2005 Jun 27, It was reported
that a heat wave across Pakistan has killed about 175 people over
the past eight days.
2005 June 27, In Somalia gunman
hijacked the MV Semlow, a ship carrying food aid, and held the
vessel for 100 days before it was released Oct. 4.
2005 Jun 27, South African
trade unions staged a one-day nationwide strike to protest high
unemployment and job losses, with employers reporting a mixed
response at job sites and tens of thousands of protesters marching
in major cities.
2005 Jun 27, A meeting in
Istanbul of the World Tribunal on Iraq, the culmination of 20
meetings around the world over the last 2 years, called the invasion
and occupation of Iraq illegal. The symbolic tribunal sought the
immediate withdrawal of coalition forces from Iraq and payment of
reparations for the damage caused during the conflict.
2005 Jun 27, The UN said it
wanted to move hundreds of Uzbek refugees to third countries from
camps in Kyrgyzstan because there were fears Uzbekistan might try to
snatch them and take them home by force.
2006 Jun 27, A constitutional
amendment to ban desecration of the American flag died in a US
Senate cliffhanger, falling one vote short of the 67 needed to send
it to states for ratification.
2006 Jun 27, US Surgeon General
Richard Carmona issued a report that said secondhand smoke
dramatically increases the risk of heart disease and lung cancer in
(SFC, 6/28/06, p.A11)
2006 Jun 27, Washington DC was
scheduled to begin a campaign to screen every resident (14-84) for
the AIDS virus. DC was experiencing the highest rate of new AIDS
cases in the US.
(SSFC, 6/25/06, p.A8)
2006 Jun 27, A US federal court
in Hawaii authorized partial compensation of $2,000 each to about
7,500 victims of human rights abuses under late Philippine dictator
2006 Jun 27, In California the
Berkeley City Council passed a resolution to let the public vote on
the November 7 ballot for the impeachment of President Bush.
(SFC, 6/29/06, p.B1)
2006 Jun 27, The City Council
of Oakland, Ca., passed a measure to ban Styrofoam food packaging
for restaurant takeout food effective January, 2007.
(SFC, 6/29/06, p.B3)
2006 Jun 27, Railroad Killer''
Angel Maturino Resendiz, linked to 15 murders, was executed in Texas
for the slaying of physician Claudia Benton in 1998.
2006 Jun 27, In Afghanistan 2
members of the UK armed forces were killed in action in Helmand
province. 2 Afghan soldiers and 11 insurgents were killed in the
fighting. 2 civilians died in a suicide blast aimed at a German
patrol in the north.
(AP, 6/27/06)(SFC, 6/28/06, p.A13)
2006 Jun 27, In northeastern
Brazil a two-story abandoned building collapsed onto three houses
and a construction supply store in Recife, killing 7 people and
injuring 7 others.
2006 Jun 27, Archbishop Rowan
Williams, head of the 80 million member Anglican Communion,
suggested the communion could break up into a core of constituent
churches willing to sign a doctrinal covenant on homosexuality and
other thorny issues.
(Econ, 7/1/06, p.52)
2006 Jun 27, Chechnya's new
separatist leader named warlord Shamil Basayev, wanted by Russia for
a string of shocking terrorist attacks, as his vice president in a
move that could signal a radicalization of the Chechen rebel
2006 Jun 27, China’s government
said a law imposing fines on media that report emergencies such as
riots and natural disasters without official approval could go into
effect by October. A rights group urged Beijing to scrap it. Xinhua
News said a cache of dynamite exploded in a house in northern
Shaanxi province, killing at least 10 people and injuring 20.
2006 Jun 27, Egyptian security
forces shot dead two men named as members of a group behind deadly
bombings in Sinai tourist resorts.
2006 Jun 27, Ethiopia claimed
to have killed more than 110 rebels allegedly sent by arch-foe Horn
of Africa neighbor Eritrea to destabilize the country since the
beginning of the month. Eritrea flatly rejected the claim.
2006 Jun 27, One of Iraq's
largest Sunni Arab groups endorsed the prime minister's national
reconciliation plan, and the government announced new benefits to
help freed detainees return to normal lives. A suicide car bomb also
struck a busy gas station in the northern city of Kirkuk, killing at
least three people and wounding 17. A professor at a technology
university in Baghdad was gunned down in a drive-by shooting in the
upscale neighborhood of Mansour. Police found the bullet-riddled
bodies of five men, including three who were handcuffed, in two
areas of Baghdad. A US Marine and a soldier were killed in separate
attacks west and south of Baghdad, while another US soldier died the
day before in the volatile Anbar province.
2006 Jun 27, The Cabinet of PM
Bertie Ahern agreed to use the Republic of Ireland's Gaelic name,
Eire (pronounced AIR-uh), during EU summits.
2006 Jun 27, Italy's ruling
coalition agreed to withdraw as many as 400 soldiers from
Afghanistan, dealing another blow to US-led military efforts
2006 Jun 27, A Japanese
government white paper on youth said the number of child abuse cases
reported in the year to March 2005 surged to 33,408 from 26,569 the
year before, a rise of 25.7 percent.
2006 Jun 27, Netherlands’
Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk reversed a politically divisive
decision of six weeks earlier, when she announced Hirsi Ali's 1997
naturalization was invalid because she lied on her asylum
2006 Jun 27, The rival Hamas
and Fatah movements agreed on a plan implicitly recognizing Israel,
after weeks of acrimonious negotiations aiming to lift crippling
international aid sanctions. A Palestinian militant leader said a
captured Israeli soldier was being held in a "secure place," and he
claimed that his group also seized a Jewish settler in the West
Bank. A massive explosion demolished a car traveling near the
residence of President Mahmoud Abbas, killing an unknown number of
people inside. The blast scattered debris and body parts up to 200
yards away. The Israeli army said it was not involved in the blast.
2006 Jun 27, In Mogadishu,
Somalia, members of an Islamic militia that controls most of
southern Somalia battled for a clan-held checkpoint, killing five
people before declaring victory.
2006 Jun 27, Renegade Tamil
militants killed at least four members of the Tamil Tiger rebel
group in eastern Sri Lanka.
2006 Jun 27, In Thailand
prosecutors asked the Constitutional Court to disband both the
governing Thai Rak Thai (TRT) and the main opposition Democrats for
gross misconduct in the April elections. In southern Thailand 7
people were killed by suspected Islamic insurgents in attacks,
including a bombing that left five security officers dead.
(Econ, 7/1/06, p.38)(AFP, 6/27/06)
2006 Jun 27, Vietnamese
legislators elected Nguyen Minh Triet (63), the Communist Party
chief for Ho Chi Minh City, as the country's new president in a
leadership shuffle. Triet, in turn, nominated Deputy Prime Minister
Nguyen Tan Dung, 56, to become the next PM.
2007 Jun 27, Under the banner,
"If another world is possible, another US is necessary," 10,000
civil society activists gathered in Atlanta, Georgia, for the
beginning of the first US Social Forum (USSF).
2007 Jun 27, Don Harvey and his
wife, Joyce, of Oklahoma won a $105.8 million Powerball lottery.
They chose to receive a $33.3 million lump sum after taxes instead
of the full amount paid out over 29 years.
2007 Jun 27, In her first
televised interview since being released from custody, a demure
Paris Hilton told CNN's Larry King she would never again drink and
drive and that her time in jail was "a time-out in life."
2007 Jun 27, The annual Merrill
Lynch World Wealth Report said 9.5 million people in 2006 held at
least $1 million in financial assets, excluding the value of their
primary home, for a combined value of $37.2 trillion.
(SFC, 6/28/07, p.C1)
2007 Jun 27, It was reported
that the United Auto Group (UAG) will soon change its name to Penske
Automotive Group. The company planned to become the sole US
distributor of DaimlerChrysler AG’s Smart car in 2008.
(WSJ, 6/27/07, p.A8)
2007 Jun 27, It was reported
that Salvia divinorum, a leafy hallucinogenic green plant from
Mexico, was readily available in the SF Bay Area for $15-50 a hit.
The effect was said to be short-lived and not in wide-spread use.
(SFC, 6/27/07, p.A1)
2007 Jun 27, Nevada Solar One,
the first large CSP (concentrating solar power) plant built since
the 1980s, went online with a capacity to generate 64 megawatts.
2007 Jun 27, Torrential storms
flooded parts of central Texas, stranding people on roofs, in trees
and in vehicles. Constant downpours claimed 11 lives in the last 11
(AP, 6/27/07)(AP, 6/28/07)
2007 Jun 27, William M. Jenkins
(b.1919), former CEO of Seattle-First National Bank, died on
Bainbridge Island, Wash. His term ended after the bank was forced
into a merger due to bad loans following the 1982 failure of
Oklahoma’s Penn Square Bank.
(WSJ, 1/14/07, p.A4)
2007 Jun 27, In Brazil police
backed by helicopters raided Rio’s notorious Alemao shantytown and
killed 19 suspected drug traffickers in pitched gunbattles.
(AP, 6/28/07)(Econ, 8/4/07, p.34)
2007 Jun 27, Gordon Brown
became British prime minister, promising a new government with new
priorities, after Tony Blair resigned to end a decade in power.
Major Western powers agreed on the mandate for a new Middle East
envoy and named Tony Blair to the position after he stepped down as
prime minister. A statement from the Quartet (US, UN, EU, Russia)
said Blair will focus on mobilizing international support and
assistance for the Palestinians.
(AP, 6/27/07)(Reuters, 6/27/07)(AP, 6/28/07)
2007 Jun 27, Canada’s
government said it will ban all smoking in federal prisons next year
to improve the health of prisoners, staff and visitors.
2007 Jun 27, Chinese
inspectors, following a six-month crackdown, said industrial oils,
acid, cancer-causing chemicals and other dangerous ingredients have
been found in thousands of foods. The government said it closed 180
food manufacturers found to have used industrial chemicals and
additives in food products. A state news agency quoted China's chief
auditor saying auditors have found that officials stole or misused
$1.9 billion in pension funds and other government money. Cases in
the latest investigations stretched back to before 2000.
(AFP, 6/27/07)(AP, 6/27/07)(WSJ, 6/28/07, p.A8)
2007 Jun 27, Egyptian
archaeologists said the mummy of an obese woman, who likely suffered
from diabetes and liver cancer, has been identified as that of Queen
Hatshepsut, Egypt's most powerful female pharaoh. Hatshepsut, who
ruled Egypt in the 15th century B.C., was known for dressing like a
man and wearing a false beard. But when her rule ended, all traces
of her mysteriously disappeared, including her mummy. Discovered in
1903 in the Valley of the Kings, the mummy was left on site until
two months ago, when it was brought to the Cairo Museum for testing.
2007 Jun 27, An Egyptian
state-run news agency said Ashraf Marwan (62), the controversial
son-in-law of Egypt's late President Gamal Abdel Nasser, has died in
London. Marwan was suspected of being a double agent for Israel
during the 1973 war.
2007 Jun 27, Power blackouts
hit 13 locations in Athens and 95 fires were reported across Greece
amid a heat wave that has killed dozens of people in southeast
Europe over the past week.
2007 Jun 27, In Iran 2 gas
stations were torched early in Tehran as angry Iranians protested
fuel rationing measures suddenly enforced by the government, while
many other Iranians lined up to fill their tanks.
2007 Jun 27, In Iraq a parked
car exploded near a Shiite shrine in the Kazimiya district of
Baghdad killing at least 14 people. Roadside bombs killed five
policemen in Samarra and another five civilians in Baghdad. In Sadr
City two people were killed in separate cars enveloped in a barrage
of gunfire. Unknown gunmen opened fire on a civilian car in
southwestern Baghdad, killing a man and wounding his son who was
riding with him. Gunmen opened fire on a minibus in western Baghdad,
injuring five civilians including the driver. In all at least 80
Iraqis were killed or found dead across the country. 3 British
soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb in southern Iraq. One
American soldier was killed and 4 wounded in a roadside bombing in
(AP, 6/27/07)(AP, 6/28/07)(SFC, 6/28/07, p.A19)
2007 Jun 27, Israeli attacks in
the Gaza Strip killed 13 Palestinians, including a 12-year-old boy,
and wounded over 40 others.
(AP, 6/27/07)(SFC, 6/28/07, p.A12)
2007 Jun 27, In Abidjan, Ivory
Coast, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said his plan for a United
States of Africa should include creating a two million strong army
to staunch recurrent conflicts which have ravaged many of the
continent's nations. He was on his way to an African Union summit
beginning on July 1 in neighboring Ghana's capital Accra.
2007 Jun 27, A Kazakhstan court
convicted 21 medical workers for their roles in infecting scores of
children with the virus that causes AIDS in a case that has outraged
the country. Health officials said 118 children and 14 mothers have
been confirmed as contracting HIV. The Shymkent district court gave
suspended sentences to five senior health officials. 16 medical
workers were sentenced to prison sentences of up to five years.
2007 Jun 27, In Maputo US first
lady Laura Bush announced $507 million in assistance would be
approved for Mozambique to build roads and boost its battle with
malaria, which kills about 150 Mozambicans each day.
2007 Jun 27, A special
commission of Poland's Roman Catholic Church said that documents in
secret police files showed "about a dozen" living bishops had ties
to the communist-era secret services.
2007 Jun 27, Moscow legislators
approved a fifth term for Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, whom critics accuse of
running the city like a personal fiefdom.
2007 Jun 27, South Africa's
main international airport faced major disruption after a deadly
cold snap which saw the heaviest snowfalls in Johannesburg for more
than two decades.
2007 Jun 27, Majzub al-Khalifa,
a close adviser to Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir tasked with
handling the Darfur crisis, was killed in a road crash.
2007 Jun 27, A Swiss
investigator said European governments have built a "wall of
silence" surrounding their complicity with a CIA program that
included holding terrorist suspects in secret jails.
2007 Jun 27, Officials said
independent tests carried out in Italy have confirmed the presence
for the first time of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu in poultry
from Togo. Several thousand poultry birds have been found dead in
Togo recently, most of them in the past week on the one farm in
2007 Jun 27, Gen. Yasar
Buyukanit, Turkey's military chief, asked his government to set
political guidelines for an incursion into northern Iraq to fight
2008 Jun 27, Barack Obama and
Hillary Clinton began their joint Democratic campaign In Unity, NH.
(SFC, 6/28/08, p.A1)
2008 Jun 27, US National Guard
leaders ended a 5-day convention with their spouses in St. Thomas as
their equipment accounts tallied a $47.5 billion deficit.
(SFC, 6/28/08, p.A2)
2008 Jun 27, Settlement
documents were filed for Steven Hatfill, a former Fort Detrick, Md.,
Army scientist. He had been named in 2002 as a person of interest in
the 2001 anthrax attacks. He will receive $5.8 million to settle his
lawsuit against the Justice Department. Hatfill claimed the Justice
Department violated his privacy rights by speaking with reporters
about the case.
(AP, 6/28/08)(SFC, 6/28/08, p.A3)
2008 Jun 27, The US CDC said at
least 810 Americans have been sickened by the strain Salmonella
Saintpaul in tomatoes. The source of the tomatoes was made difficult
due to the process of repacking tomatoes at distribution centers. As
the number sickened reached nearly 1000 CDC officials began to look
at other possibilities for the outbreak, including cilantro and
jalapeno and Serrano peppers.
(SFC, 6/28/08, p.B1)(WSJ, 7/5/08, p.A1)
2008 Jun 27, In SF city
officials celebrated the dedication of the Kroc Corps Community
Center and Railton Place on turk Street. The center and housing
facility was the 2nd to open with funds from philanthropist Joan
Kroc (d.2003), widow of McDonald’s billionaire Ray Kroc. She had
left the Salvation Army some $1.5 billion.
(SFC, 6/28/08, p.B1)
2008 Jun 27, Leaders of the
Presbyterian Church in the US, meeting in San Jose, Ca., overturned
a ban on the ordination of gays and lesbians.
(SFC, 6/28/08, p.A2)
2008 Jun 27, Archbishop Raymond
Burke of St. Louis, a church law expert known for his tough stance
that politicians who support abortion rights be denied Holy
Communion, was named to head the Vatican's supreme court.
2008 Jun 27, The Mississippi
River burst a levee inundating the small town of Winfield, Missouri.
(WSJ, 6/28/08, p.A1)
2008 Jun 27, The US stock
markets entered bear territory as a decline in the Dow Jones of
106.91 marked a 20% drop from a peak in October. Crude oil closed at
(SFC, 6/28/08, p.C1)
2008 Jun 27, Michael Turner
(b.1971), comic book artist, died in Santa Monica of complications
related to cancer. His company, Aspen MLT, created online comic
adaptations for the NBC series “Heroes" and published his own titles
(SFC, 7/4/08, p.B5)
2008 Jun 27, In Afghanistan a
British soldier died and two others were injured when their patrol
vehicle rolled over. An American special forces soldier was fatally
wounded by a bomb during a patrol in Kandahar province.
(AFP, 6/28/08)(AP, 6/30/08)
2008 Jun 27, Canada's highest
court allowed a native Indian-only fisheries on a key Pacific coast
salmon river, rejecting a complaint the policy fostered racial
2008 Jun 27, In Chechnya a
clash left two militants and four police dead, and four more police
2008 Jun 27, EU and Russian
leaders, meeting in Siberia, agreed to launch formal negotiations on
a new strategic agreement governing relations. A first round of
negotiations will be held in Brussels on July 4.
2008 Jun 27, France's highest
administrative body, the Council of State, ruled that the woman,
identified only as Faiza X, had "adopted a radical practice of her
religion incompatible with the essential values of the French
community, notably with the principle of equality of the sexes, and
therefore she does not fulfill the conditions of assimilation"
listed in the country's Civil Code as a requirement for gaining
2008 Jun 27, In Guatemala a
helicopter crash killed Interior Minister Vinicio Gomez and three
2008 Jun 27, In India Field
Marshal Sam Manekshaw (b.1914) died. He became the 8th chief of the
Indian army in 1969 and in 1971 led India’s forces in the war with
Pakistan that ended with the creation of Bangladesh.
(SFC, 7/1/08, p.B5)(Econ, 7/5/08, p.95)
2008 Jun 27, A relative of
Iraq’s PM al-Maliki was killed in Hindiyah, about 12 miles east of
Karbala, in a raid conducted by 60 US soldiers supported by four
helicopters and a fighter jet. Karbala is one of 9 Iraqi provinces
where the US has handed over security to local officials.
(AP, 6/29/08)(SSFC, 6/29/08, p.A9)
2008 Jun 27, Israel refused to
fully open crossings with the Gaza Strip and Palestinian militants
attacked Israel with mortars, further testing an already fragile
truce. Israeli soldiers shot dead Mohammed Alameh (17), a West Bank
teenager who threw Molotov cocktails at an army patrol.
(AP, 6/27/08)(AP, 6/28/08)
2008 Jun 27, In Jamaica two
gunmen murdered Douggie Chambers, chairman of the Jamaica urban
Transit Company. The former accountant and fraud investigator had
just finished redundancy terms for 485 workers.
(Econ, 7/5/08, p.47)
2008 Jun 27, In Japan Group of
Eight (G8) powers warned they could take further action against
Sudan at the UN Security Council unless it complies with demands to
bring Darfur war crimes suspects to justice.
2008 Jun 27, In
Indian-controlled Kashmir tens of thousands of angry demonstrators
filled the streets, burning flags and effigies of Indian leaders on
the fifth day of protests against the transfer of land to a Hindu
shrine in the Muslim-majority region.
2008 Jun 27, In Piedras Negras,
Mexico, Chad Foster, the mayor of Eagle Pass, Texas, attended a tree
planting ceremony for the first of 400,000 trees which will form a
"green wall" in protest of the fence the US is building along the
border with Mexico.
2008 Jun 27, Niger government
troops clashed with ethnic Tuareg rebels, leaving at least 17 people
2008 Jun 27, North Korea
destroyed the most visible symbol of its nuclear weapons program,
blasting apart the cooling tower at its main atomic reactor in a
sign of its commitment to stop making plutonium for atomic bombs.
2008 Jun 27, A gang of
Pakistani militants in the Bajur region executed two Afghan
prisoners in front of thousands of cheering supporters, beheading
Jan Wali (36) and shooting the other after accusing them of aiding a
US missile strike. Celebratory gunfire then killed two bystanders
and wounded six.
(AP, 6/28/08)(SFC, 6/28/08, p.A5)
2008 Jun 27, In Spain the
Basque parliament approved a plan for a regional referendum on
self-determination, setting the stage for a confrontation with the
central Spanish government in Madrid which has condemned the poll as
2008 Jun 27, In Sri Lanka
government troops captured Andankulam town in Mannar after a battle
that killed 28 rebels and one soldier. Other battles killed 12
rebels and one soldier in the Welioya region, while in the northern
Jaffna peninsula, a soldier died in a roadside bomb blast blamed on
2008 Jun 27, In Sudan a small
cargo plane crashed mid-flight, killing 7 crew members, including 5
foreigners, in the third fatal aviation accident to blight the
African country in the past two months. There was one survivor.
Gunmen killed a Ugandan driver contracted to deliver aid for the
World Food Program in Sudan, in the 7th such killing in the country
in three months.
(AFP, 6/28/08)(AP, 6/28/08)(AFP, 6/29/08)
2008 Jun 27, In Zimbabwe
marshals led voters to polling stations and bands of government
supporters harassed people in the street as the government held an
internationally discredited, one-candidate presidential runoff
marked by intimidation. A film was taken by prison guard Shepherd
Yuda using a camera supplied by the Guardian newspaper. It was
smuggled out of Zimbabwe and showed prison staff being told by a war
veteran how to fill in their ballot papers for Mugabe.
(AP, 6/27/08)(Reuters, 7/5/08)
2009 Jun 27, The United States
announced a new drug policy for opium-rich Afghanistan, saying it
was phasing out funding for eradication programs while significantly
increasing its funding for alternate crop and drug interdiction
efforts. Insurgent bomb attacks in Afghanistan killed a provincial
deputy police chief and two civilians as Taliban militants stormed a
checkpoint overnight and killed eight policemen. President Hamid
Karzai called on Taliban and other militants to "vote for the
president they want" in Afghanistan's presidential election, while a
Taliban spokesman said militants would "disrupt" the vote without
(AP, 6/27/09)(AFP, 6/27/09)
2009 Jun 27, In Los Angeles
County a gunman opened fire outside a restaurant in Pico Rivera
during a fundraiser by the motorcycle group know as the Old School
Riders. 3 people were killed and 7 others injured.
(SFC, 6/29/09, p.A4)
2009 Jun 27, In Roanoke,
Virginia, William Ronald Carter (56), a retired tire factory worker,
shot and killed his wife Bonnie (56) and a son (29) and summoned
home another son Timothy (22), who was shot but survived. Carter
then set the house on fire and killed himself.
(SFC, 6/30/09, p.A5)
2009 Jun 27, Gale Storm (b.1922
as Josephine Owaissa Cottle), singer and former film and TV star,
died. Her wholesome appearance and perky personality made her one of
early television's biggest stars on "My Little Margie" (1952-1955)
and "The Gale Storm Show" (1956-1960). Her 1980 autobiography was
titled "I Ain't Down Yet."
2009 Jun 27, In China a nearly
finished 13-story apartment building collapsed in Shanghai killing
one worker. Authorities soon detained nine people in an
investigation into the collapse.
2009 Jun 27, In Dagestan
Interior Ministry troops patrolling a village south of Makhachkala
clashed with a group of 10 gunmen who tried to hole up in village
houses, but were driven into surrounding hillsides. A police officer
was killed. Officials then called in helicopter gunships and armored
vehicles to shell the forests where the gunmen hid out. Troops
sweeping the forest the next morning found the bodies of four
2009 Jun 27, In Hong Kong
Michael Mudd, a student at California State University, Chico,
caused the crash of a taxi and the death of its driver before
commandeering the vehicle and slamming it into another cab. In 2010
Mudd (23) was sentenced to four years and three months in prison.
2009 Jun 27, In Ireland some
12,000 people marched in this year’s Gay Pride Parade in downtown
(SSFC, 6/28/09, p.A4)
2009 Jun 27, Kyrgyzstan
security forces killed three alleged members of a terrorist
organization in a shootout. Authorities identified the gunmen as
Islamic militants and said one of those killed was their leader, a
Kyrgyz citizen who had received training at a terrorist camp in
Pakistan. Another of the dead was from Khanabad, a town in
neighboring Uzbekistan. The security ministry said they belonged to
the Islamic Jihad Group (IJG), an obscure organization that Uzbek
authorities have claimed is a splinter group of the Islamic Movement
2009 Jun 27, Lebanon's
president appointed parliamentary majority leader Saad Hariri to
become prime minister after his pro-Western coalition defeated a
Hezbollah-led alliance in this month's election.
2009 Jun 27, In Mauritania more
than 10 months after being overthrown in a military coup, President
Sidi Cheikh Ould Abdallahi, the country’s first freely elected
president, gave up his claim to power and officially resigned.
2009 Jun 27, In Mexico’s
western state of Michoacan, gunmen opened fire on a car carrying two
forensic investigators in Zamora, killing a chemist and wounding a
doctor. In the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, a women and her
3-year-old son were shot to death by unidentified assailants on a
highway. Police uncovered a mass grave in central Mexico with the
remains of 14 or 15 people believed to have been executed by the
Zetas drug gang.
(AP, 6/27/09)(AP, 7/2/09)
2009 Jun 27, NATO and Russia
agreed to resume military ties and agree to cooperate on
Afghanistan, counterterrorism and anti-piracy patrols at their first
high-level meeting since last year's war between Russia and Georgia.
2009 Jun 27, Northern Ireland's
oldest paramilitary group, the Ulster Volunteer Force, announced its
full disarmament, a long-sought peacemaking move that, if confirmed,
would formally end the pro-British group's decades of terror against
2009 Jun 27, In Pakistan at
least 12 militants were killed and more than a dozen wounded when
government forces attacked suspected bases of Mehsud and his
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in South Waziristan. Two Pakistani
fighter jets pounded Taliban militant hideouts in Makeen and Laddah,
killing 10 Taliban and injuring 15 others. Overnight, police killed
five suspected militants with links to Mehsud who were said to be
plotting terrorist attacks on the port city of Karachi. Militants
fired six rockets at a security camp and a paramilitary fort in
Wana, the main town of South Waziristan. Security forces in
retaliation shelled the militants, killing two and wounding three
others. A resident said the shelling also killed two civilians and
wounded three others. Insurgents fired rockets at Pakistani forces
at a South Waziristan paramilitary Frontier Corps camp, killing an
officer and injuring three soldiers.
(AFP, 6/27/09)(AFP, 6/28/09)
2009 Jun 27, In the Philippines
two soldiers were shot dead by suspected Abu Sayyaf members as they
stepped outside of their camp to buy cigarettes in Tipo-tipo town,
2009 Jun 27, In Thailand more
than 18,000 "Red Shirt" protesters loyal to fugitive premier Thaksin
Shinawatra gathered in Bangkok for the biggest anti-government rally
since bloody riots two months ago.
2009 Jun 27, Thousands of
Venezuelans held separate protests to support and condemn an
opposition-aligned TV station that President Hugo Chavez's
government has threatened with closure.
2010 Jun 27, San Francisco held
its 40th annual Gay Pride Parade undeterred by a fatal shooting the
previous evening in the Castro neighborhood.
(SFC, 6/28/10, p.A1)
Jun 27, It was reported that Vienna residents have become victims of
burglary in recent weeks. The Austrian interior ministry suspected
that many of the burglars were from the Republic of Georgia and were
supported by the Georgian Mafia. The alleged local head, a
restaurant owner in Vienna, has been arrested. Police suspected the
burglaries were part of plan to finance a coup against Georgian
(SSFC, 6/27/10, p.A4)
2010 Jun 27, In Afghanistan 4
Norwegian soldiers died after a roadside bomb exploded near their
vehicle in Faryab province. NATO forces killing a local leader of
the Haqqani group, a Taliban faction with close ties to al-Qaida, in
an airstrike in Khost province. The leader, known only as Satar, was
responsible for planting roadside bombs in the area. The US-led
operation, began in the region around Kunar province. 2 US troops
were killed in the operation. Up to 150 Taliban insurgents were
killed in battles along the Kunar border.
(AP, 6/27/10)(AP, 6/28/10)(AP, 6/29/10)
2010 Jun 27, Bangladesh
security forces arrested over 200 activists as the main opposition
party led a nationwide dawn-to-dusk general strike to protest
alleged government misrule.
(AP, 6/27/10)(SFC, 6/28/10, p.A2)
2010 Jun 27, Burundi's police
overnight arrested six senior officials from an opposition party, as
the troubled central African nation prepared for a controversial
2010 Jun 27, In Canada G20
leaders agreed on a deal to cut national deficits in half within
three years and to stabilize the ratio of public debt to gross
domestic product by 2016.
(AFP, 6/27/10)(SFC, 6/28/10, p.A2)
2010 Jun 27, A new UN report
cited political repression as one of the main forces preventing
Egyptian youths, who make up a quarter of the population, from
participating in the country's development.
2010 Jun 27, In Ethiopia water
minister of Egypt and Sudan said they will not be forced into
signing a new deal on the sharing of the Nile's waters. Ethiopia,
Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda inked a framework in March, 2010,
replacing a 1929 colonial-era treaty between Egypt and Britain which
gave Cairo veto power over upstream projects. A two-day meeting
concluded of regional water ministers concluded with Egypt handing
over the body's chair to Ethiopia.
2010 Jun 27, Authorities in
Georgia tore down another monument to Soviet dictator and native son
2010 Jun 27, In Ghana an
illegal mine collapsed trapping about 80 miners.
(SFC, 6/30/10, p.A2)
2010 Jun 27, Junta-ruled Guinea
held its first free election since independence more than half a
century ago, a historic vote laden with hope the bedraggled West
African nation will finally end decades of harsh military rule and
launch a new democratic era.
2010 Jun 27, Iceland's PM
Johanna Sigurdardottir (68) married her partner under a new law
legalizing same-sex marriage in the country.
2010 Jun 27, In Israel Admiral
Mike Mullen, the top US military officer, held talks in Tel Aviv
with Defense Minister Ehud Barak and other members of the military's
top brass. Mullen's meetings focused on Iran's nuclear program and
the situation in Syria and Lebanon.
2010 Jun 27, In Indian Kashmir
another man was killed when paramilitary forces fired rubber bullets
to disperse protesters who had defied a strict curfew.
2010 Jun 27, Kyrgyzstan held a
referendum on a new constitution, amid deadly ethnic tensions. The
interim government hoped it would legitimize their hold on power
until new elections in October. Interim Pres. Roza Otunbayeva said
voters have approved a new constitution that will allow the nation
to form a legitimate government after months of turmoil.
(AP, 6/26/10)(AP, 6/27/10)
2010 Jun 27, In Pakistan
suspected US missiles struck a militant compound in the northwest,
killing at least three people in an area teeming with Taliban and
2010 Jun 27, Philippine troops
attacked a communist rebel camp to rescue an abducted soldier and a
militiaman in the country's south, killing at least two communist
guerrillas but failing to find the captives.
2010 Jun 27, It was reported
that thousands of Puerto Ricans have been caught up in a lucrative
document-fraud scheme to hide illegal immigrants in the United
States. The island government's only answer so far is to void every
Puerto Rican birth certificate as of July 1 and require about 5
million people, including 1.4 million on the US mainland, to reapply
for new ones with security features. New birth certificates will be
issued starting July 1, and all old birth certificates will be
annulled by Sept. 30.
2010 Jun 27, Pope Benedict
denounced as "surprising and deplorable" raids by Belgian police on
Church offices and the home of a cardinal this week during an
investigation into pedophilia by Roman Catholic priests.
2011 Jun 27, The US Supreme
Court refused to let California regulate the sale or rental of
violent video games to children, saying governments do not have the
power to "restrict the ideas to which children may be exposed"
despite complaints about graphic violence.
2011 Jun 27, A US federal judge
temporarily blocked parts of Georgia's strict new law targeting
illegal immigration from taking effect, including a provision that
authorizes police to check the immigration status of suspects
without proper identification and to detain illegal immigrants.
2011 Jun 27, Rod Blagojevich,
who won two terms as Illinois governor before scandal made him a
national punch line, was convicted in Chicago of a wide range of
corruption charges, including trying to sell President Barack
Obama's Senate seat.
2011 Jun 27, A rock, named
asteroid 2011 MD, zoomed by just 7,500 miles (12,000 km) above
Earth, making a sharp turn forced by gravity before winging off into
space again. The flyby occurred at about 1 p.m. EDT (1700 GMT).
2011 Jun 27, In northern
Afghanistan a senior leader of a leader of the Islamic Movement of
Uzbekistan was captured in Kunduz city dressed up like a woman. Two
associates were also captured.
2011 Jun 27, In Australia Hong
Kong-based Philip Morris Asia Limited launched legal action against
the government over plans to strip company logos from cigarette
packages and replace them with grisly images of cancerous mouths,
sickly children and bulging, blinded eyes.
2011 Jun 27, A Botswana's
Bushmen spokesman said Bushmen plan to boycott the country's
upcoming census in protest at the government's refusal to provide
them with a polling station during the last election. Some 100,000
Bushmen remained in southern Africa, spread across Botswana, Namibia
and South Africa.
2011 Jun 27, A Brazilian state
judge approved what the court said is the nation's first gay
marriage. Sao Paulo state Judge Fernando Henrique Pinto ruled two
men could convert their civil union into a full marriage.
2011 Jun 27, In Cambodia the
top four surviving members of the brutal Khmer Rouge (Khieu Samphan,
former head of state; Nuon Chea, “Brother Number Two;" Ieng Thirith,
social affairs minister; and Ieng Sary, deputy prime minister) went
on trial before a tribunal aimed at finding justice for the
estimated 1.7 million people who died in Cambodia's "killing fields"
of the 1970s.
(AP, 6/27/11)(SFC, 6/28/11, p.A3)
2011 Jun 27, Chinese Premier
Wen Jiabao and British PM David Cameron signed trade deals worth
£1.4 billion at a summit as Wen faced questions over his country's
rights record. Jiabao proceeded to Berlin for a visit that with
Chancellor Angela Merkel.
(AP, 6/27/11)(Reuters, 6/27/11)
2011 Jun 27, Two Swedish
freelancer journalists, Johan Persson and Martin Schibbye, entered
Ethiopia from Somalia to report about allegations of human rights
violations in the region including torture and rape.
2011 Jun 27, French President
Nicolas Sarkozy said French banks are ready to help troubled Greece
by accepting a significant debt rollover, a move that could push
other banks to pitch in to the Europe-wide effort to keep Athens
2011 Jun 27, Germany's national
disease control center said the death toll from the E. coli outbreak
has risen to 47 including one person in Sweden.
2011 Jun 27, In Haiti high
waves flipped a ferry over after it left La Gonave about 50 miles
(80 km) west of Port-au-Prince. 5 people died, 7 people were
missing, and five people were rescued.
2011 Jun 27, The Israeli
government dropped a threat to issue lengthy deportation orders
against journalists aboard a Gaza-bound flotilla. Israel's security
cabinet ordered the navy to stop an international aid flotilla from
breaching a naval blockade on the Gaza Strip but to avoid clashes
with activists on board.
(AP, 6/27/11)(AFP, 6/27/11)
2011 Jun 27, Ivory Coast state
media said 15 ex-ministers, who served under the arrested former
strongman Laurent Gbagbo, were indicted over the weekend for crimes
against the state, embezzlement and other offenses.
2011 Jun 27, Jordanian MPs
failed to impeach PM Maaruf Bakhit for his alleged role in a
suspected graft case about a multi-million-dollar deal that his
government singed with a British-based company to build a casino,
between 2005 and 2007 when he first served as premier.
2011 Jun 27, Kenya's PM Raila
Odinga paid more than $37,000 in back taxes to abide by a new
constitution that requires lawmakers to pay taxes on their hefty
allowances. Kenya's Revenue Authority last week said lawmakers'
properties will be auctioned if they don't each pay nearly $21,000
in back taxes.
2011 Jun 27, In Libya NATO
operations entered a 100th day with airstrikes having eased the
siege of key rebel cities but with Moamer Kadhafi still in power and
fears of an open war lingering. Rebels south of Tripoli advanced to
within about 80 km (50 miles) of the capital and fought government
troops for control of the town of Bir al-Ghanam.
(AFP, 6/27/11)(Reuters, 6/27/11)
2011 Jun 27, In Mexico gunmen
burst into the office of the police chief of Santa Catarina, Nuevo
Leon state, and shot him to death. German Perez was shot at least
eight times his Monterrey suburb. 7 bodyguards and officers who were
guarding the police station were placed under investigation. The
killing came a day after 3 Santa Catarina police officers were
detained on suspicion of spying on officers in a neighboring town
for the Zetas drug cartel.
(AP, 6/27/11)(AP, 6/29/11)
2011 Jun 27, The International
Criminal Court in the Netherlands issued arrest warrants for Moammar
Gadhafi, his son Seif, and his intelligence chief for crimes against
humanity in the Libyan leader's four-month battle to cling to power.
2011 Jun 27, In Nigeria two
girls were killed and three customs officers wounded from a bombing
in the northeastern city of Maiduguri.
2011 Jun 27, In Pakistan gunmen
riding in a car with tinted windows near the Afghan border shot and
killed Shakirullah Shakir, a senior Pakistani Taliban commander who
helped train and deploy the group's suicide bombers. A suspected US
drone fired two missiles in the Dra Nishter area of South
Waziristan, killing 12 suspected militants. The Muttahida Qaumi
Movement, a member of Pakistan's ruling coalition, announced it was
pulling out of the government at both the national level and in
southern Sindh province because of disputes over legislative
assembly elections held in Pakistan-held Kashmir a day earlier.
(AP, 6/27/11)(SFC, 6/28/11, p.A3)
2011 Jun 27, In Puerto Rico
Luis Calderon Rodriguez, sub-director of the water and sewer
authority in the city of Carolina, was arrested and removed from his
post. He was charged with conspiracy to commit bribery involving
programs that use US federal funds.
2011 Jun 27, In Russia Col.
Alexander Poteyev, a former senior Russian intelligence officer, was
convicted in absentia of betraying a ring of 10 Russian spies in the
United States. Poteyev had reportedly fled to Belarus and then on to
Germany and, finally, the United States using a passport belonging
to another person.
2011 Jun 27, In Senegal
thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Dakar to protest
frequent power cuts. People claimed they now go regularly without
electricity for 24 hours or more.
2011 Jun 27, South Korea said
it will resume imports of Canadian beef suspended in 2003 after an
outbreak of mad cow disease, agreeing to allow meat from cows
younger than 30 months old.
2011 Jun 27, In South Korea
unionized workers at Standard Chartered bank went on strike over the
issue of performance related pay. Korean bank staff were typically
paid and promoted according to age and time.
(Econ, 7/30/11, p.68)
2011 Jun 27, A Swiss man (62)
appeared in court accused of drugging and sexually abusing some 50
girls at a camp and a private boarding school between 1996 and his
arrest in 2007. On July 1 the man was sentenced to 13 years in
prison and ordered to pay his victims 65,000 Swiss francs ($77,000).
(AP, 6/27/11)(AP, 7/1/11)
2011 Jun 27, In Geneva more
than 80 states began meeting for the first four-day intercessional
meeting on the Convention on Cluster Munitions to advance their
commitments to a world free of cluster bombs. During the meeting
Thailand and Cambodia indicated their intention to join in the near
2011 Jun 27, In Syria nearly
200 critics of President Bashar Assad met in Damascus for the first
time during the three-month uprising against his rule, in a
government-sanctioned gathering some activists complained would be
exploited to give legitimacy to the regime.
2011 Jun 27, The UN Security
Council ordered a 4,200-strong Ethiopian peacekeeping force to Abyei
to monitor the withdrawal of northern Sudanese troops who occupied
the disputed border region on May 21.
2011 Jun 27, Uruguay’s
government said it will remove obstacles to human rights
prosecutions against some 80 cases of officials of the past military
(SFC, 6/28/11, p.A2)
2012 Jun 27, The US FDA
approved Arena Pharmaceuticals’ anti-obesity pill Belviq, the first
weight loss drug approved since 1999.
(SFC, 6/28/12, p.A11)
2012 Jun 27, California Gov.
Jerry Brown signed a roughly $92 billion state budget bill. The
budget kept most of the state parks open this year.
(SFC, 6/28/12, p.C1)(SFC, 6/29/12, p.A1)
2012 Jun 27, Firefighters
struggled against the Waldo Canyon Fire at the edge of Colorado
Springs that forced 32,000 people from their homes, prompted
evacuations from the US Air Force Academy and consumed an unknown
number of homes.
2012 Jun 27, The Chicago City
Council voted to decriminalize marijuana possession. From August 4
police can issue tickets of $250-$500 for someone caught with 15
grams or less of pot. The new law could generated millions of
dollars for the city.
(SFC, 6/28/12, p.A7)
2012 Jun 27, In southeastern
Montana wildfires torched over 125,000 acres.
(SFC, 6/28/12, p.A8)
2012 Jun 27, In Afghanistan 4
policemen were killed in the Musa Qala district of Helmand province
when a roadside bomb they were trying to defuse exploded. Another
roadside blast killed two policemen and wounded two others in Kunduz
2012 Jun 27, Four people are
believed to have died and 130 others were rescued after a crowded
boat carrying asylum seekers to Australia capsized and sank between
Christmas Island and the main Indonesian island of Java.
2012 Jun 27, Austrian police
stopped 3 overloaded vans about to ross into Hungary and found them
packed with 9.5 tons of stolen garlic, valued at $37,500, apparently
coming from Spain.
(SFC, 6/28/12, p.A2)
2012 Jun 27, Bahraini police
injured Zainab al-Khawaja, a prominent human rights activist, by
shooting her in the leg with a tear gas canister.
2012 Jun 27, Botswana's Court
of Appeal temporarily suspended a court order for the government to
reinstate some 566 workers who were fired in a massive strike last
2012 Jun 27, Brazil's President
Dilma Rousseff announced a new, $4 billion economic stimulus package
to combat stagnant growth.
2012 Jun 27, Lawyers
representing Amazon rain forest residents in Ecuador filed a 2nd
lawsuit in Brazil to seize assets of Chevron Corp. as part of their
effort to collect an $18.2 billion judgement they won in Ecuador in
(SFC, 6/28/12, p.A2)
2012 Jun 27, Barclays bank
revealed that it will pay fines of £290 million ($452 million, 362
million euros) to British and US authorities over a probe into rate
manipulation, and top staff will take a bonus cut.
2012 Jun 27, John Massey (64)
one of Britain's longest-serving prisoners, escaped from Pentonville
prison in Islington, North London. He was serving a life sentence
for the murder of a man at a Hackney pub in 1975.
2012 Jun 27, Burundi President
Pierre Nkurunziza pardoned "several thousand" prisoners in order to
address prison overcrowding and celebrate the 50th anniversary of
independence on July 1. Eloge Niyonzima, a journalist for a private
radio station in Bubanza, was beaten up overnight by members of the
ruling party's youth wing militia.
2012 Jun 27, A Cambodia appeals
court ordered the release of 13 women who were jailed for protesting
being evicted from their homes without adequate compensation, in a
case that had critics had highlighted as an example of injustice. On
May 24 prison sentences were imposed on the 13 women.
2012 Jun 27, Twenty-four
Ethiopians, including a leading opposition figure and a prominent
journalist, faced life in prison after a court found them guilty on
charges of terrorism. They were accused of links to US-based group
Ginbot 7, considered a terrorist group under Ethiopian law, and
other outlawed groups.
2012 Jun 27, Gabonese President
Ali Bongo set fire to five tons of ivory worth around 10 million
euros ($14 million) to mark his government's commitment to battling
poachers and saving elephants. The stockpile and would have required
the killing of some 850 elephants.
2012 Jun 27, In Germany banker
Gerhard Gribkowsky was found guilty in Munich of receiving corrupt
payments in 2005 from Bernie Ecclestone, the boss of the Formula One
Group, as Formula One was sold to CVC Capital, a private equity
(Econ, 7/28/12, p.58)
2012 Jun 27, Iraqi PM Nuri
al-Maliki called for early elections a released statement after a
series of political crises escalated into calls for his removal.
Bombs in Baghdad targeting the homes of Shiite cleric and a member
of a Sunni militia that fights al-Qaida killed at least 11 people,
including four teenagers.
2012 Jun 27, TEPCO, the
operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, said record
amounts of radiation had been detected in the basement of reactor
number 1, further hampering clean-up operations.
2012 Jun 27, Libya’s official
TAP news agency said a Tunisian seaman died after the Libyan
coastguard fired on a Tunisian fishing boat with a crew of 19 off
the north African coast.
2012 Jun 27, In Mali Islamists
claimed control of the key town of Gao in the occupied north after
fierce clashes with Tuareg rebels left at least 21 people dead.
2012 Jun 27, A grainy
three-minute video appeared on Mundonarco.com depicting five
shirtless men on their knees, their chests painted with large black
“Z"s, surrounded by masked members of Mexico’s Gulf cartel wielding
machetes. The footage showed members of the Gulf cartel
interrogating and then beheading at least three members of the Zetas
2012 Jun 27, In Pakistan a bomb
planted under a tea stall at a railway station in the southwest
killed 7 people, including a child, and wounded more than a dozen
2012 Jun 27, Russian President
Vladimir Putin ordered an overhaul of the upper house of Parliament
in an apparent reaction to criticism that the Federation Council is
little more than a vacation retreat for officials.
2012 Jun 27, South Korean
archaeologist Cho Mi-soon said that the nation’s archeological
agency has found the remains of a farming field from the Neolithic
period on South Korea's east coast and that the site may be up to
5,600 years old.
2012 Jun 27, Spanish scientists
reported evidence that dinosaurs were warm-blooded, despite being
(SFC, 6/28/12, p.A1)
2012 Jun 27, In Syria gunmen
raided the headquarters of Al-Ikhbariya, a pro-government TV
station, killing seven employees, kidnapping others and demolishing
buildings in Drousha. Some 30 more Syrian soldiers defected to
Turkey with their families overnight. The Syrian Observatory for
Human Rights said at least 10 government soldiers were killed in an
ambush in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour.
2012 Jun 27, In eastern Turkey
an explosion targeting a pipeline cut off Iranian natural gas
shipments to the country. The pipeline was expected to be back in
operation within 4 to 5 days. Turkey received 27 million cubic
meters of gas a day via the Iranian pipeline. The gas flow was
reported restored on July 3.
(AFP, 6/28/12)(AFP, 7/3/12)
2013 Jun 27, Pres. Obama began
an 8-day trip to Africa with a visit to Senegal.
2013 Jun 27, The US suspended
Bangladesh from its Generalized System of Preferences due to
wretched conditions in its export industries.
(SFC, 6/28/13, p.C1)
2013 Jun 27, The Obama
administration said it was sanctioning North Korea's Daedong Credit
Bank for its role in supporting Pyongyang's weapons of mass
2013 Jun 27, Eugene Mallory
(80), a retired California man, was shot and killed by police who
raided his home based on an incorrect, anonymous tip that the senior
citizen was housing a methamphetamine lab on his residence, despite
having no criminal record prior to the incident.
(Econ, 3/22/14, p.14)(http://tinyurl.com/lxn2lgp)
2013 Jun 27, A 30-count federal
indictment was opened against Boston Marathon suspect Dzhokhar
(SFC, 6/28/13, p.A6)
2013 Jun 27, In western
Afghanistan Taliban fighters ambushed a national police patrol
overnight, killing a commander and 4 of his men in Herat province.
In Ghazni province police ambushed a group of Taliban fighters and
killed 5, including a leader believed to have been responsible for
making roadside bombs and organizing suicide attacks in the area.
2013 Jun 27, Kevin Rudd was
sworn in as Australian prime minister three years and three days
after he was ousted from the same job in an internal government
2013 Jun 27, In Brazil some
5,000 protesters battled police in Fortaleza. In Rio some 2,000
people marched without clashes. Demonstrators were angry over
corruption and poor public services despite high taxes.
(SFC, 6/28/13, p.A2)
2013 Jun 27, In China Pres. Xi
Jinping and South Korean Pres. Park Geun-hye called for a swift
resumption of six-nation North Korean nuclear disarmament talks
after a summit that brought together Pyongyang's archrival and its
2013 Jun 27, The UN raised the
alarm about the recent rape of 9 girls in eastern Congo. The
youngest was 18 months old and 2 of the girls died.
(SFC, 6/28/13, p.A2)
2013 Jun 27, Ecuador's leftist
government thumbed its nose at Washington by renouncing US trade
benefits and offering to pay for human rights training in America in
response to pressure over asylum for former intelligence contractor
2013 Jun 27, Top EU officials
hashed out a last-minute deal on a 960 billion euro ($1.3 trillion)
budget for the bloc for the next seven years.
2013 Jun 27, In Iraq a series
of bombings targeting soccer fans watching the Confederations Cup
semifinal between Spain and Italy in cafes in Baghdad, Jbala and
Baqouba killed 36 people.
2013 Jun 27, Kosovo's
parliament approved an EU-brokered agreement on creating normal ties
with neighboring Serbia as protesters opposing the deal clashed with
riot police in Pristina.
2013 Jun 27, Libya’s PM Ali
Zidan sacked the defense minister, after three days of gun battles
in Tripoli and amid a deteriorating security situation. Security
officials said at least 10 were killed and dozens injured in the
2013 Jun 27, Mongolia’s
election commission said Pres. Elbegdorj Tsakhia has won a 2nd
4-year term with 50.2% of the vote.
(SFC, 6/28/13, p.A2)
2013 Jun 27, In Morocco
delegates at the World Intellectual Property Organization produced a
draft treaty text showing consensus. 600 negotiators in Marrakech
agreed to an international treaty to overcome “book famine" for
world’s 285M visually impaired.
(Econ, 7/20/13, p.54)
2013 Jun 27, In southern
Pakistan a bomb killed at least two people in Kuchlak village,
Baluchistan province, an area frequently hit by violence.
2013 Jun 27, Portuguese unions
halted public transport in a peaceful one-day strike against
austerity measures which have led to the worst economic slump since
the 1970s and sent unemployment to record levels.
2013 Jun 27, In Syria a suicide
bomber hit the central neighborhood of Bab Touma in Damascus,
killing a least 4 people with several more wounded.
2014 Jun 27, The United States
announced its intention to join an international treaty banning land
mines, without setting a time frame while working through possible
complications on the Korean Peninsula.
2014 Jun 27, California’s
Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District approved $76
million to install steel cable nets beneath the edges of the GG
bridge to prevent suicides.
(SFC, 6/28/14, p.C1)
2014 Jun 27, In Colorado police
in Denver raided the Maryjane’s Social Club, one of dozens of
private pot smoking clubs operating in a legal gray area. Officers
handcuffed smokers, seized drug paraphernalia and ticketed the owner
for violating a state law banning indoor cigarette smoking.
(SFC, 7/4/14, p.A6)
2014 Jun 27, In Somerset,
Kentucky, Clinton Inabnitt (40) shot and killed lawyer Mark
Stanziano (57) after being turned down for help.
(SFC, 6/28/14, p.A5)
2014 Jun 27, In Mississippi
attorney and Tea Party official Mark Mayfield committed suicide
after facing charges for taking photos of US Sen. Thad Cochran’s
ailing wife inside a nursing home.
(SFC, 6/28/14, p.A5)
2014 Jun 27, Bobby Womack
(b.1944), soul songwriter and musician aka the Preacher, died. In
1964 he recorded “It’s All Over Now" with the Valentinos that
included four of his brothers. A version by the Rolling Stones
became that group’s first No. 1 hit single in Britain.
(SFC, 6/28/14, p.A7)
2014 Jun 27, Thousands of angry
protesters marched on the Afghan president's palace in support of
candidate Abdullah Abdullah's allegations that mass fraud had been
committed during the presidential election by organizers and state
2014 Jun 27, An Argentine judge
charged Vice President Amado Boudou with bribery and conducting
business incompatible with public office in the acquisition of the
company that prints the country's currency and of later benefiting
from government contracts.
2014 Jun 27, Bosnian Serbs
unveiled a monument in their part of Sarajevo to Gavrilo Princip,
the man who ignited the war by assassinating the Austro-Hungarian
crown prince on June 28, 1914.
2014 Jun 27, British
authorities ordered Eurotunnel to stop running its ferry service to
France on grounds of unfair competition.
2014 Jun 27, In Bulgaria
rattled depositors withdrew some $550 million from The First
Investment Bank (FIB) in a matter of hours. Authorities appealed for
calm and arrested several people suspected of instigating the
crises. Operations at the Corporate Commercial Bank (CCB) were
suspended on June 20 following a run that took 20% of deposits. Some
200,000 depositors and companies were left stranded without access
to their funds.
(Econ, 7/5/14, p.62)(Econ, 10/11/14, p.64)
2014 Jun 27, China’s state
media said a court has sentenced 25 members of Quannengshen, or the
Church of Almighty God, a banned religious, group to prison terms of
up to eight years, the largest in a series of prosecutions against a
group that China calls an illegal cult.
2014 Jun 27, Five Chinese
fishermen were missing after a trawler sank in waters to the north
of islands disputed with Japan in the East China Sea in what
appeared to be an accident.
2014 Jun 27, European Union
leaders nominated former Luxembourg PM Jean-Claude Juncker (59) to
become the 28-nation bloc's new chief executive. He was chosen by an
indirect system known as Spitzenkandidaten (lead candidate). Juncker
still needed to be confirmed by the European Parliament before
taking office on Nov 1.
(AP, 6/27/14)(SFC, 6/28/14, p.A2)(Econ, 6/28/14,
2014 Jun 27, European Union
leaders signed broad trade and economic deals with non-member
countries Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia.
2014 Jun 27, EU leaders set
June 30 as the deadline for the release of prisoners in east Ukraine
and for the terms of a lasting ceasefire, warning Moscow they were
ready to impose further sanctions.
2014 Jun 27, German travel
group TUI and its British subsidiary TUI Travel said that they had
agreed to a tie-up that will create the world's biggest tourism
2014 Jun 27, In Hong Kong more
than 800 lawyers protested over a requirement for judges to be
patriotic to China. In what was seen as a thinly veiled threat ahead
of a 10-day referendum, Beijing had released a policy document that
said, among other things, that Hong Kong's autonomy comes at the
discretion of the central government and included a requirement for
judges to be patriotic to China.
2014 Jun 27, In India 14 people
were killed and 20 injured in a blast and fire at a gas pipeline in
the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.
2014 Jun 27, Iraqi forces
fought for a second day to seize control of a strategically located
university in militant-held Tikrit ahead of a full-scale assault on
2014 Jun 27, Iraqi Kurdish
leader Massud Barzani said there was no going back on autonomous
Kurdish rule in oil city Kirkuk and other towns now defended against
Sunni militants by Kurdish fighters.
2014 Jun 27, An Israeli air
strike on a car in the Gaza Strip killed two Palestinians, hours
after a bomb exploded near troops manning Israel's security fence.
2014 Jun 27, In Israel Eritrean
and Sudanese migrants left the open Holot detention center, saying
Israel has not processed their claims for asylum. They camped out by
the border after Israel's army prevented them from crossing into
2014 Jun 27, Mexican
authorities detained Dr. Jose Mireles, one of the most well-known
leaders of vigilante groups that have been battling drug gangs in
Michoacan state, for carrying illegal guns. He was detained in
Lazaro Cardenas with 82 other people who also were allegedly
carrying illegal firearms, as they planned to travel to the state
capital of Morelia.
2014 Jun 27, Mexican
authorities in the northern state of San Luis Potosi arrested Roman
Catholic priest Guillermo Gil Torres on suspicion of sexually
abusing a minor, the second priest charged there in a week.
2014 Jun 27, In Nigeria police
acting on a tip-off defused a bomb consisting of 13 cylinders of
explosives next to the Jumat Praying Ground in Kano. Insurgents
killed 7 soldiers in the village of Goniri, Yobe state.
(Reuters, 6/28/14)(Reuters, 6/29/14)
2014 Jun 27, In Pakistan a
young couple were tied up and had their throats slit with scythes
after they married for love. Muafia Bibi (17) and Sajjad Ahmed (30)
had married on June 18 without the consent of their families in the
eastern Punjabi village of Satrah. 869 so-called "honor killings"
were reported in the media last year - several a day. But the true
figure is probably much higher since many cases are never reported.
(Reuters, 6/28/14)(AP, 6/29/14)
2014 Jun 27, A Panamanian judge
acquitted and ordered the immediate release of the last three of 35
North Koreans detained last year for trying to transport undeclared
Cuban weapons through the Panama Canal. The decision was based on
the fact that the incident "was of international character and
outside Panamanian jurisdiction."
2014 Jun 27, Paraguay officials
said floods caused by torrential rains have forced the evacuation of
some 200,000 people living near the Paraguay and Parana rivers.
(SFC, 6/28/14, p.A2)
2014 Jun 27, In Ukraine
pro-Russian separatist leaders and mediators for the Kiev government
met in the city of Donetsk in new consultations on ending the
fighting in Ukraine's Russian-speaking east. President Petro
Poroshenko told EU leaders he was extending a ceasefire in east
Ukraine for three days. Rebels in the southeast released four out of
eight OSCE observers, captured over a month ago.
2014 Jun 27, The United Arab
Emirates arrested two Qatar citizens, Hamad Ali al-Hamadi and Yousef
Abdelsamad al-Mulla, at the Ghweifat border crossing between Saudi
Arabia and the UAE. Both were described as "spies" by Emirati media.
2014 Jun 27, The UN Human
Rights Council agreed to set up a year-long inquiry into human
rights in Eritrea, similar to previous high-level investigations
into Syria, North Korea and Sri Lanka.
2014 Jun 27, The UN said some
110,000 people have fled to Russia from Ukraine since the start of
2014 while more than 54,000 have been displaced inside the
2014 Jun 27, The Vatican said
that Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, a former ambassador to the
Dominican Rep., was found guilty for sexually abusing boys and
sentenced to laicization.
(SFC, 6/28/14, p.A4)
2014 Jun 27, In Venezuela a
power plant failure knocked out electricity across a big swath of
the country, darkening the lights at a nationally televised
presidential ceremony and forcing a suspension of subway and train
services around the country.
2014 Jun 27, In Yemen fierce
clashes pitted government troops against Huthi militants in Amran
2015 Jun 27, In Sacramento,
Ca., a couple searching for a dog found a headless goat, dead
chickens, a headless rat and a decapitated catfish, adding to the
number of decapitated animals found in recent months.
(SFC, 6/29/15, p.A9)
2015 Jun 27, In South Carolina
a protester scaled a flagpole on the grounds of the state
legislature at dawn and removed the Confederate flag. Bree Newsome
(30), a black woman, and James Ian Tyson, a white man, were charged
with defacing a monument.
2015 Jun 27, Chris Squire
(b.1948), rock bassist for the British band Yes, died in Phoenix.
The band formed in 1968 as one of the first progressive rock groups.
(SFC, 6/29/15, p.C3)
2015 Jun 27, In Afghanistan a
US air strike took place in Paktika province, a stronghold of the
Haqqani network and other groups allied with the Taliban. One
al-Qaida operative was reported killed.
2015 Jun 27, Argentina said
Lilian Herraez, a federal judge in Tierra del Fuego, has ordered the
seizure of assets of oil drilling companies operating in the
Falklands Islands, including property held by US firm Noble Energy.
2015 Jun 27, Armenian President
Serzh Sarkisian suspended a controversial hike in electricity prices
but the move failed to appease protesters who vowed to keep up with
the largest anti-government demonstrations the ex-Soviet nation has
seen in years.
2015 Jun 27, In Burundi
witnesses in Jabe neighborhood in of Bujumbura, reported intense
gunfire late today in an apparent police crackdown on areas seen as
hosting anti-government protesters. Two people were killed in
attacks believed to have been carried out by police.
2015 Jun 27, China cut interest
rates for 4th time in 6 months to boost sluggish national economy.
2015 Jun 27, Angry eurozone
ministers said Greece's shock decision to hold a referendum on its
bailout had closed the door on the chances of a deal to save Athens
from default and a possible euro exit.
2015 Jun 27, The Gambian
government withdrew an expulsion order for Gambian-Lebanese
multi-millionaire Hussein Tajudeen, a former close friend of
President Yahya Jammeh. He had been ordered to leave the country
earlier this month for unacceptable business practices that are
detrimental to the Gambian economy.
2015 Jun 27, Iran burned 100
tons of drugs recovered from traffickers in a ceremony to coincide
with an international anti-drug day meeting in Tehran.
2015 Jun 27, Iraqi PM Haider
al-Abadi announced that security forces have arrested Abdel Baqi
al-Sadun, a senior official in the disbanded Baath Party. A series
of attacks killed 12 people in Baghdad.
(Reuters, 6/27/15)(SSFC, 6/28/15, p.A5)
2015 Jun 27, In Iraq and Syria
the United States and its allies staged air strikes against Islamic
State positions with 10 strikes in Iraq and 17 in Syria.
2015 Jun 27, In Ireland tens of
thousands of revelers created a carnival atmosphere in Dublin’s gay
2015 Jun 27, Kuwait's interior
ministry said it had detained amongst others the owner of a vehicle
which a suicide bomber used to get to a Shi'ite Muslim mosque where
he blew himself up, killing 27 and wounding 200. On June 28
Abdul-Rahman Sabah Aidan, an illegal resident, was identified as the
owner of the vehicle.
(Reuters, 6/27/15)(Reuters, 6/28/15)
2015 Jun 27, In western Mali
suspected Islamist fighters attacked Nara town near the border with
Mauritania before dawn, 12 people were killed, including 3 soldiers
and 4 attackers. Ansar Dine later claimed responsibility.
(Reuters, 6/27/15)(AFP, 6/27/15)(Reuters, 7/6/15)
2015 Jun 27, In Nigeria at
least 5 people were killed and 10 wounded after a suicide bomber
blew himself up outside a leprosy hospital on the outskirts of the
northeastern city of Maiduguri.
2015 Jun 27, A Pakistani
official said the weeklong heat wave in the southern port city of
Karachi has left 1,233 people dead.
2015 Jun 27, Peru announced
that Neymer Keni Maldonado, the logistics chief of the Shining Path
rebel group, has been captured and that the government is lifting a
three-decade-long state of emergency in a coca-growing region of the
Alto Huallaga jungle.
2015 Jun 27, In South Sudan
Malakal was attacked and captured by rebels led by ex-government
general Johnson Olony, accused by aid agencies of forcibly
recruiting hundreds of child soldiers.
2015 Jun 27, In Spain a
six-year-old boy, the first child to contract diphtheria in Spain in
29 years, died from the disease in a Barcelona hospital. He had not
been vaccinated against the disease because his parents had opted
2015 Jun 27, In Syria Kurdish
forces drove out Islamic State fighters who had infiltrated the
Syrian border town of Kobani, but clashes continued outside the
town. The number of civilians killed since bands of elite IS
fighters infiltrated the town early June 25 exceeded 200 and was
likely to rise as the search for bodies continues.
2015 Jun 27, In Taiwan a fire
spread into a crowd of spectators at a music party at a water park
late today. The fire was sparked by an accidental explosion of a
colored theatrical powder thrown from the stage in front of about
1,000 people. One person was killed and 498 people suffered burns.
(AP, 6/28/15)(AP, 6/29/15)
2015 Jun 27, Le Quoc Quan, one
of Vietnam's most prominent dissidents, vowed to continue his
anti-China activism after being released from prison after serving
two and a half years on tax evasion charges.
2015 Jun 27, Yemeni rebels
withdrew some of their forces from the southern city of Aden to
reinforce positions elsewhere.
2016 Jun 27, First Lady
Michelle Obama landed in Liberia with her daughters and mother for
an overseas trip promoting education for girls. The trip includes
stops in Morocco and Spain.
(SFC, 6/28/16, p.A2)
2016 Jun 27, The US Supreme
Court voted 5-3 to strike down Texas’s widely replicated rules that
sharply reduced abortion clinics in the state.
(SFC, 6/28/16, p.A7)
2016 Jun 27, The US Supreme
Court voted unanimously to overturn the bribery conviction of former
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonald, sending the case back to lower courts to
decide whether prosecutors have enough evidence to try McDonald
again. The court voted to narrow the scope of a law that bars public
officials from taking gifts in exchange for official action.
(SFC, 6/28/16, p.A4)
2016 Jun 27, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown singed a $122 billion budget plan that added $3.3
billion into the state’s rainy-day fund, bringing the reseve to $6.7
(SFC, 6/28/16, p.D1)
2016 Jun 27, In Oakland, Ca.,
the City Council voted unanimously to block the handling of and
storage of coal effectively halting developer Phil Tagamio’s plans
to export coal from a terminal near the east end of the Bay Bridge.
(SFC, 6/28/16, p.A1)
2016 Jun 27, In California
ex-Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka was sentenced to five
years in prison as part of a federal corruption investigation.
(SFC, 6/28/16, p.A4)
2016 Jun 27, Silicon Valley’s Y
Combinator, a startup accelerator and investment firm, announced
plans to eventually produce a prototype city with reduced housing
costs and simplified law codes.
(SFC, 6/28/16, p.D1)
2016 Jun 27, Former Afghan
warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar announced that a much-touted peace deal
between his militant group and the Kabul government was effectively
“dead." Hekmatyar called Afghanistan's government illegal and said
he would not recognize it.
2016 Jun 27, Afghan officials
said the Taliban have killed at least five people from a group of
eight abducted earlier this month from a bus in northern Kunduz
2016 Jun 27, A wave of British
lawmakers from the opposition Labour Party resigned in protest from
leader Jeremy Corbyn's team, including his most senior business
policy chief who said Corbyn was partly to blame for last week's
vote to leave the EU.
2016 Jun 27, Bahrain's state
news agency said a court has stripped five people linked to radical
Shiite groups of their citizenship and ordered them jailed after
convicting them on terrorism charges.
2016 Jun 27, Hundreds of
Egyptian students protested in front of the Education Ministry in
Cairo over the cancellation of some high school exams after the
answers were leaked.
2016 Jun 27, Egypt banned
prominent female activist Mozn Hassan from travelling to a human
rights meeting in Beirut, the latest step in a crackdown on free
speech and dissent.
2016 Jun 27, The Paris-based
International Energy Agency (IEA) warned that each year about 6.5
million deaths worldwide are linked to air pollution, a number that
could grow in coming decades unless the energy sector steps up its
efforts to slash emissions.
2016 Jun 27, Georgia abolished
conscription, becoming one of the first former Soviet republics no
longer to require men to serve in the military.
2016 Jun 27, Hong Kong called
for an end to local ivory trading within five years, a move
activists hailed as significant given the financial hub's reputation
as a wildlife trafficking blackspot, while calling for this ban to
be speeded up.
2016 Jun 27, In Iraq a suicide
bomber detonated explosives at a Sunni mosque in Abu Ghraib, killing
at least 9 people and wounding at least 28.
2016 Jun 27, Italian police, in
a crackdown on the Lo Russo crime clan, arrested 24 suspects in an
alleged extortion scheme targeting bread sales in grocery stores,
supermarkets and street vendors.
2016 Jun 27, In northeastern
Lebanon 8 suicide bombers detonated their explosives' vests in the
predominantly Christian village of Qaa near the border with Syria,
killing 5 people and wounding at least 15. Most of the bombers
reportedly came over the border from Syria.
(AP, 6/27/16)(Reuters, 6/28/16)
2016 Jun 27, A Moldovan court
sentenced former PM Vlad Filat (2009-2013) to nine years in prison
on charges of taking bribes and influence trafficking. The sentence
was connected to alleged bribes he gave businessman and mayor Ilan
Shor. Filat was arrested last October in a separate case which has
not gone to trial.
2016 Jun 27, NATO appointed the
highest-ranking woman in its history, naming US Under Secretary of
State Rose Gottemoeller as its next deputy secretary-general. She
will take up her new position October 1.
2016 Jun 27, Palestinians and
Israeli police clashed at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound for a
second day straight, with Islamic officials accusing Israeli
authorities of breaking a tacit agreement on access during Ramadan.
2016 Jun 27, Philippine
president-elect Rodrigo Duterte said he would aggressively promote
artificial birth control in the country even at the risk of getting
in a fight with the dominant Catholic church, which staunchly
opposes the use of contraceptives.
2016 Jun 27, Russia said
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has written to Russian leader
Vladimir Putin to apologize over the shooting down of a Russian air
force jet by Turkey's military last November.
2016 Jun 27, South Africa’s
National Treasury said President Jacob Zuma should pay back $500,000
of public funds used to upgrade his private residence with
facilities including a chicken coop and swimming pool.
2016 Jun 27, Spanish caretaker
PM Mariano Rajoy said he would reach out to rivals in a bid to
quickly form a government after his conservative party strengthened
its lead in elections, though still far short of a majority.
2016 Jun 27, Negotiators said
Yemen's warring parties plan to suspend talks on ending more than a
year of conflict after failing to reach a breakthrough. The two
sides were drafting a joint statement to announce that they will
return to talks mid-July, following the Muslim holiday of Eid
2016 Jun 27, Zambian President
Edgar Lungu defended the tax collection agency's decision to shut
down a newspaper critical of the government, saying the revenue
service did so to recoup unpaid taxes. The Zambia Revenue Authority
(ZRA) shut down the Post newspaper last week, demanding $6 million
in unpaid taxes. Managing editor Joan Chirwa accused the ZRA of
trying to silence it head of general elections in August, and
claimed that the outstanding bill was in dispute.
2017 Jun 27, The US State
Department placed China on its global list of the worst offenders in
human trafficking and forced labor, a step that could aggravate
tensions with Beijing that had eased under President Donald Trump.
2017 Jun 27, The United States
asserted that Myanmar is no longer one of the world's worst
offenders on human trafficking, while removing both Myanmar and Iraq
from a list of countries that use child soldiers.
2017 Jun 27, The Trump
administration moved to roll back the 2015 Obama clean water policy
that protected more than half the nation’s streams from pollution.
(SFC, 628/17, p.A5)
2017 Jun 27, The Pentagon said
it detected "active preparations" by Syria for a chemical weapons
attack, giving weight to a White House statement hours earlier that
the Syrian government would "pay a heavy price" if it carried out
such an attack.
2017 Jun 27, It was reported
that three CNN journalists have resigned following the retraction of
an article that claimed the US Congress was investigating links
between members of Donald Trump's administration and a Russian
investment fund. The article was posted on CNN's website on June 22
before being pulled on June 23.
2017 Jun 27, In Arkansas
workers installed a 6-foot-tall Ten Commandments monument on the
Capitol grounds in Little Rock. State lawmakers had approved a
measure permitting the statue two years earlier. A day later Michael
Tate Reed was arrested for ramming the monument with a vehicle and
smashing it to pieces.
(SFC, 6/28/17, p.A5)(SFC, 6/29/17, p.A5)
2017 Jun 27, In California the
Los Angeles City Council cleared the way for a $1.5 billion Museum
of Narrative Art to be built by “Star Wars" creator George Lucas.
(SFC, 6/28/17, p.A5)
2017 Jun 27, The partial
remains of New Jersey nightclub manager Jennifer Londono (31) were
found in the Red Hook Channel in Brooklyn. On July 6 Raphael Lobos,
her boyfriend, was arrested after authorities found him using her
(SSFC, 7/9/17, p.A7)
2017 Jun 27, Merck & Co.
said a new type of cholesterol drug reduced heart attacks, deaths
and other complications of heart disease in a huge, late-stage
2017 Jun 27, In Afghanistan
gunmen killed two policewomen in Badakhshan province as the sisters
returned to their jobs after Eid holidays. Two policemen were killed
late today when their checkpoint came under insurgent attack in
Qalat, Zabul province. Two insurgents were also killed in the
2017 Jun 27, Britain’s PM
Theresa May promised an investigation into the use of cladding on
British high-rise buildings following the deadly Grenfell Tower
fire, after safety tests on 95 similar blocks recorded a 100-percent
2017 Jun 27, Britain's WPP, the
world's biggest advertising agency, said it had been hit by a
cyber-attack, one of many major corporations to face major
2017 Jun 27, Chinese pop star
Wang Leehom christened the new cruise chip Norwegian Joy in
Shanghai. It was built for Norwegian Cruise Line by Meyer Werft in
(Econ 7/1/17, p.59)
2017 Jun 27, Egypt said its
warplanes struck a convoy of 12 vehicles about to be driven across
the border from Libya carrying weapons and ammunition.
2017 Jun 27, The EU slapped
Google with a record penalty of $2.7 billion for taking advantage of
its dominance in online searches to direct customers to its own
(SFC, 6/28/17, p.C1)
2017 Jun 27, French
construction materials company Saint Gobain said that it had been a
victim of a cyberattack, and it had isolated its computer systems in
order to protect data. The global cyber-attack also hit the property
arm of France's biggest bank BNP Paribas, one of the largest
financial institutions known to be affected by an extortion
(Reuters, 6/27/17)(Reuters, 6/28/17)
2017 Jun 27, Iraqi forces
pushed towards the river side of Mosul's Old City, their key target
in the eight-month campaign to capture Islamic State's de-facto
capital. PM Haider al-Abadi predicted victory very soon.
2017 Jun 27, The third-place
finisher in Mongolia's presidential vote cried foul and demanded a
recount after electoral authorities declared he was narrowly beaten
for a spot in next month's runoff election.
2017 Jun 27, A Dutch court
ruled that the state was partly to blame for the deaths of hundreds
of Muslims in Srebrenica, as the 1995 genocide cast another shadow
over the country two decades on.
2017 Jun 27, The International
Organization for Migration says 51 migrants are presumed dead in the
Sahara Desert in Niger after smugglers abandoned them during their
journey north to Libya.
2017 Jun 27, Pakistan strongly
criticized the US decision to impose sanctions on Syed Salahuddin,
senior leader of the Kashmiri militant group Hizb-ul-Mujahideen.
2017 Jun 27, The Philippine
army said civilians held hostage by Islamist militants occupying
Marawi have been forced to loot homes, take up arms against
government troops and serve as sex slaves for rebel fighters.
2017 Jun 27, A major ransomware
attack hit computers at Russia's biggest oil company, the country's
banks, Ukraine's international airport as well as Danish global
shipping firm A.P. Moller-Maersk. Germany's Metro said its wholesale
stores in the Ukraine have been hit by a cyber-attack and the
retailer was assessing the impact.
2017 Jun 27, First Minister
Nicola Sturgeon said Scotland's devolved government has shelved its
immediate plans to hold a second independence referendum until after
the terms of Britain's exit from the United Kingdom are clear.
2017 Jun 27, A Swiss government
information technology agency said ransomware known as Petya seems
to have re-emerged to affect computer systems across Europe, causing
issues primarily in Ukraine, Russia, England and India. In 2018
Britain blamed the Russian government for the NotPetya cyber-attack
(Reuters, 6/27/17)(Econ 7/1/17, p.72)(SFC,
2017 Jun 27, Switzerland-based
Nestle announced up to $21 billion in share buybacks by 2020 and
promised to invest in zippy categories such as coffee and pet food.
(Econ 7/1/17, p.58)
2017 Jun 27, In Ukraine
military intelligence Colonel Maksim Shapoval was killed by a car
bomb in central Kiev.
2018 Jun 27, President Donald
Trump shifted away from a proposal to impose limits on Chinese
investment in American technology companies and high-tech exports to
China, choosing instead to call upon Congress to strengthen an
existing review process.
2018 Jun 27, The United States
cut a $2 million pledge for the UN Counterterrorism Office and
downgraded its presence at a conference on the issue.
2018 Jun 27, The US Supreme
Court in a 5-4 decision barred public employee unions from
collecting representation fees from nonmember workers.
(SFC, 6/28/18, p.A1)
2018 Jun 27, US Supreme Court
Justice Anthony Kennedy (81) announced his retirement effective July
(SFC, 6/28/18, p.A1)
2018 Jun 27, In San Francisco
pedicab operator Kevin Manning was struck by a hit and run driver on
the Embarcadero. On July 9 Manning died from his injuries.
(SFC, 7/11/18, p.D1)
2018 Jun 27, Victoria Burgess
(34) arrived in Key West after paddling on a standup paddleboard
across the Florida Straits from Cuba in just under 28
2018 Jun 27, In Texas inmate
Danny Paul Bible (66) was executed for a 1979 rape and murder in
Houston. He had been accused of at least four killings and nine
(SFC, 6/28/18, p.A6)
2018 Jun 27, Britain's Supreme
Court ruled that the ban on civil partnerships for heterosexual
couples is "incompatible" with human rights laws — a decision
supporters hope will pave the way for such unions.
2018 Jun 27, Croatian police
said the body of a 26-year-old Briton was found early today at the
Zrce beach on Pag Island. The man was stabbed in a fight between two
groups of tourists. Police the next day arrested a 25-year-old
Briton at the airport in the coastal town of Split while attempting
to leave the country.
(AP, 6/27/18)(AP, 6/28/18)
2018 Jun 27, Egyptian security
forces killed four suspected militants in a shootout with forces in
the southern town of al-Ghanaim, Assiut province.
2018 Jun 27, Authorities in
northwestern Germany opened an investigation into 21 deaths at a
company, after a male employee was caught on camera poisoning a
colleague's lunch. Police said they had arrested a suspect (56) in
the town of Schloss Holte-Stukenbroc.
2018 Jun 27, Iraqi security
forces found the bodies of eight men, two days after a deadline set
by their Islamic State kidnappers expired. The bodies were found
mutilated and rigged with explosives.
2018 Jun 27, Rome's city
authorities began clearing 450 people out of an official Roma camp
weeks after the new far-right interior minister, Matteo Salvini,
said Italy's Roma should be counted and, if they are foreign,
2018 Jun 27, Japan's Hayabusa2
spacecraft arrived at an asteroid after a 3 1/2-year journey to
undertake a first-ever experiment: blow a crater in the rocky
surface to collect samples and bring them back to Earth.
2018 Jun 27, Police in Malaysia
said the total value of cash, jewelry, watches and handbags seized
from properties linked to former PM Najib Razak in a
money-laundering investigation amounted to at least $273 million.
2018 Jun 27, Malta's PM Joseph
Muscat said a rescue boat stranded in the Mediterranean with 233
migrants will dock in Malta later today, after a deal was struck
between a group of EU states to take them in. Italy, Luxembourg, the
Netherlands, Portugal, Ireland, Belgium and France had agreed to
take some of the migrants.
2018 Jun 27, Amnesty
International released a report that detailed new evidence of
atrocities inflicted on Myanmar's Rohingya population and named 13
top military commanders the group says should be prosecuted for
crimes against humanity.
2018 Jun 27, At The Hague the
world's chemical weapons watchdog won new powers to assign blame for
attacks with banned toxic munitions. The rare special session agreed
that the OPCW's secretariat "shall put in place arrangements to
identify the perpetrators of the use of chemical weapons in the
Syrian Arab Republic." Russia and 23 other countries voted against
the move, which was initiated by Britain.
(Reuters, 6/27/18)(AFP, 6/27/18)(AP, 6/28/18)
2018 Jun 27, Poland's Senate
approved changes to a controversial Holocaust speech law that remove
the threat of prison for blaming Poland for the Holocaust crimes of
Nazi Germany. The changes must still be approved by President
Andrzej Duda, who is expected to do so.
2018 Jun 27, The first
Rwandan-made Volkswagen car rolled off the assembly line on at the
country's first auto factory in Kigali. The cars will be mostly for
export to other African nations and will remain unaffordable to the
2018 Jun 27, Sources including
London-based Saudi rights group ALQST said Saudi Arabia has detained
prominent women's rights advocate Hatoon al-Fassi, widening a
crackdown that has ensnared more than a dozen activists even as the
kingdom lifted a ban on women driving.
2018 Jun 27, In Singapore the
SingHealth cyberattack began and continued to July 4. The attack
specifically and repeatedly targeted the health records of PM Lee
Hsien Loong and breached 1.5 million health records.
2018 Jun 27, In Khartoum South
Sudan's President Salva Kiir and his arch-foe Riek Machar agreed to
a "permanent" ceasefire to take effect within 72 hours, raising
hopes of an end to four-and-a-half years of war.
2018 Jun 27, Syria's military
said it has expelled the Islamic State group from the country's vast
eastern desert of Deir el-Zour province. Government air raids struck
more towns in rebel-held southwest Syria and knocked out hospitals
(AP, 6/27/18)(Reuters, 6/27/18)
2018 Jun 27, Talks between
Togo's government and the country’s political opposition resumed
after a three-month suspension. The presidents of Ghana and Guinea
(Nana Akufo-Addo and Alpha Conde) arrived in Lome to further the
2018 Jun 27, Turkey's state-run
news agency said at least six people have been killed in two car
bomb attacks in a northern Syrian enclave controlled by Turkish
troops and allied Syrian opposition fighters.
2018 Jun 27, A Turkish court
ruled that journalist Mehmet Altan be released, four months after he
was sentenced to life imprisonment on charges of aiding a failed
2018 Jun 27, A Thai court
sentenced human rights lawyer Prawet Prapanukul to 16 months in
prison, finding him guilty of sedition for material he posted online
but dropping charges of royal defamation.
2019 Jun 27, President Donald
Trump arrived in Japan for a summit of the Group of 20 major
economies. He was due to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping on
June 29 as the G-20 meetings conclude. Trump kicked off meetings
with international leaders with a working dinner with Australian PM
2019 Jun 27, US Senate Majority
Leader Mitch McConnell demanded that House Democrats drop their
insistence for changes in a $4.6 billion border aid package that the
Senate passed with overwhelming bipartisan support and instead give
final congressional approval to the legislation.
2019 Jun 27, The US Supreme
Court ruled blocked the addition of a citizenship question to the
2020 census over doubts about the Trump administration's rationale.
(SFC, 6/28/19, p.A10)
2019 Jun 27, The US Supreme
Court ruled that federal courts have no role to play in the dispute
over the practice of gerrymandering.
(SFC, 6/28/19, p.A10)
2019 Jun 27, A federal jury in
San Francisco found April Myres (55) guilty of mail and wire fraud
in a 2016 case. She was accused of having a romantic relationship
with a jail inmate and lying about a department issued firearm.
(SFC, 6/28/19, p.C1)
2019 Jun 27, Three Southern
California women, Sparkle Shorale Nelson (32), Shykeena Monique
Johnson (31) and Jerrika Johnson (37) were arrested on suspicion of
stealing more than $1 million in federal student financial aid
through Fullerton College.
(http://tinyurl.com/y6f5sgjw)(SFC, 7/1/19, p.A6)
2019 Jun 27, In Florida
frontrunner Joe Biden faced repeated criticism on multiple fronts
from his Democratic rivals for the 2020 presidential nomination,
including calls to leave the battle to oust Donald Trump to a
2019 Jun 27, North Carolina
authorities said Areli Aguirre Avilez (30), the man accused of
murdering his ex-wife, Maria Calderon, and her two children, is a
Mexican citizen who's in the United States illegally. The children
were found shot inside their burned home, while Calderon was
2019 Jun 27, In North Carolina
a single-engine plane crashed into a home late today killing the
pilot and one person inside the house in Hope Mills.
(SFC, 6/29/19, p.A5)
2019 Jun 27, Greenpeace warned
about overfishing endangered sharks in the North Atlantic, often by
Spanish and Portuguese boats.
(SFC, 6/28/19, p.A2)
2019 Jun 27, In Afghanistan the
Taliban's shadow governor for eastern Logar province and two
deputies were killed in an airstrike by Afghan forces. In eastern
Ghazni province the Taliban attacked Afghan security checkpoints,
killing four police officers.
2019 Jun 27, Bangladesh police
said a total of 535 people have been killed since 2010 after being
hit by trains while wearing headphones on tracks in and around
2019 Jun 27, In Belgium
Frenchman Marc Bertoldi (48) was sentenced to five years in prison
for his role in a spectacular $50 million diamond heist at Brussels
airport on Feb. 18, 2013.
2019 Jun 27, Belize authorities
said a local guide, who was leading a Virginia doctor on a fishing
trip when they were both fatally shot, might have been the target of
gang hit in the country. Authorities found Gary Swank (53), a
cardiologist at Virginia Tech's Carilion Clinic, and Mario Graniel
(53) in a lagoon near the town of San Pedro earlier this week.
2019 Jun 27, Britain's new
target to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 became
law, making it the first among the major G7 countries to set such a
2019 Jun 27, Canada's flagship
airline Air Canada announced that it has reached a deal to buy tour
operator Transat for Can$520 million (US$396 million) in cash or
Can$13 per share.
2019 Jun 27, China's Pres. Xi
Jinping arrived in Osaka to attend the G20 summit that PM Shinzo Abe
will chair over the next two days.
2019 Jun 27, The Organization
of American States (OAS) began two days of meetings in Medellin,
Colombia. Latin American leaders planned to seek to increase
pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and further isolate
the embattled leader.
2019 Jun 27, In Congo DRC at
least 36 artisanal miners were killed by a landslide at the Kamoto
Copper Company (KCC) concession, a copper and cobalt mine run by
Glencore. The death toll soon rose to 43.
2019 Jun 27, Ethiopia's
government said security forces have arrested more than 250 people
in a sweeping crackdown following a failed suspected coup attempt
and the assassination of five high-ranking officials.
2019 Jun 27, The European Union
called on Italy to help find a swift resolution for the migrants
aboard the charity ship Sea-Watch, which entered Italian waters in
defiance of a ban from Rome.
2019 Jun 27, Europeans braced
for the expected peak of a sweltering heatwave that has sent
temperatures soaring above 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit), with
schools in France closing and wildfires in Spain spinning out of
2019 Jun 27, In Germany two of
three men charged with hundreds of counts of child sexual abuse over
decades at a German campsite pleaded guilty as their trial opened.
2019 Jun 27, German federal
prosecutors said police have made two more arrests related to the
killing of a pro-migrant politician, allegedly by a far-right
2019 Jun 27, In Hong Kong
protesters opposed to legislation they fear would reduce judicial
independence rallied outside the Justice Department, as the
territory's leader remained out of public view for a second week.
2019 Jun 27, A Hungarian court
refused to extradite former Macedonian prime minister Nikola
Gruevski, who fled abroad last year after being sentenced to two
years in prison on corruption-related charges. Gruevski was released
from custody on the court's order.
2019 Jun 27, Indonesia's
constitutional court rejected a bid to overturn President Joko
Widodo's election victory and dismissed his defeated challenger's
claims of widespread voter fraud as groundless.
2019 Jun 27, In Israel clashes
erupted in east Jerusalem after Israeli police shot and killed
Mohammed Obeid (20) during demonstrations against police violence.
(SFC, 7/1/19, p.A2)
2019 Jun 27, Lawmakers in
Kyrgyzstan voted to lift the immunity of former president Almazbek
Atambayev (62), paving the way for a prosecution that could provoke
a political crisis in the fragile Central Asian state.
2019 Jun 27, In Lebanon
hundreds of veterans burned tires and blocked highways to protest a
pension tax and benefit cuts in a 2019 budget intended to slash the
2019 Jun 27, Libya's UN-backed
government took back a strategic town near Tripoli from commander
Khalifa Hifter, whose forces have been fighting for the past three
months to capture the country's capital.
2019 Jun 27, Mauritania's
government spokesman stepped down after defending a three-day
communications blackout imposed during three days of post-election
unrest. Fixed internet in the country was restored the next day. The
mobile phone network that was disconnected June 23 remained down.
2019 Jun 27, The Dutch
intelligence agency (AIVD) warned of the escalating threat of
state-backed cyber espionage, saying the Netherlands was
particularly vulnerable as a hub for international business,
telecoms and human rights groups.
2019 Jun 27, Pakistan called
for stronger trade relations with Afghanistan and more cooperation
on regional security as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani visited
Islamabad, pledging renewed effort to end the 18-year war in
2019 Jun 27, Russia said six
beluga and two killer whales, captured to perform in aquariums and
held in cramped pens, have been released into the wild.
2019 Jun 27, Sudan's security
forces fired tear gas to disperse dozens of students demonstrating
against the ruling military council at a financial academy in the
heart of Khartoum.
2019 Jun 27, In Syria a bomb
exploded in a car in Damascus, wounding the wife and son of a
pro-government political analyst.
2019 Jun 27, In Tunisia double
suicide attacks shook Tunis, even as the country was plunged into
uncertainty with the hospitalization of President Beji Caid Essebsi
who was said to be in "critical condition".
2019 Jun 27, Authorities in
Vanuatu arrested six Chinese nationals following Chinese complaints
they were operating an internet scam from the Pacific island.
2019 Jun 27, A court in Vietnam
jailed Tran Cong Khai (56), a man who formerly worked as a lawyer,
to eight years in prison on a charge of attempting to overthrow the
state, just days after a US citizen got 12 years on a similar