Today in History - June 29

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1236        Jun 29, In Spain Christian forces under Ferdinand III of Castile and Leon took Cordoba. The last Islamic kingdom left in Spain is that of the Berbers in Granada.
    (ATC, p.100)(HN, 6/29/98)

1440        Jun 29, Florentine troops fought the Milanese in the Battle of Anghiari. After the battle of Anghiari, Andrea del Castagno (1421-1457), a Medici protege, painted effigies of the hanged rebels.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Anghiari_(1440))(http://tinyurl.com/3baplj)

1502        Jun 29, Christopher Columbus arrived at Santo Domingo, Hispaniola, on his 4th voyage to the new world. He requested harbor and advised Gov. Nicolas de Ovando of an approaching hurricane. Ovando denied the request and dispatched a treasure fleet to Spain. 20 ships sank in the storm, 9 returned to port and one made it to Spain.
    (http://www1.minn.net/~keithp/v4.htm)

1504        Jun 29, Diego Mendez, one of Columbus's captains, returned to Jamaica with a small caravel and rescued the Columbus expedition. Mendez had managed to take a canoe from Jamaica to Hispaniola where he chartered the rescue ship.
    (http://www1.minn.net/~keithp/v4.htm)

1534        Jun 29, Jacques Cartier discovered Canada’s Prince Edward Islands.
    (MC, 6/29/02)

1540        Jun 29, Thomas Cromwell, English ex-chancellor, was sentenced to death.
    (MC, 6/29/02)

1541         Jun 29, The Spanish [first] crossed the Arkansas River. Francisco Vazquez de Coronado continued to explore the American southwest. He left New Mexico and crossed Texas, Oklahoma and east Kansas.
    (TL-MB, 1988, p.16)(HFA, '96, p.32)

1582        Jun 29, Tatar forces attacked invading Cossacks on the Tobol River but Cossack gunfire again repelled them.
    (ON, 2/04, p.2)

1613        Jun 29, Shakespeare's Globe Theater burned down in London. It was soon rebuilt on the same foundations.
    (USAT, 8/16/96, p.8D)(MC, 6/29/02)

1652        Jun 29, Massachusetts declared itself an independent commonwealth.
    (HN, 6/29/98)

1746        Jun 29, Bonnie Prince Charlie fled in disguise to Isle of Skye.
    (PC, 1992, p.297)

1767        Jun 29, The British Parliament approved the Townshend Revenue Acts, sponsored by statesman Charles Townshend (1725-1767), which imposed import duties on glass, lead, paint, paper and tea shipped to America. Colonists bitterly protested, prompting Parliament in 1770 to repeal the duties on all goods, except tea.
    (WUD, 1994, p.1499)(HN, 6/29/98)(AP, 6/29/07)

1776        Jun 29, The Virginia constitution was adopted and Patrick Henry was made governor.
    (AP, 6/29/97)

1784            Jun 29, Caesar Rodney (b.1728), US judge, Delaware representative as a signer of the Declaration of Independence, died. He was later depicted on the Delaware state quarter
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caesar_Rodney)

1801        Jun 29, Frederic Bastiat (d.1850), French free-market economist, was born in Bayonne. "The state is the great fictitious entity in which everyone seeks to live at the expense of everyone else."
    (WSJ, 7/5/01, p.A12)

1804        Jun 29, Privates John Collins and Hugh Hall of the Lewis and Clark Expedition were found guilty by a court-martial consisting of members of the Corps of Discovery for getting drunk on duty. Collins receives 100 lashes on his back and Hall receives 50.
    (HN, 6/29/98)

1840        Jun 29, Lucien Bonaparte (65), prince of Canino, Musignano, died.
    (MC, 6/29/02)

1852        Jun 29, Statesman Henry Clay (75) of Kentucky died. He was a master politician in the era preceding the Civil War. Born in 1777, Clay was a lawyer by trade. He began his lengthy political career in the Kentucky legislature and made three unsuccessful bids as the Whig Party's presidential candidate. By the time of his death, Clay had served his country as secretary of state under John Quincy Adams, U.S. Senator and Speaker of the House of Representatives. Clay was the chief architect of the Compromise of 1850, a contribution that earned him the nickname "The Great Compromiser."
    (HNPD, 6/29/99)(MC, 6/29/02)

1853        Jun 29, Napoleon III met with Georges-Eugene Haussmann to outline plans for the “strategic beautification" of Paris and assigned him to modernize the city. For the next 17 years Haussman, as prefect of the Seine, transformed Paris. He is responsible for the tree lined grand boulevards, the Bois de Boulogne, several railroad stations, the aqueducts, and a tourist friendly sewer system. Haussmann employed one Parisian in five and financed his projects using private capital raised with bonds. The project forced some 200,000 residents from their homes. He used surpluses in his operational budget to cover deficits in his capital budgets. The debts paralyzed the city until the Gaullist era.
    (WSJ, 1/17/1995, p.A-16)(SFEC, 6/28/98, p.T9)(WSJ, 12/9/98, p.A20)(ON, 9/06, p.9)

1858        Jun 29, George Washington Goethals, engineer of the Panama Canal, was born.
    (HN, 6/29/98)

1860        Jun 29, Thomas Addison (67), English physician (A-Biermer Disease), died.
    (MC, 6/29/02)

1861        Jun 29, William James Mayo, co-founder of the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, was born.
    (HN, 6/29/98)
1861        Jun 29, Elizabeth Barrett Browning (55), writer, died.
    (MC, 6/29/02)
1861        Jun 29, Australian explorers Robert O’Hara Burke and John King left William Wills in search of Aborigines.
    (ON, 12/01, p.5)

1862        Jun 29, Union forces continued to fall back from Richmond, but put up a fight at the Battle of Savage’s Station on day 5 of the 7 Days Battle.
    (HN, 6/29/98)(MC, 6/29/02)

1863        Jun 29, Battle at Westminster, Maryland: Federal assault.
    (MC, 6/29/02)
1863        Jun 29, George A. Custer (23) was appointed Union Brevet Brig-general.
    (MC, 6/29/02)
1863        Jun 29, Lee ordered his forces to concentrate near Gettysburg, PN.
    (MC, 6/29/02)

1864        Jun 29, In Canada the St-Hilaire train disaster occurred near the town of Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Quebec. The train, which had been carrying many German and Polish immigrants, failed to acknowledge a stop signal and fell through an open swing bridge into the Richelieu River. The widely accepted death toll was 99 persons.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St-Hilaire_train_disaster)

1865        Jun 29, William E. Borah, Republican senator from Idaho, proponent of the League of Nations, was born.
    (HN, 6/29/98)

1866        Jun 29, England’s Reform League, organized a demonstration in Trafalgar Square. Its size and violence surprised everyone. A second meeting on 2 July was even more heated. The Trafalgar Square meetings were followed by a giant meeting held at Hyde Park on 23 July.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reform_League)

1873        Jun 29, China’s Emperor Tongzhi held the first imperial audience with foreign diplomats in 80 years. Japan’s foreign minister asked for compensation for an attack on sailors from the Ryukyu islands by aborigines on Taiwan. China disavowed responsibility.
    (Econ, 12/21/13, p.72)

1880        Jun 29, France annexed Tahiti.
    (HN, 6/29/98)

1881        Jun 29, Muhammad Ahmad (1844-1855) proclaimed himself as the Mahdi or messianic redeemer of the Islamic faith in Sudan and led a successful military campaign against the Turco-Egyptian government of the Sudan (known as the Turkiyah).
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad_Ahmad)

1886        Jun 29, James Van Der Zee, African-American photographer, was born.
    (HN, 6/29/98)

1888        Jun 29, Professor Frederick Treves performed the first appendectomy in England.
    (HN, 6/29/98)

1889        Jun 28, Maria Mitchell (b.1818), American astronomer, died in Lynn, Mass.
    (ON, 2/07, p.10)

1900         Jun 29, Antoine de Saint-Exupery (d.1944), French aviator and writer, was born. In 1970 Curtis Cate published the biography: “Antoine de Saint-Exupery."
    (WUD, 1994, p.1261)(SFEC, 6/15/97, p.A2)(SFEC, 5/28/00, p.A15)(HN, 6/29/01)

1901        Jun 29, Nelson Eddy, baritone (Met opera, film star, duets with Jeanette MacDonald), was born in Providence, RI.
    (MC, 6/29/02)

1903        Jun 29, The British government officially protested Belgian atrocities in the Congo.
    (HN, 6/29/98)

1905        Jun 29, Archibald Wright “Moonlight" Graham (1876-1965) of the New York Giants played for two innings in right field in his only professional baseball game on this day and was promptly forgotten until 1989 when the movie “Field of Dreams" was released. “Moonlight" never got to bat, instead he was left on deck, a late substitute in a lopsided 11-1 win. Graham completed his medical degree from the University of Maryland in 1908. He obtained his license the following year and began practicing medicine in Chisholm, Minnesota.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moonlight_Graham)
1905        Jun 29, Russian troops intervened as riots erupt in ports all over the country, leaving many ships looted.
    (HN, 6/29/98)

1906        Jun 29, The US Congress enacted the Hepburn Act, which prohibited railroads from offering discounted rates to large shippers and authorized the Interstate Commerce Commission to set maximum freight charges for railroads. Pres. Roosevelt had personally appealed for its passage.
    (AH, 6/07, p.46)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hepburn_Act)

1908        Jun 29, American composer Leroy Anderson (d.1975), known for light orchestral pieces such as "The Typewriter" and "The Syncopated Clock," was born in Cambridge, Mass.
    (AP, 6/29/08)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leroy_Anderson)

1910        Jun 29, Frank Loesser, songwriter, was born.
    (HN, 6/29/01)

1911        Jun 29, Klaus E.J. Fuchs, German nuclear physicist, spy, was born.
    (MC, 6/29/02)
1911        Jun 29, Bernard Herrmann, composer, was born.
    (MC, 6/29/02)

1912        Jun 29, John Toland, US political writer (Adolf Hitler, Rising Sun, Pulitzer 1971), was born.
    (MC, 6/29/02)

1913        Jun 29, Anticipating assistance from Austro-Hungary the Bulgarian army attacked its former allies. This Second Balkan War was at first waged entirely on Macedonian soil. Bulgaria defeated Greek and Serbian troops.
    (www.maknews.com/html/articles/stefov/stefov61.html)

1916        Jun 29, Sir Roger David Casement, the Irish-born diplomat knighted by King George V in 1911, was convicted of treason for his role in Ireland's Easter Rebellion, and sentenced to death. He had been caught on an Irish beach during a foiled attempt to 20,000 German rifles.
    (www.firstworldwar.com/bio/casement.htm)(Econ, 7/7/12, p.75)

1917        Jun 29, The Ukraine proclaimed independence from Russia.
    (HN, 6/29/98)

1925        Jun 29, An earthquake ravaged Santa Barbara, California, causing millions in property damage.
    (HN, 6/29/98)

1926        Jun 29, Fascists in Rome added an hour to the work day in an economic efficiency measure.
    (HN, 6/29/98)

1928        Jun28-1928 Jun 29, Albert Hegenberger and Lester Maitland accomplished the first nonstop flight across the Pacific.
    (NPub, 2002, p.12)

1930        Jun 29, Oriana Fallaci, Italian journalist, was born.
    (HN, 6/29/01)

1932        Jun 29, Siam’s army seized Bangkok and announced an end to the absolute monarchy.
    (HN, 6/29/98)

1933        Jun 29, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle (46), US actor (Keystone comedies), died at the Park Central Hotel in NYC.
    (www.2020site.org/fattyarbuckle/bio.html)(SSFC, 6/29/08, DB p.58)

1937        Jun 29, Joseph-Armand Bombardier received notification that the Canadian government had granted his patent request for his snowmobile (une autoneige).
    (ON, 4/03, p.6)

1938        Jun 29, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, and Olympic National Park, Washington, were founded.
    (HN, 6/29/01)

1940        Jun 29, In the Batman Comics, mobsters rubbed out a circus highwire team known as the Flying Graysons, leaving their son Dick (Robin) an orphan.
    (MC, 6/29/02)
1940        Jun 29, Paul Klee (b.1879), Swiss-German painter, tutor (Modern Art), died in Switzerland. In 2005 the Klee Center, designed by Renzo Piano, opened in Bern.
    (www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/klee/)(Econ, 7/23/05, p.79)

1941        Jun 29, Stokely Carmichael, African-American civil rights leader, was born.
    (HN, 6/29/98)
1941        Jun 29, Nazi divisions in a surprise assault made sweeping advances toward Leningrad, Moscow, and Kiev. Joseph Stalin had ignored warnings that Hitler would betray the 1939 Nazi-Soviet non-aggression pact. Over 500,000 square miles of Russian territory were taken in the first two months of the invasion.
    (MC, 6/29/02)
1941        Jun 29, Polish statesman, pianist and composer Ignace Jan Paderewski died in New York at age 80.
    (AP, 6/29/97)

1943        Jun 29, Germany began withdrawing U-boats from North Atlantic in anticipation of the Allied invasion of Europe.
    (MC, 6/29/02)

1944        Jun 29, Rommel and von Rundstedt traveled to Berchtesgaden to confer with Hitler.
    (MC, 6/29/02)
1944        Jun 29, A Russian assault battalion opened fire on German forces on the outskirts of Bobruisk, Belarus. As many as half of the 10,000 German soldiers were killed. In 1962 Nikolai Litvin, a Russian soldier present that day, completed his memoir. It was finally published in 2007 under the title "800 Days on the Eastern Front."
    (WSJ, 6/30/07, p.P6)

1945        Jun 29, Ruthenia, formerly in Czechoslovakia, became part of Ukrainian SSR.
    (MC, 6/29/02)

1946        Jun 29, British authorities arrested more than 2,700 Jews in Palestine in an attempt to stamp out alleged terrorism.
    (AP, 6/29/97)

1949        Jun 29, US troops withdrew from Korea after WW II. [see Jun 28]
    (MC, 6/29/02)
1949        Jun 29, The government of South Africa enacted a ban against racially mixed marriages.
    (AP, 6/29/99)

1950        Jun 29, President Harry S. Truman authorized a sea blockade of Korea.
    (HN, 6/29/98)

1951        Jun 29, The United States invited the Soviet Union to the Korean peace talks on a ship in Wonson Harbor.
    (HN, 6/29/98)

1954        Jun 29, The Atomic Energy Commission voted against reinstating Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer's access to classified information.
    (AP, 6/29/97)

1955        Jun 29, The Soviet Union sent tanks to Pozan, Poland, to put down anti-Communist demonstrations.
    (HN, 6/29/98)

1956        Jun 29, Pres. Eisenhower signed the US Federal Highway Act. It authorized a 42,500 mile network linking major urban centers. 90% of the cost was to be born by the federal government. Initial estimates put completion by 1968 for $25 billion. The system was completed in 1993 at a cost of $425 billion (in 2006 dollars). The Federal Highway Act included the Highway Revenue Act as Title II and created the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) to finance the construction.
    (SFC, 6/17/06, p.A1)(Econ, 2/16/08, p.32)(Econ, 11/19/11, p.34)
1956        Jun 29, Marilyn Monroe married playwright Arthur Miller in a London ceremony.
    (MC, 6/29/02)
1956        Jun 29, Charles Dumas became the first person to jump over 7 feet.
    (MC, 6/29/02)

1958        Jun 29, A bomb exploded at the Bethel Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala.; there were no injuries.
    (AP, 6/29/08)

1964        Jun 29, Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed after 83-day filibuster in Senate. [see Jul 2]
    (MC, 6/29/02)

1965        Jun 29, The Redo Dog Saloon opened in Virginia City, Ca. A San Francisco band called the Charlatans opened. Architect George Hunter and keyboardist Michael Ferguson had created the group and the first psychedelic tock poster for the occasion. By 2015 a mint copy of the poster was valued at $18,250. A 1996 film by Mary Works was titled “Rockin’ at the Red Dog: The Dawn of Psychedelic Rock."
    (SFC, 6/26/15, p.C4)

1966        Jun 29, The U.S. Air Force bombed fuel storage facilities near Hanoi and Haiphong, North Vietnam. Republic Aircraft's F-105 Thunderchief, better known as the 'Thud,' was the Air Force's warhorse in Vietnam.
    (HN, 6/29/98)(AP, 6/29/97)

1967        Jun 29, Jayne Mansfield (b.1933), stage and film actress, was beheaded in a car crash in Louisiana. Her 3 children survived in the back seat of the 1966 Buick Electra. Daughter Mariska Hargitay was 3 and began a film career at 19.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jayne_Mansfield)(SFEC, 7/13/97, Par p.18)(SFEC, 4/5/98, p.A22)
1967        Jun 29, Jerusalem was reunified as Israel removed barricades separating the Old City from the Israeli sector.
    (AP, 6/29/97)(HN, 6/29/98)

1968        Jun 29, "Tip-Toe Thru' The Tulips With Me" by Tiny Tim (1932-1996), aka Herbert Khaury, peaked at #17.
    (SFC, 12/2/96, p.A4)(www.dreamsville.net/index.php?paged=2)
1968        Jun 29, In Costa Rica the Arenal volcano, dormant for 450 years, burst into life and killed 95 people. The village of Tabacon was wiped out.
    (SFC, 5/9/98, p.A7)(SSFC, 4/1/01, p.T6)

1970        Jun 29, The United States ended a two-month military offensive into Cambodia.
    (HN, 6/29/98)(AP, 6/29/99)

1972        Jun 29, The US Supreme Court ruled in Furman v. Georgia that the death penalty could constitute "cruel and unusual punishment." The ruling prompted states to revise their capital punishment laws. Four years later, the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty for murder cases.
    (AP, 6/29/97)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Furman_v._Georgia)
1972        Jun 29, The US Supreme Court ruled in Branzburg v. Hayes that “The First Amendment does not relieve a newspaper reporter of the obligation that all citizens have to respond to a grand jury subpoena and answer questions relevant to a criminal investigation, and therefore the Amendment does not afford him a constitutional testimonial privilege for an agreement he makes to conceal facts relevant to a grand jury's investigation of a crime or to conceal the criminal conduct of his source or evidence thereof."
    (Econ, 4/14/07, p.35)(www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/cas/comm/free_speech/branzburg.html)

1974        Jun 29, In Fresno, Ca., Clarence Ray Allen (44) robbed Fran’s market. Soon after Mary Sue Kitts (17) was murdered on orders from Allen (44) for revealing Allen’s role in a robbery. In 1997 Allen was convicted for her murder and was sentenced to life in prison. Allen faced execution in 2006.
    (SFC, 12/8/05, p.B3)(SFC, 1/13/06, p.A15)(http://tinyurl.com/4s4pqp)
1974        Jun 29, Russian ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov defected in Toronto, Canada.
    (http://archives.cbc.ca/arts_entertainment/dance/clips/13363/&ref=rss)
1974        Jun 29, In Uruguay Lt. Miguel Dalmao (23) was in charge of the jail where Nibia Sabalsagaray, a literature professor (24) and communist activist, was taken from her Montevideo apartment. Hours later, she was dead. In 2013 Gen. Dalmao was convicted of human rights violations.
    (AP, 5/9/13)(http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nibia_Sabalsagaray)

1976        Jun 29, The Seychelles gained independence after 165 years under British rule.
    (SFC, 7/1/97, p.A9)(SSFC, 6/1/14, p.P3)

1978        Jun 29, Bob Crane (b.1928), the man who played Colonel Robert Hogan in the TV show "Hogan’s Heroes," was found bludgeoned to death in Scottsdale, Az. John Henry Carpenter (d.1998 at 70), a prime suspect, was tried and acquitted in 1990.
    (SFC, 9/12/98, p.C3)(www.franksreelreviews.com/shorttakes/crane.htm)

1979        Jun 29, The James Bond film "Moonraker" premiered in the US.
    (www.amazon.com/Moonraker-Irka-Bochenko/dp/B00004RG64)

1980        Jun 29, "Sweeney Todd" closed at Uris Theater NYC after 557 performances.
    (www.sondheim.com/shows/sweeney_todd/#OBC_info)

1981        Jun 29, Hu Yaobang, a protege of Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping, was elected Communist Party chairman, replacing Mao Tse-tung’s handpicked successor, Hua Guofeng.
    (AP, 6/29/01)(http://tinyurl.com/39suq6)

1984        Jun 29, In San Francisco Hoffman’s Grill on Market Street closed to make way for a 19-story office building.
    (SSFC, 6/28/09, DB p.50)

1987        Jun 29, Vincent Van Gogh's "Le Pont de Trinquetaille" brought in $20.6 million at an auction in London, England.
    (www.artnet.com/faaddemo/vangogh/)
1987        Jun 29, Elizabeth Cotton (1895-1987), American blues singer, died in Syracuse, NY. She composed “Freight Train" in the early 1900s when she saw a train pass by her house on Lloyd Street in Carrboro, North Carolina. The song was copyrighted in 1957. The first recording of the song was made by Mike Seeger in 1957–1958, at Elizabeth’s home in Washington, D.C.
    (www.youtube.com/watch?v=-F6sXL4Jb_s)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Cotten)
1987        Jun 29, In a surprise move, the chairman of South Korea's ruling party, Roh Tae-woo, demanded democratic reforms of the man he was groomed to succeed, President Chun Doo-hwan, following weeks of violent protests that had racked the country. Chun agreed two days later.
    (AP, 6/29/97)

1988        Jun 29, The US Supreme Court, in Morrison v. Olson, upheld the power of independent counsels in a 7-1 decision to prosecute illegal acts by high-ranking government officials, ruling the 1978 special prosecutor law did not violate the Constitution.
    (AP, 6/29/99)(AP, 6/29/08)

1989        Jun 29, The U.S. House of Representatives voted unanimously in favor of new sanctions against China because of its crackdown on the pro-democracy movement.
    (AP, 6/29/99)

1990        Jun 29, Fernando Valenzuela of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Dave Stewart of the Oakland A’s became the first pitchers to hurl no-hitters in both the National and American Leagues on the same day. Oakland shut out the Blue Jays, 5-to-0, while Los Angeles blanked the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-to-0.
    (AP, 6/29/00)

1991        Jun 29, President Bush, speaking to reporters in Kennebunkport, Maine, refused to rule out the possibility of renewed military action against Iraq, calling its interference with UN inspectors "very disturbing."
    (AP, 6/29/01)

1992        Jun 29, A divided US Supreme Court ruled that women have a constitutional right to abortion, but the justices also weakened the right as defined by the Roe vs. Wade decision.
    (AP, 6/29/97)
1992        Jun 29, Mohammad Boudiaf (73), the president of Algeria, was assassinated by his body guard during his first public appearance, in Annaba. A few seconds after the president Mohammed Boudiaf spoke the words “We are all going to die," an assassin in uniform raised his submachine gun and killed the Algerian head of state. It was his first trip outside Algiers since he took office after a military coup in January. In the confusion and panic that followed, 41 other people were wounded by gunfire and grenades. Boudiaf was succeeded by army officer Liamine Zeroual.
    (http://tinyurl.com/pdcmb)(www.therace.ws/facts007.html)
1992        Jun 29, The remains of Polish statesman Ignace Jan Paderewski, interred for five decades in the United States, were returned to his homeland in keeping with his wish to be buried only in a free Poland.
    (AP, 6/28/02)
1992        Jun 29, The Serbs yielded Serajevo airport to the UN.
    (SFC, 6/11/96, p.A14)

1993        Jun 29, A one-day stock transaction netted Sen. Alfonse D’Amato a profit of $37,125. D’Amato was the ranking Republican on the Senate Banking Committee and appeared to have gotten special consideration in getting shares on the IPO of Computer Marketplace.
    {USA, SEC}
    (SFC, 6/7/96, p.A1)(www.congressproject.org/ethics/damstrat.html)
1993        Jun 29, Joel Rifkin pleaded innocent at an arraignment in Mineola, N.Y., to one count of murder, a day after police found a woman's body in his pickup truck. Rifkin, who later confessed to killing 17 women, is serving multiple life sentences.
    (AP, 6/29/98)
1993        Jun 29, In Budapest, Hungary, the Szobor Park Museum held its grand opening. It was a collection of Communist era sculpture about 20 minutes from Budapest.
    (WSJ, 12/27/96, p.A5)(www.szoborpark.hu/en/en_museum_faq.php)

1994        Jun 29, US reopened Guantanamo Naval Base to process refugees.
    (http://tinyurl.com/8j53m)
1994        Jun 29, In a British TV documentary, Prince Charles said he was faithful in his marriage to Princess Diana "until it became irretrievably broken down."
    (AP, 6/29/99)
1994        Jun 29, Japan's parliament chose Tomiichi Murayama to be the new prime minister, succeeding Tsutoma Hata.
    (AP, 6/29/04)

1995        Jun 29, Actress Lana Turner died in Century City, California, at age 74.
    (AP, 6/29/00)
1995        Jun 29, The shuttle Atlantis and the Russian space station Mir docked, forming the largest man-made satellite ever to orbit the Earth.
    (AP, 6/29/97)
1995        Jun 29, A department store in Seoul, South Korea, collapsed, killing 501 people and injuring more than 900.
    (AP, 6/29/97)
1995        Jun 29, Sri Lanka, 12-year old civil war continued. Nearly 150 people were killed in the bloodiest day of the war when insurgents stormed Mandaitivu island, not far from the rebel held Jaffna Peninsula.
    (WSJ, 6/29/95, p.A-1)

1996        Jun 29, U.S. allies backed President Clinton's demand that Bosnian Serb leaders indicted for war crimes be forced "out of power and out of influence."
    (AP, 6/29/97)
1996        Jun 29, "Unlimited Access: an FBI Agent Inside the Clinton White House" by Gary W. Aldrich was recently published.
    (WP, 6/29/96, p.A14)
1996        Jun 29, The Biograph Theater in Washington DC closed after 29 years of classic film repertoire. It lost its lease and the space was scheduled to be turned into a CVS drugstore.
    (WP, 6/29/96, p.F1)
1996        Jun 29, New York businessman B. Thomas Golisano was considering seeking the presidential nomination of Ross Perot’s new Reform Party. Also considering were Ross Perot and Colorado governor Richard D. Lamm.
    (WP, 6/29/96, p.A12)
1996        Jun 29, Dr. Oliver Howe Lowry (b.1911), molecular biologist, died. He found a way to prepare single nerve cells for study, invented a micro-balance and wrote an early paper on the measurement of protein frequently cited in scientific literature.
    (SFC, 7/4/96, p.A20)
1996        Jun 29, A Hutu rebel group in Rwanda, People in Arms for the Liberation of Rwanda (PALIR), has offered a $1,000 bounty for the head of every American killed in Rwanda. A $1,500 bounty was offered for US Ambassador Robert Gribbin. The group was unheard of until earlier this month.
    (SFC, 6/30/96, B7)
1996        Jun 29, In Colombia masked gunmen killed at least 16 people in Medellin. The criminal gang called Los Victorinos feuding with leftist urban militias was suspected.
    (WSJ, 7/1/96, p.A1)

1997        Jun 29, William Hickey (68), acting teacher, actor (Prizzi's Honor), died of emphysema.
    (www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0763413.html)
1997        Jun 29, In Albania the rival ex-Communists claimed to have beaten Pres. Berisha in the elections. Gunmen menaced voters, burned ballots and pressured polling officials, marring parliamentary elections meant to steer the country toward recovery after months of chaos. Socialist Party leader Fatos Nano claimed his leftist coalition had won 73 of 115 contested seats. Early returns on a referendum showed voters favoring the return of would-be-king Leka Zogu. Later results showed that the referendum was defeated by a 2:1 margin.
    (WSJ, 6/30/97, p.A1)(SFC, 7/1/97, p.A10)(SFC, 7/4/97, p.A12)(AP, 6/29/98)
1997        Jun 29, In Iraq in the Asian Group 9 World Cup soccer qualifying competition the Iraqi team was beaten a 2nd time by Kazakhstan. This inflamed Odai Hussein, son of Saddam and head of the Iraqi soccer federation. He had the team imprisoned and tortured. It was also reported that Odai had killed woman after an abortive attempt at having sex.
    (SFC, 7/26/97, p.A13)

1998        Jun 29, With negotiations on a new labor agreement at a standstill, the NBA announced that a lockout would be imposed at midnight.
    (AP, 6/29/99)
1998        Jun 29, It was reported that Mike Corbin had begun manufacturing the single-seat Sparrow, 3-wheel vehicle in Hollister, Ca. The 960 pound electric vehicle was designed for a range of 60 miles on a single charge with a top speed of 60 mph. It was priced at $12,900.
    (SFC, 6/29/98, p.A17)
1998        Jun 29, Students at Peking University peppered President Clinton with polite but critical questions about America's human rights record, Taiwan policy and views on China in an exchange televised live across the vast nation. In Beijing US corporations announced major sales agreements with China worth nearly $2 billion.
    (SFC, 6/30/98, p.A8)(AP, 6/29/08)
1998        Jun 29, Serbian troops opened a series of attacks in Kosovo in the mining town of Belacevac and Lapushnik. Albanian KLA rebels had taken over the huge open mine pit at Belacevac last week.
    (SFC, 6/30/98, p.A8)

1999        Jun 29, Urging the biggest expansion in Medicare’s history, President Clinton proposed that the government help older Americans pay for prescription drugs.
    (AP, 6/29/00)
1999        Jun 29, James Hormel was sworn in as ambassador to Luxembourg. He was the first openly gay US ambassador.
    (SFC, 6/30/99, p.A3)
1999        Jun 29, The US independent council law under the 1978 Ethics in Government Act expired at midnight.
    (SFC, 6/30/99, p.A3)
1999        Jun 29, In Chechnya Russian security forces freed Herbert Gregg (51), an American missionary kidnapped over 7 months ago. Part of his index finger had been cut off in an attempt to extort ransom.
    (SFC, 6/30/99, p.A8)
1999        Jun 29, In China Volkswagen won approval to build its own car in a joint venture with Shanghai Automotive Ind. Corp. to sell for about $12,000.
    (WSJ, 6/30/99, p.A19)
1999        Jun 29, In Kashmir Indian fighters raided 13 guerrilla positions at Point 4700 and at least 40 people were killed, 25 of them Indians.
    (SFC, 6/30/99, p.A9)
1999        Jun 29, In Mexico City armed gunmen stole a $50,000 military payroll and killed an army colonel and a lieutenant 2 blocks from the residence of Pres. Zedillo.
    (SFC, 6/30/99, p.A9)
1999        Jun 29, In Cacak, Serbia, thousands gathered to protest against Pres. Milosevic. Opposition Mayor Velimir Ilic returned for the rally after hiding for 43 days from Yugoslav military patrols. Ten-thousand demonstrators rallied in central Serbia, demanding the resignation of President Slobodan Milosevic.
    (SFC, 6/30/99, p.A8)(AP, 6/29/00)
1999        Jun 29, In Turkey the court on Imrali Island sentenced Abdullah Ocalan to death on charges of treason. European governments urged Turkey not to carry out the death sentence.
    (SFC, 6/29/99, p.A8)(SFC, 6/30/99, p.A8)

2000        Jun 29, President Clinton nominated former Congressman Norman Mineta to lead the Commerce Department and become the first Asian-American Cabinet secretary.
    (AP, 6/29/01)
2000        Jun 29, John Hopkins cancer researchers reported that the experimental substance C75, a potential weight-loss drug, suppressed appetite but not metabolism.
    (WSJ, 6/30/00, p.A1)
2000        Jun 29, Actor Vittorio Gassman died in Rome at age 77.
    (AP, 6/29/01)
2000        Jun 29, In Indonesia the ferry Cahaya Bahari was feared to have sunk with 492 passengers killing all but ten known survivors. The ship left Tobelo on Halmahera in North Maluku and was bound for Manado in North Sulawesi with many fleeing sectarian violence.
    (SFC, 6/30/00, p.A16)(AP, 6/29/01)
2000        Jun 29, Iraq said US and British warplanes bombed North Rumeila and killed a woman shepherd and injured her husband.
    (SFC, 6/30/00, p.A18)
2000        Jun 29, The OAS said it would set up a permanent office in Lima, Peru, to oversee democratic reforms.
    (SFC, 6/30/00, p.A18)
2000        Jun 29, In Sierra Leone 21 UN peacekeepers were freed by rebels and arrived in Liberia.
    (SFC, 6/30/00, p.A18)

2001        Jun 29, Vice President Dick Cheney, experiencing heart problems for the 3rd time since the November election, announced he was going back to the hospital. He expected doctors to implant a pacemaker to even out a rapid heartbeat.
    (AP, 6/29/02)
2001        Jun 29, The National Japanese American Memorial opened in Washington DC. It was privately funded by 20,000 Japanese Americans.
    (SFC, 6/30/01, p.A1)
2001        Jun 29, In China a new $2.4 billion 700-mile railway project was begun to connect Lhasa, Tibet, to the Chinese interior.
    (SSFC, 7/1/01, p.A18)
2001        Jun 29, A Hezbollah attack injured 2 Israelis in a disputed border area.
    (WSJ, 7/2/01, p.A1)
2001        Jun 29, In Indonesia security forces killed 20 separatist rebels during a gun battle in Aceh.
    (SFC, 6/30/01, p.A10)
2001        Jun 29, In Okinawa a woman claimed that she was raped by an American. US Air Force sergeant Timothy B. Woodland was later charged. Sgt. Woodland was handed over to Japanese authorities on July 6. Woodland was convicted Mar 27 and was sentenced to 32 months in prison.
    (WSJ, 7/2/01, p.A1)(WSJ, 7/3/01, p.A1)(SFC, 7/3/01, p.A7)(SFC, 7/7/01, p.A1)(SFC, 3/28/02, p.A1)
2001        Jun 29, Kofi Annan swore himself in for a 2nd 5-year term as UN Sec.-Gen.
    (SFC, 6/30/01, p.A10)(AP, 6/29/02)
2001        Jun 29, Zimbabwe published a new list of 2,030 white farm properties to be nationalized and handed over to landless blacks.
    (SFC, 6/30/01, p.A10)

2002        Jun 29, President Bush transferred presidential powers to Vice President Dick Cheney for more than two hours during a routine colon screening that ended in a clean bill of health.
    (AP, 6/29/03)
2002        Jun 29, Rosemary Clooney (74), singer who became one of Hollywood's biggest celebrities of the 1950s, died on in her Beverly Hills mansion due to complications from lung cancer. Her 1977 autobiography was titled "This for Remembrance."
    (Reuters, 6/30/02)(SSFC, 6/30/02, p.A20)
2002        Jun 29, In Ethiopia the army declared an important victory over rebels in western Ethiopia, killing 20 and capturing more than 200 others. But rebels rejected those claims, vowing to continue their fight.
    (AP, 6/29/02)
2002        Jun 29, Francois Perier (82), a prolific and acclaimed actor whose presence on the French stage and screen spanned three generations, died.
    (AP, 6/29/02)
2002        Jun 29, A bomb exploded at the port of Piraeus, Greece, and injured Savvas Xiros, a reputed member of the November 17 terrorist group.
    (SFC, 7/5/02, p.A9)(SFC, 7/19/02, p.A14)
2002        Jun 29, In India PM Vajpayee named Lal Krishna Advani, a Hindu hardliner, as his deputy.
    (WSJ, 7/1/02, p.A1)
2002        Jun 29, The Israeli army ended a four-day siege of a Palestinian police headquarters by blowing up the hilltop compound where about 15 suspected militants had taken refuge. 2 Palestinians died in clashes with Israeli soldiers.
    (Reuters, 6/29/02)(SSFC, 6/30/02, p.A14)
2002        Jun 29, Israel's Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer called for the immediate dismantling of 10 illegal outposts in the West Bank.
    (AP, 6/29/02)(SSFC, 6/30/02, p.A14)
2002        Jun 29, A South Korean patrol boat was sunk in the yellow Sea border waters and four South Koreans were killed with 22 wounded. North and South Korea blamed each other for the sea battle which cast a shadow over the South's World Cup finale as well as reconciliation efforts on the peninsula.
    (SSFC, 6/30/02, p.A14)
2002        Jun 29, Pakistan issued a "most wanted" list of 10 suspected Islamic militants and offered big rewards for their capture in connection with the killing of U.S. reporter Daniel Pearl and the bombing of Western targets.
    (Reuters, 6/29/02)
2002        Jun 29, Somalia's transitional government formally called for the U.N. Security Council to send an armed force to the Horn of Africa nation.
    (AP, 6/29/02)
2002        Jun 29, In Venezuela over 100,000 people rallied in support of President Hugo Chavez's so-called "peaceful and democratic revolution."
    (AP, 6/29/02)
2002        Jun 29, In Zimbabwe Dr. Roy Raub, a retired American doctor, was killed in an apparent carjacking.
    (SFC, 7/2/02, p.A9)

2003        Jun 29, SF held its 33rd annual SF Gay Pride parade on Market St.
    (SSFC, 6/28/03, p.A2)
2003        Jun 29, In Chicago a wooden third-floor porch packed with dozens of friends in their early 20s collapsed, killing 12 people as it pancaked onto porches below.
    (AP, 6/29/03)
2003        Jun 29, Joseph Parker (30), a bagger at Albertson's in Irvine, Ca.,, killed 2 people with a sword before police fatally shot him.
    (SFC, 6/30/03, p.B4)
2003        Jun 29, Bernard A. Goldhirsh (b.1940), founder of Inc. Magazine, died of brain cancer. He sold Inc. after his diagnosis in 2000 and gave $20 million to his employees and put $50 million into the Goldhirsh Foundation.
    (www.goldhirshfoundation.org/biography.htm)(WSJ, 7/20/06, p.B1)
2003        Jun 29, Katharine Hepburn (b.1907), film actress, died at Old Saybrook, Conn. Her Oscars were for "Morning Glory" (1933); "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" (1967); "The Lion in Winter" (1968); and "On Golden Pond" (1981). Her books included "Me: Stories from My Life" (1991). In 2006 William J. Mann authored “Kate: The Woman Who Was Hepburn."
    (AP, 6/30/03)(SFC, 6/30/03, p.A11)(SFC, 10/5/06, p.E1)
2003        Jun 29, In Bangladesh monsoon floods claimed 45 lives in the past four days, washing away many houses and displacing thousands of villagers.
    (AP, 6/29/03)
2003        Jun 29, Warring sides in Congo agreed on the formation of a unified military.
    (AP, 6/29/03)
2003        Jun 29, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder announced a plan to bring forward tax cuts worth about $20.6 billion, a move that could inject new life into Europe's largest economy.
    (AP, 6/29/03)
2003        Jun 29, Hong Kong and China signed a free-trade agreement, the Closer Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA).
    (AP, 6/29/03)(Econ, 6/30/07, SR p.11)
2003        Jun 29, In Iraq US forces launched a massive operation to crush insurgents and capture senior figures from the ousted regime.
    (AP, 6/29/03)
2003        Jun 29, The militant Hamas and Islamic Jihad groups agreed to suspend attacks against Israel for three months.
    (AP, 6/29/03)
2003        Jun 29, Transportation across South Korea was disrupted as railway workers opposed to a government privatization plan went on strike for a second day.
    (AP, 6/29/03)

2004        Jun 29, The US Supreme Court blocked a law meant to shield Web-surfing children from online pornography.
    (AP, 6/29/05)
2004        Jun 29, In Ecuador 33 prisoners, some armed with assault rifles and knives, battled their way out the front door of Quito's main prison in an escape that left 4 inmates and a guard dead
    (AP, 6/29/04)
2004        Jun 29, Israeli forces countered a Palestinian rocket attack with tanks and missiles in northern Gaza. One Palestinian was killed.
    (USAT, 6/29/04, p.12A)
2004        Jun 29, A UN helicopter crashed in Sierra Leone and all 24 aboard were killed.
    (WSJ, 6/30/04, p.A1)

2005        Jun 29, President Bush, embracing nearly all the recommendations of a White House commission, said he was creating a national security service at the FBI to specialize in intelligence as part of a shake-up of the disparate US spy agencies.
    (AP, 6/29/06)
2005        Jun 29, In Manhattan a new design, by architect David M. Childs, was unveiled for the Freedom Tower.
    (WSJ, 6/30/05, p.B1)
2005        Jun 29, The US military said it sent a ship to Africa's oil-rich Gulf of Guinea to train west African nations to combat threats including terrorism, drug trafficking and petroleum theft.
    (AP, 6/29/05)
2005        Jun 29, A state dept. officials said the US has suspended a shipment of M-16 rifles to Nepal to protest at King Gyanendra's takeover in February.
    (AP, 6/29/05)
2005        Jun 29, A propaganda video, purportedly made by al-Qaida-linked terror suspect Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, was posted on militant Web sites. It showed suicide attacks against US soldiers and Iraqi forces and emphasizes that the war being waged by Iraqi insurgents is in retaliation for America's war against Islam.
    (AP, 7/2/05)
2005        Jun 29, In Kunar province, Afghanistan, 4 US Navy SEAL commandos radioed for help during a reconnaissance mission for Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters, that was part of Operation Red Wing. A US Chinook helicopter with 16 men responded to the call and was shot down. Marcus Luttrell was rescued by US forces on July 2. In 2007 Luttrell, the only survivor, authored “Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10." Michael Murphy, a Navy Seal who gave his life to call for help for his unit, was awarded the Medal of Honor in 2007.
    (AP, 6/29/05)(SFC, 7/7/05, p.A14)(WSJ, 10/23/07, p.A1)(WSJ, 10/27/07, p.A9)
2005        Jun 29, In central Afghanistan Taliban militants attacked police checkpoints and a village, and the fighting left 25 people dead, including tribal elders who were taken hostage.
    (AP, 7/1/05)
2005        Jun 29, In Haiti hundreds of UN peacekeepers raided a slum filled with gangs loyal to ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, killing six gunmen.
    (AP, 6/29/05)
2005        Jul 29, In Haiti a worker for the International Committee of the Red Cross was kidnapped. Joel Cauvin, a Haitian, was abducted and found dead near his home the next day.
    (AP, 7/1/05)
2005        Jun 29, The EU gave Italy until the end of 2007 to cut its budget deficit in line with euro-zone rules, a warning that is powerless as it carries no punishment.
    (AP, 6/29/05)
2005        Jun 29, In India 2 workers were killed and up to 12 others were believed trapped after a tunnel they were building to bring water to a village north of Bombay collapsed in a landslide triggered by heavy rain.
    (AP, 6/29/05)
2005        Jun 29, Extremist opponents of Israel's Gaza pullout plan scattered nails and oil across a main highway during morning rush hour, bringing traffic to a halt in the first of a wave of violent demonstrations planned throughout the day.
    (AP, 6/29/05)
2005        Jun 29, Some 400 would-be immigrants from Africa landed on Lampedusa, a tiny Italian island south of Sicily, and air patrols spotted at least 200 more on their way.
    (AP, 6/29/05)
2005        Jun 29, Lebanon’s anti-Syrian lawmakers nominated Fuad Saniora, a former finance minister known for his pro-market policies, to be the country's next prime minister.
    (AP, 6/29/05)
2005        Jun 29, Hezbollah guerrillas attacked Israeli forces in a disputed part of the south Lebanon border, wounding six soldiers and triggering an Israeli airstrike. The Israeli strike killed Hezbollah guerrilla Milhem Hassan Salhab (35).
    (AP, 6/30/05)(AP, 7/4/05)
2005        Jun 29, In Malaysia Hamisa Abu Hassan Saari (22) was arrested after police found some drugs on a friend. A police officer secretly recorded her with a cell phone as she was forced to strip and do squats, though she had no drugs. The recording got on the Internet and led to a special commission that denounced the police procedures and led to significant changes.
    (SFC, 11/23/06, p.A34)
2005        Jun 29, Mexico released a series of five stamps depicting a child character from a comic book started in the 1940s that is still published in Mexico. The stamps depicted an exaggerated black cartoon character known as Memin Pinguin.
    (AP, 6/30/05)
2005        Jun 29, Poles lined up to buy collectors' coins with the image of the late Pope John Paul II, issued by the central bank to honor Poland's most famous son.
    (AP, 6/29/05)
2005        Jun 29, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas asked Hamas militants to join his Cabinet to improve prospects of a peaceful takeover of the Gaza Strip.
    (AP, 7/2/05)
2005        Jun 29, Philippine Pres. Gloria Macagapal Arroyo said her husband, implicated in bribes and influence peddling, has agreed to leave the Philippines.
    (WSJ, 6/30/05, p.A10)
2005        Jun 29, A Russian court ordered the radical national Bolshevik Party, led by ultranationalist writer Eduard Limonov, to disband.
    (WSJ, 6/30/05, p.A10)
2005        Jun 29, In the southern Russian region of Karachayevo-Cherkessiya about 200 ethnic minority activists occupied the regional government headquarters, demanding urgent action to save their dwindling population. Members of the tiny Abazin minority have demanded that the 13 villages where they live be united in a single district with its own financing. There were fewer than 30,000 Abazins left in existence, all of them in Karachayevo-Cherkessiya.
    (AP, 6/29/05)
2005        Jun 29, Two Rwandan businessmen were found guilty of war crimes by a 12-person jury in Brussels for their role in the killings of thousands during their country's 1994 genocide. Beer trader Etienne Nzabonimana, 53, was found guilty on 56 counts, and his half brother, Samuel Ndashyikirwa, 43, was found guilty on 23 counts of aiding and abetting the slaughter of Tutsis and moderate Hutus in their home region of Kibungo.
    (AP, 6/29/05)
2005        Jun 29, More than 1,000 South Korean sex workers rallied demanding recognition as legitimate members of society and the withdrawal of an anti-prostitution law they say threatens their livelihoods and their health.
    (Reuters, 6/29/05)
2005        Jun 29, A UN team of experts called for an international tribunal to prosecute Indonesia’s security forces and militia during its bloodstained exit from East Timor in 1999.
    (AP, 6/29/05)
2005        Jun 29, Vietnam said it would begin in August vaccinating poultry nationwide against bird flu.
    (SFC, 6/30/05, p.A10)
2005        Jun 29, The UN World Food Program in Zambia said lack of funds will soon force it to slash rations and reduce the number of vulnerable women and children on food aid.
    (AP, 6/29/05)

2006        Jun 29, President George W. Bush welcomed PM Junichiro Koizumi as a good friend and thanked Japan for support in Iraq and handling common threats like terrorism and North Korea.
    (Reuters, 6/29/06)
2006        Jun 29, The US Supreme Court rebuked President Bush and his anti-terror policies, ruling that his plan to try Guantanamo Bay detainees in military tribunals violates US and international law. President Bush suggested he would seek Congress' approval to proceed with trying terrorism suspects before military tribunals.
    (AP, 6/30/06)
2006        Jun 29, The US State Department said it had notified the Congress of plans to sell F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan in a multibillion-dollar deal with Lockheed Martin Corp.
    (Reuters, 6/29/06)
2006        Jun 29, A US federal advisory committee recommended that all 11-12 year-old girls receive immunization with Merck’s Gardasil, a new vaccine to prevent cervical cancer.
    (SFC, 6/30/06, p.A1)
2006        Jun 29, The US government announced it had recovered a stolen laptop computer and hard drive with sensitive data on up to 26.5 million veterans and military personnel.
    (AP, 6/29/07)
2006        Jun 29, In Newark, NJ, a district judge sentenced Andrew Mantovani (24) to 2 years and 8 months in prison for operating the largest online marketplace for stolen credit card and debit card information. Mantovani of Scottsdale, Ariz., was co-founder of Shadowcrew, one of a number of online bazaars for stolen personal information. To date 18 Shadowcrew members had pleaded guilty.
    (WSJ, 7/3/06, p.B5)
2006        Jun 29, The US Federal Reserved raised interest rates for the 17th consecutive time by a quarter point to 5.25%. The move sparked a 217 point rise in the DJIA as Wall Street sensed a softened stance on future rate increases.
    (SFC, 6/30/06, p.D1)(WSJ, 6/30/06, p.A1)
2006        Jun 29, The US FDA approved the sale of Celgene’s Revlimid for use in combination with dexamethasone in patients with multiple myeloma. Celgene said it would sell the drug for $6,195 a month.
    (WSJ, 7/1/06, p.A4)
2006        Jun 29, The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled that Arkansas cannot ban gays from becoming foster parents, because there is no link between their sexual orientation and a child’s well-being.
    (SFC, 6/30/06, p.A20)
2006        Jun 29, California Gov. Schwarzenegger announced a $35 million aid package for salmon fisherman, affected by a federal near-closure of commercial fishing.
    (SFC, 6/30/06, p.B1)
2006        Jun 29, The tribal council of the Oglala Sioux Tribe in South Dakota impeached Cecilia Fire Thunder for soliciting donations for an abortion clinic without council approval. The Council replaced her with Alex White Plume.
    (AP, 6/30/06)
2006        Jun 29, Tenet Healthcare announced a $900 million settlement with federal officials to end investigations into alleged overbilling of Medicare.
    (SFC, 6/30/06, p.D2)
2006        Jun 29, Google Inc. introduced an online payment service to rival PayPal.
    (SFC, 6/29/06, p.C1)(www.google.com/)
2006        Jun 29, East Coast rains, which began over the weekend, have been blamed for five deaths in Pennsylvania, four in Maryland, one in Virginia and three in New York.
    (AP, 6/29/06)
2006        Jun 29, Trade ministers struggled for a breakthrough in deadlocked global free trade talks as the US and EU accused each other of failing to come up with the necessary concessions.
    (AP, 6/29/06)
2006        Jun 29, Argentina’s President Nestor Kirchner met Bolivian counterpart Evo Morales and agreed to a 47% price hike for the Bolivian natural gas Argentina needs to fuel South America's second-largest economy.
    (AP, 6/29/06)
2006        Jun 29, Brazil's Supreme Court ordered the release of Regivaldo Pereira Galvao, a rancher who had been jailed pending trial in connection with the killing last year of American Nun Dorothy Stang.
    (AP, 6/29/06)
2006        Jun 29, PM Tony Blair said Britain will shut down Northern Ireland's legislature and forge a stronger partnership with the Irish government if the province's Catholic and Protestant politicians fail to reach a power-sharing deal by Nov. 24.
    (AP, 6/29/06)
2006        Jun 29, Delegates to the annual conference of the British Medical Association voted against the legalization of doctor-assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia in Britain.
    (AFP, 6/30/06)
2006        Jun 29, Canadian and US authorities said they have cracked a smuggling network that used aircraft and delivery spots in remote western parks to ship tons of drugs over the border.
    (Reuters, 6/29/06)
2006        Jun 29, After a two-year search among more than 300,000 candidates nationwide, Colombia unveiled the new Juan Valdez, Carlos Castaneda (39), as the country's iconic coffee ambassador to the world.
    (AP, 6/29/06)
2006        Jun 29, China’s government said Vice Adm. Wang Shouye (62), a deputy commander of China's navy, has been dismissed and stripped of a seat in parliament for corruption, one of the most senior military figures to be punished in a multiyear crackdown on rampant graft.
    (AP, 6/29/06)
2006        Jun 29, Honduras officials said floods caused by heavy rains have left four people dead, forced 1,500 others from their homes and caused more than $8 million in damage to croplands.
    (AP, 6/29/06)
2006        Jun 29, In Indonesia Playboy magazine's editor-in-chief and first centerfold model were formally named by police as suspects in an indecency case against the publication.
    (AP, 6/29/06)
2006        Jun 29, In Iraq a trash collector and the head of security for Baghdad University were slain. At least six other deaths were reported in Baghdad, including two merchants, a baker, an electrical worker and a woman sitting in her car with three of her sons, who were wounded. Police also found the body of a man who had been blindfolded, handcuffed and shot in the head in western Baghdad. Police in Kirkuk found the body of a 15-year-old girl who had been kidnapped five days ago. Iraqi and US-led coalition forces clashed with gunmen northeast of Baghdad after armed Shiites attacked a convoy of Sunni villagers in retaliation for a suicide attack. Snipers killed the head of the force, Col. Sami Abbas Hassan, and his two bodyguards. US and Iraqi forces, backed by air support, tried to restore calm, engaging in a fierce gunbattle that left three fighters dead and three wounded. A US soldier died in small arms fire in Mosul.
    (AP, 6/29/06)(AP, 6/30/06)
2006        Jun 29, Israeli troops rounded up 27 Palestinian ministers and lawmakers from the ruling Hamas party, including the deputy prime minister, while forging ahead with a military campaign in Gaza meant to win the release of an Israeli soldier held by Hamas gunmen. Palestinian militants detonated a land mine near the border with Egypt, blowing open a large hole in a wall near the border. Israeli aircraft fired on a car carrying suspected Palestinian militants in Gaza City. One person was wounded. A missing 62-year-old man that Palestinian militants claimed to have kidnapped was found dead, apparently of natural causes. A Palestinian militant group said it killed an 18-year-old Israeli settler kidnapped earlier in the West Bank. Pro-Palestinian hackers shut down hundreds of Israeli Web sites as Israeli troops invaded southern Gaza after the abduction of an Israeli soldier.
    (AP, 6/29/06)(SFC, 6/29/06, p.A1)
2006        Jun 29, Women in Kuwait voted in parliamentary elections for the first time, a vote that also inspired surprisingly vocal calls for reform and criticism of the ruling family. The elections were a victory for political reformists but a disappointment for female candidates, none of whom won a seat. The opposition won a big majority.
    (AP, 6/29/06)(AP, 6/30/06)(Econ, 7/8/06, p.40)
2006        Jun 29, Mexican police found a human head by the main entrance to Acapulco’s City Hall, the fourth such grisly discovery this year.
    (AP, 6/30/06)
2006        Jun 29, Four Pakistani men were hanged for gang-raping a Christian woman at gunpoint during a 1999 robbery.
    (AP, 6/29/06)
2006        Jun 29, Romania's PM Calin Popescu Tariceanu proposed withdrawing 890 troops from Iraq because of high casualty levels and the cost of the operation.
    (AP, 6/29/06)
2006        Jun 29, The hard-line Muslim leaders who have seized control of much of southern Somalia claimed authority throughout the country in yet another blow to the largely powerless but internationally recognized interim government.
    (AP, 6/29/06)
2006        Jun 29, Spain officially announced the start of peace negotiations with the Basque separatist group ETA after formally informing parliament, and PM Zapatero warned that talks to end decades of bloodshed would be long and difficult.
    (AP, 6/29/06)
2006        Jun 29, Ukraine's opposition party prevented members of a newly formed ruling coalition from taking their seats in parliament, stopping a vote on returning ousted PM Yulia Tymoshenko to her former job.
    (AP, 6/29/06)
2006        Jun 29, The new UN Human Rights Council overrode Canadian and Russian objections and passed a declaration to protect the rights of indigenous peoples around the world. The declaration asserted that indigenous peoples may have a right to restitution of land and resources taken from them. The Council also unanimously approved an international treaty that would ban states from abducting perceived enemies and hiding them in secret prisons or killing them.
    (AP, 6/29/06)(Reuters, 6/30/06)

2007        Jun 29, The US Supreme Court said it will claims of Guantanamo detainees that they have a right to challenge their detentions in American federal courts.
    (SFC, 6/30/07, p.A3)
2007        Jun 29, Michael Moore’s film “Sicko," a critical look at the US health care system, opened.
    (SFC, 6/30/07, p.C1)
2007        Jun 29, The Apple iPhone went on sale across the US.
    (SFC, 6/30/07, p.C1)
2007        Jun 29, Harry B. Henshel (b.1919), former president of Bulova Watch Co. (1959-1976), died in Scarsdale, NY.
    (WSJ, 1/7/07, p.A4)
2007        Jun 29, George McCorkle (60), a founding member of the Marshall Tucker Band, died.
    (AP, 6/29/08)
2007        Jun 29, Joel Siegel (63), American movie critic, died.
    (AP, 6/29/08)
2007        Jun 29, Edward Yang (b.1947), who won best director in 2000 at the Cannes Film Festival and was known for his realistic portrayals of modern Taiwan, died at his home in California of complications from colon cancer.
    (AP, 7/1/07)
2007        Jun 29, Afghan and foreign troops killed four men in anti-Taliban raids in the eastern province of Nangarhar. A villager said the dead were innocent people: a father, two sons and a nephew from the same family. Police reported that four Taliban were killed and two policemen were injured in two clashes, one in Zabul and one in Paktia. In southern Afghanistan US-led coalition airstrikes left at least 30 people, including women and children, killed or wounded. In the southern Sangin district. An investigation the next day found that 62 insurgents had been killed. Afghan officials also said that 45 civilians were killed. NATO-led and Afghan troops clashed with Taliban fighters, leaving 15 militants dead. 3 children were killed and another wounded when an old rocket they were playing with exploded in Zabul province.
    (AFP, 6/29/07)(AP, 6/30/07)(AP, 7/1/07)
2007        Jun 29, In Minsk Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez called for a strategic partnership with Belarus, calling his counterpart a "brother-in-arms" and lamenting the pressure he said the US was putting on Minsk and Caracas.
    (AP, 6/29/07)
2007        Jun 29, Brazilian authorities began a 3-day raid an Amazon plantation where more than 1,000 laborers were found working 13-hour days, in horrendous conditions, cutting sugar cane for ethanol production.
    (AP, 7/3/07)
2007        Jun 29, British police thwarted a devastating terrorist plot, discovering two Mercedes loaded with nails packed around canisters of propane and gasoline set to detonate and kill possibly hundreds in London's crowded theater and nightclub district. On Dec 16, 2008, Bilal Abdulla (29), an Iraqi doctor who claimed he intended only to frighten Britons, was convicted of conspiracy to murder with car bombs in London and Scotland.
    (AP, 6/30/07)(AP, 12/16/08)
2007        Jun 29, Britain's first postal strike in more than a decade was triggered by a row over pay and government plans to cut thousands of jobs. Union bosses claimed the 24-hour walkout would be carried out by up to 130,000 workers.
    (AFP, 6/29/07)
2007        Jun 29, Police closed a stretch of Canada's busiest highway and officials closed the country's main east-west rail line on fears that a native day of action could turn violent and disruptive.
    (AP, 6/29/07)
2007        Jun 29, China enacted law meant to improve workers' rights, capping a round of unprecedented legislation by the communist government that included input from foreign companies and the Chinese public. A French-educated scientist was named China's health minister, becoming only the 2nd noncommunist appointed to the Cabinet since the 1970s. Beijing banned ten types of drugs for exaggerated effectiveness amid rising concerns of fake and tainted products in China's food and drug supply chains.
    (AP, 6/29/07)
2007        Jun 29, In Egypt 33 students from Cairo's Ain Shams University were detained at a holiday camp in Alexandria and charged with holding a meeting "aimed at propagating the Muslim Brothers' ideology."
    (AFP, 6/30/07)
2007        Jun 29, Germany and Denmark agreed to build an 11-mile bridge spanning the waters between the two nations and cut travel times between Scandinavia and central Europe.
    (AP, 6/29/07)
2007        Jun 29, A German court convicted nurse Irene Becker (54) of murdering five patients at a top Berlin hospital with overdoses of medication, sentencing her to life in prison. Becker had argued she'd wanted to ease the suffering of some of the patients.
    (AP, 6/29/07)
2007        Jun 29, At least six Iraqi soldiers were killed and five wounded when a suicide truck bomb exploded at their army post north of Baghdad. Two civilians were also killed in a barrage of gunfire that followed. A bomb exploded under an oil pipeline south of Baghdad, spilling crude oil and sparking a huge fire. US forces found around 40 bodies, bound and shot, in a fresh mass grave south of Fallujah. A US soldier was and three wounded when a sophisticated, armor-piercing bomb hit their combat patrol in southern Baghdad.
    (AP, 6/29/07)(AFP, 6/30/07)(AP, 6/30/07)
2007        Jun 29, Israeli President Moshe Katsav resigned as part of a much-criticized plea bargain that dropped planned rape charges and the threat of jail time.
    (AP, 6/29/07)
2007        Jun 29, A plane carrying Ivory Coast's PM Guillaume Soro came under heavy gunfire as it landed at an airport in a northern region dominated by rebels allied with the leader. 3 rockets killed four of his team and wounded 14 others.
    (AP, 6/29/07)(Econ, 7/21/07, p.48)
2007        Jun 29, In Lebanon government soldiers shot at angry Palestinian demonstrators trying to march home to their besieged camp, and two people were reported killed and 29 wounded.
    (AP, 6/30/07)
2007        Jun 29, Laura Bush wrapped up a tour of Africa by visiting a school and sitting in on a math class in Mali, saying she was impressed by education efforts in the country.
    (AP, 6/29/07)
2007        Jun 29, A top official said the UN nuclear watchdog and North Korea have reached an agreement on how the agency will monitor and verify shutdown of the country's main nuclear reactor.
    (AP, 6/29/07)
2007        Jun 29, In southwestern Pakistan hungry victims of monsoon-spawned floods rioted, protesting slow, meager aid reaching their marooned villages where many feared the receding waters would yield numerous bodies. Pakistani police fired tear gas to disperse a protest by some of the 1.1 million victims of a cyclone, as fresh storms hit India and flooded villages awaiting help in Afghanistan. The death toll rose to about 500.
    (AP, 6/29/07)
2007        Jun 29, Mercosur, South America’s biggest trade block (Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay), held a presidential summit in Asuncion, Paraguay.
    (Econ, 7/7/07, p.40)
2007        Jun 29, In Gaza City a Mickey Mouse look-alike who preached Islamic domination on a Hamas-affiliated children's television program was beaten to death in the show's final episode by an actor posing as an Israeli official trying to buy his land.
    (AP, 6/29/07)(SFC, 6/30/07, p.A9)
2007        Jun 29, Spanish researchers said they had unearthed a human tooth more than one million years old, which they estimated to be the oldest human fossil remain ever discovered in western Europe.
    (AFP, 6/29/07)

2008        Jun 29, US researchers reported that a drug called lodamin, developed using nanotechnology and a fungus that contaminated a lab experiment, may be broadly effective against a range of cancers.
    (Reuters, 6/30/08)
2008        Jun 29, A helicopter ferrying a patient with a medical emergency from the Grand Canyon collided into another chopper carrying a patient near a northern Arizona hospital, leaving six people dead and critically injuring a nurse.
    (AP, 6/30/08)
2008        Jun 29, In southwestern Afghanistan US-led troops backed by warplanes battled militants, killing 28 rebels including several Taliban leaders in Nimroz province. The Afghan interior ministry however put the death toll at 15. NATO said an explosion in southern Afghanistan killed one of its soldiers. A mother and three of her sons died when a bomb the men were allegedly constructing exploded in their home in Wardak province. 2 militants were killed in a clash with Afghan soldiers in Helmand province. An army vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb in Paktia province killing two Afghan soldiers. 3 coalition soldiers were killed when their vehicle rolled into a riverbed in Kandahar province.
    (AP, 6/29/08)(AP, 6/30/08)(AFP, 6/30/08)(SFC, 7/1/08, p.A9)
2008        Jun 29, Britain’s Glastonbury music festival, begun in 1970, wrapped up with a double bill of golden oldies following controversy over its first ever hip-hop headliner, Jay-Z, and troubled star Amy Winehouse.
    (AFP, 6/29/08)
2008        Jun 29, The bound and battered bodies of Laurent Bonomo and Gabriel Ferez, both 23, were found in a burning ground-floor bedsit (studio) in New Cross, southeast London. Bonomo was stabbed nearly 200 times while Ferez suffered around 50 wounds during a prolonged ordeal. The two scholars, both biochemists from a university in Clermont-Ferrand, central France, were on a short exchange program at London's Imperial College. On July 7 Nigel Edward Farmer (33) turned himself in at a London police station. On July 10 London police arrested a 5th suspect, Daniel Sonnex (23), over the brutal stabbing murders. Police were also questioning a 35-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman about the killings. Another man had been arrested but was released without charge.
    (AFP, 7/3/08)(AP, 7/6/08)(AP, 7/10/08)
2008        Jun 29, In Cameroon prison guards killed 16 inmates trying to escape from a jail in Douala, the country's commercial capital. The overcrowded prison was built in the 1930s to hold about 800 inmates, but has at least twice that number.
    (AP, 6/30/08)
2008        Jun 29, In France a shooting at a military show injured 17 people when real bullets were used instead of blanks. Gen. Bruno Cuche, the head of France's army, resigned following the shooting.
    (AP, 7/1/08)
2008        Jun 29, In Germany Bettina Schardt (79) committed suicide using a formula of antimalarial drugs tranquilizers provided by Dr. Roger Kusch. She did not want to move into a nursing home and asked Mr. Kusch for a way out.
    (www.nytimes.com/2008/07/03/world/europe/03germany.html)
2008        Jun 29, In India at least 39 members of an elite anti-insurgency unit were missing feared drowned in eastern Orissa state after their boat capsized following an attack by Maoist rebels. A blast at a crowded roadside market in the restive northeast killed six people and injured 40.
    (AFP, 6/29/08)(AP, 6/29/08)
2008        Jun 29, In India several hundred gay rights supporters took to the streets of Calcutta, Bangalore and New Delhi to call for an end to discrimination in a society where intolerance is widespread. The marches came days before the Delhi High Court is expected to hear arguments on overturning Section 377 of the penal code, a law against homosexual sex that dates to the British colonial era with punishment of up to 10 years in prison.
    (AP, 6/29/08)(Econ, 7/5/08, p.51)
2008        Jun 29, A truck bomb, in Duluiyah 45 miles north of Baghdad, detonated by remote control killing six policemen and a member of a local group of Sunni volunteers who have turned against the insurgents. Awakening council members opened fire on a would-be female suicide bomber, triggering her explosives belt, as she approached their headquarters 25 miles northeast of Baqouba. In separate violence near Baqouba, mortars killed two women and a child 40 miles north of the city in al-Udaim.
    (AP, 6/29/08)
2008        Jun 29, Israel's Cabinet overwhelmingly voted in favor of a deal with Hezbollah to swap a notorious Lebanese prisoner for two captured soldiers who were declared dead earlier in the day. Israel would release Samir Kantar, imprisoned for a 1979 attack etched in the Israeli psyche as one of the cruelest in the nation's history. Israel reopened its border crossings with the Gaza Strip to allow a trickle of goods into the territory.
    (AP, 6/29/08)
2008        Jun 29, Malaysia's de facto opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim took refuge at the Turkish embassy due to fears he could be assassinated after fresh accusations of sodomy.
    (AP, 6/29/08)
2008        Jun 29, In Mongolia high voter turnout capped a campaign between the two major parties for 76 seats in the Great Khural (Hural). The Democrats and the MPRP, Mongolia's ruling party, won as many as 45 seats in the parliamentary election contested over how to share more of the country's natural wealth.
    (AP, 6/30/08)(SFC, 6/30/08, p.A3)(Econ, 7/5/08, p.56)
2008        Jun 29, Pakistan's government claimed that it had saved the northwestern city of Peshawar from militants, as troops pushed forward on the second day of a major offensive against the rebels.
    (AFP, 6/29/08)
2008        Jun 29, In the central Philippines heavy rains have triggered a landslide that killed at least four people and injured 26 others.
    (AP, 6/30/08)
2008        Jun 29, In South Korea protesters fought riot police at a rally opposing the resumption of American beef imports, hours after the chief US diplomat vouched for the health of US cattle. Police refused to allow more candlelight protests after clashes left over 200 people injured.
    (AP, 6/29/08)(WSJ, 6/30/08, p.A8)
2008        Jun 29, Spain’s soccer team beat Germany 1-0 to win the Euro 2008 finals.
    (www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/jun/30/tvratings.television?gusrc=rss&feed=media)
2008        Jun 29, In Sri Lanka army troops took control of about 46 square miles of rebel-held territory in the Mannar region. Soldiers killed 13 rebels in clashes in the Welioya region. Another 13 rebels and two soldiers were killed in battles in Mannar and Vavuniya districts.
    (AP, 6/30/08)
2008        Jun 29, In Zimbabwe according to official results President Robert Mugabe (84) won an overwhelming victory in the discredited, violence-wracked runoff election. On BBC TV Archbishop Desmond Tutu said there is "a very good argument" for sending an international force into Zimbabwe if diplomatic pressure fails to sweep away President Robert Mugabe.
    (AP, 6/29/08)(AFP, 6/29/08)

2009        Jun 29, The US Supreme Court ruled that white firefighters in New Haven, Conn., were unfairly denied promotions because of their race, reversing a decision that high court nominee Sonia Sotomayor endorsed as an appeals court judge.
    (AP, 6/29/09)
2009        Jun 29, Bernard Madoff (71) was sentenced in NYC to 150 years in prison for his multibillion-dollar fraud scheme.
    (AP, 6/29/09)
2009        Jun 29, It was reported that a grasshopper invasion was under way in Utah. This year's invasion in Tooele County west of Salt Lake City was worse than anyone can remember.
    (AP, 6/29/09)
2009        Jun 29, In Afghanistan gunfire broke out after Afghan forces moved into a heavily protected government complex in Kandahar and demanded the release of a man accused of forging documents who was being held there. When the Afghan forces threatened to release the suspect by force, the provincial police chief was called in to talk. Among the officials killed were provincial police chief Matiullah Qati and the province's criminal investigations director. Total death tolls from Afghan officials ranged from between five and 10 police killed. 41 private guards were disarmed and arrested. They were to be sent to Kabul for a military trial.
    (AP, 6/29/09)
2009        Jun 29, It was reported that Australian scientists have developed a "trojan horse" therapy to combat cancer, using a bacterially-derived nano cell to penetrate and disarm the cancer cell before a second nano cell kills it with chemotherapy drugs. Sydney scientists Dr Jennifer MacDiarmid and Dr Himanshu Brahmbhatt, who formed EnGenelC Pty Ltd in 2001, said they had achieved 100 percent survival in mice with human cancer cells by using the "trojan horse" therapy in the past two years.
    (Reuters, 6/29/09)
2009        Jun 29, In Bangladesh textile workers set fire to a factory in a third day of demonstrations for payment of wages, as the global economic crisis hits the South Asian country's main export industry.
    (AP, 6/29/09)
2009        Jun 29, In Belarus Vasily Yusepchuk (30), an illiterate, itinerant Gypsy worker, was sentenced to death by Brest Regional Court. He did chores for elderly women, and allegedly would sneak back at night to rob and strangle them. Lawyers insisted the case hinged exclusively on a confession that they claim was obtained through torture.
    (AP, 10/13/09)
2009        Jun 29, In China two passenger trains collided in Hunan province in an accident that killed three people and injured 60 as train cars were derailed and nearby houses knocked over. In northeastern China one man died after part of a bridge caved in, sending eight vehicles plunging into the river below.
    (AP, 6/29/09)
2009        Jun 29, The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China urged Beijing to reconsider implementing a controversial Internet filter, saying it raised serious concerns about security, privacy and user choice.
    (AP, 6/29/09)
2009        Jun 29, The European Commission said top mobile telephone suppliers have agreed to back an EU-wide harmonization of phone chargers, hailing the pact as good news for consumers and the environment.
    (AP, 6/29/09)
2009        Jun 29, Representatives of a 500-member team from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said that despite improvement Albania has not complied with international standards in its parliamentary elections dues to the politicization of the process and the political mistrust.
    (AP, 6/29/09)
2009        Jun 29, Haiti’s President Rene Preval's party won five of 11 contests to fill open Senate seats, according to preliminary results released by the provisional electoral council. Turnout in the latest voting was even lower than the 11 percent tallied in the first round. No official percentage has been reported for the June 21 elections.
    (AP, 6/30/09)
2009        Jun 29, Iran conducted a partial recount of votes cast in its disputed presidential election. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad asked a top judge to investigate the killing of Neda Agha Soltan, the young woman who has become a potent symbol of the opposition's struggle. Iranian authorities said 17 protesters and eight Basijis have been killed in two weeks of unrest, and that hundreds of people have been arrested. The Guardian Council, an electoral authority the opposition accused of favoring Ahmadinejad, said that it had found only "slight irregularities" after randomly selecting and recounting 10 percent of nearly 40 million ballots.
    (AP, 6/29/09)(AP, 6/30/09)
2009        Jun 29, In Iraq four US soldiers were killed in combat shortly before the American military completed a withdrawal from Iraq's cities. PM al-Maliki assured Iraqis that government forces taking control of urban areas on June 30 were more than capable of protecting the country.
    (AP, 6/30/09)
2009        Jun 29, Israeli court documents indicated the government has approved construction of 50 new housing units in a West Bank settlement to absorb settlers who are to be evicted from a nearby unauthorized outpost.
    (AP, 6/29/09)
2009        Jun 29, In Italy a freight train carrying liquefied gas derailed and exploded in the midst of the Tuscan town of Viareggio just before midnight, setting off a fire that killed 21 people, many as they slept in their homes. At least 50 were injured. An axle failure was blamed for the rail disaster.
    (AP, 6/30/09)(AP, 7/1/09)(AP, 7/3/09)
2009        Jun 29, Kosovo, a former province of Serbia, became the 186th member of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. The ceremony was held in Washington, DC, because the US government is the repository for the 1944 Bretton Woods agreement that created the post-World War II international financial system.
    (AP, 6/30/09)
2009        Jun 29, In Mexico federal prosecutors released three of the 10 Mexican mayors arrested last month in an unprecedented sweep of elected officials accused of protecting a drug cartel. Assailants set ablaze a pickup truck belonging to a congressional candidate for PAN, and left two threatening notes demanding he drop out of the race. At least five people died in several drug-related slayings in the Gulf coast port of Veracruz.
    (AP, 6/30/09)(AP, 7/1/09)
2009        Jun 29, Three Moroccan newspapers were ordered to pay a total of three million dirhams (270,000 euros) to Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi, who had sued them for writing critical articles.
    (AFP, 6/29/09)
2009        Jun 29, Presidents from around Latin America gathered in Nicaragua for meetings on how to resolve the coup in Honduras, the fist in Central America in at least 16 years, while the European Union offered to help start talks between the two sides. Security forces used tear gas and rubber bullets to scatter protesters, who hurled rocks and bottles as they retreated. At least 38 protesters were detained. Zelaya said that Organization of American States Secretary-General Jose Miguel Insulza had agreed to accompany him back to Honduras.
    (AP, 6/29/09)
2009        Jun 29, Niger’s Pres. Mamadou Tandja issued a decree dissolving a constitutional court, which had rejected his bid to hold a referendum to change the constitution so he could extend his time in office. The next day opposition leader Mahamadou Issoufou, expressed outrage over the president's disbanding of the court, calling the move equivalent to a coup.
    (AP, 6/30/09)
2009        Jun 29, Nigerian rebels announced a new raid against a Shell oil facility and said they had killed at least 20 soldiers in a gun battle, a claim denied by the security forces.
    (AFP, 6/29/09)
2009        Jun 29, Pakistani security forces launched an early morning raid on a suspected militant hideout in Tank, a small city near South Waziristan, killing two suspected militants and arresting nine others. 21 militants reportedly died in overnight clashes with an anti-Taliban militia in Kurram tribal region. Violence over the 24 hours claimed nearly 70 lives in the northwest region bordering Afghanistan.
    (AP, 6/29/09)(SFC, 6/30/09, p.A2)
2009        Jun 29, Pope Benedict XVI signed his latest encyclical, "Charity in Truth," a text on ways to make globalization more attentive to meeting the needs of the poor amid the worldwide financial crisis.
    (AP, 6/29/09)
2009        Jun 29, In Zimbabwe PM Morgan Tsvangirai's party boycotted a meeting of the cabinet on the grounds that it made a mockery of the country's power-sharing deal. Tsvangirai said Zimbabwe has won 950 million dollars in credit lines from China, the largest loan secured by the unity government since it was formed in February.
    (AFP, 6/29/09)AFP, 6/30/09)

2010        Jun 29, President Barack Obama and Saudi King Abdullah voiced "strong support" for international efforts to curb Iran's nuclear program, which the West says masks a secret drive to develop the capability for an atomic bomb.
    (Reuters, 6/29/10)
2010        Jun 29, Google Inc said it will stop automatically rerouting users in China to an uncensored search page, a move that aims to preserve its operating license and signals a fight to save the firm's Chinese business.
    (Reuters, 6/29/10)
2010        Jun 29, American car maker Tesla Motors began trading shares in an IPO offered at $17. Trading closed at $23.89.
    (SFC, 6/30/10, p.A1)
2010        Jun 29, Strengthening Tropical Storm Alex was expected to become a hurricane as it swirled toward the Gulf coast of northern Mexico and southern Texas, where authorities were readying emergency shelters and distributing sandbags.
    (AP, 6/29/10)
2010        Jun 29, Afghan police said 16 people, including civilians and policemen, were killed in separate attacks blamed on the Taliban over the last 24 hours. A UN vehicle was shot up at a busy traffic circle in Kabul, and at least one person was wounded.
    (AP, 6/29/10)
2010        Jun 29, Rudolf Leopold (85), renowned Austrian museum director and art collector, died. He is credited with assembling the country's largest and most important private art collection.
    (AP, 6/29/10)
2010        Jun 29, Taiwan’s government signed an Economic Co-operation Framework Agreement (EFCA) with China.
    (Econ, 7/3/10, p.39)
2010        Jun 29, A Colombian court handed down the first prison sentences to leaders of the illegal far-right militias that demobilized under a peace pact with President Alvaro Uribe's government. Edward Cobos, better known as "Diego Vecino," and Uber Banquez, alias "Juancho Dique," each received the maximum of eight years in prison dictated by the Justice and Peace law under which they surrendered. A Colombian court said Luis Caicedo Velandia, arrested in April in Argentina, has agreed to be extradited to the US on drug-trafficking and money-laundering charges.
    (AP, 6/29/10)
2010        Jun 29, Congolese Gen. Amuli Bahigwa said the army has killed 80 rebels from neighboring Rwanda and Uganda who crossed into volatile eastern Congo. Bahigwa said the army killed the rebels in an operation that started June 1. He said four soldiers were killed and that Ugandan rebels killed eight civilians.
    (AP, 6/29/10)
2010        Jun 29, In Cyprus the alleged paymaster of a Russian spy ring was arrested on an Interpol warrant while trying to board a flight to Budapest, Hungary, two days after his 10 alleged co-conspirators were arrested in the United States. His companion, a beautiful younger woman, was allowed to fly out. The suspect, who called himself Christopher Metsos, vanished after handing over a Canadian passport that claimed he was 54 and got released on bail.
    (AP, 7/11/10)
2010        Jun 29, In Greece fewer than 20,000 people took to the streets to protest a planned overhaul of the state pension system.
    (Econ, 7/3/10, p.50) 
2010        Jun 29, In India gunmen believed to be Maoist rebels killed at least 26 paramilitary personnel during a roadside ambush in Chattisgarh state.
    (SFC, 6/30/10, p.A2)
2010        Jun 29, An Indonesian court sentenced 8 Iranians to life in prison for smuggling hundreds of methamphetamine tablets in their stomachs into the resort island of Bali. The Jakarta Post newspaper, quoting police, said Iranian drugs syndicates have become the main suppliers of heroin and crystal methamphetamine to Indonesia, replacing West African countries.
    (AFP, 6/29/10)
2010        Jun 29, In Iraq a series of bombings claimed 13 lives, including four policemen, a Baghdad provincial council official, an Iraqi army general and a 9-year-old girl.
    (AP, 6/29/10)
2010        Jun 29, In Indian Kashmir police and paramilitary troops fired on thousands of anti-India protesters, killing at least three teenagers in Anantnag in the worst street violence in a year.
    (AP, 6/29/10)(SFC, 6/30/10, p.A2)
2010        Jun 29, In Kenya doctors drilled a hole in the head of PM Raila Odinga to drain fluids that were putting pressure on his brain.
    (AP, 6/30/10)
2010        Jun 29, The Maldivian cabinet resigned en masse after a threat by the opposition to bring a vote of no confidence in parliament against every minister. Pres. Mohammed Nasheed remained in office.
    (AFP, 6/29/10)
2010        Jun 29, The government of Mexico lifted the alert for swine flu, officially ending the health emergency in the country where the illness first appeared 14 months ago.
    (AP, 6/29/10)
2010        Jun 29, In Mexico Miguel Ortiz Miranda, alias El Tyson, a key suspect in the April 24 ambush of Michoacan’s state security chief, was arrested in Morelia.
    (SFC, 7/1/10, p.A3) 
2010        Jun 29, In New Zealand rare memorabilia of former French Emperor Napoleon 1st, including a lock of hair cut from his head after he died in exile in 1821 on the remote island of St. Helena, fetched 140,000 New Zealand dollars ($97,000) at auction.
    (AP, 7/01/10)
2010        Jun 29, In Pakistan suspected US missiles hit a house in the South Waziristan tribal region. 8 militants including an Egyptian allied with Al-Qaida were killed.
    (AP, 6/29/10)(SFC, 6/30/10, p.A4)
2010        Jun 29, Philippine Pres. Beningno Aquino III said that one of his first acts will be to create a Truth Commission to probe the corruption he and his backers say flourished under former Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
    (WSJ, 7/2/10, p.A11)
2010        Jun 29, In Romania authorities said ten people have died and three were missing after heavy rains and flooding in the northeast.
    (AP, 6/29/10)
2010        Jun 29, In Thailand Karl Joseph Kraus (90), a Berlin-born Australian, was arrested at his home near the northern city of Chiang Mai, where police confiscated about 100 photographs of naked children. He was charged with raping four young sisters whom he allegedly lured to his home with imported chocolates and English lessons.
    (AP, 6/30/10)
2010        Jun 29, Uganda’s Lieutenant Colonel Felix Kulayigye confirmed the ADF are attacking a Congolese town called Mutwanga and have killed 16 civilians. The Allied Democratic Forces, a group that claims it is fighting for equality for Muslims, battled Ugandan forces in country's Rwenzori region near the DRC, with the heaviest fighting occurring between 1996 and 2001.
    (AFP, 6/29/10)

2011        Jun 29, The US Federal Reserve slashed the fees which banks charge for debit card transactions, but did not cut them as deeply as initially expected. Under the new rules, the fee charged for debit card transactions would be 21 cents. The fee for an average debit card transaction was 44 cents.
    (AFP, 6/29/11)(SFC, 6/30/11, p.D2)
2011        Jun 29, It was reported that News Corp. has sold Myspace to Specific Media Inc. for $35 million, a fraction of the $580 million it paid in 2005 for the once-hot social media site even as a new generation of Web-based start-ups is enjoying sky-high valuations. News Corp. will also get a 5% stake in Specific Media.
    (Reuters, 6/29/11)(SFC, 6/30/11, p.D3)
2011        Jun 29, Bank of America said it has agreed to pay $8.5 billion to resolve claims over soured mortgages. The settlement still required court approval.
    (SFC, 6/30/11, p.D2)
2011        Jun 29, In New Mexico the Los Conchas Fire expanded to 110-square miles reaching the edge of the Los Alamos nuclear laboratory.
    (SFC, 6/30/11, p.A9)
2011        Jun 29, In Afghanistan Ismail Jan, the deputy to the senior Haqqani commander inside Afghanistan, and other Haqqani fighters died in the airstrike in Gardez. He was suspected of having provided assistance, including weapons, fighters and training, to the gunmen who attacked the Inter-Continental hotel a day earlier.
    (AP, 6/30/11)
2011        Jun 29, Afghan authorities arrested two former executives of Kabul Bank in connection with a scandal at the troubled country's biggest private lender. Sherkhan Farnood and Khalilullah Ferozi, the bank's former chairman and chief executive, had initially been held under a loose form of house arrest in Kabul but had now been taken into detention.
    (AP, 7/1/11)
2011        Jun 29, Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa said an independent commission will investigate allegations of rights violations during anti-government protests and a deadly crackdown in the Gulf kingdom. At least 31 people have died since February when the country's Shiite majority started a campaign for greater freedoms and an end to the Sunni hold on power.
    (AP, 6/29/11)
2011        Jun 29, Belarusian police violently dispersed the latest peaceful rally by thousands of people protesting Lukashenko's regime and the country's worst financial crisis since the fall of the Soviet Union two decades ago.
    (AP, 6/30/11)
2011        Jun 29, Britain’s first nationwide study into the scale of child grooming on its streets has identified more than 2,000 victims. The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Center (CEOP) report said the victims were aged 14 and 15 and female.
    (AFP, 6/29/11)
2011        Jun 29, In China Sudan's Pres. Omar al-Bashir, wanted on a war crimes warrant, won pledges from China and its state-owned energy firm they will continue investing in his country after its resource-rich southern region becomes independent next month.
    (AP, 6/29/11)
2011        Jun 29, In Colombia guerrillas erected a road block between Medellin and the Caribbean coast. When police arrived they detonated a bomb killing a police chief.
    (Econ, 7/9/11, p.34)
2011        Jun 29, The leaders of Congo and Guinea agreed to boost the current "low level" of bilateral exchange, in a statement marking a visit by President Alpha Conde to Brazzaville. The leaders agreed to hold a second session in 2012 of a joint commission that last met in 1978, in a bid to "revive" ties.
    (AFP, 6/30/11)
2011        Jun 29, Egyptian security forces clashed with hundreds of youths for a second day in Cairo over demands that the country's military rulers speed up the prosecution of police officers accused of brutality during mass protests that forced Hosni Mubarak to step down.
    (AP, 6/29/11)
2011        Jun 29, Ethiopia’s government spokesman Shimeles Kemal said that two journalists were among 9 people arrested last week on suspicions of organizing a terrorist network and planning attacks.
    (AP, 6/29/11)
2011        Jun 29, Ethiopia said it will build four more hydroelectric dams on the Nile river as part of a plan to become a power hub for Africa.
    (AP, 6/29/11)
2011        Jun 29, French daily Le Figaro reported that France has begun parachuting arms shipments to Berber rebels fighting Kadhafi's forces in the highlands south of Tripoli.
    (AFP, 6/29/11)
2011        Jun 29, France-3 television said that their reporters Stephane Taponier and Herve Ghesquiere, held hostage in Afghanistan since December 2009, have been freed.
    (AP, 6/29/11)
2011        Jun 29, Greek lawmakers approved a key austerity bill 155-138, paving the way for the country to get its next vital bailout loans that will prevent it from defaulting next month. The 2nd day of a 48-hour nationwide strike brought much of the nation to a halt.
    (AP, 6/29/11)(SFC, 6/30/11, p.A4)
2011        Jun 29, Guinea-Bissau’s economy ministry said the World Bank is to allocate 6.4 million dollars (nearly 4.5 million euros) to help it fight poverty and boost growth.
    (AFP, 6/29/11)
2011        Jun 29, In Hong Kong Birmingham City owner Carson Yeung (51), a one-time hairdresser turned football tycoon, was arrested by police. The next day he appeared in court and was charged with money-laundering. Prosecutors said investigations had revealed around HK$720 million ($92 million) passing through accounts connected with Yeung. He was released on HK$7 million ($900,000) bail following a brief appearance at the magistrate’s court.
    (AFP, 6/30/11)
2011        Jun 29, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned the authorities against making arrests of members in his government whom he vowed to defend.
    (AFP, 6/29/11)
2011        Jun 29, An Iraqi judiciary official said a Baghdad court has handed a life jail sentence to the widow of Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, Al-Qaeda's top chief in Iraq, who was killed last year in a joint US-Iraqi military raid. A rocket attack on a US base near the border with Iran killed three American soldiers. The strike was blamed on a Shiite militia linked to Tehran.
    (AP, 6/29/11)(AP, 6/30/11)
2011        Jun 29, The Israeli military razed the West Bank settlement outpost of Ramat Migron, prompting clashes with youths that resulted in two arrests. The makeshift settlement, outpost established without Israeli government permission, has been razed several times since 2009.
    (AFP, 6/29/11)
2011        Jun 29, Kuwait's parliament passed a deficit budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year projecting the highest spending in the OPEC member's history. The price for oil needed to balance the budget was $85-90 a barrel.
    (AP, 6/29/11)
2011        Jun 29, Myanmar's state media warned pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi that her planned tour to meet supporters outside Yangon could trigger riots.
    (AP, 6/29/11)
2011        Jun 29, Peruvian President Alan Garcia inaugurated a giant statue of Jesus similar to Rio de Janeiro's iconic Christ the Redeemer. "Christ of the Pacific" is 72 feet (22 m) high and stands atop a 49-foot (15-m) concrete base. It overlooks the Pacific Ocean from Lima. The statue was donated by the Brazilian company Odebrecht.
    (AP, 6/29/11)
2011        Jun 29, In the southern Philippines flashfloods left at least 25 people dead, mostly children. Another 15 people were missing.
    (SSFC, 7/3/11, p.A4)
2011        Jun 29, Puerto Rican authorities broke up the island's largest heroin distribution ring with a raid on La Perla, a notorious seaside slum, after a grand jury indicted 114 people on drug and weapons charges.
    (AP, 6/29/11)
2011        Jun 29, Sudan’s state media said the government has agreed to appoint a vice president from the war-torn Darfur region, taking a step toward satisfying a key rebel demand for greater power-sharing.
    (AFP, 6/29/11)
2011        Jun 29, North and south Sudan agreed to create a demilitarized buffer zone along their common border just days before the country splits.
    (AFP, 6/29/11)
2011        Jun 29, Syrian army tanks rolled into more northwestern villages. 10 people were shot dead when soldiers backed by tanks and armored personnel carriers swept into in the district of Jabal al-Zawiyah, including Mar-Ayan, Al-Rami, Sarja and Kafr Haya. Some 300 hundred lawyers staged a sit-in protest in the second city of Aleppo. The US Treasury issued a new list of asset freezes, targeting Syria's Political Security Directorate and air force intelligence chief Major General Jamil Hassan.
    (AP, 6/29/11)(AP, 6/30/11)
2011        Jun 29, A Yemeni air force jet mistakenly bombed a bus in Zinjibar, controlled by Islamic militants and suspected al-Qaida members, killing four people. Clashes at a football stadium on the city's outskirts left 48 people dead including 30 soldiers and 4 civilians. Government warplanes were called in and bombed the stadium. In Republican Guards shelled anti-Saleh protesters camped out at a central square, killing one and wounding four demonstrators.
    (AP, 6/29/11)(AFP, 6/30/11)

2012        Jun 29, The US Congress passed a $105 billion transportation bill that also averted a doubling of student loan rates.
    (SFC, 6/30/12, p.A7)
2012        Jun 29, In NYC the younger brother of Bernard Madoff pleaded guilty to charges that he doctored documents for years and agreed not to contest a 10-year prison sentence. Peter Madoff said he did not know about the scam until December 2008. On Dec 20 Peter Madoff (67) was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
    (SFC, 6/30/12, p.A8)(SFC, 12/21/12, p.A12)
2012        Jun 29, Violent storms called a derecho pummeled the eastern US with high winds and downed trees. Power was knocked out to some 3 million homes.
    (AP, 6/30/12)(SFC, 7/3/12, p.A8)(Econ, 7/7/12, p.32)
2012        Jun 29, In eastern Afghanistan suicide bombers blew themselves up at the gate of a government compound, opening the way for armed insurgents to storm the facility and touching off an hours-long gunbattle that left 10 people dead in Nuristan province. The dead included 4 women, 3 policemen and 3 members of a government-sponsored militia. The gunfight finally ended when the last of 17 militants were killed in the late afternoon. Four children, aged between six and ten, found an "unexploded ordnance" in Pajwayi district of Kandahar province and brought it home. They were playing with it when it exploded killing all four.
    (AP, 6/29/12)(AFP, 6/30/12)
2012        Jun 29, The IMF said Afghanistan has made progress on structural reforms despite a difficult environment, as it approved the release of $18.2 million in new funds under its loan program.
    (AFP, 6/29/12)
2012        Jun 29, In Algeria a dawn attack against the regional headquarters of the paramilitary police in the center of the town of Ouargla killed one person and left three wounded. A Mali-based Islamist group, the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), claimed responsibility for the attack.
    (AFP, 6/29/12)
2012        Jun 29, In Argentina the Mercosur trade bloc held a summit. It suspended Paraguay's membership for having impeached and ousted its president but said it will not slap economic sanctions on it. The group also announced that Venezuela will become a full member starting July 31.
    (AP, 6/29/12)
2012        Jun 29, The World Bank cancelled a $1.2 billion loan for Bangladesh's Padma bridge project, saying the government had not cooperated in investigating "high level" corruption in the project. The $3 billion bridge planned to go into service in 2014.
    (AFP, 6/29/12)
2012        Jun 29, Britain's major banks, including HSBC and Barclays, were ordered to pay up for misleading businesses over interest rate insurance, in a second blow to the image of the City. Bank of England Governor Sir Mervyn King described an interest rate rigging scandal engulfing British banks as "deceitful manipulation," calling for fundamental changes in the culture of the banking industry.
    (AFP, 6/29/12)(Reuters, 6/29/12)
2012        Jun 29, Liam Woodards was stabbed to death after a fight broke out at the Westfield shopping mall in Stratford, east London, the main gateway to the Olympic Games starting on July 27. Three men quickly arrested over Woodards' death were charged with violent disorder. Another six were arrested the next day.
    (AFP, 7/2/12)
2012        Jun 29, Chinese President Hu Jintao urged Hong Kong's restive people to embrace the motherland as he visited the financial citadel for the 15th anniversary of its return to rule by Beijing.
    (AFP, 6/29/12)
2012        Jun 29, China's first female astronaut, Liu Yang (33), and two other crew members emerged smiling from the Shenzhou 9 capsule that returned safely to Earth from a 13-day mission to an orbiting module that is a prototype for a future space station.
    (AFP, 6/29/12)
2012        Jun 29, In China Passengers and crew foiled an alleged hijacking attempt by six people on a plane in the far-western Xinjiang region. Local sources said that the plane turned back after Uighurs and Hans began fighting after a disagreement over seat assignments.
    (AP, 6/29/12)
2012        Jun 29, In southern China a tanker truck filled with gasoline collided with a truck, setting off an explosion and a massive fire that left 20 people dead and 14 others hurt.
    (AP, 6/29/12)
2012        Jun 29, Denmark decided to extradite to Rwanda Emmanuel Mbarushimana, a man suspected of being involved in the country's 1994 genocide.
    (AP, 6/29/12)
2012        Jun 29, The Ethiopian Railway Corporation (ERC) said it has forged two deals with Turkish and Chinese companies to build a railway connecting the landlocked country to Djibouti.
    (AFP, 6/29/12)
2012        Jun 29, Leaders of the full 27-member EU, following an all night session, agreed they will let funds intended to bail out indebted governments funnel money directly to struggling banks as well. They also agreed to a long-term framework toward tighter budgetary and political union, though those plans will require treaty changes and won't be realized for years.
    (AP, 6/29/12)(SFC, 6/29/12, p.A2)
2012        Jun 29, French authorities arrested a Tunisia-born man, the administrator of an extremist French website, who is suspected of playing a key role in financing and recruiting for al-Qaida and other terrorist groups in several countries.
    (AP, 7/3/12)
2012        Jun 29, Indian police said at least 21 Maoist rebels were killed in a series of clashes with security forces in the central state of Chhattisgarh, a hotbed of left-wing extremism.
    (AFP, 6/29/12)
2012        Jun 29, In Iraq gunmen shot dead four anti-Qaeda militiamen a checkpoint in Khan Bani Saad, south of the city of Baquba, while a roadside bomb killed an Iraqi soldier.
    (AFP, 6/29/12)
2012        Jun 29, In Japan tens of thousands of people rallied outside PM Noda’s residence in Tokyo in one of the largest demonstrations held against the restart of nuclear reactors.
    (AFP, 6/29/12)
2012        Jun 29, Top Japanese brokerage Nomura Holdings said that it would temporarily cut its most senior executives' pay by as much as half in the wake of an embarrassing insider trading scandal at the firm.
    (AFP, 6/29/12)
2012        Jun 29, In Kenya gunmen killed at least one person and kidnapped 4 aid workers in the Dadaab refugee camp complex near the border with war-torn Somalia. The 4 aid workers were released safely in southern Somalia after a short overnight gunfight on July 2.
    (AFP, 6/29/12)(AFP, 7/2/12)
2012        Jun 29, In northeastern Nigeria security forces killed suspected Boko Haram sect members during a military raid on their hideout in Damaturu.
    (AP, 7/1/12)
2012        Jun 29, Sri Lankan police arrested 9 journalists and seized computers and documents from the office of an independent news website.
    (AP, 6/29/12)
2012        Jun 29, Sudanese police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of peaceful protesters outside an opposition party mosque, the 14th day of anti-regime demonstrations sparked by inflation. About 1,000 people were arrested and hundreds hurt.
    (AFP, 6/29/12)(AFP, 6/30/12)
2012        Jun 29, Syrian troops rained tank and artillery shells down on a rebellious suburb of Damascus, killing dozens of people during a particularly bloody week across the country. 75 people were killed nationwide.
    (AP, 6/29/12)(AFP, 6/30/12)
2012        Jun 29, The Venezuelan television channel Globovision paid a fine of more than $2 million imposed by regulators, calling it an unfair penalty but saying it had no choice after the Supreme Court ordered an embargo on its assets for nonpayment. Regulators slapped the penalty on the channel last year for its coverage of a prolonged prison uprising.
    (AP, 6/29/12)
2012        Jun 29, The State Bank of Vietnam said it would lower the refinancing rate, charged on loans to commercial banks, to 10% from 11% effective July 1. This was its fifth cut so far this year as inflation cooled amid signs of weakening economic growth.
    (AFP, 7/1/12)
2012        Jun 29, In Yemen 5 bodies were found inside a well outside of Zinjibar.
    (AP, 6/30/12)

2013        Jun 29, Pres. Obama in South Africa encouraged leaders in Africa and around the world to follow former South African President Nelson Mandela's example of country before self. Obama met privately with the family of ailing Nelson Mandela.
    (AP, 6/29/13)
2013        Jun 29, In San Francisco, Ca., firefighter Michael Quinn ran a red light while driving a fire rig and badly injured motorcyclist Jack Frazier at Fifth and Howard. On March 31, 2014, Quinn surrendered to face felony drunken driving charges stemming from the accident. On March 20, 2015, a SF judge tossed out the case against Quinn ruling that police lacked legal justification to arrest him.
    (SFC, 4/1/14, p.C1)(SFC, 3/21/15, p.A1)
2013        Jun 29, In Florida a monuument to atheism was unveiled near a granite slab that lists the Ten Commandments outside a courthouse in Starke.
    (SSFC, 6/30/13, p.A10)
2013        Jun 29, In Nevada Sarah Guillot-Guyard (31), an acrobat and mother of two with Cirque du Soleil, died in las Vegas after falling some 50 feet from a production of “Ka" at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
    (SFC, 7/2/13, p.A12)
2013        Jun 29, In Tennessee Vanderbilt University said it has dismissed four football players from the team and suspended them from the university as the result of a sex crimes investigation.
    (CSM, 6/30/13)
2013        Jun 29, Jim Kelly (b.1946), karate expert, died. He had starred in a number of martial arts and blaxploitation films including “Enter the Dragon,“ “Black Belt Jones" and “Three the Hard Way."
    (SFC, 7/4/13, p.D5)
2013        Jun 29, British PM David Cameron flew into Afghanistan to try to reinvigorate stalled peace talks with the Taliban and reassure Afghans that foreign troops will not cut and run next year.
    (AP, 6/29/13)
2013        Jun 29, In Chechnya police said rebels have killed a Russian policeman and injured 14 others.
    (AP, 6/29/13)
2013        Jun 29, Chinese state media said more than a hundred people, riding motorbikes and wielding knives, attacked a Hotan police station in the ethnically divided western region of Xinjiang.
    (AP, 6/30/13)
2013        Jun 29, China's state media warned that a "counterstrike" against the Philippines was inevitable if it continues to provoke Beijing in the South China Sea, potentially Asia's biggest military trouble spot.
    (Reuters, 6/29/13)
2013        Jun 29, In Egypt Mahmoud Badr, a leader of the Tamarod, or rebel, movement said that 22,134,460 Egyptians have signed the petition demanding President Mohammed Morsi's ouster.
    (AP, 6/29/13)
2013        Jun 29, A senior Egyptian police officer was shot dead by unknown gunmen who ambushed his car in the Sinai Peninsula town of El Arish.
    (Reuters, 6/29/13)
2013        Jun 28, Legislators in Grenada approved a bill that makes it a crime to offend people through websites such as Facebook and Twitter.
    (AP, 6/29/13)
2013        Jun 29, In Iraq a bomb went off in an outdoor market in west Baghdad killing 4 people. Attackers using guns fitted with silencers killed 3 off-duty policemen in a drive-by shooting near Fallujah. Bombs targeting soccer players and young men who had gathered to watch a match killed 7 people.
    (AP, 6/29/13)(Reuters, 6/29/13)
2013        Jun 29, Italian astrophysicist Margherita Hack (95) died in the Adriatic Sea town of Trieste. She had explained her research on the stars in plain language for the public and championed civil rights.
    (AP, 6/29/13)
2013        Jun 29, Russian police arrested several gay rights activists and Russian nationalists who confronted them at a rally in St. Petersburg that was declared illegal under a new law against "gay propaganda."
    (AP, 6/29/13)
2013        Jun 29, In Somalia dozens were feared dead as militia clashes over leadership continued for a 2nd day in the strategic port city of Kismayu.
    (AP, 6/29/13)(Reuters, 6/29/13)
2013        Jun 29, Thousands of Sudanese called for the overthrow of veteran President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, spurred on by an opposition trying to stoke an Arab Spring style uprising.
    (Reuters, 6/29/13)
2013        Jun 29, Syrian warplanes and ground forces bombarded rebel-held neighborhoods in Homs as part of the military's ongoing campaign against opposition fighters in the heart of the country's third largest city.
    (AP, 6/29/13)
2013        Jun 29, In southern Thailand 7 soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb attack in Yala province. 
    (SSFC, 6/30/13, p.A6)
2013        Jun 29, In Turkey thousands of protesters marched to Istanbul's Taksim Square chanting slogans against the government and police after security forces killed a Kurdish demonstrator in the southeast.
    (Reuters, 6/29/13)
2013        Jun 29, In Uganda a car crashed into a moving gas tanker on the putskirts of Kampala late today, sparking a fire that killed at least 29 people. Scores more were badly burned.
    (AP, 6/30/13)(SFC, 7/1/13, p.A2)

2014        Jun 29, US Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun (34) was flown from the Middle East to Norfolk, Va., after turning himself in to US authorities. He was declared a deserter in 2004 after disappearing in Iraq. On Feb 23, 2015, Hassoun was sentenced to two years in prison for desertion.
    (SFC, 6/30/14, p.A5)(SFC, 1/24/15, p.A5)
2014        Jun 29, San Francisco held its 44th annual Gay Pride Parade.
    (SFC, 6/30/14, p.A1)
2014        Jun 29, In Lancaster, New Hampshire, the Porcupine Freedom Festival came to an end. It was organized by the Free State project which aims to bring some 20,000 freedom-loving libertarians and anarchists to the state.
    (Econ, 7/5/14, p.27)
2014        Jun 29, Australia seized 157 Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers near Christmas Island, an Australian territory in the Indian Ocean.
    (Econ, 7/26/14,p.36)
2014        Jun 29, Bulgarian police arrested five people for allegedly using text messages, e-mails and phone calls "to spread false information that caused detriment to commercial banks and destabilized the banking system."
    (AP, 6/30/14)
2014        Jun 29, An Egyptian appeals court upheld a blasphemy conviction against Abdel-Nour, a Coptic Christian teacher, and sentenced her to six months in prison, overturning an earlier ruling that only imposed a fine.
    (AP, 6/30/14)
2014        Jun 29, In Hong Kong an informal referendum aimed at bolstering support for greater democracy wound down after drawing nearly 800,000 votes and the ire of Beijing, which denounced it as a political farce.
    (AP, 6/29/14)
2014        Jun 29, Police in southern India detained five construction company officials as rescuers using gas cutters and shovels searched for dozens of workers believed buried in the rubble of a building that collapsed during monsoon rains.
    (AP, 6/29/14)
2014        Jun 29, Iraqi helicopter gunships struck suspected insurgent positions in Tikrit as part of a government offensive to retake the northern city from Sunni militants led by the al-Qaida breakaway Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Insurgents retained control of most of Tikrit.
    (AP, 6/29/14)
2014        Jun 29, The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) proclaimed its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to be caliph over territory it controls in Syria and Iraq and demanded all Muslims around the world to pledge allegiance.
    (AP, 6/30/14)
2014        Jun 29, Israel’s PM Netanyahu called for the establishment of an independent Kurdistan.
    (SFC, 6/30/14, p.A2)
2014        Jun 29, Israeli aircraft attacked at least six militant targets in the Gaza Strip, hours after rockets fired from the Palestinian territory set a factory in Israel on fire.
    (Reuters, 6/29/14)
2014        Jun 29, Italy's navy rescued thousands of people trying to cross from North Africa over the weekend. Off the coast of Sicily the corpses of 30 migrants were found on a boat carrying nearly 600 migrants.
    (Reuters, 6/30/14)(SFC, 7/1/14, p.A2)
2014        Jun 29, In Japan a man set himself on fire at a busy intersection in Tokyo in an apparent protest against PM Shinzo Abe's plans to ease limits of the country's pacifist constitution. It was not immediately clear whether the man survived.
    (Reuters, 6/29/14)
2014        Jun 29, In Morocco around 500 migrants of sub-Saharan origin tried to storm Spain's barbed-wire border fence separating its North African enclave of Melilla from Morocco but all failed in their bid to enter Europe.
    (AP, 6/29/14)
2014        Jun 29, In Nigeria suspected Islamist militants sprayed gunfire on worshippers in four churches in an attack on a village less than 5 km (3 miles) from Chibok, the scene of a mass abduction of more than 200 school girls in April. At least 30 people were reported killed.
    (Reuters, 6/29/14)(AFP, 6/30/14)(AP, 7/1/14)
2014        Jun 29, Senegal voted in municipal and provincial elections. This was seen as a key test for President Macky Sall as he tries to shore up support for his party two years after his own disputed victory.
    (AFP, 6/29/14)
2014        Jun 29, In Somalia Islamist rebels shot dead 3 members of the security forces in Mogadishu on the first day of Ramadan.
    (Reuters, 6/29/14)
2014        Jun 29, Uganda forces in Central African Republic (CAR) clashed for the first time with fighters from Seleka, a mainly Muslim rebel force. 15 Seleka and three UPDF soldiers were reported killed as clashes continued into the next day.
    (AP, 7/1/14)
2014        Jun 29, In eastern Ukraine veteran cameraman Anatoly Klyan (68), who worked for Russia's Channel One, was killed when a bus carrying journalists and soldiers' mothers was hit by gunfire near Avdiivka, just north of Donetsk.
    (AP, 6/30/14)

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