Return to home 1097 Jun 30,
The Crusaders defeated the Turks at Dorylaeum.
1294 Jun 30, Jews were expelled
from Bern, Switzerland.
1470 Jun 30, Charles VIII, King
of France (1483-98), invaded Italy, was born.
1520 Jun 30, Montezuma II was
murdered as Spanish conquistadors fled the Aztec capital of
Tenochtitlan during the night. Montezuma died from wounds inflicted
by his people. Conquistadors under Cortez plundered gold from
(HN, 6/30/01)(ON, 10/00, p.5)(MC, 6/30/02)
1548 Jun 30, Formerly Holy
Roman (Catholic) Emperor Charles V ordered Catholics to become
1643 Jun 30, Battle at Atherton
Moor: Royalists beat parliamentary armies.
1685 Jun 30, John Gay,
playwright, was born. He wrote the Beggars' Opera which attacked the
court of George II,
1685 Jun 30, Dominikus
Zimmermann, German architect, painter (Liebfrauenkirche), was born.
1685 Jun 30, Archibald Campbell
(~55), Scottish politician, was beheaded.
1688 Jun 30, A jury proclaimed
7 English bishops not guilty of seditious libel against James II.
They had refused to comply with his April 27 Declaration of
Indulgence because it had not been approved by Parliament.
1755 Jun 30, Philippines closed
all non-Catholic Chinese restaurants.
1768 Jun 30, Elizabeth
Kortright, later Elizabeth Monroe, first lady to U.S. President
James Monroe, was born.
1815 Jun 30, US naval hero
Stephen Decatur signed a treaty ending attacks by Algerian pirates.
Commodores Stephen Decatur and William Bainbridge had conducted
successful operations against the Barbary States of Algiers, Tunis
and Tripoli [See Aug 5].
1857 Jun 30, Charles Dickens
reads from "A Christmas Carol" at St. Martin's Hall in London--his
first public reading. [see 1843]
1859 Jun 30, French acrobat
Blondin (born Jean Francois Gravelet) crossed Niagara Falls on a
tightrope as 5,000 spectators watched.
(AP, 6/30/97)(HN, 6/30/98)
1861 Jun 30, CSS Sumter slipped
past USS Brooklyn blockade.
1862 Jun 30, The Confederates
failed to coordinate their attacks at the Battle of White Oak Swamp,
allowing the Union forces to retreat to Malvern Hill in Virginia on
Day 6 of the 7 Days-Battle. This battle in Virginia was alternately
known as the battle of White Oak Swamp, Frayser’s Farm, Glendale,
Charles City Cross Roads, Nelson’s Farm, New Market Cross Roads and
(HN, 6/30/98)(HNQ, 3/5/01)(AM, 11/04, p.28)
1862 Jun 30, Julian Scott (16)
sustained a hip injury during the Battle of White Oak Swamp. During
his nine-month convalescence he developed a friendship with
millionaire Henry Clark, who encouraged Scott to develop his
artistic talent. After he obtained an honorable discharge from the
army, Scott returned to the front to record the war through his art.
1862 Jun 30, Gustave Flaubert
1863 Jun 30, Union and
Confederate cavalries clashed at Hanover, Pennsylvania.
1864 Jun 30, Pres. Lincoln
signed legislation creating America’s first national park. Congress
gave to California the lands known as Yosemite with the
understanding that the state would preserve them for public
(SFEC, 10/18/98, p.T4)(SSFC, 6/22/14, p.P6)
1865 Jun 30, Eight alleged
conspirators in assassination of Lincoln were found guilty after
kangaroo court-martial and brutal treatment by military officers.
1870 Jun 30, Ada H. Kepley of
Effingham, Ill., became America's first female law school graduate.
1882 Jun 30, Charles Guiteau
the assassin of President Garfield was hanged in a Washington jail.
1893 Jun 30, Harold Laski,
political scientist, was born. He believed the state was responsible
for social reform and wrote "Authority in the Modern State" and "The
1893 Jun 30, Pres. Cleveland
issued a proclamation calling for a special session of Congress on
August 7 to deal with the financial crises.
(ON, 10/99, p.11)
1893 Jun 30, Excelsior diamond
(blue-white 995 carats) was discovered.
1894 Jun 30, Gavrilo Princip,
Bosnian assassin (arch-duke Franz Ferdinand), was born.
1894 Jun 30, Korea declared
independence from China and asked for Japanese aid.
1896 Jun 30, W.S. Hadaway
patented an electric stove.
1904 Jun 30, The San Francisco
Chronicle reported that a property on Calhoun St. belonging to a
Mrs. Burdett had been destroyed by blasting by quarrymen George and
Harry Gray. Their blasting had erased a stretch of Calhoun St. and
left a sheer precipice 125 feet high.
(SFC, 2/22/14, p.C3)
1906 Jun 30, President Theodore
Roosevelt signed into law the Pure Food and Drug Act and the Meat
Inspection Act. The meat inspection act was inspired by Upton
Sinclair’s novel, The Jungle. The large meatpackers supported the
law because it put inspection costs on the government and imposed
costly regulations on smaller competitors.
(HFA, '96, p.32)(WSJ, 3/8/06, p.A21)(AP, 6/29/06)
1908 Jun 30, An explosion near
the Tunguska River in Siberia incinerated some 300 sq. km. that
encircled the impact of an estimated 60 meter diameter stony
meteorite. It flattened some 40,000 trees over 900 sq. miles and
caused damage equivalent to a 15-megaton hydrogen bomb. The
explosion in Siberia, which knocked down trees in a 30-mile radius
and struck people unconscious some 40 miles away, is believed by
some scientists to be caused by a falling fragment from a meteorite.
(NH, 9/97, p.85)(SFC, 3/12/98, p.A15)(HN,
6/30/98)(Econ, 12/23/06, p.123)
1911 Jun 30, Czeslaw Milosz
(d.2004), Polish poet and critic and Nobel winner, was born in
Lithuania. In 2001 his Polish "Milosz’s ABC’s" was published in
(SFC, 3/21/01, p.C1)(HN, 6/30/01)
1912 Jun 30, Belgian workers
struck to demand universal suffrage.
1915 Jun 30, The Second Battle
Artois ended as the French failed to take Vimy Ridge.
1917 Jun 30, Lena Horne,
American singer, was born in Brooklyn, NYC. She later appeared in
the films "Stormy Weather" and "Death of a Gunfighter."
(HN, 6/30/99)(MC, 6/30/02)
1919 Jun 30, Susan Hayward,
actress, was born.
1919 Jun 30, John William
Strutt (b.1842), 3rd Baron Rayleigh and British physicist and Nobel
Prize winner (1904), died in England. His work included the
discovery of the phenomenon now called Rayleigh scattering,
explaining why the sky is blue.
1921 Jun 30, President Harding
nominated former President Taft chief justice of the United States,
to succeed the late Edward Douglass White. Republican William Howard
Taft (72), 27th president of the United States (1909-1913), served
as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from 1921 until illness forced
him to resign in 1930.
(WSJ, 3/11/98, p.A20)(AP, 6/30/08)
1922 Jun 30, Irish rebels in
London assassinated Sir Henry Wilson, the British deputy for
1926 Jun 30, Paul Berg, Nobel
Prize-winning biochemist, was born.
1927 Jun 30, James Goldman,
author, playwright (Butch Cassidy & Sundance Kid), was born.
1930 Jun 30, France pulled its
troops out of Germany’s Rhineland.
1930 Jun 30, Lithuania held its
3rd national Song Festival with 200 choirs and 9000 singers to
commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Vytautas the
1932 Jun 30, Mongo Beti,
novelist and political writer, was born.
1934 Jun 30, Harry Blackstone
(d.5/14/1997), magician, was born in Three Rivers, Mich.
(SFC, 5/15/97, p.A26)
1934 Jun 30, In San Francisco a
group of men with sledgehammers and crowbars attacked the
headquarters of the Western Worker, a Communist Party publication,
near the Civic Center Plaza. They fled when men associated with the
publication rushed out from a back room.
(SSFC, 6/28/09, DB p.50)
1934 Jun 30, Adolf Hitler began
his "blood purge" of political and military leaders in Germany.
Among those killed was one-time Hitler ally Ernst Roehm (46), gay
leader of the Nazi stormtroopers. Hitler personally confronted Rohm
in a jail cell and left a single shot pistol in the cell. Ten
minutes later, Rohm had killed himself. Hitler purged the Nazi Party
by destroying the SA and bringing to power the SS in the "Night of
the Long Knives." Also killed were Gregor Strasser (42), German
pharmacist, Nazi leader and Karl Ernst, German SA-leader.
(AP, 6/30/97)(HN, 6/30/98)(MC, 6/30/02)
1935 Jun 30, Fascists caused an
uproar at the League of Nations when Haile Selassie of Ethiopia
spoke. He also warned the League of Nations of the dangers of
1936 Jun 30, The novel "Gone
with the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell was published in New York.
1936 Jun 30, The Walsh-Healey
Act was passed by the US congress, guaranteeing all US federal
workers an 8-hour day and a 40-hour work week.
1936 Jun 30, Haile Selassie
asked the League of Nations for sanctions against Italy.
1939 Jun 30, Frank Sinatra made
his first appearance with the Harry James' band.
1940 Jun 30, "Brenda Starr," a
cartoon strip by Dale Messick, a woman, appeared in a Chicago
Tribune insert. In Dec, 2010, Tribune Media Services announced that
it was ending the feature’s newspaper syndication.
1942 Jun 30, Col-gen Von
Paulus' 6th Army stormed into the Ukraine.
1943 Jun 30, Gen. MacArthur
began his island-hopping Operation Cartwheel.
1943 Jun 30, In Japan all stock
exchanges were merged under the wartime conditions as the Japan
Securities Exchange. This was dissolved after the war.
(WSJ, 3/15/07, p.C1)
1944 Jun 30, A US B-24H bomber
nicknamed "Miss Fortune," which was returning from a mission in
Germany to its base in Italy, flew into bad weather with 3 others
and were shot down by German gunners over western Hungary. The
remains of Staff Sgt. Martin F. Troy, the tail gunner on the “Miss
Fortune," were recovered in 2007.
1948 Jun 30, Bell Labs
introduced the point-contact transistor in the New York Times on
p.46 as a replacement for the vacuum tube. Bell Labs had kept it
secret for six months. John Bardeen, Walter Brattain, and William
Shockley demonstrated their invention, the transistor, for the first
time. John Pierce (d.2002) proposed the name. Transistors, much
smaller than vacuum tubes, allowed the creation of smaller
electronic devices and became a key component of the integrated
circuit, which are found in everything from radios to computers to
any of a number of automated systems. They were awarded the Nobel
Prize in physics for the invention in 1956. William Schockley,
co-developer of the transistor, founded Schockley Semiconductor
Laboratory in Palo Alto. Two of his hires, Robert Noyce and Gordon
Moore, later went on to start Intel Corp. Tim Jackson in 1998
published "Inside Intel." [see Dec 23, 1947]
(SFE, 10/1/95, p.D-5)(SFEC, 8/17/97, BR
p.4)(SFEC,12/14/97, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/13/98, p.A13)(HNQ, 12/23/99)(HN,
6/30/01)(SFC, 4/9/02, p.A18)
1950 Jun 30, President Harry
Truman ordered U.S. troops into Korea and authorizes the draft. On
that same day B-29 ‘Superfortresses’ bombed targets in North Korea.
1951 Jun 30, On orders from
Washington, General Matthew Ridgeway broadcast that the United
Nations was willing to discuss an armistice with North Korea. In
1950, as U.S. Marines tried to fight their way out of a Chinese
trap, Korea suffered its worst winter of the century.
1952 Jun 30, "The Guiding
Light," a popular radio program, made its debut as a television soap
opera on CBS.
1953 Jun 30, The first Corvette
rolled off the Chevrolet assembly line in Flint, MI. The brainchild
of designer Harvey J. Earl sold for $3,250. GM made 300 Corvettes in
1953 and moved production to St. Louis for 1954.
1955 Jun 30, The "Johnny Carson
Show," debuted on CBS-TV.
(SFC, 1/24/05, p.A8)
1955 Jun 30, The U.S. began
funding West Germany’s rearmament.
1956 Jun 30, A United DC-7 and
a TWA Lockheed Constellation collided during a thunderstorm over the
Grand Canyon (Arizona) killing all 128 people.
(WSJ, 6/20/06, p.D3)(SFC, 6/30/09, p.D8)
1956 Jun 30, The Soviet Union
(EWH, 1968, p.1273)
1957 Jun 30, The American
occupation headquarters in Japan was dissolved.
1958 Jun 30, Esa-Pekka Salonen,
conductor (Giro), was born in Helsinki, Finland.
1958 Jun 30, Congress passed a
law authorizing the admission of Alaska as the 49th state in the
Union, the first new state since 1912. The Senate passed the Alaska
statehood bill by a vote of 64-20.
(HN, 6/30/98)(AP, 6/30/08)
1960 Jun 30, Alfred
Hitchcock's film, "Psycho," opened.
1960 Jun 30, US stopped sugar
imports from Cuba.
1960 Jun 30, Independence was
granted to the Congo. A rebel movement freed the Belgian Congo from
Belgium. In Zaire (Congo) Patrice Lumumba (1925-1961) became the
first post-independence prime minister. He made Joseph Mobutu, a
young military officer, his private secretary. Two months after he
took power a sub-committee of the US National Security Council
authorized the assassination of Lumumba.
(SFC, 5/17/97, p.A14)(SFEM, 5/7/00,
1961 Jun 30, Lee de Forest
(87), inventor of the 3-element vacuum tube (1906), died.
(SSFC, 6/26/11, DB p.42)
1963 Jun 30, Cardinal Montini
was crowned as Pope Paul VI, the 262nd head of the Roman Catholic
(AP, 6/30/97)(MC, 6/30/02)
1966 Jun 30, Betty Friedan
(1921-2006) and 27 other women and men founded the National
Organization for Woman and served as its 1st president (1966-1970).
Catherine S. East (1916-1996) persuaded Betty Friedan to found NOW.
(SFC, 8/20/96, p.A18)(Econ, 2/11/06,
1968 Jun 30, The Lockheed C-5A
Galaxy, a large US Air Force transport plane, made its first flight.
1971 Jun 30, The Supreme Court
ruled in favor of the Pentagon Papers. On the same day Pres. Nixon
told Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman to break into the Brookings
Institute and bring out files collected on the Vietnam War.
(SFC, 6/10/96, p.A21)(SFC, 11/22/96, p.A4)(HN,
1971 Jun 30, The 26th Amendment
to the Constitution was ratified as Ohio became the 38th state to
approve it. The amendment lowered the minimum voting age from 21 to
18. The amendment was authored by Senator Jennings Randolph (d.1998
at 96) of West Virginia.
(AP, 6/30/97)(SFC, 5/9/98, p.A21)
1971 Jun 30, A Soviet space
mission ended in tragedy when three cosmonauts (Georgi Dobrovolsky,
Vladislav Volkov, and Viktor Patsayev) aboard Soyuz 11 were found
dead inside their spacecraft after it returned to Earth.
(AP, 6/30/97)(SFC, 10/2/07, p.A6)
1974 Jun 30, Alberta King
(b.1903), mother of Martin Luther King Jr., was assassinated in
Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia by Marcus Chenault, a
twenty-one year old from Ohio who claimed that "all Christians are
1977 Jun 30, President Jimmy
Carter announced his opposition to the B-1 bomber.
1977 Jun 30, SEATO (Southeast
Asia Treaty Organization), the regional defense organization created
to protect members from communist expansionism, formally ended. The
organization had been created by the Southeast Asia Collective
Defense Treaty on Sep. 8, 1954, in response to events in Korea and
Indochina (Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos). It members were Australia,
France, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, Thailand, the United
Kingdom, and the United States. Pakistan withdrew in 1968 and France
withdrew financial support. SEATO had one final exercise on Feb. 20,
1976, formally ending a little over a year later.
1982 Jun 30, Federal Equal
Rights Amendment failed with 3 states short of ratification.
1984 Jun 30, Lillian Hellman
(b.1905), writer, died in Massachusetts. Her work included the play
"The Little Foxes" (1939), and her memoirs "Scoundrel Time" (1976)
and "Pentimento" (1973). The 1977 film "Julia" was based on a
chapter from Pentimento which described Muriel Gardiner, an American
medical student at the Univ. of Vienna active in anti-Nazi
resistance. In 2005 Deborah Martinson authored “Lillian Hellman: A
Life with Foxes and Scoundrels." In 2012 Alice Kessler-Harris
authored “A Difficult Woman: The Challenging Life and Times of
(WSJ, 12/16/98, p.A21)(WSJ, 4/26/99, p.A16)(WSJ,
5/24/99, p.A28)(Econ, 12/17/05, p.82)(Econ, 4/14/12, p.91)
1984 Jun 30, Hedayat Eslaminia,
a former government official under the Shah of Iran, disappeared
while living in exile in Belmont, Ca. The family had reportedly fled
Iran with a fortune in 1978. Hedayat (57) suffocated and died in a
steamer trunk. His son Reza (26), a member of the "Billionaire Boys
Club," was later charged with the abduction and murder. Reza was
convicted and sentenced to life. In 1992 Joe Hunt, head of the club,
was also tried for the killing of Eslaminia, but a hung jury forced
a mistrial. In 1998 Rexa's conviction was overturned based on unfair
evidence and a new trial was scheduled. Arben Dosti’s conviction was
reversed in 1998. A new trial was scheduled for Oct. in San Mateo.
In 2000 charges against Reza Eslaminia were dismissed.
(SFC, 2/19/98, p.A14)(SFC, 4/30/98, p.A24)(SFC,
11/7/00, p.A15)(SSFC, 2/8/04, p.A28)
1984 Jun 30, John Turner,
Liberal Party, was sworn in as Canada's 17th prime minister,
succeeding Pierre Elliott Trudeau.
(CFA, '96, p.81)(AP, 6/30/04)
1985 Jun 30, 39 American
hostages from a hijacked TWA jetliner were freed in Beirut after
being held for 17 days.
1985 Jun 30, James A. Dewar,
creator of the Twinkie (1930), died.
1986 Jun 30, The Supreme Court,
in Bowers v. Hardwick, ruled 5-4 that states could outlaw homosexual
acts between consenting adults. This upheld a Georgia law against
sodomy. However, the nation's highest court effectively reversed
this decision in 2003 in Lawrence v. Texas.
(Econ, 4/3/04, p.87)(AP, 6/30/07)
1986 Jun 30, In Ohio a fire at
the Columbus Grove apartment complex killed 2-year-old Cynthia
Collins. Ken Richey (18) acknowledged he was intoxicated that night
and did not remember everything that happened. He agreed to plead no
contest to charges accusing him of leaving the toddler in harm's way
by failing to baby-sit the child after telling her mother that he
would. He was sentenced to the 21 years. In 2008 Richey returned to
1987 Jun 30, Canada introduced
a one dollar coin that was soon nicknamed the Loonie.
1987 Jun 30, The prosecutor at
the trial of Klaus Barbie in Lyon, France, denounced the crimes of
the former Nazi Gestapo official and demanded the maximum sentence
of life in prison. Barbie died in 1991 at age 77.
1988 Jun 30, Renegade Roman
Catholic Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre consecrated four bishops in
defiance of papal authority; the Vatican announced the
excommunication of all five.
1988 Jun 30, There was a
surprising display of "glasnost" during a Soviet Communist Party
conference as delegate Vladimir I. Melnikov bluntly criticized
President Andrei A. Gromyko and other longtime Kremlin figures.
1989 Jun 30, The NY State
Legislature passed the Staten Island secession bill.
1989 Jun 30, Gen. Khin Nyunt,
Myanmar’s prime minister and intelligence chief, brokered a
ceasefire and autonomy deal with Sai Leun (Lin Mingxian), warlord of
Mongla, who built the area into a gambling destination for Chinese
tourists. The Kokang guerrillas, the main fighting force for the
Burmese Communist Party, signed a cease-fire with the military
1989 Jun 30, General Wojciech
Jaruzelski announced he would not run for Poland's new presidency,
saying the people viewed him as the man who imposed martial law.
1989 Jun 30, In Sudan the
elected coalition government was overthrown. Omar Hassan al-Bashir
and Sheik Hassan al-Turabi, brother-in-law of Sadiq el-Mahdi, seized
power. They imposed an Iranian style theocracy along with the strict
Muslim Shariah law on the country including the Christian southern
Sudan. The National Islamic Front (NIF), the political arm of the
Muslim Brotherhood, backed the overthrow of a democratic government
under PM Sadiq el-Mahdi and have ruled ever since. The Umma Party
and the Democratic Union party established bases in Cairo and
Eritrea and later allied with rebel groups that included the
Southern People's Liberation Party.
(SFC, 4/5/97, p.A12)(SFC, 2/20/98, p.A12)(SFC,
12/29/98, p.A6)(Econ, 2/18/12, p.50)
1990 Jun 30, Harken Energy
reported a $23 million 2nd quarter loss.
(SSFC, 7/28/02, p.A19)
1990 Jun 30, Mary Cobb (d.1998)
allegedly witnessed Maurice Caldwell pump shotgun blasts into a car
that resulted in one death and one serious injury at the Alemany
Housing Project. The mother of 2 children later reported the killing
to investigating police and identified Caldwell who was convicted
and sentenced to 34 years in prison. Mary Cobb died of lupus as age
37. In 2010 a judge ordered the conviction of Caldwell set aside
following a signed declaration by Maritte Funches that he and
accomplice Henry Martin were responsible. In 2011 Caldwell was
released after prosecutors learned that evidence in the case had
been destroyed. In 2012 Caldwell filed a federal civil rights suit
against San Francisco.
(SFC, 12/17/10, p.A1)(SFC, 3/26/11, p.C1)
1990 Jun 30, African National
Congress leader Nelson Mandela visited Oakland, California, a day
after receiving a star-studded welcome in Los Angeles.
1991 Jun 30, The federal
base-closing commission voted to shut down 17 military bases,
including the massive Philadelphia Navy Shipyard, in addition to
seven facilities ordered closed two days earlier.
1992 Jun 30, Planes loaded with
food and medicine arrived at the airport in Sarajevo,
Bosnia-Herzegovina, as part of an international relief effort.
1992 Jun 30, Fidel Ramos was
sworn in as the new president of the Philippines. Joseph Estrada was
elected vice-president with twice as many votes in a separate race.
(AP, 6/30/97)(SFEC,11/23/97, p.A25)
1993 Jun 30, Agriculture
Secretary Mike Espy promised federal help for Midwestern farmers as
he toured flood-damaged areas of Iowa, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
1993 Jun 30, Actor George
"Spanky" McFarland of "Our Gang" and "Little Rascals" fame died in
Grapevine, Texas, at age 64.
1994 Jun 30, Pres. Clinton
signed Public Law 103-270, the Independent Council Reauthorization
(WSJ, 1/29/98, p.A1)
1994 Jun 30, The US Supreme
Court ruled that judges can bar even peaceful demonstrators from
getting too close to abortion clinics.
1994 Jun 30, The U.S. Figure
Skating Association stripped Tonya Harding of the 1994 national
championship and banned her from the organization for life for an
attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan.
1995 Jun 30, President Clinton,
speaking in Chicago, proposed an even tighter ban on armor-piercing
handgun ammunition known as "cop-killer" bullets.
1995 Jun 30, In a Greensburg,
Indiana, a mobile home fire killed the 3-year-old son of Kristine
Bunch. She was arrested in 1996, accused of setting the fire and was
sentenced to 60 years in prison. In 2012 she was released following
16 years behind bars for a murder she said all along she didn't
commit. The Indiana Court of Appeals had ordered the local court to
allow Bunch's release on bond while she awaits a second trial.
1995 Jun 30, Gale Gordon (89),
comic actor, died in Escondido, California.
1995 Jun 30, In a stunning
Kremlin purge, Russian President Boris Yeltsin fired three top
security ministers for the botched handling of a bloody
hostage-taking by Chechen rebels in southern Russia.
1996 Jun 30, President Clinton
paid tribute to the 19 killed and hundreds wounded in the truck bomb
attack in Saudi Arabia as he attended memorial services at Eglin Air
Force Base and Patrick Air Force Base in Florida.
1996 Jun 30, Forbes Magazine
ranked Bill Gates the richest man in the world with a fortune valued
at $18 bil. Warren Buffet, Omaha investor came in second with $15.3
bil. Of the 447 billionaires counted by Forbes, 123 were Asian.
(SFC, 7/2/96, p.A2)
1996 Jun 30, Bosnian Serb
leader Radovan Karadzic responded to international pressure to step
aside by handing his powers to an equally nationalist deputy.
1996 Jun 30, In Iceland Olafur
Ragnar Grimsson, a left-wing career politician, claimed victory in
(SFC, 6/30/96, B7)
1996 Jun 30, The Irish
Republican Army confirmed that it had fired mortar bombs at a
British army base in the German town of Osnabrueck.
(SFC, 7/2/96, p.A10)
1996 Jun 30, In Turkey a young
Kurdish rebel disguised as a pregnant woman blew herself up in the
midst of a military ceremony and killed 9 soldiers.
(SFC, 7/2/96, p.A12)
1996 Jun 30, In Sao Tome and
Principe, a 2-island African nation, voters went 41% for incumbent
Miguel Trovoada and 39% for former Marxist ruler Manuel Pinto da
Costa. A runoff was scheduled for Jul 21.
(SFC, 7/3/96, p.C3)
1997 Jun 30, In Hong Kong, the
Union Jack was lowered for the last time over Government House as
Britain prepared to hand the colony back to China after ruling it
for 156 years. The 1st Battalion, The Black Watch (Royal Highland
Regiment) became the last British unit to leave Hong Kong.
1997 Jun 30, North Korea agreed
to hold talks with South Korea in NYC beginning Aug 5.
(SFC, 7/1/97, p.A8)
1997 Jun 30, This day marked
the deadline on passage of a new law that withdraws recognition of
non-Orthodox conversions performed in Israel. Orthodox parties
threatened to withdraw from the government if the law was not
(SFEC, 6/1/97, p.D1)
1998 Jun 30, A US fighter jet
fired a missile at an Iraqi anti-aircraft site after the site’s
radar locked on a British warplane.
(SFC, 7/1/98, p.A1)
1998 Jun 30, Officials
confirmed that the remains of a Vietnam War serviceman buried in the
Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery were identified
as those of Air Force pilot Michael J. Blassie.
1998 Jun 30, Linda Tripp, whose
tape-and-tell friendship with Monica Lewinsky spurred a White House
crisis, spent six hours testifying before a grand jury in
1998 Jun 30, A federal judge
halted enforcement of a new Florida law that imposed 5-year prison
terms on doctors who perform a type of late-term abortion.
(SFC, 7/1/98, p.A3)
1998 Jun 30, Judge Joan
Comparet-Cassani in Long Beach, Ca., ordered the activation of a
stun belt (50,000 volts), fitted under the jail jumpsuit of
defendant Ronnie Hawkins, for his repeated interruptions.
(SFC, 7/10/98, p.A3)(SFC, 8/7/99, p.A17)
1998 Jun 30, In NYC some 20,000
construction workers rallied to protest the city’s use of a nonunion
(SFC, 7/1/98, p.A1)
1998 Jun 30, In Geneva AIDS
specialists from SF reported a patient infected with a strain of HIV
resistant to the new anti-viral drugs.
(SFC, 7/1/98, p.A1)
1998 Jun 30, In Haiti Theodore
Beaubrun, a leading comedian, died at age 79.
(SFC, 7/4/98, p.C2)
1998 Jun 30, In Malaysia the
new Kuala Lumpur Int’l. Airport (KLIA) began operations.
(SFEC, 7/5/98, p.T3)(Econ, 2/7/09, p.35)
1998 Jun 30, Serbian forces
recaptured the Kosovo coal mine at Belacevac.
(SFC, 7/1/98, p.A8)
1998 Jun 30, In the Philippines
Joseph Estrada took his oath of office as the nation’s 13th
(SFC, 6/30/98, p.A10)
1999 Jun 30, Farrah Slad of
Brainerd, Minn., (21) won the $150 million Powerball lottery. She
chose to receive a lump sum of $50.4 million after taxes.
(SFC, 7/2/99, p.A3)
1999 Jun 30, The US Federal
Reserve raised interest rates for the first time in two years,
boosting the target for the funds rate a quarter-point to five
(SFC, 7/1/99, p.A1)(AP, 6/30/00)
1999 Jun 30, On the day the
independent counsel law expired, Kenneth Starr wrapped up the
Whitewater phase of his investigation as presidential friend Webster
Hubbell pleaded guilty to a felony and a misdemeanor.
1999 Jun 30, In Bulgaria
finance minister Muravei Radev announced that 40% of state assets
would be sold and dozens of companies closed.
(SFC, 7/1/99, p.A15)
1999 Jun 30, In Canada the
highest court in BC upheld a ruling that Canada's law against the
possession of child pornography is unconstitutional.
(SFC, 7/1/99, p.a14)
1999 Jun 30, In Germany Turkish
businesses in at least 9 cities were hit by firebombs following the
conviction of Kurdish leader Ocalan.
(SFC, 7/1/99, p.A12)
1999 Jun 30, Peace talks in
Northern Ireland, set for a midnight deadline by British PM Tony
Blair, were extended in an attempt to reach an accord.
(SFC, 7/1/99, p.A12)
1999 Jun 30, In Israel the
ultra-Orthodox Shas Party joined the coalition of Ehud Barak. 69
deputies from 6 parties gave him a majority in the 120-member
(SFC, 7/1/99, p.A12)
1999 Jun 30, In Sierra Leone
the rebel movement accepted a government offer of power-sharing and
a peace accord.
(SFC, 7/1/99, p.A14)
1999 Jun 30, In South Korea a
fire swept through the summer camp dormitory of the Sealand Youth
Training Center in Hwasung and 23 young children were killed. It was
later revealed that the owner of the facility had bribed local
officials for licenses despite gross violations of fire and safety
(SFC, 6/30/99, p.A9)(SFC, 7/7/99, p.C12)
2000 Jun 30, Pres. Clinton
signed legislation for "digital signatures."
(WSJ, 7/3/00, p.A1)
2000 Jun 30, An Arkansas
Supreme Court committee sued President Clinton to strip him of his
law license. Clinton later agreed to pay a fine and give up his law
license for five years.
2000 Jun 30, In Canada a bill
that erased virtually all legal distinctions between heterosexual
marriages and same-sex unions went into effect.
(SFC, 7/3/00, p.A12)
2000 Jun 30, In Chechnya
Russian Gen. Gennady Troshev said that a 5-day firefight at
Serzhen-Yurt was over and that over 100 rebels were killed.
(SFC, 7/1/00, p.A13)
2000 Jun 30, In Denmark 9
people were crushed to death at the Roskilde rock festival during a
Pearl Jam concert.
(SFC, 7/1/00, p.A12)(AP, 6/30/01)
2000 Jun 30, North and South
Korea signed an agreement to allow 100 people each to reunite with
families across their border beginning Aug 15.
(SFC, 7/1/00, p.A12)
2000 Jun 30, In Russia the
lower house voted to give pres. Putin the right to fire any of the
nation’s 89 governors for cause.
(SFC, 7/1/00, p.A13)
2000 Jun 30, In the Solomon
Islands Mannasseh Sogavare replaced Bartholomew Ulufa’alu as prime
(SFC, 7/1/00, p.A13)
2000 Jun 30, In Sri Lanka the
Supreme Court threw out the government’s news censorship system.
(SFC, 7/1/00, p.A13)
2001 Jun 30, Pres. Bush met
with Japan’s PM Koizumi at Camp David and endorsed his plan for
economic reform. They agreed on alternative ways to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions since Bush rejected the Kyoto global
(WSJ, 7/2/01, p.A8)(SSFC, 7/1/01, p.A12)
2001 Jun 30, Doctors implanted
a dual-purpose pacemaker in Vice President Dick Cheney's chest.
2001 Jun 30, NASA launched its
16-foot, 1,800-pound Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) to
orbit the Sun and to scan the universe for the faint afterglow of
Creation by measuring variations in radiation temperature of up to
20 millionths of a degree. In 2003 it allowed scientists to
calculate the age of the universe at 13.7 billion years.
(WSJ, 6/28/01, p.A16)(AP, 6/30/02)(SFC, 2/12/03,
2001 Jun 30, Chet Atkins (77),
a guitarist who helped create the Nashville sound, died in
(WSJ, 7/2/01, p.A1)(SSFC, 7/1/01, p.A25)
2001 Jun 30, Joe Henderson
(64), tenor saxophonist, died in SF. His work included 27 albums and
(SSFC, 7/1/01, p.A20)
2001 Jun 30, In Northern
Ireland David Trimble, Ulster Unionist leader, resigned as the 1st
minister of the joint Catholic-Protestant government.
(SSFC, 7/1/01, p.A13)
2001 Jun 30, It was reported
that some 50,000 people had been driven from their homes in central
Nigeria during 2 weeks of ethnic violence in which as many as 200
people died in Nassarawa state.
(SFC, 6/30/01, p.A10)
2002 Jun 30, The United States
vetoed a resolution extending the U.N. peacekeeping mission in
Bosnia, then agreed to keep the mission alive three more days while
the Security Council seeks a way to meet U.S. demands for immunity
from a new global war crimes court.
(Reuters, 6/30/02)(SFC, 7/1/02, p.A3)
2002 Jun 30, The US first-class
postal rate increased 3 cents to 37 cents.
(SFC, 6/27/02, p.A5)
2002 Jun 30, Leonard Gregg, a
part-time firefighter, was charged with starting one of the two
wildfires that merged into a monstrous blaze in eastern Arizona.
Gregg faced trial on federal charges. Gregg later pleaded guilty and
was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
2002 Jun 30, A US prisoner head
count showed 1,355,748 federal prisoners and 665,475 local inmates.
This amounted to 1 in every 142 US residents.
(SFC, 4/7/03, p.A3)
2002 Jun 30, Bolivians voted
for president and Congress following a campaign in which some
candidates urged radically changing the political system and
overturning the free-market economy. The economy was sliding and
crime so rampant it had provoked lynchings. Many Bolivian voters
turned away from traditional candidates in elections for president
and Congress, picking a fragmented group that some analysts said
could leave the country more unstable. Evo Morales (42), an Aymara
Indian of the Movement Toward Socialism party, won 21% of the vote
and a seat in Congress. Voters elected 36 Indians to the lower house
of 130 seats and 10 Indians to the 27-seat Senate.
(AP, 6/30/02)(AP, 7/1/02)(SFC, 7/6/02, p.A8)(SFC,
2002 Jun 30, Ronaldo, the
world's greatest goal-scorer, capitalized on an error by the best
goalkeeper, Oliver Kahn, then scored again to lift Brazil to an
unprecedented fifth World Cup title Sunday night, 2-0 over Germany.
2002 Jun 30, Cameroon held
parliamentary and municipal elections, one week after voting was
called off because of a lack of ballot papers.
2002 Jun 30, The ruling party
of Guinea's president hoped to win big in long-delayed legislative
elections, but most opposition parties boycotted the ballot.
2002 Jun 30, An Israeli tank
shelled a house in Nablus and killed Mohammed Tahir, a local Hamas
leader and bombmaker, along with an aide.
(SFC, 7/1/02, p.A3)
2002 Jun 30, In Bishkek,
Kyrgyz, police reported that a Chinese diplomat was shot and killed
by unknown gunmen in an apparent gangland dispute.
2003 Jun 30, Buddy Hackett
(78), comedian and film actor born as Leonard Hacker, died in
Malibu, Ca. His films included "The Music Man" (1962).
(SFC, 7/1/03, p.A2)(SSFC, 12/28/03, p.E9)(AP,
2003 Jun 30, In Algeria a
military plane slammed into a house west of the capital, killing at
least 12 people, including women and children on the ground.
2003 Jun 30, In Chechnya armed
thieves opened fire on a crowd of Chechen villagers as they were
collecting unemployment benefits, killing four and wounding at least
2003 Jun 30, American troops
detained the U.S.-appointed mayor of Najaf, Iraq, accusing him of
kidnapping and corruption.
2003 Jun 30, In Iraq 10 people
died in a masque blast in Fallujah. US military later said the blast
was due to an accident during a "bomb manufacturing class." US
ground commanders said there was no evidence of a bomb factory and
residents blamed a US war plane.
(WSJ, 7/2/03, p.A1)(SFC, 7/2/03, p.A14)(SFC,
7/3/03, p.A10)(SFC, 7/4/03, p.A17)
2003 Jun 30, Israeli and
Palestinian commanders shook hands, bulldozers dismantled
checkpoints and Palestinian traffic flowed freely in the Gaza Strip.
A Palestinian shooting killed a Romanian truck driver in the West
2003 Jun 30, Ivory Coast Rebels
announced that they were suspending participation in the
power-sharing government, accusing the government of violating an
agreement ending nine months of civil war.
2003 Jun 30, A Laotian court
sentenced two European journalists and an American pastor to 15
years in jail for the slaying of a village security official. They
were released Jul 9.
(AP, 6/30/03)(AP, 7/9/03)
2003 Jun 30, In Nigeria a
general strike called to protest massive fuel-price increases
paralyzed the major cities. Police fired tear gas to break up mobs
of banner-waving workers and roving armed gangs.
2003 Jun 30, Pakistan's new
ambassador to India arrived to take up his post, saying his country
was ready to restore normal ties with its nuclear rival after a gap
of 18 months.
2003 Jun 30, Beatriz Merino
(55), Peru's first female PM debuted, pledging to bring discipline
and austerity to the beleaguered government amid hopes her
appointment will help salvage Alejandro Toledo's presidency.
2003 Jun 30, In Moscow an
investigation of 700 police officers of the criminal Investigation
Dept. began as "Operation Werewolves" continued into a 2nd week.
(SFC, 7/3/03, p.A14)
2003 Jun 30, Foreign ministers
from 16 South Pacific nations endorsed a plan to send more than
2,000 troops and police to impose civil order in the Solomon
Islands. The military component of the Regional Assistance Mission
to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) ended in 2013.
(AP, 7/3/03)(Econ, 7/20/13, p.39)
2004 Jun 30, The US Federal
Reserve raised interest rates by a quarter point.
(SFC, 7/1/04, p.A1)
2004 Jun 30, A federal appeals
court approved an antitrust settlement Microsoft had negotiated with
the Justice Department.
2004 Jun 30, The Cassini probe
entered Saturn’s orbit for 4 years of explorations. Its 4-year
mission included a close approach to Saturn’s 3rd moon Iapetus.
(Econ, 4/24/04, p.83)(WSJ, 7/1/04, p.A1)
2004 Jun 30, The Iraqis took
legal custody of Saddam Hussein and 11 of his top lieutenants, a
first step toward the ousted dictator's expected trial for crimes
2004 Jun 30, From Nigeria it
was reported that Alhaji Dokubo-Asari head of an ethnically diverse
mix of fighters who chiefly worship Egbesu, the traditional god of
war for ethnic Ijaw, was trying to wrest the oil-rich Niger Delta
away from multinational oil giants and the government, and put it
into the hands of "the people."
2005 Jun 30, Pres. Bush, in
advance of the G-8 summit, announced a $1.7 billion aid package for
Africa and promised to double total assistance by 2010.
(SFC, 7/1/05, p.A15)
2005 Jun 30, The US Federal
Reserve raised interest rates by a quarter point. It marked the 9th
increase since tightening began in 2004.
(SFC, 7/1/04, p.A1)
2005 Jun 30, Time editor Norman
Pearlstein agreed to hand over notes relating to the CIA-leak probe.
The next day Lawrence O’Donnell broke the story that the e-mails
that Time turned over to the prosecutor that day reveal that Karl
Rove is the source Matt Cooper is protecting. [see Jul 14,
2003, Sep 29, 2003]
p.A1)(http://tinyurl.com/83v7r)(SSFC, 7/3/05, p.A8)
2005 Jun 30, Bank of America
Corp. said it will acquire MBNA Corp. in a $35 billion cash and
stock deal that will result in 6,000 jobs cuts but transform the
nation's third-largest bank into one of the world's largest credit
2005 Jun 30, Viacom launched
Logo, a gay oriented TV show.
(SFC, 6/30/05, p.E1)(Econ, 7/2/05, p.59)
2005 Jun 30, A 2-year,
11-nation investigation, called Operation Site Down, culminated with
arrests and the shut down of 8 major pirated film and software
distribution servers. Over 120 cyber pirates were identified.
(SFC, 7/1/05, p.B1)
2005 Jun 30, At El Cahon, Ca.,
5 illegal immigrants were killed and six others injured when their
van collided with a pickup truck shortly after it sped around a
2005 Jun 30, In Australia a
clinical audit of cases handled by surgeon Dr. Jayant Patel
nicknamed "Dr. Death" by his former colleagues, has found he
contributed to eight patient deaths during his two years at a
Queensland hospital, far fewer than earlier reported.
2005 Jun 30, Storms lashed
Australia's east coast in a violent end to one of the country's
worst droughts on record.
2005 Jun 30, The income of
Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, rose by 11% in 2004 to
more than $23 million, according to an annual financial report
released by his household.
2005 Jun 30, Christopher Fry,
English playwright, died at age 97. Fry was England’s last
successful playwright to write in verse. His work included “Look
Back in Anger" (1956).
(Econ, 7/16/05, p.83)
2005 Jun 30, A Cambodia doctor
reported that 2 infants have died in Cambodia from influenza, part
of an outbreak that has hospitalized more than 1,000 children. He
said the illness appears to be a form of human flu, not the avian
2005 Jun 30, Chinese President
Hu Jintao visited Russia and is expected to bolster ties with
Beijing's former rival in hopes of quadrupling their trade turnover
to up to $80 billion a year by 2010.
2005 Jun 30, China overtook
Japan as the world’s largest holder of foreign exchange reserves.
The combined China and Hong Kong reserves stood at $833 billion.
(Econ, 9/17/05, p.80)
2005 Jun 30, The EU and China
plunged into a 2nd trade row, this time over shoes, but Brussels
said a deal was still possible over Beijing's surging footwear
2005 Jun 30, In Kinshasa riot
police fired tear gas and beat demonstrators with batons as
thousands protested delays to Congo's first postwar presidential
elections. At least six died in violence nationwide.
2005 Jun 30, The Muslim
Brotherhood, Egypt's largest Islamic group, launched an alliance
devoted to the peaceful removal of President Hosni Mubarak, who has
been in power since 1981. Several other opposition groups promptly
lent their support to what the Brotherhood has called an alliance
intended "to exercise peaceful pressure on the regime, through legal
and constitutional means, to make it respond to democratic change."
2005 Jun 30, In Honduras
Central American leaders agreed to create a regional special forces
unit to fight drug trafficking, gang violence and terrorism within
their borders. The 2-day regional meeting included the presidents of
Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico,
Nicaragua, and Panama.
(AP, 6/30/05)(SFC, 7/1/05, p.A14)
2005 Jun 30, The Israeli
military isolated the Gaza Strip, declaring it a "closed military
zone" to prevent Jewish extremists from going in.
2005 Jun 30, An ultra-Orthodox
Jew stabbed and wounded two marchers in the annual Jerusalem Gay
2005 Jun 30, Pres. Fox signed a
bill allowing millions of Mexicans living abroad to vote by mail in
next year's presidential election.
2005 Jun 30, Justice Minister
Yuri Chaika said that Russia was seeking to have assets of the
beleaguered Yukos oil company seized overseas and had asked
Netherlands and Lithuania for help.
2005 Jun 30, Spain’s Parliament
voted 187-147 to legalize gay marriages, defying conservatives and
clergy making Spain the 3rd country to allow same-sex unions
(AP, 6/30/05)(WSJ, 7/1/05, p.A1)
2005 Jun 30, Sudan announced
the imminent end of a 16-year state of emergency across most of the
giant country and began releasing political prisoners, including the
leading Islamic opposition figure.
(AP, 6/30/05)(WSJ, 7/1/05, p.A1)
2005 Jun 30, The UN panel
overseeing compensation for victims of Iraq's 1990 invasion of
Kuwait approved its final claims, bringing the total award to $52.5
2005 Jun 30, Zimbabwe police
targeted an illegal settlement west of Harare in the government's
six-week demolition and resettlement campaign, and as many as three
people were reported dead. 2 women, one of them pregnant, died when
they fell off the back of trucks ferrying them to a "transit camp"
where thousands of displaced people are living in tents. A
4-year-old boy was run over by a truck
2006 Jun 30, A US free-trade
agreement with Guatemala took effect.
(SFC, 7/1/06, p.A3)
2006 Jun 30, US prosecutors
asked a federal judge to force former Enron chief executives Ken Lay
and Jeffrey Skilling to forfeit $183 million for their crimes at the
collapsed energy company.
2006 Jun 30, The US Defense
Dept. granted the Navy an exemption to use sonar during maritime
exercises off both coasts for the next 6 months. This sidestepped a
lawsuit that sought to protect whales near Hawaii from the noise.
(SFC, 7/1/06, p.A1)
2006 Jun 30, Former NYC Police
Commissioner Bernard Kerik, whose Homeland Security nomination was
withdrawn because of ethics questions, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor
charges of accepting $165,000 in improper gifts while serving as a
top city official.
(Reuters, 6/30/06)(WSJ, 7/1/06, p.A1)
2006 Jun 30, Ralph’s Grocery
Co. agreed to pay $70 million in restitution and fines as part of a
plea agreement involving charges of hiring hundreds of workers under
fake names during a 2003 strike and lockout in Southern California.
(SFC, 7/1/06, p.C1)
2006 Jun 30, The US FDA gave
Genentech approval to market Lucentis, a drug to restore sight to
people suffering from the wet form of age-related macular
(SFC, 7/1/06, p.C1)
2006 Jun 30, In eastern
Afghanistan Coalition soldiers tracked a group of militants to a
safe house and killed 14 in an attack on the compound. Afghan and
coalition forces also raided a village in the southern Afghan
province of Kandahar, killing one suspected militant and detaining
2006 Jun 30, China's ruling
party must stamp out the rampant corruption that led to the
convictions of thousands of officials last year, President Hu Jintao
said as the Communist Party commemorated the 85th anniversary of its
2006 Jun 30, Campaigning began
for Congo's first multiparty elections in more than 4 decades.
Troops fired into a crowd and killed 12 protesters in retaliation
for the death of a soldier in Matadi.
(AP, 6/30/06)(Econ, 7/8/06, p.41)
2006 Jun 30, Cuban librarians
criticized attempts by the Miami-Dade County school board to ban a
children's book that presents a positive depiction of life on the
2006 Jun 30, PM Manmohan Singh
promised his government will do all it can to help farmers in
India's main cotton belt where crippling debts and falling prices
have pushed many to suicide.
2006 Jun 30, The US military
said 5 US Army soldiers are being investigated for allegedly raping
a young woman, then killing her and three members of her family in
Mahmoudiya. The soldiers also allegedly burned the body of the woman
they are accused of raping. Police found three bodies that had been
bound and shot in different areas Baghdad. A Marine was killed in
fighting in the volatile Anbar province west of Baghdad. On Nov 15
Spc. James P. Barker (23) pleaded guilty and agreed to testify
against other soldiers. The deal called for Barker to serve 90 years
in prison, but he would be eligible for parole in 20 years.
(AP, 6/30/06)(SFC, 11/17/06, p.A19)
2006 Jun 30, A tired-sounding
Osama bin Laden praised slain Iraq insurgent Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in
2006 Jun 30, An Israeli
airstrike hit a car driving down a main road in Gaza City, and two
people were injured.
2006 Jun 30, At least eight
suspected Islamic militants trying to cross into India's portion of
disputed Kashmir from the Pakistani side were killed during a
gunbattle. Federal security forces shot dead music composer
Inayatullah Bhat (31) near his home in Srinagar. The next day at
least two dozen people were hurt as thousands of protesters hurled
bricks and stones in a violent demonstration over his killing.
(AP, 6/30/06)(AFP, 7/1/06)
2006 Jun 30, Pierluigi Bersani,
Italian minister for economic development, rushed a decree through
cabinet abolishing some of the more abstruse regulations in the
services industry that throttled economic activity. This sparked
wildcat protests by taxi drivers. The taxi strikes ended July 17
following concessions from the government.
(Econ, 7/8/06, p.59)(SSFC, 7/23/06, p.G2)
2006 Jun 30, Former Mexican
President Luis Echeverria was placed under house arrest on genocide
charges stemming from a 1968 student massacre, an unprecedented move
coming just two days before the country elects a new president.
Authorities found two more human heads in front of a government
office in Acapulco, accompanied with threatening messages linked to
the drug trade.
2006 Jun 30, The Dutch PM Jan
Peter Balkenende and his Cabinet resigned after a split in its ranks
over the citizenship case of Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a prominent
Somali-born critic of Islam.
2006 Jun 30, Russia offered a
$10 million reward for information on the killers of five Russian
Embassy staff workers in Iraq.
2006 Jun 30, Three Darfur rebel
groups, that have refused to sign up to an African Union-mediated
peace deal for the troubled western Sudanese region, formed a new
alliance to fight Khartoum. Officials from the groups created the
National Redemption Front (NRF) after talks in the Eritrean capital
and reaffirmed their opposition to the Abuja peace agreement.
2006 Jun 30, The Vatican said
it will release from its secret archives years of files on Pope Pius
XI, whose pontificate spanned most of the period between the world
2006 Jun 30, The UN Security
Council voted unanimously to conclude its peacekeeping mission in
Burundi on Dec. 31 and replace it with a UN office to help promote
development and democracy in the central African nation.
2006 Jun 30, The UN General
Assembly lifted a $950 million budget spending cap over objections
from the US, which wanted to keep the lid to press for management
2007 Jun 30, BCE Inc, Canada's
largest telecommunications group, agreed to a C$51.7 billion ($48.5
billion) offer from a group including the Ontario Teachers Pension
Plan, in what the purchasers said was the largest buyout in Canadian
2007 Jun 30, East Timor
parliamentary elections got under way. The ruling Fretilin party
narrowly defeated its rivals in elections, prompting the President
Jose Ramos-Horta to call for a national unity coalition to avoid a
collapse of the government.
(AP, 6/30/07)(AP, 7/5/07)
2007 Jun 30, American soldiers
rolled into Baghdad's Shiite Sadr City slum in search of
Iranian-linked militants and as many as 26 Iraqis were killed. Iraqi
officials said the death toll was much lower. Residents, police and
hospital officials said eight civilians were killed in their homes.
In Muqdadiyah a suicide bomber blew himself up near a crowd of
police recruits, killing at least 23 people and wounding 17.
Fighting near the Sunni city of Ramadi left 23 insurgents dead.
(AP, 6/30/07)(SSFC, 7/1/07, p.A16)(AP, 7/2/07)
2007 Jun 30, An Israeli air
strike killed 3 Palestinian militants in Gaza, including an Islamic
Jihad commander long sought by Israel for involvement in rocket
shootings at the Jewish state.
2007 Jun 30, Voting in general
elections began in Papua New Guinea and was scheduled to continue to
July 10. An average of 25 candidates stood for each of 109 seats.
Bad weather pushed completion to mid July. The population numbered
about 6 million.
(Econ, 7/7/07, p.42)(Econ, 7/21/07, p.44)
2007 Jun 30, In Scotland a
four-wheel-drive Jeep rammed into the main terminal at Glasgow
airport and exploded in flames; the attack came a day after two cars
rigged as bombs were found in London. Police arrested two men for
the attack, one of them under guard in the hospital after being
engulfed in flames when the Jeep crashed into the airport. The
driver was later identified as Kafeel Ahmed (28), an Indian
(Reuters, 6/30/07)(AP, 7/1/07)(SFC, 7/9/07,
2007 Jun 30, Gunmen shot dead
two civilians in Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna peninsula, as the
government and Tamil Tigers blamed each other for the latest in a
string of such killings.
2007 Jun 30, Venezuela’s Pres.
Chavez arrived in Iran for a two-day visit.
2008 Jun 30, President Bush
signed legislation to pay for the war operations in Iraq and
Afghanistan for the rest of his presidency and beyond, hailing the
$162 billion plan as a rare product of bipartisan cooperation.
2008 Jun 30, Missouri Gov. Mat
Blunt signed a bill outlawing cyberbullying. The bill updated state
laws against harassment by removing the requirement that the
communication be written or made over the telephone. This was in
response to the suicide of Megan Meier (13) on October 17, 2006.
(SFC, 7/1/08, p.A5)
2008 Jun 30, Crude oil futures
hit a record intraday high of $143.67 before closing at $140.
(WSJ, 7/1/08, p.C16)
2008 Jun 30, In Afghanistan 4
civilians were killed and two police were wounded in three roadside
bomb blasts in the Zurmat district of eastern Paktia province.
Militants attacked the government office in the town of Azra, Logar
province, killing a civilian employee and wounding 3 police. US-led
helicopters and bombers killed 33 insurgents in eastern Khost
province, while NATO soldiers in the same area cooperated with
Pakistani troops across the frontier to kill several more rebels.
Gunmen dragged three pro-Karzai tribal elders from their car and
shot them dead in Paktika province. A policeman was killed in a
separate but similar incident in the same area.
(AFP, 6/30/08)(AP, 6/30/08)(AP, 7/1/08)
2008 Jun 30, In Hay, Australia,
John Walsh (69) was arrested hours after hacking his two
grandchildren and wife to death with an ax and badly wounding his
daughter in Cowra.
2008 Jun 30, In Chile Judge
Alejandro Solis said he sentenced retired Gen. Manuel Contreras to
two consecutive life prison terms for the killing of retired army
chief Carlos Prats and his wife, who died when a bomb blew their car
in Argentina in 1974. Contreras was already in prison serving
sentences of more than 70 years for other crimes committed under
2008 Jun 30, In Egypt African
Union Commission chief Jean Ping told African leaders at a summit
that Africa must assume its responsibility in crisis-riven Zimbabwe.
2008 Jun 30, A French court
ordered online auctioneer eBay to pay nearly 40 million euros in
damages to Louis Vuitton for selling fake luxury goods, in a ruling
cheered as a victory for copyright protection.
2008 Jun 30, Brahim Deby, the
eldest son of Chad’s President Idriss Deby, was found dead in the
basement of his apartment building in a Paris suburb. He was
asphyxiated by chemicals from a fire extinguisher that lay near his
body. In late November Romanian police arrested a French-Romanian
national identified as Marius C. after on a warrant from France.
2008 Jun 30, The Socialist
International (SI), meeting in Lagonissi, Greece, granted observer
status to the Polisario Front, a group fighting for full
independence in Western Sahara. The disputed Western Sahara region
is largely controlled by Morocco, but the Algerian-backed Polisario
Front is committed to securing independence.
2008 Jun 30, India’s massive
waiver for the debts of small farmers took effect. This cost the
government an estimated 1.6% of GDP. Banks and credit cooperatives
will be reimbursed in installments over the next 4 years.
(Econ, 7/5/08, p.84)
2008 Jun 30, A special Iranian
court sentenced Ali Ashtari (45), an Iranian man, to death on
charges of spying for Israel. It was the country's first known
conviction for espionage linked to Israel in almost a decade. The
salesman of electronic merchandise had a job supplying military,
security and defense centers across the country with electronic
2008 Jun 30, In Indian Kashmir
shops, schools and offices remained shut for the eighth day running
as protesters demanded formal revocation of an order to hand over
land to a Hindu pilgrim body.
2008 Jun 30, Iraq announced
that it was opening six major oil fields and two natural gas fields
to development by foreign firms.
2008 Jun 30, Lithuania’s
national communication regulator's office said that some 300
websites, including those of public institutions such as the
national ethics body and the securities and exchange commission, as
well as a string of companies, had found themselves under cyber
2008 Jun 30, The UN said
thousands of tons of food from the US has started flowing into North
(SFC, 7/1/08, p.A3)
2008 Jun 30, In Pakistan an
explosion killed six people at the house of Militant chief Haji
Namdar in the northwestern Khyber tribal district, on the third day
of a government offensive. Richard Boucher, the US Assistant
Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, flew into Islamabad
for talks with PM Yousuf Raza Gilani and other senior officials.
2008 Jun 30, In the Philippines
gunmen killed journalist Bert Sison (62) and slightly wounded one of
his daughters, whose sister pretended to be dead and escaped
unharmed. The two daughters, also correspondents of the "Regional
Bulletin," which reports mostly crime stories and sometimes carries
articles critical of politicians.
2008 Jun 30, Sri Lanka's air
force bombed a Tamil Tiger rebel navy base, while separate ground
clashes in the country's war-torn north left 20 combatants dead.
2008 Jun 30, In Sudan a cargo
plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Khartoum's airport, killing
all four Russian crew members aboard. The plane hit an electricity
pole shortly after takeoff and then crashed into an empty field.
2009 Jun 30, Navy Adm. James
Stavridis replaced Army Gen. Bantz J. Craddock at a change of
command ceremony at the US military's Patch Barracks near Stuttgart
attended by US Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen,
chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Stavridis, as the new head of
the US European Command and NATO's top military leader, said
quelling the Afghan insurgency would take more than bullets, calling
for efforts to rebuild roads, schools and farms to win local support
against the Taliban. A US soldier went missing and was believed
captured by insurgents in eastern Afghanistan. He was later
identified as Pfc. Bowe R. Bergdahl (23) of Ketchum, Idaho.
(AP, 6/30/09)(AP, 7/2/09)(AP, 7/19/09)
2009 Jun 30, Boston disbanded
its mounted police unit due to budget cuts. Founded in 1873 it was
the first mounted unit in the country.
(SFC, 6/29/09, p.A4)
2009 Jun 30, Minnesota’s state
Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Democrat Al Franken should be
certified the winner. Republican Norm Coleman pulled the plug on a
bitter election that was decided by 312 votes out of almost 2.9
million cast. Franken's victory gave Democrats 60 Senate seats, the
critical number needed to overcome Republican filibusters.
2009 Jun 30, In Michigan gunmen
in a green minivan opened fire on a group of teenagers waiting at a
bus stop near a Detroit school, wounding seven including two who
were in critical condition.
2009 Jun 30, In California
August Provost (29), a black and gay sailor, was burned and killed
during an arson attack at Camp Pendleton. On July 31 Petty Officer
Jonathan (32) was found dead of suicide in the base’s brig.
2009 Jun 30, The African Union
Executive Council announced it was lifting sanctions against
Mauritania despite the coup held there 10 months ago. The sanctions
could be enforced again if the presidential election due July 18
aren't considered fair.
2009 Jun 30, Authorities in
Argentina's capital and Buenos Aires province declared health
emergencies and extended school vacations as the nation's swine flu
death toll surged to 35.
2009 Jun 30, Australian serial
rapist John Xydias (45) was jailed for 28 years. For over 15 years
he had dressed his unconscious victims in his collection of women's
underwear and filmed assaults on them.
2009 Jun 30, In Australia 2 men
were charged with the murder of a female student from China who went
missing June 25 after a night out in Tasmania. Stavros Papadopoulos
and Daniel Joseph Williams, both 21 and from Hobart, were remanded
in custody after a brief appearance before a magistrate. Accountancy
student Zhang Yu (26) was last seen alive outside a Hobart city
center pub. Police later found her body in the Tyenna river west of
Hobart. In 2010 Papadopoulos was sentenced to life in prison.
Accomplice Daniel Jo Williams was sentenced to 10 years in jail on a
charge of manslaughter.
(AP, 6/30/09)(AFP, 6/30/10)
2009 Jun 30, China postponed a
plan to require personal computer makers to supply
Internet-filtering software, retreating in the face of protests by
Washington and Web surfers hours before it was due to take effect.
2009 Jun 30, Ethiopian police
shot dead two people and injured six others as they blocked an
attempt by Christians to build a church at a site also claimed by
2009 Jun 30, Shi Pei Pu
(b.1938), a Chinese operatic soprano, died in Paris. His affair with
French lover Bernard Boursicot (b.1945), inspired the 1988 play and
1993 film “M. Butterfly." Both were arrested for espionage in 1983
and convicted in 1986. Shi was pardoned in 1987.
(SFC, 7/4/09, p.B3)
2009 Jun 30, The UN adopted a
resolution calling on all 192 UN member states not to recognize any
government in Honduras other than Zelaya's. Roberto Micheletti,
Honduras' interim leader, warned that the only way his predecessor
will return to office is through a foreign invasion. The regime that
ousted Zelaya claimed that the deposed president allowed money and
tons of cocaine to be flown into the Central American country on its
way to the US.
2009 Jun 30, India's first "sea
bridge" was officially opened in Mumbai, raising hopes that the
state-of-the-art structure will ease chronic congestion on the
city's notoriously choked roads. The 5.6-kilometer (3.5-mile)
Bandra-Worli Sea Link, an eight-lane freeway, will help cut the
40-minute journey between the suburbs of Bandra and Worli to just
eight minutes. Suspected militants used automatic weapons and
machetes to kill a family of four migrant workers in India's
(AFP, 6/30/09)(AP, 6/30/09)
2009 Jun 30, Indonesia
committed to the conservation of its dwindling tropical forests in a
multimillion dollar debt-swap deal signed with the American
government. Jakarta's payments to Washington will be reduced by $30
million over the next eight years under the US Tropical Forest
2009 Jun 30, Iraq's
long-awaited licensing round to develop some of its massive oil
reserves stumbled as oil and gas companies dug in their heals,
demanding more money for their efforts than the government was
willing to pay. Iraq celebrated National Sovereignty Day, a new
public holiday, following the withdrawal of US forces from its
cities. An explosion in Kirkuk killed at least 30 people.
(AP, 6/30/09)(SFC, 7/1/09, p.A2)(AP, 7/2/09)
2009 Jun 30, The Israeli navy
ordered a small ferry carrying medical supplies and foreign peace
activists trying to break a blockade of Gaza to turn back. The
Israeli navy intercepted the ship and forced it to sail to the
Israeli port of Ashdod.
2009 Jun 30, Mexican police
found the remains of six people tortured and shot to death in
western Michoacan state, a focus of the government's war against
drug cartels. In the northern city of Ciudad Juarez, police found
the body of a 19-year-old woman, an American citizen from across the
border in El Paso, dumped at an intersection with her throat slit.
2009 Jun 30, The Dutch Supreme
Court upheld the war crimes conviction of businessman Frans van
Anraat for selling chemicals to Iraq, which were turned into poison
gas and unleashed in 1988 by the regime of Saddam Hussein on Kurds
and Iranians. The court shaved six months off Anraat’s 17-year
sentence because his case took so long.
2009 Jun 30, Pakistan’s
military said that 18 militants and three soldiers had been killed
in the previous 24 hours. It also said militants had killed 18 of
their wounded comrades in Swat. A militant faction allied with
Mehsud in North Waziristan, another militant hotbed on the Afghan
border, said it was ending a pact with the government because of US
drone aircraft attacks and the presence of government forces in
2009 Jun 30, In Poland
officials began building a new museum of Jewish history in Warsaw
that they hope will become a major cultural landmark. Museum
officials say construction will cost around 150 million zlotys ($47
million) and should be completed in 2012. An earlier groundbreaking
ceremony for the Museum of the History of Polish Jews took place in
2007 in the presence of the Polish president, but bureaucratic
obstacles then held up construction.
2009 Jun 30, As many as 30
people were feared dead after the MV Demas Victory capsized and
quickly sank in choppy Persian Gulf waters off the Qatari capital
Doha. Five crew members were rescued. The ship was carrying 9 crew,
along with 24 employees of the charterer HBK Power Cleaning and two
caterers working for a company hired by HBK.
2009 Jun 30, In Turkey a
civilian prosecutor charged and briefly arrested Col. Dursun Cicek
for his alleged involvement in a plan to overthrow the AK party. The
army ordered an investigation but declared the colonel innocent.
(Econ, 7/4/09, p.49)
2009 Jun 30, A Yemenia Airbus
310 jet with 153 people on board crashed into the Indian Ocean as it
tried to land during strong winds on the island nation of Comoros.
The passengers were on the last leg of a journey from Paris and
Marseilles to Comoros with a stop in Yemen to change planes. Bahia
Bakari (14), the only person to survive, was plucked from the sea
after clinging to wreckage for 13 hours. Investigators on Aug 28
retrieved the slightly damaged flight data recorder and 10 more
bodies from the Yemenia Airways flight. The voice recorder was
recovered on Aug 29. On Nov 15, 2013, France charged Yemenia Airways
with manslaughter over the crash.
(AP, 6/30/09)(SFC, 7/2/09, p.A3)(AP,
2010 Jun 30, In Alabama a grand
jury indicted Joran van der Sloot on charges that he tried to extort
$250,000 from Beth Holloway, the mother of Natalee Holloway, a
teenager who disappeared during a 2005 trip to Aruba.
(SFC, 7/1/10, p.A4)
2010 Jun 30, The San Francisco
fiscal year ended. Parking meter revenue generated $38 million for
the fiscal year. Revenue from expired meter fines added almost $29
million. Meter rates have been raised in 1992, 2003, 2005 and 2009.
(SFC, 10/7/10, p.A10)
2010 Jun 30, Allyn Ferguson
(b.1924), Emmy-winning composer, died at his home in Los Angeles
County. He co-wrote the theme music for the TV series “Charlie’s
Angels" and “Barney Miller," as well as numerous other series.
(SFC, 6/30/10, p.C5)
2010 Jun 30, In eastern
Afghanistan militants set off a car bomb and stormed the entrance to
a major NATO air base outside Jalalabad city. 8 insurgents died in
the failed assault. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said six
suicide attackers killed 32 foreign and Afghan security forces at
the airport. NATO said a US trooper died of wounds sustained in a
gunbattle with insurgents. Two patients waiting for a doctor were
wounded when a suicide bomber detonated his vest of explosives
behind a clinic in the Dularam district of Farah province. 43
insurgents were reported killed or captured in a 3-day operation
aimed at disrupting insurgents in Panjwai district of Kandahar
province. Afghan and int’l. troops captured Mullah Nazar Mohammad,
the Taliban district chief of Now Zad and Mullah Malang, a Taliban
commander in Baghran, Helmand province. Some Taliban were killed or
(AP, 6/30/10)(WSJ, 7/2/10, p.A10)(SFC, 7/2/10,
2010 Jun 30, In Algeria Al
Qaeda-linked militants killed 11 Algerian paramilitary police in the
oil-rich state's deadliest attack in a year.
(AFP, 7/1/10)(SFC, 7/1/10, p.A2)
2010 Jun 30, The British the
Supreme Court ruled that British troops are not protected by human
rights laws on the battlefield, after the government argued that
such protection could hamper military decision-making.
2010 Jun 30, In Burundi
politicians boycotting the elections dismissed the results as a
(SFC, 7/1/10, p.A2)
2010 Jun 30, China threw open
the gates of its secretive Central Party School, offering foreign
journalists a rare but carefully scripted peek at the leafy campus
where the country's Communist elite are trained.
2010 Jun 30, In Colombia former
hostage Ingrid Betancourt filed a request with Colombia's Defense
Ministry to pay her $6.8 million for damages she suffered during six
years in rebel captivity. She sought the payment for herself, her
two children, mother and sister. Betancourt later said that despite
seeking damages, she has no intention of suing Colombia for the
(AP, 7/10/10)(AP, 7/12/10)
2010 Jun 30, Amnesty
International released a report saying Cuba uses repressive laws, a
well-oiled state security apparatus and complicit courts to stifle
political dissent as it harasses, spies on and imprisons those who
openly oppose its communist system.
2010 Jun 30, In Germany
Christine Wulff, a former state governor. was elected president
after 3 rounds of voting. He was Chancellor’s Merkel’s candidate.
(SFC, 7/1/10, p.A2)
2010 Jun 30, In Guinea a group
of candidates running in what many hoped would be the country's
first free election since independence denounced what they called
widespread fraud in the poll.
2010 Jun 30, The Israeli army
said an Israeli soldier and several civilians have been arrested for
allegedly passing information to the Lebanese militia Hezbollah and
smuggling drugs across the border.
2010 Jun 30, In Mexico a 6.2
earthquake, centered in Oaxaca, killed at least one man.
(SFC, 7/1/10, p.A2)
2010 Jun 30, Nepal's PM Madhav
Kumar Nepal announced his resignation, bowing to pressure from
opposition Maoists who have been demanding his ouster in parliament
and on the streets.
2010 Jun 30, In Pakistan
Samiullah Khan, a deputy administrator in the Orakzai tribal region,
said the aerial bombings have destroyed six Taliban hide-outs in the
region leaving at least 20 militants dead.
2010 Jun 30, In the Philippines
Benigno Aquino III was sworn in as the country’s 15th president. He
promised to prosecute the corrupt and banish poverty as he urged
Filipinos to help him in a job he likened to a biblical burden.
2010 Jun 30, A South African
health official said botched circumcisions performed during
traditional initiation rites have killed 40 boys and put more than
100 in hospital this month.
2011 Jun 30, California Gov.
Jerry Brown signed a budget plan. He used his line-item veto to cut
an additional $23.8 million from the state’s $86 billion general
(SFC, 7/1/11, p.A1)
2011 Jun 30, Florida’s
Miami-Dade police shot and killed 4 armed men in a sting operation
targeting a group that had committed a series of violent home
(SFC, 7/2/11, p.A5)
2011 Jun 30, Ohio Republican
Governor John Kasich signed into law a bill that allows gun owners
in the state to carry concealed weapons into bars and other places
where alcohol is served. The law also prohibits gun owners from
consuming alcohol or being under the influence of alcohol or drugs
when they carry their weapons into bars.
2011 Jun 30, In southern
Afghanistan roadside bombs killed two NATO service members in
separate attacks. A man, woman and four children were killed when
the car in which they were riding hit a roadside bomb in Marjah
district, Helmand province. Militants captured two de-mining workers
and seized five of their vehicles in Gardez.
2011 Jun 30, Bahrain stopped
bringing anti-government protesters to trial at a special tribunal
with military prosecutors and moved the proceedings to civilian
courts. Riot police fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse
thousands of opposition supporters.
(AP, 6/30/11)(SFC, 7/1/11, p.A2)
2011 Jun 30, Bangladesh's
Parliament rewrote the constitution and rescinded a 15-year-old
requirement that general elections be overseen by nonpartisan
caretaker governments, a move the opposition says could allow
incumbents to rig the votes.
(AP, 6/30/11)(Econ, 8/13/11, p.42)
2011 Jun 30, Bolivia's
government said it has informed the United Nations it is renouncing
the world body's 1961 anti-drug convention because it classifies
coca leaf as an illegal drug.
2011 Jun 30, In Brazil a law
was published in the official gazette saying prisoners will get one
day knocked off their sentences for every 12 hours in the classroom.
2011 Jun 30, British teachers
and public service workers swapped classrooms and offices for picket
lines as hundreds of thousands walked off the job to protest pension
2011 Jun 30, China’s 200 mph
bullet train from Beijing to Shanghai opened to the public.
Construction of the $34 billion, 1,318 km rail line began on April
2011 Jun 30, In Equatorial
Guinea the 53-nation African Union opened its summit in Malabo.
2011 Jun 30, The German
parliament approved government plan to shut down nuclear power
plants by 2022.
2011 Jun 30, India’s media
reported that at least 17 infants have died in the last 48 hours at
the government-run B.C. Roy Hospital for Children in Kolkata, West
Bengal. In 2006, 22 infants died in three days at the same hospital
because of prematurity or acute forms of either meningitis,
encephalitis or septicemia.
2011 Jun 30, Indonesian
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono appointed his brother-in-law, who
rights groups say may have been responsible for abuses in East Timor
in 1999, as the nation's new army chief.
2011 Jun 30, In northern Iraqi
two police officers were killed in a late night ambush at a fake
checkpoint in Wana.
2011 Jun 30, The Italian
government approved a $68 billion austerity sweep. The 3-year plan
aimed to bring the government’s 3.9% budget deficit to near balance
(SFC, 7/1/11, p.A2)
2011 Jun 30, In Kenya two
people were killed and dozens injured after a riot broke out in part
of the Dadaab camp, Africa's biggest refugee camp, where thousands
of Somali refugees have been arriving weekly in search of food and
shelter. The population at Dadaab camp surpassed 370,000 last week
and showed no sign of stabilizing.
2011 Jun 30, A UN-backed court
investigating the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime
Minister Rafik Hariri delivered four arrest warrants. Lebanese
authorities were given 30 days to serve the indictments on suspects
or execute arrest warrants. If they fail, the court can then order
the indictment published and advertised in local media. One of the
people named is Mustafa Badreddine, believed to have been
Hezbollah's deputy military commander. He is the brother-in-law of
the late Hezbollah military commander Imad Mughniyeh and is
suspected of involvement in the 1983 bombings of the U.S. and French
embassies in Kuwait that killed five people. The other suspects are:
Salim Ayyash, also known as Abu Salim; Assad Sabra and Hassan Anise,
who changed his name to Hassan Issa.
(AP, 6/30/11)(AP, 7/1/11)
2011 Jun 30, Secretary of State
Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived for the two-day "Community of
Democracies" gathering in Vilnius, Lithuania.
2011 Jun 30, In Mexico gunmen
opened fire during a soccer game in the resort city of Acapulco,
killing two people and wounding at least two children who were
watching the match.
2011 Jun 30, A Pakistani
military commander said troops backed by jets and helicopter
gunships have killed 40 militants in the Mohmand tribal area
bordering Afghanistan in the past three days.
2011 Jun 30, Organizers of a
pro-Palestinian flotilla that will try to break Israel's sea
blockade of the Gaza Strip accused Israel of sabotaging a second
2011 Jun 30, Russian officials
said a court in a Moscow suburb banned works by the founder of the
Church of Scientology. A court in the Siberian city of Surgut had
earlier made a similar decision, but then overturned it. The
decision did not yet taken effect due to a still-pending appeal by
(AP, 6/30/11)(AP, 1/8/12)
2011 Jun 30, In Sri Lanka
hundreds of people protested demanding to know the whereabouts of
their family members abducted by "white van squads" allegedly
operated by the government during the height of the country's civil
2011 Jun 30, In Sudan an
Ethiopian peacekeeper was killed in West Darfur and another wounded
when an unidentified gunman fired at their vehicle.
2011 Jun 30, Syria's second
city Aleppo braced for a mass rally, after a call for anti-regime
protesters to "light the spark of the revolution," as pro-democracy
dissidents joined ranks at home and abroad. Only five Syrians made
it across the border today as the death toll from a two-day military
siege rose to 11 people.
(AFP, 6/30/11)(AP, 6/30/11)
2011 Jun 30, In Taiwan former
Pres. Lee Teng-hui (88) was indicted for embezzlement and
money-laundering during his time in office (1988-2000).
(SFC, 7/1/11, p.A6)(Econ, 7/9/11, p.40)
2011 Jun 30, Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez (56) revealed that he is fighting cancer after
having a tumor removed in Cuba, raising uncertainty about
Venezuela's political future even as he assured his country he
expects to fully recover.
2011 Jun 30, In Yemen 5
soldiers were killed in fresh fighting with alleged Al-Qaeda
militants in the restive southern city of Zinjibar.
2012 Jun 30, Millions across
the mid-Atlantic region sweltered in the aftermath of violent storms
that pummeled the eastern US with high winds and downed trees,
killing 24 people and leaving 3 million without power during a heat
wave. At least six of the dead were killed in Virginia. 2 young
cousins in New Jersey were killed when a tree fell on their tent
while camping. 2 were killed in Maryland, one in Ohio, one in
Kentucky and one in Washington.
(AP, 6/30/12)(SFC, 7/3/12, p.A8)(Econ, 7/7/12,
2012 Jun 30, In Utah a group of
about 150 Mormons quit their church in a mass resignation ceremony
in Salt Lake City in a rare display of defiance ending decades of
disagreement for some over issues ranging from polygamy to gay
2012 Jun 30, In Afghanistan an
explosive strapped to a bicycle went off near a Kabul Bank branch in
Gardez killing 2 policemen.
2012 Jun 30, British police
stopped a car on the M1 highway in South Yorkshire and impounded it
for not having insurance. Firearms, offensive weapons and other
material were later found hidden in the vehicle, which prompted
police to trace and arrest the driver, passenger and 5 other
2012 Jun 30, China’s Civil
Affairs Ministry said at least 50 people have been killed from
mudslides in the south. Another 42 people were missing.
(SSFC, 7/1/12, p.A6)
2012 Jun 30, In Egypt Mohamed
Morsi took the oath of office to become the country’s first Islamist
president and its first elected head of state since the revolt that
overthrew Hosni Mubarak overthrow last year.
2012 Jun 30, Egyptian press
reported that security forces have seized a large weapons
consignment, including Grad rockets, that had been smuggled from
Libya and could have been headed to the Gaza Strip.
2012 Jun 30, Georgian President
Mikhail Saakashvili named veteran Interior Minister Vano
Merabishvili as the new prime minister ahead of an October
parliamentary election. Under constitutional changes approved in
2010, the prime minister will gain additional powers to rival those
of the president.
2012 Jun 30, Hong Kong police
used pepper spray to disperse crowds demonstrating against Chinese
President Hu Jintao, ahead of the 15th anniversary of the
territory's handover amid tight security.
2012 Jun 30, Iceland's
President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson was re-elected to a fifth term with
52.8% of the vote.
2012 Jun 30, In Iraq 3
policemen died when a suicide car bomb and three roadside bombs
exploded at a security checkpoint in Samarra. The bombing raised the
death toll for June to at least 237.
2012 Jun 30, Yitzhak Shamir
(96), Israel's former prime minister (1983-84 and 1986-92), died.
(AFP, 7/1/12)(Econ, 7/14/12, p.86)
2012 Jun 30, Hardline Islamists
occupying northern Mali went on the rampage in Timbuktu, destroying
ancient tombs of Muslim saints and threatening to wipe out every
religious shrine in the fabled city. The onslaught by the
fundamentalist Ansar Dine group was launched just two days after
UNESCO named the city an endangered world heritage site.
2012 Jun 30, Nigeria's military
said it has arrested the leader of a gang responsible for a series
of attacks on oil installations in the Niger Delta region. Seifa
Gbereke (25), known locally as "General Cairo," was also suspected
of stealing crude from pipelines.
2012 Jun 30, Philippine
soldiers killed 13 communist guerrilla rebels in two separate
clashes, in what military officials described as one of the biggest
victories over the insurgents in years.
2012 Jun 30, In South Africa a
fire at the Gold Fields Kloof-Driefontein mine near Johannesburg
left five workers dead. On July 2 the mineral resources ministry
issued a compulsory order that halted operations pending
investigations. On July 3 Gold Fields reopened the east section of
the Kloof Driefontein Complex.
(AP, 7/2/12)(AFP, 7/2/12)(AFP, 7/3/12)
2012 Jun 30, In Geneva
representatives of global and regional powers accepted a UN-brokered
plan calling for creation of a transitional national unity
government in Syria. But at Russia's insistence, the compromise
agreement left the door open to Assad being part of the interim
(AP, 6/30/12)(AP, 7/1/12)
2012 Jun 30, Syrian activists
said government troops have regained control of a rebellious
Damascus suburb after a 10-day assault that left dozens dead,
hundreds wounded and caused a major humanitarian crisis. Activists
said at least 22 people were killed in violence today. Dozens more
were reported killed and wounded in a powerful evening explosion
that hit a funeral procession in a suburb of Damascus.
(AP, 6/30/12)(AP, 7/1/12)
2012 Jun 30, Yemeni officials
said six bodies were found today outside Zinjibar. Deaths from
landmines since Zinjibar fell to a military offensive two weeks ago
reached 81. Engineering teams have removed some 3,000 landmines from
2013 Jun 30, President Barack
Obama flew from Johannesburg to Cape Town and announced a new
initiative to double access to electric power in sub-Saharan Africa.
2013 Jun 30, In Arizona 19
firefighters of an elite crew fighting a forest fire northwest of
Phoenix were overtaken and killed by a fast-moving blaze stoked by
hot winds. The Yarnell Hill Fire also destroyed some 200 homes. On
Dec 4 a state commission approved a nearly $650,000 fine against the
state Forestry Division after investigators found that officials had
put protection of property ahead of safety.
(AP, 7/1/13)(SFC, 12/5/13, p.A8)
2013 Jun 30, San Francisco’s
43rd annual LGBT Parade drew a crowd estimated at 1.2 million
(SFC, 7/1/13, p.A1)
2013 Jun 30, In San Francisco a
woman 28 was punched in the early hours and then robbed of her purse
and cell phone. The attacker then returned and kicked her in the
face in an event that was captured on video. On July 26 police
arrested Christopher Porter-Bailey of Oakland on suspicion of
robbery and assault.
(SFC, 8/1/13, p.A1)
2013 Jun 30, In Brazil more
than 5,000 anti-government protesters marched near the Maracana
stadium before a major international soccer match, venting their
anger about the billions of dollars the government is spending on
major sporting events rather than public services.
2013 Jun 30, Chinese
paramilitary troops began round-the-clock patrols in the country's
northwestern region of Xinjiang following a series of bloody clashes
that have killed at least 56 people over the last several months.
State media blamed religious extremists.
(AP, 6/30/13)(Reuters, 6/30/13)
2013 Jun 30, In Egypt tens of
thousands of opponents of Islamist Pres. Morsi massed in Cairo's
Tahrir Square and in cities around the country, launching an all-out
push to force him from office on the one-year anniversary of his
inauguration. At least 16 people were killed and more than 600
wounded in clashes between supporters and opponents of President
(AP, 6/30/13)(Reuters, 6/30/13)(AP, 7/2/13)
2013 Jun 30, Germany’s Der
Spiegel newsmagazine reported that the United States taps half a
billion phone calls, emails and text messages in Germany in a
typical month and has classed its biggest European ally as a target
similar to China, according to secret US documents taken by fugitive
former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
2013 Jun 30, Malaysia urged
Myanmar to take stronger action to prevent persecution of Muslims
and bring the perpetrators to justice, the latest sign that the
inter communal violence is straining ties in Southeast Asia.
2013 Jun 30, In Nigeria gunmen
shot dead two civilians overnight and then used explosives to free
175 inmates from a prison in the southern town of Akure.
2013 Jun 30, In northwest
Pakistan 17 people were killed when a powerful roadside bomb attack
narrowly missed a passing convoy of security forces but ravaged a
busy market area in Peshawar. A roadside bomb struck an army convoy
and killed 4 soldiers in the North Waziristan tribal area. In the
southwest at least 28 people were killed and dozens wounded in
Quetta when a suicide bomber attacked a largely Shi'ite Muslim
(AP, 6/30/13)(Reuters, 6/30/13)
2013 Jun 30, Pakistan’s 2008
moratorium, passed by a previous government, expired. The new policy
of PM Nawaz Sharif's government was to execute all death row
prisoners, except those pardoned on humanitarian grounds.
2013 Jun 30, The family and
Israeli layer of a Palestinian from the Gaza Strip, who vanished
while visiting Egypt this month, said Wael Abu Rida (35) was under
arrest in Israel for alleged security offences. Israel's Public
Defender's Office said it had received Abu Rida's case on June 22
and assigned him a lawyer.
2013 Jun 30, The Kremlin said
Pres. Putin has singed into law a measure that stigmatizes gay
people and bans giving any information about homosexuality.
(SFC, 7/1/13, p.A2)
2013 Jun 30, Somalia's
government called for a neutral force in the disputed port city of
Kismayo, accusing Kenyan troops there of backing one militia against
others in ongoing fighting for control of the strategic southern
2013 Jun 30, In Spain Aurea
Vazquez Rijos, accused of hiring someone to kill her wealthy
Canadian husband in Puerto Rico on Sep 23, 2005, was arrested by
Spanish police after being sought for five years in the alleged
2013 Jun 30, In Syria
government attacks on central and northern cities killed six people.
The government announced that two years of conflict has cost the
public sector $15 billion. Assad's forces pounded Sunni Muslim
rebels in the city of Homs with artillery and from the air for a
second day in their offensive in central Syria.
(AP, 6/30/13)(Reuters, 7/1/13)
2013 Jun 30, Thailand's PM
Yingluck Shinawatra sacked the commerce minister who had come under
fire over a rice intervention scheme that resulted in huge losses to
the budget and saw the country lose its place as the world's top
rice exporter. Shinawatra added the post of defense minister to her
2013 Jun 30, In Turkey police
fired teargas and water cannon to disperse thousands of protesters
in Diyarbakir, the main city in Turkey's Kurdish-dominated
southeast, during demonstrations across the country to pressure the
government to carry out reforms.
2014 Jun 30, Pres. Obama, in a
direct challenge to House Republicans, said he would act on his own
to stem the tide people crossing the southern US border illegally,
fix failures in the immigration system and speed the return of
thousands of smuggled children from Central America.
(SFC, 7/1/14, p.A1)
2014 Jun 30, The US Supreme
Court in Burwell v Hobby Lobby decided 5-4 that some employers with
religious objections do not have to pay for contraceptives for their
(Econ, 7/5/14, p.24)
2014 Jun 30, The US Supreme
Court in Harris v Quinn decided that home health care workers are
employed by the people they care for.
(Econ, 7/5/14, p.24)
2014 Jul 3, The DJIA topped
17,000 for the first time closing at 17,068.
(SFC, 7/4/14, p.C5)
2014 Jun 30, BNP Paribas,
France’s largest bank, pleaded guilty in a New York state court
admitting that it had transferred billions of dollars on behalf of
Sudan, Cuba and Iran, all blacklisted by the US. The bank agreed to
pay $8.9 billion to settle the charges.
(SFC, 7/1/14, p.D2)(Econ, 7/5/14, p.58)
2014 Jun 30, General Motors
added 8.2 million vehicles to its ballooning list of cars recalled
over faulty ignition switches.
(SFC, 7/1/14, p.D4)
2014 Jun 30, In southern
California Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen of Garden Grove was sentenced to 13
years in prison for using Facebook and other Internet communications
to connect with al-Qaida and plan to train its fighters in Pakistan.
(SFC, 7/1/14, p.A6)
2014 Jun 30, Paul Mazursky
(b.1930), American film director, writer, actor and producer, died
in Los Angeles. His films included “"Bob & Carol & Ted &
Alice" (1969), “Harry and Tonto" (1974), “An Unmarried Woman" (1978)
and “Enemies: A Love Story" (1989).
(SFC, 7/2/14, p.E4)
2014 Jun 30, Frank Robinson
(b.1926), LGBT advocate and novelist, died in San Francisco. “The
Glass Inferno," which he co-wrote with Thomas Scortia, was one of
two books adapted into the film “The Towering Inferno" (1974).
(SFC, 7/4/14, p.D1)
2014 Jun 30, Afghan forces
continued to battle the Taliban in southern Helmand province for a
second week seeking to reassert control over a strategic district
just weeks after the departure of US troops.
2014 Jun 30, Argentine
officials said flooding from torrential rains have forced the
evacuation of 3,000 people in the northeastern provinces of Misiones
(SFC, 7/1/14, p.A2)
2014 Jun 30, Australia’s
Catholic church said Bishop Max Davis has stepped down after being
accused of sexually abusing a teenage student decades ago. Davis
denied the charges.
(SFC, 7/1/14, p.A2)
2014 Jun 30, In Belgium a
24-hour strike disrupted train service and caused the cancellation
of high-speed Thalys services between Brussels and Paris, Amsterdam
and other European cities.
2014 Jun 30, In England Rolf
Harris (84) an Australian-born artist, TV presenter and performer of
songs like "Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport," was convicted at Southwark
Crown Court on all 12 counts of indecently assaulting girls and
young women from 1968-1986.
2014 Jun 30, Bulgaria sought to
stabilize its banks with rescue money after what the government
called a criminal plot to undermine them with rumors triggered runs
2014 Jun 30, Cameroon's
football federation said it will investigate allegations of
match-fixing by its team at the World Cup and the possible existence
of "seven bad apples" in the squad.
2014 Jun 30, In Canada Toronto
Mayor Rob Ford returned to work after a two-month stay in rehab and
vowed to stay clean.
(SFC, 7/1/14, p.A2)
2014 Jun 30, In China former
top Gen. Xu Caihou was expelled from the ruling Communist Party to
face bribery charges. Three other senior officials, including a
former deputy police minister, also were expelled from the party to
face corruption charges.
2014 Jun 30, China said it will
re-open its embassy in Mogadishu 23 years after evacuating its
diplomats as Somalia plunged into civil war.
2014 Jun 30, In China a leaking
oil pipeline caught fire in the northeastern port city of Dalian,
forcing the evacuation of nearly 20,000 residents.
2014 Jun 30, In Egypt 2 police
officers were killed while trying to defuse makeshift bombs planted
near Cairo's presidential palace close to the anniversary of the
army's overthrow of an elected Islamist president. The militant
group Ajnad Misr, or Soldiers of Egypt, claimed responsibility.
2014 Jun 30, France said the
leaders of Russia and Ukraine have agreed to work on the adoption of
a ceasefire in Ukraine as well as the establishment of effective
2014 Jun 30, Iraq lifted a
17-day social media ban imposed to disrupt the communications of
armed militants who have seized much of its west and north, although
about 20 news websites remain blocked.
2014 Jun 30, Israeli military
found the bodies of teenagers Eyal Yifrah (19), Gilad Shaar (16) and
Naftali Fraenkel (16), under a pile of rocks north of Hebron. They
were abducted on June 12 while hitchhiking home from the Jewish
seminaries, where they were studying near the West Bank city of
Hebron. Troops set off explosions in the family homes of the alleged
abductors in Hebron.
(AP, 7/1/14)(Reuters, 7/1/14)(SFC, 7/1/14, p.A2)
2014 Jun 30, Israel's interior
minister Gideon Saar (47) said he will no longer permit Tel Aviv
supermarkets to stay open on the Jewish Sabbath, drawing a chorus of
criticism from liberal Israelis who see the regulation as religious
coercion against secular society.
2014 Jun 30, Israeli
prosecutors indicted businessman Nochi Dankner for securities fraud.
Last December he lost his grip on IDB Holding Corp. after a court
approved a rescue plan that handed control to two rival
(Econ, 7/5/14, p.54)
2014 Jun 30, In Japan thousands
of people protested outside the PM Shinzo Abe's office in
anticipation his government will reinterpret the constitution to
allow Japan's military a larger international role.
2014 Jun 30, A Macedonian court
convicted six Muslim men of murdering five Christian fishermen in a
lake near the capital Skopje on Easter, 2012, in an alleged plot to
destabilize the country, and sentenced them to life imprisonment.
Two of the defendants were tried in absentia, because they are
serving jail terms in neighboring Kosovo over illegal weapons
charges. A seventh suspect was acquitted.
2014 Jun 30, In southern Mexico
22 suspected criminals were killed in a firefight with troops in the
San Pedro Limon community of Tlatlaya. On Sep 30 three soldiers were
charged with homicide. On Oct 21 the government said soldiers had
killed 12-15 suspects in the fight. A survivor later said most of
the victims had been killed after they surrendered.
(AP, 9/25/14)(AP, 10/1/14)(SFC, 10/23/14,
p.A2)(Econ, 10/18/14, p.37)(AP, 12/31/14)
2014 Jun 30, Pakistan launched
a ground offensive against militant strongholds near the Afghan
border after evacuating nearly half a million people from the
2014 Jun 30, Palestinian
militants fired at least 14 rockets into southern Israel, damaging
two homes but causing no injuries.
2014 Jun 30, In Somalia 2
people were killed after a land mine exploded at a business center
in the northern outskirts of Mogadishu.
2014 Jun 30, In Syria a barrage
of mortar shells hit government-held areas of the northern city of
Idlib, killing 14 people and wounding at least 40. Heavy clashes
were reported between several Syrian rebel factions and ISIL
fighting for control of a border crossing with Iraq in eastern
2014 Jun 30, Thailand's
military government said it had begun an overhaul of the electoral
system following an announcement by junta leader General Prayuth
Chan-ocha that polls could take place by late 2015.