Today in History - July 6
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1189 Jul 6,
Henry II (56), King of England (1154-89), died.
(SFC, 10/30/98, p.D4)(MC, 7/6/02)
1253 Jul 6, Mindaugas was
crowned as King of Lithuania.
1415 Jul 6, Jan Huss, Bohemian
(Czech) religious reformer, was burned as a heretic at the stake at
Constance, Germany. He had spoken out against Church corruption.
(NH, 9/96, p.23)(HN, 7/6/98)
1483 Jul 6, England's King
Richard III was crowned.
1519 Jul 6, Charles of Spain
was elected Holy Roman emperor in Barcelona. The Catholic heir to
the Hapsburg dynasty, Charles V, was elected Holy Roman Emperor,
combining the crowns of Spain, Burgundy (with the Netherlands),
Austria and Germany. He was the grandson of Ferdnand and Isabella of
(V.D.-H.K.p.162)(NH, 9/96, p.18)(HN, 7/6/98)
1533 Jul 6, Ludovico Ariosto
(57), Italian poet (Orlando Furioso), died.
1535 Jul 6, Thomas More
(b.1478) was beheaded in England for treason, for refusing to
renounce the Catholic church in favor of King Henry VIII's Church of
England. More’s sentence to death by hanging was commuted to
beheading. He was canonized by the Catholic Church in 1935. In 1966
Robert Bolt authored the play "A Man for All Seasons" based on
More’s struggle with Henry. In 1998 Peter Ackroyd published "The
Life of Thomas More." Pope John Paul II named More as the patron
saint of politicians in 2000.
(V.D.-H.K.p.161)(AP, 7/6/97)(HN, 7/6/98)(WSJ,
10/22/98, p.A20)(WSJ, 11/7/00, p.A27)
1536 Jul 6, Jaques Cartier
returned to France after discovering the St. Lawrence River in
1553 Jul 6, Edward VI Tudor
(15), King of England (1547-53), died. Mary Tudor was warned that
Edward VI was already dead and that she was walking into a trap set
by John Dudley, the Duke of Northumberland, Edward’s regent.
(ON, 5/00, p.3)(MC, 7/6/02)
1590 Jul 6, English admiral
Francis Drake took the Portuguese Forts at Taag, Angola.
1669 Jul 6, LaSalle left
Montreal to explore Ohio River.
1685 Jul 6, James II defeated
James, the Duke of Monmouth, at the Battle of Sedgemoor, the last
major battle to be fought on English soil.
1699 Jul 6, Pirate Capt.
William Kidd was captured in Boston.
1747 Jul 6, John Paul Jones,
naval hero of the American Revolution, was born near Kirkcudbright,
Scotland. As a US naval commander he invaded England during the
American War of Independence.
(HN, 7/6/98)(MC, 7/6/02)
1755 Jul 6, John Flaxman, the
English sculptor who designed much of Wedgwood's original pottery,
1770 Jul 6, The entire Ottoman
fleet was destroyed by the Russians at the battle of Cesme.
1776 Jul 6, The US Declaration
of Independence was announced on the front page of "PA Evening
1777 Jul 6, British forces
under Gen. Burgoyne captured Fort Ticonderoga from the Americans.
(AP, 7/6/97)(MC, 7/6/02)
1781 Jul 6, In Virginia the
Battle of Green Spring took place on the Jamestown Peninsula. It was
the last major engagement of the Revolutionary War prior to the
Colonial’s final victory at Yorktown in October.
(LP, Spring 2006, p.60)
1788 Jul 6, Ten thousand troops
were called out in Paris as unrest mounted in the poorer districts
over poverty and lack of food.
1813 Jul 6, Granville Sharp
(b.1735), biblical scholar and English abolitionist, died.
1816 Jul 6, Philipp Meissner
(67), composer, died.
1835 Jul 6, John Marshall, the
3rd chief justice of the US Supreme Court, died at the age of 79.
Two days later, while tolling in his honor in Philadelphia, the
Liberty Bell cracked. Marshall served on the court for 34 years.
(HN, 7/6/98)(SFC, 9/5/05, p.A8)
1836 Jul 6, French General
Thomas Bugeaud defeated Abd al-Kader's forces beside the Sikkak
River in Algeria.
1854 Jul 6, The Republican
Party was officially organized in Jackson, Michigan. The Republican
Party was formed in Ripon, Wisconsin, by a group of anti-slavery
politicians at the Little White Schoolhouse. [see Feb 28, Mar 20]
(Hem., 7/96, p.28)(HN, 7/6/98)
1858 Jul 6, Lyman Blake
patented a shoe manufacturing machine.
1863 Jul 6, Vincent Strong
(b.1837), US Union brig-general, died from wounds at Gettysburg.
(MC, 6/17/02)(MC, 7/6/02)
1864 Jul 6, Battle of
Chattahoochee River, GA.
1885 Jul 6, French scientist
Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) successfully tested an anti-rabies vaccine
on a boy bitten by an infected dog. Thanks to his vaccine the death
rate from rabies dropped to almost zero by 1888.
(AP, 7/6/97)(ON, 6/08, p.6)
1907 Jul 6, Artist Frida Kahlo
was born in Coyoacan, Mexico.
1908 Jul 6, Robert Peary's
expedition sailed from NYC for north pole.
1910 Jul 6, Dorothy Kirsten,
opera singer, was born.
1916 Jul 6, Odilon Redon
(b.1840), French symbolist painter, died.
1917 Jul 6, During World War I,
Arab forces led by T.E. Lawrence and Auda Abu Tayi captured the port
of Aqaba from the Turks.
1920 Jul 6, The Democrats ended
their convention in San Francisco with the selection James Cox of
Ohio and running mate Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Cox and FDR were
committed internationalists and lost the elections due to the
isolationism of the times.
(SFEC, 4/25/99, Z1 p.4)(AH, 10/04, p.56)
1921 Jul 6, Nancy Reagan, wife
of President Ronald Reagan, was born.
1922 Jul 6, Vice-president
Calvin Coolidge gave a speech at Fredericksburg City Park on behalf
of a fund raising campaign to save and restore the Kenmore House,
the home of Elizabeth (sister of George Washington) and Fielding
(HT, 5/97, p.44,68)
1923 Jul 6, Wojciech
Jaruzelski, Polish general, pres. (1989-90), was born.
1923 Jul 6, The Union of Soviet
Socialist Republics was formed.
1925 Jul 6, Merv Griffin,
singer (I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts The Merv Griffin Show,
Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, hotel owner), was born.
1927 Jul 6, Bill Haley, rock
'n' roll pioneer, singer of "Rock Around the Clock," was born.
1927 Jul 6, Janet Leigh
(d.2004, film star, was born as Jeanette Helen Morrison in Merced,
Ca. MGM named her Janet Leigh.
(SFC, 10/5/04, p.A2)
1928 Jul 6, A preview was held
in New York of the first all-talking movie feature, "The Lights of
1931 Jul 6, Della Reese,
singer, actress (Della Reese Show, Royal Family), was born in
1933 Jul 6, The first All-Star
baseball game was played, at Chicago's Comiskey Park; the American
League defeated the National League, 4-2.
1935 Jul 6, Dalai Lama 14,
spiritual leader of Tibet's Lamaistic Buddhists, was born as Lhamo
Thondup in Hong Ya, a mountain hamlet on the Tibetan Plateau. He was
formally recognized as the reincarnated Dalai Lama at age 2 and was
renamed Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso (Holy
Lord, Gentle Glory, Compassionate, Defender of the Faith, Ocean of
Wisdom). He became a Nobel Peace Prize winner (1989) for his efforts
to end China's domination of Tibet.
1937 Jul 6, Vladimir Ashkenazy,
pianist, conductor (Tchakowsky-1961), was born in Gorki, Russia.
1938 July 6, Delegates from
thirty-two countries met for 9 days at the French resort of Evian to
discuss the problem of Jewish refugees from Germany and Austrian.
The German government was able to state with great pleasure how
"astounding" it was that foreign countries criticized Germany for
their treatment of the Jews, but none of them wanted to open the
doors to them when "the opportunity offer[ed]." The French foreign
ministry, the Quai d’Orsay, sabotaged the Evian conference on
European refugees, the only diplomatic effort to alleviate the fate
of “stateless” German and Austrian Jews.
1939 Jul 6, Nazis closed the
last Jewish enterprises.
1941 Jul 6, German planes
attacked the SS Devon off the east coast of England. Reginald
Earnshaw (14) died in the attack after serving for several months.
In 2010 he was hailed as the youngest known British service casualty
in World War II.
1942 Jul 6, Anne Frank's family
went into hiding in After House, Amsterdam.
1943 Jul 6, In the 2nd day of
battle at Kursk some 25,000 Germans were killed.
1944 Jul 6, Lieutenant Jackie
Robinson of the U.S. Army, while riding a civilian bus from Camp
Hoo, Texas, refused to give up his seat to a white man. Lt. Jackie
Robinson was court marshaled for refusing the order of a civilian
bus driver to move to the back of the bus. He was acquitted.
(SFEC,10/19/97, BR p.14)(HN, 7/6/98)
1944 Jul 6, In Hartford, Conn.,
168 people died when fire broke out in the main tent of the Ringling
Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. In 2000 Stewart O’Nan authored
"The Circus Fire: A True Story."
(AP, 7/6/04)(SFEC, 8/20/00, BR p.3)
1945 Jul 6, President Truman
signed an executive order establishing the Medal of Freedom.
1945 Jul 6, B-29 Superfortress
bombers attacked Honshu, Japan, using new fire-bombing techniques.
1945 Jul 6, Operation Overcast
began in Europe--moving Austrian and German scientists and their
equipment to the United States.
1945 Jul 6, Nicaragua became
the first nation to formally accept the United Nations Charter.
1946 Jul 6, George Walker Bush
Jr., Gov-R-TX, US Pres., was born.
1946 Jul 6, Sylvester Stallone
(actor: Rocky series, Rambo series, etc.), was born.
1946 Jul 6, Jamie Wyeth, artist
(An American Vision-Boston), was born in Pennsylvania.
1949 Jul 6, The principality of
Monaco joined UNESCO.
1957 Jul 6, Althea Gibson
(1927-2003) became the first black tennis player to win a Wimbledon
singles title, defeating fellow American Darlene Hard 6-3, 6-2.
(AP, 7/6/97)(SFC, 9/29/03, p.A1)
1959 Jul 6, Saar became part of
the German Federal Republic.
1960 Jul 6, Aneurin Bevan
(b.1897), British Labour politician, died. He was a key figure on
the left of the party in the mid-20th century, and prominently
served as the Minister of Health during the creation of the National
Health Service, in which he played a vital part. In 1962 and 1974
Michael Foot authored a 2-volume biography of Bevan.
Jul 6, William Cuthbert Faulkner (b.1897), US writer (Nobel 1949),
died in Oxford, Miss. In 2004 Jay Parini authored “One Matchless
Time: A Life of William Faulkner.”
1964 Jul 6, Beatles' film "Hard
Day's Night" premiered in London.
1964 Jul 6, Malawi, a former
British protectorate and part of the Federation of Rhodesia and
Nyasaland, gained independence.
(WUD, 1994, p.867)
1967 Jul 6, The Biafran War
erupted. The war, which lasted more than two years, claimed some
600,000 lives. The Republic of Biafra was proclaimed when the
eastern region of Nigeria, the homeland of the Igbo people, seceded.
This was followed by civil war. The federal troops of Nigeria held
most of rebellious Biafra by the end of 1968 but the Igbos attempted
to hold out in a small and crowded area. The war broke out when the
Igbos, led by Colonel Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu of the Nigerian army,
launched a rebellion to form a separate state following allegations
of ethnic cleansing, neglect and marginalization against federal
(AP, 7/6/97)(HNQ, 5/27/98)(AFP, 1/10/07)
1971 Jul 6, Louis Armstrong
(b.1900), jazz and blues musician widely known as "Satchmo," died.
His innovations of early day blues and Dixieland music inspired the
swing eras of the 1920s and 1930s. He invented skat, a technique of
singing jazz improvisations. Louis spoke out against the US
government during the 1957 Little Rock, Ark. school troubles. "The
way they are treating my people in the South, the government can go
to hell." A 32 cent memorial stamp was issued by the Post Office in
1995. Armstrong smoked marijuana every day of his adult life, was
unfaithful to each of his four wives, was arrested 4 times and
consorted freely with prostitutes, pimps and mobsters. His
biographies include: "Louis Armstrong: An American Genius" by James
Lincoln Collier (1983); "Satchmo" by Gary Giddins (1988); and "Louis
Armstrong: An Extravagant Life" by Laurence Bergreen (1997). In 1999
Joshua Berrett published "The Louis Armstrong Companion." In 2009
Terry Teachout authored “Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong.”
(WSJ, 9/27/95, p.A-16)(WSJ, 6/26/97, p.A16)(WSJ,
3/10/99, p.A20)(SSFC, 12/13/09, p.E1)
1971 Jul 6, In Brazil rubber
tapper Raimundo Irineu Serra (b.1892) died. He founded the Santo
Daime (Saint Gimme) religion. It was based on a shamanic brew of
ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic tea made from the Banisteriopsis caapi
vine and Psychotria viridis leaf.
(Econ, 5/12/12, IL
1972 Jul 6, Pierre Messmer
(1916-2007), former member of the French Resistance, began serving
as prime minister of France under President Georges Pompidou.
1973 Jul 6, Otto Klemperer
(b.1885), German-born conductor and composer, died in Zurich. He had
taken United States citizenship in 1937 and Israeli citizenship in
1974 Jul 6, Garrison Keillor
made his 1st live broadcast of "A Prairie Home Companion" from
Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. In 2003 the show drew some 3.9
million listeners weekly. The show ended in 1987 and resumed in New
York in 1989. It returned to Minnesota in 1993.
(SFEC, 8/16/98, DB p.13)(SFC, 12/20/00,
p.E5)(SFC, 9/4/03, p.E12)
1975 Jul 6, The state of
Comoros became independent with Ahmed Abdallah Abderemane
(1919-1989) as its first head of state. Three of the four islands
between Africa and Madagascar declared independence from France and
became the nation of Comoros. Mayotte voted to remain a colony.
1975 Jul 6, Otto Skorzeny
(b.1908), German-Austrian SS officer, died. He was the commando
leader who rescued Italian dictator Benito Mussolini from
imprisonment after his overthrow.
1976 Jul 6, US Naval Academy
admitted women for the first time in its history with the induction
of 81 female midshipmen.
1979 Jul 6, The B-52s, a New
Wave band based in Athens, Georgia, released "Planet Claire."
(SFEC, 1/3/99, DB
1982 Jul 6, President Ronald
Reagan agreed to contribute U.S. troops to the peacekeeping unit in
1982 Jul 6, Crossan Hoover (17)
beat and killed Richard Baldwin (36), the owner of a car restoration
shop in San Rafael, Ca. Hoover and 2 accomplices robbed Baldwin’s
home and dumped his body into the SF Bay. Mark Richards (29), a
contractor who employed Hoover and another youth, was one of the
three involved in the murder plot and had told his employees that he
planned to take control of Marin County in a paramilitary coup that
came to be called Pendragon. Richards was convicted of murder and
sentenced to life without parole. Hoover was sentenced 26 years to
life. In 2007 Hoover’s murder verdict was overturned and a new trial
was scheduled. In 2008 a federal appeals court reinstated Hoover’s
9/14/07, p.B6)(SFC, 1/7/09, p.B3)
1987 Jul 6, The first of three
massacres by Sikh extremists over two days took place in India as
gunmen attacked a bus with Hindu passengers. Seventy-two people were
killed in the attacks in Punjab and Haryana.
1988 Jul 6, Medical waste and
other debris began washing up on seashores near New York City,
forcing the closing of several popular beaches.
1988 Jul 6, In Mexican
elections the PRI declared itself the early winner without an
official vote count. The true results of the election were never
made public. Gortari, candidate for the ruling Institutional
Revolutionary Party, was losing badly to opposition candidate
1988 Jul 6, 167 North Sea oil
workers were killed when a series of explosions and fires destroyed
a drilling platform.
1989 Jul 6, The U.S. Army
destroyed its last Pershing 1-A missiles at an ammunition plant in
Karnack, Texas, under terms of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear
1989 Jul 6, Janos Kadar, who
helped restore Soviet domination and led Hungary for over 30 years
before being replaced in May 1988, died. This same day Hungary's
Supreme Court finally rehabilitated the 1956 revolutionaries.
1989 Jul 6, A Palestinian
grabbed the steering wheel of an Israeli bus, causing a crash that
claimed 15 lives.
1990 Jul 6, NATO leaders
concluded two days of meetings in London, pledging to sharply reduce
both nuclear and conventional defenses in Europe.
1991 Jul 6, President Bush sent
a personal message to Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, urging
a stronger effort to conclude arms control talks.
1991 Jul 6, Steffi Graf won the
women’s singles title at Wimbledon, defeating Gabriela Sabatini 6-4,
1992 Jul 6, The Group of Seven
industrial nations opened their 18th annual economic summit in
1993 Jul 6, On the eve of the
Group of Seven summit in Tokyo, President Clinton and Japanese Prime
Minister Kiichi Miyazawa expressed optimism about resolving a
contentious trade dispute between their countries.
1994 Jul 6, President Clinton
stopped by Latvia, then traveled to Poland as part of a four-nation
1994 Jul 6, Fourteen
firefighters were killed while battling a blaze on Storm King
Mountain in Colorado.
1995 Jul 6, The prosecution
rested at the O.J. Simpson murder trial in Los Angeles.
1995 Jul 6, At 3:15AM The UN
safe area at Srebrenica came under attack by the Bosnian Serb army’s
Drina corps under Genl. Radislav Krstic, and some 7,500 Muslim men
and boys were killed. The acquisition and delivery of arms was
organized by Yugoslav army officer Mirko Krajisnik, brother to
Momcilo Krajisnik, president of the Bosnian Serb assembly. In 1998
Chuck Sudetic published "Blood and Vengeance: One Family’s Story of
the War in Bosnia." The book focused on the Srebrenica killings. 300
Dutch troops were later accused of not preventing the Serbs from
overrunning the town. Bosnian Serb Gen’l. Radislav Krstic was
arrested in 1998 for genocide in the 1995 takeover of Srebrenica. In
1999 the UN issued a 155-page report that admitted its failure to
block the massacre. Krstic was convicted in 2001. In 2003 Bosnian
Serb officers Momir Nikolic and Dragan Obrenovic described the
massacre as a well-planned and deliberate killing operation. In 2003
An Int'l. Court sentenced Col. Dragan Obrenovic (40) to 17 years in
prison for his role in the slaughter of more than 7,000 men and boys
(SFC, 6/4/96, p.A12)(SFC, 8/12/98, p.A14)(SFC,
12/3/98, p.A16)(SFC, 11/16/99, p.A1)(SFC, 3/14/00, p.A10)(SFC,
8/3/01, p.A1)(SSFC, 10/11/03, p.A14)(AP, 12/11/03)
1996 Jul 6, President Clinton
announced the biggest changes in the rules governing meat and
poultry safety in 90 years.
1996 Jul 6, A Delta MD-88
jetliner's left engine blew apart during an aborted takeoff from
Pensacola, Fla., sending metal pieces ripping into the cabin,
killing a mother and her son.
1996 Jul 6, Steffi Graf won her
seventh Wimbledon title, defeating Arantxa Sanchez Vicario 6-3, 7-5.
1996 Jul 6, The 10th Lithuanian
Song and Dance Festival in the US was held in Rosemont, Ill., at the
Rosemount Horizon and featured 2,000 dancers before an audience of
(Dr, 7/96, V1#1, p.5)(SFC, 11/9/96, p.4)
1996 Jul 6, It was reported
that a Brazilian fisherman, Nathon do Nascimento, choked to death
when a 6-inch fish jumped out of the water and into his throat
during a long yawn.
(SFC, 7/6/96, p.A17)
1997 Jul 6, Pete Sampras won
his fourth Wimbledon title as he defeated Cedric Pioline of France.
1997 Jul 6, The rover Sojourner
rolled down a ramp from the Mars Pathfinder lander and began
mankind’s first mobile exploration of Mars. The first rock targeted
for examination was named "Barnacle Bill."
(SFC, 7/7/97, p.A1) (AP, 7/6/98)
1997 Jul 6, In Albania three
people died as the 2nd round of elections were completed. The
Socialist gained 12 more seats versus 5 more for the Democrats.
(SFC, 7/7/97, p.A10)
1997 Jul 6, In Cambodia Hun Sen
declared victory while Prince Ranariddh planned from France to carry
out a resistance effort.
(SFC, 7/7/97, p.A8)
1997 Jul 6, In Mexico City
Cuauhtemoc Cardenas Solorzano, leader of the opposition Party of the
Democratic Revolution, declared victory in the race for mayor. The
PRI lost its majority in the lower house of Congress. The four
opposition parties banded together in a coalition to inaugurate the
new Congress on Aug 30.
(SFC, 7/7/97, p.A1)(SFC, 9/1/97, p.A14) (AP,
1997 Jul 6, In Portadown,
Northern Ireland, British troops cleared the streets to allow the
Orange Order to march through the Catholic enclave along Garvaghy
Road amidst scattered violence.
(SFC, 7/7/97, p.A8)
1998 Jul 6, Se Ri Pak, a
20-year-old rookie golfer from South Korea, became the youngest
winner of the U.S. Women's Open, defeating American amateur Jenny
Chuasiriporn in sudden death.
1998 Jul 6, It was reported
that a planned shipment of nuclear rods was to be transported across
Northern California, Nevada and Utah to Idaho for processing before
final storage in South Carolina. The federal government had made 154
secret shipments of spent nuclear fuel rods over the last 40 years.
Four more shipments from 7 Asian countries were planned to occur by
(SFC, 7/6/98, p.a1)
1998 Jul 6, Roy Rogers
(b.1911), singing cowboy, died at age 86 in Apple Valley, Calif. He
was born as Leonard Franklin Slye in Cincinnati where his father
worked in a shoe factory. Rogers starred in 81 Westerns [87 movies]
and 101 episodes for his TV show.
(SFC, 7/7/98, p.A1,2)(SFC, 7/8/98, p.A20)(AP,
1998 Jul 6, The new Hong Kong
Int’l. Airport at Chek Lap Kok welcomed its first commercial flight.
Pres. Clinton flew in here a week prior to the official opening. The
$20.6 billion project was built on reclaimed land off the northern
coast of Lantau island. Inefficient coordination led to chaos on the
(SFEC, 7/5/98, p.A9,T3)(WSJ, 3/3/05, p.A11)
1998 Jul 6, Kazakhstan and
Russia signed an agreement that divided the northern part of the
Caspian seabed into Russian and Kazak sectors.
(SFC, 7/7/98, p.A10)
1998 Jul 6, Mobs battled police
across Northern Ireland for a 2nd day after British authorities
blocked an Orange Order march in Portadown. Protests continued even
though the Parade’s Commission decided to permit a July 13
Protestant march in Belfast’s Lower Ormeau section.
(SFC, 7/7/98, p.A8)(AP, 7/6/99)
1999 Jul 6, A 3rd day of heat
raised temperatures to 100 degrees in the East and Midwest. Power
blackouts and 8 deaths were attributed to the heat.
(SFC, 7/7/99, p.A3)
1999 Jul 6, In Louisiana Gov.
Mike Foster signed a polite-student law that required students to
address teachers with appropriate titles.
(SFC, 7/7/99, p.A3)
1999 Jul 6, Hillary Clinton
filed with the Federal Election Commission for a campaign for a
Senate seat from New York.
(SFC, 7/7/99, p.A1)
1999 Jul 6, Pres. Clinton
signed Executive Order 13129 to impose sanctions against the ruling
Taliban militia in Afghanistan.
(SFC, 7/7/99, p.A8)(SFC, 5/3/00, p.A12)
1999 Jul 6, In Bosnia British
troops seized Radoslav Brdjanin, who was charged with crimes against
Muslims and Croats around Banja Luka in 1992.
(SFC, 7/7/99, p.A10)
1999 Jul 6, Britain began
selling gold and dumped 50,250 pounds, 3.5% of the UK's 1.6
million-pound reserve. Gold dropped to $257.80 per ounce.
(SFC, 7/7/99, p.B1)
1999 Jul 6, Piseth Peaklica
(34), Cambodian actress, was shot by 2 gunmen in a Phnom Penh market
and died on July 13. It was rumored that she was involved with a
high official (Hun Sen) and ordered killed by a jealous wife (Bun
(SFC, 11/4/99, p.A15)(http://tinyurl.com/5n83tu)
1999 Jul 6, In Israel Ehud
Barak was sworn in as Prime Minister, pledging to seek peace with
neighboring Arab countries. David Levy became his foreign minister
and Avraham Shochat the finance minister.
(WSJ, 7/6/99, p.A1)(AP, 7/6/04)
1999 Jul 6, In Jamaica Michael
Wallace, musician in the reggae group Third World, was shot dead in
a suspected robbery. Some 22 murders were reported in this one week
and 486 murders since the start of the year.
(SFC, 7/9/99, p.D5)
1999 Jul 6, In Kashmir fighting
continued despite a US-Pakistan pact to push for peace. India
reported 55 mercenaries killed along with 9 Indian soldiers.
(SFC, 7/7/99, p.A10)
1999 Jul 6, In Mexico it was
reported that Angel Salvador "El Chava" Gomez, leader of the Gulf
drug cartel, was killed execution style.
(SFC, 7/7/99, p.A10)
1999 Jul 6, Thor Alex Kappfjell
(32) was killed during a miscalculated jump in Norway. He had
earlier parachuted from the World Trade Center, Empire State
Building and the Chrysler Building in NYC, after which he pleaded
guilty to 3 counts of reckless endangerment and was sentenced to 7
days of community service.
(SFC, 4/2/99, p.A3)(SFC, 7/9/99, p.D6)
1999 Jul 6, In Spain Joaquin
Rodrigo, classical composer, died at age 97 in Madrid. His best
known work was "Concierto de Aranjuez."
(SFC, 7/8/99, p.A19)
1999 Jul 6, In Yugoslavia some
10,000 people demonstrated against Pres. Milosevic in Uzice despite
attempts by the police to stop them.
(SFC, 7/7/99, p.A8)
2000 Jul 6, Venus Williams beat
her younger sister Serena 6-2, 7-6 (3) to reach the Wimbledon final;
their singles match was the first between sisters in a Grand Slam
2000 Jul 6, The body of
19-year-old Cory Erving, son of basketball star Julius "Dr. J"
Erving, was found in his car at the bottom of a Florida pond; he’d
been missing since May 28th.
2000 Jul 6, A heat wave in
Southeast Europe left 25 people dead as temperatures rose to 113
degrees in some places.
(SFC, 7/7/00, p.D3)
2000 Jul 6, In China 3
separatists were executed in Urumqi by firing squad immediately
after a public sentencing.
(SFC, 7/13/00, p.C4)
2000 Jul 6, The German
parliament offered a formal apology to Nazi-era slave and forced
laborers as it passed a bill setting up a five billion-dollar
2000 Jul 6, In Malaysia
commandos ended a 4-day standoff and forced the surrender of 27
militants of Al-Ma’unah (Brotherhood of Inner Power), led by Amin
Razali. 2 non-Muslim hostages were slain in the process. 19 cult
members were found guilty Dec 27, 2001.
(SFC, 7/7/00, p.D6)(SFEC, 8/13/00, p.B9)(SFC,
2000 Jul 6, In Northern Ireland
British authorities banned a 2nd Protestant parade from passing
through Catholic territory.
(SFC, 7/7/00, p.A12)
2000 Jul 6, In Nicaragua a 5.9
earthquake was centered in Laguna de Apoyo. At least 4 children
(SFC, 7/7/00, p.D6)(SFC, 7/8/00, p.A12)
2000 Jul 6, In Serbia Pres.
Milosevic changed the constitution to allow himself to run for
re-election. He also reduced Montenegro’s power in the Yugoslav
federation by changing how delegates are selected for the upper
(SFC, 7/7/00, p.A12)
2000 Jul 6, In Spain a bus
enroute to a summer camp for teens collided with a truck hauling
pigs near Soria and at least 25 people were killed.
(SFC, 7/7/00, p.D6)
2000 Jul 6, In Sri Lanka the
military reported 50 guerrillas killed in commando attacks on
northern Tamil bases. Tamil rebels reported 35 dead.
(SFC, 7/7/00, p.D6)
2001 Jul 6, The United States
turned over to Japanese authorities an American serviceman accused
of rape. Air Force Staff Sgt. Timothy Woodland was convicted of rape
and sentenced to two years and eight months in prison.
2001 Jul 6, Former FBI agent
Robert Hanssen pleaded guilty to 15 criminal counts and agreed to
give a full accounting of his spying activities for Moscow.
2001 Jul 6, US Rep. Gary Condit
(D-Ceres) admitted to authorities that he had a sexual relationship
with Chandra Levy before she disappeared.
(SFC, 12/30/01, p.D3)
2001 Jul 6, US unemployment
jumped to 4.5% from 4.4% in June.
(SFC, 7/7/01, p.A1)
2001 Jul 6, Stanford
researchers reported evidence for a built-in kink in the universe
known as "charge-parity (CP) violation." This favored the production
of certain forms of matter over anti-matter counterparts.
(SFC, 7/7/01, p.A3)
2001 Jul 6, Eight-year-old
Jessie Arbogast was badly injured in a shark attack off the Florida
2001 Jul 6, Armenia reported
that almost 25% of the 3.4 million population had left the country.
A census was scheduled for October.
(WSJ, 7/6/01, p.A6)
2001 Jul 6, In France a tree
crashed on music spectators at the Chateau Pourtales near Strasbourg
and 10 people were killed.
(SFC, 7/7/01, p.B1)
2001 Jul 6, In Russia Pres.
Putin called for multilateral talks to eliminate 10,000 warheads
over the next 7 years.
(SFC, 7/7/01, p.A8)
2001 Jul 6, In Belgrade Radomar
Markovic, the former Yugoslav secret police chief, was sentenced to
a year in jail with 3 other top security aides for revealing state
(SFC, 7/7/01, p.B1)
2002 Jul 6, Serena Williams
beat older sister Venus 7-6 (4), 6-3 to win her first Wimbledon
title and second straight Grand Slam tournament.
2002 Jul 6, In Ingleside, Ca.,
police officer Jeremy Morse was caught on video tape beating Donovan
Jackson (16), who was already subdued and handcuffed. Jackson's
father, Coby Chavis, was being investigation for expired
registration tags. The video led to federal involvement in the case.
Mitch Crooks (27), the man who made the tape, was arrested July 11
on an outstanding warrant for petty theft. Officers Morse and Bijan
Darvish were indicted July 17. Morse was dismissed Oct 14.
(SFC, 7/11/02, p.A3)(SFC, 7/12/02, p.A2)(SFC,
7/18/02, p.A1)(SFC, 10/26/02, p.A5)
2002 Jul 6, Nation of Islam
leader Louis Farrakhan arrived in Baghdad for a two-day visit
Saturday to discuss steps that could be taken to avert a possible
U.S. military campaign against Iraq.
2002 Jul 6, Former President
Carter launched a Venezuela peace mission sanctioned by leftist
President Hugo Chavez but met with skepticism by many of Chavez's
2002 Jul 6, John Frankenheimer
(72), film director, died in LA.
(SSFC, 7/7/02, p.A23)
2002 Jul 6, Gunmen assassinated
Afghan Vice President Haji Abdul Qadir (48) and his driver in broad
daylight in the capital Kabul. Qadir was a prominent Pashtun
businessman and was suspected of being involved in the opium trade.
(Reuters, 7/6/02)(SSFC, 7/7/02, p.A1)(SFC,
2002 Jul 6, Asian and European
finance ministers meeting in Copenhagen were presented a study that
called for the creation of a currency basket system and ultimately a
single Asian currency. The study was part of the Kobe Research
Project, an initiative launched by ASEM in 2001.
2002 Jul 6, Greek police,
assisted by American and British agents, raided an apartment and
found dozens of anti-tank rockets they believe were stolen from the
army in the late 1980s by the elusive November 17 terrorist group.
2002 Jul 6, Rebels in
Indonesia's troubled Aceh province freed all 18 hostages held since
last month, including crew from a boat carrying supplies to an Exxon
2002 Jul 6, In Indian-ruled
Kashmir 2 soldiers and two separatist rebels were killed in
2002 Jul 6, Residents of the
Ivory Coast voted in local elections seen as a test of whether
President Laurent Gbagbo's government has turned the page on two
years of ethnic and political turbulence.
2002 Jul 6, In Latvia hopes
were high at a summit of 10 former communist countries aspiring to
join NATO, and many delegates already were looking ahead to the
responsibilities of membership.
2002 Jul 6, Randi Hindi (44), a
Palestinian woman, and her 2-year-old daughter were shot to death
while riding in a taxi in the Gaza Strip. Palestinians claimed
Israeli troops were responsible. But the Israeli army said its
soldiers did not fire anywhere in the area.
(AP, 7/6/02)(SSFC, 7/7/02, p.A9)
2002 Jul 6, Trinidad and Tobago
announced plans to run an undersea natural gas pipeline throughout
the Caribbean, saying the project would open new markets in the
2003 Jul 6, Roger Federer
became the first Swiss man to win a Grand Slam title, defeating Mark
Philippoussis 7-6 (5), 6-2, 7-6 (3) in the Wimbledon final.
2003 Jul 6, Joseph Wilson,
former American ambassador, criticized the Bush administration for
the way it used intelligence to justify the war in Iraq. He alleged
that Pres. Bush had falsely accused Iraq of trying to buy uranium
from Niger. Two White House officials soon called at least 6
Washington journalists and told them that Wilson’s wife, Valerie
Plame, was an undercover CIA agent who had worked in Niger. A State
Dept. memo was soon sent to Colin Powell on how Wilson got sent to
Niger and the role of his wife.
(Econ, 8/21/04, p.28)(SFC, 7/16/05, p.A4)
2003 Jul 6, Dennis Schmitt and
5 companions stepped on a 120-foot-long pile of dirt at 83°42’
latitude, Earth’s farthest north piece of known land. The Arctic
site was 432 miles from the North Pole and under the jurisdiction of
Greenland. In 2004 Danish authorities discounted the find in favor
of a larger island called Kaffklubben.
(SFC, 6/17/04, p.B1)(SFC, 6/18/04, p.B10)
2003 Jul 6, Buddy Ebsen (95),
Hollywood actor who achieved stardom and riches in the television
series "The Beverly Hillbillies" and "Barnaby Jones," died.
2003 Jul 6, Kathleen Raine
(95), a poet and scholar whose verse explored the realms of nature
and the spirit, died in London. "Stone and Flower" (1943),
illustrated by Barbara Hepworth, was her first published collection,
followed by "Living in Time" (1946) and "The Pythoness" (1949).
2003 Jul 6, Corsicans voted in
a historic referendum to give local officials more say in running
the Mediterranean island, an attempt to end years of attacks by
separatists fighting French rule.
2003 Jul 6, In Liberia Pres.
Charles Taylor announced that he would leave the country and accept
refuge in Nigeria.
(SFC, 7/7/03, p.A1)
2003 Jul 6, Mexican voters
issued a severe judgment on Pres. Vicente Fox's first three years in
office, electing another divided Congress in which his party will
have fewer seats and increasing the power of the former ruling party
and the leftist opposition.
2003 Jul 6, The annual Wife
Carrying World Championship took place in Sonkajarvi, Finland. An
Estonian team was again favored to win.
(WSJ, 7/2/03, p.A1)
2004 Jul 6, US Democratic
presidential candidate John Kerry selected former rival John Edwards
to be his running mate.
2004 Jul 6, A US fighter pilot
who'd mistakenly bombed Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan in 2002,
killing four, was found guilty in New Orleans of dereliction of
duty; Major Harry Schmidt was reprimanded and docked a month's pay.
2004 Jul 6, The Archdiocese of
Portland, Ore., filed for bankruptcy due to the financial impact of
sexual abuse claims.
(SFC, 7/7/04, p.A3)
2004 Jul 6, President Thomas
Klestil (71), who helped distance Austria from its Nazi past and
strengthened the country's ties with emerging Eastern European
democracies, died two days before he was to leave office.
2004 Jul 6, Actress Angelina
Jolie (29) arrived in Cambodia. PM Hun Sen had offered her
citizenship in recognition of her nature conservation work in the
(SFC, 7/7/04, p.E3)
2004 Jul 6, In Ethiopia a major
summit of the two-year-old African Union opened in Addis Ababa in
the presence of about 40 heads of state and government. The crisis
in Darfur took centre stage.
2004 Jul 6, A group of armed,
masked Iraqi men threatened to kill Jordanian militant Abu Musab
al-Zarqawi if he did not immediately leave the country, accusing him
of murdering innocent Iraqis and defiling the Muslim religion.
2004 Jul 6, In Iraq a car bomb
exploded in the town of Khalis, killing 13 people attending a wake
for the victims of a previous attack.
2004 Jul 6, Khaled Sallah, an
American-educated computer science professor, and his son were
killed during an arrest raid by Israeli commandos in the Ein Beit
Ilma refugee camp in the West Bank city of Nablus. West Bank and
Gaza fighting left 6 Palestinians and one Israeli soldier dead.
(AP, 7/6/04)(WSJ, 7/7/04, p.A1)
2004 Jul 6, Samir Naqqash (66),
an Israeli author and playwright who wrote almost exclusively in the
Arabic of his native Iraq, died of a heart attack.
2004 Jul 6, Sudan ordered an
end to restrictions on the movement of aid to the Darfur region.
(WSJ, 7/7/04, p.A1)
2004 Jul 6, President Hugo
Chavez announced that Venezuela has granted citizenship to 216,000
immigrants since May under a fast-track nationalization plan.
2005 Jul 6, NY Times reporter
Judith Miller was jailed for refusing to name her CIA-leak source
(2003) for a never-written article on CIA officer Valerie Plame. She
was freed after 85 days when Lewis Libby (55), chief of staff for VP
Cheney, released her from a claim of confidentiality. She agreed to
testify before a federal grand jury.
(WSJ, 7/6/05, p.A1)(SFC, 10/1/05, p.A4)
2005 Jul 6, Crude oil for
August delivery rose $1.69 to settle at a record $61.28 per barrel.
(SFC, 7/7/05, p.C1)
2005 Jul 6, L. Patrick Gray III
(88), acting FBI director during Nixon’s Watergate crisis, died in
(SFC, 7/7/05, p.A15)
2005 Jul 6, Author Evan Hunter
(78) died in Weston, Conn.
2005 Jul 6, Brazil’s Pres. Luiz
Inacio Lula da Silva named 3 cabinet ministers from a centrist party
to shore up support for his governing coalition, mired in charges of
buying votes in Congress.
2005 Jul 6, London was awarded
the 2012 Olympics, upsetting European rival Paris in the final round
of voting to take the games back to the British capital for the
first time since 1948. Costs for the 2112 Olympics were originally
estimated at £2.4 billion. By 2006 the costs rose to £4.7 billion.
(AP, 7/6/05)(Econ, 11/25/06, p.57)
2005 Jul 6, Canada asked
Washington to persuade a US court to dismiss a lawsuit against
Talisman Energy Inc. that alleges the Calgary-based oil company
aided genocide in southern Sudan. The suit was filed in a New York
district court in 2001 by the Presbyterian Church of Sudan. Talisman
sold its 25% interest in Sudan's main oil project for $771 million
2005 Jul 6, A Chilean court
stripped Gen. Augusto Pinochet of immunity from prosecution for his
alleged role in the killing of 119 dissidents in the early years of
2005 Jul 6, China unveiled its
1st index of manufacturing-purchasing activity.
(WSJ, 7/7/05, p.A11)
2005 Jul 6, In northeastern
China a bomb exploded in a shopping mall, injuring 47 people but
causing no deaths. Xinhua News said Ma Yuanxi, had fled China after
being suspected of murder but sneaked back into the country seeking
revenge in a dispute with another man.
2005 Jul 6, In Haiti hundreds
of peacekeepers stormed Cite Soleil, part of an effort to clamp down
on politically aligned gangs that have been accused of waging a
campaign of violence to destabilize Haiti ahead of October and
November elections. Gang leader Emmanuel "Dread" Wilme was killed in
2005 Jul 6, In Iraq gunmen
killed 4 policemen and wounded at least 9 more in separate attacks
2005 Jul 6, In Jordan over 170
leading Muslim scholars in Amman concluded an Int’l Islamic
Conference. They affirmed their authority and announced a mutual
recognition between Islam’s 8 main schools of legal interpretation:
4 Sunni, 2 Shia, the Ibadis of Oman and the small but prestigious
(Econ, 7/30/05, p.41)(www.asmasociety.org/home/)
2005 Jul 6, In Kashmir Indian
troops shot dead, Hizbul Mujahedin, a self-styled divisional
commander of the region's main rebel group in the northern district
2005 Jul 6, In Mexico Omar
Pimentel (37), Nuevo Laredo's new police chief, survived his 1st day
on the job with 3 bodyguards shadowing his every move, but one of
his police officers was killed and 2 other policemen badly wounded
by shots fired from a truck at their private car.
2005 Jul 6, In Acapulco,
Mexico, gunmen fired a spray of bullets at Jose Ruben Robles
Catalan, a former Guerrero state official as he entered a hotel
lobby with his 6-year-old grandson, killing him and his chauffeur.
2005 Jul 6, Monaco’s Prince
Albert admitted that he had fathered a boy with a French-Togolese
women in 2003.
(SFC, 7/7/05, p.A20)
2005 Jul 6, Myanmar's military
government released about 240 prisoners, including political
detainees and opposition politicians.
2005 Jul 6, A shootout between
police and gunmen with automatic weapons left a bystander and two of
the gunmen dead in the southern Russian region of Dagestan.
2005 Jul 6, In Scotland G-8
leaders scaled back goals for relieving African poverty and
combating global warming under US opposition to British PM Tony
Blair's ambitious objectives. Riot police with attack dogs beat back
demonstrators as thousands marched near the site of the Group of
Eight summit, demanding action from the world's leaders on poverty
reduction and climate change.
(AP, 7/6/05)(AP, 7/7/05)
2005 Jul 6, Sudan's National
Assembly unanimously passed a new constitution that steps away from
complete Islamic rule and paves the way for a Christian former rebel
leader to be inaugurated as first vice president later this week.
2005 Jul 6, Hikmet Fidan,
prominent Kurdish politician and critic of Abdullah Ocalan, was
killed in Diyarbakir, Turkey. Police said he was killed by the PKK.
(Econ, 7/23/05, p.48)
2006 Jul 6, A US federal rule
was published designating some 36,750 square miles in the Bering Sea
and Gulf of Alaska as critical habitat for right whales. The rule
takes effect Aug. 7.
2006 Jul 6, New Jersey’s
governor and lawmakers reached a deal on a new state budget. The
deal included an increase in sales tax from 6 to 7%, half of which
would be used to lower property taxes, which were among the highest
in the US.
(SFC, 7/7/06, p.A7)
2006 Jul 6, New York's highest
court ruled that gay marriage is not allowed under state law,
rejecting arguments by same-sex couples who said the law violates
their constitutional rights.
2006 Jul 6, Emmanuel "Toto"
Constant (49), an elusive former strongman from Haiti, accused of
sanctioning rape to silence dissent there in the early 1990s, was
arrested in a mortgage fraud scheme on Long Island, NY.
2006 Jul 6, Alan Newton (44) of
NYC was released from prison after DNA evidence cleared him of a
1985 rape conviction. He had served 20 years of a 40 year sentence.
(SFC, 7/7/06, p.A6)
2006 Jul 6, The Amalgamated
Santas gathered in Branson, Missouri, for their first annual
convention. In 2007 the group started to splinter following internal
(WSJ, 7/10/08, p.A1)(http://tinyurl.com/5mw4kv)
2006 Jul 6, The space shuttle
Discovery docked with the international space station, bringing with
it European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Reiter, who began a
six-month stay aboard the station.
2006 Jul 6, Ralph Ginzburg
(b.1929), journalist, magazine publisher and photographer, died in
NYC. His magazine included Eros (1962), Avant Garde (1968) and Fact
(1964). In 1962 he wrote “100 Years of Lynchings,” a chronicle of
racist hangings in the South. He was at the center of two First
Amendment battles in the 1960s and served 8 months in federal prison
(AP, 7/6/07)(SFC, 7/7/06, p.B9)
2006 Jul 6, Kasey Rogers (80),
film and TV actress, died in Los Angeles. Her films included
“Strangers on a Train” (1951).
(SFC, 7/15/06, p.B6)
2006 Jul 6, In southern
Afghanistan a US-led coalition soldier and five militants were
killed in a clash in the Baghran Valley in Helmand province.
2006 Jul 6, An Australian
consortium led by Macquarie Bank said it has agreed to a friendly
1.59 billion US dollar takeover of US utility Duquesne Light
2006 Jul 6, Brazilian police
broke up an international drug ring and arrested Luciano Geraldo
Daniel, a man suspected of being the country's top cocaine
2006 Jul 6, China’s state media
said torrential rains and a tornado killed at least 30 people as
storms battered eastern China this week, with millions more affected
by flooding and other storm damage.
2006 Jul 6, China and India
reopened the 14,000-foot Nathu La pass, an ancient Silk Road pass
high in the Himalayas, more than 40 years after it was shut by war.
2006 Jul 6, The European
Central Bank held its key interest rate steady at 2.75% as was
widely anticipated but pledged to exercise "strong vigilance" on
2006 Jul 6, Four former
officers in Georgia's Interior Ministry were convicted of causing
bodily harm leading to death in the case of a banker, Sandro
Girgvliani (28), whose beating and stabbing death became a political
scandal in this former Soviet republic.
2006 Jul 6, In Iraq a suicide
car bomb tore through buses carrying Iranian pilgrims near a Shiite
shrine on the outskirts of Kufa, killing 14 people and wounding 38.
(AP, 7/7/06)(SFC, 7/7/06, p.A10)
2006 Jul 6, Israeli forces took
over the remains of three abandoned Jewish settlements in the
northern Gaza Strip and entered a nearby Palestinian town, creating
a temporary buffer zone to prevent Palestinian militants from firing
rockets at Israel. At least 21 Palestinians and one Israeli soldier
were killed in the fighting.
(AP, 7/6/06)(SFC, 7/7/06, p.A3)
2006 Jul 6, Israel signed a
contract with Germany for 2 new Dolphin submarines capable of
carrying nuclear warheads.
2006 Jul 6, It was reported
that African scholars have launched the continent's first bible
commentary which tackles issues like female circumcision, HIV/AIDS
and ethnic violence to make the scriptures more relevant for
Africans. The African Bible Commentary was launched this week in
Kenya and is meant to interpret the bible for Africans by using
local proverbs and tradition and by applying Christian teaching to
contemporary problems on the poorest continent.
2006 Jul 6, PM Vlado Buckovski
conceded defeat to the nationalist opposition in Macedonia's
parliamentary elections, a vote considered crucial for the tiny
Balkan nation's aspirations to join the EU and NATO. Nikola Gruevski
led the winning VMRO-DPMNE party.
2006 Jul 6, Felipe Calderon won
the official count in Mexico's disputed presidential race, a
come-from-behind victory for the stiff technocrat. But his leftist
rival refused to concede and said he'd fight the results in court.
Calderon won 35.9% of the vote against Obrador’s 35.3%.
(AP, 7/7/06)(Econ, 11/18/06, Survey p.4)
2006 Jul 6, In Moldova an
explosion ripped apart a small bus in Tiraspol, capital of the
separatist region of Trans-Dniester, killing eight people and
injuring 46. The blast was caused by a bomb carried onboard by a
passenger. Transdniestrian politicians blamed Moldovan provocateurs.
(AP, 7/8/06)(Econ, 8/5/06, p.48)
2006 Jul 6, A general strike in
Niger demanding lower prices for basic goods paralyzed the capital
of one of the world's poorest nations, following a similar attempt
last month that was met with inaction from the government.
2006 Jul 6, In Nigeria a Dutch
oil worker was kidnapped by armed men from a Royal Dutch Shell gas
plant. He was released July 10.
(AP, 7/6/06)(AP, 7/10/06)
2006 Jul 6, A defiant North
Korea threatened to test-fire more missiles and warned of even
stronger action if opponents of the tests put pressure on the
2006 Jul 6, Members of the
radical Islamic group that controls Somalia's capital met African,
Arab and European officials and repeated their opposition to the
deployment of peacekeepers to stabilize the lawless country.
2006 Jul 6, A delegate from
Spain's ruling party met with the leader of an outlawed Basque
separatist group in historic talks hailed by both sides as a
possible step toward peace.
2006 Jul 6, Ukraine's
pro-Russian opposition ended a 10-day parliament blockade and
lawmakers elected a speaker. The pro-Western coalition was sent into
a tailspin by a ballot that in a surprise move saw its smallest
faction, the Socialists, join with pro-Russian parties to elect its
leader Olexander Moroz as speaker.
2006 Jul 6, A UAE freighter
sank in strong winds in the Indian Ocean off the Horn of Africa,
killing seven crew members. The ship was owned by al-Hufuf Maritime
Co., based in the United Arab Emirates, but it sailed under the flag
2007 Jul 6, In Las Vegas Steven
Zegrean (51) opened fire on gamblers at the New York-New York casino
and wounded 4 people before he was tackled by off-duty military
reservists. On Oct 19, 2009, Zegrean was sentenced to 26-90 years in
(SFC, 7/7/07, p.A5)(SFC, 10/20/09, p.A5)
2007 Jul 6, Kathleen E.
Woodiwiss (b.1939), author of steamy genre novels, died in
Princeton, Minn. She was widely credited with having founded the
historical romance in its modern carnal incarnation. “The Flame and
the Flower” (1972) was the 1st of her 13 novels.
(SFC, 7/13/07, p.B8)
2007 Jul 6, Lois Wyse (80),
advertising whiz, died in Manhattan. Her 65 books included “Funny,
You Don’t Look Like a Grandmother” (1989).
(SFC, 7/9/07, p.C4)
2007 Jul 6, Afghan and US-led
coalition troops, using artillery and airstrikes, killed 33 Taliban
fighters after the insurgents attacked a police checkpoint in
southern Uruzgan province. Officials said fighting in three separate
regions of Afghanistan left more than 100 militants dead. About 60
militants died in a battle in Kunar province, but reports of
civilian deaths were not confirmed. The next day a Kunar provincial
deputy police chief said that 25 civilians and 20 militants were
killed in clashes over three days.
(AP, 7/6/07)(AP, 7/7/07)
2007 Jul 6, Australia kicked
off a round-the-world series of Live Earth music concerts designed
to highlight climate change with a traditional Aboriginal welcome
ceremony. Former US vice-president Al Gore appeared on video screens
to launch the worldwide initiative.
2007 Jul 6, Austrian
authorities arrested Michael Berger (35), an investment banker
wanted by the FBI, who fled after being convicted of securities
fraud in NYC more than five years ago.
2007 Jul 6, Canada named a
former government security adviser to head the Royal Canadian
Mounted Police, the first time a civilian has held the post.
2007 Jul 6, Chile's securities
regulator fined Sebastian Pinera, a leading right-wing politician
and former presidential candidate, for insider trading of LAN
Airlines SA stock.
2007 Jul 6, A former department
head at China's drug regulation agency was sentenced to death on
bribery charges. Cao Wenzhuang was given a two-year reprieve because
he provided evidence that helped with the investigation of other
cases. Chinese cat lovers mobilized online to save a truck load of
cats from the cooking pot. A standoff continued for hours while cat
lovers spread word of the incident online, eventually raising $1,320
in donations to buy the whole load of some 800 cats.
(AP, 7/6/07)(AP, 7/10/07)
2007 Jul 6, EU officials said
they have asked Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia to join patrols of
Europe's border control agency in a bid to stop massive clandestine
2007 Jul 6, In France some 50
masked attackers smashed cars and clashed with police in northeast
Paris. Three officers were injured.
2007 Jul 6, India’s Health
Ministry released a report saying the number of Indians infected
with HIV is between 2-3 million, half of what experts had previously
estimated, and about 0.3% of the 1.1 billion population.
(SFC, 7/7/07, p.A3)
2007 Jul 6, A suicide bomber
detonated a booby trapped car at a funeral in the Shiite Kurdish
village of Zargoush, in the Sadiya region of Diyala province,
killing 22 people. Four soldiers were killed in two roadside bomb
attacks on their patrols, both in the capital. A suicide car bomber
struck the Kurdish village of Ahmad Maref killing 26 people. A US
soldier and an Iraqi interpreter were killed when an explosively
formed penetrator exploded near their patrol in southeastern
Baghdad. A US soldier died of non battle-related cause and his death
was under investigation.
(AP, 7/7/07)(SFC, 7/7/07, p.A7)(AP, 7/10/07)
2007 Jul 6, Israeli forces
pulled out of the Gaza Strip. Their military incursion left 11
Palestinian militants dead and pushed Gaza's rival factions together
in urging their people to fight back.
2007 Jul 6, In rural southern
Nepal 9 children and two adults died when a tractor pulling a
trailer carrying guests in a wedding procession skidded off a road
and into a canal.
2007 Jul 6, The head of a
radical mosque besieged by government forces in the heart of
Pakistan's capital rejected calls for an unconditional surrender,
saying he and his die-hard followers were ready for martyrdom.
2007 Jul 6, A Peruvian consumer
protection agency closed a popular restaurant and imposed a stiff
fine for repeatedly turning away dark-skinned people. The upscale
suburb of Miraflores complied with the agency's request to close
Cafe del Mar for 60 days. The restaurant also was fined $76,000 for
its "discriminatory" entrance policy.
2007 Jul 6, Russian lawmakers
passed a bill that cracks down on dissent and expands police
surveillance authority ahead of 2008 elections.
(WSJ, 1/7/07, p.A1)
2007 Jul 6, In Somalia 5
children who stopped to play with a land mine on the way to prayers
died when one of them threw the device against a wall, causing a
blast that sent their bodies flying through the air.
2007 Jul 6, In Sri Lanka
soldiers intercepted a group of Tamil Tigers, killing 15, as they
fled the jungle area of Thoppigala in the eastern district of
Batticaloa. 4 people were killed elsewhere in the embattled island.
2007 Jul 6, Turkey's foreign
minister said his government and military have agreed on plans for a
possible cross-border operation against Kurdish rebels based in
2008 Jul 6, In Afghanistan the
chief government official in the Deh Bala district of Nangarhar
province said villagers reported that as many as 27 people walking
in a group toward a wedding were killed in a bombing. Up to 10
others were wounded. The US-led coalition said an airstrike killed
or wounded 20 militants in Nangarhar. An official investigation
later found that the US-led air strikes struck a wedding and killed
47 Afghan civilians.
(AP, 7/6/08)(AFP, 7/11/08)
2008 Jul 6, In Iraq a car bomb
in northern Baghdad killed six people and injured 14 others,
including three policemen. Ali Abdul Ridha al-Badri, the head of an
awakening council in Iskandariyah, and was killed by a bomb attached
to his car after meeting with US forces. A roadside bomb in Diyala
province killed a high-ranking member of the Patriotic Union of
Kurdistan along with 7 others. 2 civilians were killed in Baquba
when police clashed with members of the Awakening Councils.
(AP, 7/6/08)(SFC, 7/7/08, p.A5)
2008 Jul 6, Israel re-opened
its border crossings with the Gaza Strip after closing them because
of Palestinian rocket fire.
2008 Jul 6, In northern Mexico
a plane carrying a load of auto parts crashed s it was trying to
land, killing the pilot and severely injuring the co-pilot.
2008 Jul 6, Myanmar's state-run
newspaper said the overwhelming election victory by Aung San Suu
Kyi's party in 1990 has been nullified by the approval of a
military-backed constitution and her National League for Democracy
party should prepare for a new vote in 2010.
2008 Jul 6, In Pakistan a
two-story apartment building collapsed in the port city of Karachi,
killing eight people, including a toddler. A suicide attacker
detonated explosives near a police station in Islamabad, killing at
least 15 people and wounding dozens.
2008 Jul 6, In Somalia gunmen
opened fire on people leaving a mosque in Mogadishu, killing one of
the country’s senior UN officials.
(SFC, 7/7/08, p.A3)
2008 Jul 6, South Korea said it
was implementing a multi-stage contingency plan aimed at reducing
energy consumption before the skyrocketing oil prices push Asia's
fourth-largest economy into a full-fledged crisis.
2008 Jul 6, Sri Lankan fighter
jets bombed a Tamil Tiger rebel position in their northern
2008 Jul 6, The United Arab
Emirates canceled all its Iraqi debt and moved to restore a full
diplomatic mission in Baghdad by naming a new ambassador.
2009 Jul 6, In San Francisco
crews cleaning a homeless encampment in McLaren Park discovered a
body later identified as Ronnie Brown (32), who was last seen in San
Leandro on Oct 20, 2007. Brown, aka Allah, was on parole for a
weapons conviction and had been associated with people connected to
Oakland’s Your Black Muslim Bakery.
(SFC, 7/15/09, p.A13)
2009 Jul 6, In North Carolina
suspected killer Patrick Burris (41), a career criminal paroled just
two months ago, was shot to death by officers investigating a
burglary complaint at a home in Gastonia, 30 miles from Gaffney, SC,
where the killing spree started June 27.
2009 Jul 6, Robert McNamara
(b.1916), former US defense secretary, died. He was one of the main
architects of the US war in Vietnam (1961-1968). McNamara wrote or
co-authored 11 books on topics that mainly focused on issues of
defense and development, the most recent one in 2001.
2009 Jul 6, In northern
Afghanistan four US soldiers were among six people killed by a
roadside bomb in Kunduz province. Two Americans were killed in a
roadside blast in southern Afghanistan. An American soldier died in
a firefight with militants in the east. In southern Kandahar, a
suicide bomber killed two people when he drove a car packed with
explosives toward a line of truck drivers waiting to supply foreign
troops. The Taliban movement said they had launched a guerrilla
operation to thwart a major assault by newly deployed US Marines on
their Helmand strongholds. 3 NATO troops died in a helicopter crash
in Zabul province.
(AP, 7/6/09)(AFP, 7/6/09)(AP, 7/7/09)
2009 Jul 6, The 2nd Panafrican
Festival opened in Algiers and was scheduled to last to July 20. The
first Panafrican Festival took place back in 1969.
2009 Jul 6, In Croatia deputy
Jadranka Kosor (b.1953), a former journalist, was confirmed as the
new prime minister.
2009 Jul 6, Ethnic Somali
rebels (ONLF) in Ethiopia's Ogaden region claimed they killed 90
government troops in recent clashes, but the government denied any
losses, claiming victory instead.
2009 Jul 6, Honduras' interim
government closed its main airport to all flights after blocking the
runway to prevent the return of ousted President Manuel Zelaya.
2009 Jul 6, In western India
people began falling ill after a night of drinking tainted
home-brewed liquor. The death toll soon rose to at least 112.
(AP, 7/8/09)(AP, 7/9/09)(AP, 7/10/09)
2009 Jul 6, In Iraq a car bomb
targeted a police patrol in Mosul but missed, killing an 18-year-old
man and injuring eight other bystanders.
2009 Jul 6, Israel deported
Cynthia McKinney, a former US congresswoman, Mairead Corrigan
Maguire, a Nobel peace prize laureate, and other activists who were
arrested and jailed after trying to break the naval blockade of the
Gaza Strip. The Israeli navy seized their boat last week as it tried
to sail with medical supplies from Cyprus to Gaza.
2009 Jul 6, Liberia's truth and
reconciliation commission recommended barring President Ellen
Johnson Sirleaf and dozens of other high-profile figures from public
office for 30 years for supporting armed groups in the country's
2009 Jul 6, Nepal's national
assembly sat for the first time in more than two months after the
Maoist party agreed to halt protests that have paralyzed parliament.
2009 Jul 6, In Russia President
Barack Obama opened his first Moscow summit with confidence. Obama
and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev struck a preliminary deal to
reduce their stockpiles of nuclear warheads to as few as 1,500 each,
pointing the two countries' arsenals toward lower levels than in any
previous arms control agreement.
2009 Jul 6, Vasily Aksyonov
(b.1932), Russian novelist and Soviet dissident, died in Moscow. He
was forced into exile in 1980 after being branded as “anti-Soviet”
and lived in the US for over two decades. His over 20 novels
included “The Moscow Saga” (1994), which was adopted for a popular
TV series in 2004.
(SFC, 7/8/09, p.D5)
2009 Jul 6, The office of South
Korea's Pres. Lee Myung-bak said he will donate about 33.1 billion
won ($26 million), almost all of his personal fortune, to establish
a new youth scholarship program.
2009 Jul 6, Vatican Radio began
airing advertisements for the first time in its 80-year history.
Vatican debt last year was pegged at $22 Million.
(SFC, 7/27/09, p.D3)
2009 Jul 6, In Yemen a barber
was publicly executed after he was found guilty of raping and
killing an 11-year-old boy who came to his shop for a haircut. The
barber was arrested in December 2008 and confessed during a January
trial to raping the boy inside his salon, killing him and cutting up
his body before dumping it outside San'a.
2010 Jul 6, Pres. Obama met
with Israel’s PM Netanyahu, who was accorded all the trappings of a
visiting head of state. Obama and Netanyahu dismissed talk of a rift
as wildly unfounded, and Netanyahu pledged concrete, "very robust"
steps to revive sluggish Mideast peace efforts with the
Palestinians. One of the main outcomes of the summit was the US push
for a shift to direct talks with Palestinians.
(AP, 7/6/10)(AFP, 7/7/10)
2010 Jul 6, The Obama
administration sued Arizona to throw out the state's
toughest-in-the-nation immigration law and keep other states from
copying it. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Phoenix said the
law, due to take effect July 29, usurps the federal government's
"pre-eminent authority" under the Constitution to regulate
2010 Jul 6, California Gov.
Schwarzenegger signed into law a bill extending voter approved
mandates for the humane treatment of egg-laying hens in the state.
(SFC, 7/7/10, p.C1)
2010 Jul 6, In California it
was reported that researchers have found fish in the Lower Crystal
Springs Reservoir of San Mateo County containing some of the highest
mercury levels in the state. The lake collected rainwater and water
from Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy reservoir to provide drinking water to
2.5 million people in San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and
(SFC, 7/7/10, p.A1)
2010 Jul 6, The East Coast
roasted under an unrelenting sun as record-setting temperatures
soared past 100 from Virginia to Massachusetts, utility companies
cranked up power to the limit to cool the sweating masses and
railroad tracks were so hot commuter trains had to slow down. The
temperature reached 100 in Philadelphia toppling a record set in
(AP, 7/6/10)(SFC, 7/7/10, p.A5)
2010 Jul 6, In New Orleans,
Louisiana, oil from the ruptured well was reported to be seeping
into Lake Pontchartrain, threatening another environmental disaster
for the huge body of water that was rescued from pollution in 1990s.
2010 Jul 6, In Afghanistan 3
American soldiers were killed in a roadside bombing in the south. A
NATO airstrike in Paktika province killed several suspected
insurgents and led to the arrest of several others. Coalition and
Afghan special forces arrested a Taliban commander in the eastern
province of Nangarhar.
(AP, 7/7/10)(AP, 7/9/10)
2010 Jul 6, Algerian security
forces killed three Islamist militants in a shoot-out southeast of
the capital Algiers.
2010 Jul 6, Australia's new PM
Julia Gillard ended a three-month freeze on processing Sri Lankan
asylum-seekers, and said a bar on Afghan claims was under review.
2010 Jul 6, Britain's Queen
Elizabeth (84) addressed the UN for the first time since1957. The
queen's 10-minute speech to a special session of the General
Assembly was finished before Netherlands and Uruguay returned to
their soccer match in Cape Town. Netherlands progressed to the
finals after beating Uruguay 3-2.
2010 Jul 6, Britain said it
will hold a judge-led inquiry into allegations that its spies were
complicit in the torture of terror suspects held by the US and other
allies. The government also announced it will pay compensation to
detainees found to have been mistreated in the global pursuit of
terrorists after the Sept. 11 attacks.
2010 Jul 6, Britain’s Guardian
newspaper, citing unnamed political sources, said British troops
will turn over responsibility for one of the deadliest districts in
southern Afghanistan to Americans in a reconfiguration of NATO-led
forces in the area, and that Britain would soon withdraw its 1,000
soldiers from the Sangin district of Helmand province, where they
would be replaced by US troops who now outnumber them in Helmand.
Britain’s Defense Secretary Liam Fox confirmed the announcement the
(Reuters, 7/6/10)(AFP, 7/7/10)
2010 Jul 6, A Toronto man was
convicted of attempting to illegally export nuclear-related
technology to Iran, in the first Canadian criminal case resulting
from UN sanctions against the Middle East nation. An Ontario judge
found Mahmoud Yadegari guilty of attempting to export pressure
transducers, which can be used in the building of both nuclear
plants and weapons.
2010 Jul 6, China priced the
IPO of Agricultural Bank of China and proceeded to raise $19.2
billion in one the world’s largest IPO to date.
2010 Jul 6, Chinese police
found a Catholic priest and a nun murdered in northern China, but
the motive was not immediately clear. Joseph Shulai Zhang (55) and
Sister Mary Wei Yanhui (32) were apparently stabbed to death at the
nursing home where they worked in the city of Wuhai in Inner
Mongolia. Monk Zhang Wenping (43) was arrested on July 8 in Hohhot,
capital of the Inner Mongolia region. Wenping told police that he
had personal grudges against the priest and nun.
(AFP, 7/8/10)(AP, 7/9/10)
2010 Jul 6, In Egypt Mahmoud
Taha Swellem, a disgruntled employee of an Egyptian construction
company, opened fire on his colleagues, killing six and wounding 16,
before surrendering. Swellem, a driver, pulled over the company bus
in western Cairo, whipped out an assault rifle and showered his
passengers with bullets.
(AP, 7/6/10)(SFC, 7/7/10, p.A2)
2010 Jul 6, EU foreign affairs
chief Catherine Ashton urged Iran to stop the execution of three
people including a woman who faces death by stoning for adultery.
Ashton said she was "deeply concerned" about reports that the
executions of Mohammad Reza Haddadi, who was sentenced to hang for a
murder he committed when he was a minor, and the woman, Sakineh
Mohammadi-Ashtiani, "may be imminent." She also renewed her call for
Iran to drop the death sentence against Zeynab Jalalian, a Kurd who
awaits execution for being an "enemy of God."
2010 Jul 6, The EU banned most
of Iran Air's jets from flying to Europe because of safety concerns,
emphasizing that the move was not related to UN sanctions against
Iran over its nuclear program.
2010 Jul 6, An EU lawmaker
urged member governments to open their secret files on UFOs. Mario
Borghezio, an Italian member of the European Parliament, said that
the EU needs its own "X Files" archive where anyone can see
information on UFOs, including data gathered by the military.
2010 Jul 6, In France Pres.
Sarkozy came under mounting pressure over allegations that he took
illegal cash donations from Liliane Bettencourt, owner of the
L’Oreal cosmetics firm and the richest woman in France.
(SFC, 7/7/10, p.A2)
2010 Jul 6, Germany Chancellor
Angela Merkel's government, faced with a ballooning deficit in the
health care system, decided to raise premiums and cut into the
profits of doctors, dentists, hospitals and pharmaceutical
manufacturers. The decision came after months of wrangling within
Merkel's coalition over a fundamental overhaul of the system and
after a series of political blows to the chancellor and plummeting
support in the polls.
2010 Jul 6, In Iraq Army
Specialist Bradley Manning, an American soldier suspected of leaking
a military video of an attack on unarmed men, was charged with
multiple counts of mishandling and leaking classified data and
putting national security at risk [see July 12, 2007]. 9 Shiite
Muslims taking part in the pilgrimage in Baghdad were killed and
dozens were wounded in mortar attacks and roadside bomb explosions.
(AP, 7/6/10)(AP, 7/7/10)
2010 Jul 6, The Israeli
military indicted a soldier on a charge of manslaughter during last
year's war in the Gaza Strip, the most serious criminal charge to
come out of an internal investigation into the offensive in the
Hamas-ruled territory. The soldier was among 3 troops, including a
field commander, to face new disciplinary action stemming from their
conduct during the offensive, which has drawn international
condemnation for its civilian death toll.
2010 Jul 6, In Indian Kashmir
one person was killed by drowning while fleeing security forces and
a woman (25) was killed by a stray bullet at the window of her home.
(Econ, 7/10/10, p.42)
2010 Jul 6, The bodyguard of a
Mexican state governor was ordered jailed pending an investigation
into allegations that he belongs to a drug cartel, one of a string
of scandals that plagued weekend elections. Ismael Ortega Galicia, a
bodyguard for Tamaulipas Gov. Eugenio Hernandez, was detained for
questioning over the weekend after the newspaper Reforma reported he
was on a US Treasury Department list of key members of the Gulf or
2010 Jul 6, In northern Mexico
about 18,000 people were evacuated from Ciudad Anahuac, where
authorities feared a dam would overflow from rains that accompanied
Hurricane Alex. The Venustiano Carranza dam, about 70 km (43 miles)
away, reached capacity after days of heavy rains, including remnants
of the hurricane, which slammed into Mexico's northern Gulf coast
2010 Jul 6, In South Africa
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced that pupils will
have the option of learning in their mother language in their first
three years of schooling. Children were currently taught either in
English or Afrikaans, both languages inherited from the eras of
colonialism and apartheid.
2010 Jul 6, In Pamplona, Spain,
tens of thousands of Spaniards and foreigners jammed a historic city
plaza and sprayed each other with wine as a firecracker rocket
blasted off to launch the famed San Fermin bull-running festival.
The 9-day street drinking party got under way at midday with the
traditional shout from the city hall balcony of "Viva San Fermin!,"
followed seconds later by the firing of the firecracker known as the
2010 Jul 6, Sudan intelligence
services imposed press censorship, which was lifted in September,
six months ahead of a key referendum on independence for south
2010 Jul 6, A Tunisian appeals
court upheld a prison sentence in absentia of four years and one
month for journalist Fahem Boukaddous. He had covered protests that
turned violent in 2008 over high unemployment in the Gafsa mining
2010 Jul 6, Venezuela announced
plans to extradite a Salvadoran man wanted by Cuba as a suspect in a
series of bombings. Cuba believes Chavez Abarca placed an explosive
that damaged a hotel disco on April 2, 1997, and another bomb later
that month that failed to explode on the 15th floor of the same
hotel. Cuban officials also suspect him in a 1997 bombing of a Cuban
2011 Jul 6, A US federal
appeals court ordered a halt to the armed forces policy of
discharging openly gay service members.
(SFC, 7/7/11, p.A6)
2011 Jul 6, US and Mexican
officials signed an agreement allowing each country’s trucks to
traverse the other’s highways implementing a key provision in the
1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
(SFC, 7/7/11, p.A4)
2011 Jul 6, SF Giants
management dismissed payroll manager Robin O’Connor (41) after she
admitted to diverting over $608 thousand to her personal bank
account. Further reviews found that she had diverted over $1.5
million to her own accounts since June, 2010. On March 26, 2012,
O’Connor admitted embezzling $2.2 million and was sentenced to 21
months in federal prison.
(SFC, 8/31/11, p.A1)(SFC, 3/27/12, p.C2)
2011 Jul 6, In Maryland the FBI
arrested Mohammad Hassan Khalid (18), a high school honors student
and legal immigrant from Pakistan, at his home near Baltimore for
helping Colleen LaRose, aka “Jihad Jane,” plot to kill Swedish
artist Lars Vilks. LaRose (48) pleaded guilty this year to 4 federal
charges. On May 4, 2012, Khalid pleaded guilty to helping LaRose. On
April 17, 2014 Khalid was sentenced to five years in prison.
(SFC, 10/21/11, p.A11)(SFC, 5/4/12, p.A5)(SFC,
2011 Jul 6, In Wisconsin the
dead bodies of 3- and 4-year-old Wisconsin brothers were found in a
parked car and the boyfriend of the children's mother was arrested.
2011 Jul 6, In Wyoming a female
grizzly bear attacked and killed a man who encountered the bruin and
her cubs while he was hiking with his wife in Yellowstone National
2011 Jul 6, Wells Fargo &
Co. agreed to pay $125 million to settle accusations by investors
that the bank misled them about the risks of mortgage-backed
securities it sold in 2005-2006.
(SFC, 7/8/11, p.D6)
2011 Jul 6, Six Afghan
policemen and a civilian were killed when their car drove over a
landmine in the southern province of Uruzgan. Taliban fighters
attacked several border police checkpoints killing nearly 2 dozen
officers in Nuristan province. A NATO patrol came under fire in
Khost province and an air strike was called in. 3 women and 6
children were killed along with 4 insurgents. NATO acknowledged that
civilians were killed.
(AFP, 7/7/11)(SFC, 7/7/11, p.A2)(SFC, 7/8/11,
2011 Jul 6, In Afghanistan an
Azerbaijani cargo plane carrying supplies for the Afghan NATO
mission crashed into treacherous mountains killing all nine crew on
board outside Kabul. The nine crew were from Azerbaijan and
Uzbekistan. The plane was operated by private Azerbaijani airline
2011 Jul 6, Australia announced
it would lift a ban on live cattle exports to Indonesia and resume
trade with additional safeguards in place to address animal cruelty
2011 Jul 6, Human Rights Watch
accused Bahrain of carrying out a "campaign of violent oppression"
against its citizens and called for an end to abuses.
2011 Jul 6, In Bangladesh
dozens of people, including a senior opposition figure, were injured
during violent protests as an anti-government strike shut down the
country for the second time in four days.
2011 Jul 6, Belarus police
attacked peaceful protesters detaining hundreds in the latest series
of rallies calling for the ouster of Pres. Lukashenko.
(SFC, 7/7/11, p.A2)
2011 Jul 6, Brazil's
Transportation Minister, Alfredo Nascimento, resigned amid a scandal
over an alleged kickback scheme in his office.
2011 Jul 6, British PM David
Cameron confirmed that the UK will withdraw 500 troops from
Afghanistan by the end of 2012.
2011 Jul 6, Britain's tabloid
phone hacking scandal dominated the airways as it swelled to
allegedly involve more missing schoolgirls and the families of
London terror victims. Lawmakers held an emergency debate, companies
hastily pulled their ads and the prime minister demanded two new
2011 Jul 6, The People's Bank
of China announced it was raising its benchmark rate for one-year
loans by 0.25 percentage points to 6.56 percent to keep a lid on
rising inflation levels.
2011 Jul 6, The UN Office for
the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said the Lord's
Resistance Army forces killed 26 civilians in the Democratic
Republic of Congo in June alone.
2011 Jul 6, In Egypt hundreds
of protesters pelted the security headquarters in the city of Suez
with rocks, angered by a court's decision to uphold the release of
seven policemen facing trials for allegedly killing 17 protesters in
Suez during Egypt's uprising. In a bid to defuse rising anger, the
Interior Ministry announced that hundreds of high-ranking police
officers will be sacked for their role in the harsh crackdown.
2011 Jul 6, The EU Parliament
passed a resolution calling for EU-wide legislation stipulating that
at least 40% of seats on listed companies’ supervisory boards be
reserved for women by the year 2020.
(Econ, 7/23/11, p.61)
2011 Jul 6, French police
arrested ETA suspect Daniel Derguy on terrorism charges in Cahors.
2011 Jul 6, A Georgian court in
the Black Sea port of Batumi convicted a Russian citizen and eight
Georgians of espionage and gave them prison sentences ranging from
11 to 14 years.
2011 Jul 6, Police in India
arrested 2 men in a Mumbai suburb with weapons. They allegedly
belonged to the Indian Mujahideen (IM), an Islamist group behind
(Econ, 7/16/11, p.42)
2011 Jul 6, In Iraq two police
officers were killed in a suicide bombing outside a car dealership
in al-Hedaid, just outside Baqouba, Diyala province. Authorities
uncovered a mass grave with 900 corpses near the central city of
Diwaniyah, believed to be Kurds killed during the rule of ousted
dictator Saddam Hussein.
(AP, 7/6/11)(AFP, 7/6/11)
2011 Jul 6, In Italy a military
court in Verona convicted 9 former Nazi soldiers in the deaths of
over 140 civilians in massacres in the Apennine mountains in the
spring of 1944. The defendants were sentenced to life in prison.
(SFC, 7/7/11, p.A2)
2011 Jul 6, Libyan rebels
launched a promised assault on a key gateway to Tripoli, attacking
government positions just 50 km (30 miles) from the capital. Rebel
forces moved into Qawalish (Gualish) and Kikla. 18 fighters were
killed and about 30 were injured as fighters seized Al-Qawalish.
Another group advanced to within 13 km of the center of the town of
Zlitan. 2 civilians, including a 12-year-old girl, were killed when
a rocket hit their Misrata house.
(AFP, 7/6/11)(AP, 7/6/11)(Reuters, 7/7/11)
2011 Jul 6, Nepalese
authorities prevented exiled Tibetans from celebrating their
spiritual leader the Dalai Lama's birthday over concerns that
gatherings would turn anti-Chinese.
2011 Jul 6, In Nigeria 3
soldiers were injured when a bomb hit a military checkpoint near a
food market in Maiduguri where attacks by suspected Islamist
radicals have killed dozens. Ali Modu Sheriff, a former governor of
northern Borno state (2003-2011), sent an apology to Boko Haram over
his role in the brutal military crackdown on the radical Islamist
sect. Last week, ex-governor of neighboring Gombe State Danjuma
Goje, now a senator, and Bauchi State Governor Isa Yuguda, in
separate statements apologized to Boko Haram for any role they might
have played in rights violations against its members during the
uprising. The sect has demanded a public apology as part of
condition for a truce with the government. Gunmen suspected of being
members of an Islamist sect raided a police station overnight in the
northern state of Bauchi, stealing weapons.
(AFP, 7/6/11)(AFP, 7/7/11)
2011 Jul 6, Pakistani troops
backed by attack helicopters clashed with Taliban fighters in
Miranshah, North Waziristan. A night of political violence left 24
people dead in Karachi. Hundreds of militants crossed from
Afghanistan and attacked several Pakistani border villages,
triggering shootouts with local militias that killed at least 5
(AFP, 7/6/11)(AP, 7/6/11)
2011 Jul 6, Somalia’s Shebab
rebels appealed for help for thousands of people devastated by a
severe drought that has hit the Horn of Africa region, saying they
would allow aid through to their fiefdoms.
2011 Jul 6, In Santiago de
Compostela, Spain, the 12th century Calixtinus Codex was reported
missing from a strongbox in the cathedral's archive room. The codex
is considered the first guide for people making the ancient
Christian pilgrimage known as the Camino de Santiago, the Spanish
name for the Way of St. James. There were no signs of a break-in.
Police believed it was taken the previous week. On Feb 18, 2015, a
court convicted Jose Manuel Fernandez Castineiras, a former
cathedral electrician, of theft and money laundering and sentenced
him to ten years in prison.
(AP, 7/8/11)(AP, 2/18/15)
2011 Jul 6, In Syria security
forces detained dozens of men in the town of Dumair near Damascus.
Amnesty International said that Syrian security forces may have
committed war crimes during a deadly siege of an opposition town in
May, citing witness accounts of deaths in custody, torture and
2011 Jul 6, In Yemen clashes
between security forces and Islamist fighters near a southern town
left seven militants dead along with one soldier near Zinjibar. Two
soldiers were also killed in clashes with armed tribesmen near the
opposition stronghold of Taiz. Suspected Al-Qaeda militants killed
10 soldiers in an ambush north of the city of Loder, Abyan province.
(AP, 7/6/11)(AFP, 7/7/11)
2011 Jul 6, Zimbabwe's two main
political parties agreed to a timeline for reforms that will pave
the way for fresh elections, but no date for the polls was set.
2012 Jul 6, The United States
again urged members of an exiled Iranian opposition group, the
People's Mujahedeen of Iran, also known as the Mujahedeen-e Khalq
(MEK), to leave their long-time base in Iraq, saying a move could
facilitate their removal from a US terror blacklist.
2012 Jul 6, California
lawmakers approved billions of dollars in construction financing for
the initial segment of the nation's first dedicated high-speed rail
line connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco.
2012 Jul 6, In Afghanistan a
bomb blast killed three children and wounded two others in the
Gereshk district of Helmand province.
2012 Jul 6, The British
government hoisted the rainbow flag symbolizing gay pride over one
of its ministries for the first time.
2012 Jul 6, China's state-run
Catholic church ordained Father Yue Fusheng as Bishop in the
northeastern city of Harbin in defiance of the Vatican.
2012 Jul 6, In northeast India
four men on motorcycles shot and killed two Muslims in Assam state.
Indigenous animist Bodo tribesmen have said the mostly Muslim
Bengali-speakers are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and want
them kicked out.
(Econ, 8/25/12, p.29)
2012 Jul 6, In Iraq millions of
Shiite pilgrims commemorated the birth of a central figure in Shiite
Islam in Karbala under heavy security measures after a series of
recent attacks targeting worshippers. A suicide bomber detonated an
explosives-rigged belt at a gathering of his own family, killing his
pro-government cousin and six other relatives in Ramadi.
(AFP, 7/6/12)(AP, 7/7/12)
2012 Jul 6, Israel's
immigration police were granted the power to remove foreigners
without permits from the occupied West Bank. Last month, the
immigration police began a nationwide crackdown on the estimated
60,000 illegal African migrants living in Israel.
2012 Jul 6, Japan, Norway and
their allies blocked a bid to give the UN a greater role in
protecting whales, as sought by conservationists frustrated by deep
polarization over whaling as the International Whaling Commission
closed its latest annual meeting in Panama marred by intense
2012 Jul 6, In Libya militias
shut down three oil refineries, in Ras Sedr, Brega and Sedra, in the
country's east on the eve of national elections to press the
transitional government to cancel the vote. They want the July 7
vote for a 200-member national assembly canceled because they say
the vote will marginalize the oil-rich east, which has been
allocated less than a third of the parliamentary seats.
2012 Jul 6, Malawi's President
Joyce Banda released 377 prisoners to mark 48 years of independence
from Britain, but left child rapists to "die" behind bars.
2012 Jul 6, In southwest
Pakistan unidentified gunmen killed 18 people who were trying to
illegally cross into neighboring Iran in three vehicles.
2012 Jul 6, Pakistani police
seized a large number of ancient Buddhist sculptures from a
container in Karachi that smugglers were attempting to spirit out of
(SSFC, 7/8/12, p.A4)
2012 Jul 6, Romanian lawmakers
impeached President Traian Basescu (60) in a 216-114 vote, paving
the way for a national referendum that could see the divisive and
increasingly unpopular leader ousted from the powerful position he's
held for eight years. Basescu's opponents accused him of
overstepping his authority by meddling with the prime minister's
office and trying to influence judicial affairs.
2012 Jul 6, A South African
newspaper cartoon depicting President Jacob Zuma as a penis drew
condemnation from the ruling ANC just weeks after furor over a
painting which exposed his genitals.
2012 Jul 6, In Sudan activists,
politicians and students were among many people arrested during the
latest anti-regime demonstrations at the Wad Nubawi mosque of the
opposition Umma party in Khartoum's twin city of Omdurman.
2012 Jul 6, In Sudan Ibrahim
Balandiya, the speaker of the legislature in South Kordofan state,
was killed in an ambush along with seven other people. Rebels in the
region denied any involvement.
2012 Jul 6, Swaziland police
used tear gas to disperse protesters marching to demand more pay for
teachers in the tiny southern African nation.
2012 Jul 6, In Syria
anti-regime activists say government forces have killed at least 25
people over the last two days, arrested scores more and torched
dozens of homes while seizing the northern city of Khan Sheikhoun
from rebels. It emerged that General Munaf Tlass, the son of a
former defense minister who was a close friend of Assad's late
father and predecessor, Hafez, had defected. The United States and
its international allies called for new, global sanctions against
President Bashar Assad's regime.
(AP, 7/6/12)(AP, 7/6/12)
2012 Jul 6, The United Nations
Children’s Fund said that armed groups occupying northern Mali were
recruiting children, while others had been raped and killed by
2012 Jul 6, The UN Human Rights
Council set up a 3-person panel to probe Jewish settlements in the
occupied Palestinian territories, a move that further irked Israel
which said it will bar its access to the sites of inquiry.
2013 Jul 6, Asiana Airlines
Flight 214 arriving from South Korea crashed while landing at San
Francisco International Airport. 2 Chinese girls were killed and 70
people injured out of 290 passengers and 16 crew members on the
Boeing 777. Another Chinese girl died in a SF hospital on July 12,
becoming the 3rd fatality. SFO officials on the same day confirmed
that one of the girtls who died on July 6 had been struck and run
over by a fire truck.
(SSFC, 7/7/13, p.A1)(Reuters, 7/12/13)(SFC,
2013 Jul 6, A solar-powered
aircraft, completed the final leg of a history-making cross-country
flight this evening, gliding to a smooth stop at New York's John F.
Kennedy International Airport. The Solar Impulse left San Francisco
in early May and made stopovers in Phoenix, Dallas-Fort Worth, St.
Louis, Cincinnati and Dulles.
2013 Jul 6, In Canada 5 tanker
cars of petroleum products exploded after a train derailed in the
middle of the small town of Lac-Megantic, Quebec province. The blast
destroyed many buildings and sent flames hundreds of feet into the
air. 42 bodies were recovered by July 19 and 5 remained missing.
(AP, 7/6/13)(Reuters, 7/10/13)(AP, 7/20/13)
2013 Jul 6, Chinese police
opened fire on a crowd of Tibetans celebrating the birthday of the
Dalai Lama in Sichuan province. 9 people were injured.
(SFC, 7/10/13, p.A2)
2013 Jul 6, In Colombia Roberto
Pannunzi, a suspected Italian mafia boss, was arrested and deported
to Italy. He was described as Europe's most wanted drug trafficker
and the world's biggest cocaine importer.
2013 Jul 6, In Egypt gunmen
shot dead a Coptic Christian priest in El Marish in the lawless
Northern Sinai in what could be the first sectarian attack since the
military overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi. Several
attacks on checkpoints took place in al-Mahajer and al-Safaa in
Rafah, as well as Sheikh Zuwaid and al-Kharouba.
2013 Jul 6, In Egypt an
explosion hit a gas pipeline in the lawless Sinai peninsula
following a spate of attacks on security checkpoints.
2013 Jul 6, Mali said it has
lifted a state of emergency ahead of the start of political
campaigning for a presidential election on July 28.
2013 Jul 6, In Myanmar Lo Hsing
Han (~80), heroin king and business tycoon, died. He was the founder
of Asia World, a preeminent builder of the country’s infrastructure.
(Econ, 7/27/13, p.78)(SSFC, 6/7/15, p.A17)
2013 Jul 6, In Nigeria
suspected Islamist gunmen doused a school dormitory and set it
ablaze as students slept. 30 people were killed including 29
students and a teacher in the boarding school in Mamudo village,
(Reuters, 7/6/13)(SSFC, 7/7/13, p.A6)(AP,
2013 Jul 6, Delegates from
North and South Korea held talks on restarting a stalled joint
factory park that had been a symbol of cooperation between the
bitter rivals, but there was no word on whether any significant
progress had been made as discussions went into the night.
2013 Jul 6, In eastern Pakistan
a powerful bomb exploded at a busy market street, killing at least
four people and wounding 47 in Lahore.
2013 Jul 6, In Pakistan a train
hit an overloaded rickshaw at an unmanned railway crossing killing
12 people in Punjab province.
(SSFC, 7/7/13, p.A4)
2013 Jul 6, Russia's Interior
Ministry said French authorities have detained Alexei Kuznetsov, a
former Russian politician. He has been on an Interpol wanted list
since November, accused of fraud worth 3.5 billion roubles. ($105
2013 Jul 6, In Saudi Arabia two
more people died from the new respiratory virus related to SARS,
bringing to 38 the number of deadly cases in the kingdom at the
center of the growing outbreak.
2013 Jul 6, Syrian troops
advanced into rebel-held areas of the city of Homs, pushing into a
heavily contested neighborhood after pummeling it with artillery
that drove out opposition fighters. Fighting continued in Aleppo and
there were clashes in the Damascus suburb of Qaboun.
2013 Jul 6, Turkish police
fired teargas and water cannon to disperse hundreds of protesters in
an Istanbul square as they gathered to enter Gezi Park, the center
of protests against PM Tayyip Erdogan last month.
2013 Jul 6, In Turkey Ahmad
al-Jarba, a former Syrian political prisoner with close links to
Saudi Arabia, was picked to lead Syria's main Western-backed
opposition group, filling a post long vacant due to divisions among
President Bashar Assad's opponents.
2013 Jul 6, In Yemen a roadside
bomb in Sanaa killed 3 soldiers and injured two others during a
2014 Jul 6, In California 3
people were killed when their small plane crashed in Riverside
(SFC, 7/7/14, p.A6)
2014 Jul 6, In southern
California hikers found the body of British actor David Legeno (50)
near Zabriskie Point in Death Valley. He had played a werewolf in
the "Harry Potter" movies.
2014 Jul 6, Egypt's president
issued a decree raising the sales tax on cigarettes by up to 50
percent and on beer by 200 percent.
2014 Jul 6, The German
government said it wants a quick and clear explanation from
Washington for US intelligence's apparent contact with a German man
arrested last week on suspicion of being a double agent.
2014 Jul 6, In India 11 workers
were crushed under a warehouse wall in the southern state of Tamil
2014 Jul 6, In eastern India a
14-year-old girl was dragged into a forest and raped on the orders
of a village council in retaliation for a sex assault blamed on her
2014 Jul 6, In Iraq a girl (12)
was killed and eight other civilians wounded in an Iraqi airstrike
on Tuz Khurmato, a Kurdish-held town in the northern province of
Salahuddin. 4 people were killed and 16 wounded in a suicide bomb
blast at a cafe in the Washash district of northwestern Baghdad. An
Iranian military adviser, who was helping coordinate among Shiite
militias, was killed by a roadside bomb north of Baghdad.
(Reuters, 7/7/14)(AFP, 7/7/14)(AP, 7/9/14)
2014 Jul 6, Israeli authorities
announced the arrests of six Jewish suspects in the death of
Palestinian teenager Muhammed Abu Khdeir, who was abducted and
killed last week. Israel aircraft targeted 10 terror sites in the
central and southern Gaza Strip, including concealed rocket
launchers and a weapon manufacturing facility in response to rocket
(AP, 7/6/14)(AFP, 7/6/14)(SSFC, 7/13/14, p.A4)
2014 Jul 6, Libyan officials
said three Europeans working for an Italian construction company
have been kidnapped after their car was found abandoned in the town
of Zuwara. A Macedonian national and a Bosnian were found by Libyan
authorities the next day. No mention was made of the abducted
(Reuters, 7/6/14)(AP, 7/7/14)
2014 Jul 6, Libya’s National
Oil Corporation lifted a force majeure from two other eastern ports,
Ras Lanuf and al-Sidra, following an agreement with rebels in the
area to end their control over them.
2014 Jul 6, In Saudi Arabia
Waleed Abul Khair, a lawyer and founder of a local rights center,
was sentenced to 15 years in jail and a 15 year travel ban upon
release for allegedly “distorting the kingdom’s reputation” and
“inflaming public opinion.
(Econ, 7/12/14, p.41)
2014 Jul 6, In Spain thousands
of revelers crammed into the main square and adjacent narrow streets
of northern Pamplona for the start of the famed San Fermin running
of the bulls festival.
2014 Jul 6, Syrian warplanes
bombed gunmen inside Lebanese territory on the border between the
2014 Jul 6, The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said the jihadist Islamic State group
has "forced out" some 30,000 residents after seizing Shuheil on July
3 from Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front.
2014 Jul 6, Clashes in the
north Yemen town of Omran continued on between the army and fighters
from the Houthi movement. In the south six soldiers were shot dead
by al Qaeda militants.
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