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c470/469BC Jun 5, Socrates (d.399BC) was born in Athens. He served as an infantryman during the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta. A sophist (teacher of philosophy), he claimed not to know anything for certain and used the interrogatory method for teaching. He left no written works. He was a major critic of popular belief in Athens and was the protagonist of Plato’s dialogues. “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel." [see 469 BCE]
    (V.D.-H.K.p.43)(CFA, '96, p.48)(WU, p.1350)(Hem., 1/97, p.96)(eawc, p.11)

70CE        Jun 5, Titus & his Roman legions breached the middle wall of Jerusalem.
    (MC, 6/5/02)

754        Jun 5, Friezen murdered bishop Boniface [Winfrid], English saint, archbishop of Dokkum, and over 50 companions.
    (MC, 6/5/02)

1099        Jun 5, Knights and their families on the First Crusade witnessed an eclipse of the moon and interpreted it as a sign from God that they would recapture Jerusalem.
    (HN, 6/5/99)

1443        Jun 5, Ferdinand, Portuguese saint, slave to Fez, died.
    (MC, 6/5/02)
1568        Jun 5, Ferdinand, the Duke of Alba, crushed the Calvinist insurrection in Ghent (Belgium).
    (HN, 6/5/98)

1595        Jun 5, Henry IV’s army defeated the Spanish at the Battle of Fontaine-Francaise.
    (HN, 6/5/98)

1625        Jun 5, Orlando Gibbons (41), English organist, composer (Silver Swan), died.
    (MC, 6/5/02)

1661        Jun 5, Isaac Newton was admitted as a student to Trinity College, Cambridge.

1718        Jun 5, Thomas Chippendale, English furniture maker was baptized.
    (MC, 6/5/02)

1723        Jun 5, Economist Adam Smith (d.1790) was baptized in Kirkcaldy, Scotland. He was the author of “An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations." Smith studied at the Univ. of Glasgow, and then went to Balliol College, Oxford. He then returned to the Univ. of Glasgow as a Prof. of logic and then of moral philosophy. He promoted Laissez faire economics and wrote "An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations." His most famous statement is: "It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest. We address ourselves, not to their humanity, but to their self-love." He also wrote the Theory of Moral Sentiments in 1759. In 1995 Ian Simpson Ross wrote a biography of Smith titled: The Life of Adam Smith. Smith also wrote "The Theory of Moral Sentiments." In 1999 Charles L. Griswold wrote "Adam Smith and the Virtues of Enlightenment.
    (WSJ, 11/30/95, p.A-20) (AP, 6/5/97) (WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R20) (WSJ, 2/09/99, p.A20)(MC, 6/5/02)

1794        Jun 5, Congress passed the Neutrality Act, which prohibited Americans from enlisting in the service of a foreign power.
    (AP, 6/5/99)(HN, 6/5/98)

1827        Jun 5, Athens fell to the Ottomans during Greek War of Independence.
    (HN, 6/5/98)(MC, 6/5/02)

1832        Jun 5, In Paris an insurrection took place during General Lamarque's funeral when insurgents got as far as the Rue Montorgueil and were then driven back.
    (SFC, 6/30/07, p.E2)(

1848        Jun 5, Army officer John C. Fremont submitted his “Geographical Memoir" to the US Senate where the SF Bay entrance was called Chrysopylae (Golden Gate). He had in mind the Chrysoceras (Golden Horn) of Constantinople, and suggested that the SF Bay would be advantageous for commerce.
    (SFC, 6/5/98, p.A20)

1851        Jun 5, Harriet Beecher Stow published the first installment of Uncle Tom’s Cabin in The National Era.
    (HN, 6/5/99)

1855        Jun 5, The anti-foreign, anti-Roman Catholic Know-Nothing Party held its 1st convention.
    (MC, 6/5/02)

1856        Jun 5, U.S. Army troops in the Four creeks region of California, headed back to quarters, officially ending the Tule River War. Fighting, however, continued for a few more years.
    (HN, 6/5/00)

1861        Jun 5, Federal marshals seized arms and gunpowder at Du Pont works in Delaware.
    (MC, 6/5/02)
1863        Jun 5, CSS Alabama captured the Talisman in the Mid-Atlantic.
    (HN, 6/5/98)
1863        Jun 5, Battle of Franklin's Crossing, VA (Deep Run).
    (MC, 6/5/02)

1864        Jun 5, Battle of Piedmont, VA (Augusta City).
    (MC, 6/5/02)

1870        Jun 5, A fire in Constantinople killed some 900 people.
    (MC, 6/5/02)

1872        Jun 5, The Republican National Convention, the first major political party convention to include blacks, commenced.
    (HN, 6/5/98)

1873        Jun 5, Sultan Bargash closed the slave market of Zanzibar. Missionaries bought the site and began building an Anglican cathedral.
    (SSFC, 6/9/02, p.C13)(MC, 6/5/02)

1876        Jun 5, Bananas became popular in US following the Centennial Exposition in Phila.
    (MC, 6/5/02)

1878        Jun 5, Francisco “Pancho" Villa, Mexican revolutionary and guerrilla leader, was born. He defied American General John J. Pershing’s expedition for him.
    (HN, 6/5/99)

1880        Jun 5, Wild woman of the west Myra Maybelle Shirley married Sam Starr even though records show she was already married to Bruce Younger.
    (HN, 6/5/99)

1883        Jun 5, Economist John Maynard Keynes (d.1946), economist, was born in Cambridge, England. He developed theories on the causes of prolonged unemployment and advised wide government expenditures as a counter measure to deflation and depression.
    (V.D.-H.K.p.253)(AP, 6/5/97)(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R20)(HN, 6/5/99)

1884        Jun 5, Dame Ivy Compton-Burnett, British author, was born.
    (HN, 6/5/01)
1884        Jun 5, Civil War hero General William T. Sherman refused the Republican presidential nomination, saying, "I will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected."
    (AP, 6/5/97)

1898        Jun 5, Federico Garcia Lorca (d.1936), Spanish poet and dramatist, was born.
    (WUD, 1994, p.584)(MT, Spg. ‘99, p.2)(HN, 6/5/01)

1900        Jun 5, Dennis Gabor, Hungarian-British physicist, inventor of 3D laser photography, was born. He was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1971. [see Jan 5]
    (HN, 6/5/98)(MC, 1/5/02)
1900        Jun 5, Stephen Crane (28), author (Red Badge of Courage), died.
    (MC, 6/5/02)
1900        Jun 5, In South Africa, British troops under Lord Roberts seized Pretoria from the Boers.
    (HN, 6/5/98)

1912        Jun 5, US marines invaded Cuba (3rd time).
    (MC, 6/5/02)

1915        Jun 5, Alfred Kazin (d.1998), critic and editor (A Walker in the City), was born.
    (HN, 6/5/01)(SSFC, 10/19/03, p.M2)
1915        Jun 5, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (23), French sculptor, died on the Western Front. In 1931 H.S. Ede authored “Savage Messiah: Gaudier Brzeska. In 2004 Paul O’Keeffe authored “Gaudier-Brzeska: An Absolute Case of Genius."
    (Econ, 3/6/04, p.76)(

1916        Jun 5, Lord Herbert Horatio Kitchener, British war hero, died when a German mine sank his battleship in the North Sea. In 2001 John Pollock authored “Kitchener: Architect of Victory, Artisan of Peace."
    (WSJ, 2/27/00, p.A24)

1917        Jun 5, About 10 million American men began registering for the draft in World War I.
    (AP, 6/5/97)

1919        Jun 5, Richard Scarry, Children's author and illustrator, was born.
    (HN, 6/5/01)

1920        Jun 5, Cornelius Ryan, US historian, writer (The Longest Day), was born.
    (MC, 6/5/02)
1920        Jun 5, The US congress passed the Merchant Marine Act. It provided incentives and assistance to the American shipping industry stating that government-owned vessels should be sold only to American shipping companies. It also created a federal agency to offer loans to US shippers. The statute, sponsored by Senator Wesley L. Jones of Washington, governed the workers compensation rights of sailors and the use of foreign vessels in domestic trade.
    (, 6/26/10, p.18)(

1926        Jun 5, David Wagoner, poet and novelist (The Escape Artist), was born.
    (HN, 6/5/01)

1927        Jun 5, Johnny Weissmuller set his 100-yard & 200-yard free-style swim record.
    (MC, 6/5/02)

1928        Jun 5, Robert Lansing, actor (12 O'Clock High, Equalizer), was born in SD, Calif.
    (MC, 6/5/02)

1932        Jun 5, Christy Brown, Irish novelist and poet (My Left Foot), was born.
    (HN, 6/5/01)

1933        Jun 5, The United States went off the gold standard.
    (AP, 6/5/97)

1934        Jun 5, Bill Moyers, American broadcast journalist, was born. He served as President Lyndon B. Johnson’s press secretary. He also made numerous documentaries for the Public Broadcasting System.
    (HN, 6/5/99)

1936        Jun 5, SF Bay Bridge worker George Zink (40) of 325 Capistrano Ave. plunged to his death becoming the 22nd man killed on the transbay bridge construction.
    (SFC, 6/5/11, p.42)

1937        Jun 5, Henry Ford initiated a 32 hour work week.
    (MC, 6/5/02)

1939        Jun 5, Margaret Drabble, English novelist (The Millstone, The Realms of Gold), was born.
    (HN, 6/5/01)

1940        Jun 5, The Battle of France began during World War II. Germany attacked French forces along the Somme line.
    (HN, 6/5/99)(AP, 6/5/07)

1941        Jun 5, In China some 1,500 civilians died from suffocation in a single air raid shelter in Chongqing, the provisional capital until the end of the war with Japan.
    (Econ, 8/15/15, p.36)

1943        Jun 5, German occupiers arrested Louvain University's chancellor.
    (MC, 6/5/02)

1944        Jun 5, Dwight D. Eisenhower wrote a note to be issued in case the D-Day invasion turned out to be a failure: “Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold, and I have withdrawn the troops." The note was [apparently misdated] dated July 5.
    (SFC, 12/31/96, p.A7)
1944        Jun 5, The first B-29 bombing raid struck the Japanese rail line in Bangkok, Thailand.
    (HN, 6/5/98)
1944        Jun 5, Riccardo Zandonai (61), composer, died.
    (MC, 6/5/02)

1947        Jun 5, David Hare, British playwright and director (A Map of the World, Slag), was born.
    (HN, 6/5/01)
1947        Jun 5, Secretary of State George C. Marshall in a speech at Harvard Univ. called for a European Recovery Program to be initiated by the European powers and supported by American aid (Marshall Plan). The program was intended to assist European nations, including former enemies, to rebuild their economies. From 1947 to 1952 it helped Western Europe recover by providing some $13 billion worth of technical and economic aid. In 2007 Greg Behrman authored “The Most Noble Adventure: The Marshall Plan and the Time When America Helped Save Europe."
    (SFEC, 5/25/97, p.A10)(AP, 6/5/97)(HN, 6/5/98)(Econ, 9/29/07, p.89)

1949        Jun 5, Ken Follett, novelist (Eye of the Needle, On The Wings of Eagles), was born.
    (HN, 6/5/01)

1956        Jun 5, A three-judge panel ruled 2-1 in Browder vs. Gayle that segregation on Montgomery’s buses was unconstitutional. Alabama officials appealed.
    (SFEM, 2/2/97, p.12)
1959        Jun 5, In the San Francisco Bay Area 40 teachers were subpoenaed by the House Un-American Activities Committee. Hearings were to open on June 17. The ACLU said it would do everything it can to block the San Francisco hearings.
    (SSFC, 5/31/09, DB p.50)

1963        Jun 5, John Profumo (1915-2006), British Minister of War, resigned due his relations with Christine Keeler. [see Mar 22]
    (AP, 3/10/06)
1963        Jun 5, A state of siege was proclaimed in Iran and Ayatollah Khomeini was arrested.
    (MC, 6/5/02)

1967        Jun 5, Murderer Richard Speck (1941-1991) was sentenced to death in electric chair for the murder of 8 student nurses on July 14, 1966. The Illinois Supreme Court upheld his conviction and death sentence on November 22, 1968.
1967        Jun 5, The Six Day War erupted in the Middle East as Israel, convinced an Arab attack was imminent, raided Egyptian military targets. Syria, Jordan and Iraq entered the conflict. Jordan lost the West Bank, an area of 2,270 sq. miles. War broke out as Israel reacted to the removal of UN peace-keeping troops, Arab troop movements and the barring of Israeli ships in the Gulf of Aqaba. Israel destroyed Egypt’s air force on the ground and knocked out the planes of Jordan, Iraq and Syria.
    (AP, 6/5/97)(HN, 6/5/98)(NG, 5/93, p.58)(HNQ, 5/22/00)(Econ 5/20/17, SR p.3)
1967        Jun 5-1967 Jun 10, Israel fought the Six-Day War against Syria and captured the Golan Heights, the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Allegations that Israeli soldiers killed hundreds of Egyptian prisoners with the knowledge of national leaders were made by Israeli historians in 1995. Israel occupied Syrian territory. The Gaza Strip and the West Bank were captured by Israel. Israel annexed the largely Arab East Jerusalem, which included the Old City, and has since ringed it with Jewish neighborhoods.
    (WSJ, 8/17/95, p.A-1)(WSJ,11/24/95, p.A-1)(WSJ, 5/6/96, p.A-13)(SFC, 6/25/96, p.A10)(SFC, 1/22/98, p.B12)(SFC, 4/24/98, p.A17)

1968        Jun 5, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was shot and mortally wounded at the Ambassador Hotel in LA just after claiming victory in California's Democratic presidential primary. Gunman Sirhan Bishara Sirhan was immediately arrested. In 2016 Larry Tye authored “Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon."
    (HFA, '96, p.32)(WUD, 1994, p.1687)(AP, 6/5/97)(Econ, 7/9/16, p.71)

1972        Jun 5, A United Nations Conference on the Human Environment began in Stockholm. World Environment Day (WED) from this day on was celebrated every year on 5 June to raise global awareness of the need to take positive environmental action.
1972        Jun 5, Yugoslav president Tito visited the USSR.
    (MC, 6/5/02)

1973        Jun 5, Doris A. Davis becomes the first African-American woman to govern a city in a major metropolitan area when she is elected mayor of Compton, California.
    (HN, 6/5/00)

1975        Jun 5, Gov. Jerry Brown of California announced the new Agricultural Labor Relations Act. It was a temporary truce in the struggle between the state’s farm workers (UFW) led by Cesar Chavez and farmers. Chavez officially ended the table grape, lettuce and wine boycott on Jan 31, 1978.
    (SFEM, 4/13/97, p.22)(SFC, 1/31/03, p.E4)
1975        Jun 5, The outcome of a British referendum revealed that 67.2% of voters were in favor of the United Kingdom remaining a member of the Community. The Labor Party under PM Harold Wilson had renegotiated Britain’s terms of EU membership. The changes were largely cosmetic, but this allowed him to persuade the electorate that Britain’s position was profoundly improved.
    (, 3/28/15, p.62)(Econ., 4/4/15, p.78)
1975        Jun 5, Egypt reopened the Suez Canal to international shipping, eight years after it was closed because of the 1967 war with Israel.
    (AP, 6/5/97)
1975        Jun 5, The Scottish National Party (SNP) wanted to leave the European project in a referendum as Britain voted to stay.
    (Econ, 3/18/17, p.60)

1976        Jun 5, The Teton Dam in Idaho burst catastrophically and water blasted through a narrow canyon and onto Sugar City. It released nearly 300,000 acre feet of water, then flooded farmland and towns downstream with the eventual loss of 14 lives, directly or indirectly, and with a cost estimated to be nearly $1 billion.
    (AP, 6/5/00)(

1977        Jun 5, The first Apple II personal computers went on sale.
1977        Jun 5, In the Seychelles France Albert Rene (b.1935) seized power in a coup. He continued as president to 2004. This day became marked as Liberation Day.
    (, 9/4/01, p.B1)(SSFC, 6/1/14, p.P3)

1981        Jun 5, The US Federal Centers for Disease Control published the first report of a mysterious outbreak of a sometimes fatal pneumonia among gay men. Dr. Michael Gottlieb of UCLA and Dr. Joel Weisman (1943-2009) reported 5 cases of a rare pneumonia among gay men in LA. The disease was initially called gay related immune deficiency (GRID). The syndrome was named Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) in 1982. Within 10 years the disease killed 110,000 Americans. People infected with HIV came to be defined as having AIDS when their immune system became so weak that they got one of 26 specific illnesses including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, pneumonia, brain infections and some other cancers.
    (SFC, 7/21/00, p.B2)(AP, 6/5/02)(SSFC, 6/4/06, p.A1)(Econ, 6/3/06, p.24)(SFC, 7/24/09, p.D5)
1981        Jun 5, George Harrison's "Somewhere in England" album was released.

1983        Jun 5, In the 37th Tony Awards: “Torch Song Trilogy" won for best play and “Cats" won for best musical.

1984        Jun 5, Indira Gandhi ordered an attack on Sikh's holiest site, the Golden Temple.

1986        Jun 5, A federal jury in Baltimore convicted Ronald W. Pelton of selling secrets to the Soviet Union. Pelton was sentenced to three life prison terms plus 10 years.
    (AP, 6/5/97)

1987        Jun 5, President Reagan, in Venice for an upcoming economic summit, called for an end to government agriculture subsidies by the year 2000 in a televised address carried in Europe by the United States Information Agency.
    (AP, 6/5/97)

1988        Jun 5, In the 42nd Tony Awards Madame Butterfly won for best play and Phantom of the Opera won for best musical.
    (, 6/5/98)
1988        Jun 5, Clarence Pendleton (57), chairman of the US Civil Rights Commission, died.
    (AP, 6/5/98)

1989        Jun 5, Chinese soldiers slaughtered pro-democracy students at Tiananmen Square in Beijing. In one of the most remembered images of China's crushed pro-democracy movement, a lone man stood defiantly in front of a line of tanks in Beijing until friends pulled him out of the way. In 2001 "The Tiananmen Papers," a book based on classified documents smuggled out of China, was published. Zhang Liang was the pseudonym of the compiler. In 2009 Philip Cunningham authored “Tiananmen Moon: Inside the Chinese Student Uprising of 1989."   
    (HN, 6/5/99)(AP, 6/5/99)(SFC, 1/6/01, p.A7)(SFCM, 3/18/01, p.4)(Econ, 8/22/09, p.75)

1990        Jun 5, Authorities in Oakland County, Michigan, moved to prevent Dr. Jack Kevorkian from continuing to make available a suicide device that Janet Adkins, an Oregon woman diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, had used a day earlier to take her own life.
    (AP, 6/5/00)
1990        Jun 5, In South Africa a representative from the Legal Resources Centre (LRC) in Durban met with the Commissioner of the SAP (South African Police) to call for a change in the "cultural weapons" policy.
1990        Jun 5, Vasily V. Kuznetsov (b.1901), president of USSR supreme soviet (1982-83, 85), died in Moscow.

1991        Jun 5, Lesbian priest Elizabeth Carl was ordained in Episcopal Church.
1991        Jun 5, The space shuttle “Columbia" blasted off with seven astronauts on a nine-day mission.
    (AP, 6/5/01)
1991        Jun 5, Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev delivered his delayed Nobel Peace lecture in Oslo, Norway, warning that Western failure to heed his call for economic aid could dash hopes for a peaceful new world order.
    (AP, 6/5/01)

1992        Jun 5, The US government announced the nation's unemployment rate had jumped to 7.5 percent the month before, the highest level in nearly eight years.
    (AP, 6/5/97)
1992        Jun 5, In Brazil government leaders at the Rio Earth Summit opened for signing the UN Convention on Biological Diversity dedicated to promoting sustainable development. The convention recognized plants as part of countries’ national heritage and outlawed biopiracy. The Convention entered into force on 29 December 1993, which was 90 days after the 30th ratification.
    (, 9/12/15, p.55)

1993        Jun 5, In Texas, Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison won the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen.
    (AP, 6/5/98)
1993        Jun 5, Colonial Affair, ridden by Julie Krone, won the Belmont Stakes.
    (AP, 6/5/98)
1993        Jun 5, Country star Conway Twitty (born as Harold Lloyd Jenkins) died in Springfield, Mo., at age 59. He was entombed in Gallatin, Tenn.
    (AP, 6/5/98)(SSFC, 12/15/02, Par p.2)
1993        Jun 5, In Somalia, militiamen loyal to Mohamed Farrah Aidid killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.
    (AP, 6/5/98)

1994        Jun 5, President Clinton headed across the English Channel aboard the USS George Washington, en route to the 50th anniversary commemoration of D-Day in Normandy.
    (AP, 6/5/99)
1994        Jun 5, At least 264 Indonesian villagers in East Java were killed by an earthquake.
    (AP, 6/5/99)
1994        Jun 5, In central Rwanda 13 Catholic clerics, including three bishops, were murdered at a church. 3 Catholic bishops, including Kigali Archbishop Vincent Nsengiyumva, were among the clerics murdered. In 2008 two army officers pleaded guilty to their role in the murders. In 2008 a military court in Kigali jailed two Rwandan army captains for 8 years for the killings during the 1994 genocide, but acquitted their superiors of involvement in the slaughter.
    (AFP, 6/18/08)(AFP, 10/24/08)

1995        Jun 5, Ron Kirk began serving as the first black mayor of Dallas, Texas.
    (, 10/10/14, p.D5)
1995        Jun 5, “Allison," a minimal hurricane, buffeted the Gulf Coast with 75 mile-per-hour winds, swamping streets and spinning off tornadoes but causing no major damage.
    (AP, 6/5/00)
1995        Jun 5, Trevor Dupuy, founder of the Dupuy Institute, died. His Washington DC military think-tank developed software called Tactical Numerical Deterministic Model that forecast surprisingly accurate casualty figures for the 1991 Gulf War.
    (Econ, 9/17/05, TQp.22)(

1996        Jun 5, Joseph Waldholtz, the ex-husband of U.S. Rep. Enid Greene, R-Utah, pleaded guilty to providing his wife false information for her taxes and to falsifying spending reports from her congressional campaign.
    (AP, 6/5/97)
1996        Jun 5, 2001 A Medicare report predicted that the federal health system for the elderly would be bankrupt by the year 2001.
    (WSJ, 6/5/96, p.A1)
1996        Jun 5, P. Terzian reviewed: “Ain’t You Glad You Joined the Republicans," by John C. Batchelor. The book is an anecdotal history of the Republican Party.
    (WSJ, 6/5/96, p.A12)
1996        Jun 5, Anglican Church leaders chose Rev. Njongonkulu Ndungane to succeed Desmond Tutu as the archbishop for southern Africa.
    (SFC, 6/6/96, C3)
1996        Jun 5, The European Commission decided to ease the ban on British exports over mad cow disease.
    (SFC, 6/6/96, C1)
1996        Jun 5, On World Environment Day 210,000 hectares on the Masoala Peninsula of Madagascar were proclaimed a national park, the 6th on the island.
    (SFC, 6/23/96, zone 1 p.5)

1997        Jun 5, Harold J. Nicholson, the highest-ranking CIA officer ever caught spying against his own country, was sentenced to 23 1/2 years in prison for selling defense secrets to Russia after the Cold War. Officials later claimed that he and his son continued to make contact with Russian operatives. In 2009 Nicholson and his son were arraigned on charges of money laundering and acting as agents of a foreign government.
    (AP, 6/5/98)(WSJ, 1/30/08, p.A3)
1997        Jun 5, The cremated remains of some 2,000 people were found in a California Discovery Bay storage facility. They were stored by a flying service that was supposed to have disposed the remains at sea or over the Sierras for mortuaries.
    (SFC, 6/6/97, p.A23)
1997        Jun 5, Astronomers reported a miniplanet beyond Pluto that is about 300 miles across, with a surface area about the size of Texas. Jane Luu with colleagues discovered the object named 1996TL66. It was considered an extension of the Kuiper Belt, a body of objects that circle the sun from beyond Neptune.
    (SFC, 6/5/97, p.A16)
1997        Jun 5, The New York Stock Exchange voted to report stock prices in decimals rather than fractions.
    (SDUT, 6/6/97, p.A1)
1997        Jun 5, Reporter J. Anthony Lukas (64), winner of 2 Pulitzer prizes, committed suicide.
    (SFC, 6/7/97, p.A19)(MC, 6/5/02)
1997        Jun 5, An accord was signed to protect the 620-mile Caribbean coral reef system by Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and Honduras.
    (SFC, 6/6/97, p.E3)
1997        Jun 5, In Algeria parliamentary elections were scheduled. In a 65% turnout pro-government forces took the largest share of votes. Two Islamist parties picked up 1/4th of the parliament seats. Monitors were not allowed to inspect some 5,000 portable voting booths.
    (SFC, 5/16/97, p.A8)(SFC, 6/10/97, p.A16)
1997        Jun 5, China announced that diplomat Ma Yuzhen would be its top civilian representative in Hong Kong beginning July 1. Domestic affairs will be run by Hong Kong residents but foreign affairs will be under the central government.
    (SFC, 6/6/97, p.E2)
1997        Jun 5, In the Republic of the Congo government troops began an attack on the residence of former leader Denis Sassou-Nguesso. He was able to flee and rally his forces for a counterattack.
    (SFC, 6/10/97, p.A12)
1997        Jun 5, In Spain the parliament approved a labor reform pact to reduce the 22% unemployment.
    (SFC, 6/6/97, p.E2)
1997        Jun 5, In Turkey parliamentary elections were scheduled. In a 65% turnout pro-government forces took the largest share of votes. Two Islamist parties picked up 1/4th of the parliament seats.
    (SFC, 5/16/97, p.A8)

1998        Jun 5, Some 3,400 workers at a GM stamping plant in Flint, Mich., went on strike. The strike closed five assembly plants and idled workers nationwide for seven weeks.
    (SFC, 6/6/98, p.A7)(AP, 6/5/99)
1998        Jun 5, Volkswagen AG won approval to buy Rolls-Royce Motor Cars for $703 million. However, BMW later purchased the Rolls-Royce brand name and logo.
    (AP, 6/5/99)(SFC, 6/6/98, p.D1)
1998        Jun 5, Some 70,000 white bass at the Cheney Reservoir west of Wichita had died over the past week from unexplained causes. The reservoir in the north fork of the Ninnescah River was the main drinking water source for Wichita.
    (SFC, 6/6/98, p.A4)
1998        Jun 5, In Texas an estimated 22,000 trout died in the Guadalupe River after eating dead fire ants that fell into the river after mating.
    (SFC, 6/6/98, p.A4)
1998        Jun 5, Alfred Kazin (b.1915), literary critic, died on his birthday. Kazin’s work included 3 autobiographical volumes: “A Walker in the City," “Starting Out in the Thirties," and “New York Jew."  In 2003 Ted Solotaroff edited "Alfred Kazin's America: Critical and Personal Writings." In 2007 Richard M. Cook authored “Alfred Kazin: A Biography."
    (SSFC, 10/19/03, p.M2)(WSJ, 1/12/08, p.W9)(SFC, 2/7/08, p.E2)
1998        Jun 5, In Cambodia over 1,000 former Khmer Rouge soldiers were inducted into the Cambodian army at Anlong Veng. Khmer Rouge leader Ta Mok and some loyalists were still in the jungles along the Thai border.
    (SFC, 6/6/98, p.A11)
1998        Jun 5, In Matamoros, Mexico, Salvador Gomez, a former policeman and drug cartel leader, was arrested.
    (SFC, 6/8/98, p.A12)

1999        Jun 5, "Charismatic" failed in his bid to win racing’s Triple Crown, finishing 3rd, with fractures in the lower left front leg, behind "Lemon Drop Kid" and "Vision and Verse" in the Belmont Stakes.
    (WSJ, 6/7/99, p.A20)(AP, 6/5/00)
1999        Jun 5, Steffi Graf won her sixth French Open title, beating top-ranked Martina Hingis 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.
    (AP, 6/5/00)
1999        Jun 5, Some 3,000 protestors demonstrated outside the Pentagon against the NATO bombing in Yugoslavia.
    (SFEC, 6/6/99, p.A4)
1999        Jun 5, In Washington DC Nancy Richards-Akers, a popular romance novelist, was shot and killed by her husband in front of their 2 children. Jeremy R. Akers then killed himself.
    (SFC, 6/7/99, p.A2)
1999        Jun 5, Jazz and pop singer Mel Torme died in Los Angeles at age 73.
    (AP, 6/5/00)
1999        Jun 5, NATO commanders spelled out the withdrawal terms to Yugoslav military officers in a 5-hour meeting near the Macedonian border. More talks were scheduled.
    (SFEC, 6/6/99, p.A1)
1999        Jun 5, India rejected proposed talks with Pakistan for Jun 7 as inconvenient. Indian Gen'l. Chopra estimated 200 intruders had been killed and said 54 Indian soldiers were killed in the recent Kashmir fighting.
    (SFEC, 6/6/99, p.A22)
1999        Jun 5, Pope John Paul the Second began a 13-day pilgrimage to his native Poland.
    (AP, 6/5/00)

2000        Jun 5, Pres. Clinton met with Pres. Kuchma in Ukraine and Kuchma announced the closure of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant by Dec 15. Clinton pledged $80 million to help pay the $750 million cost to stabilize the sarcophagus of the ruined reactor.
    (SFC, 6/6/00, p.A1)
2000        Jun 5, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count under an agreement that dropped murder charges in the stabbing deaths of two men outside a Super Bowl party in Atlanta. Lewis was sentenced to a year of probation.
    (AP, 6/5/01)
2000        Jun 5, Computer rebels planned to launch a data haven, an independent colony in cyberspace, based on the island of Sealand, a WW II military fortress 6 miles off the coast of England.
    (SFEC, 6/4/00, p.A4)
2000        Jun 5, Burkina Faso Cardinal Paul Zoungrana (82) died.
    (SFC, 6/6/00, p.A21)
2000        Jun 5, Eritrea claimed that an Ethiopian attack near Assab was foiled and that 3,755 Ethiopian troops were “killed, wounded, or taken prisoner."
    (SFC, 6/6/00, p.A10)
2000        Jun 5, In Ethiopia 14 children were trampled to death at the Mega Amphitheater in Addis Ababa when a crowd pushed to get out of the rain.
    (SFC, 6/6/00, p.A16)
2000        Jun 5, Ethiopia accused Eritrea of rounding up 7,529 Ethiopian citizens and putting them under armed guard for deportation.
    (SFC, 6/6/00, p.A10)
2000        Jun 5, Russia’s Pres. Putin traveled to Italy and met with Prime Minister Giuliano Amato. Putin then met with Pope John Paul II.
    (SFC, 6/6/00, p.A13)
2000        Jun 5, In Sri Lanka the government claimed that it had killed some 1,000 rebels in recent days. The censorship over foreign media was lifted.
    (WSJ, 6/6/00, p.A1)

2001        Jun 5, Pres. Bush sent George Tenet, the CIA director, to help Middle East security talks.
    (SFC, 6/6/01, p.C2)
2001        Jun 5, Defense Sec. Donald Rumsfeld visited Macedonia as Albanian rebels clashed with government troops near Tetovo.
    (WSJ, 6/6/01, p.A1)
2001        Jun 5, Senate Republicans spent their last full day in power before turning control over to Democrats, a change that came about because of a decision by Vermont Sen. James Jeffords to leave the GOP and become an independent.
    (SFC, 6/6/01, p.A3)(AP, 6/5/02)
2001        Jun 5, In Afghanistan the Taliban ordered foreigners to obey strict Muslim laws or face expulsion.
    (SFC, 6/6/01, p.C2)
2001        Jun 5, It was reported that the ecstasy drug was a big hit in Chinese night clubs. It had begun filtering in from Hong Kong in 1998.
    (SFC, 6/5/01, p.A12)
2001        Jun 5, In China 13 children were killed in a fire at a kindergarten dormitory in Nanchang.
    (SFC, 6/6/01, p.C3)
2001        Jun 5, In Romania 10 people were killed In Constanta when workers set off an explosion while welding the hull of a Maltese oil tanker.
    (SFC, 6/6/01, p.C3)

2002        Jun 5, Attorney Gen. John Ashcroft announced a National Security Entry-Exit Registration System for certain aliens to be fingerprinted and photographed as they cross the border. It legally fell under a 1952 law for foreign visitors.
    (SFC, 6/6/02, p.A1,14)(WSJ, 6/6/02, p.A1)
2002        Jun 5, Robert Kelly (R. Kelly), R&B performer, was indicted in Florida on child pornography charges.
    (SFC, 6/6/02, p.A2)
2002        Jun 5, The SF Guardian reported that Greg Palast, BBC journalist, had uncovered that the state of Florida had used an inaccurate list in an effort to purge felons from the 2000 voter rolls. As it turned out, only a fraction of the 57,700 people on the list were ex-cons.
    (SFG, 6/5/02)
2002        Jun 5, Magic Johnson was introduced as a member of the 2002 class elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
    (AP, 6/5/03)
2002        Jun 5, Elizabeth Ann Smart (14) was kidnapped at gunpoint from her home in Salt Lake City. She was found Mar 12, 2003, with kidnapper Brian David Mitchell and his wife Wanda Eileen Barzee. In 2005 a judge found Mitchell mentally incompetent to stand trial. In 2009 Barzee (64) pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. She also agreed to testify against her husband. In 2010 a federal jury found Mitchell guilty of kidnapping and forcing sex on her for 9 months. On May 25, 2011, a federal judge sentenced Brian David Mitchell to life in prison. Barzee was scheduled to be freed on Sept. 19, 2018.
    (SFC, 6/7/02, p.A3)(SFC, 3/13/03, p.1)(SFC, 7/27/05, p.A3)(SFC, 11/17/09, p.A7)(SFC, 12/11/10, p.A4)(SFC, 5/26/11, p.A11)(SFC, 9/12/18, p.A5)
2002        Jun 5, It was reported that US intelligence believed that Khalid Shaikh Mohammed of Kuwait, a key bin Laden lieutenant, was the mastermind of the Sep 11 terrorist attacks.
    (SFC, 6/5/02, p.A16)
2002        Jun 5, The space shuttle Endeavour launched from Cape Canaveral carrying 7 new residents for the int'l. space station.
    (SFC, 6/6/02, p.A7)
2002        Jun 5, Dee Dee Ramone (49), former head of the Ramones punk rock band, died of a heroin overdose in his Hollywood home. In 2000 Ramone authored “"Lobotomy: surviving the Ramones."
    (SFC, 6/7/02, p.A2)(SFC, 6/8/02, p.D4)
2002        Jun 5, In Australia PM John Howard used World Environment Day to reject calls for his government to ratify the Kyoto Protocol on global warming.
    (AP, 6/6/02)
2002        Jun 5, Colombia ratified the Rome Statute, the treaty that created an Int'l. Criminal Court.
    (SFC, 6/6/02, p.A10)
2002        Jun 5, India PM Vajpayee said his country would consider jointly monitoring the disputed Kashmir border with Pakistan. Pakistan rejected India's proposal for joint patrols in Kashmir.
    (SFC, 6/5/02, p.A1)(SFC, 6/6/02, p.A8)
2002        Jun 5, In Israel a car bomb went off next to a bus near Megiddo and at least 17 people were killed.
    (SFC, 6/5/02, p.A1)(SFC, 6/6/02, p.A1)
2002        Jun 5, In South Korea Kim Hong Gul, the youngest son of Pres. Kim Dae Jung, was indicted on charges of accepting some $3 million in bribes from companies seeking government contracts and tax evasion.
    (SFC, 6/6/02, p.A11)
2002        Jun 5, In Sweden legislators voted to let same-sex couples adopt children.
    (SFC, 6/6/02, p.A10)

2003        Jun 5, Speaking to U.S. soldiers in Qatar, President Bush argued the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq was justified and pledged that "we'll reveal the truth" on Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction.
    (AP, 6/5/04)
2003        Jun 5, The United States agreed to pull its ground troops away from the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea.
    (AP, 6/5/04)
2003        Jun 5, In NYC Howell Raines, NY Times executive editor, resigned along with Gerald M. Boyd, managing editor, due to their handling of inaccurate stories by recently released reporter Jason Blair.
    (WSJ, 6/6/03, p.A1)
2003        Jun 5, Pope John Paul II began his landmark 100th foreign pilgrimage with a five-day, five-city tour of Croatia.
    (AP, 6/5/03)
2003        Jun 5, In Liberia deputy ministers Isaac Nuhan Vaye and John Winpoe Yormie were arrested about the same time that Pres. Taylor announced that a coup plot had been uncovered. Vaye and Yormie were later reported killed.
    (SFC, 7/16/03, p.A12)
2003        Jun 5, A bomber attacked a bus near a Russian military air base near Chechnya on Thursday, killing herself and at least 16 others.
    (AP, 6/5/03)
2003        Jun 5, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled that Thai women will no longer be required to take their husband's family name when they marry.
    (AP, 6/5/03)

2004        Jun 5, Smarty Jones lost to Birdstone (36-to-1) at the 136th running at Belmont Park.
    (SSFC, 6/6/04, C1)
2004        Jun 5, The U.S.S. Jimmy Carter, the most advanced nuclear submarine in the U.S. Navy, was christened at a shipyard in Groton, Conn., in the presence of the former president and his wife, Rosalynn, who cracked a bottle of champagne against the sail.
    (AP, 6/5/05)
2004        Jun 5, Ronald Reagan (b.1911), 40th US president (1981-1989), died in California after a long twilight struggle with Alzheimer's disease. In 2005 Paul Lettow authored “Ronald Reagan and His Quest to Abolish Nuclear Weapons." It focused on what Reagan said and did. John Ehrman authored “The Eighties: America in the Age of Reagan," in which he sees Reagan as the embodiment of the conservative movement. In 2006 Richard Reeves authored “President Reagan: The Triumph of Imagination."
    (AP, 6/6/04)(SSFC, 3/27/05, p.E3)(Econ, 2/4/06, p.75)
2004        Jun 5, The European Investment Bank (EIB) granted a loan of 100 million euros (122 million dollars) to Egypt's state-run natural gas holding company (EGAS) to finance pipeline construction in Jordan.
    (AFP, 6/6/04)
2004        Jun 5, France's first gay marriage was performed in the southwest city of Bordeaux. On July 27 it was officially declared void by a court but the two homosexual men involved immediately said they would appeal the ruling.
    (AP, 7/27/04)
2004        Jun 5, French engineering giant Alstom said a consortium it was leading had signed an 88-million-euro ($107 mil) contract for work on three railway lines in the suburbs of Algiers.
    (AP, 6/6/04)
2004        Jun 5, Iranian officials said police had killed at least 58 drug smugglers and confiscated more than 50 tons of narcotics in the past two months.
    (AP, 6/5/04)
2004        Jun 5, In Iraq a roadside bomb killed an American soldier and wounded 3 others in the 2nd fatal attack on U.S. troops in Baghdad in as many days. Iraq's new leader called for a halt to attacks on foreign troops.
    (AP, 6/5/04)
2004        Jun 5, In Iraq 8 people stormed into a police station south of Baghdad, opened fire and killed seven officers before planting explosives to destroy the building.
    (AP, 6/6/04)
2004        Jun 5, Japan's legislature adopted a bill designed to save the country's troubled pension system following an all-night debate marred by brawls and a walkout by opposition parties. The bill raised pension fund premiums from 13.58% of pay to 18.3% by 2017.
    (AP, 6/5/04)(Econ, 7/16/05, p.36)
2004        Jun 5, In Venezuela tens of thousands of opposition supporters marched through Caracas to celebrate a recent announcement by election authorities that President Hugo Chavez likely will face a recall referendum on his rule.
    (AP, 6/6/04)

2005        Jun 5, One year ago: "Monty Python's Spamalot" won three Tony Awards, including best musical; the musical play "The Light in the Piazza" won six prizes, while "Doubt" was named best drama.
    (AP, 6/5/06)
2005        Jun 5, FBI agents in Lodi, Ca., arrested Hamid Hayat (22) for training at an al Qaeda camp in Pakistan and his father (47) for lying about his son’s activities. In 2006 Umer Hayat pleaded guilty to charges of lying to customs agents to avoid a trial. In 2007 Hamid was sentenced to 24 years in prison for supporting terrorists by training with them in Pakistan.
    (SFC, 6/9/05, p.A1)(SFC, 6/1/06, p.B1)(SFC, 9/11/07, p.D2)
2005        Jun 5, In San Francisco big city mayors from around the world signed a set of 21 urban environmental accords, capping a 5-day UN World Environment conference.
    (AP, 6/6/05)(SFC, 6/6/05, p.A1)
2005        Jun 5, Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed anti-abortion and anti-gay legislation at the Calvary Christian Academy in Fort Worth.
    (SFC, 6/6/05, p.A3)
2005        Jun 5, The Chinese government said 3 days of flooding triggered by torrential rains killed 204 people in China's south and desert northwest and left 79 missing at the beginning of the country's summer flood season.
    (AP, 6/5/05)
2005        Jun 5, Spanish teenager Rafael Nadal beat unseeded Mariano Puerta of Argentina 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-1, 7-5 to win the French Open men's singles title.
    (AP, 6/5/06)
2005        Jun 5, An accident inside the Frejus Alpine tunnel between France and Italy killed at least two people. A truck loaded with tires and another carrying glue caught fire along with four other vehicles.
    (AP, 6/5/05)
2005        Jun 5, In Jordan 14 men who earlier admitted plotting terrorism and sparking riots that killed six people in southern Jordan testified that they were tortured into confessing. The men then pleaded innocent before a military court.
    (AP, 6/5/05)
2005        Jun 5, Five suspected Islamic militants were killed in an ongoing gunbattle with troops in Indian Kashmir's Rajouri district.
    (AP, 6/5/05)
2005        Jun 5, Kuwait named two women to public office for the first time, less than a month after parliament passed a historic law granting women the right to vote and run for office.
    (AP, 6/5/05)
2005        Jun 5, Lebanon held its 2nd of a 4-stage vote. A week earlier anti-Syrian opposition candidates took most of the capital's 19 parliamentary seats. 53 candidates vied for 23 seats in southern Lebanon. Hezbollah, the armed group considered a terrorist organization by the US, and its Amal allies swept voting in southern Lebanon.
    (AP, 6/6/05)(WSJ, 6/7/05, p.A1)
2005        Jun 5, In Mauritania Algerian insurgents attacked an army base overnight in Mgheiti in the northern desert setting off a gunbattle that left at least 24 people dead.
    (AP, 6/5/05)
2005        Jun 5, Swiss voters approved, by a 55-45% majority, joining the European Union in the Schengen passport-free travel zone, abolishing checks on the country's border by 2007. They also granted same-sex couples more rights.
    (AP, 6/6/05)(Econ, 6/11/05, p.48)
2005        Jun 5, Taiwan reported that it had successfully test-fired a locally developed cruise missile capable of striking southeastern areas of mainland China.
    (AP, 6/5/05)
2005        Jun 5, In southeastern Turkey Kurdish rebels ambushed a Turkish commando unit overnight, killing four soldiers and wounding one near Tunceli.
    (AP, 6/5/05)

2006        Jun 5, More than 50 National Guardsmen from Utah became the first unit to work along the US-Mexico border as part of President Bush's crackdown on illegal immigration.
    (AP, 6/5/07)
2006        Jun 5, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke warned of concern on core inflation. His remarks knocked the DJIA down 199 points to 11,048.72.
    (SFC, 6/6/06, p.C1)
2006        Jun 5, Activists marked World Environment Day with the United Nations warning that desertification was a main obstacle to ending poverty and can trigger conflicts.
    (Reuters, 6/4/06)
2006        Jun 5, Brookfield Properties Corp. said it will acquire Trizec Properties and its Canadian arm for $4.8 billion. The deal would create one of North America’s largest landlords.
    (SFC, 6/6/06, p.C3)
2006        Jun 5, Frederick Franck (b.1909), Netherlands-born artist, died of congestive heart failure at his home in Warwick, NY. His art and writings reflected his deep interest in human spirituality. Franck wrote more than 30 books, including "The Zen of Seeing - Seeing/Drawing as Meditation" (1973), and "To Be Human Against All Odds" (1991).
    (AP, 6/18/06)
2006        Jun 5, In southern Afghanistan suspected Taliban rebels stormed a highway police checkpost and killed five policemen, abducted four others and stole weapons.
    (AFP, 6/5/06)
2006        Jun 5, Austria’s Bawag PSK bank agreed to pay at least $675 million to avoid prosecution and settle bankruptcy claims for its role in the collapse of Refco Inc, a US commodities brokerage firm.
    (SFC, 6/6/06, p.C6)
2006        Jun 5, In Chile protesters clashed with police in Santiago as students stepped up demands for reforms to the country's educational system, saying new government concessions didn't go far enough.
    (AP, 6/6/06)
2006        Jun 5, A top official said China's pollution problems cost the country more than $200 billion a year and called for better legal protection for grassroots groups so they can help clean up the environment.
    (AP, 6/5/06)
2006        Jun 5, Czech opposition leader Mirk Topolanek, whose party narrowly won the weekend's parliamentary elections, said he would seek a governing coalition. His Civic Democrats allied with the Christian Democrats and Greens took 100 seats of the lower house.
    (AP, 6/5/06)(Econ, 6/10/06, p.50)
2006        Jun 5, Iceland's PM Halldor Asgrimsson (58) announced he was stepping down in the wake of his party's poor performance in recent local elections.
    (AP, 6/6/06)
2006        Jun 5, Gunmen in police uniforms raided bus stations in central Baghdad, seizing at least 50 people, including drivers and passengers preparing to travel outside Iraq. At least 2 students were shot dead elsewhere in Baghdad. Mustafa Mohammed Jubouri was jailed for life by a Baghdad court for the kidnapping and killing in 2004 of aid activist Margaret Hassan, a British-born Iraqi citizen. At least 26 people died in Iraq, including 15 in Baghdad alone. In southern Iraq a bomb exploded near an Italian patrol killing one Italian soldier and wounding four.
    (AP, 6/5/06)(AFP, 6/5/06)(AP, 6/6/06)
2006        Jun 5, In Japan investment manager Yoshiaki Murakami admitted that he had violated insider trading laws and said he would resign from his fund. He was arrested later in the day.
    (AP, 6/5/06)
2006        Jun 5, Liberia, the first African country led by a democratically elected woman, began recruiting women into its new postwar army.
    (AP, 6/5/06)
2006        Jun 5, Mexico proposed creating an environmental reserve (the Rio Bravo del Norte proposal) about 30 feet wide and 600 miles long on the Texas border, a "green wall" to protect the Rio Grande from the roads and staging areas that smugglers use to ferry drugs and migrants across the frontier.
    (AP, 6/5/06)
2006        Jun 5, Hamas militants stormed a Palestinian TV broadcast facility in the southern Gaza Strip, kicking workers out of the building and destroying equipment in a shooting rampage. A large explosion ripped through a house in northern Gaza, killing a member of the Hamas militant group and wounding two other people, including his 8-year-old son.
    (AP, 6/5/06)
2006        Jun 5, Levon Chakhmakhchyan, a regional lawmaker from Kalmykia, faced expulsion from Russia's upper house of parliament after federal security agents allegedly caught him accepting $300,000 in extorted money in a sting operation.
    (AP, 6/5/06)
2006        Jun 5, Serbian lawmakers proclaimed their republic a sovereign state after Montenegro decided to split from a union and dissolve the remnants of what was once Yugoslavia.
    (AP, 6/5/06)
2006        Jun 5, An Islamic militia said it has seized Somalia's capital after weeks of bloody fighting and 15 years of anarchy in this Horn of Africa nation, raising fears that the nation could fall under the sway of al-Qaida. Some 350 fighters and civilians had been killed over the past month with at least 2,000 wounded.
    (AP, 6/5/06)(Econ, 6/10/06, p.44)
2006        Jun 5, In South Africa the Johannesburg stock exchange (JSE) became a listed company on its own exchange. The JSE was the 17th largest in the world and the largest in Africa. It listed only 25 foreign companies.
    (Econ, 6/10/06, p.72)
2006        Jun 5, Key Syrian opposition figures urged Syrians to work to oust President Bashar Assad by using acts of civil disobedience reminiscent to the upheaval that freed nations behind the Iron Curtain.
    (AP, 6/5/06)

2007        Jun 5, US President George W. Bush sought to soothe Moscow's fury at Washington's plans to extend its anti-missile shield in Europe, saying in Prague on the eve of the G8 summit that Russia was "not our enemy."
    (AFP, 6/5/07)
2007        Jun 5, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, was sentenced to 30 months in prison for perjury and obstruction, in a case which also put a glaring spotlight on the flawed US case for waging war against Iraq. President Bush later commuted the prison sentence.
    (AFP, 6/5/07)(AP, 6/5/08)
2007        Jun 5, Coca-Cola Co. at the World Wildlife Foundation's annual meeting in Beijing announced it is funding a $20 million project to conserve seven major rivers worldwide and also will revamp its bottling practices to reduce pollution and water use.
    (AP, 6/5/07)
2007        Jun 5, A passenger train and truck collided at a rail crossing in southern Australia, killing 11 people and injuring up to 50.
    (AP, 6/5/07)(AP, 6/6/07)
2007        Jun 5, In Bolivia the judiciary stage a one-day strike to counter a presidential assault on its independence.
    (Econ, 6/9/07, p.41)
2007        Jun 5, The governor of Brazil's Amazon state signed into law legislation aimed at curbing global warming in an area bigger than France and Spain combined.
    (AP, 6/5/07)
2007        Jun 5, China joined Russia in criticizing a US plan to build a missile defense system in Europe, saying the system could set off an arms race.
    (AP, 6/5/07)
2007        Jun 5, Tony Mokbel (42), a top Australian fugitive, was arrested in Greece. The next day he accused Australia's authorities of saddling him with a bogus murder charge to secure his extradition. Mokbel had fled overseas in 2006 while on bail for importing cocaine.
    (AFP, 6/6/07)
2007        Jun 5, Alert guards gunned down a black-clad woman at a police recruiting station in Baghdad, a would-be suicide bomber who then exploded before their eyes. Another bomber in Amiriyah killed at least 15 people at a gathering of tribal leaders opposed to al-Qaida in the volatile Anbar province. Gunmen assassinated a local leader of Muqtada al-Sadr's radical Shiite Muslim faction south of Baghdad, and to the north insurgents ambushed an Iraqi army vehicle, killing an undetermined number of soldiers. Police Maj. Enad Khattab was shot and killed along with his brother as they drove in central Beiji about 155 miles north of Baghdad.
    (AP, 6/5/07)(AP, 6/6/07)(WSJ, 6/6/07, p.A1)
2007        Jun 5, Kenyan police overnight killed more than 20 suspected members of Mungiki, an outlawed religious sect, accused in a string of beheadings and the deaths of two police officers in the Mathare slum the previous day.
    (AP, 6/5/07)
2007        Jun 5, Pakistani police said they have filed a preliminary complaint against about 200 journalists for defying a ban on rallies in the capital by protesting curbs on the media, the latest sign of government intolerance of coverage of a political crisis.
    (AP, 6/5/07)
2007        Jun 5, Rwanda said it will withdraw from the Economic Community of Central African States (CEEAC) because it hampers Kigali's membership in other regional blocs.
    (AFP, 6/6/07)
2007        Jun 5, Serbian authorities began excavating what appeared to be a mass grave, at an abandoned quarry on a border zone between Serbia and Kosovo, containing the bodies of more than 350 Kosovo Albanians. Witnesses reported seeing four trucks unload bodies in the area of Raska, near the border with Kosovo in 1999 during a Serbian crackdown. A 3-day search yielded no human remains.
    (AP, 6/5/07)(AP, 6/8/07)
2007        Jun 5, In Spain the Basque separatist group ETA called off its 15-month-old cease-fire, formalizing what many saw as the demise of a once-promising peace process already struck down by a deadly bombing in December.
    (AP, 6/5/07)
2007        Jun 5, Spanish media said a court has ordered police to capture and search two vessels belonging to a Florida firm that recently announced it had found a shipwreck in the Atlantic Ocean laden with an estimated $500 million worth of Colonial-era treasure.
    (AP, 6/5/07)
2007        Jun 5, Abdel Nur, a Guyanese national and the fourth suspect in an alleged plot to attack New York's John F. Kennedy Airport, surrendered in Trinidad.
    (AP, 6/5/07)
2007        Jun 5, Zimbabwe's electricity provider raised tariffs for both domestic and commercial customers by 50 percent at a time when a major outage has left large parts of the country without power.
    (AP, 6/5/07)
2007        Jun 5, A Vatican engineer said some Holy See buildings will start using solar energy, reflecting Pope Benedict XVI's concern about conserving the Earth's resources.
    (AP, 6/6/07)

2008        Jun 5, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the accused mastermind of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, said he welcomed martyrdom at US hands, as he and four codefendants faced trial for war crimes without the benefit of lawyers.
    (AP, 6/6/08)
2008        Jun 5, Alain Robert (45), the man known as the French "Spiderman," climbed The New York Times building to draw attention to global warming, adding to earlier conquests including the Eiffel Tower and the Golden Gate Bridge. Hours later a 2nd man ascended the building and was also arrested at the top.
    (Reuters, 6/6/08)(SFC, 6/6/08, p.A4)
2008        Jun 5, Continental Airlines Inc said it would cut 3,000 jobs, or about 6.5 percent of its work force, and retire 67 older planes as it scales down in the face of soaring fuel prices.
    (Reuters, 6/5/08)
2008        Jun 5, A provincial spokesman said NATO forces bombed a location in Paktika province and killed all 32 Taliban who had gathered there. Afghan police killed three Taliban militants in Jani Khail district of the same province and two other militants were wounded. A roadside bomb struck a civilian vehicle in Waza Khwa district of Paktika, killing a man, his wife and son (12).
    (AFP, 6/6/08)
2008        Jun 5, In Algeria a bomb attack blamed on Islamist militants killed six Algerian soldiers and wounded four in Cap Djinet, east of Algiers.
    (AFP, 6/6/08)
2008        Jun 5, Australian police said 70 men have been arrested in a global crackdown on Internet child pornography and more will be detained.
    (AFP, 6/5/08)
2008        Jun 5, In China more than 10,000 people were moved to higher ground as water continued to rise in a brimming lake formed by landslides from the May 12 earthquake and another strong aftershock rocked the quake-battered region.
    (AP, 6/5/08)
2008        Jun 5, Egyptian archaeologists unveiled a 4,000-year-old "missing pyramid" that they believed to have been discovered by an archaeologist almost 200 years ago and never seen again. The pyramid was thought to have been built by King Menkauhor, an obscure pharaoh who ruled for only eight years. The style of the pyramid indicates it was from the Fifth Dynasty, a period that began in 2,465 B.C. and ended in 2,325 B.C.
    (AP, 6/5/08)
2008        Jun 5, The European Parliament called for the peacekeeping mandate for Russian troops in the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia to be revised. The chamber also demanded the EU sends its own border mission into the conflict zone in Abkhazia.
    (AP, 6/5/08)
2008        Jun 5, The US military captured two Shiite militia suspects south of Baghdad.
    (AP, 6/5/08)
2008        Jun 5, An Israeli missile aimed at a group of Palestinian militants struck a house and killed a girl (6), hours after an Israeli was killed by a Hamas mortar barrage fired from the area.
    (AP, 6/5/08)
2008        Jun 5, In Italy a 3-day UN summit aimed at fighting hunger worldwide ended with pledges to boost food output, calls to cut trade barriers and more research on biofuels. Just before the meeting Saudi Arabia announced a donation of $500 million.
    (WSJ, 6/6/08, p.A10)(Econ, 6/7/08, p.70)
2008        Jun 5, Malaysia's government faced street demonstrations and public outrage over its decision to hike petrol prices 41 percent overnight, in a bid to curb its massive subsidies bill.
    (AP, 6/5/08)
2008        Jun 5, Amnesty International said Myanmar's military regime has forced cyclone survivors to do menial labor in exchange for food and stepped up a campaign to evict displaced citizens from aid shelters.
    (AP, 6/5/08)
2008        Jun 5, Dutch police arrested Aqueel Ur Rehman Abbasi, a 26-year-old Pakistani man, sought in Spain on terrorism charges. He was arrested in his prison cell in Vught where he was being held by the immigration and naturalization services.
    (AFP, 6/6/08)
2008        Jun 5, Pakistani authorities arrested three suspected suicide bombers and seized more than a ton of explosives in a suspected terror plot near Islamabad.
    (AP, 6/6/08)
2008        Jun 5, South Korea's antitrust regulator said it will order Intel Corp. to pay 26 billion won ($25.4 million) for violating fair trade rules.
    (AP, 6/5/08)
2008        Jun 5, Fighting in northern Sri Lanka claimed 16 LTTE members and two soldiers.
    (AP, 6/6/08)
2008        Jun 5, Sudan said it was banning US companies from working with international peacekeepers in Darfur and would not renew a contract held by a unit of US defense firm Lockheed Martin Corp.
    (Reuters, 6/5/08)
2008        Jun 5, Diplomats said Syria has told a 35-nation meeting that it will limit what UN nuclear inspectors can see when they go to check on allegations that Damascus is hiding atomic facilities.
    (AP, 6/5/08)
2008        Jun 5, A Turkish TV station quoted a senior military commander as saying that Turkey and Iran have carried out coordinated strikes against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq.
    (AP, 6/5/08)
2008        Jun 5, Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai vowed to push on with his bid to topple Robert Mugabe at a run-off poll as he returned to the campaign trail a day after being detained by police. The US Embassy said its diplomats and British colleagues were attacked as they tried to investigate Zimbabwe’s political violence.
    (AP, 6/5/08)(AFP, 6/5/08)

2009        Jun 5, President Barack Obama toured a World War II concentration camp in Germany after prodding the international community to redouble efforts toward separate Israeli and Palestinian states in hopes of resolving a conflict fueled by the Jewish nation's post-Holocaust creation.
    (AP, 6/5/09)
2009        Jun 5, Raymond Lee Oyler (38), a convicted arsonist, was sentenced to death for setting the October 26, 2006, Southern California Esperanza wildfire that killed five federal firefighters struggling to defend a rural home from raging, wind-driven flames.
    (AP, 6/6/09)
2009        Jun 5, Neal Wanless (23) accepted a ceremonial $232.1 million Powerball check in Pierre, South Dakota. Wanless bought $15 worth of tickets to the May 27 thirty-state drawing at a convenience store in Winner during a trip to buy livestock feed. He will take home a lump sum of $88.5 million after taxes are deducted.
    (AP, 6/6/09)(SFC, 6/6/09, p.A6)
2009        Jun 5, General Motors Corp. announced a tentative deal to sell its Saturn brand to former race car driver and dealership group owner Roger Penske.
    (AP, 6/5/09)
2009        Jun 5, In Oregon Korena Roberts (b.1980) bludgeoned to death Heather Snively (21) of Maryland and cut her unborn child from her womb. The baby did not survive. In 2010 Roberts pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and was sentenced to life in prison.
    (SFC, 10/7/10, p.A6)(
2009        Jun 5, In San Francisco Clyde Forsman (b.1915), singer and accordion enthusiast, died. He was an initial member of San Francisco-based “Those Darn Accordions" and gained notoriety for his full body tattoos.
    (SFC, 6/12/09, p.B6)
2009        Jun 5, Three Afghan children were killed by a mortar left over from a battle between police and Taliban. Two roadside bombs exploded an hour apart in separate areas of the eastern province of Nangarhar, killing six policemen. Heavy fighting erupted in eastern Khost when militants attacked a compound where foreign troops were based. At least 15 militants were killed at the site in the Sabari district. A policeman and a militia soldier contracted to the US military were also killed. Police killed three Taliban militants in the neighboring province of Paktia overnight. Afghan and US-led coalition forces killed two "opposition commanders" in the southern province of Kandahar. Another four militants were killed in incidents in Farah province in the south and Paktika in the east.
    (AFP, 6/5/09)(AP, 6/6/09)
2009        Jun 5, The Anglo-Australian firm Rio Tinto cancelled its controversial tie-up with China's Chinalco in favor of a joint venture with fierce rival BHP Billiton and a 15.2 billion US dollar rights issue.
    (AFP, 6/5/09)
2009        Jun 5, Bosnia’s war crimes court Zeljko Ivankovic (37), a former member of a Bosnian Serb special police unit, had taken part in the July 11, 1995, killing of at least 1,000 Muslim men from Srebrenica and that he would be tried for genocide.
    (SFC, 6/6/09, p.A2)(
2009        Jun 5, British PM Gordon Brown shook up his Cabinet in hopes of hanging on to his job in the midst of a scandal over lawmakers' expenses, a string of top-level resignations and catastrophic results expected in local elections. Alan Johnson confirmed he has been named home secretary in a reshuffle carried out by PM Brown.
    (AP, 6/5/09)(AFP, 6/5/09)
2009        Jun 5, In southwestern China at least 26 people were buried when part of a mountain collapsed in a massive landslide in a remote area of Wulong county in Chongqing municipality. 74 people were missing, including 47 workers at an iron ore mine, 21 local residents, two telecom company workers and four passers-by. 27 people died and dozens were hurt when a packed commuter bus burst into flames and was destroyed within minutes during the morning rush hour in the southwestern city of Chengdu. Police later said a 62-year-old unemployed man set the fire after carrying a bucket of gasoline onto the bus.
    (AP, 6/5/09)(AP, 6/6/09)(AP, 7/3/09)
2009        Jun 5, Guinea-Bissau authorities said they foiled an attempted coup, and security forces killed two people allegedly involved, including a candidate in the upcoming presidential ballot. Guinea-Bissau's intelligence service said the coup plot was masterminded by former Defense Minister Helder Proenca and that presidential candidate Baciro Dabo was also involved. Both men died in separate shootings.
    (AP, 6/5/09)(SFC, 6/6/09, p.A2)
2009        Jun 5, In Iraq an American soldier died as the result of a non-combat related incident.
    (AP, 6/5/09)
2009        Jun 5, Israeli officials said they will not heed President Barack Obama's powerful appeal to halt all settlement activity on lands the Palestinians claim for a future state, a position that looks sure to cause a policy clash with its most powerful ally. Israeli troops killed a Palestinian man during a demonstration against the construction of the West Bank separation barrier. Yussef Aqil Srour (35) died from a chest wound that appeared to have been caused by live fire. Witnesses said troops fired tear gas, rubber bullets and possibly live rounds at rock-throwing demonstrators in the village of Naalin.
    (AP, 6/5/09)
2009        Jun 5, In Mexico a fast-moving fire killed 49 babies and toddlers at the ABC day care in the city of Hermosillo, Sonora state, despite desperate attempts of firefighters, who punched through the walls and fought their way through flames to rescue babies, toddlers and others trapped inside. No fire alarm or sprinkler system had gone off, according to witnesses. One mother said a second door to the day care was bolted shut and nobody could find the key. In 2011 federal police arrested Arturo Leyva Lizarraga, a former government official, on homicide and abuse of authority charges tied to a day care center fire. On June 30, 2011, federal agents arrested Delia Botello, former regional coordinator of public day care centers.
    (AP, 6/6/09)(AP, 6/7/09)(AP, 6/8/09)(AP, 6/23/09)(AP, 5/10/11)(AP, 7/1/11)
2009        Jun 5, In Myanmar refugees began streaming out of the Ler Per Her camp in eastern Karen state and into Thailand as Myanmar forces shelled near a camp where they were sheltering.
    (AP, 6/7/09)
2009        Jun 5, Indians in Peru's Amazon, protesting government moves to develop oil, gas and other resources on their lands, battled police near Bagua in an area called Curva del Diablo, or "Devil's Curve." Authorities reported the death of 11 police and 25 protesters. The official death toll after 2 days of violence was later reported at 33, including 23 police officers. Santiago Manuin (53), Awajun Indian leader, was among 48 wounded protesters.
    (AP, 6/5/09)(Econ, 7/18/09, p.36)(AP, 8/4/09)
2009        Jun 5, In northwest Pakistan a suicide bomber killed 38 people and wounded 40 attending prayers at a mosque in the Haya Gai area of Upper Dir, as the country's leaders urged visiting US envoy Holbrooke for more aid to stave off Taliban-led militancy. 4 soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in South Waziristan.
    (AP, 6/5/09)(AP, 6/6/09)
2009        Jun 5, Venezuela's tax agency ordered an anti-government news network to pay $2.3 million in back taxes, a day after its president was charged in a separate investigation and troops raided his home.
    (AP, 6/5/09)

2010        Jun 5, President Barack Obama on his 3rd visit to Louisiana said that he will stand with Gulf Coast residents "until they are made whole" from the oil spill catastrophe. The containment cap placed on the gusher near the sea floor trapped about 441,000 gallons of oil, up from around 250,000 gallons of oil a day earlier. It's not clear how much is still escaping; an estimated 500,000 to 1 million gallons of crude is believed to be leaking daily.
    (AP, 6/5/10)(AP, 6/6/10)
2010        Jun 5, Mohamed Mahmood Alessa (20) and Carlos Eduardo Almonte (26) of New Jersey were arrested at John F. Kennedy Airport before they could board separate flights to Egypt and then continue on their way to join a jihadist group in Somalia. Both had bragged about wanting to wage holy war against the United States both at home and internationally.
    (AP, 6/6/10)
2010        Jun 5, In Afghanistan a bomb exploded outside the provincial governor's office in Kandahar city, killing one policeman and wounding at least 14 civilians. Afghan and foreign forces killed 25 Taliban militants in two separate military operations in central Uruzgan province.
    (AP, 6/5/10)(AP, 6/6/10)
2010        Jun 5, A Cairo court upheld a ruling to strip Egyptian men married to Israeli women of their citizenship in a case that has highlighted national sentiment towards Israel.
    (AFP, 6/5/10)
2010        Jun 5, Germany and Russia declared that the five world powers negotiating with Iran support a fresh set of international sanctions, and Chancellor Angela Merkel said they could pass soon.
    (AP, 6/5/10)
2010        Jun 5, Hungary's government said it aimed to meet this year's budget deficit target, seeking to draw a line under "exaggerated" talk of a possible Greek-style debt crisis that unnerved global markets a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 6/5/10)
2010        Jun 5, Israeli forces boarded the Rachel Corrie after it ignored orders not to head for Gaza, but there was no repetition of the bloody violence that erupted when commandos stormed an aid boat earlier in the week.
    (AFP, 6/5/10)
2010        Jun 5, A senior Kurdish official in northern Iraq said Iranian troops have crossed the Iraqi border in pursuit of Iranian Kurdish rebels. Jabar Yawar, a deputy minister in the Kurdish autonomous region in northern Iraq, said that 35 Iranian soldiers remain in the Iraqi village of Perdunaz after crossing the border on June 3.
    (AP, 6/5/10)
2010        Jun 5, In the Philippines the military said Al-Qaida-linked militants have fatally shot three abducted rubber farm workers after their families failed to pay a ransom. Gunmen led by senior Abu Sayyaf commander Furuji Indama seized the three men from a passenger minibus on May 27. They demanded 3 million pesos ($64,000) in ransom from their families. Muslim militants killed two villagers after fatally shooting three hostages, apparently to avenge the deaths of comrades in a government assault in the southern Philippines.
    (AP, 6/5/10)(AP, 6/6/10)
2010        Jun 5, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev called for a global fund to fight ecological catastrophes like the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, as he sought to burnish his credentials as a green leader.
    (AP, 6/5/10)
2010        Jun 5, Rwanda hosted UN World Environment Day with a ceremony to name 11 endangered baby mountain gorillas in which Internet users worldwide were for the first time able to take part.
    (AFP, 6/5/10)
2010        Jun 5, In South Africa AIDS awareness groups said they are protesting a ban by the world soccer body FIFA on distributing health related information and condoms at World Cup stadiums and fan events in South Africa.
    (AP, 6/5/10)
2010        Jun 5, In Venezuela Gustavo Azocar, a journalist-turned-politician who had planned to run in September, became the latest in a series of candidates kept out of the race by Comptroller General Clodosbaldo Russian, an ally of Pres. Chavez. The government began to take control of an archive of documents that belonged to independence hero Simon Bolivar.
    (AP, 6/5/10)
2010        Jun 5, A Yemeni colonel and two of his bodyguards were killed in an attack by suspected Al-Qaeda members near the city of Marib east of the capital. Suspected al-Qaida operative, Ghalib al-Zayedi, surrendered after lengthy mediation efforts to Marib's Governor Naji bin Ali al-Zayedi, who is also his cousin.
    (AFP, 6/5/10)(AP, 6/7/10)

2011           Jun 5, Nobel Prize winning economist and M.I.T. professor Peter Diamond announced he was withdrawing his name from consideration for a place on the board of governors of the Federal Reserve Bank. Diamond blamed the political climate for his decision, saying that Republicans repeatedly “voted in lockstep" to block his nomination.
            (Reuters, 6/5/11)(Bloomberg News, 6/5/11)
2011        Jun 5, InfraGard, an Atlanta FBI partner organization, confirmed that almost 180 passwords of its members had been stolen and leaked to the Internet. Lulz Security (LulzSec), an online hacking collective, said it was acting in a response to a recent report that the Pentagon was considering whether to classify some cyber attacks as acts of war.
    (SFC, 6/6/11, p.A6)
2011        Jun 5, The third worst forest fire in Arizona’s history continued to burn, affecting more than 225 square miles and causing many nearby residents to evacuate their homes. By June 8 the fire grew to nearly 486 square miles. Authorities believed it was started by an unattended campfire.
            (AP, 6/5/11)(SFC, 6/7/11, p.A5)(SFC, 6/8/11, p.A11)
2011           Jun 5, Officials in Joplin, Missouri, revised the death toll from May 22’s severe tornado, increasing the number to 141.
            (Reuters, 6/5/11)
2011        Jun 5, Cancer researchers reported that the drug vemurafenib (aka PLX4032) made melanoma tumors shrink significantly in nearly half the patients studied. In August it was approved for use in America.
    (SFC, 6/6/11, p.A9)(Econ, 12/31/11, p.65)
2011        Jun 5, In eastern Afghanistan a coalition helicopter crashed, killing two on board in Khost province. In the south an insurgent attack killed a NATO service member. A bomb killed two Afghan security guards near the entrance of a Kabul Bank branch in the Maidan Shahr district of Wardak province.
    (AP, 6/5/11)
2011        Jun 5, Thousands of Australians across the country rallied to support a tax on the carbon emissions blamed for global warming, as a new report outlined the risks of rising sea levels from climate change.
    (AFP, 6/5/11)
2011        Jun 5, In Bangladesh thousands of security personnel fanned out across Dhaka during a daylong anti-government strike.
    (AP, 6/5/11)
2011        Jun 5, The International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreed a $3 billion financing deal with Egypt and praised the policies of an interim government struggling to stabilize the economy after the popular uprising.
    (Reuters, 6/5/11)
2011           Jun 5, In France, the Conseil Supérieur de l’Audiovisuel (CSL) announced that radio and TV stations would no longer be allowed to promote or recommend their Facebook pages and Twitter feeds on air, unless such sites are part of a news story. The decision, which was first issued quietly on May 27, has now attracted international media outrage thanks to the French bloggers who began writing about it yesterday.
            (AP, 6/6/11)
2011            Jun 5, The German government said they believed a deadly outbreak of E.coli that killed as many as 22 people appeared to be linked to an organic farm near the city of Hamburg, where bean sprouts were grown. The farm was ordered to shut down immediately and its produce was recalled from markets.
            (AP, 6/5/11)
2011        Jun 5, In Greece tens of thousands gathered to protest the government’s austerity policies.
    (SFC, 6/6/11, p.A2)
2011        Jun 5, Indian police fired tear gas to break up a hunger strike by charismatic yoga guru Baba Ramdev demanding an end to endemic corruption, forcibly removing him and thousands of his followers.
    (AP, 6/5/11)
2011        Jun 5, Israeli troops opened fire across the Syrian frontier to disperse hundreds of pro-Palestinian protesters who stormed the border of the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. Syrian state television said 20 people were killed by the Israeli Defense Forces. Israelis said only 10 demonstrators were killed near Kuneitra when their own Molotov cocktails triggered border anti-tank mines.
    (AP, 6/5/11)(Reuters, 6/5/11)(AFP, 6/5/11)(SFC, 6/6/11, p.A2)(Econ, 6/11/11, p.54)
2011        Jun 5, In Libya NATO pounded Tripoli hours after Britain's top diplomat met rebel chiefs in Libya and Russia voiced concerns the alliance's military operation is sliding towards a land campaign.
    (AFP, 6/5/11)
2011        Jun 5, Macedonians voted in early general elections that many hope will move the country closer to EU membership and NATO entry, stalled by a name row with Greece. Conservative PM Nikola Gruevski won but would need to form a coalition to govern for 4 more years.
    (AFP, 6/5/11)(SFC, 6/7/11, p.A2)
2011        Jun 5, Hundreds of young Moroccans flouted a government ban and held a peaceful pro-democracy rally in Rabat. The protesters expressed their anger at the beating death of Kamal Al-Amri, a leader of the opposition, as authorities promised not to crack down on protesters.
    (AFP, 6/5/11)(AP, 6/5/11)
2011        Jun 5, In northwest Pakistan a suicide bomber attacked a bakery in Nowshera killing 18 people. Another bomb left 6 others dead.
    (SFC, 6/6/11, p.A2)
2011        Jun 5, Peruvians headed to the polls in a presidential election run-off between a leftist ex-army colonel and the daughter of jailed former strongman Alberto Fujimori. Oluntala Humala captured 51.5% of the vote over Keiko Fujimori’s 48.5%.
    (AFP, 6/5/11)(SSFC, 6/19/11, p.A4)(Econ, 6/11/11, p.39)
2011        Jun 5, Portugal voted in an early election to decide who implements a 78 billion euro bailout deal, with the opposition favorites to win after six years of Socialist rule and near financial collapse. The Social Democratic Party (PSD), led by Pedro Passos Coelho (46), won 39% of the vote and elected 105 lawmakers to the 230-seat parliament compared to 28% and 73 seats for the ruling socialists.
    (AFP, 6/5/11)(SFC, 6/6/11, p.A4)(Econ, 6/11/11, p.56)
2011            Jun 5, In San Juan, Puerto Rico, two surviving members of the “Flying Wallendas," Delilah Wallenda and her son Nik, successfully completed a dangerous high-wire walk between two towers of a hotel, on a wire 100 feet above the ground, without a net. They performed the stunt to honor the memory of family patriarch Karl Wallenda, who had fallen to his death while attempting the walk in 1978. 
             (AP, 6/5/11)
2011        Jun 5, Syrian security forces reportedly killed 38 people over the last 2 days in the northern province of Idlib.
    (SFC, 6/6/11, p.A2)
2011        Jun 5, In Yemen tens of thousands of people took to Sanaa's streets, hailing what they said was the end of Yemen's regime after President Ali Abdullah Saleh (65), wounded in a blast, left for treatment in Saudi Arabia. Gunmen in Taiz clashed with security forces leaving at least 2 gunmen dead. Saleh was burned over 40% of his body and his wounds were far worse than initially reported.
    (AFP, 6/5/11)(SFC, 6/6/11, p.A3)(AP, 6/7/11)

2012        Jun 5, California voters approved Proposition 28. It reduced the time citizens can serve in the state Legislature from 14 years to 12, but allowed a member to serve the entire time in one house.
    (SFC, 6/6/12, p.A11)
2012        Jun 5, In California Joseph Baccala (71) of Sonoma County, was charged with 167 felony counts of grand theft, securities fraud and elder abuse after investigators uncovered a $20 million Ponzi scheme.
    (SFC, 6/6/12, p.C7)
2012        Jun 5, South San Francisco police Officer Joshua Cabillo shot and killed Derrick Gaines (15) seconds after tackling the boy. Gaines had an inoperable .45 caliber revolver that fell from his pants during the encounter. The SF Bay Area city later agreed to pay Gaines’ family $250,000, without admitting to wrongdoing.
    (SSFC, 2/11/18, p.C1)
2012        Jun 5, Mississippi executed Henry “Curtis" Jackson, convicted of killing 4 young nieces and nephews in a 1990 stabbing rampage.
    (SFC, 6/6/12, p.A5)
2012        Jun 5, Wisconsin Gov .Scott Walker won his recall rematch with Tom Barrett, the Democratic mayor of Milwaukee, by a larger margin than in 2010. Walker became only the third governor to face a recall election—and the first to survive one—since the Progressives came up with this drastic remedy for bad governance more than a century ago.
    (SFC, 6/6/12, p.A13)
2012        Jun 5, Ray Bradbury (91), author of Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, and other beloved science fiction novels, died.
    (AP, 6/6/12)
2012        Jun 5, Venus began to pass between the Earth and the Sun. The next such transit will not occur until 2117.
    (AFP, 6/6/12)(Econ, 6/2/12, p.95)
2012        Jun 5, In Afghanistan two separate roadside bomb blasts killed five people. This included four policemen killed in Wardak province and a civilian in Ghazni province.
    (AFP, 6/5/12)
2012        Jun 5, In Algeria security forces killed six Al-Qaeda-linked Islamist militants in the Kabylie region, including three in the region's main town of Tizi Ouzou.
    (AFP, 6/17/12)
2012        Jun 5, Australia's central bank cut its benchmark interest rate for a second consecutive month as Europe's economy weakens and growth in China moderates. It lowered the rate by a quarter percentage point to 3.5 percent.
    (AP, 6/5/12)
2012        Jun 5, Five Azerbaijan soldiers were killed near Gazakh in clashes along its border with Armenia. Each nation blamed the other for the violence.
    (SFC, 6/6/12, p.A4)
2012        Jun 5, Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Venezuela said they were pulling out of the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance during an annual meeting of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Bolivia.
    (SFC, 6/6/12, p.A2)
2012        Jun 5, Cheering crowds thronged the streets of London for the grand finale to four days of festivities marking the Queen's Diamond Jubilee attended by millions across Britain.
    (Reuters, 6/5/12)
2012        Jun 5, In Canada packages containing a human foot and hand were discovered at two schools in Vancouver, in what could be the latest gruesome twist in the case of Luka Rocco Magnotta, a Canadian porn actor suspected of dismembering and eating his former lover.
    (AP, 6/6/12)
2012        Jun 5, China told foreign embassies to stop publishing their own reports on air quality in the country, escalating its objections to a popular US Embassy Twitter feed that tracks pollution in smoggy Beijing.
    (AP, 6/5/12)
2012        Jun 5, Chinese authorities alerted foreign travel agencies that they would no longer be issuing entry permits to Tibet.
    (ABCNews, 6/7/12)
2012        Jun 5, Egyptians in their hundreds began gathering in Cairo's iconic Tahrir Square ahead of a mass demonstration to protest against verdicts handed down in ex-president Hosni Mubarak's murder trial.
    (AFP, 6/5/12)
2012        Jun 5, It was reported that Israel has begun to force incoming travelers deemed suspicious to open personal email accounts for inspection.
    (AP, 6/5/12)
2012        Jun 5, Kazakhstan's interior minister said a border guard who went missing after the death of 14 fellow soldiers at a remote frontier outpost last week has been detained and is being questioned.
    (AP, 6/5/12)
2012        Jun 5, Maldivian police said Ismail Rasheed (37), a blogger known for his liberal views on religion, is in intensive care after being stabbed by an attacker outside his home in the capital Male.
    (AFP, 6/5/12)
2012        Jun 5, Nigerian soldiers killed at least 16 militants after gunfire and blasts rocked Maiduguri, where Islamists were believed to be hiding. In the northern city of Kano gunmen shot dead a former deputy Nigerian police chief, his driver and a bodyguard.
    (AFP, 6/6/12)   
2012        Jun 5, Pakistan US Embassy said the US has terminated funding for a $20 million project to develop a Pakistani version of "Sesame Street." The decision came as a Pakistani newspaper reported allegations of corruption by the local puppet theater working on the initiative.
    (AP, 6/5/12)
2012        Jun 5, Russian police detained at least two dozen people protesting outside the parliament in Moscow as it debated a controversial bill that would raise fines 150-fold for people taking part in unsanctioned rallies. The Kremlin controlled Parliament rammed through the bill.
    (AP, 6/5/12)(SFC, 6/6/12, p.A2)
2012        Jun 5, The Solar Impulse, an experimental solar-powered plane, took off from Madrid en route to Morocco for the 2nd leg of a bid to complete its first transcontinental flight.
    (AP, 6/5/12)
2012        Jun 5, Sudanese journalists and Communist Party members held a sit-in to protest against repeated restrictions against their newspaper, part of what press freedom advocates describe as an intensifying clampdown on critical voices.
    (AFP, 6/5/12)
2012        Jun 5, Syria barred a string of US and European diplomats, saying they were "no longer welcome" as the country plunged into its most profound international isolation in decades. Troops and pro-regime militia backed by tanks went on a new offensive against rebels, seizing the central town of Kfar Zita after three days of bombardment. UN officials announced that Syria's government has agreed to a written deal with the United Nations and other international organizations that would allow aid workers and supplies to enter four hard-hit provinces. Clashes and raids in Latakia province killed 33 people. 55 people were killed across the country, including 26 soldiers, 19 civilians and 10 rebels.
    (AP, 6/5/12)(AFP, 6/6/12)
2012        Jun 5, Some 85 Syrian military defectors and their families crossed into Turkey.
    (Econ, 7/7/12, p.46)
2012        Jun 5, Yemen's army battled with al-Qaida in Zinjibar and nearby Qut in overnight fighting that left at least 23 militants dead. Five Al-Qaeda militants died in Abyan province when the car bomb they aimed to set off exploded prematurely.
    (AP, 6/5/12)(AFP, 6/5/12)

2013        Jun 5, Pres. Obama appointed Susan Rice (48) as his national security advisor. Samantha Power was nominated to replace Rice as US ambassador to the UN.
    (SFC, 6/6/13, p.A9)
2013        Jun 5, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Germany and Italy will join the United States as "lead nations" in regions of Afghanistan after NATO transitions into a noncombat mission there after 2014.
    (AP, 6/5/13)
2013        Jun 5, A leaked document laid bare the monumental scope of the government's surveillance of Americans' phone records — hundreds of millions of calls — in the first hard evidence of a massive data collection program aimed at combating terrorism under powers granted by Congress after the 9/11 attacks.
    (AP, 6/6/13)
2013        Jun 5, Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper signed a bill allowing illegal immigrants to apply for driving licenses.
    (Econ, 6/15/13, p.32)
2013        Jun 5, In Pennsylvania a four-story building being demolished collapsed on the edge of downtown Philadelphia. 6 people were killed and at least 14 others injured. On June 7 police said Sean Benschop (42), a heavy equipment operator with a lengthy rap sheet, was high on marijuana when the building collapsed. Benschop turned himself in on June 8. On Nov 25 contractor Griffin Campbell was charged with 6 counts of third-degree murder. In 2014 a judge upgraded charges against Benschop to 3rd degree murder. On Oct 9, 2015, Campbell was convicted of involuntary manslaughter. On Jan 8, 2016, Campbell was sentenced to 15-30 years in prison. Benschop was sentenced to 7.5-15 years in prison.
    (AP, 6/5/13)(SFC, 6/6/13, p.A8)(AP, 6/8/13)(SSFC, 6/9/13, p.A12)(SFC, 11/26/13, p.A8)(SFC, 2/19/14, p.A5)(SFC, 10/20/15, p.A7)(SFC, 1/9/16, p.A5)
2013        Jun 5, In Washington state Staff Sgt. Robert Bales (39), charged with killing 16 Afghan civilians during nighttime raids on two villages on March 11, 2012, pleaded guilty then described shooting each victim, telling a military judge he has asked himself "a million times" why he did it.
    (AP, 6/6/13)
2013        Jun 5, In Florida Gloria C. MacKenzie (84) came forward to claim the biggest undivided lottery jackpot in history: $590 million. She had bought her Powerball ticket after another customer let her get ahead in line.
    (AP, 6/5/13)
2013        Jun 5, In Bangladesh about 450 garment workers fell ill during their shifts at a sweater factory near Dhaka. Authorities the next day said the water supply was suspected.
    (AP, 6/6/13)
2013        Jun 5, In Bosnia demonstrations began when angry young parents besieged parliament to demand a new law be passed so their newborns could get national identity numbers.
    (AP, 6/11/13)
2013        Jun 5, Brazil said it has sent 110 soldiers to Mato Grosso do Sul state where hundreds of Terena Indians were occupying a ranch they said was on ancestral lands. The Indians were also protesting a proposed amendment that would give Congress a say in the demarcation of indigenous territory.
    (SFC, 6/6/13, p.A2)
2013        Jun 5, In Brazil the son of billionaire Eike Batista was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a cyclist, the Rio de Janeiro state. He was sentenced to two years of community service, a two-year suspension of his driver's license and a one million real ($500,000) fine. Thor Batista (21) hit the cyclist last year while driving his Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren at night through a low-income suburb in Rio de Janeiro.
    (AP, 6/6/13)
2013        Jun 5, Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported that America’s National Security Agency was collecting the telephone records of millions of Americans not suspected of crimes.
    (Econ, 6/15/13, p.23)
2013        Jun 5, In Canada Brent Rathgeber, a member of Parliament from the Conservatives' western stronghold of Alberta, resigned from the caucus and complained the government was not really interested in transparency.
    (Reuters, 6/6/13)
2013        Jun 5, China’s Pres. Xi Jinping spoke to Mexico’s Senate on the 2nd day of his 3-day visit. He announced $1 billion in credit to Petroleos Mexico and another $1 billion in trade deals.
    (SFC, 6/6/13, p.A4)
2013        Jun 5, Egypt's state-run news agency said the state prosecutor has referred 12 activists including several prominent bloggers to trial on charges of instigating violence during a March demonstration at the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist group from which the president hails. A signature drive, known as "Tamarod" or "Rebel" in Arabic, has reportedly collected some 7 million signatures calling for the removal of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.
    (AP, 6/5/13)
2013        Jun 5, In Egypt striking workers at the Cairo international airport's largest terminal blocked airplanes on the tarmac and disrupting flights.
    (AP, 6/5/13)
2013        Jun 5, The EU gave approval to Latvia to become the 18th member of the troubled euro currency union — despite doubts among many of its people and international concerns about its banking system. A final decision will be made by eurozone finance ministers July 9.
    (AP, 6/5/13)
2013        Jun 5, In France a group of skinheads attacked a far-left activist in the heart of Paris' shopping district, leaving Clement Meric (18) brain-dead in the hospital. The attack raised fears of increased far-right violence. A murder investigation soon followed against a security guard, identified only as Esteban. Charges of group violence also followed against Esteban and 3 other men over the fight that led to Meric's death.
    (AP, 6/6/13)(AP, 6/9/13)
2013        Jun 5, India’s police said they have arrested a man accused of raping an Irish woman (21) who volunteered at a children's charity in the Indian city of Kolkata.
    (AP, 6/5/13)
2013        Jun 5, In Iraq gunmen ambushed a group of travelers at a fake checkpoint in the western Anbar province, killing at least 14 people execution-style.
    (AP, 6/5/13)
2013        Jun 5, In Japan PM Shinzo Abe announced the “thrid arrow" (fiscal stimulus) of Abenomics, his plan to pull the country out of its long slump.
    (Econ, 6/15/13, p.37)
2013        Jun 5, Jordanian officials said that the US will deploy anti-missile batteries and F-16 jet fighters in the kingdom to bolster its defense capabilities in the face of a Syrian attack.
    (AP, 6/5/13)
2013        Jun 5, Libya's premier ordered relocation of the headquarters of the state-run oil company to the eastern city of Benghazi, fulfilling a long-standing demand by residents of the region and comes days after tribal declared semi-independent region in the east.
    (AP, 6/5/13)
2013        Jun 5, The Malian military attacked Tuareg rebels and succeeded in taking the village of Anefis, marking the army's first victory and territorial gain without the help of French forces ever since they were routed from the country's north last year by the separatist fighters. At least two people were killed in the clashes.
    (AP, 6/5/13)
2013        Jun 5, Nicaragua’s National Assembly president said a concession to build a canal linking the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea will be awarded to a Chinese company. The government planned to grant the Chinese company a concession for 100 years.
    (AP, 6/5/13)
2013        Jun 5, Pakistan's new PM Nawaz Sharif took office vowing to fix the country's ailing economy and end electricity blackouts while also calling for an end to American drone strikes in the tribal areas.
    (AP, 6/5/13)
2013        Jun 5, The Syrian army triumphantly announced the capture of a strategic border town after a three week grueling battle, telling the nation it has "cleansed" Qusair of rebels and calling it "a message" to Syria's enemies everywhere. The Qusair battle has laid bare Hezbollah's role in the Syrian conflict.
    (AP, 6/5/13)
2013        Jun 5, Turkish activists presented a list of demands they said could end days of anti-government demonstrations, as police detained 25 people they accused of using social media to stoke the outpouring of anger. A protester was killed in Antakya from an apparent blow to the head.
    (AP, 6/5/13)
2013        Jun 5, Yemeni military troops, backed by tanks and warplanes, launched a major offensive in Hadramawt province to rout al-Qaida militants from the area.
    (AP, 6/5/13)

2014        Jun 5, In San Francisco 163 transit drivers called in sick reducing the 4th day sickout of daily runs to 266 out of 1200. The average absentee rate ranged from 94-112.
    (SFC, 6/6/14, p.D7)
2014        Jun 5, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill regulating companies like Uber and Lyft that use ride service apps, making Colorado the first state to legitimize such Internet companies.
    (SFC, 6/7/14, p.D3)
2014        Jun 5, Utah’s Wildlife Board voted 3-2 to hold its first ever crow hunt this fall as authorities try to contain the noise and mess from a population of the big, black birds that officials say has tripled over the last 12 years. Crows are protected by the US Fish and Wildlife Service under the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty, but about 45 states allow them to be hunted.
    (Reuters, 6/6/14)
2014        Jun 5, In Washington state a lone gunmen, Aaron Ybarra (26) opened fire at the Otto Miller Hall of Seattle Pacific Univ. Building monitor John Meis (22) and several people jumped on him until police arrived. Wounded student Paul Lee (19) died at Harborview Medical Center.
    (SFC, 6/6/14, p.A7)(SFC, 6/7/14, p.A4)
2014        Jun 5, In Afghanistan a police chief and 2 other officers were killed when a roadside bomb exploded while they were on a demining mission in Ghazni province. Two army officers were killed in a separate shooting attack in Herat city. In the east a soldier from the US-led military coalition was killed by enemy fire.
    (AP, 6/5/14)
2014        Jun 5, Rakhat Aliyev, the Kazakh president's former son-in-law, was detained in Austria while under investigation for alleged crimes including murder and running a crime network in Kazakhstan.
    (Reuters, 6/6/14)
2014        Jun 5, A Bahraini court convicted and sentenced four Shiites to life imprisonment over the death of an Asian man in a Nov 5, 2012, bomb attack in Manama.
    (AP, 6/5/14)
2014        Jun 5, Bosnia police arrested three Bosnian Serb former soldiers on suspicion of war crimes against Muslim Bosniaks following the discovery last year of what is potentially the largest mass grave of Bosnia's 1992-95 conflict.
    (Reuters, 6/5/14)
2014        Jun 5, In Brussels, Belgium, G7 nations gave their backing to a new global deal on climate change in 2015 after promises from the United States at the start of the week galvanized flagging momentum.
    (Reuters, 6/5/14)
2014        Jun 5, In Brazil some overland commuter train operators went on strike calling for better wages in Sao Paulo, a week before the city hosts the World Cup opener.
    (AP, 6/5/14)
2014        Jun 5, Chinese state media said authorities have sentenced 81 people on terror-related charges, nine of them to death, and made 29 new arrests in a huge crackdown in the far west following deadly attacks blamed on Muslim extremists.
    (AP, 6/5/14)
2014        Jun 5, China offered $16 million in humanitarian assistance for refugees from the conflict in Syria as part of Beijing's growing engagement with the Arab world.
    (AP, 6/5/14)
2014        Jun 5, China freed Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen (40), who made a 2008 documentary about Tibetan nomads expressing discontent over China's rule, after serving six years for separatism. Wangchen was freed in the western city of Xining, capital of Qinghai province.
    (AP, 6/6/14)
2014        Jun 5, In CongoDRC at least four people were killed when 301 inmates broke out of the main prison in Bukavu.
    (AP, 6/6/14)
2014        Jun 5, In Iraqi militants launched an attack in Samarra, killing 7 members of the security forces and taking control of some areas of the city. Several attackers were killed as the army pushed back the assault. Fierce clashes broke out in Mosul.
    (AP, 6/5/14)(Econ, 6/21/14, p.46)
2014        Jun 5, Israel's housing ministry said it was advancing plans for nearly 1,500 new settlement housing units in the West Bank and east Jerusalem in response to the formation of a Palestinian unity government backed by the Islamic militant group Hamas.
    (AP, 6/5/14)
2014        Jun 5, In Japan billionaire Masayoshi Son's mobile phone company Softbank unveiled a robot dubbed Pepper that can decipher emotions. It will go on sale in Japan in February for 198,000 yen ($1,900). Overseas sales plans are under consideration but undecided.
    (AP, 6/5/14)
2014        Jun 5, Kenyan authorities said they have seized 228 whole elephant tusks and 74 others in pieces as they were being packed for export in the port city of Mombasa.
    (Reuters, 6/5/14)
2014        Jun 5, Kenyan gunmen shot and killed an Australian media executive Carey Eaton, a co-founder of the online marketplace One Africa Media. This was the second such attack on an Australian citizen in the past year in the crime-ridden capital Nairobi.
    (AFP, 6/6/14)
2014        Jun 5, In Libya a prosecutor told the Supreme Constitutional Court that the election of Ahmed Maiteeq as the new prime minister was conducted in violation of the country's temporary constitution.
    (Reuters, 6/5/14)
2014        Jun 5, Mozambique's revived rebel movement Renamo called off a truce with government forces, warning that armed attacks would spread from the main north-south highway across the country. Local media reported at least four deaths this week in as many attacks on vehicles travelling along the EN1 highway between the Save River and the town of Muxungue.
    (AFP, 6/5/14)
2014        Jun 5, A Niger minister said the government has destroyed safe houses owned by human trafficking networks for sheltering illegal migrants and forcibly turned back anyone without a valid identity document in towns near its northern border.
    (Reuters, 6/5/14)
2014        Jun 5, In Nigeria suspected Islamist Boko Haram militants kidnapped up to 30 women from nomadic settlements in the northeast, close to where the group abducted more than 200 schoolgirls. The kidnappers demanded cattle in exchange for the women.
    (Reuters, 6/10/14)
2014        Jun 5, Peruvian prosecutors said two provincial governors, Klever Melendez of Cerro de Pasco and Gerardo Vinas of Tumbes, have been arrested as part of a crackdown on corruption. A third was sought in the crackdown.
    (SFC, 6/6/14, p.A2)
2014        Jun 5, Peru's counter-narcotics police said they have broken up a ring that shipped cocaine from Lima's international airport to Mexico on commercial flights by swapping out unsuspecting passengers' luggage with identical suitcases.
    (AP, 6/6/14)
2014        Jun 5, In South Korea a victim from the April 16 sunken Sewol ferry was retrieved in waters 40 km (25 miles) from the capsized vessel, raising the death toll to 289.
    (AP, 6/5/14)
2014        Jun 5, Pope Francis ousted the all-Italian board of the Vatican's financial watchdog agency and installed a more international set of experts following clashes between the board and the agency's director.
    (AP, 6/5/14)
2014        Jun 5, A Yemeni army spokesman said government forces have killed 500 suspected Al-Qaeda militants in an all-out offensive against them in their southern strongholds that began on April 29. Forty soldiers were killed and another 100 wounded in the operation in Shabwa and Abyan provinces, in which 39 militants were captured. Al-Qaida militants attacked an army post in Shabwa province, killing 11 soldiers and one civilian.
    (AFP, 6/5/14)

2015        Jun 5, A US government watchdog said Social Security overpaid disability beneficiaries by nearly $17 billion over the past decade.
    (SFC, 6/6/15, p.A4)
2015        Jun 5, US officials said the United States has quietly started delivering promised arms for Iraqi soldiers from a $1.6 billion fund approved by Congress last year.
    (Reuters, 6/5/15)
2015        Jun 5, In Boston Azamat Tazhayakov, a college friend of marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was sentenced to 3½ years in prison after he tearfully apologized to the residents of Boston for impeding the investigation into the 2013 attack while authorities frantically searched for the suspects.
    (AP, 6/5/15)
2015        Jun 5, In Texas a pool party for teens in the Dallas suburb of McKinney turned into a confrontation with police and video soon emerged of Cpl. Eric Casebolt drawing a gun and throwing a black bikini-clad girl (14) to the ground.
    (SFC, 6/9/15, p.A6)
2015        Jun 5, In Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed 6 members of a family in the Shah Wali Kot district of Kandahar province. Another roadside bomb killed 5 civilians in Ghazni province. A bombing targeting a passing army vehicle killed a woman and a child near Kabul.
    (SSFC, 6/7/15, p.A5)
2015        Jun 5, Australian businessman Alan Bond (b.1938) died in Perth.
    (Econ, 6/13/15, p.62)
2015        Jun 5, British regulators said they have fined Lloyds Banking Group £117 million for unfair treatment of customer complaints after they were mis-sold an insurance product. Lloyds and other British banks had already been ordered to compensate customers for mis-selling PPI insurance products.
    (AFP, 6/5/15)
2015        Jun 5, Burundi police shot dead a protester in the capital amid renewed demonstrations against President Pierre Nkurunziza.
    (AFP, 6/5/15)
2015        Jun 5, Europe's rights court backed the decision of a French court to allow a man in a vegetative state to be taken off life support.
    (AFP, 6/5/15)
2015        Jun 5, Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo said marriage license applications from same-sex couples will be accepted after a federal judge's decision made the island the first US territory to recognize gay marriage. The decision goes into effect at 8 a.m. on June 9, when gay couples can begin applying for marriage licenses.
    (AP, 6/5/15)
2015        Jun 5, In Honduras thousands of protesters marched through the capital demanding the resignation of President Juan Orlando Hernandez over a corruption scandal that has seen growing calls for him to quit. Earlier this week Hernandez admitted his conservative ruling National Party had accepted money that had been misappropriated from social security funds.
    (AFP, 6/6/15)
2015        Jun 5, India’s Food and Safety Standards Authority imposed a ban on the Maggi brand of instant noodles made by Nestle India after a food-safety agency in Uttar Pradesh found excessive levels of lead in the noodles. Export of the noodles was allowed on June 30, but a ban on local sales remained in place.
    (Econ, 7/4/15, p.55)
2015        Jun 5, Former Iraqi foreign minister Tareq Aziz (79) died. Aziz had been on death row since October 2010 after being convicted of murder and crimes against humanity. Jordanian authorities soon accepted a request from his family to bring his remains to be buried in Jordan.
    (AFP, 6/6/15)
2015        Jun 5, Hundreds of Israelis and Palestinians marched in support of a Susya, a West Bank village slated for demolition, a plan they said epitomizes the Israeli occupation. Israel's High Court ruled in May that Susya's 340 residents could be relocated and its structures demolished.
    (AFP, 6/5/15)
2015        Jun 5, Japanese automaker Mazda said it is recalling nearly 540,000 older cars and pickup trucks in the US and Canada, adding to the growing list of models under recall for air bags that potentially can explode with too much force. Last month Takata and the US government agreed to double the number of inflators it recalled to 33.8 million.
    (AP, 6/5/15)
2015        Jun 5, In Malaysia a magnitude-6.0 earthquake struck near Mount Kinabalu. At least 16 people were killed with two missing.
    (AP, 6/5/15)(AFP, 6/6/15)(Reuters, 6/7/15)
2015        Jun 5, The head of Mali's main Tuareg-led rebel groups said his movement will sign a final deal on June 20 to end the conflict in the west African nation.
    (AFP, 6/5/15)
2015        Jun 5, Norway's parliament voted to pull its sovereign wealth fund -- the world's biggest -- out of coal, in what is seen as a major victory for environmentalists.
    (AFP, 6/5/15)
2015        Jun 5, Pakistani officials said 8 of the 10 men reportedly convicted and jailed for attempting to murder schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai in October 2012 were actually cleared. The man suspected of actually firing the gun at Malala, named by officials as Ataullah Khan, was believed to be on the run in Afghanistan, along with Pakistani Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah, who ordered the attack.
    (AFP, 6/5/15)
2015        Jun 5, A member of the armed wing of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas died when a smuggling tunnel collapsed in the Gaza Strip near the Israeli border.
    (AFP, 6/5/15)
2015        Jun 5, Romania’s PM Victor Ponta refused to step down after being hit by corruption allegations, the highest sitting Romanian leader targeted in a long-running anti-graft campaign in one of the EU's poorest nations.
    (AFP, 6/5/15)
2015        Jun 5, Russia successfully launched a Soyuz 2.1A rocket from the Plesetsk launch pad placing a military satellite into a designated orbit.
    (SFC, 6/6/15, p.A2)
2015        Jun 5, Four Saudi troops, including an officer, were reported killed after an attack was launched from the Yemeni side on border areas in Jizan and Najran.
    (Reuters, 6/6/15)
2015        Jun 5, Syrian war planes bombed Islamic State fighters trying to advance into the northeastern city of Hasaka.
    (Reuters, 6/5/15)
2015        Jun 5, In Turkey two explosions tore through a rally of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) in Diyarbakir. 2 people were killed and some 200 wounded.
    (Reuters, 6/6/15)
2015        Jun 5, The Vatican appointed its first auditor-general in Pope Francis' latest move aimed at ensuring transparency in the scandal-plagued finances at the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church.
    (Reuters, 6/5/15)   
2015        Jun 5, Yemen's exiled government and Huthi Shiite rebels agreed to attend UN-brokered peace talks in Geneva, provisionally set for June 14, aimed at ending a more than two-month war that has cost over 2,000 lives.
    (AFP, 6/5/15)

2016        Jun 5, In eastern Afghanistan Taliban gunmen stormed a court building, killing 7 people, including a newly appointed chief prosecutor in Puli Alim, Logar province. In Kabul lawmaker Sher Wali Wardak was killed in a roadside bombing.
    (AP, 6/5/16)
2016        Jun 5, In Afghanistan NPR photojournalist David Gilkey and his Afghan colleague Zabihullah Tamann were killed by Taliban gunfire on the first day of an embed with local troops in Helmand province.
    (Reuters, 6/6/16)
2016        Jun 5, In Australia torrential rain and high winds battered the east coast, leaving up to 26,000 homes without power while flooding forced hundreds of people into evacuation centers.
    (Reuters, 6/5/16)
2016        Jun 5, In Bangladesh Mahmuda Aktar (33), the wife of a senior police official known for battling Islamist militants, was stabbed and shot to death in Chittagong. Machete-wielding assailants killed Christian grocer Sunil Gomes (60) in a separate incident in the northern district of Natore.
    (Reuters, 6/5/16)
2016        Jun 5, In eastern Belgium a high speed train slammed violently into the back of a slow-moving freight train that was traveling on the same track crash late today, killing at least 3 people with nine others injured.
    (AFP, 6/6/16)
2016        Jun 5, India's PM Narendra Modi and Qatar's ruler, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who visited India in March 2015, signed seven agreements to strengthen ties. Modi had arrived June 4 and met with Indian laborers that evening.
    (AP, 6/5/16)
2016        Jun 5, In western India a speeding bus struck two cars on the Navi Mumbai highway in a crash that killed at least 17 people and injured 35 others.
    (AP, 6/5/16)
2016        Jun 5, In Iraq Islamic State militants reportedly shot and killed 7 civilians and 7 IS defectors inside Fallujah as they attempted to flee the city.
    (AP, 6/6/16)
2016        Jun 5, In Italy an anti-establishment movement was the favorite as voters headed to the polls to pick a new mayor in Rome, among a handful of city hall contests in urban centers that tested the prime minister's governing Democratic Party. Virginia Raggi of the 5-Star Movement took 35.3 percent of the vote in Rome, trailed by Premier Matteo Renzi's Democratic Party candidate Roberto Giachetti, with just under 25 percent. Since no candidate took more than 50 percent in balloting, the top two face a runoff June 19.
    (AP, 6/5/16)(AP, 6/6/16)
2016        Jun 5, In Kazakhstan an attack by gunmen on the north-western city of Aktobe left at least 25 people dead. This included 13 attackers, 4 civilians and 3 National Guard servicemen. Eight gunmen have been detained.
    (Reuters, 6/7/16)(AP, 6/10/16)(Econ, 7/2/16, p.32)
2016        Jun 5, Mexico held elections in 12 states. The ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party lost four states it has never lost before, including the northern border state of Tamaulipas.
    (AP, 6/6/16)(SFC, 6/6/16, p.A5)
2016        Jun 5, Peruvians voted in a tight run-off for the presidency, choosing between right-wing populist Keiko Fujimori (41), the daughter of a jailed former president, and former World Bank economist Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (77). On June 10 Keiko conceded defeat as Kuczynski won 50.1% of the vote.
    (Reuters, 6/5/16)(SFC, 6/11/16, p.A2)
2016        Jun 5, Qatar figures from an April 2015 census showed almost 60 percent of the country’s 2.4 million population live in what the government calls labor camps.
    (AFP, 6/5/16)
2016        Jun 5, Romanians began voting for local officials in administrations that are plagued with corruption. According to Romania's anti-corruption prosecutors' office, more than 100 mayors, deputy mayors, county council presidents and vice presidents were indicted for corruption in 2015.
    (AP, 6/5/16)
2016        Jun 5, South Sudan resumed talks with Sudan on a raft of thorny issues, including borders and oil revenues, still outstanding from its 2011 secession.
    (AFP, 6/5/16)
2016        Jun 5, Swiss voters rejected a proposal to require state-controlled companies such as Swisscom, Swiss Post or Swiss railway company SBB not to seek to make a profit.
    (Reuters, 6/5/16)
2016        Jun 5, Swiss voters flatly rejected a radical proposal to provide the entire population with a basic income, no work required.
    (AFP, 6/5/16)(SFC, 6/6/16, p.A2)
2016        Jun 5, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said dozens of Syrian regime strikes on Aleppo killed at least 16 civilians. Nearly 40 strikes hit rebel-held areas in and around Aleppo city in some of the heaviest recent raids by Russian and Syrian government war-planes.
    (AFP, 6/5/16)(Reuters, 6/5/16)
2016        Jun 5, A top Syrian Kurdish commander died. Abu Layla, who commanded a brigade inside the predominantly-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces, was hit by IS sniper fire on the outskirts of Manbij, several days earlier during a US-backed campaign to unseat the Islamic State group from its de-facto Syrian capital, Raqqa.
    (AP, 6/5/16)
2016        Jun 5, In Turkey more than 1,000 people attended a rally of a pro-Kurdish, opposition party in Istanbul to protest against the abolition of immunity of some Turkish members of parliament.
    (AP, 6/5/16)
2016        Jun 5, In southern Turkey a bus carrying school children, teachers and parents plunged into an irrigation canal in Osmaniye province, killing 14 people including 6 children.
    (AP, 6/6/16)
2016        Jun 5, Pope Francis proclaimed two new saints: Swedish-born Elizabeth Hesselblad (1870-1957), a Lutheran convert, who hid Jews during World War II and Stanislaus Papczynski (1631-1701), the Polish founder of the first men's religious order dedicated to the immaculate conception.
    (AP, 6/5/16)
2016        Jun 5, Police in Vietnam forcibly removed people protesting in the capital Hanoi against a perceived delay in government response to a mass fish death, just days after US President Barack Obama chided the country on its human rights record.
    (Reuters, 6/5/16)

2017        Jun 5, US Pres. Donald Trump called for separating air traffic control operations from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Opponents worried the plan would give too much power to the airline industries.
    (SFC, 6/6/17, p.A7)
2017        Jun 5, In Florida John Robert Neumann Jr. (45) entered an Orlando awning factory from which he had been fired and killed five people with a semiautomatic pistol. He then took his own life.
    (SFC, 6/6/17, p.A6)
2017        Jun 5, Zachary Bearheels (29) a mentally ill Native American from Oklahoma, died after being shocked 12 times with a Taser, punched and dragged by his hair by two Omaha police officers, both of whom are black. Officer Ryan McClarty was soon ticketed for misdemeanor assault.
    (, 7/29/17, p.A5)
2017        Jun 5, In Australia a shootout left two men dead, three police officers wounded and a female hostage freed in the Melbourne suburb of Brighton. Yacqub Khayre (29), a man of Somali background was killed in the gun battle with police. Khayre had first murdered a Chinese-born Australian man working as a receptionist. In 2010 Khayre was one of two men acquitted of plotting a suicide attack in Sidney.
    (AP, 6/5/17)(AFP, 6/6/17)(SFC, 6/7/17, p.A5)
2017        Jun 5, British actor Peter Sallis (96) died in London. He was the star of the 37-year sitcom “Last of the Summer wine." He was also the voice the Wallace in the “Wallace and Gromit" cartoons for over twenty years.
    (SFC, 6/6/17, p.C3)
2017        Jun 5, In Bulgaria Sofia's Special Criminal Court found John "Ivan" Zahariev (21), a dual Australian-Bulgarian citizen, guilty of training as a terrorist with the intention of carrying out a terrorist act and sentenced him to four years in prison for planning to commit an act of terrorism.
    (AP, 6/5/17)
2017        Jun 5, In eastern China eight people were killed and nine injured in an explosion and fire early today at a chemical plant in eastern Shandong province.
    (AP, 6/5/17)
2017        Jun 5, India successfully launched its most powerful home-produced rocket, another milestone for its indigenous space program which one day hopes to put a human into orbit. The GSLV Mk III rocket carried a satellite weighing more than three tons into a high orbit above Earth.
    (AFP, 6/5/17)
2017        Jun 5, Libya's eastern-based government, aligned with powerful military commander Khalifa Haftar, followed regional allies in cutting diplomatic ties with Qatar.
    (Reuters, 6/5/17)
2017        Jun 5, Lithuania started building a 130km fence on its border with the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad in an attempt to curb smuggling and illegal immigration and strengthen the EU's external border.
    (AP, 6/5/17)
2017        Jun 5, Joseph Muscat was sworn in for a second term as Malta's prime minister, pledging to introduce a gay marriage law when Parliament convenes in the next few weeks.
    (AP, 6/5/17)
2017        Jun 5, Montenegro silently celebrated its entry into NATO in a historic turn that has made the Kremlin furious. Montenegro, with an army numbering under 2,000 personnel,  became the 29th member of the world's biggest military alliance, and one of its smallest contributors.
    (AP, 6/5/17)(AP, 6/7/17)(AFP, 7/19/18)
2017        Jun 5, Moroccan authorities arrested two more leaders of a protest movement, after demonstrators rallied for more than a week against corruption and unemployment.
    (AFP, 6/5/17)
2017        Jun 5, Hundreds of taxi drivers in Poland's four largest cities drove at a crawl blocking rush-hour traffic in a protest to draw the government's attention to the rising number of unlicensed drivers who offer transport services.
    (AP, 6/5/17)
2017        Jun 5, Qatar asked citizens to leave the United Arab Emirates within 14 days to comply with a decision by Abu Dhabi to sever ties with Doha.
    (Reuters, 6/5/17)
2017        Jun 5, Natalya Sharina (59), the head of Russia's only state-run Ukrainian library, was convicted of inciting hatred against Russians in a case that she compared to a Stalin-era political show trial. Masked police arrested her in October 2015, confiscating books that the authorities called illegal anti-Russian propaganda.
    (Reuters, 6/5/17)
2017        Jun 5, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Yemen, the Maldives and Egypt cut ties with Qatar, the world's top seller of liquefied natural gas (LNG), stoking concern over any supply disruptions to neighboring countries spilling over into global gas markets. They accused Qatar of supporting extremism.
    (Reuters, 6/5/17)
2017        Jun 5, In Somalia a policeman died and several others were injured after a bomb blast in Kismayu. The militant Islamist group al Shabaab claimed responsibility.
    (Reuters, 6/5/17)
2017        Jun 5, Activity in Spain's ports was intermittent as dockworkers began a three-day strike to protest layoffs stemming from an effort to liberalize the industry in line with European Union rules.
    (AP, 6/5/17)
2017        Jun 5, Syrian rebels shot down a Syrian military plane about 50 km east of Damascus in rebel-held territory near a frontline with government-held land. Rebels hit the aircraft with heavy, anti-aircraft machine guns which had been delivered to them in recent weeks by the United States and its allies.
    (Reuters, 6/5/17)
2017        Jun 5, Turkey said it would strip citizenship from 130 people suspected of militant links, including the US-based cleric it blames for orchestrating last July's failed coup, unless they return to the country within three months.
    (Reuters, 6/5/17)
2017        Jun 5, In Venezuela protesters again took to the streets of Caracas shutting down main roads to demand new presidential elections following the release of a new video expressing support from jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez.
    (SFC, 6/6/17, p.A2)

2018        Jun 5, President Donald Trump abandoned an overhaul of biofuels policy aimed at reducing costs for the oil industry. US lawmakers in farming states argued the overhaul would have cut into domestic demand for ethanol.
    (Reuters, 6/6/18)
2018        Jun 5, The US Marines said Colonel Mark S. Coppess, the commanding officer at a US Marine base on the Japanese island of Okinawa, has been relieved of duty over a "loss of trust".
    (AFP, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, In California a voter referendum recalled Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky from office over his 2016 sentencing of Stanford swimmer Brock Turner to six months in prison for the attempted rape of a drunk and unconscious woman. Persky was the first California judge to be recalled since 1932.
    (SFC, 6/7/18, p.D5)
2018        Jun 5, Voters in San Francisco elected London Breed (43) as mayor, making her the city's first woman of color for the job. The final results of the election were only announced on June 13.
    (SFC, 6/14/18, p.A1)
2018        Jun 5, In Colorado a blaze, dubbed the 416 Fire, spread across some 2,400 acres (971 hectares) near Durango. The fire, which began June 1, was just 10 percent contained, as about 825 homes remained under evacuation.
    (Reuters, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, American fashion designer Kate Spade (55) was found dead in her NYC apartment in an apparent suicide.
    (, 6/6/18, p.C5)
2018        Jun 5, US historian Ira Berlin died in Washington, DC. His books included "Slaves Without Masters: The Free Negro in the Antebellum South " (1974) and "Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America" (1998).
    (SSFC, 6/10/18, p.C10)
2018        Jun 5, Algeria's Pres. Abdelaziz Bouteflika (81) vetoed down a plan by PM Ahmed Ouyahia to drastically increase duties for passport and other documents to cope with a halving in vital gas and oil revenues between 2014 and 2017.
    (Reuters, 6/7/18)
2018        Jun 5, Austria welcomed Russia's Pres. Vladimir Putin, making his first foreign trip since being sworn in for a fourth term. Putin's sixth official visit to traditionally neutral Austria marked the 50th anniversary of the start of Soviet gas deliveries to the country.
    (AP, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, Australia laid cartel charges against banking companies Citigroup, Deutsche Bank and ANZ plus six bank executives over the sale of 2.5 billion Australian dollars ($1.9 billion) in ANZ shares to institutional investors three years ago.
    (AP, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, Renowned Australian playwright David Williamson (76) said that he is disappointed Chinese censors have canceled a production of his play "The Removalists" for the official reason that it contains bad language and violence. He said some involved in the production suspect the true reason the classic Australian play was banned was its depiction of police abusing their authority.
    (AP, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, Britain's government gave the go-ahead to building a third runway at London Heathrow, Europe's biggest airport by passenger numbers, a long-awaited decision that has stoked decades of division and debate.
    (AFP, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, Britain's culture secretary Matt Hancock said he will allow 21st Century Fox's 11.7 billion-pound ($16.4 billion) bid to buy the 61 percent of the UK satellite broadcaster Sky it doesn't already own, provided it divests itself of Sky News.
    (AP, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, A Cambodian appeals court denied bail for a 4th time to opposition leader Kem Sokha on a treason charge widely seen as part of the government's crackdown on the media and political opponents before next month's elections.
    (AP, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, In China an explosion at an iron ore mining project in the northeastern province of Liaoning killed 11 people and injured nine. Another 25 people were reported trapped after the blast.
    (Reuters, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, Ethiopia's new PM Abiy Ahmed, a former army officer who fought against Eritrea, declared the country would abide by a 2000 peace deal and 2002 boundary ruling, handing back the occupied frontier town of Badme.
    (AFP, 6/7/18)
2018        Jun 5, The EU's top court, in a landmark ruling for gay rights in Europe, said that Romania must grant residence to the American husband of a local man even though Romania does not itself permit same-sex marriage.
    (Reuters, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, French President Emmanuel Macron met with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu on the second leg of his European trip amid deep differences over how to contain Iran's ambitions in the Middle East.
    (AFP, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, Greenpeace said its investigations at Indonesia's Sungai Putri forest on Borneo showed a logging operation underway with at least six illegal settlements that operate at night and some in areas with orangutan nests. Indonesia's forestry and environment ministry had ordered a halt to the forest's exploitation over a year ago.
    (AP, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, Iran's nuclear chief said his country has begun preparations to boost its uranium enrichment capacity, adding to pressure on European powers trying to save a nuclear accord with Tehran in peril after a US withdrawal.
    (Reuters, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, Italy's new PM Giuseppe Conte promised to bring radical change to the country, including more welfare and a crackdown on immigration.
    (Reuters, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, Professional distance swimmer Ben Lecomte set off from Japan to San Francisco in an attempt to become the first person to swim across the Pacific Ocean. Scientific teams accompanying Lecomte planned to collect more than 1,000 water samples and study plastic pollution, mammal migration and the effect of extreme endurance events on the human body.
    (AP, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, Jordan's King Abdullah tasked Omar al-Razzaz, a former World Bank economist, with forming a new government and called for broad talks on a planned income tax law that has provoked the country's biggest protests in years.
    (Reuters, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, In Kenya a small plane, operated by East African Safari Air Express, took off from the western town of Kitale in the late afternoon and soon disappeared. Wreckage was discovered in central Kenya two days later and all ten people onboard were killed.
    (AFP, 6/7/18)   
2018        Jun 5, Malawi's vice president Saulos Chilima publicly attacked the corruption of the president's government and announced his resignation from the ruling party, leaving the door open for a presidential run.
    (AFP, 6/6/18)
2018        Jun 5, Malaysia's government appointed distinguished lawyer Tommy Thomas as attorney-general, making him the first person from outside the Malay majority to hold the powerful position in more than half a century.
    (AP, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, In Malaysia anti-corruption investigators questioned the wife of former PM Najib Razak about alleged theft and money-laundering involving the 1MDB state investment fund, as officials announced a probe into other suspicious multibillion-dollar transactions under Najib's leadership.
    (AP, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, In northern Mozambique suspected jihadists hacked seven people to death after beheading 10 people in another settlement on May 27.
    (AFP, 6/7/18)
2018        Jun 5, In Myanmar defense lawyers said that documents Myanmar police say they found on the mobile phones of two Reuters reporters, arrested on Dec. 12 and accused of possessing state secrets, were not confidential, because the information was publicly available before they were arrested.
    (Reuters, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, NATO aircraft started policing Montenegro's airspace, a year after the small Adriatic state became a member of the Western military alliance despite strong opposition from Russia.
    (AP, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, In Puerto Rico a court ordered the US territory's government to release all death certificates issued after Hurricane Maria hit the island amid allegations that the official death toll of 64 is severely undercounted.
    (AP, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, The Green for Growth Fund (GGF) said it would provide 32 million euros ($37.44 million) financing for Serbia's first large-scale wind farms, to help the Balkan country diversify its energy mix and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
    (Reuters, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, In Spain Mariano Rajoy (63) conceded defeat as he quit as head of his Popular Party (PP) just days after being ousted as prime minister.
    (AFP, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, The leading Syrian Kurdish militia said it would withdraw from Manbij, easing fears of a direct clash between NATO allies Washington and Ankara over the strategic northern town.
    (AFP, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said an offensive by the Islamic State jihadist group in eastern Syria has left at least 45 pro-regime fighters dead since fighting started on June 3.
    (AFP, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, The United Nations urged Washington to immediately halt its controversial practice of separating asylum-seeking Central American immigrant children from their parents at the southern border. Pres. Trump tweeted: "Separating families at the Border is the fault of bad legislation passed by the Democrats," however no law mandates that parents must be separated from their children at the border, and it's not a policy Democrats have pushed or can change alone as the minority in Congress.
    (AFP, 6/5/18)(AP, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, A new UN report said government bans on plastic can be effective in cutting back on waste, but poor follow-through has left many such bans ineffective. World Environment Day highlighted the perils of plastic with the tagline "if you can't reuse it, refuse it".
    (AP, 6/5/18)(AFP, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, In Zimbabwe thousands of opposition supporters marched in Harare to demand electoral reforms ahead of the July 30 vote, the first since Robert Mugabe stepped down last year.
    (AP, 6/5/18)

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