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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.
754 Jun 5, Friezen murdered
bishop Boniface [Winfrid], English saint, archbishop of Dokkum,
and over 50 companions.
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
1443 Jun 5, Ferdinand,
Portuguese saint, slave to Fez, died.
1568 Jun 5, Ferdinand, the
Duke of Alba, crushed the Calvinist insurrection in Ghent
1595 Jun 5, Henry IV’s army
defeated the Spanish at the Battle of Fontaine-Francaise.
1625 Jun 5, Orlando Gibbons
(41), English organist, composer (Silver Swan), died.
1661 Jun 5, Isaac Newton was
admitted as a student to Trinity College, Cambridge.
1718 Jun 5, Thomas
Chippendale, English furniture maker was baptized.
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
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
1855 Jun 5, The anti-foreign,
anti-Roman Catholic Know-Nothing Party held its 1st convention.
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.
1861 Jun 5, Federal marshals
seized arms and gunpowder at Du Pont works in Delaware.
1863 Jun 5, CSS Alabama
captured the Talisman in the Mid-Atlantic.
1863 Jun 5, Battle of
Franklin's Crossing, VA (Deep Run).
1864 Jun 5, Battle of
Piedmont, VA (Augusta City).
1870 Jun 5, A fire in
Constantinople killed some 900 people.
1872 Jun 5, The Republican
National Convention, the first major political party convention to
include blacks, commenced.
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.
1878 Jun 5, Francisco
“Pancho" Villa, Mexican revolutionary and guerrilla leader, was
born. He defied American General John J. Pershing’s expedition for
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.
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,
1884 Jun 5, Dame Ivy
Compton-Burnett, British author, was born.
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."
1898 Jun 5, Federico Garcia
Lorca (d.1936), Spanish poet and dramatist, was born.
(WUD, 1994, p.584)(MT, Spg. ‘99, p.2)(HN,
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.
1900 Jun 5, In South Africa,
British troops under Lord Roberts seized Pretoria from the Boers.
1912 Jun 5, US marines
invaded Cuba (3rd time).
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
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.
1919 Jun 5, Richard Scarry,
Children's author and illustrator, was born.
1920 Jun 5, Cornelius Ryan,
US historian, writer (The Longest Day), was born.
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.
1926 Jun 5, David Wagoner,
poet and novelist (The Escape Artist), was born.
1927 Jun 5, Johnny
Weissmuller set his 100-yard & 200-yard free-style swim
1928 Jun 5, Robert Lansing,
actor (12 O'Clock High, Equalizer), was born in SD, Calif.
1932 Jun 5, Christy Brown,
Irish novelist and poet (My Left Foot), was born.
1933 Jun 5, The United States
went off the gold standard.
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.
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
(SFC, 6/5/11, p.42)
1937 Jun 5, Henry Ford
initiated a 32 hour work week.
1939 Jun 5, Margaret Drabble,
English novelist (The Millstone, The Realms of Gold), was born.
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
(Econ, 8/15/15, p.36)
1943 Jun 5, German occupiers
arrested Louvain University's chancellor.
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
(SFC, 12/31/96, p.A7)
1944 Jun 5, Allied forces
faked an invasion at Pas de Calais on the French coast with 500
dummies and explosives mimicking paratroopers setting their
parachutes ablaze. The deception, 186 miles from Normandy, was
named "Bodyguard" with Gen. George Patton in charge of the First
United State Army Group, a made-up unit.
(Econ., 12/19/20, p.113)
1944 Jun 5, The first B-29
bombing raid struck the Japanese rail line in Bangkok, Thailand.
1944 Jun 5, Riccardo Zandonai
(b.1883), Italian composer, died in Trebbiantico, Pesaro.
1947 Jun 5, David Hare,
British playwright and director (A Map of the World, Slag), was
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
(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.
1956 Jun 5, A three-judge
panel ruled 2-1 in Browder vs. Gayle that segregation on
Montgomery’s buses was unconstitutional. Alabama officials
(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
(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]
1963 Jun 5, A state of siege
was proclaimed in Iran and Ayatollah Khomeini was arrested.
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,
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
(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,
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
1972 Jun 5, Yugoslav
president Tito visited the USSR.
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,
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
1988 Jun 5, In the 42nd Tony
Awards Madame Butterfly won for best play and Phantom of the Opera
won for best musical.
1988 Jun 5, Clarence
Pendleton (57), chairman of the US Civil Rights Commission, died.
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
(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.
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
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.
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.
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.
(https://www.cbd.int/history/default.shtml)(Econ, 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.
1993 Jun 5, Colonial Affair,
ridden by Julie Krone, won the Belmont Stakes.
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
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.
1994 Jun 5, At least 264
Indonesian villagers in East Java were killed by an earthquake.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
(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
(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
(SDUT, 6/6/97, p.A1)
1997 Jun 5, Reporter J.
Anthony Lukas (64), winner of 2 Pulitzer prizes, committed
(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
(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%
(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
(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,
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,
(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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
(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
(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
(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
(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.
2002 Jun 5, Magic Johnson was
introduced as a member of the 2002 class elected to the Naismith
Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
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.
2002 Jun 5, Colombia ratified
the Rome Statute, the treaty that created an Int'l. Criminal
(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
(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.
2003 Jun 5, The United States
agreed to pull its ground troops away from the Demilitarized Zone
separating North and South Korea.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(AP, 6/6/04)(SSFC, 3/27/05, p.E3)(Econ, 2/4/06,
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
(SFC, 6/9/05, p.A1)(SFC, 6/1/06, p.B1)(SFC,
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
(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.
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.
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.
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
2005 Jun 5, Five suspected
Islamic militants were killed in an ongoing gunbattle with troops
in Indian Kashmir's Rajouri district.
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.
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
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
(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.
2005 Jun 5, In southeastern
Turkey Kurdish rebels ambushed a Turkish commando unit overnight,
killing four soldiers and wounding one near Tunceli.
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
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
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).
2006 Jun 5, In southern
Afghanistan suspected Taliban rebels stormed a highway police
checkpost and killed five policemen, abducted four others and
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.
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.
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.
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.
2006 Jun 5, Liberia, the
first African country led by a democratically elected woman, began
recruiting women into its new postwar army.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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).
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.
2008 Jun 5, Australian police
said 70 men have been arrested in a global crackdown on Internet
child pornography and more will be detained.
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
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.
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.
2008 Jun 5, The US military
captured two Shiite militia suspects south of Baghdad.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2008 Jun 5, Pakistani
authorities arrested three suspected suicide bombers and seized
more than a ton of explosives in a suspected terror plot near
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.
2008 Jun 5, Fighting in
northern Sri Lanka claimed 16 LTTE members and two soldiers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
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
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
(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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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
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)
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
(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
(AP, 6/5/11)(SFC, 6/7/11, p.A5)(SFC, 6/8/11, p.A11)
Jun 5, Officials in Joplin, Missouri, revised the death toll from
May 22’s severe tornado, increasing the number to 141.
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
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.
2011 Jun 5, In Bangladesh
thousands of security personnel fanned out across Dhaka during a
daylong anti-government strike.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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,
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
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
(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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
2012 Jun 5, Chinese
authorities alerted foreign travel agencies that they would no
longer be issuing entry permits to Tibet.
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.
2012 Jun 5, It was reported
that Israel has begun to force incoming travelers deemed
suspicious to open personal email accounts for inspection.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
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.
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
(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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
(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.
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.
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
2013 Jun 5, In Egypt striking
workers at the Cairo international airport's largest terminal
blocked airplanes on the tarmac and disrupting flights.
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.
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
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.
2013 Jun 5, In Japan PM
Shinzo Abe announced the “third 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
2014 Jun 5, In CongoDRC at
least four people were killed when 301 inmates broke out of the
main prison in Bukavu.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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 Â£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
2015 Jun 5, Burundi police
shot dead a protester in the capital amid renewed demonstrations
against President Pierre Nkurunziza.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
2015 Jun 5, Syrian war planes
bombed Islamic State fighters trying to advance into the
northeastern city of Hasaka.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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,
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
(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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
2017 Jun 5, Libya's
eastern-based government, aligned with powerful military commander
Khalifa Haftar, followed regional allies in cutting diplomatic
ties with Qatar.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
(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.
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".
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.
2018 Jun 5, American fashion
designer Kate Spade (55) was found dead in her NYC apartment in an
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
(SSFC, 6/10/18, p.C10)
2018 Jun 5, In Kenosha,
Wisconsin, Chrystul Kizer (17) allegedly shot Randall Volar twice
in the head, set his home on fire and then stole his luxury
vehicle. In 2019 she faced life in prison after admitting to
killing the accused pedophile who allegedly abused her and sold
her to other men for sex.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
2018 Jun 5, Former Kyrgyzstan
PM Sapar Isakov was arrested on corruption charges related to
upgrading of the Bishkek Thermal Power Station.
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.
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
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
2018 Jun 5, In northern
Mozambique suspected jihadists hacked seven people to death after
beheading 10 people in another settlement on May 27.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
2019 Jun 5, President Donald
Trump arrived in Ireland on his first visit to the country as
president. Some protesters have set up a "peace camp" outside
Shannon Airport for the duration of the president's visit.
2019 Jun 5, The Trump
administration announced new restrictions in funding of research
involving human fetal tissue.
2019 Jun 5, US senators
across the political spectrum moved to block President Donald
Trump's plan to sell $8.1 billion in arms to Saudi Arabia and
other Arab allies as lawmakers' frustration with the kingdom
2019 Jun 5, Ohio authorities
said Dr. William Husel has been charged with murder in 25 patient
deaths. He was already accused of ordering painkiller overdoses
for dozens of hospital patients. The Columbus-area Mount Carmel
Health System soon fired Husel and reached nearly $4.5 million in
settlements over the patient deaths.
(SFC,6/6/19, p.A6)(SFC, 6/20/19, p.A6)
2019 Jun 5, YouTube announced
plans to remove thousands of videos and channels that advocate
neo-Nazism, white supremacy and other bigoted ideologies in an
attempt to clean up extremism and hate speech on its service.
2019 Jun 5, Freedom House, a
human rights watchdog, said press freedom is declining around the
world, with democratic governments joining authoritarian regimes
in seeking to suppress independent journalism.
2019 Jun 5, Australia's
Federal Police raided the offices of the national public
broadcaster in connection to a 2017 story based on leaked military
documents that indicated the country's military forces were being
investigated for possible war crimes in Afghanistan.
2019 Jun 5, Bosnian police
arrested 20 people early today after migrants rioted at a
reception center in the northwestern town of Velika Kladusa.
2019 Jun 5, Prosecutors in
Bosnia-Herzegovina said a mass grave has been found on Mt. Igman.
Victims were believed to be from the village of Donji Hadzici,
missing since the summer of 1992.
2019 Jun 5, In Britain US
President Donald Trump and Queen Elizabeth II joined 300 veterans
in paying tribute to their fallen comrades at a poignant ceremony
marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
2019 Jun 5, China launched a
rocket from a mobile platform at sea for the first time, sending a
five commercial satellites and two others containing experimental
technology into space.
2019 Jun 5, China imposed a
$23.6 million fine on US auto giant Ford's joint venture with
Changan Automobile for "price fixing" in the latest incident of
Beijing targeting an American company amid a festering trade war.
2019 Jun 5, The head of
Colombia's army, Gen. Nicacio Martínez, was promoted amid an
outcry over an order he issued that has stirred fears of a return
to serious human rights violations.
2019 Jun 5, Czech PM Andrej
Babis stepped up criticism of a European Commission audit into his
possible conflicts of interest, calling the auditors incompetent
and demanding a meeting with the head of the commission executive.
2019 Jun 5, In Egypt Islamic
militants attacked a checkpoint in the restive northern part of
the Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 10 police in el-Arish.
2019 Jun 5, The European
Commission formally put Italy on notice about its deteriorating
deficit and snowballing debt, re-opening a political battle with
2019 Jun 5, Israel cut the
fishing zone it allows off Gaza, in the third such response in a
fortnight to Palestinian incendiary balloons. The fishing limit
for Gaza fishermen was reduced from a maximum of 15 nautical miles
2019 Jun 5, Japanese
authorities said they have arrested seven Chinese men over the
weekend on suspicion of smuggling what is believed to be a record
amount of stimulants.
2019 Jun 5, Japan's health
minister said in response to a petition seeking a ban on requiring
women to wear high heels at work that such dress code expectations
are "necessary and appropriate" in the workplace.
2019 Jun 5, Kurdish
authorities in northern Syria said they have transferred eight US
women and children who were captured with the Islamic State group
back to America.
2019 Jun 5, Hundreds more
Central American migrants crossed into Mexico from Guatemala, and
a group of about 1,000 started walking en mass to the north.
2019 Jun 5, Officials in
Nepal said a government expedition to Mount Everest has removed
11,000 kg (24,200 pounds) of garbage and four dead bodies from the
world's highest mountain.
2019 Jun 5, It was reported
that North Korea will temporarily suspend the latest edition of
its famous mass games, which involve thousands of performers
working in precise synchronization, after the premiere drew strong
criticism from leader Kim Jong Un.
2019 Jun 5, In Russia Chinese
President Xi Jinping and Russian leader Vladimir Putin sat down
for talks at the Kremlin in a visit affirming the increasingly
close relationship between the two former Cold War communist
2019 Jun 5, Russian rights
activists and US diplomats said Paul Whelan, a former US Marine
held in Russia on suspicion of spying, is being illegally isolated
in a Moscow pre-trial detention center and prevented from
communicating with visitors.
2019 Jun 5, South Korea said
that North Korea has so far ignored its calls for joint efforts to
stem the spread of highly contagious African swine fever following
an outbreak near North Korea's border with China.
2019 Jun 5, Sudan's army
ruler said he was open to negotiations even as gunfire crackled
across the capital after a crackdown that doctors close to
protesters said left at least 60 people dead. Sudan People's
Liberation Movement-North said its deputy chief, Yasir Arman, was
detained today after being taken from the house where he was
staying in Khartoum since May 26.
(AFP, 6/5/19)(AP, 6/5/19)
2019 Jun 5, In Switzerland
one person was killed and six others injured in an accident at the
mountain resort of Engelberg Titlis during maintenance work on an
out-of-service ski lift.
2019 Jun 5, Thailand's
Parliament convened for a vote that is expected to keep Prayuth
Chan-ocha as prime minister five years after he seized power in a
2020 Jun 5, President Donald
Trump said "we're bringing our jobs back" as he held a news
conference to tout May's surprising jobless numbers out about two
hours earlier -- the unemployment rate declining to 13.3 percent
-- not rising to near 20 percent that even one of his own
economists had predicted. The April number was 14.7%.
(Good Morning America, 6/5/20)(SFC, 6/6/20,
2020 Jun 5, The Wall Street
Journal reported that President Donald Trump has ordered the
Pentagon to reduce the number of US troops in Germany by 9,500.
Currently there are 34,500 American service members permanently
assigned in Germany as part of a long-standing arrangement with
America's NATO ally.
2020 Jun 5, Pres. Donald
Trump on a trip to Maine took action to allow commercial fishing
at the Northeast Canyons marine conservation area off the New
(SFC, 6/6/20, p.A4)
2020 Jun 5, The city of
Washington capped nearly a week of demonstrations against police
brutality by painting the words Black Lives Matter in enormous
bright yellow letters on the street leading to the White House, a
highly visible display of the local government's embrace of
protests that has put it further at odds with President Donald
2020 Jun 5, Joe Biden
formally clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, setting
him up for a bruising challenge to President Donald Trump that
will play out against the unprecedented backdrop of a pandemic,
economic collapse and civil unrest.
2020 Jun 5, Alabama's port
city of Mobile, under orders from mayor Sandy Stimpson, removed a
statue of Confederate naval officer Adm. Raphael Semmes, which had
stood on the waterfront for 120 years.
(SSFC, 6/7/20, p.A6)
2020 Jun 5, California Gov.
Gavin Newsom ordered the state's police training program to stop
teaching officers how to use a neck hold that blocks the flow of
blood to the brain and endorsed legislation that would ban the
2020 Jun 5, California
to date had 125,718 cases of coronavirus and 4,525 deaths. The SF
Bay Area had 15,025 cases and 461 deaths. Total cases nationwide
reached over 1,894,502 with the death toll at 109,000.
2020 Jun 5, A small plane
crashed in rural Georgia killing all five people on board,
including four members of a Florida family traveling to a funeral
(SSFC, 6/7/20, p.A6)
2020 Jun 5, In Michigan the
city of Dearborn removed the statue of Orville Hubbard from the
grounds of the Dearborn Historical Museum. It had been removed
from the former City Hall in 2015. Orville had advocated
segregationist policies and made racist comments over his 35-year
tenure that ended in 1977.
(SFC, 6/9/20, p.A4)
2020 Jun 5, Minneapolis
agreed to ban chokeholds and neck restraints by police and to
require officers to try to stop any other officers they see using
improper force, in the first concrete steps to remake the city's
police force since George Floyd's death.
2020 Jun 5, Walter Ogrod
(55), a man who spent 28 years behind bars, was released from
prison after a Pennsylvania judge vacated his 1996 conviction in
the murder of a 4-year-old girl.
(NBC News, 6/6/20)
2020 Jun 5, In Tennessee
Anthony Marcuzzo (18) slowly drove his Chevrolet Tahoe into a line
of protesters in Memphis and continued to move forward, pushing
through four demonstrators. The following day Marcuzzo with
reckless endangerment and reckless driving.
2020 Jun 5, In Virginia a
176-year-old slave auction block was removed from downtown
Fredericksburg. In 2019, the City Council voted in favor of its
removal and relocation to the Fredericksburg Area Museum.
2020 Jun 5, US drugmaker
AbbVie Inc said it would develop an antibody therapy to prevent
and treat COVID-19 in partnership with three organizations
including the Netherlands' Utrecht University.
2020 Jun 5, In southern
Afghanistan an ambush on a convoy killed 10 policemen in Zabul
province. The Taliban soon claimed responsibility. US forces
carried out two sets of airstrikes against the Taliban in western
and southern Afghanistan.
2020 Jun 5, In Brazil a
Supreme Court judge banned most police operations in the favelas
for the remainder of the pandemic.
(Econ., 6/13/20, p.47)
2020 Jun 5, British
scientists halted a major drug trial after it found that the
anti-malarial hydroxychloroquine, touted by US President Donald
Trump as a potential "game changer" in the pandemic, was "useless"
at treating COVID-19 patients.
2020 Jun 5, The UK became the
second country to officially record more than 40,000
coronavirus-related deaths as more than 100 scientists wrote the
British government to urge it to reconsider lifting virus lockdown
2020 Jun 5, Brussels and
London pledged to step up the pace of Brexit trade talks to try to
strike a deal by the end of October, after the latest round of
negotiations ended with no major breakthrough. David Frost,
Britain's chief Brexit negotiator, said that progress was limited
at talks with the European Union on a free trade deal though the
tone had been positive.
(AFP, 6/5/20)(Reuters, 6/5/20)
2020 Jun 5, The International
Monetary Fund said it has reached an agreement with authorities in
Egypt to allocate $5.2 billion to help the country cope with the
economic fallout of the coronavirus outbreak.
2020 Jun 5, It was reported
that Ali Motaghian, the head of Iran's semiofficial ISNA news
agency, has been convicted over publishing an article that quotes
a former ambassador criticizing Tehran's “arbitrary" intelligence
operations in Europe.
2020 Jun 5, Iran registered
2,886 new cases of infection, bringing the total number to
167,156. The health ministry said 63 more people had died, with
the official death toll now at 8,134.
2020 Jun 5, The International
Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Iran has now accumulated enriched
uranium at nearly eight times the limit of a 2015 deal and has for
months blocked inspections at sites where historic nuclear
activity may have occurred.
2020 Jun 5, Iraq's Health
ministry reported at least 1,006 new coronavirus cases over the
last 24 hours bringing the nationwide total to 9,846. The death
toll stood at 285.
(SFC, 6/6/20, p.A6)
2020 Jun 5, Japan-based
Toyota announced a joint venture with several Chinese carmakers to
develop fuel-cell technology.
(Econ., 7/4/20, p.70)
2020 Jun 5, In Libya forces
allied with the UN-supported government in Tripoli said they have
retaken Tarhouna, another key western town from rivals behind a
year-long offensive on the capital.
2020 Jun 5, In Mali some 30
people were killed and the Fulani village of Binedama burnt in the
volatile Mopti region. The following day the government pledged to
investigate claims that the army killed dozens of civilians in the
2020 Jun 5, In Mali the
M5-RFP, a group of oppostion leaders, began protesting against a
growing jihadist insurgency. Mahmoud Dicko, a charismatic imam,
bolstered the group. More than 1,800 people have been killed in
the first six months of this year in fights involving jihadist
groups and ethnic militias.
(Econ., 8/8/20, p.36)
2020 Jun 5, Pakistani
security forces shut down more than 3,000 shops and markets across
the country for violating social distancing regulations. Pakistan
recorded 68 more coronavirus-related deaths raising the overall
toll to 1,838. Total infections reached 89,249.
(SFC, 6/6/20, p.A6)
2020 Jun 5, It was reported
that medicinal oxygen to treat the coronavirus has become a scarce
commodity in Peru. President Martín Vizcarra has issued an
emergency decree ordering industrial plants to ramp up production
or purchase oxygen from other countries.
2020 Jun 5, St. Kitts and
Nevis PM Timothy Harris (b.1964) increased his majority in local
2020 Jun 5, Sweden’s former
ambassador to China went charged with unauthorized contacts with a
foreign power for organizing a meeting in Stockholm between the
daughter of a Swedish publisher detained in China, Beijing’s
ambassador and two Chinese businessmen about the possible release
of the publisher.
2020 Jun 5, The UN called on
Congolese authorities to establish state authority in conflict
regions by increasing the presence of security forces and ensuring
civilian protection. Various conflicts involving armed groups and
government forces in Congo have killed more than 1,300 civilians
in the past eight months and violence has surged in recent weeks
in eastern provinces.
2020 Jun 5, The UN Security
Council voted unanimously to extend the arms embargo on Libya for
(SSFC, 6/7/20, p.A4)
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