Today in History - June 17
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Jun 17, Emperor Julian issued an edict banning Christians from
teaching in Syria.
1239 Jun 17, Edward I
(Longshanks), king of England (1272-1307), was born. He became king
of England following the death of his father Henry III. Edward I has
been called "the English Justinian" because of his legal reforms,
but is usually known as one of the foremost military men of the
medieval world. His rule strengthened the authority of the crown and
England’s influence over her neighbors. While successfully subduing
Wales he died while attempting to conquer Scotland.
(HN, 6/17/00)(HNQ, 2/1/01)
1397 Jun 17, The Union of
Kalmar united Denmark, Sweden, and Norway under one monarch. The
alliance grew out of the dynastic ties of the Scandinavian countries
of Denmark, Norway and Sweden in response to rising German influence
in the Baltic. The Kalmar Union is a historiographical term meaning
a series of personal unions (1397–1523) that united the three
kingdoms of Denmark, Norway (with Iceland, Greenland, the Faroe
Islands and, prior to their annexation by Scotland in 1471, Shetland
and Orkney), and Sweden (including Finland) under a single monarch.
1579 Jun 17, Sir Francis Drake
sailed into a bay in Northern California and proclaimed English
sovereignty over New Albion (California). Some claim that Sir
Francis Drake sailed into the SF Bay. Sir Francis Drake claimed the
area for England. The location may have been Drake’s Bay or Bolinas
Lagoon. In 1999 there were 17 proposed locations for his landing
with the latest set in Oregon and described by Bob Ward in the book
"Lost Harbor Found." A brass plate, allegedly left by Drake, was
found in 1993, but determined to be a fake in 1977. In 2012 Drake’s
Cove in Point Reyes was designated as the site where Drake landed
and named a national historic site.
(SFEC, 2/9/97, p.W4)(HN, 6/17/98)(SFEC, 8/22/98,
p.T6) (SFC, 10/29/99, p.A3)(SFC, 2/15/03, p.A1)(SFC, 10/20/12, p.A1)
1579 Jun 17, There was an
anti-English uprising in Ireland.
1631 Jun 17, Mumtax Mahal, wife
of Shah Jahan of India, her tomb (Taj Mahal), died. Arjumand Shah
Begum (aka Mumtaz Mahal -Jewel of the Palace), was the 2nd wife of
Shah Jahan. She had bore him 14 children and died in childbirth. He
build the Taj Mahal (1654) in her memory. The project took 22 years
and cost $18 million.
(HT, 4/97, p.22)(SFEC, 5/21/00, p.T8)
1631 Jun 17, The Spanish
galleon San Jose smashed into rock off the Pacific coast of Panama.
It was overloaded with 200 passengers and 700 tons of cargo. Silver
coins and bars were lost over a 40-mile trail.
(http://tinyurl.com/hmy8v7f)(SFC, 12/1/15, p.A7)
1678 Jun 17, Giacomo Torelli
(69), composer, died.
1696 Jun 17, Jan Sobieski (72),
King of Lithuania and Poland (1674-96), died.
(MC, 6/17/02)(LHC, 5/21/03)
1703 Jun 17, John Wesley,
English evangelist and theologian, was born. He founded the
1719 Jun 17, Joseph Addison
(47), English poet, writer, secretary of state, died.
1742 Jun 17, William Hooper,
signer of the Declaration of Independence, was born.
1745 Jun 17, American New
Englanders captured Louisburg, Cape Breton, from the French. The
ragtag army captured France's most imposing North American
stronghold on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia.
(HN, 5/17/98)(WSJ, 10/5/99, p.A24)(MC, 6/17/02)
1775 Jun 17, The Battle of
Bunker Hill was actually fought on Breed’s Hill near Boston. It
lasted less than 2 hours and was the deadliest of the Revolutionary
War. The British captured the hill on their third attempt but
suffered over 1,000 casualties vs. about 400-600 for the Americans.
Patriotic hero Dr. Joseph Warren died in the battle. Patriot General
William Prescott allegedly told his men, "Don't one of you fire
until you see the whites of their eyes!" British casualties were
estimated at 226 dead and 828 wounded, while American casualties
were estimated at 140 dead and 301 wounded.
(SFC, 4/2/97, Z1 p.6)(AP, 6/17/98)(HNQ,
4/1/99)(AH, 10/07, p.72)
1789 Jun 17, The Third Estate
in France declared itself a national assembly, and undertook to
frame a constitution.
1797 Jun 17, Aga Mohammed Khan,
cruel ruler of Persia, was castrated and killed.
1799 Jun 17, Napoleon Bonaparte
incorporated Italy into his empire.
1815 Jun 17, A heavy rainstorm
prevented French forces from catching up with Wellington’s army as
they retreated to Waterloo.
(Econ, 7/16/05, p.15)(ON, 4/06, p.3)
1818 Jun 17, Charles Francois
Gounod, opera composer of “Faust” and “Romeo et Juliette,” was born
in Paris, France.
1837 Jun 17, Vincent Strong,
Civil War Union Colonel (killed in action at Gettysburg in 1863),
1848 Jun 17, Austrian General
Alfred Windischgratz crushed a Czech uprising in Prague.
1849 Jun 17, Russian troops
(PC, 1992 ed, p.448)
1854 Jun 17, The Red Turban
revolt broke out in Guangdong, China. The Red Turban Rebellion of
1854-1856, sometimes known as the Red Turban Revolt, was a series of
uprisings by members of the Tiandihui or Heaven and Earth Society in
the Guangdong province of South China.
1855 Jun 17, Heavy
French-British shelling of Sebastopol killed over 2000.
1856 Jun 17, In Philadelphia,
the Republican Party opened its first national convention. John C.
Fremont (1830-1890), American explorer, was the 1st Republican
presidential candidate. His platform pledged to end polygamy and
slavery. He lost to James Buchanan by about 500,000 votes. Fremont
went on to serve as territorial governor of Arizona from 1878 to
1883. In 2003 Lewis L. Gould authored "Grand Old Party: A History of
(AP, 6/17/97)(HN, 6/17/98)(SFEC, 2/13/00, BR
p.5)(HNQ, 3/11/00)(WSJ, 9/7/01, p.W17)(SSFC, 11/23/03, p.M1)
1861 Jun 17, President Abraham
Lincoln witnessed Dr. Thaddeus Lowe demonstrate the use of a hot-air
1863 Jun 17, On the way to
Gettysburg, Union and Confederate forces skirmished at Point of
1863 Jun 17, Battle of Aldie:
Confederates failed to drive back Union in Virginia.
1863 Jun 17, Travelers
Insurance Co. of Hartford, the 1st accident insurer, was chartered.
1864 Jun 17, A 640 meter long
pontoon bridge over the James River in Virginia was finished.
1864 Jun 17, General John B.
Hood replaced General Johnston as head of CSA troops around Atlanta.
1866 Jun 17, Lewis Cass
(b.1782), former governor of Michigan (1813-1831) and Sec. of War
(1831-1836) under Pres. Jackson, died.
1867 Jun 17, John Robert Gregg,
inventor (shorthand), was born in Ireland.
1870 Jun 17, George Cormack,
cereal inventor (Wheaties), was born.
1871 Jun 17, James Weldon
Johnson, African American poet and novelist who wrote “The
Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man,” was born.
1872 Jun 17, Canadian
George Hoover hauled in a wagon load of whiskey and set up a tent
shop called Hoover’s Bar five miles west of Fort Dodge, Kansas. It
was the founding business of Dodge City. The town up to this time
had been dry.
(SFC, 6/13/98, p.E4)(HN, 6/17/98)
1876 Jun 17, General George
Crook’s command of 1300 men with friendly Crow and Shoshone scouts
was attacked and bested on the Rosebud River, Montana, by 1,500
Sioux and Cheyenne under the leadership of Crazy Horse.
(HN, 6/17/98)(WSJ, 8/5/05, p.W2)
1880 Jun 17, Carl Van Vechten,
writer, poet, was born.
1882 Jun 17, Igor Fedorovich
Stravinsky (d.1971), U.S. composer, was born in Oranienbaum, Russia.
He wrote “The Rite of Spring” and “The Firebird” among other
symphonies. His work also included “The Rake’s Progress” and
“Oedipus Rex.” The libretto for Rake’s Progress was written by W.H.
Auden and Chester Kallman.
(WUD, 1994, p.1405)(WSJ, 8/20/96, p.A8)(WSJ,
12/4/96, p.A16)(HN, 6/17/98)
1885 Jun 17, The French naval
ship Isere arrived in NYC with a cargo of wooden crates containing
the pieces of the Statue of Liberty.
(AP, 6/17/97)(ON, 4/03, p.3)
1894 Jun 17, 1st US
poliomyelitis epidemic broke out in Rutland, Vermont.
1898 Jun 17, Maurits C. Escher,
Dutch graphic artist, was born.
1898 Jun 17, Sir Edward
Burne-Jones (b.1833), British painter and member of the
Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, died. In 2011 Fiona MacCarthy authored
“The Last Pre-Raphaelite: Edward Burne-Jones and the Victorian
1900 Jun 17, Martin Bormann,
deputy Führer to Hitler, was born.
1903 Jun 17, Joseph-Marie
Cassant (b.1878), a French monk, died. He frequently meditated about
Jesus on the cross. In 2004 he was beatified by Pope John Paul VI.
1904 Jun 17, Ralph Bellamy,
actor (Air Mail, Dive Bomber, Trading Places, Sunrise at Campobello,
Winds of War, War and Remembrance), was born in Chicago.
1912 Jun 17, Wessel Couzijn,
sculptor, cartoonist (Auschwitz-monument), was born.
1912 Jun 17, The German
Zeppelin SZ 111 burned in its hanger in Friedrichshafen.
1913 Jun 17, U.S. Marines set
sail from San Diego to protect American interests in Mexico.
1914 Jun 17, John Hersey,
novelist and journalist, poet, was born. His books included “Men of
Bataan,” “Bell for Adano” and “Hiroshima.”
1916 Jun 17, American troops
under the command of Gen. Jack Pershing marched into Mexico. US
Gen’l. Pershing led an unsuccessful punitive expedition against
Francisco “Pancho” Villa. [see Mar 31]
(SFC, 1/26/98, p.A17)(MC, 6/17/02)
1917 Jun 17, Dean Martin,
singer and comedian, was born as Dino Crocetti in Steubenville,
Ohio. He worked with Jerry Lewis. His films included “My Friend
Irma,” “Hollywood or Bust,” “Airport,” “Bells are Ringing” and “Rio
Bravo.” [see Jun 7]
1917 Jun 17, British king
George V took the name Windsor. [see Jun 19, Jul 17]
1917 Jun 17, The Russian
Duma met in secret session in Petrograd and voted for an immediate
Russian offensive against the German Army.
1919 Jun 17, The "Barney
Google" cartoon strip by Billy DeBeck premiered. In 1924 he
introduced a horse named spark Plug to the strip.
1924 Jun 17, The Fascist
militia marched into Rome.
1926 Jun 17, Spain threatened
to quit the League of Nations if Germany was allowed to join.
1928 Jun 17, Fox Movietone News
covered the first night of a NY dance marathon at the Manhattan
Casino and took a close-up of the feet of "Shorty" George Snowden.
When asked "What are you doing with your feet," Shorty replied, "The
Lindy." The Lindy Hop was born in black communities in Harlem, New
York in the United States from about 1927 into the early 1930s from
four possible sources: the breakaway, the Charleston, the Texas
Tommy, and the hop. Four couples remained when the dance marathon
was forced by the Health Commissioner to end after 16 days, on July
3. The eight finalists were awarded an equal portion of the $1000
prize at the Savoy Ballroom on Friday, July 6, 1928.
1928 Jun 17, Amelia Earhart
embarked on a trans-Atlantic flight from Newfoundland to Wales with
pilots Wilmer Stultz and Louis Gordon, becoming the first woman to
make the trip as a passenger.
(ON, 12/07, p.9)(AP, 6/17/08)
1930 Jun 17, Pres. Hoover
signed the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Bill, placing the highest tariff on
imports to the U.S. It was sponsored by Willis Hawley, a congressman
from Oregon, and Reed Smoot, a senator from Utah. An international
trade war began with the US passage of the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act.
Foreign countries retaliated. Many economists blame Smoot-Hawley for
deepening the depression. It reflected the "Protectionism" of the
(WSJ, 7/1/96, p.A11)(HN, 6/17/98)(WSJ, 1/11/99,
p.R50)(WSJ, 2/3/04, p.A12)
1931 Jun 17, British
authorities in China arrested Indochinese Communist leader Ho Chi
1932 Jun 17, The U.S. Senate
defeated a cash-now bonus bill as some 10,000 veterans massed around
(HN, 6/17/98)(WSJ, 11/7/05, p.B1)
1933 Jun 17, In the Kansas City
Massacre 1 FBI agent, 4 cops and 1 gangster were killed by the mob.
1938 Jun 17, Japan declared war
1939 Jun 17, Eugene Weldman
became the last person guillotined in France.
1940 Jun 17, France asked
Germany for terms of surrender in World War II. Marshal Henri Petain
replaced Paul Reynaud, who chose to resign over surrender, as prime
minister and announced his intention to sign an armistice with the
Nazis. In 2000 Ernest R. May authored “Strange Victory,” an account
of the French defeat.
(AP, 6/17/97)(WSJ, 9/14/00, p.A24)(MC, 6/17/02)
1940 Jun 17, Gen. Charles de
Gaulle flew to London.
(WSJ, 8/3/00, p.A12)
1940 Jun 17, The Soviet Union
occupied Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.
1942 Jun 17, Rod Padgett, poet,
1942 Jun 17, Yank a weekly
magazine for the U.S. armed services, began publication. Hartzell
Spence (d.2001 at 93), executive editor of Yank, a new US Army
publication, soon introduced the term “pinup” for the photo inserts
of beautiful women and added the “Sad Sack” cartoon strip.
(HN, 6/17/98)(SFC, 5/29/01, p.A17)
1942 Jun 17, Four men landed on
a Florida beach from a German submarine with plans to sabotage US
industrial sites. [see Jun 27]
(SFC, 11/30/01, p.A1)
1944 Jun 17, Bill Rafferty,
comedian (Laugh-In, Real People), was born in Queens, NY.
1944 Jun 17, French troops
landed on the island of Elba in the Mediterranean.
1944 Jun 17, Iceland declared
full independence from Denmark and became a republic.
(DrEE, 1/4/97, p.4)(AP, 6/17/97)
1946 Jun 17, Barry Manilow
Grammy Award-winning singer, was born as Barry Alan Pincus. His
songs included: I Write the Songs , Mandy, Looks Like,
1946 Jun 17, SW Bell
inaugurated mobile telephone commercial service in St Louis.
1947 Jun 17, Pan Am Airways was
chartered as the 1st worldwide passenger airline.
(Hem., 2/96, p.44)(MC, 6/17/02)
1948 Jun 17, A United Air Lines
DC-6 crashed near Mount Carmel, Penn., killing all 43 people on
1950 Jun 17, Surgeon Richard
Lawler performed the first kidney transplant operation in Chicago.
1951 Jun 17, Joe Piscopo
(comedian, actor: Saturday Night Live, Sidekicks, Wise Guys, Johnny
Dangerously), was born.
1952 Jun 17, John Whiteside
Parsons (b.1914), rocket scientist, died following an explosion at
his home in southern California. In 2005 George Pendle authored
“Strange Angel: the Otherworldly Life of Rocket Scientist John
1953 Jun 17, Supreme Court
Justice William O. Douglas stayed the executions of spies Julius
& Ethel Rosenberg scheduled for next day, their 14th wedding
anniversary. They were put to death June 19.
(MC, 6/17/02)(AP, 6/17/03)
1953 Jun 17, The East Germans
threw stones at Russian tanks and were quickly subjugated. Eric
Honecker threatened demonstrators with a “Peking Solution.” Soviet
tanks fought thousands of Berlin workers rioting against the East
(TMC, 1994, p.1953)(WSJ, 10/18/96, p.A13)(HN,
1956 Jun 17, Golda Meir began
her term as Israel's foreign minister.
1957 Jun 17, The Tuskegee
boycott began as Blacks boycotted city stores.
1957 Jun 17, Mob underboss
Frank Scalice was shot to death at a produce market in the Bronx,
1959 Jun 17, Eamon de Valera
was elected president of Ireland.
1961 Jun 17, Soviet ballet star
Rudolf Nureyev (d.1993) defected from the Soviet Union at the Paris
Le Bourget airport while traveling with the Leningrad Kirov Ballet.
In 1998 Diane Solway covered this event in her biography: "Nureyev."
(WSJ, 10/1/98, p.A20)(SFEC, 11/1/98, p.A17)(AP,
1963 Jun 17, The US Supreme
Court ruled 8-1 to strike down rules requiring the recitation of the
Lord's Prayer or reading of Biblical verses in public schools. The
case began in 1956 when Edward L. Schempp (d.2003), on behalf of his
son, objected to a 1949 Pennsylvania law requiring 10 Bible verses
each day followed by the Lord's Prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.
(AP, 6/17/97)(HN, 6/17/98)(SFC, 11/24/03, p.A18)
1963 Jun 17, British House of
Commons debated the John Profumo-Christine Keeler affair, which
involved the defense minister and the call-girl he shared with a
1963 Jun 17, John Cowper Powys
(b.1872), English author, died. In 2007 Morine Krissdottir authored
“Descent of Memory: The Life of John Cowper Powys.” His 10 novels
included “Wolf Solent,” the story of a young man’s rebellion against
the modern world.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Cowper_Powys)(WSJ, 9/8/07, p.P9)
1965 Jun 17, Twenty-seven
B-52’s hit Viet Cong outposts but lost two planes in South Vietnam.
1967 Jun 17, China detonated
its 1st hydrogen bomb and became the world's 4th thermonuclear
(SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F6)(MC, 6/17/02)
1968 Jun 17, The US Supreme
Court in Jones v. Mayer banned racial discrimination in the sale and
rental of housing.
1968 Jun 17, The UK enacted
sanctions against Rhodesia.
(WUD, 1994, p.1687)
1969 Jun 17, The raunchy
musical review "Oh! Calcutta!" opened in New York.
1969 Jun 17, Black Panther
William Brent (1931-2006) became the 28th person this year to hijack
a US airplane to Cuba. The Cubans put him in jail for two years. He
published his memoir in 1996 titled "Long Time Gone."
(SFC, 6/3/96, BR p.3)(SFEC, 12/26/99, p.C10)
1970 Jun 17, North Vietnamese
troops cut the last operating rail line in Cambodia.
1971 Jun 17, The United States
and Japan signed the Okinawa Reversion Treaty under which the United
States would return control of the island of Okinawa and the Ryukyu
Island chain, which includes the Senkaku Islands, in 1972.
1972 Jun 17, President Nixon's
eventual downfall began when five men were arrested for breaking
into the Democratic National Committee offices at the Watergate
hotel at 1:52 a.m. Carl Schloffler (1945-1996), undercover police
officer, made the arrest. Howard Hunt and G. Gordon Liddy ran the
break-in from a nearby hotel room. Within hours of the bust Liddy
attempted to shred all related documents. After the arrests of the
burglars, White House Counsel John Dean took custody of evidence and
money from the White House safe of E. Howard Hunt, Jr., who had been
supervising the burglaries, and later destroyed some of the evidence
before it could be found by investigators The five burglars, led by
former CIA agent James McCord Jr. (1924-2019), were soon linked to
Nixon's Committee for the Re-election of the President (CREEP) and,
as suspicion grew, Nixon conspired to obstruct an FBI investigation
of the incident. Nixon's conversations about the obstruction and
subsequent cover-up had been tape-recorded as part of a secret
tape-recording system revealed to investigators by Nixon's schedule
keeper. Jeb Magruder later wrote "An American Life." The book has
been described as the most accurate description of what happened.
Stanley I. Kutler later authored "The Wars of Watergate." Liddy
later asserted that John Dean was really after a brochure of
call-girl pictures kept by DNC secretary Ida Wells that included a
picture of Dean’s girlfriend, Maureen Biner.
(SFC, 4/13/96, p.A-2)(TMC, 1994, p.1972)(SFC,
7/16/96, p.A14)(SFC, 2/1/99, p.A3) (HNPD, 6/17/99)(SFC, 2/4/00,
p.D9)(SFC, 1/31/01, p.A2)(SSFC, 4/21/19, p.C9)
1972 Jun 17, Chile’s president
Allende changed his Cabinet. The two most prominent departures were
Brigadier General Pedro Palacios Cameron from Mines and Pedro
Vuskovic from Economy.
1974 Jun 17, In Washington, DC,
US District Court Judge John J. Sirica sentenced Herbert Kalmbach
1921-2017), Pres. Nixon’s personal attorney, to up to 18 months in
prison. In February Kalmbach had pleaded guilty to violating the
Federal Corrupt Practices Act by raising $3.9 million for a secret
Republican Congressional Campaign Committee. Kalmbach ended up
serving only 191 days, when Sirica released him citing his
cooperation with prosecutors. Kalmbach was a conduit for hush money
from the 1972 presidential campaign.
(SSFC, 10/1/17, p.C10)
1974 Jun 17, In Italy 2 people
died in a Red Brigades attack on a right-wing party’s office.
1981 Jun 17, Riots between
Muslims & Christians in Cairo left 16 people dead.
1982 Jun 17, Pres. Reagan
addressed the UN General Assembly in NYC.
1982 Jun 17, Pres. Galtieri
resigned after leading Argentina to defeat in Falkland Islands War.
1983 Jun 17, The US Air Force
successfully conducted the first test flight of the Peacekeeper ICBM
from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
1986 Jun 17, President Reagan
announced the retirement of Chief Justice Warren Earl Burger.
1986 Jun 17, Singer Kate Smith
died in Raleigh, N.C., at age 79.
1987 Jun 17, Baseball manager
Dick Howser, who'd led the Kansas City Royals to a World Series
championship, died at age 51 after a yearlong struggle with brain
1987 Jun 17, Charles Glass, a
journalist on leave from ABC News, was kidnapped in Lebanon. Glass
escaped his captors in August 1987.
1988 Jun 17, Leaders of the
world's seven biggest industrial democracies began arriving in
Toronto for their annual economic summit, with the host, Canadian
Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, forecasting progress on dismantling
farm subsidies and alleviating Third World debt.
1989 Jun 17, In China's
crackdown on the pro-democracy movement, eight people were sentenced
to death for allegedly beating soldiers and burning vehicles in
1990 Jun 17, South African
black nationalist Nelson Mandela and his wife, Winnie, arrived in
Ottawa, Canada, en route to an eleven-day tour of the United States.
1991 Jun 17, The remains of
President Zachary Taylor were briefly exhumed in Louisville,
Kentucky, to test a theory that Taylor had died of arsenic
poisoning. Results showed death was from natural causes.
1991 Jun 17, Payne Stewart won
the US Open golf tournament.
1991 Jun 17, The South African
Parliament abolished the Population Registration Act, the last major
apartheid law still in effect.
1992 Jun 17, President Bush and
Russian President Boris Yeltsin signed a breakthrough arms-reduction
agreement. Addressing Congress, Yeltsin pledged to find any American
prisoners of war still being held in Russia.
1992 Jun 16, Two German relief
workers, the last of Western hostages held in Lebanon, were
1993 Jun 17, President Clinton
told a news conference his economic package was making "remarkable
1993 Jun 17, The US Food and
Drug Administration could not confirm reports of tampering with Diet
Pepsi-Cola cans at the manufacturing level, despite reports of
foreign objects turning up in containers.
1993 Jun 17, In Afghanistan
Gulbuddin Hekmatyar (b.1947) began serving his first term as Prime
Minister and continued to 1994. His 2nd term covered 1996-1997.
1993 Jun 17, U.N. forces in
Somalia searched in vain for warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid.
1994 Jun 17, After leading
police on a slow-speed chase on Southern California freeways, that
millions of Americans watched, OJ Simpson was arrested for the
murder of wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.
The arrest took place after a prolonged slow-car chase where Al A.C.
Cowlings drove Simpson around in a white Ford Bronco and talked him
into giving up to the police. Simpson was later acquitted in a
criminal trial, but held liable in a civil trial.
(WSJ, 10/4/95, p.A-1)(SFC, 6/30/96, p.B5)(AP,
1994 Jun 17, Johnnie Cochran,
who was later hired as a defense attorney for O.J. Simpson, was
quoted off-camera during a break on ABC’s Nightline saying: “he
obviously did it.”
(SFEC, 9/8/96, BR p.1)
1995 Jun 17, Russian commandos
stormed a hospital where Chechen rebels were holding more than 1,000
hostages, but the Chechens beat the Russians back.
1996 Jun 17, ValuJet Airlines
suspended its flight schedule indefinitely after a federal
inspection found "several serious deficiencies" in the discount
carrier's operations. ValuJet resumed limited operations 15 weeks
(SFC, 6/18/96, p.A1)(AP, 6/17/97)
1996 Jun 17, Fires burned down
five more Southern churches.
(SFC, 6/18/96, p.A1)
1996 Jun 17, The John D. and
Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation presented its annual “genius”
awards to 21 people selected by an anonymous team of talent scouts.
(SFC, 6/18/96, p.A2)
1996 Jun 17, In Liberia health
workers have dug up an additional 150 bodies, many of them headless,
along the beach at Mamba Point. Exhumations started 2 weeks ago and
about 500 bodies have been found and reburied.
(SFC, 6/18/96, p.A9)
1996 Jun 17, The US said it
will slap sanctions on $2 billion of Chinese goods if action is not
taken by the government against the manufacture of pirate compact
disks, videos and software.
(WSJ, 6/6/96, p.A16)
1996 Jun 17, A World Health
Organization study said that more than 8 million babies die each
year worldwide before reaching their first birthday.
(SFC, 6/18/96, p.A10)
1996 Jun 17, The UN sponsored
Conference on Disarmament agreed to admit 23 new members, among them
Iraq, Syria, Israel, North Korea and South Africa.
(SFC, 6/18/96, p.A10)
1996 Jun 17, In New Zealand
Mount Ruapehu erupted.
(SFC, 6/22/96, p.A6)
1996 Jun 17, Sri Lankan troops
killed 15 Tamil Tiger rebels in the northern Jaffna peninsula.
(SFC, 6/18/96, p.A10)
1997 Jun 17, Mir Aimal Kasi,
suspected in the shooting deaths of two CIA employees outside agency
headquarters in January 1993, was brought to Fairfax, Va., to face
trial after being arrested in Pakistan. He was later convicted and
sentenced to death.
1997 Jun 17, In Sierra Leone
Major Johnny Paul Koroma was sworn in as head of state and pledged
to work to restore democracy.
(SFC, 6/18/97, p.A10)
1998 Jun 17, The Pritzker
Architecture Prize was awarded to Italian architect Renzo Piano
(USAT, 6/17/98, p.1D)
1998 Jun 17, The US Senate
snuffed out Congress' first bill to curb teen smoking, with
Democrats accusing Republicans of being owned by Big Tobacco, and
Republicans charging the measure was laden with too many amendments.
1998 Jun 17, Japanese Prime
Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto welcomed a rare U.S. intervention in
currency markets to support the sinking yen. The US and Japan bought
billions of dollars worth of yen to stabilize the Japanese currency.
(SFC, 6/18/98, p.A1) (AP, 6/17/99)
1998 Jun 17, Scientists
announced the 3-D structure of the key protein that the HIV virus
uses to unlock and enter cells.
(SFC, 6/18/98, p.A1)
1998 Jun 17, In Albania
representatives of 5 Kosovo political parties met in Tirana and
announced plans to organize defenses against the Serbian
(SFC, 6/19/98, p.B2)
1998 Jun 17, In Cairo Sheik
Mohammed Sharawi died at age 87. The popular cleric lectured on
Egyptian TV and his teachings were widely acclaimed. He supported
female circumcision and ruled that women should not be appointed to
top government positions or become judges.
(SFC, 6/19/98, p.B6)
1998 Jun 17, In Israel Nahum
Manbar, an Israeli businessman, was convicted of endangering
security through the sale of $16 million in information and chemical
weapons components to Iran. Manbar was sentenced to 16 years in July
1998 for selling materials to make nerve and mustard gas to Iran but
insisted he acted with the approval of the Israeli authorities. He
had been arrested in March the previous year. He was released from
jail in 2011.
(SFC, 6/18/98, p.A20)(AFP, 10/31/11)
1998 Jun 17, Andrei Kozlenok, a
diamond merchant, was extradited from Greece to Russia, on charges
of stealing $180 million in gold and gems from the Russian
government in 1992. Kozlenok used the money to set up shop in SF and
then moved to Belgium to avoid extradition.
(SFC, 6/20/98, p.B1)
1998 Jun 17, In Russia Pres.
Yeltsin named Anatoly Chubais as Russia’s chief liaison to the IMF.
Chubais was also reinstated as a deputy premier.
(WSJ, 6/18/98, p.A1)
1998 Jun 17, In Rwanda Hutu
rebels killed at least 25 and wounded 62 Tutsis at a camp for
displaced people north of Kigali.
(SFC, 6/18/98, p.A20)
1998 Jun 17, In Paramaribo,
Suriname, four million acres of rain forest was dedicated as the
Suriname Wilderness Nature Reserve.
(SFC, 6/18/98, p.A20)
1998 Jun 17, Serb troops killed
at least 10 Albanians they said were trying to cross the border into
(WSJ, 6/18/98, p.A1)
1999 Jun 17, The
Republican-controlled House narrowly voted to loosen restrictions on
sales at gun shows, marking a victory for the National Rifle
1999 Jun 17, It was reported
that a synthesis of 151 years of chimpanzee observations indicated
cultural variations among various groups of Pan troglodytes.
(SFC, 6/17/99, p.A2)
1999 Jun 17, It was reported
that Rafael Resendez-Ramirez (39), a drifter from Mexico, was being
sought for the suspected murders of at least 5 people near railroad
tracks between Houston and San Antonio. His real name was later
found to be Angel Leoncio Reyes Recendis [Angel Maturino Resendez,
Resendiz]. Ramirez surrendered to police in El Paso on July 13. His
sister, Manuela Karkiewicz of New Mexico, arranged for the surrender
and was awarded $86,000 in reward money. Resendiz was convicted in
2000 for the murder and rape of a doctor. He asked the judge for the
death penalty and was sentenced to death.
(SFC, 6/17/99, p.A3)(SFC, 6/29/99, p.A3)(SFC,
7/14/99, p.A3)(SFC, 7/30/99, p.A6)(SFC, 5/19/00, p.A3)(SFC, 5/23/00,
1999 Jun 17, Methanex Corp. of
Canada sued California for $970 million over the state ban on the
gasoline additive MTBE. A NAFTA investor rights provision was cited
as the basis for the suit. In 1998 Canada overturned a ban on MMT
when it was challenged in a similar suit by Ethyl Corp. of Virginia
(SFC, 6/18/99, p.A1,19)
1999 Jun 17, Joseph Stanley
Faulder, a former auto mechanic who killed a woman during a 1975
burglary, became the first Canadian to be executed in the United
States in almost half a century as he was lethally injected in
1999 Jun 17, In Germany 4
passengers were killed when their hot air balloon hit a power line
1999 Jun 17, Latvia's
parliament elected Vaira Vike-Freiberga (61), Canadian émigré and
retired university professor, as its first female president.
(WSJ, 6/18/99, p.A1)(USAT, 6/11/04, p.5D)
1999 Jun 17, In East Timor
rival factions agreed to cease intimidation and violence prior to
the August referendum between independence and autonomy.
(WSJ, 6/18/99, p.A1)
2000 Jun 17, In Belgium English
and German soccer fans clashed in Charleroi prior to a game in the
European Soccer Championship.
(SFEC, 6/18/00, p.A14)
2000 Jun 17, In Cuba, more than
300,000 people turned out to protest the continued stay of Elian
Gonzalez in the United States; it was the largest such demonstration
since the previous December, when Cuba launched a national campaign
of mass gatherings demanding the boy’s return.
2000 Jun 17, In India
upper-class militia stormed Miapur village in Bihar state and
massacred 34 women, children and old men. The attack was in
retribution for the murder of 12 upper-caste farmers five days
earlier, which in turn was preceded by the murder of 5 low-caste
Yadavs. Police later arrested 11 landlord-paid militiamen.
(SFEC, 6/18/00, p.A12)(WSJ, 6/19/00, p.A1)
2000 Jun 17, In Iran thousands
of dead fish were reported to be spread over 5,400 acres of the
dried up Arjang Lagoon, near the city of Shiraz, due to a 2-year
(SFC, 6/17/00, p.D8)
2000 Jun 17, In Kenya an
ongoing drought was reported to have caused hungry baboons into
villages in search of food. A crop failure for the 3rd consecutive
year placed 22 million Kenyans on the brink of starvation.
(SFC, 6/17/00, p.D8)
2000 Jun 17, Zimbabwe Pres.
Mugabe said that whites may live in Zimbabwe, but they will never
have a voice equal to that of blacks.
(SFEC, 6/18/00, p.A14)
2001 Jun 17, Texas Governor
Rick Perry vetoed a bill to ban the execution of mentally retarded
death row inmates, saying the state already had numerous safeguards
in place to protect them.
2001 Jun 17, It was reported in
the Harvard Quarterly Journal of Economic that legalized abortion
from 3 decades ago accounted for up to half of last decade’s
national crime decline.
(SSFC, 6/17/01, p.D1)
2001 Jun 17, In NYC a 5-alarm
fire at a hardware store in Queens killed 3 firefighters and injured
dozens of others.
(SFC, 6/18/01, p.A3)
2001 Jun 17, Tropical Strom
Allison moved into southeastern Pennsylvania and killed 4 people.
This raised the toll from Allison to at least 43.
(SFC, 6/18/01, p.A7)
2001 Jun 17, In Afghanistan the
Taliban agreed to let the World Food Program select local women to
survey the food needs of vulnerable households.
(SFC, 6/19/01, p.A9)
2001 Jun 17, In Bulgaria voters
in parliamentary elections supported the national Movement of Czar
Simeon II (64), who was eligible to become prime minister. PM Ivan
(SFC, 6/18/01, p.A10)
2001 Jun 17, In Egypt the Cairo
weekly Al Nabaa published a sex scandal along with pictures at the
Coptic Christian Muhariq monastery in Assiut between former monk
Adel Saadallah Gabriel and an unidentified woman. Publisher Mamdouh
Mahran was charged with disturbing the peace. Al-Nabaa was banned
from publishing on July 5 and Mahran faced charges of sedition.
(SFC, 6/30/01, p.A8)(SFC, 7/6/01, p.D4)
2001 Jun 17, Israeli soldiers
shot and killed Ali Abu Shaweesh (5) when they
fired on Palestinian demonstrators near Jewish settlements in Gaza.
(SFC, 6/18/01, p.A10)
2002 Jun 17, The US Supreme
Court struck down an Ohio village's law and ruled that groups have a
constitutional right to go door-to-door to promote their causes
without getting permission from local officials.
(SFC, 6/18/02, p.A1)(AP, 6/17/03)
2002 Jun 17, SF Judge James
Warren reversed the 2nd degree murder conviction against Marjorie
Knoller saying she could have known that her dogs were capable of
killing someone. He let stand Knoller's conviction for
involuntary manslaughter. (However, the California Supreme Court has
left open the possibility the murder conviction could be
reinstated.) Robert Noel was sentenced to 4 years for involuntary
(SFC, 6/18/02, p.A1)(AP, 6/17/07)
2002 Jun 17, The 1st oral
“black fever” drug was announced. Visceral leishmaniasis reportedly
killed 60,000 annually, mostly in Brazil, India and Bangladesh.
(WSJ, 6/17/02, p.A1)
2002 Jun 17, A converted C-130
air tanker crashed over a flaming ridge near Walker in Mono County,
Ca., and 3 crew members were killed. It was later reported that the
1956 plane had been used by the CIA and lacked maintenance records.
(SFC, 6/17/02, p.A1)(SFC, 1/7/03, p.A3)
2002 Jun 17, Australian
scientists said they had successfully "teleported" a laser beam
encoded with data, breaking it up and reconstructing an exact
replica a yard away.
2002 Jun 17, In Colombia troops
took control of Arequipa to support a new government ban on public
(SFC, 6/18/02, p.A7)
2002 Jun 17, German
construction workers launched their first major strike in more than
50 years, following members of the country's main manufacturing
union in walking out earlier this year to back up demands for higher
2002 Jun 17, In northern
Guatemala about 8,000 ex-paramilitary fighters, wielding machetes
and clubs, blocked roads, demanding payment from the government for
their services during the country's 36-year guerrilla war. They were
disbanded in 1996.
(AP, 6/17/02)(SFC, 6/18/02, p.A9)
2002 Jun 17, Suspected Muslim
guerrillas have seized four Indonesian seamen, including the
captain, of a Singaporean-owned tugboat in the southern Philippines.
2002 Jun 17, A Palestinian
suicide bomber blew himself up on Israel's frontier with the West
Bank, shortly after Israel angered the Palestinians by starting work
on a security fence between the two territories. In 2003 the UN said
the fence carved off 14% of the West Bank and barred a route to work
for some 400,000 Palestinians.
(Reuters, 6/17/02)(WSJ, 11/12/03, p.A1)
2002 Jun 17, In Peru police
deployed armored vehicles and squads armed with automatic rifles in
the capital to prevent the spread of unrest tied to the Friday sale
of state-run companies.
2002 Jun 17, In the Republic of
Congo military officials reported more than 100 rebels were killed
in an attack on Brazzaville.
2002 Jun 17, Russian police
fatally shot two army deserters, ending a daylong manhunt that began
after the soldiers left their unit and killed two policemen at a
roadblock in southern Russia.
2002 Jun 17, In South Africa
Lulu Petersen said she hoped a class-action lawsuit against foreign
companies that dealt with the racist, white regime would finally
bring her family justice.
2003 Jun 17, A US federal
appeals court ruled the government properly withheld names and other
details about hundreds of foreigners who were detained in the months
after the Sept. 11 attacks.
2003 Jun 17, The US Justice
Department issued a directive banning routine racial and ethnic
profiling at all 70 federal agencies with law enforcement powers.
2003 Jun 17, English soccer
star David Beckham was sold to Real Madrid by Manchester United for
a $41 million transfer fee.
2003 Jun 17, The Extractive
Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) was formed at a conference
in London as a global standard for dealings in oil, gas and mining.
By 2016 the EITI Standard was implemented in 51 countries.
2003 Jun 17, Ivory Coast army
and rebel forces agreed to pull their forces back from battle
positions, strengthening a cease-fire in the former French colony.
2003 Jun 17, Jordanians voted
for a new parliament, six years after the previous one was
dissolved. Allies of King Abdullah II won more than half of the
seats in Jordan's parliamentary elections. Jordan's parliament,
unlike many Arab legislatures, can block bills and dismiss a prime
minister and his Cabinet.
(AP, 6/17/03)(AP, 6/18/03)
2003 Jun 17, Liberia's
President Charles Taylor pledged to yield power as part of a
cease-fire with rebels, but his government quickly hedged on the
2003 Jun 17, Peruvian
investigators dramatically increased their estimate of the death
toll from a two-decade fight against Shining Path rebels, saying
they now believe between 40,000 and 60,000 people perished or
disappeared from 1980-1990s.
2003 Jun 17, Romania's
government acknowledged that its former leaders deported and
exterminated Romanian Jews during World War II.
2003 Jun 17, The Virgin Islands
Party was swept from power after spending 17 years at the helm,
according to final election results.
2004 Jun 17, The US bipartisan
commission investigating the 2001 Sep 11 attacks released its final
report. The report found that officials, blindsided by terrorists
and beset by poor communications, were so slow to react on Sept. 11,
2001, that the last of four hijacked planes had crashed by the time
Vice President Dick Cheney ordered hostile aircraft shot down.
(SFC, 6/18/04, p.A1)(AP, 6/17/05)
2004 Jun 17, President Bush
disputed the Sept. 11 commission's finding that Saddam Hussein had
no strong ties to al-Qaida, saying the former Iraqi leader had had
"numerous contacts" with the terrorist network.
2004 Jun 17, It was reported
that power was shifting away from manufacturers and producers to
retailers and distributors who deliver goods to customers. In 1990
Alvin Toffler authored “Power Shift,” a look at power shifts in the
(WSJ, 6/17/04, p.A1)
2004 Jun 17, In Afghanistan
fighters loyal to several regional warlords stormed Chagcharan, a
provincial capital of western Ghor province, and forced the governor
2004 Jun 17, Algerian troops
killed one of North Africa's most-wanted terrorist leaders, who
allied his group with Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network. Nabil
Sahraoui (also known as Abu Ibrahim Mustapha), one of his key
right-hand men and a "good number" of other Salafist lieutenants
were killed in a military sweep.
(AP, 6/20/04)(SFC, 6/21/04, p.A6)
2004 Jun 17, A jury in
Brussels, Belgium, convicted Marc Dutroux (47), an ex-convict, of
abducting 6 girls in 1995-96. It also found him guilty of murdering
2 of the girls and an accomplice.
2004 Jun 17, Brazil’s Senate
backed a rise in the minimum wage to 275 reais ($88) per month and
approved a new bankruptcy law.
(Econ, 6/26/04, p.42)
2004 Jun 17, In Brazil the
Camara Dam on the Mamanguate River burst and flooded the city of
Alagoa Grande in Paraiba state, some 1,300 miles northeast of Sao
Paulo. At least 3 people were killed.
2004 Jun 17, A Chad military
official said Arab militias, known as Janjawids, fought Chadian
troops in Birak, a locality inside Chad about 10 miles (six
kilometers) from the border with western Sudan. 69 Janjawids
militiamen were killed and two taken prisoner in the fighting. He
did not give figures for any losses among Chadian troops.
2004 Jun 17, In the Dominican
Republic Craig Roger Hiserote (55), an American executive for a
North Carolina-based energy company, was killed by two gunmen on a
motorcycle as he drove home from work in the coastal town of San
Pedro de Macoris.
2004 Jun 17, In Iraq 2 car
bombings killed 41 people and wounding 142. A sport utility vehicle
packed with artillery shells blew up in a crowd of people waiting to
volunteer for the Iraqi military. Another car bomb north of the
capital killed six members of the Iraqi security forces.
(AP, 6/17/04)(WSJ, 6/18/04, p.A1)
2004 Jun 17, Tahar Ben Jelloun
(59), a Moroccan-born novelist and poet, won the Int’l. IMPAC Dublin
Literary Award for the best work of English fiction for 2002. Linda
Coverdale, translator of “This Blinding Absence of Light,” received
a quarter of the $120,000 prize.
(SFC, 6/18/04, p.E2)
2004 Jun 17, In Peru the
400-year-old Lima Roman Catholic cathedral celebrated its
restoration, a project that began in 1997. A new museum in a
converted sacristy displays a nine-painting series depicting Santa
Rosa de Lima's road to canonization in the 1600s as the first saint
of the New World.
2004 Jun 17, Pakistan's army
killed Nek Muhammad (Nek Mohammed), a renegade Wazir tribal leader,
tracing him to a mud-brick compound near Wana via a satellite phone
and then leveling the building in a helicopter assault. He was
accused of sheltering al-Qaida fighters. Army troops killed 30
tribesman suspected of shielding al-Qaida fugitives. As many as 70
"foreign terrorists" were also killed in the operation. In southern
Pakistan Munawar Soharwardi, a leading opposition politician, was
slain in a drive-by shooting.
(AP, 6/17/04)(AP, 6/18/04)(AP, 6/23/04)(Econ,
2005 Jun 17, The US Roman
Catholic bishops agreed to a five-year extension on their
unprecedented policy of permanently barring sexually abusive clergy
from church work.
2005 Jun 17, MasterCard
International said a security breach had exposed about 40 million
payment cards of various brands to potential fraud in the biggest
such privacy violation ever reported. The breach was traced to
Atlanta-based CardSystems Solutions.
(Reuters, 6/18/05)(SSFC, 6/19/05, p.A3)
2005 Jun 17, The US reported
that its Current Account Trade Deficit, the broadest measure of
international trade, rose to an all-time high of $195.1 billion from
January through March of this year as the country sank deeper into
debt to Japan, China and other nations.
2005 Jun 17, Marcus Wesson, the
domineering patriarch of a large clan he'd bred through incest, was
convicted in Fresno, Calif., of murdering nine of his children.
Wesson was later sentenced to death.
2005 Jun 17, Dennis Kozlowski,
former CEO of Tyco Int’l., and Mark Swartz, former CFO, were
convicted on all but one of 31 counts of various fraud charges. They
were convicted of looting their company of more than $600 million.
(SFC, 6/18/05, p.C1)(AP, 6/17/06)
2005 Jun 17, Crude oil prices
for July delivery hit a record high closing at $58.47 a barrel.
(AP, 6/18/05)(SFC, 6/18/05, p.C1)
2005 Jun 17, Bank of America
signed an agreement to buy a 9 percent stake in state-owned China
Construction Bank for $3 billion, the largest single purchase of
stock in a Chinese bank by a foreign financial institution.
2005 Jun 17, San Francisco
enacted its Environmentally Preferable Purchasing for Commodities
Ordnance. It became the 1st US city take public health and
environmental stewardship into consideration when purchasing
(SFC, 6/18/05, p.B2)
2005 Jun 17, Australia pledged
to ease a controversial policy of locking up refugees.
2005 Jun 17, Egyptian security
forces in the Sinai mountains clashed with suspects in deadly
attacks last year on Red Sea resorts. Security officials said a
soldier and a fugitive were killed and four other soldiers were
2005 Jun 17, In Germany former
US Pres. George Bush, one-time Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and
former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl received an award for their
role in ending Germany's Cold War division.
2005 Jun 17, In Haiti police
raided a slum of Bel Air teeming with gangs loyal to ousted
President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Residents accused the officials of
killing two people, including a 17-year-old girl.
2005 Jun 17, Iranians voted in
an election shaping up as the closest presidential race since the
1979 Islamic Revolution. Young people disillusioned by the theocracy
called for a boycott of the balloting. Voters failed to give any
candidate an outright majority and hard-liners made an unexpectedly
strong showing. A 2nd round between former president Rafsanjani and
conservative Tehran mayor Ahmadinejad was scheduled in a week.
(AP, 6/17/05)(AP, 6/18/05)(WSJ, 6/20/05, p.A13)
2005 Jun 17, The US military
launched a major combat operation with 1,000 Marines and Iraqi
soldiers in the hunt for insurgents and foreign fighters in a
volatile western province straddling Syria.
2005 Jun 17, In Iraq 2 US
soldiers were killed and one was wounded during a small-arms
skirmish with insurgents in Karabilah. A car bomb blew up outside a
mosque in the western town of Habaniyah, killing four people and
injuring another 15.
(AP, 6/17/05)(AP, 6/18/05)
2005 Jun 17, In Kyrgyzstan
several hundred unarmed supporters of a presidential hopeful who was
denied registration in next month's election stormed the government
headquarters. Troops with truncheons and tear gas beat back
protesters in the biggest unrest in Kyrgyzstan since its longtime
president was ousted in March. The clash injured 39 people.
2005 Jun 17, In Northern
Ireland Roman Catholic hard-liners assaulted police and Protestant
marchers in a religiously polarized part of Belfast, and nearly 30
people were injured.
2005 Jun 17, Pakistan said it
has completed arrangements to sell 26 percent of its state-run
telephone company amid employee protests over the sale.
2006 Jun 17, The Edmonton
Oilers shut out the Carolina Hurricanes 4-0 to take the Stanley Cup
finals to a seventh and deciding game.
2006 Jun 17, The typical
American chief executive earned 300 times the average wage, up
tenfold from the 1970s.
(Econ, 6/17/06, p.30)
2006 Jun 17, In Louisiana 5
people aged 16-19 were gunned down just outside the business
district of New Orleans.
(SSFC, 6/18/06, p.A4)
2006 Jun 17, Arthur Franz (86),
American film and TV actor, died in Oxnard, Ca. His numerous films
included “The Sniper” (1952) and “Hellcats of the Navy” (1957).
(SFC, 6/20/06, p.B5)
2006 Jun 17, British troops
battled Taliban fighters near Kajaki dam in southern Helmand
province killing six insurgents. One suicide attacker on a
motorcycle detonated his explosives near a group of Afghan soldiers
in southwestern Nimroz province, killing himself and wounding two
soldiers and three bystanders. Seven militants and one police
officer also were killed during a gunbattle that lasted until dawn
in southern Kandahar.
2006 Jun 17, Burundi's
President Pierre Nkurunziza left to sign a cease-fire agreement with
the country's last rebel group in neighboring Tanzania as his
government works toward ending a 12-year conflict.
2006 Jun 17, In Chechnya
Russian police killed rebel leader Abdul-Khalim Sadulayev in a
special police operation in his hometown of Argun. An intelligence
agent and a police officer were killed in the operation. One rebel
also was killed and two rebels escaped.
2006 Jun 17, In Haiti
kidnappers seized Ed Hughes, a Canadian missionary, from his
residence and demanded $45,000 in ransom. After 5 days the ransom
was lowered to $10,000. Hughes lost an arm in December 2005 trying
to stop the abduction of Haitian-American missionary Daniel
Phelusmar. Hughes was shot and badly wounded in the arm. Phelusmar
was held hostage for four days.
2006 Jun 17, A series of
explosions struck commercial areas in Baghdad within hours, killing
at least 17 people.
2006 Jun 17, In Indian Kashmir
suspected militants shot dead the owner of a public telephone office
and separately a former rebel who was working with
2006 Jun 17, PM Fouad Siniora
said Lebanon will complain to the UN about Israel after a Lebanese
man confessed to killing Hezbollah and Palestinian guerrillas on May
26 on the orders of Israeli intelligence.
2006 Jun 17, In Libya engineer
Ismail Al Khazmi (30) was arrested. He died from injuries while in
detention. A medical report dated November 15, 2006, said he had
died of natural causes from a heart attack. A 2nd autopsy, performed
by a committee of three forensic medical doctors on September 11,
2007, concluded that his death was injury induced… from blows with a
hard, blunt object of some sort. In 2010 the human rights groups
Alkarama, Trial and Human Rights Watch charged that an investigation
into his death was opened, but that it was blocked by General Saleh
Ragab, Libya's public security secretary.
2006 Jun 17, Mexican
authorities in Guadalajara arrested Pedro Castorena, the leader of a
far-flung ring that allegedly made and distributed forged
immigration and identification documents in the US. Castorena was
indicted in Denver last July on charges of conspiracy, fraud, misuse
of visas and money laundering.
2006 Jun 17, Slovaks voted in
their first election since joining the EU, choosing between a record
third term for PM Mikulas Dzurinda or a leftist pledging to overturn
economic and social reforms. Smer, Slovakia's opposition leftist
party led by Robert Fico, won the parliamentary elections, tapping
into widespread public discontent over eight years of austere
(AP, 6/17/06)(AP, 6/18/06)(Econ, 7/8/06, p.44)
2006 Jun 17, The leader of
Somalia's increasingly powerful Islamic militia accused Ethiopian
troops of crossing into the country, a charge Ethiopia denied.
2006 Jun 17, Tamil Tiger rebels
stormed a village in boats, firing grenade launchers at a police
station near a navy base at the islet of Mannar. Military
helicopters fired on the boats. Tiger rebels said they had killed 12
soldiers; the navy said three sailors were killed and eight were
missing. The military said up to 30 rebels were killed in the
fighting, but rebels acknowledged only two wounded. At least 52
people were killed as heavy sea and land battles erupted while Tamil
Tiger rebels warned that the island would plunge in a "fatal war" if
the military kept up air strikes. Sri Lankan troops stormed a church
in Pesalai, a village north of Mannar, where some 200 Tamil
civilians were seeking shelter, shooting and throwing grenades. The
assault killed 5 people and injured 47.
(AFP, 6/17/06)(AP, 6/18/06)(SSFC, 6/18/06, p.A23)
2006 Jun 17, In Zambia
inflation was reported to have fallen under 10%. The local currency,
the kwacha, gained strength as the economy improved due to a lower
debt burden and government moves toward a more market-oriented
(Econ, 6/17/06, p.56)
2007 Jun 17, An enormous bomb
ripped through a police academy bus at Kabul's busiest
transportation hub, killing at least 35 people in the deadliest
insurgent attack in Afghanistan since the US-led invasion in 2001.
The dead included 22 police academy instructors and 13 bystanders.
The Taliban claimed responsibility. In Paktika province US-led jets
targeted a compound that also contained a mosque and a madrassa, or
Islamic school, resulting in the death of seven boys, ages 10 to 16.
(AP, 6/17/07)(AP, 6/18/07)(Econ, 6/23/07, p.51)
2007 Jun 17, CAR state radio
said former rebels in the Central African Republic have signed a
pact with the UN children's agency for the demobilization of
hundreds of child soldiers.
2007 Jun 17, President Nicolas
Sarkozy looked set to win a powerful majority as the French voted in
runoff elections for parliament. Sarkozy won a comfortable majority
but not the crushing victory predicted in polls.
(AP, 6/17/07)(AP, 6/18/07)
2007 Jun 17, Iran said it had
received indications from Russia's president that he would not
follow through with an offer to allow the US to use a radar station
in neighboring Azerbaijan for missile defense against Tehran.
2007 Jun 17, Baghdad sprang to
life after a four-day curfew to thwart violence following a
provocative attack on a Shiite shrine. A car bomb killed two Kurdish
security agents in Iraq's oil-rich northern city of Kirkuk. A
roadside bomb went off next to an Iraqi police patrol in Nasiriyah,
wounding two policemen. US attack helicopters killed four suspects
and wounded three in operations south of Baghdad. A US soldier was
killed by a roadside bomb while on a foot patrol in Baghdad.
(AP, 6/17/07)(AP, 6/18/07)
2007 Jun 17, In Italy
Gianfranco Ferre (b.1944), known as the "architect of fashion," died
in Milan. He was the top designer for Christian Dior from 1989-1996.
(SFC, 6/18/07, p.A2)(AP, 6/17/08)
2007 Jun 17, Authorities in
Montenegro arrested Vlastimir Djordjevic, Serbia's assistant
interior minister and chief of the Public Security Department
(1997-2001), wanted for murder and persecution of ethnic Albanians
2007 Jun 17, Thousands of
Pakistanis braved the rain in Faisalabad to cheer the country's top
judge, keeping the pressure on President Pervez Musharraf to end a
crisis over the chief justice's ouster.
2007 Jun 17, Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas swore in an emergency Cabinet and outlawed
the militia forces of the Islamic Hamas movement, deepening the
violent rupture in Palestinian society.
2007 Jun 17, A Syrian court
found 7 pro-Democracy advocates guilty of endangering the state and
sentenced them 5 to 7 years in prison.
(SFC, 6/19/07, p.A7)
2008 Jun 17, Florida Gov.
Charlie Crist, a potential vice presidential candidate for John
McCain, reversed his long-standing opposition to oil drilling off
the Florida coast.
(WSJ, 6/18/08, p.A1)
2008 Jun 17, In Oakland, Ca.,
police arrested Mark Chandler (33), leader of the Acorn gang, along
with over 30 of his accomplices. They were linked to several
homicides, carjackings, a series of restaurant robberies as well as
drug and weapons trafficking.
(SFC, 6/18/08, p.B1)
2008 Jun 17, Neil Beagley (16)
died in Oregon of complications from a urinary tract blockage. In
2010 a jury found parents Jeff and Marci Beagley, followers of
Christ Church in Oregon City, guilty of criminally negligent
homicide for praying over their ill son instead of seeking medical
help. On March 8, 2010, Jeff and Marci Beagley were each sentenced
to 16 months in prison on charges of criminally negligent homicide.
(SFC, 2/3/10, p.A8)(SFC, 3/9/10, p.A4)
2008 Jun 17, Cyd Charisse
(b.1922), film actress and dancer, died in Los Angeles. Her films
included “Singin’ in the Rain” (1952), in which she partnered with
Gene Kelly. She was born as Tula Ellice Finklea in Amarillo, Texas.
She was married to singer-actor Tony Martin.
(SFC, 6/18/08, p.A2)(SFC, 7/31/12, p.A7)
2008 Jun 17, Residents and
officials said Taliban militants destroyed bridges and planted mines
in several villages they control outside southern Afghanistan's
largest city in apparent preparation for battle, as some 4,000
people or more fled the Arghandab district 10 miles northwest of
Kandahar city. An explosion elsewhere killed 4 British soldiers in
(AP, 6/17/08)(AP, 6/18/08)
2008 Jun 17, Brazil's
environment minister said grain crushers have extended a
two-year-old moratorium on the purchase of soybeans planted in areas
of the Amazon rain forest cut down after 2006.
2008 Jun 17, The Rev. Henry
Chadwick (b.1920), a Church of England priest and renowned scholar
of the early centuries of Christianity, died. The first of his many
books was a translation of "Contra Celsum" by Origen of Alexandria,
the third century church father, published in 1953.
2008 Jun 17, China's Xinhua
News Agency said recent flooding has killed 169 people in 12
provinces following several weeks of rains.
(SFC, 6/17/08, p.A8)
2008 Jun 17, Egypt's
state-owned news agency said Israel and Hamas have agreed on a truce
to begin June 19.
2008 Jun 17, A human rights
group said Iran has sentenced 177 people under the age of 18 to
death over the past decade and has executed nearly three dozen of
2008 Jun 17, Iraq's deputy
speaker said parliament will start holding sessions outside the
US-protected Green Zone in the fall. Muhieddin Abdul-Hamid (50), an
Iraqi state TV reporter, was shot to death near his apartment in
Mosul. A suicide bomber on a motorcycle struck a Baghdad checkpoint
manned by US-allied fighters, killing one and wounding four. A
deadly truck bombing in a Baghdad Shiite neighborhood killed at
least 65 people. A US spokesman believed the attack was carried out
by a Shiite special group led by Haydar Mehdi Khadum al-Fawadi,
described as a "murderous thug" seeking to incite violence "for his
individual profit and gain."
(AP, 6/17/08)(AP, 6/18/08)(SFC, 6/19/08, p.A2)
2008 Jun 17, In Japan serial
killer Tsutomu Miyazaki (45), who mutilated the bodies of four young
girls and reportedly drank the blood of one of his victims, was
among three convicted murderers executed for crimes an official
called indescribably cruel. Also executed were Shinji Mutsuda (45),
who had been on death row for the murder and robbery of two people,
and Yoshio Yamasaki (73), who was convicted of killing two people
for the insurance money.
2008 Jun 17, In Lebanon
overnight clashes between pro- and anti-government supporters left
three people dead and four wounded in the east of the country.
2008 Jun 17, Lawmakers in
Lithuania, where many still feel bitter about nearly 50 years of
Soviet occupation, approved legislation to ban the display of Nazi
and Soviet symbols, such as the swastika and the hammer and sickle.
President Valdas Adamus was expected to sign the bill into law later
in the month.
2008 Jun 17, Mexico’s Pres.
Felipe Calderon signed a constitutional amendment that threw open
the doors to its judicial system, allowing US-style public trials
and creating a presumption of innocence.
(AP, 6/18/08)(WSJ, 6/18/08, p.A8)
2008 Jun 17, Nigerian police
stormed the hideout of the kidnappers of Eunice Gideon, the wife of
a senior Bayelsa state official and freed her. She was abducted two
weeks ago and was freed in neighboring Rivers state after a
gunbattle with the kidnappers.
2008 Jun 17, Norway passed a
new equality law granting gay couples the same rights as
heterosexuals to marry, adopt and undergo artificial insemination.
2008 Jun 17, In northwestern
Pakistan gunmen killed four Shiite Muslims.
2008 Jun 17, Two out of four
Rwandan army officers being tried for their presumed role in the
1994 murder of 13 priests pleaded guilty at their first appearance
in a Kigali court. The officers were accused of war crimes relating
to the murder June 5, 1994, of 13 Catholic clerics, including three
2008 Jun 17, In Sri Lanka
scattered fighting across the restive north killed 25 Tamil Tiger
rebels and six soldiers.
2009 Jun 17, The Obama
administration proposed a sweeping overhaul of the financial system.
An 88-page wish list of changes released by the Treasury Dept. would
require the approval of Congress and included broad new powers for
the Federal Reserve to supervise institutions considered to big to
fail. It included a proposal for the creation of a Consumer
Financial Protection Agency (CFPA).
(SFC, 6/18/09, p.A1)(Econ, 6/20/09, p.77)
2009 Jun 17, A White House
official said President Barack Obama, whose gay and lesbian
supporters have grown frustrated with his slow movement on their
priorities, is extending benefits to same-sex partners of federal
employees but stopping short of a guarantee of full health
2009 Jun 17, The Obama
administration said it will pump more than $130 million into the,
Montana towns of Libby and Troy, where asbestos contamination has
been blamed for more than 200 deaths.
2009 Jun 17, Ten large US banks
said they had repaid a total of $68 billion in bailout funds from
the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).
(SFC, 6/18/09, p.C2)
2009 Jun 17, The number of
Nebraska cattle herds quarantined because of bovine tuberculosis
concerns jumped to 42 and Colorado and South Dakota were warned the
disease may have already spread there.
2009 Jun 17, It was reported
that security researchers at Finjan, a venture–funded security
company in San Jose, have identified a sophisticated online network,
called GoldenCashworld, that was used for buying and selling access
to infected PCs. The network included tools for creating malicious
code and stolen credentials for about 100,000 Web sites.
(SFC, 6/17/09, p.C1)
2009 Jun 17, In southern
Afghanistan 3 Danish soldiers were when a bomb exploded as their
vehicle passed down Highway 1 heading toward the town of Barakhzai
in Helmand province.
2009 Jun 17, In southeastern
Algeria Islamist rebels ambushed a military convoy and killed at
least 18 gendarmes and one civilian in the deadliest attack on
government forces in the last six months. In 2011 a criminal court
sentenced six people to death for the attack, for which Al-Qaeda
(AFP, 6/18/09)(SFC, 6/19/09, p.A2)(AFP, 1/29/11)
2009 Jun 17, Belarus set up
customs posts on its border with Russia for the first time in 14
years as a trade dispute between the two countries escalated.
2009 Jun 17, China and Russia
expressed serious concern about tension on the Korean peninsula and,
in the face of North Korea's rhetoric, joined international pressure
for it to return to nuclear talks.
2009 Jun 17, In China’s Hubei
province, the body of Tu Yuangao (24) was found in front of the
Shishou city hotel. Xinhua News later said that Tu worked as a chef
at the hotel and some believed he was killed by gangsters or by the
hotel's boss, who is related to the city mayor. The Communist Party
boss of Shishou and head of law enforcement were dismissed on July
25 for mishandling the violent protests that followed Yuangao’s
(AP, 6/21/09)(AP, 7/25/09)
2009 Jun 17, In China 16 miners
became stuck when the Xinqiao Coal Mine flooded in Henan province. 3
of the men were rescued on July 12.
2009 Jun 17, Ralf Dahrendorf
(80), German thinker and politician, died. He spent his life
defining and defending liberty and wrote almost 30 books to this
(Econ, 6/27/09, p.94)
2009 Jun 17, In Greece gunmen
shot dead an anti-terrorist police officer guarding a witness in
central Athens, in an escalation of domestic terrorist attacks in
2009 Jun 17, Iranian opposition
leader Mir Hossein Mousavi issued a direct challenge to the
country's supreme leader and cleric-led system, calling for a mass
rally to protest disputed election results and violence against his
followers. International human rights organizations said that many
prominent activists and politicians have been arrested in Iran in
response to protests over the country's disputed presidential
(AP, 6/17/09)(AP, 6/18/09)
2009 Jun 17, Iraqi forces
acting on tips arrested Ahmed Abid Uwaid (45), a suspected al-Qaida
in Iraq leader, who was believed to be a mastermind of the June 12
assassination Harith al-Obeidi, a prominent Sunni lawmaker in
(AP, 6/17/09)(SFC, 6/18/09, p.A3)
2009 Jun 17, In Mexico four
teenagers were shot to death on a Ciudad Juarez street by gunmen
wielding assault rifles. The four were between the ages of 16 and
2009 Jun 17, In Nigeria a
Ukrainian plane made an emergency landing due to technical problems
in the northern city of Kano. Eighteen crates of mines and
ammunition, destined for Equatorial Guinea, were found aboard the
aircraft. The crew and a Nigerian collaborator were detained and
soon transferred to Abuja for questioning.
2009 Jun 17, Royal Dutch Shell
said it had deferred shipments of crude oil from its Nigerian
Forcados exports terminal for two months due to delays in repairing
a key pipeline damaged by vandals.
2009 Jun 17, In northwest
Pakistan tribesman seeking to avenge a deadly mosque bombing killed
six Taliban. 22 suspected rebels were killed in the Swat Valley over
the last 24 hours in an ongoing military offensive.
(AFP, 6/17/09)(SFC, 6/18/09, p.A3)
2009 Jun 17, Somali government
forces attacked rebel strongholds in Mogadishu, triggering battles
that killed at least 17 people, including Col. Ali Said, the
capital's police chief.
2009 Jun 17, American engineers
Raymond Tomlinson (b.1941) and Martin Cooper (b.1928), who were
instrumental in developing e-mail and mobile phones, won one of
Spain's prestigious Prince of Asturias awards for revolutionizing
the way people communicate.
2010 Jun 17, The Los Angeles
Lakers basketball team won their 16th championship following a
gritty 83-79 victory over the Boston Celtics.
2010 Jun 17, The US Justice
Dept. said it has arrested 485 people since March in the largest
nationwide mortgage-fraud crackdown of its kind.
(SFC, 6/18/10, p.D3)
2010 Jun 17, The US
Agricultural Dept. announced that Campbell Soup Co. is recalling 15
million pounds of SpaghettiOs with meatballs after a cooker
malfunctioned at one of the company's plants in Texas and left the
2010 Jun 17, Dr. Shinya
Yamanaka (47), UCSF stem cell researcher, learned that he was
awarded the $550,000 Kyoto Prize by Japan’s Inamori Foundation. He
had discovered a technique for transforming adult skin cells into
“pluripotent” stem cells without resorting to human embryos.
(SFC, 6/18/10, p.C2)
2010 Jun 17, In Minnesota
tornadoes ripped through Wadena, part of a turbulent system that
fueled twisters across the state and killed at least three people.
2010 Jun 17, Toyota said it
will restart the delayed construction of its Mississippi plant,
which will provide 2,000 jobs and be up and running by the fall of
2010 Jun 17, Officials and
reports said floods and landslides triggered by incessant monsoon
rains in Bangladesh and Myanmar have killed more than 100 people.
2010 Jun 17, Brazil suspended
retaliatory measures against US goods over a cotton subsidy dispute,
freezing until 2012 a long-running row that has demonstrated the
South American nation's trade clout.
2010 Jun 17, European Union
leaders agreed tighter sanctions against Iran, including measures to
block oil and gas investment and curtail its refining and natural
2010 Jun 17, Iceland’s
parliament voted to create what supporters hoped will be the world’s
strongest protections for free speech and journalism, passing
measures intended to make Iceland a safe haven for investigative
(SFC, 6/18/10, p.A2)
2010 Jun 17, In Iraq an
anti-al-Qaida fighter and four family members were killed as they
slept in their garden to escape the heat in a former insurgent
stronghold west of Baghdad.
2010 Jun 17, In Israel tens of
thousands of black-clad ultra-Orthodox Jews staged mass
demonstrations to protest a Supreme Court ruling forcing the
integration of a religious girls' school.
2010 Jun 17, Israel agreed to
ease its three-year-old land blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip,
hoping to quell international outrage over its deadly raid on a
flotilla bound for the Palestinian territory.
2010 Jun 17, Japanese PM Naoto
Kan's ruling party outlined its determination to rebuild the
nation's finances and slash its deficit in its new manifesto ahead
of elections next month.
2010 Jun 17, Human Rights Watch
(HRW) released a report released saying Somalis seeking safety must
first get past abusive Kenyan police trying to take what little they
have left. Kenya's police rejected the report.
2010 Jun 17, The United Nations
said some 400,000 people have been displaced by ethnic violence in
southern Kyrgyzstan, dramatically increasing the official estimate
of a crisis that has left throngs of desperate, fearful refugees
without enough food and water in grim camps along the Uzbek border.
2010 Jun 17, In Kosovo Bajram
Asllani (29) of Mitrovica was arrested and accused of being part of
a terrorism plot that originated in North Carolina among people who
planned attacks both at a US military installation and abroad.
2010 Jun 17, In Mexico police
in southern Guerrero state found the bodies of two men who had been
tortured in the town of Tepecoacuilco. In the northern border city
of Ciudad Juarez, two 15-year-old girls were among 15 people killed
in a 24-hour period. Soldiers acting on a tip raided 3 houses in
Culiacan, Sinaloa state, and found over $1 million in cash, guns,
drugs and expensive jewelry.
(AP, 6/17/10)(AP, 6/18/10)(SFC, 6/19/10, p.A2)
2010 Jun 17, A Dutch court
sentenced five Somali pirates, the first to stand trial in Europe,
to five years in prison for attacking a Dutch Antilles-flagged ship
2010 Jun 17, Royal Dutch Shell
PLC warned Nigeria that $40 billion of planned investments in the
oil-rich nation could be in jeopardy if lawmakers pass a proposed
bill to overhaul the petroleum industry. Government officials say
the bill would allow more oil money to return to Nigeria's people.
The bill also would require the government-run Nigerian National
Petroleum Corp., which partners with all foreign oil firms, to seek
profits like a private business and not rely on government
2010 Jun 17, In Paraguay two
police officers were killed in a confrontation with a guerrilla
group in the north of the country. The clash involved five or six
members of the Paraguayan People's Army. At least one guerrilla was
wounded after the confrontation with a team of about 50 special
2010 Jun 17, In Peru American
activist Lori Berenson (40) apologized in a letter to Peru for her
“crime of collaboration with terrorism.” Berenson asked a government
panel to commute her 20-year sentence for aiding the leftist Tupac
Amuru Revolutionary Movement.
(SFC, 6/18/10, p.A2)
2010 Jun 17, Russia's
children's rights ombudsman said Russian and US negotiators have
agreed to set up licensed adoption agencies and allow monitors to
visit the homes of adopted children as part of a new accord.
2010 Jun 17, Russia PM Putin
agreed to support a $1 billion joint US-Russian venture to drill for
oil in the Black Sea. San Ramon, Ca., based Chevron and Russia’s
state-owned Rosneft signed the agreement to develop the Val Shatsky
deposit, which could contain up to 860 million tons of crude.
(SFC, 6/18/10, p.D3)
2010 Jun 17, The United Nations
said it will set up a panel to probe war crimes in Sri Lanka despite
repeated protests from the island's hawkish government.
2010 Jun 17, Vietnam's
communist-dominated National Assembly voted to replace firing squads
with lethal injections. As of 2012 no executions were conducted
because the EU refused to export the required lethal drugs.
(AFP, 6/17/10)(SFC, 11/2/12, p.A2)
2011 Jun 17, A 90-day deadline
passed on the American government, under the 1973 War Powers
Resolution, for asking permission from Congress for continuing
hostilities against Libya. Pres. Obama held that America’s
supporting role no longer amounts to hostilities.
2011 Jun 17, In Arizona
firefighters continued to battle the Wallow Fire, which thus far has
consumed 773 square miles, the largest in state history. Containment
was at 33%.
(SFC, 6/18/11, p.A5)
2011 Jun 17, In California
government and corporate leaders broke ground on the $4 billion
Blythe Solar Power Project in Riverside County, developed by Solar
Millennium, a German firm.
(SFC, 6/18/11, p.A8)
2011 Jun 17, In Connecticut
former prep school dean Robert Reihhardt (46) was sentenced to 9½
years in prison for sexually abusing 4 students at The Gunnery.
(SFC, 6/18/11, p.A5)
2011 Jun 17, It was reported
that scientists at Wake Forest have designed a brain implant that
restores lost memory function and strengthens recall of new
information in laboratory rats.
(SFC, 6/17/11, p.A17)
2011 Jun 17, In Bahrain
thousands of Shiites rallied outside Manama in the second mass
demonstration organized by Al-Wefaq opposition group since a
mid-March crackdown on pro-democracy protests.
2011 Jun 17, Air Canada Inc and
striking customer service workers reached a tentative contract
agreement, settling on a compromise on the biggest obstacle to a
deal: the issue of pension benefits and who should pay for them.
2011 Jun 17, In Finland 6
parties across the political spectrum united to form a government,
saving Finland from the embarrassment of having no prime minister at
a key European Union summit next week.
2011 Jun 17, Greek PM George
Papandreou met the demands of his restive party by replacing his
finance minister in a broad cabinet reshuffle that won strong
support from markets, optimistic that crucial austerity measures
will now be passed. Germany softened its position on giving Greece
more help by agreeing with France that private investors would be
involved only on a voluntary basis.
2011 Jun 17, Guatemalan police
arrested retired Gen. Hector Mario Lopez (81), a former military
chief of staff in the mass killing of government opponents during
the country's 36-year civil war. He was the highest-ranking official
yet detained for massacres in the 1980s. Lopez was allegedly
involved in about 200 massacres committed while he was chief of
staff of the Guatemalan military between 1982 and 1983.
2011 Jun 17, In Iraq hundreds
rallied in Baghdad's Tahrir Square in dueling pro- and
2011 Jun 17, In Israel an
explosion in a residential building in Netanya killed 3 people. The
blast appeared to be due to a gas cylinder used for cooking fuel.
(SFC, 6/17/11, p.A2)
2011 Jun 17, The Ynet website
reported that a Jerusalem rabbinical court has condemned to death by
stoning a dog it suspects is the reincarnation of a secular lawyer
who insulted the court's judges 20 years ago.
2011 Jun 17, Italy signed an
agreement with Libyan rebels meant to stem a stream of migrants
fleeing unrest, prompting concerns at the UN refugee agency that
people seeking asylum won't have proper protection.
2011 Jun 17, Libyan rebels and
pro-Gaddafi forces exchanged heavy artillery fire near the western
city of Zlitan as the rebels tried to push deeper into
government-held territory east of the capital. NATO warplanes dashed
into the Libyan capital Tripoli, pounding a target in the south of
the city and sending a thick cloud of black smoke rising high into
2011 Jun 17, In Mexico a
gunbattle between soldiers and suspected cartel gunmen left two
suspects dead in the northern border city of Matamoros. The
government of Veracruz state said five suspects died there following
a shootout with state police and soldiers. 11 people were killed in
the state of Veracruz when criminals attacked police and soldiers at
a military checkpoint on a highway between the state capital of
Xalapa and the port city of Veracruz.
2011 Jun 17, Mexican customs
inspectors say they've found more than $2.4 million in cash rolled
up and stuffed into spools of telephone cable headed for Venezuela.
Authorities say Venezuela is increasingly becoming a trans-shipment
point for cocaine, and Mexican cartels often ship money back to
South America to pay for the drugs.
2011 Jun 17, Morocco's King
Mohammed VI announced a series of constitutional reforms in a speech
that he said will turn the North African country into a
constitutional monarchy, though pro-democracy activists remain
2011 Jun 17, A rocket fired
during fighting in Pakistan's tribal region landed in eastern
Afghanistan, killing four children in an area where militants launch
attacks on US-led forces.
2011 Jun 17, Several Saudi
women boldly got behind the wheel, including one who managed a
45-minute trip through the nation's capital, seeking to ignite a
road rebellion against the male-only driving rules in the
2011 Jun 17, Spain’s attorney
general said prosecutors are investigating 849 cases of newborn
children stolen from their mothers and sold to other families for
2011 Jun 17, The army of north
Sudan shelled a town just south of the flashpoint Abyei border
region, with tensions rising along the frontier just weeks before
southern independence. Satellite images showed northern Sudanese
military vehicles including heavy transports and artillery massing
in the capital of the conflict-stricken Southern Kordofan state.
(AFP, 6/17/11)(Reuters, 6/19/11)
2011 Jun 17, Syrian security
forces killed 19 people, including a 16-year-old boy, during
anti-government protests. Thousands of people poured into the
streets throughout Syria after prayers calling for the downfall of
President Bashar Assad's regime. Security forces opened fire on
protesters in the western coastal city of Banias.
(AP, 6/17/11)(AFP, 6/17/11)(AP, 6/18/11)
2011 Jun 17, The United Nations
issued its first condemnation of discrimination against gays,
lesbians and transgender people in a cautiously worded declaration
hailed by supporters including the United States as a historic
2011 Jun 17, The UN Security
Council approved 2 resolutions to unlink Al-Qaida and the Taliban
and recognize their different agendas.
(SFC, 6/18/11, p.A2)
2011 Jun 17, In Venezuela
thousands of National Guard troops stormed the El Rodeo I prison
seeking to disarm inmates days after a bloody riot, setting off
gunfights with resisting inmates that left at least two soldiers
dead and 18 wounded.
2011 Jun 17, The Virgin Islands
government said it has transferred 66 male inmates to the US
mainland to improve security at a prison that federal officials have
said is out of control. Gov. John de Jongh said the transfer of
inmates from the Golden Grove prison on the island of St. Croix to
prisons in Virginia and Florida was planned months before the
federal government requested to take over the prison.
2012 Jun 17, In NYC thousands
of protesters marched down Fifth Avenue to demand an end to the
police department’s “stop-and-frisk” tactics.
(SFC, 6/18/12, p.A5)
2012 Jun 17, Rodney King
(b.1965), whose videotaped beating by police in 1991 led to the L.A.
riots, was found dead at the bottom of a swimming pool at his
Rialto, California, home.
(Reuters, 6/17/12)(SFC, 6/18/12, p.A6)
2012 Jun 17, Egyptians voted
for a 2nd day in a presidential runoff pitting Hosni Mubarak's last
prime minister against a conservative Islamist. Mohammed Morsi of
the Muslim Brotherhood claimed nearly 52% of the vote to defeat
Mubarak's last PM Ahmed Shafiq with about 48%. The military council
issued an interim constitution just as polls were closing that gave
the generals sweeping authority to maintain their grip on power and
subordinate the nominal head of state. The interim constitution
declared the military rulers the country's lawmakers in lieu of the
dissolved parliament, gave them control over the budget and the
power to determine who writes the permanent constitution that will
define the country's future.
(AP, 6/17/12)(AP, 6/18/12)
2012 Jun 17, France held
legislative elections. Final results showed the Socialist Party won
280 seats, while two closely allied parties garnered a total of 34
seats, giving the Socialist-led bloc 314 seats.
2012 Jun 17, Greece held
national elections for the 2nd time in six weeks. Final results gave
New Democracy 29.66% and 129 of 300 seats, followed by Syriza at
26.89% and 71 seats. The conservative New Democracy party lacked
enough legislators to govern alone, and sought allies among the
pro-bailout Socialists, who came in third at 12.3% and 33
(AP, 6/17/12)(AP, 6/18/12)(SFC, 6/18/12, p.A2)
2012 Jun 17, In Greece a major
fire south of Athens raged for the second day, as gale-force winds
were rekindling the flames and three new fronts broke out.
2012 Jun 17, In Indonesia a
boat carrying at least 70 passengers and crew on board, went down
after it was battered by waves up to five meters (16 feet) high in
Maluku province. 12 people were rescued and 58 remained missing.
(AFP, 6/17/12)(AP, 6/19/12)
2012 Jun 17, In Iraq bombings
killed five people and wounded 34 others, after a bloody week that
cost the lives of more than 100 people.
2012 Jun 17, In Nigeria bomb
blasts damaged five churches in four cities in northern Kaduna
state, injuring dozens of worshippers and leading to an immediate
curfew. Suicide blasts on 3 churches carried out by Boko Haram
Islamists and subsequent rioting killed at least 52 people.
(AFP, 6/17/12)(AFP, 6/18/12)
2012 Jun 17, Two Palestinians,
Anwar Abed Rabbo (35) and Naim al-Najjar (29), were shot dead by an
Israeli truck driver after they tried to steal his vehicle in the
south Hebron Hills.
2012 Jun 17, Sudanese riot
police attacked a Khartoum student demonstration against high food
prices, firing tear gas and beating some of the protesters with
batons. Sudanese security agents seized all the copies of three
independent newspapers, the latest such move in a week long
crackdown on local independent dailies.
2012 Jun 17, Swiss voters
decided that they have enough democracy already, dealing a heavy
defeat to a proposal to hold more referendums on international
2012 Jun 17, Syrian troops
intensified their shelling of rebel-held neighborhoods in the
central city of Homs as living conditions there deteriorate further.
A watchdog said 10 people were killed across Syria, taking the
weekend death toll to nearly 80.
(AP, 6/17/12)(AFP, 6/17/12)
2012 Jun 17, Togolese
authorities released three protest leaders, including the
coordinator of Let's Save Togo.
2012 Jun 17, In southeastern
Turkey prison inmates set mattresses and blankets alight overnight,
starting a fire that killed 13 prisoners in the mostly-Kurdish and
Arabic-speaking city of Sanliurfa.
2013 Jun 17, President Barack
Obama, speaking in Belfast, declared peace in Northern Ireland a
"blueprint" for those living amid conflict around the world, while
acknowledging that the calm between Catholics and Protestants will
face further tests.
2013 Jun 17, The US Supreme
Court ruled that states can't demand proof of citizenship from
people registering to vote in federal elections unless they get
federal or court approval to do so. The decision complicated efforts
in Arizona and other states to bar voting by people who are in the
2013 Jun 17, In Afghanistan
insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine guns
into a convoy carrying goods to Kabul, killing 3 drivers and
wounding two others. The police chief of Helmand province survived a
suicide car bomb attack on his convoy that wounded 3 officers.
2013 Jun 17, In Brazil more
than 100,000 people were in the streets for largely peaceful
protests in at least eight big cities. Demonstrations in Rio de
Janeiro and Belo Horizonte were marred by vandalism and violent
clashes with police. The wave of protests, which began over a hike
in bus prices, was also in large part motivated by widespread images
of Sao Paulo police last week beating demonstrators and firing
rubber bullets during a march that drew 5,000.
2013 Jun 17, Scientists
reported that the use of airborne laser technology has allowed them
to uncover a network of roadways and canals linking together
Cambodia’s 1,200-year-old Angkor Wat temple complex.
(SFC, 6/19/13, p.A5)
2013 Jun 17, In Canada
Montreal’s new Mayor Michael Applebaum, who pledged to stamp out
corruption at City Hall when he took office late last year, was
arrested by Quebec's anti-corruption police squad. He faced 14
charges including defrauding the government and corruption in
(AP, 6/17/13)(SFC, 6/18/13, p.A2)
2013 Jun 17, Canada said it has
pledged an additional $98.4 million to Jordan to help the Arab
country cope with the costly fallout from the worsening crisis next
door in Syria.
2013 Jun 17, The semiannual
TOP500 listing of the world's fastest supercomputers was released.
It said the Tianhe-2, developed by the National University of
Defense Technology in central China's Changsha city, is capable of
sustained computing of 33.86 petaflops per second. The Tianhe-2,
which means Milky Way-2, knocks the US Energy Department's Titan
machine off the No. 1 spot. It achieved 17.59 petaflops per second.
2013 Jun 17, In France Airbus
and Boeing both won pledges for big purchases of long-haul,
wide-body jets, as the Paris Air Show got off to a robust, if rainy
2013 Jun 17, Officials in India
said torrential rain and floods have killed at least 23 people in
the northern state of Uttarakhand. 50 people remained missing.
(SFC, 6/18/13, p.A2)
2013 Jun 17, Iran's newly
elected Pres. Hasan Rowhani pledged to follow a "path of moderation"
and promised greater openness over the country's nuclear program,
emphasizing messages from Western leaders since his victory that
have brought cautious hope of new openings with Tehran.
2013 Jun 17, In Iraq 3 bomb
attacks, including a blast in a roadside restaurant in Taji, killed
2013 Jun 17, In Kenya police in
Mombasa killed Kassim Omolo Otieno and Salim Mohammed Nero for
suspected links with terrorists. Family and witnesses later said the
suspects were arrested without a fight. One was handcuffed, one
begged for his life and both were executed.
2013 Jun 17, Father Lancelote
Miguel Rodrigues (b.1923) died in Macau. The Malacca-born priest had
played a crucial role in protecting waves of refugees that rushed to
Macau, running away from the military conflicts that rocked the
(Econ, 6/29/13, p.86)(http://tinyurl.com/luu8v7h)
2013 Jun 17, In Mozambique an
assault by 100-150 opposition fighters on an arms depot in Sofala
province killed 6 government troops and injured three others.
2013 Jun 17, In northeastern
Nigeria suspected Boko Haram militants opened fire on students
taking exams in Maiduguri. 9 students were killed. The attack came
hours after extremists attacked the Government Secondary School, a
boarding school for seniors in Damaturu, Yobe state, killing 7 high
school seniors and 2 teachers. The military said 2 soldiers and 2
jihadists also were killed in what developed into a five-hour
shootout.. Suspected extremists also gunned down a group of
fisherman on a river bank in Alau, 20 km outside Maiduguri.
(AP, 6/18/13)(AP, 6/26/13)
2013 Jun 17, G8 leaders began
meeting in Northern Ireland. They dedicated themselves to a
political solution to Syria's bloody civil war, even as President
Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin staked out
diametrically opposite stands on which side deserves military
(AP, 6/17/13) (AP, 6/18/13)
2013 Jun 17, Saudi Arabia said
four more people have died from a new respiratory virus related to
SARS, bringing the total number of deaths to 32 in the kingdom at
the center of the growing crisis.
2013 Jun 17, A Gulf source told
Reuters that Saudi Arabia had equipped fighters for the first time
with shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles. Rebels said Riyadh had
also sent them anti-tank missiles.
2013 Jun 17, Syrian troops
clashed with rebels inside Aleppo and in the city's outskirts. A
regime airstrike hit the village of Douweirina, a stronghold of an
al-Qaida affiliated group fighting on the opposition's side.
2013 Jun 17, In Turkey labor
unions and political foes of PM Recep Erdogan rallied by the
thousands across the country, hoping to capitalize on weeks of
initially small-scale protest to register broader discontent. The
call to walk off the job had limited fallout beyond the
2013 Jun 17, In Turkey Erdem
Gunduz, a choreographer, began a silent and motionless stand in
Taksim Square to protest police use of tear gas and water cannon to
clear both the square and Gezi Park of thousands of demonstrators.
(Econ, 6/22/13, p.56)(http://tinyurl.com/kh3yqve)
2013 Jun 17, Yemeni and
American rights protesters staged a demonstration in front of the US
Embassy in Sanaa, demanding release of Yemeni Guantanamo detainees.
2014 Jun 17, Georgia inmate
Marcus Wellons was executed by lethal injection for killing his
neighbor (15) in 1989.
(SFC, 6/18/14, p.A9)
2014 Jun 17, Missouri inmate
John Winfield was executed by lethal injection for killing two St.
Louis County women in 1996.
(SFC, 6/18/14, p.A9)
2014 Jun 17, US authorities in
Philadelphia arrested Johann Breyer (89) after a German warrant
charged him with 158 counts of complicity in the killing of Jews
while he was a guard at Auschwitz in 1944. Breyer died on July 22,
hours before a ruling on his extradition to Germany.
(SFC, 6/19/14, p.A9)(SFC, 7/24/14, p.A8)
2014 Jun 17, American Airlines
said that it will cut nearly 80 percent of its flights to Venezuela
in a dispute over revenue being held by the South American country.
2014 Jun 17, Anthony
Goldschmidt (b.1942), American designer of posters for top movies,
died in Los Angeles.
(SSFC, 7/6/14, p.C9)
2014 Jun 17, Austrian police
said a Romanian woman (40) was imprisoned, raped and repeatedly
beaten in a house in Styria for more than a month before escaping
when her attacker got drunk. Police arrested a Romanian man (49) in
connection with the imprisonment and attacks.
2014 Jun 17, In southern
Albania near-continuous gunfire rang out from the lawless village of
Lazarat as hundreds more police arrived to battle well-armed
marijuana growers who were trying to thwart a government crackdown.
2014 Jun 17, In England Nahid
Almanea (31), a Saudi student, died after she was stabbed 16 times
while walking on a public path in Colchester, northeast of London.
She was wearing a full-length Muslim robe and a headscarf and had
been studying English as part of an advanced degree program.
2014 Jun 17, Chinese premier Li
Keqiang began his visit to Britain with a meeting with Queen
Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle. He then traveled to central London
for a formal inspection of British soldiers and a meeting with PM
David Cameron at his office in Downing Street. Mr Li, who was
accompanied by a large business delegation, formally agreed during
the trip to commercial deals and investments worth £14bn ($24
billion) in areas such as energy and finance.
(AP, 6/17/14)(Econ, 7/19/14, p.11)
2014 Jun 17, In China an
accidental explosion killed 17 soldiers as they were stacking
ammunition in Hengyang, Hunan province.
(SFC, 6/19/14, p.A2)
2014 Jun 17, In England a
unanimous jury decision at Birmingham Crown Court found two
Singaporean businessmen and a footballer guilty of involvement in a
match-fixing conspiracy targeting English lower league games.
2014 Jun 17, Egypt released
Abdullah Elshamy (26), a jailed Al-Jazeera journalist, citing health
conditions. Elshamy had been on a hunger strike for over four months
to protest his prolonged detention without charges.
(SFC, 6/18/14, p.A2)
2014 Jun 17, French riot police
clashed with striking train workers, who hurled bottles and blocked
traffic in anger over a bill to reform the state-run railway system.
2014 Jun 17, Iran and six world
powers re-launched talks to rescue prospects for a deal on Tehran's
nuclear activity by a July deadline.
2014 Jun 17, In Iraq
pro-government Shiite militiamen killed nearly four dozen Sunni
detainees after insurgents tried to storm a jail and free them
northeast of Baghdad. 9 of the attackers were reported killed. The
Iraqi military, however, insisted the inmates were killed when the
attackers shelled the facility. In central Baghdad a sticky bomb
attached to a car went off, killing 3 passengers and wounding 11
2014 Jun 17, In Iraq gunmen
loyal to the rebel Free Syrian Army and Al-Qaeda's Syrian franchise
Al-Nusra Front took control of Al-Qaim, the Iraqi side of a border
crossing with Syria, after security forces withdrew. They had
already controlled the Syrian side of the crossing.
2014 Jun 17, Israel’s security
cabinet agreed to make more arrests, put up roadblocks and turn
Palestinian houses into military observation posts to increase
pressure on Hamas for the kidnapping of three youths after they left
their religious school in a Jewish settlement on June 12.
2014 Jun 17, Kenya's president
blamed political leaders inside Kenya for carrying out two nights of
deadly attacks that killed at least 60 people in coastal
communities, saying that despite claims of responsibility from
al-Shabab, the Islamic extremists were not behind it.
2014 Jun 17, A Liberian judge
sentenced 13 men to life in prison for "mercenary activity" in
neighboring Ivory Coast in 2011-2012.
2014 Jun 17, A Liberian a
health official said 7 people believed to have the Ebola virus have
died in recent days in the first deaths reported in Monrovia since
the outbreak began. 16 people were now believed to have died from
the virus in the West African country.
2014 Jun 17, In Nigeria at
least 14 people were killed and 26 wounded in a bomb blast as soccer
fans were viewing the Brazil-Mexico match in Damaturu, Yobe state. A
“terror kingpin” was reported captured among 486 suspects in a
convoy of 33 buses in Enugu state.
(AP, 6/18/14)(SFC, 6/19/14, p.A6)
2014 Jun 17, Pakistani police
clashed with followers of an anti-Taliban cleric critical of
Pakistan's government in the eastern city of Lahore. The violence
killed at least 7 people. Cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri is based in Canada
but has a network of mosques and religious centers across Pakistan.
(AP, 6/17/14)(SFC, 6/18/14, p.A2)
2014 Jun 17, The Pakistani
military said combat aircraft destroyed a bomb making factory in the
tribal region of North Waziristan and at least 25 militants were
killed in a wave of air strikes.
2014 Jun 17, The Syrian Islamic
Council, a group of Sunni clerics that back the mainstream rebels,
formally condemned ISIS as a stooge of Pres. Assad.
(Econ, 6/21/14, p.46)
2014 Jun 17, Ukraine received
500 million euros ($680 million) from the EU to help stabilize the
country and shore up its ailing economy.
2014 Jun 17, In Ukraine Russian
correspondent Igor Kornelyuk (37) died during surgery in a hospital
after being wounded by mortar fire while on assignment in Luhansk.
Sound engineer Viktor Denisov was also confirmed dead.
(AP, 6/17/14)(SFC, 6/18/14, p.A2)
2014 Jun 17, In central Ukraine
an explosion rocked the main pipeline carrying Russian natural gas
to the rest of Europe but a source at Russian gas producer Gazprom
said the blast has not disrupted the gas flow.
2015 Jun 17, US Defense
Secretary Ash Carter said the effort to train Iraqi forces to fight
Islamic State militants has been slowed by a lack of recruits and
the US will not meet its goal to train 24,000 by this fall.
2015 Jun 17, Washington and
Madrid signed a deal setting up a permanent force of 2,200 US
Marines based in southern Spain who can be swiftly deployed to
crises in Africa.
2015 Jun 17, The US FCC fined
ATT Mobility LLC $100 million for offering consumers “unlimited”
data, but then slowing their Internet speeds after they reached a
certain amount. ATT said it would dispute the fine, the largest
proposed in FCC history.
(SFC, 6/18/15, p.C3)
2015 Jun 17, It was reported
that US border officers in Arizona have seized more than 3,240
pounds of methamphetamines between October and May, compared with
3,200 pounds of all of 2014.
(SFC, 6/17/15, p.A5)
2015 Jun 17, A US federal judge
declared Minnesota’s sex offender treatment program
unconstitutional. More than 700 people were kept civilly committed
despite completing their prison sentences.
(SFC, 6/18/15, p.A6)
2015 Jun 17, In South Carolina
white gunman Dylann Storm Roof (21) shot and killed 9 people at the
Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston. The dead
included state Sen. Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney. Roof was arrested the
next day in Shelby, NC.
(AFP, 6/18/15)(SFC, 6/19/15, p.A9)
2015 Jun 17, In Afghanistan at
least 11 security force members were been killed in a Taliban
assault on government buildings in Musa Qala, southern Helmand
2015 Jun 17, Chad warplanes
bombed Boko Haram positions in neighboring Nigeria to avenge twin
suicide bombings in the capital this week blamed on the jihadists.
The government also announced it was banning the burqa nationwide in
a security clampdown.
2015 Jun 17, The Chinese
government rolled out more details of the building work it is
undertaking in the disputed South China Sea, listing lighthouses,
communications stations and other facilities for civilian and
2015 Jun 17, Democratic
Republic of Congo topped the 2015 Corruption Risk Index by risk
advisory firm Verisk Maplecroft, followed by Somalia, Central
African Republic, Sudan and Equatorial Guinea.
2015 Jun 17, In Congo DRC
heavily armed poachers, believed to be from South Sudan, killed a
ranger and two soldiers patrolling in Garamba National Park.
2015 Jun 17, Egypt's president
issued a decree pardoning 165 people, mostly youths convicted of
breaking protest laws and misdemeanors ahead of the holy month of
2015 Jun 17, The EU’s tax
watchdog unveiled a plan for tackling corporate tax avoidance. The
EU’s executive commission published a blacklist of 30 countries it
says are not doing enough to crack down on tax avoidance.
(SFC, 6/18/15, p.A2)
2015 Jun 17, European Union
governments agreed to extend economic sanctions on Russia over its
actions in Ukraine by six months until Jan. 31.
2015 Jun 17, France said it
will create 11,000 more places in centers for asylum seekers and
housing for refugees as part of a plan to help deal with the flow of
thousands of migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea.
2015 Jun 17, In Georgia a rare
white tiger that escaped from Tbilisi zoo in a freak flood mauled a
man to death before being shot dead by police. Another young tiger
and a hyena were still unaccounted for.
2015 Jun 17, The Greek central
bank warned for the first time that the country could suffer a
"painful" exit from the eurozone and even the EU if it fails to
reach a bailout deal with international creditors.
2015 Jun 17, In Indonesia a
cliff at a beach resort on Java collapsed, killing 3 people and
burying several others.
2015 Jun 17, Japan’s Diet
enacted legislation to lower the voting age to 18 from 20.
(SSFC, 6/21/15, p.A4)
2015 Jun 17, Japan warned China
that its extensive land reclamation in the disputed South China Sea
does not make ownership a done deal.
2015 Jun 17, Stores, businesses
and schools slammed shut across Indian-controlled Kashmir after
separatists called a strike to protest a series of
assassination-style killings over the past week.
2015 Jun 17, In Libya three of
10 staffers kidnapped from Tunisia's Tripoli consulate by militia on
June 12 were released, and the remainder were expected to be freed
soon. The release came as Tunisian authorities announced that a
Libyan man they have been holding, whose freedom was reportedly
demanded by the kidnappers, is to be deported.
2015 Jun 17, The Palestinian
unity government resigned in a deepening rift with Gaza as the
territory's de facto rulers Hamas held separate, indirect talks with
2015 Jun 17, In southern
Portugal a bus carrying Dutch tourists crashed, killing 3 tourists
and injuring 30 others and the Portuguese bus driver.
2015 Jun 17, South Sudan's
government accused Sudan of bombing two locations in its territory,
killing at least one soldier and wounding others on June 14-15.
2015 Jun 17, Saudi Arabia
beheaded two of its citizens for murder, adding to what a rights
group calls a "campaign of death" in which 102 people have been
executed this year compared to 87 in 2014.
2015 Jun 17, Slovenian police
confirmed that former Kosovo PM Ramush Haradinaj (2004-2005), a
guerrilla commander during the 1998-99 Kosovo war, has been detained
by the Slovenian police on a 2006 Serbian arrest warrant.
2015 Jun 17, Rebels surrounded
a government-held Druze village on the Syrian side of the ceasefire
line on the Golan Heights after heavy fighting. The fighting killed
a soldier and one insurgent, after 6 rebels were killed the day
(AFP, 6/17/15)(AP, 6/17/15)
2015 Jun 17, Tanzanian police
said they have arrested a man (44) accused of trying to sell his
albino niece to undercover security officials posing at witch
doctors as part of a nationwide crackdown on the illegal trade in
albino body parts used in black magic.
2015 Jun 17, In Turkey Suleyman
Demirel (b.1924), a former president (1993-2000) and seven-time
prime minister, died in Ankara.
2015 Jun 17, In central Yemen
Houthi fighters blew up the Dhamar city home of senior politician
Abdel-Aziz Jubari while he was in Switzerland as a member of the
exiled government's delegation to peace talks. In Geneva the
UN-sponsored talks between the warring factions went into a second
2015 Jun 17, Al Qaeda militants
in Yemen killed two alleged Saudi spies, accusing them of planting
tracking devices which enabled the assassination of the group's
leader in a suspected US drone strike last week. Saudi-led air
strikes hit a convoy of civilian vehicles killing at least 31
people. Four car bombs hit three mosques and the political
headquarters of the Houthi movement in Sanaa killing at least 4
people and wounding at least 60 others.
(Reuters, 6/17/15)(SFC, 6/18/15, p.A3)
2016 Jun 17, It was reported
that 51 US State Department diplomats have signed an internal memo
critical of US policy in Syria, calling for military strikes against
President Bashar al-Assad's government to stop its persistent
violations of a civil war ceasefire.
2016 Jun 17, The United States
expelled two Russian officials in response to an attack by a Russian
policeman on a US diplomat in Moscow earlier in the month. On July 9
Russia said it had expelled two US Embassy staff members in June
after a similar 'unfriendly' move by Washington.
2016 Jun 17, Police in Michigan
confiscated 25 dogs and arrested five people in an investigation
into dog fighting in the Detroit suburbs of Inkster and Westland.
(SFC, 6/18/16, p.A5)
2016 Jun 17, A hacker siphoned
around 3.6 million ether digital money, valued at about $55 million,
from the Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO), which had
raised $160 million in the form of ether, an alternative to the
digital currency bitcoin. The attack likely put an end to the
(SFC, 6/20/16, p.D1)(Econ, 6/25/16, p.66)
2016 Jun 17, Brazil's
Environment Ministry said it has fined mining company Samarco 142
million reais ($41.6 million) for damages to three protected areas
resulting from a tailings dam burst in November.
2016 Jun 17, In the Central
African Republic a local driver for Medecins sans Frontieres was
killed during an ambush on a convoy by unidentified gunmen.
2016 Jun 17, Chinese President
Xi Jinping arrived in Serbia for a visit meant to boost relations
with the friendly nation and assert China's intention to increase
its presence in the Balkans and Europe.
2016 Jun 17, China’s product
quality agency announced that Honda Motor Co.'s Chinese joint
venture is recalling 1 million sedans and SUVs to replace possibly
faulty air bags made by Takata Corp.
2016 Jun 17, It was reported
that China has ordered at least 255 Shanghai-based industrial
facilities, including part of a major oil refinery operated by
Sinopec Corp, to shut for 14 days to reduce pollution ahead of
the Aug. 24 - Sept. 6 G20 summit.
2016 Jun 17, In China police
swept in late today to surround sensitive government buildings and
take away Lin Zuluan, the democratically elected leader of Wukan
village in Guangdong province. He had planned protests on June 18
against illegal land grabs.
2016 Jun 17, Dagestan police
said that at least 4 officers and 6 militants have died in a series
of clashes in three regions.
2016 Jun 17, Denmark police
conducted raids in Copenhagen against organized hashish sale at the
famed Christiania hippie neighborhood and arrested at least 17
2016 Jun 17, Egyptian
investigators said a second flight recorder has been retrieved from
the crashed EgyptAir flight MS804, containing data from aircraft
systems which could shed light on what brought the plane down last
2016 Jun 17, The EU rolled over
for another year sanctions imposed to protest Russia's 2014
annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, which the bloc deems illegal.
2016 Jun 17, Finland police in
Vihti, northwest of Helsinki, dispatched several officers to a
property late today. They were targeted by gunfire as they
approached the house and one shot fatally wounded a policeman (30)
and seriously wounded another. The shooter (73) committed suicide.
2016 Jun 17, In Germany a
94-year-old former SS sergeant who served as a guard at Auschwitz
was found guilty of more than 170,000 counts of accessory to murder
for helping kill 1.1 million Jews and others at the Nazi death camp.
The Detmold state court sentenced Reinhold Hanning to five years in
prison, though he will remain free while any appeals are heard.
Hanning died on June 1, 2017.
(AP, 6/17/16)(SFC, 6/2/17, p.A2)
2016 Jun 17, In Hong Kong more
than 100 activists marched on China's liaison office to protest
against the detention of five booksellers. A day earlier Lam
Wing-kee told reporters he had been arrested and detained in China
for more than eight months, and that one of his colleagues, Lee Bo,
a British national, was abducted from Hong Kong by mainland Chinese
(Reuters, 6/17/16)(Econ, 6/25/16,
2016 Jun 17, In India the film
“Udta Punjab” was released. It dramatized the state’s struggle with
drugs. A recent study found that 20% of the young men in Punjab use
opioids. Injectable heroine appeared about five years ago and
quickly became the drug of choice.
(Econ, 6/25/16, p.34)
2016 Jun 17, Indian PM Narendra
Modi and Thailand’s PM Prayuth Chan-ocha agreed in New Delhi to
increase cooperation in tackling terrorism, threats to
cybersecurity, narcotics, transnational economic offenses and human
2016 Jun 17, An Indian court
sentenced 11 people to life in prison for murder in one of the many
deadly religious riots that swept across the western state of
Gujarat in 2002 and left more than 1,000 dead.
2016 Jun 17, Iraqi special
forces entered the center of Fallujah city early today, taking over
a government complex and a neighborhood that served as a base for
the Islamic State group militants after intense fighting.
2016 Jun 17, In Kenya eight
politicians were charged with hate speech and incitement to violence
following public comments and calls to supporters made in recent
2016 Jun 17, Mexico's Congress
passed a package of anti-corruption bills, including stiffer
penalties for graft, but the legislation was stripped of a provision
that would have required public officials to make public their asset
2016 Jun 17, Thousands of
Mexican teachers from a radical union marched in Mexico City to
protest an education reform and the arrest of two of their leaders.
2016 Jun 17, Mexican federal
police said they have seized more than 1,300 pounds (600 kg) of
cocaine in eight suitcases at the capital's international airport.
Three people were arrested when they claimed the suitcases from a
flight that originated in Caracas, Venezuela.
2016 Jun 17, In Pakistan a
mother and son slit the throat of 22-year-old Muqadas Tofeeq in the
village of Butrawala in Punjab province for marrying against the
wishes of her family. Tofeeq was the mother of a 10-month-old
2016 Jun 17, In central Romania
4 people were killed when a bus carrying children and teachers
traveling to a folklore festival overturned near the village of
2016 Jun 17, Russia's track and
field athletes were banned from competing for their country at the
Rio de Janeiro Olympics because the country has failed to do enough
to clean up a deep-rooted doping system that tainted athletes who
may be clean.
2016 Jun 17, Russia said that
at least 4 officers and 6 militants have died in a series of clashes
Dagestan region in the North Caucasus.
2016 Jun 17, In South Korea a
civilian light plane crashed in Muan, killing all 3 people on board.
2016 Jun 17, Sri Lanka welcomed
a European Union decision to remove it from a list of countries that
fail to control illegal and unregulated fishing, ending a ban on
imports of fish caught by Sri Lanka-flagged vessels.
2016 Jun 17, In Syria the
Islamic State carried out two suicide attacks and five car bombings
in the southwestern suburbs of Manbij. 6 members of the same family
were killed when they were targeted by jihadists while fleeing.
2016 Jun 17, In Taiwan Tyrel
Martin Marhanka (41), American man, killed himself by slashing his
neck with a scissor blade inside a courtroom after being given a
four-year sentence for growing opium and marijuana at a rented site
in Changhua county.
2016 Jun 17, Activists in
Taiwan called on the island's largest industrial group, Formosa
Plastics, to investigate recent mass fish deaths in Vietnam, near
where the company has a steel plant.
2016 Jun 17, In Turkey the
governor of Istanbul banned gay, lesbian and transgender individuals
from holding pride parades at their usual venue, citing security
2017 Jun 17, US and Japanese
vessels and aircraft searched for seven American sailors who were
missing after their Navy destroyer, the USS Fitzgerald, collided
before dawn with the ACX Crystal, a container ship four times its
size, off the coast of Japan. The search for seven US Navy sailors
was called on June 18 off after several bodies were found in the
ship's flooded compartments, including sleeping quarters.
(AP, 6/17/17)(AP, 6/18/17)
2017 Jun 17, In Minnesota 18
people were arrested early today in protests that followed the
acquittal of police Officer Jeronimo Yanez in the July 6, 2016,
shooting death of Philando Castile.
(SSFC, 6/18/17, p.A8)
2017 Jun 17, A Pennsylvania
judge declared a mistrial as jurors deadlocked on charges that Bill
Cosby had drugged and molested a woman more than a decade ago.
Prosecutors said they would seek a 2nd trial.
(SSFC, 6/18/17, p.A8)
2017 Jun 17, Afghan army
security forces recaptured Tora Bora in eastern Nangarhar province.
At least 22 Islamic State group fighters were killed and 10 others
were wounded in a clearance operation.
2017 Jun 17, In Afghanistan an
insider attack took place at a camp in Mazar-e Sharif. Soldiers
returned fire and killed the attacker. The US military confirmed
that at least some of the casualties were American soldiers.
2017 Jun 17, Four Armenian
soldiers in Nagorno-Karabakh were reported killed in fighting with
Azerbaijan over the last 24 hours.
2017 Jun 17, In China nearly
10,000 young people packed a theater by the Huangpu River in
Shanghai to watch a singing hologram by virtual reality singer Luo
Tianyi. More than 1 million people watched the performance on
AcFun, a video streaming service. Five days after the concert
China’s television and film watchdog asked local authorities to shut
down the video and audio streaming services on AcFun and Sina Weibo.
(Econ 7/1/17, p.38)
2017 Jun 17, In Colombia a
homemade bomb placed rocked a busy mall in Bogota filled with
Father's Day shoppers, killing three people, including a French
woman (25), and wounding nine others.
2017 Jun 17, An Egyptian
criminal court sentenced to death 31 Islamists for their part in the
June 2015 assassination of the country's top prosecutor, Hisham
2017 Jun 17, Iraqi forces
captured the al-Waleed border crossing point to Syria from the
Islamic State group, increasing pressure on the extremists and
getting closer to meeting up with Syrian troops and their allies who
reached the border earlier this month for the first time in years.
2017 Jun 17, Former NBA star
Dennis Rodman, vowing to come back again soon, wrapped up a low-key
and incident-free visit to the North Korean capital.
2017 Jun 17, Pakistani security
forces in an overnight raid arrested four members of the
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi group and seized weapons and explosives from their
hideout in Karachi. The detained men reportedly wanted to target a
rally of Shiite Muslims.
2017 Jun 17, Philippine troops
pounded Islamist militants holding parts of southern Marawi city
with air strikes and artillery as more soldiers were deployed and
the death toll rose to more than 300 after nearly a month of
2017 Jun 17, In Portugal 47
people died in their cars at Pedrogao Grande as they fled the flames
of a wildfire. The wildfire killed 66 people.
(AP, 6/18/17)(AP, 6/20/17)(AP, 6/17/18)
2017 Jun 17, Romanian border
police detained 32 Iraqis hidden in a truck transporting furniture
who told authorities they were trying to reach Italy, a country in
Europe's visa-free Schengen travel zone.
2017 Jun 17, In Russia’s the
first game at Krestovsky Stadium in St. Petersburg was held for the
FIFA Confederations Cup Group A match between the host Russia and
New Zealand. The stadium was eight years behind schedule and 548%
2017 Jun 17, Saudi Arabia's
King Salman issued a royal decree that restructures the country's
system for prosecutions, essentially stripping the crown prince of
longstanding powers overseeing criminal investigations.
2017 Jun 17, In Syria a convoy
delivering aid to a besieged opposition area outside Damascus came
under attack late today, seriously wounding a driver of the Syrian
Arab Red Crescent and thwarting the first such mission to the area
in eight months.
2017 Jun 17, In Turkey 731
soldiers at a western base were sent to the hospital with food
poisoning. 21 people from the company that provided the food were
2017 Jun 17, In Uganda about 26
gunmen reportedly attacked Gbari identifying themselves as South
Sudanese military and taking 108 cattle. Three days later, a second
group attacked and arrested two South Sudanese refugees living in
2017 Jun 17, Vanuatu's widely
revered President Baldwin Lonsdale (67) died after suffering a
sudden heart attack in the Pacific island nation's capital of Port
Vila. Baldwin had served as President since September 2014.
2018 Jun 17, In New Jersey
gunfire early today at an annual all-night arts festival in Trenton
left one person dead. Two people were arrested and the shooter (33)
was fatally shot by police.
(SFC, 6/18/18, p.A7)
2018 Jun 17, In Texas deputy
sheriff Jose Nunez (47) was arrested in Bexar County following
accusations of assaulting a girl (4) and threatening her Guatemalan
mother with deportation if she reported him.
(SFC, 6/19/18, p.A6)
2018 Jun 17, In south Texas at
least five people were killed and several others injured when an SUV
carrying more than a dozen people crashed while fleeing from Border
(SFC, 6/18/18, p.A6)
2018 Jun 17, In eastern
Afghanistan suicide bomber struck in the city of Jalalabad, killing
at least 19 people in the second attack in as many days targeting
Taliban fighters. The attacks appeared to be the work of the Islamic
State group, which is not included in the current cease-fire.
Taliban militants headed into cities across the country as they
celebrated their Eid ceasefire with feasts and selfies, raising
questions about what happens when the ceasefire ends at midnight.
(AP, 6/17/18)(Reuters, 6/17/18)(SFC, 6/18/18,
2018 Jun 17, British PM Theresa
May pledged to increase funding for the National Health Service by
20 billion pounds ($26.57 billion) after Brexit, funded by money no
longer spent on membership of the European Union and possible tax
2018 Jun 17, In Cambodia former
PM Prince Norodom Ranariddh (74) was seriously injured in a road
crash that killed his wife and injured at least seven other people.
2018 Jun 17, Colombians voted
in a deeply divisive presidential runoff with one candidate wanting
to alter a fragile peace deal and the other promising to overhaul
the economic model. Ivan Duque (41), a conservative protege of
powerful ex-president Alvaro Uribe, defeated former guerrilla
fighter Gustavo Petro.
(Reuters, 6/17/18)(AP, 6/17/18)(SFC, 6/18/18,
2018 Jun 17, The foreign
ministers of Greece and Macedonia signed an accord to rename the
former Yugoslav republic the "Republic of North Macedonia," despite
a storm of protest over a deal seen as a national sellout by some on
both sides. This potentially paved the way for Macedonia's admission
to the European Union and NATO. Greek protesters clashed with riot
police, who beat them back with tear gas after a historic
Greek-Macedonian deal to end a 27-year name row.
(Reuters, 6/17/18)(AFP, 6/17/18)
2018 Jun 17, In northeastern
India insurgents attacked a passing security convoy with automatic
weapons and hand grenades leaving four paramilitary soldiers dead.
The National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) soon claimed
2018 Jun 17, Israeli military
aircraft struck a vehicle belonging to someone who sent burning
kites into Israel from Gaza. Hours later, Israeli aircraft fired
warning shots toward Palestinians who had launched arson balloons.
No one was injured in the strikes.
2018 Jun 17, Nearly a dozen
Israeli police officers were injured in clashes as they began
evicting Jewish settlers from an outpost in the occupied West Bank.
2018 Jun 17, In eastern Kenya
eight police officials were killed when their vehicle hit an
improvised explosive device planted by Somalia's al Shabaab militant
2018 Jun 17, Libyan forces late
today carried out airstrikes against a militia attacking key oil
ports in the east. The next day Libya's national oil firm warned of
further damage to oil infrastructure as well as environmental
2018 Jun 17, In Mexico three
LGBTQ activists were found shot dead and left along a highway in
(SFC, 6/20/18, p.A2)
2018 Jun 17, Philippine
military airstrikes and ground assaults targeted a group of Islamic
State group-linked militants in an offensive that reportedly killed
five extremists in Lanao del Sur province and forced more than 5,000
villagers to flee to safety in the south.
2018 Jun 17, The 630 migrants
whose rescue sparked a major migration row in Europe arrived in the
Spanish port of Valencia after a turbulent week that saw Italy and
Malta turn them away.
2018 Jun 17, In eastern Syria
US aircraft late today fired two missiles that hit a group of Iraqi
Shiite fighters deployed along the Iraq-Syria border to prevent
breaches by the Islamic State group. The attack at Al-Hari
reportedly left 22 fighters dead and 12 wounded. A coalition
spokesman denied that it had carried out any strikes in the area. A
Britain-based monitor said 52 fighters were killed.
(AP, 6/18/18)(AFP, 6/18/18)
2018 Jun 17, In Ukraine several
thousand gay pride supporters held a march in Kiev that lasted about
20 minutes despite opponents' attempts to block them. Kiev police
detained 56 far-right activists who tried to disrupt the gay pride
(AP, 6/17/18)(AFP, 6/17/18)
2018 Jun 17, In central Vietnam
thousands of people demonstrated peacefully in Ha Tinh province
against government plans to lease new economic zones to foreign
investors, a few days after protesters in a nearby province clashed
2018 Jun 17, In Yemen a
Saudi-led coalition conducted air strikes on Hodeidah airport to
support forces trying to seize control from Iran-aligned Houthi
fighters. The UN said Nearly 5,000 families have been displaced in
Hodeida province this month.
(AP, 6/17/18)(AFP, 6/17/18)
2019 Jun 17, President Donald
Trump threatened to remove millions of people living in the United
States illegally late today, ahead of formally announcing his
2019 Jun 17, Lenny Pozner, the
Connecticut father of a child killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook
Elementary School massacre, won a defamation lawsuit against authors
James Fetzer and Mike Palacek, who had written "Nobody Died at Sandy
(SFC, 6/19/19, p.A6)
2019 Jun 17, New Jersey
sentenced William "Billy" Gangemi to two years' probation for his
role in a conspiracy to smuggle wildlife in the scheme that involved
hiding rare turtles in candy wrappers or socks and shipping them
overseas. South Carolina ringleader Steven Verren Baker, Matt Kail
and Joseph Logan Brooks previously were each sentenced to prison in
2019 Jun 17, New York State
passed a law allowing undocumented migrants to obtain their driving
license, a controversial move by the Democratic stronghold intended
to thwart the Trump administration's restrictive immigration policy.
2019 Jun 17, Gloria Vanderbilt
(b.1924), heiress, artist and mother of mewsman Anderson Cooper,
died in New York. She was the great-great-grandaughter of financier
Cornelius Vanderbilt (d.1877).
(SFC, 6/18/19, p.A8)
2019 Jun 17, In Texas Brian
Isaack Clyde (22) opened fire on a federal courthouse in Dallas
before he was fatally shot in an exchange of gunfire with federal
(SFC, 6/18/19, p.A5)
2019 Jun 17, An Algerian court
ordered the detention of Mourad Eulmi, head of family-owned firm
SOVAC that is a partner of Germany's Volkswagen AG, on suspicion of
2019 Jun 17, In Algeria Ali
Haddad, a key backer of former leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika and one
of the country's top businessmen, was jailed for six months for
holding two passports.
2019 Jun 17, Britain and China
began selling shares in each others' companies under a landmark
deal, as London looks to remain a leading financial center
2019 Jun 17, British-founded
Sotheby's said the French-Israeli telecoms and media mogul Patrick
Drahi is acquiring the auction house, one of the world's biggest art
brokers, in a $3.7 billion deal.
2019 Jun 17, In China a strong
6.0-magnitude earthquake hit near Yibin, Sichuan province. The death
toll soon rose to 13 dead and 199 injured, as rescuers pulled bodies
and survivors from wrecked buildings.
2019 Jun 17, Huawei's founder
and CEO Ren Zhengfei said that the Chinese telecom giant's revenue
will be $30 billion less than forecast over the next two years, as
he compared the company to a "badly damaged plane" as a result of US
government actions against it.
2019 Jun 17, Democratic
Republic of Congo's army sent a battalion of troops to oust illegal
miners from land worked by a majority-owned Chinese company.
2019 Jun 17, Egypt's first
democratically elected president, Islamist leader Mohammed Morsi
(67), collapsed and died inside a Cairo courtroom.
2019 Jun 17, France, Germany
and Spain unveiled a next-generation combat jet for European air
forces, an ambitious project aimed at bringing together the
continent's disparate military forces while offering an alternative
to American planes. The stealth jet is part of the Future Combat Air
2019 Jun 17, A boat carrying
migrants to Greece sank off the Turkish coast, leaving at least 12
2019 Jun 17, Tens of thousands
of Indian doctors went on strike calling for more protection against
violence by patients and their families, as parliament met for the
first time since national elections.
2019 Jun 17, Two Indian
soldiers were killed late today after a car bombing targeted an
armored vehicle in disputed Kashmir.
2019 Jun 17, In Indonesia an
overloaded boat carrying people home to celebrate the end of Ramadan
with their families capsized off the main island of Java, killing at
least 17 and leaving four others missing.
2019 Jun 17, Iran said it will
surpass from June 27 its uranium stockpile limit set under the
nuclear deal with world powers, turning up the pressure after the US
walked away from the landmark pact last year.
2019 Jun 17, Iran said it had
exposed a large cyber espionage network it alleged was run by the US
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and that several US spies had
been arrested in different countries as the result of this action.
2019 Jun 17, Iraqi authorities
said they have removed nearly 30 km of concrete blast walls across
Baghdad in the last six months, mostly around the capital's
high-security Green Zone.
2019 Jun 17, Demonstrators in
Hong Kong gathered outside the office of the city's leader,
demanding that Carrie Lam step down in the crisis over a highly
unpopular extradition bill.
2019 Jun 17, Leading Hong Kong
democracy activist Joshua Wong walked free from prison and vowed to
join historic anti-government protests rocking the finance hub, as
activists kept up pressure on the city's embattled pro-Beijing
2019 Jun 17, Mexico's
government highlighted the weekend "rescue" of nearly 800 migrants
packed into semi-trailers, calling the operation a message that
authorities are getting serious about combatting human trafficking.
2019 Jun 17, In Nigeria
assailants late today arrived on nine armored trucks and stormed
into the military base outside the town of Gajiram, 80 km (50
miles), north of Maiduguri, Borno state.
2019 Jun 17, In Pakistan an
avalanche stranded a group of four Italian and three Pakistani
climbers on a mountain in the country's north. the next day a
Pakistani army helicopter rescued four Italian and two Pakistani
climbers. A Pakistani member of the team was killed.
(AP, 6/17/19)(AP, 6/18/19)
2019 Jun 17, It was reported
that the Pacific nation of Palau has amended plans to create a huge
marine reserve so Japanese fishing boats still have partial access
to its waters.
2019 Jun 17, A Qatari official
said the Gulf state is set to distribute more than $10 million in
aid to thousands of cash-strapped Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
2019 Jun 17, A Russian court
released a local newspaper editor and former lawmaker who had been
facing extortion charges, following an outcry from supporters and
international organizations. Igor Rudnikov (53), founder and editor
of the weekly Novye Kolesa (New Wheels) in the Russian exclave of
Kaliningrad, had been in detention since November 2017, accused of
extorting $50,000 from a senior investigator.
2019 Jun 17, Sudan's protest
leaders called for nighttime demonstrations and marches in Khartoum,
and elsewhere in the country, amid a tense standoff with the ruling
military over who should lead the transition after the ouster of the
autocrat Omar al-Bashir.
2019 Jun 17, The UN reported
that the world's population of 7.76 billion will reach 9.7 billion
(SFC, 6/19/19, p.A4)
2019 Jun 17, A Vatican document
said the Church should consider ordaining older married men as
priests in remote areas of the Amazon, a historic shift which some
say could pave the way for their use in other areas where clergy are
2019 Jun 17, Venezuela received
a second shipment of Red Cross humanitarian aid, including 24 tons
of medical supplies and generators provided by Panama, intended for
hospitals to help address the country's acute health crisis.
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