Today in History - June 13
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Jun 13, Gnaeus Julius Agricola, Roman general and governor of
Britain, was born. He conquered Wales and Northern England. [WUD
(WUD, 1994, p.29)(MC, 6/13/02)
1415 Jun 13, Henry the
Navigator, the prince of Portugal, embarked on an expedition to
Africa. This marked the beginning of Portuguese dominance of West
1752 Jun 13, Fanny Burney,
English writer, was born.
1774 Jun 13, Rhode Island
became the 1st colony to prohibit importation of slaves.
1777 Jun 13, Marquis de
Lafayette landed in the United States to assist the colonies in
their war against England.
1786 Jun 13, Winfield Scott,
U.S. Army general famous for his victories in the War of 1812 and
the War with Mexico, was born.
1798 Jun 13, Mission San Luis
Rey [in California] was founded.
(HFA, '96, p.32)
1831 Jun 13, James Clerk
Maxwell (d.1879), Scottish physicist, was born. He showed that
electrical, magnetic and optical phenomena were all united in a
single universal force, electromagnetism, and formulated
1855 Jun 13, Verdi's opera "Les
Vepres Sicilenne" was produced (Paris).
1863 Jun 13, Confederate forces
on their way to Gettysburg clashed with Union troops at the Second
Battle of Winchester, Virginia.
1865 Jun 13, William Butler
Yeats (d.1939), Irish poet and playwright, was born to an
Anglo-Irish family in a Dublin suburb. He is best remembered for his
poems "Byzantium" and "Easter 1916." He won the Nobel Prize in 1923.
The first volume of his autobiography was "Reveries Over Childhood
and Youth" (1915). Richard Ellman published a biography in 1948. The
book "W.B. Yeats: A Life, Vol. 1: The Apprentice Mage 1865-1914," by
R.F. Foster covered this period of Yeats’ life. "The Lake Isle of
Innisfree" is his best known poem. "Too long a sacrifice / Can make
a stone of the heart. / O when may it suffice?"
(V.D.-H.K.p.365)(WSJ, 4/2397, p.A1)(AP,
4/29/98)(HN, 6/13/98)(SFEC, 8/8/99, p.T6)(MC, 6/13/02)
1886 Jun 13, King Ludwig II
(40), King of Bavaria, drowned in Lake Starnberg. Bavarian leaders
had conspired to remove Ludvig II from office and got a doctor, who
never saw him, to declare him insane. He was captured and taken to a
mansion on Lake Starnberg where he was found floating dead with his
doctor. In 1996 Greg King authored "The Mad King."
(AP, 6/13/97)(SFEC, 4/9/00, p.T5)
1886 Jun 13, A swift fire
destroyed Vancouver, Canada, in a time variously reported between
twenty and forty-five minutes. At least eight people died, and some
accounts claim 28. About 1,000 wooden buildings, virtually the
entire city, were totally consumed.
1888 Jun 13, The US Congress
created the Department of Labor.
1892 Jun 13, Basil Rathbone,
actor (Sherlock Holmes), was born in Johannesburg, South Africa.
1893 Jun 13, Dorothy Leigh
Sayers (d.1957), English detective writer, creator of Lord Peter
Wimsey, was born. "The worst sin -- perhaps the only sin -- passion
can commit, is to be joyless."
(AP, 5/17/97)(HN, 6/13/01)
1894 Jun 13, Mark Van Doren
(d.1972), American poet, writer and educator, was born. "There are
two statements about human beings that are true: that all human
beings are alike, and that all are different. On those two facts all
human wisdom is founded."
(AP, 5/30/00)(HN, 6/13/01)
1898 Jun 13, The Yukon
Territory of Canada was organized.
1900 Jun 13, China's Boxer
Rebellion against foreigners and Chinese Christians erupted into
1903 Jun 13, Harold "Red"
Grange, football's Galloping Ghost, was born. He became an
All-American football running back for the University of Illinois
and went on to a professional career in Chicago and New York.
1908 Jun 13, Swimmer F. Riehl
demonstrated a kite attached to himself before the crew of the
battleship Connecticut in the SF Bay. It carried him through the
water for more than half a mile.
(SSFC, 6/8/08, DB p.58)
1908 Jun 13, Thomas Greene
Wiggins (b.1849), a blind African-American piano player born into
slavery, died in New Jersey. “Blind Tom” had become well known for
his piano virtuosity. In 2014 Jeffery Renard Allen authored “Song of
the Shank: A Novel,” based on the life of Wiggins.
(SSFC, 7/13/14, p.N1)(http://tinyurl.com/qhhzca6)
1911 Jun 13, Luis W. Alvarez
(d.1988), physicist (Nobel-1968), was born in SF, Ca.
1913 Jun 13, Ralph Edwards
(d.2005), radio and TV host (This is Your Life), was born in Merino,
(www.imdb.com)(SFC, 11/17/05, p.B5)
1917 Jun 13, The 219-foot,
steam-powered, US coast Guard revenue cutter McCulloch sank, after a
collision with the passenger liner Governor off Point conception
near Santa Barbara, Ca. In 2017 remains of the ship were discovered.
(SFC, 6/14/17, p.D5)
1917 Jun 13, Germany bombed
1920 Jun 13, The U.S. Post
Office Department ruled that children may not be sent by parcel
1923 Jun 13, The French set a
trade barrier between the occupied Ruhr and the rest of Germany.
1927 Jun 13, Charles Lindbergh
received the Flying Cross and was treated to a ticker tape parade in
New York City to celebrate his successful crossing of the Atlantic.
(AP, 6/13/97)(HN, 6/13/98)
1928 Jun 13, John Forbes Nash,
Jr. American mathematician, was born in West Virginia. He shared the
1994 Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences (also called the
Nobel Prize in Economics) with two other game theorists, Reinhard
Selten and John Harsanyi.
1931 Jun 13, Santiago Rusinol
(b.1861), Spanish Catalan post-impressionist painter, author and
1933 Jun 13, US Congress passed
the Home Owners Refinancing Act, which authorized the Home Owners’
Loan Corporation. Large infusions of US federal cash into
institutions through the Reconstruction Finance Corporation,
chartered under Pres. Hoover in 1932, and to households through the
Home Owners’ Loan Corporation, began a recovery out of the Great
Depression. This was noted in a 1983 paper by later Federal Reserve
Chairman Ben Bernanke.
1933 Jun 13, German Secret
State Police (Gestapo) was established.
1935 Jun 13, James J. Braddock
claimed the title of world heavyweight boxing champion from Max Baer
in a 15-round fight in Long Island City, N.Y. In 2005 Jeremy Schaap
authored “Cinderella Man: James J. Braddock, Max Baer, and the
Greatest Upset in boxing History.” Braddock soon lost his title to
(Econ, 5/7/05, p.79)(AP, 6/13/05)
1937 Jun 13, Stalin executed
Russian officers Tuchachevski, Jakir, Putna & Uberevitch.
1940 Jun 13, Paris was
evacuated before the German advance on the city.
1941 Jun 13, Thousands of
Jewish community leaders in Bessarabia (Moldova) were deported to
Siberia as part of the general purge. The Soviet Union, which had
occupied the former Romanian province a year earlier, loaded 22,600
Moldovans on cargo trains bound for Siberia, where the deportees
were used for forced labor.
(WSJ, 1/2/02, p.A18)(AP, 6/13/06)
1942 Jun 13, President
Roosevelt created the Office of War Information, and appointed radio
news commentator Elmer Davis to be its head. The OSS, Office of
Strategic Services, was formed.
(AP, 6/13/97)(MC, 6/13/02)
1942 Jun 13, In Operation
Pastorius four men landed overnight on a Long Island beach from a
German submarine with plans to sabotage NYC’s water system and
industrial sites across the Northeastern US [see June 16, 27].
1942 Jun 13, Delegates from the
Six Nations Confederacy (Iraquois League) assembled in conference to
draft a formal declaration of war. The following day, on the steps
of the United States Capitol, a spokesman of the Confederacy said it
has entered World War II on its own consent and terms.
1942 Jun 13, 1st V-2 rocket
launch from Peenemunde, Germany, reached 1.3 km.
1944 Jun 13, Only one week
after the Normandy invasion, the first German V-1 buzz bomb, also
called the doodlebug (Fieseler Fi-103), was fired at London. The
first guided missile to be used in force, the V-1 was powered by a
pulse-jet engine and resembled a small aircraft. Only one of the
four missiles London saw that day caused any casualties, but a
steady stream of V-1s causing severe damage and casualties fell on
London in coming months. At times, nearly 100 bombs fell each day.
Many German buzz bombs never reached their targets because of
primitive guidance systems or because they were destroyed in flight
by anti-aircraft fire or intercepting Allied fighters.
1949 Jun 13, Vietnam state was
established at Saigon with Bao Dai as chief of state. Installed by
the French, Bao Dai entered Saigon to rule Vietnam.
(TOH, 1982, p.1949)(SFC, 8/2/97, p.A21)(HN,
1951 Jun 13, U.N. troops seized
Pyongyang, North Korea.
1953 Jun 13, Gustavo Rojas
Pinilla (1900-1975) began serving president of Colombia and
continued to 1957.
1956 Jun 13, The 74-year
British occupation of the Suez Canal ended. The last British troops
left the Canal base.
(EWH, 1968, p.1241)(PC, 1992 ed, p.953)
1957 Jun 13, The Mayflower 2, a
replica of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to America in 1620,
arrived at Plymouth, Mass., after a nearly two-month journey from
England. Britain had built the vessel and sailed it to the US as a
gift of friendship. In 2017 it went into drydock for a $7.5 million
makeover in time for 2020 festivities marking the 400th anniversary
of the Pilgrim landing.
(AP, 6/13/07)(SFC, 11/24/17, p.A10)
1966 Jun 13, The Supreme Court
issued its landmark Miranda vs. Arizona decision, ruling that
criminal suspects must be informed of their constitutional rights
prior to questioning by police. The conviction of Ernesto Miranda
for rape and kidnapping was overturned because his confession was
not voluntarily given.
(AP, 6/13/97)(SFC, 9/12/02, p.A26)
1967 Jun 13, President Johnson
nominated Solicitor-General Thurgood Marshall to become the first
black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
1968 Jun 13, Johnny Cash
performed a live concert at California’s Folsom Prison. Applause
from the inmates was dubbed into his "At Folsom Prison" album.
(WSJ, 11/26/97, p.CA4)(Econ, 9/18/04, p.88)
1968 Jun 13, US Supreme Court
Chief Justice Earl Warren (1891-1974) submitted his resignation to
1970 Jun 13, Beatles' "Let It
Be," album went #1 & stayed #1 for 4 weeks.
1971 Jun 13, The Broderick
nonuplets were born in Sydney, Australia. None of the five boys (two
stillborn) and four girls live for more than six days.
1971 Jun 13, The New York Times
began to publish the Pentagon Papers leaked to it by Daniel
Ellsberg. The papers were a secret official history of the Vietnam
War in 47 volumes that were highly classified. The Nixon
administration went to court to stop publication. A legal battle
ensued for 16 days and the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that the
government failed to make its case for prior restraint and
publication was resumed. In 1996 the book, "The Day the Presses
Stopped" by David Rudenstine, was published and tells the whole
(SFC, 6/10/96, p.A21)(SFEC, 12/8/96, p.A14)
1973 Jun 13, Jonas Aistis
(b.1904), Lithuanian born poet, died in Washington, DC.
1976 Jun 13, Don Bolles,
Arizona Republic investigative reporter, died as a result of
injuries suffered when a bomb blew up his car 11 days earlier. He
had been working on an alleged Mafia story at the time of his death.
1977 Jun 13, James Earl Ray,
the convicted assassin of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King
Junior, was recaptured following his escape three days earlier from
a Tennessee prison.
1978 Jun 13, Israelis withdrew
the last of their invading forces from Lebanon.
1979 Jun 13, Sioux Indians were
awarded $105 million in compensation for the U.S. seizure in 1877 of
their Black Hills in South Dakota.
1979 Jun 13, Ahmed Zahir
(b.1946), Afghanistan pop star, was killed in a car crash. His death
is believed to have been arranged by Hafizullah Amin.
1981 Jun 13, Tom Snyder
interviewed Charles Manson on "Tomorrow."
1981 Jun 13, A scare occurred
during a parade in London when a teenager fired six blank shots at
Queen Elizabeth II.
1982 Jun 13, King Khalid of
Saudi Arabia died at the age of 69; he was succeeded by a half
brother, Crown Prince Fahd.
(WSJ, 1/9/96, p.A-10)(AP, 6/13/02)
1983 Jun 13, The US space probe
Pioneer 10, launched in 1972, became the first spacecraft to leave
the solar system as it crossed the orbit of Neptune.
(AP, 6/13/97)(HN, 6/13/98)
1986 Jun 13, Benny Goodman
(77), the clarinet-playing "King of Swing," died in NYC.
1987 Jun 13, The last regularly
scheduled episode of "A Prairie Home Companion," starring humorist
Garrison Keillor, was broadcast from the old World Theater in St.
1988 Jun 13, A US federal jury
found cigarette manufacturer Liggett Group liable in the lung-cancer
death of New Jersey resident Rose Cipollone, but innocent of
misrepresenting the risks of smoking. An appeals court later
overturned the jury's award of $400,000 and ordered a new trial; the
family dropped the lawsuit in 1992.
1989 Jun 13, The Detroit
Pistons won their first National Basketball Association title,
sweeping the Los Angeles Lakers in four games.
1990 Jun 13, Secretary of State
James A. Baker the Third, testifying before the House Foreign
Affairs Committee, urged Israel to accept a US plan for peace talks.
Baker gave out the telephone number for the White House switchboard,
telling the Israelis publicly, "When you’re serious about this, call
1990 Jun 13, East German border
guards and demolition experts from the Bundeswehr started the
official demolition of the Berlin Wall.
1991 Jun 13, Revising a policy
with roots to the McCarthy era, the Bush administration agreed to
remove almost all 250,000 names on a secret list of unacceptable
1991 Jun 13, The US Supreme
Court ruled a jailed suspect represented by a lawyer in one criminal
case sometimes may be questioned by police about another crime
without the lawyer present.
1991 Jun 13, Tragedy struck the
first round of the US Open golf tournament when lightning struck and
killed a spectator.
1992 Jun 13, Democrat Bill
Clinton stirred controversy during an appearance before the Rainbow
Coalition by criticizing rap singer Sister Souljah for making
remarks that he said were "filled with hatred" toward whites.
1993 Jun 13, Vijay Singh of
Fiji Island won the Buick Classic Tournament at the Westchester
Country Club in Harrison, New York.
1993 Jun 13, Astronaut Donald
K. "Deke" Slayton died in League City, Texas, at age 69.
1993 Jun 13, Canada's
Progressive Conservative Party chose Defense Minister Kim Campbell
to succeed Brian Mulroney as prime minister; she was the first woman
to hold the post.
1994 Jun 13, A jury in
Anchorage, Alaska blamed recklessness by Exxon Corp. and Capt.
Joseph Hazelwood for the Exxon Valdez disaster, allowing victims of
the nation's worst oil spill to seek $15 billion in damages.
1994 Jun 13, O.J. Simpson was
questioned for several hours by Los Angeles police following the
slashing deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole, and Ronald Goldman.
1994 Jun 13, The Lithuanian
Ambassador to Italy, Stasys Lozoraitis Jr., died.
(Dr, 7/96, V1#1, p.4)
1995 Jun 13, President Clinton
proposed a ten-year plan for balancing the federal budget, saying in
a televised address his proposal would cut spending by $1.1
1995 Jun 13, France announced
it would abandon its 1992 moratorium on nuclear testing and conduct
eight more tests between September and May.
1996 Jun 13, Bill Clinton, in a
speech endorsing a national effort against teen pregnancy, said:
"The other thing we have to do is to take seriously the role in this
problem of...older men who prey on underage women...There are
consequences to decisions and...one way or the other, people always
wind up being held accountable."
1996 Jun 13, The US Supreme
Court ruled against racial gerrymandering. It was a reminder that
states cannot use race as the main factor in redistricting. The
ruling struck down four black and Hispanic districts in North
Carolina and Texas. The Supreme Court placed greater limits on
congressional districts intentionally drawn to get more minorities
elected to Congress.
(WSJ, 6/14/96, p.A3)(AP, 6/13/97)
1996 Jun 13, The 81-day-old
Freemen standoff ended as 16 remaining members of the
anti-government group surrendered to the FBI and left their Montana
ranch. Five Freemen were found guilty in 1998 for various crimes
linked to armed robbery and possession of firearms. Four militants
were convicted in 1998 for plotting to defraud banks. Jurors
deadlocked on six defendants.
(SFC, 6/14/96, p.A1)(AP, 6/13/97)(SFC, 4/1/98,
p.A2)(WSJ, 7/9/98, p.A1)
1996 Jun 13, Arizona Governor
Fife Symington was indicted on charges of making false statement to
financial institutions and using his office to free himself from a
$10 mil loan guarantee.
(SFC, 6/14/96, p. A3)
1996 Jun 13, A federal grand
jury indicted Sun-Diamond Growers of California on charges of
illegal gifts to former agricultural Secretary Mike Espy and
improper campaign contributions to Espy’s brother Henry. The giant
agricultural cooperative and its officers have contributed more than
$200,000 to California Gov. Wilson’s state and federal campaigns
since 1989. Richard Douglas, former VP of Sun-Diamond Growers was
convicted in 1997 of offering gratuities to Michael Espy in 1993 but
was acquitted of making illegal contributions to Espy’s brother.
(SFC, 6/14/96, p. A8)(SFC, 6/16/96,
p.B2)(SFC,11/26/97, p.A7)(WSJ, 11/26/97, p.A1)
1996 Jun 13, The First
Missionary Baptist Church in Enid, Oklahoma was burned in what
appeared to be another race-related attack.
(SFC, 6/14/96, p. A3)
1996 Jun 13, In Austria about
$150 billion is deposited in 26 million numbered accounts in the
country of 7.5 million people. Many of the accounts are attributed
to new Russian immigrants and gangs. The state prosecutor, Wolfgang
Mekis, was put behind bars for trying to extort $600,000 from
Valentina Hummelbrunner, the onetime receptionist of former Soviet
Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko.
(SFC, 6/13/96, p.C2)
1996 Jun 13, A Washington Times
report said that Chinese M-11 missiles have been deployed in
Pakistan in the last few months.
(WSJ, 6/13/96, p.A1,4)
1996 Jun 13, A new report in
Nature announced that guinea pigs are on a distant branch from
rodents and deserve a class of their own.
(SFC, 6/13/96, p.A13)
1996 Jun 13, A Burundi army
report claimed that 50 Hutu rebels were killed in an attack on a
(SFC, 6/14/96, p. A16)
1996 Jun 13, Guatemala ratified
a UN pact on tribal peoples. The pact calls for respect of its
indigenous people, the Mayans, and consultation with them on
decisions affecting their economic and social development.
(SFC, 6/14/96, p. A16)
1996 Jun 13, An Indonesian
DC-10 skidded of a runway at the Fukuoka airport in Japan and burst
into flames. 3 people were killed, but 270 others were able to flee
the burning jet.
(SFC, 6/13/96, p.C3)
1996 Jun 13, In Indonesia the
Supreme Court restored a ban on the magazine Tempo for publishing
stories critical of the government.
(SFC, 6/14/96, p. A17)
1996 Jun 13, A report from
Kuching, Malaysia, told of Borneo’s 2nd high tech plant being cut
out of the tropical rain forest.
(WSJ, 6/13/96, p.A6)
1997 Jun 13, The Chicago Bulls
captured their fifth professional basketball championship in seven
years with a 90-86 victory over the Utah Jazz in Game 6 of the NBA
(SFC, 6/14/97, p.B1)(AP, 6/13/98)
1997 Jun 13, A jury voted
unanimously to give Timothy McVeigh the death penalty for his role
in the Oklahoma City bombing.
1997 Jun 13, In Bangladesh a
ferry on the Dhanu River northeast of Dhaka capsized in a whirlpool
and at least 50 people were drowned.
(SFEC, 6/15/97, p.D3)
1997 Jun 13, The leaders of
France, Germany and Canada insisted that Romania and Slovenia be
allowed to join NATO next month.
(SFC, 6/14/97, p.A12)
1997 Jun 13, In India a fire in
a New Delhi theater killed 60 and injured over 200 people.
(SFC, 6/14/97, p.A12)
1997 Jun 13, Under pressure it
was announced that Turkey’s PM Erbakan, leader of the Welfare Party,
would turn his post over to Tansu Ciller, who would lead until
elections Jun 18. Turkey’s first Islamist-led government was ejected
after it began investigating links between the army and organized
(SFC, 6/14/97, p.A12)(SFC, 11/26/98, p.B2)(Econ,
1998 Jun 13, President Clinton
visited Thurston High School in Springfield, Ore., where two
students were killed and 22 others wounded the previous month.
1998 Jun 13, Civil rights
leaders and politicians called for an end to racial violence as
hundreds of mourners gathered in Jasper, Texas, for the funeral of
James Byrd Jr., a black man who police said was brutally killed by
1998 Jun 13, It was reported
that in Madagascar a grasshopper swarm, 7 miles long, had spread
into the capital city of Antananarivo.
(SFC, 6/13/98, p.A7)
1998 Jun 13, It was reported
that the Old World Screwworm had broken out in Iraq, Kuwait and
Bahrain. 19 people were reported infected by the disease in which
carnivorous larvae hatch from eggs laid in broken skin.
(SFC, 6/13/98, p.A7)
1998 Jun 13, In London Reg
Smythe, creator of the Andy Capp comic strip, died at age 81.
(SFC, 6/16/98, p.A22)
1998 Jun 13, In Israel Nissim
Aloni, playwright, died at age 72. His work included "Most Cruel the
King" (1953); "The Emperor’s New Clothes" (1961), "The American
Princess" (1963); "The Revolution and the Chicken" (1964); "The
Bride and the Butterfly Hunter" (1967); "Napoleon, Dead or Alive"
(1970); and "The Gypsies of Jaffa" (1971).
(SFC, 6/16/98, p.A22)
1998 Jun 13, In Bihar state,
India, Brij Bihari Prasad, a former state minister in the Rashtriya
Janata Party, was killed along with his guard.
(SFC, 6/16/98, p.A12)
1999 Jun 13, In Belgium the
center-left coalition of Prime Minister Jean-Luc Dehaene suffered a
major defeat in national elections to the Conservatives. The
coalition looked to keep 66 of the legislature's 150 seats.
(SFC, 6/14/99, p.a14)(WSJ, 6/14/99, p.A1)
1999 Jun 13, In Britain the
Conservative Party under William Hague won 36 seats while the Labor
Party won 29 for the European Parliament.
(SFC, 6/16/99, p.B2)
1999 Jun 13, In Iraq it was
announced that a new decree by Saddam Hussein would imprison
citizens over 18 caught begging in public places.
(SFC, 6/15/99, p.C5)
1999 Jun 13, In Israel Prime
Minister Netanyahu told his ministers to bring in some 2,500 to
3,000 Jews from the Quara region of Ethiopia.
(SFC, 6/15/99, p.C5)
1999 Jun 13, NATO soldiers shot
dead two armed men as peacekeepers tried to contain new violence in
Kosovo; Russian troops, meanwhile, blocked British troops from
entering the airport in Pristina, the capital of Kosovo.
1999 Jun 13, North Korea agreed
to talk to UN military officers in an attempt to resolve the naval
confrontations with South Korea.
(SFC, 6/14/99, p.A13)
1999 Jun 13, Pakistan accused
India of using chemical weapons in its Kashmir offensive, as India
claimed to have captured a key mountain peak.
(WSJ, 6/14/99, p.A1)
1999 Jun 13, In South Africa
Pres. Mandela welcomed visiting Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy as his
last official guest. Khadafy was on his first foreign tour since
sanctions were lifted in April.
(SFC, 6/14/99, p.A13)
2000 Jun 13, The MacArthur
Foundation awarded "genius grants" to 25 people.
(WSJ, 6/14/00, p.A1)
2000 Jun 13, In Argentina Pres.
Fernando de la Rua apologized for his country’s role in providing
sanctuary to Nazis after WW II.
(SFC, 6/14/00, p.A13)
2000 Jun 13, In Chile the
military agreed to search for the remains of the 1,200 dissidents
who disappeared between 1973-1990 under Gen. Pinochet.
(SFC, 6/14/00, p.A16)
2000 Jun 13, In Italy the
government pardoned Mehmet Ali Agca (42), the man who wounded Pope
John Paul II in 1981. Agca was flown to Turkey to finish serving 8
years for the 1979 murder of a newspaper editor.
(SFC, 6/14/00, p.A12)
2000 Jun 13, Pres. Kim Jong Il
of North Korea met with Pres. Kim Dae Jung of South Korea in the 1st
meeting ever between leaders of the 2 countries. They agreed to try
to satisfy their people’s desire for reconciliation. Border
loudspeakers that blasted insults at South Korea were shut off.
(SFC, 6/13/00, p.A10)(SFC, 6/14/00, p.A1)(SFC,
2000 Jun 13, In Nigeria a
national strike ended after the government agreed to a substantial
reduction in the 50% increase to fuel prices.
(SFC, 6/14/00, p.A13)
2000 Jun 13, In Russia Vladimir
Gusinsky, head of Media-Most, was arrested on charges of swindling
and grand larceny.
(SFC, 6/14/00, p.A12)(WSJ, 6/14/00, p.A1)
2001 Jun 13, Pres. Bush met
behind closed doors with NATO leaders in Brussels, Belgium, and
pitched his missile shield plan with mixed response.
(SFC, 6/14/01, p.A1)(AP, 6/13/02)
2001 Jun 13, The US House voted
(422-2) to forbid foreign oil companies doing business in Sudan from
selling securities in the US.
(SFC, 6/14/01, p.C3)
2001 Jun 13, Kraft Foods went
public in the NY Stock Exchange.
(WSJ, 4/16/03, p.C1)
2001 Jun 13, SF police shot and
killed Idriss Stelley (23) at the Sony Metreon complex. Stelley was
suffering a mental breakdown and had cut an officer with a knife.
Officers fired over 20 shots and wounded one of their men.
(SFC, 6/20/01, p.A16)(SFC, 12/5/06, p.A1)
2001 Jun 13, Israel eased
travel restrictions into the West Bank and Gaza as the armistice
went into effect. Under the agreement Israel had 48 hours to pull
tanks and troops back and Palestinians were due to start arresting
militants planning attacks.
(SFC, 6/14/01, p.A14)
2001 Jun 13, In the USA Virgin
Islands police Corporal Wendell Williams (49) disappeared after
ending his midnight shift. On Feb 10, 2012, a team of 70 police
officers arrested five suspects in the case, including one in
Georgia with the help of federal agents.
2001 Jun 13, In Zimbabwe the
government increase gas prices by over 70% and labor unions
threatened to shut down the economy.
(SFC, 6/14/01, p.C3)
2002 Jun 13, The Detroit Red
Wings won the Stanley Cup 4 games to 1 over the Carolina Hurricanes.
(WSJ, 6/14/02, p.A1)
2002 Jun 13, Pres. Bush met
with Saudi Prince Saud al-Faisal and indicated that he would support
the creation of a Palestinian state.
(SFC, 6/14/02, p.15)
2002 Jun 13, A federal judge
blocked SC Gov. Jim Hodges' suit to block a plutonium shipment from
Rocky Flats in Colorado to the Savannah River Site nuclear facility
(SFC, 6/14/02, p.A3,E6)
2002 Jun 13, US Catholic
Bishops in Texas opened a 2-day summit on clerical sex abuse. 3 men
and a woman told how their lives had been devastated by abuse and
subsequent ill treatment by the church.
(WSJ, 6/14/02, p.A1)(AP, 6/13/04)
2002 Jun 13, Afghanistan's
interim leader Hamid Karzai won endorsement from about two-thirds of
delegates at the Loya Jirga grand assembly, making him the most
likely candidate to win the presidency.
(Reuters, 6/13/02)(SFC, 6/14/02, p.A10)
2002 Jun 13, Brazil said it
will draw down $10 billion in approved IMF credit, tighten fiscal
policy and buy back $3 billion in foreign debt. The currency soared
and settled at 2.71 to the dollar.
(WSJ, 6/14/02, p.A1)
2002 Jun 13, In Whistler,
British Columbia, G-8 foreign ministers of the world's leading
nations backed a Middle East peace conference, vowed to keep up
pressure on India and Pakistan to step back from the brink over
Kashmir, and maintained a united front against terrorism as they
wrapped up a two-day.
2002 Jun 13, G-7 ministers
agreed to give grants between 18-21% of all disbursements within the
World Bank's financing arm for poor countries.
(WSJ, 6/14/02, p.C10)
2002 Jun 13, In China at least
223 were reported dead and 320,000 homeless from Xinjiang to Hubei
provinces following weekend rains and flooding.
(SFC, 6/14/02, p.A16)
2002 Jun 13, In Indonesia
suspected rebels shot and killed a politician in troubled Aceh
province, the second parliamentarian murdered this week.
2002 Jun 13, Exit polls showed
South Korea's conservative opposition party swept most key local
government elections, winning a crucial test of the public mood
ahead of December's presidential election. The Grand National Party
(GNP) won a majority of races in 11 of 16 districts in a crushing
defeat for Pres. Kim Dae Jung.
(Reuters, 6/13/02)(SFC, 6/14/02, p.A14)
2002 Jun 13, A US military
vehicle in South Korea ran over 2 girls (14), Shim Mi-son and Shin
Hyo-sun. A military jury later cleared Sgt. Fernando Nino of
negligent homicide charges. Driver Sgt. Mark Walker was acquitted
(SFC, 8/1/02, p.A15)(SFC, 11/21/02, p.A17)(SFC,
2002 Jun 13, The U.N. World
Food Summit in Rome ended much as it began, with criticism about the
proliferation of biotech crops and complaints that too little has
been done to end world hunger.
2003 Jun 13, Philip Giordano,
former 3-term mayor of Waterbury, Conn., was sentenced to 37 years
in federal prison for having oral sex with 2 young girls while in
(SFC, 6/14/03, p.A3)
2003 Jun 13, Richard Armitage,
Deputy Sec. of State, told Bob Woodward about CIA operative Valerie
Plame. Woodward testified to this in 2007 during the Scooter Libby
(SFC, 2/13/07, p.A3)
2003 Jun 13, Wisconsin state
officials reported that probable 18 cases of monkeypox all came from
one prairie dog.
(SFC, 6/14/03, p.A6)
2003 Jun 13, Scientists
reported that the new hydrogen fuel cell technology could lead to
greater destruction of the ozone layer that protects Earth from
cancer-causing ultraviolet rays.
2003 Jun 13, Belgium's foreign
minister said the country has already amended its war crimes laws to
avoid politically inspired lawsuits against US officials.
2003 Jun 13-14, Czechs voted in
a two-day referendum on whether their country of 10 million should
join the European Union. They voted overwhelmingly to join the
European Union. 77.33% of voters approved the measure, while 22.67
voted no. Turnout was 55.21 percent.
(AP, 6/13/03)(AP, 6/14/03)(AP, 6/15/03)
2003 Jun 13, European Union
delegates agreed on a draft constitution that details how the
coalition of nations will be run as it adds new members and evolves
into what many hope will be a world power to rival the United
2003 Jun 13, In Iran
anti-government demonstrations took place for the third night in
2003 Jun 13, US forces killed
27 Iraqi fighters in a ground and air pursuit after the Iraqis
attacked an American tank patrol north of Baghdad, bringing the
opposition death toll in four days of skirmishes to about 100. Five
Iraqi civilians were shot by American troops who apparently mistook
them for militants fleeing after attacking a US tank patrol.
Hundreds of pro-cleric militants and security forces in Tehran
clashed with Iranians throughout the capital.
(AP, 6/13/03)(AP, 6/14/03)(AP, 6/13/08)
2003 Jun 13, Israel decided to
target top Hamas leaders, including founder Sheik Ahmed, saying it
would strike political as well as military leaders who targeted
Israel with terrorism. An Israeli helicopter attack killed one Hamas
member and injured 22 Palestinians including 8 children.
(SFC, 6/14/03, p.A1)(AP, 6/13/08)
2003 Jun 13, In Thailand Narong
Penaman (44) was arrested with as much as 66 pounds of radioactive
cesium-137 for sale.
(SFC, 6/14/03, p.A3)
2004 Jun 13, Former President
George H.W. Bush celebrated his 80th birthday with a 13,000-foot
parachute jump over his presidential library in College Station,
2004 Jun 13, It was reported
that a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon a day helped to reduce glucose,
fat and cholesterol levels by a s much as 30%.
(SSFC, 6/13/04, Par p.8)
2004 Jun 13, Robert Lees,
former screenwriter, was decapitated at his Hollywood home. Keven
Lee Graff (27) was later charged with Lees’ murder and that of a
(SFC, 7/29/04, p.B3)
2004 Jun 13, Author and
academic Stuart Hampshire, a former chairman of the department of
philosophy at Princeton University who argued that philosophy must
be studied within the context of other disciplines, died in Oxford,
England. His books included "The Freedom of the Individual."
2004 Jun 13, EU balloting,
begun June 10, ended. Some 150 million Europeans cast ballots across
25 member nations of the expanded European Union. Turnout was 45.3
(AP, 6/14/04)(Econ, 6/19/04, p.49)
2004 Jun 13, A suicide attacker
detonated a car bomb near a U.S. military camp in Baghdad, killing
at least 12 people, and wounding 13. Gunmen killed a senior
Education Ministry official in the second assassination of a
government figure in as many days.
2004 Jun 13, Pakistani troops
ended a major operation to flush out al-Qaida suspects and their
local supporters from hide-outs in a remote region near Afghanistan.
72 people died, including 17 security personnel.
2004 Jun 13, Philippine air
force troops clashed with communist guerrillas camped out on a farm
near Manila and 3 rebels were killed.
2004 Jun 13, The race for
Serbia's top job produced no outright winner, but left the two top
contenders, nationalist Tomislav Nikolic and reformist Boris Tadic,
to face each other in a second round of voting in two weeks.
(AP, 6/14/04)(Econ, 6/19/04, p.53)
2004 Jun 13, Saudi Arabia held
a 3-day “national dialogue” in Medina on how women’s lives could be
improved. On Jun 15, recommendations (19) were given to Crown Prince
(Econ, 6/19/04, p.26)
2004 Jun 13, In South Korea
more than 9,000 activists shouting "No to globalization!" marched
through downtown Seoul to protest a meeting of the World Economic
2004 Jun 13, The UN Conference
on Trade and Development opened in San Paulo, Brazil. This marked
its 11th forum over a 40 year history. The so-called Group of 77
developing nations actually has 132 member nations.
2005 Jun 13, The US Senate
apologized for blocking anti-lynching legislation in the early 20th
century, when mob violence against blacks was commonplace.
2005 Jun 13, The Supreme Court
warned prosecutors to use care in striking minorities from juries,
siding with black murder suspects in Texas and California who
contended their juries had been unfairly stacked with whites.
2005 Jun 13, California Gov.
Schwarzenegger called for a special election on his initiatives to
change state government.
(SFC, 6/14/05, p.A1)
2005 Jun 13, A jury in Santa
Maria, Calif., acquitted Michael Jackson of molesting a 13-year-old
cancer survivor at his Neverland ranch. The pop music star was found
not guilty of child molestation, conspiracy and other counts.
(AP, 6/14/05)(AP, 6/13/06)
2005 Jun 13, Leonard Pickell,
former president of the James Beard Foundation, was sentenced 1 to 3
years in prison in NY state for stealing over a $1.1 million from
(SFC, 6/14/05, p.A2)
2005 Jun 13, Philip Purcell
announced that he would resign as CEO and Chairman of the Board at
Morgan Stanley. He was forced out with a golden parachute valued at
$113.7 million. Purcell had orchestrated the 1997 merger between
Dean Witter and Morgan Stanley. In 2007 Patricia Beard authored
“Blue Blood & Mutiny: The Fight for the soul of Morgan Stanley.”
2005 Jun 13, Scientists
reported the discovery of an Earthlike planet orbiting the star
Gliese 876, which is about 15 light-years from Earth. The planet was
2 million miles from its star and surface temperatures were
estimated at 400-700 degrees.
(SFC, 6/14/05, p.A3)
2005 Jun 13, Australia and
Pakistan signed a new counter-terrorism pact during a visit by
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.
2005 Jun 13, Australia handed
East Timor the base at Moleana, a tiny town near the border with
Indonesia, signaling the end of a six-year mission that heralded a
controversial new era of regional intervention in East Timor.
2005 Jun 13, Burundi began
forced repatriation of thousands of Rwandan refugees, who feared
reprisals at home. The UN condemned the action.
(WSJ, 6/14/05, p.A1)
2005 Jun 13, Ethiopia's main
opposition leader was freed from house arrest after the country's
main political parties agreed to work together for peace after 10
days of political unrest left at least 37 people dead.
2005 Jun 13, In Ethiopia police
shot and killed an opposition politician, prompting the arrest of
six officers, as the government rejected an opposition offer to
renew a peace deal.
2005 Jun 13, The Paris Air Show
opened. The Russian Lavochkin Association demonstrated a new escape
pod for people trapped in tall, burning buildings.
(Econ, 6/11/05, p.60)(Econ, 6/25/05, p.81)
2005 Jun 13, In India officials
said at least 275 people have died from sunstroke and dehydration in
northern India and neighboring Nepal and Bangladesh so far this
summer, as high temperatures sweep the region ahead of the monsoon.
2005 Jun 13, Iraqi insurgent
commanders "apparently came face to face" with four American
officials during meetings on June 3 and June 13 at a summer villa
near Balad, about 25 miles north of Baghdad.
2005 Jun 13, In Iraq 4 suicide
car bombings and other insurgent attacks killed 10 people, and at
least 16 Iraqis were wounded after militants opened fire on
authorities trying to evacuate the injured from one of the blasts.
2005 Jun 13, Israel was elected
one of 21 vice-presidents of the next UN General Assembly session.
2005 Jun 13, In Italy a
Vatican-backed voter boycott helped defeat efforts to ease
restrictions on assisted procreation and embryo research.
2005 Jun 13, In Kashmir a bomb
hidden in a pickup truck exploded in the bustling town of Pulwama,
killing 15 people, including the suspected attacker, and injuring at
least 60 others.
2005 Jun 13, In Kyrgyzstan
guards outside a hotel opened fire on hundreds of traders who had
come to the southern city of Osh to demand fair market practices. 4
people were hurt.
2005 Jun 13, In Martinique
Patrick Mariello showed up at a police station to say he had set his
ex-girlfriend's car on fire. The charred body of the 28-year-old was
found near the car. In 2008 Mariello (32) Mariello testified that he
was upset his ex-girlfriend never told him she had an affair with
his best friend. He was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in
2005 Jun 13, Moroccan officials
said at least 12 people, six of them children, drowned when a rubber
dinghy carrying would-be immigrants to Europe capsized off Africa's
2005 Jun 13, In Nepal police
arrested nearly 100 journalists during a protest to demand King
Gyanendra immediately lift media restrictions imposed 4 months ago.
At least 14 rebels and security force members were killed in a
2005 Jun 13, Alvaro Cunhal
(91), Portuguese Communist leader, died. He led Portugal's CP for
half a century and became a national hero after the overthrow of the
2005 Jun 13, Ukraine
prosecutors said authorities had arrested the former head of
Ukraine's peacekeeping troops in Iraq on charges of smuggling.
2005 Jun 13, Mohammed ElBaradei
won a third term as head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency.
2006 Jun 13, President Bush,
seeking to bolster support for Iraq's burgeoning government and US
war policy at home, made a surprise visit to Iraq to meet newly
named Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and discuss the next steps in
the troubled 3-year-old war. A series of explosions struck the
northern city of Kirkuk, killing at least 15 people. Gunmen killed
Ibrahim Seneid, an Iraqi journalist. He worked for a newspaper
accused by insurgents of publishing US propaganda in the western
city of Fallujah.
(AP, 6/13/06)(AP, 6/14/06)
2006 Jun 13, US Congressional
investigators said fake aid to Katrina victims may have cost
taxpayers up to $1.4 billion. A FEMA official found the claims hard
(WSJ, 6/14/06, p.A1)(WSJ, 6/15/06, p.A1)
2006 Jun 13, In Washington DC
Karl Rove’s lawyer said special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald would
not bring charges against Rove in a 3-year-old CIA leak case.
(SFC, 6/14/06, p.A1)
2006 Jun 13, The Illinois state
agriculture department said a pest blamed for killing millions of
trees across the Midwest has reached Illinois, prompting officials
to prepare a detection and eradication plan they expect to begin
within the next few weeks.
2006 Jun 13, In Millbrae, Ca.,
former restaurateur Fernand Wagner (78) and his wife Suzanne (68)
were murdered at their home on the 600 block of Lomita Ave. The
couple’s black Cadillac was later found in Daly City. On June 19
police in Oxnard, Ca., arrested Joseph Cua (52), employed by the
Wagner’s as a property manager, in connection to the killings. Cua
was charged with murder on June 22. Cua was convicted on June 27,
2008. On Dec 18 Cua was sentenced to life in prison.
(SFC, 6/16/06, p.B1)(SFC, 6/20/06, p.B1)(SFC,
6/23/06, p.B9)(SFC, 6/28/08, p.B3)(SFC, 12/19/08, p.B12)
2006 Jun 13, Luis Jimenez (65),
Chicago sculptor, died in an accident at his studio in Hondo, NM.
His work included “Vaquero.”
(SFC, 6/27/06, p.E2)
2006 Jun 13, Suspected Taliban
militants killed one US soldier and wounded two in an attack in
southern Helmand province, sparking a coalition retaliation that
left 12 militants dead or wounded. A second coalition soldier was
killed while fighting enemy forces in eastern Kunar province.
2006 Jun 13, Conservative PM
John Howard's federal government has invoked special powers to
invalidate a territory's law that had been the first in Australia
giving legal recognition to same-sex relationships. On May 11 the
Australian Capital Territory, which includes the national capital
Canberra, became the first of Australia's six states and two
territories to legally recognize gay and lesbian relationships.
2006 Jun 13, In Austria Western
countries at a 35-nation UN meeting pushed for consensus on the need
for Iran to freeze uranium enrichment, but diplomats said that most
nonaligned countries were preparing to endorse Tehran's right to
continue the work.
2006 Jun 13, China ordered
civil servants to do without cars, elevators and air conditioning
for one day as part of an energy-saving awareness campaign. Some
1,000 new cars were hitting the streets of Beijing every day as
nitrogen dioxide levels exceeded WHO clean air guidelines by 78%.
(AP, 6/13/06)(WSJ, 6/13/06, p.A1)
2006 Jun 13, European
Aeronautic Defense and Space (EADS), the parent company of Airbus,
announced that its new 555-seat airliner would be delayed up to 7
(Econ, 6/24/06, p.69)
2006 Jun 13, Indian shares fell
sharply, with the benchmark index tumbling 4.4% to its lowest point
this year amid declines in global markets.
2006 Jun 13, Police in northern
India village retrieved 48 bodies after a truck crowded with wedding
guests veered off a mountain road and plunged into a deep gorge in
2006 Jun 13, Charles Haughey
(80), former Irish prime minister, died following a long battle with
cancer. He served 4 terms as Ireland's PM (1979-1982 and 1987-1992)
in a career overshadowed by ethical questions. He preached
austerity, yet practiced prodigality.
(AP, 6/13/06)(Econ, 6/24/06, p.101)
2006 Jun 13, Israeli PM Ehud
Olmert said he had given the go ahead for a shipment of weapons to
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, whose loyalists are engaged in
bitter infighting with the militant Islamic Hamas. A failed Israeli
airstrike targeting a key figure in Palestinian rocket attacks
killed 9 people, including two children and three medical workers
who rushed to the scene of an initial blast. 2 of the dead were
members of the Islamic Jihad. An Israeli investigation into what
caused an explosion on a Gaza beach that killed eight Palestinians
said that the blast was most likely caused by a mine planted by
Hamas militants against Israeli naval commandos and not an Israeli
(AP, 6/13/06)(AP, 6/14/06)
2006 Jun 13, Toshihiko Fukui,
Japan’s central bank governor, admitted that he was an early
investor in the Murakami Fund. On June 5 Murakami admitted that he
had violated insider trading laws.
(Econ, 6/17/06, p.47)
2006 Jun 13, The UN Security
Council eased a ban on weapons sales to Liberia so it could arm
newly trained security forces. The US proposed lifting a UN embargo
on Liberian timber exports.
2006 Jun 13, Nepal freed 190
jailed communist rebels after withdrawing terrorism cases against
them as part of efforts to forge peace with the insurgents.
2006 Jun 13, Pakistani security
forces backed by helicopter gunships destroyed a camp for suspected
tribal militants in the insurgency-wracked southwestern part of the
country, killing five suspects and capturing seven others near Dera
2006 Jun 13, In the eastern
Philippines 11 prisoners escaped from a jail after killing two
guards and wounding two others. The inmates were led by a communist
guerrilla, Jessie Galecio, who had escaped from jail twice before.
2006 Jun 13, Seven east African
nations imposed travel bans on Somali warlords, who lost bloody
battles with Islamist fighters over Mogadishu, and froze their
assets in effort to push them into peace talks.
2006 Jun 13, In southern Sri
Lanka at least 42 passengers were injured when two trains collided.
2006 Jun 13, UN chief Kofi
Annan asked UN human rights chief Louise Arbour to help set up an
independent enquiry commission to probe a recent wave of ethnic
violence in East Timor.
2007 Jun 13, A senior US
diplomat said NATO has intercepted Iranian weapons shipments to
Afghanistan's Taliban insurgents, providing evidence Iran is
violating international law to aid a group it once considered a
bitter enemy. The Taliban claimed to have captured a NATO trooper.
20 militants were killed in the Shah Wali Kot district of Kandahar
province. In nearby Zhari district six Taliban fighters were killed,
including one commander. In southern Ghazni province 7 Taliban were
killed and 4 others detained by police. A suicide attacker detonated
his bomb near an Afghan army brigade commander in Gereshk district
of Helmand province. In western Farah province two Afghans doing
repair work on police vehicles were killed by Taliban militants.
US-led coalition and Afghan troops killed a suspected militant and
detained three others in a raid on a compound in eastern
(AP, 6/13/07)(AFP, 6/13/07)(AP, 6/14/07)
2007 Jun 13, Heavy snows hit
the Andean border region of Argentina and Chile, forcing the closure
of a key mountain highway connecting the two countries and idling
thousands of trucks.
2007 Jun 13, British Home
Secretary John Reid said the government is to run a pilot scheme
giving convicted pedophiles drugs to suppress their libido, or
so-called "chemical castration."
2007 Jun 13, Cambodian and
foreign judges announced rules clearing the way for a UN-assisted
genocide tribunal to begin investigating Khmer Rouge leaders in the
deaths of 1.7 million people during their 1975-79 communist regime.
2007 Jun 13, Canadian police
arrested more than 60 suspected members of a criminal gang in a
series of dawn raids in and around Toronto, in a crackdown on
smuggling drugs and illegal firearms.
2007 Jun 13, State media said
China’s southern Guangdong province was rushing to shore up dams
eroded by weeks of heavy rains and high waters that already have
killed at least 76 people. State media also reported that Cheng
Laifu, a teacher in northwestern China, has been sentenced to death
for raping 18 primary school girls, the second such case in the same
area. He was convicted of raping the 18 third- and fourth-grade
students on 70 separate occasions between September 2001 and March
2005. The victims were 9 and 10. Xinhua News said that in July 2005,
Li Guang, also a teacher in Changhe township, was sentenced to death
for raping 23 fourth- and fifth-grade students.
(AP, 6/13/07)(AP, 6/13/07)
2007 Jun 13, Serge Maheshe, a
Congolese journalist working for the UN-sponsored Radio Okapi, was
shot dead in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo town of
Bukavu. Police the next day arrested 2 soldiers for the killing.
(AFP, 6/13/07)(Reuters, 6/15/07)
2007 Jun 13, Iran's parliament
voted in favor of a bill that could lead to the death penalty for
persons convicted of working in the production of pornographic
2007 Jun 13, The UN Security
Council agreed to an Iraqi request to extend the mandate of the
US-led multinational force after the country's foreign minister said
the troops were "vitally necessary." Saboteur bombers destroyed the
two minarets of the Shiite Askariya Shrine in Samarra. In Baghdad
the 30 members of the Sadrist bloc in parliament issued a statement
saying they were boycotting parliament until the government takes
"realistic" steps to rebuild the Askariya shrine. The mosque
contains the tombs of the 10th and 11th imams, Ali al-Hadi, who died
in 868, and his son, Hassan Askariya, who died in 874. Both are
descendants of the Prophet Muhammad, and Shiites consider them to be
among his successors. In Basra four people were killed and six
wounded in attacks on the Kawaz, Othman, al-Abayshi and Basra Grand
mosques. Four Sunni mosques near Baghdad also were attacked or
burned within several hours of the Samarra bombings. A suicide
bomber blew himself up at a police station in a town near the
Iranian border, killing five Iraqi policemen and wounding 10. In
Ramadi a suicide bomber killed four policemen at a checkpoint. Near
Kirkuk militants blew up part of a bridge in the country's 4th
attack on a span in as many days. A US soldier died in a non-combat
(AP, 6/13/07)(AP, 6/14/07)(AP, 6/15/07)
2007 Jun 13, Ireland’s
environmentalist Green Party, perennial outsiders in Irish politics,
voted to join the next government and extend PM Bertie Ahern's
10-year run in power.
2007 Jun 13, Elder statesman
Shimon Peres (83) was elected Israel's ninth president, capping a
campaign to extend his six-decade political career in a race marred
by rape allegations against Moshe Katsav, the sitting president.
Ehud Barak, the former Israeli prime minister tossed out of office
six years ago in a humiliating election defeat, won the leadership
of the dovish Labor Party.
2007 Jun 13, In Lebanon
lawmaker Walid Eido, a prominent anti-Syrian legislator killed by a
car bomb, which also killed his 35-year-old son, two bodyguards and
2007 Jun 13, In Mongolia a
helicopter carrying firefighters and equipment crashed into a
mountain killing 14 of 22 aboard. The crash site was not discovered
until June 16.
2007 Jun 13, Fierce battles
over key security positions spread to central Gaza, with Hamas
fighters wresting control of the coastal strip's main north-south
road, and putting themselves in position to cut off reinforcements
to beleaguered Fatah forces.
2007 Jun 13, A Philippine court
acquitted Imelda Marcos, the flamboyant widow of dictator Ferdinand
Marcos, of five counts of tax evasion. Of more than 900 criminal and
civil cases, mostly for violation of graft and corruption laws
during her husband's 20-year rule, 40 criminal cases and fewer than
20 civil suits remained. The government said it has recovered at
least $1.7 billion in cash and assets from the Marcoses and their
associates over two decades, including Swiss bank deposits now worth
at least $680 million.
2007 Jun 13, In Puerto Rico
Inter American University professor Leonardo Gamallo Sotolongo
disappeared after going to pay Jorge Aguilera Enchautegui for work
on his yard. Sotolongo’s body was found near a garbage dump two
weeks later. On Feb 25, 2010, the FBI arrested Aguilera at a motel
in Orlando, Florida, for carjacking and the slaying of Sotolongo.
2007 Jun 13, Global shipping
officials warned that pirate attacks off Somalia's coast have
spiraled to terrifying levels, with US and international navies
failing to protect seafarers from being kidnapped.
2007 Jun 13, In South Africa
tens of thousands of public sector workers marched to government
offices across the country, escalating a 12-day-old strike and
bringing the largest cities to a standstill.
2007 Jun 13, Sudan’s foreign
ministry said Sudan has formally rejected an international
conference on Darfur to be held in Paris this month because it was
not consulted beforehand.
2007 Jun 13, In southeastern
Turkey Kurdish guerrillas killed a Turkish army major and injured
two other soldiers in a roadside bomb attack.
2007 Jun 13, Zimbabwe’s
country's consumer watchdog said in its latest report that the cost
of living for an average urban family rose by 66 percent last month.
2008 Jun 13, In Ohio 3 men were
convicted of plotting to recruit and train terrorists to kill
American soldiers in Iraq. Mohammad Amawi (28), Warwan El-Hindi (45)
and Wassim Mazloum (27) faced maximum life sentences.
(SFC, 6/14/08, p.A3)
2008 Jun 13, In Iowa the Cedar
River crested at nearly 32 feet, 12 feet higher than the old record
set in 1929. Water submerged more than 400 blocks of Cedar Rapids,
threatened the city's drinking supply and forced the evacuation of a
2008 Jun 13, In northern
California some 2,800 firefighters battled the Humboldt Fire in
Butte County. 9,000 residents were evacuated as the fire covered
23,000 acres. Bt June 15 most of the fire was under control after
destroying 74 homes and damaging 20 more in Paradise.
(SFC, 6/14/08, p.B1)(SFC, 6/16/08, p.B1)
2008 Jun 13, Leonard B.
Auerbach (61), an American fugitive, was deported from Cuba to face
federal charges in California of sexually abusing a Costa Rican girl
and possessing child pornography. He was arrested on May 7, about a
month after his arrival.
2008 Jun 13, In SF it was
reported that Ingersoll-Rand of Montvale, NJ, had agreed to hand
over 12.3 acres, that included the former Schlage Lock Co. factory
in Visitacion Valley, to Universal Paragon Corp. after the developer
agreed to drop a $100 million lawsuit alleging polluted groundwater
at an adjacent parcel. New development at the site will include
1,250 residential units, 3 parks and several stores.
(SFC, 6/13/08, p.D1)
2008 Jun 13, Tim Russert (58),
NBC News's Washington bureau chief, collapsed and died of a heart
attack in his Washington newsroom.
2008 Jun 13, Dennis
Weatherstone (b.1930), British-born former chief executive of J.P.
Morgan (1990-1994), died.
(WSJ, 6/21/08, p.A6)
2008 Jun 13, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber hit a NATO military convoy, causing
casualties. A Romanian soldier was killed and three others injured
in Qalat, the capital of southern Zabul province. In south-central
Uruzgan province, Afghan and NATO-led forces killed 17 Taliban. In
eastern Paktia province, an operation by US-led coalition forces
resulted in the deaths of a woman and a number of militants. In
Ghazni province a coalition air strike killed seven Taliban
militants. 30 insurgents on motorbikes and two suicide bombers
attacked Sarposa Prison. About 870 prisoners escaped during the bomb
and rocket attack on that knocked down the front gate and demolished
a prison floor. 390 Taliban prisoners were among those who fled the
prison during the attack.
(AFP, 6/13/08)(AP, 6/14/08)
2008 Jun 13, The leaders of
Australia and Indonesia pledged to join forces to fight climate
change by saving forests and promoting carbon trading.
2008 Jun 13, In London,
administrators said a takeover deal to rescue small business-class
airline Silverjet has collapsed. The airline employed 370 pilots and
cabin crew and 50 administrative staff in Luton, where it operated
flights to New York and Dubai.
2008 Jun 13, Chinese President
Hu Jintao said the long journey to better ties with Taiwan was off
to a good start, after the rivals signed historic agreements to set
up direct flights and boost tourism.
2008 Jun 13, A blast in a north
China coal mine left 34 workers trapped underground, after rescuers
lifted nine to safety. Heavy rains in southern China triggered
floods that killed six people and forced the evacuation of 150,000
residents. A landslide in northern China buried a brick factory,
killing 19 workers.
(AP, 6/13/08)(AP, 6/14/08)
2008 Jun 13, An int’l. bird
conservation group reported that over 1 million birds had been
illegally trapped and killed in Cyprus over the past year to be
served as local delicacies.
2008 Jun 13, Amnesty
International said Egypt has deported 400 Eritrean asylum seekers
back to Asmara and plans to forcibly return 1,200 more who are being
held in detention in Egypt, putting them at serious risk of torture.
2008 Jun 13, The EU said the
bluefin tuna fishing season must end in the Mediterranean and
eastern Atlantic Ocean at midnight on June 15, because this year’s
quotas have been met. Spanish fishermen were given an extra 7 days
due to higher stocks off Spain’s coast.
(WSJ, 6/14/08, p.A6)
2008 Jun 13, Iraq's PM
Al-Maliki said that talks with the US on proposals for a long-term
security pact have reached an impasse over objections that Iraq's
sovereignty is at stake. Al-Maliki told reporters in Amman, Jordan,
that Iraqi negotiators had rejected US proposals because they would
infringe on Iraqi sovereignty. US troops killed five suspected
Shiite gunmen and detained two others during a raid near Hillah,
about 60 miles south of Baghdad. An Iraqi police spokesman said two
civilians, including a woman, also were killed and three others
wounded after they were caught in the crossfire. American jets fired
on militants who were trying to launch rockets at Iraqi security
forces and coalition troops in Amarah.
(AP, 6/13/08)(AP, 6/14/08)
2008 Jun 13, Ireland's voters
rejected the EU reform treaty, a blueprint for modernizing the
27-nation bloc that cannot become law without Irish approval. A
majority of voters appeared determined to register their opposition
to the growth of a continental government that would erode Ireland's
sense of independence. Grievances included fears of higher tax rates
and planned cuts in farm subsidies.
(AP, 6/13/08)(WSJ, 6/14/08, p.A1)
2008 Jun 13, Israel confirmed
plans to build 1,300 more apartments in east Jerusalem, immediately
drawing the ire of Palestinians who accused it of sabotaging already
rocky peace efforts. Hamas claimed responsibility for a house
explosion a day earlier in northern Gaza that killed seven
Palestinians, one of them an infant girl.
2008 Jun 13, In
Indian-controlled Kashmir Islamic rebels ambushed an army vehicle
and killed five Indian soldiers, including two senior officers.
2008 Jun 13, An Italian woman
(47), whose family kept her locked in a room for almost two decades,
was freed by police. She had been accused of becoming pregnant out
2008 Jun 13, Norway said it may
seek foreign help to extinguish its biggest forest fire since World
War Two, which has been raging for five days.
2008 Jun 13, Russian officials
said four people were killed in Nazran, the biggest city in the
Ingushetia region, in an explosion that destroyed a building.
2008 Jun 13, A Spanish judge
jailed six Algerians on provisional charges of aiding terror groups
linked to al-Qaida in North Africa.
2008 Jun 13, The US Embassy in
Madrid said suspected Syrian arms dealer Monzer al-Kassar was
extradited to the US. He was arrested in Spain in June 2007 as part
of a US sting operation. The United States said he had plotted to
buy weapons for leftist rebels in Colombia.
2008 Jun 13, In Sri Lanka's
north clashes in the Welioya area killed seven rebels and four
soldiers. 3 confrontations in Vavuniya and Mannar killed four rebels
and three soldiers.
2008 Jun 13, Zimbabwe's
President Robert Mugabe said liberation war veterans would take up
arms if he loses a June 27 presidential run-off vote. UNICEF said
some 500,000 Zimbabwean children are no longer getting the treatment
and food they urgently need since the government suspended the work
of humanitarian aid organizations.
(Reuters, 6/13/08)(AFP, 6/13/08)
2009 Jun 13, Six Flags, an
American theme park operator, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
(Econ, 6/20/09, p.79)
2009 Jun 13, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb struck a vehicle travelling between the eastern
provinces of Paktya and Khost, near the border with Pakistan, and
killed three Afghan construction workers.
2009 Jun 13, Algeria's national
oil company Sonatrach announced it had awarded a 79.3-billion-dinar
(1.11-billion-dollar, 793-million-euro) contract to the Canadian
engineering firm SNC-Lavalin to build natural gas processing
2009 Jun 13, In Australia it
was reported Barry Tannenbaum (43), an expatriate South African
businessman, has denied any wrongdoing in an alleged investment
scandal. Tannenbaum has been accused of fleecing rich South Africans
in what has been billed as one of the country's biggest Ponzi-style
investment scandals, according to local and South African media. The
massive pyramid scheme reportedly cost wealthy investors up to $1.2
2009 Jun 13, In China a
colorful show of drag queens dressed in Chinese opera costumes was
one of the festivities that marked Shanghai's gay pride, the first
in China where homosexuality remains largely hidden.
2009 Jun 13, In India a
rebellion by left-wing activists began against West Bengal state's
communist rulers. About 1,800 state and federal troops were deployed
to quell the uprising. By June 18 ten CPM activists had been killed
as security camps and party offices were burned down.
2009 Jun 13, In Iran supporters
of the main election challenger to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad clashed with
police and set up barricades of burning tires as authorities
declared the hard-line president was re-elected with 62.6% of the
vote to 33.75% to Mousavi. Saeed Leilaz, a university economics
professor, was among a number or protesters who were arrested. In
March 2010 Leilaz was sentenced to six years in prison for insulting
the country's supreme leader, violating public order and
participating in a plan to disturb the country's security.
(AP, 6/13/09)(AP, 3/11/10)
2009 Jun 13, Brazil reported
that a French ship had found six more bodies from Air France Flight
447, which would bring the total to 50. It went down May 31 with 228
2009 Jun 13, In India a
rebellion by left-wing activists began against West Bengal state's
communist rulers. About 1,800 state and federal troops were deployed
to quell the uprising. By June 18 ten CPM activists had been killed
as security camps and party offices were burned down.
2009 Jun 13, In Ingushetia
gunmen fatally shoot Bashir Aushev, a former deputy prime minister
who oversaw police agencies, as he stands outside his home in
2009 Jun 13, In Italy tens of
thousands of gay rights activists demanding rights for same-sex
couples marched through the streets of Rome on Saturday in a gay
2009 Jun 13, An Italian court
ordered the recall of 10,000 tons of wood fuel pellets imported from
Lithuania over fears that they could have dangerous levels of
radioactivity. Test results showed that they contained cesium 137, a
highly toxic radioactive substance normally produced by a nuclear
explosion or from the combustion of a nuclear reactor. The
contaminated pellets themselves were not dangerous to humans, but
danger comes from the ashes and the smoke produced when they are
2009 Jun 13, In Mexico 3
federal agents were killed in two separate attacks along a highway
in the western state of Michoacan. In western Guerrero state gunmen
ordered a priest and two seminarians out of their vehicle and shot
them dead in the town of Arcelia.
(AP, 6/14/09)(AP, 6/15/09)
2009 Jun 13, In Morocco with
more than 80% of seats counted, the Authenticity and Modernity Party
(PAM) had 4,854 seats, ahead of the governing Istiqlal
(Independence) party with 4,246. PAM, founded by Fouad Ali El Himma,
was created last year by lawmakers from five parties. It has
positioned itself as an alternative to both opposition Islamists and
Istiqlal, and has sought to combat voter apathy with promises to
follow through on policy commitments. Provisional figures put the
turnout at 51%.
(Reuters, 6/13/09)(Econ, 7/4/09, p.42)
2009 Jun 13, North Korea vowed
to step up its atomic bomb-making program and threatened war if its
ships are stopped as part of new UN sanctions aimed at punishing the
nation for its latest nuclear test.
2009 Jun 13, Pakistan unveiled
a deficit national budget, proposing an increase in defense
expenditure to help fight Taliban militants while boosting
agriculture and industrial output and reducing poverty. Pakistani
troops reportedly killed 41 militants overnight in their offensive
against the Taliban in the northwest. Jets bombed insurgent hideouts
in response to two suicide attacks the previous day. 30 suspected
militants were killed in strikes in South Waziristan.
(AFP, 6/13/09)(AFP, 6/14/09)
2009 Jun 13, In the Philippines
Al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf militants holding Eugenio Vagni (62), an
Italian Red Cross worker captive, killed five Philippine marines and
wounded 10 others in an ambush on southern Jolo Island.
2009 Jun 13, In Thailand 2
suspected insurgents riding a motorcycle hurled a bomb at a bus,
killing one passenger and wounding 13 others in downtown Yala city.
In Yala province's Bannang Sata district, a husband and wife were
shot dead in an ambush while riding their motorcycle. In Narathiwat
province a village headman's wife was killed and another person
wounded while riding a motorcycle to a market.
2009 Jun 13, A Turkish soldier
and a Kurdish rebel were killed in fighting in the southeast of
Turkey near the border with Iraq.
2009 Jun 13, In Vietnam civil
rights lawyer Le Cong Dinh (41) was arrested at his home in Ho Chi
Minh City. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted on charges
of sabotaging the communist government. Three other pro-democracy
activists, Le Thang Long, Tran Thi Thu and Le Thi Thu Thu, were soon
arrested for colluding with Dinh.
2010 Jun 13, In the 64th Tony
Awards “Red,” John Logan’s drama about painter Mark Rothko, won as
the top drama. A revival of August Wilson’s “Fences” and the musical
“Memphis” also won top honors.
(SFC, 6/14/10, p.D1)
2010 Jun 13, Spirit Airlines
announced that it has canceled all flights through Jun 15 as a
pilot’s strike continued into a 2nd day.
(SFC, 6/14/10, p.A6)
2010 Jun 13, Jimmy Dean, former
country singer and sausage entrepreneur, died at his home in
Virginia. His 1961 song “Big Bad John” won him a Grammy. In 1969 he
started the Jimmy Dean Meat Co., which he sold to Sara Lee Corp. in
(SFC, 6/14/10, p.C4)
2010 Jun 13, In central
Afghanistan Taliban militants attacked a police post, sparking a
day-long battle which killed 8 policemen, 4 civilians and 9
militants in the Kijran district of Day Kundi province.
2010 Jun 13, Belgium voters
gave a stunning win in general elections to the New Flemish
Alliance, a separatist party that wants Dutch and French-speakers to
end years of acrimonious linguistic disputes, or go their own way
and break up Belgium.
(Reuters, 6/13/10)(AP, 6/14/10)
2010 Jun 13, The London School
of Economics issued new research report saying Pakistan's main spy
agency continues to arm and train the Taliban and is even
represented on the group's leadership council despite US pressure to
sever ties and billions in aid to combat the militants.
2010 Jun 13, The London-based
Mo Ibrahim Foundation said that for the second year in a row its $5
million annual prize for good governance in Africa will not be
2010 Jun 13, Colombian soldiers
freed two high-ranking police officers and an army sergeant who were
among the longest-held rebel captives during a raid in the nation's
southern jungle. The rescue operation freed police Gen. Luis
Mendieta and Col. Enrique Murillo, both captured by leftist FARC,
guerrillas in a November 1998 siege of the eastern provincial
capital of Mitu. Sgt. Arbey Delgado and Lt. Col. William Donato were
taken in August of the same year during a rebel attack on an
anti-drug outpost in the southern jungle town of Miraflores. Donato
was found the next day.
(AP, 6/13/10)(AP, 6/15/10)
2010 Jun 13, Egyptian security
forces in Cairo hit protesters and knocked some to the ground before
rounding dozens up at a demonstration against a police beating that
killed a young man a week ago.
2010 Jun 13, Iran and Pakistan
formally signed a $7 billion export deal which commits the Islamic
republic to supplying its eastern neighbor with natural gas from
2010 Jun 13, In Iraq gunmen
trying to rob the central bank in Baghdad battled security forces
for hours after bombs ripped through a nearby area, leaving as many
as 26 dead, including 3 suicide bombers. Police blamed al Qaeda in
(AP, 6/13/10)(SFC, 6/14/10, p.A4)
2010 Jun 13, Japan’s Hayabusa
space probe, which scientists hope contains material from the
surface of an asteroid returned to Earth, landed in the remote
Australian outback following a 7-year journey.
(AFP, 6/13/10)(SFC, 6/15/10, p.A2)
2010 Jun 13, In Kenya 2 grenade
blasts ripped through a downtown Nairobi park at dusk as a rally
against the country's proposed constitution was concluding. 6 people
were killed as the crowd of thousands stampeded out of the park
after the second explosion. Those at the rally opposed the draft
constitution because it would allow abortions in life-threatening
pregnancies and recognize Islamic courts. The draft will be voted on
(AP, 6/14/10)(AP, 6/15/10)(Econ, 6/19/10, p.50)
2010 Jun 13, Kyrgyz mobs burned
Uzbek villages and slaughtered their residents in the worst ethnic
rioting this Central Asian nation has seen in 20 years. Officials
said more than 75,000 Uzbek refugees have fled the rising ethnic
violence, amid reports of Kyrgyz mobs torching Uzbek villages and
slaughtering their residents. At least 371 people were killed in the
rioting that began on June 10.
(AP, 6/13/10)(Econ, 10/2/10, p.44)
2010 Jun 13, Libya said that
Switzerland has paid $1.5 million for mistreating Moammar Gadhafi's
son during his arrest there in 2008, and Switzerland expected the
return of Max Goeldi, a citizen held in Tripoli, as the countries
ended a two-year diplomatic row.
2010 Jun 13, In Mexico 9 people
were killed when a plane belonging to a politician running for
governor in Quintana Roo state crashed. Roberto Borge, the powerful
Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI)'s candidate for governor,
was not aboard at the time.
2010 Jun 13, Nepal’s PM Madhav
Kumar Nepal and Forest Minister Deepak Bohara summoned conservation
officials and the chiefs of police and army ordering them to come up
with a strategy to halt the killing of endangered rhinos. 28 of the
endangered animals had been killed over the past 11 months.
2010 Jun 13, An American armed
with a pistol and a 40-inch (102-cm) sword was detained in northern
Pakistan and told investigators he was on a solo mission to kill
Osama bin Laden. He was identified as Gary Brooks Faulkner (52), a
Californian construction worker. Faulkner returned to the US on June
23 with no charges filed against him.
(AP, 6/15/10)(AP, 6/23/10)
2010 Jun 13, Amr Moussa, the
head of the 22-member Arab League, met with the top Hamas leader in
Gaza, PM Ismail Haniyeh, in a significant diplomatic boost for
2010 Jun 13, In the central
Philippines a bus rented by Iranian medical students plunged into a
ravine while negotiating a mountain road, killing 21 people and
injuring 26 others.
(AP, 6/13/10)(AP, 6/14/10)
2011 Jun 13, Forty years after
their release caused a sensation, the entire collection of the
so-called “Pentagon Papers” was made available to the public, both
on line and in 47 volumes of hard-copy documents. On June 13, 1971,
defense analyst Daniel Ellsberg leaked some of the then-top secret
documents to the New York Times, revealing to the American public
previously hidden facts about the government’s involvement in
Vietnam, including damaging information about mistakes that had been
(NYT, 6/8/11, p. A12)(AP, 6/13/11)
2011 Jun 13, The US Dept. of
Justice said Hecla Mining Co. will pay $263 million to settle one of
the nation’s largest Superfund lawsuits for releasing mining waste
into the environment in Idaho.
(SFC, 6/14/11, p.A4)
2011 Jun 13, In NYC Zvi Goffer,
former Galleon Group LLC hedge fund trader, was convicted on all
counts for insider trading. His brother and Michael Kimelman were
also found guilty of conspiracy and securities fraud.
(SFC, 6/14/11, p.D2)
2011 Jun 13, In southern
California an indictment was unsealed charging radiologist Dr. Sim
Hoffman, neurologist Dr. Thomas Heric and two staffers in a $17
million workers’ compensation insurance fraud scheme.
(SFC, 6/13/11, p.C3)
2011 Jun 13, In San Francisco
an independent arbitrator ruled that municipal transport operators
must work under a contract they overwhelmingly rejected last week.
(SFC, 6/14/11, p.A1)
2011 Jun 13, The Center for
Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit against a New Texas law,
effective Sep 1, requiring doctors to conduct a sonogram and
describe a fetus’ features before performing an abortion.
2011 Jun 13, The death of Betty
Neumar, a 79 year old grandmother, left authorities with many
unanswered questions. Neumar was a suspect in a North Carolina
murder: she was accused of soliciting someone to kill her husband.
But investigators also discovered that over the years, she had been
married five times, and several of her husbands died under
suspicious circumstances. Authorities were looking into those other
cases, but her death may mean they will never be
2011 Jun 13, The World Justice
Project released a report on the status of the rule of law in 66
countries. On access to civil justice America ranked 21.
(Econ, 6/25/11, p.40)
2011 Jun 13, A conference of
international philanthropists, in association with the Global
Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation, took place in London.
Participants, including former Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates,
pledged $4.3 billion to purchase vaccines for children in poor
countries. The vaccines will help to eradicate such diseases as
diphtheria, whooping cough, and measles.
2011 Jun 13, In China severe
flooding caused by days of torrential rains has led to 105 deaths.
The heavy rains have also resulted in a number of mudslides, with
the province of Hunan the hardest hit.
2011 Jun 13, Egypt’s military
told human rights advocates that at least 7,000 civilians have been
sentenced to prison terms by military courts since the ouster of
Pres. Hosni Mubarek.
(SFC, 6/14/11, p.A2)
2011 Jun 13,
Speaking in Ethiopia to members of the African Union, Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton spoke out against African leaders with
despotic regimes, and encouraged democratic reforms in those
countries. Mrs. Clinton, the first US Secretary of State to address
a session of the African Union, encouraged members to break ties
with Libyan strongman Muammar Khaddafi and to support the rebels
fighting to overthrow him. She was on a five-day diplomatic trip to
Jun 13, At a photo opportunity in Hessen, Germany, a quick-thinking
pilot of the Goodyear Blimp saved lives as he lost his own in a
fiery crash. Pilot Mike Nerandzic was in the air allowing
journalists to take pictures for a road safety campaign when the
blimp began to experience problems. Nerandzic flew low enough for
journalists in the blimp to escape, but then the blimp burst into
flames; the pilot managed to direct it away from onlookers and
camera crews before it crashed, killing him.
(Yahoo News, 6/14/11)(http://tinyurl.com/5vamoyy)
2011 Jun 13, Italian voters
turned out in large numbers to defeat laws passed by Premier
Berlusconi’s government to revive nuclear energy, privatize the
water supply and help him avoid prosecution.
(SFC, 6/14/11, p.A2)
2011 Jun 13, Lebanon PM Najib
Mikati announced a new Cabinet dominated by the Hezbollah militant
(SFC, 6/14/11, p.A2)
2011 Jun 13, In Libya NATO
attack helicopters struck two of Khadafy’s military boats of the
coast of Misrata.
(SFC, 6/15/11, p.A3)
2011 Jun 13, In New Zealand
strong aftershocks rattled Christchurch. Thousands of aftershocks
have followed the 6.3 quake that killed 181 people on Feb 22.
(SFC, 6/14/11, p.A2)
2011 Jun 13, As the Palestinian
Authority prepared for diplomatic talks in Cairo, dissension broke
out between the two factions in the government, Hamas and Fatah,
over choosing a leader for their unity government. Palestinian
Authority president and leader of Fatah Mahmoud Abbas has been
unable to persuade Hamas to accept his choice to lead the unity
government, Salam Fayyad. While Fayyad, the current prime minister
of the PA, is considered a moderate and is acceptable to western
countries, Hamas regards him negatively, accusing him of trying to
close down Hamas’ institutions and being too co-operative with
2011 Jun 13, In Papua New
Guinea Theo Abal (21), the adopted son of the acting PM Sam Abal,
slashed the throat of a 29-year-old hostess he met in a bar. Abal
was charged with murder after the body of the waitress was found at
the family home.
2011 Jun 13, Peru’s Pres. Alan
Garcia announced his plan to build the world’s tallest statue of
Jesus Christ, standing 120 ft. high. Among those to object is the
mayor of Lima, Susan Villaran, who noted that such a tall statue
would negatively impact the skyline and overshadow other tourist
2011 Jun 13, Police in Turkey
rounded up 32 alleged members of Anonymous, hacker group, which had
recently attacked a couple of official websites.
(Econ, 6/18/11, p.67)
2011 Jun 13, Yemen’s acting
president agreed with opposition parties to begin discussions on how
to transfer power from Pres. Saleh.
(SFC, 6/14/11, p.A3)
2012 Jun 13, The US Justice
Dept. dismissed all remaining charges against former North Carolina
Senator John Edwards.
(SFC, 6/14/12, p.A8)
2012 Jun 13, JP Morgan CEO
Jamie Dimon testified before a Senate committee over the company’s
$2 billion trading loss, that was disclosed on May 10.
(SFC, 6/14/12, p.E3)
2012 Jun 13, In San Francisco
Matt Cain pitched a perfect game in a 10-0 victory over the Houston
Astros. This was a first for the SF Giants and only the 22nd perfect
game in major league history.
(SFC, 6/14/12, p.A12)
2012 Jun 13, In Buffalo, NY,
Jackie Wisniewski (33), a nursing student, died on the floor of the
Erie County Medical Center. Dr. Timothy V. Jorden (49) was sought in
connection to the death of his one-time lover. Jorden apparently
shot himself dead on June 13. Police found his body on June 15.
2012 Jun 13, ICANN revealed the
Internet names of 1,400 new generic top-level domain names.
(Econ, 6/16/12, p.76)
2012 Jun 13, Bangladesh refused
three more boatloads of Rohingya Muslims fleeing sectarian violence
in Myanmar, despite growing calls for the border to be opened. A UN
rights envoy warned that violence posed a threat to Myanmar’s shift
towards democracy, as the death toll from almost a week of unrest
rose to 28.
(AFP, 6/13/12)(AFP, 6/14/12)
2012 Jun 13, In Brazil dialogue
began on Green Agriculture: Towards Sustainable Agricultural
Economies as part of the Rio+20 conference on sustainable
development. The final 3-days, set to run from June 20 to June 22,
will include 130 top leaders from around the globe.
(SFC, 6/14/12, p.A2)
2012 Jun 13, Cambodia arrested
French architect Patrick Devillers, with ties to disgraced Chinese
politician Bo Xilai, in a new twist to China's biggest political
scandal in decades. Devillers was released on July 17 and flew to
China voluntarily to help its investigation.
(AFP, 6/19/12)(AFP, 7/18/12)
2012 Jun 13, Mississauga,
Canada, teen Yoonseo Kang was one of 20 recipients of the $100,000
Thiel Fellowship, a program that encourages bright minds to pursue
innovative, entrepreneurial projects outside of a classroom setting.
His desire to build a better future influenced his decision to move
to Missouri's Open Source Ecology (OSE) farm "to become part of a
project that encourages everyday people to build their own machines.
2012 Jun 13, China jailed two
ex-chiefs of its football association, four former national team
players and two others, in the culmination of a major crackdown on
corruption in the scandal-plagued sport.
2012 Jun 13, Chinese dairy
maker Yili started recalling batches of baby formula after
authorities found they contained high levels of mercury. The recall
covered baby formula produced from November 2011 to May 2012.
2012 Jun 13, Colombia’s bank
began issuing new coins in denominations of 50, 100, 200, 500 and
1,000 pesos, all featuring pictures of native animals. The
bimetallic 1,000-peso (US$0.55) coin depicts a loggerhead sea
2012 Jun 13, In southeast India
at least 10 people were killed and several others seriously injured
in an explosion at a steel factory in Andhra Pradesh state.
2012 Jun 13, In Iraq a wave of
car bombs struck Shiite pilgrims in 7 cities and towns, from Baghdad
to Hillah, Karbala, Taji and Balad, killing over 80 people in 22
separate explosions targeting an annual Shiite pilgrimage
commemorating the 8th century death of revered imam. Al-Qaeda's
front group, the Islamic State of Iraq, later claimed
(AP, 6/13/12)(AP, 6/14/12)(AFP, 6/22/12)(Econ,
2012 Jun 13, Libyan state news
said tribal clashes in the west and south have left at least 15
people dead over the last 48 hours.
(SFC, 6/14/12, p.A2)
2012 Jun 13, Carlos Slim,
Mexican telecommunications billionaire, acquired an 8.4% stake in
Argentina's newly state-controlled oil and gas producer, YPF S.A. A
filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission said Slim and
members of his family acquired 32.9 million shares of YPF Class D
shares on June 12 and 13.
2012 Jun 13, Syria’s the
official SANA news agency quoted officials as saying the northwest
region of Al-Haffe has been "cleansed" of terrorists and "calm has
been restored" in the area. Rebels withdrew from the besieged town
of Al-Haffe and nearby villages that had been under intense shelling
by regime forces for eight days. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei
Lavrov accused the United States of supplying weapons to Syria's
2012 Jun 13, Togo security
forces broke up a demonstration to protest changes to the electoral
law with tear gas. The opposition claimed 119 people were wounded
over the two days amid government "repression."
2012 Jun 13, A Tunisian
military court convicted former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in
absentia of inciting violence and sentenced him to 20 years in
prison. Tunisia has repeatedly asked Saudi Arabia to extradite Ben
Ali so he can face the charges in person. Calm returned after days
of riots by radical Islamists across the country left 62 members of
the security forces injured and led to 162 arrests.
2012 Jun 13, A Turkish foreign
ministry official said around 2,500 Syrians have fled to Turkey in
the last 48 hours amid fresh attacks that even targeted UN
2012 Jun 13, A UN independent
group of experts on CongoDRC briefed the UN Security Council saying
very senior Rwandans, including the minister of defense, were
backing rebels in the eastern Kivu provinces. Its report was
published on June 29.
(Econ, 7/7/12, p.48)
2012 Jun 13, The Vatican
proposed making the breakaway Society of St. Pius X, founded in
1969, a "personal prelature," akin to a diocese without borders,
during a meeting with Bishop Bernard Fellay, the society's superior.
2013 Jun 13, The US announced
increased military aid to Syria and said it had conclusive evidence
that Assad's regime has used chemical weapons, including the nerve
agent sarin, on a small scale against opposition forces. The White
House said multiple chemical attacks last year killed up to 150
2013 Jun 13, The US Supreme
Court ruled that companies cannot patent parts of
naturally-occurring human genes, a decision with the potential to
profoundly affect the emerging and lucrative medical and
biotechnology industries. The court gave Myriad Genetics a partial
victory, ruling that while naturally-occurring DNA was not
patentable, synthetically-created DNA could be patented.
2013 Jun 13, In Colorado a
wildfire northeast of Colorado Springs destroyed at least 360 homes
as it burned for a 3rd day leaving at least 2 people dead.
(SFC, 6/14/13, p.A15)
2013 Jun 13, In Louisiana an
explosion and fire killed one person and injured 73 at the Williams
Olefins chemical plant in Geismar.
2013 Jun 13, Texas Gov. Rick
Perry signed a law protecting Christmas and other holiday
celebrations in state public schools from legal challenges.
2013 Jun 13, "The Fast Diet",
also known as the 5:2 diet, is the brainchild of TV medical
journalist Michael Mosley and journalist Mimi Spencer and allows
people to eat what they want for five days but only eat 600 calories
a day on the other two. Their book, "The Fast Diet", has topped
bestselling book lists in Britain and the United States this year
and been reprinted more than a dozen times.
2013 Jun 13, Argentina
sentenced former President Carlos Menem, now a Senator, to 7 years
in prison for illegally smuggling weapons to Ecuador and Croatia in
violation of international embargoes in the 1990s. He could remain
free indefinitely while the Supreme Court studies any appeal.
2013 Jun 13, In Argentina a
2-level commuter train slammed into another that had stopped between
stations during the morning commute in a suburb of Buenos Aires. 3
passengers were killed and over 300 injured.
2013 Jun 13, In Brazil over 100
protesters and 12 police were injured and 230 people detained as
thousands of demonstrators clashed with police in Sao Paulo over
hikes in bus and subway fares. Similar protests took place in Rio,
Brasilia and Porte Alegre.
(SFC, 6/15/13, p.A2)
2013 Jun 13, An influential
committee of British lawmakers accused search company Google of
dodging its taxes in a scathing report that said the US Internet
company took on highly contrived arrangements serving no purpose
other than to avoid paying its fair share.
2013 Jun 13, China’s state
media reported that automated controls guided the Shenzhou 10 space
capsule in its successful docking with the Tiangong-1 space lab. The
astronauts will enter the module next week to conduct experiments
during their 12-day mission.
(AP, 6/13/13)(SFC, 6/14/13, p.A2)
2013 Jun 13, Ecuador passed a
new mining law imposing an 8% ceiling on previously open-ended
royalties and streamlined the permit processes.
(Econ, 6/22/13, p.41)
2013 Jun 13, Egyptian pilots
working for the national carrier staged a 10-hour sit-in protest,
delaying 22 flights in an effort to press their demands for
management changes and bonus payments.
2013 Jun 13, Ethiopia's
parliament ratified the new Nile River Cooperative Framework
Agreement, an accord already signed by five other Nile River
countries. It replaces colonial-era deals that awarded Egypt and
Sudan the majority of the world's longest river.
2013 Jun 13, French rail
workers walked off the job to protest a reorganization of the
national rail and train companies. Up to 70% of train journeys in
France were canceled. The action began the previous evening and was
set to end the morning of June 14.
2013 Jun 13, Germany-based Opel
said GM signed an agreement today to start building its Corsa model
at facilities owned by partner Unison in Belarus.
2013 Jun 13, In Greece
thousands walked off the job in the 3rd general strike of the year.
More than 10,000 protesters rallied outside the public broadcasting
headquarters in Athens in support of fired staff, who for a third
day occupied the building to continue broadcasts in defiance of the
(AP, 6/13/13)(SFC, 6/14/13, p.A3)
2013 Jun 13, The governor of
Iraq's northern Sunni-dominated province of Ninevah escaped an
assassination attempt in Mosul that left 2 people killed and three
2013 Jun 13, Nicaragua’s
Congress voted to give Wang Jing the concession to build a canal
across the country. His HK Nicaragua Canal Development Investment
Co. still has to study whether the idea is truly economically
viable. The vote gave his Hong Kong-based company 50 years of
exclusive rights to study the plan and build and operate a canal in
exchange for Nicaragua receiving a minority share of any profits.
2013 Jun 13, In Nigeria
extremists sought out the Rev. Jacob Kwiza, a retired pastor with
the Church of Christ in Nigeria. They found him picking mangoes in
his father's garden in the Gwoza hills, about 150 km (90 miles) from
Maiduguri. The fighters ordered Kwiza to renounce his Christian
faith and convert to Islam on pain of death. When he repeatedly
refused, they slit his throat.
2013 Jun 13, Syrian rebels
battled regime forces for control of a key military base in the
central Hama province after chasing soldiers out and setting fire to
2013 Jun 13, Turkey’s PM
Erdogan declared "lawbreakers" will be removed from Istanbul's
Taksim Square.” Ethem Sarisuluk (26), who had been on life support
for days, was pronounced dead. He was believed to have been hit in
the head by a tear gas canister on June 1 during protests in Ankara.
This raised the death toll to 5 from the two-week standoff.
2013 Jun 13, The UN human
rights office said Syria's spiraling violence has resulted in the
confirmed killings of nearly 93,000 people but the real number is
likely to be far higher.
2013 Jun 13, The UN said the
world’s population will increase from 7.2 billion today to 8.1
billion by 2025, and to 9.6 billion by 2050.
(SFC, 6/14/13, p.A2)
2013 Jun 13, Vietnam police
arrested Pham Viet Dao (61), one of the country's best known
bloggers, for posting criticism of the communist government.
2013 Jun 13, In Yemeni
thousands protested in the capital against "excesses" by security
forces, calling for the overthrow of the president and national
2013 Jun 13, Zimbabwe's Pres.
Mugabe officially announced that elections will go ahead on July 31
despite opposition from the prime minister, setting the stage for a
political standoff between the longtime rivals.
2014 Jun 13, Pres. Obama spoke
at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota promoting the
need to help reservations create jobs. Some 63% of able workers at
Standing Rock were unemployed. The 2.3 million-acre reservation was
home to some 850 residents.
(SFC, 6/14/14, p.A4)
2014 Jun 13, The IRS released
documents revealing that e-mails sent by IRS official Lois Lerner
from 2010-2011 had been lost when a computer crashed, and that the
backup tapes had been recycled. This was the period when some IRS
staff targeted groups with “Tea Party” or “patriot” in their names
for extra scrutiny ahead of the 2012 elections.
(Econ, 6/21/14, p.30)
2014 Jun 13, Priceline, a
global booking agency, announced that it is acquiring OpenTable, a
SF-based restaurant reservation service, for $2.6 billion.
(SFC, 6/14/14, p.D1)
2014 Jun 13, Dr. Richard
Rockefeller (65) of Falmouth, Maine, crashed in a single-engine
plane just after takeoff from Westchester County Airport outside
NYC. He was the great-grandson of John D. Rockefeller, the
co-founder of Standard Oil.
(SFC, 6/14/14, p.A4)
2014 Jun 13, A federal judge in
Madison, Wis., issued an order postponing her decision striking down
Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional, pending
the outcome of an expected appeal. More than 550 same-sex couples in
the state cited her June 6 decision in order to get married over the
past seven days.
2014 Jun 13, Gaston Browne
became the new prime minister of the two-island nation of Antigua
and Barbuda after his Labor Party won 14 of 17 seats in the
2014 Jun 13, Croatia's Supreme
Court confirmed a guilty verdict against former PM Ivo Sanader for
taking a bribe from Hungarian oil group MOL in exchange for allowing
it a dominant position in Croatian oil firm INA. The Zagreb County
Court originally sentenced Sanader to 10 years in prison in 2012.
The original verdict was modified to eight years and six months.
2014 Jun 13, In Egypt a
policeman in Cairo's Maadi district was shot and killed from atop a
nearby building while he broke up a pro-Brotherhood protest of about
50 people. Other small protests took place in the provinces of
Sharqiya and Daqahliyah as well as in Assiut, south of Cairo.
2014 Jun 13, In France a Roma
boy named Darius (16) was beaten into a coma in the town of
2014 Jun 13, Iraqi army
helicopters fired rockets on one of the largest mosques in the city
of Tikrit. A representative for Iraq's top Shiite cleric urged
Iraqis to defend their country. Iran's official IRNA news agency
reported that former members of Tehran's powerful Revolutionary
Guard have announced their readiness to fight in Iraq against
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
(Reuters, 6/13/14)(AP, 6/13/14)
2014 Jun 13, Israel's military
said its soldiers are searching the West Bank after three Israeli
teenagers were reported missing.
2014 Jun 13, Israeli men,
colorfully dressed drag queens and others partied through central
Tel Aviv as tens of thousands of people took part in the city's
annual gay pride parade, the largest event of its kind in the Middle
2014 Jun 13, In Italy Venice
mayor Giorgio Orsoni resigned under pressure, a day after being
freed from house arrest under a plea deal linked to a bribery
scandal involving the construction of underwater barriers to protect
the lagoon city from flooding.
2014 Jun 13, In Italy Marcello
Dell'Utri, a longtime ally of former PM Silvio Berlusconi, was
extradited to Italy under Interpol guard and transferred to a prison
in the northern city of Parma. Authorities said he had fled to
Lebanon to escape a prison sentence for Mafia association.
2014 Jun 13, Italian sailors
recovered 10 bodies of migrants after their rubber dinghy sank off
the Libyan coast. Thirty-nine migrants were rescued after the vessel
2014 Jun 13, Jordanian border
guards opened fire on four vehicles trying to enter illegally from
Syria after they ignored orders to stop. State-run news agency did
not say whether anyone was killed or wounded in the incident.
2014 Jun 13, In South Africa’s
Johannesburg-based African Parks group said that since mid-May at
least 68 elephants have been slaughtered by poachers over the last
two months using chain saws and helicopters in the 5,000 square km
(1,900 square mile) Garamba National Park in Congo.
2014 Jun 13, South Korea's
Pres. Park Geun-hye replaced seven Cabinet members in an apparent
bid to win back sagging public trust in her administration after
April's ferry disaster.
2014 Jun 13, The Spanish
government said it has approved legislation to sell 49 percent of
the national aviation authority AENA and also open up one of the
country's passenger rail routes to a private operator.
2014 Jun 13, Thailand's
military government fully lifted a curfew it imposed nationwide
after seizing power last month, saying there is no threat of
2014 Jun 13, Thailand deported
Moua Toua Ter, a former ethnic Hmong resistance leader, to Laos
after being held in Bangkok since March last year. He had been
sheltering in Thailand for eight years while seeking resettlement in
a third country.
2014 Jun 13, Ukraine's interior
minister said that government troops have reclaimed the southern
port of Mariupol, the second-largest city in the Donetsk region,
from pro-Russian separatists. Rebel leaders confirmed they have
2014 Jun 13, Ukraine said it
was ready to pay a compromise price for Russian natural gas for 18
months to avert the threat of Moscow cutting off supplies and allow
time to reach a long-term pricing agreement.
2014 Jun 13, In Yemen 4
soldiers and 5 suspected Al-Qaeda militants were killed in two
separate attacks in the south.
2015 Jun 13, A US security
officials said the United States plans to store heavy military
equipment in the Baltics and Eastern European nations to reassure
allies made uneasy by Russian intervention in Ukraine, and to deter
2015 Jun 13, Los Angeles Mayor
Eric Garcetti signed into law an ordinance to gradually raise the
minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020.
(SSFC, 6/14/15, p.A8)
2015 Jun 13, Hillary Clinton
formally launched her bid to become America's first woman president,
holding in New York her first big campaign rally.
2015 Jun 13, In Ohio 4 people
were killed in a shooting at a home in Columbus. A teenage girl was
found injured outside the residence.
2015 Jun 13, In Texas bombs
were planted outside Dallas Police headquarters in an attack early
today that may have involved as many as four gunmen firing automatic
weapons. Snipers shot and killed James Boulware in a standoff by the
Dallas police headquarters.
(Reuters, 6/13/15)(AFP, 6/13/15)
2015 Jun 13, Six Yemeni men,
long held at Guantanamo Bay, arrived in Oman. This was the first
movement of detainees out of the US prison for terrorism suspects in
five months and reduced the Guantanamo prisoner population to 116.
(AP, 6/13/15)(SSFC, 6/14/15, p.A6)
2015 Jun 13, In Afghanistan
Taliban fighters overran multiple checkpoints in an overnight raid
in Helmand province, killing at least 20 police officers as the
battle continued to rage. The Afghan military acknowledged the
Taliban controls at least four districts across the country.
2015 Jun 13, In Azerbaijan
Russian President Vladimir Putin met Turkish counterpart Recep
Tayyip Erdogan for talks expected to touch on energy issues and the
Syria crisis. They met a day after attending the opening ceremony of
the inaugural European Games, hosted by Azerbaijan.
2015 Jun 13, Egypt opened the
Rafah border crossing to allow Palestinians to travel in and out of
the Gaza Strip for the first time in three months.
2015 Jun 13, In western
Indonesia the Mount Sinabung volcano on Sumatra unleashed a new
powerful burst high into the sky sending hot ash far down the
2015 Jun 13, In Iraq at least
11 Iraqi security personnel were killed in a quadruple suicide car
bombing in Hajjaj, near Baiji. The Islamic State said in a statement
that the bombers were a Kuwaiti, a Palestinian, a Briton named Talha
Asmal (17) and a German.
(AFP, 6/13/15)(AP, 6/15/15)
2015 Jun 13, US-led forces
conducted 12 air strikes against Islamic State targets in seven
Iraqi cities. One strike was conducted in Syria.
2015 Jun 13, In Libya Mokhtar
Belmokhtar, a veteran Islamist militant blamed for a deadly attack
on an Algerian gas field and who ran smuggling routes across North
Africa, was reported killed late today in a US air strike. As of
June 15 his death remained uncertain. Tunisian jihadist Seifallah
Ben Hassine, listed as a "global terrorist" by the US, was killed in
a mid-June airstrike that targeted a top Al-Qaeda-linked Islamist.
(Reuters, 6/14/15)(SFC, 6/16/15, p.A2)(SFC,
6/16/15, p.A2)(AFP, 7/3/15)
2015 Jun 13, In Pakistan air
strikes killed 20 suspected militants around Datta Khel in North
Waziristan as the military marked the one-year anniversary of an
anti-Taliban offensive in the area.
2015 Jun 13, In Slovenia over a
thousand people marched at the country’s 15th Gay Pride festival
warning their fight was not over since a recently adopted bill
legalizing same-sex marriages could still be revoked in a
2015 Jun 13, South Korea
recorded its 14th death from the MERS virus and a dozen new
2015 Jun 13, The Syrian Kurdish
YPG militia said it began an advance towards an Islamic State-held
town at the Turkish border, thrusting deeper into the jihadists'
stronghold of Raqqa province in a campaign backed by US-led air
2015 Jun 13, Turkish security
forces used water cannon and fired warning shots to push Syrians
away from the frontier as thousands massed at a border crossing to
escape escalating fighting.
2015 Jun 13, In eastern Ukraine
6 government servicemen were killed and 14 wounded in the past 24
hours, despite a four-month-old ceasefire deal.
2015 Jun 13, In Yemen 9 people
were killed when Saudi-led coalition warplanes bombed a district in
Sanaa inhabited by relatives of ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh. At
least 60 people were reported wounded.
2016 Jun 13, The US Supreme
Court rejected an appeal from a group of American Samoans who say
the United States should grant full citizenship to people born in
the US territory.
2016 Jun 13, In Los Angeles a
dispute between homeless people led one of them to set a fire that
killed 5 others.
(SFC, 6/16/16, p.A6)
2016 Jun 13, Microsoft Corp.
agreed to pay $26.2 billion in cash for LinkedIn, a professional
social network company founded in 2002.
(SFC, 6/14/16, p.A1)
2016 Jun 13, Gregory Rabassa
(94), former Queens College professor and translator of Latin
American authors, died in Branford, Conn. His translations included
“Hopscotch” by Julio Cortazar and “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by
Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
(SFC, 6/15/16, p.D3)
2016 Jun 13, Bahraini security
forces rearrested leading human rights activist Nabeel Rajab (51) in
a dawn raid in the Gulf kingdom.
2016 Jun 13, In France Officer
Jean-Baptiste Salvaing and police administrator Jessica Schneider
were knifed to death in their home in the Paris suburb of
Magnanville by Larossi Abballa (25), who claimed allegiance to
Islamic State. Abballa was killed after a three-hour siege and
(AP, 6/14/16)(AFP, 6/18/16)
2016 Jun 13, In Germany the
chief editor of Turkish newspaper Hurriyet was presented with a
Freedom of Speech award by German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle
as concerns grow over press freedom in Turkey.
2016 Jun 13, Iran's state TV
reported that a firefight between Iran's powerful Revolutionary
Guards and Kurdish militants in western Iran has left 5 militants
dead. IRNA news agency reported a clash in the country's restive
Sistan-Baluchistan province near the border with Pakistan, saying
Iranian security forces killed 5 members of the Jaish al-Adl group.
An Iranian police officer was also killed in the clash.
2016 Jun 13, Iraq said it had
launched an investigation into possible human rights abuses against
civilians fleeing the Islamic State-held city of Fallujah as an aid
group said more than 4,000 more people had left the city over the
2016 Jun 13, In Iraq a suicide
attack carried out by Islamic State group fighters killed at least 5
members of the Iraqi security forces in the city of Ramadi.
2016 Jun 13, The Kosovo
government amended a draft law to prolong the European Union rule of
law mission, known as EULEX, for two years. Since 2008, EULEX has
supported Kosovo on its path to greater European integration in the
areas of rule of law and the fight against corruption.
2016 Jun 13, NATO's
secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg announced that the alliance will
agree this week to send four multinational battalions to the Baltic
states and Poland to boost their defenses against Russia.
2016 Jun 13, In Pakistan a
transgender woman suffered a gunshot wound to her thigh for refusing
to have sex with three attackers who broke into her home in Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa province, in the latest in a series of assaults on trans
2016 Jun 13, Qatar convicted a
Dutch woman (22) of adultery and gave her a one-year suspended
sentence after she reported being raped while on holiday in Doha.
Officials said was also fined 3,000 Qatari riyals ($800/710 euros)
and will be deported once she pays the fine. The male defendant,
said by a court official to be Syrian and named as Omar Abdullah
al-Hasan, was sentenced to 100 lashes for having illicit sex and 40
lashes for drinking alcohol.
2016 Jun 13, In Turkey a
car-bomb attack apparently targeting court officials in the
mainly-Kurdish southeast region injured at least 9 people in Ovacik,
2016 Jun 13, In Turkey Ahmed
Abdulkader, a Syrian journalist campaigning against Islamic State,
was shot in the head by two Islamic State militants riding a
motorcycle and is being treated in the intensive care unit of
Sanliurfa state hospital.
2016 Jun 13, In Uganda a senior
officer, wounded in an attack in Gulu a day earlier, died. Six
suspects believed to have participated in the attack were arrested,
including the driver of a pickup truck used in the assault, and two
2016 Jun 13, In Yemen a
suspected US drone killed 3 alleged al-Qaida fighters in an
overnight airstrike in the central Shabwa province.
2017 Jun 13, US Attorney
General Jeff Sessions, a close adviser to President Donald Trump
during his battle for the presidency, heatedly defended himself
before his former Senate colleagues as he denied having an
undisclosed meeting with Russia's ambassador to the United States
and rejected any misconduct in the ouster of FBI Director James
2017 Jun 13, In Georgia inmates
Donnie Russell Rowe (43) and Ricky Dubose (24) escaped after
disarming and killing Baldwin State Prison officers Christopher
Monica and Curtis Billue on a transport bus. Both inmates were
captured on June 15 in Christiana, Tenn.
(SFC, 6/14/17, p.A5)(SFC, 6/16/17, p.A5)
2017 Jun 13, Yahoo CEO Marissa
Mayer resigned following the company’s $4.5 sale of its Internet
properties to Verizon. Mayer left with a $23 million golden
(SFC, 6/14/17, p.C1)
2017 Jun 13, In Brazil Sergio
Cabral, a former governor of Rio de Janeiro, was sentenced to 14
years in prison for corruption.
(Econ 6/17/17, p.34)
2017 Jun 13, Anita Pallenberg
(b.1944), model and actress, died in Chichester, England. Sometimes
called the muse of the Rolling Stones, she had affairs with three of
band’s key members.
(SSFC, 6/18/17, p.C11)
2017 Jun 13, The European
Commission said that Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic have
breached their legal obligations to take some refugees as part of
the 2015 plan, which is aimed at sharing the burden of 160,000
migrants at camps in Italy and Greece.
2017 Jun 13, Finland’s PM Juha
Sipila said his coalition would carry on with a new populist faction
that emerged at the last minute. The Finns Party split in two, with
Sipila welcoming the more moderate faction to stay on in his
2017 Jun 13, A German court
convicted six young Syrian and Libyan refugees who tried to set fire
to a sleeping homeless man last Christmas in a crime that sparked
2017 Jun 13, In Germany a man
(37) shot a police officer in the head and wounded two bystanders at
the Unterfoehring subway station in Munich. The suspect was
apprehended after being wounded in an exchange of fire with police.
(SFC, 6/14/17, p.A2)
2017 Jun 13, Hungary's
parliament approved a crackdown on foreign-backed civil society
groups despite an international outcry, in a move seen as targeting
US billionaire George Soros.
2017 Jun 13, In Indonesia
dozens of inmates swam to freedom from a flooded jail after one of
its walls collapsed. At least 32 inmates escaped in Jambi city on
western Sumatra island late today by swimming through the
floodwaters after they smashed through the wall. Most were
recaptured but about 10 are believed to still be on the run.
2017 Jun 13, Iraqi and UN
officials said a mass food poisoning at a camp for displaced
civilians outside Mosul has left at least two dead and hundreds
requiring urgent treatment.
2017 Jun 13, Ireland’s
parliament elevated Leo Varadkar to prime minister after he won the
leadership of the center-right Fine Gael party.
(Econ 6/10/17, p.55)
2017 Jun 13, Israel's PM
Netanyahu says the diplomatic crisis with New Zealand over a UN
resolution condemning Israeli settlements is over.
2017 Jun 13, In Kenya at least
four people were missing after the collapse of an eight-storey
building in Nairobi overnight. Rescuers soon pulled two children and
their mother from the building. Two people were thought to be still
trapped in the debris.
(AFP, 6/13/17)(SFC, 6/14/17, p.A2)
2017 Jun 13, North Korea
released Otto Warmbier (22), a Univ. of Virginia college student who
was serving a 15-year prison term with hard labor for alleged
anti-state acts. North Korea announced Warmbier's arrest in late
January 2016, saying he committed an anti-state crime with "the
tacit connivance of the US government and under its manipulation."
The announcement that came as former NBA player Dennis Rodman was
paying a return visit to Pyongyang. Wambier returned to his home
state of Ohio in a coma suffering a "severe neurological injury,"
and has been in a coma for more than a year.
(AP, 6/13/17)(AP, 6/15/17)
2017 Jun 13, Pakistani
intelligence officials said a suspected US missile strike in the
northwest has killed a militant commander and his aide in a village
some five km south of Thal city.
2017 Jun 13, South Korean
police on Tuesday detained a 25-year-old graduate student for
allegedly placing a concealed explosive device that injured a
professor today at a university office in Seoul.
2017 Jun 13, In Syria Islamic
State group jihadists waged fierce battles in Raqa in a bid to repel
US-backed fighters advancing towards the walls of the Old City.
2017 Jun 13, Turkey's PM Binali
Yildirim said his country wants to continue membership talks with
the European Union, in an effort to ease months of tension.
2017 Jun 13, Zimbabwe
state-owned media reported that the government has banned the import
of corn after enjoying a bumper crop that authorities hope will be
enough to feed the nation and stimulate home-grown production. The
deputy agriculture minister said the government stopped issuing
grain import permits about four months ago and no maize imports are
allowed at our borders.
2018 Jun 13, US President
Donald Trump accused the Organization of Petroleum Exporting
Countries of driving up oil prices, in a fresh swipe at the cartel's
agreement to cap production.
2018 Jun 13, The US Federal
Reserve raised interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point and
signaled that it will raise rates two more times this year.
(SFC, 6/14/18, p.C2)
2018 Jun 13, ABC News reported
that Michael Cohen, Pres. Trump's former personal lawyer, is seeking
a new legal team in an FBI investigation as his current legal team
plans to stop handling his case.
(SFC, 6/14/18, p.A5)
2018 Jun 13, New Jersey Gov.
Phil Murphy signed legislation to tighten already strict gun control
(SFC, 6/14/18, p.A5)
2018 Jun 13, Lawmakers from the
Scottish National Party (SNP) staged a dramatic walkout from the
British parliament after their leader was ordered to leave the House
of Commons in a row over Brexit.
2018 Jun 13, A new report
published in the journal Nature said the rate t which Antarctica is
losing ice has more than doubled since 2012. This was expected to
contribute 6 inches to sea-level rise by 2100.
(SFC, 6/14/18, p.A4)
2018 Jun 13, A BP report said
global greenhouse gas emissions began rising again last year as the
first pick-up in coal burning since 2013 overshadowed a record
expansion in renewable energy.
2018 Jun 13, France's biggest
agriculture union told its farmers to suspend a blockade of
refineries and fuel depots that had entered its third day over palm
oil imports and unfair competition.
2018 Jun 13, In Germany the
regional court in Duesseldorf sentenced a man, identified only as
Saleh A., to seven years in prison after finding him guilty of
membership in foreign terrorist groups, manslaughter and other
2018 Jun 13, More than 150
German and Danish police officers searched a dozen apartments and
offices in a joint cross-border raid on an illegal human trafficking
network that focused on arranging hundreds of sham marriages.
2018 Jun 13, Germany extradited
Milorad Obradovic (49), a Bosnian Serb, to Bosnia. He was accused of
taking part in the 1992 detention and torture of about 120 Muslim
Bosniaks in the Bosnian war, and personally killing three others.
2018 Jun 13, Honduras' ruling
party said it will cooperate with prosecutors' investigation into
allegations public funds were illegally diverted to the 2013
campaign of President Juan Orlando Hernandez. Prosecutors said $11.7
million was diverted from the agriculture ministry to political
parties through nonprofit organizations.
2018 Jun 13, Indian and
Pakistani forces traded fire along the highly militarized frontier
in disputed Kashmir after Pakistani firing killed at least four
Indian paramilitary soldiers and injured three others on border
2018 Jun 13, An Indonesian
passenger boat overloaded with people heading home to celebrate the
end of Ramadan with their families capsized off Sulawesi island,
killing at least 13. A speed boat carrying 30 people capsized near
Palembang city. Rescuers recovered three bodies. There were 27
2018 Jun 13, Iranian security
forces arrested prominent human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh. The
mother of two also worked as a lawyer for women detained for
refusing to cover their hair in public. She has represented Iranian
opposition activists and in 2010 was sentenced to six years in jail
and banned from practice after being convicted of spreading
propaganda and conspiring to harm state security.
(Reuters, 6/13/18)(AP, 6/13/18)
2018 Jun 13, In northern Italy
finance police searched a bank as part of an investigation into
possible money laundering by the far-right League party.
2018 Jun 13, Rome's
long-delayed plans to build a new stadium hit another major obstacle
when nine people were arrested for alleged corruption linked to
bureaucratic matters involving the venue.
2018 Jun 13, A Maldives court
sentenced Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, a former president (1978-2008)
accused of plotting to overthrow the government, to 19 months in
prison for failing to cooperate with the police investigation.
2018 Jun 13, Two Norwegian
lawmakers nominated President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize
after the Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
2018 Jun 13, Qatar said it has
extended a $500 million aid package to Jordan that includes
investments, project finance and job opportunities for Jordanians.
2018 Jun 13, In Russia the FIFA
Congress in Moscow voted that the 2026 World Cup will return to
North America for the first time since 1994 after gaining 134 votes,
while Morocco got 65.
2018 Jun 13, The state-run
Saudi Press Agency reported that King Salman has ordered a 1.7
billion riyal ($453 million) payout to beneficiaries of social
security in the kingdom ahead of the upcoming Islamic Eid holiday
that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
2018 Jun 13, South Korea held
regional elections. The ruling party of President Moon Jae-in was
expected to win a sweeping victory.
2018 Jun 13, The Organization
for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said sarin was likely
used on March 24, 2017, as a chemical weapon in an attack in Syria
at Ltamenah, Hama province, and that chlorine was likely used the
following day at the Ltamenah Hospital.
(SFC, 6/14/18, p.A2)
2018 Jun 13, Turkish and US
officials meeting in Germany reached an agreement on the Syrian town
of Manbij, which has been a source of tension between the NATO
allies. The "Manbij Implementation Plan" would be discussed by
senior officials from the two countries, but no details were
2018 Jun 13, Yemeni forces
backed by a Saudi-led coalition launched a major offensive to retake
the rebel-held port city of Hodeida, a key aid hub, sparking calls
from the United Nations for restraint.
2019 Jun 13, President Donald
Trump announced the surprise departure of his spokeswoman Sarah
Sanders, after a combative tenure that saw her all-but kill off
traditional White House briefings to journalists.
2019 Jun 13, US-based Bloomberg
news agency says Turkish prosecutors are seeking up to five-year
jail terms for two of its Istanbul-based reporters over their report
on last year's currency crisis. Bloomberg said that Kerim Karakaya
and Fercan Yalinkilic have been accused of trying to undermine
Turkey's economic stability over a story they wrote in August 2018.
2019 Jun 13, In Oakland, Ca.,
the upstart Toronto Raptors squad dethroned defending champions
Golden State, defeating the Warriors 114-110 to win the NBA Finals
and capture the first crown by a club from outside the United
2019 Jun 13, In southern
California Margaret Hunter, the wife of US Rep. Duncan Hunter,
pleaded guilty to a single corruption count and agreed to testify
against her husband on charges that the couple had spent more than
$200,000 in campaign funds on personal trips and expenses.
(SFC, 6/14/19, p.A4)
2019 Jun 13, In California
Sacramento County sheriff's Deputy Shauna Bishop (44) was arrested
after she turned herself in for allegedly having sex with a boy
(SFC, 6/15/19, p.A5)
2019 Jun 13, The Michigan
attorney general's office dismissed all pending criminal cases tied
to the Flint water crisis, ending the current prosecutions of eight
current and former officials accused of neglecting their duties and
allowing residents to drink tainted water.
(SFC, 6/14/19, p.A4)
2019 Jun 13, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber on foot targeted a police vehicle in the eastern city
of Jalalabad, killing at least nine people, including civilians.
2019 Jun 13, In Algeria former
PM Abdelmalek Sellal was jailed in an anti-corruption sweep — the
second former head of government in two days to be sent to prison
while his case is investigated.
2019 Jun 13, Brazil's Supreme
Court voted to criminalize homophobia, an important step for sexual
minorities in one of the most dangerous countries for LGBT people in
2019 Jun 13, Brexit hardliner
Boris Johnson topped the ballot by a landslide in a first-round vote
for a leader to replace British PM Theresa May as the deadline for
leaving the EU looms.
2019 Jun 13, In Chile three
Bolivian men went missing late today after a small landslide blocked
the entrance to the mine, trapping the miners nearly 70 meters (230
feet) beneath the surface. On June 15 authorities found alive one of
the miners trapped beneath the rubble at a small copper mine, while
another was found dead. A 3rd remained missing.
2019 Jun 13, France's Marine Le
Pen unveiled a new far-right group, the Identity and Democracy (ID)
group, in the European Parliament, uniting eurosceptics from across
the continent who aim to devolve power from Brussels back to
2019 Jun 13, Germany's top
administrative court ruled that the slaughtering of male chicks may
continue in the poultry industry until a method is found to
determine the sex of an embryo in the egg.
2019 Jun 13, Hong Kong's
legislature suspended meetings as leaders considered their next
steps following violent clashes between police and protesters
opposed to a bill that would allow suspects to be tried in mainland
2019 Jun 13, Telegram, an
encrypted messaging app, said that it was hit by a powerful
cyberattack from China as a major protest unfolded a day earlier in
2019 Jun 13, Cyclone Vayu
battered an Indian fishing hub with heavy wind, waves and rain and
was forecast to bring dangerous weather conditions even as it veered
away from the subcontinent's western coast.
2019 Jun 13, Israeli aircraft
attacked a Hamas target in Gaza. Israel's military said it was
responding to a rocket fired from Gaza overnight that was
intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system.
2019 Jun 13, In northeastern
Nigeria Boko Haram jihadists launched a pre-dawn attack a military
base near in Kareto village, killing several troops and stealing
2019 Jun 13, Palestinian
militants fired a rocket into southern Israel, striking a building,
but causing no injuries.
(SFC, 6/14/19, p.A2)
2019 Jun 13, Two oil tankers
near the strategic Strait of Hormuz were damaged in suspected
attacks. The MT Front Altair, a Marshall Islands-flagged crude oil
tanker owned by Norway-based Frontline, and Kokuka Courageous,
managed by a Singapore company were attacked in the Gulf of Oman.
2019 Jun 13, Russian President
Vladimir Putin fired two police generals involved in a discredited
criminal case against a journalist, an episode that sparked a mass
protest in Moscow the previous day.
2019 Jun 13, Russian lawmakers
said that a new US military deployment to Poland announced by
President Donald Trump would force Moscow to take retaliatory steps,
with one saying it would make Poland a target in the event of a
2019 Jun 13, The Slovak capital
Bratislava won the right to host a new European Union agency to
oversee the labor market that is due to start operating this autumn.
2019 Jun 13, Sri Lanka's
attorney-general ordered police to speed up investigations into
several high-profile criminal cases, including the 2006 massacre of
17 French charity workers that remains unresolved.
2019 Jun 13, Turkey warned
Syria that it would respond if attacks in Syria's northwestern Idlib
province continue, after a Turkish observation post in the region
was attacked by mortar shells, which Turkey's Defense Ministry said
were fired from areas under Syrian government control.
2019 Jun 13, A Ugandan health
ministry official said a 50-year-old woman who tested positive for
Ebola in Uganda has died, the second fatality since the virus spread
from neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.
2019 Jun 13, The UN said it had
confirmed the killing of 17 people and the burning of more than 100
houses in Deleij village in Sudan's central Darfur region earlier
this week. Opposition medics said "Janjaweed militias" fired live
ammunition at civilians on June 10 at a market in Deleij, killing 11
people and wounding 20 others.
2019 Jun 13, UN
counterterrorism chief Vladimir Ivanovich Voronkov began a 3-day
visit to Xinjiang despite protests from the US and a rights group
that the trip would be inappropriate in light of the human rights
conditions in China's far west region.
2019 Jun 13, Pope Francis told
his ambassadors around the world, some of whom have been involved in
sexual and financial scandals, to live humble, exemplary lives and
be closer to the poor than to the elite.
2019 Jun 13, Venezuela's
central bank began introducing new bolivar bills of 10,000, 20,000
and 50,000 to make payments and transactions more efficient. The
50,000 bill is about the equivalent of $10, more than country's
monthly minimum wage.
(SFC, 6/13/19, p.A2)
2019 Jun 13, In Yemen planes
from the Saudi-led military coalition bombed areas around the
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