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Jun 15, Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar [El Cid] occupied Valencia on the
1184 Jun 15, King Magnus of
Norway was defeated by his rival, Sverre.
1215 June 15, The Magna Carta
("the Great Charter") was adopted and sealed by King John at
Runnymede, England, granting his barons more liberty. King John
signed the Magna Carta, which asserted the supremacy of the law over
the king, at Runnymede, England.
(CFA, '96, p.48) (HFA, '96, p.32)(AP,
1330 Jun 15, Edward the Black
Prince, the eldest son of Edward III and Prince of Wales
(1343-1376), was born. He was the first Duke created in England, the
Duke of Cornwall.
(HN, 6/15/99)(MC, 6/15/02)
1381 Jun 15, The English
peasant revolt was crushed in London and Wat Tyler, the rebel
leader, was beheaded.
(HN, 6/15/98)(MC, 6/15/02)
1389 Jun 15, Ottoman Turks
crushed Serbia in the Battle of Kosovo. The Serbs were defeated by
the invading Turkish Ottoman army at the Battle of Kosovo Polje, the
“Field of Blackbirds.”
(SFC, 12/29/96, BR p.7)(SFC, 3/3/98, p.A8)(WSJ,
5/5/98, p.A20)(HN, 6/15/98)
1416 Jun 15, St Francesco de
Paolo, was born.
1416 Jun 15, Joannes
Argyropoulos, Greek scholar, was born.
1467 Jun 15, Philip the Good,
Duke of Burgundy, died.
1520 Jun 15, Pope Leo the Tenth
threatened to excommunicate Martin Luther if he did not recant his
religious beliefs. Pope Leo X excommunicated Martin Luther by the
(AP, 6/15/00)(HT, 6/15/00)
1567 Jun 15, Genoa expelled the
Jews. [see Apr 2, 1550]
1605 Jun 15, Thomas Randolph,
English poet and playwright, was born.
1607 Jun 15, Colonists in North
America completed James Fort in Jamestown. Hostilities with the
Indians ended as ambassadors said their emperor, Powhatan, had
commanded local chiefs to live in peace with the English.
(HN, 6/15/98)(ON, 2/07, p.7)
1750 Jun 15, Marguerite De
Launay, Baronne Staal, French writer, died.
1658 Jun 15, The Mogul emperor
Aurangzeb imprisoned his father the Shah, after winning a battle at
1667 Jun 15, Dr. Jean-Baptiste
Denys, French doctor, performed the 1st animal to human blood
transfusion. He successfully transfused a few ounces of blood from a
lamb into boy (15). Another experimental transfusion this year
resulted in the patient’s death and Denys was accused of murder. In
2011 Holly Tucker authored “Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and
Murder in the Scientific Revolution.”
1672 Jun 15, The Sluices were
opened in Holland to save Amsterdam from the French.
1752 Jun 15, Benjamin Franklin
and his son tested the relationship between electricity and
lightning by flying a kite in a thunder storm. [see May 10]
1767 Jun 15, Rachel Robards
Jackson, U.S. first lady to Andrew Jackson, she caused a scandal by
marrying Jackson before divorcing her husband, was born.
1775 Jun 15, The Second
Continental Congress voted unanimously to appoint George Washington
head of the Continental Army.
(AP, 6/15/97)(HN, 6/15/98)
1775 Jun 15, Word reached the
Americans that the British intended to occupy the Charlestown
(HT, 3/97, p.30)
1776 Jun 15, Delaware declared
independence from both England and Pennsylvania with whom it had
shared a royal governor.
(WSJ, 5/30/00, p.A24)
1785 Jun 15, Two Frenchmen
attempting to cross the English Channel in a hot-air balloon were
killed when their balloon caught fire and crashed, in possibly the
first fatal aviation accident.
1794 Jun 15, The Guillotine was
moved to outskirts of Paris.
1810 Jun 15, Englishman William
Cobbett (1763-1810) was found guilty of treasonous libel after
objecting in The Register to the flogging at Ely of local militiamen
by Hanoverians. He was sentenced to two years imprisonment in
infamous Newgate Prison. While in prison he wrote the pamphlet Paper
against Gold, warning of the dangers of paper money, as well as many
Essays and Letters. On his release a dinner in London, attended by
600 people, was given in his honor, presided over by Sir Francis
Burdett who, like Cobbett, was a strong voice for parliamentary
1836 Jun 15, Arkansas was
admitted into the Union as the 25th state.
(AP, 6/15/97)(HN, 6/15/98)
1843 Jun 15, Edvard Grieg
(d.1907), Norwegian composer, was born. He was best known for his
"Peer Gynt" suite. In 1999 over 40 unknown pieces from 1858-1862
were found in Bergen, Germany. Grieg studied at Leipzig during this
(WUD, 1994, p.622)(SFC, 2/23/99, p.B3)(HT,
1844 Jun 15, Charles Goodyear
(1800-1860) received patent #3633 for the vulcanization of rubber,
his process to strengthen rubber. He had perfected the process in
1839 and never took out a European patent.
1846 Jun 15, The United States
and Britain signed a treaty settling a boundary dispute between
Canada and the United States in the Pacific Northwest at the 49th
parallel. Great Britain and the U.S. agreed on a joint occupation of
Oregon Territory. President Polk agreed to a compromise border along
the 49th parallel. The debate over the northwestern border of the
United States. The campaign slogan "54-40 or fight" referred to the
debate over the northwestern border of the United States. The slogan
"54-40 or fight" refers to the north latitude degree and minute
where many Americans wanted to place the border between the U.S. and
then Great Britain in the Pacific Northwest.
(AP, 6/15/97)(HN, 6/15/98)(SFC, 1/25/99,
1846 Jun 15, Washington
diplomats established a straight line border between the US and
Canada in the northwest and thus established Point Roberts, Wa. as
the westernmost corner of the US. The enclave is 4.9 sq. miles.
(SFC, 5/20/96, p.A-6)
1849 Jun 15, James Polk, the
11th president of the United States, died of cholera in Nashville,
Tenn. Following a visit to New Orleans. In 2008 Walter R. Borneman
authored “Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America.”
(AP, 6/15/97)(WSJ, 5/16/08, p.W8)(Econ, 7/30/11,
1851 Jun 15, Jacob Fussell,
Baltimore dairyman, set up the 1st ice-cream factory.
1855 Jun 15, Stamp duty on
British newspapers was abolished.
1862 Jun 15, General J.E.B.
Stuart completes his "ride around McClellan."
1863 Jun 15, The 2nd battle at
Winchester, Va., ended in Federal defeat with 1350 casualties.
1864 Jun 15, Secretary of War
Edwin M. Stanton signed an order establishing a military burial
ground at Robert E. Lee's home estate at Arlington. This became
Arlington National Cemetery. It was founded by Union Quartermaster
Gen. Montgomery C. Meigs, who had lost a son in the war. The first
soldier buried at Arlington was on May 13, 1864.
(AP, 6/15/97)(SFC, 2/16/09, p.E6)(SFC, 5/14/14,
1864 Jun 15, Battle for
Petersburg, Virginia, began as Union forces skirmished against the
1866 Jun 15, Prussia attacked
1869 Jun 15, Celluloid was
patented in the USA. [see Apr 6]
1877 Jun 15, Some 800 Nez Perce
were pursued by the US Army and began their journey to reach safety
in Canada. The Nez Perce had been ordered to leave the valley of the
Winding Waters in the Northwest. They refused to be resettled and
(SFC, 6/13/97, p.A13)(SFEC, 6/15/97, Par p.1)
1877 Jun 15, Henry O. Flipper
(d.1931 at 84) became the first African American to be graduated
from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He was given a
dishonorable discharge from the army in 1882 on charges that
appeared to be racially motivated. In 1999 Pres. Clinton granted him
a posthumous pardon.
(HN, 6/15/98)(SFC, 2/19/99, p.A17)
1888 Jun 15, Wilhelm II became
emperor of Germany.
1889 Jun 15, Mihai Eminescu,
born in 1850 as Mihail Eminovici, died in Bucharest. He was a
Romantic poet, novelist and journalist, and often regarded as the
most famous and influential Romanian poet.
1896 Jun 15, An 8.5 magnitude
earthquake occurred approximately 166 km (103 mi) off the coast of
Iwate Prefecture, Honshu, Japan. This was followed by two tsunamis.
The Meiji Sanriku tsunami struck Japan and caused at least 22,000
1897 Jun 15, May Belle Elsas
(d.2003), opera singer and actress, was born in NYC. She changed her
name to Mary Ellis when she joined the Metropolitan Opera at age 18.
(SFC, 2/3/03, p.B4)
1898 Jun 15, The U.S. House of
representatives approved the annexation of Hawaii. Some 38,000
Hawaiians opposing annexation signed the "Monster Petition" that was
delivered to Washington by Queen Lili’uokalani. The petition was
(HN, 6/15/98)(SFEC, 8/9/98, p.D2)
1898 Jun 15, US marines
attacked the Spanish off Guantanamo, Cuba.
1902 Jun 15, Erik H. Erickson,
Danish-born psychologist who wrote “Childhood and Society,” was
1903 Jun 15, Barney Oldfield
(1878-1946), race car driver, drove a Ford 999 at a record mile per
(Ind, 10/6/01, 5A)
1904 Jun 15, A fire erupted
aboard the steamboat General Slocum, owned by the Knickerbocker
Steamboat Co., in New York City’s East River and some 1,021 people
died. The ship carried a congregation of a German church on its
annual picnic. Capt. William van Schaick (1837-1927) was convicted
of manslaughter and sentenced to 10 years in Sing Sing. He was
pardoned by Pres. Taft in 1911.
(AP, 6/15/97)(www.newyorkhistory.info)(ON, 2/06,
1910 Jun 15, The ship Terra
Nova departed Cardiff, Wales, on its expedition to the Ross Sea and
South Pole. Expedition leader Robert Falcon Scott joined the ship in
South Africa. Herbert Ponting (1870-1935) served as the expedition
photographer and cinematographer. In this role, he captured some of
the most enduring images of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.
1914 Jun 15, Yuri Andropov,
Russian KGB chief, 1st secretary, was born.
1914 Jun 15, Saul Steinberg,
American cartoonist (New Yorker), was born in Romania.
1916 Jun 15, President Woodrow
Wilson signed a bill incorporating the Boy Scouts of America.
1917 Jun 15, The US Espionage
Act was passed. It was used to ban Marxist magazines from the mails
and was soon followed by the Sedition Act. Eugene Debs was sent to
prison for opposing the war under the Espionage Act.
1917 Jun 15, Great Britain
pledged the release of all Irish captured during the Easter
Rebellion of 1916.
1918 May 15, The U.S. Post
Office and the U.S. Army began regularly scheduled airmail service
between Washington and New York through Philadelphia. Lieutenant
George L. Boyle, an inexperienced young army pilot, was chosen to
make the first flight from Washington. Even with a route map
stitched to his breeches, Boyle lost his way and flew south rather
than north. The second leg of the Washington--Philadelphia--New York
flight, however, took off and arrived in New York on
schedule--without the Washington mail.
(AP, 5/15/97)(HNPD, 6/15/99)
1919 Jun 15, British Captain
John Alcock (26) and navigator Lieutenant Arthur Whitten Brown (32)
completed the world's first non-stop transatlantic flight in a
groundbreaking journey between Newfoundland in Canada and Ireland.
1920 Jun 15, Three African
Americans were lynched in Duluth, Minnesota, by a white mob of
1922 Jun 15, Morris “Mo” Udall
(d.1998), U.S. Congressman from Arizona (1961-1991), was born in St.
Johns, Az. He was one of 6 children in a pioneer Mormon family and
was instrumental in investigating the Mai Lai Massacre in Vietnam
and later sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 1976.
(HN, 6/15/99)(SFC, 12/14/98, p.A5)
1924 Jun 15, J. Edgar Hoover
assumed leadership of the FBI. [see May 10]
1925 Jun 15, Richard Baker,
English broadcaster, was born.
1928 Jun 15, Republicans,
convening in Kansas City, named Herbert Hoover their candidate for
1932 Jun 15, Mario M. Cuomo,
(Gov-D-NY, 1982-94), was born in NYC.
1932 Jun 15, Gaston Means was
sentenced to 15 years for fraud in the Lindbergh baby kidnapping.
1937 Jun 15, Waylon Jennings
(d.2002), country singer, was born in Littlefield, Texas, where his
father worked on a cotton farm.
(SFC, 2/14/02, p.A2)
1938 Jun 15, Ernst Ludwig
Kirchner (b.1880), German Expressionist painter, died by his own
1940 Jun 15, The French
fortress of Verdun was captured by Germans.
1940 Jun 15, The Soviets
(DrEE, 10/26/96, p.4)
1941 Jun 15, Evelyn Underhill,
English poet and mystic, died.
1942 Jun 15, Xaviera Hollander,
[DeVries], celebrity "author" (Happy Hooker), was born in Surabaya,
1943 Jun 15, The 8,000-ton
Rosandra, an Italian merchant ship, sank after being torpedoed by a
British submarine a day earlier off Albania's southern coast. 6
people died but 173 were safely evacuated to land. In 2010
underwater archeologists reported the discovery of the ship.
1944 Jun 15, American forces
began their successful invasion of Saipan during World War II.
Meanwhile, B-29 Superfortresses made their first raids on Japan.
(AP, 6/15/97)(HN, 6/15/98)
1947 Jun 15, The All-Indian
Congress accepted a British plan for the partition of India. Britain
partitioned the subcontinent and Pakistan was founded as an
(SFC, 7/1/97, p.A9)(HN, 6/15/98)
1951 Jun 15, 1st commercial
electronic computer was dedicated in Philadelphia. [see Jun 14]
1954 Jun 15, The Convention
People’s Party, led by Kwame Nkrumah, won the Gold Coast elections
(later part of Ghana).
1958 Jun 15, Greece severed
military ties to Turkey because of the Cyprus issue.
1960 Jun 15, The Billy Wilder
movie “The Apartment,” starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine,
opened in New York.
1963 Jun 15, "Sound of Music"
closed at Lunt Fontanne Theater in NYC after 1443 performances.
1963 Jun 15, Israeli premier
David Ben-Gurion resigned.
1964 Jun 15, The US Supreme
Court ruled in Reynolds v Sims that state legislature districts had
to be roughly equal in population. Here was announced the principal
of one person, one vote.
1964 Jun 15, The last French
troops left Algeria.
1964 Jun 15, The Group of 77
(G-77) was established by 77 developing countries signatories of the
"Joint Declaration of the Seventy-Seven Countries" issued at the end
of the first session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and
Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva.
1967 Jun 15, Gov. Reagan signed
the Therapeutic Abortion Act, which permitted abortions in the first
20 weeks of pregnancy if a woman's life or health was threatened or
the pregnancy was the result of rape or incest.
(SFC, 12/27/99, p.A10)(AP, 6/15/07)
1972 Jun 15, Ulrike Meinhof
(1934-1976), co-leader of the Baader-Meinhof gang, was arrested in
(SFC, 1/10/01, p.A8)(WSJ, 4/3/09,
1977 Jun 15, The first general
election in Spain since 1936 resulted in victory for the UCD (Union
of Democratic Center).
1978 Jun 15, Lisa Halaby
(b.1951), American-Arab of New York, married Jordan’s King Hussein
and became Queen Noor.
1983 Jun 15, The US Supreme
Court struck down state & local restrictions on abortion.
1985 Jun 15, In St. Petersburg,
Russia, a middle-aged Lithuanian man pulled out a knife and slashed
the stomach and thigh of the nude woman, Danaë, depicted in the
Rembrandt masterpiece. He then hurled a jar of acid at the picture
and splashed a militiaman in the face. He was overpowered by guards
who found explosives strapped to his legs and trousers. The painting
was restored and put back on exhibit in 1997.
(SFC, 10/14/97, p.B5)
1986 Jun 15, Pravda announced
that the high-level Chernobyl staff in Ukraine was fired.
1987 Jun 15, The Supreme Court
struck down a Maryland law allowing use of "victim impact
statements" at sentencing hearings of a capital case.
1988 Jun 15, Hong Kong
announced a clampdown on "boat people," saying newly arriving
Vietnamese refugees would be incarcerated and returned to Vietnam if
they could not prove that they had fled religious or political
1989 Jun 15, Three Chinese
workers in Shanghai were sentenced to death for helping to set fire
to a train during recent pro-democracy protests.
1990 Jun 15, Real estate mogul
Donald Trump missed a payment due on junk bonds used to finance one
of his Atlantic City, New Jersey, resorts.
1990 Jun 15, The Dublin regime
was established by the Dublin Convention and signed in Dublin,
Ireland. It first came into force on 1 September 1997. The EU’s
Dublin Rule said that people applying for asylum in an EU country
other than the one they first entered should be returned to that
1991 Jun 15, The song "Love Is
A Wonderful Thing" by Michael Bolton (b.1953) reached #3 on the pop
1991 Jun 15, India concluded
its violence-racked elections, with the Congress Party of recently
assassinated former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi gaining a plurality
1991 Jun 15, Mount Pinatubo
(4,750 feet high) exploded in a cataclysmic eruption. Due to early
warning 56,000 people were evacuated and only 450 people died. The
eruption forced the closure of Clark Air Force Base in Angeles City
and displaced hundreds of families of the Aeta tribe. [see June 12]
1991 Jun 15, Arthur Lewis
(b.1915), Saint Lucian economist, died in Barbados. According to
Lewis, developing countries' industrial wages begin to rise quickly
at the point when the supply of surplus labor from the countryside
tapers off. The “Lewis turning point,” named after him, gained wide
circulation in the context of economic development in China. His
work included “The Theory of Economic Growth” (1955) in which he
sought to “provide an appropriate framework for studying economic
(Econ, 6/25/11, SR
1992 Jun 15, Russian President
Boris N. Yeltsin arrived in the United States for his summit with
1992 Jun 15, The US Supreme
Court ruled the government may kidnap criminal suspects from a
foreign country for prosecution.
1992 Vice President Dan Quayle,
relying on a faulty flash card, erroneously instructed a Trenton,
N.J., elementary school student to spell "potato" as "potatoe"
during a spelling bee.
1993 Jun 15, Former Texas Gov.
John Connally, who was wounded in the gunfire that killed President
Kennedy, died at age 76.
1993 Jun 15, In Azerbaijan
former Communist party chief Geidar Aliyev (1923-2003) became head
of parliament. A fifth of Azerbaijan was controlled by
Armenian insurgents when Abulfaz Elchibey was ousted from the
presidency and replaced by former Communist party chief Geidar
Aliyev. Under Aliyev Azerbaijan joined the Commonwealth of
Independent States in Sept.
(CO, Grolier’s Amer. Acad. Enc./ Azerbaijan)
1993 Jun 15, James Hunt,
English motor-racing driver, died.
1994 Jun 15, Disney's "Lion
King," opened in US theaters.
1994 Jun 15, Former President
Jimmy Carter arrived in North Korea on a private mission to try to
reduce tensions with the communist nation.
1994 Jun 15, Israel and the
Vatican established full diplomatic relations.
1994 Jun 15, Mauritius
established its 16,000-acre Black River Gorges National Park.
1995 Jun 15, The Summit of 7
leading industrialist nations, G-7, met in Halifax, Canada, for
talks on a unified front against terrorism. President Clinton met
with Japanese PM Tomiichi Murayama on the opening day of a Group of
Seven summit in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
(AP, 6/15/00)(SFC, 6/20/97, p.A16)
1995 Jun 15, At the O.J.
Simpson murder trial, Simpson struggled to don a pair of gloves that
prosecutors said were worn the night Simpson’s ex-wife, Nicole, and
her friend, Ronald Goldman, were murdered.
1996 Jun 15, The US Postal
Service began printing a breast cancer awareness stamp.
(SFC, 6/16/96, p.B1)
1996 Jun 15, Mary Ashley
(1931-1996), video and performance artist, died in San Francisco.
She helped found the ONCE Group in Ann Arbor, Mich., and had been
involved in the “correspondence art” movement and the Fluxus group
(SFC, 7/10/96, p.A4)
1996 Jun 15, Ella Fitzgerald
(78), jazz singer, the "first lady of song," died in Beverly Hills,
(SFC, 6/16/96, p.A1)(AP, 6/15/97)
1996 Jun 15, A truck bomb blew
up in a retail district of Manchester, England, injuring more than
200 people at the Arndale Center mall in an attack claimed by the
Irish Republican Army.
(SFC, 6/16/96, p.A1)(AP, 6/15/97)
1996 Jun 15, UN weapons
inspectors gave up after a 5-day standoff with Iraqi authorities
over inspection of 4 sites for documents and other material relating
to weapons of mass destruction.
(SFC, 6/16/96, p.A11)
1996 Jun 15, In Yemen heavy
floods hit the country and more than 65 people were believed dead
and hundreds made homeless.
(SFC, 6/15/96, p.A10)
1997 Jun 15, In Columbia FARQ
released 70 soldiers held as prisoners. FARQ regional commander
Gen’l. Manuel Jose Bonett read a communiqué that set preconditions
for the start of peace talks to end 30 years of civil war.
(SFC, 6/16/97, p.A9)
1997 Jun 15, In Croatia voting
irregularities occurred as Franjo Tudjman led low-turnout elections
(SFC, 6/16/97, p.A8)
1997 Jun 15, Israel's Supreme
Court rejected an appeal to charge Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
with fraud in an influence-peddling scandal that had threatened to
topple his government.
1997 Jun 15, Kim Casali,
English cartoonist, died.
1998 Jun 15, The Supreme Court
ruled unanimously that state prison inmates are protected by the
Americans with Disabilities Act.
1998 Jun 15, In Richmond,
Virginia, Quinshawn Booker (14) fired 8-9 rounds from a .32 caliber
semiautomatic pistol at Armstrong High School and wounded a coach
and a volunteer aide.
(SFC, 6/16/98, p.A3)
1998 Jun 15, US F-16 fighter
jets took off as part of a 13-nation, 85 warplane NATO show of force
over Albania and Macedonia. Meanwhile Serb forces attacked 4 Kosovo
villages with grenades and helicopter gunships and began sealing off
the border to Albania.
(SFC, 6/15/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 6/15/98, p.A1)(SFC,
6/16/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 6/16/98, p.A1)(SFC, 6/20/98, p.B2)(AP, 6/15/99)
1998 Jun 15, In Indonesia
Habibie replaced the attorney general, a Suharto appointee, with
Major Gen’l. Andi Muhammad Galib, chief of the military’s law office
and chief auditor.
(SFC, 6/16/98, p.A10)
1998 Jun 15, In Nigeria nine
prominent political prisoners were released.
(SFC, 6/16/98, p.A10)
1999 Jun 15, Rosa Parks (86)
was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. It was the 121st such
(SFC, 6/16/99, p.A3)
1999 Jun 15, The US Senate
passed legislation protecting companies from lawsuits stemming from
Year 2000 computer problems.
(SFC, 6/16/99, p.A1)
1999 Jun 15, In Colombia
leftist rebels of the ELN released 33 hostages from the church group
kidnapped 17 days earlier. At least 20 others were kept captive.
(SFC, 6/16/99, p.B3)
1999 Jun 15, In Europe Coca
Cola drinks were pulled from shelves after 31 Belgian schoolchildren
began reporting illnesses on June 8. Bad carbon dioxide was traced
to a fungicide on the surface of the cans.
(SFC, 6/16/99, p.B3)(SFC, 6/17/99, p.C3)
1999 Jun 15, Vessels from North
Korea and South Korea clashed on the Yellow Sea; about 30 North
Korean sailors are believed to have died.
1999 Jun 15, In Mexico a 6.7
earthquake killed at least 12 people in Puebla. The death toll rose
to 19 and 4,000 people were forced from their homes.
(SFC, 6/16/99, p.A1)(SFC, 6/17/99, p.A12)(SFC,
1999 Jun 15, In Peru Maoist
Shining Path rebels killed 8 people in a remote village in the
center of the country.
(SFC, 6/16/99, p.B2)
1999 Jun 15, In Serbia the
Orthodox Church called for Pres. Milosevic to resign. Serb officials
said 20 Serbs had been killed or kidnapped in Pristina. The exodus
of refugees from Macedonia to Kosovo accelerated. Thousands of
Ethnic Albanian refugees flooded back into Kosovo while thousands of
(SFC, 6/16/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 6/16/99, p.A20)(AP,
2000 Jun 15, Denis Savard, Joe
Mullen and Walter L. Bush Junior were selected to the Hockey Hall of
2000 Jun 15, Al Gore named
Commerce Secretary William Daley to take over his presidential
campaign, replacing Tony Coelho, who had abruptly resigned, citing
2000 Jun 15, US federal agents
made over 170 arrests in the breakup of a Mexican heroin ring based
in Nayarit state. The US-based ringleader, Oscar Hernandez (35), and
his wife, Maria Lopez (39), were arrested in Panorama City.
Operation Tar Pit began last October in San Diego.
(SFC, 6/16/00, p.A5)
2000 Jun 15, In Canada
demonstrators in Toronto protested cuts in social programs and
clashed with police.
(SFC, 6/16/00, p.A19)
2000 Jun 15, Ethiopia accepted
a preliminary cease-fire plan and together with Eritrea planned to
sign documents in Algeria.
(SFC, 6/16/00, p.A19)
2000 Jun 15, In Kosovo 2 Serbs
were killed and another wounded when their vehicle ran over a land
mine. NATO peacekeepers raided an ethnic Albanian stronghold in
Drenica and seized a large quantity of weapons and ammunition. Halil
Dreshaj, a member of the Democratic League of Kosovo, was shot and
killed by masked men wearing uniforms of the disbanded KLA.
(SFC, 6/15/00, p.A19)(SFC, 6/17/00, p.A10)
2001 Jun 15, The Los Angeles
Lakers defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 108-96 in game five to win
their second straight NBA championship.
2001 Jun 15, Pres. Bush spoke
in Poland and strongly backed the expansion of Nato into Eastern
Europe. On the eve of his first meeting with Vladimir Putin,
President Bush, chastised Russia for suspected nuclear commerce and
encouraged the former Cold War rival to help "erase the false lines
that have divided Europe."
(SFC, 6/16/01, p.A1)(AP, 6/14/02)
2001 Jun 15, The US cancelled
$16 million of Tanzania’s debt and committed to canceling the
remaining $10 million by the end of the year.
(SFC, 6/16/01, p.A7)
2001 Jun 15, It was reported
that the Bush administration had decided to restore some military
ties with Indonesia. The Clinton administration had cut some ties
during the 1999 upheavals in East Timor.
(SFC, 6/16/01, p.A6)
2001 Jun 15, US Catholic
Bishops voted 209-7 to stop the performance of sterilizations in
Catholic hospitals. The new policy applied to 620 US Catholic health
care facilities and included non Catholic facilities acquired in
(SFC, 6/16/01, p.A1)(SSFC, 6/17/01, p.A21)
2001 Feb 15, In Cicero, Ind.,
the town president, Betty Loren-Maltese, and 9 others were charged
with stealing $10 million in taxpayer money and spending it on a
horse farm and golf course.
(SFC, 6/16/01, p.A5)
2001 Jun 15, The UN voted to
keep peacekeepers in Congo for another year.
(SFC, 6/16/01, p.A7)
2001 Jun 15, In Macedonia
rebels declared a unilateral cease-fire as politicians began talks
to resolve the crises.
(SFC, 6/16/01, p.A7)
2001 Jun 15, Mexico’s Pres. Fox
launched his Plan Puebla-Panama aimed at helping the poorer south
and the poor countries of Central America. The program was launched
June 15, but by 2007 only $4.5 billion of a projected $50 billion
had been invested. In 2007 Pres. Calderon re-launched the program.
2001 Jun 15, In Russia the
State Duma passed land reform legislation (251-22) that permitted
the sale and purchase of private property, but not farmland.
(SFC, 6/16/01, p.A6)
2001 Jun 15, In Sweden some
12,000 demonstrators in Goteborg demonstrated and set up flaming
barricades to protest globalization. Police cordons had kept them
away from Pres. Bush and EU leaders.
(SFC, 6/16/01, p.A6)
2001 Jun 15, In Tajikistan
gunmen kidnapped 15 people from an aid organization in Darvaz. 4
were released a day later.
(SSFC, 6/17/01, p.A12)
2001 Jun 15, In Uganda
villagers in northeast Aru, accused of being witches, began to get
hacked to death. Some 200 people were killed over the next 3 weeks.
(SFC, 7/6/01, p.A18)
2002 Jun 15, Arthur Andersen
was convicted of obstructing justice by shredding Enron-related
documents in a verdict that boosted prosecutors' efforts to get to
the bottom of the Enron scandal. In 2005 the US Supreme Court
overturned the conviction.
(AP, 6/14/02)(SSFC, 6/16/02, p.A1)(WSJ, 6/17/02,
p.A1)(WSJ, 6/1/05, p.A1)
2002 Jun 15, It was reported
that a new book by Carnegie Endowment for Int'l. Peace reported that
Israel was attempting to arm its diesel submarines with nuclear
cruise missiles. [see Feb 2, 2000]
(SFC, 6/15/02, p.A10)
2002 Jun 15, In Britain Mick
Jagger was knighted for his service to music and became Sir Michael
(SFC, 6/15/02, p.A2)
2002 Jun 15, In Guatemala
despite accusations that he oversaw massacres in the 1980s and
corruption scandals in the 1990s, durable former dictator Efrain
Rios Montt won yet another term as leader of the ruling party.
2002 Jun 15, Four Israelis were
injured, two critically, when at least one Palestinian opened fire
at a Jewish settlement in the northern Gaza Strip.
2002 Jun 15, In Spain tens of
thousands of people marched through Bilbao protesting the
government's intention to outlaw a political party that refuses to
condemn terrorism in the name of independence.
2002 Jun 15, In Venezuela tens
of thousands opposed to President Hugo Chavez marched to demand his
resignation and punishment for those responsible for 17 deaths
during a coup in April.
2003 Jan 15, The San Antonio
Spurs beat the New Jersey Nets 88-77 in game 6 to win the NBA
(SFC, 6/16/03, p.C1)
2003 Jun 15, Golfer Jim Furyk
won the U.S. Open.
2003 Jun 15, Scientists
reported that nearly 1,000 whales, dolphins and porpoises drown
every day after becoming tangled in fishing nets and other
2003 Jun 15, Hume Cronyn (91),
stage and film star, died in Fairfield, Conn.
(SFC, 6/17/03, p.A21)
2003 Jun 15, With a deadline
passed for Iraqis to hand in heavy weapons, U.S. forces fanned out
across Iraq to seize arms and put down potential foes.
2003 Jun 15, The Saudi
government said it foiled "an imminent terrorist" attack with an
overnight raid on a bomb-filled, booby-trapped apartment in the holy
city of Mecca that left five suspects and two security agents dead.
2003 Jun 15, Suspected Tamil
Tiger rebels killed a Tamil politician opposed to them, fueling
tensions a day after the murder of another politician and an ocean
battle between government and rebels forces.
2004 Jun 15, The Detroit
Pistons beat the Los Angeles Lakers 100-87 in Game Five of the NBA
Finals for their first championship in 14 years.
(SFC, 6/16/04, p.D1)(AP, 6/15/05)
2004 Jun 15, The Southern
Baptist Convention quit a global federation of Baptist denominations
as SBC leaders denounced the Baptist World Alliance and other groups
for accepting liberal theology.
2004 Apr 15, Tim Berners-Lee,
inventor of the world wide web, became the 1st recipient of
Finland’s $1.2 million Millennium Technology Prize.
2004 Jun 15, It was reported
that China had ordered water prices increased for the 1st time since
the founding of the People’s Republic due to strains on supplies
(WSJ, 6/15/04, p.A1)
2004 Jun 15, In Colombia
suspected leftist rebels raided a ranch near La Gabarra in one of
the biggest cocaine-producing regions, tied up 34 coca pickers with
the hammocks they had been sleeping in, and gunned them all down.
(AP, 6/16/04)(Econ, 6/19/04, p.38)
2004 Jun 15, Iraq's interim
government received a boost when its neighbors welcomed the transfer
of sovereignty in that country at the end of June. Two explosions on
pipelines in southern Iraq cut oil exports from the south by half.
2004 Jun 15, A Saudi al Qaeda
group threatened to execute Paul M. Johnson Jr. within 72 hours
unless fellow jihadists were released were released from prison.
(SFC, 6/19/04, p.A15)
2004 Jun 15, In Sierra Leone a
U.N.-backed war crimes trial began. The court was trying alleged
crimes including rape, burning and looting, use of child soldiers
and forced marriage committed during the 1991-2002 war.
2005 Jun 15, A Republican-led
House voted to upend a provision of the Patriot Act that allows
federal agents to examine people’s book-reading habits at public
libraries. Pres. Bush threatened to veto any the Justice Dept.
spending bill if it weakens the act.
(SFC, 6/16/05, p.A1)
2005 Jun 15, Former Baylor
basketball player Carlton Dotson was sentenced to 35 years in
prison, a week after he unexpectedly pleaded guilty to murdering
teammate Patrick Dennehy.
2005 Jun 15, The autopsy
released on Terri Schiavo backed the contention of her husband,
Michael, that she was in a persistent vegetative state, finding she
was severely and irreversibly brain-damaged and blind as well.
2005 Jun 15, It was reported
that Microsoft Corp. will provide computer training to more than
2,000 disadvantaged youths in rural Bangladesh over the next year.
2005 Jun 15, The opera
“Gertrude Stein Invents A Jump Early On” with music by William C.
Banfield (b.1961) and words by Karren LaLonde Alenier (b.1947) had
its world premiere by the Encompass New Opera Theatre in New York
City under the direction of Nancy Rhodes.
2005 Jun 15, In Afghanistan 4
people, including 2 boys, were killed by mines.
2005 Jun 15, Armenia said
Azerbaijan was stockpiling more arms than permitted by treaty.
(WSJ, 6/16/05, p.A1)
2005 Jun 15, Blairo Maggi,
Brazilian soyabean magnate, governor of Mato Grosso, and winner of
this year’s Greenpeace “golden chainsaw” award for deforestation,
refused to accept the award and slunk out through the back door of
the school he was visiting, to the taunting shouts of hundreds of
2005 Jun 15, Canada's minority
government survived a series of confidence votes, boosting Prime
Minister Paul Martin and greatly reducing the risk his
scandal-battered Liberal Party government could fall.
2005 Jun 15, China's biggest
automaker, FAW Car Co., warned that its first-half net profit could
fall by more than 50 percent amid sluggish sales, rising costs and
government moves to tighten credit for buying cars.
2005 Jun 15, Diego Murillo, a
brutal paramilitary warlord who made a fortune in Colombia's drug
trade, demobilized more than 400 of his AUC fighters at a ceremony
under a peace deal critics say could let him get away with murder.
2005 Jun 15, A US-based human
rights group said thousands of people have been arrested across
Ethiopia following violent clashes in which police killed 36 people.
2005 Jun 15, The EU commission
slapped a 40 million pound fine on pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca
for illegally pushing rivals of a stomach ulcer medicine out of the
2005 Jun 15, In Guatemala a
rain-sodden hillside gave way and buried houses in seven
neighborhoods of a rural town, killing at least 21 people.
2005 Jun 15, Veteran civil
servant Donald Tsang effectively won Hong Kong's leadership race,
filing papers that showed he had the solid backing of an election
committee that picks the Chinese territory's leaders.
2005 Jun 15, India passed its
Rights for Information Act.
2005 Jun 15, Indonesia reported
its 1st human case of bird flu.
(SFC, 6/16/05, p.A3)
2005 Jun 15, Iraqi troops,
backed by US forces, freed Douglas Wood, an Australian-born contract
engineer, after six weeks in captivity. The release came as a
suicide bomber dressed in an Iraqi army uniform blew himself up in a
mess hall north of Baghdad, killing at least 25 Iraqi soldiers and
injuring 27. A suicide car bomber slammed into 3 police cars on
patrol in eastern Baghdad, killing 8 officers. Brutal attacks across
Iraq killed more than 50 people.
(AP, 6/15/05)(SFC, 6/16/05, p.A1)
2005 Jun 15, Mexico's Supreme
Court ruled that former Mexican President Luis Echeverria can be
charged with genocide for his alleged involvement in the 1971
massacre of student protesters.
2005 Jun 15, A militant group
in Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta region kidnapped 2 German and 4
Nigerian workers of a contractor firm providing service for
Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell.
2005 Jun 15, OPEC agreed to
increase its production quota by half a million barrels a day in an
effort to cool high crude oil costs that have dampened the global
2005 Jun 15, Poland said it
will cut its 1,700-troop deployment to Iraq this summer by as many
as 300 troops.
2005 Jun 15, In Romania
Maricica Irina Cornici (23), an Orthodox nun, was found dead, gagged
and chained to a cross. Father Daniel (29), the superior of the Holy
Trinity monastery, had ordered the crucifixion of the young nun
because she was "possessed by the devil." The Orthodox priest
faced murder charges and was unrepentant as he celebrated a funeral
mass for his alleged victim. [see Jun 22]
2005 Jun 15, In Russia
authorities failed to contain a spill of heavy fuel from a derailed
train and it flowed into waterways that supply Moscow with drinking
water. Some 770 tons of thick, tar-like fuel spilled from more than
a dozen tanker cars that went off the tracks about 100 miles
northwest of Moscow.
2005 Jun 15, In Russia 2
explosions ripped through a petroleum storage depot outside Moscow,
killing two workers, injuring another and forcing the evacuation of
hundreds from nearby homes and a hospital.
2005 Jun 15, Spanish
authorities said police had arrested 16 Islamic terror suspects in
raids in several cities, including 11 men accused of having ties to
Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi's group al-Qaida in Iraq and recruiting people
for suicide attacks there.
2005 Jun 15, Sri Lanka's
president vowed to go ahead with a deal to share tsunami aid with
the rebel Tamil Tigers, despite a threat by a ruling coalition
partner to leave the government if she does not back down.
2005 Jun 15, Vietnam reported 6
new cases of bird flu in the past week.
(WSJ, 6/15/05, p.A15)
2006 Jun 15, Pres. Bush
announced plans to designate a new marine sanctuary in the area of
the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands encompassing nearly 140,000 square
miles. The plan for Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, the
nation’s 14th marine sanctuary, would end fishing in the area within
5 years. Formal designation was about a year away. Ricky Grigg
(1937-2014), surfing trailblazer and oceanographer, gathered data
along with colleagues to help establish the reserve.
(SFC, 6/15/06, p.A2)(WSJ, 6/16/06, p.A1)(Econ,
1/10/09, p.70)(SSFC, 6/1/14, p.C8)
2006 Jun 15, The US Senate
allocated $60 million toward launching a UN peacekeeping mission in
the Darfur region of Sudan.
2006 Jun 15, US House Democrats
voted to strip embattled Louisiana Congressman William Jefferson of
his seat on the House Ways and Means Committee.
2006 Jun 15, A divided Supreme
Court made it easier for police to barge into homes and seize
evidence without knocking or waiting.
2006 Jun 15, US Immigration and
Customs Enforcement officials said federal agents over the last 3
weeks had captured 2,179 illegal immigrants across the country in
raids targeting child molesters, violent gang members and past
deportees who re-entered the country. The crackdown, dubbed
"Operation Return to Sender," kicked off on May 26. California
topped the list with 722 arrests.
(AP, 6/15/06)(SFC, 6/15/06, p.A6)
2006 Jun 15, A Colorado state
appeals court ruled that a 15-year-old girl can enter into a
common-law marriage. The court said that under English common law,
which the state recognizes, it could be legal for girls at 12 and
boys at 14 to enter common-law marriage.
(SFC, 6/16/06, p.A4)
2006 Jul 15, A Chicago ban on
the sale of foie gras became effective. This made Chicago the 1st
American city to ban the food.
(Econ, 5/20/06, p.37)
2006 Jun 15, Bill Gates (50)
announced that he would hand over his role as chief architect of
Microsoft to Ray Ozzie (50) in order to concentrate on the
charitable work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
(Econ, 6/24/06, p.75)(AP, 6/15/07)
2006 Jun 15, In Idaho Alofa
Time (50) drove into an oncoming car in downtown Boise and killed
Samantha Nina Murphy (36) and daughter Jae Lynne Grimes (4). The
severed head of Time’s wife's was tossed from his pickup truck in
the suicide attempt.
2006 Jun 15, More than 10,000
Afghan and US-led coalition forces began a massive anti-Taliban
operation across southern Afghanistan, while a bomb killed seven
people riding a bus to a coalition base for work. Coalition forces
killed 14 militants during combat operations linked to a large-scale
anti-Taliban blitz. The offensive was launched in support of
Operation Mountain Thrust, the largest anti-Taliban military
campaign undertaken since the former regime's 2001 ouster in an
American-led invasion. Operation Mountain Thrust began in mid-May
with limited attacks and raids launched by coalition forces.
(AP, 6/15/06)(AP, 6/16/06)
2006 Jun 15, The environmental
group WWF said toxic chemicals are harming Arctic animals including
polar bears, beluga whales, seals and seabirds.
2006 Jun 15, In Brazil some 3
million evangelical Protestants staged a huge rally in of Sao Paulo,
demonstrating their growing influence in the world's largest Roman
Catholic country. Brazil was nearly 100% Roman Catholic a century
ago, but the percentage dropped to 84% in 1995 and is 74% today.
2006 Jun 15, Britain promised
to hold Liberia's Charles Taylor in jail if he is convicted of war
crimes, paving the way for Liberia's former president to be tried in
2006 Jun 15, In China a series
of explosions rocked the Longxin Chemical Plant in the city of
Longquan, Zhejiang province, destroying two factories and
threatening to contaminate the Oujiang river, which empties into the
East China Sea.
2006 Jun 15, In China students
rioted at Shengda after learning that the word Shengda would be
added to their graduation certificates. The quasi-private college
was affiliated with the prestigious Zhengzhou Univ. and up to now
had just Zhengzhou Univ. printed on their degree certificates.
(Econ, 8/12/06, p.33)
2006 Jun 15, The Shanghai
Cooperation Organization, a Russian and Chinese-led bloc of Asian
states, said it plans to set up an expert group to boost computer
security and help guard against threats to their regimes from the
Internet. SCO members (China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,
Tajikistan and Uzbekistan) are mostly authoritarian states that
maintain tight controls on communications technology, including the
2006 Jun 15, Geir Haarde became
Iceland's new prime minister, marking a return to the office for
Iceland's largest political party and a likely shift toward a
tighter fiscal policy.
2006 Jun 15, The US military
said American and Iraqi forces have carried out 452 raids since last
week's killing of terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and 104
insurgents were killed during those actions. Gunmen shot and killed
10 Shiites after pulling them off a bus in Baqouba. The US military
said the man claiming to be the new al-Qaida in Iraq leader is Abu
Ayyub al-Masri, an Egyptian with ties to Osama bin Laden's deputy,
Ayman al-Zawahri. Gunmen stormed a Sunni mosque near Tikrit, killing
four people and wounding 15. Sheik Aqeel, a key terror leader linked
to the deaths of at least seven coalition soldiers in roadside
bombs, was captured in Karbala. The death toll of US servicemen and
women in Iraq war reached 2,500.
(AP, 6/15/06)(AP, 6/16/06)(AP, 6/15/07)
2006 Jun 15, The Israeli
Supreme Court ruled that Israel must move part of its barrier meant
to keep Palestinian attackers out because it causes hardships to
nearby West Bank residents. Palestinian militants fired five rockets
at southern Israel, shortly after officials said Israeli threats had
cowered the Hamas-led government into stopping the attacks. A Hamas
government minister returned to the Gaza Strip with $2 million in
his luggage for his money-starved government.
2006 Jun 15, The Serbian
government recognized newly independent Montenegro, and said it
would establish diplomatic ties with its former partner.
2006 Jun 15, In northern Sri
Lanka a powerful land mine ripped through a packed bus, killing at
least 64 people, including 15 school children in the worst act of
violence since a 2002 cease-fire. Sri Lanka's air force responded by
bombing rebel-held areas in the northeast.
(AP, 6/15/06)(SFC, 6/15/06, p.A3)
2006 Jun 15, Sudan said the
International Criminal Court did not have jurisdiction over crimes
in the violent Darfur region and no officials would be interrogated
by the court.
2006 Jun 15, In Thailand
suspected Muslim insurgents exploded bombs at 41 locations in 3
southern provinces in attacks on government offices, killing at
least two people.
(AP, 6/15/06)(SFC, 6/16/06, p.A20)
2006 Jun 15, This day was
established as the First Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day by
the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA)
and the UN’s World Health Organization to bring awareness to the
much-ignored problem of elder abuse and neglect on an international
(SSFC, 6/16/13, p.A4)
2007 Jun 15, The US State Dept.
feared foreign nations will retaliate after the Supreme Court said
NYC can sue embassies over property taxes.
(WSJ, 6/16/07, p.A1)
2007 Jun 15, The US Patent and
Trademark office launched a one-year pilot program for a peer review
of patent applications using an internet-based collaboration
(Econ, 9/8/07, TQ p.28)
2007 Jun 15, During his ethics
trial, a tearful Mike Nifong announced he would resign as district
attorney of Durham County, NC, after admitting that he'd made
improper statements about three Duke University lacrosse players who
were once charged with raping a stripper. The players were later
declared innocent by state prosecutors.
2007 Jun 15, Retired "Price Is
Right" host Bob Barker won his 19th Daytime Emmy.
2007 Jun 15, New international
health regulations (IHRS) obliged governments to co-operate with
Margaret Chan, director-general of WHO, and report potential
pandemics at once.
(Econ, 6/16/07, p.67)
2007 Jun 15, In Tulsa, Okla., a
crane lifted out a 1957 Plymouth Belvedere that had been buried in
an underground concrete vault half a century earlier to celebrate 50
years of statehood.
2007 Jun 15, In southern
Afghanistan 2 suicide attackers blew themselves up near NATO
convoys, killing five Afghan children, four civilian men and a
foreign soldier. A soldier of the US-led coalition died from a
combat wound after a clash in the eastern province of Paktika.
2007 Jun 15, Australian PM John
Howard met the Dalai Lama triggering an angry reaction from China
who accused the premier of turning a "deaf ear" to its concerns. A
government report said child sex abuse is rampant among Aborigines
in remote northern Australia, blaming widespread drunkenness and the
breakdown of traditional societies as among the root causes.
2007 Jun 15, In Brazil Marc Van
Roosmalen was convicted of trying to illegally auction off the names
of monkey species, keeping rare monkeys at his house without
authorization and selling a scaffolding donated to the National
Institute for Amazon Research where he worked. He was sentenced to
15 years and nine months in a prison. Roosmalen has claimed in media
reports that he was framed by powerful logging and ranching
interests that operate in the Amazon. In August Roosmalen was
ordered released pending an appeal.
2007 Jun 15, Britain announced
the knighthood of author Salman Rushdie. This soon sparked rage
among many Muslims.
(Econ, 6/23/07, p.63)
2007 Jun 15, A London court
jailed 7 Britons linked to a plot to blow up US financial
institutions and stage a series of attacks in Britain, for a total
of 136 years.
2007 Jun 15, Activists in
Bulgaria bought the freedom of the country’s last three dancing
bears. They will get to rest their paws at a mountain sanctuary, in
an apparent end to the centuries-old performance tradition in the
Balkans. Bears had still performed, even though the practice was
outlawed in 1993, when there were 20 to 30 such bears in the
2007 Jun 15, In Quebec, Canada,
Premier Jean Charest said his province plans to ban firearms in
educational institutions and on public transport as part of a
clampdown in the wake of a college shooting last year.
2007 Jun 15, China’s state
media said as many as 1,000 children may have been sold into slave
labor in central China, enduring maiming and brutality in primitive
brick kilns, amid an expanding scandal about official neglect.
2007 Jun 15, Areva, a French
nuclear energy group under the direction of Anne Lauvergeon,
announced a cash offer for UraMin, a Canadian start-up firm with
mining assets in Namibia, the Central African Republic, and South
Africa. The acquisition cost $2.5 billion. In late 2011 Areva took a
$2 million charge against the acquisition.
(Econ, 2/18/12, p.67)(http://tinyurl.com/822j7j9)
2007 Jun 15, In Guatemala
villagers in Muyurco killed a woman and attacked two others after
accusing them of kidnapping a 9-year-old girl who was later found
2007 Jun 15, Human Rights Watch
reported that tens of thousands of elementary school-age girls work
in Guinea for no pay as household servants in conditions akin to
2007 Jun 15, Iran was reported
to have denied allegations of abuse saying it has forced Afghan
laborers back home because the 1.5 million undocumented migrants are
an enormous burden on its economy.
2007 Jun 15, The US launched a
large offensive operation in several al-Qaida strongholds around
Baghdad. The remains of 13 members of an Iraqi taekwondo team
kidnapped last year were found near the main highway leading to
Jordan. US attack helicopters killed four suspects and wounded three
in operations south of Baghdad. An American soldier was killed in a
roadside bombing in southern Baghdad and an Ohio National Guard
pilot was killed when his F-16 fighter crashed shortly after takeoff
from Balad Air Base in central Iraq.
(AP, 6/15/07)(AP, 6/16/07)(AP, 6/17/07)
2007 Jun 15, Lebanese troops
raided an Islamic militant position inside a besieged Palestinian
refugee camp, sparking a battle that killed at least four soldiers
in renewed fighting.
2007 Jun 15, In Mexico the
government of Oaxaca apologized for the first time for a police raid
on protesters last year that led to the country's worst political
unrest in years.
2007 Jun 15, In Nigeria
military and industry sources said gunmen have kidnapped several
foreigners in the main oil-producing region of southern Nigeria.
2007 Jun 15, Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas appointed Fayyad to replace Ismail Haniyeh,
who was fired after his Hamas group violently took control of the
Gaza Strip. On its first day of full rule in Gaza, the Islamic
militant Hamas granted amnesty to Fatah leaders, signaling that it
seeks conciliation with the defeated forces of moderate Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas.
2007 Jun 15, In the southern
Philippines bombs went off on buses just a few minutes apart,
killing eight people and wounding at least 14 others.
2007 Jun 15, The Gulf state of
Qatar tightened its grip on J Sainsbury, Britain's third biggest
supermarket chain, by raising its stake to 25%, sparking speculation
it may launch a takeover.
2007 Jun 15, Russia's security
agency announced an espionage investigation based on statements by
the suspect in Andrei Litvinenko's radiation poisoning, a move
apparently targeting a Kremlin foe in Britain.
2007 Jun 15, On the island of
Sardinia 2 trains collided head-on, killing a 27-year-old British
woman and two Italians.
2007 Jun 15, Swiss officials
inaugurated the Loetschberg Base Tunnel, the world's longest
overland tunnel, a 34.6-kilometer-long (21-mile-long) rail link
under the Alps meant to ease highway traffic jams.
2007 Jun 15, In northeastern
Taiwan 2 trains collided, killing 5 people and injuring 16 others.
2007 Jun 15, In southern
Thailand a roadside bomb and shootings killed seven soldiers in one
of the deadliest attacks on security forces this year.
2008 Jun 15, In the annual NYC
Tony Awards “August: Osage County” won 5 awards and the musical “In
the Heights” won 4 awards.
(SFC, 6/16/08, p.E3)
2008 Jun 15, Arthur Galston
(b.1920), the botanist who discovered Agent Orange (1943), died. As
a graduate student at the Univ. of Illinois he had found that a mild
spray of 2,3,5-triiodobenzoic acid helped soyabeans grow, but that a
stronger dose caused the plants to release ethylene which led to
defoliation. He was appalled when a potentised strain of his
discovery, containing dioxin as a by-product of manufacture, was
used in Vietnam (1962-1970), and led efforts for toxicological
studies, which stopped its use.
2008 Jun 15, Michael Norton
(66), who spent nearly two decades covering Haiti's coups,
rebellions and disasters for The Associated Press, died after a long
battle with cancer.
2008 Jun 15, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai threatened to send Afghan troops across the border to
fight militants in Pakistan, a forceful warning to insurgents and
the Pakistani government that his country is fed up with
cross-border attacks. Afghan and US-led coalition forces killed 20
militants in Zabul province.
(AP, 6/15/08)(AP, 6/16/08)
2008 Jun 15, Eleven Brazilian
soldiers allegedly turned over three shantytown residents to a drug
gang that executed them and left their bodies in a garbage dump.
Police arrested the soldiers the next day and Rio state Gov. Sergio
Cabral denounced the soldiers as criminals.
2008 Jun 15, US President
George W. Bush arrived in Britain to hold talks with PM Gordon Brown
on issues including Iraq and Iran's suspect nuclear program. Bush
urged Brown to withdraw forces from Iraq based on conditions on the
ground and not an arbitrary timetable.
(AFP, 6/15/08)(Reuters, 6/15/08)
2008 Jun 15, China’s state
media said at least 55 people have died and seven were missing in
flooding across a broad stretch of southern China.
2008 Jun 15, The Comoros isle
of Anjouan went to the polls to elect a new president 3 months after
rebel leader Mohamed Bacar was ousted by an African Union military
2008 Jun 15, The EU threatened
to impose sanctions against Sudanese who do not cooperate in
bringing those accused of war crimes in Darfur to the international
2008 Jun 15, An Islamic ruling
that Egypt should give some of its oil and gas wealth to the people
has ratcheted up the pressure on the government, already faced with
rising popular discontent over food prices. The Islamic Research
Centre of Cairo's Al-Azhar University, Sunni Islam's highest
authority, issued a fatwa or religious edict saying it is a sacred
duty to pay 20 percent of oil, gas and mineral revenues in the form
of alms to the poor known as zakat.
2008 Jun 15, In northern
Finland an 88-year-old man killed his two disabled adult daughters
and shot his bedridden wife before turning the gun on himself.
2008 Jun 15, Israeli officials
said that indirect peace talks between Israel and Syria have
resumed, with Turkish mediation.
2008 Jun 15, Kosovo's
government took control of the newly independent nation as the
country's constitution went into force after nine years of UN
2008 Jun 15, A peaceful repeat
vote at dozens of polling stations in Macedonia confirmed the ruling
coalition's landslide victory in parliamentary elections that had
initially been marred by violence.
2008 Jun 15, In Sonora, Mexico,
one state police officer and two federal agents were killed in a
running battle with dozens of gunmen that lasted several hours. One
of the gunmen was wounded.
2008 Jun 15, Rafael Del Pino Y
Moreno (b.1920), Spain’s “King of the Bricks,” died. His Grupo
Ferrovial SA built the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and other
emblematic infrastructure across Spain.
(WSJ, 6/21/08, p.A6)
2008 Jun 15, Sri Lankan war
planes destroyed a suspected Tamil Tiger logistics base in the
island's northeast. The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
(LTTE) said Sri Lankan jets had killed two civilians and wounded 11
more in the attack.
2008 Jun 15, Javier Garcia, a
Venezuelan television anchorman, was found slain in his apartment,
his body riddled with stab wounds.
2009 Jun 15, Harriet Miers,
former White House counsel, during House Judiciary closed door
testimony, said former White House political advisor Karl Rove
played a central role in the 2006 ouster of New Mexico’s US Attorney
David Iglesias as well as 8 other US attorneys.
(SFC, 8/12/09, p.A5)
2009 Jun 15, In Indiana the
bodies of Dr. Philip Gabriele (44), an eye surgeon, and his wife,
Marcella (43), were found at his clinic in Elkhart. Suicide was
suspected as they were scheduled to surrender to authorities on
charges of performing unnecessary surgeries on patients and bilking
money from health insurers.
(SFC, 6/16/09, p.A4)
2009 Jun 15, In California the
body of Joanne Witt (47) was found at her home in El Dorado Hills,
east of Sacramento. On June 17 her daughter Tyler Marie Witt (15)
and boyfriend Steven Paul Colver (20), suspects in the stabbing
death, were arrested at a strip mall in the Bay Area city of San
Bruno. On Nov 24 a judge ruled that Tyler would have to stand trial
as an adult.
(SFC, 6/18/09, p.B3)(SFC, 11/25/09, p.C2)
2009 Jun 15, Georgia’s Supreme
Court ordered Expedia Inc. and its Hotwire.com subsidiary to collect
and pay hotel occupancy taxes to the west Georgia city of Columbus
in a possible precedent for cities across the country.
(SFC, 6/17/09, p.C1)
2009 Jun 15, US Gen. Stanley
McChrystal formally assumed command of American and NATO troops in
(SFC, 6/16/09, p.A2)
2009 Jun 15, In Australia Des
"Tuppence" Moran (61), a former underworld enforcer, died from
multiple gunshot wounds to the head while enjoying a coffee in a
suburban cafe. Gangland widow Judy Moran was one of three people
later charged in the slaying. On March 9, 2011, Judy Moran (66) was
convicted of orchestrating the execution-style murder of her
(AFP, 6/17/09)(AFP, 3/9/11)
2009 Jun 15, Brazilian
President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva brought a message of worker
solidarity and economic responsibility to the United Nations. He
left with some rare, sharp criticism from human rights groups that
once championed his government.
2009 Jun 15, Virgin Media, the
cable TV operator owned by entrepreneur Richard Branson, launched a
new kind of music download subscription service with Universal, the
world's largest music company.
2009 Jun 15, The European Union
agreed to help the administration of President Barack Obama "turn
the page" on Guantanamo, saying individual EU nations will take
detainees from the American prison in Cuba.
2009 Jun 15, In Gambia seven
journalists were detained after criticizing the nation's president,
who has ruled the tiny country since a 1994 coup.
2009 Jun 15, In Iran tens of
thousands of supporters of pro-reform leader Mir Hossein Mousavi
streamed through the center of Tehran in a boisterous protest
against election results that declared President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
the winner. Iran's supreme leader ordered an investigation into
allegations of election fraud. 7 demonstrators were shot and killed.
(AP, 6/15/09)(AP, 6/18/09)
2009 Jun 15, Italy's interior
minister defended plans to allow citizen patrols to beef up security
amid outrage over a new right-wing guard that has put Fascist and
Nazi-like symbols on its uniforms.
2009 Jun 15, Libyan leader
Moamer Kadhafi sued three Moroccan newspapers for defamation,
seeking eight million euros in damages for "attacks on the dignity
of a head of state."
2009 Jun 15, Mexico's attorney
general's office said it charged 51 guards and prison officials,
including the director, for their complicity in the escape of 53
inmates from a jail in Zacatecas state. A survey by Mexico's
National Human Rights Commission said an estimated 9,758 migrants
were kidnapped in Mexico between September and February, mainly by
drug gangs but some migrants reported that authorities were
2009 Jun 15, In Nepal Maoist
demonstrators clashed with police in Kathmandu as a general strike
called by the former guerrillas' youth wing brought Kathmandu to a
2009 Jun 15, The Hague-based
International Criminal Court ordered former Congolese rebel warlord
Jean-Pierre Bemba to stand trial on charges of crimes against
humanity and war crimes, including murder, rape and pillaging.
2009 Jun 15, Armed militants in
Nigeria's Niger Delta claimed more attacks against facilities run by
US oil giant Chevron and warned FIFA against letting the country
host the under-17 World Cup tournament.
2009 Jun 15, Nigerian Petroleum
Development Company (NPDC) and China's state oil firm SIPEC said
they have discovered crude oil in Niger Delta region.
2009 Jun 15, In North Korea
tens of thousands rallied in Pyongyang to condemn the UN rebuke of
the country's latest nuclear test amid concern the communist regime
could conduct another one.
2009 Jun 15, Pakistani forces
pounded militants in tribal areas, after vowing an all-out assault
on a Taliban chief in the lawless Afghan border region known to be
an Al-Qaeda and rebel hideout.
2009 Jun 15, Peru's government
promised Amazon Indians to ask Congress to revoke decrees that
native groups say would make it easier to exploit their lands for
oil, gas and other development.
2009 Jun 15, Moscow vetoed a
Western-proposed resolution to extend the mandate of UN monitors in
the breakaway region of Abkhazia. It designed to buy time to
negotiate a long-term plan for the 16-year-old monitoring mission in
the Black Sea rebel region.
2009 Jun 15, Leaders from
Central Asia, China and Afghanistan joined Russia's President Dmitry
Medvedev at a summit. Members of the six-nation Shanghai Cooperation
Organization (China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and
Uzbekistan) and leaders of observer nations (Iran, Pakistan, India
and Mongolia) met in the Ural Mountains city of Yekaterinburg for
two days of talks that are expected to include extensive discussions
2009 Jun 15, Turkmenistan Pres.
Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov staged lavish ceremonies for foreign
guests and media to launch a new $1.5 billion resort on the desert
shore of the Caspian Sea in a city named after his eccentric and
2009 Jun 15, In Yemen 3 foreign
women, including two German nurses and a South Korean teacher
kidnapped on June 12, were found dead. Two children were found
alive. Nine foreigners, including seven German nationals, a Briton
and a South Korean, disappeared June 12 while on a picnic in Yemen’s
northern Saada region.
(AP, 6/15/09)(AP, 6/16/09)(SSFC, 6/21/09, p.F3)
2010 Jun 15, The White House
said President Barack Obama has extended U.S. economic sanctions on
North Korea for another year, citing the continuing threat posed by
Pyongyang's nuclear program.
2010 Jun 15, The US Federal
Reserve adopted new rules aimed at protecting credit card consumers
from getting socked by lofty late payment charges and other penalty
fees. Credit card companies were barred from charging a penalty fee
more than $25 for paying a late bill, and for penalty fees higher
that the amount associated with violations. Inactivity fees were
also banned. The rules take effect August 22.
(SFC, 6/16/10, p.D3)
2010 Jun 15, Anglo-Australian
mining giant Rio Tinto announced it was investing 469 million US
dollars to develop a nickel and copper mine in northern Michigan.
Construction of the Kennecott Eagle mine in Michigan's Upper
Peninsula will begin this year.
2010 Jun 15, In Afghanistan 5
international coalition troops died and an Afghan district official,
his son and a body guard were assassinated in Kandahar province
where the Taliban are targeting people loyal to the government and
its foreign partners. Militants attacked a police checkpoint in
eastern Ghazni province before dawn, killing five officers and
2010 Jun 15, In southeastern
Bangladesh powerful landslides triggered by heavy rains killed at
least 53 people, striking a coastal area as people slept and burying
many alive inside their homes.
(AP, 6/15/10)(AP, 6/16/10)
2010 Jun 15, In southeastern
France at least 25 people were killed and another 12 missing after
flash floods hit the Var region, turning city streets into
meters-high (feet-high) brown rivers that swept away cars, trees and
parts of houses.
(AP, 6/16/10)(AP, 6/17/10)
2010 Jun 15, An epic 12-year
investigation into Northern Ireland's biggest mass killing by
British soldiers reached a bittersweet climax as relatives of the 13
Catholic demonstrators killed on "Bloody Sunday" began reading a
5,000-page report into why the 1972 slaughter happened. The probe
ruled that British soldiers were entirely to blame for the killings.
(AP, 6/15/10)(SFC, 6/16/10, p.A2)
2010 Jun 15, Iran signed
contracts worth 21 billion dollars with local firms to develop six
gas fields, some of them awarded to the elite Revolutionary Guards.
2010 Jun 15, In Iraq Saleh
Mahdi Saleh, head of Sadiyah's municipal council, was taken into
custody and charged with terrorism and police found 11 pounds (5kg)
of TNT and three remote controlled devices. Police acted on the
confession of Saleh's son who was arrested two days ago on terrorism
charges and said his family kept explosives in their home. A
roadside bomb in the northern town of al-Hajaj, about 80 miles (130
km) north of Baghdad, exploded as a car was driving by, killing the
driver and wounding a passenger. One American soldier died in
Baghdad of injuries sustained in a noncombat related accident.
2010 Jun 15, Ireland's
government called on Israel to withdraw a staffer at its Dublin
embassy over the use of fake passports in the January assassination
of a Hamas commander in Dubai.
2010 Jun 15, Italian police
arrested Nicola Schiavone, a powerful mobster of the Camorra crime
syndicate, in his villa in Casal di Principe, a small town north of
Naples. He is the son of imprisoned mobster Francesco Schiavone,
reputedly the longtime top boss of the clan. Another of the elder
Schiavone's sons was arrested last month.
2010 Jun 15, The Int’l. Red
Cross said several hundred people have been killed in Kyrgyzstan
since rioting began on June 10. The interim government blamed the
inner circle of former Pres. Bakiyev for inciting the rioting.
Uzbekistan closed its borders saying it could take no more refugees.
(AP, 6/15/10)(SFC, 6/16/10, p.A5)(Econ, 6/19/10,
2010 Jun 15, President Felipe
Calderon appealed to Mexicans to support the fight against organized
crime just hours after troops killed 15 suspected gang members, part
of a surge in violence that has June headed toward being the
deadliest month yet in his drug war.
2010 Jun 15, The international
aid group Mercy Corps said it has suspended its operations in
Pakistan after kidnappers killed one of its employees. 4 Pakistani
employees of Mercy Corps were abducted Feb. 18 as they drove to one
of their offices in Quetta. The agency recently learned that a
52-year-old driver in the group, a father of nine identified only as
Habibullah, had been slain earlier this month. There was no word on
the fate of the other three staffers.
2010 Jun 15, Interpol said it
has arrested Moussa Hamdan (38), a Lebanese national suspected of
funneling money to the Shiite militant group Hezbollah, in Paraguay
in the tri-border area with Argentina and Brazil.
2010 Jun 15, South Sudan's army
clashed with forces loyal to renegade militia leader George Athor, a
day after flushing him out of his hideout in the region's Jonglei
oil state. At least 20 people were killed in fresh fighting between
rival Sudanese tribes in western Darfur.
(Reuters, 6/16/10)(AFP, 6/15/10)
2010 Jun 15, The Swiss
parliament approved a treaty with the US that will hand thousands of
files on suspected tax cheats to US authorities, but obstacles
remain that could delay the deal for several more months.
2010 Jun 15, A Uganda army
spokesman said at least 10 Ugandan soldiers were killed last month
while pursuing Lord's Resistance Army rebels in the Central African
Republic (CAR). Lt. Colonel Felix Kulayigye said an unknown Sudanese
militia, not the LRA, was the likely culprit.
2010 Jun 15, In Venezuela
Guillermo Zuloaga, the majority owner of the country's only
opposition-aligned TV station, was confirmed to have left the
country to avoid an arrest warrant as multiple cases brought by
authorities leave Globovision facing an uncertain future. In the
meantime the channel will be headed by Maria Fernanda Flores, a
member of the board of directors, along with Carlos Zuloaga, a son
of the owner.
2011 Jun 15, The White House
said the United States has spent more than $715 million for military
and humanitarian operations in Libya since unrest began in the north
African country earlier this year.
2011 Jun 15, In Washington DC
10 members of the House of Representatives, conservative Republicans
and liberal Democrats, filed suit challenging Pres. Obama’s right to
wage war in Libya.
(SFC, 6/16/11, p.A8)
2011 Jun 15, A jury
convicted Salvatore (Sal) DiMasi, former speaker of the
Massachusetts House of Representatives, of corruption, finding that
he used his office help a software company to gain lucrative state
contracts in exchange for kickbacks. He was found guilty of
seven of the nine charges against him, including extortion and
conspiracy to defraud citizens of his honest services.
(Boston Globe, 6/15/11)
Jun 15, Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was released from
the rehabilitation hospital in Houston where she has been recovering
from a gunshot wound to the head. While doctors have described her
recovery thus far as miraculous, she still struggled with verbal
communication, and how fully she will recover remains uncertain.
(Houston Chronicle, 6/15/11)(AP, 6/15/11)
2011 Jun 15, In Arizona a grand
jury indicted Donald Lapre, a Phoenix-based TV pitchman, accused of
running a nationwide scheme to sell essentially worthless
Internet-based businesses to more than 200,000 people. Victims were
defrauded of nearly $52 million.
2011 Jun 15, California’s
Democrat-controlled legislature passed a budget, but it was vetoed
the next day by Gov. Brown due to questionable maneuvers.
(Econ, 6/25/11, p.38)
2011 Jun 15, Citigroup admitted
that its original estimate of the number of people affected by a
cyber-attack was low. Rather than about 200,000, hackers gained
access to the account information of over 360,000 customers.
Jun 15, In another hacker attack, a group known as Lulz Security
(LulzSec) was able to take down the public website of the Central
Intelligence Agency (CIA). The group announced the attack at 6pm by
sending out a message on Twitter. Service was restored on the CIA
site later in the evening, and sources at the agency said no
sensitive files were breached.
2011 Jun 15, Pandora Media made
its Wall Street debut closing at $17.42, up 8.87% over its $16 IPO.
(SFC, 4/30/11, p.D1)
2011 Jun 15, A team of int’l.
astronomers reported the finding of the oldest black holes ever
observed. Their observations put the black holes 13 billion light
years from Earth, meaning that they were being observed just as they
looked 1 billion years after the formation of the universe.
(SFC, 6/16/11, p.A6)
2011 Jun 15, In Afghanistan an
insurgent shell struck a new $106-million police training center
during inauguration ceremonies in Wardak province.
(SFC, 6/16/11, p.A2)
Jun 15, In London, police arrested two men on suspicion of trying to
kidnap and murder soul singer Joss Stone. Suspects Junior Bradshaw
and Kevin Liverpool, were arrested near Stone’s country home; they
were said to be in possession of swords, rope, and a body
2011 Jun 15, In Vancouver,
Canada, the Boston Bruins shocked the favored Vancouver Canucks,
winning game seven of the Stanley Cup championship finals 4-0, to
take the series 4 games to 3. The Bruins won the Stanley Cup for the
first time in 39 years; goaltender Tim Thomas was awarded the Conn
Smythe trophy as the Most Valuable Player in the playoffs. Riot
police fired tear gas to control a mob that burned cars and looted
shops in downtown Vancouver after the Canucks lost the Stanley Cup
final to the Boston Bruins.
(Boston Globe, 6/15/11)(Reuters, 6/16/11)
2011 Jun 15, In China the “The
Beginning of the Great Revival,” a celebration of the founding of
China’s Communist Party, opened at every Cineplex in the country. It
was produced by the for profit China Film Group.
(Econ, 7/16/11, p.72)
2011 Jun 15, The Czech Rep.
said it is withdrawing from US missile defense plans out of
frustration at its diminished role.
(SFC, 6/16/11, p.A2)
2011 Jun 15, In Greece mass
protests against the prime minister’s proposed austerity measures
turned violent, as tens of thousands of angry demonstrators, who had
gathered outside the parliament building, clashed with police.
Responding to the rising tensions PM Papandreou said he would resign
and permit a new unity government to be formed.
(Reuters, 6/15/11)(SFC, 6/16/11, p.A3)
2011 Jun 15, Iran launched a
satellite into earth orbit, in a feat that is likely to raise
concerns among those who fear Iran's intentions and nuclear
2011 Jun 15, Mexican police
found the dismembered bodies of two bodyguards who worked for the
governor of Nuevo Leon state, the site of a violent turf war between
drug cartels. Marco Antonio Guzman (34), who had several aliases
including "El Brad Pitt," was captured in the US border state of
Chihuahua along with two alleged accomplices. Police said Guzman was
involved in the June 15, 2010 car bomb explosion that killed a
federal police officer and two civilians. The northern state of
Nuevo Leon, home to the industrial city of Monterrey, saw 33
killings, in the most violent day in recent history.
(AP, 6/15/11)(AP, 6/16/11)(AFP, 6/17/11)
Jun 15, Three Mexican journalists, who fled Mexico because their
lives were in danger, asked the United States government to speed up
their pleas for asylum. Ernesto Gutierrez, a print journalist;
Ricardo Chavez Aldana, a radio journalist; and Alejandro Hernandez
Pacheco, a TV cameraman, were involved in coverage of criminal
activities of drug traffickers; each received death threats from
members of drug cartels.
2011 Jun 15, Mexican soldiers
raided 3 interconnected warehouses in Queretaro state. They thought
they had found 1,462 50-gallon drums filled with various
methamphetamine precursors. When experts examined the stash, they
found 3.4 tons (3.1 metric tons) of pure meth.
2011 Jun 15, In Nigeria a man
claiming to be a Boko Haram spokesman warned that the group would
launch more attacks after being angered by comments from the
national police chief. A day earlier Inspector General of Police
Hafiz Ringim said during a visit to the northeastern city of
Maiduguri that "the days of Boko Haram are numbered."
2011 Jun 15, In Puerto Rico
Doral Bank executive Maurice J. Spagnoletti was shot to death on a
busy highway in San Juan. The 56-year-old father previously held
bank executive posts in South Carolina, Indiana and Pennsylvania.
Suspected drug traffickers targeted Maurice Spagnoletti in the
shooting because he was investigating improper bank transactions. In
2018 six men were charged in the case.
(AP, 6/17/11)(AP, 12/12/18)
2011 Jun 15, Terrified Syrians
ran for their lives as elite army units swept through a restive
(SFC, 6/16/11, p.A2)
Jun 15, Turkey’s president Tayyip Erdogan held talks with an envoy
of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad as a growing number of Syrians
fled their country seeking safety in refugee camps. Relations
between Turkey and Syria strained, as Turkey wants Syria to stop its
brutal crackdown on protesters.
2011 Jun 15, Venezuela's energy
minister said his country will soon begin rationing electricity in
several regions because of recurring power outages.
2011 Jun 15, In Yemen up to 200
militants from the Al-Qaida linked group Ansar al-Shariah launched a
surprise attack on Houta killing one soldier and wounding 3. They
pulled out of the city in the afternoon and took positions on the
(SFC, 6/15/11, p.A2)
2012 Jun 15, The Obama
administration announced that the federal government will stop
deporting law-abiding undocumented immigrants under age 30 who
arrived in the country before age 16. The new the Deferred Action
for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy took effect on August 15.
p.A1)(SFC, 7/8/14, p.C4)
2012 Jun 15, In Alameda County,
Ca., a jury ordered the Jehovah’s Witnesses to pay an unprecedented
$21 million to a woman who blamed the church for allowing a fellow
congregant to molest her when she was a child in the mid-1990s.
(SFC, 6/16/12, p.A1)
2012 Jun 15, Daredevil Nik
Wallenda (33) became the first person to walk across the Niagara
Horseshoe Falls on a tightrope. Others have crossed the Niagara
River itself, but never over the falls.
2012 Jun 15, In Algeria 2
police officers were killed and two others wounded when armed men
attacked police barracks east of Algiers.
2012 Jun 15, In Australia
documents were released revealing "horrific" child sex assaults and
brutal initiation ceremonies in the Australian military, prompting
PM Julia Gillard to signal a possible public inquiry. The report
details allegations of sexual and other serious physical assaults
against boys as young as 13 dating back to the 1950s.
2012 Jun 15, A British Columbia
Supreme Court justice ruled that federal laws banning assisted
suicide are unconstitutional because they discriminate against
severely ill patients.
(SFC, 7/14/12, p.A2)(http://tinyurl.com/6v2hh3l)
2012 Jun 15, Canadian PM
Stephen Harper and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder announced a deal to
build a new bridge linking Detroit and Windsor, a $4 billion project
that officials say will help speed the flow of goods across North
America's busiest commercial land border crossing. Canada will pay
for building the bridge and finance Michigan’s $550 million portion
of the project.
(Reuters, 6/15/12)(Economist, 9/29/12, p.36)
2012 Jun 15, A manned Chinese
submersible set a new record for the country's deepest sea dive,
over 6,000 meters, showing Beijing's technological ambitions as it
also readies for its first manned space docking. The "Jiaolong"
craft dived over 19,685 feet into the Mariana Trench in the western
2012 Jun 15, Egypt's Muslim
Brotherhood warned that a court ruling to dissolve the Islamist-led
parliament and let Hosni Mubarak's former prime minister run for
president is a move toward reversing the gains of the revolution.
2012 Jun 15, Envoys from the
Middle East Quartet (the United States, United Nations, European
Union and Russia) met in Brussels amid calls from the Palestinians
to step up action to halt continuing Israeli settlement activity.
2012 Jun 15, Gambia's Fatou
Bensouda (51) was sworn as the International Criminal Court's new
chief prosecutor, saying she was ready to lead the fight against the
world's worst war criminals.
2012 Jun 15, In India large
parts of New Delhi were struggling with acute water shortages on
after a neighboring state cut its supplies at the peak of summer.
2012 Jun 15, PM Noda’s
Democratic Party of Japan (DJP) agreed with the main opposition
parties to raise the sales tax from 5% to 8% in April, 2014, and to
10% in October, 2015.
(Econ, 6/23/12, p.43)
2012 Jun 15, In Japan Katsuya
Takahashi (54), the last fugitive suspected in a doomsday cult's
deadly nerve gas attack on Tokyo's subways in 1995, was caught at a
comic book cafe, closing a chapter on Japan's worst terrorist
2012 Jun 15, Nigerian troops
shot dead four suspected Boko Haram Islamists during a dawn raid on
one of the group's presumed hideouts in the northern city of Kano.
2012 Jun 15, Paraguay deployed
its army to resolve a violent land dispute in a remote northern
forest reserve after 17 people were killed in gunbattles between
police and landless farmers. The violence broke out as police tried
to evict about 150 farmers from the reserve, which is part of a huge
estate owned by Blas Riquelme, a Colorado Party politician opposed
to Pres. Lugo.
2012 Jun 15, A Scottish
authority in Argyll lifted its ban stopping a nine-year-old Scottish
girl from photographing her school lunches and posting them on her
blog, after the move sparked outrage online. Six weeks ago, Martha
Payne began taking photos of the uninspiring lunches provided by her
school canteen and posting them on her blog, "NeverSeconds."
2012 Jun 15, In Sri Lanka
gunmen on motorcycles stormed a public meeting organized by the
Marxist JVP, or People's Liberation Front, at the village of
Katuwana and escaped after killing a woman and a 17-year-old boy and
wounding many others.
2012 Jun 15, A top IMF official
said Sri Lanka is seeking fresh help from the International Monetary
Fund after drawing down a previous $2.6-billion bailout.
2012 Jun 15, The Syrian regime
kept up a ferocious offensive on rebel areas around the country in
one of the most serious escalations in violence since Annan brokered
the truce. Activists said at least 10 people were reported killed
when security forces opened fire on protests across the country.
Syrian opposition members began a two-day meeting in Turkey to
discuss a vision for a post-Assad Syria and steps need to be taken
to ensure a transition to democracy. Human Rights Watch said that
Syrian government forces have used sexual violence to torture men,
women, girls and boys detained during the current conflict. The
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 9 bodies, some of them
mutilated, were found in a town near Damascus.
(AP, 6/15/12)(AFP, 6/15/12)
2012 Jun 15, Yemeni troops took
control of the city of Shuqra after Al-Qaeda militants pulled out,
the third jihadist bastion in the south to fall in the space of a
week. Advancing troops killed 27 militants in gun battles overnight.
Warplanes pounded militant hideouts in the mountains surrounding
Azan. In Aden police forcibly reopened the main entrance into the
Mansoura district, blocked off by the local militia since 2011, and
dismantled a year-old separatist protest camp, sparking fierce
(AFP, 6/15/12)(AP, 6/16/12)(AFP, 7/11/12)
2013 Jun 15, In eastern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb struck a police van, killing 5 officers
and wounding seven as they were on their way to a training session
in Paktika province.
2013 Jun 15, In Brazil at least
500 protesters complaining against the high cost of staging the
World Cup rallied in front of the National Stadium in Brasilia just
hours before Brazil played Japan in the opening match of the
2013 Jun 15, Britain clinched a
deal with its major offshore tax havens on Saturday that will see 10
British overseas territories and crown dependencies sign up to
international protocols on information sharing. Those included were
Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Gibraltar,
Anguilla, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands, Jersey, Guernsey and
the Isle of Man.
2013 Jun 15, Egypt’s President
Mohammed Morsi told supporters at a Cairo rally that his country is
severing ties with Damascus and closing its embassy in the Syrian
capital. Morsi also called for a UN endorsed no-fly zone over Syria.
2013 Jun 15, In Iran Hasan
Rohani (64), a reformist-backed presidential candidate, capped a
stunning surge to claim the presidency.
2013 Jun 15, In Iraq a rocket
attack on the sprawling Camp Liberty near Baghdad killed 2 members
of an Iranian exile group, the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq. The attack also
killed an Iraqi and wounded 9 Iranians and 7 Iraqis. The Shiite
Mukhtar Army militia later claimed responsibility.
2013 Jun 15, In an audio
message posted online, a speaker identified as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,
leader of al-Qaida's Iraq arm, insisted that a merger he announced
in April with Syria's Jabhat al-Nusra rebel group to create a
cross-border movement known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the
Levant will continue.
2013 Jun 15, In Libya rooftop
snipers and knife-wielding assailants killed 6 soldiers in Benghazi.
At least five other security posts were attacked throughout the
night by hundreds of plain-clothed gunmen.
2013 Jun 15, In Mozambique
regional presidents of the Southern Africa Development Community
(SADC), meeting at a special summit on Zimbabwe asked President
Mugabe to delay crucial elections he has set for the end of July
while asking the nation to guarantee conditions for free and fair
2013 Jun 15, In Pakistan a bomb
tore through a bus of female university students in Quetta, killing
14. Victims were taken to the nearby hospital where a suicide bomber
struck killing 3 plus 3 more who died overnight. The siege of a
hospital in Quetta ended after security forces stormed the building.
4 paramilitaries and 6 attackers were killed. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi
later claimed responsibility for the attack. Attackers on
motorcycles planted bombs at the 19th century residence associated
with Pakistan’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah in the mountain resort
town of Ziarat. Jinnah lived there before his death in 1948. The
attackers shot dead a police guard outside the residency, which had
been turned into a museum about Jinnah.
(AP, 6/15/13)(AP, 6/16/13)(AP, 6/21/13)
2013 Jun 15, Syrian troops
reportedly killed several rebels and destroyed their hideouts in the
Ahmadiyeh area, a suburb of Damascus.
2013 Jun 15, In Turkey
protesters at Istanbul's Gezi Park vowed to press on with their
2-week sit-in, defying government appeals and a warning from Erdogan
for an end to the standoff. Tens of thousands of supporters of PM
Recep Tayyip Erdogan rallied in Sincan, a suburb of Ankara. In the
evening riot police cleared Gezi Park and Taksim Square of thousands
of peaceful protesters in a swift but muscular operation.
(AP, 6/15/13)(AP, 6/16/13)
2013 Jun 15, Vietnam police
arrested Dinh Nhat Uy (30), a blogger accused of posting "erroneous
and slanderous" information about the communist government. He is
the brother of Dinh Nguyen Kha, a student who was sentenced last
month to eight years in jail for spreading propaganda against the
state. So far this year, 46 bloggers or democracy activists have
been convicted and imprisoned, more than the number of people locked
up for violating national security laws in the whole of 2012.
2013 Jun 15, In Vietnam legal
scholar Cu Huy Ha Vu said he hasn't eaten since May 27 and that he
won't until the prison officially replies to his complaints. He was
among the many government critics who have been imprisoned as the
Communist government, beset by economic troubles and complaints
about corruption and inequality, cracks down on dissent.
2013 Jun 15, Yemeni police
confirmed the kidnapping of Judith Spiegel, a Dutch journalist,
along with her partner Boudewijn Berendsen, earlier this month. In
July the couple appealed for help, saying their captors have
threatened to kill them in days unless the Dutch government meets
2014 Jun 15, In Newark, New
Jersey, a fire in a single-family home killed 6 people.
(SFC, 6/16/14, p.A5)
2014 Jun 15, In Pennsylvania
Jeff Hooten (47), the pilot of a hot air balloon, fell from the
basket while trying to land near Philadelphia and died after
becoming trapped under it.
(SFC, 6/17/14, p.A7)
2014 Jun 15, The body of
Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez (15), a teenager from Guatemala, was
found in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. He had likely died
from exposure as he made his way north.
(SSFC, 7/13/14, p.A7)
2014 Jun 15, US medical device
manufacturer Medtronic said it has agreed to buy Ireland-based
competitor Covidien for $42.9 billion in cash and stock.
2014 Jun 15, Colombian voters
went to the polls in a runoff between President Juan Manuel Santos
(62) and right wing rival Oscar Ivan Zuluaga (55). President Juan
Manuel Santos won re-election with almost 51% of the vote. Zuluaga
trailed with 45%.
(AP, 6/15/14)(Reuters, 6/16/14)
2014 Jun 15, Egyptian security
forces said they have seized the Zad chain of supermarkets owned by
Khairat el-Shater and the Seoudi chain of Abdulrahman el-Seoud, two
leading figures of the Muslim Brotherhood, as part of the
government's crackdown against the banned organization.
2014 Jun 15, Indian PM Narendra
Modi began his first visit abroad since taking office, arriving in
Bhutan to launch a drive to reassert Indian influence in the region.
2014 Jun 15, In India an angry
mob of workers wielding iron rods and stones beat the CEO of a West
Bengal jute factory to death in a dispute over increasing their
2014 Jun 15, An Iraqi spokesman
said security forces have killed 279 "terrorists" in the past 24
hours, as they pushed back against a major militant offensive. A
series of explosions in Baghdad killed at least 19 people and
injured over 40. Mortar rounds smashed into a central Iraq
recruitment center for civilians volunteering to fight a militant
offensive, killing 6 people. Sunni militants attacked Tal Afar.
Images posted by ISIL militants indicated some 170 Iraqi soldiers
killed following the June 12 capture of Tikrit. A claim of 1,700
killed was not confirmed.
(AFP, 6/15/14)(Reuters, 6/15/14)(AP,
6/16/14)(SFC, 6/16/14, p.A4)
2014 Jun 15, Israeli troops
arrested some 80 Palestinians, including dozens of members of Hamas,
in an overnight raid in the West Bank as PM Benjamin Netanyahu
accused the Islamic militant group of kidnapping three teenagers who
went missing nearly three days ago.
2014 Jun 15, In Kenya at least
50 people were killed after suspected al Shabaab gunmen in two
minibuses sped into Mpeketoni town on the coast, shooting soccer
fans watching a World Cup match in a television hall and targeting
two hotels, a police post and a bank.
(Reuters, 6/16/14)(AP, 6/17/14)
2014 Jun 15, In Kosovo
parliamentary candidate Elvis Pista, from the party of PM Hashim
Thaci, was shot dead one week after an inconclusive general election
in the tiny Balkan nation.
2014 Jun 15, In Libya renegade
Gen. Khalifa Haftar launched an offensive against Islamist militants
in the eastern city of Benghazi, prompting dozens of families to
flee the port in the latest bout of turmoil to hit the North African
oil-producing nation. A ground assault left 5 people dead.
(Reuters, 6/15/14)(SFC, 6/16/14, p.A2)
2014 Jun 15, In Libya American
commandoes seized Ahmed Abu Khattala. He and the Ansar al-Shariah
militant group were accused by the US of involvement in the 2012
attack on its consulate in Benghazi that left 4 Americans dead,
including Ambassador Chris Stevens.
(AP, 6/18/14)(SFC, 6/18/14, p.A3)
2014 Jun 15, NATO
Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said NATO is preparing
measures to help Ukraine defend itself in its stand-off with Russia,
and must adapt to the fact that Moscow now views it as an adversary.
2014 Jun 15, In Nigeria at
least 4 people were killed and houses torched in ethnic clashes
between rival groups in eastern Taraba state. Media reported that
more than 25 people were feared dead after the clash. At least 15
people were killed when suspected Boko Haram gunmen stormed a market
in the farming community of Daku, Borno state.
(Reuters, 6/16/14)(AFP, 6/16/14)
2014 Jun 15, Pakistan's army
launched Operation Zarb e-Azb (strike of the Prophet’s sword), a
"comprehensive operation" against militants holed up in the tribal
North Waziristan region. As many as 100 militants were reported
(Reuters, 6/15/14)(AP, 6/15/14)(Econ, 7/12/14,
2014 Jun 15, Slovakia
inaugurated Andrej Kiska (51) its 4th president since independence
in 1993. He vowed continued cooperation with the EU and NATO amid
concerns about security in neighboring Ukraine.
2014 Jun 15, In southwestern
Sri Lanka hard-line Buddhists hurled gasoline bombs and looted homes
and businesses in attacks in several Muslim towns, killing 3 Muslims
and seriously wounding more than 50 people. The attacks were led by
a mob from Bodu Bala Sena, or Buddhist Power Force, which rails
against the country's Muslim minority.
2014 Jun 15, Syrian government
forces retook Kasab, ousting rebels from the village on the Turkish
border in the coastal heartland of President Bashar al-Assad's
Alawite minority sect.
2014 Jun 15, Ukraine’s
President Petro Poroshenko declared a day of mourning and vowed to
punish those responsible after pro-Russia separatists shot down a
Ukrainian military transport plane a day earlier.
2014 Jun 15, In southern Yemen
a suspected Al-Qaeda gunman opened fire on a minibus carrying staff
members from a military hospital in Aden, killing 8 people.
2015 Jun 15, Kirk Kerkorian
(b.1917), Fresno-born billionaire casino mogul, died in Beverly
(SFC, 6/17/15, p.D5)
2015 Jun 15, Florida Gov. Jeb
Bush announced his candidacy for the US presidency at a rally at
Miami Dade College.
(SFC, 6/16/15, p.A6)
2015 Jun 15, In Washington
state Rachel Dolezal (aka Nkechi Diallo) resigned as president of
Spokane’s chapter of the NAACP just days after her parents said she
is a white woman posing as a black. In 2018 Dolezal was charged with
welfare fraud. In 2019 she reached an agreement to avoid trial on
charges of welfare fraud. Prosecutors said she had failed to report
income from her book "In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and
White World" (2017) in order to collect food and child care
(SFC, 6/16/15, p.A6)(SFC, 5/26/18, p.A6)
2015 Jun 15, In Afghanistan 2
people died after their motorbike hit a mine in northern Sari Pul
2015 Jun 15, In Armenia a
Russian soldier was found stabbed to death near the Russian military
base where he served. This was the second fatal incident involving a
Russian soldier at the base this year. He was believed to have been
killed by a fellow Russian soldier, who was taken into custody.
2015 Jun 15, In Chad 33 people
were killed and over 100 wounded in suicide bombings outside the
police headquarters and police academy in N'Djamena. The government
blamed Boko Haram militants.
(AFP, 6/15/15)(AFP, 6/18/15)
2015 Jun 15, Egypt and China
signed an agreement for $10 billion-worth of new projects.
(Econ, 6/20/15, p.47)
2015 Jun 15, Hong Kong police
arrested ten people over the last 24 hours and seized materials for
making explosives at a suburban former TV studio.
(AP, 6/15/15)(SFC, 6/16/15, p.A2)
2015 Jun 15, In western
Indonesia hundreds more villagers were evacuated on Sumatra island
as Mount Sinabung volcano spewed at least 28 hot ash avalanches.
(SFC, 6/16/15, p.A2)
2015 Jun 15, Iraqi PM Haider
al-Abadi said around 40 foreign suicide bombers enter Iraq each
month and called for countries in the region to curb the flow of
foreign fighters. Ali Awni al-Harzi, a mid-level IS operative, was
killed while driving a car in Mosul.
(AFP, 6/15/15)(CSM, 6/23/15)
2015 Jun 15, The Italian
newsweekly L’Espresso published a draft copy of an encyclical on the
environment by Pope Francis calling for urgent action to fight
(SFC, 6/16/15, p.A3)
2015 Jun 15, In Nigeria two
suspected Boko Haram bomb attacks in the northeastern city of
Potiskum killed 10 people.
2015 Jun 15, A North Korean
soldier in his late teens defected to South Korea walking across
their shared border.
(SFC, 6/16/15, p.A2)
2015 Jun 15, A Russian defense
official said a plan by Washington to station tanks and heavy
weapons in NATO states on Russia's border would be the most
aggressive US act since the Cold War, and Moscow would retaliate by
beefing up its own forces.
2015 Jun 15, Saudi Arabia
opened its stock market to foreign investors, but only the biggest
financial institutions such as banks, brokers and fund managers were
allowed to get into the game.
2015 Jun 15, Saudi Arabia
beheaded a Syrian drug trafficker and a national convicted of
murder, taking to 100 the number of executions in the kingdom this
2015 Jun 15, The Syrian Kurdish
YPG militia said it has seized a major road that brought
reinforcements from Islamic State's defacto capital of Raqqa,
enabling YPG fighters to lay siege to the militant's stronghold of
Tel Abyad. Syrian rebels shelled a government-held neighborhood in
Aleppo killing at least 34 civilians and wounding some 190.
(Reuters, 6/15/15)(AP, 6/15/15)(AFP, 6/16/15)
2015 Jun 15, Syria's best-known
mosaic museum in the northern rebel-held town of Maaret al-Numan was
seriously damaged in a regime barrel bomb attack.
2015 Jun 15, In central Tunisia
3 policemen and a suspected jihadist were killed in clashes in Sidi
Ali Ben Aoun. A 2nd terrorist was wounded and arrested.
2015 Jun 15, In eastern Ukraine
woman (77) and her daughter (45) died of gunshot wounds to the head
after the soldiers entered their house in the government-held town
of Luhanske and fired machine guns. Two Ukrainian soldiers, aged 23
and 25, were soon detained and confessed to the murder.
2015 Jun 15, UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened the Geneva discussions on Yemen
and called for a humanitarian ceasefire with the start of the Muslim
holy month of Ramadan.
2015 Jun 15, The Vatican said
Jozef Wesolowski, a former archbishop and papal ambassador to the
Dominican Republic, will stand trial on criminal charges of paying
for sex with minors and possessing child pornography. Pope Francis
also accepted the resignation Archbishop John Nienstedt and
Auxiliary Bishop Lee Anthony Piche of St. Paul and Minneapolis after
prosecutors there charged the archdiocese with having failed to
protect children from unspeakable harm from a pedophile priest who
was later convicted of molesting two boys.
(Reuters, 6/15/15)(AP, 6/15/15)
2015 Jun 15, A member of al
Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) confirmed the death of Nasir
al-Wahishi in a US air strike in Yemen last week. Military chief
Qassem al-Rimi (41) was reported as its new leader.
2016 Jun 15, Pres. Obama met
with the Dalai Lama (80), the spiritual leader of Tibet, for the 4th
time. China condemned the meeting, which was closed to news media
(SFC, 6/16/16, p.A3)
2016 Jun 15, California
lawmakers approved a $122.5 billion state spending plan.
(SFC, 6/16/16, p.D2)
2016 Jun 15, In California the
Sherpa Fire started this afternoon in Santa Barbara County and
burned 250 acres. It then quadrupled in size over the next day and
by June 18 burned an estimated 12 square miles and was 45%
(Reuters, 6/17/16)(SSFC, 6/19/16, p.A7)
2016 Jun 15, American surgeon
and author Richard Selzer (b.1928) died in Connecticut. His books
include “The Doctor Stories” (1999) and “Mortal Lessons: Notes on
the Art of Surgery” (1996).
(SFC, 6/17/16, p.D3)
2016 Jun 15, In Kentucky local
detectives arrested Bill Birchfield (67), aka Harold Arnold, who had
escaped from prison in Georgia in 1979. He had been jailed for
fatally shooting his wife on July 5, 1973 in Dalton, Georgia.
(Econ, 7/2/16, p.26)
2016 Jun 15, In Bangladesh
Hindu mathematics teacher Ripon Chakraborty was attacked and
seriously wounded this evening by three knife-wielding assailants
when he answered the doorbell at his home in Madaripur. A student
(22) of a college in Dhaka, Ghulam Faijullaha Fahim, was caught by
people who came to the rescue of the screaming teacher. Fahim told
police the attack had been planned by members of the banned militant
group Hizb ut-Tahrir.
(Reuters, 6/16/16)(Reuters, 6/18/16)
2016 Jun 15, Bangladesh police
arrested Mohammed Sumon Hossain, a suspected member of the banned
Ansarullah Bangla Team. He was suspected of participating in an
attack against publisher Ahmed Rashid Tutul in his Dhaka office last
2016 Jun 15, A Chinese court
jailed the wife and a son of Zhou Yongkang, a former senior
politician sentenced to life in prison a year ago for corruption
amid an ongoing anti-graft campaign. Zhou's son, Zhou Bin, was
sentenced to 18 years in prison for taking 222 million yuan ($34
million) in bribes and running an illegal business trading in
restricted commodities. Jia Xiaoye will serve nine years for taking
bribes. She was fined 1 million yuan ($150,000).
2016 Jun 15, In Congo Rep.
General Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko (69), a former army chief and
candidate in the presidential election earlier this year, was
detained overnight. His supporters said the president is trying to
2016 Jun 15, French leaders
told the hardline CGT labor union it would be denied permission for
further street rallies unless it rooted out troublemakers, a day
after violent battles between masked youths and police during
protest marches in Paris.
2016 Jun 15, President Francois
Hollande signed a bill formally ratifying the Paris climate
agreement reached last December by nearly 200 countries to limit
global warming. The agreement will become binding when 55 countries
representing 55 percent of emissions of greenhouse gases ratify it.
17 states have done so already.
2016 Jun 15, The WHO's research
arm issued a report downgrading its classification of coffee as a
possible carcinogen, declaring there isn't enough proof to show a
link to cancer. The Lyon-based International Agency for Research on
Cancer (IARC) also announced in a report that drinking "very hot"
beverages of any kind could potentially raise the cancer risk, and
it classified them as "probably carcinogenic" to humans.
2016 Jun 15, In Guam Roland
Paul L. Sondia (54) said that he was a 15-year-old altar boy when
Archbishop Anthony Apuron sexually abused him during a sleepover in
a church rectory in summer 1977, when Apuron was a parish priest.
Apuron was convicted this year in a secret Vatican trial and
(AP, 6/15/16)(SFC, 8/9/19, p.A5)
2016 Jun 15, In Indonesia more
than 30 pilot whales began stranding themselves during high tide on
the coast of Pesisir village in Probolinggo district in the province
of East Java. At least 10 died as a mass rescue operation managed to
pull most of the stranded whales into the deep sea.
2016 Jun 15, Iran's
Revolutionary Guard battled armed members of an insurgent Kurdish
group, leading to fatalities near Oshnavieh, a predominantly Kurdish
town in West Azerbaijan province.
2016 Jun 15, In Japan Yoichi
Masuzoe, the governor of Tokyo, resigned following a scandal over
his use of public funds.
(Econ, 6/18/16, p.40)
2016 Jun 15, Jerusalem's city
hall approved the construction of a new building for Jews in the
heart of an Arab neighborhood of east Jerusalem, a move that quickly
drew rebuke from the Palestinians, who say encouraging settlement in
the area is an obstacle to peace.
2016 Jun 15, In Libya the
operation room of the unity government lost contact with a
six-member scouting unit inside Sirte. Hours later, IS posted
pictures online of the bodies of young men in uniform in the back of
a pick-up truck, and described them as members of the Misrata
2016 Jun 15, NATO
Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said NATO allies will maintain
troops across Afghanistan, as the US considers whether to reduce its
2016 Jun 15, NATO chief Jens
Stoltenberg demanded that Russia withdraw its forces and military
hardware from Ukraine, and halt its support for pro-Moscow
separatists battling Kiev.
2016 Jun 15, Pakistani troops
fired heavy artillery at Afghan forces at their main Khyber Pass
border crossing, an escalation after days of clashes at the Torkham
crossing that have killed four people and stranded thousands on both
2016 Jun 15, Poland said will
not meet the European Union's deadline of today to respond to
concerns about the country's political crisis.
2016 Jun 15, In Spain US writer
Richard Ford, author of the widely acclaimed novel "Independence
Day," won the prestigious Asturias prize for literature in
recognition of his contribution to American letters.
2016 Jun 15, In Syria at least
70 fighters were reported killed in less than 24 hours of fierce
clashes between pro-regime forces, jihadists and rebels in Aleppo
2016 Jun 15, The United Arab
Emirates said war is over for its troops in Yemen after a nearly
15-month intervention as part of a Saudi-led coalition in which
around 80 lost their lives.
2017 Jun 15, A Trump
administration official said the Pentagon will send almost 4,000
additional American forces to Afghanistan, hoping to break a
stalemate in a war that has now passed to a third US commander in
2017 Jun 15, Pulitzer Prize
winner Tracy K. Smith, a professor of humanities at Princeton Univ.,
was named the next US poet laureate succeeding Juan Felipe Herrera.
(SFC, 6/16/17, p.E1)
2017 Jun 15, In New Mexico
three people were killed at a home in La Madera in what appeared to
be a domestic dispute. Two others were killed later at separate
locations in the region. Police soon arrested Damian Herrera (21)
and charged him with all five murders, including that of his mother,
stepfather and brother.
(SFC, 6/17/17, p.A5)
2017 Jun 15, Oregon-based Nike
announced several changes to its business structure including a cut
of about 1,400 jobs and reduction of the number of sneaker styles it
offers by a quarter.
2017 Jun 15, James McCord Jr.,
former CIA agent and head of the burglers in the 1972 Watergate
scandal, died at his home in Pennsylvania.
(SSFC, 4/21/19, p.C9)
2017 Jun 15, Lidl, a German
discount chain, opened nine stores in Virginia, South Carolina
and North Carolina. It planned up to 90 more stores US within a
(Econ 6/17/17, p.59)
2017 Jun 15, Bill Dana
(b.1924), comedian and comedy writer, died at his home in Nashville.
In 1959 he presented his comic character Jose Jimenez for the first
time on “The Steve Allen Show.” The “Bill Dana Show,” on which he
played Jose as a hotel bellhop, aired on NBC from 1963-1965.
(SFC, 6/21/17, p.D8)
2017 Jun 15, Austria and
Germany voiced sharp criticism of the latest US sanctions against
Moscow, saying they could affect European businesses involved in
piping in Russian natural gas.
2017 Jun 15, In Bahrain a mass
terrorism trial led to 26 defendants losing their citizenship. 18
defendants received life sentences, while the other eight received
15-year sentences. Those sentenced belonged to a group called Diraz
2017 Jun 15, Burundi denied UN
allegations that said its security forces and government-allied
militia are continuing to torture and kill opponents.
2017 Jun 15, In eastern China
eight people were killed and 59 injured in an explosion at the front
gate of the Chuangxin Kindergarten in Fengxian, Jiangsu province, as
relatives were picking up their children at the end of the school
day. Police soon identified a male suicide suspect (22) primarily
using security camera footage and DNA collected at the scene of the
(AP, 6/15/17)(AP, 6/16/17)
2017 Jun 15, Colombia's Marxist
FARC rebels pledged to honor its commitment to completely disarm by
June 20 after a UN monitoring mission said it had received fewer
weapons than expected.
2017 Jun 15, A senior
constitutional panel in Egypt published a report concluding that two
courts, which ruled to annul an agreement to transfer control of two
Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, acted within their jurisdiction.
2017 Jun 15, The EU announced a
support package of nearly $160 million for recovery and
reconstruction in Nigeria's Borno state, which has been devastated
by attacks from homegrown Islamic extremist group Boko Haram.
2017 Jun 15, The 19-country
eurozone agreed late today to release a further 8.5 billion euros
($9.5 billion) from its current, third bailout after the Greek
government delivered on an array of reforms.
2017 Jun 15, In Germany a man
stabbed two of his children to death and seriously injured another
in the eastern state of Thuringia. The suspect (27) was arrested and
hospitalized for treatment of self-inflicted wounds.
2017 Jun 15, Guyana said it has
issued an operating license and environmental permit to ExxonMobil,
which has said it made "significant" oil discoveries off the South
American country's coast. Reserves of around 2 billion barrels have
been found over the last two years.
(AP, 6/16/17)(Econ 7/1/17, p.30)
2017 Jun 15, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu promised to promote plans for an ambitious
Mediterranean undersea natural gas pipeline project, in a bid by his
country to become a key European energy supplier. Israel hoped to
export much of its newly discovered natural gas to Europe by a
proposed 2,200-km (1,350-mile) undersea pipeline to Cyprus and
2017 Jun 15, Japan's ruling
coalition pushed a contentious bill through parliament that makes it
a crime to plan a crime. The government of PM Shinzo Abe said the
new law, which criminalizes the planning of 277 serious crimes, is
needed to prevent terrorism.
2017 Jun 15, Japan's future
king, Crown Prince Naruhito, started a five-day visit to Denmark
after the Japanese parliament last week passed a law allowing his
father, Emperor Akihito, to become the first monarch to abdicate in
2017 Jun 15, In Kashmir two
police officers were killed in two separate shootings by suspected
rebels in Srinagar and in the southern Kulgam area.
2017 Jun 15, Lithuania called a
nuclear power plant under construction in Belarus a threat to the
Baltic republic. Lawmakers voted to declare that the plant in
Atsravets, some 50 km (30 miles) south of Vilnius, poses a threat to
the environment, living standards and public health.
2017 Jun 15, Malaysian customs
officials seized nearly 400 kg (880 pounds) of pangolin scales worth
5 million ringgit ($1.2 million) from Ghana.
2017 Jun 15, Flamboyant US
basketball star Dennis Rodman handed over a copy of Donald Trump's
"The Art of the Deal" to a North Korean minister, along with a whole
host of other off-the-wall goodies.
2017 Jun 15, Pakistan's PM
Nawaz Sharif denied allegations of corruption and money laundering
during a nearly three-hour appearance before a Supreme
Court-appointed team investigating his family's offshore companies.
2017 Jun 15, In the Philippines
about 100 bodies of civilians and Islamic militants remain
uncollected in the rubble of Marawi because of continuing fighting
between troops and gunmen aligned with the Islamic State group.
2017 Jun 15, In Somalia Islamic
extremists in Mogadishu killed at least 31 people, many at
point-blank range, in an overnight siege of a popular pizza
restaurant before they were slain by security forces.
2017 Jun 15, South Africa
adopted a new mining code requiring companies to have majority black
investors to qualify for new prospecting licenses, causing the major
miners' stock to tumble.
2017 Jun 15, Syrian government
forces marched toward the last town held by the Islamic State group
in the central province of Homs in the latest push by President
Bashar Assad's troops against the extremists.
2017 Jun 15, Thailand’s PM
Prayuth Chan-ocha, head of the military government, used his special
powers to cut through regulations and launch work on a much-delayed
179 billion baht ($5.27 billion) joint Thai-Chinese project for a
new railway from Bangkok to the northeast.
2017 Jun 15, Turkey's main
opposition party set off on a 425-km (265 mile) march from the
capital to an Istanbul prison to protest the conviction of one of
lawmaker Enis Berberoglu. Thousands began walking from Ankara, with
police at the scene.
2018 Jun 15, US President
Donald Trump claimed following his summit with Kim Jong Un that he
has "largely solved" the North Korean nuclear problem.
2018 Jun 15, President Donald
Trump ignited eleventh-hour confusion over Republican efforts to
push immigration legislation through the House, saying he wouldn't
sign a "moderate" package. The White House later walked back the
comments, formally endorsing the measure and saying Trump had been
2018 Jun 15, The Trump
administration announced a 25 percent tariff on up to $50 billion
worth of Chinese imports, instantly escalating a trade dispute
between the world's two largest economies. The US will begin
collecting 25 percent tariffs on July 6. China's government
responded quickly by announcing it will immediately impose penalties
of "equal strength" on US products.
(AP, 6/15/18)(Reuters, 6/15/18)
2018 Jun 15, A US federal judge
sent Paul Manafort (69), President Donald Trump's former campaign
manager, to jail ahead of his trial on money laundering, tax and
bank fraud charges. Manafort (69) was jailed after a federal judge
revoked his house arrest over allegations of witness tampering in
special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
(AP, 6/16/18)(AFP, 6/15/18)
2018 Jun 15, It was reported
that nearly 2,000 children have been separated from their families
at the US border over a six-week period during a crackdown on
2018 Jun 15, In southern
California two people died when their small plane crashed near
Hesperiua airport in San Bernadino.
(SSFC, 6/17/18, p.A8)
2018 Jun 15, In Kansas
sheriff's Deputy Patrick Rohrer (35) was killed and another
critically wounded when an inmate being transported to a hearing in
Kansas City got hold of a weapon and shot them. The suspect was also
wounded. Both the wounded were hospitalized. Deputy Theresa King
(44) died of her wounds early the next day.
(SFC, 6/16/18, p.A6)(SSFC, 6/17/18, p.A8)
2018 Jun 15, A New York City
taxi driver who spent 30 years behind the wheel hanged himself after
running out of money to lease a vehicle. Abdul Saleh (59) was found
dead in his rented Brooklyn room. The Yemeni immigrant was the sixth
driver to kill himself in the past six months amid financial
struggles while often working 12-hour shifts.
2018 Jun 15, Roger Thomas Clark
(56), a Canadian man who federal authorities say earned hundreds of
thousands of dollars working for the notorious "Silk Road"
drug-dealing website, arrived in New York after being extradited
from Thailand. He faced an indictment charging him with playing a
key role in the website by advising its founder, Ross Ulbricht.
2018 Jun 15, McDonald's said it
will switch to paper straws at all its locations in the United
Kingdom and Ireland, and test an alternative to plastic ones in some
of its US restaurants later this year.
2018 Jun 15, A Bosnian court
refused to extradite Zdravko Mamic, the former boss of soccer club
Dinamo Zagreb, to Croatia where he was sentenced to more than six
years in prison for tax evasion and embezzling profits from player
2018 Jun 15, Former British
Army Sgt. Emile Cilliers (38), who tried to kill his wife by
sabotaging her parachute so he could get her insurance money, was
sentenced to at least 18 years in prison.
2018 Jun 15, It was reported
that former tennis champion Boris Becker (50) has claimed diplomatic
immunity from bankruptcy proceedings in London against him by taking
up a role with the Central African Republic as a sports envoy.
2018 Jun 15, The Colombian
government and the ELN guerrilla group ended their fifth round of
peace talks in Havana without reaching an agreement for a bilateral
ceasefire, but vowed to continue their dialogue.
2018 Jun 15, A Danish court
ordered the country's Defense Ministry to compensate 18 Iraqi
civilians detained by Iraqi security troops during a 2014 military
operation in Iraq in which Danish soldiers assisted. The Defense
Ministry planned to appeal.
2018 Jun 15, EU experts said
dry summer weather is causing sudden damage to wheat crops in Baltic
Sea countries, putting a question mark over wheat export supplies.
2018 Jun 15, A Finnish court
sentenced Abderrahman Bouanane (23), a Moroccan asylum seeker, to
life in prison for killing two women and injuring eight others in a
stabbing spree in Turku last August 18, described as the nation's
first terror attack.
(AFP, 6/15/18)(SFC, 6/16/18, p.A2)
2018 Jun 15, French President
Emmanuel Macron met Italy's new Premier Giuseppe Conte in Paris to
try to patch up relations after sparks flew between the two
countries over Rome's rejection of a migrant rescue ship. Both
leaders agreed to pursue changes to EU migration rules.
(AFP, 6/15/18)(SFC, 6/16/18, p.A4)
2018 Jun 15, A German court
ruled that investors pushing for damages over a sharp fall in
Volkswagen shares after the carmaker disclosed emissions cheating in
2015 can also seek redress from majority shareholder Porsche SE .
2018 Jun 15, In India New Delhi
officials ordered a two-day halt to construction in an attempt to
reduce choking pollution that has cloaked the city in smog and dust.
2018 Jun 15, Israel's Shin Bet
internal security service indicted Gonen Segev (62), energy minister
from 1995 to 1996, on suspicion of spying for Iran. Segev was
arrested during a visit to Equatorial Guinea in May and extradited
to Israel, where he is being detained.
2018 Jun 15, Italy's
family-owned Missoni fashion house announced that Italian investment
fund FSI will take a 41.2 percent stake in the firm to help expand
the business and help usher the house toward an eventual public
2018 Jun 15, Japan's Cabinet
adopted an economic plan that would allow more foreign workers as
the rapidly aging country seeks to make up for its declining
2018 Jun 15, In Mexico six
police officers were murdered in the central state of Puebla, which
is ravaged by gangs active in drug trafficking, fuel theft and
kidnapping. Authorities found a tanker truck with an "illegal" cargo
of fuel at the rural crime scene. Two armed suspects were arrested.
2018 Jun 15, The Nicaraguan
government and civic groups agreed to halt all violence, in a major
step to end two months of political unrest that has left 170 dead
and rocked the government of President Daniel Ortega.
2018 Jun 15, In Pakistan
militants killed three soldiers late today in a cross-border attack
in the North Waziristan region.
2018 Jun 15, Papua New Guinea
declared a state of emergency, suspended a provincial government and
sent armed forces to its rugged highlands to restore order after
rioters went on a rampage of looting and burning. PM Peter O'Neill
declared a nine-month state of emergency in the province, and
suspended its government for the duration.
2018 Jun 15, Portugal's
parliament overwhelmingly approved a bill to legalize
marijuana-based medicines, after rejecting earlier proposals to
allow patients to grow the drug at home. The bill now goes to Pres.
Marcelo Rebelo de Souza to be signed into law.
2018 Jun 15, A senior South
Korean presidential official said that Washington and Seoul have
begun discussions on temporarily suspending the massive "Ulchi
Freedom Guardian" exercises that usually take place in August and
possibly other joint drills while nuclear diplomacy with North Korea
2018 Jun 15, A legal source
said Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed to pay the
Spanish taxman 18.8 million euro ($20 million) to settle a tax fraud
2018 Jun 15, A Swedish court
found Dorjee Gyantsan (40), a Tibetan who worked for a pro-Tibetan
radio station, guilty of spying for China by gathering information
on Tibetans who had fled to Sweden, and sentenced him to 22 months
2018 Jun 15, In Syria two
people visiting graves of relatives during the Eid al-Fitr holiday
were killed in government shelling of a cemetery.
2018 Jun 15, In Yemen dozens of
fighters from a Saudi-led coalition backing an exiled government
were killed in fighting over the rebel-held port of Hodeida, the
main entry point for food into a country already on the brink of
famine. Forces from an alliance of Arab states seized the entrance
to the airport Hodeidah.
(AP, 6/15/18)(Reuters, 6/15/18)
2019 Jun 15, US President
Donald Trump accused The New York Times of "a virtual act of
treason," after it reported the US is stepping up digital incursions
into Russia's electric power grid.
2019 Jun 15, Charles Reich
(91), law professor and author of "The Greening of America" (1970),
died in San Francisco.
(SFC, 7/6/19, p.C4)
2019 Jul 15, John Paul Stevens
(99), former US Supreme Court justice (1975-2010), died in Fort
(SFC, 7/17/19, p.A8)
2019 Jun 15, In Texas Stephen
Bratton (43), a former Southern Baptist pastor, posted a $50,000
bond. He was accused of child sex abuse.
(SFC, 6/18/19, p.A5)
2019 Jun 15, In Brazil leaked
personal messages published by a news website showed the judge who
led the corruption trial that jailed former President Luiz Inacio
Lula da Silva advised prosecutors to influence public opinion
against the leftist leader.
2019 Jun 15, The British
government said it has ordered a review of hospital food after five
patients died in a listeria outbreak linked to sandwiches and
(SSFC, 6/16/19, p.A3)
2019 Jun 15, Richard Ratcliffe
said his wife, British-Iranian mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe
(40), has begun another hunger strike in protest at her detention in
a Tehran prison on sedition charges. Ratcliffe said he would hold a
vigil outside Iran's London embassy, and would fast in support of
his wife. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe ended her hunger strike after 15
(AP, 6/15/19)(Reuters, 6/29/19)
2019 Jun 15, Security forces in
Central African Republic beat and detained two journalists working
for French news wire Agence France-Presse (AFP) covering a banned
opposition protest in the capital Bangui.
2019 Jun 15, Hong Kong's
embattled leader Carrie Lam suspended a hugely divisive bill that
would allow extraditions to China, in a major climbdown following
unprecedented unrest, but protesters vowed to press ahead with a
mass June 16 rally.
2019 Jun 15, Indonesia returned
five containers of rubbish to the United States and said it will not
become a "dumping ground".
2019 Jun 15, A Iraqi government
source said the United States has granted Iraq another 90-day waiver
to continue with vital energy imports from neighboring Iran despite
2019 Jun 15, Italian film and
opera legend Franco Zeffirelli (b.1923) died at his home in Rome.
His work included about 20 feature films. He also directed more than
30 plays and operas.
2019 Jun 15, In Kenya a
roadside bomb hit a police vehicle patrolling near the border with
Somalia, killing several of the 11 officers inside.
2019 Jun 15, Mexican President
Andrés Manuel López Obrador said his country must help Central
Americans fleeing poverty and violence, even as it increases
security and revisions to deter migrants from passing through Mexico
on route to the US.
2019 Jun 15, In Mexico 785
migrants were found inside the double trailers of four semis in the
Gulf coast state of Veracruz. More than 150 of them were children.
2019 Jun 15, In Peru riot
police began guarding the northern border to ensure that only
Venezuelan migrants who hold a passport and humanitarian visa can
enter the country.
2019 Jun 15, Slovak government
critic Zuzana Caputova (45), an environmental lawyer and
anti-corruption activist, was sworn in as the EU member's first
2019 Jun 15, In Somalia a car
bomb near the parliament in Mogadishu killed nine people. A 2nd car
bomb near a checkpoint to the airport killed two more people.
(AFP, 6/15/19)(SSFC, 6/16/19, p.A6)
2019 Jun 15, Madrid's city hall
swung to the right after conservative candidate Jose Luis Martinez
Almeida was elected mayor with the support of newly-emerged
far-right party Vox, in a move that has caused concern in Spain.
2019 Jun 15, In Switzerland a
woman drowned in Lake Geneva when her sightseeing boat sank as a
violent storm battered parts of the country.
2019 Jun 15, In northwestern
Syria at least 10 civilians were killed in airstrikes and shelling
of rebel-held villages and towns in Idlib province. The
Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the
fighting alone left 26 troops and pro-government gunmen dead as well
as eight militants.
2019 Jun 15, In Thailand
Francesco Galdelli (58) and Vanja Goffi (45) were arrested at a
house on the outskirts Pattaya after an operation between Thai and
Italian authorities. Francesco confessed to claiming to be George
Clooney and opening a clothes business to trick people into sending
money. The couple is also wanted in Italy for multiple scams
including selling fake Rolex watches online.
2019 Jun 15, Turkey criticized
southern European Union nations for urging the EU to consider action
against Turkey over its bid to drill for gas in waters where Cyprus
has exclusive economic rights.
2019 Jun 15, Yemen's Houthi
rebels launched a new drone attack against Saudi Arabia. The next
day the kingdom said it shot down one Houthi drone.
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