Today in History - June 16
Return to home
For Asian History: http://www.asiaobserver.org/2019/06/16
Jun 16, Rome was sacked by the Vandal army.
632 Jun 16, Origin of Persian
956 Jun 16, Hugo the Great,
duke of France, died.
1216 Jun 16, Pope Innocent III
died. In 2003 John C. Moore authored “Pope Innocent III.”
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Innocent_III)(WSJ, 4/12/08, p.W8)
1487 Jun 16, Battle at Stoke:
Henry VII beat John de la Pole & Lord Lovell.
1492 Jun 16, Jan Coppenhole,
Flemish rebel leader, was beheaded.
1556 Jun 16, Pedro Fernandes
Sardinha, The 1st bishop of Bahia, was shipwrecked between the
rivers São Francisco and Cururipu and murdered by the Indians. The
Caytes of the Brazilian coast ate the crews of every wrecked
Portuguese ship they found. They ate the first Bishop of Bahia, two
Canons, the Procurator of the Royal Portuguese Treasury, 2 pregnant
women and several children.
1567 Jun 16, Mary, Queen of
Scots, was imprisoned in Lochleven Castle in Scotland.
1671 Jun 16, Stenka Razin,
Cossack rebel leader, was tortured & executed in Moscow.
1722 Jun 16, John Churchill
(b.1650), first Duke of Marlborough, English military strategist,
died. In 2008 Richard Holmes authored “Marlborough: England’s
1745 Jun 16, English fleet
occupied Cape Breton on St. Lawrence River.
1755 Jun 16, British captured
Fort Beausejour and expelled the Acadians. The Accadians of Nova
Scotia were uprooted by an English governor and forced to leave.
Some 10,000 people moved to destinations like Maine and Louisiana.
Some moved to Iles-de-la-Madeleine off Quebec. The Longfellow story
"Evangeline" is based on this displacement.
(SFEC, 8/22/99, p.T8,9)(SSFC, 6/2/02, p.C7)(MC,
1775 Jun 16, American Col.
William Prescott led 1200 men from Cambridge to dig in at Bunker’s
Hill but arrived at night and dug in at Breed’s Hill. A siege on
Boston by Colonial militia generals John Stark and Israel Putnam
prompted the British to attack.
(HT, 3/97, p.30)(SFC, 4/2/97, Z1 p.6)
1779 Jun 16, Spain, in support
of the US, declared war on England.
1779 Jun 16, Vice-Admiral Hardy
sailed out of Isle of Wight against the Spanish fleet.
1784 Jun 16, Holland forbade
1812 Jun 16, City Bank of New
York came into existence. A group of merchants had taken the first
steps towards setting up a new bank in 1811 to help New York compete
with rivals Philadelphia, Boston, and Baltimore. In 1976, under the
leadership of CEO Walter B. Wriston, First National City Bank (and
its holding company First National City Corporation) was renamed
1815 Jun 16, Napoleon defeated
the Prussians at the Battle of Ligny, Belgium.
1815 Jun 16, A French attack at
the crossroads called Quatre Bras badly mauled Anglo-Dutch army
under Wellington, but failed to rout it or to take the crossroads.
Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte had marched into Belgium to find himself
confronted by two allied armies, which he tried to split apart.
Although similarly battered at Ligny that day, the Prussian army
also retired intact. Both armies would face Napoleon again two days
later at Waterloo.
(HNPD, 6/16/99)(Econ, 5/23/15, p.71)
1818 Jun 16, An ice-dammed lake
in the Val de Bagnes above Martigny broke through its barrier
causing many deaths. This event led Jean de Charpentier to focus on
Swiss glaciers and then influence Louis Agassiz with his ideas
regarding glacier development.
1833 Jun 16, Lucie (Ruthy)
Blackburn (30), a fugitive slave, escaped from jail in Detroit and
made her way to Canada. The next day a riot erupted, “The Blackburn
Riots,” as her husband, Thornton Blackburn (21), was escorted for
return to slavery. Thornton escaped to Canada to join his wife. The
first extradition case between the US and Canada over the issue of
fugitive slaves soon followed. Canada ruled it could not extradite
people to a jurisdiction that imposed harsher penalties then they
would have received for the same offense in Canada and the
Blackburns remained in Ontario.
(AH, 4/07, p.43)
1850 Jun 16, Pope Pius IX
persuaded Rev. Joseph Sadoc Alemany to return to the US and to go to
(SSFC, 7/27/03, p.A22)
1856 Jun 16, James Strang, king
of Big Beaver Island, Mich., was ambushed by Thomas Bedford and
Alexander Wentworth. They shot him three times and then
pistol-whipped him and fled to Mackinac on the USS Michigan. Bedfrod
and Wentworth were brought before a justice of the peace and after a
brief hearing were fined $1.25 for court costs and released as
public heroes. Soon after, 75 vigilantes sailed to Beaver Island and
cleared out the Strangite adherents.
(Smith., Aug. 1995, p.88)
1858 Jun 16, In a speech
accepting the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in
Springfield, Ill., Senate candidate Abraham Lincoln said the slavery
issue had to be resolved, declaring, "A house divided against itself
(AP, 6/16/98)(HN, 6/16/98)
1858 Jun 16, Dr. John Snow
(b.1813), English obstetrician, died of a stroke. He is considered
the father of epidemiology for his efforts in documenting the spread
of cholera in London epidemics.
(ON, 5/05, p.10)
1861 Jun 16, Battle of Vienna,
VA., and Secessionville, SC (James Island).
1864 Jun 16, Siege of
Petersburg and Richmond began after a moonlight skirmish.
1864 Jun 16, Battle of
1879 Jun 16, Gilbert &
Sullivan's "HMS Pinafore" debuted at Bowery Theater in NYC.
1883 Jun 16, The New York
Gothams admitted both escorted and unescorted ladies to the baseball
park free in the 1st ladies’ day game against the Cleveland Spiders.
NY won, 5-2. The club was founded by farming magnate John B. Day and
manager Jim Mutrie. The franchise name was reportedly changed to the
NY Giants in 1885.
(HNQ, 12/21/01)(AP, 6/16/03)(SSFC, 3/30/14, p.L7)
1884 Jun 16, America's 1st
roller coaster began operating at Coney Island, NYC. It hit a top
speed of 6 mph.
(MC, 6/16/02)(Econ, 6/28/03, p.30)
1888 Jun 16, Bobby Clark,
comedian and actor, was born.
1890 Jun 16, Stan Laurel
(d.1965), entertainer, was born in England. He teamed up with Oliver
Hardy (Laurel & Hardy) to make over 100 comedy films.
(WUD, 1994 p.811)(HN, 6/16/01)(MC, 6/16/02)
1896 Jun 16, Jean Peugeot,
French auto manufacturer, was born.
1897 Jun 16, The US government
signed a treaty of annexation with Hawaii. The US Congress annexed
Hawaii--without a vote from the Hawaiian people. Nearly 22,000
native Hawaiians had signed a petition opposing the annexation.
(AP, 6/16/98)(HNPD, 1/25/99)(SSFC, 8/30/09, p.M1)
1899 Jun 16, Nelson Doubleday,
US publisher (Doubleday), was born.
1899 Jun 16, Helen Traubel,
soprano (Met Opera Walkure/Isolde), nightclubs, was born in St
1902 Jun 16, Barbara
McClintock, geneticist (Nobel 1983), was born.
(HN, 6/16/01)(MC, 6/16/02)
1902 Jun 16, George Gaylord
Simpson, paleontologist, was born.
1903 Jun 16, Ford Motor Co. was
1903 Jun 16, Pepsi Cola company
formed. [see 1902]
1903 Jun 16, Roald Amundsen
(31) departed Christiana (later Oslo), Norway, aboard Gjøa with a
crew of 6 to search for the Northwest Passage. They reached
California in the fall of 1905.
(NG, 6/1988, p.765)(Ind, 4/27/02, 5A)
1904 Jun 16, Bloomsday. The
1922 novel “Ulysses” by James Joyce was set on this day. It charts
the wanderings of Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus among Dublin
streets and beaches, museums and galleries, pubs and brothels
through the ebb and tide of their memories and emotions. The "same
day that the penniless and Myopic Jimmy Joyce (22) first walked out
with the redheaded chambermaid Nora Barnacle," (20) who became his
Molly Bloom. In 1988 Brenda Maddox authored "Nora: The Real Life of
(SFC, 6/13/96, p.C6)(SFEC, 10/31/99, BR p.7)(AP,
1907 Jun 16, The Russian czar
dissolved the Duma in St. Petersburg.
1909 Jun 16, Jim Thorpe made
his pro baseball pitching debut for Rocky Mount (ECL) with a 4-2
win. This later caused him to forfeit his Olympic medals.
1909 Jun 16, In San Francisco
the Gjoe, explorer Roald Amundsen’s converted herring boat, was
passed as a gift to the people of San Francisco. He had used the
vessel to cross the Northwest Passage in 1905 and had arrived in SF
in 1906. In 1972 the Gjoe was returned to Norway and a commemorative
sculpture was left next to the Beach Chalet at Ocean Beach.
(Ind, 4/27/02, 5A)(SSFC, 6/14/09, DB p.50)
1917 Jun 16, Katharine Graham
(d.2001), publisher of the Washington Post, was born. She was later
considered one of the most influential women in the United States.
(HN, 6/16/99)(SFC, 7/18/01, p.A6)
1917 Jun 16, Irving Penn,
fashion photographer, brother of film director Arthur Penn, was
1917 Jun 16, The 1st Congress
of Soviets convened in Russia.
1920 Jun 16, John Howard
Griffin, writer, was born. He posed as an African-American in the
south in the early 1960s and his experiences resulted in the book
"Black Like Me."
1922 Jun 16, Henry Berliner
demonstrated his helicopter to US Bureau of Aeronautics.
1923 Jun 16, Sun Yat Sen
founded a military academy.
1925 Jun 16, France accepted a
German proposal for a security pact.
1932 Jun 16, President Hoover
and Vice President Charles Curtis were renominated at the Republican
national convention in Chicago.
1932 Jun 16, The ban on Nazi
storm troopers was lifted by the von Papen government in Germany.
Germany forbade SA/SS street brawls.
(HN, 6/16/98)(MC, 6/16/02)
1933 Jun 16, The 2nd US
Glass-Steagall Act, actually the Bank Act of 1933, banned banks from
underwriting stocks. It separated regular banks from investment
banks. It was the 2nd act of the same name. Mr. Glass agreed to
attach Mr. Steagall’s pet amendment, which authorized bank deposit
insurance for the first time. [see 1932]
(WSJ, 8/8/97, p.A11)(WSJ, 4/10/98,
1933 Jun 16, The US Congress
passed the National Industrial Recovery Act, which established the
Public Works Administration (PWA) and the National Recovery
Administration. A $.25-per-hour standard wage was set as part of the
Act. However, in 1935 the US Supreme Court declared the National
Recovery Act unconstitutional, and the minimum wage was abolished.
In July a code of the NRA instituted a 35 hour week for blue-collar
workers and a 40-hour week for office employees. Minimum wages were
also instituted, ranging from 12 ½ cents an hour for needlework
employees in Puerto Rico to 70 cents an hour for wrecking and
salvage workers in NYC. Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt had employers
sign a “President’s Reemployment Agreement” covering 16.3 million
employees. The employers who signed on agreed to limit work weeks to
40 hours, to pay a minimum wage of $12-$15 per week (at least 30
cents/hour) and to not hire children under 16.
1933 Jun 16, US Federal Deposit
Insurance Corporation (FDIC) became effective. The initial deposit
insurance level was set at $2,500.
1935 Jun 16, Jim Dine, American
artist, was born.
1935 Jun 16, President
Roosevelt's New Deal legislation was passed by the House of
1937 Jun 16, August Busch III,
CEO (Anheuser-Busch, St Louis Cards), was born.
1937 Jun 16, Marx Brothers' "A
Day At The Races" opened in LA. [see Jun 11]
1938 Jun 16, Joyce Carol Oates,
American writer and university professor, was born. She wrote "Them"
and "Garden of Earthly Delights."
1938 Jun 16, Torgny Lindgren,
Swedish writer, was born.
1938 Jan 16, The Benny Goodman
Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert featured an outstanding solo by
saxophonist Lester Young. Goodman performed at Carnegie Hall along
with Count Basie, Harry James, Lester Young, Gene Krupa, Johnny
Hodges, Lionel Hampton and 17 others. The concert was recorded and
in 2000 Columbia issued a remastered edition of the performance.
(WSJ, 8/29/96, A11)(WSJ, 1/12/00, p.A20)
1939 Jun 16-1939 Jun 20, Jewish
refugees, whose quest for freedom in the Americas was denied, began
to disembark the SS St. Louis back in Europe. Holland took 181,
France received 224, 228 went to Great Britain, and 214 went to
Belgium. [see May 13 and June 4]
1940 Jun 16, Dubose Heyward, US
writer (Porgy, Star Spangled Virgin), died.
1940 Jun 16, French Chief of
State, Henri Petain, asked for an armistice with Germany. [see Jun
1940 Jun 16, Soviet Foreign
Minister Molotov presented August Rei, Estonia’s envoy in Moscow, an
ultimatum to allow an unlimited number of Soviet troops, which was
accepted. Latvia received a similar ultimatum.
1941 Jun 16, The new Washington
National Airport opened southwest of DC. In 1945, Congress passed a
law that established the airport was legally within Virginia but
under the jurisdiction of the federal government. In 1998 it was
renamed Ronald Reagan National Airport.
1942 Jun 16, The SS Port
Nicholson was headed for New York with 71 tons of platinum valued at
about $53 million when it was sunk off Maine in an attack that left
six people dead. The platinum was a payment from the Soviet Union to
the US for war supplies.
1942 Jun 16, A German team
headed by Edward John Kerling landed without incident at Ponte Vedra
Beach, Florida, south of Jacksonville. They came on submarine U-584
as part of Operation Pastorius. This group came ashore wearing
bathing suits but wore German Navy hats. After landing ashore, they
threw away their hats, put on civilian clothes, and started their
mission by boarding trains to Chicago, Illinois and Cincinnati,
1943 Jun 16, Comedian Charles
Chaplin married his fourth wife, 18-year-old Oona O'Neill, daughter
of playwright Eugene O'Neill, in Carpenteria, Calif.
1944 Jun 16, In San Francisco
the first six women to qualify successfully for jobs as regular
uniformed policewomen were sworn into the Police Dept. After 30 days
of training they will be qualified to ride 3-wheeled motorcycles
tagging cars in the downtown area for $200 a month.
(SSFC, 6/16/19, DB p.38)
1947 Jun 16, Pravda denounced
the Marshall Plan.
1949 Jun 16, In Detroit Jake
Lamotta (1922-2017) defeated French champ Marcel Cerdan for the
middleweight boxing championship.
1949 Jun 16, A gas turbine,
electric locomotive was demonstrated in Erie, Pa.
1949 Jun 16, Laszlo Rajk, the
Hungarian Communist foreign minister, was arrested on charges of
conspiracy. This set off a purge of Hungarian Communists accused of
deviating from the Soviet line.
(EWH, 1968, p.1188)
1952 Jun 16, “Anne Frank: Diary
of a Young Girl” was published in the United States.
1952 Jun 16, Soviet Fighters
shot down a Swedish Catalina reconnaissance flight.
1954 Jun 16, In San Francisco
the 13-foot neon schooner atop the new Hamm’s Brewery building at
1550 Bryant St. was turned on. Brewing at the facility ended in
(SFC, 4/10/12, p.E2)
1955 Jun 16, The U.S. House of
Representatives voted to extend Selective Service until 1959.
1955 Jun 16, Pope Pius XII
excommunicated Argentine President Juan Domingo Peron. The ban was
lifted eight years later.
1957 Jun 16, There was a French
offensive in Algeria.
1958 Jun 16, The US Supreme
Court, in Kent v. Dulles, ruled that artist Rockwell Kent could not
be denied a passport because of his communist affiliations.
1958 Jun 16, Imre Nagy
(b.1896), former Hungarian premier (1956) and symbol of the 1956
uprising against Soviet rule, was hanged by the Communist government
of Janos Kadar.
1959 Jun 16, George Reeves
(b.1914), American film and TV actor, died. Suicide was the
predominant presumed cause of death. Reeves starred as Superman on
TV from 1952-1958. In 1976 Gary Grossman authored “Superman: Serial
to Cereal.” The 1996 book “Hollywood Kryptonite,” by Sam Kashner and
Nancy Schoenberger, discusses the doubts by friends and relatives
and the forensic evidence as to whether suicide was even physically
1960 Jun 16, The Alfred
Hitchcock movie “Psycho” opened in New York.
1961 Jun 16, Dave Garroway was
fired as Today Show host.
1963 Jun 16, The world's first
female space traveler, Valentina Tereshkova, was launched into orbit
by the Soviet Union aboard Vostok VI.
1966 Jun 16, "Rowan &
Martin Show," debuted on NBC-TV.
1966 Jun 16, In the 20th Tony
Awards: Marat/Sade and Man of La Mancha won.
1967 Jun 16, The three-day
Monterey International Pop Music Festival opened in northern
1970 Jun 16, Kenneth A. Gibson
of Newark, N.J., became the first black to win a mayoral election in
a major Northeast city.
1971 Jun 16, An El Greco
sketch, "The Immaculate Conception," stolen in Spain 35 years
earlier, was recovered in New York City by the FBI.
1975 Jun 16, The cartoon
“Travels With Farley” by Phil Frank (1943-2007) launched in 50
(SFC, 6/16/05, p.E2)
1975 Jun 16, The US Supreme
Court ruled that uniform minimum legal fees are a violation.
1976 Jun 16, U.S. Ambassador
Francis E. Meloy, Jr. (b.1917) was murdered along with his associate
Robert Waring, an American economic advisor. The two had been en
route to a meeting with Lebanese president-elect Elias Sarkis when
they were abducted by Muslim guerillas in Beirut.
1976 Jun 16, In South Africa
white police gunned down teenagers Hector Pieterson and Hastings
Ndhlovu and caused a nationwide riot that left 700 people dead.
Students at Morris Isacson High School in Soweto had marched to
protest a new rule that called for Afrikaans as the medium of
instruction. Photographer Sam Nzima (1934-2018) took an iconic image
of a black high school student carrying a fatally wounded fellow
pupil away from the gunfire of apartheid police.
6/15/96, p.C12)(USAT, 7/9/04, p.10D)
1977 Jun 16, Werner von Braun
(65), German-born Nazi and American rocket scientist (V1/V2), died
of smoking. In 2005 Bob Ward authored “Dr. Space,” a biography of
1977 Jun 16, Leonid Brezhnev,
Soviet Communist Party General Secretary, was named president of the
USSR, becoming the first person to hold both posts simultaneously.
(AP, 6/16/98)(HN, 6/16/98)
1978 Jun 16, President Carter
and Panamanian leader Omar Torrijos exchanged instruments of
ratification for the Panama Canal treaties.
1979 Jun 16, In Aleppo, Syria,
Captain Ibrahim el-Yousuf, the officer on duty (in charge of moral
and political steering and head of Ba’ath Party Unit) at the
Military Artillery school, committed a massacre, killing 32 cadets
and wounding 54 others. The culprits targeted cadets from the
Alawite sect, however the then minister of information Mr. Ahmad
Iskander Ahmad stated that they included Christians and Sunni
Muslims. Immediately after the massacre, a country-wide campaign was
started to uproot the Muslim Brotherhood organization.
1980 Jun 16, The film "Blues
Brothers" premiered in Chicago. National release was June 20.
1980 Jun 16, US Supreme Court
ruled that new forms of life created in labs could become patents.
1980 Jun 16, Huey P. Newton
(1942-1989), co-founder of the Black Panther Party, received his
doctoral degree from UC Santa Cruz. His doctoral thesis was titled
“War Against the Panthers: A Study of Repression in America.”
(SFC, 6/10/05, p.F2)
1983 Jun 16, Pope John Paul II
1983 Jun 16, Yuri Andropov
(1914-1984, USSR party leader, was elected president.
1987 Jun 16, NYC subway gunman
Bernhard Goetz was acquitted on all but gun possession charges after
shooting 4 black youths who tried to rob him [see Oct 20]. In 1996,
a civil jury ordered Goetz to pay $43 million to one of the persons
1988 Jun 16, Impeached and
ousted Arizona Gov. Evan Mecham and his brother, Willard, were found
innocent by a Phoenix jury of concealing a $350,000 campaign loan.
1989 Jun 16, Hungarians paid
homage to former premier Imre Nagy and four associates executed for
leading the anti-Soviet revolt of 1956. At least 250,000 people
attended the ceremonial reburial of PM Imre Nagy and four others
hanged 31 years earlier and buried face down in unmarked graves. The
reburial, broadcast live on TV from Budapest's Heroes' Square, came
as Hungary's communist leadership and the democratic opposition were
beginning to negotiate the country's transition to democracy. Sandor
Racz, a 1956 veteran, called on the world to "help the Soviet Union"
withdraw its troops from Hungary. Viktor Orban, then 26 and later to
become prime minister, also urged the Russians to withdraw but
blasted the country's communist leadership for making the 1956
revolution a taboo subject.
(AP, 6/16/99)(AP, 6/16/09)
1990 Jun 16, A crowd in the
Netherlands welcomed African National Congress leader Nelson
Mandela, who thanked them for staunch Dutch support for the
1991 Jun 16, The seventh
International Conference on AIDS opened in Florence, Italy. The
conference was marked by pleas from African and Asian countries for
more help and criticism directed at the United States for its
refusal to allow visits by foreigners infected with the AIDS virus.
1992 Jun 16, President George
H.W. Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin capped the first day
of their Washington summit by announcing their countries had agreed
to slash their long-range nuclear arsenals by two-thirds.
1992 Jun 16, Former Defense
Secretary Caspar Weinberger was indicted on 5-count felony charges
in connection with the Iran-Contra affair. He was later pardoned by
Bush. In 2001 Weinberger authored “In the Arena,” an account of his
(WSJ, 11/28/01, p.A16)(AP, 6/16/02)
1993 Jun 16, The Dan Quayle
Center and Museum opened in Huntington, Indiana.
(DFP, 7/28/96, p.J1)
1993 Jun 16, The UN authorized
an arms and oil embargo against Haiti.
1994 Jun 16, Former President
Jimmy Carter, on a private visit to North Korea, reported the
Communist nation's leaders were eager to resume talks with the
United States on resolving disputes about Pyongyang's nuclear
program and improving relations. Carter made history as the first
former US president to visit North Korea. Carter's unofficial
four-day visit included a meeting with then-North Korean leader Kim
Il Sung. His intervention headed off a potential conflict and helped
seal an aid-for-disarmament agreement that lasted nearly a decade.
(AP, 6/16/99)(AP, 3/9/18)
1994 Jun 16, Boris Alexandrov
(88), conductor (Red Army Song and Dance Ensemble), died.
1995 Jun 16, Salt Lake City was
awarded the XIX Winter Olympic Games for 2002. A scandal later
developed over pay-offs.
1995 Jun 16, Bosnian government
forces aided by Bosnian Croats unleashed a major offensive in hopes
of breaking the Serb stranglehold on Sarajevo.
1996 Jun 16, The Chicago Bulls
won the NBA championship, beating the Seattle SuperSonics in game
1996 Jun 16, Sportscaster Mel
Allen died in Greenwich, Connecticut, at age 83.
1996 Jun 16, In Afghanistan a
bomb exploded in a Jalalabad market and killed 4 people and wounded
more than 20.
(SFC, 6/15/96, p.A10)
1996 Jun 16, Croats in Mostar
named Pero Markovic as the new president of Herzeg-Bosnia.
(SFC, 6/15/96, p.A10)
1996 Jun 16, Members of a
Muslim party beat former Prime Minister Haris Silajdzic during a
northern Bosnia political rally. Leaders of Serbia, Croatia and
Bosnia signed an agreement to reduce arsenals of heavy weapons.
(WSJ, 6/17/96, p.A1)
1996 Jun 16, In India monsoon
rainstorms battered southern India for 3 days and killed at least 85
people with 250 missing.
(SFC, 6/16/96, p.A11)
1996 Jun 16, IRA guerrillas
were caught making dozens of new bombs when police raided an arms
factory west of Dublin. Prime Minister John Burton made the
announcement ten days later.
(SFC, 6/26/96, p.A9)
1996 Jun 16, Russian voters
went to the polls in their first independent presidential election;
the result was a runoff between President Boris and Communist
challenger Gennady Zyuganov. Yeltsin won the July runoff.
(SFC, 6/18/96, p.A8)(AP, 6/16/01)
1996 Jun 16, In Zambia 15
soccer fans were crushed to death and 52 injured during a stampede
after Zambia beat Sudan.
(SFC, 6/15/96, p.A10)
1997 Jun 16, The Dow Jones
Industrial Average climbed above 8,000 for the 1st time.
(SSFC, 2/2/03, p.I4)
1997 Jun 16, Intel introduced
its Net PC.
(SFC, 6/17/97, p.A1)
1997 Jun 16, Motorola planned a
new satellite system called Celestri to deliver data and video to
int’l. organizations. This system would run in addition to the
iridium project (66 satellites) and M-Star (72 satellites). It will
compete with Teledesic, a 288-satellite plan, and an Alcatel-Loral
venture called SkyBridge with 64 satellites. Service was planned to
begin in 2002.
(WSJ, 6/17/97, p.A3)
1997 Jun 16, In Algeria in
post-election violence more than 50 people were slain in recent
days. Blame was place on the Armed Islamic Group.
(SFC, 6/17/97, p.D2)
1997 Jun 16, The British
government broke off contacts it had just renewed with Sinn Fein
after the Irish Republican Army killed two Protestant policemen in
Lurgan, Northern Ireland.
(AP, 6/16/98)(SFC, 6/17/97, p.A1)
1997 Jun 16, Israeli soldiers
wounded 38 Palestinians in the 3rd day of protests at Hebron.
(WSJ, 6/17/97, p.A1)
1997 Jun 16, In Japan Sue Sumii
died at age 95 working on the 8th volume of her novel “The River
With No Bridge.” It was about the plight of the burakumin (the
untouchables) of Japan. She published the first volume in 1958.
(SFC, 6/24/97, p.A19)
1998 Jun 16, The Detroit Red
Wings took home the Stanley Cup for the second consecutive year
after completing a sweep of the Washington Capitals with a 4-1
victory in game four.
1998 Jun 16, A woman (40) in
Florida gave birth to a baby boy, named Sean, shown live on the
(SFC, 6/17/98, p.A3)
1998 Jun 16, Massachusetts'
highest court cleared the way for Louise Woodward to return home to
England, upholding a judge's ruling that freed the au pair convicted
of killing a baby.
1998 Jun 16, In Afghanistan the
Taliban ordered the closing of over 100 private schools that had
been educating girls. Schools would not be allowed to teach girls
older than 8 and lessons were to be limited to the Koran.
(SFC, 6/17/98, p.C16)
1998 Jun 16, North Korea
admitted that it had sold missiles abroad and would continue to do
so to generate needed income.
(SFC, 6/17/98, p.A14)
1998 Jun 16, In South Korea
Chung Ju-Yung (83), a wealthy industrialist, led 500 cattle in 50
open trucks, his Operation Rawhide, across the border to North
Korea. He recently published an autobiography.
(SFC, 6/17/98, p.C16)
1998 Jun 16, Senegal fired
artillery into Guinea-Bissau to support Pres. Vieira.
(WSJ, 6/17/98, p.A1)
1998 Jun 16, In Serbia Pres.
Milosevic agreed to allow monitors into Kosovo and to begin talks
with Kosovo Albanian leaders, but not to withdraw his military
forces until “terrorist activities subside.”
(WSJ, 6/17/98, p.A1)
1999 Jun 16, Vice President Al
Gore announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential
1999 Jun 16, Kathleen Ann
Soliah, a fugitive member of the Symbionese Liberation Army, was
captured in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she had made a new life under
the name Sara Jane Olson.
1999 Jun 16, In Santa Fe 34
tribes filed a multibillion-dollar lawsuit against the nation's
largest tobacco companies.
(SFC, 6/17/99, p.a3)
1999 Jun 16, The US decided to
support a British and Dutch proposal to partially lift oil sanctions
on Iraq in exchange for answers on weapons programs and a new group
of UN arms inspectors. Iraq rejected the proposal.
(SFC, 6/17/99, p.C3)(SFC, 6/19/99, p.A11)
1999 Jun 16, US Marines in
Kosovo disarmed 116 members of the KLA.
(WSJ, 6/17/99, p.A21)
1999 Jun 16, Austria reported
that it found animal feed contaminated with Dioxin.
(WSJ, 6/17/99, p.A18)
1999 Jun 16, Screaming Lord
Sutch, leader of Britain's Official Monster Raving Loony Party, was
found dead at age 58. His party campaigned under the slogan: "Vote
for Insanity, You Know It Makes Sense." Before entering fringe
politics he ran a rock band called the Savages that featured Noel
Redding (Jimi Hendrix Experience), Keith Moon (the Who) and Jeff
(SFC, 6/17/99, p.C4)
1999 Jun 16, Pakistan admitted
deep involvement on the Kashmir border war with India.
(SFC, 6/17/99, p.C3)
1999 Jun 16, Thabo Mbeki took
the oath as president of South Africa, succeeding Nelson Mandela.
Mbeki soon appointed Jacob Zuma, chairperson of the ANC, as deputy
2000 Jun 16, The US Senate
passed a bill to allow e-signatures for online contracts. Pres.
Clinton said he would sign the bill.
(SFC, 6/17/00, p.A3)
2000 Jun 16, Federal regulators
approved the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE Corporation, creating
the nation’s largest local phone company.
2000 Jun 16, Inacom Corp., once
the world’s largest computer dealer, sent most of its 5,100
employees an e-mail directing them to a toll-free phone number with
a recorded message that fired them.
(WSJ, 11/8/00, p.A1)
2000 Jun 16, Scientists
reported the discovery the sugar molecule, glucoaldehyde, near the
center of the Milky Way at Sagittarius North, 26,000 light-years
(SFC, 6/17/00, p.A2)
2000 Jun 16, Raynard Johnson,
17, was found hanging from a tree in Marion County, Mississippi;
investigators later ruled it a suicide, not a lynching.
2000 Jun 16, In Chechnya Umar
Idrisov, a Muslim leader, was shot and killed by attackers following
a sermon for peace. 2 Chechen police officers working for Russian
authorities were found beheaded.
(SFC, 6/17/00, p.A10)
2000 Jun 16, In Ethiopia the
election board announced that the 4-party Ethiopian People’s
Revolutionary Democratic Front won a landslide victory in 4 key
regions in the may 14 elections.
(SFC, 6/17/00, p.A10)
2000 Jun 16, The Israeli
pullout from Lebanon was finished according to UN Sec.-Gen. Kofi
Annan. Lebanese Prime Minister Salim Hoss claimed that some Israeli
outposts were still present inside their border.
(SFC, 6/17/00, p.A8)(SFEC, 6/18/00, p.A9)
2000 Jun 16, Empress dowager
Nagako, widow of Japan’s Emperor Hirohito, died in Tokyo at age 97.
(SFC, 6/17/00, p.A20)(AP, 6/16/01)
2000 Jun 16, In Mexico American
expatriates Norris (67) and Nancy (62) Price were found shot to
death in Ajijic near Guadalajara. A land dispute was suspected.
(SFC, 6/17/00, p.A10)
2000 Jun 16, Serb opposition
leader Vuk Draskovic was slightly wounded in an assassination
attempt at his vacation home in Budva, Montenegro. Montenegro
authorities reported the arrest of the attackers.
(SFC, 6/16/00, p.A19)(SFC, 6/17/00, p.A8)
2000 Jun 16, In Russia Pres.
Putin proposed a Moscow-based early warning center for missile
launches around the world.
(SFC, 6/17/00, p.A8)
2000 Jun 16, In Russia media
mogul Vladimir Gusinsky was released from jail but swindling and
theft charges were maintained.
(SFC, 6/17/00, p.A8)
2000 Jun 16, South Korea turned
off its anti-Communist broadcasts over border speakers at North
(SFC, 6/17/00, p.A9)
2001 Jun 16, President Bush and
Russian President Vladimir Putin, face to face for the first time,
pledged during a meeting in Slovenia to deepen their nations' bonds
and to explore the possibility of compromise on U.S. missile defense
plans. Putin warned Bush against Nato expansion and “unilateral
action” on missile defense, but they promoted their new friendship
and planned economic cooperation.
(SSFC, 6/17/01, p.A1)(AP, 6/16/02)
2001 Jun 16, In Afghanistan
most UN bread production for some 282,000 poor in Kabul ceased due
to disagreements on who should compile the list of people eligible
for the bread.
(SFC, 6/15/01, p.D6)(SSFC, 6/17/01, p.A20)
2001 Jun 16, In Narayanganj,
Bangladesh, a bomb exploded at a political rally of PM Hasina’s
governing Awami League Party. At least 22 people were killed.
(SSFC, 6/17/01, p.A20)(WSJ, 6/18/01, p.A1)
2001 Jun 16, In Colombia the
government and FARC rebels swapped dozens of prisoners.
(SSFC, 6/17/01, p.A20)
2001 Jun 16, In Germany Berlin
lawmakers elected Klaus Wowereit as their first openly gay mayor.
2001 Jun 16, It was reported
that the Montenegro weekly Nacional had accused Pres. Djukanovic of
amassing $65 million from cigarette smuggling over the last decade
and had ordered contract killings of associates.
(SSFC, 6/17/01, p.A16)
2001 Jun 16, In Goteborg,
Sweden, 15 EU leaders ended a 3-day summit and agreed to a firm
timetable to admit new members by 2004.
(SSFC, 6/17/01, p.A12)
2002 Jun 16, A runaway winner
again in the U.S. Open, Tiger Woods became the first player since
Jack Nicklaus in 1972 to capture the first two major championships
of the year.
2002 Jun 16, The Bush
administration revealed a secret plan to for the CIA to undermine
and possibly kill Iraqi Pres. Saddam Hussein. [see Apr 4]
(SFC, 6/17/02, p.A1)
2002 Jun 16, In China at least
24 people were killed and 13 injured when a fire swept through the
packed Lanjisu Cyber cafe in a university district of Beijing, in
the city's worst fire since 1949. Windows were barred and the only
door was locked. The unlicensed owner was arrested.
(Reuters, 6/16/02)(SFC, 6/17/02, p.A7)
2002 Jun 16, France's leftist
parliament became the latest casualty in Europe's rightward shift
with a crushing legislative victory by the mainstream right that
gave President Jacques Chirac full control of parliament.
2002 Jun 16, In Indian
Kashmir suspected Islamic militants hurled grenades and opened fire
on police, sleeping villagers and Hindu pilgrims, killing 12 people
over the last 24 hours. 21 people, including five Hindu villagers,
were killed in several incidents of separatist violence.
(AP, 6/16/02)(Reuters, 6/16/02)(SFC, 6/17/02,
2002 Jun 16, Philippine troops
shot dead one Muslim rebel and wounded an unknown number in their
first clash with the guerrillas since an American hostage was killed
in a rescue operation more than a week ago.
2002 Jun 16, In Russia two army
deserters shot and killed two police officers who stopped their
stolen car at a traffic checkpoint in southern Russia.
2002 Jun 16, Pope John Paul II
declared the mystic 20th century monk Padre Pio, a Capuchin monk who
died in 1968, a saint.
2003 Jun 16, A divided US
Supreme Court said the government can force medication on mentally
ill criminal defendants only in the rarest of circumstances.
2003 Jun 16, Thomas J. O'Brien
(67), the Roman Catholic bishop of Phoenix, was arrested in
connection with a fatal hit and run accident 2 days earlier. In 2004
O'Brien was sentenced to 4 years probation.
(SFC, 6/17/03, p.A14)(WSJ, 3/29/04, p.A1)
2003 Jun 16, Twelve people sent
to prison as the result of a Tulia, Texas, drug bust were released
on bail by a judge who said they'd been railroaded by an undercover
agent. A total of 35 people were later pardoned by Texas Governor
2003 Jun 16, The 100th
anniversary of the founding of Ford Motor Co. Douglas Brinkley
authored "Wheels for the World," a history of the company.
(WSJ, 4/25/03, W6)
2003 Jun 16, Scientists
reported that they've identified a flawed gene that appears to
promote manic-depression, or bipolar disorder.
2003 Jun 16, Erica Young (16)
and Uchenna Okeigwe (22) were murdered in Richmond, Ca. In 2007
Kimiko Kimio Wilson (22) was sentenced to life in prison for their
murder and the attempted murder of Sheianna Babcock.
2003 Jun 16, The Association of
Southeast Asian Nations urged Myanmar's military government to free
pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
2003 Jun 16, In Colombia Pres.
Alvaro Uribe helped deploy the nation's latest weapon in a nearly
40-year civil war, sending 10,000 peasant soldiers back to their
villages to confront rebels and paramilitary fighters.
2003 Jun 16, In England Steve
Gough began a naked 847-mile trek Land's End to John 0'Groats at
Scotland's north end.
(SFC, 8/19/03, p.A11)
2003 Jun 16, In southern India
a coal mine collapsed with at least 17 miners feared killed.
2003 Jun 16, In Indonesia a
passenger train slammed into a minibus carrying wedding guests,
killing at least 15 people.
2003 Jun 16, Abid Hamid Mahmud
al-Tikriti, No. 4 on the wanted list, surrendered at a private home
in Tikrit following informants' tips. Nearby US soldiers found two
boxes, each counting $4 million in bundled hundred-dollar bills,
along with hundreds of pieces of jewelry, a sniper rifle and two
pounds of plastic explosive.
(AP, 6/19/03)(SFC, 6/19/03, p.A1)
2003 Jun 16, An explosion
collapsed the ceiling in the Ziminka mine in the town of
Prokopyevsk, one of central Siberia's oldest coal mines, killing 11
miners and trapping 4 others, who were later rescued.
(AP, 6/17/03)(AP, 6/18/03)
2004 Jun 16, Rebuffing Bush
administration claims, the independent commission investigating the
Sept. 11 attacks said no evidence existed that al-Qaida had strong
ties to Saddam Hussein.
2004 Jun 16, Gov. Barbour of
Mississippi singed a law capping jury awards in most lawsuits.
(WSJ, 6/17/04, p.A1)
2004 Jun 16, A new computer
worm targeting mobile phones was reported. It was dubbed “Cabir” and
reportedly written by a virus-writing group in Spain known as 29A.
(WSJ, 6/16/04, p.B9)
2004 Jun 16, Al Lapin Jr. (76),
co-founder of the International House of Pancakes in 1958, died in
2004 Jun 16, In northern
Afghanistan a remote-controlled bomb hit a convoy of German
peacekeepers, killing an Afghan driver and three civilians.
2004 Jun 16, French power
workers cut electricity to the Eiffel Tower and President Jacques
Chirac's residence in western Paris to protest the government's
plans to partially privatize state utilities in an effort to raise
2004 Jun 16, In India a
passenger train derailed after smashing into boulders on a bridge,
killing at least 20 people and injuring 50. The engine of the
Bombay-bound Matsyagandha Express jumped the tracks and plunged off
2004 Jun 16, Saboteurs blasted
a southern pipeline for the 2nd time in as many days, shutting down
Iraq's oil exports. Gunmen killed a security chief for the state-run
Northern Oil Co. Muqtada al-Sadr ordered his Shiite militias out of
Najaf and Kufa.
(AP, 6/16/04)(WSJ, 6/17/04, p.A1)
2004 Jun 16, A Jordanian
military court convicted 15 men, only one of whom was in custody,
for a terror conspiracy targeting U.S. and Israeli interests.
2004 Jun 16, Libyan Arab
Airline announced plans to spend a billion dollars over the next
decade to buy 22 new aircraft, ranging from 14-seaters to jets with
a capacity of 350 seats.
2004 Jun 16, Jose Fernando
Jimenez Lecona, Mexico City police official, was shot to death
outside his home. Lecona, head of a high-risk crimes unit, was
investigating a string of brazen kidnappings.
(SFC, 6/18/04, p.A3)
2004 Jun 16, In Nepal a
passenger bus veered off a mountainous highway west of the capital,
killing at least 12 passengers and leaving many more injured.
2004 Jun 16, In Pakistan a bus
collided with a truck and plunged from a bridge near Islamabad,
killing at least 40 passengers and injuring 10.
2004 Jun 16, President Vladimir
Putin signed a strategic partnership deal with Uzbekistan, seeking
to restore Russian influence.
2004 Jun 16, Thanom
Kittikachorn (92), ex-military ruler of Thailand died at the age of
92. He helped the US during the Vietnam War before being ousted in a
popular uprising in 1973. Thanom came to be known as one of
Thailand's "Three Tyrants" when he ran the country in the 1960s and
early 1970s with his son, Col. Narong Kittikachorn, and Narong's
father-in-law, Field Marshal Praphas Charusathien.
2005 Jun 16, On the eve of
Iran's presidential election, President Bush said the voting was
designed to keep power in the hands of a few rulers "through an
electoral process that ignores the basic requirements of democracy."
2005 Jun 16, James Weinstein
(b.1926), historian and founder of the political magazine “In These
Times,” died in Chicago.
(SFC, 6/25/05, p.B4)
2005 Jun 16, Taliban rebels
ambushed a police convoy in southern Afghanistan, taking at least 10
officers and a district police chief captive.
2005 Jun 16, Australian
scientists said they have found a way to make blood cells in volume
out of human master cells, which could eventually lead to production
of safe blood cells for transfusions and organ transplants.
2005 Jun 16, In Brazil Chief of
Staff Jose Dirceu resigned over accusations he knew of a vote-buying
scheme in Congress, becoming the highest-ranking official hit by a
scandal that has shaken President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's
(AP, 6/16/05)(Econ, 6/25/05, p.37)
2005 Jun 16, In northwestern
Cambodia a man driven by a grudge against his former employer
spearheaded an assault on an international school in Siem Reap,
taking dozens of children hostage and silencing a crying a
2-year-old Canadian boy by shooting him in the head.
(AP, 6/17/05)(SFC, 6/17/05, p.A3)
2005 Jun 16, EU leaders put on
hold plans to unite their 25 nations under a single constitution.
2005 Jun 16, Officials said the
Peace Corps has suspended operations in Haiti and evacuated its 16
volunteers because of increasing violence.
2005 Jun 16, India allowed
foreign funds to invest in local news publications, widening the
potential investor base within a 26 percent ceiling on foreign
ownership. Foreign firms were allowed to own 100% of non-news
(AP, 6/16/05)(Econ, 3/1/08, p.44)
2005 Jun 16, A roadside bomb
attack killed five US Marines, and gunfire killed an American sailor
in a western Iraqi town. A suicide car bomber slammed into a truck
that was carrying policemen along the main road connecting Baghdad
with its airport, killing at least eight officers and injuring at
2005 Jun 16, Yoshiaki Tsutsumi,
Japanese resort and railroad kingpin, pleaded guilty to charges of
insider trading and falsifying records at the opening of his trial.
This was widely seen as a symbol of the growing pressures toward
transparency and social responsibility in corporate Japan.
(AP, 6/16/05)(SFC, 6/17/05, p.C1)
2005 Jun 16, Board members of
the UN atomic watchdog agency approved a deal that exempts Saudi
Arabia from nuclear inspections, despite serious misgivings about
the arrangement in an era of heightened proliferation fears.
2005 Jun 16, Marxists lawmakers
quit Sri Lanka's governing coalition over the president's plan to
share tsunami relief with ethnic Tamil rebels.
2006 Jun 16, The US House
rejected a timetable for pulling forces out of Iraq, 256-153.
2006 Jun 16, In Martinez,
Calif., Susan Polk was convicted of stabbing to death her
millionaire psychotherapist husband, whom she had met as a
14-year-old girl in treatment.
2006 Jun 16, In Oakland, Ca.,
an unofficial final tally showed former US Rep. Ron Dellums winning
the mayor’s race by 155 votes with 50.18% of the vote.
(SFC, 6/17/06, p.B1)
2006 Jun 16, Barbara Epstein
(77), co-founder and editor of the NY Review of Books (1963), died
(Econ, 7/1/06, p.79)
2006 Jun 16, Coalition forces
pressed forward with a major offensive in southern Afghanistan,
killing an estimated 45 insurgents in attacks on two Taliban
militant camps. 2 coalition soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb
in Asadabad district in eastern Kunar province. 4 highway policemen
were killed in southern Kandahar province when a roadside bomb
exploded near their vehicle. Three insurgents were killed in
southern Helmand province when a bomb they were trying to plant near
the road exploded.
(AP, 6/17/06)(AP, 6/18/06)
2006 Jun 16, Bolivian President
Evo Morales' leftist government says it will fight poverty, hunger
and homelessness in South America's poorest nation by investing $6.8
billion through 2010, much of it with ambitious public works
2006 Jun 16, Canada said it has
detected a case of H5 avian flu in the eastern province of Prince
Edward Island and plans further testing over the weekend to
determine whether it is the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain. On June
21 officials said it was not the pathogenic H5N1.
(Reuters, 6/17/06)(Reuters, 6/21/06)
2006 Jun 16, A joint UN and
African Union delegation met Chadian President Idriss Deby to
discuss the possible deployment of UN troops in Sudan's war-ravaged
western Darfur region.
2006 Jun 16, China's central
bank demanded that commercial banks raise reserves requirements by
half a percentage point to restrain credit and investment growth,
which it feared have been getting out of control.
(AP, 6/16/06)(Econ, 6/24/06, p.82)
2006 Jun 16, In China cleanup
crews scrambled to absorb toxic coal tar, from a June 12 spill,
before it reaches the Wangkuai Reservoir of Baoding, a city of about
10 million people. Authorities tried to slow the spread of a toxic
spill by building 51 makeshift dams along the tainted Dasha River
and using fire trucks to pump out polluted water. In eastern China
an explosion at a chemical plant in Anhui killed 16 people and
(AP, 6/16/06)(AP, 6/18/06)
2006 Jun 16, East Timor rebel
soldiers surrendered the first of their weapons to Australian
peacekeepers, beginning a process deemed vital to ending months of
2006 Jun 16, EU leaders gave
Slovenia a green light to join the eurozone next year, launching a
new wave of expansion for the currently 12-nation single currency
club. EU leaders also gave their backing to the assessment of the
EU's executive arm that Lithuania would not be ready to join the
eurozone next year because inflation had overshot the limit required
2006 Jun 16, Germany’s
parliament approved a big increase in value-added tax, to take
effect in 2007. Efforts to lower corporate taxes faced stiff
(Econ, 7/1/06, p.71)
2006 Jun 16, India's cabinet
gave its approval for signing and ratifying the International
Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism.
2006 Jun 16, In Indonesia 2 men
were found dead in the emergency bunker where they had sought
shelter from erupting Mount Merapi.
2006 Jun 16, A shoe bomber blew
himself up inside an important Shiite Mosque during prayers, killing
at least 10 people and wounding 20. A mortar barrage struck a
commercial area near the Taji air base in the northern Baghdad
suburb of Saaba al-Bour, killing at least two people and wounding
16. Two US soldiers went missing after an attack that killed one of
their comrades at a traffic checkpoint in the so-called "Triangle of
Death" just south of Baghdad. Mansour Suleiman Mansour Khalifi
al-Mashhadani, or Sheik Mansour, and two foreign fighters were
killed as they tried to flee in a vehicle near the town of
Youssifiyah. Mansour "reportedly served as a right-hand man of
Zarqawi's, and also served as a liaison between al-Qaida in Iraq and
the various tribes in the Youssifiyah area. Three 101st Airborne
Division soldiers were killed in an attack while two others were
abducted. Their mutilated bodies were found 3 days later. In 2008
Ibrahim al-Qaraghuli, Walid al-Kartani and Kazim al-Zubaie were the
first to face court proceedings in the deaths of the three
Americans. In 2008 al-Qaraghuli, a 29-year-old farmer, was convicted
in the deaths of David J. Babineau (25) of Springfield, Mass.; Pfc.
Kristian Menchaca (23) of Houston; and Pfc. Thomas Tucker (25) of
Madras, Ore. The other two Iraqis on trial, Walid al-Kartani and
Kazim al-Zubaie, were acquitted for lack of sufficient evidence.
(AP, 6/16/06)(AP, 6/17/06)(AP, 6/20/06)(AP,
6/16/07)(AP, 10/16/08)(AP, 10/28/08)
2006 Jun 16, In Indian Kashmir
2 civilians were killed and three policemen wounded when militants
hurled grenades and raked a police motorcade with AK assault rifle
fire in Srinagar’s northern Baramulla district.
2006 Jun 16, EU leaders agreed
to channel aid to cash-starved Palestinians for health care,
utilities and social services while still maintaining a funding
freeze on the Hamas-led government.
2006 Jun 16, Japan's parliament
enacted a bill that would impose sanctions on North Korea if it
fails to cooperate in clearing up details of its past abductions of
2006 Jun 16, Nepal’s rebel
leader Prachanda met with top government officials and said the
Maoist rebels will join an interim government to be formed shortly.
2006 Jun 16, In southeast
Nigeria at least six people were killed in the city of Onitsha when
a feud between a separatist group and a transport union degenerated
into street battles.
2006 Jun 16, Hayatullah Khan, a
Pakistani journalist who reported on a US airstrike that killed an
al-Qaida operative, was found shot to death in a remote tribal
region six months after vanishing.
2006 Jun 16, Peru's
President-elect Alan Garcia said that one of his first acts when he
takes office will be cutting public salaries, including his own, and
canceling plans to open an embassy in Turkey.
2006 Jun 16, In Moscow the
world’s richest countries vowed to cooperate more closely on
fighting terrorism with a particular focus on terrorist recruitment,
cyber crime and the flow of dangerous people and cargo across
borders. The commitment came at the end of a two-day meeting of G8
law enforcement and justice officials as part of Russia's G-8
2006 Jun 16, In Somalia some
10,000 opponents of an international peacekeeping mission
demonstrated in Mogadishu, which is controlled by an Islamic militia
accused by the US of harboring wanted al-Qaida members.
2006 Jun 16, Sri Lanka's air
force pounded Tamil Tiger rebel positions for a second day in
retaliation for a bus bombing that killed 64 people.
2007 Jun 16, A North Carolina
State Bar disciplinary committee said disgraced prosecutor Mike
Nifong would be disbarred for his disastrous prosecution of three
Duke University lacrosse players falsely accused of rape.
(SSFC, 6/17/07, p.A4)(AP, 6/16/08)
2007 Jun 16, In Oregon a
head-on collision killed Marion County Deputy Kelly Fredinburg (33)
and the passenger of driver Alfredo de Jesus-Ascencio, who was later
indicted on charges of criminally negligent homicide. In 2017
Jesus-Ascencio (29) was mistakenly released and then caught ten
months later in Michoacan state, Mexico.
2007 Jun 16, In Selmer, Tenn.,
a drag-racing car lost control during a parade and careened into a
crowd, killing 6 people and injuring up to 15 others. In 2008 an
indictment was unsealed charging Troy Critchley (38) with 6 counts
of vehicular homicide and 22 counts of reckless aggravated assault.
(AP, 6/17/07)(SFC, 3/21/08, p.A4)
2007 Jun 16, US astronaut
Sunita "Suni" Williams set a record aboard the international space
station for the longest single spaceflight by any woman, surpassing
the record of 188 days set by astronaut Shannon Lucid at the Mir
space station in 1996.
2007 Jun 16, In Afghanistan
suicide bombers targeting foreign forces struck two Afghan cities,
killing four civilians, and a US soldier at one of the attacks
"accidentally" shot dead a bystander. Hundreds of Taliban fighters
launched raids on police posts near the strategic town of Chora in
Uruzgan province, forcing NATO, backed by fighter jets, to respond.
(AFP, 6/16/07)(AP, 6/19/07)
2007 Jun 16, Planes remained
grounded at Brussels south Charleroi airport as a strike by security
officers entered a second day.
2007 Jun 16, China’s state
media said that a total of 548 slave laborers have been freed in the
past month from brick kilns and other illegal job sites in central
China where they were starved, beaten and forced to work 14 hours or
more per day.
2007 Jun 16, Voting began in
some overseas French territories in the final round of parliamentary
elections expected to give conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy a
big majority for his reform plans.
2007 Jun 16, It was reported
that a coin shortage had gripped Calcutta, India. Bank officials
investigated claims that coins were being melted down to make razor
(SFC, 6/16/07, p.A2)
2007 Jun 16, In Iraq bombers
loaded into pickup trucks pulled up to the al-Ashrah al-Mubashra
mosque in Basra's al-Hakimiya district. Minutes after they left, a
huge explosion tore through the building, leveling it. A British
soldier died after a road accident in southern Iraq.
2007 Jun 16, North Korea sent a
letter to the UN nuclear watchdog, inviting inspectors to the
country to discuss procedures for shutting down its main nuclear
reactor. Top US nuclear negotiator Christopher Hill said technical
problems in Russia are holding up the transfer of North Korean funds
linked to a nuclear disarmament deal.
2007 Jun 16, The US
strengthened its offer of support for President Mahmoud Abbas,
telling him an international aid embargo against the Palestinians
would end as soon as he forms a new government without Hamas.
2007 Jun 16, Spanish police,
working with US and British authorities, seized four tons of cocaine
aboard a ship off the northwest coast.
2007 Jun 16, Thailand's
military-installed government offered to negotiate with ousted PM
Thaksin Shinawatra over his recently frozen assets, as thousands of
people protested in support of the former leader.
2007 Jun 16, Official media
said Vietnam has confirmed its first human death from bird flu since
2005, as the latest flare-up of the virus ravaged poultry stocks.
Tests confirmed that a 20-year-old from northern Ha Tay province
died from the H5N1 virus on June 10.
2007 Jun 16, Representatives of
both sides said Yemen's government and Shiite rebels have reached a
cease-fire in a three-year fight that has claimed 4,000 lives this
2008 Jun 16, US President
George W. Bush won Europe's backing for tighter sanctions on Iran
over its nuclear program and secured a British pledge to send more
troops to Afghanistan.
2008 Jun 16, In California
county clerks began issuing marriage rights to gay men and lesbians,
becoming the 2nd US state to grant such rights.
(SFC, 6/17/08, p.A1)
2008 Jun 16, Maryland’s Gov.
Martin O’Malley unveiled the BIO 2020 Initiative, America’s largest
per-capita investment in biotech.
2008 Jun 16, It was reported
that Texas businessman Bassam Nabulsi had a federal lawsuit against
Sheik Issa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a son of the late UAE president and
brother of Abu Dhabi's crown prince. Nabulsi said he safeguarded the
sheik's most important documents: financial records, investment
documents, and videotapes showing the sheik torturing people with a
cattle prod and a spiked plank.
2008 Jun 16, In Utah the Bureau
of Land Management announced a dinosaur find, calling the quarry
near Hanksville "a major dinosaur fossil discovery." An excavation
revealed at least four plant-eating dinosaurs and two carnivorous
ones dating back to about 150 million BC.
2008 Jun 16, In southern
Afghanistan some 500 Taliban fighters took over several villages
just outside Arghandab, and NATO and Afghan forces were redeploying
to meet the threat.
2008 Jun 16, Bosnia signed a
stabilization agreement with the EU, the first step towards
(Econ, 6/21/08, p.64)
2008 Jun 16, UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon unveiled an arresting shaft-of-light
memorial in London to journalists killed in the line of work.
2008 Jun 16, Britain’s Oxford
Univ. announced that alumnus Michael Moritz, a SF Bay Area venture
capitalist, has donated $50 million.
(SFC, 6/17/08, p.D1)
2008 Jun 16, The Canadian
government added the World Tamil Movement to its list of terrorist
groups, describing it as a front organization that raised funds for
the rebel Tamil Tigers fighting against the government in Sri Lanka.
2008 Jun 16, The Canadian Auto
Workers union ended its blockade of General Motors of Canada's
headquarters in Oshawa, Ontario, allowing about 900 employees to
return to work after nearly 13 days of protest, but it vowed to
2008 Jun 16, A group of
militants opened fire on a convoy of security officers in Chechnya,
killing three and injuring five.
2008 Jun 16, A conservation
group said the northern white rhino of central Africa was on the
verge of being wiped out. 4 surviving specimens in Congo’s Garamba
National Park had not been seen since 2006.
(SFC, 6/17/08, p.A3)
2008 Jun 16, Smugglers fleeing
from Cuba's Coast Guard overturned a boat loaded with US-bound
migrants to distract pursuers, killing a woman and an 11-year-old
boy. The smugglers, who were charging US$10,000 a head to take 20
people to the United States, escaped in their speedboat after being
surprised by the Coast Guard.
2008 Jun 16, It was reported
that France will slash 54,000 defense jobs and boost funding for
space- and land-based military intelligence, according to a new
strategy aimed at adapting the country's forces to evolving threats.
2008 Jun 16, Police in Guinea
went on strike, firing gunshots repeatedly into the air and blocking
the country's main port. The work stoppage was launched in response
to low wages and unpaid bonuses going back years.
2008 Jun 16, Guyanese
authorities banned imports of pit bulls into the South American
nation following a spate of maulings by the breed.
2008 Jun 16, An Iranian weekly
said Iran has withdrawn around $75 billion from Europe to prevent
the assets from being blocked under threatened new sanctions over
Tehran's disputed nuclear ambitions.
2008 Jun 16, Iran’s pro-reform
daily Kargozaran reported that police were questioning women and men
where they bought their clothes or had their hair done, then
targeting the shops. A Police spokesman said 32 clothing shops and
hairdressers in Tehran were shut down so far.
2008 Jun 16, Israeli troops in
southern Gaza killed three Palestinian gunmen as they planted
explosives along the Gaza-Israel border. Separately an Israeli
airstrike injured three Hamas militants, one of them critically.
2008 Jun 16, The FCX Clarity,
Honda's new zero-emission, hydrogen fuel cell car, rolled off a
Japanese production line and headed to Southern California, where
Hollywood is already abuzz over the latest splash in green motoring.
2008 Jun 16, In Pakistan a bomb
exploded at a Shiite mosque in the northwestern town of Dera Ismail
Khan, killing four worshippers.
2008 Jun 16, In Sri Lanka
battles across the volatile north killed 14 ethnic Tamil rebels and
one government soldier.
2008 Jun 16, The Turkish
military opened fire on 21 Kurdish PKK fighters trying to enter
Turkey from northern Iraq. Most of them were "neutralized."
2008 Jun 16, Officials said 2
days of peace talks in Turkey involving Israel and Syria had
concluded and more talks were planned.
2008 Jun 16, A Vietnamese
soldier shot and killed four people and seriously injured five
others before shooting himself dead. Nguyen Manh Hung (23)
reportedly became enraged after being accused of stealing a mobile
2008 Jun16, In Zimbabwe
Emmanuel Chiroto's house in the suburb of Hatcliffe was attacked and
destroyed by ZANU-PF supporters. Chiroto had been elected Mayor of
Harare. He was not present but his wife was later found beaten to
2009 Jun 16, The US added six
African countries to a blacklist of countries trafficking in people,
and put US trading partner Malaysia back on the list. Chad, Eritrea,
Niger, Mauritania, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe were added to the list in
the annual report. Removed from the list were Qatar, Oman, Algeria,
2009 Jun 16, US FDA said
consumers should stop using Zicam Cold Remedy nasal gel and related
products because they can permanently damage the sense of smell.
2009 Jun 16, Rhode Island
became the 3rd state in the US to allow marijuana sales to
chronically ill patients as the General Assembly voted to override a
veto by Gov. Don Carcieri.
(SFC, 6/17/09, p.A7)
2009 Jun 16, GM and Sweden's
Koenigsegg said they have struck a deal for Koenigsegg, a niche
manufacturer of some of the world's fastest and most expensive
sports cars, to buy loss-making Saab Automobile from General Motors.
2009 Jun 16, The British
government declared a goal for Britain become the world's "digital
capital" by building cutting-edge broadband, telecoms and media
infrastructure to cement its role as a "global economic powerhouse."
2009 Jun 16, The $13.5 billion
takeover of Barclays Global Investors by BlackRock was finalized.
This created the world’s largest asset manager. By 2013 Aladdin, the
risk management platform on its computers, kept its eye on almost 7$
of the world’s $225 trillion of financial assets.
(Econ, 6/20/09, p.73)(Econ, 9/3/11, p.74)(Econ,
2009 Jun 16, A new hydrogen car
designed for use in cities and backed by Sebastian Piech, a relative
of the founder of German luxury sportscar maker Porsche, was
unveiled in London. The two-seater Riversimple Urban Car can travel
240 miles without refueling, weighs just 350 kilograms (770 pounds)
and has a top speed of 50 miles per hour.
2009 Jun 16, In the Dominican
Rep. Mauricio Encarnacion Castillo and Ramon Antonio del Rosario set
cocaine evidence on fire after exchanging gunfire with police
conducting a raid. The house in San Pedro de Macoris then caught
fire and the men died of smoke inhalation.
2009 Jun 16, Guatemalan
authorities confiscated nearly 10 million pseudoephedrine pills
worth $33 million, the country's biggest seizure of the
2009 Jun 16, Indian PM Manmohan
Singh met with Pakistan's president for the first time since last
year's deadly terrorist attacks on Mumbai, and told him Pakistan
must prevent its territory from being used to launch such attacks.
The leaders of South Asia's nuclear-armed neighbors met on the
sidelines of summits in the Ural Mountains city of Yekaterinburg.
2009 Jun 16, In Indonesia 16
miners were rescued after a massive explosion of methane gas
collapsed a coal mine owned by local residents in West Sumatra
province. 5 of the rescued miners died in hospital and the death
toll rose to 31 the next day after rescuers unearthed more bodies.
One more miner was believed to be buried.
(AFP, 6/16/09)(AP, 6/17/09)
2009 Jun 16, A spokesman said
Iran's Islamic leadership is prepared to conduct a limited recount
of disputed presidential elections, as thousands of people took to
the streets to show support for the regime. Authorities clamped down
on independent media in an attempt to control images of election
protests, but pictures and videos leaked out anyway, showing how
difficult it is to shut off the flow of information in the Internet
(AP, 6/16/09)(AP, 6/17/09)
2009 Jun 16, In Iraq a commuter
bus traveling from Baghdad to a southern city caught fire near Kut,
killing 14 passengers on board. An American soldier was killed by a
roadside bomb southeast of Baghdad.
2009 Jun 16, Italian police
said they had arrested 13 people suspected of helping a top Mafia
fugitive hide, communicate with other mobsters and conduct his
business. Investigators said they are closing in on Matteo Messina
Denaro, a fugitive who is among a handful of mobsters vying to take
over the Sicilian Mafia. Most of the arrests were carried out in
Trapani, a city in Western Sicily that is the power base of Messina
2009 Jun 16, In Malaysia Teoh
BEng Hock, a young aide to a state councilor, fell from a window
where Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officials had been
questioning him. The MACC had been created earlier this year from
the ashes of another agency.
(Econ, 9/5/09, p.48)
2009 Jun 16, In northern Mexico
police found the bodies of seven young men who were beaten or shot
to death in the state of Durango. In western Michoacan state, three
suspected kidnappers were killed in a shootout with local police in
the city of Uruapan. The Navy reported that it had detected a
shipment of cocaine hidden inside the carcasses of frozen sharks
aboard a freight ship at the Gulf coast port of Progreso.
2009 Jun 16, Nigerian President
Umaru Yar’Adua made a fresh amnesty offer in Abuja to militants in
the oil-rich Niger Delta and promised that an amnesty centre would
be set up.
2009 Jun 16, In Northern
Ireland racist thugs armed with bricks and bottles forced more than
100 Romanian Gypsies from their Belfast homes in a wave of attacks
that sent them fleeing to the safety of a nearby church.
2009 Jun 16, North Korea said
that two female US journalists whom it jailed last week for 12 years
had admitted a politically motivated smear campaign against the
communist state. Ri Hyon Ok (33) was executed in Ryongchon for
distributing the Bible. She was also accused of spying for South
Korea and the US and organizing dissidents according to later
reports by South Korean activists.
(AFP, 6/16/09)(AP, 7/24/09)
2009 Jun 16, The Norwegian firm
Opera Software unveiled new technology that allows it Opera 10 Web
browser to also function as a file server. A feature called Opera
Unite enables users to push content and establish communications
without the need for a 3rd party.
(SFC, 6/17/09, p.C1)
2009 Jun 16, Pakistan's
military said it is in the early stages of an operation targeting
the country's Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud in a key stronghold of
al-Qaida and other militants.
2009 Jun 16, A Palestinian
military tribunal in a security compound in the West Bank town of
Jenin sentenced Taghreed, her last name was not released, to a life
term of hard labor. The woman (22) said she became an informer for
Israel to earn money that would get her out of prostitution.
2009 Jun 16, In Russia leaders
from the world's top emerging economic powers met for their first
summit to plot a strategy to increase their clout amid the global
crisis. Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) failed to reach
consensus on a new reserve currency. They did issue a statement
calling for a more diversified int’l. monetary system.
(AFP, 6/16/09)(SFC, 6/17/09, p.A4)
2009 Jun 16, Russia welcomed
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on his first trip abroad since
his bitterly disputed re-election, a show of support for a leader
facing major protests at home and questions from the West about the
legitimacy of the vote count.
2010 Jun 16, BP under pressure
from Pres. Obama agreed to set aside $20 billion in a spill recovery
escrow program to compensate Gulf Coast fishermen and others who
have lost work and wages from the 8-week old massive oil spill.
(SFC, 6/17/10, p.A8)
2010 Jun 16, In northern
Afghanistan a roadside bombing killed two US service members. US and
Afghan forces conducted an operation in Baghi Shirkat in which 12
militants were killed, including two local Taliban commanders. 3
Afghans working for a private security company were killed when
their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Muqar district of Ghazni
2010 Jun 16, Prosecutors in
Aruba said they want to take Joran van der Sloot up on his offer to
discuss the unsolved disappearance of American teenager Natalee
2010 Jun 16, Brunei's Sultan
Hassanal Bolkiah (63) announced he is divorcing his Malaysian wife
after five years of marriage. He had married Azrinaz Mazhar Hakim
(30), a former Malaysian TV news journalist, in 2005.
2010 Jun 16, In China at least
90 people died and 50 were missing after torrential downpours in
southern China triggered heavy floods. The provinces of Fujian and
Sichuan, in the southeast and southwest respectively, as well as the
southern region of Guangxi were the hardest hit.
(AFP, 6/16/10)(AFP, 6/18/10)(AP, 6/19/10)
2010 Jun 16, In Colombia a gas
explosion at the San Fernando coal mine in Antioquia province, left
at least 34 people dead, with dozens of miners still trapped.
(AP, 6/17/10)(AP, 6/21/10)
2010 Jun 16, The French
government unveiled plans to raise the retirement age to 62 in a
sweeping overhaul of the pensions system that labor unions have
vowed to fight to the end.
2010 Jun 16, In Haiti Marc
Louis Bazin (b.1932), former prime minister of Haiti (1992-1993),
died. He lost Haiti's first free presidential election in 1990.
2010 Jun 16, Indonesia was hit
by a series of powerful earthquakes. At least 17 people were killed
and more than 4,600 others left homeless.
(AP, 6/16/10)(AP, 6/21/10)
2010 Jun 16, Iran's nuclear
chief said his country is designing a new atomic research reactor in
another snub of international efforts to curb the Islamic Republic's
2010 Jun 16, In Iraq 2 separate
blasts in eastern Baghdad killed one person and wounded eight
2010 Jun 16, Human Rights Watch
called on Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq to ban the practice
of female genital mutilation, and said in a new report that the
majority of women in the self-ruled region undergo the medically
risky and emotionally painful procedure.
2010 Jun 16, Israeli officials
they will significantly ease its bruising land blockade of the Gaza
Strip, in an effort to blunt the widespread international criticism
that has followed a deadly Israeli commando raid on a
blockade-busting flotilla. Israeli troops shot and killed a drug
smuggler on the Egyptian border. Egypt said he was among a group of
seven armed men trying to bring drugs into Israel.
2010 Jun 16, In Kazakhstan 2 US
and a Russian crewmate blasted off for the int’l. space station in a
Soyuz TMA-19 spacecraft. A woman in the US crew doubled the ISS
female crew to an all time high.
(SFC, 6/16/10, p.A2)(SFC, 6/18/10, p.A10)
2010 Jun 16, In Mexico Alain
Escutia (20) and Emilio Palacios (22) were arrested in the Michoacan
state capital of Morelia for their role in the June 14 attack that
left 12 police officers dead in Michoacan.
2010 Jun 16, Ruben Dario
Granda, the brother of a top Colombian guerrilla leader, arrived in
Managua, where president Daniel Ortega had granted him political
asylum earlier this month. Granda is the brother of Rodrigo Granda,
known as the "foreign minister" of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of
Colombia, or FARC.
2010 Jun 16, In Puerto Rico
negotiators reached an agreement to end a strike that has paralyzed
the University of Puerto Rico for nearly two months. On June 21
students ratified the agreement.
(AP, 6/17/10)(AP, 6/21/10)
2010 Jun 16, In Russia’s North
Caucasus region 4 policemen were killed and 3 wounded in the Kostek
village in the province of Dagestan during a siege that left five
militants dead. In a separate incident, four gunmen were killed
after they refused police orders to pull over and opened fire on the
officers. Two police died in further attacks, one in Dagestan and
another in the nearby Kabardino-Balkaria province.
2010 Jun 16, Spain embarked on
shaking up its economy with labor market reforms designed to
encourage companies to hire, enacting long-awaited structural
changes as it struggles to reassure markets and investors who are
worried over its public finances and pushing Spanish borrowing costs
to new highs.
2011 Jun 16,
Embroiled in a “sexting” scandal, and under pressure from his
colleagues, including Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and President
Obama, New York Congressman Anthony Weiner is said to be ready to
announce he will resign from congress.
(Washington Post, 6/16/11)
2011 Jun 16, In SF Deshon
Marman (20), a college football player, was arrested and thrown off
a US Airways jet in a dispute over his sagging pants. Marmon was in
the city attending the funeral of his best friend, David Henderson,
who was fatally wounded last month.
(SFC, 6/18/11, p.C4)
2011 Jun 16, Moshe Gerstein
(35), a NYC attorney, died in Mexico city. Two days earlier he was
charged along with at least two dozen others in a child-pornography
sweep. Manhattan prosecutors had accused Gerstein of being a part of
a child-pornography ring that shared images of children being raped
and sexually abused. Gerstein was first arrested on May 10 and was
freed on $5,000 bail.
2011 Jun 16, The Int’l. Labor
Organization (ILO) adopted a new treaty, the Convention Concerning
Decent Work for Domestic Workers. It remained for individual
government to ratify.
(Econ, 6/25/11, p.73)
2011 Jun 16, Capital One
Financial agreed to pay $9 billion in cash and stock for ING Direct
USA, the US subsidiary of ING Group, a Dutch banking and insurance
(SFC, 12/29/11, p.D6)(http://tinyurl.com/3v6mthz)
2011 Jun 16, Austrian police
said they have arrested four men suspected of involvement in a
terrorist organization that is committed to founding a "religious
fundamentalist society" in Afghanistan and responsible for attacks
2011 Jun 16, In Chile some
80,000 students, teachers and sympathizers demanded more money for
(Econ, 6/25/11, p.48)
2011 Jun 16, In Brazil police
said Jose Rainha (50), a longtime leader of the MST, a landless
rural workers movement, was arrested in rural Sao Paulo state after
a 10-month investigation.
2011 Jun 16, The British
government set out legislation to return the task of overseeing
banks to the Bank of England.
(Econ, 6/25/11, p.69)
2011 Jun 16, An Islamist
website said veteran militant Ayman al-Zawahri has taken command of
al Qaeda after the killing of Osama bin Laden, a move widely
expected following his long years as second-in-command.
2011 Jun 16, In France a 7th
child was hospitalized with an E. coli infection after eating meat
that manufacturers said could come from Germany, where an outbreak
of the bacteria has killed 37 people.
2011 Jun 16, Indian budget
airline GoAir said it had placed a $7.2-billion order for 72 new
Airbus aircraft as local carriers continue an aircraft shopping
spree to meet booming demand on the subcontinent.
2011 Jun 16, Indonesian Muslim
cleric Abu Bakar Bashir (72), known as spiritual leader of the
militants who carried out the deadly 2002 Bali bombings, was
sentenced to 15 years in prison for his support of a terror training
camp uncovered last year. On Oct 20 an appeals court reduced the
sentence to 9 years.
(AP, 6/16/11)(AP, 10/26/11)
2011 Jun 16, An Iraqi court
sentenced 15 alleged al-Qaida members to death for their role in the
2006 wedding party massacre of 70 people, considered one of the most
horrific attacks carried out by Sunni-led militants during the
2011 Jun 16, In Libya NATO
airstrikes pounded the area near Moammar Gadhafi's compound.
Kadhafi's regime told visiting Russian envoy Mikhail Margelov that
the embattled Libyan leader is "not ready" to go, despite growing
calls for him to quit and a months-long uprising. Muammar Gaddafi’s
son said his father is willing to hold elections and step aside if
he lost, an offer unlikely to placate his opponents but which could
test the unity of the Western alliance trying to force him out. A
NATO air strike took place near Ajdabiyah, eastern Libya, and six
rebel pickup trucks fitted with anti-aircraft guns were destroyed
and 16 rebel fighters injured.
(AP, 6/16/11)(AFP, 6/16/11)(Reuters,
2011 Jun 16, Malaysia opened an
investigation into allegations that two immigration officers forced
a pair of Singaporean women to do squats naked. The officers were
2011 Jun 16, In Mexico PEMEX
director said increasingly sophisticated thieves have stolen about
20,000 barrels per day of oil products from the state-owned oil
company in the first four months of 2011, thefts worth about $250
2011 Jun 16, In northern
Myanmar more than 10,000 people were reported to have fled fighting
between government troops and the Kachin ethnic minority group's
militia. They were living in temporary camps near the Chinese border
2011 Jun 16, In Nigeria a
suicide bombing blamed on radical Islamist militants killed a
policeman in the parking lot of police headquarters in Abuja. The
next day the Boko Haram sect said it was behind the attack. Security
experts said it was the first suicide bombing in Nigeria.
(AP, 6/16/11)(AFP, 6/17/11)
2011 Jun 16, North Korea
demanded the immediate return of nine citizens who defected by sea
and warned Seoul ties between the nations could worsen otherwise.
2011 Jun 16, More than 200
militants crossed into Pakistan from Afghanistan and attacked a
border village with rockets, mortars and machine guns, killing five
people and kidnapping more than 20. A bomb attack in southern
Afghanistan killed a NATO coalition service member.
(AP, 6/16/11)(AP, 6/17/11)
2011 Jun 16, Palestinian
foreign minister Riyad al-Malki urged Spain and the rest of the EU
to recognize a Palestinian state with borders from before the 1967
Six Day War.
2011 Jun 16, In the Philippines
a Protestant church group sued former Philippine President Gloria
Macapagal Arroyo, claiming security forces under her control killed
and tortured at least six of its members.
2011 Jun 16, Spain’s National
Police arrested Hussein Salem, an Egyptian associate of ousted
president Hosni Mubarak, in Mallorca. Police the next day said he
had obtained money illegally in Egypt and sent it to accounts in
Spain held by his family. Spain froze euro33 million ($47 million)
in accounts held by Salem, who is also wanted back home.
2011 Jun 16, The Sudanese army
said it will continue to fight by all available means to stop the
rebellion in South Kordofan, as concern grew over the humanitarian
impact of the conflict. Aid workers and a UN report said fighting
has erupted along a new front near the internal border between north
and south Sudan with dozens of people reported killed.
(AFP, 6/16/11)(AP, 6/16/11)
2011 Jun 16, Swedish arms-maker
Saab said that it had unwittingly paid over $3 million to a South
African ANC defense consultant. Saab said payments had been made in
2003 through the British arms producer, BAE Systems.
2012 Jun 16, US border agents
in Washington state arrested Travis Brandon Baumgartner (21), a
Canadian fugitive, suspected of shooting to death 3 fellow security
guards and wounding a fourth in a bloody armored-car heist at the
University of Alberta in Edmonton a day earlier.
2012 Jun 16, In northern
Colorado additional crews arrived to fight a wildfire that has
scorched 85 sq. miles and destroyed at least 181 homes, the most in
(SSFC, 6/17/12, p.A10)
2012 Jun 16, In New Mexico the
Whitewater-Baldy wildfire scorched 450 sq. miles in the Gila
(SSFC, 6/17/12, p.A10)
2012 Jun 16, China launched its
most ambitious space mission yet carrying its first female astronaut
and two male colleagues on a Shenzhou 9 capsule in an attempt to
dock with an orbiting module and work on board for more than a week.
2012 Jun 16, Egyptians entered
their latest round of elections in a race between Ahmed Shafiq, a
career air force officer, and the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed
Morsi. The two-day balloting will produce Egypt's first president
since the ouster of Mubarak. The military told parliament it has
been dissolved and banned its members from entering the house after
a court annulled the last legislative poll.
(AP, 6/16/12)(AFP, 6/16/12)
2012 Jun 16, In western India
at least 32 pilgrims were killed and more than 20 injured when their
bus plunged off a bridge in Maharashtra state.
2012 Jun 16, In Iraq car bombs
targeting religious processions in Baghdad killed 32 people on the
last day of the Shiite al-Kadhim pilgrimage already hit three times
in some of the deadliest violence since American troops withdrew.
(AP, 6/16/12)(AFP, 6/17/12)
2012 Jun 16, In Italy tens of
thousands of workers demonstrated in Rome to protest pension cuts,
tax hikes and labor reforms imposed by the government.
(SSFC, 6/17/12, p.A4)
2012 Jun 16, Japan started work
to put nuclear reactors back online, despite public distrust of the
technology after last year's meltdowns at Fukushima.
2012 Jun 16, Libyan authorities
declared warring mountain towns in the west of the country a
"military zone" and called for an immediate ceasefire.
2012 Jun 16, Hurricane Carlota
made landfall near the Mexican beach town of Puerto Escondido,
Oaxaca state. Two sisters, aged 13 and 7, died in the Oaxaca state
community of Pluma Hidalgo when a mudslide collapsed their home. A
day later Carlotta was downgraded to a tropical depression.
2012 Jun 16, State mouthpiece
the New Light of Myanmar said 50 people have been left dead with 54
injured between May 28 and June 14 in Rakhine state, convulsed by
violence between local Buddhists and Muslim Rohingya.
2012 Jun 16, Myanmar’s Suu Kyi
presented her Nobel Prize acceptance speech in Oslo 31 years after
winning the world's highest diplomatic honor in 1991.
2012 Jun 16, In Pakistan a car
bomb exploded at a crowded bazaar in the northwestern Khyber region
near the border with Afghanistan, killing 33 people and wounding
over 50 others. Violence erupted in the southwestern town of Kucklak
after a man allegedly tried to burn the copy of the Quran (Koran).
Angered over the incident, residents rallied and torched a police
station and five vehicles.
2012 Jun 16, Pakistani
militants in North Waziristan banned anti-polio vaccination teams,
to protest US drone strikes saying the attacks were killing
2012 Jun 16, Saudi Crown Prince
Nayef bin Abdul Aziz (79), a half brother of King Abdullah, died,
leaving the oil powerhouse with no apparent successor to the throne.
2012 Jun 16, In Somalia a
suicide bomber attacked a military base housing African Union
soldiers and Somali troops about 30 km (20 miles) from the capital
2012 Jun 16, UN observers
suspended their mission to Syria, blaming intensifying violence as
government forces shelled rebel strongholds including Douma near the
capital and the central city of Homs. A watchdog 69 people were
killed across the country, including 51 civilians, 16 troops and two
(AFP, 6/16/12)(AFP, 6/17/12)
2012 Jun 16, Yemeni military
officials said government troops have killed 17 al-Qaida militants
in the latest fighting in the south.
2013 Jun 16, Orchard Supply
Hardware, based in San Jose, Ca., declared bankruptcy. The North
Carolina-based Lowe’s hardware chain said it has offered $205
million in cash for OSG and the assumption of a large part of the
(SFC, 6/18/13, p.A1)
2013 Jun 16, In Las Vegas Erin
Brady (25) of South Glastonbury, Conn., won the Miss America beauty
2013 Jun 16, In Afghanistan the
US-led military coalition said that one of its service members died
in a non-battle-related incident in the south.
2013 Jun 16, In Bangladesh
several hundred garment workers were sickened at their factory
outside Dhaka apparently after drinking contaminated water. Earlier
this month contaminated water sickened 450 workers at another
factory in the same area.
(SFC, 6/17/13, p.A2)
2013 Jun 16, Czech PM Petr
Necas said he will resign over a spy and bribery scandal involving
his government. He said he will also quit as chairman of his
conservative Civic Democratic Party. Necas resigned the next day.
(SFC, 6/17/13, p.A2)(Econ, 6/22/13, p.58)
2013 Jun 16, In Egypt a
hard-line Muslim cleric received an 11-year suspended sentence for
tearing up and burning a Bible. His son was given a suspended
sentence of eight years over the same incident.
2013 Jun 16, In India
torrential monsoon rains and landslides led to flooding in
Uttrakhand that washed away roads and nearly two dozen bridges and
demolished 365 houses and partially damaged 275 others.
2013 Jun 16, Smoke from fires
in Indonesia, an annual result of land clearing for palm oil
production, again began to smother Singapore and large parts of
(Econ, 6/29/13, p.39)
2013 Jun 16, In Iraq a string
of nearly a dozen apparently coordinated bombs and a shooting in
cities across the country killed at least 51 and wounded dozens.
Most of the car bombs hit Shiite-majority areas.
(AP, 6/16/13)(AP, 6/17/13)
2013 Jun 16, Kuwait's
constitutional court forced new parliamentary elections, dissolving
the current chamber on the basis of flaws in the election law.
Kuwait's emir is expected to set a new election day.
2013 Jun 16, Four Lebanese
Shiite Muslim men were found killed in an ambush in northeastern
2013 Jun 16, Libya's official
news agency said unidentified militants assassinated Mohammed
Naguib, a senior judge in Derna, an eastern city known to be a
stronghold of Islamic militants.
2013 Jun 16, North Korea's top
governing body proposed high-level nuclear and security talks with
the United States in an appeal sent just days after calling off
talks with rival South Korea.
2013 Jun 16, In northwest
Pakistan gunmen killed two anti-polio workers in Kandar village.
2013 Jun 16, In Syria a late
night car bomb targeting a checkpoint near a military airport in an
upscale neighborhood of Damascus killed 10 soldiers.
2013 Jun 16, In Turkey
thousands of defiant protesters attempting to converge on central
Istanbul's Taksim Square were kept away by police firing repeated
rounds of tear gas, as the government maintained a hard line against
rekindled demonstrations. Protesters vowed the group would retake
2014 Jun 16, Pres. Obama
notified congress that up to 275 soldiers could be sent to Iraq to
protect the US Embassy and other American interests.
(AP, 6/17/14)(SFC, 6/17/14, p.A1)
2014 Jun 16, Secretary of State
John Kerry said the Obama administration is willing to talk with
Iran over deteriorating security conditions in Iraq.
2014 Jun 16, The US Supreme
Court has ruled that holders of defaulted Argentine bonds can force
the South American country to reveal where its assets are held
around the world. Pres. Cristina Fernandez refused to go along with
a US judge's ruling requiring a $1.5 billion repayment of defaulted
(AP, 6/16/14)(AP, 6/17/14)
2014 Jun 16, Pilger, Nebraska,
home to about 350 people, took a direct hit from one of an estimated
four tornadoes that the US National Weather Service tracked across
the northeast part of the state. The tornadoes left at least two
people dead. More than half of the town was destroyed.
(AP, 6/17/14)(SFC, 6/17/14, p.A12)
2014 Jun 16, Oklahoma Highway
Patrol Officer Jerrod Martin shot and killed Joshua Stand following
a call about a man walking in the street with a weapon. In 2017
Stands estate settled a civil rights lawsuit for $175,000. Court
records said Stand had a closed pocket knife and posed no immediate
threat to anyone.
2014 Jun 16, General Motors
said it is recalling 3.36 million cars because they might suddenly
switch off if their keys are carrying extra weight and the vehicles
experience a jarring event.
(SFC, 6/17/14, p.D6)
2014 Jun 16, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb planted by the Afghan Taliban killed 5 civilians from
the same family in Kandahar province.
2014 Jun 16, In southern
Albania hundreds of police, backed by armored vehicles, stormed
Lazarat village after suspected marijuana growers allegedly fired
rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and machine guns at officers
during a drug raid.
2014 Jun 16, Bhutan promised it
will not allow its territory to be used against India, an early
success for Indian PM Narendra Modi's region-wide drive to shore up
diplomatic relations with neighbors in return for stronger economic
2014 Jun 16, In Brazil a
suspected Mexican drug trafficker wanted in the United States was
arrested in Rio de Janeiro as he tried to board a plane to watch
Mexico play in the World Cup soccer competition.
2014 Jun 16, Britain said it
would ban the Sunni Islamist insurgent group the Islamic State of
Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), whose stunning offensive in northern
Iraq in the past week has spurred fears of all-out sectarian warfare
in the Middle East.
2014 Jun 16, Britain's food
safety watchdog said you should not wash a chicken before cooking
it, because washing raw chicken spreads the campylobacter bacteria.
2014 Jun 16, Chinese Premier Li
Keqiang arrived in Britain on a 3-day visit that included a planned
meeting with Queen Elizabeth II and talks aimed at boosting fragile
2014 Jun 16, China executed 13
people for terrorism and violent crimes in the restive Xinjiang
2014 Jun 16, In Egypt clashes
between security forces and Islamist supporters of deposed President
Mohammed Morsi left one policeman dead in southern Cairo.
2014 Jun 16, In northern India
two crowded buses went out of control and fell off roads in separate
accidents in the Himalayan foothills, killing a total of 21 people.
2014 Jun 16, In Iraq Sunni
militants captured Tal Afar, a strategic city along the highway to
Syria. Interior Ministry spokesman, Brig. Gen. Saad Maan Ibrahim,
told a press conference that Iraqi security forces killed 56
"terrorists" and wounded 21 in operations just outside the capital
over the last 24 hours.
2014 Jun 16, Israeli armed
forces swept through half a dozen Palestinian towns and arrested
more Hamas officials, expanding a search for three teenagers into a
crackdown on the Islamist group accused of abducting them.
2014 Jun 16, In Kenya an attack
in Majembeni village left 10 people died. Majembeni is next to
Mpeketoni where four dozen people were slaughtered a day earlier.
2014 Jun 16, In Mali a jail
break in Bamako left at least two people dead as 22 prisoners
2014 Jun 16, Netherlands-based
Greenpeace said it has suffered a 3.8 million-euro ($5.2 million)
loss on an ill-timed bet in the currency market by a
well-intentioned — if reckless — employee in its finance department.
2014 Jun 16, Pakistani fighter
jets pounded North Waziristan and said 37 terrorists were killed. At
least six Pakistani soldiers were killed when a roadside bomb hit an
army convoy just north of Miranshah. Police said Omar Jillani, an
intelligence official and nephew of Pakistan's powerful chief
justice, was kidnapped in the eastern city of Multan by suspected
(Reuters, 6/16/14)(AP, 6/16/14)
2014 Jun 16, Russia cut gas
supplies to Ukraine as a payment deadline passed and negotiators
failed to reach a deal on gas prices and unpaid bills amid continued
fighting in eastern Ukraine. Gazprom announced that it is suing
Ukraine's state energy company Naftogaz in an international court
for the $4.5 billion. Naftogaz said it has also filed a suit against
Gazprom, seeking a "fair and market-based price" for gas, as well as
a repayment of $6 billion for what it said were overpayments for gas
2014 Jun 16, In Spain a Madrid
court sentenced ETA member Juan Ramon Carasatorre Aldaz (52) to 29
years for the killing of infantry brigadier Mariano de Juan
Santamaria, who was shot in the head on April 10, 1995, in the
northern city of San Sebastian.
2014 Jun 16, Spanish police
detained eight people in Madrid on suspicion of recruiting jihadi
militants for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.
2014 Jun 16, Syrian military
helicopters dropped barrel bombs on a rebel-held neighborhood in
Aleppo, cleaving the fronts of apartment buildings and killing at
least 24 people. In the east a car bomb in the town of
al-Shamatiyeh, likely planted by ISIL, killed 7 people including a
judge from the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front and a commander of Ahrar
al-Sham, another hardline Islamist group.
(AP, 6/16/14)(Reuters, 6/17/14)
2014 Jun 16, In Tajikistan
Alexander Sodikov, a Tajik political science student in Canada
employed by Britain’s Univ. of Exeter, was detained by secret police
while conducting research in Gorno-Badakhshan.
(Econ, 6/28/14, p.36)
2014 Jun 16, Ukraine’s
President Petro Poroshenko called for a truce in east Ukraine, where
his government faces a rebellion by pro-Russian separatists, to
provide time to seek agreement on a peace plan.
2014 Jun 16, In Venezuela at
least 20 people were killed and 10 were wounded when a bus driving
toward Caracas crashed after the driver lost control.
2015 Jun 16, The US FDA
finalized plans to ban trans fat, a heart damaging additive, from
the American food supply.
(SFC, 6/17/15, p.A1)
2015 Jun 16, In California an
apartment balcony crowded with birthday revelers collapsed early
today near the University of California at Berkeley, killing 5
college students from Ireland and an American friend, and injuring
2015 Jun 16, In Ohio Golden
State Warriors based in Oakland, Ca., beat the Cleveland Cavaliers
105-97 in game 6 of the NBA finals to take the series 4-2.
(SFC, 6/18/15, p.A1)
2015 Jun 16, In Afghanistan
roadside bombs struck two vehicles filled with passengers, killing 3
people and wounding 15 in southern Uruzgan province.
2015 Jun 16, The Afghan Taliban
warned the leader of the Islamic State group against waging a
parallel insurgency in Afghanistan, after a string of defections and
reported clashes with militants loyal to IS.
2015 Jun 16, A court in Bahrain
jailed prominent Shiite opposition leader Ali Salman, whose arrest
drew US and Iranian condemnation and sparked protests across the
tiny but strategic Gulf kingdom.
2015 Jun 16, China announced it
would soon stop new island building in the disputed waters of the
South China Sea, but said it will continue to develop the outposts
it controls in the maritime heart of Southeast Asia.
(SFC, 6/17/15, p.A2)
2015 Jun 16, An Egyptian court
sentenced deposed President Mohamed Mursi to death over a mass jail
break during the country's 2011. The general guide of the Muslim
Brotherhood, Mohamed Badie, and four other Brotherhood leaders were
also handed the death penalty. More than 80 others were sentenced to
death in absentia. The verdicts can be appealed.
2015 Jun 16, A court in
Mauritania convicted three men of belonging to the Islamic State
extremist group and sentenced them to between five and 10 years in
2015 Jun 16, In western Mexico
gunmen opened fire on a police convoy and torched vehicles in
violence that left 2 officers and 5 civilians dead on the outskirts
of Apatzingan, Michoacan state.
2015 Jun 16, The International
Organization for Migration said that 30 more bodies had been found
in Dirkou, northeast of Agadez, Niger. Local authorities said the
victims probably died several months ago as they tried to cross the
2015 Jun 16, In northeastern
Nigeria at least 13 people were killed and 53 others injured when an
explosive device detonated late today. The device was picked up by
one vigilante as they traveled back to the town of Monguno, Borno
state, from a military operation against Islamists in Marte.
2015 Jun 16, North Korea said
it has been hit by the worst drought in a century, compounding
chronic food shortages in the country.
2015 Jun 16, Pakistan's
government announced that international aid groups can operate for
another six months provided they register with officials in three
2015 Jun 16, In the Philippines
the Moro Islamic Liberation Front handed over dozens of assault
weapons in a symbolic gesture to reinforce a peace pact stalled by a
public outcry over the killings earlier this year of dozens of
police commandos in a fierce battle with insurgents. Suspected Abu
Sayyaf extremists detonated a pipe bomb that killed a soldier and
wounded eight others in an attack that was followed by a brief
gunbattle in Tipo Tipo village on Basilan island.
2015 Jun 16, President Vladimir
Putin said that Russia will boost its nuclear arsenal by over 40
intercontinental missiles this year.
2015 Jun 16, Singapore put its
final stamp on the Southeast Asian Games with an eclectic closing
ceremony involving a parade of oversize postage stamps to
commemorate the island's history.
2015 Jun 16, In Somalia at
least three government soldiers were killed and three others wounded
in a roadside bomb explosion outside the capital Mogadishu.
2015 Jun 16, In South Korea the
death toll in the MERS outbreak increased to 19 even as schools
reopened and people recovered from the virus.
2015 Jun 16, In Syria Kurdish
militia, backed by Syrian rebel forces, seized full control of the
key border town of Tal Abyad from Islamic State group jihadists.
2015 Jun 16, Syrian government
forces earlier fired Iranian-made "elephant" rockets on the
rebel-held suburb of Douma, killing 24 people, including 5 children
and 14 women. Two shells struck Arnous Park in Damascus late today,
killing 9 people and wounding 13.
2015 Jun 16, A Tunisian
passenger train smashed into a semi-trailer truck killing 18 people
outside of Fahs. At least 86 passengers were injured.
(SFC, 6/17/15, p.A2)
2015 Jun 16, Turkey accused
Kurdish militia in northern Syria of persecuting civilians and said
it saw signs of "a kind of ethnic cleansing", drawing a parallel to
the actions of Islamic State militants and forces loyal to President
2015 Jun 16, Ukraine reported
the death of two soldiers in advance of European-mediated talks with
pro-Russian insurgents aimed at breaking a deadlock over the future
status of eastern separatist enclaves.
2016 Jun 16, US Senate
Democrats claimed a small victory, forcing the upper house to
consider legislation to help keep guns out of the hands of terrorism
suspects following a filibuster of over 14 hours led by Senator
Chris Murphy of Connecticut.
2016 Jun 16, It was reported
that the Koret Foundation has selected twelve Northern California
colleges and universities to share $50 million for scholarships,
improved technology and research expansion.
(SFC, 6/16/16, p.D3)
2016 Jun 16, Philadelphia
became the first major US city to approve a soda tax. The City
Council gave final approval to a 1.5 cent-per-ounce tax on sugary
and diet beverages with collections to begin next Jan 1.
(SFC, 6/17/16, p.A15)
2016 Jun 16, An Albanian court
dropped charges against police chief Haki Cako for allegedly illegal
use of wiretapping equipment. The Tirana Appeals Court ruled that
Cako had committed no offense, leaving him free to resume his job.
2016 Jun 16, British opposition
Labour Party lawmaker Jo Cox (41) died after she was shot and
stabbed as she intervened in a scuffle between two men in Birstall
near Leeds. Thomas Mair (52), who had a history of mental illness,
was arrested by armed police. On Nov 23 Mair was sentenced to life
(Reuters, 6/16/16)(Reuters, 6/17/16)(Reuters,
2016 Jun 16, In China the new
$5.5 billion Shanghai Disneyland opened with a lavish celebration.
(SFC, 6/17/16, p.A3)
2016 Jun 16, Croatia's
government fell after PM Tihomir Oreskovic lost a confidence vote in
parliament, in a serious blow to the country's nationalist rulers
after only five months in power.
2016 Jun 16, A search team
recovered the cockpit voice recorder from the EgyptAir plane that
crashed on May 19 into the Mediterranean last month hours after a
deep-sea robot located pieces of the main body of the plane.
2016 Jun 16, The European
Commission said Iran's state airline, which has just reached an
agreement with Boeing Co to purchase new jetliners, can resume
flights in the EU.
2016 Jun 16, France sentenced
three Russian fans to prison and planned to deport 20 others next
week for their role in the violence in Marseille that marred
Russia's opening soccer match against England.
2016 Jun 16, In Greece the Holy
and Great Council of Orthodox Christianity convened in Crete and
continued to June 26. The Churches of Antioch, Russia, Bulgaria, and
Georgia did not participate.
(http://tinyurl.com/jcuptso)(Econ, 6/18/16, p.57)
2016 Jun 16, Indonesia's
central bank cut its benchmark interest rate again by a quarter
point to 6.50 percent amid slow and uneven recovery of the global
2016 Jun 16, In Kashmir 4
militants who had crossed into the Indian-controlled side from the
Pakistani side were killed in fierce fighting that also left one
soldier dead in the Tangdhar sector.
2016 Jun 16, Kurdish official
Masrour Barzan said that once the Islamic State is defeated, Iraq
should be divided into three separate entities to prevent further
sectarian bloodshed, with a state each given to Shi'ite Muslims,
Sunnis and Kurds.
2016 Jun 16, In Libya Islamic
State group jihadists, pinned down in Sirte, stepped up suicide bomb
attacks on forces of the unity government who suffered 10 dead.
2016 Jun 16, A Mexican woman
(32) was found dead after apparently falling from a border fence
about 20 to 25 feet high about three miles east of Arizona’s Morley
Port of Entry.
2016 Jun 16, Niger authorities
said 34 people, including 20 children, have died while attempting to
cross the Sahara Desert in an effort to reach Europe.
(SFC, 6/17/16, p.A2)
2016 Jun 16, In northeast
Nigeria Boko Haram militants opened fire at a funeral, killing 18
mourners including many women and children in the Madagali area of
Adamawa state near the Sambisa forest.
2016 Jun 16, In central
Pakistan Monil Mai (32) was arrested hours after she allegedly threw
acid on her boyfriend Sadaqat Ali for refusing to marry her in the
Mukhdoom Rashid neighborhood of Multan. She had been having an
affair with Ali for several years and wanted him to marry her so
that she could divorce her husband. Ali died of his wounds on June
(AP, 6/17/16)(AP, 6/21/16)
2016 Jun 16, A judge in Peru
banned First Lady Nadine Heredia from leaving the country while
she's being investigated for allegedly hiding undeclared campaign
2016 Jun 16, Russia floated out
a new nuclear-powered icebreaker, said to be the world's biggest and
most powerful, to be used for hauling liquefied natural gas from its
2016 Jun 16, The Russian
Defense Ministry said a 48-hour cessation of hostilities has been
declared in the divided northern Syrian city of Aleppo and activists
reported a relative calm in the city. Barrels bombs hit Aleppo just
hours after a temporary truce came into effect in the war-torn city.
Russian warplanes struck at rebels battling Islamic State militants,
including forces backed by the United States, in southern Syria.
(AP, 6/16/16)(AFP, 6/16/16)(Reuters, 6/17/16)
2016 Jun 16, In the Solomon
Islands scientists on World Sea Turtle Day tagged hawksbill sea
turtles in a key South Pacific breeding ground, hoping that
information fed to satellites will help them better understand the
endangered species' nesting, feeding and migration patterns.
2016 Jun 16, Thai police raided
the Wat Dhammakaya Buddhist temple complex to arrest a popular abbot
accused of accepting $40 million in embezzled money but were
thwarted by thousands of his followers who said he is too ill to be
taken into custody. Phra Dhammachayo was accused of money laundering
and links to embezzling 1.4 billion baht ($40 million) from a
now-defunct credit union.
2016 Jun 16, United Nations
investigators said the Islamic State is committing genocide against
the Yazidis in Syria and Iraq to destroy the religious community of
400,000 people through killings, sexual slavery and other crimes.
2016 Jun 16, A Vietnamese
search plane carrying nine people went missing while attempting to
locate a pilot from a crashed fighter jet.
2016 Jun 16, Zimbabwe's
cash-strapped government announced it will delay paying June
salaries for the military and police by up to two weeks. Zimbabwe
has been delaying pay dates for its employees for nearly a year due
to revenue problems, but this is the first time the salaries have
been delayed so long.
2017 Jun 16, Pres. Donald Trump
confirmed he was under investigation and appeared to take aim at a
senior Justice Department official, in a tweet that seemed to
encapsulate his frustration with the ongoing focus on Russia's
involvement in the 2016 election.
2017 Jun 16, Pres. Donald Trump
denounced Cuba’s communist government and portrayed his updated Cuba
policy as the fulfillment of a campaign promise to reverse Obama's
diplomatic rapprochement with Cuba after decades of estrangement.
Trump said his approach is aimed at halting the flow of US cash to
the country's military while maintaining diplomatic relations. US
airlines and cruise ships would still be allowed to service the
2017 Jun 16, US Border Patrol
agents swept into a medical camp in the Arizona desert to capture
four immigrants, an operation that volunteers called a "staged
military siege" as the US government has vowed a crackdown along the
border with Mexico.
2017 Jun 16, US officials
reportedly seized a diplomatic package from the North Korean
delegation at John F. Kennedy International Airport as the diplomats
were about to fly home. The North Korean delegation was in New York
to attend the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the
Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
2017 Jun 16, In San Diego
retired Navy Capt. Michael Brooks (59), a former US Naval attaché to
the US embassy in the Philippines, was sentenced to 41 months in
prison for illicitly secured diplomatic clearances for a Malaysian
defense contractor in exchange for luxury watches and the services
2017 Jun 16, Amazon said it
will pay $42 a share to acquire Whole Foods. The $13.7 billion deal
for Whole Foods sent grocery stores, big retailers, and food makers
and distributors plunging.
2017 Jun 16, A federal minister
said Australia will allow gun owners to hand in illegal firearms
without penalty from next month in a three-month nationwide amnesty
as concerns grow over gun crimes involving such weapons.
2017 Jun 16, Djibouti said it
has lodged a formal complaint with the African Union after accusing
soldiers from neighboring Eritrea of occupying a contested
mountainous area after Qatari peacekeepers left the region this
2017 Jun 16, Former Ecuadorean
President Abdala Bucaram returned to the South American nation he
fled two decades ago after lawmakers declared him mentally unfit to
rule. He arrived in Guayaquil after legal claims alleging he
embezzled some $3 million in public funds expired.
2017 Jun 16, Former German
chancellor Helmut Kohl (87) died at his home in Ludwigshafen. The
physically imposing chancellor (1982-1998), whose reunification of a
nation divided by the Cold War, put Germany at the heart of a united
(AP, 6/17/17)(Econ 6/24/17, p.82)
2017 Jun 16, In
Indian-controlled Kashmir five police were killed when rebels
fighting against Indian rule ambushed a police vehicle. Two
civilians were also killed and several others injured in clashes
that erupted during a gunbattle between rebels and government forces
in the disputed region.
2017 Jun 16, Iran condemned new
sanctions adopted by the US Senate and vowed to respond with
"reciprocal and adequate measures".
2017 Jun 16, Italians and
tourists alike struggled to get around as a nationwide transport
strike forced the cancellation of Alitalia flights, the closure of
subway stations and the suspension of bus service.
2017 Jun 16, Ivory Coast rescue
workers in Abidjan said the death toll from rains this week has
climbed from eight to 11 today, with one person unaccounted for and
hundreds affected by landslides and flooding.
2017 Jun 16, In northern Kenya
an improvised explosive device killed four people in a passenger
vehicle in a suspected extremist attack.
2017 Jun 16, Lesotho's new PM
Thomas Thabane (78) took office at the head of a coalition
government, three years after he was targeted by a putsch and two
days after the murder of his estranged wife.
2017 Jun 16, In Mexico three
dismembered bodies stuffed in suitcases were found in Cancun, hours
after the Mexican resort town was rocked by a shootout and police
chase that left one gunman dead.
2017 Jun 16, In Niger 14 people
were reported killed after houses collapsed in Niamey with another
four missing. Nine children were reported dead there earlier this
2017 Jun 16, North Korea lashed
out at international sanctions over its nuclear and missile
programs, saying they are being used to block everything from frozen
chicken to swimming flippers.
2017 Jun 16, Two Pakistani
officials disappeared as they were traveling by road from the
Jalalabad consulate in eastern Afghanistan on their way to Pakistan.
2017 Jun 16, Three Palestinian
militants were killed after stabbing and shooting attacks left dead
Israeli female police Staff Sgt. Hadas Malka (23) on duty near
Jerusalem's Old City. Hamas and People's Front for the Liberation of
Palestine (PFLP) soon claimed responsibility denying Islamic State
claims for the attack.
2017 Jun 16, The head of
Qatar's human rights committee denounced moves by several Arab
states to isolate his country as "collective punishment" and
appealed to United Nations experts to investigate the impact of the
2017 Jun 16, Russia announced
that the Islamic State group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may have
been killed in a Russian airstrike in Syria on May 28.
(AP, 6/16/17)(SFC, 6/17/17, p.A4)
2017 Jun 16, A Russian court
cut Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny's jail term by five days after he
appealed a one-month sentence handed down this week for calling a
2017 Jun 16, Serbia's Pres.
Aleksandar Vucic nominated Ana Brnabic as the conservative country's
first openly gay prime minister, a move which infuriated
2017 Jun 16, Tanzania’s
interior ministry said the weekly, Mawio, has been ordered to
suspend publication for two years after pointing the finger at two
former presidents in connection with huge revenue losses.
2017 Jun 16, Turkey's main
opposition leader, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, accused Pres. Recep Tayyip
Erdogan of staging a "second coup" with the crackdown that followed
last July's failed putsch, as he pressed on with a protest march to
Istanbul from Ankara.
2017 Jun 16, In Yemen a US
drone strike late today killed three suspected members of Al-Qaeda
in Shabwa province, a jihadist stronghold in the south.
2018 Jun 16, In Florida two
462-foot cooling towers imploded in Jacksonville as part of the
dismantling of the coal-fired electric plant at St. Johns River
(SSFC, 6/17/18, p.A8)
2018 Jun 16, American film
producer Martin Bregman (b.1926) died in NYC. His productions
included "Serpico" (1973), "Dog Day Afternoon" (1975), "The
Seduction of Joe Tynan" (1975) and "Scarface" (1983).
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Bregman)(SFC, 6/19/18, p.C3)
2018 Jun 16, In eastern
Afghanistan suicide bomber struck in the city of Jalalabad, killing
at least 36 people and wounded 65. After the attack President Ashraf
Ghani announced a nine-day extension of a cease-fire, as both sides
observed a halt in hostilities for Eid. A blast hit a gathering of
Taliban and Afghan security officials, meeting to celebrate the end
of Ramadan fasting season, in the eastern city of Nangarhar. 11
people were reported killed another 12 wounded. Dozens of unarmed
Taliban militants had entered cities to celebrate an unprecedented
(AFP, 6/16/18)(Reuters, 6/16/18)(AP, 6/17/18)
2018 Jun 16, In Armenia
Parliament member Manvel Grigorian was detained in the city of
Echmiadzin as part of an investigation into a kidnapping case
against a businessman alleged to be a top organized-crime figure,
who was also arrested. Grigorian was arrested on suspicion of
illegally storing firearms and explosives.
2018 Jun 16, China fired back
in a spiraling trade dispute with President Donald Trump by raising
import duties on a $34 billion list of American goods including
soybeans, electric cars and whiskey.
2018 Jun 16, Egypt announced
steep increases in fuel and cooking gas prices as part of the
country's economic reforms and austerity measures designed to
overhaul the country's ailing economy.
2018 Jun 16, French newspaper
Le Figaro reported that French special forces are present on the
ground in Yemen with forces from the United Arab Emirates.
2018 Jun 16, Italy's Interior
Minister Matteo Salvini warned another migrant rescue mission off
the Libyan coast that it would not be allowed to land its "human
cargo" at an Italian port.
2018 Jun 16, In Kashmir at
least one person was killed and about two dozen others wounded as
protests against Indian rule followed by clashes erupted shortly
after Eid prayers.
2018 Jun 16, It was reported
that Kenya's donkey population has fallen from 1.8 million to 1.2
million as the country's three slaughterhouses butcher some 1,000
donkeys a day to supply skins to China, where donkey skins are
processed to produce ejiao, a gelatin that purports to provide
health benefits. The Chinese demand for donkey skins has led to
donkey theft across Africa.
(SFC, 6/16/18, p.A4)
2018 Jun 16, In Armenia
Parliament member Manvel Grigorian was detained in the city of
Echmiadzin as part of an investigation into a kidnapping case
against a businessman alleged to be a top organized-crime figure,
who was also arrested. Grigorian was arrested on suspicion of
illegally storing firearms and explosives.
2018 Jun 16, In northeastern
Nigeria six suicide bombers killed at least 20 people in Borno
state, in the Shuwari and Abachari districts of the local government
area. Residents said at least 31 people were killed.
(AP, 6/17/18)(Reuters, 6/17/18)
2018 Jun 16, In southwestern
Pakistan gunmen riding on motorcycles opened fire on a vehicle
carrying paramilitary soldiers in Quetta, killing three troops
2018 Jun 16, In Russia the Fare
Network, which helps FIFA and UEFA investigate cases of
discriminatory behavior by fans, accused St. Petersburg authorities
of having it evicted from premises in the city.
2018 Jun 16, In Scotland
Glasgow suffered a major blow as a second severe fire in four years
gutted the historic Glasgow School of Art, one of the Scottish
city's most beloved cultural treasures.
2018 Jun 16, Spain's coast
guard said it had rescued 933 migrants and found four dead bodies in
the Mediterranean over the last 24 hours.
2018 Jun 16, Spain said it had
accepted an offer from France to take in migrants from the Aquarius
rescue ship, currently en route to Spain with more than 600 people
2018 Jun 16, It was reported
that the official agency that had managed the vast wealth of
Thailand's royal family has announced that its assets have formally
been turned over to King Maha Vajiralongkorn
Bodindradebayavarangkun, who assumed the throne after the death of
his father in 2016.
2018 Jun 16, In Venezuela at
least 17 people were killed after a nightclub brawl in Caracas led
to a stampede. A tear gas device exploded after a fight broke out
during a graduation ceremony prompting the stampede. Seven people
(SSFC, 6/17/18, p.A4)
2018 Jun 16, In Yemen the
Iran-aligned Houthi movement fought to keep a Saudi-led coalition
from taking full control of the airport in the port city of
Hodeidah, in an offensive the UN says could trigger a famine
imperiling millions of lives.
2019 Jun 16, It was reported
that a US federal appeals court has ruled against a Trump
administration policy blocking young immigrant women in federal
custory from accessing abortions.
(SSFC, 6/16/19, p.A7)
2019 Jun 16, Indiana police
Officer Ryan O'Neill, responding to a report of a person breaking
into cars in South Bend, confronted Eric Logan (54) and fatally shot
him after he refused to drop a knife. O'Neill resigned the following
month due to stress and media attention.
(SFC, 7/17/19, p.A5)
2019 Jun 16, In Pennsylvania a
shooting at a graduation party in Philadelphia left Isiaka Meite
(24) dead and five other people wounded, including three teenagers.
The shooter remained at large.
(SFC, 6/18/19, p.A5)
2019 Jun 16, It was reported
that at least 279 dolphins have stranded across much of the US Gulf
Coast since Feb. 1. About 98% of them died.
(SSFC, 6/16/19, p.A7)
2019 Jun 16, Argentina and
Uruguay were working frantically to return power, after a massive
power failure left large swaths of the South American countries in
2019 Jun 16, Bangladeshi
authorities arrested a senior policeman accused of sharing on social
media the recording of an official complaint of sexual harassment
made by a teenage girl who was later allegedly burned to death.
Madrasa student Jahan was allegedly burned to death in April after
she refused to withdraw an allegation of sexual harassment against
the institution's principal. Moazzem Hossain had been in hiding
since late May, when the Cyber Tribunal court warrant was issued
against him over sharing the complaint by Nusrat Jahan.
2019 Jun 16, In Brazil Anderson
do Carmo (42), an evangelical pastor and the husband of a prominent
federal lawmaker, was shot 30 times, many of the bullets hitting him
in his pelvic region, around dawn in the garage of his house in
Niteroi, in the greater Rio de Janeiro area. Two days later, one of
the 51 children he had adopted with Flordelis dos Santos Souza, a
lawmaker from Rio state, confessed to carrying out the hit. The
adopted son said he had acted on the orders of one of dos Santos
Souza's four biological children.
2019 Jun 16, Cameroon's
government said that separatists in its restive English-speaking
region had detonated an improvised explosive device that killed four
police and wounded six.
2019 Jun 16, In Canada the
Quebec provincial legislature approved a controversial immigration
bill that will replace a first-come, first-served standard for
accepting migrants with one tied to an applicants' skills.
2019 Jun 16, In Canada the
government of Quebec province passed a bill barring schoolteachers,
police officers, judges and other public officials from wearing
religious symbols in the workplace.
(SFC, 6/18/19, p.A3)
2019 Jun 16, In France some
2,000 teenagers began trialing a new national service, a pet project
of President Emmanuel Macron.
2019 Jun 16, Guatemalans went
to the polls to elect a new president after a tumultuous campaign
that saw two leading candidates barred from taking part and the top
electoral crimes prosecutor forced to flee the country, fearing for
his life. Businesswoman and former first lady Sandra Torres (63)
took 24% of the vote from the election, followed by four-time
presidential candidate Alejandro Giammattei with 14%. An August
runoff will determine the next leader.
(AFP, 6/16/19)(AP, 6/17/19)
2019 Jun 16, Hong Kong citizens
marched for hours in a massive protest that drew a late-in-the-day
apology from the city's top leader for her handling of legislation
that has stoked fears of expanding control from Beijing in this
former British colony.
2019 Jun 16, It was reported
that nearly 43% of the new members of India's lower house of
Parliament, that convenes on June 17 for the first time since the
election, won despite facing criminal charges. More than a quarter
of those relate to rape, murder or attempted murder, according to a
report by the civic group Association of Democratic Reforms.
2019 Jun 16, An Israeli court
convicted Sara Netanyahu (60), the wife of PM Benjamin Netanyahu, of
fraudulently using state funds for meals, under a plea bargain which
dropped more severe charges. She was fined 10,000 shekels ($2,800)
and ordered to reimburse the state a further 45,000 shekels.
2019 Jun 16, In Japan the Group
of 20 major economies said they agreed a deal to reduce plastic
waste that is choking the seas. G20 member countries committed to
reducing plastic waste but gave little detail on how that would be
2019 Jun 16, Japan's Foreign
Ministry lodged a protest with Beijing after a Chinese maritime
research ship was seen dropping a wire-like object into the water
off the northwestern coast of Japanese-controlled Senkaku islands.
2019 Jun 16, In northern Mali
allied French and Malian forces killed 20 militants in an operation
in the district of Akabar where the Islamic State operates.
2019 Jun 16, Two Malian
gendarmes were killed by a mine explosion outside a military base
and a soldier died in an ambush in the north of the country.
2019 Jun 16, Two members of
Mozambique's border police were shot dead in an incident involving
South African soldiers and the two countries launched a joint
investigation into what happened.
2019 Jun 16, In New Zealand two
light aircraft collided mid-air on their final approach at a
regional aerodrome killing both pilots.
2019 Jun 16, In northeastern
Nigeria 30 people were killed late today in a triple suicide bombing
outside a hall in Konduga in an attack bearing the hallmarks of the
Boko Haram jihadist group.
2019 Jun 16, It was reported
that Pakistani investigators are trying to unravel trafficking
networks that convince impoverished Pakistanis to marry off their
daughters to Chinese men for cash, and they say evidence is growing
that many of the women and girls are sold into prostitution once in
2019 Jun 16, It was reported
that locusts are devouring crops across the Italian island of
Sardinia in the worst such invasion in 70 years.
(SSFC, 6/16/19, p.A18)
2019 Jun 16, Saudi Arabia's
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman joined the US in accusing its
bitter rival Iran of being behind the attacks on two oil tankers
traveling near the Strait of Hormuz, a vital trade route for Arabian
energy exports to Asia.
2019 Jun 16, In Syria fires
engulfing vital wheat fields across the northeast have killed at
least 10 people over the last 24 hours. Kurdish authorities claimed
the blazes in Hasakeh province were set deliberately.
2019 Jun 16, Syrian insurgents
fired rockets late today into residential parts of the
government-held northern province of Aleppo, striking a wedding
party and killing at least 12 civilians and wounding 15.
Go to June 17