1461 Jun 28, Edward IV was
crowned king of England.
1491 Jun 28, Henry VIII, King
of England (1509-1547) and founder of the Church of England, was
born at Greenwich. He later divorced four times. An inventory of his
wealth in 1547 estimated his wealth at £300,000 and his military
equipment at another £300,000.
(CFA, '96, p.48)(AP, 6/28/99)(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R8)
1577 Jun 28, Peter Paul Rubens
(d.1640), Flemish painter, was born. His work included “Helene
Fourment" and “The Abduction of the Daughters of Leucippus."
(AAP, 1964)(WUD, 1994, p.1250)(HN, 6/28/01)
1635 Jun 28, The French colony
of Guadeloupe was established in the Caribbean.
1675 Jun 28, Frederick William
of Brandenburg crushed the Swedes.
1712 Jun 28, Jean-Jacques
Rousseau (d.1778), writer and philosopher, was born in Geneva,
Switzerland. His books include "The Social Contract" (1762) and
1748 Jun 28, A riot followed a
public execution in Amsterdam and over 200 were killed.
1762 Jun 28, Catharine II,
Russian Tsarina, grabbed power. [see Jul 17]
1776 Jun 28, Jefferson's
document was placed before the Congress after some minor changes by
Adams and Franklin. This event was immortalized in the painting by
(Civil., Jul-Aug., '95, p.61)
1776 Jun 28, Colonists repulsed
a British sea attack on Charleston, South Carolina.
1776 Jun 28, Thomas Hickey,
American sergeant convicted of treason, was hanged.
1778 Jun 28, "Molly Pitcher,"
Mary Ludwig Hays McCauley, wife of an American artilleryman, carried
water to the soldiers during the Revolutionary War Battle of
Monmouth, N.J. and, supposedly, took her husband's place at his
cannon after he was overcome with heat. Temperatures reportedly
reached 96 degrees in the shade. According to myth she was presented
to General George Washington after the battle. Her actual existence
is a matter of historical debate and the outcome of the battle was
(SFEC,11/23/97, Par p.19)(HNQ, 7/25/99)(AP,
6/28/08)(SSFC, 6/28/09, p.B12)
1787 Jun 28, Sir Henry G. W.
Smith, leader of British-Indian forces, was born.
1820 Jun 28, The tomato was
proven to be non-poisonous.
1831 Jun 28, Joseph Joachim,
violinist (Hungarian Concerto), was born in Kittsee, Germany.
1836 Jun 28, James Madison
(85), the 4th president of the United States (1809-17), died in
Montpelier, Va. His writings included the 29 Federalist essays. In
1999 "James Madison: Writings," edited by Jack N. Rakove, was
published. In 2002 Garry Wills authored James Madison."
(AP, 6/28/97)(WSJ, 2/2/95, p.A-16)(WSJ, 9/1/99,
p.A24)(WSJ, 3/26/02, p.A21) (MC, 6/28/02)
1838 Jun 28, Britain's Queen
Victoria was crowned in Westminster Abbey.
1846 Jun 28, Near San Rafael,
Ca., a US military detachment was approached by 3 unarmed Mexicans,
Jose de los Reyes Berryessa, Francisco de Haro and his twin brother
Ramon. Captain Fremont was asked by trapper Kit Carson whether he
should take the men as prisoners. Fremont responded that he had no
room for prisoners and Carson shot the men dead and left their
bodies to rot.
(SFC, 6/5/98, p.A20)(SSFC, 6/25/06, p.E1)
1862 Jun 28, At Garnett’s and
Golding’s farms, fighting continued for a 4th day between Union and
Confederate forces during the Seven Days in Virginia.
1863 Jun 28, General Meade
replaced General Hooker three days before the Battle of Gettysburg.
General George Gordon Meade said “Well, I’ve been tried and
condemned without a hearing, and I suppose I shall have to go to
execution," in response to his appointment as head of the Union Army
of the Potomac during the Civil War. Within a week his army won the
Battle of Gettysburg, assuring Meade of a record of success superior
to all of his predecessors.
(HN, 6/28/98)(HNQ, 2/25/02)
1867 Jun 28, Luigi Pirandello,
Italian playwright (Six Characters in Search of an Author), was
born, was born. He won the Nobel Prize in 1934.
(HN, 6/28/01)(MC, 6/28/02)
1873 Jun 28, Alexis Carrel,
French surgeon and biologist, was born. He won a Nobel Prize in 1912
for the development of blood vessel suture technique.
(HN, 6/28/99)(MC, 6/28/02)
1874 Jun 28, The Freedmen's
Bank, created to assist former slaves in the United States, closed.
African American depositors lost some $3 million.
1875 Jun 28, The Billy McGeorge
gang rode into Yankee Hill, Colorado, to redress the insult of a $50
wanted poster put up by Marshall Willie Kennard. Kennard met the
gang and killed 2 of them before the rest surrendered. Billy
McGeorge was convicted of murder under acting judge Bert Corgan and
hung from the same pine tree as Barney Casewit.
1891 Jun 28, Esther Forbes,
author (Johnny Tremain), was born.
1884 Jun 28, Congress declared
Labor Day a legal holiday.
1894 Jun 28, Labor Day was
established as a holiday for federal employees on the first Monday
of September. The U.S. Congress passed an act making the first
Monday in September a legal holiday.
(AP, 9/5/97)(HNPD, 9/5/98)
1902 Jun 28, Richard Rodgers
(d.1979), American composer, was born.
(HN, 6/28/01)(SFC, 4/22/02, p.D1)
1902 Jun 28, Congress passed
the Spooner bill, authorizing a canal to be built across the isthmus
of Panama. The US purchased a concession to build Panama canal from
French for $40 million.
(HN, 6/28/98)(MC, 6/28/02)
1904 Jun 28, Blind-deaf student
Helen Keller graduated with honors from Radcliffe College. [See Sep
1906 Jun 28, Maria Goeppert
Mayer, Nobel Prize-winning physicist, was born.
1909 Jun 28, Eric Ambler,
British mystery writer (The Dark Frontier, Uncommon Danger), was
1911 Jun 28, Samuel J. Battle
became the first African-American policeman in New York City.
1912 Jun 28, Sergiu
Celibidache, Romanian conductor, was born.
1912 Jun 28, Karl F. von
Weisacker, German physicist, philosopher, was born.
1914 Jun 28, Austrian Archduke
Francis Ferdinand, heir to Austria-Hungary, and his wife, Sofia,
were assassinated in Sarajevo, Bosnia, by a Serb nationalist. As the
royal couple rode through the streets of Sarajevo in an open touring
car, seven young radicals from an obscure Serbian-Bosnian
nationalist group, called the Black Hand, lay in wait. An initial
assassination attempt failed, but a wrong turn brought the car near
Gavrilo Princip, who fired two shots at point-blank range into the
couple's bodies. Within minutes, both the Archduke and Sophia were
dead. Princip was arrested, but political tensions were so high
between Austria-Hungary and Serbia that war broke out as a result.
Like falling dominoes, international alliances brought one country
after another into the conflict. The event triggered World War I. In
2011 Adam Hochschild authored “To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty
(V.D.-H.K.p.252, 284-285,290)(AP, 6/28/97)(HNPD,
6/28/98)(Econ, 6/4/11, p.93)
1914 Jun 28, World War I (WW I)
began in 1914 and ended on this date in 1919. [see Jul 28] In 1999
Niall Ferguson published "The Pity of War," in which he blames the
British government for having turned a European war into a world
(HFA, ‘96, p.32)(WSJ, 4/14/99, p.A24)
1917 Jun 28, The Raggedy Ann
1918 Jun 28, The US Marines
took the Bois de Belleau.
(SFC, 6/6/97, p.A26)
1919 Jun 28, Harry S. Truman
married Elizabeth Virginia Wallace in Independence, Mo.
1919 Jun 28, The Treaty of
Versailles was signed in France, ending (WW I) World War I. World
War I began in 1914 and ended on this date. Germany signed the
Treaty of Versailles under protest. Books by participants included
“Peacemaking" by Harold Nicolson; “The Economic Consequences of the
Peace" by John Maynard Keynes; and “The Truth About the Peace
Treaties" by David Lloyd George. In 2000 Richard Holmes authored
“The Western Front." Nearly 1 million British died and nearly 2
million each for France, Germany, Russia and Turkey. In 2002
Margaret MacMillan authored “Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the
(HFA, ‘96, p.32)(AP, 6/28/97)(HN, 6/28/98)(WSJ,
8/16/00, p.A20)(SSFC, 12/15/02, p.M3)
1920 Jun 28, The Democrats
opened their convention, the first in the West, in San Francisco.
James Cox of Ohio was elected presidential candidate on the 44th
ballot on July 6.
(WSJ, 1/29/98, p.A19)(SFEC, 4/25/99, Z1 p.4)(AH,
1920 Jun 28, Clarissa Eden was
born to Major Jack Spencer-Churchill and Lady Gwendoline Bertie. In
1952 she married Anthony Eden (1897-1977) who later became Britain’s
PM (1955-1957). Her father was the younger brother of Winston
Churchill. In 2008 Cate Haste edited “Clarissa Eden, A Memoir: From
Churchill to Eden."
1921 Jun 28, A coal strike in
Great Britain was settled after three months.
1921 Jun 28, P.V. Narasimha Rao
(d.2004), later India’s Prime Minister (1991-1996), was born to an
upper-caste farming family in Andhra Pradesh state.
(SFC, 12/24/04, p.B4)
1924 Jun 28, A tornado struck
Sandusky & Lorain, Ohio, killing 93.
1926 Jun 28, Mel Brooks,
comedian, actor, and director, was born. His films included "The
Producers" and "Blazing Saddles."
1928 Jun 28, New York Gov.
Alfred E. Smith was nominated for president at the Democratic
national convention in Houston.
1928 Jun28-1928 Jun 29, Albert
Hegenberger and Lester Maitland accomplished the first nonstop
flight across the Pacific.
(NPub, 2002, p.12)
1929 Jun 28, In San Francisco
movie mogul William Fox unveiled his $5 million “theater of dreams."
The SF Fox Theater closed in 1963.
(SSFC, 2/17/13, DB p.42)
1934 Jun 28, President
Roosevelt signed into law the National Housing Act, which
established the Federal Housing Administration.
1934 Jun 28, Hitler flew to
Essen (Night of Long Knifes) where a massive purge of SA (storm
troopers) was carried out to placate the Army and the high command.
[see Jun 30]
1935 Jun 28, FDR ordered a
federal gold vault to be built at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
1938 Jun 28, Congress created
the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to insure construction
1939 Jun 28, Pan American
Airways began regular trans-Atlantic passenger air service as the
"Dixie Clipper" left Port Washington, N.Y., for Portugal.
(AP, 6/28/99)(NPub, 2002, p.13)
1940 Jun 28, The Republican
Convention, held in Philadelphia, nominated Wendall Willkie (d.1944)
for US president. In 2005 Charles Peters authored “Five Days in
Philadelphia." An account of the convention and how it freed FDR to
move against Hitler.
(WSJ, 7/6/05, p.D10)(http://tinyurl.com/e3xrw)
1940 Jun 28, The Quiz Kids
began airing on US NBC radio from Chicago. It was created by Chicago
public relations and advertising man Louis G. Cowan, and originally
sponsored by Alka-Seltzer. In 1945 it began airing on NBC TV. Ruth
Duskin Feldman (1934-2015) joined the program at age 7 and left the
program soon after turning 16. In 1982 she authored “Whatever
Happened to the Quiz Kids: Perils and profits of Growing Up Gifted."
1940 Jun 28, Italian fascist
Marshall Italo Balbo (b.1896) was killed when his plane was shot
down over Tobruk, Libya, by friendly fire.
(SSFC, 7/5/15, DB p.50)
1941 Jun 28, German and
Romanian soldiers killed 11,000 Jews in Kishinev.
1941 Jun 28, German troops
occupied Galicia, Poland.
1942 Jun 28, German troops
launched “Operation Blue," an offensive to seize Soviet oil fields
in the Caucasus and the city of Stalingrad.
(HN, 6/28/98)(WSJ, 1/14/07, p.P8)
1944 Jun 28, The Republican
national convention in Chicago nominated New York Gov. Thomas E.
Dewey for president and Ohio Gov. John W. Bricker for vice
1944 Jun 28, Army Air Forces
1st Lt. John Crouchley Jr. (26) piloted a B-24H Liberator that was
shot down and crashed in Bulgaria. Before the crash Crouchley
continued to pilot the aircraft, allowing nine other crewmembers to
bail out and survive. His remains were discovered in 2017,
positively identified in September, 2018, and returned to Rhode
Island in 2019.
1945 Jun 28, General Douglas
MacArthur announced the end of Japanese resistance in the
1946 Jun 28, Gilda Radner
(d.1989), actress (Emmy Award-winning comedienne, actress: Saturday
Night Live [1977-78]; Haunted Honeymoon [w/husband Gene Wilder]),
was born in Detroit, Mich. "I wanted a perfect ending. ... Now I’ve
learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories
don’t have a clear beginning, middle and end. Life is about not
knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of
it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious
(AP, 5/20/98)(MC, 6/28/02)
1947 Jun 28, Mark Helprin,
novelist (Winter's Tale), was born.
1948 Jun 28, Kathy Bates
(Academy Award-winning actress: Misery ; Fried Green Tomatoes,
Home of Our Own, Prelude to a Kiss), was born.
1949 Jun 28, The last U.S.
combat troops were called home from Korea, leaving only 500
(HN, 6/28/98)(WSJ, 5/26/00, p.W8)
1950 Jun 28, General Douglas
MacArthur arrived in South Korea as Seoul fell to the North Korean
(AP, 6/28/97)(HN, 6/28/98)
1951 Jun 28, A TV version of
the radio program "Amos 'N' Andy" premiered on CBS. Although
criticized for racial stereotyping, it was the first network TV
series to feature an all-black cast.
1954 Jun 28, US Sen. John F.
Kennedy wrote a letter to Gunilla von Post, a Swedish woman he had
met on the French Riviera in August 1953, and suggested sailing with
her for 2 weeks around the Mediterranean. Kennedy was 36 when he met
Post (21). In 1997 Post authored a book, “Love, Jack," that detailed
her long-distance affair with Kennedy. In 2010 an auction house put
11 letters and 3 telegrams of their correspondence up for sale.
(SFC, 2/17/10, p.A9)
1954 Jun 28, French troops
began to pull out of Vietnam’s Tonkin Province.
1956 Jun 28-30, Workers rioted
in Poznan, Poland, and some 100 died.
(WUD, 1994, p.1685)
1958 Jun 28, Alfred Noyes (77),
British poet, essayist (Robin Hood, The Highwayman), died.
1960 Jun 28, John Elway, NFL
quarterback (Denver Broncos quarterback: Super Bowl XXI, XXII,
XXIV), was born.
1962 Jun 28, Thalidomide was
banned in Netherlands.
1963 Jun 28, Khrushchev visited
1964 Jun 28, Malcolm X founded
the Organization for Afro American Unity to seek independence for
blacks in the Western Hemisphere.
1965 Jun 28, In California a
blazing engine tore from the Pan American Flight 843. The engine
plunged into San Bruno and a piece of the wing fell into South San
Francisco. The plane with 153 passengers landed safely at Travis
(SSFC, 6/28/15, DB p.50)
1966 Jun 28, In Argentina a
military uprising led by General Juan Carlos Ongania overthrew
President Arturo Illia of the UCRP.
1967 Jun 28, Fourteen people
were shot in race riots in Buffalo, New York.
1967 Jun 28, Israel formally
declared Jerusalem reunified under its sovereignty following its
capture of the Arab sector in the June 1967 war.
1968 Jun 28, Pres. Johnson
signed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. It moved official recognition
of Washington’s birthday and some other holidays to Mondays.
Columbus Day, previously celebrated on Oct. 12, was moved to the 2nd
Monday of October. In 2004 Pres. Bush set it to Oct 11.
1969 Jun 28, In the early hours
8 police officers raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York
City's Greenwich Village. Police raided the bar because it had
refused to pay an increase in bribery. This led to a clash in what
came to be called The Stonewall Rebellion, an incident considered
the birth of the homosexual rights movement. Some 400 to 1,000
patrons rioted against police for 3 days The event was described by
gay historian Martin Duberman in his book “Stonewall" (1993).
(SFEC, 7/21/96, DB p.32)(AP, 6/27/97)(AP,
6/27/08)(SFC, 6/22/09, p.E1)(SFC, 6/26/09, p.F3)
1970 Jun 28, Muhammed Ali,
formerly Cassius Clay, stood before the Supreme Court regarding his
refusal of induction into the Army during the Vietnam War.
1970 Jun 28, San Francisco’s
first official Gay Pride event centered on a “Gay-in" gathering at
Golden Gate Park.
(SFC, 6/18/16, p.C4)
1970 Jun 28-1970 Jun 29,
Reinhold and Gunther Messner of Tyrol, Italy, reached the
26,650-foot peak of Nanga Parbat in northern Pakistan. Gunther (24)
died during the descent. In 2005 Reinhold retrieved his brother’s
(WSJ, 12/10/03, p.A1)(SFC, 9/5/05, p.A2)
1971 Jun 28, The Supreme Court
overturned the draft evasion conviction of Muhammad Ali.
1971 Jun 28, The US Supreme
Court ruled in Lemon vs. Kurtzman that public aid to parochial
schools in unconstitutional.
1971 Jun 28, Daniel Ellsburg
was arrested for leaking the Pentagon Papers to the Press. In 2002
he authored "Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and The Pentagon Papers."
Anthony Russo, a researcher at the Rand think tank, had assisted
Ellsberg in publishing the extracts of a 47-volume Defense Dept.
study of the US role in Indochina over 3 decades.
1971 Jun 28, In NYC mobster
Joseph Colombo (1924-1978) was gunned down at a Unity Day rally in
Columbus Circle in Manhattan. He never regained consciousness and
died seven years later.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Colombo)(SFC, 1/27/17, p.D2)
1972 Jun 28, US Pres. Nixon
announced that no new draftees will be sent to Vietnam. South
Vietnamese troops began a counter-offensive to retake Quang Tri
Province, aided by US Navy gunfire and B-52 bombardments.
1974 Jun 28, Mario J. Molina
and F. Sherwood Rowland of UCLA, Irvine, proposed an alarming
hypothesis in Nature that the use of chlorofluorocarbons added
chlorine to the environment in steadily increasing amounts. In 1985
scientists discovered a hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica. In
1987 governments negotiated the Montreal protocol to phase out CFCs.
1975 Jun 28, Rod Serling
(b.1924), writer and director of the TV series "Twilight Zone" and
"Night Gallery," died. He was remembered in the 1995 PBS production
titled: "Submitted for Your Approval."
1976 Jun 28, The first women
entered the U.S. Air Force Academy.
1977 Jun 28, The US Supreme
Court allowed Federal control of Nixon tapes and papers.
1977 Jun 28, In Albania Koco
Plaku, an engineer, was executed following a closed-door trial two
years after he was arrested in 1975. He had been convicted of
"sabotage" and "espionage" over fishing hooks given to him by a
Russian friend. He was among more than 5,000 executed during the
communist era in Albania.
1978 Jun 28, The US Supreme
Court ordered the medical school at the University of California at
Davis to admit Allan Bakke, a white man who argued he had been a
victim of reverse racial discrimination. The US court’s Bakke
decision allowed universities to consider race in their decisions
only if other factors were equal. This was raised as an issue of
reverse discrimination. Justice Lewis Powell broke a 4-4 tie with
the formulation that Davis’ program was unconstitutional, but that
colleges and universities could still use race as one of several
factors to create a diverse student body.
(WSJ, 7/18/96, p.A10)(AP, 6/28/97)(SFC, 6/27/98,
1979 Jun 28, OPEC raised oil
prices. The price of a barrel of oil increased 50% since a year
1979 Jun 28, Philippe Cousteau
(b.1940), the youngest son of Jacques Cousteau, was killed while
testing a seaplane near Lisbon.
(SFC, 6/26/97, p.A7)
1981 Jun 28, Terry Fox (22),
born in Winnipeg and raised in Port Coquitlam, died of cancer. Fox,
who planned to run a marathon a day until he ran across Canada, was
forced to stop his journey on Sept. 1, 1980, because the cancer that
took his leg had spread to his lungs. He ran 5,373 kilometers over
143 days. His goal was to raise $1 for cancer research for every
Canadian, which would have been about $24 million in 1980.
1981 Jun 28, In Tehran, Iran, a
powerful bomb exploded at the headquarters of the IRP while a
meeting of party leaders was in progress. 73 persons were killed,
including the chief justice and party secretary general Mohammad
Beheshti, four cabinet ministers and 27 Majlis deputies. The
Mujahedin e-Kalq carried out the bombing. Those killed included
Premier Mohammad-Javad Bahonar and Pres. Mohammad-Ali Rajaei.
(www.country-data.com/cgi-bin/query/r-6395.html)(WSJ, 5/8/08, p.A10)
1983 Jun 28, A 100-foot span of
the Mianus River Bridge, part of Interstate 95 in Connecticut,
collapsed without warning in the middle of the night, leaving 3 dead
and three injured.
1987 Jun 28, US Secretary of
State George P. Shultz said he had found some of the recent
revelations about the Iran-Contra affair "sickening," but defended
the Reagan administration's foreign policy.
1988 Jun 28, The US federal
government sued the International Brotherhood of Teamsters to force
reforms on the nation's largest labor union. The two sides reached a
settlement in March, 1989.
1989 Jun 28, China's new
Communist Party chief, Jiang Zemin, said his government would show
no mercy to leaders of the crushed pro-democracy movement, which he
termed a "counterrevolutionary rebellion."
1990 Jun 28, Jurors in the drug
and perjury trial of Washington DC Mayor Marion S. Barry Jr. viewed
a videotape showing Barry smoking crack cocaine during an FBI
hotel-room sting operation. Barry was later convicted of a single
count of misdemeanor drug possession.
1991 Jun 28, In Detroit, a
white woman was attacked by a group of black women at a downtown
fireworks display in an incident captured on amateur video. Five
women later pleaded no contest to charges stemming from the assault.
1991 Jun 28, Two people were
killed when the Sierra Madre earthquake, magnitude 5.8, shook
1992 Jun 28, The 7.3 Landers
earthquake hit Southern California. One person was killed and 402
1992 Jun 28, A 35-year-old man
at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center became the first
recipient of a baboon liver transplant; he lived 10 more weeks.
1992 Jun 28, In Afghanistan
rebel leader Burhanuddin Rabbani became president, but factional
1992 Jun 28, French President
Francois Mitterrand was cheered as he visited war-torn Sarajevo,
1993 Jun 28, The US Supreme
Court kept alive a "racial gerrymandering" case, saying
congressional districts designed to benefit racial minorities may
violate white voters' rights.
1993 Jun 28, Kirk Noble
Bloodsworth (b.1960), a former Marine discus champion, was
exonerated by DNA evidence of the rape and murder of Dawn Hamilton
(9). He was the first US prisoner freed from death row based on DNA.
(Econ, 2/9/13, p.34)(http://tinyurl.com/a7zma7h)
1993 Jun 28, The US National
Commission on AIDS ended its work after four years, with members
expressing frustration over how little national leaders had done to
combat the disease.
1993 Jun 28, Boris Christoff
(b.1914), Bulgaria born bass singer, died in Rome.
1994 Jun 28, President Clinton
became the first chief executive in U.S. history to set up a
personal legal defense fund and ask Americans to contribute to it.
1994 Jun 28, North and South
Korea set July 25-27 as the dates for a historic summit. The summit
was derailed by the death of North Korean President Kim Il Sung on
1995 Jun 28, The US House
overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment to protect the
American flag from desecration. However, the amendment was defeated
in the Senate.
1995 Jun 28, Webster Hubbell,
the former number-three official at the Justice Department, was
sentenced to 21 months in prison for bilking clients of the law firm
where he and Hillary Rodham Clinton were partners.
1995 Jun 28, The New York Times
received the Unabomber manifesto.
(SFEC,11/9/97, Z1 p.5)
1995 June 28, Mexican police
fired on a group of peasants at Agua Blancas in Guerrero. An edited
video aired nationally showed that the peasants were armed, but raw
video later showed police shooting unarmed peasants, who were than
filmed with planted weapons on their corpses. 17 peasants from the
leftist Southern Sierra Campesino Organization were killed and 23
others wounded. In 1996 Virgilia Galeana Garcia testified that Gen.
Mario Arturo Acosta Chaparro was at the scene of the massacre.
(SFC, 4/28/96, A-16)(SFC, 6/15/96, p.C12)(SFC,
1996 Jun 28, The Citadel voted
to admit women, ending a 153-year-old men-only policy at the South
Carolina military school.
1996 Jun 28, General Motors
planned to build cars in Silesia, Poland, after the approved
creation of a special enterprise zone and a ten-year tax holiday.
(WSJ, 6/28/96, p.A6)
1996 Jun 28, In the US a
federal advisory panel concluded that high doses of standard birth
control pills were safe and effective when used as “morning after"
pills following unprotected sex.
(WP, 6/29/96, p.A9)
1996 Jun 28, The 20th Century
Fund reported that the American intelligence agencies spend $26
billion a year on machines and less than $3 billion on people to
analyze the information collected by the machines.
(SFC, 6/28/96, p.A8)
1996 Jun 28, Russian troops
began to pull out from Chechnya.
(SFC, 6/29/96, p.A13)
1996 Jun 28, In France
immigrants began a hunger strike at St. Bernard’s Church in Paris in
protest to new hard-line immigration policies.
(SFC, 8/13/96, p.A3)
1996 Jun 28, In Germany an IRA
unit fired three mortar shells onto the grounds of the Quebec
Barracks in Osnabrueck. Buildings were damaged but no one was
injured. James Corry and at least four other accomplices parked a
truck with an improvised launch battery outside British barracks and
fired three shells. In 2017 Corry, a former member of an IRA
splinter group, was convicted of attempted murder sentenced to four
years in jail.
(AP, 12/15/16)(AFP, 10/25/17)
1996 Jun 28, The UN Security
Council voted to extend the peacekeeper force in Haiti for 5 more
(SFC, 7/15/96, p.A10)
1996 Jun 28, Pres. Askar Akayev
of Kyrgyzstan hoped to develop the Kumtor gold fields with the help
of Cameco, a Canadian mining firm out of Saskatchewan.
(WSJ, 6/28/96, p.A6)
1996 Jun 28-1996 Jun 29, In
Libya some 1270 inmates were killed at Tripoli's Abu Salim prison
after protesting conditions there. They included more than 200
guards. Libyan enforcer Abdullah Sanussi ordered Gen. Mansur Dao to
carry out the execution. Libya opened an investigation in 2009 into
the incident. The killings took place amid confrontation between the
government and rebels from the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, an
Islamist militant group which first announced its existence in 1995.
In 2011 revolutionaries found their mass grave after getting
information from captured officials and witnesses. The body count
was put at 1700.
3/5/11, p.50)(AFP, 9/26/11)(Econ, 9/17/11, p.46)
1996 Jun 28, In Mexico a new
guerrilla group, The People’s Revolutionary Army (EPR), disrupted a
political meeting in the state of Guerrero.
(SFC, 7/2/96, p.A8)
1996 Jun 28, In Turkey
Necmettin Erbakan became the country's 1st Islamic prime minister.
His conservative Islamic Welfare Party would have to put together a
new coalition government. Erbakan formed a coalition government and
served as prime minister until resigning a year later after mounting
pressure by secularist military.
(WP. 6/29/96, p.A1)(AP, 11/4/02)
1996 Jun 28, In the Ukraine
Pres. Leonid Kuchma pushed through parliament, called the Rada, a
new constitution. It established a clear right to own private
property, and Ukrainian as the only state language.
(WP. 6/29/96, p.A20)
1996 Jun 28, Vietnam’s Prime
Minister Vo Van Kiet, Party General Secretary Do Muoi and President
Le duc Anh were expected to stay put amidst rumors of leadership
(WSJ, 6/28/96, p.A6)
1997 Jun 28, In a wild rematch,
Mike Tyson was disqualified in the 3rd round in the boxing
heavyweight title for biting Evander Holyfield's ear in Las Vegas.
Tyson complained of head buts by Holyfield. His $30 million purse
was withheld pending a hearing. Tyson was suspended and his purse
withheld pending a decision on his punishment. His Nevada state
boxing license was taken away and he was fined $3 million. The state
license could be re-applied for in a year.
(SFEC, 6/29/97, p.C1)(WSJ, 7/2/97, p.A1)(SFC,
7/10/97, p.A7)(AP, 6/28/98)
1997 Jun 28, President Clinton,
unable to meet his own July 4 deadline for campaign finance reform,
blamed the inaction on Congress in his weekly radio address.
1997 Jun 28, Robert Schuller,
TV evangelist, attacked a flight attendant.
1967 Jun 28, The body of Che
Guevara was found in a common grave in Vallegrande, Bolivia.
(SFEC, 7/13/97, p.A10)
1997 Jun 28, Japanese police
announced the arrest of a 14-year-old boy for the murder and
beheading of an 11-year-old on May 27. The 15-year-old boy was
convicted and sentenced to a juvenile prison, where he would be
treated for mental illness. He could be kept there until age 26. In
2015 the killer published a detailed memoir, which quickly became a
(SFEC, 6/29/97, p.D1)(SFC,10/18/97, p.A11)(Econ,
1998 Jun 28, The Cincinnati
Enquirer published an apology and agreed to pay Chiquita Brands
Int’l. $10 million to avoid suit for articles critical of the
company’s business. The articles were reportedly based on voice
mails stolen from Chiquita. Chiquita is based in Cincinnati and is
controlled by financier Carl H. Lindner Jr. Reporter Michael
Gallagher was fired and later sued by Chiquita. His 18-page article
alleged that Chiquita used life-threatening pesticides, had a
Honduran Army raze a village to close a plantation, and that
Colombian officials had been bribed to allow the shipment of drugs
on its ships.
(SFC, 6/29/98, p.A4)(SFC, 7/3/98, p.A13)
1998 Jun 28, The 12th World
AIDS Conference opened in Geneva with some 12,000 participants.
(SFC, 6/29/98, p.A1)(AP, 6/28/99)
1998 Jun 28, Storms in the
Midwest and East coast left 21 people dead.
(SFC, 6/29/98, p.A2)(SFC, 6/30/98, p.A3)
1998 Jun 28, Major Gen’l.
Marion Carl (82), a WW II fighter pilot, was fatally shot at his
home in southern Oregon during a robbery. Jesse Stuart Fanus (19)
was later arrested for the murder. Fanus was convicted in March and
a jury sentenced him to be executed in May, 1999.
(SFC, 7/6/98, p.A7)(SFC, 5/6/99, p.A3)
1998 Jun 28, In Puerto Rico the
Greater Committee of Labor Organizations voted for a work stoppage
over the sale of the state phone company.
(SFC, 6/30/98, p.A3)
1999 Jun 28, Announcing even
bigger projected budget surpluses, President Clinton said the
government could drastically reduce the national debt while still
buttressing Social Security and Medicare.
1999 Jun 28, It was reported
that NATO scaled backed initial estimates of damage to the Yugoslav
army in the 78-day air campaign.
(SFC, 6/28/99, p.A11)
1999 Jun 28, A European and
Latin American summit opened for a 2 day conference in Rio De
Janeiro. The EU and Mercosur bloc agreed to form a new free-trade
(SFC, 6/29/99, p.A10)
1999 Jun 28, In Kosovo KLA
rebels handed over weapons to NATO troops. At the same time hundreds
of Albanians, fired a decade ago by Milosevic, demanded their state
(SFC, 6/29/99, p.A8)
1999 Jun 28, In Nigeria it was
reported that armed members of the group Enough is Enough had seized
5 workers of Royal Dutch/Shell in Rivers State.
(SFC, 6/29/99, p.A9)
1999 Jun 28, The Northern
Ireland Parades Commission banned Protestant marchers from parading
in Portadown on July 4.
(SFC, 6/29/99, p.A9)
1999 Jun 28, In Somalia
Ethiopian forces captured the regional capital of Garba Harre, 250
miles northwest of Mogadishu.
(SFC, 6/29/99, p.A9)
2000 Jun 28, The US Supreme
Court ruled that the Boy Scouts can exclude gays from its
organization (from serving as troop leaders). The ruling allowed the
organization to set standards for membership.
(SFC, 6/29/00, p.A1)(AP, 6/28/01)(SSFC, 11/3/02,
2000 Jun 28, The US Supreme
Court also ruled that Nebraska’s ban on “partial-birth abortion" put
an “undue burden" on a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy.
(SFC, 6/29/00, p.A1)(AP, 6/28/01)
2000 Jun 28, Seven months after
he was cast adrift in the Florida Straits, Elian Gonzalez was
returned to his native Cuba with his father.
(SFC, 6/29/00, p.A1)(AP, 6/28/01)
2000 Jun 28, In Oregon
Leah Freeman (15) went missing. Her body was found on August 3
outside of her hometown of Coquille. Her gym shoes, one of them
bloody, were virtually the only physical clues police had to figure
out what had happened to the missing girl. Her boyfriend Nick
McGuffin was arrested on Aug. 23, 2010, and charged with murder.
Nearly 20 years later, DNA evidence from one of those same shoes
played a key role in freeing McGuffin from prison the only person
who has ever been convicted of killing her.
(ABC News, 2/27/20)
2000 Jun 28, In China the
government announced a $48 million emergency plan to fight the
drought in the northern provinces of Shanxi, Hebei, Gansu, and
(SFC, 6/29/00, p.C6)
2000 Jun 28, In Iraq 2 UN
staffers were shot and killed in a UN building in Baghdad. Fowad
Hussein Haydar (38) was arrested in the attack which he staged to
protest int’l. sanctions.
(SFC, 6/29/00, p.A10)
2000 Jun 28, In the Philippines
Communist guerrillas killed 12 soldiers and an army brigade
commander in the town of Jones in northern Isabela province.
(SFC, 6/29/00, p.C6)
2000 Jun 28, In Russia The
Kremlin issued a plan to overhaul the economy. Separately the upper
house of parliament, the Federation Council, voted down a proposal
by Pres. Putin to disband it.
(SFC, 6/29/00, p.C6)
2000 Jun 28, In Taiwan Pres.
Chen Shui-bian told visiting Americans that he accepts that there is
(SFC, 6/29/00, p.A10)
2001 Jun 28, A unanimous
federal appeals court reversed the court-ordered breakup of
Microsoft, but ruled that the software giant had violated antitrust
laws, and appointed another judge to determine a new punishment.
(SFC, 6/29/01, p.A1)(AP, 6/28/02)
2001 Jun 28, NY Gov. George
Pataki signed legislation that banned the use of handheld cell
phones by drivers, effective Nov 1. Emergencies were exempted.
(SFC, 6/29/01, p.A8)
2001 Jun 28, Mortimer Adler,
philosopher and author, died in San Mateo, Ca., at age 98. His work
included “How to Read a Book" (1940) and “Great Books of the Western
World" (1945), “How to Think About God" (1980) and “The Four
Dimensions of Philosophy."
(SFC, 6/30/01, p.A18)
2001 Jun 28, In Colombia rebels
freed 242 prisoners in a boost to peace talks.
(WSJ, 6/29/01, p. A1)
2001 Jun 28, Serbia sent former
Pres. Milosevic to the Hague for a war-crimes trial, the 1st for an
ex-head of state.
(WSJ, 6/29/01, p. A1)(SFC, 6/29/01, p.A1)
2001 Jun 28, In Spain a parcel
bomb in Madrid injured Gen. Justo Oreja Pedraza (63), a defense
minister, along with 15 others. The ETA was blamed.
(SFC, 6/29/01, p.D4)
2002 Jun 28, WorldCom Inc.
began laying off 17,000 employees worldwide after disclosing
accounting irregularities that later forced it into bankruptcy
2002 Jun 28, Xerox Corporation
announced it had improperly reported $1.9 billion in revenue over
the previous five years and would restate those financial results.
2002 Jun 28, In China it was
reported that at least 46 people were killed in the northern
province of Shanxi when an electrical fire ignited explosives in a
2002 Jun 28, In Bogota,
Colombia, a Catholic priest, critical of leftist rebels, was gunned
down in front of a church where he had just performed mass.
2002 Jun 28, In the Rep. of
Congo officials reported that supporters of President Denis
Sassou-Nguesso won a majority in the nation's new parliament after a
runoff vote held last week.
2002 Jun 28, The Israeli army
smashed through an outer wall of the Palestinian Authority
headquarters in Hebron to try to flush out suspected militants. An
Israeli military court sentenced a 16-year-old Palestinian from the
militant Hamas movement to life in prison for trying to blow himself
up when confronted by Israeli police, the first time a would-be
bomber was brought to trial.
(Reuters, 6/28/02)(AP, 6/28/02)
2002 Jun 28, A Kyrgyzstan court
overturned the corruption sentence on against an opposition
lawmaker, whose case spawned nationwide protests in the former
2002 Jun 28, In Mexico City
gunmen with assault rifles tried to hold up an armored car, killing
three guards and wounding two others, but getting no money.
2003 Jun 28, The Mississippi
River Museum and Aquarium opened in Dubuque, Iowa.
(SSFC, 9/14/03, p.C12)
2003 Jun 28, After days of
intense searching by ground and air, U.S. forces found the bodies of
two soldiers missing north of Baghdad, as the toll of American dead
since the start of war topped the grim milestone of 200.
2003 Jun 28, An Islamic Jihad
leader announced that the group accepted a conditional three-month
halt to attacks on Israelis — the first open confirmation of the
deal from a militant leader.
2003 Jun 28, Two suspected
Islamic militants stormed an army camp in Kashmir, killing 12
soldiers before being slain themselves.
2003 Jun 28, West African
leaders promised to deploy a peace force of at least 5,000 troops to
warring Liberia after a cease-fire has been reached, and said France
had offered soldiers and logistical support.
2003 Jun 28, Malawi's army was
deployed to quell violent riots after demonstrators attacked an
American children's charity and several churches to protest the
removal of five Muslim foreign nationals suspected of working for
2004 Jun 28, The US Supreme
Court ruled 6-3 that detainees at Guantanamo must have access to the
US legal system. The Court ruled that the war on terrorism did not
give the government a "blank check" to hold a US citizen and
foreign-born terror suspects in legal limbo.
(WSJ, 6/29/04, p.A1)(AP, 6/28/05)
2004 Jun 28, America resumed
direct diplomatic ties with Libya after a 24-year break.
(USAT, 6/29/04, p.12A)(AP, 6/28/05)
2004 Jun 28, In Texas 2 freight
trains collided in San Antonio and one engineer was killed. Derailed
train cars released clouds of chlorine gas and ammonium nitrate. 2
people died from the toxic gases.
(USAT, 6/29/04, p.3A)(WSJ, 6/30/04, p.A1)
2004 Jun 28, Seven Afghan
policemen were killed as NATO agreed to boost its troop contingent
there to 10,000 ahead of September elections.
(WSJ, 6/29/04, p.A1)
2004 Jun 28, In Canada the
Liberal Party suffered heavy losses forcing PM Paul Martin to
establish the 1st minority government since 1979.
(WSJ, 6/29/04, p.A1)(SFC, 6/30/04, p.A7)
2004 Jun 28, In Germany
Mozart's opera "Die Entfuehrung aus dem Serail" (The Abduction from
the Seraglio) has caused a scandal in Berlin. A new production
featured rape, torture and masturbation, a nude bass singing an aria
in the shower and a cross-dressing hero who rounds off the night by
slaughtering a troupe of semi-naked prostitutes.
2004 Jun 28, The European Union
denied China's request to be officially recognized as a market
economy, saying that an assessment of the Chinese economy showed too
much state interference and poor corporate governance.
2004 Jun 28, Iran’s Deputy
Interior Minister Ali Asghar Ahmadi said two Iranian soldiers and
eight rebels were killed in clashes with Kurds. A pro-Kurdish news
agency said 16 soldiers and four rebels died.
2004 Jun 28, The US-led
coalition in a surprise move, transferred sovereignty to an interim
Iraqi government two days early.
2004 Jun 28, NATO leaders
agreed to help train Iraq's armed forces just hours after the new
government in Baghdad took over sovereignty from the U.S.-led
2004 Jun 28, A Palestinian
rocket attack on Sderot killed an Israeli boy (3) and man (49).
(USAT, 6/29/04, p.12A)
2005 Jun 28, On the first
anniversary of Iraqi sovereignty, President Bush, addressing the
nation from Fort Bragg, NC, rejected suggestions that he set a
timetable for withdrawal from Iraq or send in more troops as he
counseled patience for Americans who were questioning the war’s
2005 Jun 28, In Alabama a jury
acquitted former CEO Richard Scrushy of federal corporate corruption
charges in a $2.7 billion accounting fraud at HealthSouth. The SEC
soon announced that it would press a civil fraud case seeking $800
million from Scrushy.
(SFC, 6/29/05, p.C1)(SFC, 7/6/05, p.C1)
2005 Jun 28, The Grand
Challenges in Global Health announced 43 winners. The program was
funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation ($450m), the UK’s
Wellcome Trust ($27m), and Canada’s Institute of Health Research
(WSJ, 6/28/05, p.D6)(Econ, 7/2/05, p.69)
2005 Jun 28, Google unveiled a
free 3-D satellite mapping technology.
(SFC, 6/29/05, p.A1)
2005 Jun 28, In Kunar province,
Afghanistan, 4 US Navy SEAL commandos radioed for help during a
reconnaissance mission for Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters, that was
part of Operation Red Wing. A US Chinook helicopter with 16 men
responded to the call and was shot down. Marcus Luttrell was rescued
by US forces on July 2. In 2007 Luttrell, the only survivor,
authored “Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing
and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10." Michael Murphy, a Navy Seal
who gave his life to call for help for his unit, was awarded the
Medal of Honor in 2007.
(AP, 6/29/05)(SFC, 7/7/05, p.A14)(WSJ, 10/23/07,
p.A1)(WSJ, 10/27/07, p.A9)
2005 Jun 28, Austria launched
an energy exchange to trade carbon allowances in accord with the
Kyoto treaty to deal with greenhouse gases.
(Econ, 7/25/05, p.64)
2005 Jun 28, Canada’s House of
Commons passed legislation, drafted by PM Paul Martin, to legalize
gay marriage in spite of fierce opposition from Conservatives and
religious leaders. It would become only the third country in the
world to legalize gay marriage.
2005 Jun 28, Canada’s Supreme
Court said there is well-founded evidence that Rwandan exile Leon
Mugesera helped to incite the massacre of ethnic rivals in his
homeland and should be kicked out of Canada.
2005 Jun 28, China said it will
begin filling its strategic oil reserve by the end of the year.
(WSJ, 6/29/05, p.A13)
2005 Jun 28, Avian flu has
killed 5,000 wild birds in China's northwest, the World Health
Organization said, five times the number previously reported by the
2005 Jun 28, Cuban leader Fidel
Castro made a surprise visit to Venezuela for what he described on
arrival as an ''historic encounter'' with his top ally, Pres. Hugo
Chavez, and a 2-day summit with Caribbean leaders. This was his 4th
trip to Venezuela since 1999 and his first outside of Cuba since
2005 Jun 28, Colombia began a
2-day operation in which 12 members of Colombia's navy were arrested
in raids that uncovered drug-making chemicals and documents linking
them to cocaine smuggling groups.
2005 Jun 28, In Dagestan,
Russia, a writer and critic of the Islamist movement was shot to
death in Makhachkala.
(WSJ, 7/29/05, p.A11)
2005 Jun 28, Egypt ordered five
public sector company bosses to stand trial in a multi-million
dollar corruption case, one of the biggest of its kind in recent
2005 Jun 28, In Ethiopia police
arrested four independent newspaper editors on criminal charges of
defaming the military. They were detained for seven hours and later
released on bail. The arrests stem from reports in their
Amharic-language weeklies about Ethiopian air force pilots who
sought political asylum while training in Belarus.
2005 Jun 28, An international
consortium chose France as the site for an experimental nuclear
fusion reactor, a $13 billion project that developers hope will one
day generate endless, cheap energy by reproducing the sun's power
source and wean the world off fossil fuels.
2005 Jun 28, Stung by a recent
scandal that rocked India's booming business processing industry,
the government announced that it will tighten laws to prevent cyber
crime and ensure data secrecy.
2005 Jun 28, US troops
allegedly killed an Iraqi television director when he drove near a
US convoy. A suicide car bomb killed Sheikh Dhari Ali al-Fayadh, an
Iraqi Shiite legislator, his son and two bodyguards near Baghdad as
they were headed to a parliamentary session in the capital. A
suicide bomber near Balad killed a US soldier. A car bomb near
Tikrit killed another US soldier. In Samara police fired on a crowd
demanding jobs and one person was killed. A car bomb in Baquba
killed on e person. A suicide bomber in Musayyib killed a police
officer. Bloodshed killed at least 18 people throughout Iraq. In
Kirkuk a suicide car bomber slammed into a convoy killing a
bodyguard of traffic police chief Brig. Gen. Salar Ahmed.
(AP, 6/29/05)(SFC, 6/29/05, p.A15)
2005 Jun 28, More than 1,000
U.S. troops and Iraqi forces launched Operation Sword on Tuesday in
a bid to crush insurgents and foreign fighters in western Iraq, the
third major offensive in the area in recent weeks.
2005 Jun 28, Pakistan's Supreme
Court overturned the acquittals of 13 men accused of gang-raping a
villager and ordered the suspects arrested in a case that has drawn
international attention to the brutal treatment of women in this
conservative Muslim country.
2005 Jun 28, Lebanon's new
parliament overwhelmingly re-elected a pro-Syrian as speaker in a
political compromise by the anti-Syrian coalition that won the
2005 Jun 28, Lawmakers
overwhelming approved a law allowing millions of Mexicans living
abroad to vote by mail in next year's presidential election, a
measure that could reshape the country's leadership race.
2005 Jun 28, Mexico's Zapatista
rebels suggested they would seek to open a political front with
workers, farmers and students, a decision the government interpreted
as a move toward joining mainstream politics and away from armed
2005 Jun 28, Russia said it
intends to cancel $2.2 billion owed by the poorest African countries
in support of an initiative by the eight major industrialized
nations to write off more than $40 billion of debt.
2005 Jun 28, Saudi Arabia
issued a list of 36 men wanted for acts of terror and called on
people to report them to the police.
2005 Jun 28, South Korea's spy
agency said North Korea has cut most of its international phone
lines since late March over concerns that sensitive information
about its society will flow out of the isolated country.
2005 Jun 28, Swedish truck and
bus maker Volvo AB said it will close an assembly plant in Botswana
and open a new factory in Durban, South Africa.
2005 Jun 28, In Madrid a
Tibetan group presented a criminal case against top Chinese
officials for genocide and crimes against humanity, seeking to take
advantage of Spain's laws on international human rights crimes.
2006 Jun 28, Star Jones
Reynolds was booted from "The View," one day after surprising ABC
and Barbara Walters by saying on the air that she wouldn't be
returning to the daytime talk show in the fall.
2006 Jun 28, "Miracle on Ice"
coach Herb Brooks and Patrick Roy, the NHL's winningest goaltender,
were among four honorees elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
2006 Jun 28, In California the
San Jose City Council passed a nonbinding resolution (8-3) asking
Mayor Gonzales to resign following his indictment on corruption
(SFC, 6/29/06, p.B1)
2006 Jun 28, The US NBA
approved switching to a synthetic basketball that promised improved
control and more dunks next season.
(WSJ, 6/29/06, p.A1)
2006 Jun 28, The IPO of J.
Crews closed at $25.55, 28% above the $20 offering price. CEO Mickey
Drexler stepped in as head of the NY retailer in 2003.
(SFC, 6/29/06, p.C1)
2006 Jun 28, At least 16 deaths
in northeastern US states were blamed on the stormy weather and
three people were missing. Rain on the East coast forced the
evacuation of more than 2,200 people near a rising lake and washed
out part of a four-lane highway.
(AP, 6/28/06)(WSJ, 6/29/06, p.A1)
2006 Jun 28, Published remarks
by Algeria’s Interior Minister Noureddine Yazid Zerhouni said about
200 Islamist fighters have so far surrendered under an amnesty aimed
at ending years of violence.
2006 Jun 28, Australia's PM
Howard hailed his country's record liquid natural gas export
contract with China as a symbol of blossoming trade between the
countries during an inaugural ceremony with Premier Wen Jiabao at
the Chinese gas terminal in Shenzen.
2006 Jun 28, Belgian
authorities confirmed the discovery of a second body in their search
for two missing schoolgirls. Stepsisters, Stacy Lemmens (7) and
Nathalie Mahy (10), had disappeared from a street party on June 10.
2006 Jun 28, About 150,000
people demanded autonomy for Bolivia's wealthiest state in one of
the nation's largest demonstrations ever just four days before a
national referendum on the issue.
2006 Jun 28, Canadian
scientists said they have created the first device able to re-grow
teeth and bones. Researchers at the University of Alberta in
Edmonton filed patents earlier this month in the US for the tool
based on low-intensity pulsed ultrasound technology after testing it
on a dozen dental patients in Canada.
2006 Jun 28, In northern China
an explosion at a coal mine killed at least 22 workers and injured
37. Five more people were missing following the explosion in the
Wulong Coal Mine in Fuxin, a city in Liaoning province.
2006 Jun 28, Stone-throwing
youths attacked refugee camps and torched homes in East Timor,
raising tensions as thousands of supporters of ex-premier Mari
Alkatiri waited outside the capital Dili.
2006 Jan 28, Maurice Lever
(b.1935), French writer, died in Paris of cancer. His work included
a biography of Marquis de Sade (1994), “Bloody Rumors" (1993), a
history of violent news stories, and “Scepter and Bauble" (1909), a
history of court jesters.
2006 Jun 28, HSBC said police
had arrested an employee at an HSBC centre in Bangalore, India's
technology hub, for allegedly taking 230,000 pounds from the
accounts of 16 British account holders.
2006 Jun 28, Iraq's PM
Nouri-al-Maliki said that 11 insurgent groups have shown a
willingness for reconciliation, but that any amnesty for insurgents
would exclude militants who killed American forces or Iraqis. Eight
of the 11 insurgent groups banded together to approach al-Maliki's
government under The 1920 Revolution Brigade, which has claimed
credit for killing US troops in the past. A security official said
Iraqi forces had captured Yousri Fakher Mohammed Ali, a Tunisian
also known as Abu Qudama, a key al-Qaida suspect wanted in the
bombing of a Shiite shrine. The mastermind of the attack that
brought the country to the brink of civil war was still at large. A
suicide car bomber blew up himself near a Sunni mosque in a market
south of the northeastern city of Baqouba, killing one person and
wounding 12. A roadside bomb targeting a US convoy exploded in
western Baghdad, killing an Iraqi civilian and wounding another.
Gunmen killed Riyadh Abdul-Majid Zuaini, the customs director for
central Baghdad, and his driver in the predominantly Sunni
neighborhood of Amariyah.
(AP, 6/28/06)(AP, 6/29/06)
2006 Jun 28, Israeli tanks and
troops entered southern Gaza in the early morning and planes
attacked three bridges and knocked out electricity and water
supplies for most of the 1.3 million residents of the Gaza Strip. An
Israeli Cabinet minister accused the Hamas leader in Syria of
ordering the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier in the Gaza Strip and
said he is a target for assassination. A Palestinian militant group
threatened to kill an abducted Jewish settler if Israel doesn't stop
its raid on the Gaza Strip.
2006 Jun 28, Italy's
center-left government won a confidence vote, a motion it had called
itself in a political maneuver to gain more time to implement a
package of reforms.
2006 Jun 28, Gunmen shot and
killed Ignacio Perales Gomez, a prominent Mexico City police
investigator, outside his home. Perales was a lead investigator in
several of the city's notable cases including that of jailed
businessman Carlos Ahumada, a Mexico City construction mogul linked
to a bribery scandal that rocked the country in 2004.
2006 Jun 28, Morocco and the US
agreed to give the African country's exports to North America a
2006 Jun 28, Pakistani
authorities released 50 detained tribesmen in a goodwill gesture in
the northern tribal region. The releases came amid efforts to end
four years of violence between pro-Taliban militants and the
Pakistani military in the North and South Waziristan regions.
2006 Jun 28, Peru’s Congress
overwhelmingly voted to ratify a free trade pact with the US,
rejecting claims the treaty will hurt Peru's farmers by flooding the
Andean nation with subsidized cotton, rice, corn and potatoes.
2006 Jun 28, The Kremlin press
service said President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russia's special
services to hunt down and "destroy" the killers of four Russian
diplomats in Iraq.
2006 Jun 28, Russian
prosecutors asked media officials to close three popular teenage
magazines, arguing the publications propagate sexual activity.
2006 Jun 28, A spokesman said
the UN Development Program has halted a voluntary disarmament
program in Uganda's troubled northeast amid new reports of rights
abuses by government troops in the region.
2006 Jun 28, The UN General
Assembly unanimously admitted the newly independent Republic of
Montenegro as the 192nd member of the world body.
2007 Jun 28, President Bush's
immigration plan to legalize as many as 12 million unlawful
immigrants while fortifying the border collapsed in the Senate.
2007 Jun 28, The US FDA halted
imports of 5 kinds of farm raised seafood from China after tests
revealed trace amounts of carcinogens and antibiotics.
(SFC, 6/29/07, p.B5)
2007 Jun 28, The US Supreme
Court in a 5-4 decision condemned race-based school enrollment plans
in Louisville, Ky., and Seattle, but stopped short of banning it.
The decision was denounced at a debate hours later by Democratic
presidential candidates. The court also struck down an anti-trust
rule nearly a century old, saying that it is no longer automatically
unlawful for manufacturers and distributors to agree on setting
minimum retail prices.
(SFC, 6/29/07, p.A1, D1)(AP, 6/28/08)
2007 Jun 28, In Alabama a
district judge ordered Richard M. Scrushy, former head of
HealthSouth to immediately begin serving an 82-month prison sentence
for bribery. Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman was sentenced to over
7 years in prison.
(WSJ, 6/28/07, p.A3)
2007 Jun 28, Biologists
reported the conversion of one species of bacterium into another by
replacing all of its DNA.
(SFC, 6/29/07, p.A9)
2007 Jun 28, The US Fish and
Wildlife Service announced that it would remove the bald eagle from
the list of creatures protected under the Endangered Species Act.
(Econ, 7/7/07, p.31)
2007 Jun 28, Bruce Kennedy
(b.1938), former CEO of Alaska Airlines (1979-1991), was killed when
his Cessna 182 crashed in Cashmere, Wash.
(WSJ, 1/7/07, p.A4)
2007 Jun 28, A suicide car
bomber hit a convoy of security contractors in Kabul, killing two US
nationals and an Afghan woman and wounding three other Americans.
The last of 18 mine clearing experts seized by the Taliban at the
weekend were released unharmed, but the insurgent group has kept
hold of key detection equipment as well as 3 specialist sniffer
dogs. The Taliban beheaded a boy (15) in Zabul province after
accusing him of spying for US forces. The headless body of Mir
Zaman, who had been working as a translator for NATO-led troops in
the eastern province of Paktia, was found in Logar province.
(AFP, 6/28/07)(Reuters, 6/28/07)(AFP, 6/29/07)
2007 Jun 28, An Angolan
Airlines plane crashed into a house on landing, killing at least six
people in M'banza Congo, a town about 180 miles north of the
2007 Jun 28, Dramatic flooding
replaced relentless drought in parts of eastern Australia, as PM
John Howard expressed hopes that the country's worst drought in a
century may be coming to an end.
2007 Jun 28, The Bolivian
government began legal proceedings to seize the vast landholdings of
a prominent opposition leader, saying the property was fraudulently
obtained and should be given to a local Indian tribe. Soybean oil
magnate Branko Marinkovic, an outspoken critic of President Evo
Morales, said the 64,250 acres targeted by the government were
obtained legally and are being used productively.
2007 Jun 28, In central Bolivia
3 Bolivian soldiers and a Venezuelan sergeant died when an air force
2007 Jun 28, Federal
authorities in Brazil arrested 10 Brazilians accused of luring South
American women to Spain and forcing them into prostitution.
2007 Jun 28, In Toronto the CN
Tower, the world's tallest free-standing structure, showed off its
high-efficiency LED lighting, giving a brief preview of some of the
millions of color combinations that will flow up and down the
553-meter (1,815-foot) tower during holidays and special events.
2007 Jun 28, Egypt banned all
female circumcision, the widely-practiced removal of the clitoris,
which just days ago cost the life of a 12-year-old girl.
2007 Jun 28, Ethiopian PM Meles
Zenawi said he had accepted a 2002-border ruling with the country's
arch-foe Eritrea, but insisted on new talks on how to implement it.
2007 Jun 28, The European
Commission said all Indonesian airlines and several from Russia,
Ukraine and Angola will be banned from flying to the EU due to
2007 Jun 28, Hundreds of ethnic
Georgians confronted Russian peacekeeping forces in the breakaway
region of South Ossetia, throwing paint and gasoline on the troops
and forcing them to stop blocking a road project.
2007 Jun 28, African Union
foreign ministers met in Accra, Ghana, to prepare a summit of heads
of state next week, the focus of which will be the creation of the
United States of Africa.
2007 Jun 28, In Greece a fire
broke out in the forest on Mount Parnitha, 12 miles northwest of
Athens, and burned for 5 days destroying some 11,000 acres.
2007 Jun 28, In Iraq a car bomb
killed 22 people in one of the capital's busy outdoor bus stations.
A report of 20 beheaded bodies, allegedly discovered on the banks of
the Tigris River southeast of Baghdad, was later found to be false.
3 mortar rounds slammed into a popular shopping district in central
Baghdad, killing 3 pedestrians. Mortars also fell early in eastern
Baghdad's al-Amin neighborhood, killing 2 civilians and wounding 4
others. A car bomb exploded at a fuel station in western Baghdad's
Mansour neighborhood, killing one person and wounding 3 others. 2
suspected militants were killed when the bomb they were planting
near a house of a US translator detonated prematurely. Insurgents
launched a deadly coordinated attack on an American combat patrol,
detonating a roadside bomb, then firing guns and rocket-propelled
grenades at the soldiers.
(AP, 6/28/07)(AP, 6/29/07)(AP, 7/1/07)
2007 Jun 28, Israeli President
Moshe Katzav agreed to resign under an unexpected plea bargain that
included no jail time for sex crimes, ending a year-long
investigation. Israeli troops imposed a curfew on downtown Nablus
and clashed with Fatah militants as the army's activities moved from
Gaza to the West Bank.
2007 Jun 28, It was reported
that Italy’s PM Romano Prodi estimated that unpaid taxes, including
income from the black market, were equal to 27% of Italy’s GDP. The
public debt stood at 106% of GDP.
(WSJ, 6/28/07, p.A1)
2007 Jun 28, Shigetake Ogata
(73), the former head of Japan's intelligence agency, was arrested
on fraud allegations involving a $29 million purchase of the
headquarters of the General Association of Korean Residents from a
pro-North Korean group that he had monitored.
2007 Jun 28, Kiichi Miyazawa
(b.1919), former PM of Japan (1991-1993), died.
(AP, 6/28/07)(SFC, 6/30/07, p.B5)
2007 Jun 28, Lebanese troops
killed at least six Islamic militants during a gunbattle in northern
2007 Jun 28, Nigeria’s
President Umaru Yar'Adua revealed personal wealth of $5 million,
saying public financial disclosures should be standard practice
amidst official corruption. Torrential rain brought Lagos virtually
to a standstill as streets flooded with more than 50 centimeters (20
inches) of water, in places blocking traffic.
(AFP, 6/28/07)(AP, 6/28/07)
2007 Jun 28, Salam Fayyad, the
new Palestinian PM, delivered a stern warning to hundreds of Islamic
preachers, including Hamas supporters: He won't tolerate calls for
violence delivered from mosque pulpits and plans to collect
2007 Jun 28, President Vladimir
Putin welcomed Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez for talks at the
Russian presidential retreat outside Moscow, saying economic affairs
and military-technical cooperation were on the agenda.
2007 Jun 28, In Somalia a
roadside bomb killed two Somali soldiers in Mogadishu in the latest
of a string of attacks highlighting worsening security.
2007 Jun 28, In South Africa
public sector unions representing one million members called off a
nearly monthlong strike, bringing an end to a labor action that shut
down schools and crippled hospitals across the country.
2007 Jun 28, In Sudan China's
No. 1 oil company, CNPC, and Indonesia's PT Pertamina agreed to
co-develop a Sudanese offshore oil block, ignoring international
efforts to isolate Sudan over the crisis in its Darfur region.
2007 Jun 28, The Vatican said
Pope Benedict XVI has approved a document that relaxes restrictions
on celebrating the Latin Mass used by the Roman Catholic Church for
centuries until the modernizing reforms of the 1960s.
2007 Jun 28, In Zambia US first
lady Laura Bush promoted the role of faith-based organizations in
combating disease in Africa as she launched an anti-malaria
2007 Jun 28, Zimbabwe ordered a
blanket freeze on the prices of all goods and services, urging
members of the public to blow the whistle on retailers who ignore
the latest edict.
2008 Jun 28, US President
George W. Bush declared a state of emergency in California and
ordered federal aid to help authorities battle more than 1,000
wildfires burning out of control.
2008 Jun 28, Ruslana Korshunova
(20), a European Vogue cover model, fell to her death from her
Manhattan apartment building in an apparent suicide. She was
originally from the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan.
2008 Jun 28, In Mountain View,
Ca., Omar Aquino (24) and his sister, Teresa Sanchez (27), were
killed in their home. Police later said they were the victims of a
conspiracy that included 7 youths and young adults communicating
with cellular text messages.
(SFC, 8/28/08, p.B4)
2008 Jun 28, A small plane
crashed outside Las Vegas killing 4 residents of Oakley, Ca.
(SFC, 6/30/08, p.B1)
2008 Jun 28, Dr. Robert C.
Seamans, former NASA administrator (1960-1968) and MIT professor,
died in Massachusetts. In 1968 Pres. Nixon named him secretary of
the Air Force and in 1974 Pres. Ford named him the first
administrator of the Energy Research and Development Administration
(ERDA), which along with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, had
replaced the Atomic Energy Commission.
2008 Jun 28, In Afghanistan the
US-led coalition said 32 militants were killed in southern Uruzgan
province. 2 militants were killed in a firefight in the Marja
district of troubled Helmand province. An army vehicle was struck by
a roadside bomb in Paktia province killing two Afghan soldiers. In
Farah province insurgents attacked the government headquarters in
Juwain and the ensuing battle left at least 2 police officers dead.
(SSFC, 6/29/08, p.A4)(AP, 6/30/08)(SFC, 6/30/08,
2008 Jun 28, In Bulgaria
extremists throwing rocks, bottles and gasoline bombs attacked the
capital's first gay pride parade which included some 150
2008 Jun 28, In Chechnya 2
police officers and 2 civilians were killed in the southern Shatoi
district during an operation to persuade militants to surrender.
(SFC, 6/30/08, p.A3)
2008 Jun 28, China’s government
said Tropical Storm Fengshen killed at least nine people in southern
China. In southwest China angry villagers set fire to police and
government offices and overturned vehicles to protest how officials
handled a teenage student's death. The unrest was sparked by the
death of a 16-year-old student who was raped and murdered. Relatives
said she disappeared after being called away by three young men, two
of whom were related to officials in the county's public security
bureau. Provincial officials soon dismissed the town’s government,
party and police chiefs.
(AP, 6/28/08)(AP, 6/29/08)(Econ, 8/2/08, p.30)
2008 Jun 28, In Iraq 2
militants were killed in a gunfight in Sharqat, about 170 miles
north of Baghdad. One of the dead was identified as a wanted member
of a network that carries out bombings. A suspected militant was
killed in Kirkuk during a raid on a cell believed to have carried
out kidnappings. Gunmen killed the head of Basra's intelligence
department in a night time drive-by shooting in eastern Baghdad. The
US military detained a suspected al-Qaida in Iraq member in Udaim in
an operation that destroyed two structures rigged with explosives.
(AP, 6/28/08)(AP, 6/29/08)
2008 Jun 28, In Indian Kashmir
at least 50 people were injured when police and protesters clashed
for a sixth day as resistance to the transfer of land to a Hindu
pilgrim group deepened.
2008 Jun 28, In Lebanon at
least one person was killed and 28 others wounded when an explosion
ripped through an apartment building in the northern city of
Tripoli. The explosion was caused by a bomb placed in the first
floor of a building in a district whose Sunni Muslim residents
support the government.
2008 Jun 28, In Malaysia a male
volunteer, working for the political campaign of opposition leader
Anwar Ibrahim, lodged a police report accusing him of sexual
(Econ, 7/5/08, p.51)
2008 Jun 28, Pakistani forces
bombarded suspected militant hideouts with mortar shells as the
government launched a major offensive against Taliban fighters near
Peshawar, the main city in the country's volatile northwest.
2008 Jun 28, In the southern
Philippines some 50 New People's Army guerrillas attacked a police
station and burned a cellular phone transmission tower, sparking
clashes with government forces that killed at least 11 people.
2008 Jun 28, Police in Russia’s
Dagestan province killed three suspected militants, including a
2008 Jun 28, In northern Sri
Lanka government troops captured a Tamil Tiger rebel-held village.
20 rebels and a soldier were killed in Vavuniya. Seven Tigers and a
soldier were killed in Mannar and 14 rebels died in Welioya.
(AP, 6/28/08)(AP, 6/29/08)
2008 Jun 28, The head of a
foreign observer mission said many Zimbabweans deliberately defaced
their ballots in a discredited presidential runoff with President
Robert Mugabe as the sole candidate, and voted only out of fear.
2009 Jun 28, The US Agriculture
Department said a Colorado meat company is expanding a recall of
beef due to possible contamination by E.coli O157:H7 bacteria after
an investigation found 18 illnesses may be linked to the meat.
2009 Jun 28, It was reported
that bark beetles were killing millions of pine trees from Colorado
to Canada. Over 7 million acres of forest in the US have been
declared all but dead. 22 million more acres were expected to die
over the next 15 years.
(SSFC, 6/28/09, p.A16)
2009 Jun 28, Impressionist Fred
Travalena (66), a headliner in Vegas showrooms and a regular on
late-night talk shows with his takes on presidents, crooners and
screen stars, died in Los Angeles.
2009 Jun 28, Billy Mays (50),
known to television viewers as the OxiClean guy, died of a heart
attack at his Tampa home. The boisterous pitchman aired on
commercials hundreds of times a week nationwide showing off his
latest cleaning product or gadget. An autopsy later showed that
cocaine use contributed to his heart disease.
(AP, 6/29/09)(SFC, 6/30/09, p.A4)(SFC, 8/8/09,
2009 Jun 28, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide car bomber attacked a police vehicle in
Nangarhar province, killing a child nearby and wounding nine people,
including four policemen.
2009 Jun 28, Albanians voted in
parliamentary elections seen as a crucial test of democracy to prove
the Balkan country is ready for EU membership. The governing
Democratic Party and the opposition Socialist Party were
neck-and-neck in pre-election polls. PM Berisha’s Democrats won 68
seats and allies won 2 seats in the 140-seat parliament.
(AP, 6/28/09)(SFC, 6/29/09, p.A2)(SFC, 7/27/09,
2009 Jun 28, Argentina's first
couple suffered a stunning setback in an election seen as a
referendum on their political dynasty, losing control of both houses
of Congress. The loss weakened President Cristina Fernandez's
government two years before she leaves office by diminishing her
ability to push legislation through Congress. Former President
Nestor Kirchner, lost a bid for a seat from Buenos Aires province.
Allies of the first couple also lost key races in the election in
the city of Buenos Aires and Cordoba and Santa Fe provinces.
2009 Jun 28, The Australian
navy intercepted a refugee boat with 194 people aboard off the
country's northwest coast. It was the 15th suspected
people-smuggling craft to have been stopped in Australian waters or
to have made landfall since January.
2009 Jun 28, Egyptian security
forces arrested a leading member of the opposition Muslim
Brotherhood and three others in pre-dawn raids. Egyptian police shot
dead a migrant and wounded two others as they tried to enter Israel
2009 Jun 28, Guinea-Bissau held
elections for a new leader to replace the late President Joao
Bernardo "Nino" Vieira, who was assassinated more than three months
ago. The population of Guinea-Bissau stood at about 1.5 million.
Leading a pack of 11 candidates were three former presidents seeking
to retake the post. The election was marked by one of the lowest
turnouts ever. If no candidate wins an overall majority in the first
round, the election will go to a run-off between the two
highest-placed contenders on July 28.
(AP, 6/28/09)(AFP, 6/29/09)
2009 Jun 28, In Honduras more
than a dozen soldiers arrested President Manuel Zelaya and disarmed
his security guards after surrounding his residence before dawn.
Protesters called it a coup and flocked to the presidential palace
as local news media reported that Zelaya was sent into exile in
Costa Rica. He was detained shortly before voting was to begin on a
constitutional referendum the president had insisted on holding even
though the Supreme Court ruled it illegal and everyone from the
military to Congress and members of his own party opposed it. The
nonbinding referendum was to ask voters if they want to hold a vote
during the November presidential election on whether to convoke an
assembly to rewrite the constitution. Roberto Micheletti, the leader
of Congress, was sworn in to serve until Zelaya's term ends. This
was the first military ouster of a Central American president since
1993, when Guatemalan military officials refused to accept President
Jorge Serrano's attempt to seize absolute power.
(AP, 6/28/09)(AP, 6/29/09)
2009 Jun 28, In India hundreds
of gay rights supporters waved flags and danced past traffic during
marches through three Indian cities to celebrate gay pride and call
for the decriminalization of homosexuality in this deeply
2009 Jun 28, In India at least
35 people including eight children were killed after they were
struck by lightning in the adjoining eastern Indian states of Bihar
2009 Jun 28, In Ingushetia in a
region bordering Chechnya to the east, police troops clashed with
militants in an overnight gunbattle that killed four militants and
one police officer.
2009 Jun 28, Iranian media
reported that eight local British embassy staff were detained for an
alleged role in postelection protests. Rot police clashed with up to
3,000 protesters near the Ghoba Mosque in north Tehran. It was
Iran's first major post-election unrest in four days.
(AP, 6/28/09)(AP, 6/29/09)
2009 Jun 28, In Iraq a roadside
bomb targeting a US convoy in eastern Baghdad wounded six
bystanders. It was unclear if anyone in the convoy was injured. A
car bomb also exploded in the parking lot of a police academy in
western Baghdad, killing one police officer and wounding six others.
Insurgents were apparently taking advantage of a major sandstorm
that blanketed Baghdad and reduced visibility to just a few yards in
2009 Jun 28, In Lebanon a Sunni
woman (30) was killed and three men were wounded in a gunbattle
between Sunni supporters of Lebanon's prime minister-designate and
parliamentary majority leader Saad Hariri, and rival followers of
the Hezbollah-allied Shiite Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri.
2009 Jun 28, Mexican
prosecutors announced they have put 93 police officers and
investigators under house arrest on suspicion of aiding the Zetas, a
feared gang of hit men tied to the Gulf drug cartel.
2009 Jun 28, In Nigeria at
least eight people were killed in the collapse of a three-story
building in Lagos, the capital.
2009 Jun 28, The Pakistani
government offered a $615,000 reward for information leading to the
capture or death of Baitullah Mehsud. Fighter jets bombarded
militant hideouts in Samm village of Laddha town in South
Waziristan, killing 8 rebels. An ambush by rival Taliban under Gul
Bahadur killed 23 soldiers in North Waziristan. 10 suspected
militants were also killed in the attack. A stray mortar shell hit a
mosque during prayers in Azam Warsak in South Waziristan, killing 3
tribesmen and wounding 7.
(AP, 6/28/09)(AP, 6/29/09)(SFC, 6/29/09,
p.A2)(Econ, 7/25/09, p.38)
2009 Jun 28, In the Philippines
7 policemen killed in an attack by suspected Muslim guerrillas on
the restive southern island of Basilan.
2009 Jun 28, Somali pirates
released the entire crew of the Belgian the Pompei dredger, a ship
seized on April 18, after a ransom was paid.
2009 Jun 28, In Sudan 6 people
were killed in weekend tribal clashes between Nuba and Misseriya
tribesmen in Sudan's South Kordofan region, which borders Darfur.
2009 Jun 28, Swiss police said
they have uncovered a child pornography ring involving more than
2,000 people in 78 countries.
2010 Jun 28, The US and the EU
signed a deal to share financial data in suspected terrorist cases.
(SFC, 6/29/10, p.A2)
2010 Jun 28, The Supreme Court
held that Americans have the right to own a gun for self-defense
anywhere they live. The court, in the case of McDonald v. City of
Chicago, forever changed the terms of debate over the right to bear
arms. The 5-4 vote extended principles the court laid out in 2008,
when it struck down a handgun ban in Washington, D.C.
2010 Jun 28, The US Supreme
Court in Christian Legal Society vs. Martinez (08-1371) ruled that a
public university is not required to subsidize student groups with
discriminatory membership policies.
(SFC, 6/29/10, p.A1)
2010 Jun 28, The FBI announced
the arrests of 10 alleged deep cover Russian agents after tracking
the suspects for years. They were accused of attempting to
infiltrate US policymaking circles while posing as ordinary
citizens. All 10 were charged with conspiracy to act as an agent of
a foreign government without notifying the US attorney general. The
offense carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison. An 11th
person allegedly involved in the Russian spy ring was arrested
the next day in Cyprus. A Russian spy couple lived in Canada and
were models for the TV show "The Americans." In 2019 their son,
Alexander Vavilov, was allowed to keep his Canadian citizenship.
(AP, 6/29/10)(SFC, 12/21/19, p.A2)
2010 Jun 28, Chicago’s former
police Cmdr. Jon Burge (b.1947) was convicted of lying about the
torture of suspects and was sentenced to 4½ years in prison. In 2012
the City Council approved settlements totaling $7.17 million to
resolved lawsuits by 2 men who alleged they were victims of police
torture during the tenure of Burge.
2010 Jun 28, Robert C. Byrd
(b.1917), the longest serving member of the US Senate, died. The
fiery orator and hard-charging power broker had steered billions of
federal dollars to his beloved West Virginia.
2010 Jun 28, In Afghanistan
NATO said that a Taliban commander was among several armed people
killed during a search operation in Kandahar, but residents claimed
the troops killed eight innocent civilians, including two elderly
men. In eastern Ghazni province, a minivan exploded when it struck a
roadside bomb in Andar district. At least eight people were killed
and two wounded in the blast. 4 Afghan National Police officers were
killed by a roadside bomb in the Dularam district of Farah province.
(AP, 6/28/10)(AP, 6/30/10)
2010 Jun 28, The British Home
Office unveiled plans to limit the numbers coming to live and work
in the country for the first time, cutting visas for skilled non-EU
migrants by five percent.
2010 Jun 28, Burundi began
voting for a president. Incumbent Pres. Pierre Nkurunziza was the
2010 Jun 28, In southwestern
China a landslide caused by heavy rains trapped at least 107 people,
and there was little hope for their survival.
2010 Jun 28, In Cuba President
Bashar Assad of Syria sat down with Raul Castro as part of his first
tour of Latin America, a trip that is taking him to meetings with
many of the region's left-leaning governments.
2010 Jun 28, In Iraq attacks in
Baghdad killed two women civilians and an intelligence officer,
while two policemen died trying to defuse a bomb.
2010 Jun 28, Israel's internal
security service said 7 Israeli Arabs inspired by al-Qaida have been
indicted in the killing of an Israeli cab driver and other attacks
on Jews and Christians.
2010 Jun 28, In Indian Kashmir
2 separatist protesters were killed when security forces opened fire
to disperse angry demonstrations.
2010 Jun 28, In Mexico gunmen
ambushed campaign caravan of Rodolfo Torre (46) less than a week
before he was expected to win the governor's race in Tamaulipas, a
state torn by a turf battle between two rival drug cartels. Torre
and 4 other people were killed: three of the candidate's bodyguards
and a state lawmaker. In Guerrero state reported Juan Rodriguez Rios
and his wife were shot dead inside an Internet café they operated in
Coyuca de Benitez.
(AP, 6/29/10)(SFC, 6/30/10, p.A2)
2010 Jun 28, Four Pakistani
soldiers were killed when Taliban militants ambushed an army patrol
in the tribal district of Bajaur near the Afghan border. A truck
carrying chemicals accidentally exploded in southern Pakistan after
pressure built up in its storage tank, killing 18 people and
(AFP, 6/28/10)(AP, 6/28/10)
2010 Jun 28, In central Gaza 2
dozen masked men vandalized a UN summer camp for children, burning
and slashing tents, toys and a plastic swimming pool. It was the
second such attack in just over a month.
2010 Jun 28, Somali pirates
hijacked the Singaporean-flagged Golden Blessing carrying a
poisonous chemical used in antifreeze off the northern tip of
Somalia and took the 19 Chinese sailors onboard hostage. A ransom
was paid and the hostages were freed on Nov 6.
2010 Jun 28, South African
media said Mozambicans and Thais children (9-16) were discovered a
week earlier by South African border police during an inspection at
the Komatipoort crossing between South Africa and Mozambique.
2010 Jun 28, Sudan said will
close its border crossings with Libya next month as it ramps up
security on the frontier in response to banditry. Leaders from the
Misseriya and Rizeigat groups signed a reconciliation deal in the
West Darfur town of Zalingei, raising hopes for an end to fighting
that has killed more than 200 people since March.
(AFP, 6/29/10)(Reuters, 6/29/10)
2010 Jun 28, In Switzerland
Alfred Donath (78), a Jewish activist who helped Holocaust victims
and their heirs recover money from Swiss banks, died. Donath was the
vice president of the Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities when
Swiss banks reached an out-of-court settlement in 1998 to pay
Holocaust victims and their heirs $1.25 billion. He led the
organization from 2000 to 2008.
2010 Jun 28, Pope Benedict XVI
announced the creation of a new Vatican office to fight
secularization and "re-evangelize" the West, a tacit acknowledgment
that his attempts to reinvigorate Christianity in Europe haven't
succeeded and need a new boost.
2011 Jun 28, California
lawmakers approved a budget package with $86 billion in general fund
spending, ensuring that they will once again get paid.
(SFC, 6/28/11, p.A1)
2011 Jun 28, Two Kansas doctors
filed a suit to stop the state from enforcing a new abortion
licensing law due to take effect July 1.
(SFC, 6/28/11, p.A6)
2011 Jun 28, New Jersey Gov.
Chris Christy signed legislation requiring government workers to pay
more for health care and pensions.
(SFC, 6/28/11, p.A6)
2011 Jun 28, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb killed two women and injured a child who were walking
in Panjwai district of Kandahar province. A NATO service member was
killed in an insurgent attack. Heavily armed Taliban militants
stormed a top Kabul hotel, sparking a ferocious battle involving
Afghan commandos and a NATO helicopter gunship that left 20 people
dead including nine attackers. The hotel was hosting delegates
attending an Afghan security conference and a large wedding party
when the insurgents struck late in the day.
(AP, 6/28/11)(AFP, 6/29/11)(AP, 6/30/11)
2011 Jun 28, British
immigration officials arrested Arab-Israeli Islamist leader Sheikh
Raed Saleh after he returned from an event in the central English
city of Leicester.
2011 Jun 28, Colombia
extradited Phanor Arizabaleta (73) to the US. He has been charged
with drug trafficking by a court in Washington, DC. Arizabaleta was
alleged to have been a key figure in the now-defunct Cali cartel.
Colombia's Supreme Court also approved the extradition of Ramon
Quintero Sanclemente (52) to face money laundering and drug charges
2011 Jun 28, An Egyptian court
ordered the dissolution of more than 1,750 municipal councils, seen
as one of the last vestiges of Hosni Mubarak's rule. Security forces
clashed with some 5,000 protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.
Protesters demanded that the country's military rulers speed up the
prosecution of security officers responsible for February protester
(AP, 6/28/11)(SFC, 6/28/11, p.A2)
2011 Jun 28, French finance
chief Christine Lagarde (55) was named as the first female head of
the Int’l. Monetary Fund (IMF).
(SFC, 6/28/11, p.D4)
2011 Jun 28, Greek riot police
fired tear gas at youths hurling rocks near the finance ministry in
Athens. The clashes with police came at the start of a two-day
strike called by unions furious that the new euro28 billion ($40
billion) austerity program will slap taxes on minimum wage earners
and other struggling Greeks.
2011 Jun 28, In Kenya the aid
group Save the Children said more than 800 Somali children arrive
each day at overcrowded refugee camps in the northeast to escape a
devastating drought in their war-ravaged country. They were among
nearly 1,300 people who arrive each day at the Dadaab refugee camps.
2011 Jun 28, In Mexico Abraham
Barrios Caporal (26), an alleged hit man accused of kidnapping bus
passengers, killing them and burying them in mass graves in northern
Mexico, was captured in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz state, and
acknowledged working for the Zetas drug cartel.
2011 Jun 28, Moldova officials
said 6 people have been arrested for trying to sell an unspecified
amount of uranium-235 to a North African country for $28.85 million.
(SFC, 6/30/11, p.A2)
2011 Jun 28, Nepal’s government
said workers renovating the Hanuman Dhoka palace in Kathmandu, a
UNESCO world heritage site, have discovered a huge stash of gold and
silver ornaments weighing more than 300 kilograms (661 pounds).
2011 Jun 28, The Dutch
parliament agreed with the Dutch Party for the Animals (pvdD) and
passed a bill banning the slaughter of livestock without stunning it
first, removing an exemption that has allowed Jews and Muslims to
butcher animals according to centuries old dietary rules.
(SFC, 6/28/11, p.A2)(Econ, 12/21/13, p.80)
2011 Jun 28, In northeastern
Nigeria lightning strikes in Gombe and Yobe states killed eight men,
four women and three children.
2011 Jun 28, In Pakistan
federal and provincial ministers from an influential political party
in Sindh resigned after their Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) quit
the government in protest. The move left the PPP with a slender
majority in the national government.
2011 Jun 28, Pro-Palestinian
activists, who plan to breach Israel's sea blockade of the Gaza
Strip, said that they had increased security around their docked
flotilla after an alleged act of sabotage on one of the vessels in a
Greek port. Organizers said hostile divers had cut the propeller
shaft of one of the flotilla’s 10 ships.
(AP, 6/28/11)(SFC, 6/28/11, p.A2)
2011 Jun 28, In Papua New
Guinea the Somare family, led by his wife, Lady Veronica Somare,
announced Michael Somare's retirement as Prime Minister and from
politics. Somare was still hospitalized in intensive care at Raffles
Hospital in Singapore at the time of his retirement, more than three
months after he underwent heart surgery in April 2011.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Somare)(Econ, 8/6/11, p.35)
2011 Jun 28, Judicial
authorities in Oman said 15 protesters have been sentenced to jail
terms for taking part in violent demonstrations calling for more
jobs and other reforms.
2011 Jun 28, Saudi police
detained one woman while driving in Jiddah on the Red Sea coast.
Four other women accused of driving were later detained in the city.
2011 Jun 28, Somali lawmakers
overwhelmingly approved the appointment of a new, Harvard-educated
prime minister. Abdiweli Mohamed Ali said that he would focus on
combating the country's al-Qaida-linked militants who are trying to
topple his fragile government.
2011 Jun 28, Sudanese leader
Omar al-Bashir arrived in China for talks with President Hu Jintao.
2011 Jun 28, In Syria some
50,000 to 60,000 protesters marched through the eastern town of Deir
Ezzor, where demonstrations have become a daily event. Author and
activist Munzer Khaddam, who a day earlier presided over a public
meeting of opposition figures in Damascus, was taken to task by
2011 Jun 28, Tunisian police
arrested about 30 people at a rally by Salafist Muslims demanding
the release of comrades who ransacked a cinema that showed a film on
2011 Jun 28, In Uganda 18
students and a teacher died after lightning struck their school in
the country's midwest. In the past few weeks, lightning strikes
around the country have killed at least 34 people.
2011 Jun 28, The UN officially
declared that the rinderpest disease has been wiped off the face of
the Earth. The UN program to eradicate the animal disease began in
1945 and cost some $5 billion.
(SFC, 6/28/11, p.A4)
2011 Jun 28, U.S. Virgin
Islands Immigration and Customs Enforcement said officers have found
531 kg of cocaine, worth about $16 million, some marijuana and two
pistols at a house on St. Thomas.
2011 Jun 28, The Vatican
inaugurated its new information portal: www.news.va.
2011 Jun 28, In Venezuela
authorities arrested an operations chief of Rodeo II and a prison
guard. Another 10 officials have also been arrested, including Ruben
Jose Gonzalez Heredi, the deputy director of an adjacent prison. He
was detained for allegedly facilitating arms and explosives and
illegal drug trafficking.
2011 Jun 28, In Yemen a
roadside bomb killed an army colonel in Aden.
2012 Jun 28, The US Supreme
Court upheld Pres. Obama’s signature health care law's individual
insurance mandate in a 5-4 decision. The mandate was upheld as a
tax, with Chief Justice John Roberts, a Bush appointee, joining the
liberal wing of the court to save the law.
(SFC, 6/29/12, p.A1)
2012 Jun 28, The US Supreme
Court ruled to toss the conviction of Xavier Alvarez, a former
southern California politician, who lied about being a decorated
military veteran. He had been charged under the 2006 Stolen Valor
Act. The decision invalidated the law.
(SFC, 7/2/12, p.A6)
2012 Jun 28, The US House of
Representatives voted 255-67 to make Attorney General Eric Holder
the first sitting attorney general to be held in contempt of
Congress for withholding documents requested as part of an
investigation into a botched gun-running operation.
(SFC, 6/29/12, p.A10)
2012 Jun 28, In Arizona Michael
Martin (53) collapsed and died in court after a jury convicted him
of burning down his $3.5 million mansion. An autopsy report found
that he had committed suicide by taking cyanide.
(SFC, 6/29/12, p.A10)(SFC, 7/28/12, p.A6)
2012 Jun 28, Stockton, Ca.,
city officials filed for Chapter 9 protection, making Stockton the
largest US city to vote itself into bankruptcy. The city council had
voted to file for bankruptcy on June 26.
(SFC, 6/27/12, p.A1)(SFC, 6/29/12, p.C8)
2012 Jun 28, In Colorado
Springs a body was found in one of the estimated 346 burned homes.
Two people were reported missing. The Waldo Canyon Fire was only 15%
contained. Another fire in the north has destroyed 257 homes.
(SFC, 6/29/12, p.A11)
2012 Jun 28, In North Carolina
US Army battalion commander Lt .Col. Roy Tisdale was killed by
fellow soldier Spc. Ricky Elder (27) in a shooting incident at Fort
Bragg. The alleged gunman then shot himself and is in custody; a
third soldier was slightly injured in the shooting. Elder, recently
charged with larceny, died of his wounds on June 29.
(AFP, 6/29/12)(SSFC, 7/1/12, p.A9)(SFC, 7/2/12,
2012 Jun 28, US scientists
reported the development of a paint that can store and deliver
electrical power just like a battery.
2012 Jun 28, An Algerian court
sentenced Abdelmalek Droukdel, the leader of Al-Qaeda's north
African branch (AQIM), and seven other Islamists to death for a
series of murders and bombings, though most were tried in absentia.
Mohamed Toumi, the only one present of those convicted, was found
guilty of killing 5 soldiers in 1993, 14 police and 8 military
police in 1994, and 8 more soldiers in 2006.
2012 Jun 28, Bangladesh
officials said at least 106 people have been killed in landslides in
the southeast after three days of rains triggered flash floods and
severed transport links.
2012 Jun 28, A British security
official said 2 Muslim converts have been arrested in London on
suspicion of terror offenses. It remained unclear whether the men
were arrested as part of an alleged plot.
2012 Jun 28, Cameroon and China
signed a large infrastructure deal that will see Beijing lend the
African country €368 million to build its first new motorway since
independence in 1960.
2012 Jun 28, In Santiago,
Chile, tens of thousands of students took to the streets to call for
the end of public financing for private universities. Many students
faced huge educational loan debts.
(SFC, 6/29/12, p.A2)
2012 Jun 28, In Dubai Somali
President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and his counterpart Ahmed Mohamed
Silanyo of Somaliland agreed to boost cooperation between their
different factions. The two men signed the "Dubai Charter" in the
presence of the leaders of Puntland and Galmudug, two
self-proclaimed autonomous regions in Somalia.
2012 Jun 28, An Egyptian court
jailed for 15 years each former oil minister Sameh Fahmi and
fugitive businessman Hussein Salem for selling natural gas to Israel
below market value. Five former high ranking officials from the oil
and gas authority received jail sentences raging from three to 10
years on similar charges.
2012 Jun 28, Indian officials
said at least 27 people have died and 900,000 others forced to leave
their homes as monsoon rains swamped wide areas of northeastern
2012 Jun 28, Surjeet Singh (69)
was freed after spending 3 decades in a Pakistani prison for spying
and walked across the border into India where he was met by family
and hordes of reporters.
2012 Jun 28, In Iraq a car bomb
exploded near a Shiite place of worship in Baquba, killing six
people and wounding 51, while two people were killed and four
wounded in another bombing. Bombings and shootings killed 22 people
and wounded more than 50. The spike in violence made June Iraq's
bloodiest month in almost a half a year.
(AP, 6/28/12)(AFP, 6/29/12)
2012 Jun 28, In Kenya
demonstrators in Nairobi left 49 mock coffins at the gates of
parliament to bury 49 years of impunity, charging political rulers
with corruption and calling for change ahead of elections due next
year. Kenya has been mired in multiple corruption scandals since
independence in 1963, but high level suspects have seldom faced
2012 Jun 28, In Mali Islamists
of the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO)
patrolled the streets of Gao and arrested civilians after dislodging
Tuareg rebels from their positions in a day of bloody combat between
the armed groups.
2012 Jun 28, Mongolians headed
to the polls to elect a new parliament. The ruling Mongolian
People's Party (MPP) and the main opposition Democratic Party have
campaigned on platforms of ensuring a fairer distribution of wealth
across the vast nation.
2012 Jun 28, In northeastern
Nigeria militants armed with guns and explosives attacked a police
station in Adamawa state's town of Gulak. The building was destroyed
by the subsequent blaze.
2012 Jun 28, The North Korean
government launched a new program: “On the Establishing of a New
Economic Management System in Our Own Style." It reportedly allowed
farmers to sell nearly one third of their harvests at market prices.
(SFC, 9/13/12, p.A5)
2012 Jun 28, In Pakistan a
powerful remote-controlled car bomb targeting a bus killed at least
11 people including nine Shiite pilgrims in the insurgency-torn
2012 Jun 28, In South Africa
chimpanzees at the Jane Goodall Institute Chimpanzee Eden near
Nelspruit pulled Andrew F. Oberle, an American graduate student
working there, into their enclosure, bit him and dragged him nearly
a half mile.
(AP, 6/29/12)(AP, 6/30/12)
2012 Jun 28, Amnesty
International said both South Sudan's army and rebel groups are
using weapons imported from China, Ukraine and neighboring Sudan in
fighting that has claimed dozens of civilian lives. Amnesty said the
army was using Ukrainian-supplied T-72 battle tanks and that the
rebel SSLA laid Chinese-made anti-vehicle mines and were firing
2012 Jun 28, In Syria a strong
explosion rocked Damascus near a busy market and the country's
highest court, wounding at least three people. Elsewhere activists
reported clashes between troops and rebels. Opposition groups later
reported that today’s death toll reached 190 in fighting across the
(AP, 6/28/12)(AP, 6/29/12)(SFC, 6/30/12, p.A4)
2012 Jun 28, The United Nations
declared that March 20 each year will be the International Day of
2012 Jun 28, A Yemeni security
official said government forces have arrested a cell of Al-Qaeda
operatives suspected of carrying out a suicide bombing in Sanaa on
May 21 that killed more than 100 troops. On July 2 the government
said the arrests foiled 10 terrorist suicide bombings in Sanaa.
(AFP, 6/28/12)(AFP, 7/2/12)
2012 Jun 28, The Yugoslav war
crimes tribunal at The Hague acquitted former Bosnian Serb leader
Radovan Karadzic of one charge of genocide but upheld 10 other war
crimes counts related to atrocities in Bosnia's bloody war.
2013 Jun 28, Pres. Obama
departed Senegal saying Washington had a "moral imperative" to help
the world's poorest continent feed itself and he then left for South
Africa hoping to see ailing Nelson Mandela.
2013 Jun 28, Vice President Joe
Biden asked Ecuador to turn down an asylum request from National
Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.
2013 Jun 28, The 9th US Circuit
Court of Appeals in San Francisco lifted an injunction it had
imposed in September, 2010, that had blocked a federal judge’s
ruling, alowing same-sex marriages to resume for the first time
since Prop. 8 prohibited them in November 2008.
(SFC, 6/29/13, p.A1)
2013 Jun 28, It was reported
that a pneumonia outbreak has killed at least 20 bighorn sheep on
Old Dad Mountain in California’s Mohave National Preserve. Nevada
numbered some 10,000 adult animals in at least 60 mountain ranges.
(SFC, 6/28/13, p.D5)
2013 Jun 28, Ruport Murdoch’s
News Corporation split into two parts: 21st Century Fox and News
(Econ, 6/22/13, p.65)
2013 Jun 28, BP, at an
official ceremony in Baku, Azerbaijan, confirmed that a new pipeline
to bring gas to Europe from the Caspian Sea will go through Greece
and then under the sea to Italy, a defeat for a rival project to
bring gas through Bulgaria and into Austria.
2013 Jun 28, Human rights and
aid groups said fighters in Central African Republic have destroyed
dozens of villages since February, compounding a humanitarian crisis
that affects the country's entire population of 4.6 million people.
2013 Jun 28, In England the
3-day Glastonbury music festival opened. It featured acts on 58
stages across 900 acres.
(SSFC, 6/30/13, p.A4)
2013 Jun 28, In China a
tense minority region in the far west erupted in violence for the
second time in three days, barely hours after the government called
the earlier unrest a "terrorist attack" and raised the death toll to
2013 Jun 28, In Egypt thousands
of backers of Islamist President Morsi rallied in Cairo in a show of
support ahead of planned opposition protests this weekend demanding
2013 Jun 28, In western Iraq
two bombs exploded near a checkpoint run by government-allied Sunni
militiamen, killing at least 11 people in the village of Zangoura,
just south of Ramadi.
2013 Jun 28, Pakistan floated
the concept of an Afghan power-sharing arrangement between Kabul and
the Taliban as part of a peace talks "end game." The suggestion met
with outrage in Kabul.
2013 Jun 28, In South Sudan the
government of the central Lakes state ordered the Good News Radio
station to stop broadcasting for three days for "criticizing the
government." Activists said the station had annoyed the government
by questioning the official line on the death of a civilian in jail,
among other critical reports.
2013 Jun 28, Intense shelling
by Syrian government troops on Karak village in eastern Daraa killed
at least 8 women and girls overnight as forces loyal to President
Bashar Assad pushed ahead with an offensive against rebels near the
border with Jordan.
2013 Jun 28, Vatican official
Monsignor Nunzio Scarano and two others were arrested by Italian
police for allegedly trying to illegally bring 20 million euros ($26
million) in cash into the country from Switzerland with a private
(AP, 6/28/13)(SFC, 6/29/13, p.A3)
2014 Jun 28, Chinese President
Xi Jinping feted neighbors India and Myanmar, dusting off the 60th
anniversary of a now rather obscure agreement signed in the early
days of the Cold War to pledge a rising China's commitment to peace.
2014 Jun 28, China's Xinhua
state news agency said more than 1,200 Chinese workers who were
trapped in the embattled northern Iraqi city of Samarra have been
evacuated to Baghdad.
2014 Jun 28, In Egypt two bombs
exploded at a small telephone exchange on Cairo's outskirts, killing
an 18-year-old woman.
2014 Jun 28, In India a
dilapidated building collapsed in New Delhi leaving 11 people dead.
An 11-story building under construction near Chennai collapsed,
killing at least 60 people as rescuers searched for dozens of others
feared trapped. Nearly 90 contract workers had been in the basement
collecting wages. Over the next days 27 people were rescued from the
(AP, 6/28/14)(AP, 6/29/14)(AP, 7/1/14)(SFC,
7/1/14, p.A5)(AP, 7/3/14)
2014 Jun 28, In western India a
blast triggered by a suspected gas leak in a ship being dismantled
killed five workers and injured another seven at the Alang
ship-breaking yard in Gujarat state.
2014 Jun 28, Indian authorities
rushed food and drinking water to thousands of people marooned by
monsoon rains and mudslides that left at least 11 dead in the remote
2014 Jun 28, Iraqi troops
backed by helicopter gunships launched an operation aimed at
dislodging Sunni militants from the northern city of Tikrit. The
military also carried out three airstrikes on the insurgent held
city of Mosul.
2014 Jun 28, In northeastern
Nigeria an explosion overnight in a brothel in the city of Bauchi
killed 11 people and wounded 28.
2014 Jun 28, In Pakistan Fayaz
Aslam (26) burned alive a young girl he wanted to marry after her
family refused his proposal. Aslam doused Sidra Shaukat (20) in
gasoline before setting her alight in a field in Punjab province.
The girl was taken to hospital where she died overnight. Aslam was
arrested for murder.
2014 Jun 28, Puerto Rico Gov.
Alejandro Garcia Padilla signed a law establishing a de facto
bankruptcy regime for state-owned enterprises.
(Econ, 7/5/14, p.26)
2014 Jun 28, In Singapore some
26,000 gay rights activists gathered for the annual Pink Dot rally
that came under unprecedented criticism from religious
conservatives, with one influential Christian pastor calling on the
government to ban the event.
2014 Jun 28, In Sudan North
Darfur state Gov. Osman Kbir announced the death of Ali Karbino, a
Darfur rebel leader, who experts said was responsible for some of
the deadliest attacks against Sudanese forces.
2014 Jun 28, In Syria a car
bomb exploded in a busy market in Douma, a rebel-held suburb of
Damascus, killing at least 2 people and wounding dozens as Muslims
went shopping a day before the start of their holy month of Ramadan.
Islamist rebels waged a counter-offensive in the border town of Albu
Kamal, challenging the grip of the Islamic State in Iraq and the
(AP, 6/28/14)(Reuters, 6/28/14)
2014 Jun 28, In Syria the ISIL
jihadist group publicly executed and crucified 9 men, eight of them
rebels fighting both President Bashar al-Assad's regime and the
jihadists in Deir Hafer, Aleppo province.
2014 Jun 28, In Taiwan Zhang
Zhijun, China’s Taiwan Affairs Office Minister, canceled two events
after protesters threw paint on his motorcade.
(SSFC, 6/29/14, p.A6)
2014 Jun 28, In Ukraine
pro-Russian insurgents released the last four OSCE observers held
since their seizure in late May in Luhansk.
(SSFC, 6/29/14, p.A8)
2014 Jun 28, In Yemen fierce
clashes broke out between pro-government tribesmen and Shiite Huthi
rebels near Sanaa, as President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi vowed that
authorities will not tolerate any violence.
2015 Jun 28, An unmanned SpaceX
Falcon 9 rocket exploded minutes after liftoff from Cape Canaveral,
Florida, following what was meant to be a routine cargo mission to
the International Space Station.
2015 Jun 28, In Florida Amaya
Guardado (17) was reported missing. He was later found hacked to
death with a machete and left in a shallow grave that the suspects
had dug in advance. Miami-Dade police later charged four Homestead
Job Corps classmates with second-degree murder: Kaheem Arbelo (20),
Jonathan Lucas (18), Christian Colon (19), and Desiray Strickland
(18). Detectives expected to make a fifth arrest.
2015 Jun 28, In New York state
a state police sergeant shot and wounded recently escaped convict
David Sweat in the town of Constable.
(SFC, 6/29/15, p.A9)
2015 Jun 28, In Afghanistan 11
government soldiers were killed in a Taliban ambush on an army
convoy in the western Herat province.
2015 Jun 28, Armenian
demonstrators protesting higher household electricity rates blocked
the capital's main avenue for a seventh straight day.
2015 Jun 28, In Azerbaijan the
European Games came to a close. Russia sent its top athletes to the
games as a warm-up for next year's Olympics and was rewarded by
winning almost four times as many gold medals as its closest rival.
2015 Jun 28, Bangladesh
officials said at least 23 people have died in flash floods and
landslides triggered by heavy rains that lashed the southeast.
2015 Jun 28, In
Belgium a British bus with 34 children on board
overturned and crashed on a motorway, killing just the driver.
2015 Jun 28, In Germany the
Grafenrheinfeld reactor in the southern state of Bavaria was taken
offline overnight as scheduled. It had gone into service in 1981 and
was the first to close since the oldest eight of 17 nuclear reactors
closed in 2011.
2015 Jun 28, Greece's
parliament voted in favor of PM Alexis Tsipras' motion to hold a
July 5 referendum on creditor proposals for reforms in exchange for
loans. Greece’s Cabinet imposed capital controls and closed banks
for six business days and limited cash withdrawals effective June
(AP, 6/28/15) (SFC, 6/29/15,
2015 Jun 28, In Iraq gunmen
shot dead Saad al-Karbalaie, a senior oil official working for the
state-run North Oil Company (NOC) in Kirkuk.
2015 Jun 28, In Mali fighters
carrying an Islamist flag took control of part of the town of
Fakola, attacking security forces and damaging a number of public
buildings, including the town hall and police station. They fled
after a brief occupation.
2015 Jun 28, Moldovans voted in
local election runoffs being seen as a test of whether the former
Soviet republic moves closer to the EU or to neighboring Russia.
2015 Jun 28, In the Netherlands
Mitch Henriquez (42), from the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba, died
in the hands of police. Preliminary findings from an autopsy
indicated that Henriquez died of asphyxiation after being held in a
chokehold and pinned down by five white police officers.
2015 Jun 28, Pakistani air
strikes killed at least 20 suspected militants in the northwestern
2015 Jun 28, In Syria a mortar
bomb killed 3 people and wounded 12 more in a market place in
Saroujah district of northeast Damascus.
2015 Jun 28, In Turkey riot
police in Istanbul used teargas and water cannon to disperse
thousands of participants in the Gay Pride parade in the Turkish
after demonstrators began shouting slogans accusing the social
conservative President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of "fascism".
2016 Jun 28,
Massachusetts-based World Against Toys Causing Harm presented its
annual report and cited toy guns, kiddie pools, hover boards and
backyard trampolines in its annual list of hazardous summer toys.
(SFC, 6/29/16, p.A4)
2016 Jun 28, Guitarist Scotty
Moore (84) died at his home in Nashville. He virtually created the
rockabilly style and helped launch the career of Elvis Presley.
(SFC, 7/1/16, p.D3)
2016 Jun 28, In the Texas
Panhandle three Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway workers were
missing after two freight trains collided.
(SFC, 6/29/16, p.A4)
2016 Jun 28, Bosnian
authorities said they have arrested Darko Jeremic, a key suspect in
a banking scam in which nearly 140 million euros ($155.4 million)
were embezzled through a now-defunct private bank. Ten other
suspects have already been arrested for the Bobar Bank scam.
2016 Jun 28, British Labour
leader Jeremy Corbyn lost a vote of no confidence among Labour MPs
by a vote of 172-40.
(Econ, 7/2/16, p.49)
2016 Jun 28, British
researchers reported a huge helium gas field in Tanzania amid a
global shortage for the gas.
(SFC, 6/29/16, p.A2)
2016 Jun 28, China’s first
locally produce regional jet made its debut flight carrying 70
passengers. The ARJ21 initiative was launched in 2002 and was
scheduled to deliver its first plane in 2007, but that was pushed
back due to technical problems.
2016 Jun 28, The Czech
Constitutional court overturned a law that banned individual gays
and lesbians living in registered partnership from adopting
(SFC, 6/29/16, p.A2)
2016 Jun 28, Denmark police
arrested two men and three women at Copenhagen's airport for using
forged passports. They carried dollars and euros worth a total of
about 129,600 kroner ($19,300). Under new legislation police seized
79,600 kroner ($11,860). Each person was allowed to keep 10,000
2016 Jun 28, Lilian Daoud, a
prominent dual British-Lebanese journalist who hosted a talk show
critical of the government of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah
el-Sissi, arrived in Beirut after authorities in Cairo briefly
detained her and then deported her.
2016 Jun 28, European Union
leaders began plotting a future without Britain, urging the island
nation and economic powerhouse to disentangle itself as fast as
possible from the other 27 nations in the bloc to avoid extending
the turmoil that has been roiling European and global markets.
2016 Jun 28, It was reported
that German automaker Volkswagen AG has agreed to pay more than
$15.3 billion in a settlement with US regulators over pollution
caused by its diesel vehicles.
2016 Jun 28, In India Isak
Chishi Swu (87), a militant leader of the Naga tribal insurgency,
died in New Delhi without being able to see his people reach a
long-negotiated peace accord with the Indian government.
2016 Jun 28, Israeli police
banned non-Muslims from a contentious Jerusalem holy site until the
end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan following two days of
clashes with Palestinian rioters at the site.
2016 Jun 28, Lebanese troops
detained 103 Syrians for illegal entry into the country in a
security sweep, a day after a series of deadly bombings struck a
village near the Syrian border.
2016 Jun 28, In Malaysia a
grenade blast at a bar outside Kuala Lumpur injured eight people.
Police later said this the first attack in the country by the
Islamic State militant group, and that 15 people have been detained.
On Aug 13 police said they have arrested nine militants, including
two suspected of carrying out the grenade attack.
(AP, 7/4/16)(Reuters, 8/13/16)
2016 Jun 28, Mexican officials
said supplies of gasoline, food and other goods were running out in
the southern states of Chiapas and Oaxaca because protesting
teachers have blockaded key highways.
(SFC, 6/30/16, p.A2)
2016 Jun 28, Amnesty
International released a damning report saying Mexico's police and
armed forces routinely torture and mistreat women, sometimes using
sexual violence during arrest and interrogation.
2016 Jun 28, A Myanmar court
laid additional charges against Nyi Nyi Lwin (aka Gambira), a former
monk and leader of the 2007 "Saffron Revolution" anti-junta
uprising, accusing him of trespass and "mischief" committed four
years ago. Lwin was arrested in January for illegally entering
Myanmar from neighboring Thailand.
2016 Jun 28, A Dutch court
ruled that Aydin Coban (38) can be extradited to Canada to face
charges of using a computer to harass and blackmail teenager Amanda
Todd. She committed suicide in October 2012, a month after releasing
a widely-viewed YouTube video in which she detailed her suffering.
2016 Jun 28, In Pakistan
militants ambushed a police patrol in Quetta, killing 4 officers.
2016 Jun 28, A Singapore court
sentenced the founder of a website that published anti-foreign
content to eight months in jail after he pleaded guilty to sedition.
The court said Yang Kaiheng (27) had set up "The Real Singapore"
website together with his Australian wife, Ai Takagi, and helped
distribute accounts from visitors, some of which contained
2016 Jun 28, Spanish
investigators arrested 14 people in raids over suspected fraud
relating to construction work linked to a high-speed rail connection
between Madrid and Barcelona. The 621-km high speed train line cost
around 9 billion euros.
2016 Jun 28, Sweden-based
Ikea said it would recall its hugely popular Malm model of chest of
drawers in North America after six children were crushed to death
when the chests tipped over.
2016 Jun 28, In Syria the
US-led coalition carried out eight air strikes near Albu Kamal and
five near Al-Qaim, on the Iraqi side. The New Syrian Army (NSA)
advanced overnight on IS territory near the Albu Kamal border
crossing and adjacent town, but IS recaptured it by the following
2016 Jun 28, Turkey and Israel
signed a deal to restore ties after a six-year rift. Terms of the
deal included the transfer of $20 million by Israel to a
humanitarian fund that will compensate families of Turkish nationals
killed and wounded during a 2010 raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla.
(Reuters, 6/28/16)(SSFC, 7/3/16, p.A6)
2016 Jun 28, A Turkish official
said military rules of engagement have been adjusted to allow NATO
allies to carry out more patrol flights along its border with
northern Syria. NATO was told about the move around three weeks ago.
2016 Jun 28, In Turkey three
suspect Islamic State suicide bombers killed 41 people with gunfire
and explosives at the Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport. Turkish Airlines
resumed services in and out of Europe's third-busiest airport within
12 hours. The death toll soon rose to 44 as some of the wounded
died. The suicide bombers were later identified as Russian, Uzbek
and Kyrgyz nationals.
(Reuters, 6/29/16)(AP, 6/30/16)(Reuters, 6/30/16)
2016 Jun 28, In Turkey a police
officer was killed and seven people were wounded in the southeastern
province of Diyarbakir when a bomb exploded as an armored police
vehicle was passing.
2016 Jun 28, In southern Yemen
an airstrike early by a Saudi-led coalition targeting Shiite rebels
in Taiz province killed 25 people, including 15 fighters and 10
2016 Jun 28, In Zambia Post
editor Fred M’Membe claimed to have a court order declaring seizures
of the newspaper to be illegal. He was arrested for trespass and
using false documents.
(Econ, 7/16/16, p.39)
2016 Jun 28, Zimbabwe's
wildlife authority said it has suspended its director general and is
investigating the disappearance of 228 kg (500 pounds) of the
agency's stored rhino horn. Edson Chidziya was put leave with full
pay to facilitate the investigation.
2017 Jun 28, Pres. Trump held a
$35,000-per-person re-election fundraiser at the Trump Int’l. Hotel
in Washington, DC.
(SFC, 6/29/17, p.A5)
2017 Jun 28, Former CIA agent
Sabrina de Sousa said she is returning to Italy this week to serve a
three-year sentence for taking part in the kidnapping of a Muslim
cleric in Milan 14 years ago.
2017 Jun 28, A cyber-attack
wreaked havoc around the globe, crippling thousands of computers,
disrupting operations at ports from Mumbai to Los Angeles and
halting production at a chocolate factory in Australia. ESET, a
Slovakian company that sells products to shield computers from
viruses, said 80 percent of the infections detected among its global
customer base were in Ukraine, with Italy second hardest hit with
about 10 percent. The malware seemed to be a variant of past
campaigns, derived from code known as Eternal Blue believed to have
been developed by the US National Security Agency (NSA).
2017 Jun 28, In Arizona a
wildfire around the mountain city of Prescott forced thousands of
people from their homes as it charred 32 square miles.
(SFC, 6/29/17, p.A7)
2017 Jun 28, In southern
California Rachel Nguyen (20) and Joseph Orbeso (22) were reported
missing while hiking in Joshua Tree National Park. On October 15
their bodies were found near the area where they disappeared. Police
believed they died in a “sympathetic murder-suicide" after running
short of food and water.
(SFC, 10/17/17, p.A5)(SFC, 10/23/17, p.A5)
2017 Jun 28, Colorado officials
announced that a Denver grand jury has indicted 62 people and 12
businesses for involvement in a mammoth marijuana trafficking ring
that pretended to be growing weed for sick people but was instead
shipping the drug to a half-dozen other states and bilking
(SFC, 6/30/17, p.A6)
2017 Jun 28, In Pennsylvania
Bianca Roberson (18), a recent high school graduate, was shot in the
head during a road rage confrontation in West Goshen Township. David
Desper (28), who fled the scene, turned himself in on July 2 and was
charged with first and third degree murder.
(SFC, 7/3/17, p.A4)
2017 Jun 28, ABC and South
Dakota meat producer Dakota Dunes-based Beef Products Inc. announced
a settlement in a $1.9 billion lawsuit dating back to 2012 against
the network over its reports on a beef product dubbed “pink slime."
(SFC, 6/29/17, p.A5)
2017 Jun 28, Private equity
firm Sycamore said it is buying the Staples office supply chain for
(SFC, 6/29/17, p.C2)
2017 Jun 28, Botswana's
government moved to crack down on the multi-billion dollar trade in
donkey skins following a spate of killings of the animals fuelled by
soaring demand from China. Botswana became the sixth African country
to impose restrictions on donkey exports, following Niger, Senegal,
Mali, Burkina Faso and Gambia.
2017 Jun 28, British
prosecutors announced criminal charges against six people including
ex-police chiefs over the 1989 Hillsborough soccer stadium crush in
which 96 Liverpool fans died.
2017 Jun 28, The European Union
officially extended economic sanctions against Russia by six months
for destabilizing Ukraine.
2017 Jun 28, The French
government said it will follow the advice of an ethics panel in
favor of allowing single women and lesbian couples to have children
through assisted reproduction.
2017 Jun 28, German carmakers
BMW, Audi and truck manufacturer MAN agreed with Bavaria to cut
pollution from diesel engines, with manufacturers promising to
reduce emissions from older models and the state government planning
incentives to spur sales of newer, more efficient cars.
2017 Jun 28, In India thousands
of people gathered in several cities to protest recent violent
attacks across the country targeting minority Muslims.
2017 Jun 28, Iraq's military
pushed deeper into Mosul's Old City, taking two more districts from
Islamic State and bringing it closer to total control of the city.
2017 Jun 28, Hong Kong police
arrested pro-democracy protesters, some of whom scrambled up a
monument symbolizing the city's handover from British to Chinese
rule, a day before Chinese President Xi Jinping is due to arrive for
the celebrations. Student pro-democracy campaigner Joshua Wong was
among around 30 protesters who had staged a three-hour sit-in at a
harbor front statue and were led away into police vans.
(Reuters, 6/28/17)(AFP, 6/28/17)
2017 Jun 28, Millions of people
in Nepal voted in the second phase of elections to choose municipal
and village councils despite threats from ethnic groups that oppose
the polls. Voting took place in three of seven provinces. Three
other provinces held elections last month, and another will vote in
September. Local elections are being held for the first time in two
2017 Jun 28, In Niger two
female suicide bombers killed two people and wounded 11 others late
today at a UN-managed camp housing thousands of people who have fled
Boko Haram violence in the first suicide attack in the region in a
2017 Jun 28, North Korea said
it has issued a standing order for the execution of former South
Korean President Park Geun-hye and her spy chief for a plot to
assassinate its leader, and it demanded that the South hand the pair
2017 Jun 28, Pakistan's Shiite
Muslims took their protests to Islamabad. Meanwhile in the majority
Shiite Kurram tribal region, thousands of residents have been
staging daily sit-ins after twin bombings killed more than 70 people
2017 Jun 28, Pakistani
authorities arrested Zafarullah Achakzai, a reporter for the Daily
Qudrat newspaper, under a new electronic crime law aimed at
combating terrorism and preventing blasphemy but which critics say
is used to suppress political dissent.
2017 Jun 28, The Philippine
military said five decapitated civilians were found in a Marawi
City, warning the number of residents killed by rebel "atrocities"
could rise sharply as troops retake more ground.
2017 Jun 28, In Portugal hand
grenades, 9 mm ammunition and perhaps other weapons were stolen from
a national armory, which had no electronic surveillance and was
guarded by military patrols.
2017 Jun 28, In Romania Liviu
Dragnea, chairman of the ruling Social Democratic Party, named a new
leftist government. His ally, PM-designate Mihai Tudose, will keep
many of the ministers in outgoing Premier Sorin Grindeanu's Cabinet,
despite being criticized for alleged underperformance.
2017 Jun 28, South Africa
approved the export of some 800 skeletons of captive-bred lions this
year, meeting demand for the bones in parts of Asia while alarming
critics who believe the policy threatens Africa's wild lions.
2017 Jun 28, In Spain Madrid
metro drivers began a five-day strike, threatening to create travel
chaos during WorldPride, one of the biggest celebrations of lesbian,
gay and transsexual rights.
2017 Jun 28, In eastern Syria
at least 15 people were killed in an unidentified airstrike over
Doblan. This was the second attack in three days reported to kill
civilians in the Islamic State-held Euphrates River valley.
(AP, 6/28/17)(SFC, 6/29/17, p.A2)
2017 Jun 28, Turkey’s military
said its forces retaliated with an artillery barrage overnight and
destroyed Kurdish YPG militia targets after the group's fighters
opened fire on Turkey-backed forces in northern Syria.
2017 Jun 28, A UN Security
Council diplomat said a tentative deal on nearly $600 million in
cuts to the UN peacekeeping budget has been reached following weeks
of tough negotiations over US demands for a sharp cost reduction.
2017 Jun 28, Pope Francis led a
ceremony at St. Peter's Basilica to give the Catholic church five
new cardinals. They were from Mali, Laos, El Salvador, Spain and
Sweden. Recent news named Bamako Archbishop Jean Zerbo as one of
three Mali prelates holding multi-million euro Swiss bank-accounts.
2017 Jun 28, A Venezuelan
police helicopter strafed the Supreme Court and a government
ministry. A government communique said the helicopter was stolen by
investigative police pilot Oscar Perez, who declared himself in
rebellion against Maduro.
2018 Jun 28, It was reported
that US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin
will hold their first summit on July 16 in Helsinki.
2018 Jun 28, Police in
Washington, DC, arrested nearly 600 people after hundreds of
chanting women demonstrated inside a Senate office building against
Pres. Donald Trump's treatment of migrant families.
(SFC, 6/29/18, p.A14)
2018 Jun 28, California's Gov.
Jerry Brown signed AB375 giving state consumers sweeping new
internet privacy protections beginning in 2020.
(SFC, 6/29/18, p.A10)
2018 Jun 28, In Maryland Jarrod
W. Ramos, armed with grenades and a shotgun, attacked and killed
five journalists at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis. Police quickly
stormed the building and Ramos was arrested. In 2019 Ramos pleaded
guilty but not criminally responsible by reason of insanity.
(SFC, 6/29/18, p.A9)(SFC, 10/29/19, p.A4)
2018 Jun 28, In Afghanistan a
bombing in Logar province targeted a meeting between the Taliban and
village elders urging them to enter peace talks. 13 elders and an
unknown number of Taliban were killed. A Taliban assault on a
security post in the northern Takhar province killed 16 border
police. Gunmen shot and killed senior police special forces
commander Azizullah Karwan, who was known as a dogged anti-Taliban
warrior, barely 24 hours before President Ashraf Ghani's unilateral
cease-fire was to end at midnight.
(AP, 6/28/18)(AP, 6/29/18)
2018 Jun 28, Australia's
Parliament passed sweeping national security legislation that bans
covert foreign interference in domestic politics, makes industrial
espionage for a foreign power a crime and offends China, the
nation's most important trading partner.
2018 Jun 28, Benin's
Constitutional Court banned the right to strike by workers in the
country's defence, security, justice and health sectors, sparking
concern among union officials and legal observers.
2018 Jun 28, A British
committee of lawmakers reported that British spies were complicit in
the mistreatment of hundreds of suspected militants by the United
States and involved in dozens of cases of their illegal transfer
following the attacks in the United States on Sept. 11, 2001.
2018 Jun 28, British jurors at
Birmingham Crown Court convicted Liberian-born Josephine Iyamu of
being the ringleader of a network that brought the women from
Nigeria to Europe. The victims also were forced to take oaths at a
Voodoo or "juju" ceremony in which they promised to repay the debts
and not to go to police.
2018 Jun 28, A Chinese court in
Chongqing sentenced former American football player Wendell Brown to
four years in prison for being involved in a September 2016 bar
2018 Jun 28, Comoros VP Ahmed
Said Jaffar, who recently denounced President Azali Assoumani's
plans for a constitutional referendum as "illegal", was stripped of
most of his duties as part of a cabinet reshuffle.
2018 Jun 28, Egypt's Interior
Ministry said that 10 militants involved in a bombing that targeted
the convoy of Alexandria's former security chief in March have been
killed. The ministry had reported 6 dead in the Beheira shootout in
March, shortly after the bombing, and a security official on June 27
confirmed the Assiut raid.
2018 Jun 28, European Union
leaders gathered in Brussels to examine new ways to stop migrants
entering Europe, desperate to ensure that their differences over
managing the flows do not tear the 28-nation bloc apart.
2018 Jun 28, French cement
giant Lafarge was charged with complicity in crimes against humanity
and financing terrorists for paying millions to jihadists, including
the Islamic State group, to keep a factory open in war-torn Syria.
2018 Jun 28, An Athens court
cleared two Greeks convicted a year ago of belonging to a nihilist
terrorist group. Irianna and Pericles had been found guilty on the
basis of partial DNA evidence from weapons, and their friendship
with convicted group members.
2018 Jun 28, Industry sources
said India, the biggest buyer of Iranian oil after China, will be
forced to take action to protect its exposure to the US financial
system. They said India's oil ministry has asked refiners to prepare
for a 'drastic reduction or zero' imports of Iranian oil from
2018 Jun 28, In northeastern
India crazed mobs in Tripura beat three people to death in lynchings
sparked by rumors spread on smartphones.
2018 Jun 28, In India a small
chartered plane crashed in a busy area of Mumbai, killing at least
six people including two on the ground.
2018 Jun 28, In Indonesia the
Mount Agung volcano on Bali shot ash 2,000 meters (6,600 feet) into
the atmosphere, disrupting the travel plans of thousands as several
airlines canceled flights from the tourist island.
2018 Jun 28, Iran said it has
restarted production at a "major" uranium facility involved in its
nuclear program, though it still pledges to follow the terms of the
country's landmark atomic deal now under threat after Pres. Donald
Trump pulled America out of the accord.
2018 Jun 28, Iraq's PM Haider
al-Abadi ordered "the immediate punishment of terrorists condemned
to death" whose appeals have been exhausted.
2018 Jun 28, The Israeli
military said it identified two militants crawling toward the
security barrier early today, trying to infiltrate into the country.
An Israeli tank fired a shell in their direction and later
discovered firebombs at the scene. 17-year-old Abdel-Fattah Azzom
was wounded and soon died in a Gaza hospital.
2018 Jun 28, Israeli-American
teenager Michael Kadar (19) was found guilty in Israel of making
about 2,000 hoax bomb threats against Jewish and other institutions
in the United States and elsewhere during Donald Trump's rise to the
US presidency in 2016 and 2017. Psychiatrists found that Kadar was
on the autism spectrum and suffered from paranoid delusions, but
determined that he was fit to stand trial.
2018 Jun 28, In Kenya a fire at
Nairobi's Gikomba market killed 15 people less than a year after a
blaze destroyed much of the capital's largest open-air market.
2018 Jun 28, Myanmar border
guards shot and injured a Rohingya boy (10) playing in a strip of a
no-man's land near the Bangladesh border.
2018 Jun 28, Nigeria's army
said they have arrested 17 people in connection with the killing of
more than 200 people in the central state of Plateau.
2018 Jun 28, Blackrock, the
world's largest investment company, said it has bought a 197.4
megawatt(MW) wind farm in western Norway through one of its funds
and will cover its construction cost. Zephyr, a Norwegian wind farm
developer and operator, will continue to manage the farm's
2018 Jun 28, A Pakistani
official said Muhammad Ahmed Ludhianvi, head of Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal
Jamaat (ASWJ), has been removed from the country's terrorist
watchlist while the Election Commission considers whether his group
can field candidates in a general election next month. ASWJ is one
of the country's largest Islamist extremist groups.
2018 Jun 28, Philippine
communist rebel leader Jose Maria Sison said that the insurgents can
no longer hold peace talks with President Rodrigo Duterte's
administration and that it is better to help oust him and negotiate
with his successor.
2018 Jun 28, Russian President
Vladimir Putin said that Russia has withdrawn 1,140 military
personnel and 13 warplanes from Syria in last few days.
2018 Jun 28, Spain's Tax Office
included Rodrigo Rato, former IMF head (2004 to 2007), on its list
of individuals and companies that owe over a million euros in taxes.
Rato was found guilty in 2017 of unlawful misappropriation of funds
during his 2010-12 leadership of Bankia, a Spanish bank that later
had to be bailed out by the state.
2018 Jun 28, The Syrian army
battled rebels in al-Harak, an important town in the southwest, as
intensifying air strikes killed dozens of people in the area. A
barrage of airstrikes hit rebel-held areas in southwestern Syria,
killing at least 17 civilians hiding in an underground shelter.
(Reuters, 6/28/18)(AP, 6/28/18)
2018 Jun 28, Dozens of Syrian
refugees in Lebanon began crossing the border, heading back home to
an uncertain future in war-torn Syria.
2018 Jun 28, In Thailand two
British divers discovered four rescuers from the Thai Well Water
Association trapped for three days by rising waters. They had spent
two days draining water from the cave in an attempt to help the
rescue of the trapped soccer team.
2018 Jun 28, Fighting in
eastern Ukraine killed three Ukrainian servicemen.
2018 Jun 28, The Vatican said
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of two more Chilean
bishops caught up in the country's sexual abuse scandal, bringing to
five the number he has accepted so far.
2018 Jun 28, Pope Francis led a
ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica to give the Catholic Church 14 new
2019 Jun 28, The US special
envoy for Iran said the United States will sanction any country that
imports Iranian oil and there are no exemptions in place.
2019 Jun 28, A US federal judge
prohibited President Donald Trump from tapping $2.5 billion in
military funding to build high-priority segments of his prized
border wall in California, Arizona and New Mexico.
2019 Jun 28, The United States
imposed sanctions on Nicolas Ernesto Maduro Guerra (29), the son of
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro for serving in his father's
2019 Jun 28, The US Treasury
Dept. approved nearly $10 million in funds to complete a $15 million
purchase of land west of Mount Shasta, Ca. The purchase secured
access to a 17-mile section of the Pacific Crest Trail.
(SFC, 6/29/19, p.A7)
2019 Jun 28, The Trump
administration revoked an Obama-era rule designed to terminate
federal funding to for-profit college programs that consistently
left graduates with high student debt. Educatioon Sec. Betsy DeVos
said department rules should be designed to support all students and
treat all schools fairly.
(SSFC, 6/30/19, p.A17)
2019 Jun 28, Jeffrey Bizzack
(59) became the 51st person charged in the the sweeping college
admissioons bribery scheme. He agreed to plead guilty to a fraud
conspiracy charge to get his son into the Univ. of Southern
California as a fake volleyball recruit.
2019 Jun 28, Florida Gov. Rick
DeSantis, a Republican, signed into law a bill that in effect denies
more than a million ex-convicts the right to vote in the 2020
presidential election. Human rights groups sued Florida over the
2019 Jun 28, In Hawaii two US
marshals led former Honolulu prosecutor Katherine Kealoha (48) out
of a courtroom after a US judge ordered her detained. A day earlier
a jury found Kealoha and her husband, former police chief Louis
Kealoha (58) guilty of conspiracy and also determined they
obstructed justice. The Kealohas faced another trial on bank fraud
and identity theft charges involving allegations that she bilked
relatives and children whose trusts she controlled.
2019 Jun 28, In Indiana a
federal judge blocked a new state law that would ban a
second-trimester abortion procedure.
(SSFC, 6/30/19, p.A8)
2019 Jun 28, In Minnesota a
medical helicopter crashed early today at Brainerd Lakes Regional
Airport killing a nurse and pilot.
(SFC, 6/29/19, p.A5)
2019 Jun 28, In NYC thousands
of people converged on the Stonewall Inn for the 50th anniversary of
the rebellion that catalyzed a movement for LGBTQ liberation,
marking the milestone with celebrity performances, speeches and
2019 Jun 28, In Virginia James
Fields Jr. (22), the white supremacist who killed Heather Heyer with
his car in 2017 in Charlottesville, was sentenced to life in prison.
(SFC, 6/29/19, p.A7)
2019 Jun 28, It was reported
that Apple will manufacture a new version of its Mac Pro computer in
(SFC, 6/29/19, p.D3)
2019 Jun 28, On Wall Street the
IPO of RealReal, an online seller of 2nd hand luxury goods, closed
at $29.80, up 44% from its $20 opening on Nasdaq.
(SFC, 6/29/19, p.D1)
2019 Jun 28, In northern
Afghanistan a bomb blast inside a mosque wounded at least 11 people
in Aybak, Samangan province.
2019 Jun 28, In Vienna,
Austria, senior officials from Iran and the remaining signatories to
its 2015 nuclear deal met with the future of the accord under threat
as Tehran was poised to surpass a uranium stockpile threshold.
2019 Jun 28, In Colombia
members of the Organization of American States (OAS) ended two days
of meetings without a clear plan for increasing pressure on
embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, despite a majority
vote to recognize a representative from the country's opposition.
Specialists affiliated with the OAS said Venezuelans fleeing their
nation's crisis should be granted refugee status.
(Reuters, 6/28/19)(SSFC, 6/30/19, p.A4)
2019 Jun 28, Authorities in
Ethiopia arrested Christian Tadele, the spokesman of the National
Movement of Amhara (NAMA), a political party which promotes the
interests of the Amhara ethnic group.
2019 Jun 28, The EU signed a
historic trade agreement with the four-nation South American bloc
known as Mercosur. The agreement creates a market of 780 million
people with the EU.
2019 Jun 28, In France a video
showed at least two officers spraying protesters at close range with
cans of teargas during a protest in Paris by the "Extinction
Rebellion" group over the government's environment policies.
2019 Jun 28, The temperature in
France surpassed 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit) for the
first time on record as Europe sweltered in an early summer
heatwave. Temperatures in the southern Gard region hit an all-time
high of 45.9 degrees Celsius (114.62°F), hotter than in California's
Death Valley, sparking scores of fires that burned 550 hectares of
land and destroyed several homes and vehicles. At least two deaths
linked to the heatwave were reported in Spain.
(AFP, 6/28/19)(AP, 6/30/19)
2019 Jun 28, Frenchman
Jean-Claude Romand (65), who killed his parents, wife and children
after pretending to be a successful doctor for two decades in a case
that inspired a book and films, was released after 26 years in jail
and immediately moved into a monastery.
2019 Jun 28, Authorities in
Germany said they have shut down Chemical Revolution, the country's
largest online wholesaler of illegal drugs, and arrested 11 people
as part of an international investigation into a drugs ring they
said spanned five European countries and sold narcotics worldwide.
2019 Jun 28, Hungarian police
said a South Korean woman recovered from the Danube River has been
identified as the 26th fatality of the May 29 crash between a tour
boat and a cruise ship.
2019 Jun 28, It was reported
that India's government has cut off advertisements to at least three
major newspaper groups in a move that executives and an opposition
leader said was likely retaliation for unfavorable reports.
2019 Jun 28, In eastern India
Maoist rebels in Chhattisgarh state killed three paramilitary
soldiers patrolling on motorbikes and a young girl who was riding in
a passing bus.
2019 Jun 28, An Indonesian
military helicopter carrying 12 people went missing in the country's
troubled easternmost province of Papua.
2019 Jun 28, Iran said it had
formally lodged a complaint to the UN Security Council against the
United States over a drone violating its airspace.
2019 Jun 28, Israel said it has
restored fuel supplies to the Gaza Strip's sole power plant and
expanded the permitted fishing zone off the enclave's coast, easing
some recent restrictions on the blockaded territory.
2019 Jun 28, In Japan a two-day
G20 summit opened in Osaka. World leaders grappled with profound
tensions over trade, globalization and the collapsing nuclear deal
2019 Jun 28, A Japanese court
ordered the government to pay 370 million yen ($3.4 million) in
damages to the relatives of former leprosy patients over a
segregation policy that severed family ties and caused long-lasting
prejudice. The court ruled that the government failed to stop the
segregation until 1996, decades after leprosy, also known as
Hansen's disease, became curable in the late 1940s.
2019 Jun 28, In Lesotho several
thousand farmers marched to parliament to protest against
regulations forcing them to sell their wool and mohair to a Chinese
2019 Jun 28, Spokesman Ahmed
Mismari said eastern Libyan forces loyal to commander Khalifa Haftar
will ban any commercial flights from Libya to Turkey and Turkish
ships from docking in the country. Mismari also said his forces had
lost 43 soldiers in the battle over the town of Gharyan which the
Tripoli forces took on June 26.
2019 Jun 28, The New York Times
reported that forces loyal to Libya's unity government had
discovered four Javelin missiles at a base used by men under the
command of Khalifa Haftar, who has waged a months-long offensive to
take Tripoli. The newspaper said that markings on the US-made
missiles indicated they had been sold to the United Arab Emirates in
2019 Jun 28, A Norwegian man
was sentenced to 16 years in prison for the sexual abuse, including
rape, of several hundred underage boys in what was described as the
largest such case in the country's history.
2019 Jun 28, Panama inaugurated
a visitors' center to improve access to the colonial-era San Lorenzo
Fort. Due to neglect it came to be placed on a UNESCO list of sites
at risk. The fort was built in the late 16th century to defend the
mouth of the Chagres River.
2019 Jun 28, In the southern
Philippines two suspected Muslim militant suicide bombers attacked a
military base killing three soldiers and two civilians in the Sulu
archipelago, home to the Abu Sayyaf militant group. Nine others were
wounded. Norman Lasuca (23), was later identified as one of the
bombers. The other suicide attacker remained unidentified.
(Reuters, 6/28/19)(AP, 6/28/19)(SFC, 6/29/19,
2019 Jun 28, Qatar said the US
has deployed F-22 stealth fighters in the country for the first time
adding to a buildup of US forces in the Gulf amid tensions with
2019 Jun 28, Firefighters in
northeastern Spain spent a 3rd day battling a wildfire as
temperatures in the area reached 106 degrees F.
(SFC, 6/29/19, p.A2)
2019 Jun 28, In northwestern
Syria nearly 100 combatants were killed in clashes between fighters
loyal to Syria's government, rebels and jihadists. Bombing by the
regime fighting in northern Hama province killed 51 government
loyalists and allied militiamen, and 45 among the rebels and
2019 Jun 28, Thai activist
Sirawith Seritiwat, who opposes the military's role in politics, was
assaulted and left unconscious in the second attack on him this
2019 Jun 28, In Turkey hundreds
gathered at Istanbul's main court to support Canan Kaftancioglu, an
opposition politician, who faces 17 years in prison for a series of
tweets criticizing the government. She played a key role in the
victory of the newly elected Istanbul mayor Ekrem Imamoglu this
2019 Jun 28, The UN Security
Council voted to beef up the mandate of the more than 16,000
peacekeeping mission in Mali to help tackle escalating violence.
(SSFC, 6/30/19, p.A4)
2019 Jun 28, A new UN report
said more than 7,500 children have been killed or wounded in Yemen
in the past 5½ years.
(SSFC, 6/30/19, p.A4)
2019 Jun 28, Western diplomatic
sources said the United Arab Emirates, a key member of the Saudi-led
coalition fighting in Yemen, is scaling back its military presence
there as worsening US-Iran tensions threaten security closer to
2019 Jun 28, The Vatican asked
China's communist government to stop intimidating Catholic clergy
who want to remain unequivocally loyal to the pope and refuse to
sign ambiguous official registration forms. The Vatican instructed
Catholic clergy in China to profess loyalty to Catholic doctrine
when signing a document, required by a new Chinese law, which
obliges them to accept the principle of a state-sanctioned Catholic
church that doesn't recognize supreme papal authority to appoint
(Reuters, 6/28/19)(AP, 6/28/19)
2019 Jun 28, In Yemen
airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition fighting rebels hit a house in
the southwestern province of Taiz, killing at least seven people
from one family.