Timeline 1999 April - June

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1999        Apr 1, The United States branded as an illegal abduction the capture of three U.S. Army soldiers near the Macedonian-Yugoslav border; President Clinton demanded their immediate release.
    (AP, 4/1/00)
1999        Apr 1, A New Jersey man was arrested and charged with originating the "Melissa" e-mail virus. David L. Smith later pleaded guilty to various state and federal charges.
    (AP, 4/1/00)
1999        Apr 1, A heavy snowstorm hit the US northern plains.
    (SFC, 4/2/99, p.A3)
1999        Apr 1, In Kittrell, N.C., William Harvey Bawcum Jr., (46), was shot to death from a .38 caliber pistol by his 11-year-old twins, who also wounded their mother and sister in a squabble over a hunting rifle. A trial was avoided after the boys admitted to the shooting. The brothers were sentenced to 6 years in a state reformatory.
    (SFC, 4/7/99, p.A5)(SFC, 8/3/99, p.A3)(SFC, 11/24/99, p.A13)
1999        Apr 1, In Albania Pres. Rexhep Meidani said NATO should help Kosovo seize independence.
    (WSJ, 4/2/99, p.A9)
1999        Apr 1, An oil pipeline from Baku, Azerbaijan, to the Georgian Black Sea port of Supsa was to begin operating.
    (SFC, 10/27/98, p.B5)
1999        Apr 1, Britain’s pay rate for workers aged 22 or over was set at  ₤3.60 per hour. Workers 18-21 had a lower rate set at ₤3.00. In 2006 the minimum wage rose to ₤5.35 an hour.
    (Econ, 10/7/06, p.65)
1999         April 1, In recognition of Inuit land claims, 770,000 sq. mls. of the Canadian Northwest Territories' Central Keewatin and Baffin Region became Nunavut Territory. Nominations for naming the western half were solicited. The territory would be governed by a 19-member legislature.
    (CAM, Nov. Dec. '95, p.28)(WSJ, 10/9/97, p.B1)(SFC, 3/30/99, p.F3)(SFEC, 8/15/99, p.T5)
1999        Apr 1, In Mexico effective on this day the midday break, siesta, for government was eliminated. Electricity savings were estimated to be $192 million.
    (SFC, 3/17/99, p.C2)
1999        Apr 1, In Montenegro Yugoslav Gen'l. Radoslav Martinovic was recalled by Pres. Milosevic and replaced by nationalist Gen'l. Milorad Obradovic. A coup was feared to be imminent. The Yugoslav military demanded control of Montenegro's state-run TV, but the demand was rejected.
    (SFC, 4/2/99, p.A13)(WSJ, 4/5/99, p.A17)
1999        Apr 1, In Belfast, Northern Ireland, Bertie Ahern and Tony Blair called for the rival paramilitary groups to surrender their weapons on a new all-Ireland holiday, a "day of reconciliation" devoted to peace.
    (SFC, 4/2/99, p.D2)
1999        Apr 1, In Mexico Rene Juarez was sworn into office as governor in Chilpancingo, Guerrero, while thousands protested that he won by fraud.
    (SFC, 4/2/99, p.D2)
1999        Apr 1, In Nigeria the NV George, a wooden vessel, capsized on the St. Bartholomew River several dozen people were presumed drowned. The death toll was raised past 100 after 50 bodies were found in a sunken hull.
    (SFC, 4/3/99, p.A4)(SFC, 4/8/99, p.C3)
1999        Apr 1, Serbia planned to start criminal proceedings against the 3 US soldiers captured on the Macedonian border. Allied planes bombed the Danube bridge at Novi Sad.
    (SFC, 4/2/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 4/2/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 1, Serbian radio and TV reported that Pres. Milosevic met with Dr. Ibrahim Rugova, leader of the ethnic Albanians in Kosovo, and "came to a joint stand on resolving problems… through political means."
    (SFC, 4/2/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 1, In Zhytomyr, Ukraine, Anatoly Onoprienko was sentenced to death for the deaths of 52 men, women and children between 1989 and 1996. 43 of the killings occurred in a 6 month period.

1999        Apr 2, The US Labor Department reported that the nation's unemployment rate fell to a 29-year low of 4.2 percent in March 1999.
    (AP, 4/2/00)
1999        Apr 2, Sec. of Energy Bill Richardson ordered the computer systems at Los Alamos laboratory to be shut down due to security leaks.
    (SFEC, 5/2/99, p.A24)
1999        Apr 2, David L. Smith (30), a New Jersey computer programmer, was arrested and charged with writing and unleashing the Melissa computer virus.
    (SFC, 4/3/99, p.A3)
1999        Apr 2, At least 7 people died in a freak snowstorm while trying to cross the Mexican border into California in the Cleveland National Forest.
    (SFC, 4/3/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 2, NATO planners began preliminary discussions about the possibility of sending ground troops into Kosovo.
    (SFC, 4/3/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 2, Allied aircraft resumed bombing in Iraq after a 2 week lull.
    (SFC, 4/3/99, p.A4)
1999        Apr 2, In Albania Hashim Thaci, a leading nationalist politician, named a new government with himself in charge. Moderates loyal to Ibrahim Rugova were excluded after no candidates were put forth.
    (SFC, 4/3/99, p.A6)
1999        Apr 2, From West Kalimantan, Indonesia, it was reported Malays and indigenous Dayaks had killed over 200 people over the last 2 weeks. Nearly 30,000 Muslim people, originally from Madura, were reported to have fled their villages.
    (WSJ, 4/2/99, p.A9)
1999        Apr 2, In Russia Pres. Yeltsin ordered the dismissal of Prosecutor Gen'l. Yuri Skuratov just hours after Skuratov appeared on TV announcing that he had the names of Russian officials who had illegally transferred dirty money into Swiss bank accounts. Skuratov was earlier caught on video cavorting with 2 prostitutes.
    (SFC, 4/3/99, p.A3)
1999        Apr 2, At least 55 people were gunned down by Serbian police and militiamen in the Kosovo city of Djakovica.
    (SFC, 4/29/99, p.D2)

1999        Apr 3, In Louisiana a tornado hit north of Shreveport and 10 people sere reported killed with some 100 injured.
    (SFEC, 4/4/99, p.A2)
1999        Apr 3, Pres. Clinton authorized $50 million in emergency funds for Kosovo refugees and urged Americans to make donations.
    (SFEC, 4/4/99, p.A11)
1999        Apr 3, A small plane crashed in a snowstorm San Diego County and 4 people on board were killed.
    (SFC, 4/5/99, p.A5)
1999        Apr 3, NATO missiles struck downtown Belgrade for the first time, destroying the headquarters of security forces accused of waging a campaign against Kosovo Albanians. NATO bombs struck the Serbian Internal Ministry buildings near the Sava River.
    (SFC, 4/3/99, p.A1)(AP, 4/3/00)   
1999        Apr 3, Melaim Bellanica, a villager from Velike Krusa (Kosovo), handed to international media a 5-day-old, smuggled video clip of Serb atrocities from his home.
    (SFEC, 4/4/99, p.A12)
1999        Apr 3, Macedonia, overwhelmed by some 70,000 Kosovar Albanians, declared that it won't accept any more refugees unless they are sent on to other European countries.
    (SFEC, 4/4/99, p.A10)
1999        Apr 3, Montenegro announced that over 31,000 Kosovar Albanians had entered the country since NATO assaults began and that it was facing a humanitarian catastrophe.
    (SFEC, 4/4/99, p.A10)
1999        Apr 3, It was reported that North Korea would run out of food this month and that some 2 million people would be packed off to the countryside to farm in the 4th year of famine.
    (SFC, 4/3/99, p.A3)
1999        Apr 3, Lionel Bart, born as Lionel Beglieter, died at age 68 in London. He wrote and composed the 1960 musical "Oliver" based on the Dickens novel "Oliver Twist."
    (SFEC, 4/4/99, p.B12)
1999        Apr 3, In Sri Lanka 15 rebels were killed at Janakapurna village and 4 soldiers were killed by a land mine in Tanmakeny village. 5 other rebels were killed in the north.
    (SFC, 4/5/99, p.A9)

1999        Apr 4, The Colorado Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 8-2 in baseball's first season opener held in Mexico.
    (AP, 4/4/00)
1999        Apr 4, NATO dropped more bombs on downtown Belgrade and said that it would send some 8,000 troops into Albania to help Kosovo refugees. The Freedom Bridge over the Danube at Novi Sad was destroyed. The US announced that it would send 24 Apache helicopter gunships to attack Serbian troops and tanks in Kosovo. Some 30,000 refugees crossed into Albania in the last 24-hour period. Shipping on the Danube was not fully restored until 2002.
    (SFEC, 4/4/99, p.A1,12)(SFC, 4/5/99, p.A1,10)(SSFC, 2/3/02, Par p.7)
1999        Apr 4, Bexhet Ahmeti witnessed Serb militiamen shoot and burn 5 Kosovars.
    (SFC, 4/21/99, p.A10)
1999        cApr 4, In Kyrgyzstan Prime Minister Zhumabek Ibraimov (50) died following recent surgery in Russia.
    (WSJ, 4/5/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 4, In Malaysia Azizah Ismail, the wife of Anwar Ibrahim, announced the formation of the People’s Justice Party (PKR) and called on opposition forces to topple Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.
    (SFC, 4/5/99, p.A9)(Econ, 12/4/10, p.54)
1999        Apr 4, Guido De Marco (1931-2010) began serving as president of Malta and continued to 2004. He helped the island nation win European Union membership in 2004.
    (AP, 8/13/10)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guido_de_Marco)

1999        Apr 5, The US Supreme Court ruled that police can search the belongings of car passengers while seeking evidence against the driver.
    (WSJ, 4/6/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 5, In Laramie, Wyo., Russell Henderson pleaded guilty to kidnapping and felony murder in the death of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student.
    (AP, 4/5/00)
1999        Apr 5, At Newport News, Va., members of local 8888 of the United Steelworkers went on strike. The shipyard offered a $2.49 per hour raise over 3 years as opposed to the union demand for $3.95.
    (SFC, 4/6/99, p.D1)
1999        Apr 5, In Kansas City, Mo., 5 decomposing bodies were found in the home of Gary Beach (56) and his stepson. Beach was arrested the next day. The 5 dead included his stepson and were thought to have been dead from 2-7 days.
    (SFC, 4/6/99, p.A3)(SFC, 4/7/99, p.A2)
1999        Apr 5, NATO attacks struck Belgrade, Nis and Novi Sad in the most ferocious attacks for a 13th straight day. The first Kosovo refugees were flown out to Norway and Turkey and the US said it would take some 20,000 to Guantanamo Ari Base in Cuba. Pres. Clinton asked for public donations for the relief effort.
    (SFC, 4/6/99, p.A1,8)(AP, 4/5/00)
1999        Apr 5, Two people were killed during clashes in Liquisa, East Timor. Jose Alexandre Gusmao, under house arrest in Jakarta, called for guerrilla attacks against Indonesian forces.
    (SFC, 4/6/99, p.A10)
1999        Apr 5, In Maluku province, Indonesia soldiers found some 20 burned bodies in the village of Larat on Kai Besar Island.
    (SFC, 4/6/99, p.A10)
1999        Apr 5, In Macedonia ethnic Albanians were blocked at the border due to extremely slow processing by government officials. Political stability was feared and the UN was denied a mandate to process the refugees.
    (SFC, 4/6/99, p.A8)
1999        Apr 5, Iraq claimed that US and British warplanes bombed a control station that delivered oil approved for export on a UN humanitarian program.
    (SFC, 4/7/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 5, Libya handed over to UN officials 2 men accused in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103. They were then flown to the Hague to be tried under Scottish law. UN Sec. Gen'l. Kofi Annan immediately suspended economic sanctions on Libya.
    (SFC, 4/6/99, p.A1)(SFC, 4/6/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 4/6/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 5, Serbia said a dozen civilians were killed by NATO bombs at Aleksinac.
    (WSJ, 4/7/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 5, In Turkey a suicide bomber killed himself and a teenage girl in an apparent attempt on the life of Gov. Suleyman Kamci.
    (SFC, 4/6/99, p.A10)

1999        Apr 6, Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji began a 9-day, 6-city US visit in Los Angeles. He planned to gain support for China's entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO).
    (SFC, 4/7/99, p.C12)(WSJ, 4/6/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 6, In Massachusetts Maria Grasso (54), a Chilean immigrant working as a baby sitter for a millionaire, won the $197 million Big Game jackpot.
    (SFC, 4/15/99, p.A2)
1999        Apr 6, In East Timor gunmen fired shots and lobbed grenades into a church where 1500 residents had taken refuge. Some 40 people were reported killed in Liquica and 5 people were shot to death at the home of a parish priest. Military officials denied the massacre and a bishop later said the number killed might be less than 40. At least 25 people were killed by members of the Red and White Iron (Besi Merah Putih) militia group.
    (SFC, 4/7/99, p.C12)(WSJ, 4/8/99, p.A1)(SFC, 4/9/99, p.D2)(WSJ, 8/24/99, p.A10)
1999        Apr 6, In Indonesia troops opened fire on Christian and Muslim gangs in the Spice Islands where a week of rioting left 76 dead.
    (WSJ, 4/7/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 6, In Iraq 4 men were hanged for the Feb murder of Mohammed Sadiq al-Sader, a top Shiite cleric.
    (WSJ, 4/7/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 6, NATO bombed Yugoslav forces in Montenegro.
    (WSJ, 4/7/99, p.A16)
1999        Apr 6, In Serbia Pres. Milosevic announced a unilateral Easter cease-fire through to Sunday. NATO rejected the proposal and escalated its aerial bombardment on Serbian forces and supplies.
    (SFC, 4/7/99, p.A1)(SFC, 4/20/99, p.A7)
1999        Apr 6, A submerged truck in the Danube at Kladovo, Serbia, was found to contain the dozens of decomposed corpses that included women, children and old people. Police took the bodies and blew up the truck.
    (SFC, 6/1/01, p.D4)
1999        Apr 6, In Sierra Leone rebels ambushed 2 passenger boats on the Mabang River and 60 people were killed.
    (SFC, 4/7/99, p.C12)
1999        Apr 6, In Uganda rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces killed 11 civilians near Bundibugyo by the Congolese border.
    (SFC, 4/8/99, p.A13)

1999        Apr 7, In Kentucky 2 volunteer firefighters, Kenneth Nickell (28) and Kevin Smith (30), were killed while battling a blaze at the Daniel Boone National Forest.
    (SFC, 4/8/99, p.A13)
1999        Apr 7, The US State Dept. made public a list of Serb commanders whose names were to be sent to the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in The Hague.
    (SFC, 4/8/99, p.A10)
1999        Apr 7, Chechen gunmen killed 4 Russian policemen patrolling the border near Stavropol.
    (WSJ, 4/8/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 7, Spyros Kyprianou, the acting president of Cyprus, planned to fly to Belgrade to negotiate the release of the 3 American soldiers held by Serbia.
    (SFC, 4/8/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 7, In Macedonia the government evacuated a huge refugee encampment overnight and sent them to locations in Albania, Greece and Turkey.
    (SFC, 4/8/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 7, Heavy NATO bombing reportedly killed 10 civilians in Pristina, Kosovo. The Provincial Executive Council Building, which housed the offices of Zoran Andjelkovic, Kosovo's top Serbian official, were was hit by bombs.
    (SFC, 4/8/99, p.AQ10)   
1999        Apr 7, Yugoslav forces sealed the Morini border with Albania and the border at Macedonia and told refugees to return home. The wave of refugees approached the half-million mark.
    (SFC, 4/8/99, p.A1)(SFC, 4/20/99, p.A7)(AP, 4/7/00)

1999        Apr 8, At a White House news conference, President Clinton said NATO could still win in Kosovo by air power alone, and he expressed hope for an early release of three American POW's.
    (AP, 4/8/00)
1999        Apr 8, Pres. Clinton and Premier Zhu Rongji of China made some trade agreements but did not agree on China's entry into the WTO. Premier Zhu Rongji promised to cooperate in investigations of alleged nuclear-weapons spying and illegal campaign contributions by Beijing.
    (SFC, 4/9/99, p.A1)(AP, 4/8/00)
1999        Apr 8, An enzyme called presenilin was reported to be a critical factor in Alzheimer's disease.
    (SFC, 4/8/99, p.A2)
1999        Apr 8, In Florida a power plant explosion killed 2 people in Tampa and injured 49.
    (WSJ, 4/9/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 8, The EU cut interest rates by .50% from 3% to 2.5% in an attempt to stave off a recession.
    (WSJ, 4/9/99, p.A9)
1999        Apr 8, NATO bombing in Yugoslavia blocked freighter and barge traffic on the Danube.
    (SFC, 4/9/99, p.A17)
1999        Apr 8, In Malaysia it was reported that some 111 people had died in the last 6 months from a new virus that was believed to be spreading from pigs to humans.
    (SFC, 4/9/99, p.A16)
1999        Apr 8, In Montenegro Pres. Milo Djukanovic warned Gen'l. Milorad Obradovic to stop breaking into homes and forcibly taking citizens into military service.
    (SFEC, 4/11/99, p.A28)
1999        Apr 8, In Kacanik, Kosovo, a Serbian firefight with the KLA left 17 people dead.
    (SFC, 6/15/99, p.A12)
1999        Apr 8, Serbia said it has ended its Kosovo offensive and was allowing refugees to return home.
    (WSJ, 4/9/99, p.A10)

1999        Apr 9, A US judge ordered the federal government to pay $909 million to Glendale Federal Bank in California for breach of contract. The ruling stemmed from a 1996 Supreme Court decision that said the government broke its contract with Glendale and two other thrifts when it changed the rules on how they must count their assets.
    (AP, 4/9/00)
1999        Apr 9, A $250 million Air Force satellite, intended to warn of missile launches, went into a useless orbit after being launched aboard a Titan IV.
    (WSJ, 4/12/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 9, A tornado hit the Cincinnati area and 7 people were reported killed.
    (SFC, 4/10/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 9, The Clinton administration set $191.4 million worth of European products on a sanction list. The figure was the estimated amount of lost sales by American banana companies due to European import restrictions as ruled by the WTO.
    (SFC, 4/10/99, p.A2)
1999        Apr 9, NATO forces made air strikes across Yugoslavia on Orthodox Good Friday. Military industrial plants, fuel depots and communications facilities were hit. Reports of the rape and murder of 20 ethnic Albanian women at an army training camp near Djakovica was reported. The car and small arms factory at Kragujevac was bombed and 100 workers were reported injured. The Zastava plant in Kragujevac, where the Yugo car was made, was hit by 20 missiles over 2 days and 36,000 workers were put out of work. 
    (SFC, 4/10/99, p.A1,13)(SFC, 4/20/99, p.A7)(SFC, 5/20/99, p.A12)
1999        Apr 9, In Kacanik Yugoslav troops massacred a number of ethnic Albanians. When NATO troops arrive in June they found new graves with 81 markers.
    (SFC, 6/15/99, p.A12)
1999        Apr 9, China's Premier Zhu Rongji said that he would trade China's $57 billion surplus, which he called exaggerated, for technology for a cleaner environment.
    (SFC, 4/10/99, p.A10)
1999        Apr 9, It was reported that the US planned to give $10 million in emergency aid to Montenegro.
    (WSJ, 4/9/99, p.A10)
1999        Apr 9, The Larson B and Wilkins ice shelves were reported to have lost 1,100 sq. miles due to melting over the last year.
    (SFC, 4/9/99, p.A16)
1999        Apr 9, In Lesotho Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili announced that South Africa and Botswana would soon pull their forces out of Lesotho following a 7 month peacekeeping operation.
    (SFC, 4/10/99, p.C14)
1999        Apr 9, In Namibia some 13.6 tons of elephant tusks were sold at auction to Japanese buyers at the first legal sale since a 1989 int'l. ban on the sale of ivory.
    (SFC, 4/10/99, p.C14)
1999        Apr 9, In Niger Pres. Ibrahim Bare Mainassara (49) was shot to death by his own presidential bodyguards at Niamey Airport.
    (SFC, 4/10/99, p.C14)(AP, 4/9/00)(AFP, 10/23/15)
1999        Apr 9, Russia threatened to take military action against NATO and considered an offer by Serbia to form an alliance. Gennady Seleznyov, speaker of parliament, said that a proposal was discussed to aim Russia's nuclear weapons at NATO countries.
    (SFC, 4/10/99, p.A1)(SFC, 4/10/99, p.A13)
1999        Apr 9, In Sri Lanka investigators found 16 human skeletons buried in the Durayappa Stadium in Jaffna where it was alleged that hundreds of ethnic Tamils were buried.
    (SFC, 4/10/99, p.C14)

1999        Apr 10, The Miami Heat humiliated the Chicago Bulls, 82-49, holding the Bulls to the lowest point total since the introduction of the basketball shot clock.
    (AP, 4/10/00)
1999        Apr 10, The US announced that 82 more warplanes were being shipped to join the NATO campaign in Yugoslavia. It was reported that half Yugoslavia's most modern planes had been destroyed.
    (SFEC, 4/11/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 10, In Iran Gen'l. Ali Sayyad Shirazi, deputy chief of the joint staff command of the Iranian armed forces, was gunned down in front of his home in Tehran by men dressed as city cleaners. The murder was attributed to terrorists, a euphemism for the opposition Mujahedeen-e Khalq (MEK). In 2007 French judicial authorities said they have the authority to investigate the case because the political wing of the People's Mujahedeen is based in Auvers-Sur-Oise, north of Paris.
    (SFEC, 4/11/99, p.A11)(AP, 9/18/07)
1999        Apr 10, US F-16s struck southern Iraqi radar and antiaircraft sites after the fighters were fired upon. Iraq claimed that 2 people were killed and 9 wounded in the attacks.
    (SFEC, 4/11/99, p.A11)(WSJ, 4/12/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 10, Poland welcomed the first of several thousand ethnic Albanian refugees from Kosovo.
    (SFEC, 4/11/99, p.A30)
1999        Apr 10, In Russia Prime Minister Primakov appealed to the lower house of the Duma to drop impeachment proceedings against Pres. Yeltsin.
    (SFEC, 4/11/99, p.A11)
1999        Apr 10, Serbia allowed some 1,500 refugees from Vragolija to leave Kosovo for Albania. Some 4,000 refugees crossed into Albania.
    (SFEC, 4/11/99, p.A14,26)
1999        Apr 10, Bad weather hampered NATO's bombing campaign against Yugoslavia, but the allies warned Slobodan Milosevic the lull wouldn't last. The Pentagon, meanwhile, announced that 82 U.S. planes would join the force conducting airstrikes over Yugoslavia.
    (AP, 4/10/00)
1999        Apr 10, In Venezuela Pres. Chavez said he would extend his term from 5 to 10 years. He had already threatened to dissolve Congress and the Supreme Court.
    (SFC, 4/13/99, p.A11)

1999        Apr 11, Jose Maria Olazabal won the Masters by two shots over Davis Love III.
    (AP, 4/11/00)
1999        Apr 11, In Los Angeles British architect Sir Norman Foster was named the winner of the 1999 Pritzker Architecture Prize.
    (SFC, 4/12/99, p.A4)
1999        Apr 11, The US Justice Department reported that more than one-third of the women in state prisons and jails said they were physically or sexually abused as children.
    (AP, 4/11/00)
1999        Apr 11, In Yonkers, NY, some 400 Americans prepared to fly to Albania to fight as volunteers with the KLA.
    (SFC, 4/12/99, p.A14)
1999        Apr 11, Albania decided to hand over control of its airspace, ports and military infrastructure to NATO and to accept more NATO troops.
    (SFC, 4/12/99, p.A17)
1999        Apr 11, Hungary turned back a Russian aid convoy headed for Belgrade.
    (SFC, 4/12/99, p.A12)
1999        Apr 11, India tested a new missile with a 1,250 mile range.
    (SFC, 4/12/99, p.A12)
1999        Apr 11, Israel warplanes fired at least 10 missiles in 2 raids on suspected guerrilla bases in southern Lebanon.
    (SFC, 4/12/99, p.A13)
1999        Apr 11, In Japan a gubernatorial election in Tokyo showed conservative author Shintaro Isihara (66) in the lead. Ishihara won with 29.6% of the total vote.
    (SFC, 4/10/99, p.A10)(SFC, 4/12/99, p.A12)
1999        Apr 11, NATO restrained bombing over the Orthodox Easter but struck at least 50 targets in Kosovo alone. 3 Serbian civilians were reported killed.
    (SFC, 4/12/99, p.A13)
1999        Apr 11, In Niger Daouda Malam Wanke, head of the guard unit that witnesses said assassinated Pres. Bare., was named president and head of the National Council for Reconciliation, which would run for a 9 month transition period. The Supreme Court and National Assembly were dissolved.
    (SFC, 4/12/99, p.A13)
1999        Apr 11, In Belgrade, Serbia, Slavko Curuvija, the owner of the opposition newspaper Dnevni Telegraf (Daily Telegraph), was shot and killed by 2 gunmen. The secret police were suspect in the slaying. In 2019 a Serbian court sentenced four former state security members to up to 30 years in prison for the murder.
    (SFC, 4/12/99, p.A14)(SFC, 11/1/00, p.A20)(AP, 4/5/19)

1999        Apr 12, In Arkansas U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright cited President Clinton for contempt of court, concluding that the president had lied about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky in a deposition in the Paula Jones case.
    (SFC, 4/13/99, p.A1)(AP, 4/12/00)
1999        Apr 12, A jury in Little Rock, Ark., acquitted Susan McDougal of obstructing Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's Whitewater inquiry and deadlocked on two other charges, causing a mistrial.
    (AP, 4/12/00)
1999        Apr 12, The Snake River in southeastern Washington state was named as the nation's most endangered river because of 4 dams that have brought salmon runs to the brink of extinction.
    (SFC, 4/12/99, p.A19)
1999        cApr 12, BoxCar Willie, country singer, died at age 67. He was born as Lecil Martin in Starett, Texas, and spent 22 years in the Air Force.
    (SFC, 4/13/99, p.A19)
1999        Apr 12, NATO allies considered establishing a protectorate to shield Kosovo from Yugoslav forces. Senior commander Gen'l. Wesley Clark asked the Pentagon for 300 more warplanes. NATO bombs hit a train car at a railroad bridge over the Juzna Morava River and 10 were killed and 16 injured.
    (SFC, 4/13/99, p.A12)(WSJ, 4/13/99, p.A1)(SFC, 4/14/99, p.A13)(SFC, 4/20/99, p.A7)
1999        Apr 12, NATO bombs destroyed the October 14 heavy machinery manufacturing plant in the Krusevac region of Serbia.
    (SFEC, 4/25/99, p.A28)
1999        Apr 12, In Colombia an Avianca plane was hijacked with 46 people aboard and flown to a guerrilla stronghold in Bolivar province.
    (SFC, 4/13/99, p.A11)
1999        Apr 12, In East Timor 4 people were killed in fighting between factions for and against independence from Indonesia.
    (WSJ, 4/13/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 12, In Germany a monorail fell from its suspension rail and plunged 30 feet into the Wupper river. 3 people were killed and 47 injured in the derailment of the historic (1901) "hanging railway."
    (SFC, 4/13/99, p.A11)
1999        Apr 12, In Hungary a Russian aid convoy bound for Serbia was allowed to proceed.
    (WSJ, 4/13/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 12, In southern Lebanon guerrillas detonated a roadside bomb and killed one Israeli soldier and wounded 2 others. The Shiite Muslim Hezbollah claimed responsibility and announced that Israeli troops had killed one its fighters hours earlier.
    (SFC, 4/13/99, p.A11)
1999        Apr 12, In Russia the parliament voted to delay a vote of impeachment on Pres. Yeltsin.
    (SFC, 4/13/99, p.A11)
1999        Apr 12, Yugoslavia's federal parliament voted to join a political alliance with Russia and Belarus. Igor Ivanov, the foreign minister of Russia, endorsed the proposal, but the alliance existed for the most part only on paper.
    (WSJ, 4/13/99, p.A14)

1999        Apr 13, The digital 3-D opera, “Monsters of Grace," by composer Philip Glass and director Robert Wilson was scheduled to premier at UC Berkeley. The score was set to English translation of love poems by the Sufi poet Rumi.
    (SFEC, 4/11/99, DB p.13)   
1999        Apr 13, In Michigan Judge Jessica Cooper sentenced Dr. Kevorkian to 10-25 years in prison for second-degree murder in the lethal injection of a Lou Gehrig's disease patient. He planned to appeal the sentence which would require him to serve over 6 years before being eligible for parole.
    (SFC, 4/14/99, p.A3)(AP, 4/13/00)
1999        Apr 13, NATO bombs were dropped on Pristina. Yugoslav infantry troops crossed into northeastern Albania for a short time and clashed with Albanian border police. Refugees in Albania reported gang-rapes and murders by Serbian soldiers.
    (SFC, 4/14/99, p.A1,13)
1999        Apr 13, In Chile Alejandra Matus, author, launched her new book "The Black Book of Chilean Justice." Police confiscated the books the next day and Matus fled the country to Argentina.
    (SFEC, 5/2/99, p.A26)
1999        Apr 13, In Colombia rebels released 6 of 46 hostages from a commandeered Avianca airplane.
    (SFC, 4/14/99, p.A14)
1999        Apr 13, In Malaysia Anwar Ibrahim was convicted on 4 charges of corruption by High Court Judge Augustine Paul. He was sentenced to 6 years on each charge with the sentences to run concurrently.
    (SFC, 4/14/99, p.A14)
1999        Apr 13, Pakistan test-fired a ballistic missile, the Ghauri II, at Dina. It was reported to have a range of 1200 miles.
    (SFC, 4/14/99, p.A14)

1999        Apr 14, Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr told Congress the Watergate-era law that gave him the power to probe actions of executive branch officials was flawed and should be abolished.
    (AP, 4/14/00)
1999        Apr 14, The Financial Stability Forum was first convened in Washington, DC. Mr Andrew Crockett, General Manager of the Bank for International Settlements, was appointed Chairman of the FSF in a personal capacity. It was the result of a G7 decision on Oct 3, 1998.
1999        Apr 14, In Michigan Dr. Kevorkian said that he would begin to refuse food immediately.
    (SFC, 4/15/99, p.A3)
1999        Apr 14, The Pulitzer Prize in literature went to Michael Cunningham for his novel "The Hours." Margaret Edson’s play "Wit," won the drama prize.
    (WSJ, 4/16/99, p.W15)(WSJ, 3/19/00, p.A17)
1999        Apr 14, British entertainer Anthony Newley died in Jensen Beach, Fla., at age 67.
    (AP, 4/14/00)
1999        Apr 14, In Algeria 6 of the 7 presidential candidates withdrew to protest fraud in the early stages of voting. Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the remaining candidate, was backed by the generals who have ruled since 1962. The vote was meant to end the civil war that has killed 75,000 people since 1992.
    (SFC, 4/15/99, p.C3)(WSJ, 4/15/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 14, The German capital began to be moved from Bonn to Berlin.
    (SFC,11/26/97, p.A9)
1999        Apr 14, In western Japan Takayuki Otsuki (18) raped and killed Yayoi Motomura (23) before strangling to death her 11-month-old daughter Yuka in Yamaguchi. In 2000 Otsuki was convicted and jailed for life, but in 2008 he was sentenced to death. In 2012 Japan’s Supreme Court upheld the ruling.
1999        Apr 14, NATO warplanes mistakenly struck refugee vehicles and some 60-75 ethnic Albanians were reported killed near Djakovica in Kosovo. NATO acknowledged the next day that a civilian vehicle had been hit and broadcast a taped interview with the US pilot who carried out the mission. A week later NATO acknowledged that 2 separate groups of vehicles were hit.
    (SFC, 4/15/99, p.A1)(SFC, 4/16/99, p.A1,16)(SFC, 4/20/99, p.A6)
1999        Apr 14, Some 3,000 refugees reached the border of Macedonia and another 7,000 were expected. Another 3,000 arrived in Albania. An estimated 18,000 were making their way to Montenegro. Over the last 3 weeks 305,000 arrived in Albania, 121,000 in Macedonia, and 61,000 in Montenegro.
    (SFC, 4/15/99, p.A12)
1999        Apr 14, The US pledged $37 million to help the Kenyan victims of the 1998 US Embassy bombing in Nairobi.
    (SFC, 4/15/99, p.A15)
1999        Apr 14, The EU countries proposed a peace plan for Kosovo, wherein the province would be placed under temporary European administration if Pres. Milosevic withdraws his forces and allows refugees to return.
    (SFC, 4/15/99, p.C2)
1999        Apr 14, Serbian police forced families from Popovic St. in Mitrovica, Kosovo. The men were separated from their families and 26 were executed and dumped 10 miles away in Zvecan. 4 suspects were later arrested by French peacekeepers.
    (SFC, 9/28/99, p.A13)
1999        Apr 14, Pakistan tested a Shaheen I missile with a range of 450 miles.
    (SFC, 4/15/99, p.C16)
1999        Apr 14, In Rwanda Bishop Augustin Misago was put under "preventive detention" pending charges that he refused to shelter Tutsis in 1994 and ordered 19 schoolgirls expelled from the high school in Kibeho. The girls were killed.
    (SFC, 4/15/99, p.C16)

1999        Apr 15, Erotica USA, a pornography trade show, opened a 4-day exhibit at the Javits Center in NYC.
    (SFC, 4/16/99, p.A3)
1999        Apr 15, It was reported that astronomers, using the Hubble Space Telescope, detected a 13 Billion year-old galaxy, dubbed "Sharon." It was the oldest and most distant object yet detected.
    (SFC, 4/15/99, p.A7)
1999        Apr 15, Astronomers announced that 3 planets had been detected orbiting the star Upsilon Andromedae some 44 light-years away.
    (SFC, 4/16/99, p.A1,19)
1999        Apr 15, The US Pentagon planned to ask for 30,000 reservists and National Guard members for NATO support. Pres. Clinton was expected to ask for $5.9 billion in emergency spending to cover US costs in the Kosovo operation.
    (SFC, 4/16/99, p.A16)
1999        Apr 15, In Salt Lake City, Utah, Sergei Babarin (70) entered the Mormon Church's Family History Library and opened fire. He killed 2 people, Patricia Frengs of Pleasant Hill, Ca. and security guard Donald Thomas (62). He wounded 4 others and was shot dead by police.
    (SFC, 4/16/99, p.A3)(SFC, 4/17/99, p.A2)
1999        Apr 15, Algeria held elections. Abdelaziz Bouteflika was left alone in the race after 6 competitors withdrew over allegations that the vote was rigged. A 60% turnout was reported. Bouteflika said he would turn down the post without a massive turnout and a large majority support.
    (SFC, 2/13/99, p.A5)(SFC, 4/16/99, p.A18)
1999        Apr 15, Austria began accepting refugees from Kosovo as the Austrian Army and Red Cross built a camp for 5,000 refugees in Shkoder, Albania.
    (SFC, 4/27/99, p.A8)
1999        Apr 15, In Colombia rebels released 3 more hostages as army units fought to free the remaining 32 captured in the hijacking of an Avianca plane.
    (WSJ, 4/16/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 15, In Israel Arieh Deri, leader of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, was sentenced to 4 years in prison for taking bribes.
    (SFC, 4/16/99, p.A18)
1999        Apr 15, A South Korean Air cargo MD-11 crashed after takeoff from Shanghai and at least 5 people were killed. Explosives were suspect in the crash.
    (WSJ, 4/16/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 15, NATO bombed TV transmitters, military installations and bridges throughout Yugoslavia. Military targets in Montenegro were struck as was the city of Subotica, near the Hungarian border.
    (SFC, 4/16/99, p.A19)
1999        Apr 15, In Pakistan a court convicted Benazir Bhutto in absentia of corruption and sentenced her to 5 years in prison.
    (SFC, 4/16/99, p.A18)

1999        Apr 16, Wayne Gretzky, hockey star of the New York Rangers, announced his retirement.
    (SFC, 4/17/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 16, President Clinton defended NATO airstrikes against Serbian targets during visits to Michigan and Massachusetts, saying U.S. involvement in Kosovo was a moral imperative.
    (AP, 4/16/00)
1999        Apr 16, In Algeria protests broke out in Algiers, Tizi Ouzou and Bejaia over the elections. Abdelmalek Sellal, the Interior Minister, said Bouteflika received over 7.4 million votes, 70% of the 10.5 million votes cast. Sellal said 60% of the eligible voters cast ballots, but others said the turnout was under 25%.
    (SFC, 4/17/99, p.A10)
1999        Apr 16, It was reported that Albanian bandits were victimizing refugees and had robbed border monitors and foreign journalists at gunpoint.
    (SFC, 4/16/99, p.A18)
1999        Apr 16, Thousands of refugees poured out of Kosovo as NATO blasted oil refineries, military barracks and airports around Yugoslavia. At least 5,000 refugees crossed into Macedonia, and 8,000 into Albania. Some 100,000 were believed to be enroute to Macedonia.
    (SFC, 4/17/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 16, NATO troops began to pull out of refugee camps in Macedonia. Management of the camps was turned over to Macedonian NGOs supervised by the UNHCR. Refugees were reported to be in fear of the Macedonian police.
    (SFC, 4/16/99, p.A17)
1999        Apr 16, In Sierra Leone rebel troops fled Songo and killed over 100 men, women and children as the ECOMOG West African and loyalist militia entered the town.
    (SFC, 4/22/99, p.D12)

1999        Apr 17, The US launched the 505-foot Navy destroyer Winston S. Churchill at the Bath Iron Works in Maine.
    (SFEC, 4/18/99, p.A2)
1999        Apr 17, NATO forces launched the 25th night of bombing against Yugoslavia in the strongest attacks thus far. Gen. Wesley Clark, NATO's commander, warned Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic to change his policies in Kosovo or see his military machine destroyed.
    (SFEC, 4/18/99, p.A1)(AP, 4/17/00)   
1999        Apr 17, In London, England, [39] 48 people were injured by a nail bomb in a racially mixed neighborhood near Brixton Rd. and Electric Ave. This was the first of three bombs to explode in London within a two-week period. David Copeland (24) was convicted for the bombing in 2000.
    (SFEC, 4/18/99, p.A18)(SFC, 4/29/99, p.D3)(AP, 4/17/00)(SFC, 7/1/00, p.A14)
1999        Apr 17, In India the Hindu nationalist government lost a vote of confidence by one vote. Prime Minister Vajpayee gave his resignation to Pres. Narayanan but agreed to stay on until a new government was formed. Sonia Gandhi of the opposition Congress Party was to form the new government. Jayaram Jayalalitha of the All-India Anna Dravida Munetra Kazagham Party broke the coalition headed by the Bharatiya Janata Party.
    (SFEC, 4/18/99, p.A1,19)
1999        Apr 17, In Iraq US fighter planes bombed anti-aircraft sites in the northern no-fly zone.
    (SFEC, 4/18/99, p.A23)

1999        Apr 18, Wayne Gretzky played his last National Hockey League game as his New York Rangers lost to Pittsburgh 2-1 in overtime at Madison Square Garden.
    (AP, 4/18/00)
1999        Apr 18, NATO requested from Bulgaria the use of its airspace.
    (WSJ, 4/19/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 18, Pres. Kabila of Congo and Ugandan Pres. Museveni signed a cease-fire agreement that was mediated by Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy. Rwanda and Congolese rebels rejected the deal.
    (SFC, 5/29/99, p.A11)
1999        Apr 18, Yugoslav troops crossed into Montenegro and opened fire on a column of ethnic Albanian refugees near Rozaje. At least 6 people were killed.
    (SFC, 4/21/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 18, In East Timor weekend violence left as many as 30 people dead, as pro-Indonesia militia rampaged through Dili.
    (WSJ, 4/19/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 18, In Turkey national election were held. Voters in early results gave 22% of the vote to Democratic Left Party of Bulent Ecevit, 15.4% to the Islamic Virtue Party and 18% to the Nationalist Action Party (MHP) led by Devlet Bahceli. The Motherland Party won 13% and the True Path won 12%. The People's Republican Party (CHP) received less than 9% and for the 1st time failed to win any seats.
    (SFC, 4/19/99, p.A9)(SFC, 4/20/99, p.A8)(AP, 11/4/02)(Econ, 5/3/08, p.61)
1999        Apr 18, In Turkey 7 provincial capitals in the Kurdish region elected leaders of the Kurdish nationalist party as mayors.
    (SFEC, 5/16/99, p.A18)   
1999        Apr 18, In Yugoslavia NATO bombers hit refineries, bridges and other targets in the 25th straight day of attacks and the heaviest strikes to date. 70% of fuel storage capability was now destroyed and Yugoslavia no longer had the ability to refine oil. In Pancevo a refinery, fertilizer plant and American-built petrochemical complex were destroyed and a dense toxic cloud was released with potential long term consequences. Pancevo’s industrial zone was bombed over 20 times within a 2-month period and created an environmental disaster.
    (SFC, 4/19/99, p.A1,8)(SFC, 7/6/99, p.A8)(AP, 4/18/00)(SFC, 8/11/00, p.A14)
1999        Apr 18, During a speech on the 19th anniversary of independence Pres. Mugabe said that over 1200 Zimbabweans were dying each week from AIDS.
    (SFC, 4/19/99, p.A10)

1999        Apr 19, The 103rd Boston Marathon was won by Joseph Chebet of Kenya in 2h:9m:52s. Fatuma Roba of Ethiopia won the women's category in 2:23:25.
    (WSJ, 4/20/99, A1)(AP, 4/19/00)
1999        Apr 19, The US Supreme Court ruled that a federal law aimed at limiting e-mail smut does not violate free-speech rights.
    (AP, 4/19/00)
1999        Apr 19, The annual Goldman Environmental Prize went to: Ka Hsaw Wa of Burma for reporting on the plight of indigenous people and environmental abuses on a gas pipeline across Thailand and Burma; Bernard Martin, a Canadian fisherman, for his work opposing large factory trawlers; Jacqui Katona and Yvonne Margarula, Australian aboriginal women, who have led a fight against the mining of a uranium deposit by Kakadu National Park on lands owned by the Mirrar people; Samuel Nguiffo, a Cameroon lawyer, for his work in protecting rain forests and opposition to the slaughter of chimpanzees and other rare wildlife; Jorge Varela, a Honduran conservationist, for fighting the destructive shrimp farming practices in the Gulf of Fonseca; and Michal Kravcik, a Slovakian hydrologist, who successfully fought a government plan to dam the Upper Torysa River in 1996.
    (SFC, 4/19/99, p.A2)
1999        Apr 19, In Florida the Everglades fire charred had 130,000 acres and continued to rage.
    (SFC, 4/20/99, p.A3)
1999        Apr 19, In Canada a Toronto transit strike forced 800,000 commuters to seek alternate transportation.
    (WSJ, 4/20/99, A1)
1999        Apr 19, In the Congo Kabila in 1997 set this date for presidential and legislative elections.
    (SFC, 5/30/97, p.A15)
1999        Apr 19, The German parliament inaugurated its new home in the restored Reichstag in Berlin, its prewar capital.
    (AP, 4/19/00)
1999        Apr 19, India and Bangladesh border guards had a shootout that left 6 people dead and 60 wounded.
    (WSJ, 4/20/99, A1)
1999        Apr 19, In Hallac, Kosovo, 20 Albanian men were killed by Serb paramilitaries. 11 were shot in a vacant lot and 9 were killed in their homes. They were buried in a mass grave and later reburied individually just before NATO forces moved into Kosovo.
    (SFC, 6/14/99, p.A12)
1999        Apr 19, In Puerto Rico two US Marine jets in training dropped bombs over the island of Vieques and missed their targets. One civilian, David Sanes Rodriguez, was killed and 4 people were injured.
    (SFC, 4/20/99, p.A3)(SFC, 7/26/99, p.A3)
1999        Apr 19-2002 Jun 15, Executives of South Korea’s Samsung Electronics conspired to fix prices of computer DRAM chips sold in the US.
    (SFC, 3/23/06, p.C6)
1999        Apr 19, Yugoslav authorities shut down the Morini border crossing to Albania. NATO bombing continued and a Serb government headquarters building in Novi Sad was badly damaged. An estimated 500,000 to 850,000 ethnic Albanians remained were still inside Kosovo.
    (SFC, 4/20/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 4/20/99, A1)

1999        Apr 20, Jay Scott Ballinger (36), arrested in Feb., was indicted on charges of burning 10 churches in Indiana and Georgia.
    (SFC, 4/21/99, p.A7)
1999        Apr 20, In New Jersey Attorney Gen'l. Peter Verniero acknowledged that state troopers had engaged in racial profiling to target minority motorists.
    (SFC, 4/21/99, p.A7)
1999        Apr 20, In Littleton, Colo., 2 Columbine High School students, students Eric Harris (18) and Dylan Klebold (17), used guns and explosives to randomly kill 12 other students and one teacher before killing themselves: Cassie Bernall, Corey DePooter, Kelly Fleming, Matthew Kechter, Daniel Mauser, Daniel Rohrbough, Rachel Scott, Isaiah Shoels, John Tomlin, Lauren Townsend, Kyle Velasquez and teacher William "Dave" Sanders, were killed by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. They wounded 28 other students and were part of a small clique that identified themselves as the "Trench Coat Mafia." 30 homemade bombs attributed to Harris and Klebold were found at the school. Harris and Klebold had both worked at the Blackjack Pizza No. 2025. Klebold and Harris recorded 5 videos prior to the shooting in which they spoke of a bloodbath with hundreds killed. In 2001 it was reported that Daniel Rohrbough was shot and killed by police. An independent investigation in 2002 cleared the police. In 2004 it was reported that local police had 15 contacts with Harris and Klebold prior to the massacre.
    (SFC, 4/21/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 4/21/99, A1)(SFC, 4/22/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 6/23/99, p.A1)(SFC, 12/13/99, p.A3)(SFC, 12/28/01, p.A9)(SFC, 4/18/02, p.A4)(WSJ, 2/27/04, p.A1)
1999        Apr 20, NATO bombing continued in Yugoslavia. The UN refugee agency in Macedonia declared its camps full beyond capacity and left 2,000 to 3,000 refugees at the border. Another few thousand crossed the border to the hamlet of Milana. The border with Albania was again opened but only a few crossed over.
    (SFC, 4/21/99, p.A1,10)
1999        Apr 20, Bulgaria and Romania offered to let NATO use their airspace to bomb Yugoslavia.
    (WSJ, 4/21/99, A22)
1999        Apr 20, Students at the National Univ. in Mexico City (UNAM) went on strike to protest a proposed increase in the cost of education from 2 cents to $200 per year. The majority of students did not support the strike but radical students forced the closure of classes and increased their demands with a call for the return of an 'Automatic promotion" rule that would give Univ. access regardless of academic performance.
    (WSJ, 6/11/99, p.A19)
1999        Apr 20, Russia defaulted on $1.3 billion Ministry of Finance bonds.
    (SFC, 4/21/99, p.A13)
1999        Apr 20, In South Africa the police beating of 4 carjacking suspects was broadcast over TV. One suspect died from the beating and the officers were suspended and put under criminal investigation.
    (SFC, 4/21/99, p.A13)

1999        Apr 21, The National Rifle Association scaled back its annual meeting in Denver from 3 days to one in response to the Littleton killings.
    (SFC, 4/22/99, p.A6)
1999        Apr 21, Vice Pres. Al Gore announced that 20,000 Kosovo refugees would be brought to the US mainland rather than the Guantanamo base in Cuba.
    (SFC, 4/22/99, p.A12)
1999        Apr 21, A day after the mass killing at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., investigators continued their work, while memorial services were held across the city and dozens of counselors offered support to grieving students, parents, friends and family.
    (AP, 4/21/00)
1999        Apr 21, Charles "Buddy" Rogers (b.1904), actor and bandleader, died in Rancho Mirage, Calif., at age 94.
    (AP, 4/21/00)
1999        Apr 21, NATO and the US agreed to renew planning for ground troops in Kosovo as leaders converged on Washington to begin summit talks.
    (SFC, 4/22/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 21, The EU prepared an oil embargo against Yugoslavia.
    (WSJ, 4/22/99, A1)
1999        Apr 21, NATO warplanes hit a Serbian refugee camp near Djakovica. 4 Serbs were reported killed in the camp where 200-300 Serb refugees from the Krajina region lived. A NATO spokesman said NATO planes were not operating in that area. NATO bombs hit transmitters for radio and TV along with other business and party offices of people close to Milosevic.
    (SFC, 4/22/99, p.A14)
1999        Apr 21, In Benin police arrested Yacoubou Adam Fassassi, the Benin ambassador to the UN, for alleged involvement in drug trafficking.
    (SFC, 4/22/99, p.A15)
1999        Apr 21, In Colombia retired Col. Bernardo Ruiz was arrested for arranging the 1995 murder of opposition politician Alvaro Gomez.
    (SFC, 4/22/99, p.D12)(WSJ, 4/22/99, A1)
1999        Apr 21, In Jamaica at least 6 people were killed and 2 dozen injured in Kingston during protests against new tax increases.
    (SFC, 4/22/99, p.D12)(WSJ, 4/22/99, A1)
1999        Apr 21, Macedonia allowed another 3,000 Kosovo refugees to enter from the frontier.
    (SFC, 4/22/99, p.A14)
1999        Apr 21, Romania and the IMF reached a preliminary agreement for a $500 million loan.
    (SFC, 4/22/99, p.A15)
1999        Apr 21, In East Timor the warring factions signed an agreement to end violence.
    (SFC, 4/22/99, p.D3)

1999        Apr 22, Earth Day. TV Turnoff Week began.
    (SFC, 4/22/99, p.A17)(SFC, 4/23/99, p.C7)
1999        Apr 22, At Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., investigators found a powerful bomb made from a propane tank, heightening suspicions that gunmen Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, who killed 13 people before killing themselves, intended to destroy the school, and may have had help in assembling their arsenal.
    (AP, 4/22/00)
1999        Apr 22, In Louisiana a 14-year-old boy opened fire at a middle school in Scotlandville, a suburb of Baton Rouge, and a 14-yar-old girl was hit in the cheek.
    (SFC, 4/23/99, p.A3)
1999        Apr 22, In Kentucky an Army Black Hawk helicopter crashed during training at Fort Campbell and 7 people were killed and 4 injured.
    (SFC, 4/23/99, p.A3)
1999        Apr 22, The NATO summit began in Washington.
    (USAT, 3/24/99, p.5A)
1999        Apr 22, British PM Tony Blair, speaking before the Chicago Economic Club, unveiled his "Doctrine of the International Community" (Chicago Doctrine). Among other things, the doctrine outlines circumstances that warrant the international community to intervene in the affairs of other nations.
1999        Apr 22, An early morning missile hit the home of Pres. Milosevic at 15 Uzicke St. in Belgrade. NATO bombs also hit the Serbian TV station in Belgrade and killed 15 people. Russian envoy Viktor Chernomyrdin after meeting with Pres. Milosevic in Belgrade said Milosevic would accept an int'l. presence in Kosovo.
    (SFC, 4/23/99, p.A1,18)(USAT, 4/23/99, p.1A)
1999        Apr 22, In eastern India upper-caste landlords, members of the Ranbir Sena militia, killed 12 Dalits (oppressed ones) in the village of Sindani. It was believed to be a retaliation for the Mar 18 massacre in Bihar.
    (SFC, 4/23/99, p.D3)
1999        Apr 22, In Iran the Parliament began proceedings to impeach culture minister Ayatollah Mohajerani for excessive media freedom.
    (SFC, 4/23/99, p.D3)

1999        Apr 23, The Whitney Museum In NYC opened its mammoth "The American Century" show.
    (WSJ, 4/13/99, p.A16)
1999        Apr 23, On the first day of a 50th anniversary NATO summit in Washington, Western leaders pledged to intensify military strikes against Yugoslavia and vowed "no compromise" on demands that Slobodan Milosevic withdraw his troops from Kosovo.
    (SFC, 4/24/99, p.A1)(AP, 4/23/00)
1999        Apr 23, NATO forces bombed Nis and a broad swath of Yugoslavia on the 31st day of attacks. 16 civilians were killed and 16 others injured during the attack on the headquarters and studios of Radio Television Serbia in central Belgrade. In 2009 Amnesty International demanded that NATO be held accountable for civilian casualties in the bombing.
    (SFC, 4/24/99, p.A11)(AP, 4/23/09)
1999        Apr 23, In China it was reported that a bus collided with a truck and causing an explosion that killed at least 30 people in Xiangshui county, 300 miles northwest of Shanghai.
    (SFC, 4/24/99, p.A15)
1999        Apr 23, From Colombia it was reported that Marxist rebels and right-wing death squads had killed at least 371 civilians in the 1st 3 months of this year. 171 were killed by guerrillas and 179 by paramilitary gangs.
    (SFC, 4/24/99, p.C1)
1999        Apr 23, In Mexico a truck with 55 passengers plunged into a ravine killing 46 people, 28 of them children from the hamlet of Chiquixvil in Chiapas.
    (SFEC, 4/25/99, p.A9)
1999        Apr 23, The foreign ministers of Indonesia and Portugal completed an agreement for the people of East Timor to vote on their future.
    (SFC, 4/24/99, p.A14)
1999        Apr 23, Yugoslav Foreign Minister Zivadin Jovanovic ruled out allowing armed foreign soldiers to enforce a peace agreement in Kosovo.
    (SFC, 4/24/99, p.A12)

1999        Apr 24, It was reported that the details of US sorties flown in Yugoslavia were not being shared with NATO allies in order to prevent leaks from compromising the missions.
    (SFC, 4/24/99, p.A13)
1999        Apr 24, On the second day of a NATO summit, the alliance ran into objections from Russia and questions among its own members about enforcing an oil embargo against Yugoslavia by searching ships at sea. President Clinton urged Americans to be patient with the bombing strategy.
    (AP, 4/24/00)
1999        Apr 24, NATO approved a new strategic concept in Washington that allowed the use of military force to prevent the abuse of human rights anywhere in Europe. NATO also announced plans for an around-the-clock war along with Yugoslavia and an effort to choke off oil supplies from the Adriatic. Damage to Yugoslavia was estimated to have reached $100 billion.
    (SFEC, 4/25/99, p.A1,21,28)
1999        Apr 24, A 2nd nail bomb exploded in London’s Brick Lane, one week following a blast that injured 39 people. Police attributed the bombs to a splinter group of Combat 18 (named from the position of Hitler's initials in the alphabet) called White Wolves. David Copeland (24) was convicted for the bombing in 2000.
    (SFC, 4/29/99, p.D3)(SFEC, 5/2/99, p.A25)(SFC, 7/1/00, p.A14)
1999        Apr 24, In India high temperatures over the past week in several states killed at least 40 people with 28 dead in Orissa.
    (SFC, 4/26/99, p.A15)
1999        Apr 24, In Belgrade, Serbia, a Nato cruise missile struck the building housing Radio-Television Serbia and 16 young employees were killed. The director was charged in 2001 for allowing the workers to die when he knew the station would be hit.
    (SFC, 10/24/01, p.C2)

1999        Apr 25, On the third and final day of their Washington summit, NATO leaders promised military protection and economic aid to Yugoslavia's neighbors for standing with the West against Slobodan Milosevic. Pres. Yeltsin called Pres. Clinton to search for a solution to Kosovo.
    (SFC, 4/26/99, p.A1)(AP, 4/25/00)
1999        Apr 25, More than 70,000 mourners gathered in Littleton, Colo., to remember the victims of the Columbine High School massacre.
    (AP, 4/25/00)
1999        Apr 25, Lord Killanin, former president of the International Olympic Committee, died in Dublin, Ireland, at age 84.
    (AP, 4/25/00)
1999        Apr 25, NATO airstrikes in Yugoslavia destroyed the last bridge in Novi Sad along with other targets in northern and central Serbia. The KLA staged a new conference in Kukes and pleaded anew for a battlefield alliance with NATO.
    (SFC, 4/26/99, p.A12)
1999        Apr 25, In Angola UNITA rebels claimed to control 70% of the country.
    (SFC, 4/29/99, p.D8)
1999        Apr 25, In China some 10,000 people protested in Beijing on behalf of the right to practice Falun Dafa (law wheel great way), a brand of meditation and exercise. Adherents to the practice, founded by Li Hongzhi, was estimated at 70-100 million.
    (SFC, 4/26/99, p.A13)(WSJ, 4/26/99, A1,6)
1999        Apr 25, Pro-Indonesian militias were reported to have killed over 150 people in East Timor.
    (WSJ, 4/26/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 25, In Iraq US warplanes struck air defense sites in the northern no-fly zone after being threatened by radar.
    (SFC, 4/26/99, p.A14)
1999        Apr 25, In Uganda police reported that a bomb killed 5 people and injured 15 in a poor neighborhood of Kampala.
    (WSJ, 4/26/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 25, In Venezuela voters overwhelmingly endorsed the formation of an assembly to rewrite the constitution. The abstention rate was 60%.
    (SFC, 4/26/99, p.A13)

1999        Apr 26, The Clinton administration urged a one-year extension of the Oslo peace process and pressured Pres. Arafat not to declare an independent state on May 4.
    (SFC, 4/27/99, p.A8)
1999        Apr 26, Detroit and Wayne County filed suits for over $800 million against 35 manufacturers, distributors and sellers of firearms.
    (SFC, 4/27/99, p.A3)
1999        Apr 26, The FDA approved an obesity drug, Xenical from Roche Holdings, that works by absorbing body fat.
    (WSJ, 4/27/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 26, Angola blamed Unita for an attack on a truck convoy that killed at least 25 people. Aid workers questioned whether the rebels were responsible.
    (WSJ, 4/27/99, p.A1)   
1999        Apr 26, In London, England, Jill Dando (37), a BBC anchorwoman and host of a crime-fighting program, was shot dead on the steps of her home in Fulham. Police arrested and charged Barry Michael George (Barry Bulsara) for the murder 13 months later. George was convicted in 2001 and sentenced to life in prison. In 2008 Barry George was cleared in a retrial.
    (SFC,4/27/99,p.A10)(AP,4/26/00)(SFC,5/26/00,p.A18)(SFC,5/29/00,p.A14)(SFC, 7/3/01, p.A10)
    (AFP, 8/1/08)
1999        Apr 26, In India Pres. Narayanan dissolved the lower house of Parliament in order to call for new elections.
    (SFC, 4/27/99, p.A10)
1999        Apr 26, Pres. Milosevic met with Red Cross Pres. Cornelio Sommuraga and said the Red Cross may return to Kosovo and "go anywhere." Sommuraga met briefly with the 3 captive Americans and said they were ok.
    (SFC, 4/27/99, p.A1,6)(AP, 4/26/00)
1999        Apr 26, In Macedonia over 2,000 ethnic Albanians arrived from Kosovo.
    (SFC, 4/27/99, p.A8)
1999        Apr 26, Foday Sankoh, Sierra Leone rebel leader, offered a cease-fire following a meeting with his commanders in Togo.
    (SFC, 4/27/99, p.A10)

1999        Apr 27, A week after the Columbine High School massacre, President Clinton called for new gun control measures, saying, "People's lives are at stake here."
    (AP, 4/27/00)
1999        Apr 27, The US Pentagon announced a call for 33,102 reservists for active duty in Kosovo.
    (SFC, 4/28/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 27, A federal grand jury indicted ten top political figures in Arkansas for corruption. Nick Wilson, the senior state senator, was indicted as the ring leader of a group that diverted state money.
    (SFC, 4/28/99, p.A3)
1999        Apr 27, In Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and the Legislature agreed on a plan to allow children in the lowest-rated schools to use state vouchers for private schools.
    (SFC, 4/28/99, p.A3)
1999        Apr 27, Al Hirt, "The King of the Trumpet," died in New Orleans at age 76.
    (SFC, 4/28/99, p.C4)
1999        Apr 27, In Indonesia Pres. Habibie announced plans for a ballot on independence on Aug 8. Anti-independence militiamen rejected the plans.
    (SFC, 4/28/99, p.C2)
1999        Apr 27, A NATO bomb missed a targeted army barracks and killed at 20 people, half of them children, in a residential area of Surdulica, Serbia.
    (SFC, 4/28/99, p.A10)(SFC, 4/28/99, p.A14)
1999        Apr 27, Up to 5,000 ethnic Albanians entered Macedonia and many more were said to be following. Another 2,000 entered at the Lojane border post.
    (SFC, 4/28/99, p.A10)
1999          Apr 27,  Near the town of Meja Yugoslav troops executed over 100 men from a caravan of fleeing refugees.
    (SFC, 4/28/99, p.A14)

1999        Apr 28, The US House voted 249-180 that congressional approval would be required to send troops to Yugoslavia. A Democratic resolution supporting NATO air strikes tied 213-213.
    (SFC, 4/29/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 4/29/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 28, The US announced that it would allow US firms to sell food and medicine to Iran, Sudan and Libya.
    (SFC, 4/29/99, p.A3)
1999        Apr 28, San Francisco-based McKesson Corp. announced irregularities in the books of its newly acquired HBO & Co. The stock plunged 48%. The January merger had cost McKesson $13.9 billion.
    (SFC, 10/17/03, p.B4)(SFC, 6/19/12, p.D1)
1999        Apr 28, Rory Calhoun (76), Western film star, died in Burbank, Calif., from emphysema and diabetes. He starred in the 1950s TV series "The Texan."
    (SFC, 4/29/99, p.D6)(www.imdb.com/name/nm0001983/)
1999        Apr 28, In Canada a 14-year-old boy shot 2 17-year-olds and killed one at W.R. Myers High School in Taber, Alberta. Jason Lang was killed and Shane Christmas was seriously wounded.
    (SFC, 4/29/99, p.A16)(SFC, 4/29/99, p.D4)
1999        Apr 28, The IMF reached a preliminary agreement with Russia for a $4.5 billion, that would not go to Russia but work as an accounting measure to prevent default on money already owed.
    (SFC, 4/29/99, p.C5)
1999        Apr 28, The 124-member Palestine Central Council decided not to declare a Palestinian state on May 4, and that deliberations would continue till after Israel's May 17 elections. In exchange Arafat won EU backing for a state within a year and the support of Pres. Clinton for self-determination.
    (SFC, 4/29/99, p.C2)(WSJ, 4/30/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 28, In Peru labor unions staged a nation-wide strike to protest stagnant living standards.
    (WSJ, 4/29/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 28, Yugoslav Pres. Milosevic fired Deputy Prime Minister Vuk Draskovic.
    (SFC, 4/29/99, p.A14)
1999        Apr 28, In Korenica, Kosovo, Serb forces retaliated for an ambush and executed every man over 16 that they could find. 155 unarmed men, women and children were killed.
    (SFC, 6/16/99, p.A12)
1999        Apr 28, In eastern Congo Gov. Kanyamuhanga Gafunzi ordered 100,000 Rwandan refugees in Kivu province to go home within 15 days for supporting Hutu rebels.
    (SFC, 4/29/99, p.D8)
1999        Apr 28, The UN Human Rights Commission voted in favor of a worldwide moratorium on executions over the objections of fewer than a dozen countries that included the US, China, Rwanda and Sudan.
    (SFC, 4/29/99, p.C16)

1999        Apr 29, Rev. Jesse Jackson and a delegation of religious leaders arrived in Belgrade to talk with Pres. Milosevic concerning the release of 3 captured Americans.
    (SFC, 4/30/99, p.A13)
1999        Apr 29, The US decided to sell an early-warning radar system to Taiwan.
    (SFC, 4/30/99, p.D4)
1999        Apr 29, US planes bombed sites in the no-fly zone of northern Iraq after being attacked by missiles and anti-aircraft fire. Iraq said 20 civilians were injured in Mosul and 4 in separate attacks in the south.
    (SFC, 4/30/99, p.D8)
1999        Apr 29, NATO jets struck Yugoslav army headquarters in Belgrade and the federal interior ministry. A telecommunications tower was hit and knocked Serbian TV off the air.
    (SFC, 4/30/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 29, In Bulgaria an errant NATO HARM missile hit a home in Gorna Banya on the outskirts of Sofia. There were no casualties.
    (SFC, 4/30/99, p.A13,D2)
1999        Apr 29, China announced that 1.6 million people would be allowed to move to Hong Kong over the next 10-13 years.
    (SFC, 4/30/99, p.D7)
1999        Apr 29, In Colombia a 2,500 member group of the Embera-Katio Indians called for a safe haven in Europe due to the civil war in their homeland.
    (SFC, 4/30/99, p.B1)
1999        Apr 29, In India Jessica Lall, a young New Delhi bartender, was shot and killed by Manu Sharma (24), after she refused him a drink at closing time. On Feb 21, 2006, Sharma the son of a powerful and wealthy politician with interests in sugar mills, and 8 friends were acquitted. Protesters took to the streets, holding candlelight vigils and waving signs calling for justice; officials from the president to the capital's police chief called for a review of the investigation. Courts convicted Sharma in 2006 and sentenced him to life in prison. In 2011 the Hindi film “No One Killed Jessica" was based on this story.
    (AP, 3/10/06)(Econ, 1/15/11, p.96)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Jessica_Lall)
1999        Apr 29, In Macedonia another 6,500 refugees arrived. 3 refugees were killed by a mine as they attempted to cross the border northwest of Blace.
    (SFC, 4/30/99, p.A13)
1999        Apr 29, In Japan Honda announced that its last EV Plus electric car was built in March.
    (SFC, 4/30/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 29, In Russia Pres. Yeltsin approved a plan for upgrading thousands of short-range or tactical nuclear weapons.
    (SFC, 4/30/99, p.D5)
1999        Apr 29, Yugoslavia filed World Court cases against 10 countries, including the United States, claiming their bombing campaign breached international law.
    (AP, 4/29/00)

1999        Apr 30, The US State Dept. annual report on terrorism listed Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Sudan and Syria as sponsoring terrorism groups.
    (SFC, 5/1/99, p.A8)
1999        Apr 30, The Florida Legislature gave final approval to a school voucher program that would entitle students in the worst public schools to receive $3-25,000 a year to help pay for private or parochial school tuition. In 2002 a judge struck down the school-voucher law.
    (SFC, 5/1/99, p.A4)(WSJ, 8/6/02, p.A1)
1999        Apr 30, In London a bomb exploded at the Admiral Duncan pub, a gay bar in Soho. Three people were killed and over 70 wounded. David Copeland (24) was convicted for the bombing in 2000.
    (SFC, 5/1/99, p.A1)(AP, 4/30/00)(SFC, 7/1/00, p.A14)(Econ, 12/24/16, p.103)
1999        Apr 30, Cambodia was admitted as the 10th member of the Association of Asian Nations (ASEAN).
    (SFC, 5/1/99, p.B1)
1999        Apr 30, Ecuador reached an agreement with the IMF for a $900 million loan package.
    (WSJ, 5/3/99, p.A1,16)
1999        Apr 30, In Guatemala some 600 peasants stormed a police station in Huehuetenango and freed 12 former paramilitary members who had just been sentenced to 25 years in prison for killing peasants in Colotenango in 1993.
    (SFC, 5/1/99, p.B1)
1999        Apr 30, NATO undertook over 600 sorties and strikes in Montenegro and Kosovo reportedly killed 13 people.
    (SFC, 5/1/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 30, In Belgrade, Serbia, a 5.5 earthquake struck. Later in the day Jesse Jackson met with the 3 captured Americans and planned to meet with Pres. Milosevic for their release. In an interview Pres. Milosevic pronounced that his countrymen were willing to die to defend their rights.
    (SFC, 5/1/99, p.A1,6)(AP, 4/30/00)
1999        Apr 30, Serbian forces began a forced evacuation of Prizren and 10,000 people crossed the border to Albania.
    (SFC, 5/1/99, p.A6)

1999        Apr, The book "Endgame" by Scott Ritter, former UN weapons inspector in Iraq, was to be published.
    (SFC, 2/23/99, p.A9)
1999        Apr, Webvan, a grocery delivery company, went public and raised $1.2 billion. The operation went bankrupt in 2001.
    (SFC, 7/10/01, p.B1)
1999        Apr, Personal Video Recorders (PVR) were introduced at a broadcaster’s convention in Las Vegas. and allowed users to skip through commercials. The cheapest model of TiVo’s digital video recorder (DVR) cost $499.
    (Econ, 4/17/04, p.61)(Econ, 4/25/09, p.68)
1999        Apr, Dioxin was discovered in Belgian animal feed. It was estimated to be some 4 months after the contamination began. Verkest, a firm that sold animal fats to feed mills, was implicated, but the dioxin source was not yet pinpointed. Dioxin from motor oil that was mixed into animal feed in Belgium led to a withdrawal of food products and widespread import bans. Quality controls on animal feed were also put in place as a result.
    (WSJ, 6/7/99, p.A19)(AP, 1/7/11)
1999        Apr, The two Congos on opposite shores jointly signed a repatriation agreement with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and people who were prepared to return did so during the week of May 5-14, 1999. 353 returnees disappeared and were widely believed to have been murdered.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y44ztgjf)(AFP, 5/14/19)
1999        Apr, Kaing Guek Eav (aka Comrade Duch), the chief executioner of Pol Pot's regime, was uncovered by Nick Dunlop, a foreign journalist. The Cambodia government reportedly knew of his whereabouts for 2 years. In May Duch was put under protective custody after agreeing to testify against his former comrades. In 2006 Dunlop authored “The Lost Executioner: A Journey to the heart of the Killing Fields."
    (SFC, 5/10/99, p.A8,10)(SSFC, 3/5/06, p.M3)(Econ, 6/27/09, p.52)
1999        Apr, Indonesia formally split the national police from the armed forces. The process was completed in July 2000.
    (Econ, 11/6/10, p.55)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indonesian_National_Police)
1999        Apr, In Iran 13 members of the Jewish community in Fars province were detained on charges of spying for the US and Israel.
    (SFC, 6/9/99, p.C4)

1999        May 1, Charismatic, a 30-1 shot, charged to victory in the 125th Kentucky Derby.
    (AP, 5/1/00)
1999        May 1, Pres. Clinton imposed a trade embargo on Serbia that excepted only food and medicine.
    (SFEC, 5/2/99, p.A3)   
1999        May 1, The FCC ordered that stations affiliated with ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC must build digital facilities in the 10 largest TV markets by this time.
    (Wired, 2/98, p.64)
1999        May 1, The NRA held its annual convention in Denver 11 days after the Columbine High School shootings. Some 2,500 attended as 7,000 people protested outside.
    (SFEC, 5/2/99, p.A1)(AP, 5/1/00)   
1999        May 1, The Liberty Bell 7 Mercury capsule flown by Gus Grissom, which sank in 1961, was found 300 miles offshore from Cape Canaveral in 3 waters 3 miles deep.
    (SFC, 5/3/99, p.A2)(AP, 5/1/00)
1999        May 1, In Hot Springs, Arkansas, an amphibious tourist boat sank on Lake Hamilton and 11 people drowned. The death toll rose to 13 after one survivor died and another body was found.
    (SFEC, 5/2/99, p.A2)(SFC, 5/3/99, p.A2)
1999        May 1, In London police arrested David Copeland (22) for the recent nail bombings.
    (SFC, 5/3/99, p.A12)
1999        May 1, Pres. Milosevic ordered the release of 3 captive Americans following the appeal of Rev. Jesse Jackson.
    (SFEC, 5/2/99, p.A1)
1999        May 1, A NATO strike on a bridge in Kosovo, 12 miles north of Pristina, hit a civilian bus and killed between 34 and 60 people including 15 children.
    (SFEC, 5/2/99, p.A17)
1999        May 1, The Treaty of Amsterdam Treaty, signed on October 2, 1997, entered into force. Its full official title was: the Treaty of Amsterdam amending the Treaty on European Union, the Treaties establishing the European Communities and certain related acts. In Article 7 it said governments that violate the union’s fundamental values would be threatened with sanctions.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Amsterdam)(Econ 7/29/17, p.42)

1999        May 2, A US F-16 went down over western Serbia on the 39th night of air strikes. Allied forces rescued the pilot.
    (SFEC, 5/2/99, p.A3)
1999        May 2, Actor Oliver Reed died in Malta at age 61.
    (AP, 5/2/00)
1999        May 2, Yugoslav authorities handed over to the Rev. Jesse Jackson three American prisoners of war who had been held for 32 days.
    (SFEC, 5/2/99, p.A1)(AP, 5/2/00)
1999        May 2, NATO bombings struck the Obrenovac power plant in Belgrade and blacked out large areas of Serbia. A soft bomb (KIT-18) sprayed graphite over the power station and shorted its circuits. A metalworks factory in Valjevo was hit and missile hit Mitrovica where one woman was killed and several civilians wounded.
    (SFC, 5/3/99, p.A12)(SFC, 5/4/99, p.D1)
1999        May 2, In Colombia Pres. Pastrana and Manual Marulanda Velez, the leader of FARC, agreed to begin formal peace negotiations with int'l. observers.
    (SFC, 5/5/99, p.C5)
1999        May 2, In Nepal insurgents killed 2 police officers the day before parliamentary elections that they asked voters to boycott. The rebels demanded land reforms and an end to the monarchy. Election related violence left at least 10 people dead.
    (WSJ, 5/3/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 5/4/99, p.A1)
1999        May 2, In Panama presidential elections were scheduled. Martin Torrijos, son of Gen'l. Omar Torrijos, was favored over Mireya Moscoso (52), wife of the late Arnulfo Arias. Moscoso led the vote in early returns.
    (SFC, 4/29/99, p.D5)(SFC, 5/3/99, p.A12)
1999        May 2, Serbian police ambushed a convoy of ethnic Albanians near Studime and 109 people were killed.
    (SFC, 6/19/99, p.A12)(SFC, 3/8/02, p.A14)

1999        May 3, In Baltimore the Cuban baseball team beat the Baltimore Orioles 12-6. 7 members missed the departure the next day and one coach, Rigoberto Betancourt Herrera, was reported to have defected, as the others over slept. The 6 stragglers departed May 5.
    (SFC, 5/5/99, p.A1,6)(SFC, 5/6/99, p.A7)
1999        May 3, It was reported that Take Control, a new butter-margarine substitute from Lipton, was deemed safe by the FDA. The produce was made to help promote healthy cholesterol levels.
    (SFC, 5/3/99, p.A6) 
1999        May 3, Bill Gates pledged $25 million over 5 years to help develop a vaccine against AIDS.
    (SFC, 5/4/99, p.A3)
1999        May 3, Pres. Clinton said that he would support a bombing pause if he was convinced that the Yugoslav crackdown on Kosovo guerrillas and civilians was ending and that Serbian forces were being withdrawn.
    (SFC, 5/4/99, p.A1)
1999        May 3, Japanese Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi met with President Clinton at the White House during the first official U.S. visit by a Japanese premier in 12 years.
    (AP, 5/3/00)
1999        May 3, Howard Simpson, US author and career foreign service officer, died. He served in Vietnam and his books included the novel "Someone Else's War." He also wrote a series of detective stories based on the character Inspector Bastide: "The Jumpmaster," and "Junior Year Abroad."
    (SFC, 5/24/99, p.C4)
1999        May 3, US jets attacked Iraqi air defense sites. Iraqi news reported 2 civilians killed and 12 injured north of Mosul.
    (SFC, 5/4/99, p.A14)
1999        May 3, The Justice and Treasury departments agreed to unfreeze the assets of Saleh Idris, the owner of the Sudanese factory that was bombed by US cruise missiles Aug. 20, 1998.
    (SFC, 5/4/99, p.A14)
1999        May 3, A jury in Orange County declared that Charles Ng should die by lethal injection for the murder of 6 men, 3 women, and 2 baby boys during the 1980s.
    (SFC, 5/4/99, p.A1)
1999        May 3, The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 11,000, just 24 trading days after passing 10,000.
    (AP, 5/3/00)
1999        May 3, Some 76 tornadoes hit Oklahoma and Kansas and at least 40 people were killed. As many as 1,500 homes were destroyed. 38 people were killed in Oklahoma and 5 in Kansas. Damages in Oklahoma were later estimated at over $225 million.
    (SFC, 5/4/99, p.A1)(SFC, 5/5/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 5/6/99, p.A1)
1999        May 3, British PM Tony Blair visited the Stankovec I refugee camp in Macedonia and pledged to double Britain's aid from $32 million to $64 million.
    (SFC, 5/4/99, p.D1)
1999        May 3, EU scientists said that the hormone, 17 beta-oestradiol, used by American cattle farmers is carcinogenic. The EU 10 year ban on the use of hormones in beef would likely be maintained.
    (WSJ, 5/4/99, p.A14)
1999        May 3, In Indonesia the cabinet approved an autonomy package for East Timor to be voted on in August.
    (WSJ, 5/4/99, p.A1)
1999        May 3, In Indonesia soldiers opened fire on villagers in Pulo Rungkom, Sumatra, and killed at least 19 people. They were there to obtain the release of a soldier abducted over the weekend. Over 30 people were killed and thousands fled the town following the massacre.
    (SFC, 5/4/99, p.A14)(WSJ, 5/6/99, p.A1)
1999        May 3, NATO jets hit a bus in Kosovo and killed about 20 people.
    (WSJ, 5/4/99, p.A1)
1999        May 3, In Nepal elections for the parliament began.
    (WSJ, 5/4/99, p.A1)
1999        May 3, In Turkey Pres. Demirel appointed Bulent Ecevit as prime minister and asked him to form a new government. At the same time legislator Merve Kavakci incited a turmoil by wearing a forbidden scarf.
    (SFC, 5/4/99, p.A14)

1999        May 4, Pres. Clinton authorized a Congressional Gold Medal for Rosa Parks.
    (SFC, 5/5/99, p.A3)
1999        May 4, Five New York police officers went on trial for the torture of Haitian immigrant Abner Louima. One officer later pleaded guilty; a second was eventually convicted of perjury; the remaining three were acquitted of brutality charges. Two of those three were later convicted of conspiring to obstruct justice; those convictions were overturned.
    (AP, 5/4/04)
1999        May 4, Martin Frankel flew to Rome on a chartered jet from White Plains N.Y. with two women, Mona Kim and Jackie Ju. It was later learned that he was responsible for over 200 million in missing insurance funds. [see May 5]
    (WSJ, 7/16/99, p.A1)
1999        May 4, Goldman Sachs began trading on the NYSE as a publicly owned company. Its prospectus began: “Our clients interests always come first."
    (http://marketplace.publicradio.org/shows/1999/05/04_mpp.html)(Econ, 4/24/10, p.13)
1999        May 4, Tornadoes roared across the Plains for a second straight day.
    (AP, 5/4/00)
1999        May 4, Manuel Babbitt (50), a Vietnam veteran, was executed at San Quentin, Ca., the day after his birthday, for the 1980 murder of an elderly grandmother in Sacramento. He refused his last meal and asked that the $50 allotted be given to homeless Vietnam vets. Babbitt was buried May 10 in Wareham, Mass., with full military honors
    (SFC, 5/4/99, p.A1,7)(SFC, 5/11/99, p.A4)
1999        May 4, In Lebanon a roadside bomb killed 2 Israeli-backed militiamen. Hezbollah claimed responsibility.
    (WSJ, 5/5/99, p.A1)
1999        May 4, Yasser Arafat promised in 1997 to declare statehood, unilaterally if necessary. The five year interim period of Palestinian autonomy was to end. The declaration was deferred on April 28.
    (WSJ, 11/14/97, p.A1)(SFC, 5/20/98, p.A12)(SFC, 5/4/99, p.A11,14)
1999        May 4, Allied forces bombed fixed and mobile targets and downed a Yugoslav MigG-29. The US considered freeing 2 prisoners of war and another 5,000 refugees crossed into Albania.
    (SFC, 5/5/99, p.A12)
1999        May 4, Work crews struggled to restore electricity across Serbia after NATO strikes on major power grids left Belgrade and other cities in the dark.
    (AP, 5/4/00)

1999        May 5, In the 34th annual Country Music Awards Garth Brooks was selected as entertainer of the year, Tim McGraw as top male vocalist, and Faith Hill as top female vocalist.
    (SFC, 5/6/99, p.E4)
1999        May 5, Pres. Clinton visited US troops in Germany and conferred with senior NATO commanders. Clinton’s morale-boosting trip to Europe included a visit to Ramstein Air Base in Germany, where he met the three American soldiers just released by Yugoslavia.
    (SFC, 5/6/99, p.A10)(AP, 5/5/00)
1999        May 5, A fire at the home of Martin R. Frankel in Greenwich, Conn., triggered an investigation that unveiled his disappearance along with some $218 million. The St. Francis of Assisi Foundation was set up by Frankel and used as a front to help gain control of insurance money. The amount missing was raised to $335 million. Frankel vanished with as much as $3 billion in client's money. Early the following day a fleet of security personnel associated with Mr. Frankel accepted a delivery of $10 million in diamonds at Teterboro airport in NJ.
    (WSJ, 6/21/99, p.C1)(WSJ, 6/22/99, p.C1)(SFC, 6/23/99, p.A3)(WSJ, 7/8/99, p.C25)
1999        May 5, The EU endorsed Romano Prodi, the former prime minister of Italy, as the next president of the European Commission.
    (WSJ, 5/6/99, p.A1)
1999        May 5, Western allies and Russia outlined an accord for "an international civil and security presence" in Kosovo under a UN mandate following the withdrawal of Serbian forces.
    (SFC, 5/6/99, p.A1)
1999        May 5, The first 453 Kosovar refugees from camps in Macedonia arrived at the 31,000-acre Fort Dix, New Jersey. A total of up to 20,000 refugees were expected in operation Task Force Open Arms.
    (SFC, 5/5/99, p.C2)(SFC, 5/6/99, p.A10)
1999        May 5, AT&T agreed to buy MediaOne for $58 billion.
    (SFC, 5/6/99, p.A1)
1999        May 5, Two US crew members were killed when an Apache helicopter crashed in Albania during training. Chief Warrant Officer David A. Gibbs (38), of Massillon, Ohio, and Chief Warrant Officer Kevin L. Reichert (28), of Chetek, Wis., crashed in a mountainous region 50 miles from Task Force Hawk base.
    (SFC, 5/5/99, p.A1)(SFC, 5/6/99, p.A10)
1999        May 5, NATO strategists were reported to have a plan to send 60,000 ground troops into Kosovo around July to take the province from retreating Serbs. Their original plan called for 28,000 soldiers to supervise an interim peace settlement.
    (WSJ, 5/5/99, p.A3)(SFC, 5/6/99, p.A12)
1999        May 5, Ibrahim Rugova, prominent Albanian leader, flew to Rome with the permission of Yugoslav authorities for talks with Premier Massimo D'Alema and foreign Minister Lamberto Dini.
    (SFC, 5/6/99, p.A13)
1999        May 5, The World Health Organization (WHO) planned a mass vaccination program in Angola following a polio outbreak that killed nearly 50 children and left 700 paralyzed.
    (WSJ, 5/5/99, p.A1)
1999        May 5, In Congo it was reported that over 63 people had died from an unknown disease that appeared to be a type of hemorrhagic fever. Most of the dead were gold miners and died within 6 days of becoming ill. The disease was caused by the Marburg virus.
    (SFC, 5/5/99, p.A11)(SFC, 5/7/99, p.D2)
1999        May 5, Indonesia and Portugal signed accords to enable the people of East Timor to vote on independence Aug 8.
    (SFC, 5/6/99, p.A15)
1999        May 5, In Nigeria Gen’l. Abubakar signed a new constitution designed to smooth the transition to civilian rule. It banned the establishment of a state religion and the use of any language in parliament except English, Hausa, Igbo or Yoruba.
    (WSJ, 5/6/99, p.A1)(Econ., 11/28/20, p.41)
1999        May 5, In Yemen a court sentenced 3 Islamic militants to death for their role in the abduction and killing of Western tourists in Dec.
    (WSJ, 5/6/99, p.A1)

1999        May 6, President Clinton met with Kosovo refugees in Germany, listening to accounts of murder, rape and terror and promising them, "You will go home again in safety and in freedom."
    (AP, 5/6/00)
1999        May 6, The Clinton administration suspended the sale of handguns to Venezuelan companies because of concerns that the guns were ending up in the hands of narcotics gangs and guerrilla groups in Colombia.
    (SFC, 5/7/99, p.D3)
1999        May 6, The US House of Rep. approved a $13.1 billion emergency spending bill to pay for the air war in Yugoslavia.
    (SFC, 5/7/99, p.A3)
1999        May 6, A US appeals court ruled that government restrictions on the export of encryption software violated free speech.
    (WSJ, 5/7/99, p.A1)
1999        May 6, Bristol-Myers announced a plan to spend $100 million over the next 5 years in 5 southern African nations, that included Botswana, to fund AIDS research trials.
    (WSJ, 5/6/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 7/7/00, p.A1)
1999        May 6, Scientists reported that the salmonella bacteria becomes disabled when stripped of a gene that produces the DNA adenine methylase (Dam). The research was seen as a potent new source for vaccines.
    (SFC, 5/7/99, p.A1,17)
1999        May 6, The storm in Oklahoma that killed 41 people moved on to Tennessee and took killed 4 people.
    (SFC, 5/7/99, p.A3)
1999        May 6, In Germany pharmaceutical salesman Piotr Blumenstock was shot dead in Berlin. In 2019 German police offered up to 10,000 euros ($11,400) for information on the whereabouts of Polish suspect Vladimir Svintkovski of Poland.
    (AP, 1/7/19)
1999        May 6, In Iraq the new vacation-resort city of Saddamiat al-Tharthar opened 85 miles west of Baghdad. Nearly every brick was engraved with the initials of Saddam Hussein.
    (SFC, 5/12/99, p.C5)
1999        May 6, Russia joined NATO to back a framework for ending the conflict in Kosovo that included an international security presence to enforce peace.
    (SFC, 5/7/99, p.A1)
1999        May 6, Electricity was restored in Belgrade as NATO air strikes continued in Yugoslavia. A main railroad bridge was destroyed near the Romanian border and oil depots in Nis were hit.
    (SFC, 5/7/99, p.A15)   
1999        May 6, In Scotland elections for the 129-member Edinburgh parliament were scheduled. Its powers would include control over taxes, health, transport, education, legal affairs, sports and the arts. Reversing decades of overwhelming loyalty to Britain's governing Labor Party, Scottish and Welsh voters elected strong nationalist oppositions to their first separate assemblies of modern times. The Scottish National Party won 56 of 129 seats, the Liberal Democrats won 17 and the Conservatives won 18.
    (SFEC, 5/2/99, p.A28)(SFC, 5/8/99, p.A10)(AP, 5/6/00)
1999        Apr 6, In Wales the 2.2 million voters were to elect a 60-member assembly. It would be responsible for distributing a $13 million grant from London. Labor took 28 of 60 seats, the nationalist Plaid Cymru took 17, the Conservatives got 9 and the Liberal Democrats got 6.
    (SFEC, 5/2/99, p.A28)(SFC, 5/8/99, p.A10)

1999        May 7, A jury in Pontiac, Mich., announced a $25 million verdict against the producers of the Jenny Lind TV Show over the 1995 segment that led to the murder of Scott Amedure by Jonathan Schmitz. Amedure, a gay man, was shot to death after revealing a crush on Jonathan Schmitz, a fellow guest on the talk show. However, the Michigan Court of Appeals later overturned the award, and the Michigan Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal.
    (SFC, 5/8/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 5/10/99, p.B8)(AP, 5/7/04)
1999        May 7, The Dow Jones closed at a record 11,031.59.
    (SFC, 5/8/99, p.D8)
1999        May 7, It was reported that researchers at Merck had found a druglike chemical that mimics the molecular effects of insulin.
    (WSJ, 5/7/99, p.B1)
1999        May 7, NATO bombs hit a residential area in Nis and at least 15 people were killed and 60 wounded. NATO bombs hit the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade and 3 people were killed and [20] 21 injured. An outdated map was blamed for the embassy bombing. The British Observor later reported that NATO bombed the Embassy because it was being used to transmit Yugoslav military communications. British, NATO and US officials denied the story. In 2000 the US CIA fired one officer and reprimanded 6 others for the bombing. President Clinton called the attack a "tragic mistake."
    (SFC, 5/8/99, p.A1,10)(SFC, 5/10/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 10/18/99, p.A1)(SFEC, 4/9/00, p.A1,15)(AP, 5/7/00)
1999        May 7, In Colombia ELN rebels released 7 more hostages from the Apr 12 hijacking.
    (SFC, 5/8/99, p.C14)
1999        May 7, In Guinea-Bissau renegade troops forced the surrender of the 600-man presidential guard and ousted Pres. Joao Bernardo Vieira, who sought refuge in the Portuguese Embassy.
    (SFC, 5/8/99, p.C14)
1999        May 7, A series of earthquakes hit southern Iran and at least 26 people were killed in Fars province.
    (SFC, 5/8/99, p.C14)
1999        May 7, In Japan the parliament passed the country's first freedom of information act. Requests would not be honored for at least 2 years.
    (SFC, 5/12/99, p.C2)
1999        May 7, A final peace accord was to have been settled with Palestinians by this time as negotiated by Yasser Arafat and Rabin in [Oct] 1995.
    (SFC, 1/9/96, p.A10)
1999        May 7, In Romania the Pope began a 3-day visit. This was his first visit to a country with an Orthodox Christian majority. The Pope was greeted by Orthodox Patriarch Teoctist (84).
    (WSJ, 5/7/99, p.A1)(SFC, 5/8/99, p.A10)

1999        May 8, The Citadel, South Carolina's formerly all-male military school, graduated its first female cadet, Nancy Ruth Mace.
    (AP, 5/8/00)
1999        May 8, Dana Plato (34), a star of TV’s Diff'rent Strokes, died in a suburb of Oklahoma City. Authorities said she succumbed to an overdose of painkillers.
1999        May 8, British actor Sir Dirk Bogarde died in London at age 78.
    (AP, 5/8/00)
1999        May 8, US warplanes bombed northern Iraq as Iraqi TV reported 3 people were killed when 18 bombs fell on civilian and military positions.
    (SFEC, 5/9/99, p.A23)
1999        May 8, In Bangladesh 200 people were feared dead when a river ferry boat sank. About 100 people were rescued or swam to shore.
    (WSJ, 5/10/99, p.A1)
1999        May 8, In China protestors attacked US diplomatic mission in demonstrations against the NATO bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade. Many of the demonstrations were organized by the government-controlled Beijing Students Assoc. NATO expressed regret for a mistaken attack on the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade, but pledged to pursue the bombing campaign.
    (SFEC, 5/9/99, p.A1)(SFC, 5/10/99, p.A8)(AP, 5/8/00)
1999        May 8, Ismail Guelleh (b.1947), elected in April as the 2nd president of Djibouti, assumed office. He succeeded his uncle Hassan Gouled Aptidon.
    (Econ, 3/22/08, p.55)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ismail_Omar_Guelleh)
1999        May 8, In Iraq military forces attacked villages in Nasiriya, a Shiite Muslim city.
    (SFC, 5/12/99, p.C10)
1999        May 8, An estimated 7,500 Kosovars crossed the border into Albania.
    (SFEC, 5/9/99, p.A17)

1999        May 9, On Oahu, Hawaii, a landslide at Sacred Falls State Park killed 8 people and injured dozens.
    (SFC, 5/11/99, p.A3)(SFC, 5/13/99, p.A5)
1999        May 9, In Louisiana a chartered bus, bound for a Mother's Day gambling excursion, crashed on I-610 in New Orleans and [22] 23 people were killed.
    (SFC, 5/10/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 5/10/99, p.A1)(AP, 5/9/00)
1999        May 9, NATO struck artillery and mortar positions along with armored vehicles and Serbian troops in Kosovo.
    (SFC, 5/10/99, p.A8)
1999        May 9, China announced that it was breaking off diplomatic contacts with Washington on human rights and arms control along with contacts on weapons proliferation and int'l. security due to the bombing of its embassy in Belgrade. Furious Chinese demonstrators hurled rocks and debris into the U.S. Embassy in a second day of protests against NATO's bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Yugoslavia.
    (SFC, 5/10/99, p.A1)(AP, 5/9/00)
1999        May 9, In East Timor violence in Dili between separatists and anti-independence militia began and left 4 people dead over the next 2 days.
    (SFC, 5/11/99, p.A12)

1999        May 10, In the US it was tax freedom day, the day by which citizens met their financial obligations to the government. In 1902 it was Jan 31, and in 1940 it was Mar 8.
    (SFEC, 4/18/99, BR p.7)
1999        May 10, A military jury at Camp Lejeuneh, North Carolina, sentenced Captain Richard Ashby, a Marine pilot whose jet had clipped an Italian gondola cable, sending 20 people plunging to their deaths, to six months in prison and dismissed him from the corps for helping hide a videotape shot during the flight (Ashby was acquitted earlier of manslaughter).
    (AP, 5/10/00)
1999        May 10, The US approved the export of 2 Motorola Iridium satellites to China. [see May 20, 1998]
    (WSJ, 5/11/99, p.A1,14)
1999        May 10, Cartoonist, playwright and songwriter Shel Silverstein was found dead in his Key West, Florida, apartment; he was 66.
    (AP, 5/10/00)
1999        May 10, The Yugoslav army announced that it had completed its operations against the KLA and had begun a partial withdrawal from Kosovo.
    (SFC, 5/11/99, p.A1)
1999        May 10, In China Pres. Jiang Zemin said that NATO must stop bombing Yugoslavia before the UN Security Council considers any peace plan to end the Kosovo conflict. China broke off talks on arms control with the United States, and allowed demonstrators to hurl stones at the US Embassy in Beijing for a third day to protest NATO’s bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Yugoslavia.
    (SFC, 5/11/99, p.A1)(AP, 5/10/00)
1999        May 10, Anti-NATO protests spread from China to Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Pakistan and Singapore.
    (SFC, 5/11/99, p.A10)
1999        May 10, NATO announced that it would begin launching strikes from Turkey and Hungary in addition to current launch sites in Western Europe, the US and carriers in the Adriatic.
    (SFC, 5/11/99, p.A10)
1999        May 10, A US State Dept. report, "Erasing History: Ethnic Cleansing in Kosovo," based on refugee accounts suggested that Serbian forces had killed over 4,000 Kosovars.
    (SFC, 5/11/99, p.A10)
1999        May 10, In Belgrade the government claimed that the refugees coming out of Kosovo in the 1st ten days of the war were 3000-4000 ethnic Albanians paid by the US and NATO to march in a circle from Macedonia to Albania and Montenegro and back to Kosovo. Belgrade also opened a legal offensive and asked the World Court to stop NATO air attacks.
    (SFC, 5/11/99, p.A10)
1999        May 10, In Vietnam a huge corruption trial began against 77 defendants, who included powerful bankers and business executives. The charges involved a shell game where the Minh Phung and Epco companies colluded with bankers to obtain huge loans with phony collateral. The scheme was said to have cost the government up to $280 million.
    (SFC, 5/25/99, p.A7)

1999        May 11, Stung by an espionage scandal, Energy Secretary Bill Richardson said he would halt the Clinton administration's aggressive declassification of Cold War-era nuclear documents.
    (AP, 5/11/00)
1999        May 11, The solar wind from the sun died away almost completely for 24 hrs and allowed the Earth's magnetic field to stretch out to the moon.
    (SFC, 12/14/99, p.A6)
1999        May 11, In Beijing, protests outside the US Embassy over NATO's bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade eased after state-run television aired US and NATO apologies for the attack.
    (AP, 5/11/00)
1999        May 11, NATO bombings continued in Serbia with strikes against radio and TV towers, oil storage tanks, bridges and army barracks.
    (SFC, 5/12/99, p.A7)
1999        May 11, US and British warplanes bombed air defense targets in northern and southern Iraq after they were targeted by radar.
    (SFC, 5/12/99, p.C10)
1999        May 11, In Congo a government plane bombed rebel strongholds at Goma and Uvira and at least 28 people were killed according to Gen'l. Celestin Ilunga.
    (SFC, 5/12/99, p.C10)
1999        May 11, In Cuba 2 tornadoes killed 5 people.
    (WSJ, 5/12/99, p.A1)
1999        May 11, Moroccan police reported that at least 13 migrants drowned after smugglers told them to jump and swim to the Spanish shore while still off the coast of Morocco. 21 others were still missing.
    (SFC, 5/12/99, p.C10)
1999        May 11, In Russia the lower house set impeachment proceedings against Pres. Yeltsin to begin the next day.
    (SFC, 5/12/99, p.A8)
1999        May 11, In Uganda US Ambassador Nancy Powell expressed regret in a decision to withdraw Peace Corps volunteers from the country due to safety.
    (SFC, 5/18/99, p.C12)

1999        May 12, Robert Rubin, US Treasury Secretary, announced his resignation. Pres. Clinton chose Lawrence Summers, the deputy secretary to succeed Rubin. In 2001 Summers left to become the 27th president of Harvard.
    (SFC, 5/13/99, p.A1,19)(WSJ, 6/8/04, p.A1)
1999        May 12, The US Senate rejected 51 to 47 a Democratic proposal that would have required background checks for firearms sales at gun-shows. A GOP proposal for voluntary checks passed 53 to 45.
    (SFC, 5/13/99, p.A3)
1999        May 12, Saul Steinberg (b.1914), Romania-born cartoon artist, died in NYC. In 2002 a series of tape-recorded conversations with Aldo Buzzi, translated by John Shepley, was published. In 2012 Deirdre Bair authored “Saul Steinberg: A Biography."
    (SSFC, 7/14/02, p.M6)(www.britannica.com/eb/article-9069548/Saul-Steinberg)(SSFC, 12/16/12, p.E3)
1999        May 12, NATO continued airstrikes for the 50th day of its campaign against Yugoslavia. 327 strike missions were flown. Pres. Milosevic acknowledged that his military had suffered casualties.
    (SFC, 5/13/99, p.A1,9)
1999        May 12, Iraqi armed forces said that US and British warplanes had killed 12 civilians in the Nineveh province.
    (SFC, 5/13/99, p.C4)
1999        May 12, It was reported that a drought in northern Mexico was entering its 5th year and the governor of Sonora said that his state had only a 25 day supply of water.
    (SFC, 5/15/99, p.A11)
1999        May 12, In Russia Pres. Yeltsin fired Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov and named Sergei Stepashin, a top police official, to head a new government.
    (SFC, 5/13/99, p.A1)
1999        May 12, A new Scottish parliament sat for the first time in 292 years after elections. "This was the parliament adjourned on the 25th of March in 1707 and is hereby reconvened," says the oldest member of the house, the SNP's Winnie Ewing.
    (Reuters, 2/16/12)
1999        May 12, In South Korea thousands of metal and hospital workers went on strike to protest planned layoffs and wage cuts.
    (SFC, 5/13/99, p.A19)

1999        May 13, The GOP leadership agreed to approve background checks for all buyers at gun shows following angry calls from constituents.
    (WSJ, 5/14/99, p.A1)
1999        May 13, Meg Greenfield (68), Pulitzer Prize-winning editor and columnist, died in Washington.
    (AP, 5/13/04)
1999        May 13, Ecuador and Peru signed a treaty settling their 50-year border dispute over a 50 mile stretch in the Amazon jungle.
    (WSJ, 5/14/99, p.A1)
1999        May 13, In Guatemala Roberto Belarino Gonzalez (40), ass't. sec. Gen'l. for the opposition Democratic Front for the New Guatemala (FDNG), was shot and killed as he left his home.
    (SFC, 5/14/99, p.D5)
1999        May 13, In Italy the Parliament chose Treasury Minister Carlo Azeglio Ciampi (78) as the new president.
    (SFC, 5/14/99, p.A15)
1999        May 13, In Lebanon a roadside bomb killed a child, 2 women and a pro-Israeli militia officer. The bomb was believed to have been detonated by Hezbollah guerrillas. Separately Israeli planes killed 2 men as they struck back for an overnight attack by guerrillas on Israeli-occupied territory that left 1 civilian dead and 4 injured.
    (SFC, 5/14/99, p.A15)
1999        May 13, NATO bombs struck a group of some 500 refugees in Korisa (Kosovo) and at least 79 people were killed. Some 700 hundreds refugees had been locked up by the Serbs inside the grounds of a warehouse in Korisa.
    (SFC, 5/15/99, p.A1)(SFC, 5/31/99, p.A8)
1999        May 13, In Russia the lower house opened impeachment proceedings against Pres. Yeltsin. Charges included instigating the 1991 Soviet collapse; improper use of force against hard-line lawmakers in 1993; launching the 1994-1996 war in Chechnya; ruining the military; and imposing economic policies that impoverished the country.
    (SFC, 5/14/99, p.A1,18)
1999        May 13, In Yugoslavia 120 troops were withdrawn from Kosovo in front of cameras and reporters.
    (SFC, 5/14/99, p.A14)

1999        May 14, His previous calls rebuffed, President Clinton finally got through to Chinese President Jiang Zemin; Clinton expressed hope the two countries could repair the damage to their relations since the U.S. bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade.
    (AP, 5/14/00)
1999        May 14, The US Senate approved a Republican plan to require background checks at gunshows 48-47.
    (SFC, 5/15/99, p.A3)
1999        May 14, In San Francisco Julie Christine Day (24) of Walnut Creek was last seen leaving the Bubble Lounge on Montgomery St. Her body was found a week later in a shallow grave in China Basin. In 2009 Jehad Baqleh, a former taxi driver convicted of her murder, was determined to be legally insane.
    (SFC, 5/21/99, p.A15)
1999        May 14, In Burundi 5 soldiers were sentenced to death for the 1993 murder of Pres. Melchior Ndadaye.
    (SFC, 5/15/99, p.A14)
1999        May 14, In Colombia Matthew Aaron Burtchell, a US helicopter technician, was kidnapped by armed men by Yopal, provincial capital of Casanare.
    (SFC, 5/17/99, p.A10)
1999        May 14, Cuba and Russia agreed on a joint venture to complete a nuclear reactor at the Juragua power station in Cuba.
    (SFC, 5/15/99, p.A14)
1999        May 14, In Guinea-Bissau Malan Bacai Sanha (52), former head of parliament, was declared the 3rd president.
    (SFC, 5/15/99, p.A14)
1999        May 14, In Indonesia the ruling Golkar Party chose Pres. Habibie as its candidate for presidential elections. Polls showed his support at 7%.
    (SFC, 5/15/99, p.A10)
1999        May 14, In Kosovo paramilitary fighters looted homes and killed 41 ethnic Albanian civilians in the village of Cuska. In 2002 Fred Abrahams and Eric Stover authored “A Village Destroyed, May 14, 1999: War Crimes in Kosovo." In 2010 9 men, suspected in the killings in Cuska, were detained and indicted by Serbian police.
    (AP, 3/13/10)(www.ucpress.edu/books/pages/9685.php)(Reuters, 9/11/10)
1999        May 14, In Macao Edmund Ho (44) was elected by business and community leaders to lead the 450,000 residents of Macao following the transition to Chinese rule.
    (SFEC, 5/16/99, p.A24)
1999        May 14, In Macedonia Hillary Clinton announced a $21 million aid package to support Kosovo refugees and the Macedonian people who have helped take them in.
    (SFC, 5/15/99, p.A10)
1999        May 14, In South Africa the ruling African National Congress signed a peace pact with the arch-rival Inkatha Freedom Party.
    (SFC, 5/15/99, p.A14)
1999        May 14, In Uganda Pres. Museveni offered amnesty to rebel leader Joseph Kony, head of the Sudanese backed Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). Members of the LRA were included in the offer.
    (SFC, 5/15/99, p.A11)

1999        May 15, Charismatic won the Preakness, finishing 1 1/2 lengths ahead of Menifee.
    (AP, 5/15/00)
1999        May 15, US warplanes attacked Iraqi air defense sites after being targeted by radar.
    (SFEC, 5/16/99, p.A15)
1999        May 15, In Russia the Communist-led drive to impeach Pres. Yeltsin failed as nearly 100 members stayed away from the balloting.
    (SFEC, 5/16/99, p.A1)
1999        May 15, In Russia two Red Cross workers were abducted in Nalchik, a town in the southern republic of Kabardino-Balkaria. A Russian woman was released but Geraldo Cruz Ribeiro of New Zealand was held by alleged Chechen gunmen.
    (SFC, 5/17/99, p.A10)
1999        May 15, In Slovakia presidential elections were held and Rudolf Schuster (65), mayor of Kosice, was the front runner over Vladimir Meciar (57). Schuster won 47% of the vote to Meciar's 37% and a runoff was scheduled for May 29.
    (SFEC, 5/16/99, p.A21)(SFC, 5/17/99, p.A10)

1999        May 16, The Justice Department said preliminary figures from the FBI indicated a decline in serious crime in 1998 for the seventh consecutive year.
    (AP, 5/16/00)
1999        May 16, Tornadoes swept through western Iowa and 2 people were killed.
    (SFC, 5/17/99, p.A3)
1999        May 16, NATO admitted to some 100 casualties from its air strikes but cited executions by Serb forces of at least 4,600 ethnic Albanians.
    (SFC, 5/17/99, p.A1)
1999        May 16, In Belarus an unofficial presidential election drew to a close after 10 days of door-to-door vote getting. One of the 2 candidates withdrew and the other was in prison and the affair was denounced by Pres. Lukashenko.
    (SFC, 5/17/99, p.A10)
1999        May 16, In Guatemala a referendum was scheduled on a package of 50 constitutional reforms that included recognition of the rights of the Indian majority and modernization of the army. Voters rejected the referendum 77% to 23%.
    (SFC, 5/14/99, p.D5)(SFC, 5/17/99, p.A10)
1999        May 16, In Kuwait the Cabinet voted to give women the right to vote in the 2003 general elections.
    (SFC, 5/17/99, p.A12)
1999        May 16, The 1956 Picasso painting, "Woman Nude Before Garden," was slashed by a mental patient in Amsterdam's Stedelijk Museum.
    (WSJ, 2/16/99, p.A20)
1999        May 16, In Pakistan a gasoline truck overturned and exploded while people attempted to salvage leaking fuel in Adda Rodu Sultan. Some 65 people were killed and at least 75 injured.
    (SFC, 5/17/99, p.A12)

1999        May 17, The US announced a 400,000 ton food aid donation to North Korea, as inspectors flew in to check on nuclear weapons development.
    (SFC, 5/18/99, p.C12)
1999        May 17, The US Supreme Court ruled that California cannot pay lower welfare benefits to new residents as proposed in a 1992 state law. The Supreme Court banned states from paying lower welfare benefits to newcomers than to longtime residents.
    (SFC, 5/18/99, p.A1)(AP, 5/17/00)   
1999        May 17, US authorities charged Jean-Philippe Wispelaere of Australia for trying to sell classified American defense documents. Wispelaere had worked in Canberra for the Australian Defense Intelligence Organization.
    (SFC, 5/18/99, p.A3)
1999        May 17, In Neah Bay, Washington state, Makah Indian hunters legally harpooned their first gray whale in 70-75 years.
    (SFC, 5/18/99, p.A3)(AP, 5/17/00)
1999        May 17, James Broughton, poet and film maker, died in Washington state. His 20 books included "True and False Unicor." His 23 films included "This Is It" and "Nuptiae."
    (SFC, 5/21/99, p.D6)
1999        May 17, Henry Jones, actor, died at age 86 in Los Angeles. His films included "This Is the Army" (1943).
    (SFC, 5/21/99, p.D6)
1999        May 17, Ernest Wamba dia Wamba was ousted as the rebel leader of the Congolese Democratic Coalition.
    (SFC, 5/18/99, p.C12)(SFC, 8/16/99, p.A8)
1999        May 17, Finnish Pres. Martti Ahtisaari, appointed as the new Balkans mediator, consulted with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder.
    (SFC, 5/18/99, p.A8)
1999        May 17, In India Sonia Gandhi stepped down as president of the Congress Party after several party leaders complained of her Italian birth.
    (SFC, 5/18/99, p.C12)
1999        May 17, In Iran the judiciary set a $20,000 legal limit on the diyeh (blood money), the amount a killer can pay to a victim's family to avoid execution.
    (SFC, 5/18/99, p.C12)   
1999        May 17, In Israel the Likud and Labor party agreed to hold elections on this date. Labor Party leader Ehud Barak (57) won over Benjamin Netanyahu 56% to 44%.
    (SFC, 12/29/98, p.A6)(SFC, 5/18/99, p.A1)(AP, 5/17/00)
1999        May 17, In Mexico the PRI approved new party rules to select its presidential candidate in primary elections.
    (SFC, 5/18/99, p.A1,11)
1999        May 17, In Yugoslavia Pres. Milosevic allowed a UN team into Kosovo for the first time. Serb forces meanwhile blocked ethnic Albanians from fleeing.
    (WSJ, 5/18/99, p.A1)

1999        May 18, Pres. Clinton declared for the first time that he would consider ground troops in Kosovo if he becomes convinced that the NATO bombing strategy would not bring victory.
    (SFC, 5/19/99, p.A10)
1999        May 18, Georgette Smith, a Florida woman left paralyzed from the neck down after being shot by her elderly mother, won the right to be taken off life support. Smith died the next day, shortly after being taken off a ventilator; her mother, Shirley Egan, was later acquitted of attempted murder.
    (AP, 5/18/00)
1999        May 18, Two Serb soldiers held as prisoners of war by the U.S. military in Germany were turned over to Yugoslav authorities.
    (SFC, 5/18/99, p.A8)(AP, 5/18/00)
1999        May 18, NATO missiles hit at least 4 cities in Yugoslavia and one woman was reported killed and 12 injured. Some 1000 ethnic Albanians crossed into Macedonia.
    (SFC, 5/19/99, p.A14)
1999        May 18, Britain and Iran agreed to exchange ambassadors for the 1st time in 20 years.
    (SFC, 5/19/99, p.A12)
1999        May 18, In Fiji Mahendra Chaudry was appointed as the first Indian prime minister. His coalition held 52 seats.
    (SFC, 5/19/99, p.A12)
1999        May 18, In Indonesia 3 leading reformist parties agreed to unite against Pres. Habibie.
    (SFC, 5/18/99, p.C12)
1999        May 18, In Japan the parliament enacted a law to ban child prostitution and child pornography.
    (SFC, 5/19/99, p.A14)
1999        May 18, Pres. Zedillo of Mexico planned a 3-day visit to California.
    (SFC, 5/8/99, p.A1)
1999        May 18, In Sierra Leone the government and the rebels agreed to a cease-fire to begin next week along with peace talks.
    (SFC, 5/19/99, p.A12)

1999        May 19, The much-anticipated movie prequel "Star Wars: Episode One -- The Phantom Menace" opened. The film brought in a record $28,543,549.
    (SFC, 5/21/99, p.C1)(AP, 5/19/00)
1999        May 19, The US Justice Dept. moved to revoke the citizenship of John Demjanjuk (79), a retired Cleveland autoworker, and said it had new evidence that he was a death camp guard, known as "Ivan the Terrible," at Treblinka during WW II.
    (SFC, 5/20/99, p.A4)(AP, 5/19/00)
1999        May 19, Ali A. Mohamed, a former US Army sergeant, was indicted for conspiring with Osama bin Laden to kill Americans abroad.
    (SFC, 5/20/99, p.A2)
1999        May 19, Researchers reported that pollen from corn infused with genes from the Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) is toxic to monarch butterfly larvae when sprinkled on milkweed, a natural food source for the caterpillars. The genetically manipulated corn comprised about 20% of the US crop.
    (SFC, 5/20/99, p.A1,15)
1999        May 19, A bull market began in China after the people’s Daily exhorted the masses to buy stocks.
    (SFC, 6/13/00, p.D1)
1999        May 19, In Congo the rebel Congolese Democratic Coalition named Emile Ilunga as their new leader.
    (SFC, 5/20/99, p.A13)
1999        May 19, In France employees of the Culture Ministry went on strike and shut down the government-owned museums and historic chateaus.
    (SFEC, 5/23/99, p.A26)
1999        May 19, As NATO's Operation Allied Force entered its ninth week, Russia's special envoy to the Balkans called on both NATO and Yugoslavia to suspend hostilities.
    (AP, 5/19/00)
1999        May 19, In Russia Sergei Stepashin was approved as the new prime minister by the Duma 301 to 55.
    (SFC, 5/20/99, p.A12)
1999        May 19, Ukrainian authorities on 19 May 1999 arrested four Russian citizens who were attempting to smuggle 20kg of “enriched uranium ore" to Western Europe.
1999        May 19, As many as 1000 Yugoslav Army soldiers were reported to have returned home from Kosovo after hearing of the suppression of anti-war demonstrations in Cacak, Krusevac and Alexandrovac.
    (SFC, 5/20/99, p.A1)

1999        May 20, Robbie Knievel (37) jumped a 200-foot-wide chasm over the Grand Canyon with his motorcycle. His old world record was 223 feet.
    (SFC, 5/21/99, p.A3)
1999        May 20, The US Senate passed a bill imposing new gun control measures that included background checks on all firearm transactions at gun shows and pawn shops.
    (SFC, 5/21/99, p.A1)
1999        May 20, The US Justice Dept. settled charges against Roche Holding AG and BASF AG, two of the largest vitamin makers, for price fixing. Roche agreed to pay $500 million with a guilty plea, and BASF agreed to pay $225 million with a guilty plea.
    (SFC, 5/21/99, p.A3)(www.usdoj.gov/atr/cases/f2400/2454.htm)
1999        May 20, The US FDA approved the painkiller Vioxx made by Merck. The clinical trial of Vioxx® included more than 5000 patients and approved for diminishing pain in patients with acute and chronic osteoarthritis, adult pain relief and primary dysmenorrheal.
1999        May 20, In San Francisco the body of Julie Christine Day (24) was found partially buried at a construction site in China Basin. Jehad Baqleh (31), a taxi driver, was arrested for the murder and admitted that he robbed and had sex with the victim.
    (SFC, 5/21/99, p.A1)
1999        May 20, In Conyers, Ga., a 15-year-old boy shot and wounded 6 fellow students at Heritage High School. In 2000 the boy was sentenced to 40 years in prison and 65 years of probation.
    (SFC, 5/21/99, p.A1)(SFC, 11/10/00, p.A4)
1999        May 20, NATO bombs struck a hospital in Belgrade and its suburbs leaving a hospital in smoldering ruins, three patients dead and the nearby homes of three European ambassadors damaged.
    (SFC, 5/21/99, p.A12)(AP, 5/20/00)
1999        May 20, In Canada the Supreme Court struck down a heterosexual definition of "spouse" as unconstitutional.
    (SFC, 5/21/99, p.A12)
1999        May 20, In Italy Massimo D'Antona, a univ. professor of labor law and the architect of labor reforms, was shot to death as he walked to work in Rome. The Red Brigade claimed responsibility in a 28-page manifesto left in a trash bin. In 2005 Nadia Desdemona Lioce, Marco Mezzasalma and Roberto Morandi were convicted and sentenced to life terms. Paolo Broccatelli received a nine-year term.
    (SFC, 5/22/99, p.A13)(AP, 7/9/05)
1999        May 20, Off the western coast of Malaysia over 1,100 people escaped from the Bahamian-registered Sun Vista cruise ship, which caught fire and sank. The 547-cabin ship under Captain Sven Hartzell was in the Strait of Malacca when the fire began.
    (SFC, 5/21/99, p.D2)(SFC, 5/24/99, p.A12)
1999        May 20, In Pakistan a cyclone struck the Arabian Sea coast and left an estimated 700 people missing, many of whom were presumed dead. Residents said that as many as 3,500 people were missing. Some 92 bodies of Indians were recovered from the cyclone that hit the Pakistani coast by May 27. The number of bodies of Indian fisherman found reached 278 on Jun 2.
    (SFC, 5/21/99, p.A13)(SFC, 5/22/99, p.A16)(SFC, 6/3/99, p.C4)
1999        May 20, In Turkey Semdik Sakik, a Kurdish guerrilla commander was sentenced to death along with his brother Arif Sakik.
    (SFC, 5/21/99, p.D2)
1999        May 20, The Yugoslav army took control of the borders of Montenegro to prevent men escaping into Bosnia and to halt the flow of recruits and weapons to the KLA.
    (WSJ, 5/21/99, p.A9)

1999        May 21, Susan Lucci won a Daytime Emmy Award for best actress on her 19th try.
    (AP, 5/21/00)
1999        May 21, Presidential friend and fund-raiser Yah Lin "Charlie" Trie pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations and agreed to cooperate in an investigation of illegal Asian donations to the Democrats.
    (AP, 5/21/00)
1999        May 21, The US urged a buildup of ground forces to secure the return of Kosovo refugees.
    (SFC, 5/22/99, p.A1)
1999        May 21, NATO forces bombed the Dubrava prison near Istok and 19 inmates and guards were killed. NATO said the facility was used as military barracks. NATO also mistakenly bombed a KLA base in Kosare that had been seized 6 weeks earlier and 7 KLA fighters were killed and 25 wounded.
    (SFC, 5/22/99, p.A1)(SFEC, 5/23/99, p.A8)
1999        May 21, In Colombia Piedad Cordoba, an opposition senator, was kidnapped in Bogota by suspected ELN rebels. They said she would be freed with a message about the peace process. Carlos Castano, head of the United Self-Defense Forces later admitted that he ordered the abduction.
    (SFC, 5/22/99, p.A16)(SFC, 5/24/99, p.A13)
1999        May 21, In Indonesia students in Jakarta clashed with police during protests that former Pres. Suharto be prosecuted on the one year anniversary of Suharto's resignation.
    (SFC, 5/22/99, p.A12)
1999        May 21, A luxury cruise liner, the Sun Vista, sank off Malaysia's western coast; nearly 1,100 passengers and crew escaped safely. [see May 20]
    (AP, 5/21/00)
1999        May 21, In Mexico the northern states of Coahuila, Chihuahua, Sonora, Durango and Sinaloa were declared disaster areas due to the ongoing drought.
    (SFC, 5/22/99, p.A16)
1999        May 21, In Russia Pres. Yeltsin reappointed several key members of the previous government to a new Cabinet. He named Vladimir Rushailo as the interior minister and Nikolai Aksyonenko as a first deputy prime minister. The media described Rushailo and Aksyonenko as tools of Boris Berezovsky. Yeltsin also signed permission to keep the Mir space station aloft pending private financing.
    (SFC, 5/22/99, p.A16)(SFC, 5/25/99, p.A8)
1999        May 21, In South Africa a principal and teacher opened fire on students who were throwing stones angered by field trip fees. Sithembiso Gcwenya (19) was killed and 2 students were wounded near Scottburgh on the Indian Ocean.
    (SFC, 5/22/99, p.A12)

1999        May 22, In Colorado Columbine High School seniors wearing blue-and-silver gowns marched single file in a graduation ceremony that mixed celebration of the day with sorrow for victims of the recent massacre.
    (AP, 5/22/00)
1999        May 22, NATO bombed the Kolubara power plant 20 miles from Belgrade, which supplied most of the power to Belgrade and northern Serbia.
    (SFEC, 5/23/99, p.A8)
1999        May 22, In Russia the new All Russia Party was formed in St. Petersburg in the Tauride Palace. Gov. Vladimir Yakovlev and Tatarstan Pres. Mintimir Shaimiyev gave the opening and closing speeches. The party favored greater state control of the economy, lower taxes and welfare policies that targeted the needy.
    (SFEC, 5/23/99, p.A22)

1999        May 23, At Cannes the Belgian film "Rosetta" by Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne won the Golden Palm Award at the 52nd  Cannes Film Festival. The Russian film 'Moloch" won for best screenplay and "Humanity" by Frenchman Bruno Dumont won the runner-up Grand Jury Prize. The Jury Prize went to "The Letter" by Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira.
    (SFC, 5/24/99, p.D3)
1999        May 23, Owen Hart (33), a professional wrestler also known as "The Blue Blazer," was killed when he fell 50 [78] feet while being lowered into the ring at a World Wrestling Federation show in Kansas City. The fall was revised to 90 feet in front of 16,200 fans at the Kemper Arena.
    (SFC, 5/24/99, p.A6)(SFC, 5/25/99, p.A3)(AP, 5/23/00)
1999        May 23, Some 14,000 ethnic Albanians crossed the border from Kosovo to Macedonia in the last 2 days.
    (SFC, 5/24/99, p.A12)
1999        May 23, In Algeria men armed with guns and bombs attacked a village near Medea and killed 10 people.
    (SFC, 5/24/99, p.A13)
1999        May 23, In Germany Johannes Rau, a prominent Social Democrat, was elected president by the 1,338 member federal assembly with a 690 majority.
    (SFC, 5/24/99, p.A13)
1999        May 23, In Indonesia thousands rallied in the streets of Jakarta in support of Megawati Sukarnoputri.
    (SFC, 5/24/99, p.A14)
1999        May 23, In Iraq US planes bombed Iraqi defense systems.
    (SFC, 5/24/99, p.A13)

1999        May 24, The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that schools can be held liable for students sexually harassing other students. The court also ruled that police violate the 4th Amendment right to privacy when they allow the media into people's homes to document arrests and raids.
    (SFC, 5/25/99, p.A1,3)(AP, 5/24/00)
1999        May 24, Mike Tyson walked out of a Rockville, Md., jail after serving 3 1/2 months behind bars for assaulting two motorists over a fender-bender.
    (AP, 5/24/00)
1999        May 24, Enron Corp. scheduled thousands of megawatts through the tiny Silver peak transmission line in Southern California and drove up energy prices 71%.
    (SSFC, 11/17/02, p.A1)
1999        May 24, Ethiopia said Eritrea had launched attacks at the western Badme front over the weekend, but was thwarted by a counterattack that killed 400 Eritrean soldiers.
    (SFC, 5/26/99, p.A12)
1999        May 24, In India Sonia Gandhi decided to withdraw her resignation as president of the Congress Party.
    (SFC, 5/25/99, p.A6)
1999        May 24, Japan's upper house voted to expand the country's military alliance with the US.
    (SFC, 5/25/99, p.A8)
1999        May 24, The Ukraine reported that it had lost $220 million in trade since the NATO war against Yugoslavia began. 90% of the Ukraine population was against the NATO bombing.
    (SFC, 5/25/99, p.A8)
1999        May 24, In the Ukraine a methane gas explosion in a mine killed 39 and injured 48 in the Donetsk region.
    (WSJ, 5/26/99, p.A1)
1999        May 24, In Yugoslavia 2 opposition parties urged Pres. Milosevic to strike a deal over Kosovo. Russian diplomat Chernomyrdin said the bombing had caused $100 billion in damage.
    (SFC, 5/25/99, p.A1)

1999        May 25, The US government released a bipartisan congressional report that said China stole design secrets for nuclear warheads that included every weapon in the current US nuclear arsenal. The systematic espionage campaign was dated back to the 1970s. Stolen technology included data on an Army antitank weapon, fighter airplanes and all the elements needed to launch a major nuclear attack. President Clinton responded that his administration was already "moving aggressively to tighten security."
    (SFC, 5/25/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 5/25/99, p.a1)(AP, 5/25/04)
1999        May 25, Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr decided against re-prosecuting Whitewater figure Susan McDougal and Julie Hiatt Steele, a witness in the Monica Lewinsky investigation, after both their trials ended with hung juries.
    (AP, 5/25/00)
1999        May 25, NATO approved plans for 50,000 ground soldiers to move into Kosovo.
    (SFC, 5/26/99, p.A10)
1999        May 25, As many as 150,000 Kosovo refugees were reportedly bound for Macedonia.
    (SFC, 5/26/99, p.A10)
1999        May 25, Eritrea said that it had foiled a series of Ethiopian assaults over 4 days at Badme and that 380 Ethiopian soldiers were killed.
    (SFC, 5/26/99, p.A12)(SFC, 5/26/99, p.A13)
1999        May 25, India launched air strikes in the disputed mountains of the Kargil and Drass regions of Kashmir against suspected Pakistani infiltrators.
    (SFC, 5/26/99, p.C2)(SFC, 5/27/99, p.A13)
1999        May 25, In Russia Pres. Yeltsin named Mikhail Zadornov as the first deputy prime minister in charge of economy and finance, as opposed to Alexander Zhukov, the choice of Prime Minister Stepashin.
    (SFC, 5/26/99, p.A10)

1999        May 26, US House Republicans pushed through legislation that would put new obstacles in the way of spending government surpluses that came from Social Security taxes.
    (AP, 5/26/00)
1999        May 26, NATO military commanders won political approval to strike at the civilian telephone and computer networks of Yugoslavia. Warplanes carried out a record 650 sorties with 284 bombing attacks.
    (SFC, 5/27/99, p.C18)
1999        May 26, Serbian military fired over 30 missiles at NATO warplanes which had begun flying at lower altitudes to strike tanks, artillery and ground troops.
    (WSJ, 5/28/99, p.A15)
1999        May 26, Eutelsat, a European satellite consortium, cut off TV broadcasts by RTS, Serbian Radio Television. The move deprived Western broadcasters of their main source of video from Serbia.
    (WSJ, 5/27/99, p.A21)
1999        May 26, In Kosovo the KLA launched an offensive to open a 2nd supply corridor on the NW border of Albania.
    (SFC, 5/28/99, p.A16)
1999        May 26, In Belgium the public was informed that animal feed contaminated with dioxin was fed to chickens and pigs.
    (WSJ, 6/7/99, p.A19)
1999        May 26, Indian aircraft fired on separatist guerrillas in Kashmir province and Pakistan threatened retaliation; it was the first use of air power in years in the long-running conflict over the Himalayan border region.
    (AP, 5/26/00)
1999        May 26, India launched a rocket carrying South Korean and German satellites into orbit.
    (WSJ, 5/27/99, p.A1)

1999        May 27, Exxon and Mobil shareholders approved their $81.2 billion merger to create the world's largest oil company.
    (WSJ, 5/28/99, p.A4)
1999        May 27, The space shuttle Discovery was launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida with 7 astronauts from the US, Canada and Russia. The shuttle was on a 10-day mission to stock the new space station.
    (SFC, 5/28/99, p.A2)
1999        May 27, The Int'l. War Crimes Tribunal at the Hague announced an indictment against Pres. Milosevic and 4 senior aides for atrocities and mass deportations and multiple counts of crimes against humanity. Also indicted were: Milan Milutinovic, president of Serbia; Vlajko Stojilkovic, Serbian interior minister; Nikola Sainovic, deputy prime minister of Yugoslavia; and Gen'l. Dragoljub Ojdanic, chief of staff of the Yugoslav army. Sainovic surrendered in 2002.
    (SFC, 5/27/99, p.A1)(SFC, 5/28/99, p.A1)(SFC, 5/2/02, p.A11)
1999        May 27, It was reported that Dolly, the 3-year-old sheep, cloned from a 6-year-old ewe, has cells that that are 9 years old. Her DNA showed signs of wear more typical of an older animal.
    (SFC, 5/27/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 5/27/99, p.A1)
1999        May 27, In Egypt the parliament approved powers over private groups with laws of operating rules and banned private groups from participating in political activity.
    (SFC, 5/28/99, p.D3)
1999        May 27, India lost 2 fighter jets, a MiG-21 and MiG-27, to Pakistani fire on the Pakistani side of Kashmir. Pakistan promised to return one dead pilot and to hold the other as hostage.
    (SFC, 5/28/99, p.A12)
1999        May 27, In Milan, Italy, the latest restoration of "The Last Supper" by Leonardo da Vinci, an effort that took 22 years, went on display during a VIP-only showing.
    (AP, 5/27/00)
1999        May 27, In the Ivory Coast police stormed a hall at the Universite d'Abidjan and brutally dispersed an FESCI student gathering planning for nationwide strikes.
    (SFC, 5/29/99, p.A14)
1999        May 27, In North Korea US inspectors found an empty tunnel at a suspected nuclear arms site.
    (WSJ, 5/28/99, p.A1)
1999        May 27, The Philippine Senate ratified an accord with the US for joint military exercises.
    (SFC, 5/28/99, p.D3)

1999        May 28, MCI WorldCom, a US long-distance phone company, agreed to buy SkyTel Communications, a paging company, for $1.3 billion.
    (SFC, 5/29/99, p.D1)
1999        May 28, In Grenada the 13-year ban on whaling was extended during the annual meeting of the 40-member Int'l. Whaling Commission. Pro-whaling nations threatened to ignore the restrictions.
    (SFC, 5/29/99, p.A13)
1999        May 28, In Cuba Pres. Castro replaced Roberto Robaina (43) as foreign minister with Felipe Perez Roque (34). Robaina has served in the office for 6 years.
    (SFC, 5/29/99, p.A13)
1999        May 28, In Northern Ireland the IRA began revealing the locations of 9 "disappeared" victims in Belfast.
    (SFC, 5/29/99, p.A14)
1999        May 28, An Israeli-American search team found the Dakar, a British-made submarine that was lost in Jan, 1968, 9,500 feet below the surface of the Mediterranean Sea between Crete and Cyprus.
    (SFC, 5/31/99, p.A8)
1999        May 28, In the Kashmir border conflict Muslim guerrillas shot down a  Indian helicopter and 4 Indian soldiers were killed. Pakistan offered to hold peace talks with India.
    (SFC, 5/29/99, p.A10)(SFC, 5/31/99, p.A10)
1999        May 28, Rwanda declared a unilateral cease-fire in Congo where it was backing rebels to oust Pres. Kabila.
    (SFC, 5/29/99, p.A11)
1999        May 28, In Yugoslavia Viktor Chernomyrdin declared the Yugoslav president key to a Kosovo peace plan despite complications caused by his indictment for war crimes. It was reported that Pres. Milosevic had agreed to the general principles of a peace settlement following a nine hour long discussion with the Russian envoy.
    (SFEC, 5/30/99, p.A8)(AP, 5/28/00)

1999        May 29, It was reported that the US Defense Dept. had ordered 9,000 Purple Hearts from Graco Industries near Houston to "replenish its supply."
    (SFC, 5/29/99, p.A12)
1999        May 29, The space shuttle "Discovery" completed the first-ever docking with the international space station.
    (AP, 5/29/00)
1999        May 29, In Austria a multiple vehicle collision set off a 15-hour fire in the Tauern Tunnel and at least 12 people were killed.
    (SFC, 6/3/99, p.C4)   
1999        May 29, In Nigeria Pres. Olusegun Obasanjo became the first civilian president in 15 years, ending a string of military regimes. He suspended contracts awarded by his predecessor. In the oil region 56 people were killed in ethnic unrest.
    (WSJ, 5/6/99, p.A1)(SFEC, 5/30/99, p.A17)(WSJ, 6/1/99, p.A1)(AP, 5/29/00)
1999        May 29, In Slovakia Rudolf Schuster was elected president in a runoff election against Vladimir Meciar, the authoritarian former prime minister.
    (WSJ, 6/1/99, p.A1)

1999        May 30, Astronauts from the space shuttle “Discovery" rigged cranes and other tools to the exterior of the international space station during a spacewalk; then, the astronauts entered the orbiting outpost for three days of making repairs and delivering supplies.
    (AP, 5/30/00)
1999        May 30, Kenny Brack won the crash-marred Indianapolis 500, driving a car owned by racing legend A.J. Foyt.
    (AP, 5/30/00)
1999        May 30, Nidia and Patricio Leal were killed when their Ford Explorer skidded into a ditch near Brownsville, Tx., following the unraveling of a Firestone tire. Relatives settled with Bridgestone/Firestone in 2000 in the 1st product liability suit following an August, 2000, tire recall.
    (SFC, 10/24/00, p.A8)
1999        May 30, NATO warplanes bombed a bridge in Varvarin, Serbia, and 9 civilians were reported killed and 28 wounded. A convoy of Western journalists was also hit and a driver was killed.
    (SFC, 5/31/99, p.A1)
1999        May 30, In Belarus at least 54 people, mostly teen-age girls, were killed in a stampede near an underground passageway in Minsk as they left a concert by a local beer company due to a sudden heavy rain.
    (SFC, 5/31/99, p.A10)
1999        May 30, In Chile Ricardo Lagos won the presidential primary to represent the center left governing coalition against Joaquin Lavin on Dec. 12.
    (WSJ, 6/1/99, p.A1)
1999        May 30, In Colombia suspected ELN rebels kidnapped some 140 churchgoers in Cali and later abandoned at least 84.
    (SFC, 5/31/99, p.A8)(SFC, 6/1/99, p.a6)
1999        May 30, In Kashmir Indian fighter jets pounded militants in the Kargil sector for the 5th day.
    (SFC, 5/31/99, p.A10)
1999        May 30, In Nigeria fighting broke out among members of the Itsekiri, Urhobo and Ijaw tribes in the Niger River delta.
    (SFC, 8/24/99, p.A10)

1999        May 31, During a Memorial Day visit to Arlington National Cemetery, President Clinton asked Americans to reconsider their ambivalence about Kosovo, calling it "a very small province in a small country. But it is a big test of what we believe in."
    (AP, 5/31/00)
1999        May 31, It was reported that Mike Moshier (51), founder of Millennium Jet Inc. in Santa Clara, Ca., had developed the SoloTrek XFV, a single passenger flying vehicle, that could fly at 80 mph for up to 90 minutes as high as 10,000 feet on a single tank of 87-octane gas.
    (SFC, 5/31/99, p.E3)
1999        May 31, NATO missiles killed at least 26 people in separate attacks. In Novi Pazar an apartment block was struck and 10 people were killed. At least 16 people were killed on the outskirts of Surdulica, when missiles hit a hospital and retirement complex.
    (SFC, 6/1/99, p.A1,7)
1999        May 31, India agreed to hold talks with Pakistan over Kashmir, but there was no let up in the Indian offensive against guerrillas.
    (SFC, 6/1/99, p.A8)
1999        May 31, In Turkey the treason trial of Abdullah Ocalan was scheduled to begin on a prison island. Ocalan offered to urge the PKK to stop its armed struggle against Turkey and to pursue a legal process. Ocalan was later convicted and sentenced to death, but the death sentence was commuted to life in prison in 2002.
    (SFC, 5/1/99, p.A8)(SFC, 6/1/99, p.A6)(AP, 5/31/04)

1999        May, Daniel Snyder (b.1964), founder of Snyder Communications, bought the Washington Redskins football team.
1999        May, In Brazil the state government of Rio de Janeiro passed one of world's toughest weapons' laws. Sales of guns and ammunition were banned to anyone except police, military and private security. Death rates in Brazil from gunshots had reached 25.78 per 100,000. In Sept. a court ruled the ban unconstitutional.
    (SFC, 8/30/99, p.A12)(SFC, 9/11/99, p.A9)
1999        May, Chinese hackers broke in and vandalized American government websites in retaliation for the May 7 American aircraft bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade. The White House website closed for three days.
    (Econ, 5/26/07, p.64)
1999        May, The US Embassy in Israel will move to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv under terms of a bill passed by the Senate and House.
    (WSJ, 10/25/95, p.A-1)
1999        cMay, The bodies of up to 1500 ethnic Albanians were burned in a blast furnace at the Trepca lead smelter just before NATO troops arrived in Kosovo. Men involved in the clandestine operation made the information public in 2001.
    (SFC, 1/26/01, p.A14)(WSJ, 1/26/00, p.A1)
1999        May, President Nelson Mandela handed the Schmidtsdrift San communities almost 13,000 hectares of farmland, including Platfontein, near Kimberley. The Schmidtsdrift San are members of the !Xun and !Khwe tribes who were employed by the former SA Defence Force in its war against the South West African People's Organization (Swapo) during the eighties. When Namibia gained independence in 1990, the San soldiers were given the option to move to Schmidtsdrift with their families. The !Xum and Khwe Bushmen pooled government allowances and purchased the Platfontein Farm.
    (http://tinyurl.com/l62ne)(Econ, 4/15/06, p.50)
1999        May, In Sudan a team of 10,000 Chinese laborers under China Natural Petroleum Corp. completed a 1,000 mile oil pipeline, 2 wells and a refinery after 18 months of work. In exchange Sudan gave CNPC exclusive drilling rights to over 40,000 square miles near the city of Bor.
    (WSJ, 12/20/99, p.A22)

1999        Jun 1, President Clinton ordered a government investigation into whether—and how—the entertainment business markets violence to children. In a report released in September 2000, federal regulators said the movie, video game and music industries aggressively marketed to underage youths violent products that carried adult ratings.
    (AP, 6/1/04)
1999        Jun 1, In Little Rock, Ark., 9 people died when an American Airlines MD-82 jet carrying 145 people crashed into a light tower on landing in stormy weather. The toll climbed to 11 after 2 initial survivors died.
    (SFC, 6/3/99, p.A1)(SFC, 6/17/99, p.A3)
1999        Jun 1, A peace plan for Kosovo was carried to Pres. Milosevic by Finnish Pres. Martti Ahtisaari. The plan was negotiated Strobe Talbott (53), US deputy Sec. of State, Martti Ahtisaari (61), President of Finland, and Viktor Chernomyrdin, special Russian envoy.
    (SFC, 6/2/99, p.A10)(SFC, 6/4/99, p.A10)
1999        Jun 1, In Angola UNITA rebels claimed that they killed 49 government soldiers in 4 clashes over the past week.
    (SFC, 6/2/99, p.A13)
1999        Jun 1, Cuba filed a $181.1 billion compensation claim against the US for deaths and injuries in what it called a 40 year "dirty war" against Pres. Castro's government.
    (SFC, 6/2/99, p.A12)
1999        Jun 1, In Lebanon an Israeli supported militia withdrew from a strategic position in South Lebanon.
    (SFC, 6/2/99, p.A11)
1999        Jun 1, Pakistani authorities said 10 school children were killed by an Indian artillery shell that his a school near the Line of Control dividing India and Pakistan in Kashmir. India claimed to have killed 470 Muslim fighters and Pakistani soldiers. In Kargil Pakistani forces shelled for the 26th consecutive day.
    (SFC, 6/2/99, p.C2)

1999        Jun 2, American Indians filed a class action law suit against the major tobacco companies charging that they were excluded from the $206 billion settlement reached with 46 states last November.
    (SFC, 6/4/99, p.A18)
1999        Jun 2, The EU ordered that a vast array of Belgian products be withdrawn from sale and destroyed due to a fear of dioxin-poisoning in chickens and eggs.
    (SFC, 6/3/99, p.A13)
1999        Jun 2, In France a conductor, Eric Douet (39), died one day after being beaten in a confrontation with 2 peddlers illegally selling goods at a Metro station in Paris. His death caused transport workers to go on strike.
    (SFC, 6/3/99, p.C4)
1999        Jun 2, In Japan the government agreed to make the birth control pill available by prescription.
    (SFC, 6/3/99, p.A13)
1999        Jun 2, In Kashmir Islamic guerrillas rejected India's offer of safe passage out of the battle zone.
    (SFC, 6/3/99, p.C4)
1999        Jun 2, In Nigeria troops were deployed to the Niger Delta where the death toll from tribal clashes had reached 200 after 4 days.
    (SFC, 6/3/99, p.C4)
1999        Jun 2, Palestinian leaders said they would not resume peace talks unless settlement expansion in the West Bank and Gaza is frozen.
    (SFC, 6/3/99, p.A13)
1999        Jun 2, In South Africa Pres. Mandela set this date for elections. Thabo Mbeki, the deputy of Pres. Mandela, was expected to win. The ANC headed for victory with 62.2% support after half the votes were counted. The final count showed a 65.7% win. The Congress Party trailed a rival black party in KwaZulu-Natal province. The ANC won 266 seats, one shy of a two-third majority. Retiring president Nelson Mandela was succeeded by Thabo Mbeki.
    (SFC, 3/4/99, p.C3)(SFC, 6/3/99, p.A12)(SFC, 6/4/99, p.D2)(SFC, 6/7/99, p.A11)(SFC, 6/8/99, p.A12)(AP, 6/2/00)
1999        Jun 2, The World Court rejected Yugoslavia's contention that NATO bombing was unlawful and that the Western alliance was committing genocide. The court also refused to call for a cessation of hostilities.
    (SFC, 6/3/99, p.A12)

1999        Jun 3, It was reported that Catholics and Lutherans had agreed to sign an accord over the theological issue of "justification." They agreed that divine forgiveness and salvation come "solely by God's grace" and that good works flow from that.
    (SFC, 6/3/99, p.C4)
1999        Jun 3, Pres. Clinton called for an extension of China's favorable trading status on the 10th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.
    (SFC, 6/4/99, p.A1)
1999        Jun 3, The US and Canada signed a 10-year accord to limit salmon fishing in the northwest based on the abundance of particular species.
    (WSJ, 6/4/99, p.A1)
1999        Jun 3, Zane Floyd (23), a former Marine, killed 4 employees at an Albertsons supermarket in Las Vegas before being arrested by police.
    (SFC, 6/4/99, p.A4)
1999        Jun 3, The 15-member EU announced plans to establish itself as a military power with a 60,000-troop force. A day later the EU named Javier Solana as the 1st foreign policy and security czar of the union.
    (SFC, 6/4/99, p.A14)(SFC, 6/5/99, p.A12)
1999        Jun 3, Pres. Milosevic agreed to end the Kosovo conflict on the 72nd day of bombing. The key elements included: an end to fighting in Kosovo; a quick and verifiable withdrawal of Yugoslav and Serb forces; deployment a security force "with essential NATO participation;" disarmament of the KLA; and the safe return of ethnic Albanian refugees. Separately it was reported that over 5,000 members of the Yugoslav security forces had been killed by NATO air strikes.
    (SFC, 6/4/99, p.A1,11)
1999        Jun 3, From Iraq it was reported that a drought had killed about 70% of the nation's crops.
    (WSJ, 6/3/99, p.A1)
1999        Jun 3, Pakistan freed Indian fighter pilot, Flight Lt. Nachiketa, as a good will gesture.
    (SFC, 6/4/99, p.D2)
1999        Jun 3, In Peru rebels of the Maoist Shining Path killed 9 people in 2 incidents in the highlands.
    (SFC, 6/5/99, p.A12)
1999        Jun 3, In Russia Pres. Yeltsin commuted all the remaining death sentences (716). From 1995-1996 an average of 132 executions were performed with a shot to the back of the head.
    (SFC, 6/4/99, p.D2)
1999        Jun 3, From Sierra Leone a new wave of mutilations was reported by Doctors Without Borders.
    (SFC, 6/3/99, p.C3)

1999        Jun 4, Using a provision of the Constitution allowing him to bypass the Senate, Pres. Clinton bypassed Congress with a "recess appointment" for James Hormel as ambassador to Luxembourg, the first openly gay ambassador in US history.
    (SFC, 6/5/99, p.A1)(AP, 6/4/00)
1999        Jun 4, A federal judge in Portland ruled that AT&T must open its cable lines to competitors.
    (SFC, 6/5/99, p.A1)
1999        Jun 4, Senators Diane Feinstein of California and Harry Reid of Nevada announced the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act. The bill would authorized $300 million over 10 years to restore clarity and health to Lake Tahoe.
    (SFC, 6/5/99, p.A1)
1999        Jun 4, On the tenth anniversary of China’s crackdown on the Tiananmen Square protests, tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong held a candlelight vigil.
    (AP, 6/4/00)
1999        Jun 4, The Deutsche Bank AG $9.8 billion acquisition of Bankers Trust, an American Bank, was finalized.
    (Econ, 5/19/07, SR p.10)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bankers_Trust)
1999        Jun 4, NATO commanders met with Yugoslav army officers in Macedonia to arrange for the withdrawal of some 40,000 Serbian troops from Kosovo.
    (SFC, 6/5/99, p.A1)
1999        Jun 4, Pope John Paul II traveled to Poland, the first stop on a 13-day visit to 20 cities. This was his 8th visit to Poland.
    (WSJ, 6/4/99, p.A1)
1999        Jun 4, In Colombia at least 2,000 people crossed the border into Venezuela to escape heavy fighting in northern Santander province.
    (SFC, 6/5/99, p.A12)
1999        Jun 4, In Turkey police killed 2 members of a radical group believed to be planning a rocket attack on the US Consulate in Istanbul.
    (SFC, 6/5/99, p.A12)

1999        Jun 5, "Charismatic" failed in his bid to win racing’s Triple Crown, finishing 3rd, with fractures in the lower left front leg, behind "Lemon Drop Kid" and "Vision and Verse" in the Belmont Stakes.
    (WSJ, 6/7/99, p.A20)(AP, 6/5/00)
1999        Jun 5, Steffi Graf won her sixth French Open title, beating top-ranked Martina Hingis 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.
    (AP, 6/5/00)
1999        Jun 5, Some 3,000 protestors demonstrated outside the Pentagon against the NATO bombing in Yugoslavia.
    (SFEC, 6/6/99, p.A4)
1999        Jun 5, In Washington DC Nancy Richards-Akers, a popular romance novelist, was shot and killed by her husband in front of their 2 children. Jeremy R. Akers then killed himself.
    (SFC, 6/7/99, p.A2)
1999        Jun 5, Mel Torme (b.1925), singer and pianist, died at age 73 in Los Angeles. In 1970 Torme published "The Other Side of the Rainbow." His songs included the Nat King Cole hit "The Christmas Song" (Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…).
    (SFEC, 6/6/99, p.C7)(AP, 6/5/00)
1999        Jun 5, NATO commanders spelled out the withdrawal terms to Yugoslav military officers in a 5-hour meeting near the Macedonian border. More talks were scheduled.
    (SFEC, 6/6/99, p.A1)
1999        Jun 5, India rejected proposed talks with Pakistan for Jun 7 as inconvenient. Indian Gen'l. Chopra estimated 200 intruders had been killed and said 54 Indian soldiers were killed in the recent Kashmir fighting.
    (SFEC, 6/6/99, p.A22)
1999        Jun 5, Pope John Paul the Second began a 13-day pilgrimage to his native Poland.
    (AP, 6/5/00)

1999        Jun 6, At the Tony Awards, Arthur Miller’s "Death of a Salesman" was named best revival; "Side Man" won best play; "Fosse" was awarded best musical.
    (AP, 6/6/00)
1999        Jun 6, In tennis, Andre Agassi won the French Open, defeating Andrei Medvedev 1-6, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.
    (AP, 6/6/00)
1999        Jun 6, In golf, Juli Inkster shot a final-round 1-under 71 for a 16-under 272 total to win the US Women’s Open.
    (AP, 6/6/00)
1999        Jun 6, The Shuttle Discover landed at Kennedy Space Center just after 2 a.m. following a ten-day mission and the first docking with the new int'l. space station.
    (SFEC, 6/6/99, p.A19)(AP, 6/6/00)
1999        Jun 6, The Worm Explore.Zip virus was first detected in Israel. The virus was disguised as an e-mail attachment and destroyed files when opened.
    (SFEC, 6/13/99, p.A6)
1999        Jun 6, NATO officials failed to reach an agreement with Yugoslav military officers on withdrawal plans from Kosovo. Bombing continued on Yugoslav army positions near the Albania-Kosovo border.
    (SFC, 6/7/99, p.A1)
1999        Jun 6, NATO said that Yugoslav army troops and police had gone on a looting spree in Pristina and Prizren.
    (SFC, 6/7/99, p.A10)
1999        Jun 6, In Algeria the Islamic Salvation Army (AIS) declared an end to their guerrilla struggle. The 2,000 member group had been observing a cease-fire since 1997.
    (SFC, 6/7/99, p.A11)
1999        Jun 6, In Colombia 150,000 people rallied in Cali to protest the kidnapping or churchgoers by leftist rebels.
    (SFC, 6/7/99, p.A11)(SFC, 7/12/99, p.A8)
1999        Jun 6, India resumed air strikes in Kashmir as troops pushed back guerrillas occupying disputed territory.
    (SFC, 6/7/99, p.A11)
1999        Jun 6, In Iraq US and British warplanes struck military facilities after being fired on in the no-fly zone of southern Iraq.
    (SFC, 6/7/99, p.A11)

1999        Jun 7, The FBI put alleged terrorist mastermind Osama Bin Laden and anti-abortion activist and accused doctor killer James Charles Kopp on the bureau’s list of the Ten Most Wanted fugitives. Kopp was arrested in 2001 and later convicted of killing Dr. Barnett Slepian.
    (AP, 6/7/04)
1999        Jun 7, It was reported that Allied Signal had agreed to buy Honeywell for $13.8 billion. Allied Signal took the Honeywell name and it became Honeywell Intl.
    (WSJ, 6/7/99, p.A1)(Econ, 4/14/12, p.76)
1999        Jun 7, Scientists at Lawrence Livermore Labs reported the creation of elements 118 and 116 from krypton-86 and Lead-208. In 2002 Victor Ninov was accused of faking the data. Spurious data by Ninov was also reported on elements 110 and 112 from experiments in 1994 and 1996.
    (SFC, 6/8/99, p.A1)(SSFC, 7/21/02, p.A3)
1999        Jun 7, NATO dropped cluster bombs on an estimated 800-1,200 Yugoslav troops near the Kosovo-Albanian border. An estimated 650 sorties were flown in the last 24 hours.
    (SFC, 6/9/99, p.A8)
1999        Jun 7, In Colombia a rebel chief apologized for the abduction of a church congregation as other rebels kidnapped 11 people on a fishing trip near Barranquilla.
    (WSJ, 6/8/99, p.A1)
1999        Jun 7, In Cuba some 25 dissidents, led by Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet, went on a hunger strike and demanded the release of scores of people described as political prisoners.
    (SFC, 6/8/99, p.A12)(SFC, 6/15/99, p.C5)
1999        Jun 7, Elections for a new Indonesia parliament, which would select a new president, were scheduled. 462 members of the 700 seat assembly were to be elected. With 14.3% of the votes counted The Democratic Party for Struggle led Golkar 35.2% to 20.9. The opposition led by Megawati Sukarnoputri won most of the seats but failed to get a majority.
    (SFEC, 5/30/99, p.A19)(SFC, 6/11/99, p.D2)(WSJ, 9/17/04, p.A8)
1999        Jun 7, In Mexico City Francisco "Paco" Stanley Albaitero (56), a popular TV and radio personality, was shot to death after leaving a restaurant. A parking attendant was also killed and 3 people were wounded by unknown gunmen. Traces of cocaine were later found in Stanley's car. Stanley was later reported to be in big debt to drug lord Luis Ignacio Amezcua Contreras, who ordered his murder. Stanley's sidekick, Mario Rodriguez Bezares, was indicted for the murder along with Contreras and Paola Durante (23), an aspiring actress.
    (SFC, 6/8/99, p.A10)(SFC, 6/9/99, p.C2)(SFEC, 8/29/99, p.A20)(WSJ, 1/22/00, p.A1)
1999        Jun 7, In the Philippines elections were set for this date.
    (WSJ, 12/3/98, p.A1)
1999        Jun 7, Russia balked at a UN peace deal for Kosovo because it did not want its troops under NATO control.
    (SFC, 6/8/99, p.A1)

1999        Jun 8, President Clinton announced new restrictions aimed at making it tougher for teens to sneak into R-rated movies.
    (AP, 6/8/00)
1999        Jun 8, The United States, Russia and six leading democracies authorized a text calling for a peacekeeping force in Kosovo. The G8 agreed to the context of a UN Security Council resolution to end the conflict in Kosovo.
    (SFC, 6/9/99, p.A1)(AP, 6/8/00)   
1999        Jun 8, The WSJ covered the thong as a fashion statement on page 1.
    (WSJ, 6/7/99, p.A1)
1999        Jun 8, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla) blocked all the civilian nominations of Pres. Clinton in protest of the "recess appointment" of James Hormel.
    (SFC, 6/9/99, p.A3)
1999        Jun 8, In Belgium 31 schoolchildren began reporting illnesses from drinking Coca Cola and prompted the removal of Coca Cola drinks from shelves on June 15. The problems were traced to defective carbon dioxide in an Antwerp bottling plant and a chemical contaminant from transport palettes. 14 million cases of Coke were eventually recalled in 5 European countries.
    (SFC, 6/16/99, p.B3)(WSJ, 6/29/99, p.A1)
1999        Jun 8, In Chile five retired army officers were indicted in connection to the executions of 72 dissidents after a 1973 coup. Indicted were retired Gen'ls. Sergio Arellano, Pedro Espinoza, retired Cols. Sergio Arredondo, Marcelo Moren, and retired Capt. Patricio Diaz.
    (SFC, 6/9/99, p.C2)
1999        Jun 8, India and Pakistan agreed to hold talks on Kashmir Jun 11, while India continued airstrikes and a ground offensive.
    (WSJ, 6/9/99, p.A1)
1999        Jun 8, In Lebanon 3 judges were killed along with a prosecutor in Sidon.
    (WSJ, 6/9/99, p.A1)
1999        Jun 8, In Liberia Pres. Charles Taylor announced that the ECOMAG intervention force would leave for good on July 26 marking the end of the 7-year civil war.
    (SFC, 6/9/99, p.C4)
1999        Jun 8, In Rwanda Charles Muligande, head of the Rwandan Patriotic Front, said that Tutsi dominated government had extended its mandate to rule for another 4 years.
    (SFC, 6/10/99, p.C3)

1999        Jun 9, President Clinton instructed federal law agencies to collect race and gender data on people they stop or arrest, in a move to end racial profiling by police.
    (AP, 6/9/00)
1999        Jun 9, The Pentagon revealed aerial photographs that indicated the destruction of evidence of Serb atrocities in Kosovo. Some 143 graves at Izbica where 270 residents were reported killed, appeared to have been obliterated.
    (USAT, 6/10/99, p.10A)
1999        Jun 9, Germany sent $18 million to the US Treasury for distribution to the survivors of the WW II concentration camps.
    (SFC, 6/22/99, p.A6)
1999        Jun 9, In southern Lebanon guerrillas ambushed an Israeli military patrol and killed 2 soldiers. This prompted Israeli airstrikes.
    (SFC, 6/10/99, p.C3)
1999        Jun 9, Yugoslav and Western generals signed a military agreement to end the 78-day NATO air war against Yugoslavia based on a demonstrable withdrawal of Yugoslav forces from Kosovo and a complete pullout in 11 days.
    (SFC, 6/10/99, p.A1)(SFC, 10/6/00, p.A19)

1999        Jun 10, The US Supreme Court struck down (6-3) a Chicago anti-loitering ordnance aimed against street gangs.
    (SFC, 6/11/99, p.A3)(AP, 6/10/00)
1999        Jun 10, The Christian Coalition, founded and led by Pat Robertson, was denied tax-exempt status because of its political activity.
    (SFC, 6/11/99, p.A3)
1999        Jun 10, Scientists reported a wintertime cloud of air pollution the size of the US over the Indian Ocean. The soot and sulfur cloud covered an area of 3.8 million sq. miles.
    (SFC, 6/10/99, p.A7)
1999        Jun 10, Brazil’s Pres. Cardoso sanctioned a new law creating the first civilian-run defense ministry.
    (SFC, 6/12/99, p.C1)
1999        Jun 10, The UN Security Council authorized deployment of 50,000 NATO-led peacekeepers for Kosovo.
    (WSJ, 6/11/99, p.A1)
1999        Jun 10, NATO suspended its bombing of Kosovo after Yugoslav troops began withdrawing following a 78-day air war. Serb forces begin their withdrawal from Kosovo after signing an agreement with the NATO powers. Rebuilding Kosovo was estimated at $5 billion. Rebuilding all of Yugoslavia was estimated at $20-100 billion.
    (SFC, 6/11/99, p.A1)(AP, 6/10/00)(HN, 6/10/01)
1999        Jun 10, Some 1,860 prisoners were brought to Serbia from Kosovo.
    (SFEC, 7/11/99, p.A20)
1999        Jun 10, Pres. Milosevic appeared on Serbian TV and said that 462 soldiers and 114 police officers had been killed in the NATO bombing.
    (SFC, 6/11/99, p.A12)
1999        Jun 10, In Iraq a truck bomb killed 6 members of an Iraq-based Iranian opposition group, the Mujahadeen-e Khalq (MEK), which recently claimed to have killed a top general in Tehran.
    (WSJ, 6/10/99, p.A1)
1999        Jun 10, In Nigeria Pres. Obasanjo forced 122 top officers from the military over the last 2 days and seized hundreds of millions of dollars from associates of the late dictator Gen'l. Sani Abacha.
    (SFC, 6/11/99, p.D2)
1999        Jun 10, In Russia a subway ceiling collapsed and killed at least 5 people at St. Petersburg's Sennaya Square stop.
    (WSJ, 6/11/99, p.A1)

1999        Jun 11, The FBI was seeking the creator of Worm.Explore.Zip, a file-destroying computer virus which had hit some of the nation’s biggest corporations.
    (AP, 6/11/00)
1999        Jun 11, The US and Libya engaged in their first official meeting in 18 years. The US stipulated conditions to be met prior to the lifting of sanctions.
    (SFC, 6/12/99, p.A13)   
1999        Jun 11, DeForest Kelley, who played Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy on Star Trek, died in Woodland Hills, California, at age 79.
    (SFC, 6/12/99, p.A23)(AP, 6/11/00)
1999        Jun 11, In Algeria 14 people were killed by an armed group in Sidi Naamane.
    (SFC, 6/12/99, p.C1)
1999        Jun 11, Eritrea and Ethiopia clashed in a 2nd day of heavy fighting on the western Badme front.
    (SFC, 6/12/99, p.C1)
1999        Jun 11, Iraq accused Iran of firing 3 Scud-B missiles on the Ashraf camp of the Mujahedeen-e Khalq (MEK) guerrilla group, located 50 miles from the Iranian border.
    (SFC, 6/12/99, p.C1)
1999        Jun 11, Ayatollah Mohammad Yazi told worshipers that the world should pay him heed as the highest justice official in Iran and that 13 Iranian Jews would be tried under Islamic law for treason.
    (SFC, 6/22/99, p.A11)
1999        Jun 11, South Korean ships rammed and briefly repelled 4 North Korean patrol boats. North Korea warned South Korea to withdraw warships from disputed waters in the Yellow Sea on the 5th day of a standoff.
    (SFC, 6/12/99, p.A13)(SFEC, 6/13/99, p.A13)
1999        Jun 11, Russian troops stationed in Bosnia entered Kosovo in a move that was later deemed a mistake.
    (SFC, 6/12/99, p.A1)
1999        Jun 11, Cheering residents of Prokuplje, Kosovo, threw flowers onto several dozen Yugoslav army vehicles heading out of the province as NATO troops massed across the border in Macedonia.
    (AP, 6/11/03)
1999        Jun 11, Serb civilians began leaving Kosovo in fear of the transition period under NATO.
    (SFC, 6/12/99, p.A12)

1999        Jun 12, It was reported that all 15,000 glaciers of the Himalayas were melting at an alarming rate and that torrential floods in Northern India could result over the next 40 years.
    (SFC, 6/12/99, p.A11)
1999        Jun 12, NATO troops began entering Kosovo. They reached Pristina and confronted Russian soldiers over control of the airport. A Russian armored column entered Pristina before dawn to a heroes' welcome from Serb residents. 2 Serbs were killed and a German soldier was wounded as peacekeepers moved into Kosovo. 2 German journalists were killed near Stimlje by sniper fire.
    (SFEC, 6/13/99, p.A1)(SFC, 6/14/99, p.A1)(AP, 6/12/04)
1999        Jun 12, India and Pakistan met for talks on Kashmir with little success as each blamed the other for the insurgency.
    (SFEC, 6/13/99, p.A13)

1999        Jun 13, In Belgium the center-left coalition of Prime Minister Jean-Luc Dehaene suffered a major defeat in national elections to the Conservatives. The coalition looked to keep 66 of the legislature's 150 seats.
    (SFC, 6/14/99, p.a14)(WSJ, 6/14/99, p.A1)
1999        Jun 13, In Britain the Conservative Party under William Hague won 36 seats while the Labor Party won 29 for the European Parliament.
    (SFC, 6/16/99, p.B2)
1999        Jun 13, In Iraq it was announced that a new decree by Saddam Hussein would imprison citizens over 18 caught begging in public places.
    (SFC, 6/15/99, p.C5)
1999        Jun 13, In Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu told his ministers to bring in some 2,500 to 3,000 Jews from the Quara region of Ethiopia.
    (SFC, 6/15/99, p.C5)
1999        Jun 13, NATO soldiers shot dead two armed men as peacekeepers tried to contain new violence in Kosovo; Russian troops, meanwhile, blocked British troops from entering the airport in Pristina, the capital of Kosovo.
    (AP, 6/13/00)
1999        Jun 13, North Korea agreed to talk to UN military officers in an attempt to resolve the naval confrontations with South Korea.
    (SFC, 6/14/99, p.A13)
1999        Jun 13, Pakistan accused India of using chemical weapons in its Kashmir offensive, as India claimed to have captured a key mountain peak.
    (WSJ, 6/14/99, p.A1)
1999        Jun 13, In South Africa Pres. Mandela welcomed visiting Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy as his last official guest. Khadafy was on his first foreign tour since sanctions were lifted in April.
    (SFC, 6/14/99, p.A13)

1999        Jun 14, Prof. Paul Ehrlich of Stanford and Qu Geping, president of the China Environmental Protection Foundation, won the Blue Planet Prize, an environmental award sponsored by the Asahi Glass Foundation of Japan.
    (SFC, 6/15/99, p.A20)
1999        Jun 14, The US Supreme Court struck down a 65-year-old ban on broadcast advertising of casino gambling. It said the ban aimed at protecting compulsive gamblers violated free-speech rights.
    (SFC, 6/15/99, p.A3)(AP, 6/14/00)
1999        Jun 14, UN Sec. Gen'l. Kofi Annan unveiled a UN peace-building plan for Kosovo giving European organizations primary responsibility for reconstruction.
    (SFC, 6/15/99, p.A12)
1999        Jun 14, Eritrea and Ethiopia battled for a 5th day. Eritrea claimed to have killed, wounded or captured over 12,000 soldiers, while Ethiopia claimed the same for 8,200 soldiers.
    (SFC, 6/15/99, p.C5)
1999        Jun 14, Voters in the 15-nation bloc of the European Union overturned socialist dominance with the election of the center-right European People's Party.
    (SFC, 6/15/99, p.C16)
1999        Jun 14, South Korean warships sank a North Korean torpedo boat and damaged another in the Yellow Sea.
    (SFC, 6/15/99, p.A1)
1999        Jun 14, About 15,000 NATO peacekeepers spread out across Kosovo, including a convoy of about 1200 US Marines.
    (AP, 6/14/00)
1999        Jun 14, In Turkey a parliamentary committee voted to dismiss military judges from security courts.
    (SFC, 6/15/99, p.C5)

1999        Jun 15, Rosa Parks (86) was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. It was the 121st such medal awarded.
    (SFC, 6/16/99, p.A3)
1999        Jun 15, The US Senate passed legislation protecting companies from lawsuits stemming from Year 2000 computer problems.
    (SFC, 6/16/99, p.A1)
1999        Jun 15, In Colombia leftist rebels of the ELN released 33 hostages from the church group kidnapped 17 days earlier. At least 20 others were kept captive.
    (SFC, 6/16/99, p.B3)
1999        Jun 15, In Europe Coca Cola drinks were pulled from shelves after 31 Belgian schoolchildren began reporting illnesses on June 8. Bad carbon dioxide was traced to a fungicide on the surface of the cans.
    (SFC, 6/16/99, p.B3)(SFC, 6/17/99, p.C3)
1999        Jun 15, Vessels from North Korea and South Korea clashed on the Yellow Sea; about 30 North Korean sailors are believed to have died.
    (AP, 6/15/00)
1999        Jun 15, In Mexico a 6.7 earthquake killed at least 12 people in Puebla. The death toll rose to 19 and 4,000 people were forced from their homes.
    (SFC, 6/16/99, p.A1)(SFC, 6/17/99, p.A12)(SFC, 6/18/99, p.D3)
1999        Jun 15, In Peru Maoist Shining Path rebels killed 8 people in a remote village in the center of the country.
    (SFC, 6/16/99, p.B2)
1999        Jun 15, In Serbia the Orthodox Church called for Pres. Milosevic to resign. Serb officials said 20 Serbs had been killed or kidnapped in Pristina. The exodus of refugees from Macedonia to Kosovo accelerated. Thousands of Ethnic Albanian refugees flooded back into Kosovo while thousands of Serbs fled.
    (SFC, 6/16/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 6/16/99, p.A20)(AP, 6/15/00)

1999        Jun 16, Vice President Al Gore announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.
    (AP, 6/16/00)
1999        Jun 16, Kathleen Ann Soliah, a fugitive member of the Symbionese Liberation Army, was captured in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she had made a new life under the name Sara Jane Olson.
    (AP, 6/16/00)
1999        Jun 16, In Santa Fe 34 tribes filed a multibillion-dollar lawsuit against the nation's largest tobacco companies.
    (SFC, 6/17/99, p.a3)
1999        Jun 16, The US decided to support a British and Dutch proposal to partially lift oil sanctions on Iraq in exchange for answers on weapons programs and a new group of UN arms inspectors. Iraq rejected the proposal.
    (SFC, 6/17/99, p.C3)(SFC, 6/19/99, p.A11)
1999        Jun 16, US Marines in Kosovo disarmed 116 members of the KLA.
    (WSJ, 6/17/99, p.A21)
1999        Jun 16, Austria reported that it found animal feed contaminated with Dioxin.
    (WSJ, 6/17/99, p.A18)
1999        Jun 16, Screaming Lord Sutch, leader of Britain's Official Monster Raving Loony Party, was found dead at age 58. His party campaigned under the slogan: "Vote for Insanity, You Know It Makes Sense." Before entering fringe politics he ran a rock band called the Savages that featured Noel Redding (Jimi Hendrix Experience), Keith Moon (the Who) and Jeff Beck.
    (SFC, 6/17/99, p.C4)
1999        Jun 16, Pakistan admitted deep involvement on the Kashmir border war with India.
    (SFC, 6/17/99, p.C3)
1999        Jun 16, Thabo Mbeki took the oath as president of South Africa, succeeding Nelson Mandela. Mbeki soon appointed Jacob Zuma, chairperson of the ANC, as deputy president.
    (AP, 6/16/00)(www.anc.org.za/people/zumaj.html)

1999        Jun 17, The US Republican-controlled House narrowly voted to loosen restrictions on sales at gun shows, marking a victory for the National Rifle Association.
    (AP, 6/17/00)
1999        Jun 17, It was reported that a synthesis of 151 years of chimpanzee observations indicated cultural variations among various groups of Pan troglodytes.
    (SFC, 6/17/99, p.A2)
1999        Jun 17, It was reported that Rafael Resendez-Ramirez (39), a drifter from Mexico, was being sought for the suspected murders of at least 5 people near railroad tracks between Houston and San Antonio. His real name was later found to be Angel Leoncio Reyes Recendis [Angel Maturino Resendez, Resendiz]. Ramirez surrendered to police in El Paso on July 13. His sister, Manuela Karkiewicz of New Mexico, arranged for the surrender and was awarded $86,000 in reward money. Resendiz was convicted in 2000 for the murder and rape of a doctor. He asked the judge for the death penalty and was sentenced to death.
    (SFC, 6/17/99, p.A3)(SFC, 6/29/99, p.A3)(SFC, 7/14/99, p.A3)(SFC, 7/30/99, p.A6)(SFC, 5/19/00, p.A3)(SFC, 5/23/00, p.A2)
1999        Jun 17, Methanex Corp. of Canada sued California for $970 million over the state ban on the gasoline additive MTBE. A NAFTA investor rights provision was cited as the basis for the suit. In 1998 Canada had overturned a ban on MMT when it was challenged in a similar suit by Ethyl Corp. of Virginia
    (SFC, 6/18/99, p.A1,19)
1999        Jun 17, Joseph Stanley Faulder, a former auto mechanic who killed a woman during a 1975 burglary, became the first Canadian to be executed in the United States in almost half a century as he was lethally injected in Huntsville, Texas.
    (AP, 6/17/00)
1999        Jun 17, In Germany 4 passengers were killed when their hot air balloon hit a power line near Ibbenburen.
    (AP, 2/26/13)
1999        Jun 17, Latvia's parliament elected Vaira Vike-Freiberga (61), Canadian émigré and retired university professor, as its first female president.
    (WSJ, 6/18/99, p.A1)(USAT, 6/11/04, p.5D)
1999        Jun 17, In East Timor rival factions agreed to cease intimidation and violence prior to the August referendum between independence and autonomy.
    (WSJ, 6/18/99, p.A1)

1999        Jun 18, The US House of Rep. defeated a measure for gun control, 280-to-147, and approved a proposal to allow the Ten Commandments to be posted on schoolhouse walls.
    (SFC, 6/19/99, p.A6)
1999        Jun 18, The Native American Church of North America made an agreement with US Defense Dept. officials at its 50th annual convention to allow Native Americans to use peyote in religious services.
    (SFC, 6/30/99, p.A7)
1999        Jun 18, Arsonists struck three synagogues in the Sacramento, California, area. Two white supremacist brothers pleaded innocent to federal charges of setting the fires.
    (AP, 6/18/00)
1999        Jun 18, The US and Russia agreed on terms for Russian participation in Kosovo peacekeeping.
    (SFC, 6/19/99, p.A1)
1999        Jun 18, The Group of Seven nations opened a three-day summit in Cologne, Germany. The G-7 nations agreed to cut the debt burden of the world's poorest countries to a total of $65-90 billion.
    (SFC, 6/19/99, p.A10)(AP, 6/18/00)
1999        Jun 18, NATO peacekeepers took 25 KLA members into custody after finding 15 Gypsy prisoners they had mistreated. Serb media reported that KLA fighters had killed 3 Serbs in Novo Selo and kidnapped 18 Serbs near Pristina.
    (SFC, 6/19/99, p.A10)
1999        Jun 18, In London some 4,000 protestors rampaged through the financial district as part of the "Carnival Against Capitalism."
    (SFC, 6/19/99, p.A11)
1999        Jun 18, In Chechnya the worst fighting in months broke out as Chechen fighters attacked Russian border posts in Dagestan. 7 men were killed and 15 wounded in separate confrontations.
    (SFC, 6/19/99, p.A10)
1999        Jun 18, Kiribati reported that the islands of Tebua Tarawa and Abanuea were swallowed by the ocean.
    (SFC, 6/18/99, p.A14)

1999        Jun 19, The USA beat Denmark 3-0 on the opening day to the Women's World Cup in Giants Stadium, New Jersey. 78,992 people watched in the largest ever attendance at a woman's sporting event in the world to date.
1999        Jun 19, The Dallas Stars won the Stanley Cup by defeating the Buffalo Sabres 2-to-1 in game six, which had gone into triple overtime and ended past midnight.
    (AP, 6/19/00)
1999        Jun 19, In Franklin, Ind., Ronald Lee Shanabarger smothered to death his 7-month old son, Tyler, in revenge against his wife, Amy, who had refused to cut short a vacation in 1996 when his father died. It was later learned that Shanabarger had a $100,000 insurance policy for the boy.
    (SFC, 6/29/99, p.A2)(SFEC, 7/4/99, p.A5)
1999        Jun 19, The G7 nations pledged billions in aid to help Russia.
    (SFEC, 6/20/99, p.A13)
1999        Jun 19, NATO reached a tentative agreement with leaders of the KLA for the rebel force to gradually disarm, disband and cease military activities in 30 days.
    (SFEC, 6/20/99, p.A1)
1999        Jun 19, Britain’s Prince Edward (35) wed Sophie Rhys-Jones (34) in Windsor, England.
    (SFEC, 6/20/99, p.A2)(AP, 6/19/00)
1999        Jun 19, In Chile some 100 Mapuche Indians completed a 24 day walk to Santiago to demand more land and greater autonomy ahead of a planned demonstration the next day.
    (SFEC, 6/20/99, p.A13)
1999        Jun 19, In Colombia the government agreed to start formal peace talks with the 15,000 strong FARC on July 7.
    (SFC, 6/21/99, p.A10)
1999        Jun 19, Turin, Italy, was chosen as the site of the 2006 Winter Olympic Games.
    (AP, 6/19/00)
1999        Jun 19, The Bologna process for the creation of the European Higher Education Area started. 29 European Ministers responsible for higher education signed the Bologna declaration in which they undertake to create a European Higher Education Area.
1999        Jun 19, Mario Soldati (b.1906), Italian writer and film director, died at age 92. He started publishing novels in 1929 although his fame came with “America primo amore" (1935), a diary about the time he spent teaching at Columbia University. He won literary awards for the work.
    (SFC, 6/24/99, p.A25)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mario_Soldati)

1999        Jun 20, Golfer Payne Stewart won his second US Open title, by one stroke over Phil Mickelson.
    (AP, 6/20/00)
1999        Jun 20, Pres. Clinton met with Pres. Yeltsin in Germany and they agreed to rekindle efforts to reduce their nuclear arsenals.
    (SFC, 6/21/99, p.A1)
1999        Jun 20, The Cuban Evangelical Celebration, billed as the first Protestant gathering of its kind, was held in Havana's Plaza of the Revolution with Castro present.
    (SFC, 6/21/99, p.A10)
1999        Jun 20, The last Serbian officer left Kosovo. Pres. Milosevic urged the Serbs of Kosovo to stay in Kosovo under NATO protection. As the last or 40-thousand Yugoslav troops rolled out of Kosovo, NATO declared a formal end to its bombing campaign against Yugoslavia.
    (SFC, 6/21/99, p.A1,7)(AP, 6/20/00)

1999        Jun 21, Pres. Clinton visited Slovenia, met with Pres. Milan Kucan, and praised the country for standing up to Milosevic and declaring independence.
    (SFC, 6/22/99, p.A12)
1999        Jun 21, US warplanes bombed Iraqi air defense sites in the northern and southern no-fly zones.
    (SFC, 6/22/99, p.A12)
1999        Jun 21, NATO finalized an agreement with the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) to demilitarize.
    (SFC, 6/21/99, p.A1)
1999        Jun 21, In Colombia FARC guerrillas attacked the paramilitary United Self Defense Forces (AUC) in the Nudo de Paramillo mountain range. At least 68 people were reported killed in the fighting.
    (SFC, 6/24/99, p.A10)
1999        Jun 21, Fighting broke out in the Republic of Congo near the main port of Pointe-Noire. 140 people were reported killed by the end of the week.
    (SFC, 6/25/99, p.D2)
1999        Jun 21, Indian soldiers cleared Islamic guerrillas from a 2nd mountain outpost, Point 5203, and killed at least 10 guerrillas.
    (SFC, 6/22/99, p.A12)
1999        Jun 21, In Kosovo 2 soldiers of the British Nepalese Gurkha force and 2 civilians were killed as ammunition was being cleared in Negrovce.
    (SFC, 6/22/99, p.A1)
1999        Jun 21, It was reported that Libya would pay $40 million to the families of those killed in the Sep 19, 1989 bombing of a French jet.
    (SFC, 6/22/99, p.A12)

1999        Jun 22, Pres. Clinton visited refugees in Macedonia and urged them to delay their return to Kosovo until protection from mines was ensured.
    (SFC, 6/23/99, p.A1)
1999        Jun 22, The US Supreme Court ruled that the Americans with Disabilities Act does not extend to people with poor eyesight or other correctable conditions.
    (AP, 6/22/00)
1999        Jun 22, Azerbaijan planned to become a major exporter of gas following the discovery at the Shah Deniz offshore field that could contain as much as 700 billion cubic meters of natural gas.
    (WSJ, 6/23/99, p.A23)
1999        Jun 22, Iraq claimed that over a million people have died due to UN sanctions for the 1990 invasion of Kuwait.
    (SFC, 6/23/99, p.A14)
1999        Jun 22, Talks between North and South Korea broke down after 90 minutes as North Korea demanded and apology from South Korea for the naval clash in the Yellow Sea where some 30 North Korean sailors were believed to have died in a June 15 shootout.
    (SFC, 6/23/99, p.A14)
1999        Jun 22, UN Sec. Gen'l. Kofi Annan announced a 2 week delay on the Aug 8 vote in East Timor due to security and logistics.
    (SFC, 6/23/99, p.A14)
1999        Jun 22, Zimbabwe reported that an estimated 3,000 people were dying per week, nearly 70% of them from AIDS-related illnesses. 25% of the population was said to be infected with the AIDS causing virus.
    (SFC, 6/23/99, p.A14)

1999        Jun 23, A divided US Supreme Court dramatically enhanced states’ rights in a trio of decisions that eroded Congress’ power.
    (AP, 6/23/00)
1999        Jun 23, US House Republicans unveiled their "e-Contract," a pitch to the high-tech community that included a promise to keep the Internet free.
    (SFC, 6/24/99, p.A1)
1999        Jun 23, In Chicago delegates of the 290,000 member US AMA voted to form a union for doctors.
    (SFC, 6/24/99, p.A1)
1999        Jun 23, In Kosovo US Marines at a checkpoint in Zegra killed one Serb and wounded 2 others after being fired upon.
    (SFC, 6/24/99, p.A1)
1999        Jun 23, Amnesty Int'l. issued a report condemning Brazil's prison system.
    (SFC, 6/24/99, p.A12)
1999        Jun 23, In Canada police announced the break-up of a major Asian drug organization that had moved heroin valued in the millions through Vancouver in containers. 28 people were arrested in Vancouver, New York, Puerto Rico, Hong Kong and Thailand following a 3-year investigation.
    (SFC, 6/24/99, p.A12)
1999        Jun 23, In Hungary torrential rains caused the evacuation of thousands and shut down roads and railways across the country.
    (SFEC, 7/4/99, p.T8)
1999        Jun 23, Iran announced that it had set up a $128 million fund for compensations to dispossessed owners of large plants seized in 1979. Property of the former royal Pahlavi family and 50 others was not included.
    (SFC, 6/24/99, p.A12)

1999        Jun 24, The US offered a $5 million reward for help in the arrest of Pres. Milosevic. US plans to oust Pres. Milosevic included the encouragement for a coup; financial support for the opposition; covert action; a freeze on assets; propaganda; and reconstruction aid for the area excluding Serbia.
    (WSJ, 6/25/99, p.A1)(SFEC, 6/27/99, p.A17,19)
1999        Jun 24, Union organizers claimed victory after workers at six Fieldcrest Cannon mills in North Carolina voted to be represented by the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees.
    (AP, 6/24/00)
1999        Jun 24, Testimony wound to an end after 76 days in the landmark Microsoft antitrust trial.
    (AP, 6/24/00)
1999        Jun 24, The World Bank approved a plan to relocate 58,000 poor Chinese farmers to land historically farmed by Tibet. However work on the $40 million project was delayed pending a review panel.
    (SFC, 6/25/99, p.A14)(WSJ, 6/25/99, p.A1)
1999        Jun 24, Israel bombed Lebanon in retaliation for Katyusha rocked attacks on northern Israel that killed 2 Israelis. Israeli bombing blacked out Beirut, killed 9 Lebanese and wounded as many as 57 people.
    (SFC, 6/25/99, p.A10)(SFC, 6/26/99, p.A10)

1999        Jun 25, The San Antonio Spurs won their first NBA title as they beat the New York Knicks 78-77 in their 5th game.
    (SFC, 6/26/99, p.E1)(AP, 6/25/00)
1999        Jun 25, During a news conference, President Clinton said the people of Serbia had to "get out of denial" about the atrocities blamed on Slobodan Milosevic and decide if he was fit to remain president of Yugoslavia.
    (AP, 6/25/00)
1999        Jun 25, US Marines killed one person following an attack southeast of Pristina.
    (SFC, 6/26/99, p.A1)
1999        Jun 25, Eritrea and Ethiopia began new fighting on their western front.
    (SFC, 6/26/99, p.A16)
1999        Jun 25, In Germany the parliament authorized a national Holocaust memorial designed by Peter Eisenman of New York. The design featured 2,700 close-set concrete pillars on a plot of about 100 sq. yards in Berlin.
    (SFC, 6/26/99, p.A11)
1999        Jun 25, In Nigeria representatives of the Ijaw, Itsekiri and Urhobo ethnic groups agreed to end ethnic strife and pursue a lasting peace through dialogue.
    (SFC, 6/26/99, p.A16)

1999        Jun 26, In North Carolina the Int'l. Special Olympics opened in Cary.
    (SFC, 7/3/99, p.A2)
1999        Jun 26, China's legislature revised a Hong Kong ruling on immigration and reasserted its right to decide issues that concern the mainland and Hong Kong. In Dec the high court in Hong Kong affirmed the Chinese decision.
    (SFC, 6/26/99, p.A16)(SFC, 12/4/99, p.A12)
1999        Jun 26, It was reported that 500,000 acres of forest in China's Liaoning province were destroyed by at least 20 types of bugs due to lack of diversity, the high ration of young trees and drought from last year.
    (SFC, 6/26/99, p.A8)
1999        Jun 26, In Colombia Richard Grasso, chairman of the New York Stock Exchange, met with Paul Reyes, leader of the FARC, to discuss peace and the promise of capitalism.
    (SFC, 6/28/99, p.A10)
1999        Jun 26, NATO reopened the main airport in Kosovo, 10 miles west of Pristina. The first flight was a Russian cargo plane. An advance contingent of Russian troops flew into Kosovo to help reopen a strategic airport and join an uneasy alliance with NATO peacekeepers.
    (SFEC, 6/27/99, p.A20)(AP, 6/26/00)
1999        Jun 26, Pakistan gave tacit admission that its fighters were involved in the Kashmir region against Indian forces. India claimed to have lost 5 men and that 4 infiltrators were killed. Islamabad claimed that an offensive was repulsed and that 12 Indian soldiers were killed.
    (SFEC, 6/27/99, p.A23)
1999        Jun 26, In southern Serbia 3 Albanian-American brothers Illy, Mehmet and Agron Bytyqi, strayed outside of Kosovo's unmarked boundary and were arrested. They spent 15 days in a Serb jail for illegally crossing the border. Upon their release they were taken by two Serb policemen to a training camp in eastern Serbia, where they were summarily executed. In 2001 their bodies were found bound and blindfolded in a trash-filled mass grave near the training camp’s fence with bullet holes in the back of their heads. They had left their New York pizza business in 1999 to join Kosovo rebels fighting for secession from Serbia. In 2009 a Serbian war crimes court acquitted two former Serb policemen of collaborating in the execution-style slaying. In 2018 the US linked former Serbian police commander Goran Radosavljevic to their murder and banned him and his family from entering the United States. 
    (AP, 6/11/09)(AP, 9/22/09)(AP, 12/19/18)

1999        Jun 27, Juli Inkster shot a 6-under 65 to win the LPGA Championship, becoming the second woman to win the modern career Grand Slam. The first was Pat Bradley.
    (AP, 6/27/00)
1999        Jun 27, The Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 5-to-2 in the final game at the Kingdome.
    (AP, 6/27/00)
1999        Jun 27, In Algeria the president raised the death toll in the 7-year civil war against rebel groups to 100,000.
    (WSJ, 6/28/99, p.A1)
1999        Jun 27, Colombia devalued its currency by lowering its trading band by 9%.
    (WSJ, 6/29/99, p.A1)
1999        Jun 27, In Germany a bomb in Merseburg injured 16 people.
    (WSJ, 6/28/99, p.A1)
1999        Jun 27, Former Greek Col. George Papadopoulos died of cancer in a guarded hospital in Athens at age 80. He led the 1967-to-74 military dictatorship.
    (SFC, 6/28/99, p.A19)(AP, 6/27/00)
1999        Jun 27, In Kosovo ethnic Albanians burned and looted the village of Belo Polje. KLA men raped and killed a mentally ill Serbian woman.
    (SFC, 6/28/99, p.A1)
1999        Jun 27, In Sri Lanka an offensive against Tamil rebels left 16 government soldiers and 41 guerrillas dead.
    (WSJ, 6/28/99, p.A1)

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.
    (AP, 6/28/00)
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 zone.
    (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 jobs back.
    (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)

1999        Jun 29, Urging the biggest expansion in Medicare’s history, President Clinton proposed that the government help older Americans pay for prescription drugs.
    (AP, 6/29/00)
1999        Jun 29, James Hormel was sworn in as ambassador to Luxembourg. He was the first openly gay US ambassador.
    (SFC, 6/30/99, p.A3)
1999        Jun 29, The US independent council law under the 1978 Ethics in Government Act expired at midnight.
    (SFC, 6/30/99, p.A3)
1999        Jun 29, In Chechnya Russian security forces freed Herbert Gregg (51), an American missionary kidnapped over 7 months ago. Part of his index finger had been cut off in an attempt to extort ransom.
    (SFC, 6/30/99, p.A8)
1999        Jun 29, In China Volkswagen won approval to build its own car in a joint venture with Shanghai Automotive Ind. Corp. to sell for about $12,000.
    (WSJ, 6/30/99, p.A19)
1999        Jun 29, In Kashmir Indian fighters raided 13 guerrilla positions at Point 4700 and at least 40 people were killed, 25 of them Indians.
    (SFC, 6/30/99, p.A9)
1999        Jun 29, In Mexico City armed gunmen stole a $50,000 military payroll and killed an army colonel and a lieutenant 2 blocks from the residence of Pres. Zedillo.
    (SFC, 6/30/99, p.A9)
1999        Jun 29, In Cacak, Serbia, thousands gathered to protest against Pres. Milosevic. Opposition Mayor Velimir Ilic returned for the rally after hiding for 43 days from Yugoslav military patrols. Ten-thousand demonstrators rallied in central Serbia, demanding the resignation of President Slobodan Milosevic.
    (SFC, 6/30/99, p.A8)(AP, 6/29/00)
1999        Jun 29, In Turkey the court on Imrali Island sentenced Abdullah Ocalan to death on charges of treason. European governments urged Turkey not to carry out the death sentence.
    (SFC, 6/29/99, p.A8)(SFC, 6/30/99, p.A8)

1999        Jun 30, Farrah Slad of Brainerd, Minn., (21) won the $150 million Powerball lottery. She chose to receive a lump sum of $50.4 million after taxes.
    (SFC, 7/2/99, p.A3)   
1999        Jun 30, The US Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the first time in two years, boosting the target for the funds rate a quarter-point to five percent.
    (SFC, 7/1/99, p.A1)(AP, 6/30/00)
1999        Jun 30, On the day the independent counsel law expired, Kenneth Starr wrapped up the Whitewater phase of his investigation as presidential friend Webster Hubbell pleaded guilty to a felony and a misdemeanor.
    (AP, 6/30/00)
1999        Jun 30, In Bulgaria finance minister Muravei Radev announced that 40% of state assets would be sold and dozens of companies closed.
    (SFC, 7/1/99, p.A15)
1999        Jun 30, In Canada the highest court in BC upheld a ruling that Canada's law against the possession of child pornography is unconstitutional.
    (SFC, 7/1/99, p.a14)
1999        Jun 30, In Germany Turkish businesses in at least 9 cities were hit by firebombs following the conviction of Kurdish leader Ocalan.
    (SFC, 7/1/99, p.A12)
1999        Jun 30, Peace talks in Northern Ireland, set for a midnight deadline by British PM Tony Blair, were extended in an attempt to reach an accord.
    (SFC, 7/1/99, p.A12)
1999        Jun 30, In Israel the ultra-Orthodox Shas Party joined the coalition of Ehud Barak. 69 deputies from 6 parties gave him a majority in the 120-member Knesset.
    (SFC, 7/1/99, p.A12)
1999        Jun 30, In Sierra Leone the rebel movement accepted a government offer of power-sharing and a peace accord.
    (SFC, 7/1/99, p.A14)
1999        Jun 30, In South Korea a fire swept through the summer camp dormitory of the Sealand Youth Training Center in Hwasung and 23 young children were killed. It was later revealed that the owner of the facility had bribed local officials for licenses despite gross violations of fire and safety rules.
    (SFC, 6/30/99, p.A9)(SFC, 7/7/99, p.C12)

1999        Jun, Albertson's of Boise, Id., acquired American Stores of Salt Lake City, which included the Lucky Supermarket chain.
    (SFC, 11/3/99, p.D1)
1999        Jun, Enron Corp. announced a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Palestinian Energy Authority. A $140 million, 136-megawatt power plant in the Gaza Strip was part of the plan. Work halted in 2000.
    (SFC, 3/2/02, p.A9)
1999        Jun, Nick Swinmurn founded Shoesite.com, an online shoe retailer. It soon changed its name to Zappos.com and later expanded to clothes, consumer electronics and other items with headquarters in Henderson, Nevada. In 2000 Tony Hsieh, founder of LinkExchange, invested $1.1 million and became co-chief executive.
    (http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_gx5202/is_2002/ai_n19123223/)(Econ, 4/18/09, p.75)
1999        Jun, National Semiconductor announced a new single chip computer system on Apr 6, 1998. It would hit the mass-market in June 1999.
    (WSJ, 4/6/98, p.A1)
1999        Jun, Cheryl L. Johnson (1950-2007), a nurse at the Univ. of Michigan, and Susan Bianchi-Sand were among the co-founders of the United American Nurses union (UAN). During the week of June 17-20, ANA's House of Delegates (HOD) voted in Washington, DC, to create the United American Nurses (UAN), a labor entity within ANA that will further strengthen its labor activities.
    (WSJ, 11/10/07, p.A8)(http://tinyurl.com/2tvqo9)
1999        Jun, The new British National Library, designed by Colin St. John Wilson, was scheduled to open in full by this time.
    (WSJ, 8/28/97, p.A12)
1999        Jun, The Cologne European Council decided to incorporate the role of the Western European Union within the EU, effectively shutting down the WEU. The Cologne Council also appointed Javier Solana as the High Representative of the CFSP to help progress both the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and the European Security and Defense Policy (ESDP).
    (Econ, 7/26/08, p.64)
1999        Jun, In Japan a self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction occurred for 15 minutes at the No. 1 reactor of Shika Nuclear Power Plant in Ishikawa prefecture. Hokuriku Electric Power Co. failed to report the reaction to authorities. In 2007 the company agreed to shut down the reactor for inspection.
    (AP, 3/15/07)
1999         Jun, Naver was incorporated as NHN Corp. by ex-Samsung employees, and launched on September 12 as the first Web portal in South Korea that used its own proprietary search engine. In 2017 Naver was the fifth most used search engine in the world, following Google, Yahoo, Baidu and Bing.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naver)(Econ, 2/28/09, p.71)
1999        Jun, Russia in 1998 decided to retire the Mir space station by this time, 6 months earlier than originally planned.
    (SFC, 7/3/98, p.D2)
1999        Jun, In Zimbabwe the opposition Daily News, founded by Geoffrey Nyarota, began publishing. In 2003 he was forced out of his job and went into exile in America. The paper closed shortly thereafter. In 2006 Nyarota authored “Against the Grain: Memoirs of a Zimbabwean Newsman."
    (SSFC, 8/19/01, p.A11)(Econ, 10/7/06, p.91)

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