Timeline 2000 (B) March-April

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2000        Apr 1, Michelle Kwan won her third World Figure Skating title.
    (AP, 4/1/01)
2000        Apr 1, President Clinton, speaking at a fund-raiser for his wife’s Senate campaign, accused New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani of enlisting a "right-wing venom machine" against Hillary Rodham Clinton.
    (AP, 4/1/01)
2000        Apr 1, Smith & Wesson, a US gun maker, agreed to introduce a series of safety measures.
    (SFEC, 4/2/00, p.A1)
2000        Apr 1, In Chechnya Russian soldiers found 33 of their missing comrades. 32 were dead and booby-trapped from the Mar 30 rebel attack.
    (SFEC, 4/2/00, p.A20)
2000        Apr 1, In Nanjing, China, 4 unemployed youths broke into the home of Jurgen Hermann Pfrang (50), an executive for DaimlerChrysler, and stabbed him to death along with his wife and 2 children. The 4 were found guilty of murder and robbery on 7/14/00 and sentenced to death.
    (SFC, 7/15/00, p.A13)
2000        Apr 1, In Colombia leftist rebels stormed the Modelo jail in Cucuta and freed 74 prisoners.
    (SFC, 4/3/00, p.A9)

2000        Apr 2, Connecticut won its second women’s NCAA national championship with a 71-to-52 victory over Tennessee.
    (AP, 4/2/01)
2000        Apr 2, More than 600 people set out on a five-day, 120-mile protest march to Columbia, South Carolina, to urge state lawmakers to move the Confederate flag from the Statehouse dome.
    (AP, 4/2/01)
2000        Apr 2, It was reported that a Nov. 1999, 79-page CIA report: "International Trafficking in Women to the United States: A Contemporary Manifestation of Slavery," claimed 50,000 victims per year in the US.
    (SFEC, 4/2/00, p.A3)
2000        Apr 2, In Japan Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi suffered a stroke and Mikio Aoki took over as Acting Premier. He died more than a month later.
    (SFC, 4/3/00, p.A8)(AP, 4/2/01)
2000        Apr 2, In Rwanda Tutsi leader Paul Kagame assumed office as the country’s 4th president.
2000        cApr 2, South Korea said it would slaughter 350,000 hoofed livestock to stem public concerns over an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease.
    (WSJ, 4/3/00, p.A21)
2000        Apr 2, In Sri Lanka a rebel attack launched 7 days earlier had left 78 fighters dead. Rebels said 700 government troops had been killed since the attack began with 71 rebels dead. The army admitted to 102 deaths and claimed 210 rebels killed. Thousands of residents were stranded near the Elephant Pass causeway.
    (SFC, 4/3/00, p.A9)

2000        Apr 3, In Indianapolis Michigan State beat the Florida Gators for the NCAA basketball championship, 89-to-76.
    (WSJ, 4/5/00, p.A24)(AP, 4/3/01)
2000        Apr 3, Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson ruled that Microsoft violated the Sherman Act by tying its Internet browser to its operating system, and by keeping "an oppressive thumb" on competitors during the race to link Americans to the Internet.
    (SFC, 4/4/00, p.A1)(AP, 4/3/01)
2000        Apr 3, The US granted visas to the immediate family of Elian Gonzalez along with a cousin, doctor, and teacher. 22 other visas were under review.
    (WSJ, 4/4/00, p.A1)
2000        Apr 3, US defense chief Cohen said that the US would join an int’l. force in south Lebanon when Israel pulls out.
    (WSJ, 4/4/00, p.A1)
2000        Apr 3, A regional director of the National Labor Relations Board ruled that graduate students who work as teaching and research assistants at New York Univ. may organize a union.
    (SFC, 4/4/00, p.A3)
2000        Apr 3, The Nasdaq plunged 349 points while the Dow rose 300.
    (SFC, 4/4/00, p.A1)
2000        Apr 3, In Massachusetts the nation’s most comprehensive gun safety laws went into effect.
    (SFC, 4/3/00, p.A11)
2000        Apr 3, It was reported that 6 prestigious int’l. universities and cultural institutions planned to sell knowledge and education over the Internet via the Fathom Web site.
    (SFC, 4/3/00, p.A5)
2000        Apr 3, In Bosnia NATO troops arrested Momcilo Krajisnik, former speaker of the Bosnian Serb assembly, for war crimes and flew him to the Netherlands to stand trial. Momcilo Krajisnik was convicted by the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in The Hague for persecuting and forcibly expelling non-Serbs during the 1992-95 war in Bosnia. He was released in 2013 after serving two-thirds of a reduced 20-year sentence.
    (SFC, 4/4/00, p.A10)(SFC, 8/31/13, p.A6)
2000        Apr 3, In Colombia leftist rebels of the national Liberation Army kidnapped 23 motorists in northern Cesar state after calling for a transportation strike.
    (SFC, 4/4/00, p.A12)
2000        Apr 3, Jean Dominique (69), radio journalist, was killed by 2 gunmen as he drove in for a morning newscast in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In 2004 Jonathan Demme debuted his documentary film "The Agronomist," a paean to Dominique. Claudy Gassant rose to fame in Haiti as the investigative judge tasked with finding out who murdered Dominique and a security guard. Gassant was found dead on July 31, 2021, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic where he recently had been living.
    (SFC, 4/4/00, p.A12)(WSJ, 1/29/02, p.A1)(SFC, 4/30/04, p.E6)(Miami Herald, 8/1/21)
2000        Apr 3, In Madagascar a cyclone left 2 people dead and nearly flattened the town of Antalaha.
    (WSJ, 4/4/00, p.A1)
2000        Apr 3, In Russia 2 cosmonauts were scheduled to lift off for the Mir space station.
    (WSJ, 4/3/00, p.A1)
2000        Apr 3, Turkish warplanes struck Kurdish rebel bases in northern Iraq.
    (SFC, 4/4/00, p.A12)

2000        Apr 4, Ha Jin, Prof. of English at Emory Univ. won the PEN/Faulkner Prize for His novel "Waiting." Jin had arrived in the US from China in 1985.
    (SFC, 4/5/00, p.C3)
2000        Apr 4, In a volatile day on the US stock market, the Nasdaq composite index and the DJIA each plunged 554 points before but recovered with a loss of 74.79 as buyers flooded back into the market. The Dow fell 504 but recovered with a net loss of 57.
    (SFC, 4/5/00, p.A13)(AP, 4/4/01)
2000        Apr 4, In India 532 rebels of the United Liberation Front of Assam turned in their weapons and gave up their struggle for independence. Some 2000 fighters still remained in the jungles of Assam. Over 5,000 people had been killed in the front’s campaign since 1979.
    (SFC, 4/5/00, p.A11)
2000        Apr 4, In Iraq US and British warplanes bombed military sites in the south and Iraqi news reported 2 civilians killed and 2 wounded.
    (SFC, 4/5/00, p.A11)
2000        Apr 4, In Japan the cabinet resigned and allowed the Parliament to elect Yoshiro Mori as the new Prime Minister. The former trade minister was elected as president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party earlier the same day.
    (SFC, 4/5/00, p.A1)
2000        Apr 4, In Pakistan Arif Khan (45), the governor of Kunduz province in Afghanistan, was shot and killed along with his bodyguard by 2 gunmen in Peshawar.
    (SFC, 4/5/00, p.A11)

2000        Apr 5, Ending a two-year investigation, a US independent counsel cleared Labor Secretary Alexis Herman of allegations that she’d solicited $250,000 in illegal campaign contributions.
    (AP, 4/5/01)
2000        Apr 5, A 261-page report by the 12-person National Research Council said "it was not aware of any evidence suggesting foods on the market today are unsafe to eat as a result of genetic modification."
    (SFC, 4/6/00, p.A3)
2000        Apr 5, The Netscape 6 browser was introduced.
    (WSJ, 4/5/00, p.B1)
2000        Apr 5, The WHO and UNAIDS recommended that the drug trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (or cotrimoxazole) be used to fight AIDS in Africa. The antibiotic, also known as Bactrim, would help victims live longer.
    (SFC, 4/6/00, p.A10)
2000        Apr 5, In Brazil Jose Rainha Jr., leader of the Landless Rural Workers Movement, was acquitted of the 1989 killing of farm owner Jose Machado Neto.
    (SFC, 4/6/00, p.A12)
2000        Apr 5, Yoshiro Mori took over as Japan’s new prime minister, succeeding Keizo Obuchi, who’d been felled by a stroke.
    (AP, 4/5/01)
2000        Apr 5, In Mexico Rodolfo Montiel, an imprisoned peasant leader, was awarded the $125,000 Goldman Environmental Prize for his efforts to protect the forests of the Sierra Madre. 6 other winners were scheduled for Apr 17.
    (SFC, 4/6/00, p.A16)
2000        Apr 5, In Pakistan Nawaz Sharif was sentenced to life in prison for hijacking and terrorism due to his Oct 12 refusal to let a passenger plane land with 198 people aboard.
    (SFC, 4/6/00, p.A12)
2000        Apr 5, In Peru Alejandro Toledo (54), the "Cholo," rose dramatically in the polls as opposition candidate to Pres. Alberto Fujimori, the "Chino." Toledo represented the Peru Possible Party.
    (SFC, 4/6/00, p.A12)
2000        Apr 5, In Russia the FSB arrested a US businessman for suspected espionage after he allegedly bought information on defense technology from Russian scientists. Edmond Pope was later identified as a retired navy captain working for Pennsylvania State Univ. in applied research. The key witness against Pope recanted his testimony in Nov.
    (SFC, 4/6/00, p.A12)(USAT, 4/7/00, p.6A)(SFC, 11/11/00, p.A14)

2000        Apr 6, A private company mapping the human genetic blueprint announced it had decoded all of the DNA pieces that make up the genetic pattern of a single human being.
    (AP, 4/6/01)
2000        Apr 6, The Muslim new year 1421 began with the new moon.
    (SFC, 1/1/00, p.A18)
2000        Apr 6, US and British warplanes bombed military sites in southern Iraq and Iraqi military reported 14 civilians killed and 19 wounded.
    (SFC, 4/7/00, p.D2)
2000        Apr 6, Juan Miguel Gonzalez, the father of Elian Gonzalez, arrived in Washington DC with his wife and baby son to press his case for the return of his son from relatives in Miami.
    (SFC, 4/7/00, p.A1)(AP, 4/6/01)
2000        Apr 6, In Michigan a house fire in Royal Oak Township resulted in the deaths of five kids under the age of 21. Juwan Deering Deering was convicted in 2006 and given a life sentence after being charged with one count of arson and five counts of first-degree murder. In 2021 his conviction and life sentence were vacated after a review of case files found that jailhouse informants that provided testimony that led to his jury conviction in exchange for reduced sentences and plea bargains were not disclosed to prosecutors or the court.
2000        Apr 6, In Colombia suspected rightist paramilitaries killed 21 unarmed residents of Tibu.
    (SFC, 4/7/00, p.D2)
2000        Apr 6, In Pakistan the Anti-Terrorist Court declared the former PM Nawaz Sharif guilty of attempted hijacking and terrorism and sentenced him to two life imprisonment terms of 25 years each which would run concurrently.
2000        Apr 6, Two Russian cosmonauts docked with Mir. The destruction of the space station was delayed after MirCorp. of Amsterdam agreed in Feb. to pay $10-20 million to lease commercial rights.
    (SFC, 4/7/00, p.D2)(SFEC, 6/11/00, p.T12)
2000        Apr 6, In Tunisia Habib Bourguiba former president and independence leader, died at age 96.
    (SFC, 4/7/00, p.D5)
2000        Apr 6, In Uganda authorities issued 6 arrest warrants for the prominent figures of the doomsday sect: Joseph Kibwetere, Credonia Mwerinde, Dominic Kataribabo, Joseph Kasapurari, John Kamagara, and Ursula Komuhangi. All were charged with 10 counts of murder, representing the first 10 identified victims of 924 corpses.
    (SFC, 4/7/00, p.A16)
2000        Apr 6, In Venezuela Pres. Chavez announced that the Pemon tribe had dropped their opposition to construction of a 136-mile electrical line in the Canaina National Park.
    (SFC, 4/7/00, p.D2)
2000        Apr 6, In Zimbabwe ruling party lawmakers approved a bill empowering the government to seize white-owned land without compensation. The squatter occupation reached to 940 farms. 6 Western donors suspended $10 million in land reform aid.
    (SFC, 4/7/00, p.D4)

2000        Apr 7, Pres. Clinton signed a bill to allow people aged 65-70 to earn as much as they can without losing Social Security benefits.
    (SFC, 4/8/00, p.A1)
2000        Apr 7, Attorney General Janet Reno met in Washington with the father of Elian Gonzalez; Reno later told reporters that officials would arrange for Juan Miguel Gonzalez to reclaim his son, but she gave Elian’s Miami relatives one more chance to drop their resistance and join in a peaceful transfer.
    (AP, 4/7/01)
2000        Apr 7, A Miami jury ruled that cigarettes caused the diseases of 3 smokers chosen as representatives in a class-action suit. Compensatory damages totaled 12.7 million and opened the door to huge punitive damages.
    (SFC, 4/8/00, p.A1)
2000        Apr 7, Iqbal Masih, a slain child labor spokesperson, was named in Sweden as the first winner of the World’s Children’s prize. Masih was gunned down at age 13 after speaking out against child labor in carpet factories where he had worked from age 5-10. Prize money was earmarked to establish the Iqbal Masih Freedom Center for the Rights of the Child in Pakistan.
    (SFC, 4/8/00, p.C1)

2000        Apr 8, US Catholic Bishops honored this day as a National Day of Atonement."
    (SFEC, 4/9/00, p.C2)
2000        Apr 8, The Central Intelligence Agency confirmed that personnel action had been taken following the mistaken bombing of the Chinese embassy during the NATO war against Yugoslavia; one employee was reportedly fired.
    (AP, 4/8/01)
2000        Apr 8, A Marine Corps aircraft, MV-22 tilt-rotor Osprey, with at least 18 people aboard crashed at the Avra Valley Airport near Tucson. All 19 Marines onboard were killed in the crash.
    (SFEC, 4/9/00, p.A15)(SFEC, 4/10/00, p.A1)
2000        Apr 8, Claire Trevor, Hollywood actress, died at age 90 [91]. She had starred in over 60 films which included "Key Largo" (1948) and "The High and the Mighty" (1954).
    (SFEC, 4/9/00, p.C14)
2000        Apr 8, In Bolivia Pres. Banzer declared a state of emergency following a week of protests. 3 protesters were reported killed in 3 separate clashes which began in Cochabamba over a 20% increase in water rates.
    (SFEC, 4/9/00, p.C13)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2000_Cochabamba_protests)
2000        Apr 8, In Haiti violence broke out following the funeral of radio broadcaster Jean Dominique and Aristide supporters set fire to offices of the Confederation of Democratic Unity in Port-au-Prince. The government continued to delay elections.
    (SFEC, 4/9/00, p.C13)

2000        Apr 9, Vijay Singh of Fiji won the Masters Golf Tournament.
    (WSJ, 4/10/00, p.A24)
2000        Apr 9, Some 10-30 thousand protesters began gathering in Washington DC for the meeting of the WTO. They planned to target the World Bank and the IMF. The World Bank’s 181 members accessed some $30 billion annually in loans through 5 institutions: The Int’l. Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the Int’l. Development Assoc. (IDA), the Int’l. Finance Corp. (IFC), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) and the Int’l. Center for settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).
    (SFEC, 4/9/00, p.A12)
2000        Apr 9, In Bolivia thousands of Aymara Indian farmers clashed with soldiers in Achacachi and Batallas. The clashes over economic problems left 3 soldiers and 2 farmers dead.
    (SFC, 4/10/00, p.A16)
2000        Apr 9, In Bosnia the moderate Social Democratic party claimed victory in 20 cities of the Muslim-Croat Federation. In the Serb Republic the Serbian Democratic Party won 56.5% of the vote.
    (SFC, 4/10/00, p.A14)
2000        Apr 9, In Georgia Pres. Eduard Shevardnadze won re-election with some 82% of the vote. Dzhumber Patiashvili, ex-Communist leader, trailed with 17% and charged that there was widespread vote rigging.
    (SFC, 4/10/00, p.A16)
2000        Apr 9, In Greece Premier Costas Simitis declared a narrow victory over the New Democracy opposition, 43.68-43.03%.
    (SFC, 4/10/00, p.A14)
2000        Apr 9, North and South Korea agreed to a summit meeting in June.
    (SFC, 4/10/00, p.A1)
2000        Apr 9, In Peru Pres. Fujimori led Alejandro Toledo with 48% of the vote and a runoff was planned.
    (SFC, 4/10/00, p.A1)

2000        Apr 10, David M. Kennedy won a Pulitzer prize for "Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945." Jhumpa Lahiri won the fiction award for "Interpreter of Maladies." The Washington Post won three Pulitzer Prizes, including the public service award for the second year in a row; The Wall Street Journal took two honors, and The Associated Press won for investigative reporting on the killing of civilians by US troops at the start of the Korean War.
    (SFC, 4/11/00, p.A2)(AP, 4/10/01)
2000        Apr 10, Actor Larry Linville, one of the stars (Major Frank Burns) of the situation comedy "M*A*S*H," set during the Korean War, died in New York at age 60.
    (AP, 4/10/01)
2000        Apr 10, EU foreign ministers toughened sanctions against Burma due to the increased repression of civil and political rights.
    (SFC, 4/11/00, p.D4)
2000        Apr 10, In Gambia police fired on a student demonstration in Banjul and 12 people were killed.
    (SC, 4/11/00, p.D4)(SFC, 4/12/00, p.A17)
2000        Apr 10, South Korea and North Korea announced a June date for their first summit since the Korean peninsula was divided in 1945.
    (AP, 4/10/01)
2000        Apr 10, In the Philippines government troops attacked Camp Bilai, a Muslim rebel camp of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. A number of guerrillas were killed. 278 rebels and 18 soldiers had died in clashes over the last month.
    (SFC, 4/11/00, p.D4)

2000        Apr 11, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak met with President Clinton at the White House in what a senior US official described as a good, productive, serious discussion.
    (AP, 4/11/01)
2000        Apr 11, In Bolivia some anti-government protests continued but in Cochabamba tensions eased after the government cancelled a contract with Aguas del Tunari, a Bechtel subsidiary, that threatened increased water prices. In 2002 Bechtel demanded $25 million for suspension of the 40-year lease.
    (SFC, 4/12/00, p.A17)(SFC, 2/2/02, p.A1)
2000        Apr 11, In Bosnia 3 children were killed after they wandered into a mine field near Serajevo.
    (WSJ, 4/12/00, p.A1)
2000        Apr 11, A British judge branded historian David Irving an anti-Semite racist and an apologist for Adolf Hitler, ruling that an American scholar was justified in calling him a Holocaust denier.
    (AP, 4/11/01)
2000        Apr 11, In Gambia students set fire to government buildings across the country to protest the killing of 12 people at a demonstration.
    (SFC, 4/12/00, p.A17)
2000        Apr 11, In Peru the vote count reached 49.79% for Pres. Fujimori and tensions mounted under suspected irregularities.
    (WSJ, 4/12/00, p.A1)

2000        Apr 12, Attorney General Janet Reno met in Miami with the US relatives of Elian Gonzalez, after which she ordered them to bring the six-year-old boy to an airport the next day so he could be taken to a reunion with his father in Washington. Elian was seized by federal agents ten days after Reno’s order to turn him over.
    (SFC, 4/13/00, p.A1)(AP, 4/12/01)
2000        Apr 12, Detroit police arrested John Eric Armstrong (26), a suspected serial killer. Armstrong was reported to be responsible for killing some 20 prostitutes since 1992, when he served in the US Navy aboard the Nimitz.
    (SFC, 4/14/00, p.A16)
2000        Apr 12, It was reported that the Vermont-based Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream maker would be sold to Unilever Corp.
    (SFC, 4/13/00, p.D1)
2000        Apr 12, Terayon Communications stock plunged 26% to 119.75. It had peaked 2 days earlier at $277.62.
    (SSFC, 11/9/03, p.A20)
2000        Apr 12, China’s Pres. Jiang Zemin arrived in Israel to support commercial defense relations between the two countries.
    (SFC, 4/13/00, p.A15)
2000        Apr 12, In Colombia police and US drug agents swept over 4 cities in "Operation Millennium II" and made 49 arrests in the country’s largest heroin ring.
    (SFC, 4/13/00, p.A16)
2000        Apr 12, In Israel the Supreme Court ruled that the detention of Lebanese men for more than a decade was illegal. A release was scheduled for 13 men on Apr 17.
    (SFC, 4/13/00, p.A14)
000        Apr 12, In Pakistan at least 11 people were killed in Mulawali when gunmen hurled a grenade into a prayer meeting of Shiite Muslims followed by automatic rifle fire. 30 people were injured.
    (SFC, 4/13/00, p.A16)
2000        Apr 12, In Peru officials announced that a runoff election would be held between Pres. Fujimori and Alejandro Toledo.
    (SFC, 4/13/00, p.A14)
2000        Apr 12, In the Philippines the Arlahada ferryboat capsized after leaving Jolo and at least 56 people died. Another 100 were missing and feared dead. The death toll later rose to 133.
    (SFC, 4/13/00, p.A16)(WSJ, 4/17/00, p.A1)

2000        Apr 13, President Clinton, during a question-and-answer session with newspaper editors, heatedly said "I’m not ashamed" about being impeached and "I’m not interested" in being pardoned for any alleged crimes in the Monica Lewinsky scandal and Whitewater investigation.
    (AP, 4/13/01)
2000        Apr 13, US drug agents arrested at least 45 people in a Jamaican-led marijuana ring that bribed FedEx workers to distribute the drug for East Coast markets. 22 of those arrested were FedEx employees.
    (WSJ, 4/14/00, p.A1)
2000        Apr 13, The heavy metal rock group Metallica filed suit against Napster for copyright infringement and racketeering.
    (WSJ, 9/9/03, p.B1)
2000        Apr 13, Shareholders led by Edward Rose III of Dallas filed a 58-page suit against the Terayon Communications for securities fraud, one day after the stock fell 26%. Rose, a short seller and founder of Cardinal Investment Co. had partnered with George Bush in the 1989 bid for the Texas Rangers.
    (SSFC, 11/9/03, p.A20)
2000        Apr 13, Giorgio Bassani, Italian author, died at age 84. His books included "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis."
    (SFC, 4/14/00, p.D5)
2000        Apr 13, In Mexico 7 people died in a train carrying illegal immigrants from Central America in a bid to enter the US. 46 people were hospitalized from suffocating conditions.
    (WSJ, 4/14/00, p.A10)
2000        Apr 13, In South Korea election results gave 115 seats to the ruling Millennium Democratic Party of Pres. Kin Dae Jung. The opposition Grand National Party won 133 seats.
    (SFC, 4/14/00, p.A21)
2000        Apr 13, In Zimbabwe acting Pres. Joseph Msika called for an end to squatter invasions of white-owned farms after the high court ruled that police must comply with an order to remove liberation war veterans and other government supporters occupying the farms. Pres. Mugabe was visiting Cuba for a summit of developing nations. Mugabe repudiated Msika’s order on his return.
    (SFC, 4/14/00, p.A20)(WSJ, 4/17/00, p.A1)

2000        Apr 14, US stock markets plunged with the Dow down 617.78 to 10305.77 and the Nasdaq down 355.49 to 3321.29. Inflation fears were cited. This capped one of the worst weeks ever for US stocks. In Washington, protesters dumped manure on Pennsylvania Avenue, seeking to disrupt meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.
    (SFC, 4/15/00, p.A1)(AP, 4/14/01)
2000        Apr 14, Leaders of developing nations called for a "New Global Human Order’ to spread the world’s wealth and power. The Group of 77, expanded to 133, made the call during a 3 day summit in Havana.
    (SFC, 4/15/00, p.A12)
2000        Apr 14, In Congo several explosions took place at the airport in Kinshasa and a number of people were killed. State radio reported that a short circuit sparked a fire that triggered explosions at an army munitions depot and that a fire spread to a fuel depot. The death toll reached 101 and 216 seriously injured.
    (SFC, 4/15/00, p.A13)(SFEC, 4/16/00, p.A21)(SFC, 4/17/00, p.A12)
2000        Apr 14, In Russia the Duma passed the START II Arms Treaty.
    (SFC, 4/15/00, p.A12)
2000        Apr 14, In Serbia some 100,000 people rallied against Pres. Milosevic in Belgrade.
    (SFC, 4/15/00, p.A12)

2000        Apr 15, Rem Koolhaas (56), Dutch architect, won the annual $100,000 Pritzker Architecture Prize.
    (SFEC, 4/16/00, p.A4)
2000        Apr 15, In California Pres. Clinton created Giant Sequoia National Monument in Sequoia National Park. It protected 328,000 acres and 34 groves of Sequoias from timber harvest within 2 ½ years.
    (SFEC, 4/16/00, p.C7)
2000        Apr 15, The world’s leading financial officials, meeting in Washington, pledged cooperation to promote global prosperity as anti-globalization protesters gathered. An estimated 600 people were arrested in Washington DC prior to the meeting of the IMF and World Bank.
    (SFEC, 4/16/00, p.A1)(AP, 4/15/01)
2000        Apr 15, Cal Ripken of the Baltimore Orioles became the 24th player to reach three-thousand hits when he lined a clean single to center off Twins reliever Hector Carrasco. The Orioles won the game, 6-to-4.
    (AP, 4/15/01)   
2000        Apr 15, Wellesley Women’s College in Massachusetts received a $25 million gift from Lulu Wang and her husband Anthony.
    (SFEC, 4/16/00, p.A17)
2000        Apr 15, The Int’l. Whaling Commission turned down a requests from Japan and Norway to allow expanded limited whaling. 2000 delegates were gathered in Nairobi, Kenya, for a 10 day UN Convention on Int’l. Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
    (SFEC, 4/16/00, p.A22)
2000        Apr 15, In Zimbabwe David Stevens, a white farmer, was abducted and killed by squatters near Macheke. 4 neighbors who went to help him were missing.
    (SFEC, 4/16/00, p.C22)

2000        Apr 16, In Washington DC police blocked some 10,000 protesters from disrupting the meetings of the World Bank and the IMF. Finance ministers and central bankers issued a statement that pledged to seek greater debt relief for the poorest countries and to reform the IMF to prevent future financial crises.
    (SFC, 4/17/00, p.A1)(AP, 4/16/01)
2000        Apr 16, The rest of the winners of the Goldman Environmental Prize were announced: Nat Quansah (46), an ethnobotonist in Madagascar; Oscar Rivas (45) and Elias Diaz (54) of Paraguay for their work in defeating government plans to reconfigure the Paraguay and Parana rivers for shipping at environmental expense; Vera Mischenko (47) for environmental legal work in Russia; Oral Ataniyazova (43), for founding a clinic and fighting pesticide contamination in Karakalpakstan, an autonomous region of Uzbekistan; and Alexander Peal (55), for environmental work and founding a national park in Liberia.
    (SFC, 4/17/00, p.A2)
2000        Apr 16, In the Philippines at least 4 people were killed when gunmen threw a grenade at police near a crowded church following a mall robbery.
    (WSJ, 4/17/00, p.A1)
2000        Apr 16, In Portugal 7 people were killed in a stampede at the Luanda nightclub in Lisbon after canisters thought to contain pepper gas were released.
    (SFC, 4/17/00, p.A12)

2000        Apr 17, Elijah Lagat of Kenya won the 104th Boston Marathon. Catherine Ndereba of Kenya won the women’s race.
    (WSJ, 4/18/00, p.A1)(AP, 4/17/01)
2000        Apr 17, The Clinton administration approved the sale of upgraded missiles and a long-range radar system for Taiwan but not 4 hi-tech destroyers.
    (SFC, 4/18/00, p.A8)
2000        Apr 17, The IMF and World Bank ministers ended their meetings and pledged to speed debt relief to poor countries and to increase support for fighting AIDS. Police blocked all protestor attempts to disrupt the meetings.
    (SFC, 4/18/00, p.A1)(AP, 4/17/01)
2000        Apr 17, African nations agreed to a compromise on the trade of ivory. A ban on legal sales was restored until an effective system to combat poaching can be instituted.
    (SFC, 4/18/00, p.A9)
2000        Apr 17, In Spokane, Wa., Robert L. Yates Jr., a National Guardsman and the father of 5, was arrested for the murder of a 16-year-old prostitute and suspected in the murder of as many as 17 other slayings in Washington state.
    (SFC, 4/20/00, p.A10)
2000        Apr 17, In Bolivia coca leaf farmers in the Yungas region scuffled with truckers in a protest against government plans to destroy illegal coca plantations.
    (SFC, 4/18/00, p.A10)
2000        Apr 17, In England Russia’s Pres. Putin met with Tony Blair and promised to implement economic reforms and root out corruption. Putin looked for closer ties with Europe despite differences over Chechnya.
    (WSJ, 4/18/00, p.A1)
2000        Apr 17, In the Philippines Abu Sayyaf rebels on Basilan Island threatened to kidnap and kill Americans if the US does not release the men convicted for bombing the World Trade Center in New York.
    (SFEC, 4/23/00, p.T9)
2000        Apr 17, In Rwanda Paul Kagami was elected the country’s first Tutsi president.
    (SFC, 4/18/00, p.A9)

2000        Apr 18, In his first game back following a 12-game suspension for making disparaging remarks about minorities, gays and immigrants, Atlanta’s John Rocker pitched a scoreless ninth inning in a 4-to-3, 12-inning victory over Philadelphia.
    (AP, 4/18/01)
2000        Apr 18, In a defeat for the United States, a United Nations commission in Geneva voted 22-to-18 against censuring China’s human rights record.
    (AP, 4/18/01)
2000        Apr 17, In Spokane, Wa., Robert L. Yates Jr., a National Guardsman and the father of 5, was arrested for the murder of a 16-year-old prostitute and suspected in the murder of as many as 17 other slayings in Washington state. On Oct 16 Yates agreed to plead guilty to 13 murders to avoid the death penalty. He was sentenced to 408 years in prison.
    (SFC, 4/20/00, p.A10)(SFC, 10/17/00, p.A12)(AP, 4/18/01)
2000        Apr 18, The Nasdaq gained 254.41 (7.19%) to 3793.57 for its biggest point gain ever.
    (WSJ, 4/19/00, p.C1)
2000        Apr 18, The US FDA approved the antibiotic Zyvox, made by Pharmacia, for use in hospitals and other medical settings to treat drug-resistant infections.
    (WSJ, 4/19/00, p.A1)
2000        Apr 18, In Michigan Kenneth Ray Miller (55), a tenant at a senior apartment house in Lincoln Park, shot and killed 2 women after he was summoned to discuss complaints about his vulgar language. A 3rd woman died days later.
    (SFC, 4/19/00, p.A3)(SFC, 4/22/00, p.B10)
2000        Apr 18, In Zimbabwe Martin Olds, a white cattle rancher, was fatally shot by squatters.
    (SFC, 4/19/00, p.A10)

2000        Apr 19, President Clinton knelt among 168 empty chairs memorializing each victim of the Oklahoma City bombing and declared the site "sacred ground" in the soul of America during a fifth-anniversary dedication ceremony.
    (AP, 4/19/01)
2000        Apr 19, The new Oprah Winfrey magazine "O" hit the newsstands.
    (WSJ, 4/20/00, p.A24)
2000        Apr 19, In Arizona Richard Glassel killed 2 women and injured 4 others in a retirement community in Peoria.
    (SFC, 4/20/00, p.A10)(WSJ, 4/20/00, p.A1)
2000        Apr 19, In Tennessee Robert Glen Coe, convicted for the 1979 murder and rape of Cary Ann Medlin (8), was executed by injection. This was the state’s first execution in 40 years.
    (SFC, 10/12/99, p.A3)(SFC, 3/24/00, p.A5)(SFC, 4/20/00, p.A4)
2000        Apr 19, In the Brittany region of France a bomb exploded in a McDonald’s restaurant in Dinan and one worker was killed.
    (SFC, 4/20/00, p.A18)
2000        Apr 19, In southern Congo 6 Rwandan army officers and 4 Russian crew members were killed when their Antonov-8 aircraft crashed on takeoff at Pepa.
    (SFC, 4/21/00, p.A20)(WSJ, 4/21/00, p.A1)
2000        Apr 19, In Israel 13 Lebanese prisoners, held as bargaining chips for an Israeli airman, were released.
    (SFC, 4/20/00, p.A14)
2000        Apr 19, In Nigeria dozens of boat passengers were missing and feared dead after a boat carrying as many as 500 villagers sank on the Nembe River.
    (SFC, 4/21/00, p.A20)
2000        Apr 19, An Air Philippines Boeing 737-200 jet crashed and all 131 people aboard were killed on Samal Island following an attempted landing at Davao City. It was the worst air crash in Philippine history.
    (SFC, 4/19/00, p.A1)(AP, 4/19/01)
2000        Apr 19, In Somalia over 110 people died over the last 2 days from an outbreak of cholera. 70 dead were in the Ufatest commune and 40 in the village of Bulo Addey.
    (SFC, 4/20/00, p.C4)
2000        Apr 19, In Sri Lanka the Defense Ministry reported 12 soldiers dead from fighting over the causeway linking Jaffna to the mainland. Rebels reported 100 soldiers killed and 26 rebels dead.
    (SFC, 4/20/00, p.C4)

2000        Apr 20, Littleton, Colorado, paused to remember the victims on the first anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre.
    (AP, 4/20/01)
2000        Apr 20, In Chechnya Pres. Maskhadov told a Russian news agency that he had declared a unilateral cease-fire. Maskhadov later said his remarks meant that fighting would stop only if both sides agreed to stop fighting and negotiate a settlement.
    (WSJ, 4/21/00, p.A1)(SFC, 4/25/00, p.A10)
2000        Apr 20, In China the Communist party announced that Cheng Kejie, a deputy chairman in the national legislature, was expelled and charged with amassing $4.5 million in bribes and kickbacks.
    (SFC, 4/21/00, p.A20)
2000        Apr 20, In Italy the center-left parties closed ranks behind Treasury Minister Giuliano Amato following the resignation of Prime Minister Massimo D’Alema.
    (WSJ, 4/21/00, p.A1)
2000        Apr 20, In Slovakia police arrested former Prime Minister Vladimir Meciar for paying unauthorized bonuses to Cabinet members during his 5 years in office. He was released after several hours.
    (SFC, 4/21/00, p.A18)

2000        Apr 21, Scientists reported that the 66 million-year-old plant-eating dinosaur, Thescelosaurus, had a 4-chambered heart and was likely warm-blooded.
    (SFC, 4/21/00, p.A1)
2000        Apr 21, Jerry Andrew Amaro III (36) of Oakland, Ca., died of pneumonia due to fractured ribs. He had been beaten kicked on March 23 in the chest by Capt. Ed Poulson following his arrest by undercover cops for buying drugs. In 2009 the FBI opened in inquiry in the case. In 2011 Amaro’s family brought legal action against Oakland.
    (SFC, 1/24/09, p.B3)(SSFC, 5/10/09, p.A1)(SFC, 7/29/11, p.C1)
2000        Apr 21, In Bosnia NATO troops arrested Dragan Nikolic (42) for war crimes at the Susica detention camp in 1992.
    (SFEC, 4/23/00, p.C17)
2000        Apr 21, In Russia the lower house of parliament ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, which the US Senate rejected in 1999. It would oblige Russia to end all nuclear test explosions.
    (SFC, 4/22/00, p.A1)(AP, 4/21/01)
2000        Apr 21, The Russian Coast Guard fired on a Japanese fishing boat near the disputed Kuril Islands and took it back to Yuzhno-Kurilsk island.
    (SFC, 4/22/00, p.A8)
2000        Apr 21, Zimbabwe Pres. Mugabe met with Presidents Thabo Mbeki of South Africa, Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique and Sam Nujoma of Namibia at Victoria Falls concerning the crises in Zimbabwe.
    (SFEC, 4/23/00, p.C12)

2000        Apr 22, In Miami US INS agents stormed the home of Lazaro Gonzalez and took away Elian Gonzalez to Washington, where he was united with his father. Riots erupted in Little Havana and 290 protesters were arrested.
    (SFEC, 4/23/00, p.A1,4)
2000        Apr 22, Earth Day 2000, the 30th annual anniversary, was celebrated in Washington DC with the theme "Clean Energy Now."
    (SFEC, 4/23/00, p.C8)
2000        Apr 22, Broadway producer Alexander Cohen died in NYC at age 79.
    (AP, 4/22/01)
2000        Apr 22, In Chechnya guerrillas attacked a Russian convoy and killed 15 soldiers near Serzhen-Yurt.
    (SFC, 4/25/00, p.A10)
2000        Apr 22, Iran arrested reporter Akbar Ganji and charged him with spreading propaganda against the Islamic system. He is author of the best-selling book “Dungeon of Ghosts," a collection of his newspaper articles published in early 2000, in which he implicated the former president, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, and other leading conservative figures in the "serial murders" of five writers and intellectuals in 1998.
    (SSFC, 10/23/05, p.E3)
2000        Apr 22, In Rwanda Paul Kagami became president and appealed for an end to ethnic strife.
    (WSJ, 4/24/00, p.A1)
2000        Apr 22, In Sri Lanka rebels took over Elephant Pass.
    (SFC, 5/9/00, p.A10)

2000        Apr 23, Elian Gonzalez spent a secluded Easter with his father at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington, a day after the six-year-old boy was removed from his Miami relatives’ home in a pre-dawn raid by immigration agents.
    (AP, 4/23/01)
2000        Apr 23, In China Li Chenglong (48), deputy mayor of Guigang city, was executed. He had been convicted of corruption during his term as Communist Party secretary of Yulin city between 1991 and 1996.
    (SFC, 4/24/00, p.A14)
2000        Apr 23, In Iran 5 liberal publications were shut down and Latif Safari, director of the banned Neshat daily, was jailed.
    (SFC, 4/24/00, p.A12)
2000        Apr 23, Jordan’s King Abdullah II made his first state visit to Israel and spent 4 hours in Eilat with Prime Minister Barak.
    (SFC, 4/24/00, p.A12)
2000        Apr 23, Philippine gunmen, Abu Sayyaf rebels, abducted 20-21 tourists and workers from a Malaysian resort on Sipadan Island. Islamic insurgents took credit for the attack. They later freed 2 hostages and demanded $2.4 million in ransom for 19 captives. [see Aug 27]
    (SFC, 4/25/00, p.A10)(WSJ, 4/27/00, p.A1)(SFC, 7/15/00, p.A13)(AP, 4/23/01)
2000        Apr 23, In Sri Lanka the government confirmed that it lost the battle for the control of Elephant Pass. Rebels claimed 1000 soldiers died in the fight.
    (WSJ, 4/24/00, p.A1)

2000        Apr 24, Concerned about the disappearance of a laptop computer with highly sensitive documents, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright announced a five-point plan to help guard against such lapses in the future.
    (AP, 4/24/01)
2000        Apr 24, In Washington DC a shootout at the National Zoo left 7 children wounded. A 16-year-old high school student, the son of a convicted enforcer, was later arrested.
    (WSJ, 4/25/00, p.A1)(SFC, 4/26/00, p.A3)(SFC, 4/27/00, p.A4)
2000        Apr 24, In Peoria, Ill., 3 construction workers were killed when scaffolding broke away from the McClugage Bridge.
    (SFC, 4/25/00, p.A3)
2000        Apr 24, In NYC an 8th livery cab driver was found shot to death in the Bronx. 11 drivers were killed in 1999.
    (SFC, 4/25/00, p.A5)
2000        Apr 24, In Colombia Pres. Pastrana reached a preliminary agreement with the ELN to withdraw government troops from a northern region as a condition for peace talks. Meanwhile FARC rebels announced a campaign to kidnap millionaires and corporate executives who refuse to pay tribute.
    (SFC, 4/25/00, p.A11)(SFC, 4/27/00, p.A11)
2000        Apr 24, It was reported that officially 5000 new AIDS cases were registered in Irkutsk, Russia, over the last year along with 8,500 heroin addicts. 40% of Russian prostitutes were reported to be HIV-positive.
    (SFC, 4/24/00, p.A12)
2000        Apr 24, In South Africa Pres. Mbeki brokered a deal with Pres. Mugabe of Zimbabwe for an end to the campaign against white farmers in exchange for US and British funding for land reform and a restoration of relations with the IMF.
    (SFC, 4/25/00, p.A10)
2000        Apr 24, Nguyen Thi Hiep, arrested in 1996 for drug smuggling, was executed in Vietnam. The execution prompted Canada to suspend contacts and meetings for development aid.
    (SFC, 5/2/00, p.A10)
2000        Apr 24, In Zimbabwe David Nhaurva, a black supporter of the MDC, was killed by ax blows to the head north of Harare.
    (SFC, 4/26/00, p.A13)

2000        Apr 25, The Ohio state motto, "with God, all things are possible," was declared unconstitutional by a federal appeals court.
    (SFC, 4/26/00, p.B8)
2000        Apr 25, In Vermont the Legislature approved civil unions for homosexuals and Gov. Howard Dean promised to sign the legislation effective July 1.
    (SFC, 4/26/00, p.A1)
2000        Apr 25, Broadway producer David Merrick died in London at age 88.
    (AP, 4/25/01)
2000        Apr 25, In Burundi 66 people were reported killed in renewed fighting between Hutu rebels and government troops.
    (SFC, 4/26/00, p.A16)
2000        Apr 25, In India it was reported that some 50 million people faced severe drought in Rajasthan and Gujarat.
    (SFC, 4/25/00, p.A12)
2000        Apr 25, In Serbia Zika Petrovic (62), head of the Yugoslav Airlines and ally of Pres. Milosevic, was shot to death near his home in Belgrade.
    (SFC, 4/26/00, p.A16)
2000        Apr 25, In southwestern Somalia nearly 400 people in famine-ridden villages were reported dead from cholera over the last 2 weeks.
    (SFC, 4/25/00, p.A14)

2000        Apr 25, In Turkey Prime Minister Ecevit rallied opposition parties behind Ahmet Necdet Sezer, chief justice of the top court and candidate for the presidency. Sezer needed 367 of 550 parliamentary votes.
    (SFC, 4/26/00, p.A14)

2000        Apr 26, Vermont Governor Howard Dean signed the nation’s first bill allowing same-sex couples to form civil unions.
    (AP, 4/26/01)
2000        Apr 26, In Texas a prison riot between Blacks and Hispanics left one person dead and 31 injured.
    (WSJ, 4/27/00, p.A1)
2000        Apr 26, Sparkle Rai (22), a black woman, was found dead in her Georgia apartment. She had recently married Ricky Rai (20), the manager of a grocery store in which she worked. In 2008 Chiman Rai (68) was convicted of felony murder. Prosecutors charged that Rai teamed up with Willie Fred Evans and Herbert Green to serve as middlemen. The two men passed along $10,000 to brothers Cleveland and Carl Clark. Carl Clark allegedly drove the car and Cleveland Clark, a 300-pound ex-con who also faces the death penalty, carried out the killing.
2000        Apr 26, In Chechnya Russian troops were ambushed near Serzhen-Yurt. 17 rebels and 10 Russians were reported killed.
    (SFC, 4/28/00, p.D3)
2000        Apr 26, In Lebanon Prime Minister Salim Hoss announced that UN peacekeepers would be allowed to fill the vacuum left by departing Israelis.
    (SFC, 4/27/00, p.A10)
2000        Apr 26, In Zimbabwe Morgan Tsvangirai, president of the Movement for Democratic Change, threatened to retaliate if attacks by ruling militants were not stopped.
    (SFC, 4/27/00, p.A10)

2000        Apr 27, New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani disclosed that he had prostate cancer. He later bowed out of the US Senate race against Hillary Rodham Clinton.
    (AP, 4/27/01)
2000        Apr 27, In Colombia a riot broke out at Bogota’s El Modelo federal prison after an inmate’s mutilated body was found in a sewer pipe. 26 people were killed over the next 24 hours in fighting between paramilitary and common criminals.
    (SFC, 4/29/00, p.A12)
2000        Apr 27, Some 288 migrant Haitians were rescued from Flamingo Cay in the Bermuda Islands after their boat ran aground. 2-14 of the migrants died of exposure and dehydration while awaiting rescue.
    (SFC, 4/28/00, p.D4)(SFC, 4/29/00, p.A12)
2000        Apr 27, In Iran Islamic hard-liners closed 3 more newspapers, including the daily run by the brother of Pres. Khatami.
    (SFC, 4/28/00, p.A19)
2000        Apr 27, In Uganda workers in Ggaba, a residential area south of Kampala, exhumed the bodies of 55 more people associated with the Movement for the Restoration of Ten Commandments. Total deaths stood at 979.
    (SFC, 4/28/00, p.D2)

2000        Apr 28, In a sharp repudiation of President Clinton’s policies, the House rejected, on a tie vote of 213-to-213, a measure expressing support for NATO’s five-week-old air campaign against Yugoslavia; the House also voted 249-to-180 to limit the president’s authority to use ground forces in Yugoslavia.
    (AP, 4/28/01)
2000        Apr 28, The US Justice Dept. and 17 states filed to split Microsoft Corp. into 2 corporations.
    (SFC, 4/29/00, p.A1)
2000        Apr 28, In Florida William O’Brien, the Miami police chief, resigned after Mayor Joe Carollo fired Donald Warshaw, the city manager, who refused to fire O’Brien. O’Brien did not alert the mayor to the federal action in the Elian Gonzalez seizure.
    (SFC, 4/29/00, p.A1)
2000        Apr 28, In Pennsylvania Richard Baumhammers (34) shot and killed 5 people in a racially motivated shooting spree in McKees Rocks. He was sentenced to death in 2001.
    (SFC, 4/29/00, p.A3)(BS, 5/12/01, p.3A)
2000        Apr 28, English writer Penelope Fitzgerald (b.1916) died. In 2012, The Observer named her final novel, The Blue Flower (1995), as one of "the ten best historical novels." In 2013 Hermione Lee authored “Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life."
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penelope_Fitzgerald)(Econ, 11/2/13, p.91)
2000        Apr 28, In southern Lebanon guerrillas attacked the Aramta outpost with a car bomb and killed 3-4 Israeli-allied militiamen.
    (SFC, 4/28/00, p.A19)(SFC, 4/29/00, p.A14)
2000        Apr 28, In the Philippines government troops on Basilan Island gained control of the rebel stronghold after week of fighting that left 6 soldiers were dead and 32 wounded. No hostages were recovered.
    (SFC, 4/29/00, p.A12)

2000        Apr 29, Lennox Lewis knocked out Michael Grant in the second round at Madison Square Garden in New York to retain his WBC and IBF heavyweight titles.
    (AP, 4/29/01)
2000        Apr 29, Tens of thousands of angry Cuban-Americans marched peacefully through Miami’s Little Havana, protesting the raid in which armed federal agents yanked six-year-old Elian Gonzalez from the home of relatives.
    (AP, 4/29/01)
2000        Apr 29, In Washington DC some 1000 gay and lesbian couples proclaimed their love at the Lincoln Memorial as part of the events leading to the 4th annual Millennium March the next day.
    (SFEC, 4/30/00, p.A13)
2000        Apr 29, In Chechnya Alman Mesiyev, the mayor of Khattuni, was shot at close range by rebels for cooperating with Russian troops.
    (SFC, 5/4/00, p.A16)
2000        Apr 29, In Malaysia a court upheld the 1999 corruption conviction against former finance minister Anwar Ibrahim.
    (SFEC, 4/30/00, p.A17)
2000        Apr 29, In Pakistan it was reported that the worst drought in 100 years ravaged southern Sindh and Baluchistan provinces. Up to 500 people were dead from diseases related to the drought.
    (SFC, 4/29/00, p.A14)
2000        Apr 29, In the Philippines fighting on Basilan Island left 4 soldiers dead and 27 wounded. On Sulu Island kidnappers made a written demands that included the return of barter trade to the southern Philippines, a ban on large fishing boats to protect local fishermen, and full implementation of a 1976 agreement that called for a 13-province Muslim autonomous region.
    (SFEC, 4/30/00, p.C14)
2000        Apr 29, In Vietnam Pham Van Dong (94), former revolutionary and prime minister, died.
    (SFC, 5/3/00, p.A24)

2000        Apr 30, The Clinton administration defended their decision to classify AIDS as a threat to national security as a means to garner attention and funding to fight the disease worldwide.
    (SFC, 5/1/00, p.A7)
2000        Apr 30, The 4th annual gay rights rally, billed as the Millennium March, was held in Washington DC. The crowd in the national Mall was estimated from 200-750 thousand.
    (SFEC, 4/30/00, p.A13)(AP, 4/30/01)
2000        Apr 30, It was reported by the Royal Swedish Academy that the Earth is currently hotter than at any time in recorded human history.
    (SFEC, 4/30/00, p.A17)
2000        Apr 30, In Guatemala villagers in Todos Santos Cuchuman stoned to death a Japanese tourist, Tetsuo Yamahiro (40), and his tour’s bus driver, Edgar Castellanos (35), in the belief that they had come to steal children. The driver was cremated with gasoline.
    (SFC, 5/1/00, p.A14)
2000        Apr 30, In Sri Lanka rebels captured a key army base at Pallai.
    (SFC, 5/1/00, p.A13)

2000        Apr, The FBI issued an alert to American agencies warning of a possible al Qaeda attack. It was based on allegations by Niaz Khan, a Briton of Pakistani descent who turned himself in to US authorities.
    (WSJ, 6/7/04, p.A8)
2000        Apr, In Britain Jason Ricketts, a convicted burglar serving a five-year sentence at Cardiff Prison, strangled Colin Bloomfield (35) to death in their cell, cut him open and removed his liver, spleen and one eye. In 2006 a British court awarded six prison officers damages and legal costs reported to be in excess of 1 million pounds (US$1.75 million, euro1.45 million) for "walking into the scene of gothic horror."
    (AP, 3/16/06)
2000        Apr, Leaders of Ghana, Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Gambia and Guinea signed a joint declaration to adopt a common currency by 2003 and possible union with the 8 Francophile West African countries that share the French-backed CFA franc.
    (WSJ, 4/24/00, p.A21)

2000        May 1, A US State Dept. annual report on efforts to combat terrorism listed Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Sudan and Syria as state sponsors for terrorism. The report indicated a shift from the Middle East to South Asia with Afghanistan and Pakistan listed as threatening.
    (SFEC, 4/30/00, p.A6)(SFC, 5/2/00, p.A12)
2000        May 1, The US government began allowing  civilian GPS receivers to pick up more accurate satellite signals. The sport of geocaching began 2 days later.
    (WSJ, 3/19/02, p.A20)
2000        May 1, About three and a-half million Time Warner cable subscribers temporarily lost access to seven Disney-owned ABC stations in a quarrel over transmission rights.
    (AP, 5/1/01)
2000        May 1, Steve Reeves, actor, died in Escondido, California, at age 74. He starred in such films as "Hercules," "The Last Days of Pompeii," and "Duel of the Titans."
    (SFC, 5/4/00, p.C4)(AP, 5/1/01)
2000        May 1, May Day marches and protests took place around the world. In Berlin violence erupted as some 10,000 anarchists marched against "capitalism and imperialism" after some 1200 neo-Nazis rallied. In London some 2,000 demonstrators caused havoc in London. Tens of thousands gathered in Madrid and some 15,000 demonstrated in both Russia and Istanbul. Hundreds of thousands demonstrated in Sao Paulo, Brazil and some 20,000 marched in Quito, Ecuador.
    (SFC, 5/2/00, p.A10)
2000        May 1, Joerg Haider, leader of Austria’s far-right Freedom Party, stepped down after 14 years as party leader.
    (AP, 5/1/01)
2000        Apr, In India an explosion at a weapon’s dump in the Rajasthan desert killed 2 soldiers and destroyed $90 million of ammunition. It was blamed on unkept long grass that had caught fire.
    (Economist, 9/29/12, p.66)
2000        May 1, In Iran Hamid Tefileen, one of 13 Jewish men arrested for espionage, was displayed on TV and admitted to being paid $500 a month by Israeli intelligence, Mossad.
    (SFC, 5/2/00, p.A8)
2000        May 1, In Puerto Rico 2 US warships arrived off the coast of Vieques and some 50 protestors braced for the arrival of federal agents.
    (SFC, 5/2/00, p.A5)
2000        May 1, In Zimbabwe thousands opposed to the rule of Pres. Mugabe rallied in Harare.
    (WSJ, 5/1/00, p.A1)

2000        May 1-5, In Afghanistan fighting was halted to allow UN workers to immunize some 4.5 million children under age 5 against polio.
    (SFC, 5/6/00, p.C1)

2000        May 2, An investigating panel concluded that Texas A&M University students cut corners in construction and school officials failed to adequately supervise them before a bonfire collapse in November 1999 that killed 12 people.
    (AP, 5/2/01)
2000        May 2, Jockey Julie Krone became the first female elected to thoroughbred racing’s hall of fame.
    (AP, 5/2/01)
2000        May 2, Former nurse Christina Marie Riggs was executed by injection in Arkansas for smothering her two young children.
    (AP, 5/2/01)
2000        May 2, In Armenia Pres. Robert Kocharian fired Prime Minister Aram Sarkisian and his government for allowing the economy to deteriorate and for ignoring discord in the military. Police security was tightened around government buildings.
    (SFC, 5/3/00, p.A14)
2000        May 2, In Belgium the Parliament opened an inquiry into possible government involvement in the 1961 killing of Congo’s Premier Patrice Lumumba. This followed allegations in the new book "The Murder of Lumumba" by Ludo De Witte.
    (SFC, 5/3/00, p.A14)
2000        May 2, In Israel the Day of the Shoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, was observed. The date was fixed by Israel to commemorate the Warsaw Jewish ghetto uprising of 1943.
    (SFC, 5/3/00, p.A12,13)
2000        May 2, In Indonesia it was reported that a tribal conflict between the Wampe and Bilaga on West Papua, formerly Irian Jaya, had left over 100 people dead in the last year.
    (SFC, 5/2/00, p.A10)
2000        May 2, In the Philippines rebels at Talipao threatened to behead 2 hostages if military troops were not pulled back.
    (SFC, 5/3/00, p.A12)
2000        May 2, In Rwanda health minister Ezechias Rwabuhihi reported that some 500,000 Rwandans, 6% of the population, were infected with AIDS.
    (SFC, 5/4/00, p.A18)
2000        May 2, In Sierra Leone Revolutionary United Front rebels seized 50 UN workers over the last 2 days as the West African intervention force completed its pullout. The seizures took place in Makeni, Kailahun and Magburaka.
    (SFC, 5/3/00, p.A13)

2000        May 3, Gen. Wesley Clark left his post as NATO’s supreme allied commander. He was replaced by Gen. Joseph Ralston.
    (SFC, 5/3/00, p.A11)
2000        May 3, The sport of geocaching began with a cache hidden outside Portland, Oregon. [see May 1]
    (WSJ, 3/19/02, p.A20)
2000        May 3, The US FDA approved the first device to aid women with sexual dysfunction.
    (SFC, 5/4/00, p.A3)
2000        May 3, Cardinal John O’Connor (80), the archbishop of New York,  died.
    (SFC, 5/4/00, p.A3)(AP, 5/3/01)
2000        May 3, The Euro fell below 90 cents to the dollar for the first time.
    (WSJ, 5/4/00, p.A18)
2000        May 3, In Chechnya Russian troops ambushed a rebel band and killed at least 18 men.
    (WSJ, 5/5/00, p.A1)
2000        May 3, In Iran 2 more Iranian Jews admitted, while on trial, that they had spied for Israel.
    (SFC, 5/4/00, p.A16)
2000        May 3, In Japan a teenager (17) hijacked a bus and killed a woman before being overcome after a 15-hour, 190-mile chase on Sanyo Expressway.
    (SFC, 5/4/00, p.A17)
2000        May 3, In Mexico police arrested Ismael Higuera Guerrero, a senior member of the Arellano Felix drug gang, along with his son (15) and 8 others near Ensenada.
    (SFC, 5/5/00, p.A15)
2000        May 3, The trial of two alleged Libyan intelligence agents accused of blowing Pan Am Flight 103 out of the sky over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988 opened in the Netherlands. In January 2001, one of the defendants, Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, was convicted of murder; the other defendant, Lamen Khalifa Fhimah, was acquitted.
    (AP, 5/3/01)
2000        May 3, In the southern Philippines 2 hostages died as the military clashed with rebels under Commander Robot (Ghalib Andang) at Talipao. On Basilan Island 15 hostages, 9 children and 6 teachers, were rescued and 4 were killed when government troops engaged the rebels. At Zamboanga, Mindanao, the MILF took some 100 hostages and at least 4 people were killed.
    (SFC, 5/3/00, p.A12)(SFC, 5/4/00, p.A16)(SFC, 5/5/00, p.A14)
2000        May 3, Rebels of the Revolutionary United Front killed 7 UN Kenyan peacekeepers. The number was later reduced to 4 presumed dead.
    (SFC, 5/4/00, p.A1)(WSJ, 5/5/00, p.A1)

2000        May 4, The e-mail virus "ILOVEYOU" bug hit millions of computers around the world. It was considered the most virulent, most damaging ($2.6 bil), most costly and most rapidly spread virus to date.  In Manila Onel de Guzman, a former computing student, was later released with all charges dismissed due to lack of evidence.
    (SFC, 5/5/00, p.A1)(SFC, 5/6/00, p.A1)(SFC, 8/22/00, p.A11)   
2000        May 4, In London Ken Livingston (54), a socialist member of parliament, was elected mayor.
    (SFC, 5/5/00, p.A14)(AP, 5/4/01)
2000        May 4, Congo agreed to cooperate with UN plans for a 5,500 member observer force to monitor the cease-fire.
    (SFC, 5/5/00, p.A18)
2000        May 4, In Indonesia the government announced an agreement for a cease-fire with separatists in Aceh province.
    (SFC, 5/5/00, p.A18)
2000        May 4, In Indonesia a 6.5 earthquake was centered in the Maluku Sea off Pelang Island and at least 17 people were killed.
    (SFC, 5/5/00, p.A18)
2000        May 4, It was reported that Israel planned to deploy a laser shield named THEL, Tactical High Energy Laser (TRW Inc.), to shoot down rockets fired by guerrillas following its withdrawal from southern Lebanon.
    (SFC, 5/4/00, p.A16)
2000        May 4, Lebanese guerrillas fired some 20 Katyusha rockets into Kiryat Shemona, a town in northern Israel. One Israeli soldier was killed and over 24 people were injured. Israel retaliated with heavy air strikes.
    (SFC, 5/5/00, p.A14)(WSJ, 5/5/00, p.A1)
2000        May 4, Hendrik Casimir (b.1909), Dutch physicist, died. He was best known for his research on the two-fluid model of superconductors (together with C. J. Gorter) in 1934 and the Casimir effect (together with D. Polder) in 1946.
    (Econ, 5/24/08, p.105)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hendrik_Casimir)
2000        May 4, In Puerto Rico US federal agents moved and arrested 216 protestors from the bombing range on Vieques Island.
    (SFC, 5/5/00, p.A1)
2000        May 4, In Sierra Leone rebels seized more UN troops and brought the total of hostages to 90.
    (SFC, 5/5/00, p.A18)
2000        May 4, In Sri Lanka the government imposed censorship on the foreign media and gave wide powers to the military as rebels poised to recapture Jaffna.
    (SFC, 5/5/00, p.A18)

2000        May 5, President Clinton met at the White House with Japan’s new prime minister, Yoshiro Mori.
    (AP, 5/5/01)
2000        May 5, The Labor Department reported the nation’s unemployment rate had hit a 30-year low of 3.9% percent in April 2000, with blacks and Hispanics recording the lowest jobless rates in history.
    (SFC, 5/6/00, p.A1)(AP, 5/5/01)
2000        May 5, In Congo Ugandan and Rwandan troops clashed at Kisangani and at least 10 civilians were killed and 100 wounded.
    (SFC, 5/6/00, p.C1)
2000        May 5, Reformers swept Iran’s run-off elections, winning control of the legislature from conservatives for the first time since 1979 Islamic revolution.
    (AP, 5/5/01)
2000        May 5, Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon agreed to a cease-fire.
    (SFC, 5/6/00, p.C1)
2000        May 5, In The Philippines the government and the MILF agreed to a 48-hour cease-fire on Mindanao.
    (SFC, 5/6/00, p.A11)
2000        May 5, In Sierra Leone rebels seized more UN troops and were reported to be holding 300 troops and observers hostage. Gen. Vijay Kumar Jetley of India scrambled to consolidate his UN troop positions.
    (SFC, 5/6/00, p.A1)
2000        May 5, Turkey’s parliament elected judge Ahmet Necdet Sezer (b.1941) as the country’s 10th president. Sezer served until Aug 28, 2007.
    (SFC, 5/6/00, p.C1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahmet_Necdet_Sezer)

2000        May 6, Fusaichi Pegasus won the 126th Kentucky Derby. He was the first favorite to win the Kentucky Derby since "Spectacular Bid" in 1979.
    (SFEC, 5/7/00, p.D1)(AP, 5/6/01)
2000        May 6, The 1st geocaching cache was found hidden outside Portland, Oregon, by Mike Teague. [see May 3] 
    (WSJ, 3/19/02, p.A20)
2000        May 6, Jack Mazzan, who’d spent 20 years on death row for the murder of a judge’s son, was released on bail, three months after the Nevada Supreme Court reversed his conviction. Before he could be tried again, Mazzan pleaded guilty to killing Richard Minor Jr. and received a life sentence; Mazzan has since sought parole, unsuccessfully.
    (AP, 5/6/05)
2000        May 6, The Chiang Mai Initiative (CMI) was set up to help East Asian cash strapped countries defend their currencies in times of trouble. The initiative came in response to the 1997 East Asian financial crises. ASEAN, China, Japan, and South Korea launched the multilateral arrangement of currency swaps (CMI).
    (WSJ, 5/5/05, p.A12)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiang_Mai_Initiative)
2000        May 6, It was reported that Jin Wenchao, a former soldier and head of a Chinese construction firm involved in the Three Gorges dam project, had disappeared with over $120 million.
    (SFC, 5/6/00, p.A12)
2000        May 6, In Sierra Leone rebels clashed with UN peacekeepers and advanced on Freetown. Rebel leader Foday Sankoh halted the rebel advance.
    (SFEC, 5/7/00, p.A1)(SFC, 5/8/00, p.A12)
2000        May 6, In Sudan Pres. Omar el-Bashir dismissed Hassan Turabi as the secretary-general of the ruling National Congress Party.
    (SFC, 5/8/00, p.A13)

2000        May 7, A second fire was set to contain an earlier blaze that was begun to clear brush on the Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico; the second fire blew out of control, destroying more than 200 homes and damaging part of the Los Alamos National Laboratory before it was controlled.
    (AP, 5/7/01)
2000        May 7, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., film actor, died at age 90.
    (SFC, 5/8/00, p.A5)
2000        May 7, In the Philippines 13 soldiers and 3 rebels were killed in a clash on Basilan Island.
    (SFC, 5/8/00, p.A13)
2000        May 7, In Russia Pres. Putin was inaugurated. He named Mikhail Kasyanof as the prime minister and pledged to restore the country to world-power status.
    (SFC, 5/8/00, p.A1)
2000        May 7, Pres. Kagami announced that Rwanda was prepared to quickly implement a phased withdrawal from Congo.
    (SFC, 5/8/00, p.A12)
2000        May 7, In Spain Jose Luis Lopez de La Calle, a columnist for El Mundo, was shot and killed in Andoain. The ETA was blamed.
    (SFC, 5/8/00, p.A13)
2000        May 7, In Thailand thousands of protestors besieged the annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank. The 13 nations agreed to rescue each other’s currencies to fend off economic crises.
    (SFC, 5/8/00, p.A14)
2000        May 7, In Zimbabwe squatter leader Chenjerai Hunzvi urged people attending a ruling party rally in Glen Norah to seek out British passport holders and force them out of the country. Allan Dunn was murdered at his farm by squatters.
    (SFC, 5/8/00, p.A13)(WSJ, 6/8/00, p.a24)

2000        May 8, The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to ban discrimination based on weight or height.
    (AP, 5/8/01)
2000        May 8, Scientists announced that they had mapped chromosome 21 which is associated with Down syndrome, epilepsy, Lou Gehrig’s disease and Alzheimer’s.
    (SFC, 5/9/00, p.A1)
2000        May 8, In New Mexico a controlled burn Bandolier National Monument near the Los Alamos National Laboratory blew out of control and 500 people were forced to evacuate the area.
    (SFC, 5/9/00, p.A3)
2000        May 8, The remains of Cardinal John O’Connor were entombed inside New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral after a funeral Mass that drew thousands of mourners, including President Clinton.
    (AP, 5/8/01)
2000        May 8, In Congo the city of Kisangani (formerly Stanleyville) was declared a neutral zone as Rwanda and Uganda agreed to withdraw their troops from the area and allow UN forces to take over.
    (SFC, 5/9/00, p.A12)
2000        May 8, In Iran 2 more Iranian Jews confessed to spying for Israel.
    (WSJ, 5/9/00, p.A1)
2000        May 8, In Japan Hogen Fukunaga, founder of the Hono Hana Sampogyo, cult was arrested on fraud charges. Members were told that they would get cancer or die if their feet were not inspected by Fukunaga.
    (SFC, 5/9/00, p.A12)
2000        May 8, In the Philippines investigators arrested a Manila bank employee, Reomel Ramones, suspected in the creation of the "Love Bug" computer virus.
    (SFC, 5/9/00, p.A1)
2000        May 8, In Puerto Rico the US Navy resumed practice bombing on Vieques Island with dummy bombs.
    (SFC, 5/9/00, p.A3)
2000        May 8, In Sierra Leone bodyguards of Foday Sankoh fired into a crowd of pro-government protestors in Freetown and killed 7 people. Sankoh later disappeared.
    (SFC, 5/9/00, p.A1)(SFC, 5/10/00, p.A12)

2000        May 9, Senator John McCain endorsed Texas Governor George W. Bush for president.
    (SFC, 5/10/00, p.A1)
2000        May 9, Former four-term Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards was convicted of extortion schemes to manipulate the licensing of riverboat casinos. Edwards was sentenced in January, 2001, to ten years in prison and fined a quarter of a million dollars.
    (AP, 5/9/01)
2000        May 9, In Kentucky a fire at the Wild Turkey Distillery caused an alcohol runoff into an 8-mile stretch of the Kentucky River and a huge fish kill followed within days.
    (SFC, 5/20/00, p.D8)
2000        May 9, It was reported that 10% of the world’s 608 primate species and subspecies on 3 continents were critically imperiled.
    (WSJ, 5/9/00, p.A1)
2000        May 9, In the Philippines Reomel Ramones, suspect in the "Love Bug" computer virus case, was released due to lack of evidence. His girlfriend, Irene de Guzman, failed to turn herself in as promised.
    (SFC, 5/10/00, p.A12)

2000        May 10, Pres. Clinton issued an executive order to make drugs for AIDS less expensive in Africa.
    (SFC, 5/11/00, p.A1)
2000        May 10, The fire at Los Alamos, New Mexico, burned 30 homes and forced the evacuation of all 11,000 residents. 3,700 acres were scorched. The fire had been set to contain an earlier blaze intended to clear brush.
    (SFC, 5/11/00, p.A3)(WSJ, 5/11/00, p.A1)(AP, 5/10/01)
2000        May 10, Actor Craig Stevens, who’d starred in the 1950’s TV series "Peter Gunn," died in Los Angeles at age 81.
    (AP, 5/10/01)
2000        May 10, In Chechnya rebels claimed to have trapped a Russian unit and killed 30-34 soldiers with 4 rebels dead. Russian officials denied the claim.
    (SFC, 5/11/00, p.A24)(WSJ, 5/11/00, p.A1)
2000        May 10, In Sierra Leone the cease-fire ended as pro-government forces rushed to fight rebels moving toward Freetown as refugees clogged the roads. The rebels were pushed back 23 miles to Newton.
    (SFC, 5/11/00, p.A18)(WSJ, 5/11/00, p.A1)
2000        May 10, In Sri Lanka Tamil rebels attacked army posts on three fronts near Jaffna after the government rejected an offer to allow 40,000 troops to withdraw.
    (WSJ, 5/11/00, p.A1)

2000        May 11, Gov. Angus King signed a bill that made Maine the 1st state to threaten the pharmaceutical industry with price controls.
    (SFC, 5/12/00, p.A9)
2000        May 11, Pope John Paul II named Bishop Edward M. Egan of Bridgeport, Connecticut, the new head of the New York archdiocese, succeeding the late Cardinal John O’Connor.
    (AP, 5/11/01)
2000        May 11, At Los Alamos 25,000 people were evacuated and the fire destroyed at least 150-260 homes. Flames scorched parts of the nuclear weapons facility.
    (SFC, 5/12/00, p.A1)(WSJ, 5/12/00, p.A1)
2000        May 11, Chechen rebels ambushed a Russian troop convoy west of Chechnya and killed 18 soldiers.
    (SFC, 5/12/00, p.D3)
2000        May 11, In Japan the Aum Shinri Kyo cult, renamed Aleph, agreed to pay $37.4 million in compensation to victims of the 1995 gas attack in Tokyo.
    (SFC, 5/12/00, p.D2)
2000        May 11, Mexico reached a free-trade agreement with Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.
    (SFC, 5/12/00, p.D2)
2000        May 11, In Russia masked police raided the offices of Media Most, the country’s largest private media company and outspoken critic of Pres. Putin.
    (WSJ, 5/12/00, p.A1)

2000        May 12, During visits to Ohio and Minnesota, President Clinton called for open trade with China, saying it would help the communist nation move closer to democracy.
    (AP, 5/12/01)
2000        May 12, The Los Alamos fire toll covered 30,000 acres with 191 housing structures burned.
    (SFC, 5/13/00, p.A1)
2000        May 12, Adam Petty, 19, the fourth-generation driver of NASCAR's most famous family, died in a crash during practice for the Busch 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway.
    (AP, 5/12/01)
2000        May 12, In Argentina at least 23 police and 22 protestors were injured in the province of Salta where thousands of jobless workers had blocked a federal highway for 10 days to protest welfare cuts.
    (SFC, 5/13/00, p.A9)
2000        May 12, In Chechnya Russian forces staged two ambush attacks on rebels and claimed 41 killed.
    (SFC, 5/13/00, p.A9)
2000        May 12, War erupted between Eritrea and Ethiopia after Ethiopian troops left their trenches and attacked Eritrean defenses. 600,000 troops were dug in along the 600-mile border.
    (SFC, 5/13/00, p.A8)
2000        May 12, The Indonesian government and separatist rebels negotiated a cease-fire in Switzerland, the 1st in 25 years of fighting. The 3 month cease-fire was set to begin Jun 2.
    (SFC, 5/13/00, p.A8)
2000        May 12, Pakistan’s Supreme Court ruled that the military takeover in October 1999 was justified under the "doctrine of necessity." Pres. Musharraf had dismissed 13 senior judges and got the remaining judges to decree that his coup was legal and necessary.
    (www.ciaonet.org/olj/sa/sa_jan01kus01.html)(Econ, 7/8/06, Survey p.6)
2000        May 12, Igor Domnikov (42), a reporter for Russia’s Novaya Gazeta, was found in a pool of blood at his Moscow apartment building. Domnikov died July 16. In 2007 a court in the city of Kazan sentenced four men to life in prison, and three others to prison terms ranging from 18 to 25 years after finding them guilty of killing 23 men, including Domnikov, and of eight kidnappings. The convicted gang's leader Eduard Tagiryanov, who was sentenced to life, told the court that Domnikov's killing had been ordered by former deputy governor of western Lipetsk region Sergei Dorovsky for a series of critical articles on his policies.
    (www.cpj.org/protests/01ltrs/Russia08jan01pl.html)(WSJ, 12/8/06, p.A12)(AP, 8/31/07)
2000        May 12, In Sri Lanka some Tamil Tiger rebels rolled into Jaffna and forced government troops to retreat.
    (SFC, 5/13/00, p.A9)

2000        May 13, In the Netherlands a fireworks depot exploded in Enschede and 20 people were killed with 589 injured. An estimated 100 tons of fireworks exploded and flattened some 400 houses.
    (SFEC, 5/14/00, p.A12)(SFC, 5/15/00, p.A13)
2000        May 13, In Russia Pres. Putin divided Russia’s 89 regions into 7 federal districts headed by a Kremlin representative.
    (WSJ, 5/15/00, p.A1)
2000        May 13, In Yugoslavia Bosko Perosevic (43), head of the Vojvodina provincial government, was shot and killed at a trade fair. Milivoje Gutovic (50), an off-duty security guard, was arrested for the murder. Pres. Milosevic later blamed the student organization Otpor and the opposition Serbian Renewal Movement party.
    (SFC, 5/14/00, p.C13)(SFEC, 5/15/00, p.A12)

2000        May 14, In Washington DC tens of thousands took part in the Million Mom March for tougher gun laws.
    (SFC, 5/15/00, p.A1)
2000        May 14, Ethiopia claimed a major victory against Eritrea and claimed that 8 divisions had been destroyed over the last 2 days. Eritrea said 25,000 Ethiopian soldiers were killed or wounded.
    (SFC, 5/15/00, p.A14)
2000        May 14, In Ethiopia elections were held and 7 people were reported killed when government forces threw a grenade into a crowd of protestors and fired into another in the southern region of Hadiya.
    (SFC, 5/15/00, p.A14)
2000        May 14, Thousands of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza demonstrated and violence erupted with at least one person killed.
    (SFC, 5/15/00, p.A1)
2000        May 14, In Japan former prime minister Keizo Obuchi died at age 62.
    (SFC, 5/15/00, p.A12)
2000        May 14, In Sierra Leone rebels handed over 139 UN peacekeepers to Liberia while officials in Freetown secured the release of 18 others. Meanwhile fighting continued for control of Masiaka town 30 miles east of Freetown.
    (SFC, 5/15/00, p.A12)
2000        May 14, In Zimbabwe elections were set for June 24-25, but the opposition objected because voting districts were not yet established and a May 29 deadline for candidates was thought too soon.
    (SFC, 5/17/00, p.A18)

2000        May 15, By a five-to-four vote, the US Supreme Court threw out a key provision of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act, saying that rape victims could not sue their attackers in federal court.
    (AP, 5/15/01)
2000        May 15, United Press International was sold to the parent company of The Washington Times.
    (AP, 5/15/01)
2000        May 15, A consortium of Western oil companies found a large oil reserve in the northern Caspian Sea off the coast of Kazakhstan. The 480-sq. mile Kashagan field was estimated at 8 to 50 billion barrels of oil. In 2007 it was reported that the Kashagan field contained some 12-billion barrels of oil.
    (SFC, 5/16/00, p.A14)(Econ, 11/17/07, p.43)
2000        May 15, Near Chiquinquira, Columbia, Elvia Cortez (53) and Jairo Lopez, a bomb technician, were killed by explosives placed on her neck by kidnappers who claimed to be members of FARC and demanded $7,500. 
    (SFC, 5/16/00, p.A13)(SFC, 5/17/00, p.A14)
2000        May 15, In Ethiopia tens of thousands marched in Addis Ababa in support of the renewed border war with Eritrea.
    (WSJ, 5/16/00, p.A1)
2000        May 15, In Greece the government ordered the removal of religious affiliation from state identity cards.
    (SFC, 5/17/00, p.A18)
2000        May 15, Palestinian police and Israeli soldiers fought gun battles across the West Bank and Gaza Strip. 4 people were killed and hundreds were wounded.
    (SFC, 5/16/00, p.A1)
2000        May 15, In Serbia some 20,000 opposition supporters rallied in Belgrade for free elections and the resignation of Pres. Milosevic.
    (WSJ, 5/16/00, p.A1)

2000        May 16, The Federal Reserve raised its federal funds rate by one-half point, the biggest increase in five years.
    (SFC, 5/17/00, p.A1)(AP, 5/16/01)
2000        May 16, The New York Democratic Party, meeting in Albany, nominated first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton for the US Senate.
    (AP, 5/16/01)
2000        May 16, In Oregon ballots were counted in the nation’s first regular primary election conducted by mail. Estimated response was 47%.
    (SFC, 5/17/00, p.A8)
2000        May 16, Veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas resigned from United Press International, a day after the wire service was sold to the parent firm of The Washington Times.
    (AP, 5/16/01)
2000        May 16, The 3M Co. announced that it would stop making many Scotchguard stain repellent products. The company found that the compound perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOA), one of the ingredients, tended to persist in the environment and in the bloodstream of people worldwide. The US market was left to DuPont.
    (SFC, 5/17/00, p.A7)(SFC, 4/15/03, p.A5)
2000        May 16, In China some 5,000 retired or laid-off workers in Liaoyang clashed with police following protests over non-payment of pensions and wages.
    (SFC, 5/17/00, p.A18)
2000        May 16, In Congo an immediate pullout from Kisangani of forces from Rwanda and Uganda was agreed to in a bid to avert a wider war.
    (WSJ, 5/17/00, p.A1)
2000        May 16, Ethiopian troops penetrated into western Eritrea and attempted to cut off retreating forces.
    (WSJ, 5/17/00, p.A1)
2000        May 16, In Iran the Hammihan daily, a major reformist newspaper, was shut down on 17 counts of press law violations.
    (SFC, 5/17/00, p.A18)
2000        May 16, Palestinian demonstrators continued to fight Israeli forces for a 5th day but Palestinian authorities appeared to contain most of the violence.
    (SFC, 5/17/00, p.A14)

2000        May 17, Two former Ku Klux Klansmen were arrested on murder charges in the 1963 church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, that killed four black girls. Thomas Blanton Junior was convicted and sentenced to life in prison May 1, 2001. Bobby Frank Cherry was indicted in 2000 and later convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
    (AP, 5/17/01)(AP, 5/17/05)
2000        May 17, In the Dominican Republic Hipolito Mejia, the populist opposition leader, was on the verge of winning the election with enough votes to avoid a runoff. Danilo Medina of the incumbent Liberation party had 24.9% and Joaquin Balaguer had 24.6% for the Social Christian Reformist Party.
    (SFC, 5/18/00, p.C16)
2000        May 17, Ethiopian forces pushed into Eritrean territory and the UN Security council approved an embargo against both countries.
    (SFC, 5/18/00, p.A11)
2000        May 17, In Iraq a US-British air attack killed Omran Harbi Jawair (13), a shepherd boy, near Toq al-Ghazalat. 4 other shepherds were injured. Some 300 Iraqis were killed and 800 wounded over the last 18 months from US and British bombing.
    (SFC, 6/23/00, p.A18)
2000        May 17, In the Philippines Islamic rebels asked for $2 million for the freedom of ailing German hostage Renate Wallert. They also issued written conditions that included the creation of an independent Islamic state and a global probe into the plight of the Muslim minority.
    (SFC, 5/18/00, p.A11)(WSJ, 5/18/00, p.A1)
2000        May 17, In Sierra Leone pro-government troops captured rebel leader Foday Sankoh.
    (SFC, 5/18/00, p.A10)
2000        May 17, In Taiwan a wave of earthquakes left 3 people dead in Taichung County of the central mountain region.
    (SFC, 5/18/00, p.A14)
2000        May 17, In Yugoslavia Pres. Milosevic ordered the seizure of independent radio and TV stations and charging that they were advocating an uprising against the government. Tens of thousands protested the crackdown.
    (SFC, 5/18/00, p.A10)(WSJ, 5/18/00, p.A1)

2000        May 18, Sante Kimes and Kenneth Kimes, mother-and-son grifters, were convicted in New York of murdering Irene Silverman in a plot to steal her elegant townhouse mansion. The body of the 82-year-old millionaire widow has never been found.
    (AP, 5/18/01)
2000        May 18, Former Ukraine prime minister Pavel Lazarenko was indicted by a San Francisco grand jury for money laundering and transportation of stolen property. In 2003 he put up an $86 million bail and was confined to a SF apartment. In 2004 a federal judge in SF dismissed nearly half the charges against Lazarenko. On June 3, 2004, Lazarenko was convicted on 29 felony charges. His money laundering was guessed to be in excess of $40 million.
    (SFC, 6/2/00, p.A19)(SSFC, 10/19/03, p.A25)(SFC, 5/8/04, p.B3)(SFC, 6/4/04, A3)
2000        May 18, Another computer virus, described as a complex polymorph, began to spread around the world.
    (SFC, 5/19/00, p.A1)
2000        May 18, Columbia/HCA Healthcare agreed to pay $745 million to the US federal government to resolve Medicare fraud allegations.
    (WSJ, 5/19/00, p.A3)
2000        May 18, In the Dominican Republic Hipolito Mejia was declared the winner in the presidential race after his opponents withdrew.
    (SFC, 5/19/00, p.D4)
2000        May 18, Ethiopian troops captured Barentu in Eritrea and some 250-550 thousand refugees were reported displaced by the fighting.
    (SFC, 5/19/00, p.A18)
2000        May 18, In Fiji 7 men led by George Speight, a Fijian businessman, staged a coup. They stormed the parliament and seized prime minister Chaudhry and 7 cabinet ministers. At the same time a march in Suva by supporters of the nationalist Taukei Movement erupted into rioting. Pres. Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara declared a state of emergency and took command of the military.
    (SFC, 5/19/00, p.A20)(SFC, 5/20/00, p.A8)
2000        May 18, The World Bank approved 2 loans for Iran totaling $232 million.
    (SFC, 5/19/00, p.D2)
2000        May 18, In the Ivory Coast Gen. Robert Guei dissolved the interim government.
    (SFC, 5/19/00, p.D4)
2000        May 18, North and South Korea agreed to an agenda for their 1st summit meeting.  In 2003 it was reported that South Korea's Hyundai business group drew $186 million from a government-owned bank shortly before the summit and allegedly spent the money on unspecified projects in the North. In 2006 it was reported that Hyundai sent some $500 million to Kim Jong Il to secure the June 13, 2000, summit with Pres. Kim Dae-jung.
    (WSJ, 5/19/00, p.A1)(AP, 2/1/03)(Econ, 10/28/06, p.49)(Econ, 8/29/09, p.76)
2000        May 18, In the Philippines explosions hit in Jolo and Zamboanga and 5 people were killed with some 58 wounded.
    (SFC, 5/19/00, p.A18)
2000        May 18, In East Timor floodwaters from monsoon rains drowned at least 50 people in refugee camps.
    (SFC, 5/19/00, p.D4)
2000        May 18, The UN called for a new land reform program in Zimbabwe as 2 more people were killed in clashes.
    (WSJ, 5/19/00, p.A1)

2000        May 19, NYC Mayor Giuliani dropped out of the race for a US senate seat due to prostate cancer. He was also beleaguered by a personal scandal.
    (SFC, 5/20/00, p.A1)
2000        May 19, Scientists led by Robert Gallo announced plans for an oral AIDS vaccine to be tested in Uganda for less than $1 per dose. Trials might begin within 18 months.
    (SFC, 5/20/00, p.A1)
2000        May 19, The shuttle Atlantis lifted off with 7 astronauts on a mission to fix the Int’l. Space Station.
    (SFC, 5/20/00, p.A7)
2000        May 19, China and the European Union reached a market-opening trade deal, clearing Beijing’s largest remaining hurdle to joining the World Trade Organization (WTO).
    (SFC, 5/20/00, p.A8)(AP, 5/19/01)
2000        May 19, Masked gunmen launched a coup in Fiji that toppled Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry, the country’s first ethnic Indian premier.
    (AP, 5/19/01)
2000        May 19, In France an 11-day strike by armored truck guards left the country short of cash.
    (SFC, 5/20/00, p.A9)
2000        May 19, Nine countries banded together to petition entry into NATO in 2002. They included Albania, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.
    (SFC, 5/20/00, p.A9)
2000        May 19, In Paraguay Pres. Luis Gonzalez Macchi announced that an attempted coup by soldiers and police was stopped.
    (SFC, 5/20/00, p.A8)

2000        May 20, "Red Bullet" won the Preakness Stakes, outpacing Kentucky Derby winner "Fusaichi Pegasus."
    (AP, 5/20/01)
2000        May 20, In North Carolina a bridge collapsed at the Winston NASCAR stock car race in Concord. 107 people were treated and 53 were hospitalized.
    (SFC, 5/22/00, p.A2)
2000        May 20, Jean-Pierre Rampal, classical flutist, died in Paris at age 78.
    (SFEC, 5/21/00, p.B11)
2000        May 20, Israeli warplanes attacked Palestinian targets in Lebanon and destroyed 10 tanks. Israeli soldiers clashed with Palestinian demonstrators for the 9th day in Palestinian territories within Israel.
    (SFEC, 5/21/00, p.A10)
2000        May 20, In Taiwan Lee Teng-hui (b.1923) ended his 12-year presidency.
    (Econ, 7/9/11, p.42)
2000        May 20, The 5 nuclear powers of the UN Security Council agreed to eliminate their nuclear arsenals over time as part of a new disarmament agenda approved by 187 countries.
    (SFEC, 5/21/00, p.A8)
2000        May 21, "Dancer in the Dark" won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival; the Grand Prize went to "Devils on the Doorstep."
    (AP, 5/21/01)
2000        May 21, In Pennsylvania a commuter plane, returning from Atlantic City, NJ, crashed in the Pocono Mountains near Wilkes-Barre and all 19 people aboard were killed.
    (SFC, 5/22/00, p.A1)(AP, 5/21/01)
2000        May 21, Mark Hughes (44), the late founder of Herbalife International, a maker of nutritional supplements, died. His son Alex (8) was the sole beneficiary of a $400 million trust.
    (AP, 9/13/05)
2000        May 21, Sir John Gielgud English actor, died in Aylesbury at age 96. In 2004 Richard Mangan introduced and edited “Sir John Gielgud: A Life in Letters."
    (SFC, 5/23/00, p.A1)(AP, 5/21/01)(WSJ, 6/18/04, p.W10)
2000        May 21, In Britain Dame Barbara Cartland (98), author of 723 romance novels, died.
    (SFC, 5/22/00, p.A14)
2000        May 21, In Fiji 10 junior MPs were released after they signed resignation letters. Prime Minister Chaudhry also agreed to sign a letter of resignation.
    (SFEC, 5/21/00, p.B11)
2000        May 21, In Haiti elections began for 7,625 positions. The Family Lavalas party of former Pres. Aristide won 14 of 19 senate seats.
    (SFC, 5/22/00, p.A11)(SFC, 5/27/00, p.A13)(SFC, 5/31/00, p.A13)
2000        May 21, In the Philippines soldiers rescued 2 children held by hostages on Basilan. 7 hostages still remained with Muslim rebels.
    (SFC, 5/22/00, p.A11)
2000        May 21, In Sierra Leone rebels freed 54 more UN workers as government forces advanced on rebel positions.
    (SFC, 5/22/00, p.A10)
2000        May 21, Syria’s former PM Mahmoud el-Zoubi (al-Zubi) committed suicide rather than answer questions on corruption.
    (SFC, 6/15/00, p.A16)(Econ, 10/15/05, p.50)

2000        May 22, The Supreme Court struck down, 5-to-4, a federal law that shielded children from sex-oriented cable TV channels. The US Supreme Court invalidated part of a 1996 law that relegated pornography on cable TV to late-night hours.
    (AP, 5/22/01)(WSJ, 3/24/04, p.A4)
2000        May 22, A committee of the Arkansas Supreme Court recommended that President Clinton be disbarred for giving false testimony about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case. Clinton later agreed to give up his Arkansas law license for five years.
    (AP, 5/22/01)
2000        May 22, In Israel the Supreme Court ruled that women may read out load from the Torah and wear a prayer shawl at the Western Wall. In 2003 the Supreme Court rejected the rule.
    (SFC, 5/23/00, p.A10)(SFC, 4/7/03, p.A12)
2000        May 22, Israel’s 22-year occupation of southern Lebanon crumbled as Islamic guerrillas and civilians laid claim to disputed lands.
    (SFC, 5/23/00, p.A1)
2000        May 22, In Liberia 29 captured UN peacekeepers were freed while in Sierra Leone a halt dozen men with UN uniforms and Zambian insignia were found dead.
    (SFC, 5/23/00, p.A10)
2000        May 22, In Nigeria fresh Christian-Muslim clashes left 3 people dead in Kaduna.
    (WSJ, 5/23/00, p.A1)
2000        May 22, In Peru election observers suspended monitoring preparations for elections. Alejandro Toledo formally pulled out of the race after his demand for an election postponement was rebuffed.
    (WSJ, 5/23/00, p.A1)(SFC, 5/23/00, p.A12)
2000        May 22, Russia asserted that Afghanistan’s Taliban had signed an agreement with Chechen rebels and that it might launch air strikes against Afghanistan.
    (SFC, 5/23/00, p.A10)
2000        May 22, Pres. Putin abolished the chief agency for environmental protection and transferred its powers to a ministry that hands out oil and gas leases.
    (SFC, 5/23/00, p.A12)
2000        May 22, In Sri Lanka over 150 Tamil rebels were killed over 2 days of fighting for control in Jaffna. Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister met with Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar in Colombo in an attempt to broker a peace.
    (SFC, 5/23/00, p.A12)
2000        May 22, In Yugoslavia a Serbian court convicted 143 ethnic Albanians from Djakovica, Kosovo, on terrorism charges for attacks against Serbian police during 1999 NATO bombings.
    (SFC, 5/23/00, p.A14)

2000        May 23, Two weeks before a US-Russia arms summit, presidential candidate George W. Bush said he would slash America’s nuclear arsenal as part of a broad national security review that would call for a missile-defense system.
    (AP, 5/23/01)
2000        May 23, The US Nasdaq market fell 6% to 3,164.55.
    (SFC, 5/24/00, p.A1)
2000        May 23, Ethiopian forces reclaimed Zalambessa, which was seized by Eritrea 2 years ago.
    (WSJ, 5/24/00, p.A1)
2000        May 23, In France the 15-day strike by armored truck security guards ended after they agreed to a risk premium of $138 per month.
    (SFC, 5/24/00, p.C4)
2000        May 23, The South Lebanon Army abandoned its positions and Israel’s 22-year occupation of its "security zone" ended.
    (SFC, 5/24/00, p.A1)
2000        May 23, In Nigeria Christians and Muslims clashed for a 2nd day in Kaduna and the death toll mounted to 100.
    (SFC, 5/24/00, p.C4)

2000        May 24, Isaiah Thomas, Bob McAdoo and Tennessee women’s coach Pat Summitt were elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.
    (AP, 5/24/01)
2000        May 24, The US House voted 237 to 197 to grant China permanent normal trade status.
    (SFC, 5/25/00, p.A1)
2000        May 24, New US $5 and $10 bills were scheduled to be shipped to banks. The engravings of Lincoln and Hamilton would be larger and off center.
    (WSJ, 4/27/00, p.A1)
2000        May 24, The state of Maryland dismissed its wiretapping case against Linda Tripp after judge disallowed most of Monica Lewinsky’s testimony.
    (AP, 5/24/01)
2000        May 24, Two gunmen killed 5 workers in a Wendy’s restaurant in the Queens borough of NYC. John Taylor (36) and Craig Godineaux (31) were arrested 2 days later. Taylor was sentenced to death in 2002.
    (SFC, 5/26/00, p.A2)(SFC, 5/27/00, p.A2)(WSJ, 11/27/02, p.A1)
2000        May 24, In Chile an appeals court ruled that Gen. Pinochet cannot claim immunity from prosecution.
    (SFC, 5/25/00, p.A12)
2000        May 24, Eritrea decided to withdraw from land it seized in 1998 following a 12-day offensive by Ethiopia.
    (SFC, 5/25/00, p.A12)
2000        May 24, Israeli troops pulled out unilaterally from south Lebanon, ending 18 years of occupation.
    (AP, 5/24/01)
2000        May 24, In Sierra Leone 2 journalists and 4 soldiers were killed by rebel soldiers some 60 miles northeast of Freetown. Kurt Schork (53) of Reuters was one the journalists killed.
    (SFC, 5/25/00, p.C16)(SFEC, 5/28/00, p.C14)

2000        May 25, The US government proposed a rating system telling consumers how prone vehicles are to rolling over.
    (AP, 5/25/01)
2000        May 25, The China Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) was founded in Beijing.
2000        May 25, Iranian state radio announced that former President Hashemi Rafsanjani had resigned from the incoming parliament, depriving hard-liners of a leading figure in the power struggle between conservatives and reformists.
    (AP, 5/25/01)
2000        May 25, In Russia Pres. Putin unveiled a new plan to revive the economy that included a flat 13% income tax.
    (SFC, 5/26/00, p.A15)
2000        May 25, In Venezuela the high court postponed general elections due to technical problems.
    (SFC, 5/26/00, p.A14)
2000        May 25, Yugoslavia ordered all universities to close a week early for the spring semester in fear of a student uprising against the government crackdown on independent media.
    (SFC, 5/26/00, p.A17)

2000        May 26, The "Killer Resume" computer virus began to circulate.
    (SFC, 5/27/00, p.A1)
2000        May 26, In Florida, Nathaniel Brazill, a 13-year-old student, shot and killed teacher Barry Grunow (35) on the last day of classes at Lake Worth Community Middle School after the teacher refused to let him talk with two girls in his classroom. Brazill, a seventh grader, had been sent home for throwing water balloons. In 2001 Brazill was tried as an adult, convicted of 2nd degree murder and sentenced to 28 years in prison.
    (SFC, 5/27/00, p.A3)(SFC, 5/10/01, p.C2)(SFC, 5/17/01, p.A3)(AP, 5/26/05)
2000        May 26, In Canada an outbreak of E. coli in Walkerton, Ontario, left 5 people dead and made over 1,000 very ill. The local water system had become contaminated.
    (SFC, 5/27/00, p.A13)
2000        May 26, Eritrea and Ethiopia agreed to resume peace talks even as Ethiopia continue to push into Eritrean territory.
    (SFC, 5/27/00, p.A12)
2000        May 26, In Fiji Pres. Mara fired the elected government and said he would probably grant immunity to coup leaders.
    (SFC, 5/27/00, p.A12)
2000        May 26, Haitian rights activists denounced the arrests of dozens of opposition candidates following the apparent victory of the Lavalas party. Most of the arrested opposition candidates were soon released.
    (SFC, 5/27/00, p.A13)(SFC, 5/31/00, p.A13)
2000        May 26, In Kyrgyzstan gunmen opened fire on a visiting Chinese delegation and one official was killed. The visitors had planned to investigate an arson attack at a Chinese market.
    (SFC, 5/27/00, p.A13)
2000        May 26, In Sierra Leone rebels released another 180 UN hostages. Pres. Kabbah announced plans to prosecute rebel leader Foday Sankoh. The government issued a statement promising not to recruit children under 18.
    (SFC, 5/27/00, p.A12,14)
2000        May 26, In Turkey a 6 volume report by a parliamentary human rights panel was obtained by the Associated Press. It documented cases of torture in police stations across the country.
    (SFC, 5/27/00, p.C1)

2000        May 27, A freight train derailed near Eunice, La., and some 3,500 people were evacuated due to the release of methyl chloride, acrylic acid, toluene diisocyanate, and dichloropropane.
    (SFEC, 5/28/00, p.A2)
2000        May 27, It was reported that researchers in Canada successfully used transplanted pancreas cells to help cure Type I diabetes.
    (SFC, 5/27/00, p.3)
2000        May 27, The wreck of the Carpathia, the steamer that rescued passengers of the Titanic in 1912, was found in 500 feet of water, 120 miles south of Fastnet, Ireland.
    (SFC, 9/22/00, p.A12)
2000        May 27, In Australia the "Declaration of Reconciliation" was presented by prime Minister John Howard to help heal the history of government racism toward the native aborigines. Howard removed a phrase of apology in one passage and substituted regret.
    (SFC, 5/26/00, p.A14)
2000        May 27, In Northern Ireland the Ulster Unionist Party’s ruling council voted to accept an IRA offer to put its weapons beyond use.
    (SFEC, 5/28/00, p.A1)

2000        May 28, Juan Montoya won the 84th Indianapolis 500, becoming the first rookie champion since Graham Hill in 1966.
    (AP, 5/28/01)
2000        May 28, In Eritrea Ethiopian warplanes bombed a nearly completed power plant in Massawa as thousands of refugees fled north.
    (SFC, 5/29/00, p.A12)
2000        May 28, In Fiji some 200 rebel supporters stormed through Suva and one police officer was killed. The Fiji Television building was rampaged and knocked off the air. George Speight called for the resignation of Pres. Mara and for the constitution to be scrapped.
    (SFC, 5/29/00, p.A11)
2000        May 28, In Israel Pres. Weizman announced that he would resign July 10 due to past financial misdealings.
    (SFC, 5/29/00, p.A10)
2000        May 28, In southern Lebanon 2 children were killed and 7 people were injured when their car drove over a land mine. In Rmeiche a Hezbollah fighter killed a Christian man. At Kafr Kila Israeli soldiers fired on Lebanese and Palestinian civilians throwing stones across the border.
    (SFC, 5/29/00, p.A10)
2000        May 28, In Peru Pres. Fujimori claimed victory with 50.8% of the vote in elections tainted by alleged fraud and irregularities. The runoff vote was boycotted by his opponent.
    (SFC, 5/29/00, p.A1)(AP, 5/28/01)
2000        May 28, In the Philippines Muslim guerrillas staged 3 attacks and killed at least 15 people including 12 civilians. Separately 26 people were arrested on suspicion of involvement in the recent Manila bombings.
    (SFC, 5/29/00, p.A14)
2000        May 28, In Poland the Freedom Union Party voted to resign from the coalition government of Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek.
    (SFC, 5/29/00, p.A10)
2000        May 28, In Russia Pres. Putin signed the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. It would not be effective until the US and other nations also approve.
    (SFC, 5/29/00, p.A14)
2000        May 28, In Sierra Leone the last 85 UN peacekeepers were released by rebels into Liberia and returned to Freetown.
    (SFC, 5/29/00, p.A1)
2000        May 28, In Kosovo, Yugoslavia, an attacker shot and killed a 4-year-old Serb boy and 2 men in Cermica.
    (SFC, 5/30/00, p.A14)

2000        May 29, President Clinton left Washington for a weeklong European tour.
    (AP, 5/29/01)
2000        May 29, The US State Dept. called the vote in Peru invalid.
    (SFC, 5/30/00, p.A12)
2000        May 29, The space shuttle Atlantis landed at Cape Canaveral in the early morning dark after a successful overhaul of the Int’l. Space Station.
    (SFC, 5/30/00, p.A3)
2000        May 29, In Eritrea Ethiopian planes launched air raids on a military airstrip near Asmara as their foreign ministers prepared for talks in Algeria.
    (SFC, 5/30/00, p.A1)
2000        May 29, In Fiji Commodore Frank Bainimarama seized power to restore order following the coup. Pres. Mara stepped down from power and retired to Lau.
    (SFC, 5/30/00, p.A12)(Econ, 4/24/04, p.88)
2000        May 29, In Indonesia former pres. Suharto was put under house arrest pending a trial for corruption and abuse of power. However, Suharto’s trial on corruption charges was abandoned because of health concerns. In North Moluku at least 44 people were killed in an armed raid on a mostly Christian village on Halmahera Island. The attackers were believed to be members of the Lasker Jihad from a neighboring island.
    (SFC, 5/30/00, p.A12)(SFC, 5/31/00, p.A11)(AP, 5/29/01)
2000        May 29, North Korean leader Kim Jong il began a 3-day to China and met with Pres. Jiang Zemin and the ruling Communist Party’s inner circle. He received promises of free food and other material assistance. Kim Jong Il had not visited China since 1983.
    (SFC, 6/2/00, p.A16)(Econ, 7/2/11, p.36)
2000        May 29, In Zimbabwe Thadeus Rukuni, a candidate for the Movement for Democratic Change, was beaten to death in Bikita.
    (SFC, 6/2/00, p.A18)

2000        May 30, Last Monday of the month. Memorial Day, which began in 1868 as Decoration Day, was set aside to remember those who have died in the service of their country. Celebrated on May 30 for the first 100 years, Memorial Day was officially changed to the last Monday in May in 1968.
    (HNPD, 5/31/99)
2000        May 30, Pres. Clinton traveled to Portugal for talks with the EU and met with Pres. Jorge Sampaio at the Belem Palace outside of Lisbon. Clinton opened a week-long visit to Europe.
    (SFC, 5/31/00, p.A10)(AP, 5/30/01)
2000        May 30, It was reported that a US government study indicated a direct link between smoking and gum disease.
    (SFC, 5/30/00, p.A4)
2000        May 30, It was reported that physicists had conducted experiments in which light beams appeared to travel faster that the speed of light.
    (SFC, 5/30/00, p.A2)
2000        May 30, Former Pennsylvania Governor Robert P. Casey died in Scranton at age 68.
    (AP, 5/30/01)
2000        May 30, Gordon "Tex" Beneke, a singer and sax player with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, died in Costa Mesa, California, at age 86.
    (AP, 5/30/01)
2000        May 30, Three crew members of the Maria Estela skiff, enroute from Guatemala to Belize, killed at least 5 people and threw survivors overboard into the Gulf of Honduras. 3 of 10 passengers survived.
    (SFC, 6/1/00, p.A15)
2000        May 30, Ethiopia and Eritrea opened peace talks in Algeria.
    (SFC, 5/31/00, p.A10)
2000        May 30, In Japan it was reported that the Bandai Corp., a major toy maker, had begun offering employees $10,000 for every baby after their 2nd child due to low national birth rate.
    (SFC, 5/30/00, p.A14)

2000        May 31, Pres. Clinton proposed to EU allies in Portugal to share key technology on a US missile defense program to calm fears of a nuclear arms race that would leave Europe vulnerable.
    (SFC, 6/1/00, p.A16)(AP, 5/31/01)
2000        May 31, Tito Puente, Latin jazz bandleader, died in New York at age 77. He recorded some 119 albums from 1949 to 2000.
    (SFC, 6/2/00, p.D2)
2000        May 31, In Chechnya Sergei Zveryev, Russia’s 2nd highest official in the area, was killed by a remote controlled bomb in Grozny. Grozny’s Mayor Supyan Makhchayev was injured and his assistant was also killed.
    (SFC, 6/1/00, p.A16)
2000        May 31, Ethiopia declared victory over Eritrea as peace talks continued in Algeria.
    (SFC, 6/1/00, p.A16)
2000        May 31, In Luxembourg Neji Bejaoui, an unemployed Tunisian immigrant, took 37 children and 3 teachers hostage in Wasserbillig. Police posing as journalists shot and wounded the hostage-taker after a 30-hour standoff. No one else was injured.
    (SFC, 6/1/00, p.A17)(SFC, 6/2/00, p.A14)(SFC, 6/3/00, p.A14)
2000        May 31, In Montenegro Goran Zugic (39), security advisor to Pres. Milo Dzukanovic, was gunned down as he arrived home.
    (SFC, 6/2/00, p.A18)

2000        May, Britain’s Tate Modern opened at the former Bankside Power Station in London. It was dedicated to international modern and contemporary art.
2000        May, The Iranian embassy in Vienna granted refuge to Holocaust denier Wolfgang Frohlich.
2000        May, Pres. Putin declared direct rule over Chechnya from Moscow. Former Chechen cleric Akhmad Kadyrov was appointed as administrative head.
    (USAT, 9/2/04, p.13A)
2000        May, Russian security arrested Ruslan Alikhadzhiyev, a Chechen parliamentary speaker in Shali. In Sept. it was reported that Alikhadzhiyev was missing and had reportedly been killed following torture.
    (SFC, 9/6/00, p.A10)
2000        May, A new island formed by the Kavachi volcano began to emerge from the Bismarck Sea, 22 miles north of the Solomon Islands.
    (SFC, 5/27/00, p.D10)
2000        May, The Kimberley process started when Southern African diamond-producing states met in Kimberley, South Africa, to discuss ways to stop the trade in ‘conflict diamonds’ and ensure that diamond purchases were not funding violence.
2000        May, In Venezuela Ford Motor Co. began a recall of Ford Explorers due to problems with their Firestone tires.
    (SFC, 9/9/00, p.A10)

2000        Jun 1, In San Francisco gas station attendant Thomas Lee (60) was found gunned down behind a filling station at Washington Street and Van Ness Ave. In 2018 police served an arrest warrant on Roy Donovan Lacy (38), a former SF Bay Area resident serving time for bank robbery in a Florida prison.
    (SSFC, 5/20/18, p.C3)
2000        Jun 1, In Atlanta 3 federal appellate judges ruled that immigration officials acted reasonably in denying Elian Gonzalez an asylum hearing.
    (SFC, 6/2/00, p.A1)
2000        Jun 1, At Los Alamos hard drives with classified nuclear secrets were discovered missing. They were found June 16 behind a photocopier.
    (WSJ, 6/13/00, p.A1)(SFC, 6/17/00, p.A1)
2000        Jun 1, With about half an hour to spare, Texas Governor George W. Bush blocked the scheduled execution of convicted killer Ricky McGinn so that possibly exculpatory DNA evidence could be reviewed. The DNA tests failed to establish McGinn’s innocence, and he was put to death by injection the following September.
    (AP, 6/1/01)
2000        Jun 1, Rick Wagoner, the president of General Motors, was named CEO of GM.
    (WSJ, 3/30/09, p.A5)
2000        Jun 1, The organophosphate pesticide called chlorpyrifos, sold under names including Dursban, was reported to pose a risk to children. The EPA announced a ban on its use for most applications on June 8.
    (WSJ, 6/1/00, p.A1)(SFC, 6/9/00, p.A1)

2000        Jun 1, In Germany the Expo 2000 opened in Hanover and ran to Oct 31.
    (WSJ, 6/29/00, p.A24)
2000        Jun 1, Stores across Japan emptied beer vending machines to comply with a voluntary ban on beer vending to help reduce alcoholism.
    (SFC, 6/2/00, p.B11)
2000        Jun 1, In Kosovo Albanians killed a woman and wounded 3 men when they opened fire on a group of Serbs in the US zone.
    (WSJ, 6/2/00, p.A1)
2000        Jun 1, In Zimbabwe Pres. Mugabe announced that the state would begin seizing 804 mostly white-owned farms and resettle them with landless blacks.
    (SFC, 6/3/00, p.A10)

2000        Jun 2, President Clinton, visiting Germany, was honored with the prestigious International Charlemagne Prize at Aachen Cathedral.
    (AP, 6/2/01)
2000        Jun 2, In Olathe, Kansas, John Edward Robinson was arrested on sexual assault charges. 2 female bodies were found on his property in La Cygne, Kansas, the next day and 3 more 2 days later in 55-gallon drums in a storage locker in Missouri. 3 of the women were identified as Beverly Bonner (49), who disappeared in 1994, Suzette Marie Trouten (28), and Izabela Lewicka (22). Another 6 missing women were linked to Robinson. In July Robinson was charged in connection with the death of Lisa Stasi, who disappeared in 1985. In 2003 Robinson pleaded guilty to another 5 murders in Missouri.
    (SFC, 6/7/00, p.A10)(SFC, 6/16/00, p.A9)(SFC, 7/29/00, p.A7)(ST, 10/17/03, p.A7)
2000        Jun 2, In Kashmir an explosive device killed at least 11 people in Gundqasim during Shiite Muslim religious services.
    (SFC, 6/3/00, p.A12)
2000        Jun 2, In Kosovo 2 Serb villagers were killed when their vehicle drove over a land mine near Pristina. A mother and her 2 children were injured.
    (SFC, 6/3/00, p.A12)
2000        Jun 2, In Peru a truck leaving the Yanacocha gold mine leaked 330 pounds of liquid mercury. Local residents soon suffered mercury poisoning. A legal suit against Denver-based Newmont  Mining moved forward in 2005.
    (SFC, 3/14/05, p.A1)
2000        Jun 2, In the Philippines over 30 Moro rebels were killed along with one government soldier in North Cotabato province.
    (SFC, 6/3/00, p.A12)
2000        Jun 2, In Turkey  delegates in Istanbul from over 150 nations concluded the latest World Radiocommunication Conference. They agreed to reserve 3 blocks of airwaves for advanced services such as wireless Internet access.
    (SFC, 6/3/00, p.B1)

2000        Jun 3, Pres. Clinton met with Russia’s Pres. Putin in Moscow and began discussions on trade, missile defense and arms control.
    (SFEC, 6/4/00, p.A1)(AP, 6/3/01)
2000        Jun 3, William Simon, head of the US Treasury Dept. from 1974-1977, died at age 72. His published work included "A Time for Truth" and "A Time for Action." Simon left Wall Street as a bond trader to serve under Nixon as Deputy Sec. of the Treasury in 1973. From 1977-1980 he served as treasurer of the US Olympic Committee.
    (SFEC, 6/4/00, p.C15)(WSJ, 6/7/00, p.A26)
2000        Jun 3, Leonard Baskin (b.1922), American artist, writer and teacher, died. His work included paintings, sculptures, woodcuts and etchings.
    (SFEC, 7/23/00, DB p.36)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_Baskin)

2000        Jun 4, The play "Copenhagen" by Michael Frayn won the best play Tony at the 54th annual Tony Awards in Manhattan. The dance-play "Contact" won for best new musical. "Kiss Me, Kate" won for best musical revival.
    (SFC, 6/5/00, p.D1)(AP, 6/4/01)
2000        Jun 4, Pres. Clinton and Pres. Putin agreed to each dispose 34 metric tons of weapons-grade plutonium and to establish a military center in Moscow for US and Russian officers to share early warning data on missile and space launches. Clinton then answered questions from the public at the Ekho Moskvy radio station.
    (SFC, 6/5/00, p.A1,8)
2000        Jun 4, In NYC 150 people posed face-down flat nude beneath the Williamsburg Bridge for a photo shoot by Spencer Tunick.
    (SFC, 6/5/00, p.A7)
2000        Jun 4, NASA directed the $670 million, 17-ton, crippled Compton Gamma Ray Observatory into a suicide plunge into the Pacific Ocean in a controlled re-entry to avoid debris over populated areas.
    (SFC, 6/3/00, p.A6)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compton_Gamma_Ray_Observatory)
2000        Jun 4, It was reported that IBM planned to build the "Blue Gene" computer over the next five years to model the way human proteins fold into shapes that give them unique biological properties.
    (SFEC, 6/4/00, p.A12)
2000        Jun 4, A 3-day meeting on trade of the 34-nation OAS, Organization of American States, began in Windsor, Canada. Police arrested 41 protesters.
    (SFEC, 6/4/00, p.A20)(SFC, 6/5/00, p.A9)
2000        Jun 4, In Indonesia a 7.3 earthquake hit Sumatra and over 100 people were killed with relentless aftershocks.
    (SFC, 6/5/00, p.A8)(SFC, 6/6/00, p.A13)
2000        Jun 4, In West Papua separatists made a declaration of independence from Indonesia. Thaha Alhamid read the declaration before thousands gathered in Jayapura. 500 West Papuans had gathered for a "congress" that resulted in the declaration.
    (SFC, 6/5/00, p.A8)(SFC, 7/7/00, p.A12)
2000        Jun 4, In Pakistan a new government tax caused protests and strikes. In Peshawar police broke up a rally with tear gas and batons. Small traders refused to open their shops and transport workers joined the strikes.
    (SFEC, 6/11/00, p.T10)
2000        Jun 4, In the Solomon Islands insurgents of the Malaita Eagle Force militia took Prime Minister Bartholomew Ulufa’alua hostage in Honiara. The Malaita Force was fighting the Isatabu force, which was trying to drive thousands of migrants from Malaita off of Guadalcanal.
    (SFC, 6/5/00, p.A9)

2000        Jun 5, Pres. Clinton met with Pres. Kuchma in Ukraine and Kuchma announced the closure of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant by Dec 15. Clinton pledged $80 million to help pay the $750 million cost to stabilize the sarcophagus of the ruined reactor.
    (SFC, 6/6/00, p.A1)
2000        Jun 5, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count under an agreement that dropped murder charges in the stabbing deaths of two men outside a Super Bowl party in Atlanta. Lewis was sentenced to a year of probation.
    (AP, 6/5/01)
2000        Jun 5, Computer rebels planned to launch a data haven, an independent colony in cyberspace, based on the island of Sealand, a WW II military fortress 6 miles off the coast of England.
    (SFEC, 6/4/00, p.A4)
2000        Jun 5, Eritrea claimed that an Ethiopian attack near Assab was foiled and that 3,755 Ethiopian troops were "killed, wounded, or taken prisoner."
    (SFC, 6/6/00, p.A10)
2000        Jun 5, In Ethiopia 14 children were trampled to death at the Mega Amphitheater in Addis Ababa when a crowd pushed to get out of the rain.
    (SFC, 6/6/00, p.A16)
2000        Jun 5, Ethiopia accused Eritrea of rounding up 7,529 Ethiopian citizens and putting them under armed guard for deportation.
    (SFC, 6/6/00, p.A10)
2000        Jun 5, Russia’s Pres. Putin traveled to Italy and met with Prime Minister Giuliano Amato. Putin then met with Pope John Paul II.
    (SFC, 6/6/00, p.A13)
2000        Jun 5, In Sri Lanka the government claimed that it had killed some 1,000 rebels in recent days. The censorship over foreign media was lifted.
    (WSJ, 6/6/00, p.A1)

2000        Jun 6, In New Orleans the National D-Day Museum opened on the 56th anniversary of the Allied landing to liberate Europe from Nazi terror.
    (SFC, 6/7/00, p.A3)
2000        Jun 6, Unilever agreed to buy Bestfoods for $20.3 billion in a deal creating the world’s biggest food company.
    (AP, 6/6/01)
2000        Jun 6, The World Bank approved a $3.7 billion oil well and pipeline project led by Exxon and Mobile to link oil fields in Chad across 663 miles to the Atlantic coast of Cameroon.
    (SFC, 6/7/00, p.A12)

2000        Jun 7, US District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson ordered the breakup of Microsoft Corporation, declaring the software giant should be split into two because it had "proved untrustworthy in the past." Microsoft vowed to appeal. An appeals court later threw out the breakup order; the Justice Department, under the Bush administration, said it would no longer seek a breakup of Microsoft.
    (SFC, 6/8/00, p.A1)(AP, 6/7/05)
2000        Jun 7, In Burundi Pres. Pierre Buyoya made concessions to end the 7-year war. He agreed to integrate the Tutsi-led army and to close down the regroupment camps by July 31.
    (SFC, 6/8/00, p.C3)
2000        Jun 7, In Chechnya a suicide attack killed 2 Russian policemen and wounded 5 in Alkhan-Yurt.
    (WSJ, 6/8/00, p.A1)
2000        Jun 7, In Congo troops from Uganda and Rwanda fought an artillery duel in Kisangani that set the city’s cathedral on fire.
    (WSJ, 6/8/00, p.A1)
2000        Jun 7, In the Solomon Islands Malaita rebels released Prime Minister Bartholomew Ulufa’alu from house arrest and dropped demands that he resign.
    (SFC, 6/8/00, p.C3)
2000        Jun 7, In Sri Lanka C.V. Gooneratne, Minister for Industrial Development, was killed along with 20 other people on War Heroes Day by a suicide bomber near Colombo. Gooneratne’s wife died the next day and the toll climbed to 23.
    (SFC, 6/8/00, p.A12)(SFC, 6/9/00, p.A18)

2000        Jun 8, Jeff MacNally (52), Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, died in Baltimore, Maryland.
    (AP, 6/8/01)
2000        Jun 8, In Greece Brigadier Stephen Saunders (53), a British diplomat, was assassinated in Athens. The November 17 terrorist group claimed responsibility, saying it killed Saunders because of his role in NATO airstrikes against Yugoslavia. In 2002 Iraklis Kostaris was charged with participating in the murder and Vassilis Xiros confessed to the assassination.
    (SFC, 6/9/00, p.A14)(AP, 6/8/01)(SFC, 7/22/02, p.A3)
2000        Jun 8, In Nigeria rioting in Lagos and a nationwide strike began after a 50% increase in fuel prices.
    (SFC, 6/9/00, p.A15)
2000        Jun 8, In Russia Pres. Putin took personal control over Chechnya. A provisional government was planned headed by a Kremlin-appointed official.
    (SFC, 6/9/00, p.A14)
2000        Jun 8, The UN voted (Resolution 1302) to extend Iraq’s oil for food program. Over the next 2 years the extensions were repeated every 180 days.
    (SFC, 9/24/02, p.A12)

2000        Jun 9, The Justice Department released a report saying an 18-month investigation had found no credible evidence that conspirators aided or framed James Earl Ray in the 1968 assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Junior.
    (AP, 6/9/01)
2000        Jun 9, The FBI began discussions on the "Serbian Badman Trojan" computer virus disguised as a movie clip and embedded in some 2000 commercial and home computers.
    (SFC, 6/9/00, p.A7)
2000        Jun 9, Painter Jacob Lawrence (b.1917) died in Seattle at age 82. His family moved to Harlem in 1930.
    (AP, 6/9/01)(WSJ, 8/3/01, p.W8)
2000        Jun 9, George Segal (b.1924), sculptor and painter, died at his home in south Brunswick, N.J., at age 75.
    (SFC, 6/10/00, p.A23)
2000        Jun 9, In Argentina millions of workers went on strike to protest the economic austerity policies of Pres. Fernando de la Rua and the 14% unemployment rate.
    (SFC, 6/10/00, p.A14)
2000        Jun 9, In Brazil legal rights for same-sex couples were extended to include inheritance, pension and social security benefits.
    (SFC, 6/10/00, p.A13)
2000        Jun 9, At least 74 people were reported killed in Sichuan, China, from floods and mudslides following torrential rain and hail.
    (SFC, 6/10/00, p.A24)
2000        Jun 9, In Congo the 22-month civil war averaged some 2,600 deaths every day. The total was estimated at 1.7 million dead.
    (SFC, 6/9/00, p.A20)
2000        Jun 9, It was reported that some 5 dozen intravenous drug users in Scotland, Ireland and England had died since April from a mysterious illness. Heroin was later found to be contaminated with Clostridium novyi Type A.
    (SFC, 6/9/00, p.D3)(SFC, 6/15/00, p.A19)(WSJ, 6/16/00, p.A1)
2000        Jun 9, Eritrea accepted an Organization of African Unity plan to end the conflict with Ethiopia.
    (SFC, 6/10/00, p.A12)

2000        Jun 10, In Dallas the New Jersey Devils won their second Stanley Cup in six seasons with a 2-to-1 victory in double overtime over the Dallas Stars in Game Six of the finals.
    (WSJ, 6/12/00, p.A1)(AP, 6/10/01)
2000        Jun 10, "Commendable" won the Belmont Stakes.
    (AP, 6/10/01)
2000        Jun 10, Frenchwoman Mary Pierce beat Conchita Martinez 6-2, 7-5 to win the French Open women’s singles title.
    (AP, 6/10/01)
2000        Jun 10, A UN Women’s Conference in NYC approved a new plan to advance the 1995 Beijing Agenda.
    (SFEC, 6/11/00, p.A27)
2000        Jun 10, In London the new $25 million Millennium Bridge, a 1,090 foot pedestrian suspension bridge over the Thames, opened. It soon closed due to a problem of excessive swaying. It was designed by Sir Norman Foster, sculptor Anthony Caro and the Arup engineering company. It reopened in 2002.
    (SFEC, 6/11/00, p.A17)(SFC, 6/13/00, p.A11)(SSFC, 3/31/02, p.C2)
2000        Jun 10, Ethiopian troops stormed Eritrean positions on all 3 fronts of the disputed border in a break of the cease-fire. The Ethiopian government accepted cease-fire terms brokered in Algeria but asked for a "brief delay."
    (SFEC, 6/11/00, p.A31)
2000        Jun 10, In Germany the 3-day Rock of the Ring music festival in Neurburg drew some 100,000 people to see 90 bands.
    (SFEC, 6/11/00, p.A31)
2000        Jun 10, In Syria Pres. Hafez Assad (69), the "Lion of Damascus," died. His son Bashar Assad (34) was expected to be named his successor. Assad had given Alawites powerful positions in the army and Baath party while the Sunnis were given a free rein in trade and industry.
    (SFEC, 6/11/00, p.A1)(SFC, 6/15/00, p.A16)

2000        Jun 11, In NYC’s Central Park young male gangs attacked some 47 women with harassment, molestation and robbery during the annual Puerto Rico Day parade. Some of the assaults were captured on home video. 16 of 60 suspects were arrested over the next week. Some police officers also faced discipline for lack of response.
    (SFC, 6/17/00, p.A6)(SFC, 6/19/00, p.A2)(AP, 6/11/01)
2000        Jun 11, Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil won his second French Open title, beating Magnus Norman 6-2, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (6).
    (AP, 6/11/01)
2000        Jun 11, In Congo Rwandan troops drove Ugandan forces from Kisangani to end a week of indiscriminate shelling.
    (SFC, 6/12/00, p.A13)   
2000        Jun 11, In Dessau, Germany, Alberto Adriano (39), a 20-year German resident from Mozambique, was kicked to death by 3 men. Enrico Hilprecht (24) was later convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Two 16-year-old accomplices were sentenced to 9 years each.
    (SFC, 8/31/00, p.A1)
2000        Jun 11, A former hard-liner who has recently favored democratic reforms was elected as the speaker of Iran's first reformist-dominated parliament in more than 20 years.
    (AP, 6/11/03)
2000        Jun 11, In Montenegro voters kept the pro-West government in the capital, Podgorica, but elected allies of Slobodan Milosevic in Herceg Novi.
    (WSJ, 6/12/00, p.A1)(SFC, 6/13/00, p.A11)
2000        Jun 11, A day after the death of Syrian President Hafez Assad, his son, Bashar, was unanimously nominated by Syria’s ruling Baath Party to succeed his father.
    (AP, 6/11/01)

2000        Jun 12, US Supreme Court Justices in a unanimous ruling curbed patient’s rights and ruled that HMOs can’t be sued over doctor’s incentives to cut treatment costs.
    (WSJ, 6/13/00, p.A1)(AP, 6/12/01)
2000        Jun 12, The US Justice Dept. agreed to compensate the Nixon estate $18 million for the tapes and presidential papers seized in 1974.
    (SFC, 6/13/00, p.A3)
2000        Jun 12, In St. Louis, Earl Murray, a drug dealer, and his friend Ronald Beasley were killed by police during an attempted drug arrest. The two men were unarmed and police fired 20 bullets into their car.
    (SFC, 6/28/00, p.A11)
2000        Jun 12, Akhmad Kadyrov, a Muslim cleric, was appointed by Pres. Putin to head the administration in Chechnya.
    (SFC, 6/13/00, p.A10)
2000        Jun 12, In Chile the worst rains in 20 years began and caused flooding in Santiago and a large portion of the central and southern parts of the country.
    (SFC, 6/15/00, p.C4)
2000        Jun 12, In Indonesia at least 8 people were killed in Muslim-Christian fighting in Maluku.
    (SFC, 6/13/00, p.A11)
2000        Jun 12, Saudi Arabia and Yemen signed an agreement to end decades of border disputes.
    (SFC, 6/13/00, p.A11)
2000        Jun 12, Rifaat Assad, the brother of Hafez Assad, claimed himself the rightful heir of power in Syria. Syrian security forces were ordered to arrest Rifaat if he entered the country.
    (SFC, 6/13/00, p.A10)

2000        Jun 13, The MacArthur Foundation awarded "genius grants" to 25 people.
    (WSJ, 6/14/00, p.A1)
2000        Jun 13, In Argentina Pres. Fernando de la Rua apologized for his country’s role in providing sanctuary to Nazis after WW II.
    (SFC, 6/14/00, p.A13)
2000        Jun 13, In Chile the military agreed to search for the remains of the 1,200 dissidents who disappeared between 1973-1990 under Gen. Pinochet.
    (SFC, 6/14/00, p.A16)
2000        Jun 13, In Italy the government pardoned Mehmet Ali Agca (42), the man who wounded Pope John Paul II in 1981. Agca was flown to Turkey to finish serving 8 years for the 1979 murder of a newspaper editor.
    (SFC, 6/14/00, p.A12)
2000        Jun 13, Pres. Kim Jong Il of North Korea met with Pres. Kim Dae Jung of South Korea in the 1st meeting ever between leaders of the 2 countries. They agreed to try to satisfy their people’s desire for reconciliation. Border loudspeakers that blasted insults at South Korea were shut off.
    (SFC, 6/13/00, p.A10)(SFC, 6/14/00, p.A1)(SFC, 6/17/00, p.A9)
2000        Jun 13, In Nigeria a national strike ended after the government agreed to a substantial reduction in the 50% increase to fuel prices.
    (SFC, 6/14/00, p.A13)
2000        Jun 13, In Russia Vladimir Gusinsky, head of Media-Most, was arrested on charges of swindling and grand larceny.
    (SFC, 6/14/00, p.A12)(WSJ, 6/14/00, p.A1)

2000        Jun 14, The Southern Baptist Convention declared that women should no longer serve as pastors.
    (AP, 6/14/01)
2000        Jun 14, Federal prosecutors in Manhattan charged a record 120 people that included reputed mafia members with securities fraud in a yearlong probe code-named "Uptick."
    (SFC, 6/15/00, p.A1)
2000        Jun 14, In Florida George Trofimoff (73) was arrested for spying for the Soviet KGB from 1969-1995. He had served as chief of an Army unit responsible for interviewing Warsaw pact defectors.
    (SFC, 6/15/00, p.A3)
2000        Jun 14, US federal marine specialists reported that the US Navy induced underwater noise caused the death of at least a dozen whales in the Bahamas in March. Hemorrhages were found around the animals’ ears.
    (SFC, 6/15/00, p.a7)
2000        Jun 14, In San Francisco temperatures hit 103 degrees, matching the record high set on July 17,1988. Eugene Kesselman (27) disappeared after he left his Sunset home to buy a car. His body was found 9 days later in the trunk of his car in the Excelsior district. In Sept. police arrested Shonte Pratt (25) and Brandon Ry (20) for suspicion of murder and armed robbery.
    (SFC, 9/6/00, p.A23)(SFC, 12/25/08, p.A14)
2000        Jun 14, Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder agreed with heads of the nuclear power industry to end the use of atomic energy. With an expected life span of 32 years closure of all 17 plants would occur by 2020. In 2005 the timetable was confirmed. In 2007 an expansion of the timetable for closure was up for consideration.
    (SFC, 6/15/00, p.A16)(Econ, 2/10/07, p.50)
2000        Jun 14, Pres. Kim Jong Il of North Korea and Pres. Kim Dae Jung of South Korea pledged concrete steps toward unifying their divided peninsula and signed an agreement to allow visits for some families separated for the last five decades.
    (SFC, 6/15/00, p.A1)(AP, 6/14/01)
2000        Jun 14, In Sri Lanka a suicide bomber killed himself and 2 civilians when he rammed a bus with 25 sick air force soldiers. None of the troops were hurt.
    (SFC, 6/15/00, p.A16)

2000        Jun 15, Denis Savard, Joe Mullen and Walter L. Bush Junior were selected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
    (AP, 6/15/01)
2000        Jun 15, Al Gore named Commerce Secretary William Daley to take over his presidential campaign, replacing Tony Coelho, who had abruptly resigned, citing health problems.
    (AP, 6/15/01)
2000        Jun 15, US federal agents made over 170 arrests in the breakup of a Mexican heroin ring based in Nayarit state. The US-based ringleader, Oscar Hernandez (35), and his wife, Maria Lopez (39), were arrested in Panorama City. Operation Tar Pit began last October in San Diego.
    (SFC, 6/16/00, p.A5)
2000        Jun 15, In Canada demonstrators in Toronto protested cuts in social programs and clashed with police.
    (SFC, 6/16/00, p.A19)
2000        Jun 15, Ethiopia accepted a preliminary cease-fire plan and together with Eritrea planned to sign documents in Algeria.
    (SFC, 6/16/00, p.A19)
2000        Jun 15, In Kosovo 2 Serbs were killed and another wounded when their vehicle ran over a land mine. NATO peacekeepers raided an ethnic Albanian stronghold in Drenica and seized a large quantity of weapons and ammunition. Halil Dreshaj, a member of the Democratic League of Kosovo, was shot and killed by masked men wearing uniforms of the disbanded KLA.
    (SFC, 6/15/00, p.A19)(SFC, 6/17/00, p.A10)

2000        Jun 16, The US Senate passed a bill to allow e-signatures for online contracts. Pres. Clinton said he would sign the bill. The E-Sign Act of 2000 defined signature as any sound, symbol or process that is logically associated with a document, a person and an intent.
    (SFC, 6/17/00, p.A3)(Econ, 6/10/06, p.62)
2000        Jun 16, Federal regulators approved the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE Corporation, creating the nation’s largest local phone company.
    (AP, 6/16/01)
2000        Jun 16, Inacom Corp., once the world’s largest computer dealer, sent most of its 5,100 employees an e-mail directing them to a toll-free phone number with a recorded message that fired them.
    (WSJ, 11/8/00, p.A1)
2000        Jun 16, Scientists reported the discovery the sugar molecule, glucoaldehyde, near the center of the Milky Way at Sagittarius North, 26,000 light-years away.
    (SFC, 6/17/00, p.A2)
2000        Jun 16, Raynard Johnson, 17, was found hanging from a tree in Marion County, Mississippi; investigators later ruled it a suicide, not a lynching.
    (AP, 6/16/01)
2000        Jun 16, In Chechnya Umar Idrisov, a Muslim leader, was shot and killed by attackers following a sermon for peace. 2 Chechen police officers working for Russian authorities were found beheaded.
    (SFC, 6/17/00, p.A10)
2000        Jun 16, In Ethiopia the election board announced that the 4-party Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front won a landslide victory in 4 key regions in the may 14 elections.
    (SFC, 6/17/00, p.A10)
2000        Jun 16, The Israeli pullout from Lebanon was finished according to UN Sec.-Gen. Kofi Annan. Lebanese Prime Minister Salim Hoss claimed that some Israeli outposts were still present inside their border.
    (SFC, 6/17/00, p.A8)(SFEC, 6/18/00, p.A9)
2000        Jun 16, Empress dowager Nagako, widow of Japan’s Emperor Hirohito, died in Tokyo at age 97.
    (SFC, 6/17/00, p.A20)(AP, 6/16/01)
2000        Jun 16, In Mexico American expatriates Norris (67) and Nancy (62) Price were found shot to death in Ajijic near Guadalajara. A land dispute was suspected.
    (SFC, 6/17/00, p.A10)
2000        Jun 16, Serb opposition leader Vuk Draskovic was slightly wounded in an assassination attempt at his vacation home in Budva, Montenegro. Montenegro authorities reported the arrest of the attackers.
    (SFC, 6/16/00, p.A19)(SFC, 6/17/00, p.A8)
2000        Jun 16, In Russia Pres. Putin proposed a Moscow-based early warning center for missile launches around the world.
    (SFC, 6/17/00, p.A8)
2000        Jun 16, In Russia media mogul Vladimir Gusinsky was released from jail but swindling and theft charges were maintained.
    (SFC, 6/17/00, p.A8)
2000        Jun 16, South Korea turned off its anti-Communist broadcasts over border speakers at North Korea.
    (SFC, 6/17/00, p.A9)

2000        Jun 17, In Belgium English and German soccer fans clashed in Charleroi prior to a game in the European Soccer Championship.
    (SFEC, 6/18/00, p.A14)
2000        Jun 17, In Cuba, more than 300,000 people turned out to protest the continued stay of Elian Gonzalez in the United States; it was the largest such demonstration since the previous December, when Cuba launched a national campaign of mass gatherings demanding the boy’s return.
    (AP, 6/17/01)
2000        Jun 17, In India upper-class militia stormed Miapur village in Bihar state and massacred 34 women, children and old men. The attack was in retribution for the murder of 12 upper-caste farmers five days earlier, which in turn was preceded by the murder of 5 low-caste Yadavs. Police later arrested 11 landlord-paid militiamen.
    (SFEC, 6/18/00, p.A12)(WSJ, 6/19/00, p.A1)
2000        Jun 17, In Iran thousands of dead fish were reported to be spread over 5,400 acres of the dried up Arjang Lagoon, near the city of Shiraz, due to a 2-year drought.
    (SFC, 6/17/00, p.D8)
2000        Jun 17, In Kenya an ongoing drought was reported to have caused hungry baboons into villages in search of food. A crop failure for the 3rd consecutive year placed 22 million Kenyans on the brink of starvation.
    (SFC, 6/17/00, p.D8)
2000        Jun 17, Zimbabwe Pres. Mugabe said that whites may live in Zimbabwe, but they will never have a voice equal to that of blacks.
    (SFEC, 6/18/00, p.A14)

2000          Jun 18, Tiger Woods won the US Open Golf Championship at Pebble Beach by 12 under par and 15 strokes ahead of his nearest rival.
    (SFC, 6/19/00, p.A1)(AP, 6/18/01)
2000        Jun 18, A US F-14 Tomcat fighter jet crashed during an air show at Willow Grove, Pa. Two naval aviators were killed.
    (SFC, 6/20/00, p.A9)
2000        Jun 18, Nancy Marchand, Emmy-winning actress (The Sopranos), died in Stratford, Connecticut, a day before her 72nd birthday.
    (AP, 6/18/01)
2000        Jun 18, In Algeria the Foreign Ministers of Ethiopia and Eritrea signed an accord to cease hostilities immediately. The agreement called for an int’l. peacekeeping force in a buffer zone reaching 15 miles into Eritrea.
    (SFC, 6/19/00, p.A8)(SFC, 6/20/00, p.A12)
2000        Jun 18, In England officials found 58 bodies in the back of a truck carrying tomatoes at Dover. The truck had arrived from Zeebrugge under 86-degree heat and 54 male and 4 female Chinese immigrants from Fujian province appeared to have suffocated. There were 2 survivors. The chief suspect was arrested in Rotterdam in 2001. In 2001 Dutch driver Perry Wacker (32) was convicted and sentenced to 14 years in prison. Ying Guo (30) was convicted of conspiracy and was sentenced to 6 years in prison.
    (SFC, 6/19/00, p.A1)(WSJ, 6/20/00, p.A1)(SFC, 6/21/00, p.A12)(SFC, 1/23/01, p.C14)(SFC, 4/6/01, p.D6)
2004        Jun 18, Ethiopia and Eritrea agreed to cease hostilities in a two-year-old border war.
    (AP, 6/18/05)
2000        Jun 18, In Jordan King Abdullah II accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Abdur-Ra-‘uf Rawabdeh and appointed economist Ali Abu Ragheb (54) to form a cabinet.
    (SFC, 6/19/00, p.A9)
2000        Jun 18, In Haiti Leon Manus (78), the top election official, refused to approve the results of the election and fled to the US.
    (SFC, 6/19/00, p.A9)
2000        Jun 18, In Syria Bashar Assad was elected as sec. gen. of the ruling Baath Party.
    (SFC, 6/19/00, p.A9)

2000        Jun 19, The Los Angeles Lakers won their first championship in 12 years, defeating the Indiana Pacers 116-to-111 in game six of the NBA Finals. The post-game celebration, however, was marred by violent fans.
    (SFC, 6/21/00, p.A3)(AP, 6/19/01)
2000        Jun 19, The Clinton administration moved to lift trade sanctions against North Korea.
    (SFC, 6/20/00, p.A12)
2000        Jun 19, The US Supreme ruled that cities and states may not boycott companies that do business with Burma and that only the president and Congress have the authority to set foreign policy.
    (SFC, 6/20/00, p.A3)
2000        Jun 19, The Supreme Court reaffirmed, 6-to-3, that praying in public schools had to be private, barring officials from letting students lead stadium crowds in prayer before football games.
    (AP, 6/19/01)
2000        Jun 19, In Colombia Guillermo Valencia Cossio, the brother of peace negotiator Fabio Valencia Cossio, was abducted. Carlos Castano, head of the feared Self-Defenses Forces, later confirmed that he ordered the kidnapping.
    (SFC, 6/22/00, p.A1)
2000        Jun 19, EU leaders in Portugal approved Greece’s bid to join the EU beginning Jan 1, 2001.
    (WSJ, 6/20/00, p.A23)
2000        Jun 19, In Haiti militant supporters of Pres. Aristide shut down the 3 largest cities and demanded the release of election results. The Elections Council in response announced that Aristide’s party won control of the Senate.
    (SFC, 6/20/00, p.A12)
2000        Jun 19, In Indonesia sectarian fighting killed as many as 161 people in the Maluku Islands, also known as the Moluccas or Spice Islands. Thousands of Muslims attacked Christians in the village of Duma.
    (WSJ, 6/20/00, p.A1)(SFC, 6/21/00, p.A13)
2000        Jun 19, Noboro Takeshita, former leader of Japan's Liberal Democratic Party and premier from 1987-1989, died at age 76.
    (SFC, 6/19/00, p.E2)
2000        Jun 19, Representatives of Nigeria said they found bank accounts in Liechtenstein with over $150 million held by family members of former dictator Gen Sani Abacha.
    (SFC, 6/20/00, p.A13)
2000        Jun 19, In Zimbabwe officials said elections would not be monitored by foreign nongovernmental organizations.
    (WSJ, 6/20/00, p.A1)

2000        Jun 20, After a furious last-minute lobbying blitz by the Clinton administration, the Senate voted 57-to-42 to approve legislation making it easier for federal prosecutors to try hate crimes, attaching the measure to a defense authorization bill. However, the House stripped the hate crimes provision from the defense bill the following October.
    (AP, 6/20/01)
2000        Jun 20, Vivendi agreed to acquire Seagram’s Corp. for $30 billion.
    (SFC, 6/21/00, p.C16)
2000        Jun 20, Brazil decreed an immediate ban on the sale of firearms as part of a broad $1.7 billion national security plan.
    (SFC, 6/21/00, p.A14)
2000        Jun 20, In Northern Ireland Ulster Freedom Fighters threatened break their cease-fire and accused Catholic groups of attacking protestant homes.
    (SFC, 6/21/00, p.A12)
2000        Jun 20, In South Korea some 50 thousand members of the medical association went on strike to protest a new system that bans them from selling most drugs.
    (SFC, 6/21/00, p.A16)
2000        Jun 20, In Russia the prosecutor’s office filed to reverse the privatization of Norilsk Nickel, the largest metal company, controlled by oligarch Vladimir Potanin.
    (SFC, 6/21/00, p.A14)

2000        Jun 21, Some 55 years after World War Two ended, 22 Asian-American veterans received the Medal of Honor for bravery on the battlefield during a White House ceremony.
    (AP, 6/21/01)
2000        Jun 21, In San Leandro, Ca., Stuart Alexander (39), owner of the Santo Linguisa sausage factory, shot and killed 3 government meat inspectors, Jean Hillery (56), Tom Quadros (52), and Bill Shaline (57). In 2004 Alexander was convicted of 3 counts of 1st-degree murder. In 2005 Alexander was sentenced to death. On Dec 27, 2005, Alexander was found dead in his San Quentin jail cell.
    (SFC, 6/22/00, p.A1)(SFC, 6/23/00, p.A6)(SFC, 10/20/04, p.B1)(SFC, 2/16/05, p.B5)(SFC, 12/28/05, p.B1)
2000        Jun 21, In Chechnya 2 Russian soldiers were killed and 2 wounded in a rebel ambush near Mesker-Yurt.
    (SFC, 6/23/00, p.A20)
2000        Jun 21, North Korea extended its ban on missile flight-testing and the US responded with plans to renew talks to curb the long-range missile program. North Korea promised to refrain from long-range missile tests after the United States lifted some economic sanctions against it.
    (SFC, 6/22/00, p.A12)(AP, 6/21/01)

2000        Jun 22, Independent Counsel Robert Ray ended his investigation of the 1993 firings in the White House travel office, issuing no indictments but saying he’d found "substantial evidence" that First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton played a role in the dismissals.
    (AP, 6/22/01)   
2000        Jun 22, In Texas Gary Graham was executed for the 1981 murder of Bobby Lambert in a holdup near a Houston supermarket. Graham claimed his innocence to the very end.
    (SFC, 6/23/00, p.A3)(AP, 6/22/01)
2000        Jun 22, The Int’l. Financial Action Task Force accused 15 areas of facilitating money laundering.
    (SFC, 6/23/00, p.A17)
2000        Jun 22, In Bosnia a new cabinet proposed by Prime Minister Spasoje Tusevljak won parliamentary approval. Tusevljak, an economics professor, was approved by parliament earlier in June.
    (SFC, 6/24/00, p.A13)
2000        Jun 22, In China an overloaded ship capsized on the Yangtze River in Sichuan province and 59 people were either killed or missing. Separately a Yunshuji-7 turboprop was struck by lightning in Hubei province and all 42 people aboard were killed. 4 people were missing.
    (SFC, 6/23/00, p.D3)
2000        Jun 22, In Kazakstan some 11,000 seals were reported found dead on the shores of the Caspian Sea. Infectious disease linked to weakened immune systems due to oil-related pollutants were blamed.
    (SFC, 6/23/00, p.D3)

2000        Jun 23, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, during a visit to South Korea, said American troops would remain in the country indefinitely to maintain strategic stability in the Pacific area.
    (AP, 6/23/01)
2000        Jun 23, The federal government pledged over $22 million to help fight the glassy-winged sharpshooter, a pest threatening the California vineyards.
    (SFC, 6/24/00, p.A1)
2000        Jun 23, The new $250 million, 140,000-sq.-foot Experience Music Project opened in Seattle. It was funded by Paul G. Allen, designed by Frank Gehry and dedicated to the celebration of creativity in music.
    (SFC, 4/15/99, p.E8)(SFC, 6/22/00, p.A1)
2000        Jun 23, Jerome Richardson (b.1920), SF Bay Area jazz musician, died.
    (SFC, 2/19/08, p.D1)(www.jazzhouse.org/gone/lastpost2.php3?edit=962098717)
2000        Jun 23, In Australia a fire at a hostel in Childers, 130 miles north of Brisbane, killed at least 15 foreign backpackers.
    (SFC, 6/23/00, p.D3)
2000        Jun 23, The Cotonou Agreement, a treaty between the European Union and the group of African, Caribbean and Pacific states (ACP countries), was signed in Cotonou, the largest city in Benin, by 79 ACP countries and the then fifteen Member States of the EU. It entered into force in 2002 and is the latest agreement in the history of ACP-EU Development Cooperation. As of Dec 31, 2007, the Cotonou Agreement ceased to be legal under the rules of the WTO.
    (Econ, 5/28/05, p.78)(Econ, 1/5/08, p.74)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cotonou_Agreement)
2000        Jun 23, In Colombia Guillermo Valencia was freed after 4 days. Luisa Cano (5) was also freed by guerrillas after being kidnapped Apr 15.
    (SFC, 6/24/00, p.A13)
2000        Jun 23, In Indonesia street battles in the Maluku Islands between Christians and Muslims left at least 18 people dead.
    (SFC, 6/24/00, p.A13)
2000        Jun 23, In the Philippines the military captured Camp Rajamuda, a guerrilla stronghold in Maguindanao and North Catabato provinces. The weeklong operation left 4 guerrillas and one soldier dead.
    (SFC, 6/24/00, p.A13)
2000        Jun 23, A Panamanian registered tanker sank off Cape Town, South Africa and at least 1,300 tons of seeped out. Oil began to soak the local penguins at Robben Island.
    (SFC, 6/30/00, p.A16)

2000        Jun 24, Revising an earlier plan, President Clinton proposed using $58 billion from the growing budget surplus to help senior citizens pay for prescription drugs in 2002.
    (AP, 6/24/01)
2000        Jun 24, Vera Atkins (b.1908), British intelligence officer during WW II, died in Sussex, England. In 2005 Sarah Helm authored “A Life in Secrets: The Story of Vera Atkins and the Lost Agents of SOE."
    (Econ, 3/17/07, p.90)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vera_Atkins)
2000        Jun 24, A red tide of algal bloom over 2,700 square miles was reported over the East China Sea. China’s environmental protection agency blamed pollutants and weather conditions.
    (SFC, 6/24/00, p.A24)
2000        Jun 24, Israeli police fired across the Lebanese border at the Fatima gate at Kfar Kila. 3 Jordanian civilians were wounded.
    (SFC, 6/25/00, p.A6)
2000        Jun 24, After months of political violence, elections began in Zimbabwe.
    (SFC, 6/24/00, p.A1)(AP, 6/24/01)

2000        Jun 25, Juli Inkster became the first player in 16 years to successfully defend the LPGA Championship.
    (AP, 6/25/01)
2000        Jun 25, The Broadway show "Cats" was scheduled to close after 7397 performances. It was extended to September.
    (SFEC, 5/7/00, Par p.30)(SFC, 9/11/00, p.F4)
2000        Jun 25, The US Green party nominated Ralph Nader as its presidential candidate with running mate Winona LaDuke, an Ojibwe activist from Minnesota.
    (SFC, 6/26/00, p.A3)
2000        Jun 25, Philip Morris announced it was buying Nabisco for $14.9 billion.
    (AP, 6/25/01)
2000        Jun 25, In Puerto Rico US Navy bombing in Vieques resumed with nonexplosive dummy bombs after 37 demonstrators were arrested. A fatal accident had prompted a yearlong occupation by protesters.
    (WSJ, 6/26/00, p.A1)(SFC, 6/28/00, p.A3)(AP, 6/25/01)
2000        Jun 25, In Japan Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori’s LDP lost power to its coalition partners in parliamentary elections. The coalition won 271 of 480 seats in the lower house.
    (SFC, 6/26/00, p.A1)
2000        Jun 25, South Korea marked the 50th anniversary of the start of the Korean Conflict.
    (AP, 6/25/01)
2000        Jun 25, In Kuwait a refinery explosion at the Mina al-Ahmedi plant killed 5 people and closed the largest of the 3 oil processing facilities.
    (WSJ, 6/26/00, p.A1)(WSJ, 6/28/00, p.A1)
2000        cJun 25, Montenegro told the UN that it no longer wants to be represented by Yugoslavia.
    (WSJ, 6/26/00, p.A1)
2000        Jun 25, In Poland a 3-day world Forum on Democracy in Warsaw was sponsored by the NY-based Freedom House and the Warsaw-based Stefan Batory Foundation.
    (SFEC, 6/25/00, p.A9)
2000        Jun 25, In Russia the military declared that air and artillery attacks in Chechnya had been suspended. The next day the Kremlin said that attacks would continue.
    (SFC, 6/26/00, p.A10)
2000        Jun 25, In Zimbabwe EU observers said the voting in parliamentary elections was "not free or fair."
    (WSJ, 6/26/00, p.A1)

2000        Jun 26, The Supreme Court gave new power to its landmark Miranda decision of 1966, ruling police still must warn the people they arrest of their "right to remain silent" when questioned.
    (AP, 6/26/01)
2000        Jun 26, The Supreme Court struck down California’s system of "blanket primaries." It ruled that political parties have the right to exclude nonparty members from choosing their candidates.
    (SFC, 6/27/00, p.A1)
2000        Jun 26, Public and private gene researchers, Celera Genomics and the National Human Genome Research Institute, announced at the White House that they had roughly mapped the human genome. Craig Venter, head of Celera, acquired private funding in 1998 and began decoding in September 1999. In 2007 Venter authored “A Life Decoded: My Genome: My Life." A truly complete sequence was not published until 2003.
    (SFC, 6/27/00, p.A1)(AP, 6/26/01)(WSJ, 10/27/07, p.W6)(Econ, 6/19/10, SR p.3)
2000        Jun 26, The new United Religions organization planned a charter signing ceremony at Carnegie Mellon Univ. in Pittsburgh. Episcopal Bishop William Swing first announced his dream June, 1995, at Grace Cathedral in SF. A 41-member Global Council will coordinate activities. 24 members will be chosen by a worldwide membership in 8 regional elections, with a dozen at-large trustees and 5 seats from the current board. The basic unit of the organization will be a group of 7 or more people from a mix of religious traditions.
    (SFC, 6/19/00, p.A1,5)
2000        Jun 26, In Germany a 6-year-old Turkish boy was attacked and killed in a school yard in Hamburg by a pit bull and a Staffordshire terrier. The attack led German states to enact new rules on dog ownership.
    (SFC, 7/1/00, p.A12)
2000        Jun 26, In Indonesia Pres. Wahid declared a state of emergency in the eastern Maluku Islands. Over the last 6 days 60 people were reported killed in Ambon.
    (SFC, 6/27/00, p.A14)
2000        Jun 26, In Northern Ireland the IRA allowed an independent examination of its clandestine arms for the 1st time in its 81 year history.
    (SFC, 6/27/00, p.A12)
2000        Jun 26, In Poland a 2-day ministerial-level conference, "Toward a Community of Democracies," was the 1st of a planned biannual series.
    (SFEC, 6/25/00, p.A9)
2000        Jun 26, The Vatican unveiled the 62-line handwritten account of Lucia de Jesus dos Santos from the Fatima, Portugal, vision of Jul 13, 1917.
    (SFC, 6/27/00, p.A12)

2000        Jun 27, US House Republicans cut a deal to allow direct sales of food to Cuba for the first time in four decades.
    (AP, 6/27/01)
2000        Jun 27, In Chechnya 2 days of fighting left 12 Russians dead and up to 60 rebels killed according to Russian officials.
    (SFC, 6/29/00, p.C6)
2000        Jun 27, In Poland 107 participants joined to endorse a declaration of the "community of democracies." France alone excluded itself.
    (SFC, 6/28/00, p.B10)
2000        Jun 27, In Zimbabwe Pres. Mugabe promised to work with the newly elected parliament. The Movement for Democratic Change made historic gains and won 57 seats vs. 62 for Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party.
    (SFC, 6/28/00, p.A12)(AP, 6/27/01)

2000        Jun 28, The US Supreme Court ruled that the Boy Scouts can exclude gays from its organization (from serving as troop leaders). The ruling allowed the organization to set standards for membership.
    (SFC, 6/29/00, p.A1)(AP, 6/28/01)(SSFC, 11/3/02, p.A5)
2000        Jun 28, The US Supreme Court also ruled that Nebraska’s ban on "partial-birth abortion" put an "undue burden" on a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy.
    (SFC, 6/29/00, p.A1)(AP, 6/28/01)
2000        Jun 28, Seven months after he was cast adrift in the Florida Straits, Elian Gonzalez was returned to his native Cuba with his father.
    (SFC, 6/29/00, p.A1)(AP, 6/28/01)
2000         Jun 28, In Oregon Leah Freeman (15) went missing. Her body was found on August 3 outside of her hometown of Coquille. Her gym shoes, one of them bloody, were virtually the only physical clues police had to figure out what had happened to the missing girl. Her boyfriend Nick McGuffin was arrested on Aug. 23, 2010, and charged with murder. Nearly 20 years later, DNA evidence from one of those same shoes played a key role in freeing McGuffin from prison the only person who has ever been convicted of killing her.
    (ABC News, 2/27/20)
2000        Jun 28, In China the government announced a $48 million emergency plan to fight the drought in the northern provinces of Shanxi, Hebei, Gansu, and Ningxia.
    (SFC, 6/29/00, p.C6)
2000        Jun 28, In Iraq 2 UN staffers were shot and killed in a UN building in Baghdad. Fowad Hussein Haydar (38) was arrested in the attack which he staged to protest int’l. sanctions.
    (SFC, 6/29/00, p.A10)
2000        Jun 28, In the Philippines Communist guerrillas killed 12 soldiers and an army brigade commander in the town of Jones in northern Isabela province.
    (SFC, 6/29/00, p.C6)
2000        Jun 28, In Russia The Kremlin issued a plan to overhaul the economy. Separately the upper house of parliament, the Federation Council, voted down a proposal by Pres. Putin to disband it.
    (SFC, 6/29/00, p.C6)
2000        Jun 28, In Taiwan Pres. Chen Shui-bian told visiting Americans that he accepts that there is "one China."
    (SFC, 6/29/00, p.A10)

2000        Jun 29, President Clinton nominated former Congressman Norman Mineta to lead the Commerce Department and become the first Asian-American Cabinet secretary.
    (AP, 6/29/01)
2000        Jun 29, John Hopkins cancer researchers reported that the experimental substance C75, a potential weight-loss drug, suppressed appetite but not metabolism.
    (WSJ, 6/30/00, p.A1)
2000        Jun 29, Actor Vittorio Gassman died in Rome at age 77.
    (AP, 6/29/01)
2000        Jun 29, In Indonesia the ferry Cahaya Bahari was feared to have sunk with 492 passengers killing all but ten known survivors. The ship left Tobelo on Halmahera in North Maluku and was bound for Manado in North Sulawesi with many fleeing sectarian violence.
    (SFC, 6/30/00, p.A16)(AP, 6/29/01)
2000        Jun 29, Iraq said US and British warplanes bombed North Rumeila and killed a woman shepherd and injured her husband.
    (SFC, 6/30/00, p.A18)
2000        Jun 29, The OAS said it would set up a permanent office in Lima, Peru, to oversee democratic reforms.
    (SFC, 6/30/00, p.A18)
2000        Jun 29, In Sierra Leone 21 UN peacekeepers were freed by rebels and arrived in Liberia.
    (SFC, 6/30/00, p.A18)

2000        Jun 30, Pres. Clinton signed legislation for "digital signatures."
    (WSJ, 7/3/00, p.A1)
2000        Jun 30, An Arkansas Supreme Court committee sued President Clinton to strip him of his law license. Clinton later agreed to pay a fine and give up his law license for five years.
    (AP, 6/30/01)
2000        Jun 30, In Canada a bill that erased virtually all legal distinctions between heterosexual marriages and same-sex unions went into effect.
    (SFC, 7/3/00, p.A12)
2000        Jun 30, In Chechnya Russian Gen. Gennady Troshev said that a 5-day firefight at Serzhen-Yurt was over and that over 100 rebels were killed.
    (SFC, 7/1/00, p.A13)
2000        Jun 30, In Denmark 9 people were crushed to death at the Roskilde rock festival during a Pearl Jam concert.
    (SFC, 7/1/00, p.A12)(AP, 6/30/01)
2000        Jun 30, North and South Korea signed an agreement to allow 100 people each to reunite with families across their border beginning Aug 15.
    (SFC, 7/1/00, p.A12)
2000        Jun 30, In Russia the lower house voted to give pres. Putin the right to fire any of the nation’s 89 governors for cause.
    (SFC, 7/1/00, p.A13)
2000        Jun 30, In the Solomon Islands Mannasseh Sogavare replaced Bartholomew Ulufa’alu as prime minister.
    (SFC, 7/1/00, p.A13)
2000        Jun 30, In Sri Lanka the Supreme Court threw out the government’s news censorship system.
    (SFC, 7/1/00, p.A13)

2000        Jun, The US government passed the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act. It gave 23 sub-Saharan countries the opportunity to ship a range of textile products to the US duty-free.
    (WSJ, 1/2/02, p.A1)
2000        Jun, In SF Brian Singer, aka Someguy, launched his 1000 Journals Project from San Francisco. He began sending out blank notebooks with instructions for users to create entries, pass the journals on, and return them to him on completion. In 2003 the 1st one returned. In 2003 Andrea Kreuzhage, a German-born Los Angeles filmmaker, heard of the project and began filming a documentary, which was completed in 2008. In 2007 Chronicle books of SF published “The 1000 Journals Project," a compendium of outstanding images from several journals.
    (SSFC, 10/19/03, p.A1)(www.1000journals.com)(SFC, 7/29/08, p.E1)
2000        Jun, Stephen Pendergrast, co-founded Fictionwise, a retailer of electronic books, in Chatham, NJ. In 2009 Barnes & Noble acquired the company for $15.7 million.
    (WSJ, 3/6/09, p.B4)
2000        Jun, Jose Manuel Vigoa Perez robbed the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, continued a string of robberies that began in 1998. He was soon caught and imprisoned. In 2008 John Huddy authored “Storming Las Vegas: How a Cuban-Born, Soviet-Trained Commando Took Down the Strip to the Tune of Five World-Class Hotels, Three Armored Cars, and Millions of Dollars."
    (WSJ, 8/30/08, p.W7)
2000        Jun, In Florida the body of Kimberly Dietz-Livesey (35) was found in a suitcase on a roadside in Cooper City, Fla., southwest of Fort Lauderdale. Several weeks later, the body of Sia Demas (21) was found in a duffel bag near Dania Beach, also in Broward County. A year later, the body of Jessica Good (24) was spotted floating in Biscayne Bay, in Miami. Police soon identified Roberto Wagner Fernandes as a suspect, but he fled to Brazil and in 2005 died in a plane crash in Paraguay. DNA evidence later confirmed Fernandes as the killer.
    (NY Times, 8/31/21)
2000        Jun, Brazil’s Senate expelled Luiz Estevao (50) for lying about his involvement in a construction company that helped build a federal courthouse. He allegedly diverted $100 million in government funds for the project. It was the 1st expulsion in the Senate’s 170 year history.
    (SFC, 7/4/00, p.A9)
2000        Jun, In India two bombs were set off at crowded shopping area near the Red Fort, a massive 17th-century sandstone palace in New Delhi. Two people died in the blasts. On Jan 1, 2010, three Pakistani men, convicted of the bombing, escaped from custody shortly before they were to be deported.
    (AP, 1/3/10)

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