Today in History - July 2
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World UFO Day: The anniversary of crash near
Roswell in 1947.
(Econ, 6/28/14, p.25)
Jul 2, St. Miltiades began his reign as Catholic Pope.
419 Jul 2, Valentinian III,
Roman emperor (425-55), was born.
1298 Jul 2, An army under
Albert of Austria defeated and killed Adolf of Nassua near Worms,
1489 Jul 2, Thomas Cranmer,
first Protestant archbishop of Canterbury (1533-1556), was born.
1566 Jul 2, French astrologer,
physician and prophet Nostradamus died in Salon.
1578 Jul 2, In Puerto San
Julian, Patagonia, Argentina, English privateer Capt. Francis Drake
beheaded his friend John Doughty (b.1545) under accusations of
treason and witchcraft.
1625 Jul 2, The Spanish army
took Breda, Spain, after nearly a year of siege.
1644 Jul 2, Lord Cromwell
crushed the Royalists at the Battle of Marston Moor near York,
England. Cromwell came from minor gentry in Huntingdon and had
served in Parliament before the wars, during which he commanded the
Ironsides, a cavalry regiment famous for its discipline and
tenacity. Although he had had no previous military experience, he
showed amazing courage and tactical brilliance, particularly at the
Battle of Marston Moor.
(HN, 7/2/98)(HNQ, 8/8/00)
1644 Jul 2, William Gascoigne
(24), introduced telescopic sights, was killed.
1714 Jul 2, Christoph Willibald
Ritter von Gluck, composer, was born in Erasbach, Germany.
1747 Jul 2, Marshall Saxe led
the French forces to victory over an Anglo-Dutch force under the
Duke of Cumberland at the Battle of Lauffeld.
1775 Jul 2, George Washington
arrived in Boston and took over as commander-in-chief of the new
(HT, 3/97, p.33)
1776 July 2, The Continental
Congress passed Lee's resolution that "these united Colonies are,
and of right, ought to be, Free and Independent States," and then
spent two days over the wording of Jefferson's document.
(Civil., Jul-Aug., '95, p.61)(AP, 7/2/97)(HN,
1778 Jul 2, Jean-Jacques
Rousseau (b.1712), Swiss-born writer and philosopher, died in
France. He was considered part of the French Enlightenment
along with Voltaire and Diderot. In 2005 Leo Damrosch authored
“Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Restless Genius.”
1787 Jul 2, The Marquis de Sade
shouted from Bastille that prisoners were being slaughtered.
1798 Jul 2, John Fitch,
American inventor, clockmaker, died.
1807 Jul 2, In the wake of the
Chesapeake incident, in which the crew of a British frigate boarded
an American ship and forcibly removed four suspected deserters,
President Thomas Jefferson ordered all British ships to vacate U.S.
1808 Jul 2, Simon Fraser
completed his trip down Fraser River, BC. He landed at Musqueam.
1821 Jul 2, Charles Tupper, 6th
Canadian PM (1896), was born.
1822 Jul 2, Denmark Vesey
(b.1767) was executed in Charleston, South Carolina, for planning a
massive slave revolt.
1839 Jul 2, African slaves, led
by Joseph Cinque, killed Ramon Ferrer, and took possession of his
ship, La Amistad. Cinque ordered the navigator to take them back to
Africa but after 63 days at sea the ship was intercepted by
Lieutenant Gedney, of the United States brig Washington, half a mile
from the shore of Long Island.
1839 Jul 2, Abdul Meçid, aka
Abdul Mejid I (1823-1861), succeeded his father, Mahmud II, in the
Ottoman House of Osman.
1843 Jul 2, Samuel Hahnemann
(b.1755), German physician and founder of homeopathy, died in Paris.
A renaissance for homeopathy started in the 1970s when it was
rediscovered by West Germany’s glitterati, including Veronica
Carstens, the wife of a former president.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Hahnemann)(Econ, 9/10/16, p.44)
1849 Jul 2, The leaders of the
Republic of Rome surrendered to French and Austrian forces.
Garibaldi, his wife and some 4,700 men left Rome with the intent to
fight a guerrilla war against Austria.
(ON, 10/06, p.5)
1850 Jul 2, Prussia agreed to
pull out of Schleswig and Holstein, Germany.
1850 Jul 2, Sir Robert Peel
(b.1788), former British prime minister (1834-35 and 1841-46), died.
He founded the Conservative Party and the London Police Force whose
officers were called "bobbies." In 2007 Douglas Hurd authored
“Robert Peel: A Biography.”
(HN, 2/5/99)(Econ, 6/30/07, p.93)
1858 Jul 2, Czar Alexander II
freed the serfs working on imperial lands.
1862 Jul 2, Lincoln signed an
act granting land for state agricultural colleges. [see Jul 1]
1863 Jul 2, Mrs. Lincoln was
thrown from her carriage and spent weeks recovering at the Anderson
Cottage, Washington DC. The seat assembly may have been sabotaged.
(SFC, 5/20/02, p.F10)
1863 Jul 2, The Union left
flank held at Little Round Top during 2nd day of the Battle of
Gettysburg. Union Gen. Daniel Sickles was severely wounded and had
his leg amputated. In 2002 Thomas Keneally authored "American
Scoundrel: The Life of the Notorious Civil War General Dan Sickles."
(WSJ, 3/29/02, p.W10)(SFC, 4/17/02, p.D1)(AH,
1864 Jul 2, Statuary Hall in US
Capitol was established.
1864 Jul 2, Gen. Early and
Confederate forces reached Winchester.
1865 Jul 2, Lili Braun,
feminist, socialist writer (Im Schatten Titanen), was born in
1865 Jul 2, William Booth
(1829-1912), British Methodist preacher, held his first meeting for
the Salvation Army in London.
1867 Jul 2, The 1st US elevated
railroad began service in NYC.
1872 Jul 2, Jacob W. Davis of
Reno, Nevada, sent Levi Strauss & Co. in San Francisco a sample
of his work pants and a business proposal for Strauss to apply for a
patent in exchange for a half share in the patent. Davis soon sold
his half share to Strauss and moved to San Francisco to supervise
the manufacture of the work pants.
(ON, 4/05, p.11)
1874 Jul 2, Colonel Custer
departed from Fort Abraham Lincoln with some 1,000 soldiers and 70
Indian scouts on a 1200 mile expedition to chart the Black Hills of
eastern Wyoming western South Dakota, land which belonged to the
Sioux. The expedition returned on August 30.
(AH, 6/03, p.37)
1876 Jul 2, Montenegro declared
war on Turkey.
(PC, 1992, p.537)
1877 Jul 2, Herman Hesse
(d.1962), German philosopher poet and author, was born in
Switzerland. His work included "Steppenwolf" and he won the Nobel
Prize in literature in 1946.
(HN, 7/2/99)(WUD, 1994, p.666)(SC, 7/2/02)
1880 Jul 2, In San Francisco
St. Ignatius College opened for classes at its new campus at Van
Ness and Hayes.
(GenIV, Winter 04/05)
1881 Jul 2, Less than four
months after his inauguration, James Garfield, the 20th President of
the US, was assassinated by Charles J. Guiteau, who wished to be
appointed consul to France, at the Washington railroad station.
Garfield lived out the summer with a fractured spine and seemed to
be gaining strength until he caught a chill and died on September
19. Guiteau was apprehended at the time of the shooting and, in
spite of an insanity defense, was convicted of murder. Chester Alan
Arthur became the 21st President. Guiteau was hanged in June 1882.
(A&IP, ESM, p.96b, photo,110)(HN,
7/2/98)(HNPD, 9/19/98)(AP, 7/2/07)
1885 Jul 2, Canada's North-West
Insurrection ended with the surrender of Big Bear.
1890 Jul 2, Congress passed the
Sherman Antitrust Act. It put some teeth into earlier antitrust law.
(SFC, 7/8/96, p.D2)(AP, 7/2/97)
1894 Jul 2, Andre Kertesz,
photographer, was born.
1894 Jul 2, The US Government
obtained an injunction against striking Pullman Workers.
1900 Jul 2, Tyrone Guthrie,
English theater director, was born.
1900 Jul 2, Count Ferdinand
Adolf Heinrich August von Zeppelin (1838-1917) made the 1st
successful flight of his lighter-than-air ship LZ-1 in
Friedrichshafen, Germany. The 400 foot craft stayed aloft 17 minutes
before it crashed.
(AHM, 1/97)(WSJ, 2/120/00, p.A1)(ON, 3/03, p.11)
1902 Jul 2, John J. McGraw
became manager of NY Giants and stayed for 30 years.
1903 Jul 2, Lord Alex
Douglas-Home, British PM (1963-64), was born.
1903 Jul 2, Olav V, King of
Norway (1957), was born in England.
1905 Jul 2, Jean-Rene Lacoste,
tennis champ, alligator shirt designer, was born in France.
1906 Jul 2, Hans Bethe,
physicist (Nobel 1967), peace worker, was born.
1908 Jul 2,
Thurgood Marshall (d.1993), first African-American US Supreme Court
Justice, was born in Baltimore. He served on the US Supreme Court
from 1967-1991. As a civil rights lawyer in the 1950s he maintained
a confidential relationship with the FBI.
(SFC, 12/3/96, p.A3)(HN, 7/2/98)(AP, 7/2/08)
1912 Jul 2, In San Francisco
Mary’s Help Hospital opened at 145 Guerrero St. It was made possible
by a bequest from Catherine Birdsall Johnson (d.1893).
(Ind, 8/11/01, 5A)
1914 Jul 2, Frederick Fennell,
conductor (Time & the Winds), was born in Cleveland, Ohio.
1916 Jul 2, Barry Gray, radio
talk show host, was born.
1916 Jul 2, Ken Curtis Lamar,
actor (Ripcord, Festus-Gunsmoke), was born in Colorado.
1917 Jul 2, Race riots erupted
in East St. Louis, Illinois. The official death toll was put at 48,
but as many as 200 were believed killed. In 1964 Elliott M. Rudwick
authored Race Riot at East St. Louis, July 2, 1917.” In 2008 Harper
Barnes authored “Never Been a Time: The 1917 Race Riot That Sparked
the Civil Rights Movement.”
1917 Jul 2, An Arab army led by
Feisal Hussein and Bedouin chief Auda Abu Taiya fought Turkish
forces at Aqaba killing 300 and capturing 160 Turkish soldiers.
(ON, 10/05, p.8)
1918 Jul 2, Robert Sarnoff was
born. He later became president of the National Broadcasting Company
(NBC) and converted the network to the first all-color television
1919 Jul 2, Johnny Bradford,
actor (Ransom Sherman Show), was born in Long Branch, NJ.
1921 Jul 2, J. Andrew White
announced the Dempsey-Carpentier fight in Jersey City and was
thereby credited with being the first professional radio announcer.
Dempsey defeated Georges Carpentier of France in the 1st million
dollar gate ($1.7m) boxing match.
(SFC, 7/20/96, p.E4)(SFC, 10/14/99, p.C5)(SC,
1922 Jul 2, Dan Rowan, comedian
(Rowan & Martin's Laugh-in), was born in Beggs, Okla.
1924 Jul 2, The 1st day of
transcontinental airmail service brought news to SF mailed from New
York after 34 hours and 45 minutes.
(SFEC, 12/26/99, p.W7)
1925 Jul 2, Patrice Lumumba,
revolutionary, was born in Congo.
1925 Jul 2, Marvin Rainwater,
country singer (Ozark Jubilee), was born in Wichita, Ks.
1926 Jul 2, Medgar Evers,
American civil rights leader in Mississippi, was born. He was
murdered in front of his house by Byron DeLa Beckwith.
1926 Jul 2, Lee Allen
Pittsburg, tenor sax (Walkin' With Mr. Lee), was born in Kansas.
1926 Jul 2, The U.S. Army Air
Corps was created by Congress. The Distinguish Flying Cross was
(AP, 7/2/97)(HN, 7/2/98)(SC, 7/2/02)
1926 Jul 2, Emile Coue (b.1857
as Émile Coué de Châtaigneraie), French psychologist and pharmacist,
died. He introduced a method of psychotherapy and self-improvement
based on optimistic autosuggestion. Working as an apothecary at
Troyes from 1882 to 1910, Coué discovered what later came to be
known as the placebo effect. He became known for reassuring his
clients by praising each remedy's efficiency and leaving a small
positive notice with each given medication.
1927 Jul 2, Brock Peters,
actor, singer (Carmen Jones, To Kill a Mockingbird), was born.
1928 Jul 2, Pavel Kohout, Czech
author (Poor Murderer), was born.
1930 Jul 2, Carlos Menem,
president of Argentina (1989-1999), was born. He had Muslim ancestry
and ties to the Syrian-Lebanese community.
(WP, 6/29/96, p.A20)(SFC, 7/22/02, p.A6)
1931 Jul 2, Robert Ito, actor
(Sam-Quincy ME), was born in Vancouver, BC.
1932 Jul 2, Sammy Turner,
vocalist (Lavender Blue), was born in Paterson, NJ.
1932 Jul 2, New York Gov.
Franklin D. Roosevelt won the nomination for president on the 4th
ballot at the Democratic convention in Chicago.
(ON, 12/07, p.3)
1935 Jul 2, Gilbert Kalish,
pianist, professor (SUNY Stony Brook), was born in Brooklyn, NY.
1935 Jul 2, C. Jackson
discovered asteroid #1357, Khama.
1935 Jul 2, SF Bay Bridge
riveter Michael E. Markey (31) fell 290 feet to his death at Yerba
Buena Island. Fellow bridge workers quit for the day in accordance
(SSFC, 6/27/10, DB p.46)
1937 Jul 2, Polly Holliday,
actress (Flo-Alice, Flo-Flo), was born in Jasper, Ala.
1937 Jul 2, Richard Petty, auto
race driver (Daytona 500-1979,81), was born.
1937 Jul 2, Amelia Earhart and
navigator Fred Noonan left Lae in Papua, New Guinea and disappeared
over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to make the first
round-the-world flight at the equator. The two had set out in
Earhart's twin-engine Lockheed Electra, taking off from Oakland,
Calif., for Miami on May 21. They flew across the Atlantic from
Brazil to Africa, then reached Calcutta on June 17, having made 15
stops thus far. They failed to arrive at their scheduled stop at
Howland Island. Radio operators received messages from Earhart
saying that they had to be close and were circling, searching for
land, but radio contact was lost and the two were never heard from
again. Noonan was alcoholic and had been on a binge the night
before. Radioman Leo Bellarts was the last person to communicate
with Earhart. Errors from the US Coast Guard cutter Itasca were
later identified as contributing to the disappearance.
(SFC, 3/1/97, p.A8) (SFC, 5/20/97, p.A12) (AP,
7/2/97) (SFEC, 7/6/97, p.B10) (HNPD, 7/2/99)(SFC, 7/1/00, p.A1,11)
1937 Jul 2, C. Jackson
discovered asteroids #1429, Pemba, & #1456, Saldanha.
1939 Jul 2, John Sununu, US
Secretary of State (1989-91), was born.
1940 Jul 2, Georgi Ivan Ivanov,
1st Bulgarian space traveler (Soyuz 33), was born.
1940 Jul 2, The Lake Washington
Floating bridge in Seattle was dedicated.
1942 Jul 2, Allied convoys
QP-13 and PQ-17 passed each other while the German battleships
Tirpitz and Hipper prepared to attack PQ-17 in the North Atlantic.
1943 Jul 2, The U.S. Army Air
Corps 99th Fighter Squadron, the first of the all-black Tuskegee
Airmen to see combat, had been based in Africa for four months when
they were assigned to escort 16 B-25 Mitchell bombers on a routine
mission over Sicilian targets. Lieutenant Charles B. Hall of Brazil,
Indiana became the first Tuskegee Airman to score a confirmed kill
when he shot down a German fighter plane.
1946 Jul 2, Ron Silver, actor
(Gary-Rhoda, Dear Detective, Baker's Dozen), was born in NYC.
1946 Jul 2, Anthony Overton
(81), publisher, cosmetics manufacturer, banker, died.
1947 Jul 2, An object crashed
near Roswell, N.M. The Army Air Force later insisted it was a
weather balloon, but eyewitness accounts gave rise to speculation it
might have been an alien spacecraft.
1949 Jul 2, "Red Barber's
Clubhouse" sports show premiered on CBS (later NBC) TV.
1949 Jul 2, Premier Georgi
Dimitrov (b.1882), the founding leader of Bulgarian communism, died
in Moscow while undergoing medical treatment. His remains were
placed in a marble mausoleum in Sophia. He was succeeded by Vassil
Kolarov. Dimitrov’s remains were buried in 1990. In 2003 Ivo Banac
edited "The Diary of Georgi Dimitrov."
(EWH, 1968, p.1194)(SFC, 9/10/99, p.A12)(WSJ,
6/6/03, p.W9)(SFC, 9/10/08, p.A5)
1952 Jul 2, Linda M. Godwin,
PhD, astronaut (STS 37), was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
1954 Jul 2, Wendy Schaal,
actress (It's a Living, Julie-Fantasy Is), was born in Chicago, Ill.
1955 Jul 2, "The Lawrence Welk
Show" premiered on ABC television.
1956 Jul 2, Jeffrey Cooper,
guitarist (Midnight Star-No Parking), was born.
1956 Jul 2, Jerry Hall, model,
Mrs. Mick Jagger, was born in Mesquite, Tx.
1956 Jul 2, Julie Montgomery,
actress (Samantha-1, Life to Live, Kindred), was born in KC, Mo.
1956 Jul 2, Former truck driver
Elvis Presley recorded "Hound Dog" by Lieber and Stoller and "Don't
Be Cruel." Presley, began Rock-n-Roll with his song "Don’t Be
Cruel," written by Otis Blackwell (d.2002 at 70).
(SC, 7/2/02)(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R34)(SFC, 5/10/02,
1956 Jul 2, Turkey rejected a
British plan for the eventual self-determination of Cyprus.
(EWH, 1968, p.1250)
1957 Jul 2, Mike Anger, rocker
(The Blow Monkeys-Wicked Ways), was born.
1957 Jul 2, The Seawolf, the
1st submarine powered by liquid metal cooled reactor, was completed.
1957 Jul 2, Grayback, the 1st
submarine designed to fire guided missiles, was launched.
1959 Jul 2, Wendy B. Lawrence,
USN Lt Commander, astronaut, was born in Jacksonville, Fla.
1961 Jul 2, Jimmy McNichol,
actor (Fitzpatricks, California Fever), was born in LA, Calif.
1961 Jul 2, Novelist E.
Hemingway shot himself in the head at his home in Ketchum, Idaho.
Boozing and physical trauma led to depression, electroshock therapy
and suicide. In 1964 his novel "A Moveable Feast was published. In
1974 Jose Luis Castillo-Puche published “Hemingway
in Spain.” His novel “True at First Light” was based on his 1953
safari in Africa and was to be published Jul 21 1999, the centennial
of his birth. His book “The Garden of Eden” and “Islands in the
Stream” were also published after his death. His novel "Dangerous
Summer" was based on the rivalry between two matadors, Antonio
Ordonez (d.1998) and Luis Miguel Dominguin. In 1976 his son
Gregory (d.2001) authored “Papa: A Personal Memoir.”
(SFC, 7/2/96, p.A11)(TMC, 1994, p.1961)(AP,
7/2/97)(SFC, 8/5/98, p.E3)(SFC, 8/25/98, p.A2)(SFC, 12/21/98,
p.B5)(WSJ, 6/18/99, p.W13)(SFC, 10/6/01, p.A18)
1962 Jul 2, Sam Walton
(1918-1992) of Bentonville, Ark., started his Wal-Mart discount
chain with a store in Rogers, Ark. Walmart became America's biggest
retailer in 1990. In 2004 Liza Featherstone authored “Selling Women
Short: The Landmark Battle for Workers’ Rights at Wal-Mart.” In 2006
Charles Fishman authored “The Wal-Mart Effect: How the World’s Most
Powerful Company Really Works – And How It’s Transforming the
American Economy” and Anthony Bianco authored “The Bully of
Bentonville: How the High Cost of Wal-Mart’s Everyday Low Prices is
(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R42)(Econ, 9/11/04, p.62)(Econ,
2/25/06, p.80, 85)(Econ 5/13/17, p.62)
1963 Jul 2, President John F.
Kennedy met Pope Paul the Sixth at the Vatican, the first meeting
between a Roman Catholic US chief executive and the head of the
1963 Jul 2, Juan Marichal (25),
pitcher for the SF Giants, dueled for 16 innings with Warren Spahn
(42), of the Milwaukee Braves in a 5-hour game at Candlestick.
Willie Mays hit the 428th pitch of the night over left field.
1964 Jul 2, Dave Parsons rocker
(Transvision Vamp, Sham 69-That's Life), was born.
1964 Jul 2, Celia Black
recorded Beatle's "Its For You" with McCartney on piano.
1964 Jul 2, President Johnson
signed into law a sweeping civil rights bill passed by Congress. It
guaranteed voting rights and equal access to public accommodations
(AP, 7/2/97)(SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F5)
1964 Jul 2, Glenn "Fireball"
Roberts, biggest NASCAR money winner, died in crash.
1967 Jul 2, The U.S. Marine
Corps launched Operation Buffalo in response to the North Vietnamese
Army's efforts to seize the Marine base at Con Thien.
1969 Jul 2, Kirk Kerkorian
(1917-2015) opened his International Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, the
largest hotel in the world. It later became the Las Vegas Hilton. He
built the world's largest hotel in Las Vegas three times: the
International Hotel, the MGM Grand Hotel (1973) and the MGM Grand
4/21/07, p.A6)(Econ, 6/27/15, p.57)
1969 Jul 2, Barbra Streisand
(b.1942) opened for a 4-week engagement at the Las Vegas
1970 Jul 2, Jessie Street
(b.1889), Australian civil rights activist, died.
1973 Jul 2, George Macready
(b.1899), American film and TV actor, died.
1973 Jul 2, Swede Savage
(b.1946), American race car driver, died 33 days after suffering
injuries at the Indianapolis 500.
1976 Jul 2, The US Supreme
Court ruled to allow states to resume capital punishment. The
Supreme Court ruled the death penalty was not inherently cruel or
(SFC, 1/9/97, p.A4)(AP, 7/2/97)
1976 Jul 2, North and South
Vietnam were officially reunified.
1978 Jul 2, The Arab League
imposed a boycott on South Yemen.
(WUD, 1994, p.1691)
1979 Jul 2, The US Supreme
Court in Jones v Wolf said a court could look into a church property
dispute but only if it studied the relevant documents in a
neutral and non-religious spirit.
1980 Jul 2, President Jimmy
Carter reinstated draft registration for males 18 years of age.
1980 Jul 2, Grateful Dead's Bob
Weir (b.1947) & Mickey Hart (b.1943) were arrested in San Diego
for suspicion of inciting a riot following their interference in a
drug related arrest.
1981 Jul 2, The Continental
Airlines Arena, part of the Meadowlands Sports complex in East
Rutherford, NJ, opened with a concert by Bruce Springsteen.
1981 Jul 2, In southern
California Jeffrey Vargo (6) was last seen alive bicycling to a
fireworks stand in Pomona. On March 27, 2015, Kenneth Rasmuson (53)
of Idaho was arrested after DNA evidence linked him to the murder.
(SFC, 3/30/15, p.A5)
1981 Jul 2, L.E. Gonzalez
discovered asteroid #3495, Colchagua, from the astronomical station
of Cerro El Roble in Chile.
1982 Jul 2, Larry Walters
(1949-1993), a Los Angeles truck driver, flew 16,000 feet into the
air with 42 helium balloons attached to a lawn chair. Walters
surprised an airline pilot, who radioed the control tower that he
had just passed a guy in a lawn chair with a gun. The weapon was to
shoot balloons and descend. Walters paid a $1,500 penalty for
violating air traffic rules. Eleven years later, he committed
suicide at age 44.
7/3/02, p.A17)(AP, 7/10/07)
1982 Jul 2, A bomb
exploded in the hands of Prof. Diogenes Angelakos (d.1997 at 77) in
Berkeley. It was later attributed to the Unabomber Theodore
(SFEC,11/9/97, Z1 p.4)
1982 Jul 2, DeFord Bailey
(b.1899), harmonica wizard and star of the Grand Ole Opry, died. He
was the first black musician to join the Opry’s regular cast.
1982 Jul 2, Soyuz T-6 returned
1985 Jul 2, The European Space
Agency launched the Giotto space probe for a close-up of Halley’s
Comet. It made its closest approach to the comet on March 13, 1986.
(SFEC, 9/28/97, p.A14)(http://tinyurl.com/2hnfnw)
1986 Jul 2, The US Supreme
Court upheld affirmative action in 2 rulings.
1986 Jul 2, Chilean soldiers
doused Rodrigo Rojas (19) and 1 Carmen Quintana (18) with gasoline
and set them ablaze during a street demonstration. Rojas, a
Chilean-born photographer visiting from the United States, died four
days later. Quintana survived and underwent lengthy recovery
treatment for severe burns at a Canadian hospital. On July 21, 2015,
two former army officers and five former noncommissioned officers
were taken into custody after Judge Mario Carroza issued an order
for their arrest.
1987 Jul 2, 18 illegal
immigrants were found dead inside a locked boxcar near Sierra
Blanca, Texas, in what authorities called a botched smuggling
attempt; a 19th man survived.
1987 Jul 2, Michael Bennett
(b.1943), Chorus Line director, died of AIDS in Tucson, Az.
1987 Jul 2, Karl Linnas,
accused Nazi, died of heart failure in Russia.
1988 Jul 2, 19-year-old Steffi
Graf defeated eight-time Wimbledon winner Martina Navratilova to
capture her first Wimbledon crown.
1989 Jul 2, In West Berlin,
Germany, the Love Parade festival was begun to celebrate techno
music. About 150 people cavorted down Ku’damm to the blare of techno
music from a single Volkswagen bus. It was started by the Berlin
underground at the initiative of Matthias Roeingh (also known as "Dr
Motte") and his then girlfriend Danielle de Picciotto.
1989 Jul 2, In Greece PM
Tzannis Tzannetakis (1927-2010) began leading a coalition government
for that included his conservative New Democracy party and the Greek
1989 Jul 2, Andrei Gromyko
(79), former Soviet Foreign Minister died in Moscow.
1989 Jul 2, Jean Painleve
(b.1902), French film maker, died. His science and nature films
inspired the Surrealists.
(WSJ, 6/19/00, p.A44)(http://tinyurl.com/z8n2m)
1990 Jul 2, Some 1402 Muslim
pilgrims were killed in a stampede inside a pedestrian tunnel
leading to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. It was worst hajj tragedy of
(AP, 7/2/00)(AP, 2/1/04)
1990 Jul 2, The Soviet Union’s
28th Communist Party congress opened with an address by President
Mikhail S. Gorbachev, who conceded mistakes while defending
1991 Jul 2, Actress Lee Remick
(55) died in Los Angeles of cancer.
(AP, 7/2/01)(SC, 7/2/02)
1991 Jul 2, A European
Community-brokered truce between Yugoslavia and the breakaway
republic of Slovenia was shattered as the federal army battled
1991 Jul 2, The first national
conference of the ANC, since the organization was banned in 1960,
began in Durban, South Africa. Oliver Tambo, whose health was
suffering, handed over the presidency of the ANC to Nelson Mandela
and assumed the largely honorary post of national chairperson.
Walter Sisulu was elected deputy president.
1992 Jul 2, President Bush
vetoed the so-called "motor-voter" registration bill; President
Clinton later signed a revised version into law.
1992 Jul 2, The US Labor
Department reported that the nation's unemployment rate the previous
month had risen to an eight-year high of 7.8 percent, compared to
7.5 percent in May.
1993 Jul 2, The White House
acknowledged that it had erred in firing seven travel office
employees and urging the FBI to investigate them.
1993 Jul 2, Sheik Omar
Abdel-Rahman, some of whose followers were accused in the bombing of
the World Trade Center, surrendered to immigration officials in New
1993 Jul 2, In Turkey writers
and artists, along with two hotel staff, were killed when an angry
mob set fire to the Madimak hotel in the Anatolian city of Sivas,
where they had been holding a conference as part of an Alevi
cultural festival. Islamist protesters had been angered by the
presence of the writer Aziz Nesin (d.1995) who had questioned the
authenticity of the Koran and also sought to translate Salman
Rushdie's controversial novel "The Satanic Verses". Two protesters
were also killed, bringing the total death toll to 37.
1994 Jul 2, Conchita Martinez
won the women's title at Wimbledon, defeating Martina Navratilova
6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
1994 Jul 2, A USAir DC-9 Flight
1016 crashed in poor weather at Charlotte-Douglas International
Airport in North Carolina, killing 37 of the 57 people aboard.
(WSJ, 1/4/96, p.A-8)(AP, 7/2/97)
1994 Jul 2, Colombian soccer
player Andres Escobar was shot to death in Medellin, ten days after
accidentally scoring a goal against his own team in World Cup
competition at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles on June 22. Humberto
Munoz Castro, who had connections to a powerful Colombian cartel,
was later arrested and confessed to the killing. Munoz was initially
handed a 43-year jail term, but served only 11 years.
(AP, 7/2/99)(AP, 5/22/18)
1995 Jul 2, In Denver,
representatives of 34 countries ended an economic summit by
endorsing an open-market zone throughout the Western
1996 Jul 2, Electricity and
phone service was knocked out for millions of customers from Canada
to the Southwest after power lines throughout the West failed on a
1996 Jul 2, US federal
officials announced the arrest of 12 members of a militia unit,
called Viper Militia, that had planned to bomb government offices in
the Phoenix area. On Dec 19 two members pleaded guilty to explosives
and weapons charges. On Dec 27 three more members pleaded guilty.
(WSJ, 7/2/96, p.A1)(WSJ, 12/20/96, p.A1)(SFC,
1996 Jul 2, Seven years after
they shot their parents to death in the family's Beverly Hills
mansion, Lyle and Erik Menendez were sentenced to life in prison
1996 Jul 2, Actor Harry Morgan
(81) was charged with a misdemeanor spousal battery against his
70-year-old wife. He had played Colonel Potter in "M*A*S*H."
(SFC, 7/11/96, p.D4)
1996 Jul 2, Israeli planes
rocketed a Palestinian guerrilla base in Lebanon. The base belonged
to the Palestinian National Liberation Organization, a pro-Syrian
group under Col. Abu Musa, that split from the Fatah movement of
Yasser Arafat in the 1980s.
(SFC, 7/3/96, p.C3)
1997 Jul 2, The US began a
round of underground nuclear weapons-related tests in Nevada.
(SFC, 7/3/97, p.A9)
1997 Jul 2, A federal judge in
New York ruled that the military policy, “don’t ask, don’t tell,” is
unconstitutional and only serves to cater to the biases of many
(SFC, 7/3/97, p.A1)
1997 Jul 2, A Montana court
voided a 24-year-old ban on homosexual sex, concluding that the
government has no business meddling in the sexual activity of
(SFC, 7/3/97, p.A3)
1997 Jul 2, Two Union Pacific
trains collided 5 miles north of Rossville, Kan., when an engineer
overshot a siding a struck an oncoming train 6 cars behind the
locomotive; the engineer died in the wreck.
(SFC, 7/3/97, p.A3)
1997 Jul 2, Severe thunder
storms tore through Michigan’s lower peninsula and killed at least 7
(SFC, 7/3/97, p.A3)
1997 Jul 2, Actor James Stewart
(b.1908), died in Beverly Hills, Ca., at age 89.
(SFC, 7/3/97, p.A1)(AP, 7/2/98)
1997 Jul 2, US Aid to Honduras
had dropped this year to $28 million from a high of $229 million in
1985. The country had the highest AIDS rate in Central America.
(WSJ, 7/2/97, p.A1)
1997 Jul 2, In Japan the
Panamanian registered Diamond Grace oil tanker ran aground in Tokyo
Bay and spilled nearly 2 million gallons of oil. The amount spilled
was revised to 390,000 gallons.
(SFC, 7/2/97, p.A9)(SFC, 7/3/97, p.A1)
1997 Jul 2, A Canadian
commission, established to review the actions of peace-keeping
troops in Somalia between 1992-93, concluded that the troops were
unprepared and victimized by commanders who ignored problems that
escalated to torture and the killing of a Somali teenager.
(SFC, 7/3/97, p.C2)
1997 Jul 2, In Russia Pres.
Yeltsin fired justice minister Valentin Kovalyov due to the sex
scandal of Jun 22.
(SFC, 7/3/97, p.C3)
1998 Jul 2, Apologizing to
viewers and Vietnam veterans for "serious faults" in its reporting,
Cable News Network retracted a story alleging U.S. commandos had
used nerve gas to kill American defectors during the war.
1998 Jul 2, The US Treasury
Dept. allowed direct charter flights between Florida and Cuba to
(SFC, 6/29/98, p.A4)
1998 Jul 2, OpenTable, an
online restaurant-reservation service company, was founded in San
Francisco by Chuck Templeton.
1998 Jul 2, Algeria agreed to
allow a UN team to investigate the killings and promised free access
to all sources of information.
(SFC, 7/3/98, p.A16)
1998 Jul 2, Barbados, Trinidad
and Tobago, Guyana and Jamaica reported plans to establish the
Caribbean Court of Justice in 1999 and planned to change their
constitutions to free themselves of the British Privy Council. The
effort was pushed to establish the death penalty.
(SFC, 7/4/98, p.A10)
1998 Jul 2, With Guyana in
turmoil Pres. Jagan met with former pres. Hoyte in St. Lucia to make
a deal that provided the opposition more say.
(SFC, 7/3/98, p.A14)
1998 Jul 2, In Hungary a
gangland car bomb killed 4 and injured 25 people in Budapest. It was
directed at Jozsef Tamas Boros, a restaurateur who was cooperating
with a police investigation. A turf war between Russian, Ukrainian,
Romania, Turkish and Arab gangs had led to 140 bombings since 1991.
(SFC, 7/3/98, p.D2)
1998 Jul 2, The World Bank
approved $1 billion loan to Indonesia as part of its $4.5
contribution to the $41 billion rescue package.
(SFC, 7/3/98, p.D2)
1998 Jul 2, Japan announced
that a string of bridge banks would be set up to run failed banks as
bad loans are sold and lending is continued.
(SFC, 7/3/98, p.A14)
1998 Jul 2, In Nigeria UN Sec.
Gen’l. Kofi Annan announced that at least 250 political prisoners
would soon be released including Moshood Abiola.
(SFC, 7/3/98, p.A14)
1998 Jul 2, In Northern Ireland
10 Roman Catholic churches were set on fire by arsonists.
(SFC, 7/3/98, p.A1)
1998 Jul 2, In Shawan,
Pakistan, Haji Mohammad Alam Channa, the world’s tallest man at 7
feet 7 and 1/4 inches, died at age 42 from kidney disease.
(SFC, 7/4/98, p.C2)
1998 Jul 2, In Russia the
government ordered Gazprom to pay 4.2 billion rubles in unpaid taxes
and to start regular tax payments. Gazprom is 40% owned by the
government and threats were made to seize the company. As part of
the deal the government agreed to pay billions of rubles for oil and
gas used by government agencies. The deal was estimated to be a
(SFC, 7/3/98, p.D3)
1998 Jul 2, In Uzbekistan the
state genetics' institute at Tashkent was reported to be working on
a fungus to kill opium poppies. Pleospora papaveracea was a nuisance
fungus that had been under development by Soviets in the 1980s.
(SFC, 7/3/98, p.A14)
1999 Jul 2, In Skokie,
Illinois, north of Chicago, a driveby gunman, Benjamin Nathaniel
Smith (21), killed Ricky Byrdsong, former Northwestern Univ.
basketball coach. Smith wounded 6 Orthodox Jews Chicago and fired on
an Asian-American couple in Northbrook over three-day shooting
rampage and then committed suicide.
(SFEC, 7/4/99, p.A1)(SFC, 7/5/99, p.A1)(AP,
1999 Jul 2, Mario Puzo (78),
author of "The Godfather," died on Long Island. His last book,
"Omerta," was scheduled for publication in 2000.
(SFC, 7/3/99, p.A21)
1999 Jul 2, A 3-day UN
conference on population closed after 170 nations agreed on sex
education, access to abortion and parental rights.
(SFC, 7/3/99, p.C1)
1999 Jul 2, Congo: Government
and rebel officials said they had reached an accord to end the
11-month war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Rebel forces
were to be merged with the government army.
(SFC, 7/3/99, p.A10)
1999 Jul 2, Two boats off the
Pacific coast of Mexico overturned and over 40 suspected illegal
immigrants from Central America were killed.
(SFEC, 7/4/99, p.A17)
1999 Jul 2, In Northern Ireland
Britain's Tony Blair and Ireland's Bertie Ahern issued a
take-or-leave-it plan for a new local government to begin in 2 weeks
before the IRA gives up any of its guns with disarmament to begin
(SFC, 7/3/99, p.A1)
1999 Jul 2, The Pakistani army
reported that 58 Kashmiri civilians had been killed and 158 wounded
over the last 2 month by Indian shelling.
(SFC, 7/3/99, p.A9)
1999 Jul 2, In Rwanda a court
sentenced 9 people to death and 16 others to life in prison on
charges related to genocide in 1994.
(SFC, 7/3/99, p.A10)
1999 Jul 2, In Serbia 5,000
people demonstrated against Pres. Milosevic in Novi Sad.
(SFC, 7/3/99, p.A9)
2000 Jul 2, In Chechnya rebels
staged 5 suicide attacks against Russian forces. One bomb killed 31
elite OMON police troops as they slept in their barracks at Argun.
(SFC, 7/4/00, p.A8)
2000 Jul 2, France beat Italy
2-to-1 in the European Championship soccer final in Rotterdam,
2000 Jul 2, In Indonesia 10
people were rescued from water close to Karakelong Island after 4
days at sea following the sinking of the Cahaya Bahari.
(SFC, 7/3/00, p.A14)
2000 Jul 2, In Mexico Vincente
Fox (58) and his national Action Party (PAN) claimed victory over
the ruling PRI. This ended the Institutional Revolutionary Party’s
71-year reign. In 2004 Julia Preston and Samuel Dillon authored
"Opening Mexico: The Making of a Democracy."
(SFC, 7/3/00, p.A1)(WSJ, 7/3/00, p.A8)(AP,
7/2/01)(SSFC, 3/14/04, p.M1)
2000 Jul 2, In Mongolia the
People’s Revolutionary Party won 72 seats of the 76-member
(SFC, 7/3/00, p.A14)
2000 Jul 2, In Northern Ireland
police block the marchers of the Orange Order at Portadown.
(SFC, 7/3/00, p.A12)
2001 Jul 2, US Vice President
Dick Cheney returned to work two days after receiving a new
2001 Jul 2, Missouri Gov. Bob
Holden, Democrat, signed legislation to ban the execution of
mentally retarded inmates. This was the 16th state to do so.
(SFC, 7/3/01, p.A4)
2001 Jul 2, In Louisville, Ky.,
the 1st self-contained artificial heart, AbioCor, made by Abiomed
was implanted at Jewish Hospital to Robert L. Tools (59). Tools
lived 151 days with the device and died Nov 30.
(SFC, 7/4/01, p.A1)(WSJ, 7/5/01, p.A1)(SFC,
8/22/01, p.A3)(SFC, 12/1/01, p.A3)
2001 Jul 2, In Colombia a
firefight erupted between rival gangs at the La Modelo penitentiary
and 10 inmates were killed.
(SFC, 7/4/01, p.A12)
2001 Jul 2, In Indonesia
humanitarian workers found 27 slashed bodies in Aceh. This raised to
50 the number of dead found in the last 3 days.
(SFC, 7/3/01, p.A10)
2001 Jul 2, An Israeli was
killed while shopping near the West Bank and a Palestinian was
killed by Israeli troops. The US scrambled to salvage the
(WSJ, 7/3/01, p.A1)(SFC, 7/3/01, p.A7)
2001 Jul 2, Mexican President
Vicente Fox married his spokeswoman and longtime love, Martha
Sahagun, a year to the day after his election victory.
2001 Jul 2, In Sri Lanka jets
were sent against rebel bases near Jaffna.
(WSJ, 7/3/01, p.A1)
2001 Jul 2, Zimbabwe deployed
riot police ahead of the start of a general strike.
(WSJ, 7/3/01, p.A1)
2002 Jul 2, A trial court in
Florida ruled that the state's capital sentencing statute in
(SFC, 7/3/02, p.A5)
2002 Jul 2, The Hayman fire in
Colorado was declared under control. It had burned 137,760 acres
over 24 days.
(SFC, 7/3/02, p.A5)
2002 Jul 2, Steve Fossett
became the 1st person to fly a balloon solo around the world. On his
6th attempt he completed the journey in 13 days, 12 hours, 16
minutes and 13 seconds. He departed from Australia Jun 19 and
covered an estimated 19,428 miles.
(SFC, 7/3/02, p.A3)
2002 Jul 2, Ray Brown (b.1926),
jazz bassist, died in Indianapolis.
(SFC, 7/4/02, p.A21)(WSJ, 7/9/02, p.D6)
2002 Jul 2, In Chile the
highest court halted prosecution of dictator Augusto Pinochet ruling
that he was mentally unfit to stand trial for dozens of political
killings by the notorious "Caravan of Death."
2002 Jul 2, East Timor
President Xanana Gusmao and his Indonesian counterpart Megawati
Sukarnoputri opened a new chapter in ties between the world's newest
nation and its former foe, establishing formal diplomatic links and
pledging to work together.
2002 Jul 2, Malaysia said it
had not reached any new agreements with Singapore on the sale of
water to the island state and other issues after two days of talks.
2002 Jul 2, Philippine Vice
President Teofisto Guingona resigned as foreign minister, settling
but perhaps not ending a public row with President Gloria Macapagal
Arroyo over U.S. military exercises in the south of the country.
2002 Jul 2, A former South
African policeman killed four people and wounded nine during a
shooting rampage in a small town in the Northern Cape province.
2003 Jul 2, The US was reported
to be sending nearly 250,000 metric tons of wheat to Ethiopia to
help ease the country's hunger crisis.
2003 Jul 2, The film "Ken
Parks" by Larry Clark and Edward Lachman received an illegal public
screening in Balmain, a suburb of Sydney, Australia. The film was
about the dysfunctional lives of skateboarders in the suburbs of
Visalia, Ca., and was banned due to its explicit sex and violence.
(SFC, 7/7/03, p.D2)
2003 Jul 2, Vancouver, Canada,
was awarded the 2010 Winter Olympics.
2003 Jul 2, In southern India a
train engine and two coaches fell off a bridge and landed on a fish
market and parked taxis, killing at least 18.
2003 Jul 2, A group of 650
Kenyan women won the right to sue the British Ministry of Defense
for rapes by British soldiers that took place over a 26 year period
beginning in 1977.
(SFC, 7/3/03, p.A14)
2003 Jul 2, Palestinian police
moved into the West Bank town of Bethlehem, the second area handed
over by Israel under a U.S.-backed Mideast peace plan.
2003 Jul 2, Russian authorities
detained Platon Lebedev, a close partner of Russia's richest man,
Mikhail Khodorkovsky, on suspicion of defrauding the state of $283
million in the 1994 privatization of the Apatit fertilizer company.
2003 Jul 2, The WHO said
Toronto was no longer SARS infected, leaving Taiwan as the only
place in the world where the disease was not yet fully under
2004 Jul 2, In Kansas City,
Kansas, Elijah Brown (21), an employee at the ConAgra Foods
meat-packing plant, went on a shooting rampage that left 5 dead
including himself. A 6th person died overnight.
2004 Jul 2, China began
censoring telephone text messages to “block the dissemination of
illicit news and information.”
(SFC, 7/3/04, p.A2)
2004 Jul 2, Shanghai police
raided the apartment of Randolph Hobson Guthrie III in a joint
US-Chinese operation against pirated DVDs. They seized 210,000
pirated DVD copies.
(WSJ, 3/7/05, p.A1)
2004 Jul 2, The Dutch
government backed plans for "seals of quality" for well-run brothels
and standard contracts for prostitutes, as well as more support for
those who want to leave the world's oldest profession.
2004 Jul 2, Reva Electric Car,
an Indian company that has launched the country's first electric
car, has received 500 orders from Britain and plans to build
environment-friendly mini-buses and small taxis. Its cheapest
version costs 250,000 rupees (US$ 5,500). The company has sold more
than 600 cars in India.
2004 Jul 2, In India’s Bihar
state gunmen killed 10 people in the latest outburst of caste
2004 Jul 2, Scientists from the
United States, Britain and Kenya reported that a skull fragment of a
small adult with some characteristics of Homo erectus was about
900,000 years old. It was found in 2003 in Olorgesalie, 100 miles
southeast of the capital, Nairobi, Kenya.
2004 Jul 2, A Norwegian strike
began targeting the oil exploration sector. It incidentally affected
two mobile production units, the Petrojarl I, which ceased
operations in early September, and the Petrojarl Varg.
2004 Jul 2, In Panama a
US-registered small jet crashed into an airport hangar during
takeoff and burst into flames, killing seven people.
2004 Jul 2, Yukos, Russia's
largest oil producer with an output of 1.7 million barrels per day,
warned that it may have to shut down as a result of the legal
2004 Jul 2, In eastern Turkey a
car bomb exploded near a governor's convoy, killing 6 people,
including a 12-year-old boy, and injuring 23 others.
(AFP, 7/2/04)(SFC, 7/3/04, p.A10)
2004 Jul 2, In an eastern
Turkey a 5.0 earthquake leveled stone and mud houses, killing 18
people and injuring 27.
(AP, 7/2/04)(SFC, 7/3/04, p.A3)
2005 Jul 2, Venus Williams beat
top-ranked Lindsay Davenport at Wimbledon 4-6, 7-6 (4), 9-7 for her
fifth major title and her first in nearly four years.
2005 Jul 2, Shasta Groene, an
8-year-old girl kidnapped six weeks earlier, was rescued at a
Denny’s restaurant in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Joseph Edward Duncan
III, a registered sex offender, was arrested and accused of
kidnapping Shasta as well as killing members of Shasta's family.
[see May 16, July 4] The remains of Shasta’s brother, Dylan Groene
(9), were found 2 days later in western Montana.
(AP, 7/2/06)(SSFC, 7/3/05, p.A18)(AP, 8/28/08)
2005 Jul 2, Ernest Lehman (89)
Hollywood screenwriter, died. His work included the 1959 screenplay
for Alfred Hitchcock’s film "North by Northwest."
(SFC, 7/6/05, p.B7)
2005 Jul 2, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb in Paktika province killed 4 policemen traveling in a
convoy. Gov. Jan Mohammed Khan said 25 rebels and six Afghan
soldiers were killed in a raid on a mountainous Taliban hideout in
central Uruzgan province. US and Afghan forces killed 3 rebels after
coming under attack twice near the southern city of Kandahar.
2005 Jul 2, A case of polio in
Angola was reported by the UN’s WHO.
(SSFC, 7/3/05, p.A2)
2005 Jul 2, Australia and New
Zealand agreed on tough new measures to pressure Zimbabwe's
President Robert Mugabe to respect human rights, including a sports
ban and action against him in the International Criminal Court.
2005 Jul 2, Two trains collided
Saturday in Austria's Salzburg province, killing two people.
2005 Jul 2, A Dhaka-based
rights group said Bangladeshi police and security forces had killed
a record 236 people in the first six months of 2005.
2005 Jul 2, Live 8, the biggest
and most ambitious series of rock concerts ever staged, swung into
full action with a concert in London, the centerpiece of a 10
worldwide concerts aimed at pressuring the industrialized world to
end African poverty.
(AP, 7/2/05)(SSFC, 7/3/05, p.A1)
2005 Jul 2, A gas explosion at
an illegal coal mine in central China killed 19 workers.
2005 Jul 2, An Egyptian
judicial report was released that alleged the government forged
turnout figures and forced state employees to fabricate results in a
May referendum to allow first-ever multiparty presidential
2005 Jul 2, Ihab al-Sherif, an
Egyptian envoy, was kidnapped in Baghdad, weeks after arriving in
the country. He was expected to become Iraq's first Arab ambassador
since Iraq's new government took office. Al-Qaida later announced it
had killed him.
(AP, 7/3/05)(AP, 7/2/06)
2005 Jul 2, Estonia reigned
supreme once again in the wife-carrying world championship, as Margo
Uusorg sprinted home to win the Baltic country's eighth straight
2005 Jul 2, The Tour de France
got under way as Lance Armstrong started his quest for a seventh
straight title before retiring from cycling.
2005 Jul 2, A French woman in
Lyon defied a threat of excommunication by the Roman Catholic Church
and held a ceremony proclaiming herself a priest.
2005 Jul 2, Indian police
detained close to 600 protesters as they demonstrated against moves
to start the dredging of a controversial sea channel through the
island chain between India and Sri Lanka.
2005 Jul 2, In the southern
Indian state of Tamil Nadu at least 20 people were killed and 15
others injured in a blaze at a fireworks factory.
2005 Jul 2, Raging monsoons
continued to submerge vast swaths of Indian countryside and forced
the evacuation of half a million people.
2005 Jul 2, A suicide bomber
strapped with explosives killed 20 people waiting outside a police
recruiting center in Baghdad. 2 more struck in Hillah, a Shiite city
south of the capital, in attacks that killed another 5 people.
2005 Jul 2, In Scotland tens of
thousands of protesters clad in white streamed through the cobbled
streets of Edinburgh, demanding that the leaders of the world's
richest nations act to better the lives of the poorest.
2005 Jul 2, In eastern Turkey a
bomb explosion killed six people and injured eight others on a
passenger train. The second train was bombed as it rushed to help
(AFP, 7/2/05)(AP, 7/3/05)
2006 Jul 2, US researchers
reported that astemizol, an allergy drug pulled off the market in
1999, could work to treat malaria. It was marketed under the brand
name Hismanal by Janssen Pharmaceutica, a unit of Johnson &
Johnson, and can kill the Plasmodium falciparum parasite that causes
2006 Jul 2, Jan Murray (born as
Murray Janofsky in 1916), comedian and film and TV actor, died in
Beverly Hills. He hosted the TV game show “Treasure Hunt”
(SFC, 7/3/06, p.A2)
2006 Jul 2, In Afghanistan up
to 30 extremists, firing guns and mortars, attacked a coalition
patrol that had just found a weapons cache in Sangin. About 20
militants were killed. Afghan police killed seven insurgents that
attacked a police checkpoint in Nawzad district in southern Helmand
2006 Jul 2, Africa's leaders
meeting in Gambia agreed to send troops to Somalia to support
regional efforts at calming the chaotic east African state.
2006 Jul 2, In Bangladesh 2
people were killed and nearly 200 injured in clashes as opposition
parties enforced a countrywide transport shutdown.
2006 Jul 2, Bolivians voted for
a national assembly that will rewrite the constitution. They voted
"yes" or "no" on a ballot question on whether to offer the country's
nine states greater autonomy in political and financial affairs.
President Morales' supporters failed to win control of an assembly
that will rewrite Bolivia's constitution, leaving him no choice but
to compromise over his ambitious plans to empower the indigenous
majority and boost state control over the economy. Morales allies
won 132 seats in the 255-person body. Voters in four of Bolivia's
nine states overwhelmingly chose greater political and economic
autonomy for their states.
(AP, 6/29/06)(AP, 7/3/06)
2006 Jul 2, EADS's French
co-chief executive Noel Forgeard and Airbus's German head Gustav
Humbert tendered their resignations over delays to deliveries of the
A380 superjumbo that has wiped billions of euros (dollars) off
EADS's share price. Louis Gallois became the new EADS co-CEO;
Christian Strieff was named the new president and CEO of Airbus.
(AFP, 7/2/06)(WSJ, 7/3/06, p.A2)
2006 Jul 2, Pirates in the
Strait of Malacca off Indonesia's coast boarded two UN-chartered
ships carrying construction material for the reconstruction of the
tsunami-hit Aceh. They stole and damaged equipment on the first ship
and robbed the crew of cash and personal belongings on the other.
2006 Jul 2, Israeli aircraft
sent missiles tearing through the office of Palestinian PM Ismail
Haniyeh in an unmistakable message to his ruling Hamas group to free
an Israeli soldier.
2006 Jul 2, Iraq’s largest
Sunni Arab bloc in parliament said it was suspending its
participation in the legislature until a kidnapped colleague was
released, dealing a blow to efforts to involve the disaffected
minority in the political process. A roadside bomb in Baghdad killed
Col. Muthanna Faeq Abdul-Razzaq, the assistant commander of the
Iraqi army's 7th Division, and wounded his driver. 2 policemen were
killed and six were wounded in a shootout between gunmen and Iraqi
police. A bomb struck a house in Baqouba, killing two people and
wounding four. Clashes between insurgents and Iraqi police southwest
of Kirkuk left one policeman and two insurgents dead.
2006 Jul 2, Liechtenstein
remained on the list of uncooperative tax havens because, unlike 33
other jurisdictions, it had not made a commitment to the OECD to
improve transparency and to establish effective exchange of
information for tax purposes with OECD countries. The population
stood at some 34,600.
2006 Jul 2, Mexico held
presidential elections. Felipe Calderon (43) calling himself “the
candidate of jobs,” faced Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador: “For
everyone’s good, the poor first.” Lopez Villanueva, head of the
Francisco Villa Popular Front, arranged to have 10,000 members as
poll watchers for Lopez Obrador. A tight race delayed the results to
July 5. The per capita GDP was $10,000. Oil production was 3.35
million barrels per day. On July 6 Calderon was named the winner by
234,000 votes. The final outcome rested with the electoral court,
Trife, and its decision was due by September 6.
(Econ, 6/10/06, p.36)(WSJ, 6/28/06, p.A1)(Econ,
7/15/06, p.35)(AP, 7/7/07)
2006 Jul 2, In Nicaragua Herty
Lewites (b.1939), former mayor of Managua (2000-2004) and recent
presidential candidate, died of a heart attack. He broke with the
leftist Sandinista party to run against its leader Daniel Ortega.
2006 Jul 2, A Peruvian rescue
team found the bodies of 3 American mountaineers killed during an
icy climb high in the Andes. They located Kristen Yoder (21), her
brother Dustin Yoder (23) and Brennan Larson (24) in a 100-foot-deep
crevasse on the Artesonraju peak.
2006 Jul 2, Senegal's President
Abdoulaye Wade said his country would try Chad's former leader
Hissene Habre, wanted by Belgium for trial on charges of war crimes
and crimes against humanity.
2006 Jul 2, Sri Lanka’s Tamil
Tigers, claiming they have just trained 6,000 civilians in armed
combat, accused the UN of exaggerating the number of child fighters
in the rebels' ranks. Police said Sampath Lakmal, a freelance Sri
Lankan journalist, has been gunned down near the capital Colombo.
(AFP, 7/2/06)(AP, 7/2/06)
2007 Jul 2, US President George
W. Bush commuted a 30 month jail term imposed on a former top White
House aide Lewis 'Scooter' Libby for lying to federal investigators,
sparking outrage from opposition Democrats.
2007 Jul 2, Russia’s Pres.
Putin, while visiting Pres. Bush in Maine, proposed an alternative
missile shield system to be jointly developed by the NATO-Russia
(SFC, 7/3/07, p.A3)
2007 Jul 2, Arizona Gov. Janet
Napolitano signed a bill imposing stiff penalties on employers who
hire illegal immigrants.
2007 Jul 2, Michael Woodbury
(31), released May 4 from the Maine State Prison after serving five
years for robbery and theft, killed three men during a botched
robbery in Conway, NH. In August he pleaded guilty and was given a
mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.
2007 Jul 2, Beverly Sills (b.
1929), American opera star, died in Manhattan.
(SFC, 7/3/07, p.B5)
2007 Jul 2, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb destroyed a police vehicle on patrol,
killing all 7 policemen on board. A doctor at Kandahar's main
hospital said NATO forces killed one man and wounded 3. Taliban
militants ambushed a police patrol in the Mizan district, killing
one policeman. A 30-minute gun battle ensued, leaving 3 suspected
(AP, 7/2/07)(AP, 7/3/07)
2007 Jul 2, Police in Australia
arrested a 27-year-old Indian doctor over the foiled terror attacks
in London and Glasgow, and were interviewing a second doctor in the
2007 Jul 2, Australia's second
largest retailer Coles said it had agreed to a 22 billion dollar
(18.7 billion US) buyout offer from conglomerate Wesfarmers, the
largest corporate deal in Australian history.
2007 Jul 2, Researchers said
the first test-tube baby created from an egg matured in the
laboratory and then frozen has been born in Canada, in a
breakthrough offering hope to women with cancer and others unsuited
to normal IVF treatment.
2007 Jul 2, Brahim Deby (27),
the son of Chad's president, was found dead with a head wound in the
basement of his apartment building in a Paris suburb. Authorities
treated the case as a murder investigation.
2007 Jul 2, Thomas Mooney (45),
a senior American diplomat who disappeared four days ago with his
car, was found dead on Cyprus in a rural area outside the capital.
2007 Jul 2, The European high
speed train operators Deutsche Bahn, SNCF, SNCB, NS Hispeed, ÖBB,
SBB and Eurostar UK and the high speed subsidiaries Thalys, Lyria
and Alleo today announced the actual formation of Railteam. Its aim
is to offer travelers seamless high-speed train travel across
international borders in Western Europe.
2007 Jul 2, Egyptian security
sources said Sherif al-Filali, an Egyptian engineer who was
convicted in 2002 of spying for Israel, has died in jail of a
possible heart attack while serving a 15-year sentence.
2007 Jul 2, Count Gottfried von
Bismarck (44), whose life of privileged excess as a descendant of
Germany's "Iron Chancellor" was clouded by two deaths at his
decadent parties, was found dead at his $10 million apartment in
London's Chelsea district.
2007 Jul 2, In Ghana African
Union leaders gathered behind closed doors for a debate on how to
beef up its continental system of government with Libya's Moamer
Kadhafi leading a push to create a confederation of states.
2007 Jul 2, About 1,500
residents of a remote Guatemalan village rioted over the purported
kidnappings of two children, burning down a police station and
holding their mayor and another man hostage.
2007 Jul 2, Iran’s President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad inaugurated an English-language satellite
television channel to counter what he claims is the West's influence
in covering news.
2007 Jul 2, A US military Kiowa
attack helicopter was shot down by insurgents south of Baghdad.
2007 Jul 2, Nigerian university
lecturers called off a more than three-month strike to press for
improved working conditions.
2007 Jul 2, President Gen.
Pervez Musharraf's attempt to remove Pakistan's chief justice
received a setback when a Supreme Court judge rejected government
evidence and ordered a sweep of courts and judges' homes for spying
2007 Jul 2, The UN and other
agencies offered aid and helicopters to Pakistan after floods
unleashed by a cyclone and days of torrential rain devastated 1.5
million people leaving over 600 people dead.
2007 Jul 2, Hamas arrested the
spokesman of a shadowy group holding British reporter Alan Johnston,
a move that could give it a bargaining chip to secure the Briton's
2007 Jul 2, Somali gunmen shot
dead a senior government official in Mogadishu. A teenager died when
munitions left behind by African Union peacekeepers exploded.
2007 Jul 2, A South Korean
court sentenced tycoon Kim Seung Youn to 18 months in prison over a
beating attack earlier this year against bar workers involved in a
scuffle with his son. The sentence was shelved on Sep 11, due his
(AP, 7/2/07)(SFC, 9/12/07, p.C5)
2007 Jul 2, In Yemen a suicide
bomber plowed his car into people visiting a temple linked to the
ancient Queen of Sheba, killing seven Spaniards and two Yemenis. A
wounded Spanish woman died July 14. The suicide bomber was later
identified as Abdu Mohammed Saad Ahmed (21), a Yemeni citizen.
(AP, 7/3/07)(AP, 7/15/07)(AP, 8/2/07)
2007 Jul 2, UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reissued a report on the Western
Sahara that eliminated controversial recommendations on the future
of the disputed region.
2008 Jul 2, The US lifted a
moratorium on applications to build solar power plants on public
lands in 6 Western states.
(WSJ, 7/3/08, p.A1)
2008 Jul 2, In Vermont the body
of a missing girl (12), whose uncle (Michael Jacques) allegedly
planned to force her into a sex ring the day she disappeared, was
found in Randolph, not far from his house.
2008 Jul 2, In California Hans
Florine (44) and Yuji Hirayama (39) broke a World Record for the
fastest climb up the Nose of El Capitan (2:43:33) in Yosemite
National Park. On Oct 12 they broke the record again with a time of
2:37:5. On Nov 6, 2010, climbers Dean Potter and Sean Leary broke
the record with a time of 2:36:45.
(SFC, 7/3/08, p.A1)(SFC, 10/13/08, p.A1)(SFC,
2008 Jul 2, In central
Afghanistan a roadside blast killed five Afghan soldiers in Logar
province. Gunfire brought down a US UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter in
the same province, but no US personnel were hurt. In the northwest
Afghan and international troops killed 25 Taliban after militants
ambushed an Afghan patrol in Muqur district.
2008 Jul 2, President Alexander
Lukashenko said he acceded to Western and opposition demands for
greater democracy ahead of elections.
(WSJ, 7/3/08, p.A1)
2008 Jul 2, The British
government said police have arrested more than 500 suspects in a
crackdown on human trafficking in the sex trade. Police made 528
arrests in the operation, codenamed Pentameter 2, after raiding 822
premises, of which 157 were massage parlors and 582 houses and
flats. The operation began in October and involved 55 police forces.
2008 Jul 2, Colombian spies
tricked leftist rebels into handing over presidential candidate
Ingrid Betancourt (kidnapped in 2002), three US military contractors
(captured in 2003), and 10 other hostages in a helicopter rescue so
successful that not a single shot was fired. In 2009 Keith Stansell,
Thomas Howes and Marc Gonsalves authored "Out of Captivity," a
memoir of their 5 ½ year captivity by Colombia's leftist rebels.
(AP, 7/2/08)(AP, 2/26/09)
2008 Jul 2, Deutsche Bank
acquired the Dutch corporate banking arm of ABN AMRO from Fortis, a
Benelux bank, for $1.1 billion in cash.
(Econ, 7/12/08, p.83)
2008 Jul 2, In India an
estimated four million truckers went on strike to press for uniform
diesel prices and to protest against an increase in taxes.
2008 Jul 2, Iraqi security
forces arrested two locally prominent supporters of radical Shiite
cleric Muqtada al-Sadr as part of their crackdown against Shiite
militias in the southern city of Amarah. Police said Abdul-Jabar
Wahid Humaidi, head of the provincial council in Maysan, where
Amarah is the capital, and Fadhil Niama, head of the council's
security committee, were suspected of supporting Shiite militias. A
string of mortar shells hit the residential area of al-Amil in
western Baghdad, killing one civilian and wounding eight others. In
eastern Diyala province, US-allied Sunnis killed two al-Qaida
terrorists south of Baqouba.
2008 Jul 2, In Israel Hussam
Dwayat (30), a Palestinian man from Arab east Jerusalem plowed, an
enormous construction vehicle into cars, buses and pedestrians on a
busy street, killing at least 3 people and wounding at least 45
before he was shot dead by security officers. Palestinian witnesses
said an angry crowd in the Gaza Strip has stormed a border crossing
with Egypt throwing rocks at Egyptian troops.
2008 Jul 2, Italian Premier
Silvio Berlusconi pledged to end the garbage crisis in Naples and
the surrounding area by the end of July.
2008 Jul 2, Japan and Middle
Eastern leaders agreed on a project to bring thousands of badly
needed jobs to the West Bank, voicing hope it would lay the
groundwork for a Palestinian state.
2008 Jul 2, In Kashmir the
Indian army said 11 Muslim rebels and an Indian soldier have been
killed in two days of fierce fighting in a district bordering the
Pakistani part of the disputed state.
2008 Jul 2, Stanley Ho, casino
entrepreneur in Macao, agreed to sell a 25% stake from some $500
million in his SJM Holdings, which owned 19 or Macao’s 29 casinos.
(Econ, 7/5/08, p.75)
2008 Jul 2, In Mexico 4
decapitated bodies were found on a street in Culiacan, blocks away
from their severed heads. Four gunmen were killed hours later, after
opening fire on federal police patrolling Culiacan, a center for the
powerful Sinaloa drug cartel. Under attack, police shot back at the
home where the gunmen were holed up, killing the four assailants and
capturing two others.
2008 Jul 2, The Moroccan news
agency said 35 alleged recruiters for Al-Qaeda operations in Algeria
and Iraq were arrested by police in Morocco, where they were also
accused of planning attacks. The suspects allegedly belong to a
Salafist group, Salafiya Jihadiya.
2008 Jul 2, The Nigerian
government charged two former aviation ministers with misusing a
$165-million fund set up to improve air safety after three airplane
2008 Jul 2, In South Korea tens
of thousands of auto workers went on strike to oppose the
government's lifting of a ban on US beef imports.
2008 Jul 2, In Sri Lanka a
series of battles between government forces and Tamil Tiger fighters
on the front lines of the civil war killed 26 rebels. The fighting
took place throughout the day, killing two rebels in the Vavuniya
area, 12 in Mannar and 12 in Welioya. Rebel spokesman Rasiah
Ilanthirayan disputed those figures, saying three of his fighters
and 11 soldiers were killed in the fighting.
2008 Jul 2, Zimbabwe opposition
leader Morgan Tsvangirai rejected an African Union decision to keep
South Africa's president alone in charge of efforts to resolve
Zimbabwe's political crisis. The European Commission insisted that
Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai should be named at the
head of any new government. South African President Thabo Mbeki
rejected the EU position.
(AP, 7/2/08)(AFP, 7/2/08)
2009 Jul 2, The US Labor dept.
reported that employers cut a larger-than-expected 467,000 jobs in
June, driving the unemployment rate up to a 26-year high of 9.5
percent, suggesting that the economy's road to recovery will be
2009 Jul 2, In NYC federal
marshals seized disgraced financier Bernard Madoff's $7 million
Manhattan penthouse and forced his wife to move out and leave her
possessions behind, including a fur coat she had asked to take with
2009 Jul 2, California State
Controller John Chiang began to issuing IOUs to pay taxpayer refunds
and vendors. On July 9 the SEC classified the IOUs as municipal
securities subject to regulation to prevent their being traded by
entrepreneurs in an open secondary market.
(SFC, 7/10/09, p.A1, 12)
2009 Jul 2, In South Carolina 2
victims were found in their family's small furniture and appliance
shop near downtown Gaffney around closing time. Stephen Tyler (45)
was killed. His daughter, Abby Tyler (15) died from her wounds on
July 4. A day earlier and about seven miles away, family
members found the bodies of Hazel Linder (83) and her 50-year-old
daughter, Gena Linder Parker, bound and shot in Linder's home. The
killing spree began June 27, about 10 miles from Tyler Home Center,
where peach farmer Kline Cash (63) was found shot in his living
(AP, 7/4/09)(SSFC, 7/5/09, p.A11)
2009 Jul 2, Thousands of US
Marines poured from helicopters and armored vehicles into
Taliban-controlled villages in southern Afghanistan in Operation
Khanjar (Strike of the Sword), the first major operation under
President Barack Obama's strategy to stabilize the country. A
parallel British operation, Panchai Palang (Panther’s Claw), fought
the Taliban for control of the Nad Ali district. The Taliban
responded with their own Operation Foladi (Iron Net).
(AP, 7/2/09)(AP, 7/6/09)(Econ, 7/11/09, p.40)
2009 Jul 2, A British RAF
Tornado fighter aircraft crashed in a remote area of Scotland.
2009 Jul 2, Canada said it has
forgiven C$2.3 million in debt owed by Haiti as part of a plan that
aims to relieve the world's poorest countries of C$1.3 billion in
2009 Jul 2, Pina Bausch
(b.1940), influential German choreographer and dancer, died. She was
the artistic director of the Tanztheater Wuppertal, founded in 1973.
(SFC, 7/4/09, p.B3)
2009 Jul 2, A top Indian court
issued a landmark ruling that decriminalized gay sex between
consenting adults by declaring Section 377 of a colonial-era ban on
homosexuality unconstitutional. The decision applied only to the
territory of the capital, New Delhi. In December 2013 two Supreme
Court judges overturned the ruling. In 2018 the top court said it
would re-examine its earlier decision.
(AFP, 7/2/09)(SFC, 7/3/09, p.A5)(Econ, 10/11/14,
p.29)(SFC, 1/9/18, p.A2)
2009 Jul 2, In Iraq bombings
killed at least three people in the Baghdad area in the first
significant violence since Iraqi forces assumed responsibility for
securing cities after the withdrawal of US combat troops from urban
areas earlier this week.
2009 Jul 2, Manabu Kurita
caught a 22-pound, 4-ounce largemouth bass on Lake Biwa, Japan's
largest lake. On Jan 8, 2010, the Florida-based International Game
Fish Association credited him with tying the 77-year-old world
record for catching the biggest largemouth bass.
2009 Jul 2, Amnesty
International accused Israel and Palestinian militants of war crimes
in the most comprehensive report on the recent Gaza war. Both sides
rejected the findings.
2009 Jul 2, Liberia's truth and
reconciliation commission recommended that ex-President Charles
Taylor and seven other former warlords be prosecuted for crimes
against humanity for their alleged roles in the West African
country's civil war.
2009 Jul 2, African heads of
state meeting in Libya discussed a drastic new decision against the
International Criminal Court that would in practice give Sudan's
president impunity from prosecution for war crimes by the ICC, a
draft document at the AU summit showed. Leaders also struggled to
overcome divisions on a proposed "African government", as Libyan
leader Moamer Kadhafi pressed for a powerful new continental
(AP, 7/2/09)(AFP, 7/2/09)
2009 Jul 2, In Nepal landslides
triggered by monsoon rains swept through three villages in the
mountainous west, burying homes and killing at least nine people.
2009 Jul 2, North Korea
test-fired four short-range missiles, further stoking tension in the
region that was already high due to Pyongyang's nuclear test and
threats to boost its nuclear arsenal in response to UN sanctions.
2009 Jul 2, In Rawalpindi,
Pakistan, a suicide bomber targeted employees of a nuclear facility
left 29 people wounded. Near Peshawar, the main city in the
northwest, a roadside bomb killed two policemen and wounded five
more. Maulvi Nazir, a powerful militant chieftain in the frontier
region of South Waziristan, declared a cease-fire against security
2009 Jul 2, In Peru two buses
crashed head-on on a mountain road near Lake Titicaca, killing at
least 23 people and injuring 50 more.
2009 Jul 2, South Africa urged
its public service doctors to halt wildcat strikes and accept a
revised wage offer after low salaries and abysmal working conditions
led them to abandon patients.
2009 Jul 2, Spain's
intelligence chief, Alberto Saiz, resigned amid allegations he used
government money to go on hunting and fishing trips and had staffers
remodel his house.
2009 Jul 2, The BBC reported
that Syria’s Pres. Assad has issued a presidential decree ordering
honor killers to face at least 2 years in prison.
2009 Jul 2, The UN nuclear
agency's governing board (IAEA) chose Yukiya Amano, a veteran
Japanese diplomat as its new head. The term of the present head,
Mohamed ElBaradei, ends in November.
2009 Jul 2, In Vietnam an
official said for every 100 girls born to Vietnamese families, there
are 112 boys born, a disparity in the sex ratio that has been
rapidly increasing in recent years. The rising imbalance was blamed
on a cultural preference for boys who can continue the bloodline and
the belief that boys can better care for parents as they age.
Jul 2, An appeals court in Washington put government prosecutors on
notice that they must show evidence that an Algerian detainee held
at Guantanamo Bay for more than eight years is actually "part of" al
Qaida, or set him free. The decision reversed what had been a rare
victory for the government since the Supreme Court ruled that
Guantanamo detainees had the right to contest their incarceration in
US courts. Of the 50 cases that have been decided by district
courts, the government has prevailed in only 14.
2010 Jul 2, The US Border
Patrol in Washington State warned hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail
they could face arrest, jail and a $5,000 fine if they cross the
US-Canadian border improperly. The 2,650-mile trail stretches north
from Mexico, crosses the US border in the Pasayten Wilderness and
continues for about nine miles to Manning Provincial Park in British
2010 Jul 2, In California a
state appellate court sided with the Schwarzenegger administration
in its attempt to temporarily impose the $7.25 per hour federal
minimum wage on tens of thousands of state workers.
(AP, 7/2/10)(SFC, 7/2/10, p.C1)
2010 Jul 2, More than 180,000
people packed into the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum over two days
for a rave party. A suspected overdose led to the death of a girl
(15). Scores of injuries resulted when people tried to force their
way closer to the event's five stages.
2010 Jul 2, The Chicago City
Council approved what city officials said is the strictest handgun
ordnance in the US.
(SFC, 7/3/10, p.A4)
2010 Jul 2, In northern
Afghanistan Taliban suicide attackers stormed a four-story house
used by an American AID organization in Kunduz, killing four people
before dying in a fierce, 6-hour gunbattle with Afghan security
(AP, 7/2/10)(SFC, 7/3/10, p.A2)
2010 Jul 2, Dame Beryl
Bainbridge, English novelist, died. Her 18 novels included “Injury
Time,” for which she won the Whitbread Prize in 1977.
(Econ, 7/17/10, p.90)
2010 Jul 2, It was reported
that grenade attacks in Burundi have killed 8 people and wounded
almost 50 over the last month.
(WSJ, 7/2/10, p.A2)
2010 Jul 2, In eastern Congo a
fuel tanker overturned and burst into flames, sparking a massive
fire that killed at least 230 villagers and wounded more than 200 —
some of whom had rushed to siphon leaking liquid from the vehicle
illegally. (AP, 7/3/10)(SSFC, 7/4/10, p.A5)(SFC, 7/5/10, p.A2)
2010 Jul 2, In junta-ruled
Guinea electoral officials announced that a runoff vote would be
needed to determine who wins the mineral-rich West African nation's
first free election since independence.
2010 Jul 2, In India leading
Naxalite Cherkuri Rajkumar, aka Azad, was killed security forces in
Andhra Pradesh state.
(Econ, 7/24/10, p.44)
2010 Jul 2, Jakarta's annual
month-long flora and fauna expo opened. It included sales of the
world's most threatened ploughshare tortoise and the critically
endangered radiated tortoises, both from Madagascar. While the
government has passed legislation banning such illegal trade,
dealers continue to blatantly sell endangered species without fear
of arrest or prosecution.
2010 Jul 2, Kenyans expressed
outrage after members of parliament this week recommended giving
themselves a $175,000 annual pay package as farmworkers averaged $40
(SFC, 7/2/10, p.A2)
2010 Jul 2, In Kosovo an
explosion tore through a Serb protest in Mitrovica fatally injuring
one man and leaving 11 others with shrapnel wounds.
(SFC, 7/2/10, p.A2)
2010 Jul 2, Mexican authorities
said they have arrested Jesus Ernesto Chavez (41), a drug-cartel
enforcer. Chavez said Lesley Enriquez, a woman who worked in the
Mexican border's biggest US consulate, had helped a rival gang
obtain American visas, and for that he ordered her killed. Employee
Lesley Enriquez (35) and two other people connected to the US
consulate in the city of Ciudad Juarez were killed March 13 in
attacks that raised concerns that Americans were being caught up in
drug-related border violence.
(AP, 7/2/10)(SFC, 7/3/10, p.A3)
2010 Jul 2, A Panamanian court
dropped money laundering charges against former Nicaraguan President
Arnoldo Aleman. The court argued the charges against Aleman were
similar to charges he has faced in Nicaragua.
Jul 2, An unmanned Russian space capsule carrying supplies to the
International Space Station failed in a docking attempt. The
Progress space capsule was carrying more than two tons of food,
water and other supplies for the orbiting laboratory. NASA said the
failure was due to an antenna problem. Space station commander
Alexander Skvortsov reported the Progress was "rotating
uncontrollably" as it neared the space station. The capsule docked
successfully with the ISS on July 4.
(AP, 7/2/10)(SFC, 7/5/10, p.A2)
2010 Jul 2, In South Africa
Jackie Selebi, former state police commissioner, was found guilty of
(SFC, 7/2/10, p.A2)
2010 Jul 2, The Geneva-based
World Food Program declared its work in Niger an "emergency
operation" after a survey found a sharp rise in malnutrition rates
among young children. WFP spokeswoman Emilia Casella said 16.7
percent of children under 5 years old suffer from acute malnutrition
in the African country.
2011 Jul 2, Thousands of
marchers stormed the Atlanta, Georgia, to protest the state's new
immigration law, which they say creates an unwelcome environment for
people of color and those in search of a better life.
2011 Jul 2, In South Carolina
Kenneth Myers (46) killed his wife, her twin sister, their mother
and his ex-wife in a late night killing spree near Wagener. He took
his own life early the next morning as police chased him in a car.
(SFC, 7/4/11, p.A4)
2011 Jul 2, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed 13 people when an explosion
ripped through the van they were traveling in. Two gunmen on a
motorcycle killed Wakil Mohammad Khan, a member of the local council
in Nahri Sarraj district of Helmand province. Italian coalition
service member was killed in a roadside bombing in the west. In
Kabul, about 500 demonstrators chanted "Death to the Pakistan
military!" and "Long live Afghanistan!" as they protested against
rocket attacks that have killed at least 36 civilians in recent
2011 Jul 2, Australian aviation
regulators grounded budget carrier Tiger Airways Australia, a
subsidiary of Singapore's Tiger Airways, because it posed a "serious
and imminent risk to air safety", throwing the travel plans of
thousands of people into chaos.
2011 Jul 2, Australian
officials worked to isolate potential victims after uncovering two
more cases of the deadly horse-borne Hendra virus, which has erupted
in New south Wales and Queensland. Hendra can lead to fatal
respiratory illness and has killed four of the seven people who have
contracted it in Australia since it was first documented in 1994.
2011 Jul 2, Bahrain's Sunni
rulers launched landmark reconciliation talks with the opposition,
after four months of Shiite-led protests for greater rights and
harsh crackdowns on dissent in the strategic Gulf kingdom.
Opposition groups could nominate just 35 of the 300 participants.
Riot police fired tear gas at anti-government protesters denouncing
the reconciliation talks.
(AP, 7/2/11)(Econ, 7/9/11, p.46)
2011 Jul 2, The Belarus
government, eager to avoid protests on the July 3 national holiday,
began blocking access to the social media sites, including
VKontakte, a Russian version of Facebook.
2011 Jul 2, British mobile
phone giant Vodafone said it is taking full control of its Indian
joint venture by buying out its local partner Essar Group.
2011 Jul 2, China suffered two
mining accidents that left three workers dead and 42 trapped
underground. The cave-in and flood occurred in the Guangxi region of
(AFP, 7/2/11)(SFC, 7/4/11, p.A2)
2011 Jul 2, In Germany Wladimir
Klitschko of the Ukraine became the undisputed world heavyweight
champion by beating Great Britain's David Haye on a unanimous points
decision at Hamburg's football stadium.
2011 Jul 2, Der Spiegel
reported that Germany has agreed to sell 200 Leopard tanks to Saudi
2011 Jul 2, In Guinea the
family of Colonel Moussa Keita, a high-ranking member of Captain
Moussa Dadis Camara's military junta, said Keita has been arrested
by the army. In recent weeks Keita made statements to local media
accusing General Sekouba Konate, head of a transition government put
in place after Camara was shot by a close aide, of embezzling $20
million (14 million euro).
2011 Jul 2, In India reports
first came out of a treasure trove found in the underground vaults
of a temple in the 16th century Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in
southern Kerala state. A temple official said most of the articles
were offerings made by devotees and wealth the erstwhile rulers of
the Travancore princely state had stored there. Unofficial estimates
pegged the bounty at $22 billion.
(Reuters, 7/3/11)(AP, 7/4/11)
2011 Jul 2, Iran said it will
completely seal off its eastern borders with Afghanistan and
Pakistan by 2015 to prevent drug smuggling and infiltration of armed
2011 Jul 2, Jordan’s King
Abdullah II issued a decree approving the first reshuffle of the
cabinet, which was formed in February, bringing in nine newcomers,
and changing the portfolios of two ministers.
2011 Jul 2, Kosovo and Serbia
agreed to a deal on recognizing car license plates, identity cards
and university diplomas.
(Econ, 7/9/11, p.50)
2011 Jul 2, NATO said it has
begun ramping up its airstrikes on military targets in the western
part of Libya, where rebel forces claim a string of advances through
territory still largely under Moammar Gadhafi's control.
2011 Jul 2, In Malaysia an
activist group said police have detained six members of an
opposition party, including a lawmaker, were arrested last weekend
together with 25 others on the way to a party rally in northern
Penang state. They were being held on accusations of "inciting
people to wage war against the king." The detentions and arrests
were said to be part of a government crackdown to prevent people
from attending a July 9 rally by the electoral reform group Bersih.
2011 Jul 2, In Mexico 3 gunmen
were killed in a shootout with police after more than 40 armed
assailants lobbed grenades at a federal police station in La Piedad,
Michoacan state. A priest in Tamaulipas state was killed in his car
by a stray bullet during a shootout in Matamoros. In Sinaloa state
the bodies of two decapitated men were left at the entrance of two
local newspaper offices, Noreste and El Debate.
2011 Jul 2, In Nigeria 3 gunmen
from the Boko Haram sect shot and killed four people in Maiduguri.
2011 Jul 2, Six Northern
Ireland police officers were injured as "significant disorder"
erupted on the streets of Belfast, just over a week after the worst
clashes there for years.
2011 Jul 2, In Pakistan
militants attacked a checkpoint in the Karora area of Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa province around midnight killing three police officers
and wounding one.
2011 Jul 2, Puerto Rico's
police chief, Jose Figueroa Sancha, resigned amid sharp criticism
over a rising homicide rate in the US territory and allegations of
2011 Jul 2, Russia restored
power to Belarus after a 4-day cutoff due to unpaid bills.
(SSFC, 7/3/11, p.A5)
2011 Jul 2, Sudan’s northern
army carried out cross-border air strikes that killed three
civilians and wounded 17 in south Sudan's oil-producing Unity state
just a week before independence.
2011 Jul 2, Syrian Pres Assad
dismissed Ahmed Abdul-Aziz, the governor of the key central city of
Hama, after one of the largest protest gatherings to demand an end
to Assad's authoritarian regime.
2011 Jul 2, The Vatican
reported that it made a profit of $14.3 million in 2010. Donations
from the faithful fell 18% or nearly $15 million.
(SSFC, 7/3/11, p.A5)
2011 Jul 2, The Yemeni military
said some 50 soldiers were missing after battling Islamic militants
around the southern city of Zinjibar. Yemeni air strikes targeting
suspected Al-Qaeda militants near Jaar killed two civilians and
2011 Jul 2, Zimbabwean teachers
said they will suspend their 11-day strike to consider the
government's offer of a pay rise that fell nearly 90 percent short
of their demands.
2012 Jul 2, CNN’s Anderson
Cooper, the host of “AC360,” confirmed that he is gay.
(SFC, 7/3/12, p.E3)
2012 Jul 2, California state
lawmakers passed a set of foreclosure relief bills. The legislation
would stop “dual tracking,” where a lender pursues foreclosure
proceedings on a homeowner even as the homeowner seeks a
modification on the terms of the loan.
(SFC, 7/3/12, p.A1)
2012 Jul 2, In California the
council members of Mammoth Lakes voted to file for bankruptcy,
becoming the 2nd city in the state to do so.
(SFC, 7/5/12, p.C2)
2012 Jul 2, Dell announced that
it has agreed to buy Quest Software Inc. for $2.24 billion.
(SFC, 7/3/12, p.D3)
2012 Jul 2, In Afghanistan a
suicide car bomber killed 7 people and wounded 23 near Kandahar
University. Logar province spokesman Din Mohammad Darwesh said NATO
forces were on a foot patrol in Charkh district when they came under
fire from insurgents. He said they called in an airstrike and the
bombardment killed three shopkeepers.
(AP, 7/2/12)(AP, 7/2/12)
2012 Jul 2, Barclays chairman
Marcus Agius resigned, paying the price for the "devastating" damage
to the bank caused by the rigging of key global interest rates which
has sullied London's image as a financial center. Agius, who has
chaired the bank for six years, will remain in his post until a
successor was found.
2012 Jul 2, British drugmaker
GlaxoSmithKline was socked with $3 billion in fines by US
authorities over charges it marketed drugs for unauthorized uses,
held back safety data, and cheated the government's Medicaid
program. This became the largest health-fraud settlement in American
(AFP, 7/2/12)(Econ, 7/7/12, p.61)
2012 Jul 2, China's state media
reported that the booming southern city of Guangzhou has imposed a
cap on the number of cars allowed to be sold in an effort to curb
worsening traffic and pollution. It became the third Chinese city,
after Beijing and Guiyang, to introduce registration plate limits in
an effort to combat the escalating number of cars on China's roads.
2012 Jul 2, In China the High
Court of the southern province of Guangdong said Apple has paid $60
million to end a dispute with Shenzhen Proview Technology over who
could use the iPad name in China, giving the US tech giant more
certainty in selling its tablet computer in the Chinese market.
2012 Jul 2, Corsican separatist
gunmen (FNLC) attacked the luxury holiday villa of a French banker,
evacuated the occupants and detonated 4 explosives inside.
(SFC, 7/3/12, p.A2)
2012 Jul 2, The Committee to
Protect Journalists (CPJ) said it appears Ethiopia is extending and
refining its censorship of Internet news with a sophistication that
could encourage other authoritarian regimes in Africa. The rollout
of a pervasive and sophisticated blocking system started in April to
include smaller blogs by exiles and news services, and even
individual Facebook pages.
2012 Jul 2, Europe’s Airbus
said it would open its first jet assembly line in America in Mobile,
(Econ, 7/7/12, p.63)
2012 Jul 2, Indonesian
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono arrived in Australia as a
political storm over people-smuggling raged.
2012 Jul 2, In Iraq a roadside
bomb missed a police patrol that was moving through an intersection
in Mansour neighborhood. The blast killed a nearby traffic policeman
and wounded eight passers-by instead.
2012 Jul 2, Israel’s PM
Netanyahu dissolved a committee assigned to reform the country’s
military draft law and spread the burden among more sectors of
society. He said the committee had failed to reach a consensus that
could win parliamentary approval.
(SFC, 7/3/12, p.A2)
2012 Jul 2, In Japan Ichiro
Ozawa (70) and 49 other lawmakers quit the ruling party and said
they will likely form their own rival bloc, dealing a blow to PM
Yoshihiko Noda. Ozawa has been a vocal critic of Noda's plan to
double Japan's sales tax to 10 percent by 2015.
2012 Jul 2, Lebanon's General
Security agency said a rocket fired from Lebanon wounded two Syrian
border police. The Syrians pursued the gunmen and a Lebanese General
Security post was hit.
2012 Jul 2, Libya released four
envoys of the International Criminal Court, held since June 7, who
were detained after visiting the son of slain leader Moamer Kadhafi.
2012 Jul 2, Mali's Islamist
rebels smashed the entrance of a 15th century Timbuktu mosque,
escalating a campaign of destruction of the city's cultural
treasures despite threats of prosecution for war crimes.
2012 Jul 2, A Namibian diamond
cutting and polishing plant owned by Russian-Israeli tycoon Lev
Leviev said it laid off its entire workforce, 150 workers, after its
bid to buy rough gems from De Beers flopped. LLD Namibia was
established in 2004 at a cost of three million dollars (2.6 million
euros) and touted then as Africa's largest diamond cutting and
2012 Jul 2, Nigeria's Trade and
Investment Ministry said Nigeria has signed a Memorandum of
Understanding with US-based Vulcan Petroleum Resources Ltd. to build
six oil refineries, in a project worth 4.5 billion dollars.
2012 Jul 2, In Nigeria
attackers killed nine construction workers in the northeastern city
of Maiduguri, the base of the Islamist Boko Haram sect.
2012 Jul 2, Pakistani officials
accused up to 60 Afghan soldiers of crossing into Pakistani
territory and sparking clashes that killed two tribesman in Upper
2012 Jul 2, A spokesman said
the Palestinian self-rule government has detained some 200 people,
including security officers, in recent weeks in the biggest
crackdown on illegal weapons in the West Bank in five years.
2012 Jul 2, South Korea
inaugurated Sejong City, a mini-capital to house much of the
nation's government, ending a decade of wrangling over a project
seen by critics as driven by politics.
2012 Jul 2, Syria's main exiled
opposition groups met in Cairo to try to forge a common vision for a
political transition in Syria. Rebel fighters and activists based in
Syria announced they would boycott the Cairo meeting. At least 78
people were confirmed killed across Syria, 44 of them civilians.
(AFP, 7/2/12)(AFP, 7/3/12)
2012 Jul 2, Taiwan's ex-vice
president Annette Lu and a former top presidential aide were cleared
of corruption and forgery charges after prosecutors failed to prove
the case against them. They were indicted in 2007 for allegedly
abusing their positions to claim millions of Taiwan dollars in
expenses with false receipts.
2012 Jul 2, Lin Yi-shih (42), a
top official in Taiwan's cabinet, admitted to taking millions of
dollars in bribes from a wealthy businessman. He resigned as the
cabinet secretary-general last week. The weekly magazine Next
reported Lin had allegedly taken Tw$63 million ($2.1 million) from a
businessman in 2010 to help him gain a contract with a state firm.
2012 Jul 2, In Togo Atayi Ayi,
a reporter for the daily Forum de la Semaine, was taking photographs
of a protest in the capital Lome when he was attacked by two groups
of unidentified demonstrators.
2012 Jul 2, The Vatican said
that Pope Benedict has "relieved from pastoral care" Bishop Robert
Bezak of Trnava, Slovakia. Italian news reports suggested
administrative problems were to blame.
2013 Jul 2, The Int’l.
Astronomical Union announced the names of Kerberos and Styx for two
moons of Pluto.
(SFC, 7/3/13, p.D1)
2013 Jul 2, In Afghanistan
Taliban suicide attackers blew up a truck bomb at the gates of a
NATO supplier's compound in Kabul and sprayed gunfire at security
personnel. The ensuing gunbattle left a dozen people dead.
(AP, 7/2/13)(SFC, 7/3/13, p.A2)
2013 Jul 2, In Brazil Rayfran
das Neves Sales, the confessed killer of US nun and Amazon defender
Dorothy Stang Para, was released after serving less than nine of the
27 years he was sentenced to back in 2005. Para state Judge Claudio
Henrique Rendeiro ruled that Neves Sales was entitled to serve the
rest of his sentence under house arrest.
2013 Jul 2, China announced
rewards of up to 100,000 yuan ($16,000) for information leading the
arrest of those responsible for the deadliest violence in four years
in the vast far-western region of Xinjiang, dominated by Muslim
2013 Jul 2, An Egyptian court
said Pres. Morsi must reinstate an attorney general fired last year
in another blow to his authority. 7 people were killed in clashes in
Cairo between supporters and opponents of Pres. Morsi.
2013 Jul 2, A German court
convicted a married couple of spying for Russia over more than two
decades and handed them prison sentences for passing European Union
and NATO secrets to Moscow. Andreas and Heidrun Anschlag were known
only by the fake names on the Austrian passports they used to enter
2013 Jul 2, In Indonesia a
magnitude 6.1 earthquake killed at least 22 people and injured
hundreds in Aceh province.
2013 Jul 2, In Iraq at least 49
people were killed in a wave of attacks across the country. 7
militants were also killed.
2013 Jul 2, Israeli soldiers
shot dead Moataz Sharawneh (19), a Palestinian, during a
confrontation in the occupied West Bank.
2013 Jul 2, In Mexico the
bodies of Luis Ortiz and Andres Barba, both 15, were found after
they went missing on June 21 in Jalisco state. They were accused of
bullying the son of Jose Angel Carrasco a notorious drug trafficker.
2013 Jul 2, Nigerian police
said they have recaptured 54 of 175 prisoners who escaped on June 30
from Olokuta prison in the southwest town of Akure after it was
attacked by gunmen.
2013 Jul 2, In Russia Alexander
Lebedev, a banking tycoon who financed a newspaper critical of the
Kremlin, was found guilty of assault for punching a talk show guest
in Sep, 2011, and sentenced to 150 hours of community service.
2013 Jul 2, A Russian
helicopter packed with passengers crashed in Siberia, killing at
least 19 of the 28 people aboard.
2013 Jul 2, A Russian Proton
rocket carrying navigation satellites crashed a few seconds after
takeoff from the Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome. This was the 4th
Proton failure at Baikonur in 14 years.
(SFC, 7/3/13, p.A2)(Econ, 11/8/14, p.45)
2013 Jul 2, In Senegal a
special tribunal charged former Chad dictator Hissene Habre with
crimes against humanity, over two decades after his arrival in the
west African country.
2013 Jul 2, In Syria activists
said government troops shelled a rebel-held suburb of the capital
Damascus, killing at least 11 people including women and children.
2013 Jul 2, In Tanzania
President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush found
common ground, honoring the victims of a terrorist attack in an
unprecedented encounter a world away from home. The Obamas departed
Africa for home shortly after crossing paths with the Bushes, who
were hosting the summit promoting the role of African first ladies
in bringing change to their countries. During his visit Obama
announced his Power Africa plan to electrify the continent.
(AP, 7/2/13)(Econ, 1/9/16, p.42)
2013 Jul 2, Ukraine's president
ordered a top-level inquiry after a night of violence in a small
southern town in which people angered by the rape of a local woman
in which they said police were involved attacked a police
headquarters with petrol bombs.
2013 Jul 2, In the United Arab
Emirates 61 convicted coup plotters received jail terms of up to 10
years after a trial that targeted Islamists and drew criticism from
human rights groups.
2013 Jul 2, Vietnam became the
11th country from which all highly enriched uranium has been removed
in the last four years. The news was announced during a meeting in
Vienna on how to prevent potential bomb ingredients from falling
into the wrong hands. The first uranium shipment from Vietnam's
Dalat Nuclear Research Institute to Russia, where it originally came
from, took place six years ago and there was a second delivery this
month. The United States, the UN nuclear agency and Canada also
2014 Jul 2, The US government
launched a $1 million international media campaign warning families
in Central America that it's best to stay at home, following a surge
in illegal immigration. The message was aimed primarily at Honduras,
Guatemala and El Salvador.
2014 Jul 2, US officials said
US military advisors have secretly operated in Somalia since around
2007 and that Washington plans to deepen its security assistance to
help the country fend off threats by Islamist militant group al
2014 Jul 2, In San Francisco
former Chief Trial Deputy Joanne Hoeper filed a wrongful termination
suit saying she was demoted and later fired for investigating how
city officials steered millions in public funds to a handful of
plumbing companies for unneeded repairs in private sewer lines.
Hoeper said City Attorney Dennis Herrera suppressed her probe and
estimated that the scheme cost taxpayers over $10 million from
(SFC, 7/3/14, p.A1)
2014 Jul 2, NASA’s Orbiting
Carbon Observatory-2 reached orbit after launch from Vandenberg Air
Force Base .
(SFC, 7/3/14, p.A7)
2014 Jul 2, Fabien Cousteau,
grandson of French ocean exploration pioneer Jacques Cousteau ended
a 31-day expedition at an underwater laboratory in the Florida Keys.
2014 Jul 2, Louis Zamperini
(97), Olympic athlete, WWII hero and POW, died in Los Angeles. In
2010 Laura Hillenbrand authored “Unbroken: A World War II Story of
Survival, Resilience, and Redemption,” based on Zamperini. In 2014 a
film version of her story was produced.
2014 Jul 2, African nations
agreed to suspend military operations for six months against
Congo-based Rwandan rebels in order to give them more time to lay
down their arms. The suspension was announced after a meeting in
Angola of foreign ministers from a regional bloc including Angola,
Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, DRC, Kenya,
Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia.
2014 Jul 2, Preliminary results
from Afghanistan's presidential election, due to be announced today,
were delayed amid accusations of fraud that threaten to split the
fragile country along ethnic lines. A Taliban suicide bomber struck
a bus carrying Afghan military personnel in Kabul killing at least
(Reuters, 7/2/14)(SFC, 7/3/14, p.A6)
2014 Jul 2, Bolivia's Congress
passed legislation to allow children as young age 10 to work as long
as it does not interfere with their education and is done
independently to help the child's family make ends meet. VP Alvaro
Garcia signed it into law on July 17, as Pres. Morales was
(AP, 7/4/14)(SFC, 7/18/14, p.A5)
2014 Jul 2, In Brazil police in
Sao Paulo used stun grenades and tear gas to disperse thousands of
soccer fans raucously celebrating Argentina's 1-0 World Cup victory
over Switzerland a day earlier.
2014 Jul 2, The RSA Security
division of EMC Corp. said in a research report that a
"malware-based fraud ring" had infiltrated the online payment method
in Brazil known as the boleto, diverting payments to accounts held
by members of the ring.
2014 Jul 2, Britain sentenced
five members of a gang to between three and 12 years in prison for
luring victims with false promises of legitimate work. The organizer
and Indian national Vishal Chaudhary (35), received 12 years. Over
120 eastern European women were forced to have sex with up to 20 men
a day in brothels across London.
2014 Jul 2, London Metropolitan
Police expressed disappointment about an employment tribunal's
finding that police discriminated against a black female officer
because of her gender and race.
2014 Jul 2, China's top
anti-corruption body said Ji Wenlin, a former aide to embattled
retired domestic security boss, Zhou Yongkang, has been expelled
from the Communist Party after taking "huge bribes" and committing
2014 Jul 2, Egyptian police
arrested four members of Islamist militant group Ansar Beit
al-Maqdis (Partisans of Jerusalem) over bomb blasts near a
presidential palace, although another group (Ajnad Misr or Soldiers
of Egypt) claimed it had planted the explosives.
2014 Jul 2, An Egyptian court
convicted Abdullah Morsi (20), the youngest son of ousted Pres.
Morsi, on charges of drug possession and sentenced him and a friend
to one year in prison.
(SFC, 7/3/14, p.A2)
2014 Jul 2, Former French
President Nicolas Sarkozy was placed under formal investigation on
suspicions he tried to use his influence to thwart an investigation
of his 2007 election campaign.
2014 Jul 2, In East Jerusalem
Mohammed Abu Khdeir (16) was approached by a car early today and
forced inside before it sped off. His body was later found in a
Jerusalem forest. President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israeli extremists
of killing him. An autopsy showed that Khdeir was burned to death.
On Nov 30, 2015, a Jerusalem court convicted two Israeli youths in
the grisly killing. The court delayed the verdict for Ben David
(31), the third and chief suspect in the killing. In 2016 a
court sentenced two young Israelis, one for life and the other for
21 years, for the attack. Lawyers said Yosef Haim Ben-David suffers
from a mental illness and was not responsible for his actions at the
time. On April 19, 2016, Yosef Haim Ben David was convicted of
(AP, 7/2/14)(AP, 7/5/14)(AP, 11/30/15)(AP,
2014 Jul 2, Germany arrested a
31-year-old man on suspicion of spying for foreign intelligence
services. They did not identify the suspect or the intelligence
services. Media reports said he is an intelligence service employee
accused of spying for the United States.
2014 Jul 2, Hong Kong police
arrested 511 people who staged an unauthorized overnight sit-in on
an avenue running through the heart of the city after a rally the
day before in which tens of thousands of demonstrators marched in
the streets to push for the right to elect their leader free of
limits Beijing wants to impose.
2014 Jul 2, In India a girl (6)
was assaulted when she left her classroom to go to the restroom in
Bangalore. It took two weeks for the incident to be reported. On
July 19 thousands of people angry over alleged police inaction
rallied to demand that authorities arrest those responsible for the
2014 Jul 2, Iraq’s PM Nuri
al-Maliki offered a general amnesty in a rare conciliatory move to
undercut support for militants whose offensive has overrun swathes
of territory and threatens to tear Iraq apart.
2014 Jul 2, Italy reported 70
migrants lost at sea.
(Econ, 7/5/14, p.44)
2014 Jul 2, In Kenya 4 people
were killed when a cargo plane crashed shortly after takeoff at the
international airport in Nairobi.
2014 Jul 2, In Lebanon a
grenade attack on a coffee shop in the northern city of Tripoli
wounded four people.
2014 Jul 2, Moldova's
Parliament voted 59-4 to ratify the former Soviet republic's free
trade agreement with the European Union. Pro-Moscow Communists with
38 seats walked out of Parliament.
2014 Jul 2, Myanmar police
fired rubber bullets to disperse crowds of Buddhists and Muslims
facing off in the second-largest city of Mandalay, in the latest
outbreak of trouble in two years of sectarian unrest. A Buddhist man
was stabbed to death.
(Reuters, 7/2/14)(AP, 7/4/14)
2014 Jul 2, Norwegian energy
companies Statoil and Statkraft announced plans to build a wind farm
off the British coast in a 15 billion kroner ($2.4 billion)
investment, expected to be completed in 2017.
2014 Jul 2, Pakistan's
parliament passed a law giving security forces sweeping powers to
clamp down on militancy, but some activists and legislators
criticized the provisions as too harsh.
2014 Jul 2, In the Philippines
suspected communist guerrillas shot and killed a town mayor while he
was traveling in a convoy with army troops from a charity event in
Impasug-ong, Bukidnon province.
2014 Jul 2, In Puerto Rico
thousands of government workers launched a 24-hour strike across the
US territory to protest a fiscal emergency law that targets bonuses
and benefits, among other things.
2014 Jul 2, The wildlife group
TRAFFIC said the number of ivory products on sale in Bangkok nearly
trebled from 5,865 in January last year to 14,512 in May 2014.
2014 Jul 2, Tunisia state news
said 4 soldiers have been killed in a landmine blast during an
operation against Islamist militants in the north of the country. A
19-year-old was killed overnight by a landmine in the western border
region where the army has been battling Islamist militants.
(Reuters, 7/2/14)(AFP, 7/2/14)
2014 Jul 2, In Ukraine 4
soldiers were killed as government forces carried out over 100
attacks on rebel positions and forced pro-Russia separatists out of
three eastern villages.
2014 Jul 2, The UN's food aid
agency warned that Ethiopia is facing a huge wave of refugees from
South Sudan, where the specter of famine threatens to heap further
misery on a people already rocked by civil war.
2015 Jul 2, The Obama
administration placed sanctions on leaders from opposing military
forces in South Sudan for their roles in the country's conflict.
2015 Jul 2, The US Department
of Justice said BP Plc has reached a settlement with US authorities
and will pay about $18.7 billion in damages for water pollution
caused by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The agreement settles
claims against BP by the government and the states of Louisiana,
Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Florida.
2015 Jul 2, In northern
California Matthew Graham (33) reported his 6-month-old daughter
missing. On July 10 Graham went missing after stealing a gun, cell
phone and cash from his mother in Shasta County.
(SFC, 7/13/15, p.A6)
2015 Jul 2, Whataburger, a
Texas restaurant chain with 780 locations in ten states, published
an open letter on its website saying it will not allow the open
carrying of guns in its restaurants.
(http://tinyurl.com/pzbhwwq)(SFC, 7/13/15, p.A6)
2015 Jul 2, Aides of Wisconsin
Gov. Scott Walker said he is joining the Republican presidential
(SFC, 7/3/15, p.A7)
2015 Jul 2, In Cambodia a video
showed property tycoon Sok Bun dragging well-known actress known as
Sasa (Ek Socheata) off a couch at a Japanese restaurant in Phnom
Penh. He throws her to the ground, kicks her head and when she tries
to get up he punches, kicks her and stomps on her in a beating that
lasts about a minute. His bodyguard points a pistol at the actress'
head as his boss attacks her, until a worker at the apparently empty
restaurant manages to pull him away. Sok Bun soon fled the country.
On July 14 Sok Bun issued a pair of statements to plead for mercy
from his victim, society and PM Hun Sen. Bun was arrested on July 18
and charged with intent to commit violence.
(AP, 7/16/15)(AP, 7/18/15)
2015 Jul 2, The Egyptian
military killed 23 extremists in dawn raids in northern Sinai, a day
after Islamic militants attacked army positions in the restive
peninsula and set off the bloodiest fighting in decades.
2015 Jul 2, A French court
reinstated Jean-Marie Le Pen as a member of the far-right National
Front party he founded decades ago, delivering a biting blow to his
daughter and party president Marine Le Pen, who had suspended him
after a series of controversial and anti-Semitic statements.
2015 Jul 2, Iraqi forces
cleared Islamic State militants from most of the northern town of
Baiji and hoped to drive them from the nearby oil refinery within
2015 Jul 2, In Mali 6 UN
peacekeepers were killed and five wounded in an attack on their
convoy near Timbuktu.
2015 Jul 2, In Mexico
journalist Filadelfo Sanchez Sarmiento was shot and killed outside
his radio station in Miahuatlan de Porfirio Diaz, Oaxaca.
(SSFC, 5/21/17, p.E7)
2015 Jul 2, Jacobo Zabludovsky
(87), Mexico's longest-serving TV anchor, died. He was frequently
criticized for overwhelmingly pro-government coverage. In 1959 he
was the only Mexican journalist to accompany Fidel Castro to Havana.
(AP, 7/2/15)(Econ, 7/11/15, p.37)
2015 Jul 2, Morocco said its
security forces have dismantled an Islamist militant cell affiliated
to the Islamic State group, including members with knowledge in
handling weapons and explosives.
2015 Jul 2, Dutch police fired
warning shots and arrested 34 people during a third straight day of
unrest triggered by the June 28 death of a Caribbean man in police
custody. A temporary ban on public gatherings was imposed in a
neighborhood hit by rioting.
2015 Jul 2, In Nigeria 6
children drowned in Lagos when the boat ferrying them to school
capsized after colliding with a bigger vessel on the city's lagoon.
2015 Jul 2, In northeastern
Nigeria a young female suicide bomber also killed 12 worshippers
when she blew herself up in a mosque in a Borno village.
2015 Jul 2, In Pakistan at
least four cars of a train being used to transport soldiers fell
into a canal because of a bridge collapse in the eastern Punjab
province, killing at least 12 soldiers. A government investigation
into a train accident that killed 17 soldiers showed the train
driver was speeding and that his negligence caused the tragedy.
(AP, 7/2/15)(AP, 7/17/15)
2015 Jul 2, In the Philippines
the ferry M/B Kim Nirvana carrying 189 passengers and crew capsized
minutes after pulling out of Ormoc city. 59 people were killed with
145 survivors. Murder complaints against the owner and crew were
(AP, 7/2/15)(Reuters, 7/3/15)(SSFC, 7/5/15, p.A7)
2015 Jul 2, Saudi Arabia
officially opened a billion-dollar aviation gateway aimed at Muslim
pilgrims, in the kingdom's first airport privatization.
2015 Jul 2, South Korea
reported two new cases of the potentially deadly Middle East
Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus, after four days in which no cases
2015 Jul 2, In Yemen Saudi-led
air strikes killed 8 people in Sanaa. 2 people were killed and 15
wounded in the latest air strikes on Saada.
2016 Jul 2, The Washington
Wizards agreed to pay Ian Mahinmi $64 million over four years,
according to a person familiar with the deal.
2016 Jul 2, In Florida 5 people
were killed and 25 injured when a bus carrying farmworkers collided
with a tractor-trailer on US 98 in the state’s Panhandle.
(SSFC, 7/3/16, p.A8)
2016 Jul 2, Elie Wiesel (87),
holocaust survivor, author of 57 books and Nobel Peace Prize
laureate (1986), died at his home in NYC.
(Reuters, 7/3/16)(Econ, 7/9/16, p.78)
2016 Jul 2, Michael Cimino
(77), director of the Oscar-winning Vietnam War film "The Deer
Hunter" (1978), died at his home in Beverly Hills. His films
included "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot" (1974), “Heaven’s Gate” (1980),
"Year of the Dragon" (1985), "The Sicilian" (1987), "Desperate
Hours" (1990) and "The Sunchaser" (1996).
2016 Jul 2, Afghan Taliban
leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada called for an end to foreign
forces' "occupation" of Afghanistan as a preliminary step to a
settlement based on Islamic law that he said would bring unity to a
country riven by decades of war.
2016 Jul 2, In Afghanistan at
least 2 civilians were killed after a suicide bomber on a motorbike
targeted a local tribal elder in Jalalabad, Nangarhar province. In
southern Kandahar province unknown gunmen shot and killed 7
2016 Jul 2, Australia held
general elections. PM Malcolm Turnbull’s Liberal Party-led coalition
needed 76 of 150 seats to form a government. On July 10 Turnbull
finally claimed victory for his conservative coalition. The
incumbent Liberal/National coalition secured 76 seats in the
150-seat lower House of Representatives.
(AP, 7/2/16)(AP, 7/10/16)(AFP, 7/11/16)
2016 Jul 2, An estimated 40,000
people marched through London, waving European flags and chanting
"We love you EU" to voice their opposition to Britain's stunning
vote to quit the bloc.
2016 Jul 2, In northern China a
coal mine flooded and trapped 12 miners.
2016 Jul 2, In Finland eight
Cuban volleyball players were arrested following allegations that a
woman was raped at a hotel where the team was staying in Tampere,
170 km (105 miles) north of Helsinki. Two were later released. On
June 30, 2017, a Finnish court of appeal cut the prison sentences of
five Cuban volleyball players jailed for aggravated rape in the
southwestern city of Turku.
(AP, 8/29/16)(AFP, 9/20/16)(AFP, 6/30/17)
2016 Jul 2, Michel Rocard
(b.1930), former French prime minister (1988-1991) under François
Mitterrand, died in Paris. He created the Revenu minimum d'insertion
(RMI), a social minimum welfare program for indigents, and achieved
the Matignon Accords regarding the status of New Caledonia.
2016 Jul 2, Israeli troops
locked down the occupied West Bank's most populous city Hebron and
surrounding villages after two Israelis were killed in Palestinian
2016 Jul 2, The Israeli
military struck a series of militant sites in Gaza early today in
response to a rocket attack that hit a kindergarten in the Israeli
border town of Sderot.
2016 Jul 2, In Italy US Staff
Sgt. Halex Hale (24) was last seen at a friend's cookout in Sacile,
near Aviano Air Base north of Venice. His body, clad in a swimsuit,
was found on July 12 in a river in Sacile.
(AP, 7/10/16)(AP, 7/12/16)
2016 Jul 2, In northern Serbia
5 people were killed and another 22 were wounded when a man entered
a cafe in the village of Zitiste and opened fire with an assault
rifle. Z.S. killed his estranged wife and a another woman, before
firing at others in the cafe with an assault rifle he illegally
2016 Jul 2, In Syria government
airstrikes killed 43 people in a rebel-held area where militants had
captured and killed a government fighter pilot. 7 medical personnel
were among those killed in the town of Jeiroud (Jayrud).
(AP, 7/2/16)(AFP, 7/2/16)(AFP, 7/3/16)
2016 Jul 2, Syria's al
Qaeda-linked Nusra Front abducted Mohammad al Ghabi, the commander
of the Western-backed Jaish al-Tahrir brigade, and a number of his
aides in a house raid in Kfr Nubl in Idlib province. Jaish al Tahrir
has about 4,000 well trained fighters.
2016 Jul 2, Turkey’s President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Syrians could eventually be granted
Turkish citizenship "if they want it", in remarks which were met
with anger from opposition politicians and social media users.
2017 Jul 2, Texas authorities
said they have found the bodies of a man and a girl inside a Dallas
home. Shavon Randall (13) was abducted June 28 in Lancaster. Agents
a day earlier arrested Devontae Owens (24) and Laquon Wilkerson (30)
and charged them with aggravated kidnapping.
(SFC, 7/3/17, p.A4)
2017 Jul 2, Abu Dhabi, the
capital of the United Arab Emirates, became the first city to be
exempt from a US ban on laptop computers being in airplane cabins.
2017 Jul 2, In Afghanistan
Taliban insurgents ambushed a local militia group in northern Balkh
province, killing 13 pro-government fighters. Taliban insurgents
launched attacks on the city of Kunduz from two different directions
in the country's northeast.
2017 Jul 2, Australian former
schoolteacher Jeff Horn (29) stunned world champion Manny Pacquiao
(38) of the Philippines to win the World Boxing Organization
welterweight crown with a controversial unanimous points decision in
2017 Jul 2, Britain’s
government announced it will trigger the two-year process of leaving
the London Fisheries Convention, which allows vessels from France,
Belgium, Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands to fish between six
and 12 nautical miles off the UK coastline.
(AP, 7/2/17)(Econ 7/8/17, p.50)
2017 Jul 2, In southwest China
at least eight people died and another 35 were injured in a natural
gas pipeline explosion in Guizhou Province.
2017 Jul 2, A Chinese rocket
launch failed this evening due to abnormality during the flight
following what appeared to be a successful liftoff of the Long
2017 Jul 2, An Egyptian court
sentenced 20 people to death for their part in the August 2013
massacre of more than a dozen policemen in Kerdassah, a village west
of Cairo. The court also sentenced 80 to life imprisonment, 34 to 15
years in prison, and a minor to 10 years. 20 were acquitted, while
four others were referred back to prosecutors.
2017 Jul 2, In Germany some
4,000 people took part in the first major protest in Hamburg before
the July 7-8 Group of 20 meeting.
2017 Jul 2, In western Ghana an
illegal goldmine collapsed, trapping at least 17 miners underground
2017 Jul 2, In Indonesia a
helicopter carrying crashed while on the way to help with
evacuations near a volcano that erupted on the main island of Java.
All eight people aboard were killed.
(AP, 7/2/17)(SFC, 7/3/17, p.A2)
2017 Jul 2, Iraqi forces said
hundreds of civilians were fleeing Mosul as airstrikes pound the
last pockets of territory held by the Islamic State group. In Anbar
province a suicide bomber dressed in a woman's all-covering robe
killed 14 people this evening.
(AP, 7/2/17)(AP, 7/3/17)
2017 Jul 2, Former Israeli PM
Ehud Olmert (71) left prison after winning early release from a
parole board, capping an ignominious chapter of Israeli history that
transformed the once-powerful leader into the first premier ever to
be placed behind bars.
2017 Jul 2, Israeli authorities
re-arrested Khalida Jarrar (54), a prominent Palestinian lawmaker,
in an overnight raid in the Ramallah area over her leadership in the
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which Israel
considers a terrorist organization.
2017 Jul 2, Japan’s PM Shinzo
Abe's Liberal Democratic Party suffered an historic defeat in an
election in Tokyo. Populist Gov. Yuriko Koike's Tomin First no Kai
(Tokyoites First party) won a thumping victory over the
scandal-laden ruling party in a closely watched assembly election
that could alter national politics.
(Reuters, 7/2/17)(AP, 7/2/17)
2017 Jul 2, In Lebanon a fire
broke out in a Syrian refugee settlement in the Bekaa Valley,
killing at least one person. The fire burned down over 100 tents
near Qab Elias.
2017 Jul 2, In Mali French
Pres. Emmanuel Macron met with leaders from the five regional
countries. He said France will provide military support for
operations as well as 70 tactical vehicles and communications,
operations and protective equipment to support a new multinational
military force against extremists in the vast Sahel region.
2017 Jul 2, In Russia fourteen
people died, two of them children, were killed when a long-haul
passenger bus collided with a truck 900 km (550 miles) east of
Moscow. In southern Russia a passenger car span out of control and
collided with a tree and a parked vehicle, killing five people
2017 Jul 2, Sudanese doctors
and aid workers urged the government to declare a state of emergency
over a cholera outbreak and delay the start of the school year,
which began today, although authorities say the situation is under
control. Some 22,000 cases of acute watery diarrhea have led to at
least 700 fatalities since May 20.
2017 Jul 2, In Syria a suicide
car bomb killed 20 people and wounded dozens more in a rare attack
in the heart of Damascus. Authorities said they foiled a wider
assault by intercepting two other explosives-laden vehicles.
(AP, 7/2/17)(Reuters, 7/6/17)
2017 Jul 2, Turkish police
chased away a small group of transgender activist who tried to march
to Istanbul’s main square despite an official ban on the event.
Seven people were detained.
(SFC, 7/3/17, p.A2)
2018 Jul 2, In northern
California the County Fire spread to 60,000 acres in Yolo County.
The Pawnee Fire in Lake County covered 14,800 acres.
(SFC, 7/3/18, p.A9)
2018 Jul 2, In San Francisco
Perlita Romero (62), a security guard at the Alice Griffith housing
development, was shot and killed while speaking to his wife and
daughter on FaceTime in the Philippines. Cardell Mason Coleman (24)
was arrested the following day after being identified by video
footage at the scene.
(SSFC, 7/15/18, p.C1)
2018 Jul 2, SpaceX's Dragon
capsule delivered nearly 6,000 pounds of supplies to the Int'l.
Space Station. The supplies included the round AI robot Cimon,
slightly bigger than a basketball, from the German Space Agency
intended to assist German astronaut Alexander Gerst with science
(SFC, 7/3/18, p.A7)
2018 Jul 2, The EU opened
another rule-of-law procedure against Poland over what it sees as
flaws in the country's Supreme Court law, intensifying a standoff
that could threaten Poland's EU voting rights and funding. The move
comes a day before legislation takes effect that will force the
early retirement of 27 of 72 justices of the Supreme Court.
2018 Jul 2, The EU slammed the
Trump administration for considering tariffs on auto imports, saying
they could lead to global retaliation against some $300 billion in
US goods amid signs of a brewing trade war.
2018 Jul 2, Police in western
India said that they have arrested 23 people who took part in the
weekend lynching of five men suspected of being members of a gang of
2018 Jul 2, Indonesia's Mount
Agung volcano on the tourist island of Bali erupted this evening,
ejecting a 2,000-meter-high (6,560-foot-high) column of thick ash
and hurling lava down its slopes.
2018 Jul 2, Amnesty
International said Indonesia's police and military are responsible
for at least 95 unlawful killings in the easternmost Papua region
since 2010, including targeted slayings of activists.
2018 Jul 2, Iranian President
Hassan Rouhani arrived in Switzerland for talks expected to focus on
salvaging progress from the Iran nuclear deal after the Trump
2018 Jul 2, Israeli troops
fired on four Palestinians who crossed the border from Gaza into
southern Israel and attempted to attack a military post, killing one
2018 Jul 2, Libya's crucial oil
exports from its production heartland ground to a halt in a
financial showdown between the country's rival political
2018 Jul 2, Malawi's President
Peter Mutharika faced a growing corruption scandal ahead of next
year's election after a leaked report from the country's anti-graft
body accused him of fraud.
2018 Jul 2, A Malaysian task
force said more than 400 bank accounts have been frozen as part of a
probe into a multi-billion-dollar scandal at state fund 1MDB. Riza
Aziz, the stepson of former prime minister Najib Razak, was summoned
2018 Jul 2, Malaysian
authorities said they are investigating the marriage between an
11-year-old Thai girl and a 41-year-old Malaysian Muslim, including
elements of possible "sexual grooming" in the case.
2018 Jul 2, Twenty-five people,
including a woman, were rescued after the boat, believed to be
carrying 44 illegal immigrants, sank early today off Malaysia's
southern coast. 18 people were missing after the boat carrying
migrants from Indonesia capsized, killing one woman.
2018 Jul 2, Andres Manuel Lopez
Obrador, the landslide winner of Mexico's presidential election,
said that he will aim to keep Mexico in the NAFTA trade pact and
seek a frank dialogue and friendly ties with the United States.
Obrador said he will put his presidency to a referendum in three
years, giving the public a chance to have its say on whether he
should continue his presidency half-way through his six-year term.
(Reuters, 7/2/18)(Reuters, 7/3/18)
2018 Jul 2, Scott Donaldson
(48) of New Zealand man became the first person to kayak solo across
the daunting stretch of water that separates New Zealand from
2018 Jul 2, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte said he would soon halt mining in the
Southeast Asian nation because of the environmental damage it has
caused, renewing his threat made nearly two years ago to shut down
the industry completely.
2018 Jul 2, In the Philippines
Mayor Antonio Halili (72) of Tanauan city, known for parading drug
suspects in public but also alleged to have drug ties himself, was
shot and killed by a sniper in a brazen attack during a flag-raising
ceremony in front of hundreds of horrified employees and village
leaders in Batangas province.
2018 Jul 2, In Romania a
parliamentary committee approved a bill that would redefine official
misconduct, a move criticized by the country's anti-corruption
prosecutors. The draft law proposed lowering the maximum prison
sentence for official misconduct from seven years to five years.
2018 Jul 2, In Scotland the
body of Alesha MacPhail (6), who was visiting relatives on the Isle
of Bute, was found in woodland near the town of Rothesay. Extra
officers were soon brought in from the mainland to hunt for the
2018 Jul 2, Swiss-based
Glencore Corp. received a subpoena from the US Department of Justice
"to produce documents and other records with respect to compliance
with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and United States money
laundering statutes." Glencore was being probed by the United States
in a corruption investigation linked to its business in Nigeria,
Venezuela and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
2018 Jul 2, Thai navy SEALS and
two British volunteer divers helped find the "wild Boar" soccer team
on an elevated rock after struggling for hours through narrow
passages and murky waters. 12 boys and their 25-year-old coach went
missing on June 23, after they set out to explore the caves in a
forest park following a training session.
(Reuters, 7/3/18)(AFP, 7/3/18)
2018 Jul 2, UN Secretary
General Antonio Guterres said he heard "unimaginable" accounts of
atrocities during a visit to Bangladesh's refugee camps and called
for Myanmar to be held responsible for "crimes" against the
2018 Jul 2, The UN refugee
spokesman said the number of people forced to flee their homes in
southwestern Syria as a result of the two week escalation in
fighting has climbed to 270,000 people.
2018 Jul 2, Yemeni government
forces backed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates bombarded
rebel positions outside Hodeida over the last 24 hours after pausing
their push into the strategic Red Sea port city. 11 civilians and 43
rebel fighters were reported killed over the last two days.
2019 Jul 2, The Trump
administration backed off on adding a question to the 2020 Census on
(SFC, 7/3/19, p.A4)
2019 Jul 2, The US House of
Representatives filed a lawsuit to force the Treasury Dept. to turn
over Pres. Trump's tax returns.
(SFC, 7/3/19, p.A5)
2019 Jul 2, A new US federal
lawsuit accused Georgia's Department of Driver Services of
discriminating against Puerto Rican driver's license applicants.
2019 Jul 2, Military jurors in
San Diego acquitted Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, a
decorated Navy SEAL, of murder in the killing of a wounded Islamic.
He was convicted on a single charge of posing with the 17-year-old
militant's corpse in Iraq in 2017.
2019 Jul 2, Lee Iacocca
(b.1924), father of the Ford Mustang and rescuer of Chrysler Corp.
died at his home in Bel Air, Los Angeles County. His 1984 book:
"Iacocca: An Autobiography" became a best seller.
(SFC, 7/3/19, p.A7)
2019 Jul 2, Hawaii became the
first US state to remove a requirement that a person be a victim of
sex trafficking to have a prostitution conviction erased.
(SFC, 7/4/19, p.A9)
2019 Jul 2, In Kentucky a
lightning strike set a Jim Beam warehouse on fire and destroyed
about 45,000 barrels of bourbon. The site burned for days and runoff
filled with alcohol and firefighting chemicals bled into nearby
rivers and creeks. The nearly 23-mile alcohol plume moved through
the Kentucky River and into the Ohio River where it dissipated.
(http://tinyurl.com/y2ohl7tl)(SFC, 7/12/19, p.A5)
2019 Jul 2, In Pennsylvania
Bill Courtright, the former Democratic mayor of Scranton, pleaded
guilty to charges that he shook down businesses for bribes and
campaign contributions throughout his term and a half in office. He
had resigned from office a day earlier.
(SFC, 7/3/19, p.A4)
2019 Jul 2, The S&P 500 hit
a record high for the 2nd straight day closing at 2,973.01.
(SFC, 7/3/19, p.D4)
2019 Jul 2, Algerian parliament
president Moad Bouchareb quit, after prolonged demands for his
removal by protesters who saw him as a pillar of the ruling elite.
2019 Jul 2, Australia's central
bank cut its benchmark interest rate by a quarter of a percentage
point to a record low of 1% in a bid to boost the economy.
2019 Jul 2, In Australia three
men were arrested over an Islamic State group-inspired plot to
attack a variety of Sydney targets including police and defense
buildings, courts, churches and diplomatic missions.
2019 Jul 2, Meeting in Vienna
the OPEC bloc of oil producers formally signed a new charter of
cooperation with other major producers -- including Russia -- a day
after thrashing out the document at a marathon meeting.
2019 Jul 2, China's government
strongly backed Hong Kong's embattled administration, saying
pro-democracy protesters who occupied and vandalized the city's
legislature committed "serious illegal acts" that endangered the
2019 Jul 2, In China Turkish
Pres. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, an ostensible US NATO ally, affirmed the
importance of ties with China in a meeting with President Xi Jinping
2019 Jul 2, The European
Parliament began its first session of the new term, short of three
Catalan members who were barred from joining, as hundreds wearing
the Catalan flag protested against their exclusion outside the
building in Strasbourg.
2019 Jul 2, France said it was
"not ready" to ratify a huge trade deal agreed by the European Union
and the four South American countries of Mercosur (Argentina,
Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay), as farmers and environmentalists step
up their resistance to the accord.
2019 Jul 2, Romain Bail (35), a
mayor in northern France, was handed a six-month suspended prison
sentence for wrongly issuing parking fines to people helping
migrants in the area. A police report, which was read out in court,
said the mayor from the right-wing Les Republicans party had used
offensive language towards migrants.
2019 Jul 2, German Defense
Minister Ursula von der Leyen emerged as the surprise candidate to
lead the European Union's executive Commission. David-Maria Sassoli,
an Italian member of the Socialists & Democrats bloc, was
elected as the next president of the European parliament after two
rounds of voting in the Strasbourg-based legislature.
2019 Jul 2, In Greece Suzanne
Eaton, an American scientist, disappeared while at a conference in
Chania, Crete. Her body was found on July 8 in a tunnel formerly
used as a storage site during World War II. On July 16 a man (27)
was charged with murder and rape in the killing.
(SFC, 7/10/19, p.C1)(Reuters, 7/16/19)
2019 Jul 2, Hungarian lawmakers
passed legislation to tighten state control of research bodies run
by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA), overriding protests
against the latest step to expand the government's role in public
2019 Jul 2, In western India
heavy monsoon rains caused at least four walls to collapse onto huts
and city shanties overnight and into today, killing at least 31
people and injuring dozens of others. Two men died after they were
trapped in a submerged car, raising the overall death toll in
Maharashtra state to 33.
2019 Jul 2, Members of Iran's
elite Revolutionary Guard killed two gunmen trying to infiltrate the
country through the border with Turkey. Two Iranian guards were also
killed in the skirmish in the northwestern province of West
2019 Jul 2, In Israel thousands
of protesters blocked major highways around the country, snarling
traffic for hours. They attacked police and vandalized vehicles in
response to what they see as continued police brutality following
the June 30 shooting death of Solomon Teka (18).
2019 Jul 2, A coalition of East
African citizen groups announced they were suing Uganda and Rwanda
in the East African Court of Justice for financial losses resulting
from a border dispute between the feuding nations. The court, in the
northern Tanzanian town of Arusha, was set up to rule on matters of
the East African Community (EAC).
2019 Jul 2, Aeroflot and two
other Russian airlines canceled several flights to and from the
Czech Republic after the Czech Transport Ministry withdrew permits
for the flights. The Czech ministry said it took action after Russia
limited the right of national carrier Czech Airlines to use routes
across Siberia on its flights from Prague to Seoul. A Russian
decision early today to grant temporary access to the transit routes
until July 7, enabled the Czech ministry to authorize Russian
carriers' flights to the Czech Republic until that date to provide
time for negotiations.
2019 Jul 2, South Africa's
ruling African National Congress used its majority to elect new
committee heads, including lawmaker Bongani Bongo, accused of
bribery, despite opposition from rival parties concerned over the
caliber of nominees.
2019 Jul 2, In South Korea Park
Yoo-chun, a former member of the boy band JYJ, received a 10-month
suspended sentence for illegal drug use. The Suwon District Court
also ordered the 33-year-old star to undergo probation and
2019 Jul 2, The office of Sri
Lanka's PM Ranil Wickremesinghe said he opposes a decision by Pres.
Maithripala Sirisena to execute drug convicts, saying the country
must conduct its affairs in a civilized manner.
2019 Jul 2, Sri Lankan police
arrested their own chief and the former defense secretary for
failing to prevent attacks on churches and luxury hotels that killed
more than 250 people in April.
2019 Jul 2, A Sudanese
opposition group said that two of its leaders have been arrested
amid a weekslong standoff between the ruling military council and a
protest coalition that held mass marches this week.
2019 Jul 2, Turkish prosecutors
and the state-run Anadolu news agency said 122 military personnel
have been ordered arrested over suspected links to the network
blamed by Ankara for orchestrating a failed military coup.
2019 Jul 2, A United Nations
investigator said Burmese security forces and insurgents are
committing human rights violations against civilians in restive
western states that may amount to fresh war crimes.
2019 Jul 2, The UN World Food
Program (WFP) said it will triple the number of people it is
providing food and cash assistance to in northeastern Congo's Ituri
province, which is facing inter-ethnic violence and an Ebola
2019 Jul 2, A Yemeni rebel
attack on the civilian Abha airport.in southern Saudi Arabia wounded
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