June 2000 in History

Events in History

  • Jun 1 The Patent Law Treaty (PLT) is signed.
  • Jun 4 54th Tony Awards: Copenhagen & Contact win
  • Jun 5 Armed conflict between Rwanda and Uganda erupts in Kinsangani, a city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Jun 12 Sandro Rosa do Nascimento takes hostages while robbing Bus #174 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; the highly-publicized standoff becomes a media circus and ends with the death of do Nascimento and a hostage.
  • Jun 13 Italy pardons Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish gunman who tried to kill Pope John Paul II in 1981.

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Jun 13 President Kim Dae Jung of South Korea meets Kim Jong-il, leader of North Korea, for the beginning of the first ever inter-Korea summit, in the northern capital of Pyongyang.

Supreme Leader and Dictator of North Korea Kim Jong-il
Supreme Leader and Dictator of North Korea
Kim Jong-il
  • Jun 16 Israel complies with UN Security Council Resolution 425 after 22 years, which calls on Israel to completely withdraw from Lebanon. Israel withdraws from all of Lebanon, except the disputed Sheba Farms.
  • Jun 21 Section 28 (outlawing the 'promotion' of homosexuality in the United Kingdom) is repealed in Scotland with a 99 to 17 vote
  • Jun 23 The bulk ore carrier MV Treasure sinks off the western coast of South Africa, soiling more than 19 000 penguins; this resulted in the world's largest ever rescue of birds from an oiling event
  • Jun 23 The Cotonou Agreement, a trade and aid framework, is signed in Cotonou, Benin
  • Jun 28 Cuban exile Elián González returns to Cuba following a Supreme Court order.

Deaths in History

  • Jun 2 Svyatoslav Fyodorov, Russian ophthalmologist (b. 1927)
  • Jun 2 Gerald Whitrow, British mathematician (b. 1912)
  • Jun 6 Frédéric Dard, French writer (b. 1921)
  • Jun 8 Jeff MacNelly, American political cartoonist (b. 1948)
  • Jun 9 Jacob Lawrence, American painter (b. 1917)
  • Jun 9 Ernst Jandl, Austrian writer and poet (Otto's Pug), dies at 74

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 10 Hafez al-Assad, General and President of Syria (1971-2000), dies of a heart attack at 69

General and President of Syria Hafez al-Assad
General and President of Syria
Hafez al-Assad
  • Jun 12 P.L.Deshpande, Marathi writer (b. 1919)
  • Jun 14 Attilio Bertolucci, Italian poet and writer (b. 1911)
  • Jun 15 Jules Roy, French writer (b. 1907)
  • Jun 16 Empress Kōjun of Japan (b. 1903)
  • Jun 17 Ismail Mahomed, South African and Namibian Chief Justice (d. 1931)
  • Jun 20 Karl Mickel, German writer, dies at 64
  • Jun 24 Vera Atkins, Romanian-born British intelligence officer (b. 1908)
  • Jun 28 Jane Birdwood, British anti-Semitic activist (b. 1913)
  • Jun 29 John Aspinall, English zoo owner and gambling club host, dies of cancer at 74