June 2000 in History

Events in History

  • Jun 1 The Patent Law Treaty (PLT) is signed.
  • 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

Summit of Interest

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

  • 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  • Jun 21 Section 28 (outlawing the 'promotion' of homosexuality in the United Kingdom) is repealed in Scotland with a 99 to 17 vote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 Gerald Whitrow, British mathematician (b. 1912)
  • Jun 2 Svyatoslav Fyodorov, Russian ophthalmologist (b. 1927)
  • Jun 3 William E. Simon, American businessman, US Secretary of Treasury under Nixon, dies at 72
  • Jun 6 Frédéric Dard, French writer (San-Antonio), dies at 78
  • Jun 8 Jeff MacNelly, American Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist (Shoe), dies at 52
  • Jun 9 Ernst Jandl, Austrian writer and poet (Otto's Pug), dies at 74
  • Jun 9 George Segal, American painter and sculptor of lifelike mixed-media figures (Bus Driver), dies at 75
  • Jun 9 Jacob Lawrence, African-American artist (Sanitarium), dies at 82

Hafez al-AssadHafez al-Assad (1930-2000)

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

  • Jun 12 P. L. Deshpande, Indian Marathi writer, dies at 80
  • Jun 14 Attilio Bertolucci, Italian poet and writer, dies at 88
  • Jun 14 Maria do Carmo Geronimo, Brazilian maid, former slave and oldest Brazilian, dies at about 129
  • Jun 15 Jules Roy, French writer (b. 1907)
  • Jun 16 Empress Kōjun, Empress consort of Japan, dies at 97
  • Jun 17 Ismail Mahomed, South African and Namibian Chief Justice, 1st permanent black judge on South African Supreme Court, dies at 68
  • Jun 19 Noboru Takeshita, Japanese PM (1987-89), dies at 76
  • Jun 20 Karl Mickel, German writer, dies at 64
  • Jun 21 Johanna Moosdorf, German writer (Next Door), dies at 88
  • Jun 24 Sadiq Hussain Qureshi, Pakistani politician (8th Chief Minister of Punjab, Pakistan), dies at 72
  • Jun 24 Vera Atkins, Romanian-born British intelligence officer (b. 1908)
  • Jun 27 Pierre Pflimlin, French politician (briefly French Prime Minister 1958), dies at 93
  • Jun 28 Jane Birdwood, British anti-Semitic activist (b. 1913)
  • Jun 29 John Aspinall, English zoo owner (Howletts; Port Lympne), and gambling club host, dies of cancer at 74