1767 Jun 7, Daniel Boone sighted present-day Kentucky
1864 Jun 7, Abraham Lincoln was nominated for another term as president at his party’s convention in Baltimore.
1921 Jun 7, James Craig (1871-1940) became the first prime minister of Northern Ireland and served until his death in 1940.
1979 Jun 7, Rocker Chuck Berry (b.1926) was charged with tax evasion. He performed at the White House at the request of President Jimmy Carter on June 1. A month later he began a five-month sentence for income tax evasion.
1982 Jun 7, Pres. Reagan met with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican and later with Queen Elizabeth in England.
1994 Jun 7, President Clinton addressed the French National Assembly, challenging his generation of Allied leaders to strive for greater European unity or face “the grim alternative” of violence like that in Bosnia.
1996 Jun 7, Pres. Suleyman Demirel again asked Islamist leader Necmettin Erbakan to form a new coalition government.
2000 Jun 7, US District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson ordered the breakup of Microsoft Corporation, declaring the software giant should be split into two because it had “proved untrustworthy in the past.” Microsoft vowed to appeal. An appeals court later threw out the breakup order; the Justice Department, under the Bush administration, said it would no longer seek a breakup of Microsoft.
2001 Jun 7, Pres. Bush signed a $1.3 trillion tax cut bill. It included rising exemptions on estate taxes until 2010 at which point they would return.
2002 Jun 7, Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel was convicted in Norwalk, Conn., of beating Greenwich neighbor Martha Moxley to death when they were 15 in 1975.
2004 Jun 7, Russian President Vladimir Putin flew to Mexico for talks with his Pres. Fox, who has said he hoped to increase military cooperation with Moscow. Putin, the 1st Russian head-of-state to visit Mexico, said the two major oil producing nations should share knowledge on oil exploration and the energy sector.
2005 Jun 7, Brazil’s Pres. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva pledged to carry out a battle against corruption that would reduce it to a “sad memory.”
2005 Jun 7, Iraqi security forces captured Jassim Hazan Hamadi al-Bazi, also known as Abu Ahmed. a reputed key member of Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi’s al-Qaida in Iraq terrorist group who is accused of building and selling cars used by suicide bombers.
2006 Jun 7, In Houston, Texas, Gabriel Granillo (14) was beaten by about a dozen gang members with baseball bats and tire irons. A teenage girl in the group stabbed him to death.
2006 Jun 7, In Syria Mohammad Ghanem, a journalist who edits a Web site and advocates greater rights for Kurds in Syria, was sentenced to a year in prison, but the military court commuted his sentence to six months. Ghanem was convicted on charges of “insulting the Syrian president, discrediting the Syrian government and fomenting sectarian unrest.”
2007 Jun 7, In Spain Monzer al-Kassar (61), a Syrian arms dealer previously accused of arming militants from Iraq to Somalia, was arrested on suspicion of plotting to send millions of dollars worth of weapons to Colombian rebels. A federal indictment unsealed in NYC said al-Kassar has provided weapons and military equipment to violent factions in Nicaragua, Brazil, Cyprus, Bosnia, Croatia, Somalia, Iran and Iraq. Tareq Mousa al Ghazi and Luis Filipe Moreno Godoy, also included in the indictment, were arrested in Romania.
2008 Jun 7, President Hugo Chavez said that his government will rewrite a new intelligence law to calm fears in Venezuela that the decree could be used to stifle dissent. Thousands of opponents of President Hugo Chavez protested a “blacklist” unveiled by Venezuela’s top anti-corruption official that bars key opposition candidates from running in upcoming elections.
2009 Jun 7, Zimbabwe PM Morgan Tsvangirai launched a three-week trip to the West. He spoke at The Hague saying he is seeking re-engagement, not touring with a “begging bowl” asking for aid. Pres. Robert Mugabe launched a new pact aimed at tearing down trade barriers across 19 African nations with appeals for external investors and an end to domestic conflicts.
2010 Jun 7, Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter signed 2 bills aimed at reigning in the 1,100 medical marijuana dispensaries that have opened around the state. About half the existing dispensaries were expected to continue under the new rules.
2011 Jun 7, Pres. Obama honored German Chancellor Angela Merkel, by presenting her with the Medal of Freedom. Merkel, chancellor since 2005, grew up under Communism and lived to see the rise of democracy in her country; she is Germany’s first woman leader.
2011 Jun 7, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s chief of staff Antonio Palocci stepped down amid questions over how his personal wealth rose sharply while he served as a congressman in 2010.
2011 Jun 7, In Somalia Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, one of the most wanted Al-Qaeda terrorists, was killed by security forces at a government-run checkpoint in Mogadishu. He died when the security forces discovered that he and another man with whom he was traveling were armed. Mohammed was believed to be the mastermind behind the 1998 bombings of embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, in which 224 people died.
2012 Jun 7, Chinese President Hu Jintao announced an SCO plan whereby China, Russia and four Central Asian states would grant Afghanistan observer status in their regional group. This was announced at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s annual summit in Beijing.
2013 Jun 7, Pres. Obama welcomed China’s Pres. Xi Jinping as he arrived in southern California for a 2-day summit.