Anniversaries and commemorations come and go daily. Most of us, even the best historians, miss most occasions. If we think of history as events then we are faced with a continually showering in the grains of sand. Nevertheless, we do pick out certain patterns in the remembrance of historical dates. The blog here reminds us of some dates where the local, state, national, and global perspectives entwine.
On 7, Monday June 1869, Grand Duke Alexander Alexandrovich of Russia, born (d. 1870)
On 7, Thursday June 1894, Roy Thomson, Canadian publisher, born (d. 1976)
On 7, Thursday June 1894, King Hassan I of Morocco, died (b. 1836)
On 7, Saturday June 1919, Sette Giugno on Malta: British troops fire on a mob protesting against the colonial government, killing four.
On 7, Saturday June 1919, George Glamack, American basketball player, born (d. 1987)
On 7, Wednesday June 1944, WWII: The steamer Danae (Greek: Δανάη), carrying 600 Cretans including 350 Greek Jews on the first leg of the journey to Auschwitz, is sunk, with no known survivors, off Santorini.
On 7, Wednesday June 1944, Joel Brand is intercepted by British agents in Aleppo.
On 7, Wednesday June 1944, Bayeux is liberated by British troops.
On 7, Wednesday June 1944, Opening of Operation Perch, a British attempt to capture Caen from the Germans; attempt abandoned on June 14.
On 7, Sunday June 1959, Mike Pence, 50th Governor of Indiana, 48th Vice President of the United States, born
On 7, Saturday June 1969, The rock group Blind Faith plays its first gig in front of 100,000 people in London’s Hyde Park.
On 7, Saturday June 1969, Alina Astafei, Romanian-German high jumper, born
On 7, Saturday June 1969, Prince Joachim of Denmark, born
On 7, Saturday June 1969, Kim Rhodes, American actress, born
On 7, Thursday June 1979, The first direct elections to the European Parliament begin, allowing citizens from across all then-9 European Community member states to elect 410 MEPs. It is also the first international election in history.
On 7, Wednesday June 1989, Mitch Robinson, Australian footballer, born
On 7, Wednesday June 1989, Surinam Airways Flight 764 crashes in Paramaribo, Suriname; killing 176.
On 7, Wednesday June 1989, Don the Beachcomber, American restaurateur, died (b. 1907)
On 7, Tuesday June 1994, Dennis Potter, English dramatist, died (b. 1935)
On 7, Sunday June 2009, The Socceroos draw (0–0) against Qatar in an away match at Doha, qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
On 7, Saturday June 2014, Jane Gray, 112, supercentenarian, oldest living Scottish-born person and Australian resident, died
On 7, Saturday June 2014, Merv Thackeray, 88, politician, member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly for Keppel (1957–1960) and Rockhampton North (1960–1972)., died
On 7, Saturday June 2014, Fernandão, Brazilian footballer and manager, died (b. 1978)