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 21, Saturday June 1919, Sir Thomas à Beckett, died (born 1836), solicitor and judge
On 21, Saturday June 1919, Bloody Saturday of the Winnipeg general strike: Royal Northwest Mounted Police fire a volley of bullets into a crowd of unemployed war veterans, killing two.
On 21, Saturday June 1919, Scuttling of the German fleet in Scapa Flow: Admiral Ludwig von Reuter scuttles the German fleet interned in Scapa Flow, Scotland; nine German sailors are killed.
On 21, Saturday June 1919, Tsilla Chelton, French actress, born (d. 2012)
On 21, Saturday June 1919, Gérard Pelletier, Canadian journalist, politician and diplomat, born (d. 1997)
On 21, Wednesday June 1944, Corinna Tsopei, Greek actress, model and beauty queen who won Miss Universe 1964, born
On 21, Wednesday June 1944, Chris Wood, English musician (Traffic) (d. 1983)
On 21, Wednesday June 1944, Franco Cordova, Italian international football player, born
On 21, Wednesday June 1944, Luigi Sgarbozza, Italian former cyclist, born
On 21, Wednesday June 1944, Ray Davies, English rock-singer and songwriter, co-founder of The Kinks, born
On 21, Wednesday June 1944, Carmen Cardinali Paoa, Chilean professor, born
On 21, Sunday June 1959, Guerrinha, Brazilian basketball coach and basketball player, born
On 21, Sunday June 1959, Demetrio Román Isidoro, Mexican architect and politician, born
On 21, Sunday June 1959, Marcella Detroit, American soprano vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter, born
On 21, Sunday June 1959, Louis Febre, Mexican composer, born
On 21, Saturday June 1969, Pat Sansone, American guitarist, born
On 21, Thursday June 1979, Up to a million workers stop work across the country to protest the arrest of unionists in Western Australia for addressing a public meeting without police permission. Public transport, industry and commercial services are thrown into disarray.
On 21, Thursday June 1979, Chris Pratt, American actor, born
On 21, Thursday June 1979, Makasini Richter, Tongan rugby league player, born
On 21, Wednesday June 1989, British police arrest 250 people for celebrating the summer solstice at Stonehenge.
On 21, Tuesday June 1994, William Wilson Morgan, American astronomer and astrophysicist, died (b. 1906)
On 21, Monday June 1999, Senator Mal Colston joins fellow Independent Brian Harradine in supporting the Federal Government’s $17 billion sale of the second portion of Telstra (constituting another 16 per cent), allowing the proposed sale to pass through the Senate and become finalised. After the sale, the Government now owns only 50.1 per cent of Telstra.
On 21, Monday June 1999, Natalie Alyn Lind, American actress, born

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Neville Buch (Pronounced Book) Ph.D. is a certified member of the Professional Historians Association (Queensland). Since 2010 he has operated a sole trade business in history consultancy. He was a Q ANZAC 100 Fellow 2014-2015 at the State Library of Queensland. Dr Buch was the PHA (Qld) e-Bulletin, the monthly state association’s electronic publication, and was a member of its Management Committee. He is the Managing Director of the Brisbane Southside History Network.

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