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 3, Monday June 1844, Garret Hobart, 24th Vice President of the United States, born (d. 1899)
On 3, Sunday June 1894, Karl Eduard Zachariae von Lingenthal, German jurist, expert on Byzantine law, died (b. 1812)
On 3, Saturday June 1944, Hans Asperger publishes his paper on Asperger syndrome.
On 3, Saturday June 1944, Edith McGuire, American sprinter, born
On 3, Wednesday June 1959, Singapore becomes a self-governing crown colony of Britain with Lee Kuan Yew as Prime Minister.
On 3, Wednesday June 1959, Real Madrid beats Stade Reims 2–0 at Neckarstadion, Stuttgart and wins the 1958–59 European Cup (football).
On 3, Wednesday June 1959, Kinahan Cornwallis, British diplomat, died (b. 1883)
On 3, Tuesday June 1969, Melbourne-Evans collision: The Royal Australian Navy aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne collides with the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Frank E. Evans in the South China Sea. Frank E. Evans is cut in half and sinks, killing 74 crew.
On 3, Tuesday June 1969, Dean Pay, Australian rugby league player, born
On 3, Tuesday June 1969, While operating at sea on SEATO maneuvers, the Australian aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne accidentally rams and slices into the American destroyer USS Frank E. Evans in the South China Sea, killing 74 American seamen.
On 3, Tuesday June 1969, Takako Minekawa, Japanese musician, composer and writer, born
On 3, Sunday June 1979, A blowout at the Ixtoc I oil well in the southern Gulf of Mexico causes at least 600,000 tons (176,400,000 gallons) of oil to be spilled into the waters, the worst oil spill to date. Some estimate the spill to be 428 million gallons, making it the largest unintentional oil spill until it was surpassed by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.
On 3, Sunday June 1979, General elections are held in Italy.
On 3, Saturday June 1989, Fighting breaks out in the Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic between ethnic Uzbeks and the Turkish minority; more than 100 people are killed by June 15.
On 3, Saturday June 1989, The world’s first HDTV broadcasts commence in Japan, in analogue.
On 3, Saturday June 1989, Imogen Poots, British actress, born
On 3, Saturday June 1989, Jillette Johnson, American singer, born
On 3, Saturday June 1989, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Iranian philosopher, politician, revolutionary and Shia Muslim religious leader, 1st Supreme Leader of Iran, died (b. 1902)
On 3, Saturday June 1989, John McCauley, RAAF Senior Commander, died (b. 1899)
On 3, Friday June 1994, Jack Cowie, New Zealand cricketer, died (b. 1912)
On 3, Thursday June 1999, Charlene Pryer, American professional baseball player, died (b. 1921)
On 3, Wednesday June 2009, Australia avoids a recession after the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveals the economy for the March quarter grew by a 0.4 per cent from the final quarter of 2008.
On 3, Wednesday June 2009, A skit involving terminally ill children and the fictional ‘Make a Realistic Wish Foundation’ (a parody of the Make-a-Wish Foundation) causes public outrage after airing on an episode of The Chaser’s War on Everything on ABC1. The skit involved The Chaser members Chris Taylor (as the foundation spokesperson) and Andrew Hansen (as a doctor). The premise of the skit was that if the terminally ill children are only going to live for a few more months before dying, it is not worth spending money on lavish gifts for them. It portrayed the children requesting extravagant items such as a trip to Disneyland and the chance to meet Zac Efron, with Taylor and Hansen instead giving them a pencil case and a stick respectively. The skit concluded with Taylor stating “Why go to any trouble, when they’re only gonna die anyway”. Following public criticism of the skit, both The Chaser and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation issued statements of apology. The ABC subsequently suspended the series for two weeks following the controversy. The series returned on 24 June.
On 3, Wednesday June 2009, David Carradine, American actor, died (b. 1936)
On 3, Wednesday June 2009, Koko Taylor, American musician, died (b. 1928)
On 3, Tuesday June 2014, Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholls hands down the State budget, revealing the Government’s plans to privatise $33.6 billion worth of assets to bring the budget back into surplus. The Government blames a crash in coal royalties and a deferral of federal disaster relief payments for the blowout. Resources for sale include long term leases on the Townsville and Gladstone Ports, and selling power companies Stanwell and CS energy, despite public fervour against privatising assets in the state.
On 3, Tuesday June 2014, Gordon Bennett, 59, artist, died