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 17, Thursday June 1869, Flora Finch, English-born comedian, born (d. 1940)
On 17, Tuesday June 1919, English Police Sergeant Thomas Green is killed, during the Epsom Riot by Canadian troops.
On 17, Saturday June 1944, Iceland declares full independence from Denmark.
On 17, Saturday June 1944, Bill Rafferty, American comedian and impressionist, born (d. 2012)
On 17, Wednesday June 1959, Ulrike Richter, German swimmer, born
On 17, Wednesday June 1959, Kazuki Yao, Japanese voice actor, born
On 17, Tuesday June 1969, After a 23-game match, Boris Spassky defeats Tigran Petrosian to become the World Chess Champion in Moscow.
On 17, Tuesday June 1969, Amy Keating Rogers, American television producer and writer, born
On 17, Tuesday June 1969, Paul Tergat, Kenyan athlete, born
On 17, Sunday June 1979, Young Maylay, American actor, record producer and rapper, born
On 17, Saturday June 1989, Simone Battle, American actress and singer, born (d. 2014), born
On 17, Saturday June 1989, John Matuszak, American football player and actor, died (b. 1950)
On 17, Friday June 1994, Jiordan Anna Tolli, actor, born
On 17, Friday June 1994, NFL star O. J. Simpson and his friend Al Cowlings flee from police in his white Ford Bronco. The low-speed chase ends at Simpson’s Brentwood, Los Angeles mansion, where he surrenders.
On 17, Friday June 1994, The 1994 FIFA World Cup starts in the United States.
On 17, Friday June 1994, Amari Cooper, American football player, born
On 17, Friday June 1994, Shaq Lawson, American football player, born
On 17, Wednesday June 2009, Ralf Dahrendorf, German-British social theorist and politician, died (b. 1929)
On 17, Tuesday June 2014, Paul England, 85, race car driver, died

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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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