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.
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On Tuesday, 1 June 1920, Adelaide has its wettest June day on record from a vigorous cold front with 53.6 millimetres setting the scene for the wettest winter on record in the Murray–Darling basin and second-wettest for all of southern Australia.
On Friday, 1 June 1945, The British take over Lebanon and Syria.
On Wednesday, 1 June 1960, New Zealand’s first television station begins broadcasting in the city of Auckland.
On Monday, 1 June 1970, Soyuz 9, a two-man spacecraft, is launched in the Soviet Union.
On Sunday, 1 June 1980, The first 24-hour news channel, Cable News Network (CNN) is launched.
On Friday, 1 June 1990, [in June] Joanne Rowling gets the idea for Harry Potter while on a train from Manchester to London Euston railway station. She begins writing Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone which will be completed in 1995 and published in 1997.
On Friday, 1 June 1990, Cold War: U.S. President George H. W. Bush and Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev sign a treaty to end chemical weapon production and begin destroying their respective stocks.
On Friday, 1 June 1990, Members of the Provisional Irish Republican Army shoot and kill Major Michael Dillon-Lee and Private William Robert Davies of the British Army. Dillon-Lee is killed outside his home in Dortmund, Germany and Davies is killed at a railway station in Lichfield, England.
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