On This Day: Monday, 31 May 2021

May 31, 2021
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 […]

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.

 

What Time is It? It is flow of a sandstorm that will on each day compress somewhere into a structure – sandstone, selected and only remembered in the longue durée.

 

Tuesday, 31 May 1921 The Tulsa race riot begins in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The official death toll is 39, but later investigations suggest the actual toll may be much higher.
Friday, 31 May 1946 A Greek referendum supports the return of the monarchy.
Friday, 31 May 1946 Adriana Bittel born, Romanian writer
Friday, 31 May 1946 Picoğlu Osman died, Turkish kemenche player (b. 1901)
Wednesday, 31 May 1961 Justin Madden born, Australian rules footballer
Wednesday, 31 May 1961 In France, rebel generals Maurice Challe and Andre Zelelr are sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Wednesday, 31 May 1961 South Africa becomes a republic, and officially leaves the Commonwealth of Nations.
Wednesday, 31 May 1961 President John F. Kennedy and Charles de Gaulle meet in Paris.
Wednesday, 31 May 1961 Benfica beats Barcelona 3-2 at Wankdorf Stadium, Bern and wins the 1960–61 European Cup (football).
Wednesday, 31 May 1961 Ray Cote born, Canadian ice hockey player
Wednesday, 31 May 1961 Justin Madden born, Australian footballer and politician
Wednesday, 31 May 1961 Lea Thompson born, American actress
Wednesday, 31 May 1961 Walter Little died, Canadian politician (b. 1877)
Monday, 31 May 1971 The birth of Bangladesh is declared by the government in exile, in territory formerly part of Pakistan.
Sunday, 31 May 1981 Giuseppe Pella died, Italian politician died, 31st Prime Minister of Italy (b. 1902)
Sunday, 31 May 1981 Burning of Jaffna library, one of the most violent examples of ethnic biblioclasm of the 20th century.
Sunday, 31 May 1981 Jake Peavy born, American baseball player
Friday, 31 May 1991 The Dwyer decision in the Cascadian part of the United States about logging in old-growth forests with spotted owls protects large areas of forest and changes the economy of the region.
Friday, 31 May 1996 Connor Watson born, rugby league player
Friday, 31 May 1996 Timothy Leary died, American writer and social activist (b. 1920)
Thursday, 31 May 2001 Arlene Francis died, American actress and game show panelist (b. 1907)
Tuesday, 31 May 2011 Pauline Betz died, American tennis player (b. 1919)
Tuesday, 31 May 2016 Mohamed Abdelaziz died, 3rd Secretary-General of the Polisario Front (b. 1947)
Tuesday, 31 May 2016 Corry Brokken died, Dutch singer (b. 1932)
Tuesday, 31 May 2016 Antonio Imbert Barrera died, Dominican politician (b. 1920)

 

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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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