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.
On Saturday, 2 June 1945, born Michael Leunig, cartoonist.
On Tuesday, 2 June 1970, Norway announces it has rich oil deposits off its North Sea coast.
On Saturday, 2 June 1990, The Lower Ohio Valley tornado outbreak spawns 88 confirmed tornadoes in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio, killing 12; 37 tornadoes occur in Indiana, eclipsing the previous record of 21 during the Super Outbreak of April 1974.
On Friday, 2 June 1995, Mrkonjić Grad incident: A United States Air Force F-16 piloted by Captain Scott O’Grady is shot down over Bosnia and Herzegovina while patrolling the NATO no-fly zone. O’Grady is rescued by U.S. Marines six days later.
On Friday, 2 June 1995, Waffen-SS Hauptsturmführer Erich Priebke is extradited from Argentina to Italy.
On Tuesday, 2 June 2015, FIFA President Sepp Blatter announces his intention to resign amidst an FBI-led corruption investigation, and calls for an extraordinary congress to elect a new president as soon as possible.
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