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 1, Tuesday June 1869, The Cincinnati Red Stockings open the baseball season as the first fully professional team.
On 1, Sunday June 1919, A mutiny breaks out on the Royal Australian Navy battlecruiser HMAS Australia shortly after it arrives in Fremantle, Western Australia.
On 1, Thursday June 1944, WWII: The BBC transmits a coded message (the first line of the poem “Chanson d’automne” by Paul Verlaine) to the French Resistance, warning that the invasion of Europe is imminent.
On 1, Thursday June 1944, Two K-class blimps of the United States Navy complete the first transatlantic crossing by non-rigid airships, from the U.S. to French Morocco with two stops.
On 1, Thursday June 1944, Robert Powell, English actor, born
On 1, Sunday June 1969, Ivar Ballangrud, Norwegian Olympic speed skater, died (b. 1904)
On 1, Sunday June 1969, Attilio Degrassi, Italian scholar, died (b. 1887)
On 1, Friday June 1979, The Vizianagaram district is formed in Andhra Pradesh, India.
On 1, Friday June 1979, The first black-led government of Rhodesia in 90 years takes power, in succession to Ian Smith and under his power-sharing deal.
On 1, Friday June 1979, The Seattle SuperSonics win the NBA Championship against the Washington Bullets.
On 1, Friday June 1979, Markus “Notch” Persson, Swedish video game programmer and designer, co-founder the video game company Mojang, born
On 1, Friday June 1979, Werner Forssmann, German physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, died (b. 1904)
On 1, Friday June 1979, Ján Kadár, Czechoslovakian film director, died (b. 1918)
On 1, Friday June 1979, Jack Mulhall, American actor, died (b. 1887)
On 1, Thursday June 1989, Neighbours introduces a new look theme song. The theme is sung by Barry Crocker when it lasted until the end of 1994.
On 1, Thursday June 1989, (1–10) Pope John Paul II visits Norway, Iceland, Finland, Denmark, and Sweden.
On 1, Wednesday June 1994, The Republic of South Africa rejoins the Commonwealth after the first democratic election. South Africa left the then British Commonwealth in 1961.
On 1, Tuesday June 1999, Napster, a music downloading service, debuts.
On 1, Tuesday June 1999, Dmitri Aliev, Russian figure skater, born
On 1, Monday June 2009, Air France Flight 447, en route from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to Paris, crashes into the Atlantic Ocean, killing all 228 on board.
On 1, Monday June 2009, Fatma Ceren Necipoğlu, Turkish harpist and university lecturer for piano and harp, died (b. 1972)
On 1, Monday June 2009, Silvio Barbato, Italian-Brazilian opera conductor and composer, died (b. 1959)
On 1, Monday June 2009, Prince Pedro Luiz of Orléans-Braganza, heir to the line of succession in Brazil, died (b. 1983)
On 1, Sunday June 2014, Valentin Mankin, Ukrainian sailor, Olympic triple champion and silver medalist, died (b. 1938)