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 15, Saturday June 1844, Charles Goodyear receives a patent for vulcanization, a process to strengthen rubber.
On 15, Saturday June 1844, Thomas Campbell, Scottish poet, died (b. 1777)
On 15, Tuesday June 1869, John Wesley Hyatt patents celluloid, in Albany, New York.
On 15, Sunday June 1919, Pancho Villa attacks Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. When the bullets begin to fly to the American side of the border, two units of the United States 7th Cavalry Regiment cross the border, to push Villa’s forces from American territory.
On 15, Sunday June 1919, Prince Francis Joseph of Braganza, died (b. 1879)
On 15, Thursday June 1944, WWII: Battle of Saipan: United States forces land on Saipan.
On 15, Thursday June 1944, Malaysia Vasudevan, Tamil playback singer and actor, born (d. 2011)
On 15, Monday June 1959, Eileen Davidson, American actress and author, born
On 15, Monday June 1959, Kazimierz Bein, Polish ophthalmologist, died (b. 1872)
On 15, Sunday June 1969, Georges Pompidou is elected President of France.
On 15, Sunday June 1969, Ice Cube, African-American rapper and actor, born
On 15, Sunday June 1969, Oliver Kahn, German football goalkeeper, born
On 15, Sunday June 1969, Jansher Khan, Pakistani squash player, born
On 15, Sunday June 1969, Maurice Odumbe, Kenyan cricketer, born
On 15, Sunday June 1969, Sargis Abrahamyan, Russian writer, died (b. 1915)
On 15, Friday June 1979, Yulia Nestsiarenka, Belarusian athlete, born
On 15, Thursday June 1989, At the 1989 Irish general election, Fianna Fáil, led by Taoiseach Charles Haughey, fails to win a majority.
On 15, Thursday June 1989, Ray McAnally, Irish actor, died (b. 1926)
On 15, Thursday June 1989, Victor French, American actor and director, died (b. 1934)
On 15, Thursday June 1989, Judy Johnson, American baseball player, died (b. 1899)
On 15, Thursday June 1989, Lưu Hữu Phước, Vietnamese composer, died (b. 1921)
On 15, Wednesday June 1994, Federal Opposition Leader Alexander Downer declares that “a vote for me is a vote for the Australian flag, a vote for Mr. Keating is a vote to rip it up”.
On 15, Wednesday June 1994, Alice Englert, actress, born
On 15, Wednesday June 1994, Israel and the Vatican establish full diplomatic relations.
On 15, Wednesday June 1994, Vincent Janssen, Dutch footballer, born
On 15, Wednesday June 1994, Iñaki Williams, Spanish footballer, born
On 15, Wednesday June 1994, Kristen Pfaff, American bassist, died (b. 1967)
On 15, Wednesday June 1994, Manos Hatzidakis, Greek composer, died (b. 1925)
On 15, Monday June 2009, Des Moran, a member of Melbourne’s notorious Moran family and brother of Lewis Moran, is shot dead in Ascot Vale.
On 15, Sunday June 2014, Casey Kasem, American radio host and voice actor, died (b. 1932)
On 15, Sunday June 2014, Daniel Keyes, American author, died (b. 1927)
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