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 22, Saturday June 1844, The Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity is founded. ΔΚΕ will be home to many well known VIPs, such as U.S. Presidents George W. Bush, George H. W. Bush, Gerald Ford, and Theodore Roosevelt.
On 22, Tuesday June 1869, Prince Alfred College opens in Adelaide, South Australia.
On 22, Friday June 1894, Dahomey becomes a French colony.
On 22, Sunday June 1919, Clifton McNeely, American basketball player and coach, born (d. 2003)
On 22, Thursday June 1944, WWII: Operation Bagration: A general attack by Soviet forces clears the German forces from Belarus, resulting in the destruction of German Army Group Centre, possibly the greatest defeat of the Wehrmacht during WWII.
On 22, Thursday June 1944, Burma Campaign: The Battle of Kohima ends in a British victory.
On 22, Thursday June 1944, Ercole Gualazzini, Italian professional road bicycle racer, born
On 22, Thursday June 1944, Gérard Mourou, French electrical engineer, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics, born
On 22, Monday June 1959, Wayne Federman, American comedian, actor, and author, born
On 22, Monday June 1959, Ed Viesturs, American mountaineer, born
On 22, Monday June 1959, Félix Guignot, French physician, died (b. 1882)
On 22, Monday June 1959, Bruce Harlan, American Olympic diver, died (b. 1926)
On 22, Sunday June 1969, The Cuyahoga River fire helps spur an avalanche of water pollution control activities resulting in the Clean Water Act, Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement and the creation of the federal Environmental Protection Agency.
On 22, Sunday June 1969, Judy Garland dies of a drug overdose in her London home.
On 22, Sunday June 1969, Judy Garland, American actress and singer, died (b. 1922)
On 22, Friday June 1979, The Muppet Movie is released.
On 22, Friday June 1979, Sandra Klösel, German tennis player, born
On 22, Friday June 1979, Jai Rodriguez, American actor and musician, born
On 22, Friday June 1979, Louis Chiron, Monacan Grand Prix driver, died (b. 1899)
On 22, Friday June 1979, Hope Summers, American actress, died (b. 1896)
On 22, Thursday June 1989, Ireland’s first universities established since independence in 1922, Dublin City University and the University of Limerick, open.
On 22, Thursday June 1989, Jeffrey Earnhardt, American race car driver, born
On 22, Thursday June 1989, Jung Yong Hwa South Korean musician, singer-songwriter, record producer and actor. He is the leader of the rock band CNBlue., born
On 22, Thursday June 1989, Lee Calhoun, American Olympic athlete, died (b. 1933)
On 22, Thursday June 1989, Menahem Stern, Israeli historian, died (b. 1925)
On 22, Tuesday June 1999, Cam Akers, American football player, born
On 22, Sunday June 2014, Netball: The 2014 ANZ Championship season concludes, with the Melbourne Vixens defeating the Queensland Firebirds in the grand final.