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 2, Wednesday June 1869, Sherwood College is founded in Nainital, India.
On 2, Monday June 1919, 1919 United States anarchist bombings: Eight mail bombs are sent to prominent figures.
On 2, Friday June 1944, WWII: The provisional French government is established.
On 2, Monday June 1969, Jamie Thraves, English film writer, director and music video director, born
On 2, Saturday June 1979, Pope John Paul II arrives in his native Poland on his first official, nine-day stay, becoming the first Pope to visit a Communist country. This visit, known as nine days that changed the world, brings about the solidarity of the Polish people against Communism, ultimately leading to the rise of the Solidarity movement.
On 2, Saturday June 1979, Los Angeles’ city council passes the city’s first homosexual rights bill signed without fanfare by mayor Thomas Bradley.
On 2, Saturday June 1979, Morena Baccarin, Brazilian actress, born
On 2, Friday June 1989, Steve Smith, cricketer, born
On 2, Friday June 1989, Sōsuke Uno succeeds Noboru Takeshita as Prime Minister of Japan.
On 2, Friday June 1989, Freddy Adu, American soccer player, born
On 2, Friday June 1989, Austin Davis, American football player, born
On 2, Friday June 1989, Cooper Helfet, American football player, born
On 2, Friday June 1989, Steve Smith, Australian cricketer, born
On 2, Friday June 1989, Shane Yarran, Australian rules footballer, born (d. 2018), born
On 2, Thursday June 1994, David Stove, Australian philosopher, died (b. 1927)
On 2, Wednesday June 1999, Campbell Graham, rugby league player, born
On 2, Wednesday June 1999, The King of Bhutan allows television transmissions to commence in the Kingdom for the first time, coinciding with the King’s Silver Jubilee.
On 2, Wednesday June 1999, Madison Leisle, American actress, born
On 2, Tuesday June 2009, David Eddings, American author, died (b. 1931)
On 2, Monday June 2014, Duraisamy Simon Lourdusamy, Indian cardinal, died (b. 1924)
On 2, Monday June 2014, Alexander Shulgin, American pharmacologist and chemist, died (b. 1925)