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 9, Saturday June 1894, Nedo Nadi, Italian fencer, born (d. 1940)
On 9, Monday June 1919, Jimmy Newberry, American pitcher, born (d. 1983)
On 9, Friday June 1944, WWII: Soviet leader Joseph Stalin launches the Vyborg–Petrozavodsk Offensive against Finland, with the intent of defeating Finland before pushing for Berlin.
On 9, Tuesday June 1959, The USS George Washington is launched as the first submarine to carry ballistic missiles.
On 9, Tuesday June 1959, Miles O’Brien, American television news anchor, pilot, born
On 9, Tuesday June 1959, Sonnie Hale, English actor and director, died (b. 1902)
On 9, Tuesday June 1959, Adolf Otto Reinhold Windaus, German chemist, Nobel Prize laureate, died (b. 1876)
On 9, Saturday June 1979, A fire at Luna Park Sydney kills 7. Four young boys, a father and his two young sons die when the fire, believed to be caused by an electrical fault, engulf the ride. The park is forced to close.
On 9, Saturday June 1979, Australia’s first modern uranium mine opens at Nabarlek in Arnhem Land. A $25,000 party is held to celebrate the launch of the mine, which is also the first to open on Aboriginal tribal land.
On 9, Saturday June 1979, Émilie Loit, French tennis player, born
On 9, Friday June 1989, Josephine Tomic, racing cyclist, born
On 9, Friday June 1989, Chloë Agnew, Irish singer, born
On 9, Friday June 1989, George Beadle, American geneticist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, died (b. 1903)
On 9, Friday June 1989, Karl Skytte, Danish politician, died (b. 1908)
On 9, Friday June 1989, José López Rega, Argentine politician, died (b. 1916)
On 9, Thursday June 1994, Jan Tinbergen, Dutch economist, died (b. 1903)
On 9, Wednesday June 1999, Kosovo War: the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and NATO sign a peace treaty.
On 9, Wednesday June 1999, Andrew L. Stone, American screenwriter, director and producer, died (b. 1902)
On 9, Wednesday June 1999, Maurice Journeau, French composer, died (b. 1898)
On 9, Monday June 2014, Bernard Agré, Ivorian cardinal, died (b. 1926)
On 9, Monday June 2014, Rik Mayall, British comedian, writer and actor, died (b. 1958)