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 30, Wednesday June 1869, (30 June–July 2)The first Estonian Song Festival takes place in Tartu.
On 30, Saturday June 1894, The Tower Bridge in London opens for traffic.
On 30, Monday June 1919, John Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh, English physicist, Nobel Prize laureate, died (b. 1842)
On 30, Friday June 1944, Sydney waiter Antonio Agostini is sentenced to six years prison for the manslaughter of his wife, Linda Agostini, in what was known as the “Pyjama Girl” murder.
On 30, Friday June 1944, WWII: 3,219 drown when USS Tang torpedoes Nikkin Maru.
On 30, Friday June 1944, Daniel Kablan Duncan, Ivorian politician, born
On 30, Friday June 1944, Terry Funk, American professional wrestler, born
On 30, Friday June 1944, Raymond Moody, American parapsychologist, born
On 30, Friday June 1944, Alan C. Fox, American author, philanthropist and entrepreneur, born
On 30, Tuesday June 1959, Twenty-one students are killed and more than a hundred injured when an American North American F-100 Super Sabre jet crashes into Miamori Elementary School on the island of Okinawa. The pilot ejected before the plane struck the school.
On 30, Tuesday June 1959, Vincent D’Onofrio, American actor, born
On 30, Tuesday June 1959, José Vasconcelos, Mexican politician, writer and philosopher, died (b. 1882)
On 30, Monday June 1969, Mark Garner, track and field sprinter, born
On 30, Monday June 1969, Anastasiya Nemolyaeva, Soviet and Russian film and theater actress, designer, born
On 30, Monday June 1969, Sanath Jayasuriya, Sri Lankan cricketer, born
On 30, Monday June 1969, Roman Richard Atkielski, American Roman Catholic bishop, died (b. 1899)
On 30, Monday June 1969, Max Fabian, Polish-born Israeli cinematographer, died (b. 1891)
On 30, Saturday June 1979, Jim Southee, politician, died (born 1902)
On 30, Saturday June 1979, Rick Gonzalez, American actor, born
On 30, Saturday June 1979, Faisal Shahzad, Pakistani-American bomber, born
On 30, Saturday June 1979, Matisyahu, Jewish American reggae vocalist, beatboxer, and alternative rock musician, born
On 30, Saturday June 1979, Nelson Lucas, Seychellois sprinter, born
On 30, Saturday June 1979, Christopher Jacot, Canadian actor, born
On 30, Saturday June 1979, Andy Burrows, English songwriter and musician, born
On 30, Saturday June 1979, William B. Franke, 55th United States Secretary of the Navy (b.1894)
On 30, Friday June 1989, A military coup led by Omar al-Bashir ousts the civilian government of Prime Minister of Sudan Sadiq al-Mahdi.
On 30, Friday June 1989, Asbel Kiprop, Kenyan middle-distance runner, born
On 30, Friday June 1989, Ginta Lapiņa, Latvian model, born
On 30, Friday June 1989, Hilmar Baunsgaard, Danish politician and 34th Prime Minister of Denmark, died (b. 1920)
On 30, Thursday June 1994, An Airbus A330 crashes during a test flight near Toulouse, France, where Airbus is based, killing the seven-person crew. The test was meant to simulate an engine failure at low speed with maximum angle of climb.
On 30, Thursday June 1994, The Liberal Democratic Party in Japan regained power after spent 11 months of opposition, with the coalition with Japanese Socialist Party.
On 30, Thursday June 1994, Tropical Storm Alberto forms, hitting parts of Florida causing $1.03 billion in damage and 32 deaths.
On 30, Wednesday June 1999, Tim Fischer retires as federal leader of the National Party and is replaced by John Anderson the next day.
On 30, Wednesday June 1999, Twenty-three people die in a fire at the Sealand Youth Training Center in South Korea.
On 30, Tuesday June 2009, Hazem El Masri announces his retirement from the NRL, taking effect at the end of the 2009 season.
On 30, Tuesday June 2009, Yemenia Flight 626 crashes off the coast of Moroni, Comoros, killing all but one of the 153 passengers and crew.
On 30, Tuesday June 2009, Pina Bausch, German choreographer, died (b. 1940)
On 30, Monday June 2014, A London jury finds Australian entertainer, Rolf Harris, guilty of indecently assaulting four girls in Britain between 1968 and 1986. Calls are made by locals from Mr Harris’ home town of Bassendean, Western Australia for the removal of memorial plaques placed in Harris’ honour.
On 30, Monday June 2014, Paul Mazursky, American director, producer, and screenwriter, died (b. 1930)
On 30, Monday June 2014, Željko Šturanović, Prime Minister of Montenegro, died (b. 1960)