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 13, Thursday June 1844, Thomas Charles Hope, Scottish chemist, discoverer of strontium, died (b. 1766)
On 13, Tuesday June 1944, WWII: Germany launches the first V-1 flying bomb attack on London.
On 13, Tuesday June 1944, Ban Ki-moon, South Korean politician and 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations, born
On 13, Saturday June 1959, Klaus Iohannis, President of Romania, born
On 13, Friday June 1969, Søren Rasted, Danish musician, born
On 13, Wednesday June 1979, Nila Håkedal, Norwegian beach volleyball player, born
On 13, Wednesday June 1979, Ágnes Csomor, Hungarian actress, born
On 13, Wednesday June 1979, George Cisar, American actor, died (b. 1912)
On 13, Wednesday June 1979, Darla Hood, American actress, died (b. 1931)
On 13, Tuesday June 1989, Ben Barba, rugby league footballer, born
On 13, Tuesday June 1989, The wreck of the German battleship Bismarck, which was sunk in 1941, is located 600 miles (970 km) west of Brest, France.
On 13, Tuesday June 1989, Lisa Tucker, American singer, musical theater and television actress, born
On 13, Tuesday June 1989, Tommy Searle, British motocross racer, born
On 13, Tuesday June 1989, Fran Allison, Australian actress, died (b. 1907)
On 13, Monday June 1994, K. T. Stevens, American actress, died (b. 1919)
On 13, Saturday June 2009, Mass protests erupt across Iran following a disputed presidential election in which Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was reelected president, the largest demonstrations in the country since the Iranian Revolution.
On 13, Saturday June 2009, Mitsuharu Misawa, Japanese professional wrestler, died (b. 1962)
On 13, Friday June 2014, Jim Keays, 67, musician (The Masters Apprentices), died
On 13, Friday June 2014, The military intervention against ISIL begins.
On 13, Friday June 2014, Gyula Grosics, Hungarian footballer and manager, died (b. 1926)