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 4, Monday June 1894, Gabriel Pascal, Hungarian film producer, born (d. 1954)
On 4, Wednesday June 1919, Women’s rights: The United States Congress approves the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which would guarantee suffrage to women, and sends it to the states for ratification.
On 4, Sunday June 1944, WWII: Rome falls to the Allies, the first Axis capital to fall.
On 4, Sunday June 1944, A hunter-killer group of the United States Navy captures the German submarine U-505, marking the first time a U.S. Navy vessel has captured an enemy vessel at sea since the War of 1812. Some significant intelligence data is acquired.
On 4, Sunday June 1944, Michelle Phillips, American singer and actress, born
On 4, Thursday June 1959, the Soviet embassy in Canberra was reopened. It had been closed since 29 April 1954 as a result of the Petrov Affair
On 4, Thursday June 1959, Charles Vidor, American director, died (b. 1900)
On 4, Wednesday June 1969, Rob Huebel, American comedian, born
On 4, Wednesday June 1969, Rafael Osuna, Mexican professional tennis player and winner of the 1963 U.S. Open and three Grand Slam doubles titles, in the crash of Mexicana Flight 704., died (b. 1938)
On 4, Monday June 1979, Jade MacRae, singer, born
On 4, Monday June 1979, Joe Clark becomes Canada’s 16th and youngest Prime Minister.
On 4, Monday June 1979, Flight Lieutenant Jerry Rawlings takes power in Ghana after a military coup in which General Fred Akuffo is overthrown.
On 4, Monday June 1979, Following the Information Scandal, John Vorster resigns as State President of South Africa.
On 4, Sunday June 1989, The Tiananmen Square crackdown takes place in Beijing on the army’s approach to the square, and the final stand-off in the square is covered live on television.
On 4, Sunday June 1989, Solidarity’s victory in Polish elections is the first of many anti-communist revolutions in Central and Eastern Europe in 1989.
On 4, Sunday June 1989, Ufa train disaster: A natural gas explosion near Ufa, Russia kills 645 as two trains passing each other throw sparks near a leaky pipeline.
On 4, Sunday June 1989, Pawel Fajdek, Polish hammer thrower, born
On 4, Sunday June 1989, Eldar Gasimov, Azerbaijani singer, born
On 4, Sunday June 1989, Dik Browne, American cartoonist, died (b. 1917)
On 4, Sunday June 1989, Václav Kašlík, Czech composer, died (b. 1917)
On 4, Saturday June 1994, The Country Liberal Party led by Marshall Peron holds government when it wins the Northern Territory election.
On 4, Saturday June 1994, Benedict J. Semmes, Jr., American admiral, died (b. 1913)
On 4, Saturday June 1994, Peter Thorneycroft, British politician, died (b. 1909)
On 4, Thursday June 2009, Joel Fitzgibbon resigns as Minister for Defence after admitting to a breach of the Ministerial Code of Conduct.
On 4, Thursday June 2009, Chris O’Brien, 57, oncologist and surgeon, died
On 4, Wednesday June 2014, Doc Neeson, 67, musician (The Angels), died

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Neville Buch (Pronounced Book) Ph.D. is a certified member of the Professional Historians Association (Queensland). Since 2010 he has operated a sole trade business in history consultancy. He was a Q ANZAC 100 Fellow 2014-2015 at the State Library of Queensland. Dr Buch was the PHA (Qld) e-Bulletin, the monthly state association’s electronic publication, and was a member of its Management Committee. He is the Managing Director of the Brisbane Southside History Network.

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