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 25, Monday June 1894, Marie François Sadi Carnot, French statesman (assassinated), died (b. 1837)
On 25, Monday June 1894, Charles Romley Alder Wright, British chemist who synthesized heroin, died (b. 1844)
On 25, Sunday June 1944, WWII: The Battle of Tali-Ihantala (the largest battle ever in the Nordic countries) begins between Finnish and Soviet troops. Finland is able to resist the attack and thus manages to stay as an independent nation.
On 25, Sunday June 1944, Bombardment of Cherbourg by ships of the United States Navy and British Royal Navy in support of U.S. ground troops.
On 25, Sunday June 1944, Ricardo Salgado, Portuguese economist and banker, born
On 25, Sunday June 1944, Dénes Berinkey, 21st Prime Minister of Hungary, died (b. 1871)
On 25, Sunday June 1944, Lucha Reyes, Mexican singer, died (b. 1906)
On 25, Sunday June 1944, María Chinchilla Recinos, Guatemalan teacher, died (b. 1909)
On 25, Thursday June 1959, A KH-1 Corona, believed to be the first operational reconnaissance satellite, is launched as science mission “Discoverer 4” from Vandenberg Air Force Base aboard a Thor-Agena rocket.
On 25, Thursday June 1959, Farajallah el-Helou, Lebanese militant, died (b. 1906)
On 25, Thursday June 1959, Charles Starkweather, American spree killer, died (b. 1938)
On 25, Wednesday June 1969, Storm Large, American singer and actor, born
On 25, Monday June 1979, Belgium: NATO Supreme Allied Commander Alexander Haig escapes an assassination attempt by the Baader-Meinhof terrorist organization.
On 25, Monday June 1979, Busy Philipps, American film actress, born
On 25, Monday June 1979, Dave Fleischer, American animator, died (b. 1894)
On 25, Sunday June 1989, Chris Brochu, American actor and singer-songwriter, born
On 25, Saturday June 1994, Cold War: the last Russian troops leave Germany.
On 25, Friday June 1999, Sir Peter Abeles, 75, businessman, died
On 25, Friday June 1999, Fred Trump, American real estate developer, died (b. 1905)
On 25, Friday June 1999, Yevgeny Morgunov, Soviet and Russian actor, film director, and script writer, died (b. 1927)
On 25, Thursday June 2009, Farrah Fawcett, American actress, died (b. 1947)
On 25, Thursday June 2009, Michael Jackson, American performer and recording artist, died (b. 1958)
On 25, Wednesday June 2014, Derek Fielding, 84, librarian and author., died
On 25, Wednesday June 2014, Ana María Matute, Spanish author, died (b. 1925)