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 26, Thursday June 1919, British Foreign Office official St John Philby and T. E. Lawrence arrive in Cairo for discussions about Arab unrest in Egypt, having been flown by Canadian pilot Harry Yates in a Handley Page bomber, which set off from England on June 21.
On 26, Thursday June 1919, George Athan Billias, American historian, born (d. 2018)
On 26, Thursday June 1919, Donald M. Ashton, English art director, born (d. 2004)
On 26, Monday June 1944, WWII: American troops enter Cherbourg.
On 26, Friday June 1959, Elizabeth II (Queen of Canada) and United States President Dwight Eisenhower open the Saint Lawrence Seaway.
On 26, Friday June 1959, Darby O’Gill and the Little People, a film based on H. T. Kavanagh’s short stories, is released in the U.S. by the Walt Disney Company two days after a world premiere in Ireland.
On 26, Friday June 1959, Mark McKinney, Canadian actor and comedian, born
On 26, Friday June 1959, Stef Burns, American guitarist, born
On 26, Friday June 1959, Suresh Gopi, Indian actor, born
On 26, Thursday June 1969, Mike Myers, American baseball pitcher, born
On 26, Tuesday June 1979, Ryan Tedder, American singer (OneRepublic), songwriter and producer, born
On 26, Tuesday June 1979, Julia Benson, Canadian actress, born
On 26, Tuesday June 1979, Akwasi Afrifa, Ghanaian soldier and politician, Head of state (1969–1970), died (b. 1936)
On 26, Tuesday June 1979, George Boakye, Ghanaian Military airman and politician, died (b. 1937)
On 26, Monday June 1989, Howard Charles Green, Canadian politician, former Foreign secretary, died (b. 1895)
On 26, Monday June 1989, Walter Ralston Martin, American minister, died (b. 1928)
On 26, Sunday June 1994, Microsoft announces it will no longer sell or support the MS-DOS operating system separately from Microsoft Windows. This had been its mainstay since 1980.
On 26, Saturday June 1999, Harley Quinn Smith, American actress, born
On 26, Thursday June 2014, Evie Wyld wins the 2014 Miles Franklin Award for her novel All The Birds, Singing.
On 26, Thursday June 2014, Ron Hall, 68, Australian NTFA football player (Scottsdale), died
On 26, Thursday June 2014, Howard Baker, American politician and diplomat, died (b. 1925)