On This Day: June 30

On 30th of June 1963 the Ciaculli bombing occurred in the outskirts of Palermo, the bomb was intended for mafia boss Salvatore Greco but instead killed seven police and military officers. The Ciaculli bombing marks a key point in a period of terror in Palermo known as the ‘First Mafia War’. Those killed were; Mario…

On This Day: June 29th

On June 29th 1914 KhioniyaGuseva attempted to assassinate Grigori Rasputin, Rasputin was visiting his family inPokrovskoye when Guseva attempted to kill him. He had just received a telegram and left his home to reply to it when he was attacked by Guseva who drove a knife into his abdomen. Guseva purportedly screamed “I have killed…

On This Day: June 28th

On June 28th 1880 the Australian bushranger Ned Kelly was captured at Glenrowan. The capture came about after Kelly and his gang failed to derail and ambush a police train, Kelly’s gang dressed in metal armour and engaged in a final confrontation with police at Glenrowan. All were killed except at Ned Kelly who was…

On This Day: June 27th

On June 27th 1358 the Republic of Ragusa (also known as the Republic of Dubrovnik) was founded. It was a maritime republic centred on the city of Dubrovnik in Dalmatia, today this lies in south Croatia. The Republic of Ragusa lasted from 1358 to 1808, the republic reached its commercial peak in the 15th and…

On This Day: June 26th

On June 26th 1945 the United Nations Charter was signed in San Francisco. The charter was the foundational treaty of the United Nations, it was signed at the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center by 50 of the original 51 member countries. Poland was the 51st original member and they signed the charter…

On This Day: June 25th

In the year 524 the Franks defeated the Burgundians in the Battle of Vezeronce. This battle was initiated by the four successors of the Frankish king Clovis I: Childebert I, Chlodomer, Chlothar I, and Theuderic I. The leader of the Burgundians was Godomar, he succeeded his brother King Sigismund who was executed by the Franks…

On This Day: June 24th

On June 24th 1947 Kenneth Arnold made the first widely reported sighting of a UFO, the sigthing occurred near Mt.Rainier, Washington.Kenneth Arnold was a private pilot flying from Chehalis, Washington to Yakima, Washington in a CallAir A-2 on a business trip. He made a brief detour after learning of a $5,000 reward for the discovery…

On This Day: June 23rd

On June 23rd 1940 Adolf Hitler went on a tour of the architecture in Paris. He went on the tour with his own architect Albert Speer, Hitler had wanted Speer to upgrade Berlin in terms of its own architecture and buildings, he wanted it to surpass Paris. Hitler had actually ordered military governor Dietrich von…

On This Day: June 22nd

On June 22nd 1906 the flag of Sweden was officially adopted. The flag is a Scandinavian cross which is used on the flags of all the Nordic nations, they are; Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and the Faroe Islands. The Scandinavian cross represents Christianity. The Swedish flags colours and layout is believed to have been…

On This Day: June 21st

On June 21st 1900 China formally declared war on Britain, France, the United States, Germany and Japan; this was as an edict issued from the Empress Dowager Cixi. This declaration was a part of the Boxer Rebellion that lasted from 1899-1901. The Boxer Rebellion was a violent anti-foreign and anti-Christian uprising which took place in…

On This Day: June 20th

On June 20th 1975 the film Jaws was released. At its time it became the highest grossing film of all time, this was till the release of Star Wars in 1977, and started the trend of films known as “summer blockbusters”. The prototypical summer blockbuster, its release is regarded as a watershed moment in motion…

On This Day: June 19th

On June 19th 1910 the first Father’s Day was celebrated in Spokane, Washington. father’s day is the now annual celebration which honours fathers, celebrates fatherhood, paternal bonds and the influences of fathers in society. In Catholic Europe, it has been celebrated on 19th of March as part of St.Joseph’s Day since the Middle Ages. This…