This Week, That Year (June 12-June 18)


For one and for all history always (ALWAYS) aided us in sleeping during the class. Battle of Plassey, Battle of Panipat, Battle of Buxar always initiated a battle within us – the battle to survive the history lecture. As we are now over school and most importantly over the history lecture, there’s this new urge in all of us to know what had happened in history on the present day, which leader was born or which leader died. To counter this urge of your, we have brought to you a series of article “This Week, That Year”, to provide you all the most important information about the coming days in the next week.

June 12th

In 1942 on this day Anne Frank, a German-born diarist and one of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust was gifted a diary by her parents, which further becomes the most widespread and popular book about the torture done on the Jewish during the World War Era – “The Diary of a Young Girl”. This day is also celebrated as the Russia Day, which marks the adoption of the Declaration of State Sovereignty of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (RSFSR) on June 12, 1990.  It is being celebrated annually since 1992. This day is also a day of mourn, as last year (2016) witnessed killing of Forty-Nine civilians and injuring of Fifty- Three other people in an attack on Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

June 13th

The year 1917 witnessed the third and the deadliest German air raid on London. The raid was carried on by Gotha G.IV bombers which resulted in killing of 162 people, including 46 children and injury of more than 430 people. This was the deadliest air raid of the war and no Gothas were lost. In 1938, Air Commodore Lionel Charlton described the raid as “the beginning of a new epoch in the history of warfare”.

June 14th

Whiskey is one of the most famous and most consumed drink in the world, undoubtedly. For all the whiskey lovers out there, this is the day of celebrations as on this day in the year 1789, Rev. Elijah Craig, for the first time in history, produced whiskey or whisky distilled from Maize. It is this day on which the most loved alcoholic drink took birth. June 14th is also the birthday of the most beloved (pun intended) President of the United States – Mr. Donald John Trump, who was born in the year 1946. He is the 45th and the current President of the United States of America and also one of the richest men alive on earth. The date, 14th June is also celebrated as the World Blood Donor Day. Kiddos to all the blood donors out there.

June 15th

This the day of joy for all the football lovers as on this day The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) was founded in the year 1954 in Basel, Switzerland after consultation between the Italian, French, and Belgian associations. The European football union began with 25 members which kept on increasing and gradually became 55. It is one of six continental confederations of world football’s governing body FIFA. This day is a day of grief for Japan as on this day in the year 1896, Japan witnessed it’s most dreadful earthquake of all time- Sanriku earthquake. The 8.5 magnitude earthquake occurred at 19:32, approximately 166 kilometres (103 mi) off the coast of Iwate Prefecture, Honshu. It resulted in two tsunamis which destroyed about 9,000 homes and caused at least 22,000 deaths. June 15th is also celebrated as the Global Wind Day.

June 16th

No Indian can forget this day as on this day in the year 2013, a multi-day cloudburst centred on the North Indian state of Uttarakhand caused devastating floods and landslides, becoming the country’s worst natural disaster since the 2004 tsunami. Destruction of bridges and roads left about 100,000 pilgrims and tourists trapped in the valleys leading to three of the four Hindu Chota Char Dham pilgrimage sites.  The Indian Air Force, the Indian Army, and paramilitary troops evacuated more than 110,000 people from the flood ravaged area. Many pilgrims lost their loved ones in the disaster. This also the day on which, Mithun Chakraborty also known as the Mithun Da was born in 1950. Mithun Da is an Indian film actor, singer, producer, writer, social worker, entrepreneur and a Rajya Sabha Member of the Parliament. He is recognized as one of the best “dancing-heroes” in Bollywood with his “Disco and Desi” fusion-style dancing that is popular in and around the nation.

June 17th

For all the Australian Cricket fans out there, this is the day of celebrations as on this day in the year 1981, Shane Robert Watson was born. He played as a right-handed batsman and a right-handed fast-medium swing bowler, also, he is the last player to retire from Australia’s golden era of early 2000s. He is the only player to win four consecutive Player of the Match Awards in ICC event history. Watson was the highest-paid non-Indian cricketer in the world for five consecutive years, 2011 to 2015. It is also the day on which World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is celebrated since 1995. Its purpose is to highlight ways to prevent desertification and recover from drought. Each annual celebration has a different theme.

June 18th

On this day in 1948 the United Nations Commission on Human Rights adopted it’s International Declaration of Human Rights setting up a “common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.” Voting for the first time on the preamble and the Declaration as a whole, the commission adopted both by votes of 12 to 0, with four abstentions–the Soviet Union, the Ukraine, Byelorussia and Yugoslavia. Amelia Mary Earhart became the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean on this day in the year 1928. By doing this she smashed all the orthodox thinking about the women in the 20th Century and set many records. On June 18 every year, organisations around the world celebrate Autistic Pride Day (first celebrated in 2005), with events around the world, to persuade neurotypicals, people not on the autism spectrum, that autistic people are unique individuals who should not be seen as cases for treatment.

Disclaimer: We might have missed on some of the other important events, but these are events which have the highest value in our regards.  

About the Author:

Dipesh Jindal (DAV College 10)

Dipesh Jindal
(DAV College 10)

Either silent or sarcastic. An old soul born in 21st century. Ambivert. OY. Food lover. Write until alive. Believes in ‘serve and be served’. Suffers from a syndrome of laughing at every point time.


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