Thursday, 13 June 2013

In the Month of June–from The Pioneer

400 years ago: on 29th Jun 1613 that the original Globe Theatre in London was destroyed by fire.

175 years ago: on 28th Jun 1838 that the Coronation of Queen Victoria took place.

150 years ago: on 7th Jun 1863 that Franz Gruber, Austrian organist and composer, best known for composing the Christmas carol ‘Silent Night’, died.

75 years ago: on 9th Jun 1938 that London’s Trooping the Colour ceremony was televised for the first time.

65 years ago: on 24th Jun 1948 that the Soviet Union began a blockade of Berlin, cutting off all routes between West Germany and West Berlin. The Allies launched a massive airlift.

60 years ago: on 2nd Jun 1953 that the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place at Westminster Abbey, London.

50 years ago: on 5th Jun 1963 that the British Secretary of State for War, John Profumo, resigned after it was revealed he had lied to the House of Commons about his affair with Christine Keeler.

Also 50 years: on 26th Jun 1963 that US President John Kennedy visited West Berlin and made his famous declaration ‘Ich bin ein Berliner’ (I am a Berliner) to demonstrate the USA’s support.

15 years ago: on 1st Jun 1998 that the European Central Bank was established in Frankfurt, Germany.

10 years ago: on 26th Jun 2003, that Sir Denis Thatcher, British businessman, husband of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, died.

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