[June 04, 2014] From time to time we recognize certain important events to pay our respects to those who were there and to acknowledge the importance of those events. It is not the date of import, but that it gives us a reminder of those events and the significant impact on our lives. The knowledge of history allows the best leaders to apply lessons from the past and gives an appreciation of how leaders overcame adversity. There are many other reasons from the study of history like knowing why others have failed and how things worked. See my comments on understanding relevant history (here). Today, June 4th, is known for a number of remarkable times in our history:
- 1754 George Washington begins construction on Fort Necessity which would play an important role during the Seven Year’s War.
- 1789 U.S. Constitution goes into effect.
- 1896 Henry Ford test-drove his first automobile known as the Ford Quadricycle in Detroit.
- 1917 1st Pulitzer Price award for a biography, history, and journalism.
- 1919 Amendment XIX passed by Congress giving women the right to vote.
- 1940 British complete the evacuation of Dunkirk by rescuing 300,000 troops.
- 1942 The Battle of Midway begins and was one of the most decisive U.S. victories against Japan during WWII.
- 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre occurs when the Chinese Army kills 3,000 of their own people protesting the government.
What got my attention to June 4 was Tiananmen Square discussion on the radio this morning. Most of us remember the date well and why it was so important. The protests had been occurring for months. The reason for protests was to gain more freedom from the authoritarian government, something not mentioned very often. The freedom movement was crushed on this date. [Don’t forget to “Like” the Leader Maker at our Facebook Page.] ———————————- [Note] See more dates: http://www.brainyhistory.com/days/june_4.html