Wednesday 15 June 2011
It was Wednesday, under the sign of Gemini. The US president was Barack Obama (Democratic). In that special week of June people in US were listening to Rolling In The Deep by Adele.
Drive, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, was one of the most viewed movies released in 2011
while Heaven Is for Real by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened that day: find out below..
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- Commemoration of Evelyn Underhill (Anglican mystic and poet)
- Roman Catholic Church ? Feast of Saint Germaine Cousin, patron of shepherdesses and of victims of child abuse
- Roman Catholic Church and some Anglican churches: Corpus Christi (moveable feast, 2006)
- Saint Vitus' Day ? Vitus Diena held in medieval Latvia
- Malawi's Freedom Day
- Commemoration of William Adams (Miura Anjin ????) a man shipwrecked in Japan in the 1600s, and whom James Clavell's "Shogun" was based upon
- Flag Day in Denmark
- Roman Empire ? ninth and final day of the Vestalia in honor of Vesta
- 2011 Greek uprising:
- Greek unions initiate a general strike, with protesters vowing to surround the Hellenic Parliament as it prepares to discuss its plans for financial cuts. (euronews)
- Greek and Spanish flags fill parliament square alongside banners reading ampquotResistampquot and ''¡no pasarán!'' (they shall not pass), dating from the Spanish Civil War. (''DAWN'')
- The protesters call themselves the ampquotindignantsampquot in solidarity with their Spanish counterparts who camped against cuts in Madrid and Barcelona until the Spanish police forced them out. (BBC)
- Police descend in droves on the parliament building, blocking the protesters from forming a human ring around it, firing water cannon at the protesters and barricading their path. (Deutsche Welle)
- Police fire tear gas on Greek people protesting against cuts being implemented by their government in co-operation with the European Union and International Monetary Fund. (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
- Police detain 10 protesters to prevent them disrupting lawmakers as they slip into parliament by car. (''Taiwan News'')
- Some Greek journalists' unions cancel their strike in order to provide coverage of the protests. (AP via ''The Guardian'')
- Bank of Ireland chairman Pat Molloy and chief executive Richie Boucher, gathered for a meeting at University College Dublin (UCD), are attacked with eggs amid calls to have them all ampquottaken out and bloody shotampquot. (BBC)
- 2011 Libyan civil war:
- Rebels make fresh gains against forces of Muammar Gaddafi in the east and west of the country. (Al Jazeera)
- A group of U.S. lawmakers files a lawsuit against President Barack Obama over U.S. military operations in Libya. (CNN)
- 2011 Yemeni uprising:
- The Associated Press claims that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency is building an airbase in the Persian Gulf to target terrorists in the event of a terrorist element taking control of Yemen. (AP via ''Richmond Times-Dispatch'')
- Islamic militants seize parts of the southern city of Houta in Lahij province in a surprise dawn raid. (AP via ''USA Today'')
- Admiral Kim Sung-chan, the head of the Republic of Korea Navy, vows a stronger response to aggression from North Korea. (Yonhap News)
- Colum McCann wins the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the world's richest literary award, for his novel ''Let the Great World Spin''. (BBC)
- Mario Vargas Llosa, last year's recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, speaks out against authoritarian governments and calls on all citizens to participate in political life while addressing students at Shanghai International Studies University. (BBC)
- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences changes the rules regarding the Academy Award for Best Picture at the 84th Academy Awards, allowing anywhere from five to ten nominees, provided that each receives a minimum of 5% of the nominating votes. (Variety)
- Dexter Isaac, a convicted killer, claims responsibility for an attempted assassination of rapper Tupac Shakur in 1994. (''New York Post'')
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