June 1, the 152nd day of the year, is a day that revolves around glamour. Say Happy Birthday to the woman whose rendition made it just so immemorial. Norma Jeane Mortenson Baker, a.k.a Marilyn Monroe was born on June 1 in 1926. June 1 is also the birthday of Indian actress Nargis (1929). Actor Morgan Freeman (1937), supermodel Heidi Klum (1973), singer-songwriter-actress Alanis Morisette (1974) and actor R Madhavan (1970) were also born on June 1.
Since 2001, June 1 is also celebrated as World Milk Day, as established by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to recognise the importance and universality of this food item. The day is intended to provide an opportunity to bring attention to activities that are connected with the milk industry.
Significantly, another beverage was recorded in history on June 1 in 1496 when the first known batch of Scotch whisky was recorded, paradoxically, by a monk, John Cor.
Here are other reasons why June 1 is important as a historical date:
• 1533 – Anne Boleyn was crowned Queen of England.
• 1792 – The United States gets its 15th state in Kentucky.
• 1958 – France’s General Charles de Gaulle is invited by President Rene Coty to form a new government as the war in Algeria threatens divide France.
• 1980 – CNN – Cable News Network – debuts.
• 1990 – George H. W. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev sign a treaty to the production of chemical weapons.
• 2001 – In a tragedy, Crown Prince Dipendra of Nepal shoots and kills 14 members of his family including his parents, King Birendra of Nepal and Queen Aiswarya, his sister Shruti and younger brother Nirajan after a family dinner party at Kathmandu’s Narayanhiti Palace.
• 2009 – In what is the fourth largest bankruptcy in the United States, General Motors files for bankruptcy.
• 1974 – Alanis Morissette, Canadian-American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actress.
Text by Aarti Kapur Singh