Anniversaries and commemorations come and go daily. Most of us, even the best historians, miss most occasions. If we think of history as events then we are faced with a continually showering in the grains of sand. Nevertheless, we do pick out certain patterns in the remembrance of historical dates. The blog here reminds us of some dates where the local, state, national, and global perspectives entwine.
On 5, Thursday April 1894, Chesney Allen, British entertainer, comedian, born (d. 1982)
On 5, Saturday April 1919, Pinsk massacre: 35 Jews are killed without trial, after being accused of Bolshevism.
On 5, Saturday April 1919, Lester James Peries, Sri Lankan director, screenwriter and producer, born (d. 2018)
On 5, Wednesday April 1944, Peter T. King, American politician, born
On 5, Saturday April 1969, Alberto Bonucci, Italian actor and director, died (b. 1918)
On 5, Saturday April 1969, Ain-Ervin Mere, Estonian Nazi war criminal, died (b. 1903)
On 5, Saturday April 1969, Shelby Storck, American television producer, died (b. 1917)
On 5, Wednesday April 1989, The Polish Government and the Solidarity trade union sign an agreement restoring Solidarity to legal status, and agreeing to hold democratic elections on June 1.
On 5, Wednesday April 1989, Lily James, British actress, born
On 5, Tuesday April 1994, Kurt Cobain, American singer and songwriter, died (b. 1967)
On 5, Monday April 1999, Two Libyans suspected of bringing down Pan Am Flight 103 in 1988 are handed over to Scottish authorities for eventual trial in the Netherlands. The United Nations suspends sanctions against Libya.
On 5, Monday April 1999, In Laramie, Wyoming, Russell Henderson pleads guilty to kidnapping and felony murder, in order to avoid a possible death penalty conviction for the apparent hate crime killing of Matthew Shepard.
On 5, Monday April 1999, Maria Astashkina, Russian swimmer, born
On 5, Monday April 1999, Sharlene San Pedro, Filipina actress, born
On 5, Sunday April 2009, George Tribe, 88, Test cricketer, died
On 5, Sunday April 2009, North Korea launches a rocket from its Tonghae Satellite Launching Ground, which it says is carrying the Kwangmyŏngsŏng-2 satellite, prompting an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council.
On 5, Saturday April 2014, A special election is held for six Senate seats from Western Australia, following the voiding of results due to the loss of 1,375 ballot papers in the 2013 federal election.