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 6, Saturday December 1919, Paul de Man, Belgian-born literary critic, born (d. 1983)
On 6, Wednesday December 1944, Kit Culkin, American stage actor, born
On 6, Wednesday December 1944, Ron Kenoly, American Christian leader, born
On 6, Wednesday December 1944, Jonathan King, British music producer, born
On 6, Sunday December 1959, Satoru Iwata, Japanese president of Nintendo, born (d. 2015)
On 6, Saturday December 1969, College football: #1 ranked Texas rallies from 14-0 deficit with two fourth quarter touchdowns to edge #2 Arkansas 15-14 at Fayetteville in a game attended by President of the United States Richard Nixon and several high-ranking government dignitaries, including future President George H.W. Bush. The victory clinches the national championship of the coaches poll for the Longhorns; they would win the Associated Press national championship by defeating Notre Dame 21-17 in the Cotton Bowl on New Year’s Day.
On 6, Saturday December 1969, The Altamont Free Concert is held at the Altamont Speedway in northern California. Hosted by The Rolling Stones, it is an attempt at a “Woodstock West” and is best known for the uproar of violence that occurred. It is viewed by many as the “end of the sixties.”
On 6, Thursday December 1979, The world premiere of Star Trek: The Motion Picture is held at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
On 6, Wednesday December 1989, The DAS Building bombing occurs in Bogotá, killing 52 people and injuring about 1,000.
On 6, Wednesday December 1989, Egon Krenz resigns as Chairman of the State Council of the German Democratic Republic, and is replaced by Manfred Gerlach, the first non-Communist to hold that post.
On 6, Wednesday December 1989, École Polytechnique massacre (or Montreal Massacre): Marc Lépine, an anti-feminist gunman, murders fourteen young women at the École Polytechnique de Montréal.
On 6, Wednesday December 1989, Frances Bavier, American actress, died (b. 1902)
On 6, Wednesday December 1989, Sammy Fain, American composer, died (b. 1902)
On 6, Wednesday December 1989, Marc Lépine, Canadian mass murderer, died (b. 1964)
On 6, Wednesday December 1989, John Payne, American actor, died (b. 1912)
On 6, Tuesday December 1994, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Greek basketball player, born
On 6, Tuesday December 1994, Gian Maria Volontè, Italian actor, died (b. 1933)
On 6, Saturday December 2014, Stella Young, 32, comedian and disability advocate, died
On 6, Saturday December 2014, Ralph H. Baer, American video game pioneer, died (b. 1922)