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 27, Saturday December 1919, Charles Sweeney, American WWII pilot, born (d. 2004)
On 27, Wednesday December 1944, Bob Brown, politician, born.
On 27, Wednesday December 1944, Sára Salkaházi, Hungarian Roman Catholic religious sister and blessed, died (b. 1899)
On 27, Sunday December 1959, Gerina Dunwich, American author, born
On 27, Saturday December 1969, The Liberal Democratic Party wins 47.6% of the votes in the Japanese general election, 1969. Future prime ministers Yoshirō Mori and Tsutomu Hata and future kingmaker Ichirō Ozawa are elected for the first time.
On 27, Saturday December 1969, Chyna, American professional wrestler, born (d. 2016)
On 27, Saturday December 1969, Sarah Vowell, American historian, author, journalist, essayist, social commentator, and actress, born
On 27, Thursday December 1979, Carson Palmer, American football player, born
On 27, Thursday December 1979, Hafizullah Amin, General Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan, 4th President of Afghanistan, died (b. 1929)
On 27, Thursday December 1979, William H. Wilbur, United States Army officer, died (b. 1888)
On 27, Wednesday December 1989, Kateryna Lagno, Ukrainian chess player, born
On 27, Tuesday December 1994, Fanny Cradock, British television chef and restaurant critic, died (b. 1909)
On 27, Tuesday December 1994, Peter May, English cricketer, died (b. 1929)
On 27, Tuesday December 1994, J. B. L. Reyes, Filipino jurist, died (b. 1902)
On 27, Monday December 1999, Storm Martin caused damage throughout France, Spain, Switzerland and Italy, including an emergency due to flooding at the Blayais Nuclear Power Plant.
On 27, Monday December 1999, Leonard Goldenson, American television executive, died (b. 1905)
On 27, Saturday December 2014, Tomaž Šalamun, Slovenian poet, died (b. 1941)