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 28, Saturday December 1918, Sinn Féin enjoys a landslide victory in Irish seats in the Irish general election (part of the United Kingdom general election, 1918), following the counting of votes, winning 73 of the 105 seats in Ireland. In accordance with their manifesto, Sinn Féin members will not take their seats in the Palace of Westminster but will form the First Dáil in Dublin. Countess Constance Markievicz, while detained in Holloway Prison (London), becomes the first woman elected to (but does not take her seat in) the British House of Commons.
On 28, Saturday December 1918, Olavo Bilac died, Brazilian poet (b. 1865)
On 28, Tuesday December 1943, Keith Floyd born, British chef (d. 2009)
On 28, Tuesday December 1943, Craig MacIntosh born, American illustrator
On 28, Tuesday December 1943, Richard Whiteley born, English television presenter (d. 2005)
On 28, Sunday December 1958, In American football, the Baltimore Colts beat the New York Giants 23–17 to win the NFL Championship Game, the first to go into sudden death overtime and “The Greatest Game Ever Played”.
On 28, Sunday December 1958, Twila Paris born, American Christian musician
On 28, Saturday December 1968, Israeli forces fly into Lebanese airspace, launching an attack on the airport in Beirut and destroying more than a dozen aircraft.
On 28, Saturday December 1968, Corey Scott born, American motorcycle stunt rider (d. 1997)
On 28, Saturday December 1968, Deanna Favre born, American activist and wife of Brett Favre
On 28, Saturday December 1968, Lior Ashkenazi born, Israeli actor
On 28, Thursday December 1978, John Legend born, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and actor
On 28, Wednesday December 1988, Ched Evans born, Welsh footballer
On 28, Wednesday December 1988, Florrie born, English pop singer
On 28, Tuesday December 1993, William L. Shirer died, American journalist and historian (b. 1904)
On 28, Tuesday December 1993, Howard Caine died, American actor (b. 1926)
On 28, Monday December 1998, Paris Berelc born, American actress
On 28, Monday December 1998, Jared Gilman born, American actor
On 28, Sunday December 2008, The yacht Wild Oats XI claims its fourth consecutive line honours win in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Quest is the race’s handicap winner.
On 28, Saturday December 2013, Yacht racing: Wild Oats XI takes line honours in the 2013 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, the yacht’s seventh win.