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 1, Monday March 1869, The North German Confederation issues 10gr and 30gr value stamps, printed on goldbeater’s skin.
On 1, Thursday March 1894, The Local Government Act (coming into effect December 1894–January 1895) reforms local government in Britain, creating a system of urban and rural districts with elected councils, with elected parish councils in rural areas, and gives women, irrespective of marital status, the right to vote and stand in local (but not national) elections.
On 1, Saturday March 1919, The Potts, believed to be the world’s longest running cartoon strip drawn by the same artist, is first published in The Sun News-Pictorial.
On 1, Saturday March 1919, Reg Sprigg, geologist, born (died 1994)
On 1, Saturday March 1919, The March 1st Movement against Japanese colonial rule in Korea is formed.
On 1, Wednesday March 1944, WWII: An anti-fascist strike begins in northern Italy.
On 1, Wednesday March 1944, 2,495 drown when USS Trout torpedoes Sakito Maru.
On 1, Wednesday March 1944, John Breaux, U.S. Senator from Louisiana, born
On 1, Wednesday March 1944, Roger Daltrey, English singer-songwriter and actor (The Who)
On 1, Sunday March 1959, The USS Tuscaloosa, USS New Orleans, USS Tennessee and USS West Virginia are stricken from the Naval Vessel Register.
On 1, Sunday March 1959, Archbishop Makarios returns to Cyprus from exile.
On 1, Sunday March 1959, Nick Griffin, British politician, born
On 1, Sunday March 1959, Mack Gordon, American composer and lyricist, died (b. 1904)
On 1, Saturday March 1969, Javier Bardem, Spanish actor, born
On 1, Saturday March 1969, Dafydd Ieuan, Welsh rock drummer, born
On 1, Saturday March 1969, Litefoot, Native American actor, born
On 1, Thursday March 1979, Scottish devolution referendum: Scotland votes in favour for a Scottish Assembly, which is not implemented due to failing a condition that at least 40% of the electorate must support the proposal; in a Welsh devolution referendum, Wales votes against devolution.
On 1, Thursday March 1979, Philips publicly demonstrate a prototype of an optical digital audio disc at a press conference in Eindhoven, Netherlands.
On 1, Thursday March 1979, Mustafa Barzani, Iraqi Kurdish politician, died (b. 1903)
On 1, Thursday March 1979, Dolores Costello, American actress, died (b. 1903)
On 1, Wednesday March 1989, The Industrial Relations Commission replaces the Australian Conciliation & Arbitration Commission.
On 1, Wednesday March 1989, The Berne Convention, an international treaty on copyrights, is ratified by the United States.
On 1, Wednesday March 1989, A curfew is imposed in Kosovo, where protests continue over the alleged intimidation of the Serb minority.
On 1, Wednesday March 1989, The Politieke Partij Radicalen, Pacifistisch Socialistische Partij, Communistische Partij Nederland and the Evangelical People’s Party amalgamate to form the Dutch political party GroenLinks (GL, GreenLeft).
On 1, Wednesday March 1989, After 74 years, Iceland ends its prohibition on beer; celebrated since as bjórdagur or beer day.
On 1, Wednesday March 1989, Emma, Australian professional wrestler, born
On 1, Wednesday March 1989, Carlos Vela, Mexican footballer, born
On 1, Wednesday March 1989, Daniella Monet, American actress, born
On 1, Tuesday March 1994, Justin Bieber, Canadian singer, born
On 1, Tuesday March 1994, Tyreek Hill, American football player, born
On 1, Monday March 1999, One of four bombs detonated in Lusaka, Zambia, destroys the Angolan Embassy.
On 1, Monday March 1999, Rwandan Hutu rebels kill and dismember eight foreign tourists at the Buhoma homestead, Uganda.
On 1, Monday March 1999, The Convention on the Prohibition of Anti-Personnel Mines comes into force.
On 1, Monday March 1999, Ann Corio, American dancer and actress, died (b. 1914)
On 1, Sunday March 2009, Noriyuki Haga and Ben Spies win the two races of the Australian Superbike Grand Prix held at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.
On 1, Saturday March 2014, Alain Resnais, French film director, died (b. 1922)