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 15, Sunday April 1894, Bessie Smith, African-American blues singer, born (d. 1937)
On 15, Tuesday April 1919, The Save the Children Fund is created in the UK, to raise money for the relief of German and Austrian children.
On 15, Tuesday April 1919, Jane Delano, American nurse and founder or the American Red Cross Nursing Service, died (b. 1862)
On 15, Saturday April 1944, Fred Paterson is elected to the Parliament of Queensland, representing the seat of Bowen. He remains the only member of the Communist Party of Australia to ever be elected to an Australian Parliament.
On 15, Wednesday April 1959, Fruit Chan, Hong Kong film director, born
On 15, Wednesday April 1959, Ray Neufeld, Canadian ice hockey player, born
On 15, Wednesday April 1959, John Onoje, Sierra Leonean-born Moldovan activist, born
On 15, Wednesday April 1959, Emma Thompson, English actress, born
On 15, Wednesday April 1959, Thomas F. Wilson, American actor, born
On 15, Wednesday April 1959, Leonard Beyers, South African army general, died (b. 1894)
On 15, Tuesday April 1969, The EC-121 shootdown incident: North Korea shoots down the aircraft over the Sea of Japan, killing all 31 on board.
On 15, Tuesday April 1969, Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg, former Queen consort of Spain, died (b. 1887)
On 15, Sunday April 1979, David Brand, Premier of Western Australia, died (born 1912)
On 15, Sunday April 1979, 1979 Montenegro earthquake: A major earthquake M 7.0 strikes Montenegro (then part of Yugoslavia) and parts of Albania, causing extensive damage to coastal areas and taking 136 lives; the old town of Budva is devastated.
On 15, Sunday April 1979, Luke Evans, Welsh actor and singer, born
On 15, Sunday April 1979, David Brand, Australian politician, died (b. 1912)
On 15, Saturday April 1989, John Anderson wins the Gwydir by-election, 1989, unopposed by either Labor or Liberal, after the retirement of National Party Deputy Leader Ralph Hunt.
On 15, Saturday April 1989, The death of Hu Yaobang sparks the beginning of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.
On 15, Saturday April 1989, The Hillsborough disaster, one of the biggest tragedies in European football, claims the life of 96 Liverpool F.C. supporters.
On 15, Saturday April 1989, Carol Graham, British Anglican missionary, died (b. 1898)
On 15, Saturday April 1989, Bernard-Marie Koltès, French playwright, died (b. 1948)
On 15, Saturday April 1989, Hu Yaobang, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, died (b. 1915)
On 15, Friday April 1994, Mitchell Barnett, rugby league player, born
On 15, Friday April 1994, John Curry, British figure skater, died (b. 1949)
On 15, Thursday April 1999, Denis Shapovalov, Canadian tennis player, born
On 15, Thursday April 1999, Harvey Postlethwaite, English engineer and race car designer, died (b. 1944)
On 15, Tuesday April 2014, the Federal Government designates Badgerys Creek as the site for the Second Sydney Airport, referring to it as the Western Sydney Airport.