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 9, Tuesday December 1919, William Lipscomb, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate, born (d. 2011)
On 9, Saturday December 1944, Tadashi Irie, Japanese yakuza boss, born
On 9, Saturday December 1944, Ki Longfellow, American novelist, born
On 9, Saturday December 1944, Laird Cregar, American actor, died (b. 1913)
On 9, Wednesday December 1959, Mario Cantone, American comedian, writer, and actor, born
On 9, Wednesday December 1959, Karl Shuker, British zoologist, crypto-zoologist, and author, born
On 9, Wednesday December 1959, Donald MacDonald, American actor, died (b. 1898)
On 9, Tuesday December 1969, Jakob Dylan, American singer-songwriter, born
On 9, Tuesday December 1969, Lori Greiner, American investor, entrepreneur, and television personality, born
On 9, Sunday December 1979, The eradication of the smallpox virus is certified, making smallpox the first of only two human diseases that have been driven to extinction (rinderpest in 2011 being the other).
On 9, Sunday December 1979, Olivia Lufkin, English-Japanese singer, songwriter, born
On 9, Sunday December 1979, Freeman Harrison Owens, American cinematographer, died (b. 1890)
On 9, Sunday December 1979, Fulton J. Sheen, American Roman Catholic bishop and venerable, died (b. 1895)
On 9, Saturday December 1989, The Socialist Unity Party of Germany elects the reformist Gregor Gysi as party leader.
On 9, Saturday December 1989, Eric Bledsoe, American basketball player, born
On 9, Friday December 1994, Liberal Queensland MP Ron Boswell resigns due to the party’s decision not to oppose Labor’s Human Rights (Sexual Conduct) Bill.
On 9, Wednesday December 2009, Gene Barry, American actor, died (b. 1919)
On 9, Wednesday December 2009, Rodrigo Carazo Odio, 38th President of Costa Rica, died (b. 1926)
On 9, Tuesday December 2014, A court in Lismore convicts former National Rugby League player Craig Field of the manslaughter of Kelvin Kane outside the Kingscliff Hotel in 2012.
On 9, Tuesday December 2014, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announces that the Federal Government will abandon plans to introduce the controversial $7 Medicare co-payment.
On 9, Tuesday December 2014, Frank Farrington, 88, rugby league player and administrator (Newtown Jets), died
On 9, Tuesday December 2014, Jorge María Mejía, Argentine cardinal, died (b. 1923)
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