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 4, Thursday March 1869, Ulysses S. Grant is sworn in, as the 18th President of the United States.
On 4, Tuesday March 1919, The Communist International (Comintern) is founded.
On 4, Tuesday March 1919, (4–5) Kinmel Park Riots by troops of the Canadian Expeditionary Force awaiting repatriation at Kinmel Camp, Bodelwyddan, in North Wales. Five men are killed, 28 injured, and 25 convicted of mutiny.
On 4, Saturday March 1944, In Ossining, New York, Louis Buchalter, the leader of 1930s crime syndicate Murder, Inc., is executed at Sing Sing, along with Emanuel Weiss and Louis Capone.
On 4, Saturday March 1944, Harvey Postlethwaite, English engineer and race car designer, born (d. 1999)
On 4, Saturday March 1944, Bobby Womack, American singer and songwriter, born (d. 2014)
On 4, Saturday March 1944, Louis Buchalter, Jewish-born American mobster, head of Murder, Inc. (executed), died (b. 1897)
On 4, Wednesday March 1959, Rick Ardon, Australian news presenter, born
On 4, Wednesday March 1959, Irina Strakhova, Russian race walker, born
On 4, Wednesday March 1959, Adolphe Danziger De Castro, Israeli scholar, died (b. 1859)
On 4, Wednesday March 1959, Maxie Long, American athlete, died (b. 1878)
On 4, Tuesday March 1969, Arrest warrants are issued by a Florida court for Jim Morrison on charges of indecent exposure during a Doors concert three days earlier.
On 4, Tuesday March 1969, Chaz Bono, American child actor and LGBT rights activist, born
On 4, Tuesday March 1969, Annie Shizuka Inoh, Taiwanese actress, born
On 4, Tuesday March 1969, Patrick Roach, Canadian actor, born
On 4, Tuesday March 1969, Nicholas Schenck, Russian-born film impresario, died (b. 1881)
On 4, Sunday March 1979, Geoff Huegill, swimmer, born
On 4, Sunday March 1979, The U.S. Voyager 1 spaceprobe photos reveal Jupiter’s rings.
On 4, Sunday March 1979, Ben Fouhy, New Zealand flatwater canoeist, born
On 4, Sunday March 1979, Geoff Huegill, Australian swimmer, born
On 4, Sunday March 1979, Jon Fratelli, Scottish singer (The Fratellis), born
On 4, Saturday March 1989, First ACT (Australian Capital Territory) elections held
On 4, Saturday March 1989, Time Inc. and Warner Communications announce plans for a merger, forming Time Warner.
On 4, Saturday March 1989, The Purley station rail crash in London leaves five people dead and 94 injured.
On 4, Saturday March 1989, The first ACT (Australian Capital Territory) elections are held.
On 4, Saturday March 1989, Erin Heatherton, American fashion model, born
On 4, Saturday March 1989, Salvatore Dell’Isola, Italian conductor, died (b. 1901)
On 4, Friday March 1994, Australian authorities request the extradition from Spain of Christopher Skase, who has been held in a hospital on the Spanish island of Majorca since January.
On 4, Friday March 1994, John Candy, Canadian comedian and actor, died (b. 1950)
On 4, Thursday March 1999, In a military court, United States Marine Corps Captain Richard J. Ashby is acquitted of the charge of reckless flying which resulted in the deaths of 20 skiers in the Italian Alps, when his low-flying EA-6B Prowler hit a gondola cable.
On 4, Thursday March 1999, Harry Blackmun, American judge, died (b. 1908)
On 4, Thursday March 1999, Del Close, American actor, writer, and teacher, died (b. 1934)
On 4, Thursday March 1999, Fritz Honegger, Swiss politician, 79th President of Switzerland, died (b. 1917)
On 4, Wednesday March 2009, Cyclone Hamish, the first category 5 cyclone since Cyclone George in 2007, develops in the Coral Sea and moves southwards along the Queensland coast causing extensive damage to the Great Barrier Reef but does not make landfall. It eventually dissipates on 14 March.
On 4, Wednesday March 2009, Australia’s economy slumps 0.5 per cent, its first quarter of negative growth in 8 years.
On 4, Wednesday March 2009, The International Criminal Court issues an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur. al-Bashir is the first sitting head of state to be indicted by the ICC since its establishment in 2002.
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