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 30, Thursday September 1869, Ernie Jones, cricketer, born (died 1943)
On 30, Saturday September 1944, Jimmy Johnstone, Scottish footballer, born (d. 2006)
On 30, Wednesday September 1959, Soviet Union leader Nikita Khrushchev meets Mao Zedong in Beijing.
On 30, Wednesday September 1959, Ettore Messina, Italian basketball coach, born
On 30, Wednesday September 1959, Taylor Holmes, American actor, died (b. 1878)
On 30, Sunday September 1979, The Hong Kong MTR begins service with the opening of its Modified Initial System (aka Kwun Tong Line).
On 30, Sunday September 1979, Mike Damus, American actor, born
On 30, Sunday September 1979, Vince Chong, Malaysian singer, born
On 30, Sunday September 1979, Charles North, Australian attorney and politician, died (b. 1887)
On 30, Saturday September 1989, Hawthorn (21.18.144) defeat Geelong (21.12.138) to win the 93rd and indeed final VFL premiership until 1996, when the VFA would become known as the VFL.
On 30, Saturday September 1989, Nearly 7,000 East Germans who had come to Prague on special refugee trains are allowed to leave for the West.
On 30, Saturday September 1989, The Senegambia Confederation is dissolved over border disagreements.
On 30, Saturday September 1989, Horace Alexander, British writer, pacifist and ornithologist, died (b. 1889)
On 30, Saturday September 1989, Virgil Thomson, American composer, died (b. 1896)
On 30, Saturday September 1989, Huỳnh Tấn Phát, Vietnamese politician, 16th Prime Minister of the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam), died (b. 1913)
On 30, Friday September 1994, André Michel Lwoff, French microbiologist, died (b. 1902)
On 30, Friday September 1994, Roberto Eduardo Viola, military president of Argentina, died (b. 1924)
On 30, Thursday September 1999, Flávia Saraiva, Brazilian artistic gymnast, born
On 30, Wednesday September 2009, A 7.6 Mw earthquake strikes Sumatra, Indonesia, with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe), leaving at least 1,115 people dead.
On 30, Tuesday September 2014, Martin Lewis Perl, American Nobel physicist, died (b. 1927)