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 January 07, 1844, Bernadette Soubirous, French visionary from Lourdes, born (d. 1879)
On 7 January 1894, William Kennedy Dickson receives a patent for motion picture film in the United States.
On Tuesday, 7 January 1919, The Tragic Week in Argentina, an anarchist uprising in Buenos Aires, begins; it is later suppressed by official forces.
On Tuesday, 7 January 1919, Estonian War of Independence: With Soviet Russian forces just 40 km of the capital Tallinn, Estonian forces start a general and successful counter-offensive against the Red Army.
On Friday, 7 January 1944, Lou Henry Hoover, First Lady of the United States, died (b. 1874)
On Wednesday, 7 January 1959, The United States recognizes the new Cuban government of Fidel Castro.
On Wednesday, 7 January 1959, Karl Kesel, American comics writer, born
On Sunday, 7 January 1979, Ivan Stedman (83), swimmer, died (born 1895)
On Sunday, 7 January 1979, The People’s Army of Vietnam and Vietnamese-backed Cambodian insurgents announce the fall of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and the collapse of the Pol Pot regime. Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge retreat west to an area along the Thai border, ending large-scale fighting in the Cambodian–Vietnamese War.
On Sunday, 7 January 1979, Bipasha Basu, Indian actress and model, born
On Sunday, 7 January 1979, Christian Lindner, German politician, born
On Sunday, 7 January 1979, Wallace Townsend, American lawyer and politician, died (b. 1882)
On Saturday, 7 January 1989, Hirohito dies, and Akihito is enthroned as the 125th Emperor of Japan immediately, followed by the change in the era name from Showa to Heisei on the following day.
On Saturday, 7 January 1989, Emiliano Insúa, Argentine footballer, born
On Saturday, 7 January 1989, Khairul Fahmi Che Mat, Malaysian footballer, born
On Saturday, 7 January 1989, Frank Adams, British mathematician, died (b. 1930)
On Saturday, 7 January 1989, Hirohito, Emperor of Japan, one of the leaders of World War II, died (b. 1901)
On Friday, 7 January 1994, Phoumi Vongvichit, President of Laos, died (b. 1909)
On Wednesday, 7 January 2009, Australia defeats South Africa by 103 runs in the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
On Tuesday, 7 January 2014, Cricket: The 2013–14 Ashes series concludes, with Australia defeating England 5–0 in a five-Test series.
On Tuesday, 7 January 2014, Phil Ryan, 98, football player and administrator (Hawthorn)., died
On Tuesday, 7 January 2014, Run Run Shaw, Hong Kong filmmaker and entrepreneur, died (b. 1907)