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 6, Saturday April 1844, John Gavin is the first European settler to be legally executed in Western Australia. Gavin, a fifteen-year-old apprentice, was found guilty of the murder of his employer’s son, George Pollard.
On 6, Tuesday April 1869, The American Museum of Natural History is founded in New York.
On 6, Friday April 1894, Gertrude Baines, American supercentenarian, born (d. 2009)
On 6, Sunday April 1919, (6–7)The Bavarian Soviet Republic is founded.
On 6, Sunday April 1919, Caren Marsh Doll, American actress and dancer
On 6, Thursday April 1944, Judith McConnell, American actress, born
On 6, Thursday April 1944, Anita Pallenberg, Italian-born model and actress, born (d. 2017)
On 6, Thursday April 1944, Dame Felicity Palmer, English soprano, born
On 6, Monday April 1959, The 31st Academy Awards ceremony is held.
On 6, Monday April 1959, Leo Aryeh Mayer, Israeli professor and scholar of Islamic art, died (b. 1895)
On 6, Sunday April 1969, Bret Boone, American baseball player, born
On 6, Sunday April 1969, Paul Rudd, American actor, comedian, writer and producer, born
On 6, Sunday April 1969, Gabriel Chevallier, French writer, died (b. 1895)
On 6, Friday April 1979, Student protests break out in Nepal.
On 6, Friday April 1979, Ivan Vasilyov, Bulgarian architect, died (b. 1893)
On 6, Thursday April 1989, Gabrielle Scollay, actress, born
On 6, Thursday April 1989, National Safety Council of Australia chief executive John Friedrich is arrested after defrauding investors to the tune of $235,000,000.
On 6, Thursday April 1989, Gabrielle Scollay, Australian actress, born
On 6, Thursday April 1989, Zofia Batycka, Polish actress and model, died (b. 1907)
On 6, Wednesday April 1994, Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana and Burundi President Cyprien Ntaryamira die when a missile shoots down their jet near Kigali, Rwanda. This is taken as a pretext to begin the Rwandan genocide.
On 6, Wednesday April 1994, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Filipina actress, born
On 6, Wednesday April 1994, Juvénal Habyarimana, 3rd President of Rwanda, died (b. 1937)
On 6, Wednesday April 1994, Cyprien Ntaryamira, 5th President of Burundi, died (b. 1956)
On 6, Tuesday April 1999, Kwesi Boakye, American actor and voice actor, born
On 6, Monday April 2009, The world premiere of Star Trek is held at the Sydney Opera House.
On 6, Monday April 2009, Shawn Mackay, 26, rugby union footballer, (died in South Africa), died
On 6, Monday April 2009, A 6.3 magnitude earthquake strikes near L’Aquila, Italy, killing 308 and injuring more than 1,500.
On 6, Sunday April 2014, Mickey Rooney, American actor, singer, and dancer, died (b. 1920)