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 27, Tuesday April 1869, May Moss, feminist and suffragette, born (died 1948)
On 27, Tuesday April 1869, May Moss, Australian women’s rights activist, born (d. 1948)
On 27, Friday April 1894, Canada’s largest known landslide occurs in Saint-Alban, Quebec, displacing 185 million cubic metres (6.5×109 cu ft) of rock and dirt, and leaving a 40 metres (130 ft) scar that covers 4.6 million square metres (50×106 sq ft).
On 27, Friday April 1894, Nicolas Slonimsky, Russian/American musicologist, born (d. 1995)
On 27, Sunday April 1919, Anton Irv, Estonian military officer, died (b. 1886)
On 27, Thursday April 1944, Michael Fish, British TV weatherman, born
On 27, Thursday April 1944, Cuba Gooding Sr., American actor and singer, born (d. 2017)
On 27, Monday April 1959, National People’s Congress elects Liu Shaoqi as Chairman of the People’s Republic of China, as a successor of Mao Zedong.
On 27, Monday April 1959, Sheena Easton, Scottish singer, born
On 27, Sunday April 1969, René Barrientos, Bolivian general and statesman, 56th and 58th President of Bolivia (plane crash), died (b. 1919)
On 27, Friday April 1979, Travis Meeks, American musician (Days of the New), born
On 27, Thursday April 1989, A dawn raid by the Tactical Response Group (TRG) kills innocent Aboriginal Redfern resident David Gundy and arouses community anger. An inquiry into the TRG adds to already existing distrust of the police.
On 27, Thursday April 1989, A major demonstration occurs in Beijing, as part of the Tiananmen Square protests.
On 27, Thursday April 1989, Lars Bender, German footballer, born
On 27, Thursday April 1989, Sven Bender, German footballer, born
On 27, Thursday April 1989, Martha Hunt, American model, born
On 27, Thursday April 1989, Eriberto Arroyo Mío, Peruvian politician, died (b. 1943)
On 27, Thursday April 1989, Konosuke Matsushita, Japanese industrialist, died (b. 1894)
On 27, Wednesday April 1994, South Africa holds its first fully multiracial elections, marking the final end of apartheid. Nelson Mandela wins the elections and is sworn in as the first democratic president.
On 27, Wednesday April 1994, Corey Seager, American baseball player, born
On 27, Wednesday April 1994, Lynne Frederick, English actress, died (b. 1954)
On 27, Tuesday April 1999, Joel Asoro, Swedish footballer, born
On 27, Tuesday April 1999, Al Hirt, American trumpeter and bandleader, died (b. 1922)
On 27, Tuesday April 1999, Cyril Washbrook, English cricketer, died (b. 1914)
On 27, Sunday April 2014, Harry Firth, 96, racing driver and team manager, died
On 27, Sunday April 2014, The Catholic Church simultaneously canonizes Popes John XXIII and John Paul II.
On 27, Sunday April 2014, Vujadin Boškov, Serbian football player and coach, died (b. 1931)