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 8, Friday December 1893, In the United States, the National Education Association releases the final report from the Committee of Ten at a conference at Columbia University, recommending standardization of the high school curriculum.
On 8, Friday December 1893, Pierre Etchebaster born, French real tennis player (d. 1980)
On 8, Sunday December 1918, Gérard Souzay born, French baritone (d. 2004)
On 8, Wednesday December 1943, José Carbajal born, Uruguayan singer, composer and guitarist (d. 2010)
On 8, Wednesday December 1943, Larry Martin born, American paleontologist (d. 2013)
On 8, Wednesday December 1943, Jim Morrison born, American rock musician (d. 1971)
On 8, Wednesday December 1943, Bodo Tümmler born, German Olympic middle-distance runner
On 8, Wednesday December 1943, Donald Mackintosh died, British clergyman and Roman Catholic bishop and reverend (b. 1876)
On 8, Monday December 1958, Tris Speaker died, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians) and a member of the MLB Hall of Fame (b. 1888)
On 8, Sunday December 1968, Michael Cole born, American television sports commentator
On 8, Sunday December 1968, Wendi Deng born, Chinese-born American businesswoman
On 8, Sunday December 1968, Mike Mussina born, American baseball player
On 8, Friday December 1978, Ian Somerhalder born, American actor
On 8, Friday December 1978, Vernon Wells born, American baseball player
On 8, Friday December 1978, Ferruccio Ferrazzi died, Italian painter and sculptor (b. 1891)
On 8, Friday December 1978, Golda Meir died, Israeli teacher, politician and stateswoman, 4th Prime Minister of Israel (b. 1898)
On 8, Wednesday December 1993, U.S. President Bill Clinton signs into law the North American Free Trade Agreement.
On 8, Wednesday December 1993, AnnaSophia Robb born, American actress
On 8, Tuesday December 1998, Anastasia Rizikov born, Canadian classical pianist
On 8, Monday December 2008, Kerryn McCann, 41, athlete, died.
On 8, Monday December 2008, Robert Prosky, American actor (b. 1930), died.
On 8, Sunday December 2013, Sir John Cornforth, 96, chemist, laureate of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (1975) (died in England), died.
On 8, Sunday December 2013, John Cornforth, Australian–British Nobel chemist (b. 1917), died.