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 29, Friday December 1893, Berthold Bartosch born, Bohemian animator (d. 1968)
On 29, Monday December 1958, Rebel troops under Che Guevara begin to invade Santa Clara, Cuba. Fulgencio Batista resigns two days later, on the night of the 31st.
On 29, Monday December 1958, Lakhdar Belloumi born, Algerian football player
On 29, Monday December 1958, Doris Humphrey died, American dancer and choreographer (b. 1895)
On 29, Sunday December 1968, Tricia Leigh Fisher, American actress and singer
On 29, Friday December 1978, Alexis Amore born, Peruvian actress, dancer, and model
On 29, Thursday December 1988, Ágnes Szávay born, Hungarian tennis player
On 29, Thursday December 1988, Michaela Kocianova born, Slovak model
On 29, Thursday December 1988, Eric Berry born, American football player
On 29, Thursday December 1988, Sir Ieuan Maddock died, British nuclear scientist (b. 1917)
On 29, Wednesday December 1993, Argentina passes a measure allowing President Carlos Menem and all future presidents to run for a second term. It also shortens presidential terms to 4 years and removes the requirement for the president to be Roman Catholic.
On 29, Wednesday December 1993, Abdul Jabbar Khan died, Bangladeshi filmmaker (b. 1916)
On 29, Tuesday December 1998, Khmer Rouge leaders apologize for the post-Vietnam War genocide in Cambodia that killed more than one million people in the 1970s.
On 29, Monday December 2008, William Ellis Green, 85, cartoonist, died
On 29, Monday December 2008, Freddie Hubbard, American jazz trumpeter (b. 1938)
On 29, Sunday December 2013, Wojciech Kilar, Polish composer (b. 1932), died.
On 29, Sunday December 2013, Eero Mäntyranta, Finnish Olympic cross-country skier (b. 1937), died.