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 2, Sunday February 1919, Julius Kuperjanov, Estonian military commander, died (b. 1894)
On 2, Wednesday February 1944, The first issue of Human Events is published in Washington, D.C.
On 2, Wednesday February 1944, Geoffrey Hughes, English actor, born (d. 2012)
On 2, Monday February 1959, Nine ski hikers mysteriously perish in the northern Ural Mountains in the Dyatlov Pass incident and are all found dead a few weeks later.
On 2, Monday February 1959, Jari Tervo, Finnish author, born
On 2, Monday February 1959, Hella von Sinnen, German TV-entertainer, born
On 2, Sunday February 1969, Dambisa Moyo, Zambian-born economist, born
On 2, Sunday February 1969, Boris Karloff, British actor, died (b. 1887)
On 2, Friday February 1979, Former Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious is found dead, aged 21, of a heroin overdose in New York City, the day after being released from a 55-day sentence at Rikers Island prison on bail.
On 2, Friday February 1979, Fani Chalkia, Greek athlete, born
On 2, Friday February 1979, Mayer Hawthorne, American soul singer, born
On 2, Friday February 1979, Shamita Shetty, Indian actress and interior designer, born
On 2, Friday February 1979, Yuichi Tsuchiya, Japanese actor, born
On 2, Friday February 1979, Issa Pliyev, Soviet general, died (b. 1903)
On 2, Friday February 1979, Sid Vicious, English musician (Sex Pistols) (drug overdose), died (b. 1957)
On 2, Thursday February 1989, Soviet–Afghan War: The last Soviet Union armoured column leaves Kabul, ending nine years of military occupation since 1979.
On 2, Thursday February 1989, Carlos Andrés Pérez takes office as President of Venezuela.
On 2, Thursday February 1989, Satellite television service Sky Television plc is launched in Europe.
On 2, Thursday February 1989, Yuri Bogatyryov, Soviet actor, died (b. 1947)
On 2, Thursday February 1989, Ondrej Nepela, Slovakian figure skater, died (b. 1951)
On 2, Wednesday February 1994, Marija Gimbutas, Lithuanian-American archeologist, died (b. 1921)
On 2, Monday February 2009, Rafael Nadal wins the men’s singles title at the 2009 Australian Open, defeating Roger Federer in five sets (7–5, 3–6, 7–6(3), 3–6, 6–2).
On 2, Sunday February 2014, Craig Lahiff, 66, film director, died
On 2, Sunday February 2014, Philip Seymour Hoffman, American actor, died (b. 1967)
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