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 23, Friday February 1894, Harold Horder, born (died 1978), rugby league footballer
On 23, Wednesday February 1944, WWII: The Chechen and Ingush are forcibly deported to Central Asia.
On 23, Wednesday February 1944, Battle of Eniwetok concludes when U.S. forces secure the last islands in the Eniwetok Atoll.
On 23, Wednesday February 1944, Johnny Winter, American rock musician, born (d. 2014)
On 23, Wednesday February 1944, Leo Baekeland, Belgian-born American chemist, died (b. 1863)
On 23, Monday February 1959, Ian Liddell-Grainger, British politician, born
On 23, Monday February 1959, Pierre Frieden, Luxembourgish politician and writer, 18th Prime Minister of Luxembourg, died (b. 1892)
On 23, Monday February 1959, Luis Palés Matos, Puerto Rican poet, died (b. 1898)
On 23, Sunday February 1969, Michael Campbell, New Zealand golfer, born
On 23, Sunday February 1969, Marc Wauters, Belgian cyclist, born
On 23, Sunday February 1969, Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia, died (b. 1902)
On 23, Friday February 1979, Maryke Hendrikse, Canadian voice actress, born
On 23, Friday February 1979, W. A. C. Bennett, Canadian politician, died (b. 1900)
On 23, Thursday February 1989, After protracted testimony, the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee rejects, 11–9, President Bush’s nomination of John Tower for Secretary of Defense.
On 23, Thursday February 1989, (23–27) U.S. President Bush visits Japan, China, and South Korea, attending the funeral of Hirohito and then meeting with China’s Deng Xiaoping and South Korea’s Roh Tae-woo.
On 23, Thursday February 1989, Chris Conte, American NFL player, born
On 23, Thursday February 1989, José Romão Martenetz, Soviet Roman Catholic monk and servant of God, died (b. 1903)
On 23, Wednesday February 1994, Dakota Fanning, American actress and fashion model, born
On 23, Tuesday February 1999, Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Öcalan is charged with treason in Ankara, Turkey.
On 23, Tuesday February 1999, White supremacist John William King is found guilty of kidnapping and killing African American James Byrd Jr. by dragging him behind a truck for 2 miles (3 km).
On 23, Tuesday February 1999, An avalanche destroys the village of Galtür, Austria, killing 31.
On 23, Monday February 2009, Frank Gallacher, 65, actor, died
On 23, Sunday February 2014, Soccer: The 2013–14 W-League season concludes, with Melbourne Victory defeating Brisbane Roar in the grand final.
On 23, Sunday February 2014, Alice Herz-Sommer, Czech-British pianist, died (b. 1903)