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 26, Sunday January 1919, Valentino Mazzola, Italian footballer, born (d. 1949)
On 26, Sunday January 1919, Hyun Soong-jong, 24th Prime Minister of South Korea
On 26, Wednesday January 1944, Angela Davis, American feminist and political activist, born
On 26, Wednesday January 1944, Jerry Sandusky, American child molester and Penn State coach, born
On 26, Monday January 1959, Darwin was granted city status
On 26, Monday January 1959, Margaret Elizabeth Egan, American librarian, died (b. 1905)
On 26, Monday January 1959, MacGillivray Milne, United States Navy Captain and the 27th Governor of American Samoa, died (b. 1882)
On 26, Sunday January 1969, Elvis Presley steps into American Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, recording “Long Black Limousine”, thus beginning the recording of what becomes his landmark comeback sessions for the albums From Elvis in Memphis and Back in Memphis. The sessions yield the popular and critically acclaimed singles “Suspicious Minds”, “In the Ghetto”, and “Kentucky Rain”.
On 26, Friday January 1979, The Dukes of Hazzard debuts on CBS.
On 26, Friday January 1979, Sara Rue, American actress, born
On 26, Friday January 1979, Nelson Rockefeller, Governor of New York, 41st Vice President of the United States, died (b. 1908)
On 26, Thursday January 1989, Emily Hughes, American figure skater, born
On 26, Thursday January 1989, Hannah Arterton, English actress, born
On 26, Wednesday January 1994, Student David Kang fires two blank shots from a starting pistol at Prince Charles in Sydney, Australia.
On 26, Monday January 2009, The first trial at the International Criminal Court is held. Former Union of Congolese Patriots leader Thomas Lubanga is accused of training child soldiers to kill, pillage, and rape.
On 26, Monday January 2009, The Icelandic government and banking system collapse; Prime Minister Geir Haarde immediately resigns.
On 26, Sunday January 2014, Cycling: The 2014 Tour Down Under concludes, with Simon Gerrans winning the overall classification for a record third time.
On 26, Sunday January 2014, Tennis: The men’s singles tournament concludes at the 2014 Australian Open, with Stanislas Wawrinka defeating Rafael Nadal in the final.
On 26, Sunday January 2014, Paula Gruden, 92, poet, died
On 26, Sunday January 2014, José Emilio Pacheco, Mexican poet and writer, died (b. 1939)