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, Tuesday March 1869, After several days hiding in bushland near Bunbury, Western Australia, Irish political prisoner John Boyle O’Reilly escapes to America on the whaler Gazelle.
On 2, Friday March 1894, Jubal Early, Confederate general, died (b. 1816)
On 2, Friday March 1894, William H. Osborn, American railroad executive, died (b. 1820)
On 2, Sunday March 1919, The Founding Congress of the Comintern opens in Moscow.
On 2, Sunday March 1919, Jennifer Jones, American actress, born (d. 2009)
On 2, Sunday March 1919, Melchora Aquino, Filipino revolutionary hero, died (b. 1812)
On 2, Thursday March 1944, Balvano train disaster: A train stalls inside a railway tunnel outside Salerno, Italy; 521 choke to death.
On 2, Thursday March 1944, The 16th Academy Awards ceremony is held, the first Oscar ceremony held at a large public venue, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Casablanca (directed by Michael Curtiz), wins the Best Picture award.
On 2, Thursday March 1944, Uschi Glas, German actress, born
On 2, Thursday March 1944, Leif Segerstam, Finnish conductor and composer, born
On 2, Monday March 1959, Recording sessions for the album Kind of Blue by Miles Davis take place at Columbia’s 30th Street Studio in New York City.
On 2, Monday March 1959, Zalman Ben-Ya’akov, Israel politician, died (b. 1897)
On 2, Monday March 1959, Eric Blore, English actor, died (b. 1887)
On 2, Sunday March 1969, In Toulouse, France the first Concorde test flight is conducted.
On 2, Sunday March 1969, Soviet and Chinese forces clash at a border outpost on the Ussuri River.
On 2, Thursday March 1989, Twelve European Community nations agree to ban the production of all chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) by the end of the century.
On 2, Thursday March 1989, Nathalie Emmanuel, English actress, born
On 2, Thursday March 1989, Jean-Frédéric Chapuis, French Olympic freestyle skier, born
On 2, Thursday March 1989, Liviu Cornel Babeș, Romanian electrician and painter, died (b. 1943)
On 2, Wednesday March 1994, A bomb explodes in the Adelaide headquarters of the National Crime Authority killing one man, Detective-Sergeant Geoff Bowen, and severely wounding another.
On 2, Wednesday March 1994, Rumours of a breakaway competition reported after relations deteriorate between the Brisbane Broncos & the NSWRL
On 2, Wednesday March 1994, Peter Cureton, Canadian actor and playwright
On 2, Wednesday March 1994, Anita Morris, American actress and singer, died (b. 1943)
On 2, Tuesday March 1999, The brand new Mandalay Bay hotel and casino opens in Las Vegas.[importance?]
On 2, Tuesday March 1999, Abdullah Al-Qwabani, Yemeni long-distance runner, born
On 2, Tuesday March 1999, Dusty Springfield, English pop singer, died (b. 1939)
On 2, Monday March 2009, The President of Guinea-Bissau, João Bernardo Vieira, is assassinated during an armed attack on his residence in Bissau.
On 2, Monday March 2009, João Bernardo Vieira, 2nd President of Guinea-Bissau, died (b. 1939)