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 11, Friday May 1894, Pullman Strike: Three thousand Pullman Palace Car Company factory workers go on a “wildcat” (without union approval) strike in Illinois.
On 11, Friday May 1894, Martha Graham, American dancer, choreographer, born (d. 1991)
On 11, Thursday May 1944, Leon Kozłowski, Polish archaeologist and politician, 25th Prime Minister of Poland, died (b. 1892)
On 11, Monday May 1959, Marcella Albani, Italian actress, died (b. 1899)
On 11, Sunday May 1969, Salomão Barbosa Ferraz, Brazilian Roman Catholic priest and bishop, died (b. 1880)
On 11, Friday May 1979, Joan Chandler, American actress, died (b. 1923)
On 11, Friday May 1979, Barbara Hutton, American socialite, died (b. 1912)
On 11, Thursday May 1989, The ACT Legislative Assembly meets for the first time.
On 11, Thursday May 1989, Charles Blunt replaces Ian Sinclair as National Party of Australia Leader in a spill precipitated by tensions over deregulation of the wheat industry.
On 11, Thursday May 1989, In the Harris-Daishowa affair, state Australian Labor Party General Secretary Stephen Loosley is convicted of not declaring a $10,000 donation from the wood chipping company.
On 11, Thursday May 1989, Jack Grimes, Australian rules footballer, born
On 11, Thursday May 1989, President Bush orders 1,900 U.S. troops to Panama to protect Americans there.
On 11, Thursday May 1989, The ACT (Australian Capital Territory) Legislative Assembly meets for the first time.
On 11, Thursday May 1989, Cam Newton, American football player, Quarterback and #1 on the Carolina Panthers, born
On 11, Thursday May 1989, Giovani dos Santos, Mexican footballer, born
On 11, Thursday May 1989, Prince Royce, American singer and songwriter, born
On 11, Thursday May 1989, Xiao Wangdong, Chinese general and Minister of Culture, died (b. 1910)
On 11, Wednesday May 1994, Nene Macdonald, rugby league player, born
On 11, Tuesday May 1999, The biotechnology industry receives a record $800 million in the federal budget.
On 11, Monday May 2009, The Australian Broadcasting Corporation television program Four Corners presents a report titled “Code of Silence” about alleged sexual misconduct by rugby league players, leading to a public debate on professional sportsman and group sex.
On 11, Monday May 2009, Abel Goumba, Prime Minister of the Central African Republic, died (b. 1926)
On 11, Sunday May 2014, Reg Gasnier, 74, rugby league footballer and coach, died
On 11, Sunday May 2014, Ivan Wingreen, 52, South African cricketer, died