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 5, Saturday October 1844, Francis William Reitz, 5th State President of the Orange Free State, born (d. 1934)
On 5, Friday October 1894, Bevil Rudd, South African athlete, born (d. 1948)
On 5, Sunday October 1919, Donald Pleasence, English actor, born (d. 1995)
On 5, Thursday October 1944, WWII: Royal Canadian Air Force pilots shoot down the first German Me 262 over the Netherlands.
On 5, Thursday October 1944, Arnhim Eustace, Vincentian politician and 3rd Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, born
On 5, Thursday October 1944, Prince Gustav of Denmark, died (b. 1887)
On 5, Monday October 1959, David Shannon, American writer and illustrator, born
On 5, Sunday October 1969, Monty Python’s Flying Circus first airs on BBC One.
On 5, Sunday October 1969, Sazae-san first airs on Fuji Television.
On 5, Sunday October 1969, Elizabeth Azcona Bocock, Honduran politician, born
On 5, Friday October 1979, Gao Yuanyuan, Chinese actress, born
On 5, Friday October 1979, Ken Strong, American football player (New York Giants) and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, died (b. 1906)
On 5, Thursday October 1989, The Dalai Lama wins the Nobel Peace Prize.
On 5, Tuesday October 1999, Thirty-one people die in the Ladbroke Grove rail crash, west of London, England.
On 5, Monday October 2009, Israel Gelfand, Soviet-American mathematician, died (b. 1913)
On 5, Sunday October 2014, Mayang Prasetyo, an Indonesian trans-gender woman is murdered and cooked by her husband, chef Marcus Peter Volke, at their Teneriffe apartment in Brisbane. Mr Volke slit his own throat after fleeing from police.
On 5, Sunday October 2014, Rugby league: The South Sydney Rabbitohs defeat the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 30–6 in the 2014 NRL Grand Final.
On 5, Sunday October 2014, Andrea de Cesaris, Italian race car driver, died (b. 1959)
On 5, Sunday October 2014, Yuri Lyubimov, Russian actor and director, died (b. 1917)