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 28, Sunday April 1844, Katarina Milovuk, Serbian educator, women’s rights activist, born (d. 1909)
On 28, Friday April 1944, WWII: Allied convoy T4, forming part of amphibious Exercise Tiger (a full-scale rehearsal for the Normandy landings) in Start Bay off the Devon coast of England, is attacked by E-boats, resulting in the deaths of 749 American servicemen from LSTs.
On 28, Friday April 1944, Jean-Claude Van Cauwenberghe, Belgian politician, born
On 28, Friday April 1944, Mohammed Alim Khan, Emir of Bukhara, died (b. 1880)
On 28, Friday April 1944, Frank Knox, American Secretary of the Navy during WWII, died (b. 1874)
On 28, Tuesday April 1959, Alabert Fogarasi, Hungarian philosopher and politician, died (b. 1891)
On 28, Tuesday April 1959, María Guggiari Echeverría, Paraguayan Roman Catholic religious professed and venerable, died (b. 1925)
On 28, Monday April 1969, Charles de Gaulle steps down as president of France after suffering defeat in a referendum the day before.
On 28, Saturday April 1979, Collingwood beat a sixty-year-old record for the greatest VFL winning margin when they demoralise St Kilda by 178 points, beating South Melbourne’s 171-point margin also against St Kilda, from 1919.
On 28, Saturday April 1979, Bahram Radan, Iranian actor, born
On 28, Saturday April 1979, Norman Kilner, English cricketer, died (b. 1895)
On 28, Friday April 1989, Kim Sung-kyu, South Korean singer and dancer (Infinite), born
On 28, Thursday April 1994, The Tasmanian television market is aggregated, with TasTV (now WIN Television) taking a Nine Network affiliation and Southern Cross taking a dual Seven and Ten affiliation.
On 28, Thursday April 1994, Berton Roueché, American writer, died (b. 1910)
On 28, Wednesday April 1999, Rory Calhoun, American television and film actor, died (b. 1922)
On 28, Wednesday April 1999, Arthur Leonard Schawlow, American physicist, died (b. 1921)
On 28, Wednesday April 1999, Alf Ramsey, English footballer and manager, died (b. 1920)
On 28, Tuesday April 2009, Richard Pratt, 74, businessman, died
On 28, Tuesday April 2009, Buddy Rose, American professional wrestler, died (b. 1952)
On 28, Tuesday April 2009, Ekaterina Maximova, Russian ballerina, died (b. 1939)
On 28, Monday April 2014, Derek King, 65, VFL footballer (St Kilda), died
On 28, Monday April 2014, Ryan Tandy, 32, rugby league player, died
On 28, Monday April 2014, United States President Barack Obama’s new economic sanctions against Russia go into effect, targeting companies and individuals close to Russian President Vladimir Putin.