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 13, Saturday January 1894, Nadezhda von Meck, Russian patron of Peter Tchaikovsky, died (b. 1831)
On 13, Monday January 1919, Workers’ councils in Berlin end the general strike; the Spartacist uprising is over.
On 13, Monday January 1919, Robert Stack, American actor, born (d. 2003)
On 13, Thursday January 1944, King Yuhi V of Rwanda, died (b. 1883)
On 13, Tuesday January 1959, Cuban communists execute 71 supporters of Fulgencio Batista.
On 13, Monday January 1969, Beatriz Gutiérrez Müller, writer, born
On 13, Monday January 1969, Stephen Hendry, British snooker player, born
On 13, Saturday January 1979, Donny Hathaway, American musician, died (b. 1945)
On 13, Friday January 1989, Beau Mirchoff, American-Canadian actress, born
On 13, Friday January 1989, Joe Spinell, American actor (Maniac, The Last Horror Film), died (b. 1936)
On 13, Thursday January 1994, Johan Jørgen Holst, Norwegian politician and diplomat, died (b. 1937)
On 13, Tuesday January 2009, Nancy-Bird Walton, 93, aviation pioneer, died
On 13, Tuesday January 2009, Patrick McGoohan, American-born British actor, died (b. 1928)
On 13, Monday January 2014, Ronny Jordan, English guitarist, died (b. 1962)