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 19, Sunday May 1844, William M. Folger, American admiral, born (d. 1928)
On 19, Wednesday May 1869, William Gibson, politician, born (died 1955)
On 19, Saturday May 1894, Heinz Ziegler, German general, born (d. 1972)
On 19, Saturday May 1894, Caroline Mehitable Fisher Sawyer, American biographier, died (b. 1812)
On 19, Monday May 1919, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk lands at Samsun on the Anatolian Black Sea coast, marking the start of the Turkish War of Independence. The anniversary of this event is also an official day of Turkish Youth.
On 19, Monday May 1919, Volcano Kelud erupts in Java, killing about 5,000.
On 19, Monday May 1919, Arvid Andersson, Swedish weightlifter, born (d. 2011)
On 19, Monday May 1919, Mitja Ribičič, Slovene politician, 25th Prime Minister of Yugoslavia, born (d. 2013)
On 19, Friday May 1944, Peter Mayhew, English actor, born
On 19, Tuesday May 1959, Nicole Brown Simpson, American ex-wife of O. J. Simpson and murder victim, born (d. 1994)
On 19, Tuesday May 1959, Jim Ward, American voice actor, born
On 19, Saturday May 1979, Andrea Pirlo, Italian footballer, born
On 19, Saturday May 1979, Diego Forlán, Uruguayan football player, born
On 19, Saturday May 1979, Kyle Carrozza, American animator and voice actor, born
On 19, Friday May 1989, 1989 Ürümqi unrest: Uyghur and Hui Muslim protesters riot in front of the government building in Ürümqi, China.
On 19, Friday May 1989, Tiananmen Square protests of 1989: Zhao Ziyang meets the demonstrators in Tiananmen Square.
On 19, Friday May 1989, Ciriaco De Mita resigns as Prime Minister of Italy.
On 19, Friday May 1989, Gaelan Connell, American actor and musician, born
On 19, Friday May 1989, Katie Moffatt, British journalist and presenter for That’s Manchester, born
On 19, Friday May 1989, Anton Diffring, German actor, died (b. 1916)
On 19, Friday May 1989, Abel Herzberg, Dutch-born Israeli lawyer and writer, died (b. 1893)
On 19, Friday May 1989, Robert Webber, American actor, died (b. 1924)
On 19, Thursday May 1994, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, American socialite, conservationist, and First Lady of the United States, died (b. 1929)
On 19, Thursday May 1994, Henry Morgan, American comedian, died (b. 1915)
On 19, Thursday May 1994, Luis Ocaña, Spanish bicycle racer, died (b. 1945)
On 19, Wednesday May 1999, Candy Candido, American voice actor, died (b. 1913)
On 19, Wednesday May 1999, Alister Williamson, Australian actor, died (b. 1918)
On 19, Tuesday May 2009, Robert F. Furchgott, American scientist, died (b. 1916)
On 19, Monday May 2014, Sir Jack Brabham, 88, racing car driver, died
On 19, Monday May 2014, Peter Curtin, 70, actor, died
On 19, Monday May 2014, Jack Brabham, Australian race car driver, died (b. 1926)