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 24, Wednesday November 1869, Óscar Carmona, President of Portugal, born (d. 1951)
On 24, Saturday November 1894, Herbert Sutcliffe, English cricketer, born (d. 1978)
On 24, Friday November 1944, WWII: German forces evacuate from West Estonian Archipelago.
On 24, Friday November 1944, Candy Darling, American actress, born (d. 1974)
On 24, Friday November 1944, Ibrahim Gambari, Nigerian scholar and diplomat, born
On 24, Tuesday November 1959, Dally Messenger, died (born 1883), rugby union and league footballer
On 24, Tuesday November 1959, Akio Ōtsuka, Japanese voice actor and actor, born
On 24, Tuesday November 1959, Stepan Erzia, Russian sculptor, died (b. 1876)
On 24, Tuesday November 1959, Ion Gigurtu, 42nd Prime Minister of Romania, died (b. 1886)
On 24, Tuesday November 1959, Dally Messenger, Australian rugby league player, died (b. 1883)
On 24, Monday November 1969, Apollo program: The Apollo 12 spacecraft splashes down safely in the Pacific Ocean, ending the second manned mission to the Moon.
On 24, Monday November 1969, David Adeang, Nauruan politician, born
On 24, Monday November 1969, Eugenio Duse, Italian actor, died (b. 1889)
On 24, Saturday November 1979, Georg Pinkepank, German Nazi Korvettenkapitän with the Kriegsmarine during World War II, died (b. 1907)
On 24, Friday November 1989, Following a week of demonstrations demanding free elections and other reforms, General Secretary Miloš Jakeš and other leaders of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia resign. Jakeš is replaced by Karel Urbánek.
On 24, Friday November 1989, Jordan Witzigreuter, American singer-songwriter (The Ready Set), born
On 24, Friday November 1989, Abdullah Yusuf Azzam, Palestine Sunni Islamic scholar and theologian, died (b. 1941)
On 24, Thursday November 1994, Nabil Bentaleb, Algerian footballer, born
On 24, Wednesday November 1999, Hilary Minster, English actor, died (b. 1944)
On 24, Tuesday November 2009, Samak Sundaravej, 25th Prime Minister of Thailand, died (b. 1935)
On 24, Monday November 2014, Senator Jacqui Lambie quits the Palmer United Party to become an independent.
On 24, Monday November 2014, Viktor Tikhonov, Soviet ice hockey player and coach, died (b. 1930)