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 6, Monday October 1919, Abe Saffron, Sydney crime figure, born (died 2006)
On 6, Monday October 1919, Siad Barre, President of Somalia, born (d. 1995)
On 6, Monday October 1919, Ricardo Palma, Peruvian writer, died (b. 1833)
On 6, Friday October 1944, WWII: The Battle of Debrecen starts on the Eastern Front (it lasts until October 29)
On 6, Friday October 1944, Withdrawal collaborators: Milan Nedić, the president of the Serbian Quisling Regime (Government of National Salvation), fled from Belgrade by airplane. Together with other Serbian collaborators and the German Officials, to Hungary, than to Vienna Austria
On 6, Friday October 1944, Holocaust: Members of the Sonderkommando (Jewish work units) in Auschwitz stage a revolt, killing three SS men before being massacred themselves.
On 6, Friday October 1944, Dumbarton Oaks Conference concludes.
On 6, Friday October 1944, Mylon LeFevre, American singer and evangelist, born
On 6, Tuesday October 1959, Robyn Maher, basketball player, born
On 6, Tuesday October 1959, Bernard Berenson, American art historian, died (b. 1865)
On 6, Monday October 1969, Muhammad V of Kelantan, current Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia and Sultan of Kelantan, born
On 6, Monday October 1969, Ogün Temizkanoğlu, Turkish football player, born
On 6, Monday October 1969, Walter Hagen, American golf champion, died (b. 1892)
On 6, Saturday October 1979, Federal Reserve System changes from an interest rate target policy to a money supply target policy.
On 6, Saturday October 1979, Elizabeth Bishop, American poet, died (b. 1911)
On 6, Friday October 1989, Bette Davis, American actress, died (b. 1908)
On 6, Wednesday October 1999, Gorilla Monsoon, American professional wrestler and announcer, died (b. 1937)
On 6, Wednesday October 1999, Amália Rodrigues, Portuguese fado singer and actress, died (b. 1920)
On 6, Tuesday October 2009, Jimmy Bates, 99, oldest living VFL/AFL footballer (Essendon), died
On 6, Monday October 2014, Igor Mitoraj, Polish sculptor, died (b. 1944)
On 6, Monday October 2014, Marian Seldes, American actress, died (b. 1928)