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 1, Wednesday August 1894, War is declared between the Qing Empire of China and the Empire of Japan, over their rival claims of influence on their common ally, the Joseon Dynasty of Korea. The event marks the start of the First Sino-Japanese War.
On 1, Wednesday August 1894, Kurt Wintgens, German fighter pilot, air ace in World War I, born (d. 1916)
On 1, Friday August 1919, Béla Kun’s Hungarian Soviet Republic collapses.
On 1, Friday August 1919, Oscar Hammerstein I, Polish-born theater impresario and composer, died (b. 1847)
On 1, Tuesday August 1944, WWII: The Warsaw Uprising begins.
On 1, Tuesday August 1944, Yury Romanenko, Soviet cosmonaut, born
On 1, Tuesday August 1944, Jean Prévost, French writer and journalist, member of the Maquis, died (b. 1901)
On 1, Tuesday August 1944, Manuel L. Quezon, Filipino statesman, soldier and politician, 2nd President of the Philippines, died (b. 1878)
On 1, Saturday August 1959, Joe Elliott, lead singer of Def Leppard, born
On 1, Friday August 1969, David Wain, American comedian, writer, actor, and director, born
On 1, Friday August 1969, Donald Keith, American actor, died (b. 1903)
On 1, Wednesday August 1979, Jason Momoa, American actor, born
On 1, Wednesday August 1979, Honeysuckle Weeks, British actress, born
On 1, Wednesday August 1979, Wayne Brenkert, American football player-coach, died (b. 1895)
On 1, Tuesday August 1989, Acropolis Now premieres in Australia (1989–1992).
On 1, Tuesday August 1989, Tiffany Hwang, American-born Korean singer, member of Korean group (SNSD), born
On 1, Tuesday August 1989, Madison Bumgarner, American baseball player, born
On 1, Tuesday August 1989, Tomoka Kurokawa, Japanese actress, born
On 1, Tuesday August 1989, John Ogdon, British pianist, died (b. 1937)
On 1, Sunday August 1999, Nirad C. Chaudhuri, Bengali writer, died (b. 1897)
On 1, Saturday August 2009, Corazon Aquino, 11th President of the Philippines, died (b. 1933)
On 1, Friday August 2014, Michael Johns, 35, singer-songwriter (American Idol), died
On 1, Friday August 2014, Valyantsin Byalkevich, Belarusian footballer and manager, died (b. 1973)