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 28, Wednesday February 1844, USS Princeton deaths. A gun on the USS Princeton explodes while the boat is on a Potomac River cruise, killing 2 United States Cabinet members and several others.
On 28, Wednesday February 1844, French Ensor Chadwick, American admiral, born (d. 1919)
On 28, Sunday February 1869, William V. Pratt, American admiral, born (d. 1957)
On 28, Wednesday February 1894, Ben Hecht, American playwright, film writer, born (d. 1964)
On 28, Friday February 1919, Amānullāh Khān becomes King of Afghanistan.
On 28, Friday February 1919, An independence mission to the U.S., funded by the Philippine legislature, sets out from Manila to present its case to Secretary of War Newton D. Baker.
On 28, Friday February 1919, Brian Urquhart, English war veteran and diplomat
On 28, Monday February 1944, Fanny Cano, Mexican actress and producer, born (d. 1983)
On 28, Monday February 1944, Sepp Maier, German retired footballer, born
On 28, Monday February 1944, WWII: Pacific War — Admiralty Islands campaign (Operation Brewer) opens when U.S. forces land on Los Negros Island in the Admiralty Islands.
On 28, Monday February 1944, Dennis Farina, American actor, born (d. 2013)
On 28, Monday February 1944, Pehr Evind Svinhufvud, Finnish politician, 1st Prime Minister of Finland and 3rd President of Finland, died (b. 1861)
On 28, Saturday February 1959, Maxwell Anderson, American screenwriter, died (b. 1888)
On 28, Saturday February 1959, Beatrix Farrand, American gardener and architect, died (b. 1872)
On 28, Friday February 1969, Robert Sean Leonard, American actor, born
On 28, Friday February 1969, Patrick Monahan, American musician and singer, born
On 28, Wednesday February 1979, Michael Bisping, Cypriot mixed martial artist, born
On 28, Wednesday February 1979, Sébastien Bourdais, French racing driver, born
On 28, Wednesday February 1979, Sander van Doorn, Dutch DJ and electronic music producer, born
On 28, Tuesday February 1989, Zhang Liyin, Chinese singer, born
On 28, Monday February 1994, Four United States F-16s shoot down four Serbian J-21s over Bosnia and Herzegovina for violation of the Operation Deny Flight and its no-fly zone.
On 28, Monday February 1994, At midnight Walvis Bay is officially handed over to Namibia by South Africa.
On 28, Monday February 1994, Arkadiusz Milik, Polish footballer, born
On 28, Monday February 1994, Josephat Karanja, Kenyan politician, died (b. 1931)
On 28, Sunday February 1999, Luka Dončić, Slovenian basketball player, born
On 28, Sunday February 1999, Bing Xin, Chinese author and poet, died (b. 1900)
On 28, Sunday February 1999, Bill Talbert, American tennis player, died (b. 1918)
On 28, Saturday February 2009, Melbourne Victory wins the championship of the A-League 2008–09 season, defeating Adelaide United 1–0 in the Grand Final at Telstra Dome.