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 30, Sunday May 1869, Giulio Douhet, Italian general, air power theorist, born (d. 1930)
On 30, Wednesday May 1894, Hubertus van Mook, Acting Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1942-1948), born (d. 1965)
On 30, Friday May 1919, By agreement with the United Kingdom, later confirmed by the League of Nations, Belgium is given the mandate over part of German East Africa (Ruanda-Urundi).
On 30, Friday May 1919, René Barrientos, 2-time President of Bolivia, born (d. 1969)
On 30, Tuesday May 1944, Princess Charlotte Louise Juliette Louvet Grimaldi of Monaco, heir to the throne, resigns from her rights in favor of her son Prince Rainier Louis Henri Maxence Bertrand Grimaldi, later reigning Prince Rainier III of Monaco.
On 30, Tuesday May 1944, Meredith MacRae, American actress, born (d. 2000)
On 30, Tuesday May 1944, Patriarch Mesrob I Naroyan of Constantinople, died (b. 1875)
On 30, Tuesday May 1944, Jessie Ralph, American actress, died (b. 1864)
On 30, Saturday May 1959, Hesperia, Italian actress, died (b. 1885)
On 30, Saturday May 1959, Raúl Scalabrini Ortiz, Argentinian journalist, died (b. 1898)
On 30, Friday May 1969, Riots in Curaçao mark the start of an Afro-Caribbean civil rights movement on the island.
On 30, Wednesday May 1979, Mike Bishai, Canadian ice hockey player, born
On 30, Wednesday May 1979, Clint Bowyer, American race car driver, born
On 30, Wednesday May 1979, Rie Kugimiya, Japanese voice actress and singer, born
On 30, Tuesday May 1989, Ananda Marga member Tim Anderson is arrested on charges related to the 1978 Hilton bombing.
On 30, Tuesday May 1989, Catherine McNeil, fashion model, born
On 30, Tuesday May 1989, Ailee, Korean-American singer and songwriter, born
On 30, Tuesday May 1989, Park Hyomin, South Korean singer, born
On 30, Tuesday May 1989, James Harry Lacey, British World War II RAF Fighter pilot, died (b. 1917)
On 30, Monday May 1994, Juan Carlos Onetti, Uruguayan novelist, died (b. 1909)
On 30, Monday May 1994, Marcel Bich, French businessman, died (b. 1914)
On 30, Monday May 1994, Ezra Taft Benson, American religious leader, died (b. 1899)
On 30, Saturday May 2009, Luís Cabral, 1st President of Guinea-Bissau, died (b. 1931)
On 30, Saturday May 2009, Ephraim Katzir, 4th President of Israel, died (b. 1916)
On 30, Saturday May 2009, Gaafar Nimeiry, 4th President of the Sudan, died (b. 1930)