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 7, Wednesday November 1894, The Masonic Grand Lodge de France is founded, splitting from the larger and older Grand Orient de France.
On 7, Friday November 1919, The first Palmer Raid is conducted on the second anniversary of the Russian Revolution; over 10,000 suspected communists and anarchists are arrested in 23 different U.S. cities.
On 7, Friday November 1919, Inspired by Cape Town’s daily Noon Gun Three Minute Pause, King George V institutes the Two Minute Silence, following a suggestion by Sir Percy Fitzpatrick, to be observed annually at the Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month.
On 7, Tuesday November 1944, United States presidential election: Franklin D. Roosevelt wins reelection over Republican challenger Thomas E. Dewey, becoming the only U.S. president elected to a fourth term.
On 7, Tuesday November 1944, Election day rail accident in Puerto Rico: A passenger train derails at Aguadilla due to excessive speed on a downgrade; 16 are killed, 50 injured.
On 7, Tuesday November 1944, Joe Niekro, American baseball player, born (d. 2006)
On 7, Tuesday November 1944, Max Bergmann, German biochemist, died (b. 1886)
On 7, Tuesday November 1944, Hannah Szenes, Hungarian World War II heroine, died (b. 1921)
On 7, Saturday November 1959, Billy Gillispie, American basketball coach, born
On 7, Saturday November 1959, Muhammad Mahabat Khan III, Nawab of Junagarh, died (b. 1900)
On 7, Saturday November 1959, Victor McLaglen, English actor and boxer, died (b. 1886)
On 7, Friday November 1969, A Liberal Party leadership spill is held, with Prime Minister Gorton re-elected as party leader over challengers William McMahon and David Fairbairn.
On 7, Friday November 1969, Pink Floyd release their Ummagumma album.
On 7, Friday November 1969, Michelle Clunie, American actress, born
On 7, Friday November 1969, Hélène Grimaud, French pianist, born
On 7, Wednesday November 1979, U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy announces that he will challenge President Jimmy Carter for the 1980 Democratic presidential nomination.
On 7, Wednesday November 1979, Jon Peter Lewis, American singer and songwriter, born
On 7, Wednesday November 1979, Gyula Germanus, professor of oriental studies, a Hungarian writer and Islamologist of Jewish origin, died (b. 1884)
On 7, Tuesday November 1989, Douglas Wilder wins the Virginia gubnatorial race, becoming the first elected African-American Governor in the United States.
On 7, Tuesday November 1989, David Dinkins becomes the first African-American mayor of New York City.
On 7, Tuesday November 1989, Cold War: The Communist government of East Germany resigns, although SED leader Egon Krenz remains as head of state.
On 7, Monday November 1994, WXYC, the student radio station of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, provides the world’s first internet radio broadcast.
On 7, Friday November 2014, Palmer United Senator Jacqui Lambie declares she’ll vote against every piece of Government legislation until the Federal Government improves its proposed below inflation 1.5 per cent pay rise for defence force personnel.
On 7, Friday November 2014, Alex Way, 89, Australian rules footballer (Carlton), died