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 26, Sunday September 1869, Winsor McCay, American cartoonist, animator, born (d. 1934)
On 26, Friday September 1919, Matilde Camus, Spanish poet and researcher, born (d. 2012)
On 26, Tuesday September 1944, WWII: Operation Market Garden ends in an Allied withdrawal.
On 26, Tuesday September 1944, On the middle front of the Gothic Line, Brazilian troops control the Serchio valley region after 10 days of fighting.
On 26, Tuesday September 1944, Henry Larsen becomes the first person successfully to navigate the Northwest Passage in both directions, westbound July–October 1944.
On 26, Tuesday September 1944, Anne Robinson, British television host, born
On 26, Saturday September 1959, Typhoon Vera hits central Honshū, Japan, as a 160 mph Category 5 storm, killing an estimated 5,098, injuring another 38,921, and leaving 1,533,000 homeless. Most of the victims and damage are centered in the Nagoya area.
On 26, Saturday September 1959, First large unit action of the Vietnam War takes place, when two companies of the ARVN 23d Division are ambushed by a well-organized Viet Cong force of several hundred, identified as the “2d Liberation Battalion”.
On 26, Friday September 1969, The Poseidon bubble begins when the small mining company Poseidon NL discovers a large nickel deposit in Laverton, Western Australia.
On 26, Friday September 1969, The Beatles release their Abbey Road album which is an enormous commercial success and, although receiving mixed reviews at this time, comes to be viewed by many as the group’s best.
On 26, Friday September 1969, The Brady Bunch is broadcast for the first time on ABC.
On 26, Friday September 1969, Victor N’Gembo-Mouanda, Congolese author, born
On 26, Friday September 1969, Paul Warhurst, English football player, born
On 26, Wednesday September 1979, New South Wales Attorney-General Frank Walker tables the 960-page Finnane Report in State Parliament. The New South Wales Government gags Opposition calls for a debate report only 30 minutes after it is tabled.
On 26, Wednesday September 1979, Naomichi Marufuji, Japanese professional wrestler, born
On 26, Wednesday September 1979, Taavi Rõivas, Prime Minister of Estonia, born
On 26, Wednesday September 1979, John Cromwell, American film director and actor, died (b. 1887)
On 26, Wednesday September 1979, Eva Carrillo de García, Mexican-born American Roman Catholic missionary, died (b. 1883)
On 26, Wednesday September 1979, Arthur Hunnicutt, American actor, died (b. 1910)
On 26, Tuesday September 1989, Vietnam announces that it has withdrawn the last of its troops from the State of Cambodia, ending an eleven-year occupation.
On 26, Tuesday September 1989, Emma Rigby, British actress, born
On 26, Tuesday September 1989, Kieran Gibbs, English footballer, born
On 26, Monday September 1994, Louis Ferdinand, Prince of Prussia, died (b. 1907)
On 26, Sunday September 1999, A new world record crown for rugby league is set when 107,961 people attend the first National Rugby League grand final held at Stadium Australia. In one of the most memorable & controversial grand finals in history, the Melbourne Storm, in just their second season of existence, defeat the St George Illawarra Dragons 20–18. The final outcome is determined when a penalty try is given to Melbourne’s Craig Smith. Melbourne’s win means that both the AFL trophy & NRL trophy have been won by teams from the same city for the first time.
On 26, Saturday September 2009, Geelong wins the 2009 AFL Grand Final, beating St Kilda 12.8 (80) to 9.14 (68).
On 26, Friday September 2014, Tony McMichael, 71, epidemiologist, died
On 26, Friday September 2014, The 2014 World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, to be held in Cape Town from 13 to 15 October, is suspended after a boycott of Nobel Laureates to protest the third time refusal of a visa to the 14th Dalai Lama by a South African Government “kowtowing to China”.