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 25, Friday December 1868, U.S. President Andrew Johnson grants unconditional pardon to all Civil War rebels.
On 25, Friday December 1868, Eugenie Besserer born, American silent film actress (d. 1934)
On 25, Friday December 1868, Linus Yale Jr died, American inventor (b. 1821)
On 25, Monday December 1893, Marie Durocher died, Brazilian obstetrician, physician (b. 1809)
On 25, Wednesday December 1918, Bertie Mee born, English football player, manager (d. 2001)
On 25, Wednesday December 1918, Anwar Sadat born, President of Egypt, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1981)
On 25, Saturday December 1943, Hanna Schygulla born, German actress
On 25, Saturday December 1943, William Irving died, German-born American film actor (b. 1893)
On 25, Thursday December 1958, Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker (the George Balanchine version) is shown on prime-time television in color for the first time, as an episode of the CBS anthology series Playhouse 90.
On 25, Thursday December 1958, Dimi Mint Abba born, Mauritanian musician and singer (d. 2011)
On 25, Thursday December 1958, Hanford Dixon born, American football player
On 25, Thursday December 1958, Rickey Henderson born, African-American baseball player
On 25, Thursday December 1958, Alannah Myles born, Canadian singer-songwriter
On 25, Wednesday December 1968, Helena Christensen born, Danish model
On 25, Monday December 1978, Vietnam launches a major offensive against the Khmer Rouge of Cambodia.
On 25, Monday December 1978, Paula Seling born, Romanian singer and radio DJ
On 25, Sunday December 1988, Eric Gordon born, American basketball player
On 25, Sunday December 1988, Marco Mengoni born, Italian singer-songwriter
On 25, Saturday December 1993, Ariadna Gutiérrez born, Colombian actress, television host and model
On 25, Saturday December 1993, Princess Marie Adelheid of Lippe-Biesterfeld (b. 1895)
On 25, Friday December 1998, Tamsin Cook born, Australian swimmer
On 25, Friday December 1998, Richard Paul died, American actor (b. 1940)
On 25, Friday December 1998, John Pulman died, English snooker player (b. 1923)
On 25, Thursday December 2008, Eartha Kitt, American singer and actress (b. 1927), died.