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 15, Monday January 1844, The University of Notre Dame, based in the city of the same name, receives its charter from Indiana.
On 15, Friday January 1869, Stanisław Wyspiański, Polish dramatist, poet, painter and architect, born (d. 1907)
On 15, Monday January 1894, José Bustamante y Rivero, Peruvian politician, diplomat and jurist, 78th President of Peru, born (d. 1989)
On 15, Wednesday January 1919, Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht are murdered, following the Spartacist uprising.
On 15, Wednesday January 1919, Great Molasses Flood: A wave of molasses released from an exploding storage tank sweeps through Boston, Massachusetts, killing 21 and injuring 150.
On 15, Wednesday January 1919, George Cadle Price, 2-Time Prime Minister of Belize (1981–84 and 1989–93), born (d. 2011)
On 15, Wednesday January 1919, Karl Liebknecht, German communist politician, died (b. 1871; assassinated)
On 15, Wednesday January 1919, Rosa Luxemburg, German communist politician, died (b. 1870; assassinated)
On 15, Saturday January 1944, Patrick Lynch, died (born 1867), Labor Senator for Western Australia
On 15, Saturday January 1944, WWII: The 27th Polish Home Army Infantry Division is re-created, marking the start of Operation Tempest by the Polish Home Army.
On 15, Saturday January 1944, 1944 San Juan earthquake: An earthquake hits San Juan, Argentina, killing an estimated 10,000 people in the worst natural disaster in Argentina’s history.
On 15, Thursday January 1959, The Soviet Union conducts its first census after World War II.
On 15, Wednesday January 1969, The Soviet Union launches Soyuz 5, which docks with Soyuz 4 for a transfer of crew.
On 15, Wednesday January 1969, Meret Becker, German actress and musician, born
On 15, Monday January 1979, Drew Brees, American football player, born
On 15, Monday January 1979, Martin Petrov, Bulgarian footballer, born
On 15, Sunday January 1989, Ryan Corr, actor, born
On 15, Sunday January 1989, Thirty-five European nations, meeting in Vienna, agree to strengthen human rights and improve East-West trade.
On 15, Sunday January 1989, “Palach Week”: A pro-democracy demonstration in Prague is attacked by the police.
On 15, Sunday January 1989, Alexei Cherepanov, Russian ice hockey player, born (d. 2008), born
On 15, Sunday January 1989, Keiffer Hubbell, American ice dancer, born
On 15, Sunday January 1989, Tasha Reign, American pornographic actress, nude model, stripper, producer and sex columnist, born
On 15, Sunday January 1989, Ronny Vencatachellum, Mauritian swimmer, born
On 15, Sunday January 1989, Ryan Corr, Australian actor, born
On 15, Saturday January 1994, Eric Dier, English footballer, born
On 15, Saturday January 1994, Harry Nilsson, American musician, died (b. 1941)
On 15, Friday January 1999, Miray Daner, Turkish actress, born
On 15, Thursday January 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 ditches in the Hudson River in an accident that is known to be the Miracle on the Hudson. Over 155 people on board are rescued.
On 15, Wednesday January 2014, (15–20) Grampians Fire 2019: A fire starts as a result of lightning strikes in the northern Grampians National Park on 15 January. Extreme fire conditions on 17 January saw the fire grow in size to over 50,000 hectares (123,553 acres). The fire was bought under control on 18 January. By the time the fire is contained on 20 January, it had burnt out 55,000 hectares (135,908 acres) hectares. The estimated losses included 90 structures, 32 homes and 3000 sheep.
On 15, Wednesday January 2014, John Dobson, American amateur astronomer, died (b. 1915)
On 15, Wednesday January 2014, Roger Lloyd-Pack, British actor, died (b. 1944)