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 9, Tuesday July 1844, Charles D. Barney, American stockbroker, born (d. 1945)
On 9, Sunday July 1944, WWII: British and Canadian forces capture Caen.
On 9, Sunday July 1944, Ingvar Fredrik Håkansson, Swedish pilot, died (b. 1920)
On 9, Thursday July 1959, Wing Commander Michael Beetham flying a Royal Air Force Vickers Valiant sets a record of 11 hours 27 minutes for a non-stop London-Cape Town flight.
On 9, Thursday July 1959, Jim Kerr, Scottish rock singer (Simple Minds), born
On 9, Thursday July 1959, Kevin Nash, American professional wrestler, born
On 9, Thursday July 1959, Ferenc Talányi, Yugoslav writer, partisan and painter, died (b. 1883)
On 9, Wednesday July 1969, Munkhbayar Dorjsuren, Mongolian-German sport shooter, born
On 9, Wednesday July 1969, Raizō Tanaka, Japanese admiral, died (b. 1892)
On 9, Monday July 1979, A car bomb destroys a Renault owned by Nazi hunters Serge and Beate Klarsfeld at their home in France. A note purportedly from ODESSA claims responsibility.
On 9, Monday July 1979, Ella Koon, Hong Kong actress, born
On 9, Monday July 1979, Gary Chaw, Malaysian Chinese singer, born
On 9, Monday July 1979, Roddy McMillan, Scottish actor, died (b. 1923)
On 9, Sunday July 1989, (9–12) U.S. President George H. W. Bush travels to Poland and Hungary, pushing for U.S. economic aid and investment.
On 9, Sunday July 1989, Andrex, French actor, died (b. 1907)
On 9, Saturday July 1994, Akiane Kramarik, American poet and artistic prodigy, born
On 9, Wednesday July 2014, Rugby league: The 2014 State of Origin series concludes, with New South Wales defeating Queensland 2–1 in a three-game series.
On 9, Wednesday July 2014, Ken Simpson, 76, ornithologist and writer (Field Guide to the Birds of Australia), died