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 10, Saturday April 1869, Signe Bergman, Swedish suffragist, born (d. 1960)
On 10, Tuesday April 1894, Shri Ghanshyam Das Birla, Indian industrialist, Gandhian and educationalist, born (d. 1983)
On 10, Tuesday April 1894, Ben Nicholson, English abstract artist, born (d. 1982)
On 10, Tuesday April 1894, Archibald Roosevelt, American conservative political activist, son of President Theodore Roosevelt, born (d. 1979)
On 10, Thursday April 1919, Vernon Wilcox, politician, born (died 2004)
On 10, Thursday April 1919, Mexican Revolution leader Emiliano Zapata is ambushed and shot dead in Morelos.
On 10, Thursday April 1919, Emiliano Zapata, Mexican revolutionary, died (b. 1879; assassinated)
On 10, Monday April 1944, The Holocaust: Rudolf Vrba and Alfréd Wetzler escape from Auschwitz concentration camp; on April 25–27 they prepare the Vrba–Wetzler report, one of the earliest and most detailed descriptions of the extermination of Jews in the camp.
On 10, Monday April 1944, Abubakar Habu Hashidu, Nigerian politician, born (d. 2018)
On 10, Friday April 1959, Crown Prince Akihito of Japan marries Shōda Michiko, the first commoner to marry into the Imperial House of Japan.
On 10, Friday April 1959, Joy Viado, Filipino comedian and actress, born (d. 2016)
On 10, Friday April 1959, Brian Setzer, American rock guitarist and singer, born
On 10, Thursday April 1969, Billy Jayne, American actor, born
On 10, Thursday April 1969, Harley Earl, American designer and executive, died (b. 1893)
On 10, Tuesday April 1979, A tornado hits Wichita Falls, Texas, killing 42 people (the most notable of 26 tornadoes that day).
On 10, Tuesday April 1979, Rachel Corrie, American activist, born (d. 2003), born
On 10, Tuesday April 1979, Tsuyoshi Domoto, Japanese entertainer (KinKi Kids), born
On 10, Tuesday April 1979, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, British singer, born
On 10, Tuesday April 1979, Nino Rota, Italian composer, died (b. 1911)
On 10, Sunday April 1994, Sam B. Hall, American politician, died (b. 1924)
On 10, Sunday April 1994, Viktor Afanasyev, Soviet journalist, died (b. 1922)
On 10, Saturday April 1999, Jean Vander Pyl, American television actress, died (b. 1919)
On 10, Thursday April 2014, George Bornemissza, 90, Australian entomologist and ecologist., died
On 10, Thursday April 2014, Doris Pilkington Garimara, 76, author (Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence), died
On 10, Thursday April 2014, In response to the 2014 Crimean crisis, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) passes a resolution to temporarily strip Russia of its voting rights; its rights to be represented in the Bureau of the Assembly, the PACE Presidential Committee, and the PACE Standing Committee; and its right to participate in election-observation missions.
On 10, Thursday April 2014, Sue Townsend, British novelist and playwright, died (b. 1946)