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 7, Saturday August 1869, E. J. Brady, poet, born (died 1952)
On 7, Thursday August 1919, Bertha Moss, Argentine-Mexican actress, born (d. 2008)
On 7, Monday August 1944, IBM dedicates the first program-controlled calculator, the Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator (known best as the Harvard Mark I).
On 7, Monday August 1944, John Glover, American actor, born
On 7, Monday August 1944, Robert Mueller, American lawyer and former FBI director, born
On 7, Monday August 1944, Jadwiga Falkowska, Polish teacher and activist, died (b. 1889)
On 7, Friday August 1959, Explorer program: The United States launches Explorer 6 from the Atlantic Missile Range in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
On 7, Friday August 1959, United States: The Roseburg, Oregon blast kills 14 and causes $12 million worth of damage.
On 7, Friday August 1959, Koenraad Elst Belgian Indologist, born
On 7, Tuesday August 1979, Miguel Llera, Spanish footballer, born
On 7, Monday August 1989, U.S. Congressman Mickey Leland (D-TX) and fifteen others die in a plane crash in Ethiopia.
On 7, Monday August 1989, The presidents of five Central American countries agree that the U.S.-backed contras fighting the government of Nicaragua should be disbanded and evicted from their bases in Honduras by December 5.
On 7, Monday August 1989, DeMar DeRozan, American basketball player, born
On 7, Monday August 1989, Mickey Leland, U.S. House of Representatives from Texas, died (b. 1944)
On 7, Monday August 1989, Gunnar Mattsson, Swedish-born Finnish writer and journalist, died (b. 1937)
On 7, Sunday August 1994, Victoria Police officers raid Tasty, a predominantly gay nightclub in Melbourne. Club patrons are detained and strip-searched for several hours, resulting in a landmark class action legal case.
On 7, Saturday August 1999, Hundreds of Chechen guerrillas invade the Russian republic of Dagestan, triggering a short war.
On 7, Saturday August 1999, Sydney McLaughlin, American hurdler and sprinter, born
On 7, Friday August 2009, John Harber Phillips, 75, Chief Justice of Victoria (1991–2003), died
On 7, Friday August 2009, Typhoon Morakot hits Taiwan, killing 673 and stranding more than 1,000 via the worst flooding on the island in half a century.
On 7, Thursday August 2014, Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan are found guilty of crimes against humanity and are sentenced to life imprisonment by the Khmer Rouge Tribunal.