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 14, Wednesday August 1844, Abdelkader El Djezairi is defeated at Isly in Morocco; sultan Abd al-Rahman of Morocco soon repudiates his ally.
On 14, Saturday August 1869, Armas Järnefelt, Finnish composer, conductor, born (d. 1958)
On 14, Tuesday August 1894, Frank Burge, born (died 1958), rugby league footballer
On 14, Thursday August 1919, Isaac C. Kidd Jr., American admiral, born (d. 1999)
On 14, Friday August 1959, Explorer 6 sends the first picture of Earth from orbit.
On 14, Friday August 1959, Marcia Gay Harden, American actress, born
On 14, Friday August 1959, Magic Johnson, American basketball player, born
On 14, Thursday August 1969, British troops are deployed in Northern Ireland following the three-day Battle of the Bogside.
On 14, Thursday August 1969, Leonard Woolf, English writer, died (b. 1880)
On 14, Tuesday August 1979, Paul Burgess, pole vaulter, born
On 14, Tuesday August 1979, A freak storm during the Fastnet Race results in the deaths of 15 sailors.
On 14, Monday August 1989, Kyle Turris, Canadian ice hockey player, born
On 14, Monday August 1989, Ander Herrera, Spanish professional footballer, born
On 14, Monday August 1989, Robert Bernard Anderson, American political figure, died (b. 1910)
On 14, Sunday August 1994, Elias Canetti, Bulgarian-born writer, died (b. 1905)
On 14, Saturday August 1999, Lane Kirkland, American union leader, died (b. 1922)
On 14, Saturday August 1999, Pee Wee Reese, American baseball player, died (b. 1918)
On 14, Friday August 2009, Paul Henderson’s Labor government in the Northern Territory survives a motion of no-confidence following the resignation of Alison Anderson, after receiving support from independent politician Gerry Wood.
On 14, Friday August 2009, The United Kingdom imposes direct rule on the Turks and Caicos Islands after an inquiry that found evidence of government corruption.
On 14, Thursday August 2014, New South Wales Premier Mike Baird is forced to declare that he has never accepted an illegal donation after repeatedly failing to give the guarantee in Parliament, after Government Swansea MP Garry Edwards is moved to the crossbench over allegations of receiving tainted funds.
On 14, Thursday August 2014, Jennifer Margaret Le Cussan, 55, botanist, teacher, conservationist, died