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 11, Thursday December 1919, Paavo Aaltonen, Finnish gymnast, born (d. 1962)
On 11, Thursday December 1919, Lady Anne Berry, English horticulturist
On 11, Monday December 1944, Brenda Lee, American singer, born
On 11, Monday December 1944, Lynda Day George, American actress
On 11, Monday December 1944, Teri Garr, American actress
On 11, Monday December 1944, Montgomery Cunningham Meigs, American WWII hero, died (b. 1919)
On 11, Friday December 1959, Charles Robberts Swart is appointed the 11th Governor-General of the Union of South Africa.
On 11, Friday December 1959, Jim Bottomley, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals) and a member of the MLB Hall of Fame, died (b. 1900)
On 11, Thursday December 1969, Viswanathan Anand, Indian chess grandmaster, born
On 11, Thursday December 1969, Sean Grande, American basketball announcer, born
On 11, Thursday December 1969, Phil Spencer, UK television property percenter and estate agent, born
On 11, Tuesday December 1979, Rider Strong, American actor, born
On 11, Monday December 1989, The International Trans-Antarctica Expedition, a group of six explorers from six nations, reaches the South Pole.
On 11, Monday December 1989, Carlos Almaraz, Mexican-born American artist, died (b. 1941)
On 11, Monday December 1989, Lindsay Crosby, American singer and actor, died (b. 1938)
On 11, Sunday December 1994, Russian president Boris Yeltsin orders troops into Chechnya.
On 11, Sunday December 1994, Philip Phillips, American archaeologist, died (b. 1900)
On 11, Sunday December 1994, Carl Marzani, American filmmaker, author, editor and publisher, died (b. 1912)
On 11, Thursday December 2014, Prime Minister Tony Abbott publicly defends his Chief of Staff, Peta Credlin, against growing criticism from within his own party, levelling accusations of sexism against her critics.
On 11, Thursday December 2014, Patricia Gallaher, 77, librarian., died
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