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 27, Tuesday February 1844, The Dominican Republic gains independence from Haiti.
On 27, Tuesday February 1844, Nicholas Biddle, president of the Second Bank of the United States, died (b. 1786)
On 27, Tuesday February 1844, Carlota, Cuban slave rebel leader, born
On 27, Tuesday February 1894, Hilarión Daza, President of Bolivia (assassinated), died (b. 1840)
On 27, Tuesday February 1894, Carl Schmidt, Baltic German chemist, died (b. 1822)
On 27, Sunday February 1944, Ken Grimwood, American writer, born (d. 2003)
On 27, Thursday February 1969, Marius Barbeau, Canadian ethnographer, died (b. 1889)
On 27, Thursday February 1969, John Boles, American actor, died (b. 1895)
On 27, Tuesday February 1979, Prisoner makes its debut on the 0–10 Network.
On 27, Tuesday February 1979, The annual Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans is cancelled due to a strike called by the New Orleans Police Department.
On 27, Tuesday February 1979, Hanns-Horst von Necker, German Generalmajor in the Nazi Luftwaffe, died (b. 1903)
On 27, Monday February 1989, Venezuela is rocked by the Caracazo, a wave of protests and looting.
On 27, Monday February 1989, Kelly Breeding, American singer, born
On 27, Monday February 1989, Stephen Kiprotich, Ugandan marathoner, born
On 27, Monday February 1989, Stefano Langone, American singer, born
On 27, Monday February 1989, Lloyd Rigby, English footballer, born
On 27, Monday February 1989, Paul Oswald Ahnert, German astronomer, died (b. 1897)
On 27, Monday February 1989, Konrad Lorenz, Austrian zoologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, died (b. 1903)
On 27, Sunday February 1994, Sport and Environment Minister Ros Kelly resigns over the “sports rorts affair”, which involved her department’s law methods and alleged political bias in administering some $30 million in grants to sporting bodies.
On 27, Sunday February 1994, Hou Yifan, Chinese chess player, born
On 27, Saturday February 1999, While trying to circumnavigate the world in a hot air balloon, Colin Prescot and Andy Elson set a new endurance record after being aloft for 233 hours and 55 minutes.
On 27, Friday February 2009, Manea Mănescu, 50th Prime Minister of Romania, died (b. 1916)