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 30, Saturday January 1869, Frances Catherine Barnard, English author, died (b. 1796)
On 30, Saturday January 1869, William Carleton, Irish novelist, died (b. 1794)
On 30, Tuesday January 1894, King Boris III of Bulgaria, born (d. 1943)
On 30, Tuesday January 1894, René Dorme, French World War I fighter ace, born (d. 1917)
On 30, Thursday January 1919, John C. Elliott, American politician and 39th Governor of American Samoa (1952), born (d. 2001)
On 30, Sunday January 1944, WWII: The Battle of Cisterna opens as United States Army Rangers attempt to break out of the Anzio beachhead.
On 30, Sunday January 1944, United States troops invade Majuro, Marshall Islands.
On 30, Friday January 1959, Danish passenger/cargo ship MS Hans Hedtoft, returning to Copenhagen after its maiden voyage to Greenland, strikes an iceberg and sinks off the Greenland coast with the loss of all 95 on board.
On 30, Friday January 1959, Jody Watley, African-American singer, born
On 30, Thursday January 1969, The Beatles give their last public performance, of several tracks on the roof of Apple Records, London (featured in Let It Be (1970 film)).
On 30, Tuesday January 1979, Charles Watts, English cricketer, died (b. 1894)
On 30, Monday January 1989, Prime Minister of Canada Brian Mulroney shuffles his cabinet, appointing six new ministers and reassigning the responsibilities of nineteen others.
On 30, Monday January 1989, Jahvid Best, American NFL player, born
On 30, Monday January 1989, Lee Gun-woo, South Korean singer, born
On 30, Monday January 1989, Khleo Thomas, American actor and rapper, born
On 30, Monday January 1989, Alfonso, Duke of Anjou and Cádiz, died (b. 1936)
On 30, Sunday January 1994, Pierre Boulle, French author, died (b. 1912)
On 30, Sunday January 1994, Rudolf Schwarz, Austrian-born British conductor, died (b. 1902)
On 30, Sunday January 1994, Bahjat Talhouni, Jordanian politician, died (b. 1913)
On 30, Friday January 2009, Ingemar Johansson, Swedish boxer, died (b. 1932)
On 30, Thursday January 2014, Tropical Cyclone Dylan dumps heavy rain on north and central Queensland.
On 30, Thursday January 2014, The Federal Government rejects a $25 million assistance request from SPC Ardmona, a fruit processing company which sought help from the Victorian and Federal governments to restructure its operations, arguing the high Australian dollar and cheap imports had made it hard to compete. Prime Minister Tony Abbott says SPC Ardmona’s parent company, Coca-Cola Amatil, has the resources to carry out that restructure without the need for government funding.