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 20, Saturday November 1869, Herbert Tudor Buckland, seminal British Arts and Crafts architect, born (d. 1951)
On 20, Tuesday November 1894, Anton Rubinstein, Russian pianist, composer, died (b. 1829)
On 20, Thursday November 1919, Rugger Ardizoia, Italian-born American baseball player, born (d. 2015)
On 20, Thursday November 1919, Raino Westerholm, Finnish politician, born (d. 2017)
On 20, Monday November 1944, Charles Frederick Cox, died (born 1863), soldier
On 20, Monday November 1944, Donald DiFrancesco, American lawyer and politician, 51st Governor of New Jersey, born
On 20, Friday November 1959, The Declaration of the Rights of the Child is adopted by the United Nations.
On 20, Friday November 1959, Sean Young, American actress, born
On 20, Thursday November 1969, Vietnam War: The Plain Dealer publishes explicit photographs of dead villagers from the My Lai Massacre in Vietnam.
On 20, Thursday November 1969, Richard Oakes returns with 90 followers and offers to buy Alcatraz for $24 (he leaves the island January 1970).
On 20, Thursday November 1969, Sakura, Japanese musician, born
On 20, Thursday November 1969, Dabo Swinney, American college football coach, born
On 20, Tuesday November 1979, Grand Mosque seizure: A group of 200 Juhayman al-Otaybi militants occupy Mecca’s Masjid al-Haram, the holiest place in Islam. They are driven out by French commandos (allowed into the city under these special circumstances despite their being non-Muslims) after bloody fighting that leaves 250 people dead and 600 wounded.
On 20, Tuesday November 1979, Ericson Alexander Molano, Colombian gospel singer, born
On 20, Monday November 1989, Cold War-Velvet Revolution: The number of peaceful protesters assembled in Prague, Czechoslovakia, swells from 200,000 the day before to an estimated half-million.
On 20, Monday November 1989, Cody Linley, American actor, born
On 20, Monday November 1989, Sergei Polunin, Ukrainian ballet dancer, born
On 20, Monday November 1989, Lynn Bari, American actress, died (b. 1913)
On 20, Monday November 1989, Leonardo Sciascia, Italian writer, died (b. 1921)
On 20, Sunday November 1994, The Angolan government and UNITA rebels sign the Lusaka Protocol.
On 20, Sunday November 1994, John Lucarotti, British screenwriter, died (b. 1926)
On 20, Saturday November 1999, The People’s Republic of China launches the first Shenzhou spacecraft.
On 20, Saturday November 1999, Amintore Fanfani, Italian politician, 32nd Prime Minister of Italy, died (b. 1908)
On 20, Friday November 2009, Lino Lacedelli, Italian mountaineer, died (b. 1925)
On 20, Thursday November 2014, John Bartram, 89, Olympic runner (1948), died
On 20, Thursday November 2014, Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, 18th Duchess of Alba, Spanish aristocrat, died (b. 1926)