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 18, Thursday September 1919, Pál Losonczi, Hungarian politician, born (d. 2005)
On 18, Monday September 1944, WWII: 5,620 drown when HMS Tradewind torpedoes Jun’yō Maru.
On 18, Monday September 1944, After German forces declare the evacuation of Estonia the day before, the Estonian national government briefly resumes control of Tallinn before Soviet advance.
On 18, Monday September 1944, Veronica Carlson, English actress and model, born
On 18, Monday September 1944, Satan’s Angel, American exotic dancer, born
On 18, Monday September 1944, Hendrikus Colijn, Dutch policeman, politician and businessman, 25th Prime Minister of the Netherlands, died (b. 1869)
On 18, Monday September 1944, Anton Saefkow, German communist, died (b. 1903)
On 18, Friday September 1959, Sérgio Britto, Brazilian singer and keyboardist, born
On 18, Friday September 1959, Kirk Fogg, American actor, game show host and singer, born
On 18, Friday September 1959, Ryne Sandberg, American baseball player, born
On 18, Friday September 1959, Adolf Ziegler, German painter, died (b. 1892)
On 18, Thursday September 1969, Brad Beven, triathlete, born
On 18, Tuesday September 1979, Alison Lohman, American actress, born
On 18, Tuesday September 1979, André Zeller, French army general, died (b. 1898)
On 18, Monday September 1989, Alleged coup attempt in Burkina Faso foiled.
On 18, Sunday September 1994, Franco Moschino, Italian fashion designer, died (b. 1950)
On 18, Saturday September 1999, In a shock result, Steve Bracks and the Labor Party form a minority government with three rural independents to oust the ruling Liberal/National coalition government of Jeff Kennett in Victoria.
On 18, Saturday September 1999, In one of the classic matches of Australian rules football, Carlton (16.8.104) defeat Essendon (14.19.103) in the preliminary final.
On 18, Friday September 2009, Irving Kristol, American writer and political commentator, died (b. 1920)
On 18, Thursday September 2014, Australian police mount raids in the cities of Sydney and Brisbane on alleged Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant sympathisers based on intelligence claims that they were planning a public execution in Australia with fifteen people arrested.
On 18, Thursday September 2014, Scotland holds a referendum on whether to leave the United Kingdom, and a majority votes to remain part of the union.