April 10 in History

This is just a blog on some events which happened on April 10. “Why this date?” I hear you all say.

Well that will become clear at the end.

Star Wars

Max von Sydow: aka Lor San Tekka born in 1929 in Lund, Skåne, Sweden.

Daisy Jazz Isobel Ridley aka Rey born 1992 in London, England.

Martial Arts

Steven Frederic Seagal was born in Lansing, Michigan on April 10, 1952.

Music

Brian Robert Setzer from the Stray Cats born in 1959 Massapequa, New York, U.S.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor, born 1979 Hounslow, London, England.

Titanic

RMS Titanic sets sail from Southampton, England on her maiden and only voyage. On April 10 1912

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How More Than One Hundred Men Have Recovered from Alcoholism aka The Big Book is published in 1939 . The Big Book was originally published in 1939 by AA founders Bill W. and Dr. Bob. The book serves as the basic text of AA.

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1968 Dirk de Klein born in Geleen, the Netherlands.

Max von Sydow

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Max von Sydow has always been one of my favourite actors, we also happen to share the same birthday.(well obviously I am a bit younger). Unfortunately we had to say farewell to this legend of the silver screen last Sunday March 8,.

He was one of the most versatile actors in the movie industry, although he was Swedish he had an excellent command of the English language and also spoke several other languages.

His roles varied from comedies, science fiction and drama. He played in a number of WWII related movies where he played German officers like in ‘Escape to Victory and’ in the ‘Voyage of the Damned in which ge   he played Captain Gustav Schröder who in 1939 tried  to save 937 German Jews, who were passengers on his ship, MS St. Louis, from Nazi persecution.

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Max von Sydow also played several movies in where he played Holocaust survivors like ” Emotional Arithmetic” ; “Intacto”and “Echoes of the Past” He also played Otto Frank in “The Diary of Anne Frank”

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What probably is a lesser know fact is that Max von Sydow as a teenager entertained Jewish refugees in Sweden. The refugees were allowed to go to Sweden via the  “White Buses” operation  The  operation undertaken by the Swedish Red Cross and the Danish government in the spring of 1945 to rescue concentration camp inmates in areas under Nazi control and transport them to Neutral Sweden,

In a 2012 interview von Sydow recalled when his was a 16 year old boy in his hometown of Lund in Sweden.

There were some refugee camps in Lund where these Jewish refugees were housed. The local would provide them with food and clothes. Max von Sydow was a member of a  folk dance troupe, and they would provide entertainment for the refugees.

Of that time he said to the Jewish Journal “Some were carried in on stretchers to watch the shows; for many, it was their first entertainment after the hell of the camps. These were people, many of whom were gravely ill, who came and spent perhaps a couple of weeks in our town before they died. We were just trying to do as much as was possible for them at the time. Many of them are still in Lund, in a huge graveyard with foreign names.”

I wonder if he knew then about the fate of the passengers of the MS St. Louis. They were refused entry in Cuba, the US and Canada, only 29 were allowed the disembark in Havana. After sailing for several weeks, 288 were allowed to enter the UK, The remaining passengers were eventually allowed to enter Belgium, France and the Netherlands, but only a few months later war broke out and in May and June 1940, most of the passengers of the MS St Louis, were yet again persecuted by the Nazis, only about half of those who returned to continental Europe survived the war.

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One of Max’s last movies was “Star Wars: The Force Awakens ” a bit of trivia on that Max and Daisy Ridley(who plays the main character Rey in the movie) share the same birthday too. This means I share my birthday with 2 Star Wars actors.

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Sources

https://forward.com/culture/441221/when-max-von-sydow-entertained-holocaust-survivors/

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April 10

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These are just some historical events which took place on this day, April 10.

Hayley’s comet

Hayley

837 Halley’s Comet makes its closest approach to Earth at a distance equal to 0.0342 AU (5.1 million kilometres/3.2 million miles).

Mount Tambora

tAMORA

1815 The Mount Tambora volcano begins a three-month-long eruption, lasting until July 15. The eruption ultimately kills 71,000 people and affects Earth’s climate for the next two years.

American Civil War

ADDRESS

1865 A day after his surrender to Union forces, Confederate General Robert E. Lee addresses his troops for the last time.

The Great Gatsby

GATSBY

1925 The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is first published in New York City, by Charles Scribner’s Sons.

Paul McCartney

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1970 – Paul McCartney announces that he is leaving The Beatles for personal and professional reasons.

Good Friday Agreement

gOOD FRIDAY

1998 -The Good Friday Agreement is signed in Northern Ireland.

Polish Air Force Tu-154 crash

POLIS

2010- On 10 April 2010, a Tupolev Tu-154 aircraft of the Polish Air Force crashed near the Russian city of Smolensk, killing all 96 people on board. Among the victims were the President of Poland Lech Kaczyński and his wife Maria, the former President of Poland in exile Ryszard Kaczorowski, the chief of the Polish General Staff and other senior Polish military officers, the president of the National Bank of Poland, Polish Government officials, 18 members of the Polish Parliament, senior members of the Polish clergy and relatives of victims of the Katyn massacre.

Birthdays

1921 – Chuck Connors, American baseball player and actor.

1929 – Max von Sydow, Swedish-French actor.

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1932 – Omar Sharif, Egyptian actor and screenwriter

1952 – Steven Seagal, American actor, producer, musician, deputy Sheriff and martial artist.

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1992 – Daisy Ridley, English actress of Star Wars fame

1968- Dirk de Klein