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.
What Time is It? It is flow of a sandstorm that will on each day compress somewhere into a structure – sandstone, selected and only remembered in the longue durée.
|12 February 1871||Alice Cary died, American poet, sister of Phoebe Cary (b. 1820)|
|Saturday, 12 February 1921||Red Army invasion of Georgia: The Democratic Republic of Georgia is invaded by forces of Bolshevist Russia.|
|Saturday, 12 February 1921||Don Bollweg born, American baseball player (d. 1996)|
|Saturday, 12 February 1921||Betty Jaynes born, American actress born, singer|
|Tuesday, 12 February 1946||George Dumas died, French doctor and psychologist (b. 1866)|
|Sunday, 12 February 1961||Di Farmer born, politician|
|Sunday, 12 February 1961||The USSR launches Venera 1 towards Venus.|
|Sunday, 12 February 1961||Richmond K. Turner died, American admiral (b. 1885)|
|Friday, 12 February 1971||Scott Menville born, American actor and voice actor|
|Friday, 12 February 1971||James Cash Penney died, American businessman and entrepreneur died, founder of J. C. Penney (b. 1875)|
|Thursday, 12 February 1981||Lisa Hannigan born, Irish singer born, songwriter born, and musician|
|Thursday, 12 February 1981||Selena Li born, Hong Kong actress|
|Thursday, 12 February 1981||Bruce Fraser died, 1st Baron Fraser of North Cape died, British admiral (b. 1888)|
|Tuesday, 12 February 1991||South Australian Premier John Bannon is forced to agree to the setting up of a Royal Commission into the State Bank of South Australia under Mr. Justice Sam Jacobs.|
|Tuesday, 12 February 1991||Casey Abrams born, American singer|
|Monday, 12 February 1996||Bob Shaw died, Irish science fiction writer (b. 1931)|
|Monday, 12 February 1996||Ryōtarō Shiba died, Japanese novelist (b. 1923)|
|Monday, 12 February 2001||The NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft touches down in the “saddle” region of 433 Eros, becoming the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid.|
|Saturday, 12 February 2011||James Elliott died, 82, actor (Number 96)|
|Saturday, 12 February 2011||Betty Garrett died, American actress and dancer (b. 1919)|
|Friday, 12 February 2016||Federal Human Services Minister Stuart Robert resigns from the frontbench after a review by the Prime Minister’s Department finds that he breached ministerial standards through his private trip to China in 2014 with a friend and Liberal Party donor Paul Marks.|
|Friday, 12 February 2016||An independent review recommends that Victoria overhaul its climate change laws with new targets to cut emissions.|
|Friday, 12 February 2016||Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill sign an Ecumenical Declaration in the first such meeting between leaders of the Catholic and Russian Orthodox Churches since their schism in 1054.|
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Professional Historian at Professional Historians Association (Queensland) Inc.
Neville Buch (Pronounced Book) Ph.D. is a certified member of the Professional Historians Association (Queensland). Since 2010 he has operated a sole trade business in history consultancy. He was a Q ANZAC 100 Fellow 2014-2015 at the State Library of Queensland. Dr Buch was the PHA (Qld) e-Bulletin, the monthly state association’s electronic publication, and was a member of its Management Committee. He is the Managing Director of the Brisbane Southside History Network.
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