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.
|28 May 1871||Following the invasion of the Paris Commune by Government troops, 147 Communards, the last defenders of the workers’ district of Belleville, are shot, on the last day of the Bloody Week (Semaine Sanglante), in which the Commune is crushed.|
|Saturday, 28 May 1921||Tom Uren born, Labor politician|
|Saturday, 28 May 1921||Tom Uren born, Australian soldier born, politician (d. 2015)|
|Saturday, 28 May 1921||Heinz G. Konsalik born, German author (d. 1999)|
|Tuesday, 28 May 1946||Bruce Alexander born, English actor|
|Tuesday, 28 May 1946||K. Satchidanandan born, Malayalam poet|
|Sunday, 28 May 1961||Peter Benenson’s article “The Forgotten Prisoners” is published in several internationally read newspapers. This is later considered the founding of the human rights organization Amnesty International.|
|Sunday, 28 May 1961||Roland Gift born, British singer and musician (Fine Young Cannibals)|
|Friday, 28 May 1971||Alfred Rose (bishop) died, the sixth Bishop of Dover in the modern era (b. 1884)|
|Friday, 28 May 1971||Portugal resigns from UNESCO.|
|Friday, 28 May 1971||Marco Rubio born, Cuban-American politician born, U.S Senator (R-Fl.)|
|Friday, 28 May 1971||Eduardo Blanco Acevedo died, Uruguayan political figure and physician (b. 1884)|
|Friday, 28 May 1971||Garnet Kearney died, Canadian doctor, teacher, and pioneer (b. 1884)|
|Friday, 28 May 1971||Kim Iryeop died, Korean writer, journalist, feminist activist, Buddhist nun (b. 1896)|
|Friday, 28 May 1971||Thomas McLaughlin died, Irish engineer (b. 1896)|
|Friday, 28 May 1971||Audie Murphy died, American World War II hero and actor (b. 1924)|
|Friday, 28 May 1971||Miriam Soljak died, New Zealand feminist and communist (b. 1879)|
|Friday, 28 May 1971||Jean Vilar died, French stage actor (b. 1912)|
|Thursday, 28 May 1981||Stefan Wyszyński died, Polish Roman Catholic prelate, archbishop and Servant of God (b. 1901)|
|Thursday, 28 May 1981||Laura Bailey born, American voice actress|
|Thursday, 28 May 1981||Aaron Schock born, American politician|
|Thursday, 28 May 1981||John Bryan Ward-Perkins died, British archaeologist (b. 1912)|
|Thursday, 28 May 1981||Mary Lou Williams died, American jazz pianist (b. 1910)|
|Tuesday, 28 May 1991||In the Ethiopian Civil War, the forces of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front seize Addis Ababa.|
|Tuesday, 28 May 1991||Alexandre Lacazette born, French footballer|
|Tuesday, 28 May 1996||Albania’s general election of May 26 is declared unfair by international monitors, and the ruling Democratic Party under President Sali Berisha is charged by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe with rigging the elections. Several hundred protestors gather in Tirana to demonstrate against the election result.|
|Saturday, 28 May 2016||Giorgio Albertazzi died, Italian actor (b. 1923)|
|Saturday, 28 May 2016||David Cañada died, Spanish cyclist (b. 1975)|
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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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