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.
|30 April 1896||Hans List born, Austrian founder of the AVL List (d. 1996)|
|30 April 1896||Gary Davis born, American musician (d. 1972)|
|Saturday, 30 April 1921||Dottie Green born, American professional baseball player (d. 1992)|
|Saturday, 30 April 1921||Tove Maës born, Danish actress (d. 2010)|
|Tuesday, 30 April 1946||King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden born|
|Tuesday, 30 April 1946||Bill Plympton born, American animator born, graphic designer born, cartoonist born, and filmmaker|
|Tuesday, 30 April 1946||Sava Athanasiu died, Romanian geologist and paentologist (b. 1861)|
|Sunday, 30 April 1961||Isiah Thomas born, African-American basketball player born, coach born, and team owner|
|Sunday, 30 April 1961||Dickie Dale died, English motorcycle road racer (b. 1927)|
|Sunday, 30 April 1961||Jessie Redmon Fauset died, American editor died, writer and educator (b. 1882)|
|Friday, 30 April 1971||John Boyne born, Irish novelist|
|Friday, 30 April 1971||The Milwaukee Bucks win the NBA World Championship, sweeping the Baltimore Bullets in 4 straight games.|
|Friday, 30 April 1971||Albin Stenroos died, Finnish athlete (b. 1889)|
|Thursday, 30 April 1981||The Federal Government’s Committee of Review into Government Functions, nicknamed “The Razor Gang”, releases its final report and begins a series of cuts in spending on public services and instrumentalities.|
|Thursday, 30 April 1981||Graham Potter, aged 23, is charged with the murder of a woman found decapitated near Kiama on 8 February. He is refused bail after denying the allegations.|
|Thursday, 30 April 1981||Emma Pierson born, American Television Actress|
|Tuesday, 30 April 1991||New South Wales Attorney-General John Dowd resigns after failing to get an assurance from Premier Nick Greiner that he would retain that position after the election.|
|Tuesday, 30 April 1991||Federal Treasurer Paul Keating intensifies speculation about a change of leadership of the Labor Party by saying publicly that the Labor Party could not demand to have both him and Prime Minister Bob Hawke in the Government at the time of the next election.|
|Tuesday, 30 April 1996||Prime Minister John Howard imposes a new code of ministerial conduct on his first day in Parliament. It forbids ministers from engaging in any other work, from holding directorships in public companies and from holding shares in companies in the area of their portfolios.|
|Tuesday, 30 April 1996||Jaidyn Leskie (died 1997) born, murder victim|
|Saturday, 30 April 2011||Ernesto Sabato died, Argentine writer (b. 1911)|
|Saturday, 30 April 2016||Merv Lincoln died, middle-distance runner|
|Saturday, 30 April 2016||Harry Kroto died, English Nobel chemist (b. 1939)|
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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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