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.
|17 April 1896||Señor Wences born, Spanish ventriloquist (d. 1999)|
|Sunday, 17 April 1921||Manwel Dimech died, Maltese philosopher died, social reformer (b. 1860)|
|Sunday, 17 April 1921||Sergio Sollima born, Italian director (d. 2015)|
|Wednesday, 17 April 1946||Juan Bautista Sacasa died, 20th President of Nicaragua (b. 1874)|
|Wednesday, 17 April 1946||Kerry O’Brien born, middle-distance runner|
|Wednesday, 17 April 1946||Syria’s independence from France is officially recognized.|
|Wednesday, 17 April 1946||Guido Calza died, Italian archaeologist (b. 1888)|
|Monday, 17 April 1961||The Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba begins; it fails by April 19.|
|Monday, 17 April 1961||The 33rd Academy Awards ceremony is held.|
|Monday, 17 April 1961||Frank J. Christensen born, American labor leader|
|Monday, 17 April 1961||Boomer Esiason born, American football player and color commentator|
|Monday, 17 April 1961||Daphna Kastner born, Canadian actress|
|Saturday, 17 April 1971||William Corbett died, American attorney died, acting Governor of Guam (b. 1902)|
|Saturday, 17 April 1971||The People’s Republic of Bangladesh forms, under Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, at Mujibnagor.|
|Saturday, 17 April 1971||Libya, Syria and Egypt sign an agreement to form a confederation.|
|Friday, 17 April 1981||Hanna Pakarinen born, Finnish singer|
|Friday, 17 April 1981||Ludwik Sempoliński died, Polish actor (b. 1899)|
|Wednesday, 17 April 1991||The bulk carrier MV Mineral Diamond disappears of the coast of Western Australia. The vessel is believed to have been sunk during adverse conditions caused by Cyclone Fifi.|
|Wednesday, 17 April 1991||Tessa James born, actress|
|Wednesday, 17 April 1991||The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 3,000 for the first time ever, at 3,004.46.|
|Wednesday, 17 April 1991||Tessa James born, Australian actress|
|Sunday, 17 April 2011||Eric Gross died, 84, composer|
|Sunday, 17 April 2011||Blair Milan died, 29, actor and television presenter|
|Sunday, 17 April 2011||AJ Perez died, Filipino actor (b. 1993)|
|Sunday, 17 April 2016||Ken Aldred died, politician|
|Sunday, 17 April 2016||Tiga Bayles died, broadcaster and indigenous rights activist|
|Sunday, 17 April 2016||Bruce Mansfield died, broadcaster|
|Sunday, 17 April 2016||Doris Roberts died, American actress (b. 1925)|
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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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