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.
|23 January 1896||Charlotte born, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg (d. 1985)|
|Sunday, 23 January 1921||Hermann Baumann born, Swiss Olympic freestyle wrestler|
|Sunday, 23 January 1921||Marija Gimbutas born, Lithuanian archaeologist (d.1994)|
|Wednesday, 23 January 1946||Arnoldo Alemán born, President of Nicaragua|
|Wednesday, 23 January 1946||Matteo Bartoli died, Italian linguist (b. 1873)|
|Saturday, 23 January 1971||Fritz Feigl died, Austria-born chemist (b. 1875)|
|Friday, 23 January 1981||An earthquake of M 6.8 magnitude in Sichuan, China kills 150.|
|Friday, 23 January 1981||Samuel Barber died, American composer (b. 1910)|
|Friday, 23 January 1981||Lobsang Rampa (Cyril Henry Hoskin) died, English author (b. 1910)|
|Wednesday, 23 January 1991||Fierce storms lash Adelaide and Melbourne|
|Wednesday, 23 January 1991||Insurance companies react angrily to Federal Treasurer Paul Keating’s levy ruling.|
|Wednesday, 23 January 1991||Billy Joel arrives for his Australian Tour.|
|Tuesday, 23 January 1996||Chachi Gonzales born, American dancer|
|Tuesday, 23 January 1996||Ruben Loftus-Cheek born, English footballer|
|Tuesday, 23 January 2001||The Tiananmen Square self-immolation incident occurs.|
|Sunday, 23 January 2011||Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith of the Special Air Service Regiment is awarded the Victoria Cross for Australia for his actions in the Shah Wali Kot Offensive in June 2010, part of the War in Afghanistan.|
|Sunday, 23 January 2011||David Bartlett announces his resignation as Premier of Tasmania citing a desire to spend more time with his family.|
|Saturday, 23 January 2016||Antony Emerson died, tennis player (died in Newport Beach, California)|
|Saturday, 23 January 2016||Jimmy Bain died, Scottish musician (b. 1947)|
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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.