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.
|8 May 1846||Mexican–American War 1846. Battle of Palo Alto: Zachary Taylor defeats a Mexican force north of the Rio Grande at Palo Alto, Texas in the first major battle of the war.|
|8 May 1871||The first Major League Baseball home run is hit by Ezra Sutton, of the Cleveland Forest Citys.|
|8 May 1896||Cricket: Against Warwickshire, Yorkshire sets a still-standing County Championship record, when they accumulate an innings total of 887.|
|Monday, 8 May 1961||Bill de Blasio born, 109th Mayor of New York City|
|Monday, 8 May 1961||Briton George Blake is sentenced to 42 years imprisonment for spying.|
|Monday, 8 May 1961||Janet McTeer born, British actress|
|Monday, 8 May 1961||Akira Taue born, Japanese professional wrestler|
|Saturday, 8 May 1971||Ross Anderson born, American pro speed skier|
|Saturday, 8 May 1971||Frederick Sheffield died, American Olympic rower 1971 Men’s eights (b. 1902)|
|Friday, 8 May 1981||Uri Zvi Greenberg died, Israeli poet and journalist (b. 1896)|
|Friday, 8 May 1981||Stephen Amell born, Canadian actor|
|Friday, 8 May 1981||Andrés Romero born, Argentine golfer|
|Friday, 8 May 1981||Prince Andrei Alexandrovich of Russia (b. 1897)|
|Wednesday, 8 May 1991||Jean Langlais died, French composer and organist (b. 1907)|
|Wednesday, 8 May 1991||Rudolf Serkin died, Austrian pianist (b. 1903)|
|Tuesday, 8 May 2001||Jordyn Huitema born, Canadian soccer player|
|Sunday, 8 May 2011||Lionel Rose died, 62, boxer|
|Sunday, 8 May 2016||William Schallert died, American actor (b. 1922)|
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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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