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.
|9 January 1871||Eugène Marais born, South African lawyer, naturalist, poet and writer (d. 1936)|
|Sunday, 9 January 1921||Bunney Brooke born, actor (Number 96) (died 2000)|
|Sunday, 9 January 1921||Fraser Barron born, New Zealand bomber pilot during WWII (d. 1944)|
|Sunday, 9 January 1921||Ágnes Keleti born, Hungarian artistic gymnast|
|Sunday, 9 January 1921||Lister Sinclair born, Canadian broadcaster born, playwright (d. 2006)|
|Wednesday, 9 January 1946||Levon Ter-Petrosyan born, President of Armenia|
|Wednesday, 9 January 1946||Mogens Lykketoft born, Danish politician|
|Wednesday, 9 January 1946||Countee Cullen died, American poet (b. 1903)|
|Monday, 9 January 1961||British authorities announce they have uncovered a large Soviet spy ring, the Portland Spy Ring, in London.|
|Monday, 9 January 1961||Al Jean born, American television writer|
|Monday, 9 January 1961||Candi Milo born, American voice actress|
|Monday, 9 January 1961||Emily Greene Balch died, American writer and pacifist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1867)|
|Saturday, 9 January 1971||Uruguayan president Jorge Pacheco Areco demands emergency powers for 90 days due to kidnappings, and receives them the next day.|
|Saturday, 9 January 1971||Scott Thornton born, Canadian hockey player|
|Saturday, 9 January 1971||Elmer Flick died, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians) and a member of the MLB Hall of Fame (b. 1876)|
|Friday, 9 January 1981||Caroline Lufkin born, American singer|
|Friday, 9 January 1981||Euzebiusz Smolarek born, Polish footballer|
|Wednesday, 9 January 1991||United States Secretary of State James Baker meets with the Foreign Minister of Iraq Tariq Aziz, but fails to produce a plan for Iraq to withdraw its troops from Kuwait.|
|Wednesday, 9 January 1991||In Sebokeng, South Africa, gunmen fire on mourners attending the funeral of a leader of the African National Congress, killing 13 people.|
|Tuesday, 9 January 1996||[9–20 January] Serious fighting breaks out between Russian soldiers and rebel fighters in Chechnya.|
|Tuesday, 9 January 1996||Oana Gregory born, Romanian American actress|
|Tuesday, 9 January 2001||Paul Vanden Boeynants died, 2-time Prime Minister of Belgium (b. 1919)|
|Sunday, 9 January 2011||Ernest Henry Lee-Steere died, 98, businessman|
|Sunday, 9 January 2011||Makinti Napanangka died, late 1980s, Australian Papunya Tula artist|
|Sunday, 9 January 2011||[9–15 January] Southern Sudan holds a referendum on independence. The Sudanese electorate votes in favour of independence, paving the way for the creation of the new state in July.|
|Sunday, 9 January 2011||Iran Air Flight 277 crashes near Orumiyeh in the northeast of the country, killing 77 people.|
|Saturday, 9 January 2016||Peter Gavin Hall died, statistician|
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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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