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.
|Monday, 11 April 1921||The Emirate of Transjordan is created, with Abdullah I as emir.|
|Monday, 11 April 1921||Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein died, last German Empress died, wife of Wilhelm II died, German Emperor (b. 1858)|
|Thursday, 11 April 1946||Chris Burden born, American artist (d. 2015)|
|Tuesday, 11 April 1961||Padma Shumsher Jang Bahadur Rana died, 16th Prime Minister of Nepal (b. 1882)|
|Tuesday, 11 April 1961||The trial of Nazi Adolf Eichmann begins in Jerusalem.|
|Tuesday, 11 April 1961||Vincent Gallo born, American actor|
|Sunday, 11 April 1971||Oliver Riedel born, German musician (Rammstein)|
|Saturday, 11 April 1981||Veronica Pyke born, cricketer|
|Saturday, 11 April 1981||1981 Brixton riot: Rioters in south London throw petrol bombs, attack police and loot shops.|
|Saturday, 11 April 1981||Alessandra Ambrosio born, Brazilian model|
|Thursday, 11 April 1991||Prime Minister Bob Hawke volunteers to give evidence to the WA Inc Royal Commission and announces that the former West Australian Premier Brian Burke will return from Ireland next week to testify to the Commission. Mr. Hawke also reverses his earlier categorical denial, given repeatedly in Parliament during the week, that there had been discussion of a gold tax at a lunch with Mr Burke, the failed merchant banker Laurie Connell, Alan Bond and others on June 15, 1987. In evidence before the Royal Commission, Laurie Connell said he received an assurance from the Prime Minister that the Government would not introduce a new gold tax, and that he subsequently donated $250,000 to the Labor Party.|
|Thursday, 11 April 1991||Thiago Alcântara born, Spanish footballer|
|Thursday, 11 April 1991||Niall Canavan born, English-born Irish footballer|
|Thursday, 11 April 1991||James Magnussen born, Australian swimmer|
|Thursday, 11 April 1991||Telvin Smith born, American football player|
|Thursday, 11 April 1996||The Israeli government launches Operation Grapes of Wrath, consisting of massive attacks on Lebanon, in retaliation for prior terrorist attacks, and sparking off a violent series of retaliations.|
|Thursday, 11 April 1996||Dele Alli born, English footballer|
|Thursday, 11 April 1996||Jake Browning born, American football player|
|Monday, 11 April 2011||Former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo is arrested in his home in Abidjan by supporters of elected President Alassane Ouattara, with support from French forces; this effectively ends the 2010–11 Ivorian crisis and civil war.|
|Monday, 11 April 2011||John D’Orazio died, 55, politician|
|Monday, 11 April 2011||Peter Ruehl died, 64, columnist|
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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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