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.
|Thursday, 18 April 1946||The inaugural session of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) occurs.|
|Thursday, 18 April 1946||The United States recognizes Josip Broz Tito’s government in Yugoslavia.|
|Thursday, 18 April 1946||The League of Nations, in its last meeting, transfers its mission to the United Nations and disbands itself.|
|Thursday, 18 April 1946||Hayley Mills born, English actress|
|Tuesday, 18 April 1961||Portugal sends to Angola its first military reinforcement.|
|Tuesday, 18 April 1961||Jane Leeves born, English actress|
|Sunday, 18 April 1971||David Tennant born, Scottish actor|
|Sunday, 18 April 1971||Fredro Starr born, American rapper|
|Sunday, 18 April 1971||Samantha Cameron born, British businesswoman|
|Saturday, 18 April 1981||A Minor League Baseball game between the Rochester Red Wings and the Pawtucket Red Sox at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, becomes the longest professional baseball game in history: 8 hours and 25 minutes/33 innings (the 33rd inning is not played until June 23).|
|Saturday, 18 April 1981||Jang Na-ra born, Korean actress and singer|
|Saturday, 18 April 1981||Audrey Tang born, Taiwanese software programmer|
|Saturday, 18 April 1981||James H. Schmitz died, German-born writer (b. 1911)|
|Thursday, 18 April 1991||Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraq declares some of its chemical weapons and materials to the UN, as required by Resolution 687, and claims that it does not have a biological weapons program.|
|Thursday, 18 April 1991||Austin Bradford Hill died, English epidemiologist and statistician (b. 1897)|
|Thursday, 18 April 1996||Qana Massacre: Over 100 Lebanese civilians are killed after Israel shells the United Nations compound in Qana.|
|Thursday, 18 April 1996||In reaction to the Qana Massacre, an Islamist group in Egypt open fire on a hotel, killing eighteen Greek tourists and injuring seventeen others.|
|Thursday, 18 April 1996||Ronald Davies died, American judge (b. 1904)|
|Monday, 18 April 2016||Governor-General Peter Cosgrove recalls Federal Parliament, having been prorogued by him on 15 April. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull states that the reason for recalling Parliament is to consider two sets of legislation: The Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013 and Building and Construction Industry (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2013 and the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Bill 2014. The Prime Minister also states that it is the Government’s preference to have the Bills passed rather than invoke section 57 of the Constitution, that is, to dissolve both Houses of Parliament and hold a double dissolution election.|
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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.