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 May 1846||Franciszek Ksawery Drucki-Lubecki died, Polish politician (b. 1778)|
|23 May 1871||Jarosław Dąbrowski died, Polish general (b. 1836)|
|Monday, 23 May 1921||The Leipzig War Crimes Trials begin in Germany (they will end on July 16).|
|Monday, 23 May 1921||James Blish born, American science fiction author (d. 1975)|
|Monday, 23 May 1921||Humphrey Lyttelton born, British jazz musician born, radio personality (d. 2008)|
|Monday, 23 May 1921||Georgy Natanson born, Russian director born, screenwriter and playwright (d. 2017)|
|Thursday, 23 May 1946||Frederik de Groot born, Dutch actor|
|Thursday, 23 May 1946||Billy Sullivan died, American actor (b. 1891)|
|Tuesday, 23 May 1961||Karen Duffy born, American actress|
|Sunday, 23 May 1971||An air crash at Rijeka Airport, Yugoslavia kills 78 people, mostly British tourists.|
|Sunday, 23 May 1971||George Osborne born, British politician|
|Saturday, 23 May 1981||Tim Robinson born, American actor and comedian|
|Saturday, 23 May 1981||George Jessel died, American actor (b. 1898)|
|Thursday, 23 May 1991||Manning Clark (born 1915) died, historian|
|Thursday, 23 May 1991||Protesters storm Parliament House, Brisbane, angry at the Labor Caucus’ approval for legislation giving Aborigines limited land rights but restricting their claims to less than 3% of Queensland.|
|Thursday, 23 May 1991||Jean Van Houtte died, Belgian politician died, 38th Prime Minister of Belgium (b. 1907)|
|Thursday, 23 May 1991||Nadine Ames born, Indonesian beauty pageant titleholder|
|Thursday, 23 May 1991||Lena Meyer-Landrut born, German singer|
|Thursday, 23 May 1991||Aaron Donald born, American football player|
|Thursday, 23 May 1991||Sam Masters born, Australian Speedway Rider|
|Thursday, 23 May 1991||Wilhelm Kempff died, German pianist (b. 1895)|
|Thursday, 23 May 1991||Will Sinnott died, Scottish bassist and keyboardist (The Shamen) (b. 1960)|
|Thursday, 23 May 1996||Members of the Armed Islamic Group in Algeria kill seven French Trappist monks, after talks with French government concerning the imprisonment of several GIA sympathisers break down.|
|Thursday, 23 May 1996||Katharina Althaus born, German ski jumper|
|Thursday, 23 May 1996||Sim Iness died, American Olympic athlete (b. 1930)|
|Wednesday, 23 May 2001||Matthew Lintz born, American actor|
|Monday, 23 May 2011||Sam Faust died, 26, rugby league player|
|Monday, 23 May 2011||Nasser Hejazi died, Iranian footballer (b. 1949)|
|Monday, 23 May 2011||Xavier Tondo died, Spanish professional racing cyclist (b. 1978)|
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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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