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, 9 May 1921||Mona Van Duyn born, American poet (d. 2004)|
|Monday, 9 May 1921||William Henry Chamberlin died, American philosopher (b. 1870)|
|Monday, 9 May 1921||Australia assumes responsibility for administration of the Territory of New Guinea, following a League of Nations mandate divesting Germany of its colonies as required by the Treaty of Versailles.|
|Monday, 9 May 1921||Sophie Scholl born, German student born, anti-Nazi resistance fighter (executed) (d. 1943)|
|Thursday, 9 May 1946||King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy abdicates, and is succeeded by his son Umberto II.|
|Thursday, 9 May 1946||Candice Bergen born, American actress|
|Thursday, 9 May 1946||Drafi Deutscher born, German Schlager singer (d. 2006)|
|Thursday, 9 May 1946||Léon Guillet died, French metallurgist (b. 1873)|
|Tuesday, 9 May 1961||In a speech on “Television and the Public Interest” to the National Association of Broadcasters, FCC chairman Newton N. Minow describes commercial television programming as a “vast wasteland”.|
|Tuesday, 9 May 1961||Rene Capo born, American judoka (d. 2009)|
|Tuesday, 9 May 1961||John Corbett born, American actor and country music singer|
|Sunday, 9 May 1971||Arsenal FC beats Liverpool F.C. 2-1 to win the English FA Cup, thus completing the league and cup ‘double’.|
|Sunday, 9 May 1971||Mariner 8 fails to launch.|
|Saturday, 9 May 1981||Assisted passage to Australia is now restricted to refugees.|
|Saturday, 9 May 1981||Nelson Algren died, American author (b. 1909)|
|Saturday, 9 May 1981||Ralph Allen died, English footballer (b. 1906)|
|Saturday, 9 May 1981||Margaret Lindsay died, American actress (b. 1910)|
|Thursday, 9 May 1991||The report of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody is released. No criminal charges were recommended, nor was compensation for victims’ families, but changes were recommended to the way that Aboriginal people were dealt with in police custody.|
|Thursday, 9 May 1991||Christy Mack born, American pornographic actress and model|
|Thursday, 9 May 1996||Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni wins a landslide victory in the country’s first direct presidential elections, securing 75% of the vote.|
|Thursday, 9 May 1996||South Africa’s National Party pulls out of the coalition government formed two years earlier, and the African National Congress assumes full political control.|
|Monday, 9 May 2011||Lidia Gueiler Tejada died, 67th President of Bolivia (b. 1921)|
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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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