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.
|27 May 1871||Georges Rouault born, French painter, graphic artist (d. 1958)|
|27 May 1896||St. Louis–East St. Louis tornado: The costliest and third deadliest tornado in U.S. history levels a mile wide swath of downtown St. Louis, Missouri, incurring US$2.9 billion (1997 USD) in normalized damages, killing more than 255 and injuring over 1,000 people.|
|Friday, 27 May 1921||Harry G. Haskell Jr. born, American politician|
|Monday, 27 May 1946||Henri Hauser died, French historian died, geographer and economist (b. 1866)|
|Monday, 27 May 1946||Claire Croiza died, French soprano (b. 1882)|
|Saturday, 27 May 1961||Tunku Abdul Rahman, Prime Minister of Malaya, holds a press conference in Singapore, announcing his idea to form the Federation of Malaysia, comprising Malaya, Singapore, Sarawak, Brunei and North Borneo (Sabah).|
|Saturday, 27 May 1961||Peri Gilpin born, American actress|
|Thursday, 27 May 1971||Six armed passengers hijack a Romanian passenger plane and force it to fly to Vienna.|
|Thursday, 27 May 1971||Christie’s auctions a diamond known as Deepdene; it is later found to be artificially colored.|
|Thursday, 27 May 1971||Mathew Batsiua born, Nauruan politician|
|Thursday, 27 May 1971||Paul Bettany born, British actor|
|Thursday, 27 May 1971||Wayne Carey born, Australian rules footballer|
|Thursday, 27 May 1971||Lisa Lopes born, African-American rapper (TLC) (d. 2002)|
|Thursday, 27 May 1971||Chips Rafferty died, Australian actor (b. 1909)|
|Wednesday, 27 May 1981||Alina Cojocaru born, Romanian ballerina|
|Monday, 27 May 1991||Zeke Upshaw born, American basketball player (d. 2018)|
|Monday, 27 May 1991||Beauden Barrett born, New Zealand rugby union player|
|Monday, 27 May 1991||Leopold Nowak died, Austrian musicologist (b. 1904)|
|Monday, 27 May 1996||First Chechnya War: Russian President Boris Yeltsin meets with Chechnyan rebels for the first time and negotiates a ceasefire for the dispute.|
|Monday, 27 May 1996||Minjee Lee born, golfer|
|Friday, 27 May 2011||Gil Scott-Heron died, American poet and musician (b. 1949)|
|Friday, 27 May 2011||Jeff Conaway died, American actor (b. 1950)|
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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.