On This Day: Thursday, 8 April 2021

April 8, 2021
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 […]

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.

 

8 April 1871 Clarence Hudson White born, American photographer (d. 1925)
Friday, 8 April 1921 Franco Corelli born, Italian opera singer (d. 2003)
Monday, 8 April 1946 Bo Gu died, 3rd General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (accident) (b. 1907)
Monday, 8 April 1946 Catfish Hunter born, American baseball player (d. 1999)
Monday, 8 April 1946 Tim Thomerson born, American actor and comedian
Monday, 8 April 1946 Patriarch Eulogius died (b. 1868)
Saturday, 8 April 1961 The British passenger ship Dara blows up and sinks off Dubai; 238 passengers and crew are killed.
Thursday, 8 April 1971 A right-wing coup attempt is exposed in Laos.
Thursday, 8 April 1971 Ivan Vurnik died, Slovene architect (b. 1884)
Wednesday, 8 April 1981 Taylor Kitsch born, Canadian actor and model
Wednesday, 8 April 1981 Frédérick Bousquet born, French swimmer
Wednesday, 8 April 1981 Gopal Chandra Bhattacharya died, Indian entomologist (b. 1895)
Wednesday, 8 April 1981 Omar N. Bradley died, American army general (b. 1893)
Monday, 8 April 1991 Minami Takahashi born, Japanese singer
Monday, 8 April 1991 Per “Dead” Ohlin died, Swedish singer (b. 1969)
Monday, 8 April 1996 Nine people die in a fire at a home for the intellectually disabled in Melbourne, Victoria.
Monday, 8 April 1996 Mick Young died, 59 died, politician
Monday, 8 April 1996 Lorna Fitzgerald born, English actress
Monday, 8 April 1996 Donald Adams died, British actor and opera singer (b. 1928)
Monday, 8 April 1996 George W. Jenkins died, American businessman (b. 1907)
Sunday, 8 April 2001 Safiya Henderson-Holmes died, African-American poet (b. 1950)
Sunday, 8 April 2001 Immigration Minister Philip Ruddock refers to the Curtin Immigration Reception and Processing Centre rioters as “publicity seekers”.
Sunday, 8 April 2001 Van Stephenson died, American singer-songwriter (b. 1953)
Friday, 8 April 2011 David S. Clarke died, 69, businessman and winemaker
Friday, 8 April 2011 Donald Shanks died, 70, bass-baritone opera singer
Friday, 8 April 2016 Erich Rudorffer died, German fighter ace (b. 1917)

 

 

Images Citations in Composite: ID 17208541 © Anhong | Dreamstime.com; ID 35001957 © DiversityStudio1 | Dreamstime.com; ID 156394527 © Gerd Zahn | Dreamstime.com

 

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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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