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.
|19 January 1871||Sir William Denison died (born 1804), Governor of Van Diemen’s Land and New South Wales|
|Wednesday, 19 January 1921||Denys Roberts born, British colonial official born, judge (d. 2013)|
|Wednesday, 19 January 1921||Patricia Highsmith born, American author (d. 1995)|
|Saturday, 19 January 1946||The Bell XS-1 is test flown for the first time (unpowered), with Bell’s chief test pilot Jack Woolams at the controls.|
|Saturday, 19 January 1946||General Douglas MacArthur establishes the International Military Tribunal for the Far East in Tokyo to try Japanese war criminals.|
|Saturday, 19 January 1946||Julian Barnes born, English novelist|
|Saturday, 19 January 1946||Dolly Parton born, American singer-songwriter, actress, businesswoman and philanthropist|
|Thursday, 19 January 1961||William Ragsdale born, American actor|
|Tuesday, 19 January 1971||Representatives of 23 western oil companies begin negotiations with OPEC in Tehran to stabilize oil prices; February 14 they sign a treaty with 6 Khalij el-Arab countries.|
|Tuesday, 19 January 1971||Shawn Wayans born, American actor|
|Monday, 19 January 1981||United States and Iranian officials sign an agreement to release 52 American hostages after 14 months of captivity.|
|Monday, 19 January 1981||Lucho González born, Argentine footballer|
|Monday, 19 January 1981||Bitsie Tulloch born, American actress|
|Monday, 19 January 1981||Thaila Zucchi born, English singer and actress|
|Monday, 19 January 1981||Francesca Woodman died, American photographer (b. 1958)|
|Saturday, 19 January 1991||Peace marches across Australia demand the withdrawal of Australian forces from the Gulf.|
|Saturday, 19 January 1991||A shark attacks a midnight swimmer in a Gold Coast canal.|
|Saturday, 19 January 1991||An Iraqi Scud attack on Tel Aviv in Israel injures 15 people.|
|Saturday, 19 January 1991||The Party of the Alliance of Youth, Workers and Farmers of Angola is founded in Luanda, Angola.|
|Saturday, 19 January 1991||Erin Sanders born, American actress|
|Saturday, 19 January 1991||Yu Takahashi born, Japanese actress and model|
|Saturday, 19 January 1991||John Russell died, American actor (b. 1921)|
|Friday, 19 January 1996||James Golding born, racing driver|
|Friday, 19 January 1996||The North Cape oil spill occurs as an engine fire forces the tugboat Scandia ashore on Moonstone Beach in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. The North Cape Barge is pulled along with it and leaks 820,000 gallons of home heating oil.|
|Friday, 19 January 1996||An Indonesian ferry sinks off the northern tip of Sumatra, drowning more than 100 people.|
|Friday, 19 January 1996||A. G. Gaston died, American businessman (b. 1892)|
|Friday, 19 January 1996||Don Simpson died, American film producer (b. 1943)|
|Tuesday, 19 January 2016||Billionaire mining magnate Andrew Forrest pledges to support the reconstruction of Yarloop.|
|Tuesday, 19 January 2016||Robert M. Carter died, scientist|
|Tuesday, 19 January 2016||Ettore Scola died, Italian screenwriter and film director (b. 1931)|
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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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