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.
|20 April 1871||U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant signs the Civil Rights Act of 1871.|
|Wednesday, 20 April 1921||Ferenc Molnár’s play Liliom is first produced on Broadway, in English.|
|Wednesday, 20 April 1921||Peter Baker born, British soldier born, author born, publisher and politician (d. 1966)|
|Saturday, 20 April 1946||Ricardo Maduro born, President of Honduras|
|Saturday, 20 April 1946||Julien Poulin born, Canadian actor|
|Saturday, 20 April 1946||Mae Busch died, American actress (b. 1891)|
|Thursday, 20 April 1961||Frances Adamson born, Australian public servant and diplomat born, Australian Ambassador to China|
|Thursday, 20 April 1961||Fidel Castro announces that the Bay of Pigs Invasion has been defeated.|
|Thursday, 20 April 1961||Konstantin Lavronenko born, Russian actor|
|Thursday, 20 April 1961||Don Mattingly born, American baseball player|
|Tuesday, 20 April 1971||Cambodian Prime Minister Lon Nol resigns, but remains effectively in power until the next elections.|
|Tuesday, 20 April 1971||John Senden born, golfer|
|Tuesday, 20 April 1971||Grant Smith born, field hockey player|
|Tuesday, 20 April 1971||Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education: The Supreme Court of the United States rules unanimously that busing of students may be ordered to achieve racial desegregation.|
|Tuesday, 20 April 1971||Carla Geurts born, Dutch swimmer|
|Tuesday, 20 April 1971||Allan Houston born, American basketball player|
|Tuesday, 20 April 1971||Mikey Welsh born, American musician and artist (d. 2011)|
|Tuesday, 20 April 1971||Cecil Parker died, English actor (b. 1897)|
|Saturday, 20 April 1991||Don Siegel died, American film director (b. 1912)|
|Saturday, 20 April 1991||Yumjaagiin Tsedenbal died, Mongolian Communist leader, former Party General Secretary, Prime Minister of Mongolia (b. 1916)|
|Saturday, 20 April 1991||Ondřej Kraják born, Czech footballer|
|Saturday, 20 April 1991||Luke Kuechly born, American football player|
|Saturday, 20 April 1991||Yuko Shintake born, Japanese artistic gymnast|
|Saturday, 20 April 1991||Steve Marriott died, English musician (b. 1947)|
|Saturday, 20 April 1996||Christopher Robin Milne died, English author and bookseller (b. 1920)|
|Friday, 20 April 2001||Va’ai Kolone died, Prime Minister of Samoa (b. 1911)|
|Friday, 20 April 2001||Giuseppe Sinopoli died, Italian conductor and composer (b. 1946)|
|Wednesday, 20 April 2011||Asylum seekers at Sydney’s Villawood Detention Centre riot in protest over delays in processing their applications for asylum, burning down at least three buildings.|
|Wednesday, 20 April 2016||Guy Hamilton died, British film director (b. 1922)|
|Wednesday, 20 April 2016||Dame Leonie Kramer died, academic|
|Wednesday, 20 April 2016||Chyna died, American professional wrestler (b. 1969)|
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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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