On This Day: Tuesday, 23 February 2021

February 23, 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.

 

23 February 1896 Herbert Weichmann born, German politician, mayor of Hamburg (d. 1983)
Wednesday, 23 February 1921 The moderately conservative public official Oscar von Sydow takes over the Swedish premiership, from Baron Louis De Geer the Younger.
Saturday, 23 February 1946 Tomoyuki Yamashita died, Japanese general (executed) (b. 1885)
Tuesday, 23 February 1971 Melinda Messenger born, English television presenter
Monday, 23 February 1981 Antonio Tejero, with members of the Guardia Civil, enters the Spanish Congress of Deputies and stops the session where Leopoldo Calvo-Sotelo is about to be named president of the government. The coup d’état fails thanks to King Juan Carlos.
Monday, 23 February 1981 Josh Gad born, American actor
Monday, 23 February 1981 Mai Nakahara born, Japanese voice actress
Monday, 23 February 1981 Paleo born, American singer-songwriter
Monday, 23 February 1981 Dylan Ryder born, American former pornographic actress
Saturday, 23 February 1991 The One Meridian Plaza fire in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, kills three firefighters and destroys eight floors of the building.
Saturday, 23 February 1991 In Thailand, General Sunthorn Kongsompong deposes Prime Minister Chatichai Choonhavan in a bloodless coup d’état.
Friday, 23 February 1996 Super League’s challenge to club loyalty contracts signed with the ARL is ruled out of order & orders banning Super League until 2000 are made.
Friday, 23 February 1996 D’Angelo Russell born, American basketball player
Friday, 23 February 1996 Helmut Schön died, German football player and manager (b. 1915)
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 Shri Mataji Nirmala Srivastava died, Indian founder of Sahaja Yoga (b. 1923)
Tuesday, 23 February 2016 BHP Billiton reports a first half loss of $7.8 billion and is described as the worst half year result in the company’s lifetime, thereby showing further signs of the mining downturn.
Tuesday, 23 February 2016 The Federal Government agrees to review the Safe Schools programme, which is designed to eliminate bullying in schools, after complaints by Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi that the programme asks children to imagine that they have no genitals, or that they’re attracted to someone of the same sex.
Tuesday, 23 February 2016 Donald E. Williams died, American astronaut (b. 1942)

 

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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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