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.
|26 January 1871||Oscar Asche born (died 1936), actor and director|
|26 January 1896||József Kiss born, Austro-Hungarian fighter pilot (d. 1918)|
|Wednesday, 26 January 1921||Akio Morita born, Japanese businessman, co-founder of Sony (d. 1999)|
|Saturday, 26 January 1946||Foundation Day is renamed Australia Day.|
|Saturday, 26 January 1946||Gene Siskel born, American film critic (d. 1999)|
|Saturday, 26 January 1946||Michel Delpech born, French singer-songwriter and actor (d. 2016)|
|Thursday, 26 January 1961||President John F. Kennedy appoints Janet G. Travell to be his physician, the first woman to hold this appointment.|
|Thursday, 26 January 1961||Sharyl Attkisson born, American author and former television journalist and investigative correspondent|
|Thursday, 26 January 1961||Wayne Gretzky born, Canadian hockey player|
|Thursday, 26 January 1961||Li Cunxin born, Artistic Director for Queensland Ballet|
|Thursday, 26 January 1961||Stan Nichols died, English cricketer (b. 1900)|
|Tuesday, 26 January 1971||Lee Naylor born, track and field athlete|
|Tuesday, 26 January 1971||Li Ming born, Chinese footballer and football executive|
|Monday, 26 January 1981||Gustavo Dudamel born, Venezuelan conductor|
|Saturday, 26 January 1991||Professor Fred Hollows is named Australian of the Year.|
|Saturday, 26 January 1991||The most senior Iraqi diplomat in Australia is asked to leave.|
|Saturday, 26 January 1991||Monica Seles becomes the youngest winner of the Australian Open Tennis Championship.|
|Saturday, 26 January 1991||Siad Barre is overthrown; Somalia enters civil war.|
|Friday, 26 January 1996||Zakaria Bakkali born, Belgian footballer|
|Friday, 26 January 1996||Georg Alexander died, Duke of Mecklenburg (b. 1921)|
|Friday, 26 January 2001||Jessica Michalik died, 16, teenage asphyxiation victim|
|Friday, 26 January 2001||The 7.7 Mw Gujarat earthquake shakes Western India with a maximum Mercalli intensity of X (Extreme), leaving 13,805–20,023 dead and about 166,800 injured.|
|Tuesday, 26 January 2016||Bryce Rohde died, jazz pianist and composer (died in San Francisco)|
|Tuesday, 26 January 2016||Abe Vigoda died, American actor (b. 1921)|
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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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