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.
|6 April 1896||The opening ceremonies of the 1896 Summer Olympics, the first modern Olympic Games, are held in Athens, Greece.|
|Wednesday, 6 April 1921||Wilbur Thompson born, American Olympic champion shot putter (d. 2013)|
|Thursday, 6 April 1961||Gene Eugene born, Canadian actor and singer (d. 2000)|
|Thursday, 6 April 1961||Jules Bordet died, Belgian immunologist and microbiologist died, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1870)|
|Tuesday, 6 April 1971||Margaret Newton died, Canadian plant pathologist and mycologist (b. 1887)|
|Tuesday, 6 April 1971||Igor Stravinsky died, Russian composer (b. 1882)|
|Monday, 6 April 1981||Eliza Coupe born, American actress|
|Monday, 6 April 1981||Robert Earnshaw born, Welsh footballer|
|Monday, 6 April 1981||Alfredo Guarini died, Italian director, producer and screenwriter (b. 1901)|
|Saturday, 6 April 1996||Fighting breaks out in Monrovia, Liberia, between various rebel factions struggling for power in the country’s interrupted civil war. Several foreign nationals leave the nation.|
|Saturday, 6 April 1996||Turkish authorities begin Operation Hawk, a military offensive against rebels from the Kurdish Workers’ Party in south-east Turkey.|
|Saturday, 6 April 1996||John D. Bulkeley died, American naval officer (b. 1911)|
|Saturday, 6 April 1996||Greer Garson died, British-American actress (b. 1904)|
|Wednesday, 6 April 2016||Merle Haggard died, American country singer (b. 1937)|
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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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