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.
On Thursday, 8 December 1960, For the first time, Mary Martin’s Peter Pan is presented as a stand-alone two-hour special on NBC instead of as part of an anthology series. This version, rather than being presented live, is shown on videotape, enabling NBC to repeat it as often as they wish without having to restage it. Although nearly all of the adult actors repeat their original Broadway roles, all of the original children have, ironically, outgrown their roles and are replaced by new actors.
On Monday, 8 December 1980, Former Beatles musician John Lennon is murdered outside the ‘Dakota’, his home in New York, by Mark David Chapman.
On Friday, 8 December 1995, In the Court of Disputed Returns, Mr. Justice Brian Ambrose orders a fresh election in Mundingburra, Queensland after finding some 22 soldiers serving in Rwanda had effectively been disenfranchised in the Queensland state election, 1995.
On Friday, 8 December 1995, 5-year-old Gyaincain Norbu is enthroned as the 11th reincarnation of the Panchen Lama at Tashilhunpo Monastery.
On Tuesday, 8 December 2015, Joe Hockey is appointed ambassador to Washington.
On Tuesday, 8 December 2015, The Queensland Court of Appeal downgrades Gerard Baden-Clay’s charge from murder to manslaughter for the death of his wife Allison in 2012.
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