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.
|Thursday, 14 April 1921||Thomas Schelling born, American economist born, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2016)|
|Thursday, 14 April 1921||In Britain, labour unions for mining, railway and transportation workers call for a strike; the government threatens to call in the army.|
|Sunday, 14 April 1946||Otto Dowling died, United States Navy Captain and the 25th Governor of American Samoa (b. 1881)|
|Sunday, 14 April 1946||A member of Nakam, the “Jewish Avengers”, poisons with arsenic the bread of SS prisoners of war held at Stalag XIII-D by the Americans.|
|Friday, 14 April 1961||Robert Carlyle born, Scottish film and television actor|
|Friday, 14 April 1961||Neil Dougherty born, American basketball coach (d. 2011)|
|Wednesday, 14 April 1971||Miguel Calero born, Colombian footballer (d. 2012)|
|Sunday, 14 April 1991||In the Netherlands, thieves steal 20 paintings worth $500 million from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Less than an hour later they are found in an abandoned car near the museum.|
|Sunday, 14 April 1991||James Frecheville born, Australian actor|
|Sunday, 14 April 1996||Abigail Breslin born, American actress|
|Saturday, 14 April 2001||Hiroshi Teshigahara died, Japanese director (b. 1927)|
|Thursday, 14 April 2011||William Lipscomb died, American chemist (b. 1919)|
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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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