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, 17 February 1921||Muriel Coben born, Canadian professional baseball born, curling player (d. 1979)|
|Sunday, 17 February 1946||Dorothy Gibson died, American actress (b. 1889)|
|Sunday, 17 February 1946||Benjamin I died, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople (b. 1871)|
|Friday, 17 February 1961||Meir Kessler born, Israeli rabbi|
|Friday, 17 February 1961||Andrey Korotayev born, Russian anthropologist born, economic historian born, and sociologist|
|Friday, 17 February 1961||Nita Naldi died, American actress (b. 1897)|
|Wednesday, 17 February 1971||Denise Richards born, American actress|
|Wednesday, 17 February 1971||Adolf A. Berle died, American lawyer, educator, author and diplomat (b. 1895)|
|Tuesday, 17 February 1981||A funnel-web antivenene, developed over 22 years, is used for the first time in Sydney.|
|Tuesday, 17 February 1981||Lisa Skinner born, gymnast|
|Tuesday, 17 February 1981||Pope John Paul II visit to the Philippines.|
|Tuesday, 17 February 1981||Joseph Gordon-Levitt born, American actor and film director|
|Tuesday, 17 February 1981||Paris Hilton born, American model born, heiress born, and socialite|
|Tuesday, 17 February 1981||David Garnett died, British writer (b. 1892)|
|Sunday, 17 February 1991||The Cape Verdean presidential election, Cape Verde’s first multiparty presidential election since 1975, is won by António Mascarenhas Monteiro.|
|Sunday, 17 February 1991||Ed Sheeran born, English singer|
|Sunday, 17 February 1991||Bonnie Wright born, British actress|
|Saturday, 17 February 1996||The 8.2 Mw Biak earthquake strikes the Papua province of eastern Indonesia with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe). A large tsunami followed, leaving 166 people dead or missing and 423 injured.|
|Saturday, 17 February 1996||Erika Fasana born, Italian artistic gymnast|
|Saturday, 17 February 1996||Sasha Pieterse born, South African-born American actress|
|Saturday, 17 February 1996||Evelyn Laye died, British actress (b. 1900)|
|Thursday, 17 February 2011||REDGroup Retail (including the Borders and Angus & Robertson bookshop chains) is placed into voluntary administration with Ferrier Hodgson appointed as administrators.|
|Thursday, 17 February 2011||Michelle Monkhouse died, Canadian fashion model (b. 1991)|
|Wednesday, 17 February 2016||Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison addresses the National Press Club of Australia saying that tax cuts will be modest and aimed at helping those about to slip into higher tax brackets. He also announces that the Federal Government will not be assisting the States with the rising cost of health.|
|Wednesday, 17 February 2016||Mohamed Hassanein Heikal died, Egyptian journalist (b. 1923)|
|Wednesday, 17 February 2016||Andrzej Żuławski died, Polish film director and writer (b. 1940)|
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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.