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.

On January 01, 1844, Australia’s first ringing peal rang from the bells of St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney.

On 1 January 1869, Martin W. Bates, American senator, died (b. 1786)

On 1 January 1869, James B. Longacre, fourth Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint, died (b. 1794)

On 1 January 1894, Satyendra Nath Bose, Indian physicist, born (d. 1974)

On 1 January 1894, Heinrich Hertz, German physicist, died (b. 1857)

On Wednesday, 1 January 1919, The Czechoslovak Legions occupy much of the self-proclaimed “free city” of Pressburg (now Bratislava), enforcing its incorporation into the new republic of Czechoslovakia.

On Wednesday, 1 January 1919, HMY Iolaire sinks off the coast of Scotland; 201 die.

On Wednesday, 1 January 1919, Edsel Ford succeeds his father, as head of the Ford Motor Company.

On Wednesday, 1 January 1919, Sirr Al-Khatim Al-Khalifa, 5th Prime Minister of Sudan, born (d. 2006)

On Wednesday, 1 January 1919, Carole Landis, American actress, born (d. 1948)

On Wednesday, 1 January 1919, Daniil Granin, Soviet-Russian author, born (d. 2017)

On Wednesday, 1 January 1919, J. D. Salinger, American novelist (The Catcher in the Rye), born (d. 2010)

On Saturday, 1 January 1944, Charles Turner, died (born 1862), cricketer

On Saturday, 1 January 1944, Omar Hasan Ahmad al-Bashir, 7th President of Sudan, born

On Saturday, 1 January 1944, Abdul Hamid, 16th President of Bangladesh, born

On Saturday, 1 January 1944, Jimmy Hart, American wrestling manager, born

On Saturday, 1 January 1944, Jumabek Ibraimov, 5th Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan, born (d. 1999)

On Saturday, 1 January 1944, Bob Minor, American actor and stunt performer, born

On Saturday, 1 January 1944, Edwin Lutyens, British architect, died (b. 1869)

On Saturday, 1 January 1944, Charles Turner, Australian cricketer, died (b. 1862)

On Thursday, 1 January 1959, Cultivars of plants named after this date must be named in a modern language, not in Latin.

On Thursday, 1 January 1959, Cuba: Fulgencio Batista flees Havana when the forces of Fidel Castro advance.

On Thursday, 1 January 1959, Azali Assoumani, President of the Comoros, born

On Wednesday, 1 January 1969, Ohio State defeats USC in the Rose Bowl to win the national college football championship for the 1968 season.

On Wednesday, 1 January 1969, Mr. Lawrence, American voice actor and show writer, born

On Wednesday, 1 January 1969, Verne Troyer, American actor, born (d. 2018)

On Wednesday, 1 January 1969, Barton MacLane, American actor, died (b. 1902)

On Monday, 1 January 1979, United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim heralds the start of the International Year of the Child. Many musicians donate to the Music for UNICEF Concert fund including ABBA, who write the song Chiquitita to commemorate the event.

On Monday, 1 January 1979, The United States and the People’s Republic of China establish full diplomatic relations.

On Monday, 1 January 1979, The Canton of Jura comes into existence as the 26th canton of Switzerland, being formed from the predominantly French-speaking Catholic part of the Canton of Bern.

On Monday, 1 January 1979, Following a deal agreed during 1978, French carmaker Peugeot completes a takeover of American manufacturer Chrysler’s European operations, which are based in Britain’s former Rootes Group factories as well as the former Simca factories in France.

On Monday, 1 January 1979, Brody Dalle, Australian singer, born

On Monday, 1 January 1979, Gisela, Spanish pop singer and a Spanish dub actress, born

On Monday, 1 January 1979, Koichi Domoto, Japanese entertainer (KinKi Kids), born

On Sunday, 1 January 1989, HECS is introduced with the commencement of the Higher Education Funding Act 1988.

On Sunday, 1 January 1989, Adèle Haenel, French actress, born

On Sunday, 1 January 1989, Edita Vilkevičiūtė, Lithuanian model, born

On Saturday, 1 January 1994, The Duchess of York’s sister, Jane Makim, marries for a second time in a cliff-top ceremony in Sydney. The ceremony, conducted by a female celebrant, took place at the exclusive Jonah’s Restaurant.

On Saturday, 1 January 1994, Queensland Minerals and Energy Minister, Tom McGrady, announces that an inquiry will be held into an accident at a central Queensland open cut coal mine in which two men were killed and another two seriously injured.

On Saturday, 1 January 1994, Brendan Elliot, rugby league player, born

On Saturday, 1 January 1994, The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is established.

On Saturday, 1 January 1994, The Zapatista Army of National Liberation begins their war in Chiapas, Mexico.

On Saturday, 1 January 1994, Arthur Espie Porritt, New Zealand politician and athlete, died (b. 1900)

On Saturday, 1 January 1994, Cesar Romero, Cuban-American actor, died (b. 1907)

On Saturday, 1 January 1994, Edward Arthur Thompson, British historian, died (b. 1914)

On Friday, 1 January 1999, The euro is established.

On Friday, 1 January 1999, Gianluca Scamacca, Italian footballer, born

On Friday, 1 January 1999, Diamond White, American actress, voice artist, and singer, born

On Thursday, 1 January 2009, Austria, Japan, Mexico, Turkey, and Uganda assume their seats on the United Nations Security Council.

On Thursday, 1 January 2009, Asunción, the capital of Paraguay, becomes the American Capital of Culture and Vilnius and Linz become the European Capitals of Culture.

On Thursday, 1 January 2009, Slovakia adopts the euro as its national currency, replacing the Slovak koruna.

On Thursday, 1 January 2009, Sixty-six people die in a nightclub fire in Bangkok, Thailand.

On Thursday, 1 January 2009, Nizar Rayan, Palestinian military and political leader, died (b. 1959)

On Thursday, 1 January 2009, Johannes Mario Simmel, Austrian writer, died (b. 1924)

On Thursday, 1 January 2009, Helen Suzman, South African activist and politician, died (b. 1917)

On Wednesday, 1 January 2014, The University of Ballarat merges with the Gippsland campus of Monash University to form, Federation University Australia.

On Wednesday, 1 January 2014, Michael Glennon, 69, Roman Catholic priest and convicted child molester, died

On Wednesday, 1 January 2014, Latvia officially adopts the euro as its currency and becomes the 18th member of the Eurozone.

 

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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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