Sir Colin Hannah (1914–1978) was a senior commander in the Royal
Australian Air Force (RAAF) and a Governor of Queensland. Born in
Western Australia, he joined the RAAF in 1935 and served as a pilot in
Nos. 22 and 23 Squadrons. During World War II, he was the RAAF's
Deputy Director of Armament, saw action in the South West Pacific as
commander of No. 6 Squadron and, later, No. 71 Wing, and ended the war
in charge of Western Area Command in Perth. During the Malayan
Emergency, he was senior air staff officer at RAF Far East Air Force
Headquarters, Singapore. His other post-war appointments included Deputy
Chief of the Air Staff, Air Officer Commanding (AOC) Operational
Command, and AOC Support Command. In January 1970, he was promoted to
air marshal and became Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), the RAAF's senior
position. Knighted in 1971, Hannah concluded his three-year appointment
as CAS a year early, in March 1972, to become Governor of Queensland,
where he attracted controversy by making comments critical of the
Federal government. The British government refused to agree to his term
being extended. He retired in March 1977, and died the following year.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colin_Hannah>
Today's selected anniversaries:
Having been soundly defeated in battle, the Qing dynasty agreed
to terms of truce, ending the Sino-Burmese War.
The 8th Congress of Soviets approved the GOELRO plan, the first
Soviet plan for national economic recovery and development.
Members of the All-India Muslim League observed a "Day of
Deliverance" to celebrate the resignations of members of the Indian
National Congress over the decision to enter the Second World War at the
request of the United Kingdom.
The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird (pictured), the United States Air
Force's long-range, Mach 3+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft and the
world's fastest air-breathing manned aircraft, made its first flight.
While riding a New York City Subway train, Bernhard Goetz shot
four African American youths who attempted to rob him, sparking a
nationwide debate on vigilantism, racism, and the legal limits of self-
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. Reincarnation, new birth subsequent to one's first: rebirth of the soul
in a new body.
2. Revival, reinvigoration: the rebirth of feminism, the rebirth of the
3. Spiritual renewal: rebirth in Christ, the doctrine of rebirth through
Wikiquote quote of the day:
I'm proof against that word failure. I've seen behind it. The
only failure a man ought to fear is failure of cleaving to the purpose
he sees to be best.
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