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 12, Monday April 1869, Henri Désiré Landru, French serial killer, born (d. 1922)
On 12, Thursday April 1894, Francisco Craveiro Lopes, 12th President of Portugal, born (d. 1964)
On 12, Saturday April 1919, French serial killer Henri Désiré Landru is arrested.
On 12, Sunday April 1959, James Gleason, American actor, playwright, and screenwriter, died (b. 1882)
On 12, Saturday April 1969, Carlton achieve the first double-century VFL score when they kick 30.30 (210) against Hawthorn, beating a previous record from 1931.
On 12, Saturday April 1969, Michael Jackson, former NFL wide receiver, born (d. 2017)
On 12, Thursday April 1979, Claire Danes, American actress, born
On 12, Thursday April 1979, Jennifer Morrison, American actress, born
On 12, Wednesday April 1989, Fast Forward premieres in Australia (1989–1992).
On 12, Wednesday April 1989, Lim Heem Wei, Singaporean artistic gymnast, born
On 12, Wednesday April 1989, Abbie Hoffman, American political activist, died (b. 1936)
On 12, Wednesday April 1989, Charles Joy, British engineer and designer, died (b. 1911)
On 12, Tuesday April 1994, Oh Sehun, South Korean singer, born
On 12, Tuesday April 1994, Saoirse Ronan, United States-born Irish actress, born
On 12, Tuesday April 1994, Eric Bailly, Ivorian footballer, born
On 12, Monday April 1999, Boxcar Willie, American country music singer, died (b. 1931)
On 12, Sunday April 2009, Marilyn Chambers, American pornographic actress, died (b. 1952)
On 12, Sunday April 2009, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, American social theorist, died (b. 1950)

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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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