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 19, Saturday April 1919, Gloria Marín, Mexican actress, born (d. 1983)
On 19, Wednesday April 1944, WWII: The Japanese launch the Operation Ichi-Go offensive in central and south China. American and British bombing of the city of Rouen (semaine rouge).
On 19, Wednesday April 1944, Bernie Worrell, American keyboardist,, born (d. 2016)
On 19, Wednesday April 1944, James Heckman, American economist, Nobel Prize laureate, born
On 19, Sunday April 1959, Patricia Charbonneau, American actress, born
On 19, Saturday April 1969, Shannon Lee, Chinese-American actress, born
On 19, Saturday April 1969, Susan Polgar, Hungarian chess player, born
On 19, Thursday April 1979, Kate Hudson, American actress, co-founder of Fabletics, born
On 19, Thursday April 1979, Antoaneta Stefanova, Bulgarian chess player, born
On 19, Thursday April 1979, Wilhelm Bittrich, German Waffen SS general, died (b. 1894)
On 19, Thursday April 1979, Antonio Centa, Italian actor, died (b. 1907)
On 19, Wednesday April 1989, Trisha Meili is attacked whilst jogging in New York City’s Central Park; as her identity remains secret for years, she is referred to as the “Central Park Jogger.”
On 19, Wednesday April 1989, A gun turret explodes on the U.S. battleship Iowa, killing 47 crew members.
On 19, Wednesday April 1989, Dame Daphne du Maurier, British writer, died (b. 1907)
On 19, Wednesday April 1989, Harold Isherwood, British Anglican bishop, died (b. 1907)
On 19, Sunday April 2009, J. G. Ballard, English novelist, died (b. 1930)

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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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