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 26, Friday April 1844, Lizardo García, 17th President of Ecuador, born (d. 1937)
On 26, Thursday April 1894, Rudolf Hess, German Nazi official, born (d. 1987)
On 26, Wednesday April 1944, Kidnap of General Kreipe on Crete, Greece.
On 26, Wednesday April 1944, WWII: 2,649 drown when USS Jack torpedoes Yoshida Maru No. 1.
On 26, Wednesday April 1944, Larry H. Miller, American sports owner (Utah Jazz; d. 2009)
On 26, Saturday April 1969, Morihei Ueshiba, Japanese martial artist and founder of aikido, died (b. 1883)
On 26, Thursday April 1979, Janne Wirman, Finnish keyboardist (Children of Bodom), born
On 26, Thursday April 1979, Julia Bell, English human geneticist, died (b. 1879)
On 26, Wednesday April 1989, Luke Bracey, actor, born
On 26, Wednesday April 1989, Sultan Azlan Muhibbudin Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Yusuff Izzudin Shah Ghafarullahu-lahu, Sultan of Perak, becomes the 9th Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.
On 26, Wednesday April 1989, Zaid ibn Shaker succeeds Zaid al-Rifai as Prime Minister of Jordan.
On 26, Wednesday April 1989, The Daulatpur–Saturia tornado, the deadliest tornado ever recorded, kills an estimated 1,300 people in the Dhaka Division of Bangladesh.
On 26, Wednesday April 1989, Daesung, South Korean singer, born
On 26, Wednesday April 1989, Luke Bracey, Australian actor, born
On 26, Wednesday April 1989, Lucille Ball, American actress, comedian and entertainer, died (b. 1911)j
On 26, Tuesday April 1994, Tuanku Jaafar ibni Almarhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan, becomes the 10th Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.
On 26, Tuesday April 1994, China Airlines Flight 140, an Airbus A300, crashes while landing at Nagoya, Japan, killing 264 people.
On 26, Monday April 1999, Sultan Salahuddin of Selangor becomes the 11th Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.
On 26, Monday April 1999, British TV presenter Jill Dando, 37, is shot dead on the doorstep of her home in Fulham, London.
On 26, Monday April 1999, Adrian Borland, British musician and producer, died (b. 1957)
On 26, Monday April 1999, Jill Dando, British television journalist, died (b. 1961)
On 26, Sunday April 2009, Talia Fowler wins the second season of So You Think You Can Dance Australia.
On 26, Sunday April 2009, Pupuke Robati, 4th Prime Minister of Cook Islands, died (b. 1925)
On 26, Saturday April 2014, Joan Bruce, 86, actress., died

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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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