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 1, Thursday February 1894, John Ford, American film director, born (d. 1973)
On 1, Thursday February 1894, Dick Merrill, American aviation pioneer, born (d. 1982)
On 1, Saturday February 1919, Estonian War of Independence: Estonian forces liberate Valga and Võru, expelling the Red Army from the entire territory of Estonia.
On 1, Saturday February 1919, Artie Singer, American songwriter, music producer, and bandleader, born (d. 2008)
On 1, Tuesday February 1944, WWII: Pacific War –United States troops land in the Marshall Islands.
On 1, Tuesday February 1944, Piet Mondrian, Dutch painter, died (b. 1872)
On 1, Sunday February 1959, A referendum in Switzerland turns down female suffrage.
On 1, Sunday February 1959, Frank Shannon, American actor, died (b. 1874)
On 1, Thursday February 1979, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returns to Tehran, Iran after nearly 15 years of exile.
On 1, Thursday February 1979, Rutina Wesley, American actress, born
On 1, Thursday February 1979, Julie Augustyniak, American footballer, born
On 1, Thursday February 1979, Valentín Elizalde, Mexican singer, born (d. 2006)
On 1, Thursday February 1979, Peter Fulton, New Zealand cricketer, born
On 1, Thursday February 1979, Clodoaldo Silva, Brazilian paralympian swimmer, born
On 1, Thursday February 1979, Daniel Starch, American psychologist and marketing researcher, died (b. 1883)
On 1, Wednesday February 1989, Joan Kirner becomes Victoria’s first female Deputy Premier after the resignation of Robert Fordham over the VEDC (Victorian Economic Development Corporation) crisis.
On 1, Wednesday February 1989, Steven Browne, Australian rules footballer, born
On 1, Wednesday February 1989, Joan Kirner becomes Victoria’s first female Deputy Premier, after the resignation of Robert Fordham over the VEDC (Victorian Economic Development Co-operation) Crisis.
On 1, Wednesday February 1989, Elaine de Kooning, American artist, died (b. 1919)
On 1, Tuesday February 1994, Australian businessman Christopher Skase is arrested in Spain.
On 1, Tuesday February 1994, Harry Styles, English singer, born
On 1, Tuesday February 1994, Olan Soule, American actor, died (b. 1909)
On 1, Monday February 1999, An unprecedented rush for Telstra shares helps vault Australian share prices to a record high, as investors focus on the continued strong performance of the local economy. The all ordinaries index surges 29.9 points.
On 1, Monday February 1999, QSTV becomes an affiliate of the Seven Network, becoming known as Seven Central.
On 1, Monday February 1999, Barış Manço, Turkish singer and television personality, died (b. 1943)
On 1, Monday February 1999, Paul Mellon, American philanthropist, died (b. 1907)
On 1, Sunday February 2009, Anna Donald, 42, epidemiologist, died
On 1, Sunday February 2009, Peter Howson, 89, politician, died
On 1, Sunday February 2009, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow is enthroned as the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church following the death of his predecessor, Alexy II in 2008.
On 1, Sunday February 2009, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir is appointed as the new Prime Minister of Iceland, becoming the world’s first openly lesbian head of government.
On 1, Saturday February 2014, Dave Power, 85, track and field athlete, died
On 1, Saturday February 2014, Luis Aragonés, Spanish football player and coach, died (b. 1938)
On 1, Saturday February 2014, Maximilian Schell, Austrian-Swiss actor, 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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