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 18, Monday January 1869, Bertalan Szemere, 3rd Prime Minister of Hungary, died (b. 1812)
On 18, Saturday January 1919, World War I: The Paris Peace Conference opens at the Palace of Versailles, France.
On 18, Saturday January 1919, Estonian War of Independence: Estonian forces liberate Narva, expelling the Red Army from Northern Estonia.
On 18, Saturday January 1919, Bentley Motors Limited is founded in England.
On 18, Saturday January 1919, Prince John of the United Kingdom, died (b. 1905)
On 18, Saturday January 1919, Archduke Ludwig Viktor of Austria, died (b. 1842)
On 18, Tuesday January 1944, Paul Keating, Prime Minister of Australia (1991–1996) , born.
On 18, Tuesday January 1944, Paul Keating, 24th Prime Minister of Australia, born
On 18, Tuesday January 1944, Alexander Van der Bellen, 12th President of Austria, born
On 18, Saturday January 1969, Gregory Brain, died (born 1893), politician
On 18, Saturday January 1969, In Washington, D.C., the Smithsonian Institution displays the art of Winslow Homer for 6 weeks.
On 18, Saturday January 1969, Dave Bautista, American actor, professional mixed martial artist and professional wrestler, born
On 18, Saturday January 1969, Jesse L. Martin, American actor and singer, born
On 18, Thursday January 1979, Jay Chou, Taiwanese singer, song producer and actor, born
On 18, Thursday January 1979, Paulo Ferreira, Portuguese footballer, born
On 18, Thursday January 1979, Leo Varadkar, 14th Taoiseach of Ireland, born
On 18, Thursday January 1979, Mark Anthony Fernandez, Filipino actor, born
On 18, Thursday January 1979, Maurice Challe, French general, died (b. 1905)
On 18, Wednesday January 1989, The Polish United Workers’ Party votes to legalise Solidarity.
On 18, Wednesday January 1989, Ante Marković succeeds Branko Mikulić as Prime Minister of Yugoslavia.
On 18, Wednesday January 1989, Bruce Chatwin, British author, died (b. 1940)
On 18, Tuesday January 1994, Blue Heelers premieres on Channel 7.
On 18, Tuesday January 1994, Gong Minji, South Korean singer, rapper and dancer, born
On 18, Tuesday January 1994, Sam Strike, English actor, born
On 18, Sunday January 2009, Luke Borusiewicz, 2, murder victim, died (born 2006)
On 18, Sunday January 2009, Gaza War: Hamas announces they will accept Israel Defense Forces offer of a ceasefire, ending the conflict.

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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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