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 25, Thursday January 1844, Jean-Baptiste Drouet, Comte d’Erlon, French marshal, died (b. 1765)
On 25, Monday January 1869, Max Hoffmann, German general, born (d. 1927)
On 25, Saturday January 1919, The League of Nations is founded in Paris, France.
On 25, Tuesday January 1944, Sally Beauman, English writer, born (d. 2016)
On 25, Tuesday January 1944, Evan Chandler, American screenwriter and dentist (suicide 2009)
On 25, Tuesday January 1944, Teresa Grillo Michel, Italian Roman Catholic nun and blessed, died (b. 1855)
On 25, Sunday January 1959, Boeing 707 begins service
On 25, Sunday January 1959, The Boeing 707 airliner begins service.
On 25, Sunday January 1959, Pope John XXIII announces that the Second Vatican Council will be convened in Rome.
On 25, Sunday January 1959, William Flannery, American director, died (b. 1898)
On 25, Saturday January 1969, Irene Castle, English dancer, died (b. 1893)
On 25, Thursday January 1979, Pope John Paul II arrives in Mexico City for his first visit to Mexico, mainly for 1979’s Latin American Episcopal Conference (CELAM) or Conference of Puebla.
On 25, Wednesday January 1989, Mikako Tabe, Japanese stage and film actress, born
On 25, Tuesday January 1994, U.S. President Bill Clinton delivers his first State of the Union address, calling for health care reform, a ban on assault weapons, and welfare reform.
On 25, Tuesday January 1994, Stephen Cole Kleene, American mathematician, died (b. 1909)
On 25, Monday January 1999, Jai Waetford, actor and singer, born
On 25, Monday January 1999, A 6.2 Mw earthquake hits western Colombia, killing at least 1,900.
On 25, Monday January 1999, Jai Waetford, Australian singer, born
On 25, Monday January 1999, Robert Shaw, American conductor, died (b. 1916)
On 25, Sunday January 2009, Melbourne Victory wins the premiership of the A-League 2008–09 season, beating Adelaide United on goals scored, after the two teams were tied on points and goal difference.
On 25, Sunday January 2009, Mamadou Dia, 1st Prime Minister of Senegal, died (b. 1910)
On 25, Saturday January 2014, Tennis: The women’s singles tournament concludes at the 2014 Australian Open, with Li Na defeating Dominika Cibulkova in the final.
On 25, Saturday January 2014, Gyula Sax, Hungarian chess grandmaster, died (b. 1951)

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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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