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 5, Thursday July 1894, Margarita Nelken, Spanish politician, born (d. 1968)
On 5, Saturday July 1919, Walter Obodzinsky, Polish-born member of the Wehrmacht, born (d. 2004)
On 5, Saturday July 1919, Eugen Leviné, German revolutionary, died (b. 1883; assassinated)
On 5, Wednesday July 1944, Mick Andrews, English international motorcycle trials rider, born
On 5, Wednesday July 1944, Hendrik Born, German vice admiral, born
On 5, Wednesday July 1944, Enrique Irazoqui, Spanish movie actor, born
On 5, Sunday July 1959, María Concepción Navarrete, Mexican politician, born
On 5, Sunday July 1959, Marc Cohn, American singer-songwriter, born
On 5, Sunday July 1959, Akari Hibino, Japanese voice actress, born
On 5, Sunday July 1959, Pablo Helman, Argentine special effects artist, born
On 5, Saturday July 1969, Tom Mboya, Kenyan Minister of Development, is assassinated.
On 5, Saturday July 1969, John LeClair, American hockey player, born
On 5, Saturday July 1969, Ben Alexander, American actor, died (b. 1911)
On 5, Saturday July 1969, Walter Gropius, German architect, died (b. 1883)
On 5, Saturday July 1969, Lambert Hillyer, American film director, died (b. 1889)
On 5, Saturday July 1969, Tom Mboya, Kenyan politician (assassinated), died (b. 1930)
On 5, Saturday July 1969, Leo McCarey, American film director, died (b. 1898)
On 5, Thursday July 1979, Queen Elizabeth II attends the millennium celebrations of the Isle of Man’s Parliament, Tynwald.
On 5, Thursday July 1979, Oh Dae-hwan, South Korean actor, born
On 5, Thursday July 1979, Shane Filan, Irish singer (Westlife), born
On 5, Thursday July 1979, Amélie Mauresmo, French tennis player, born
On 5, Thursday July 1979, Darine Hamze, Lebanese actress, born
On 5, Wednesday July 1989, State President of South Africa P. W. Botha meets the imprisoned 70-year-old Nelson Mandela face-to-face for the first time.
On 5, Wednesday July 1989, The television sitcom Seinfeld premieres.
On 5, Wednesday July 1989, Berthold Wolpe, German-born British calligrapher, typographer and illustrator, died (b. 1905)
On 5, Tuesday July 1994, Federal Opposition Leader Alexander Downer asserts that changes to the Constitution are “not worth the bother or effort”.
On 5, Tuesday July 1994, Jeff Bezos founds Amazon.
On 5, Monday July 1999, The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions decides to drop the 28 fraud charges against former Senator Mal Colston after receiving two medical specialists’ reports which both state that Mr Colston is too ill to face trial, either now or in the future. The decision draws criticism from the Federal Opposition for its timing, due to the fact that Mr Colston was well enough to vote in favour of the Telstra sale the week before.
On 5, Sunday July 2009, An Australian mining executive for the Rio Tinto Group, Stern Hu, is detained in Shanghai, China facing accusations of stealing state secrets.
On 5, Saturday July 2014, John Jobst, 94, Roman Catholic prelate, Bishop of Broome (1959–1995), 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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