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, Thursday July 1894, Aldous Huxley, English novelist, born (d. 1963)
On 26, Saturday July 1919, James Lovelock, English biologist and chemist
On 26, Saturday July 1919, Edward Poynter, British painter, died (b. 1836)
On 26, Wednesday July 1944, WWII: A Messerschmitt Me 262 becomes the first jet fighter aircraft to have an operational victory.
On 26, Wednesday July 1944, Kiel Martin, American actor, born (d. 1990)
On 26, Wednesday July 1944, Clóvis Beviláqua, Brazilian jurist, historian and journalist, died (b. 1859)
On 26, Wednesday July 1944, Wessel Freytag von Loringhoven, German resistance member (suicide), died (b. 1899)
On 26, Wednesday July 1944, Takakazu Kinashi, Japanese army officer, died (b. 1902)
On 26, Wednesday July 1944, Reza Pahlavi, 20th Prime Minister of Iran and Shah of Iran, died (b. 1877)
On 26, Sunday July 1959, Gary Honey, long jumper, born
On 26, Sunday July 1959, Rick Bragg, American journalist, born
On 26, Sunday July 1959, Kevin Spacey, American actor, born
On 26, Sunday July 1959, Richard Pearce, British voice artist, born
On 26, Sunday July 1959, Joseph Ayo Babalola, Nigerian Roman Catholic apostle, died (b. 1904)
On 26, Sunday July 1959, Manuel Altolaguirre, Spanish poet, died (b. 1905)
On 26, Saturday July 1969, The New York Chapter of the Young Lords is founded.
On 26, Saturday July 1969, Tanni Grey-Thompson, born Carys Grey, British Paralympian, born
On 26, Saturday July 1969, Andrés Soler, Mexican actor, died (b. 1898)
On 26, Saturday July 1969, Raymond Walburn, American actor, died (b. 1887)
On 26, Thursday July 1979, Johnson Beharry, British recipient of the Victoria Cross, born
On 26, Thursday July 1979, Tamyra Gray, American singer, born
On 26, Thursday July 1979, Derek Paravicini, British pianist, born
On 26, Thursday July 1979, Peter Sarno, Canadian ice hockey player, born
On 26, Thursday July 1979, Mageina Tovah, American actress, born
On 26, Thursday July 1979, Stefan Wiechecki, Polish journalist, died (b. 1896)
On 26, Wednesday July 1989, A federal grand jury indicts Cornell University student Robert Tappan Morris for releasing a computer virus, making him the first person to be prosecuted under the 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
On 26, Tuesday July 1994, NSWRL general manager John Ribot concedes a privately run competition is feasible as news of a “Super League” competition surfaces.
On 26, Sunday July 2009, The Islamic extremist group Boko Haram initiates an uprising in Bauchi State, Nigeria and quickly spreads throughout the northern part of the country.
On 26, Sunday July 2009, Merce Cunningham, American choreographer, died (b. 1919)

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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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