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 28, Friday June 1844, John Boyle O’Reilly, Irish-born poet, journalist and fiction writer, born (d. 1890)
On 28, Monday June 1869, Lydia Wahlström, Swedish historian, women’s rights activist, born (d. 1954)
On 28, Thursday June 1894, A Colonial Conference, held in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, resolves to lay a telegraph cable between Canada and Australia.
On 28, Thursday June 1894, Arthur D. Struble, American admiral, born (d. 1983)
On 28, Thursday June 1894, Lois Wilson, American actress, born (d. 1988)
On 28, Thursday June 1894, Francis Hunter, American tennis player, born (d. 1981)
On 28, Saturday June 1919, The Treaty of Versailles is signed in France, bringing Australia’s involvement in World War I to an end.
On 28, Saturday June 1919, The Treaty of Versailles is signed, formally ending World War I. John Maynard Keynes, who had been present at the conference and was unhappy with the terms of the treaty, brings out his own analysis later in the year, entitled The Economic Consequences of the Peace.
On 28, Saturday June 1919, The International Labour Organization (ILO) is established as an agency of the League of Nations.
On 28, Saturday June 1919, Joseph P. Lordi, American government official, born (d. 1983)
On 28, Wednesday June 1944, Luis Nicolao, Argentine butterfly swimmer, born
On 28, Wednesday June 1944, Anton Breinl, Australian medical practitioner and researcher, died (b. 1880)
On 28, Sunday June 1959, John Shelley, British illustrator
On 28, Saturday June 1969, The Stonewall riots in New York City mark the start of the modern gay rights movement in the U.S.
On 28, Saturday June 1969, Sandiaga Uno, Indonesian businessman, investor, politician and former deputy governor of Jakarta, born
On 28, Saturday June 1969, Tichina Arnold, American actress, born
On 28, Saturday June 1969, Charles Carpenter, American Episcopal Diocese bishop, died (b. 1899)
On 28, Saturday June 1969, Gerald Fitzgerald, American Roman Catholic priest, died (b. 1894)
On 28, Thursday June 1979, Felicia Day, American actress, writer, director, violinist, and singer, born
On 28, Thursday June 1979, Randy McMichael, American football player, born
On 28, Wednesday June 1989, Andrew Fifita and his twin brother David Fifita, Tongans rugby league footballers, born
On 28, Wednesday June 1989, Mark Fischbach, American YouTube personality, born
On 28, Wednesday June 1989, Joe Kovacs, American shot putter, born
On 28, Wednesday June 1989, Joris Ivens, Dutch filmmaker, died (b. 1898)
On 28, Tuesday June 1994, Members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult execute the first sarin gas attack at Matsumoto, Japan, killing eight and injuring 200.
On 28, Monday June 1999, The GST bill is passed through the Senate, with the help of most of the Australian Democrats, in exchange for exemptions on fresh food.
On 28, Sunday June 2009, The Military of Honduras ousts Honduran President Manuel Zelaya in a coup d’état, which is condemned worldwide.
On 28, Saturday June 2014, Meshach Taylor, American actor, died (b. 1947)

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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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