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 29, Monday March 1869, Edwin Lutyens, British architect, born (d. 1944)
On 29, Saturday March 1919, Eileen Heckart, American actress, born (d. 2001)
On 29, Wednesday March 1944, Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana, born
On 29, Wednesday March 1944, Denny McLain, American baseball player, born
On 29, Sunday March 1959, Barry Blanchard, Canadian mountaineer, born
On 29, Sunday March 1959, Barthélemy Boganda, 1st Prime Minister of the Central African Republic, died (b. 1910)
On 29, Saturday March 1969, The Eurovision Song Contest 1969 is held in Madrid, and results in four co-winners, with 18 votes each, from Spain, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and France.
On 29, Saturday March 1969, Chiaki Ishikawa, Japanese singer (See-Saw)
On 29, Thursday March 1979, Sultan Yahya Petra of Kelantan, the 6th Yang di-Pertuan Agong (Head of State) of Malaysia, dies in office. He is replaced by Sultan Ahmad Shah of Pahang.
On 29, Thursday March 1979, Estela Giménez, Spanish gymnast, born
On 29, Thursday March 1979, Sultan Yahya Petra ibni Almarhum Sultan Ibrahim Petra, Sultan of Kelantan and 6th King of Malaysia, died (b. 1917)
On 29, Wednesday March 1989, The 61st Academy Awards are held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, with Rain Man winning Best Picture.
On 29, Wednesday March 1989, Arnold Peralta, Honduran footballer, born (d. 2015), born
On 29, Wednesday March 1989, Bernard Blier, French actor, died (b. 1916)
On 29, Wednesday March 1989, Aleksandr Prokopenko, Soviet footballer, died (b. 1953)
On 29, Tuesday March 1994, Bill Travers, English actor, died (b. 1922)
On 29, Monday March 1999, For the first time, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above the 10,000 mark, at 10,006.78.
On 29, Monday March 1999, Ezequiel Barco, Argentinian footballer, born
On 29, Monday March 1999, Joe Williams, American singer, died (b. 1918)
On 29, Sunday March 2009, British driver Jenson Button wins from pole position at the 2009 Australian Grand Prix.
On 29, Sunday March 2009, Maurice Jarre, French composer and conductor, died (b. 1924)
On 29, Saturday March 2014, Robin Gibson, 83, architect (Queensland Cultural Centre), 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.