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 3, Friday May 1844, Édouard Drumont, French journalist, writer, born (d. 1917)
On 3, Friday May 1844, Kuroki Tamemoto, Japanese general, born (d. 1923)
On 3, Monday May 1869, Warren Terhune, United States Navy Commander, 13th Governor of American Samoa, born (d. 1920)
On 3, Saturday May 1919, Amānullāh Khān attacks the British government in India.
On 3, Saturday May 1919, Pete Seeger, American folk singer and musician, born (d. 2014)
On 3, Sunday May 1959, Uma Bharti, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, born
On 3, Sunday May 1959, Ben Elton, British comedian and writer, born
On 3, Sunday May 1959, Troy Sanders, American film score composer, died (b. 1901)
On 3, Saturday May 1969, Daryl F. Mallett, American author and actor, born
On 3, Saturday May 1969, Karl Freund, German cinematographer, died (b. 1890)
On 3, Saturday May 1969, Amy Ashwood Garvey, Jamaican pan-African activist, died (b. 1897)
On 3, Saturday May 1969, Zakir Hussain, Indian politician, 3rd President of India, died (b. 1897)
On 3, Thursday May 1979, Danny Foster, English singer (Hear’Say), born
On 3, Thursday May 1979, Ingrid Isotamm, Estonian actress, born
On 3, Wednesday May 1989, Cold War-Perestroika: The first McDonald’s restaurant in the USSR begins construction in Moscow. It will open on 31 January 1990.
On 3, Wednesday May 1989, Katinka Hosszú, Hungarian swimmer, born
On 3, Wednesday May 1989, Zdeněk Frolík, Czechoslovak mathematician, died (b. 1933)
On 3, Wednesday May 1989, Christine Jorgensen, Norwegian actress, singer and writer, died (b. 1926)
On 3, Monday May 1999, 1999 Oklahoma tornado outbreak: a devastating tornado, rated F5 on the Fujita scale, hit southern and eastern Oklahoma City metropolitan area, killing 36 people (and 5 indirectly). It also produces the highest winds recorded on Earth: 301 ± 20 mph (484 ± 32 km/h).
On 3, Monday May 1999, Steve Chiasson, Canadian ice hockey player, died (b. 1967)
On 3, Sunday May 2009, Rebecca Gibney wins the Gold Logie Award for the Most Popular Personality on Australian Television at the 2009 Logie Awards.
On 3, Saturday May 2014, Gary Becker, American Nobel economist, died (b. 1930)

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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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