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 24, Friday May 1844, The first electrical telegram is sent by Samuel Morse from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. to the B&O Railroad “outer depot” in Baltimore, saying “What hath God wrought”.
On 24, Wednesday May 1944, William Butcher, died (born 1858), WA politician
On 24, Wednesday May 1944, WWII: Six LSTs are accidentally destroyed and 163 men killed in Pearl Harbor’s West Loch disaster.
On 24, Wednesday May 1944, David Mark Berger, American-born Israeli weightlifter, murdered at the Munich Olympics, born (d. 1972)
On 24, Wednesday May 1944, Patti LaBelle, American singer, born
On 24, Wednesday May 1944, Inigo Campioni, Italian admiral (executed), died (b. 1878)
On 24, Wednesday May 1944, Matsuji Ijuin, Japanese admiral, died (b. 1893)
On 24, Wednesday May 1944, Luigi Mascherpa, Italian admiral, died (b. 1893)
On 24, Wednesday May 1944, Harold Bell Wright, American writer, died (b. 1872)
On 24, Sunday May 1959, British Empire Day is renamed Commonwealth Day.
On 24, Sunday May 1959, Pelle Lindbergh, Swedish-born hockey player, born (d. 1985)
On 24, Sunday May 1959, John Foster Dulles, United States Secretary of State, died (b. 1888)
On 24, Saturday May 1969, Mitzi Green, American actress, died (b. 1920)
On 24, Saturday May 1969, Paul Birch, American actor, died (b. 1912)
On 24, Thursday May 1979, Frank Mir, American mixed martial artist, born
On 24, Thursday May 1979, Tracy McGrady, American basketball player, born
On 24, Wednesday May 1989, G-Eazy, American hip-hop rapper and producer, born
On 24, Wednesday May 1989, Tara Correa-McMullen, American actress, born (d. 2005), born
On 24, Monday May 1999, Charlie Plummer, American actor, born

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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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