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 31, Thursday May 1894, Fred Allen, American comedian, born (d. 1956)
On 31, Wednesday May 1944, WWII: Destroyer escort USS England sinks the sixth Japanese submarine in two weeks. This anti-submarine warfare performance remains unmatched through the 20th-century.
On 31, Sunday May 1959, Andrea de Cesaris, Italian race car driver, born (d. 2014)
On 31, Sunday May 1959, Ede Zathureczky, Hungarian violinist, died (b. 1903)
On 31, Saturday May 1969, Juliet Haslam, field hockey defender, born
On 31, Wednesday May 1989, Chase Stanley, Australian-New Zealand rugby league player, born
On 31, Wednesday May 1989, Six members of the guerrilla group Revolutionary Movement Tupac Amaru (MRTA) of Peru, shoot dead eight transsexuals, in the city of Tarapoto.
On 31, Wednesday May 1989, Pablo Alborán, Spanish singer, born
On 31, Wednesday May 1989, Bas Dost, Dutch football player, born
On 31, Wednesday May 1989, Sean Johnson, American football player, born
On 31, Wednesday May 1989, Daul Kim, South Korean model, born (d. 2009), born
On 31, Wednesday May 1989, Marco Reus, German football player, born
On 31, Wednesday May 1989, Chase Stanley, Australian rugby player, born
On 31, Wednesday May 1989, Sean Thornley, British tennis player, born
On 31, Wednesday May 1989, Edward Hubbard, British architectural historian, collaborator of the Buildings of England, died (b. 1937)
On 31, Wednesday May 1989, C. L. R. James, Trinidadian journalist and writer, died (b. 1901)
On 31, Wednesday May 1989, Prince Friedrich Ferdinand of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, died (b. 1913)
On 31, Tuesday May 1994, Sidney Gilliat, British film director, died (b. 1908)
On 31, Sunday May 2009, Kamala Surayya, Indian poet, died (b. 1934)
On 31, Saturday May 2014, Marinho Chagas, Brazilian footballer, died (b. 1952)
On 31, Saturday May 2014, Martha Hyer, American actress, died (b. 1924)

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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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