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 15, Saturday November 1919, Roy Burden, Canadian World War II pilot, born (d. 2005)
On 15, Saturday November 1919, Joseph A. Wapner, American retired judge and television personality, born (d. 2017)
On 15, Saturday November 1919, Alfred Werner, German chemist, Nobel Prize laureate, died (b. 1866)
On 15, Sunday November 1959, The Clutter family of Holcomb, Kansas is brutally murdered, inspiring Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood.
On 15, Sunday November 1959, Charles Thomson Rees Wilson, Scottish physicist, Nobel Prize laureate, died (b. 1869)
On 15, Saturday November 1969, Cold War: The Soviet submarine K-19 collides with the American submarine USS Gato in the Barents Sea.
On 15, Saturday November 1969, Vietnam War: In Washington, D.C., 250,000–500,000 protesters stage a peaceful demonstration against the war, including a symbolic “March Against Death”.
On 15, Saturday November 1969, Regular colour television broadcasts begin on BBC1 and ITV in the United Kingdom.
On 15, Saturday November 1969, Dave Thomas opens his first restaurant in a former steakhouse in downtown Columbus, Ohio. He names the chain Wendy’s after his 8-year-old daughter, Melinda Lou (nicknamed “Wendy” by her siblings).
On 15, Saturday November 1969, Ignacio Aldecoa, Spanish writer, died (b. 1925)
On 15, Saturday November 1969, Roy D’Arcy, American actor, died (b. 1894)
On 15, Thursday November 1979, British art historian and former Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures Anthony Blunt’s role as the “fourth man” of the ‘Cambridge Five’ double agents for the Soviet NKVD during World War II is revealed by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom; she gives further details on November 21.
On 15, Thursday November 1979, Ed Klieman, American baseball player; nicknamed, “Specs”, died (b. 1918)
On 15, Wednesday November 1989, Lech Wałęsa, leader of Poland’s Solidarity movement, addresses a Joint session of the United States Congress.
On 15, Wednesday November 1989, Brazil holds the first round of its first free election in 29 years; Fernando Collor de Mello and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva advance to the second round, to be held the following month.
On 15, Wednesday November 1989, Jona Viray, Filipina singer, born
On 15, Tuesday November 1994, Tyler Boyd, American football player, born
On 15, Tuesday November 1994, Emma Dumont, American actress, model, and dancer, born
On 15, Monday November 1999, Gene Levitt, American television writer, producer, and director, died (b. 1920)
On 15, Sunday November 2009, Pavle, Serbian Patriarch, Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church, died (b. 1914)
On 15, Sunday November 2009, Pierre Harmel, 39th Prime Minister of Belgium, died (b. 1911)
On 15, Saturday November 2014, (15–16) The 2014 G-20 summit is held in Brisbane.
On 15, Saturday November 2014, Reg Withers, 90, Senator for Western Australia, Lord Mayor of Perth, 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.

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