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 4, Saturday October 1919, The Sentimental Bloke premieres in Melbourne.
On 4, Wednesday October 1944, WWII: The Serbian puppet state of the Axis powers Government of National Salvation flees from Belgrade, Nazis-occupied Serbia.
On 4, Wednesday October 1944, Rocío Dúrcal, Spanish singer and actress, born (d. 2006)
On 4, Wednesday October 1944, Tony La Russa, American baseball player and manager, born
On 4, Wednesday October 1944, Al Smith, American politician, died (b. 1873)
On 4, Sunday October 1959, Chris Lowe, British musician, born
On 4, Saturday October 1969, Natalino Otto, Italian singer, died (b. 1912)
On 4, Thursday October 1979, Brandon Barash, American actor, born
On 4, Thursday October 1979, Rachael Leigh Cook, American actress, born
On 4, Thursday October 1979, Natwarsinhji Bhavsinhji, The Maharaja of Porbandar in India from (1908–1948), and cricketer, died (b. 1901)
On 4, Wednesday October 1989, Dakota Johnson, American actress, born
On 4, Wednesday October 1989, Lil Mama, American rapper, born
On 4, Wednesday October 1989, Kimmie Meissner, American figure skater, born
On 4, Wednesday October 1989, Viktoria Rebensburg, German alpine skier, born
On 4, Wednesday October 1989, Rich Homie Quan, American rapper, born
On 4, Wednesday October 1989, Graham Chapman, British comedian, died (b. 1941)
On 4, Tuesday October 1994, In Switzerland, 23 members of the Order of the Solar Temple cult are found dead, a day after 25 of their fellow cultists are similarly discovered in Morin-Heights, Quebec.
On 4, Monday October 1999, Bernard Buffet, French painter, died (b. 1928)
On 4, Monday October 1999, Art Farmer, American jazz trumpeter, died (b. 1928)
On 4, Sunday October 2009, The Melbourne Storm become premiers of the National Rugby League season 2009, defeating the Parramatta Eels 23-16 at ANZ Stadium, although they would be subsequently stripped of this award, leaving the position of premiership winners vacant.
On 4, Sunday October 2009, Shōichi Nakagawa, Japanese politician, died (b. 1953)
On 4, Sunday October 2009, Günther Rall, German fighter pilot, died (b. 1918)
On 4, Sunday October 2009, Mercedes Sosa, Argentine singer, died (b. 1935)
On 4, Saturday October 2014, Fyodor Cherenkov, Russian footballer and manager, died (b. 1959)
On 4, Saturday October 2014, Jean-Claude Duvalier, 41st President of Haiti, died (b. 1951)

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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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