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 25, Monday October 1869, John Heisman, American football coach, born (d. 1936)
On 25, Thursday October 1894, Claude Cahun, French photographer, writer, born (d. 1954)
On 25, Thursday October 1894, Âşık Veysel Şatıroğlu, Turkish poet, songwriter and saz player, born (d. 1973)
On 25, Thursday October 1894, Mary Brayton Woodbridge, American temperance reformer and newspaper editor, died (b. 1830)
On 25, Saturday October 1919, William Kidston, died (born 1849), Premier of Queensland (1906–1907, 1908–1911)
On 25, Saturday October 1919, Norman A. Erbe, 35th Governor of Iowa, born (d. 2000)
On 25, Wednesday October 1944, Ron Coote, rugby league footballer, born.
On 25, Wednesday October 1944, WWII: The Red Army liberates Kirkenes, the first town in Norway to be liberated.
On 25, Wednesday October 1944, WWII: USS Tang is sunk in the Formosa Strait by one of her own torpedoes. Medal of Honor-winning submarine ace Richard O’Kane becomes a prisoner of war.
On 25, Wednesday October 1944, Padule di Fucecchio massacre: Nazi German soldiers murder at least 174 Italian civilians in a reprisal killing.
On 25, Wednesday October 1944, Florence Foster Jenkins gives a recital in Carnegie Hall.
On 25, Wednesday October 1944, Azizan Abdul Razak, Malaysian politician, born (d. 2013)
On 25, Wednesday October 1944, Kati Kovács, Hungarian jazz, pop and rock musician, born
On 25, Wednesday October 1944, Jon Anderson, English rock singer-songwriter and musician, born
On 25, Sunday October 1959, Chrissy Amphlett, Australian rock singer, born (d. 2013)
On 25, Sunday October 1959, Collette Sunderman, American voice director, born
On 25, Sunday October 1959, Genevieve R. Cline, American jurist, died (b. 1879)
On 25, Saturday October 1969, Australian federal election, 1969: John Gorton’s Liberal/Country Coalition Government is narrowly re-elected with a sharply reduced majority, defeating a resurgent Labor Party led by Gough Whitlam.
On 25, Saturday October 1969, Australian federal election, 1969: John Gorton’s Liberal/Country Coalition Government is narrowly re-elected with a sharply reduced majority, defeating a resurgent Labor Party led by Gough Whitlam. Prime Minister Gorton survived a leadership challenge by his deputy William McMahon as well as David Fairbairn in the immediate aftermath of the election.
On 25, Saturday October 1969, Samantha Bee, Canadian comedian, writer, producer, and political commentator, born
On 25, Saturday October 1969, Josef Beránek, Czech ice hockey player, born
On 25, Saturday October 1969, Nika Futterman, American actress and voice artist, born
On 25, Saturday October 1969, Oleg Salenko, Russian football player, born
On 25, Saturday October 1969, Alex Webster, American bassist, born
On 25, Thursday October 1979, Sarah Thompson, American actress, born
On 25, Thursday October 1979, Maphevu Dlamini, 2nd Prime Minister of Swaziland, died (b. 1922)
On 25, Thursday October 1979, Gerald Templer, British Army Field Marshal in World War I and World War II, died (b. 1898)
On 25, Wednesday October 1989, In response to the Fitzgerald Inquiry recommendations, the Queensland Government establishes two new bodies – the Criminal Justice Commission (CJC) to be headed by former NCA Commissioner Sir Max Bingham and the Electoral and Administrative Review Commission (EARC) under Tom Sherman.
On 25, Wednesday October 1989, Marina Keegan, American author and journalist, born
On 25, Wednesday October 1989, Mary McCarthy, American writer, died (b. 1912)
On 25, Tuesday October 1994, Mildred Natwick, American actress, died (b. 1905)
On 25, Monday October 1999, Payne Stewart, American golfer, died (b. 1957)
On 25, Sunday October 2009, Two suicide attacks in Baghdad, Iraq, kill 155 people and injure at least 721 people.
On 25, Saturday October 2014, Jack Bruce, British rock bassist, died (b. 1943)

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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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