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 20, Friday September 1844, William H. Illingworth, American photographer, born (d. 1893)
On 20, Sunday September 1959, Nikandr Chibisov, Russian commander, died (b. 1892)
On 20, Saturday September 1969, The Balmain Tigers defeated South Sydney Rabbitohs in the NSWRL Rugby League Grand Final at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
On 20, Saturday September 1969, At a meeting between The Beatles (minus George Harrison) and business manager Allen Klein, John Lennon announces his intention to quit the group.
On 20, Saturday September 1969, The very last theatrical Warner Bros. cartoon is released: the Merrie Melodies short Injun Trouble.
On 20, Thursday September 1979, Damien Ryan, basketball player, born
On 20, Thursday September 1979, French paratroopers help David Dacko to overthrow Bokassa in the Central African Republic.
On 20, Thursday September 1979, David Long, New Zealand musician, born
On 20, Thursday September 1979, Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah, Sultan of Terengganu and 4th King of Malaysia, died (b. 1907)
On 20, Thursday September 1979, Ludvík Svoboda, 8th President of Czechoslovakia, died (b. 1895)
On 20, Wednesday September 1989, F. W. de Klerk is sworn in as the seventh and last State President of South Africa.
On 20, Tuesday September 1994, Abioseh Nicol, Sierra Leonean diplomat and author, died (b. 1924)
On 20, Tuesday September 1994, Jule Styne, English-born American songwriter, died (b. 1905)
On 20, Monday September 1999, Raisa Gorbacheva, Soviet first lady, died (b. 1932)
On 20, Sunday September 2009, Ken Hough, 80, Australian-born New Zealand cricket and football international, died
On 20, Saturday September 2014, Anatoly Berezovoy, Soviet cosmonaut, died (b. 1942)
On 20, Saturday September 2014, Polly Bergen, American actress, died (b. 1930)

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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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