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 1, Monday April 1844, Nikolai Skrydlov, Russian admiral, born (d. 1918)
On 1, Sunday April 1894, Remigio Morales Bermúdez, 19th President of Peru, died (b. 1836)
On 1, Tuesday April 1919, Joseph Murray, American surgeon, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, born (d. 2012)
On 1, Tuesday April 1919, Jeannie Rousseau, French Allied intelligence agent, born (d. 2017)
On 1, Saturday April 1944, Sharifzyan Kazanbaev, Soviet army officer, died (b. 1916)
On 1, Tuesday April 1969, Andrew Vlahov, basketball player, born
On 1, Tuesday April 1969, The Hawker Siddeley Harrier enters service with the Royal Air Force.
On 1, Tuesday April 1969, Fadl Shaker, Lebanese singer, born
On 1, Tuesday April 1969, Andrew Vlahov, Australian basketball player, born
On 1, Sunday April 1979, Iran’s government becomes an Islamic Republic by a 98% vote, overthrowing the Shah officially.
On 1, Sunday April 1979, The Pinwheel Network changes its name to Nickelodeon and begins airing on various Warner Cable systems beginning in Buffalo, New York, expanding its audience reach.
On 1, Sunday April 1979, (1–18) Police lock Andreas Mihavecz in a holding cell in Bregenz, Austria and forget about him, leaving him there without food or drink.
On 1, Sunday April 1979, Mikko Franck, Finnish conductor, born
On 1, Sunday April 1979, Barbara Luddy, American actress, died (b. 1908)
On 1, Saturday April 1989, Margaret Thatcher’s new local government tax, the Poll tax, is introduced in Scotland. It would be introduced in England & Wales the following year.
On 1, Saturday April 1989, Richard Austin, American conductor, died (b. 1903)
On 1, Saturday April 1989, George Robledo, Chilean soccer player, died (b. 1926)
On 1, Friday April 1994, Léon Degrelle, Belgian politician and Nazi collaborator, died (b. 1906)
On 1, Friday April 1994, Robert Doisneau, French photographer, died (b. 1912)
On 1, Thursday April 1999, Nunavut, an Inuit homeland, is created from the eastern portion of the Northwest Territories to become Canada’s third territory.
On 1, Thursday April 1999, Jairus Aquino, Filipino actor, born
On 1, Wednesday April 2009, Margreta Elkins, 78, mezzo-soprano opera singer, died
On 1, Wednesday April 2009, Albania and Croatia are admitted to NATO, becoming the newest members of the organization.
On 1, Tuesday April 2014, Harry Rowe, 89, football and cricket player, died
On 1, Tuesday April 2014, Jacques Le Goff, French historian, 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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