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 8, Thursday April 1869, Harvey Cushing, American neurosurgeon, born (d. 1939)
On 8, Thursday April 1869, Ignatius Maloyan, Armenian Eastern Catholic archbishop and blessed, born (d. 1915)
On 8, Sunday April 1894, Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, Bengali poet, died (b. 1838)
On 8, Tuesday April 1919, Ian Smith, Prime Minister of Rhodesia (1967–79), born (d. 2007)
On 8, Tuesday April 1919, Frank Winfield Woolworth, American businessman, died (b. 1852)
On 8, Saturday April 1944, Burny Bos, Dutch producer, scenarist and children’s book writer., born
On 8, Saturday April 1944, Odd Nerdrum, Norwegian painter, born
On 8, Saturday April 1944, Jimmy Walker, American professional basketball player, born (d. 2007)
On 8, Wednesday April 1959, The Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) is established.
On 8, Wednesday April 1959, Mario de Bernardi, Italian aviator, died (b. 1893)
On 8, Wednesday April 1959, Marios Makrionitis, Greek Jesuit prelate and reverend, died (b. 1913)
On 8, Tuesday April 1969, The Montreal Expos debut as Major League Baseball’s first team outside the United States.
On 8, Sunday April 1979, Tom Kurzanski, American comic artist, born
On 8, Sunday April 1979, Alexi Laiho, Finnish rock guitarist (Children of Bodom), born
On 8, Saturday April 1989, Gabriella Wilde, English actress and model, born
On 8, Saturday April 1989, Nicholas Megalis, American singer-songwriter, born
On 8, Saturday April 1989, Hitomi Takahashi, Japanese singer, born
On 8, Saturday April 1989, Maria Prilezhayeva, Russian author, died (b. 1903)
On 8, Thursday April 1999, Bill Gates’s personal fortune makes him the wealthiest individual in the world due to the increased value of Microsoft stock.
On 8, Thursday April 1999, CiCi Bellis, American tennis player., born
On 8, Thursday April 1999, José Gomes, Portuguese footballer, born
On 8, Wednesday April 2009, James Allen Keast, 86, ornithologist, (died in Canada), died
On 8, Tuesday April 2014, Robert Dickson, 88, architect, died
On 8, Tuesday April 2014, The Ultimate Warrior, American professional wrestler, died (b. 1959)
On 8, Tuesday April 2014, Karlheinz Deschner, German activist and writer, 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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