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 5, Monday August 1844, Ilya Repin, Russian painter, sculptor, born (d. 1930)
On 5, Monday August 1844, Philip H. Cooper, American admiral, born (d. 1912)
On 5, Saturday August 1944, The Cowra breakout occurs, with 545 Japanese prisoners of war escaping from the camp.
On 5, Saturday August 1944, Ralph Jones, died (born 1900), soldier killed during the Cowra breakout
On 5, Saturday August 1944, WWII: The Warsaw Uprising: The Wola massacre begins. Between now and August 12, 40,000 to 50,000 Polish civilians will be indiscriminately massacred by occupying SS troops.
On 5, Saturday August 1944, The Holocaust: Polish insurgents liberate a German labor camp in Warsaw, freeing 348 Jewish prisoners.
On 5, Saturday August 1944, Cowra breakout: Over 500 Japanese prisoners of war attempt a mass breakout from the Cowra camp in Australia. In the ensuing manhunt, 231 Japanese escapees and four Australian soldiers are killed.
On 5, Saturday August 1944, Jędrzej Moraczewski, Polish politician, 2nd Prime Minister of Poland, died (b. 1870)
On 5, Wednesday August 1959, Pete Burns, British singer (Dead or Alive), born (d. 2016)
On 5, Wednesday August 1959, Edgar Guest, English poet, died (b. 1881)
On 5, Tuesday August 1969, Mariner program: Mariner 7 makes its closest fly-by of Mars (3,524 kilometers).
On 5, Tuesday August 1969, Kenny Irwin Jr., NASCAR Driver, born (d. 2000)
On 5, Tuesday August 1969, Duke Adolf Friedrich of Mecklenburg, died (b. 1873)
On 5, Sunday August 1979, The Polisario Front signs a peace treaty with Mauritania. Mauritania withdraws from the Western Sahara territory it had occupied, and cedes it to the SADR.
On 5, Sunday August 1979, David Healy, Northern Irish footballer, born
On 5, Saturday August 1989, Jaime Paz Zamora is elected President of Bolivia, taking office the next day.
On 5, Saturday August 1989, Nina Radojčić, Serbian singer, born
On 5, Saturday August 1989, Mathieu Manset, French footballer, born
On 5, Saturday August 1989, Jessica Nigri, American model and actress, born
On 5, Saturday August 1989, Shanshan Feng, Chinese golfer, born
On 5, Friday August 1994, Groups of protesters spread from Havana, Cuba’s Castillo de la Punta (“Point Castle”), creating the first protests against Fidel Castro’s government since 1959.
On 5, Wednesday August 2009, Budd Schulberg, American screenwriter, died (b. 1914)

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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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