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 11, Thursday February 1869, Helene Kröller-Müller, Dutch museum founder, patron of the arts, born (d. 1939)
On 11, Thursday February 1869, Else Lasker-Schüler, German-born poet, author, born (d. 1945)
On 11, Sunday February 1894, Alfonso Leng, Chilean composer, born (d. 1974)
On 11, Sunday February 1894, Margaret Henley, English inspiration for the name Wendy in Peter Pan, died (b. 1888)
On 11, Tuesday February 1919, Friedrich Ebert is elected the first President of Germany (Reichspräsident), by the Weimar National Assembly.
On 11, Tuesday February 1919, The Seattle General Strike ends, when Federal troops are summoned by the State of Washington’s Attorney General.
On 11, Tuesday February 1919, Eva Gabor, Hungarian actress, better known for her role in Green Acres, born (d. 1995)
On 11, Friday February 1944, Michael G. Oxley, American politician, born (d. 2016)
On 11, Friday February 1944, Carl Meinhof, German linguist, died (b. 1857)
On 11, Wednesday February 1959, Marshall Teague, American race car driver, died (b. 1921)
On 11, Tuesday February 1969, Jennifer Aniston, American actress, director, producer and businesswoman, born
On 11, Tuesday February 1969, Lee Tockar, Canadian voice actor, born
On 11, Tuesday February 1969, Bill Warner, American motorcycle racer, born (d. 2013)
On 11, Sunday February 1979, The Australian 60 Minutes begins on the Nine Network
On 11, Sunday February 1979, Brandy Norwood, African-American singer and actress, born
On 11, Saturday February 1989, Barbara Harris is the first woman consecrated as a bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America (and also the first woman to become a bishop in the worldwide Anglican Communion).
On 11, Saturday February 1989, Jesse Rath, Canadian actor, born
On 11, Saturday February 1989, Lovi Poe, Filipina actress, born
On 11, Saturday February 1989, Shakhbut bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Sheikh ruler of Abu Dhabi, died (b. 1905)
On 11, Saturday February 1989, T. E. B. Clarke, British screenwriter, died (b. 1907)
On 11, Saturday February 1989, George O’Hanlon, American actor and director, died (b. 1912)
On 11, Friday February 1994, Neal Blewitt resigns to become High Commissioner in London.
On 11, Friday February 1994, Dansby Swanson, American baseball player, born
On 11, Friday February 1994, Neil Bonnett, American race car driver, died (b. 1946)
On 11, Friday February 1994, Sorrell Booke, American actor, died (b. 1930)
On 11, Friday February 1994, William Conrad, American actor, died (b. 1920)
On 11, Friday February 1994, Paul Feyerabend, Austrian philosopher, died (b. 1924)
On 11, Friday February 1994, Antonio Martín, Spanish cyclist, died (b. 1970)
On 11, Thursday February 1999, Pluto moves along its eccentric orbit further from the Sun than Neptune. It had been nearer than Neptune since 1979, and will become again in 2231.
On 11, Thursday February 1999, Candace Hill, American track and field, born
On 11, Thursday February 1999, Andriy Lunin, Ukrainian footballer, born
On 11, Wednesday February 2009, Penny Ramsey, actress, died
On 11, Tuesday February 2014, Alice Babs, Swedish singer, 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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