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 18, Tuesday February 1919, Jack Palance, American actor, born (d. 2006)
On 18, Tuesday February 1919, José de Jesús Pimiento Rodríguez, Colombian cardinal
On 18, Friday February 1944, WWII: light cruiser HMS Penelope is torpedoed and sunk by U-410. 417 of her crew, including the captain, go down with the ship; 206 survive.
On 18, Wednesday February 1959, Jesús Sosa Blanco, a colonel in the Cuban army of Fulgencio Batista, is executed in Cuba after being convicted of committing 108 murders for Batista.
On 18, Wednesday February 1959, Women in Nepal vote for the first time.
On 18, Wednesday February 1959, Jayne Atkinson, English-born American film, theatre and television actress, born
On 18, Wednesday February 1959, Gago Coutinho, Portuguese aviation pioneer, died (b. 1869)
On 18, Sunday February 1979, The Sahara Desert experiences snow for 30 minutes.
On 18, Sunday February 1979, Tyrone D. Burton, American actor, born
On 18, Saturday February 1989, John Bailey, British actor, died (b. 1912)
On 18, Friday February 1994, J-Hope, South Korean rapper, born
On 18, Thursday February 1999, Andreas Feininger, French-born photographer, died (b. 1906).
On 18, Thursday February 1999, Noam Pitlik, American actor and director, died (b. 1932)
On 18, Wednesday February 2009, Kamila Skolimowska, Polish hammer thrower, died (b. 1982)
On 18, Tuesday February 2014, The Australian Federal Police carries out raids on the offices of Channel Seven in Sydney in relation to the network’s bid for an interview with convicted drug smuggler, Schapelle Corby.
On 18, Tuesday February 2014, Nelson Frazier, Jr., American professional wrestler, died (b. 1971)

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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.