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 28, Tuesday January 1919, Gabby Gabreski, American fighter ace, born (d. 2002)
On 28, Tuesday January 1919, Grand Duke Dmitry Konstantinovich of Russia, died (b. 1860)
On 28, Friday January 1944, Susan Howard, American actress, born
On 28, Friday January 1944, Rosalía Mera, Spanish fashion retailer (Zara) (d. 2018)
On 28, Friday January 1944, John Tavener, English composer, born (d. 2013)
On 28, Wednesday January 1959, Walter Beall, American baseball player, died (b. 1899)
On 28, Tuesday January 1969, 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill: A blowout on Union Oil’s Platform A spills 80,000 to 100,000 barrels of crude oil into a channel and onto the beaches of Santa Barbara County in Southern California; on February 5 the oil spill closes Santa Barbara’s harbor. The incident inspires Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson to organize the first Earth Day in 1970.
On 28, Tuesday January 1969, Kathryn Morris, American actress, born
On 28, Tuesday January 1969, Mo Rocca, American humorist, journalist and actor, born
On 28, Sunday January 1979, Glen Flanagan, American featherweight boxer, died (b. 1926)
On 28, Saturday January 1989, Bruno Massot, French-born German pair skater, born
On 28, Saturday January 1989, Mikhail Chulaki, Soviet composer, died (b. 1908)
On 28, Saturday January 1989, Halina Konopacka, Polish Olympic athlete, died (b. 1900)
On 28, Friday January 1994, Maluma, Colombian singer, born
On 28, Friday January 1994, Hal Smith, American actor, died (b. 1916)
On 28, Tuesday January 2014, General Peter Cosgrove is announced as the next Governor-General of Australia.
On 28, Tuesday January 2014, Bill Pritchett, 92, public servant and Secretary of Department of Defence, died

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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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