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, Sunday March 1894, Otto Grotewohl, East German Communist politician, 1st Prime Minister of the German Democratic Republic, born (d. 1964)
On 11, Tuesday March 1919, Kira Golovko, Russian actress, born (d. 2017)
On 11, Saturday March 1944, Graham Lyle, Grammy-winning Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist, known for writing several international hits for Tina Turner, born
On 11, Saturday March 1944, Don Maclean, English comedian and broadcaster, born
On 11, Saturday March 1944, Hendrik Willem van Loon, Dutch-born American historian, journalist and writer, died (b. 1882)
On 11, Saturday March 1944, Irvin S. Cobb, American writer, died (b. 1876)
On 11, Wednesday March 1959, Een beetje by Teddy Scholten (music by Dick Schallies, text by Willy van Hemert) wins the Eurovision Song Contest for the Netherlands.
On 11, Wednesday March 1959, A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry opens on Broadway.
On 11, Wednesday March 1959, Nina Hartley, American pornographic actress and director, born
On 11, Wednesday March 1959, Margus Oopkaup, Estonian actor, born
On 11, Wednesday March 1959, Dejan Stojanović, Serbian-American poet, writer, essayist and businessman, born
On 11, Tuesday March 1969, Police procedural drama series Division 4 makes its debut on the Nine Network.
On 11, Tuesday March 1969, Terrence Howard, American actor and singer, born
On 11, Tuesday March 1969, Soraya, Colombian singer and multi-instrumentalist, born (d. 2006)
On 11, Tuesday March 1969, Daniel E. Barbey, American admiral, died (b. 1889)
On 11, Tuesday March 1969, John Wyndham, British author, died (b. 1903)
On 11, Sunday March 1979, Benji Madden and Joel Madden, American musicians (Good Charlotte), born
On 11, Sunday March 1979, Victor Kilian, American actor, died (b. 1891)
On 11, Saturday March 1989, Daniella Kertesz, Israeli actress, born
On 11, Saturday March 1989, Anton Yelchin, Russian-born American actor, born (d. 2016), born
On 11, Saturday March 1989, James Kee, American politician, died (b. 1917)
On 11, Friday March 1994, Kaku Takashina, Japanese actor, died (b. 1919)
On 11, Wednesday March 2009, The cargo ship MV Pacific Adventurer leaks about 230,000 litres of fuel oil along 60 km of southern Queensland’s coast after battling a cyclone.
On 11, Tuesday March 2014, Dean Bailey, 47, football player (Essendon) and coach (Melbourne), died
On 11, Tuesday March 2014, Len Buckeridge, 77, billionaire construction executive, founder of Buckeridge Group of Companies, heart attack, 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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