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 25, Monday March 1844, Adolf Engler, German botanist, born (d. 1930)
On 25, Sunday March 1894, Coxey’s Army (of the unemployed), the first significant protest march in the United States, departs from Massillon, Ohio, for Washington, D.C.
On 25, Tuesday March 1919, William Wade, NSW politician
On 25, Tuesday March 1919, Jeanne Cagney, American actress, born (d. 1984)
On 25, Saturday March 1944, Omelyan Kovch, Soviet Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox priest, martyr and blessed, died (b. 1884)
On 25, Wednesday March 1959, Billy Mayerl, British pianist and composer, died (b. 1902)
On 25, Tuesday March 1969, Jeffrey Walker, English musician, born
On 25, Tuesday March 1969, Billy Cotton, English entertainer and bandleader, died (b. 1899)
On 25, Tuesday March 1969, Max Eastman, American writer, died (b. 1883)
On 25, Tuesday March 1969, Alan Mowbray, English actor, died (b. 1896)
On 25, Sunday March 1979, Australia is represented by nine long-distance runners (all men), including Robert de Castella, at the seventh IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Limerick, Ireland. Steve Austin is Australia’s best finisher, claiming the 29th spot (38:36.0) in the race over 12 kilometres.
On 25, Sunday March 1979, The first fully functional Space Shuttle orbiter, Columbia, is delivered to the Kennedy Space Center, to be prepared for its first launch.
On 25, Sunday March 1979, Lee Pace, American actor, born
On 25, Sunday March 1979, Traxamillion, American producer rapper, born
On 25, Sunday March 1979, Gorilla Zoe, American rapper, born
On 25, Saturday March 1989, Scott Sinclair, English footballer, born
On 25, Saturday March 1989, Aly Michalka, American actress and singer, born
On 25, Saturday March 1989, Sa`id Al-Mufti, Jordanian political figure, 9th Prime Minister of Jordan, died (b. 1898)
On 25, Friday March 1994, Justin Prentice, American actor, born
On 25, Friday March 1994, Max Petitpierre, Swiss politician, died (b. 1899)
On 25, Thursday March 1999, Enron energy traders allegedly route 2,900 megawatts of electricity destined for California to the town of Silver Peak, Nevada, population 200.
On 25, Thursday March 1999, Jin Ji-hee, South Korean actress, born
On 25, Wednesday March 2009, Yukio Endo, Japanese gymnast, died (b. 1937)
On 25, Tuesday March 2014, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announces that the titles of knights and dames will be reintroduced into the Order of Australia honours list after being abolished in 1986. The first to receive the award will be the outgoing Governor-General, the Queen’s representative in Australia, who will be known as Dame Quentin Bryce. Incoming Governor-General Peter Cosgrove and all future holders of the post will also receive the honour.
On 25, Tuesday March 2014, Cricket: The 2013–14 Sheffield Shield season concludes, with New South Wales drawing with Western Australia in the final to claim the title.

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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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