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 6, Thursday May 1869, Henry Vincent, first superintendent of Rottnest Island Aboriginal Prison, died (b. c. 1796)
On 6, Thursday May 1869, Purdue University is founded in West Lafayette, Indiana.
On 6, Tuesday May 1919, The Third Anglo-Afghan War begins.
On 6, Tuesday May 1919, L. Frank Baum, American author, poet, playwright, actor and independent filmmaker (The Wizard of Oz), died (b. 1856)
On 6, Wednesday May 1959, Maria Dulęba, Polish actress, died (b. 1881)
On 6, Tuesday May 1969, Jim Magilton, Northern Irish footballer, born
On 6, Tuesday May 1969, Don Drummond, Jamaican ska musician, died (b. 1932)
On 6, Sunday May 1979, Mark Burrier, American cartoonist, born
On 6, Sunday May 1979, Kerry Ellis, English stage actress/singer, born
On 6, Sunday May 1979, Gerd Kanter, Estonian discus thrower, born
On 6, Sunday May 1979, Jon Montgomery, Canadian former skeleton racer and television personality; host of The Amazing Race Canada, born
On 6, Sunday May 1979, Milton Ager, American songwriter, died (b. 1893)
On 6, Saturday May 1989, Liberal Ian McPhee loses pre-selection for his seat of Goldstein in favour of hardliner David Kemp, amid accusations of branch-stacking and foul play.
On 6, Saturday May 1989, Dominika Cibulková, Slovak tennis player, born
On 6, Saturday May 1989, Otto Knows, Swedish DJ and producer, born
On 6, Saturday May 1989, Adolfo Constanzo, Cuban-born American serial killer, died (b. 1962)
On 6, Friday May 1994, The Channel Tunnel, which took 15,000 workers more than seven years to complete, opens between England and France, enabling passengers to travel between the two countries in 35 minutes.
On 6, Friday May 1994, Mateo Kovačić, Croatian footballer, born
On 6, Thursday May 1999, Elections are held in Scotland and Wales for the new Scottish Parliament and National Assembly for Wales.
On 6, Tuesday May 2014, Lex Watson, 71, LGBT rights activist and political scientist, died
On 6, Tuesday May 2014, Jimmy Ellis, American boxer, died (b. 1940)
On 6, Tuesday May 2014, Farley Mowat, Canadian author, died (b. 1921)

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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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