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 13, Thursday May 1869, Bob Dalton, Wild Western outlaw, born (d. 1892)
On 13, Sunday May 1894, Ásgeir Ásgeirsson, 2nd President of Iceland, born (d. 1972)
On 13, Saturday May 1944, Armistead Maupin, American author, born
On 13, Saturday May 1944, Carolyn Franklin, American singer, born (d. 1988)
On 13, Tuesday May 1969, May 13 Incident: Race riots occur in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
On 13, Tuesday May 1969, Nikos Aliagas, French-born television host, born
On 13, Tuesday May 1969, Brian Carroll (a.k.a. Buckethead), American guitarist, born
On 13, Sunday May 1979, Mickey Madden, American musician (Maroon 5), born
On 13, Sunday May 1979, Carl Philip, Prince of Sweden, born
On 13, Sunday May 1979, Sid Ahmed Rezala, French serial killer, born
On 13, Sunday May 1979, Predrag Đajić, Bosnian Serb and Yugoslav footballer, died (b. 1922)
On 13, Sunday May 1979, Iris Hoey, British actress, died (b. 1885)
On 13, Saturday May 1989, Liberal candidate Robin Gray wins the Tasmanian state election, 1989. The Liberal Party secures 46.9% of the vote, while the Labor Party secures 34.7% and the Green Independents 17.1%.
On 13, Saturday May 1989, Queensland National Party MP Santo Santoro wins the Merthyr state by-election, 1989.
On 13, Thursday May 1999, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi is elected President of Italy.
On 13, Thursday May 1999, Francis Magundayao, Filipino actor, born
On 13, Thursday May 1999, Gene Sarazen, American golfer, died (b. 1902)
On 13, Wednesday May 2009, Former rugby league football player and The NRL Footy Show presenter, Matthew Johns, is suspended indefinitely from the program by the Nine Network following reports of his involvement in a group sex act with other Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks players in 2002. The incident was first reported on ABC1’s current affairs program, Four Corners, on 11 May 2009.
On 13, Wednesday May 2009, Don Cordner, 87, Australian rules footballer, died
On 13, Wednesday May 2009, Achille Compagnoni, Italian mountaineer, died (b. 1914)
On 13, Tuesday May 2014, Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey delivers the 2014 Australian federal budget, the first budget of the Abbott Government. The budget features significant structural reform to redress a growing deficit. This includes a dramatic downsizing of government bureaucracy. It also contained significant changes to welfare, new initiatives for a medical research fund and spending on roads. A budget surplus is not expected until 2023. A controversial measure is the implementation of a $7 co-payment for patients’ visits to general practitioners, to take effect from 1 July 2015.
On 13, Tuesday May 2014, David Malet Armstrong, 87, philosopher, 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.