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 27, Sunday May 1894, Louis-Ferdinand Céline, French writer, born (d. 1961)
On 27, Sunday May 1894, Dashiell Hammett, American detective fiction writer, born (d. 1961)
On 27, Tuesday May 1919, Fyodor Raskolnikov is exchanged for 14 British prisoners of war.
On 27, Tuesday May 1919, Siege of Spin Boldak (Third Anglo-Afghan War): This is the last time the British Army uses an escalade.
On 27, Tuesday May 1919, Emvin Cremona, Maltese artist, born (d. 1987)
On 27, Saturday May 1944, Chris Dodd, American politician, born
On 27, Wednesday May 1959, Katherine Lanpher, American journalist, born
On 27, Wednesday May 1959, Donna Strickland, Canadian physicist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics, born
On 27, Tuesday May 1969, Muhammad Fareed Didi, Sultan of Maldives, died (b. 1901)
On 27, Tuesday May 1969, Jeffrey Hunter, American film and television actor, died (b. 1926)
On 27, Sunday May 1979, Indianapolis 500: Rick Mears wins the race for the first time, and car owner Roger Penske for the second time.
On 27, Sunday May 1979, Michael Buonauro, American comic creator, born
On 27, Sunday May 1979, Margot Benary-Isbert, German writer, died (b. 1889)
On 27, Sunday May 1979, Ahmed Ould Bouceif, Mauritanian military officer, 2nd Prime Minister of Mauritania, died (b. 1934)
On 27, Saturday May 1989, Afgan Syahreza, Indonesian pop singer and actor, born
On 27, Friday May 1994, Aymeric Laporte, French footballer, born
On 27, Friday May 1994, Maximilian Arnold, German footballer, born
On 27, Friday May 1994, Red Rodney, American trumpeter, died (b. 1927)
On 27, Thursday May 1999, The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands indicts Slobodan Milošević and four others for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Kosovo.
On 27, Thursday May 1999, Maria Kameneva, Russian swimmer, born
On 27, Wednesday May 2009, Clive Granger, British economist, died (b. 1934)
On 27, Tuesday May 2014, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Bronwyn Bishop, rejects allegations she breached protocol as Speaker by hosting a Liberal Party fundraiser in the Speaker’s suite and says she will not be bound by stricter party political requirements agreed between Labor and the Greens which require the Speaker not to attend Party caucus meetings.

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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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