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 4, Thursday November 1869, The first issue of the scientific journal Nature is published in London, edited by Norman Lockyer.
On 4, Sunday November 1894, Chafik Charobim, Egyptian impressionist painter, born (d. 1975)
On 4, Tuesday November 1919, Martin Balsam, American actor, born (d. 1996)
On 4, Tuesday November 1919, Shirley Mitchell, American actress, born (d. 2013)
On 4, Saturday November 1944, Linda Gary, American voice actress, born (d. 1995)
On 4, Saturday November 1944, John Dill, Field Marshal of the British Army, died (b. 1881)
On 4, Wednesday November 1959, Mark Speakman, politician, born
On 4, Wednesday November 1959, George Karslidis, Greek Orthodox priest, elder and saint, died (b. 1901)
On 4, Wednesday November 1959, Friedrich Waismann, Austrian mathematician, physicist and philosopher, died (b. 1896)
On 4, Tuesday November 1969, Rain Lover wins the Melbourne Cup.
On 4, Tuesday November 1969, Sean Combs, American rapper and entrepreneur, born
On 4, Tuesday November 1969, Matthew McConaughey, American actor, born
On 4, Tuesday November 1969, Ikbal Ali Shah, Indian-born Afghan diplomat and author, died (b. 1894)
On 4, Sunday November 1979, Iran hostage crisis begins: 500 Iranian radicals, mostly students, invade the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and take 90 hostages (53 of whom are American). They demand that the United States send the former Shah of Iran back to stand trial.
On 4, Sunday November 1979, Audrey Hollander, American pornographic actress, born
On 4, Sunday November 1979, Morris Chalfen, American sports entertainment promoter, died (b. 1907)
On 4, Sunday November 1979, Yank Terry, American baseball player, died (b. 1911)
On 4, Saturday November 1989, Typhoon Gay devastates Thailand’s Chumphon Province.
On 4, Friday November 1994, Sydney Airport’s third runway opens, resulting in protests about noise levels.
On 4, Friday November 1994, Deion Jones, American football player, born
On 4, Tuesday November 2014, Horse racing: Protectionist wins the 2014 Melbourne Cup. Race favourite and Caulfield Cup winner Admire Rakti collapses and dies of a cardiac arrest after finishing last in the race. Another horse, Araldo, is euthanised after sustaining a leg injury when spooked by a spectator.
On 4, Tuesday November 2014, Admire Rakti, 6, racehorse, died
On 4, Tuesday November 2014, Araldo, 6, racehorse, 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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