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 11, Monday November 1844, Marcelino Crisologo, Filipino politician, playwright, writer and poet, born (d. 1927)
On 11, Thursday November 1869, Victor Emmanuel III, King of Italy, born (d. 1947)
On 11, Tuesday November 1919, Artilleryman wins the Melbourne Cup
On 11, Tuesday November 1919, Russian Civil War: The Northwestern Army of General Nikolai Yudenich retreats to Estonia and is disarmed.
On 11, Tuesday November 1919, The Centralia Massacre in Centralia, Washington (United States), originating at an Armistice Day parade, results in the deaths of four members of the American Legion, and the lynching of a local leader of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).
On 11, Tuesday November 1919, First Remembrance Day observed in the British Empire with a two-minute silence at 11:00 hours.
On 11, Saturday November 1944, Operational ships of the French Navy re-enter their base at Toulon.
On 11, Saturday November 1944, Daniel Ortega, President of Nicaragua, born
On 11, Saturday November 1944, Kemal Sunal, Turkish comedian, born
On 11, Wednesday November 1959, Charles Chauvel, died (born 1897), filmmaker
On 11, Wednesday November 1959, Parithi Ilamvazhuthi, Indian politician, born (d. 2018)
On 11, Wednesday November 1959, Christian Schwarzenegger, Swiss legal scientist and professor, born
On 11, Tuesday November 1969, Prime Minister Gorton makes the most sweeping changes to the Federal Ministry since the Liberal-Country Party Coalition took office in 1949. Seven back-benchers are promoted to the junior ministry, four junior ministers promoted to cabinet, and three ministers dropped altogether. Treasurer McMahon was moved to External Affairs, and replaced by Les Bury. Future prime minister Malcolm Fraser was promoted to Minister for Defence.
On 11, Tuesday November 1969, Frank Mills, American politician in Ohio legislature, died (b. 1904)
On 11, Sunday November 1979, Dimitri Tiomkin, Russian film composer, died (b. 1894)
On 11, Saturday November 1989, Adam Rippon, American figure skater, born
On 11, Saturday November 1989, Reina Tanaka, Japanese rock singer, lead singer of Japanese rock group, Lovendor and former member of pop group Morning Musume, born
On 11, Saturday November 1989, Kenneth MacLean Glazier Sr., Canadian minister and librarian, died (b. 1912)
On 11, Friday November 1994, At a joint meeting of the Coalition parties, Federal Liberal Leader Alexander Downer ignores substantial opposition to Labor’s Racial Hatred Bill and amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act, proposing a Liberal Bill instead. Queensland National backbencher Bob Katter declares that Mr. Downer’s days as leader are numbered.
On 11, Friday November 1994, Dame Elizabeth Maconchy, British composer, died (b. 1907)
On 11, Friday November 1994, Pedro Zamora, Cuban-American AIDS activist, died (b. 1972)
On 11, Thursday November 1999, Emma Gonzalez, American gun control activist[importance?], born
On 11, Thursday November 1999, Fan Yilin, Chinese artistic gymnast, born
On 11, Thursday November 1999, Mary Kay Bergman, American voice actress, died (b. 1961)
On 11, Thursday November 1999, Vivian Fuchs, English geologist, died (b. 1908)
On 11, Thursday November 1999, Jacobo Timerman, Argentine journalist and author, died (b. 1923)
On 11, Wednesday November 2009, Claude Choules becomes the world’s oldest first-time author at the age of 108 when his autobiography The Last of the Last is published.

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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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