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 18, Tuesday November 1919, Andrée Borrel, French World War II heroine, born (d. 1944)
On 18, Saturday November 1944, James Blair, politician and judge, died
On 18, Saturday November 1944, The Popular Socialist Youth is founded in Cuba
On 18, Saturday November 1944, WWII: 3,546 drown when USS Picuda torpedoes Mayasan Maru.
On 18, Saturday November 1944, Wolfgang Joop, German artist, fashion designer, and art collector, born
On 18, Saturday November 1944, Edwin C. Krupp, American astronomer author, and Director of the Griffith Observatory, born
On 18, Wednesday November 1959, MGM releases widescreen Technicolor version of Ben-Hur, starring Charlton Heston. Film goes on to win record number of Academy Awards. Last MGM film to win Best Picture Oscar; Doctor Zhivago nominated in 1965.
On 18, Wednesday November 1959, Jimmy Quinn, Northern Irish footballer and football manager, born
On 18, Wednesday November 1959, Karla Faye Tucker, American convicted murderer, born (d. 1998)
On 18, Tuesday November 1969, Kathleen van Brempt, Belgian politician, born
On 18, Tuesday November 1969, Sam Cassell, American basketball player, born
On 18, Tuesday November 1969, Ahmed Helmy, Egyptian actor, born
On 18, Tuesday November 1969, Rocket Ismail, American football player, born
On 18, Tuesday November 1969, Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., American politician, died (b. 1888)
On 18, Sunday November 1979, Neeti Mohan, Indian playback singer, born
On 18, Sunday November 1979, Freddie Fitzsimmons, American baseball player, manager, and coach, died (b. 1901)
On 18, Sunday November 1979, Ade Schwammel, American football offensive tackle, died (b. 1908)
On 18, Friday November 1994, Cab Calloway, American jazz singer and bandleader, died (b. 1907)
On 18, Friday November 1994, Peter Ledger, Australian artist, died (b. 1945)
On 18, Thursday November 1999, Paul Bowles, American novelist, died (b. 1910)
On 18, Thursday November 1999, Horst P. Horst, American photographer, died (b. 1906)
On 18, Thursday November 1999, Doug Sahm, American musician, died (b. 1941)
On 18, Tuesday November 2014, India’s Prime minister Narendra Modi makes a speech to Federal Parliament in which he expresses his desire for Australian resources to fuel development in India.
On 18, Tuesday November 2014, Ahmad Lozi, 48th Prime Minister of Jordan, died (b. 1925)

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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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