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 25, Monday November 1844, Karl Benz, German automotive pioneer, born (d. 1929)
On 25, Thursday November 1869, Herbert Greenfield, Premier of Alberta, Canada, born (d. 1949)
On 25, Sunday November 1894, Solomon Caesar Malan, Swiss-born orientalist, died (b. 1812)
On 25, Saturday November 1944, Reg Saunders becomes the first Aboriginal commissioned officer in the Australian Army.
On 25, Saturday November 1944, Ben Stein, American law professor, actor and author, born
On 25, Saturday November 1944, Michael Kijana Wamalwa, Kenyan politician, 8th Vice President of Kenya, born
On 25, Saturday November 1944, Kenesaw Mountain Landis, 1st commissioner of Major League Baseball, died (b. 1866)
On 25, Wednesday November 1959, Charles Kennedy, British politician, born (d. 2015)
On 25, Wednesday November 1959, Gérard Philipe, French actor, died (b. 1922)
On 25, Tuesday November 1969, John Lennon returns his MBE medal to protest the British government’s involvement in the Nigerian Civil War.
On 25, Sunday November 1979, Last cargo of phosphate shipped from Banaba Island.
On 25, Sunday November 1979, Joel Kinnaman, Swedish-American actor, born
On 25, Sunday November 1979, John S. Crawford, American politician for the Wisconsin State Assembly, died (b. 1923)
On 25, Saturday November 1989, Elections in South Australia narrowly return the Labor government of John Bannon to power.
On 25, Saturday November 1989, Basia A’Hern, actress, born
On 25, Saturday November 1989, Tom Dice, Belgian singer-songwriter, born
On 25, Saturday November 1989, George Cakobau, Governor-General of Fiji, died (b. 1912)
On 25, Tuesday November 2014, Cricket: Phillip Hughes was knocked unconscious by a bouncer during a Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground. He never regained consciousness and died two days later.

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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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