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 7, Sunday October 1894, Del Lord, American film director, born (d. 1970)
On 7, Sunday October 1894, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., American author, died (b. 1809)
On 7, Tuesday October 1919, Zelman Cowen, Governor General of Australia, born
On 7, Tuesday October 1919, Alfred Deakin, died (born 1856), Prime Minister of Australia, playwright
On 7, Tuesday October 1919, The Dutch airline KLM is formed (as of 2007, it will be the world’s oldest airline still flying under its original name).
On 7, Tuesday October 1919, Zelman Cowen, Governor-General of Australia, born (d. 2011)
On 7, Tuesday October 1919, Alfred Deakin, 2nd Prime Minister of Australia, died (b. 1856)
On 7, Wednesday October 1959, The U.S.S.R. probe Luna 3 sends back the first ever photos of the far side of the Moon.
On 7, Wednesday October 1959, Simon Cowell, English music producer and television talent show judge, born
On 7, Wednesday October 1959, Lourdes Flores, Peruvian politician, born
On 7, Wednesday October 1959, Mario Lanza, American tenor, died (b. 1921)
On 7, Tuesday October 1969, Benny Chan Ho Man, Hong Kong actor, born
On 7, Tuesday October 1969, Benny Chan Muk-Sing, Hong Kong film director, born
On 7, Tuesday October 1969, Natalya Lisenko, Russian actress, died (b. 1884)
On 7, Tuesday October 1969, Johnnie Morris, American actor, died (b. 1887)
On 7, Sunday October 1979, The Australia Refugee Advisory Council is established.
On 7, Sunday October 1979, Pope John Paul II ends his first U.S. papal visit in Washington, D.C. with his first ever visit to the White House.
On 7, Sunday October 1979, Shawn Ashmore, Canadian film and television actor, born
On 7, Sunday October 1979, Simona Amânar, Romanian gymnast, born
On 7, Sunday October 1979, Susan Eldridge, American supermodel, born
On 7, Sunday October 1979, Tang Wei, Chinese actress, born
On 7, Saturday October 1989, The communist Hungarian Socialist Workers’ Party votes to reorganise itself as a socialist party, to be named the Hungarian Socialist Party.
On 7, Saturday October 1989, The first mass demonstration against the Communist regime in the GDR began in Plauen, East Germany, at 7 October 1989 and it was the beginning of a series of mass demonstrations in the whole GDR which ultimately led to the reunification of Germany in 1990.
On 7, Friday October 1994, Niels Kaj Jerne, English immunologist, died (b. 1911)
On 7, Friday October 1994, James Hill, British film and television director, died (b. 1919)
On 7, Thursday October 1999, Helen Vinson, American actress, died (b. 1907)
On 7, Wednesday October 2009, The Jackson Jive, one of the acts in the Red Faces segment in the second of two Hey Hey It’s Saturday reunion specials, causes international outrage when they appear in blackface parodying the Jackson Five.
On 7, Wednesday October 2009, Irving Penn, American photographer, died (b. 1917)
On 7, Tuesday October 2014, Siegfried Lenz, German writer, died (b. 1926)

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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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