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 14, Sunday October 1894, E. E. Cummings, American poet, born (d. 1962)
On 14, Sunday October 1894, Heinrich Lübke, German president, born (d. 1972)
On 14, Saturday October 1944, WWII: German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel commits suicide rather than face execution for allegedly conspiring against Adolf Hitler.
On 14, Saturday October 1944, Erwin Rommel, German field marshal, died (b. 1891)
On 14, Wednesday October 1959, Errol Flynn, died (born 1909), actor, born (died in Canada)
On 14, Wednesday October 1959, Jack Davey, died (born 1907), radio comedian and quiz show host
On 14, Wednesday October 1959, Errol Flynn, Australian actor, died (b. 1909)
On 14, Tuesday October 1969, Kosuke Okano, Japanese voice actor, born
On 14, Tuesday October 1969, David Strickland, American actor, born (d. 1999)
On 14, Tuesday October 1969, Arnie Herber, American football player (Green Bay Packers) and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, died (b. 1910)
On 14, Tuesday October 1969, August Sang, Estonian poet and literary translator, died (b. 1914)
On 14, Sunday October 1979, Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) President Bob Hawke wins preselection for the safe ALP federal seat of Wills, making way for him to enter federal politics next year. Mr. Hawke defeated the Socialist Left candidate Gerry Hand winning 38 votes from the 70-member selection panel.
On 14, Sunday October 1979, National March for gay rights takes place in Washington, D.C., involving tens of thousands of people.
On 14, Sunday October 1979, Stacy Keibler, American actress and model, born
On 14, Saturday October 1989, Mia Wasikowska, Australian actress, born
On 14, Friday October 1994, Jared Goff, American football player, born
On 14, Thursday October 1999, Daniel Roche, British actor, born
On 14, Thursday October 1999, Wu Yibing, Chinese tennis player, born
On 14, Thursday October 1999, Laura Zeng, American rhythmic gymnast, born
On 14, Thursday October 1999, Julius Nyerere, 1st President of Tanzania, died (b. 1922)
On 14, Wednesday October 2009, Fred Cress, 71, artist, died
On 14, Tuesday October 2014, The storm that hit Sydney was described as a once in a century event. Marrickville, Canterbury and Sydney Airport had a torrent of rainfall in as many as three hours and what you’d expect to see in one location about once every 20 years.
On 14, Tuesday October 2014, Australian author Richard Flanagan wins the 2014 Man Booker Prize for his novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North.
On 14, Tuesday October 2014, Mary Downer, 89, arts patron, born (died in London), died
On 14, Tuesday October 2014, John F. Stephenson, 77, football player (Carlton), died
On 14, Tuesday October 2014, Elizabeth Peña, American actress, died (b. 1959)

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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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