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 28, Tuesday October 1919, The Treaty of Peace (Germany) Act 1919 receives Royal Assent, confirming Australia’s membership as a sovereign nation in the new League of Nations, and indicating Australia’s independence from the United Kingdom.
On 28, Tuesday October 1919, Prohibition in the United States: The United States Congress passes the Volstead Act, over President Woodrow Wilson’s veto. Prohibition goes into effect on January 17, 1920, under the provisions of the 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution.
On 28, Saturday October 1944, Marián Labuda, Slovak actor, born (d. 2018)
On 28, Saturday October 1944, Dennis Franz, American actor, born
On 28, Wednesday October 1959, Lili Árkayné Sztehló, Hungarian painter, died (b. 1897)
On 28, Wednesday October 1959, Camilo Cienfuegos, Cuban revolutionary, died (b. 1932)
On 28, Sunday October 1979, Jawed Karim, co-founder of YouTube, born
On 28, Sunday October 1979, Brett Dennen, American folk/pop singer and songwriter, born
On 28, Sunday October 1979, Martin Škoula, Czech ice hockey player, born
On 28, Saturday October 1989, United States Flag Protection Act takes effect. Mass protests in Seattle and New York City
On 28, Saturday October 1989, Camille Muffat, French swimmer, born (d. 2015), born
On 28, Saturday October 1989, Henry Hall, British bandleader, died (b. 1898)
On 28, Saturday October 1989, Yuliya Solntseva, Soviet actress, died (b. 1901)
On 28, Friday October 1994, (to 30 October) Against strong opposition, the Liberal Federal Conference carries reforms to enhance the power of the federal Executive to intervene in state divisions to ensure fiscal probity and to select quality candidates.
On 28, Friday October 1994, The Hyundai Excel (X3) is launched in Australia.
On 28, Friday October 1994, Calvin S. Fuller, American physical chemist, died (b. 1902)
On 28, Wednesday October 2009, Taylor Mitchell, Canadian singer, died (b. 1990)
On 28, Tuesday October 2014, Michael Sata, 5th President of Zambia, died (b. 1937)

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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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