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 16, Monday September 1844, Claude-Paul Taffanel, French flutist, composer, born (d. 1908)
On 16, Tuesday September 1919, Alfred Parland, Russian architect, died (b. 1842)
On 16, Saturday September 1944, Peter Harvey, journalist and television presenter, born (died 2013)
On 16, Saturday September 1944, Gustav Bauer, 11th Chancellor of Germany, died (b. 1870)
On 16, Wednesday September 1959, The Xerox 914, the first plain paper copier, is introduced to the public.
On 16, Wednesday September 1959, Peter Keleghan, Canadian actor, born
On 16, Sunday September 1979, Two families flee from East Germany by balloon.
On 16, Sunday September 1979, Fanny, French singer, born
On 16, Sunday September 1979, Flo Rida, African-American rapper, born
On 16, Sunday September 1979, Giò Ponti, Italian architect, industrial designer, furniture designer and artist, died (b. 1891)
On 16, Sunday September 1979, Rob Slotemaker, Indonesian-born, Dutch Formula 1 racing car driver, died (b. 1929)
On 16, Friday September 1994, Maddison Gabriel, model, born
On 16, Friday September 1994, Danish tour guide Louise Jensen is abducted, raped and murdered by three British soldiers in Cyprus.
On 16, Friday September 1994, Britain lifts the broadcasting ban imposed on Sinn Féin and paramilitary groups from Northern Ireland.
On 16, Friday September 1994, Jack Dodson, American actor, died (b. 1931)
On 16, Thursday September 1999, Mao Yi, Chinese gymnast, born
On 16, Wednesday September 2009, Mary Travers, American singer and songwriter, died (b. 1936)

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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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