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 23, Thursday September 1869, Mary Mallon (Typhoid Mary), first known (in the United States) asymptomatic carrier of the pathogen associated with typhoid fever, born (d. 1938)
On 23, Tuesday September 1919, Tōta Kaneko, Japanese writer, born (d. 2018)
On 23, Saturday September 1944, Matylda Palfyova, Czechoslovakian artistic gymnast, died (b. 1912)
On 23, Wednesday September 1959, The M/S Princess of Tasmania Australia’s first passenger Roll-on/roll-off diesel ferry makes maiden voyage across Bass Strait.
On 23, Wednesday September 1959, The MS Princess of Tasmania, (Australia’s first passenger RO/RO diesel ferry), makes its maiden voyage across the Bass Strait.
On 23, Wednesday September 1959, Elizabeth Peña, American actress, born (d. 2014)
On 23, Wednesday September 1959, Jason Alexander, American actor and comedian, born
On 23, Tuesday September 1969, China carries out an underground nuclear bomb test.
On 23, Tuesday September 1969, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (directed by George Roy Hill and starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford) opens to limited release in the United States.
On 23, Sunday September 1979, Lote Tuqiri, Australian rugby union player, born
On 23, Sunday September 1979, Steve Brooks, American jockey, died (b. 1922)
On 23, Saturday September 1989, A cease-fire in the Lebanese Civil War stops the violence that had killed 900 people since March.
On 23, Saturday September 1989, Mara Scherzinger, German actress, born
On 23, Saturday September 1989, Brandon Jennings, American basketball player, born
On 23, Saturday September 1989, Kevin Norwood, American football player, born
On 23, Saturday September 1989, Sui He, Chinese model, born
On 23, Saturday September 1989, A.J. Applegate, American pornographic actress, born
On 23, Saturday September 1989, Dani Daniels, American pornographic actress, born
On 23, Saturday September 1989, Bradley Kincaid, American singer, died (b. 1894)
On 23, Friday September 1994, The shadow cabinet agrees not to oppose Labor’s Human Rights (Sexual Conduct) Bill to override Tasmania’s anti-gay laws, sparking revolt in conservative ranks. During the Bill’s passage, the Coalition breaks ranks.
On 23, Friday September 1994, Robert Bloch, American writer, died (b. 1917)
On 23, Thursday September 1999, Ivan Goff, 89, screenwriter, died
On 23, Thursday September 1999, Ivan Goff, Australian screenwriter, died (b. 1910)
On 23, Wednesday September 2009, Major dust storms hit Eastern Australia.
On 23, Wednesday September 2009, Ertuğrul Osman, 43rd Head of the Ottoman Dynasty, died (b. 1912)
On 23, Tuesday September 2014, Rodney Milgate, 80, painter, playwright and newsreader, died

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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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