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 Sunday, 5 January 1919, Spartacist uprising: Socialist demonstrations in Berlin, Germany turn into an attempted communist revolution.
On Sunday, 5 January 1919, In Germany, the German Workers’ Party (Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, DAP), predecessor of the Nazi Party, is formed by the merger of Anton Drexler’s Committee of Independent Workmen with journalist Karl Harrer’s Political Workers’ Circle.
On Sunday, 5 January 1919, Hector Abhayavardhana, Sri Lankan political theorist, born (d. 2012)
On Monday, 5 January 1959, Clancy Brown, American actor, born
On Sunday, 5 January 1969, Ariana Afghan Airlines Flight 701 crashes into a house on its approach to London’s Gatwick Airport, killing 50 of the 62 people on board and two of the home’s occupants.
On Sunday, 5 January 1969, The Soviet Union launches Venera 5 toward Venus.
On Sunday, 5 January 1969, Marilyn Manson, American rock musician, born
On Sunday, 5 January 1969, Shea Whigham, American actor, born
On Friday, 5 January 1979, Brian Richard, American pop artist and designer, born
On Friday, 5 January 1979, Billy Bletcher, American actor, died (b. 1894)
On Friday, 5 January 1979, Charles Mingus, American musician, died (b. 1922)
On Wednesday, 5 January 1994, Zemgus Girgensons, Latvian ice hockey player, born
On Wednesday, 5 January 1994, Brian Johnston, British cricket commentator, died (b. 1912)
On Wednesday, 5 January 1994, Elmar Lipping, Estonian statesman and soldier, died (b. 1906)
On Wednesday, 5 January 1994, Tip O’Neill, American politician, died (b. 1912)
On Tuesday, 5 January 1999, Mattias Svanberg, Swedish footballer, born
On Sunday, 5 January 2014, Arthur Gietzelt, 93, Senator for New South Wales, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs (1983–1987), died
On Sunday, 5 January 2014, A launch of the communication satellite GSAT-14 aboard the GSLV Mk.II D5 marks the first successful flight of an Indian cryogenic rocket engine.
On Sunday, 5 January 2014, Eusébio, Portuguese footballer, died (b. 1942)

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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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