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 13, Saturday April 1844, John Surratt, suspect in the Abraham Lincoln assassination, son of Mary Surratt, born (d. 1916)
On 13, Saturday April 1844, Mamiya Rinzō, Japanese explorer of Sakhalin, died (b. 1775)
On 13, Tuesday April 1869, Vida Goldstein, feminist and politician, born (died 1949)
On 13, Friday April 1894, Arthur Fadden, born (died 1973), Prime Minister of Australia
On 13, Friday April 1894, Arthur Fadden, Australian Prime Minister, born (d. 1973)
On 13, Sunday April 1919, Amritsar Massacre: British and Gurkha troops massacre 379 Sikhs at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar, in the Punjab Province (British India).
On 13, Sunday April 1919, Eugene V. Debs enters prison at the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary in Atlanta, Georgia for speaking out against the draft during World War I.
On 13, Sunday April 1919, Howard Keel, American singer, dancer and actor (Dallas), born (d. 2004)
On 13, Sunday April 1919, Madalyn Murray O’Hair, American atheist activist, born (d. 1995)
On 13, Thursday April 1944, Jack Casady, American rock musician (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna)
On 13, Thursday April 1944, Bartolomeo Gosio, Italian scientist, died (b. 1863)
On 13, Monday April 1959, Dagmar Hansen, Danish singer, died (b. 1871)
On 13, Sunday April 1969, Queensland: The Brisbane Tramways end service after 84 years of operation.
On 13, Friday April 1979, The La Soufrière volcano erupts in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
On 13, Friday April 1979, Baron Davis, American basketball player, born
On 13, Friday April 1979, Tony Lundon, Irish singer (Liberty X), born
On 13, Friday April 1979, Frankie Kelleher, American baseball player, died (b. 1916)
On 13, Thursday April 1989, Vladislav Yegin, Russian ice hockey player, born
On 13, Thursday April 1989, Patriarch Paul II Cheikho, died (b. 1906)
On 13, Thursday April 1989, António Ferreira Gomes, Portuguese Roman Catholic bishop, died (b. 1906)
On 13, Tuesday April 1999, Willi Stoph, German politician, 2-time Prime Minister of the German Democratic Republic, died (b. 1914)
On 13, Monday April 2009, John Armitage, 88, politician, died
On 13, Monday April 2009, Frank Costigan, 78, lawyer and royal commissioner, died
On 13, Sunday April 2014, Basketball: The 2013–14 NBL season concludes, with the Perth Wildcats defeating the Adelaide 36ers in the finals series.
On 13, Sunday April 2014, Ernesto Laclau, Argentine political theorist, died (b. 1935)

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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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