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 9, Sunday February 1919, Robert Martin, American fighter pilot, born (d. 2018)
On 9, Wednesday February 1944, Derryn Hinch, media personality, born.
On 9, Wednesday February 1944, Alice Walker, American writer, born
On 9, Wednesday February 1944, Agnes Mary Frances Duclaux, British poet, essayist and novelist, died (b. 1857)
On 9, Monday February 1959, Yugoslavia and Spain set trade relations (not diplomatic ones).
On 9, Monday February 1959, Joachim Kunz, East German Olympic weightlifter, born
On 9, Sunday February 1969, The Boeing 747 “jumbo jet” is flown for the first time, taking off from the Boeing airfield at Everett, Washington.
On 9, Sunday February 1969, Ian Eagle, American sports announcer, born
On 9, Sunday February 1969, Tom Scharpling, American comedian, television writer and producer, born
On 9, Sunday February 1969, Gabby Hayes, American actor, died (b. 1885)
On 9, Friday February 1979, Associated Securities Limited, Australia’s fourth-largest finance company, is placed into receivership. In a statement to the stock exchange, ASL directors state that the results for the six months to 31 December had shown a loss of $2.5 million, plus an extraordinary loss of $1 million from foreign exchange movements.
On 9, Friday February 1979, Zhang Ziyi, Chinese actress and model, born
On 9, Friday February 1979, Irina Slutskaya, Russian figure skater, born
On 9, Thursday February 1989, Wu Chia-ching, Taiwanese pool player, born
On 9, Thursday February 1989, Maxime Dufour-Lapointe, Canadian freestyle skier, born
On 9, Thursday February 1989, Osamu Tezuka, Japanese artist, died (b. 1928)
On 9, Wednesday February 1994, Twenty minute quarters and the “final 8” are introduced in the AFL.
On 9, Wednesday February 1994, The Vance–Owen peace plan for Bosnia and Herzegovina is announced.
On 9, Wednesday February 1994, Howard Martin Temin, American geneticist, died (b. 1934)
On 9, Tuesday February 1999, Bryan Mosley, English actor, died (b. 1931)
On 9, Monday February 2009, The premiere of Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities sets the ratings record of the highest-rating Australian television series launch since the introduction of the OzTAM people meter system in 2001. The launch attracted 2.58 million viewers, and is also the highest rating non-sporting program in television history.
On 9, Monday February 2009, Eluana Englaro, Italian patient in right-to-die case, died (b. 1970)
On 9, Sunday February 2014, Bushfires north of Melbourne and in Gippsland destroy over 30 houses.

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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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