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, Sunday February 1919, Keith Carmody, cricketer, born (died 1977)
On 16, Sunday February 1919, (16-21) Estonian War of Independence: Uniformed peasants in Saaremaa rebel against the government of Estonia; the rebellion is crushed by government forces, leaving more than 200 dead.
On 16, Sunday February 1919, Irene Brown, British author and codebreaker, born (d. 2017)
On 16, Wednesday February 1944, Richard Ford, American writer, born
On 16, Wednesday February 1944, António Mascarenhas Monteiro, President of Cape Verde, born (d. 2016)
On 16, Wednesday February 1944, Carl August Ehrensvärd, Swedish admiral, died (b. 1858)
On 16, Wednesday February 1944, Henri Nathansen, Danish writer and director, died (b. 1868)
On 16, Monday February 1959, Fidel Castro becomes Premier of Cuba.
On 16, Monday February 1959, A blizzard causes a massive power outage in Newfoundland.
On 16, Monday February 1959, John McEnroe, American tennis player
On 16, Friday February 1979, Valentino Rossi, Italian seven-time MotoGP world champion, born
On 16, Friday February 1979, Eric Mun, leader of Korean boy-band Shinhwa, born
On 16, Thursday February 1989, Pan Am Flight 103: Investigators announce that the cause of the crash was a bomb hidden inside a radio-cassette player.
On 16, Thursday February 1989, Elizabeth Olsen, American actress, born
On 16, Thursday February 1989, Zivanna Letisha Siregar, Indonesian model, born
On 16, Thursday February 1989, Princess Charlotte of Saxe-Altenburg, died (b. 1899)
On 16, Wednesday February 1994, It is announced that former Prime Minister Bob Hawke and Former Treasurer John Kerin are to be summonsed before a Senate Inquiry into foreign media ownership of the Fairfax Group.
On 16, Wednesday February 1994, Federico Bernardeschi, Italian footballer, born
On 16, Tuesday February 1999, In Uzbekistan, an apparent assassination attempt against President Islam Karimov takes place at government headquarters.
On 16, Tuesday February 1999, Across Europe, Kurdish rebels take over embassies and hold hostages after Turkey arrests one of their rebel leaders.

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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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