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, Sunday July 1919, Hau Pei-tsun, Premier of the Republic of China
On 13, Sunday July 1919, Joe Gill, American magazine writer and highly prolific comic book scripter, born (d. 2006)
On 13, Sunday July 1919, Ben Ferencz, Hungarian-American lawyer, born
On 13, Sunday July 1919, Grisha Filipov, leading member of the Bulgarian communist party, born (d. 1994)
On 13, Sunday July 1919, Jack Wheeler, American professional footballer, born (d. 2009)
On 13, Sunday July 1919, William F. Quinn, American politician, born (d. 2006)
On 13, Thursday July 1944, WWII: Vilnius is freed by USSR.
On 13, Thursday July 1944, Ernő Rubik, Hungarian inventor, born
On 13, Monday July 1959, Fuziah Salleh, Malaysian politician, born
On 13, Sunday July 1969, Ken Jeong, American actor, comedian and physician, born
On 13, Sunday July 1969, Muhammad Shahidullah, Bengali educationist, died (b. 1885)
On 13, Friday July 1979, Daniel Galera, Brazilian writer, translator and editor, born
On 13, Friday July 1979, Holly Gauthier-Frankel, Canadian voice actress and singer, born
On 13, Friday July 1979, Dejan Ćirjaković, Serbian actor, screenwriter and musician, born
On 13, Friday July 1979, Corinne Griffith, American actress and author, died (b. 1894)
On 13, Friday July 1979, Ludwig Merwart, Austrian painter and graphic artist (1913)
On 13, Thursday July 1989, Jack Bobridge, racing cyclist, born
On 13, Thursday July 1989, Sayumi Michishige, Japanese singer, born
On 13, Tuesday July 1999, ABC-TV’s Media Watch programme reveals that radio announcer John Laws had accepted a sponsorship worth $1.2 million from the Banker’s Association in return for favourable comments, thereby igniting the cash for comment scandal.
On 13, Tuesday July 1999, Leong Jun Hao, Malaysian badminton player, born
On 13, Monday July 2009, Amin al-Hafez, 22nd Prime Minister of Lebanon, died (b. 1926)
On 13, Sunday July 2014, Geoffrey Blackburn, 99, Baptist minister, died
On 13, Sunday July 2014, Lorin Maazel, French-American conductor and violinist, died (b. 1930)
On 13, Sunday July 2014, Nadine Gordimer, South African Nobel writer, died (b. 1923)

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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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