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, Tuesday March 1869, Southern Illinois University Carbondale is founded.
On 9, Sunday March 1919, The Egyptian Revolution of 1919 breaks out.
On 9, Thursday March 1944, WWII: Soviet Army planes attack Tallinn, Estonia, killing 757 and leaving 25,000 homeless.
On 9, Thursday March 1944, Demetrios Capetanakis, Greek poet, essayist and critic, died (b. 1912)
On 9, Monday March 1959, Mattel’s Barbie doll debuts in the United States.
On 9, Monday March 1959, Giovanni di Lorenzo, German-Italian journalist and talk show host, born
On 9, Monday March 1959, Takaaki Kajita, Japanese nuclear physicist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics, born
On 9, Sunday March 1969, Charles Brackett, American novelist and screenwriter, died (b. 1892)
On 9, Sunday March 1969, Richard Crane, American actor, died (b. 1918)
On 9, Friday March 1979, The Arbitration Commission awards Australian women the right to six weeks’ compulsory unpaid maternity leave with the option of extending the leave to one year. The provisions, which will flow to all awards covering women in the private sector, will take effect on 2 April.
On 9, Friday March 1979, Oscar Isaac, Guatemalan-American actor, born
On 9, Friday March 1979, Melina Perez, American professional wrestler, born
On 9, Thursday March 1989, Revolutions of 1989: The Soviet Union submits to the jurisdiction of the World Court.
On 9, Thursday March 1989, Kim Tae-yeon, South Korean singer (Girls’ Generation), born
On 9, Thursday March 1989, Robert Mapplethorpe, American activist, artist and photographer, died (b. 1946)
On 9, Wednesday March 1994, Charles Bukowski, American writer, died (b. 1920)
On 9, Wednesday March 1994, Fernando Rey, Spanish actor, died (b. 1917)
On 9, Wednesday March 1994, Lawrence E. Spivak, American journalist, died (b. 1900)
On 9, Sunday March 2014, Mohammed Fahim, Vice President of Afghanistan, died (b. c. 1957)

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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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