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, Friday March 1894, Stuart Buchanan, American actor, born (d. 1974)
On 16, Monday March 1959, Flavor Flav, American rapper, born
On 16, Monday March 1959, Gary Basaraba, Canadian-American actor, born
On 16, Monday March 1959, Jens Stoltenberg, 27th Prime Minister of Norway, born
On 16, Sunday March 1969, Viasa Flight 742 crashes into a neighborhood in Maracaibo, Venezuela, shortly after taking off for Miami; all 84 people on board the DC-9 jet are killed along with 71 people on the ground.
On 16, Sunday March 1969, Markus Lanz, German-Italian television presenter, born
On 16, Friday March 1979, Suzie Faulkner, field hockey striker, born
On 16, Friday March 1979, End of major hostilities in the Sino-Vietnamese War.
On 16, Thursday March 1989, The Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union approves agricultural reforms allowing farmers the right to lease state-owned farms for life.
On 16, Thursday March 1989, Blake Griffin, American basketball player, born
On 16, Thursday March 1989, Theo Walcott, English footballer, born
On 16, Thursday March 1989, Jesús María de Leizaola, Spanish politician, died (b. 1896)
On 16, Thursday March 1989, George Lynn, American composer and conductor, died (b. 1915)
On 16, Wednesday March 1994, Joel Embiid, Cameroonian basketball player, born
On 16, Tuesday March 1999, Bailie Key, American artistic gymnast, born
On 16, Tuesday March 1999, Antonis Stergiakis, Greek footballer, born
On 16, Sunday March 2014, Motorsport: The 2014 Australian Grand Prix is held, with Nico Rosberg winning for Mercedes AMG Petronas.
On 16, Sunday March 2014, Crimean status referendum, 2014: A referendum on the status of the Crimean Peninsula is held.
On 16, Sunday March 2014, The fifth ICC T20 World Cup is held in Bangladesh.

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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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