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 30, Saturday March 1844, Paul Verlaine, French poet, born (d. 1896)
On 30, Friday March 1894, Nikolai P. Barabashov, Russian astronomer, born (d. 1971)
On 30, Friday March 1894, Jane Goodwin Austin, American popular story writer, died (b. 1831)
On 30, Monday March 1959, Andrew Bailey, Executive Director Banking and Chief Cashier at the Bank of England, born
On 30, Monday March 1959, Reginald R. Belknap, United States Navy rear admiral, died (b. 1871)
On 30, Sunday March 1969, The body of former United States General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower is brought by caisson to the United States Capitol to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda; Eisenhower had died two days earlier, after a long illness, in the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
On 30, Friday March 1979, Airey Neave, World War II veteran and Conservative Northern Ireland spokesman, is killed, presumably by an Irish National Liberation Army bomb in the British House of Commons car park.
On 30, Friday March 1979, Norah Jones, American musician, born
On 30, Friday March 1979, Simon Webbe, English singer (Blue), born
On 30, Friday March 1979, Airey Neave, British politician (assassinated), died (b. 1916)
On 30, Friday March 1979, José María Velasco Ibarra, Ecuadorian politician, 24th President of Ecuador, died (b. 1893)
On 30, Wednesday March 1994, Alex Bregman, American baseball player, born
On 30, Wednesday March 1994, Haruka Shimazaki, Japanese singer, born
On 30, Sunday March 2014, It is announced that former Defence Force Chief Angus Houston will lead the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 by heading a new Joint Agency Co-ordination Centre to be established in Perth, Western Australia.

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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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