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 2, Saturday November 1844, Mehmed V, Ottoman Sultan, born (d. 1918)
On 2, Tuesday November 1869, Warrior wins the Melbourne Cup.
On 2, Friday November 1894, Alexander Lippisch, German aerodynamics engineer, born (d. 1976)
On 2, Sunday November 1919, Mephan Ferguson, died (born 1843), manufacturer
On 2, Sunday November 1919, Bill Mills, American Major League Baseball player
On 2, Thursday November 1944, Keith Emerson, British keyboardist, born (d. 2016)
On 2, Thursday November 1944, Karol Irzykowski, Polish writer, died (b. 1873)
On 2, Thursday November 1944, Thomas Midgley, Jr., American chemist and inventor, died (b. 1889)
On 2, Monday November 1959, At a ceremony near Toddington, British Minister of Transport Ernest Marples opens the first section of the M1 Motorway, between Watford and Crick, along with two spur motorways, the M45 and M10. Three decades of large scale motorway construction follow, leading to the rapid expansion of the UK motorway network.
On 2, Monday November 1959, Saïd Aouita, Moroccan athlete, born
On 2, Monday November 1959, Michael Considine, Australian politician, died (b. 1885)
On 2, Monday November 1959, Federico Tedeschini, Italian Roman Catholic cardinal and eminence, died (b. 1873)
On 2, Sunday November 1969, Reginald Arvizu (aka Fieldy Snuts), American bassist, born
On 2, Friday November 1979, French police shoot gangster Jacques Mesrine in Paris.
On 2, Friday November 1979, Assata Shakur (née Joanne Chesimard), a former member of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army, escapes from a New York prison to Cuba, where she remains under political asylum.
On 2, Friday November 1979, Erika Flores, American actress, born
On 2, Friday November 1979, Ernst Kals, German submarine commander, died (b. 1905)
On 2, Friday November 1979, Jacques Mesrine, French criminal; known as the “French Robin Hood”, died (b. 1936)
On 2, Thursday November 1989, Chris Winter, television presenter and reporter, born
On 2, Thursday November 1989, Katelyn Tarver, American singer, songwriter and actress, born
On 2, Thursday November 1989, Andrée Brabant, French actress, died (b. 1901)
On 2, Wednesday November 1994, Jordan Howard, American football player, born
On 2, Tuesday November 1999, Rogan Josh wins the Melbourne Cup.
On 2, Tuesday November 1999, Demetrio B. Lakas, 27th President of Panama, died (b. 1925)
On 2, Sunday November 2014, Jackie Fairweather, 46, triathlete and long-distance runner, died
On 2, Sunday November 2014, The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) releases the final part of its Fifth Assessment Report, warning that the world faces “severe, pervasive and irreversible” damage from global emissions of CO2.
On 2, Sunday November 2014, Acker Bilk, British jazz clarinetist, died (b. 1929)
On 2, Sunday November 2014, Veljko Kadijević, Yugoslavian general, died (b. 1925)

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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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