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 23, Tuesday November 1869, In Dumbarton, Scotland, the clipper ship Cutty Sark is launched (it is one of the last clippers built, and the only one to survive into the 21st century).
On 23, Monday November 1959, Dominique Dunne, American actress, born (d. 1982)
On 23, Sunday November 1969, Robin Padilla, Filipino actor, born
On 23, Friday November 1979, In Dublin, Ireland, Provisional Irish Republican Army member Thomas McMahon is sentenced to life in prison for the assassination of Lord Mountbatten of Burma.
On 23, Friday November 1979, Ivica Kostelić, Croatian alpine skier, born
On 23, Friday November 1979, Kelly Brook, English actress/model, born
On 23, Friday November 1979, Merle Oberon, British actress, died (b. 1911)
On 23, Friday November 1979, Judee Sill, American singer and cartoonist, died (b. 1944)
On 23, Thursday November 1989, Mariko Shiga, Japanese voice actress, died (b. 1969)
On 23, Wednesday November 1994, Art Barr, American professional wrestler, died (b. 1966)
On 23, Tuesday November 1999, The National Assembly of Kuwait revokes a 1985 law that granted women’s suffrage.
On 23, Monday November 2009, Richard Meale, 77, composer, died
On 23, Monday November 2009, In the Philippines, at least 58 people are abducted and killed in the province of Maguindanao, in what the Committee to Protect Journalists called the single deadliest attack on journalists in history.

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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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