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 19, Thursday October 1944, Guatemalan Revolution begins, with the overthrow of Federico Ponce Vaides by a popular leftist movement.
On 19, Thursday October 1944, Isadore Bernstein, American screenwriter, died (b. 1867)
On 19, Monday October 1959, Ebrahim Hakimi, 29th Prime Minister of Iran, died (b. 1871)
On 19, Sunday October 1969, Vanessa Marshall, American actress and voice actress, born
On 19, Sunday October 1969, Trey Parker, American voice actor, comedian, screenwriter, composer, director and producer, born
On 19, Friday October 1979, The Australian Federal Police is established under the command of Colin Woods.
On 19, Friday October 1979, 13 U.S. Marines die in a fire at Camp Fuji, Japan as a result of Typhoon Tip.
On 19, Friday October 1979, Marc Elliott, British actor, born
On 19, Friday October 1979, Fritz Diez, German actor, died (b. 1901)
On 19, Thursday October 1989, The Guildford Four are freed after fourteen years.
On 19, Thursday October 1989, The Wonders of Life pavilion opens at Epcot in Walt Disney World, Florida.
On 19, Thursday October 1989, Janine Tugonon, Filipina beauty queen, born
On 19, Wednesday October 1994, Liberal Tasmanian MP Chris Miles resigns due to the party’s decision not to oppose Labor’s Human Rights (Sexual Conduct) Bill.
On 19, Wednesday October 1994, Martha Raye, American actress and comedian, died (b. 1916)
On 19, Wednesday October 1994, Oldřich Černík, Prime Minister of Czechoslovakia, died (b. 1921)
On 19, Tuesday October 1999, Harry Bannink, Dutch composer and musician, died (b. 1929)
On 19, Tuesday October 1999, James C. Murray, American politician, died (b. 1917)
On 19, Tuesday October 1999, Nathalie Sarraute, Russian-born Francophone lawyer and writer, died (b. 1900)
On 19, Monday October 2009, Joseph Wiseman, Canadian actor, died (b. 1918)
On 19, Sunday October 2014, Ken Short, 87, Anglican bishop, died
On 19, Sunday October 2014, The Roman Catholic Church beatifies Pope Paul VI.

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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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