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 7, Friday April 1944, Shel Bachrach, American insurance broker, investor, businessman and philanthropist, born
On 7, Friday April 1944, Warner Fusselle, American sportscaster, born (d. 2012)
On 7, Friday April 1944, Gerhard Schröder, Chancellor of Germany, born
On 7, Monday April 1969, Aleksandra Artyukhina, Russian revolutionary hero, died (b. 1889)
On 7, Monday April 1969, Rómulo Gallegos, Venezuelan novelist and politician, 48th President of Venezuela, died (b. 1884)
On 7, Saturday April 1979, In Japan, Yoshiyuki Tomino directed Mobile Suit Gundam, the first series of the metaseries of the same name.
On 7, Saturday April 1979, Frank J. Donahue, American politician, died (b. 1881)
On 7, Saturday April 1979, Charles W. Sawyer, United States Secretary of Commerce, died (b. 1887)
On 7, Friday April 1989, CEO of the Victorian Division of the National Safety Council John Friedrichs is captured after 17 days on the run.
On 7, Friday April 1989, The Soviet submarine K-278 Komsomolets sinks in the Barents Sea, killing 41.
On 7, Friday April 1989, Cheng Nan-jung, supporter of Taiwan independence movement, died (b. 1947)
On 7, Thursday April 1994, Viktorija Rajicic, tennis player, born
On 7, Thursday April 1994, The Rwandan genocide begins in Kigali, Rwanda.
On 7, Thursday April 1994, Agathe Uwilingiyimana, Prime Minister of Rwanda, died (b. 1953)
On 7, Thursday April 1994, Albert Guðmundsson, Icelandic footballer and politician, died (b. 1923)
On 7, Thursday April 1994, Golo Mann, German historian, died (b. 1909)
On 7, Wednesday April 1999, Kosovo War: Kosovo’s main border crossings are closed by Yugoslav forces to prevent Kosovo Albanians from leaving.
On 7, Tuesday April 2009, The Australian government announces that it has terminated the request for proposal for the National Broadband Network, and that the network will be built as a public private partnership.
On 7, Tuesday April 2009, Jobie Dajka, 27, track cyclist, died
On 7, Monday April 2014, The Donetsk People’s Republic unilaterally declares its independence from Ukraine.

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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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