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 21, Saturday April 1894, A bituminous coal miners’ strike closes mines across the central United States.
On 21, Monday April 1919, Licio Gelli, Italian financer, born (d. 2015)
On 21, Monday April 1919, André Bettencourt, French politician, born (d. 2007)
On 21, Monday April 1919, Jules Védrines, French pre-war aviator and wartime (WW1) pilot, died (b. 1881)
On 21, Friday April 1944, Hans-Valentin Hube, German army general, died (b. 1890)
On 21, Tuesday April 1959, Robert Smith, lead vocalist and guitarist of the British rock group The Cure, born
On 21, Monday April 1969, Toby Stephens, English actor, born
On 21, Saturday April 1979, James McAvoy, Scottish actor, born
On 21, Saturday April 1979, Karin Rask, Estonian actress, born
On 21, Friday April 1989, Jayson Bukuya, Australian-Fijian rugby league player, born
On 21, Friday April 1989, Students from Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, and Nanjing begin protesting in Tiananmen Square.
On 21, Friday April 1989, Princess Deokhye of Korea, died (b. 1912)
On 21, Friday April 1989, James Kirkwood, Jr., American playwright, died (b. 1924)
On 21, Thursday April 1994, The Red Cross estimates that hundreds of thousands of Tutsi have been killed in Rwanda.
On 21, Wednesday April 1999, Charles “Buddy” Rogers, American silent film actor, died (b. 1904)
On 21, Tuesday April 2009, UNESCO launches The World Digital Library.

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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.