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 11, Wednesday August 1869, Hale Holden, president of Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad 1914-1918 and 1920-1929, born (d. 1940)
On 11, Monday August 1919, In Germany, the Weimar Constitution is proclaimed to be in effect (ratified).
On 11, Monday August 1919, Ginette Neveu, French violinist, born (d. 1949)
On 11, Monday August 1919, Andrew Carnegie, Scottish-born businessman and philanthropist, died (b. 1835)
On 11, Friday August 1944, Ian McDiarmid, Scottish actor, born
On 11, Friday August 1944, Frederick W. Smith, American founder of FedEx, born
On 11, Friday August 1944, Francesco Federico Falco, Italian doctor, died (b. 1866)
On 11, Friday August 1944, Hideyoshi Obata, Japanese general, died (b. 1890)
On 11, Tuesday August 1959, Gustavo Cerati, Argentinian singer, born (d. 2014)
On 11, Tuesday August 1959, Yoshiaki Murakami, Japanese investor, born
On 11, Monday August 1969, Vanderlei de Lima, Brazilian long-distance runner, born
On 11, Monday August 1969, Ashley Jensen, British actress, born
On 11, Saturday August 1979, The former Mauritanian province of Tiris al-Gharbiyya in Western Sahara is annexed by Morocco.
On 11, Saturday August 1979, Drew Nelson, Canadian actor and voice actor, born
On 11, Saturday August 1979, Bubba Crosby, American baseball player, born
On 11, Friday August 1989, Canterbury Bulldogs & Canberra Raiders meet at the WACA Ground in Perth in the first NSWRL match played outside the eastern states. On the same day, it is announced that the VFL will become known as the AFL from next season.
On 11, Friday August 1989, John Meillon, actor, died (born 1934)
On 11, Friday August 1989, Emma Wu, Taiwanese singer and actress (Hey Girl), born
On 11, Friday August 1989, Junior Heffernan, Irish cyclist and triathlete, born (d. 2013), born
On 11, Friday August 1989, Sebastian Huke, German footballer, born
On 11, Friday August 1989, George Andreasen, American orthodonist and inventor, died (b. 1934)
On 11, Thursday August 1994, Peter Cushing, English actor, died (b. 1913)
On 11, Wednesday August 1999, A total solar eclipse is seen in Europe and Asia.
On 11, Wednesday August 1999, Kevin Knox, American basketball player, born
On 11, Wednesday August 1999, Mary-Sophie Harvey, Canadian swimmer, born
On 11, Tuesday August 2009, Nine Australians, including seven from Victoria and two from Queensland, are killed when their plane crashes into the side of a cliff face on their way to Kokoda, Papua New Guinea.
On 11, Tuesday August 2009, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, American founder of the Special Olympics, died (b. 1921)
On 11, Monday August 2014, Pierre Ryckmans, 78, diplomat, Australian sinologist and author (Chinese Shadows), died
On 11, Monday August 2014, Vladimir Beara, Yugoslav football player and manager, died (b. 1928)
On 11, Monday August 2014, Pierre Ryckmans, Belgian diplomat and author, died (b. 1935)
On 11, Monday August 2014, Robin Williams, American stand-up comedian and actor, died (b. 1951)

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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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