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 16, Wednesday June 1869, Charles Sturt, explorer, died (born 1795)
On 16, Wednesday June 1869, Charles Sturt, Australian explorer, died (b. 1795)
On 16, Monday June 1919, V. T. Sambanthan, Malaysian politician, born (d. 1979)
On 16, Friday June 1944, At age 14, George Stinney becomes the youngest person ever executed in the United States.
On 16, Friday June 1944, Henri Richelet, French painter, born
On 16, Friday June 1944, Marc Bloch, French historian, died (b. 1886)
On 16, Tuesday June 1959, The Ultimate Warrior, American professional wrestler, born (d. 2014)
On 16, Tuesday June 1959, George Reeves, American television actor, died (b. 1914)
On 16, Monday June 1969, Sam Register, American television producer and businessman, born
On 16, Monday June 1969, MC Ren, American rapper, born
On 16, Monday June 1969, Harold Alexander, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis, British field marshal and Government official, 17th Governor General of Canada, died (b. 1891)
On 16, Saturday June 1979, Ari Hest, American singer-songwriter, born
On 16, Friday June 1989, A crowd of 250,000 gathers at Heroes Square in Budapest for the historic reburial of Imre Nagy, the former Hungarian Prime Minister who had been executed in 1958.
On 16, Wednesday June 1999, Screaming Lord Sutch, English politician, died (b. 1940)
On 16, Monday June 2014, Cándido Muatetema Rivas, 4th Prime Minister of Equatorial Guinea, died (b. 1960)
On 16, Monday June 2014, Tony Gwynn, American baseball player, died (b. 1960)

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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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