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 5, Wednesday May 1869, Hans Pfitzner, German composer, born (d. 1949)
On 5, Monday May 1919, Georgios Papadopoulos, President of Greece and Prime Minister of Greece, born (d. 1999)
On 5, Friday May 1944, WWII: Mohandas Gandhi is released from jail in India on health grounds.
On 5, Friday May 1944, Roger Rees, Welsh actor, born (d. 2015)
On 5, Friday May 1944, John Rhys-Davies, Welsh actor, born
On 5, Friday May 1944, Bertha Benz, German automotive pioneer, wife and business partner of automobile inventor Karl Benz, died (b. 1849)
On 5, Tuesday May 1959, Peter Molyneux, British game programmer, born
On 5, Tuesday May 1959, Steve Stevens, American guitarist, born
On 5, Tuesday May 1959, Brian Williams, American news anchor, born
On 5, Tuesday May 1959, Gary Dubin, American actor and voice actor, born (d. 2016)
On 5, Tuesday May 1959, Georges Grente, French Roman Catholic cardinal and eminence, died (b. 1872)
On 5, Tuesday May 1959, Carlos Saavedra Lamas, Argentine politician, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, died (b. 1878)
On 5, Monday May 1969, Hideki Irabu, Japanese baseball player, born (d. 2011)
On 5, Saturday May 1979, Vincent Kartheiser, American actor, born
On 5, Friday May 1989, Chris Brown, American singer and actor, born
On 5, Thursday May 1994, The Bishkek Protocol between Armenia and Azerbaijan is signed in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; effectively freezing the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
On 5, Thursday May 1994, Marco Benassi, Italian footballer, born
On 5, Thursday May 1994, Joe Layton, American director and choreographer, died (b. 1931)
On 5, Wednesday May 1999, South Melbourne become National Soccer League Champions for a record equaling 4th time, defeating Sydney United 2–1 at Olympic Park.
On 5, Wednesday May 1999, Jonny Gray, Canadian actor, born
On 5, Wednesday May 1999, Justin Kluivert, Dutch footballer, born
On 5, Wednesday May 1999, Nathan Chen, American figure skater, born
On 5, Monday May 2014, The World Health Organization identifies the spread of poliomyelitis in at least 10 countries as a major worldwide health emergency.
On 5, Monday May 2014, Boko Haram militants kill approximately 300 people in a night attack on Gamboru Ngala.

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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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