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 26, Wednesday May 1869, Boston University is chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
On 26, Saturday May 1894, Paul Lukas, Hungarian actor, born (d. 1971)
On 26, Friday May 1944, Andrew Jones, politician, born.
On 26, Tuesday May 1959, Kevin Gage, American actor, born
On 26, Monday May 1969, The Andean Pact (Andean Group) is established.
On 26, Monday May 1969, Apollo program: Apollo 10 returns to Earth, after a successful 8-day test of all the components needed for the upcoming first manned Moon landing.
On 26, Monday May 1969, (May 26–June 2) John Lennon and Yoko Ono conduct their second Bed-In. The follow-up to the Amsterdam event is held at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec. Lennon composes and records the song Give Peace a Chance during the Bed-In.
On 26, Monday May 1969, Siri Lindley, American triathlete, born
On 26, Saturday May 1979, Ashley Massaro, American wrestler and model, born
On 26, Saturday May 1979, Elisabeth Harnois, American actress, born
On 26, Friday May 1989, Park Yeeun, Korean Singer, born
On 26, Friday May 1989, Eugene James Keogh, U.S. House of Representatives from New York, died (b. 1907)
On 26, Friday May 1989, Don Revie, English footballer and manager, died (b. 1927)
On 26, Thursday May 1994, Sonny Sharrock, American jazz musician, died (b. 1940)
On 26, Wednesday May 1999, The Indian Air Force launches an attack on intruding Pakistan Army troops and mujahideen militants in Kashmir.
On 26, Wednesday May 1999, The first Welsh Assembly in over 600 years opens in Cardiff.
On 26, Wednesday May 1999, The 1999 UEFA Champions League Final takes place at the Camp Nou Stadium, Barcelona, in which the English side Manchester United defeats the German side Bayern Munich 2–1.
On 26, Wednesday May 1999, Paul Sacher, Swiss conductor, died (b. 1906)
On 26, Wednesday May 1999, Waldo Semon, American inventor, died (b. 1898)

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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.