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 13, Wednesday October 1869, Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve, French literary critic, died (b. 1804)
On 13, Monday October 1919, The Convention relating to the Regulation of Aerial Navigation is signed, in Paris, France.
On 13, Monday October 1919, Karl Adolph Gjellerup, Danish writer, Nobel Prize laureate, died (b. 1857)
On 13, Friday October 1944, WWII: Riga, the capital of Latvia, is taken by the Red Army.
On 13, Friday October 1944, The first V-2 rocket attack on Antwerp takes place.
On 13, Friday October 1944, Hans-Jürgen von Blumenthal, German resistance member, died (b. 1907)
On 13, Friday October 1944, Roland von Hößlin, German resistance member, died (b. 1915)
On 13, Tuesday October 1959, The United States launches Explorer 7.
On 13, Tuesday October 1959, Marie Osmond, American singer, born
On 13, Monday October 1969, An unofficial strike amongst British mineworkers begins over the working hours of surface workers.
On 13, Monday October 1969, Rhett Akins, American country singer, born
On 13, Monday October 1969, Nancy Kerrigan, American figure skater, born
On 13, Monday October 1969, Cady McClain, American actress and director, born
On 13, Saturday October 1979, Ryan Malcolm, Canadian singer, born
On 13, Saturday October 1979, Mamadou Niang, Senegalese footballer, born
On 13, Friday October 1989, Friday the 13th mini-crash: The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunges 190.58 points, or 6.91 percent, to close at 2,569.26, most likely after the junk bond market collapses.
On 13, Friday October 1989, Gro Harlem Brundtland, leader of the Labour Party, resigns as Prime Minister of Norway. She is succeeded by Jan P. Syse, Leader of the Conservative Party, on October 16.
On 13, Friday October 1989, Skyler Page, American animator and voice actor, born
On 13, Wednesday October 1999, The United States Senate rejects ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).
On 13, Tuesday October 2009, Leo Williams, 68, rugby union official, died
On 13, Tuesday October 2009, Al Martino, American singer and actor, died (b. 1927)

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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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