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 21, Wednesday February 1844, Charles-Marie Widor, French organist, composer, born (d. 1937)
On 21, Sunday February 1869, Ernest Roberts, politician, born (died 1913)
On 21, Wednesday February 1894, Gustave Caillebotte, French painter, died (b. 1848)
On 21, Friday February 1919, Kurt Eisner, German socialist revolutionary, died (b. 1867; assassinated)
On 21, Friday February 1919, Prince Karl Anton of Hohenzollern, died (b. 1868)
On 21, Monday February 1944, Ferenc Szisz, Hungarian-born race car driver, died (b. 1873)
On 21, Saturday February 1959, Werner Schünemann, Brazilian actor and film director, born
On 21, Friday February 1969, James Dean Bradfield, Welsh singer-songwriter, born
On 21, Friday February 1969, Bosson, Swedish singer-songwriter, born
On 21, Friday February 1969, Petra Kronberger, Austrian alpine skier, born
On 21, Wednesday February 1979, Maria Annus, Estonian actress, born
On 21, Wednesday February 1979, Carly Colón, Puerto Rican professional wrestler, born
On 21, Wednesday February 1979, Christopher Hayes, American journalist, born
On 21, Wednesday February 1979, Jennifer Love Hewitt, American actress and singer, born
On 21, Wednesday February 1979, Tituss Burgess, American actor and singer, born
On 21, Tuesday February 1989, Corbin Bleu, American actor and singer, born
On 21, Tuesday February 1989, Kristin Herrera, American actress, born
On 21, Tuesday February 1989, Scout Taylor-Compton, American actress, born
On 21, Tuesday February 1989, Sándor Márai, Hungarian writer and journalist, died (b. 1900)
On 21, Tuesday February 1989, Moshe Unna, Israeli politician, died (b. 1902)
On 21, Monday February 1994, Hayley Orrantia, American actress, born
On 21, Monday February 1994, Wendy, South Korean-Canadian singer, born
On 21, Sunday February 1999, Sanna Sillanpää shoots four men, killing three at a shooting range in Finland.
On 21, Sunday February 1999, Gertrude B. Elion, American scientist, died (b. 1918)
On 21, Friday February 2014, Matthew Robinson, 28, Paralympic snowboarder., died

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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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