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 4, Wednesday July 1894, The Republic of Hawaii is proclaimed, by Sanford B. Dole.
On 4, Wednesday July 1894, The football club FC La Chaux-de-Fonds is founded in Switzerland.
On 4, Friday July 1919, Gerd Hagman, Swedish actress, born (d. 2011)
On 4, Friday July 1919, Douglas Birks, English cricketer, born (d. 2004)
On 4, Tuesday July 1944, Ray Meagher, actor, born.
On 4, Tuesday July 1944, Joe Berardo, Portuguese businessman, investor, and art collector, born
On 4, Tuesday July 1944, Joe Critchlow, Canadian football player, born
On 4, Tuesday July 1944, Albert Kapengut, Soviet chess master, born
On 4, Saturday July 1959, With the admission of Alaska as the 49th U.S. state earlier in the year, the 49-star flag of the United States debuts in Philadelphia.
On 4, Saturday July 1959, Victoria Abril, Spanish actress and singer, born
On 4, Saturday July 1959, Joe Pannunzio, American football executive and player and coach, born
On 4, Saturday July 1959, José María Jarabo, Spanish spree killer, died (b. 1923)
On 4, Friday July 1969, Michael Mageau and Darlene Ferrin are shot at Blue Rock Springs in California. They are the second (known) victims of the Zodiac Killer. Mageau survives the attack while Ferrin is pronounced dead-on-arrival at Kaiser Foundation Hospital – Richmond.
On 4, Friday July 1969, Jordan Sonnenblick, American teacher and novelist, born
On 4, Wednesday July 1979, Kevin Thoms, American actor and voice actor, born
On 4, Wednesday July 1979, Frank H. Ellis, Canadian aviator and Member of the Early Birds, died (b. 1896)
On 4, Wednesday July 1979, Theodora Kroeber, American writer and anthropologist, died (b. 1897)
On 4, Wednesday July 1979, Marjorie Rhodes, British actress, died (b. 1897)
On 4, Wednesday July 1979, Mendy Rudolph, American basketball referee of the NBA, died (b. 1926)
On 4, Tuesday July 1989, Jack Haig, British actor, died (b. 1913)
On 4, Tuesday July 1989, Vic Perrin, American voice actor, died (b. 1916)
On 4, Tuesday July 1989, Win Maung, 3rd President of Myanmar, died (b. 1916)
On 4, Tuesday July 1989, Nelson Sullivan American videographer, died (b. 1948)
On 4, Monday July 1994, Rwandan Patriotic Front troops capture Kigali, a major breakthrough in the Rwandan Civil War.
On 4, Sunday July 1999, Moa Kikuchi, Japanese singer/dancer, born
On 4, Sunday July 1999, Jack Watson, English actor, died (b. 1915)
On 4, Saturday July 2009, Allen Klein, American businessman, died (b. 1931)
On 4, Friday July 2014, Myer Fredman, 82, conductor, died
On 4, Friday July 2014, Archibald Wilson, 93, fighter pilot, flew for the Royal Air Force during World War II, 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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