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 20, Sunday June 1869, Hijikata Toshizō, Japanese military commander, died (b. 1835)
On 20, Tuesday June 1944, WWII: A V-2 rocket becomes the first man-made object to cross the Kármán line and reach the edge of space.
On 20, Saturday June 1959, Sir Ian Clunies Ross, died (born 1899), scientist
On 20, Saturday June 1959, Hitoshi Ashida, Japanese politician, 34th Prime Minister of Japan, died (b. 1887)
On 20, Friday June 1969, Paulo Bento, Portuguese football player and coach, born
On 20, Friday June 1969, Mohamed Siddiq El-Minshawi, Egyptian Qur’ anic reciter, died (b. 1920)
On 20, Wednesday June 1979, A Nicaraguan National Guard soldier kills ABC TV news correspondent Bill Stewart and his interpreter Juan Espinosa. Other members of the news crew capture the killing on tape.
On 20, Wednesday June 1979, Bill Stewart, American journalist, died (b. 1941)
On 20, Tuesday June 1989, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, American actor, born
On 20, Tuesday June 1989, Dieter Aderhold, German cathedratic and politician, died (b. 1939)
On 20, Monday June 1994, Leonard Williams, American football player, born
On 20, Monday June 1994, Jay Miner, American computer pioneer, died (b. 1932)
On 20, Sunday June 1999, Australia wins the 1999 Cricket World Cup, defeating Pakistan in the final.

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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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