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 14, Sunday March 1869, Algernon Blackwood, English writer, born (d. 1951)
On 14, Wednesday March 1894, Osa Johnson, American adventurer, documentary filmmaker, born (d. 1953)
On 14, Friday March 1919, Dickey Chapelle, American photojournalist, born (d. 1965)
On 14, Friday March 1969, Ben Shahn, Lithuanian-American artist, died (b. 1898)
On 14, Wednesday March 1979, In China, a Hawker Siddeley Trident crashes into a factory near Beijing, killing at least 200.
On 14, Wednesday March 1979, Nicolas Anelka, French footballer, born
On 14, Wednesday March 1979, Gao Ling, Chinese badminton player, born
On 14, Wednesday March 1979, Chris Klein, American actor, born
On 14, Wednesday March 1979, Michele Riondino, Italian actor, born
On 14, Wednesday March 1979, Robert William Wood, American landscape painter, died (b. 1889)
On 14, Tuesday March 1989, Gun control: U.S. President George H. W. Bush bans the importation of certain guns deemed to be classed as assault weapons into the United States.
On 14, Tuesday March 1989, Christian General Michel Aoun declares a “War of Liberation” to rid Lebanon of Syrian forces and their allies.
On 14, Tuesday March 1989, Colby O’Donis, American singer, born
On 14, Tuesday March 1989, Edward Abbey, American author and environmentalist, died (b. 1927)
On 14, Tuesday March 1989, Stephen D. Bechtel, Sr., American businessman, died (b. 1900)
On 14, Tuesday March 1989, Zita of Bourbon-Parma, Queen consort of Hungary and Empress consort of Austria, died (b. 1892)
On 14, Monday March 1994, Apple Computer, Inc. releases the first Macintosh computers to use the new PowerPC Microprocessors.
On 14, Monday March 1994, Ansel Elgort, American actor, singer and DJ, born
On 14, Sunday March 1999, Marvin Bagley III, American basketball player, born
On 14, Saturday March 2009, The Victorian bushfires are officially declared contained.
On 14, Saturday March 2009, Hazem El Masri of the Bulldogs becomes the highest point scorer in the NRL, surpassing Andrew Johns.
On 14, Saturday March 2009, Alain Bashung, French singer, songwriter and actor, died (b. 1947)
On 14, Saturday March 2009, Edith Lucie Bongo, First Lady of Gabon, died (b. 1964)
On 14, Friday March 2014, Warwick Parer, 77, Senator for Queensland, Minister for Resources and Energy (1996–1998), died
On 14, Friday March 2014, Tony Benn, British politician and diarist, died (b. 1925)

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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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