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, Thursday March 1844, The Bahá’í calendar begins.
On 21, Wednesday March 1894, A syzygy of planets occurs, as Mercury transits the Sun as seen from Venus, and Mercury and Venus both transit the Sun as seen from Saturn, but no two of the transits are simultaneous.
On 21, Friday March 1919, The Hungarian Soviet Republic is established by Béla Kun.
On 21, Tuesday March 1944, Hilary Minster, English actor, born (d. 1999)
On 21, Saturday March 1959, Nobuo Uematsu, Japanese composer, born
On 21, Saturday March 1959, Edwin Balmer, American science fiction and mystery writer, died (b. 1883)
On 21, Friday March 1969, Graham Kennedy wins the Gold Logie for In Melbourne Tonight.
On 21, Friday March 1969, Ali Daei, Iranian football player, born
On 21, Friday March 1969, Pinky Higgins, American baseball player and manager, died (b. 1909)
On 21, Wednesday March 1979, Jimenez Lai, American architect, born
On 21, Tuesday March 1989, Federal Cabinet decides to develop a third runway at Sydney’s congested airport, leading to outraged protests from residents’ groups and the sudden resignation from the Federal Ministry of Gary Punch whose marginal electorate of Barton bordered the airport.
On 21, Tuesday March 1989, Rochelle Wiseman, British singer (S Club Juniors & The Saturdays), born
On 21, Tuesday March 1989, Takeru Satoh, Japanese actor (Rurouni Kenshin), born
On 21, Tuesday March 1989, Jordi Alba, Spanish professional footballer, born
On 21, Tuesday March 1989, Milton Frome, American actor, died (b. 1909)
On 21, Monday March 1994, A Britten Norman Islander crashes on take-off from Weipa, Queensland, killing the pilot and five passengers.
On 21, Monday March 1994, The 66th Academy Awards, hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, are held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. Steven Spielberg’s Holocaust drama, Schindler’s List, wins seven Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director (Spielberg).
On 21, Monday March 1994, Macdonald Carey, American actor, died (b. 1913)
On 21, Monday March 1994, Dack Rambo, American actor, died (b. 1941)
On 21, Sunday March 1999, Channel Nine’s 60 Minutes programme airs a controversial report which claims that former Prime Minister Paul Keating lied to Parliament about when he divested himself of his joint share in a Darling Downs piggery, as well as accusing him of fleecing his business partner Al Constantinidis of the majority of the profits.
On 21, Sunday March 1999, Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones become the first to circumnavigate the Earth in a hot air balloon.
On 21, Sunday March 1999, The 71st Academy Awards are held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles with Shakespeare in Love winning Best Picture.
On 21, Sunday March 1999, Ernie Wise, English comedian, died (b. 1925)
On 21, Saturday March 2009, A Sydney film crew claims to be 100% certain of the finding of Sir Charles Kingsford Smith’s plane Lady Southern Cross in the Bay of Bengal.
On 21, Saturday March 2009, Anna Bligh claims victory in the Queensland state election and becomes the state’s first elected female Premier.
On 21, Friday March 2014, Russia formally annexes Crimea after President Vladimir Putin signs a bill finalizing the process.
On 21, Friday March 2014, Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, 122nd Syriac Orthodox Patriarch, died (b. 1933)
On 21, Friday March 2014, James Rebhorn, American actor, died (b. 1948)

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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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