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 28, Friday March 1919, Tom Brooks, cricketer, born (died 2007)
On 28, Tuesday March 1944, Rick Barry, American basketball player, born
On 28, Tuesday March 1944, Ken Howard, American actor, born (d. 2016)
On 28, Saturday March 1959, The Kashag, the government of Tibet, is abolished by an order signed by Chinese premier Zhou Enlai. The Dalai Lama is replaced in China by a puppet ruler, the Panchen Lama.
On 28, Saturday March 1959, Laura Chinchilla, 49th President of Costa Rica, born
On 28, Saturday March 1959, Lyubov Golanchikova, Soviet pilot, died (b. 1889)
On 28, Friday March 1969, John Brogden, politician, born
On 28, Friday March 1969, Pope Paul VI increases the number of Roman Catholic cardinals by one-third, from 101 to 134.
On 28, Friday March 1969, Rodney Atkins, America country music singer-songwriter, born
On 28, Friday March 1969, Laurie Brett, Scottish actress, born
On 28, Friday March 1969, Dwight D. Eisenhower, American general and politician, 34th President of the United States, died (b. 1890)
On 28, Wednesday March 1979, In Britain, James Callaghan’s minority Labour government loses a motion of confidence by one vote, forcing a general election which is to be held on 3 May.
On 28, Wednesday March 1979, America’s most serious nuclear power plant accident occurs, at Three Mile Island, Pennsylvania.
On 28, Wednesday March 1979, Emmett Kelly, American clown, died (b. 1898)
On 28, Monday March 1994, Shell House massacre: Inkatha Freedom Party and ANC supporters battle in central Johannesburg, South Africa.
On 28, Monday March 1994, Jackson Wang, Hong Kong rapper, born
On 28, Monday March 1994, Eugène Ionesco, Romanian-born playwright, died (b. 1909)
On 28, Monday March 1994, Ira Murchison, American athlete, died (b. 1933)
On 28, Saturday March 2009, Janet Jagan, 6th Prime Minister and 6th President of Guyana, died (b. 1920)
On 28, Friday March 2014, Billy Longley, 88, criminal, died
On 28, Friday March 2014, Michael Putney, 67, Roman Catholic prelate, Bishop of Townsville (since 2001), 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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