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 9, Sunday May 1869, John Plunkett, Attorney-General of New South Wales, died (born 1802)
On 9, Sunday May 1869, Tyrone Power Sr, English-born actor, born (d. 1931)
On 9, Friday May 1919, In Belgium, a new electoral law introduces universal manhood suffrage, and gives the franchise to certain classes of women.
On 9, Friday May 1919, Mitja Ribičič, Yugoslav politician, born (d. 2013)
On 9, Friday May 1919, Juan Isidro Jimenes Pereyra, Dominican political figure, 2-time President of the Dominican Republic, died (b. 1846)
On 9, Tuesday May 1944, WWII: In the Ukrainian city of Sevastopol, Soviet troops completely drive out German forces, who had been ordered by Hitler to “fight to the last man.”
On 9, Tuesday May 1944, Richie Furay, American musician (Poco, Buffalo Springfield)
On 9, Tuesday May 1944, Laurence Owen, American figure skater, born (d. 1961)
On 9, Saturday May 1959, János Áder, President of Hungary, born
On 9, Friday May 1969, Amber, German musician, born
On 9, Friday May 1969, Benjamín Rivera, Mexican voice actor, born
On 9, Friday May 1969, Vincenzo Musolino, Italian actor, director, producer and screenwriter, died (b. 1930)
On 9, Wednesday May 1979, The Salvadoran Civil War begins.
On 9, Wednesday May 1979, A Unabomber bomb injures Northwestern University graduate student John Harris.
On 9, Wednesday May 1979, Pierre Bouvier, Canadian musician, born
On 9, Wednesday May 1979, Rosario Dawson, American actress, born
On 9, Tuesday May 1989, Andrew Peacock deposes John Howard as Federal Opposition Leader and Leader of the Liberal Party by a clear vote of 44 to 27. Senator Fred Chaney is elected as Deputy Leader.
On 9, Tuesday May 1989, Andrew Peacock deposes John Howard as Federal Opposition Leader of Australia.
On 9, Tuesday May 1989, Shane van Gisbergen, New Zealander race car driver, born
On 9, Tuesday May 1989, Keith Whitley, American singer, died (b. 1955)
On 9, Saturday May 2009, The first case of swine flu in Australia is confirmed in Queensland.
On 9, Saturday May 2009, Chuck Daly, American basketball coach, died (b. 1930)
On 9, Friday May 2014, Bob Hoysted, 88, racehorse trainer., 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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