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 16, Wednesday May 1894, Walter Yust, American encyclopædia editor, born (d. 1960)
On 16, Friday May 1919, Liberace, American pop musician, born (d. 1987)
On 16, Friday May 1919, Richard Mason, British novelist, born (d. 1997)
On 16, Tuesday May 1944, Danny Trejo, American actor, born
On 16, Tuesday May 1944, George Ade, American author, died (b. 1866)
On 16, Saturday May 1959, The Triton Fountain is inaugurated in Valletta, Malta.
On 16, Saturday May 1959, Elisha Scott, Irish footballer, died (b. 1894)
On 16, Friday May 1969, Venera program: Venera 5, a Soviet spaceprobe, lands on Venus.
On 16, Friday May 1969, David Boreanaz, American actor, born
On 16, Friday May 1969, Tucker Carlson, American political commentator, born
On 16, Friday May 1969, Steve Lewis, American athlete, born
On 16, Wednesday May 1979, Jessica Morris, American actress, born
On 16, Tuesday May 1989, Plotters of the Liberal leadership coup appear on the ABC’s Four Corners programme, helping to hinder Andrew Peacock’s attempts to unify the party.
On 16, Tuesday May 1989, Ethiopia Coup Attempt: Senior military officers stage a coup attempt in Ethiopia hours after President Mengistu Haile Mariam leaves on a visit to East Germany.
On 16, Tuesday May 1989, Pääru Oja, Estonian actor, born
On 16, Tuesday May 1989, Leila Kasra, Iranian-born American poet, died (b. 1939)
On 16, Monday May 1994, Miles Heizer, American actor, born
On 16, Monday May 1994, Alain Cuny, French actor, died (b. 1908)
On 16, Sunday May 1999, Eva Macapagal, 9th First Lady of the Philippines, died (b. 1915)
On 16, Saturday May 2009, A plebiscite on daylight saving in Western Australia following a three-year trial fails on a No vote of 54.56%. On the same day, a by-election in the Western Australian state seat of Fremantle produces a victory for Greens WA candidate Adele Carles.
On 16, Friday May 2014, Ruth Tarvydas, 66, fashion designer, 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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