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, Wednesday November 1894, First Sino-Japanese War –Battle of Lushunkou: Japanese troops secure a decisive victory over the Chinese, capture the port city of Lüshunkou, and begin the Port Arthur massacre, in which more than 1,000 Chinese servicemen and civilians die.
On 21, Wednesday November 1894, Corinne Griffith, American actress, author, born (d. 1979)
On 21, Wednesday November 1894, Cecil M. Harden, American politician, born (d. 1984)
On 21, Friday November 1919, Gert Fredriksson, Swedish canoer, born (d. 2006)
On 21, Tuesday November 1944, Kay Patterson, Liberal Senator for Victoria, born.
On 21, Tuesday November 1944, Richard Durbin, American politician; United States Senator (D-IL)
On 21, Tuesday November 1944, Harold Ramis, American actor, director and comedy writer, born (d. 2014)
On 21, Saturday November 1959, Max Baer, American boxer and actor, died (b. 1909)
On 21, Saturday November 1959, Olav Meisdalshagen, Norwegian politician, Minister of Finance, died (b. 1903)
On 21, Friday November 1969, Norman Lindsay, died (born 1879), artist
On 21, Friday November 1969, U.S. President Richard Nixon and Japanese Premier Eisaku Satō agree in Washington, D.C. to the return of Okinawa to Japanese control in 1972. Under the terms of the agreement, the U.S. retains rights to military bases on the island, but they must be nuclear-free.
On 21, Friday November 1969, The first ARPANET link is established (the progenitor of the global Internet).
On 21, Friday November 1969, The United States Senate votes down the Supreme Court nomination of Clement Haynsworth, the first such rejection since 1930.
On 21, Friday November 1969, Ken Griffey Jr., American baseball player, born
On 21, Friday November 1969, Norman Lindsay, Australian painter, died (b. 1879)
On 21, Friday November 1969, Mutesa II of Buganda, Kabaka of Buganda and 1st President of Uganda, died (b. 1924)
On 21, Wednesday November 1979, After false radio reports from the Ayatollah Khomeini that the Americans had occupied the Grand Mosque in Mecca, the United States Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan is attacked by a mob and set afire, killing 4, and disturbing Pakistan–United States relations.
On 21, Wednesday November 1979, Kim Dong-wan, South Korean singer and actor, born
On 21, Wednesday November 1979, Marie Byles, Australian conservationist, died (b. 1900)
On 21, Wednesday November 1979, Paul Wexler, American actor, died (b. 1929)
On 21, Tuesday November 1989, The Members of the Constituent Assembly of Namibia begin to draft the Constitution of Namibia, which will be the constitution of the newly independent Namibia.
On 21, Tuesday November 1989, Fabian Delph, English footballer, born
On 21, Monday November 1994, Saúl Ñíguez, Spanish footballer, born
On 21, Monday November 1994, Pino Locchi, Italian actor and voice actor, died (b. 1925)
On 21, Sunday November 1999, Quentin Crisp, English writer, died (b. 1908)
On 21, Sunday November 1999, Horacio Gómez Bolaños, Mexican actor, died (b. 1930)
On 21, Saturday November 2009, Konstantin Feoktistov, Soviet cosmonaut, died (b. 1926)
On 21, Friday November 2014, Heather Southcott, 86, politician., 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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