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, Monday April 1894, Keiji Shibazaki, Japanese admiral, born (d. 1943)
On 9, Wednesday April 1919, Iain Moncreiffe, Scottish genealogist and Officer of Arms, born (d. 1985)
On 9, Wednesday April 1919, Sidney Drew, American stage and film actor, died (b. 1863)
On 9, Sunday April 1944, Yevgeniya Rudneva, Soviet WWII heroine, died (b. 1920)
On 9, Thursday April 1959, NASA announces its selection of seven military pilots to become the first U.S. astronauts (later known as the Mercury Seven).
On 9, Thursday April 1959, Frank Lloyd Wright, American architect, died (b. 1867)
On 9, Wednesday April 1969, The Harvard University Administration Building is seized by close to 300 students, mostly members of the Students for a Democratic Society. Before the takeover ends, 45 will be injured and 184 arrested.
On 9, Wednesday April 1969, Fermín Monasterio Pérez is murdered by the ETA in Biscay, Spain; the 4th victim in the name of Basque nationalism.
On 9, Wednesday April 1969, Barnaby Kay, English actor, born
On 9, Wednesday April 1969, Debbie Schlussel, political commentator and film critic, born
On 9, Monday April 1979, Graeme Brown, cyclist, born
On 9, Monday April 1979, Keshia Knight Pulliam, African-American actress, born
On 9, Monday April 1979, Mario Matt, Austrian alpine skier, born
On 9, Monday April 1979, Ben Silverstone, British actor, born
On 9, Sunday April 1989, Tbilisi massacre: Georgian demonstrators are massacred by Red Army soldiers in Tbilisi’s central square during a peaceful rally; 20 citizens are killed, many injured.
On 9, Sunday April 1989, A dispute over grazing rights leads to the beginning of the Mauritania–Senegal Border War.
On 9, Sunday April 1989, Danielle Kahle, American figure skater, born
On 9, Sunday April 1989, Moshe Ziffer, Israeli sculptor, died (b. 1902)
On 9, Sunday April 1989, Gerald Flood, British actor, died (b. 1927)
On 9, Sunday April 1989, Sugar Ray Robinson, American professional boxer, died (b. 1921)
On 9, Friday April 1999, The Premiers’ Conference results in the signing of a new agreement on Commonwealth-State financial relations which offers the states a guaranteed share of tax revenue in the event that the Senate votes for a GST, thereby negating the need for annual negotiations over how tax revenue should be shared.
On 9, Friday April 1999, Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara, president of Niger, is assassinated.
On 9, Friday April 1999, Isaac Hempstead Wright, British actor, born
On 9, Friday April 1999, Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara, Nigerese military officer, 5th President of Niger, died (b. 1949)
On 9, Wednesday April 2014, Gil Askey, 89, musician and composer (Lady Sings the Blues)., died
On 9, Wednesday April 2014, A. N. R. Robinson, 3rd President of Trinidad and Tobago, died (b. 1926)

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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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