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, Tuesday April 1844, Anatole France, French writer, Nobel Prize laureate, born (d. 1924)
On 16, Monday April 1894, Manchester City Football Club is formed in England.
On 16, Wednesday April 1919, Edward Simons Fulmer, American Army Air Forces officer, born (d. 2017)
On 16, Thursday April 1959, David Feiss, American animator, born
On 16, Thursday April 1959, Alison Ramsay, Scottish field hockey player, born
On 16, Thursday April 1959, Ramón Armando Rodríguez, Venezuelan writer, died (b. 1895)
On 16, Monday April 1979, Frank Stewart, ALP politician, died (born 1923)
On 16, Monday April 1979, Christijan Albers, Dutch racing driver, born
On 16, Sunday April 1989, Jocko Conlan, American baseball player and umpire, died (b. 1899)
On 16, Saturday April 1994, Voters in Finland decide to join the European Union in a referendum.
On 16, Saturday April 1994, Will Fuller, American football player, born
On 16, Saturday April 1994, Ralph Ellison, American writer, died (b. 1914)
On 16, Friday April 1999, Wendell Carter, American basketball player, born
On 16, Thursday April 2009, An explosion on a boat carrying Afghan asylum seekers kills 5 and injures 34 off the coast of Western Australia.
On 16, Thursday April 2009, Two adults and a child are killed when a V/Line bus rolls in Heathmere, Victoria.
On 16, Wednesday April 2014, Barry O’Farrell states intention to resign as Premier of New South Wales after giving misleading evidence to the Independent Commission Against Corruption.
On 16, Wednesday April 2014, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge conduct their first official tour of Australia with their son Prince George.
On 16, Wednesday April 2014, Korean ferry MV Sewol capsizes and sinks after an unmanageable cargo shift, killing 304 people, mostly high school students.
On 16, Wednesday April 2014, Gyude Bryant, Liberian politician, died (b. 1949)

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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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