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 23, Monday April 1894, (St. George’s Day) Howard Ruff founds the Royal Society of St George, to foster the love of England and to strengthen England and the Commonwealth, by spreading the knowledge of English history, traditions and ideals.
On 23, Wednesday April 1919, The Estonian Constituent Assembly convenes its first session.
On 23, Wednesday April 1919, Anne Buydens, Belgian-American actress
On 23, Wednesday April 1919, Prince Tsunehisa Takeda, died (b. 1882)
On 23, Thursday April 1959, Dan Frischman, American actor, born
On 23, Wednesday April 1969, Yelena Shushunova, Soviet gymnast, born
On 23, Monday April 1979, Fighting breaks out in London between the Anti-Nazi League and the Metropolitan Police’s Special Patrol Group; protester Blair Peach receives fatal injuries during the incident, now officially attributed to the SPG.
On 23, Monday April 1979, Lauri Ylönen, Finnish singer (The Rasmus), born
On 23, Monday April 1979, Jaime King, American actress, born
On 23, Monday April 1979, Yana Gupta, Indian actress of Czech origin, born
On 23, Monday April 1979, Blair Peach, New Zealand-born, British teacher, died (b. 1946)
On 23, Sunday April 1989, Zaid al-Rifai resigns as Prime Minister of Jordan in the wake of riots over government-imposed price hikes that began on April 18.
On 23, Sunday April 1989, Anastasia Baranova, Russian-born American actress, born
On 23, Sunday April 1989, Nicole Vaidišová, Czech tennis player, born
On 23, Sunday April 1989, Hamani Diori, Nigerien politician, 1st President of Niger, died (b. 1916)
On 23, Sunday April 1989, Hu Die, Chinese actress, died (b. 1907)

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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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