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 5, Friday February 1869, A large gold nugget, named The Welcome Stranger, is found at Moliagul, Victoria.
On 5, Friday February 1869, George Goyder establishes a settlement of 135 people at Port Darwin.
On 5, Friday February 1869, Prospectors in Moliagul, Victoria, Australia, discover the largest alluvial gold nugget ever found, known as the “Welcome Stranger”.
On 5, Wednesday February 1919, United Artists (UA) is incorporated by D.W. Griffith, Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks.
On 5, Wednesday February 1919, Red Buttons, American actor, born (d. 2006)
On 5, Wednesday February 1919, Andreas Papandreou, Prime Minister of Greece (1981–89 and 1993–96), born (d. 1996)
On 5, Saturday February 1944, Al Kooper, American rock musician (Blood, Sweat & Tears)
On 5, Saturday February 1944, Thekla Carola Wied, German actress, born
On 5, Thursday February 1959, Jennifer Granholm, Canadian-American politician, 47th Governor of Michigan (2003–2011) , born
On 5, Wednesday February 1969, The controversial television show Turn-On premieres on the ABC network in the United States and is canceled after one episode following protests by viewers and ABC affiliate stations.
On 5, Wednesday February 1969, Bobby Brown, African-American singer, born
On 5, Wednesday February 1969, Michael Sheen, Welsh actor, born
On 5, Wednesday February 1969, Conrad Hilton Jr., American soldier and heir, died (b. 1926)
On 5, Wednesday February 1969, Thelma Ritter, American actress, died (b. 1902)
On 5, Monday February 1979, Katie Brambley, Canadian distance freestyle swimmer, born
On 5, Monday February 1979, Reidar Waaler, Norwegian-born, American soldier for the United States Army, died (b. 1894)
On 5, Sunday February 1989, Eurosport, a multiple-language sports broadcasting station in Europe, a first broadcasts service to start in Issy-les-Moulineaux, Ile de France, France.
On 5, Sunday February 1989, Cristine Reyes, Filipina actress, born
On 5, Sunday February 1989, Jeremy Sumpter, American actor, born
On 5, Saturday February 1994, Byron De La Beckwith is convicted of the 1963 murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers.
On 5, Saturday February 1994, Saki Nakajima, Japanese singer, born
On 5, Friday February 1999, Wassily Leontief, Russian economist, died (b. 1906)

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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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