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 March 1869, The New South Wales government declares that Saint Patrick’s Day, St. Andrew’s Day and St George’s Day are no longer public holidays.
On 5, Wednesday March 1919, A. Mitchell Palmer becomes United States Attorney General, through recess appointment.
On 5, Wednesday March 1919, Myron H. Bright, United States federal judge, born (d. 2016)
On 5, Wednesday March 1919, Ernest von Koerber, Austrian politician, former Prime Minister, died (b. 1850)
On 5, Sunday March 1944, George John Bell, died (born 1872), politician
On 5, Sunday March 1944, Peter Brandes, Danish artist, born
On 5, Sunday March 1944, Max Jacob, French poet, died (b. 1876)
On 5, Sunday March 1944, Neel E. Kearby, American fighter ace (killed in action), died (b. 1911)
On 5, Thursday March 1959, Colleen Noonan, mother, born
On 5, Thursday March 1959, Mike Byster, American mathematician, mental calculator and math educator, born
On 5, Thursday March 1959, Vazgen Sargsyan, 8th Prime Minister of Armenia, born (d. 1999)
On 5, Wednesday March 1969, The last episode of spy series Hunter is aired.
On 5, Monday March 1979, Voyager 1 makes its closest approach to Jupiter at 172,000 miles (277,000 km).
On 5, Monday March 1979, Riki Lindhome, American actress and comedian, born
On 5, Monday March 1979, Tang Gonghong, Chinese weightlifter, born
On 5, Sunday March 1989, Jake Lloyd, American actor, born
On 5, Sunday March 1989, Sterling Knight, American actor, born
On 5, Saturday March 1994, Aislinn Paul, Canadian actress, born
On 5, Saturday March 1994, Abdullah al-Sallal, 1st President of the Yemen Arab Republic, died (b. 1917)
On 5, Friday March 1999, Colin Schooler, American football player, born
On 5, Friday March 1999, Alfred Denning, Baron Denning, British lawyer and judge, died (b. 1899)
On 5, Friday March 1999, John Figueroa, Jamaican poet, died (b. 1920)
On 5, Friday March 1999, Richard Kiley, American actor, died (b. 1922)
On 5, Wednesday March 2014, Nicolás Maduro, the President of Venezuela, severs diplomatic and political ties with Panama, accusing Panama of being involved in a conspiracy against the Venezuelan government.

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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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