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 12, Tuesday March 1844, The Columbus and Xenia Railroad, the first railroad planned to be built in Ohio, is chartered.
On 12, Friday March 1869, George Forbes, New Zealand Prime Minister, first leader of the New Zealand National Party, born (d. 1947)
On 12, Monday March 1894, Coca-Cola is sold in bottles for the first time.
On 12, Sunday March 1944, WWII: the Political Committee of National Liberation is created in Greece.
On 12, Wednesday March 1969, Graham Coxon, English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and painter, born
On 12, Wednesday March 1969, Akemi Okamura, Japanese voice actress, born
On 12, Wednesday March 1969, Jake Tapper, American journalist, born
On 12, Monday March 1979, Jamie Dwyer, field hockey forward, born
On 12, Monday March 1979, Pete Doherty, British singer and guitarist (The Libertines, Babyshambles), born
On 12, Monday March 1979, Mashiur Rahman, former Senior Minister of Bangladesh, died (b. 1924)
On 12, Sunday March 1989, Tyler Clary, American Olympic swimmer, born
On 12, Sunday March 1989, Maurice Evans, British actor, died (b. 1901)
On 12, Sunday March 1989, Thaddeus B. Hurd, American architect and historian, died (b. 1903)
On 12, Saturday March 1994, The Fremantle by-election, 1994 is won by former West Australian Premier Carmen Lawrence, an electorate which had been vacated by John Dawkins.
On 12, Saturday March 1994, A photo by Marmaduke Wetherell, previously touted as “proof” of the Loch Ness Monster, is confirmed to be a hoax.
On 12, Saturday March 1994, The Church of England ordains its first female priests.
On 12, Saturday March 1994, Christina Grimmie, American singer, born (d. 2016), born
On 12, Friday March 1999, Former Warsaw Pact members Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic join NATO.
On 12, Friday March 1999, Yehudi Menuhin, American violinist, died (b. 1916)
On 12, Wednesday March 2014, Cecil Abbott, 89, police chief, Commissioner of New South Wales Police (1981–1984)., died
On 12, Wednesday March 2014, Věra Chytilová, Czech film director, died (b. 1929)

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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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