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 26, Monday March 1894, May Farquharson, Jamaican social worker, birth control advocate, philanthropist, and reformer, born (d. 1992)
On 26, Wednesday March 1919, Queen of the South F.C. is formed in Dumfries.
On 26, Wednesday March 1919, Strother Martin, American actor, born (d. 1980)
On 26, Wednesday March 1919, Ernest Henry, British explorer, died (b. 1869)
On 26, Sunday March 1944, Diana Ross, American actress and singer, born
On 26, Thursday March 1959, Tenor saxophonist John Coltrane holds initial record sessions for album Giant Steps with Cedar Walton and Lex Humphries.
On 26, Thursday March 1959, Raymond Chandler, American-born novelist, died (b. 1888)
On 26, Monday March 1979, In a ceremony at the White House, President Anwar Sadat of Egypt and Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel sign an Egypt–Israel Peace Treaty.
On 26, Monday March 1979, Michigan State University, led by Earvin “Magic” Johnson, defeats Larry Bird-led Indiana State 75-64 in the NCAA tournament championship game at Salt Lake City.
On 26, Monday March 1979, Jean Stafford, American writer, died (b. 1915)
On 26, Sunday March 1989, The first contested elections for the Soviet parliament, Congress of People’s Deputies, result in losses for the Communist Party.
On 26, Saturday March 1994, Jim Soorley wins a second term as Lord Mayor in the Brisbane City Council elections.
On 26, Saturday March 1994, The Mackellar by-election, 1994 is won by Bronwyn Bishop whose leadership ambitions stalled when she suffered a 5% swing.
On 26, Saturday March 1994, The Warringah by-election, 1994 is won by Tony Abbott 2019 –the electorate vacated by Michael MacKellar.
On 26, Saturday March 1994, Mayu Watanabe, Japanese singer, born
On 26, Friday March 1999, The Melissa worm attacks the Internet.
On 26, Friday March 1999, David Holliday, American actor, died (b. 1937)
On 26, Thursday March 2009, One HD launches.
On 26, Wednesday March 2014, John Disney, 94, ornithologist, died
On 26, Wednesday March 2014, Tom Jones, 90, politician, Member for Collie (1968–1989), died

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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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