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 14, Tuesday May 1844, Alexander Kaulbars, Russian general, explorer, born (d. 1925)
On 14, Friday May 1869, Percy Abbott, soldier and politician, born (died 1940)
On 14, Monday May 1894, A meteor shower is seen in southern France.
On 14, Monday May 1894, Blackpool Tower is opened in Blackpool, England, as a visitor attraction.
On 14, Wednesday May 1919, The University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, establishes probably the world’s first Chair in International Politics, endowed by David Davies and his sisters in honour of Woodrow Wilson, with Alfred Eckhard Zimmern as first professor.
On 14, Sunday May 1944, The Holocaust: Predominantly Muslim Albanian troops of the 21st Waffen Mountain Division of the SS Skanderbeg (1st Albanian) round up 281 Jews in Pristina and hand them over to the Germans for transportation to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.
On 14, Sunday May 1944, Connie Lawn, American journalist, born (d. 2018)
On 14, Sunday May 1944, George Lucas, American film director and producer, born
On 14, Thursday May 1959, Patrick Bruel, French singer, born
On 14, Thursday May 1959, Sidney Bechet, American musician, died (b. 1897)
On 14, Wednesday May 1969, Cate Blanchett, actress, born
On 14, Wednesday May 1969, Frederick Lane, died (born 1888), swimmer
On 14, Wednesday May 1969, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi visits Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
On 14, Wednesday May 1969, Cate Blanchett, Australian actress, born
On 14, Wednesday May 1969, Danny Wood, American singer, born
On 14, Wednesday May 1969, Enid Bennett, American actress, died (b. 1893)
On 14, Wednesday May 1969, Frederick Lane, Australian swimmer, died (b. 1888)
On 14, Monday May 1979, Urijah Faber, WEC Featherweight Champion, born
On 14, Monday May 1979, Jean Rhys, mid-20th-century novelist from Dominica.(b. 1890)
On 14, Sunday May 1989, Mikhail Gorbachev visits China, the first Soviet leader to do so since Nikita Khrushchev in the 1960s.
On 14, Sunday May 1989, Carlos Menem wins the Argentine presidential election.
On 14, Sunday May 1989, Melinda Bam, South African beauty pageant contestant and model, born
On 14, Sunday May 1989, Rob Gronkowski, American football player, born
On 14, Sunday May 1989, Alina Talay, Belarusian 100 metres hurdler, born
On 14, Sunday May 1989, Alexandra Park, Australian actress, born
On 14, Saturday May 1994, Leonard Teale, 71, actor, died
On 14, Saturday May 1994, Marquinhos, Brazilian footballer, born
On 14, Saturday May 1994, W. Graham Claytor, Jr., American businessman and naval officer, died (b. 1914)

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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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