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 28, Wednesday May 1919, Olga Masters, writer, born (died 1986)
On 28, Wednesday May 1919, Lim Chong Eu, Malaysian politician, born (d. 2010)
On 28, Wednesday May 1919, Hermann von Spaun, Austro-Hungarian admiral, died (b. 1833)
On 28, Sunday May 1944, Paul D. Scully-Power, oceanographer and astronaut, born.
On 28, Sunday May 1944, Rudy Giuliani, former Mayor of New York City, born
On 28, Sunday May 1944, Gladys Knight, American singer, born
On 28, Sunday May 1944, Sondra Locke, American actress and director, born
On 28, Sunday May 1944, Rita MacNeil, Canadian folk singer, born (d. 2013)
On 28, Sunday May 1944, Patricia, Lady Stephens (née Quinn), retired Northern Irish actress, born
On 28, Thursday May 1959, USA Florida, Cape Canaveral: Jupiter AM-18 launches two monkeys, Miss Able and Miss Baker, into space along with living microorganisms and plant seeds. Successful recovery makes them the first living beings to return safely to Earth after space flight.
On 28, Thursday May 1959, Steve Strange, Welsh singer (Visage), born (d. 2015)
On 28, Wednesday May 1969, Rob Ford, Canadian politician, born (d. 2016)
On 28, Wednesday May 1969, Emilio Bigi, Paraguayan musician, died (b. 1910)
On 28, Monday May 1979, Jesse Bradford, American actor, born
On 28, Sunday May 1989, Alexey Negodaylo, Russian Olympic bobsledder, born
On 28, Saturday May 1994, Sir Charles Spry, 83, Director-General of ASIO (1950–1970), died
On 28, Saturday May 1994, Son Yeon-jae South Korean rhythmic gymnast, born
On 28, Saturday May 1994, John Stones, English footballer, born
On 28, Saturday May 1994, Julius Boros, American golfer, died (b. 1920)
On 28, Friday May 1999, Two Swedish police officers are wounded by bank robbers armed with automatic weapons, and later executed with their own service pistols in Malexander, Sweden.
On 28, Friday May 1999, After 22 years of restoration work, Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper is placed back on display in Milan, Italy.
On 28, Wednesday May 2014, Maya Angelou, American poet and author, died (b. 1928)
On 28, Wednesday May 2014, Malcolm Glazer, American businessman, died (b. 1928)

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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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