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, Monday November 1894, Jan Garber, American jazz bandleader, born (d. 1977)
On 5, Monday November 1894, Harold Innis, Canadian communications scholar, born (d. 1952)
On 5, Monday November 1894, Beardsley Ruml, American economist, tax plan author, born (d. 1960)
On 5, Wednesday November 1919, Thomas O’Dwyer, cricketer, born (died 2005)
On 5, Sunday November 1944, Alexis Carrel, French surgeon and biologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, died (b. 1873)
On 5, Thursday November 1959, Bryan Adams, Canadian singer and photographer, born
On 5, Wednesday November 1969, Lloyd Corrigan, American actor, died (b. 1900)
On 5, Monday November 1979, The first New South Wales Lotto draw takes place. No-one chose the six winning numbers in the draw, so only half of the first prize – $193,576- will be divided among the five members of the In the Money syndicate.
On 5, Monday November 1979, All Saints’ Massacre: The military junta in Bolivia initiates a violent crack-down on its opponents.
On 5, Monday November 1979, The radio news program Morning Edition premieres on National Public Radio in the United States.
On 5, Monday November 1979, Tarek Boudali, French actor, born
On 5, Monday November 1979, Al Capp, American cartoonist, died (b. 1909)
On 5, Sunday November 1989, Andrew Boyce, English footballer, born
On 5, Sunday November 1989, Vladimir Horowitz, Russian pianist, died (b. 1903)
On 5, Sunday November 1989, Barry Sadler, American soldier and singer-songwriter, died (b. 1940)
On 5, Saturday November 1994, A letter by former U.S. President Ronald Reagan, announcing that he has Alzheimer’s disease, is released.
On 5, Saturday November 1994, George Foreman wins the WBA and IBF World Heavyweight Championships by KO’ing Michael Moorer becoming the oldest heavyweight champion in history.
On 5, Saturday November 1994, Johan Heyns, an influential Afrikaner theologian and critic of apartheid, is assassinated.
On 5, Saturday November 1994, Johan Heyns, South African theologian and apartheid critic, died (b. 1928)
On 5, Wednesday November 2014, A public memorial service is held at Sydney Town Hall to honour former Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam. Former Prime Ministers Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd are temporarily embarrassed when it appears that they have been seated next to each other during the service.

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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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