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 November 1894, Norbert Wiener, American mathematician, born (d. 1964)
On 26, Wednesday November 1919, Ryszard Kaczorowski, President of Poland, born (d. 2010)
On 26, Wednesday November 1919, Frederik Pohl, American science fiction writer, born (d. 2013)
On 26, Sunday November 1944, American opera singer Florence Foster Jenkins dies in her sleep at the age of 76.
On 26, Sunday November 1944, Florence Foster Jenkins, American socialite and singer, died (b. 1868)
On 26, Monday November 1979, Marcel L’Herbier, French movie-maker, died (b. 1888)
On 26, Sunday November 1989, Uruguayan general election, 1989: Luis Alberto Lacalle is elected President of Uruguay.
On 26, Sunday November 1989, Angeline Quinto, Filipina singer and actress, born
On 26, Sunday November 1989, Ahmed Abdallah, Comorian politician, 1st President of Comoros (assassinated), died (b. 1919)
On 26, Friday November 1999, The 7.5 Mw Ambrym earthquake shakes Vanuatu and a destructive tsunami follows. Ten people were killed and forty were injured.
On 26, Friday November 1999, Olivia O’Brien, American singer, born
On 26, Wednesday November 2014, Sabah, Lebanese singer and actress, died (b. 1927)

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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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