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 15, Tuesday October 1844, Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher, born (d. 1900)
On 15, Monday October 1894, Dreyfus affair: French Army officer Alfred Dreyfus is arrested for spying.
On 15, Monday October 1894, Moshe Sharett, Israeli Prime Minister, born (d. 1965)
On 15, Sunday October 1944, Şerif Gören, Turkish film director, born
On 15, Sunday October 1944, David Trimble, Northern Irish Unionist political leader; recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize 1998, born
On 15, Thursday October 1959, Emeril Lagasse, American chef and restaurant owner, born
On 15, Thursday October 1959, Sarah, Duchess of York, British Princess and former wife of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, born
On 15, Thursday October 1959, Stepan Bandera, Ukrainian nationalist leader, died (b. 1909)
On 15, Wednesday October 1969, DZKB-TV Channel 9, the Philippines TV station, owner by Roberto S. Benedicto, is launched.
On 15, Wednesday October 1969, Vietnam War: Hundreds of thousands of people take part in Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam demonstrations across the United States.
On 15, Wednesday October 1969, Kim Raver, American actress, born
On 15, Wednesday October 1969, Rod La Rocque, American actor, died (b. 1898)
On 15, Monday October 1979, Black Monday events, in which members of a political group sack a newspaper office, unfold in Malta.
On 15, Monday October 1979, Jaci Velasquez, American Christian singer, born
On 15, Sunday October 1989, Walter Sisulu is released from prison in South Africa.
On 15, Saturday October 1994, After three years of U.S. exile, Haiti’s president Aristide returns to his country.
On 15, Saturday October 1994, disarmament crisis: following threats by the U.N. Security Council and the U.S., Iraq withdraws troops from its border with Kuwait.
On 15, Saturday October 1994, Lil’ Kleine, Dutch rapper, born
On 15, Saturday October 1994, Sarah Kofman, French philosopher, died (b. 1934)
On 15, Friday October 1999, The South Sydney Rabbitohs are put in lockdown for 2000.
On 15, Friday October 1999, Bailee Madison, American actress, born
On 15, Friday October 1999, Alexei Sancov, Moldovan swimmer, born
On 15, Friday October 1999, Ben Woodburn, British footballer, born
On 15, Thursday October 2009, A six-month-old baby survives when his pram rolls off the platform at Ashburton railway station, Melbourne and is struck by the approaching train.
On 15, Wednesday October 2014, Sir James Balderstone, 93, businessman and company director, died
On 15, Wednesday October 2014, James Semple Kerr, 82, architectural historian, 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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