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 6, Thursday February 1919, The Seattle General Strike begins in the United States, affecting over 65,000 workers.
On 6, Friday February 1959, At Cape Canaveral, Florida, the first successful test firing of a Titan intercontinental ballistic missile is accomplished.
On 6, Friday February 1959, Pat Bullard, Canadian game show host, comedian and writer, born
On 6, Friday February 1959, Ken Nelson, English record producer, born
On 6, Thursday February 1969, David Hayter, Canadian-American voice actor, born
On 6, Tuesday February 1979, David Dolníček, Czech ice hockey player, born
On 6, Tuesday February 1979, Mary Bell, Australian aviator, died (b. 1903)
On 6, Monday February 1989, The Government of the People’s Republic of Poland holds formal talks with representatives of Solidarity movement for the first time since 1981.
On 6, Monday February 1989, Barbara W. Tuchman, American historian, died (b. 1912)
On 6, Monday February 1989, Netty Herawaty, Indonesian actress, died (b. 1930)
On 6, Monday February 1989, Ron Field, American choreographer, died (b. 1934)
On 6, Sunday February 1994, Markale massacres: a Bosnian Serb Army mortar shell kills 68 civilians and wounds about 200 in a Sarajevo marketplace.
On 6, Sunday February 1994, Charlie Heaton, English actor, born
On 6, Sunday February 1994, Joseph Cotten, American actor, died (b. 1905)
On 6, Sunday February 1994, Jack Kirby, American comic book writer and illustrator, died (b. 1917)
On 6, Saturday February 1999, Don Dunstan, 72, former Premier of South Australia, died
On 6, Saturday February 1999, Don Dunstan, Australian politician, died (b. 1926)
On 6, Saturday February 1999, Jimmy Roberts, American singer, died (b. 1924)
On 6, Friday February 2009, James Whitmore, American actor, died (b. 1921)
On 6, Thursday February 2014, John Vockler, 89, Anglican prelate, Bishop of Polynesia (1962–1968), died
On 6, Thursday February 2014, Ralph Kiner, American baseball player and broadcaster, died (b. [1922]])

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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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