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 13, Thursday February 1919, Tennessee Ernie Ford, American musician, born (d. 1991)
On 13, Thursday February 1919, Eddie Robinson, American football coach, born (d. 2007)
On 13, Sunday February 1944, Stockard Channing, American actress, born
On 13, Sunday February 1944, Michael Ensign, American actor, born
On 13, Sunday February 1944, Jerry Springer, English-born American politician and television personality, born
On 13, Sunday February 1944, Edgar Selwyn, American screenwriter, died (b. 1875)
On 13, Friday February 1959, TAT-2, AT&T’s second transatlantic telephone cable goes into operation.
On 13, Thursday February 1969, Front de libération du Québec (FLQ) terrorists bomb the Montreal Stock Exchange.
On 13, Thursday February 1969, Ahlam, Arabic singer, born
On 13, Thursday February 1969, JB Blanc, French voice actor, born
On 13, Thursday February 1969, Florence Mary Taylor, Australia’s first female architect, died (b. 1879)
On 13, Tuesday February 1979, The Guardian Angels are formed in New York City as an unarmed organization of young crime fighters.
On 13, Tuesday February 1979, The intense February 13, 1979 windstorm strikes western Washington and sinks a 1/2-mile-long section of the Hood Canal Bridge.
On 13, Tuesday February 1979, Anders Behring Breivik, Norwegian right-wing militant, born
On 13, Tuesday February 1979, Mena Suvari, American actress, born
On 13, Tuesday February 1979, Rafael Márquez, Mexican footballer, born
On 13, Monday February 1989, Rhys Palmer, footballer, born
On 13, Monday February 1989, Carly McKillip, Canadian actress, born
On 13, Monday February 1989, Katie Volding, American actress, born
On 13, Monday February 1989, Rodrigo Possebon, Brazilian footballer, born
On 13, Monday February 1989, Claude Dupuy, French Roman Catholic priest and bishop, died (b. 1901)
On 13, Monday February 1989, Princess Eugénie of Greece and Denmark, died (b. 1910)
On 13, Sunday February 1994, Memphis Depay, Dutch footballer, born
On 13, Sunday February 1994, Axel Reymond, French Marathon swimmer, born
On 13, Friday February 2009, The Federal Government’s $42 billion economic stimulus package is passed in the Senate, paving the way for promised cash bonuses for workers around the country.
On 13, Friday February 2009, Julius Patching, 92, Olympic administrator, died
On 13, Thursday February 2014, Cameron Baird is posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for Australia for his actions in the War in Afghanistan.
On 13, Thursday February 2014, Victorian Premier Denis Napthine announces a $22 million assistance package for SPC Ardmona, Australia’s largest food processor and packaging company to transform and modernize its operations at the company’s Shepparton plant.
On 13, Thursday February 2014, Belgium becomes the first country in the world to legalise euthanasia for terminally ill patients of any age.
On 13, Thursday February 2014, Richard Møller Nielsen, Danish football player and coach, died (b. 1937)
On 13, Thursday February 2014, Ralph Waite, American actor, 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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