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 March 1919, Jack P. Lewis, American Biblical scholar, born (d. 2018)
On 13, Friday March 1959, Kathy Hilton, American actress and philanthropist, born
On 13, Friday March 1959, Bruce Byron, English actor, born, born
On 13, Thursday March 1969, Apollo program: Apollo 9 returns safely to Earth after testing the Lunar Module.
On 13, Thursday March 1969, Susanna Mälkki, Finnish conductor, born
On 13, Tuesday March 1979, Maurice Bishop leads a successful coup in Grenada. His government will be crushed by American intervention in 1983.
On 13, Tuesday March 1979, Tudor Owen, English-American actor, died (b. 1898)
On 13, Monday March 1989, NSWRL unveils massive advertising campaign featuring rock legend Tina Turner singing What You Get is What You See.
On 13, Monday March 1989, A geomagnetic storm causes the collapse of the Hydro-Québec power grid. 6,000,000 people are left without power for nine hours. Some areas in the northeastern U.S. and in Sweden also lose power, and aurorae are seen as far as Texas.
On 13, Monday March 1989, Tim Berners-Lee produces the proposal document that will become the blueprint for the World Wide Web.
On 13, Monday March 1989, Peaches Geldof, British performer, born (d. 2014), born
On 13, Monday March 1989, Pierre Niney, French actor, born
On 13, Sunday March 1994, Gerard Deulofeu, Spanish footballer, born
On 13, Sunday March 1994, Yannick Gerhardt, German footballer, born
On 13, Sunday March 1994, Danny Barker, American musician, died (b. 1909)
On 13, Saturday March 1999, Lee Falk, American writer, theater director, and producer, died (b. 1911)
On 13, Saturday March 1999, Garson Kanin, American playwright and screenwriter, died (b. 1912)
On 13, Thursday March 2014, A Royal Commission into trade union governance and corruption begins its inquiry.
On 13, Thursday March 2014, Brett Peter Cowan is found guilty of murdering teenager Daniel Morcombe in December 2003. Mr Cowan is sentenced to life in jail with a minimum non-parole period of 20 years on 14 March.
On 13, Thursday March 2014, Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, 3rd President of Sierra Leone, died (b. 1932)

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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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