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, Saturday May 1869, John Storey, Premier of New South Wales, born (died 1921)
On 15, Saturday May 1869, Women’s suffrage: In New York, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton form the National Woman Suffrage Association.
On 15, Tuesday May 1894, Eddie Stumpf, American baseball player, manager and executive, born (d. 1978)
On 15, Thursday May 1919, Tom Drake-Brockman, politician, born (died 1992)
On 15, Thursday May 1919, The Hellenic Army lands at Smyrna, on ships of the British Royal Navy.
On 15, Thursday May 1919, A law providing for full women’s suffrage in the Netherlands is introduced.
On 15, Thursday May 1919, Winnipeg general strike: Workers in Winnipeg, Canada launch a strike for better wages and working conditions.
On 15, Thursday May 1919, Eugenia Charles, 3rd Prime Minister of Dominica, born (d. 2005)
On 15, Monday May 1944, (15 May–July 8)The Holocaust: Deportation of Hungarian Jews to Auschwitz and other Nazi concentration camps.
On 15, Monday May 1944, Ulrich Beck, German sociologist, born (d. 2015)
On 15, Monday May 1944, Gunilla Hutton, Swedish-born American actress and singer, born
On 15, Monday May 1944, Patriarch Sergius I, died (b. 1867)
On 15, Friday May 1959, Andrew Eldritch, British singer/songwriter, born
On 15, Friday May 1959, Joe Cook, American actor, died (b. 1890)
On 15, Friday May 1959, Jeanne de Flandreysy, French author, died (b. 1874)
On 15, Thursday May 1969, An American teenager known as ‘Robert R.’ dies in St. Louis, Missouri, of a baffling medical condition. In 1984 it will be identified as the earliest confirmed case of HIV/AIDS in North America.
On 15, Thursday May 1969, Emmitt Smith, American football player, born
On 15, Thursday May 1969, William Gould, Canadian-American actor, died (b. 1886)
On 15, Thursday May 1969, Robert Rayford, American HIV/AIDS victim, died (b. 1953)
On 15, Tuesday May 1979, Ryan Max Riley, humorist and national champion skier, born
On 15, Tuesday May 1979, James Mackenzie, Scottish actor and TV presenter, born
On 15, Monday May 1989, Australia’s first private tertiary institution, Bond University, opens on the Gold Coast.
On 15, Monday May 1989, James Holland, soccer player, born
On 15, Monday May 1989, Sunny Lee, American-born Korean singer, member of Korean group (SNSD), born
On 15, Monday May 1989, Johnny Green, American songwriter, died (b. 1908)
On 15, Sunday May 1994, Royal Dano, American actor, died (b. 1922)
On 15, Sunday May 1994, Gilbert Roland, American actor, died (b. 1905)
On 15, Friday May 2009, E. Beatrice Riley, 112, oldest person in Australia, died
On 15, Friday May 2009, Bud Tingwell, 86, actor, died
On 15, Thursday May 2014, Jean-Luc Dehaene, 63rd Prime Minister of Belgium, died (b. 1940)

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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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