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, Wednesday November 1844, Hungarian becomes the official language of Hungary.
On 13, Wednesday November 1844, Andrew Harper, Scottish-Australian biblical scholar, teacher, born (d. 1936)
On 13, Tuesday November 1894, Nita Naldi, American film actress, born (d. 1961)
On 13, Monday November 1944, Carl Lampert, Austrian Roman Catholic priest and blessed, died (b. 1894)
On 13, Monday November 1944, Friedrich Lorenz, German Roman Catholic priest and blessed, died (b. 1897)
On 13, Friday November 1959, Anne Manning, racewalker, born
On 13, Thursday November 1969, Former Minister for Air, Dudley Erwin, expresses to journalists his belief that Prime Minister Gorton’s young secretary, Ainsley Gotto, was responsible for him being dropped from his ministerial position. Erwin also asserted Gotto severely restricted access to Gorton which he and other ministers had previously enjoyed. When asked what political manoeuvre had been used to get him out of office, he replied “it’s shapely, it wiggles, it’s cold-blooded and its name is Ainsley Gotto”.
On 13, Thursday November 1969, Victorian SEC workers strike for 24 hours from midnight for the fourth time this year, causing widespread disruption to power supplies.
On 13, Thursday November 1969, Gerard Butler, Scottish actor, born
On 13, Thursday November 1969, Stephen Full, American actor and comedian, born
On 13, Thursday November 1969, Josh Mancell, American freelance composer and multi-instrumentalist, born
On 13, Thursday November 1969, Iskander Mirza, Pakistani politician, 1st President of Pakistan, died (b. 1899)
On 13, Tuesday November 1979, Henry Wolfe, American actor and musician, born
On 13, Tuesday November 1979, Metta World Peace, American basketball player, born
On 13, Tuesday November 1979, Freda Betti, French opera singer (b.1924)
On 13, Tuesday November 1979, Ernest N. Harmon, American general, died (b. 1894)
On 13, Monday November 1989, Hans-Adam II becomes Prince of Liechtenstein on the death of his father, Prince Franz Joseph II.
On 13, Monday November 1989, Victor Davis, Canadian Olympic swimmer, died (b. 1964)
On 13, Monday November 1989, Franz Joseph II, Prince of Liechtenstein, died (b. 1906)
On 13, Sunday November 1994, Voters in Sweden decide to join the European Union in a referendum.
On 13, Sunday November 1994, The first passengers travel through the Channel Tunnel.
On 13, Sunday November 1994, Motoo Kimura, Japanese geneticist, died (b. 1924)
On 13, Saturday November 1999, Lando Norris, British racing driver, born
On 13, Friday November 2009, Having analyzed the data from the LCROSS lunar impact, NASA announces that it has found a “significant” quantity of water in the Moon’s Cabeus crater.
On 13, Thursday November 2014, Divisions within the Palmer United Party become more public with Clive Palmer labelling his Senator, Jacqui Lambie a “drama queen”.
On 13, Thursday November 2014, Alexander Grothendieck, German-French mathematician, 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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