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 16, Wednesday October 1844, Ismail Qemali, Albanian civil servant, politician, 1st Prime Minister of Albania, born (d. 1919)
On 16, Saturday October 1869, England’s first residential university-level women’s college, the College for Women (predecessor of Girton College, Cambridge), is founded at Hitchin, by Emily Davies and Barbara Bodichon.
On 16, Saturday October 1869, Joseph Ritner, American politician, died (b. 1780)
On 16, Thursday October 1919, In Germany, Adolf Hitler gives his first speech for the German Workers’ Party (DAP).
On 16, Thursday October 1919, The historic Condado Vanderbilt Hotel is inaugurated, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
On 16, Thursday October 1919, Kathleen Winsor, American writer, born (d. 2003)
On 16, Friday October 1959, Founding of the Boston Patriots, AFL American football club.
On 16, Friday October 1959, Minor Hall, American jazz musician, died (b. 1897)
On 16, Friday October 1959, George Marshall, United States Secretary of State, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, died (b. 1880)
On 16, Thursday October 1969, Wendy Wilson, American singer and television personality, born
On 16, Tuesday October 1979, A tsunami in Nice, France kills 23 people.
On 16, Tuesday October 1979, Erin Brown, American actress, born
On 16, Tuesday October 1979, Johan Borgen, Norwegian author, died (b. 1903)
On 16, Monday October 1989, Angie Bainbridge, swimmer, born
On 16, Monday October 1989, Dan Biggar, Welsh rugby union player, born
On 16, Monday October 1989, Jack Salvatore Jr., American actor, born
On 16, Monday October 1989, Scott O’Dell, American children’s writer and winner of 5 Newbery Awards, died (b. 1898)
On 16, Monday October 1989, Cornel Wilde, American actor, died (b. 1915)
On 16, Thursday October 2014, John Spencer-Churchill, 11th Duke of Marlborough, British peer and educator, died (b. 1926)

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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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