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 4, Saturday September 1869, John Pascoe Fawkner, pioneer, died (born 1792)
On 4, Saturday September 1869, John Pascoe Fawkner, Australian pioneer, settler and politician,, died (b. 1792)
On 4, Tuesday September 1894, In New York City, 12,000 tailors strike against sweatshop working conditions.
On 4, Monday September 1944, WWII: The British 11th Armoured Division liberates the city of Antwerp in Belgium.
On 4, Monday September 1944, Finland breaks off relations with Germany.
On 4, Monday September 1944, Tony Atkinson, British economist, born (d. 2017)
On 4, Monday September 1944, Erich Fellgiebel, German general and resistance fighter, died (b. 1886)
On 4, Monday September 1944, Heinrich Graf von Lehndorff-Steinort, German resistance fighter, died (b. 1909)
On 4, Monday September 1944, Fritz Thiele, German general and resistance fighter, died (b. 1894)
On 4, Friday September 1959, Kevin Harrington, Australian actor, born
On 4, Friday September 1959, Armin Kogler, Austrian ski jumper, born
On 4, Thursday September 1969, Giorgi Margvelashvili, politician; 4th President of the Republic of Georgia, born
On 4, Thursday September 1969, Kristen Wilson, American actress, born
On 4, Thursday September 1969, José Vicente Faria Lima, Brazilian engineer and politician, died (b. 1909)
On 4, Tuesday September 1979, Maxim Afinogenov, Russian ice hockey player, born
On 4, Tuesday September 1979, Canuplin, Filipino magician and bodabil entertainer, died (b. 1904)
On 4, Monday September 1989, Edmund Peiris, Sri Lanka Roman Catholic bishop, died (b. 1897)
On 4, Monday September 1989, Georges Simenon, Belgian writer, died (b. 1903)
On 4, Monday September 1989, Ronald Syme, New Zealand-born classicist and historian, died (b. 1903)
On 4, Thursday September 2014, Ron Mulock, 84, politician, Deputy Premier of New South Wales (1984–1988), died
On 4, Thursday September 2014, Donatas Banionis, Lithuanian actor, died (b. 1924)
On 4, Thursday September 2014, Joan Rivers, American writer, comedian, actress, and television host, died (b. 1933)
On 4, Thursday September 2014, Gustavo Cerati, Argentinian singer, died (b. 1959)

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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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