On This Day: Sunday, 15 December 2019

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 December 1894, Felix Stump, American admiral, born (d. 1972)
On 15, Friday December 1944, A USAAF utility aircraft carrying bandleader Major Glenn Miller disappears in heavy fog over the English Channel while flying to Paris.
On 15, Friday December 1944, Glenn Miller, American band leader (accident), died (b. 1904)
On 15, Tuesday December 1959, Greg Matthews, cricketer, born
On 15, Monday December 1969, Rick Law, American illustrator and producer, born
On 15, Saturday December 1979, Sam Cawthorn, motivational speaker, author & entrepreneur, born
On 15, Saturday December 1979, The directorial debut of Hayao Miyazaki, The Castle of Cagliostro based on the manga series Lupin III is released in Japan.
On 15, Saturday December 1979, Adam Brody, American actor, born
On 15, Saturday December 1979, Eric Young, Canadian wrestler, born
On 15, Saturday December 1979, Ethel Lackie, American Olympic swimmer, died (b. 1907)
On 15, Friday December 1989, Drug baron José Gonzalo Rodríguez Gacha is killed by Colombian police.
On 15, Friday December 1989, Nichole Bloom, American actress and model, born
On 15, Friday December 1989, José Gonzalo Rodríguez Gacha, Colombian drug lord and criminal, died (b. 1947)
On 15, Friday December 1989, Edward Underdown, British stage and film veteran, died (b. 1908)
On 15, Monday December 2014, Man Haron Monis takes customers and staff hostage in a Lindt Chocolate Café in Martin Place, Sydney.
On 15, Monday December 2014, Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey is criticised for delivering his Mid Year Fiscal Outlook when the nation’s attention is diverted by the Martin Place siege. Mr Hockey announces that foreign aid will be slashed by $3.7 billion in order to boost national security spending.
On 15, Monday December 2014, Donald Metcalf, 85, medical researcher, died
On 15, Monday December 2014, Arthur Whyte, 93, politician, President of the South Australian Legislative Council (1978–1985)., died

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On This Day: Saturday, 14 December 2019

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 14, Saturday December 1844, Melchor Múzquiz, 5th President of Mexico, died (b. 1790)
On 14, Thursday December 1944, The Liberal Party of Australia is formed, replacing the United Australia Party.
On 14, Thursday December 1944, The Soviet government changes Turkish place names to Russian in the Crimea.
On 14, Thursday December 1944, United States release of the film National Velvet, which brings a young Elizabeth Taylor to stardom.
On 14, Monday December 1959, Makarios III is selected the first president of Cyprus.
On 14, Monday December 1959, Evan Ziporyn, American composer, born
On 14, Monday December 1959, Edna Wallace Hopper, American stage actress, died (b. 1872)
On 14, Monday December 1959, Stanley Spencer, British painter, died (b. 1891)
On 14, Sunday December 1969, Rob Oakeshott, politician, born
On 14, Sunday December 1969, The murder of Diane Maxwell takes place, when the 25-year-old phone operator is found sexually assaulted and killed (the case remains unsolved until 2003).
On 14, Sunday December 1969, Archie Kao, Chinese-American film and television actor, born
On 14, Friday December 1979, Michael Owen, English footballer, born
On 14, Friday December 1979, Ken Leishman, Canadian criminal, died (b. 1931)
On 14, Thursday December 1989, Chile holds its first free election in sixteen years, electing Patricio Aylwin as president.
On 14, Thursday December 1989, Onew, Korean singer, member of Korean group (SHINee), born
On 14, Thursday December 1989, Jock Mahoney, American actor, died (b. 1919)
On 14, Thursday December 1989, Andrei Sakharov, Soviet physicist and activist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (declined), died (b. 1921)
On 14, Wednesday December 1994, Construction commences on the Three Gorges Dam, at Sandouping, China.
On 14, Monday December 2009, Jack Denham, 85, horse trainer, died

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On This Day: Friday, 13 December 2019

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, Monday December 1869, John Shirlow, artist, born (died 1936)
On 13, Saturday December 1919, Hans-Joachim Marseille, German World War II fighter ace, born (d. 1942)
On 13, Wednesday December 1944, Battle of Mindoro: United States, Australian and Philippine Commonwealth troops land on Mindoro Island in the Philippines.
On 13, Wednesday December 1944, Wassily Kandinsky, Russian-born Polish artist, died (b. 1866)
On 13, Wednesday December 1944, Lupe Vélez, Mexican actress, died (b. 1908)
On 13, Sunday December 1959, Johnny Whitaker, American actor, born
On 13, Saturday December 1969, Hideo Ishikawa, Japanese voice actor, born
On 13, Saturday December 1969, Spencer Williams, American actor, died (b. 1893)
On 13, Thursday December 1979, Jon Hall, American actor, died (b. 1915)
On 13, Wednesday December 1989, Katherine Schwarzenegger, American author, born
On 13, Wednesday December 1989, Taylor Swift, American pop and country singer, born
On 13, Tuesday December 1994, The trial of former President Mengistu begins in Ethiopia.
On 13, Tuesday December 1994, Fred West, 53, a builder living in Gloucester, is remanded in custody, charged with murdering 12 people (including two of his own daughters) whose bodies are mostly found buried at his house in Cromwell Street. His wife Rose West, 41, is charged with 10 murders.
On 13, Tuesday December 1994, Hu Lanqi, Chinese revolutionary, general, and writer, died (b. 1901)
On 13, Sunday December 2009, Paul Samuelson, American Nobel Prize-winning economist, died (b. 1915)
On 13, Saturday December 2014, The Federal Government announces that it will scrap over 200 government agencies.

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On This Day: Thursday, 12 December 2019

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 12, Wednesday December 1894, John Sparrow David Thompson, 4th Prime Minister of Canada, died (b. 1845)
On 12, Tuesday December 1944, (12–13) WWII: British units attempt to take the hilltop town of Tossignano, but are repulsed.
On 12, Tuesday December 1944, Diana Bracho, Mexican actress, born
On 12, Tuesday December 1944, Kenneth Cranham, Scottish born actor, born
On 12, Tuesday December 1944, Cara Duff-MacCormick, Canadian stage actress, born
On 12, Tuesday December 1944, Bernard Chrzanowski, Polish activist, died (b. 1861)
On 12, Saturday December 1959, Christine Stanton, high jumper, born
On 12, Saturday December 1959, Marcella Craft, American soprano, died (b. 1874)
On 12, Saturday December 1959, Russell Simpson, American actor, died (b. 1880)
On 12, Friday December 1969, The Piazza Fontana bombing in Italy (Strage di Piazza Fontana) takes place.
On 12, Wednesday December 1979, The 8.2 Mw Tumaco earthquake shakes Colombia and Ecuador with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent), killing 300–600, and generating a large tsunami.
On 12, Wednesday December 1979, Coup d’état of December Twelfth: South Korean Army Major General Chun Doo-hwan orders the arrest of Army Chief of Staff General Jeong Seung-hwa without authorization from President Choi Kyu-hah, alleging involvement in the assassination of ex-President Park Chung-hee.
On 12, Wednesday December 1979, The unrecognised state of Zimbabwe Rhodesia returns to British control and resumes using the name Southern Rhodesia.
On 12, Wednesday December 1979, Emin, Azerbaijani-Russian singer-songwriter and businessman, born
On 12, Wednesday December 1979, Alan Shipman, English cricketer, died (b. 1901)
On 12, Tuesday December 1989, Janelle Arthur, American Idol contestant, born
On 12, Monday December 1994, Donna J. Stone, American poet and philanthropist, died (b. 1933)
On 12, Monday December 1994, Stuart Roosa, American astronaut, died (b. 1933)
On 12, Sunday December 1999, Paul Cadmus, American artist, died (b. 1904)
On 12, Sunday December 1999, Joseph Heller, American novelist, died (b. 1923)
On 12, Friday December 2014, Norman Bridwell, American cartoonist, died (b. 1928)

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On This Day: Wednesday, 11 December 2019

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 11, Thursday December 1919, Paavo Aaltonen, Finnish gymnast, born (d. 1962)
On 11, Thursday December 1919, Lady Anne Berry, English horticulturist
On 11, Monday December 1944, Brenda Lee, American singer, born
On 11, Monday December 1944, Lynda Day George, American actress
On 11, Monday December 1944, Teri Garr, American actress
On 11, Monday December 1944, Montgomery Cunningham Meigs, American WWII hero, died (b. 1919)
On 11, Friday December 1959, Charles Robberts Swart is appointed the 11th Governor-General of the Union of South Africa.
On 11, Friday December 1959, Jim Bottomley, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals) and a member of the MLB Hall of Fame, died (b. 1900)
On 11, Thursday December 1969, Viswanathan Anand, Indian chess grandmaster, born
On 11, Thursday December 1969, Sean Grande, American basketball announcer, born
On 11, Thursday December 1969, Phil Spencer, UK television property percenter and estate agent, born
On 11, Tuesday December 1979, Rider Strong, American actor, born
On 11, Monday December 1989, The International Trans-Antarctica Expedition, a group of six explorers from six nations, reaches the South Pole.
On 11, Monday December 1989, Carlos Almaraz, Mexican-born American artist, died (b. 1941)
On 11, Monday December 1989, Lindsay Crosby, American singer and actor, died (b. 1938)
On 11, Sunday December 1994, Russian president Boris Yeltsin orders troops into Chechnya.
On 11, Sunday December 1994, Philip Phillips, American archaeologist, died (b. 1900)
On 11, Sunday December 1994, Carl Marzani, American filmmaker, author, editor and publisher, died (b. 1912)
On 11, Thursday December 2014, Prime Minister Tony Abbott publicly defends his Chief of Staff, Peta Credlin, against growing criticism from within his own party, levelling accusations of sexism against her critics.
On 11, Thursday December 2014, Patricia Gallaher, 77, librarian., died

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On This Day: Tuesday, 10 December 2019

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 10, Friday December 1869, The first American chapter of Kappa Sigma is founded, at the University of Virginia.
On 10, Friday December 1869, Women’s suffrage: The Wyoming territorial legislature gives women the right to vote, the first such law in the world.
On 10, Monday December 1894, William Sydney Marchant, British colonial official, born (d. 1953)
On 10, Monday December 1894, Edward Milford, Australian general, born (d. 1972)
On 10, Wednesday December 1919, Keith and Ross Smith, piloting a Vickers Vimy, reach Darwin at the end of the first England to Australia flight.
On 10, Wednesday December 1919, Jean Lee, last woman executed in Australia, born (died 1951)
On 10, Sunday December 1944, Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini leads a concert performance of the first half of Beethoven’s Fidelio (minus its spoken dialogue) on NBC Radio, starring Rose Bampton. He chooses this opera for its political message — a statement against tyranny and dictatorship. Conducting it in German, Toscanini intends it as a tribute to the German people who are being oppressed by Hitler. The second half is broadcast a week later. The performance is later released on LP and CD, the first of 7 operas that Toscanini conducts on radio.
On 10, Monday December 1979, Keiko Nemoto, Japanese voice actress, born
On 10, Monday December 1979, Ann Dvorak, American actress, died (b. 1911)
On 10, Sunday December 1989, Tom Sexton, Australian-Irish rugby player, born
On 10, Sunday December 1989, President of Czechoslovakia Gustáv Husák swears in a new cabinet with a non-Communist and then immediately resigns as president.
On 10, Sunday December 1989, Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj announces the establishment of Mongolia’s democratic movement, that peacefully changes the second-oldest Communist country into a democracy.
On 10, Sunday December 1989, Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, French politician, born
On 10, Saturday December 1994, Matti Klinga, Finnish footballer, born
On 10, Saturday December 1994, Alex Wilson, Canadian athlete, died (b. 1905)
On 10, Friday December 1999, Rick Danko, Canadian musician, died (b. 1943)
On 10, Friday December 1999, Franjo Tuđman, 1st President of Croatia, died (b. 1922)
On 10, Thursday December 2009, James Cameron’s Avatar, has since been the highest-grossing film of all time, premieres in the United Kingdom.
On 10, Wednesday December 2014, Princess Gabriella, Countess of Carladès, born
On 10, Wednesday December 2014, Jacques, Hereditary Prince of Monaco, born

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