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 2, Thursday August 1894, Bertha Lutz, Brazilian zoologist, politician, diplomat and feminist, born (d. 1976)
On 2, Saturday August 1919, Nehemiah Persoff, Israeli-American character actor
On 2, Saturday August 1919, Carlo Savina, Italian composer and conductor, born (d. 2002)
On 2, Wednesday August 1944, WWII: Turkey ends diplomatic and economic relations with Germany.
On 2, Wednesday August 1944, The First Assembly of ASNOM (the Anti-Fascist Assembly for the People’s Liberation of Macedonia) is held in the Prohor Pčinjski monastery.
On 2, Wednesday August 1944, Jim Capaldi, British drummer, singer and songwriter, born (d. 2005)
On 2, Wednesday August 1944, Naná Vasconcelos, Brazilian percussionist and vocalist, born (d. 2016)
On 2, Wednesday August 1944, Kakuji Kakuta, Japanese admiral, died (b. 1890)
On 2, Sunday August 1959, Mary Teresa Norton, American politician, died (b. 1875)
On 2, Saturday August 1969, Jan Axel Blomberg, Norwegian drummer, born
On 2, Saturday August 1969, Fernando Couto, Portuguese footballer, born
On 2, Saturday August 1969, Leslie Cliff, British pair figure skater, died (b. 1908)
On 2, Wednesday August 1989, Pakistan is readmitted to the Commonwealth of Nations after leaving it in 1972.
On 2, Wednesday August 1989, Nacer Chadli, Belgian footballer, born
On 2, Wednesday August 1989, Vanes-Mari Du Toit, South African netball player, born
On 2, Monday August 1999, Emma Bale, Belgian singer, born
On 2, Monday August 1999, Willie Morris, American writer, died (b. 1934)
On 2, Saturday August 2014, Death of Ms Dhu, a 22-year-old Australian Aboriginal woman who died in police custody in South Hedland, Western Australia
On 2, Saturday August 2014, Rugby union: The 2014 Super Rugby season concludes, with the New South Wales Waratahs defeating the Crusaders in the final.
On 2, Saturday August 2014, Brian Buckley, 78, VFL football player (Carlton), died

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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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