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, Friday August 1844, Narciso Claveria, Governor-General of the Philippines, makes a decree announcing that Monday, December 30, 1844 will be immediately followed by Wednesday, January 1, 1845. (Tuesday, December 31, 1844 was removed from the Philippine calendar because from 1521-1844, the Philippines was one day behind its Asian neighbors).
On 16, Thursday August 1894, George Meany, American labor leader, born (d. 1980)
On 16, Saturday August 1919, (16–26) First Silesian Uprising: The Poles in Upper Silesia rise against the Germans.
On 16, Sunday August 1959, Benny Fields, American singer, died (b. 1894)
On 16, Sunday August 1959, William Halsey, Jr., American admiral, died (b. 1882)
On 16, Sunday August 1959, Wanda Landowska, Polish harpsichordist, died (b. 1879)
On 16, Sunday August 1959, José Pessoa Cavalcanti de Albuquerque, Brazilian military officer, died (b. 1885)
On 16, Saturday August 1969, Jodi McKay, politician, born
On 16, Saturday August 1969, Kate Higgins, American voice actress, born
On 16, Thursday August 1979, Ian Moran, cricketer, born
On 16, Thursday August 1979, Adam Darragh, basketball player, born
On 16, Thursday August 1979, Sarah Balabagan, Filipina prisoner and singer, born
On 16, Thursday August 1979, Ivan Cudby, British sculptor, born
On 16, Thursday August 1979, John Diefenbaker, 13th Prime Minister of Canada, died (b. 1895)
On 16, Wednesday August 1989, Jean-Hilaire Aubame, French-born Gabonese politician, died (b. 1912)
On 16, Wednesday August 1989, Amanda Blake, American actress, died (b. 1929)
On 16, Tuesday August 1994, Tippy Dos Santos, Filipino-American singer and actress, born
On 16, Monday August 1999, Karen Chen, American figure skater, born

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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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