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 7, Thursday December 1893, Fay Bainter born, American actress (d. 1968)
On 7, Thursday December 1893, Hermann Balck born, German general (d. 1982)
On 7, Saturday December 1918, Frank Wilson (born 1859) died, Premier of Western Australia (1910–1911)
On 7, Saturday December 1918, Jórunn Viðar born, Icelandic pianist, composer (d. 2017)
On 7, Saturday December 1918, Liu Yichang born, Hong Kong writer and novelist (d. 2018)
On 7, Tuesday December 1943, Chiara Lubich starts the humanitarian Focolare Movement in Trento, Italy.
On 7, Tuesday December 1943, Hamilton Lamb died, Australian politician and soldier (b. 1900)
On 7, Saturday December 1968, Greg Ayres born, American voice actor
On 7, Saturday December 1968, Mark Geyer born, Australian rugby league player
On 7, Thursday December 1978, Shiri Appleby born, American actress
On 7, Thursday December 1978, Suzannah Lipscomb born, English historian
On 7, Wednesday December 1988, Emily Browning born, actress.
On 7, Wednesday December 1988, In Soviet Armenia, the Ms 6.8 Spitak earthquake kills nearly 25,000, injures 31,000 and leaves 400,000 homeless.
On 7, Wednesday December 1988, Singing Revolution: Estonian language replaces Russian as the official language of the Estonian SSR.
On 7, Wednesday December 1988, Nathan Adrian born, American Olympic swimmer
On 7, Wednesday December 1988, Emily Browning born, Australian actress
On 7, Wednesday December 1988, Dorothy Jordan died, American actress (b. 1906)
On 7, Tuesday December 1993, The 32-member Transitional Executive Committee holds its first meeting in Cape Town, marking the first meeting of an official government body in South Africa with Black members.
On 7, Tuesday December 1993, President of Ivory Coast Félix Houphouët-Boigny dies at 88, the oldest African head of state. He is succeeded three days later by Henri Konan Bédié.
On 7, Tuesday December 1993, Jasmine Villegas born, American singer
On 7, Tuesday December 1993, Wolfgang Paul died, German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1913)
On 7, Tuesday December 1993, Félix Houphouët-Boigny died, 1st President of Ivory Coast (b. 1905)
On 7, Monday December 1998, Martin Rodbell died, American scientist (b. 1925)
On 7, Saturday December 2013, Ninth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization delegates sign the Bali Package agreement aimed at loosening global trade barriers.
On 7, Saturday December 2013, Édouard Molinaro, French film director and screenwriter (b. 1928), 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.