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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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.