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 1918, Prince Frederick Charles of Hesse renounces the Finnish throne.
On 14, Saturday December 1918, Portuguese President Sidónio Pais is assassinated.
On 14, Saturday December 1918, B. K. S. Iyengar born, Indian yoga teacher (d. 2014)
On 14, Saturday December 1918, Sidónio Pais died, Portuguese politician, general, diplomat, 66th Prime Minister of Portugal and 4th President of Portugal (b. 1872)
On 14, Tuesday December 1943, John Harvey Kellogg died, American doctor (b. 1852)
On 14, Sunday December 1958, The 3rd Soviet Antarctic Expedition becomes the first ever to reach the Southern Pole of Inaccessibility.
On 14, Sunday December 1958, Mike Scott born, Scottish singer-songwriter (The Waterboys)
On 14, Sunday December 1958, Spider Stacy born, English musician (The Pogues)
On 14, Sunday December 1958, François Zocchetto born, French politician
On 14, Saturday December 1968, A referendum is held in Tasmania to allow the granting of Australia’s first casino license to the Wrest Point Hotel. The referendum is passed.
On 14, Saturday December 1968, Margarete Klose died, German soprano (b. 1902)
On 14, Wednesday December 1988, Nicolas Batum born, French basketball player
On 14, Wednesday December 1988, Nate Ebner born, American football player
On 14, Wednesday December 1988, Vanessa Hudgens born, American actress and singer
On 14, Wednesday December 1988, Stuart Symington died, American politician (b. 1901)
On 14, Tuesday December 1993, Myrna Loy died, American actress (b. 1905)
On 14, Monday December 1998, New South Wales Premier Bob Carr opens extra lanes on the road the runs from Penrith to Strathfield.
On 14, Monday December 1998, The Yugoslav Army ambushes a column of 140 Kosovo Liberation Army militants attempting to smuggle arms from Albania into Kosovo, killing 36.
On 14, Monday December 1998, Maggie Voisin born, American freestyle skier
On 14, Monday December 1998, Norman Fell died, American actor (b. 1924)
On 14, Monday December 1998, Annette Strauss died, American philanthropist and politician (b. 1924)
On 14, Saturday December 2013, Neil Robson, 85, politician, died.
On 14, Saturday December 2013, Chinese unmanned spacecraft Chang’e 3, carrying the Yutu rover, becomes the first spacecraft to “soft”-land on the Moon since 1976 and the third ever robotic rover to do so.
On 14, Saturday December 2013, Peter O’Toole, British-Irish actor (b. 1932), 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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