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 12, Wednesday July 1944, Terry Cooper, English former football player and manager, born
On 12, Wednesday July 1944, Clarence Parfitt, Bermudian-Scottish cricketer, born
On 12, Wednesday July 1944, Jesus Baza Duenas, Guamese Roman Catholic priest, martyr and blessed, died (b. 1911)
On 12, Wednesday July 1944, Theodore Roosevelt Jr., American political and business leader, died (b. 1887)
On 12, Sunday July 1959, King Tupou VI of Tonga, born
On 12, Sunday July 1959, Charlie Murphy, American actor and comedian, born (d. 2017)
On 12, Thursday July 1979, The Gilbert Islands become fully independent of the United Kingdom as Kiribati.
On 12, Thursday July 1979, A Disco Demolition Night publicity stunt goes awry at Comiskey Park, forcing the Chicago White Sox to forfeit their game against the Detroit Tigers.
On 12, Thursday July 1979, Carmine Galante, boss of the Bonanno crime family, is assassinated in Brooklyn.
On 12, Thursday July 1979, A fire at a hotel in Zaragoza, Spain, leaves 72 dead, the worst hotel fire in Europe in decades.
On 12, Thursday July 1979, Justin Rockefeller, American venture capitalist and political activist, born
On 12, Thursday July 1979, Sam Golzari, British actor, born
On 12, Thursday July 1979, Minnie Riperton, American rhythm and blues singer (Lovin’ You), died (b. 1947)
On 12, Wednesday July 1989, Phoebe Tonkin, actress, born
On 12, Wednesday July 1989, In the Republic of Ireland, the Taoiseach Charles Haughey returns to power after Fianna Fáil forms a coalition with the Progressive Democrats.
On 12, Wednesday July 1989, Phoebe Tonkin, Australian actress, born
On 12, Wednesday July 1989, Xian Lim, American-born Filipino actor, model and singer, born
On 12, Wednesday July 1989, Rakep Patel, Kenyan cricketer, born
On 12, Wednesday July 1989, Princess Franziska of Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst, died (b. 1897)
On 12, Wednesday July 1989, Prince Wolfgang of Hesse, died (b. 1896)
On 12, Tuesday July 1994, The Allied occupation of Berlin ends with a casing of the colors ceremony attended by U.S. President Bill Clinton.
On 12, Monday July 1999, Nur Dhabitah Sabri, Malaysian diver, born
On 12, Monday July 1999, Bill Owen, English actor, died (b. 1914)
On 12, Sunday July 2009, Mark Webber wins his first Formula One Grand Prix at the 2009 German Grand Prix in his eighth year in Formula One. He was the first Australian to win a Grand Prix since 1981. Webber also set a new record for most Formula One race starts prior to his first win, at 130.
On 12, Saturday July 2014, Ken Goodwin, 79, academic and author., 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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