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 3, Sunday December 1893, Walter Stuart Diehl born, American naval officer, aeronautical engineer (d. 1976)
On 3, Sunday December 1893, Wilhelm Pelikan born, Austrian chemist (d. 1981)
On 3, Tuesday December 1918, Abdul Haris Nasution born, Indonesian general (d. 2000)
On 3, Friday December 1943, In reprisal for an act of sabotage, the SS and Gestapo execute 100 Warsaw Tramway workers.
On 3, Friday December 1943, Edward R. Murrow delivers his classic “Orchestrated Hell” broadcast over CBS Radio, describing a Royal Air Force nighttime bombing raid on Berlin.
On 3, Tuesday December 1968, The videotaped NBC television special Singer Presents…ELVIS (sponsored by The Singer Company, the American sewing machine manufacturer) marks the comeback of Elvis Presley after the legendary musician had been away from singing.
On 3, Tuesday December 1968, Brendan Fraser born, Canadian-American actor
On 3, Tuesday December 1968, Montell Jordan born, American singer
On 3, Sunday December 1978, Ljubinka Bobić died, Yugoslav actress (b. 1897)
On 3, Friday December 1993, Lewis Thomas died, American physician and essayist (b. 1913)

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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.