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 10, Tuesday December 1918, Royal Australian Navy ships sail to the Black Sea to assist the White Army in the Russian Civil War.
On 10, Tuesday December 1918, Fergus Anckorn born, British magician (d. 2018)
On 10, Friday December 1943, Frederick Chapman (born 1864) died, palaeontologist
On 10, Friday December 1943, Charles Belcher died, American actor (b. 1872)
On 10, Wednesday December 1958, Liliana Řeháková born, Czech ice dancer (d. 2008)
On 10, Wednesday December 1958, Cornelia Funke born, German author
On 10, Wednesday December 1958, Annelore Zinke born, East German gymnast
On 10, Wednesday December 1958, David Paul Grove born, Canadian actor and voice actor
On 10, Tuesday December 1968, Japan’s biggest heist, the never-solved “300 million yen robbery”, occurs in Tokyo.
On 10, Tuesday December 1968, Karl Barth died, German Protestant theologian (b. 1888)
On 10, Tuesday December 1968, Thomas Merton died, American author (b. 1915)
On 10, Sunday December 1978, Summer Phoenix born, American actress
On 10, Saturday December 1988, Wilfried Bony born, Ivorian footballer
On 10, Saturday December 1988, Richard S. Castellano died, American actor (b. 1933)
On 10, Saturday December 1988, Dorothy de Rothschild died, English philanthropist and activist (b. 1895)
On 10, Wednesday December 2008, Dorothy Porter, 54, poet, died.
On 10, Wednesday December 2008, The Channel Island of Sark, a British Crown dependency, holds its first fully democratic elections under a new constitutional arrangement, becoming the last European territory to abolish feudalism.
On 10, Tuesday December 2013, The analog television signal is switched off in Victoria, completing Australia’s digital television transition.
On 10, Tuesday December 2013, Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt approves the expansion of the controversial Abbot Point coal terminal in north Queensland.
On 10, Tuesday December 2013, Mary Allitt, 80, cricketer, died.
On 10, Tuesday December 2013, Alan Coleman, 76, television director and producer (The Young Doctors, Neighbours), died.
On 10, Tuesday December 2013, Jim Hall, American guitarist and composer (b. 1930), 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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