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 23, Sunday December 1894, Arthur Gilligan, English cricket captain, born (d. 1976)
On 23, Tuesday December 1919, Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 becomes law in the United Kingdom.
On 23, Saturday December 1944, Wesley Clark, U.S. general and NATO Supreme Allied Commander, born
On 23, Saturday December 1944, Ingar Knudtsen, Norwegian writer, born
On 23, Wednesday December 1959, E. F. L. Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax, British politician, died (b. 1881)
On 23, Tuesday December 1969, Greg Biffle, American race car driver, born
On 23, Tuesday December 1969, Martha Byrne, American actress and singer, born
On 23, Tuesday December 1969, Rob Pelinka, American sports agent, born
On 23, Tuesday December 1969, Donald Foster, American actor, died (b. 1889)
On 23, Sunday December 1979, The highest aerial tramway in Europe, the Klein Matterhorn, opens.
On 23, Sunday December 1979, Summer Altice, American model and actress, born
On 23, Sunday December 1979, Kenny Miller, Scottish football player, born
On 23, Sunday December 1979, Peggy Guggenheim, American art collector, died (b. 1898)
On 23, Sunday December 1979, Ernest B. Schoedsack, American film producer and director, died (b. 1893)
On 23, Saturday December 1989, Nicolae and Elena Ceauşescu are captured in Târgoviște.
On 23, Saturday December 1989, Peter Bennett, British actor, died (b. 1917)
On 23, Friday December 1994, Tajae Sharpe, American football player, born
On 23, Friday December 1994, Sebastian Shaw, English actor, died (b. 1905)
On 23, Thursday December 1999, John P. Davies, American diplomat, died (b. 1908)
On 23, Wednesday December 2009, Ngapoi Ngawang Jigme, Tibetan politician, died (b. 1910)
On 23, Tuesday December 2014, The new Federal Cabinet is sworn in.
On 23, Tuesday December 2014, Separate funerals take place in Sydney for Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson, the victims of the 2014 Sydney hostage crisis.
On 23, Tuesday December 2014, The Victorian Supreme Court approves a $494.7 million payout to be awarded to the victims of the Black Saturday bushfires in what is the nation’s largest class-action settlement.

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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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