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 8, Sunday July 1894, Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia, Italian film director, born (d. 1998)
On 8, Sunday July 1894, Pyotr Kapitsa, Russian physicist, Nobel Prize laureate, born (d. 1984)
On 8, Tuesday July 1919, Helena Salles, Brazilian swimmer, born (d. 2011)
On 8, Tuesday July 1919, Ernst Haefliger, Swiss tenor, born (d. 2007)
On 8, Tuesday July 1919, Walter Scheel, President of Germany, born (d. 2016)
On 8, Saturday July 1944, Jeffrey Tambor, American actor, born
On 8, Saturday July 1944, George B. Seitz, American director, died (b. 1888)
On 8, Saturday July 1944, Takeo Takagi, Japanese admiral, died (b. 1892)
On 8, Wednesday July 1959, Pauline Quirke, British actress, born
On 8, Wednesday July 1959, Lori Hallier, Canadian actress, born
On 8, Wednesday July 1959, Robert Knepper, American actor, born
On 8, Wednesday July 1959, Jean-Philippe Écoffey, Swiss actor, born
On 8, Wednesday July 1959, Mikhail Zingarevich, Russian entrepreneur and philanthropist, born
On 8, Tuesday July 1969, Vietnam War: The very first U.S. troop withdrawals are made.
On 8, Tuesday July 1969, George Fisher, American vocalist, Cannibal Corpse, born
On 8, Tuesday July 1969, Sugizo, Japanese guitarist and singer, born
On 8, Sunday July 1979, Los Angeles passes its gay and lesbian civil rights bill.
On 8, Sunday July 1979, Ben Jelen, Scottish-born American former singer-songwriter, born
On 8, Sunday July 1979, Elizabeth Ryan, American 30 Grand Slam (tennis) Tennis Champion, died (b. 1892)
On 8, Sunday July 1979, Shin’ichirō Tomonaga, Japanese physicist, Nobel Prize laureate, died (b. 1906)
On 8, Sunday July 1979, Michael Wilding, English actor, died (b. 1912)
On 8, Sunday July 1979, Robert Burns Woodward, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate, died (b. 1917)
On 8, Saturday July 1989, Ahmad Fakri Saarani, Malaysian footballer, born
On 8, Saturday July 1989, Dmitry Abakumov, Russian football player, born
On 8, Saturday July 1989, Yarden Gerbi, Israeli world champion judoka, born
On 8, Friday July 1994, North Korean President Kim Il-sung dies, but officially continues to hold office.
On 8, Friday July 1994, Dick Sargent, American actor, died (b. 1930)
On 8, Friday July 1994, Kim Il-sung, President of North Korea, died (b. 1912)
On 8, Friday July 1994, Christian-Jaque, French film director, died (b. 1904)
On 8, Thursday July 1999, Pete Conrad, American astronaut, died (b. 1930)
On 8, Thursday July 1999, Shafik Wazzan, 27th Prime Minister of Lebanon, died (b. 1925)
On 8, Wednesday July 2009, Edward Kenna, 90, recipient of the Victoria Cross, died
On 8, Tuesday July 2014, New Queensland Chief Justice Tim Carmody is sworn in at a private ceremony in Brisbane’s court district, the first time in almost a century that the state’s new Chief Justice is sworn in behind closed doors 2019 — a move which prompts further criticism from the legal profession.
On 8, Tuesday July 2014, (to August 26) Amid growing tensions between Israel and Hamas following the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers in June and the revenge killing of a Palestinian teenager in July, Israel launches Operation Protective Edge against Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip starting with numerous missile strikes, followed by a ground offensive a week later. In seven weeks of fighting, 2,100 Palestinians and 71 Israelis are killed.

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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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