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 15, Tuesday July 1919, Fred Ohr, American World War II ace, born (d. 2015)
On 15, Tuesday July 1919, Harcourt Dowsley, Australian sportsman, born (d. 2014)
On 15, Tuesday July 1919, Hermann Emil Fischer, German chemist, Nobel Prize laureate, died (b. 1852)
On 15, Saturday July 1944, Jan-Michael Vincent, American actor, born
On 15, Saturday July 1944, Joseph Sadi-Lecointe, French aviator, died (b. 1891)
On 15, Wednesday July 1959, A strike occurs against the United States’ steel industry.
On 15, Wednesday July 1959, Vincent Lindon, French actor and filmmaker, born
On 15, Wednesday July 1959, Patrick Timsit, French comedian, writer and film director, born
On 15, Wednesday July 1959, Ernest Bloch, Swiss composer, died (b. 1880)
On 15, Wednesday July 1959, Agostino Gemelli, Italian Franciscan friar and reverend, died (b. 1878)
On 15, Tuesday July 1969, Chris Wyse, American bassist of Owl and The Cult, born
On 15, Sunday July 1979, President Jimmy Carter addresses the nation in a televised speech talking about the “crisis of confidence” in America today; it would go on to be known as his “national malaise” speech.
On 15, Sunday July 1979, Laura Benanti, American actress and singer, born
On 15, Sunday July 1979, Travis Fimmel, Australian fashion model and actor, born
On 15, Sunday July 1979, Philipp Karner, American actor, writer and director, born
On 15, Sunday July 1979, Gustavo Díaz Ordaz, Mexican politician, 49th President of Mexico, died (b. 1911)
On 15, Sunday July 1979, Juana de Ibarbourou, Uruguayan poet, died (b. 1892)
On 15, Saturday July 1989, Tristan Wilds, American actor and singer, born
On 15, Saturday July 1989, Laurie Cunningham, English footballer, died (b. 1956)
On 15, Friday July 1994, Former Western Australian Premier Brian Burke is sentenced to eight months’ jail.
On 15, Thursday July 1999, Seda Tutkhalyan, Russian artistic gymnast, born
On 15, Wednesday July 2009, Caspian Airlines Flight 7908 crashes near Qazvin, Iran, killing all 168 on board.
On 15, Tuesday July 2014, A Queensland Supreme Court jury finds Gerard Baden-Clay guilty of murdering his wife Allison in April 2012 and he is given a sentence of life imprisonment. In December 2015 the charge was downgraded to manslaughter.

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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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