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 1, Friday December 1893, Henry J. Cadbury was born, who was an American biblical scholar, Quaker (d. 1974)
On 1, Sunday December 1918, Iceland regains independence, but remains in personal union with the King of Denmark, who also becomes the King of Iceland until 1944.
On 1, Sunday December 1918, New voting laws in Sweden makes votes no longer dependent on taxable assets, each adult having one vote.
On 1, Sunday December 1918, The Union of Alba Iulia is proclaimed: Following the March 27 incorporation of Bessarabia and Bucovina, Transylvania unites with the Kingdom of Romania.
On 1, Sunday December 1918, The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (which later becomes the Kingdom of Yugoslavia) is proclaimed.
On 1, Wednesday December 1943, Antonio de Viti de Marco died, Italian economist (b. 1858)
On 1, Wednesday December 1943, Prince Damrong Rajanubhab died, Thai prince and historian (b. 1862)
On 1, Monday December 1958, Adolfo López Mateos takes office as President of Mexico.
On 1, Monday December 1958, Our Lady of the Angels School fire: At least 90 students and 3 nuns are killed in a fire in Chicago.
On 1, Monday December 1958, Charlene Tilton born, American actress
On 1, Monday December 1958, Javier Aguirre born, Mexican football player and manager
On 1, Monday December 1958, Boots Mallory died, American actress (b. 1913)
On 1, Friday December 1978, Mat Kearney born, American singer-songwriter and musician
On 1, Friday December 1978, Stefan Kapičić born, Serbian actor
On 1, Friday December 1978, David Nixon died, British magician (b. 1919)
On 1, Thursday December 1988, Lloyd Rees died, artist.
On 1, Thursday December 1988, Carlos Salinas de Gortari takes office as President of Mexico.
On 1, Thursday December 1988, The first World AIDS Day is held.
On 1, Thursday December 1988, Zoë Kravitz born, American actress
On 1, Thursday December 1988, Tyler Joseph born, American singer
On 1, Thursday December 1988, Ashley Monique Clark born, American actress
On 1, Tuesday December 1998, The Federal Government rejects an attempt by UNESCO to suspend construction of the Jabiluka uranium mine pending a further environmental impact report.
On 1, Tuesday December 1998, (1 & 3) The Adelaide Rams & the Gold Coast Chargers are eliminated from the NRL competition for 1999.
On 1, Tuesday December 1998, Freddie Young died, American cinematographer (b. 1902)
On 1, Monday December 2008, Mikel Laboa, Basque singer and songwriter (b. 1934), died.
On 1, Sunday December 2013, Thousands of motorbike riders protest new anti-bikie laws outside Brisbane’s Parliament House.
On 1, Sunday December 2013, Martin Sharp, 71, artist, died.
On 1, Sunday December 2013, Heinrich Boere, Dutch-German Nazi war criminal (b. 1921), 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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