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 7, Tuesday December 1869, Frank Laver, cricketer, born (died 1919)
On 7, Tuesday December 1869, American outlaw Jesse James commits his first confirmed bank robbery, in Gallatin, Missouri.
On 7, Friday December 1894, Freddie Adkins, British cartoonist, born (d. c. 1986)
On 7, Sunday December 1919, Wilfred Arthur, World War II fighter ace, born (died 2000)
On 7, Sunday December 1919, Lis Løwert, Danish actress, born (d. 2009)
On 7, Sunday December 1919, Lyndon Wainwright, British metrologist, ballroom dancer and author, born (d. 2018)
On 7, Thursday December 1944, Convention on International Civil Aviation signed in Chicago to create the International Civil Aviation Organization.
On 7, Thursday December 1944, Daniel Chorzempa, American organist, born
On 7, Thursday December 1944, Georges Coste, French Rugby player and coach, born
On 7, Monday December 1959, Charlie Hall, English actor, died (b. 1899)
On 7, Monday December 1959, Prince Kuni Asaakira, died (b. 1901)
On 7, Sunday December 1969, The animated Rankin Bass Christmas special Frosty the Snowman premiers on CBS.
On 7, Sunday December 1969, Patrice O’Neal, American comedian and radio personality, born (d. 2011)
On 7, Sunday December 1969, Lefty O’Doul, American baseball player, died (b. 1897)
On 7, Sunday December 1969, Eric Portman, English actor, died (b. 1901)
On 7, Friday December 1979, Eric Bauza, Canadian comedian and voice actor, born
On 7, Friday December 1979, Sara Bareilles, American singer, songwriter and pianist, born
On 7, Friday December 1979, Ayako Fujitani, Japanese actress, born
On 7, Friday December 1979, Jennifer Carpenter, American actress, born
On 7, Friday December 1979, Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, British-born American astronomer and astrophysicist, died (b. 1900)
On 7, Thursday December 1989, Ladislav Adamec resigns as Prime Minister of Czechoslovakia. He is succeeded by Marián Čalfa on December 10.
On 7, Thursday December 1989, Singing Revolution: The Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic becomes the first of the republics of the Soviet Union to abolish the Communist Party’s monopoly on power.
On 7, Thursday December 1989, Nicholas Hoult, British actor, born
On 7, Thursday December 1989, Haystacks Calhoun, American professional wrestler, died (b. 1934)
On 7, Wednesday December 1994, Yuzuru Hanyu, Japanese figure skater, born
On 7, Wednesday December 1994, Hunter Henry, American football player, born
On 7, Tuesday December 1999, Bethany Whitmore, actress, born
On 7, Monday December 2009, (7–18)The UNFCCC’s 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference is held in Copenhagen, Denmark.
On 7, Sunday December 2014, Prime Minister Abbott announces changes to the government’s paid parental leave scheme such as the introduction of means testing and the cutting off of eligibility for women earning $150,000 a year or more, but left the elaboration of the finer details of the changes for a later date.
On 7, Sunday December 2014, Queensland Liberal-National Party MP Bruce Flegg is dumped from his seat of Moggill.

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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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