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 21, Saturday December 1844, The Rochdale Pioneers commence business at their cooperative in Rochdale, England.
On 21, Tuesday December 1869, Albert Green, politician, born (died 1940)
On 21, Friday December 1894, Mackenzie Bowell becomes Canada’s fifth prime minister.
On 21, Sunday December 1919, The United States deports 249 people, including Emma Goldman, to Russia on the USAT Buford.
On 21, Sunday December 1919, Ove Sprogøe, Danish actor, born (d. 2004)
On 21, Sunday December 1919, Nelson Cooke, Australian cellist, born (d. 2018)
On 21, Sunday December 1919, Doug Young, American voice actor, born (d. 2018)
On 21, Thursday December 1944, Bill Atkinson, English footballer, born
On 21, Thursday December 1944, Michael Tilson Thomas, American conductor, born
On 21, Thursday December 1944, Zheng Xiaoyu, Chinese bureaucrat, born (d. 2007)
On 21, Monday December 1959, Florence Griffith Joyner, American athlete, born (d. 1998)
On 21, Sunday December 1969, Julie Delpy, French actress, born
On 21, Sunday December 1969, Magnus Samuelsson, Swedish bodybuilder, World’s Strongest Man, born
On 21, Sunday December 1969, Georges Catroux, French Army general and colonial governor, died (b. 1877)
On 21, Friday December 1979, Stephen Lambert, field hockey goalkeeper, born
On 21, Friday December 1979, A ceasefire for Rhodesia is signed at London.
On 21, Friday December 1979, Ermindo Onega, Argentine footballer, died (b. 1940)
On 21, Thursday December 1989, Nicolae Ceaușescu addresses an assembly of some 110,000 people outside the Romanian Communist Party headquarters in Bucharest. The crowd begin to protest against Ceaușescu and he addresses protesters to calm down.
On 21, Thursday December 1989, Tamannaah, Indian model and actress, born
On 21, Thursday December 1989, Ján Cikker, Slovak composer, died (b. 1911)
On 21, Thursday December 1989, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Nigerian-born British photographer, co-founder Autograph ABP, died (b. 1955)
On 21, Wednesday December 1994, Luke Brooks, rugby league player, born
On 21, Monday December 2009, Television ratings show that rugby league was the most watched sport on Australian television in 2009.
On 21, Monday December 2009, Edwin G. Krebs, American Nobel biologist, died (b. 1918)
On 21, Sunday December 2014, Åke Johansson, Swedish footballer, died (b. 1928)
On 21, Sunday December 2014, Udo Jürgens, Austrian composer and singer, died (b. 1934)
On 21, Sunday December 2014, Billie Whitelaw, English actress, died (b. 1932)

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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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