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 28, Friday December 1894, Chamarajendra Wadiyar X, Maharajah of Mysore, died (b. 1863)
On 28, Thursday December 1944, Edgar Vivar, Mexican actor, Señor Barriga and Ñoño in El Chavo del Ocho, born
On 28, Thursday December 1944, Kary Mullis, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate, born
On 28, Monday December 1959, After having been shot two years earlier, Ante Pavelić dies from his wounds in a Spanish hospital.
On 28, Monday December 1959, Ana Torroja, Spanish singer, born
On 28, Monday December 1959, Ante Pavelic, Croatian fascist leader and WWII war criminal, died (b. 1889)
On 28, Sunday December 1969, The Young Lords take over the First Spanish Methodist Church in East Harlem.
On 28, Sunday December 1969, Linus Torvalds, Finnish computer programmer, born
On 28, Friday December 1979, James Blake, American tennis pro, born
On 28, Friday December 1979, Diego Luna, Mexican actor, born
On 28, Friday December 1979, André Holland, American actor, born
On 28, Friday December 1979, Bree Williamson, Canadian actress, born
On 28, Friday December 1979, Robert Edward Davis, German-American rapper, born
On 28, Friday December 1979, Rafael Filiberto Bonnelly, Dominican lawyer, scholar and diplomat, 43rd President of the Dominican Republic, died (b. 1904)
On 28, Friday December 1979, Karl George (American football), American football player, died (b. 1894)
On 28, Thursday December 1989, A magnitude 5.6 earthquake hits Newcastle, New South Wales, killing 13 people.
On 28, Thursday December 1989, A M 5.6 magnitude earthquake hits Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, killing 13 people.
On 28, Thursday December 1989, Jessie Buckley, Irish actress and singer, born
On 28, Thursday December 1989, Mackenzie Rosman, American actress, born
On 28, Thursday December 1989, Salvador Sobral, Portuguese singer, Eurovision Song Contest 2017 winner, born
On 28, Thursday December 1989, Brian Coburn, British actor, died (b. 1936)
On 28, Thursday December 1989, Hermann Oberth, Austro-Hungarian-born German engineer, physicist and scientist, died (b. 1894)
On 28, Wednesday December 1994, Adam Peaty, English swimmer, born
On 28, Tuesday December 1999, Clayton Moore, American actor, died (b. 1914)
On 28, Monday December 2009, Alfa Romeo II takes line honours in the 2009 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.
On 28, Monday December 2009, The Rev, American musician, died (b. 1981)
On 28, Sunday December 2014, Intense rain in Queensland and New South Wales causes flooding in some areas. 300 mm is recorded in Tweed Heads and flooding cuts access to some roads.
On 28, Sunday December 2014, John Bjelke-Petersen, son of former Queensland Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen, is declared the Queensland leader of the Palmer United Party.
On 28, Sunday December 2014, Yacht racing: Wild Oats XI takes line honours in the 2014 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, the yacht’s eighth win.
On 28, Sunday December 2014, Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501 from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore crashes into the Java Sea just southwest of Borneo, killing all 162 people on board.

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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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