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 6, Friday July 1894, A fire at the site of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago destroys most of the remaining buildings.
On 6, Sunday July 1919, Edward Kenna, Australian Second World War recipient, born (d. 2009)
On 6, Sunday July 1919, Ray Dowker, New Zealand cricketer, born (d. 2004)
On 6, Thursday July 1944, Hartford circus fire: More than 100 children die in one of the worst fire disasters in the history of the United States.
On 6, Thursday July 1944, WWII: At Camp Hood, Texas, future baseball star and 1st Lt. Jackie Robinson is arrested and later court-martialed for refusing to move to the back of a segregated U.S. Army bus. He is eventually acquitted.
On 6, Thursday July 1944, Tim Brown, Australian darts player, born
On 6, Thursday July 1944, Gunhild Hoffmeister, East German middle-distance runner, born
On 6, Thursday July 1944, Max Timisela, Indonesian footballer, born
On 6, Thursday July 1944, Andrée Borrel, French World War II heroine, died (b. 1919)
On 6, Thursday July 1944, Vera Leigh, British World War II heroine, died (b. 1903)
On 6, Thursday July 1944, Chūichi Nagumo, Japanese admiral, died (b. 1887)
On 6, Thursday July 1944, Sonya Olschanezky, German World War II heroine, died (b. 1923)
On 6, Thursday July 1944, Diana Rowden, British World War II heroine, died (b. 1915)
On 6, Monday July 1959, Richard Dacoury, French basketball player, born
On 6, Monday July 1959, John Keeble, English pop and rock drummer, born
On 6, Monday July 1959, Michael Hosking, Singapore-British educated entrepreneur, born
On 6, Monday July 1959, George Grosz, German artist, died (b. 1893)
On 6, Sunday July 1969, Brian Van Holt, American actor, born
On 6, Sunday July 1969, Laura Latorre Mendoza, Filipino Roman Catholic widow, catechist and saint, died (b. 1877)
On 6, Friday July 1979, Mohsen Bengar, Iranian footballer, born
On 6, Friday July 1979, Kevin Hart, American actor, comedian, writer and producer, born
On 6, Friday July 1979, Antonio María Barbieri, Uruguay Roman Catholic cardinal, died (b. 1892)
On 6, Friday July 1979, Van McCoy, American accomplished musician; noted for his 1975 hit The Hustle, died (b. 1940)
On 6, Thursday July 1989, The Tel Aviv–Jerusalem bus 405 suicide attack, the first Palestinian suicide attack on Israel, takes place.
On 6, Thursday July 1989, János Kádár, Hungarian politician and communist leader, 46th Prime Minister of Hungary, died (b. 1912)
On 6, Wednesday July 1994, Scott James, Olympic snowboarder, born
On 6, Wednesday July 1994, Corey Coleman, American football player, born
On 6, Wednesday July 1994, Ahmet Haxhiu, Albanian political activist, died (b. 1932)
On 6, Tuesday July 1999, Prime Minister John Howard meets Japan’s Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi in Tokyo for trade talks and publicly expresses his disappointment over Indonesia’s July 4 attack upon an international aid convoy which he says has placed Indonesia in the international spotlight.
On 6, Tuesday July 1999, The trial of Federal MP and former West Australian Premier Carmen Lawrence begins in the Perth District Court where she pleads not guilty to three charges of giving false testimony to the Marks Royal Commission.
On 6, Tuesday July 1999, Denis Khodykin, Russian pair skater, born
On 6, Tuesday July 1999, Carl Gunter Jr., American politician, died (b. 1938)
On 6, Tuesday July 1999, Joaquín Rodrigo, Spanish composer, died (b. 1901)
On 6, Monday July 2009, Vasily Aksyonov, Russian novelist, died (b. 1932)
On 6, Monday July 2009, Robert McNamara, 8th United States Secretary of Defense, died (b. 1916)

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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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