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 8, Sunday June 1919, Henry Briggs, died (born 1844), WA politician
On 8, Sunday June 1919, Abdirashid Ali Shermarke, 2nd President and 3rd Prime Minister of Somalia, born (d. 1969)
On 8, Thursday June 1944, Mark Belanger, American baseball player, born (d. 1998)
On 8, Thursday June 1944, Don Grady, American actor and singer, born (d. 2012)
On 8, Thursday June 1944, Marc Ouellet, Canadian cardinal, born
On 8, Thursday June 1944, Boz Scaggs, American singer and guitarist, born
On 8, Monday June 1959, The USS Barbero and United States Postal Service attempt the delivery of mail via Missile Mail.
On 8, Monday June 1959, Bernard White, Sri Lankan-born American actor, screenwriter and film director, born
On 8, Monday June 1959, Pietro Canonica, Italian sculptor, died (b. 1869)
On 8, Sunday June 1969, Francisco Franco orders the closing of the Gibraltar–Spain border and communications between Gibraltar and Spain in response to the 1967 Gibraltar sovereignty referendum. The border is remains closed until a partial reopening on December 15, 1982.
On 8, Sunday June 1969, U.S. President Richard Nixon and South Vietnamese President Nguyễn Văn Thiệu meet at Midway Island. Nixon announces that 25,000 U.S. troops will be withdrawn by September.
On 8, Sunday June 1969, J. P. Manoux, American actor, born
On 8, Sunday June 1969, Robert Taylor, American actor, died (b. 1911)
On 8, Friday June 1979, Philip Silleny attempts to hijack a TAA aircraft near Brisbane but is disarmed by hostess Esme Qazim and other crew.
On 8, Friday June 1979, Pete Orr, Canadian baseball player, born
On 8, Thursday June 1989, Richard Fleeshman, British actor, born
On 8, Thursday June 1989, Amaury Vassili, French operatic tenor, born
On 8, Thursday June 1989, Minami Tsuda, Japanese voice actress, born
On 8, Thursday June 1989, Albert Spaggiari, French criminal, died (b. 1932)
On 8, Wednesday June 1994, 87,161 people-an Australian rugby league record-turn out at the MCG for State of Origin II. NSW win 14–0.
On 8, Tuesday June 1999, The government of Colombia announces it will include the estimated value of the country’s illegal drug crops, exceeding half a billion US dollars, in its gross national product.
On 8, Tuesday June 1999, Francis Brian Shorland, New Zealand organic chemist, died (b. 1909)
On 8, Monday June 2009, Gordon Ramsay called Tracy Grimshaw a “pig” in an interview for A Current Affair.
On 8, Monday June 2009, Omar Bongo, 2nd President of Gabon, died (b. 1935)
On 8, Sunday June 2014, Ken Doubleday, 88, Olympic hurdler and triple jumper (1952, 1956), died
On 8, Sunday June 2014, Harold Russell Maddock, 96, jockey, 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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