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 12, Thursday October 1944, WWII: The Allies land in Athens.
On 12, Thursday October 1944, Canadian Arctic explorer Henry Larsen returns to Vancouver, becoming the first person successfully to navigate the Northwest Passage in both directions, in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police schooner St. Roch. His westbound voyage is the first completed in a single season and the first passage through the Prince of Wales Strait.
On 12, Thursday October 1944, Augustine Paul, Malaysian federal court judge, born (d. 2010)
On 12, Thursday October 1944, Ramón Castillo, Argentinian politician, 25th President of Argentina, died (b. 1873)
On 12, Thursday October 1944, Carl Langbehn, German resistance member, died (b. 1901)
On 12, Thursday October 1944, Rudolf von Marogna-Redwitz, German resistance member, died (b. 1886)
On 12, Monday October 1959, At the national APRA Congress in Peru, a group of leftist radicals is expelled from the party; they later form APRA Rebelde.
On 12, Monday October 1959, Edward Keane, American actor, died (b. 1884)
On 12, Monday October 1959, Arnolt Bronnen, Austrian playwright and director, died (b. 1895)
On 12, Sunday October 1969, Judit Mascó, Spanish model, television host and writer, born
On 12, Sunday October 1969, Sonja Henie, Norwegian figure skater, died (b. 1912)
On 12, Friday October 1979, Near Guam, Typhoon Tip reaches a record intensity of 870 millibars, the lowest pressure recorded at sea level. This makes Tip the most powerful tropical cyclone in known world history.
On 12, Friday October 1979, Thorbjörn Fälldin returns as Prime Minister of Sweden, replacing Ola Ullsten who is named Foreign Minister of Sweden.
On 12, Thursday October 1989, Paulo Henrique Ganso, Brazilian football player, born
On 12, Thursday October 1989, Jay Ward, American animator, creator of Rocky and Bullwinkle, Dudley Do-Right, etc., died (b. 1920)
On 12, Wednesday October 1994, NASA loses radio contact with the Magellan spacecraft as the probe descends into the thick atmosphere of Venus (the spacecraft presumably burned up in the atmosphere either October 13 or October 14).
On 12, Wednesday October 1994, Olivia Smoliga, American swimmer, born
On 12, Wednesday October 1994, Sean Monahan, Canadian ice hockey player, born
On 12, Tuesday October 1999, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif attempts to dismiss Army Chief General Pervez Musharraf, who is out of the country. The generals lead a coup d’état, ousting Sharif’s administration, and Musharraf takes control of the government.
On 12, Tuesday October 1999, Wilt Chamberlain, American basketball player, died (b. 1936)
On 12, Sunday October 2014, Maurie Keane, 91, politician, member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for Woronora (1973–1988)., 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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