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 4, Monday August 1919, Dave Gregory, died (born 1845), cricketer
On 4, Monday August 1919, The Romanian army occupies Budapest.
On 4, Friday August 1944, The Holocaust: A tip from a Dutch informer leads the Gestapo to a sealed-off area in an Amsterdam warehouse, where they find Jewish diarist Anne Frank, her family, and others in hiding. All would die in the Holocaust except for Otto Frank, Anne’s father.
On 4, Friday August 1944, Richard Belzer, American actor and comedian, born
On 4, Friday August 1944, William Frankfather, American actor, born (d. 1998)
On 4, Friday August 1944, Orhan Gencebay, Turkish musician, composer, singer and actor, born
On 4, Friday August 1944, Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński, Polish poet, died (b. 1921)
On 4, Tuesday August 1959, Martial law is declared in Laos.
On 4, Tuesday August 1959, Robbin Crosby, American rock guitarist (Ratt), born (d. 2002)
On 4, Tuesday August 1959, Ioan Bălan, Romanian Orthodox prelate, died (b. 1880)
On 4, Monday August 1969, Vietnam War: At the apartment of French intermediary Jean Sainteny in Paris, U.S. representative Henry Kissinger and North Vietnamese representative Xuan Thuy begin secret peace negotiations. They eventually fail since both sides cannot agree to any terms.
On 4, Monday August 1969, Max Cavalera, Brazilian musician and singer (Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy, ex-Sepultura)
On 4, Monday August 1969, Michael DeLuise, American actor, born
On 4, Saturday August 1979, Opening game of the American Football Bundesliga played between Frankfurter Löwen and Düsseldorf Panther, first-ever league game of American football in Germany.
On 4, Saturday August 1979, Patryk Dominik Sztyber, Polish rock musician, born
On 4, Friday August 1989, Jessica Mauboy, Australian actress and singer-songwriter (Young Divas), born
On 4, Friday August 1989, Wang Hao, Chinese chess player, born
On 4, Friday August 1989, Maurice Colbourne, British actor, died (b. 1939)
On 4, Friday August 1989, Franziska Liebing, Swedish actress, died (b. 1901)
On 4, Thursday August 1994, Mayuko Fukuda, Japanese actress, born
On 4, Thursday August 1994, Giovanni Spadolini, Italian Prime Minister, died (b. 1925)
On 4, Wednesday August 1999, Kelly Gould, American actress, born
On 4, Wednesday August 1999, Victor Mature, American actor, died (b. 1913)
On 4, Tuesday August 2009, Over 400 police and intelligence officers conduct a series of dawn raids in Melbourne, arresting members of an alleged Islamic terrorist cell who are suspected of plotting a suicide attack on Holsworthy Barracks in Sydney.

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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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