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 2, Saturday December 1893, Raphael Cilento born (died 1985), medical administrator
On 2, Saturday December 1893, Leo Ornstein born, Russian-born composer, pianist (d. 2002)
On 2, Monday December 1918, Edmond Rostand died, French writer (b. 1868)
On 2, Thursday December 1943, WWII: Bari chemical warfare disaster: A surprise Luftwaffe air raid on Bari in Italy sinks 28 Allied ships in the harbor, including the American Liberty ship SS John Harvey, releasing its secret cargo of mustard gas bombs, inflating the number of casualties.
On 2, Thursday December 1943, Wayne Allard born, U.S Senator from Colorado
On 2, Thursday December 1943, William Wegman born, American photographer
On 2, Thursday December 1943, Nordahl Grieg died, Norwegian poet, novelist, journalist and activist (b. 1902)
On 2, Tuesday December 1958, Mina Asami born, Japanese actress
On 2, Monday December 1968, At the Australian Film Institute Awards ceremony, Prime Minister John Gorton announces the creation of the Australian Film Development Corporation.
On 2, Monday December 1968, Lucy Liu born, American actress
On 2, Monday December 1968, Joshua Seth born, American voice actor and hypnotist
On 2, Monday December 1968, Rena Sofer born, American actress
On 2, Monday December 1968, Adamson-Eric died, Estonian artist (b. 1902)
On 2, Saturday December 1978, Peter Moylan born, baseball player
On 2, Saturday December 1978, Fiona McFarlane born, author
On 2, Saturday December 1978, Nelly Furtado born, Portuguese-Canadian singer and songwriter
On 2, Saturday December 1978, Alo Kõrve born, Estonian actor
On 2, Saturday December 1978, Christopher Wolstenholme born, British musician
On 2, Saturday December 1978, Edwin Dickinson died, American painter (b. 1891)
On 2, Friday December 1988, Benazir Bhutto is sworn in as Prime Minister of Pakistan, becoming the first woman to head the government of an Islam-dominated state.
On 2, Friday December 1988, A cyclone in Bangladesh leaves 5 million homeless and thousands dead.
On 2, Friday December 1988, Alfred Enoch born, British actor
On 2, Friday December 1988, Athena born, Filipina singer, stage actress
On 2, Friday December 1988, Tata Giacobetti died, Italian singer and lyricist (Quartetto Cetra) (b. 1922)
On 2, Friday December 1988, Paul died, Finnish Orthodox archbishop and servant of God (b. 1914)
On 2, Thursday December 1993, STS-61: NASA launches the Space Shuttle Endeavour on a mission to repair an optical flaw in the Hubble Space Telescope.
On 2, Thursday December 1993, Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar is gunned down by police
On 2, Thursday December 1993, Dylan McLaughlin born, American actor
On 2, Thursday December 1993, Pablo Escobar died, Colombian drug lord (b. 1949)
On 2, Wednesday December 1998, The Linton bushfire kills five volunteer firefighters in Linton, Victoria.
On 2, Wednesday December 1998, Annalise Basso born, American actress
On 2, Wednesday December 1998, Amber Montana born, American actress
On 2, Wednesday December 1998, Juice WRLD born, American rapper and singer
On 2, Wednesday December 1998, Mikio Oda died, Japanese athlete (b. 1905)
On 2, Wednesday December 1998, Brian Stonehouse died, English painter and secret agent (b. 1918)
On 2, Tuesday December 2008, Frank Crean, 92, Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer in the Whitlam government, died.
On 2, Tuesday December 2008, Frank Crean, Australian politician (b. 1916), died.
On 2, Tuesday December 2008, Odetta, American singer (b. 1930), died.
On 2, Monday December 2013, John Ewbank, 64, rock climber, died.
On 2, Monday December 2013, Vernon Shaw, 5th President of Dominica (b. 1930), 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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