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 December 1844, Émile Reynaud, French science teacher, animation pioneer, born (d. 1918)
On 8, Wednesday December 1869, The First Vatican Council opens in Rome.
On 8, Wednesday December 1869, Narcisa de Jesús Martillo, Ecuadorian saint, died (b. 1832)
On 8, Saturday December 1894, E. C. Segar, American cartoonist, creator of Popeye, born (d. 1938)
On 8, Saturday December 1894, James Thurber, American cartoonist, writer, born (d. 1961)
On 8, Saturday December 1894, Florbela Espanca, Portuguese poet, writer, born (d. 1930)
On 8, Saturday December 1894, Pafnuty Chebyshev, Russian mathematician, died (b. 1821)
On 8, Monday December 1919, Mieczysław Weinberg, Polish composer, born (d. 1996)
On 8, Monday December 1919, Lorraine H. Morton, American politician, born (d. 2018)
On 8, Tuesday December 1959, The Mona, a lifeboat based at Broughty Ferry in Scotland, capsizes during a rescue attempt, with the loss of 8 lives.
On 8, Monday December 1969, Kerry Earnhardt, American race car driver, born
On 8, Saturday December 1979, Ingrid Michaelson, American indie pop singer-songwriter, born
On 8, Saturday December 1979, Nikolai Gritsenko, Soviet actor of Russian-Ukrainian background, died (b. 1912)
On 8, Friday December 1989, Hans Hartung, German-born French painter, died (b. 1904)
On 8, Thursday December 1994, Raheem Sterling, English footballer, born
On 8, Thursday December 1994, Conseslus Kipruto, Kenyan middle distance runner, born
On 8, Thursday December 1994, Antônio Carlos Jobim, Brazilian composer, died (b. 1927)
On 8, Wednesday December 1999, Rupert Hart-Davis, British publisher, died (b. 1907)
On 8, Wednesday December 1999, Péter Kuczka, Hungarian author, died (b. 1923)
On 8, Wednesday December 1999, Pupella Maggio, Italian actress, died (b. 1910)
On 8, Tuesday December 2009, A series of attacks in Baghdad, Iraq kill at least 127 people and injure at least 448 more.
On 8, Monday December 2014, Knut Nystedt, Norwegian composer, died (b. 1915)

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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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