On This Day: Sunday, 15 December 2019

December 15, 2019
On This Day: Sunday, 15 December 2019

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 15, Saturday December 1894, Felix Stump, American admiral, born (d. 1972)
On 15, Friday December 1944, A USAAF utility aircraft carrying bandleader Major Glenn Miller disappears in heavy fog over the English Channel while flying to Paris.
On 15, Friday December 1944, Glenn Miller, American band leader (accident), died (b. 1904)
On 15, Tuesday December 1959, Greg Matthews, cricketer, born
On 15, Monday December 1969, Rick Law, American illustrator and producer, born
On 15, Saturday December 1979, Sam Cawthorn, motivational speaker, author & entrepreneur, born
On 15, Saturday December 1979, The directorial debut of Hayao Miyazaki, The Castle of Cagliostro based on the manga series Lupin III is released in Japan.
On 15, Saturday December 1979, Adam Brody, American actor, born
On 15, Saturday December 1979, Eric Young, Canadian wrestler, born
On 15, Saturday December 1979, Ethel Lackie, American Olympic swimmer, died (b. 1907)
On 15, Friday December 1989, Drug baron José Gonzalo Rodríguez Gacha is killed by Colombian police.
On 15, Friday December 1989, Nichole Bloom, American actress and model, born
On 15, Friday December 1989, José Gonzalo Rodríguez Gacha, Colombian drug lord and criminal, died (b. 1947)
On 15, Friday December 1989, Edward Underdown, British stage and film veteran, died (b. 1908)
On 15, Monday December 2014, Man Haron Monis takes customers and staff hostage in a Lindt Chocolate Café in Martin Place, Sydney.
On 15, Monday December 2014, Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey is criticised for delivering his Mid Year Fiscal Outlook when the nation’s attention is diverted by the Martin Place siege. Mr Hockey announces that foreign aid will be slashed by $3.7 billion in order to boost national security spending.
On 15, Monday December 2014, Donald Metcalf, 85, medical researcher, died
On 15, Monday December 2014, Arthur Whyte, 93, politician, President of the South Australian Legislative Council (1978–1985)., 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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