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 16, Saturday December 1893, Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 receives its premiere at Carnegie Hall, New York City.
On 16, Monday December 1918, Vincas Mickevičius-Kapsukas declares the formation of the Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic, a puppet state created by the Russian SFSR to justify the Lithuanian–Soviet War.
On 16, Tuesday December 1958, A fire breaks out in the Vida Department Store in Bogotá, Colombia and kills 84 persons.
On 16, Tuesday December 1958, Katie Leigh born, American voice actress
On 16, Saturday December 1978, Train 87 from Nanjing to Xining collides with train 368 from Xi’an to Xuzhou near Yangzhuang railway station in China, killing 106, injuring 218.
On 16, Saturday December 1978, The Mystery of Mamo is released in cinemas in Japan.
On 16, Saturday December 1978, Joe Absolom born, British actor
On 16, Friday December 1988, Perennial U.S. presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche is convicted of mail fraud.
On 16, Friday December 1988, Anna Popplewell born, English actress
On 16, Friday December 1988, Mats Hummels born, German footballer
On 16, Thursday December 1993, Brazil’s Supreme Court rules that former President Fernando Collor de Mello may not hold elected office again until 2000 due to political corruption.
On 16, Thursday December 1993, Charles Willard Moore died, American architect (b. 1926)
On 16, Thursday December 1993, Kakuei Tanaka died, Japanese politician died, 40th Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1918)
On 16, Thursday December 1993, Moses Gunn died, American actor (b. 1929)
On 16, Thursday December 1993, Billy Morgan died, English professional footballer (b. 1896)
On 16, Wednesday December 1998, (16–19) Iraq disarmament crisis: U.S. President Bill Clinton orders airstrikes on Iraq. UNSCOM withdraws all weapons inspectors from Iraq.
On 16, Wednesday December 1998, Reece Oxford born, English football player
On 16, Wednesday December 1998, Kiara Muhammad born, American actress and singer
On 16, Wednesday December 1998, William Gaddis died, American writer (b. 1922)
On 16, Monday December 2013, Ray Price, American singer and songwriter (b. 1926), 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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