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 23, Wednesday December 1868, Sir Herbert Edwardes died, British army general and colonial administrator (b. 1819)
On 23, Saturday December 1893, Ann Pennington born, American actress, dancer (d. 1971)
On 23, Monday December 1918, José Greco born, Italian-born flamenco dancer (d. 2001)
On 23, Monday December 1918, Helmut Schmidt born, Chancellor of Germany (d. 2015)
On 23, Thursday December 1943, Elizabeth Hartman born, American actress (d. 1987)
On 23, Thursday December 1943, Harry Shearer born, American actor, comedian and screenwriter
On 23, Monday December 1968, Manuel Rivera-Ortiz born, American photographer
On 23, Saturday December 1978, Andra Davis born, American football player
On 23, Saturday December 1978, Jodie Marsh born, British model
On 23, Saturday December 1978, Víctor Martínez born, Venezuelan baseball player
On 23, Saturday December 1978, Estella Warren born, Canadian swimmer, model, and actress
On 23, Friday December 1988, Eri Kamei born, Japanese singer
On 23, Friday December 1988, Mallory Hagan born, American beauty pageant titleholder
On 23, Friday December 1988, Carlo Scorza died, Italian Fascist politician (b. 1897)
On 23, Thursday December 1993, James Ellison died, American actor (b. 1910)
On 23, Wednesday December 1998, David Manners died, Canadian-American actor (b. 1900)
On 23, Tuesday December 2008, A military coup d’état deposes the government of Guinea shortly after the death of longtime President Lansana Conté.
On 23, Monday December 2013, A Royal Commission into the Rudd Government’s home insulation scheme begins in Brisbane.
On 23, Monday December 2013, Mikhail Kalashnikov, Russian inventor (b. 1919), died.
On 23, Monday December 2013, Yusef Lateef, American jazz musician and composer (b. 1920), 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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