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 29, Wednesday December 1869, Bill Howell, cricketer, born (died 1940)
On 29, Saturday December 1894, Christina Rossetti, English poet, died (b. 1830)
On 29, Monday December 1919, Malcolm Mackay, politician, born (died 1999)
On 29, Tuesday December 1959, Marco Antonio Solís, Mexican singer, born
On 29, Tuesday December 1959, Juan José Morosoli, Uruguayan writer, died (b. 1899)
On 29, Monday December 1969, Andrew Cornwell, politician, born
On 29, Monday December 1969, Ricardo de la Guardia, 11th President of Panama, leader of the World War II, died (b. 1899)
On 29, Saturday December 1979, Felix Becker, German Oberst in World War II, died (b. 1893)
On 29, Saturday December 1979, Petras Ciunis, Soviet army officer, died (b. 1898)
On 29, Saturday December 1979, Richard Tecwyn Williams, Welsh biochemist, died (b. 1909)
On 29, Friday December 1989, Czech writer, philosopher and dissident Václav Havel is elected the first post-Communist President of Czechoslovakia.
On 29, Friday December 1989, Riots break out after Hong Kong decides to forcibly repatriate Vietnamese refugees.
On 29, Friday December 1989, Nikkei 225 for Tokyo Stock Exchange hits its all-time intra-day high of 38,957.44 and closing high at 38,915.87.
On 29, Friday December 1989, Spümcø, the company that produces Ren and Stimpy, is incorporated in California.
On 29, Friday December 1989, Jane Levy, American actress, born
On 29, Friday December 1989, Kei Nishikori, Japanese tennis player, born
On 29, Friday December 1989, Left Brain, American rapper and music producer (Odd Future), born
On 29, Wednesday December 1999, Nadine Joy Nathan, Singaporean artistic gymnast, born

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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.