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 7, Monday July 1919, The United States Army sends a convoy across the continental U.S., starting in Washington, D.C., to assess the possibility of crossing North America by road. This crossing takes many months to complete, because the building of the U.S. Highway System has not commenced.
On 7, Monday July 1919, Earl Mazo, American journalist, author, and government official, born (d. 2007)
On 7, Monday July 1919, Hans Adolph Buchdahl, German-born Australian physicist, born (d. 2010)
On 7, Monday July 1919, Bill Stroud, English football player and coach, born (d. 2006)
On 7, Friday July 1944, Nicholas, Crown Prince of Montenegro, born
On 7, Friday July 1944, Mark Burgess, New Zealand cricketer, born
On 7, Friday July 1944, Tony Jacklin, English golfer, born
On 7, Friday July 1944, Feleti Sevele, former Prime Minister of Tonga, born
On 7, Friday July 1944, Michael Walker, Baron Walker of Aldringham, British Army officer, born
On 7, Friday July 1944, Georges Mandel, French politician and WWII hero, died (b. 1885)
On 7, Tuesday July 1959, At 14:28 UT Venus occults the star Regulus. The rare event (which will next occur on October 1, 2044) is used to determine the diameter of Venus and the structure of Venus’ atmosphere.
On 7, Tuesday July 1959, Billy Campbell, American actor, born
On 7, Tuesday July 1959, Barbara Krause, German swimmer, born
On 7, Tuesday July 1959, Ben Linder, American engineer, born (d. 1987)
On 7, Tuesday July 1959, Ernest Newman, British music critic, died (b. 1868)
On 7, Tuesday July 1959, Hermenegildo Anglada, Spanish painter, died (b. 1871)
On 7, Monday July 1969, Rina Bradshaw-Hill, triathlete, born
On 7, Monday July 1969, French is made equal to English throughout the Canadian national government.
On 7, Monday July 1969, Sylke Otto, German luger, born
On 7, Monday July 1969, Joe Sakic, Canadian hockey player, born
On 7, Monday July 1969, Cree Summer, American-Canadian actress and singer, born
On 7, Monday July 1969, Charlotte Armstrong, American author, died (b. 1905)
On 7, Monday July 1969, Gladys Swarthout, American opera singer, died (b. 1900)
On 7, Saturday July 1979, Loudy Tourky, diver, born
On 7, Saturday July 1979, Jan Hernych, Czech tennis player, born
On 7, Saturday July 1979, Shebly Niavarani, Swedish actor, born
On 7, Saturday July 1979, Amanda Françozo, Brazilian television presenter and model, born
On 7, Saturday July 1979, Billy Dean Anderson, Notorious American criminal on “America’s 10 Most Wanted”, died (b. 1934)
On 7, Friday July 1989, Kim Bum, South Korean actor, born
On 7, Friday July 1989, Jamie Johnston, Canadian actor and singer-songwriter, born
On 7, Thursday July 1994, Ashton Irwin, Drummer, born
On 7, Thursday July 1994, 1994 civil war in Yemen: Aden is occupied by troops from North Yemen.
On 7, Thursday July 1994, Friedrich August Freiherr von der Heydte, German Luftwaffe officer, died (b. 1907)
On 7, Thursday July 1994, Cameron Mitchell, American actor, died (b. 1918)
On 7, Thursday July 1994, Anita Garvin, American actress, died (b. 1907)
On 7, Wednesday July 1999, In Rome, Hicham El Guerrouj runs the fastest mile ever recorded, at 3:43.13.
On 7, Wednesday July 1999, Julie Campbell Tatham, American writer, died (b. 1908)
On 7, Monday July 2014, Peter Underwood, 76, Governor of Tasmania and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Tasmania, died
On 7, Monday July 2014, Alfredo Di Stéfano, Argentine-Spanish footballer, died (b. 1926)
On 7, Monday July 2014, Eduard Shevardnadze, 2nd President of Georgia, died (b. 1928)

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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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