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 8, Thursday August 1844, During a meeting held in Nauvoo, Illinois, the Quorum of the Twelve, headed by Brigham Young, is chosen as the leading body of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
On 8, Sunday August 1869, George James Coates, artist, born (died 1930)
On 8, Friday August 1919, The Treaty of Rawalpindi ends the Third Anglo-Afghan War.
On 8, Friday August 1919, Dino De Laurentiis, Italian film producer, born (d. 2010)
On 8, Tuesday August 1944, Michael Johnson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist, born (d. 2017)
On 8, Tuesday August 1944, Hasyim Muzadi, Indonesian Islamic scholar, born (d. 2017)
On 8, Tuesday August 1944, Robert Bernardis, German resistance fighter (executed), died (b. 1908)
On 8, Tuesday August 1944, Albrecht von Hagen, German resistance fighter (executed), died (b. 1904)
On 8, Tuesday August 1944, Paul von Hase, German general and resistance leader (executed), died (b. 1885)
On 8, Tuesday August 1944, Erich Hoepner, German colonel-general and resistance leader (executed), died (b. 1886)
On 8, Tuesday August 1944, Juliusz Kaden-Bandrowski, Polish journalist and novelist, died (b. 1885)
On 8, Tuesday August 1944, Hellmuth Stieff, German resistance fighter (executed), died (b. 1901)
On 8, Tuesday August 1944, Michael Wittmann, German tank commander (killed in action), died (b. 1914)
On 8, Tuesday August 1944, Erwin von Witzleben, German Field Marshal and resistance leader (executed), died (b. 1881)
On 8, Tuesday August 1944, Peter Yorck von Wartenburg, German resistance fighter (executed), died (b. 1904)
On 8, Saturday August 1959, Albert Namatjira, died (born 1902), Aboriginal artist
On 8, Saturday August 1959, A flood in Taiwan kills 2,000.
On 8, Saturday August 1959, Luigi Sturzo, Italian Roman Catholic priest and politician, died (b. 1871)
On 8, Saturday August 1959, Henry St. George Tucker, American Episcopal bishop and reverend, died (b. 1874)
On 8, Saturday August 1959, Luis Araquistáin, Spanish politician and writer, died (b. 1886)
On 8, Friday August 1969, The Beatles at 11:30 have photographer Iain Macmillan take their photo on a zebra crossing on Abbey Road.
On 8, Friday August 1969, A fire breaks out in Bannerman’s Castle in the Hudson River; most of the roof collapses and crashes down to the lower levels.
On 8, Friday August 1969, Song Sung-il, South Korean wrestler, born (d. 1995)
On 8, Friday August 1969, Faye Wong, Hong Kong singer and actress, born
On 8, Friday August 1969, Choi Seung-hee, Korean modern dancer, died (b. 1911)
On 8, Wednesday August 1979, Two American commercial divers, Richard Walker and Victor Guiel, die of hypothermia after their diving bell becomes stranded at a depth of over 160 metres (520 ft) in the East Shetland Basin. The legal repercussions of the accident will lead to important safety changes in the diving industry.
On 8, Wednesday August 1979, Lionel Cooper, South African mathematician, died (b. 1915)
On 8, Wednesday August 1979, George Rider, American basketball coach, died (b. 1890)
On 8, Tuesday August 1989, Prime Minister of New Zealand David Lange resigns for health reasons and is replaced by Geoffrey Palmer.
On 8, Tuesday August 1989, STS-28: Space Shuttle Columbia takes off on a secret five-day military mission.
On 8, Tuesday August 1989, Ken Baumann, American actor and author, born
On 8, Tuesday August 1989, Sesil Karatantcheva, Bulgarian tennis player, born
On 8, Tuesday August 1989, Anthony Rizzo, American baseball player, born
On 8, Tuesday August 1989, Hannah Miley, British swimmer, born
On 8, Tuesday August 1989, Bobby Oxspring, British flying ace, one of The Few, died (b. 1919)
On 8, Monday August 1994, Lauv, American singer, born
On 8, Saturday August 2009, Daniel Jarque, Spanish footballer, died (b. 1983)
On 8, Friday August 2014, New Zealand woman Warriena Tagpuno Wright falls to her death from the balcony of a Surfers Paradise apartment owned by Gable Tostee, a 28-year-old man whom she met on dating app Tinder. The incident subsequently receives international coverage.
On 8, Friday August 2014, Edmund John Patrick Collins, 83, Roman Catholic prelate, Bishop of Darwin (1986–2007), died
On 8, Friday August 2014, Peter Sculthorpe, 85, composer, died
On 8, Friday August 2014, The United States military begins an air campaign in northern Iraq to stem the influx of ISIL militants.
On 8, Friday August 2014, Menahem Golan, Israeli filmmaker, died (b. 1929)
On 8, Friday August 2014, Peter Sculthorpe, Australian composer, died (b. 1929)

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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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