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 15, Wednesday August 1894, Sante Geronimo Caserio is executed, for the assassination of French President Marie François Sadi Carnot.
On 15, Friday August 1919, Benedict Kiely, Irish author and broadcaster, born (d. 2007)
On 15, Friday August 1919, Dina Wadia, Indian political figure, born (d. 2017)
On 15, Tuesday August 1944, WWII: Operation Dragoon lands Allies in southern France. The U.S. 45th Infantry Division participates in its fourth assault landing at Sainte-Maxime, spearheading the drive for the Belfort Gap.
On 15, Tuesday August 1944, Sylvie Vartan, French singer, born
On 15, Tuesday August 1944, Egbert Hayessen, German resistance fighter, died (b. 1913)
On 15, Tuesday August 1944, Hans Bernd von Haeften, German resistance fighter, died (b. 1905)
On 15, Tuesday August 1944, Wolf-Heinrich Graf von Helldorff, German police chief and resistance fighter, died (b. 1896)
On 15, Saturday August 1959, Cyprus gains independence.
On 15, Saturday August 1959, Scott Altman, American astronaut, born
On 15, Saturday August 1959, Blind Willie McTell, American Piedmont blues singer and guitarist, died (b. 1901)
On 15, Friday August 1969, Bernard Fanning, singer, born
On 15, Friday August 1969, Captain D’s is founded as “Mr. D’s Seafood and Hamburgers” by Ray Danner with its first location opening in Donelson, Tennessee.
On 15, Friday August 1969, (15–18) The Woodstock Festival is held in upstate New York, featuring some of the top rock musicians of the era.
On 15, Friday August 1969, Justin Broadrick, British musician, born
On 15, Friday August 1969, Kevin Cheng, Hong Kong television actor and singer, born
On 15, Wednesday August 1979, Carl Edwards, American race car driver, born
On 15, Wednesday August 1979, Dan Marshall, Canadian hockey player, born
On 15, Wednesday August 1979, Peter Shukoff, American comedian, musician and personality, born
On 15, Tuesday August 1989, Ryan McGowan, soccer player, born
On 15, Tuesday August 1989, P.W. Botha resigns as State President of South Africa.
On 15, Tuesday August 1989, F. W. de Klerk becomes the seventh and final State President of South Africa.
On 15, Tuesday August 1989, Belinda, Mexican singer and actress, born
On 15, Tuesday August 1989, Joe Jonas, American musician, actor, and singer, born
On 15, Tuesday August 1989, Carlos Pena Jr., American actor, dancer and singer, born
On 15, Tuesday August 1989, Denise Oliver, Canadian voice actress, born
On 15, Tuesday August 1989, Minoru Genda, Japanese aviator, naval officer and politician, died (b. 1904)
On 15, Tuesday August 1989, Dorothea Leighton, American social psychiatrist, founded the field of medical anthropology, died (b. 1908)
On 15, Friday August 2014, Licia Albanese, Italian-American soprano, died (b. 1909)

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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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