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 5, Sunday December 1869, Ellis Parker Butler, American humorist, born (d. 1937)
On 5, Wednesday December 1894, Charles Robberts Swart, 1st State President of South Africa, born (d. 1982)
On 5, Wednesday December 1894, Philip K. Wrigley, American business, sports executive, born (d. 1977)
On 5, Friday December 1919, The Turkish Ministry of War releases Greeks, Armenians and Jews from military service.
On 5, Friday December 1919, Alun Gwynne Jones, Baron Chalfont, British politician and historian
On 5, Tuesday December 1944, Jeroen Krabbé, Dutch actor and film director, born
On 5, Friday December 1969, The Rolling Stones album Let It Bleed is released.
On 5, Friday December 1969, Alex Kapp Horner, American actress, born
On 5, Friday December 1969, Princess Alice of Battenberg, died (b. 1885)
On 5, Friday December 1969, Claude Dornier, German airplane builder, founder of Dornier Flugzeugwerke, died (b. 1884)
On 5, Wednesday December 1979, Jack Lynch resigns as Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland; he is succeeded by Charles Haughey.
On 5, Wednesday December 1979, Sonia Delaunay, Russian-born French artist, died (b. 1885)
On 5, Wednesday December 1979, Jesse Pearson, American actor, died (b. 1930)
On 5, Tuesday December 1989, Five former Queensland ministers are charged with misuse of public money. Special prosecutor Doug Drummond, QC, had summonses issued against Don Lane, Brian Austin, Ivan Gibbs, Geoff Muntz and Leisha Harvey.
On 5, Tuesday December 1989, Gregory Tyree Boyce, American actor, born
On 5, Tuesday December 1989, Katy Kung, Hong Kong actress, born
On 5, Tuesday December 1989, Kwon Yuri, South Korean singer, member of Korean group (SNSD), born
On 5, Tuesday December 1989, John Pritchard, British conductor, died (b. 1921)
On 5, Sunday December 1999, Bolivian municipal elections, the first election contested by Evo Morales’ Movement for Socialism.
On 5, Saturday December 2009, By-elections are held for the electorates of Bradfield and Higgins. Both by-elections are won by the Liberal Party candidates: Paul Fletcher (Bradfield) and Kelly O’Dwyer (Higgins).
On 5, Saturday December 2009, Alfred Hrdlicka, Austrian artist, died (b. 1928)
On 5, Saturday December 2009, Otto Graf Lambsdorff, German politician, died (b. 1926)
On 5, Friday December 2014, Queen Fabiola of Belgium, 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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