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 6, Sunday December 1868, Paraguayan War. Battle of Ytororó or Ytororó: Field-Marshal Luís Alves de Lima e Silva, Duke of Caxias leads 13,000 Brazilian troops against a Paraguayan fortified position of 5,000 troops.
On 6, Sunday December 1868, August Schleicher died, German linguist (b. 1821)
On 6, Friday December 1918, Tauba Biterman born, Polish Holocaust survivor
On 6, Friday December 1918, Nick Drahos born, American football player (d. 2018)
On 6, Monday December 1943, G. O. Smith died, English sportsman (b. 1872)
On 6, Saturday December 1958, Nick Park born, English filmmaker and animator
On 6, Saturday December 1958, Debbie Rowe born, American ex-wife of pop star Michael Jackson, and mother of two.
On 6, Friday December 1968, The Rolling Stones release Beggars Banquet, which contains the classic song “Sympathy for the Devil.”
On 6, Wednesday December 1978, The Spanish Constitution officially restores the country’s democratic government.
On 6, Tuesday December 1988, The Australian Capital Territory is granted self-government by the Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988.
On 6, Tuesday December 1988, Famous American vocalist Roy Orbison dies of a heart attack in Hendersonville, Tennessee aged 52.
On 6, Tuesday December 1988, Sandra Nurmsalu born, Estonian musician
On 6, Tuesday December 1988, Roy Orbison died, American rock musician (b. 1936)
On 6, Tuesday December 1988, Timothy Patrick Murphy died, American actor (b. 1959)
On 6, Monday December 1993, Wesley Stromberg born, American musician
On 6, Monday December 1993, Don Ameche died, American actor (b. 1908)
On 6, Monday December 1993, Joe Fowler died, Rear Admiral died, United States Navy (b. 1894)
On 6, Sunday December 1998, Hugo Chávez, politician and former member of the Venezuelan military, is elected President of Venezuela.
On 6, Sunday December 1998, Michael Zaslow died, American actor (b. 1942)
On 6, Sunday December 1998, César Baldaccini died, French sculptor (b. 1921)
On 6, Saturday December 2008, Richard Marsland, 32, actor, comedian and radio announcer, died.
On 6, Friday December 2013, The Queensland Court of Appeal decides to release serial rapist Robert John Fardon from prison after the Queensland Attorney-General withdrew a last-minute application to prevent his release.

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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.