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 19, Friday December 1919, A federal election is held. The incumbent Nationalist Party of Billy Hughes defeats the Australian Labor Party of Frank Tudor.
On 19, Friday December 1919, The fictional character Ham Gravy makes his début in Thimble Theatre Comics.
On 19, Friday December 1919, Martin Savage, IRA commander, died (b. 1898)
On 19, Tuesday December 1944, The daily newspaper Le Monde begins publication in Paris.
On 19, Tuesday December 1944, María Martha Serra Lima, Argentine singer, born (d. 2017)
On 19, Tuesday December 1944, Tim Reid, American actor and comedian, born
On 19, Tuesday December 1944, Terry Underwood, Australian author, born
On 19, Tuesday December 1944, King Abbas II of Egypt, died (b. 1874)
On 19, Saturday December 1959, Waise Lee, Hong Kong actor, born
On 19, Saturday December 1959, Andrés Martínez Trueba, 31st President of Uruguay, died (b. 1884)
On 19, Friday December 1969, Richard Hammond, British TV presenter, born
On 19, Friday December 1969, Lauren Sánchez, American news anchor, born
On 19, Friday December 1969, Kristy Swanson, American actress, born
On 19, Wednesday December 1979, Kevin Devine, American songwriter and musician, born
On 19, Wednesday December 1979, Nicki Hunter, American porn actress and director, born
On 19, Wednesday December 1979, Paola Rey, Colombian actress and model, born
On 19, Wednesday December 1979, Tara Summers, English actress, born
On 19, Wednesday December 1979, Donald Creighton, Canadian historian, died (b. 1902)
On 19, Tuesday December 1989, Workers in Romanian cities go on strike in protest against the Communist regime.
On 19, Tuesday December 1989, Valdimar Bergstað, Icelandic horse rider, born
On 19, Tuesday December 1989, María Teresa Babín Cortés, Puerto Rican educator, critic and essayist, died (b. 1910)
On 19, Tuesday December 1989, Kirill Mazurov, Soviet politician, died (b. 1914)
On 19, Tuesday December 1989, Herbert Blaize, Grenadian politician, 6th Prime Minister of Grenada, died (b. 1918)
On 19, Monday December 1994, A planned exchange rate correction of the Mexican peso to the US dollar, becomes a massive financial meltdown in Mexico, unleashing the ‘Tequila’ effect on global financial markets. This prompts a US$50 billion “bailout” by the Clinton Administration.
On 19, Monday December 1994, Civil unions between same-sex couples are legalized in Sweden.
On 19, Monday December 1994, Michele Bravi, Italian singer, born
On 19, Sunday December 1999, Desmond Llewelyn, British actor, died (b. 1914)
On 19, Sunday December 1999, Robert Dougall, British newsreader, died (b. 1913)
On 19, Saturday December 2009, Hussein-Ali Montazeri, Iranian scholar and human rights activist, died (b. 1922)
On 19, Saturday December 2009, Kim Peek, American savant, died (b. 1951)
On 19, Friday December 2014, Queensland Police announce the finding that eight children were stabbed to death in a home in Cairns.

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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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