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 26, Wednesday December 1894, Jean Toomer, American poet, born (d. 1967)
On 26, Tuesday December 1944, WWII: American troops repulse German forces at Bastogne.
On 26, Tuesday December 1944, The original stage version of The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams premieres in Chicago.
On 26, Tuesday December 1944, Esztergom, Hungary, is captured by the Russians.
On 26, Tuesday December 1944, Bill Ayers, American education theorist and former radical anti-war activist, born
On 26, Tuesday December 1944, Jane Lapotaire, British actress, born
On 26, Tuesday December 1944, Aleksey Mikhalyov, Russian translator, born
On 26, Tuesday December 1944, George Bellamy, British actor, died (b. 1866)
On 26, Wednesday December 1979, In Rhodesia, 96 Patriotic Front guerrillas enter the capital Salisbury to monitor a ceasefire that begins December 28.
On 26, Wednesday December 1979, Chris Daughtry, American singer and guitarist, born
On 26, Wednesday December 1979, Dimitry Vassiliev, Russian ski jumper, born
On 26, Wednesday December 1979, Karl Hubbuch, German painter, printmaker and draftsman, died (b. 1891)
On 26, Tuesday December 1989, Yohan Blake, Jamaican athlete, born
On 26, Tuesday December 1989, Sora Tokui, Japanese voice actress, singer, and manga artist, born
On 26, Tuesday December 1989, Lennox Berkeley, English composer, died (b. 1903)
On 26, Monday December 1994, Dalyn Dawkins, American football player, born
On 26, Monday December 1994, Jock Campbell, Baron Campbell of Eskan, British businessman and life peer, died (b. 1912)
On 26, Monday December 1994, Allie Reynolds, American baseball player, died (b. 1917)
On 26, Sunday December 1999, Cyclones Lothar and Martin killed 140 people as they crossed France, southern Germany, and Switzerland.
On 26, Sunday December 1999, Curtis Mayfield, American musician and composer, died (b. 1942)
On 26, Sunday December 1999, Shankar Dayal Sharma, 9th President of India, died (b. 1918)
On 26, Saturday December 2009, Jacques Sylla, 12th Prime Minister of Madagascar, died (b. 1946)
On 26, Friday December 2014, Leo Tindemans, 43rd Prime Minister of Belgium, died (b. 1922)

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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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