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 27, Friday December 1918, Greater Poland Uprising (1918–19): Poles in Greater Poland (the former Grand Duchy of Posen) rise up against the Germans, ignited by a patriotic speech made in Poznań by pianist and politician Ignacy Jan Paderewski.
On 27, Monday December 1943, Sam Hinds born, 3-Time Prime Minister of Guyana
On 27, Monday December 1943, Rupert Julian died, New Zealand actor and director (b. 1879)
On 27, Monday December 1943, Creelman MacArthur died, Canadian businessman and politician (b. 1874)
On 27, Saturday December 1958, Mustafa Merlika-Kruja died, 16th Prime Minister of Albania (b. 1887)
On 27, Wednesday December 1978, The Constitution of Spain is approved in a referendum, officially ending 40 years of military dictatorship.
On 27, Wednesday December 1978, Chris Bell died, American guitarist, singer and songwriter (b. 1951)
On 27, Wednesday December 1978, Houari Boumédiènne died, 2nd President of Algeria (b. 1932)
On 27, Tuesday December 1988, Hayley Williams born, American singer
On 27, Tuesday December 1988, Hal Ashby died, American film director (b. 1929)
On 27, Tuesday December 1988, Jess Oppenheimer died, American radio and television producer (b. 1913)
On 27, Monday December 1993, Olivia Cooke born, English actress
On 27, Saturday December 2008, Israel invades the Gaza Strip in response to rockets being fired into Israeli territory by Hamas and due to weapons being smuggled into the area.

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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.