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 12, Thursday September 1844, The Royal Society of Tasmania was formed. It was the first branch of the Society established outside Britain.
On 12, Sunday September 1869, (12–13) The P&O’s SS Carnatic runs aground and sinks in the Red Sea; 31 drown.
On 12, Sunday September 1869, Peter Mark Roget, British lexicographer, died (b. 1779)
On 12, Wednesday September 1894,
On 12, Wednesday September 1894, Billy Gilbert, American comedian, actor, born (d. 1971)
On 12, Wednesday September 1894, Dorothy Maud Wrinch, British mathematician and biochemical theorist, born (d. 1976)
On 12, Friday September 1919, John Mark Davies, died (born 1840), Victorian politician
On 12, Friday September 1919, Gabriele D’Annunzio, with his entourage, marches into Fiume and convinces Italian troops to join him.
On 12, Tuesday September 1944, WWII: Allied forces from Operation Overlord (in the north) and Operation Dragoon (in the south of France) link up near Dijon.
On 12, Tuesday September 1944, Leonard Peltier, Native American activist and convicted murderer, born
On 12, Tuesday September 1944, Barry White, American singer, born (d. 2003)
On 12, Tuesday September 1944, Robert Fiske, American actor, died (b. 1889)
On 12, Saturday September 1959, Brad Dalton, basketball player, born
On 12, Saturday September 1959, “Bonanza” premieres, first regularly scheduled TV program presented in color.
On 12, Saturday September 1959, Sigmar Gabriel, German politician, born
On 12, Friday September 1969, Ángel Cabrera, Argentine golfer, born
On 12, Friday September 1969, Shigeki Maruyama, Japanese golfer, born
On 12, Friday September 1969, Terry de la Mesa Allen Sr., American general, died (b. 1888)
On 12, Wednesday September 1979, Aaron Hopkins, field hockey defender, born
On 12, Wednesday September 1979, Hurricane Frederic makes landfall at 10:00 p.m. on Alabama’s Gulf Coast.
On 12, Wednesday September 1979, Jay McGraw, American author, son of TV psychologist Dr. Phil McGraw, born
On 12, Tuesday September 1989, Freddie Freeman, American baseball player, born
On 12, Tuesday September 1989, Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs, Canadian artistic gymnast, born
On 12, Tuesday September 1989, Andrew Luck, American football player, born
On 12, Monday September 1994, Mhairi Black, Scottish politician, born
On 12, Monday September 1994, RM, South Korean rapper, born
On 12, Monday September 1994, Tom Ewell, American actor, died (b. 1909)
On 12, Monday September 1994, Boris Yegorov, Russian cosmonaut, died (b. 1937)
On 12, Sunday September 1999, Under international pressure to allow an international peacekeeping force, Indonesian president BJ Habibie announces that he will do so.
On 12, Sunday September 1999, Allen Stack, American swimmer, died (b. 1928)
On 12, Saturday September 2009, Norman Borlaug, American Nobel agronomist, died (b. 1914)
On 12, Saturday September 2009, Jack Kramer, American tennis player and promoter, died (b. 1921)
On 12, Friday September 2014, Australia raises its terror threat level to high following concerns about militants returning from conflicts in Iraq and Syria.
On 12, Friday September 2014, Australian actress Nicole Kidman’s father, Dr Antony Kidman, dies after a fall in Singapore.
On 12, Friday September 2014, Antony Kidman, 75, psychologist, biochemist and author, born (died in Singapore), died
On 12, Friday September 2014, Atef Ebeid, Egyptian politician, 47th Prime Minister of Egypt, died (b. 1932)
On 12, Friday September 2014, Ian Paisley, British politician and First Minister of Northern Ireland, died (b. 1926)
On 12, Friday September 2014, Joe Sample, American pianist and composer, died (b. 1939)

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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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