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, Tuesday August 1844, Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, born (d. 1900)
On 6, Friday August 1869, Marie Pitt, poet, born (died 1948)
On 6, Thursday August 1959, Rajendra Singh, Indian water conservationist, Magsaysay Award (2001), born
On 6, Thursday August 1959, Preston Sturges, American film director and writer, died (b. 1898)
On 6, Wednesday August 1969, Jonathan Aibel, American script writer, born
On 6, Wednesday August 1969, Elliott Smith, American musician, born (d. 2003)
On 6, Wednesday August 1969, Theodor W. Adorno, German sociologist and philosopher, died (b. 1903)
On 6, Monday August 1979, Feodor Lynen, German biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, died (b. 1911)
On 6, Saturday August 1994, Domenico Modugno, Italian singer-songwriter and actor turned politician, died (b. 1928)
On 6, Thursday August 2009, Sam, koala made famous in the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires, died
On 6, Thursday August 2009, John Hughes, American film director and writer, died (b. 1950)
On 6, Thursday August 2009, Willy DeVille, American singer-songwriter, died (b. 1950)
On 6, Thursday August 2009, Savka Dabčević-Kučar, Prime Minister of Croatia, died (b. 1923)
On 6, Wednesday August 2014, Macarthur Job, 88, aviation writer and air safety consultant, died

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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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