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 13, Friday August 1869, Paul Behncke, German admiral, born (d. 1937)
On 13, Wednesday August 1919, George Shearing, Anglo-American jazz pianist, born (d. 2011)
On 13, Sunday August 1944, Kevin Tighe, American actor, born
On 13, Thursday August 1959, Danny Bonaduce, American actor and disc jockey, born
On 13, Wednesday August 1969, Serious border clashes occur between the Soviet Union and the People’s Republic of China.
On 13, Wednesday August 1969, Midori Ito, Japanese figure skater, born
On 13, Wednesday August 1969, Nicolás Fasolino, Argentine Roman Catholic cardinal, died (b. 1887)
On 13, Monday August 1979, Taizō Sugimura, Japanese politician, born
On 13, Sunday August 1989, Thirteen people die in a hot air balloon accident near Alice Springs, Northern Territory.
On 13, Sunday August 1989, Marconi Fairfield win the NSL with a 2–0 victory over Sydney Olympic, in the last season to be played in traditional Winter format.
On 13, Sunday August 1989, A hot air balloon accident near Alice Springs, Australia kills thirteen people.
On 13, Sunday August 1989, Hugo del Carril, Argentine film actor, film director and tango singer, died (b. 1912)
On 13, Sunday August 1989, Tim Richmond, American race car driver, died (b. 1955)
On 13, Saturday August 1994, Filip Forsberg, Swedish ice hockey player, born
On 13, Saturday August 1994, Manfred Wörner, German politician and diplomat, died (b. 1934)
On 13, Friday August 1999, The Adelaide Thunderbirds defeat the Adelaide Ravens 62–30 in the Commonwealth Bank Trophy netball grand final
On 13, Friday August 1999, Jaime Garzón, Colombian journalist and comedian, died (b. 1960)
On 13, Thursday August 2009, Les Paul, American musician and inventor, died (b. 1915)
On 13, Wednesday August 2014, Frans Brüggen, Dutch musician, died (b. 1934)

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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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