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 11, Wednesday December 1918, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn born, Russian writer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2008)
On 11, Wednesday December 1918, John W. Reed born, American legal scholar (d. 2018)
On 11, Wednesday December 1918, Ivan Cankar died, Slovenian writer (b. 1876)
On 11, Saturday December 1943, John Kerry born, American politician, longtime Massachusetts Senator (1985–2013), 2004 Democratic nominee for president, and U.S. Secretary of State
On 11, Thursday December 1958, The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) opens in Sydney.
On 11, Thursday December 1958, Tom Shadyac born, American director and producer
On 11, Thursday December 1958, Nikki Sixx born, American rock musician
On 11, Thursday December 1958, Isabella Hofmann born, American actress
On 11, Thursday December 1958, Alberto Meschi died, Italian anarchist (b. 1879)
On 11, Wednesday December 1968, The film Oliver!, based on the hit London and Broadway musical, opens in the U.S. after being released first in England. It goes on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.
On 11, Wednesday December 1968, The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus is filmed but is not released until 1996.
On 11, Wednesday December 1968, Monique Garbrecht-Enfeldt born, German speed skater
On 11, Wednesday December 1968, Eula Valdez born, Filipino actress
On 11, Monday December 1978, Lufthansa heist: Six men rob a Lufthansa cargo facility in New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.
On 11, Monday December 1978, Two million demonstrate against the Shah in Iran.
On 11, Sunday December 1988, Ashley Hinshaw born, American actress and model
On 11, Saturday December 1993, Dean Brown and the Liberal Party win the South Australian elections, winning government from Lynn Arnold and the ALP.
On 11, Saturday December 1993, Tyrone Gilks born, motorbike stunt rider (died 2013)
On 11, Saturday December 1993, Chilean presidential election, 1993: Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle is elected with 58% of the vote.
On 11, Saturday December 1993, One of the three blocks of the Highland Towers near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia collapses, killing 48.
On 11, Friday December 1998, Dante Rigo born, Belgian footballer
On 11, Thursday December 2008, Daniel Carleton Gajdusek, American Nobel physician (b. 1923), died.
On 11, Thursday December 2008, Bettie Page, American pin-up model (b. 1923), died.
On 11, Wednesday December 2013, Car manufacturer Holden announces it will cease production of vehicles in Australia by 2017.
On 11, Wednesday December 2013, Frederick Fox, 82, milliner, 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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