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 18, Saturday December 1943, Keith Richards born, English rock guitarist and songwriter
On 18, Saturday December 1943, Hector Gray died, British Royal Air Force officer (b. 1911)
On 18, Thursday December 1958, The United States launches SCORE, the world’s first communications satellite.
On 18, Thursday December 1958, The Bell XV-3 Tiltrotor makes the first true mid-air transition from vertical helicopter-type flight to fully level fixed-wing flight.
On 18, Thursday December 1958, Julia Wolfe born, American composer
On 18, Wednesday December 1968, Rachel Griffiths born, Australian actress
On 18, Wednesday December 1968, Casper Van Dien born, American actor and producer
On 18, Monday December 1978, Daniel Cleary born, Canadian ice hockey player
On 18, Monday December 1978, Josh Dallas born, American actor
On 18, Monday December 1978, Katie Holmes born, American actress
On 18, Saturday December 1993, Omar Bongo is re-elected as President of Gabon in the country’s first multiparty elections.
On 18, Saturday December 1993, Riria born, Japanese actress
On 18, Saturday December 1993, Ana Porgras born, Romanian artistic gymnast
On 18, Saturday December 1993, Charizma died, American hip hop artist (b. 1973)
On 18, Saturday December 1993, Sam Wanamaker died, American film director and actor (b. 1919)
On 18, Friday December 1998, Lev Dyomin died, Russian cosmonaut (b. 1926)
On 18, Thursday December 2008, The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda finds Théoneste Bagosora and two other senior Rwandan army officers guilty of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes and sentences them to life imprisonment for their role in the Rwandan genocide.
On 18, Thursday December 2008, Majel Barrett, American actress (b. 1932), died.
On 18, Thursday December 2008, Mark Felt, American FBI agent (b. 1913), died.
On 18, Wednesday December 2013, The Federal Government unveils its $100 million assistance package to help Holden and the manufacturing industry.
On 18, Wednesday December 2013, Ronnie Biggs, British criminal (b. 1929), 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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