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 24, Tuesday December 1844, Friedrich Bernhard Westphal, Danish-German painter, died (b. 1803)
On 24, Friday December 1869, Henriette Roland Holst, Dutch poet, socialist, born (d. 1952)
On 24, Monday December 1894, Georges Guynemer, French World War I fighter ace, born (d. 1917)
On 24, Wednesday December 1919, The Electrical Trades Union of Australia is federally registered under the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Act, 1904.
On 24, Wednesday December 1919, The worldwide Spanish flu epidemic continues, eventually claiming almost 12,000 lives in Australia.
On 24, Wednesday December 1919, At the Paris Peace Conference, 1919 Australian delegates succeed in excluding recognition of the principle of racial equality in the League of Nations Covenant.
On 24, Wednesday December 1919, Pierre Soulages, French artist
On 24, Sunday December 1944, WWII: Troopship SS Léopoldville is sunk in the English Channel by German submarine U-486. Approximately 763 soldiers of the U.S. 66th Infantry Division bound for the Battle of the Bulge drown.
On 24, Sunday December 1944, WWII: German tanks reach the furthest point of the Bulge at Celles.
On 24, Sunday December 1944, WWII: Fifty German V-1 flying bombs, air-launched from Heinkel He 111 bombers flying over the North Sea, target Manchester in England, killing 42 and injuring more than 100 in the Oldham area.
On 24, Sunday December 1944, WWII: Bande massacre. 34 men between the ages of 17 and 32 are executed by the Sicherheitsdienst near Bande, Belgium in retaliation for the killing of three German soldiers.
On 24, Sunday December 1944, The first complete U.S. production of Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker is presented in San Francisco, choreographed by Willam Christensen. It will become an annual tradition there, and for the next ten years, the San Francisco Ballet will be the only company in the United States performing the complete work.
On 24, Sunday December 1944, Erhard Keller, German speed skater, born
On 24, Thursday December 1959, Keith Deller, English darts player, born
On 24, Thursday December 1959, Edmund Goulding, American director, died (b. 1891)
On 24, Wednesday December 1969, Charles Manson is allowed to defend himself at the Tate-LaBianca murder trial.
On 24, Wednesday December 1969, The oil company Phillips Petroleum made the first oil discovery in the Norwegian sector of North Sea.
On 24, Wednesday December 1969, Nigerian troops capture Umuahia, the last Biafran capital before its dissolution became Owerri
On 24, Wednesday December 1969, Brad Anderson, American wrestler, born
On 24, Wednesday December 1969, Milan Blagojevic, Australian soccer player, born
On 24, Wednesday December 1969, Pernille Fischer Christensen, Danish film director, born
On 24, Wednesday December 1969, Taro Goto, Japanese soccer player, born
On 24, Wednesday December 1969, Leavander Johnson, American lightweight boxer, born (d. 2005)
On 24, Wednesday December 1969, Ryuji Kato, Japanese soccer player, born
On 24, Wednesday December 1969, Nick Love, English film director and writer, born
On 24, Wednesday December 1969, Miyuki Matsushita, Japanese voice actress, born
On 24, Wednesday December 1969, Clinton McKinnon, American musician, born
On 24, Wednesday December 1969, Sean Cameron Michael, South African actor and singer, born
On 24, Wednesday December 1969, Ed Miliband, English academic and politician, Minister for the Cabinet Office, born
On 24, Wednesday December 1969, Mark Millar, Scottish author, born
On 24, Wednesday December 1969, Luis Musrri, Chilean soccer player, born
On 24, Wednesday December 1969, Mariko Shiga, Japanese voice actress, born (d. 1989)
On 24, Wednesday December 1969, Oleg Skripochka, Russian cosmonaut, born
On 24, Wednesday December 1969, Gintaras Staučė, Lithuanian soccer player, born
On 24, Wednesday December 1969, Chen Yueling, American race walker, born
On 24, Wednesday December 1969, Jonathan Zittrain, American professor, born
On 24, Wednesday December 1969, Michael Zucchet, American economist and politician, Mayor of San Diego, born
On 24, Wednesday December 1969, Stanisław Błeszyński, Polish entomologist, died (b. 1927)
On 24, Wednesday December 1969, Cortelia Clark, African American blues singer and guitarist, died (b. 1906)
On 24, Wednesday December 1969, Olivia FitzRoy, British author of children’s books, died (b. 1921)
On 24, Wednesday December 1969, Seabury Quinn, American author, died (b. 1889)
On 24, Monday December 1979, The Soviet Union invades Afghanistan, and Babrak Karmal replaces overthrown and executed President Hafizullah Amin, which begins the war.
On 24, Monday December 1979, The first European Ariane rocket is launched.
On 24, Monday December 1979, Renato Chiantoni, Italian actor, died (b. 1906)
On 24, Monday December 1979, Armand Massonet, Belgian painter, died (b. 1892)
On 24, Saturday December 1994, John Boswell, American historian, died (b. 1947)
On 24, Saturday December 1994, Rossano Brazzi, Italian actor, died (b. 1916)
On 24, Saturday December 1994, John Osborne, English playwright, died (b. 1929)
On 24, Friday December 1999, Maurice Couve de Murville, Prime Minister of France, died (b. 1907)
On 24, Friday December 1999, João Figueiredo, Brazilian military leader and politician, 30th President of Brazil, died (b. 1918)
On 24, Thursday December 2009, Rafael Caldera, 54th and 60th President of Venezuela, died (b. 1916)

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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.