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 12, Monday February 1894, French anarchist Émile Henry sets off a bomb in a Paris café, killing one person and wounding twenty.
On 12, Monday February 1894, The barque Elisabeth Rickmers of Bremerhaven is wrecked at Haurvig, Denmark, but all crew and passengers are saved.
On 12, Wednesday February 1919, Ethnic Germans and Hungarian inhabitants of Pressburg start a protest against its incorporation into Czechoslovakia, but the Czechoslovak Legions open fire on the unarmed demonstrators.
On 12, Wednesday February 1919, Forrest Tucker, American actor, better known for his role in F Troop, born (d. 1986)
On 12, Wednesday February 1919, Ferruccio Valcareggi, Italian football player and manager, born (d. 2005)
On 12, Saturday February 1944, Moe Bandy, American country music singer, born
On 12, Saturday February 1944, Kenneth Gandar-Dower, English sportsman, aviator, explorer and author, died (b. 1908)
On 12, Saturday February 1944, Margaret Woodrow Wilson, American singer; Presidential daughter, died (b. 1886)
On 12, Thursday February 1959, The Melbourne outdoor performance venue the Sidney Myer Music Bowl is officially opened by Prime Minister Robert Menzies.
On 12, Thursday February 1959, Sigrid Thornton, actress, born
On 12, Thursday February 1959, George Antheil, American composer, died (b. 1900)
On 12, Wednesday February 1969, Darren Aronofsky, American film director, born
On 12, Wednesday February 1969, Meja, Swedish singer-songwriter, born
On 12, Wednesday February 1969, Hong Myung-bo, South Korean footballer, born
On 12, Wednesday February 1969, Brad Werenka, Canadian ice-hockey player, born
On 12, Wednesday February 1969, Paltiel Daykan, Russian-born Israeli jurist, died (b. 1885)
On 12, Monday February 1979, Harry M. Miller’s Computicket theatre and sporting booking agency collapses.
On 12, Monday February 1979, Prime Minister Hissène Habré starts the Battle of N’Djamena in an attempt to overthrow Chad’s President Félix Malloum.
On 12, Monday February 1979, Antonio Chatman, American football player, born
On 12, Monday February 1979, Jesse Spencer, Australian actor, born
On 12, Monday February 1979, Jean Renoir, French film director and actor, died (b. 1894)
On 12, Saturday February 1994, Edvard Munch’s painting The Scream is stolen in Oslo (it is recovered on May 7).
On 12, Saturday February 1994, The 1994 Winter Olympics begin in Lillehammer.
On 12, Saturday February 1994, Donald Judd, American artist, died (b. 1928)
On 12, Friday February 1999, U.S. President Bill Clinton is acquitted in impeachment proceedings in the United States Senate.
On 12, Friday February 1999, Heinz Schubert, German actor and photographer, died (b. 1925)
On 12, Wednesday February 2014, Sid Caesar, American actor, died (b. 1922)

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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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