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 2, Wednesday July 1919, The Syrian National Congress in Damascus: Arab nationalists announce independence.
On 2, Wednesday July 1919, (2–6) British airship R34 makes the first transatlantic flight by dirigible, and the first westbound flight, from RAF East Fortune, Scotland, to Mineola, New York.
On 2, Wednesday July 1919, Henri Génès, French actor and singer, born (d. 2005)
On 2, Wednesday July 1919, Friedrich Soennecken, German entrepreneur and inventor of hole punch and ringbinder, died (b. 1848)
On 2, Sunday July 1944, Billy Campbell, Northern Irish professional footballer, born
On 2, Sunday July 1944, Vicente de la Mata, Argentine former football midfielder, born
On 2, Sunday July 1944, Paul Schudel, American football player and coach, born
On 2, Thursday July 1959, Prince Albert of Belgium marries Italian Donna Paola Ruffo di Calabria.
On 2, Thursday July 1959, Indi Nadarajah, Malaysian actor and comedian, born
On 2, Thursday July 1959, Sergei Chetverikov, Russian biologist, died (b. 1880)
On 2, Wednesday July 1969, Matthew Cox, American criminal, born
On 2, Wednesday July 1969, Jenni Rivera, Mexican-American singer-songwriter, producer and actress, born (d. 2012)
On 2, Wednesday July 1969, Tim Rodber, English rugby player, born
On 2, Wednesday July 1969, Mikio Naruse, Japanese film director, died (b. 1905)
On 2, Wednesday July 1969, Michael DiBiase, American wrestler (b 1923)
On 2, Monday July 1979, Diana Gurtskaya, Georgian singer, born
On 2, Monday July 1979, Sam Hornish Jr., American race car driver, born
On 2, Monday July 1979, Ayiesha Woods, American singer, born
On 2, Monday July 1979, Carlyle Smith Beals, Canadian astronomer, died (b. 1899)
On 2, Sunday July 1989, Andreas Papandreou, Prime Minister of Greece resigns; a new government is formed under Tzannis Tzannetakis.
On 2, Sunday July 1989, Dev, American singer, born
On 2, Sunday July 1989, Andrei Gromyko, Soviet politician and diplomat, former Foreign Minister, died (b. 1909)
On 2, Sunday July 1989, Ben Wright, British actor in radio, film and television, died (b. 1915)
On 2, Sunday July 1989, Franklin Schaffner, American film director, died (b. 1920)
On 2, Saturday July 1994, Colombian footballer Andrés Escobar, 27, is shot dead in Medellín. His murder is commonly attributed as retaliation for the own goal Escobar scored in the 1994 FIFA World Cup against the United States soccer team.
On 2, Saturday July 1994, Baba Rahman, Ghanaian footballer, born
On 2, Saturday July 1994, Roberto Balado, Cuban boxer, died (b. 1969)
On 2, Saturday July 1994, Maung Maung, President of Myanmar, died (b. 1925)
On 2, Saturday July 1994, Marion Williams, American gospel singer, died (b. 1927)
On 2, Friday July 1999, Liberal for Forests, a breakaway single-issue political party, is established in response to the turmoil in the West Australian Liberal Party on the issue of stopping logging in old-growth forests.
On 2, Friday July 1999, Mario Puzo, American author, died (b. 1920)
On 2, Wednesday July 2014, Lorraine Elliott, 70, politician, Victoria MLA for Mooroolbark (1992–2002), died
On 2, Wednesday July 2014, Mervyn Finlay, 89, judge and rower, Olympic bronze medalist (1952), member of the Supreme Court of New South Wales (1984–2004), 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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