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 23, Sunday July 1944, Alex Buzo, playwright and author, born (died 2006)
On 23, Sunday July 1944, Alex Buzo, of Sydney, Australian playwright and author, born (d. 2006)
On 23, Sunday July 1944, Eduard Wagner, German general and resistance member (suicide), died (b. 1894)
On 23, Wednesday July 1969, John Cariani, American actor and playwright, born
On 23, Monday July 1979, Lefty West, American Major League Baseball player, died (b. 1915)
On 23, Sunday July 1989, Bradley Camp wins the men’s national marathon title, clocking 2:10:10 in Brisbane, while Jan Federick claims the women’s title in 2:51:30.
On 23, Sunday July 1989, Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party loses control of the House of Councillors, the LDP’s worst electoral showing in 34 years, leading to Prime Minister Uno announcing he will resign to take responsibility for the result.
On 23, Sunday July 1989, Giulio Andreotti takes office as Prime Minister of Italy.
On 23, Sunday July 1989, Daniel Radcliffe, British actor, born
On 23, Sunday July 1989, KJ Wright, American football player, born
On 23, Sunday July 1989, Zhong An Qi, Taiwanese singer, born
On 23, Sunday July 1989, Donald Barthelme, American writer, died (b. 1931)
On 23, Sunday July 1989, Archduchess Charlotte of Austria, died (b. 1921)
On 23, Sunday July 1989, Michael Sundin, English television presenter, died (b. 1961)
On 23, Friday July 1999, A Perth District Court jury finds former West Australian Premier Carmen Lawrence not guilty of each of the three charges of giving false testimony to the Marks Royal Commission in 1995.
On 23, Friday July 1999, NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory is launched.
On 23, Friday July 1999, Mohammed VI of Morocco becomes king upon the death of his father Hassan II.
On 23, Friday July 1999, Fourteen Kosovo Serb villagers are killed by ethnic Albanian gunmen in the village of Staro Gračko.
On 23, Friday July 1999, King Hassan II of Morocco, died (b. 1929)
On 23, Friday July 1999, Dmitri Tertyshny, Russian professional ice hockey, died (b. 1976)
On 23, Wednesday July 2014, Frank Vaughan, 96, Catholic priest and rugby league player (Eastern Suburbs), died
On 23, Wednesday July 2014, The 2014 Commonwealth Games takes place in Glasgow, Scotland.

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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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