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 30, Tuesday July 1844, Robert Jones Burdette, American minister, sentimental humorist, born (d. 1914)
On 30, Monday July 1894, Walter Pater, English essayist, critic, died (b. 1839)
On 30, Wednesday July 1919, Sir Simon Fraser, died (born 1832), politician
On 30, Sunday July 1944, Nikolai Nikolaevich Polikarpov, Soviet aeronautical engineer and aircraft designer, died (b. 1892)
On 30, Sunday July 1944, Lee Powell, American actor, died (b. 1908)
On 30, Thursday July 1959, Heinie Conklin, American actor, died (b. 1886)
On 30, Thursday July 1959, Gottfried Frölich, German general, recipient of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross, died (b. 1894)
On 30, Thursday July 1959, María Natividad Venegas de la Torre, Mexican Roman Catholic nun and saint, died (b. 1868)
On 30, Wednesday July 1969, Simon Baker, actor, born
On 30, Wednesday July 1969, Vietnam War: U.S. President Richard Nixon makes an unscheduled visit to South Vietnam, meeting with President Nguyễn Văn Thiệu and U.S. military commanders.
On 30, Wednesday July 1969, Simon Baker, Australian-American actor and director, born
On 30, Monday July 1979, Show Lo, Taiwanese singer, born
On 30, Monday July 1979, Graeme McDowell, Northern Irish professional golfer, born
On 30, Monday July 1979, Maya Nasser, Syrian journalist, born (d. 2012), born
On 30, Monday July 1979, Lew Kowarski, Russian-born, French physicist, died (b. 1907)
On 30, Sunday July 1989, Aleix Espargaró, Spanish Grand prix motorcycle racer, born
On 30, Sunday July 1989, Lane Frost, American bull rider, died (b. 1963)
On 30, Friday July 1999, Joey King, American actress, born
On 30, Wednesday July 2014, Martin Copley, 74, conservationist (Australian Wildlife Conservancy), died
On 30, Wednesday July 2014, Julio Grondona, Argentinian football authority, died (b. 1931)

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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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