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, Sunday November 1944, Roy Agnew, died (born 1891), composer and pianist
On 12, Sunday November 1944, WWII: Sinking of the German battleship Tirpitz by British Royal Air Force Lancaster bombers. Estimated casualties range from 950 to 1,204.
On 12, Sunday November 1944, Booker T. Jones, American musician, singer and songwriter, born
On 12, Sunday November 1944, Al Michaels, American sportscaster, born
On 12, Sunday November 1944, George F. Houston, American actor, died (b. 1896)
On 12, Thursday November 1959, The Warner Bros. religious epic The Miracle, very loosely based on the 1911 stage pantomime Das Mirakel, is released. It is a critical and financial bomb.
On 12, Wednesday November 1969, Vietnam War: My Lai Massacre: Independent investigative journalist Seymour Hersh breaks the My Lai story.
On 12, Wednesday November 1969, Tomas N’evergreen, Danish singer, born
On 12, Wednesday November 1969, Rob Schrab, American actor and comic book creator, born
On 12, Wednesday November 1969, William F. Friedman, American cryptanalyst, died (b. 1891)
On 12, Monday November 1979, Matt Stevic, footballer and umpire, born
On 12, Monday November 1979, Iran hostage crisis: In response to the hostage situation in Tehran, U.S. President Jimmy Carter orders a halt to all oil imports into the United States from Iran.
On 12, Monday November 1979, Süleyman Demirel, of the Justice Party (AP) forms the new government of Turkey (43rd government, a minority government).
On 12, Monday November 1979, Matt Cappotelli, American professional wrestler, born (d. 2018), born
On 12, Monday November 1979, Cote de Pablo, Chilean actress, born
On 12, Monday November 1979, Matt Stevic, Australian rules football umpire, born
On 12, Monday November 1979, Gavriil Veresov, Soviet chess player, died (b. 1912)
On 12, Monday November 1979, Pythagoras Papastamatiou, Greek lyricist, died (b. 1930)
On 12, Sunday November 1989, Brazil holds its first free presidential election since 1960. This marks the first time that all Ibero-American nations, except Cuba, have elected constitutional governments simultaneously.
On 12, Sunday November 1989, Édouard Candeveau, Swiss Olympic rower, died (b. 1898)
On 12, Saturday November 1994, Wilma Rudolph, American athlete, died (b. 1940)
On 12, Saturday November 1994, J. I. M. Stewart, Scottish novelist, died (b. 1906)
On 12, Friday November 1999, The 7.2 Mw Düzce earthquake shakes northwestern Turkey with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent). At least 845 people were killed and almost 5,000 were injured.
On 12, Friday November 1999, Mohammad Mohammadullah, 3rd President of Bangladesh, died (b. 1921)
On 12, Wednesday November 2014, The unmanned Rosetta spacecraft’s Philae probe successfully lands on Comet 67P, the first time in history that a spacecraft has landed on such an object.
On 12, Wednesday November 2014, Warren Clarke, English actor, died (b. 1947)

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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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