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 8, Friday October 1869, Austria-Hungary sends reinforcements to battle the uprising in Krivošije.
On 8, Friday October 1869, Franklin Pierce, 14th President of the United States, died (b. 1804)
On 8, Wednesday October 1919, Kiichi Miyazawa, 49th Prime Minister of Japan, born (d. 2007)
On 8, Sunday October 1944, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet radio show debuts in the United States.
On 8, Sunday October 1944, Wendell Willkie, American politician, died (b. 1892)
On 8, Thursday October 1959, Nick Bakay, American actor, producer, and screenwriter, born
On 8, Thursday October 1959, Brad Byers, American entertainer, born
On 8, Thursday October 1959, Gavin Friday, Irish singer-songwriter, actor, and producer (Virgin Prunes)
On 8, Thursday October 1959, Erik Gundersen, Danish motorcycle racer, born
On 8, Thursday October 1959, Mike Morgan, American baseball player and coach, born
On 8, Thursday October 1959, Carlos I. Noriega, Peruvian-American colonel and astronaut, born
On 8, Wednesday October 1969, Julia Ann, American pornographic actress, born
On 8, Wednesday October 1969, Eduardo Ciannelli, Italian actor and singer, died (b. 1889)
On 8, Monday October 1979, Kristanna Loken, American actress and model, born
On 8, Saturday October 1994, Iraq disarmament crisis: The President of the United Nations Security Council says that Iraq must withdraw its troops from the Kuwait border, and immediately cooperate with weapons inspectors.
On 8, Friday October 1999, John McLendon, American basketball coach, died (b. 1915)
On 8, Thursday October 2009, Gordon Boyd, 86, television personality, died
On 8, Wednesday October 2014, A rare total lunar eclipse occurred in Canberra which the moon is blood red. Keen astronomers gathered at Mount Stromlo Observatory on this night.
On 8, Wednesday October 2014, Morris Lurie, 75, writer, died
On 8, Wednesday October 2014, Vi Robbins, 112, supercentenarian, nation’s oldest person, 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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