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 4, Wednesday December 1844, U.S. presidential election, 1844: James K. Polk defeats Henry Clay.
On 4, Thursday December 1919, The French Opera House in New Orleans, Louisiana is destroyed by fire.
On 4, Thursday December 1919, I. K. Gujral, Indian politician, Prime Minister of India, born (d. 2012)
On 4, Monday December 1944, Lawrie Peckham, high jumper, born.
On 4, Monday December 1944, Dennis Wilson, American singer, songwriter and drummer, born (d. 1983)
On 4, Monday December 1944, Roger Bresnahan, American baseball player and member of the MLB Hall of Fame, died (b. 1879)
On 4, Friday December 1959, Christa Luding-Rothenburger, German speed skater, born
On 4, Friday December 1959, Hubert Marischka, Austrian film director, died (b. 1882)
On 4, Thursday December 1969, Black Panther Party members Fred Hampton and Mark Clark are shot dead in their sleep during a raid by 14 Chicago police officers.
On 4, Thursday December 1969, Jay Z, African-American rapper, born
On 4, Thursday December 1969, Mark Clark, American Black Panther, died (b. 1947)
On 4, Tuesday December 1979, The Hastie fire in Kingston upon Hull, England, leads to the deaths of 3 boys and begins the hunt for Bruce George Peter Lee, the UK’s most prolific killer.
On 4, Tuesday December 1979, Dumitru Dan, Romanian geographer, died (b. 1889)
On 4, Tuesday December 1979, Petya Dubarova, Bulgarian poet, died (b. 1962)
On 4, Monday December 1989, Prime Minister of Jordan Zaid ibn Shaker resigns and is replaced by Mudar Badran.
On 4, Monday December 1989, Garron DuPree, American musician, born
On 4, Monday December 1989, Nafessa Williams, American actress, born
On 4, Monday December 1989, Frederick Elwyn Jones, British barrister and Labour politician, died (b. 1909)
On 4, Sunday December 1994, Sir Geoffrey Elton, British historian, died (b. 1921)
On 4, Saturday December 1999, Rose Bird, American activist and judge, died (b. 1936)
On 4, Saturday December 1999, Nilde Iotti, Italian politician, died (b. 1920)
On 4, Saturday December 1999, Sylvester Clarke, West Indian cricketer, died (b. 1954)
On 4, Friday December 2009, Kristina Keneally is sworn in as the first female Premier of New South Wales after defeating Nathan Rees in a ballot for leadership of the Australian Labor Party in New South Wales the previous day.
On 4, Friday December 2009, The Australian Broadcasting Corporation launches ABC3, a digital television channel aimed at children.
On 4, Friday December 2009, Umaga, Samoan-American professional wrestler, died (b. 1973)
On 4, Friday December 2009, Vyacheslav Tikhonov, Russian actor, died (b. 1928)
On 4, Friday December 2009, Jordi Solé Tura, Spanish politician, died (b. 1930)
On 4, Thursday December 2014, Graeme Goodall, 82, recording engineer and record label owner, co-founder of Island Records, died
On 4, Thursday December 2014, Lynne Kosky, 56, Victorian politician, MLA for Altona (1996–2010), 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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