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, Thursday December 1918, Joe Williams born, American jazz singer (d. 1999)
On 12, Sunday December 1943, Gianni Russo born, American actor
On 12, Sunday December 1943, Grover Washington, Jr. born, American saxophonist (d. 1999)
On 12, Friday December 1958, Monica Attard born, journalist
On 12, Friday December 1958, Monica Attard born, Australian journalist
On 12, Friday December 1958, Lucie Guay born, Canadian canoer
On 12, Friday December 1958, Dag Ingebrigtsen born, Norwegian musician
On 12, Friday December 1958, Sheree J. Wilson born, American actress
On 12, Friday December 1958, Albert Walsh died, Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland (b. 1900)
On 12, Friday December 1958, Milutin Milanković died, Yugoslav mathematician, astronomer, climatologist and geophysicist, (b. 1879)
On 12, Thursday December 1968, Tallulah Bankhead died, American actress (b. 1902)
On 12, Tuesday December 1978, Monica Bîrlădeanu born, Romanian actress
On 12, Monday December 1988, The Clapham Junction rail crash in London kills 35 and injures 132.
On 12, Monday December 1988, Ashley Hinshaw born, American actress and model
On 12, Monday December 1988, Hahm Eun-jung born, South Korean singer
On 12, Sunday December 1993, Péter Boross becomes Prime Minister of Hungary following the death of József Antall.
On 12, Sunday December 1993, József Antall died, 53rd Prime Minister of Hungary (b. 1932)
On 12, Sunday December 1993, Fritz Bock died, Austrian politician (b. 1911)
On 12, Saturday December 1998, Lawton Chiles died, American politician (b. 1930)
On 12, Friday December 2008, Avery Dulles, American cardinal (b. 1918), died.
On 12, Friday December 2008, Van Johnson, American actor (b. 1916), died.
On 12, Friday December 2008, Tassos Papadopoulos, 5th President of Cyprus (b. 1934), died.
On 12, Thursday December 2013, Jang Sung-taek, North Korean politician (b. 1946), 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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