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 26, Tuesday December 1893, Mao Zedong born, Chinese leader (d. 1976)
On 26, Thursday December 1918, Butch Ballard born, American jazz drummer (d. 2011)
On 26, Sunday December 1943, Erich Bey died, German admiral (b. 1898)
On 26, Friday December 1958, Mieko Harada born, Japanese actress
On 26, Thursday December 1968, Ondine II takes line honours in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Koomooloo is the handicap winner
On 26, Thursday December 1968, Led Zeppelin make their American debut in Denver.
On 26, Thursday December 1968, Dennis Knight born, American professional wrestler
On 26, Thursday December 1968, Malcolm L. McCallum born, American herpetologist, conservation biologist, and environmental scientist
On 26, Tuesday December 1978, Kaoru Sugayama born, Japanese volleyball player
On 26, Monday December 1988, John Loder died, English actor (b. 1898)
On 26, Monday December 1988, Glenn McCarthy died, American oil tycoon and businessman (b. 1907)
On 26, Monday December 1988, Pablo Sorozábal died, Spanish composer (b. 1897)
On 26, Sunday December 1993, Dave Beck died, American labor leader (b. 1894)
On 26, Saturday December 1998, Kesz Váldez born, Filipino humanitarian
On 26, Saturday December 1998, Hurd Hatfield died, American actor (b. 1917)
On 26, Saturday December 1998, Robert Rosen died, American biologist (b. 1934)
On 26, Saturday December 1998, William Frankfather died, American actor (b. 1944)
On 26, Saturday December 1998, Ram Swarup died, Indian author (b. 1920)
On 26, Thursday December 2013, Acting Prime Minister, Warren Truss, announces that Australia will provide two military aircraft to South Sudan to aid in the current military crisis.
On 26, Thursday December 2013, A mother and her teenage daughter are held hostage during a siege at a house in the suburb of Banyo in Brisbane.
On 26, Thursday December 2013, Marta Eggerth, Hungarian-American singer and actress (b. 1912), 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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