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 3, Wednesday July 1844, The United States signs the Treaty of Wanghia with the Chinese Government, the first ever diplomatic agreement between China and the United States.
On 3, Wednesday July 1844, The last definitely recorded pair of great auks are killed on the Icelandic island of Eldey.
On 3, Thursday July 1919, Estonian and Latvian Wars of Independence: The pro-German Baltische Landeswehr signs a peace treaty with Estonia and Latvia. The pro-German Prime Minister of Latvia Andrievs Niedra resigns, and Latvian forces take over Riga on July 8.
On 3, Thursday July 1919, Mauro Cía, Argentine boxer
On 3, Thursday July 1919, Gabriel Valdés, Chilean politician, lawyer and diplomat, born (d. 2011)
On 3, Monday July 1944, WWII: Soviet troops liberate Minsk.
On 3, Monday July 1944, Battle of Imphal: Japanese forces call off their advance, ending the battle with a British victory.
On 3, Monday July 1944, Michel Polnareff, French singer, born
On 3, Friday July 1959, Julie Burchill, British journalist, born
On 3, Friday July 1959, Pedro Pablo Caro, Chilean lawyer, died (b. 1875)
On 3, Friday July 1959, Johan Bojer, Norwegian novelist and dramatist, died (b. 1872)
On 3, Thursday July 1969, 1969, musician and founder of The Rolling Stones, drowns in his swimming pool at his home in Sussex, England.
On 3, Thursday July 1969, Gedeon Burkhard, German actor, born
On 3, Thursday July 1969, Shawnee Smith, American actress, born
On 3, Thursday July 1969, Brian Jones, British rock musician, died (b. 1942)
On 3, Tuesday July 1979, U.S. President Jimmy Carter signs the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul.
On 3, Tuesday July 1979, Sayuri Katayama, Japanese actress, singer and lyricist, born
On 3, Tuesday July 1979, Ludivine Sagnier, French model and actress, born
On 3, Tuesday July 1979, Louis Durey, French composer, died (b. 1888)
On 3, Monday July 1989, Findings from the Fitzgerald Inquiry are released in Queensland.
On 3, Monday July 1989, Elle King, American singer, songwriter and actress, born
On 3, Monday July 1989, Jim Backus, American actor, died (b. 1913)
On 3, Sunday July 1994, Lew Hoad, Australian tennis player, died (b. 1934)
On 3, Saturday July 1999, Reg Bishop, 86, ALP politician, died
On 3, Saturday July 1999, Mark Sandman, American rock musician and artist, died (b. 1952)
On 3, Friday July 2009, Victor Smorgon, 96, industrialist, died
On 3, Friday July 2009, Frank Devine, 77, newspaper editor, died
On 3, Thursday July 2014, Peter Dawkins, 68, record producer (Dragon, Australian Crawl, Air Supply) and musician, 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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