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, Saturday May 1869, The bushranger Captain Moonlite holds up a bank in Mount Egerton, Victoria.
On 8, Thursday May 1919, Edward George Honey proposes a moment of silence, to commemorate the Armistice of World War I.
On 8, Thursday May 1919, (8–27)United States Navy Curtiss flying boat NC-4, commanded by Albert Cushing Read, makes the first transatlantic flight, from Naval Air Station Rockaway to Lisbon via Trepassey, Newfoundland (departs May 16) and the Azores (arrives May 17). (On May 30–31 it flies on to Plymouth in England.)
On 8, Thursday May 1919, Lex Barker, American actor, born (d. 1973)
On 8, Monday May 1944, Gary Glitter, English singer, born
On 8, Monday May 1944, Albert Leo Stevens, pioneering American balloonist, died (b. 1877)
On 8, Friday May 1959, Renato Caccioppoli, Italian mathematician, died (b. 1904)
On 8, Friday May 1959, Hector Choquette, Canadian politician, died (b. 1884)
On 8, Tuesday May 1979, The Woolworth’s store in Manchester city centre in England is seriously damaged by fire; 10 shoppers die.
On 8, Tuesday May 1979, Talcott Parsons, American sociologist, died (b. 1902)
On 8, Tuesday May 1979, Victor Saville, American film director and producer, died (b. 1895)
On 8, Monday May 1989, Katy B, British singer, born
On 8, Monday May 1989, Nyle DiMarco, American model and activist, born
On 8, Monday May 1989, Nora Arnezeder, French actress, born
On 8, Sunday May 1994, George Peppard, American actor, died (b. 1928)
On 8, Saturday May 1999, Maykel Massó, Cuban long jumper, born
On 8, Saturday May 1999, Rebeca Andrade, Brazilian artistic gymnast, born
On 8, Saturday May 1999, Dana Plato, American actress, died (b. 1964)
On 8, Saturday May 1999, Dirk Bogarde, English actor, died (b. 1921)
On 8, Saturday May 1999, Soeman Hs, Indonesian author and educator, died (b. 1904)
On 8, Thursday May 2014, Harry Potter, 72, journalist., died
On 8, Thursday May 2014, Alan Woodman, 58, VFL football player (Geelong), 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.